Alkington Parish Council

Serving the people of Alkington

  • Severnside YFC sponsored by Alkington PC

    Severnside YFC sponsored by Alkington PC

  • Snowdrops brightening up the verges

    Snowdrops brightening up the verges

  • Stream along Damery Lane

    Stream along Damery Lane

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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The Household Recycling Centre (HRC) at Pyke Quarry, Horsley will re-open next week for pre-booked visits only

The HRCs at Hempsted in Gloucester, Wingmoor Farm at Stoke Orchard and Fosse Cross near Cirencester are already open with all trips needing to be booked in advance.

Next week, from Tuesday 26 May, the HRC at Pyke Quarry, Horsley will re-open. Social distancing measures will be in place to help keep visitors and staff safe and crucially anyone with covid-19 symptoms and those in self-isolating households MUST NOT visit. More »

To limit the number of people on-site pre-booking is now required at all five of the county's HRCs and vehicles should only have drivers wherever possible – a maximum of one passenger is permitted if you need help to unload your waste and recycling.

The booking system has a limited number of timed slots available each day for visitors to select and visitors can book up to 14 days in advance. Bookings can only be made online. The necessary cap on vehicle numbers does mean that the capacity of the sites is lower than normal, so residents are being asked to make essential bookings only.

Visitors are asked to only bring to site what they can safely unload themselves as site staff need to social distance so will not be able to help with unloading.

The re-use shops at the county's sites are closed and some recycling bins may be unavailable. For an up to date list of materials which can be accepted at all sites please refer online to Gloucestershire Recycles.

Everyone should keep using their kerbside waste collection service, which the local councils are working hard to keep running, as much as possible for their recycling, garden, food waste and general waste.

Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for waste said: "It's great that we will soon have all five of our HRCs open again and available for people to use.

"The capacity of our sites is reduced, and will be for the foreseeable future to maintain social distancing, so I want to thank all our site users for their patience and for following the necessary guidelines.

"We are continuously monitoring the operation of our HRCs carefully to make sure that things are running as smoothly and safely as possible."

The HRC online booking system can be found here. » Less

Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020 16:25 by Anita Sach

Information from Age UK about support during the Covid 19 crisis

We have a variety of resources that we are keen to share with the communities.

a. We have an information and advice line where anyone (older people and their families) with an issue can call and get free advice – 01452 422660

b. We have set up a Freephone line if any older person is feeling lonely and wants a chat with one of our staff or volunteers – 0800 298 0579

c.We are also running an online social group which older people can join, get and share info and ideas on staying occupied, there are quizzes and discussion groups. https://www.facebook.com/groups/gloucestershirespringboard More »

d. We are promoting a campaign to Greet Your Street at 11am to get neighbours socializing on their doorsteps; we have posters that we can send out for households to show they are involved.

e. There is also a lot of advice and information on our website: www.ageukgloucestershire.org.uk » Less

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2020 13:51 by Anita Sach

The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day from home

The Royal British Legion has announced a programme of activities to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May 2020.

No longer able to attend the planned VE Day 75 events, the Royal British Legion is calling on the nation to get involved from the safety of their homes in a programme of events to pay tribute to the entire Second World War generation from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces, to evacuees and those who served on the home front. More »

Members of the public can access the proposed activities at www.rbl.org.uk/veday75 and on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.

Activities include a VE Day 75 livestream, national moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, and activity packs for individuals and families.

At 11am the Legion is encouraging people across all generations and communities to take part in a national moment of Remembrance and pause for a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, and also take the opportunity to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.

Following the Silence, the Legion is hosting a VE Day 75 livestream, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, and recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today. Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The programme will be live from 11.15am on the Royal British Legion website.

Later in the day, the Legion has partnered with the BBC to honour and celebrate the Second World War generation with an evening of memories and music from 8pm on BBC One. Members of the public are invited to enjoy a moment of celebration and thanksgiving during the programme by taking part in a UK-wide rendition of Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again' at 9pm.

Alongside these events on 8th May 2020, The Royal British Legion has developed a VE Day learning pack which is available online. Designed for 7-14 year olds, the pack includes first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, veteran interviews and range of activities to allow families to explore and commemorate VE Day together.

The Royal British Legion's Assistant Director of Commemorative Events, Bob Gamble OBE, has said: "As we face some of the most challenging times since the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to unite in recognition of people's service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.

"There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence at 11am, some people may wish to stand at their windows or step outside their front door, but we hope that individuals and families across the UK will embrace the opportunity to share in a national moment of reflection. Later on we will invite people to open their windows wide and join us to celebrate and give thanks as we singalong to Dame Vera Lynn's wartime classic, 'We'll Meet Again', which has added poignancy in the current circumstances.

"There are many parallels between the struggles of the Second World War and what we are going through today. As we mark 75 years since Victory in Europe, we look to our Second World War generation to learn from their experiences, and the Legion continues our critical work to protect them from the threat we currently face."

Royal British Legion Schedule: (Additional activity will be announced by the Government)

1100-1102 – Two Minute Silence

1115-1200 – The Royal British Legion VE75 Livestream

2000-2110 – VE Day 75: The People's Celebration, BBC One

2100 – 'We'll Meet Again' Singalong

Guidance on Two Minute Silence

Members of the public are being encouraged to take part in a national moment of Remembrance at 11am during a Two Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.

There is no right or wrong way to take part in the Silence, some may wish to stand at their windows, step outside their homes while remaining distanced from others, watch the broadcast on television, or simply sit in a quiet moment of reflection.

Royal British Legion Livestream

At 1115 the Legion is hosting a VE Day 75 livestream, available at page rbl.org.uk/veday75 sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War, and recognising the difficulties people are experiencing today.

The Legion is inviting members of the public to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today's generation to chat about their shared experiences. Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The livestream will be available on the Legion's website.

VE Day 75: The People's Celebration BBC ONE: 20:00 – 21:10

To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with the Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain's favourite performers, Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester, Anton Du Beke, Beverley Knight, Helen George, Sharon D Clarke, Shane Richie and Emma Barton who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of "We'll Meet Again" as across the UK we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.

'We'll Meet Again' Singalong

Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/stories/ve-day-singalong

VE Day Learning Pack

Available on The Royal British Legion website page rbl.org.uk/veday75 alongside a VE Day 75 activity pack produced by the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Royal British Legion is the nation's biggest Armed Forces charity providing care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces past and present and their families. The Legion champions Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces. It is well known for the annual Poppy Appeal, and its emblem the red poppy. www.britishlegion.org.uk

For more information and to make interview requests please contact: Gina Edwards, gedwards@britishlegion.org.uk

Interviews are available with Legion spokespeople on request.

Bob Gamble OBE, Assistant Director of Commemorative Events for The Royal British Legion

Bob is the son of a career soldier. He joined the Army as a Trooper in the Royal Tank Regiment in 1976 after extensive travels in the Far East and then served for 34 years in a variety of roles rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His Service culminated with an Operational Unit command with MND(SE) in Iraq. In November 2010 he was presented with an OBE by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Within the Legion, his primary responsibility is as organisational lead for Commemorative Events and in developing a closer working relationship with the Veteran communities.

Catherine Davies, Head of Remembrance for The Royal British Legion

Catherine studied History and Politics at the University of Huddersfield before joining the BBC. Within the Legion Catherine leads the Remembrance Team and is responsible for creating and implementing the organisation's strategy for Remembrance.

Interviews and / or quotes are available from individuals from the Second World War Generation on request. » Less

Posted: Wed, 06 May 2020 13:49 by Anita Sach