December, 2020

Wednesday, Dec 30

Please see below for rules! This is snapshot from the Government website.

Click HERE for Tier 3 rules. Click HERE for Tier 4 rules.

Sunday, Dec 27

Christmas Holidays Refuse Collection Days

Saturday, Dec 26
Flood Alert at 7:43pm: River Churn and its Tributaries

Friday, Dec 25

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, Dec 23

Flood Alert at 21:03: River Churn and its Tributaries

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency. 

Flood Alert in force: River Churn and its tributaries.

Flooding is possible for: River Churn from Coberley to Cerney Wick and also The Hilcot Brook, The Daglingworth Stream and The Gumstool Brook.

Be prepared.

Property flooding is not currently expected.
River levels have risen on the River Churn as a result of heavy rainfall. Therefore, flooding of roads, paths and farmland is expected overnight 23/12/20, especially in the Cirencester area. 
Further rainfall is forecast over the next 6 hours. We expect river levels to continue climbing overnight and into tomorrow.
We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff have been in the area clearing weed/trash screens. 
Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and refer to the ‘River and Sea levels in England’ webpage for current river levels. 
This message will be updated tomorrow morning, 24/12/20, or as the situation changes.

To check the latest information for your area

* Visit the GOV.UK website to see the current flood warnings, view river and sea levels or check the 5-day flood risk forecast: 

* Or call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 using quickdial code: 171468.

* Follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter.

* Tune into weather, news and travel bulletins on local television and radio.

What you should consider doing now

* Monitor local water levels and weather conditions.  

* Get ready to act on your flood plan if you have one.

* Move your car or other vehicles to higher ground, if it is safe to do so.

* Prepare a flood kit of essential items including a torch with spare batteries, mobile phone and charger, warm clothes, home insurance documents, water, food, first aid kit and any prescription medicines or baby care items you may need.

* Check that you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.

* In rural locations, farmers should consider moving livestock and equipment away from areas likely to flood.

* Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water. 30 cm of fast-flowing water can move a car and 6 inches can knock an adult off their feet. 

* Flood water is dangerous and may be polluted. Wash your hands thoroughly if you’ve been in contact with it. 

Friday, Dec 18
New ‘Whiteway Car Park’ to Open ‘Free of Charge’ over Christmas Holidays

Cotswold District Council is opening the new Whiteway Car Park in Cirencester free of charge to the public for seven days over Christmas and New Year.

The car park will be free to use from 7am-7pm between Monday 21 December and Thursday 24 December and between Tuesday 29 December to Thursday 31 December. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays are reserved for use by Cirencester Rugby Club.

The Whiteway car park will be free to all users to provide additional parking on these busy shopping days. 

From 4 January 2021 the car park will be for permit holders only. 

Construction works at Cirencester Rugby Club will be completed on 19 December to deliver the new permit-holders car park. The Whiteway car park provides an additional 158 parking spaces, including three disabled bays, five motorcycle bays and four electric vehicle bays with fast charging points. 

Cllr Mike Evemy, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “It’s great to see this development completed. We hope that this offer of free parking will help people coming to Cirencester in the busy next couple of weeks.

“In the new year, this car park will provide season ticket holders with dedicated parking spaces and free up spaces in the centre of Cirencester for visitors and shoppers.”

The project to develop the Whiteway car park site at Cirencester Rugby Club began in February and works were halted by the pandemic for two months to ensure the workforce was protected and could be completed safely.  

The Council has entered into a 10-year lease agreement with Cirencester Rugby Club. This arrangement will see the Council operate the site for permit-holder parking from Mondays to Fridays (excluding bank holidays) and the Rugby Club will use it at weekends.

If you are a permit holder in Cirencester and would like to relocate to the Whiteway car park, please contact our parking team by emailing

For more information about parking permits and charges or to apply for a season ticket, visit: 

Tuesday, Dec 15
District Councillor update

Please click HERE to read an update by Cllr Julia Judd.

Covid-19. Advice and support for professionals and volunteers

Dear all,

Gloucestershire County Council has developed various materials to support volunteers and professionals supporting residents throughCovid-19.

Downloadable signposting sheet covering national and local services is available here.

There are two online training videos:

These cover mental health awareness; and psychological first aid training.

A guide professionals and volunteers through conversations with people in emotional distress:

The County has also arranged Volunteer Emotional Support (VES)sessions.  The aim of the VES session is to undertake a peer support reflective conversation facilitated by a chartered psychologist who has experience of supporting volunteers responding to crisis situations. It is an opportunity for participants to discuss the emotional impact of the support they are providing, and potentially anything that has caused them distress. Participants will share experiences (if they want to), discuss self-care and positive steps to look after themselves.

The sessions are up to 1.5/2 hours long, and are ideally suited to community volunteers who won’t have access to this type of supervision/support from any other organisation through their role. Many new groups of volunteers have been set up quickly to respond to Covid-19
who may not have access to wider support for their role from a local organisation, and who may be operating rather independently. There is a limited number of sessions available and therefore this offer is targeted on those individuals in the first instance. Sessions are
offered to a cohort of 5 people from each community group on a basis of one session per group, and the facilitator can offer more than one session per group (but 1 to 2 sessions usually suffices).  If you’re interested,  please contact Nicky so she can connect you with the facilitator to arrange a convenient date/time.  Please note that these sessions can be delivered via
videoconference or face to face, but under the current Govid-19 restrictions face to face sessions cannot take place.


  2nd December 2020 from 2:30-4pm

Join GRCC for the final Volunteer Manager’s Network of 2020.  Anyone with responsibility for volunteers in their organisation is able to attend.

Sign up to the network and other networks by going to

Contact Angela Gilbert on to book on.

Gloucestershire County Council’s Youth Provision Grant

Gloucestershire County Council has funding available to invest in community activities for children and young people 8-18 years old. They are particularly interested in local solutions that achieve positive outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people who may be in challenging circumstances.


Joseph Walker (On behalf of the Cotswold District Response Hub)

Please click HERE to read the bulletin.

Parish Connections Magazine

Dear Parishioners,

As you know, due to Covid-17, the Parish Connections Magazine is not delivered to your doors. Instead, you are able to read the digital edition of the magazine. This month, for your convenience, I created a link to the magazine in E-Notice Board (please see below). As of this month and going forward, you will be able to access the digital magazine under the ‘Village Life’ heading, then ‘Your Magazine’ sub-heading. By kind permission of the Editors of the magazine, I will be able to store back issues on our website, again under the ‘Your Magazine’ sub-heading. If you have any issues accessing the magazine, please email me at

Best regards,

Sonia Pritchard

Please click on the tab below to read the magazine.

Remembrance Sunday

Gloucestershire Libraries -Service Update 2nd December onwards

Libraries in Gloucestershire will re-open for public access  from the 2nd December as the most recent government restrictions end. 

All County Council run Libraries will re-open enabling you to browse, borrow and return books/reservations and use a computer.  Services at community run Libraries will also re-commence. Customers can continue to use our Off the Shelf, Reserve & Collect and Ring & Read services.

For further information on the services available at each library and the latest opening times for all libraries, including Community Libraries go to:

If wish to return any items you currently have on loan, please return them using the library drop box or letterbox.  You can renew your library items at :

You can access our digital content with your library card:

Find out how to get started with eBooks, eAudiobooks & eMagazines here

Visit the Virtual Reference Library  for a range of information resources that can be accessed from home, including the Naxos classical music library, the latest articles from local and national newspapers on NewsBank and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Off the Shelf: We Select, You Collect

As part of the move to increase access to libraries we are now offering the ‘Off the Shelf’ service. Library staff will select a variety of stock based on your specification for you to collect from your chosen library. Once items are available to collect you will be asked to book a collection slot. Each of our libraries has careful social distancing measures in place to keep you and our staff safe.

You will need your library card in order to request the Off the Shelf Service .

Click below to select your items.