Taynton Village

Incorporating May Hill and Kents Green in Gloucestershire

Author: Tony Butler

Volunteers needed for “Connecting Carers”

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Carers over the age of 50 living in Gloucestershire can now benefit from 8 hours of free one to one computer tuition in their own home or in a group setting, as part of a scheme set up by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council [GRCC]. The ‘Connecting Carers’ scheme which operates countywide, is also looking for people with computer experience who have a few hours to spare and would like to help with this one to one or group support.

There are an estimated 63,000 carers in Gloucestershire and many have little time for themselves. In some cases, they can feel isolated and socially excluded also. With the help of schemes like ‘Connecting Carers’, they will be able to access support, information and services from the comfort of their own homes, which may help to make them feel more connected, supported and in control.

Tim Poole, Chief Executive of Carers Gloucestershire, says “Anything that helps address the isolation many carers experience is very welcome. Not only does ‘Connecting Carers’ achieve this but it also helps provide carers with skills and experience that the rest of us sometimes take for granted. I’m delighted to see non carer-specific organisations recognising the needs the carers and coming together to increase the support available to carers within their own communities”.

Gloucestershire Rural Community Council is very keen to recruit volunteers. If you have a few spare hours and would like to help improve the lives of carers call Matthew Keighley on 01452 528491

Village Agent – October News Letter

On the second Monday of every month starting at 10.30 the North Forest Parkinson’s UK Group meet at Sheppard House, Newent. On 12th October they are holding a Chat session with coffee and cakes. Rekha and Sarah, Local Information Support Workers, will be on hand to offer Parkinson information and support aids and dance.

I have taken an extract from the latest Parkinson’s UK newsletter which explains the role of the Support Worker Rekha:-.

“It is my job to provide confidential one to one support to people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families. It could be that you need help linking to your local support group, advice on benefits, referrals to other agencies, emotional support regarding an issue affecting your situation as well as information and advice around general issues with Parkinson’s. I work closely with the local Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist and the Parkinson’s UK branch. Together we provide a holistic and consistent support so that you are not coping alone. The Branch and its volunteers work very hard and are very successful organising various activities for members and fund raising locally. This helps to fund the work I do and why my services are free to all. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you would like any information or advice. I look forward to speaking with you”

Rekha Tanna Hirani ( 0844 225 981 email rtannahirani@parkinsons.org.uk

Other Parkinson’s UK dates for your diary at Sheppard House:-

9th November – Singing Vicars (God’s Grampies)

14th December – Lunch (venue TBC)

For further information about the North Forest Group contact Jane Henderson on 0344 225 3694 or email jhenderson@parkinsons.org.uk

Hilary Lyon, Village Agent for Tibberton, Taynton, Churcham, Huntley, Rudford and Highleadon and Newent   ( 07810 630254   Email Hilary@villageagent.grcc.org.uk

The wild daffodils on the village green have seeded and withered, and even the few cowslip plants and the white violets are over and gone but instead there are plenty of low growing perennials in the grass indicating what an abundant flora is present .

On July 15th I recorded the following flowers, please do stop and look at them next time you are passing.

Yarrow, birds’ foot trefoil, hop trefoil, creeping cinquefoil (count the yellow petals and leaflets), red and white clover, selfheal, speedwell, convolvulus, ox-eye daisy, a small hawkweed spp., round-leaved cranesbill, weld or Dyer’s rocket (it produces a fast yellow dye used since early times by cloth makers), ragwort!

Tiz Butler


Taynton Society visit to Taynton Parva – 5th July 2015

The Taynton Society organised a walk through Taynton Parva on 5th July 2015, led by Mr Toby Catchpole, Heritage Team Leader and County Archaeologist for Gloucestershire County Council.

Forty people joined the walk, which followed an evening presentation to the Taynton Society last year.

Toby explained the history of the mediaeval site and its national significance as a very important Scheduled Monument.

Several features of the site support its importance, including the Motte and Bailey and especially the Swannery. The latter is one of three or four in the country and probably supplied swans “for the table” to the Abbot of Gloucester.

Toby supplied copies of the geophysical and magnetometry surveys performed since 2010, when the site was Scheduled and these showed extensive stone remains under the surface of several buildings – possibly houses and clearly the old Taynton church, which was destroyed by the Parliamentarians in the civil war. The church was built on an E-W axis, unlike the existing church which was built on a N-S axis.

The gathering then adjourned to the Taynton and Tibberton Village Hall for refreshments and the opportunity to purchase delicious preserves made by Tiz Butler to support The Child Protection Development Trust, a charity set up by Tony Butler to improve the care of abused children in South and Latin America.

David Sillince, Taynton Society.


Village Agent – August News

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Gloucestershire Village & Community Agents Providing older people in Gloucestershire with easier access to information and services – for more information, click here


Gloucester Deaf Association will be holding a Hearing Aid Clinic at Ross Willis Court, Newent. Hearing aid cleaning, re-tubing and new batteries will be available on Monday 3rd August 10.30 -12 noon £2.50 per person for one or two hearing aids.

Free in Touch Personal Safety Eventin partnership with the Gloucestershire Village and Community Agents, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, Victim Support and Trading Standards Sign up for a free home safety checkSpeak to your local Village and Community AgentGet your valuables security marked by the PoliceFind out how to block cold callers and scammersFind local activities to meet new people in your area

These events are completely free and your event is at Newent Memorial Hall on Tuesday 4th August 10am – 1.30 pm.   Come and have tea and cake whilst finding out tips and advice on how to stay safe in your own homes and in your community. Short talks will provide updates and information stands will be there for you to browse. For more information or to book a place and transport, contact either myself or Katie Lake at GRCC on 01452 528491 or email katiel@grcc.org.uk


Men’s 50+ Social Group in Kingsholm. The next session will be 10.30-12noon on Thursday 10th September. During the summer, this group will meet at the Roots Café due to Kingsholm Stadium being used for World Cup events. There’s two-hour parking on Alvin Street. Roots Cafe is at 69 Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3EH.


Come along and talk about watching/playing/supporting sport with other men from around the county over a cup of tea.  To register your interest and for more information, please contact Katie Lake at GRCC: katiel@grcc.org.uk 01452 528491.

Hilary Lyon, Village Agent for Tibberton, Taynton, Churcham, Huntley, Rudford and Highleadon and Newent   ( 07810 630254   Email Hilary@villageagent.grcc.org.uk

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