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Students produce top exam results PUPILS at Winterbourne International Academy put well publicised difficulties at the school behind them to record some top rate results in their A-level and GCSE exams. Sixth formers achieved an overall A-level pass rate of 99.2 per cent, with a quarter of all grades being at the highest two levels. Meanwhile, GCSE results for younger students revealed that three quarters of the cohort achieved a grade four or above

in both English and maths the new numerical system of assessing performance in the two subjects. South Gloucestershire Council said the academy had recorded some “particularly high” results in both exams and Dave Baker, the interim chief executive at the academy, said it was “brilliant” that so many pupils had done so well. The academy was told two years ago that it required improvement and earlier

this year was put into special measures by Ofsted after being rated as inadequate. It is being provided with interim leadership by a local consortium of the Castle School Education Trust and the Olympus Academy Trust, which has already proposed taking over sponsorship of the school, and interim principal Peter Smart will continue in the role during the 2017-18 academic year. Full story page 21

Woodlands win Housing application is turned down PAGE 2

20 is enough Speed limits introduced in Ram Hill PAGE 3

May Day Carnival plea for volunteers Fears for Winterbourne Down event's future PAGE7

Motorway consultation gets underway The last days of summer: Simon Hughes in action for Frampton Cotterell. Sport, page 49

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Celebrations as Woodlands Farm housing scheme rejected CONTROVERSIAL plans to build up to 215 homes at Woodlands Farm, Coalpit Heath, were rejected by planners, with nearly 300 letters of objection submitted by opponents. Those campaigning against the outline scheme are now waiting to see if the developers behind the proposal will lodge an appeal to try and get the decision overturned. Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes - part of Barratt Developments - wanted to put the houses on the 37-acre site, which they called Blackberry Park. The land is regarded locally as an important green space but the applicants said it was suitable for development, was not in the green belt or of high landscape value. Campaign group VALID -

Villagers Against Local Intended Development - was among objectors to the plan, together with Frampton Cotterell and Westerleigh parish councils. Their reasons put forward to reject the scheme - along with those from individual objectors

- included the effect on local services such as GP surgeries and schools of a big rise in population, as well as an increase in traffic and the loss of green space between Coalpit Heath, Frampton Cotterell and Yate. The children of author Dick

King-Smith even added their voices to the fight to keep the space open. Woodlands Farm was the inspiration behind some of his work, including The Fox Busters and The Sheep Pig (Babe), and Juliet King-Smith, Giles King-Smith and Liz Rose said it would be “a terrible shame” if the farm's land was developed. However, there were 14 letters of support for the proposal. A previous plan for 380 homes on the site was rejected after a major campaign against that proposal. Despite the smaller scale of the second application, objectors said it would still result in hundreds more cars on the roads and have an effect on wildlife and heritage.

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Deeper and down milestone reached as sewer tunnel goes under M4 WORK on the £15 million Frome Valley relief sewer has reached a significant stage, with a tunnel being bored underneath the M4. The tunnelling is set to take four months to complete, with work currently going on within the Three Brooks nature reserve in Bradley Stoke. The first sections of the sewer had been laid around north Bristol and near Yate in the 1980s and 1990s. In 2015, Wessex Water announced that it planned to finish the project by building a three mile (5km) pipeline running east to west from Iron Acton to Bradley Stoke. It said once built, the sewer would allow waste water to reach the Wessex Water treatment works at Avonmouth via a route around the north of Bristol, rather than through sewers which run down the River Frome valley and through the centre of Bristol. By diverting the flow, the new pipe will provide significant extra sewer capacity for new developments in areas such as Yate and Emersons Green. Project manager Mike Bryant said: "Work is progressing well. We are currently sinking other shafts on the job and will be mobilising additional tunnel boring machines around the Winterbourne and Iron Acton areas in the coming months. "Open excavation in rock around Iron Acton is proving to be tough but we are achieving the estimated outputs per day. "In September we will be crossing the River Frome, which has all been agreed with the Environment Agency and conservation groups." As well as increasing capacity, the new pipe is set to finally resolve the problem of unsightly waste being stranded along the Frome Valley. A campaign to resolve the problem of sewage debris has been fought for many years. People who walk 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 have 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.

New 20mph limit set to be introduced on three rural roads in Ram Hill SPEED limits on three roads in the Ram Hill area are set to be cut due to concerns raised by local residents and councillors. Last year the go-ahead was given for an investigation into a 20mph limit as a result of fears over the speed of traffic on rural routes used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Funding was agreed this year to carry out the proposals that emerged from the investigation and consultation is now underway, with comments to be accepted up to September 6. The drop from 30mph to 20mph is set to be made on Ram Hill itself, Broad Lane and Serridge Lane. The aim is to improve safety for vulnerable users and make walking and cycling a more attractive proposition. South Gloucestershire Council said there was no footway for pedestrians, while a nursery school and the charity Paul’s Place were located on Serridge Lane. A rural bus service also operated in the area and the route was used to access a small business park.

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Two-year cold calling ban for man carrying out tree surgery in Coalpit Heath A COLD caller seen carrying out tree surgery at an older person’s home in Coalpit Heath has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order in a legal first for South Gloucestershire Council’s trading standards team. The order (CBO) means Kevin Lee, 41, of Highwood Park, Patchway, is banned from cold calling anywhere in the UK for two years and cannot deliver flyers for his business in that time. He was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. In a case heard at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, Lee pleaded guilty to a single fraud offence and one of an aggressive commercial practice. He was further told to pay back more than £2,600 in costs.

Lee was prosecuted by the trading standards department, which joined forces with the council’s anti-social behaviour (ASB) team, to secure the order against him. The council said it was the first order of its kind that it had secured in a “rogue trader” case. Heather Goddard, the Cabinet member for communities and tourism, said: “We will not tolerate such tactics being used on older and vulnerable residents and I would encourage anyone who suspects that rogue traders may be operating in their area, or who may have fallen victim to one, to report the matter to the police or trading standards.” The prosecution followed Lee repeatedly ignoring advice

from trading standards officers regarding the law, which requires written notices to be issued advising of cooling off rights to householders where he had cold called. Neil Derrick, senior fair trading officer for the council, said: “Prosecution is a last resort. Mr Lee was given advice about cold calling on a number of occasions but chose to ignore our advice, which is why we had to take this course of action. “We will be seeking CBOs in future rogue trader prosecutions as they are an effective method to prevent convicted rogue traders from cold calling.” Lee had originally been contacted by trading standards officers in November 2012 when he was given full written advice

and a DVD on how to comply with doorstep selling regulations. Repeat action was taken in the July of 2015 and 2016 when he was discovered to be ignoring those requirements. The court heard that in October 2016, Lee was again not complying when he was seen doing tree work at the Coalpit Heath property. He was prosecuted with regards to the fraud offence for failing to disclose information to his customer about 14-day cooling off rights. Lee was charged in relation to aggressive commercial practice for starting the tree work within the 14-day period, without his customer’s consent. Any breach of the order will result in an arrest.

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Making the most of summer What do 16 year olds get up to after the exams in the summer holidays? There are countless ways to while away the summer weeks, but for the Serjent sisters, there was a constructive answer to potential boredom take part in a citizenship challenge. Lucy has told the Frome Valley Voice in her own words what it is, and what it meant to her. MY name is Lucy Serjent, and I participated with a group to complete a government funded project called NCS (National Citizenship Service). In my group, we all decided to have our main focus to be the wellbeing of others, and the awareness of mental health

issues. Therefore, to help the community, we decided to volunteer at Feed Bristol for our one week of social action. We decided to do this because Feed Bristol's 6 acre garden area is based to help promote wellbeing, both mentally and physically. So, this fitted in perfectly with our aim. Over the week, we were put on the project of helping create and finish a wheelchair accessible entrance, which involved a lot of shovelling dirt and placing it carefully next to a pathway so that flowers can be planted.  We also cleared a stage which was overgrown with weeds and nettles, for their harvest festival event on the 5th. Then, once cleared, we all added some wood chippings on the floor - to give it a little cleaner look.  With the weather, half the time my experience (as well as everyone else's I'm sure) was

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n NEWS THE Search is on for people to help organise next year’s Winterbourne Down Carnival. Organisers want volunteers to join the carnival committee, and are hoping those interested will come the their AGM on 25 September at the Methodist Chapel. The meeting, at 8pm, will decide whether the carnival can go ahead next year. Sue Cessford told the Voice; “We will have to consider the future of our carnival if committee membership does not increase. We are desperately in need of people who have some bright new ideas, who would like


Carnival looks for new volunteers to keep event alive to share in the fun of the carnival meetings and who have a couple of hours or so to share on the May Day weekend.” The May Day event is hugely popular in Winterbourne Down, attracting good crowds for the day of celebrations, and it’s hoped more volunteers will secure the future for the foreseeable future.

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Views sought into options for new M4 junction EXHIBITIONS have been organised after controversial plans for a new motorway junction on the M4 revealed a second location option for the project. A consultation exercise has just started into the two options now being considered - the initial “western” site at Emersons Green and the surprise “eastern” location near Westerleigh. A campaign against the eastern site was started as soon as the details were revealed, with villagers in Pucklechurch speaking out against it and two local Conservative MPs - Luke Hall for Thornbury and Yate and Kingswood’s Chris Skidmore saying they would not support it. However, South

Gloucestershire Council said the study was in its very early stages. No decisions had been made, no funding agreed and there was no preferred option for the junction. The alternative eastern site emerged from a £500,000 feasibility study into creating a junction 18A between Tormarton and the M32. It would involve having a link road from a junction on the B4465 Westerleigh Road to the A4174 ring road at Siston, skirting Pucklechurch and cutting it off from neighbouring Parkfield. Two potential routes for this link road have been proposed, both crossing green belt land. The council said that option would not require a realignment

of the M4, while the western site would use Westerleigh Road and the A4174 ring road next to Lyde Green in Emersons Green. The junction could be located to the north west of the Lyde Green development but would require some realignment to the motorway. A provisional map released by the council shows both options as having a “potential future link to Yate” - a possible road to meet up with the town’s so-called road-to-nowhere. The consultation runs until Monday, October 16, and everyone with an interest in the new junction is encouraged to have their say by completing a survey. Colin Hunt, the council’s

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and costs order Creativity everywhere! Fine for Winterbourne fly AT a time when many school are marginalising the performing arts and other creative subjects for gains in Maths and English, the pupils and teaching staff at The Royal High Junior School were delighted to be named as a finalist in the prestigious Times Educational Supplement Schools Awards ‘Creative School of the year’ category. This award recognises the school’s ability to provide both academic excellence and creative opportunities for all in their pupils. Their passion for putting exploration, discovery, challenge and creativity is at the heart of the learning experience and is not happening by chance. Heidi Hughes, Head Teacher says: ‘I ensure that pupils feel empowered, and that they develop into competent and knowledgeable students, as well as being able to communicate and learn in a multitude of creative ways.” “We nurture pupils love of learning beyond the subject, develop independent thinking and the skills of enquiry based learning, whilst fostering an understanding of the world, citizenship and collective responsibility.’ As Charles Clarke stated in the forward of the DFeS 2003 Primary Strategy; Excellence and Enjoyment, ‘Enjoyment is the birthright of every child. What makes good primary education great is the fusion of excellence and enjoyment’. Be it on stage, at the art easel, playing an instrument or building Arctic igloos, Celtic huts or sculptures collaboratively for the grounds, the drive is to spark the imagination in the girls. “We were delighted to be rated as excellent in terms of pupils academic achievements and personal development in our recent ISI inspection” Ms Hughes said. “This shows ‘the arts’ can lead your curriculum, enhance pupil outcomes and a lifelong love of learning”

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A WINTERBOURNE man was ordered to pay a £100 fine and £450 in costs after dumping household waste in a road near his home. Luke Mort, of Sandstone Rise, fly tipped rubbish that included cardboard, drinks cans, magazine and paper waste in Mill Road earlier this year. Letters and a magazine personally addressed to the defendant led to his identity being discovered during the investigation and he admitted the offence at Bristol Magistrates’ Court. Heather Goddard, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for communities and tourism, said: “There is no excuse for fly tipping, which is why our ongoing campaign against offenders continues. “It is an issue that affects our communities and harms the local environment but could so easily be avoided as our Sort It! centres are open from 8.30am-4.30pm, seven days a week. “The duty of care to ensure the proper disposal of waste rests with everyone. Businesses and residents are advised to only give their rubbish to an Environment Agency-registered waste carrier. “Contractors should ensure that they hold a registered waste carriers licence, dispose of waste in the correct manner and comply with the waste transfer note requirements.” Residents who see illegal fly tipping are encouraged to report it to the council.




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Politicians have a responsibility to reach out and engage Luke Hall MP writes for Frome Valley Voice


HERE are many faults with the British political system, but one of its great strengths can be, when done right, the accessibility of a local MP with a direct link to a constituency. As a local man, living in Yate

with my family, it is personally very important that I don’t just ‘tick the engagement boxes’, but actively reach out and interact with our neighbours in the community, and play a small part in trying to reconnect local politicians with the public. And I am straining every sinew to do that. Not holding surgeries because they are part of my job, but trying making them as accessible as possible; having them at the local supermarkets; Tesco in both Thornbury and Yate, and Waitrose in Chipping Sodbury, holding stalls at Thornbury Carnival and Chipping Sodbury festival, and touring the rural towns and villages to allow issues to be raised in the community. This year I am trying to go further, by making Westminster

accessible too, bringing groups of 50 local people at a time to the Houses of Parliament, booking fully guided tours by a Professional Tour Guide, visiting the chambers in House of Lords and the House of Commons, and viewing the less publicly known places within the Palace, such as the Queen’s Robing Room, The Royal Portrait Gallery, Central Lobby, Westminster Hall and St Stephens Hall. So far the communities of Rangeworthy, Falfield, Hawkesbury, Coalpit Heath and Ram Hill have come up by the coach load, (For Rangeworthy we had to book two!) and I am determined to do more. In the next six months, tours for the residents of Wick, Oldbury on Severn, Wickwar and Iron Acton are already confirmed, with more

being planned in 2018. I would love to extend this invitation to as much of South Gloucestershire as possible, ensuring that everybody locally can visit the heart of the British Democracy, to meet their MP where legislation is passed and debated. There is a lot more to be done to reconnect politicians and the public, and I hope to play a small part in the months and years ahead. If you think your area would be interested in a tour of Parliament, or have other ideas about how politicians should engage publically, I would love to hear from you:

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Birds beware - the Scarecrow Trail is back SCARECROWS are set to pop up all over Frampton Cotterell this October as the popular Scarecrow Trail returns. The event, organised by the local churches, asks local people to make their own unique scarecrow to be placed in gardens. The idea has proved very popular over the last two years with many brightly designed scarecrows dotting the village. This year’s theme is favourite nursery rhymes, and any money raised through donations will go to Christian Aid. People wanting to enter need to provide their name and address at the Brockeridge Centre by October 14, and the scarecrows need to be on display by 29 October. There is a prize giving on 4 November. For more information, contact Sue Walters on 07767 487531 or




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It's action stations at viaduct WORK is progressing well on the repairs to the southern viaduct of the ring road at Bromley Heath. South Gloucestershire Council is hopeful that the project, which began on July 24, can be completed in 33 weeks. Traffic on the A4174 over the river Frome is all being diverted on to the northern viaduct, meaning only a single lane in each direction. Over the summer holidays, delays have not been too bad but it is expected that drivers will be held up from this month, especially after the UWE Bristol term begins. Most of the work is going on underneath the bridge, so the council is keeping everyone up to date via a Facebook page and a page on its website. Any

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Cash awarded to improve flood resilience on South Gloucestershire roads A ROAD in Winterbourne is among a number of routes throughout South Gloucestershire to have their flood resilience improved after the Government awarded money for the work to be carried out. The Challenge Fund cash of £3.4 million will be used in places which have been affected by flooding in the past due to extreme weather. They include High Street, Winterbourne, as well as the B4058 in Bagstone, Rangeworthy. The work to be carried out includes upgrading drainage systems. South Gloucestershire Council said the use of innovative methods would reduce the need for reactive

maintenance works and ultimately lead to money being saved. Each project was identified using a system developed in the South West which enables engineers to establish areas that are at risk and identify the economic gain to the locality and community if a solution is found and the risk mitigated. The council said it wanted to make its roads more resilient and to withstand greater rainfall.

It said it would be able to install new technology to help monitor rainfall and water levels, allowing it to better understand the risks being faced in communities, to plan better responses to flooding events and to have more effective maintenance. Colin Hunt, the council’s Cabinet member for planning, transport and environment, said: “This new funding will benefit South Gloucestershire residents

and other road users by reducing the disruption caused by flooding when we see extreme weather. “By putting in better drainage systems, the council will also save money long term by reducing the need for expensive repair work. “We have successfully lobbied Government for this funding because we need to make sure that our infrastructure can cope as the environment changes. “While our budgets remain tight, this extra money means we can continue to invest for the future as well as managing the day to day needs of road users.” The council will make a contribution towards the schemes from its maintenance budget.

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Stories about drought and heatwaves being sought by project researchers RESEARCHERS at the University of the West of England are running a storytelling competition as part of a ÂŁ3.2 million project to find new ways of dealing with drought.

The Drought Risk and You (DRY) project was established to provide evidence that will help manage drought in future years by bringing together expert science and local experience. The winter and spring

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Death announced of the Duke of Beaufort at his Badminton House home THE Duke of Beaufort has died at his South Gloucestershire home, Badminton House, at the age of 89. Born David Somerset, the former art dealer inherited the title in 1984 from his cousin, the tenth duke, who had founded Badminton Horse Trials - now the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. As a rider, he finished runner-up at the

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trials in 1959 with Countryman III and later took on the role of president of the horse trials. A service of thanksgiving took place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Badminton. The duke leaves his widow Miranda - his second wife - and four children Harry, Anne, Edward and John. He is succeeded by Harry, the Marquess of Worcester.

UWE team, including the River Frome in South Gloucestershire and Bristol, as part of the project to find out about different experiences of drought locally and the effects of such conditions on people’s lives. Project members have already learnt how the Frome ran dry in the 1950s in Chipping Sodbury and how nursery staff in Yate took children down to a cellar to keep them cool during the 1976 heatwave, as well as 12ft-long cracks appearing below houses in Yate in the same year. The storytelling competition was launched to bring in other examples of the ways drought and heatwaves might affect different sectors of society, from the agriculture and building industries to leisure and tourism, as well as health, the environment and business.


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HUNDREDS of jobs will be created over the next few years thanks to a massive investment in a research centre in Emersons Green. Work will begin next year on the £60m Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It is due to open in 2020 and will pioneer the development of ultra-low emission vehicles. The aim is to use the engineering expertise of the University of Bath for the benefit of the UK’s car industry, creating a global centre of excellence. The project has received funding of £28.9 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and is expected to get another £10 million from the Local Growth Fund through the Rover, Hofer Powertrain and West of England Combined HORIBA Group, have been Authority and Local Enterprise key to the success of the IAAPS Partntership. concept, as well as local business IAAPS is set to create an HiETA Technologies, which is additional £800 million turnover already based at the science park. for the UK automotive sector and The centre will also help nearly 1,900 new jobs. to address the engineering Global companies such1as22/05/2017 Filton Voice.qxp_Layout 14:31 Page 1 skills shortage facing the UK McLaren, Ford, Jaguar Land

automotive sector, supporting new apprenticeships, honours degrees, masters and doctoral courses. Graham Hoare, of Ford Motor Company, said it was a massive step forward in developing cars of the future. “IAAPS will build on the

strength of the University of Bath’s competence in propulsion development to bring real world examples and real world environments into the laboratory,” he said. West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “I’m delighted that through the Joint Committee we’re able to help drive the development of this global centre of excellence in our region. “IAAPS will also support the development of a much larger and more competitive automotive business cluster in the region, providing access to its state-of-the art facilities to startups and small to medium-sized companies.” Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “I am delighted that IAAPS has received the support and backing of the Government.”

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Green light for school for autistic children A NEW special free school for pupils with autism has been granted planning approval by South Gloucestershire Council. Pegasus School will be built on a site next to Patchway Community College. Toby Savage, the council’s Cabinet member for schools, skills and employment, said South Gloucestershire currently did not have a school dedicated to meeting the education needs of a growing number of pupils with autistic spectrum disorder. He said: “There’s a real need for this, demonstrated by the fact that several inquiries are received each day from parents wanting to know more about the school and what it can offer their child. “Our goal is to give every child the best possible start in life and help them to reach their full potential, irrespective of their needs.” The project is sponsored by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and is supported by the wider Concorde Partnership, which consists of Bradley Stoke Community School, Abbeywood Community School and Patchway Community College. The project group is also working with existing South Gloucestershire special schools - Culverhill, Warmley Park, New Siblands and New Horizon's Learning Centre, as well as local resource bases. The council’s decision will now be referred to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government because the new school building will mean the loss of part of a school playing field.

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Winning formula THE departing head girl and boy from Colston’s School are both set to study chemical engineering. Francesca James achieved four A* grades in chemistry, physics, mathematics and further mathematics and is headed to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge while Harvey Morgan is going to the University of Nottingham. Most Colston’s students have secured places on their first or second choice degree courses, many with Russell Group universities. Meanwhile a number of high-performing students have secured higher level apprenticeships. The school is delighted that Colstonians will be joining Rolls-Royce, Dyson and Grant Thornton. It is also confident that Colston’s School’s innovative Future Leaders employability programme and sixthformers’ study for Extended Project Qualifications has put students in strong positions to make the most of their next steps. The 2017 A-level and BTEC results were impressive: 38 per cent of A levels were awarded at grades A*/A, 71 per cent at grades A*/B and the pass rate was 100 per cent. Twenty two per cent of students achieved AAA or better and 42 per cent ABB or better.

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n EDUCATION Students with Interim Principal Peter Smart

Winterbourne academy students score highly in A-levels and GCSEs STUDENTS at Winterbourne International Academy achieved an overall A-level pass rate of 99.2 per cent, with a quarter of all grades being at the highest two levels. The school (WIA) said 26 per cent of the grades were either A* or A, while more than half ranged from A* to B grades. Among the highest achievers were Isobel Wilkins, who heads to Cambridge University to study modern and medieval languages, Emily Wilkins, who will study geography at Oxford, and Ben Chandler, who achieved four A* grades. Of 111 students who applied for university, 97 were offered their first choice and the rest were eligible for clearing. Danielle Jolosa, the academy’s director of sixth form, said: “Words cannot describe how proud we are of all our students and the grades they have achieved. “Their hard work and determination has certainly paid off and I wish them all the best as they embark on their next chapter.” Interim principal Peter Smart said: “During their time at WIA sixth form, the students have worked tremendously hard. They have been guided through their studies by committed teachers and very supportive parents and families.” Meanwhile, GCSE results at the academy showed 74 per cent of the cohort achieved a grade four or above in both English and maths. This is the first year that pupils have been graded from the best level of of nine down to one in the two subjects - by 2020 all GCSE subjects will be graded in the same way using numbers instead of letters - and more than 50 of those awarded were at level nine. The academy also reported a significant rise in the percentage of students achieving the English Baccalaureate measure, going up from 25 per cent in 2016 to 44 per cent this year. Mr Smart said: “These are a pleasing set of results and we are proud of all our students’ achievements regardless of their abilities or talents. “I am delighted that many of our students will be joining our popular and thriving sixth form, where I am sure they will continue to do well.” Dave Baker, the interim chief executive, said: “It is brilliant that so many students have done so well, despite significant changes in the academy during the key learning and preparation time for their GCSEs.”  The academy is currently in special measures after being rated as inadequate earlier this year and is being provided with interim leadership by a local consortium of the Castle School Education Trust and the Olympus Academy Trust to help get it back on track.

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ALMOST two-thirds – 61 per cent – of this year’s A Level students at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy achieved passes of A*-C with 30 per cent at A* or A. Based in Stoke Gifford, BTE Academy is one of the UK’s University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the socalled STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Over half – 52 per cent - of all A Level grades at BTE Academy in Maths/Further Maths were at A* or A while 76 per cent of grades in Maths and Science were A*-C, with a 100 per cent pass rate. Meanwhile 76 per cent of Engineering grades were at Distinction* or Distinction, with 14 students achieving maximum marks across all units. Individual successes included: Harry Dyte - A* Biology, A Physics, A Chemistry, A Maths, Distinction* Environmental Sustainability Kyan Rogers - A* Maths, A Further Maths, B Physics, B Computer Science, Distinction* Environmental Sustainability


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BTE Academy celebrates outstanding A Level results

Tristan Russell - A* Maths, A* Physics, A Further Maths Rose Tanner - A* Maths, A Further Maths, A Physics, B Chemistry, Distinction* Environmental Sustainability Sam Bailey - Distinction* in Engineering, Applied Science and Environmental Sustainability

Matthew Evans - A Maths, B Physics, Distinction* Engineering and Environmental Sustainability Elmi Farah - Distinction* in Engineering, Applied Science and Environmental Sustainability Alex Long - A Maths, B Physics, Distinction* Engineering and Environmental Sustainability Rhian Priest, Principal at BTE Academy, said: “I am incredibly proud of our Year 13 students, many of whom are among our first four-year cohort. There are some wonderful individual successes which are richly deserved. Every single university applicant has gained their first choice place with a significant number taking up their first choice apprenticeship. This group of young people

and their teachers are the most conscientious and talented I have ever had the privilege to work with.” Tristan Russell, of Longwell Green, is now off to the University of Bath to study Maths and Physics. “I am hoping to do a placement in my third year and eventually maybe do research of some kind,” he said. “Coming to BTE Academy has been brilliant for me. When I came here I never expected that I could achieve A*s at A Level and my grades have really improved across the board. The teachers are brilliant and ensure that everyone enjoys lessons, and all the science equipment is state of the art.” Harry Dyte, who lives in Kingswood, is reading Natural Sciences at the University of Exeter. “BTE is STEM-focused so it has been ideal for me in terms of specialising in the subjects which I enjoy and am good at,” he said. Meanwhile many of BTE Academy’s Year 13 cohort are taking the apprenticeship route. Cameron McNeill, from Longwell Green, and Matthew Owen, of Bishopsworth, are both taking up four-year apprenticeships at Renishaw while Callum Isaacs, from Kingswood, joins Universal Balancing in Kingswood.

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Hitting heights! REDMAIDS' High School is celebrating the success of its Year 13 students’ A-level and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results including a total of five girls who are heading off to Oxford or Cambridge. Lily Bickers, who gained three A*s and an A, and Isla Waring, who gained 43 points in the IB Diploma, are off to Cambridge. Starting at Oxford are Romilly Leech, also an IB student with 38 points, and Georgia Watts and Tilly Guthrie who gained three A*s, and an A*AA respectively. Aisha Adelopo, who earned an A*and two As, will study medicine at the University of Liverpool while Isabella Harrison-Wan got A*AA to secure her place at the University of Bath studying psychology.

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Park and ride is ready and waiting ... THE new park and ride site at Lyde Green opened for use ahead of schedule in an effort to minimise the impact of the Bromley Heath viaduct works. Four bus routes (X48, 18, 462 and 86) serve the park and ride, which has been created as part of the MetroBus project. These services go to the centre of Bristol, Temple Meads station, Southmead Hospital, Kingswood and Yate. As yet, there are no dedicated park and ride services as there are at other sites. Despite the Lyde Green facility having 102 spaces, 16 disabled bays, 24 cycle spaces and one motorcycle bay, since it opened on Monday July 24 the Voice has observed it being empty on several occasions. Comments posted on the Bromley Heath Viaduct and Lyde Green Local Facebook pages point out a lack of adequate service to the park and ride in the evenings and Sundays, buses being cancelled and the expensive cost of tickets, with several people referring to the site as a “derelict car park.” Some residents have also complained of parking there to use the facility and having buses drive pass them without stopping. In response, a spokesman from South Gloucestershire Council said: “The recently opened Lyde Green park and ride is on the route of four bus services - the 18, 86, 462 and X48, providing access to Bristol, Southmead, Kingswood

Beauty salon owner on list of businesses that underpaid staff THE owner of a Frampton Cotterell beauty salon has been named in a Government list of businesses that have underpaid workers. Myriam Rogerson, trading as Beauty Plus By Myriam, failed to pay £180 to one worker, according to the 233-name list published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It identified employers that had underpaid the national minimum wage or living wage. As well as paying back staff, employers on the list have also been fined a record total of £1.9 million by the Government.


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and Yate. These services currently operate Monday to Saturday and are predominantly commuter services. The 18 stops every 20 minutes during peak times reducing to hourly, the X48 stops half-hourly and the 86 and 462 stops hourly. “We are working closely with the bus operators to ensure the new stop is serviced and we will further remind bus companies to ensure the stops are not missed.” The council has also said that it will continue to promote the new park and ride facility while

the Bromley Heath Viaduct work is taking place. In addition, it states that the ticket cost is in line with the other charging structures for bus routes in the area, and that it will investigate the potential to also run a Sunday service. The park and ride is on Willowherb Road in Lyde Green, off the Rosary roundabout on the A4174 ring road. For detailed bus routes and timetables, please visit www.

Macmillan annual coffee morning to be supported by M&S in Yate THE Marks and Spencer food hall in Yate will be taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event run in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Customers can enjoy coffee and cake at the store in Yate Shopping Centre on Friday, September 29. Extra fundraising activities

will also take place in the store during September to support the charity. Macmillan said this year’s UK-wide event would help fund professionals working in communities, such as nurses, occupational therapists and dieticians.



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n NEWS all age groups and we are hoping that particularly older people who are reasonably fit but keen to make new friends and have some fun will come and try it. The sessions at Bradley Stoke will be from 10-12 on a Monday morning from 25th September. You can check us out at on Facebook at Bristol Pickleball Club. The 2 hour sessions only cost £7 but your first session is FREE. It is easy to learn and equipment is provided. Yours sincerely, Pam Ruston

Your chance to join the band WOULD you like to learn to play a musical instrument? Every year Bristol Concert Wind Band starts a class for absolute beginners and this year the band are particularly interested in those wanting to play brass, oboe, bassoon and percussion instruments, although all are welcome. The three-year course, starting on October 4, offers weekly tuition with performance opportunities. Age is no barrier and you can lend an instrument. To register your interest contact Tina Bartlett either via www., by email or by phone on 0117 405 7369.

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THE future of a 170-year-old school building in Frampton Cotterell is in question, with fears that it might be demolished.

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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Action being taken to tackle all-day parking in residential Yate streets A SERIES of waiting restrictions are set to be introduced in the centre of Yate to tackle an increasing problem of all day parking in residential streets. The development of the Riverside retail and leisure complex next to Yate Shopping Centre, as well as the introduction of limited parking within the centre’s car parking areas, has led to more drivers parking all day in surrounding roads and causing access problems. Concerns have also been raised from residents living

near local primary schools about parking during the start and end of the school day. South Gloucestershire Council is now consulting on the introduction of waiting restrictions in 24 affected streets around the town centre, as well as a plan to cut the time allowed in the leisure centre and Kennedy Way car parks from 12 hours to a maximum of four The consultation deadline for comments had originally been in mid-August but it has now been extended to September 1.

Triathlon triumph THE Prostate Cancer Care Appeal at Southmead Hospital has gained new strength from consultant urologist Anthony Koupparis, who raised more than £6,000 by taking part in the Cotswolds 226 Triathlon. Anthony, 42, works as a part of the hospital's urology team. “At Southmead we offer world-class robotic surgery treatment to men suffering with prostate cancer and our appeal is to buy two new robots so we can help even more men. It’s such a worthwhile cause,” he said. Anthony completed a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle, topped off a full 26-mile marathon; a massive undertaking for a novice.

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Headway celebrates 40th anniversary FRENCHAY-based Headway Bristol, the charity that helps survivors of brain injury to live as independently as possible, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a gala ball later this month. The event will have a sporting theme, due to the connection between head injury and sport. Sporting personalities and special guests who will be speaking in support of the charity at the event include author and professional horse rider, Polly Williamson, retired senior England rugby referee, Ed Morrison, and BBC Points West presenter, Will Glennon. Both Polly Williamson and Will Glennon sustained severe brain injuries, and Will and his wife Emily have been supported by Headway Bristol in his recovery. Ed Morrison and his family have been fundraising and supporting Headway Bristol since the loss of their son Scott who died following a brain injury in 2014.

Polly Williamson, author and professional horse rider, will be one of the special guests at the gala ball. Polly sustained a subarachnoid haemorrhage after a horse she was training for competitions fell, and in its panic, kicked her in the head. Although she was wearing a helmet, Polly had significant problems with her memory and had to learn to walk and talk again. Reflecting on her recovery, Polly wrote ‘Where Did I Go?: Rediscovering My Identity, Lost After a Traumatic Brain Injury’ which was published in April 2016. The Headway Bristol 40th Anniversary Gala Ball takes place on Thursday September 28 at The Bristol Hotel at 7pm. The evening will include a three course meal, dancing and music. Kate Croucher, chief executive


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officer of Headway Bristol, said the ball is an opportunity to celebrate the charity's history and look forward to the future: “Headway Bristol started out in 1977 based on a site in Frenchay Hospital founded by Rita Rees.

Fast forward to today in 2017, we are based in our own refurbished premises in Frenchay, with over 30 members of staff supporting over 40 service users and providing over 300 hours of oneto-one outreach every week." The service provided by Headway Bristol provides a lifeline for many survivors of brain injury across Bristol, North and North East Somerset, and South Gloucestershire. The charity needs to raise more than £200,000 each year to maintain its services, expand existing provision and pilot new initiatives. Tickets for the charity ball cost £45 per person, or tables of ten people at £400. To request a booking form, please contact Clio Khan at Headway Bristol, by sending an email to info@, or call 0117 340 3771. For more information visit http://www.headwaybristol.

New service started in schools to help young carers SCHOOLS in South Gloucestershire are being urged to sign up to a new service that makes it easier to identify and support young carers. There are a number of young people under the age of 18 who help look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled, has mental health issues or misuses drugs or alcohol. Young Carers in Schools has just been launched in South Gloucestershire and Bristol by local charity Carers Support Centre and already nearly 40 schools have become involved. The charity said many young carers were unidentified and its aim was for every local school to become a member so no-one missed out on the support that was available for them. It said there were likely to be young carers in every school and college but a survey revealed that more than a third of those with a caring role said no-one in their school was aware of their responsibilities.   Often the child didn’t realise the help they gave was regarded as caring or their family feared that when the child’s caring role came to light, public services would intervene and they would be separated.   Keith Sinclair, chief executive of Carers Support Centre, said: “Young carers often miss out on their childhood. “They can often become isolated due to caring duties, missing out on playing, seeing friends and other leisure activities. “They can often miss lessons and as a result, can struggle to keep up with school work and not achieve their full potential. They can also suffer from bullying at school because they are seen as being different.”    He said young carers sometimes experienced physical problems due to heavy lifting, poor nutrition and lack of sleep, as well as suffering from stress, anxiety and low confidence and self-esteem.    Mr Sinclair said: “Many young carers have no choice but to look after parents and other family members and many take on this responsibility without a second thought.”  More information is available online at www.carerssupportcentre. and there is also a carers’ phone line on 0117 965 2200.



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By Sarah Young of Spoilt Hair & Beauty

Time for a fresh look THE summer is over and so are the school holidays, but let’s hope we still get a bit more summer warmth in September, stretching into October. It’s one of those times of years that give us a fresh look at things, like the New Year or the beginning of a tax year. So here are the trends for Autumn/Winter …. According the Vogue, a smudge lip stick will be on trend for this Autumn/Winter, so no more constantly replying your lipstick. I rarely keep a lipstick on past 9am, so I’m just going for the nude lip and see if that catches on, as I can’t see us carrying off a smudge look. Cool hair is also in, that gently tousled, cool girl look; we have interpreted this as hair that looks like it hasn’t just been done in the salon and is not too perfect. This will help

give our straighteners a well needed break as we go for that more natural look. This goes for skin too. Whilst in the past we may have heard the term ‘bare’, this season its more about those finishing touches that give us that natural look, a flawless subtly groomed appearance. Over liner - bold, black eyeliner made all the catwalks recently and that dark eye look is back. So time to perfect that 60’s eyeliner flick. Bold brows are still in, although in Vogue they talk about bleaching brows. We are not going that far and are sticking to a strong brow whether it’s a good tint and shape or just pencilling it in yourself, as long as they can be seen then that’s on trend. The statement manicure – nails are always popular but this Autumn we are going to see

lots of statement nails; checker, chain mail or crystal studded to name a just few. Rose Tinted – everything is now rose-tinted, from rose colour gold jewellery to a rose flushed check and a rose colour lip. Keep everything natural looking with subtle shades of

pink and then wear a pop of bright magenta. And finally do you know what the banana is – it’s the curved crease in the eyelid onto which you apply liner or an eye shadow to create a wider eyed effect, now you know!

Seeing double - drama group invites entries for 80s celebrity lookalike contest A DRAMA group is searching for 1980s celebrity lookalikes for a competition linked to its next production. Thornbury Musical Theatre Group will perform the hit comedy musical The Wedding Singer in the town over four days in the autumn. It is set in 1985 - a time of wide shoulder pads and big hair - and the company is running the contest in order to give away two

tickets for its opening night. Anyone who wants to enter should send a picture of themselves by email to publicity. or drop their entry into the Lisa Costa estate agency at 53 High Street, Thornbury, on Saturdays only. The closing date is Wednesday, October 11. The show will run in the Armstrong Hall from Wednesday, October 25, to Saturday, October 28, at 7.30pm. There will also be a


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Cycling spectacular celebrates biggest event yet MORE than 1,000 cyclists took to the road for the biggest ever Sodbury Sportive, with bikes being pedalled along three circular routes. It is estimated that £25,000 will have been raised from the event, with the money to be divided between local and national charities. The event is run annually by members and friends of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club and attracts cyclists from all over the country, who praised the event and organisers. They could ride a 30, 60 or 100-mile course, starting and finishing at Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club, and on completion, were welcomed back with live music, sports massage and a barbecue. However there were some complaints by other road users of cyclists riding inappropriately, including reports of riders going too fast on downhill stretches and crossing onto the opposite carriageway.

Bennett said no complaints had been made directly to the organisers. He said: “We carry out a risk assessment before the event and brief all riders extensively about safety before they set off on the ride. We would not condone any improper riding should any occur.  “We know that one rider was taken to hospital as a result of a fall during the event and we can confirm that he was tended by other riders who rendered first aid before the ambulance arrived. “We're pleased to say that his injuries were minor and he was discharged later in the day.”  He also said the organisers were proud of the contribution the Sodbury Sportive made to the local community.

The first riders head off. Photo credit Doug Lodge An ambulance was also called out to a cyclist who had an accident on the road from Hawkesbury Upton down to Hillesley. Sportive spokesman Bill

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA September 4 n Avon Wind Band Association Registered Charity No 1165352. A new learner class will be at Bailey’s Court Primary School, Bradley Stoke starting at 7.30 p.m. for those wishing to play a woodwind or brass instrument. To join the Class please contact Keith Hunt, Chairman of the Association on 0117 9049125 or by e-mail Don’t worry if you do not have your own instrument as the charity can loan you one at no extra cost. For more information visit our website www.avonwindbandassociation. com September 5 n New Boccia Club starting September 5th 2017. Boccia is an inclusive sport for all. Similar to French Boules but can be played in different ways to suit all abilities. Sociable, fun and competitive. Every Tuesday 4pm-6pm in Yate Leisure Centre Sports Hall. For more info contact: / 07921337350. September 9 n Electronics Club inaugral afternoon, Saturday 9th September 1.00pm - 4.30pm at the Brockeridge Centre, Frampton Cotterell. Interested in electronics? Arduino, Raspberry Pi, robots,

blinking LEDs? Share, learn or just have a play. Everybody welcome, all levels, all ages. martin@ September 9 n Barn Dance and Ploughmans supper Pucklechurch Community Centre. 9th September, 7.30 start. Tickets £10 (Family concessions available) Contact Ros on 07709639846

Monday September11 commencing 7.45pm. Budgerigar Knockout Competition at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Bristol BS34 6HR. Visitors welcome to join us without charge. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@hotmail. com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_

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n Heritage Open Days Oldwood Pits, Tanhouse Lane Rangeworthy BS37 7PZ. Saturday 9 September 2pm to 5pm Sunday 10 September 11am to 3.30pm

n Free Wellbeing Roadshow at Winterbourne Library 2.30 pm 6.30 pm. There will an opportunity to design your own Wellbeing Plan using The 5 Ways to Wellbeing supported by Hilary Jay, Wellbeing Worker at Frome Valley Medical Centre (Book on the day) Free mindfulness sessions which can be booked using Eventbrite to be given by registered meditation teacher, Sarah Presley - search Eventbrite - Ways to Wellbeing Roadshow - Mindfulness Taster. The Roadshow will have stalls offering local ways to lift your mood such as clubs, college courses, free sports vouchers and activity opportunities. There is even the opportunity to have a go on a static bike that makes your own healthy smoothie! Further information contact Hilary Jay, 07792 495 367

Guided Tours of Colliery Site remains. Display of local mining artefacts September 11 n Butterflies Toddler Group St Saviours Church Hall, Beesmoor Road Coalpit Heath BS36 2RP Mondays 10.00-11.30am from 11 September in Term Time Pay as you go £3 per family email butterfliestoddlergroup@ September 11 n Bristol Budgerigar Society.

St Saviours Church Coalpit Heath Butterflies Babies and Toddler. We are a new welcoming and friendly group. We would love to see little Babes and Toddlers, Mums or and Dads come along to join us. Starting 11th September 2017. St Saviours Church Hall, Beesmoor Road, Coalpit Heath BS36 2RP. Mondays 9-30am till 11-30am. We’ll have lots of fun and Activities. Butterfies will have Baby changing Facilities as well as designated baby play area for Crawlers. Pay as you go £3 per family. Refreshments included for grown ups. Drink and snack included for children. Just come along or e-mail butterfliestoddlergroup@

Open Church Fridays The Church is open every Friday morning 11-15am1pm. A Welcome for a tea or Coffee and perhaps also stay for a light lunch, Join in with Soup and fresh bread a choice of three soups with a crumble dessert if desired.. There is No fixed charge but a Donation for Church funds is very welcome. Come along and give us a try. Short Matt Bowls A Warm welcome awaits visitors for the short matt bowls on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at St Saviours Church Hall, Coalpit Heath from 2-4pm. Come along, Find out and Join in even spectators to. Perhaps Richard you would

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September 19 n Women in Business Bristol and Bath Science Park. Tuesday 19 September 6-9pm Three talks, one event T 01454 881954 info@ September 21 n Winterbourne and district flower club. We have Nicky Heal, a demonstrator, showing flower arrangements and is titled 'Creative Creations'. We meet at St. Michaels rooms, high street, Winterbourne. Doors open at 7pm on 21st Sept, and demonstration starts at 7.30pm. September 23 n Table Top Sale St Peter's Church, Church Road, Frampton Cotterell, BS36 2AB 23rd September. 2pm4pm. Tables £5 - contact Sarah on 07811 916 628 or sarahlparker80@ 50p entry Homemade cakes, tea and coffee for sale September 23 n The Old Rectory Clinic, High Street, Iron Acton Open Day. Saturday 23rd September 2017 2pm-5pm Come and meet our Therapists and Practitioners See what we do and how we can help you. Tours of the Clinic and our beautiful facilities Meet our professional team Complementary refreshments in the grounds September 24 n Family Fete and Craft Fayre in aid of MacMillian Cancer Support at the Holiday Inn Bristol Filton. Sunday 24th September 12 noon until 4.30pm. Free Entry and Free



September, 2017 Car Parking September 25th n Pickleball - the exciting new racquet sport - is coming to Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Starting on Monday, 25th September from 10 - 12.00. Everybody welcome - no upper age limit - all equipment provided, just wear comfortable clothing and trainers - first session FREE. Come and try it !! Check us out on Facebook at Bristol Pickleball Club. September 28 n Avon Organic Group The local group for everyone interested in organic growing and organic foods. Our new year’s Talks Programme begins with Sue Redfern: “Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs” on Thursday, 28th September 2017, 7pm – 9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. Sue is a medical herbalist working in Bristol for 30 years using mainly local common “weeds”. She will talk about the growing, wildcrafting and harvesting of common plants growing in our neighbourhoods and their medicinal use. All welcome. Visitors £5/Members £2. /

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

evenings in St. Michael’s Room. winterbournesmgsl@ 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 n Bristol Budgerigar Society hold meetings at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke, Bristol BS34 6HR. Meetings commence at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month. Chairman 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. Tuesday n Rhymetime. Winterbourne

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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@ n Winterbourne Ladies, The Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, 7.30 -10pm, second Tuesday of month. 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@ or nash17@ n Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Tuesday 1.30 - 3.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road. Contact Pat Sleightholme, 01179 793473. New members welcome. n Pucklechurch Folk Dance Club. We meet every other Tuesday at Pucklechurch Community Centre from 7.45 pm to 8.15 pm. Contact Veronica Holder – 0117 937 2818 n 60+ Dance Fit class beginning on Tuesday September 5th 11.00-

12.00 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. 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/ 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

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED - 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 Short Matt Bowls, St Saviours Church Hall. A warm welcome awaits all visitors on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month in the church Hall from 2pm-4pm, Being just enjoyed by all taking part and spectators. n The Frenchay Folk Dance Club meet fortnightly at Frenchay Village Hall from 7:45 until 10:15. Check or contact 0117 9409508 for more information n Wednesdays starting 6 September Bellydance Classes with Sacha From 7.30pm . Contact Sacha on 07971 578151 or email for full details Ridgewood Community Association, Yate BS37 4AF

n 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.


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September at Winterbourne Library Free Pre-school Activities From September our Rhymetime and Storytime sessions will be changing Rhymetime will be held every Tuesday morning 10.30-11.00am. Rhymes and songs for parents and babies/toddlers to enjoy together

Pre School Storytime will now be held EVERY Wednesday morning 10.30-11.00am Join library staff for stories and a simple craft activity The Craft Group meets on: Saturday 9 & 23 September 10.00am – 12.00noon. New members will always be made welcome by this friendly group. Share tips and ideas for your knitting, sewing or crochet projects. *Connect *Keep Learning *Be Active *Notice *Give. Five Ways To Wellbeing FREE EVENT Tuesday 12 September 2.306.30pm Drop in to discover easy tips

for improving your wellbeing and lifting your mood, with Curo Community Connectors. Computer Classes for Beginners Starting in September Sign up now for our popular beginners’ computer class run by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College and completely FREE OF CHARGE. This will be an eighteen week course with sessions starting on Monday 11 September 9.30am -12.30pm and will include: word processing, emailing, using the internet and online shopping. If you are interested please speak to a member of staff - places are limited.

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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


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September, 2017 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 Severn Counties Foreign & British Bird Society n Meetings at 8pm, Winterbourne Down Methodist Church Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne, BS36 1BN on 3rd Thursday of each month. The local club for all keepers of canaries, finches or other birds. Monthly talks, club events, twice yearly shows. All welcome. Contact severncounties@, Tel Molly Durbin 01275 373743. Web Address: http://www. 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

Thursday Travel Club Meets first Thursday of the monthSt Saviour’s Church Hall, Beesmoor Road, Coalpit Heath n March 2nd: Peter Davey; Around Bath by Tram. n Winterbourne Winds beginners/ intermediate/returners wind band rehearse Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm at the Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne BS36 1NJ. Brass & Woodwind players, percussionist, bassist wanted to join sociable group. Instruments available for loan. Contact Dan 01172 395210. Contact Roger: 07925 296930 or 01454 77701 Friday n St James The Less Parent and Toddler Group, The Marshall Rooms, Iron Acton. 10.30 - 12.30 term times. n Frome Valley Art Group Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. 1pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 9pm n Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir, Zion Church, Frampton Cotterell. 7.30pm – 9.00pm. New members welcomed, no audition, 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 Winterbourne Short Mat Bowling Club Friday 7.30 - 10.30 at Winterbourne Community Centre. Contact Pat Sleightholme, 01179 793473. New members welcome. n St Saviours Church Coalpit Heath. The Church opening every Friday from 11am until 1pm, Come and Join us for tea and coffee. Maybe stay for a soup lunch midday meet up with old friends. Saturday n Brockeridge Quilters, Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. 10am to 4pm, third Saturday of the month. n Bingo Open7/00pm,Bingo 8/00pm Music & Dancing from 8/30pm-11/30pm Every Saturday night.(£4) at the Royal British Legion Ryecroft Rd n Patchwork and Quilting Beginner classes starting in September on alternate Saturdays. For more information contact Sallieann Harrison on 01454 774591. Also Patchwork and Quilting Classes Block of the Month

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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

Frampton Cotterell and Coalpit Heath August Village Diary n Thur 10th - Kids' Summer Fun, WADCA 10am -12.00. Funky Puppet Show. £5. Tel. 776268 or email or book on n Sun 13th - Alice in Wonderland, Winterbourne Medieval Barn 2.30pm. A drama for all ages from IKP Productions. Tickets £10 (child £8) from Ticketsource. or Daisy's Coffee Shop. Gates open 1pm for picnicking. www. n Tues 15th - Go Wild at Winterbourne Medieval Barn,

33 family day with Avon Wildlife Trust, 11am-3pm. No charge but registration advised. www. n Thur 17th - Kids' Summer Fun, WADCA 10am -12.00. Lego Fun. £2. Tel. 776268 n Fri 18th - Bingo, Crossbow, 8pm. £1 for 5 games and 50p for snowball. Tel. 772947 n Wed 23rd - Forget-me-not Singalong Group, Zion, 2pm3.30pm. For local people wit dementia. Carers welcome to stay. Details from Jean 775786 or Rona 886925 n Thur 24th - Kids' Summer Fun, WADCA 10am -12.00. Emoji Fun. £2. Tel. 776268 n Thu 24th - Community World Dance, 2 - 4 pm, Zion Church Hall. All welcome. £3 incl tea. n Tues 29th - Shakespeare in the Barn, 'Merry Wives of Windsor', Winterbourne Medieval Barn, 7pm. Gates open 5.30pm for picnics. Tickets adult £14, child £10, from or Daisy's Coffee Shop. www.winterbournebarn. n Wed 30th - Litter Busters, 10am - 12.00, meet at Gingerbread Man cafe.

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Bradley Stoke Lions BRADLEY Stoke Lions entered a float into the BS Carnival for the first time this year, with the theme, The Witch, The Lion and the Wardrobe. Grateful thanks to the kind couple who lent their Lion for our use. We have been caring for him very carefully – he now has a preference for T-Bone steaks by the way, declining politely the two children originally offered up for his delectation. Calling all one time Lions

who have left the pride for a while for any reason – we look forward to welcoming you back into the pack as well as any would be Lions. If anyone would like to know more about the Lions, come to a meeting at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, Woodlands Lane, on 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm start. Or, contact Past President Robin on 07712 046644.




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Bristol hospital is a site for sore eyes IT is estimated that over 3000 people in Bristol are living with cataracts. Cataract is a condition that occurs when the lens of the eye changes and becomes less transparent subsequently causing blurred vision for those experiencing it. The condition which is 95% age related is reported to affect 30% of people 65 years or older. We often take for granted the clarity of which we experience life’s special moments; a grandchild’s first birthday, a daughter’s graduation or even just fully viewing the artist wonders that nature provides. Spire Bristol Hospital understand this and are now pleased to announce that they will be offering a surgical treatment option at the South West’s largest private hospital right here in Bristol. The team behind Spire Bristol Hospital’s new eye service will consist of three Consultant Ophthalmologists who each have a wealth of knowledge within eye care. Mr Mo Majid, Mr Rafik Girgis and Mr Philip Jaycock will together be launching cataract surgery at Spire Bristol Hospital. We spoke to Mr Majid to give us an insight into who might benefit from cataract

surgery. “Cataract is a common and very much gradual condition that worsens over time. The speed at which the severity of blurred vision increases varies from individual to individual and unfortunately there are no medications, eye drops, or dietary supplements that have

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been proven to reverse cataracts.” Traditionally people with cataracts are required to wait until they have significant sight loss before any treatment starts. This can significantly impact on their daily lifestyles. The introduction of a private cataract service at Spire Bristol Hospital now gives patients

with cataracts the option to seek eye care at any stage. "With some of the new and most advanced technology available at the Spire, we can advise on many treatment options. We will also be able to offer some of the most advanced lenses available today, including Premium corrective lenses to correct distance, astigmatic and reading vision. If immediate treatment isn't deemed necessary or a patient would like to wait before having surgery, there are some additional measures that may also be helpful. We are very excited about the new service at Spire Bristol.” Concluded Mr Majid All three Spire Bristol consultants will be holding a free ‘Cataracts and Blurry Vision’ Patient Information Evening for anyone who may be suffering from cataracts or wishing to find out more information around the surgical treatment. The evening is designed to allow you the opportunity to directly ask the experts the questions that you do not have answers to. The event will be held at Spire Bristol Hospital, Durdham Down on Tuesday 26 September at 7:00pm. The evening will last approximately just over an hour. To book on to this event please visit our website or alternatively call our patient treatment advisers on 0117 980 4080 or info@



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Yate Shopping Centre welcomes tenants to new flats within the complex RECENTLY completed flats within Yate Shopping Centre have started to be occupied. A total of 13 flats are above shops in South Parade, South Walk and West Walk, with eight already having residents. The homes include a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats and there is still one

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one-bed unit and four two-bedroom flats available for rent. Andrew Lowrey, the shopping centre manager, said: “The Government and South Gloucestershire Council encourage landowners to bring back redundant space in town centres above retail units to help meet the urgent requirement for more housing. “Over the last couple of years we have been looking at our options and identified several areas where we can make badly needed residential units available for public rental. “We had an immediate demand for the flats, we have five remaining for rent and are interested to hear from any parties wishing to be considered as tenants. “The shopping centre already has 34 long-established residential tenants and this is the latest move to ensure all space within the complex is used effectively, making both a social and economic contribution to the town’s economy. “The new residential units come at the same time as several new operators are opening in North and West Walks, ensuring

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Sophie Veale, a new flat tenant at Yate Shopping Centre the centre has a very highly successful overall occupancy rate.” Anyone interested in the tenancies should contact Jeny Hillson on 01454 318554. The Sutton family take-up residence




n NEWS NEW software is being installed in South Gloucestershire libraries to improve the way books and other materials are managed. The work will lead to a better selection of items being available to borrowers, tatty books being withdrawn more regularly, staff having more time to help users and a cash saving for South Gloucestershire Council, making more money available for new materials. All the changes are behind the scenes so library users won’t notice anything different in the way they borrow or reserve books. But the council said by analysing data collected when books are borrowed, it will be easier to establish how often they are taken out and other information that will tell library staff where particular books will be most in demand. South Gloucestershire has one of the highest uses of library stock in England, with Yate library the busiest in the council’s district. Heather Goddard, the council’s Cabinet member for

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More changes in libraries ahead of new Open Access system communities, said: “Libraries in South Gloucestershire are already very well used and we are pleased to be able to invest to make our borrowers’ experience even better.” The new software is among a number of changes currently taking place in the area’s library service as it approaches the launch of the Open Access system in October. That will allow registered users over 16, who will receive an induction at their local branch, to gain access to library services over extended hours, seven days a week. A number of library closures are taking place so new security and computer equipment can be installed for Open Access, with Yate library currently shut until Tuesday, September 5. Meanwhile, as previously reported, Chipping Sodbury library will be run by volunteers

from October 7 after a successful campaign to save it from closure. They will work in shifts of about four hours, with the premises set to be open from 9.30am-4.30pm on Tuesdays, from 9.30am-6.30pm on

Wednesdays and for three hours on Friday and Saturday mornings. Anyone interested in being involved should contact the library or Sodbury Town Council for further details.

Farm open day in Old Sodbury to help find homes for rescue dogs AN open day at Peopleton Brook Farm in Old Sodbury will help dogs that are rescued in Cyprus and re-homed in the UK. Visitors to the farm in Mill Lane on Sunday, September 3, can see alpacas, angora goats and Shetland ponies, as well as resting and retired racehorses. Tea, coffee and home-made cake will also be served during the event, which runs from noon to 5pm. Entry is free and donations will be accepted for the charity All Because of Freda, which takes dogs from rescue pounds in Cyprus and finds new homes for them in Britain.










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Charity fundraising smashes target From car washes and cake sales to sponsored silences and singing sessions, Merlin staff have been busy raising money for their charity of the year this summer. The fundraising has been carried out by Merlin’s team of 20 staff who competed

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September, 2017




Society marks 70 years of musical harmony during platinum anniversary

ONE of the oldest organisations in Chipping Sodbury is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The Chipping Sodbury Music Society was founded by a group of music enthusiasts in 1947. Originally called the Downleaze Music Club, members first met in each other’s homes for illustrated talks, lectures and gramophone recitals.   Live concerts were introduced by the 1960s and sponsorship gained to provide financial support. As membership grew and increasing numbers of acclaimed musicians were engaged for concerts, the club started meeting in St Lawrence Church and later in Chipping Sodbury School.  For its 40th anniversary, the organisation held a gala concert with a performance by the

London Bach Orchestra. In the following years concerts were given by the likes of clarinetist Emma Johnson, who was the 1984 BBC Young Musician of the Year, harmonica player Tommy Riley and harpist Skaila Kanga. The club adopted its current name in 1990, attracting members and sponsorship from a much wider area, and moved to Chipping Sodbury Town Hall with its larger auditorium. Today it continues to offer a range of music, from classical and big band to jazz, folk and world music, to its audiences. It is also a keen promoter of the musicianship of young students, with performances given by the Purcell School of Music, Flutissimo under the direction of Ian Clarke and the South Gloucestershire Music

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Hub.     Its anniversary season features a gala concert with the Amadeus Orchestra, medieval, folk and world music from Joglaresa, a return of 4 Girls 4 Harps and the Mandolinquents.     For many years, the late Anneliese Hartman was the society’s vicepresident. Born in Berlin, she studied music at the city’s university but had to abandon her course in her final year when the Nazis came to power.  She came to England and completed her degree at Birmingham University, becoming a British citizen in

1948. But she moved south west in 1960 to take up the role of head of music at Chipping Sodbury School, where she also formed a choir and orchestra. 





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Blackadder Goes Forth, Loose Talk, Saturday Live and Now Something Else with Rory Bremner. Hardy has also been in three films and written several books but he is still a standup comic, performing his one-man show in theatres and arts centres throughout Britain and Ireland, and is part of the live touring version of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. The festival will run next spring from Friday, April 20, to Saturday, April 28, and the early confirmation by the organising team Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir of Jeremy Hardy’s of Praise Gospel Choir of the appearance comes just a few Year. months after completion of the The choir describes itself as successful 2017 festival. a family of individuals from all Also booked for 2018 is the walks and backgrounds with a Birmingham Town Hall Gospel love of singing unifying them. Choir, winners of the first Songs

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Thornbury Arts Festival 2018 If she hadn’t been so busy with touring dates at home and abroad, this year’s festival would have featured actor Rebecca Vaughan and her award winning drama Jane Eyre: an Autobiography. It meant her appearance in Thornbury was delayed but she has now been confirmed as part of the 2018 event. Her dramatisation of the well-loved Charlotte Bronte classic won top reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and is expected to be among the highlights of Thornbury’s programme. Festival organisers are still working on the remaining

Rebecca Vaughan programme and will announce other acts as they are booked. Tickets will go on sale at a later date.

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Take more care on the roads

Local Police News with PC Finbar Simmons

THE darker autumn nights mean we should all take more care on our roads, especially as it’s a new school term and some children will be walking to school with their friends for the first time. If your child walks to school, please remind them how to cross the road safely – ideally using a pedestrian crossing, making sure they can see clearly in each direction and always looking both ways. They should be aware of their surroundings, so not staring at their phone or listening to music so they can’t hear approaching traffic. Make sure they wear appropriate reflective clothing, and if they cycle they should wear a helmet and have lights and reflectors on their bike. Those rules apply to adults as well!


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Road safety is one of our priorities and we know it’s a concern for you as it’s often raised at community meetings, especially around schools. We’d like to remind anyone dropping children off or collecting them: • Never park on the yellow zigzags • Slow down •R  espect the crossing attendant, if there is one •P  ark with consideration for residents South Gloucestershire’s roads are getting safer, but if one child is injured on our roads that is one too many. We all have responsibility as road users to help to keep them safe, whether we walk, drive, cycle or ride a motorbike. One of the important things

motorists must do is obey speed and parking restrictions which are put in place to protect other road users. We work with South Gloucestershire Council to enforce parking restrictions outside schools – they’re there to help keep our children safe. If you park on a double yellow line or a yellow zig zag, council enforcement officers can issue you with a fine of £60 or £100 respectively. Parking on the white zig zag at a zebra crossing, or causing any unnecessary obstruction could mean a police ticket with a penalty of an £100 fine. We’d prefer it if everyone just allowed a little more time for the school run and parked with more care!



September, 2017



Can a Chiropractor Help You Reduce Stress? By Craig de Groot, Chiropractor at the Willow Brook Clinic


OES stress seem to follow you wherever you go? At home, you have the stress of busy family life and other daily, stressful home tasks. At work, you have to deal with the stress of your boss and coworkers. Even on your drive home you have to deal with the stress of traffic. Can you ever get a break from the stress? Stress seems to be a part of everyday life, no matter what your career or age is. Often we create the stress for ourselves while, at other times, stress is just another part of living in this current day and age. Heath, Iron Acton & Winterbourne

While stress may, sometimes, just be part of our normal lives (some stress can even be beneficial in helping us perform better) generally, too much stress is not good for our health. There are a countless number of studies that show the adverse effects of stress on our health. Stress can cause weight gain, mental disorders, sleep loss, and more. Plus, you don’t really need a health study to tell you that living in constant stress makes you feel horrible. There are many excellent and natural ways to deal with the stress. Many people don’t think

to turn to chiropractic care for relief. Our bodies are brilliant at telling us what is wrong and your chiropractor has been trained to further identify what may be wrong and how to fix it. An experienced chiropractor will take a full medical case history from you after which they will discuss your lifestyle and general well-being. Simple adjustments to your lifestyle and exercise regime, coupled with the correct handson treatment to muscles, joints and spine may be the solution to the pain you feel. By addressing pain and discomfort, anxiety and

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Child of the 90s? Play your part in cutting-edge research RESEARCHERS at the University of Bristol are calling on 24- to 26-year-olds living in the Yate & Chipping Sodbury area to take part in one of the most detailed health studies of its kind in the world. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (also known as Children of the 90s) is an internationally renowned research study, following the health and development of more than 14,000 families with a child born in Bristol and the surrounding area between April 1991 and December 1992. Researchers have used the data collected over the last 25 years to help answer important questions on key health issues, including asthma, childhood obesity, and dementia. Lucy from Olveston (featured) is one of

almost 4,000 young people who have already attended the most recent data collection clinic, Focus@24+, and taken part in a series of cutting-edge tests, including blood pressure, liver and lung function checks. Now, with the Focus@24+ clinics drawing to a close this autumn, the Children of the 90s team is keen to hear from anyone living in the Yate & Chipping Sodbury Voice area who was born in or around the city in 1991/2 and would like to play their part in building an even more detailed picture of the health of their generation. To find out more, please call 0117 331 0010, email or visit the website:

Questions and answers from Lucy Name: Lucy Age: 26 Lives: Olveston Why are you proud to be a Child of the 90s? The amount of data collected, from nail clippings and blood to teeth and hair, is phenomenal and can help researchers in years to come. What is your favourite childhood memory of taking part in the study? My earliest memory is having blood taken, but my favourite memory is being able to take home all my scans from the clinics. Why did you choose to attend a Focus@24+ clinic? I want to be able to help, and I think the research from the study is fascinating.

What was your experience of the clinic? As always, very interesting. You get to learn a lot about yourself by seeing your heart and other organs.

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What have you enjoyed most about being part of Children of the 90s? The Focus clinics and learning. What research discovery are you most proud of? I can’t choose one as there are so many, but an interesting one is how eating oily fish during pregnancy may improve sight, IQ, and positive social behaviour in children. What advice would you give someone thinking about taking part? Why would you not? There are only

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Shake up for Yate academy as new operator gets green light

MONTHS of uncertainty International Academy at Yate will come to an end with the transfer school to a new operator. of the The academy, consisting of the senior school, the primary phase and Woodlands Woodlands nursery, will be taken on later this year by the Greenshaw Learning Trust. It will see the end nine-year association of a with the Ridings’ Federation of Academies, which also runs Winterbourne International Academy. The federation has faced traumatic times due problems and being to financial both the Yate and told that Winterbourne schools had to improve. also saw two consecutiveIt chief executive principals just months in the depart after job. Locally-based Olympus Academy Trust and Castle School Education Trust are currently providing interim leadership support He said: “This is to the good news federation, with for Yate as it will Dave Baker of provide Olympus acting as clear sense of direction a interim chief with a executive principal. confirmed timeline now. “We have met with staff


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A guide to pre-owned cars with Richard Cooke

Second hand Style Richard continues his investigation into the used Alternatively-Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) market, this month looking at an all-electric option. Nissan Leaf, 2011 – present: Botanic Anxiety? Six years after launch, the Leaf is the best-selling electric car across the globe and yet still a niche model in the UK. It is also an absolutely stonking bargain on the used market – Leaf depreciation is savage. If the Government gets its way, we will all be driving something akin to the great-great grandchild of this Nissan from 2040 onwards, so the question is should you wait for legislation to force you from your gas-guzzler, or jump in now and go all-electric? Nissan gives buyers two key

choices with a Leaf – buy the battery outright with the car or lease it. At £70/month leasing is not cheap, so I’d avoid it and do check this detail before considering one. My test model is a 2014 top spec ’Tekna’, with the 24KWh battery producing 107bhp and a claimed range of 124 miles. The optional 30KWh battery stretches range to a claimed 155 miles. Charging takes 8 hours and costs roughly £3 per charge. You can fast-charge to 80% of capacity in 30 minutes. Over time the number of local public charge points will increase; South Glos and Bristol have 50, mostly found at ‘venues’ (such as the Mall) rather than on-street. Charging at home will of course require a driveway, ironically excluding it from its natural city-centre habitat. The Leaf is a fair sized car – this

is no milk-float Micra and actually measures the same as an Audi A3. I’m also pleased to see Nissan have resisted whacky electric car styling – it is commendably conventional. All Leafs have four doors and a hatchback, although the boot opening is narrow and quite high as a result of all those batteries under the boot floor. That also means no spare wheel – just a can of sealant foam. The Tekna model is fully loaded with leather seats, satnav, electric everything, a Bose stereo and heated seats front and rear. I particularly liked the bird’s-eye view manoeuvring aid that compliments the excellent reversing cameras. There’s no excuse for pranging this car. Acceleration is absolutely immediate and linear – up to 40mph this is a quick car. Hit the ‘Eco’ button and throttle

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Tom to tackle half marathon in memory of son Oliver A DAD from Emersons Green is preparing to tackle the Great Bristol Half Marathon in memory of his son Oliver, a talented sportsman who died last year at the age of 18. Tom McGowan will join forces with daughter Heather for the 13.1-mile run to raise money for the charity Epilepsy Action. Oliver developed cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism after suffering from E. coli meningitis when he was a baby. But his disability did not stop him from living life to the full and achieving sporting success. Oliver played football for Cerebral Palsy England Development Squad and was the third fastest 200m runner in the UK in the Under 16s T37 Paralympic Team. He died last November at Southmead Hospital of

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and autism, yet he never asked “why me?” "Despite the many challenges he faced in his short life, he rose to each and every one with great enthusiasm and courage, filling every room with the sound of his laughter and love. “He had aspired to one day complete the Great Bristol Half Marathon himself. He will not get to do this so we are completing this for him. At the same time we’ll raise awareness of epilepsy and epilepsy healthcare services so that people with epilepsy have the support they need to manage their condition." Tom and Heather have already smashed their fundraising target of £1,000 and say anything else they raise will be a bonus. Erica Cross, marketing manager at Circadian Trust, the charity that runs Longwell Green Active Leisure, said: “Oliver was well known to us and we actively supported his training. As his dad says, he really was inspirational and so we’re supporting Tom and Heather in their goal to fulfil Oliver’s ambition. We’ll be cheering them on and look forward to them bringing back their medals to show us." You can sponsor Tom and Heather by visiting Just Giving and searching for Thomas McGowan Great Bristol Half Marathon 2017.


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Kids prepare for the big time FRAMPTON Rangers Avengers Under 10 team are preparing for a step up in competition as they join the Hanham Minor League full format for the first time. Numbers have increased from ten to twenty players in the last twelve months, but the club are still looking to recruit. Manager Ian Kelly said; “We are very fortunate, as we have 7 experienced coaches and an ethos of inclusivity and having fun as well as improving football skills and techniques.” For further information contact Ian on 07813 215062

Frampton Cotterell Parish Council Frampton Cotterell Parish Council annually donates to organisations, charities and events that benefit the Parishioners of Frampton Cotterell. This year the Parish Council have donated to: Frampton Festival Jessy May Children’s Hospice at Home Great Western Air Ambulance St. Peter’s Hospice

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And to St Peter’s Church for the up keep of the Parish clock, which was provided when the church was rebuilt in 1858. Built by J.B. Joyce, it is a flat-bed movement that featured Cambridge quarter chimes and an hourly strike. Sadly, when the bells were rehung in 1963 and the movement converted to electric autowinding, it incorporated parts of the chiming and striking trains and the hammers were not transferred to the new bellframe. The clock therefore now only keeps time, its dial being on the south wall of the tower.

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Yate's Athletes in international action WHILE all eyes have been focused recently on the World’s top athletes Yate’s athletes have been in action internationally themselves. Yvette Westwood represented England (Midlands) in the Welsh International in Cardiff where she ran in the 200 (25.02) and 100m (12.19) achieving second place in both races. Jack Moore represented Wales in the high jump at the Celtic games in Dublin gaining a bronze medal with a jump of 1.85m. Team Avon, consisting of young athletes from Yate & District, Bristol and West and Bath – did well to reach the regional final of the Youth Development League. And everyone was looking forward to welcoming the best young athletes from across the Midlands to the Yate track. The weather, however, had other ideas, and for only the second time in many officials‘ memory, the match had to be abandoned after only forty events. League rules say that the result can stand provided that thirty events have been completed. Yate athletes distinguished themselves in a variety of events. Perhaps the performance of the afternoon came from Ellie Leather in the under-20 3000m. She finished over 30 seconds

Yvette Westwood clear of the next woman in a personal best time of 10:39.90 seconds, remarkable considering she had to run most of the race on her own. There was also a win for Ellie Hobbs in the 1500m, achieving a good time of 4:55.66 seconds, and for Molly Jones in the 80m hurdles. Georgia Taylor will have been pleased with her 400m time of 61.49 seconds. Josh Snook had a good afternoon in the under-20 men, coming second in the 200m and winning the 400m by a good second ahead of the Cornish athlete. Josh’s aim is to beat fifty seconds and he came agonisingly close in 50.03 seconds just three

hundredths of a second short. Jack Joynson won the under-20 triple jump with a leap of 13.29m and Tyler Molton took second in the hammer with a throw of 45.70. Adam Brooks finished the under-20 high jump with a jump of 1.90m, a full ten centimetres better than the second athlete. It can surely only be a matter of time before he clears the magic two metres. His brother, Daniel, along with Nathaniel Mitchell, carried the under-17 sprints. In the 100m Daniel finished second in 11.03 seconds and Nathaniel third in 11.71 seconds. In the 200m, by which time the rain was hammering down, Nathaniel took second in 23.30 seconds and Daniel third in 23.15 seconds. The Avon Track and Field League is a chance for local athletes to try out new events or to work on their best events. There have been two meetings in the last month and Yate & District finished top in both. Two Yate & District AC athletes excelled at the latest meeting. Both are still under-13, so offer terrific potential for the club. The 800m is a popular event so to beat the record is a real achievement. Seamus Robinson romped home in 2:18.2 secs to

break his own league record by over half a second. Luke Ball, also an under-13 boy, already holds the league records for long jump and 75m hurdles. On Sunday, he added the high jump record to his tally, clearing 1.61m. The high jump is notoriously the event that always ends in failure, but for Luke adding this record to his name was a real achievement. He also won the 75m hurdles in a time close to his record. Hammer throwing has a long tradition in the Yate club, now blossoming again under coach Matt Spicer. Matt and long-time colleague Eugene Lawlor dominated the senior event at the July meeting, with Eugene taking the honours. His throw of 41.21m was less than thirty centimetres ahead of Matt’s second placed throw of 40.94m. A similar partnership is developing in the under-15 boys, where Toby Conibear and Owen Merrett are making a habit of taking honours. Toby’s throw of 48.07m was close to his English Schools’ performance. Owen’s throw of 31.52m was good enough for second. With another year’s growth and training, Owen should make big strides in this event.

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Gemma’s soulmate carries her to double success at Gatcombe’s eventing festival FORMER racehorse Arctic Soul was ridden to victory in the British Open horse trials championship at Gatcombe Park by Gemma Tattersall, who also became national champion as the highest placed GB rider. A fast and bold cross-country round clinched success for the pair, who completed the undulating track in the quickest time of the day to add just 1.2 time penalties to their score after the dressage and showjumping phases. Their swift and clear jumping performance rocketed them to the top of the leaderboard after going into the deciding phase in 11th place. With the cross-country run in reverse order of merit, Tattersall then had to wait for the remaining riders to complete before knowing if any had caught her up. Brazilian doctor Marcio Jorg - in the lead before cross-country and last to jump the track - put up a spirited challenge with Lissy Mac Wayer but could only finish in seventh place. Meanwhile, last year’s winner Oliver Townend fell at the fourth fence with Note Worthy, while Australia’s Bill Levett fell with Shannondale Titan on the latter part of the course.

Mark Todd on Kiltubrid Rhapsody.

New British Open and national champion Gemma Tattersall with Arctic Soul at the Red Savannah Water complex. Photographs courtesy of Chas Breton. Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal finished runner-up on Balham Mist and part-time farrier Alexander Bragg, of Somerset, was third on Zagreb. Mark Todd was fourth on Kiltubrid Rhapsody. Tattersall, 32, said: “Arctic Soul is the best cross-country horse in the world. I’ve never been so fast in my life. “Gatcombe is such a special place. I’ve wanted to win the national title ever since I finished third in 2010 and it really fired me up.” The Open, which incorporated the Event Rider Masters series, was part of the Festival of British Eventing, presented by the British Equestrian Trade Association It also featured the British Novice Championship, won by Ben Hobday on Shadow Man II, the British Intermediate

Championship, which went to Oliver Townend on Khoi Traveler, and an advanced class won by Australian Shane Rose on the injured Sam Griffiths’ Happy Times. The Corinthian Cup for amateurs was clinched by Lorna Collins with Blackrock Ricardo. South Gloucestershire’s Harry Meade completed the Open on Away Cruising and the novice championship with Red Kite. But he was eliminated across country with Sparkys Reflection in the advanced class, which saw completions for Alveston’s Simon Vatcher aboard Camblin Hill and Chipping Sodbury’s Nick Gauntlett on Cosmic Order. Meanwhile, Zara Tindall was 11th in the intermediate championship on home ground with BGS Class Affair.

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A FINE day, with plenty of swing for the bowlers. A makeshift Frampton opening pair of John Candy and Simon Hughes struggled early on; playing and missing or mistiming shots, having been asked to bat first by Hanham. Surviving developed to accruing runs and then to some free hitting which brought Jon Candy to 50, by virtue of a six, and a century partnership achieved before the half way drinks break at 20 overs. Candy did not survive the first over after drinks but his partner Simon Hughes went on to top score with 69. Frampton did not take full advantage from such a good foundation and lost wickets regularly, but did enough to gain maximum batting points by scoring over 200 in their 40 overs. The innings finishing with a delightful cameo from the two Frampton opening bowlers including arguably the shot of the day – a reverse sweep from outside his leg stump by Will Rollason. 219 for 8 at the end of their innings Frampton rotated their bowling attack, using 8 bowlers in all with Simon Hughes bowling a mixture of right arm seam and left arm spin. Good catches by Rahul Maktar, Will Rollason and Jon Candy at wicket keeper stopped Hanham from getting going in their run chase.


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An early life from a simple caught and bowled chance to captain John Hughes enabled Hanaham skipper Andy Weeks to take advantage with some strong stroke play, taking Hanham to 153 to take 3 hard earned batting points. Frampton won by 66 runs on the penultimate week of the Bristol and District League season.

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Hockey women get ready for Winter league PUCKLECHURCH hockey are continuing a good summer season in the keynsham summer league. With a couple of new recruits, the team have played some good hockey and began to work towards the winter league. Having currently played 10 games, Pucklechurch have won 7, drawn 2 and lost 1, which leaves them second in the table.  Laura Stone from the club says; “Most importantly summer league allows us to continue playing when we don't have training and keep some level of fitness through the summer months.” Saturday 2 September sees the club host their #hockeyfest free event at Winterbourne International Academy between 10am and 12 midday. Laura says; “It’s an event to invite anyone interested in playing or who hasn't played for a while to come along and have a go. We welcome all fitness and ability levels and are a friendly bunch so pop in and say hello and we have some little mementoes for your trouble.” The club’s winter training resumes on 4 September at Winterbourne International Academy, at the Flaxpits Lane entrance between 8 and 9pm. The first session is free. Team members will be there from 7.45 to welcome you. For more details contact or Laura on 07522 733058


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