Olveston & Aust Community Website
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
- Find descriptions and contact details for local clubs and societies
- Read our monthly community magazine, Meeting Point, 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
'FOR THE LOVE OF OLVESTON' by STEVE HUMPHRIES
This newly published book, written by Steve Humphries, tells the story of the parish through the memories of Eric Garrett, Jean Panes, Nigel Dawes, Ted Addis, Angela Shepherd and other local people aged around ninety, whom Steve (an acclaimed oral history documentary film maker and author) has recently interviewed.
Illustrated with over 100 photographs, the book can be bought for £10, through Olveston Parish Historical Society, to whom Steve is generously donating any profits. The first two print runs sold out but we have had a recent reprint and copies of the book are now available again. Don't miss out!
To buy a copy of the book, please ring Jenny or Richard on 01454 202011.
FIND 'MEETING POINT' ONLINE
You can find the latest issue of our local community magazine 'Meeting Point' here, together with lots of back issues.
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:
5. Between Olveston and Tockington
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