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January, 2018 Issue 35


Last bank to leave Chipping Sodbury THE NatWest bank has decided to close its branch in Chipping Sodbury. The move comes as part of a nationwide closure of 197 branches that the bank is closing, including Winterbourne. Customers will have to travel to Yate to use the bank’s branch there. NatWest justified its move by saying the branches weren’t being used as much with the advent of internet banking. The company said that everyday banking could be done at local post offices. It’s not all bad news for Chipping Sodbury though. Lloyds Pharmacy is to keep its outlets in both Chipping Sodbury and Yate, despite announcing the closure of 190 stores in England. Their Thornbury store though will close on January 30. More, pages 7.

Future of Chipping Sodbury pub to become clearer Delay over Tern Inn’s future resolved PAGE 2

Go ahead for Yate adult gaming centre Controversial project gets licence and planning permission PAGE 3

Jailed for scamming Chipping Sodbury pensioner

Con man stole nearly £26,000 PAGE 7

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Shuttlers steal the show Pupils from Chipping Sodbury School have taken the South Gloucestershire Badminton tournament by storm, taking a first and second place. More page 45

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January, 2018


Delay-hit appeal finally set to make progress to determine pub’s future AN appeal to decide the future of a Chipping Sodbury pub can finally progress after a delay over missing documents. There were many objections to the proposal to knock down the Tern Inn, on Heron Way, and build 26 flats and a cafe in its place. A large number of local people, Dodington Parish Council and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) all objected and South Gloucestershire Council subsequently rejected the application. The scale of opposition to the outline scheme also led to the pub - and a car park used by customers of local shops and parents of children at Raysfield School - being declared an asset of community value. That gives the community six months to put a bid together if the landowner ultimately decides to sell. Agents acting for the applicant, Mark Lewis, were instructed to appeal against the refusal and South Gloucestershire was notified of the move back in July.

However, the Planning Inspectorate could not process the appeal due to missing documents and the six-month deadline for them to be received was fast approaching. At the end of November, the inspectorate said the appeal was still not considered valid. Now the necessary documents have been lodged and the inspectorate has confirmed the appeal has become valid. It said it was now waiting for a suitable planning inspector to become available and be appointed. A case officer will then be allocated to start the appeal and set out details of the timetable and procedure, including setting a date for a site visit by the inspector. Among the grounds for South Gloucestershire Council’s decision were the loss to the community of the pub and car park, the effect on the “vitality and viability” of local shops and increased congestion on surrounding roads due to the loss of parking. More than 300 objections had

Chipping Sodbury church music director to premiere his new requiem A REQUIEM composed by the acting organist and music director at St John the Baptist Church in Chipping Sodbury will be premiered in a spring concert. Part of Jonathan Crow’s Sunset Requiem was performed by Yate Choral Society in a recent concert in the town but it will only be on March 10 that the complete work will be heard in St Mary's Church, Wotton-underEdge. Mr Crow has a long association with the Bristol area, from school to university and then work and he recently returned to the area from a fouryear contract in Munich. The concert will start at 7pm and tickets can either be bought online from Eventbrite or from

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been submitted to the planners, as well as petitions against the development. Although the pub had continued to trade when the application was submitted, it

closed in June when the lease expired and was subsequently boarded up. Despite the setback, campaigners are still determined to get it re-opened.

Yate Shopping Centre welcomes new textile retailer to West Walk SPECIALIST textile retailer Julian Charles has opened a store in Yate Shopping Centre. The company, which started 70 years ago, has occupied a former pharmacy unit in West Walk.

Andrew Lowrey, the shopping centre manager, said: “Julian Charles is the latest addition to Yate Shopping Centre, which has seen a major improvement in its retail, dining and leisure offer in recent years.”



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Gaming machines centre allowed to open in Yate despite opposition from town leaders A CONTROVERSIAL adult gaming centre can open in Yate Shopping Centre after both planning permission and a premises licence were granted. South Gloucestershire Council’s licensing subcommittee said it had been a difficult decision to make and acknowledged concerns expressed by objectors. But it said it had to take into account the lack of opposition by “responsible authorities”, including the police and the Safeguarding Children’s Board. It also said conditions to be imposed would mitigate to some extent the concerns put forward. The proposal by Mirage Property Services - part of the Shipleys Amusement Centres

group - is to use a former jewellers in North Walk as an adult-only centre. The applicants said the premises would contain 35 gaming machines, with a maximum stake of £2 and payout of £500. The majority of machines would have either a £1 stake with a £100 pay-out or a 10 pence stake with £5 pay-out and there would be no fixed odds betting terminals on the premises. Yate Town Council had opposed the plan, fearing vulnerable people could be drawn to gambling. It said the unit was close to the Armadillo youth cafe, used after school and in the evening by secondary school students,

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and near a residential care home for people with learning and other disabilities, who often spent a considerable time in the shopping centre. It also said Yate's food bank demonstrated the financial stress some local people were already facing, and that there were two designated areas of priority social need in the vicinity. The applicants said they would operate only during the shopping centre opening hours, with at least two staff members on the premises at all times who would know the requirements for excluding under-18s and vulnerable people from using the premises. Their offer to liaise with relevant, local community groups

and organisations involved with the welfare of vulnerable adults and children was also attached to the permission as a condition of the licence. South Gloucestershire planning officer Griff Bunce said in his report: “Concern has been raised by the town council that the development would have undesirable social consequences. “The operators have a statutory duty to control access to the venue. It should not, therefore, fall within the remit of the local planning authority to enforce existing appropriate legislation.” “The assessment from a planning perspective is whether the use is appropriate within a town centre.”








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Towns to keep pharmacy branches while 190 others close down CHIPPING Sodbury and Yate will keep their LloydsPharmacy outlets despite the chain’s parent company announcing the closure of 190 stores around England. The towns have escaped the cull, with a spokeswoman saying the branches in High Street, Chipping Sodbury, and at the Courtside Surgery in Kennedy Way, Yate, would continue in business.

However, Thornbury will lose one of its two LloydsPharmacy stores, with the High Street branch closing on January 30. Celesio UK said as part of the process of identifying “commercially unviable” pharmacies for closure, it looked at other community pharmacy provision in the area in order to mitigate the effect on patients as much as possible.

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n NEWS THE company which suffered a major fire at its Yate warehouse has moved to new premises. AJM Pet Products carried on trading in the immediate aftermath of the blaze thanks to the support of nearby companies. But it has now relocated to the Aztec West Business Park due to the shortage of suitable alternative premises in Yate. The fire in October started accidentally and destroyed the 10,000 sq ft warehouse on the Beeches Industrial Estate. After its initial response, Avon Fire and Rescue crews were called back a number of times to deal with flare-ups from identified hotspots. In response to fears about asbestos, smoke and odours, Public Health England said it did not consider the exposure was likely to pose a significant risk to health but advised people living and working locally to minimise their time outdoors in areas affected by the smoke. Cushman and Wakefield, which manages the estate, has employed a specialist contractor


Blaze-hit Yate company moves to new premises as demolition starts at fire ravaged warehouse to carry out the clean-up operation and the Health and Safety Executive is monitoring the demolition phase. South Gloucestershire Council said the contractor cleaned up any asbestoscontaining materials spread by the fire which may have fallen as debris in the immediate vicinity during the initial stage of the fire. Cushman and Wakefield said: “We can confirm that unit 49, declared structurally unsafe to enter following the fire, and the adjacent unit 50, will be demolished following safe removal of debris and extensive review by the loss adjuster, insurers and structural engineers. “We anticipate the demolition

New Year, New Year’s Resolution: Charity needs daffodil volunteers MARIE Curie is appealing for people in Yate and Chipping Sodbury to ‘get behind the daffodil’, by volunteering to collect donations for the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal in February and March. The charity needs volunteers to encourage people in the local community to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones at home in South Gloucestershire. The appeal is now in its 32nd year and has raised more than £74 million since 1986.   Helen Isbell , Community


process will take a maximum of three weeks. This timetable is governed by the health and safety and environmental considerations surrounding the demolition.  “We recognise that the smoke has caused local disruption for which we apologise. We are fully focused on concluding the demolition work as quickly as is safely possible.” AJM’s managing director, Andrew Pierce, said: “The way in which everyone rallied round has been amazing and we are very grateful. “We were initially provided with temporary storage space near our warehouse by a local company and then were able

to utilise warehouse space at logistics company David Hathaway.” But he said with big orders coming through, it would have been challenging if Colliers International had not brokered a deal for the Aztec West premises quickly. Mr Pierce said: “Five years ago there would have been a choice of industrial property in Yate. Now there is nothing, so finding us a new warehouse that we could move into quickly was a huge achievement.”


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Rogue trader jailed Last bank to leave for conning Chipping Chipping Sodbury Sodbury pensioner A CHIPPING Sodbury pensioner was conned out of nearly £26,000 by a man who carried out unnecessary work on his house. John Docherty, 42, of Rochester, Kent, has now been sentenced to two years and three months in prison after admitting five counts of fraud when he appeared at Bristol Crown Court. Docherty, who also uses the names John Casey and “Frank”, targeted the 73-year-old man in May 2016 by cold calling at his home. He said his name was Frank, that he had been working on a neighbouring property and had noticed excessive moss on his roof, which he offered to remove for £350. The resident agreed for that work to be done.  A number of men worked on the property and during the next month, Docherty claimed numerous other problems needed immediate attention. They included repairs to roof tiles, pointing of walls, strengthening waterlogged roof timbers and strengthening the A-frame in the roof.  Fearful for the condition of his property, the resident agreed to all of the work being carried out but all payments were requested in cash and the pensioner was told not to tell the bank why he was withdrawing the money. In total, Docherty was paid £25,800 for the work during May 2016. 

Docherty then claimed a further £20,000 of work was necessary to replace the damp proof course and for silicone injections in brick work. He pressurised the pensioner to have the work done and said if he didn’t, he would report him to the local authority as someone who was living in a property unfit for human habitation. He also refused to continue with other work already paid for until the £20,000 was paid. The case was investigated and successfully prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council’s trading standards team. Working with Avon and Somerset Police and acting on a tip off, a police officer was waiting at the property when Docherty arrived to collect the £20,000. He was arrested and charged but then absconded to Ireland and failed to appear for an initial court hearing in October 2016. An application was made for a European Arrest Warrant and Docherty was finally arrested in Hampshire in September 2017 on an unrelated matter and taken into custody in Bristol. A surveyor said it was difficult to justify why any of the work carried out it was necessary and described the workmanship as very poor. Prosecution costs, compensation and Proceeds of Crime Act matters will be dealt with at a later hearing.

Yate man charged with murder of Dean Sawyer in Bristol A MAN from Yate was remanded in custody after being charged with the murder of Dean Sawyer in Bristol. Jamie Lomax, 41, of Chargrove, appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court after the body of Mr Sawyer, 43, was found in his flat in City Road on November 26. Mr Sawyer had founded the Positive Causes project based in Old Market, which works with homeless people.

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CHIPPING Sodbury will lose its last bank when NatWest closes its branch in the town in the spring. The bank is one of 197 branches around the country set to be closed by NatWest in May and June. The bank said it proposed to shut the Chipping Sodbury branch on May 30. After then, customers will have to go to Yate to the nearest alternative branch. However, NatWest said everyday banking services could be done at local post offices. The bank said: “Closing a branch is a decision we take very seriously. A broad range of local factors are considered and contribute to our decision-making process.” It said more people were choosing to do their banking online, with a mobile banking app or over the phone. NatWest said that meant some branches were being used a lot less than they used to be.



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Nuclear reactors planned for new Oldbury B power plant gain regulators’ approval REGULATORS have approved the design of the reactors that are proposed to generate electricity at a new Oldbury B nuclear power station at Shepperdine. Horizon Nuclear Power, the company behind the major project, welcomed the announcement, saying it was a major leap forward in the process for the technology to be built at its planned sites in both Oldbury and on Anglesey. But it cautioned that the generic design assessment of the UK Advanced Boiling Water Reactor, designed by Hitachi-GE, did not in itself give permission to build. It now has to start a process of site specific safety and environmental applications in parallel to that for its nuclear site licence. It also needs planning permission from the Department of Business, Energy and

Oldbury’s new reactors will be the same as the one for Horizon’s proposed new site in Wales Industrial Strategy. Only when those are achieved can the company move to construction first at Wylfa Newydd and later at Oldbury, where it is proposed to have two of the reactors next to the Magnox plant now being decommissioned. Horizon said the new station would create up to 850 permanent jobs, with a

construction workforce of around 4,000 for the majority of the time and up to 9,000 workers at the peak of construction. Duncan Hawthorne, Horizon’s chief executive, said: “This is a huge milestone for Horizon and a major leap forward for us in bringing muchneeded new nuclear power to the UK.”

Arts trail this summer PEOPLE in the Yate and Chipping Sodbury area can look forward to another Wallace & Gromit arts trail taking place across Bristol this summer. More than 60 decorated sculptures of the popular pair - and the pesky penguin Feathers McGraw - will go on show in the city from July 2 to September 2. Locations for the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail are still being decided. If you would like to suggest a site within an approximate 10-mile radius of the city centre, contact the organisers by January 4. As with the previous Gromit trail in 2013 and the Shaun the Sheep trail in 2015, schools can also get involved with the project, which is run by Bristol Children’s Hospital charity The Grand Appeal with animation studio Aardman.They can apply to decorate a smaller sculpture of Feathers McGraw. The trail will raise money for the children’s hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital. Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park and Aardman founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton added: “It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since we brought Wallace, Gromit and Feathers together in The Wrong Trousers, and we’re delighted that they’ll be together once again in our home city of Bristol.

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General knowledge to be tested New owner of Chipping at Yate charity quiz night Sodbury YATE and District Rotary Club is encouraging teams to enter its annual charity quiz night. The event is a successful money raiser, with the 2017 quiz bringing in more than £700 for distribution to various charities supported by the club. Winners on that occasion were the Barking Mad team, whose members received their trophy and prize from club president Brian Hamblin. The 2018 quiz takes place on Wednesday, February 7, at 7.30pm, with the venue of Yate Academy to be confirmed. The entry fee for teams of four is £24 per team of four entry, to include a light ploughman’s supper. A licensed bar will also be available on the night. Phone 01454 324139 for further details and to enrol for Barking Mad team receive the quiz winners’ trophy from Yate Rotary the event. Club president Brian Hamblin.

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business acquires Countrywide stores MOLE Valley Farmers is expanding with the purchase of 48 Countrywide stores. The company, which recently acquired A Nichols (Cow Mills) in Station Road, Chipping Sodbury, is due to wrap up the deal by the end of January. Among the stores to be sold by Countrywide is the longestablished outlet in Thornbury. Countrywide said the sale was subject to review by the Competition and Markets Authority, with completion expected to take place before the end of January 2018.




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Family entertainment awaits audiences with the Wizard of Oz

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Recycling figures released by South Glos RESIDENTS in South Gloucestershire have recycled an extra 1,279 tonnes of waste since weekly collections were brought in, paving the way for the introduction of smaller black bins in the New Year. New figures released by South Gloucestershire Council show the success of the authority's new weekly kerbside recycling collections, which began in June this year. The additional 1,279 tonnes of recycling is a 14 per cent increase and includes an extra 600 tonnes of paper and cardboard, an extra 364 tonnes of food waste and an extra 315 tonnes made up of plastics, cans and textiles. Waste that cannot be recycled is disposed of either as energy from waste or into landfill and the council has to pay at least £101 to dispose of every tonne of black bin waste in this way, so the extra 1,270 tonnes of recycling has allowed the council to save around £130,000 since

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An initiative to replace the current black bins for smaller bins will be rolled out from January 15. Cabinet Member for Communities and Tourism, councillor Heather Goddard, said: "This is fantastic news, I am so pleased that the changes we have made to make recycling easier for residents are paying off. Our communities deserve a real pat on the back for their efforts. "Our new waste strategy is all about reducing the waste we send to landfill, which is expensive and no good for our environment. Before we launched our new strategy, 52 per cent of waste put into our black bins could have been recycled from home. This first response to making recycling easier is very encouraging. "The next step is to reduce the size of people’s waste bins, which will start to happen in the New Year. From January 15 we will be exchanging the 240 litre black bins for non-recyclable waste with 140 litre bins, to reduce recyclable waste ending up in the black bins and achieve our recycling target of 50 per cent by 2020. It is clear now that

the pressure on those bins will be far less, thanks to residents’ recycling efforts. "There have been a number of other initiatives as part of the new approach, including making allowances for larger families to have extra black bin capacity and introducing separate bags for disposable nappy waste to help families with young children manage their non-recyclable waste. "The people of South Gloucestershire have really risen to this challenge and I hope they will recycle a bumper load of Christmas wrapping and boxes having had a lovely holiday season." Residents have had Christmas collection calendars delivered but can check the dates for their area on the council website at: collectionday Waste and recycling collections will not take place on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 December or Monday 1 January. Sort It recycling centres will be closed from 2pm Sunday 24 December. They will be closed all day on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 December and Monday 1 January.



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n COMMUNITY NEWS Chipping Sodbury Morning Wi OUR speaker Doctor Francis Burroughs enthralled us with his talk about the ‘Wonderful World of Glass’. We were told so much about the history of glass and were able to hold and examine very old and rare examples of glass from around the world. I think we all learned things about glass that we never knew. So many ladies asked questions at the end that time ran out – it was an inclusive and superb

presentation with some really funny quips from the speaker. Our Christmas Meeting with Christmas cake and sherry heard from local historian Jim Elsworth who talked about the pubs of Sodbury. Looking back on the past month everyone was delighted by the AGM lunch that was held at The Squire where we were beautifully looked after by the staff. It was such a fantastic way to end our AGM meeting that the members voted unanimously


hosting both the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter and the High Sheriff, Andrew Tabor who laid wreaths at St Mary’s Church Lych Gate and the Parnall Grave. This year sadly, was the commemoration of one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War known as Passchendaele, so unnecessary and a waste of a generation of young from Britain, her Allies, and Germany. After much hard work by Yate Town Council Staff and Councillor Chris Willmore, the funding has been obtained to replace the athletics track and other facilities at

Mayor of Yate’s end of year message I have enjoyed my 6 months as Town Mayor, having been privileged to meet people who do an immense amount of work for our community and others who raise funds for charity. Most of them are volunteers who put themselves through much physical stress by indulging in feats of endurance. We were very honoured this year on Remembrance Sunday,

to make it an annual event. The Craft afternoon was a wonderful social occasion where we did manage to produce beautiful little felt mice and eat scrumptious cakes provided by one of the members. Members were asked whether they would like to form a Skittles Team to play in the WI league and it was hoped we would have enough people to make a team. Our first meeting of the New Year will be held on 16 January 2018 at 10.00 am at the Old

YOSC, for which I offer my thanks for preserving this facility for future generations of Yate athletes. 100 years of industry in Yate was celebrated this year by Whirlpool, a major employer of local workers. I wish them well for

13 Grammar School, Chipping Sodbury. Visitors can “try us out” by attending three meetings after which they will need to formally become a WI member. If you decide to make joining you local WI one of your New Year Resolutions you cannot do better than come to Chipping Sodbury Morning WI where you will be made very welcome. We are a really lovely bunch of ladies. another 100 years. As we look forward to Christmas, perhaps we could think of those less fortunate than ourselves, the homeless, those who are elderly and alone, those who have lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks that have blighted our county this year. If we can help in anyway, by giving time, or donating to charity, we will be giving something special this Christmas.  On behalf of Yate Town Council Members and Staff, my wife Carole and I, to all those who celebrate the season, a very Happy Christmas and to all, a Peaceful New Year.

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Making their stay more comfortable RELATIVES and carers of patients nearing the end of their lives in Bristol’s city centre hospitals will be offered help to make their stay more comfortable. They will receive Comfort Boxes, funded by hospital charity Above & Beyond. These contain items such as toothpaste and toothbrush, wet wipes and hand cream; a sleeping mask and ear plugs; and tea, coffee and biscuits. Also included is a leaflet which provides useful information about visiting hours, arranging an overnight stay and where to buy food and drink on hospital sites. Sue Coghlan, Sister on Ward 78 at St Michael’s Hospital, said: “During difficult times, it really is the little things that can make all the difference to a relative’s or carer’s stay on the ward. Having simple amenities such as the ability to make yourself

a cup of tea in the early hours without having to leave your loved one’s side is so important. These comfort boxes will allow us to provide the best possible care for the patient and their family, friend or carer when they need it most.” Paul Kearney, CEO of Above & Beyond, added: “Our hospital staff give excellent care to patients and the Comfort Box will allow them to offer that little bit extra to relatives and carers as well. Providing comfort in times of need is vitally important and, in difficult circumstances, we’re proud to be able to support the staff in going above and beyond what the NHS can provide.” The funds for the Comfort Box initiative were approved by Above & Beyond’s board of trustees. Staff have also used the funds to buy special chairs that convert into a bed for visitors staying overnight.

Other grants approved by trustees this year include £108,000 for the continuation of the much-valued free hospital bus service used by 12,000 patients, visitors and staff per month and £10,283 for an educational, app-based projection system, Magic Carpet, to keep young patients engaged

and active during stays in the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Founded in 1974, Above & Beyond raises money for all nine city centre hospitals, many of which are specialist centres for the South West region. http://www.aboveandbeyond.

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Thornbury life saver presented with national award THE life-saving action of Environment Agency employer Marcus Fry has earned him a national award. Mr Fry, a project manager from Thornbury, and fellow worker Rob Nichols swung into action after a colleague collapsed at the agency’s head office in Bristol. The woman was unresponsive and struggling to breathe so first aider Mr Fry started administering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). He also used a defibrillator to prevent the risk of brain damage until an ambulance arrived. Mr Nichols, a software contractor, took over CPR while

the defibrillator was powered up. Mr Fry, 55, said: “These things work on a fluttering heart so while Rob, a volunteer with West Midlands Ambulance Service, continued the CPR, I put the pads on the patient. “The machine did an analysis and instructed us to continue mouth-to-mouth and CPR. “After two to three minutes the paramedics arrived, followed by an ambulance carrying larger equipment, and then a doctor by helicopter.” The medics stabilised the patient before taking her to hospital, where she was slowly awakened and treated for her heart condition.

Richard Houghton, deputy director of health, safety and well-being at the Environment Agency, said: “We are very proud of and grateful to our quick-thinking colleagues whose calmness and first aid knowledge saved their workmate’s life.” A defibrillator sends an electric shock to the heart to restore its normal rhythm. Prompt treatment increases a victim’s chances of survival and reduces the risk of brain damage. The woman who was saved, while not being named, said: “I feel like the luckiest person in the world. “Marcus and Rob provided the assistance I needed with

minimum delay. Their actions were impeccable. I was in hospital for two days in an induced coma and thankfully hadn’t suffered any neurological damage when I came around.” The lifesavers travelled to London to collect their award from Anne Jolly, the founder of SADS UK, a national charity that campaigns to prevent loss of life from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome. Mr Fry received a Lifepak defibrillator, which he is donating to a village hall in Wiltshire.

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Armed Forces Day to be held in Thornbury AN annual event to honour the contribution made by past and present members of the armed forces will be held in Thornbury for the first time in 2018. Armed Forces Day has until now been marked in South Gloucestershire in either Kingswood or Staple Hill, with each taking its turn to host a parade and range of activities.

The 2017 event in Staple Hill was attended by some 16,000 people throughout the day. Now South Gloucestershire Council wants it to become more far reaching and from 2018 it will rotate between three locations once Thornbury becomes a venue. Pat Savage, treasurer of the South Gloucestershire

Armed Forces Day committee, said: “The day honours the contribution made by current members of the armed forces and by veterans of all ages. “It raises awareness in the community of the work the military do, the skills that can be learned by joining the forces and how those skills benefit the community on leaving the forces.

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January 15 n Prospect is a support group for Bristol and district prostate cancer patients, partners and carers. The next meeting will be at BAWA, Filton BS34 7RF, on January 15, with a speaker (7pm). Coffee mornings are held at the Macmillan Centre, Southmead Hospital, on the first Thursday of each month (10am-noon), to help new patients. Website: http:// and the Tackle helpline, 0800 035 5302, will put callers in touch with Prospect January 8 n Bristol BS. Monday January 8 commencing 7.30pm. Slide show by Colin Parsons illustrating the recent evolvement of the modern exhibition budgerigar. Temporary venue while local council are carrying out extensive alterations to our usual venue: The Methodist Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne Down, Bristol BS36 1BN. Visitors welcome to join us without commitment to join. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@ or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_fretten13@hotmail. com January 8 n Pilates, and Pump & Tone, at Chipping Sodbury Sports Centre. Mondays and Wednesdays :- Pump & Tone 6:30pm; Pilates 7:30pm. Starting from 8th January 2018. £6:00 per class; or a monthly tariff available inclusive of the Tuesday Bradley Stoke classes as well. www. for full information. Ring 01454 618488, or email, or just turn up.

January 2018 at 7:30pm for 8:00pm start in the Miners Institute (aka Coalpit Heath Village Hall), 214 Badminton Road, Coalpit Heath, BS36 2QB. Non SGMRG members are welcome, £2 each; there is no need to book in advance The talk will be by Jon Maisey, an SGMRG member, and will be about Windrush Quarry, an underground stone quarry in the Cotswolds, so similar to a Bath "stone mine". January 25 n'Avon Organic Group The local group for everyone interested in organic growing and organic foods. This month we welcome Mike Feingold, Bristol’s Permaculture Guru, talking about Ideas from Permaculture and leading a discussion on how to make growing easier and more productive. Thursday, 25th January 2018, 7pm – 9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. All welcome. Visitors £5 / Members £2. / January 30 n The AGM of Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce will be held on Tuesday 30th January 2018 at 17:30 at The Beaufort Hunt Pub, Broad Street. All applications for the position of Chairman should be submitted to admin@ before Tuesday 16th January 2018. February 3 n Sodbury Vale Model Railway Club's 34th Annual Model Railway Exhibition will be held on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at St Mary's Church, Church Road, Yate. Open 10.00am to 4.30pm. Full details at

January 9 n'Branch Lines around Swindon & The MSWJ’ presented by Brian Arman. BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL, BS34 7RG. Tuesday 9th January 7:30 for 7:45 pm. The meeting is open to all and there is no admission charge, but a suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses is appreciated. Contact: Dave Winter 01454324230. January 10 nThe South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group’s (SGMRG) next talk will be on Wednesday 10th

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REGULAR EVENTS Monday n New Zumba Gold Class Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church Hall £3.5 per week heatherkimbell.zumba. com. Monday mornings at 9.30am (45 minuties followed by coffee time). Anyone is welcome but the class is especially appropriate for people who want low-impact dance-based exercise. n Lipreading Classes Old Grammar School Rooms, High Street Chiiping Sod bury £21 every 6 weeks. Contact Mary Hall 07790 283939 emai n Third Monday every month Frome Valley Ladies Probus 2-4pm Charter Suite, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall T 01454 316301. Interesting Speaker each meeting, raffle, refreshments and lunches n 1st Yate Boys brigade various activities for boys 5+ meet at Moorland road Methodist church 6.30pm. Contact Simon Crocker 01454 329017 n Gentle Yoga-in Class. Every Monday 9.30am or 10.45am start at Masonic Hall, Hatters Lane, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AA. Beginners Welcome. Mat can be provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: n Shire Way Senior Citizens Club meet every Monday afternoon at Shire Way Community Centre between 1.30pm and 4pm. get together for tea, coffee, bingo, entertainment, raffle meet new friends , all welcome , Yate Com transport, available. Further info 01454317866-----07749712351 n Bristol Area Stroke Foundation Weekly Stroke Support Group The group has a varied programme of events and activities. Shireway Community Association, Yate BS37 8YS. Every Monday from 2pm till 4pm. If you are interested in coming along or want to volunteer contact our office on 0117 9647657 n Lunchtime folk music and song

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at The Beaufort Hunt pub function room, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, start at 12.00 till 3.00, all welcome to come have a pint and a meal, sit and listen or play or sing, free entry. Contact Terry 01454 313045 n Bristol Budgerigar Society. Temporary venue while local council are carrying out extensive alterations to our usual venue: The Methodist Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne Down, Bristol BS36 1BN. Meetings commence at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month. Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_fretten13@hotmail. com Details from the Secretary Colin Parsons Tel 01454 775878. E-mail colinpauline@hotmail. com Membership; Adult £7.00, senior £5.00, same address partners £10.00, different address partners appropriate single rate each. Juniors free. Visitors always welcome without commitment or charge to see the wonderful budgerigar breeding, exhibition and social experience that Bristol Budgerigar Society can offer. n Pilates, and Pump & Tone, at Chipping Sodbury Sports Centre. Mondays :- Pump & Tone 6:30pm; Pilates 7:30pm. Starting from 8th January 2018. £6:00 per class; or a monthly tariff available inclusive of the Tuesday Bradley Stoke classes as well. www. for full information. Ring 01454 618488, or email, or just turn up.



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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED Tuesday n Sodbury & District Flower Arrangement Society The Society meets every month of the year (except August and December) at the Old Grammar School in Chipping. Sodbury. The second Tuesday of the month we have a Practice and Tutorial Class. On the forth Tuesday of the month a guest demonstrator joins us for our Demonstration Evening. All our meetings start at 7.30pm; visitors and new members are most welcome. For further information contact Pauline Holder, 01454 776361 n Art Club, Ridgewood Centre, Yate: 7pm - 9 pm http:// yateandsodburyartsociety.weebly. com. Tel Roz on 01454 316956 or 0794 194 6412

by Alzheimer’s Society. Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church Hall 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month 10.30am – 12 noon For more information contact Jean on 01454 313023. Email: n Craft and Chat - a fun and friendly craft group for people of all ages and skill levels. Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 10–11.30am. Email: office@cs-bc. n Frome Valley Mens Probus Club. We meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 10 – 12 noon at the Townhall, C/Sodbury. Guest Speaker every meeting, occasional lunches, day trips. Contact George for further info. Tele: 01454 882908


n 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 Art Club, Ridgewood Centre, Yate: 7pm - 9 pm http:// yateandsodburyartsociety.weebly. com. Tel Roz on 01454 316956 or 0794 194 6412

n Frome Valley Tang Soo Do, open to adults and children 7yrs +, Wellesley Primary School, Edgeworth, Yate every Tuesday 6.45pm - 8.15pm. Contact Rachel Woodford for more details on 07712 729726

n Thornbury and South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club (TSGARC) we meet every Wednesday in the Buckingham Room at the Chantry in Thornbury. Meetings usually start at 8pm with people arriving from 7:30pm. We welcome new members and can train people to pass their Amateur radio Foundation and Intermediate Licences. Our website is at http://

n Diddi Dance 9:30am - 10:15am n Yate Oral History Group meets 7.30pm,2nd Thursday of the month at Poole Court for interesting talks, refreshments & summer outings. We are a small friendly group looking for new members. Contact Diana 01454 322811 nNew Zumba Gold Class Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church Hall £3.5 per week heatherkimbell. Tuesday evening at 7.30pm (1 hour followed by juice). Anyone is welcome but the class is especially appropriate for people who want low-impact dancebased exercise.

n Chakra Dancing Workout for mind, body & soul, Ridgewood Community Centre, Yate, BS37 4AF. 0930-1030am £5 each on the door. Suitable for all abilities and fitness levels. 0795 440 6640 - www. n Gentle Yoga-in Class. Every Wednesday 2pm at Old Sodbury Village Hall, T (01454) 327112 E

n Westerleigh Jazz Club - New Inn Westerleigh. Every Tuesday 8.30pm to 11pm. Different guest artists every week Contact: Mike Slade 01454 888269

n Chakra Dancing Workout for body & mind Ridgewood Community Centre, Yate, BS37 4AF. 930-1030am. £5 each on the door Julie 0795 440 6640.

n Oasis Friendship Café - a relaxed meeting place to come along for a chat, a listening ear and to make new friends.Baptist Church Hall in Chipping Sodbury. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 10:15am 12 noon Email:

n Sew & Sew at Ridgewood Community Centre from 1 .30 pm to 4.0pm at £2.00 per week. Phone Joan for details on 01 454 314355.

n Oasis Memory Café - in partnership with the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury and supported

n Walks for single people. Solo Rendezvous meet at Downend Cricket Club, every Wednesday, 8.30pm, entrance £3, and walk every Sunday. Please phone for walk details: 01454 775508 / 01454

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774984 / 0117 9850210. n Frenchay Men’s Probus Club Meetings are held in Frenchay Village Hall from 10.00 am to 12 noon on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of the month. The meeting is preceded by coffee and biscuits. www.frenchayprobusclub. com n Craft group meeting in St. Mary's Church, Yate each Wednesday from 10am. Everyone welcome, we have knitters, sewers and chatters. Refreshments available for a donation. Please come in and say hello. n Yate/Chipping Sodbury Afternoon Choir meets on Wednesdays 2pm till 4pm at St Marys Church Yate. NO AUDITIONS!!! Contact Nikki on 01761472468 for more details or just turn up at the church and have a free sing on the first visit. Look forward to seeing you! n Yate & District Townswomen’s Guild meet on the second Wednesday morning of every month in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. We have a programme of varied and interesting speakers. We are a very sociable group and offer other smaller, activity groups too. Give us a try. Ring Rhona 01454 881532 or Christine 07811665286 n 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. n Pilates, and Pump & Tone, at Chipping Sodbury Sports Centre. Wednesdays :- Pump & Tone 6:30pm; Pilates 7:30pm. Starting from 8th January 2018. £6:00 per class; or a monthly tariff available inclusive of the Tuesday Bradley Stoke classes as well. www. for full information. Ring 01454 618488, or email, or just turn up.

Thursday n Chipping Sodbury Folk Night Meets on 1st Thursday of each month in function room at Beaufort Pub . 8 pm - 11pm, next date Thursday 2nd April. Huge range of music and performers covering various genres , all welcome, performers slots are available on a first come basis. £1 on the door . Visit our Facebook page for more info, Chipping Sodbury Folk Night. Or call Jo on

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07974 381333. n Meditation Class Ridgewood Community Centre, Yate, BS37 4AF. 10-11am. £5 each on the door Julie 0795 440 6640 n Diddi Dance 9:30am - 10:15am n South Glos. Decorative and Fine Arts Society is a flourishing group which enjoys excellent lectures on Design and the Arts. Visitors are welcome. 7.00 for 7.30pm at Bradley Stoke Community School, Fiddlers Lane, BS32 7BS on 3rd Thursday of the month. 01454 774401 n Directors Duet for Stokes Singers choir. The two MDs would love to welcome new members to Thursday rehearsals at 7.30pm at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway BS34 5LP. n Flow-in Yoga Class. Every Thursday 6.15pm & 7.45pm at CS School Sports Centre. Beginners Welcomed. Mat can be provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: hello@ Can book via www. n Yate Oral History Group meets 7.30pm,2nd Thursday of the month at Poole Court for interesting historical talks & refreshments . We are a small friendly group looking for new members. Contact Diana 01454 322811

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED n Crofts End Silver Band: We are a small friendly brass band who meet in Hanham Tabenacle every Friday evening 7.30-9.00pm We play for enjoyment and not contesting. Used to play? Want to learn? Contact: Denise 07944 887979 or Reg 0117 9652229

Shopmobility South Gloucestershire, Yate Library, Yate Shopping Centre. The service hires out battery

powered scooters and wheelchairs, to help people to retain their independence and to use the facilities of the centre. You can also hire scooters and wheelchairs for longer terms. If you have a S. Glos. Council Diamond card then you can use that on the service.  The Shopmobility office is open Tues and Friday 9.30 am - 4 pm, and Thurs and Sat 9.30 am - 2 pm Telephone 01454 868718 or 07999574474 for more information or e mail  shopmobilitysouthglos@

Splash of soul returns NORTHERN soul lovers have a treat in store with the return of Splash of Soul on Sunday January 7. The event, which takes place at Barton Hill Rugby Club in Duncombe Road, Speedwell, with feature the usual DJs, Martyn Johnson, Jimmy Manu and Malcolm Beedle, plus guest DJ John Gradwell from Portishead Scooter Club. Also taking to the decks will be a special DJ from Blackheart Soul All Nighter in Nottingham. It will run from 3-8pm and entry is £3. Splash of Soul takes place every two months. Visit Splash of Soul on Facebook to find out more.

Saturday n Hatherell’s Yard Market, 9am to 4pm. hatherellsyard n Options (now in its 16th year) meets at the Ridgewood Community Centre from 10.30am to 3.0om. Lunches are available plus free tea or coffee. £2 .50 a session. Phone Joan for details on 01454 314355 n Energise-in Yoga Class. Every Saturday 10am at Masonic Hall, Chipping Sodbury. Beginners Welcomed. Mat can be provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: hello@ Can book via www.

Sunday 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. n The Tourist Information Centre Chipping Sodbury In January and February will open from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Thursdays. From

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Vulnerable groups urged to get free vaccination MORE people in South Gloucestershire have been included in the category of vulnerable individuals who can get a free flu jab. The NHS has added health and care workers to the list of those eligible for the annual vaccination. It is now encouraging staff who are employed by a registered residential care or nursing home, as well as registered domiciliary care providers, and who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people to take up the offer.    Schools can also fund privately-provided vaccinations for their staff.  Meanwhile, South Gloucestershire Council is for a second time funding the vaccine for many of its employees through an expenses claim scheme. The council said by not having the jab, people working

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Thousands of pounds already raised by 2017 Ride and Stride event THE annual Ride and Stride fund raiser has so far collected £40,000 for the repair and improvement of churches. Places of worship of any Christian denomination across South Gloucestershire, north Bristol and Gloucestershire can benefit from the event. Held each September, it involves walkers, cyclists, horse riders and drivers visiting churches along their chosen route in support of the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust. Money raised is given out in grants to churches, with half the cash going to the participants’ own chosen churches.

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OUR first major exhibition of 2018 features the history of local pub life in the last two centuries. In some ways, traditional pubs have become far removed from modern life. Often they are now merely places to eat and frequently lack the character of earlier public houses.   They are also uncertain times for many inns. In 2007 we had an exhibition on the history of pubs in Chipping Sodbury but since then a number in the town and Yate have closed, most recently the Tern Inn and the Grapes in Chipping Sodbury and the Cross Keys in Yate. Some have been demolished altogether, notably the Swan and the Railway in Yate.  Sodbury was steeped in pubs of all kinds in the 18th and 19th centuries. As a market town it was replete with coaching inns and beer houses. Many cherished

The Railway Hotel in Yate.

buildings in the town have a public house link - the former grammar school was built on the site of the Lamb, the police station next door was at one time the Duke William,


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while the Megna Indian restaurant in Horse Street had been the White Horse. Even sparsely populated areas such as North Road could boast two beer houses on Engine Common lane, the Engine Inn and the Collier’s Arms. Even Little Sodbury End had the Horton Arms at one time. The exhibition will celebrate the rich history of local pubs and the central part they had in the lives of many people, not merely as drinking venues but also as hubs for social, political and economic life. A cursory glance at images of Sodbury’s Portcullis pub alone shows it was a site for social clubs, election declarations and meets of the Beaufort Hunt.  Remaining pubs arguably must maintain a reasonable standard and range of food, decor and comfort to survive and a common feature now is a wider selection

of beers and ciders at some pubs. Some local pubs offer consistently well-kept beers and ciders, making them worthy of an entry in publications such as the Good Beer Guide. Diary dates To Wednesday, January 24: Exhibition on the history of the Sodbury Union Workhouse.   Thursday, January 25, to Saturday, March 17: Exhibition on the pub history of Yate and Sodbury.   Tuesday, February 6: 7.30pm, Yate lecture series, Sorcerer and Apprentice, the history of Edward Jenner and John Hunter. Wednesday, January 17: 7.30pm, military archaeology in Gloucestershire with Stephen Crowther. Admission £3 but free for Yate Archaeology Group group members.


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The Beaufort hounds from Badminton at the Portcullis in Chipping Sodbury.


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HERE we are at the beginning of 2018 and that can only mean one thing; New Year resolutions. At this time of the year most of us do some kind of ‘stock take’ of the past twelve months and reflect on what we could have done better and then resolve to turn that around this year. Usually this involves some kind of keep fit initiative. It’s an interesting phenomenon that gym attendance increases in January by around 33-50% but by the end of February up to 80% of the ‘new year resolvers’ have fallen away. I have nothing against anyone trying to get physically fitter, I could do with doing that myself, but how about resolving in 2018 to get spiritually fitter as well? After all, each one of us has a spiritual side, a part of us that yearns to connect with something bigger than ourselves. Some of us might call it our soul, others our spiritual self, but we all have a part


of us that longs to connect with the Divine. That’s the part of us that gazes up at a snow-capped mountain and says ‘wow’ or looks into the eyes of a new-born baby and, just for a moment, is captured by their beauty and innocence. It’s the part of us that dares to think ‘there must be more to life than this.’ It was the Apostle Paul who said “exercise daily in God” no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.’ (1 Timothy 4:8 The Bible) If you spent the last twelve months wondering if there was more to life than what you have experienced so far then why not resolve to make 2018 the year you began to explore your spiritual side? Who knows what you might discover?

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WE continue to work with South Gloucestershire Council, housing providers and residents to deal with anti-social behaviour (ASB) which can have such an impact on people’s lives. One example is the recent extension of a Yate woman’s Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). The two-year court order, issued in 2015, prohibited her from making a noise nuisance in her home or any she visits, or to have more than three people in her home unless they are family members. Although the woman’s behaviour has generally improved since, she breached her conditions in the summer, so the court has now extended the order for another two years. You can find out more about how we and the council deal with ASB and how to report it on or www.

For Newsdesk Or Advertising contact 07733898762 You may remember that back in April we seized 51 wraps of Class A drugs from a 17-year-old from London. He has now been dealt with in court and given a conditional 12-month discharge for possession with intent to supply drugs. He has a threemonth curfew monitored by electronic tag, must carry out 50 days of community activity and is under an Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme until 2019. I hope you enjoyed Christmas - don’t forget, if you were lucky enough to be given a new smartphone or tablet, make sure you install tracking apps just in case they are lost or stolen. If you or your child got a new bike, please do get it marked with your postcode on the frame and any upgraded parts. Make sure

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What’s New? WELL hello & a very Happy New Year to you all! I trust you all had an enjoyable festive break and are settling well into 2018. So what’s new for 2018 you may ask, well somethings I have to share now, others you will just have to wait and see! I am sure that many of you are enjoying new technology gifts & presents, whether a mobile phone, tablet, computer or games console. It’s probably a good time to talk about a few tips to ensure that your eyes & vision stay healthy while you enjoy your tech time. With the increasing use of our tech has come a new condition for us to advise you on; Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome as it has also been called. So what is this new condition our love for tech has exposed us to? Well similar to other repetitive motion injuries, digital eye strain occurs when your eyes follow the same paths over and over again.

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n REVIEW SEEING top class ballet on a budget isn’t easy, but the growing trend for live cinema screenings of productions is sweeping the world, and South Gloucestershire is no exception. The Vue cinema in Longwell Green joined over 1300 cinemas around the globe in showing one of the most famous ballets, and Vicky Drew was on hand to try it out for us. Think Christmas, think The Nutcracker, the wonderful ballet with the infamous dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy which has been delighting ballet fans for years. Seeing The Nutcracker is a delight to behold, however the cost of a ticket alongside travel to The Royal Opera House in London is prohibitive to many which is why it it is good news that The Nutcracker is being screened in cinemas around the world. On opening night screenings were taking place with the added bonus of an introduction by Darcy Bussell, the Strictly judge and a former ballerina who once performed the demanding and mesmerising dance of The Sugar


Almost as good as the real thing Plum Fairy herself. This particular performance by The Royal Ballet debuted in 1984 and showcases the talents of the company, both young and old. At first it seems a little strange to be listening to the sounds of The Opera House in a Vue cinema, however being able to see close up shots of the orchestra and having a sneak peek backstage (which is strictly off limits to the average theatre goer) is certainly an advantage. As the curtains open on stage, hush befell the cinema and it was a relief that rustling popcorn did not feature in this particular cinema screening. The opening scenes of The Nutcracker have a stage filled with action as Christmas is celebrated and Clara is presented with her nutcracker soldier. It is during these scenes that being in a cinema is a little frustrating as the camera dictates which area of the stage is in view and at times the camera action is a little jerky

as shots flick between close-ups and whole stage. Soon the focus shifts to fewer characters and the magic of the dance is able to dominate the experience. As the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer seeks to break the spell that turned his nephew into a nutcracker soldier, he guides Clara through a world of wonder and magic. Being able to view the performance so close is a real treat and enables the audience to marvel at the skill of the dancers. With the added commentary,

cinemas audiences are given an insight into the casting and rehearsal schedules of the dancers which is both informative and entertaining. For the die hard ballet fan I am sure that the cinema experience is no substitute for a night at the Royal Opera House, however anything that makes ballet accessible and more affordable to the masses can only be a good thing. And for me it really did bring a touch of Christmas to the cinema.

South Glos company opens Yate care home A NEW care home is to open in Yate in January that includes specific accommodation for those living with dementia. The Meadows is owned by Windmill Care, a locally based company which already runs homes in Old Down and Stoke Gifford. The company said it hoped to

forge links with local schools and churches and is looking to recruit staff for the new home. Katy Collacott, a director of Windmill Care said “Living with dementia can be disorientating and it is so important to provide the right environment for individuals: a calm atmosphere, with quiet areas”.

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Certainly not bamboozled by business: Yate youngsters sweep the board in business competition If you need a smart presentation board made from bamboo, we might know just the people. A group of sixth form students at Brimsham Green School have taken a business competition by storm, winning three awards. They now hope their venture, Bamboo Business will repeat their success on the national stage. Year 13 student and budding entrepreneur Ellis Conway told the Voice more about their experience. SIXTH form students at Brimsham Green are given the incredible opportunity to be a part of the Young Enterprise scheme as their enrichment sessions for one year. This allows a select group of around 14 students to meet for

two hours of designated lesson time per week to create their own business from scratch, with the guidance of business advisors and meetings run by Young Enterprise themselves. The national Young Enterprise competition involves schools from all over the country whose teams pull together to try and build the best, most

professional business possible. Young Enterprise is a non-profit charity that allows young people to expand their knowledge through the hands-on experience gained by participating in the establishing and running of a brand-new business. There are three levels of competition in which student businesses take part; local, regional

and national. At each level the companies are judged and marked against different requirements and at the end of the programme, an overall winner is announced. As a member of this year's Young Enterprise team, I can confidently say that there is a lot more work involved than I first expected, however it all becomes worth it when you can produce a final product that the whole team can take pride in. Each team member is allocated a job role and from there we begin to build a business, with each member focusing on the responsibilities of their job title. Everything from finance and fundraising to branding and manufacturing is down to us, including the many legal considerations to think about. When the branding is finished, the company must then begin to think about practicalities of buying and then engraving our

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n NEWS chosen product of bamboo serving boards, as well as our financial situation regarding what we can and cannot afford. Our main targets for sales are the multiple trade fairs arranged by Young Enterprise, however we are seeing an increasing audience for sales through our social media accounts such as our Facebook page and our website also. Our company, The Bamboo Business, has already experienced a surprising level of success selling our bamboo presentation boards

within just a few months of the company's beginning. At one of our local trade fairs on 2 December at St Nicholas' Market in Bristol, we were awarded with three out of four awards. The first award was for 'Best Customer Service', a category that we were marked 70/80 for, on account of our friendly and persuasive team members. Our second award was for 'Best Trade Stand', in which we scored 73/80 for the way that our product was presented on the stand we were

given and the professionalism seen within the stand by the judges. The third and final award we were given was the 'Best Overall Company' which was given based on the collective scores of all categories we were marked on. It is incredibly rare for one school to win the majority of awards at one trade fair and as a result of this we were all massively surprised and proud, students and teachers alike. In these months since the beginning of The Bamboo Business, we have sold 104 high quality bamboo boards and made £1066 revenue so far, with profits reaching over £500. A particular success for us was the sale of 18 serving boards to local business The Vintage Birdcage Cakery, where they are now used to display and serve selected food to their customers. We were able to personalise the boards with their popular birdcage logo and as a result of this there are now more plans to continue selling to local businesses to improve and strengthen our brand. We have high hopes to achieve more awards and hopefully make it far enough in the Young Enterprise

Put forward your hero for a community award WOULD you like to thank a volunteer who has gone the extra mile? There’s still time to put forward local heroes for the South Gloucestershire Council Chair's Community Awards 2018. The annual honours recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid volunteers and community groups make to life in South Gloucestershire. The next celebration of community work and volunteering takes place in March and nominations close on Friday January 5. Suggestions for nominations include individuals and groups who have contributed to community development, promoting equality, arts, sports, play, environment, working with older or young people, advice and advocacy or someone

who has simply been a good neighbour. From charity fundraisers to local football club managers, sports coaches and arts festival organisers, these awards have seen South Gloucestershire Council honour the dedication and commitment of hundreds of unsung heroes across the district. Council chairman Ian Blair said: “Our Community Awards have been running since 2003 to celebrate the contribution local people make to life in South Gloucestershire and since then over 400 people have received an award. “It is really important to recognise the dedication of the people who give up their own time to bring our communities together and improve the lives of local people. These awards offer a great way to celebrate their

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Stirring sound of Welsh choir to fill Armstrong Hall THE sound of the Pontarddulais Male Choir voices will ring out when Thornbury Welsh Society hosts its annual concert. Soloist Charlotte Bateman will join the choristers in the Armstrong Hall on Saturday, January 27. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets costing £12 will be on sale in Thornbury Town Hall, High Street, from Wednesday, January 3. Email:




January, 2018

A guide to pre-owned cars with Richard Cooke

Second hand Style A look at everyday cars on the cusp of becoming modern classics VW Golf GTi 30th Anniversary Edition, 2007: Fore (cylinders) WHAT’S this, a VW Golf recommended as a future classic? Well, how original… Yes, it’s true, nearly all Golf GTis eventually become classics of some sort, but what about limited production run anniversary editions? VW launched the GTi in 1977, and Mk1 and Mk2 models are undeniably classic cars with a rising price tag to match. The Mk3 rusts, and the associated 1997 20th anniversary model was a bit halfhearted and hardly any were GTis. The less said about the flaccid Mk4 the better, but the Mk5 30th anniversary edition is both old enough to now be reasonably priced and yet young enough to use every day. It looks great, and for once the ‘special edition’ extras are worth paying for over a standard GTi. So what should you look out for? The engine, a well proven 210bhp 2.0 turbo, needs a cambelt change every 70,000 miles. Part of the exhaust pipe needs to come off to do the job, so you’ll need to budget about £600 for the work. If you must buy an automatic (and

my test drive car came with one), it can go expensively wrong. This one had already been fixed, and gearbox oil changes every 40k miles may help to prevent what could be a £2k bill. Ouch. That’s a shame, as the box itself is keen and responsive, so my advice is to either get a fully comprehensive used warranty or better still buy one with the more preferable six speed manual. I like how this Anniversary edition looks, sitting on uprated 18 inch alloys that would have been great on all GTis but are a special extra for this model. On start-up the exhaust is quite boomy, and it pops nicely on the overrun. This is no doubt engineered in

deliberately by VW, but it works for me. I found the car struggled for traction on even moderate throttle settings from standstill – the road was damp but it scrabbled far too much and sometimes all the way up to 50mph. That said, there is plenty of power for the front wheels to handle, and I call into question the need for the heavier, thirstier and altogether less ‘pure’ R32 V6 alternative. Handling is excellent, suspension firm for a VW but not as sharp as the best from BMW or even Ford. Brakes are excellent, very sharp and gave me real confidence. Inside there’s a lovely thickrimmed steering wheel and the

usual comprehensive dash layout and reasonably high standard equipment level. That said, whilst everything certainly feels well screwed together it never actually felt ‘premium’. Maybe that’s where sister company Audi comes in with their A3, although at a price of course. I missed parking sensors and a reversing camera, but loved the special edition golf-ball auto shift lever and check pattern retro seats – leather would have looked incongruous. VWs, Golfs in particular and the GTi above all have a loyal, borderline obsessive following. Special edition GTis are, to my mind, immediate minor classics that have nonetheless been built to be used every day. If you’re in the market for a practical hatchback with proper pace and a few thoughtful extras, you could do much worse than this Golf 30th edition. Don’t expect the last word in cosseting luxury, and focus instead on how much fun it is. VW Golf GTi 30th Edition, what to pay: £7k for a 100,000 mile example to £10k for a pristine 50,000 miler Next month: 6 cylinders

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IT’S very common at the beginning of a new year to make a ‘‘resolution’’. This is a commitment to make a lifestyle or behavioural change or even learn a new skill. For those short of ideas here are a few we suggest; Increasing physical activity and exercise; reducing alcohol intake; giving up smoking; getting more socially engaged; giving up some of your time to help a neighbour; reducing salt and sugar in your diet; increasing the amounts of fruit and vegetables you consume; taking your medications regularly. I’m sure you have already noted the trend. We are suggesting that you make changes that will be good for your health and wellbeing. Importantly, we want to help you do so.

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n NEWS FROM STROUD AUCTION ROOMS THERE were many delicious surprises at Stroud Auction Rooms' Christmas sale but none quite as unexpected as a bottle of Johnnie Walker. The bottle of c1908 John Walker & Sons Kilmarnock Old

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Highland Whisky was so rare that it made £8,500 - ten times its guide price."We knew it was going to do well," said owner and auctioneer Nick Bowkett. "Only one or two of this style of labelled bottles appears to have come up at auction in recent times. However, the eventual hammer price took everyone's breath away."  The story behind this exceptional bottle of whisky adds to the dram; it was swapped for a bottle of gin by the vendor’s father some years ago when a customer walked into his pub with the gin and wanted whisky instead. Such was the success of the December auction that the muchcoveted whisky could only make third place on the list of highest selling lots. Way out front was a 1930s signed Cartier brooch in the form of a sunflower set with diamonds and citrines, which came with a Cartier box and went under the hammer for £12,000. In second place was an 18ct gold ring set with a natural untreated 20ct yellow sapphire, which made £8,500. In all, 14 of the 1,465 lots in Alexandra Bowkett's specialist

jewellery section made the top 25. Given that this auction was a few lots shy of 3,000, that was no mean feat. Watches were also in the spotlight with an Omega Speedmaster Professional stainless steel gentleman's chronograph wristwatch selling for £5,200. Other timepieces doing well included an IWC Portugese Chrono rose gold gentleman's automatic chronograph wristwatch (£4,300); a Justin Vulliamy pair cased quarter repeater pocket watch (£3,000); a Zenith Elite HW 18ct gold gentleman's chronometer wristwatch with power reserve (£2,000) and a Smith & Son of London hallmarked silver keyless winding half hunter pocket watch with signed movement (£1,700). Other notable pieces in this busy seasonal sale were a plated three-piece Desny Paris Art Deco tea set, believed to be ex Union Castle (£3,000); an Edward VII novelty table lighter formed as a veteran car (£2,700) and a George V 12-place oak-cased canteen of hallmarked silver cutlery (£1,600). The first sale of 2018 (10 & 11 January), will include specialist sections on ceramics, glass, books, ephemera, stamps, pictures, scientific instruments, cameras and

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Luke Hall MP writes for Yate & Sodbury Voice

THE year ahead promises to an important year for our community, for instance we are hosting Armed Forces Day locally, marking the centenary of the end of the First World War and giving us the opportunity to remember, the sacrifice our brave service men and women made to protect our liberty. The public consultation on the West of England’s Joint Spatial Plan may now be over, but the fight to get the right deal for our area is not – our campaign to “Get South Gloucestershire Moving” will continue this year, and I am as committed as ever to bring about positive change to our local infrastructure. In the year ahead, I will be continuing to push for the plans for the new Junction 18A at Emersons Green, after securing government funding for a feasibility study. The proposed junction scheme will

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greatly our local area, providing much needed relief to local congestion and it will help reduce journey times for commuters and drivers. We will shortly see the results of the Council’s consultation on local bus services which ran over the summer. My campaign to bring the 82 bus back to Chipping Sodbury, to improve the reliability of the service and to bring in earlier start times and later finish times was an important part of this, and the communities overwhelming support for this campaign has allowed it to progress and ensured the Council’s review of the service. I do understand how important this service is locally so I will continue to fight for a better 82 bus service. I am also enthusiastic about what 2018 will bring in terms of other transport improvements for our area: this year I look forward

to continuing my work to bring a much needed Park and Ride to Yate, pushing for further progress on the Yate to Bristol Cycleway and backing plans to bring in train investments and a 30 minute YateBristol service. I will continuing to push for these local transport improvements in the year ahead, and I remain committed to taking the steps to ensure we achieve this together. With your continued help, this year I will continue to push for the ambitious transport strategy that our area needs and deserves. As both a local man and the local MP, I am truly honoured to represent our community. I would like to wish everybody in our community a very happy New Year. If there is anything I can do to be of help in the weeks and months ahead then please do get in touch.




January, 2018


Jumping January

Ann Murray is from the Cooking4 Cookery School based in Chipping Sodbury. She’s teamed up with Thornbury Voice to pass on her wealth of experience in the kitchen.

JANUARY is the time when the credit card bills hit the doormat. It’s also when the gyms make all their money as people in an enthusiastic moment sign up in order to shift the Christmas bulge. My recipe for this month therefore is economical and healthy. It uses very ripe bananas which

PREPARATIONS for one of the biggest sporting events in the world are well underway, with tickets for the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials due to go on sale in January. The box office will open for priority booking on January 3, with public booking starting on January 10. The event will run at the South Gloucestershire home of the Duke of Beaufort from Wednesday, May 2, to Sunday, May 6, with the first day taken up by the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for grassroots riders. The feature international

you otherwise wouldn’t like to serve. Even better, bananas contain potassium which helps combats stress and depression and hazelnuts which not only contain vitamins that promote a healthy heart but also help to reduce cholesterol. You may remember a previous recipe for another banana cake with oats and chocolate chips to entice children. This one has a more robust texture and crunch with the hazelnuts. I like to have a slice of this for breakfast with a bowl of muesli, Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit. Filling, nutritious and absolutely delicious. And if you find yourself running out of time for breakfast (the most important meal of the day) then a couple of slices of this bread to take with you will set you up for the day.

Banana Bread with Hazelnuts (Makes 6-8 small loaves or 1 x 2lb (1kg) loaf ) Preparation: 20 minutes Cooking: 55 minutes for large loaf, about 25 for small ones Ingredients: • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten • 130g unsalted butter at room temperature • 125g soft brown sugar • 3 larger very ripe bananas, mashed

• 240g strong white flour • 100g hazelnuts, coarsely chopped • 1 tablespoon baking powder • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg • Pinch of salt • 5 twists of black pepper • 1 teaspoon good quality vanilla extract Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/gas 4 1. Line a 1kg loaf tin with non-stick baking parchment or use a paper liner for loaf tins. If using small loaves tins grease them and line the bottoms with baking parchment. 2. Cream the sugar and butter in a large bowl until fluffy and lighter in colour. 3. Add in the beaten eggs in 3 goes, beating well after each addition. 4. Set aside 1 tablespoon of the hazelnuts. 5. Fold in the remaining hazelnuts and the bananas. Make sure that the bananas are well incorporated otherwise you will have a layer on the bottom of your loaf. Not so good! 6. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture along with the nutmeg, salt and pepper. 7. Pour in the vanilla extract and gently fold everything together so they all just incorporated. 8. Transfer the mixture into the loaf tin/s. Scatter the reserved

hazelnuts over the top. Press them down slightly. 9. Bake in the middle of the oven for 55/ 20 mins depending on the size. The cake is done when a metal skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean and the top should be golden brown. 10. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Cook’s tips: • These loaves will keep soft for 3 or 4 days if wrapped in cling film. • They also freeze well for up to 2 months without impairing the flavour.

Countdown begins for Badminton Horse Trials occupies the following four days, with leading horses and riders from around the globe taking part. Many will be hoping for a good performance to be in with a chance of selection for the world eventing championships later in the year. Eric Winter, who made his debut as Badminton’s crosscountry course designer in 2017, is producing his second track and said there would be plenty of changes, including a new bank early on the course and a

new combination of obstacles in Huntsman’s Close. He said: “The course will run in the opposite direction to the last event and no fence will be in the same place.” Away from the competition, a new food and drink area will be introduced in the shopping village and the British Horse Society has been named as the event’s charity of the year. The society is celebrating its platinum anniversary, having helped and supported horses,

their owners and riders for 70 years. It has more than 100,000 members and is dedicated to education, equine welfare, protecting and increasing access to bridleways and equestrian routes, as well as safety for horse and riders. Lynn Petersen, its chief executive, said: “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our work to the thousands of people who attend Badminton.”


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Re-location of Thornbury library to press ahead in spite of objections THORNBURY’S library is set to relocate to the Turnberries community building, despite opposition to the move. South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet decided to press ahead with the switch, saying the current library in St Mary Street would be replaced with something bigger and better. But those against the change said Turnberries, in Bath Road, was not regarded as being in the town centre and it would be inconvenient for library users. They also claimed that taking it out of the town centre would have a detrimental effect on the town’s shops, cafes and other businesses. South Gloucestershire Conservatives, who had unveiled the plans for the new facility, said the existing library was in a poor state of repair and needed re-roofing, new windows, complete rewiring, repairs to the heating system and a host of other maintenance works which required large amounts of investment. They said the new library would have more space of higher quality and that with more people going to Turnberries as a consequence of the relocation, it would help make the business case to re-open a community cafe within the building. Heather Goddard, the Cabinet member for communities and tourism, said: “Thornbury library needs so much money investing to bring it up to standard. “Rather than running to stand still, we are proposing to give Thornbury a bigger, better library, in a popular community hub, and we are hoping this will allow the cafe to re-open as well.” But Liberal Democrats said the views of people who responded to a consultation on the move had been “ignored”. They said the “lengthy consultation exercise” saw the public reject the move by a large majority of more than two to one, that most of the writers of 50 letters opposed the move as well, as did Thornbury Town Council. Thornbury councillor Clare Fardell said: “Why ask local people for their views and then

ignore them?” The local councillors said they would do their best to overturn the outcome but that the Cabinet decision would not be easy to reverse.

Meanwhile, Thornbury Town Council said it was disappointed that the library user committee had been abolished. It said it had been carried out without any consultation when it

had been a useful mechanism for communication between library users, the library and South Gloucestershire Council.


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Drama group celebrates half century with panto performance THE pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat will be the first production to be staged by Thornbury Musical Theatre Group in its 50th anniversary year in 2018. Written by Chris Denys and Chris Harris, the panto is directed by Dorothy Wrench, who has promised a show of traditional fun, with comedy,

catchy music, drama, romance and audience participation. The production will run in the Armstrong Hall from Wednesday, February 14, to Saturday, February 17, with performances at 7.30pm. There will also be two matinees at 2.30pm on the Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be booked


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PEOPLE in Chipping Sodbury and beyond have reacted with kindness after a 77 pensioner was mugged in broad daylight in the town. A Just Giving page set up by local councillor James Ball surpassed it’s first target of within 4 hours, and now £500 a second target of £1,000 has been beaten. As Yate and Sodbury Voice went to press, the total was nearing £1,250. The attack happened around midday on July 11. The 77-yearold man, who uses a hearing was walking along Horseshoeaid, Lane when a man came up behind him and pushed him over. The pensioner hurt his leg in the fall and while he lay on the ground his assailant allegedly threatened him, searched his pockets and stole cash from his wallet.

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Hammer time: old and young get spinning with Yate Athletics Club HAMMER throwers are different from other athletes. Often bigger than their teammates, they are often found in the scrum at rugby when not actually throwing hammers. Their conversation is all about distances thrown, the number of turns before releasing the hammer, the various weights they have to throw, angles of swing. They tend to go around in groups, convinced that no one else can understand the fascination of their chosen event. It would be easy to assume that bulk is the main requisite for hammer throwers, but in fact speed is much more important. Watching top throwers perform can be mesmerising, as their circling feet become a blur. Watch Sophie Hitchon throwing and it’s not hard to believe that she used to be a dancer. Yate & District AC is blessed with a fine group of hammer enthusiasts. They hang around the throwing circle eying each other’s efforts critically. Or they compete at tipping tractor tyres over and over, or hurling medicine balls at each other. Outstanding this summer has been the achievements of Karen Jones, who competes in the V50 category: that is for ladies aged fifty to fifty-five. On one day in June she became British champion with the threekilogram hammer and also with the 7.25 weight, which is like a

hammer but heavier and with a shorter chain. She is ranked number one in the country at both events and recently has been ranked number fourteen in the world. On a technical note, Karen still only throws with two circles of the hammer, when top throwers usually turn three times, if not four. Eugene Lawlor, who competes as a V55, is also a two times British Champion. His personal best throw with the five-kilo hammer is an impressive 50.27m, enough to rank him number eight in the world. Not yet world ranked but with an English Schools silver medal to his name is under 17 athlete Toby Conibear. His personal best of 52.05m is enough to rank him number four in Britain. He is improving all the time and has clearly caught the hammer bug and rarely misses a training session. However, his best achievement of the summer almost didn’t happen. Hammer throwing is a very technical event. Swinging a heavy steel ball round your head, then spinning round as many times as you can control before hurling it out of the cage in what you hope is the right direction, takes a massive amount of practice and there is a multitude of things that can go wrong. For Toby, competing at

Owen, Toby and James celebrating their clean sweep at the SW Champiomships English Schools, they did. Twice he no-threw, meaning that he had just one more chance to register a throw and stay in the competition. It was no help at all that his main rival had already thrown farther than Toby’s personal best. Concentration and preparation were called for, and Toby proved to be up to the challenge His third throw was enough to win the silver medal.

The winner went on to no-throw a further five times! The Yate group is completed with Owen Merrett, Tyler Molton, James Viner and Leah Hale, all of whom are ranked in the top British hundred. Holding them together is coach Matt Spicer, whose personal best with the 7.26k hammer ranks him eighth in the country. Matt is assisted by Paul Thorn.


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Sodbury struggle to score in the gloom Chipping Sodbury 0 - 0 Longwell Green Back to back home fixtures for Chipping Sodbury Town in the first week of December yielded just one point as they prepared for a busy Christmas programme. Having faired poorly against league leaders Street the previous week the home side hoped to banish their winter blues when they faced the bottom placed club at the Ridings. Longwell Green had registered just one draw in their opening 19 games and shipped 54 goals, so on paper the home side looked the favourites, but Sodbury have found it difficult to recreate their early season form. The autumn pitches allowed them to play through the thirds and build with smooth passing and pacey attacking play, However the winter weather has affected this with a pitch that is deteriorating week on week. Longwell Green were the first to settle and they caught the


home side napping when after two minutes winger Liam Oswin broke into the Sodbury box only to have his ankle tapped before he could get his shot away. The referee had no hesitation in awarding a spot kick. Sam Burgess had saved two of the previous penalty kicks he faced and he did not disappoint to make it a hat trick of fine saves going down to his right to palm the ball away from danger. The visitors continued to target their wingmen and Sodbury found it difficult to cope with their quick and accurate passing through midfield. The Sods slowly grew into the game and on 15 minutes were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area following a push. The resultant shot cannoned of the wall for a corner. Three minutes later Jake Thomas shot just wide from another free kick in a similar position. Neither goalkeeper was troubled from free play but it was Sodbury who created the better

chances in a poor first half. They should have taken the lead on the half hour when Liam Pullen found himself on the goal side of the Longwell defender but didn’t manage to get his shot away and the defender cleared. On the stroke of half time Pullen once again found himself with a clear sight on goal but his shot was just off target and the visitors survived. Both sides struggled to take a foothold in the opening 20 minutes of the second half with the long ball taking precedence. The floodlights were turned on early to counter the gathering gloom, however neither side could find any sort of passing rhythm. Substitutions after the first quarter of an hour had more of an impact for the visitors and they slowly took control. Theo Coombs wearing the number four shirt for Sodbury was in his usual obstinate mood and controlled the back line but for 10 minutes it looked more likely that Longwell would record

their first win of the season. The unflappable Coombs was a little unfortunate to be booked on 70 minutes when a miss timed challenge led to a free kick on the edge of the box but the visitors wasted the opportunity. It was only after 82 minutes that Sodbury managed to record their first shot on target. The save by Forster produced a corner from which the home side mounted their first period of sustained pressure. The corner nearly broke the deadlock with the goal bound shot cleared off the line following a scramble in the box. Four corners in quick succession led to several goalmouth melees with all ten outfield players behind the ball for Longwell Green. Some fine work in midfield by Sodbury’s Sam Jenkins saw him beat no fewer than four defenders before he released the ball to winger Jake Thomas who struck a fine shot that Forster saved.

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n SPORT Chipping Sodbury 0 - 3 Street League leaders Street were the visitors for Chipping Sodbury Town’s first December fixture and following disappointing recent league results the Sods were looking for an improvement. Injuries and suspensions had played a significant role in the home sides recent form but a Gloucestershire FA Challenge Trophy win against Hellenic Premier League opponents Lydney Town AFC earlier in the week had given Sodbury hope. An end to end game against Lydney which would have been settled in 90 minutes but for some heroic defending and several key saves by Sam Burgess resulted in a 0-0 full time score. Lydney have been very successful in previous penalty shootouts however some poorly taken spot kicks that missed the target and a fine save by Burgess gave Sodbury a 4-1 win. At the start of play Street sat 21 points ahead of Sodbury in

Street show Sodbury the way the Toolsation Western League having won 13 and lost only two previous matches. By contrast the home side had enjoyed an early season mid table position but their run of poor autumn results left them nearer the bottom. It was clear from the early exchanges that Street are a confident and well drilled side. It was also clear that the pitch had suffered from the Tuesday night extra time cup match and the goal areas in particular were difficult to clear with defenders struggling to come to terms with the sticky conditions. Street opened with excellent sweeping moves using their wingers and often relied on balls out from defence targeting the wingmen as the half progressed. In response Sodbury struggled to gain a footing or to match the pace of their visitors. The Street back three were dominant

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and the two Sodbury forwards couldn’t match their physical presence and failed to create a single effort on goal. For all their controlled passing and wing speed Street also failed to create many clear-cut chances and it was an own goal on 24 minutes that separated the teams at half time. A cross from the right wing by Josh Wadham appeared to pose little threat as it arrived at waist height in the Sodbury penalty area and the three defenders should really have cleared with only one attacker present. The unfortunate Shaun Keets was unsighted and the ball bounced off his thigh leaving Burgess stranded. As the half progressed Street took full control forcing nine corners and but for some fine goalkeeping they would have been out of sight at the break. On 31 minutes Burgess saved after the Street forward Steve Murray was put clean through and just before the break he tipped a 20 yard shot from Murray over the cross bar. Whatever was said at half time the home side came out and attacked from the off, forcing their first corner of the game after just two minutes of the restart. For a few minutes it looked like Sodbury might offer more of a contest in the second

half but the game was all but over after just 52 minutes when Street’s Dave O’Hare slotted home from close range after Burgess had made a great save from a shot by Herrod but could not hold on to the ball. Just two minutes later Street won a penalty when Theo Coombs was booked for bringing down Murray inside the box. Coombs was lucky to stay on the pitch and only the referee could explain why he failed to apply the letter of the law when Street had a clear goal scoring opportunity. Sam Burgess dived to his right to pull of a fine save, his second spot kick save in consecutive games. Sodbury continued to push the ball forward to their two front men but the away teams centre back duo of Ross McErlain and Ben Amghar remained solid and enjoyed aerial superiority. The Sods Theo Coombs once again proved an immovable force at the back and he worked tirelessly to repel the visitors but he could not stop O’Hare from adding his second after 79 minutes with a stooping header following a cross from the impressive Lewis Tasker. At 0-3 there was no way back for Sodbury. Photo credit to B.East Photography


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Yate Town’s run of form hits the buffers YATE Town’s form has deserted them in the run up to Christmas as three defeats brought to an end a run of eight league league games unbeaten which moved them up to mid-table position. After a heavy 4-0 home defeat to Pulton Rovers ended their run, Bristol Manor Farm were the visitors to Lodge Road for Yate’s first match in December and although the home side suffered a 3-1 defeat they were unfortunate with most of the major decisions appearing to go against them. Manor Farm proved a very good footballing side and deserved their victory however Yate played the majority of the match with only ten men following the dismissal of Kyle Tooze. The visitors took the lead after only ten minutes after an incisive counter attack gave Dean Stamp the opportunity to turn quickly and fire past Harvey Rivers in the Town goal. The first of the controversial decisions by the referee came midway through the first half

a well-deserved consolation goal. Yate’s run of heavy defeats continued with a 5-2 cup reverse at home against Bishops Cleeve.

Yate Town FC celebrate a goal. Photo credited to Jeff Youd Photography when a free kick into the Yate penalty area was deflected onto the arm of Sam Boulton. The Yate player had little chance of avoiding contact with the ball but a penalty was awarded and Kye Holly converted with aplomb. As the first half drew to a close Yate exerted a period of intense pressure culminating in the Manor Farm keeper dropping a cross and Tooze being sent off for a foul as he went for the loose ball.

Shuttlers show their skills A COMBINED Year 10 and 11 Badminton team from Chipping Sodbury School is celebrating after success at the South Gloucestershire Badminton tournament. The girls team won the

tournament, qualifying them for the county finals in January. The boys team managed second place, losing out to a team made up of county representatives.

Farm increased their lead on 68 minutes when they were awarded a second spot kick following a rash challenge on Jordan Metters. Once again Holly netted from the spot. Despite their numerical disadvantage Yate continued to play well and dominated the closing twenty minutes. Their pressure was rewarded when Steve Davies got a touch to Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist’s free kick diverting the ball into the net for

Full list of Yate Town matches during January NYD Mon 1st Jan, Larkhall ATH, Home 3.00 pm Sat 6 Jan, Cinderford Town, Away 3.00 pm Tues 9 Jan, North Leigh, Away 7.45 pm Sat 13 Jan, Wimbourne Town, Home 3.00 pm Sat 20 Jan, Swindon, Supermarine, Away 3.00 pm Sat 27 Jan, Evesham United, Home 3.00 pm Also at Lodge Road Sat 6 Jan, Bristol Rovers -18 v Bournemouth -18, 10.30 am Wed 17 Jan, Yate T Youth v Paulton R. Youth, 7.30 pm Sat 20 Jan, Bristol Rovers -18 v Forest Green -18, 10.30 am Tues 23 Jan, Bristol Rovers Res v Swindon Town Res, 1.00 pm Wed 31 Jan, Yate T Youth v Radstock Town Youth, 7.30 pm

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n SPORT Gordon League 26 - 31 Chipping Sodbury THE Three Stooges. The Three Amigos. The Three Tenors. Now Sodbury have their own trio who could possibly become as well known: Lee Ralph, Dave Guest and Luke Balentine-Smith, who make up the front row as The Three Immovables. This victory was built on their foundation of strength and gritty hard work, although each of them is partial to a 20m trundle with the ball under their arm. The opening try, in the second minute went to debutant Jack Skelton. It was a spectacular start to the game after highball specialist Tom Farthing got things going. Sodbury swept the ball back and forth across the pitch through four rapidfire rucks, stretching the hosts. Dom Pullen hit the line hard and broke through, drew in the fullback then passed to Skelton, who had tracked him beautifully. Sodbury scored their second try after Joe Horton galloped in off his wing at pace from a free kick. He was brought down 10m short of the try line but

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Terrible trio terrorise League scrum half Tom Head found Dan Bradley, who split the defence to score. Jon Cook converted again for a 14-point lead inside 10 minutes. A yellow card for Sodbury on 15 minutes let League back into the game and they entered the Sodbury half for the first time. Their stay was prolonged as they broke up play with some very physical rugby. Sodbury were embarrassed as the half drew to a close when a series of uncharacteristic errors led to League scoring wide on the left. Minutes later, after a third Sodbury ruck the ball was in the heads of Luke Balentine-Smith. It was like watching a demolition ball smash into a building; he kept going as the defenders piled up in front of him, finally coming to a halt in the shadow of the posts as the fifth tackler joined in. On hand was Farthing, who scooped up the ball and burst over the line for an easy

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poacher's try which Cook converted. Sodbury were bothering the scoreboard as soon as the second half began. Bradley took a sweet pass that he moved on to Head who scampered free to eat up the 30 metres to the try-line for his third try in as many weeks. Sodbury were under pressure again as they saw yellow for a lack of precision at a ruck 5m out from the try-line. League scored two tries from close range while Sodbury were reduced to 14. Once their full complement was restored, Sodbury managed to take back some control. Tom Farthing. Photo credit to Jeff Gendall Eventually the spark Photography returned. A solid attacking scrum 10m out set up the a very late try from the hosts in platform for Skelton to rush an interminable period of injury into the line from fullback. His time that had the travelling try topped a spectacular debut support checking their watches. that couldn’t be dampened by




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From Houses, Sheds, Garages, Gardens, Lofts, etc NO JOB TOO SMALL Fully licensed, no VAT Ring Stuart or Sue FREEPHONE 08000 234 995

1/4 Load £89


For a FREE quote call 07960 681 921




All Garden Works Undertaken All Foliage Removed – Roots Destroyed Patios Laid – Slabbing – Decking Block Paving – Graveling – Wood Chippings Fencing – All Clearance Jobs Undertaken General Building – Garden Walls etc Drives & Patios Jetwashed & Resealed






WAS H ING S ERVICES Bringing your property back to life

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



Driveways & Patios

Free window cleaning with all gutters

Making drives, patios and paths look like new

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

Contact Tom

01179 112715 0800 747 1471 We are a local family buisness


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01454 312 222

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Yate & Sodbury Voice January 2018  
Yate & Sodbury Voice January 2018  

Local newspaper packed with news, views and advertising for the residents and businesses of Yate, Chipping Sodbury and surrounding villages.