Friday, 31 July 2020

New documents on this website

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 6th July are now on this website here.  Previous Agendas and Minutes are listed and can be read on the Agendas & Minutes page, accessed from the bar menu at the top of the home page.

The Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2019-2020 is also now available on the site here.  This and other documents can be found on the Documents page of this site.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Suspicious Persons In Maisemore

Monday, 20 July 2020

Rectory Close in line for top housing award


Three developments by Gloucester-based developer Newland Homes have been shortlisted for the title of Best Development at the prestigious LABC West of England Building Excellence Awards.

Brooklands in Evesham, Rectory Gardens in Maisemore, and Sixpenny Wood in Chipping Sodbury have all been shortlisted for the title of Best High Volume New Housing Development. The winners will be announced on September 15.

The category recognises excellence in external appearance and internal planning, layout and landscaping, overcoming site constraints and attention to safety, security and accessibility.

Jeremy Drew, design director for Newland Homes, said: "The LABC Awards are a recognition of quality and dedication from the experts in the industry and having won the regional event twice in recent years, we are pleased to be shortlisted again with three impressive developments.

"We think that our homes are some of the best on offer in the region, thanks to the careful design process that goes into every home on every development, as well as considerate approach to building that ensures that an area's history and features are at the forefront to decisions such as the materials we use to build the homes."


There are just two properties remaining at Rectory Gardens, Maisemore - both four-bedroom homes that are ready to move straight into, with Amtico flooring, carpets, lighting and blinds included. Rectory Gardens borders beautiful open green space, perfect for those looking for their countryside idyll whilst staying within minutes of the city of Gloucester.

Monday, 13 July 2020

Update on Carriageway resurfacing in Maisemore

Phil Awford, our County Councillor, has provided an update on the road resurfacing in Maisemore - as shown by the line on the map below.

It will also include works around the 30mph gateway at the south end of the village.

These works are now programmed to take place from 2 October 2020.

Prior warning will be given.

Share Scam reported by a villager:

As reported to me:

Scammer rang purporting to be from USA solicitors (Richieson Securities LLC) handling hostile share takeover and wanting to buy some shares I had from a company I used to work for. There is a company Richieson Securities in New York with web page

Conversation to begin with was much as you would expect although strange. However they then said that a Performance Bond would be needed to be raised in which case I would have to pay 20% of shares value and also would need to sign Power of Attorney!!!!!!!!!!

The first loud alarm bell went off ref Performance Bond as I handle that at work and know the ins and outs. No-one in there right sense would agree to anything over 0.05%  and I’m certainly not giving anyone Power of Attorney yet!

Telephone numbers scammers are using : +1 716-995-6899 (Buffalo, New York) and 020 7193 7078. Accents are Far Eastern. I have since found on web that the UK number has been flagged up as one scammers are using.

They had my name address and home telephone number from a shareholder list I expect.

I have informed the FCA and the company I have shares with.


Info on the London number given:

Burglary in Maisemore

Message from Neighbourhood Watch just received:

A house in Old Road, Maisemore was entered between 7pm on 10th July and 9pm on 12th July, while the owners were away. The offenders entered by forcing open a ground floor window and carried out an untidy search.  Cameras, alcohol and a pair of binoculars were stolen.

Please call 101 if you have any information regarding this crime and quote incident number 509 of 12th July.

Alternatively report information on line at

Its more likely that homes will now be left unoccupied as people try to catch up with family and missed holidays.  If you do go away overnight, please take steps to leave your home secure and give it the appearance of being occupied.

If you see or hear anything suspicious report it straight away to 101 or online and if you believe a crime is being committed then dial 999. You can also report information regarding criminal activity anonymously to Crime Stoppers by ringing 0800 555111.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Update on Carriageway resurfacing in Maisemore - SUPERSEDED - see later posting

I chanced upon a highway surveyor at the bridge today and quizzed him on what road works were being undertaken.

He advised that complete resurfacing was being carried out between the Maisemore side of the bridge and the Church Road junction.

He had no idea of time-scale though...

Virtual Parish Council meeting on 6th July 2020.

Maisemore Parish Council will be holding a 'virtual' meeting on Monday 6th July 2020 at 7.30pm via video conferencing, using Zoom.  

The link for this is:

Meeting ID: 775 3123 5431 - Password: 3utVdc (you shouldn't need these if clicking on the link above)

The agenda for the meeting is here and the minutes of the previous meeting are here.

Agendas and minutes of previous meetings can be accessed from the Agendas & Minutes page of this site.

Residents are invited to give their views and to question the Parish Council on issues on the Agenda; additionally they can, at the discretion of the Chairman, raise issues for future consideration. There will be a time limited of 10 minutes in total.

Members of the public may not take part in the Parish Council meeting.

Please note that the free version of Zoom which we're using has a time limit of 40 minutes. After that time you will have to rejoin the meeting by clicking on the same link - so keep it handy.

We hope to welcome you in the ether!

David Jones

p.s. if you'd like to join but are unsure of the "technology", please contact me beforehand for a "trial" meeting to acquaint you with how it works.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Carriageway resurfacing in Maisemore

Gloucestershire County Council intend to make an order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) to temporarily close and restrict part of the roads as detailed in the Schedule below (abstracted from ten locations throughout Gloucestershire):

A40 Over Roundabout - Old Road, Maisemore

​The reason for the closure is for carriageway resurfacing.

The roads are expected to be closed during various times on a rolling programme commencing 2nd July 2020 where the presence of approved signage will indicate whether the closures and restrictions are in force. Further advance warnings of dates/times will be displayed on site prior to the closure/restrictions taking effect. Some roads will be closed overnight and others during the day. This order can permit the closure of the roads in any order, or simultaneously as required and it is anticipated all works will be completed by 7th October 2020. For further information, please contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514 514 or visit

Saturday, 13 June 2020

St Giles, Maisemore will NOT be reopening on 15 June 2020

Please note that although the government have relaxed the rules regarding church opening, permitting churches to open from Monday 15 June for private prayer, St Giles at Maisemore will NOT be reopening at this time.

Gloucester Cathedral WILL be reopening from Monday 15 June on restricted hours: noon - 3pm - full details explaining what parts will be open can be found at

Sunday, 7 June 2020


As some of you may know we were due to open our garden next weekend for the National Garden Scheme.

Sadly of course we are now unable to do this however we have quite a large number of plants that we have grown and intended to sell as part of our open garden days. (Hostas, Penstemons, Salvias, Irises and many more).

We will therefore be displaying these on tables at the end of our drive next weekend (13th and 14th June) from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

All plants will be £3.00 each and payment will be by an honesty box.

Collection Nr. 30, Hosta, Astilbe, Penstemon, Salvia, Hemerocallis ...

The address for those who don’t know is Weir Reach, The Rudge, Maisemore.

All proceeds will go to the NGS who support a large number of charities such as Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice UK.

Any support would be much appreciated. Please note the garden will NOT be open.

Please Stay Safe and remember Social Distancing

Sheila and Mark Wardle

Monday, 1 June 2020

Roadworks this week in Maisemore

Received today from GCC Highways:

Opposite The Firs (c/way and f/way)   
New foul water connection,
Promoter: Gloucester City Homes,
Contractor: Aqua Construction Ltd   
01/06/2020 - 05/06/2020

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Tewkesbury Borough Plan

Notice of Submission of the Tewkesbury Borough Plan to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004
Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012

Notice is hereby given that Tewksbury [sic] Borough Council submitted the Tewkesbury Borough Plan, in accordance with Section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and Regulation 22(3) of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012, to the Secretary of State for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 18 May 2020 for examination.

The Local Plan and all supporting documents submitted can be viewed on the Council’s examination library webpage:

The documents include:
  • Pre-Submission Tewkesbury Borough Plan (Regulation 19)
  • Pre-Submission Tewkesbury Borough Plan (Regulation 19) Policies Map
  • Pre-Submission Regulation 19 & 20 Consultation Statement
  • Pre-Submission Regulation 19 & 20 Responses Database
  • Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment
  • Pre-Submission Tewkesbury Borough Plan – Schedule of Changes Addendum
  • Key evidence and supporting documents

Under the current COVID19 restrictions the Borough Council offices and libraries and advice centres are closed to visitors. The Council are therefore unable to make paper copies of the Tewkesbury Borough Plan available for inspection at deposit locations. Copies will however be made available at these locations upon re-opening. Further information and opening times will be available on the Council’s website ( when available. Additionally, any person wishing to view a paper copy of the submission documents may contact the Council so that we may record your request and arrange to make an appointment to view the documents at the Council’s offices when they have been re-opened.

To register for an appointment please contact us via:
  • Telephone: 01684 272081
  • Email:

The Tewkesbury Borough Plan will now be subject to an independent examination to be conducted by the Planning Inspectorate. This is a continuous process running from the date of submission through to receipt of the appointed Planning Inspector’s Report. Part of this process will involve hearing sessions where attendees will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the appointed Planning Inspector. The Inspector will determine whether the submission of further written material to the examination is necessary. Once confirmed, all details relating to the examination process will be advertised, made available on-line and sent to all respondents via an independent Programme Officer.

Those who made representations at the Pre-Submission stage will, if the Inspector deems it appropriate, be offered the opportunity to submit further material or take part in specific Hearing Sessions at his/her request and will be notified regarding the examination process by the Programme Officer.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Gigaclear outage

Please note that some people in the village are still without an operational Gigaclear service after planned maintenance overnight - despite what Gigaclear are saying on their website. Please advise if you're affected. I'm not by the way - seems to be the west end of the village that's affected. 

Status at Gigaclear suggests no problems: 

May 23, 2020 
Planned Emergency Maintenance 

Completed - The scheduled maintenance has been completed. 
May 23, 06:00 BST 

In progress - Scheduled maintenance is currently in progress. We will provide updates as necessary. 
May 22, 22:01 BST 

Scheduled - Our 3rd Party backhaul supplier will be carrying out essential maintenance on the network in the Maisemore (South West) area. To ensure that this work is completed safely, it is necessary to temporarily disconnect some equipment which will result in a loss of internet service for some customers. Affected customers have been advised by e-mail. Gigaclear apologies for any inconvenience caused. 
May 21, 16:44 BST

Report problems at

Sunday, 17 May 2020

RSPCA plea

From RSPCA staff - YOU CANNOT, I repeat YOU CANNOT
get coronavirus (Covid-19) from your pets. 
People are dumping their animals at shelters out of ignorance
and fear - PLEASE PLEASE post this on your page
and get the word out before more animals are abandoned. Please help.

Saturday, 9 May 2020

Bulky waste collection service resumes - info from TBC

Tewkesbury Borough Council will start taking bookings for its bulky waste collection service from Monday 11 May.

The announcement comes a week after the garden waste collection service was reinstated. Both services have been affected by staff shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now that staffing levels have become more stable, the two services are back up and running again.

Customers who would like a bulky item collected from their home can call the council from Monday to arrange it.

Customers are asked to only book a collection if the household has been clear of Covid-19 symptoms for at least two weeks – this is to limit any spread of the virus and to safeguard the collection crews’ health and wellbeing. If symptoms in the household appear after booking a collection, customers must call the council to rearrange it for two weeks after the last day of symptoms.

Councillor Jim Mason, lead member for clean and green environment, said: “Thank you to all of our customers for understanding and bearing with us and thanks to Ubico crews who are doing a fantastic job of managing waste and recycling collections under very difficult circumstances.

“After a challenging few weeks, I am pleased that staffing levels are more stable and we are, once again, able to help residents dispose of bulky waste.

To arrange a bulky waste collection, visit for details or call 01684 295010.

VE day commemorated IN the church (porch)

Flowers to commemorate VE day in the church porch (I swapped them over to get a better picture!):

Thursday, 7 May 2020

VE day commemorated at the church

The Chamberlaynes (Jeremy and Val) have suitably dressed the entrance to the graveyard for VE day.

Hempsted Recycling Centre reopens on 11 May 2020

Hempsted and Wingmoor Farm Household Recycling Centres reopen on 11th May 2020 for prebooked vehicles only. Pyke Quarry, Oak Quarry and Fosse Cross Household Recycling Centres remain closed until further notice
Visitors to Hempsted and Wingmoor Farm Household Recycling centres are required to prebook their visit in order to gain access to these sites. Social distancing will be required on site, and in order to minimise queues and waiting times the number of booking slots available will be limited.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Virtual Parish Council meeting on 11th May

Maisemore Parish Council will be holding a 'virtual' meeting on Monday 11th May 2020 at 7.30pm via videoconferencing, using Zoom. 

The link for this is:
Meeting ID: 740 9883 8353
Password: 6Lk6gU

The agenda for the meeting is here and the minutes of the previous meeting are here. Agendas and minutes of other meetings can be accessed from the Agendas & Minutes page of this site. Residents are invited to give their views and to question the Parish Council on issues on the Agenda; additionally they can, at the discretion of the Chairman, raise issues for future consideration. There will be a time limited of 10 minutes in total. 

Members of the public may not take part in the Parish Council meeting.

(EDIT - updated to include clicky link)

Monday, 4 May 2020

Drainage works in Persh Lane this week

We've received notification of some drainage works in Persh Lane this week. This is all the information we have:

GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL    EY102-GH1902000002477             
GLOUCESTER : Private land bottom of Persh Ln, Persh Farm. :
PERSH LANE       Persh Lane Drainage Work  GLOUCESTER             
MINOR GIVE & TAKE   [i.e. traffic control]  
07/05/2020 - 08/05/2020         PROPOSED WORKS

Nigel Sutcliffe - Street Works Compliance Officer - Network & Traffic Management - Shire Hall

Friday, 1 May 2020

Garden waste collection service resumes

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s garden waste collection service will resume from Monday 4 May. 

The paid-for service has been suspended since 30 March due to Covid-19, but now that staffing levels have become more stable, garden waste collection is now able to start again. 

Councillor Jim Mason, lead member for clean and green environment, said: “Thank you to all of our customers for understanding and bearing with us. I’m pleased that we are able to get the service back on track and that crews will be out, from Monday, to collect and recycle garden waste. 

 “Ensuring the wellbeing of crews, who are key workers and not immune to this terrible virus, has been - and continues to be - an absolute priority. Ubico is doing a fantastic job of managing waste and recycling collections under very difficult circumstances. 

“Thanks also to our residents who continue to show support to all of our collection crews with a 'thumbs-up' from a distance or with children’s artwork on display. It is wonderful to see and is very much appreciated by the crews.” 

Customers of the Garden Waste Club who have accumulated extra garden waste in the time the service has suspended can put extra garden waste out for collection, provided that it is presented alongside their brown bin in a sturdy bag or container – this is so it can be safely loaded into the vehicle. Crews will be unable to collect loose garden waste. This should be left for the next collection and put it in the brown bin. 

Anyone who is unsure of their bin collection day should check the collection calendar at


Please note that in the past I've used a blue or green bin to supplement the brown bin. I stick a notice on it saying "This is a brown bin" !!!

Next collection in Maisemore is thus Tuesday 12 May 2020 

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Garden waste collection resumes?

I have been reliably informed, though haven't yet seen any corroborative evidence, that Tewkesbury Borough Council is restarting Garden Waste collections next week - which in fact, for Maisemore, means the week after next - Tuesday 12 May 2020. I'll post the confirmation once received.

Neighbourhood Watch’s May 2020 eNewsletter is published

Neighbourhood Watch’s May 2020 eNewsletter is published.  Click here to read it.

This month’s edition looks at how neighbours are supporting their communities across England and Wales - from setting up a Calling Tree to providing shopping to the elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating. It highlights how Neighbourhood Watch groups, who supported communities through the recent flooding, are proving invaluable during COVID-19. Using local knowledge and a community resilience structure they are well-placed to call residents to action: organising food shopping; collecting medication; and ensuring the most vulnerable are safe and connected.

Monday, 27 April 2020

Suspension of garden waste collection continues

Tewkesbury Borough Council is continuing the suspension of its garden waste collection service. 

The council anticipates having the service back up and running very soon, but in the meantime, is grateful to customers who have shown their support and understanding to waste crews during this uncertain time.

The decision to continue the suspension follows a review of how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting waste and recycling collection services across the borough. 

The council’s waste and recycling contractors, Ubico, will continue to focus its efforts on completing statutory collections (i.e. refuse, food waste, recycling and litter bins), and is continuing to suspend non-essential collections to allow for drivers and crews taking time off to self-isolate if needed.

Councillor Jim Mason, lead member for clean and green environment, said: “Ensuring the wellbeing of collection crews, who are key workers and not immune to this terrible virus, is an absolute priority. Ubico is doing a fantastic job of keeping statutory waste and recycling collection services going under very difficult circumstances and I echo the many messages of support and gratitude that crews have received from residents.

“I want to thank our garden waste club members for their understanding, patience and flexibility. We will get the service back up and running as soon as we can, but in the meantime, please hang on to your garden waste and store it wisely.”

Here are some helpful tips to help manage garden waste until the service resumes:

• Don’t lighting bonfires. Many people - especially those with Covid-19 symptoms, underlying health conditions or respiratory illnesses - are having to self-isolate and could be seriously affected by the smoke.
• Prop your brown bin lid open slightly and keep it in the shade to reduce odour.
• Dry out any new garden waste (grass clippings, for example) and store in a heap or in a bag until services are up and running again.
• Consider home composting - this is one of the most effective ways to minimise the amount of waste going to landfill and it will also act as a great fertiliser for your plants next year.

The council will review the price for the garden waste service for next year’s subscriptions, based on the length of the current suspension, to ensure that customers don’t lose out.”

The bulky waste collection service, used to collect large items residents are unable to transport to the tip themselves, has also been suspended. The grounds maintenance service has also been scaled back to essential grass cutting needed for safety and keeping the cemeteries looking neat.

For updates on waste and recycling services, please visit or follow Tewkesbury Borough on Facebook and @TewkesburyBCgov on Twitter.

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Housing development around Maisemore Village Hall which was refused Planning Permission now goes to appeal

Letter received from Tewkesbury Borough Council:

Our Contact: Mrs Helen Stocks
Direct Dial: 01684 272265
Planning Inspectorate Ref: APP/G1630/W/20/3246937
Application No: 18/01202/OUT
Appeal Start Date: 17 April 2020


Dear Sir/Madam,


Proposal: Outline application for up to 25 dwellings (consisting of 15 self-build and 10 discounted market houses) together with access and associated works such as footpath links to village hall and play area (all matters reserved).
Address: Part Parcel 3538 Church Road Maisemore Gloucester Gloucestershire

I write to inform you that the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, (through the Planning Inspectorate), has received an appeal from Chamberlayne Farms Ltd against the decision.

The Appeal is to be dealt with by way of an Informal Hearing to be confirmed in due course.

Any comments made at application stage or when the appeal(s) was first determined will be considered by the different Inspector. You should post 3 copies or email 1 copy of your comments to the Planning Inspectorate to arrive within five weeks of the appeal start date 17.04.2020. Any comments received after the deadline will not normally be seen and will be returned to you.

Please forward these comments to the Planning Inspectorate via email to or by post to Room 3/J Eagle Wing Temple Quay House 2 The Square Bristol BS1 6PN. Please attach the above reference to any correspondence to the Planning Inspectorate.

As a consultee or person who may be affected by the proposed development you may attend the Hearing, and at the Inspector’s discretion, give your views. You may download information from the Planning Inspectorate website for guidance on Planning Appeals.

Details of the application and plans, the Appellant’s ground of appeal, together with the Appellant’s and the Council’s Appeal Statements and also the result of the appeal decision will be published on our website If you are unable to view these documents on line please contact us on 01684 272151 so we can arrange a suitable alternative.

Please note that as I write this the appeal documents are not yet lodged at TBC's Planning website - a link will be posted once they appear. The original application can be found HERE

Please note that this will be debated at the Maisemore Parish Council meeting taking place by video-conference on Monday 11 May 2020. The Parish Council would welcome residents' views prior to or at that meeting please, since MPC's response will be determined at that time.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Planning application 20/00287/FUL - Overton Farm

20/00287/FUL | Agricultural Building to house machinery | Overton Farm Maisemore Gloucester Gloucestershire GL2 8HR 

In December 2019 the parish council was alerted by a resident to a new structure - a silo - having been erected at Overton Farm and alerted Tewkesbury Borough Council.

TBC confirmed that the silo needed Planning Permission and a retrospective application has now been submitted. See a previous posting - Planning application 20/00270/FUL - Overton Farm

However TBC also advised that an adjacent steel-framed building at that time under construction had ALSO been erected without Planning Permission - hence this additional retrospective application:

Link to TBC website for 20/00287/FUL 

Note that the submitted plan both doesn't show all the buildings presently on the site, or another larger one to the west of this one which has been granted Planning Permission already (2018 - when the then parish council submitted a SUPPORT statement):


Maisemore Parish Council is presently examining this additional application.  

You are encouraged to submit your own observations. 

Friday, 10 April 2020

Tewkesbury Borough Council launches its COVID-19 Microsite

Council launches COVID-19 microsite to ease stress of accessing information

A council in Gloucestershire has gone a step further in making vital COVID-19 advice and support as accessible as possible, by creating a microsite.

Recognising the importance of making information easy to access, Tewkesbury Borough Council created its microsite so everything related to COVID-19 is in one place, and not sitting among general council information.

The microsite, which can be accessed via the council's main site, can also be found directly via:

As part of its commitment to putting its customers first, the borough council has also introduced a whole host of COVID-19-related online forms, so that customers can apply for grants and access support at a time that suits them. Forms include applications for business rates relief, business grants, retail discounts and community grants.

Utilising low-cost, user-friendly and accessible technology is something the council is already really good at, and it currently runs its main website using a platform costing around £150 per year.
Tewkesbury Borough Council’s Lead Member for Customer Focus Cllr Mike Dean said: “It very quickly became clear that we had a lot of information to get out to our residents and businesses. The front page of our website was becoming difficult to navigate, and we wanted to ensure our customers could access what they needed to know quickly and without frustration. Luckily, we have invested in our digital resource and have the skills in-house to create low-cost microsites and online forms. This is an extremely stressful and upsetting time for many people, and we want to ensure we make our customers’ lives as easy as possible, and hopefully our new microsite does just that.”

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Coronavirus - a book for children

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?