A vacancy has arisen for a Councillor on Woodchester Parish Council.
It is an excellent opportunity to be involved in Woodchester and to influence its future. The only qualifications are to be a resident of the Parish and to be over 18. The closing date for applications is 14th October. Unless there are sufficient requests for an election to be held, the Parish Council will interview the shortlisted applicants and agree to co-opt one of them.
Should you be interested in applying please contact the Parish clerk Ann Bijkerk or Chairman Gervase Hamilton (details here) who will be happy to supply you with further information.
The next meeting of Stroud Whisky Club will be on the 13th September at 7.45pm in The Ram Inn. For more information and for booking, please visit the website.
An exhibition of photos of the village including many others not previously displayed will take place in St. Marys Church on Saturday 10th September (to coincide with the Produce Show) and Sunday 11th September.
A reminder of the Produce and Dog Show this Saturday 2-4.30pm. Entry forms should be taken to the Post Office by 5pm on Wednesday 7th September. Entries can be made on the day, but having them before the day speeds up the entry process and if you leave it until the day itself, the booking fee is doubled!
We hope the sun shines on Saturday!
Following the information sent out to households recently from Stroud District Council outlining proposed changes to refuse collections, new bins are due to be delivered to Woodchester in the week beginning the 12th September, although this should only be used as a guide.
For those residents receiving a wheeled bin for their rubbish (landfill waste), their food waste bin and kitchen caddy will be placed inside the bin along with an information leaflet detailing the new service. There will be a sticker on top of the wheeled bin advising residents not to use the containers until 1st November. For residents receiving sacks instead of wheeled bins, the sacks will be left with the food waste bin, kitchen caddy and information leaflet as close to the property as possible.
During August, the Elections Team at Stroud District Council will be sending out Household Enquiry forms to 52,600 properties in the district asking residents to confirm or update their details for the electoral register which will be republished on the 1 December 2016.
The annual canvass is important because residents who are not on the register will be unable to vote in any future elections. Many people also do not realise that their credit score may be affected if they are not registered at their current address and may have difficulty obtaining credit or opening a bank account.
This year residents are encouraged to respond either by telephone or text if they do not have any changes to their details or online, where changes can be made, using a unique security code To ensure as many people register as possible, legislation requires us to employ canvassers during October and November to visit those properties which have not yet returned their canvass forms.
Please make sure you return your canvass form to avoid a visit!