Gloucestershire Gateway Trust: proud winner of Outstanding Contribution to Local Food Development, Western Daily Press Food and Farming Awards 2017!

Award winnerThe vision of the Gateway Trust’s CEO Mark Gale for a motorway services station that would directly benefit people living in nearby communities, and his tireless work over two decades to make it a reality, was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Local Food Development award.

Gloucester Services on the M5 opened three years ago, since when it has provided a significant boost to farmers and food companies from across the South West. It was made possible after Mark approached Westmorland, the family-run company responsible for the award-winning Tebay Services on the M6 in Cumbria, and worked with it to set up Gloucestershire Gateway Ltd.

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Gloucestershire Gateway Trust welcomes new Trustees: The Bishop of Tewkesbury and the Chair of Matson,Robinswood and White City Community Partnership

Rt Revd Robert Springett, Bishop of Tewkesbury Bob Allen, Chair of the Matson, Robinswood and White City Community Partnership

The Gloucestershire Gateway Trust has welcomed two new Trustees: the Rt Revd Robert Springett, Bishop of Tewkesbury (pictured right) and Bob Allen, Chair of the Matson, Robinswood and White City Community Partnership.

The Trust, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, forged a ground-breaking partnership with the Cumbria-based Westmorland Family which led to the opening of Gloucestershire’s award-winning M5 Gloucester Services in 2014.

As a result of this partnership, local communities and charities will benefit from a share of the motorway Services’ royalties (a proportion of the sales) for at least 20 years.

Charles Fisher, former chairman and chief executive of Gloucestershire-based Sharpe and Fisher, will retire from his position as Chair of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust after his last trustees’ meeting on May 3. He will be succeeded by Stephen Pallister, a partner at Cheltenham solicitors Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove who specialises in charity law.

Mark Gale, Chief Executive of the Trust said: “Charles has been with us right from the start when the idea of opening a motorway services which would bring tangible benefits to local communities, in addition to jobs, was still a dream. Charles was also a former chair of the Summerfield Trust charity which has given our vision tremendous support.

“We are delighted to welcome two new trustees to the Board who are joining at a very exciting time when we are beginning to see the tangible rewards for our local communities which we were aiming for all along.”

Bishop Robert commented: “As a new resident of Tuffley, I am delighted and honoured to have been invited to join the work of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust with its deep and exciting commitment to supporting the community here and in Matson, White City, Podsmead and Stonehouse. I look forward to contributing to a charity committed to changing and improving the lives of all who live here.”

Bob Allen added: “Having lived and worked in Matson since 2003, I am delighted to be involved in the work and vision of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. The enhanced employment opportunities for local people, coupled with its charitable objectives, make the Trust a major force in improving the lives of local communities.”

The Gloucestershire Gateway Trust has just handed over the first £10,000 royalties donations to each of its six community partner organisations: All Pulling Together (APT) in Stonehouse, Fair Shares, GL Communities, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the Nelson Trust and Play Gloucestershire. They will each receive another £10,000 later this year, and £20,000 a year for the foreseeable future, making their work supporting local people and the environment more sustainable.

The Trust also funds two community support hubs - Matson Gateway in Gloucester and All Pulling Together in Stonehouse - as well as funding pre-work training for long-term local unemployed people to give them a better chance of finding work at the Services.

In addition, the Trust funds the Growing Communities project on the Northbound M5 Services which has seen the planting of thousands of native trees and a community orchard.


April 27 2017

For further information, please contact Mark Gale, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust 07970 694 521.

2017 Gloucestershire Gateway Trust officers and Trustees


Clark's sowing the seeds for a brighter future thanks to our Growing Communities project at Gloucester Services

Clark Clevely found it tough finding work while being the sole carer for his mother, but now he’s sowing the seeds for a brighter future with his first paid job after seven years on the dole. Clark, aged 39, from Tuffley, is now helping to run the Growing Communities project at Gloucester Services on the M5, planting wildlife meadows, a community orchard and new woodland of 1,000+ native trees and hedgerows on three acres of land on the Northbound Services site. Read Clark's story


Photos at Gloucester Services celebrate Play Gloucestershire's 10th birthday

Gloucester Services has opened a colourful photography exhibition to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of community partner Play Gloucestershire.

The exhibition has been curated by the Play Gloucestershire team and features a collection of images of the charity at work; aiming to give visitors to Gloucester Services an understanding of the charity’s fantastic achievements in the community.

Play Gloucestershire provides regular, free play sessions in urban parks and rural locations across the county throughout the year, whatever the weather. Since 2007, they have taken local children on over 100,000 play visits, in 84 communities.

The gallery space is installed in Gloucester Services Northbound in one the busiest positions in the Services.

Katie Jefferies from Play Gloucestershire explains: “It’s great to be working with Gloucester Services thanks to their partnership with Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. It gives us the opportunity to shout about the work Play Gloucestershire does within the community. We’re a small charity and the opportunity to tell visitors about what we’re doing in a fun way is really valuable for us.”

Gloucester Services was created as a unique partnership with local regeneration charity, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. The partnership is not just about charitable donations; it is a more fundamental way of connecting business and community for the benefit of both.

Mark Gale, Gloucestershire Gateway Trust’s CEO, explains; “It’s another great way to be able to show the work that’s being done within the community and let visitors to Gloucester Services know that when they spend in the Services, they’re putting back into the local community.”

The exhibition will remain at Gloucester Services for several months.

Play Gloucestershire 10th anniversay