Details of markets in Stroud leading up to Christmas day revealed

DETAILS of the markets taking place just before Christmas day in Stroud have been revealed.  With the range of independent retailers, vintage shops and eateries Stroud is the place to find those unique gifts that will make someone’s Christmas special. This year’s Christmas markets in the Cornhill Market Square are back for the 9th year.  They will hold over 30 stalls at the “Finish Your Christmas Shopping in Stroud” markets on Wednesday 22, Thursday 22 and Friday 23.  These all take place from 9am and …

Bristol dad shares why he has been leaving heartwarming carvings inside hospitals

A Bristol dad who has spent more than 20 years volunteering his time to different causes, has opened up about why he has been secretly leaving wood carvings inside hospitals and care homes in and around the city this Christmas. 48-year-old Jay McDonald knows all too well what it can be like to lose hope after a four-year battle with stomach cancer in his early 20s. The Whitchurch native said it was while being a patient in the hospital that …

Battle of Brislington Meadows date set as councillors refuse plans for 260 homes

A date has been set for the battle of Brislington Meadows between Bristol City Council and Homes England. Councillors rejected plans by the government’s land and property agency for up to 260 homes at the South Bristol wildlife haven at a meeting on Wednesday (December 7) – but the decision has already been taken out of their hands. Homes England lodged an appeal in September with the Planning Inspectorate, which will now have the final say after the local authority …

Police undertake speed checks in Slimbridge

This morning (Thursday), PCSO’s Mike Trebble & Liz Wardwere checking on speeds within the village of Slimbridge.  “Good to see careful and safe driving though the village especially alongside the local school,” they said. Checking on speeds within the village of Slimbridge this morning. PCSO’s Mike Trebble & Liz Ward.Good to see careful & safe driving though the village especially alongside the local school with nobody driving above the 30mph speed limit set for the area. pic.twitter.com/lDpX8cEskL — Stroud Police (@StroudPolice) December …

Police release dashcam footage of drink-driver on A417

‘SHOCKING’ footage was released of a driver under the influence of alcohol driving erratically on the A417. The incident happened on Monday, November 14 this year when the driver was travelling home from work, but was actually travelling in the opposite direction of their home address. In the footage, a dark blue car can be seen travelling towards NettletonBottom at around 4pm, swerving towards the central reservation on a number of occasions. The vehicle was found at a junction where …

Reaction as HSBC branch in King Street, Cirencester, to close

CONCERNS have been raised after it was announced that another bank is to close in Cirencester town centre.  It was announced last Wednesday that the HSBC in the Market Place will shut on August 8 next year as part of a nationwide round of 114 branch closures – more than a quarter of the bank’s network. TSB shut its Market Place branch earlier this year.  Leading figures have raised concerns about how the latest closure will affect customers. MP Sir …

Reaction as HSBC branch in King Street, Stroud, to close

CONCERNS have been raised after it was announced that another bank is to close in Stroud town centre.  It was announced on Wednesday that the HSBC in King Street will shut on May 16 next year as part of a nationwide round of 114 branch closures – more than a quarter of the bank’s network.  The announcement was made on the same day that the Halifax closed in Kendrick Street and follows the closure of Barclays in January – leaving …

Bristol mum shocked by state of ‘filthy’ council house with ‘faeces on walls’

A Bristol mum-of-four claims Bristol City Council is “refusing to take responsibility” for the “awful state” her council exchange property had been left in and has denied her access to photographic evidence from the initial inspection before the house swap. Michelle Cowles mutually exchanged her Hartcliffe home on November 21 this year but says she found her new Bedminster abode was in no fit state for her four children after discovering a significant amount of items left inside, which she …

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