Blockley Parish lies on upland farm and woodland close to the northern extremity of Cotswold District. It forms part of the boundary between the headwaters of the Rivers Thames and Severn. Significant clay deposits lie between the attractive limestone hills; springs form the main source of the several steeply-falling streams which flow through Blockley, Aston Magna and Draycott villages. By contrast, Paxford village, also within the Parish, lies on more open, level ground drained by the Knee Brook, a tributary of the River Stour.
The human and visual characteristics of Blockley Parish are strongly influenced both by its relatively isolated location in the rural North Cotswolds and by the industrial history of Blockley village, its main centre of population. With a population of about 2000 (in the 2001 census) it is one of the largest parishes in England in terms of area, at about 12 sq miles (30 sq km). The entire Parish lies within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Release date: 20 September 2017
Cotswold District Council's elections team has sent reminders to residents who have not yet completed their Household Enquiry Forms (HEFs). People should have received forms in late August, complete with a request to check them and respond so that the Council can record who is eligible to vote in each household. This ensures that the electoral register is up-to-date.
Sarah Dalby, Elections Team manager at CDC comments:
So far, about 70% of the households in the District have responded. We are very pleased with this response and we have now sent reminders to those who have not been in touch with us yet. I would remind residents that if they do not respond they will not be able to vote in elections and referendums and it may also affect their credit score. Completing the form is very simple. All you have to do is check that the details are accurate and, when appropriate, update it with the details of everyone aged 16 and over living in your household who is eligible to register to vote, and return it as soon as possible. You can reply by internet, Freephone or post.
When you fill in your form:
If there are details already printed on your form, please check and amend them if they are incorrect.
You must include the forenames, surname, and nationality of every adult who is living in your household.
You can fill in the form online at www.householdresponse.com/cotswold(opens in a new window) or you can complete and sign the form then post it in the prepaid envelope provided.
If the details on the form are correct, you must confirm your registration by:
1· Internet - www.householdresponse.com/cotswold (opens in a new window)
2· Freephone - 0800 197 9871
You will need to have your household enquiry form to hand when you use any of these methods. Alternatively, you can return the form using the pre-paid envelope supplied with your reminder letter.
For more information or for help or advice, contact the electoral registration officer on 01285 623002.
There will be an inspection of the headstones in the upper cemetery on Station Road on Friday 22nd September.
On Saturday there will be a wonderful heritage cycle ride leaving Moreton, cycling through places like Evenlode who are encouraging locals to get out & cheer before spending time at Stow with a civic reception before cycling through Slaughters to Bourton. For those parishes not directly involved in the tour route, this ride gives you an opportunity to see cyclists of a more leisurely pace. Please see the attached email from organisers Great British Bike Build with anticipated timings.
Bourton on the Hill will be hosting a 'King of the Mountains' points prize with many hundreds of spectators expected. Blockley's Freestyle 360 spinners will be cycling in the Horse and Groom pub car park to keep the crowds entertained with their music and they are also sponsoring a WattBike competition/challenge by Fenhill Close with first prize to the winner of dinner for two at the pub. Teas and light lunches will be available at Bourton House and the Old School Hall with a BBQ and large screen TVs at the pub to watch the race finish in Cheltenham.
Timings for the professional race can be seen www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/stage-seven with the list of riders via http://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/tour-britain/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/02192439/ToB_2017_StartList.pdf
We know the local effort that has gone into the event and are delighted that the local newspapers, Cotswold Life, Cotswold Times and others have picked up with the story as well as we will have a national newspaper journalist staying in the area over the next week as well.
We hope you will all have an enjoyable day and locals line the route.
Do remember the whole stage will be live on ITV4 from 10.15am to cover the whole stage with highlights at 8pm - see http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/about/television/