Saturday, 26 May 2018

Deanwood Lodge to close

Glos Live Online photo
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

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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

Don't take the bait

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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!

Cryptocurrency fraud warning

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.

Beware of this scam

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Defibrillator training

A training and awareness session on the new defibrillator has been arranged for 7.30pm on Wednesday 25th April in the Village Hall.

If you would like to attend, please just drop an email to and let us know how many people will be coming.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

New broadband forum set up

A Maisemore Voneus Community Page has now been set up on Facebook with the idea that people interested in the possibility of high speed wireless broadband in the village can discuss the proposals and get updates.

You can join the group here.  Steve Long, who is the local 'champion' for the proposal is a moderator of the group and says, "It will enable people to talk directly to Voneus with any requests or concerns and let them communicate with us."

The presentation from Voneus to the Parish Council was reported here.  There is more information about the company on its website  -

The Parish Council welcomes any proposal that could lead to improved broadband for Maisemore residents or be of benefit to the church, but it cannot, of course, endorse any one particular commercial operation. 

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Defibrillator installed

The new defibrillator - bought with funds collected by Ros Lane and donated to the Parish Council - has now been installed in a locked cabinet alongside the Parish Council's noticeboard on the Vilage Hall.

Thanks to everyone who has emailed expressing an interest in a training and awareness session.  This will be arranged as soon as possible and etails will be posted here and sent to everyone who has been in touch about it.

Thanks to the Clean-up helpers

Some of the bags of litter filled by the
volunteers waiting for collection
by Tewkesbury Borough Council.
Many thanks to everyone who came and helped with the Maisemore Spring Clean-up today - your efforts have made a real difference to the village.  The Clean-up was run as part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

If anyone has any suggestions for persuading people who pass through the village to take their litter home with them rather than leaving it here, the Parish Council would be very pleased to hear them.

Friday, 16 March 2018

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NFIB Alert - False Telephone Preference Service Calls

False claims of Telephone Preference Service:
Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.

Protect yourself:
  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

MADS plans new production

The Maisemore Arts & Drama Society is planning a new production to be staged on 23rd & 24th November.  All the details are on the

A play reading for the comedy "It Runs In the Family" is planned for Tuesday 17th April at 7.30 in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall.  This will be followed on Wednesday 24th April at 7.30pm with a second read through and auditions, also in the Village Hall.  MADS is particularly keen to find a 'young person' to join the cast.
For further information email or visit the website -

Monday, 12 March 2018

Defibrillator to be installed soon

A defibrillator is to be installed on the Village Hall in the very near future and will be available for anyone to use in the case of a cardiac emergency.

The device has been bought by the Parish Council with the aid of a substantial donation of money raised for the purpose by Ros Lane and with the full co-operation and support of the Village Hall Committee.

At least one awareness and training session is to be arranged once the defibrillator is installed.  Before arranging this, it would be helpful to hear from anyone interested in attending.  Please email to say you're interested, and give a preference between a daytime or evening session or a session during a weekend.

Maisemore Local History Society meetings

Ros Lane writes about the Maisemore Local History Society:

Our last meeting of the 2017/2018 series brings Carolyn Heighway, a notable local historian, who will give an illustrated talk entitled “Architectural Development of Gloucester Cathedral”; this will be on Thursday 20 April; doors open 7:00 p.m. to begin 7:30 p.m. Visitors very welcome £2; refreshments always follow.

Our February meeting was very successful with five of our members giving short talks. Robin Stayt, our president, spoke about the history surrounding the Lamprey Pie from the middle ages right up to the present. Next came Ken Cole who has published a book about the famous Angus breed of cattle at Maisemore Park; he spoke about the work his father did showing in London and concluded with how he found online a medal his father was awarded for best of breed. 

Andy Sysum talked about the work he does with Gloucestershire Family History Society based at Alvin Street at the Records Office. Charles Dobbin informed us about the work carried out by REMAP U.K. who work with disabled people adjusting equipment to make it bespoke for that person.

Finally, David Jones took people through the new MLHS website showing all the additional information recently added. Again a full hall which made it very rewarding for the band of people who prepare the hall, serve refreshments and make visitors and members very welcome.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Minutes of March PC meeting now online

The draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 5th March 2018 are now online here.  Minutes published before the next meeting - on 14th May 2018 - are always draft versions until confirmed at the next Parish Council meeting.

The Audit Statement for 2016/17 is now also online here.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

New date for Spring Clean-up

The postponed Maisemore Spring Clean-up has been re-arranged for Saturday 24th March.  The event is linked in to other similar ones all over the country under the umbrella of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

All volunteers will be very welcome at the Village Hall from 10am till 12.30pm.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Church could be key to faster broadband

At the Parish Council meeting on Monday 5th March, a presentation was given by Tristram Charnley of Voneus.  The meeting was attended by about 13 local residents as well as all the Parish Councillors. 

A Voneus receiver attached to
an existing tv aerial
The wireless broadband system supplied by Voneus is a 'line of sight' or 'near line of sight' system and their proposal is to put a small aerial on the top of the church tower to be linked to the fibre supply that already goes to The Steadings business park and provides plenty of bandwidth.

Each customer would also have a similar small aerial to receive the signal. The aerial is a grey circular box, no more than about 20cm (8 inches) in diameter, which can be mounted on a wall or on an existing tv aerial.

A Voneus receiving aerial
mounted on a wall near a
conventional satellite dish.
Typically, the system would provide between 30 and 50 Mbps for download and between 5 and 10 Mbps for upload.  The cost of the basic system, offering 20GB of data per month would be about £19.99 a month.  A system offering unlimited data would cost £34.99 a month.  Customers could use existing phones connected to this system and dispense with their BT landlines.

There is an installation charge but, for most potential customers in Maisemore, this would be covered by a government funded voucher scheme.  All that is needed to claim the voucher is a screenshot of a speed test of the existing installation showing that it is slower than the government's base level.

If the Parochial Church Council are happy to approve this, superfast broadband could be available in Maisemore in a couple of months.  There would be a benefit to the church, as the PCC would be paid a small amount each month for every customer served by the system.

The Church of England recently reached an agreement with the government on the principle of using churches to provide this sort of service, so there is every reason to hope that the PCC can agree this and be the catalyst for a better broadband service in the village.

Progress will also depend on Voneus receiving enough expressions of interest in the system.  This can be done through their website -

Voneus are within the government and County Council Fastershire scheme and are partners with Gigaclear.  Gigaclear will be installing a fibre system to the village at some time later this year, but their timescales have been put back due to the collapse of the construction company Carillion.  When this fibre link becomes available, it will be possible to migrate the service to that without any penalty on the Voneus contract.  The cost for the Gigaclear service will be higher as it provides an ultra-fast broadband service direct to premises, subject to a connection charge.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Timely reminder from Neighbourhood Watch