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Once again we have some gems lined up for you in this month's edition. As always many thanks to our contributors. I haven’t included all the usual bells and whistles in this one, nevertheless I'm confident you'll enjoy the read. Hopefully you'll also be having fun in the sun!

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Best wishes, Ceri Longville, Creative Director

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Return to the Hill 

Return to the Hill.

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s £99,700 project ‘Return to the Hill’ got underway this month at Robinswood Hill Country Park in Gloucester.

Located on the urban fringe of Gloucester, this project aims to transform the engagement local communities have with the Hill and build, diversify and deepen connections to the city’s largest public green space over the next two years.

Focusing on the nearby wards of Barton and Tredworth, Matson, Tuffley, Podsmead, Robinswoof and White City, the wildlife trust hopes to reach some of the county’s most diverse and underserved communities.

Owned by Gloucester City Council and managed in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, Robinswood Hill is a 100 hectare Country Park rising to 198m above sea level, with waymarked walks offering extensive views across the Severn Vale, the Forest of Dean and the Cotswolds. As well as a play area, newly refurbished café and visitor hub run by the trust, the Hill is also home to woodland, grassland and ponds teeming with wildlife.

Nicola Simpson, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Engagement Manager, said:

“Building on the strong relationships we’ve developed with local communities over the past seven years, Return to the Hill marks the next phase of this journey, celebrating such a unique part of Gloucester’s natural heritage. We believe that everyone should have access to nature and want to help people connect with the wildlife on their doorstep.”

The City Council’s Climate and Environment Manager, Meyrick Brentnall, added: 

 “we are really looking forward to working with the Trust on this exciting project. Recent lockdown restrictions have shown us all how important wild open space is to our mental wellbeing and this project will ensure that everyone has knowledge and the ability to access this valuable resource.”

The Trust’s ambition is to demonstrate the benefits of urban engagement with nature through a programmed of events and activities.

The project’s aims include:

• Increasing diversity – promoting inclusion, celebrating cultural diversity and bringing people together through food and festival. This will include café takeovers, cultural events in partnership with local community organisations, and recruiting volunteers to champion diversity at the Trust.

• Improving accessibility - enabling those with limited mobility to explore the Hill in new ways and helping everyone have access to nature. There will be Tramper hire available for those who can’t walk too far, with accessible waymarked routes tested out by the Star College and Countryside Mobility. All-weather explorer backpacks and welly hire will also be offered, as well as developing pushchair-friendly routes with Barnardos.

• Celebrating the story of the Hill – documenting stories from local communities about their memories of Robinswood Hill and what makes it special to them as part of a permanent exhibition at Robinswood Hill.

An £84,700 grant has been provided by The National Heritage Lottery Fund, in addition to further funding from Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and Gloucester City Council.

To find out more about the project visit: or join the “Return to the Hill” group on Facebook.
You can submit your memories to the Hilll's Virtual Memories Board 

Jenny Griffiths,  Gloucester 

Note from Ceri.., I'm really looking forward to trying out the Tramper! A Tramper, lovely scenery, good coffee shop.  Sounds right up my street!

Spring Poem

A Piece of Cake


Looking out of my bedroom window, a show of Daffodils, Tulips, Primroses and Crocuses.

Roses are all in bud and have a lovely scent.

Spent a lot of time in our garden, often got my notebook and pen with me.

Agree to have a cup of tea and a scone,

Phone and invite a friend to come over for a chat,

My best idea all day.

Now we pray for no rain and more sun instead.

By Sally Hayward, Dursley  


Men and Sheds

What is a Men's Shed ?


It is difficult to explain what a Men's Shed is, more so as sometimes the Shed is not a Shed at all! It could be an old shop, a shipping container or held in a community centre. The 'Shed' is a mythical structure that encompasses any group of men, and sometimes women who come together to put the world to rights, while using or learning new skills to make various items for the home or garden. it also supports men to alleviate isolation and loneliness by giving them a chance to meet other men in their community, which helps helps with men's mental and physical health and offers a safe place to be. A true Men's Shed will not just focus on one activity but have lots of different opportunities. 

Amongst the swirling sawdust and lots of noise, add in some banter and you have a lively environment. We offer men a space to carry on with their particular hobby and there is always a chair to just sit in and read a book. There are no timetables or curriculum to follow. You turn up, join in and have a good time.

The one thing we definitely make in the Shed is coffee or tea and biscuits although we also like cake. Our tea breaks are a valuable opportunity to catch up with world events, discuss a health concern or seek advice from others and, being men, we obviously know everything (discuss).

The Kingsway and Quedgeley Men's Shed is based next to the Police Headquarters in Gloucester and we are an independent and community focused Shed. Our Membership is open to all men aged from 18 with current members coming from across Gloucester and beyond. With such a cross section of men in the Shed skills are shared in both directions and it's not unusual to have some of the young guys teaching the old boys new tricks, certainly on our CNC machines.

We have two cabins which serve as sheds on our site.  Our first is a well-equipped wood workshop, and our second cabin accommodates our Tech Space and a comfortable meeting/coffee room. The Tech Space has a range of IT based equipment. This is where you'll hear such terms as 3D, Laser or CNC - whatever they are. Our Shed is accessible with ramps to both cabins and some low-level benches.

Members work on their own projects or help and share their skills with others. We also undertake projects to benefit the local and wider Gloucester Community. It could be a bird table or a large caterpillar sculpture for a project at the local library, a bench for a charity or engraved plaques for a community project.

We have been closed due to Covid-19 but now we are allowed to reopen. We aim to be open for least three sessions each week: two mornings and one evening. Although the Shed appears to be normal, and we will certainly try to maximise the opportunities for men within the social distancing guidelines and any other restraints that may be imposed on us.

While we appear at first to be woodwork- focused, we welcome new members to the Shed and are open to the skills and ideas they bring with them. If the gate is open, please do pop in. 

 Our website is: and we are also on Facebook 
Brian Heatley, Gloucester 
Volunteering to make Gloucester Shine 
The new Gloucester tourism centre at 84 Westgate street Gloucester is opening soon and are looking for volunteers to welcome visitors to the city. You will be answering questions, giving directions and generally making them feel welcome.

If you are knowledgeable about Gloucester, it’s culture and history we would love to hear from you/ If you speak a foreign language it would be even better as we have visitors from all over the world. Please get in touch if this appeals to you at or
visit our web site
And Finally!... Pet of the month
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