for the Civil Parishes of Olveston and Aust
Welcome to the nine Severnside villages and hamlets of Olveston, Tockington, Awkley, Ingst, Old Down, Lower Hazel, Aust, Elberton and Littleton on Severn
- Check out what's on locally (not so much right now!)
- Find descriptions and contact details for local clubs and societies
- Read our monthly community magazine online
- Discover useful information about local services and organisations in our online Directory
- Find out about hiring local venues
- Browse our Photo Galleries
- ... and lots more
JUNE MEETING POINT - ONLINE NOW!
Read our online-only issue of June's Meeting Point. If you have a friend or neighbour who doesn't have internet access, maybe you could print it off for them?
Help to spread the word that Meeting Point is online only this month - just tell people to Google: Olveston Meeting Point.
THE STORY BEHIND THIS PAINTING
New announcements are being made every day regarding the Covid-19 Corinavirus outbreak. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
The majority of local public events have been cancelled due to the outbreak. You can check the online Events listing here but, if in doubt, contact the organisers.
This is a difficult time for everyone, with a lot of uncertainty, but REMEMBER, you live in a caring, local community. If you need help, don't be afraid to reach out and ask.
Whether we're staying at home (self-isolating) because we think we may be infected, or keeping our distance physically (even if we don't think we've got it) to slow the spread of the disease, or shopping for other people who can't leave the house, we're all helping, in our different ways, to lessen the impact of this challenge to our everyday lives.
Don't neglect your health - occasional exercise is good, especially when the weather is fine. Keep your distance from others, maintaining the 2 metre (6 foot) rule - and don't gather in clusters to chat - but feel free to hail them in a friendly way!
A FANTASTIC LEGACY
Many local residents will have got to know, over the last few years, the wonderful local project called A Forgotten Landscape. Largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, staffed by enthusiastic, imaginative and hard-working project workers but - above all - supported by a large band of locally recruited volunteers, this project has celebrated the heritage and the natural environment of the Lower Severn Vale levels. Although the project was wound up in 2019, its legacy lives on!
Firstly, the project website will stay live for another five years.
Secondly, fifteen new walking routes have been created in the area. The walks have each been waymarked on the ground, and many include some of the project's benches and interpretation points along the way. Beautifully produced packs of these walks (see picture above) have been widely distributed, but you can access the walks online here.
In addition, there is also a pack called Tales of the Vale: Stories from A Forgotten Landscape. This is a mixture of historical research and fascinating oral history interviews on CD, both undertaken by groups of local volunteers over two years. Again, you can access the Tales of the Vale online.
All this material has also been deposited at Gloucestershire Archives, to be held there permanently.
There are many other interesting aspects to the project website which remain relevant, including ideas for places to visit, details of local birdlife, beautiful soundscapes, and some learning resources for primary schoolchildren. If you have some spare time, it's worth exploring - not least because it may give you ideas for things to do locally!
OLVESTON PARISH WALKS
Leaflets have been produced, detailing six circular walks in Olveston Parish.
You can download each walk leaflet from the list below.
The walks are:
Perfect for getting active during the spring and summer!
Thank you for using the Olveston and Aust Community Website.