Beeches Community Group was formed in 2009 at the same time as the Park Ward Community Group, Watermoor Community Group and Chesterton Project. Stratton Association was already in existence having served the residents of Stratton for many years.
Cirencester Town Council, The Churn and Cotswold District Council were the driving forces behind the establishment of these Community Groups to look after the interests of the residents in each Ward.
With 2000+ residents, Beeches was the largest Ward in the Town and with the two new developments of Corinium Via and Kingshill Meadow the size has been increased by another 600 houses. This led to changes in the Ward boundary in 2016 to create 2 new Wards: Beeches and New Mills although the Beeches Community Group serves both areas.
In the past we have held frequent well supported meetings, addressing various issues of concern to local residents and liaising with services and other organisations to achieve many positive things for residents including:
Community clean ups, responding to planning applications, working with developers to minimise unnecessary disturbance and campaigning for Double Yellow lines. We have been successful in making The Beeches an even better place to live by tackling noisy neighbours, poor waste management and dog fouling.
In addition, the Group organised social events such as Christmas Parties and Summer Fetes as well as supporting other similar activities in the area.
By 2017 the number of people attending meetings had dropped so significantly that the new Committee formed at an Emergency General Meeting in March proposed that it would meet less and concentrate on being a conduit between residents and services to solve any issues, answer queries and provide on-line information via the website and Facebook. It is also hoped to organise some social events to bring the community together.
Our Constitution is being reviewed to reflect current needs but our original Terms of Reference can be dowloaded HERE.
Some of the other local organisations that we work with are: