Tetbury news with Kevin Painter

MANY Tetbury shops and businesses would like to take this opportunity to thank new and existing customers who have been wonderfully supportive since the reopening and continue to be.

Many shops have had a great first week back and have enjoyed seeing many familiar friendly faces who seemed as genuinely pleased to be back in the town.

And of course this was enhanced as the town enjoyed accompanying sunshine during this first week and the first Saturday being such a glorious day.

The town really came back to life with all the market stalls under the market house complementing this unique Cotswold market town, now with outside catering establishments in the town for visitors to benefit and enjoy.

Even though mayor Ann Pearce led a minutes silence in the week to mark the sad passing of Prince Philip, when she officially opened and welcomed the shops, businesses and indeed visitors back, she was unable to lead the town during the official minutes silence at 3pm on Saturday as she was in hospital.

However the town honoured this time without any official function very much in keeping with royal protocol and wishes.

CLLR Ann Pearce – mayor of Tetbury is pleased to announce the annual town meeting for Tetbury on Wednesday at 7pm, via Zoom.

To receive a link and join the meeting please email ceo@tetbury.gov.uk by noon on Wednesday.

The agenda is minutes of the last annual town meeting held on April 10, 2019.

The meeting will consist of reports from the town council and other town organisations and questions and answers from residents.

At the meeting the town council and other town organisations will usually provide an annual report.

Issues voted on may, if relevant, be referred to the town council (or other appropriate body), but votes at the town meeting are not binding on other bodies.

TETBURY Goods Shed Arts Centre were pleased to present the winners of the inaugural Tetbury Goods Shed Young People’s Writing Competition.

They were presented with a certificate and and their well deserved vouchers to spend in The Yellow-Lighted Bookshops in Tetbury and Nailsworth.

The judges who worked together across continents and time zones Christine Berry, Phil Kirby and Annie Hooper were impressed with the standard and variety of the submissions and gave sincere thanks to everyone who entered.

The winners were: Age 7-12 Years – Seth. Highly commended: Eva.

Age 13-16 Years Elise. Highly Commended: Arwen.

Age 17-21 Years Ellie.

Eva unfortunately could not attend as she has been very ill but everyone was glad to hear that she’s on the mend now.

TETBURY Town Council has recently created a new health & wellbeing committee and working group.

The formation of the new committee and working group has arisen from a passion, initially formed by Tetbury Lions under Tetbury Cares.

To do this we needed funding, and consequently this had to come from part of the precept increase.

We are delighted to have received a recent grant from Gloucestershire County Council of £20,000.

The grant will enable us to advertise for and pay for another member of staff, for a fixed term initially, to collate all the information to create a successful signposting service, and making those connections with various organisations and stakeholders.

If you would like to get involved, email victoriabolwell@tetbury.gov.uk or call 01666 504670.

SAINT Mary’s Church are pleased to announce that people are invited to Tetbury Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) on Tuesday at 7pm.

The meeting will include the election of churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC); reporting on finances and the church building; and a review of all that they are doing to serve God and the local communities.

For more information, email Diana the benefice administrator via office@tetburychurch.co.uk.

THE Cotswold District Council public spaces protection order (PSPO), makes it an offence if you do not remove any poo deposited by your dog.

This removal must be done without delay.

The order, made under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, applies to all public, open, land in the district whether or not warning signs are displayed.

The PSPO also requires dog walkers to carry the means to pick up dog poo whilst on a walk.

Any breach of the order could result in a £100 fixed penalty notice or being taken to court and receiving a fine on conviction of up to £1,000.

The PSPO does not apply to blind or partially-sighted people with guide dogs and those with other trained assistance dogs for specific disabilities.

The areas of land which Cotswold District Council has designated under this act are as follows: Any highway, footway, footpath and towpath over which the public have a right of way on foot and adjoining verges which are maintained at public expense.

All pedestrianised areas to which the public have access.

Open spaces which are owned, occupied or maintained by or on behalf of Cotswold District Council, Gloucestershire County Council, a registered social landlord/housing association or any town or parish council within Cotswold District Council.

Car parks, parks, play areas and sports grounds.

Any cemetery, burial ground or churchyard.

And please note that the station yard has now become an official all dogs on a short lead zone.

What can you do to help? You can report any dog fouling to the council and they may make arrangements for further bins and signs to be installed.

Or if you know of any persistent offenders you may also report this to the council and they will investigate and take appropriate action.

Remember‘Scooping the Poop’ benefits everyone by maintaining a cleaner environment.

For more information and free advice contact Cotswold District Council on 01285 623000 or email ers@publicagroup.uk.

You can also contact Tetbury Town Council via reception@tetbury.gov.uk or 01666 504670.