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West Dean Parish Council

Welcome to the website of West Dean Parish Council. The Civil Parish covers half of the forested area of the Dean and includes many of the old working areas of the Forest and several villages.

The offices of the Council are based at the West Dean Centre in Bream. The Council meets at the West Dean Centre and often at locations around the area.

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Masonry Training 2022 flyer

Bream Friends - New Group



Notice of Review of Polling District, Places and Stations

I hereby give notice that Forest of Dean District Council will conduct a review of polling districts, places and stations in the local authority area.
The review will commence on 23 May 2022 and will be completed in sufficient time to enable the Electoral Registration Officer to make any alterations necessary to the register of electors when it is fully revised on 1 December 2022.
Electors, community groups, political parties, elected representatives or any other interested persons living within the Forest of Dean District Council area are invited to make representations, comments or suggestions on any aspect of the polling districts, places or stations currently used.
Representations will be sought from The (Acting) Returning Officer (ARO) and his comments will be published.
Interactive map of the current polling districts and polling stations can be inspected on the Council’s website or viewed in person by contacting the office to make an appointment.
Representations on the existing arrangements should be made in writing to the address below, by email to or web form by no later than Monday 4 July 2022
When making representations, it would be helpful to the Council for any proposals to include alternative polling places or stations.
All representations made throughout the consultation will be published along with the conclusion of the review.

AGM 14 June 2022

Residential Design Guide Poster

Introduction from Place Studio

Wyldwood Drop in Sessions

Wyldwood Drop In Sessions


West Dean Parish Councillors

WEST DEAN PARISH COUNCIL list of councillors


Annual Parish Assembly


Crossroads Care

The Summer Season at Scarr Bandstand

Scarr Bandstand Summer Season 2022

Cinderford Bowling Club

Inside Whitecroft's phone box library

Easter Hunt

Easter Hunt Poster

WEST DEAN PARISH COUNCIL casual vacancy advert March 2022

U3A advert

Free Kids Easter Holiday Activities

FVAF have teamed up with Gloucestershire County council to bring you a wide selection of FREE kids activities this Easter holidays. Book now to avoid missing out.

Whitecroft Phone Box

Whitcroft phone box is now a book exchange. Local have turned the refurbished kiosk into the perfect place to find a good read, come and see what there is on offer.

Picture by Nicholas Mutton, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Bream Post Office

The Post office have finalised their plans for Bream.
To view their plans, please visit the Consultation Hub via the link below:


How Do We Feed Children and Keep Families Connected During the Holidays Flyer sml

To book click here



Any community and/or voluntary groups providing services which increase the well-being of residents of West Dean Parish through advocacy, social, cultural or sporting activities, are invited to make an application for grant funding to the Clerk at the address below before noon, 29th April 2022.


West Dean Parish Council will be awarding its summer community grants during its Full Council meeting on 25th May 2022.


The application form and a copy of the Council’s grant policy can be obtained from the Clerk or from the Parish Council website, more details HERE .  Please note electronic applications are preferred.


Clerk, West Dean Parish Council
West Dean Centre
GL15 6JW
01594 564484


West Dean Parish, Climate and Biodiversity Emergency (CBE) Committee.

We are aiming for the CBE committee meetings to be as informal as possible; residents are very welcome to join in our meetings and contribute ideas. Your voice and opinions matter to us, so do come and participate. We plan for meetings to be an opportunity for sharing ideas and actions that we can all participate in at a local level to address the climate and biodiversity emergency. We are all in this together, so the more local voices we hear, the more representative and supportive your parish council can be.
To improve community participation, we are moving our meetings around the parish. The meetings may be themed, depending on location, local projects and areas of interests. The meetings will be held on the second Thursday of the month at 7pm, we’d love to see you there.
Every little thing we do locally can make a difference, we’re in this together because the climate and biodiversity emergency affects us all. Please do consider coming along to one of our meetings, you will be very welcome. Our next meeting - Thursday 14th April – meet at Berry Hill community orchard for 6:30pm and then meeting proper will be in The Hut Berry Hill
Hope to see you at a CBE meeting soon
Chair, Jackie Dale
If you want to chat, get in touch with Councillors Jackie Dale, Alison Bruce or Andy Moore, who’s details are on .

Forestry Operations in Kidnalls Inclosure

We will be harvesting in Kidnalls Inclosure, near Pillowell and Primrose Hill from mid-March 2022.
The works will impact some of our trails and access points, this page provides more information about the work we are doing and why.
What is happening?
The area highlighted green in the map below will be thinned to allow the woodland to develop towards maturity by giving trees space to grow. The area highlighted in red will be clear felled in line with the Forest Plan for the area.
The timber produced by this operation will provide a source of sustainable timber for use in the construction and furniture industries, for example. Some crown wood will be left on site as wildlife habitat and to return nutrients to the soil, this is known as ‘dead wood habitat.’
The works are due to continue throughout spring and summer 2022. The work will be weekdays only. You will notice a significant operational presence in the woodland with banks persons, harvesting machinery, signage, and timber stacks. We do our best to use existing extraction routes to minimise the soil damage to the rest of the forest floor, which is inevitable with the scale of machinery that must be used. These routes will be reinstated where necessary on completion of the work.
Harvesting contracts can sometimes be quite drawn out and work may stop for some time due to the many wildlife and weather constraints that we must work around. So please bear with us as we carry out this work with the aim of minimising inconvenience to all site users.
Will you be replanting?
The area that is being thinned will not be replanted. However, this work will aid the cycle of continual regeneration over a long time and is the lifeblood of any forest and woodland ecosystem. Maintaining this cycle without loss is the basis of sustainable forest management. In British forests, harvesting timber is an essential part of the cycle, as it makes space for regrowth and develops robust, healthy and diverse forest areas.
The area of larch that is being clear felled will be replanted with a larger mix of productive conifer and broad leaf to mitigate against disease by diversifying the tree species in the area. Native broadleaved tree species such as oak and wild cherry will be planted alongside productive conifer such as Douglas fir and Japanese cedar. Planting will take place during the winter, about a year after felling works are completed.
Can I still visit this woodland?
Yes - the woodland will remain open throughout our harvesting operations, the most important thing for us is to keep the public, our staff, and contractors safe. We will have safety and operational signage displayed, diversions, closures, and banks persons in position where needed. This is for your safety, whether you can see or hear us working, it is important you read and listen to all instructions very carefully and obey all instruction.
Forestry work is very hazardous. A falling tree can weigh several tonnes and hit the ground at nearly 60mph. If a harvesting machine saw chain snaps, it can fly through the forest like a bullet.
The unauthorised mountain bike trails will be closed by this work.
What about the wildlife?
Well managed forests can support more wildlife, and harvesting trees is an important part of a sustainable forest lifecycle. Before we start any forestry work, we carry out ecological surveys to check for species such as birds, mammals, rodents, invertebrates, native plants
such as bluebells and fungi. We also consider these against complex factors including tree health, how the ground slopes, soil condition, and likely rainfall when planning work that will support our long-term management plan. While working, we continue to check for wildlife and will adapt, pause or suspend work if we find any animal that must be protected.
If you would like any further information, please get in touch via

Kidnalls MoP map

St Briavels

Forest Sensory Services

Adult Education

There are many adult education opportunities available and these are free to those who qualify here are courses available March and April 2022

Click Here to download Timetable

Community Centre, Yorkley
Tuesday 22nd March at 7:00pm

The AGM for 2022 for Community Centre, Yorkley will take place on Tuesday 22nd March at 7:00pm in the Main Hall of the Community Centre.
The agenda will present the activity and financial reports of the past year and look forward to plans for 22-23 and beyond. All community members of the four villages of Yorkley, Viney Hill, Oldcroft and Pillowell are warmly invited to attend. The Trustees warmly welcome your ideas, contributions and involvement.
The AGM will be followed by the monthly Trustee Meeting which also welcomes community attendees.
On behalf of the Trustee’s
Community Centre Yorkley.
7th March 2022

Jubilee Street Party

Are you planning a Street Party to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee? If so here is a guide for you on how to apply for road closures etc.




Community growing at Yorkley

There’s been a survey and a consultation and now a group of enthusiastic community members has met for the first time to build on these and think about how a growing space, available from Forestry England, can be used for the benefit and enjoyment of everyone in Yorkley. This initiative, instigated by West Dean Parish Councillors Jackie Dale, Alison Bruce and Andy Moore, aims to bring currently unused land into productive and environment-friendly use. Following a review of the results of the survey and consultation, small groups supported by coffee and cake, considered the many aspect of developing a community growing area: what features could be included such as fruit trees, wildlife area, veg beds, pond, composting; how the local school can be involve; disabled access; consideration of neighbours’ views and more practical issues such as insurance and how the whole project can be managed.
These are early days but the room was buzzing with ideas and the variety of people who came brought different skills, interests and knowledge which all add up to huge potential for an interesting and exciting project.
The next meeting will be held at Yorkley Community Centre on Saturday 12th March 2.30 – 4.30 (following the Mend and Repair Café). If you would like to join in or are just interested in hearing more, please do feel free to turn up on 12th. If you would like more information please contact us on: or ring Alison on 01594 563217


Mend and Repair Café @ Yorkley Community Centre GL15 4RS

Every second Saturday of the month, between 11.00 and 1.30 a group of expert volunteers make themselves available to mend or repair your household appliances, tools, electronics, computers, toys, clothing, musical instruments and much more. With skill, knowledge and dogged determination the repairers attempt, what can at times appear impossible and often succeed!
Customers and volunteers come from all over West Dean and beyond, so if you want to reduce waste, save yourself money and spare our beleaguered planet, just bring your items along and register for a repair there and then. You can take advantage of the coffee and tasty cakes in the café while you wait.
Volunteers wanted! If you would like to add your repair skills to the growing list of volunteers please get in touch – there will be a warm welcome and support from other volunteers.
More information on Facebook: Yorkley Mend and Repair Cafe - Home | Facebook or email:

Time to check your old postage stamps


Household Support Grant

The Household Support Fund has been provided by the Government, with funding to be split into two phases. The first phase of funding is to support families and households with children who may need help with food, or essentials such as energy or water. The second part of the scheme will assist individuals and families who are moving out of homelessness, or temporary accommodation and moving into permanent tenancy, as well as those who receive pension credits.More information here

Time to get walking again!

At this time of year we start to think about the mud drying up and getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks?

Walking in Gloucestershire has hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John Harris (the custodian of the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Gloucestershire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

Compost Toilet Whitecroft

Working progress. We have built the toilet and all the fittings. The shed is now ready at Whitecroft to be erected. Base going down and pit being filled.

Have your say on the buses

Time is running out to have your say on the future of bus services in Gloucestershire.
Earlier this year the government published its National Bus Strategy ‘Bus Back Better’, setting out the vision and opportunity to deliver better bus services for passengers across England.
Within this strategy, Gloucestershire County Council, as the Local Transport Authority, published its Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP), outlining the council’s strategic vision for bus services in the county.
It covers bus times and frequency, bus priority, zero emission buses, fares and tickets, passenger experience and information and branding.
The county council is now working on a partnership with bus operators in the county to set out how they will deliver the improvement plan, which residents can help shape by taking part in a survey. We have received 685 responses so far and would like to hear from more people before it closes on 30 January 2022.
You can take part in the survey at

Councillor Vacancy

Casual Vacancy Notice for Bream ward member January 2022.doc

Extraordinary general meeting of West Dean Parish

Council on Tuesday 25th January 2022 at 7pm more here

Berry Hill Circuits say thanks

Berry Hill Circuits say thank you for their recent grant from WDPC read here

Extra Ordinary General Meeting Cancelled

The meeting on Monday 17th January 7pm has been cancelled.

Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Forestry Operations on West Dean Area

Forestry operations at Mireystock and Brierley information here

Dementia Alliance Dates..


Volunteers Wanted

Get fit, meet new people, enjoy the fresh air and help maintain an important habitat area..more information here

Download the grant form here

Get Involved! - Canopy Creative Network Events find out more here

Our Summer Newsletter is here

Gentian Community Grant Awards

Awards announced: click here

Visit the Parkend Village Website

Click here 

Forest Edge South NDP

Click here to visit website

Register your Public Rights of Way

Council's Declaration on Biodiversity emergency.

West Dean Parish Council pledges to:
1. Declare a ‘Biodiversity Emergency’
2. Aim to incorporate protection, promotion and connection of biodiversity into the Council’s activities, considerations and decisions
3. Actively promote the safeguarding and improvement of the natural environment
4. Align our biodiversity considerations and decisions with those related to our Climate Emergency Declaration
5. Where possible work with other councils and organisations (locally, nationally and internationally) to determine and implement best practice

Forest Community Information

Latest Road Closure Information

Gloucestershire Carers Legacy Fund

The Carers Gloucestershire Legacy Fund has been established to bring lasting benefit for adult carers in Gloucestershire. It will continue Carers Gloucestershire’s work by using the funds remaining following the charity’s closure to provide valuable support for carers in the county. Find out more on the link below.

Legacy Fund

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