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"October school holidays are just around the corner, and our big list of low-cost activities and inspiring places to visit in Stroud district is once again be available with plenty of ideas to entertain the children, or for anyone who is looking for inspiration to enjoy an autumnal day out. 

In Dursley, the Pulse leisure centre will be running Halloween themed activity days and a dance workshop for children next week at the Chantry Centre, as the pool and gym areas are closed to upgrade the heating system and retile the changing rooms.  The new renewable energy heating system at the Pulse will save hundreds of tonnes of carbon emissions every year, and will recycle heat from the swimming pool and changing rooms, boosted by additional solar panels. At a time when many leisure facilities are struggling for funding, I’m really pleased that we’ve secured over £5 million to upgrade the end-of-life gas boilers at both the Dursley and Stroud leisure centres, as well as the Museum in the Park.  The Dursley leisure centre closure has been scheduled to minimise disruption to the school swimming lesson timetable and term time exercise programmes. 

Animal welfare has been in the news this week, with recognition once again for the fantastic work of the council’s Animal Welfare team, which goes far beyond the legal requirements to protect and promote animal welfare. The RSPCA has awarded four PawPrints Awards to the council for activities which include providing the stray dog service, animal activity licensing, supporting housing tenants and homeless people with their pets, providing information to promote responsible pet ownership, and offering free or low-cost microchipping and neutering services. The team works closely with a number of local animal charities, including the wonderful Cotswold Dogs & Cats Home which is currently the council’s staff charity of the year."

Cllr Catherine Braun

Leader, Stroud District Council 

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