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?

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Beware this scam email supposedly from HM Revenue & Customs

This "official looking" email was received today by a village resident who reported it:

This is the answer received:

From: []
Sent: 07 April 2020 11:18
To: <removed>
Subject: Thank you for your email you sent to HMRC

Thank you for letting us know about the suspicious email / text you have received.
We can confirm this is a scam and is not genuine correspondence from HMRC / DVLA. Do not respond, or follow any links that may be within the message.
Our specialist team will investigate and take the necessary action. Whilst we cannot inform you of the outcome of these investigations we do act on each submission we receive.
We strongly suggest that you do not open any attachments, or click on any links contained within the email as they may contain malicious software. If you have opened an attachment, we recommend that you run your antivirus software as a matter of urgency, and change any online passwords. Using the latest version of Office software may also help to reduce the risk of infection

HM Government will never send notifications of a tax refund or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email.
If you have disclosed any of the below after receipt of a related e-mail scam, please forward a report to us at the following address:
• Personal information such as password/user ID;
• credit/debit card information or
• have reason to believe your computer has been exposed to a virus
Furthermore, if you have released credit/debit card information we advise informing your bank/card issuer immediately.
It is common for emails of this nature to contain malicious software, therefore we strongly advise that you delete the suspicious email from your email inbox and deleted items folder.
Emails such as the one you received are issued in huge numbers and sent indiscriminately. We recommend that you use up to date spam filters and continually update your computers anti-spyware and anti-virus software.
In common with all providers of online services, HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert.
We continuously monitor systems and customer records to guard against fraudulent activity. The methods fraudsters use to get the information they want is constantly changing so we provide regular updates on the types of scams we are aware of. The main risk is identity or user ID and password theft. Please ensure that you keep your user ID and passwords secure and change your passwords regularly.
Further details of current scams can be found on our website:
Please continue to forward all suspicious HMRC related e-mails / texts to Alternatively, you can forward HMRC related scam text messages to 60599.
If you wish to know more about what we do with the data you provide, our privacy policy can be found by searching ‘HMRC Privacy Notice’ on GOV.UK.


HMRC Online Security Team

Planning application 20/00270/FUL - Overton Farm

20/00270/FUL | Retrospective application for the erection of a cement storage silo. | Overton Farm Maisemore Gloucester Gloucestershire GL2 8HR 

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


TBC confirmed that the structure needed Planning Permission and a retrospective application has now been submitted.

Link to TBC website for 20/00270/FUL  

Maisemore Parish Council will be submitting an OBJECTION to this structure on the basis of intrusion into the landscape - its crude form is visible from many areas around.

You are encouraged to submit your own observations.


Planning Application 20/00212/OUT - Persh Lane

20/00212/OUT | Outline planning application for the development of 8 dwellings (including affordable housing contribution) together with open space, access, parking, landscaping, drainage and associated works. All matters reserved save for means of access and layout. | Land West Of Persh Lane Maisemore Gloucester Gloucestershire 

Link to TBC website for 20/00212/OUT

Development proposal

The Parish Council had hoped to have a public meeting to discuss this application but this was not possible.

The Parish Council are submitting an OBJECTION to this development on the grounds of inappropriate overdevelopment in this small village, traffic issues, sewerage issues, lack of services,
extension over the village boundary, an excess of housing development over the
disaggregated expectation for this village, sustainability and a number of other matters. This will shortly be available on the TBC website or can be obtained by request from the clerk -

You are encouraged to submit your own observations as soon as possible

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Prescription Collection Service

The Parish Council has arranged for a prescription collection service to be introduced serving both Staunton & Corse Surgery and The Highnam Surgery.

This is so that people who are self-isolating can have prescription requests delivered and medicines collected.

This will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.

To request a collection/delivery please ring the Maisemore CEP coordinator on 01452 523730.

Please advise any neighbours who aren't on this email service of this new facility.

repeat prescription index

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Please DON'T light bonfires

This posting follows on from the one I posted yesterday titled: "Garden Waste collections suspended with immediate effect" -

Since garden waste collections have been temporarily suspended, initially for two weeks but possibly longer, please DON'T be tempted to have a bonfire instead, to get rid of garden waste.

Remember many of our residents will be self-isolating and at home 24 hours a day. Smoke particles can travel a great distance and no house is completely sealed - people need ventilation.  Many will be reluctant to leave their properties too and will be using their gardens for exercise.

The elderly and vulnerable may already have respiratory problems and this is one of the significant symptoms of Covid-19 on top! Anything that might exacerbate the ability to breathe clean air must be avoided.

Tewkesbury Borough Council's advice is as follows:

Garden waste tips: 
 Prop your brown bin lid open if you have garden waste already inside your bin and try to keep your bin in the shade. This will help reduce the odours. Dry out any new garden waste (eg grass clippings) and store on a heap or in a bag until services are up and running again.

It is hoped that TBC will permit side-waste (waste not actually in the wheelie bin) once collections restart.

If anyone witnesses a problematic bonfire, please report it online following the link at - note you can upload photos taken as evidence.

!!!!!   BIN IT or BAG IT don't BURN IT   !!!!!

Monday, 30 March 2020

Garden Waste collections suspended with immediate effect

We've just been informed garden waste collections have been suspended for at least two weeks as of today. This means that the regular collection tomorrow won't now take place.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Another scam

The present Covid-19 outbreak is resulting in lots of scams - please don't reply or click on links in any unexpected emails.

This one is feeding off the changes in TV licencing.  If you get one like this, be aware that it's some unscrupulous scammer trying to get your bank details or get money from you under false pretences.  The official TV licensing website is  If you are 75 or over, your free TV licence is valid until 1st August 2020.

This is the scam email:

Dear Sir/Madam,
You need to update your
TV Licence billing information today
You need to renew your TV Licence today
Your TV Licence billing information records are out of date, 28 March 2020.
This requires you to update your billing information.
Failure to update your records will result in account suspension.

Please click on "Update Now" and follow the steps on the screen.
Update Now
This message was sent to xxxxxx@xxxxxx by Customer Support, TV Licensing
Terms and conditions   |    Update your details   |    Privacy information

Please update today to keep your property licensed.
TV Licensing

Chemical dumping in Maisemore

For information in case you see this while out on your daily exercise in Maisemore.

Following an alert from a resident - who'd reported the matter to Tewkesbury BC yet was seeing no action - I went down to Maisemore Bridge yesterday to find dozens of large chemical containers dumped in the pull-in on the Gloucester side. 
And not only were they strewn indiscriminately but I found, by gently tapping them with my foot, that most of them had liquid in - some appeared to be full! And some appeared to be leaking! Right by the river!

Having taken photos I fired an email off to all and sundry - every concern I could think of who might be able to sort it out. This worked - my concerns and photos were forwarded by the police to Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the case has been taken up by Richard Gordon, Station Manager, Operations Planning and Policies Manager. I also had a subsequent response from Jill Smith, one of our borough councillors.

An officer was sent out yesterday afternoon to check on the situation and the report back was that "Our Officer went to scene and assessed the situation. Local Authority were arranging for the site to be cordoned off and specialist waste disposal contractor to be brought in."

I went down this morning and found that the condoning off hadn't yet happened but at least all the containers are now upright. I've now counted them - there are forty-one 25 litre drums.

Needless to say any identifying details for the company they originated from have been removed. However I have taken photos of some of the labels and will be contacting the manufacturer to see whether they are able to advise considering the batch numbers are showing on some of them. If anyone knows anything about this illegal act, would they please contact me by email and I'll pass the details on - anonymously if requested.