Nominate your Cotswold Champion By 28 September

An exciting new Community Awards scheme has been launched. Cllr Julian Beale, Chairman of Cotswold District Council, is inviting the public to nominate residents and teams who are Cotswold Champions, helping to make the District a truly great place to live.

Cash awards of £1,000 are on offer for each of the winners in seven categories as follows:

  • Carer of the Year Award – a person who cares for a relative, friend or neighbour (sponsored by Badham Pharmacy)
  • Village Hero Award – a person who goes above and beyond for their village (sponsored by Air Salvage International)
  • Town Champion Award – a person who makes an impact in their neighbourhood (sponsored by Tayler & Fletcher)
  • Unsung Hero Award – a person who quietly makes a difference to other people’s lives (sponsored by The Barn Theatre)
  • Community Team Award – people from a sports club, activity group, health group etc. who give time to assist others (sponsored by St James’s Place Wealth Management)
  • Charity Event Award – a team that organises events to raise funds for charities (sponsored by Aura Care Living)
  • Young Volunteer of the Year Award – a young person (18 or under) who gives up time to help others (sponsored by Royal Agricultural University)

Nomination forms for awards are available for online completion and submission on the Council’s website at

Hard copy forms can also be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Council Offices at Trinity Road, Cirencester and the Moreton Area Centre and, once completed, must be either scanned and emailed to or posted to:

Chairman’s Community Awards
Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road,
Cirencester GL7 1PX

The nomination process is very simple. Anyone recommending people or teams will be asked to supply the relevant contact details and also provide a statement outlining why their nomination deserves a particular award. The deadline for all entries (hard and soft copy) is noon on Friday 28 September.

Once Cllr Beale has received all nominations, he will convene a panel of judges to draw up a short-list of contenders for each award. Those on the short-list will then be invited to a special Cotswold Champions Awards Ceremony at the Royal Agricultural University on the evening of Friday 9 November. The 2018 winners for each category will be announced on the night and awarded a cash prize of £1,000 each.

Commenting on this new Awards scheme, Cllr Beale says:
“This is the first year of what I hope will become an annual event to thank residents in the District who often go the extra mile in making life better for others. I am indebted to the sponsors who have made the Cotswold Champions Awards scheme possible, and I look forward to receiving a very wide and varied range of nominations.”

Via press release from Cotswold District Council dated 6 August 2018

Notice of Election – Nominations By 23 August – Updated

Update 28 August: No nominations have been received and so the election will need to be rerun with a new date.

Following the resignation of Marc Buffery, a notice of election for one councillor has been issued.

Anyone wishing to stand as a candidate at this election must complete and return a nomination paper by 4 pm on Thursday 23 August 2018. These are available to download below.

If the election is contested, a poll will take place on Thursday 20 September 2018.


New Playground Construction Work About To Start

Back in June the Parish Council placed an order with HAGS for phase one of the play park renovation. The new equipment includes two new climbing frames – one for toddlers and one for school-age children – a spinning bowl, seesaw and trampoline.

The project has been slightly delayed, for reasons beyond our control, but we are pleased that installation is now going ahead.

Contractors will arrive on Tuesday 14 August to start clearing the site, and work will continue for about 3 weeks.

Access to the play park will be  from the nearest entrance, off Farman Crescent, and we would appreciate your cooperation in keeping the cul de sac clear of parked cars so that the play equipment installers can carry on with their work and there is no risk of damage to resident’s vehicles.

The existing play park will be closed during the construction works. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but think the end result will be worth waiting for! Click on the image for a larger view of how the play park will look when phase one is completed.

HAGS – Phase One Visual

If you have any questions or concerns about the installation, please contact the Clerk:

Community Governance Review Consultation Letters

Cotswold District Council is currently undertaking a community governance review following a request made by Upper Rissington Parish Council earlier in the year.

The review looks to increase the overall number of councillors on the Parish Council and, possibly, the introduction of parish wards. Letters and a consultation response form went out to all households in the Parish recently.

If you have not received your copy of the letter, or would like another, then we have placed copies here on the website (below).

The closing date for the comments is 20th September 2018.