Welcome to the lovely town of Newent, Gloucestershire 

Newent Town Council seeks to work together with the local community to support the development of a sustainable economy and to promote the wellbeing of all who live, work and study here. 

We are proud to work on behalf of Newent and Cliffords Mesne residents and visitors to the town. 
 
The Council meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month (except in August) at the Market House at 7.30pm (although due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we are currently meeting online over Zoom instead, with a start time of 7pm). 
 
An agenda is posted on the noticeboard and website prior to the meeting. 
 
Members of the public are welcome to speak in the Public Participation session immediately prior to the start of the meeting. 
The Council is responsible for managing the following assets within the localities of Newent and Cliffords Mesne: 
A picturesque and landscaped 4 acre fresh water fishing lake located in the centre of Newent town. Its beautiful surroundings provide paths and woodland walks; a haven for wildlife and an outdoor gym and children’s play area. Concerts and other social events such as The Big Lunch make the lake a very popular facility for all ages 
 
The Millennium Arboretum, planted with over a thousand species of trees in 2000, offers a beautiful, natural environment at all times of the year 
 
Newent Recreation Ground, left in trust to the Council for the use of local parishioners, which is home to the highly successful Newent Rugby Football Club and other local sporting teams. The Council also maintains a well used children’s play area within the ground 
Convenient free car parking adjacent to the Holts Health Centre and the Public Library which contains a fascinating selection of local history resources 
 
Highly prized allotments covering an area of 2.5 acres, offering a mixture of full, half and quarter plots 
 
The historic half-timbered late 16th century Market House and Heritage Centre, a central location for the famous annual Onion Fayre 
 
Newent Cemetery in Watery Lane, which is the last resting place of Joe Meek of “Telstar” fame 
 
Message from the Mayor of Newent 
"I am privileged to have been elected to this position. I am pleased to say that Cllr Mary Duffield was elected as Deputy Mayor and I am certain we will make a good team. 
 
I stood for and was successfully elected as a town councillor in 2015, and was successful again in the 2019 elections, my passions have always been our green spaces and the wildlife that inhabits them, together with the environment. 
 
Many of you will know me in one capacity or another, I am an allotment holder and enjoy growing fruit and vegetables, I have supported the Poppy Appeal for the last 30 years and have always collected for them in the Foley Road area. 
 
I helped with the Open the Book project at our local infant/junior school, so some of your children may recognise me from that. 
 
I will continue to work hard for Newent, I will not always get it right, but I will do my very best for you all." 
Council Services 
In response to the latest government advice we have had to consider the impact on the services we provide. 
 
Virtual Council Meetings are taking place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7.00 pm. Agendas will be published on the Minutes & Agendas page as usual and on the Council noticeboard. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting. 
 
The Council Office Reception is closed to visitors. However, residents can still contact the Council be calling 01531 820638 or emailing townclerk@newenttowncouncil.gov.uk 
 
Play Areas and Outdoor Gym 
Our children’s play areas are open. Please strictly adhere to the signage in place to protect you when using these facilities. 
 
The Outdoor gym has been closed inline with government guidance. 
 
Cemetery 
The Town Council Cemetery is open and operates under strict government guidelines for burials and interment of cremated remains. The Cemetery will however be closed to the public whilst funerals are taking place. Advance notice of closure will be placed on the Cemetery gates in such circumstances. 
 
Please adhere to government guidance and ensure social distancing is practiced at all times. The Town Council will close the cemetery if government guidance is not followed or if further restrictions are implemented. 
 
Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives. 
 
Please click HERE to see the location of free foot pedal hand sanitisers in the town. 
 
Mobile Testing Unit locations 
An important part of minimising and managing any future spread of Covid-19 is the speed at which people can be tested and isolation measures put in place, should an outbreak occur. The mobile testing unit is now available at locations across the county. 
 
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 can have a test. You must book a test in advance. Please do not turn up to one of the locations without booking – anyone without a booking risks being turned away. 
 
To book a test or for more information on testing, go to the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ or call 119. 
 
Useful Links for information on Coronavirus 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UK government response 
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – guidance (Public Health England) 
 
Advice on COVID-19 – Gloucestershire County Council 
 
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Forest of Dean District Council 
 
Gloucestershire Community Help Hub 
People can also register on the county’s community help hub by calling 01452 583519 Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm. 
 
 
Newent COVID-19 Mutual Aid Group 
We Will Help Newent – Volunteer Group supported by Newent Town Council 
 
 
Includes a list of businesses providing grocery and food deliveries in and around Newent. 
 
 
The Lords Larder 
The Lords Larder Food Bank is operating a self-certification voucher system so clients in need are not burdened with obtaining vouchers. Emergency needs will be responded to as quickly as we can. 
 
Normal opening is weekly on a Thursday between 10.30am-12.30pm. 
Contact details: Tel 01531 821641 or 07837 374349, or email contact@thelordslarder.org.uk
 
Please see the attached document which gives information on a new initiative we have put in place covering Newent and of course the surrounding area. It is an extension to our lord’s larder food bank service. Newent Doordrop Flyer 
 
Do spread this news. 
 
North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice 
Help with welfare benefits and support for the employed and self-employed 
 
North and West Gloucestershire Citizens Advice is a local charity which provides advice to residents. 
 
During the Coronavirus situation we continue to provide all advice services by telephone and email. All our face to face services across Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean and Cheltenham districts remain suspended until further notice. 
 
For telephone advice people should contact 01452 527202. For email advice visit our website www.gloscab.org.uk and complete the email enquiry form. We are receiving over 5 times as many calls as usual. Where we can’t respond to a call immediately we are aiming to return all calls within 1 working day. Where a client needs a food voucher, we will respond to that enquiry on the same day. 
 
Guideposts Information Service 
The Guideposts Information Service (GIS) is a free emotional support, information and signposting service, for people struggling with mental health issues, who need support in a crisis or are experiencing social isolation. 
 
GIS provides a confidential helpline service for people struggling with stress, uncertainty and practical difficulties. The 'Stay Connected' web pages provide 100s of ideas to stay socially connected and active from home. 
 
The service is ideal for people who need support during a crisis; are experiencing stress, anxiety and low mood; are vulnerable and socially isolated; or carers who are experiencing more pressure at the moment and lacking their usual sources of support. 
 
The service can be accessed by: 
calling freephone 0800 048 7035; Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. 
Information for the Self-employed 
For those who are self-employed, this current situation may be very difficult and they may have faced a significant loss of income. The following link provides information regarding the support available: 
 
Coronavirus – what benefits can people get? 
This link provides details regarding benefit entitlement including Universal Credit and Statutory Sick pay: 
 
Universal Credit 
There are currently many people applying for Universal Credit. If people need help to claim they can contact our Help to Claim service on 0800 1448 444
 
Age UK Gloucestershire 
 
Supporting Older People to resolve specific issues: 
 
Help Team are available Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm to help older people resolve specific problems. We have up to date information about local resources and support. Call us on 01452 422660 to access the Help Team, or email essentialinfo@ageukgloucestershire.org.uk to let us know about essential services you are offering locally. 
 
Our Out of Hospital Team continues to support older people recently discharged from hospital who need guidance to stay well at home through in depth welfare calls. 
 
Supporting Older People to stay connected: 
 
We recognise that social isolation and the associated wellbeing issues are a real and serious issue for older people. We have set up a new Freephone telephone number for people who are alone and who want to have a friendly conversation with a staff member or volunteer. Call us on 0800 2980579, Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm 
 
Look out for our Greet Your Street Campaign. We are encouraging everyone to make a cup of tea, open your windows or front door and Greet Your Street at 11am every day. Wave, smile, say hello to your neighbours, share a joke, reassurance and stay connected, just remember to stay at least 2 metres apart. 
 
We are compiling tips from our Older People’s Springboard Groups about how to stay connected, including virtual ‘Get Connected’ workshops and one-to-one telephone support to help older people make the most of the resources and social opportunities access to technology can offer. Call 07511 223995 to find out more. 
 
There is also a lot of advice and information on the local Age UK website: www.ageukgloucestershire.org.uk. 
 
Forest of Dean District Council Support 
Support for businesses with licensing requirements 
People with premises licenses (e.g. pubs) will be allowed to defer license annual fee payment for six months. This will limit expenditure while premises remain closed and avoid the more costly option of applying for a new license when restrictions are lifted. The relevant contact details for enquiries on this issue are ers@fdean.gov.uk / 01594 810000 
 
For all other types of licence renewals that require a fee (e.g. taxi/private hire drivers, street traders, animal establishments), we offer a 12 month direct debit scheme for anyone wishing to re-licence in the next six months rather than paying the full fee upfront. Or they can defer renewal for up to six months. (NB – licences must be in place if they are trading). The relevant contact details for enquiries on this issue are ers@fdean.gov.uk / 01594 810000 
 
Support and flexibility for those struggling with Council Tax payments 
Anyone who is experiencing difficulty in making Council Tax payments should contact us at the earliest opportunity. There are a number of options we can explore dependent on the individual circumstances of the case. Advice and help is available to people contacting us for the first time or those who may have been experiencing difficulties before the current Covid -19 outbreak whose circumstances have changed. We are here to help. In addition we will be applying the recently announced £150 Council Tax Support Payment (Hardship Fund) for those working age customers already in receipt of Council Tax Support. This will automatically be credited to their Council Tax Account. The relevant contact details for enquiries on these issues are council.tax@fdean.gov.uk / 01594 810000 
Gloucestershire County Council Household Recycling Sites 
Gloucestershire County Council Household Recycling sites re-opened on 11th May 2020 for pre-booked vehicles only. For further information, visit recycleforgloucestershire.com. 
 
Travel and Transport Survey 
The organisers of the Newent Neighbourhood Development Plan are collecting information about people’s travel habits, to help future transport planning in and around Newent. 
They need as many answers as possible from GL18 1** postcodes, via the anonymous survey form at https://bit.ly/ndp-travel 
PLEASE RESPOND. This is your chance to influence decisions affecting our future. 
 
Take a look at our local attractions... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For more information, please contact us and a member of the Newent Town Council team will be happy to help! 
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