Thursday 26 November 2020

Old Road temporary closure - 7-11 December 2020 - a reminder

We advised about this some weeks ago but the official notice has now been received:



Gloucestershire County Council has made an order under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as amended) to temporarily close part of U40344 Old Road from its junction with Maisemore Park [sic - see below] to its junction with Hiams Lane for a distance of approximately 120 metres. [sic - this is clearly WRONG!]

The reason for the closure is to allow for installation of a new soil pipe.

The road is expected to be closed from 08:00 on 7th December 2020 until 17:00 on 11th December 2020 only or until the works have been completed. For further information, please contact Gloucestershire Highways on 08000 514 514 or visit

Alternative Route - as signed on site.

Pedestrian access to premises on or next to the road and emergency access will be maintained.

DATED: 26th November 2020

For clarity, the County Council calls the road past The Old School and The Old Vicarage as "Maisemore Park" - this is news to "the locals":




For clarity the closure is at the Apiaries. 

All houses from Springhill southwards will only be able to access their properties from Maisemore. 

All properties north of the Apiaries will only be able to access their properties from Hartpury/ Hiam's Lane

We presume that cyclists will be classified as pedestrians and be able to transit the closed section.

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Draft minutes of November Parish Council meeting

The draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 2nd November are now on this website here

Links to agendas and minutes of previous meetings can be found on the Agendas & Minutes page, accessed from the bar menu above.

Gigaclear Black Friday deal

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(Other Broadband providers are available 😀 )

Wednesday 18 November 2020



Unfortunately it has been decided owing to the prevailing situation that this event will be cancelled - this had been organised and The Grapevine had gone to press before the national lockdown was announced.




Saturday 21 November 2020 at 10.00am

Meet at Maisemore Village Hall to collect your quiz and directions sheet.

Prizes for the top three entries.

For further information ring Rosealeen Lane – 01452 527341

Monday 16 November 2020

Telephone/Broadband connection for houses to the east central area of the main road

I've just been advised that the pole by Elm Cottage is on the verge of collapsing and is going to be replaced. Phone and Internet will thus be down for people still using the wired phone service. No timescale given.

Thursday 12 November 2020

Maisemore needs a new Parish Clerk - could it be you?


Maisemore Parish Council is seeking to appoint a Parish Clerk/Responsible Financial Officer. This is an exciting opportunity in a growing village community.

This is a part-time administrative role for 4 hours per week working generally from home and reporting to the Parish Council, with attendance at meetings every other month at Maisemore Village Hall (usually second Monday evenings), in addition to the Annual Parish Meeting (although meetings are presently being organised remotely on Zoom).

The applicant needs a strong level of personal commitment, professionalism and excellent administrative and communication skills. The applicant needs to be able to work well both on their own, within a team and deal with members of the public.

Expenses would be provided but you would be expected to use your own computer system, albeit storage could be provided in the form of a USB stick or hard disk for file storage. Fluency in Word and Excel is a necessity.

The clerk is responsible for the day to day running of the Parish Council, keeping up to date financial records, attending Parish Council meetings and recording minutes of those meetings, as well as completing relevant actions arising from those minutes. Ideally CILCA qualified although consideration will be given to applicants working towards CILCA qualification.

There will also be the need to deal with issues reported by residents or District/County Councillors. Remuneration is based on NALC recommendations for part-time clerks i.e. LC1 (SCP13- 17) and will be negotiable dependent on qualifications and experience. There is also an element of working from home allowance per month and travel expenses.

To discuss the position informally please contact the Vice-Chairman, Debbie Burgess on 01452 523730.

  • Closing date: Thursday, 31 December 2020

  • Proposed interview date: Interviews will either take place remotely or in Maisemore in January

Applications may be emailed to Debbie at

Monday 9 November 2020

TBC - Financial support for Tewkesbury Borough businesses


image002 Tewkesbury Borough Council

  Press release

  6 November 2020  


Financial support for Tewkesbury Borough businesses

In response to a second national lockdown, the government has amended its Local Restrictions Support Grant to include businesses that have been mandated to close between 5 November and 2 December.


Tewkesbury Borough Council is responsible for administering and delivering the grant and will welcome applications from Monday 9 November on a rolling 28-day basis for as long as national restrictions apply.


Those eligible for grant funding include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.


There are three thresholds that will apply to each application:

·      Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

·       Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

·       Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.


There will be a further grant fund which will provide support to some businesses that are not specifically targeted with this mandatory grant and have been impacted by the lockdown. Currently, the details are still being worked through, including eligibility criteria, but when an update is available, it will be published on

Councillor Rob Bird, leader of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “As we enter a second national lockdown, we want to ensure that businesses get all the financial support they are entitled to as quickly as possible. If you think your business is eligible for help, please complete the council’s online application form from Monday.


“If you need any further support or guidance, the Tewkesbury Growth Hub team are always on hand to help. They provide free advice on the support announced by the government and will help business owners get some clarity during these uncertain times.”  

The website provides additional information relating to these measures.


Free support and advice is also available through the Tewkesbury Growth Hub on wider support schemes. For more information, email



For media enquiries please contact Communications Officer Lisa Davies 01684 272022

Lisa Davies

Communications Officer

Corporate Services

Tewkesbury Borough Council

01684 272022

TBC - More funding available for community groups


image002 Tewkesbury Borough Council

  Press release

  6 November 2020  


More funding available for community groups


Tewkesbury Borough Council is encouraging community groups who are supporting vulnerable people to apply for a Covid-19 emergency community grant.


This funding programme is aimed at charitable organisations and voluntary and community groups with charitable aims. Groups can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 for work which directly relates to challenges emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, providing they are working with communities in Tewkesbury Borough.  


As we enter a second lockdown, the following activities are currently a priority for this grant programme:


  • Direct and immediate practical support for vulnerable groups
  • Initiatives to reduce isolation and vulnerability
  • Initiatives to support mental wellbeing


Running costs for organisations will be supported, including staff costs, volunteer expenses and transport costs. Small capital costs are also eligible, providing the capital items are directly linked to supporting the above activities.


The Covid-19 Emergency Community Fund launched in April to provide financial support to voluntary and community groups as they responded to exceptional challenges during the first Covid-19 lockdown. So far nearly 100 grants have been awarded to organisations supporting communities in Tewkesbury Borough, including charities, neighbourhood projects, parish councils, and voluntary groups. Community groups who received a grant during the first lockdown are entitled to apply for further funding.


Lead member for communities, Councillor Clare Softley, said: “The voluntary and community sector has played such a key role in supporting vulnerable people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have seen just how effectively grassroots organisations can reach out to their local community, and we really want to encourage community groups to apply for an emergency grant so that they have the vital funds needed to continue this very important work.”


For more information on how to apply, go to our website or contact Louise Gifford, Community Funding Officer, on 01684 272192 or at




For media enquiries please contact Communications Officer Peter Edgar 01684 272127

Peter Edgar

Communications Officer

Corporate Services

Tewkesbury Borough Council

01684 272127