Pioneering bus to help rough sleepers coming to Stroud

A BUS which gives homeless people somewhere to sleep is coming to Stroud. Gerry Watkins’ charity, the Big Yellow Bus Project, currently helps rough sleepers in Cirencester, and he will now extend the service to Stroud. There will be 10 beds for men and women aged 18 and over. And after opening a fundraising shop for the charity in Cirencester last year, Mr Watkins says the project will be vital for rough sleepers in the district. “The bus has already …

Stroud Rotary Club raises more than £4,500 for ten charities

STROUD Rotary Club has raised £4,577 for ten different charities. The club held their annual presentation night at Stroud Imperial hotel on Monday night. The money raised was presented to the ten local charities. Funds raised by the club were achieved through numerous events, including the Stroud Valley Fireworks, the Tesco Christmas collection and the Play by the Lake performance. £675 was raised for St Rose’s school and the Frith Youth Club. £450 went to the Stroud Beresford Group, the …

Stonehouse man charged with threatening to kill woman while allegedly brandishing sword on Christmas Day

A STONEHOUSE man has denied threatening to kill a woman while allegedly brandishing a broken sword on Christmas Day last year. At Cheltenham Magistrates Court today George Dirmauskas, 22, of Woodcock Lane in Stonehouse admitted a common assault on PC Cockle when he was arrested for the alleged offence. But Dirmauskas pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill a woman on December 25 last year and having a broken sword in Woodcock Lane, a public place, with a ten inch …

After 46 years is Stratford Park still fit for purpose?

AS STRATFORD Park Leisure Centre approaches 50 years of age, Stroud District Council will be carrying out research into whether it is still fit for purpose and meets the needs of residents. To allow time for this, the current operators of the leisure centre could be given a three year contract extension while the council work out the best options for the future. It could also mean a pay rise for the lowest paid workers at the centre. The centre …

Missing Stonehouse man may be in Stroud

POLICE searching for missing Stonehouse man Michael Stock believe that he may be in the Stroud area. A member of the public called in reporting that they saw Michael at the Lord John Wetherspoons on Russell Street in Stroud yesterday afternoon and CCTV enquiries have confirmed this sighting. Michael can be seen on the CCTV image from yesterday above.  Officers are appealing for the public’s help to find Michael, 55. He was seen on Pearcroft Road in Stonehouse at 11.50am yesterday morning.  He …

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