Debbie runs the Volunteer rota for the local community shop. The shop is open from 07.3- 13.00 all week with extra hours on Thursdays until 7pm. Full training is given to all volunteers and more volunteers are welcome, if you want to volunteer contact Debbie on Cllr.firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, Debbie took part in the Chalford Challenge, with the aim of showing how effective the new generation of electric bikes. The challenge was for Debbie, a holiday cyclist, Simon Pickering a committed cyclist to see if on an electric bike they could challenge Emma, an out and out athlete on a mountain bike up the hills of Stroud and Chalford. The two electric bikes were leant by Jacob who runs Ecycle in Stroud and Stonehouse www.ecycleuk.com.
Debbie said " The bikes were quite amazing, Simon and I managed to overtake the mountain bike within a 100 yards of starting up The Cornhill. This means that anyone can take on the challenges of cycling even in the hills and valleys of Stroud and Chalford"
Despite finishing early, it proved how good the new generation of bicycles are and offer a viable alternative to a second car
The Society of Model Engineers runs a miniature train each 4th Sunday of the month in Stratford Park during the summer months. Debbie was invited to the 1st running of the train this June, as well as getting a ride on the train, Debbie also went to see the tree that fell across the railway during December.
Concerns have been raised over the safety of the tree and whether it would cause a flood risk over the Painswick Brook. Discussions with the District Council had stalled and Debbie advised that the best method of getting a straight answer was to put questions to the Leader of the Council, that was done tonight where a Chalford resident sought clarification as to the safety and the likelihood of flooding of the tree trunk.
Debbie said "Local residents have come up with a great solution and we all need to work together to achieve it. It will take a long time but the idea is sensible and achievable"
Debbie said "It took about 10 minutes to broker the deal but 10 long months later it has finally happened, thanks to a lot of hard work from the Parish Council Clerk"
2 hours later and 8 bags of rubbish, plus many favourable comments from residents saw the 1st Chalford Cubed Litter Pick complete.
Debbie said "It is great that young people want to get engaged to help their community. I am really keen to support them, and today was an excellent example of having fun and promoting our villages"
So now you can order by a Wednesday and pick up your bag from the shop after 11am on a Thursday. Wonderful tasty local veg, all just perfect for the weekend.
Here’s how it works
You tell us what you want each week by 1pm Wednesday by either putting your name on the order form in the shop or emailing email@example.com. Please make sure you leave a contact number or email address so we know how to get hold of you. Amanda will then collect the veg from Stancombe Beech Farm Shop on Thursday morning and Sara will prepare your bags ready for collection after 11am. Cash or cheques only please.
Each Monday we will let you know what will be in the bag and you can substitute an item or order extra. We’re just doing one size for now but will increase our offerings once we find our feet.
Any questions please leave a message in store for Sara Owen or Amanda Strover or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s bag will contain:-
Thursday 16th January
Standard Veg Bag £8.00 (Please note that we may need to make a swap in your bag to make the most of what is at its seasonal best).
Potatoes, Onions, Bunch of Carrots, Bag of greens (cavolo nero or kale), Leeks,
If you would like to substitute an item in your bag,
please let us know or if you wish to add to your bag, please select from the list below.
Additional Items Available:-
Peppers: Red, Green, Yellow
The vegetables are from Stancombe Beech Farm Shop. The seasonal produce is mainly grown on their own farm or sourced locally.
"It has been really encouraging the number of people who have been coming out in really horrid weather to attend these meetings" said Debbie. "The Parish Clerk, Christine and the Assistant Clerk Jackie have done an admirable job in arranging these meeting and providing refreshments " she continued