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Alkington Parish Council

Serving the people of Alkington

  • Image: One of Marie's 'gals'

    One of Marie's 'gals'

  • Image: Snow in Alkington March 2018

    Snow in Alkington March 2018

  • Image: Gordon's lambs wearing Star Wars woolly jumpers!

    Gordon's lambs wearing Star Wars woolly jumpers!

  • Image: Lower Wick

    Lower Wick

Alkington Parish is a rural area halfway between Gloucester and Bristol. It lies to the west of the Cotswold escarpment and runs from the rolling hills and mixed farms below the escarpment to the flat water meadows of the Vale of Berkeley.

The population of 650 is split between Newport (where approximately half of the population lives), the largest settlement, and the rest of the parish.

Alkington Parish Council consists of 7 councillors, who give their time to continue to make the parish a pleasant place to live. The parish council is not responsible for planning decisions, rubbish collection, recycling, potholes or the roads, but is in regular contact with both Stroud District Council and Gloucester County Council, in particular Highways, to try to influence their delivery of services in the parish.

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Latest News

115th Berkeley Sunday 24 June

Traditional Agricultural Show in the Heart of Gloucestershire

Berkeley Show is an annual celebration of all that is great in the Berkeley Vale and the surrounding countryside between the Cotswold escarpment and the River Severn. After last year's success we decided to keep the mid-summer date of Sunday 24th June 2018. The format of our show reflects tradition but with an injection of 21st century appeal to encourage the next generation with young families to attend. More »

This year - our 115th show - focusses on historical, traditional values and highlights the progression of agriculture through the years with displays of machinery from vintage tractors through to the latest farming technology. In the Livestock show ring, farmers showcase their highest quality animals and this always attracts a crowd and offers the public a chance to learn all about each breed and its history, with the prize winners being paraded in the afternoon as part of the Main Ring entertainment. The horse show area has competitions in dressage, show jumping and Gymkhana all of which is to a very high standard and offers great spectator viewing.

And for our four legged friends we are bringing you a bigger and better dog show with a huge variety of classes to enter on the day including a fun obstacle clear round and enough rosettes and prizes for dogs of all shapes and sizes!

The Horticultural and Handicraft section gives showgoers an opportunity to enter a variety of competitions including flower arranging, baking and homemade crafts. The younger generation can also get involved in the children's section giving them the chance to demonstrate their skills. For 2018 we have also launched an Inter-Schools competition where each School designs and builds a decorated wheel barrow. And back by popular demand, the 'Great Berkeley Bake Off' will be returning for 2018!

We continue to build on last year's success with more activities and stands joining the village green area. There will be craft stalls, catering stands selling local delicacies and a farmers market offering the finest produce along with free children's activities such as 'Junk Fish' to keep your children entertained whilst you soak up the show atmosphere. The Main Ring entertainment for 2018 include the unmissable 'Welsh Axeman' and 'The horse two fence challenge'.

Berkeley show is an affordable, fun and educational day out for all the family. Why not enter something you have made in the kitchen, grown in the garden or created from the craft box. There's a range of new and old competitions so go to our website, look on the competitions page and give it a go! For the fun dog show and obstacle course you enter on the day. The schedules are available to download from the website;

www.berkeleyshow.co.uk

20% discount on advanced ticket sales. » Less

Wed, 30 May 2018 13:25 by Anita Sach

Thornbury 'Sort It' Centre definitely off limits to Gloucestershire residents

In 2016 South Gloucestershire Council introduced restrictions which prevent any non-South Gloucestershire residents from accessing South Gloucestershire Council 'Sort It' recycling centres. This has impacted Gloucestershire residents living in the bordering area of the county, for whom Thornbury 'Sort It' centre was their most convenient and accessible site.

Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) has been in discussion with South Gloucestershire Council in order to understand the issues and explore potential solutions whereby Gloucestershire residents could access this site. Whilst South Gloucestershire Council is not opposed to allowing access to Gloucestershire residents, this would be on the understanding that any solution would be facilitated, implemented and financed by GCC. The implications of this are several: More »

The cost of providing access would need to be met by GCC. These costs would include a site access charge per visit and the costs of developing and operating an IT system for registration and payments. Whilst actual costs will vary with demand, they are unbudgeted, and at a level estimated to be in excess of £70k per year this presents itself as unaffordable.

South Gloucestershire Council would require GCC to maintain the registrations, ensuring that these are updated as details change over time. GCC would also be asked to take responsibility for communicating and enforcing site rules and access policies amongst its residents, ensuring that residents in restricted or banned vehicles adhere to the rules. The resources required to maintain the ongoing administration of this additional function are not available within the Gloucestershire joint waste team.

It is therefore not possible for GCC to facilitate access Gloucestershire residents, and a decision has been taken to maintain the existing arrangements.

HRCs within Gloucestershire will of course remain accessible to all Gloucestershire residents, the nearest being Pyke Quarry (Horsley) and Hempsted (Gloucester). » Less

Tue, 22 May 2018 12:22 by Anita Sach

Horsley recycling centre closed 4-22 June

Pyke Quarry Household Recycling Centre, near Horsley, will be temporarily closed from Monday June 4 to Friday 22 June inclusive. During the closure, the county council will be carrying out important improvement work at the site.

The work includes:-

· Changing the method used to compact some types of waste and recycling materials. A mobile materials handler will replace the existing equipment which is old, frequently breaks down and is expensive to maintain. The new method will also give more operational flexibility More »

· Removing the five existing fixed compactors and providing new open top skips to enable the switch to mobile compaction

· Carrying out ground repairs and casting a large new concrete pad in readiness for the new waste compaction machinery

· Renewing the signs for the waste and recycling material containers

During the site closure all other household recycling centres will be open as normal.

The closest alternative centres are Hempsted in Gloucester and Fosse Cross near Cirencester. » Less

Tue, 22 May 2018 12:19 by Anita Sach