Hardwicke Matters


Local Groups

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1st Elmore Brownies


A brownie group you may not be aware of is at Elmore Village Hall only a 10 – 15 minute drive from Hardwicke and Quedgeley. 

We run an interesting programme and enjoy a pack holiday once a year and our meetings are held on Wednesdays from 6 – 7.30 pm in term time.

If your daughter is interested in joining us please contact Brown Owl Jenny Hartell on 01452 722444 and she will be happy to speak to you.

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Pete Wilson, the popular BBC Radio Gloucester broadcaster, gave a most interesting talk to the Club entitled "A Cabinet of Curiosities". He brought a large collection of items he had kept and told of his

memories relating to them. These included a large bottle of red ink from his primary school days and a brass shell discovered on Dartmoor, similar to one his father had had from World War 2. Household items such as fire brasses and plastic knitting needles brought back memories for members of the Club too.

A collection of emblems, e.g. school attendance medals and a Forest of Dean Eisteddfod badge was passed round and members had the opportunity to study the collection more closely afterwards.

In March Helen Barry and her husband showed a film of a sailing trip they took on the Lord Nelson Tall Ship to the Canary Islands organised by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. This is a charity relying on donations and membership for their funding. The passengers, some in wheelchairs, were well looked after by the crew also consisting o

f disabled and ablebodied.

A film on Gloucestershire incorporating a quiz followed and was much enjoyed by members and then a short film concerning a neglected dog Helen had fostered and then kept as a much loved family pet was also shown.

Mary Fredericks


Hardwicke Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council

held on Monday February 26th 2018



Cllr John Perkin (Chair) Cllr Mark Ryder

Cllr Jill Brearley Cllr Fran Welbourne

Cllr Kevin Marsden Cllr Lyn Welbourne

Cllr Darren Morris

In attendance

Four representatives from Hardwicke Rangers Football Club and Kevin Lee, Clerk

19/18 Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllrs Theresa Harrison, Graham Brearley and Demelza Turner-Wilks

20/18 Declarations of Interest

There were none

21/18 Presentation by Hardwicke Football Club

Members of the Football Club gave a presentation on; the history of the club, its values, numbers of teams and players and its plans and aspirations for the future.

Founded in 1990 the club had grown to having 20 teams and 294 young people from ages 4-17 playing for them, with most of the players living in Hardwicke. The representatives stressed the importance of the club being part of the community of Hardwicke and its desire to continue to be a local organisation for residents and their children.

The club currently had 6 temporary buildings at the Rob Dawe Memorial Close and these building were in need of replacement. A scheme had been prepared and costed; members of the club set out how the new facilities would benefit young people and also provide facilities for other young people in the community

The club had held discussions with the Football Association and were hopeful of some funding being provided by the F.A. Further financial support would need to be provided and the Club were seeking support from the Parish Council to utilise some of the Section 106 funding to assist with the project.

The Parish Council thanked the Club for the presentation and noted the valuable work in the community to provide sport for so many young children. The Council informed the Club that any support would be subject to approval by Stroud District Council. The district council would need to be satisfied that any proposals would meet the criteria set out within the S 106 agreement

Resolved; to refer to the next meeting of the Parish Council consideration of the contribution from Section 106 monies for the redevelopment of the football clubs facilities

22/18 Planning Applications

S.17/2289/REM Land at Colethrop Farm

The Parish Council considered the report from the Planning Group and agreed to the recommendations.

Resolved; to approve the recommendations of the Planning Group for submission to Stroud District Council

A copy of the report is attached to the signed copy of the Minutes

23/18 Grant Applications

The Clerk presented the Grant Applications from Quedgeley and Hardwicke Golden Age Club and Hardwicke Playgroup

Resolved to award each applicant £300

24/18 Finance Report

The Clerk presented the report for the period ending February 26th 2018 and the list of payments

Resolved to approve the report and schedule of payments

25/18 Policy Documents

The Clerk presented the updated policy documents; Complaints Procedure and Code of Conduct

Resolved to approve the updated documents

26/18 Annual Parish Assembly

Members agreed to invite the following groups/individuals to the annual meeting of the parish;

Youth Forum, UBB, Village Hall Ctte and to commence with a presentation from the Chair of the Parish Council.



Hardwicke Parish Council

Minutes of a meeting of the Parish Council

held on Monday March 5th 2018



Cllr John Perkin (Chair) Cllr Fran Welbourne

Cllr Theresa Harrison Cllr Lyn Welbourne

Cllr Kevin Marsden Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes

Cllr Darren Morris

In attendance

District Councillor Gill Oxley, County Councillor Stephen Davies and Kevin Lee, Clerk

26/18 Apologies

Apologies were received from Cllrs Graham Brearley, Jill Brearley and Mark Ryder and District Councillor David Mossman

27/18 Declarations of Interest


28/18 Public Consultation

There was none

29/18 Minutes of Previous Meetings

Resolved; to approve the Minutes of the Meetings held on February 5th and February 26th

30/18 County Councillor and District Councillor Reports

County Cllr Stephen Davies reported on the County Council’s budget for 2018/19. The Council had approved an increase in expenditure on adult care and children’s services. Overall there would be a 4.5% increase in Council Tax.

County Cllrs had been allocated a budget of £30,000 for highways works in their division and the Parish Council was invited to identify particular projects.

District Councillor Gill Oxley gave an update of the planning application for Bellway Homes at Hunts Grove. Stroud District Council had approved a £2m loan for the redevelopment of Merrywalks Centre Stroud.

Resolved; to note the reports

31/18 Finance Report

The Clerk presented the finance report and list of payments

Resolved; to approve the report and payments schedule

32/18 Planning Applications

The Parish Council considered its response to the following applications;

S.18/0449/HHOLD 12, Elmgrove Road East Hardwicke Gloucester GL2 4PY - Erection of a two and single storey rear extension to rear and single storey front extension porch.

Resolved to raise no objections

Application S.17/2642/REM - Reserved matters submission pursuant to Condition 1 of permission S.09/1692/VAR o Additional documents submitted to support the original submission of reserved matters pursuant to application S09/1692/VAR in Haresfield Parish

Resolved to forward the observations to SDC Planning requesting that the issues identified are corrected, addressed or mitigated as appropriate before the Planning Authority takes a decision

S.18/0226/VAR – Gateway 12 Business Park Davy Way Hardwicke Gloucester GL2 2BY - Variation of condition 8 - Travel Plan from Planning Application S.17/1976/FUL for B1(c), B2 and B8 employment uses

Resolved to support the application with a request that the Planning Authority requires the identified discrepancy be corrected
33/18 Section 106 Projects
The Council discussed the presentation from Hardwicke Rangers Football Club and the clubs proposals for improved facilities and community work. Members considered what level of support could be provided through S 106 funding. The Clerk advised that the total sum available from S106, which was held by Stroud District Council was around £75,000. Any proposed projects would require the support of the district council and would need to meet the criteria set out within the S 106 agreement of providing youth and adult recreation. Members noted the requirement to support the age groups identified and felt that projects should be equally supported and agreed to a sum of £35,000 being set aside to support the football club, the remainder to be used for adult recreation projects. It was also agreed that the club be urged to use sports facilities based within Hardwicke.

Resolved; Subject to approval by Stroud District Council, to support the football club building project with a sum of £35,000 from Section 106 funding and to urge the club to utilise sports facilities within the Hardwicke Parish

34/18 Parish Councillor and Lead Member Reports

Cllr Darren Morris reported that contractors were now following the allowed site working times and the situation would be monitored.

Cllr Kevin Marsden asked for a progress report on using social media to broaden the communication with residents. He noted that work was still to be completed on reports for the open spaces and requirements log. The previous motion on working policies could be withdrawn as this was being pursued under the Local Council Award Scheme. Cllr Marsden noted that work need to be undertaken on the Council’s Emergency Planning and identifying vulnerable groups.

Cllr Demelza Turner-Wilkes reported that there had been issues of dog fouling in a number of areas in Hunts Grove. The Clerk agreed to speak to the dog warden to ask for assistance.

The Chair, Cllr John Perkin noted that the footpath from Green lane across the first field was badly overgrown and needed to be cut back.

Resolved; to note the reports and undertake actions as appropriate

35/18 Grass Cutting Contract

The Clerk presented the quote for grass cutting of the field and the areas in Green Lane.

Resolved to approve the contract for 2018/19




Hardwicke Parish Council

Dates of Meetings for 2018


All meetings are on a Monday, unless indicated. Meetings commence at 19.00 and held at:-


Hardwicke Village Hall

Green Lane


GL2 4QA.


April 3rd (Tuesday)

April 18th (Wednesday) Annual Parish Assembly

May 1st (Tuesday) Annual Meeting of the Parish Council

June 4th

July 2nd

August Date to be agreed if meeting required

September 3rd

October 1st

November 5th


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Aplir 2018

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Due to the inclement weather we had to postpone our Poppy Awards Night, it has now been re scheduled for Friday 6th April at 7 30pm
Branch Standards and members attended the funerals of Gilly Cromwell and Tony Milliner on 15th and 16th February.

Our Quiz Night will be held on Wednesday 25th April at 7 30pm at our HQ on Green Lane Hardwicke. Teams of up to 6 £2 per person. 

We have a visiting Quiztress from Canada taking the lead. If you have a team please come along and join the fun and help raise some money for the Poppy Appeal. There will be a buffet and a Raffle and the bar will be open.

The Branch Meeting in April will be on Wednesday April 11th there will be a speaker but has yet to be confirmed. New members are always welcome please come along and see what we offer and enjoy the comradeship.

It's that time of year !!
Summer skittle is around the corner if you fancy putting a team together
to challenge others. Enter your details at the bar or let Jeff Bird know on 01452 720587.

Let the challenge begin !!


Dates for your Diary;-


April 25th (Wednesday) Quiz Night 7 30pm @ Hardwicke RBL Cost is £2 per per-son up to teams of 6. Guest Quiz Master. There will be a buffet and a Raffle also.


Sunday June 23rd Armed Forces Day There will be a Parish Pilgrimage am visiting St James, St Nicholas Elmore and Longney and Haresfield Memorials. It will take the form of a stages walk. For further details contact the Branch. We would like as many people as possible to take part. The afternoon will be a presentation to Cadets and a BBQ and Raffle. There will also be a Cubs Scout Fun Day on the Hardwicke Village Green with various entertainments. More details will follow.


As you can see we are in for a busy year, please come along and support us. This year is our year to say Thank you to all those servicemen and women who have give their all for their country.


Thank you

Carol Bratty B.E.M.



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Did You Know in April?

  • April is named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. In the Roman calendar, the fourth month, April, is spelled Aprilis, meaning "to open."
  • 1976 - Apple Computer Company was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

  • Two flowers signify the month of April: the daisy and the sweet pea. The daisy symbolizes innocence, loyal love, and purity; but it also means "I'll never tell!" The oldest daisy on record is the Bellis perennis, known as Daeges eage (or Day's eye) in the Middle Ages because its petals close at night to cover the yellow center.

  • William Wordsworth was born April 7 1770 and one of his best-known poems is perfect for April in the northern hemisphere, Here's a little snippet for an April day.
                                 'I wandered lonely as a cloud
                                 That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
                                 When all at once I saw a crowd,
                                 A host, of golden daffodils;
                                 Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
                                 Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.'

April quotes

   "Sweet April showers do spring May flowers."
   - Thomas Tusser 1557, (A Hundred Good Points of Husbandry)

   “April is the cruelest month, breeding
   lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
   memory and desire, stirring
   dull roots with spring rain.” 
   ― T.S. EliotThe Waste Land

From our County Councillor

This is always an interesting time of the year for Local Government as Budgets are being set, County Council is currently considering it’s budget.

The main proposals are:

- 1.99% Increase in Council Tax with an additional 2% Adult Social Care Levy for the County Council component of the Council Tax (District Council, Police and Parishes are included as well.) This increases the budget by £9.9m to £397.127m.

- Adult Social Care (£132.326m) - money will be spent on more mental health professionals, supporting those with learning disabilities, meeting the requirement of the Care Act and funding the increase in the National Living Wage.

- Children and Families (£86.654m) - money will be spent on additional social workers, children in care and adoption / fostering services. This is an increase following the changes resulting from the Ofsted results.

- Communities and Infrastructure (£77.759m) - this includes an extra £0.5m on road repairs.

- Other budget items include Public Health (ring fenced by law) and business support services.

Although these are difficult times this is an increase in critical areas like Children and Families.

If you have any questions or issues that I can help you with please let me know at:-

stephen.davies2@gloucestershire.gov.uk or on 07802 595 307.


Cllr Stephen Davies


Walking for Health in Severnside - Frampton PPG

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The next walk in the area will take place on Thursday 12th April from Whitminster Village Hall Car Park on School Lane. Please meet at 9.45 am for a 10.00 start.
As usual, the walk can include stiles and field paths and is approximately 2 miles in

length and should take a maximum of 90 Minutes.

Later walks in the year will take place on Wed 16th May Thursday 14th
June and Wednesday 11th July.

For more information, please call Nick on 01452 740265 or alternatively email Nick on nandanailsworth@yahoo.co.uk or Keith on parry61@icloud.com.

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Want to play Bridge?

Every Monday night

Come along and enjoy playing Bridge 7.00 pm at


For more details Tel: 01452 720383

April 2018



The Annual Show organised by the Help if we Can Group is being held on Saturday April 21st in the Quedgeley Community Centre.

This year the event is being supported by the Susan Tomlins Schools of Dance; Angie's Community Choir; Gloucester Excelsior Band and Bristol Swing Riot with Sam Dobbie.

The Mayors of Gloucester and Cheltenham along with the Chairman of Quedgeley Town Council are attending and the evening features an item called letters home about World War 1 written and produced by Chris Thompson a former Warrant Officer in the Army.

A full Act of Remembrance will also take place to remember all those who gave their lives in World War 1 which ended 100 years ago in 1918. Refreshments are in the hands of the Stroud District Guides and a bar is available.

Tickets are now on sale by contacting 01452 725343.

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St Nicholas Parish Church, Hardwicke

Services and Events – March 2018

Sunday March 25th – Palm Sunday

“Christ enters Jerusalem”


The Month of April and Easter 2018

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A warm welcome awaits you at St Nicholas, Hardwicke

Sunday April 1st – Easter Sunday
“Alleluia! Christ is Risen!”
Sunrise Service and Breakfast at Hardwicke Church 6.15am
Family Eucharist for all the church family & guests 11.00am

Sunday April 8th – Easter 2
“The Risen Christ appears to Thomas”
“Storyteller” Eucharist with our Junior Choir 11.00am
(All ages very welcome)

Sunday April 15th – Easter 3
“The Risen Christ appears in Jerusalem”
Parish Eucharist in Church 11.00am Also Sunday School at the Church 11.00am
Saturday April 21st – Open Church 10.00am – 2.00pm
Refreshments including Bacon Rolls, Bring & Buy

Sunday April 22nd – Easter 4
“Good Shepherd Sunday”
“Simply Worship” Eucharist with our Fusion Youth Group 11.00am (with our worship group and contemporary worship songs)
Holy Baptisms 1.00pm

Sunday April 29th – Easter 5
“An Ethiopian is converted and baptised”
Café Style Church at Hardwicke Primary Academy 10.45am
Everyone is welcome to this informal service which begins with coffee and cake!


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Vicar's Viewpoint

Alfred Albert Housman was an English classical scholar who lived in the Victorian and Edwardian era. He became an atheist while he was a teenager and wrote a striking poem that he called “Easter Hymn”. It is written as if an unbeliever longed to believe, if given good reason. The final line is especially well written…

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If in that Syrian garden, ages slain, 

You sleep, and know not you are dead in vain, 

Nor even in dreams behold how dark and bright 

Ascends in smoke and fire by day and night

 The hate you died to quench and could but fan, 

Sleep well and see no morning, son of man.

But if, the grave rent and the stone rolled by, 

At the right hand of majesty on high 

You sit, and sitting so remember yet

 Your tears, your agony and bloody sweat, 

Your cross and passion and the life you gave, 

Bow hither out of heaven and see and save.

It is an undisputed fact that Jesus of Nazareth died on a Cross, put there by a mixture of religious treachery from the Jewish authorities and the Imperial power of Rome striking down a rival King of the Jews.

The sticking point is what we actually understand about the significance of the events of the Cross and the accounts given of many Resurrection appearances by the original followers of Jesus. They were willing to die by horrendous means; fire, sword and lions in the amphitheatre, rather than deny their experience of the Risen Jesus Christ.

If it is all true it is the most significant event in the whole of human experience.

If it is not true then, as St Paul himself writes, “if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain". (1 Corinthians 15:13-14).

Reading the accounts, especially at the end of Matthew and Luke’s Gospels, is a valuable thing to do, for Christians and also for Atheists and everyone in between.

For my part, it is the key to eternity, and I willingly say: 

“Alleluia Christ is Risen!”

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Vicar and Parish Priest of Hardwicke and Elmore with Longney

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Baptism (Christening) or Weddings - phone Fr. Andrew 01452 720015


Email : vicarage@inbox.com      

Our Website : www.hardwickechurch.info


Join us on Facebook – follow us on Twitter: @StNicHardwicke


Bell ringing practice: every Wednesday, 7.30 - 9.00pm Interested in learning? Please come and meet us! tel. Carrie 01452 883882




English Martyrs Catholic Church, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0NX is the Catholic Church with pastoral responsibility for Roman Catholics in the area. Our Masses and Services at English Martyrs for the Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday are as follows:

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
With washing of the Feet
7:30pm on Thursday 29th March

The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
Liturgy of the Word including the Passion according to John,
Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion
3:00pm on Friday 30th March

The Easter Vigil
Service of Light, The Easter Proclamation, Extended Liturgy of the Word,
Litany of Saints and Blessing of Water and Eucharist.
8:30pm on Saturday 31st March

Easter Sunday
9:00am Mass on Sunday 1st April with children’s play.

Every week our normal 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 parish hall. Normally there is also a Mass on Tuesday and Saturday at 10am but please check the latest newsletter which also includes details of our other activities at www.robinswoodparishes.org.uk


Parish Priest: Fr Gerry Walsh
Phone: 01452 412702
Parish Office: Marisa Wood Tel:01452 504997

web: www.robinswoodparishes.org.uk


Sunday Mass: 9 am
Vigil Mass: 6.30pm at St Augustine’s Matson 

Sunday Mass: 11am at St Augustine’s Matson

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Grace Church Quedgeley

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

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Our Monday Lunches through Lent have ended but lots happening At Quedgeley Methodist Church in April

Sunday 8th an informal breakfast service with Bacon rolls 

Cereal and Toast Tea and Coffee
a chance for the family to come together in worship

Saturday 14th April an evening of song 7pm
with the Cotswold Canaries singing songs from the 40's
a Cafe style concert with Tea Coffee and homemade cakes
no entrance charge but a retiring collection.

Saturday 28th April a coffee morning 10.30 - 12 noon
Tea ,Coffee and Biscuits Raffle.Bring & Buy and Homemade Cake Stalls

Sunday 29th Songs of Praise 10.30 - 11.30am
Come and sing some favourite hymns and join us for Tea .Coffee & Biscuits afterwards

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Baby and toddler group from birth until playgroup or school

every Tuesday 10 am until 11.30 am.

Plenty of space to let of steam and crafts

Mums Dads and Grandparents are welcome

Snacks for the little ones and tea, coffee and biscuits for all.

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Every third Tuesday of each month, we have a drop in Coffee Morning 20th MarchThis year CHARLIES CANCER SUPPORT is our charity 10.30 am until 12 noon

tea or coffee with a toasted teacake only £1.00

2nd hand book stall each month 3 books for £1.00 or 40p for one.

Why not give us a go and support a wonderful local charity.