M4, M5, M32 fuel protests: Police warn drivers to expect delays

A warning to motorists has been issued by police ahead of planned fuel protests set to take place tomorrow (Monday, July 4). Several routes will be affected including the M5. A guide to the proposed blockades has been released and confirmed this evening by Avon and Somerset police. They have also confirmed other protests against the rise in fuel price could happen on the same day and for drivers to check for any updates before they travel. Bristol Live will …

Teenage tennis player raises money for hospice after robbery

A TEENAGER from Stroud has raised nearly £150 for Longfield hospice following a robbery at one of its charity shops. Marcus Berlin, 17, organised a charity tennis tournament at Painswick Tennis Club.  Marcus was keen to raise funds following the robbery at the shop in Bisley Street, Painswick in December which left both the employee and the customer involved shocked and upset. He said: “I was horrified to hear about the robbery last year – it was really upsetting, so …

Bristol traffic LIVE: Drivers warned to ‘approach with care’ after crash near Bristol

Drivers have been urged to approach with care after a crash on the M5 near Bristol. There have been reports of a crash on the M5 southbound between junction 21 for Weston-super-Mare and junction 22 for Burnham-On-Sea. In an update, traffic reporting system Inrix said: “Reports of accident on M5 Southbound between J21 A370 (Weston-super-mare) and J22 (Burnham-on-sea). Approach with care.” Read more: Police warn of major delays as protests will block M4, M5 and M32 Earlier today a crash …

Incredible scenes from old Cirencester hospital

MANY people can remember the Watermoor Hospital that was originally the Cirencester Union Workhouse, writes Robert Heaven. Few people have happy memories of the building hospital and despite its transformation to the council offices in the 1970s, it still remains a place of not too pleasant memories for many. Back to: The Traffic SEO – Website SEO – News and BLOG – Gloucestershire News

Born Free Foundation reveals Stroud is home to 5 dangerous wild animals

The 2020 survey revealed that there’s a total of 3,951 dangerous wild animals in Great Britain that are licensed to be owned by private owners. While this is the number of licensed wild animals that are dangerous, there could be more that are kept without licenses and therefore don’t appear in the results. The website says: “A total of 210 private addresses across 129 local authorities hold licences to keep dangerous wild animals such as lions, tigers, crocodilians and venomous reptiles!” Attention …

The Galleries demolished: Bristol reacts to massive change to city centre

Yesterday (Friday, July 1) a shock announcement was made that The Galleries in the city centre would be closing more than 30 years after it first opened. Staff were told yesterday they would have two more years there before the shopping centre would close its doors and be demolished. Rumours have been flying for weeks there were big changes afoot for Broadmead, epseically with no movement on the old Debenhhams and M&S sites, but few expected anything quite so dramatic. …

Bristol legend Big Jeff thanks well wishers in first message since house fire

Bristol legend Big Jeff has shared his first message since he was seriously injured in a house fire at his home in Totterdown last month. Jeff, 39, is still in hospital but he regained consciousness last weekend. This week Jeff’s family and his art manager, Lee Dodds, shared an update on his condition and said Jeff is likely to remain in hospital for ‘many months’. The well-known music fan who attends most gigs in the city was involved in an …

Lovely old pictures of Stroud from Howard Beard

HOWARD Beard looks at horse-drawn delivery vehicles around the Stroud area. Pictured are: Joseph Baughan’s grocery store was at the bottom of Coppice Hill in Chalford. This postcard view shows Mr Baughan on the right, with his son-in-law, Ashley Young, holding the horse’s reins. R T Smith and Co were carriers linked to the Great Western Railway. Their Stroud office was at 15 Kendrick Street. Commercial vehicles often served as carnival floats. Here a two-horse wagon carries the winning entry …