Fairford news with Chris Roberts

DUE to the resignation of Amanda Jefferies from Fairford Town Council, a vacancy has arisen for a new councillor.

The vacancy will be filled by election if a request from 10 local government electors for the town is received within 14 days of the date of the Notice of Vacancy i.e. by April 28.

Requests should include each elector’s name and address and should be sent to the Chief Executive at Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester GL7 1PX.

If an election is called, it will take place no later than July 8.

If 10 signatures are not received by the date given, the town council may fill the vacancy by co-option.

CAROLINE Peyton, the qualified nutritional therapist and naturopath behind Peyton Principles, has announced an online health and wellbeing auction in aid of Cirencester’s The Churn Project that will last for three weeks, from April 19 until May 9.

The auction has 15 lots with a total retail price of £750 and features a range of high quality products regularly used and recommended by Caroline in her clinical practice.

Products include: highly therapeutic nutritional supplements; gut health support; organic skincare bath and aromatherapy; whole herb natural teas; immune support; high fibre plant based protein bars; milled seeds and nuts; organic farm seasonal food box; Thai massage; ancient magnesium bath and spray.

Caroline, who lives in Kempsford, has pledged to raise £1,000 for The Churn Project this year through a series of activities.

The auction is the second of these events, following on from a successful two-week nutrition programme in March.

You can take part in the auction in a number of ways: on Caroline’s private Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/healthlifestylenutrition; on her business Facebook page: www.facebook.com/peytonprinciples or by joining her email list for nutrition and lifestyle advice: caroline@peytonprinciples.com.

AN exciting opportunity for a community wellbeing coordinator has arisen to make a difference in the Fairford, Lechlade and surrounding areas.

Working for Wellbeing, a new charity, has been created to support everyone’s well-being in the Fairford, Lechlade and surrounding villages in South East Gloucestershire.

It will provide a service designed to ensure that everyone will have efficient access to the support and services they need to make their lives better.

Whilst the focus will be to reduce isolation and assist those with mental health issues, it will also assist young people to find the help and activities they need.

We are now looking for a motivated community wellbeing coordinator to make a difference to the lives of so many people in our local community.

This important role will require you to liaise with a wide variety of local and county-wide support organisations, volunteers and service users and be their key point of contact. You will also oversee the running (by volunteers) of our community cafés, website and telephone hotline.

To be successful in this role, you should have at least two years’ experience in community development and enjoy networking with key stakeholders in this sector.

Whilst you will work from home, you will be required to travel to meet a vast range of people in local government and the charity sector, who will be vital to the success of our mission.

You will have excellent interpersonal skills as well as a clear understanding of the issues underpinning the needs for additional well-being support in our community.

The role will be part time (20 hours a week) with a competitive salary (£23,088 per annum pro rata) and you will be responsible to the trustees, who will provide both guidance and support.

We know this will provide a wonderful, inspiring challenge for someone who would like to build on the good work of many others – it is also an opportunity to create something special from the beginning.

For a copy of the job description, please email robertjohnread@me.com.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering message explaining why you are suitable for this role to robertjohnread@me.com.

IF you suffer with arthritis in the hands, then the Melt Method Arthritis Hand Self-Care Treatment Workshop might help.

The workshop takes place virtually on Saturday, April 24, from 4pm-5pm.

Discover how the connective tissue in your body gets dehydrated, the common aches and pains it can cause, and how to rehydrate this essential system in our bodies for vibrant health and pain-free movement and living.

This restorative workshop hydrates the joints of the hands, shoulder and neck to help erase pain and tension that is brought on by everyday stresses, overuse, wear and tear and age.

Learn this simple self-care treatment that can make your body feel better in just 10 minutes a day!

Providing relief from arthritis in the hands, neck and shoulders along with many other health issues.

The workshop costs £30 plus P&P and includes 2 ball kit – booking required – via Zoom.

Contact Carole for more information or to register: 07528 703675, carole@evolvebodytherapy.co.uk or visit: www.evolvebodytherapy.co.uk.

FAIRFORD Town Council has signed up to the Wild Towns Project in conjunction with the Glos Wildlife Trust, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group, the Ernest Cook Trust and Ecosulis Ltd.

With insects and pollinators in decline, the project aims to buck the trend by planning and planting mini meadows for pollinating insects such as bees and beetles.

At the beginning of this project, some soil will need to be disturbed and it will initially look unsightly, but the longer term benefit will be lovely to look at and alive with wildlife.

There will also be a change to the way some areas are maintained during the growing season with the new wildflower areas only being cut at the start of the season around March-April and at the end of the season in September once the plants have gone to seed.

The new meadows are planned for the St Mary’s Drive grassed areas, where paths will be kept clear and there will still be space for playing and dogs to be exercised; the River Garden by Dilly’s Bridge will be planted with bluebells as well as at Three Corner Copse on Hatherop Lane.

The verges of the town will continue to be mown to allow for people to walk along them and to maintain visibility for drivers.