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It is imperative that we all take the necessary measures to reduce the transmission of this disease.  This includes the Government's advice on social distancing, a necessity to try and kerb this virus and return to the lives we enjoyed beforehand.  

Please adopt social distancing at all times including when out walking.

Remember:  KEEP  YOUR  DISTANCE and wear a mask when going to the shops!

Please use links below which should help you with your questions.
Government advice including travel
NHS 111
GCC advice page

Viewpoint (the parish newsletter)

Click on underscored months to view issue.
Note:  No issue was published in February. 


Click on the link below to subscribe (free of charge).  Future issues will then be sent directly to your email address.   Subscribe to Viewpoint
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Material for inclusion in the newsletter (at the editor's discretion) should be forwarded to theeditor.viewpoint@gmail.com. The deadline date for the forthcoming issue is stated on the back page of the current Viewpoint.

Small bundles of Viewpoints will be deposited at local establishments for those individuals who do not have internet access. These can be collected from:

The Old Ruspidge Post Office (Daphne's), St. White's Road.
The Rising Sun Fish and Chip Shop, Ruspidge Road.
Steve's Hairdressers, Ruspidge Road.

Soudley Village Hall - market days and other events.
Dean Heritage Museum Café.

Readers who are unable to use either of these options should contact the Clerk on 825343. If there is no answer please leave a message and your telephone number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.


Parish Council Vacancies - 3
Please consider joining your Parish Council. 
Your council and community need you!

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The consultation is open to everyone.
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Click for notice of road closures

FOREST READ EASY DEAL (FRED) - Do you have difficulty reading and writing?  Are you over 18?  Would you like one to one support?  

There is FREE HELP AVAILABLE, for further details click on links below.
FRED1         FRED2

Ruspidge Field - Cabin units

The field has 3 units in place - changing rooms with showers; referees room; separate toilet block. The council is keen to see the field used for various activities - Do you belong to a club? Do you run a youth club? Do you organise family group activities? If you are interested in hiring the facilities please call the Clerk on 825343 for further information.

Forest Lottery - help local good causes - click for more information


Bike Theft Advice from the Police

Click for handy tips to keep your bike safe

White Goods Safety Check

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service attends more than two incidents every month involving defective white goods.  A family of seven in Matson suffered a serious fire in their home which was started by a condenser dryer.

To find out how you can arrange a safety check, free of charge, call free on 0800 180 41 40 or visit www.glosfire.gov.uk

To check if appliances are on a safety notice or recall go to

Further information available on the link below

Royal Mail never knowingly delivers scam mail.  Should you be concerned that someone you know is in receipt of scam mail, please contact Royal by:

  • Writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL, enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail;
  • Calling the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466; or Emailing scam.mail@royalmail.com

Police 'Community Alerts' system. 

Community Alert letter
Paper registration form

Please take a read of the Community Alert Letter. This will explain the new system. This new system allows Police to engage with the local residents more and keeps local residents up to date with local crime and recent Police activity. 

Residents and businesses can either sign up for Community Alerts themselves using the link provided on the letter or they can fill out the paper registration form and return it to: 

PCSO Nick Jones 249159
Coleford Police Station,
1 Lords Hill,
GL16 8BG

SNOW - HIGHWAYS is responsible for snow clearance of roads, management of snow plough operators and supplying grit to regular verge side grit bins.  Tel:  08000 514 514 - ask to be put through to Cannop.  This is your local Highways depot who will be able to advise further.
In general only A and B roads are gritted.

Salt/Grit Storage Bins - The parish council have two small storage bins where limited bags of grit are stored. The grit is not for use on private driveways but for use on roads.

Ruspidge parish - the bin is situated at Buckshaft Road, near the Forest View junction (by sub-station 2852).

Soudley parish - the bin is situated to the left of the Soudley Village Hall, near the entrance to the playing field. 

During the winter season contact details to arrange collection of grit will be attached to each bin.

LEAFLETS - click for leaflet

Boar - FC Advice Poster

Dog Walking in the countryside

Waterside living 
Do you have a river, stream, ditch or culvert running through, or alongside your property?



 Himalayan Balsom - is an invasive species that kills
 off our native vegetation and eco system that relies on

 Click for information on correct procedure of removal