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Planting the vegetable garden

The vegetable Garden After all the horrendous weather this year, at last it is warm and dry enough to make a start in planting the vegetable garden. We still have lots to do of course but it is marvellous to be able to make a good start. Planting Potatoes This year all our potatoes are being planted in bags of …

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A trip to the New Forest

This week Vanda and I set off for the new forest to spend some time with my lovely daughter Lara. We stayed at a delightful B and B but the highlight was a dinner at https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/rhinefieldhouse This is a magnificent building in gorgeous surroundings and we had our dinner as private diners in the  Alhambra room. Inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Granada, …

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Give the Royal Forest of Dean an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status

Give the Royal Forest of Dean an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status The Forest of Dean, ‘Britain’s favourite Forest’, should be acknowledged as an area of outstanding natural beauty. AONB is land protected by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. It protects the land to conserve and enhance its natural beauty. Please help us protect this unique …

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Back to normal after the snow

Snow in the Forest of Dean Well, like a lot of other folk we suffered in the latest snow and cold weather. It was impossible to get the car out because of the drifts, but the worst thing was having the boiler freeze up, so we had no central heating or hot water. We were both a bit ripe by …

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Our boy Dan

Our children are all grown up now and have left home. We had some photos from Dan this week that thrilled us so I thought I’d do a quick blog about him. Dan was a typical boy and went through all the usual angst as a teenager, but turned his life around. Vanda and I are particularly proud of the …

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Walking in the Forest of Dean

Walking in the Forest of Dean Walking in the forest of dean is one of my favourite pass times. The variety of beautiful countryside is staggering and if you haven’t been before you will be amazed at the amount of wild life that you will see. This week, she who must be obeyed and I went strolling on the footpaths …

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Littledean

Littledean We visit Littledean regularly as it is just down the road from us, and every Friday we buy fish and chips from Frydays as it is the best chippy in the forest of dean. Littledean is one of the ancient villages of the Forest of Dean. A mile east of the town of Cinderford, it contains many old buildings dating …

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Press Release: HOLD announce plans for Legal Battle against confirmed closure of Forest of Dean’s Community Hospitals

Yesterday (Thursday 25th January 2018) the NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust held two back to back meetings in Coleford in the Forest of Dean to discuss and decide whether the proposal to close the two community hospitals in the Forest of Dean would go ahead despite the proposal receiving the less than half of …

Campaigners in the Forest of Dean threaten to take NHS trust ‘to court

Campaigners in the Forest of Dean say they’ll take two NHS trusts to court over a decision to close the Dilke and Lydney community hospitals. Gloucestershire Care Services and the Clinical Commissioning Group says the two hospitals are “no longer fit for purpose” and have voted to replace them with a new £11m facility. But members of a campaign group called …