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"
"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