Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Who can stand for electon to the Parish Council?

You can stand for election to the Parish Council if you are at least 18 years old by 2nd May and:

a. you are registered as a local government  elector in Maisemore parish

b. you have, during the whole of the 12 months preceding polling day, occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish

c. your principal place of work during those 12 months has been in the parish

you have, during the whole of those 12 months, lived in the parish or within 4.8 kilometres of it. 

You may, of course, be qualified under more than one of the above. 

Nomination forms are available from the Democratic Services department of Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, Glos GL20 5TT - 01684 272021 -

Nomination forms need to be signed by two other registered electors for the parish and must be delivered by hand to Tewkesbury Borough Council - either by you or by someone acting on your behalf.

Please get in touch

This poster about young people's efforts to get politicians to take climate change seriously was put on the Parish Council notice board in the bus shelter opposite Persh Lane.  Whoever it was also wrote a suggestion that it should be considered on the PC meeting agenda posted there.

We would love to hear from whoever raised this so that we can get it on the agenda for the next PC meeting - just email  The law says that the PC can only discuss things that are on the formal agenda, but anyone can ask for something to be added - we just need to know at least a week ahead.  The next Parish Council meeting is on Monday 13th May.  If it's on the agenda, it can be discussed, both in the formal part of the meeting and in the public participation part at the beginning.  Anyone can come along and take part in that.

The web link written on the poster is  It's a video called Seven - and it's well worth a watch.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Election Notices

The notice about the election of 2 Councillors to serve on Tewkesbury Borough Council is here.  The similar notice about the election of 5 councillors to serve on Maisemore Parish Council is here.

Nomination forms for both Councils need to reach the Returning Officer, Council Offices, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury Glos GL20 5TT no later than 4pm on Wednesday 3rd April.

If you are not yet registered to vote, you should do so by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer at the above address. Applications need to be received no later than midnight on Friday 12th April.  Applications to register to vote may also be made on line to

The elections are due to be held on Thursday 2nd May.  The polling station will be Maisemore Village Hall and the polls are open from 7am to 10pm.

A scam you should not ignore

If you get a text like this:

FreeMsg: Reminder. You are subscribed to MobiPlanet for £4.50 every 7 days from UME until you text STOP MPL to 83463. HELP? 03300535858

you should NOT ignore it. 

It is a scam, but this text message is the only one you may get before they start taking £4.50 a week from your phone account. 

DON'T delete it - it's the only record you've got and the only one you're likely to get with the cancellation details.

DO text STOP MPL 83463 if you can - but your phone may block it.

If it does, phone 03300535858 to unsubscribe. 

CHECK your phone account to see whether any payments have been taken.  If they have, you may be able to get a refund.

There's more information about this scam on the giffgaff support forum at

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Fake TV licence scam warning

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Gloucester City thefts alert

If you are a Visitor to Gloucester City Centre you are kindly reminded to not leave your personal possessions unattended whilst visiting any local pubs and restaurants within the City. Keep your wallets, purses and possessions zipped away safe and within a reasonable accessible distance.

Unfortunately there has been an increase in thefts over the past last few months.

Victims of theft should further report the crime via the 101 non emergency telephone number.
Personal issue possessions such as bank cards should be cancelled as soon as possible with your bank. Any items such as passports/driving licences should also be cancelled as soon as possible.

If it can be avoided and unless absolutely necessary do not carry items such as utility bills within your possessions as these can easily be used to commit fraud.

For further crime prevention advice please feel free to view the Gloucestershire Constabulary website at -

Message Sent By
Ben Rollins (Police, PCSO, Gloucester)

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Flooding in Persh Lane

There's quite a substantial flood in Persh Lane following last night's heavy rain. 

It's caused by a blocked drainage gulley which has been reported to the County Council. 

Apart from the gulley, there's nowhere for the water to drain to as the fields either side are higher than the road surface. 

The water table is currently also virtually at road level and Complete Utilities have had to abandon work on installing broadband fibre on a stretch in this spot because their trench kept filling up with water - and that was before last night's rain.

Road issues are among many things that can be reported on line to either Gloucestershire County Council or Tewkesbury Borough Counci.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019


The Maisemore Village Clean-up will now be in the afternoon of Saturday 27th April as there's to be a 'bacon butty' village get together in the Village Hall in the morning.  More details to follow.

Can you help clean up Maisemore

The Parish Council last night agreed to run a Maisemore spring clean event on Saturday 27th April, linked up with the Great British Spring Clean supported by the Keep Britain Tidy campaign.

If you can help on the day - between about 10 and 12.30 - that would be great.  If you're definitely coming, please let us know  (, but anyone who comes along to join in on the day will be most welcome.

The meeting point will be Maisemore Village Hall and litter picking equipment will be available, kindly supplied by Tewkesbury Borough Council.

Monday, 4 March 2019

'Local' social network

A 'local' social networking platform has become popular in Maisemore over the past few weeks.  It's called and it now has nearly 70 members within Maisemore.

This network isn't actually local but it claims to be able to keep what you see - and what others see - within the Parish. If you decide to use it, you will need to give your real name and at least part of your real address, and some residents may be reluctant to do this.  Others may take the view that it prevents rudeness and lack of respect being allowed to flourish behind the mask of a made-up user name.

Of course the Parish Council can't endorse any commercial system or service. 

Borough and Parish Elections

Borough and Parish elections are scheduled for Thursday 2nd May - so now's the time to start thinking about how you could make a difference to the future of Maisemore by standing for election as a Parish Councillor.  Parish Councils need new people and new ideas to help the community thrive - and not all existing councillors will be seeking re-election.

The election timetable starts in a couple of weeks - here it is in full:

  • Publication of Notice of Election - Monday 18 March
  • Nominations open - Tuesday 19 March
  • Deadline for receipt of Nominations - 4pm Wednesday 3 April
  • Deadline for withdrawal of candidate - 4pm Wednesday 3 April
  • Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated - 4pm Thursday 4 April
  • Last date for registration - Friday 12 April
  • First despatch of postal votes - Friday 12 April
  • Deadline for receipt of postal vote applications - 5pm Monday 15 April
  • Publication of Notice of Poll - Wednesday 24 April
  • Deadline for receipt of proxy vote applications - 5pm Wednesday 24 April

To apply to register to vote, please visit
To print a postal vote or proxy vote application form, please visit
For further information on standing as a Parish Councillor, contact the Democratic Services department of Tewkesbury Borough Council on 01684 272021 or

Democratic Services will be able to send you a nomination pack with the necessary nomination form and plenty of other information.

If you want to know more, there's useful information - All About Local Councils - here.  It's published by the National Association of Local Councils.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

March Parish Council meeting agenda

The agenda for the next meeting of the Parish Council on 4th March is now on this website here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and there is a section for public participation at the start of the meeting, which is in the committee room of the Village Hall at 7.30pm.  Both public participation and the actual Council meeting can only cover items on the agenda.

Previous agendas and minutes of meetings can be found on the Agendas & Minutes page of the site, accessed via the bar menu.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Every cloud ...

The closure of Hartpury Post Office will be a blow to many Maisemore residents who use it regularly.  The Parish Council would like to thank Victor Smith and his team for providing such a valued service for so many years.

As a consequence of the closure, Cotteswold Dairy - who have been supplying the milk to Hartpury Post Office - will be looking to expand their service in Maisemore, where they can deliver to your doorstep on six days a week.

For those of us who are trying to cut down on single use plastic, there is some more good news in that Cotteswold will deliver full cream, semi-skimmed and skimmed milk in 'rinse and return' glass bottles. The Dairy can also deliver newspapers, bread and other products.

If you would like to become a customer for doorstep delivery, you should contact Cotteswold Dairy on 01242 672426 or at  Alternatively, go to their website - - and use the 'Become a customer' option.

Please note that your web browser may give a warning message when you first use this site, but it is a genuine site and not a scam.

This posting is provided for the information of residents and mention of any commercial organisation on the Parish Council website does not imply the Parish Council's endorsement or recommendation.


Friday, 15 February 2019

Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

The NFIB have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification. 
When you think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your identity. 
A dating fraudster, previously involved in deceiving people that wanted a friendship explained how they would create fake accounts with social media platforms so that their details matched and could be searched. By appearing to be a real person their fake persona could be corroborated by prospective partners searching their background and believe them to be genuine. The fraudster said:
“People like to live in fairy tales to say it won’t happen to me. I make sure all my conversations are bespoke. I will show insecurity myself about trusting people and this helps allude to them that I’m genuine.”
The fraudster will also utilise as many accessible online research tools to explore people’s information for their own personal gain or sell onwards. The fraudster elaborated and explained:
“I use various online directories to find out about the person. Once I have enough, I use it to milk everything I can using their details or sell them on to other fraudsters via the dark web”
When asked how people could check if a person is real. The romance fraudster offered advice for others searching for a relationship. They told us that after you see a picture of them: 
“Ask for them to send you another photo of themselves posing with their thumbs up or waving. It’s like a form of 2 factor authentication and makes it hard to do if it’s not an original picture”
What you need to do

  • Avoid sharing too many personal details when on online dating profiles. Revealing your full name, date of birth, or full home address may lead to your identity being stolen.
  • Never respond to any requests to send money, or have money transferred into your account by someone you don’t know and trust. These types of requests should always raise a red flag. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it.
  • Pick a reputable dating website or app, and use the built-in messaging service. Fraudsters want to quickly switch to social media or texting so there’s no evidence of them asking you for money.
Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Monday, 11 February 2019

Could you open your garden on 9th June

Maisemore Village Hall commitee would like to host an open garden event on Sunday 9th June 2019 from  1-6pm. 

If you would be willing to open your garden would you please contact Carole Banks 07988 674236 or email

As well as providing teas at the hall we also hope to have a plant sale so any donations of plants would be appreciated.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Another telephone scam

PC Sally Allanson, of Tewkesbury Police, writes Tewkesbury)

We have received a report of a telephone scam from people pretending to be from HMRC. They will state you owe tax and will instruct you to purchase Google Play vouchers. They will advise you what to say to the shop when you are purchasing the vouchers and then ask you to call them back with the voucher codes. This is a scam and if in doubt always call HMRC to check the call before taking any steps.
For more information, please visit our website:

Remember, we're unable to accept reports of crime through Your Neighbourhood Alerts. If you need to report something, please call 101 or report online: 

Always call 999 in an emergency.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Council objects to planning applications

Following the two public meetings held on 16th and 23rd January, Maisemore Parish Council has registered its objections with Tewkesbury Borough Council.

The first meeting considered application 18/01162/FUL for the erection of an intensive poultry unit to the north of the village.  The minutes of the meeting are here and the objection is here

The second meeting was to consider an outline application (18/01202/OUT) for housing on Swinley Field, behind the Village Hall.  The minutes for that meeting are here and the objection is here.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Do you recognise this?

Fostering Information Session

Attend this two-hour session to find out about fostering
On: Saturday, 26 January 2019 (10am-12pm)
At: Maisemore Village Hall, Church Rd, Maisemore GL2 8JE

If you would like to find out more about fostering, you are welcome to attend this information session. You’ll find out about the children who need fostering in Gloucestershire, the different types of fostering and the process of becoming a foster carer. You’ll also have the chance to ask questions of an experienced foster carer. This is a friendly, informal session and there is no need to book.


Stolen Velo Vitesse Custom Built Bike 09-01-2019

We're appealing for information following the theft of a unique, one-of-a-kind road pedal cycle that was stolen from the rear of a van in SHERBORNE STREET, CHELTENHAM on Wednesday 9th January 2019.  Offenders gained accessed to a secure car park and stole the bicycle whilst the owner was delivering goods nearby.

The bike stolen is a proto-type Velo Vitesse black carbon fibre road bike with the name 'VELO VITESSE' across the frame in blue, red, white and black.  The seat is black with red stripe, blue coloured racing style handle bars.
PLEASE NOTE: The picture is of the same bike but the wheels were changed to black prior to the theft.

Please forward this appeal to your family, friends and social media contacts.
If you have any information concerning this incident, please call 101 quoting Crime Reference Number 1324/19. Or email

Alternatively, you can give information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For advice on keeping your bikes safe, you can find plenty of crime prevention advice on our website:

Remember, we're unable to accept reports of crime through Your Neighbourhood Alerts. If you need to report something, please call 101 or report online:
Always call 999 in an emergency.
Message Sent By
Initial Investigations Team (Police, PC, IIT, Control Room)

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Parish Council Meeting Agenda

The agenda for next Monday's Parish Council meeting is now on this website here.  The meeting is at 7.30pm in the committee room of the Village Hall and will start with a public participation in which residents may comment or ask questions on any item on the agenda.  Members of the public may not particiapte in the meeting after this point.

The draft minutes of the previous meeting are here.  Agendas and minutes for earlier meetings can be found on the Agendas and Minutes page of this site, accessed from the bar menu above.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Public meetings on major planning applications

Maisemore Parish Council is holding public meetings to hear the views of residents on two major planning application.

The first meeting will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th January at 7.30pm in the Village Hall to consider the application for an intensive poultry unit.  This consists of 2 agricultural buildings for poultry rearing with associated infrastructure and new highway access. on land east of the A417opposite Overton Farm.  The application reference is 18/01162/FUL and full details can be found on the Tewkesbury Borough Council website

Residents may recall that there was an application for an Environment Agency permit for this development, which has now been granted.  The details of the permit are on the TBC website.  Maisemore Parish Council submitted an objection to the granting of the permit, which can be found here.

The second meeting is on Wednesday 23rd January, also at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  This meeting is to consider the proposal to develop Swinley Field, behind the Village Hall for 15 self-build and 10 discounted market dwellings  together with access and associated works such as footpath links to village hall and play area (all matters reserved). The application reference is 18/01202/OUT  and full details are on the Tewkesbury Borough Council website

This site was in the original consultation draft of the Tewkesbury Borough Council consultation draft Local Plan.  The Parish Council response to this (in April 2015) is here

Maisemore Parish Council has a Planning Policy Document which guides the Council's response to planning applications, which can be found here.

Gloucester to Newent road to be closed for five months

Severn Trent are proposing to close the the Gloucester to Newent Road (B4215) for 5 months in order to replace a water main. The road for will be closed in rolling 1000 metre sections starting at Two Mile Lane and working up towards Rudford. Upon reaching Rudford, where the road widens out, Severn Trent will be changing their traffic management to two-way traffic lights, for approximately three months.

Clearly this will result in traffic being diverted through Maisemore, but there is still time to register your concerns. 

You can contact Gloucestershire County about this project using either of these email addresses:

You may like to copy any email you send to County Councillor Phil Awford  - - and /or our MP Mark Harper at

You can also contact Severn Trent about it directly using the email address:

The proposal was covered in an article in The Citizen here.