Fairford news with Chris Roberts

COTSWOLD MP, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown will be chairing The Cotswolds Flood Resilience Public Meeting on Friday from 10.30am - 12pm via Zoom only.

This is an opportunity for residents of Fairford, Lechlade, South Cerney, Cerney Wick, Siddington, Cirencester, Bledington and Moreton-in-Marsh to hear and ask questions of the continued flood resilience work taking place and to speak with officials from the county and district councils, parish councils, Thames Water and the Environment Agency about ongoing issues.

Please email Bettertonj@parliament.uk if you wish to participate in the call and also include any questions or concerns you would like to have discussed.

The Zoom invitation link will then be forwarded to you.

AFTER considerable soul-searching, the Fairford Festival committee has very sadly decided not to hold the popular Fairford Festival in 2021.

Despite the enormous success of the Covid-vaccination programme being carried out by the Government, the committee is concerned that not everyone will feel confident enough to attend big gatherings just yet and do not want to run any risk of an increase in Covid cases.

The committee, therefore, believes that it is the right decision to postpone the event until 2022.

THIS is the second year that the important house-to-house fundraiser for Community Friends has been cancelled due to Covid-19.

The event normally raises between £17,000 and £20,000 per annum.

If you would like to donate, please do so via our website: www.friendsoffairford.org.uk or by sending a cheque made out to ‘Friends of Fairford’ and posting it to Ms Andrena Miles, AMM Bookkeeping and Accountancy, 2nd Floor, 11 High Street, Fairford GL7 4AD.

ANOTHER free taster day is being offered with StedyChefs learning centre/cookery school for Monday, March, 8 in Lechlade for anybody who may be interested.

So, if you – or someone you know – enjoys cooking and would like to get involved, please get in touch to book your slot.

Do you know someone aged 18+ years with learning difficulties or disabilities that may benefit from a course at the unique new learning centre/cookery school?

StedyChefs students get the opportunity to work in a professional kitchen, learning all about the fun and joy to be had whilst cooking, as well as helping to improve their life skills and help build self-confidence.

The StedyChefs’ service includes: lunch / full uniform including safety shoes / pick-up and drop-off service / day trips every six weeks.

StedyChefs is part of the international cookery school association (school of excellence).

Courses are usually funded by direct payments, or can be self-funded.

For more information, please visit: www.stedychefslearningcentre.co.uk.

THE Hilary Cottage Surgery Patient Participation Group is inviting anyone with Type 2 Diabetes or supporting anyone with Type 2 to an online event called ‘Living with Type 2 Diabetes – Gloucestershire on Wednesday, March 10, between 10am and 12.30pm.

Find out about services available, hear talks from a local diabetes nurse and diabetes dietician and ask your questions.

Register to attend: https://eu.eventscloud.com/type2lwdd.

THE Census provides a snapshot of modern society and the decennial census will be held this year.

Households across Gloucestershire will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population.

It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area.

This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online.

Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

For more information, visit: www.census.gov.uk.