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Stroud Times’ most-read stories of 2022


As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at the stories that mattered to you in 2022.

The support from the community we serve has been overwhelming since our launch in March 2021 as a truly alternative and independent news source.

We provide free-to-view local content devoid of a clickbait agenda and pop-up adverts.  

Each story champions our ethos as a news outlet that is dedicated to publishing engaging human interest stories, comprehensive sports coverage, supporting and championing local businesses’ success, and leading the way with high-quality photography and video.

Take a look back at some of our most-read stories of the year.


Runner makes gruesome discovery in Slad

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Hannah Synan was out for an early morning run with her dog Bramble when she discovered a dead, but fresh animal carcass situated at the bottom of Swifts Hill. Contains graphic images.


Ecotricity boss seeks to end hunt kennel cruelty

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Dale Vince. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

In February, Ecotricity chief Dale Vince called for the end of animal cruelty as his undercover cameras exposed dogs and other animals being killed to power British homes.

The story, revealed exclusively in an ITV News Report came after a six-month undercover investigation funded by Vince.


Former Archway pupil lands role in Netflix blockbuster

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Jack Curtis is in the much-anticipated season two of Bridgerton. Picture: Nicholas Dawkes Photography

A former Archway pupil from Stonehouse appeared on TV screens worldwide after landing a role in a Netflix blockbuster.

Jack Curtis starred in the much-anticipated season two of Bridgerton, which was released amid great fanfare on the streaming service in March.


‘Crocodile’ spotted in Stroud canal

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Eagle-eyed Dom Salter was in for a shock on his stroll through Stroud – spotting what appeared to be a crocodile basking in the canal.


Forest Green identify new manager

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Rob Edwards and Dale Vince during happier times.

In May, Forest Green moved closer to finding a new manager. Speaking on his weekly Zerocarbonista podcast, Dale Vince told broadcaster Ian Collins that Rovers had identified the man to replace Rob Edwards, who quit the League Two champions to join Watford.


Sign of the times: all change at Prince Albert

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Miles and Lotte Lyster Connolly at The Prince Albert in Rodborough. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Paying tribute to Thomas The Tank Engine author and former Rodborough resident the Rev W Awdry, Prince Albert publicans Lotte and Myles Lyster Connolly commissioned Stroud signwriter Eleanor Harper to paint over the traditional Prince Albert sign and replace it with a train steaming across the valley.


Rush Skatepark set to return – bigger and better than ever

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At the site of the new Rush Skatepark at Putloe (from left) Jay Sweet, Amanda Reid, Debbie Bird, Chair of Trustees, Matt Cottle, Trustee, and Jake Domanski. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Almost a year after closing its doors for the final time, ambitious plans for a new purpose-built Rush Skatepark were revealed in July.

A registered charity, Rush Sports Community Trust CIO was formed and Chair of Trustees Debbie Bird showed Stroud Times around the 16-acre proposed site off the A38, at Putloe near Moreton Valence, close to Junction 13 of the M5.


Mum’s tribute to much-loved daughter and brilliant teacher

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Much-missed: Naomi Benneyworth

A mum paid tribute to her daughter who sadly passed away in July.

Naomi Benneyworth was described as a “dedicated and passionate teacher of English, much-loved by pupils and staff at Rednock School” following her death.

Rebecca Benneyworth paid tribute to her much-loved daughter by recalling her life in a transcript sent to Stroud Times.


Dale Vince OBE responds to fans’ fury after anger to his Queen tweet

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Forest Green chairman and Ecotricity owner Dale Vince responded to fans after his Queen in the club kit tweet.

The leftfield chairman, who was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2004, uploaded a photoshopped image of the Queen wearing the green and black striped home shirt, just a few hours after her passing.


Latest plans for Tricorn House

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Tricorn House, Cainscross. Picture: Carl Hewlett

In October, Stroud Times reported that the Cainscross eyesore, Tricon House was set to be redeveloped.


Digging deep – Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust help with pond makeover

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Members of the School Council at Slimbridge Primary School with Headteacher James Taylor and helpers from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at the newly reinstated environment area. Picture: Matt Bigwood

In November, an overgrown school nature area was given a makeover by staff from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, assisted by members of the School Council.


Step back in time and enjoy retro games at Arcade Archive

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Alex Crowley at Arcade Archive in Chalford. Picture: Matt Bigwood

In December, Stroud Times visited game enthusiast and YouTuber Alex Crowley at Arcade Archive, a curated exhibition of hands-on arcade cabinets from the Golden Age of coin-op gaming.

Stroud Times all-time most read

Our top 20 most-read stories since the launch of Stroud Times in March 2021

  1. Warning graphic images: gruesome discovery near Nailsworth
  2. Breaking news: latest plans for Tricorn House
  3. Brimscombe mourn shock loss of club legend and his wife
  4. Forest Green identify new manager
  5. Armed police called to Stonehouse incident
  6. Rush Skatepark in plea to find new home
  7. A life well-lived: tribute to a Stroud legend
  8. A & A Taxis and Cafe Max used as the backdrop for Gary Oldman and Kristin Scott Thomas spy drama
  9. The Flying Scotsman is coming to Stroud
  10. North Vernon-White funeral: crowds gather to say goodbye to a much-loved teenager
  11. Mystery animal spotted near Nailsworth
  12. It’s official: Stroud is best
  13. Work is underway on new Lidl site
  14. Mum’s tribute to much-loved daughter and brilliant teacher
  15. No Time to Die review – Daniel Craig’s swansong as Bond is action-packed and refreshingly moving
  16. Spotted on the common: star actor Jim Broadbent
  17. Revealed: Woodchester Mansion’s tragic wartime secret
  18. Sofia’s sweet taste of success
  19. Stroud Half Marathon 2021: Stonehouse picture gallery
  20. Mourners pay respects to John and Joyce Mutton

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