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


collage of Meeting Point covers

You can find the latest issue of our local community magazine 'Meeting Point' here, together with lots of back issues.  


In the lead-up to Christmas, enjoy a wonderful concert of forties-style harmonies by The Femmes, a female singing trio which includes local lass Joanne Sawyer.  The Femmes have performed all over the UK, including at Canary Wharf, Hampton Court, on the BBC and at The Savoy, London!

The guest choir is ’Fascinating Rhythm’, a girls' youth choir, based in Iron Acton, who performed at Tockington’s Harvest Fayre this September.

The Femmes at Christmas poster

Tickets are: under 5s free, 5 to 17 year olds £5, adults £12.  Adult tickets can be bought online via Eventbrite.  Children's tickets on the door. 


M48 Severn Bridge

National Highways have reported that works will be carried out on the M48 Severn Bridge from June 2022 until January 2023. This will involve partial closures and occasional full closures. More details can be found here. 


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 was 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.

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.

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!



Leaflets have been produced, detailing six circular walks in Olveston Parish.

  Leaflet cover

You can download each walk leaflet from the list below.

The walks are:

1. Round Olveston

2. Olveston and Old Down

3. Old Down and Rudgeway

4. Old Down and Tockington

5. Between Olveston and Tockington

6. Down to the Motorway

Elberton & the Severn Bridge from Olveston 

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The remains of an old salmon fishing engine on the Severn