About Stroudie Central


Welcome to Stroudie Central, a community website for Stroud in Gloucestershire.

What’s a Stroudie?

The term Stroudie is an affectionate term thats grown into common usage over the years to describe the good natured residents of Stroud.

Just about every website about Stroud says Stroud has a lot of bohemian residents which is a fairly accurate description. I put it down to the terrain of the place that doesn’t lend itself to the development of huge soulless shopping centres and the hills have magic beans that cause people to be creative. Or is it something else..

The area has many different kinds of artists that show their work at local exhibition venues such the Museum in the Park and Lansdown Hall. Have a look at our Instagram followers or who we follow to find local artists and alternative shopping.

What’s Stroudie Central about?

It’s about Stroud in Gloucestershire and the surrounding area. A lot goes on in Stroud which according to the Daily Mail at the moment is some awful place full of hippy activists.

This is countered by The Times that lists it as one of the best places to live in 2019.

Stroud is currently on the map for being home to the Extinction Rebellion founders, hence the Daily Mail appearing to dislike the place.

This site will try to capture the main changes that happen here. It also has information on things like walks in the area.

Stroudie Central makes no claims to be a source of the latest news. It’s a personally funded site / blog, although it tries to keep up with the main events. Due to its independent nature I don’t feel the need to fawn over anything a developer puts up in town no matter how good or bad it might be.

Items that aren’t news items such as walks or information on old buildings etc will normally be found under the ‘Out and About’ menu so won’t appear on the home page.

Other information can be found on another of my sites at http://www.nailsworth.com which has been around since the dawn of the Internet. I will probably be moving most of that site to here at some point as so little happens in Nailsworth and that site needs a major overhaul.

Where is Stroud?

It’s about five miles from junction 13 on the M5. The nearest big city is Gloucester, about ten miles(ish) away. The nearest really big city is Bristol. Stroud is in what’s known locally as the five valleys.

Who funds and runs it?

It’s personally funded. However I own a small company selling digital signage and offering electronics repairs so you might see an advert or two for it on this site, link below. Digital signage is where you put a big TV on the wall and send messages or adverts on it over the Internet.

Orangevalley Systems

Stroudie Central is also on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram

All pages have links to our social sites. Please give us a follow as those channels might carry different content to the website. Putting everything on one social platform runs the risk of the rug being pulled out from under you at any time so all channels are used.

On Twitter and Instagram our logo looks like this:

stroudiecentral instagram icon

Our YouTube channel is here: Stroudie Central youTube channel

We are not currently on Facebook. I see too many nasty comments on it and don’t have the time to moderate them!

Do you want to write an article?

If you want to contribute anything such as article or news plus share old photos please get in touch here

Add your event to the What’s on section

If you have an event you want listed in the What’s On section there is a link in that section.


All photographs and website content are copyright of Stroudie Central (unless otherwise stated) and may not be used or republished without permission. Feel free to ask though, I normally give it. Any screen captures from twitter and the like belong to those platforms.