Tewkesbury Leisure Centre prepares to reopen on 3rd August 2020

Preparations are underway to reopen Tewkesbury Leisure Centre on Monday 3 August.

The leisure centre closed its doors on 20 March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the teams from Places Leisure and Tewkesbury Borough Council have been busy taking advice from Public Health England, following Government guidelines, and consulting with the trade body ukactive to implement lots of new measures to help keep colleagues and customers safe, ready for when the centre reopens.

When visiting again from Monday 3 August, customers will notice more signage encouraging them to keep a safe distance from others. Some activities will restart, but at a reduced capacity, so it is essential to plan ahead and book online, by using the Places Locker app or by visiting placesleisure.org/centres/tewkesbury-leisure-centre

The Places Leisure team will implement enhanced cleaning regimes and customers will be advised to use the cleaning stations and hand santiser before beginning any activities or using any equipment. A handy new film has been produced to help customers prepare for the changes.

Matt Cotton, manager of Tewkesbury Leisure Centre said: “It’s exciting to be inviting customers back into the centre from 3 August. We are eager to help everyone back into their fitness routines in a safe and considered way. I would urge customers to visit our website before they arrive – it will list the new opening times, activities available and details of how customers can book onto each activity. We cannot wait to welcome our colleagues and customers back.”

 Councillor Robert Vines, Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for finance and asset management, said: “It will come as welcome news to many that the government is allowing indoor gyms and leisure facilities to reopen. Many people rely on the facilities at Tewkesbury Leisure Centre to not only improve their physical health but, as a result of fitness activities, their mental health is improved too. I hope customers will follow the advice on the website, the signage and any additional information given by the fantastic team at the leisure centre.”

 For more information, visit: placesleisure.org/centres/tewkesbury-leisure-centre

Mobile Testing Sites – information

Mobile Test Unit locations

 An important part of minimise and manage any future spread of Covid-19 is the speed at which people can be tested and isolation measures put in place, should an outbreak occur.

The mobile testing unit, previously at Oxstalls Tennis Centre in Gloucester, is now available at other locations across the country. The mobile unit has meant hundreds more tests are available each day it is operating.

 We need your help! We need to let the residents of Gloucestershire know where the mobile testing units will be each day. We are asking all local media outlets to share this information whether this be online, in print or via broadcast media.

 Each Monday morning, we will be sending you a list of the locations for the week ahead. If you could include this information in your daily covid-19 coverage or on your morning bulletins, it would really help the county’s residents access a test if they need it.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 can have a test.

To book a test or for more information on testing, go to the NHS website or call 119.

This weeks locations:

Mobile testing unit locations

  Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday

17 July

Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July

Stow Rugby Football Club, Oddington Road, Stow, GL54 1JJ










Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Road, Stroud, GL5 4AH










GEM Project

The attached document explains a little about the GEM project and my role, and how you can refer people in your area  to me for support.  I also include a link below to the GEM website which gives further information, an opportunity to sign up to the GEM newsletter and a link to the online GEM Online timetable of online learning sessions for improving well-being, learning new skills and employ-ability.  In a time when people need support with gaining employment more than ever, we are having to come up with new ways of reaching people.


Tewkesbury GEM engagement info

TBC welcomes investment in Ashchurch MOD base

Council welcomes investment in MOD base

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has confirmed that it is developing plans for a new programme of investment in its site in Ashchurch, which includes releasing part of the land, to the east, for housing.

The announcement is welcomed by the council as the proposed investment will see the base renovated and modernised, with circa 15 hectares of land opened up to help meet a housing shortfall in the area.

Councillor Mel Gore, lead member for built environment, said: “I am really pleased to hear that a significant  investment is being planned for the Ashchurch MOD site. This is excellent news for the area. The release of a parcel of land is also welcome news – the land being made available will help address a shortfall of housing in the area and will be worked in with the overarching Garden Town programme to build a new community for Tewkesbury over the next 30 years.

“I know that the Garden Town programme team and the MOD will continue to work closely together to progress this great development opportunity.”

Original plans for the MOD site to be unlocked for housing development, as part of the Joint Core Strategy, were put on hold in November 2016, when the Defence Infrastructure Organisation announced that a significant portion of the site would be needed for at least 10 years.

For more information about the Tewkesbury Garden Town, visit tewkesburygardentown.co.uk