All meetings are open to members of the public. If you wish to attend, please contact the Clerk prior to the meeting.
Thursday, 1 December 7pm at the Parish Centre
Plans Assessment Committee
Thursday 8th December 9.30am Parish Centre
Please note there are no Works meeting in December and no Full Council meeting in January.
Visit our REPORT IT page to find out how to contact (online and by phone) the appropriate authority for any problems affecting you or your local area.
Welcome to the official website of Chalford Parish Council giving details of the services and activities of the Parish Council and also providing some information about the local area.
The Parish of Chalford is located in Gloucestershire in the South Cotswolds between Stroud and Cirencester. It covers the settlements of Chalford Hill, Chalford Valley, Bussage, Brownshill and France Lynch and is known for its steep terraced hillsides,stone walls and traditional buildings.
For more autumn photographs (courtesy of Paul, Chair of Chalford Parish Council) go to our Gallery page http://www.chalford-glos.gov.uk/the-area/gallery/
Latest News and Events
Latest update for Mobile Post Office (Chalford Valley): The PO Network Operations Manager has still not got a ‘go-live’ date for this service owing to delays with the data connection installations which is required for the computer (till) on the vehicle. The PO apologise for the delay and will advise as soon as there is a date. The latest update (as of 1 December) is that engineers will be setting up the BT line necessary for this service on 5th December and there will be more information about this service on 6th December.
Parish Council News
Grant Applications If you are a local organisation in need of funding towards a project, you may be eligible for a small grant from the Parish Council. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2017. Grant rules are available from the Parish Centre. Please apply, detailing your specific requirements, and where applicable, providing quotations
Go to our Grants page for more information.
Bussage Ward Councillor vacancy: We still have a vacancy for a Councillor to represent the Bussage Ward. Currently, the Council is busy with a number of exciting projects. If you would like to know more about these and the role of a Parish Councillor then why not drop in to the Parish Centre and speak to the Clerks who will tell you all you need to know about what the Parish Council does and how to apply for this vacancy.
Parish Council Projects
TIME ON YOUR HANDS – WANT TO HELP SOMEONE IN THE PARISH? Could you give an hour or two to help an older person in our community? Do you have a skill or a hobby you could share or have you simply got time for a chat or perhaps a game of scrabble? There are currently nearly 400 people over 80 years old living in our parish.
There are many local activities and opportunities to socialise with neighbours and friends but some of our older people find it very difficult to mix with a group or mobility prevents them from leaving the house.
If you are interested in finding out more about how you could work with us to make growing older in Chalford Parish great, please get in touch with the Parish Council. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are we all have something to offer. Tel. 01453 887204 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Interpretation Panels: The Parish Council has set up a small working group to look into the idea of erecting some interpretive panels in the Parish to celebrate the rich history of this area. These could be similar to the boards in Stroud or Painswick and we might locate one in each of the villages, although we are open to suggestions. If you have any ideas of items that should be included in these panels or know of some interesting and unusual stories about the area where you live we would love to hear from you. Get in touch via Christine/Jacky at the Parish centre.
Street Naming: As you know, one of our strategic priorities this year, and indeed, in years to come, is to ensure that streets in Chalford are easier to navigate for visitors, newcomers, and even long-time residents! We have already started looking for streets which don’t currently have name-plates at all, even though the name of the street is known, and we will start with those. So if you are aware of any streets which don’t have signs at both ends, please let us know. Read full article
Footpath Working Group begins its work: Footpaths are a Parish Strategic Priority for the next two or three years, and a small Footpath Working Group has been set up to carry this forward. The Group – a mix of Parish Councillors, parishioners and representatives from groups with an interest in footpaths locally – held its first meeting in October in The Parish Centre. Read full article
For more information and access to the Footpath surveys visit our the Footpath Survey page.
Adopt a phone box: Following the success of the two telephone boxes we’ve already adopted, we now plan to adopt the one on Silver Street. One of our parishioners has already suggested turning it into another library, but if you have any alternative suggestions, please let us know. Just a reminder that there are three other kiosks up for adoption so if you have an idea for their use let us know. The Parish Centre will give you details of their location.
Other News in the Parish
Have you seen anything? On Thursday, 24th November a house was burgled on Chasewood Corner (between 7.00 – 19.05). Have you noticed anything strange of out of the ordinary in recent weeks? Did you hear or see anything? If you have any information, please call 101 quoting incident no. 400 24/11/2016.
Please remember to keep homes, outbuildings and sheds secure. For a free home security survey email email@example.com
Power cuts There have been reports of power cuts recently in this area and would just like to remind you about the new general reporting number 105 (which you can use for any electricity provider). This number can be used from landline and mobile phone. More details with advice about power cuts can be accessed through out Report It page
Chalford Hill Primary School Plans: A public information event is being held on Monday 5th December from 2.45pm until 7pm at the school for the public to view the revised design for the replacement of the two temporary classrooms and the construction of a new kitchen at Chalford Hill Primary School. See the Press Release for more details.
Design a logo competition for Chalfest. Chalfest is a free one day festival being held in the local area on July 22nd 2017. There will be music, entertainment and attractions for people of all ages.
However, a logo is needed. The competition is open to pupils from all schools in the area (Thomas Keble, Chalford Hill, Bussage and Christchurch) and the winner will receive £100 in vouchers for the Kendrick Art Shop in Stroud.
The only rule is the design must contain the word Chalfest. You can use any font, colours and pictures and it can be painted, hand drawn or designed on a computer – but it needs to capture the essence of the festival.
The closing date is Friday, 6th January 2017, please hand in your entry with your name, school and class on the back at designated drop off points in your school.
Upcoming Local Events
Christmas Fair – Made in Chalford at Victoria Works Studios, London Rd, Chalford on Friday 2 December and Saturday & Sunday 3 & 4 December. Handmade gifts. Music, mulled wine & mince pies (in support of local charities)
“The Wheels on Debussy” – Classical Music for Children at Hall on the Hill, France Lynch Church Rooms on Saturday 10th December. Doors open – 3pm Concert starts 3.30pm.