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Around Gloucestershire - June 2017

The June edition of GRCC's 'Around Gloucestershire' enewsletter is available to view online here.  

This month there's information on:

  • Rural England and the Rural Services Network are looking for your views on issues facing rural area;
  • The Hashpoint Project in the Forest of Dean;
  • Stroudwater Textile Trust;

plus many more festivals and events listed.  

If you would like to be added to our enewsletter mailing list please click here and fill in the form.  

Please note, we will also occasionally send out additional ealerts in between these two newsletters depending on the subject matter and deadlines.

GRCC & Fastershire Broadband Event – next steps

Following the successful GRCC & Fastershire Broadband event held on 12th June at The Pavilion, a copy of the presentation from Matt Smith of Fastershire is available to download below.

The presentation outlines the aims and challenges of the Fastershire Project, the progress so far and the plan for delivery of the next two stages of roll out in Stage 3.

Click here to download the Fastershire presentation (3.3MB, PDF file)

The data on premises included in Stage 3 of the project was launched at the end of the event. To find out if your home or business is included in Stage 3 use the line checker on Fastershire's website:

GRCC is continuing to work with the Fastershire team to support communities in this next phase and more information will follow. Keep an eye on GRCC’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts for more information.

GRCC Enewsletter June 2017

GRCC's latest enewsletter is out now.  You can read it online here.

This month includes:

  • details on our CEO vacancy
  • volunteering opportunities with GRCC
    • People For You, our befriending service in the south Cotswolds
    • Connecting Advisers - volunteers helping older people gain confidence in using computers
  • information about Phase 2 of the Fastershire rural broadband rollout, announced at our event in Cheltenham 
  • details of GRCC's Neighbourhood Development Plan event in partnership with University of Gloucestershire

If you would like to be added to our enewsletter mailing list, click here and fill in the form.

GRCC recruiting for new CEO

  • Are you visionary and resourceful, with an entrepreneurial spirit?
  • Are you an inspiring leader capable of taking a strategic approach to drive an organisation forward?
  • Can you provide robust and effective management of GRCC to enable it to fulfil its charitable objectives?

 If so, you may be just the person we are looking for.

GRCC has been supporting Gloucestershire’s communities since 1923 and we are recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer to take us through the next exciting phase of the organisation’s development.

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate evidence of success in a senior leadership role
  • Have awareness of commercial opportunities and how they can best be developed
  • Be able to nurture and maintain a high performing team

For full details including the job description, person specification, and application form, visit our Vacancies page.

If you would like to discuss the role please contact the GRCC Chair – Charles Coats or tel: 01452 503748.

Deadline for applications: 12pm Monday 3rd July 2017 with interviews planned for 20th July 2017.

FULLY BOOKED: GRCC Neighbourhood Development Plan Event

Please note, this event is now fully booked.  Only registered attendees will be admitted.

To be held at Francis Close Hall, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham GL50 4BD (previously advertised as Park Campus)

Monday, 10 July 2017 from 5:30-8pm (arrival and refreshments from 5pm)

Thinking about it?  In the middle of one?  Got a Neighbourhood Plan in place?  Whatever stage you may be at, this is the event for you.

The Housing White Paper emphasises the importance of Neighbourhood Plans in providing necessary detail to guide local development.  How can this be achieved?

GRCC is holding a FREE Neighbourhood Plan event in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire which will be valuable for those at any stage of the process.

Come along and join in with:

Presentations by experienced Neighbourhood Plan Examiners and trainers Liz Beth and James Derounian:

  • Overview of Neighbourhood Plans - what issues are being successfully tackled?
  • Appropriate evidence gathering to justify policies - an examiner's view
  • How Neighbourhood Plans can enhance Green Infrastructure in your community

Ask the experts - an opportunity for Q+A

Workshop sessions:

  1. Design character - how do you define the design character for your area?  The Housing White Paper places great emphasis on Neighbourhood Plans setting out clear design expectations.  What does this mean and how can it be achieved?
  2. So we have a Neighbourhood Plan ... What next?  How do you make the best use of your Neighbourhood Plan, how do you review it to check it is still relevant and what is the process for modifying your Neighbourhood Plan?
  3. Undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan - practical hints and tips to avoid pitfalls at each stage of the process - from those who have 'been there, done that'.  This workshop is suitable for those considering a Neighbourhood Plan or in the midst of plan making.

Numbers are strictly limited, therefore book early by emailing (or telephone 01452 528491).  When booking, please supply:

  • Name of your community
  • Contact details of attendee(s) - name, email address
  • Workshop session - choose either A, B, or C
  • At what stage is your community in the Neighbourhood Plan process?
    • Thinking about a Neighbourhood Plan
    • Started - early stages
    • Started - well established
    • Completed our Neighbourhood Plan

If you have a query you would like to be answered by the Examiners during their presentations and Q+A session, please send it to us before 4 July 2017.