Review of the year - November

Stroud News and Journal: The Red Lion in Arlingham re-opened its doors The Red Lion in Arlingham re-opened its doors

NOVEMBER marked the start of the planning inquiry into the Javelin Park incinerator project.

Urbaser Balfour Beatty’s appeal is being heard in public by a Government-appointed planning inspector at the Hallmark Hotel in Matson, opposite Gloucester Ski Centre.

It began on Tuesday, November 19 and is expected to be held over 20 days, with the final session taking place at the end of January.

The Red Lion Pub in Arlingham opened its doors again just five months, after a group of villagers bought it for £225,000 only days after a plan was set in motion to stop the premises being put up for auction.

The new landlords, Nick and Jo White, were employed by the pub’s board of directors, who were elected from the village shareholders in June.

Pupils and staff at Archway School were celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ Ofsted rating just 18 months after being taken out of special measures.

Meanwhile, Postman Lee Pegler appealed for the owners of a chicken to come forward, after he found it on the run in Stroud.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl celebrated a year in office.

And Stroud MP Neil Carmichael launched a new beer, supplied by the Cotswold Lion Brewery, to signal the start of the Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering.

Stroudies once again got in to the giving spirit and raised hundreds of pounds for BBC’s Children in Need appeal.

Shoppers at Tesco in Stroud helped raise more than £380 for the charity after the managers at the store dressed up as superheroes to inspire donations.

However, it was checkout assistant Andy Hughes who encouraged the most donations with his hero-inspired model which was displayed at the store in Stratford Road.

Meanwhile, Dr Who celebrated its 50th anniversary and Stonehouse resident Jon Kent designed and built his own Tardis-shaped changing room in his back garden.

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