This blog occasionally covers news of local folk from Whiteshill, Ruscombe or Randwick...here in this post are two that have already had a mention in the local press.
Stroud has lost the Greyhound and Market Tavern pubs so it is great to see trained chef Neil Boyce, 22, who is from Whiteshill, opening 'Utopia' - Stroud’s newest restaurant. The eatery will largely serve organic dishes made with locally sourced produce wherever possible - like Day's Cottage juices and Stroud Brewery beers.
The fully licensed bistro has beautiful ash flooring from Westonbirt Arboretum, a range of Fairtrade teas and coffees and free in-house WiFi Internet access for customers. It also has its entire power supply sourced from 100 per cent renewable energy firm Good Energy. Good on them indeed.
I'm planning a visit as soon as I can find an excuse and an evening - Utopia's Facebook site already has 385 fans - Visit Utopia at 50 High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AN or call 01453 756 043 to book a table.
Meanwhile congrats to Guy Davies, 18, from Randwick who has just been awarded a scholarship to study at the famous New York Film Academy (NYFA). Educated at Wycliffe College Guy was accepted for the one-year course which started at the beginning of the month - the Brett Rattner scholarship offers up to $15,000 - some folk might have seen him act in the Jenny Wren productions locally - he played Laurie Lee in their 'Cider with Rosie'. I'm sure will be hearing more of him soon.