Have you heard the new buzzzz about town?
The Town Council has changed its mowing regime on Miles Marling Field off Nortonwood to encourage a greater diversity of wildlife. The bottom part has been left as a meadow area and we are very happy to report that it has been a blooming success!
Spring saw a good crop of cowslips and it looks like there will be plenty of purple knapweed later in the summer. As you can see in the attached photograph, we now have beautiful wild orchids for bees and other flying insects to enjoy.
Coincidentally in May Plantlife UK launched ‘No Mow May’, a campaign to help Britain’s pollinators by encouraging people to do less… well, less mowing. During May Bank Holiday people across the country counted the number of flowers in their lawn and Nailsworth Town Council took part too. Plantlife UK calculate the new meadow areas in Miles Marling Field produce 40 grams of nectar a day, that’s the equivalent of ten sugar cubes a day, supporting 3,644 honey bees. More information can be found here
Please send us photos if you too have decided to leave all or part of your garden to ‘go wild’ or are considering doing so please email.
Development proposal on Avening Road
On Monday June 3rd Council will be having a meeting with developers about a proposal for land on Avening Road. Council will listen to the developer, ensure that all advice is taken, and then respond. The details can be seen here, if you do have views on the proposal, then please look out for further information.
Valley Trading at Babdown
Valley Trading have applied to increase the amount of traffic allowed to and from their site near Beverston, south of Nailsworth. A significant proportion will come down the A46 through Nailsworth.
You can find out more, and if you would like to make your views known, see the details on Gloucestershire Planning.
Annual Town Meeting
Showcasing Nailsworth 2019
Nailsworth’s Town Meeting was relocated to the town hall at the last minute when it was clear Storm Hannah would make the usual marquee location dangerous. Nailsworth Farmer’s Market was called off due to the high winds and the Town Meeting was able to squeeze into two floors of the old Town Hall.
There were nearly forty volunteer groups, showcasing Nailsworth’s famously strong community spirit. Residents had a chance to ask questions, hear the Town Council’s annual report and plans for the next year.
Mayor Jonathan Duckworth presented the Town Awards. The Arts Award was given to Nailsworth In Bloom for their achievements in gaining a Silver Gilt in last year’s Britain in Bloom. Nailsworth Primary School were given the Sports Award for their new multi-use games area and rowing suite. The Youth Award went to Minchinhampton and Nailsworth Youth Forum for their work campaigning and decision making on issues affecting young people. Finally, the Town Shield went to Nailsworth Community Land Trust for their amazing community work creating ten new social housing units for the town.
A unique piece of Nailsworth’s heritage was offered in a charity auction on Saturday when residents were given another chance to bid for a Nailsworth town road sign at the Town Council’s Annual Town Meeting. This was possible because three years ago Gloucestershire County Council told us they were replacing the Town Signs, and the old ones were to be thrown away! Clerk Katherine Kearns saved the signs for the town, and with the 6 signs saved, Mayor Jonathan Duckworth suggested that we kept some and auctioned others off for good causes in Nailsworth.
Previous auctions have raised £650 for Nailsworth Youth Club and £960 for NYCE at the Sub Rooms.The last one to be auctioned, on Saturday, raised £750 for registered charity Nailsworth Health Partnership which seeks to improve the health and well being of people who live and work in the Nailsworth area.
Of the remaining three, one is to be given to Nailsworth’s twin town, Lèves, one is in the Town Information Centre and the final sign has been left for for posterity in the Town Archives.
New Civic Centre is officially open
We are pleased to inform you that Nailsworth Town Council has now moved to the new Civic Centre in Old Market. The aim of the move is to have all services together in the centre of town to make them easily accessible for everyone. The new address is:
Nailsworth Town Council
Opening Hours are 9.30-12.30 Monday to Thursday.
All telephone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.
Nailsworth Library and Town Information Centre
Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm (Friday only the library is open until 6pm)
Saturday 10am to 1pm
The Library is now open for longer hours, with a self-service operation at lunch times and all day Tuesday and Thursday. Nailsworth has a full time Library again!
Social visitors still very welcome! Come in for a chat, and maybe a cup of coffee.
What can I find in the TIC?
If you live in the area, are new here, or just visiting, we have something for you. Maps for walking, cycling and touring; travel information such as Coach tours and bus timetables, where to eat, where to stay and what to do; everything you could ask for whether you’re a visitor or a resident. The latest Shops and Services Directory is also available, with a list of businesses and services in Nailsworth.
Bring us your community event A5 posters for the notice board in the former TIC, which we continue to use as before. We also continue to have use of the window to promote town activities.
Could you be a snow warden?
Nailsworth Town Council is looking for volunteer snow wardens to cover the Windsoredge, Forest Green, Watledge and Shortwood areas. Snow wardens keep an eye on the grit bins, request top ups and keep in touch with the Town Council and Gloucestershire Highways. They coordinate other volunteers and keep in touch with our local snow plough operator. Snow wardens can be vital for passing on information to keep our smaller roads moving.
If you’d like to be a snow warden, please get in touch with the Town Hall on 01453 833 592. You can report empty grit bins by contacting GCC via their website: www.gloucestershire.gov.uk or phone them on 01452 425 000.
Previous news items are available here.
Upcoming Meetings, Events and Tenders and our Grant Policy.
Change of Meeting times
Please note that as from July 2018, our meetings will start half an hour earlier, 18:30 for Council Meetings and 19:00 (or when the previous Council Meeting finishes) for Committees.
Aug 20th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aug 24th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sep 03rd 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Sep 03rd 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sep 17th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sep 17th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sep 28th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Oct 01st 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Latest Council Agendas
All agendas can be found on the agenda page.
Latest Council Minutes
All minutes can be found on the minutes page and Committee minutes can be found on the appropriate Committee page
Grants for the Town
Council has a new Grants Policy, which has been designed with the intention of making it easier for residents to apply for grants. We don’t have a minimum amount and we are hoping that the Grant Budget is used to really improve the town by helping residents with projects, however small. We expect the recipients of NTC grants to complete a Monitoring Form afterwards, so we can see the benefit that the grant money has brought to the town.
Grants will be considered for projects that improve or enhance the town, for example:
- quality of life
- recreation, sports and well being
- local environment
- neighbourhood communities
- Nailsworth’s history
Links to the relevant documents are below: the policy document should answer most questions about our Grants, however feel free to speak to a councillor or call the Clerk’s office for more information.
Click below for the documents
NTC Grant Application Form
NTC Grant Monitoring Form