Month: April 2016

Job Vacancy: Assistant Cafe Manager

Assistant Cafe Manager (3/4 days per week)
Cotswold Lion Cafe at the Cotswolds Discovery Centre in Northleach
Salary: Pay Rate is £8.50 P/H

Key experience:

  • A catering kitchen background with at least 2 years’ previous experience in a busy establishment.
  • You can adapt your cooking skills to trade volumes and simple guest requests.
  • Prepared to work weekends, bank holidays and occasional evenings.
  • It would be advantageous for you to have up to date food hygiene qualifications and an eye for detail and organisation.

Our menu is simple, but as a seasonal business the small kitchen and service area can get very busy during the holidays and weekends so a calm approach and temperament is required.

Key duties:
In their absence, you will be deputising for the manager and will be responsible for:

  • Cash management
  • Staff supervision
  • Ordering
  • Opening and closing the business
  • As well as the everyday duties of cooking and ensuring good hygiene standards, and Yes there is some washing up involved too!

Along with the Cafe & Retail Manager you will be responsible for reducing wastage and ensure costs are controlled, as well as delivering consistent food quality.

A smart clean appearance is essential and good communication skills are important too. We also have a small shop area which just needs care and attention to keep it looking good for guests visiting our centre.

This is not a big part of your role, and you may not have any experience in retail but this could be a great opportunity to learn new aspects of good business practice.

You won’t work every weekend as fair rotas and time off are considered essential. Due to the business demands, days are not fixed but a fair working rota is agreed with the manager to ensure suitable cover and support to the business. Standard hours are approx. 8.30am till 5.45pm, with some later hours if we are busy.

Please email your CV with a covering letter to Chris Brant in the first instance, explaining why you would like to be considered

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Job Vacancy: Cafe & Retail Manager

To manage the Cotswold Lion Cafe at the Discovery Centre, Northleach

 £23,002 – £27,333, 37 hours a week

After a very successful two years of operating the Cotswold Lion Café we are looking to appoint a full time Café & Retail Manager to help build upon that success.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work in the heart of the Cotswolds where the Conservation Board’s café and shop is the core welcome to our Cotswolds Discovery Centre, which encourages a greater understanding, appreciation and active enjoyment of the area.

This is a real hands on role. We are looking for someone who will be a working member of a small team preparing light snacks, sandwiches and homemade cakes to a high standard. The role involves serving food and beverages to the public and developing a retail area so a smart appearance at all times is essential.

You will work closely with the Communications Officer and Visitor, Interpretation & Events Officer. Your team will also work closely with visitor centre volunteers and the local community to provide good food, good service and a great welcome.

Our location means we have significant peaks and troughs in trading through the week and the seasons. You will lead a small team of casual staff to provide the service, including operating on your own at the quietest times.

You will work 37 hours a week with regular weekend, bank holiday and occasional evening shifts and attendance at meetings and training days as required. You will need to be flexible and be able to cover holidays and extra hours at busy periods. You may be required to carry out other duties, commensurate with your level of responsibility and may need to travel occasionally to do so.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Recruit and manage a team of catering, retail and serving staff, ensuring adequate staffing, supervision and access control at all times.
  • Ensure the day to day operation is performed so as to be statutorily compliant with specific focus on, but not limited to: Fire, Security, Health & Safety, COSHH Food Safety, Liquor Licensing, personnel practices and other appropriate legislation as may affect the scope of the cafe’s operation; as well as in accordance with the Board’s policies and procedures.
  • Maximise income and profitability of the trading operations, promoting positive selling, effective cost
    control revenue management and administration while ensuring this is both statutorily compliant and in line with the policies and procedures of the Board.
  • Provide a high standard of visitor and customer service at all times commensurate with the objectives of the Board and good visitor attraction and hospitality industry practice.
  • Measurable success criteria.
    o   Achieving operational and budget targets
    o   Achieving sales development targets
    o   Improving year on year sales

Click here to see the Job Description, and to complete the Application Form please click here. Guidance information on how to complete the application can be found here. For more information and any questions about this role please email Chris Brant, Communications Officer –

The closing date for applications is 10.00am 20 May 2016 and interviews are scheduled for 25 May 2016, with the post commencing as soon as possible thereafter.


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Job Vacancy: Community Events & Research Apprentice

Closing date: 20 May 2016,  Weekly wage: £122.47

We are looking to recruit an apprentice to focus on helping to deliver the Cotswolds@50 project celebrating the anniversary of the designation of the Cotswolds as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The role will include working with communities, interest groups and stakeholders across the Cotswolds to understand landscape change and the forces for future change.

List of Main Duties:

  • Support the project by undertaking research of images of the Cotswolds taken over the last 50 years. The research will involve contacting archive and records offices and conducting public appeals and events.
  • Help in the search for images from the community by engaging with parish councils, local interest groups and visitors.
  • Co-ordinate, promote and attend a series of community roadshows across the Cotswolds to highlight landscape change, and run informal community events to encourage participation in the project.
  • Collate and manage images in to a digital library. Use the library to select a range of relevant images, and possibly take or commission a selection of modern day comparative photographs to demonstrate landscape change.
  • Engage local communities across the Cotswolds in the project by developing a community database and producing information and guidance.
  • Use a range of social media (eg: facebook, twitter, pinterest, Instagram) to promote and publish the project, its content and outcomes.
  • Maintain and update information about the project and the photographic records collated on the Board’s website
  • Assist researchers at the Countryside & Community Research Institute (CCRI) of the University of Gloucestershire in their development of future landscape change scenarios.
  • Support the work of key experts and decision makers to develop a long term vision for the Cotswold landscape and a corresponding set of landscape objectives and policies.

For more information and to apply please click here.

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Cotswold Sheep & Wool Day returns this Bank Holiday Monday

Sheep & Wool Day, the free family event is returning to the Cotswolds Discovery Centre
in Northleach this Bank Holiday Monday (2 May) from 10am to 4pm.

Following the success of last year’s event organisers have planned another action packed family day with all things woolly!

Meet the Cotswold Lion sheep in the grassy courtyard and see how their wool is spun and made into beautiful fabrics. Their wool known as the ‘Golden Fleece’ was an important export. It not only played a major role in the development of many Cotswold towns and villages, but also in the finances of the nation. Sadly times have changed, and they are now classified as a rare breed, but a great treat to see!

The Cotswold Lions will be joined by a herd Huacaya alpacas from the Cotswold Alpacas Farm at Cowley. There will be free wool themed demonstrations throughout the day by the Northleach Spinners and Weavers and Cotswold Handweaver Rebecca Connelly who will be loom weaving. You can also learn how string and rope is made in a flax making demonstration. The forge will be open to watch our blacksmith in action and learn about the essential role blacksmithing played in the Cotswolds.

Lechlade Craft Barn will have plenty of craft activities for children to do and make and local Cotswold artist Alexandra Woods will be drawing and painting the day’s activities including the Cotswold Lions!

Once you have had a good look about then why not take a trip out into the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by electric bike and explore the outstanding scenery and idyllic towns and villages. Cotswold Electric Bike Tours will be launching their brand new guided tours and you can have a short local tour!

There will be a BBQ feast, locally sourced and home-made lunches from the Cotswold Lion Cafe, a beer tent with local ales and things to buy in the Cotswold gift shop and other stalls including: Alfie Purl Yarns & Textiles and The Little Pickle.

Entertainment will be provided by the Wychwayz Border Morris Dancers performing at 12noon and 2pm.

For more information please click here or by viewing our Facebook page.

Cotswolds AONB eNewsletter – Spring 2016

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The Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board Liz Eyre has begun the 102 mile walk along the Cotswold Way National Trail to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Liz started the first stage of her walk from Bath to Dyrham in March and will break the trail down into 9 stages, finishing in Chipping Camden in October. Along the way she will be joined by local authority leaders, MPs, walkers and community groups.
If you fancy joining Liz please click here to see dates for each walk stages.