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Paganhill Community Group offer residents chance to voice concerns over ‘crippling’ heating costs

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Council tenants in Farmhill and Paganhill worried about the cost of keeping warm over winter have the chance to talk to Stroud District Council officers on Wednesday, January 19th.

The meeting has been organised by the Paganhill Community Group after local residents complained on Facebook about the ‘crippling’ cost of heating their homes.

One said: “The majority of the tenants are unable to heat their homes with the night storage heating provided as the expense is crippling and to keep the boiler on is a luxury also due to expense.”

SDC Officers will be at the community café at The Octagon off Farmhill Lane, GL5 4BX, from 1pm-3pm.  

Community Chat

Paganhill Community Group is holding a ‘Community Chat’ day next Saturday, January 22, from 11-3. Free hot drinks and snacks will be available at The Octagon Community Hub off Farmhill Lane.

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Bill Ims and Cilla Mountstephens at the cafe at Paganhill Community Group in the autumn.

Group Manager Laurie Davies said: “We’re inviting everyone who lives in Farmhill, Paganhill, Jack Russell Close and Grace’s Field to pop in to tell us what they would like us to do over the next year or so to make life even better for local people.

“The group’s wonderful volunteers worked so hard during the pandemic to support local residents. Recently we opened our community café, bingo sessions. craft sessions and our vegetable garden is growing well, now we are keen to see what else we can do to help local people.”

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Kerry Longia, garden co-ordinator at Paganhill Hub.

Food Safety Celebration

The community café run by volunteers at The Octagon Community Hub in Paganhill every Wednesday is proving increasingly popular with local people. And now Paganhill Community Group is celebrating after the café has been awarded the top 5-star food hygiene rating.

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On the menu… some of the food on offer at the Community Cafe.

Jaqui Smith, Paganhill Community Group CIC Director said: “We’re particularly grateful for the support of The Long Table which has trained local resident Shannon Carter to become our community chef. Her amazing homemade Scotch eggs and cauliflower cheese are becoming famous.”

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Laurie Davies, Jacqui Smith, Tom Herbert, Shannon Carter and Will North outside The Octagon. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

For more information, contact Paganhill Community Group Manager Laurie Davies 07828 168 857.

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