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July, 2019 Issue 53


Rio takes on the world HE already has an impressive haul of medals to his name. But Yate teenager Rio Patterson is now looking to add a world title to his collection when he competes in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Junior World Championships. Full story: Page 5

Pride as school improves A YATE secondary school has been given a ‘good’ rating by inspectors, three years after being told it must improve. Brimsham Green School head teacher Kim Garland said she was “proud” and “thrilled”

that the hard work of pupils, staff, parents, governors and the council had been recognised by the team from education watchdog Ofsted. After Ofsted’s previous visit in 2016 the school had been told

it required improvement. In the latest report the inspectors praised staff for their “integrity and determination” to improve standards. Turn to page 3

Dave’s return to the kitchen

A POPULAR chef who lost his job then had a double lung transplant is planning to take over a new kitchen this summer. PAGE 17

Park & ride gets go-ahead

YATE is set to finally get a park and ride after £4 million was found to fund the scheme. PAGE 8

Alfie has a need for speed

A racing driver is preparing for his first track season – aged just 13 PAGE 7

New rules on breastfeeding

The company which runs Yate Leisure Centre has changed its policy on breastfeeding after a mum’s challenge PAGE 10




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Lord’s final for school table cricketers IT’S a lifetime ambition for many players – and Brimsham Green School’s table cricket team have done it. The youngsters experienced the honour of playing at Lord’s, also known as the Home of Cricket, in the national finals after winning at county and regional levels. Table cricket gives young people with disabilities the chance to play cricket. It is played on a table tennis table with sides added to act as a boundary, and plastic figures as fielders, which can be moved around. Each team has six players and scoring depends on which section of the ball hits. Brimsham Green, which has had a team for 15 years, won four out of six matches played and came third overall. Team captain Kaitlyn Parfrey was named best batsman of the tournament. Year 8 team member Alisha Craigie said: "It was such an amazing experience to play table cricket at Lord's. It was a real privilege for us to represent our school at a national competition." Team manager and teaching assistant Liza Wilby said: "Table cricket means so much to our pupils because it gives them a competitive sport that they can excel in. It builds their confidence and self-esteem and it gives them a real sense of pride in what they are able to achieve."

Inspectors’ praise for Brimsham Green School From page 1 Ms Garland said: “I am so proud of our staff and students for creating the inclusive environment that impressed Ofsted so much. Students’ behaviour is good, and they described the learning environment as positive and conducive to learning.” Four inspectors visited the 934-pupil secondary school in Broad Lane in May. Their inspection involved the examination of five specific areas: leadership and management; teaching, learning and assessment; personal development behaviour and welfare; pupil outcomes and 1619 study programmes.

In their report, lead inspector by Sarah McGinnis and her team said: “Governors and leaders share a clear vision for the school, based on the raising of expectations and pupils’ aspirations. “There is a palpable optimism and a positive climate of mutual trust and respect. Leaders genuinely believe that ‘better never stops’.” The report noted that the school was an inclusive environment, where children with special educational needs and disabilities are fully supported and make good progress. It also recognised that “leaders place importance on

pupil’s emotional well-being and provide access to support when this is required”. Ms Garland said: “We believe that the ‘climate of mutual trust and respect’ that is highlighted in the report has led to our good academic outcomes across all Key Stages. The inspectors saw first-hand how students have opportunities to develop their leadership skills as well as to pursue their talents and interests. “We are all thrilled that the hard work of students, staff and Governors, together with the support from parents and the local authority, has been recognised in this way.” Chair of governors Shaun

Bailey said: “The Governors are delighted that Ofsted’s report celebrates our successes, the good academic results as well as the quality of our personal development, behaviour and welfare. “Parents and students spoke to Inspectors about how students’ emotional well-being is championed, and how we provide access to support when this is required. We are, as Inspectors noted, true advocates for our students.” The inspectors called on the school to continue to challenge pupils who do not come to school regularly and ensure that disadvantaged students make stronger progress.

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July, 2019


Huge interest in planning blueprint

PUBLIC hearing sessions of the region’s new planning blueprint have attracted “possibly unprecedented” interest. The West of England Joint Spatial Plan will set down policies for the sustainable development that is required to meet the area’s needs for the next 20 years, for housing, jobs and transport. It includes proposals for 1,800 homes at Coalpit Heath and up to 2,000 north west of Yate, in Iron Acton parish, and involves four local authorities – South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset – working together and acknowledging the impact of developments across boundaries. In a letter sent to people who expressed an interest in attending, programme officer Helen Wilson said that the number of requests had been “possibly unprecedented for a local plan examination”.

The hearings will now be held at the Guildhall in Bath, starting on July 2, after moving from a smaller venue. They are divided into specific areas, with some examined in July and others in October. Inspectors will probe the evidence already submitted to them and contributors will include developers, landowners, unitary, town and parish councils, campaign groups and residents. For local politicians, the hearings are also an opportunity to put their case. Claire Young, the Liberal Democrat group leader on South Gloucestershire Council, said: “We will be arguing at the public hearings that the West of England has taken the wrong approach to delivering the houses we need. The plan is over-reliant on massive developments in just a few locations. Labour group leader Pat Rooney

said: “We are concerned with the lack of focus on disadvantaged areas, with little mention of the biggest problem facing South Gloucestershire – affordable housing provision – and the omission of a coherent transport infrastructure." The Conservative-run council’s cabinet member for planning, Steve Reade, said: “With regards to the greenbelt, any proposed reduction has been very carefully considered and assessed. Proposals for appropriate additional greenbelt designation are included in one of the policies.” A previously suggested development of 500 homes near Almondsbury on the site of Woodlands Golf Course and Country Club may not now materialise. Owners the Golf Group have recently sold their Shortwood Lodge course near Mangotsfield and say they intend to continue to run Woodlands as a golf venue.

Plans for 800 new homes unveiled A DEVELOPER has hosted an exhibition on its proposals for up to 800 new homes and 80 care units in Coalpit Heath. Bloor Homes wants to build on around 39 acres of a 185 acre (75 hectare) site on land east of Roundways, which is currently in the Green Belt. The developer is currently working on an outline application and its exhibition, held in early June, was attended by more than 200 people. It says the application will include a new primary school, community centre, play areas and new road access onto Roundways. Pete Connors from pressure group VALID (Villagers Against Local Intended Developments) said the development was “unsustainable” and claimed local transport, health and education infrastructure would be unable to cope. Ward councillor Claire Young said: “Nothing at the exhibition changed my view that building in one of the narrowest parts of the Green Belt, on top of extensive mine workings, is a very bad idea.” A spokesman for Bloor Homes said: "The exhibition detailed the considerations being made in evolving a development plan and sought to give residents an opportunity to shape community infrastructure at the site.”


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Rio is ready to take on the world A TEENAGER from Yate is about to take part in a martial arts world championship. Rio Patterson will compete in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Junior World Championships in Wolverhampton in July. The 14-year-old pupil at Brimsham Green School already has a string of titles to his name. He holds two Welsh Open titles – one for the juveniles and one for the juniors – for 2019, a European title for 2018, plus a British Open and a British National Title for 2019. Rio is currently ranked 10th in the UK in the junior section and is already competing in the juvenile section, which is usually for ages 16 to 18. He trains under coaches Pedro Bessa and Jason McCawley at Sweat Box gym in Bedminster, Bristol. He had hoped to compete in the World Championships last year but wasn’t able to due to injury. Rio said: “I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because it keeps me fit and I learn lots of new skills. It is also a very disciplined sport.” His mum, Emma, said: “Rio wanted to do something fit and active. He chose Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because it’s a discipline and there’s no striking involved. He wants to join the police force and is a police cadet at Speedwell. One day he’s hoping to be able to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in the police force.”

Rio currently trains four days a week. His dad helps with his strength and conditioning at the gym for five hours a week. Taking part in all the competitions improves his rankings, which can lead to sponsorship and opens doors to other competitions. Emma said: “It is very busy and very full-on. My husband takes him to and from training because I work shifts. Our daughter, who’s 12, comes to every competition to support her brother, and my dad comes. “We are all immensely proud of Rio. He’s a really good kid – he’s been mentoring a young girl at Jiu Jitsu who has previously been bullied.” In return Rio goes to all his sister’s netball matches and takes her through her fitness routine at the gym. Rio is currently sponsored by Astra Security based in Yate, after Emma went into the firm’s office and asked them if they could help. They pay for an outfit for Rio’s competitions, known as a Gi, travel expenses and competition fees. Rio said: “My ambitions for this year are to continue my role as a police cadet, as I really want to make a difference in the community, and to continue to train hard and stay focused in my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as I am hoping to also compete abroad this year.”

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Alfie is racing to success on the track HE won’t be road legal for another four years but Alfie Gendall already has a taste for the adrenaline of racing. The 13 year old from Yate will be taking part in this year’s Jascar Super Cup Series and is on the lookout for sponsors to help him compete. Alfie has been racing since he was 11, when he was given a voucher for Christmas to use at Castle Combe racing circuit. This year he has his own car to drive in the series, which is for eight to 16-year-olds. Jascar cars are half the scale of NASCAR cars, which compete in America’s most popular motorsport. Alfie said: “The thing I love about racing is the excitement of it and, as a driver, the adrenaline of being in an intense race from start to finish. Every race is different and provides me with new skills and improves technique – it’s an added bonus when you come out with a good result.” Practising is something Alfie can do from the comfort of his own home, on a PC via sim racing using a steering wheel and pedals. He’s also had a couple of test days at the Birmingham Wheels Raceway. This is an oval track and there are only a few others around the country, in Kent, Norfolk and Scotland. The aim of the Jascar Super Cup series it to provide an inexpensive entry level racing experience for young drivers who want a taste of the real thing. Alfie’s dad Jeff said: “We are both happy and excited for Alfie for this coming season. This is a

Alfie Gendall with the Jascar vehicle he will race from next month. Picture: Jeff Gendall new challenge him with lots to learn for both him and ourselves. “We try and travel as a family whenever possible to support Alfie's racing. This can be tricky at times, as our daughter Ellie competes in majorette competitions as part of Yate Star Twirlers and has represented England for the past five years at the European Championships.” For now, Alfie’s aim is modest: to enjoy himself and


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Cash approved for rail improvement a MAJOR improvements to the area’s transport system have moved a step closer. A total of £4 million has been approved to design and build a new park and ride for Yate, while funding has also been approved to push forward plans for halfhourly trains from Yate to Bristol and a new station at Charfield. The schemes are part of a wider programme of transport improvements agreed by the West of England Combined Authority, comprising Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset councils. The latest round of spending was agreed at a meeting of Weca, which is chaired by Winterbourne-based Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, on June 14. It is part of a long-term investment strategy which could see £350 million spent on transport over the next 20 years Members had originally

been asked to agree £500,000 spending on an outline business case for park and ride locations, including Yate, tying them in with plans for mass transit and suburban rail. But South Gloucestershire Council leader Toby Savage made a surprise announcement at the meeting that an additional £3.5m would be earmarked to develop and build a facility in Yate. He said it was possible to make a more definitive commitment to the scheme now, adding: “We have a council-owned site already allocated for park and ride use. It has been talked about for many years. “The whole reason for coming together to create the combined authority was to make progress and deliver on these infrastructure aspirations that have been around for so many

years.” The half-hourly train service between Yate and Bristol Parkway represents a doubling of the current hourly frequency and is part of a plan to to create almost 350,000 new train journeys in the region 2021. Part of the MetroWest suburban rail improvement project, the latest WECA decision will see £3.5m spent to develop the full business case for the new services. The Charfield station plan would see a new station built for commuters in the north of South Gloucestershire. Weca awarded an initial £300,000 for development work on a the scheme earlier this year and has now approved a further £900,000 to complete a full business case. West of England mayor Tim Bowles said: “MetroWest is a key part of my ambition to improve

rail services in the region, giving people more sustainable transport options. “Improved and more frequent rail services will give people better access to jobs, link new homes and communities with employment areas and encourage more people to use public transport.” Local MP Luke Hall said surveys he conducted in the area had found a Yate park and ride and a half-hourly train service were “a high priority for local people”. Liberal Democrat group leader Claire Young also welcomed the spending but said it had been a long time coming. She said: "We've been campaigning for a Yate Park & Ride, improved rail services and the re-opening of Charfield station for years, so we are pleased that, two years after the creation of the combined

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to take part in a summertime challenge to make their commuting more sustainable. The Travelwest Challenge, which launched in June, aims to get as many people as possible walking, cycling, using public transport and lift-sharing for their daily journeys, by offering rewards and prizes. The challenge finishes on July 21 and is open to anyone who lives or works in South Gloucestershire. To take part, download the free BetterPoints app at the Travelwest website, register and let the app track sustainable journeys. Details of prizes on offer are also on the site. South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for transport, Steve Reade, said: “Making small changes such as walking or cycling short distances can have a big impact on congestion and air quality.” The BetterPoints app adds rewards automatically.

Work starts to improve Yate roundabout WORK has started to improve a busy roundabout in Yate near Morrisons and B&Q, at the junction of three main roads – Station Road, Kennedy Way and Westerleigh Road. There will be a new lightcontrolled pedestrian crossing on Westerleigh Road and Kennedy Way, the footpath in Home Orchard will be made wider, and

signage and road markings will be upgraded. The aim of the changes is to reduce congestion, help drivers better understand the layout and to improve safety for pedestrians. Some brief road closures will be needed at weekends but these will take place during the school summer holidays when traffic is quieter. The work is due to be

completed by the end of August. Yate councillor John Gawn, who has campaigned for the changes, said: “Tesco had to hand over money to improve roads around the town centre as part of their consent for the new building. I am delighted that at last it is being used to do something we have long wanted. Drivers and pedestrians hate the

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Mum wins change in breastfeeding policy YATE Leisure Centre’s policy on breastfeeding has been changed after a mum’s challenge. Nursing mothers will now be allowed to breastfeed wherever they feel most comfortable, including at the poolside, and will also be provided with a room to give them privacy should they want it. Alvis West took action after being told to stop breastfeeding at a pool run by Active Lifestyle Centres, which runs Yate Leisure Centre. Alvis, from Downend, was at the operator’s Kingswood centre in April when her baby Rory needed a feed. Alvis sat on the step of the baby pool and started to breastfeed Rory, who was seven months old at the time. But she was shocked when a lifeguard approached her and told her to stop. Alvis, 35, said: “I was sat on the step of the pool and wasn't

fully immersed in the water so I didn't think twice about feeding him. “A young lifeguard came up to me and was so abrupt and rude. She said I couldn't breastfeed because it was against company policy and told me I needed to get out.” Embarrassed, Alvis left the pool but was surprised not to see any signs advising of the policy, although another member of staff confirmed it. Alvis, who lives with partner Daniel Gould and their other son Leo, aged eight, said: “I was told you could breastfeed outside the pool but couldn't while you were in the water because of hygiene concerns. I'm sure there are far worse bodily fluids that pass through the pool than a bit of my breast milk, which is a sterile liquid anyway, or a bit of spit up from a baby. I didn't think it was much of an argument. “It was also brought up about


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babies swallowing chlorinated water but I'm pretty sure, as a responsible adult, I'm going to make sure my new born baby isn't ingesting the water.” After going round in circles, Alvis asked if manager Martyn Hinam could call her about the issue. She said: “He called me the next day and said he didn't know why the policy was in place but he would look into it and get back to me.” True to his word, Martyn spoke to his managers and discovered the issue had never come up before. He then went on to speak to Bristol Breastfeeding Mummies, a 5,700 member strong Facebook group, as well as Barnardo's and a breast feeding support charity. Martyn came back to Alvis and told her that, based on his research, he saw no reason why she couldn't breastfeed at the pool and therefore the company were going to change the policy in all of its centres in South Gloucestershire – Longwell Green, Yate, Thornbury and Bradley Stoke. He also told Alvis he would provide a private room for mums who want complete privacy. Avis, a national account manager, said: “I was really pleased with the outcome. Breastfeeding rates have really dropped in this country so anything we can do to help

mums stay on that journey should be welcomed. It also shows other companies what can be done and how easy it is to make that change. “To be able to breastfeed wherever you are in the centre is brilliant – common sense has prevailed.” Martyn said: “We are delighted we have been able to work proactively with Alvis and draw on her experience to give us a better insight into a very important, and potentially sensitive, area of customer service. “As well as speaking with Alvis, we talked to a number of other mums to help us review what we are doing at the centres and where we could make positive changes. We also consulted with the charity Barnardo's who work with South Gloucestershire Council to run breastfeeding support groups. As a result, mums can now breastfeed anywhere in our centres where they feel most comfortable, including the swimming pools. “Breast feeding posters have also been updated across all Active Centres and each centre now has its own dedicated private breastfeeding area. “Dealing with breastfeeding customers has now also been included in staff training and awareness sessions.”

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Charity needs help to keep snapping IT’S believed to be the only group of its kind in the country but Photographers with Disabilities needs help to survive. The Yate charity, which photographic equipment and access to workshops to people with disabilities, has just been awarded a £1,500 grant by the Wessex Water Community Fund. But the money will go towards the rent of its accessible photographic studio in the Ridgewood Centre in Station Road, which is equipped to professional standards. The charity offers classes, lessons in Photoshop, open sessions, photoshoots and photo challenges. There are currently members with physical disabilities, learning difficulties, and Parkinsons. The sessions are run entirely by volunteers. Chair Margaret Henson said:

“We are absolutely desperate and literally watching the pennies all the time. The grant will go toward the rent.” Maragret said funding for charities is becoming increasingly difficult, with the National Lottery only paying to fund major projects not running costs and the level of grants available on the wane. The charity has one other branch, in Portishead, which has a rentfree room in a supported living complex. Margaret believes that the work they do makes a huge difference to people’s lives. She said: “One member who comes to Yate has learning difficulties. He has been coming for six years, and he’s gone from knowing very little about photography and being quite introverted to being a really big

Cropping and printing at the Photographers with Disabilities studio part of what’s going on.” “It gives a recreational and artistic outlet to people, it allows them to learn skills that

otherwise they may not, and the social side is as important as the photography.” Some of the people who go to the studio won’t leave their homes again for the rest of the week. The charity does its best to keep costs as low as possible. Membership is £20 a year, and there is a £3 voluntary contribution per session. People without disabilities can also be members but are asked to share their skills and knowledge. The charity would welcome volunteers to help run the sessions and assist with fundraising. It’s also looking for a treasurer. If you can help, contact Margaret at chair@ photographerswithdisabilities. org. Left: Photos by Photographers with Disabilities members

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attends Raysfield Junior School and Samuel Parker, 11, from Horton Primary School, were crowned in front of the quiz teams. Other highlights included a talk by Bob Champion and a show by the Sodbury Players. The festival was due to finish after the Voice went to press, with carnival day, a street fair and Last Night of the Proms event on the final Saturday followed by a day of cycle rides and a celebratory Songs of Praise on the final Sunday.

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Sue’s Juggernauts prepare for Relay for Life A YATE woman who had breast cancer has brought together a team to take part in the town’s Relay for Life. Sue Juggins, 52, has gathered 11 members of her family, friends and work colleagues to support her in the 24 hour relay event at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre on July 6 and 7. Sue decided to enter this year’s event with a team for the very first time after visiting it last year. She had breast cancer in 2015 and has family and friends who have been affected by the disease, and she wanted to do some fundraising. Her team, the Juggernauts, has already raised more £2,000. At Christmas they went busking at Tesco; they’ve run cake sales, a music and pudding evening, bucket collections at supermarkets and a quiz night.

Sue’s daughter Alice was just one member of the team who had her head shaved. The event more than £500,000 for Cancer Research UK during its history and is returning for a 14th time. Last year’s event raised over £100,000. The idea behind it is that one team member is on the outdoor track the whole time for 24 hours. Participants can challenge themselves to complete as many laps as possible. They are supported by dozens of other people at what is a huge community event. There is overnight camping, a Candle of Hope ceremony, live music, food, drink and craft stalls. Visitors can turn up during the day. Sue said: “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the relay weekend, having supported friends in other teams in the past and seen how much fun it looks. “Cancer survivors are invited as guests of honour and lead the first lap, which is a very emotional moment. Other parts of the weekend, such as the Candle of Hope ceremony, are very emotional and there is a great feeling of community spirit.” To get involved in the event visit yaterelayforlife.org.uk online. Left: Sue's daughter Alice has her head shaved

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Kebab van pitch rejected on safety grounds heard that Mr Kepil had applied to sell hot food and cold drinks from his trailer between 5pm and 11pm, seven days a week. He promised to park the trailer behind his Yate business, Milano Italian, outside of these hours, and to provide a bin for customers’ rubbish, which he would dispose of each night. But a couple who live nearby expressed their concerns about the potential for noise, litter and odour from the kebab van, which they also said would block access to a cycle path. They said it would make it even more difficult for them to exit Wade Road, a process which can already take up to eight minutes because of traffic. Mr Kepil’s kebab trailer would also have presented a “huge obstruction” for agricultural machinery returning to the nearby Bradfield Farm each night, the committee heard. Combine harvesters and tractors with trailers begin turning into Wade Road to get

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n NEWS THE sun shone on Sodfest – one of the few events of June to get any decent weather. And it brought out record crowds, with more than 1,000 people attending and even the first act on stage getting a good audience. The one-day music festival in aid of Chipping Sodbury Town Football Club showcased a wide range of musical styles. A Little Mix Tribute band got all age ranges dancing and singing, Owen Paul went down a treat, and the highlight was The Specials frontman Neville Staple, performing with his own band. Elles Bailey, a singer born in the town, was also there performing American Roots music. As it got dark there was a Queen tribute act and the evening finished with a rock and roll party. Keith Hatherell, chairman of the small committee which runs the event, said: “We’re looking to make some money for the club but it’s good for the local community, and Chipping Sodbury have an up and coming football team, 6 or 7 steps away from the league, which isn’t that far if you have the money to get the right players.” Sodfest expects to be back next year. Pictures: B.East Photography

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Transplant chef back in business A POPULAR local chef who was dealt a double blow when he lost his job and then had to have a double lung transplant plans to make a comeback later this summer. Dave Lawrence and his partner Shamsi Kabbara will be taking over the kitchen as The Two Amigos at the Royal Oak in Chipping Sodbury, offering Mexican Tapas. Exactly when they will open depends on how Dave’s recovery is progressing, but they are hoping that it will be in August or September. Dave suffered a double blow at the start of the year when, just after hearing that he needed a lung transplant, he lost hisjob when Chipping Sodbury Mexican restaurant Amigos shut at short notice. On her blog of Dave’s journey to recovery, Shamsi said: “We are absolutely buzzing! This is the boost we’ve needed! Hopefully

Dave will come on in leaps and bounds now.” “The response has been phenomenal and so many of you have said you want a table on opening night – we are truly humbled! It’s great that now we have something other than doctors and medication to concentrate on.” Dave has experienced a bumpy road to recovery after his transplant, experiencing severe stomach pain which has led to further hospital stays. Shamsi, who has health issues of her own, had to move into Southmead Hospital to take care of him when he was initially taken ill in November last year, and then live near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where the transplant took place. Her Mum looked after their 12 year old daughter, Yasmin. The couple are now at home and Shamsi has been trained by the hospital to administer a

Dave Lawrence and his partner Shamsi Kabbara complicated array of medicines on a daily basis, some of which are to stop Dave’s body from rejecting his new lungs. They are grateful to the Chipping Sodbury community

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Tyndale joins trust Firefighters work at the scene of the crash in Rodford Way. Picture: Yate Fire Station.

Woman cut free after crash A WOMAN had to be cut free from a car after an accident in Rodford Way, Yate. The casualty was treated at the scene by ambulance crews before being taken to hospital. The crash involved a taxi and another car and happened by the junction with Sundridge Park shortly after midday on June 7. An Avon Fire and Rescue service spokesperson said firefighters from three stations had been called to the crash, adding: “One woman was rescued by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment and small gear. She was handed to ambulance crews for treatment” A South Western Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “Our crews treated one patient at the scene, and conveyed them by ambulance to hospital for further care.”

A YATE primary school has joined an academy trust which already runs two other schools in the town. Plans for Tyndale Primary School to join the Greenshaw Learning Trust, which counts Yate Academy and Woodlands Primary among its schools, were announced three months ago. The primary in Tyndale Avenue was put into special measures last year after an inadequate rating from Ofsted inspectors. Confirming the move, Greenshaw Learning Trust chair Mike Cooper said: "We are delighted that Tyndale Primary School has joined the Greenshaw family of schools. “The values and ethos of Tyndale Primary School match those of the Greenshaw Learning Trust, and the Trust has the experience and capacity to provide the support the school needs as it continues its journey of improvement." Following consultation with the school’s community and the necessary checks by the Greenshaw Learning Trust, the Department for Education and South Gloucestershire Council, the school’s governing body decided to become an academy and join the trust in May. The school will have a new uniform and badge for the start of the new academic year in September. The Greenshaw Learning Trust is an established and successful multi-academy trust with primary and secondary schools in South London, Berkshire, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. Before the move was announced Tyndale chair of governors Mel Loveder said it would “enable Tyndale to collaborate more closely with like-minded schools” and bring new support.











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Big Lunch beats the downpours CHIPPING Sodbury’s Big Lunch has been hailed a success, despite persistent rain. It’s thought that the weather played a part in a fall in numbers compared with last year but even so, around 500 people enjoyed the community event in the High Street, which aims to bring people together. Organising committee chair Alexandra Womak said: "We were up against the wet weather this year but even non-stop rain does not stop Chipping Sodbury from partying in our beautiful High Street!” “Families put up gazebos and it was lovely to see visitors still enjoying the music with a picnic under their umbrellas. The weather was a shame, as our committee of volunteers has worked so hard to put on this free community event, but everyone who came along seemed to have a wonderful time.”

Residents enjoyed the Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch despite the weather. Picture: Rich McD Photography “It may have been an American Country and Western themed event but our great British spirit was definitely on show."

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Saved from the tip – sold for £6,000 'CHECK what you've got before you discard it' has always been the mantra of the auctioneers and valuers at Stroud Auctions. There are legendary tales of people popping into the Bath Road rooms on the way to the tip and discovering they were just about to throw away something valuable. This advice proved to be particularly good for one fortunate vendor: what she thought was a small worthless painted plaque, which was about to be thrown away, was immediately recognised by jewellery expert Alexandra Bowkett as a Georgian/Victorian micro-mosaic. It went on to sell at the June auction – for £6,000. The moral of that story is always take your items along to be checked, even if you believe them to be worthless. This applies to everything from silver to stamps and bijouterie to books. Why would you throw things away when there's an army of valuers waiting to appraise them free of charge? Jewellery was the sparkling star of the June sale, with antique pieces in good condition or set

with rare gemstones the best sellers. A beautiful Art Deco ring set with diamonds went under the hammer for £3,600, with a Georgian suite of garnet jewellery making £1,200 and a Victorian topaz brooch with a stone of a rare colour selling for £1,000. The specialist jewellery sales at Stroud Auction Rooms have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with much of that success down to Alexandra's

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Wapley’s last WWI recruit remembered A SPECIAL service is to take place at a small rural church south of Yate to remember a small village’s last recruit of World War One. The names of Wapley men who died were recorded on the memorial cross in the churchyard of St Peter’s church – but James Love’s death came too late for it to be added. Joining up towards the end of the conflict, James went to training camp but never saw active service, and died after a short illness at Scotton Military Hospital, Catterick Garrison, on July 24, 1919. His original grave had a wooden cross, which rotted away over time, so a simple headstone was put in its place. In 2016 it was renovated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. His WWI memorial stone is in a corner under the trees. As the last recruit, James would have met other soldiers and sailors coming back from the fighting. He knew that many never returned. He was still a teenager when he left to join the 3rd Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, but in fact he never saw active service. James went to a training camp and died after a short illness. James was born in 1901 and lived with his mother and grandparents, Isaac and Emma

Children and teachers at Wapley Village School during Jame Love's time as a pupil. Love, in The Rank, Wapley. It’s known that he went to the village school and in the logbook there is a reference to his time there dated January 15 1909. It says: “James Love and Albert Woodruff played truant and both were punished by their parents.” The teacher has written: “In all probability they won’t do it again.”

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James is believed to be in the school photo, pictured, which has been dated by Yate Heritage Centre to approximately 1910. Villagers still place flowers on his grave to this day. The service will take place on July 21 at 6.30pm at St Peter’s Church, almost 100 years to the day after James died.

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July, 2019


UV; friend or foe?


WRITE this hoping we have returned to the warm, sunny weather we all look forward to at this time of year! Whether you enjoy a BBQ, playing sports or just being outside, UV light is something we all need to consider protecting ourselves from in one way or another. Is it all bad though? Well as someone who loves his sunglasses, I’m always happy when I can pop a pair on and jump on my bike for a ride or play in the park with our three amazing children. I suppose like so many things, in moderation it can be a good thing. Did you know that UV helps some animals see the detail they need? Flowers can have line markings that are seen in UV light that help bees find the nectar - how amazing is that! UV light also helps some skin conditions and in moderation is

needed by our bodies to produce vitamin D as well as helping improve our mood. Too much UV can also be a bad thing. Skin cancer’s the big one to avoid, but too much UV can cause blurred vision and burning of the eyes commonly called ‘snow blindness’ but also known as ‘bake eyes’ and ‘sand man’s eyes’. Hopefully you’ll all protect your eye to avoid this painful condition! Our human eyes (now I’m assuming here that all of us reading this are human) block a lot of the UV that enters our eyes in the lens at the front of our eyes. Please don’t read this as a reason not to need UV protection sunglasses. When our human lens blocks UV and protects the back of our eyes it slowly, but surely causes lens changes called cataracts. This is just one of the reasons why

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Climate action at We The Curious IT’S all about action to limit climate change at Bristol’s science centre this summer, with a packed programme of workshops, storytelling, poetry and art activities exploring how we can protect our precious home. Families can be transported to some of our planet's most breath-taking but at-risk habitats in augmented reality experience REWILD Our Planet, create fantastical machines to harness renewable energy in the Tinkering Space and take their taste buds on a journey to discover the stories

behind some of our favourite foods in the Kitchen. Artists Ella Good and Nicki Kent continue their quest to build a Martian house in The Box gallery, prompting conversations about how we can live more sustainably in the here and now, and various dates in August, poetry trailblazers Apples and Snakes will be inspiring visitors of all ages with some adventures in spoken word. The full summer programme begins 24 July. Visit wethecurious. org for more information, details of Planetarium shows and to book tickets. Open daily from 10am to 6pm during Bristol school holidays.

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n OUT & ABOUT FEATURE A Stone Age Summer at Cheddar Gorge & Caves EXPERIENCE the Stone Age for yourself from 20th July to 1st September in the prehistoric landscape of Cheddar Gorge & Caves. Walk in the footsteps of your ancestors and learn about Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest, most complete skeleton was discovered in Gough’s Cave. Watch the story of early man unfold with the caves walls as a canvas for the multimedia experience Dreamhunters at Cox’s Cave. Get into the cave man spirit with Stone Age dress-up, make your own thumb clay pot and brass rubbings of prehistoric creatures such as the woolly mammoth. Visit the Museum of Prehistory to view artefacts discovered in the Cheddar area, meet a huntergatherer in the Museum's Garden and see demonstrations and much more. All of this is included with your Day Ticket. Book online and save up to 15%.

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We must do more to end Christian persecution

Luke Hall MP writes for Yate & Sodbury Voice


NEARLY a quarter of a billion people today are suffering persecution around the world, purely because of their Christian faith. It is hard to comprehend that as many as 80 per cent of all people globally who suffer persecution because of their faith are Christian. There are people on ‘death row’ in Pakistan for false blasphemy charges, stoning in Kenya and beatings in Vietnam. The current situation cannot go on. In January of this year, a bombing at a church in the Philippines saw 20 Christians killed, and dozens more wounded. In February and March, almost 300 Christians were killed in villages across Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists, with many incidents of maiming by machete also reported. This is an issue I have raised in parliament directly with the

Foreign Secretary; raising the support and protection the UK Government is providing to Christians overseas, in the face of relentless discrimination and oppression for no reason other than their religious beliefs. That is why I was delighted to see that Jeremy Hunt had asked the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen, to conduct an independent review into the UK’s response. We must gain an understanding of the steps the UK Government needs to take in order become world leaders in promoting global religious tolerance. We should be setting up a fund to help with legal fees and access to justice and protection for persecuted Christians. We have to take action to ensure British aid money actually reaches the people who need it.

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As the local MP, I am supporting this review, and am hoping that the outcome of this will be that the UK can gain a deeper understanding of what it can do. It is vitally important that the scope is sufficient in order to ensure that it can effectively inform the steps that Britain needs to take in order to tackle the problem. If you therefore have any personal thoughts on what steps you believe the Government ought to be taking to achieve these goals, I would be delighted to hear these views at luke.hall.mp@parliament. uk. It is vital that we tackle persecution of Christians all across the world, and I look forward to following positive developments in these efforts closely in the future. following positive developments in these efforts closely in the future.

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Celebrating the people who keep our communities safe THIS month, we celebrated the men, women and teams who go above and beyond to keep our communities safe at this year’s Be Proud Awards. The awards evening is my favourite night of the year and it is a privilege to be in the same room with so many inspirational, selfless and dedicated individuals. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to send in nominations as the awards give us the opportunity to celebrate our policing heroes for their efforts. To our finalists, winners and everyone who was nominated I would like to wish you a massive well done and thank you for all that you do. We also showed our support for World Elder Abuse awareness day and asked local communities to recognise the value older people bring to our communities.

The awareness day focuses on the problem of physical, emotional and financial abuse of older people as sadly there are a growing number of criminals who seek to take advantage of our senior community. Older people can be more vulnerable to cons, frauds, doorstep crime and distraction burglary and there are individuals out there who exploit the fragility that comes with older age. So I was delighted to see a new Avon and Somerset Police initiative that hopes to tackle isolation within the older the community, the ‘Chat Bench.’ The ‘Chat Bench’ is a very simple concept where a sign is placed on a bench, typically in a park or town centre that encourages those using the bench to have a chat with each other. I hope it encourages

people of all ages to start more conversations as we need to remember that a simple ”hello” could make a big difference to someone’s day. I will also be supporting the National Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Honour Based Violence on 14 July. The awareness day was set up by the charity Karma Nirvana following the tragic death of Shafilea Ahmend in 2003 and remembers the men and women affected by so-called ‘honour’ killings and honour-based abuse. Forced marriage and honourbase violence are particularly difficult crimes to tackle as much tends to go on behind closed doors and victims are scared to come forward. The victims are sadly at risk from those closest to them – their families and relatives. There is no honour in

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA n Spanish classes Spanish classes at The Horseshoe in Chipping Sodbury. Learn to speak Spanish in a small, friendly group, 6-week course £60.00. Numbers limited so please contact Rebecca on 07941 511744.to book a place. June 29 n Bristol Chamber Orchestra presents an evening of chamber music including Parry, Purcell, Elgar, Mozart, Dvorak and an oboe concerto by Marcello. Frenchay Parish Church, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 in advance, £11 on the door, (Students £5, Children Free). Call 0117 956 2106 for more information. June 30 n Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury 24th Classic Car Run. Assembling from 7.30am in Broad Street and leaving from 8.45am before returning to Ridings Playing Field from midday onwards. The run is non-competitive raises money for local individuals, groups and charities, as well as national groups. July 5-6 n Music in the Meadows, charity festival by Acton Aid for local good causes at the Mash in the Iron Acton Parish Meadows. Friday night, 6pm-11pm, includes ABBA tribute act Arrival and Queen tribute band Flash, plus Bristol’s Lewis Creaven Band. Saturday night, 5pm-10.30pm, prom concert with Bristol Millennium Orchestra and Iron Acton Community Choir. Tickets and more information online from www.actonaid.org.uk July 8

n Bristol Budgerigar Society at Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, 7.30pm. Young bird competition with two nest feather classes. Visitors welcome to come along without commitment to join. Further details from secretary Colin Parsons on 01454 775878 or email colinpauline@hotmail.com. July 11 n Winterbourne Medieval Barn, 7pm. Talk on the Newport Medieval Ship, discovered in 2002, the largest and best-preserved medieval ship ever found. Tickets £5 from Ticketsource.co.uk. July 12-13 n Yate and District Rotary Club Beer and Music Festival, Chipping Sodbury Rugby Ground. More than 80 real ales and craft beers, 25 types of cider and perry plus wines and Prosecco, hot food and music from seven live bands over two days. Open Friday from 6pm-11.30pm, Saturday from noon until 11.30pm. Tickets, in advance only, include a free collectors beer mug or wine glass. £10 for Friday and £16 for Saturday, available from Meredith’s and Ridgewood Cleaners in Yate, from the tourist office in Chipping Sodbury or online at www.yaterotaryclub.co.uk. July 13 n Winterbourne Medieval Barn, 7pm. Wine-tasting (Australian wines). Tickets £15 (over 18s only) from Ticketsource.co.uk. July 13 n Tormarton Church, 7.30pm: Concert featuring the songs of Flanders and Swann, complemented by the words and wit of Sir John Betjeman, performed by pianist, actor and singer Michael Lunts. Tickets cost £12.50 each, include a glass of wine in the interval and are available

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REGULAR EVENTS Monday 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 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 Community 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 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 Macular-support group meets monthly - 3rd Monday 1:303:30pm at Watkins room, Old Grammar School, Highstreet Chipping Sodbury. Contact Tony: 01454314066 Stress Reduction, Mindfulness & Relaxation n Yate Men's Shed meet at Yate Parish Hall, from 1.30-4.30pm. For further details please contact Steven Ringon 01454 323 857, or go to www.yatemensshed.com n Sodbury Short Mat Bowls Club. Old Sodbury Village Hall on Monday evenings between 6.15 and 9pm. New members experienced or otherwise welcome Contact Chairman S Leah on 01454 315161. Email sleahos@gmail.com n If you are interested in learning about the arts, in its widest sense, why not join The Arts Society Severn Valley. We meet in the Town Hall in Chipping Sodbury normally on the third Monday of each month. In addition to the lecture programme, we arrange Days of Special Interest which examine facets of the arts in greater detail, as well as visits to art galleries, museums and gardens plus trips abroad. Full details can be found on our website www. svdfas.co.uk. So come along, have a cup of coffee, enjoy the lecture and, perhaps, do some shopping in this lovely market town. Visitors are charged £6 so, if you would like to “try before you buy”, please e-mail memb@svdfas.co.uk The Arts Society Severn Valley We meet in the Town Hall in Chipping Sodbury on the third Monday of each month. Tuesday n Yate Art Club meet for arts, crafts and pottery on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 pm at the Ridgewood Centre, Yate, BS37 4AF. For further information please see our website www.

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n The Sodbury & District Flower Arrangement Society meets every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at The Old Grammar School Rooms, Chipping Sodbury at 7.30pm. 12th February - Practice - Willow basket making. 26th February - Talk on Pearls by Pam Slater. Visitors and new members very welcome come along and see what we do. n Yate Poetry Group. All welcome to join our small, informal and friendly group to share and enjoy poems and verse. We meet for an hour 1-2 pm every other Tuesday afternoon in the library, refreshments provided. For the dates of meetings, please contact Tony on 07704140682 or yatepoetrygroup@gmail.com n Tudor Bridge Club meets at the hall behind St Lawrence Presbytery on Broad Street, every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact Christine on 07876334921 n Badminton Club, 8pm at Yate Leisure Centre. People of all skill levels and abilities are more than welcome to join us. Organised by Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church, office@cs-bc.org.uk, 01454 313023 n The Sodbury & District Flower Arrangement Society meets every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at The Old Grammar School Rooms, Chipping Sodbury at 7.30pm. 12th March AGM - No Practice class 26th March - Demonstration by Yvonne Berry Sporting Favourites Visitors and new members very welcome - come along and see what we do.

train people to pass their Amateur radio Foundation and Intermediate Licences. Our website is at http:// tsgarc.uk. n Sew & Sew at Ridgewood Community Centre from 1.30pm 3.30pm at £2.00 per week. Phone Joan for details on 01 454 314355. 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 774984 / 0117 9850210.


n Oasis Friendship Cafe - a relaxed meeting place to come along for a chat, a listening ear and to make new friends. (Well behaved) dogs on leads also welcome! Baptist Church Hall in Chipping Sodbury. 2nd, 4th (&5th) Tuesday of the month 10.30am - 12 noon. For more information contact church office on 01454 313023 Email: office@cs-bc.org.uk n Frome Valley Mens Probus Club. We meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 10 – 12 noon at the Townhall, Sodbury. Guest Speaker every meeting, occasional lunches, day trips. Contact George for further info. Tele: 01454 882908 n Oasis Memory Café - in partnership with the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury and supported 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: office@cs-bc.org.uk 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 10.30am - 12 noon Email: office@

n SOSA with Carol at Chipping Sodbury School Sports Centre, BS37 6ES. Fun class featuring dance styles like Salsa, Kizomba, Bollywood, Cha-Cha, Bachata, Jazz, Zouk and Jive! 6.30-7.30pm, £6 pw. Contact: 07768 732111 or carolramsey@sky.com.

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cs-bc.org.uk n South Cotswold Men's Probus Club based in Yate, and reputably the most active in this area, can now take a few new members. Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings each month. Information, without obligation, from Jack on 01454 313889. n Monthly social lunchtime meet up for disabled people at the Farmhouse Pub, Wellington Road, Yate, BS37 5UY. Open and friendly group, meets first Tuesday of month 12-2pm. Part of WECIL's peer support community - 0797 962 6569.


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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED Marys Church Yate. No auditions! Contact Nikki on 01761 472468 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 Bellydance class with Sacha at Ridgewood Community Centre every Wednesday 7:30-8:30 (beginner/open level); 8:30-9:30 (intermediate level); £7 an hour or £12 for 2 hours. Contact Sacha for more information www. sachabellydance.co.uk sachabellydance@yahoo.co.uk n Short Mat 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. 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. 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 Blossoms play groups, 10.30amnoon, Cranleigh Court Community Hub at Tyndale School (by Tyndale Avenue entrance). Resident-run group for parents with babies and young children aged up to five years old. Call Paulina on 0759 212 8965 for more details. Old toy donations always very welcome. n Cranleigh Court Coffee Time. 9.30-11am, Cranleigh Court Community Hub at Tyndale School (by Tyndale Avenue entrance). Resident-led group will be led by residents. Call Brian on 07780 188146 for enquiries or assistance with transport. Thursday n Chipping Sodbury Folk Night Meets on 1st Thursday of each month in function room at Beaufort Pub . 8 pm - 11pm, 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 07974 381333. n South Glos. Decorative and Art Appreciation 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. Please.contact 01454 774401 sallykitching@googlemail. com 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 Yate Community Choir. Ridgewood Community Centre 7.30-9pm. Liz Martin 07891036145 n Chipping Sodbury Ladies Probus Last Thursday of every month 1012 Charter Suite Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. Speaker every month and regular trips out. T 01454 327491 n Avon Harmony are a Ladies A Cappella / barbershop chorus. We welcome visitors for a no obligation taster session. We rehearse at the dance studio, Fairfield High School, Allfoxton Road, Bristol BS7 9NL. Every Thursday evening 7.30pm 9.45pm. Tel: Mary 07954170532. 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 n Barnardo’s Breastfeeding Peer Support Project provides emotional and practical support to new mothers. Weekly groups are held at venues in Thornbury, Yate

and across South Gloucestershire. The Yate group, called Yate BreastFriends, meets at Yate Childrens Centre on Cranleigh Court Road on Tuesdays between 11.30am - 1.00pm. n The Yate and Sodbury District U3A Photography group meet at the St John’s Church Centre, Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6BQ on the first Thursday of every month (except July and August) at 2p.m. we invite photographers of all abilities to come along and learn more. For more info email Mary Avenin mabr42@outlook.com or call 01179 099471 or visit our website at www. u3aphoto.blog. n Tudor Bridge Club meets at the hall behind St Lawrence Presbytery on Broad Street, every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Contact Christine on 07876334921 n Kidz Club THE EDGE at Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church, 6-7.15pm in term time. We have an exciting club for all boys and girls – just come along and join in the fun! n #jobnetworkbristol & computerclub. Tablet and accessible computer club, employment support and signposting to opportunity. Join us for a tea and coffee. Cranleigh Court community hub, Tyndale Primary School, 1.30pm - 4pm. More information from jobnetworkbristol@outlook.com by email. n Emersons Green Quilters meet at Christ Church Centre, Quakers Road, Downend, 7.30pm-

What’s on at Yate Library Staffed opening: Monday: 10am-5.30pm Tuesday: 10am-5.30pm Friday: 10am-5.30pm Saturday: 9.30am-2.30pm Open access (unstaffed) Daily: 8am-7.30pm Speak to a member of staff for more details about registering your card for the open access system, so you can access library facilities throughout the week. You can borrow and return books and use the computers. Wanted: Do you have any old or unwanted Duplo Lego? We would be grateful for any donations for a new Duplo club. Events for children and families: Space Chase summer reading challenge blasts off on Saturday July 13 and children have until

Saturday September 14 to complete their mission. It’s free to take part. For more information about all our free drop-in activities visit www.southglos.gov. uk/childrenslibrary Wriggle & Rhyme: Rhymes and songs for parents and babies/ toddlers to enjoy together. Thursday morning, 10.30-11am, term time only. Buggy Walkers: Every other Monday – this month, July 1 and 15. Join them at 10am for a walk, followed by refreshments after. Lego Club: Lego + a story + your imagination = your Lego creation displayed in the library. Saturday July 27, 10.30-11.30am. Suitable for the primary age range: children must be accompanied by an adult. Other events: Teen Focus Group: Thursday July

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18, 6.30–7.30pm The Craft Group is meeting on July 6 and 20, 10am–noon. New members will always be made welcome by this friendly group. Share tips and ideas for your knitting, sewing or crochet projects. Poetry Group: Tuesday July 9 and 23, 1-2pm. Support and educational groups: RNIB Technology for Life: Technology support for blind and partially sighted people takes place at Yate Library on Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. For more information contact the RNIB Technology for Life team by email: tfl@rnib.org.uk or phone 0303 123 9999. Vision West of England:

Information, advice and support drop-in, first Thursday of every month between 2-4pm. For more information contact Marc on 0117 322 4855 or email marc.gulwell@ visionwofe.org.uk Various free legal advice sessions: ask staff for details. Various community learning courses: Contact 01454 864613 or community.learning@ southglos.gov.uk Memory Café: last Thursday each month. For more information on the library, call 01454 868006, email yate.library@southglos. gov.uk or visit www.southglos. gov.uk/libraries. Updates on Twitter @southgloslibs or South Gloucestershire Libraries page on Facebook.

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July, 2019 9.30pm on second Thursday of every month. Contact Ann Price on 07505 267931 or email emersonsgreenquilters@gmail.com for more details. Friday 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 n Options, a social meet and craft club (now in its 19th year) meet at The Ridgewood Community Centre, 10am-3pm every Friday. Tea/coffee and biscuits available with Cafe on site. £2.50 a session. Contact Joan for details 01454314355. n Ladies who Latte - free women's networking group for women in business because there's no point being fabulous on your own! We meet on the second Friday of the month at The Horseshoe in Chipping Sodbury from 10.00 - 12.00. Contact: Rebecca writetoreb@googlemail.com n Voices Together. The Old Grammar School. Chipping

Sodbury 10-11.30. Liz Martin 07891036145 n Yate Men's Shed meet at Yate Parish Hall, from 1.30-4.30pm. For further details please contact Steven Ringon 01454 323 857, or go to www.yatemensshed.com” n Cranleigh Court Cycling Club. 10.30am at Cranleigh Court Community Hub, Tyndale School. If you want to get back into cycling this could be for you. More details from Brian on 0778 018 8146. Saturday n The Tourist Information Centre Chipping Sodbury. Open 10am to 4pm Mondays to Saturdays.. 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 Teas on Sunday at Old Sodbury Church. From 2.30-4.30pm every Sunday until September 16. Come and enjoy a cup of tea in the tranquility of the church or outside with an amazing view over the Severn Valley. 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. 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@ yahoo.com Chipping Sodbury Library is open and staffed by volunteers during the following hours : Tuesdays 09.30 - 12.30 & 13.30 16.30 Wednesdays 09.30 - 18.30 Fridays 09.30 - 12.30 Saturdays 09.30 - 12.30 The usual borrowing facilities are available during the above hours and events for children during the school holidays. Come in and see our monthly displays and borrow a book on the month's theme.

New venue for Post Office needed THE Post Office is encouraging small business owners in Yate to think about setting up a new one following the closure of the branch in North Road. North Road Post Office closed due to the resignation of the postmaster and the premises, which were not owned by the Post Office, were withdrawn. A spokesperson for the Post Office said: “We understand how important a post office is to a community and we would like to reassure customers that we are working hard to restore a post office in that area.” Any retailer or small business owner interested in running the post office and incorporating it into their business should email ND.enquiries@postoffice.co.uk or phone 0845 2668790. The alternative branches are Yate Sodbury Post Office in South Parade and Chipping Sodbury Post Office in the High Street.

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OMINATIONS are open for Sirona Care & Health's annual Awards for Excellence – and your help is needed. Sirona is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing high-quality NHS and local authority-funded community health and care services across South Gloucestershire, parts of Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset. It was founded on October 1, 2011, and holds an annual ceremony to recognise the achievements of staff close to its birthday each year. Sirona chairman Simon Knighton, pictured, said: "We have always said our staff are the most important part of Sirona and recognising their achievements is really close to my heart. “From the thousands of compliments and letters which we receive each year from people in the communities we serve, we know our staff deliver high quality services, day in, day out. “They all give care as they would want for their own loved one, which is part of our Taking it Personally ethos. "While the majority of award categories are for internal nominations, we have one called ‘I think they deserve it’ and we are looking for the public's help to find a winner or winners.

“We want to hear about the person who brightened up your day because of their welcoming smile or who made a difference to your care in the way they tailored the service to suit you or something else. “Last year, we had so many nominations we gave two awards, with the Hanham district nursing team scooping one and the staff at our extra care facility at St John's Court in Bath the other. People told us about the hard work and dedication of both teams, with the nurses described by one individual as her ‘safety net’, while the team at St John's were praised for making a difference to a tenant's life by encouraging her independence.” If you want to nominate someone, please send details to communications@sirona-cic. org.uk by August 1. Please include as much information about the person you are nominating as possible and include your details too. Registered office: Sirona care & health CIC, 2nd Floor, Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR. Company Number 07585003

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n VIEW FROM YATE HERITAGE CENTRE AS you read this article, the Be Prepared exhibition on the history of local scout, guide and other youth groups will be in full swing. Such groups often reflect the communities in which they exist and the strength of that community. Today, although there are numerous distractions and options for local families, it is gratifying that both parents and children take an interest in positive activities beyond the school gate. From our own research it is clear that scouts and guide packs have always played a significant role in local communities. Iris Parfitt, formerly of Old Sodbury, recalls the impact on Old Sodbury in the 1940s and early 1950s. Nearly all her friends in the village joined the brownies and the guides. The pack cemented community ties. The groups took part in many of the local events, such as gymkhanas and fetes. Local middle-class women and farmer’s wives became leaders or offered practical support. Community cohesion was also enhanced by better-off families providing funds for poorer children to buy

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The 1st Yate Scout group 21st birthday celebrations, 1981. Picture: Irene Barnard uniforms. stargazing, although the latter Naturally, activities for girls involved turning out lights due to were traditional by the standards the blackout during the Second of today. Hostess entertaining, World War. child nursing, making beds, Although many packs followed household and laundry chores the rules and regulations decreed were de rigueur. Other practical from on high, there was room skills included first-aid and for innovation. In the 1980s,

the 1st Yate cub scouts pack introduced washing and ironing skills for youngsters, on top of the traditional campsite and craft skills. Domestic skills, of course, were normally thought the preserve of girl guides. The 1st Yate cub scouts were also the first pack nationally to go abroad. And what adventures they had! The group went to Bad Salzdetfurth in Germany as part of the Yate Twinning Association setup. On the 1989 trip, they visited the old border between East and West Germany. However, they went a little too close for comfort. The cubs were taken to see the border fence and machine gun nest. An international incident was almost caused as West German soldiers came in trucks to warn them off. The Berlin wall was to come down 3 months later, and cub leaders indulged the rumour that the cub group had helped lead to that dramatic event. Be Prepared opens on June 27.

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A guide to pre-owned cars with Richard Cooke

Second-hand Style Le Mans special: Part 1 I’LL open with a disclaimer: There are no car reviews in this month’s article and there won’t be any next month either. Instead I bring you a two-part special on the subject of one of the pre-eminent motor racing events of the season: the Le Mans 24 hour. For reasons that are not clear, Le Mans is almost totally ignored by the mainstream British press. If you pick up Autocar or other generalist motoring magazines it will likely get a mention, but you have to delve into Motorsport to find proper coverage. And that’s all after the event has finished. The Sunday Times managed a paragraph whilst the race was still being run a few years ago, but last year I couldn’t find any mention at all. And that’s odd, given that the race (which will have already taken place by the time you read this) attracts

250,000 people over one weekend in June. That’s twice the number of attendees that Glastonbury manages, and you can’t escape coverage of that mud fest. So this year I decided to go to Le Mans for the first time. I’ll let you know next month if you should make the effort in 2020. Since 1923, Le Mans has hosted a race lasting 24 hours (non-stop other than to change drivers) around the 8 mile Circuit de la Sarthe. About 60 cars start, each with three drivers taking shifts at the wheel. In a good year, maybe 40 finish. Le Mans cars therefore have to be tough and efficient, as well as fast and agile. They have a roof and lights but the ‘LP’ class (Le Mans prototype) looks like nothing you will ever see on the road. Wikipedia can provide you with all sorts of trivia, which I must read

before I go. The history, glamour and expectation is all quite exciting, although the thought of camping for three days less so – please no rain. By the time you read this, starting on a Friday at ungodly o’clock, an old friend and I will have driven the Audi S6 from my April 2018 column, in strict observance to French Autoroute speed limits, from Calais to Le Mans. His 5.2l V10 is a good way to start any weekend, but it is quite different from the methods of transport taken by the last two members of my family to attend. My great-aunt Dorothy drove a 1 litre MG Midget at the 1937 race, finishing 16th with her co-driver Joan Riddell (just two drivers per car back then) at an average speed of 55mph. They drove the car to Le Mans, raced and drove back again. That’s her

refuelling in the pits in this month’s photo. Note the total lack of any safety equipment. The last British female driver to race at Le Mans was in 1978, so we’re well overdue another speed queen. The other connection I have to the race is the 1950 event, notable for being the first time Jaguar entered, rather unsuccessfully, with their new XK120. The conversation I had with my father about it very shortly before he died was fairly typical of his understated attitude to certain aspects of his life. Me: “I’m thinking of going to Le Mans this year.” Dad: “It’ll be busy.” Me: “Have you been?!” Dad: “Yes, in 1950. Bill (his brother) and I went on his motorcycle.” Me: “You rode on the back of Uncle Bill’s motorcycle all the way to Le Mans?” Dad: “No, of course not, we put the bike on the plane at Southend and rode down from Le Touquet.” Me: “Ok, how did you carry all your gear? You know, your tent?” Dad: “What tent? The plan was to sleep outside next to the bike. In the end some French people let us use their tent. Very nice of them.” And that was all I got out of him. The details of that trip remain with him and my late uncle. My upcoming experience of this year’s race will be very different, I know that, but it’s still cars racing round a track for 24 hours in France. I’ll report back with my own story. Next month: Part 2

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n RECIPE OF THE MONTH Food to make you smile, whatever the weather THE great British summer can certainly be very changeable. Last summer we were sweltering and the farmers and gardeners were crying out for rain. This summer has been a very mixed bag. But whatever the temperature, I’ve got an Italian favourite which is sure to please. There’s a bit more prep than some of my go-to recipes but, believe me, it’s worth the effort. And of course you can prep this earlier in the day, ready to pop in the oven whilst you enjoy an aperitif. The roasted red peppers look attractive and the combination of those with the chicken and spinach(or leeks if you prefer) make this a great crowd pleaser. Perfect for a summer lunch or supper, come hail or shine.


Ingredients for the Sauce: Red Peppers – 4 deseeded and halved Large onion, finely chopped – 1 Cloves of garlic, crushed – 3 Tinned tomatoes – 14oz/400g Bay leaf – 1 Fresh thyme – 1 tbsp Fresh oregano – 1 tbsp Lasagne sheets – 8 Parmesan Cheese – 1oz/25g Taleggio Cheese – 2oz/50g Preheat the oven to Gas mark 6, 200C

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Lightly chop the spinach and put to one side. Finely chop the chicken, bacon, garlic and onion. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan. Fry the mixture for about 10 minutes until cooked, but not browned. Turn off the heat. Stir in the Parmesan and lemon juice season well. Add the spinach, put the lid on the pan to let the spinach wilt. Leave to cool. For the sauce: Place the red peppers cut side down on a grill rack and grill until the skin begins

Boneless chicken breast fillet – 6oz/175g Smoked streaky bacon or pancetta – 2oz/50g roughly chopped Large onion, roughly chopped – 1 Cloves of garlic, crushed – 2 Fresh spinach – 6oz/175g Parmesan cheese – 2oz/50g Lemon juice – 1 tbsp Grating of nutmeg for the spinach Small egg- 1, lightly beaten to seal the tubes

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to char, cool for 10 minutes the peel off the skin. Roughly chop. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add the peppers, tomatoes and bay leaf. Cover and cook gently for about 20 minutes until thickened and the vegetables are soft. Add the herbs at the end of the cooking time. Meanwhile, cook the lasagne sheets one at a time in boiling salted water for 10 secs until pliable. Drain on a tea towel and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut in half, vertically (long end and cut down.) Lay out on non-stick paper. If you prefer you can use preformed cannelloni tubes instead. See Cooks Tips Cooks Tips Butter a large rectangular baking dish. Place a tablespoon of the filling at the bottom of the long side of each lasagne sheet and roll up tightly. Brush the end of the sheet with a little beaten egg, press down to seal. Place a thin layer of the sauce in the dish and lay the tubes on top. Spoon over the rest of the sauce and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan and cubed Taleggio or

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substitute cheese. Cook for 25 minutes until bubbling and golden brown. Cover with foil and allow to stand for 5 mins to make it easier to serve. Cook’s tip Taleggio cheese isn’t always easy to find. Good substitutes are Brie, Gorgonzola dolce or Fontina. Preformed cannelloni tubes are quicker to use, but I find you can’t easily get as much filling in them as you can if you use the cut, rolled lasagne sheets.

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Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury THE Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, sustaining a membership of 45, is part of Rotary International. We fundraise, we distribute funds to deserving individuals and organisations in the local community, we support reputable international projects and we aim to have fun. Over the past 12 months we have raised some £26,000 and distributed just over £20,000. During the past month we have helped the local foodbank, given support to a local youth who has been selected to attend the International Scout Jamboree in the USA, supported five pupils at a local school to enable them to attend an end-of-year camp and supported two international projects. Anyone wishing to apply for a grant should visit our website at bit.ly/2Ux4Xkd, where you will be guided to the appropriate link. Recently, we provided help to Mark Austen to help with his training preparations for the 2019 Blind Sailing World Championships in Canada in September. Mark recently heard that he had been selected as a member of the GB team. In May he gave an inspiring talk to club members, explaining the challenges faced and the way he overcame them since losing most of his sight some years ago. We wish him well in his final preparations and at the championships. The club was delighted to have been a sponsor for two events (the chemistry and puppet workshops) during the recent Chipping Sodbury Festival. Turning to the social side, the club participates annually in a skittles competition against other Rotary clubs in the district. The team has so far reached the semi-finals and faces Nailsea Rotary Club in July. We have two teams participating in the annual Rotary boules competition. So far, one of our teams has won its first game, whilst the other team has yet to play. We meet twice a month at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club. If you are interested in finding out more about who we are and what we do, we would be delighted to welcome you to judge for yourself if Rotary is for you. For further information call me on 01454 327856 or email me at sfraser952@gmail.com. Stuart Fraser

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n AROUND THE WI'S Yate WI THE newly-formed Yate WI meets on the second Monday of the month at 7.30pm, in the Heron Suite, Poole Court. Nineteen Members and one visitor braved torrential rain for our June meeting. We had a very interesting and informative talk by Beverley, from Bristol Animal Rescue Centre. This was formed by the amalgamation of the Bristol Dogs Home and the Bristol RSPCA. The range of animals they treat is amazing: from cats and dogs, rabbits and gerbils to chameleons and corn snakes. Our members generously donated a huge amount of pet food, toys and cash for the centre, for which Beverley was extremely grateful. Afterwards we had refreshments and chatted – as we are all new, it’s good fun just to get to know each other! Some of us have already spoken about our schooldays, from village schools to city schools. Visitors will be warmly welcomed. Our next meeting is on July 8 – doors open at 7pm. We will celebrating the end of our first term with fun and games! Contact us at yatewiavon@ gmail.com or find us on Facebook by searching for Yate WI. Becca Birtles

Chipping Sodbury Evening WI JUNE sees the publication of the Queens honours list, where a number of celebrities are given recognition for their field of sport or entertainment. Also in the list of names are a number of everyday people giving up their spare time to raise funds for various charities. Our speaker at June's meeting was one of those people but as yet recognition has not been given. We heard from Linda Dowsett who, since the death of her husband, has raised over £31,000 for the Guide Dogs charity. The very entertaining talk on her adventures of being selected on the game show The Weakest Link had the entire group in stitches. The initial part of the talk went through how she came about raising £5,000 to name the first dog after her husband Gordon. The second dog was named Jim, again after her husband. Even though he

had been christened Gordon, his family called him Jim. There were a number of dogs in between, but her most recent dog is called Lindon, the name her husband called their home, which is a combination of both their names. During May the group had a very sociable cream tea on the horse-drawn barge in Tiverton. At one point on the trip, the whole group were asked to be silent (not an easy task for a large group of ladies, some escorted by their partners) just to listen to the sounds of the birds and the horses hooves on the canal towpath. We listened to a commentary on how and why the canal was built and were assured if the barge sank we would not be required to swim but just walk, as the canal was only a couple of feet deep due to sediment that had formed on the bottom – a far cry from its early days. The tale given by the skipper to a previous WI group was: “Ladies, if the boat sinks, stay in your seats and you will not even get your knickers wet.” Fortunately we did not have to try this theory out. The next outing is in July to the Three Choirs Vineyard with lunch at the Three Squires garden centre. The November trip is to the Royal Mint in Wales. All trips are open to members of the WI and their families. Last month we welcomed a number of new members who either came along alone or with a friend. New members are always welcome and if you do come alone you will be met at the door and we will make sure that you are introduced to a group of our ladies so that you are not on your own during the evening. The first three visits are free but with a 50p charge for the raffle. The next meeting will be on July 4, with a talk on birthstones, and will be held in the Charter Suite, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall at 7.30 pm. There is no August meeting but we are holding a social evening on July 31 for members only. Separate craft evenings are also in the pipeline, with card making, basketry and glass fusing on the agenda. Come as a stranger, leave as a friend. Further information can be found on www.thewi.org.uk. Jeanette Oakley

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Chipping Sodbury Morning WI FOLLOWING weeks of rain, it was so lovely to be in room full of women of all ages with such ‘sunny’ dispositions. Yes, the ladies of Chipping Sodbury (morning) WI were all enjoying their regular monthly meeting in the Old Grammar School. You may wonder what these ladies of the WI get up to in addition to their regular monthly get together. We have great outings! This month it is cream tea in Clevedon, last month it was a visit to Bristol Blue Glass and the Concorde Museum and in September we are off for a train ride. We also go out for both evening and lunchtime meals together, we have organized walks, skittles events, bowls, craft afternoons, coffee mornings, book club etc. In fact, it would be difficult to attend all that is on offer. Added to this there are the county events and the national events for anyone who wants to go and the very popular invitations from other WIs to help celebrate their important anniversaries. We also raise money for projects within our local community and help other people and organisations where we can. At our regular monthly meeting this month we were welcomed by our president and embarked upon the business of the day, this was followed by a break for coffee, where WI friends have a chance to catch up with each other and make arrangements for the forthcoming month. After coffee we all settled down to listen to our speaker, Ruth Pizzichemi, talking about A Brush with Africa. Ruth spoke about her artwork and wildlife in Kenya and Tanzania. Her love for animals shone through her talk and we were all entranced by the little story she told at the end of her presentation, which highlighted the unfathomable intelligence, love, and respect that elephants have. We all left the meeting and, guess what, it was raining again – but after such a lovely morning, we all felt recharged and there was even a suggestion that we should emulate Gene Kelly and dance along the alley way, singing in the rain. If you would like to join us do not be afraid: we may all be a bit ‘scatty’ but first and foremost we are ladies of the WI and we would

make you very welcome. Our next meeting is on Tuesday July 16 at 10am at the Old Grammar School and our speaker will talk about Love on the Nile. For further information visit Chipping Sodbury Morning WI on Facebook Susan Tubey

Old Sodbury WI IT was a beautiful sunny afternoon on the first day of June when the ladies of Old Sodbury WI, partners and friends gathered at a member’s home to play croquet. After a number of challenging games everyone enjoyed cups of tea with strawberries and cream. On June 5 members met at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club for our Centenary Celebration Dinner. This was a very convivial evening with good food, sparkling wine and an opportunity to chat with friends. Every member was delighted to receive a very smart WI pen as a surprise gift, to remember the occasion. Old Sodbury Village day took place on Saturday June 8, with crowds of people enjoying cups of tea and cake at our WI tent. A continuous flow of customers kept us very busy from 11am until late afternoon. At our June meeting Christine Cole is talking about The Williams at Dyrham Park and members are invited to bring along a photograph of their favourite stately home. We look forward to a train trip from Cheltenham to Broadway arranged for Saturday July 9. We hope this will be with a steam locomotive, to make this exciting for our guests. In August, forty members and guests are going by coach to the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Wales, with afternoon tea provided by Govilon WI, who also celebrate their centenary this year. We have over 40 WI members who enjoy a varied programme of speakers at our monthly meetings. We meet in the Village Hall at Old Sodbury on the third Wednesday in each month, at 7.30pm. There is always a warm welcome to visitors and prospective new members at this busy, friendly WI. If you would like to know more about us, please visit or ring 01454 315161. Susan Leah

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Alfie Gosley receives his winner’s certificate from Ann Murray of Cooking4 Cookery School

Surgery staff raise awareness of cervical screening STAFF from the West Walk Surgery in Yate promoted the importance of smear tests for women aged 25-64 during Cervical Screening Awareness Week. They put up a display in the waiting room, donned bright pink T-shirts and went to Yate Shopping Centre to talk to women. Dr Harriet Delap was with them encouraging women to make appointments. She said: “It is important to make your smear test appointment when you receive your invite, as cervical cancer symptoms are not always obvious until it has reached an advanced stage. The test only takes about 5 minutes and going for regular checks can stop cancer before it starts.” Members of the surgery’s Patient Involvement Group also helped spread the word and gave out leaflets.

Outstanding young chefs in Rotary Challenge THE calibre of young chefs who took part in the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury’s Young Chef Challenge has been described by the judge as “outstanding”. Nine pupils from Brimsham Green School, aged 13-14, took up the challenge to prepare a main course and dessert. But the two courses had to contain at least one of our five fruit and veg a day, and cover as many of the five food groups as possible, to create a balanced meal. They had only 1 hour 45 minutes. Voice columnist Ann Murray, who runs the Cooking4 Cookery School in Chipping Sodbury and is a regular judge, was impressed with the food that was made. She said: “I have to say that this year, the field was outstanding.” The winner was Alfie Gosley, whose ambition is to become a fine dining chef with the RAF. His winning dishes were beef lasagne layered with fresh pasta, vegetables and a crème fraîche sauce, with side salad and garlic and parsley ciabatt, followed by lemon meringue pie with clotted lemon cream.

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RAYSFIELD Schools’ Federation’s Spring Hunt successfully raised funds to support the school’s PTA despite the theft and destruction of two scarecrows. Four out of 25 of the figures were scarecrows which were made by the children with members of Sodbury in Bloom, made to replicate characters in the picture book The Scarecrows’ Wedding by Julia Donaldson. After being installed in Hatherells’ Yard they were stolen overnight on May 24 and later found burned in the Ridgewoods by a member of the public. Lorraine Neal, from Raysfield School PTA said: “Despite the sad incident of two of the scarecrow figures being stolen at the very beginning of the hunt, which was very upsetting for the children, we were very pleased that we continued to have the support of the local community and it didn't deter hunters.” Money raised will be put towards the cost of an outdoor classroom and storage for play equipment.

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Mark to sail for GB again

Chris powers on CHRIS Hignell, from Yate, is seen here competing in his Peugeot 106 at the Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship. A second-placed finish in class D, his third in a row, took Chris to fourth overall in the championship. Packed spectator banks were treated to some tremendous dicing at Castle Combe on May 27. The Saloon Car Championship drivers were next due to compete in the series' away day at the iconic Brands Hatch circuit. Picture: Jeff Gendall

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MARK Austen, from Yate, has once again been chosen to represent Great Britain in the Blind Sailing World Championships in Canada. A road accident over 20 years ago left Mark with less than 20% of his sight in one eye, but he has managed to continue to sail, a hobby he loved prior to the accident. Mark is a helmsman and he has trained and sailed with the GB Blind Sailing team for four years. His role is to steer the yacht, working alongside a sighted tactician who isn’t allowed to have anything to do with sailing the boat. The sails are taken care of by a member of the crew who is visually impaired along with a sighted crew member. Mark said: “I am so proud to have been selected to race with the Great Britain team. When I started sailing with British Blind Sailing in 2015, I set myself the goal of representing GB at Blind Sailing in the World Sailing Championships for Blind and Partially Sighted people.” All Mark’s training and racing has had to be self-funded, although he has had financial support from the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury. His participation in the World Championships in September will cost £2,500. Unable to work, he plays the saxophone at events and does public speaking to raise money.


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Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club are looking for players CHIPPING Sodbury RFC are offering some of the best opportunities in the area for people who play – or want to start playing – rugby. The club has players who started at the age of three and now play for England It runs three senior squads, two men’s and one ladies’, with the first team playing this season in the Tribute Western Counties South West Division, the highest league the club has ever played in. But people who are new to the game are given coaching to help build confidence and skills. Men train on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm and women train from 7pm to 8.30pm. The club also has an excellent Mini & Youth section, who will be starting their

Young players at Chipping Sodbury RFC. Picture: Paul Rubery

summer fun days from July 10, including BBQ night on the first Wednesday of every month. They will run every Wednesday until the start of the season, are open

to all age groups and a fantastic way to meet the other players and have a lot of fun. The Mini & Youth rugby season will kick off on September

8 from 10am, with registration day, and then will run every Sunday until the end April. Teams are run for ages: chippies for 2-5 years old and teams from Under 7’s through to Under 17’s. Training for the Mini & Youth is age-dependent: contact the club for more information. CSRFC also have three girl-only sides for Under 13’s, 15’s and 18’s who train every Wednesday night from 6.307.30pm: no experience is needed as the RFU level 2 coaches will be on hand to give all the help beginners need. Visit the website chippingsodburyrfc. co.uk or email contact@ chippingsodburyrfc.co.uk for more information. Paul Rubery

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Yate honours players YATE Rugby Football Club Annual Awards Night honoured the club’s top performers of the season. Players’ Player of the Year was James Cannon, while Coaches Player of the Year was Jordan Hawker, pictured with Martin Moorhouse. Top Try Scorer was Craig Archer and Most Improved Player was Jay Lythe. The Chairman’s Award went to James Cannon and the Chairman’s Special Award went to Julie and Nigel Hawker, with the Phil Scott Award going to Liz Guatieri. Four figures from the club have been given Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year awards for their commitment to grassroots rugby. They are chairman Stewart Stacey, Nick Roberts of the youth section and coaches James Cannon and Martin Moorhouse. The club’s pre-season training was due to start on Thursday June 27 at 7pm, with youth training starting on August 25 from 10am, both at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex. For more details see the club’s website or Facebook page. Mark Summerville

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Chipping Sodbury to host leagues clash CHIPPING Sodbury Cricket Club are to play host to the first ever representative match between the Martin Berrill Bristol & District and Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County leagues. The County League won a coin toss to have home advantage in the inaugural clash, on Sunday July 21, and decided to stage it at The Ridings. Sodbury's 1st and 2nd teams currently play in the County League but are also former members of the Bristol competition. Chipping Sodbury chairman Andy Shield said: "We're delighted to have been asked to host this fixture. "There has already been a great deal of interest in the game, and we're hoping a large crowd will come along to enjoy the cricket." Tom Stevens is putting together the first County League representative team anyone can

Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club's ground at The Ridings remember. He said: “We’ve been in touch with member clubs asking them to nominate players and the early response has been very good. “We’re hoping to put a squad together by mid-to-late June and then start to really get sorted. “We are hoping that plenty of people will be interested enough to come along and support us

so fingers crossed there will be a good crowd at Sodbury.” Chris Strong, who has been manager of the Bristol representative team for around 20 years, said: “I think the players will really enjoy the game. “We used to take part in an inter-league competition before it was wound up four or five

years ago, so since then our only matches have been against member clubs celebrating a special anniversary. “There will be a bit more of a competitive edge to this fixture and it will be a good test.” The Gloucestershire Cricket Board have supplied a trophy, which will be presented after the match.

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Appeal keeps Town in Western league CHIPPING Sodbury Town FC have won their appeal to stay in the Western League – but fans are being warned to enjoy the local derbies while they can. Manager Scott Gibson told the Voice that the club had won the battle with the Football Association over being moved into the Hellenic League – but was likely to lose the war. Club officials and supporters were left in shock when they were told the FA was moving them from the Toolstation Western League to the Hellenic at the end of the season. Although the leagues are both at the same level of the football pyramid, the Hellenic League includes more clubs in the Home Counties and the club faced a big increase in away travel distances. At the moment the Western League offers derbies with teams such as Bitton, Brislington and Cadbury Heath, and Chipping Sodbury’s 10th-place finish was

partly motivated by a desire to keep them, as losing the income from derby crowds would have been financially damaging. It was the short notice the FA gave of the switch which was key to Chipping Sodbury's successful appeal. Scott said the club was given just a month’s notice of the switch by the FA, breaking the association’s own rules, which state that two months’ notice must be given. Club secretary Les Theobald, fixture secretary Geoff Endicott and chairman Mike Fox worked with Scott on the appeal and Les discovered the FA’s mistake. He said they were not given a warm reception as the FA accepted it had got it wrong. Scott said: “We have succeeded on a technicality but the biggest problem is that they want 20 teams in our league and next year, there will be 21.” He said most clubs in the


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Yate & Sodbury Voice July 2019  

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