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Community and Living

Welcome to our Community and Living pages.

These pages provide you with information about services provided in your local community, whether you are looking for a community centre or want to know more about safety.



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Community Centres, Libraries and Clubs and Societies


Clubs and Societies

Active Gloucestershire operate a directory of clubs which you can browse.

Halls to Hire

The GRCC village hall database contains details of halls to hire in Gloucestershire.

Stroud District Council halls to hire


The Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall dates from the late 1500's and originally housed the market traders from the Shambles Market on its lower level. Today it boasts a grand meeting room which is available for hire. The room can host up to 80 people and has varied equipment, including kitchen facilities to enable use in a variety of contexts.

2012/13 Hire Charges Price    
Morning or afternoon: £50    
Morning and Afternoon: £85    
Evening: £70    
All day: £130    
Discounted rates for charities, please enquire.      


For further information please contact:

Michael Towson
Facilities Management Officer
Stroud District Council
Email: Michael.towson@stroud.gov.uk
T. 01453 754336


Museum in the Park

The Museum in the Park has rooms available for hire, both for conferencing/meetings and to display your exhibition.

For further information please view: www.museuminthepark.org.uk


The Subscription Rooms
The Subscription Rooms has several spaces you can hire for your own concerts, meetings and events.

For further information please view: www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk/hire

Libraries

The responsibility for libraries in the Stroud district lies with Gloucestershire County Council. More information on libraries can be found on the Gloucestershire County Council website.

Local Services Guide

The following booklet gives basic information about services and agencies available in Stroud District.

Grants and Funding

Grants and Funding

If you are a group or organisation looking for project funding, the following pages may be of assistance.

Community Investment Grant Funding 2014-2017

Grants awarded for 2014-15

Organisation

Funding (£)

Active Impact

4,224.00

All Pulling Together Community Association

4,608.00

Allsorts

6,144.00

Cam Youth & Community Centre

2,304.00

CAB

125,000.00

Down to Earth

768.00

Fair Shares Gloucestershire

3,840.00

Frampton on Severn Community Association

1,305.00

GOPA

3,072.00

Gloucestershire Voices

3,072.00

Homestart

6,144.00

Independence Trust

13,824.00

Kingshill House

20,000.00

PREMA

4,608.00

Shire Training Workshops T/A OPENhouse

4,608.00

Stroud Arts Centre T/A Lansdown Hall & Gallery

4,608.00

Stroud Beresford Group

15,360.00

Stroud District Basics Bank

(operating as Stroud District Foodbank and Stroud District Kids' Stuff)

7,680.00

Stroud Valleys Artspace

4,608.00

Stroud Valleys Project

9,216.00

The Door Project

7,680.00

Transition Stroud

1,536.00

Uplands Care Service

3,840.00

Volunteer & Community Action (Stroud District) Ltd

26,880.00

Woodchester Mansion

18,500.00

Wotton Arts Project T/As Under the Edge Arts

2,304.00

The Youth Initiative Fund

The Stroud District Youth Council has it's own budget for making grant awards to young people's projects. Past grants have been for projects varying from theatre to skiing, basketball to video making and from driving to music making. Further information on the Youth Initiative Fund can be found on our Youth Council website.

Energy Efficiency Grants

Everyone in Stroud District who owns their home or rents from a private landlord is eligible for either an Energy Efficiency Grant or a discount price through the Warm and Well Scheme. Further information can be found on the energy efficiency advice pages.

Most applications for funding require a range of background information relating to the area you live in, the age of the population, the demographic profile etc.

In order to make accessing this information easy we have created a number of links to websites which provide the most up to date facts and figures on all these areas. Please view our business section for further advice.

Armed Forces Covenant

Chairman of Stroud District Council, John Hudson, said

'I am proud to be signing the covenant on behalf of Stroud District Council. We certainly value the contribution of our men and women in the armed forces and this is one way of recognising their contribution.'

Useful Links

War Memorials

In light of the metal thefts from up and down the country, in 2012 Stroud District Council, working with local parish & town councils and with In Memoriam 2014 completed a process of recording and target hardening all known metal war memorials throughout the district. The aim of the project was to record and maintain the nations war memorials in time for Remembrance Day 2014, and reduce their chances of being stolen.

Neighbourhood Wardens completed a review of all memorials, stone and metal, in the district. All identified memorials were photographed for future prosperity and catalogued. If a memorial was ever stolen or damage, a facsimile of the original memorial would be used to ensure all details of the names of our fallen heroes would be accurately recorded onto a replacement memorial – rather than being lost forever. All relevant data was submitted to In Memoriam 2014 which has since been uploaded onto their website www.inmemoriam2014.org. In addition, Neighbourhood Wardens applied Smart Water to each of the metal memorials to reduce the possibility of metal theft. Smart Water is a clear forensic solution that is similar to DNA, and provides the same irrefutable evidence to prove ownership of lost or stolen items. Criminals avoid it because it significantly increases the chances of them being caught.

War Pensions, War Widow Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Payments

At the Council meeting on 21 February 2013 members overwhelmingly voted that the authority disregards in full the following incomes for the purposes of assessing entitlement to Localised Council Tax Support from 1 April 2013.

1) War Widows Pension;

2) War Disablement Pension;

3) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments.

For further information about the replacement of Council Tax Benefit with Localised Council Tax Support please see: http://www.stroud.gov.uk/docs/change_benefits.asp

Community Safety

Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour covers a range of unacceptable behaviour, nuisance and criminal activity which has a negative effect on the community and the quality of life of members of the community.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include nuisance neighbours, excess noise, vandalism, graffiti, yobbish behaviour, intimidating gatherings of people, as well as littering, fly-tipping, dog fouling and abandoned cars.

Report anti-social behaviour

Fill in the relevant online form below to report anti-social behaviour to us.

Anti-social behaviour on Council land

If you are a housing tenant or are experiencing anti-social behaviour in relation to housing tenants, see Anti social behaviour on Council land for information and advice.

More information

For more information about anti-social behaviour, what can be done to tackle it, and how you can report it to the Police, see our the anti-social behaviour leaflet.

Careline

The Careline plays a key role in helping older and/or vulnerable people to live independently and safely in their own homes.

For many people the telephone is their only means of talking with friends and neighbours. But in a crisis the Stroud District Council Careline could provide help when you need it most, day or night. The service benefits older person's, those with a disability and people feeling vulnerable who need reassurance.

What is a Careline?

The Careline is a way of getting help through your telephone system quickly and efficiently 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A small personal radio transmitter is worn as a Pendant around the neck, on a wrist-strap or clipped to clothing. This is linked to a special unit - the Careline - which plugs in to a modern telephone point with an adjacent 13amp electrical socket.

How does it Work?

By pressing the pendant a signal is sent to the Careline, which will then dial automatically to our Control Room. Your pre-programmed personal details will come up on a computer screen and a fully-trained Operator will be able to talk to you through a very powerful speaker and listen to you through a very sensitive microphone.

How will they help me?

The Control Room will quickly establish what assistance you require i.e. an Ambulance, Doctor, or perhaps one of your nominated contacts (neighbour, friend or a family member who ideally holds a key to your property). The Control Room Staff will stay on the line to reassure you until help arrives.

How are they available?

A Careline can be bought or rented. There may be some financial assistance available for anyone over the age of sixty who is in receipt of a means-tested benefit such as Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or Income Support. For those under sixty and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) you may be eligible for financial assistance if you are also in receipt of one of the mentioned benefits.

How much does careline cost?

Purchase

Careline Unit £160.00* + VAT (keep your existing telephone)

Plus £1.54* per week for monitoring and maintenance charges + VAT

Rental

Careline Unit is £3.19* per week + VAT, inclusive of monitoring and maintenance charges(keeping your existing telephone.

With Financial Assistance

£1.54* per week + VAT, inclusive of monitoring and maintenance charges.

Payments

Assisted and Purchased charges are invoiced six-monthly in arrears. Rental charges invoiced quarterly in arrears. Charges cover monitoring and maintenance.

*VAT
Is charged at 20% unless the customer is eligible for exemption on health grounds.

N.B. For a Careline to operate it requires a modern plug-in telephone point and a 13 amp electrical socket, these need to be adjacent to each other. Customers may also be exempt from VAT on medical grounds.

Contact details

If you would like more details then a Careline representative would be pleased to call on you in your home. They can answer questions and show you how to use the Careline Service entirely without obligation. To make an appointment, telephone:

Careline service: Stroud (01453) 766321 Monday to Thursday between 9.00am and 5.00pm Friday between 9.00am and 4.30pm Or email careline@stroud.gov.uk


Firework Safety

This bonfire night your child is more likely to be injured that you.

Watching fireworks can be great fun for children. But figures show that, more often than not, it's children rather than adults who get hurt by fireworks. Over the past five years over 350 pre-school children, some as young as one year old, were treated in hospital for firework injuries.

So don't put your family at risk!

Follow our easy checklist for a safe home firework display

Before the display

  • Only buy fireworks from a legitimate retailer
  • Inform neighbours and be aware of their concerns
  • Check the fireworks you buy are suitable for the size of garden and conform to British Standards (BS 7114)
  • Read the instructions in daylight
  • One person - clearly identified - should be responsible for fireworks

Things you will need on the night

  • Torch for checking instructions
  • Bucket of water
  • Eye protection and gloves
  • Bucket of soft earth to stick fireworks in
  • Suitable supports for catherine wheels, proper launches for rockets

During the display

  • Don't set off noisy fireworks late at night and never after 11pm
  • Don't drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Light fireworks at arm's length with a taper
  • Stand well back and keep others back
  • Never go back to a lit firework
  • Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
  • Always supervise children
  • Store fireworks in a metal box, kept closed between use
  • Keep pets indoors

After the display

  • Use tongs or gloves to collect spent fireworks

Sparklers

  • Unsuitable for children under five
  • Light one at a time
  • Wear gloves when holding sparklers
  • Put used sparklers hot end down into a bucket of sand or water

Bonfires

  • Should be at least 18 metres (60ft) away from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds
  • Use domestic firelighters
  • Never use petrol, paraffin or other flammable liquids
  • For more information visit the following website

www.fireworksafety.co.uk

E.P.I.C Cards

These free emergency personal information cards can provide important information in the event of an emergency hospital admission to help doctors. The card contains details of the person's name, two contact names, GP's name and telephone number. Call 01543 754276 or email: community.safety@stroud.gov.uk

Message In A Bottle

An emergency information scheme ideal for anyone who feels vulnerable while living at home. The message in a bottle is stored in the fridge and provides the emergency services with vital details of any illnesses or allergies, plus a contact name.

It is available free, call 01453 754276 or email: community.safety@stroud.gov.uk

Safeguarding

Stroud District Council is a member of Gloucestershire Safeguarding Adults and Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children’s Board. Our staff receives training in relation to Safeguarding issues and are an effective partner in bringing to the attention to the appropriate authorities issues around safeguarding. The message we give is ‘If you see something that looks wrong, you’re probably right, so please bring it to the attention of somebody.

Further information

Partnerships

The Community Safety Partnership is co-ordinated by the Community Safety Service of Stroud District Council and brings together Statutory and Voluntary organisations who work to reduce crime and the fear of crime in Stroud District.

Neighbourhood Watch

The neighbourhood watch scheme is well known for the work that is does within the local community to prevent crime, help reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life. By working together, communities in the UK have so far established over 155,000 Neighbourhood Watch schemes covering up to 25% of all households.

How do they work?

Neighbourhood watch schemes can be large or small covering all the houses in one estate or just a few. The scheme is generally lead by a coordinator who is kept in touch with the local police about possible problems in the area or any initiative that are taking place to prevent crime.

How to set up a neighbourhood watch scheme

To set up or join a scheme in your neighbourhood please contact the Stroud Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Paws On Patrol

Dog walkers spend a lot of time out and about in their community and are likely to notice when something out of the ordinary is happening. The Stroud Safer Stronger Communities Partnership encourages people who are dog owners to join Paws on Patrol as a member and thereby they are encouraged to record and report suspicious activity. This helps to reduce crime and tackle ‘quality of life’ issues around such things as dog fouling, fly-tipping, street lighting and litter.

PiYN (Pride in Your Neighbourhood)

These events are held annually throughout the District and the locations are decided by the various agencies working in Community Safety Partnership and with our local communities. Neighbourhood Wardens co ordinate the events and the successes have been numerous but are around building a stronger community who feel safe and crime free addressing issues such as ASB, Crime Prevention, Home Security and encouraging people to join Neighbourhood Watch and Paws on Patrol.

Contact us to find out when the next PiYN event will be in your area.

Keep Safe Scheme

The Gloucestershire Keep Safe Scheme is for anyone who feels vulnerable in our community, including people with a learning disability, people with dementia or people with a physical disability. It provides a safe place for people when they are out in the Community.

If a member of the Keep Safe Scheme needs help, they only have to look for the Keep Safe logo in the windows of shops and businesses that have signed up to the Scheme. Staff in the shops provide assistance by telephoning the contact numbers shown on the person’s Keep Safe card. Businesses that register to be a Safe Place receive appropriate training for their staff. www.keepsafeglos.org

SkillZone

SkillZONE is a state-of-the-art life size village. It is a fully interactive learning environment to teach people of all ages how to recognise dangerous situations and stay safe. Divided into sixteen zones, visitors can take part in a range of scenarios and learn essential life skills in a safe environment.

Volunteers come from all types of different backgrounds and professions. Some are retired or serving fire fighters, retired head teachers or police officers and students. Stroud District Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens are also trained guides for SkillZone. Whether it is in the home, on the train, or in the car, visitors learn how to recognise dangerous situations and stay safe.

http://skillzone.glosfire.gov.uk

Health and Wellbeing Plan

Community Safety has a large impact on people’s Health and Wellbeing. Some of the initiatives Community Safety implement to improve the Health and Wellbeing of our population can be found in the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Plan.

Housing Strategy

Sustainable and inclusive communities are important to Community Safety and some of these initiatives are detailed in the Council’s Housing Strategy.

Community Safety Policies and Strategies

Births, Deaths and Marriages

Births, Marriages and Deaths

Births, marriages and deaths are administered by Gloucestershire County Council. Please use the links below for further information:

Green Burials at Brimscombe Cemetery

The cemetery is set on a hillside with views across the valley to the opposite hillside. The area for Green Burials is set at the top of the site adjacent to open country.

A map is attached to identify the site location.

PDF documentPDF Cemetery Charges (PDF 57 KB)

PDF documentPDF Map of Brimscombe Cemetery (PDF 1,353 KB)

Basket/Container etc.

  • body or ashes for interment must be contained in a biodegradable coffin, shroud, casket etc.

Plots

  • only single plots are issued
  • plots can be reserved
  • plots will be allocated by the Authority
  • plots will be denoted by a metal marker
  • the plot will be topped up after initial shrinkage following the interment

Trees

  • selection of available trees are Wild Cherry, Rowan, Field Maple, Birch, Hawthorn.

Note : Although any of the above may be chosen the Authority's Arboricultural Officer may override this choice and specify the tree to be planted out of the above selection.

  • the tree will be approximately 3.0 - 3.7 metres high and will be planted between November and March, it will be a root balled specimen to Nursery Standard and will be planted with 120 litres of tree potting and mulch compost.
  • Undertakers and relatives are encouraged to water the young tree during the first Summer period in addition to that carried out by the Authority.
  • watering will be at the rate of 50 litres every 3 weeks during the first Summer period.
  • trees which fail will be replaced by the Authority who will also be responsible for tree maintenance.
  • the Authority will decide the position of the tree within the plot.

Green Burial Area

  • the grass area will be 'rough cut' twice a year and the cuttings will be distributed evenly over the site.
  • a grass swathe will be cut every three weeks around used and reserved plots.

Applicants living outside the District

Any applications made in respect of persons not resident within the Stroud District area will be considered if there is a tenable link between the deceased and the District (although the Authority does not agree to automatically accept such applications) and costs determined at the discretion of the Council.

Please Note:

The Authority, or its Contractor, does not undertake to supply biodegradable shrouds/coffins etc. or involve itself in the provision of personnel as pallbearers. It is the responsibility of the purchaser and/or Undertaker to make their own arrangements.

Family History

If you are new to genealogy, we would strongly recommend that you read one of the many books on family history available. You may also wish to join a local family history society.

Advice on how to get started is available at www.directgov.uk

Local and Family History Links

  • For census returns, wills, military records and other material go to The National Archives website
  • You can view an archived version of family records.gov.uk at Direct Gov

Emergency Information


Flooding

Flooding is a natural process that can happen suddenly. While the Environment Agency aims to provide advance warning and local authorities may provide assistance, the person who can do most to help is you.

If you live in a flood risk area do what you can now to prepare for a flood. Don't wait until it happens, you may not have time.

View current local Environment Agency Flood Warning Information

Sandbag Stockists

Indoor / Outdoor Builders Merchants, Cam

Tel:01453 546820 Sat Close 6pm Sun Close 4pm

Chalford Building Supplies, Chalford.

Tel: 01453 732600 (filled bags are also available)
Sat Close 12 noon

Moreton C. Cullimore (Gravels) Ltd. Whitminster

Tel: 01452 740326
Sat Close 11:45am

Travis Perkins, Wallbridge. (Sand and Bags)

Tel: 01453 762194
Sat Close 12 noon Sun Closed all day

Allstone, Gloucester.

Minimum 100 filled at £300.00 out of hours. Tel 01452 520853
Sat Close 5:30pm Sun Close 1pm

Alternatively Collect Free Empty Sandbags* from:

Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Stroud.
During office hours. Tel: 01453 766321

Or

One Stop Shop, Wotton-Under-Edge

Monday, Wednesday mornings and Friday. Tel: 01453 521659

*You will need to arrange for these to be filled

For advice out of office hours call: 01452 532467

What should I do if I think my home is going to be flooded?

  • Telephone Floodline on 0845 988 1188. You can also find further information from the Environment Agency website
  • Listen to the radio for updates and stand by for advice from the emergency services or local authorities. * Check on your neighbours - others around you may be less mobile. * Move people, pets and valuable belongings to a safe place - upstairs if possible.
  • Check your car and move it to high ground if safe to do so.
  • Make sure you have warm clothes, a First Aid Kit, any prescribed medication, food, drink, a torch plus spare batteries and a battery or clockwork powered radio.
  • If you think you should be trying to protect your property with sandbags, click the link below to see where sandbags can be obtained.