The awards will cover full tuition fees and an additional grant for living costs – to a combined total of £10,000.
From May to September, the famous family-run vintage circus will be touring the Cotswolds and, by popular demand, into London with their all-new show Moon Songs.
Russia’s most famous ballet has its lake of swans, but we have the one with the shed of chickens.
SDC will be holding a recruitment open evening at the Council Offices in Ebley on Monday, May 18, from 4pm-7pm for prospective candidates to "drop-in". The new team will be known as Stroud District Council Heating Services.
Rating: *** By Colin Davison @IamColinDavisonI couldn’t help but think of recent election speeches as I read one commentator’s verdict on this 400-year-old thriller of vows made and broken.
By Revd Josie GoodwinThe media have gone into overdrive. No, I’m not talking about the good news of the arrival of a princess – a baby girl for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – I’m talking about the soundbite-popping photo-opping frenzy that brings us into the week we elect (or should I say try to elect?) a new government.
Kapers is backed by Stroud District Council and provides a series of action-packed sessions during August.
This includes arts and crafts, games and competitions, drama and music, sports and activities, special workshops and themed weeks.
As well as structured activities, there’s also plenty of time for free play or to just relax and chill out.
The scheme is run by an experienced, enthusiastic and energetic team. At a fraction of the childcare costs, this is a fantastic opportunity to get the children out of the house, active and learning in a sociable and friendly environment.
Kapers takes place from Mondays to Fridays at the following locations:
August 3-7: Wotton Sports Centre, Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School
August 10-14: Maidenhill Sport & Dance Centre, Maidenhill School
August 17-21: Thomas Keble Sports Centre, Thomas Keble School
August 24-28: Thomas Keble Sports Centre, Thomas Keble School
Booking forms can be downloaded at www.kapers.org.uk or email email@example.com or call 01453 754508.
The event, on Sunday June 21, is a day of sport and physical activity for everyone from small children to grandparents. If you want to take part in the fun, you have to sign up by Monday, May 11.
The new recruits will have the opportunity to improve their communication skills, meet new people and gain valuable experience for their CV.
This year, the Reading Agency lead event is being run with Guinness World Records, and each of the titles included has a record breakers theme.
Volunteers will help library staff bring together fact and fiction, inspiring young readers to learn about some of the achievements that make up the Guinness World Records books, talking to children about the books they have read, and helping with summer activities.
Last year 150 young people helped across the county. Hours are flexible and can be negotiated at each library. All volunteers will receive a free pack, including a Record Breakers T-Shirt, and a booklet to record the skills and experiences gained
Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for libraries, said: “Volunteering in our libraries can be really rewarding and can help spark a life-long love of reading for the children visiting. The Summer Reading Challenge is a great opportunity to get involved. Let’s make it a record-breaking summer for reading.”
Anyone interested can apply online or print out the form and drop it to their nearest library www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/volunteers
Further details about various volunteering opportunities are available at all local libraries.
More information about Gloucestershire Libraries and the Summer Reading Challenge are online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries and www.readingagency.org.uk/readinghack
On Sunday, May 3, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, situated just outside Winchcombe, will welcome an historic re-enactment group, Seven Dials Rapscallions, who will be portraying Victorian gentry enjoying a gentle game of cricket and a delicate, dignified picnic on the lawn, harking back to the Victorian era at Sudeley.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust president and BBC TV presenter Ellie Harrison will be guest of honour on the day, taking part in wildlife activities and judging some of the classes in the dog show.
Chefs from some of the best hotels and restaurants in the Cotswolds will be appearing, including The Kings Head, Cirencester, Wild Garlic in Nailsworth, The Gumstool Inn at Calcot and The Potting Shed at Crudwell.
The new batch of culinary talent that will be giving unmissable cooking demonstrations on The AEG Big Kitchen include restaurateur Mark Hix with fish maestro Mitch Tonks, food fashionista Gizzi Erskine, as well as The Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom & Henry Herbert.
Packed full of interesting facts and figures about the beautiful Cotswold market town, the infographic gives a taste of what an amazing town Chipping Campden is.
The market provides a great opportunity for local artisan suppliers to showcase their produce and for attendees to discover them.
Famed for its rolling hills and honey-coloured limestone rural villages, web searches for short breaks in the region have seen a 59 per cent increase year-on-year.
Another EVCP at the Beeches car park in Cirencester should also be activated very soon. The latter was damaged by vandals but has now been repaired and is now just awaiting commissioning and then registration with the ‘Charge Your Car’ network.
The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh, and Ellenborough Park Hotel, near Cheltenham, have both been nominated for the VisitEngland Large Hotel category after winning gold and silver respectively in the Cotswolds Tourism awards.
Developers CALA have put in an application for an estate of 33 houses on the Little Shoe Broad field in Blockley.
The deadline for comments to Cotswold District Council, who will decided the application, is this coming Monday (April 20).
Opponents claim the CALA’s application doesn’t conform to Local Plan policies and Blockley Parish Council data shows there’s no need for such estates in the village as there’s already empty social housing there.
They say the community overwhelmingly opposes such housing estates and only one respondent to CALA’s mailshot was in favour of the development.
Blockley Environmental Action Group (BEAG) was formed in April 2014 when a spontaneous gathering of more than 100 residents voted unanimously that "we are opposed to all large scale developments in Blockley".
Group member Matthew Cohn, aka musician Matt Black, said: "My dad was involved in the campaign to 'Keep Blockley a Village' when he was alive and I feel the same way. I say 'let the towns become bigger towns if that's what they want, but let the villages stay villages…else we lose an irreplaceable part of England."
Mr Cohn claimed CALA's application is flawed in many ways in areas such as transport and environmental impact and they "gloss over" the flood risk, totally ignoring the fact that the site was heavily flooded in 2007.
He is also worried about the extra pressure on roads and fears that fatal accidents will result from the overuse of the Draycott Road.
Mr Cohn said Cotswold District Council had not been able to get a proper Local Development Plan together which puts them in a weak position with respect to the existing Government 'presumption in favour of development' .
"The term 'sustainable development' is brandished around but when Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty designations are just trampled on in favour of more building, as they are being all over the UK in cases like ours, you have to wonder why they even bother to have AONBs."
But he added: "Blockley has seen off some previous development threats and we will continue to fight for our village."
Oxfordshire blues band King B make a nostalgic return to the Cornbury Music Festival, held at Great Tew, this year. Twelve years ago this popular local group were picked to open the very first Cornbury Music Festival. Now they’re back to headline the Riverside Stage on Saturday.