Eggs – Honesty Box Theft

For your information, this morning eggs and money in an honesty box were stolen from Tipputs. The eggs were retrieved but the money already in the box was taken.

The theft involved a middle aged man in a silver Mercedes, registration KV55 AWM.

If you are using an honesty box, please be aware and clear your box regularly.


A collection of experiences – book material needed

A collection of experiences of Kingscote and Bagpath inhabitants during the COVID outbreak – book material needed PLEASE READ ON…

These times have had a profound impact on all of our lives, yet being the small yet diverse community that we are, each of us will have had a very different experience. 

This is where the idea came regarding putting together a collection of stories/pictures/accounts of residents wishing to share their thoughts, journeys and experiences. Apart from something that we can keep and look back on, it would give us something to share collectively as a community and perhaps to create a better understanding of each other’s situations. 
It could be material of any format/length/style. Ideas might include personal accounts, thoughts and opinions, quotes, diary entries, anecdotes, poems, children’s pictures and thank you messages to frontline workers, VE day celebrations, photos of any of the above or just appreciating the beauty of the surroundings whilst we are forced to slow down.  It could include experiences at work, at home or experiences of your wider family and friends here in the UK or abroad and how you have kept in touch with them over the duration. Really anything goes to give a real sense of the current climate. 

Drafted is an image of what the front cover might look like. Any comments/suggestions would be wonderful. Please do send material/suggestions (along with your name, age, occupation and contact details or, if you prefer, this can be left anonymous) to If you do send images/photos please send by email preferably in JPEG format. 

We hope you agree that this is an opportunity to produce something unique and beneficial in these uncertain times and would be grateful if you could send your book material by mid August, if possible, in order that it can be collated. 

We look forward to hearing from you in due course, should this be of interest to you or any of your family members. 

Take care and stay well, with all best wishes,

Kingscote Village Hall

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic the village hall is closed until further notice, in accordance with the government’s guidelines.

The AGM which was due to be held this month has been postponed. A new date will be set when it is safe to do so.

The chairman’s report and the financial report for last year will be will be published on the website shortly.

Brian McTear
Kingscote Village Hall Committee

Garden Waste Collections Restart

Garden waste collections will restart on 13 May. 

The service is available to all customers who hold a 2019 to 2020 garden waste licence. Existing licences have been extended and we will start the renewals process in June.

We will not:

  • be able to collect side waste
  • collect overloaded bins

Please do not attempt to take any garden waste to any of the County Council’s Household Recycling Centres, as these are currently closed. 

Full details of all waste collections can be found here.

Gloucestershire Libraries Newsletter – May 2020

Gloucestershire County Council sent this bulletin at 01-05-2020 04:28 PM BST

May heaaderWelcome to May’s edition of Library news

A “really useful” list of websites!
Our Librarians in Library Services for Education have pulled together a list of learning resources for families. We have included everything from sites to entertain or educate kids at home, sites to help your research, and sites to help you keep healthy. We hope you find them as useful as we do! We’ve included some fantastic author websites and illustrator workshops as we love seeing them celebrating all things reading during these difficult times.

Virtual Reference Library!
While our libraries are closed, we can still offer online referenceresources free through your library membership!  Delve into important dates or events in history with NewsbankTimes Digital Archive and 19th Century Newspapers.  Expand your knowledge of a particular subject or a famous person using the Oxford Dictionary of Biography and Oxford Reference. Plus limited access to Find My Past for family history research.Why not broaden your musical tastes by accessing the Naxos Music Library.  Search by title or composer and enjoy some relaxing or uplifting music while you work from home or keep the children occupied. 

Ask Us – enquiry service and business support
Our Ask Us Service is now able to answer any enquiries sent via email or the enquiry form. Whether you are looking for home-schooling ideas or seeking business support during these unprecedented times, the Ask Us team are here to support you. From quick questions to in-depth research, you can ask any question and the Ask Us team will help you get started or refer you to the most relevant organisation to help you with your query.

More fantastic eAudiobooks
Try our Pick and Mix selection of  eAudiobooks – we add new titles each month; access is unlimited so join your fellow library listeners and we’d love to know what you think of these books! Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – Darkly comic, mind-blowingly twisty, and with a cast of fantastically odd characters. The Familiars by Stacey Halls – To save her child, she will trust a stranger. To protect a secret, she must risk her life…

Browsing our digital books
Our doors may be shut but we hope you enjoy the serendipity of exploring our digital shelves! We continue to select a wide range of non fiction, including many health and wellbeing books available in eBook format. We’ve been busy adding fantastic fiction to our (virtual) shelves:

Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt (eBook) A gripping new crime thriller with twists and turns. Perfect for fans of Martina Cole.    
My pear-shaped life by Carmel Harrington (eBook) A joyful uplifting book about Greta, she’s funny, she’s flawed… 
Here we are by Graham Swift (eBook)A story spanning half a century following magician Ronnie Deane’s life from evacuation to Brighton Pier. 

We also have a wide range of awesome Magazines   eMagazines Check out the latest magazines, free to download to your device and keep for as long as you like! A great way to save money with your library card. From Good Housekeeping to Practical Photographer and even TV Times, we have a great range for you to browse. Why not travel the world from your sofa with National Geographic!
Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 logoMental Health Awareness Week takes place 18th– 24th May and we are  joining in to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. We are missing our customers and volunteers at this difficult time but we are finding that curling up with a good library book or listening to a story is ideal as a way to reduce stress and boost our mood!

Digital Offers
People are benefiting from a vast range of digital resources while our libraries are closed. More than 40,000 digital items have been downloaded in March and April! Find out more here

We look forward to seeing you again in our libraries once we can reopen. Remember, you will not be charged for fines during the period our libraries have been closed.

Update on Ordering of Food

A number of local businesses are offering collections and/or deliveries of food (some with delivery services for older customers):

Bramleys Wholesale – Groceries
Cam Catering Butchers – Butchery
Champion Sausage Co – Sausage/Meat Bundles
Crazy Baker – Flour
Creed Food Service – Groceries
Eastington Farm Shop – Fruit & Veg
Frocester Fayre Farm Shop – Meat & ready meals
Hobbs House Bakery – Bakery
Horsley Community Shop – General
House of Cheese – Cheese
Jolly Nice – Farm Shop & Butchery
Marrows Fruit & Veg – Veg Boxes
North Nibley Hog Roast & Catering – Veg Boxes
Royal Oak Leighterton – Groceries & ready meals
Stroud Farmers’ Market
Thistledown – Veg Boxes

Amalfi – Takeaway pizza
Blue Zucchini – Take away
Giuseppe Gourmet – Take away Italian meals
Passage to India – Take away curry

If anyone has more, please advise and I’ll update this list.


Tomato plants

Tony Wooldridge has grown tomato plants this year and there are enough for others to have some if they would like.The plants are suitable for growing in a greenhouse, or outdoors once the frosts are over.If you’d like some, please contact him on 860697.

Best wishes