Dursley News - November 2010

More developments this month as we move into the winter season. Much progress is evident at several of the town's building projects, with the new community hospital, houses on the Littlecombe site as well as those on May Lane all seeing clear signs of change. The latter is particularly pleasing to see as these buildings have been standing untouched for well over a year after the previous builder went out of business. November also saw the annual remembrance march through the centre of Dursley and the wreath-laying ceremony at St. James' Church. Another event held during the month was the gathering of several members of the Hurndall family, all descended from or married into the Hurndalls who were prominent members of the Dursley community before the start of the 20th century.

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    Progress on the houses in May Lane
After a long period of inactivity following the collapse of the previous building company, it looks like work is beginning again on these new houses in May Lane. Some of the unsightly hoarding has been removed and the frontages tidied up.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Behind the May Lane houses
Around the back of the May Lane houses further construction work is now obvious as they get prepared for new occupants.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Littlecombe houses
House construction is moving at a faster rate at the Cam end of the Littlecombe site as this three storey block receives its roof.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Community Hospital progress
Next to the Littlecombe houses is the new community hospital and this is also taking shape rapidly with evident signs of exterior brick work.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Community Hospital entrance
Facing the centre of the Littlecombe site the first signs of the entrance to the new hospital are now visible.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    The path behind Rednock School
On the path behind Rednock School the new shrubs and trees are now well established and creating an effective screen.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    New shop opened in Dursley
Another new shop has opened in Parsonage Street which has seen many of the empty properties filled over the last six months.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Cooperative Store renovation
The former Cainscross & Ebley Cooperative store near the junction of May Lane and Parsonage Street. most recently the Warehouse nightclub, is being refurbished for use as an estate agent and restaurant.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Remembrance Sunday march
November 14th was Remembrance Sunday and saw a march through the town from the bus station to St. James' Church for a service and wreath-laying.
(November 14th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Hurndall family reunion
Several members of the Hurndall family gathered in Dursley on November 6th to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Richard Gibbon Hurndall, actor and compiler of the Hurndall family tree. Many of those present descended from the Hurndalls who lived in Dursley prior to the 20th century. At one time there was even a Hurndall's shop in the market place but the building it once occupied was demolished in the late 1950s when all the properties in front of St. James' Church were cleared away. John Hurndall and John Hurndall (junior) were also both Bailiffs of Dursley in the mid 19th century. This picture shows Donald Hurndall Smith wearing the robes worn by the last Bailiff in the 1890s and current Mayor, Jane Ball.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Tabernacle ceiling repairs
The Tabernacle suffered some damage recently when part of the ceiling plaster work fell away. Scaffolding has now been erected to allow the necessary repairs to go ahead.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    Ferney damage
Other damage is evident elsewhere in town and this picture shows one of the pillars at the entrance to Ferney, now lying on its side and broken.
(November 27th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
    First snow of the year!
The final day of November saw the earliest snow for many years and this picture shows a very early morning view of St. Dominic's Church on Jubilee Road with a substantial covering everywhere.
(November 30th 2010 - copyright Andrew Barton)
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