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 normally meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month (except in August) currently at 7pm at Newent Community School, Watery Lane, Newent. An agenda is posted on the noticeboard and website prior to the meeting. Please note that meetings can be subject to change at short notice.
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."
Play Areas and Outdoor Gym and Fishing at Newent Lake
Our children’s play areas and oudoor gym are open. Please strictly adhere to the signage in place at the children's play areas to protect you when using these facilities.
Authorised Fishing at Newent Lake. As normal, fishing at the Lake is only for valid Newent Town Council Fishing Permit holders, who must adhere to the Permit rules and conditions.
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
Includes information about bins & recycling, housing, Council Tax & benefits, community support, council facilities & meetings, planning & building and business & licencing.
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.
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.
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
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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.
For telephone advice people should contact 01452 527202. For email advice visit our website www.gloscab.org.uk and complete the email enquiry form.
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.
webchat at www.guideposts.org.uk/information-service
Referrals can be made via online form https://guideposts.org.uk/information-service/make-a-referral/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Distict Council is continuing to offer grants to eligible businesess. For details, visit:
Licensing Act consultation work
The District Council is responsible for the licensing of all district premises that sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or serve late night refreshment to the public, as well as individuals responsible for the sale of alcohol and running events. FODDC is reviewing its licensing policy. Find out more by visiting: https://www.fdean.gov.uk/consultations