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Things are looking up

Businesses say confidence is returning to local economy

2014 is shaping up to be a much better year for the Frome Valley Economy. That’s the message from local businesses as they gear up for the new year. Frome Valley Voice has taken the economic temperature in the area, from the local high street to various businesses that have made their home here. Although the area has had to shoulder some tough times during the recession as austerity took hold, it would seem that it is ready to bounce back. The recovery would appear to be led by the housing market which is buoyant thanks to a lack of available homes for sale. But other businesses, some set up in the teeth of the recent economic downturn, say that the outlook for the new year is excellent. Story: Pages 6 & 7

Solar cash windfall secured Frampton Cotterell in line for £18,000 a year from solar farm, as planners give the green light.

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Adventure playground for Frampton? No snow, but a mild December did give the Frome valley a glimpse of some of nature’s wonders

Councillors review all of the villages play facilities.

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Winterbourne’s Northern Soul star Teenager’s dance videos are hit on YouTube.

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New Year, new optimism NEW Year’s resolutions. They can be dangerous things. We start off with the best of intentions, but in many cases the weakest of wills. Sometimes the passage of time just makes us forget our resolution to change something. In many cases we end up feeling worse about the inability to keep a resolution than we do about the vice we are trying to discard. Resolution or not, the New Year is a time for optimism, and a chance to look ahead. It might still be winter, but at least it’s 2014 and summer doesn’t look such an impossibly long time away. Frome Valley Voice is no exception. We haven’t made any resolutions, except to try and keep and if possible improve even more the quality of the paper we produce every month. We still have some months to go until our first birthday, but the response to Frome Valley Voice from readers certainly gives us cause for optimism. It would seem we’re not the only ones with glasses half full and not half empty. For this January edition, we have been asking local businesses how they feel about the year ahead. It would seem they are feeling pretty chipper about prospects. Austerity will not have left us untouched, but it would seem that we are blessed to be in a part of the country that has better than average employment, and that is likely to be at the vanguard of any recovery. The housing market could be considered a bellwether, and here we are told business is booming. In other sectors, from cafe owners to hairdressers to garage owners there is a cautious optimism that things are improving. We feature some businesses for whom 2014 would seem to be full of promise. Interior designer Claire Beckhaus is making her bow on TV this month, and whether that becomes a more regular thing for her or not, Claire’s business is going from strength to strength. Hypnotherapy is thriving in Iron Acton. Caroline Huish runs a practice in the village and one of our writers has been to visit her in an attempt to cure a phobia. If you are a ‘Framptonite’, you can’t have helped but notice the new building at Zion Church. This month we not only reveal plans for its official opening, but sit down to talk to the driving force behind the church. Minister Stephen Newell says his New Year’s resolution is not to start any more building projects! If you, like me, are old enough to remember northern soul the first time around, you will be interested to hear that it lives on in a Winterbourne teenager. This being 2014 northern soul has taken on a YouTube life of its own as we report on page 26. Our sporting clubs are looking forward to ending 2014 in a good place. Unlike our poor cricketers down under, they seem to be on top of their game and hoping for promotion this year. The cricketers amongst us can also get excited that winter must surely be almost over. The clue is not in the sound of the first cuckoo, more in the fact that nets start at the beginning of February. The sound of leather on willow, even indoors, is something that will warm our frozen souls.

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Community cash secured for Frampton Cotterell solar panel farm Amount received depends on beating April deadline for operation FRAMPTON Cotterell Parish Council could be in line for a cash windfall of £18,000 a year - but only if a solar panel farm proposed for the area is up and running by April. Frome Valley Voice reported last month that the developers, Solar Power South had declined to set up a community benefit fund for its proposed development at Grange Farm near Trench Lane. However, the company met representatives of the parish council and agreed a deal. The agreement was struck just hours before South Gloucestershire Council approved the plans. The site will be home to 95,000 panels once it is built. It means that Solar Power South will pay the council £1,000 per megawatt generated per year. The development will have a life of 25 years.

However, the potential windfall from the solar panel farm could be halved if it is not up and running by April. The Parish Council were able to push for the cash windfall because South Gloucestershire council has adopted the idea of community benefit schemes as part of its core strategy. The payment is similar to that which will benefit Westerleigh parish as a result of the Says Farm development. The developer there, AAE Renewables, is also planning a development in Latteridge, with a community benefit fund that will be paid to Iron Acton Parish Council. The development in Frampton Cotterell will be able to power 3,000 houses, enough green power to run every house in Frampton Cotterell Parish. Dave Hockey, who serves on the Parish Council and the

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unitary authority, told fellow parish councillors; “The Frampton Cotterell Parish Community Benefit Agreement is in line with the agreements made by a different developer (AEE) for the Says Court Farm (Westerleigh Parish) and the Green Farm, Latteridge (Iron Acton Parish) solar farms”.

“I was very keen to make sure we achieved a level playing field for community benefit for all solar farms in South Glos”. “I would like to thank Cllr. Tom Clothier, Chairman of our Parish Council, for his help and determination in making sure this happened”.

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Adventure playground for Frampton? Council says there’s no provision for youngsters age group FRAMPTON Cotterell could be getting a playground like Kingsgate Park in Yate, depending on a review of play facilities in the village. The Parish Council has spoken in meetings about the need to address the needs of younger teenagers in the area, something they feel is not provided for at the moment. It has been suggested that the open space by Park Farm and Heather Avenue could provide the perfect location. Councillors are currently digesting the first draft of a play strategy covering the whole of the parish. It’s been written by Mike Follett, a trustee of Play England and an advisor to the National Trust. He was previously the play officer for South Gloucestershire Council. Mr Follett has looked at all play facilities and open spaces, including the Centenary Fields, the Brockeridge Centre, Ridings Road, Beesmoor Road, The Park and Park Farm Estate.

However it’s the Heather Avenue site that councillors think could provide an opportunity for more challenging play equipment that is suited to younger secondary school aged children. Mr Follett writes in his report that the area “could include a piece of equipment that provided open ended and variable challenge such as post and net structure”. A spokesperson for the council said there was still a lot of work to be done before concrete proposals could be put forward. “We will deal with each area and there will be options for each area. The council needs to prioritise the areas and choose what it would like to see in those areas. That’s how the strategy is going to work”. If work was agreed at Park Farm, the parish council would have to negotiate with South Glos Council who own the land, but it is not thought that it would cause a problem.

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Frampton designer makes television debut A Frampton woman is to appear on a new Channel Four television programme this month. Claire Beckhaus will appear on The French Collection, an hour long programme that will air in a daytime slot. She’s been hired for her experience as a interior designer, a reward for her burgeoning business. “I am a guest interior designer who is judging the pieces of furniture that the contestants have bought in France in these antique brocante markets; tell them what I think of it, how they could restore it and an estimated price for resale, and I did actually buy a couple of pieces off them which I sold to clients”. “The whole point of it is that they are antique enthusiasts, they’ve bought it in its raw form and the person who sells it and makes the most money is the winner of the show”. Claire got the job after going for a role at the BBC programme DIY SOS, which is based in Bristol. She couldn’t

accommodate the 8 month full time contract, but was referred to the production company that makes the Channel Four programme. “It was a lot of waiting around for your filming bit but actually it was really interesting and I’ve never been in front of the camera before so that was an interesting experience to see behind the scenes. I really enjoyed it, I met some really interesting people and bought some lovely pieces”. When asked how good the amateur collectors were, there’s a short pause from Claire before a diplomatic answer. “One guy had a real eye. He bought things like an antique trilby hat, so he bought some really interesting stuff. A couple of them, a lot of the furniture they had was covered in woodworm which was unsaleable, so I’d say they went for aesthetics rather than quality”. It could be the start of a television career for Claire, who is in the running to appear on an ITV programme.

But it’s her three year old business that is her passion. . “It’s been fantastic because people are updating and renovating their homes rather than moving. You meet lots of different people and have lots of different and exciting projects, so I’ve never looked back, it’s been great”. “I’ve got a bit of a signature style which is eclectic so I’m bringing present day and period styles together”. That style seems to being

going down well. She’s starting to work across the country and is about to start working for corporate clients with a project for a chain of dentist practices. She’s employing a project manager to help her cope with the increased workload. Despite her expansion, she puts her success down to the personal touch “I think clients want that one on one bespoke tailored service and my competitors can’t really give that”.

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FLAXPITS Lane in Winterbourne seems always to be a hive of activity. It’s the nearest thing the area has to a high street, with the road clogged with traffic and the pavements busy with people heading to the shops. Where better to start then, as Frome Valley Voice takes the pulse of the local economy and asks the question; have we turned the corner of the economic downturn? It’s often said that the housing market is the best indicator of how people are feeling financially. After all the boom and bust of that sector would seem to mirror the economy at large. First stop then, AJ Homes and its Managing Director, Andrew Maunder. “I think you will find that next year is going to be a very positive year. I think it’s going to have it’s challenges relating to the availability of properties because I think moving as quickly as they are at this moment in time, I think we will find a lot of people wanting to

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move and not necessarily having the stock availability to do so. If the tail end of 2013 is anything to go by, it will be the best year since we opened”. Andrew feels that the climb out of recession is helped by living in this part of the UK. “It’s the whole of the South West at this moment in time. We are very, very fortunate that Winterbourne, Frampton and Coalpit Heath are areas that are very desirable, where people want to live. “So while we weren’t as affected as some areas in the recession; yes we were affected and unfortunately some people were affected financially throughout the whole of the area but we have an awful lot of people want to live here which does make it that little bit easier”. Although the housing market may be at the vanguard of any recovery, other shops are also feeling cautiously optimistic. Just meters away from AJ Homes, optician Mike Harbord has reason to look forward to 2014.

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Mike Harbord, and opened three years ago when the economy was in turmoil. “I’ve worked hard in those three years to build it up to what is today, and having not run a business before it’s hard to tell, but I suppose I’m more confident today than I was three years ago, but I’m not confident to say that’s because we’re coming out of a recession or is it because of the work I’ve put in place to get I here today”. Sarah may be cautious about her good news, but having a

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January, 2014 prime spot on Flaxpits Lane gives her a prime vantage point to gauge the health of the high street. “If I look around there is more on the high street, more opening, I suppose that gives me confidence. There’s always queues outside the fish and chip shop, the cafés busy, so yes that gives me confidence. In the high street that tells me we’re coming slightly out of the recession”. Next door is Daisy’s Coffee Shop. Owner Emma Gentry will celebrate her first anniversary of opening this spring. Like all the other businesses we visited, the cafe is buzzing with customers. “We are seeing a steady increase on trade, we get lots of returning customers, loyal

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customers but we are seeing new faces as well all the time, and I don’t know if that is because people are finding us or because word is spreading but every month we seem to be saying ‘this is my best day yet’”. Over in Frampton Cotterell there is no high street to speak of. Convenience store owners are too pre-occupied with the possible arrival of Sainsbury’s on the Badminton Road to be upbeat about the future, but in other businesses there is optimism. On Lower Stone Close, Frampton Garage is never quiet. A steady stream of vehicles are being seen to by the team of mechanics. The garage is another

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business that opened during the downturn, but that hasn’t stopped it being a success. Owner Paul Endicott is hands on with a car when I catch up with him. Like the other small business owners, he’s daring to be positive about the future. “We started in recession didn’t we. We’ve had a better year than last year. Every year we do grow a bit, not mega, but we are growing. We’re taking a new bloke on in January, so we will be back up to strength, it will be five of us in the workshop, yes I think we’re alright”. Last word on our snapshot of the economic health of the Frome Valley goes to one of the Local MP’s, Steve Webb. As a minister in the

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Government you would expect him to be upbeat, and he doesn’t disappoint. “I am optimistic for our area for 2014. After several years in which the global economic situation was very challenging, the UK economy seems to be moving forward at a rapid pace. I’m delighted to see that more and more local people are finding work each month, and if we continue to manage the economy well I am confident that this will continue through this year”. Our survey is not scientific. There will still be many struggling horribly in the current climate. But it seems 2014 might just be the year we start to climb out of this financial mess.

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Anger over the closure of Frampton End Road to traffic The closure of this road to vehicles creates an interesting precedent. It is claimed that it is used as a ‘rat run’ but, although a few drivers may use it as a short cut, the only times that there has been any excessive traffic is on a few occasions when there have been accidents on the Badminton Road or the Iron Acton bypass/Bristol Road. In these instances traffic has been diverted through Frampton End Road to relieve the back up created. There has been no attempt, during the two years this campaign has been on-going, to improve the road warning

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signs although the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders is claimed to be the justification for its closure. It has also been claimed that the road is dangerous for use by vehicles, yet a relation of a principal campaigner continues to use it. Hypocrisy? No, the safety of users of the road has never been the real reason for the campaign. The ‘hidden agenda’ in this closure was to create a select, traffic free, enclave for a few properties at the Iron Acton end of the road. This closure must open the way for ‘real’ rat runs Church Lane and Swan Lane in Winterbourne, Nibley Lane in Iron Acton, Bury Hill in Winterbourne Down, come to mind but there must be dozens of problem single lane roads in the South Gloucester area that would qualify for similar consideration. All that is needed is a petition with enough names (pass it around a few cycling and rambler groups - there were over 750 signatories to this closure petition. I doubt if two thirds of those know where Frampton End Road

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is!) and you are over halfway there. It also helps to have a councillor who is not camera shy to support your case! I will watch with interest to see how many residents of similar problem roads push their case over the next few years - I wish them luck!! David Stone ( a resident of the road for 57 years - so far!).

Support over plans to deal with dog fouling I have been a local dog walker for the past 30 years. I feel as angry as everyone else to see dog mess in our park. Like most things in life, it is a small minority who spoil it for the rest of us. Most dog walkers are responsible and clear up after their dogs. Most dog walkers always have spare doggie bags to hand if needed. I myself have usually got three of four dogs that I walk; I would not dream of not clearing up after them. We must all be more aware and try to educate the few who don’t pick up.

Hopefully we can resolve this problem. Lyn Chudleigh Frampton Cotterell.

More backing for roundabouts in the Frome Valley Dear Sir, Following the ingenious suggestion by Mr. Keith Isherwood for a roundabout at Winterbourne would the same not apply at the junction of Old Gloucester Road and Bristol Road near the Crown pub. It’s practically a roundabout already but the queues at this T junction to get out onto the Bristol Road can be very long. So easy to solve but like everything down here nothing ever seems to get done. Alan Sterry

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THE Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion in Frampton Cotterell & Coalpit Heath has closed after 67 long years, due to a radical decline in numbers. The Women’s Section, which was at one time 104 members strong, had seen their numbers fall to just 17 by the time of closing. Margaret Bracey, like many of her fellow members, was involved in the Women’s Section for many years. She joined in 1954 and held many County offices in her time, including Branch Chairman, Treasurer and, at the time of closing, President of the Women’s Section in Frampton Cotterell & Coalpit Heath. She also carried the County Standard flag for a number of years. She explains that the closure came about due to a fall in membership and, in particular, a lack of people being willing to take officer roles: “You can’t run without officers. You need a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. We couldn’t get anyone to take those

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roles so we had no alternative but to close.” Margaret thinks the fall in numbers reflects changes in society in general: “You can’t get younger ones to join. When I joined, mothers didn’t go to work so you were more interested in your community. And now a lot of Grandparents stay home and look after the children”.

Margaret Bracey on parade Margaret fondly recalls some of the ‘lovely times’ she had with the group. They would meet every Wednesday at the Royal British Legion on Ryecroft Road, in Frampton Cotterell. Cliff Ramsey, Secretary of the

Legion has noticed a decline in numbers across the board. He says: “Membership is falling. We’ve got things going on every Saturday night but not enough people get involved. Even some people in the village don’t know we’re here.” Over the years the Women’s Section raised funds, took part in Parades and always ran a float when there were carnivals in Frampton Cotterell. They also helped with the Harvest Festival and held fancy dress parties. In the past the group has received certificates for branch efficiency and donations to national schemes as a result of their fundraising. One of the group’s projects was to knit blankets and trauma teddies for the Police to use with children who had suffered a trauma or been involved in accidents. In her time at the Women’s Section Margaret had the chance to meet both the Queen Mother and The Prince of Wales, visit Buckingham Palace and carry poppies in the Albert Hall. As the County Standard bearer,

she was even one of a select group of Women’s Section representatives to march through the grounds of Clarence House on the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday – the only time she allowed a Parade to go through her premises. Margaret says: “It’s been so interesting and I’ve been to so many places and met so many wonderful ex-servicemen who have been in need.” In a twist of fate, the Section opened on January 12th 1947 and their Standard flag will be officially laid up on January 12th 2014, in a ceremony at St Peter’s Church, Frampton Cotterell. Members of the Women’s Section will attend the ceremony, along with other Sections in neighbouring areas. Margaret says: “The vicar is asking for permission to hang the flag on the wall. If it’s hanging it will fade away to fine cobwebs, and I think it’s nicer to end like that.” Reporting by Becky Williams

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A TEENAGE apprentice from Frampton Cotterell will be helping to rebuild communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines next year. Luke Naish, an apprentice carpenter at Merlin Housing Society has been chosen as one of 12 students from South Gloucestershire and Stroud (SGS) College to take part in the project. The group will be heading off next summer to help improve the lives of people living at the Smokey Mountain former garbage dumpsite in Manila. The students will be working with the British-based Philippine Community Fund for two weeks helping out on a variety of projects to help some of the world’s poorest people. “I applied to take part in the project because I wanted to do something to help after the typhoon,” said seventeen-yearold Luke. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit another part of the world and to help people. I also think it’s good to understand other cultures and how people live in other parts of the world. I’ll be able to come back and talk about my experiences and maybe encourage other people to help as well. “I was so excited when they told me I’d been selected and

everyone at Merlin has been really happy for me as well. I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship so far; I’m working with a good group of people, making a difference to people’s lives.” Luke started his apprenticeship with Merlin in September and is a member of the windows and doors team. He spends three days a

week installing new windows in residents’ homes and the other two days a week at SGS College in Filton. Over the next six months he has to raise £1,000 to take part in the project. “I’ve done fundraising for different things in the past and have got some ideas about how to raise the money, including fancy dress events, a swimathon

and maybe even get all of us to do a skydive,” Luke added. “Merlin has also offered to help as well so I’m confident I’ll be able to raise the money for the project.” This will be the third year that the college has teamed up with the Philippine Community Fund to take a group of volunteer students to the Philippines.

The issue of the roundabout that keeps going around and around IT’S an issue that is going around in circles - an argument over where to locate a new play roundabout in Frampton Cotterell. In the revolving door of village politics, this is an issue that has been on the agenda for what seems an age, and still isn’t settled. Village Action has secured funds to provide a roundabout for older children to use. The initial idea was to put it in Beesmoor Road playing fields, outside of the current playground. However the committee that looks after the field has rejected the plans. It wanted to replace the existing roundabout with the new one inside the play area. It raised several objections to the scheme, including: ◉ Additional noise disturbance

to local residents ◉ The age range of youth that the new equipment would attract ◉ Additional upkeep costs if the new equipment is added rather than replacement of old for new ◉The proposed installation position taking up more field space. The playing field committee also wrote to the council to raise its concerns over a lack of notification to local residents over the new basket swing. The roundabout could be re-sited at the Park playing fields, and measurements are being taking to see if it will fit there.

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IT’S January and once again we start thinking about those New Year’s Resolutions – finally stopping smoking, losing all that weight after indulging at Christmas, or tackling the fears, phobias or anxieties that have plagued us. If you want a little help to make those changes, you might give hypnotherapy a try; and for those of us in the Frome Valley we are fortunate to have an experienced hypnotherapist on our doorstep. Caroline Huish is a qualified, clinical hypnotherapist, working from Iron Acton. Becky Williams went to see her to tackle her claustrophobia and fear of travelling on enclosed transport (such as the Tube). The first thing you notice about Caroline is that she bears no resemblance to Paul McKenna, Derren Brown or any other stage hypnotist. She points out that clinical hypnotherapy is very different to what you see on the telly. You won’t be persuaded to cluck like a chicken and you won’t fall to sleep at the click

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of her fingers. Instead, she explains, it is about helping you understand how your brain works and giving you ‘tangible strategies and tools’ to deal with stresses and anxieties. Then, the ‘icing on the cake’, as Caroline (below) describes

it, is that hypnotherapy uses relaxation techniques to help people reach a trance-like state. This allows the hypnotherapist to talk to the subconscious and use suggestions to tackle any negative behaviours or thought patterns. The trance is not scary and the client is not unconscious. You are aware and fully in control throughout the process. It is simply a deeply relaxing and pleasant experience. And

it is perfectly natural – we go in and out of this state throughout the day when we daydream. Caroline explains: “When you are deeply relaxed, this is when the brain works creatively. It is in solution-focused mode and fires up. We use more mental energy when we daydream than during a maths exam.” Every session begins with a discussion where Caroline asks about your week and encourages you to consider the things you can change. Then it’s onto the couch, as Caroline invites you to lie down, snuggled under a warm blanket if you wish. She plays relaxing music and asks you to listen to her voice, lulling you to a relaxed state with her words. For me, the trance was a surprise. Sometimes I am aware for the entire process, other times I almost drift to sleep, but it always feels calm and relaxing. What is most surprising is the feeling you have when you return to full consciousness. I always leave the session feeling refreshed, energised and motivated, with heightened senses as though I have just woken from a deep

sleep. Caroline worked as a counsellor for many years before discovering how effective hypnotherapy can be: “I did a continuing professional development course and touched on hypnotherapy. I thought ‘this is amazing’ so I went to try it as a client and loved it, so I retrained. It is so rewarding to see people grow and evolve.” Caroline has seen evidence of the impact of hypnotherapy. She has received postcards from clients on foreign holidays who were previously too afraid to fly and photos of babies from the mothers she helped with hypnobirthing. I am only a few sessions into my treatment, so I cannot say how effective it will be in the long term, but I am feeling positive and energetic. On a recent trip to London I found that I wasn’t chewing over the prospect of taking the Tube, as I usually would. Caroline explains the science well enough for me to know it’s not magic, but sometimes it feels like it could be. www.carolinehuish.com.uk

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Local bikers urged to take a bridge spin for charity

PEOPLE who prefer their transport on two wheels are being asked to support a special ride in South Gloucestershire that supports local charities. They have the chance to join thousands of bikers who congregate at Aust services in October to take part in a charity event called Hoggin The Bridge. At given intervals, to minimise impact on other road users, riders set off in their hundreds and ride across the Severn Bridge. They also take in several villages on route, parade through Chepstow with the ride ending at Chepstow race course where entertainment awaits them. In December, 12 charities attended a presentation where the £12,000 raised last year was distributed. £500 of that went to the RP Fighting Blindness charity, whose local fundraisers are based in the Frome Valley. Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is the name given to a group of inherited diseases of the

retina that all lead to a gradual progressive reduction in vision. If you would like to get

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ZION Church has announced that its new building will be officially opened on the 23rd March. The church has spent £500,000 on renovating the church and building the ‘Beacon’. The church will be officially opened by the local MP, Steve Webb on the Sunday, but it will be a culmination of a weekend of celebrations. They include a Saturday open morning with free bacon butties, creative workshops in the afternoon and a Ceilidh in the evening. The minister at Zion, Stephen Newell has invited the local community to the celebration weekend, whether they are church goers or not. It’s hoped the new building will become an important local resource. ‘The Beacon at the top of the hill’, page 21

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A LOCAL doctor’s surgery and a charity for older people have joined forces to start a new initiative. The Frome Valley Medical Centre, together with the charity RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program), has created a patient befriending scheme to help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation amongst the elderly. People are living longer – with the proportion of people aged over 75 rising rapidly. It’s estimated that over half of the over 75-year-olds live alone and have few friends or relatives nearby. It’s been proven that an older person’s quality of life can quickly deteriorate through fragility or disability. Frustrated when simple tasks become a struggle, people who live alone can become increasingly lonely and isolated. Using people registered within the surgery, volunteers will visit the elderly or infirm patients for a befriending visit,

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which might be something as simple as a cup of tea and a chat, or perhaps shopping and gardening. The scheme will commence on the 6th of January, and if you feel that you would like to make use of this service, call the surgery reception or talk to your doctor. RSVP itself is looking for volunteers who are over 50 to join its ranks. RSVP West is inspired and led by volunteers — more than 800 — with no permanent paid staff. It has a long and varied list of projects, each with a group of volunteers working with a organiser. Projects range from helping children in school, through knitting trauma teddies to comfort distressed children, through collecting prescriptions for housebound people, to aiding the enjoyment of visitors to the Matthew in Bristol Harbour. More information is on its website: http://www.rsvp-west. org.uk or by call 0117 922 4392.

headed by Stephen Kong and Brian Rogers who will be joint Chairs. Dr Geoff Clarke is treasurer and Mary Fordham is the secretary The rest of the committee are Ken Harris, Colin Goodland, Paul Whitehead, Carole Rogers, Ann Whitehead and Lorraine Baker. The shake up comes after an appeal for new committee members in Frome Valley Voice. The minutes of the AGM will be posted on the Friends notice board in the surgery.

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I have found this to be true in a project I have been working on during the last three years as Minister for Pensions. This is an initiative known as ‘automatic enrolment’, where firms are being given a legal duty to place their employees into a workplace pension scheme and to make a contribution into that scheme.

Steve Webb MP writes for Frome Valley Voice GETTING GOOD NEWS HEARD It often seems that newspapers only seem to want to print bad news! When things go wrong you can guarantee plenty of column inches, but if something goes well it can be hard to get the press interested.

The employee also puts money in and this is topped up by the Government through tax relief on the contributions. After all this has happened, the worker is free to opt out if it is not for them. The beauty of this scheme is that to get the best outcome, the employee doesn’t have to actively do anything! In the past, trying to get people saving into a pension relied on individuals taking the initiative, and to be honest, there was always something else more urgent.

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In addition, most people understandably find pensions complex and simply didn’t know where to start.

In South Gloucestershire that means around ten thousand people now have a pension who didn’t have one a year ago.

Automatic enrolment turns all of this around. The firms shop around for a pension scheme, and the employee is automatically put into it, as long as they earn enough to pay income tax.

The best news of all has been that the ‘opt out rate’ has been far lower than anyone expected.

Unless the individual actively chooses to opt out, they stay in the pension scheme and start to build up an income for their retirement. With more than ten million people in work having no pension, it will take several years for this programme to be completed. It started in 2012 with the biggest employers such as supermarkets and banks, and will continue into 2017 ending up with the smallest employers. But already over two million workers have been enrolled, with millions more coming in every month.

Early signs are that less than one in ten workers has chosen to opt out of their new pension, meaning more than nine out of ten are staying in. This gives us a real chance to reverse decades of decline in pension saving and to give millions of people the hope of a better retirement. If you are wondering why you haven’t read about this programme in the newspapers, the simple answer is: “because it is going so well”! If you have any questions about how all of this will work for you as an employee or if you run a business and would like more information, please feel free to e-mail me on steve@ stevewebb.org.uk

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I received my shiny sticker celebrating the stone loss was also the week when everyone noticed that I had lost weight. In that week a number of people queried, had I lost weight? Others were less cautious and exclaimed wonderment. I proudly shared the news, “yes, I’ve lost over a stone now.” Sometimes people want more information, usually they want to know if it is hard. When my mum asked this question, I answered honestly, “no, not really”. Probably the biggest relevation about my diet is that most of the time I dont feel like I am dieting at all. In fact sometimes my husband queries my eating and I politely inform him that I am allowed to eat it. Among my favourite indulgences are my daily puddings, Saturday’s full English breakfast and my daily chocolate or biscuit. The key to success, though, has to be organisation. At home I am not renowned for my organisational skills, so I knew this was going to be the tricky part of my diet. However, knowing that good eating

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needs good shopping and good shopping needs good planning, I soon accepted my fate of writing a shopping list before entering the supermarket. About a year ago a friend bought me a magnetic pad, split into two sections. One section has a weekly planner, the other section is for your shopping list. It was, I’m sure, a dig at my hopeless organisational skills. For months the memo pad sat neglected on my fridge, until I decided to seriously set about shifting some weight. Now, this pad is my best friend. Every Saturday I choose my menu for the week, then write my shopping list. For disorganised me this is a truly amazing achievement. This has enabled me to be completely in control of what passes my lips and ultimately the secret of my successful weight loss. I’ll be honest, some weeks finding the time feels like a chore, but I always do it. The motivation being that I want to keep losing weight. The feel of the waistband loosening and the decreasing numbers on the scales are more than worth an hour pouring through recipe

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Have you got an event you would like to publicise? Do you run a club or society in the Frome Valley area? Send details of your events or activities to richard@fromevalleyvoice.co.uk or call us on 01454 800120 We will make sure thousands of people in the area get to hear about it Ave, Winterbourne. For more information call Helen 01454 773781. 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 Manor Hall Gardening & Social Club The Manor Hall 2.-3.30pm. First Monday of the month, (except for Bank Holidays on the second Monday). 1st Winterbourne Down and Buryside Beavers Scouts 5pm until 6:30pm at the Scout

hut on Green Dragon Road, Winterborne. 1st Winterbourne Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Meet Monday evenings in St. Michael’s Room. winterbournesmgsl@ cotswoldedgescouts.org.uk 01454 775024 North Road Ladies, Iron Action Parish Hall, 7.30, every first Monday. Women’s Fellowship Zion Church Hall 2.30p.m.- 3.45 (from the middle of September) Programme of speakers, choirs etc., followed by a cup of tea.

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Rhymetime: Rhymes and songs for parents and babies/ toddlers to enjoy together every Tuesday morning 9.30 – 10am Pre School Storytime: Wednesday mornings term time only 9.30 – 10.00am Our Chatterbooks Group for young people in years 5 and 6 will meet on Saturday 25 January 2.30 – 3.30pm. The group is now full but if you are in Year 4 or 5 you could put your name on our reserve list for next year. The NEW Book Group for Parents will be meeting on Friday 10th January 2.00 – 3.00pm And will be discussing Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” For more information about this group please contact Liz Appleby on 07825510079 or speak to a member of library staff Craft Group The craft group has proved to be so popular that we are meeting not once but TWICE in January - that’s FOUR HOURS of chat and crafts! EVERYONE is warmly welcome on Saturday 4th and 18th January 10am – 12 noon. You can bring along your own craft project or pop in to learn new skills and techniques. Is one of your New Year resolutions to research your family tree? Did you know that you can access the library edition of Ancestry FREE OF CHARGE when you use a library computer? Come in and give it a go: you never know what secrets your family history might reveal! For more information about any of the above Tel: 01454 868006 Email: winterbourne.library@southglos.gov.uk Check out our website www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries or follow us on twitter www.twitter.com@southgloslibs

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50p per week. For more details ring Pat Lax 886830 Iron Acton WI Iron Acton Parish Hall, 7.30, second Monday of month. Crossbow Singers, Crossbow House, Frampton Cotterell. 7.30. Winterbourn Down Border Morris Morris Dancing, All Saint’s Church Hall, 8.15pm

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Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. Tel Becca 07721 907780 Knit and Natter The Beacon@ Zion United Church. 10am 12noon. Contact Mary Thexton 01454 850704 Yate Visually Impaired Group. Yate Fire Station 2.30 pm every other Tuesday Contact Gay Williams 01454 321749 gab56@ btinternet.com Winterbourne Ladies, The Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, 7.30 -10pm, second Tuesday of month. Crossbow Bridge Club, Crossbow House. 7.30pm Slimming World 7.30 Elm Park School, Winterbourne. Tel Becca 07721 907780 Centre Squares (dancing). Winterbourne Comunity Centre 7.45pm Frampton Cotterell WI. Crossbow House, 7.45, fourth Tuesday of month Folk Dancing. Crossbow House, Frampton Cotterell. 8.30 -10.30pm, 1st & 3rd Tuesday of month.

Wednesday Pre School Storytime. Winterbourne Library 9.30 –

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10.00am, term time only. Silver Chords Group. Every other Weds, Mason’s View Community Centre Winterbourne. 1.45pm. Entertainment and coach trips. Contact Doreen 01454 776484. Winterbourne Police Beat Post. Greenfield Centre 2pm 3pm Slimming World 7.30pm Frampton Cotterell Cof E School. Tel Lisa 07815 759118 Coalpit Heath WI. Church Hall of St Saviours Church, Coalpit Heath. First Wednesday of each month. 7.45pm Winterbourne Community Centre, The Winterbourne Players, 8.00 pm, Community Centre, Watleys End Road. More info, Brian 07792 656689.

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Probus. The Miners Club, Coalpit Heath. 10am, 2nd & 4th Thursdays of month Manor Day Centre, Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne, 10 - 2pm Praise and Play. All Saints’ Church Hall Winterbourne Down 10-12 during term times. For pre-school children and their parents/carers Stay & Play, 1-3pm (termtime)

Throwing some moves to raise money for pre-school IT WAS the toddler version of a Christmas office party, and it’s been hailed a great success. Zion community Preschool enjoyed their first ever Christmas Disco to raise funds for the organisation. It might have been held on Friday 13th the success of the disco has raised hopes it will become an annual event. The children had a visit from Father Christmas, Dancing

competitions and a raffle with lots of prizes donated by local businesses. The Royal British Legion hosted the event. The Preschool leader Carole Baldwin said; “This was the first fundraising event we have done like this and it was a great success; hopefully it’ll become an permanent fixture in the preschool’s diary as the children really enjoyed it!”

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Winterbourne Early Years Centre, Greenfield Centre, Park Ave, Winterbourne. For more information call Helen 01454 773781. Tiny Tots. 2.00-3.00pm,St Peter’s Church, St John’s Ambulance. St Saviour’s Hall, Beesmoor Road. 6.15 - 9pm (term time). Steam Engine Club, Miners Club, Coalpit Heath. 7pm, last Thursday of month. Line dancing. Iron Acton Parish Hall, High St, Iron Acton. New beginners, 7.20pm. Improvers, 8.30pm. www.laughterinline.com Winterbourne Musical Theatre. Winterbourne Community Association, 7.30pm. Winterbourne Flower Club. St Michaels Rooms, Winterbourne 7.30pm, 1st (Practice) and 3rd (Demonstration) Thursdays of each month. Further information call 01454 776753 Winterbourne Evening Women’s Institute St. Michael’s Rooms in Winterbourne at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of every month except August Crossbow Camera Club Crossbow House, 8pm, every Thursday (from September). Contact Mike Challenger

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St James The Less Parent and Toddler Group, The Marshall Rooms, Iron Acton. 10.30 12.30 term times. Frome Valley Art Group Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. 1pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 9.00pm Frampton Cotterell Male Voice Choir, Zion Church, Frampton Cotterell. 7.30pm – 9.00pm. New members welcomed, no audition, Call Paul Crook 01454 851656.

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Brockeridge Quilters, Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne. 10am to 4pm, third Saturday of the month. Bingo Open7/00pm,Bingo 8/00pm Music & Dancing from 8/30pm-11/30pm Every Saturday night.(£4/00)

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Japanese Embroidery Class Greenfield Centre, Winterbourne 9.30am to 4pm, (monthly). Contact: Jo Tripp 01454 850147.

Pre-school stalwart says goodbye FOR the last 15 years, Tracey Pratten has been a re-assuring face for nervous toddlers as they arrive at a Frampton Cotterell pre-school. Now Tracey is leaving Crossbow Pre-school, and the children have been quick to show their thanks. It’s not just the kids who will

miss Tracey, the staff were also sad to see her go. Julia Warren, the Chair of the pre-school, told Frome Valley Voice: “She has taught many of Frampton Cotterell’s youngsters. In fact the first children she ever taught are now in their late teens. She will be missed by staff, children and parents”.

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Rebecca Bailey Price and her husband meet Theo Paphitis A FRAMPTON entrepreneur has received a twitter boost thanks to a star of the BBC series Dragon’s Den. Rebecca Bailey-Price, who runs the online craft marketplace Poppito.com, tweeted Theo Paphitis about her business during Small Business Sunday. It’s an initiative set up by the Dragon’s Den star that supports and rewards exciting small businesses. Theo re-tweeted Rebecca’s message to his 260,000 followers, gaining poppito.com around 200 more twitter followers and extra exposure for the business. Rebecca got to meet Theo at the SBS annual event in Birmingham and said afterwards, “It was an inspiring day full of helpful hints. It’s comforting to think someone like Theo Paphitis is actively helping us when it can be so hard for small businesses to get off the ground.”

Kendleshire golfers have raised £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Senior Section of the club held a golf day and raffles to raise the money. The Senior’s captain, Derek ‘Del Boy’ Mitchell handed over the cheque to Alice Young, local fundraising manager for Macmillan.

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The Beacon at the top of the hill

The vision that has transformed Zion Church IT’S just as well Stephen Newell is a forgiving man. He’s 6’4”, and I got his name wrong in a previous edition of Frome Valley Voice. Luckily when I arrive at his place of work on a glorious winter’s morning, he greets me with a smile just as sunny. His easy going demeanour is a requirement of the job as pastor at the Zion Church in Frampton Cotterell. Sitting proudly at the highest point in the village, the church affords views as far as Wales and after it’s re-development it wants to serve as a beacon for the community. “The philosophy is that this is a half way house between church and the community. So this is for the community and also for the church, and I’m hoping the lines get quite blurred because my feeling is that not everyone is going to share faith but my belief is that God’s love is for the whole community...... hence the big windows, so this is not a hidden, private space. The church has allowed itself to be shut away from the community whereas we are a part of the community, that’s what the building is trying to say”. Stephen, and the church, believed the old building wasn’t fit for purpose and had to be transformed. “The church as it was had served good purpose for many

years but it was neither a beautiful, ancient church, nor was it a comfortable, modern church - a 21st century building”. We talked about it a lot in church and we felt the way to go was to try and make a modern building that could multipurpose, that could connect and be more use for the community”. It’s taken half a million pounds and a lot of effort to get the open spacious building that is there now. The church was stripped back to the walls, with the pews going. Now there is a big open space, with TV screens on the wall and chairs able to give flexibility for different events. The new build behind, known as ‘The Beacon’ is even more impressive, with big windows letting light stream in. It’s a large flexible space with under floor heating, adaptable to most events. It’s a testament to Zion’s congregation that this project has been completed in the teeth of austerity. Was it, I asked Stephen, a big ask? “It felt a bit foolish many times along the way. We didn’t rush this, it’s taken a long, long time and I think we were tested along the way”. “The main bulk of the giving has come from members saying we want to be part of this. Time and again they gave more than

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I expected. My faith was a bit small!” You might think that with so much money being spent on his watch, Stephen Newell might have been on hand at all times. Instead, as the work started, he went on a three month sabbatical. It’s a period of reflection the church encourages after ten years in the job. In that time he says he had not one phone call from the church elders, although he “got wind” of goings on from his wife and daughter. “We’d been preparing for this building work for so long, I’d kept putting off this sabbatical, then it

was decided to just set a date for the sabbatical, it was set a year beforehand”. “The elders said we will cope when the time comes. It worked quite well. I feel a bit like Moses. I led them out; my last Sunday before I left, we had a last Sunday in the church which was tremendous with a thanksgiving for all the years. “So I left them like that and they were brilliant, they coped very well without me and then when I came back obviously there was still a lot of work to do. We still had three months before we came back in so I was able to pick up where some of the people were getting a little tired” Now the dust has settled (literally), Stephen says it’s been worth it. “I’m exhausted, but I’m absolutely delighted with other people’s reactions. We had the history society in yesterday for a funeral and I was delighted that a couple of members of the society were really encouraging and enthusiastic that we’d taken an historic building and we’d updated it into the 21st century”. He’s not a man to sit on his laurels though; “To me, I’m already onto the next thing and the building is done, we’ve got to make sure we use it. People have put a lot of money in, we’ve had grants from various groups and that means we’ve got to make good use of that which has been given to us”. And with that he’s off to check on the ‘Knit and Natter’ group enjoying the sunlit Beacon..

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With Stephen Newell, minister at Zion Church, Frampton Cotterell. Well Christmas has passed for another year, I hope it lived up to expectations and now the New Year lies ahead of us. Our attitude to the New Year can be a bit like our attitude to Christmas, we fall into two camps. On the one hand there are the people, like my wife, who bounce through December with an ever increasing sense of joy and excitement. They are the optimists; everything is possible a new year is a new day. They often cannot

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stop singing little Christmas ditties even in January! On the other hand there are those for whom the turnaround at the end of Dickens’ famous tale is a travesty… Scrooge was right all along… Bah Humbug! New Year, same old same old. Now by and large I’d like to think I don’t fall into that second category, but when they’re casting for Scrooge I do get twitchy … oh no they’re offering me the lead role again. It’s not that I’m not optimistic, I am. There are loads of things I love about a fresh new year, just as there were loads of things I loved about Christmas. I loved all the lights coming on even the gaudy ones, I loved the singing, I must admit I did tire of mince pies after about 10 a day. But what really set the scrooge amongst my pigeons are all the shopping and the advertisements. It seems the New Year sales seem to start earlier each year, there is barely time to breath. I want to shout from the rooftops… STOP shopping the

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really important things in life are free. For the truth is, the things that made Christmas were free. The chance to see family, time to go for a walk, a children’s nativity play, community carol singing and dare I say it all the church celebrations these were free. All the presents and trimmings they just linger on the credit card for months to come. We are getting to the point

January, 2014 as a society where people can’t afford life let alone Christmas, it’s ridiculous. So my New Year thought is to ask that we remember again the first Christmas; every expense spared, a night in a stable, a bed of straw, and yet I truly believe Joy to the world. So make this New Year special, spend a bit less and enjoy a bit more the things that are free.

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Sport takes centre stage at the South Gloucestershire Show

ORGANISERS of the South Glos Show have brought on board one of Britain’s best BMX riders to show off his skills this summer. The Extreme Wheels Road Show will feature Keelan Phillips. He’s the current European and three times World Champion at freestyle flat land and will be at the show giving demonstrations and tips. Keelan was recently on Channel 4’s Concrete Circus, a documentary about the BMX culture and was one of the stars of the show. The news underlines the organisers determination to make cycling central to the show, both in terms of getting to the event and what’s on offer over the weekend. It’s also been announced that Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership will be at the show. The organisation, which is supported by Golf England, plans to bring interactive golf equipment to encourage newcomers to the sport and give

some experienced hands some pointers with their professional coaches. The show has also gained its premises licence, which not only allows alcohol to be sold but also for music song dance and live performances, a vital part of the event. The organisers also gave a presentation and Q&A session to Westerleigh Parish Council in December to help ease concerns

that any residents had about this years event. The South Glos Show is being held on 2 and 3 August this year on a large site off the Westerleigh Road in Henfield. Organisers hope to attract over 20,000 people to the weekend, and have already had a huge response to an appeal for local organisations to get involved.

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Panto season over? Oh no it’s not!

For those who thought they might have missed out on catching a Pantomime over the festive season, a local theatre group are offering the chance of a late laugh. St.Peter’s Players will be staging their annual Pantomime in February 2014. at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road, Winterbourne. This year they are putting on “Cinderella” written by Carolie Green. It runs from Thursday 20th February to Saturday 22nd February, with the curtain going up at 7.30pm. There’s a matinee on Saturday 22nd at 2.30pm Tickets will be available from Veronica on 01454 773426 from January 6th - Adults £7 Children (school-age) £4 Proceeds from the production will go to St. Peter’s Church, Frampton Cotterell with a donation to Paul’s Place

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Archaeologists unearth exciting Roman finds at site of ‘upmarket’ villas

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are thrilled with the discoveries they have made at the site of a Roman villa in Emersons Green. The haul includes bronze brooches, babies’ bracelets, rings and necklaces, coins and pottery. The dig, carried out before the development of homes at Emersons Green East goes ahead, also revealed the remains of cremations and burials at the site. Soil samples suggest there used to be metal working and textile dying carried out in the industrial buildings. It is thought that there were at least two high class Roman buildings at the settlement, which was unearthed in 2010. Excavation was carried out by experts from Wardell Armstrong Archaeology between 2012 and 2013, funded by developers Taylor Wimpey. Helen Martin-Bacon, lead archaeologist for the project, said the treasure trove found at the four hectare site at Hallen Farm, near Howsmoor Lane, had been

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been carried out, and it was a complete surprise to everyone concerned,” she said. Her team will now study and date their finds, which will

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Winterbourne teenager takes Northern Soul into the YouTube era A WINTERBOURNE teenager has been using modern technology to bring back a blast from the past - Northern Soul. Videos of her dancing to the distinctive style of music have become a hit on YouTube. In the process she’s made a star of a mystery Staple Hill pensioner, although he doesn’t know a thing about it The gentleman can be seen on a YouTube video dancing along with Levanna as she dances The infectious two minute 46 second dance video, to the tune of Pharrell Williams’ Happy, has gone viral, attracting more than 200,000 visitors across the globe. Levanna has been inundated with people telling her they love the part when, one minute 38 seconds into the video, a man dressed in a brown jacket, black trousers and tan shoes, starts dancing beside her. The 17-year-old, from Winterbourne, has posted seven videos of herself northern soul dancing at various locations – each one characterised by her broad smile and distinctive dance moves. In one you can see her dancing her socks off at the top of Glastonbury Tor, while in another, she grooves her way across Clifton Suspension Bridge. She has even danced on a famous monument in Russia. But the video shot in Staple Hill is proving the biggest hit. Levanna, a sixth-form student at Winterbourne International Academy, said: “I still don’t know who the man is but I’ve got a lot to thank him for because that’s what people love about the video. “He is just so genuine. He can’t hear the music as I had headphones on in the video but clearly he feels something. I’d love for him to know how many people love him. Everyone says he’s amazing and makes the video.” The video shows Levanna springing onto Broad Street from Beaufort Road where you can spot Tesco in the background. As she glides down the road, pedestrians walk by and the music changes to the northern soul classic Happy by Velvet Hammer. When Levanna reaches

Bunch florist she is spotted by the mystery man who just can’t help but join in. Levanna visits potential locations with mum Eve Arslett who films and edits the videos. When they drove through Staple Hill, they immediately knew Broad Street would be perfect. “As we went through Staple Hill, it seemed appropriate for what we wanted to do. It turned out a lot better than we thought because of the amazing reaction to the video.” The teenager made her first video when visiting Russia this summer. She is seen strutting her stuff across the Yury Dolguruky monument in Moscow. “It was a really slippery surface and I thought this would be a great place to dance. I started sliding around and my mum filmed me. When we got home we thought it would be funny to put some music to it and then put it on YouTube. It got a really positive response and I enjoyed making it so much I decided to make another one and it just blossomed from there.” Levanna’s love of northern soul music developed after listening to her mum’s old records. “My mum was into it in the 80s and had all the records but it took me a while to realise how much I loved the music. I was into music like Amy Winehouse and the Specials so I had those soul influences but I wasn’t quite there. I then realised ‘Hang on, my mum’s got this gold mine of records, why have I never thought about this before?’ “When you listen to music that you love, you can’t help but to start moving.” Levanna travels up and down the country to all-nighters where she dances the night away to northern soul music, Black American soul music which became popular in the north of England from the late 1960s. “Most of the all-nighters are up north, near the Stoke on Trent area, Rugby and Nuneaton. It’s definitely an obsession. When I come home from school, I listen to northern soul music, I dance to northern soul music, I have posters on my wall of record labels. It’s taken over my social life. “I never anticipated the

positive reaction the videos videos, Levanna has no plans would get. It’s so heart-warming to stop. when people message you She said: “I’ll definitely carry privately on YouTube and say on posting videos because I ‘We’ve fallen in love with you, we love making them and seeing think you’re ace’. It really brings people’s reactions both whilst I’m it home that these people have making them and after I’ve put watched my videos and they like them on YouTube”. me for what I love doing and for “It’s just so motivating and being happy.” makes me want to make another The first northern soul tune one so more people can see. Levanna danced to was the We need more happiness in the Velvettes, I’ve Gotta Find Me world so it would be great to Somebody, which remains one influence some of that.” of her favourites along with The Precisions If this Is Love. “That tune epitomises me getting into northern soul,” she said. “It’s even influenced my YouTube name, If this Is Lev.” You Tube fame appears to run in Levanna’s family – her nine-year-old brother Schaeffer has reached more than two million hits demonstrating his skateboarding Levanna McLean. Below: Levanna prowess. in action on the dancefloor Buoyed by the reaction to her

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passion and, when a young artist, Ambrose Pike, comes into her life she falls heavily in love. The marriage between Alma, a clear minded scientist and Ambrose, a younger man was perhaps always doomed to failure and was never consummated. Alma, unable to cope with the rejection from the man she had invested all of her emotional hopes and dreams in, sends Ambrose off to Tahiti to work for her father’s company. Alma continues her solitary study of botany which culminates in her Theory of Competitive Alteration. This is around the same time as Darwin was publishing his ‘Origin of Species’. A fascinating thought that he could have been pipped to the post if Alma had had the confidence to publish her equally robust scientific findings! The deaths of her father and husband are a turning point in Alma’s life and she makes the brave decision to travel to Tahiti

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hoping to unravel the reasons for the failure of her marriage. Although she may not find all the answers she was looking for, Alma does find a kind of inner peace and a family of her own. Full of colourful characters, missionaries, abolitionists, adventurers, astronomers, and sea-captains and spanning the globe, the reader is taken on a rollercoaster of discovery. Alma is an independent, spirited and likeable character who, although restrained by the confines of the age, manages to lead a remarkable life during a remarkable period of history. An imaginative, ambitious and extremely readable novel this book is one that the reader can lose themselves in. I loved the character Alma and, whilst she may not have had the romantic ending I wished for her throughout the book, it was still a very satisfying tale of a real trailblazing heroine.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert Elizabeth Gilbert is an awardwinning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She is best known for her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which was published in over thirty languages and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. Alma Whittaker was born in 1800, an era straddling the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. Her father, Henry, came from humble origins but made his fortune in the quinine trade eventually becoming the wealthiest man in Philadelphia. He marries Beatrix, a well educated Dutch woman who instils in Alma a love of learning and expertise in botany. Alma inherits her father’s wealth and intellect and, unfortunately his looks, “ginger of hair, florid of skin, small of mouth, wide of brow, abundant of nose”, “Henry’s face was far better suited to a grown man than to a little girl”. Resigned to a life of study she becomes a botanist of some note, embarking on a lifelong study of moss and the mysteries of evolution. This, however, does not mean Alma lacks

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COALPIT Heath’s adult teams will be competing in the Bristol and District Cricket League once again this season. Their First team secured promotion last year and will be looking to remain in Division One. The Second and Third elevens will be facing new teams as they compete in newly restructured Divisions Six and Ten, while their Sunday development team will face stiff competition in the Village Cricket League following promotion to Division One. The Club are doubling the number of ECB qualified coaches while also raising the qualifications their existing coaching team. Local lads Sam Cooper and Jacob Sprackman will be focusing on coaching players over 13 while Linus Haigh and Jack Williams will be training to ECB level 2 to specifically coach our younger players under the age of 13. Their indoor team have had a good Autumn season, reaching the play-off finals for the Bristol region and narrowly losing in the final. After the long winter all the players are looking forward to nets which start Sunday 2nd February at Yate International Academy (formerly King Edmunds school). The youth teams will train from 7pm and senior players

from 8pm. The Club are inviting new players young and old and of all abilities to come along to learn and enjoy the game of cricket. This year the cricket players are hoping to buy new cricket covers which are important as they will help provide the best facilities for everyone to learn and enjoy the game of cricket and reduce the disappointment of cancelled matches, not to mention a massive help to the hard working volunteer ground staff. One of the fundraising events will be the players running in the Frenchay 10k in April. The furthest most have run is after the cricket ball so this will be a huge challenge that will see them get fit for the season ahead. You may see them around the villages on training runs in their cricket gear! They will also be running to raise funds in aid of “it’s in the bag” - a Bristol charity that raises awareness of Testicular Cancer, The Brandon Trust and The Deaf Centre. Donations can be made through their web site www.coalpitheathcc.org.uk/ runforcovers Commercial sponsors are also being sought with the offer to have their company logos digitally printed on the new covers – please contact the club for details.

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AFTER 2 weeks without a match Frampton Cotterell Netball clubs 1st team returned to The Grange for their last league match of 2014. The “top of the league” battle was against Culverhay Cougars, an established team from Bath who stood above Frampton on goal difference. It was a tight game from the start, both teams played the best netball seen in the division this season, Culverhay managed to take the 5 points from Frampton winning 24-23. Seona Bleakman was named player of the match. Frampton 2nd team haven’t had a match since the last report but have been working hard in training with our coach Amy Warren ready for their next match against Easton Cowgirls in the new year. Both teams have reached the half way point in the season after playing all the other teams once. The teams all replay each other in the 2014. Frampton 1st team are aiming for a second year of promotion,

hoping to beat Cougars and gain top points from all the other teams to finish in the top 2 of the league. Frampton 2nd team are now beginning to find their feet and their aim for 2014 is to have a more consistent line up and finish mid table. Frampton Cotterell netball club is still welcoming new players of all ages (over 18) and abilities. We train every Tuesday from 7-8 at Yate international academy, contact claire fletcher for more details claire.fletch@ yahoo.co.uk.

UNITED Chairman Robyn Maggs brings us the latest from Oaklands Park. December has been a topsy turvey month regarding results and we have suffered some heavy defeats. Away trips to Melksham, Willand and Cadbury Heath have proved costly. Not so surprising though when considering we have had as many as five first team regulars missing for the past few weeks. On the plus side though was a hard earned point at Hallen and home wins against Cadbury Heath and Yate Town Res in the GFA Challenge Trophy. The Yate win took us through to the quarter finals to meet Tuffley Rovers at Oaklands Park on January 15th, KO 7:45. Before the quarter final though we have a sixpointer against Slimbridge AFC again at Oaklands on Boxing Day [results in next months Frome Valley Voice]. Slimbridge followed us by transfering from the Hellenic League to the Western League

at the end of last season. They too have found the standard higher than what we were used to and are down with us at the wrong end of the table. The club is slowly getting used to the demands of Level 5 football but it difficult being patient while waiting for our youngsters to gain that bit more experience that will allow them to hold their own at this level. However, going forward we will continue to concentrate on bringing as many players through our youth section as possible. It may take us longer to a build a side capable of competing at the top of our division but for a club with limited resources it is the best and probably only way forward. The Reserves and A team are still doing well but have suffered the from the affects of there being so many players missing from the first team squad. Friday nights and Saturday mornings have been traumatic for managers trying to get eleven on the field.

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DECEMBER has been an excellent month for Frampton first team as they extended their winning run to 5 games and sit at 4th place in the Gloucester Premier League at year end . A hard fought win at Painswick 19-12 saw Fram’s pack dominating and two tries were scored by Italian import Michele Canulli . Man of match was scrum half Matt Bohr but there was an exceptional performance by Matt Lawrence at full back A win against Southmead 29-12 continued the fine form as did the 27-26 win at local rivals St Mary’s, won by Ben England’s last minute try . The final game of the year saw another Canulli try, before he returned home for Xmas, to seal a 16-10 home win against Tewkesbury . Stand in Scottish skipper ‘Posh’ John Stewart said ‘’I’m really proud how the team has got behind me and overcome injuries for these vital wins, it’s been Braveheart stuff sometime. I will be putting my hand in my pocket at getting them a few beers. January will define our season as we have two of the top three teams in first two weeks, Whitehall and Bristol Saracens.‘’ The Three’s/Vets have also had a good December at Frampton and they continue to show how strong the club stands, especially on the social front . Despite a heavy defeat to Kingswood they bounced back with a fine 27-0 victory over

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Painswick. Prop Pete Zaffiro marked his last game for the club with a try, before going to the old players retirement home where he will pursue a business in gourmet Pies and Pasties . Ricky Shepherd and Tony Bleakman got their regular tries and Tim Phillips marked his 50th birthday with a try and conversion. The biggest cheer of the day came when Framptons oldest player, 64 year old Brian Rides, burrowed his way over for his first try in ten years . Fram then hosted Magor Vets from Wales where a last minute Mark Smith try earned Fram a 10-10 draw, Smith then unfortunately retired from the field with gout . That was soon forgotten as the players settled down with their Welsh friends and watched Australia beat Wales yet again. Fram Third’s final game of December came when a late try earned Barton Hill the win despite valiant efforts from the home side in a 15-10 defeat. Many players played out of position, Spud Hill performed well as Flanker and Mike Weaver’s intense physio on his fetlock injury paid off and he took the field in the engine room of second row . The new year will see the Frampton Vets embark on the clubs biggest ever attended tour when 60 older guys from the club make their way to Market Harbourough to enjoy its outstanding nightlife, five star accommodation and the home club of ex-player Paul Gould.

FRAMPTON Junior under 15s enjoyed a great victory at St Brendans. They have now won more games before Christmas than they did all of last season and look forward to the challenges of the Gloucester Cup in the new year . St Brendans 22 Fram 24 Frampton under 15s made the short trip across Bristol to St Brendan’s on Sunday December 15th . Disaster struck as Frampton were hit by the news that a severe case of ‘ Man Flu’ had gone through the team in the week and that added to the injury list that had already affected the squad. Needs must and several players stood up to the mark and offered their services to coach Weaves to play in different positions for the team. Jimmer Merrick was outstanding at scrum half, James Roberts came of age at hooker and Ben Rowson was almost ‘Jonny Wilkinson’ at fly half . Luckily Weaves period of sitting on the naughty step had also elapsed and he was even trusted by the referee to carry the flag as touch judge . The boys were also inspired to victory as they thought of fellow coach Mark ‘Smither’ Smith as he lay on the hospital bed awaiting treatment for a bruised little toe.

The game started well for Frampton as they had good territory and position but an error gifted Brendans a score . This team is made of sterner stuff these days though and a strong run from Prop Kinan Qumar opened the defence,wing Jack Days exceptional pick up took him clear and his pass released prop Fraser Allen and he dived over. Up stepped Rowson but his kick off the tee was very poor .. This missed kick incident proved to be very important as the game progressed . Fram had the bit between the teeth now and Flanker Zak Smiths burst from a scrum was carried on by Sam Wilkes. The recycled ball was fed by Jimmer to Ben Rowson who exposed the blindside to score a fine try. At this point Weaves stepped forward and built an ‘old style’ mud mound for the kick. Bens strike sailed through the posts and cheers rang around ground from the Fram crowd ( except his dad Dave who had Ben on a performance related reward scheme ) The second half saw Fram continue the fine form of the first half but Brendan’s had different ideas and scored tries to take them into the lead . A fine tackle by Olly Low spilled the ball from Brendan’s running centre, Josh Ritchie took it on and released the outstanding centre pairing of Will Patrick and Luke Butters. Their mesmeric passing paved the way for Rowson to chip ahead and re-gather for a try. Frampton were now all over Brendan’s and it was down to the exceptional Callum Wyatt to dive over from a scrum as he took Declan Grimsteads deft inside pass to score. Another Weaves mound was built and Ben Rowsons mighty kick from the touch line secured the victory . Onwards and upwards.. A great first half of the season which was celebrated at the lads/ dads curry night in December. Match report from Mike Weaver

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Only one first team game in December, which we lost 3-1 away to Pucklechurch After spurning 3 good early chances we soon found ourselves 3-0 down against a gale force wind which trapped us inside our own half. Despite a much improved 2nd half we only managed the one goal, a 25 yard screamer from Scott Wooder. We are back in action on the 4th January, away to Hallen in the league and then we have our GFA Cup 1/4 final on the 11th against Downs League team Ashley FC. Our form in the cup has been excellent and we’ve already beaten some very good teams to get this far. Fingers crossed we can keep up our level of performance in the cup and progress to the semi-finals!! Prospects for 2014 are to improve our league form where so far we have been very inconsistent. With our injury crisis nearly over I expect a much stronger second half of the season. Although promotion looks some way off we will still hope to pick up enough points early in the new year to get us back in

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the running. The reserves are on the fringes of the promotion race and a few wins early in the new year will put them right back in the mix after a bit of an inconsistent run of late. The 3rd and 4th teams however are hovering around mid table but too far away from the promotion places to mount a realistic challenge. A top half finish for either

team will be significant progress from last season. The intention for the club now is to have a strong finish to the season and try to attract a few more youngsters to the club. We currently have 110 players signed on with an average age of 24. Our policy of recruiting young players from the area has produced 4 competitive teams for the club and we will continue to look for young up and coming players.

Rugby Club got to meet some of their heroes from Bristol Rugby at a Bristol Rugby Super Sunday Matchday experience at Crossbow House. The boys and girls from the club’s junior section braved the wintery elements to undertake a 2 hour coaching session by the Bristol Rugby Community Department Staff. Four current First Team

several coaching drills. The club’s coaches were also able to pick up some tips from the professionals. As part of the initiative, the children were also invited to visit Bristol RFC’s home game against Mosley, where they paraded around the pitch before kick-off, and formed a ‘tunnel of honour’ as the teams came out.

Hockey girls look to pick up where they left off in league PUCKLECHURCH Ladies are looking forward to getting back on the pitch in the New Year. Currently sat 3rd in the table, They’ve got it all to play for going into the second half of the season, as captain Zoe Hill explains. The crucial games against first and second placed Avonmouth and Clifton 4s, are coming up in February and March, but avoiding defeat in our other league fixtures and keeping a good goal difference will be our priority in anticipation of those clashes. Our first game of the new year sees us take on Avonmouth in a friendly on Sat 11th January. This’ll give us a chance to pile on the pressure against them, and hopefully steal a win and a mental edge over them ready for our league encounter. 2014 promises to be an exciting year for Pucklechurch Ladies, as they continue their hunt for promotion in Berkeley Division 2. With a strong and ever-improving squad, they’re definitely in with a good chance of moving into the top two table spots. Sadly they must continue their campaign without vice Captain, Lisa Whitehead, who’s jetting off on her travels Down Under early in January until Easter. Despite her controversial timing, the Puckle Ladies wish her well and look forward to welcoming her back in the spring ready for Summer League!

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