This half-term, WALLY, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including a visit to Corinium Museum in Cirencester. Families will be able to join the search for Wally at the museum as part of Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums, to celebrate the release of the new book, Where’s Wally? Double Trouble at the Museum.
Launching in time for October half-term, the promotion will run from 12 October until 3 November 2019. Each participating museum will create and promote their own Where’s Wally? search-and-find trail as part of this nationwide campaign, giving families the chance to receive an ‘I Found Wally!’ sticker at the end and to enter the Where’s Wally? and Kids in Museums grand prize draw competition.
Cllr Jenny Forde, cabinet member for health, wellbeing and public safety said, “Our Corinium Museum is always a wonderful place to take the kids at half-term and this is a fab way for kids to enjoy the museum searching for Wally! Accompanying adults might also enjoy getting a preview of the 1.7million pound refurbishment project that’s underway.”
Find out about upcoming events at www.coriniummuseum.org or follow on Facebook or Twitter @CoriniumMuseum.
Wally is the creation of Martin Handford, whose entertaining drawings of crowd scenes first swept the globe in 1987. Since then, Where’s Wally? books have held a favourite spot on bookstore shelves the world over and have sold over 72 million copies worldwide in thirty-one countries. Wally has reached celebrity status: he has been referenced in the primetime American TV shows Frasier, The Simpsons and Friends; he appeared on the 1000th anniversary cover of Rolling Stone magazine as a cultural icon of the last 40 years; he has even been found on Google Earth!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEARCHING FOR WALLY AT CORINIUM MUSEUM), contact SARAH LEWIS OR EMMA STUART on 01285 655611or email
This week, 23rd – 29th September, marks Empty Homes Week 2019 and Cotswold District Council are working with national campaign charity ‘Empty Homes’ to highlight the 216,000 long term unoccupied houses in the UK.
In the Cotswolds there are currently 714 residences stood vacant and unused, 189 of which have been for over 2 years. It is estimated that such a property can cost the owner up to £10,000 per year in security, repairs, insurance and council tax.
There are currently 45 households that Cotswold District Council have accepted a homelessness duty to rehouse and an additional 26 households who are threatened with homelessness. This can be for a variety of reasons, ranging from relationship breakdowns, unaffordable rents, financial difficulties or landlords wishing to sell their properties to name just a few.
Empty homes are a waste of a valuable asset especially when over 1900 people are registered on our Homeseeker Plus waiting list, hundreds of whom have been awarded priority bandings. The local authority charges a 100% premium on council tax for any house left empty for more than 2 years. The Government has agreed to double the total cost from April 2019 on owners who refuse to address the issue.
The Council has the power to enforce Empty Dwelling Management Orders and Compulsory Purchase Orders but we are keen to work with and support owners to bring their houses back to use.
Cllr Lisa Spivey, cabinet member for housing and homelessness said “Landlords and homeowners who have long term empty properties can make a big difference if they let their properties to those in need of housing in the district. The truth is if we could bring these empty houses into use, it would make a positive dent in the number of individuals and families currently on the housing register. It’s a scandal that so many homes are left vacant when there are people in desperate need in the district. The package of incentives to bring these homes back into use make it easy for property owners to start maximising their assets, so it’s win-win situation for all. I would encourage anyone who has an empty property to get in touch.”
If you are interested in more information about the charity ‘Empty Homes’ see; hhtp://www.emptyhomes.com/empty-homes-week.html
Cotswold District Council would like to work with you to bring your property back to use. We can offer a range of benefits including rent advance, a cash deposit, property inspections and tenancy support in addition to a ‘tenant matching’ service. You can contact Charlotte Smith, Private Rental Scheme Officer on 01285 623391, if you are interested in letting your property to someone on our Homeseeker Plus waiting list.