Stonehouse News with Lesley Williams. Contact Lesley with your community news on 01453 822684 or email

Stroud Valleys Music Club meet this evening Wednesday, March 13. Wendy Hill from the Elgar Museum will talk on the life and music of Edward Elgar.

Stonehouse History Group: This evening Wednesday March 13 Tony Conder will give a presentation on Royal Gloucester. It has been proposed that Gloucester should ask to become Royal Gloucester because of its long connection with Monarchs. This talk looks at Gloucester’s Royal History and how towns and cities have gained the status of ‘Royal’ over the centuries.

Lent lunches at St Joseph’s. Joins us for a delicious bowl of homemade soup every Friday during Lent. All proceeds to the Stroud Beresford Women’s Refuge.

Cotswold AONB Wardens’ Walks: This Saturday March 16 meet at Old Sodbury Church to walk on the Cotswold Way to Hawkesbury Common, Hawkesbury Upton and join the Cotswold Way back to Horton. 10 miles, 5.5hours. All walks start at 10am and return to the starting point. Additional details are on the Cotswold AONB website:

Keeping Stonehouse Tidy This Sunday March 17 the regular and dedicated team of litter pickers will be meeting at 2pm at the Youth Pod Old Ends Lane. All equipment provided. Newcomers always welcome. We litter pick for an hour and then back to the Pod for a cuppa and piece of home made cake.

Savvy Seniors –Vue Cinema. Tomorrow, Thurs March 14 The Upside starring Nicole Kidman, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart. A comedic look at the relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him. £3.99 buys a ticket to seethe film and includes a cup of tea and a biscuit and don’t forget to use your bus pass.

Bloomers Café Every Saturday from 10am in Stonehouse Town Hall, Come and meet friends at this regular coffee morning and help raise funds for Stonehouse in Bloom. Saturday Table Top sales in the Town Hall are now back. So if you have something you want to sell why not book a table for just £5.

Magpies Social Club Stonehouse – looking for a hall for an Adult or Children’s party? Or a Skittle evening? Then why not use The Magpies. For info contact Rob 01453 827628 or 07944 532643.

Fancy a change? Try Short Mat Bowls? (Not as boring as it might sound). No experience needed, equipment provided, friendly group, first 2 sessions free, free tea and biscuits. Tues and Fri 1.45 – 4.15 at Douglas Morley Hall Elm Road Stonehouse. Ring Jan on 01453 822475

Stonehouse Sports Centre, Woodcock Lane, now under new management offers a wide range of activities including pilates. For more information contact 07849 566525 or visit their website on Facebook or and subscribe to their newsletter.

Share & Repair – is a new community workshop in Stonehouse and is looking for people to be part of a team of volunteer repairers. So if you have the skills, mechanical, electrical, sewing or woodworking, and time come and join this exciting new venture, come & join us. Share your skills with people bringing items to be fixed, saving them money & keeping stuff out of landfill. Along the way repairers enjoy the banter & the satisfaction of having fixed where possible. And there is always a cuppa and cake! Where? In the Old Post Office Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. 9.30 – 3.30pm. More info? Contact Jeff Green 01453 825741

Parkrun happens every Saturday promptly at 9am on the field on Oldends Lane. It is for everyone - experienced runners and beginners, old and young – just come along and join in. It is free for all. If you have ever wanted to take up a running this is for you. Come along and find out – you will be very welcome. And now every Sunday at 9am Junior Parkrun – for young people age 4 – 14. Slightly shorter distance – just 2k.

King’s Stanley Sports Club – we are now open to all for coffee, tea, bacon rolls and delicious home baked cakes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9am – 2pm. Come along and take in one of the best panoramic views in the County whilst enjoying some light refreshment.

Calling All Walkers. Did you know that there is a new handy waterproof walking map? This has been specially commissioned and shows all the available walks within a 3 mile radius around Stonehouse. At only £3.99 it is available from Whole Hearted and Hurns Hardware. Dust those walking boots off and discover your local walks.

Stonehouse Rotary Club - if being involved in the local community and helping others is for you then Stonehouse Rotary club always welcomes new members. Meetings are held regularly and cover a wide range of topics. For more information contact 01452 740883.

Date for your diary

Quiz night in Leonard Stanley Village Hall Friday March 22, 7.30pm start. Teams of 5 max, £5 per person to include refreshments. Raffle and bar.

To book a table ring: 07805876048 or 828972. Proceeds to the charity for diabetics.