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Empty Homes Week

Release date: 11 October 2018

This week marks Empty Homes Week 2018, and Cotswold District Council is working with the national campaign charity ‘Empty Homes’ to highlight the 300,000 long-term unoccupied houses in the UK.

In the Cotswolds there are currently 488 residences that are vacant and unused, 70 of which have been unoccupied for over 2 years. It is estimated that an empty property can cost the owner up to £10,000 per year in security, repairs, insurance, and council tax.

Empty homes are a waste of a valuable asset especially when over 1600 people are registered on our Homeseeker waiting list, hundreds of whom are in priority need.

The local authority charges a 50% premium on council tax for any house left empty for more than 2 years. The Government has agreed to double the total cost from April 2019 for owners who refuse to address the issue.

The Council has the power to enforce Empty Dwelling Management Orders and Compulsory Purchase Orders but we are keen to work with and support owners to bring their houses back into use.

If you are interested in more information about the charity ‘Empty Homes’ see; in a new window)

Or contact Chauncy Seed, Private Lettings Officer on 01285 623346,  if you are interested in letting your property to someone on our Homeseeker waiting list.



Recycling Centres time changes

Midweek closure days and seasonal opening hours

From 28th October Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday and changing to seasonal opening hours.

Seasonal opening times (6 days per week):

28th October 2018 – 30th March 2019

Winter – 10am-4pm

31st March 2019 – 26th October 2019

Summer – 9am-5pm

Site specific day closures:

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.


Please note all HRC’s will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Why we are changing our opening hours:

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 change to seasonal opening hours and open six days a week.


The council collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. Residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. The new opening arrangements and how the sites are used will be monitored. The closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy days at the sites. 


Gloucestershire and Warwickshire county councils have an agreement which allows Gloucestershire residents to use the Household Recycling Centre at Shipston-on-Stour.

Information on what you can recycle at this site.

Winter Hours Return from 01 October

Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 3.15pm

Saturday and Sunday: 8.30am – 12.15pm

Effective until April 2019.


To find your nearest alternative site click here.


Comment on Council Tax changes

Have your say on our Council Tax support scheme

Release date: 24 September 2018

Each year the Council has to decide whether to make changes to the administration of its council tax support scheme for working age people on a low income in the Cotswolds.  This year we are consulting on possible changes to the scheme from 1 April 2019 which would completely exempt our poorest residents from Council Tax payments. In other words, the maximum amount of Council Tax discount will now be100%.

Changes being proposed include:

  • Introducing a banded scheme which would see a simple flat rate percentage discount awarded, depending on a person’s total weekly ‘net’ income
  • For the purposes of calculating weekly income, the Council would ignore all child maintenance payments

Changes proposed will have no impact for those in vulnerable groups or those in receipt of a state pension.

Comment on changes to our Council Tax payments deadline for comments is midnight on Friday 9 November. 

Since 2013/14 the funding received from central government to support the local working age scheme has continued to reduce in line with other central funding cuts and is expected to continue to reduce over the coming year.

The Council Tax Reduction Scheme was introduced in April 2013, replacing Council Tax benefits and is part of the Government’s major overhaul of the welfare system. 

Following this round of consultation, CDC councillors will consider a report before deciding on any changes to the current scheme.









Walks with Cotswold Voluntary Wardens





November 2018

Wool, Stone and the Great Fire of London – Thursday 1stNovember – Moderate

The walk starts from the ancient wool town of Northleach with its many 15th and 16th century buildings. We cross rolling farmland, lakes and streams to the village of Farmington, famed for its local stone. We return to Northleach where lunch is available at pubs and cafes.

3 hours: 5 miles.
Start:  10:00 am Northleach market square.OS Map ref: SP 113 146.

Battles and Brewing in Stow – Thursday 8thNovember – Moderate

The walk will take us via Broadwell to the monument to the Battle of Stow where we will hear about the historic event. The return is through varied countryside to Stow where we explore Stow’s brewing past.

3 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10:00 am Stow-on-the-Wold village green, old stocks. OS Map ref: SP 192 258.

October 2018

Landscape and History of the Slaughters –Sunday 7thOctober – Easy

One of the first walks organised by the wardens, we walk the Windrush, Macmillan and Heart of England Ways into the two most photographed villages in the Cotswolds. We pass Upper Slaughter’s famous Manor House and the Mill at Lower Slaughter, and see how the rivers have shaped the North Cotswolds.Bring suitable refreshment.

2.5 hours: 5 miles.
Start:  11:00 am War Memorial on village green, Bourton-on-the-WaterOS Map ref: SP 167 207.


Snowshill (the rest of it) – Monday 8thOctober – Moderate

We know all about the Manor, but there is an interesting parish and countryside around it, from Bronze and Iron Age remains to (relatively) modern quarrying. Some steep ascents/descents. Bring suitable refreshment.

3 hours: 6 miles.
Start:  10:00 am Snowshill village car park. OS Map ref: SP 096 340.


Exploring Winchcombe’s ‘Ways’ – Thursday 18thOctober – Moderate

The fact that seven long-distance footpaths touch Winchcombe is a testament to the fine walking country that surrounds the town. Today we shall explore the upper reaches of the Isbourne Way, and parts of the Cotswold, Winchcombe and Holst ways.

5 hours: 9 miles.
Start:  10:00 am Winchcombe Back Lane car park (pay and display). OS Map ref: SP 024 286.


September 2018


Cleeve Common Rocks – Saturday 1stSeptember – Moderate

OK, fantastic plants, great history and archaeology, but the stuff that makes it all happen on Cleeve is the geology underneath. Join with us and Alice Kennedy of Gloucestershire Geological Trust and discover all on a walk around the common. Bring suitable refreshment.
3 hours: 4 miles.
Start:  10:00 am Cleeve Hill Quarry car park. Turn off B4632 at the summit, signposted to the Golf Club, up narrow track over cattle grid, left and then right into car park. OS Map ref: SO 989 272.


A Peep into the Past – Thursday 6thSeptember – Moderate

An exploration of the lovely countryside and villages of Stanton and Stanway, with a look at some of the history associated with them. The route takes us up and down the scarp, giving spectacular views of the Malverns.
3 hours: 6.5 miles.
Start:  10:00 am Stanton Village car park – next to cricket ground. OS Map ref: SP 067 344.


Countryside and Villages around Bourton-on-the-Water – Thursday 13th September – Strenuous

This circular walk goes cross-country to the villages of Clapton-on-the-Hill, Farmington and Cold Aston starting from the scenic village of Bourton-on-the-Water. The walk returns to Bourton along the Windrush river. Bring a packed lunch.
6 hours: 11 miles.
Start:  9:30 am War Memorial on village green, Bourton-on-the-Water. OS Map ref: SP 167 207.


Horrors and Harmony – Thursday 20thSeptember – Easy

We follow some of the paths one of the great English composers of the 20th Century would have used and hear how this little corner of Gloucestershire influenced his works. An easy walk across fields and along racks with a little incline.
3 hours: 5 miles.
Start:  10:00 am War Memorial on village green, Bourton-on-the-Water. OS Map ref: SP 167 207.


Templars and Tudors – Thursday 27thSeptember – Moderate

A pleasant circular walk featuring the Templar church at Temple Guiting, the deserted medieval village of Pinnock and the Beckbury Monument. Please bring a packed lunch.
4 hours: 8 miles.
Start:  10:00am Temple Guiting village hall. OS Map ref: SP 090 279.


August 2018

Changing Tracks – Saturday 4thAugust – Moderate

As we wander through the sometimes remote rural Cotswold landscape, we consider why an east-west railway was deemed necessary in Victorian England.

5.5 hours: 10 miles.

Start:  9:30 am Cold Aston village near the pub. Park with consideration in the village.

OS Map ref SP 129 197.

 Charity begins at Home – Saturday 11thAugust – Strenuous

A lengthy walk over downs, through valleys and woods with a focus on a latter-day philanthropist.

Start:  9:30 am Hawling outside Methodist church, or on gravel outside farm. OS Map ref SP 067 231.

 The Warden’s Hill Climb – Wednesday 29thAugust – Moderate

A novel route following the Winchcombe Way down to Gotherington station, pass Prescott Hill Climb course and then back up to the Common.

3 hours: 6 miles.

Start:  10:00 am Cleeve Hill Quarry car park – turn off B4632 at the summit signposted to Golf Club, up narrow road over cattle grid, left and right into car park.

OS Map ref SO 989 272.

 PLEASE use appropriate footwear as some walks may be steep and muddy in places. EASY – Length may vary but terrain is mainly flat (level); MODERATE – includes some hills and rough ground. STRENUOUS – may be rough underfoot and ascents and descents may be steep. We welcome guide and hearing dogs – sorry, others not allowed.

Walks are free although we do invite donations to help fund our conservation and improvement work.

The Wardens run a full programme of guided walks throughout the Cotswolds. For more information see or Tel: 01451 862000, also for any changes to arrangements such as due to extreme weather.





*100* Club Winners

Sept 2018    
1st- £25 37 Simon Lampitt
2nd-£10 92 Tom Basford
3rd-£10 171 Gilly Lewis
4th-£10 132 Peter Welstead
5th-£5 06 Ash Workman
6th-£5 87 Jill Haydon
7th-£5 18 David Rawsthorne
8th-£5 182 Helen Munroe
9th-£5 54 Simeon Hudson-Evans
August 2018    
1st- £25 4 Giles King
2nd-£10 172 Clare Hirst
3rd-£10 83 Barrie Knight
4th-£10 117 Brenda Ward=Millar
5th-£5 21 Rupert Brice
6th-£5 173 Geoff Weaver
7th-£5 147 Jonathan White
8th-£5 99 Jeremy Knight
9th-£5 91 Roy Rogers
June 2018    
1st- £25 157 Bridget Tossell
2nd-£10 10 Chris Rossington
3rd-£10 32 Dan Theo
4th-£10 71 Jean Clarke
5th-£5 184 Edward Measey
6th-£5 72 John Measey
7th-£5 201 Adam Carruthers
8th-£5 129 Elaine Falller
9th-£5 103 Jackie Beale
May 2018    
1st- £25 127 Elaine Faller
2nd-£10 124 Viv Alling
3rd-£10 68 Roy Rogers
4th-£10 200 Alfie Gales
5th-£5 96 Jeff and Nancy Toms
6th-£5 31 Rachel Hurley
7th-£5 66 Anthony Cliffe
8th-£5 79 John Marshall
9th-£5 210 Rob Whitehouse


April 2018    
1st – £25 190 Mary Vann
2nd – £10 87 Jill Hayden
3rd – £10  49 Billy Brownrose
4th £10  143 Sophie Whitehouse
5th – £5 141 Rupert Oswell
6th – £5 180 Gail Weaver
7th £5 88 David Tossell
8th – £5 192 Robin Clarke
9th – £5 139 Julie Girling
March 2018    
1st – £25  121 Anne Lampitt
2nd – £15  15 Caroline Collins
3rd – £10  56 Mike Jelly
4th – £5  84 Sue Prestage
5th – £5  134 Shanti Johnson
6th – £5  164 Matthew Jackson
February 2018    
1st – £25  45 Isla Rossington
2nd – £15  98 Joss Robbins
3rd – £10  57 Paul Heneghan
4th – £5  90 Sue McCloud
5th – £5  156 Lisa Maxted
6th – £5  32 Dan Theo
January 2018    
1st – £25  105 Michael Carron
2nd – £15  156 Lisa Maxted
3rd – £10  65 Jane & Rob Greenslade
4th – £5  157 Bridget Tossell
5th – £5  14 Phil Alling
6th – £5  163 Pauline & Peter Droop


The Christmas Draw 2017    
1st – £100   Caron Workman
2nd – £50   Amy Timms
3rd – £25   Valerie Rouse
4th – £10   Liz Heneghan
5th – £5   Vera Kyte
6th – £5   Matt Ballard


December 2017    
1st – £25   Caroline Collins
2nd – £15   Liz Heneghan
3rd – £10   Joan Jenkins
4th – £5   S Hudson-Evans
5th – £5   Yvonne Butler
6th – £5   Paul Neale
November 2017    
1st – £25   Harry Nobes
2nd – £15   David Tossell
3rd – £10   Jack Theo
4th – £5   Caroline Collins
5th – £5   Phil Alling
6th – £5   Lucy Ballard
October 2017    
1st – £25   Dan Theodossiades
2nd – £15   Sienna Robbins
3rd – £10   Jean Hughes
4th – £5   Dee Anderson
5th – £5   Michael Carron
6th – £5   Roger Whitehouse
September 2017    
1st – £25   Jane & Rob Greenslade
2nd – £15   Sienna Robbins
3rd – £10   Sue Carruthers
4th – £5   Tom Whitehouse
5th – £5   Wendy Clark
6th – £5   Rachel Took
August 2017    
1st – £25 60 Beryl Wright
2nd – £15 81 Sue Carruthers
3rd – £10 99 Jeremy Knight
4th – £5 125 Anthony Smith
5th – £5 78 D. Anderson
6th – £5 74 Paul Neil


July 2017    
1st – £25 145 George & Joyce Saunders
2nd – £15 66 Anthony Cliff
3rd – £10 117 Brenda Ward Miller
4th – £5 122 Rachel Took (c/o Kemps)
5th – £5 18 David Rawsthorne
6th – £5 69 Alice Rossington


June 2017    
1st – £25   Paul Heneghan
2nd – £10   Alan Hughes
3rd – £5   John Hayfield
4th – £5



  Elaine Faller

Jill Haydon

Shanti Johnson

May 2017    
1st – £25   Jamie Bayliss
2nd – £10   Rita Jones
3rd – £5   Mike Jelley
4th – £5



  Tom Whitehouse

Gaynor Bryce

Alfie Kemp

April 2017    
1st – £25   Jamie Bayliss
2nd – £10   Viv Alling
3rd – £5   George Osborne
4th – £5   Stephen Ralph
March  2017    
1st – £25   Carol Keen
2nd – £10   Chris Hurley
3rd – £5   Adam Carruthers
4th – £5   Viv Alling
1st – £25 93 Esme Barnett
2nd – £10 42 Mrs M E Barnett
3rd – £5 31 Rachel Hurley
4th – £5 51 Paul Hennegan


January 2017    
1st – £25 20 Julie Rawsthorne
2nd – £10 86 Rob Haydon
3rd – £5 25 Len & Cath Clifford
4th – £5 85 Joy Court-Newbury
December 2016    
1st £100 Roy Rogers
2nd £25 Neil Turner
3rd £10 Chris Rossington
4th £5 Michael Carron
November 2016    
1st £25 JoanJenkins
2nd £10 Margaret Cliffe
3rd £5 Alex King
4th £5 Sienna Robbins
October 2016    
1st £25 David and Bridget Tossail
2nd £10 Barrie Knight
3rd £5 Jean Baines
4th £5 Mirko Saccani
September 2016    
1st £25 Roy Jenkins
2nd £10 Viv Alling
3rd £5 Elaine & John Marshall
4th £5 Edward Robbins
August  2016    
1st £25 Julie Rawsthorne
2nd £10 Edith Hughes
3rd £5 Roy Rogers
4th £5 Stephen Ralph
July 2016    
1st £25 Tom Asbridge
2nd £10 Tina Jarvis
3rd £5 Rupert Brice
4th £5 Jamie Baylis
June  2016    
1st £25 Rachel Hurley
2nd £10 Wendy Clarke
3rd £5 Stephen Ralph
4th £5 Frankie Haydon
May  2016    
1st £25 Margaret Cliff
2nd £10 Viv Alling
3rd £5 Simeon Hudson-Evans
4th £5 Sally Yeomans
April  2016    
1st £25 Tom Asbridge
2nd £10 Jean Clarke
3rd £5 John Measey
4th £5 Dee Anderson
March  2016    
1st £25 Wendy Clarke
2nd £10 Vicki Roberts
3rd £5 Rachel Hurley
4th £5 Jane Jordan
 Bonus    Jean Clarke
February 2016    
1st £25 Elaine Faller
2nd £10 Chris Hurley
3rd £5 Joy Court
4th £5 Tom Asbridge
January 2016    
1st £25 Mr. Mrs Barnett
2nd £10 Roy Rogers
3rd £5 Adam Carruthers
4th £5 Rupert Brice
December 2015    
1st £25 Rupert Brice
2nd £10 G Lewis
3rd £5 Paul Heneghan
4th £5 Freda Cannam
November 2015    
1st £100 Mirko Sarcani
2nd £25 Frankie Haydon
3rd £10 Edward Robbins
4th £10 Jane Greenslade
October 2015    
1st £25 Jean Appleby
2nd £10 Sue Macleod
3rd £5 Marie Dow
4th £5 Adam Carruthers
September 2015    
1st – £25 43 Carol Keen
2nd – £10 77 Margaret Cliff
3rd – £5 52 Beryl Wright
4th – £5 98 Sienna Robbins


August 2015    
1st – £25 105 Oliver Stowe
2nd – £10 86 Mr.Mrs Barne
3rd – £5 71 Viv Alling
4th – £5 35 Karen Workman
Bonus £10 50 D. & CR. Smith
July  2015    
1st £25 G Lewis
2nd £10 Jill Haydon
3rd £5 Isla Rossington
4th £5 Tom Asbridge
June 2015    
1st £25 Alex King
2nd £10 Barrie Knight
3rd £5 Beverley Daffurn
4th £5 D Anderon
May  2015    
1st £25 Audrey Walton
2nd £10 Barrie Knight
3rd £5 Jean Clarke
4th £5 Fleur Rossington
April 2015    
1st £25 Audrey Walton
2nd £10 Esme Barnett
3rd £5 Phil Alling
4th £5 David Rawsthorne
March 2015    
1st £25 Karen Workman
2nd £10 Jean Hughes
3rd £5 Joy Court-Newbury
4th £5 Viv Alling
February 2015    
1st £25 Esme Barnett
2nd £10 Freda Cannam
3rd £5 Barrie Knight
4th £5 Joy Court-Newbury
January 2015    
1st £25 Phil Alling
2nd £10 Nigel Brooks
3rd £5 Paul Henneghan
4th £5 Tom Asbridge
December 2014    
1st £25 Yvonne Butler
2nd £10 Barrie Knight
3rd £5 Joss Robbins
4th £5 Audrey Winter
November 2014    
1st £25 Alex King
2nd £10 George Osborn
3rd £5 Bill Carruthers
4th £5 Doris Court
October 2014    
1st £25 Giles King
2nd £10 Frankie Haydon
3rd £5 G Lewis
4th £5 Michael Carron
September 2014    
1st £25 Lorna Wheeler
2nd £10 Beryl Wright
3rd £5 Beverly Daffurn
4th £5 Jean Hughes
August 2014    
1st £25 Stephen Barnett
2nd £10 Rosalind Winter
3rd £5 Liz Henegan
4th £5 Joan Jenkins

July 2014


Position Name Club Number Amount Won
1st George Osborn 36 £25
2nd Sue Carruthers 93 £10
3rd Roy Rogers 45 £5
4th John & Elaine Marshall 83 £5


June 2014


Position Name Club Number Amount Won
1st Jean Appleby 90 £25
2nd Joy Court Newbury 97 £10
3rd Mary Knight 21 £5
4th Alex King 75 £5







The police non emergency number is 101. This is the number to call for all non urgent calls. You can also report suspicious activity by email to  and include photos. In an emergency the number is 999. The nearest Gloucestershire police station is at Stow-on-the-Wold and is open to the public between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, tel: 01242 276637.

Communities defeat Terrorism
If you see other anything that could be terrorist related, act on your instincts and  call the police in confidence on 0800 789 321 or visit

The local policing team consistes of :

Inspector Karen Ellis
Sgt Garrett Gloyn
Sgt Andrew Wood
PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
PC Ashley Weller (rural and wildlife crime)
PCSO Paul Hancock paul.
PCSO Cassie Wilford

The local Police Community Support Officers for your parish can be contacted in a number of ways including our website where you can follow the link to your policing area and use the contact your team link. You can also use the 01452 907200 number for Cotswold District and leave a message or contact 101 with your concern and it will sent to the officer via our control room.

Please also take a look at  as we are currently signing up residents in the Cotswold area; this can be completed via the website.

Crimestoppers is dedicated to fighting crime across Gloucestershire.

We help to promote the charity in communities across the region, to let people know that Crimestoppers is there for them as an anonymous route to give information about crime. Crimestoppers guarantees anonymity, which means that no-one can ever find out who passed on information about crime.

To pass on information about crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or fill out our secure, Anonymous Online Form.

Crimestoppers is supported by volunteers – each and every one is a vital link with the community in the region. If you think you’d like to volunteer for Crimestoppers in Gloucestershire, please fill out our Contact Us form.

E-mail: for more information.

For crime statistics click here

Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:

  June 2018 July 2018
All crime 21 18
Anti-social behaviour 8 5
Bicycle theft 0 0
Burglary 1 1
Criminal damage and arson 4 3
Drugs 0 0
Other crime 0 0
Other theft 4 3
Possession of weapons 0 0
Public order 0 0
Robbery 0 0
Shoplifting 0 0
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 1 3
Violence and sexual offences 3 3

Chipping Campden and surrounds including Willersey, Weston-Sub-Edge and Mickleton. Cotswold Neighbourhood Watch click here



Chipping Campden Neighbourhood Co-ordination Group set the following 3 priorities

  •  Traffic Issues through the Village of Saintbury
  •  Crime Prevention Initiatives in Villages Bordering the County Boundary in Chipping Campden Community
  • Traffic issues in Church Street Chipping Campden-prevent abuse of the one-way system.

The police office surgery scheme is still being held in the town clerk’s office on the first floor in the Old Police Station on the High St, Chipping Campden. Please feel free to come along and have a talk about anything that concerns you.