New Yorkley Village Hall

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It’s great that Yorkley will be having a new village hall. The Green Hut is clearly well past it’s sell by date and has needed replacing for a long time.

Yorkley has been awarded half a million pounds by the Big Lottery Fund to build a new hall which will be the focus for village activities. It’s hoped that the new building will be ready to be used by the Summer of 2015. Find out more about the project at

About Yorkley

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The village of Yorkley is situated in Gloucestershire on the edge of the Forest of Dean, a couple of miles North of Lydney. Cinderford is about 8 miles away. It has a population of about 1160. It was once a mining area, and mining was a major source of employment in the area

Yorkley is on a hill and is about 600 feet high so enjoys great views of the Cotswolds and the River Severn in a southerly direction and also over to Wales and the Brecon Beacons, which are around 30 miles away. Yorkley

There is forest to the north of the village and agricultural land in the south.

The village has a football and cricket team, a primary school, shops and 2 pubs.

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Rat invasion

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Just had an invasion of rats in the house, not pleasant as they’re something I really can’t stand. I’ve heard a lot of scratching behind the skirting boards in the past few weeks, and then a week or so ago saw the first rat, it was huge.

The cats have been useless, they’re much too well fed already(!),  so I’ve had to work out how to get rid of the rats myself.

I couldn’t put any poison down because of the pets, so I’ve had to look at other measures.

I thought about trying to trap them myself using a cage, but thought it would be just too difficult as I didn’t know when they would be coming in and out of the house.

So, I first of all I tried putting down some of the normal type of mouse/rat snap traps and baited them with chocolate which I’ve heard they like. But no luck at all with this method the rats were either well fed enough already or too smart to fall for the trap.

Next I tried putting down sticky strips that are designed to catch the rat or mouse when they walk on them. And I did indeed manage to catch one. But the rat is still very much alive and it wasn’t pleasant too see it struggling to escape from the trap when I came down in the morning. And since there was no way to remove it from the sticky paper it had to be killed and I had to be the one to do it. Not the most pleasant task I had to do today.

I decided that there had to be a better way to get rid of the rats so I did some research online and although it’s geared towards pest control in London this site was the one where I first read about the electronic devices, the site was useful for other pest control tips as well.

The electronic rat/mice catchers are a plastic tunnel, which you put bait  inside. When the rat reaches a certain point inside the tunnel an electric switch is triggered that gives the animal an electric shock and kills it instantly.

I put the electronic device out a few days ago and pleased to report that I’ve caught 3   rats in it. The bit I like best is that there isn’t any horrible mess to clean up as you get after using one of the snap traps and you don’t have to kill the rat as you do with the sticky strips. You just tip the rat into a plastic bag or something to dispose of it. It’s also a lot more humane way to kill the rat as it has no idea what is happening.

The only snag with the device was that it cost  a lot more than the regular traps or strips, but for me it was worth it. And all’s gone quiet in the walls now so hopefully I’ve got rid of them.