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Hundreds of new houses for Coalpit Heath confirmed in draft plan COALPIT Heath could be transformed if plans to build 1,800 new homes in the village come to fruition. The final draft of a plan for housing and development in the West of England has been published, with a new neighbourhood planned for the east of Coalpit Heath. There would also be a local centre which would include shops, a primary school and employment land. The Joint Spatial Plan covers the next twenty years and seeks to ad more than 30,000 homes across the region, including an extra 2,000 in nearby Yate. The plans have already been subject to protests from people in Coalpit Heath who claim the proposals would ruin the area. Full Story, page 3.

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A SIMPLE “bag of calm” created by the Coalpit Heath mum of a boy with autism is being used at Yate Minor Injuries Unit to help other children struggling to cope with the medical surroundings. It is thought the unit, which is run by care and health provider Sirona, is the first of its type to offer such support to children and their families and matron Sarah Tosh now hopes other emergency departments will adopt it.  Sarah discussed how to improve the experience for autistic children with Kelly Lloyd when her son Rowan, six, hurt his ankle playing football.  Kelly immediately created a bag complete with sensory toys and a brightly coloured weighted cuddle blanket for use in the unit, which already has a child friendly distraction box in the clinic rooms and a quiet room where people can wait if necessary.  Kelly, 41, a mother-of-four, said: “It is so lovely that Sarah and Sirona embraced this. We all know the pressure that staff are under but they are taking the

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Mum’s bag of calm helping young patients at minor injuries unit time to make a difference. “Anxiety levels for children with autism can increase very quickly. I want to do as much as I can to raise awareness.” Jo Marie Shanks, from the community organisation South Glos Parents and Carers, said: “We like celebrating good practice and we are keen to promote this as it is improving access to services and reducing stress levels for families.”   Sarah said: “Children with autism need a different approach as they cannot communicate how they feel.  “If a parent or carer informs our receptionist that their child is autistic, we ensure they are seen quickly as we know they do not like lots of noise and can be agitated by lights or sounds. There are different triggers which can cause them to be upset.

“The bag is full of sensory related items which will help keep them calm while they are being assessed and I’m sure

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n NEWS THE final draft of a blueprint for housing and employment development in the West of England has included thousands more homes for South Gloucestershire, including 1,800 in Coalpit Heath. The document said land to the east of the village would provide a new neighbourhood, with affordable homes included in the overall number. A local centre, incorporating at least one primary school, a shop and community facility, as well as employment land, are also included in the Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) draft. The JSP further spoke of establishing a green infrastructure network that would reinforce a new green belt boundary along the railway cutting, provide attractive routes through the site to nearby

Draft plan proposes 1,800 homes for Coalpit Heath countryside - including the historic Dramway - and protect the setting of nearby listed buildings. A transport package in the draft included extending the Metrobus to Yate and Chipping Sodbury; a Winterbourne and Frampton Cotterell bypass; an A432 park and ride and Yate railway station improvements. Yate itself could get at least another 2,000 homes, of which at least 1,000 would be built within the plan period of 20 years. The document said two broad locations to the north west and

west of Yate would provide a new residential neighbourhood and employment area. In total, South Gloucestershire is set to expand by 32,500 homes up to 2036, with other allocations including 1,200 in Charfield and a further 500 in Thornbury - which has already seen large scale house building and other plans also given approval. The controversial Buckover “garden village” scheme for land near Thornbury has also been kept in the JSP. Overall, the project could see 3,000 homes built but 1,500 have been included for the plan period. The JSP sets out the overall amount of residential and employment development and where it should be located in the West of England, as well as the infrastructure to support it.

The draft is due to be discussed by South Gloucestershire Council on November 8. Subject to the approval of the four councils within the West of England, consultation is planned this winter before the document and feedback received is sent to the Secretary of State for examination next year.

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Pupils and staff at section of Watermore the infant School in Woodend Primary Road are set to move out as part of to re-build the school’sproposals junior site in Lower Stone Close. The £4.5 million scheme will bring to fruition long-held plans to have all children and staff in one location - an ambition that has existed since the Brockeridge Infant merger of School and Highcroft Junior School into a primary some six years But the infant site ago. will be sold to help pay for the re-building project, bringing in an estimated £1.4 million to £1.5 million. Frampton’s parish leaders and residents are worried that might lead to the knocking down of the historic infant building, which has school a foundation stone that reads British Schools 1846, taking away The parish council part of the has now village’s heritage raised its concerns if the site is with South redeveloped. Gloucestershire Council in the hope that something can be done

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n NEWS THE cricket square and football pitch on Hambrook Common has been vandalised, barely a month after Coalpit Heath Cricket Club suffered the same fate. Tyre marks were left all over the common, including the roped off cricket square. The chairman of Hambrook Cricket Club, Martin Dyer, took to Facebook to vent his anger: “If anyone can help us pinpoint the mindless morons/ idiot(s) that did this it would be greatly appreciated. I really can’t say much more other than the sheer anger the Cricket and Football clubs have toward the perpetrators of this wanton vandalism!”

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Harvest day pulls the crowds MILD autumn weather helped organisers at Winterbourne Medieval Barn attract 1400 visitors to their Orchard Harvest Day. Cidermaking, apple information, flax and linen demonstrations and a steam engine were amongst the attractions for visitors to the historic attraction. Trustees are now preparing for their Carols in the Barn event on 16 and 17 December at 3.30pm. Members of St Michael’s Church will present their own light-hearted take on the familiar Nativity story.

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Football clubhouse broken into FRAMPTON Athletic have been counting the cost after thieves broke into their clubhouse on Beesmoor Road playing fields. Vandals smashed a window to get in and then smashed a fridge to take drinks and other items from the clubhouse. The club’s TV was taken and found in a hedge, although a local resident has provided a replacement. The display fridge remains damaged and the club is appealing for sponsorship and support to help replace it and other items that were taken. The break in came after the club had spent time refurbishing the clubhouse to modernise its look. If you can offer help, please contact Vice Chairman Lee George at leergeorgie@aol.com Sweeping changes for Frampton Athletic; sport, page 38

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Road injuries lead to Winterbourne speed limit plan for primary keeps Ofsted’s good rating Frampton Cotterell ST Michael’s Church of England Primary School continues to provide a good quality of education, an Ofsted inspector has said. The Winterbourne school underwent a short inspection recently - the first since a full assessment in 2013 rated it as good. Ofsted said the leadership team had maintained that standard, with co-headteachers Adrian Vye and Kirsty Robson, who shared the headship role across the week, working together effectively.

A report said since the previous inspection, a new early years setting had been established on the school site and children’s education in the reception year was benefiting from the strong working partnership developed with the pre-school. It said pupils and parents spoke of a harmonious school community. Pupils also showed their respect through good behaviour, diligence in lessons and the careful presentation of their work.

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A SPEED limit of 30mph is set to be introduced on a stretch of the B4058 Bristol Road in Frampton Cotterell in an attempt to cut the casualty rate. In the five years between November 2011 and November 2016, there were eight injury accidents on the section of road to be governed by the restriction. It is now proposed to bring in a 30mph restriction from a location 48 metres north east of the Perrinpit Road and Church Road junction to existing speed limit signs east of Winterbourne. The scheme has been included in the 2017/18 local

transport capital programme and will involve the introduction of new hatched road markings from Perrinpit Road/Church Road to Court Road. Improved junction warning signs will also be installed. Details of the scheme are available on the South Gloucestershire Council website and any comments have to be received by November 17.

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Father Christmas drops in to Air Ambulance crew ahead of trip to Coalpit Heath FATHER Christmas has made a journey from the North Pole to check the details of his two day visit to Coalpit Heath Cricket Club. He will be visiting the club over the first weekend in December. Coalpit Heath Cricket Club will be hosting the two day grotto event, with all proceeds going to the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. The event will run from 10am - 5pm on both days. Entry is free, but there will be a charge of £5.00 per child to visit Father Christmas including an age related gift. Carolyn Williams and Maria Lowe decided to organise the event, with the support of the Cricket Club, because Maria was attended by the Air Ambulance team after a motorcycle accident at Old Sodbury in 2012.

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Fund raising couple have stamp appeal licked A SOUTH Gloucestershire couple who support a charity that fights blindness have appealed for used stamps to be sent to them. Ron and Gina Pritchard are co-ordinators for RP Fighting Blindness and work to let more people know about the disease retinitis pigmentosa – known as RP – which leads to loss of vision and blindness. They also help to raise money for research that is aimed at finding a treatment or cure for the 25,000 people in the UK of all ages who are affected by the condition. The couple, who live in Winterbourne, said the charity recently announced a new collaboration with the Macular Society to fund young PhD students to carry out research in the field of genetic macular diseases. A used stamps appeal is already well supported by people in South Gloucestershire but Ron and Gina said they were needed more than ever now in order to fund the latest research project. They can also accept unwanted stamp collections, as well as old and foreign coins. The donated items are then sold on to dealers to raise funds. The couple said: “There are now patients in clinical trials - help us give them a hope of vision.” Stamps to be donated should be preferably cut outside the perforations, together with the corner of the envelopes bearing them, and sent to 22 Huckford Road, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1EA. Ron and Gina also give talks to local groups about RP. Anyone interested should either email bristolsglosfightingblindness@gmail.com or phone 01454 772927.

Trust invites bids for grants to help churches CHURCHES in need of repair or improvement could be eligible for a grant from an organisation that helps congregations look after their buildings. The Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust supports the maintenance of churches of any Christian denomination in South Gloucestershire, north Bristol and Gloucestershire if there is a struggle to meet the costs of such work. Last year it awarded £130,000 for a wide variety of projects, helping 37 congregations keep their churches viable. Recent beneficiaries

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POLICE are investigating a hit and run incident near Iron Acton. The incident happened at about 2.50pm on 25 September on Yate Road, near to Iron Acton Garden Centre. A motorcycle was in collision with a black car – possibly a Honda – which had blacked out windows. The motorcyclist was hit from the back, causing the bike to suffer considerable damage. The car failed to stop. The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries, which did not require hospital treatment. Police believe there may have been witnesses to the incident and want them to come forward. If you are able to help, please call the police quoting collision reference 2017/6488.

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Grants on offer COMMUNITY groups and voluntary organisations across Avon and Somerset are being invited to bid for funding from the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens. Grants of up to £3,000 are available for groups that provide a positive and lasting impact across the local communities of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset. In the latest round of funding over £25,000 was awarded to 13 projects that offer diversionary activities for young people, provide crime prevention solutions such as the installation of CCTV and tackle anti-social behaviour. The deadline for applications is Friday December 1. Visit www. avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/ Partnerships/CommissionersCommunity-Action-Fund.aspx

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MP asks for feedback on later Sort It centre opening hours LOCAL MP Luke Hall says he is to look into operating hours of local sort-it centres after residents said they are inconvenient for working families. Sort It centres across South Gloucestershire are open 8:30am to 4:30pm 7 days a week for people to recycle household waste, but there is no evening opening.  South Gloucestershire Council has told Mr Hall that the present hours offer the best options within the budget available, with later opening hours in the past seeing a low number of users.  The MP is now seek residents thoughts on whether later opening hours on one day a week would be useful.  He said; “Just as the Mall offers late night shopping on a Thursday,  many people are asking whether the Sort-It Centre should offer later access one night a week. As a Yate resident myself, I am asking for feedback on whether there is enough demand for the centre to open later and close later one day a week."  

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Frampton man completes fundraising challenge A MAN from Frampton Cotterell has completed a 266-mile fundraising challenge. Alan West has cycled 240 miles from Richmond Park in London to the Champs-Elysees in Paris to help raise money for international development organisation Transaid. The latest sporting endeavour comes just seven months after the 41-year-old took part in the Paris Marathon. In April Alan ran the 26-mile event with a stress fracture but was able to recover in time to train and take part in the cycle ride. Transaid, for which Alan is an ambassador, works to transform lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport in economically developing countries. Alan, who works for DHL Supply Chain and is based in the South West, said “Memories of the excruciating pain of the training and marathon in April has now been replaced with a real sense of achievement with what I’ve done this year. The commitment, hours of training and pain genuinely feels worth it now, for a cause I feel very strongly about. I might just allow myself a beer!” Alan has raised almost £2,000 and there is still time to sponsor him by visiting his JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/AlWestParisMarathon.

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Residents soon to move Motivated youngsters into latest affordable and inspirational staff make Coalpit Heath pre- homes in Coalpit Heath school outstanding

A PRE-School in Coalpit Heath has been rated outstanding by education standards watchdog Ofsted. The Little Explorers PreSchool, which is based in the Manor Hall, was also given assessments of outstanding in all key areas. In her report, Ofsted inspector Victoria Nicolson said the manager “strives for excellence” and described the staff as “inspirational teachers”. She also said the children progressed extremely well from their starting points. They were provided with

“a highly exciting learning environment” and enjoyed taking part in regular outings to explore the outside world. Ms Nicolson said: “Children demonstrate a can-do attitude and are highly motivated to learn. “Children take part in lots of physical activity and develop excellent co-ordination skills as they balance and steer the bicycles in the garden and practise new skills during their music and movement sessions. “All children are very well prepared for the next stage in their learning.”

THE first of 72 new affordable homes being built by housing association Merlin in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton are nearly ready for occupation. Merlin is building the homes on several sites in the villages to replace 44 old properties that were in a poor state. Their condition had deteriorated since they were built more than 60 years ago. Work on the first replacement homes began earlier this year and residents will soon be able to move into four of them in Coalpit Heath. Elsewhere in the village, properties are at various stages of construction, with roofs already on all the homes on two of the sites. Meanwhile, work is underway on two further plots, while Iron Acton’s two sites are also developing. Merlin’s development manager, Noreen Twomey, said: “We’re delighted with the progress that’s been made so far. The homes are really starting to take shape and it won’t be long before the first customers are moving in.” All the homes are due to be completed in phases between late 2017 and the end of 2018. The latest Coalpit Heath properties come after Merlin completed 39 others in the village in 2016. Most of the new homes will be available to rent through South Gloucestershire Council’s lettings system Homechoice. Five properties will be available to buy through shared ownership.

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Long-serving staff thanked for their work by homecare provider A PERSONAL homecare provider in South Gloucestershire has celebrated four years of trading with a presentation to long-serving members of staff. Bluebird Care South Gloucestershire, based in Chipping Sodbury, provides home and live-in care to the elderly and adults with disabilities across the district from Thornbury to Charfield, from Yate to Almondsbury and all the surrounding towns and villages. Managing director Jack Whitfield, said: “We never thought support for our work would have grown so quickly in such a short space of time. “We prioritise ourselves on delivering a standard of care that must be good enough for our own parents.” Mr Whitfield owns and manages the office with his wife, Sophie, and they still have three of their original five care workers with them - Karina Hale, Dawn Mortiboys and Tara Bees. He said: “Our current staff roster includes mothers and daughters and cousins across two families. We aim to provide a high quality ‘home’ feel to the work we do.” Flowers were presented to Karina and Dawn as a thankyou but Tara couldn’t make it as she was having a baby at the time.

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'Please to remember the Fifth of November Gunpowder Treason and Plot'

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THE new BBC drama 'Gunpowder' has helped focus the mind into the Remembering Season which is at the heart of November. The month sees the Christian festivals of All Saints and All Souls, Bonfire Night and of course Remembrance Day and Sunday. Each of these occasions help us to look back to and reflect on events and heroes of the past, to remember loved ones who have died and are no longer with us in the physical sense. This Years' Remembrance service at St Peter's has a special significance as we not only remember those who gave their lives in both the First and Second World Wars in our traditional act of remembrance by the war memorial. It is also an occasion when we will dedicate our ‘new

memorial’ to the 24 members of our community who made the ultimate sacrifice. The memorial, inside the Church, has at its centre piece ceramic poppies, purchased from the display that was held at the Tower of London, one for each of the servicemen named and remembered on the main war memorial in the church yard. In a world where political peace for us all is far from certain, with nations and communities divided from each other, it is more important than ever to reflect for a few moments on the sacrifice men and women have made to enable us to have a future. The word memorial is significant in both the Judaistic and Christian traditions, it means literally 'The past becoming present'.

As we reflect on and remember the past sacrifice of people form our community, as that memory helps us to influence our attitudes to those around us and all we face in our modern world, as we do this afresh this Remembrance time, our hope and prayer must be that all we do will bring future 'peace and hope' for all the people of our world. PS If you would like to join us at St Peter's Frampton Cotterell for this dedication, it will take place during the Remembrance Sunday Service at 10.45am on 12th Nov Malcolm Strange Rector of the Fromeside

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n AROUND THE WIs Winterbourne Evening W.I Our members enjoyed an excellent 61st Birthday meeting complete with a lovely cake, drinks and a talk by Sarah Harris entitled Marie Antoinette's Guide to Farming. Sarah told us that she wouldn't actually talk about Marie Antoinette at all but rather about being a mother of three and her rather accidental progress into becoming an amateur farmer and ultimately the owner, along with her husband, of a popular wool shop in Clevedon. One of Sarah's twin boys was born with severe disabilities she told us the story of raising him, along with her two other children, with much humour. Sarah related adventures with the sheep in the orchard and of course Barry the Bantam who must have been the most amorous bantam in history. He will be remembered by us all. A number of us attended the Avon Federation AGM.  The morning speaker was Rosie Thompson of the Not Forgotten Society, formed in 1920 to alleviate problems of loneliness and isolation experienced by injured soldiers returning from the war.  A very inspiring and moving speech. In the afternoon Julie Summers, author of the book Jambusters which became the Television series Home Fires, told us about the amazing work the WI, a pacifist organisation, did during the war including jam making, knitting and collecting plants for medical purposes.   At our next meeting on 9th November at 7.30pm in the St Michaels Rooms, High Street, Winterbourne. Our speaker will be Paul Evans with humorous poems, readings and monologues.  Do come along and join us, we will be very pleased to see you.

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Frampton Cotterell WI approaches it 65th birthday! Our talk and demonstration at the end of October was by professional belly dancer Anna (otherwise known as “Arrabella”), who runs her own dance courses from Thornbury. We learned some fascinating background facts about this Egyptian style of dancing, and

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Yate nurse scoops award A YATE district nurse was among the winners at an annual staff celebration held by community health provider Sirona. Helen Gowen, the district nurse team leader in Yate, received the personal development award at a ceremony held at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. Sirona provides community health and care services in South Gloucestershire and neighbouring areas, with staff from all sections of the notfor-profit social enterprise recognised at the ceremony. Jenny Theed, its director of operations and nursing, thanked staff for “the enormous contribution you make to Sirona and for the difference you make to the lives of so many people”. Others in the spotlight included the Thornbury Hospital team while the leadership award was won by Deana Taylor, operational manager

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Pools re-opened at Yate leisure centre THE swimming pools at Yate’s leisure centre were due to re-open as Frome Valley Voice went to press, seven months after closing for a £1.4 million refurbishment. An official opening was organised to welcome swimmers back, with town councillor and South Gloucestershire Council chairman Ian Blair invited to cut a ribbon and see users take the plunge in the upgraded facilities. A free open day has now been organised for Saturday, November 4, so people can look round the centre and try out the main and learner pools. The work was funded by South Gloucestershire Council and included replacing pipework and installing new, environmentally friendly equipment. Mark Crutchley, chief executive of the Circadian Trust, which manages and runs the centre on behalf of the council,

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To join us for the festivities this year visit www.thornburycastle.co.uk or call 01454 281182

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For parties of up to and including 9 guests can choose on the day. For parties of 10+ we will require pre-orders via the Events Department. We have endeavoured to ensure that all allergens contained in our food have been documented. For dietary requirements or further allergen information please speak to a member of the Restaurant Team.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA November 4 n Community Bonfire and Firework Party organised by 1st Winterbourne ( St. Michael’s ) Scout Group. Sat 4th November 2017. Gates open and BBQ from 5.30pm. Bonfire lit at 6.00pm, fireworks at 7.00pm. Tickets £4 and £3 ( under 15) available form Daisy’s Coffee Shop , maybe some on door. Contact 01454 775024 or dandow@computer.org . All proceeds to Scouting. November 6 n Severn Vale Flower Club “Bah Humbug” This is the title of a floral demonstration to be held at our Open Meeting. Our Demonstrator for the evening is Nick Grounds. This is on Monday 6th November to be held in the Armstrong Hall Thornbury. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.30pm. There will be refreshments and raffle and sales table. Nick is an excellent National Demonstrator and an Auctioneer by trade. For tickets and more information the nos. to ring are 01453 811089 or 01454 885213 November 8 n All age/ all ability community choir rehearsals for the 'Big Christmas Sing' concert (5th December). All welcome! St Saviour’s Church Coalpit Heath 6.45-7.45pm. For further details please contact Alison Bray via Zion Church Office on 01454 776618.. November 13 n Commencing 7.30pm. Exhibition Budgerigar Competition. 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_ fretten13@hotmail.com November 15 n All age/ all ability community choir rehearsals for the 'Big Christmas Sing' concert (5th December). All welcome! St Saviour’s Church Coalpit Heath 6.45-7.45pm. For further details please contact Alison Bray via Zion Church Office on 01454 776618. November 15 n “In Defence of the Drift “ One of the battles of the Zulu Wars in the late 19th century. A talk by Paul Barnett Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 at 7.30pm. Zion Church Woodend Road Frampton Cotterell BS36 2HY All welcome. Entry £4 Free to members, annual subscription £15 Includes light refreshments Frampton Cotterell and District Local History Society November 18 n Christmas Craft Market 11am to 3pm at Winterbourne International Academy - Come along and buy some lovely Christmas Gifts we have 50 fantastic stalls selling a great range of products plus various other stalls tombola, guess the weight of the cake and the raffle with some great prizes to be won. Refreshments will also be available. Admission is 50p per adult, children are free. November 18 n Friends of Iron Acton School and St James Church - Christmas Sale InIron Acton Parish Hall On Saturday 18th November 3 –

5.30Pm. Varied Stalls, Father Christmas, Brass Band, Mulled Wine And Chestnuts November 18 n Christmas Fair St Peter's Frampton Cotterell – Saturday 18 November 10.30 to1pm . Father Christmas will be travelling around the village by Pony and Trap before arriving at St. Peter's at 10.45am. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere amongst the stalls, stocking up with cards, paper and presents. Relax with tea, coffee and delicious home made cake or a bowl of hot soup. November 23 n All age/ all ability community choir rehearsals for the 'Big Christmas Sing' concert (5th December). All welcome! St Saviour’s Church Coalpit Heath 6.45-7.45pm. For further details please contact Alison Bray via Zion Church Office on 01454 776618. November 23 n Avon Organic Group. The local group for everyone interested in organic growing and organic foods. Our talk this month is “Making Room for Wildlife” with Rupert Higgins, past vice-Chair of Avon Wildlife Trust and freelance ecologist, who has been studying the wildlife of Bristol for more than 30 years. Many of his observations come from his own garden, but he also explores the woods, heaths, rubbish tips and pavements of Bristol. Much wildlife thrives in our city, and much more just manages to cling on, with startling changes over the years and more expected. There is much that we can do to encourage urban wildlife and we will be able to discuss the best ways in which we can help.

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Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 7pm – 9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. All welcome. Visitors £5 / Members £2. www.groworganicbristol.org / secretaryaog@gmail.com November 29 n All age/ all ability community choir rehearsals for the 'Big Christmas Sing' concert (5th December). All welcome! St Saviour’s Church Coalpit Heath 6.45-7.45pm. For further details please contact Alison Bray via Zion Church Office on 01454 776618. December 2 - 10 n 1st Winterbourne Down and Buryside Scout Group are selling Christmas Trees again on 2nd/3rd, 9th and 10th Dec. Details at www. winterbournedownscouts.co.uk December 2 n Christmas music concert by Brass, Wind and Fire, (Avon Fire

Richard Spalding Freelance Horticulturist

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED & Rescue band), Watleys End Methodist Church, Factory Road, Winterbourne, BS36 1QL. 7.30pm . Tickets £5 including refreshments. Contact Heather Hunt 0117 904 9125. December 2 n New Harmony Ladies Choir and Bristol Male Voice Choir invite you to A Seasonal Concert also featuring Oldland Brass. Saturday 2 December 2017 at 7.30. At Horfield United Reform Church Muller Road. Tickets £10 from choir members or at the door. Two great choirs and a Brass Band to get you in the seasons mood. There will be a retiring collection for our charity G.O.S.H. (Gastro Oesophageal Support and Help) Visit our websites www. nhlcbristol.co.uk www. bristolmvc.org.uk December 5 n 'Big Christmas Sing’ concert, St Saviour’s Church, Coalpit Heath 7-9pm. Local adult & school choirs, a community choir & carols for all! (Frampton Cotterell & Coalpit Heath Churches Together event). Entry free with a retiring collection for Christian Aid. December 9 & 12 n Alveston Singers. warmly invite everyone to our Christmas concerts. Our main work will be the Magnificat by John Rutter with soloist Lowri Bufton. This will be followed by carols for the choir and audience including the first performance of a new carol specially written for the choir. Conductor: James Davies Accompanist: Sue PhillipsonMasters. Saturday December 9th at the United Reformed Church, Thornbury, 7.30pm Tuesday December 12th at St. Helen’s Church, Alveston . 7.30pm Admission free with retiring collections for The Julian Trust, a

Dragon Road, Winterborne. n 1st Winterbourne Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Meet Monday evenings in St. Michael’s Room. winterbournesmgsl@ cotswoldedgescouts.org.uk 01454 775024 n North Road Ladies, Iron Action Parish Hall, 7.30, every first Monday. n Women’s Fellowship Zion Church Hall 2.30p.m.- 3.45 Programme of speakers, choirs., followed by a cup of tea. 1.50p per week. For details ring Pat Lax 886830 n Iron Acton WI Iron Acton Parish Hall, 7.30, second Monday of month. n Crossbow Singers, Crossbow House, Frampton Cotterell. 7.30.Term Time only, starting in September. We would love to welcome more tenors and basses. Please contact Jenny on 01454 313037. n Winterbourn Down Border Morris Morris Dancing, All Saint’s Church Hall, 8.15pm n Line dancing with Laughter in Line, Zion Church Hall, Woodend Rd, Frampton Cotterell. Beginners 7.30pm, Improvers, 8.30pm. Info Sarah 01454 773929 www. laughterinline.org n Winterbourne Scrabble Club - weekly 2.00 - 4.30 pm at Winterbourne & District Community Centre, Watleys End Road, Winterbourne. Further info from Gill on 01454 773573. n Slimming World Monday: 5.30pm & 7.30pm Watermore Primary School Call Alison: 07972376055 n Winterbourne Afternoon WI meets at Salem Church Hall, Factory Road, Winterbourne on the 2nd Monday of each month at 2pm. We welcome visitors. Contact 01454 250 for details or look at our web site www.wawimoonfruit.com or email lesleysharman@gmail.com n Bristol Budgerigar Society. 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

charity for the homeless and Off the Record, a mental health charity for young people. We look forward to welcoming you in December. December 11 & 12 n The Crossbow Singers' Christmas Concert, Crossbow Hse, School Rd, Frampton Cotterell, 7.30pm. Tickets £6. Tel: Rose on 01454 772675 for Monday 11th, or Mary on 01454 887885 for Tuesday 12th. December 11 n Bristol BS. Monday December 11 commencing 7.00pm. Christmas Dinner at The Rising Sun, Ryecroft Road, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2HN. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@hotmail. com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_ fretten13@hotmail.com

Regular events Monday n Toddler Group 9.30-11.30am (termtime) Winterbourne Early Years Centre, Greenfield Centre, Park Ave, Winterbourne. For more information call Helen 01454 773781. n Open Door bereavement suport group. 10.30-12.00 every first Monday., St Peter’s Church Baby Group 1-3pm (termtime) Winterbourne Early Years Centre, Greenfield Centre, Park Ave, Winterbourne. For more information call Helen 01454 773781. n Memory Cafe, run by the Alzheimer’s Society. The Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, 2pm - 4pm 1st Monday of month. Scrabble, The Community Centre, Winterbourne, 2- 4.30pm n Manor Hall Gardening & Social Club The Manor Hall 2.-3.30pm. First Monday of the month, (except for Bank Holidays on the second Monday). n 1st Winterbourne Down and Buryside Beavers Scouts 5pm until 6:30pm at the Scout hut on Green

St Saviour's Church, Coalpit Heath Butterflies Babes and Toddlers group

We are a new and friendly group. At St Saviour's Church Hall, Beesemoor Road, Coalpit Heath BS36 2RP. Mondays 10am till 11-30am. Pay as you go £3 per family. Just come along or e-mail butterfliestoddlergroup@ gmail.com

St Saviour’s open church for lunch is now on the second and fourth Friday of the month in the Church Hall. With a bring and share for lunch just bring something to go on the table to share. Tea and coffee will be provided from 11-15 to 1pm. Visitors are most welcome.

Christmas Fayre

Our Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 25th November at 2pm in the church hall. White elephant, books and toys, a cake stall and games, tombola and raffle draw also stop for refreshments to in the small hall. Come along and enjoy the afternoon.

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7.30pm on the second Monday of each month. Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_fretten13@hotmail. com Details from the Secretary Colin Parsons Tel 01454 775878. E-mail colinpauline@hotmail. com Membership; Adult £7.00, senior £5.00, same address partners £10.00, different address partners appropriate single rate each. Juniors free. Visitors always welcome without commitment or charge to see the wonderful budgerigar breeding, exhibition and social experience that Bristol Budgerigar Society can offer. n Pickleball - the exciting new racquet sport - is now at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Sessions on Monday’s from 10 - 12.00. Everybody welcome - no upper age limit - all equipment provided, just wear comfortable clothing and trainers - first session FREE. Check us out on Facebook at Bristol Pickleball Club. Tuesday n Rhymetime. Winterbourne Library. 9.30 – 10am. 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@ btinternet.com n Winterbourne Tuesday group, The Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, 7.30 -10pm, second Tuesday of month. Everyone welcome. n Crossbow Bridge Club, Crossbow House. 7.30pm n Slimming World 7.30 Elm Park School, Winterbourne. Tel Becca 07721 907780 n Centre Squares (dancing). Winterbourne Comunity Centre 7.45pm n Frampton Cotterell WI. Crossbow House, 7.45, fourth Tuesday of month n Folk Dancing. Crossbow House, Frampton Cotterell. 8.30 -10.30pm, 1st & 3rd Tuesday of month. n South Gloucestershire Waterpolo club. Junior & Senior players Male Female. Winterbourne Int Academy pool. 7:00 - 8:30 pm. For more info: kazrose@blueyonder.co.uk or nash17@virginmedia.com n Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Tuesday 1.30 - 3.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road. Contact Pat Sleightholme, 01179 793473. New

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED members welcome. n Pucklechurch Folk Dance Club. We meet every other Tuesday at Pucklechurch Community Centre from 7.45 pm to 8.15 pm. Contact Veronica Holder – 0117 937 2818 n 60+ Dance Fit class beginning on Tuesday September 5th 11.0012.00 at Crossbow House .£4.50 a session. Suitable for all levels of fitness . Please contact Nina for more information : 07833917974 n Winterbourne Down & District Horticultural Society, All Saints Church Hall, Winterbourne Down, BS36 1BX, 7.30 pm. 2nd Tuesday of the month. Info: Richard on 01454 773218. n A film night for grown ups Every 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Church at 6-30pm followed by supper also popcorn during the film. A welcome donation at the end of the evening will be most grateful the date for October is 17th. We also do a film night for children with supper on a Saturday evening once a month please see the church website. Wednesday n Pre School Storytime. Winterbourne Library 9.30 – 10.00am, term time only. n ‘Silver Chords Group, over 50’s social club. Every other Weds, Mason’s View Community Centre Winterbourne. 1.45pm. Entertainment and coach trips. Everyone welcome Contact Doreen 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/ sarahpresley@live.com n Actonians Drama Group 7.30 pm Parish Hall, Iron Acton More info 01454 228760 www.actonians. co.uk 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/ sarahpresley@live.com n Short Matt Bowls, St Saviours Church Hall. A warm welcome awaits all visitors on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the church Hall from 2pm-4pm, Being just enjoyed by all taking part and spectators. n The Frenchay Folk Dance Club meet fortnightly at Frenchay Village Hall from 7:45 until 10:15. Check frenchayfdc.co.uk 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 sachabellydance@yahoo.co.uk for full details Ridgewood Community Association, Yate BS37 4AF n Yate/ Chipping Sodbury Afternoon Choir meets on

What’s on at Winterbourne Library Open Access Monday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Tuesday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Wednesday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Thursday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Friday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Saturday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Sunday: 8.30am – 7.30pm Staffed Times Tuesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday: 9.30am – 12.30pm New Library Opening Times See above for new opening times at Winterbourne library! If you register your card for our new Open Access system you’ll be able to access library facilities

throughout the week. You can borrow and return books and use the computers. Speak to a member of staff for more details. Rhymetime: Rhymes and songs for parents and babies/toddlers to enjoy together every Tuesday morning 10.30 – 11.00am Pre School Storytime: Join us weekly on Wednesdays 10.30 – 11.00am for stories and a simple craft. Now running throughout the year. Lego Club: Creative fun with stories, poems and Lego. Listen to stories and poems, then create a model to display at the library. We’ll be meeting on 11 November

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10.30 – 11.30am. Suitable for the primary age range, children must be accompanied by an adult. The Craft Group is meeting on 4 and 18 November 10.00am – 12 noon The group always welcomes new members so come along with your own craft project and join in the knitting and nattering. The Book Group for Parents will be meeting on Friday 3 November 2.00 – 3.00pm. New members are very welcome – please speak to a member of staff or contact the group’s facilitator Liz on 07825510079

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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. Thursday n Probus. The Miners Club, Coalpit Heath. 10am, 2nd & 4th Thursdays of month n Praise and Play. All Saints’ Church Hall Winterbourne Down 10-12 during term times. For preschool children and their parents/ carers. n Stay & Play, 1-3pm (termtime) Winterbourne Early Years Centre, Greenfield Centre, Park Ave, Winterbourne. Call Helen 01454 n Winterbourne Winds beginners/ intermediate/returners wind band rehearse Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm at the Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne BS36 1NJ. Brass & Woodwind players, percussionist, bassist wanted to join sociable group. Instruments available for loan. Contact Dan 01172 395210. n Tiny Tots. 2.00-3.00pm,St Peter’s Church, n St John’s Ambulance. St Saviour’s Hall, Beesmoor Road. 6.15 - 9pm (term time). n Steam Engine Club, Miners Club, Coalpit Heath. 7pm, last Thursday of month. Line dancing. Iron Acton Parish Hall, High St, Iron Acton. New beginners, 7.20pm. Improvers, 8.30pm. www.laughterinline.com n Winterbourne Musical Theatre. Winterbourne Community Association, 7.30pm. n Winterbourne Flower Club. St Michaels Rooms, Winterbourne 7.30pm, 1st (Practice) and 3rd (Demonstration) Thursdays of each

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED month. Further information call 01454 776753 n Winterbourne Evening Women’s Institute St. Michael’s Rooms in Winterbourne at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of every month except August n Crossbow Camera Club Crossbow House, 8pm, every Thursday (from September). Contact Mike Challenger 07833316081 n Bingo British Legion Club Ryecroft Road, Frampton Cotterell. 8.15pm.Free entry n Winterbourne Flower Club, St Michaels Rooms, Winterbourne 7.30pm, 1st (Practice) and 3rd (Demonstration) Thursdays of each month. Further information call 01454 776753 n South Gloucestershire Decorative and Fine Arts Society meet at Bradley Stoke Community School Fiddlers Lane Bradley Stoke. 3rd Thursday evening of the month. Starting October 7-00 for 7-30 start refreshments. Sallykitching@googlemail.com Tel no 01454 774401 n Sugarcraft: If you are interested in sugar icing why not come along to our meeting? We have demonstrations monthly on flowers and models and practice/ workshops with instruction. We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 7.30pm – 9.30pm at St Andrews Hall, Elm Park, Filton. Visitors welcome. Contact Jean Kington on 0117 956 8737 for more information. n Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Thursday 1.30 - 4.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road. Contact Pat Sleightholme, 01179 793473. New members welcome. n 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 severncounties@gmail.com, Tel Molly Durbin 01275 373743. Web Address: http://www.foreignbritishbirds.info/index.html n Frampton Singalong will be back on 1st Thursday in the month, 2 pm at Crossbow House, BS36 2DB. Favourite songs from the shows, live music and sitting exercises. Tea, cakes & fresh fruit £3.00 All welcome - no voice needed! Hilary Jay 07515 351 813 n Frampton Friendship & Dance for beginners/improvers every 4th Thursday in the month, 2.00 4.00pm, Zion Church Hall, Upper Chapel Lane, BS36 2HY. Gentle exercise with easy dances from around the world to live authentic music and experienced teacher. No partner needed, all ages. Social break with refreshments. £3.00. All welcome. Hilary Jay 07515 351 813 n Avon Harmony is a ladies barbershop chorus. We welcome visitors for a no obligation taster session. We rehearse at The Dance Studio at Fairfield High School, Allfoxton Road, Bristol BS7 9NL. Every Thursday evening 7.30pm 9.45pm Tel: 01454 773952

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Meets first Thursday of the monthSt Saviour’s Church Hall, Beesmoor Road, Coalpit Heath n March 2nd: Peter Davey; Around Bath by Tram. n Winterbourne Winds beginners/ intermediate/returners wind band rehearse Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm at the Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne BS36 1NJ. Brass & Woodwind players, percussionist, bassist wanted to join sociable group. Instruments available for

loan. Contact Dan 01172 395210. Contact Roger: 07925 296930 or 01454 77701 Friday n Frome Valley Art Group Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. 1pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 9pm n Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir, Zion Church, Frampton Cotterell. 7.30pm – 9.00pm. New members welcomed, no audition, search www.fcmvc.co.uk or email contact@fcmvc.co.uk.. 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 lesleysharman@gmail.com 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@ gmail.com Saturday n Brockeridge Quilters,

Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. 10am to 4pm, third Saturday of the month. n Bingo Open7/00pm,Bingo 8/00pm Music & Dancing from 8/30pm-11/30pm Every Saturday night.(£4) at the Royal British Legion Ryecroft Rd n Patchwork and Quilting Beginner classes starting in September on alternate Saturdays. For more information contact Sallieann Harrison on 01454 774591. Also Patchwork and Quilting Classes Block of the Month for intermediate quilters. One Saturday every month for seven months starting in September. Contact Sallieann Harrison on 01454 774591. Sunday n Japanese Embroidery Class Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne 9.30am to 4pm, (monthly). Contact: Jo Tripp 01454 850147. n Nature Reserves, Winterbourne work party meets 1030am, Church Lane, Winterbourne, 2nd & 4th Sundays in the month. Newleaze reserve (Bristol Road) 10.30am Ist Sunday of month Huckford Quarry 2.30pm 3rd Sunday of month. Contact Frank Smith 01454 778975. n Car Boot Sale Every Sunday 9am Beesmoor Road Playing Field, Frampton Cotterell. £5 per car/van Call 07802 336731 n Indoor short mat bowls at Pucklechurch Community Centre. Established players and beginners welcome. Bowls provided. Sessions Sunday afternoon and Monday and Wednesday evenings. Contact Roger Payne 0117 937 3653

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED 3.30pm. £3 includes tea and cakes. Tel. 07792 495367 hilary.jay@curogroup.co.uk n Fri 3rd - Quiz, Crossbow, 8pm. £1.50 ppn. Tel. 772947 e.crossbowhouse@gmail.com n Sat 4th - Traidcraft Market, Zion, 10am - 2pm. Gifts, cards, lunches (in aid of WaterAid) Sat 4th - Table Top Sale, Coalpit Heath Hall,1-3pm. Table £5, bookings 07920 145352 n Sat 4th - Dinner and Dance, WADCA, 8pm. 2 Course Meal, live music from Tony Graham. Tohf e Alligators. Tel. 776268 or ca.winterbourne@gmail.com or Facebook WADCA n Wed 8th - Carer's Club, Zion, 2-4pm. Carers welcome to stay with the person they care for or use the free time as they wish. More details from Jean 775786 or Rona 886925 n Wed 8th - "Scratch choir" rehearsal for The Big Sing (5th Dec), St Saviours church, 6.45-7.45pm. Everybody welcome. More details tel. 01454 776618 n Fri 10th - Folk @ Frampton, Crossbow, School Road, 8pm, Small charge. All welcome n Tues 14th - Community Coffee Morning, WADCA, 10.30 - 12.30. All welcome. n Wed 15th - Community Coffee morning and Time 4 Carers Christmas fundraiser, Manor Hall, Coalpit Heath, 10am - 12.00. More details tel. Alison Allan 07873 747513 n Wed 15th - Local History Society, Zion hall 7.30pm. £4 for non-members. Light refreshments included. Tel: 775265 rockthom@ btinternet.com n Wed 15th - "Scratch choir" rehearsal for The Big Sing (5th Dec), St Saviours church, 6.45-7.45pm. Everybody welcome. More details tel. 01454 776618 n Thur 16th - Open Mic Night, WADCA, 8-10pm. Music and

spoken word performers, and audience, all welcome. £2. Bar. Tel. 776268 e: ca.winterbourne@gmail. com n Fri 17th - Bingo, Crossbow, 8pm. £1 for 5 games and 50p for snowball. Tel. 772947 n Sat 18th - St Peter's Church Christmas Fair 10.30am-1pm. Santa arrives at 10.45am! n Wed 22nd - Forget-me-not Singalong Group, Zion, 2pm3.30pm. For local people who like a singalong. Carers welcome to stay. Details from Jean 775786 or Rona 886925 n Wed 22nd - "Scratch choir" rehearsal for The Big Sing (5th Dec), St Saviours church, 6.45-7.45pm. Everybody welcome. More details tel. 01454 776618 n Thur 23rd - Frampton Friendship & Dance, 2-4pm, Zion Church Hall. Learn easy, gentle dances. Suitable for beginners. No partner needed. £3 incl tea. Tel 07515 351813 n Thur 23rd - Murdered to Death, Winterbourne Players, WADCA 7.30pm. £7 (3 for 2 offer) www winterbourneplayers.co.uk or Tel. 0333 666 3366 n Fri 24th - Murdered to Death, Winterbourne Players, WADCA 7.30pm £7. www. winterbourneplayers.co.uk or Tel. 0333 666 3366 n Sat 25th - Christmas Fayre, St Saviour's church hall, 2pm n Sat 25th - Murdered to Death, Winterbourne Players, WADCA 7.30pm £7. www winterbourneplayers.co.uk or Tel. 0333 666 3366 n Tues 28th - Frampton Cotterell W.I. , St Peters Hall, School Rd, 7.45 - 10pm Tel.773426 or 778900 e. marycroberts@talktalk.net n Wed 29th - Litter Busters, 10am 12.00, meet at Heather Avenue. n Wed 29th - "Scratch choir" rehearsal for The Big Sing (5th Dec), St Saviours church,

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Actonians celebrate 50th birthday with a touch of cider THE Actonians will be celebrating their fiftieth birthday with a production of Cider with Rosie. The collaboration with the junior group runs from Thursday 30 November to a matinee on Saturday 2nd December 2017. Tickets for this special production will be sold at only £7 and are available from our web-site www.actonians.co.uk/boxoffice

Folk and world music group to help celebrate music society’s landmark anniversary INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed folk and world music group Joglaresa will perform at the latest Chipping Sodbury Music Society event organised in its 70th anniversary year. The London-based ensemble has been playing since 1992 and was the first band of its kind to develop a programme of songs entirely devoted to Mary Magdalen. It aims to connect ancient and traditional music and band members have spent years in North Africa and the Middle East absorbing the best traditional tunes and learning languages such as Arabic and Hebrew. Joglaresa has performed at festivals and made numerous radio broadcasts around the world. The group will now be in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on Tuesday, December

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Stamp of approval for post office at the pub THE first anniversary of the re-opening of North Road post office in Yate has been celebrated at the pub where it is now located. Users had been left without postal services when the couple who ran the previous post office retired in 2015 and the premises were withdrawn from post office use. Publicans Jenna Hale and Paul Jefferies, who run the Codrington Arms further up the road, were approached by Post Office Ltd to see if they were interested in accommodating the post office on the pub site. They agreed to take it on and incorporate it into a convenience store they were about to open behind the pub in an old barn. It has now become an important feature in the community and its first anniversary was marked by those who use it.

Jenna said the facility had been well supported by local people and businesses and she

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Customer satisfaction continues to rise at Merlin Customer satisfaction with overall services provided by local housing association Merlin has increased to an 18-month high, as customers say they are increasingly happy with the service they receive when they call in. Merlin’s rolling average of customer satisfaction has increased to 85.9%. It means the housing association is close to hitting its target of 86% customer satisfaction for the year. The improvement in overall satisfaction has been supported by an increase in satisfaction with Merlin’s customer services team who respond to all calls made by customers. Satisfaction with this service has now increased to an all-time high. As well as answering questions, customers are also given the chance to leave comments about the service they’ve received. Among the positive comments made during the last three months were:

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“We would like to praise the support worker, she has changed our lives and is very supportive.” The improvement in overall satisfaction has also been helped by an increase in customer satisfaction with the quality of their home which increased to 86.9% over the past three months, and increased satisfaction with Merlin’s communal cleaning and grounds maintenance services. Research and Development Manager Jo Ellis said: “It’s great to see that customers are getting happier with our services and the quality of their home. Staff from across the business have been making a concerted effort to improve customer satisfaction by listening to customers and responding promptly to any queries. “But while we’re close to meeting our target of 86% satisfaction for the year, we know we can do even better. Our goal is to increase satisfaction to 90% by March 2019. It’s a challenging target but we’re working hard to achieve this. And the feedback we receive from customers through our survey helps us to identify areas where we need to improve. Achieving that 90% target will help us in our goal of becoming a world class service and is a key priority for the business.” At the same time as seeing overall satisfaction scores increase, Merlin has also seen high levels of satisfaction with its lettings service. For the third consecutive month, customers who have moved into new homes have scored the service at 100%. We send out the Star satisfaction survey to a random selection of customers every three months. Over the past year more than 800 people have responded to the survey.

72 new affordable homes being built in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton

Building work is nearly finished on the first of 72 new affordable homes being built in Coalpit Heath and Iron Acton by a local housing association. Merlin is building the new homes across several sites in the two villages. The homes are being built to replace 44 old properties whose condition had deteriorated since they were built more than 60 years ago. Work on the first homes began earlier this year and the four new homes on the first site in Coalpit Heath are now nearing completion, ready for the first residents to move in. Elsewhere in the village, homes are at various stages of construction, with roofs already on all the homes on two sites, while work is well underway on two further sites and on two sites in Iron Acton. Development Manager Noreen Twomey said: “We’re delighted with the progress that’s been made so far. The homes are really starting to take shape and it won’t be long before the first customers are moving in.” The homes are due to be completed in phases from late 2017 to the end of 2018, with the first homes on track to be finished at the end of this year. Most of the new homes will be available to rent through South Gloucestershire Council’s choice-based lettings system, Homechoice. Five homes will be available to buy through shared ownership. Details about these, and more information about shared ownership, is available on Merlin’s website, www.merlinhs.co.uk


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Movember man talk could save your life Make time for man talk! That’s the advice being given to men as part of the national Movember campaign – the month that spotlights men’s health issues. A Movember survey showed that while 70% of men say their friends could rely on them for support only 48% say that they would rely on their friends! In other words men are happy to listen to other people’s problems but not so happy to talk about their own. Professor Hashim Hashim a world-renowned Consultant Urological Surgeon at Spire Bristol Hospital said: “The key to successful treatment is down to men facing up to the fact that they might have a problem and seeking medical help as soon as possible.” “It is well known that men tend to keep things bottled up when it comes to medical issues but that really is the worst thing they can do. Growing a moustache in support of Movember is great but it’s when the talking starts that we

know we are getting somewhere.” Prostate cancer is the commonest type of cancer in men with over 41,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK every year, claiming approximately 10,500 lives. However it’s not just cancer related conditions that affect a man’s prostate. Despite thousands of men suffering from it on a daily basis, an enlarged prostate isn’t exactly the usual choice of conversation over a pint at your local pub. The condition known as benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) and hypertrophy (BPH) does not occur because of the presence of cancer, but due to the fact the prostate continues to grow throughout most of a man’s adult life. The condition itself is not a threat to a man’s health, but it can have dramatic impacts on their quality of life. As the prostate enlarges it can cause pressure on the bladder causing a variety of symptoms

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including; having difficulty when starting to urinate; a weak urine flow (stopping and starting); a sensation of not fully emptying your bladder leading to having to urinate more frequently (especially at night), subsequently disrupting your sleeping patterns and likewise that of your partner. A midnight trip to the bathroom is never warmly welcomed by anyone. “Surgery can be fraught with side-effects - bleeding, incontinence and sexual problems - whilst tablets may be ineffective or cause sexual function problems,” said Consultant Urologist, Professor Hashim. There is, however, a revolutionary day-case technique available which is suitable for most men, bringing relief to help them empty their bladders better with improved quality of life and minimal side-effects. “A new treatment called UroLift avoids the invasiveness of surgery and the unwanted side effects of

tablets. It involves no blood loss or 'cutting' and takes 10-15 minutes for implants to be inserted into the prostate, opening the prostatic urethra, restoring urinary flow and satisfactory bladder function.” explained Prof. Hashim “'It is being hailed the new minimally invasive treatment of the future for the majority of those with troublesome symptoms due to BPE(H) - only in rare cases with atypical prostate anatomy is Urolift unsuitable” He continued. UroLift is available at Spire Bristol Hospital and patients can usually be in and out of hospital within the same day. To find out more information about men’s prostate health and the treatment options available please book onto our complimentary patient information evening with Professor Hashim Hashim on Thursday 30 November at 7.00pm. Call 0117 980 4080 or email info@spirebristol. com to book your place.

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n ON THE BEAT

Watch out for rogue traders

Local Police News with PCSO Beth Harrington LOCAL farmers are concerned about people getting unauthorised access to their land for ‘lamping’ – hunting at night. Last month 31 cows got onto a main road at night after a gate was left open. It’s fortunate no one was hurt.

It’s important to keep land and property secure: • Sign up to Farm Watch • Fit good locks to doors and windows • Report suspicious activity, with details of the exact location, description of those involved and any vehicles or dogs they have • Keep photographs and descriptions of animals, tools, equipment, vehicles and other valuables •Make sure boundaries are secure with sturdy fencing and locked gates • Fit low-energy security lighting, CCTV and alarms, especially around buildings We’ve had recent reports of people cold-calling and leafleting, offering to clean driveways or make roof or gutter repairs. While many legitimate firms use promotional leaflets, it’s a favourite

tactic for so-called ‘rogue traders’ who persuade householders to have work done unnecessarily, to a poor standard or who overcharge. There’s a link between rogue traders, who may have convictions for fraud and other offences, and burglars. Recently a man offered to make repairs for an elderly householder in Bristol, then stole cash from him and made off without doing any work. Thanks to a call with vehicle details from a concerned witness, we made an arrest. To steer clear of unscrupulous traders: • Get three quotes for work • Suspect any business leaflet which only contains a mobile number. Genuine businesses include the trader’s full name, address and landline • Don’t deal with cold callers on

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Gaming machines planned for vacant retail unit in Yate AN amusement centre could be opened in Yate if a plan for an empty unit in the town’s shopping precinct is approved. Mirage Property Services has applied for permission to use a former jewellers in Yate Shopping Centre’s North Walk as an adult-only centre, fitted out with gaming machines. The application said if the scheme went ahead, under-18s

would not be allowed into the premises, which have been vacant since 2013. Documents submitted with the plan said Mirage was part of the Shipleys Amusement Centres group, which was seeking new sites after selling a number of trading premises. They said the business would “add to diversity and choice, not harm the character or trade of

Anniversary gala ball A GALA Ball raised £10,000 for the brain injury charity Headway Bristol, which is based at Frenchay Hospital. The anniversary event had a sporting theme, and was supported by event rider Polly Williamson, who suffered a brain injury, rugby referee Ed Morrison, whose son Scott died following a brain injury, and regional TV reporter Will Glennon, who also received support from Headway Bristol after he was injured. A spokesman for the charity thanked supporters including Clarke Willmott, Irwin Mitchell, Metcalfes Solicitors, the Frenchay Brain Injury Rehab Unit, also known as BIRU (the Huntercombe Group), Novum Law, VWV, Osborne Clark, Thompsons Solicitors, New Law, Co-Op Legal Services, Enable Law, BBC Bristol, Sky News, Guildhall Chambers, St. Johns Chambers, and St. James’ Place.

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the shopping centre and enhance the vitality of the shopping centre”. The applicants also said: “Amusement centres of this kind are harmless to nearby traders. they do not cause noise or disturbance.” South Gloucestershire Council will determine the application at a later date.

your doorstep •D  o not pay for work or materials in advance or hand over a cash deposit •D  on’t agree to a trader starting any work straight away – you have a legal right to a cooling off period before work starts •K  eep your cash in the bank, not at home Report rogue traders through Citizens’ Advice on 03454 04 05 06 or email trading.standards@ southglos.gov.uk. South Gloucestershire Council’s website, www.southglos.gov. uk, has a ‘Buy with Confidence’ directory and more information. If you’re concerned about anyone calling door-to-door in your area – especially if they are visiting elderly or vulnerable people – call us straight away on 101. If a crime’s underway, ring 999.

Cover for Yate commuters YATE railway station’s ticket machine is being covered to make it less susceptible to breaking and easier to read on sunny days. More shelter for passengers on the platform is another improvement for rail users. Anyone interested in campaigning for further improvements is welcome to attend the next meeting of the Friends of Yate Station in Poole Court at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 1.

Hollywood star - from Frenchay! THE Hollywood career of a local-born actor will feature in a new exhibition about Frenchay School, which was founded 175 years ago. The exhibition, at Frenchay Museum, includes a display about Nigel de Brulier, who was born Francis Packer and went on to have an illustrious career in the film industry. Francis was born in one of the lodges of Frenchay Park in 1877 and was educated at Frenchay School until he was 11-years-old, when he left to start work in Frenchay Park House as a hall boy. In 1897 he emigrated to America and began his movie career. Entry is free.

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A guide to pre-owned cars with Richard Cooke

Second hand Style Our continuing look at the used Alternatively Fuelled Vehicle (AFV) market Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, 2010 – present: Ever so nice, but what a price If, by some miracle, you’ve read all three of my articles so far you’d be forgiven for thinking that I don’t much like AFVs. Limited range, sometimes unnecessary styling, questionable use of materials - all have conspired in varying degrees to prevent me from making a ringing endorsement. So can a premium offering from Stuttgart change all that? Well the answer is yes, in short. The Cayenne has been with us since 2003, and Porsche have progressively put petrol, diesel

and then hybrid motors under the bonnet. They may not bother with a diesel for the new model, but that’s another story. What has also happened, to my eyes at least, is a gradual softening of the Cayenne’s previously ungainly looks. Porsche have somehow managed to make it longer and wider but look shorter and narrower. Clever stuff, but I still took real care around the narrower lanes of Frampton Cotterell. The Cayenne has also got a whole lot more reliable – MK1 ’03 to ‘07 cars are a brave second hand choice. Unsurprisingly I have the Hybrid on test, originally released in 2010 with the supercharged 3.0 V6 petrol from Audi’s S4. This combines with a Bosch electric motor of increasing output to produce between 333bhp and 416bhp. My 2016 ‘S’ test model, a plug-in, is the full power version

and goes extremely well. The V6 is a gem, the 8 speed gearbox really smooth and there’s no hint of supercharger whine, just a silky crescendo as the revs rise through four oval exhausts. There are three engine/battery settings of mounting excitement, and in ‘Sport’ they combine to deliver 0-60 in under 6 seconds. Porsche kindly claim a comedic 85mpg to ensure you pay no road tax for all this fun. They’re only fooling the authorities though; over 7,000 miles this one has managed 32mpg, which is still fabulous for a 2 tonne Clifton tractor that happens to run like a sports car. Feeling sensible? Let the battery power the car under 30% throttle (monitored by the handy gauge provided). You can travel at up to 75mph on battery power alone, or for 25 miles at lower speeds. Behind the wheel it feels very

Porsche, which means 5 precise dials, a small and well-trimmed steering wheel and the feeling of sitting in rather than on the comfortable and body hugging seats. You have to look out of the window to remember you’re in an SUV. For passengers it felt a bit more like being in a very nice Audi, which in a way you are of course. All the fittings looked and felt superb, as they should at this price. And what a price - £80k+ new, and not depreciating anywhere near quick enough for me, despite there being plenty on the used market outside of main dealers. Blame that on a sky-high image conferred by the badge, coupled with solid Porsche build and proven VWGroup mechanical reliability. This car is all about beating the tax man in style. Forget about any environmental credentials and instead know this: If you’re in the market for a second-hand Cayenne you don’t need to look any further than the Hybrid version. But it is very far from a bargain, and that means it misses out on being my used AFV winner by a whisker… What to pay: £25,000 for a 2010 example with 55,000 miles, to £65,000 for a 1 year old 10,000 miler Next month: Bumper Christmas Special

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More top names for Thornbury Arts Festival BARONESS Shirley Williams and TV wildlife presenter Simon King are the latest big names to be included in the next Thornbury Arts Festival. Politician Shirley Williams, who was once tipped to be the UK's first woman prime minister,

was one of the Gang of Four Labour MPs who quit to form the Social Democratic Party in the early 1980s, changing the political landscape. She supported the establishment of the Liberal Democrats in 1987 and stood down as their leader in the House of Lords in September 2004 after three years of service. Previously, when a member of the Labour party, she had served as a member of both the Wilson and Callaghan governments in the 1960s and 70s. She recently retired from the House of Lords after 50 years in politics and was made a Companion of Honour in the last New Year’s Honours list. Simon King’s fascination with wildlife began in his childhood

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Good Reasons to Stretch – Part 2 By Craig de Groot, Chiropractor at the Willow Brook Clinic FOLLOWING on from the October information about stretching, I hope that you have tried to incorporate a few of the stretches into your daily life. Here are a few more reasons why it is so important to stretch. Workout Wonders If you are working out, stretching can do your body wonders. After exercising, your muscles may feel tight. During training, a muscle length shortens which can leave you feeling stiff and sore. Directly after your workout, you should stretch the muscles that you just trained to feel less tense. Incorporating stretching in your workout routine is an important

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needs. Use padding under your knees for example, or try the same stretch sitting down, lying down, or standing up if it’s more comfortable for you. If you would like to become more supple and able to do the things you want to do, contact your chiropractor or physiotherapist today and ask for help. Happy stretching!

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EMERSONS Green Town Council has voted to support the idea of a new junction 18a on the M4. Seven councillors took part in the vote at the full council meeting on October 12. They passed a resolution explaining why they preferred the suggested western option behind the science park. It said: • A junction in this area has been requested for years by people living in the area • Industrial sites and the science park have been developed in this area with a view to better motorway access • A junction in this area will support better access to employment • The eastern option would be more disruptive and would have an impact on forestry. South Gloucestershire Council’s public consultation on the junction and link road has closed and a report is expected in March, before a decision is made as to whether to pursue the idea.

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plan to deal with the infrastructure defect, and the apparent desire to overwhelm our community but with very little detailed or sufficient plans to support the additional pressures this would create on our local services and transport network – with only a vague promise to extend Metrobus to our area, which is yet to be proven itself. Together, we have worked to demonstrate that there is an overwhelming lack of public support through the MP community survey and then town wide petition last year. Together, we have kept the pressure on the Council, and will hold them accountable. So what happens next? – By the time this magazine is published, the housing report will be out and the final round of consultation in November will begin before it goes

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HE second draft of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan, which sets out the Council’s housing and development plans until 2036 is on the horizon, and will be published by the time the Frome Valley voice hits doormats in November. Despite a huge campaign from the community, South Gloucestershire Council are almost certainly going to try and press ahead with their plans to see close to 1,500 houses in Coalpit heath. But the fight against these flawed plans, and the opportunity to get this right is certainly far from over. Since these plans were first outlined, we have fought tooth and nail against these plans to develop on our precious greenbelt. I have debated these plans in the House of Commons, making Ministers and Downing Street aware of the complete lack of any

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Frankie goes to Goalden Globes - and wins national netball award NETBALL coach Frankie Nutt has won a top accolade from the sport’s national governing body. Having already won the grassroots coach award of the year at the 2017 South West Goalden Globe event, Frankie went on to represent the region at the England final, where she then won the national title. Frankie, of Old Sodbury, has provided coaching opportunities and training across the former Avon area, as well as introducing more than 130 new players to netball. England Netball said she won her award for her “excellent work in providing young talented netballers with a focused environment to progress through

the Avon Academy performance pathway”. But Frankie, who has two young sons, said: “I was a bit dumbstruck. I just didn’t expect it.” As well as coaching at clubs at Bath University and Colston’s Girls’ School in Bristol, Frankie also runs a Back to Netball group that plays at Chipping Sodbury School. But she said it was largely through a friend that she became involved in the sport and developed her role. She said: “I didn’t really play netball at school but a good friend launched a team in Yate and pestered me about it. It all spiralled from there really.”

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n SPORT Frampton Cotterell U 14’s 10 - 10 Nailsea and Backwell Rob Pearce reports                 A NUMBER of players made their debuts for Frampton Under 14’s in the match against Nailsea and Backwell at Crossbow. The game started well with both teams finding their feet in windy conditions. Frampton were being pushed back by a strong Nailsea and Backwell, pack but were defending well and a crunching tackle by Corey in the opening minutes set the tone for the game. The deadlock was broken midway through the first half when the visitors found a gap and rushed through for the opening try. Ed was being kept busy at full back but was covering well and had several good run backs before hitting traffic. Nailsea and Backwell extended their lead as the half drew to a close when a burst of

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Frampton youngsters come from behind to secure draw speed on the wing found space to make it 0-10 at the break. The second half started with Frampton in buoyant mood. The balance shifted towards the home side when following a scrum, Rohan at scrum half found Jack in support and his short run and pass found Corey whose burst of speed gave him the edge to dive over for a debut score. With Frampton’s tails up, another great passing move was finished off by Nik on the wing for the equalising try in the corner. Both Mike and Finn had good runs as Frampton pushed on for the win, but an organised Nailsea and Backwell side kept the home side out.

Hockey women in promotion hunt after October wins PUCKLECHURCH Ladies are second in the table after wins throughout October. The match against Bristol Ladies was a hard fought affair. At times there appeared to be a force field around Bristol’s goal, but eventually defender Jan (playing left wing) connected with a great cross in to win the game 1-0. Pucklechurch faced table toppers Thornbury with two of their defenders holidaying in the Hockey season. Jen Martyn stepped in to the keepers kit for the first time in many months and new recruit Claudia also stepped into the breach, but Puckechurch headed to the half time talk 0-1 down. Pucklechurch put Thornbury under immense pressure in the second half and secured the win 3-1 with goals from Amy Nicholls, Charlie James and Hitch. The next game was against Yate 3 who were demoted with Pucklechurch at the end of last season.  Injury to defender Candice saw Tina Hill step into an unusual position for her. Further injury to captain Laura stone with broken toes meant Charlie James also played out of position. Despite this, Pucklechurch came away with a 2-1 Win. A break from the league meant a friendly game against great side Knowle ladies. Pucklechurch didn’t get the memo about fancy dress with the opposition rocking up as penguins, skeletons and flamingos. The Knowle youngsters won 4-0 to spoil the prospect of a perfect month of results. Pucklechurch train Monday evenings 8-9 at Winterbourne International Academy. For more info email pucklechurchlhc@gmail. com

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Frampton finally get the better of St Mary’s Frampton Rugby Club have beaten St Mary's in a ‘2 for 1’ fixture which counted for both the Gloucester Premiership and the Bristol Combination Vase. Frampton come out on top for the first time in 3 seasons. Sy Mary's got on the scored board early through a strong run by their centre Brooker. Frampton fought back with two tries in the first half through Rhys Jennings and Austen Davies. The second half was much tighter affair, and although Frampton scored a further two tries through Rhys Jennings and George Frost to gain the 4 try bonus point, St Mary's continued to chip away at the score line through mistakes made by Frampton with the final score being 22-18. Frampton had less positive outcomes to their two other games in October. Both were narrowly lost, but Frampton gained bonus points in each game. Frampton lost 12-8 to Barton Hill and 44-36 to Cheltenham Saracens. In November Frampton are up against local rivals Chipping Sodbury and are hoping to improve on their current 8th position in Gloucester Prem. New Players are always welcome to join, training is on Tuesdays and Thursday 7-8.30pm.

Old boys take on Old Wolves in 40th anniversary rugby match FRAMPTON Vets have hosted Vieux Loups (The Old Wolves) from Paris as the clubs celebrated a landmark in their cross-channel friendship. The rugby relationship started in 1977 and for forty years the two clubs have visited each other. The focal point of the weekend is Le Crunch game when friendship is put to one side and the players go into battle for the Victory Trophy. Led by skipper Mark Smith, Frampton came out on top again to retain the trophy in a 19-5 win, with tries from man of the match John Stewart and Tommy Harris . Mike Ashwin added four points with the boot. Prop Pete Zaffiro who is approaching 60 years old played, and there was also a cameo from one of Framptons best scrum halves, Simon Fairbanks. The biggest cheer of the day came as Mike Weaver thought he was still 20 years old and got flattened by his good friend Frederic Aloy . After the match, the two teams enjoyed a traditional fish and chip supper .

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Sweeping changes for Frampton Athletic as new season gets underway FRAMPTON Athletic have undergone a series of changes both behind the scenes and on the pitch as they face the sew season. The management structure has been shaken up, and there’s been a reduction in the number of teams they are putting out each Saturday. The good news was a 15-0 win over Doddington. The bad news was a break-in at the clubhouse. Vice Chairman told Frome Valley Voice about the eventful last few weeks. WITH a new set of players, management and committee for Frampton Athletic FC the season it has got off to a mixed start on and off the pitch. Pre season the new members took it upon themselves to give the clubhouse a makeover giving it a more modern trendy colour scheme and generally tidying the clubhouse. Sponsorship has been sought from local businesses but only Morrison’s Yate came good with support even though the club posted 30 letters seeking support and help. The vast majority of the work is now complete at the new club’s expense I’d estimate that we have invested £800 in the club with decorating materials and a new display fridge. We are however a fair way away from the clubhouse being

fully finished. We have a slightly new set up in personnel and now have only one Saturday team. This means that we will play 2 Saturday games per month at home. We do our best to keep noise down and respect local residents but we are mindful that parking on match days can be a problem along with the odd football being kicked into gardens (unfortunately the new squad of players doesn’t contain any Lionel Messi’s more your Geoff Twentyman’s safety first approach). Whilst we maintain the pitch ourselves the sit on mower unfortunately is badly in need of a service as for some reason it does not collect the cut grass which we know isn’t aesthetically pleasing. We generally go over

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The clubhouse has been given a makeover the pitch twice so that it is greatly reduced. The plan is to utilise the facility more, with a couple of Sunday Vets games to generate additional revenue which we can invest in the facilities. The electrics need checking and modernising along with the shower facilities. This would mean one game a month and again cause little problems for the local residents. If you do experience any issues regards use of pitch, parking or noise please feel

free to contact Vice Chairman Lee George or Manager Rich Cleverley (leergeorgie@aol. com or richardcleverley@live. co.uk) We want to be a big part of the local community Unfortunately the clubhouse was broken into in October, a front window smashed, numerous items stolen and the newly replaced display fridge smashed. The TV and soundbar since recovered nearby in hedging and a local resident Matt kindly supplied a working replacement TV. (Thank you so much). The display fridge remains broken however and other items lost forever meaning the club are still seeking sponsorship and support. On the pitch it’s been a mixed bag, leaving us currently mid-table. One week we lost to local rival Olveston United in the cup then returned the favour the following week, beating them 5-1 in the league. The 15-0 drubbing of Doddington was the highlight of the season thus far. A comprehensive win and performance by the team. The end of October saw us lose 3-0 to St Nicks. At times we played some good football in a fairly even match of few chances. We had a couple of our stronger players absent that didn’t help our cause. A couple of soft goals given away in the second half didn’t help. We have a week off after that defeat, so more decorating is on the cards

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Carpet Cleaning Fabric Upholstery Cleaning

1/4 Load £89

CARPETS DRY IN 30 MINUTES!

Current Offer

TREE CARE

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1 Room £50 3 Rooms £85 House/Flat from £99 Hard Flooring from £80

UPHOLSTERY

1 Armchair 2 Seater Sofa 3 Seater Sofa 3 Piece Suite

Half Load £139

£30 £40 £45 £85

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ELECTRICIANS

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Landscaping Trees, shrubs and hedges planted, trimmed and tidied. Fencing supplied and erected Driveways Tarmac and block paving, gravelling, path and patio steam cleaning

3/4 Load £179

Nick / Alison at A Carpet Cleaning Service Ltd

Tree Care Size reduction, crossed, diseased and shaded branches removed. Diseased and dangerous trees sectioned and removed

WASHING SERVIES

T-D POWER

Taps, Washers Toilets, Cisterns Leaks, Blockages Tanks, Overflows Lead Pipes, Stopcocks….etc… OAP DISCOUNTS and NO VAT

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WAS H ING S ERVICES Bringing your property back to life

Gutters Clean gutters - you can expect a great result every time.

Before

After

Driveways & Patios

Free window cleaning with all gutters

Making drives, patios and paths look like new

Moss Removal Unsightly moss gone! You will be amazed what a difference it will make

Contact Tom

01179 112715 0800 747 1471 We are a local family buisness

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• MOT testing • Air Con service & purification • Servicing – All makes and models including Hybrid cars • Engine Diagnostic • Free courtesy car • Tyres, Exhausts and batteries fitted while you wait

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01454 777 777

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