Sunday, 23 September 2018

Watch out for these fake TV Licensing emails

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We’ve seen a sharp increase in reports about fake TV Licensing emails claiming to offer refunds. 

The emails state that the refund cannot be processed due to “invalid account details”. 

The links provided in the emails lead to phishing websites designed to steal personal and financial 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.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Royal Mail warns of postal scams

The Parish Council has received a warning from Royal Mail about attempted scams arriving through the post.  There's a poster about it here.  Scam mails are illegal and target the most vulnerable people in our community.

Royal Mail never knowingly delivers scam mail, but it can get through.  Mostly it originates from overseas - and it's hard to detect.  RM has stopped over 4 million pieces of scam mail at its distribution depots.

If you're concerned that you or someone you know has received a scam letter, please report it to Royal Mail:

Call the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Full fibre broadband coming soon.

Full fibre broadband should reach Maisemore before the end of the year, according to a spokesman for Gigaclear who attended the last Parish Council meeting.

Provision of the service to rural areas with very poor broadband speeds is part of a scheme funded by the government in conjunction with Gloucestershire County Council under the Fastershire banner.

Gigaclear were awarded the contract last year and have engaged local company Complete Utilities to carry out the work in Maisemore.  It will bring the fibre tp a 'pot' (point of termination) on or adjacent to the roadway near each property.  

There's more information at, where you can also register your interest.

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Maisemore's oldest resident, Margaret Hamblin, reached the age of 100 last week and received the traditional letter from the Queen.

Her birthday was celebrated at the Maisemore Friendship Club and the event was attended by Radio Gloucestershire's Pete Wilson.

Margaret moved into her bungalow in the Rudge in the late 1950s and has lived there ever since.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Don't be a dirty dog owner!

Jeremy Chamberlayne writes:

Today, I have removed two dog poo deposits and one, plastic bagged at the Steadings. We welcome residents walking through the business park, but not their dog faeces, which we have to remove. My wife has picked up two bagged deposits today from the lakeside path.

This really is a plague for us. On field edge paths, it is much better to throw it under a hedge or into long grass, where it quickly degrades, rather than leave it in bags, which are long term litter. 
It is an offence to leave dog poo and owners are required to clear up after their dogs.  If it's bagged, it should be taken home and put in the green bin for collection with other non-recyclable rubbish. 
There is a fixed penalty of at least £50 for dog fouling - which includes leaving bags of faeces. If you refuse to pay the fine, you can be taken to court and fined up to £1,000.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

September's agenda now available

The agenda for the meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 3rd September is now available here.  It includes a presentation about the Complete Utilities and Gigaclear project to install full fibre broadband in Maisemore.

The minutes of the July meeting are here.  Previous agendas and minutes can be read on the Agendas and Minutes page using the menu at the top of this page.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Wireless broadband project started

According to the Voneus website, they have started work on their wireless broadband service for Maisemore and expect full delivery in November.

Commemorating the end of World War I

Ros Lane writes:
On Friday 26 October 2018 - please note the day: Friday - Maisemore Local History Society will be commemorating the end of World War I with a special event at St Giles Church, Maisemore.

Doors open at 7pm and the evening starts at 7:30pm with an illustrated slideshow by Rose Hewlett entitled "Village Life between 1914 - 1918". We will then take a break for coffee or tea. The second half of the evening will be the reading of the names of the men of Maisemore who marched out of the village some to return but others not so, followed by a poetry reading by Clive Hook.

The vicar, John Longuet Higgins will say prayers, and to conclude Clive Hook will sing Ave Maria.

The event will be in St. Giles Church, Maisemore starting at 7:30 p.m. and there will be no entry charge. Visitors and particularly Maisemore residents welcome - please note there is no visitor charge for this event.

ADVANCE NOTICE: The November meeting will be held on Thursday 29 November 2018 and will be a talk entitled "Social Life in the Stroud area in Old Postcards” by Howard Beard. This will be back at the village hall as usual.


Overnight road closures on Over Causeway

We have been advised that the Over Causeway will be closed overnight as follows:

Northbound carriageway: 
From 17th September to 28th September. Monday to Friday from 8:00pm to 6:00am

Southbound carriageway:
From 1st October to 12th October. Monday to Friday from 8:00pm to 6:00am

This is to allow for bridge and viaduct works by Amey on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. As this work is weather dependent these dates may be subject to some changes.

If you require further information, please contact Amey Highways on 08000 514514.

Beware of scam phone calls

Police officers at Tewkesbury have been made aware of increased phone call scams in the last week. They claim to be from a bank or Microsoft. If you receive a call do not give any security details whatsoever and contact Action Fraud
Local residents have also received automated scam phone calls claiming to be from HMRC and threatening legal action.  

If you receive one of these, please do not respond or give any personal details but report it here or email

There has also been an increase in reports about fake British Gas emails claiming to offer refunds. The links provided in the emails lead to genuine-looking British Gas phishing websites that are designed to steal the usernames and passwords for British Gas accounts.

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.

Rectory Gardens brochure published

Newland Homes have published a brochure on their development behind Rectory Farm, advertised as 'Rectory Gardens.'   The brochure can be viewed here.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Andy Bubb Memorial Meeting

The annual All British 2018 Andy Bubb Memorial Meeting organised by the Severn Valley Schoolboy Scramble Club will take place just outside the village this weekend (Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August).

This event is a great opportunity for youngsters from the age of 6 to show their skills on the scramble circuit in the field at the end of Blacksmiths Lane in a fully supervised event.

Residents are very welcome to come along and watch the races, for which there is no admission charge.  Pedestrian access is down Blacksmiths Lane, but no vehicles should use this access which is a private road and bridleway - vehicle access is through the next entrance on the left going out of the village towards Hartpury.

It will, of course, be quite noisy, but it is in full compliance with regulations.

Progress on wireless broadband

The wireless broadband provider, Voneus, has discontinued the individual location facebook pages and Maisemore is now included in the updates section of its main website -

According to the latest update published today, "a meeting has taken place at the church with the Diocese and architect. Visual inspection was completed and they are very happy to progress. We are now preparing the faculty submission and will provide a further update in two weeks."

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Cleaner needed for the Village Hall

For further details contact:
Pete Tandy
01452 260250

Weekend Road Closures

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

It includes a notice of the road closures over the next two weekends to enable resurfacing work to be carried out. The details are:  

Friday 3rd August 19:00 - Monday 6th 06:00 to resurface the northern section.
Travel will only be permitted through the roundabout:
Eastbound from Highnam to Longford
From the city westbound to Highnam (via the A417 Slip).

Friday 10th August 19:00 - Monday 13th 06:00 to resurface the southern section.
Travel will be only be permitted through the roundabout:
Eastbound from Highnam to Longford
From Highnam to Maisemore
From Maisemore to Longford
From the city westbound to Highnam (via the A417 Slip).

Further information on the closures is available on the county council website:

Saturday, 21 July 2018

These fake emails are after your Amazon login details!

We’ve had an increased number of reports about these fake emails purporting to be from Amazon. The subject line and content of the emails vary, but they all contain links leading to phishing websites designed to steal your Amazon login 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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Village Hall Jumble Sale

Don't forget the Village Hall Jumble Sale this afternoon - from 2pm to 4pm, entrance 50p

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

Scam Alert - fake Argos texts

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Scam Alert - Fake Argos Texts

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Watch out for these fake
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?


Have you seen this motorhome?

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

Another nasty scam

Fake texts warning

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

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

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)