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Frampton Cotterell facing traffic lockdown RESIDENTS of Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath face a year of traffic chaos with 6 roads being shut at their junction with the Badminton Road to stop rat running once major ring road work on the Bromley Heath Viaduct starts later in the summer. People trying to get to Winterbourne Down also face inconvenience with three more roads being closed. South Glos Council is due to start essential work on the Bromley Heath Viaduct section of the Ring Road in July. With that section of the road reduced to one lane each way, major delays are expected, and the council has proposed the measures to stop commuters using small roads in Frampton Cotterell instead. Local residents and businesses have expressed deep concern that the measures will leave the village cut off and leave Badminton Road and Church Road gridlocked at rush hour.

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Bake off battle on cards at school fete PEOPLE are being challenged to prepare their best bakes as a Frampton school gets ready for their summer fair. Frampton Cotterell C of E School wants to get entries from the community and not just the school in the bake off. There are five classes in the show; one for adults and four for children of different age groups. There’s also a Best in Show award for the overall winner. Entries will need to be brought to the school hall by 10.15am on the day. Entries cost £1 each. All entries and winners will be displayed during the fete on July 1. Entry forms and more information are available from fcceschool@ hotmail.co.uk, the school office or direct from Helen Harding-Bentley, 121 Park Lane, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2EX.

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Parish leaders repeat opposition to Woodlands Farm housing plan despite changes to scheme SOME changes have been made to the plan to build up to 215 homes at Woodlands Farm, Coalpit Heath. Developers said the amendments answered a number of issues raised by South Gloucestershire Council over proposals for the site, which the house builders have called Blackberry Park. Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes are behind the outline application, which has been met with objections from parish leaders and a large number of local residents. One of the changes made now restricts the part of the site where there would be taller, two-and-a-half or three-storey buildings to a small central area. But Westerleigh Parish Council has repeated its objection to the size of the development. It said: “The numbers of homes, and therefore the

associated numbers of adults and children, will put excessive pressure on the limited infrastructure of schools, doctors and recreational facilities. “The levels of car ownership will have a major impact on traffic and parking, particularly causing problems at peak times at the junction of Park Lane and Badminton Road. “The proportion of these new homes to existing numbers will have a significant impact on the character of this rural community.” It also said the site was not mentioned in South Gloucestershire’s core strategy document, which identified areas for development. It said: “As part of the West of England Combined Authority, South Gloucestershire awaits a new joint spatial policy which will redefine development needs and, therefore, this application for major development outside

allocated areas is premature and unnecessary.” The site is regarded locally as an important green space but the developers said it was not in the green belt or of high landscape value, was not covered by any ecological designations and was

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Clerk leaves parish council THE clerk to Frampton Cotterell Parish Council, Kieran Warren, is leaving after 8 years to take up a post at the Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board, an organisation that assesses flooding risks from Avonmouth to Hereford. Kieran came to the parish council after spells at Northavon Council, South Glos Council and Thornbury Town Council. He said; “It’s been challenging, interesting and more enjoyable than I ever expected if I’m being honest.” The new clerk is local Frampton man David Bentley.

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Slashed tyres leave big bill VANDALS caused damage estimated at more than £2,000 when they slashed tyres on a number of vehicles in Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath. Police received 19 reports of criminal damage in the space of a week in May. The Frampton Cotterell incidents happened in Beesmoor Road, Lower Chapel Lane, Meadow View, Brookside Drive, Rectory Road and Watermore Close. Vehicles in Station Road and The Close, Coalpit Heath, were also damaged. The vandalism came after previous incidents in the locality in March, when ten vehicles had either windows smashed, side mirrors hit off or tyres slashed. Anyone with information to help the police should contact them via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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A GROUP of Volunteer Police Cadets have raised money for local charities after abseiling down Bridewell police station in Bristol. Nine teenagers and three cadet leaders from the South Gloucestershire unit took up the challenge and raised more than £600 for local charities, including Shopmobility, South Gloucestershire Chinese Association and the South Gloucestershire Parents and Carers group. Cadet leader Sergeant Steve Ives said: “This was a really good event thanks to excellent support from the Avon and Somerset Police rope access team. Some of the cadets were very nervous and yet overcame their fears, all in the name of charity. We're all very proud of them.

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Playing field team need cash after council drops help THE team that manages Beesmoor Road playing field in Frampton Cotterell needs new volunteers to get involved and help secure the future of the facility. The management committee is scrambling to find extra cash after the withdrawal of council help. It faces unexpected costs after parish council leaders discovered the authority did not own the land as had previously been thought. That meant certain work the council had done up to then, such as cutting the grass, has fallen on the shoulders of the management committee. There are only a handful of volunteers now on the committee, which is also looking to boost its income to help keep the site in the condition required. The cost the grass cutting alone is about £2,000 a year,

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n NEWS HUNDREDS of South Gloucestershire parents, including parents from the Winterbourne International Academy, have been taking action in protest against cuts to education funding. The Fair Funding For All Schools campaign began in the spring as it became clear that a proposed new national funding formula, designed to reduce inequality in the way education budgets were allocated, was not going to benefit 98 per cent of schools, including those most in need. As reported in last month’s Voice, more than 300 people attended the first South Glos meeting in Hambrook on April 6, the day after campaigners had urged councillors to back their concerns. Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election brought the matter into sharper focus, with supporters being encouraged to question candidates about their views on school funding and a number of hustings meetings being organised. South Gloucestershire

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Parents rise up to battle school funding cuts receives some of the lowest per-pupil funding in the country so head teachers, school staff, parents and students are angry that they will face more realterms cuts in the coming years. Some schools are warning parents that the pressure on their budgets - including increased pension and National Insurance contributions and rising bills will mean some tough decisions. Staple Hill Primary governors have written to families saying the school faces a £100,000 cut in the 2018-19 financial year - equivalent to a monthly contribution of £33 per child. “The school needs to take drastic action,” they say. “We will be looking at options such as: * reducing staffing levels * changes to school hours * increasing class sizes * reducing provision such as

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Traffic chaos feared in Frome valley as major ring road work looms Residents urged to attend consultation event to air their concerns RESIDENTS in Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath face a year of severe disruption as major work is set to get underway on the Bromley Heath viaduct section of the Avon Ring Road. A total of nine roads will be closed off to traffic in the Frome Valley, including 6 roads in Coalpit Heath as South Gloucestershire Council tries to stop commuter rat runs through Frampton Cotterell. Beesmoor Road, Bell Road, Woodend Road, Heathcote Road and The Causeway will all be shut at their junctions with the Badminton Road. Park Lane will be closed just past the railway bridge. All traffic will be forced to use Church Road. Further closures through Cuckoo Lane, Bury Hill and Bromley Heath Road are designed to stop rat running through Moorend. Access to Winterbourne will be affected too, with motorists unable to go straight over the ring road from

Woodend Road is one of the roads earmarked to be closed at its junction with Badminton Road

Frenchay onto Bristol Road. Local Frampton Cotterell residents fear that gridlock will ensue along Badminton Road and Church road at rush hour, with the road closures effectively trapping them in the village at peak times. Local businesses have expressed alarm at the

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effect on their trade. Fran Walters lives in Frampton Cotterell and runs Pet Stay. She told Frome Valley Voice “I’m definitely not happy. It seems like they’re blocking all roads so it will be impossible to get out of Frampton Cotterell or Winterbourne.” “For local businesses it’s an absolute nightmare. It’s so unclear and we have so little knowledge. Planning hasn’t been brilliant. How is anyone going get to work, it’s going to affect everybody.” She’s also worried about how her son Alex will get into Bristol each morning to attend Cathedral School. Laura Price, co-owner Salon 98 on Woodend Road just yards from one proposed closure, was unaware of the plans until contacted by Frome Valley Voice. She said; “It’s going to be absolute carnage, absolutely madness, and it will affect us big time. From a business point of view it’s hard on us, because of appointments. I can see a lot people cancelling because of the hassle of getting here - Church Road is going to be an absolute nightmare.” But local councillor Dave Hockey said the proposals were not a done deal and urged

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local people to attend a local consultation on the plans. He said the council’s officers would listen to the public and councillors. He told Frome Valley Voice: “If there are very heavy concerns about the road closures, South Gloucestershire Council will have to bear in mind their opinions.” “There’s no point staging the meeting if you don’t take into account residents strong views. Let’s see what happens.” The consultation is being held at Frampton Cotterell C of E School on Tuesday 13 June from 6pm The work on the ring road viaduct between Downend and the Hambrook traffic lights means traffic will be reduced to one lane each way as engineers shore up the older of the two viaducts. South Gloucestershire council expects long delays, saying queues will reach beyond Emersons Green on way and the M32 the other at peak times. In consultation documents it says; “We aim to working [sic] closely with local businesses, health care providers, schools and community organisations so that the traffic management for this scheme provides the best solution we can achieve for all needs and methods of transport.” It is urging large employers in the area to look hold meetings away from peak times, explore flexible working including working from home and to look at alternative transport methods including cycling. It says; “We would also encourage local residents to see if they are able change their travel choice or time of travel”

Have your say What: South Glos Council consultation Where: Frampton Cotterell C of E School, Rectory Road When: Tuesday 13 June, 6pm

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n GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL

Decision time for Frome Valley voters

June 8 is decision time as the people in the Frome Valley Voice area go to the polls for the general election. We’ve given the four candidates running in the Thornbury and Yate constituency the chance to present their case to the voters. Here’s what they had to say.

Luke Hall, Conservative candiate As a local man, who lives in Yate and who grew up in South Gloucestershire, it has been the biggest honour of my life to represent our community in Parliament. I have strived to be an active and passionate local representative for our area, influencing the government on the issues that affect us locally. Having lived here all of my life, I have been able to make progress on the issues that matter to us, like securing £500,000 to finally kick start junction 18A onto the M4 after a 30 year delay, a project that will help relieve the congestion that has affected our communities for too long. I have also been working to secure investment into local broadband – we have seen £1.7 billion being invested in extending superfast broadband provision, with 7,398 premises being connected locally and more planned later this year. I have also been fighting to protect our local green spaces in places like Thornbury, Charfield and Coalpit Heath, and have twice ensured the Government rejected the idea of supporting a new 3,000 house ‘Garden Village’ at Buckover, sending a powerful message to the Council and Developers that these poorly made plans are not right for our area. I am pushing to see better local bus services like the 82 to Southmead Hospital and have now secured a full review of bus serves in our area, which will look at bringing the 82 back to Chipping Sodbury High Street. Locally, I have worked with the Council to secure money for local health services, like the redevelopment of Thornbury Hospital, which will see up to 80 new NHS rehabilitation and mixed use care beds and money invested into Thornbury Health Centre. On all of these issues, having a Conservative MP locally means we have influence here and in government, getting the best deal for South Gloucestershire, rather than a lone voice shouting from the side-lines. If I am re-elected as the local MP, I will be using the influence I have in Government to see these issues through. I do very much hope to speak to you before Election Day, but in the meantime, if there is anything I can help with, please do not hesitate to get in touch: lukehall@lukehall.org.uk.

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Iain Hamilton, Green candidate Vote on June the 8th ask yourself what kind of Government do you want? If you are happy with our schools, NHS, public transport, Power grid all being sold off to investors, instead of being run for the benefit of the people then vote for the same. If you want a Government that works for you and not the rich, then vote for a change, vote Green. Bring back control of our public services from profit driven investors, give our children a future that will not be filled with debt from student loans or pay day loans, as they struggle to find work with over 7 million jobs predicted to be lost to mechanicalisation. We see it every day now in McDonalds, Tesco, your local petrol station, jobs that were part time or needed when you were a student or retired are now disappearing; this is real and happening now, not in 10 years. We need a Government with the vision to see that we need our education system to be changed so that you no longer teach to the test but learn life skills and plan for the job we will need in the years to come. Invest in the NHS, not sell off millions of pound worth of contracts to private companies. Bring our trains and buses back under local and national authority control. How can the Government say only they can be trusted with the economy, when they have held wages back and in real terms the UK workers are 10% worse off after 7 years and the National debt has risen from £880b to £1.7t in 7 years? Teresa May said 6 times there would not be a snap election, Jacob Reece-Mogg said ‘the Tories would appear deeply opportunistic if there was’, who do you believe?

Brian Mead, Labour candidate It is a honour to have been selected as the Labour candidate for the Thornbury and Yate constituency and I look forward to meeting as many residents as possible in the election campaign. My background is that I have lived in North Bristol and South Gloucestershire my whole life and served as a Filton Town Councillor for the past 6 years. I currently work in the security industry, having previously worked for several years on the railways where I held local, regional and national positions in the RMT union. I am an active member of UNITE the Union, the Cooperative Party where I am local Chair and I am Secretary of Bristol Speedway Supporters Club. I am standing in this election to give people the opportunity to vote for Labour's policies of investment in public services and against the austerity agenda. This government's austerity policies have left tens of thousands of low and middle income people in the Thornbury and Yate constituency worse off in real terms than they were before 2010. The Labour alternative I will be fighting for will see increased investment in the NHS, education, and social care. Creeping privatisation of the NHS will be reversed, divisive and discredited plans for grammar schools will be scrapped, and a game changing programme to build social housing will be rolled out. Zero Hours contracts will be banned and the minimum wage will be increased to £10 per hour. If you agree I ask you to vote Labour on June 8th, vote for a better fairer Britain with government for the many and not the few.

Claire Young,

Liberal Democrat candidate We all know Mrs May will be Prime Minister after the election but she will not be on the ballot paper here. The real question is which of the local candidates will best stand up for our area? My record as a councillor over the last ten years shows that I am a strong voice standing up for our community. I have campaigned with local people - and won - on issues from broadband to protecting green spaces, transport to health. I have lived in the constituency for 17 years and am bringing up my family here. I spent a decade working in the software industry, including for local small businesses. So I understand the pressures on our communities. As a parent with children at local schools, I share concerns over this Government’s funding cuts. Most local primary schools face losing the equivalent of two teachers each - and secondary schools up to 16 teachers. The Government has left the local NHS chronically underfunded, with delays doubling at Southmead A & E. Its damaging approach to the Brexit negotiations is putting local jobs at risk. As your MP, I will campaign for investment in jobs and training, more funding for our schools and an extra £26m for the NHS and social care. I want to make sure we have truly affordable housing, with transport infrastructure and services to support it, without destroying our much-valued countryside. I will fight to protect the “triple lock” introduced by Steve Webb that makes sure pensions keep pace with wages and inflation. I will campaign to protect the environment and want to give the people, not politicians, the final say on the Brexit deal. The Conservative MP here voted the way the Government told him to every time. Having worked closely with Steve Webb for many years, I know what a difference a strong local MP can make. As your next MP I will be a strong, effective voice speaking out for our area in Parliament, a voice for the things we care most about through these worrying times – our families, our jobs, our schools and our NHS.

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n GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL - FILTON & BRADLEY STOKE

The Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency covers a part of Winterbourne, so we have included candidate statements for this constituency in our election special.

Eva Fielding, Liberal democrats A Great Deal or No Deal is what I will offer you. The West of England is a net contributor of taxes to the Treasury, and Filton & Bradley Stoke residents are well aware of that. Products made here are consumed the world over and the innovation in advanced engineering with companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GKN and their supply-chains places Filton & Bradley Stoke at the leading edge of aerospace technology development. Sadly the jobs at all of these great companies could be at risk if the Deal brought back from Brussels just isn’t good enough. Liberal Democrats are offering the voters of Filton & Bradley Stoke a chance to reject the deal we are presented with from the EU if it’s not good enough. If it’s a great Deal then we’ve all won, but if our economy, health or freedoms are at risk then we need to decide whether we should accept the Deal and leave the EU or to refuse the Deal and renegotiate to Remain in the EU on better terms. We need to urgently address the desperate shortage of skilled builders needed to produce the housing we need and I will also tirelessly campaign for fairer funding in our schools, rail electrification and the scrapping of the Severn Bridge tolls.

Jack Lopresti, Conservative I was born in Southmead Hospital in August 1969. I have lived and worked in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area all my life. On leaving school, I worked in my father's ice cream and catering business. I then worked in the financial services and residential property sectors. I served with 29 Commando RA as a mobilized reservist for a year and was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 9 in the Autumn/Winter of 2008-9. Defence of the Realm is the most important duty of any Government and it will remain my highest priority. As a veteran I will continue to represent and work for veteran’s interests. If fortunate enough to be re-elected I will continue to work to ensure that Filton & Bradley Stoke remains at the heart of Britain’s Defence industry and a global hub. If a Conservative Government is elected I will fully support Theresa May as Prime Minister to achieve the best possible deal on BREXIT. I will to strive to secure more new jobs and apprenticeships. We desperately need to build more homes and we need to continue to improve local infrastructure. I will passionately support our vital public services such as the NHS and Education.

Naomi Rylatt, Labour When I was a Councillor I spent a lot of my time talking and listening to local people, hearing about their issues, worries and ideas. As an MP I will actively consult wherever possible and ensure that different views are listened to. The constituents of Filton and Bradley Stoke deserve an MP who will fully represent them, someone who will bring the heart of politics back to Filton and Bradley Stoke. After 7 years of Conservative government, we are in a dire situation. Our schools are woefully underfunded with many considering reducing teaching hours and cutting support staff. Our NHS is at breaking point, South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is underfunded and our social care services have been cut to the bone, Labour pledges to end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS. Labour will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people. Working families are set to be, on average, over £1,400 worse off a year. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have handed out tax breaks to those at the top. I'm a Trade Unionist, a working mum and I have been a local councillor. I care about what happens in parliament and how that affects my constituents.

Dr Diana Warner, Green Party I speak out for our NHS, for a fair deal for everyone, and for a healthy future for our young people. I stood as Green MP candidate here in the General Election in 2015 and gained 2,257 votes. I am a GP and live in Filton with two children aged 27 and 23. Our health service remains the best in the world in many ways. But it is broken up, underfunded and stretched to breaking point. I want everyone to have the ability to look after their own health and the health of their families. We need fully funded and thriving health and social care systems. We need fully funded, high quality education and learning opportunities from early years to older life. We need healthy, good quality food and housing, and clean air to breathe. We need to create a society that cares for everyone and that respects the environment. We also need to recognise that hard work and success are most valuable when they protect the environment and nourish others. This is the only safe way forward. We can achieve it together. I am willing to work with anyone who shares this vision.

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'M afraid I’m again appealing for information about criminal damage to vehicles in Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath. The latest incidents happened between Friday 5 and Friday 12 May. We had 12 reports of tyres being slashed in the Beesmoor Road, Lower Chapel Lane, Meadow View and Brookside Drive areas of Frampton Cotterell and in Station Road and The Close, Coalpit Heath. This comes after a number of vehicles had windows smashed, wing mirrors knocked off or tyres slashed back in March. This sort of damage has an emotional impact as well as a financial one, as people aren’t able to get about. One elderly victim had a fall while unable to use their vehicle. We are targeting our patrols

Local Police News with PCSO Bethany Harrington neighbour’s property, call the police straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101: our operators are on hand 24/7. I’d also like to let you know we’ve relaunched our Safe Places service, with a new 24/7 number to help people with communication difficulties stay safe when they are out and about. Once registered, an individual can call the Safe Places number if they find themselves in a crisis situation, such as if they are lost, feel scared or upset and don’t know what to do, or if they have been a victim of crime. Register at www. avonandsomerset.police.uk/ safeplaces or by fill in a form at a police enquiry office.

but anyone with information should get in touch through our website, www.avonandsomerset. police.uk/contact, or by calling 101 and asking to speak to the neighbourhood team. As we head into summer a quick reminder about keeping your home secure. It only takes a burglar a moment to walk away with your phone, handbag or wallet while you’re in the garden or another room. Always secure windows and doors if you’re not in the same room, and lock up and set the alarm at night as well as when you go out. There’s more home security advice on our website, www. avonandsomerset.police.uk, including information about joining Neighbourhood Watch. Remember, if you see someone acting suspiciously around a

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Bridleway claimed on route of former pit railway line AN application has been made to add a bridleway to the definitive map to run between Broad Lane, Ram Hill, and Frog Lane, Coalpit Heath. South Gloucestershire Council has received user and documentary evidence to support the application. There are claims of public use of the route dating back to 1949, while maps from 1830 show the claimed route was once a mineral railway line running to and from the Frog Lane pit. Comments on the application can be made up to July 11 before a decision is made.

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Agents needed for library duty LOCAL libraries are on the look out for volunteers to help run their summer reading challenge. Animal Agents is South Gloucestershire  Libraries  are  looking  for  friendly  and  enthusias7c  volunteers  to  join  the  team  running   Animal  Agents,  Summer  Reading  Challenge  2017.     for children to have teenager the theme of this year’s Volunteers  will  spend  their  7me  helping  children  do  the  Summer  Reading  Challenge,  talking  with  them   volunteers from their own popular challenge at Yate and about  the  books  they’ve  been  reading  and  helping  at  a  range  of  ac7vi7es  in  the  library.     community encouraging them Chipping Sodbury Libraries, and This  is  a  great  opportunity  to  develop  skills  in  communica7on,  team  working  and  crea7ve  projects,  whilst   having  fun  and  making  new  friends.  Ellie,  aged  17,  who  volunteered  last  summer  said:  ‘Volunteering  has   to read.” been  a  really  enjoyable  experience.    It  has  helped  me  to  meet  new  people  and  develop  my  confidence   those volunteers who sign up when  communica7ng  with  others.’     More than 6,600 children will spend their time talkingEncouraging  young  people  to  take  part  Mar7n  Burton,  Community  Cultural  Services  Manager  for  South   to Gloucestershire  said  “Volunteering  for  the  Summer  Reading  Challenge  gives  young  people  a  valuable  op-­‐ took part in The Big Friendly portunity  to  gain  confidence,  skills  and  experience  which  increases  employability.  It’s  inspiring  for  children   children about the books they’ve to  have  teenager  volunteers  from  their  own  community  encouraging  them  to  read.”   Read in South Gloucestershire More  than  6,600  children  took  part  in  The  Big  Friendly  Read  last  summer  helped  by  over  70  volunteers.  The   been reading and helping with a theme  of  this  year’s  challenge  is  Animal  Agents  –  a  whole  host  of  clever  creatures,  ready  to  solve  all  kinds   of  mysteries.  Animal  Agents,  Summer  Reading  Challenge  2017,  begins  in  all  South  Gloucestershire  Libraries   last summer, helped by over 70 range of activities in the library. on  15  July  and  runs  un7l  9  September.  Libraries  are  also  holding  free  ac7vi7es  throughout  the  holiday  to   help  children  complete  the  Challenge  including:  Bristol  Zoo  workshops,  ‘meet  a  guide  dog’  and  craZ  ses-­‐ volunteers. Ellie, aged 17, who sions.     The theme of this year’s volunteered last summer said: The  closing  date  for  applica7ons  is  30  June.  Volunteers  must  be  aged  13  or  over.    For  more  informa7on  ask   a  member  of  staff  at  any  South  Gloucestershire  library,  email  emma.fisher@southglos.gov.uk  or  visit  www.-­‐ southglos.gov.uk/libraries.    challenge is Animal Agents – a ‘Volunteering has been a really whole host of clever creatures, enjoyable experience. It hasLike  us  www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries  and  follow  us  @southgloslibs  for  the  Animal  Agents  updates.       ready to solve all kinds of helped me to meet new people mysteries. It starts on 15 July and develop my confidence when and runs until 9 September. communicating with others.’ Libraries are also holding free Martin Burton, from South activities throughout the holiday. Gloucestershire Council said The closing date for “Volunteering for the Summer applications is 30 June. Reading Challenge gives young Volunteers must be aged 13 or people a valuable opportunity over. For more information to gain confidence, skills and ask a member of staff or email experience which increases emma.fisher@southglos.gov.uk employability. It’s inspiring Illustrations @Tony Ross for The Reading Agency

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Sounds of Latin America to echo around Horton LATIN American music will fill Horton and Little Sodbury village hall when two members of the Bristol-based band Aji Pa Ti

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n AROUND THE W.I. Winterbourne Down WI AT our last meeting our speaker was James Cross who has been head gardner at The Bishops Palace in Wells for 13 years. The gardens cover 14 acres and are divided into different areas.  There are four main gardeners and a number of volunteers who help James. The first gardens date back to 1206 and over the years have undergone various changes and styles of planting as per the fashion of the day and the wish of the Bishop at the time. James and his team have done a lot of replanting in the herbaceous borders to give a longer display of flowers. He told us that in 1340 Bishop Ralph had fortifications built around the gardens and a moat was built which has to be dredged and kept clean.  The famous swans and cygnets swim on the moat.  We were shown sketches and slides of the various trees, shrubs, bulbs and flowers that are, and have been, in the gardens with Wells Cathedral as a magnificent back drop. There were also two reports, firstly that some of our members

visited Dyrham Park and had an afternoon tour and talk of the gardens. They noted how lovely the flowers and tulips were in the newly laid out beds. Two of our members and their husbands went to the Keynsham Methodist Church Hall to listen to Jill Toman give a talk on "A Photographers Visit to Tibet and Nepal".  Jill, a retired lady, trekked with a small party of like minded photographers across difficult terrain capturing on camera, stunning scenery, buildings, local town life and weather conditions of these two countries. At the May Day Carnival, we had our usual table selling cakes, jams, marmalades, breads and crumbles. Although everyone was expecting it to rain the weather stayed dry so a lot of people came to support the event. All are welcome to join us at our meetings in All Saints Churchill Hall. Winterbourne Evening W.I. Our May meeting was very well attended. Instead of a speaker this month we were very fortunate to

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n FLORAL FRIENDS Primroses along Church Road Floral Friends volunteers have planted primroses – which had been kindly donated by a local resident – along Church Road. Hopefully they will grow well and naturalise along the roadside banks.

Wildflower Planting

Floral Friends have been busy sowing wildflowers with the help of local schoolchildren. Frampton Cotterell C of E Primary School Gardening Club helped to sow wild flower seeds at The Park. They also planted sunflower seeds in pots to look after at school; they will then plant them out with the wild flowers in June. The schoolchildren showed a keen interest in pollinators and wild life and will compete to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. Pupils from Watermore Primary School helped Floral Friends volunteers to plant 80 wild flower plugs in the Glebeland meadow.  The plug plants were kindly provided by Sally Pattison, Biodiversity

Officer from South Glos. Now we are hoping for some rain to help them to grow and provide a beautiful display while attracting pollinators.

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Crossbow Brownies have sown sunflower seeds in a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. Later in June the seedlings will be planted at the back of the wild flower bed in The Park to create a stunning summer display. The Floral Hat Festival – an exhibition of flowers and hats (to be decorated or made with flowers – or why not try a vase of flowers with a small hat as decoration?) to commemorate our local hatting industry and celebrate summer flowers – will be open on the weekend of 24th – 25th June 2017 at the Zion United Church, Frampton Cotterell. Events include live music (from, among others, the Shanty Men and the Crossbow Singers), children’s craft activities, a talk on the hatting industry in S. Glos, refreshments and a plant stall.

If you would like to contribute a floral display please email us at floralfriendsofframpton@gmail. com for further details. Please put this date in your diary now. Much more information about our activities is available on our

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA June 1 & 2 n Yate-Genieri Link. Open Garden Days. 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Nutridge, Ram Hill, Coalpit Heath. BS36 2UF. Admission £4.00. Children under 16 freeA three acre garden.. Cream teas. Plants for sale. Musicians will perform on both afternoons. June 3 & 4 n Open weekend at St. Peter’s Church, Wapley 3rd & 4th June from 10.30 A.m. – 4 P.m. Refreshments available June 9 n Folk @ Frampton, Crossbow, School Road, 8pm, Small charge. All welcome June 11 n Medieval Fayre, Winterbourne Medieval Barn, 11am - 4pm. A full day of re-enactments of medieval life, cooking, crafts, weapons, fighting, plus falconry, medieval music, stalls, food and drink, and more. www.winterbournebarn. org.uk June 13 n 'New Tricks for Old Gardeners' by Katherine Crouch. Held on the second Tuesday of the month, Richard - 7.30 pm at All Saints Church Hall, 27 Church Road, Winterbourne Down, BS36 1BX June 16 n Winterbourne Down & District Horticultural Society 'Members' Annual Rose Show' to be held at All Saints Church Hall, Church Road, Winterbourne Down on Friday

June 16 n Free admission to the general public from 7.30 - 8.15 pm. June 13 n Community Coffee Morning, WADCA, 10.30 - 12.30. All welcome. june 14 n Carer's Club, Zion, 2-4pm. Carers welcome to stay with the person they care for or use the free time as they wish. More details from Jean 775786 or Rona 886925 June 16 n The Inflatable Sharks', Live Band, WADCA, Doors open 8pm. Tickets £8 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/ date/334001 or tel. WADCA on 776268 June 16 n Bingo, Crossbow, 8pm. £1 for 5 games and 50p for snowball. Tel. 772947 June 16 n The Filtones 17th annual charity event. Eden Grove Methodist Church, Eden Grove, Horefield, Bristol BS7 OPQ. or more information and tickets in advance tel. 01179690654 or email dorothy. bryant@btinternet.com. Or search www.thefiltones.weebly.com. Tickets also available at the door. June 17 n St. Peter's Church Summer Fair – between 2 and 4.30 pm. The Summer Fair is taking place at Bridge House in Rectory Road. The famous Bridge House Trains will be running. We will have stalls

where you can buy pre-owned toys, games and jewellery there will also be a bottle tombola, raffle and much more. There will be fun and games for the children and you can also relax in the lovely Bridge House garden with an ice cream, tea or coffee plus delicious home made cakes. June 17 n Friends of WIA Car Boot Sale Saturday 17th June 10am - 12pm at WIA school - Bus Car Park to rear of school, off Flaxpits Lane - Come and support your Local School and buy some great bargains at the same time - Refreshments available, Small entrance fee Adults 50p, children free - Would you like a stall of your own ? prepaid £5 before 9th June or £10 on the day, please email your enquiry/booking to: juliedianetrott@gmail.com June 21 n Community Coffee morning, Manor Hall, Coalpit Heath, 10am 12.00. Sponsored by NISA. Alison Allan Tel: 07873 747513 for more details. June 22 n Community World Dance, 2 - 4 pm, Zion Church Hall. All welcome. £3 incl tea. June 24 n Basket Weaving Workshop, Winterbourne Medieval Barn, 9.30am - 4pm. Cost £45. Bookings tel. 01454 778436 www. winterbournebarn.org.uk June 24

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June, 2017 Coffee Shop, or on the gate. www. winterbournebarn.org.uk June 25 n Floral Hat Festival, Zion Church, 2 - 4pm. June 27 n Frampton Cotterell W.I. , St Peters Hall, School Rd, 7.45 - 10pm Tel.773426. Tel.773426 or 778900 e. marycroberts@talktalk.net June 28 n Forget-me-not Singalong Group, Zion, 2pm-3.30pm. For local people with dementia. Carers welcome to stay. Details from Jean 775786 or Rona 886925 July 1 n Frampton Cotterell Summer Fete. On the school field. Saturday 1st July 2017, 1:30 – 4:00pm. Attractions include: inflatable slide, second-hand bike and scooter stall, Frampton Bake Off, Bradley Stoke Radio and a live band. July 1 n Bristol Chamber Orchestra invite you to a Summer Serenade at Frenchay Parish Church BS16 1LJ Saturday July 1st at 7.30 pm. Music by Handel, Bach, Arensky, Sibelius, Borodin, Grieg, Dag Wiren and ending with the Radetzky March by Strauss. Tickets £9 in advance, £11 on the door (Students £5, Children free) Includes refreshments. Contact number 0117 9562106. July 3 & 4 n The Crossbow Singers summer concert 2017.A selection of music to uplift you and make you smile! Crossbow House, School Roas, Frampton Cotterell. Tickets are £6 each from Shirley for Monday 3rd on 01454774812, or from Mary for Tuesday 4th on 01454887885 July 10 n Bristol Budgerigar Society. Monday July 10 commencing 7.45pm. Exhibition young budgerigar show at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Bristol BS34 6HR. Visitors welcome to join us as guests. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@ hotmail.com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Tel 0117 9073188 Mob 07922538894 alan_fretten13@ hotmail.com

Regular events Monday n Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am (termtime) Winterbourne Early Years Centre, Greenfield Centre, Park Ave, Winterbourne. For more information call Helen 01454 773781. n Open Door bereavement

suport group. 10.30-12.00 every first Monday., St Peter’s Church Baby Group 1-3pm (termtime) Winterbourne Early Years Centre, Greenfield Centre, Park Ave, Winterbourne. For more information call Helen 01454 773781. n Memory Cafe, run by the Alzheimer’s Society. The Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, 2pm - 4pm 1st Monday of month. Scrabble, The Community Centre, Winterbourne, 2- 4.30pm n Manor Hall Gardening & Social Club The Manor Hall 2.-3.30pm. First Monday of the month, (except for Bank Holidays on the second Monday). n 1st Winterbourne Down and Buryside Beavers Scouts 5pm until 6:30pm at the Scout hut on Green Dragon Road, Winterborne. n 1st Winterbourne Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Meet Monday evenings in St. Michael’s Room. winterbournesmgsl@ cotswoldedgescouts.org.uk 01454 775024 n North Road Ladies, Iron Action Parish Hall, 7.30, every first Monday. n Women’s Fellowship Zion Church Hall 2.30p.m.- 3.45 Programme of speakers, choirs., followed by a cup of tea. 1.50p per week. For details ring Pat Lax 886830 n Iron Acton WI Iron Acton Parish Hall, 7.30, second Monday of month. n Crossbow Singers, Crossbow House, Frampton Cotterell. 7.30. Term Time only, starting in September. We would love to welcome more tenors and basses. Please contact Jenny on 01454 313037. n Winterbourn Down Border Morris Morris Dancing, All Saint’s Church Hall, 8.15pm n Line dancing with Laughter in Line, Zion Church Hall, Woodend Rd, Frampton Cotterell. Beginners 7.30pm, Improvers, 8.30pm. Info Sarah 01454 773929 www. laughterinline.org n Winterbourne Scrabble Club - weekly 2.00 - 4.30 pm at Winterbourne & District Community Centre, Watleys End Road, Winterbourne. Further info from Gill on 01454 773573. n Bristol Budgerigar Society hold meetings at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol BS34 6HR. Meetings commence at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month. Details from the Secretary Colin Parsons Tel 01454 775878. E-mail colinpauline@hotmail.com or Chairman, Peter Dark. Tel 01454 201217. E-mail honey@darkm. freeserve.co.uk Membership; Adult £7.00, senior £5.00, same address

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partners £10.00, different address partners appropriate single rate each. Juniors free. Visitors always welcome without commitment or charge to see the wonderful budgerigar breeding, exhibition and social experience that Bristol Budgerigar Society can offer. n Bristol Budgerigar Society hold meetings at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol BS34 6HR. Meetings commence at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month. Chairman, Peter Dark. Tel 01454 201217. E-mail honey35@ hotmail.co.uk Details from the Secretary Colin Parsons Tel 01454 775878. E-mail colinpauline@ hotmail.com Membership; Adult £7.00, senior £5.00, same address partners £10.00, different address partners appropriate single rate each. Juniors free. Visitors always welcome without commitment or charge to see the wonderful budgerigar breeding, exhibition and social experience that Bristol Budgerigar Society can offer. n Slimming World Monday: 5.30pm & 7.30pm Watermore Primary School Call Alison: 07972376055 n Winterbourne Afternoon WI meets at Salem Church Hall, Factory Road, Winterbourne on the 2nd Monday of each month at 2pm. We welcome visitors. Contact 01454 250 for details or look at our web site www.wawimoonfruit.com or email lesleysharman@gmail.com n Bristol Budgerigar Society hold meetings at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol BS34 6HR commencing 7.45pm on the second Monday of each month. Details from Secretary Colin Parsons Tel 01454 775878. E-mail colinpauline@hotmail.com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Tel 0117 9073188 Mob 07922538894. E-mail alan_fretten13@hotmail.com Visitors always welcome to see the wonderful budgerigar breeding, exhibition and social experience that Bristol Budgerigar Society can

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED 773781. n Tiny Tots. 2.00-3.00pm,St Peter’s Church, n St John’s Ambulance. St Saviour’s Hall, Beesmoor Road. 6.15 - 9pm (term time). n Steam Engine Club, Miners Club, Coalpit Heath. 7pm, last Thursday of month. Line dancing. Iron Acton Parish Hall, High St, Iron Acton. New beginners, 7.20pm. Improvers, 8.30pm. www.laughterinline.com n Winterbourne Musical Theatre. Winterbourne Community Association, 7.30pm. n Winterbourne Flower Club. St Michaels Rooms, Winterbourne 7.30pm, 1st (Practice) and 3rd (Demonstration) Thursdays of each month. Further information call 01454 776753 n Winterbourne Evening Women’s Institute St. Michael’s Rooms in Winterbourne at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of every month except August n Crossbow Camera Club Crossbow House, 8pm, every Thursday (from September). Contact Mike Challenger 07833316081 n Bingo British Legion Club Ryecroft Road, Frampton Cotterell. 8.15pm.Free entry n Winterbourne Flower Club, St Michaels Rooms, Winterbourne 7.30pm, 1st (Practice) and 3rd (Demonstration) Thursdays of each month. Further information call 01454 776753 n South Gloucestershire Decorative and Fine Arts Society meet at Bradley Stoke Community School Fiddlers Lane Bradley Stoke. 3rd Thursday evening of the month. Starting October 7-00 for 7-30 start refreshments. Sallykitching@googlemail.com Tel no 01454 774401 n Sugarcraft: If you are interested in sugar icing why not come along to our meeting? We have demonstrations monthly on flowers and models and practice/ workshops with instruction. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 7.30pm – 9.30pm

at St Andrews Hall, Elm Park, Filton. Visitors welcome. Contact Jean Kington on 0117 956 8737 for more information. n Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Thursday 1.30 - 4.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road. Contact Pat Sleightholme, 01179 793473. New members welcome. n Frampton Singalong Crossbow House, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2DB 1st Thursday in the month 2 - 3.30 pm Favourite songs from the shows, folk, country Live music, keyboard player and acoustic duo, sitting exercises. Tea & cakes. 3.00 pounds Tel. Hilary Jay 07515 351 813 n Winterbourne Down WI meetings held on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in All Saints Church Hall, Winterbourne Down. n Stationary Engine Club, Meets at Miner’s Club Coalpit Heath 7:30 pm first Thursday of every month. n Frampton World Dance for beginners, 2nd & 4th Thursdays in month, 2.00 - 4.00pm, Zion Church Hall, Upper Chapel Lane, Frampton BS36 2HY. Learn easy gentle dances from around the world, no partner needed, for people of all ages. Authentic music, social break for tea and chat. £3. Contact Hilary Jay 07792 495 367 Severn Counties Foreign & British Bird Society n Meetings at 8pm, Winterbourne Down Methodist Church Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne, BS36 1BN on 3rd Thursday of each month. The local club for all keepers of canaries, finches or other birds. Monthly talks, club events, twice yearly shows. All welcome. Contact severncounties@gmail.com, Tel Molly Durbin 01275 373743. Web Address: http://www.foreignbritishbirds.info/index.html

Thursday Travel Club Meets first Thursday of the monthSt Saviour’s Church Hall, Beesmoor Road, Coalpit Heath n March 2nd: Peter Davey; Around

Bath by Tram. n Winterbourne Winds beginners/ intermediate/returners wind band rehearse Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm at the Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne BS36 1NJ. Brass & Woodwind players, percussionist, bassist wanted to join sociable group. Instruments available for loan. Contact Dan 01172 395210. Contact Roger: 07925 296930 or 01454 77701 Friday n St James The Less Parent and Toddler Group, The Marshall Rooms, Iron Acton. 10.30 - 12.30 term times. n Frome Valley Art Group Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. 1pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 9pm n Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir, Zion Church, Frampton Cotterell. 7.30pm – 9.00pm. New members welcomed, no audition, Call Paul Crook 01454 851656. n Frampton Cotterell Community Associon. Fridays at Crossbow House School Road Ist Friday of every month Quiz- 3rd Friday of every month Bingo, start at 8 pm. n Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Friday 7.30 - 10.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre. Contact Pat Sleightholme, 01179 793473. New members welcome. n St Saviours Church Coalpit Heath. The Church opening every Friday from 11am until 1pm, Come and Join us for tea and coffee. Maybe stay for a soup lunch midday meet up with old friends. Saturday n Brockeridge Quilters, Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. 10am to 4pm, third Saturday of the month. n Bingo Open7/00pm,Bingo 8/00pm Music & Dancing from 8/30pm-11/30pm Every Saturday night.(£4) at the Royal British Legion Ryecroft Rd n Patchwork and Quilting Beginner classes starting in September on alternate Saturdays.

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Return to Cabinet system for council SOUTH Gloucestershire Council has reverted to a system of being run by a leader and Cabinet members - five years after the arrangement was abandoned. In the see-saw change of governance, the council has been run twice by committees and now, for the second time, by a Cabinet. The change came into effect at the council’s annual general meeting, meaning the leader and executive members will take decisions either collectively as a Cabinet or individually as executive portfolio holders. Decisions will be open to scrutiny by all of the nonexecutive councillors via a scrutiny commission. Formal appointments to the various roles were also made at the AGM, with Matthew Riddle

as council leader and Cabinet member for the local economy and devolution. Councillor Riddle represents the Severn ward, comprising the villages of Olveston, Oldburyon-Severn, Rockhampton, Hill and Aust. Toby Savage becomes deputy leader and Cabinet member for schools, skills and employment. Other portfolio holders are Ben Stokes, adult care; Jon Hunt, children and young people; Colin Hunt, planning, transportation and the strategic environment; Heather Goddard, communities and tourism; Erica Williams, housing delivery and public health, and John Goddard, corporate resources. Councillors Ian Boulton and Claire Young share the chairmanship of the scrutiny

commission. Other non-executive chairmen and women appointed to head up various roles include Marian Lewis, health scrutiny; Nick Barrett, audit and accounts; June Bamford, development control east; Trevor Jones, development control west, and Keith Cranney, regulatory committee. Separately, Yate councillor Ian Blair was appointed council chairman after a year in the role of vice-chairman. Emersons Green councillor Rachael Hunt was appointed vice chairwoman.  The chairman represents the council at civic functions as well as chairing meetings of the full council. Pictured right: Matthew Riddle, council leader.

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n NEWS A PAINTING of Ann Widdecombe created to promote Thornbury Arts Festival and the Severn Vale Arts Trail received a seal of approval from the former Shadow Home Secretary herself. Miss Widdecombe dropped by to see the portrait in Olveston before going on to officially launch the festival. The painting was the work of village artist and art trail participant Angus Macaskill, who creates pictures when inspired by the latest news and then displays them on the gates of his Churchill House home for passers-by to see. His image of Miss Widdecombe was based on an appearance on the BBC’s Question Time programme and also featured its presenter David Dimbleby. When told about the painting, Miss Widdecombe was keen to see it so stopped off to meet Mr Macaskill ahead of her appointment in Thornbury. She said the picture was “very amusing” and happily posed alongside it. She also said

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popular contestants on Strictly Come Dancing, then went on to the Armstrong Hall to give a talk about her life within and outside politics, before answering questions from the audience. Other highlights of the nine-day festival included comedy drama from the Reduced Shakespeare Company, concerts by folk singer Cara Dillon and the electric string band Stringfever, as well as a talk on genetics by leading scientist Professor Robert Winston. Lord Winston also visited the Castle School earlier on the day of his visit to talk to students. The festival committee said comments received from those attending events had indicated it was one of the best ever and a big success.

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n LETTERS PPG – What’s that?

It’s PPG Awareness Week from 19th to 24th June, but I’m pretty certain that most people reading this won’t know what that means. Patient Participation Groups are set up to represent patients at GP surgeries and try to help to bring improvements. We represent the patients of the Frome Valley Medical Centre and I’ve been very concerned recently to read lots of negative comments on Facebook about the surgery, particularly with regard to the time it takes to get an appointment. Did you know that our surgery has almost 15,000 patients? There have also been significant changes recently with new doctors being recruited and trained. Oh, and you know the chest infections a lot of people suffered from over the winter, well the doctors and nurses weren’t immune and there was a lot of juggling to get patients seen. Staff were also hit hard and were having to cover for each other during this period. Our surgery is certainly better than many others nationally and if you really need

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Summer concert promises feel good tunes at Crossbow The Crossbow Singers are busily rehearsing for their 2017 SUmmer Concert. This will take place on

Monday and Tuesday, 3rd and 4th July in Crossbow House. School Road, Frampton Cotterell. Performances begin at 7.30pm. This year all the proceeds from the ticket sales will be split between three local charities. These are the Baby Bank Network (Bristol), Off The Record, (Yate), and The Hive Drop-in Service (Kingswood). In choosing these we ahve tried to cover a wide age range and variety of different needs within out community. There will also be a retiring collection to raise funds for the forthcoming improvements to the Beesmoor Road Playing Fields in Frampton Cotterell. So, make sure you get your ticket- just £6 each- and not only enjoy a fun evening of music and song, but also help support a number of good causes. Tickets for Monday 3rd July can be obtainded by ringing Shirley on 01454774812, or, if Tuesday 4th July would be better for you then give Mary a call on 01454887885. We look forward to seeing you there. Chris Palmer Secretary Crossbow Singers

Teenagers arrested after bin fire THREE teenagers were arrested after a fire in a bin in Mangotsfield that led to damage to six cars nearby. The incident was reported at about 6am on Friday May 5 in the Arnold Road/Junction Way area. The next day two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of arson. All three were later released under investigation. Police would like to hear from anyone with information which could help. Get in touch online www.avonandsomerset. police.uk/contact, or call 101, quoting reference 5217099232. Alternatively ring the free independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Supermarket helps with Golf day to raise thousands for charity Yate youth garden A CHARITY golf day organised by the captain of Chipping Sodbury Golf Club is looking to raise £5000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Willow Foundation. The Willow Foundation has fulfilled thousands of special days for young adults with life threatening conditions. The charity was founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson and his wife Megs in 1999 as a memorial to their daughter Anna who died of cancer at 31. Club captain Clive Reynolds said; ‘I am well on the way to achieving my £5000 target.

However a well supported event will ensure that I reach my goal and this will enable me to support two worthwhile causes.’ The day at Chipping Sodbury tees off at 11.30am on Friday 14 July as a Stableford Points competition. The entry fee of £140 for a team of four includes refreshments, a two course meal and the chance to win prizes for nearest the pin and halfway house competitions. Entry forms are available from the club by calling 01454 319042 or visiting www. chippingsodburygolfclub.co.uk

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THE Armadillo Youth Venue and Café is to start work on a garden in its grounds, after securing £5,000 from the local Tesco supermarket. The money was secured after coming out on top in a community vote at the store at Yate Shopping Centre. Plans for the garden involve artificial grass, football goals and colourful planting boxes with fruit trees and vegetables. Local suppliers have approached the venue and offered their services, with work on the garden to begin

soon. Carene Whiting-Hays, the Armadillo’s Operations Manager said; :This will be a community garden to be enjoyed by all. The venue attracts many different age groups from the community and it our aim to make a vibrant and colourful space that will enrich the community.” “All the staff and young people at the Armadillo would like to thank the community for all their contribution and help in making this happen.”

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By Sarah Young of Spoilt Hair & Beauty

It’s time to look to the summer and get prepped. Whether you are away or having a staycation, a little bit more of us is bound to be on show. So here are our steps to summer.

of moisturiser is needed especially on the heels. Get your toes filed and painted with this summer’s top colours; flamingo pink, water melon red and palm tree green.

Sun care and a golden glow Do not underestimate the power of the sun and ensure that all the skin care products you use have an SPF factor, even if you are not sitting directly in the sun. If your skin would burn after 10 mins in the sun without protection then applying SPF 15 sunscreen should allow you to stay in the sun 15 times longer. Always check the bottle and make sure you are protected.

Waxing Summertime is the season of waxing. The first bikini wax is always the most painful. After that the hair becomes thinner and much easier to remove. If you find waxing really painful then perhaps take some pain relief 30 mins before. Be brave and wax away.

Summer Skin Care Having sticky and shiny skin is a given in the summer months, however a small change in your skincare routine can help this. Put away your oils and instead use a soap-free wash, a gentle face scrub once a week and lots of moisturiser to help protect your skin against the high UV levels. Feet first Make sure your feet are well cared for too. A nice pedicure at the start of the summer can maintain them yourself throughout the summer. Find a good callus peel treatment to remove all that hard skin that may have built up over the winter months. Lots

Big Lunch for playing Frampton playing field An afternoon of fun is on the cards at Beesmoor Road Playing Fields in Frampton Cotterell. The volunteers who look after the field say there will be 20 stalls representing local organisations and groups, as well as demonstrations of karate, line dancing, and girls’ rugby. A fun dog show gets underway at 12:30. Money raised from the event on June 4, which includes a barbecue, will go towards the play area redevelopment. The latest design of the project will be on show. The event gets underway at 11.30 until 4.

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Rockhampton ready to roll as folk festival unveils quality line-up SCARECROWS have been appearing in and around Thornbury to spread the word about Rockhampton Folk Festival. This year’s event takes place in its countryside venue on Saturday, June 17, with a line-up that includes BBC Young Folk Musician award winner Greg Russell. Greg will be appearing alongside Ray Hearne, who describes himself as a Yorkshire Irish kid. Vocal Global, gipsy swing from The Schmoozenbergs, Fife and Strum and The Hosen Ones have also been booked to appear. This year’s festival has been recognised by Arts Council England and with its support, the organisers have been able

to bring top quality artists to the village. They are also supporting young musicians, with the Wriggle Jigglers and Panache steel band set to entertain festival-goers. Tickets can be bought through the festival website, with Early Bird discounts only available until May 31. They are also on sale in Surroundings in Thornbury. Gates will open at 2.30pm, with locally produced food and drink available and parking provided next to the festival site. However, anyone who cycles to the event will receive a free slice of cake as a thankyou for leaving their car at home.

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SAM Bailey, the winner of ITV’s X Factor show is to appear at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. The platinum selling artist and star of the musical Chicago will be appearing on Fri 4 August at 7:30pm. Event producer and compere James Murden said; “Sam is an incredible vocalist and I'm so excited to introduce her on stage in Chipping Sodbury. She was outstanding on The X Factor and to bring her to my home town is a real treat.” Tickets are available from SouthWestLive.co.uk

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Paul Jones and Dave Kelly return to Sodbury

MANFRED Mann frontman Paul Jones is making a welcome return to Chipping Sodbury this July. He will be joined by co vocalist Dave Kelly and the duo, founder members of The Blues Band, will be performing their live acoustic set at the Baptist Church on the evening of Friday 7th July. Since announcing the concert organisers Cotswold Edge Events have been overwhelmed by the response and the July date is well on its way to selling out. Organiser Mark Lloyd commented, 'we knew that Paul and Dave are popular but the response has been incredible, everyone is really looking forward to the pair returning to the town.' As well as their own original material, they not only know and perform the work of the greats, ranging from Howling’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson - they actually played alongside them, and enjoyed their friendship.

After over a quarter century as presenter of his BBC Radio 2 R&B show, as a thrilling singer and harmonica maestro, what Paul Jones doesn’t know about the Blues can be written on a pinhead. The same can be said about Europe’s leading bluesman, Dave Kelly. He’s played with them all, including legends such as James Burton and Buddy Guy. Superb blues vocals combined with guitar virtuosity have elevated Dave Kelly into the higher echelon of international blues performers, where he truly belongs. A live acoustic set by this dynamic duo is an occasion you’ll remember. If you’re a true Blues fan, everything you need is here Tickets from £21 are now available for the concert that takes place on Friday 7th July at Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church. Call Mark Lloyd on 07733898762 or email marklloyd56@viriginmedia.com to book.

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to Kingsgate Park ORGANISERS of the annual Yate Rocks Festival are expecting a big turn-out for the popular community event when it returns to Kingsgate Park. The festival is in its twelfth year and is set to draw in thousands of people of all ages. They will go along to hear local bands, visit sideshows, support community and craft stalls and enjoy a variety of food and drink, with a beer tent hosted by the Wickwar Brewing Company. A range of entertainment includes giant inflatables for children, who can also have a go on trampolines and join in football games. A new feature this year will be a go-kart ride for youngsters and a Wipe Out inflatable that also allows adults to join in. There will also be a chance to

see a fire engine from the town’s station. The festival opens on Saturday, June 24, with music to be performed by bands including Atlantic, Limited Edition, Toby, Tail Lights, Uncle Buck, Elevation and Fire Blisters, as well as the Yate Rock Choir. There will also be dancing by GKR, Kathryn Hurley Dance Academy, Redds, Street Cred and Pure. A Praise in the Park event will get the festival’s second day under way on Sunday, June 25, with local churches providing an outdoor service from 10.30am. The Westerly Showband will play during an afternoon Picnic in the Park from 1.30pm. There will also be entertainment from Raysfield School Choir and the Sounds Delighted women’s choir.

MORE than 100 older people enjoyed an evening of musical entertainment organised by Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club. The event, held in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, featured The End of the Track band from Chippenham, which turned the clock back to the 60s with its schedule of songs.    Rotary president Ian Lowe, who was master of ceremonies for the night, said: “The evening

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Annual beer and music festival set for sell-out

REAL ale enthusiasts will be heading for Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club when the annual South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival returns to the venue. The event, now in its 22nd year, attracts hundreds of people to The Ridings to sample a 100-strong range of beers, as well as cider, perry and wine. They also enjoy hours of live music during the two-day event, with food, snacks and soft drinks available. Organised by Yate and District Rotary Club, this year’s festival will open at 6pm on Friday, July 7, and continue into the night, resuming from noon on Saturday, July 8. It is one of the biggest beer festivals in the area and profits from the weekend will go to a range of local, national and international charities supported by the Rotarians. Club spokesman David Picton said £236,000 had so far been

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big boost. They can be bought online at www.bs37.com/beer or in person from Chipping Sodbury’s tourist information centre or Meredith’s ironmongery store in Yate Shopping Centre. They cost £10 for the Friday session and £16 for the Saturday, with each ticket holder receiving either a beer mug or wine glass to take home as a memento. A £2 discount will be given if bought by June 1. A total of seven live music sessions will entertain the festival-goers, with Exiled and The Naughties on stage on the opening night.

Saturday’s schedule features The Peppercorns, The Three Pieces, Fourth Wall, Lorise Eaton and The Steelers and a closing show by the West's longest running glam rock tribute outfit Fab 208. Mr Picton said the club, which has use of The Ridings thanks to Chipping Sodbury Town Trust, donated nearly £8,000 to local community projects and individuals in the year ending June 2016. A further £2,220 was sent to national charities and nearly £7,000 was allocated for international support, including the campaign to eradicate polio.

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Local man shines at Castle Coombe meeting

LOCAL racing driver Chris Hignell has had a great start to the season in the Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship in his new Peugeot 106. At both the Easter "Howard's Day" meeting, and the May Bank holiday round, he managed third in class. With 14 points he is currently laying tenth in the championship table. Hignell is one of only a

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Sodbury Sportive back in the saddle A CHARITY cycle ride that has become popular nationally is getting ready for its sixth year this summer. The Saddleback Sodbury Sportive on Sunday 13 August has enjoyed positive reviews in a number of top cycling magazines. The number of riders has grown steadily each year from 378 in the first event in 2012 to 1,000 at last years fifth Sportive. Event organiser Stuart Bennett, “The sportive is for everyone as it offers three routes to choose from; 30, 60 or 100 miles. A friendly atmosphere combined with great camaraderie on all the routes

and back at the event HQ has made it into an event enjoyed by everyone.’ The event is run entirely by volunteers with 100% of the profits going to charities and good causes. Last year the event raised just under £25,000. Cyclists who complete the course can also look forward to the chance to relax with a pasty and a pint and listen to live music at Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club.

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Nicholson achieves Badminton dream after overcoming serious neck injury

IT took 33 years but Andrew Nicholson finally won the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials - just 21 months after escaping paralysis in a fall that left him with a broken neck. The Wiltshire-based New Zealander achieved his long deserved victory with Nereo, the 17-year-old chestnut gelding who has previously carried him to a third and sixth place at the international, as well as team bronze at the London 2012 Olympics. In emotional scenes at the end of four days of competition, fellow riders gave three cheers to the 55-year-old Kiwi, whose CV had until then failed to include the prestigious Badminton title, despite a record number of completions and finishing as close as second. Before the 2017 running, Nicholson had completed the event an incredible 35 times. This year he made that 37, with a top 12 finish on Qwanza as well as nailing the title with Nereo. He said: “To have waited so long and to have been so near before has been pretty hard but I had to get over it and get on. I’ve been able to come back and to finally win has given me an unbelievable feeling. “I’ve had Nereo since he was four-years-old and he’s always been one of my favourites. He tries to please and gives 100 per cent all of the time.” Nicholson said having Nereo to compete played a big part in getting him back in the saddle after his serious injury in August

2015, which led to eight hours of surgery to repair fractures and stabilise his cervical spine. His surgeon, Jeremy Reynolds, a Bristol University graduate, told him his injury would have caused paralysis in 98 per cent of cases. Nicholson’s victory came after an equal fifth place dressage test and jumping clear with just 2.4 time penalties around the tough four-mile cross-country course designed for the first time by Eric Winter. That pushed him up to third position ahead of the final showjumping, where he put the pressure on by going clear with one time fault. He then rose to the top when 2016 winners Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam knocked down one fence to maintain second place, while overnight leader Ingrid Klimke had a disastrous round with Horseware Hale Bob to drop to ninth position. Tim Price finished third with Xavier Faer, while Mark Todd was fourth with NZB Campino and sixth with Leonidas II. Rosalind Canter was best of the British in fifth with Allstar B. Huge crowds witnessed the Badminton action, with crosscountry day alone attracting so many spectators - around 100,000 - that extra parking space had to be opened. • Rider Emily Gilruth, who was airlifted to Southmead Hospital after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a fall early on the cross-country course

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Cup triumph ends season for youngsters WINTERBOURNE United Under 12’s ended the seasons in style after winning the Avon Youth League Plate competition. The team finished a third in their division but it was the cup competition which gave them most to cheer about. After winning four qualification matches, the final was against opposition that had won the division without losing a single match. So the final was going to be a huge challenge. But the young players played with tremendous determination and skill. The final was a close and engrossing encounter between two strong teams, but a goal in each half meant Winterbourne won the match 2-0..

Local golfers have good day at junior golf tournament Two local golfers have finished first and second at a schools championships held at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club. In the girls’ individual competition at the Avon Schools Championships, Caycee Perry, representing the host club, finished in first place with a net score of 68 while Kendleshire

Golf Club’s Isabel Payne came second with a score of 71. In the Avon Boys Gross Team Championship, Chipping Sodbury School finished second. The team of Adam Blue, Tom Melling and Mitchell O’Brien also enjoyed success in the handicap event finishing third with a team score of 138. Brimsham Green School

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Early season sees centuries galore for Winterbourne WINTERBOURNE, cricket club has enjoyed a good start to the season with players shining with both bat and ball. There have been nine centuries notched up. Third team opener Chris Kay has led the way, scoring back to back hundreds on successive weekends, which has helped guide his side to second spot in the table. The highest score so far this season has been an unbeaten 150 from veteran Jon Oakes, who has been playing alongside son Ashley in the club's fourth XI. Another veteran, Derek Comley, also made a fine unbeaten century against Hanham. First teamers Richard Trotman and Ben Slade also have a hundred against their name, as does young Tom Curnock - who also scored his runs against Hanham. Another youngster to impress is Sami Hamid, who retired unbeaten with a ton against Keynsham in an Under 13 fixture. The final hundred went to Adam Moore, who has been the club's stand out opening bowler for many years. Injury has restricted his bowling but benefited his batting greatly; his unbeaten 102 against Bedminster was warmly received by the fast bowler's union. The club's bowlers have also played their part. Three players have taken 5 wicket hauls, Kieran Slade returning 5-32 against Patchway. Matt Crane was also in the wickets, this time in the National T20 competition. He produced a spell of 5-21 against Burbage. The club's leading wicket taker is currently skipper George Ford. His 5-27 against Bath secured victory and ensured his side were at the top of the table at the end of May.

Dan Harris scorer of winning try in final FRAMPTON Cotterell Rugby Clubs’ colts team are celebrating after being crowned Bristol Colts 7’s champions. After breezing through the early rounds of the competition, they came up against the host club Keynsham in the final. Keynsham led 12-5 with only a minute left but Frampton scored two late tries to take the title, 17-12 . The last play of the game, with Frampton trailing 12-10, saw skipper Zak Smith get a crucial turnover and Dan Harris raced under the points for the victory. The boys triumphed despite attending the club’s annual dinner the night before.

Winterbourne kids prepare to enter new league WINTERBOURNE United FC Under 7’s are preparing for life in the Hanham Minor League after a year of training together every Saturday morning. The side, which will be an Under 8’s team by the time it starts in the league in September, has been helped in their preparations by two local businesses, Royal Raj and GC Plastering, who have funded new kits. Winterbourne United Youth Football Club are also looking for new players. If your son or daughter is aged between 5 and 7 contact Warren Teague 07881667788 for further details.

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Fair to middling start for the Fram IT has been a mixed start to the season for Frampton Cotterell Cricket Club, writes Sam Coleman. The first team lost badly to Keynsham (by 6 wickets) and to Lansdown (by 60 runs) but managed to beat YMCA for the first time in many years. The star performer has undoubtedly been former skipper, Gary Winsor who, now unburdened by the weight of leadership, took 5 wickets for 12 runs and then proceeded to hit an unbeaten 27 runs, winning the match with a superb straight six. On a wet track, new captain Phil Cordy won the toss much to the delight of the Frampton bowlers and YMCA were rushed out for 55 in 21.2 overs. The second team have fared less well losing all three of their league games played in the Bristol and District league. Despite Paul Crowley rolling back the years and clubbing 69 including a massive 6 on to the roof of the clubhouse, Frampton 2’s lost to Bristol Uni Staff 2nd team by 69 runs with old fo, Mo Rashid hitting 79. As usual, the Frampton fielders were particularly generous to the opposition batsmen by gifting them some extra lives. Frampton 2s lost the next fixture against Stothert and Pitt CC by 44 runs and then endured a tough day in the field against Downend coming up 105 runs short when chasing a rain-reduced target of 206 from 33 overs. Finally, the Frampton 3’s have shone a light amidst the gloom with the ever present chairman, Vic Cater still featuring regularly in the runs and wickets. In a thrilling game against Twyford House, Vic and Steve Woods knocked off the winning runs chasing 134 to win by 3 wickets (Vic 32* and 3-19). Frampton 3’s then went on to beat Portishead, also by 3 wickets chasing 119, Robin Cater hitting a half century on his return from injury and Jake Lewis taking 4 wickets for 19 runs with a fine mixture of deliveries.

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To find out more, please call us on:

01454 837 483 or visit www.crystalclearbristol.co.uk www.facebook.com/crystalclearbristol

24 Emery Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 5PF

Frome Valley Voice June 2017  
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