Thursday 31 August 2017

Agenda for Parish Council meeting on 4th September

The agenda for the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 4th September in the committee room of Maisemore Village Hall is now available here.

Wednesday 30 August 2017

MADS event in October

Maisemore Arts & Drama Society is hosting an evening of music and stories on Friday 20th October from 7.30 pm featuring  Mumbo Jumbo performing ‘electric acoustic sound’, songs and stories.  They were nominated for the British Blues Awards as songwriters of the year).

Tickets cost £10 and are available from Sheila Wardle   01452 411402.

Friendship Club and Maisemore loss

Jane Evans, Friendship Club Coordinator, writes    
On behalf of the members and helpers of the Friendship  Club, I wish to send our sympathy to Terry Yardley and his family following the death of Marion his wife. She was a Godsend to the village of Maisemore and beyond. Always reliable, she never let anyone down, nothing was too much trouble. She was a talented cook, dressmaker, friend to everyone, and a Secretary to many Committees etc, etc. Her family will miss her, and the club already miss her laughter and fun. 

However, in her usual efficient way, she had asked her friend and fellow helper Mary Payne at the Maisemore Riding for the Disabled if she would take her place cooking for the Friendship Club. Mary has proved to be the ideal person and we are very grateful that Marion arranged this transition for us.
In recognition of the help and involvement of Marion's life - of which I have mentioned only a few things, some 200+ people attended her funeral. The Friendship Club cooks provided the food with help from members of the Maisemore Riding Club plus others. She will be greatly missed, and always remembered, with love.


Tuesday 29 August 2017

Excellent Fete!

Maisemore Fete on Monday raised £2397.65 to be split between Church and Village Hall funds.  That's over £200 more than last year.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success and to everyone who came along and helped achieve such an excellent result.

Sunday 27 August 2017

Maisemore Fete Day

Don't miss Maisemore Fete - 2pm on Bank Holiday Monday at the Village Hall.

Wednesday 16 August 2017

What's in your blue bin?

Officers from Tewkesbury Council recently visited the plant that deals with sorting the stuff that comes from blue bins - with some surprising results  and revealing some costly errors by householders.

More details at

Tuesday 15 August 2017

'Harvest of Gloucestershire Poetry' at St Giles

Ros Lane writes:
Make a note of this future event taking place on Thursday 12 October 2017 at St Giles Church Maisemore – an evening of poetry. The title is “A Harvest of Gloucestershire Poetry” with some beautiful poetry by poets born in Gloucestershire, some of whom lived in Gloucestershire too. 

We will be privileged to have the granddaughter of F. W. Harvey reading his poetry, the daughter of the late Dr Cookson reading his poetry, and Eric Freeman will be reading poetry with his wonderful Forest of Dean accent! We will also be hosting a living poet: Adam Horovitz from Stroud, the son of Frances and Michael Horovitz, a great friend of Laurie Lee.  Adam's poems will be read out as will those of Frank Mansell, Leonard Clark, Eva Dobell, Edward Thomas and Melford Jones.

Starting at 7.30pm, there will be a break for refreshments and it's expected to finish before 10pm. There will be no charge for entry but a retiring collection will be held for money to go towards the provision of a defibrillator for Maisemore.

Thanks for cutting those hedges!

Pedestrians are much safer on the pavements of Maisemore thanks to those residents who have responded to the Parish Council's request to trim back overhanging hedges.  These have had the effect in the past of forcing pedestrians off the pavement and into the road.

Although many of the problem hedges have been tackled, a few still remain.  A particular problem at this time of year is brambles growing through the hedges and hanging down over pavements.  Please do make sure you haven't got any of these as you might be liable if they caused an injury.

Parking on pavements is still a problem for pedestrians, especially if they have a pushchair or wheelchair.  The advice from Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership is "Please don't park on the pavement, not even for a moment!".  Pavements are for People.

Local History Society programme starts in September

Ros Lane writes:
On Thursday 21 September 2017 the Maisemore Local History Society begins a new season of local history talks. Incorporated with the AGM we have a talk by Mike Hall with the intriguing title “Severn Tsunami? The Story of Britain’s Greatest Natural Disaster”.

Further talks will be on the subjects of Alney Island, Hidcote Manor Gardens, The Industrial History of the Forest of Dean, Stroudwater Textiles, Development of Gloucester Cathedral, Thomas Hughes - a Stroud Apothecary, plus in February a members’ evening with Robin Stayt, Derrick Hall, Andy Sysum and Charles Dobbin.

With membership at £12 and eight meetings, what better value could you have! Plus of course refreshments!

St Giles Church news

Pleased to say the weather was kind for the wedding of Scott and Louise and also for the Christening of Isabella and Hugo later in the month where the church was full of friends and relatives. At our PCC meeting we once again discussed the need for a treasurer in the near future. If anybody could help in this way,even if just with the week to week outgoings, please contact me, many thanks.

We are now into the month of joint services and at the first one at Hasfield it was great to meet up with the Godsell family again, before they join us next year. They each told us of their activities since we last met and have certainly been busy!

We were so sad to learn of the death of Marian Yardley who was such an amazing person,organising and providing much of the food for the fortnightly Friendship club, along with her band of helpers.  Marian also donated the wreath to be laid at the church memorial on Remembrance day. Her kindness and bravery through her illness will not be forgotten. The funeral service at the family church, where she and Terry were married was full to overflowing with many folk standing outside in the rain.  It was lovely to hear Canon John Evans remembering her younger days and those of the rest of the family life.

May I remind you of the change  of service time on sunday 24th which will be at 9.30, for this month only, this is to fit in with other services.  Next month we will be announcing details of our exciting Poetry evening at St. Giles, so watch this space!!

From maerial submitted by Marnie Mitchell.

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Extra Parish Council meeting

There will be an extra Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 15th August specifically to consider and approve the Annual Accounts and Governance Statement.  The agenda is here.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Tuesday 1 August 2017

Comments on this site

There have been several comments on this site by people who have not given any identification.  Despite making it clear that anonymous comments will be removed, more have appeared, and these have been deleted.

As a result, the option to make anomymous comments has now been removed - comments can still be made by anyone using a Google account or an OpenID.

The Parish Council welcomes comments and suggestions from residents, but it would not respond to anonymous letters and will not accept anonymous comments on the website.  Parish Councils are required by law to be open and transparent and anyone wishing to comment on the website or make suggestions by any other means should be prepared to give some identification.

If you want something to be considered by the Parish Council, you should contact the clerk (, 01531 650885) asking for it to be put on the agenda for a Parish Council meeting.  The next PC meeting is at 7.30pm on Monday 4th September in the committee room of the Village Hall, and members of the public are welcome to attend.  Each meeting begins with a public participation section in which issues relating to any item on the agenda can be raised.