Future of Alderton Village Shop and Post Office
2021 was another strange year with its ups and downs, but the Shop did not do too badly and we survived. However during my break and the shop's closure at the end of the year, the shop had no income which inevitably damaged the business. At that time I received lots of kind messages of support from a lot of my customers and villagers. This was so heart-warming and comforting knowing that I would be ok as I have your support.
Sadly this did not materialise as physical support! Only a few of my loyal and regular customers have been supporting the shop. (Thank you for your loyalty!). I appreciate you moral support very much, but it is not enough to keep the shop going.
Please don't forget that:
The Post Office wouldn't exist without the Shop:
The Post Office was very busy for Christmas and couple of weeks after the New Year, which is great. Our Post Office attracts a lot of customers from villages around as we are the last one standing but please be aware the Post Office would not exist without the shop.
Newspapers wouldn't exist without the Shop:
Those of you who buy newspapers from the shop are familiar with me complaining about Smiths News service (or lack of it). I have to apologise for interruption to our services since late November. Hopefully we are getting back to normal.
However the whole object selling newspapers in the shop is to attract customers and increase footfall for the business. Other than that, it's not worth all the anxieties & problems it creates. So, if you are having your paper delivered or picking you papers from the shop, but don’t come in to shop you are not supporting the business which defeats the object.
Remember, No Shop = No Post Office and no Newspapers!
This is hopefully the last time I am going to moan and grumble, the rest I leave up to you. I don’t expect you to do your weekly shopping in the village store, but if you care about having your shop, don’t just wave hello & pass.
USE IT OR LOSE IT! Thank you, Yari.
Flooding on proposed site for 28 houses by CALA Homes at Willow Bank, Alderton
Greedy developers CALA Homes who have already ignored local residents views in their pointless Community Consultation have just discovered that they propose to build on land that floods! But guess what - the greedy developers will fix it so that never happens! Who would have thought it - greedy developers fixing the flood risk so you'll never have a problem. Hmmmm.
Greedy CALA Homes developer plans
What actually happens
CALA Homes the greedy developers of - Willow Bank, Alderon held a Community Consultation Event - and guess what? They completed ignored the overwhleming views of residents. Who would have thought that the greedy developers ignored the views of local residents?
Well, here's the results:
105 people attended the public consultation event. A total of 70 feedback forms were received at the event.
In September Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl announced that he had taken the decision to reopen the work to assess the case for a change in the governance of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS).
Work carried out by Office of the PCC (OPCC) has identified a number of clear benefits a change in governance could bring. They are all contained in an outline business case, now available on our website.
The next stage is to gather the views of people who live and work in Gloucestershire and this includes you. It is very important that as many people as possible take part in the consultation so please have a look at the outline business case and spare a few minutes to complete the short, anonymous, online survey. Please also circulate this e-mail and the links to your networks, including staff/members/contacts. This link also takes you to a short video explain the options and the case for change.
There are four models of governance to consider. These are:
Against a statutory test of critical factors (economy and efficiency, effectiveness, public safety) and an additional assessment of deliverability, our analysis shows that the Governance Model would achieve the best outcomes for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and for Gloucestershire residents. This would mean that the PCC would become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Governance of GFRS would be very much the same as is it with the police. Neither the PCC nor the OPCC would be involved in any operational activity but there would be a requirement to develop a police and fire plan setting the strategic direction of the service as well as overseeing funding. Roles won’t change either – police will stay police and fire will remain fire.
A summary of the benefits we believe would be achieved with a governance change for GFRS are:
We do hope you will make your views known via the survey and please do circulate this to your contacts. Alternatively you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01452 754348. You can also write to us at The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, No. 1 Waterwells, Waterwells Drive, Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2AN.
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Alderton Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Consultation
Alderton's NDP has been submitted to Tewkesbury Borough Council for a six-week consultation under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The Alderton NDP is now subject to a statutory period of public consultation running from 18th September ending at 5pm on 30th October 2017.
During this consultation period you can view the plan on the Alderton website or on the Tewkesbury Borough website or you can download a copy of the Alderton NDP from the link below:
The ANDP documents are also available on paper:
If posting or handing in representations forms to the Borough offices, please use the following address: Tewkesbury Borough Council: For the Attention of The Neighbourhood Planning Officer, Council Offices, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT
Comment on the ANDP
During this consultation period you can make representations or comments by using the Alderton NDP Reg 16 Consultation Comments Form on the the Tewkesbury Borough website.
or downloaded from here.
Alderton Wanderers - 128/7 off 20 overs
Dumbleton CC -107/6 off 20 overs
Alderton win by 21 runs
Fantastic performances all round from Alderton Wanderers CC players in the local derby v. Dumbleton CC on 31st May meant that Alderton were able to retain the bragging rights over the 'auld enemy' for another year.
It was a great night with a lively atmosphere created by the cricketing wives/partners in our own Barmy ladies army! Alderton batted first and scored 128 off our 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets in part due to about 24 runs scored in one over by Rupert & JK (John Kopec). Dumbleton were never really up with the pace after some accurate bowling and great fielding so they finished short on 107 - 6 off their 20 overs.
Everybody contributed to the victory as you can see below:
Andy W & James S - thank you both so much for your awesome support, it was really appreciated.
All in all this was Alderton Wanderer's most complete performance since the club was formed 5 years ago. Onwards and upwards now as we attempt to make 2017 our most successful season ever.
Local residents tell us that BT will offer their customers BT Infinity 2 Unlimited broadband at up to 71 MBp/s for £24.95 or BT Infinity 1 at up to 38 MBp/s for £19.95 per month for the first 12 months. Bizarrely this is cheaper than the existing broadband package!
Don't forget to compare prices though as if you're out of contract you can also now get one of the other broadband providers like Sky, TalkTalk, or many others to provide your connection.
We would be very grateful if you would spare the time to pop into either the Infant Base or the Junior Base to sign a petition to claim for fairer funding for schools in Gloucestershire. The petition can also be signed at the Alderton Village Shop and the coffee shop Dumbleton.
Government funding for education is allocated according to a formula which results in some counties receiving significantly more funding than others. This results in schools in some other counties being allocated approximately £2,000 more per pupil than schools in Gloucestershire. For us as a school, this could equate to £150,000 more a year!
Local MPs are very supportive of the claim for fairer funding and have asked all schools in this area to invite parents and members of the local community to sign a petition which they will present to the Prime Minister. Petitions must be with MPs by 23 October so please come in to sign as soon as possible.
Gloucestershire is ranked 149th out of 152 for education funding, making our schools some of the poorest in the country!
Your support will give us the opportunity to make a huge difference!
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