End of an Era

3:18pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

GOOD luck to all those now trying to rescue jobs at Lister-Petter.

Spring Fayre Success

3:21pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

THE Spring Fayre held in Coaley Village recently, which was in aid of Cotswold Care Hospice, was a fantastic success and we are delighted to say that we raised over £960 for The Hospice. We would like to thank all the people who helped on the day, those who donated cakes and raffle prizes, and of course everyone who came and supported us.

Bailey Shops closure

2:27pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

HOW sad to see that nearly all the Bailey's shops are closing, I remember all the hours, miles and hard work I spent setting them up and running them the Bailey way, the good manageress that took over from me as I moved on to open others, Long St, Gloucester, Thornbury, Wotton-under-Edge, Berkeley, Nailsworth, Cricklade, Witney and lastly Stonehouse the old shop, not the new one, which I see is now a convenience store. I hope the Berkeley store will stay, but the Bailey name sadly will not, such a shame.

Employment Blackspot

2:48pm Thursday 13th February 2014

I AM writing in response to your article headed "Area is a Jobs Blackspot". (Thursday 30/01/14)

Thank you Good Samaritan

2:16pm Thursday 13th February 2014

COULD I thank the anonymous Good Samaritan who picked up my dazed and bloodied wife on Saturday morning and took her to the Vale hospital? Whilst out for a run (in a high visible jacket) she had been knocked down by a speeding cyclist in Church lane, Stinchcombe and left with severe facial injuries.

Poem Cinderella

Gazette Series: Cinderella Pantomime

1:53pm Thursday 13th February 2014



Gazette Series: Potholes

1:29pm Thursday 13th February 2014

I HA VE just driven about Kent, covering some 80 miles, and met only four potholes! When will Gloucestershire roads improve? I admit that Sussex was not quite so smooth.

Love Poem

Gazette Series: Must be love: Special music for a special person

12:31pm Thursday 13th February 2014

"LOVE is in the air"

Cat Menace

Gazette Series:

2:19pm Thursday 6th February 2014

I TOOK part in the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch in the last weekend of January.

No improvement for Wotton

Gazette Series:

2:09pm Thursday 6th February 2014

No improvement in Wotton

Dog Phobia

Gazette Series:

1:58pm Thursday 6th February 2014

A PERSON with a phobia against dogs goes out on her own in the countryside! Just happens, that person has the ingratiated position of having her own article in the popular Gazette!!

Pest Control Charges

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2:36pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

WE must comment on the shortsighted approach of the council bringing in such heavy charges for pest control.(last weeks gazette) Most people will not pay £45 for what is usually a 10 minute visit.

Message of Support

Gazette Series: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

2:27pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

I AM shocked at what I have read in your Newspaper referring to the Indian Restaurant Dursley Tandoori.

Lucky Ginger

Gazette Series:

2:21pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

"Old Ginger's Back"

Gratitude to Paramedic

Gazette Series: Two hospitalised following A38 junction crash

2:45pm Thursday 16th January 2014

Gratitude to Paramedic

West Country Beef Awarded Special EU Status

Gazette Series:

12:47pm Thursday 16th January 2014

I AM delighted to hear the European Commission has awarded animals born and reared in six counties in the south west Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.

New Year Spirit

Gazette Series:

2:33pm Thursday 9th January 2014

IN the spirit of the New Year..

Forgive and Forget in New Year message

2:11pm Thursday 9th January 2014

New Year's Eve

Film Review: 47 RONIN (12A)

Gazette Series: Film Review: 47 RONIN (12A)

11:00am Thursday 2nd January 2014

THERE'S a type of actor who seems to have made a very successful career despite not necessarily being considered the most gifted of performers. Keanu Reeves is one such actor.

REVIEW: The Hobbit -The Desolation of Smaug (12A)

Gazette Series:

3:23pm Friday 20th December 2013

THE ANNOUNCEMENT of Peter Jackson taking over directing duties on The Hobbit, after a series of delays and lawsuits meant original helmer Guilermo Del Toro departed for other projects, was greeted with enthusiasm.

Review: Frozen (PG)

Gazette Series: Review: Frozen (PG)

12:10pm Thursday 12th December 2013

EVER since Pixar came to dominate the animation landscape, the traditional musical animation has taken a bit of a sideline until recently.

Review: The Butler

Gazette Series: REVIEW: THe Butler

12:34pm Thursday 21st November 2013

THE BUTLER (12A) It’s sometimes hard to reconcile the fact that America is actually quite a young country, in comparison to others.

Phone-in no substitute for sheltered housing manager

2:55pm Friday 5th July 2013

AS A resident in sheltered housing, I decided to give the OK phone scheme a whirl to find out the way the system works.

Lib Dem MP Steve Webb wrong about decarbonising

11:50am Friday 5th July 2013

HOW can Steve Webb MP claim that the Energy Bill will make a "major contribution to green jobs and tackling climate change" (Gazette, June 27)?

High garage rents in Stroud and Cam

11:41am Friday 5th July 2013

IS IT any wonder Stroud District Council is considering building houses on its under-used garage sites (Gazette, June 27) when the rent charged for garages is out of reach for many motorists?

Call to prevent theft of precious works of art

11:37am Friday 5th July 2013

I AM pleased to hear The European Commission is taking new action to help member states recover national treasures which have been unlawfully removed.

Tailgating drivers putting lives at risk

11:30am Friday 5th July 2013

DRIVING home from Stroud to Cam I have twice in the last couple of months had to break suddenly because an animal has suddenly run across the road right in front of me.

Drivers warned of snow and ice

4:07pm Friday 26th November 2010

MOTORISTS heading home tonight are advised to check local weather reports and traffic conditions as the bad weather spreads across to other parts of the UK - with Wales, Northern Ireland, the South-West, East Midlands and the East of England also set to experience heavy snowfalls.

Beware election trap

3:18pm Wednesday 28th April 2010

This election is increasingly reminding me of the Monty Python sketch "Confuse a Cat". Live debates between main party leaders and daily coverage across the media, are confusing the electorate and threatening to split the vote, leaving the nation rudderless. Yet, in this glut of political "information" and opinion, the most important issue for this country is hardly ever mentioned: our membership of the EU.

Don't cut school build

12:52pm Friday 25th January 2008

HERE we go again, cutbacks at Rednock School. The same thing happened 30 years ago when the school was last rebuilt. Is there no one at county level who can add up, look at and read a drawing, cost a project, etc, etc, read the details from the contractors submissions and award the contract with no strings attached? Having been a district councillor at Stroud, I have had some experience as to the way the system works and when you see how some of the contractors outline their quotations, it's enough to make a dog laugh - and this from very large companies. It is still not too late for a full appraisal as to what is going on. How can we have cost cutting only six weeks into the build? The time has come for a major change at county level and to elect people who know what they are doing at any level of government.

Get floods help

12:41pm Thursday 24th January 2008

Just six months on from last summer's devastating floods, families are once again bracing themselves for more potential flooding. We share your fears for the safety of people's homes and their loved ones.

Give them an ice rink

12:38pm Wednesday 23rd January 2008

THE Gazette 'Comment' on Thursday, January 17, pointed out the lack of any form of 'things to do' for young people in Cam, Dursley and Uley. I say that it includes all age groups.

Shop the yobs

12:37pm Tuesday 22nd January 2008

AROUND midnight on Friday, January 10, in Wotton, I watched in horror as a group of five teenaged hooligans, clearly high as kites on drink or drugs, screaming and shouting, proceeded to kick a telephone box, with every intent of destroying it. They then jumped on and kicked in parked cars, howling with laughter as they did it. They then proceeded to pull down fencing by the former factory site before they went home through Court Orchard.

Careless and thoughtless

3:25pm Saturday 29th December 2007

I TRUST that the person who carelessly dropped a length of blue plastic string outside the Lighthouse in Dursley and caused an elderly gentleman to be injured in a heavy fall on Saturday, December 22 will reflect carefully on a spoilt Christmas for one family.

Hospice thanks

1:32pm Tuesday 25th December 2007

I would like to say big thank you to everyone who supported our Grand Christmas Raffle which raised £854 for Cotswold Care Hospice. This fantastic amount will contribute towards helping people in the county of Gloucestershire living with life-limiting illnesses.

Not green enough

12:00pm Tuesday 25th December 2007

You report that the County Council are still open to a range of waste strategies. Some have mentioned the possibility of a monster incinerator being built at Javelin Park near Stonehouse. This would be a mistake.

Many thanks

1:30pm Monday 24th December 2007

I am writing to say thank you to everyone from Gloucestershire who has supported the Meningitis Trust during 2007 - the start of our 21st anniversary year. It's only with the help of local communities that we are able to continue our vital work helping to rebuild lives shattered by meningitis.

Try for grant elsewhere

1:29pm Sunday 23rd December 2007

I cannot understand why John Fowles did not suggest the youth club applyfor a grant fromStroud District Council. As I understand its grants are available but need to be applied for by the end of October to be allocated for the following year.

Come on Sodbury, get writing

12:15pm Sunday 23rd December 2007

Being a regularreader of your pages I am of the opinion that in the letters page there does not seem to be much input from Chipping Sodbury residents as opposed those of Thornbury and concluded that some balance be required.

Find the money for arts

12:14pm Saturday 22nd December 2007

It is with astonishment that I read your correspondent's negative views on the attempts by ACT to create a new performance venue in Thornbury.

Bus 312

1:23pm Friday 21st December 2007

BLUE FOR THE 312 ANGRY. This is how I feel about the carve-up of this service. How can they justify cutting off Thornbury from its nearest train station and university? We are told to cut car miles and use public transport, yet at the same time there is to be a mere two-hour service at best.

Last chance to enjoy

12:11pm Friday 21st December 2007

ST Mary's Church in Thornbury will be holding a candlelit service of nine lessons and carols on Sunday, December 23.

No more lights

12:10pm Thursday 20th December 2007

I am writing in relation to the proposed junction improvement on the A38. I live in Berkeley, commute to Bristol each day and utilise the M5 at J14 on a regular basis at the weekend.

Tie your ties to the old elm tree

12:02pm Thursday 20th December 2007

Re: The rebuilding of Rednock School.

Missing the point?

11:48am Wednesday 19th December 2007

The Managing Director of Barratt Homes, Mr Barry Wood seems to have missed the point of my letter (letters December 13).

Applause for ACT

11:27am Tuesday 18th December 2007

In response to your "name and address supplied" correspondent, may I say how much I applaud the vision and adventurous ambition of ACT (Arts and Community in Thornbury). Contrary to your corespondent's assertion, Thornbury Arts Festival do fill the Armstrong Hall when high calibre acts appear. To attract and accommodate great artists we need a great venue.

Last word on the subject

1:33pm Monday 17th December 2007

I AM criticised for being a doctor who advocates the freedom of choice to smoke in pubs.

Hard choices must be made

1:32pm Sunday 16th December 2007

Re: Lister Hall ALAN Burgess suggested in last week's Gazette that hard choices need to be made with regard to investment of the Littlecombe Section 106 Development Fund on local amenities. He may be surprised to learn that the Lister Club Committee is in full agreement with his suggestion.

Great Poppy Appeal

1:28pm Saturday 15th December 2007

The Poppy Appeal 2005, when we just had the Dursley area to do, yielded £3780.39. This was a very good result for us but the following year when Dursley and Cam Branches amalgamated this went up to £5812.02. The higher figure represented a splendid effort from our members and supporters and I set a goal of breaking through the £6000 barrier this year. I can inform you that to date we have banked £8050 and I have at least another £200 to pay in. When I announced this figure at our recent AGM there were gasps of amazement.

Safety first

1:23pm Friday 14th December 2007

IN RESPONSE to concerns raised with regards to the safety fence at Barratt's Bath Court development in E.M Forsythe's letter to the editor on November 29.

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