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Happy New Year to our reader

We all hope you had a great Christmas, and are enjoying this week - whether working or not - and that 2019 brings for you everything you could wish for.
The Parish will no doubt have more contentious planning applications to consider, and more issues in the village to consider appropriate actions for, and we would welcome your presence at the Council meetings in 2019. Your views are important and you will have the opportunity to air them before and after the formal meeting.

2019 is also the year that local elections take place. This means the Parish Council all stand down in May and are re-elected. This is either in an election if more than 9 stand, or those who stand are elected by default if less than 9 stand. In that case a coption will take place to bring the complement up to 9. So this is your opportunity to stand up and be counted. There have been criticisms of the Council's decisions this year and this is how you can change them for the future. So we look forward to some new faces appearing on the hustings!

Dealing with Sexual Violence

At the weekend we surveyed our social media followers to find out how many of them knew at least five ways to help a friend preserve forensic evidence after being raped or experiencing sexual violence.

64% of people said they didn't know at least five ways. This might help ...

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Hanley Castle School Run Opens

We are pleased to announce that the parents of children at Hanley Castle school will be using the Twyning Community Minibus from 16 April 2018 to take their children to school.

It will be starting from Churchend at 08:10, Twyning at 08:15, to arrive at school 08:30. The return journey will be at 15:30-15:35 to arrive at Twyning at 15:50 and Churchend at 15:55.

There will be a saving of £47.50 from WCC charge, and we will be offering a sibling discount of 10% for each extra child, so, for two children you would save £47.50 each plus £52.50 or £147.50 per annum. In addition to this, the parents who take a turn in driving the minibus, will be given an additional discount on your child’s contribution. So your (one) child will travel free on the days you drive. All drivers will be DBS checked and given MiDAS training, the cost of these will be met by the scheme. Facilitated by the Twyning Community Minibus this is the community pulling together

This is a big step for Twyning and has been in the planning stage for several months. For more information please message Paul Wilcox on 07957116735 email link

Dog Poo Prosecution

Following the recent successful prosecution of a fly tipper by Tewkesbury Borough Council, the subject of Dog Poo came up at the recent TPC meeting. The Parish Council would welcome photographic or video evidence of dog walkers not picking up as this is thought to be sufficient evidence for a prosecution for dog fouling. Members of the public are requested to send any such evidence to the Clerk of Twyning Parish Council by email

Village Walks

For those of you that remember the old website, and the long list of walks available, we are starting to migrate these to this site now. If you want to see them all, then they are available from the Council tab, and "Former PC Website" from the side menu

Are You Ready?

This is not a preppers manual but a handy leaflet prepared by the Gloucestershire Resilience Forum on what you need to do to be ready for an emergency. What Emergency? Well what would you do if:

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Grant Applications to Parish Council

If you run a not for profit organisation or charity, then you may be eligible to a grant from Twyning Parish Council.
You will need to meet certain criteria, and these you can find here
Small Grants - up to £250 can be applied for by sending in the required form to the Clerk by 15th January, for consideration at the February Meeting.
Larger Grants should have been in by 31st October for consideration at the December meeting.

If you want to apply, get your form in tho the Clerk right away!

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