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


BACK TO A PRINTED EDITION FOR THE JULY ISSUE OF MEETING POINT

We're delighted to say that, after two months of being online only, we are back to print for the July edition of Meeting Point. 

Thank you to all the contributors who kept the editor supplied with material during those months.  If you missed the last two online editions, you can read them here:

Read our online-only issue of June's Meeting Point.  

Read our online-only issue of May's Meeting Point.

Many, many thanks to the host of regular deliverers who are making sure, once again, that, from the July edition onwards, Meeting Point will be delivered to every household in Olveston, Tockington, Old Down, Lower Hazel, Awkley, Ingst, Aust, Elberton and Littleton-upon Severn.  A great community achievement!

And, don't forget, if you live outside our area, you can still read current and past editions of Meeting Point by going to our Community Magazine page.


THE STORY BEHIND THIS PAINTING

Read the story behind this painting, courtesy of Alison Dix, in the May edition of Meeting Point.

Painting of Tockington by F Crang


STAYING SAFE

New announcements are being made every day regarding the Covid-19 Corinavirus pandemic, and the situation is becoming more complex to understand as lockdown eases.  

Check out the latest government Coronavirus advice here 

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.  You can read the monthly community magazine Meeting Point online here.

Although lockdown is easing, and perhaps especially because lockdown is easing, this is still a difficult time for everyone, with a lot of uncertainty, but REMEMBER, you live in a caring, local community.  If you need help or advice, don't be afraid to reach out and ask. 

Meanwhile, don't forget that one way of staying healthy is to take regular exercise and there are many suggestions for local walks if you scroll down this page.


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!

Map of the Forgotten Landscape area

Firstly, the project website will stay live for another five years.

15 walking routes Lower Severn Vale

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.

Tales of the Vale Stories from A Forgotten Landscape

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.

  Leaflet cover

You can download each walk leaflet from the list below.

The walks are:

1. Round Olveston

2. Olveston and Old Down

3. Old Down and Rudgeway

4. Old Down and Tockington

5. Between Olveston and Tockington

6. Down to the Motorway

Perfect for getting active during the summer!


Elberton & the Severn Bridge from Olveston 

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The remains of an old salmon fishing engine on the Severn