Friday, 13 July 2018

Roundabout bulletin

The latest bulletin on the Over roundabout works has now been published and can be read here.

Maisemore residents will be pleased to know that the pile driving has now been completed.

Monday, 9 July 2018

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Scam Alert - Fake Argos Texts

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Argos texts offering refunds

These fake text messages purport to be from Argos and claim that you’re owed a refund. The link in the messages lead to phishing websites designed to steal your personal information, as well as payment details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

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Sunday, 8 July 2018

Work on fibre broadband could start in August

Local company Complete Utilities has been awarded the contract for installing the Gigaclear fibre broadband system in Maisemore and hopes to be able to start work before the end of August.  The installation to a connection point outside each property in the village is being funded by central government under the Fastershire scheme.  There will be a charge for taking the fibre from these connection points into indvidual premises.

Representatives of both Complete Utilities and Gigaclear will be attending the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 3rd September to give an overview of the fibre broadband project and what it means for individual householders.  

Complete Utilities will also be circulating a letter about this to all households, which can be read online here (large file).

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Plan for 60 new houses in Maisemore turned down

Tewkesbury Borough Council has refused permission for the application to build another 60 new houses on land adjacent to Bell House Farm.  

The reasons for the refusal are given in the Council's Decision Notice, which can be read here.

The applicant can, of course, appeal against this decision, but several of the reasons for refusal are on very strong policy grounds, including the excessive growth in housing in Maisemore within the plan period that would result.  

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Over roundabout works bulletin

The latest bulletin on the Over roundabout works has been issued and can be read here. Works have included:

Completion of Sheet pile installation to the A417 Maisemore  road

Installation of new drainage works on the A417 Maisemore road.

Installation of temporary surfacing, to West splitter island

Installation of Sheet piles to the south bank of the A40.

New gulley and drainage repairs started in the roundabouts central island

More  information is available on the Gloucestershire County Council website.

Friday, 29 June 2018

News from "Which?" Campaigns

Victims tricked into sending money to scammers will soon have new rights and better protection.

Banks receiving fraudulent transfers will be forced to deal with complaints if victims believe the bank didn’t do enough to prevent it. Plans will also allow victims to escalate their complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service, which has the power to make a ruling and resolve the dispute.

This is great news – victims have told us it can be a real struggle to get their complaints heard and find out what happened to their missing cash.

Do you think banks should do more to stop processing fraudulent transactions?


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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Agenda for July 2nd meeting of Maisemore Parish Council

The agenda for the Meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 2nd July 2018 at 7.30pm in the Committee Room of Maisemore Village Hall is now on the website here.

Previous agendas and minutes are available on the Agendas and Minutes page, accessed from the menu above.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Commemorating the end of World War I

Ros Lane write:

On Friday, 26 October 2018 Maisemore Local History Society with St Giles Church will commemorate the end of the 1914-1918 war, 100 years ago. Starting at 7:30 p.m. in St Giles Church, Rose Spence, historian, will give an illustrated talk entitled “1914-1918 Village Life during the Great War”. 

After her talk, Rev John Longuet-Higgins will give a short address. This will then be followed by refreshments and drinks. There is nothing to pay; just come along and remember those people of this village who walked out to fight for their country and never came back. We will remember them.

The Gloucestershire 2050 Vision

The world is changing fast and the County Council is keen not to let Gloucestershire get left behind. Big ideas are needed to make the most of the county’s assets whilst retaining young talent and attracting new jobs and investment.

Gloucestershire 2050 is a county-wide conversation to explore ideas and shape our long-term future together. You can take part in the Big Conversation until 31 July 2018 at

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Delays on Over roundabout works

Gloucestershire County Council is desperate to catch up on the Over roundabout works programme that has been delayed following the piling difficulties of late.  The problem appears to have been that the ground where the piling is going in was much harder than the surveys had indicated, so that alternative methods - and additional machinery - has been required.
In order to catch up, the Contractor requires a further week of night works  this week (25th-29th June) on the A40 westbound (Longford to Over). They are confident that next week's work should be sufficient to complete the piling and remove the night time closures.
Major Schemes Team Leader says, "I fully appreciate that this these overnight works and associated road closures have impacted many of your parishioners and I sincerely hope that my next update to you will be notifying you that we have completed piling."

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Deanwood Lodge to close

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It is very sad to hear that Deanwood Lodge is closing on June 8th, apparently due to the difficulty of recruiting enough specialist carers.

There are more details on Glos Live Online here.  Most of the residents for whom the County Council has responsibility have been found places elsewhere, but moving and changes in routine are bound to be particularly upsetting for people suffering from dementia.

Consruction work at Over roundabout

The County Council's web page about this is here.

Work started on 30 April and will last for 18 weeks, finishing in August 2018.

There will be no lane closures between 7am – 9:30am and 3:30pm – 6pm throughout the scheme.

All daytime works will be completed using lane closures with the roundabout remaining open. Delays are expected but access will still be possible.

Although some weekend working may be necessary, the majority of the work will take place on weekdays. At present there are only two weekends identified (4 - 5 and 11 - 12 of August) where work will be carried out to resurface the roundabout  - see details below. Further information on road closures will be provided at the time.

Road Closures:

A40 Westbound (between Longford Roundabout and Over Roundabout) will be closed overnight from 29 May to 15 June between 7pm – 6am. The diversion can be viewed here (PDF, 6 MB) .

A417 Southbound (approach to Over from Maisemore) will be closed overnight from 29 May to 13 June between 7pm – 6am. The diversion can be viewed here (PDF, 5.2 MB) .

Resurfacing of the roundabout will take place over two weekends in August (4 – 5 and 11 – 12 August). Road closures will be in place from 7pm Friday evening through to 6am Monday morning. Please note that further restrictions will be in place during the resurfacing of the roundabout but access will be maintained where possible.

More details and traffic advice will be issued nearer the time.

Construction Update Bulletins

If you would like to be added to the distribution list for these bulletins please contact
Bulletin 1 - 17 May 2018 (PDF, 270.5 KB)

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Annual Parish Meeting agenda published

The agenda for Maisemore's Annual Parish Meeting has now been published and is available on line from the Agendas & Minutes page of this site. 

The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be held immediately after the Annual Parish Meeting.

The draft minutes of the Parish Council's Annual Meeting held on 14th May have also been published and are listed on the Agendas & Minutes page.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Audit and accounts information

New documents have been added to this site to do with the audit and accounts of Maisemore Parish Council.

The Confirmation of the Dates of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights is here.

The table of variances is here, with the explanation boxes associated with them are here.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Bonfires and pollution - information from Tewkesbury Borough Council

Bonfires can be a source of irritation to neighbours - both literally and socially.  Tewkesbury Borough Council has some guidance on its website about this - here.

It is illegal to burn any sort of trade waste unless you hold an Environment Agency exemption certificate.

Agenda for next PC meeting published

The agend for the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 14th May has now been published and is on the website here.

The meeting will be at 7.30pm in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall.  As usual, there will be an opportunity for public participation at the start of the meeting.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

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Wireless broadband gets go-ahead from PCC

Maisemore Parochial Church Council has resolved to allow Voneus to proceed with arrangements with the Diocese for their ultrafast wireless broadband installation for Maisemore.  If all goes well, the signal will be transmitted from a small installation on the church roof.

If you haven't already registered an interest in this, you can do so at the Voneus website -  There's a facebook discussion group for this here.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Adult education in Gloucestershire

The County Council has issued a new poster about Adult Education in Gloucestershire.  If you know of anyone who would like to take advantage of these opportunities, please let the know.  There are more details on the GCC website.

Scammers try to exploit worries over TSB

I received this email recently.  It's a scam trying to exploit people' concerns over the recent computing problems at TSB.  If you get anything like this, delete it and do NOT click any links.

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Yours sincerely,

TSB Internet & Mobile Banking Team  

The subject line was  'You have received a private message'.  The main clue to it being a scam was the from email address:  I don't think TSB would be emailing their customers from Australia!

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Road closures in connection with the Over roundabout works

Full details of the road closures connected with the widening and 'improvement' scheme for Over roundabout are here.

Can you save Maisemore Fete?

Sheila Wardle writes:
Although there are stallholders for many of the fete stalls this year, we have been unable to find anyone to coordinate the 2018 fete.

This is a sad situation because if it does not run this year then it will probably finish for good as the momentum from many years will be lost.

If anyone feels that they may be able to pull everything together then we would love to hear from you. 

If you can help or would like to know more please contact the Village Hall Committee at

Thank you!

Staunton and Corse Surgery Spring Newsletter

The Staunton and Corse Surgery Spring Newsletter is available to read on line here.

The surgery's website contains lots of useful information.

Tewkesbury Farmers’ and Craft Market

Tewkesbury’s popular farmers’ and crafts market is back for 2018 with lots of tasty treats and goodies on offer.
From 9am to 1.30pm on 12 May, 2018, Abbey Lawns car park on Gander Lane, Tewkesbury (GL20 5PG) will be packed with stalls offering an array of fresh, seasonal produce and beautiful crafts by local farmers and artists.

Councillor Rob Bird, Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for economic development and promotion, said: "Tewkesbury Farmers' Markets are a fantastic attraction which make a really interesting shopping experience - come and browse the best that local farmers, small traders and artists have to offer.
“These events are a real boost to small businesses, selling local produce and crafts, with the added advantage of limited packaging to clutter your bin!"  
The markets will carry on throughout the year, on the second Saturday of the month. The dates for your diary are: 12 May, 9 June, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November, and 8 December.

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