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March, 2018 Issue 57


Academy could get new name as financial issues ease THE future name of Winterbourne International Academy will be decided after the results of a survey have been taken into account. Seven possible names were put forward for consideration, including keeping the current title. Some include the name Ridings - the academy was

previously the Ridings High School - but those completing the survey could also make their own suggestions. Pupils, parents and staff were among those asked for their views in the survey, which came as the school transferred to the Olympus Academy Trust. It also coincided with the lifting of a financial notice to

improve from the Ridings’ Federation of Academies, which had run the school until February 1, after a cash crisis it had been facing was alleviated. Meanwhile, the academy remains in special measures after a poor Ofsted report and work is continuing to remove it from that position. Full story page 3.

Light at the end of the tunnel Frome Valley sewer nears completion PAGE 2

New community space for Winterbourne Old cart shed transformed at Medieval Barn PAGE 5

Holding the balance of power New councillor needed in Coalpit Heath PAGE 9

Spring’s coming . . . Despite the recent cold snap, spring is on its way as shown in this burst of colour in St Saviour’s churchyard in Coalpit Heath

Keep up the good work Inspectors praise Rangeworthy primary PAGE 30

Get them young Kids cricket coaching on offer in Frampton PAGE 43



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Cleaner buses to run through Frome Valley BUS services that run through the Frome Valley will benefit from a £2.2 million funding boost aimed at improving air quality. The X46 Yate-Bristol service, which operates via Winterbourne and Iron Acton, and the 47 Chipping SodburyBristol bus, which stops in Coalpit Heath, are among 12 routes across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and the Bath area that will be operated with less polluting buses. The money comes from the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund and will lead to the upgrading of the bus fleet using emissions reduction technology on a total of 81 buses. They run on routes that are the most polluted, with levels of harmful air pollutants that are too high. By upgrading to the best environmental standard available, the release of nitrous oxides from the vehicles will be cut by up to 94 per cent. Colin Hunt, South Gloucestershire’s Cabinet member for planning, transportation and the environment, said: “We know that getting travellers out of their cars and onto buses helps to reduce congestion and makes journeys easier and faster. “It also helps us achieve our pollution reduction goals.” Another route to benefit will be the 78/79 Thornbury-Bristol service, which stops at Filton and Cribbs Causeway.


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End in sight for work on £15 million sewer scheme THE £15 million Frome Valley relief sewer scheme is nearing completion, providing extra capacity for large new housing developments. Wessex Water is building the 5km long pipe that will run westwards from Iron Acton to Bradley Stoke. The first sections of the scheme were laid near Yate and around the north of Bristol in the 1980s and 1990s. Three years ago, Wessex announced it would finish the project and June is now the expected completion date. The new sewer will then serve an expanding Yate and other parts of South Gloucestershire, diverting waste water to the sewage treatment works in Avonmouth. It should also finally resolve the problem of unsightly waste being stranded along the Frome Valley, the result of sewers running down the valley and through the centre of Bristol. People who walked along the river said heavy rain and flooding sometimes resulted in debris being strewn along the river bank. Past unsuccessful efforts to resolve the problem included installing a fine mesh filter at a bend in the river in Iron Acton and other work next to the ford at Cog Mill. As part of the project, Wessex had to tunnel underneath the M4 from the Three Brooks nature reserve in Bradley Stoke, taking care to protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats. The company’s project manager, Mike Bryant, said: “The tunnelling under the M4 has been successful and we are in the process of completing manhole and sewer connections in the area. “Work in the local nature reserve will be complete and the site will be reinstated by the end of March. “We’ve excavated up to 3.1km and crossed numerous features such as the River Frome, although the sewer is predominantly being constructed across fields and has had minimal impact on the public.”



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n NEWS A FINANCIAL notice to improve issued 15 months ago to the trust that used to run Winterbourne International Academy (WIA) has been lifted. The notice was given in November 2016 by the Education and Skills Funding Agency due to a cash crisis the Ridings’ Federation of Academies was facing. At the time, the federation was looking at a potential £1 million deficit. But as reported by Frome Valley Voice last month, WIA was pressing for the removal of the notice, saying it was “no longer relevant or necessary” as finances had improved. Dave Baker, chief executive of the Olympus Academy Trust, which has now taken over WIA, said the agency had taken the action in recognition of work in the previous several months to re-structure financial management and governance. He said: “We are now in a position where we have an in-year balanced budget with a small surplus at the point of transfer from the Ridings’ Federation to the Olympus


Thoughts turn to school's name as finances improve Academy Trust. We are now well placed to face the challenges ahead of us.” The academy transferred to Olympus (OAT), as anticipated, on February 1. Mr Baker said: “Although there were no visible changes and it was very much business as usual, with a planned visit from a Department for Education advisor taking place, I hope this will mark the start of a positive new phase for us all. There is still much to do but I hope that we will now be well placed to achieve this within our local partnership. At the time the notice was issued, the Ridings’ Federation ran both WIA and Yate International Academy. Since then, the now named Yate Academy has been taken over by

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the Greenshaw Learning Trust. WIA remains in special measures after a poor Ofsted report and it is hoped that all the changes made will result in the academy making good progress and getting out of special measures. Meanwhile, a survey has been run to get responses from, among others, parents and students to thoughts about the academy’s future name. Some suggestions keep the name Ridings - the school’s name before it became an academy - while others drop it completely.

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PLANS have been drawn up to extend the changing facilities at Yate’s Sunnyside Playing Fields. The proposals by the town council will allow women’s football to take place alongside the men’s fixtures and provide enough changing rooms for the number of teams using the pitches and the neighbouring tennis courts. The scheme will also improve access for disabled sportsmen and women. Under the proposals, solar panels could also be installed and security improved.

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Concern for future of New community area created at medieval barn green belt land after approval for housing AN old cart shed at Winterbourne’s medieval barn has been refurbished and will soon be opened for community use. The shed, which used to have a leaking roof, no insulation, rotten woodwork and no electricity or water, will become a “making, doing and learning” area. It will be opened up to local groups, societies and businesses to use for meetings, away days, learning and activity sessions, workshops and talks. The bulk of the funding for the repair work came from the LEADER Fund, which is part of the Rural Development Programme England. Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust said there were also other donors who helped to heat and equip the building. Meanwhile, the trust has drawn up a programme of events for 2018, including the popular medieval fair, orchard harvest day and music and drama performances from the University of the West of England Big Band. Tessitoura Opera, the Festival Players and Ian Kennedy Productions will also be involved in the year’s schedule. New events include a concert by the Bristol Male Voice Choir in June, a wine tasting session in July and a community passion play on Good Friday, March 30. The passion play will be free to attend but tickets will be required and they can be obtained online from Ticketsource, or from Daisy's Coffee Shop or St Michaels Church office (01454 776518) from March 1.

LOCAL residents said a dangerous precedent had been set as the result of planning permission being given for three new houses on green belt land in Frampton Cotterell. The site for the homes, off Bristol Road, is a paddock between a bungalow at the entrance to the former Sunbeam Nursery site and the front garden of another property. Approval of the application was given by South Gloucestershire Council, despite objections from several local residents, Frampton Cotterell Parish Council and the area’s South Gloucestershire councillors Pat and Dave Hockey. The residents said the green belt should be protected and they now fear other houses will be built along Bristol Road on such designated land as a result of the application. In 2015, a planning appeal to try and get consent for a triple garage with accommodation above to be built in the garden of a Bristol Road house was rejected because of its effect on the green belt. Objectors to the paddock scheme said no account had been taken of that outcome by a South Gloucestershire planning officer before the recommendation to approve was made, nor of the high grading of the paddock as “very good” agricultural land. Liberal Democrats said the issues were only investigated at Mr Hockey’s request when he realised they had not been considered.

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n NEWS Eco-friendly visitor accommodation planned for Kendleshire site TOURIST accommodation is planned for a site off Badminton Road in Kendleshire. An application has been submitted to demolish three barns on the land between Park Lane and Huckford Lane and build five eco-friendly properties. If permission is given, they will accommodate up to 41 people at any one time. The properties include a seven-bedroomed guest house, one chalet, two lodges and a selfcontained house.

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Cash injection could mean housing on council-owned land COUNCIL-owned land in Frampton Cotterell could be released for housing after £2.1 million of Government money was allocated to South Gloucestershire. Housing minister Dominic Raab announced a £45 million cash injection into key community projects around the UK to help kick-start the building of thousands of new homes. South Gloucestershire’s allocation is for a total of nine projects around the district, including two in Frampton Woodend Road (£175,000) and Lower Stone Close (£20,000). The money will come from the Land Release Fund, with a total of 79 projects nationwide

receiving funding to support the building of up to 7,280 homes on council-owned sites. The scheme operates by using the cash to overcome barriers which would otherwise make land unusable for development. Projects could involve the removal of asbestos, building roads or providing utilities. John Goddard, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for corporate resources, said: “We welcome this announcement, which earmarks significant Government funding that will strengthen projects to build much needed new homes in South Gloucestershire. “Some of these proposals are at an early stage and all

are dependent upon obtaining planning consent. “The land involved is council-owned and the funding is intended to help release a number of sites to provide a mixture of affordable and open market housing. “By increasing supply, we aim to reduce the pressure on the local housing market, making it easier for people to afford to rent or buy in South Gloucestershire.” The successful bids will release land for homes by March 2020. Other allocations include £720,000 for the Castle School sixth form site in Thornbury, which could lead to it getting a new sixth form centre, and £230,000 for Station Road, Yate.

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Up to 50 homes in outline plan for former Yate magistrates’ court THE former magistrates’ court in Yate is set to be knocked down and the site used for housing. Government housing agency Homes England wants to demolish the courthouse in Kennedy Way and put up to 50 homes on the land. It has just submitted an outline application for the plan. The North Avon Magistrates’ Court building closed in 2016 after a review into magistrates’ courts across the country was completed. Cases are now heard in Bristol. The premises date from 1982, have five courtrooms, 12 custody cells and used to deal with adult and youth criminal cases from across South Gloucestershire. It cost about £288,000 to run the building in 2014-15, during which time it only operated at 28 per cent of capacity, and a report for the review said running at that level did not justify keeping it open.

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Leyhill prison watchdog in New councillor sought for Coalpit Heath search for new members THE independent body that monitors Leyhill Prison in Tortworth is looking for new members to carry out its work. The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) checks that proper standards of care and decency are maintained and that prisoners are being prepared for release effectively. The Board has access to Leyhill at any time of day or night. Members observe all parts of the prison, talking to prisoners and staff and monitoring the full range of prison life. Individual members usually visit 2 or 3 times a month. A spokesperson told the Voice: “For someone wanting to get involved in their local community, this is an ideal opportunity to do something a little bit different, potentially challenging and undoubtedly vitally important. The IMB acts as an independent voice in a closed community.” The role is voluntary, with training provided and expenses paid. Applicants need to be over 18 and should live within 25 miles of the prison. An application form and guide can be found at join-now. Applications must be in by Monday 11th March 2018.

WESTERLEIGH Parish Council is looking for somebody to represent Coalpit Heath as a councillor. The council has a vacancy after Dan Boulton resigned because he had moved out of the area. The successful candidate will be co-opted to the council and stand until local elections next year. People interested will be interviewed by the council’s clerk Sue Simmons and the chairman of the council, Bob Taylor before they recommend somebody to the full council who will vote to co-opt them. To be eligible for the role, people need to live or work in the parish or within three miles of it. That opens up the vacancy to people in Frampton

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Contraflow on ring road viaduct is extended by a month THE contraflow that is in place on the Bromley Heath Viaduct is to stay in place longer as work continues on the repairing the structure. The original end date of March for the contraflow to be lifted on the A4174 ring road will be extended while work is completed. The council has apologised to motorists for the extra disruption. It's now hoped the contraflow can be removed by the end of April. Cllr Colin Hunt, cabinet member responsible for planning and transport, said: “First of all, I want to apologise up front for any inconvenience caused to local residents and road users, but we do need to extend the duration of the contraflow while the remaining jobs are completed on site.” "We have done all that we can to carry out these essential

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Homes plan for former Yate pub site to go to appeal AN outline scheme to build up to ten houses on the site of a former Yate pub will be determined by a planning inspector. The controversial knocking down of the Railway Hotel in Station Road went ahead despite protests from local people and the collecting of a petition. Objectors said the pub was a locally listed building and a landmark in the town for nearly 200 years. But permission was given for the demolition, which took place ahead of the submission of the outline proposal to build homes on the cleared site. With no decision taken on the housing application by South Gloucestershire Council, the applicant - the Railway Building Company - has now appealed and asked that a planning inspector should decide whether the scheme should be allowed. Those who had tried to save the pub had unsuccessfully suggested preserving at least the facade of the building in order to preserve the character of that part of Yate.

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Not boring at all - talk on colliery boreholes A TALK by David Hardwick on the exploration of coal resources in South Gloucestershire will feature in the annual general meeting of a group established 15 years ago. The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group was set up to record and, where appropriate, preserve the remains of what was once an extensive industry. Mr Hardwick will explain the reason for boreholes at local collieries, talk about the people who drilled them and the methods they used. All are welcome to attend the event on Wednesday, March 7, which starts at 8pm at Coalpit Heath Village Hall, Badminton Road. Admission is £2 for non-members.

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Literary festival venue confirmed for Will Self visit THE Bristol and Bath Science Park will host acclaimed author and journalist Will Self as part of the Cotswold Edge Literary Festival this summer. Organisers have confirmed that the author will appear at the week long festival on Wednesday 20th June at 7pm. Will Self is the author of 12 novels, including the Booker Prize shortlisted Umbrella. He’s also a prolific columnist, having written for the Guardian, the New York Times and the New Statesman. No stranger to controversy, Self will give an insight into his career and distinctive writing. The event is one of several at the festival, which runs from 16 to 24 June. Several venues are being used around South Gloucestershire. Children’s author AF Harrold will be entertaining primary school children in Winterbourne, as well as performing poetry for adults in the evening. Best selling local author Susan Lewis will be in conversation during an afternoon tea event. Times journalist and author of the acclaimed memoir The Boy With the Top Knot, Sathnam Sanghera is also booked for the festival. Other events are being announced in the next few weeks. Tickets go on sale at the start of April, and more information can be found on the festival’s website:

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Householders to pay 5.99 per cent more on council tax bills COUNCIL tax bills in South Gloucestershire will rise by 5.99 per cent from April. It means householders in a band D property will be charged £1,441.07 as a contribution to council-provided services - with extra sums to be added on for the police and fire service, as well as

parish precepts. The increase is made up of a 2.99 per cent general rise and a further three per cent as an adult social care levy. The approximate £9.7 million raised through the levy will be spent on services supporting the most vulnerable adults.

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But South Gloucestershire Council said it only partially covered the extra cost of social care resulting from increased demand and market prices. During 2018-19, the council will spend nearly £216 million on services, with a further £202 million to be distributed to schools through a dedicated Government grant. But it warned that while its finances were projected to remain in balance for the coming three years, that was only by using reserves set aside for that purpose and making more savings. However, a range of extra spending commitments were included in the council’s budget, including about £7.7 million more for the Children, Adults and Health Department over and above the adult social care levy. There is also funding for a two per cent pay increase for staff, whose salaries have been frozen or capped at one per cent for the past seven years.

Meanwhile, a 50 per cent council tax discount for homes that have been empty for at least two years will be removed. Council leader Matthew Riddle said: “I know that some will feel the squeeze of rising council tax but while we continue to look for ways to be as efficient and cost effective as possible, we must find ways to replace the funding which used to come from Government and to meet rising demand for services.” Liberal Democrats said the budget indicated there would be more than £36 million in cuts to the budget between 2019 and 2022 but the nature of those cuts were unspecified. The group’s deputy leader, Councillor Clare Young, said: “South Gloucestershire has already tightened its belt pretty damn hard in recent years. “There will come a point, not very long from now I fear, when there will be simply nothing left to cut.”



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MP welcomes 500th visitor to the Houses of Parliament

Local MP Luke Hall has hosted his tenth village tour, with 500 constituents having had the chance to visit Westminster. The MP’s previous tour, for which Iron Acton residents, was hugely oversubscribed and a second tour for the village was organised.

Beatrix Potter hits the trail this Easter A BEATRIX Potter Trail around Chipping Sodbury will help keep children entertained over the Easter holidays. Organised by Sodbury in Bloom and the Friends of Chipping Sodbury Library, the trail invites families to follow a map and complete a competition entry to win prizes. The event will take place during the school Easter holidays. Entry forms with a map are available from Chipping Sodbury Library and at Waitrose. Prizes will be given for the first correct entry opened in different age groups. The organisers are asking for completed entries to be posted through the letterbox at the library at anytime or handed in

when the library is open. The closing date is Monday 16th April.

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n NEWS A NEW mental health website has been launched for children and young people in South Gloucestershire. The Mind You site was developed with the involvement of youngsters to promote mental health and emotional well-being through information and advice. It was funded by the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), developed by Public Health South Gloucestershire and features separate sections for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals. Dr Kate Mansfield, of the CCG, said: “Children and young people who are struggling to cope or have mental health problems have the best health outcomes when they receive help at the earliest point possible. “It is vitally important they know what to do when they need support and what steps they can take in order to get help. “This new website is a great resource which helps to make children and young people aware of some important practical steps they can take to help improve wellbeing. It also has guidance on where to go if they are struggling to cope or need more support. “The information for parents, carers and professionals is also really important to help ensure that we know what resources are available when a child or young person is brave enough to ask for our help.”

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Kelbra signs; a correction

IN December’s Frome Valley Voice, we reported that the Zues Explorer Scouts spoke to Frampton Cotterell Parish council about their experiences after visiting Kelbra in Germany. We reported that the council had an agenda item to discuss removing the twinning signs on roads into the village, and that the scouts had helped to persuade them to keep the signs. The parish council would like Frome Valley Voice to point out that, in fact, there was no agenda item. A spokesperson for the council said: “The parish council did not have an agenda item to remove the twinning signs and the Parish Council thoroughly enjoyed the presentation by the Zeus Explorer Scouts.”

March, 2018

Lunch anyone? Kids enjoy visit from bread maker CHILDREN from Frampton Cotterell C of E school have been making their own food after a visit from staff of Warburton’s Bakery. They came into the school with an array of pizza bases and toppings for 90 children in years three and four. The children heard about healthy eating, before donning hair nets and aprons for their cooking session. Pupils have also come face to face with the past with after trip to a museum in Cardiff to meet Rob Hanigan.  He and his brother are amateur palaeontologists who found the fossilised bones of a previously unfound, unknown species of dinosaur on Lavernock beach in South Wales in 2014. Rob spent time with each of the 3 classes, showing slides and Pupils of Frampton Cotterell C of E School answering their questions.

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Antiques Roadshow goes supersonic in May BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Aerospace Bristol in May. Fiona Bruce and the team of experts will be waiting to welcome you with your family heirlooms and car boot bargains to offer free advice and valuations to visitors. The filming takes place on May 17 at the home of Concorde. The new museum celebrates the city’s historic links to the birth of aviation and the development of supersonic travel. At the centre of this new attraction is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot - the last Concorde to be made and the last Concorde to fly. Series producer Robert Murphy said: “It’s a hometown show for many of the team at a fascinating and entertaining new venue in the south west. We’re

looking forward to a bumper turnout." Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry is free and no tickets or pre-registration are required. Visitors can also share their stories about the special items they are bringing along using Share Your Story on the Antiques Roadshow website.

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Ken Barlow heads to Chipping Sodbury

WILLIAM Roache, the actor who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street is to appear at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. The world’s longest running soap actor will talk about his life on and off of Coronation Street in the event on Friday 29 June 2018.


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Band offers free concerts to help those experiencing loneliness A SOUTH Gloucestershire band is planning to give a series of free concerts to help tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation. Westerly Showband said music had a beneficial effect on a range of physical, mental and social disorders and, with loneliness also experienced by some people, felt it could do something about it. Members of the band’s board are now seeking help from local charities and community organisations so the concerts can take place throughout the district. They need a suitable venue for each performance, such as a hall or church, which could be hired at a low rate or given free. They also require help with setting up for the concerts, ushering and providing refreshments, as well as getting

those without transport to the event. Chris Harris, the band’s musical director, said: “The band will provide a programme of much loved musical favourites from days gone by that everyone will know. “There will even be a few sing-along specials, not to mention a few numbers where audiences can sway, wave their arms, clap their hands and even dance a few steps.” He said the singing would be led by the band’s resident singer, Alexandra Denman, well known for her

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n COMMUNITY NEWS Frampton Cotterell WI We are looking forward to a talk on local history at our next meeting – it will be fascinating to find out more about past life in the Frampton and Winterbourne area from a local history expert. The other highlight recently was our annual meal out – this year we went for a fine dining experience at Ronnie’s of Thornbury, which did not disappoint. Members enjoyed a selection of delicious dishes ranging from slow cooked ox cheek, pan fried cod loin and parmesan gnocchi to sticky toffee pudding and winter fruit crumble. It was a cold snowy night outside so we all felt very fortunate to be enjoying such comforting food in warm, cosy surroundings! In March, we have another very interesting speaker coming to talk to us (on the 27th). We will be welcoming Tim Bowles, Bristol’s Metro Mayor who is going to let us know more about his role and the way in which he works with

local councils. Other talks coming up later this year include “How to wear a Sari”, luxury chocolate making, and the history of the Police Force, so there is plenty of variety coming up. Visitors and new members are welcome to our monthly meetings at St Peter’s Hall on School Road at 7.45pm, on the 4th Tuesday of the month. There is a charge of £2.50 for the evening and any new members can also join by paying a membership fee. Special interest groups that meet separately including a book club, craft group, choir and our skittles and darts teams. Please search FramptonCottWI to find out more, and to like our page. Winterbourne Down WI OUR Speaker for this month was Jinx Newly a historian who spoke with great knowledge about 'Bristol a City of Monks and Bones'. We were shown maps of Bristol going back to medieval times depicting how the original Bristol (Brycgstow), meaning 'The Place

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at the Bridge’, was surrounded by the natural rivers of the Frome and Avon making a moat system around the town. On the maps you could see lots of housing and roads running to the centre where the famous Bristol High Cross stood. This is now situated in the National Trust location at Stourhead. We were shown pictures of St James Church where mediaeval fairs and markets took place. The Church owned land where the Galleries, Cabot Circus and part of Gloucester Road stand. When the Bus Station was built excavations took place and parts of the Cloisters to St James' Church and many skeletons were found to the north end. We were told that after the 2nd World War when the site of Lewis's was being excavated layers of skeletons were found in what was believed to be the plague pit. Jinx told us that St Augustine's Abbey, became the Cathedral in 1542. The monks worshipped together and spent time in religious reading and prayer, whilst in contrast the Canons were priests who went out into the community to help and spread the word. We were shown a sketch of the Roman Arch which is in the Abbey Precinct and the two additional storeys built above the arch were of Tudor design. We were also shown illustrations of the Chapter House and told stories of the life of Monks, Canons and Friars. Jinx mentioned that in the Middle Ages there were two definitions of the word hospital. One being that it was a place where the poor, pilgrims and travellers could go and the other

being a place where healthcare and religion took place both at the same time. St Marks Hospital which is on the opposite side of College Green to the Cathedral, was also known as Gaunt’s Hospital founded by the Gaunt’s family and currently known as The Lord Mayors Chapel. At the bottom of Christmas Steps there are also the remains of St Bartholomews Hospital. Our Speaker on 5th April is Phoebe Hunter-Meilveen talking about 'The Unmentionables'. Do come and join us to find out more.

Floral Friends First signs of Spring The bulbs are beginning to come up and will soon be flowering, heralding spring and (hopefully) warmer weather! More Bulbs for Beesmoor! Floral Friends have been busy at Beesmoor/Woodend Road planting lots of tulip bulbs which were recently kindly donated by a local resident. A lot of tidying up was also carried out in preparation for a lovely Spring display. We will be renewing some of the planting in this area shortly – if anyone has any spare herbaceous perrenials that they don’t need we could find them a good home – please email us. Poppies We plan to plant poppies around the village to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. We hope to involve as many people as possible in this – more information will be available soon. Floral Boots Have an old pair of boots that you no longer need? Why not recycle



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n NEWS them into planters and take part in Floral Friends’ Floral Boots display? We’re inviting everyone (all residents, businesses, associations, community groups and schools within Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath) to plant up a boot, or a pair of boots (normal size please – no giant ones permitted), with the colour theme of red, white and blue to help commemorate the centenary of the First World War Armistice and the 100th anniversary of the RAF. Applications will need to be completed by 6th July and the boots displayed in front gardens in the week Saturday 21st July – Saturday 28th July. We will produce a map of where the boots are located so that people may walk around the village to see them all. Certificates and prizes (for the best boots) will be presented on Saturday 28th July at the Brockeridge Centre. So – hang on to those old boots and get creative in the Spring! Spring Fayre The Spring bunnies will be hopping into the Brockeridge Centre on the morning of Saturday

April 28th to help with our Spring Fayre. Come along and enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea) and a slice of cake in the Sensory Garden (if the weather’s good), browse the plants we will be offering for sale, and let the children enjoy the activities on offer. If you would like to come and help us – you don't have to be a gardening expert, just happy to lend a hand and help us to make our village beautiful – please email us at floralfriendsofframpton@ Remember – all our latest news in available at http://ffframpton.

Groovy man! Zion members enjoy their 60s themed party MEMBERS of Zion United Church in Frampton Cotterell have been celebrating its 50th birthday. A weekend of events marked the moment, with tea and cakes along with a display of the history of the church. It was created when four local chapels merged in 1968. The evening saw a party with music and fancy dress from the 60s. There was also a celebration church service.

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People in the Frome Valley area are being urged to nominate their community heroes for recognition in a local award ceremony. Community stars are being sought in Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Coalpit Heath, Winterbourne Down and Iron Acton.


The Stars of The Stokes programme, launched by the Willow Brook Centre also covers Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and Patchway.


Willow Brook Centre works with a variety of local businesses to sponsor and promote the awards, joined for 2018 by Frome Valley Voice, with the awards night itself being broadcast live on Bradley Stoke Radio.

How to nominate Members of the public are invited to nominate anyone from the local area who they feel deserves recognition for outstanding community engagement and/or achievement of personal goals. Nominations can be made on or by completing the nomination form overleaf. The glittering awards night will be hosted by Shaun Williamson at Aztec Hotel & Spa on Friday 15th June. Shaun is best known for his role as Barry Evans in Eastenders, as a contestant in Celebrity Big Brother and as a satirical version of himself in the BBC sitcom Extras

Andy Wynn, manager of Willow Brook Centre said: “Willow Brook is at the heart of the community and Stars of the Stokes has become an important part of our annual calendar. It has been two years since we first launched the awards, and we have been delighted to see them grow as each year passes, with over 300 nominations in the first two years. We are forever grateful to the many local people who have gone out of their way to help us recognise local heroes”. “We are delighted to work with our sponsors on this year’s awards, and are looking forward to seeing the nominations start to come in and to meeting some more of the leading lights in our community on 15th June.”















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THE CATEGORIES Star Teacher Award Champion Carer Do you know a teacher who works in the area and goes above and beyond what you would expect? Has a teacher you know made a huge difference to your life? Maybe you know a teacher who has motivated and inspired students to achieve their best and who is always willing to give that

Carers, be they family, friends or professionals, are crucial to many families. Does someone you know provide care that is ‘beyond the norm’? Have they changed lives or put their lives on hold to help and care for you?

extra time and effort. Parent / Guardian in a Million Pre-School Carer of the Year Parents are great, but are yours better than most? Can you see the difference your child minder or nanny makes to your child’s development, or does your child have a favourite member of staff at their nursery or pre-school who brightens their day? Maybe your child carer ends up caring for the whole family, or has helped you with short notice cover during family emergencies over the last year. Achievement Against the Odds Do you know someone who achieves great things against the odds? Has someone you know overcome

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What do parents you know do to make them a parent/guardian in a million? Do they collect your children from school every day so that you can work? Do they fight to make sure you have everything you need and deserve? Or maybe something happened in the last year that you couldn’t have got through without their support. Coach of the Year Do you know someone who gives up their free time to coach others? Perhaps a youth football coach or a cycling coach. Maybe you know someone who works in sport but goes above and beyond what would be expected. Perhaps a teacher who runs an out of school exercise club, or a personal trainer who has helped you achieve your goals in the last year.

Young Hero Unsung Hero Do you know someone aged 18 or under who is a hero? Maybe they spend a lot of their free time volunteering, or have achieved great things in sport or have taken a hobby and become renowned for it. Maybe they care for their parents, mow the lawn for a neighbour, or have raised money for a cause that is close to them.

Do you know someone who is great but no one knows? Maybe they give their life to volunteering or have done the same job for many years. Maybe they run a local sports team, raise money for charity, or they are a hero to you and you’d love them to receive some recognition.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA March 1 n Alice in Pantoland, St Peters Players, WADCA 7.30pm. Adult £8, child £4. 07979 246091 March 2 n Alice in Pantoland, St Peters Players, WADCA 7.30pm. Adult £8, child £4. 07979 246091 nQuiz, Crossbow, 8pm. £1.50 ppn. Tel. 772947 crossbowhouse@gmail. com March 3 n Apple-grafting Workshop, Winterbourne Medieval Barn, 10am - 4pm. Booking required. £35. Tel. 0117 957 4921 www. n Table Top Sale, Coalpit Heath Village Hall, 1-3pm. Bookings £5 T: 07920 145325 n Alice in Pantoland, St Peters Players, WADCA 2.30pm matinee and 7.30pm. Adult £8, child £4. 07979 246091 n Saturday, Open Church with Refreshments 10am-3-30pm. Come and see the crocuses in the church yard. Any donations to churc yard funds. March 5 n Gardening & Social Club, Manor Hall 2pm - 3.30pm. £2.50 incl refreshments. March 7 n Village Walks, meet 10.30am opposite café Church Rd. Stroll to Chestnut Farm (2 miles) or Tubbs Bottom walk (4 miles) March 7 n Wednesday at 7.30 pm. Alwyn Page: Retrospective. Visitors very welcome, £8 pay at door. Downend Flower Club, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Bristol, BS16 2RW March 8 n Frampton Community Singalong, Crossbow, 2pm 3.30pm. £3 includes tea and cakes. Tel. 07792 495367 March 9 nFrampton Folk club, Crossbow, 8pm. £2. All welcome. March 10 n Picture-based Fun Quiz, WADCA, 8pm. Teams up to 6. £6 per person incl light refreshments. Tel. 773370 or e: March 10 n Traidcraft Coffee Morning, Saturday March 10th, 10.00 – 12.30 at Zion United Church . Including gifts for Mothering Sunday. March 12 n Bristol Budgerigar Society. Monday March 12. Budgerigar

competition for 2018 bred young birds. 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@hotmail. com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_ March 13 n Community Coffee Morning, WADCA, 10.30 - 12.30. All welcome n Mothers Union, St Saviours Hall, 2.15pm. A variety of speakers. Tel. 777664 n 'The Great Way Round – Paddington to Penzance via Bristol & Plymouth Millbay’ presented by Terry Nicholls. BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL, BS34 7RG. Tuesday 13th March 7:30 for 7:45 pm. The meeting is open to all and there is no admission charge, but a suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses is appreciated. Contact Dave Winter 01454 324230. March 16 n Bingo, Crossbow, 8pm. £1 for 5 games and 50p for snowball. Tel. 772947 n The Shillings (Barry Walsh Band) play Country & Western Music at Watleys End Methodist Church, Factory Road, Winterbourne, BS36 1QL.Tickets £5 on the door. Enquiries to Heather 0117 9049125. March 17 n An evening of musical entertainment featuring The Frampton Shantymen and The Mel Eveleigh Jazz Trio & Friends. On saturday March 17TH 7.30 TO 10.30 At St Saviours Church Hall. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets only £5.00 from Jean Bradbeer 01454 775786 or email :- Max numbers apply book early. All proceeds to wateraid n Table Top Sale. St Peter's Church, Church Road, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2AB.17th March, 2pm-4pm Tables £5 - contact Sarah on 07912 564 458. 50p entry for adult. Homemade cakes, tea and coffee for sale n Saturday Easter Fayre in the Church Hall at 2pm, Stalls Plant Sale, Raffle, Tombola, Books, Refreshments with homemade cakes. March 20 n Village Walks, meet 10.30am St Peters. Daffodil Stroll (1.5 miles) or

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Beside River Frome (3.5 miles) March 21 n Community coffee morning, Manor Hall, 10am-12.00. Details Tel: 07873 747513 nLocal History Society, Zion 7.30pm. £4 (non-members) incl refreshments. n Local History Society Talk, Zion, 7.30pm. £4 (non-members) incl refreshments, March 22 n Frampton Friendship & Dance, 2-4pm, Zion Church Hall. Learn easy, gentle dances. Suitable for beginners. No partner needed. £3 incl tea. Tel 07515 351813 March 22 n Avon Organic Group The local group for everyone interested in organic growing and organic foods. This month local expert Tim Foster joins us to talk about growing under glass and in polytunnels. Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 7pm – 9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. All welcome. Visitors £5 / AOG Members £2. / March 28 n Litter Busters, 10am - 12.00. n Forget-me-not Singalong Group, Zion, 2pm-3.30pm. For local people who like a singalong. Carers welcome to stay. Details from Jean 775786 or Rona 886925 March 30 n Good Friday Passion Play, Winterbourne Medieval Barn, 6.30pm-8pm Tickets from Ticketsource or Daisy's Coffee Shop April 9 n Bristol Budgerigar Society. Monday April 9 commencing 7.30pm. Experienced champion breeder and exhibitor Bob Allen will describe how he treats occasional sick budgerigars in his stud and routine preventative medication. The committee are optimistic that the regular Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Bristol BS34 6HR venue will be available again for meetings following structural alterations. It might be advisable to ring the Secretary or Chairman to confirm. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@hotmail. com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail Visitors welcome to join us without commitment to join. April 11 n Fashion show at 7-30pm in

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the Church Hall. Tickets £4-00 including refreshments available from Diane Saunders 01454 778922 or Ann Carter 01454 319699. April 13 n Frome Valley Art Group Meets every Friday at 1.30 and 7-9pm at the Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, BS36 1NJ Professional artist and author of several self-help Art books, Arnold Lowery, will give a demonstration using acrylics on Friday 13th April at 2.00pm. Free for members and £4 for guests. For further details and reservations please contact fromevalleyartwinterbourne@ April 18 n Rosemary Kerr: Oriental Takeaway. Visitors very welcome, £8 pay at door. Downend Flower Club, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Bristol, BS16 2RW June 3 n Laser Run Championships being put on by PentathlonGB South West at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex BS37 7LB on Sunday 3 June. Including all age groups from 8 to 60+ Contact Philip Hobbs if Laser Pistol training is required. Entry details can be found at https:// list/competition/laser_run

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



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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED 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 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 nBristol 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. n Pilates, and Pump & Tone, at Chipping Sodbury Sports Centre. Mondays and Wednesdays :- Pump & Tone 6:30pm; Pilates 7:30pm. £6:00 per class; or a monthly tariff of £40.00 allowing unlimited access to the Chipping Sodbury and Bradley Stoke classes is available as well. www. for full information. Ring 01454 618488, or email, or just turn up. n Frampton Cottrell. Watermore Primary School (Infants), Woodend Road, (Opposite the Brockeridge Centre) 5.30 & 7.30pm Tel: Jude 07968 426809 n Macular-support group meets monthly - 3rd Monday 1:30-3:30pm at Watkins room, old grammar school, highstreet Chipping Sodbury. Contact Tony : 01454314066 n Mondays 10am-11-30am Butterflies. A new and friendly group, meeting in the church hall. £3-00 per family, including toys and books, a play area for crawlers and song time, Refreshments provided. 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

St Saviour's Church, Coalpit Heath 3rd March Saturday, Open Church with Refreshments 10am-3-30pm. Come and see the crocuses in the church yard. Any donations to churc yard funds. 17th March Saturday Easter Fayre in the Church Hall at 2pm, Stalls Plant Sale, Raffle, Tombola, Books, Refreshments with homemade cakes,

11th April Fashion show at 7-30pm in the Church Hall. Tickets £4-00 including refreshments available from Diane Saunders 01454 778922 or Ann Carter 01454 319699. Friday Lunches. In the Church Hall, tea or coffee before lunch from 11-15am, Lunch

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from12noon. No need to book. Donations accepted for church funds. Mondays 10am-11-30am Butterflies. A new and friendly group, meeting in the church hall. £3-00 per family, including toys and books, a play area for crawlers and song time, Refreshments provided.

Tuesday of month. Everyone welcome. n Slimming World 7.30 Elm Park School, Winterbourne. Tel Becca 07721 907780 n Centre Squares (dancing). Winterbourne Comunity Centre 7.45pm n 60+ Dance Fit class. 11.00 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 NEW Zumba Gold class! Tuesday’s - 11:30am at St Saviours Church Hall, Coalpit Heath (£5 ). Low impact moves for over 55’s, beginners and people recovering from an injury. All ages and abilities welcome. www.gozumbauk. com. Come and join the party, Jodie 07769274440 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 Frome Valley Mens Probus Club. We meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 10 – 12 noon at the Townhall, C/Sodbury. Guest Speaker every meeting, occasional lunches, day trips. Contact George for further info. Tele: 01454 882908 n Yate Poetry Group. All welcome to join our small, informal and friendly group to share and enjoy poems and verse. We meet for an hour 1-2 pm every other Tuesday afternoon in the library, refreshments provided. For the dates of meetings, please contact Tony on 07704140682 or Wednesday n Pre School Storytime. Winterbourne Library10.30 - 11am, every week, term time only.




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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED 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 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 reserve you place on the next

5 week course, please contact Sarah Presley on 07590 621495/ 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 n Pilates, and Pump & Tone, at Chipping Sodbury Sports Centre. Mondays and Wednesdays :- Pump & Tone 6:30pm; Pilates 7:30pm. £6:00 per class; or a monthly tariff of £40.00 allowing unlimited access to the Chipping Sodbury and Bradley Stoke classes is available as well. www.exercisewithlailibrooks.

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What’s on at Winterbourne Library Staffed Times Tuesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm Open Access (Unstaffed) Everyday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Easter 2018 Fully Closed Thursday 29 March Open Access only - Friday 30 March – Monday 2 April Tuesday 3 April- normal hours resume See above for new opening times at Winterbourne library If you register your card for our new Open Access system, and attend an induction, 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 for stories and a simple craft every Wednesday 10.30 – 11.00am. Lego Club: Listen to stories and poems, then create a model to display at the library. We’ll be meeting on 3 March 10.30 – 11.30am. Suitable for the primary age range, children must be accompanied by an adult. New! ‘Feed your Soul’ Come and colour. Enjoy some company – Adults and children, everyone welcome! Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-4pm every week The Craft Group is meeting on

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10 and 24 March 10.00am – 12 noon. New members will always be made welcome by this friendly group. Share tips and ideas for your knitting, sewing or crochet projects. Free IT Course Would you or someone you know benefit from learning or improving their computer skills? Mondays at Winterbourne Library starting 5 February. There still maybe places available. Contact Ann Hawkins 0117 909 2296 or email ann.hawkins@ Low cost computer scheme Have you considered the many benefits that owning your own computer can give? South Gloucestershire Council has teamed up with an IT provider to offer a range of low cost

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March, 2018


n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED 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 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 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 & 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

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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

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Meets first Thursday of the month. St 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 n Winterbourne Down WI meet in All Saints Church Hall, BS36 1BX on the first Thursday of each month (except August) - 7.30pm. For more information contact Margaret on 01454 850241. New members are most welcome. 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@ n Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Friday evenings from 7.30 - 10.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road. Contact Pat Sleightholme 01179 793473 n Friday Lunches. In the Church Hall, tea or coffee before lunch from 11-15am, Lunch from12noon. No need to book. Donations accepted for church funds. 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




n WHAT'S ON 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


Primary school keeps good rating after visit by Ofsted inspector

ALL pupils at Rangeworthy Church of England Primary School are making good progress towards reaching higher standards, an inspector from Ofsted has said. In the first short inspection since the end of 2013, when the school was judged to be good, Catherine Beeks said the leadership team had maintained the good quality of education. But she said some pupils could make even better progress and the school should ensure that teaching further challenged youngsters in both key stages so they reached the highest standards of which they were

capable. Ms Beeks said headteacher James Powell, although only in post for one term at the time of her visit, was well respected and his high aspirations had raised expectations of what the children could achieve. She said: “Morale is high and staff are proud to be part of the school. They are keen to play their part in school improvement. “Pupils are very sociable, happy and well mannered. The overwhelming majority of parents are pleased with the work of the school.”

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March, 2018

Helping with isolation ANYONE in South Gloucestershire who has contact with isolated people and wants to know how they can help them is invited to an event in the district. The South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network, in conjunction with other voluntary organisations, is hosting the event in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. Workers such as delivery drivers, shop staff and hairdressers are among those who meet lonely elderly people in particular and want to be confident in trying to help them. Organisers also hope local businesses will want to get involved by sending members of staff who could be trained to help their customers. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 20, with registration from 6pm head of a 6.30pm start. Booking is essential and can be done by visiting lonelySG or searching SGDEN on Eventbrite.



March, 2018



Appeal for bell ringers Extension to to help mark the end council car park of the Great War given green light THE car park at the South Gloucestershire Council offices in Yate will be extended, despite concerns raised by local residents. Complaints were made about the effect on nearby homes of the scheme to add 70 spaces to the offices site in Badminton Road. Opponents said their concerns surrounded a loss of privacy due to overlooking and pollution from noise,

CHURCH bell ringers in South Gloucestershire can take part in a major event later this year to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The organisers of Battle’s Over, a national and international event marking the armistice, want to see more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals participating by ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05pm on the night of November 11, 2018. Pageantmaster Bruno Peek said it would be a fitting tribute to the 1,400 or so bell ringers

light and traffic in the car park. But members of the council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application, adding an extra condition regarding lighting to try and limit the effect. The site to be used for the spaces is on council-owned land and although the main part is within a designated urban area, some engineering works are in the green belt.

who are understood to have lost their lives during the war. Ringing Out for Peace is part of Battle’s Over, a day-long commemoration of the end of the war. It will start at 6am, with the ringing of the bells bringing the event to a close. Mr Peek said the “stirring sound of church and cathedral bells” would provide a fitting conclusion. Churches can register their involvement by visiting www. and completing an entry form











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n NEWS Band to play in fundraiser for carnival ORGANISERS of the Winterbourne Down Village Carnival are hoping for a bumper turnout at a fundraising concert. The band of the Avon Fire and Rescue Service are playing at the Winterbourne Down Methodist Church. The concert, on Monday 19 March at 7.45pm will cost £5, with accompanied children free. Tickets can be bought from carnival committee members, or by calling 01454 777820 All money raised goes towards staging the carnival.




March, 2018


By Sarah Young of Spoilt Hair & Beauty

HAIR can be a tricky business, you know some people just have the look, their hair swishes effortlessly with a lovely gloss. Then there is the rest of us who have no time for all the straightening, curling, spraying, back combing, blow drying and so on. Why don’t we learn to live with the hair we have, as it is unlikely to change. Shine - we see all those ads with girls with shiny hair so what is the secret? The key to health hair is to have a regular trim – cut off the split ends, don’t dry with the highest heat but turn it down and notch, towel dry as much as possible before you even put the hair dryer on. Look after the cuticle of your hair and treat with product that you can coat each strand of hair. Repairs – if after these winter months your hair is feeling dry and needs hydrating you can use cooking coconut oil, melt it down and rub in your hair then leave in overnight and wash out the next day and this will leave your hair looking sleek and shiny for the next few washes.

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Grey Hair – with grey hair so popular – yes popular - use a shampoo with a hint of purple to tone and add shine to those grey hairs. The pigment will negate any brassiness and brighten the silver blonde tone in your hair. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines as you don’t want to end up with a purple rinse. Volume – who doesn’t like a bit of volume? A bit of a root lift looks healthy, sexy and flattering. There are now many products on the market so check out the one that suits your hair type. You can also add lift by changing your parting, back brushing, drying your hair upside down or when time allows add a roller or even a heated roller. The Cut - The right haircut and colour can flatter your face shape. Sharpen a rounded face with a long sweeping fringe. By falling over a portion of your face it visually narrows everything down. If your chin is not as chiselled as you’d like it, try a long bob that hits just below the jaw line, which in turn creates a focus. A hair cut with layers around the front is perfect

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New Wellbeing College courses will put a spring in your step

From yoga to job clubs, dancing to computer skills the Wellbeing College offers free activities for everyone in South Gloucestershire.

“All of our courses are completely free and are held at venues right across South Gloucestershire, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. We’re adding new activities all the time so remember to keep checking our website for new sessions. We’ve Local housing association Merlin as the lead, got courses to help people improve their along with Southern Brooks and Kingsmeadow employability by learning new skills; sessions Flat, have been awarded the Wellbeing where people can learn about social media College contract from April 2018 from South and getting online; we’ve got volunteering Gloucestershire Council. The College offers opportunities for people to help out with free courses, drop-in sessions and activities local organisations; we’ve got lots of sports for throughout the year to improve people’s people of all abilities and levels of fitness; and physical and mental wellbeing. Over the past much more. And with our new online booking year more than 1,000 people have taken system it’s easier than ever before to take part part in activities, with 80% saying that they and start improving your wellbeing.” feel happier as a result and 70% have reduced anxiety. For a full round-up of all the courses taking Community Insight and Investment Officer Claire Willis said: “These activities are making a real difference in helping people to build and rebuild their lives. Now, we’ve got lots of activities and events for people to get involved in over the next few months including some brand new sessions. If you’re looking for help to get a new job, we’ve got sessions to help you polish your CV and shine in interviews. There’s also yoga, tai chi and climbing activities for those looking to improve their physical health, while the knitting, cooking and gardening sessions will help bring out your creative side.

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March, 2018


Understanding the importance of Easter

Stephen Newell (Minister Zion United Church Frampton Cotterell)



A HAPPY Easter, once it arrives at the end of Lent, from the Churches Together 4 Fromeside. Easter is, I suspect, a bit of a non-event for lots of the readers

of Frome Valley Voice. Apart from those of you with an active Christian Faith, Easter is no longer the family and societal event that Christmas still remains. It moves, which is always confusing, it is also not quite as comfortable as Christmas. Everyone can celebrate the birth and potential of a child, but a ruthless execution and burial aren’t quite so sentimental. The fact that Christians believe that this ‘man’ who was killed and who was buried then rose to life on the third day (Easter Sunday) is at best perplexing. It is not for me in this magazine to argue the importance of Easter, if you want to have that discussion, churches and individual Christians should all be willing to talk to



you. The purpose of these articles is to create and offer a pause for thought, in this case from a Christian perspective. The pause for thought that I wish to offer is simple. Do you and those around you deal differently with things that are nice and encouraging, rather than with those things that are difficult and challenging? If I use the Christmas and Easter stories as an example: do you rejoice happily with those that rejoice in a new birth, whilst not quite being able to deal with the struggles that bereavement and loss bring? Of course all of us would want to rejoice with those that rejoice, we want to share in other’s happiness. Most of us would also wish to stand alongside and support those we know who are struggling, but in truth it is harder to do this. We often feel that we don’t know what to say or how to act. The church where I am the minister is Zion United Church. We have recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. We are called united because 50 years ago four chapels decided to join together and form one ‘united’ church, it was a good excuse for a fun party. That same spirit of unity still lives in the churches of this area. This lent 8 churches: Churches Together 4 Fromeside decided to embark on a shared study. We chose Jesus’ most central teaching: the beatitudes. It is challenging

stuff, it turns everyday thinking upside down. Jesus says, blessed or happy are the poor…the meek… those that mourn… the hungry. This is counter intuitive stuff, as we tend to believe the rich…the confident….the living and the full are the happy ones. What does Jesus mean? Well as with all really good teaching the core idea is to make us re-think and re-evaluate. But it seems clear to me that Jesus is suggesting a different idea of happiness than we normally understand. Perhaps he is saying that happiness is not simply to be found in rejoicing with those that rejoice, but that true happiness is found when we weep and struggle alongside those who are weeping and struggling. If you like, he is suggesting that real joy and fulfilment cannot be found in the superficiality of a life which only celebrates, although don’t get me wrong, I do like a good party. However real fullness can be discovered in the solidarity and love that are built around times of sadness. So as Lent draws to a close, I wish you a happy Easter as you discover the love that can so often be found in times of struggle, even when people are dying, alongside a joy that can overflow wherever life and goodness are abundant. Happy and Blessed are those who are able to laugh AND weep, and who have the courage to do both.

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Car damage increases

Local Police News with PC Finbar Simmons

IN one week last month we had nine incidents of cars being damaged in Frampton Cotterell and Winterbourne. Six cars were damaged overnight 10-11 February in Clyde Road and Ryecroft Road and later that week there were incidents in Flaxpits Lane, Church Road and Watleys End. Bonnets and roofs were dented and wing mirrors damaged. I’d urge anyone who witnesses incidents like this to call us straight away, and would ask anyone with information about who’s responsible to get in touch by calling 101. At this time of year we often get reports of rogue traders offering to do household maintenance or gardening work – before carrying

it out unnecessarily, to a poor standard, or overcharging. Though thankfully ‘doorstep crime’ doesn’t happen often, it does disproportionately affect older people – who are more likely to be at home during the day – and can have a significant impact on their wellbeing as well as their finances. Please help to protect any vulnerable relatives or friends by helping to find reputable tradespeople and sharing our advice: •U  se a door chain with unknown or unexpected visitors •C  heck identification – genuine callers expect this and will wait • I f you’re not sure, don’t open the door and report it by calling 101

• If you feel threatened or intimidated call 999 straight away • Lock your doors while you’re in your garden or another room • Keep cash in the bank, not at home • join Neighbourhood Watch • Set up a 'No Cold Calling Zone' through South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) • Sign up to utility companies’ password schemes Fraudsters can also contact you online or over the phone. Visit the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre Action Fraud’s website, www.actionfraud.police. uk, for up-to-date information on fraud.


Wild West musical to roll into town THE musical Calamity Jane will be performed by Sodbury Vale Musical Comedy Club in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall at the end of April. The Wild West musical, with songs such as Secret Love, Windy City and Deadwood Stage, will run from Thursday, April 26, to Saturday, April 28.  Tickets are already on sale at £10 for evening performances and £9 for a matinee. They can be bought online from www. or by phoning 03336 663366.

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A guide to pre-owned cars with Richard Cooke

Second hand Style A look at everyday cars on the cusp of becoming modern classics Mercedes CL500, 1996 - 1999: Disarmingly charming dinosaur I SUSPECT we’re about to miss the boat on this one: The first generation Mercedes CL, at 20 years young, is just about starting to feel (and cost) like a classic. Rarity, coupled with a desirable badge, will do that for most cars but the original CL always struggled on the used market due to those Marmite looks. Even after two decades of, ahem, ‘maturing’, put it next to its beautiful but irksome replacement and it slips quietly into the shadows. But behind the wheel this whopper of a Merc charmed me straight away. Believe it or not, it also represents the best ownership prospect of all CLs. Costing £80k new in 1997, my ‘R’ plate test model came with the optional suspension and 19 inch

alloy wheels from the Mercedes performance division AMG. The 320bhp 5.0 V8 gets to 60 in 6.5 seconds, and with only 105k miles on the clock the engine feels lively, responsive and smooth. As does the 5 speed automatic gearbox and, well, every other mechanical item as it happens. Brakes? Not bad at all. Suspension? Excellent – AMG have managed to almost eliminate pitch, roll and dive from this 2 ton luxury cruiser. Underneath this is an S Class, with the attendant huge boot and reasonable room in the back. It feels much smaller when you’re behind the wheel, and what a huge wheel it is – one of two signs you’re driving a Merc from a previous era. The other is the nature of the dashboard controls (they all still work), which can be operated with a ski glove on such is their size and robustness. Quite a contrast to today’s touchscreens and sometimes fiddly buttons. Indeed it is the sheer level of standard equipment on a car this old that makes it feel almost

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modern – parking sensors front and rear, double glazed windows, pneumatic door and boot closing mechanisms, a Bose stereo, heated powered seats – the list goes on and I’ll say it again: everything still works! Of course, they could go wrong at any time and if they do it’ll cost you a packet to put right just because you can pick up a CL for less than £4k today the repair costs are still those of a car that cost twenty times that new. What to look for on the used market? Well shamefully all Mercs up until model year 2004 rust, regardless of how expensive they were new. The CL is no different – check front wings (£300 each), bonnet (£1,500) and rear wheel arches and sills (the latter are prohibitively expensive to rectify). Tyres are £200 each. If the aircon goes, the dash has to come out to fix it – ouch. But compared to the very poorly built successor CL, which ran from 2000 – 2006, this version is a paragon of oldfashioned Mercedes reliability and trusted mechanicals. I advise you to look away from the undoubted beauty of later CLs and focus instead on the tear-stained tales of woe you see online from previous owners. It’s a well-worn cliché, but Mercedes really don’t make cars like this old CL any more, and (rust aside) a well looked-after example should look after you. I need to mention fuel – the CL500 manages 20mpg and the usefully large tank will cost you £125 to fill. The CL420 offers 40bhp less and no improvement in fuel consumption, so avoid it and the larger CL600 V12, which struggles to return 15mpg.

In terms of image, the first generation CL avoids the whiff of wannabe football manager pub landlords that hangs over the later models. Instead think dowager duchess down on her luck, too broke or frugal to replace a car bought new in 1998. And I’ll admit it – I’ve always liked the way this car looks. There is a certain beauty in something slightly flawed, but in the right colour and in person the CL is deeply impressive. Revel in rather than ignore the sheer size of the beast; this car has echoes of those vain-glorious 1970s US land yachts, with the added advantage of build quality and performance. Sink into the leather armchairs and soak up the old school Germanic quality. Grip the vast wheel, slot it into ‘Drive’ and feel the V8 effortlessly carry you along. And then remind yourself that you’ve paid just £4k for an indulgence that very few others are brave or informed enough to follow. A future classic? Probably. A total hoot whilst you wait to find out? Definitely. Mercedes CL, what to pay: V8s start at £4k, V12s more like £8k+. Avoid silly prices Next month: 10 cylinders




March, 2018


Making Local Parking Fairer

Luke Hall MP writes for Frome Valley Voice

One of the issues that has been consistently raised with me over the past couple of years is that of local parking facilities. The link between driving and parking is intrinsic; every journey taken by car, will then require parking on arrival. According to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, there are 38 million vehicles on our roads, and approximately 19 million of these are driven, and parked, at least once every single day. This month a debate was held in Parliament looking at what the Government can do to tackle rogue private car park operators, and I was able to share some of the views that local residents have expressed to me. Motorists in our community should have the certainty that when they enter a car park, they will not be exploited by private owners though things such as; poor signage, unreasonable

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terms, exorbitant fines, aggressive demands for payment and complicated and obstructive appeals processes. I have even seen examples where drivers have been fined simply for driving through a car park without even stopping. This is completely unfair, and more must be done to stop people being unfairly ripped-off. Parking hotspots in private car parks, this is, locations where drivers are repeatedy fined, sometimes because the layout of the car park has been delibrately designed to do so, continue to trap innocent driver’s month in month out. And because private car parks are by their nature, private, the information about these hotspots ​is not released, there is little pressure or incentive to force change, to make drivers aware of the locations where motorists are deliberatley tricked, and no way to tackle bad

practice. The AA have recommended that private parking companies should be required to disclose the location where every driver was issues a charge, so that the number of parking charges issued in every location could be recorded and published, making it plain where the issues area. I am pleased to say the Government have committed to introduce a new single code of practice to cover the whole industry, which will give drivers the confidence to know that they will be treated in a fair and consistent way. There is further to go to make sure that mortorists in South Gloucestershire are not being unfarily penalised for using private car parks, but as both a local man and the local MP, I will be pushing the Government to take action and correct this injustice.



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A key to healthy ageing By Craig de Groot, Chiropractor at the Willow Brook Clinic THESE days it is inevitable that Chiropractors and Physiotherapists see more patients as a result of ‘wear and tear’ or ‘arthritic’ type conditions. This is in part due to the brilliant advances we now have in medicine and therefore an extended life expectancy. Research shows that although older adults are more likely to experience aches and pains, they are less likely to seek help to manage the pain, in the way a younger person would. We can all expect to experience more pain as we age, but there is no reason why that pain should curtail your ability to enjoy life. Over time our weight bearing joints are exposed to pressures

which cause very small micro injuries. Throughout our lifetime our body is able to constantly renew and heal these tissues. However, as we age, our capacity to heal reduces and in areas where there has been excessive pressure, the cartilage that protects the joints cannot renew as effectively. This protective layer wears away or the body attempts to stabilise the area by laying down extra bone growth. Together this can reduce the space in which joints have to move, also causing some bone on bone wearing in the more severe cases. This causes joints to become very stiff and often painful. Once

up and moving, your body begins to lubricate these joints and movement becomes easier. There is no fountain of youth, no cure-all drug, no magical diet, but there are simple and effective ways of keeping your body functioning well, despite age. Keeping active and managing pain with the help of your Chiropractor or Physiotherapist can make your golden years more productive and more enjoyable. Studies have shown that people involved in physical activity have less pain related disability compared to nonactive adults. Improving nutrition, balance and core strength not only helps with day to day living,

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n NEWS COMMENTS invited on latest blueprint for development in South Gloucestershire ANOTHER document shaping how and where development can take place in South Gloucestershire has gone out for consultation. The district’s local plan will provide a guide and framework for both residents and developers, against which the suitability of planning applications are judged. All local authorities must have an up-to-date local plan in place and South Gloucestershire Council said it was time to update its plan, especially with its increasing need for housing and employment opportunities. But it said it wanted to protect and improve its environment, meaning it had to balance economic, social and environmental issues to ensure new development was

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Comments invited on latest development blueprint sustainable. The plan will sit under the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which has been developed by the four West of England authorities to guide strategic growth across the wider region. The council’s own plan will focus on more local projects but will also allow it to determine how proposals identified in the JSP will be achieved. It said building within the current boundaries of urban areas would not be enough to meet needs and the JSP identified large scale developments in five greenfield

locations - including Coalpit Heath, North West of Yate within Iron Acton parish and West of Yate. The local plan will also establish where smaller scale development is appropriate in other areas and how to make best use of brownfield land on urban sites. Yate is one of the areas being looked at for maximising the use of brownfield land. Colin Hunt, the council’s Cabinet member for planning, transport and the strategic environment, said: “By having a robust local plan, which residents understand and have taken part in shaping, will strengthen the


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England call up for Yate and District athlete THE start of the year has been busy for athletes from Yate & District Athletic Club with Hannah Hobbs having twice been selected to run for England. Hannah’s trip to Seville to represent England in the Cross Internacional de Italica proved to be a great success. The Under-20 and under-17 women raced together and the four British women taking part streaked ahead of the nearest Spanish competitor to finish a full minute in front. Hannah won the under-20 race, finishing in a dead heat with her under-17 compatriot Grace Brock from Cornwall. Grace was given the overall win, but with less than a tenth of a second between them, it could have gone either way. The other two British competitors finished third and fourth, leaving their rivals to contest the minor places. Hannah then travelled to Belgium to represent her country

in the Easykit Cross Cup where she won her race by a good five seconds from compatriot Francesca Brint of Sale Harriers. Earlier she had competed alongside her younger sister Ellie in the South West cross-country championships where she took gold in the Senior Girls event with Ellie winning silver in the Inter Girls. Ellie Leather, a Westbury/ Yate athlete, running for Fresno State University in the United States, hs finished in under five minutes for the first time in the indoor mile event. Indoor athletics is now an established part of the calendar and several Yate athletes have been competing. At the Welsh Indoor Championships, team mates Jack Moore and David Thomas competed in the under-20 high jump event. Jack took gold with a jump of 1.90m and David took bronze with 1.80m. The Midlands Indoor

Hannah Hobbs (left) in Spain Championships brought more Yate success with Yvette Westwood gaining a bronze medal in the senior women’s 60m. In the under-15 boys Luke Ball won silver in long jump and high jump. His long jump of 5.41m was a personal best and his high jump of 1.65m matched his summer performances showing that he has left recent

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Frampton Athletic Veterans enjoy perfect start to their season FRAMPTON’S Veteran football team have so far only managed to play 4 games in their inaugural season in the Bristol Casuals League. However, having started in Division 5, the bottom division, they have won 4 out of 4 so far this season. Due to issues with player and pitch availability in the first month of the season, Frampton’s first game didn’t come until 29th October. By this time, Frampton had forfeited their cup fixture, as they couldn’t get their squad together in time for round 1. However, they finally managed to get a squad up together and they romped to a 16-1 victory over 78cc. November saw Frampton head over the Severn Bridge to face Cardiff Northern OB, which was played in Newport. This was a tougher game for Frampton, but they managed to get themselves 4-0 up in the game and looked to be cruising towards the final whistle.

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to a nervy finish to the game, but Frampton held out for all 3 points. The wet weather put an end

to the games in 2017, which has caused a bit of a fixture pile up planned for 2018! The Veterans are generally expected to play one game a month, but Frampton Veteran’s may be looking at a game every week, just to complete their fixtures before the end of the season! Frampton’s third game of the season saw them go up against high flying Ashley Vets, who were on a 6 game winning run and who had scored a total of 31 goals and conceding just 4. Frampton found themselves 2-1 down with just 10 minutes on the clock, but 2 late goals from Mike Beake and Ian Walters gave Frampton a 3-2 victory. After knocking Ashley Vets off top spot in the table, by the time Frampton’s next game came around, they were up against new league leaders, and local rivals, Lyde Green. Having won 6 out of 6 games in the league and looking in pole position for promotion, Frampton knew that

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n SPORT they had a game on their hands. The game was played at Beesmoor Road and with the pitch not in the best condition after a heavy winter period, neither team was able to play the football that they would’ve liked on it. Frampton broke the deadlock 30 minutes into the game. Frampton launched a counter attack and the goalkeeper let a Dan Cook cross-come-shot through his fingers and into the back of the net. Early in the second half, Mike Beake made it 2-0 to Frampton with a 20 yard rocket into the top corner of the goal. Lyde Green brought on three fresh players who started to create a few more chances for the away side. Nick Talbot, saved a Lyde Green penalty to keep the score at 2-0. Mike Beake was then given the chance to put the game to bed from 12 yards after Frampton were the team to be awarded a penalty. The away keeper saved the kick, the ball fell to the feet of Mady Vaughan from 6 yards into a seemingly open net, but he blazed the ball sky high. The away team kept pressing and finally got their goal to make it 2-1 with just 10 minutes left on the clock. Normally that would set up a nervy end to the game for Frampton, but they kept their composure and finally put the game out of sight with Beake making up for his penalty miss. The game finished 3-1, making it 4 wins from 4 for Frampton Vets – not a bad start in their inaugural season - but they still have 7 games to fit in over the next 2 months.


Frampton aim to get young cricketers on board with coaching course FRAMPTON Cotterell Cricket Club is hoping kids as young as five will catch the cricketing bug with a special course this summer. All Stars Cricket is a new national initiative aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a first experience of the sport. Frampton Cotterell, which plays its games at Crossbow, is one of the 2,000 centres nationwide to run the courses. The children get eight onehour sessions are held over the summer term, with an emphasis on fun and being active. Parents and carers can join in during the sessions. Alex Macdonald from the club said: “I am incredibly excited about leading All Stars cricket this year. I took my youngest to it last year and had an amazing time. All the kids and parents

had great fun playing in the sun, learning new skills and making new friends.” “I hope the children will want to join the youth section once they are old enough. Frampton is a great, family orientated club and we want to help local kids live an active life in our community.” The course, which starts in May, is suitable for all children new to cricket and sport. Registration is via the All Stars Website: https://www.ecb. The 8 weeks of sessions at Frampton cost £40 and the cost includes receive

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number of games against local clubs, with a focus on team play and enjoyment.” If your child is interested in

getting involved, contact Paul Cater on 07889 868508 or paul_ The club’s senior training continues from 1-2 pm on Sundays at Yate International Academy, and the club is welcoming new members to join them for the 2018 season. If you would like to get involved, contact Luke Baker on 07555157642 or



n SPORT Pucklechurch eye promotion TWO last minute drop outs weren’t the best preparation as Pucklechurch Ladies prepared to face Thornbury. A fast paced game ensued, with the injured Lisa Whitehead, too frustrated to sit and watch, getting involved. The game ended 5-1 with some goals from Amy, Laura and Claudia. A game against Yate 3s was the most recent match, and although it was a frosty start, the pitch had thawed enough to play.  Both teams were relegated last season and Pucklechurch had a point to prove. Pucklechurch, who play their home games in Winterbourne, took the lead with a cross from Laura for Claudia to sweep into the net before half time struck.  A tight game ended in a win for Pucklechurch, taking them eight points clear at the top of the table with four games to go.


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Netballers continue their winning ways FRAMPTON Cotterell Netball Club remain top of the table after continuing their hot run of form in the new year. The first team have now won ten of their eleven matches and remain the Division 6 leaders. Their last three matches have seen them beat Airborne 38–32, Skylarks Blue 35–27, and a hard fought draw 42-42 with Chipping Sodbury. Players of the match, voted for by the opposition, were Theresa Chadwick against Chipping Sodbury, and Jazz Bartlett twice. The second team continue to thrive in Division 9, with convincing wins in two of their last three matches, beating Skylarks White 27–19, and Doves 25-17. A disappointing loss 20-31 to Easton Cowgirls means they

The second team after their win against Doves. have dropped off the top of the table but with two matches in hand, they have chance to climb back into the promotion places.

Players of the match went to Sarah Everall against Skylarks and Doves and Lucy Jones against Cowgirls.

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Frampton come out on top against Saracens Frampton Cotterell 22 - 17 Cheltenham Saracens FRAMPTON started strongly against a team always up at the right end of the league table. Strong carries by the big pack culminated in an early try from in-form fly half James Knight who was unable convert his own try after hitting the post. Frampton’s exciting young backline had plenty of ball with Aeden Coleman and Callum Bleakman regularly finding space. A penalty came shortly after giving Knight the opportunity to make amends and this time was successful giving Frampton an 8-0 advantage. There was more pressure and another try from the men in green after some dominant carries by the forwards, Captain Creed with the try that was converted. This first half was all about exciting back play from Frampton that kept Saracens

on the back foot. However, a try from Sarries and a yellow card for loosehead Ozzy Osbourne for a ruck infringement on 37 mins made life more difficult for the home side. Frampton were not done despite being a man down. On the stroke of half time, replacement prop Brandon Ball popped over from a yard, again Knight converting. the 22- 5 half time scoreline made for happy

home fans. The second half was a different matter. Cheltenham came out with a point to prove and despite errors in handling kept Frampton fenced in their own 22 until the defence finally succumbed to a try. Frampton tried to pick up where they excelled in the first half but errors were creeping in and penalty count was concerning, allowing

Cheltenham to score again and the conversion made it 22-17, with Frampton starting to sweat. Saracens were looking for the win but all too often kicked the ball away, Frampton, now holding on, were not quite able to close the game out until the final minute with a turn over penalty by Sam Rumley. Man of the match award went to Aeden Coleman for his counter attacking play.

Second team go top FRAMPTON Rugby’s second team are fighting for their league title after a big win agains St Bernadettes. They romped home to a 72-5 victory over an experienced and robust St Bernadettes side, a result that took them to joint top spot in the league. Eight of the colts played in the match, a vindication of Frampton’s youth policy. Frampton have also played 4 colts in the first team against Barts - Dec Grimstead, Aedan Coleman, Lewis Oakley and Dan Harris. The seconds ran in 12 tries with man of match Josh Shepherd claiming four Perhaps the biggest cheer of day was for the forty metre run from Tony Niblett to dive in under the posts. Joe Cleary added 6 conversions in a fine display of kicking on an open and windswept field.

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