Calling All Knitters!

BigKnit4Gloucester BiG Knit is helping local charities keep people warm this winter and we’re looking for knitters and crocheters to join us!

Sessions are being held at Gloucester Guildhall every Friday between 12-2pm and due to popular demand will continue past their original February end date. More casual knitters and crocheters can participate at home and drop off their items in the collection bins at the Guildhall. Every age and ability is welcome to join in and there are even small grants available to help those who’d like to set up knitting or crochet groups in the City.

Gloucester BiG Knit is gaining followers now and we want to reach as many people as possible.

BiG Knit will run throughout 2015 so people can drop their creations in to the Guildhall collection bin at any time, and there’ll be a final BiG Collection on October 1st, which is International Older People’s Day and ties in with Age UK Gloucestershire, one of our chosen charities.

Initially the Big Knit sought to attract older people but all ages love the sessions and the group now has a mix of age groups, genders and abilities. Items will go directly to local people in need, and knitters are reporting health benefits like reduction in stress levels and less arthritic pain.


BigKnit3A limited number of BiG Knit starter boxes are still available for anyone who’d like to join in and requests for a starter pack can be made on the BiG Knit Facebook page facebook.com/bigknitglos which has more info, tips and simple patterns.

Age UK Gloucestershire and Project Beacon – a charity that supports Gloucester’s homeless – will distribute knitted items directly to those in need as part of “Warm & Well Kits” later this year. The Pied Piper Appeal is BiG Knit’s other chosen charity but due to infection control cannot distribute items directly. Instead knitted creations will go on sale in their charity shop at Gloucester Royal Hospital and money raised will help sick and disabled children across the county.

Simple scarves, 6×6 inch squares, small blankets, hats or gloves/handwarmers are needed. BiG Knitters can choose which items they’d like to make and be as creative as they want to be!

If you’re part of a knitting or crochet club or would like to link in with the BiG Knit, share your stories with us at facebook.com/bigknitglos


You can also enquire about the BiG Knit by calling 01452 396396 and asking for Emily Jones or Isobel Edwards.

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BiG-KnitGloucester’s BiG Knit aims to stop older people feeling isolated or lonely

A new free and friendly project in Gloucester is bringing people together by knitting, crocheting or sewing to help stop them feeling isolated or lonely. Whilst the sessions are aimed at older people, everyone is encouraged to take part.

Each week creations, in the form of 6×6 inch squares, will be collected and something ‘BiG’ will be put together in early 2015 to show off to the whole city.

The sessions will run every Friday from November 2014 to February 2015, at Gloucester Guildhall, between 12-2pm.

The ‘BiG’ in BiG Knit stands for ‘Believe in Gloucester’, a campaign which celebrates all that is great about Gloucester, its people and places, its past and its present. For more information visit http://believeingloucester.com/ where knitting patterns and designs can also be found.

Cllr Jennie Dallimore, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council said, “This is an exciting new project for the city and it’s free to take part. The weekly sessions are aimed at older people who would otherwise be home alone in the daytime. Everyone’s individual squares work will be put together to create a large display piece for the city.”

Gloucester’s BiG Knit will also be supporting the Innocent Big Knit, which helps to raise money for Age UK by knitting hats for their smoothie bottles and donating money from each bottle sold.

There are two collections bins at Gloucester Guildhall in Eastgate Street; one for donations of yarn and knitting supplies, and another for participants to drop of their completed creations.

For more information contact Emily Jones or Isobel Edwards on 01452 396396.

Finalists chosen for the Believe in Gloucester Awards

By CitizenNews | Posted: October 31, 2014


The Believe in Gloucester Awards judging panel

Inspirational work done by individuals, businesses and organisations across the city have made choosing finalists for the Believe in Gloucester Awards an incredibly difficult task. But, after much deliberation, 38 lucky finalists have been chosen in 13 categories which all celebrate the work being done to make our city the great place that it is. The finalists will enjoy a glitzy awards ceremony with a Champagne reception and three-course meal at Kingsholm Stadium on November 27, where the winners will be revealed. Judges met earlier this week to sift their way through around 100 nominations and Mhairi Smith, of Marketing Gloucester, who was on the panel, revealed it was no easy task. She said: “It was a very long process and extremely difficult to choose the finalists, but we got there in the end.“It is a shame that we can’t give everyone an award. There were so many positive stories and fantastic achievements within the many nominations that we received.

“I just wanted to vote for them all. All of the categories were equally tough to narrow down. A lot of discussion took place between the judges.”

The Citizen launched its 2014 Believe In Gloucester Awards at the Cathedral’s Chapter House in August to celebrate the start of this year’s mission to search for the very best in the city. There are 13 categories including Business of the Year, New Business of the Year, Best Customer Service, Best Eating Out Establishment, Best Pub/Bar, Ambassador of the Year and Retailer of the Year. Fellow judge Jenny Eastwood, editor of the Citizen, said: “It was incredibly difficult to choose the finalists as we had such a fantastic amount of nominations.

“We have such a wealth of enthusiasm and passion in our city with so many people from all walks of life trying to improve where we live and work.

“These awards help celebrate those talented individuals, businesses and community groups who go the extra mile to promote Gloucester.”

This year, there is a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

Whether it is someone who has raised countless sums for charity, a long-serving teacher who has made a difference to education in Gloucester or a community activist who has remained committed to the city, this new award will recognise contributions made over their entire career and the winner will be announced on the night.

Finalists for the Best Pub/Best Eating Venue are yet to be decided

Citizen readers can vote online at gloucestercitizen.co.uk/polls for their favourites and they have until Friday, November 7, to submit their vote.

Sponsors of the Believe in Gloucester Awards include Marketing Gloucester, Gloucester City Council, Gloucester Quays, WSP Solicitors, Kings Walk Shopping Centre, Eastgate Shopping Centre, Peter Hickman, Prospect Training, Taynton Solicitors, The King’s School, Heather Resource Management Limited and Hatton Court Hotel.


Gloucester Ambassador of the Year (21 and Over)

Alan Myatt

Jamie McDonald

Kevin Tudor


Gloucester Ambassador of the Year (Under 21)

Dan Seamarks

Eli Heathfield

Laura Pearsall


Business of the Year

Linda Gray Bridalwear

Prima Dental

Roberts Limbrick Architects


New Business of the Year

AB Motor Vehicle Services Ltd

Ritch Hill Cycles

Roman Co


Best Customer Service Award

Plantation Florist

Richard Burnham, Cafe Q

Severnside Software Limited


Best Retailer of the Year

Chez Rose

Eastgate Cycles

Woodys Fruit and Veg


Best Eating Out Establishment Award/Best Bar Award

C&W African Experience

Dr Fosters

Portivo Lounge

Best Community Project

Freedom Kids Youth Club

Hollie Gazzard Trust

One Church


Best Community Event of the Year

Gloucester 10k

Gloucester Paint Jam

Sportbeat Festival

Summer Hollie Day

Sports Champion of the Year

Gerry McGarr

Jon Pitman

Tom Webb


Regeneration Award

Gloucester Civic Trust

Gloucester Quays

Kingfisher Treasureseekers


Tutor/Mentor of the Year Award

Janine Smith

Leanna Wisbey

Luke Stokes

Half-term ideas for Gloucester


A few suggestions for a Halloween-themed Half Term in Gloucester including arts and crafts, spooky shows and more….

Download a PDF with the full list of events.

Gloucester Folk Museum

The annual Apple Day celebrations (20 Oct) are back when the traditional horse drawn cider mill will once again be in action with the help of Fergus the horse turning the mill and crushing apples! There will be lots of local ciders for sale in the garden, apple crushing and oeeling opportunities for kids, an apple-themed caligraphy workshop, plus many apple flavoured delights in the tearooms!

Gloucester Waterways Museum

Witches, mysterious creatures, robbers and drunken fairies will all be found at Gloucester Waterways Museum when John Bassett, from Spaniel In The Works Theatre Company, presents a 30 minute solo version of the company’s popular comic show Dark Tales of Gloucestershire on October 24.

Dark Tales of Gloucestershire is suitable for children over five years old and takes traditional folk tales from across the county and retells them in a lively, funny and exciting way using rhyme, music, and dance. The performances will form part of the Museum’s Wicked Wednesday series and are scheduled to start at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday October 24. The performance is included in the normal admission price to the Museum.

On Saturday October 27 come dressed up as a ghoul, ghost or witch and take part in the museums Halloween trail to win a prize.

Plus the 45-minute boat cruises will be running throughout half-term leaving at 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Gloucester Quays

Bring your little horrors to Gloucester Quays Monster Mash and enjoy half term activities including pumpkin carving, magic shows and craft workshops. Be careful you don’t bump into our creepy characters roaming the malls and have a hoot watching the wise owls.

Harry Potter Day – FREE

Monday 22 Oct, 11am – 3pm

(magic illusion shows at 11am and 2pm)

Creepy Crafts and Spooky Snaps – FREE

Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 Oct, 11am-3pm

Petrifying Pumpkins! – FREE

Thursday 25 & Friday 26 Oct, 11am – 3pm

Gloucester Cathedral

The Big Draw

Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 Oct

Collect your clipboard, paper and pencil and then start drawing. Be inspired by the building and draw your favourite part.

Nature In Art

British Wildlife Photography Awards

The 90 winning and shortlisted photographs from the 2012 competition recently launched in mid September in London. World class images celebrating the diversity of British fauna and flora and their environments.

More Halloween Half Term events:

Last chance to visit Painswick Rococo Garden (closes on 31 October)

Frightmare at Over Farm (20-31 October)

Getting your costume ready for the Gloucester Zombie Walk (Saturday 27 October)

Download a PDF with the full list of events.

Believe in Gloucester: The Infographic

Gloucester, the Infographic – part of the Believe in Gloucester campaign by Marketing Gloucester

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Gloucester is the UK’s second geekiest city (which is a good thing btw!)

A study carried out last year by Ebuyer.com had our very own city as the second geekiest city in the UK. Now some of you might take offence to such an accolade but it actually reflects wthat a great IT sector there is for such a small city. Taking the runners up spot after Cambridge is no disgrace either, considering the research facilities and the world famous university they have at their disposal. That’s why we chose IT as one of the reasons to Believe in Gloucester.

So, how was this stat calculated? The study looked at IT career opportunities, IT education and training and the uptake of IT consumer goods per capita. Whilst yesterday’s budget announced that Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and London will bid for their share of a £100m “super-connected cities” subsidy, Gloucester also has reason to celebrate it’s IT and communications sector. With companies such as Fasthosts, Symantec and Star leading the way in cloud computing and other visions for the future and financial services such as Ecclesiastical Insurance , Gloucester folk shouldn’t feel ashamed to embrace their inner geek.

UKs Geekiest City

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Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to have won a Cotswold Tourism Award for last summer’s Glorious Gloucestershire Flower Festival. The four-day event won Silver for Event of the Year in the annual awards.

The 2012 Awards highlight the successes and achievements of Cotswold tourism businesses throughout the last year in categories such as Hotel of the Year, Visitor Attraction of the Year, Website of the Year and Tourism Business of the Year.

Canon Celia Thomson, Canon Pastor of the Cathedral and Chairwoman of the Flower Guild, said “we are thrilled to have been recognised in this way. It is a testament to many hours of hard work put in by the members of the Cathedral Flower Guild and all the parishes who donated not just their time, but also the flowers to make the Cathedral look beautiful.”

Ninety-two parish groups and organisations in the county provided a decorative floral arrangement or a depiction in flowers of something that makes Gloucestershire famous around the world. The centrepiece of the show was a 90 foot long flower carpet which stretched the length of the Nave and took a team of 30 people five days to assemble. The Festival also featured a display created by Church of England Primary Schools in the diocese in celebration of their 200th anniversary.

The Glorious Gloucestershire Flower Festival sold over 8,000 tickets and raised over £37,000 for the Cathedral.

See the full list of the Cotswold Tourism Award winners.

Gloucester butchers take 1st and 2nd prize in county sausage awards

Darren Payne from The Farmhouse Deli

Darren Payne from The Farmhouse Deli believes in Gloucester and proudly shows off his award

Following a public vote in This is Gloucestershire not one, but two Gloucester butchers top the poll in a closely-fought battle to find Gloucestershire’s best sausage. The Farmhouse Deli (Northgate Street and Eastgate Indoor Market) beat off fierce competition from Nick Brown’s of Longlevens (with only 2% separating the votes), and Tewkesbury’s Halford Traditional Butchers coming in a close third. More than 6,000 votes were cast.

In a county that’s home to the highly-prized Gloucestershire Old Spot pig, it is extremely important that this local speciality is celebrated and recognised by local people and the community. In fact, the Farmhouse Deli’s The Spot sausage also manages to combine another of the city’s famed ingredients, Double Gloucester cheese.

What makes the Old Spot the king of pork?

The Gloucestershire Old Spot pig has seen a resurgence thanks to its preference by Michelin- starred restaurants and celebrity chefs. It is know as the orchard pig as it grazes on windfallen apples and pears as well as the by-products of local dairy farms. Its popularity with chefs and foodies stems from the flesh having a rich marbling of fat which keeps it basted as it cooks (like a procine equivalent of the much sought after Wagyu beef steak). If you think the sausages taste good,  try the Old Spot bacon – the difference in taste to regular bacon is staggering!

Did you know?

The Old Spot was the first pedigree pig and has since been awarded Traditional Speciality Guaranteed status by the EU. Supermarket giant Waitrose got into trouble in 2008 when they were accused of ambiguous labelling of their ‘Old Spot-sired’ pork (which makes them only 5% Old Spot).


VOTE for the Sausage King of Gloucestershire

We Believe in Gloucester because of the world famous produce that we’re privileged to have on our doorstep. The Gloucester Old spot pig is no exception, and with This is Gloucestershire running a competition looking for the county’s most succulent sausage, there are two nominees from our fair city in the running. The Farmhouse Deli (Northgate Street + Eastgate Indoor Market) and Nick Brown’s Butcher (Insworth Lane) are in the top 3 of a closely-fought battle with Halford’s of Tewkesbury.

Support Gloucester’s champion sausage makers and vote for them here before the contest closes at 5pm Monday 5 March.

Read the story on This is Gloucestershire.

Watch the BiG Launch Video ‘What do you believe in?’

The Believe in Gloucester team went out into the city and beyond to capture the reasons why local people love their city. Among the lovely people that took part are former England Rugby Captain, Phil Vickery MBE and rising singing star, Mary-Jess Leaverland, both of whom are great ambassadors for Gloucester nationally and internationally. You might recognise a few other characters who run businesses and attractions in the city as well. The video was first played at the BiG launch event on Wednesday 29 February and helped set the mood for a positive campaign about everything’s that’s great in Gloucester.



But why stop there?

Believe in Gloucester will continue to record submissions from people about what thet love about the city and also invite the public to upload their own short clips. Stay tuned for more news soon.