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Furious residents claim views on new houses are being ignored VILLAGERS fear Coalpit Heath will lose its identity and be swallowed up into a “ribbon of development” stretching from Yate to Emersons Green if 1,800 homes are built in their community. The huge number of houses has been included in the controversial Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) to cover the life of the document up to 2036. Action group VALID Villagers Against Local Intended Development - was established to fight the proposals and its members are encouraging as many people as possible to put their views forward through the recently launched consultation on the plan, which runs until January 10. VALID said it was outraged that its concerns appeared to have been “disregarded” so far by the West of England authorities that include South Gloucestershire Council and the other councils within the former Avon.

Coalpit Heath residents are worried about the effect of so many new homes on their locality. They said the village would

more than double in size and local roads, schools and health services would not be able to cope with the expansion. More, page 3

Battle over future of play area

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Coming home after almost 500 years American returns on trail of Winterbourne ancestors PAGE 8

The future for the Frome Valley? It may have been coal that Angry with the council: Residents in Coalpit Heath say they’re shaped the area’s past, but now sustainable energy dominates the outraged over proposals for the Ridings Road play area to be landscape with these wind turbines on the Old Gloucester Road.

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Fears that play space could be lost to redevelopment PEOPLE living near a play area in Coalpit Heath are worried it could be given over to housing if parish leaders decide to give up the lease. Children who live in houses surrounding the Ridings Road play space are among the main users of the facility, which includes some play equipment and is also used as a kick-about area. The site is managed by Frampton Cotterell Parish Council, which leases it from South Gloucestershire Council for a peppercorn rent. But a recent meeting of the parish’s finance working group recommended the land should be handed back to South Gloucestershire, with a suggestion that it be transferred to Merlin Housing Society, as previously done with land at Bell Road and the surrounding housing stock. The group said “it was felt that Merlin could redevelop the site" in line with building

currently taking place in the locality. Members of the group agreed such a move would save the parish money as replacing, updating and adding to the play equipment, as well as cutting the grass and emptying the bins there, would “no longer be a strain on costs to the parish”. But local residents have

reacted with outrage at the possible loss of the site and the lack of consultation. Brian Goodman, 82, said: “Young children deserve every yard of play area. It’s a nice play area that’s well used and could be improved. “We’re all choked up with traffic as it is and this piece of

land is most valuable to the children.” Mr Goodman also said the play area had been used by the air ambulance as a landing space when dealing with emergency call-outs locally - another reason not to have it built on. Another nearby resident, Mick Bony, said: “It’s a bit of green space we don’t want to lose but there’s every possibility we might lose it and it’s possible it might then be decided to develop it. “There’s not much green space left and we don’t want to lose any more.” The recommendation by the working group was due to be debated by the full Frampton Cotterell Parish Council as Frome Valley Voice went to press. Coalpit Heath is one of the villages where Merlin Housing Society is building new homes as part of a major scheme to increase and improve its housing stock.

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Residents want traffic lights to stay to improve safety at busy junction CALLS have been made for temporary traffic lights on a busy commuter route to become permanent so a busy junction can be safer. The lights were installed at the A46 junction with the B4465 Wapley Road near Dodington House because the B-road is being used as a diversion route while the Bromley Heath viaduct works are continuing. The junction is just yards from the M4 and the lights are due to be removed when the works are complete. However, local residents want them to stay.

Claire Young has lead calls for the A46 lights to stay

Rob Cole said: "I have found they have eased the difficulty of using the junction quite considerably. “Turning right onto the A46 from the B4465 is much easier and, because traffic now flows, so is turning left onto the A46." Jo Cole said: "I am sure that having the lights at the junction makes travelling along the A46 and joining or crossing it safer for all drivers." Westerleigh ward councillor Claire Young

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USA visitor traces ancestor’s steps in Winterbourne A DESCENDANT of a man who was baptised and married in St Michael’s Church, Winterbourne, in the 17th century has visited the village to trace his history. Trevor Pontz lives in Florida and made his first trip to the UK after discovering his links with South Gloucestershire. He learned a couple of years ago that his ancestor Anthony Sturgis was born in Frenchay in the 1640s and had been a feltmaker in the hatting industry. He was also a Quaker who had been given a land grant from William Penn in 1683 for a plot in the new city of Philadelphia. Mr Sturgis and his wife, Ann, sailed for the New World on the Bristol Factor ship, landing in Philadelphia on October 4, 1683, with four of their children.  Four other children had died in childhood - Mary in 1668, Hannah the following year, Joseph in 1671 and William in 1672 - and although records are inconclusive, it is likely they were buried at St Michael's.

Trevor with Linda Hall in the Barn Another of his ancestors, Julius Sturgis, founded the first commercial pretzel baker in America in 1861 and is credited with "inventing" the hard or crunchy pretzel. Mr Pontz was welcomed to Winterbourne by members of the church and trustees of

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Outrage from villagers over house building proposals

CAMPAIGNERS opposed to large-scale house building plans for Coalpit Heath are outraged that their concerns appear to have been “disregarded” so far by the West of England authorities. The controversial Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) includes an allocation of 1,800 new homes for the village up to 2036 - the life of the document. Residents are worried about the effect of that scale of building on the locality. They said they feared local roads, schools and health services would not be able to cope as the village would more than double in size. Pete Connors, a member of action group VALID - Villagers Against Local Intended Development - said: “Building at Coalpit Heath would be in one of the narrowest sections of the green belt in the West of England. “Together with other developments planned for Yate and Nibley it would lead to

Yate, which is already getting large scale house building, is earmarked for at least 1,000 homes more in that period, along with employment land, on the edge of the town, at Engine Common, Nibley and on to Westerleigh. Other allocations include 1,200 in Charfield and 500 in Thornbury, both areas having already seen large numbers of new homes. A 3,000-home garden village in Buckover, near Thornbury,

Coalpit Heath losing its identity and becoming part of a ribbon of development leading more or less continuously from Yate through to Emersons Green.” VALID was formed last year to raise awareness and fight the proposals and its members have urged people to get involved in a recently launched consultation on the JSP, stressing that it was not yet a “done deal”. In total, South Gloucestershire is set to expand by 32,500 homes up to 2036.

could see half that number built during the JSP period. The plan sets out the overall amount of residential and employment development and where it should be located in the West of England, as well as the infrastructure to support it. South Gloucestershire Council and the authorities in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset have each debated the plan and agreed that consultation should go ahead, with the process now running until January 10. Liberal Democrats voted against the plan when it came up before South Gloucestershire councillors. Pat Hockey (Lib Dem, Frampton Cotterell) said: “This JSP could have been a great opportunity to plan for the future of our area and combat the national housing crisis. “Instead it has sold South Gloucestershire down the river with an over-concentration of new houses, few of which will be affordable for local people.”




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Man jailed for blowing up ATM in Iron Acton A MAN who made off with thousands of pounds of cash after blowing up a cashpoint in Iron Acton has been jailed for seven years. Peter Hinder was seriously injured after the stolen getaway car used in the 21 August attack crashed as it fled the scene. Nearly £10,000 worth of damage was caused to the ATM at the Esso garage on Yate Road, Iron Acton when Hinder and an unknown accomplice used a highly flammable gas to blow it up. Cash stolen in the incident was then left strewn across the road when the stolen Volkswagen Golf rolled on to its roof just a short distance from the garage on Yate Road. The cassettes from the ATM were found inside the vehicle which specialist crime scene investigators later forensically linked to Hinder. The 27-year-old spent several days in Southmead Hospital after suffering concussion, suspected fractures and cuts to his head in

Peter Hinder the incident. He escaped the police guard by pretending to go out for a cigarette but instead fleeing in a waiting car. Officers quickly traced the car and rearrested Hinder later that same day, taking him into custody. While in a cell Hinder became violent and was placed in handcuffs before he then spat in an officer’s face. Last month he pleaded guilty to causing an explosion likely to endanger life, theft, escape lawful custody and

the assault of a police officer when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court to seven years behind bars. Detective Constable Stuart Brooks said: “Hinder is a determined criminal who clearly has no respect for society or the law. “He risked his life and that of his accomplice in an attempt to steal cash while he then ran away from medical staff who were trying to help him and assaulted officers while in custody. “The sentence handed down by the judge today clearly reflects how serious his offences are.” He added: “Since the start of last year, we in Avon and Somerset have been working closely with the ATM industry to make it harder for criminals to steal money from cashpoints. “More ATMs across the force area have been fitted with equipment designed to stop these kinds of attacks from happening,

Hinder escaping after the robbery including armoured plating, while many also now have forensic water dispersal units installed which spray offenders with an indelible liquid.” "These measures either make the cash cassettes harder to access or make it easier to identify those involved in such attacks and I think they have had a noticeable effect.”

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WESTERLY Showband is planning to give concerts in Winterbourne, Yate and Chipping Sodbury as it continues to concentrate its 2017-18 season on performing in South Gloucestershire. Details of the 2018 performances will be announced later by the community band.

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Cribs galore go on show in Chipping Sodbury church for annual festival ONE of the most popular events in Chipping Sodbury is expected to bring in large numbers of visitors to the town’s St John the Baptist Church. The annual Nativity Crib Festival features cribs old and new, many loaned from local people and others from around the world. The event also includes craft

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Yate Shopping Centre welcomes Santa to his festive grotto SANTA’S grotto has opened at Yate Shopping Centre after a family fun day and Christmas parade were held in the precinct. It will be open from Friday to Sunday during the first two weeks of December and continuously from December 14 to Christmas. Meanwhile, a number of regular temporary traders have set up shop in vacant units within the complex for the Christmas period.

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Objections made against adult gaming centre plan for Yate CIVIC leaders in Yate are opposing plans to open an adult gaming centre in the town. They fear vulnerable people could be drawn to gambling if the business is established in Yate Shopping Centre. Mirage Property Services has applied for permission to use a former jewellers in North Walk as an adult-only centre, fitted out with gaming machines. But Yate Town Council said the empty unit - vacant since 2013 - was just yards from the town’s Armadillo youth cafe, which was the key after-school and evening venue for secondary school students. It said it was also near a residential care home for people with learning and other disabilities, who often spent a considerable time in the

shopping centre. In its letter of objection, the council said: “We object to the sort of high stakes machines this application would authorise because of their impact upon residents.” It claimed fixed odds gaming machines were “particularly attractive and particularly dangerous in terms of addiction” to vulnerable teenagers and young adults. It also pointed out that Yate had a food bank “as evidence of the financial stress people are already facing” and that there were two designated areas of priority social need in the vicinity. The council said: “We can hardly think of a more prominent location and therefore a location more likely to attract

the attention of the young and vulnerable.” It called for the unit to be used for retail as the proposal, if agreed, would lead to the loss of an important primary frontage. Documents submitted with the plan said Mirage was part of the Shipleys Amusement Centres group, which was seeking new sites after selling a number of trading premises. The application also said if the scheme went ahead, under18s would not be allowed into the premises. South Gloucestershire Council will determine the planning application at a later date but its licensing subcommittee was due to discuss an application for a premises licence on November 28.

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CONSTRUCTION work has started on a new operations base in Almondsbury for the air ambulance. The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) was given planning permission by South Gloucestershire Council for the development, which will be shared with the National Police Air Service (NPAS). GWAAC had been based on Filton airfield since its first flight in 2008 but closure of the site in 2012 for redevelopment meant the charity had to move. BAE Systems bought the land in Almondsbury for use by GWAAC and NPAS as part of the agreement to sell the airfield. The site will have a purpose-built hangar, grassed final approach and take-off area, car park and access road. A new entrance will also be built to give access onto the A38, ensuring that when the helicopter cannot fly, doctors and paramedics can get to patients quickly in a critical care car. Anna Perry, GWAAC’s chief executive, said: “Everyone at GWAAC is pleased that work is beginning. The charity is desperately in need of a modern air base.” It is planned to relocate operations to Almondsbury in the autumn of 2018.


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Unsung heroes in Police thank witness line for awards after burglary arrests in Coalpit Heath POLICE have praised a witness whose call about suspicious behaviour in Coalpit Heath led to the arrest of two men on suspicion of burglary. Officers were called to St Annes Drive at 11pm on Monday 7 November, after a witness reported two men getting out of a car and behaving suspiciously around a house under refurbishment. Police attended and searched the area, leading to the arrest of two men. Suspected stolen property was seized from a car nearby. The two men were interviewed and later released under investigation. Neighbourhood Sergeant Terry Murphy said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the witness for reporting their suspicions. This sort of community spirit, where people look out for one another and report suspicious incidents, really does help to deter criminals.”

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NOMINATIONS have opened in an award scheme that recognises the contributions made by volunteers in South Gloucestershire. Individuals and community groups are eligible for the awards, which are presented each year by the chairman or woman of South Gloucestershire Council. The current chairman, Ian Blair, said: “Our community awards have been running since 2003 to celebrate the contribution local people make to life in South Gloucestershire and since then more than 400 people have received an award. “It is really important to recognise the dedication of the people who give up their own time to bring our communities together and improve the lives of local people. These awards offer a great way to celebrate their hard work and commitment.”

Nominees could have contributed to community development, promoted equality, the arts, sport or the environment, worked with older people or youngsters or just been a good neighbour. In previous years the winners have included local football club managers, sports coaches and arts festival organisers. Nominations can be accepted up until Friday, January 5, and all those selected as winners will be invited to a presentation ceremony next March. The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, also attends the event and selects one of the winners to receive a special Lord Lieutenant’s Award. Nominations can be made online at communityawards but anyone without internet access can phone 01454 863019.

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I HAVE lost count of the times I have been pinned to the wall by cars when walking across Damsons Bridge. Traffic speeds down the hill from Winterbourne and the left curve onto the bridge means they can't see any pedestrians or cars on the the bridge. This leads to a frightening experience of a car driving straight at you. There are white lines painted on the bridge but offer no protection to walkers. The situation is far worse since the Bromley Heath viaduct repairs. I have contacted South Gloucestershire Council about this but I expect that they will simply repaint the white lines! Surely they should have constructed a foot bridge next to the road bridge, or maybe limit traffic to one way at a time over the bridge. Paul Dean

NHS leaders have approved the merger of the organisations responsible for planning and buying the majority of health care services in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset. Each area’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) will be involved in the amalgamation, becoming a single organisation from April 2018. Primary care will continue to be at the centre of the new CCG, with decisions continuing to be guided by local GPs, acting as advocates for and representatives of their patients. Dr Jonathan Hayes, the clinical chairman for South Gloucestershire CCG, said: “Although we already work very closely together, with a single

chief executive and executive team, merger will give new impetus to our work to transform and improve services on behalf of local patients.” The move is expected to lead to the provision of more consistent services for patients across a wider geographical area, as well as more efficient use of resources. Together, the groups are responsible for planning and purchasing health care services for 968,000 residents. They include urgent and emergency care, planned hospital care, community health services, rehabilitation services, maternity and new-born services, infertility services, mental health services and continuing healthcare for people with ongoing needs.

Halfway there: viaduct works continue REPAIRS to the Bromley Heath Viaduct are continuing, with the work now more than midway through its 33-week accelerated programme. The project has come in for criticism in recent weeks after a trial change to the restrictions at the Hambrook lights. Drivers from Winterbourne have been prevented from turning left. The council wants them to go right, round the M32 roundabout and then eastward on the ring road but many are going straight ahead and then through Cleevewood Road, which is causing problems for people living in that area and in Frenchay. The council has said it will review the trial after November 24 and says it will consider all feedback from motorists. Find out more at the Bromley Heath Viaduct page on Facebook.

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Floral Friends Logs for Glebeland Logs have now arrived from South Gloucestershire tree surgeons to mark the border of our wild flower area at the Glebeland. Hopefully this will mark the area clearly to grass cutters so that we can maintain a twice yearly cut. Frampton End Road Floral Friends volunteers have worked together with volunteers from Iron Acton to plant native daffodil and bluebell bulbs along the banks of Frampton End Road. Snowdrops in the green and native primroses will be planted at a later date - hopefully these flowers will naturalise and make this a wonderful place for a Spring time walk.

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I READ this morning, on Facebook admittedly, that some people are planning to boycott Tesco because their Christmas advert includes pictures of Muslims. My friends response was less than helpful: “FANTASTIC!! Now we won't have to rub shoulders with quite as many ignorant Islamophobic

bigots while we queue to buy our sprouts! RESULT! :-)” Contrastingly Tesco’s campaign is entitled ‘Everyone Welcome!’ To me this raises massive questions of identity and how we define ourselves. Are we a ‘Christian’ country? Are those who object to Muslims (interestingly they seem to ignore that Sikh’s were also depicted in the ad) regular church goers, and thus bastion supporters of the Christian faith? I doubt it, or I really hope not. Worshipping God should teach us of love and respect for each person whatever their beliefs and wherever they are from, as fellow citizens made with God’s image within us. Sadly I fear that too often we define ourselves by what we are not, ‘like them’ rather than who we are and what we value and love. Jesus taught that we should love our neighbour and even our enemies, as we love ourselves, he indicated that ‘the poor’ were





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people who would possess the kingdom of God. His rule was that we are never ‘good’ or ‘righteous’ because we are not like ‘them.’ Real goodness (dare I say Christianity) is discovered by finding ways to treat other as we would like to be treated ourselves. It can’t work if in Frampton and Coalpit Heath we define ourselves as happy simply because we don’t live in, say, Yate, or that we don’t want a huge new building development on our doorstep, or even dare I say that we are not from one of the ‘fairground families,’ we are not refugees, we want to be out of Europe, we are not like America, and we really really are not ‘terrorists’ or Muslims. (I place the words Muslim and terrorist close together as I wish to highlight the foolishness of thinking that these two words may be equated together.) I am a natural optimist, and I hope I’m right in detecting that younger generations are struggling against some of these old stereotypes. I detect a healthy desire for communal solutions that include the ‘other’ with initiatives which offer hope to all. Although this generation does not seem to be turning back to the church, I certainly believe that the church needs to learn from this development, and indeed repent of some attitudes towards those who were once seen as different. I admit I am no fan of huge corporations like Tesco, I do suspect that they have their finger on an important pulse with their slogan, ‘Everyone Welcome.’ A more careful look at the Christmas story may be helpful. Mary was almost certainly an unmarried, albeit betrothed pregnant teenager. She arrived in the wake of a huge influx into Bethlehem as practically a refugee. Does the refrain, ‘there is no room’ ring any bells when we consider the housing situation in our

country, with housing accounting for vast swathes of personal wealth and yet where increasing numbers are either homeless or living in poor quality rented accommodation. As a Christian I believe this is the story of Messiah, the liberator. I cannot operate with the idea that those who are different from me are not welcome, because if that is the case, I have no room for a homeless poverty laden Jesus. Even his first guests are from the wrong side of town, night security staff who had seen visions of angels and left their post to find a baby. Can you even imagine the scorn that their HR department would have given in the disciplinary that followed! I recently prayed for myself that I might become more righteous. (Those who know me will recognise this is a prayer long overdue for a ‘Man of the Cloth.’ Even my wife never believed I was going to be a minister when I first met her!) But then I realised what do I mean by that prayer? Do I want a righteousness that somehow thinks of myself as better than others, defined by all the things I am not! Or do I want a shining love that always draws others up seeing the potential in everyone whoever they are, whether they are Muslim or atheist, rich or poor. Oh Lord, give me the latter and help me to rid myself of the former. And thank you that Christmas really proves that everyone is welcome. Stephen P.S There are of course other supmermarkets… and indeed many other Christmas Ad’s oh that there weren’t and we’d all learnt the contentment of shopping locally, with ethically sourced Fairly Traded goods…. But that’s another thought all together!

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Ageing better in South Glos PEOPLE who live or work in and around the Frome Valley area are being asked their views on a council plan to ensure South Gloucestershire is a great place to grow old. The Ageing Better Plan will set out the key priorities for organisations that work with older people over the next five years. From ageing well by keeping active to falls prevention advice and maintaining independence without feeling isolated, people who live in South Gloucestershire are being asked what they think is important to them. Cllr Ben Stokes, cabinet member for adult care in South Gloucestershire, said: "With the 65 and older age group predicted to increase, we want to ensure that South Gloucestershire continues to be a great place to grow old. This plan will help the council and our partners prioritise the support older

people require. "This is why we are keen to hear views from as wide a range of people as possible; tell us what you think of the plan, including how it could be improved, if we've left out anything that you think is a crucial issue, or how you'd like to get involved in making it happen." To get involved and have your say you can read the draft Ageing Better Plan and

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Sing big for charity LOCAL churches in Frampton Cotterell & Coalpit Heath are holding their Big Christmas Sing and are hoping for a bumper turnout to help them raise money for Christian Aid. The event takes place on Tuesday 5 December at St Saviour’s Church, Coalpit Heath, from 7-9pm. Local adult & school choirs and a community choir will lead carol singing. The first Big Christmas Sing was held in 2009 and £6,000 has been raised for Christian Aid. This year’s Christian Aid Christmas Appeal is looking at hunger (especially in sub Saharan Africa) & urging people to think about their own food waste at Christmas.

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First parkrun proves popular NEARLY 340 determined runners turned out in the rain for a new event in Thornbury - many more than organisers anticipated. The inaugural Thornbury parkrun took place on the Mundy playing fields, with town mayor Helen Harrison welcoming the crowd before pulling on her own running shoes and joining in, despite wearing her mayoral robes. South Gloucestershire Council chairman Ian Blair and Mark Pietroni, the district’s director of public health, were also at the event. Organisers said there were 50 per cent more runners than expected, with a third of them new to parkruns - free, weekly five-kilometre events. Thornbury parkrun will now continue every Saturday morning at 9am at the playing fields. Event director Ian Shepherd said: “It was quite astonishing, we didn’t expect that many. I’m over the moon, it couldn’t have gone any better.”


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n NEWS WORK can start on replacing athletics facilities at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) after £470,000 was awarded to the project. The money has come from agreements linked to planning consents that oblige developers to make financial contributions to local facilities. The sum brings to £800,000 the amount raised for the refurbishment, just £50,000 short of the estimates. Yate Town Council said the scheme had now reached a key stage in a funding campaign. Project chairwoman, town councillor Chris Willmore, said the athletics facilities at YOSC were used by local schools and hundreds of local young people each week, with the complex also hosting national events. She said: “For some events it is the best facility in the country but it is at the end of its life and needs completely replacing. It was in a sad state after years of neglect.” Councillor Willmore said the council was horrified at the £850,000 estimate for the work but it spent six months “working flat out” to raise the cash. Sport England gave its backing to the scheme, the developers’ money is now allocated and a sponsors event was held recently to which local firms were invited. Ms Willmore said: “The project won’t just replace what is there. It will add facilities, including making much better provision for para-athletics. “This is the biggest single project Yate Town Council



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YTC and YOSC members has ever undertaken. We’re all excited, but nervous.” YOSC’s future was in doubt two years ago after spending cuts had threatened the facility, which has a floodlit athletics arena used for track and field events, football pitches, a cricket field and nets, as well as courts for tennis and netball. There is also an all-weather hockey pitch, changing rooms and a clubhouse

with bar. Under a long-running arrangement, the next door Brimsham Green School made use of YOSC during school hours, while clubs and other users had access at other times. The Circadian Trust, which runs South Gloucestershire Council’s leisure centres, used to manage the YOSC facilities outside school hours until 2015,

when the council decided not to renew that contract in order to save money, raising fears for the future of the complex. However, negotiations lasting more than a year resulted in a new charitable organisation being set up and the site is now run by YOSC Ltd, which was established by the town council and Yate and District Athletic Club.

Council tax bills likely to rise by 4.99 per cent HOUSEHOLDERS in South Gloucestershire look set to pay at least 4.99 per cent more in council tax in the next financial year. The amount includes 1.99 per cent to help cover increased costs in providing council services, with a further three per cent levied specifically for adult social care. South Gloucestershire Council said the proposed increase would mean an annual rise of about £67.84 for a band D household - or £5.65 a month for its portion of the council tax. Other sums will be added on for the police and fire services, as

well as town and parish council precepts. The district’s budget and council tax will be considered by the council in February but residents and business rate payers can have their say on the proposals up to January 12. South Gloucestershire said it expected to spend in the region of £571 million in the next financial year on areas that include refuse collection, street cleaning, planning, social care and road maintenance. Its budget was based on an assumed central government contribution of £91.5 million towards general services and

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£195.6 million specifically for schools. But it still anticipated that current annual spending would be more than its income through to 2021-22, with a predicted budget gap of £15.7 million by then. The council said from 20112017 it had made cumulative savings of £63.6 million in annual spending through a range of efficiency measures, while maintaining its priority to protect frontline services from spending reductions. It had also identified future annual savings of a further £10.5 million for the following

two years, meaning work was ongoing to identify further potential savings in order to balance the books. John Goddard, South Gloucestershire’s Cabinet member for resources, said: “We have a strong record of delivering efficient services to our community and to achieving good value for council taxpayers’ money. “We are committed to continuing to protect the key services which residents and businesses rely upon as best we can, even as we continue to make the savings we have to in order to balance the books.




n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA December 2 - 10 n 1st Winterbourne Down and Buryside Scout Group are selling Christmas Trees again on 2nd/3rd, 9th and 10th Dec. Details at www. December 2 n Christmas music concert by Brass, Wind and Fire, (Avon Fire & Rescue band), Watleys End Methodist Church, Factory Road, Winterbourne, BS36 1QL. 7.30pm . Tickets £5 including refreshments. Contact Heather Hunt 0117 904 9125. December 2 n New Harmony Ladies Choir and Bristol Male Voice Choir invite you to A Seasonal Concert also featuring Oldland Brass. Saturday 2 December 2017 at 7.30. At Horfield United Reform Church Muller Road. Tickets £10 from choir members or at the door. Two great choirs and a Brass Band to get you in the seasons mood. There will be a retiring collection for our charity G.O.S.H. (Gastro Oesophageal Support and Help) Visit our websites December 2 n 12pm to 3pm. The Miners Coalpit Heath Village Hall 90th Anniversary. Join us for tea, coffee, mince pies & cakes. Music from the Ukulele band and a Tombola December 5 n 'Big Christmas Sing’ concert, St Saviour’s Church, Coalpit Heath 7-9pm. Local adult & school choirs, a community choir & carols for all! (Frampton Cotterell & Coalpit Heath Churches Together event). Entry free with a retiring collection for Christian Aid. December 6 n Wednesday, 6 December 2017 at 7.30 pm. Christmas flower arranging demonstration Sharon Dower "It's that time of year again" Visitors very welcome. Pay at door £8 per person. Come early for free coffee and mince pies. Downend Flower Club, Lincombe Barn , Overndale Road, Downend, Bristol BS16 2RW. December 7 n We are South Glos. Decorative and Fine Art Society. We meet at The Community School, Fiddlers Lane, Bradley Stoke, BS32 7 BS. Our December Meeting is on Thursday 7th 7.00pm refreshment and Lecture at 7.30pm. The subject this month is “ Have you seen my Hobby Horse.” A magical mystery tour of some of Britain’s Ancient Customs. December 8

n Christmas sing along at The Brockeridge Centre. 6pm on 8 December. Everyone is welcome and there will be mulled wine and mince pies and other nice things to eat. December 9 & 12 n Alveston Singers. warmly invite everyone to our Christmas concerts. Our main work will be the Magnificat by John Rutter with soloist Lowri Bufton. This will be followed by carols for the choir and audience including the first performance of a new carol specially written for the choir. Conductor: James Davies Accompanist: Sue PhillipsonMasters. Saturday December 9th at the United Reformed Church, Thornbury, 7.30pm Tuesday December 12th at St. Helen’s Church, Alveston . 7.30pm Admission free with retiring collections for The Julian Trust, a charity for the homeless and Off the Record, a mental health charity for young people. We look forward to welcoming you in December. December 10 n Sunday 10th December 1-3pm St Peter's Hall, School Road, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2DA. Crossbow Pre-School's Christmas Bazaar! Adults 50p (suggested donation) Children Free. Festive Refreshments, Christmas craft table, Poke a Christmas tree, Raffle- including chance to win a 2 night stay at Chateau de Beaulieu Normandy! Meet Father Christmas- needs to be prebooked via crossbow.preschool@hotmail. com And lots more Festive Fun! Registered Charity No. 1112130 December 11 n Bristol BS. Monday December 11 commencing 7.00pm. Christmas Dinner at The Rising Sun, Ryecroft Road, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2HN. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@hotmail. com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_ December 11 & 12 n The Crossbow Singers' Christmas Concert, Crossbow Hse, School Rd, Frampton Cotterell, 7.30pm. Tickets £6. Tel: Rose on 01454 772675 for Monday 11th, or Mary on 01454 887885 for Tuesday 12th. December 12 n 'Transport Video Highlights of 2016’ presented by David Brabner. BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL, BS34 7RG. Tuesday 12th December 7:30 for 7:45 pm. The meeting is open to all and there

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is no admission charge, but a suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses is appreciated. Contact: Dave Winter 01454 324230. December 15 n The Filtones: Christmas Crackers Concert. Friday 15 December at 7.30 p.m. at Eden Grove Methodist Church, Eden Grove, Bristol BS7 0PQ. Tickets are £7.50 available in advance from Dot Bryant 0117 9690654, from Members of the Choir, or at the Door on the day. We are having a retiring collection for our charity of the year, which is "Freewheelers" (Blood Bikes). January 8 n Bristol BS. Monday January 8 commencing 7.30pm. Slide show by Colin Parsons illustrating the recent evolvement of the modern exhibition budgerigar. Temporary venue while local council are carrying out extensive alterations to our usual venue: The Methodist Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne Down, Bristol BS36 1BN. Visitors welcome to join us without commitment to join. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@ or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_fretten13@hotmail. com January 8 n Pilates, and Pump & Tone, at Chipping Sodbury Sports Centre. Mondays and Wednesdays :- Pump & Tone 6:30pm; Pilates 7:30pm. Starting from 8th January 2018. £6:00 per class; or a monthly tariff available inclusive of the Tuesday Bradley Stoke classes as well. www. for full information. Ring 01454 618488, or email, or just turn up. January 15 n Prospect is a support group for Bristol and district prostate cancer patients, partners and carers. The next meeting will be at BAWA, Filton BS34 7RF, on January 15, with a speaker (7pm). Coffee mornings are held at the Macmillan Centre, Southmead Hospital, on the first Thursday of each month (10am-noon), to help new patients. Website: http://www and the Tackle helpline, 0800 035 5302, will put callers in touch with Prospect

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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@ 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



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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED 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. 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 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 or email n Bristol Budgerigar Society. Temporary venue while local council are carrying out extensive alterations to our usual venue: The Methodist Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne Down, Bristol BS36 1BN. Meetings commence at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month. Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_fretten13@hotmail. com 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 Pickleball - the exciting new racquet sport - is now at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Sessions on Monday’s from 10 - 12.00. Everybody welcome - no upper age limit - all equipment provided, just wear comfortable clothing and trainers - first session FREE. Check us out on Facebook at Bristol Pickleball Club. Tuesday n Rhymetime. Winterbourne Library. 10.30- 11am. Rhymes and songs for parents and babies/ toddlers to enjoy together. n Slimming World 9.30am & 11.30am, 5.30pm & 7.30pm, The Greenfield Centre, call Frankie 07519347243 n Knit and Natter The Beacon@ Zion United Church. 10am 12noon. Contact Mary Thexton 01454 850704 n Yate Visually Impaired Group. Yate Fire Station 2.30 pm every other Tuesday Contact Gay Williams 01454 321749 gab56@ n Winterbourne Tuesday group, The Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, 7.30 -10pm, second Tuesday of month. Everyone welcome. n Crossbow Bridge Club, Crossbow House. 7.30pm n Slimming World 7.30 Elm Park School, Winterbourne. Tel Becca 07721 907780 n Centre Squares (dancing). Winterbourne Comunity Centre 7.45pm n Frampton Cotterell WI. Crossbow House, 7.45, fourth Tuesday of month n Folk Dancing. Crossbow House, Frampton Cotterell. 8.30 -10.30pm, 1st & 3rd Tuesday of month.


n South Gloucestershire Waterpolo club. Junior & Senior players Male Female. Winterbourne Int Academy pool. 7:00 - 8:30 pm. For more info: or n Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Tuesday 1.30 - 3.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road. Contact Pat Sleightholme, 01179 793473. New members welcome. n Pucklechurch Folk Dance Club. We meet every other Tuesday at Pucklechurch Community Centre from 7.45 pm to 8.15 pm. Contact Veronica Holder – 0117 937 2818 n 60+ Dance Fit class beginning on Tuesday September 5th 11.0012.00 at Crossbow House .£4.50 a session. Suitable for all levels of fitness . Please contact Nina for more information : 07833917974 n Winterbourne Down & District Horticultural Society, All Saints Church Hall, Winterbourne Down, BS36 1BX, 7.30 pm. 2nd Tuesday of the month. Info: Richard on 01454 773218. n A film night for grown ups Every 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Church at 6-30pm followed by supper also popcorn during the film. A welcome donation at the end of the evening will be most grateful the date for October is 17th. We also do a film night for children with supper on a Saturday evening once a month please see the church website. Wednesday n Pre School Storytime. Winterbourne Library10.30 - 11am, every week, term time only. n ‘Silver Chords Group, over 50’s social club. Every other Weds, Mason’s View Community Centre Winterbourne. 1.45pm. Entertainment and coach trips. Everyone welcome Contact Doreen

St Saviour's Church, Coalpit Heath Sunday 3rd December 10am Parish Praise for all ages it’s a family Service, followed by Refreshments This Service is always the 1st Sunday of the month. Sunday 17th December The Christmas Carol Service at 6pm Sunday 24th December Christmas Crib Service at 5pm 11-30pm Midnight Mass of Christmas Monday 25th December Christmas all-age Holy Communion at 10am

Butterflies We are a new and friendly group. At St Saviour's Church Hall, Beesemoor Road, Coalpit Heath BS36 2RP. Mondays 10am till 11-30am. Pay as you go £3 per family. Just come along or e-mail butterfliestoddlergroup@gmail. com St Saviour’s open church for lunch is now on the second and fourth Friday of the month in the Church Hall. With a bring and share for lunch just bring something to go on the table to share. Tea and coffee will be provided from 11-15 to 1pm.

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Visitors are most welcome. Friday Lunches These are quite popular so now changed back to every Friday from 11-15 onwards for tea or coffee, Then if you like to stay for lunch from midday for Home made Soup with Roll or bread, No need to book just come along plenty of food, All Welcome, any donations will go towards Church Funds. For more information go to Church Website.

01454 776484. n Winterbourne Police Beat Post. Greenfield Centre 2-3pm n Slimming World 7.30pm Frampton Cotterell Cof E School. Tel Lisa 07815 759118 n Coalpit Heath WI. Church Hall of St Saviours Church, Coalpit Heath. First Wednesday of each month. 7.45pm. New members welcome. n The Winterbourne Players, 8.00 pm, Community Centre, Watleys End Road. More info, Brian 07792 656689. n Beginners Meditation Class on Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm at the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne To reserve your place on the next 5 week course, please contact Sarah Presley on 07590 621495/ n Actonians Drama Group 7.30 pm Parish Hall, Iron Acton More info 01454 228760 www.actonians. Junior Actonians 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm Parish Hall Iron Acton More info 01454 228277. n 2nd Wednesday of each month - Carer’s Group 2 - 4pm at The Beacon Centre, Zion Church, Frampton Cotterell n 4th Wednesday of each month - Forget me Not sing along group 2pm - 3.30 pm at The Beacon Centre, Zion Church, Frampton Cotterell. If you like a good sing song please come and join us. For more information ring Rona on 886925 or Jean on 775786. n Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Wednesday 1.30 - 4.30 and 7.30 - 10.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road. Contact Pat Sleightholme, 01179 793473. n Manor Hall community coffee morning, open to all, Henfield Road, Coalpit Heath. 3rd Wednesday of every month from 10am to 12 noon in the Jubilee Room. Free entry and all profits from the refreshments will go to the Manor Hall at Coalpit Heath Charity. Handmade cards will be on sale, sold in aid of the BRACE Charity. n Slimming World Frampton Cottrell C of E School. Call Lisa: 07815759118 n Stapleton Probus meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at Begbrook CA, Frenchay Park Road 10am -12noon. Also have an active Bowls Section. Visitors Welcome. Details available, contact Registrar, John Suddell 01454 250811 n Beginners Meditation Class on Wednesdays 7pm to 8pm in Winterbourne Down. To




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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED reserve you place on the next 5 week course, please contact Sarah Presley on 07590 621495/ n Short Matt Bowls, St Saviours Church Hall. A warm welcome awaits all visitors on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the church Hall from 2pm-4pm, Being just enjoyed by all taking part and spectators. n The Frenchay Folk Dance Club meet fortnightly at Frenchay Village Hall from 7:45 until 10:15. Check or contact 0117 9409508 for more information n Wednesdays starting 6 September Bellydance Classes with Sacha From 7.30pm . Contact Sacha on 07971 578151 or email for full details Ridgewood Community Association, Yate BS37 4AF n Yate/ Chipping Sodbury Afternoon Choir meets on Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm at St Marys Church Yate. No auditions required. Contact Nikki on 01761472468 for more details or just turn up at the church and have a free sing on the first visit. n Frenchay Probus Club. We meet every first and third Wednesday of the month in the Frenchay village hall. Coffee at 10.00am and the meeting is from 10.30 to 12.00. More details on Thursday n Probus. The Miners Club, Coalpit Heath. 10am, 2nd & 4th Thursdays

of month n Praise and Play. All Saints’ Church Hall Winterbourne Down 10-12 during term times. For preschool children and their parents/ carers. n Stay & Play, 1-3pm (termtime) Winterbourne Early Years Centre, Greenfield Centre, Park Ave, Winterbourne. Call Helen 01454 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. 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. 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. 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 Winterbourne Down WI

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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 n Severn Counties Foreign &

What’s on at Winterbourne Library Open Access Monday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Tuesday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Wednesday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Thursday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Friday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Saturday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Sunday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Staffed Times Tuesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm New Library Opening Times See above for new opening times at Winterbourne library! If you register your card for our new Open Access system you’ll be able to access library facilities throughout the week. You can borrow and return books and use the computers. Speak to a

member of staff for more details. Rhymetime: Rhymes and songs for parents and babies/toddlers to enjoy together every Tuesday morning 10.30 – 11.00am Pre School Storytime: Join us weekly on Wednesdays 10.30 – 11.00am for stories and a simple craft. Now running throughout the year. Lego Club: Creative fun with stories, poems and Lego. Listen to stories and poems, then create a model to display at the library. We’ll be meeting on 9 December 10.30 – 11.30am. Suitable for the primary age range, children must be accompanied by an adult. The Craft Group is meeting on 2 and 16 December 10.00am – 12

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noon. New members will always be made welcome by this friendly group. Share tips and ideas for your knitting, sewing or crochet projects. The Book Group for Parents will be meeting on Friday 8 December 2.00 – 3.00pm. New members are very welcome – please speak to a member of staff or contact the group’s facilitator Liz on 07825510079 Christmas Silver Singalong Friday 15 December 2 – 3pm Come and join us singing Carols followed by refreshments and a mince pie. Suitable for age 50+ To book your place speak to a member of staff.

Stories Around the Tree Wednesday 20 December 10.30 Come along and listen to some Christmas stories Christmas Crafts Drop in Friday 22 December 10.30 – 12noon. Suitable for ages 3 - 10 For more information on any of the above please contact us: Telephone: 01454 868006 Email: winterbourne.library@ Visit our website to find out more: libraries. Follow us on twitter: www. ‘Like’ us on Facebook for all the latest at South Gloucestershire Libraries.



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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED British Bird Society 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, Tel Molly Durbin 01275 373743. Web Address: n Frampton Singalong will be back on 1st Thursday in the month, 2 pm at Crossbow House, BS36 2DB. Favourite songs from the shows, live music and sitting exercises. Tea, cakes & fresh fruit £3.00 All welcome - no voice needed! Hilary Jay 07515 351 813 n Frampton Friendship & Dance for beginners/improvers every 4th Thursday in the month, 2.00 4.00pm, Zion Church Hall, Upper Chapel Lane, BS36 2HY. Gentle exercise with easy dances from around the world to live authentic music and experienced teacher. No partner needed, all ages. Social break with refreshments. £3.00. All welcome. Hilary Jay 07515 351 813 n Avon Harmony is a ladies barbershop chorus. We welcome visitors for a no obligation taster session. We rehearse at The Dance Studio at Fairfield High School, Allfoxton Road, Bristol BS7 9NL. Every Thursday evening 7.30pm 9.45pm Tel: 01454 773952

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 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, search or email 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 St Saviours Church Coalpit Heath. The Church opening every Friday meeting every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month but in the church hall. With a bring and buy lunch just bring something to go on the table to share, but tea and coffee will be provided from 11-15am till 1pm, Visitors are most welcome. n Frome Valley Art Group. Meets every Friday at 1.30 and 7-9pm at the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, BS36 1NJ Internationally renowned artist, Trevor Waugh, will give a watercolour demonstration on Friday 20th October at 7.00pm. Free for members and £4 for guests. For further details and reservations please contact n Frome Valley Art Group Winterbourne. Looking to find that inner talent or start a new interest? Drop in for a free taster session, Fridays at 2pm or 7pm. We have a busy programme of demonstrations and Saturday workshops by professional artists to help your development. Our Annual exhibition in May displays members’ work . Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne BS36 1NJ. Contact Dave: 0117 9790043 Andrew: 01454 778310. Eric: 01454 615619 Lesley: 01454 250817. Email fromevalleyartwinterbourne@ 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. For more information contact Sallieann Harrison on 01454 774591. Also Patchwork and Quilting Classes Block of the Month for intermediate quilters. One Saturday every month for seven months starting in September. Contact Sallieann Harrison on 01454 774591. Sunday n Japanese Embroidery Class Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne 9.30am to 4pm, (monthly). Contact: Jo Tripp 01454 850147. n Nature Reserves, Winterbourne work party meets 1030am, Church Lane, Winterbourne, 2nd & 4th Sundays in the month. Newleaze reserve (Bristol Road) 10.30am Ist Sunday of month Huckford Quarry 2.30pm 3rd Sunday of month. Contact Frank Smith 01454 778975. n Car Boot Sale Every Sunday 9am Beesmoor Road Playing Field, Frampton Cotterell. £5 per car/van Call 07802 336731 n Indoor short mat bowls at Pucklechurch Community Centre. Established players and beginners welcome. Bowls provided. Sessions Sunday afternoon and Monday and Wednesday evenings. Contact Roger Payne 0117 937 3653

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WHAT IT IS WHERE IT IS WHEN IT IS in no more than 40 words: email us at: contact@richard@ or call us on 01454 800 120 n Sat 4th - Traidcraft Market, Zion, 10am - 2pm. Gifts, cards, lunches (in aid of WaterAid) Sat 4th - Table Top Sale, Coalpit Heath Hall,1-3pm. Table £5, bookings 07920 145352 n Sat 4th - Dinner and Dance, WADCA, 8pm. 2 Course Meal, live music from Tony Graham. Tohf e Alligators. Tel. 776268 or or Facebook WADCA n Wed 8th - 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 n Wed 8th - "Scratch choir" rehearsal for The Big Sing (5th Dec), St Saviours church, 6.45-7.45pm. Everybody welcome. More details tel. 01454 776618 n Fri 10th - Folk @ Frampton, Crossbow, School Road, 8pm, Small charge. All welcome n Tues 14th - Community Coffee Morning, WADCA, 10.30 - 12.30. All welcome. n Wed 15th - Community Coffee morning and Time 4 Carers Christmas fundraiser, Manor Hall, Coalpit Heath, 10am - 12.00. More details tel. Alison Allan 07873 747513 n Wed 15th - Local History Society, Zion hall 7.30pm. £4 for


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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED non-members. Light refreshments included. Tel: 775265 rockthom@ n Wed 15th - "Scratch choir" rehearsal for The Big Sing (5th Dec), St Saviours church, 6.45-7.45pm. Everybody welcome. More details tel. 01454 776618 n Thur 16th - Open Mic Night, WADCA, 8-10pm. Music and spoken word performers, and audience, all welcome. £2. Bar. Tel. 776268 e: ca.winterbourne@gmail. com n Fri 17th - Bingo, Crossbow, 8pm. £1 for 5 games and 50p for

Festive food fair set to bring in crowds of Christmas shoppers THE popular Christmas food and gift fair in Castle Street will be returning on Saturday, December 9. Organised by Thornbury Chamber of Commerce, up to 80 stalls will be set up for the event, which runs from 10am-2pm. Stallholders will be selling a range of items, from locally produced food to a range of festive gifts. Previous fairs have attracted large numbers of visitors, some travelling long distances to be able to browse and buy.

snowball. Tel. 772947 n Sat 18th - St Peter's Church Christmas Fair 10.30am-1pm. Santa arrives at 10.45am! n Wed 22nd - Forget-me-not Singalong Group, Zion, 2pm3.30pm. For local people who like a singalong. Carers welcome to stay. Details from Jean 775786 or Rona 886925 n Wed 22nd - "Scratch choir" rehearsal for The Big Sing (5th Dec), St Saviours church, 6.45-7.45pm. Everybody welcome. More details tel. 01454 776618 n Thur 23rd - Frampton Friendship

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Ringing the changes for village’s phone box VILLAGERS in Tytherington have saved their familiar red phone box after BT no longer wanted to support it. The kiosk is being restored but will no longer have a phone inside. Suggestions on alternative uses for the box have been invited, with ideas submitted so far ranging from a mini art gallery or exhibition area to a collection point for a food bank. A number of kiosks are being decommissioned by BT due to falling demand and increased use of mobile phones but towns and villages can make a bid to keep them once the phones have been removed.



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Warning over village hall parking A RESIDENT who received a fine for parking at Emersons Green Village Hall wants to ensure other motorists do not fall foul of the new rules. Nigel Boadle contacted the Voice after he was fined for using the village hall’s car park on a Saturday. The hall introduced a parking management system in July, following concerns about the facility being used by motorists visiting the local shops and taking away spaces for users of the hall. Nigel said: “I have parked in the village hall car park many times without problems, but unknown to me the management have recently introduced restrictions. These are backed up by a fine of £100, reduced to £60 if paid quickly. I received my penalty for parking for half an hour on a Saturday, when the car park was virtually empty. Parking is still free, but the new rules say you have to register

your car when you park it. As I didn't know about this, I didn't do it, hence the penalty charge. “My concern is that many other people seem to be falling into the same trap.”

In response to Nigel’s concerns, a spokesman for the hall trustees said: “The village hall is a registered charity run by a board of trustees and not a council-run facility as some may think.The adjacent car park has always been for the exclusive use of people using the village hall. The car park is free, but this had become abused by people visiting local shops and other local facilities and even car sharing to town.  There is plenty of car parking nearby in the local retail centre but it had got to the stage where legitimate users of the hall were unable to park in the car park.  This was affecting our users – especially those with mobility issues and hirers with items that needed to be unloaded in to the hall.  “There has always been a sign, at the entrance to the car park, stating that the car park was private and only for patrons of the village hall. We have tried

for a long time to manage the car park, but staff were met with verbal abuse and confrontation when challenging people abusing the car park.” The trust brought in the company Parking Eye to run the car park in July. “There are two signs either side of the entrance to the car park and five brand-new A2 size signs in the car park. “Anyone using the hall will need to enter their registration number into the terminal at reception, which takes less than 30 seconds to do.   “The hall receives no revenue from these parking charges, and it is not our intention to penalise any genuine users of the hall.  We simply wanted to free up the car park so genuine users of the hall have the chance of parking adjacent to the building."    Residents who believe they have been fined unfairly may appeal to Parking Eye directly

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n NEWS A ST Albans man has been ordered to pay almost £1,900 after being found guilty of committing waste related offences in South Gloucestershire. Johnny Brinkley, aged 25, of Barley Mow Lane in St Albans, was prosecuted after around a dozen separate loads of fly tipped waste were found in Howsmoor Lane, Emersons Green between December 2016 and May 2017.  The fly tips often completely blocked the lane, which is regularly used by dog walkers, cyclists and pedestrians as well as vehicles.  The court heard that in December 2016, a number of black bin bags containing household waste were discovered and evidence inside was traced to a nearby address which was found to be the home of Brinkley’s estranged family. Brinkley was interviewed by the council’s envirocrime officers and he admitted fly tipping, transporting waste without a licence and Duty of Care offences relating to the waste found at Howsmoor Lane.

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Merlin celebrates the positive impact it has on local communities Housing association Merlin is celebrating the difference it makes in neighbourhoods across South Gloucestershire to mark Community Impact Week. Over the past 12 months, Merlin has given out more than £38,000 in community grants to local organisations, seen staff spend more than 1,000 hours volunteering and helped and supported 1,000 people to improve their physical and mental health through the Wellbeing College. The housing association also launched its into Work Programme in the spring, since when it has helped nine customers find a job and is currently working with 40 customers to increase their skills and improve their employability.

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make every day to for individuals and the places in which they live. Among the organisations to benefit from a community grant was Yate Town Council which received £3,000 towards the costs of its new Urban Vehicle for Information and Education which provides a safe space for local youngsters to learn new skills. Other beneficiaries have included the Armadillo Youth Centre in Yate, Recycled Teenagers project in Thornbury and the Winterbourne & District Community Association. At the same time staff have been leaving their day jobs to volunteer with local organisations. Staff have been cooking and serving food at Chipping Sodbury Luncheon Club, helping with donations at Yate & District Foodbank , and

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Cotterell, to the delight of all the pupils. Leader for Diversity, Equality, Inclusion & Partnerships Cam Kinsella said:

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December, 2017


Local Police News with PC Finbar Simmons


Concerns about drink and drugs WE’RE concerned about recent reports of drink and drug-related litter being found in Coalpit Heath and Frampton Cotterell. It includes bags which smell of cannabis and nitrous oxide canisters as well as bottles and cans being found in areas where teenagers gather. We’re targeting our patrols and liaising with local schools and youth groups, but parents and carers have a role to play. The sooner you speak to your children about the risks and consequences of underage drinking and drug-taking, the better. If you don’t feel well-informed yourself, visit, or perhaps ask a relative or friend nearer their age to speak to them. You can call 0800 0733011 for free confidential advice if you’re concerned about someone who uses drugs or alcohol. I’d like to thank a witness whose call led to burglary arrests in Coalpit Heath. Reporting your suspicions really does help to deter criminals. Two men were arrested in the early hours and property recovered after officers responded to the call. They were later released under investigation. Our enquiries continue. A 20-year-old man has recently been given eight points on his driving record and ordered to pay £405 in costs and fines for driving without a licence or insurance after being spotted on the road in Frampton Cotterell by PCSO Andy Pound.

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A guide to pre-owned cars with Richard Cooke

Second hand Style Our last look at the used Alternatively Fuelled Vehicle (AFV) market Lexus RX400h, 2005 – 2009: Knowing me, knowing you MASONIC lodges, country clubs, Alan Partridge: Some images conjured up at the mention of the word “Lexus” are very far from the summit of used car cool. I should know, I own one, although not an RX and I’m not a member of the funny handshake gang either before you ask. However if my wife didn’t point blank refuse to become a two Lexus (Lexi?) family, I’d have a 400h like a shot – this is a truly excellent car and a sublime second hand choice. They all laughed when Lexus released the RX in 2005. How could such a behemoth be exempt from the congestion charge? Why bother making an eco-friendly SUV? Then they stopped laughing and bought them by the ship load, because this two ton car has all the economy of a 4 cylinder saloon (30mpg is easily achievable), the performance of a V8 (courtesy of the boost from a brace of Prius batteries) and all from a surging, creamy 3.3V6. Road tax is £270 a year, 60 comes up in 7.6 seconds and Lexus build quality means it might outlive a lot of owners. So what’s not to love? Well the driving experience for one. It can’t compete with last month’s Cayenne - the steering is as vague as a Brexit briefing document - and the interior is starting to show its age, although

my 2006 test model looked like new inside even 130,000 miles after it left the factory. What goes wrong after 10 years? Not much. The surface of Lexus alloy wheels corrode, but spend £75 a wheel and they’ll be back to new. Lexus replaced the 400h with the 450h in 2010, and the interior design of the later car is a big step forward. I can’t recommend it though – not only have used prices stayed stubbornly and inexplicably high, but Lexus messed up the lines of the newer car. The wheelbase is too short for the body, resulting in an unfortunate front overhang – much better to stick to the 400h, which is chunky and yet properly proportioned. It has aged well from nearly all angles. The boot is huge, the rear seats move back and forwards depending on your need for passenger or luggage space and there’s enough room up front for a couple of Americans, for whom the car was primarily designed.

You won’t want for cat-swinging room in this car. You will however want to avoid Lexus dealers. They are regularly voted the best for customer service, and my personal experience testifies to that. Charming, efficient and helpful, they will dive deep into the recesses of your wallet while you sip their excellent coffee. So buy an RX400h with a full Lexus service history and get it looked after by your local independent garage. But do buy one, really, because Lexus were way ahead of the rest of the industry when they launched this car and it now represents proper used car value. This five part series, covering only a small corner of the market, was never going to be comprehensive. Every month manufacturers launch new AFV models, but my overriding impression of the nascent used market is that, surprise surprise, hybrid models currently offer used buyers the most flexibility.

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Pure electric cars are still too limited in range, too restricted by slow charge points and really not practical if you live in town. That said, they are the future – at a party last month Ford’s head of European product development told me that Uncle Henry has now stopped developing diesel engines altogether. Even Transits will be petrol hybrids in a few years; white van man is going green. The elephant in the AFV room is Tesla. I’ve not tested one for this series of articles as used models are still rare. Instead I’ll have a Tesla Model X (the big gullwing door SUV) on long term test and will report back to you next year. My impressions so far are that their customer service needs to step up, interior trim isn’t what it should be and that this thing goes like a space-age rocket ship. Starting next month: We look at cars you can buy, run and hopefully sell without losing any money. You might even make a few quid. Why? Because these still-modern cars are on the edge of becoming that most hallowed of motoring confections – a classic. Until then I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and healthy New Year. Lexus RX400h, what to pay: £7,000 for a 2006 example with 70,000 miles, to £12,000 for a 2009 60,000 miler Next month: Cusp Classics

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Downward facing Drew Unable to touch his toes, more than a little stiff and with a back that’s given him trouble for years, Voice writer Richard Drew decided to put his cynicism to one side and try yoga. I’ve always had a bit of a dodgy back, ever since as a teenager I put a bit too much effort into bowling in the cricket nets with too little warm up beforehand. I’m now the wrong side of fifty and I still get that familiar lower back ache when I stand for too long or go on a long distance flight. It’s not chronic, I can still trundle in and bowl my overs in the summer, but I’m always open to ideas of how to ease the pain when it comes. Yoga, I have to admit, was not on the list of things to do anytime soon. But when I spoke to Nazama of Yoga-In she insisted yoga was excellent for your back, even for stiff, can’t touch your toes types like me. I wasn’t sure if I was confident enough to attend one of her group sessions, but luckily Nazama also does one-on-one sessions, and so

I found myself giving it a go in my lounge one morning. Mats out, music on, it all seemed to be going well - a little too well. It was then I realised we were only on the warm up. So much for the all-over glow I thought yoga had brought me. We started on the more serious stuff. If you haven’t done yoga before it can all seem bit of a mystery, even the basics of how to stand up straight. To be honest I was like a baby giraffe, hands and legs going everywhere. But with a bit of patience and a good teacher, things started to fall into place. Before long I was taking baby steps into some proper Yoga positions. The Maltese Cross, Baby Locust, Spinx, Cat and Spiral, I was twisting and turning all over the place. Apparently it’s all about your core muscles. If you don’t know how to find your core, as Nazama delicately put it, “just imagine you’re trying to stop going to the toilet”. That’s your core right there. Despite being in my own lounge, with the dog barking her desire to be let in from exile in the

garden, I found that I was really focused on getting these right and enjoying the gentle physicality of it all. The cynical journalist in me was being pushed to one side for the time being. Although Yoga has many benefits, Nazama believes strongly that the back can really benefit, especially for those in pain. She told me;“The most common reason why people take up yoga is to help with their back pain. It's hardly surprising, when back pain is the largest global cause of disability, affecting nearly 1 in 10 people.”  “Stress, depression, heavy lifting, repetitive movement and sitting for long periods can all affect your back over time.  Too many people often miss the early signs or "put up" with the pain.” Her Healthy Back Care course takes six weeks and although my back problems are nowhere near as serious as others, it will be interesting to see how I, and my back, shape up. In truth I am a lazy person, so my favourite part of the session was the relaxation section at the end. Nazama tells me many clients

Nazama has the tough task of teaching Richard yoga fall asleep at this point and, lying down, eyes closed, with gentle music and Nazama’s lilting voice instructing me I can see how. However, the self conscious feeling that I was, after all, in my own front room with someone I barely knew stopped me drifting off. Perhaps next time. I’ll keep you posted. You can also find more information on Nazama’s course on her website ( healthybacks)

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by Moira de Groot, Foot Health Practitioner, Willow Brook Clinic

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December, 2017


Reflecting on the progress made


Luke Hall MP writes for Frome Valley Voice

ITH Christmas almost upon us, we have an opportunity to reflect on some of the progress we have made this year as a community. Our campaign to “Get South Gloucestershire Moving” has brought some positive changes for local transport. I am delighted the Severn Bridge Tolls will finally be abolished at the end of next year, with an initial reduction of the tolls starting from early in 2018. This will mean an average saving of £1,400 per year – a great victory for local commuters, which will bring great benefits to local families and holidaymakers across South Gloucestershire. We have also made progress on the issue of local bus services, including securing a review into local bus services, including the 82 which serves Southmead Hospital and is in need of dramatic improvements.

With my own family expanding, I am pleased we have made great strides in securing fairer funding for our local schools, with every school in South Gloucestershire set to see an increase in their budgets. Local parents now have access to the doubled entitlement of free childcare, now 30 hours a week for thousands of local working families. There is still more to be done, and I will be pursuing every avenue to ensure the best deal for our children and families. It has been a pleasure to welcome Coalpit Heath, Ram Hill and Frampton Cotterell to Westminster this year, and I am already looking forward to welcoming Iron Acton in January next year. I am glad local residents have had the opportunity to see our democracy in action and have a first-hand experience of the daily workings of Parliament. Looking to the future, I am hugely grateful for all the support

I have received in the campaign to oppose the development at Coalpit Heath, making the strongest possible case against the poorly thought through plans to double the size of our village. Together as a community, we have fought against the Council’s unsustainable proposals with vigour, and as the local MP, I will use every tool at my disposal to protect our precious local green belt. I am extremely grateful for all the support I have received this year, and it was an honour to have been re-elected and to be given the chance to continue serving the area I grew up in and have started my family. I am as optimistic as ever for 2018, and remain completely in awe of the community spirit which has delivered so much promise for our area. I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.

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New music festival set to jazz up Thornbury A NEW jazz festival is being organised for Thornbury, with musicians and singers set to entertain audiences next spring. Those behind the inaugural event have promised a range of music to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. It will take place on Saturday, March 10, with the opening early evening concert provided by Thornbury Swing Band. Its members play instrumental and vocal numbers from the 1930s right up to modern times, with a line-up of saxophones, trombones, trumpets and male and female vocalists, all supported by a rhythm section of bass, guitar, keyboard and drums. The festival will continue with acts such as the Mark Randall Six, singer Jessica Radcliffe with the Park Row Five and the Class Act Trio, all performing in a jazz café setting in the Armstrong Hall. Ticket prices will range from

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The official fuel consumption figures in mpg (I/100km) for the car shown are: urban 43.5 (6.5); extra-urban 62.7 (4.5); combined 54.3 (3.2). The official CO2 emissions are 117g/km. Figures are obtained for comparative purposes in accordance with EU legislation and may not reflect real-life driving results. Finance provided by Dacia Finance, PO Box 495, Watford WD17 1BR. Subject to status. Indemnities may be required. UK residents (excludes the Channel Islands). Over 18s. Terms and conditions apply. Offer cannot be used with other schemes or finance offers and is available on featured stock new vehicles when ordered and registered by 31 December 2017. Offers based on 6,000 miles per annum, excess mileage 8p per mile inc VAT. *Deposit contribution shown is available to new Dacia Finance customers, when taking Dacia Finance on a new Dacia Sandero Ambiance SCe 75. Prices shown are dealer-specific prices, available on featured new vehicles ordered and registered by 31 December 2017. Prices shown include delivery to dealer, number plates, 20% VAT, 12-month government road fund licence and £55 first registration fee. Car shown with metallic paint at an extra £495.

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WORDSEARCH This month: Rivers from around the World


Can you find 40 rivers hidden vertically, horizontally or diagonally?

Each horizontal row, each 2x2 square and each column must contain all the numbers 1-4.

















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Parcel a is the car, b is the submarine and c is the aeroplane.




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Across2 Gravy, 6 Stew, 7 Nut, 8 Grapes, 10 Oil, 11 Rye. Down 1 Sausage, 3 Raw, 4 Venison, 5 Staple, 9 Pie.


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Amazon, Brahmaputra, Colorado, Congo, Danube, Elbe, Euphrates, Ganges, Green River, Huang, Hudson, Indus, Irrawaddy, Jordan, Lena, Mekong, Murray, Niger, Nile, Ob, Oder, Orange, Orinoco, Parana, Po, Rhine, Rhone, Seine, Somme, Syr Darya, Thames, Tigris, Ubangi, Volga, White River, Yangtze, Yellow, Yenisey, Yukon, Zambezi




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Thornbury youngsters Fancy a jiggle? Youngsters plan perform at the Royal folk concert in Rockhampton Albert Hall THREE young musicians from Castle School in Thornbury have performed in the National Festival of Music for Youth finals concert at the Royal Albert Hall.. Abby Phipps, Mia Hewitt and Rachel Hannyngton, who are aged 12 and 13 years, play the recorder. They’re no strangers to performing, having played at Symphony Hall, Birmingham whilst still at primary school. They study recorder with Jane Mitchell, having started learning with her when she was the visiting peripatetic music teacher at St Mary’s school in Thornbury. The girls all now attend Castle School Thornbury and have continued to play the recorder. Their teacher, Jane Mitchell says; “The recorder has a reputation as a beginners' instrument, whereas in reality, it is extremely hard to make

a recorder sound good when played. These youngsters have a dynamic sound together, and have reached extraordinary heights at a young age against fierce competition”. The girls performed ‘Entomology’ a quirky modern suite for three recorders written in 2000 by Alan Davis for pupils of Mrs Mitchell.

A YOUNG folk group from Thornbury and Rockhampton are looking to raise more money for charity at a concert in the new year. Wriggle Jigglers have already raised more than £2,000 for the Warchild charity and hope to raise some more at the Young Folk Concert on Sunday 7 January in Rockhampton Village Hall The group have been making a name for themselves at

Sidmouth and South Downs Folk Festivals and as finalists in the National Festival of Music for Youth.  The Wriggle Jigglers will be playing a mixture of traditional Irish folk and some of their own compositions for the hour-long performance that starts at 2.30 and will be followed by cream tea. Tickets are £6 on the door, call 07973 796508 for more information.


Sportsman Phil called up for Team GB - at 60 EMERSONS Green resident Philip Hobbs is proving age is no barrier to sporting prowess after success at the World Laser Run Championships in South Africa. Laser Run is a multi-event sport which includes swimming, fencing and horse riding and is the final element of the Modern Pentathlon that you see at the Olympics. Phil qualified after taking part in the first ever British Laser Run Championships, which were held at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex (YOSC) in August and showcased many outstanding performances across different age groups, from nine-years-old to 60 plus. He was part of the 29-strong team representing GB that went to Cape Town in October, returning with the Team Silver medal in the Masters 60+ category. Phil, 60, said: "It was a great honour to represent GB for the first time ever, proving that age

including Laser Run, Biathle, Triathle, Triathlon, Tetrathlon or Pentathlon, then contact Phil by emailing prhcoaching@outlook. com Alternatively look at the Pentathlon GB website https:// intro which contains details of training events and competitions. Phil can also arrange for training/taster sessions to be carried out at YOSC or other locations such as schools and sports halls using a portable kit. Phil, who is regional chair of Pentathlon GB South West, is keen to speak to any sponsors that may be interested in supporting the creation of YOSC as the South West regional Laser Run training venue. "This will enable more training activities to take place and provide us with the ability to stage local, regional, national and taster competitions," Phil said.


is no barrier to taking part." After coaching Pentathlon GB Laser Run at schools and clubs for several years, Phil decided to try the new event himself and says he can thoroughly recommend the experience. He is now encouraging others give the sport a try. "The 2018 World Laser Run

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n SPORT FRAMPTON Rugby’s Under 14 side recorded one of it’s most impressive scores by beating Old Patesians of Cheltenham 60-0. Normally slow starters, Frampton had good possession from the off and when they won a scrum, Lewis’s pass found Jack who ran forward and drew the defender before off-loading to the on-rushing Corey who broke the tackle to score through the middle. With Jack converting, the visitors had an early lead. This was doubled shortly after when an identical move ended in the same result and Frampton were ahead 0-14. Sam’s powerful run nearly added to the score line and with Marcus at hooker Frampton were winning all the scrums. Following a put in by Old Patesians, Marcus flicked the ball back, Lewis ran blind side and his short pass found Jack who increased the lead and soon after Jamie gathered a loose ball to

Under 14s thrash rivals

cross over. From the restart Ed again caught well and his good run resulted in a pass to Corey who

rang cross field to out fox the Old Patesians backfield and score under the posts and with Jack converting, Fram were leading at

half time 0-31. In the second half Ed weaved in and out of the Old Patesians defence and dodged several tackles to score under the posts. When Corey’s kick was sliced he was quickest to react and kicked forward and as the ball crossed the try line dived over for the score. Fram were on the score sheet again when, following a great passing move along the line, Jamie showed his strength for the try, Jack converting. A quickly taken penalty by Rohan left Old Patesians napping for Corey to score and as the game came to a close a break in midfield by Nik enabled him to run clear and score under the posts.

Yate driver ends Frampton revival sees league progress successful season FRAMPTON 1st XV have finished November in sixth place in the Gloucester Premiership, their highest place for a number of seasons, after a string of victories. Frampton beat Cirencester 19-13 with tries from Andy Jarrett, Rhys Jennings and Lewis Oakley along with two conversions from Oakley. Frampton beat Whitehall

convincingly 26-15. Tries came from Tom Boaden, Rhys Thomson, Simon Belsten and George Frost along with two penalty kicks from James Knight. Frampton play Gloucester Old Boys and Gordon League in December and will be looking to continue their progress up the league table.

YATE racing driver Chris Hignell has recently signed off in his fourth and most successful season at Castle Combe. Driving his Peugeot 106 GTI in the last round in the Saloon car championship, Chris recovered from a spin to finish fourth in class D, which resulted

in 48 points and fourth in class for the season. It also made Hignell 9th overall in the championship, far higher than anticipated at the start of the season. At the annual awards ceremony he won the award for Best over 50’s driver.

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Winterbourne gymnast shines in national event A YOUNG gymnast from Winterbourne has impressed at a national gymnastics gathering. Jack McManus trains at the Bristol Hawks club after starting at the Fromeside club in Winterbourne. He came fourth in the event at the National Grades Final in Birmingham and has now been invited to attend an elite four day residential training camp at Lilleshaw National Sports Centre. Jack was part of a south west team that came third overall. The south west team were also awarded a glass trophy for the highest regional combined score.

The competition involved routines on the rings, floor, vault, pommel horse, high bar, parallel bars and PPP (flexibility).

New recruits help winning run for hockey women PUCKLECHURCH Ladies hockey team are top of the table after four wins in a row, aided by new recruits to the team. November began with a bad tempered game against Dursley, which Pucklechurch won 2-0. The next victory was away to UWE, goals from Laura Stone, Laura Davidge-Lumber and Amy Nichols giving them a 3-1 Win.  Bristol and West provided a real local derby as they share the Winterbourne International Academy pitch. Although the opposition were quick on the

break Pucklechurch managed another clean sheet in a 2-0 win with goals from Jill Robinson and Claudia Dark. A top of the table clash with Avonmouth provided a fast and fiery game. Avonmouth marked and intercepted well, but Laura Stone broke the deadlock for Pucklechurch. Claudia Dark scored the winning goal minutes from time The clubhouse to give Pucklechurch a 2-1 win, has been given a and top spot in the table heading makeover into the Christmas break.

Netball club top table FRAMPTON Cotterell Netball Club is enjoying a great season with both teams doing well in their respective divisions of the Avon netball league. The first team have won each of their eight matches to date to take the lead in Division 6 with the second team securing second place in Division 9. New recruits Sasha Lacey, Saskia Dracup, Nicole Cater, Joanne Clark, Erin Davis & Harriet Jones have all made

their team debuts and with Lucy Buckley’s return from maternity leave, the club has a wealth of players to draw on throughout this season. Recently, Frampton Firsts beat Jets by 41 goals to 24 with Centre Jazz Bartlett, and Goal Shooter Sasha Lacey voted players of the match. Frampton Seconds lost out by a single goal, 20 – 21 to Sparks with Hollie Barnes and Erin Davis voted players of the match.



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