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."
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 open to visitors from 20 April Tues - Thurs 9.30 am - 12.30 pm. Residents can also contact the Council be calling 01531 820638 or emailing email@example.com
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 is allowed as the Government has confirmed fishing as permitted, once a day, exercise. 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. Additionally, like everyone, Fishing Permit Holders should follow the National Lockdown regulations & guidance at all times. All fishing matches are suspended, since they are organised sporting gatherings.
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.
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.
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.
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/2719618778152631
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.
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.
webchat at www.guideposts.org.uk/information-service
Referrals can be made via online form https://guideposts.org.uk/information-service/make-a-referral/
British Red Cross - Hardship Fund
The fund was created in order to help those who have been financially impacted by Covid-19, it aims to address acute hardship and suffering to those who are vulnerable, providing a short-term financial safety net for those most impacted by the pandemic. This support includes up to three monthly payments of £120 per person and will be delivered by a pre-paid Visa card. Families with children or other dependants can apply for up to three grants leading to a total of £1080. They are aiming to support up to 13,000 people across the UK.
If you would like more information please follow this link to the British Red Cross Referral page-
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:
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 and consultation is open until 9 May; find out more by visiting: https://www.fdean.gov.uk/consultations
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 email@example.com / 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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 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 email@example.com / 01594 810000
FSB offering COVID-19 advice and guidance
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is offering free advice and guidance on how you and your business can reduce the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
For more information please visit their website by clicking the following link: https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign-listing.html
They also have a virtual events calendar including networking and business surgeries designed to help businesses find advice, support and guidance. Events are free and open to all small businesses and the self-employed across the UK. You can check their events calendar below.
Other helpful organisations
Here is a selection of groups offering expert help and advice for businesses, but do also check the trade association for your own sector.
Enterprise Nation - a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers with a website packed full of resources
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - the UK’s largest grassroots business campaigning group
Institute of Directors (IoD) - business organisation for company directors
Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE) - represents the UK's self-employed including freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors
UK Hospitality - represents the broad hospitality sector – covering everything from bars, coffee shops, contract catering, hotels, nightclubs, visitor attractions and other leisure venues
Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirstLEP) - Growth hub for Gloucestershire
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism - connect with other tourism businesses for help and advice. https://www.visitdeanwye.co.uk/.