Tuesday, 12 November 2019

General Election notice

The formal notice of the General Election on 12th December 2019 has now been published and can be seen here.

In order to vote, you have to be registered.  You can register on line at the government's voter registration page here.  The deadline for registrations for the General Election is midnight on 26 November.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Remembrance Sunday

There will be a Service of Remembrance at St Giles Church, Maisemore on Sunday 10th November, starting at the war memorial at 10.45 am.

Amongst the wreaths laid will be one from Maisemore Parish Council on behalf of the people of the village.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Christmas Get-Together

This year's Christmas Get-Together will be in Maisemore Village Hall between 2.30 and 4.30pm on Sunday 15th December.

The Get-Together is a chance to meet old and new neigbours.  Mince pies, refreshments and mulled wine will be available.  There's no charge, but donations will be welcome.  There will be a raffle in aid of the Village Hall.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Are you registered to vote?

In order to vote in the General Election on Thursday 12th December, you must be registered.

You can do this on the government's voter registration page here.  The deadline for registrations for the General Election is midnight on 26 November.

If you want to apply to vote by post, register before 5pm on 26 November.  If you're going to be abroad, you may prefer to appoint a proxy to vote for you, as sending a postal vote from abroad may risk it not arriving in time.  A proxy should be someone you know and trust.  Links to register for a postal or proxy vote are on the same page of the government website, here.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Parish Council meeting

There is a Parish Council meeting this evening (Monday 4th November) at 7.30 pm in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall.  The agenda can be found here.

How To Avoid Becoming A Victim of Cyber Fraud

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Friday, 11 October 2019

Warning from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Urgent notice - email scam awareness


Dear supporter,

Unfortunately, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has been the victim of an email phishing scam today. Phishing scams are fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information by disguising themselves as a trustworthy entity in electronic communications.
An email has been recently circulated among our contacts with the subject: Dalma Zsalako shared “Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Ltd DOC” with you.
Please be aware that this email has not been sent by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and that your data remains safe. However, if you are a recipient of this email please delete it immediately and do not click on the attachment.
If you have opened the attachment we suggest running an anti-malware programme on your computer immediately.
Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused and rest assured that the security of your information is of utmost importance to us. We have acted on this issue immediately in order to prevent any further distribution of the email in question.
If you have been affected by the email and have any concerns, please get in touch at info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk

Message sent by Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Neighbourhood Watch Review

Tewkesbury Borough Plan - My mistake!

The original caption on the plan of the Tewkesbury Plan housing allocation for Maisemore was incorrect.  The plan does NOT include the 'restored landscape area' of the Rectory Farm site within the village boundary.

This has now been corrected.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Have your say on Tewkesbury's Plan

Tewkesbury Borough Council wants to hear from the public about a crucial planning document - the Pre-submission Tewkesbury Borough Plan - before submitting it to the Government for independent examination.

The Plan provides detailed and locally-specific planning policies on issues in Tewkesbury Borough, such as housing, employment, retail, the urban and natural environment and transport. It also includes smaller-scale sites allocated for housing and employment development.
The housing allocation map for Maisemore shows the Bell House Farm site as an allocation and the Rectory Farm site as having planning permission.  The settlement boundary has been drawn in accordance with the Parish Council's submission. 

The plan feeds directly in to the Joint Core Strategy - the over-arching strategic planning document for Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough which sets out how much growth needs to be accommodated in the three areas and the broad strategy for how that growth will be delivered. 
The consultation will run for just over six weeks until  5pm on Monday, 18 November - any comments received after the deadline cannot be accepted.

To read more about the plan, the consultation process and to make comments, visit www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/boroughplan 

The plan is also available to view at the Public Services Centre on Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury, or at libraries and advice centres throughout Tewkesbury Borough.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Death of Brian Knowles

It is with great sadness that Maisemore Parish Council announces the sudden death of Brian Knowles over the weekend. 

Brian and his wife, Jocelyn, who died a few years ago, enjoyed a long retirement in Maisemore at their house in Church Rise - nearly 25 years. 

Besides being Parish Clerk for a period, Brian organised The Grapevine, our newsletter, for many years only recently giving up its editorial. 

He will be sadly missed.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Thefts of lead from church roofs

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Last of the Summer Wine

Maisemore Arts and Drama Society is to stage a production of Last of the Summer Wine on October 18th & 19th in Maisemore Village Theatre.

Tickets can be got from chrisjonesprojectoffice@gmail.com or by phoning 01452 52333.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Don't give anyone your bank or credit card

Local successes in Scramble Championship

Local rider Ollie Bubb (just turned 10 and pictured here receiving the trophy) won 5 out of 5 races in the 65cc group of 40 riders at the recent Andy Bubb Memorial Scramble Event in Maisemore to take the overall win.
Zachary Bubb (7) also did well and, despite a few crashes, finished 8th overall in the 50cc automatic group. 
The championship was first held in Maisemore back in the 70's.
This year there were around 120 young riders participating in this well-organised event, with youngsters from the age of 6 showing off their skills on two wheels.

Polic & Crime Commissioner's report

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Intensive Poultry Unit details

An application has been submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council for various matters on which conditions were applied on the planning consent for the planned Intensive Poultry Unit to the north of Maisemore.  These include a surface water management plan and details of lighting.

The relevant documents are on the TBC website under application reference 19/00104/CONDIS (https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/planning#current-and-historic-planning-applications)

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Improved access to documents

From time to time there are posts on this site with links to Parish Council and other documents, but these links have not been easy to find once the post is no longer current.

To overcome this, a separate Documents page has been added and can be found in the bar menu above. It lists many documents that are either held as part of the Parish Council's website or can be accessed by a link.  All the links on the Documents page will open in a new browser window.

The Parish Council has a commitment to make what it does as transparent as possible, so improved access to relevant documents helps meet that commitment.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

The Maisemore Chicken Sheds - the Committee's determination

The minutes of the TBC Planning Committee in mid-June 2019 at which the chicken sheds application was approved are now available - check out https://minutes.tewkesbury.gov.uk/documents/g2672/Printed%20minutes%20Tuesday%2018-Jun-2019%2010.00%20Planning.pdf?T=1 

They don't record the voting figures - we understand these were 13-2 for. 

For those who haven't yet seen the Officer's report presented to the committee you can find it at https://minutes.tewkesbury.gov.uk/documents/b6984/Planning%20Schedule%20Tuesday%2018-Jun-2019%2010.00%20Planning.pdf?T=9

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Andy Bubb Memorial Meeting 2019

The annual All British Andy Bubb Memorial Meeting organised by the Severn Valley Schoolboy Scramble Club will take place just outside the village this weekend (Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th 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.  

There will be refreshments, bar and children's entertainments as well as the racing.

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 all the regulations.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Cold caller alert

Over the weekend Police have received calls in relation to persons going around in a white van asking residents if they wanted their hedges and trees cut and asking for large amounts of money to do this. A small white van was reported with males aged approximately 20 to 30 years with Irish accents going door to door in the area of Maisemore.

Residents should be aware of this and to report via 101 if they see any suspicious activity taking place. They should also turn the people away.

Tewkesbury neighbourhood Police will be in the location this morning patrolling.  

For advice on home security visit https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/keeping-your-home-property-safe/home-security-advice/

Message Sent By
James King (Police, PCSO, Tewkesbury)

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Agenda for Parish Council meeting on 1st July

The agenda for the Parish Council meeting to be held next Monday (1st July) at 7.30pm in the committee room of the Village Hall has now been published and can be found here.

The minutes of the last meeting can be found here.  Previous agendas and minutes are listed on the Agendas and Minutes page of this site, accessed from the bar menu above.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Thanks from Village Hall Committee

Carole Banks writes:

Maisemore Village Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who supported the open garden event on 9th June - in particular those who opened their gardens, donated cakes and plants, helped on the day and of course those who ‘did the grand tour’. The event raised £666, which will be used together with other funding to improve the children’s play area at the hall.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Open Garden - date correction

The dates when the Weir Reach - in The Rudge, Maisemore - will be open as part of the National Open Garden Scheme are Sunday 16th June and Wednesday 19th June from 11am to 5pm.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Open Gardens

If you missed the Village Hall's Open Gardens Event on Sunday, there is a chance to see one of them again as part of the National Garden Scheme.   Weir Reach - in The Rudge, Maisemore - will be open on Sunday 16th June and Wednesday 19th June from 11am to 5pm.  There is a charge in aid of charity of £4 for adults, children free.  Teas will be available and there will be plants for sale.

 There's more information about open gardens at ngs.org.uk.

Andrew Cooley writes:
"I visited 8 of the 9 gardens open last Sunday in the Maisemore event organised by the Village Hall Committee and it was a very enjoyable and interesting experience.  Thanks to everyone who opened their garden to visitors and to those who worked at the Village Hall to provide tea and cakes".

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Should the "Pig Meal Shed" be preserved?

Jeremy Chamberlayne writes

"Most people in Maisemore today will not have even noticed the inconspicuous shed, that has stood for about 100 years, close to the School crossroads, outside the old school boundary fence. The story of the Pig and Poultry Club is clearly outlined, in a delightful book - “Pigs, Peas and Poetry - How a Gloucestershire village school gained international recognition”, by Fiona Mead, who died recently.

The book is an account of the inspirational head teacher, from 1915-1956, who set up the club, built the shed and organised the club for both the school and residents. There are four former pupils still in the village who had a part in this.

While it was formerly creosoted every year, it has been abandoned for many years and is becoming derelict. It is likely that there is no formal evidence of ownership and now some people would like see this somehow adopted as a heritage site, to keep alive the memory of the school and the club, particularly during WW2, when it boosted the self sufficiency of the village.

A restoration project could include some permanent interpretation and, possibly, some display.

Any comments would be welcome."

Maisemore Open Gardens

Don't forget that nine gardens in Maisemore will be open to view this Sunday.  The gardens are of varying sizes and there are some new gardens to see this year. 

Entry is £5 per adult, children free, and entrance tickets and map will be available from 1pm to 6pm at Maisemore Village Hall.  Teas will also be available there, where there is plenty of parking.  There will also be a plant sale.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

New Parish Council

Maisemore's new Parish Council met for the first time this evening (Thursday 16th May).

The new Chairman is Cllr. David Jones and the re-elected Vice-Chairman is Cllr. Debbie Burgess.

Full contact details of all Parish, Borough and County Councillors are in the Village Directory, accessed from the bar menu at the top of this page.

Fake Police scams

Please be aware the Police have had reports of victims receiving phone calls from people claiming to be Police Officers who say they have arrested someone possessing a cloned bank card in the victim's name. The caller will then ask the victim to withdraw cash, or ask the victim to move their money to a 'safe account'. These calls are fraudulent.

Neither the Police, nor your bank, will ever ask you to withdraw or move money, or to confirm your PIN number.

Message Sent By
Victoria Brinton (Police,
Cyber Protect Officer, Gloucestershire)

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Borough election result

The formal notice of the Tewkesbury Borough Council election on 2nd May has now been published and is on this website here.

Your new Borough Councillors are:

Paul McLain (Conservative)
07798 803213 - councillor.pmclain@tewkesbury.gov.uk
Jill Smith (Conservative)

01452 524938 - councillor.jsmith@tewkesbury.gov.uk

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Agenda for Parish Council Meeting

The agenda for the next Parish Council meeting on Thursday 16th May has now been published - here.  The meeting is at 7.30pm in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall.

This is the Annual Parish Council meeting where newly elected Parish Councillors take office and complete Statements of Acceptance of Office.  It also includes the election of a Chairman and Vice-chairman as well as other officers.

Agendas and minutes for previous meetings are available on the Agendas & Minutes page of this site, using the bar menu above.

It was originally intended to hold the Annual Parish Meeting (APM) for all parishioners on this date but, due to unforeseen circumstances all ot its agenda is adjourned until the Meeting can be rearranged at the Annual Parish Council Meeting.   The APM will be opened immediately before the Annual Parish Council meeting to accept apologies for this postponement and then adjourned to a date to be agreed by the new Council.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Polling Day

Thursday 2nd May is polling day for the Tewkesbury Borough Council elections.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. We are electing two councillors for this Highnam with Haw Bridge ward, so you have two votes. 

If you have a postal vote and have not sent it in, you can take it to any polling station in the ward - or get someone you trust to drop it in for you.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Latest Neighbourhood Watch newsletter

Voneus outage

Apparently there is a major outage in the area, so we have no broadband connection through Voneus. If they can't fix it remotely, they will send out an engineer.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Ready for the Maisemore Clean-up

Some of the bags of litter collected in a previous
spring clean up waiting to be picked up
by Tewkesbury Borough Council
The litter pickers, hi-viz vests and other kit for the Village Clean-up tomorrow (Saturday 27th) arrived first thing this morning - so we're all set to go.

The Clean-up is from 1.30pm to 5pm, and we'll be starting at the Village Hall from 1.30 onwards - so there's just time to get your breath back after the  Get-Together in the morning.

Anyone who wants to help tidy up the village will be most welcome.


Thursday, 25 April 2019

Local perspective on knife crime

Beth Cox  from the Office of the Police and Crime Commisioner for Gloucestershire, writes:

The use of knives and other pointed weapons is very much in the news at the moment and it’s very easy to see Gloucestershire through the prism of some of our other bigger cities which have different problems.

This link puts the issue into context locally.

Deanwood Lodge planning application approved

Planning permission has now been granted for he internal reconfiguration and refurbishment of Deanwood Lodge into a 13-bed residence for people with learning difficulties  (application reference 18/00803/FUL).

Full details of the decision can be found on the Tewkesbury Borough Council website.  As the number of occupants will be less than for the previous use, there are no conditions related to parking.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

No mobile library on May 2nd

Unfortunately, the mobile library an has still not been repaired, so it will not be visiting Maisemore on Thursday 2nd May as expected.

If anyone is waiting for books they ordered, they can be delivered to a library of their choice to be collected by them.  If you order a book on line, there is no charge.  

To contact the library service, phone 01452 426973 or visit http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries.

Parish Council thanks Cllr Phil Awford

Maisemore Parish Council would like to thank Councillor Phil Awford for the support and commitment he has given to the parish over the many years he has served as Borough Councillor representing Maisemore’s interests within Tewkesbury Borough Council.
Councillor Awford continues as our County Councillor and as such we welcome his ongoing engagement and contribution at Parish Council meetings.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Q&A session on fibre broadband

Gigaclear are hosting a Q&A session on their fibre broadband at 7pm on Wednesday 15th May in Maisemore Village Hall.

Gigaclear say "Our broadband experts will be on hand to discuss how having a high-quality, fast and reliable internet connection allows you to use multiple devices, seamlessly - with the speed you need."

You can register for free tickets to the event here.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Village Get-together

The Maisemore Village Get-Together and Bacon Butty Breakfast is this coming Saturday April 27th in the Village Hall.

There will be gluten and dairy free options and something suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

Everyone is welcome.  There is no charge - although donations in aid of the Village Hall will be welcomed on the day.

The Village Hall Committee would particularly welcome anyone who wants to come along to represent a local group or society, such as MADS and Maisemore Local Hoistory Society.

The event runs from 10am to 12noon.  It's a great opportunity to come along with the family and meet friends and neighbours.  There's no hidden agenda - it's just all about getting to know other Maisemore residents in a friendly atmosphere.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Can you help Holly?

The Cinnamon Trust urgently needs volunteers to help a resident of Maisemore and their lovely dog Holly, a 7 year old Border Collie who would love to go for a good walk so we would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to help. 

This is a national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care.

If you would like to register or even have a quick chat about registering just call Sally or Tressa direct on 01736 758707 or email sallycollins@cinnamon.org.uk or tressaherriott@cinnamon.org.uk.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Post Office Pops Up

Hartpury Village Hall reports:

"The new 'pop-up' post office will open for business at Hartpury Village Hall on Tuesday 7 May and will operate every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2.30 – 4.30 pm, offering all normal post office services, including banking operations. 

Customers will also be able to pre-order shop items including fresh milk, bread and papers."

This is probably for a trial period, as the Village Hall message ends:  "USE IT OR LOSE IT!"

Monday, 15 April 2019

European Parliament Election Notice

The formal notice of the European Parliament Election on Thursday 23rd May has now been published and can be seen here and  on the Parish Council notice boards.

The Borough Council elections are on Thursday 2nd May.  The Polling station is in Maisemore Village Hall and will be open from 7am to 10pm.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Parish Council will not need an election

With five people nominated for the five vacancies on the Parish Council, there will be no need for a Parish Council election.  There will, of course be an election for two Borough councillors on Thursday 2nd May.

Everyone nominated will, therefore, be automatically elected as Parish Councillors on the election date.  Their first Parish Council meeting will be on Thursday, 16th May.