The annual Advent Festival will take place on Saturday 2nd December from 11.00am to 9.00pm culminating with the traditional switch on ceremony from 6.30pm including the lights, the premier of a Song for Cirencester and culminating in a Cotswold Fireworks display at approximately 7.00pm. 

Cirencester Town Council, organisers of the Cirencester Sparkles Advent Festival, is delighted to announce that Charlie and Daisy May Cooper, stars from the BBC’s hit mockumentary, This Country, will be joining the Christmas fun and switching on the town’s lights.

Please note roads closures will occur in the town centre from 9am to 9pm on Saturday 2nd December.

The event will take place in the Market Place but the market will extend into Castle Street and Cricklade Street. The main stage will be located in the Market Place and an additional stage, The Itzehoe Stage, will be located in Cricklade Street. 

The following roads will be subject to closures with signed diversions in place. There will be access for residents affected but deliveries must be arranged outside the closure times. 

•    Dollar Street closed at Thomas Street Junction
•    Cricklade Street closed at Castle Street Junction
•    Castle Street closed at Silver Street Junction
•    Dyer Street closed at North Way Junction
•    Black Jack Street closed at Park Street Junction
•    Coxwell Street closed at Thomas Street Junction

Details of the Advent Festival can be found here.

Copy of the road closure notice and map.

For further information contact:  E: / T: 01285 655646

Christmas Waste Collection Services

Cotswold District Council’s waste and recycling collection service provider, Ubico Ltd, will be making normal collections up to and including Friday 22 December.  The following week, the crews will not be working on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December and will also be on holiday on Monday 1 January 2018.  As a consequence, there will be changes in collection days until the normal schedule resumes on Monday 15 January 2018.  The collection days will change as follows: (please note that crews will be working on three Saturdays - 30 December, 6 January and 13 January – to catch up.)

Week commencing Monday 18 December 2017:
Normal collection day    New revised collection day
Mon 18 Dec 2017    No change
Tues 19 Dec     No change
Weds 20 Dec      No change
Thurs 21 Dec     No change
Friday 22 Dec     No change
Mon 25 Dec     Will move to Weds 27 Dec
Tues 26 Dec     Will move to Thurs 28 Dec
Weds 27 Dec     Will move to Friday 29 Dec
Thurs 28 Dec     Will move to Saturday 30 Dec
Friday 29 Dec     Will move to Tues 2 Jan 2017
Mon 1 Jan 2018    Will move to Weds 3 Jan
Tues 2 Jan     Will move to Thurs 4 Jan
Weds 3 Jan    Will move to Friday 5 Jan
Thurs 4 Jan     Will move to Saturday 6 Jan
Friday 5 Jan     Will move to Mon 9 8 Jan
Mon 8 Jan     Will move to Tues 9 Jan
Tues 9 Jan     Will move to Weds 10 Jan
Weds 10 Jan     Will move to Thurs 11 Jan
Thurs 11 Jan     Will move to Friday 12 Jan
Friday 12 Jan     Will move to Saturday 13 Jan

The collection schedule will return to normal on the week beginning Monday 15 January 2018.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit and Annual Return

Cirencester Town Council has received notice of the conclusion of audit for its accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017.

The external auditors, Grant Thornton have concluded the audit for the financial year 2016/17 and are satisfied that the Town Council’s accounts and supporting information supplied are in accordance with proper practices and that relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have been met.

Any person interested may inspect and make a copy of the Statement of Accounts by contacting the Chief Executive Office:

Andrew Tubb
Chief Executive Officer
1 Dyer Street


Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Annual Return for the Year Ended 31 March 2017



Gloucestershire Keep Safe Scheme

Cirencester Town Council's Local Information Centre at Bingham House, 1 Dyer Street, is proud to be a Safe Place in the Gloucestershire Keep Safe Scheme. The Keep Safe Scheme in Gloucestershire was set up in July 2010 to support people with learning disabilities and in September 2013, the Police and Crime Commissioner in Gloucestershire commissioned Memory Clubs UK – a community interest compan...

Cirencester Town Council Secures a Prestigious National Award

Cirencester Town Council is delighted to announce it has achieved the Quality Award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme.

The award recognises that we meet the high standards set by the parish/town council sector, as assessed by our peers. To achieve the Quality Award, the Council has demonstrated that it meets all requirements of the Foundation Award and has additional evidence of good governance, effective community engagement and council improvement. 

Full details of the Award Scheme are available on



Cirencester Fleece Fayre, 2017

The town comes together to celebrate May Day.

Cirencester Town Council in partnership with Abbey 900 hosted Cirencester’s first modern day Fleece Fayre on May Bank Holiday, celebrating the history of the wool trade in the newly regenerated Market Place. As part of the Abbey 900 celebrations, the event encompassed a traditional May Day celebration with a modern twist and wool theme running throughout the event.

A full day’s programme of entertainment, dancing and activities was kick started with the official opening of the Fayre by the Earl and Countess Bathurst who pulled part either end of a roll of fleece to symbolise the opening of the event. The fun packed day included a vast array of community dance groups including Cirencester Creative Dance Academy, Stroud & Gloucestershire Morris Dancers and May Pole dancing with participation from the crowd and the Mayor.

The day featured a special wool themed Fleece market attended by local spinners, weavers, knitters and crafts people, a felt making workshop hosted by New Brewery Arts, garland making by the Churn Project using locally foraged materials and other community groups having fun with interactive sheep themed games and creative crafts.

The Royal Agricultural University’s Student Union rolled up their sleeves and had great fun hosting the town’s stocks where the students happily obliged as members of the public hurled wet sponges at them and also took families on a Hare spotting tractor tour of the Abbey Grounds.

Other highlights included Punch and Judy, juggling workshops, a colouring competition and medieval storytelling in the parish church utilising a historical piece of art reflecting a medieval Fleece Fayre in Cirencester.

Mark Harris, Mayor of Cirencester said “we will now do this every year. It was a huge community event with thousands of people from all sections of our community and visitors from afar coming to the new Market Place to celebrate a traditional country holiday.”
 The event was broadcast on local radio and TV and much enjoyed by all involved.
Corinne Lamus who is Chair of the Abbey 900 Steering Group said, “What a great day for Cirencester, our fantastic town, I think we did our heritage proud today. Corinium was the second town of Roman Britain and then the Abbey being founded in 1117 brought back and accelerated economy which we enjoy today. The day was a strong community event which is our whole ethos for the year. Thank you to Cirencester Town Council, the parish church and all our volunteers, performers and entertainers who willingly obliged today”

The Cirencester Fleece Fayre will become an annual event in Cirencester. Next year’s date will be Monday 7 May 2018. If you would like to get involved please contact Cirencester Town Council. For more information please contact Suzie Lew, Market and Events Officer at Cirencester Town Council.