Halloween crime prevention advice

Neighbourhood Watch message

From Bob Lloyd

While the majority of people set out to enjoy Halloween, sadly a rise in anti-social behaviour is seen nationally in the days around it.

The police have put additional high visibility patrols in place as a precaution and to reassure the public that they will take action against anyone taking part in nuisance activities.

Over the past few weeks police have received a number of reports of a group of youths on bikes in and around Gloucester taking part in intimidating and threatening behaviour to innocent members of the public.

As most people set out to enjoy family friendly Halloween festivities, Police are being vigilant in relation to the recent series of incidents and want to offer people as much reassurance as possible.

If you become aware of any nuisance activity in the area please calls the police by ringing 101, or 999 if there is a crime being committed.

Please take sensible precautions during this time by:

  • keeping you front and back door locked at all times
  • making sure your outside lighting, CCTV or house alarm is working correctly
  • double checking that your vehicle is locked and all valuables have been removed
  • Park your car in your garage, on your drive or in a well-lit area as close to your home as you can
  • Keeping an eye out for elderly and vulnerable people living near you

Halloween also coincides with the clocks changing bringing longer hours of darkness. Police often notice an increase in burglaries during this time as homes are frequently left in complete darkness from late afternoon into the evening.  This indicates that no one is home and burglars can take advantage of this situation.  Consider using lights on time switches or a simulated TV unit to give the impression someone is at home.

Further crime prevention advice can be obtained by ringing the Neighbourhood Watch Office on 01452 752086 or 754630 or by visiting the “Staying Safe” pages of the Constabulary web site at https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/staying-safe/

A “No Trick or Treat” window poster is also available to download at https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/media/2687/halloween-poster.pdf?a=searchbar or for a hard copy of the poster please ring 01452 752086 or 754630.

Clerk’s News Letter November December 2017

November – December 2017

FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA. I am very pleased to advise that this will go ahead on Friday, 3rd November, with fireworks provided by Star fireworks and funfair by Morris Amusements. This has become something of a Churchdown tradition which I know many people look forward to. Advance tickets [ at a reduced rate] available on line and at various venues around the village – please check our website for details www.churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

BUDGET SETTING. The Council will soon be preparing draft revenue estimates in order to set the Precept for next financial year. One item of the budget is grants to local groups and charities; therefore, applications are now invited. If you think you may like to apply for a grant, please contact the Office for further information and a copy of the application form. All applications must be received by no later than 31st October 2017

VACANCIES ON THE COUNCIL. There is currently one vacancy on the Council, for St John’s Ward. Councillors do get involved in many interesting projects, so if you are interested in serving on the Council, or just want to find out a bit more please contact the office and we will be pleased to advise what is involved.

CHURCHDOWN & INNSWORTH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN. As most residents are already aware, a great deal of work has already been undertaken on the Plan. A draft has been produced containing planning policies and a list of community actions – all based on information gathered during the Community Engagement in 2014 together with research by the Steering Group and reports from specialist consultants. In addition, the Council wants to ensure that concerns regarding traffic/road infrastructure, flooding and housing are addressed as fully as possible and is currently considering the way forward with this. The Council would particularly appreciate receiving any photographs of flooding which has occurred in the last 12 years, whether this be a small-scale event (even including pooling of water on roads) or the larger events of 2007 and 2009. Please email these to Ruth Warne, Neighbourhood Plan Coordinator on projects@churchdown-pc.gov.uk.

NEW PLAY PARKS AND NEW EQUIPMENT. The Council are delighted to confirm the refurbishment of all our local parks is now under way. These are: Churchdown Play Park, Chapel Hay Park, St. John’s, John Daniels, Tudor Mead and Zinnia Play Park.
In addition, Churchdown Parish Council will be taking responsibility for Shamrock Close Play Park and Oakhurst Park in the very near future – any suggestions for improvements to these amenities including ideas for new play equipment would be welcome!!

ORNAMENTAL GARDENS /POCKET PARK. Many of you will have noticed the huge amount of tree and overgrowth clearance undertaken in the Pocket Park and Ornamental Gardens – this has vastly improved light and visibility in this area and will greatly enhance the safety of all children who play there.

SKATEPARK AND CHURCHDOWN PARK PONDS AREA: FIRES AND DAMAGE. We are sad to report that several fires have been set in both the ponds area and on the Skatepark. This is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and the Parish Council WILL PROSECUTE those responsible for any fires set and damage caused.

LAND WANTED. The Parish Council are seeking to acquire a plot of land to accommodate a new burial ground. The plot should be level and approximately 2 acres in size. Please contact the Parish Office with details of any suitable land for sale.

Geraldine Connor
Clerk to the Council
Council Offices, Parton Road www.churchdown-pc.gov.uk
Tel: 01452 713528 email: clerk@churchdown-pc.gov.uk


Tickets for the annual Firework Extravaganza are now on sale at the Parish Offices (between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:15 pm) Monday to Friday.  Tickets can also be purchased from the local Infant & Junior Schools (Churchdown & Innsworth) and also from GL3 Hub.

Tickets can be purchased online here. 

Pre-entry ticket prices are discounted as follows:

Adult      £4.00

Child      £3.00

Under 3   FREE

Family ticket (2 Adults & 2 children aged 3-16)   £12.00

On the gate prices:

Adult     £5.00

Child     £3.00

Under 3   FREE

Family ticket (as above)   £15.00


What a fantastic day ! We had sunny weather and a great turnout . A huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers – we simply could not do this without you ! Also a big thank you to all the local parents and children who came to enjoy the day and make it such a success – here are a few memories of our special day.

Summer 2017 – Day Trips

Summer 2017 – Day Trips

The confirmed day trips are as follows:

Thursday, 27th July 2017 – Cotswold Wildlife Park (Burford)

Thursday, 3rd August 2017 – Cattle Country (Berkeley)

Thursday, 10th August 2017 – Drayton Manor Theme Park (Tamworth)

Thursday, 17th August 2017 – Weston-Super-Mare.

Coaches will leave Churchdown Park at 9:00am and return approximately 5:30/6:00pm.

Booking-in day will be Saturday, 8th July 2017 between the hours of 10:00am and 1:00pm.  If you are unable to attend on this day, the Council Offices are open between 9:00am & 1:00pm Monday to Friday.  Don’t miss out!!

See attached poster and booking details.   Summer Activity Poster 2017Coach Trip booking form 2017 & Consent form 2017.


Clerk’s Newsletter for Summer 2017




We are delighted to announce the Co-option of two new Councillors for Churchdown Parish Council. Mr Chris Kemley- Franklin and Mr Alan Porter were both Co-opted at the recent meeting of Full Council held on 13th June 2017. We very much look forward to working with Chris and Alan in the future and extend a warm welcome to both!

2017 AUDIT

Churchdown Parish Council are pleased to announce that the Annual Governance Statement, Annual Accounting Statement and Annual Internal Independent Auditor Report for the financial year 2016-2017 are now available to view –  All documents and requisite notices can be found on the Churchdown Website under the documents/ finance/budgets tab.


The Day in the Park on Tuesday 15th August 2017 is approaching fast! This year we have  an emphasis on fun and are delighted to announce 2 new attractions: –

‘Junior Rodeo Ride’

‘Wipeout Sweeper Arm’

We also have the following attractions: –

Falconry display; Pony rides (small charge applicable); Circus skills; marvel at the wonders of pond life and be involved in finding different species; visit the Community Orchard and learn about various orchard fruits; sing-along with Robin, Punch & Judy; Sock Puppets (new this year); willow weaving; fairground attractions; bouncy castles, a tea tent and much, much more.

We look forward to you all enjoying yourselves at our special event.  Remember Free Entry but some stalls/rides may incur a charge.


The Parish Council will be arranging the following tips:

  • Cotswold Wildlife Park (Burford) – 27th July;
  • Cattle Country (Berkeley)- 3rd August
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park (Tamworth)- 10th August
  • Day at the Beach (Weston Super Mare)- 17th August 2017.

All prices are available to view on our website – all prices are subsidised by the Parish Council and offer the opportunity for a fanatic day out for all!

The Parish Offices will be open on Saturday, 8th July 2017 between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm for those wishing to book any of the four coach trips.



The draft Neighbourhood Plan has been approved by Innsworth Parish Council – Churchdown Parish Council are in the process of considering the Neighbourhood plan and have invited the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to consider some proposed amendments to process the plan to the next stage: the submission of the Plan to Tewkesbury Borough Council for Strategic Environmental Assessment and subsequent public consultation.

For any enquiries on the Plan please contact the Neighbourhood Coordinator, Ruth Warne, on projects@churchdown-pc.gov.uk”.

Geraldine Connor

Clerk to the Council

Council Offices, Parton Road                                                www.churchdown-pc.gov.uk

Tel: 01452 713528        

Accounts for year ended 31st March 2017

Please find attached Notices in relation to the Commencement of the Period for the Exercise of Public Rights for the Accounts Period ended March 2017, in accordance with  The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

Accounting Statement – Section 2.pdf

Accounts for year ending March 2017

Annual Governance Statement

Annual Internal Audit Report March 2017

Declaration of Status – Public Accounts March 2017

Local Audit & Accoutability Act 2014


Geraldine Connor


Town & Country Planning Act 1990 – Robert Hitchins Appeal – Public Inquiry Meeting

At Council Offices, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT on 20 June 2017 at 10.00am

REASON FOR INQUIRY: Appeals by Robert Hitchins Limited relating to the applications to Tewkesbury Borough Council for

A mixed use development comprising demolition of existing buildings; up to 725 dwellings and a local centre of 0.33ha (A1,A2,A3,A4,A5,D1,D2 uses); primary school, open space, landscaping, parking and supporting infrastructure and utilities; and the creation of a new vehicular access from the A38 Tewkesbury Road. AND A mixed use development comprising demolition of existing buildings, up to 1,300 dwellings and 8.31 hectares of land for employment generating uses comprising a neighbourhood centre of 4.23ha (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, D1, D2, B1), office park of 1.31ha (B1) and business park of 2.77ha (B1 and B8 uses), primary school, open space, landscaping, parking and supporting infrastructure and utilities, and the creation of new vehicular accesses from the A40 Gloucester Northern Bypass, Innsworth Lane and Frogfurlong Lane.

At Land at Tewkesbury Road, Twigworth, Gloucester, GL2 9PJ and Land at Innsworth, Innsworth Lane, Gloucester, Gloucester GL3 1DU. Planning Inspectorate References: APP/G1630/W/16/3154464 APP/G1630/W/16/3164033  

An Inspector instructed by the Secretary of State will attend at the place, date and time shown above to hold an inquiry.

Members of the public may attend the inquiry and, at the Inspector’s discretion, express their views. If you, or anyone you know has a disability and is concerned about facilities at the inquiry venue, you should contact the council to confirm that suitable provisions are in place. Documents relating to the appeals can be viewed at the Council’s offices by prior arrangement.

Contact point at the Planning Inspectorate: Leanne Palmer, Room 3/O, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN Tel: 0303 444 5471 Where applicable, you can use the internet to submit documents, to see information and to check the progress of cases through GOV.UK. The address of the search page is – https://www.gov.uk/appeal-planning-inspectorate




22ND JUNE 2017 – 7 TO 9 PM




For enquiries regarding the Evening Session please contact Mrs Ruth Warne, Clerk to Innsworth Parish Council, on 07493050720