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"Remembrance Day is marked in many ways across Stroud district. On Sunday morning, I’ll be attending the parade and memorial ceremony in Wotton-under-Edge as usual and laying a wreath on behalf of the district council.  It is always a memorable and moving occasion which brings together the whole community, from the youngest Rainbow Guides and Squirrel Scouts to the Army Cadets, the Royal British Legion and veterans, along with local schools, sports clubs, community groups, councillors and the emergency services, with superb music from the Silver Band. 

On Friday, I’ll be meeting the GWR Poppy Train, as it passes through Stroud station, presenting a wreath to be taken to the war memorial at Paddington Station. Also attending will be Cllr Loraine Patrick, and staff member Jason Mather, who are part of the district council’s Armed Forces Champion Group which ensures we follow the Armed Forces Covenant. One of their current projects is to refurbish and increase accessibility to the Grade II listed war memorial in Stroud's Park Gardens. The gardens (which are managed by Stroud Town Council), were given to the people of Stroud by Sidney Park to commemorate his son, Herbert Sidney Park who was killed while serving in France in October 1917.

As we experience more wet winter weather, the council is once again gearing up for potential flooding. During the recent Storm Ciaran, our teams were closely monitoring flood warnings for the Slad Brook in Stroud in particular, and worked with the Environment Agency and other partners from the Local Resilience Forum to plan and prepare.  Fortunately, there were no serious impacts this time. If your home or business is at risk, it is well worth signing up to receive flood warnings and taking a look at ways to protect your property:"

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