Volunteering activity to help with habitat improvement on the River Coln in Fairford

Would you be interested in taking part in volunteering activity to help with habitat improvement on the River Coln in Fairford? The WILD project (www.fwagsw.org.uk/what-we-do/projects/wild-project/) has identified some small-scale enhancement works that could be undertaken along the Coln, to the south of the town and has agreement to carry these out. An objective of the WILD project is to enable local communities to work to improve the water environment and as such there is an opportunity to take forward some of the tasks. 

Depending on interest levels, an initial plan is to undertake a volunteering day on a weekend some time in late April or May. 

If you are interested in getting involved and would like to find out more, please contact Paul Taylor at paul.taylor43@sky.com or call 07793 038586


League of Friends of Fairford Hospital
(Registered Charity No: 1006416)
At a time when authorities throughout the country are facing the prospect of a breakdown in their community care, Fairford Hospital League of Friends has had some good news about its own home nursing service.
Friends in the Community Home Nursing, its organisation run by Celia Kennedy, has been given a good report by the national health watchdog the Care Quality Commission following an inspection of its palliative care service last summer.
The CQC rates the service safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
The report draws attention to the fact that the team provides safe, effective care which enables patients to live in their own homes and comments: “People and their relatives praised the care they received… it was personalised to their needs, wishes and goals. People told us that they felt listened to.”
The report added that the League of Friends of Fairford Hospital has clearly identified a need for this service in their area. It went on: “Patients told us that the staff spent time with them and were rarely rushed.” The care given had a positive impact and the report went on to say: “People felt they were treated with dignity and respect. There was a caring culture.”
Said the League of Friends’ chairman, Graham Hewitt: “We are delighted that the work of our hard-working team has impressed the inspectors yet again. This is a difficult time for the UK’s care services and we are glad that our own work in this area passes muster with the nation’s experts.
He thanked Celia Kennedy for the leadership she has shown over the years.
“We are fortunate to have such excellent nurses and to live in this generous area which responds so freely whenever we ask for money. It is comforting to know the effort helps such a top-notch service as this.”
Graham can be contacted on 01285 851022 or graham.hewitt@yahoo.uk.
Contributed by Martin Harwood, 17 Churchill Place, Fairford. Phone 01285712597. Email martinharwood560@btinternet.com

District Councillor Election Results

Andrew John Doherty (Liberal Democrat) is the new Cotswold District Councillor for Fairford North Ward following an election on 9 February.  He gained 610 votes while his challengers Dominic James Morris (Conservative) and Xanthe Frances Henrietta Messenger (Green Party) gained 270 and 15 votes respectively. The turnout was 46.57%.


The League of Friends of Fairford Hospital

(Reg. Charity No: 1006416)

President, Earl St Aldwyn



Serving Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding villages.

News and information from The League




House-to-House 2017 Dates


The League of Friends House-to-House fund raising event will take place from 27th March to the 10th April 2017.   Our thanks to all our existing volunteer co-ordinators and collectors.   With the new housing in both Fairford and Lechlade we urgently need more volunteer collectors.   If you can spare sometime to deliver and collect the envelopes please get in touch with the League Administrator, Christine Barker, contact details below.




If you need further information about The League of Friends please contact Christine Barker on: 07767 408409 or email:fairford.lof@hotmail.co.uk.

Your continued support is very much appreciated

Graham Hewitt











A position has arisen for District Councillor for Fairford North Ward and for a Town Councillor for Fairford Town Council.  An election will take place on Thursday 9th February.

Please find below the Notice of Election for both vacancies.

Notice of election for District Councillor (click for details) – notice-of-election-cdc-fairford-north-district-ward-9-february-2017

Notice of election of Town Councillor (click for details)- notice-of-election-fairford-tc-north-ward-9-february-2017

For more information please contact the Town Council on 01285 713326 or District Council on 01285 623000.



If you would like an opportunity to have your say on the Post Office Services and accessiblity, this is your opportunity to do so.  The deadline is the 21st December.


RURAL  stakeholders are being urged to respond to a consultation on Post Office services and accessibility.Launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the consultation aims to inform the government’s next state aid application to Brussels.Under European Commission state aid rules, an evidence base for the level of funding government gives to Post Office Ltd must be provided.

The government is asking stakeholders to tell say what they expect from the post office network.Responses will be used to help determine the funding provided to the post office after the existing agreement with Post Office Limited ends in 2018. No changes to the network are proposed through this consultation.The government says it will have invested almost £2bn to modernise and sustain the network from 2010 to 2017/18.

During this time, it says it has improved customer experience and the efficiency of the company.

By helping the government understand what customers and small businesses expect from branches, it says the consultation will inform future funding applications for the network.

This includes how much support should be provided and what it should be used for.

No changes are being proposed in the consultation, which was launched on 8 November.

The government has also published research showing post offices remain a core part of local communities in the digital age, with 95% of people still accessing services at their local branch.

Business Minister Margot James said: “This research shows how much communities and businesses value the Post Office.

“That’s why the government is committed to funding, maintaining and enhancing the national network.”

Some 4,000 Post Office branches now open on Sundays, with some 200,000 extra opening hours since 2012.

More than 90% of consumers and 88% of small businesses use post office services at least once a year, according to a survey by YouGov and London Economics.

More than half of customers said they used their local branch for two or more services.

Carried out in 2015, the study carried polled more than 5,000 households and senior representatives from 750 small and medium-size businesses.

The consultation will remain open until 21 December 2016. To view and respond, click here.


Welcoming disabled young people 

The members of South Cotswolds Parent Carers Support Group all have a disabled son or daughter. Like other parents we’d love our children to be involved in lots of things in the local community. But too often at the moment they can’t join in – usually because either we or you are worried that it won’t work. So we are working with Philip Douch of Active Impact and Heather McCulloch at Cotswold District Council to help local organisations understand what our young people need (for more details about us all, please see next page).  We recognise that many organisations are not used to involving disabled people and are understandably nervous about doing so. We want to work with you all to make it easier to make a success of including our children and involving other disabled young people too.

Our invitation

Please come and meet us at Fairford Community Centre on SATURDAY 14th JANUARY  from 10.30am – 12.00 noon

You can bring and share information about the activities you offer.

  • We will talk with you about anything you already do – and what else you could consider doing – to make it easier for you to feel comfortable about enabling disabled young people to have a positive experience.
  • We will give you details of a half day training course which we hope that you and/or some of your colleagues will want to attend.
  • We will introduce you to the district council’s Inclusion Mark scheme, a quality mark that organisations can achieve to demonstrate your commitment to including disabled people.

Please do let us know before Christmas whether you and/or a colleague can join us on Saturday 14th January. We will then send final details early in January. Details of how to reply to us are on the next page (below). We’d love you to be involved in helping improve the lives of our children and young people.

Thank you very much.

Karen Robinson – on behalf of the South Cotswolds Parent Carers Support Group


South Cotswolds Parent Carers Support Group brings together parents of disabled children and young people from across the south east of the Cotswolds.

Heather McCulloch is Shared Healthy Communities Manager at Cotswold and West Oxfordshire District Councils. She and the district council are keen to promote wider opportunities for disabled young people and their families and are working in partnership with Active Impact to help achieve this.

Philip Douch is a nationally recognised trainer and writer about the inclusion of disabled people. His work with Active Impact in Gloucestershire is designed to increase opportunities for disabled children and young people. That work is funded principally by Gloucestershire County Council.

 Your reply

Please let us know before Christmas whether you and/or a colleague can come to our event in one of these ways:

  • Print and post this completed slip to Philip Douch, Active Impact, 11 Bridge Mead, Stroud GL5 4BP
  • Phone Philip, giving the details below, at Active Impact on 01453 298337
  • E-mail Philip, giving the details below at philip@activeimpact.org.uk






DELETE as appropriate below:

  • I/We can come on Saturday morning 14th January


  • I/We cannot come on Saturday morning 14th January but would like to be kept in touch.