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Leader's blog - 28 September 2022

Published: Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

"The famous Golden Duck Raft Race on Sunday, organised by Cotswold Canals Trust, was enjoyed by many spectators, and marked 50 years since the Trust was formed by a group of volunteers. 

This week, there’s another opportunity to find out more about the Cotswold Canals project at an archaeology open day on the afternoon of Thursday 29 September at Fromebridge Mill, close to the recently built section of canal that runs underneath the busy A38 roundabout. The archaeological work is part of preparations to restore the `missing mile’ of canal.  On a one-hour tour you’ll get to meet the team who will provide an overview of the archaeology, history of the canal and future plans. Please register if you’d like to attend:  

As well as visitor events, there are many places in Stroud district to discover all year round. I recently got to test out the new free `Discover Stroud Trails' app, on a recorded walking tour with Meg, from BBC Radio Gloucestershire and Amy, the council’s new Tourism Officer.  Having downloaded the trail on the app for Wotton-under-Edge, we discovered some fascinating historical information about local sites and familiar landmarks.  I’m planning to try out the other circular trails on the app soon – for Stroud, Stonehouse, Dursley, Nailsworth and Berkeley, as each one has an easy-to-follow walking route with lots of interesting local information.  As I discovered, it’s great for local people as well as visitors to the area. 

Finally, with many people concerned about rising living costs, we’ve put more information on the council’s website to signpost the help and support that’s available – whether that’s for yourself, a relative, friend or neighbour. This information will be continually updated as the council’s cost of living crisis response work continues, in partnership with many local organisations, through the winter: "


Cllr Catherine Braun,

Leader, Stroud District Council 

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