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Martin calls it a day after eleventh festival
A38 closed as crews tackle Patchway takeaway blaze
L-r: Mark Pickering (McDonald’s supervisor and BSYFC coach), Martin Lee, Cllr Andy Ward (mayor of Bradley Stoke) and James Murdoch (BSYFC coach)
radley Stoke Youth FC’s Martin Lee has stepped down from organising the annual Bradley Stoke Schools’ Festival of Football after eleven incredibly successful years. The event has become a highlight in the local sporting calendar and this year’s renewal attracted 130 Year 1 children from 13 different local primary schools (see pages 22 & 23 for a full report and photos). To mark the occasion, club sponsor McDonald’s presented Martin with a trophy and a bottle of champagne at the end of the prize-giving ceremony for this year’s festival. Fellow BSYFC coach James Murdoch, who works with the
current U10s, commented: “Martin is a true community champion and has put in countless hours organising school visits from the club’s coaches before and after the Easter break in order to provide free football coaching at schools in the Bradley Stoke area. He has also encouraged these schools to attend the football festival, and return all the trophies every year.” Martin has also worked very closely with the local McDonald’s restaurant franchisee Mike Guerin throughout a ten-year association with the club. During this time, coaching equipment and kits for teams of all age groups have been provided through the McDonald’s Better Play initiative.
Eleven fire service vehicles were deployed to fight a blaze in a twostorey terraced property on the A38 in Patchway on 22nd June. Crews from nine fire engines, a turntable ladder and a command vehicle dealt with the fire which affected the ground floor, first floor and roof of the property. The roofs of two neighbouring properties were also damaged by the fire. The fire is thought to have started accidentally in a ground floor takeaway business before spreading. A number of adjacent buildings were evacuated and the southbound carriageway of the A38 closed as firefighters worked to tackle the fire. One lady in her 50s was treated by firefighters at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation. Update on the Aztec West Roundabout / A38 Widening Scheme Over the last few weeks, South Gloucestershire Council’s traffic signals team have been installing new traffic signals infrastructure to replace the old equipment on the Aztec West roundabout. It was anticipated that these works would be substantially completed and the new equipment turned on by the time this magazine went to print. The new left-turn MetroBus lane between Bradley Stoke Way and the A38 southbound will remain closed whilst commissioning and final snagging works are carried out. The completion date for the Aztec West Roundabout / A38 Widening Scheme delivered by StreetCare is Autumn 2017. StreetCare will be undertaking the resurfacing of the A38 between M5 J16 and the Aztec West roundabout from Monday 17th July 2017 for a period of three weeks. The work is being done overnight between 8pm and 6am to minimise disruption and will involve closing the A38 northbound and southbound. Advance signing and diversions for traffic will be in place. ● Latest info: www.southglos.gov.uk/A38roundaboutwidening
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