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Village people: huge community event comes to Whiteshill & Ruscombe


For the first time, yard trail organiser Victoria Ashcroft is bringing her popular community event to her own backyard.

Victoria, who also runs the August Bank Holiday spectacle in Stroud, is staging the Whiteshill and Ruscombe Yard Trail, supported by Transition Stroud, Stroud Town Council and Peter Joy Estate Agents, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6th from 10am – 2pm.

Victoria said: “After seven years of organising the main event, I thought it was about time we started to branch off and host them in other villages, across the district, starting with my own village, we now have 45 homes signed up to sell and give away from the comfort of their own homes.” 

Taking place in front and back gardens across the district, Yard Trail brings the community together to buy, sell or give away anything and everything from clothes, furniture, and bric-a-brac to artwork and plants.

Visitors can grab a map and find an eclectic mix of goodies from vintage to children’s clothing from residents showcasing their items.

Some residents are using the opportunity to raise awareness of a charity, for example 3 Laburnum Cottages on the main road is selling to raise money for Sunflowers Suicide Charity.

The village shop will be open and serving tea coffee cakes and breakfasts from 9-1pm and The Star will also be open from 12pm as a pit stop for refreshments. 

Victoria is hoping this event will encourage people from other villages to get in touch and set up their very own, she added: “I am in the process of putting a package together so we can branch out further a field. If there’s anyone out there who is good at communication and would like to co host one for their village then please get in touch. The more we can encourage people to re use, the better. And that’s not all Yard Trail is good for, its a great way to encourage community connections.” 

For more details visit www.yardtrailstroud.co.uk.   

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