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Table Top Sale – Kingsway Community Centre

January 21st, 2015 by Clive

Local resident Claire Woodger is holding a local Table Top Sale , details as follows:

Date: March 8th

Time: 13:30 – 16:30

Loc': Kingsway Community Centre

If you would like a table to sell your baby/children accessories and clothes or are a business related to the above, tables are available at £5 each (to raise funds for the Pied Piper Appeal at Gloucester Children’s Hospital).

There will be a bouncy castle, toddler soft play and WI cakes/teas/coffee.

If you would like a table, call Claire on 07718895908, or Lee on 07875683070, or contact Claire via Facebook.



Incinerator News (of a sort)!

January 21st, 2015 by Clive

The incinerator has become the latest hot topic in this part of the world for many reasons… (Previous posts on this subjectJavelin Park – Latest).

One recently discussed article in the Stroud News & Journal stated:

Gloucestershire County Council’s own figures suggest the MAJORITY of waste due to be burnt in the Javelin Park incinerator will be recyclable, compostable or reusable.

The full article (here) goes on to explain:

On average, the report shows that 67 per cent of the black bag rubbish, also known as residual waste, collected by Gloucester City Council, Cotswold District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council is either recyclable, compostable or reusable.

Assuming a similar proportion of the residual waste collected by other local authorities in the county is recoverable, the report would suggest that a majority of the waste due to be burnt in the planned incinerator will in fact be recyclable, biodegradable or reusable.

So you’re saying that they will be burning black-bag-waste and because we don’t recycle properly, lots of recyclable waste will be burned!

I am against the incinerator for many reasons, but the argument that they will be burning recyclable waste because folks don’t bother to recycle properly doesn’t seem entirely relevant to me.

The Council are responsible in so much as they have failed to convince local people to recycle and of course we can argue that the system (especially here in Gloucester) is less than ideal (the recycle bins are horrible) but in reality my household throws away almost zero recyclable waste… We do have to run around a fair bit to deposit things like batteries, cardboard, clothes etc and the resulting storage means that my shed is now a large recycling plant and my tools live indoors, but it IS possible, (and the services are improving at the moment).

There are lots of valid reasons to oppose the incinerator, but this seems like a silly argument to me… If for no other reason than the fact that this particular problem can be solved (with or without the incinerator).



Gloucester Bikes

January 20th, 2015 by Gloucester Bikes

At Gloucester Bikes, we look forward to offering a personal service when you visit our family-run business in Gloucester. Whether an experienced cyclist or new to it we are always on hand to offer advice and support along with new and innovative products for our customers.

Our Shop is at Unit 7, Space Business Centre, Olympus Park, Quedgeley, GL2 4AL.

Share Our Passion

Riding a bike really is one of life’s great pleasures and we are always passionate and enthusiastic to hear that our customers share that belief. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and are happy to assist all cyclists no matter what their level of expertise, in a friendly and approachable manner.

If you can not come down to see us, please check out our website.



Welcome to Canada Mr Brooks

January 17th, 2015 by Clive

We wished a fond farewell to Steve Brooks (blastu2 on here and a former very active committee member for the Kingsway Residents Association) back in June 2014, when he and Mike left for their new life in Canada.

Since then we have been keeping in touch by email, and Steve has been kind enough to supply me with some fantastic pictures of his journey so far.

Steve said:

Mon’ 20/10/2014:
On arrival into our new home-town in BC’ we were met by a cougar at Mike’s parents place! (Pic’s 1 & 2 above)
Wed’ 29/10/2014:
Thought we would send you first snowfall of the year up in the mountain by the lake! (Pic’s 3 & 4 above)
Thurs’ 20/11/14:
The cabin by the lake (Pic’ 3) is a neighbour at the very top of the mountain. The cougar was seen on arrival back at Mike’s parents home – more images of their home are included with this email as they are directly alongside the Rockies (Pic’s 5-10)!. You can see two of our dogs enjoying the farmland walk. (Right)
The cabin for ourselves is still waiting for a few small issues to be corrected before we can get in.

I’m still a little bummed that they left Kingsway, although- to be fair, Canada does look like a pretty good second! :lol:

I have asked Steve for more news (and pic’s) of their cabin and am looking forward to seeing/posting them… (As always, you can click on the images to expand them).



Merry Christmas Kingsway

December 25th, 2014 by Clive

This year has seen a lot of local projects (finally) come to fruition including the Community Centre, BMX Track, Sports Pavilion and pitches and (very nearly) the second lot of shops at the local centre. Adoptions are forging ahead and new housing development is moving forward.

For myself it has been a(nother) busy year. Starting a new business partnership back in April and working to get it off the ground, helping with the Residents’ Association and local events, dealing with my wife’s illness and coping with her current condition following a recent operation, as well as moving the ‘blog to a new home in preparation for forthcoming improvements (read more here), has kept me very busy (to the detriment of my posting frequency) :( (I have an email and some pictures of Steve Brooks’ ("BlastU2"’s) new Canadian home which I will add as soon as I get the chance).

Now I’m (finally) ready to relax and enjoy Christmas (starting in about one hour), and should therefore like- on behalf of the Residents’ Association Committee, my wife Angelina, our daughter Phoenix and myself, to wish all Kingsway residents (our neighbours), and local friends a very…


Merry Christmas (2014) and a Happy New Year for 2015




Kingsway Christmas Spirit – 2014

December 18th, 2014 by Clive

Christmas spirit is alive and well in Kingsway, boosted by a fantastic effort from local residents in the form of food donations for The Salvation Army.

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Chris Watkins of Little Monsters Childcare services, Kingsway, said "We dressed as elves this week and also had Father Christmas come to visit- we did all this to raise awareness and to bring in donations for the Salvation Army, to help those less fortunate than ourselves and the collection was amazing!"

"We are a childminding setting based in Kingsway, and have been overwhelmed by kindness."

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Established in April 2008, this isn’t the first time that the Kingsway "Little Monsters" childcare group have entertained the children in their care- as well as local residents, by dressing up and raising donations for a good cause.

Well done Little Monsters, well done Kingsway and Merry Christmas to one and all.




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