Local Groups

June 2019

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As usual the Branch met on 2nd Wednesday of the month, and the evenings speaker was Sara Davies on Dementia Awareness the talk was very informative and interesting. 

As Hardwicke Scouts were unable to attend our Poppy Awards Evening the Poppy Appeal Organiser went along to their Monday meeting on 1st April to present their award. 

At the end of May several members will again be taking part in the Ypres 100km Walk around the Battlefields and Ypres Salient. July 11th on Branch meeting will be a "Quiz Night" we welcome teams to come and join us, 7 30pm teams up to six. July 14th we resume out trip to Weston-super-mare if you would like to go contact a committee member. 

Armed Forces Day Gloucester will be on Saturday 29th June. A parade will leave the Cathedral at 12.30pm led by the Band of the Royal Marines up Westgate Street and down Southgate Street to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, where there will be Military vehicles, a stage with entertainment BBQ, Bar and military charity stalls.

A fly past by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Flight will also take place. Please come and support the event, any veterans wishing to take part in the parade will be very welcome. This event is free and for further information see the posters displayed around the area. (see poster on Home Page)


Carol Bratty B.E.M. 

Branch President

June 2019

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"Members of a ukulele club, known as Ukestroud, came to entertain us in April. They regularly meet at Pitchcombe Village Hall and have been in existence for nine years. 

Song sheets were handed out decorated with small drawings which were appropriately designed to be consistent with our Easter-themed meeting. The band played many well-known tunes from the 1920s through to the 1970s and members needed no encouragement to sing along, and gladly joined in. 

 It was disappointing that only ten/twelve members wore Easter bonnets, but some were quite beautiful and it was obvious that a lot of thought and effort had been put into their creation. Members of the band acted as judges and three bonnets were chosen and their owners presented with Easter eggs as prizes. Members enjoyed a hot cross bun with their cup of tea and this concluded a pleasant and lively meeting. 

Chris Walker, a Community Engagement Officer from ageUK in Gloucester, an independent local charity for older people, came to talk to us at our first meeting in May. He told us about the many and diverse ways in which ageUK are active and working for the elderly, from how to stay safe in their home, and preventing falls to knowing their rights to social care, etc. They encourage people to stay active including organising walking football and walking rugby games. 

It would appear that they already have covered most needs of the elderly, but they are trying to encourage "Conversation and Activation" which means that if anyone has any ideas or suggestions to improve situations for the elderly in their area ageUK would like to know. 

We meet at 1.30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Quedgeley Village Hall. 

For more details please contact Laura Tremble on 01452 690976 (mobile 07774200191) or Sue Lovell on 01452 724620." 

April 2019

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Severnvale W.I.


Our March speaker told us all about 18th century papercutting and silhouettes done by his ancesters. 

He explained that he comes from a family of hoarders and has diaries, shopping lists and receipts from centuries ago. 

The very intricate papercuts were found between the pages of diaries he was going through,he framed them and brought them along for us to see. 

Our craft group will make a stepped Easter card. Our new theatre and cinema group will see Mary Queen of Scots at the Guilhall and Lunch will be at the Bumble Bee. 

A walking group will launch in April and our usual Knit and natter will be taking place. We look forward to our mystery tour, a train trip with cream tea on board and our Days away in Durham. 

If you would like to join us call Lorraine on 01452 721763. 

June 2019

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The walk in June will take place on Tuesday 4th June from the Bell Hotel car park at Frampton 9.45 for a a start at 10.00am 

As ever, the walk can include stiles and field paths, is approximately 2 miles in length and should take a maximum of 1.5 hours. 

Future walks will take place on Wednesday 10th July and Thursday 8th August 

For more information, please call Nick on 01452 740265 or Keith on 07811 123700 alternatively email Nick on nandanailsworth@yahoo.co.uk or Keith on kparry61@icloud.com." 

Keith Parry & Nick Peters - Walk Leaders  

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Hardwicke Village Hall


Please email your interest to: chair@hardwickevillagehall.org.uk


Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, GL2 4QA

Registered Charity No.: 279925


May 2019

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March 2019

News from Gloucestershire Constabulary press office

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Are you looking after someone with dementia, and have concerns about what will happen if they go missing? 

Symptoms of dementia can include confusion and disorientation which make it difficult for the individual to know where they are going and why, and for search teams to locate them. 

You can help by signing up to the Herbert Protocol on their behalf, filling in significant details on a simple form which is handed to police when the person is reported missing. 

It includes things like previous addresses and special locations, such as a family grave, which may be a draw to them; hobbies and regular routines; photos and up to date de-scription - sometimes hard to recall in the panic of finding that your loved one has gone missing. 

Gloucestershire Constabulary is working with the Alzheimer's Society to promote this scheme, named after war veteran George Herbert who died whilst missing and trying to return to his childhood home. 

For more details visit our website: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/the -herbert-protocol/ 

and fill in this form: 


You could save a life! 


From our MP


This new year has, of course, been dominated by Brexit, and the Government’s struggle to find a way forward as well as education and other constituency issues. 

Brexit and Agriculture 

A large part of my work in relation to Brexit has concerned agriculture and, as Shadow Minister for farming and rural affairs, I have been trying to ensure that the Government’s Agriculture Bill will protect our farmers as well as our landscape, wildlife, food and environmental standards. 

The Bill will set up the future of agriculture for years to come and is the biggest piece of legislative change in decades and so it’s vital that we get this right. 

However, the Agriculture Bill, as it stands, fails to put enough of an emphasis on farmers producing our food. My colleagues and I on Labour’s Defra team are asking for it to be amended so that there will be more security for farmers to plan for the future. 

We’ve asked for 80 amendments to try to improve the way our new agriculture system will work, however there is a real backlog in legislation, and real concern that we could leave the EU without any farming policy in place. 

It’s vital that we keep up food production levels and protect our environment. The two are connected and good, affordable food produced with high animal welfare and environmental standards is something that is vital to everyone. 

School Funding Crisis 

After months of requests, I was finally granted a debate in Parliament to put the spotlight on Gloucestershire’s school funding crisis. Headteachers from primary, secondary and special schools all tell me their budgets are at breaking point. Schools face rising costs, particularly in staffing and special needs, and the near-doubling since 2015 in the number of children needing additional support has led to a £4.7 million overspend in Gloucestershire. 

It has been heartrending listening to dedicated headteachers telling me about the terrible difficulties they face trying to deliver the education our children deserve. I put these issues to Schools Minister Nick Gibb and will continue to fight for all Stroud schools.


Out and about 

Stroud is a big constituency and it’s not always easy for me to cover all areas, but my team and I are trying to come to you! We held a very successful Pub Politics session in The Three Horseshoes in Frampton-on -Severn in January which was an opportunity for local people to share their views on all kinds of issues in a relaxed setting. Of course, Brexit dominated the discussion, but there were also concerns about the Javelin Park incinerator, funding for schools and local services. 

We had a very warm welcome at the Three Horseshoes, and will certainly visit again. Look out for a date later in the year. 

My caseworkers are also getting out and about. They have helped over 1,100 Stroud constituents, so far, with all kinds of issues, from accessing services to problems with Universal Credit. They now hold mobile surgeries visiting venues across the constituency, usually on a Thursday afternoon. Check our website on www.daviddrewmp.org.uk for the latest dates. 

They are also always looking for new venues to visit. If you are part of a community group who might welcome a visit from them, then do please get in touch. For the latest news subscribe to my newsletter via the website, or follow on Facebook. 

David Drew, 

MP for Stroud

April 2019

Hardwicke Youth Forum 

Hardwicke Youth Forum are a group of 7 young people who want to help improve Hardwicke for other young people and the community as a whole. 

The group have been researching and looking at youth Provision for the Parish, they have researched other youth centres and clubs in the Stroud district and have presented their findings to the Parish Council. Now they would like to find out what the young people of Hardwicke think about the area, if they feel safe and what activities/opportunities they would like to see. 

If you are a young person aged 11-19 please fill this out. Parents, if you have teenage children please can you encourage them to fill this out. The more returns we get the bigger the likelihood that we can make a difference. The survey is found as an insert in this edition

Completed surveys can be returned to drop boxes at Westbourne News and One Stop Shop. Also you can return them to Stroud District Council Youth Participation Worker jemma.grieve@stroud.gov.uk

The group have also recently been designing their logo and some members attended the Stroud Youth Voice training residential in the Forest of Dean during the half term. 

Members of the Youth Forum represent Hardwicke on the Stroud District Youth Council. Where young people campaign on national and local issues for young people and work with adult decision makers to make a difference. If you would like more information please follow our Facebook page www.facebook.com/stroudyouthvoice or contact Jemma on the email above.

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At Hardwicke Village Hall meets every Friday morning 

10—11.30 am, term time only. 

Cost—£2.50 per session or £3.00 for families. 

Enjoy Arts and Crafts along with a cuppa and a snack. 

Come along and let your little ones have fun! Open to ‘bumps’ to preschool age children. everyone is welcome.

June 2019

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New Knit and Natter Group 

To Knit or not to knit, that is the problem 

To Crochet or not to crochet, that is the question 

To Natter in good company, that is the answer 

Come and join our Knit and Natter tea party at Quedgeley Library every Tuesday afternoon 2—3.30. 

It's getting closer!

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Wednesday 17th July 2019



In 1999 I cycled from John O’Groats to Lands’ End which took me 13 days and raised £4764.58 for CLIC Sargent, who care for children with Cancer and Leukaemia


I have decided that on my 50th Birthday, and on the 20th anniversary of my first end to end challenge, ‘I’m going to do it again’.


As I am now a Royal British Legion Rider and I’m definitely older, not sure about the wiser though, I’m going to do this on my 1986 Honda Gold Wing trike.

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To make life interesting I want to do it in 

“one day there and one day back”.


The Journey


I will be leaving Lands’ End on Wednesday 17th July 2019 at approximately 05:00 and aim to be in John O’Groats by 22:00. The following day on Thursday 18th July, 2019 I will be returning to Lands’ End aiming to return by 22.00.

I would like to raise £1 per mile i.e. £1680 for the Royal British Legion Charity No 219279. I’m just crazy enough to think that this can be achieved!

I will have to make a number of stops in each direction as my trike only does about 120 miles per tank of fuel, - and would like to invite friends, family and Riders to join me for various sections of the journey.



Exeter Services                          M5EX2 7JJ

Strensham Services                    M5 WR8 0BZ

Charnock Richard Services           M6PR7 5LR

Todhills Services M6 Carlisle         CA6 4HA

Stirling Motorway Services Area,

Pirnhall Rd, Stirling                      FK7 8EU

Morrisons Millburn Rd, Inverness   IV2 3PY

Tesco's North Road Wick               KW1 4QS

John O'Groats  

If you would like to do this please message me for my list of stops on route.

Or if you would like to sponsor me https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/lezfootetrikechallenge

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Thank you for taking the time to read this; Please support me, and hope to see you in July!


     Lez Foote

March 2109





Children and adults set out to enjoy themselves at Hardwicke on Friday in last week and they succeeded. 

The occasion was a fancy dress parade, sports, and tea for children, and the opportunity was taken to organise pleasurable events for the grown-ups, and to hold a sale of work to raise funds for the Parish Church Roof Fund. Well organised by a committee under the leadership of Miss Clare Lloyd-Baker, the day's proceedings were favoured for the most part by fine weather. There were one or two showers in the afternoon, but in view of the need for rain no one grumbled about this. 

The fancy dress parade began the proceedings, and the quaint and picturesque costumes donned by the youngsters introduced a suitable air to fete. Prizes were offered for the best costumes, and Mrs. Wilson, who judged the entries awarded these to the following: 

Girls: Irene Clark (Drink More Milk); Louie Cale (Peace and Plenty); Peggy Compton (Lavender): Joyce Rogers (Early 18th Century); Peggy Sims (Empire Goods); Nita Lyes (Toy Soldier); Dot Woodman (Mary and her lamb); .A. Morris (Little Mother); and B. Hawkins (Nursery Rhymes). 


Paul Brain (Colonel); Leslie Sims (Dutchman); Ken Compton (Convict); L. Merrett and Ken. Compton (Pierrots); and Eric Vick (Farm Boy). 

The officials for the sports were the Rev. T. Jenkins (curate). Mr. J. Walkley and Mr. James Smith, and the children entered keenly in the races, which were arranged to suit the different ages of the entrants, some of whom were handicapped. To the delight of all the children the committee arranged Punch and July shows during the afternoon, the performer being Mr. Bob Manning. 

Entertainment for the adults present was provided by bowling for a pig (which was in the charge of Mr. Arthur Chandler), clock golf (in charge of Mr. D. T. Davis), table skittles (Mr. K. Williams), and hoopla (Mrs. Read and Miss Minett). The pig was won by Mr. Frank Vick, the clock golf by Mr. Edgar Chamberlayne (first) and Miss Betty Baker (second); and table skittles (ladies). Miss Dorothy Chamberlayne. There was a stall for sweets and ice-cream in the care of Mrs. Ernest Vick, Miss K. Webb and Miss M. Hawkins; and a mystery tent, run by Miss Wakefield. 

The sale of work in aid of the Church Roof Fund was organised by Mrs. Jenkins and other ladies connected with the Church, and the artistically arranged stalls attracted a good deal of attention. Among those who helped with the sale were Mrs. Sinclair, Mrs. Hawkins and Mrs. Herbert. In connection with this effort, there was a competition for a doll, the name of which was guessed by Mrs. Bert Dawe. 

About 200 children and adults partook of tea in the School, and their wants were attended by Miss Clare Lloyd-Baker, Mrs. Priday. Mrs. Coole, Mrs. James Smith, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Harry Smith, Mrs. Butler, Mrs. Walkley, Mrs. R. Williams and Mrs. Jenkins. In the evening there were a few sports events for adults, including musical chairs! (won by Fred Phelpstead), high jump (Ronald Front), and half mile flat(L. Clark). Subsequently a dance was held in the school, about 80 being present. The music was supplied by Mr. Edgar Chamberlayne’s dance band, and the duties of M.C. were shared by Mr. Charles Smith and Mr. Jack Wyer. 

An enjoyable event was brought to an end at 1 a.m. with the singing of " Auld Lang Syne” and the National Anthem. 

June 2019

Hardwicke Scout Group 


Beavers have had another busy term and have completed quite a few badges! We started with the Experiment badge where we made volcanoes with apples, looked at how food colouring moved through oil and water and also poured water over skittles and watched as the colours made a rainbow on the plate. Lots of fun was had this night! 

We also did our Space badge where we learned about the planets in the solar system and used different sized balls to make our own solar system. We also used spaghetti and sweets to learn about the stars and make some constellations. 

We had a visit to Hardwicke Church where Akela from Cubs showed us around and went through all necessary topics to earn the My Faith badge. 

Beavers enjoyed a rather messy night at Dixie Dot Crafts in Kingsway where they made colourful, glittery slime! A huge thank you to Dixie Dot Crafts for having us – we had a great time! 

We have also done many other activities this term – learning about St Patrick's Day where we made our own Shamrocks, Shrove Tuesday where we got to eat pancakes and also some Mother’s Day makes. We finished the term off with a game of Ten Pin bowling which is always enjoyed by all! 


Cubs like getting badges, so most of our activities are based around their badge work. Some badges completed this term include the following; Skills Challenge – learning a new skill and for the older Cubs they get to teach the younger ones a new skill! Sewing on a button or badge, making a cup of tea, learning a new knot amongst others. 

Teamwork Challenge/Pioneering Activity Badge – playing team games, solving problems like pioneering challenge and treasure hunts. My Faith Badge/World Faith Badge – we visited St Nicholas Church where the Christians among them completed their My Faith badge and the others completed their World Faith Badge, we even got to ring the bells (new skill), special thanks to Carrie, and they did a treasure hunt (teamwork). Artist Badge – they made a pop up card for Mother’s Day, also a friendship bracelet which included a couple of new knots! 

We finished the term with Ten Pin Bowling. We have great pack of Cubs, all encouraging each other. 

The rest of our term we try to be out as much as possible to go exploring, walking, playing games, shelter building and even cycling. 


For this spring term, Hardwicke Scouts had a very mixed programme planned. With the weather and light against us we focused mainly on indoor activities. As usual the first week back was games and planning. The next session was getting the Scouts to show off their artistic side using air and paint, among the mess and floods of paint we had some real works of art, which duly went home for display. 

Next was modelling, the Scouts were instructed to create an air powered car, using the materials provided. Each Scout produced a functional car which then had to be tested in our own mini ‘Top Gear’ with elaborate challenges, culminating in car 10 pin bowling.

Next up was climbing at the Warehouse in Gloucester, the Scouts were given instructions on ascending different types of walls and heights and spent the next one and half hour doing their best impersonations of monkeys. 

Scout news— Continued from page 30 

February started with a change of tact, with the Scouts given the challenge of creating their own YouTube video showing the fun side of scouting, the results were all shown on Facebook, with parents given the chance to vote for their favourite video, all very X Factor! The Scouts were then given an introduction to ‘Mauy Thai’ or ‘Thai boxing’ and spent the session then practicing different movements in pairs, culminating in going head to head against the instructor. 

As part of our community and disability awareness badge, we joined up with four scouts from St Roses Scout Troop at St Roses School in Stroud. They were able to see and experience what life is like in a wheelchair, attempted to use the communication devices and eye pointing charts and finally took turns being blind folded and lead through parts of the school.

The Scouts were amazed at how difficult these were, in particular the eye gaze, and were amazed at how quickly and effectively the St Roses Scouts and Explorers used them. A big thank you must go out to these amazing people and they were an inspiration to all that attended. 

Next on the community badge was a visit to the Police control centre in Waterwells, the Scouts were given an introduction to the purpose of the centre and then a walk through, in which we watched while the fire controllers directed a number of fire engines to a fire in Stroud. 

The final two weeks were a blur of shooting at Murray Hall and the pain of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) instructed by a member of the British Army, so the Scouts were glad when that session ended. With the weather and light now in our favour the next term promises to be full of outdoor activity including a weekend camp in Cirencester with fifteen hundred other Scouts. 

St Georges Day Parade 

This term we started our term on Sunday 28th April to celebrate St Georges Day, where the whole of Gloucester District Beavers (6-8yrs), Cubs (8-10.5yrs), Scouts (10-14yrs), Explorer Scouts (14-18yrs) and then of course all the leaders and supporters who support the youngsters all the way through scouting paraded through Gloucester to the Cathedral where we took part in the service. One of our Cubs was chosen to read in the cathedral, very proud moment. 

Contact Us 

Beavers meet on Tuesday Evenings 5.15pm – 6.15pm, 

Cubs meet on Tuesday Evenings 6.30pm – 8pm and 

Scouts meet on Monday Evenings 7pm – 9pm. 

All 3 sections are held at Hardwicke School. Scouting is for all, starting from 6 years and upwards, if you have a child who is interested in joining our group, or if you or someone you know is willing to support our Group in any way please get in touch. 

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June 2019

St. Nicholas Parish Church in Hardwicke

Services in June 2019

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During the vacancy at Hardwicke Church, the Church Office will continue ot be available on 01452 720015 and via email at our new address church-office@gmx.com


 Sunday 2nd June 

Parish Eucharist 11.00am 

Sunday 9th June 

Pentecost Sunday 

“Storyteller” / Simply Worship Eucharist 11.00am 

Weather permitting, this will be held outside 

Sunday 16th June 

Parish Eucharist 11.00am 

Sunday 23rd June 

“Simply Worship” Eucharist 11.00am 

Sunday 30th June 


Baptism (Christening) or Weddings: Church Office: 01452 720015 

New Email: church-office@gmx.com 

Our Website: www.hardwickechurch.info 

Facebook and Twitter: @HardwickeChurch

Bellringing practice: every other Monday, 7:30-9.00pm.

Interesting in having a go? Please come and meet us! 

Tel. Carrie on 01452 883882

June 2019

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English Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley Gloucester GL4 ONX 

covering Hardwicke, Quedgeley and Kingsway 

English Martyrs Catholic Church is the Catholic Church with pastoral responsibility for Roman Catholics in the area. 

Our Sunday Mass is at 9am and includes Children's Liturgy of the Word and beautiful music and singing. 

The mass is followed by tea and coffee in our 2 year old parish hall. 

Normally there is also a Mass on Tuesday at 12 Noon and on Saturday at 10am but please check the latest newsletter which also includes details of other activates at https://gloucesteremaoc.com/

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June 2019


 Quedgeley Methodist Church 

Welcomes You 

Saturday 8th June 3pm-5pm 

Come and join us for our Strawberry Cream Tea

Homemade Scones with Freshly picked Strawberries, Jam & Cream 

Saturday 22nd June 

Summer Fayre 10.30am-12Noon 

Cakes, Plants, Books and many more stalls

Sunday Services 10.30am 

Tea & Coffee after the service 

Mondays 2pm-3.30pm Womens Fellowship 

Interesting talks and Lively Discussions 

Tuesdays 10am-11.30am Sunbeams Baby & Toddler Group 

Toys, Craft, Song to entertain the little ones 

Snacks for little ones & big ones to. 

3rd Tuesday 18th Drop-in Coffee Morning 


Tea, Coffee and Toasted Teacake Books Galore to suit every taste 

We look forward to seeing all our friends old & new at these events.  

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Grace Church Quedgeley

www.gracechurchquedgeley.org www.facebook.com/gracechurchquedgeley