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Stroud Table Tennis Club

Notice from Jim Hurford (Stroud Table Tennis Club).

We are doing our bit to encourage people of all ages to take part in regular exercise. The great thing about Table Tennis is that it is a sport that be played by young and old and at all ability levels.

Many people play during school years, stop playing for a while and return later in life, some with their children or just to keep active.

Stroud Table Tennis Club offers opportunities for everyone with all-age sessions on Saturday mornings and Monday evenings and a 50+ group on Thursday afternoons.

More information:

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Midweek closure days announced for county recycling centres

From 28 October Gloucestershire County Council Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday.

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs will be open from 10am until 4pm, six days a week.

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed. On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed. On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.

Gloucestershire County Council has collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. This closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy periods at the sites.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member responsible for household recycling centres at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I would like to reassure residents that we have considered a wide range of options. We need to make sure tax payers’ money is spent wisely, while making sure our HRCs are open when people need them.

“We have made sure residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. We will be monitoring the new opening arrangements and how the sites are used.”

More information on the closure days, new seasonal times and your nearest alternative site can be found online at


Community Wellbeing Service in the Cotswolds.

For more information see leaflet

Fiona Walker has set up the Cotswold Local Information Group on Facebook, she comments:

Village newsletters and websites are a superb resource – now, for anyone interested in connecting with the wider Cotswold area in just one click, there’s a new non-commercial, non-advertising public Facebook group called Cotswold Local Information Group. You might want to find out about a particular pub, or set of roadworks, or one-off event or all sorts of things which aren’t immediately on your doorstep. Four keywords: Ask, Advise, Chat, Recommend.   Locals and visitors to the Cotswolds are all welcome to join and contribute … visit & join up. The more members the merrier!