Olveston & Aust Community Website


for the Civil Parishes of Olveston and Aust

Welcome to the nine Severnside villages and hamlets of Olveston, Tockington, Awkley, Ingst, Old Down, Lower Hazel, Aust, Elberton and Littleton on Severn


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...and, if you are not a local resident, we hope exploring our website will encourage you to visit!


If you live in the villages and hamlets of Olveston, Tockington, Old Down, Awkley, Ingst or Lower Hazel (which all make up the civil parish of Olveston), then this is a message for you:

We Need Your Help!

From: The Traffic and Parking sub-group, Olveston Parish Council

In recent years the local community have expressed serious concerns over the safety of all residents, due to the increased volume and speed of traffic through our villages. In addition, other concerns raised include antisocial street-parking, signage, lighting, traffic-calming measures etc. 

As a group representing the views of the community, we would value the opinion of local people relating to:

1) possible traffic-calming measures, including the option of 20mph through the villages

2) issues surrounding parking which may be affecting you personally

3) any other traffic/parking-related issues you may be facing

The information gathered will be compiled and presented to the local council for review. 

Please could you submit your views to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 30th October.  As much information as possible, including specific locations/ timings etc. would be useful.

Thank you.

Cath Purchase and Pat Hinton, on behalf of the Traffic and Parking Sub-Group, OPC


Many local residents will have got to know, over the last few years, the wonderful local project called A Forgotten Landscape.  Largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, staffed by enthusiastic, imaginative and hard-working project workers but - above all - supported by a large band of locally recruited volunteers, this project has celebrated the heritage and the natural environment of the Lower Severn Vale levels.  Although the project is finally being wound up in 2019, its legacy lives on!

Map of the Forgotten Landscape area

Firstly, the project website will stay live for another five years.

15 walking routes Lower Severn Vale

Secondly, fifteen new walking routes have been created in the area. The walks have each been waymarked on the ground, and many include some of the project's benches and interpretation points along the way. Beautifully produced packs of these walks (see picture above) have been widely distributed, but you can access the walks online here, or you can still request free copies of the walks pack by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until the end of 2019 (or the project runs out of copies, whichever comes sooner!).

Tales of the Vale Stories from A Forgotten Landscape

In addition, there is also a pack called Tales of the Vale: Stories from A Forgotten Landscape. This is a mixture of historical research and fascinating oral history interviews on CD, both undertaken by groups of local volunteers over two years.   Again, you can access the Tales of the Vale online, or you can ask for free copies by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until the end of 2019 (or the copies run out).

All this material has also been deposited at Gloucestershire Archives, to be held there permanently.

There are many other interesting aspects to the project website which remain relevant, including ideas for places to visit, details of local birdlife, beautiful soundscapes, and some learning resources for primary schoolchildren.  If you have some spare time, it's worth exploring - not least because it may give you ideas for things to do locally!


if you have young children or grandchildren, you can go along to this llocal playgroup and have a drink and a chat and meet others with small children...   Click the picture for more details:

Olveston Playgroup Babies Toddlers

Perfect for getting active during the summer.  Work off that excess weight!

OLVESTON PARISH WALKS - New leaflets have been produced detailing six circular walks in Olveston Parish.  Read more hereLeaflet cover

Elberton & the Severn Bridge from Olveston 

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The remains of an old salmon fishing engine on the Severn