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March, 2018 Issue 37


Homes plan for former Yate pub site to go to appeal AN outline scheme to build up to ten houses on the site of a former Yate pub will be determined by a planning inspector. The controversial knocking down of the Railway Hotel in Station Road went ahead despite protests from local people and the collecting of a petition. Objectors said the pub was a locally listed building and a landmark in the town for nearly 200 years. But permission was given for the demolition, which took place ahead of the submission of the outline proposal to build homes on the cleared site. With no decision taken on the housing application by South Gloucestershire Council, the applicant - the Railway Building Company - has now appealed and asked that a planning inspector should decide whether the scheme should be allowed. Those who had tried to save the pub had unsuccessfully suggested preserving at least the facade of the building in order to preserve the character of that part of Yate.

Magistrates' court to be demolished Houses planned for Yate site PAGE 3

Cutting the ribbon

Uniform factory opens in Yate PAGE 5

Tree-mendous work

Iconic tree transformed into sculpture PAGE 9

Putting their heads together

Children help creat mental health website PAGE 15

Getting in the swing On a charge: Chipping Sodbury top the table after a hat-trick of wins. More, page 41

Band offers concerts to tackle loneliness PAGE 31

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Life of late Charity fundraising effort on target councillor to be celebrated at brass band concert THE life of long-serving Dodington parish councillor Cliff Phelps will be remembered at a concert on Friday, March 16. Brass band music was a favourite of Mr Phelps, who died last year, so the performance will be given by Dodington Parish Band. It starts at 7.30pm and all proceeds will be divided between the band and the eating disorder charity B-eat - causes that had been supported by Mr Phelps. Tickets cost £5 and are on sale in the parish office at Dodington Parish Hall, Finch Road.

A CHIPPING Sodbury man is on his way to reaching his fundraising target for Macmillan Cancer Support. Steve Walker aims to raise £2500 in memory of his friend Pip who died before Christmas after a 2-year battle with bowel cancer. Having already raised £3000 in 2017 for Cancer Research, Steve and his wife Cathy are are now committed to rising money for Macmillan. Inspired by Pip’s husband Phil and her sister Georgie, who ran in the London Marathon last year, Steve has decided to run in this year’s event. Steve said, “I am raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support because they helped Pip and so many of those we know affected by cancer, providing support and advice at such a scary and difficult time for those with cancer and their families.” A charity fundraising dinner hosted by the Tudor Raj Indian

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significant amount.’ Steve and Cathy have already raised £1430 so far. Their Just Giving page is: www.justgiving. com/fundraising/steve-walkerlondon-marathon-2018 Steve Walker (left) with Rafiq Hannan from Tudor Raj

Cash injection for housing on council land COUNCIL-owned land in Yate could be released for housing after £2.1 million of Government money was allocated to South Gloucestershire. Housing minister Dominic Raab announced a £45 million cash injection into key community projects around the UK to help kick-start the building of thousands of new homes. South Gloucestershire’s allocation is for a total of nine projects around the district, including £230,000 for Station Road, Yate. The money will come from the Land Release Fund, with a total of 79 projects nationwide receiving funding to support the building of up to 7,280 homes on council-owned sites. The scheme operates by using the cash to overcome barriers which would otherwise make land unusable for development. Projects could involve the removal of asbestos, building roads or providing utilities. John Goddard, South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for corporate

resources, said: “We welcome this announcement, which earmarks significant Government funding that will strengthen projects to build much needed new homes in South Gloucestershire. “Some of these proposals are at an early stage and all are dependent upon obtaining planning consent. “The land involved is council-owned and the funding is intended to help release a number of sites to provide a mixture of affordable and open market housing. “By increasing supply, we aim to reduce the pressure on the local housing market, making it easier for people to afford to rent or buy in South Gloucestershire.” The successful bids will release land for homes by March 2020. Other allocations include £720,000 for the Castle School sixth form site in Thornbury, which could lead to it getting a new sixth form centre, and two sites in Frampton Cotterell Woodend Road (£175,000) and Lower Stone Close (£20,000).



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Housing plans set to be drawn up for former Yate magistrates’ court site THE former magistrates’ court in Yate is set to be knocked down and the site used for housing. Government housing agency Homes England wants to demolish the courthouse in Kennedy Way before submitting an outline application for residential development. The North Avon Magistrates’ Court building closed in 2016 after a review into magistrates’ courts across the country was completed. Cases are now heard in Bristol. The premises date from 1982, have five courtrooms, 12 custody cells and used to deal with adult and youth criminal cases from across South Gloucestershire. It cost about £288,000 to run the building in 2014-15, during which time it only operated at 28 per cent of capacity, and a report for the review said running at that level did not justify keeping it open.

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Beatrix Potter hits the trail in Chipping Sodbury A BEATRIX Potter Trail around Chipping Sodbury will help keep children entertained over the Easter holidays. Organised by Sodbury in Bloom and the Friends of Chipping Sodbury Library, the trail invites families to follow a map and complete a competition entry to win prizes. The event will take place during the school Easter holidays. Entry forms with a map are available from Chipping Sodbury Library and at Waitrose. Prizes will be given for the first correct entry opened in different age groups. The organisers are asking for completed entries to be posted through the letterbox at the library at anytime or handed in

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Yate playing fields set for changing facilities upgrade PLANS have been drawn up to extend the changing facilities at Yate’s Sunnyside Playing Fields. The proposals by the town council will allow women’s football to take place alongside the men’s fixtures and provide enough changing rooms for the number of teams using the pitches and the neighbouring tennis courts. The scheme will also improve access for disabled sportsmen and women. Under the proposals, solar panels could also be installed and security improved.

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Bristol Uniforms officially opens Yate factory THE mayor of Yate has cut the ribbon at the official opening of Bristol Uniforms’ new Central Cutting Unit in Waverley Road. The company, a designer and manufacturer of protective clothing and equipment for firefighters across the globe, has taken on additional premises to handle planning and fabric cutting, as well as storage of fabric stocks and finished goods. Mayor John Ford was invited to officially open the unit, which is phase one of the new 40,000 sq. ft. facility, and was

given a tour which included a demonstration of the new automatic cutting machines and meeting with the 30 employees working there.

Mr Ford said: “It’s heartening to see a local manufacturing company performing so well on the global stage and continuing to lead the way in its field.

The new facility here is very impressive, and has paved the way for the creation of several new jobs.”

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Joint chairs step down from business association THE joint chairs of the Sodbury and Yate Business Association have stepped down after five years in the role. Tracy Francksen and Linda Banister, finished their term at the organisation’s annual AGM. Linda said, “We have had a terrific time as joint chair and we would like to thank the Executive team for all their support, effort and enthusiasm.” SYBA has organised various events over the past year

including a Business Breakfast at The Hamptons Deli in Chipping Sodbury and an annual fundraising Quiz Night in January 2018. It has broken fundraising records raising more than £1,900 for their charity of the year, Brain Tumour Support. The Association always welcomes new members. Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month from 17.30 to 19.00.  

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Veteran jazz man opens club in Chipping Sodbury A JAZZ player is celebrating really enjoy playing the music over 45 years in the music and we hope that holding business by opening a new these regular events will help club at the Beaufort Hunt in others to enjoy listening to it, Chipping Sodbury. as much as we enjoy playing Mike Slade, 83, who plays it. Everyone is welcome the double bass is showing to attend, and entry to the no signs of slowing down. He evening is free’. already runs the weekly Tuesday jazz night at the New Inn in Westerleigh. Mike, who is part of the Sodbury Jazz Club, says if the night is successful following its launch last month, the club will run on the second Thursday each month. Mike and his double bass Mike said ‘We


Sodbury In Bloom gears up for summer THE green fingered volunteers behind Sodbury in Bloom have revealed their plans for the summer. The organisers say they plan to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One with the war memorial planted all in white. They will also use medieval herbs and flowers in Hathrell’s Yard as part of





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Author entertains children at library event CHILDREN from several Yate schools have been entertained by award winning children’s author Michelle Robinson. Pupils from Abbotswood Primary School, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, St Paul’s Catholic Primary School and Tyndale Primary School all came to Yate Library for the event. The library had been transformed into a scene from her latest book Ten Fat Sausages. Michelle said: “It was a huge pleasure to spend time with all the children who came along to Yate Library. The biggest privilege of being an author is being given access to young imaginations.”

Yate day nursery and pre-school earns praise from Ofsted inspectors A DAY nursery and pre-school in Yate has been assessed as good by Ofsted. Little Oaks in Cranleigh Court Road was only registered in 2016 and inspectors said leaders had a strong focus on improvement. Ofsted said staff successfully supported children of all ages to develop their independence and the youngsters settled well and were happy. Its report said: “Teaching is consistently good. Staff know the children well and use the

children's interests to plan activities that successfully motivates them to learn. “Children make good progress in their learning. Children who require additional support are provided with well-planned strategies which meet their individual needs. “Parents are positive about their child's development and also about how eager their children are to attend the nursery. Older children are well prepared for school.”



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Wood you believe it - landmark Yate tree becomes sculpture THE remains of a tree that had to be felled for safety reasons has been transformed into a sculpture in Yate. Local artist and tree sculptor Andy O’Neill was commissioned by Yate Town Council to carry out the work to the sequoia (Wellingtonia), which had been a feature at the junction of Station Road and The Causeway for many years. It had been one of two sequoias that marked the entrance to the Ridge estate and pupils from Broadway Infant and Ridge Junior schools were invited to create drawings for Andy to incorporate into the final design. More than 100 were submitted, with inspiration for the eventual design coming from the origin of the town’s name derived from the old English word giete or gete, meaning a gateway into a forest area, the King’s Wood. King Edmund’s head crowns the sculpture and there is a door at the bottom of the structure which represents the gate way. The sculpture also features wildlife, such as a fox, badger, hedgehogs, squirrels and an owl, and once the sculpture has dried, it will become tougher than many hardwoods, turning from pale pink to a dark burgundy red.  Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, visited Yate to see Andy’s carving and met teachers and children from the two schools, with an official unveiling taking place later with local residents and councillors. Funding for the project came from South Gloucestershire councillors represent Yate and Dodington through the memberawarded funding scheme.

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Primary school keeps good rating after visit Volunteers invited to help plant trees by Ofsted inspector and hedges entrance to the woodland at 10am. They should wear suitable footwear and gloves and, where possible, take along a pair of secateurs. Meanwhile, Lilliput Conservation Group will be planting short lengths of hedge and drifts of bulbs in Lilliput Park, Chipping Sodbury, on Tuesday, March 6, as well as tidying up the hedgerows and picking up litter. Volunteers should meet at the Kingfisher Road gate at 10am. Stout footwear and gloves are advised.


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n NEWS A BOTTLE of champagne and glasses donated by the Prince of Wales are among lots to be sold at a charity auction in Chipping Sodbury. The royal donation joins a cricket bat signed by Sir Ian Botham and a signed limited edition cartoon by Gerald Scarfe of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as star items for the event, which has been organised by the town’s Rotary Club. It takes place in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall on Friday, May 4, and money raised will go to the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal, which was launched in


Royal champagne heads donations for charity auction 2016 by the Southmead Hospital Charity to raise £2 million for new robotic surgical equipment. Club president John Berridge said: “Surgeons at Southmead Hospital are regional, national and European leaders in robotic surgery and this cutting edge treatment will improve facilities for generations to come.” 

“To date we have had more than 50 lots donated and thanks to these very generous donations, our aim is to raise as much money as we can.” Other lots include a drive in a Morgan sports car for a weekend, a day out on a motorboat in Poole harbour and a VIP day at

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Cleaner buses to run in Building society staff raise thousands for Yate and Sodbury BUS services between Yate, Chipping Sodbury and Bristol will benefit from a £2.2 million funding boost aimed at improving air quality. The X46 Yate-Bristol service, which operates via Winterbourne, and the 47 Chipping Sodbury-Bristol are among 12 routes across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and the Bath area that will be operated with less polluting buses. The money comes from the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund and will lead to the upgrading of the bus fleet using emissions reduction technology on a total of 81 buses. They run on routes that are the most polluted, with levels of harmful air pollutants that are

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Fly-tipper blames anger and frustration for dumping waste A DELIVERY driver was ordered to pay a total of £500 in fines and costs after admitting fly-tipping in Tortworth, near Iron Acton. Ionut Vulpe, 22, of Kingston Road, Bedminster, Bristol, was prosecuted by South Gloucestershire Council’s environmental protection team. Bristol Magistrates’ Court was told that on November 23, 2017, a witness saw seven large empty delivery bags and an empty cardboard box dumped on Tortworth Road by the driver of a white delivery van. Inquiries revealed the van was used by a parcel delivery contractor and Vulpe was the driver. When interviewed, he said he had left the items out of anger and frustration after they fell out of the vehicle while he was trying to re-organise his deliveries. In court, Vulpe was fined £120 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a £30 victim surcharge. Heather Goddard, the council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “Fly-tipping is an issue that affects our communities and local environment and this activity will not be tolerated in South Gloucestershire. “There is no excuse for this type of behaviour. Waste crime puts the environment at risk and anyone found to be fly-tipping will be prosecuted.”

Will Self courtesy of Chris Close THE Bristol and Bath Science Park will host acclaimed author and journalist Will Self as part of the Cotswold Edge Literary Festival this summer. Organisers have confirmed that the author will appear at the week long festival on Wednesday 20th June at 7pm. Will Self is the author of 12 novels, including the Booker Prize shortlisted Umbrella. He’s also a prolific columnist, having written for the Guardian, the New York Times and the New Statesman. No stranger to controversy, Self will give an insight into his career and distinctive writing. The event is one of several at the festival, which runs from 16 to 24 June. Several venues are being used around South Gloucestershire. Children’s author AF Harrold will be entertaining primary school children in Winterbourne, as well as performing poetry for adults in the evening. Best selling local author Susan Lewis will be in conversation during an afternoon tea event. Times journalist and author of the acclaimed memoir The Boy With the Top Knot, Sathnam Sanghera is also booked for the festival. Other events are being announced in the next few weeks. Tickets go on sale at the start of April, and more information can be found on the festival’s website:

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MP welcomes 500th visitor to the Houses of Parliament

Local MP Luke Hall has hosted hosted his tenth village tour, with 500 constituents having had the chance to visit Westminster. The MP’s previous tour, for which Iron Acton residents, was hugely oversubscribed and second tour for the village was organised.

Combatting loneliness aim of Chipping Sodbury event A MEETING aimed at helping combat loneliness is being held in Chipping Sodbury. The South Gloucestershire Disability Equality Network (SGDEN), in association with other voluntary sector groups, is hosting the event aimed at members of the community who might have contact with isolated people, and would like to know more about what they can do to help. Sophie Wainwright from SGDEN told the Voice a wide range of people can help: “This might be delivery drivers, shop staff, hairdressers, volunteers, people who attend community groups or religious services - any member of our community who wants to be armed with the confidence and skills to make a difference.” “We hope that local businesses will also want to get involved, sending members of staff where possible to train them up to make a positive impact on customers and our local area.” The event will be on Tuesday 20 March at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. Booking is essential - by visiting or search "SGDEN" on Eventbrite.

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n NEWS PUPILS from Abbotswood Primary School in Yate helped launch a new mental health website for children and young people in South Gloucestershire. The Mind You site was developed with the involvement of the pupils and other local youngsters to promote mental health and emotional well-being through information and advice. It was funded by the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), developed by Public Health South Gloucestershire and features separate sections for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals. Dr Kate Mansfield, of the CCG, said: “Children and young people who are struggling to cope or have mental health problems have the best health outcomes when they receive help at the earliest point possible. “It is vitally important they know what to do when they need support and what steps they can take in order to get help. “This new website is a great resource which helps to make children and young people aware of some important practical steps they can take to help improve wellbeing. It also has guidance on where to go if they are struggling to cope or need more support. “The information for parents, carers and professionals is also really important to help ensure that we know what resources are available when a child or young person is


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Wild West Couple win pub award after musical to just 15 months in business roll into town THE musical Calamity Jane will be performed by Sodbury Vale Musical Comedy Club in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall at the end of April. The Wild West musical, with songs such as Secret Love, Windy City and Deadwood Stage, will run from Thursday, April 26, to Saturday, April 28.  Tickets are already on sale at £10 for evening performances and £9 for a matinee. They can be bought online from www. or by phoning 03336 663366.

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OWNERS of a pub in Hillesley are celebrating after winning an award from pub champions CAMRA. Karen McGeoch and Rod Undy, who run The Fleece Inn at Hillesley have become the Dursley and District CAMRA pub of the year. Rod said: “We achieved the same accolade in Mumbles, with the first Micro Pub in Wales, so it was almost an unwritten goal to repeat history, although we never thought that we would win”. The local villagers bought the building in 2012 and ran it as a Community Pub and although the concept worked initially, the pub soon started to falter. Karen said: “We were actually about to sign a lease for a new business venture in Swansea when one of the shareholders who just happens to have a holiday property in Mumbles

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March 7 n South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group. Wednesday 7 March 2018 Miners Institute , Coalpit Heath Village Hall, 214 Badminton Road, Coalpit Heath BS36 2QB AGM 7.30pm for 8pm 9.15pm David Hardwick talk on Boreholes. Non Members welcome £2 each for the talk

March 10 n Craft, Craft Supplies and Gift Fayre Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. Saturday 10th March 10 am to 4 pm. Local Crafts, Papercraft Supplies, Gifts and Colleactables, Cakes, refreshments and more! Voluntary entrance fee to be donated to the Friends of Horton School. To book a table call 07895 187292

March 12 n Bristol Budgerigar Society. Monday March 12. Budgerigar competition for 2018 bred young birds. Temporary venue while local council are carrying out extensive alterations to our usual venue: The Methodist Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne Down, Bristol BS36 1BN. Visitors welcome to join us without commitment to join. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@hotmail. com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_ March 13 n An evening of musical entertainment featuring the Frampton Shantymen and The Mel Eveleigh Jazz Trio & Friends. On Saturday March 17th 7.30 To 10.30 at St Saviours Church Hall Bring your own food and drink. Tickets only £5.00 from Jean Bradbeer 01454 775786 or email :- Max numbers apply book early. All proceeds to wateraid March 13 n Marylebone Woodwind Trio Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. The Marylebone Trio is a Londonbased ensemble travelling all over the country giving concerts and playing in music education projects - call 01454 315741 for full details March13

n'The Great Way Round – Paddington to Penzance via Bristol & Plymouth Millbay’ presented by Terry Nicholls. BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL, BS34 7RG. Tuesday 13th March 7:30 for 7:45 pm. The meeting is open to all and there is no admission charge, but a suggested donation of £3 to help defray expenses is appreciated. Contact: Dave Winter 01454 324230. March 22 n Avon Organic Group The local group for everyone interested in organic growing and organic foods. This month local expert Tim Foster joins us to talk about growing under glass and in polytunnels. Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 7pm – 9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. All welcome Visitors £5 / AOG Members £2. / March 27 n Sodbury & District Flower Arranging Society. Next demonstration will be March 27th 2018 at 7.30pm entitled "Some Of My Favourite Places "By Bevereley Clay. At the Old Grammar School rooms in Chipping Sodbury.For any further information please contact Mrs Rosemary Cummins on 01179373836 April 9 n Bristol Budgerigar Society. Monday April 9 commencing 7.30pm. Experienced champion breeder and exhibitor Bob Allen will describe how he treats occasional sick budgerigars in his stud and routine preventative medication. The committee are optimistic that the regular Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, Bristol BS34 6HR venue will be available again for meetings following structural alterations. It might be advisable to ring the Secretary or Chairman to confirm. Further details from the Secretary Colin Parsons. Tel 01454 775878. colinpauline@hotmail. com or Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail Visitors welcome to join us without commitment to join. April 10 n Dominic Alldis Trio "Jazz meets Classical” Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. The trio features Dominic Alldis on piano, Andrew Cleyndert on double bass and Martin France on drums - call 01454 315741 for

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full details April 26 - 28 n Sodbury Vale Musical Comedy Club present their Spring production of Calamity Jane which will be on stage at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall from Thursday 26th April to Saturday 28th April. Tickets go on sale on Monday 5th February priced at £10 each for the evening performances and £9 for the matinee. Tickets are available from www.sodburyvalemusicals. and click on box office for tickets or call 0333 666 3366. June 3 n Laser Run Championships being put on by PentathlonGB South West at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex BS37 7LB on Sunday 3 June. Including all age groups from 8 to 60+ Contact Philip Hobbs if Laser Pistol training is required. Entry details can be found at https:// list/competition/laser_run June 11 n St Mary’s Church Thornbury is holding a Flower Festival on 8th – 11th June 2018 as part of the Diocesan 'Festival for All', celebrating the community. The theme of the flower festival will be Nature’s Elements of fire, water, earth and air. We welcome anyone who would like to visit St Mary’s Church to view the floral exhibits or to participate in creating an exhibit. For more information please contact Jean Boakes on 416220 or email rj.boakes@hotmail. Charities selected to benefit from the festival will be Thornbury in Bloom and St Peter’s Hospice. All donations gratefully received.

Monthly courses from Natural Progress n March 3rd —Communicate More Effectively . n April 7th —Where the Magic Happens. n May 5th —What Are You Like? n June 2nd —Mind-Body Connection n July & August—Holiday For each workshop attended you may book one discounted, private coaching session for £25 1 ticket = £25 2+ tickets = £20 each 7:30 pm—9:30 pm at YOSC, Broad Lane, Yate Contact: www.natural rday 4 November 10am to 2pm

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REGULAR EVENTS  Zumba classes for all ages n and abilities. Classes everyday at St Marys School, Yate Academy and St Saviours Church Hall.. Pay as you go, £5 no booking required. See for timetable. Come and join the party, Jodie 07769274440.

Monday n Zumba Gold Class, Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church Hall, £3.50 per week, 9.15am with new instructor, Philomena! 45mins followed by coffee time. Anyone is welcome, but the class is especially appropriate for people who want low-impact dance-based exercise. Contact, 01454 313023 n Third Monday every month Frome Valley Ladies Probus 2-4pm Charter Suite, Chipping Sodbury Town Hall T 01454 316301. Interesting Speaker each meeting, raffle, refreshments and lunches. n 1st Yate Boys brigade various activities for boys 5+ meet at Moorland road Methodist church 6.30pm. Contact Simon Crocker 01454 329017 n Gentle Yoga-in Class. Every Monday 9.30am or 10.45am start at Masonic Hall, Hatters Lane, Chipping Sodbury, BS37 6AA. Beginners Welcome. Mat can be



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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: n Shire Way Senior Citizens Club meet every Monday afternoon at Shire Way Community Centre between 1.30pm and 4pm. Get together for tea, coffee, bingo, entertainment, raffle meet new friends , all welcome , Yate Com transport, available. Further info 01454317866-----07749712351 n Bristol Area Stroke Foundation Weekly Stroke Support Group The group has a varied programme of events and activities. Shireway Community Association, Yate BS37 8YS. Every Monday from 2pm till 4pm. If you are interested in coming along or want to volunteer contact our office on 0117 9647657 n Lunchtime folk music and song at The Beaufort Hunt pub function room, 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, start at 12.00 till 3.00, all welcome to come have a pint and a meal, sit and listen or play or sing, free entry. Contact Terry 01454 313045 n Bristol Budgerigar Society. Temporary venue while local council are carrying out extensive alterations to our usual venue: The Methodist Hall, Down Road, Winterbourne Down, Bristol BS36 1BN. Meetings commence at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month. Chairman Alan Fretten. Mobile 07922538894 E-mail alan_fretten13@hotmail. com Details from the Secretary Colin Parsons Tel 01454 775878. E-mail colinpauline@hotmail. com Membership; Adult £7.00, senior £5.00, same address partners £10.00, different address partners appropriate single rate each. Juniors free. Visitors always welcome without commitment or charge to see the wonderful budgerigar breeding, exhibition and social experience that Bristol Budgerigar Society can offer. n Pilates, and Pump & Tone, at Chipping Sodbury Sports Centre. Mondays :- Pump & Tone 6:30pm; Pilates 7:30pm. Starting from 8th January 2018. £6:00 per class; or a monthly tariff available inclusive of the Tuesday Bradley Stoke classes as well. www. for full information. Ring 01454 618488, or email, or just turn up. n Macular-support group meets monthly - 3rd Monday 1:30-3:30pm at Watkins room, old grammar school, highstreet Chipping Sodbury. Contact Tony :


Tuesday n Sodbury & District Flower Arrangement Society. The Society meets every month of the year (except August and December) at the Old Grammar School in Chipping. Sodbury. The second Tuesday of the month we have a Practice and Tutorial Class. On the forth Tuesday of the month a guest demonstrator joins us for our Demonstration Evening. All our meetings start at 7.30pm; visitors and new members are most welcome. For further information contact Pauline Holder, 01454 776361 n Art Club, Ridgewood Centre, Yate: 7pm - 9 pm http:// yateandsodburyartsociety.weebly. com. Tel Roz on 01454 316956 or 0794 194 6412 n Pucklechurch Folk Dance Club. We meet every other Tuesday at Pucklechurch Community Centre from 7.45 pm to 8.15 pm. Contact Veronica Holder – 0117 937 2818. n Frome Valley Tang Soo Do, open to adults and children 7yrs +, Wellesley Primary School, Edgeworth, Yate every Tuesday 6.45pm - 8.15pm. Contact Rachel Woodford for more details on 07712 729726 n Diddi Dance 9:30am - 10:15am n Yate Oral History Group meets 7.30pm,2nd Thursday of the month at Poole Court for interesting talks, refreshments & summer outings. We are a small friendly group looking for new members. Contact Diana 01454 322811 n Westerleigh Jazz Club - New Inn Westerleigh. Every Tuesday 8.30pm to 11pm. Different guest artists every week Contact: Mike Slade 01454 888269 n Oasis Friendship Café - a relaxed meeting place to come along for a chat, a listening ear and to make new friends.Baptist Church Hall in Chipping Sodbury. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 10:15am 12 noon Email: n 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: n Craft and Chat - a fun and friendly craft group for people of all ages and skill levels. Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 10–11.30am. Email: office@cs-bc.

For Newsdesk Or Advertising contact 07733898762 n Frome Valley Mens Probus Club. We meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 10 – 12 noon at the Townhall, C/Sodbury. Guest Speaker every meeting, occasional lunches, day trips. Contact George for further info. Tele: 01454 882908 n 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

Wednesday n Art Club, Ridgewood Centre, Yate: 7pm - 9 pm http:// yateandsodburyartsociety.weebly. com. Tel Roz on 01454 316956 or 0794 194 6412 n Thornbury and South Gloucestershire Amateur Radio Club (TSGARC) we meet every Wednesday in the Buckingham Room at the Chantry in Thornbury. Meetings usually start at 8pm with people arriving from 7:30pm. We welcome new members and can train people to pass their Amateur radio Foundation and Intermediate Licences. Our website is at http:// n Chakra Dancing Workout for mind, body & soul, Ridgewood Community Centre, Yate, BS37 4AF. 0930-1030am £5 each on the door. Suitable for all abilities and fitness levels. 0795 440 6640 - www. n Gentle Yoga-in Class. Every Wednesday 2pm at Old Sodbury Village Hall, T (01454) 327112 E n Chakra Dancing Workout for body & mind Ridgewood Community Centre, Yate, BS37 4AF.

930-1030am. £5 each on the door Julie 0795 440 6640. 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 Frenchay Men’s Probus Club Meetings are held in Frenchay Village Hall from 10.00 am to 12 noon on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of the month. The meeting is preceded by coffee and biscuits. www.frenchayprobusclub. com n Craft group meeting in St. Mary's Church, Yate each Wednesday from 10am. Everyone welcome, we have knitters, sewers and chatters. Refreshments available for a donation. Please come in and say hello. n Yate/Chipping Sodbury Afternoon Choir meets on Wednesdays 2pm till 4pm at St Marys Church Yate. NO AUDITIONS!!! Contact Nikki on 01761472468 for more details or just turn up at the church and have a free sing on the first visit. Look forward to seeing you! n Yate & District Townswomen’s Guild meet on the second Wednesday morning of every month in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. We have a programme of varied and interesting speakers. We are a very sociable group and offer other smaller, activity groups too. Give us a try. Ring Rhona 01454 881532 or Christine 07811665286 n Short Matt Bowls. A Warm welcome awaits visitors for the short matt bowls on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at St Saviours Church Hall, Coalpit Heath




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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED from 2-4pm. Come along, Find out and Join in even spectators to. n Pilates, and Pump & Tone, at Chipping Sodbury Sports Centre. Wednesdays :- Pump & Tone 6:30pm; Pilates 7:30pm. Starting from 8th January 2018. £6:00 per class; or a monthly tariff available inclusive of the Tuesday Bradley Stoke classes as well. www. for full information. Ring 01454 618488, or email, or just turn up.

Thursday n Chipping Sodbury Folk Night Meets on 1st Thursday of each month in function room at Beaufort Pub . 8 pm - 11pm, next date Thursday 2nd April. Huge range of music and performers covering various genres , all welcome, performers slots are available on a first come basis. £1 on the door . Visit our Facebook page for more info, Chipping Sodbury Folk Night. Or call Jo on 07974 381333. n Meditation Class Ridgewood Community Centre, Yate, BS37 4AF. 10-11am. £5 each on the door Julie

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

01454 322811 n Yate Men's Shed currently meet every Thursday 10:30 - 12:00 in the Armadillo Youth Venue & Cafe in Yate. For further details and to confirm the meeting venue and times, please contact Steven Ring on 01454 323 857. n Jazz Club at the Beaufort Hunt in Chipping Sodbury second Thursday each month from 8.30pm The Mike Slade Trio. No admission fee - everyone welcome. Enqs Mike Slade Tel: 01454 888269

Friday n Hatherell’s Yard Market 9am to 4pm. hatherellsyard 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.

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

Saturday n Hatherell’s Yard Market, 9am to 4pm. hatherellsyard n Options (now in its 16th year) meets at the Ridgewood

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED Community Centre from 10.30am to 3.0om. Lunches are available plus free tea or coffee. £2 .50 a session. Phone Joan for details on 01454 314355 n Energise-in Yoga Class. Every Saturday 10am at Masonic Hall, Chipping Sodbury. Beginners Welcomed. Mat can be provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: hello@yoga-in. Can book via

Sunday n Indoor short mat bowls at Pucklechurch Community Centre. Established players and beginners welcome. Bowls provided. Sessions Sunday afternoon and Monday and Wednesday evenings. Contact Roger Payne 0117 937 3653. n The Tourist Information Centre Chipping Sodbury In January and February will open from 10am to 4pm Mondays to Thursdays. From 1st March normal working hours will resume 10am to 4pm Mondays to Saturdays.

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End in sight for work on £15 million sewer scheme A NEW sewer to serve an expanding Yate and other parts of South Gloucestershire is approaching completion. The £15 million Frome Valley relief sewer scheme will provide extra capacity for large new housing developments in the area, diverting waste water from South Gloucestershire to the sewage treatment works in Avonmouth. Wessex Water is building the 5km long pipe that will run westwards from Iron Acton to Bradley Stoke. The first sections of the scheme were laid near Yate and around the north of Bristol in the 1980s and 1990s. Three years ago, Wessex announced it would complete the project and that is now set to happen in June. As part of the project, Wessex had to tunnel underneath the M4 from the Three Brooks nature reserve in Bradley Stoke, taking care to protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats.   The company’s project manager, Mike Bryant, said: “The tunnelling under the M4

has been successful and we are in the process of completing manhole and sewer connections in the area. “Work in the local nature reserve will be complete and the site will be reinstated by the end of March.  “We’ve excavated up to 3.1km and crossed numerous features such as the River

Frome, although the sewer is predominantly being constructed across fields and has had minimal impact on the public.” The sewer should also finally resolve the problem of unsightly waste being stranded along the Frome Valley, the result of sewers running down the valley and through the centre of Bristol. People who walked along

the river said heavy rain and flooding sometimes resulted in debris being strewn along the river bank. Past unsuccessful efforts to resolve the problem included installing a fine mesh filter at a bend in the river in Iron Acton and other work next to the ford at Cog Mill.

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WILLIAM Roache, the actor who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street is to appear at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. The world’s longest running soap actor will talk about his life on and off of Coronation Street in the event on Friday 29 June 2018.

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View from Yate Heritage Centre . . . British newspaper archive



THE 21st century is proving to be a golden age of historical research. So many records are now online that trips to the record office are no longer necessary for all research. Recently, the heritage centre was able to add to its knowledge database through access to invaluable new information found online. Local records for 1939 have been one such avenue of exploration, along with access to British newspaper records going back to the 18th century. Some of our researchers at Yate, such as Sylvia Eastwood, have been unearthing some articles from the newspaper archive that refer to

Yate and places further away.   They include the reporting in the Bath Chronicle in 1858 of how the rector of St Mary’s Church in Yate put on an annual fete for children at the Yate National (Church) School. It said flowers and flags were exchanged and prizes allotted for conduct and improvement. It was followed by tea and buns on the rectory lawn with “merry games” afterwards on the adjoining field and completed with a rendition of the National Anthem.   Newspapers also covered sadder news and stories about children had an interest well beyond the parish of Yate. An article in both Nottingham and Dundee papers reported on eight-year-old Cyril Morgan Horder, who attempted to save the life of his younger brother as he struggled in a local pond. Cyril in turn struggled in the pond while an elder brother was able to rescue the youngest but



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Yate Rectory 1894 Cyril had perished by the time he was brought to the surface. The archive also threw up some surprises. The Birmingham Daily Post featured women strikers at the Newman Industries plant in Yate in 1954. Yate had a long tradition of women working in local factories but few instances of all-women strikes, especially as early as the 1950s. The strike was sparked by a perceived demand by Newman management for 20 per cent greater output from the women motor winders. The strike was called off quickly and personnel manager AE Cheeseman deemed the strike the result of a misunderstanding.  Diary dates Until Tuesday, March 20, A Pub History of Yate and Sodbury. Exhibition open 10.30am-4.30pm.

Saturday, March 3, archaeology finds day. Identification of artefacts and historical possessions brought in by visitors, 11am-2pm. Tuesday, March 6, Yate lecture series. The daily life of Tudor and Stuart women with Mark Hailwood of Bristol University. Admission £2, free for Friends of Yate Heritage Centre, 7.30pm.   Tuesday, March 20, general knowledge quiz. Entry £6 per team of 4-5 people, booking essential, 7.30pm Wednesday, March 21, Yate Archaeology Group meeting. Melanie Barge of Historic England leads a practical session handling and archiving local Roman finds, 7.30pm.   March 21-May 2, History of Post-War School of Yate. Exhibition open 10.30am-4.30pm. Wednesday, March 28, egg decorating workshops, 10.30am and 1.30pm.

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Comments invited on latest blueprint for Not boring at all - talk development in South Gloucestershire on colliery boreholes

ANOTHER document shaping how and where development can take place in South Gloucestershire has gone out for consultation. The district’s local plan will provide a guide and framework for both residents and developers, against which the suitability of planning applications are judged. All local authorities must have an up-to-date local plan in place and South Gloucestershire Council said it was time to update its plan, especially with its increasing need for housing and employment opportunities. But it said it wanted to protect and improve its environment, meaning it had to balance economic, social and environmental issues to ensure new development was sustainable. The plan will sit under the

West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which has been developed by the four West of England authorities to guide strategic growth across the wider region. The council’s own plan will focus on more local projects but will also allow it to determine how proposals identified in the JSP will be achieved. It said building within the current boundaries of urban areas would not be enough to meet needs and the JSP identified large scale developments in five greenfield locations - including Coalpit Heath, North West and West of Yate. The local plan will also establish where smaller scale development is appropriate in other areas and how to make best use of brownfield land on urban sites. Yate is one of the areas

being looked at for maximising the use of brownfield land. Colin Hunt, the council’s Cabinet member for planning, transport and the strategic environment, said: “By having a robust local plan, which residents understand and have taken part in shaping, will strengthen the council’s hand against unwanted and speculative development bids.” Consultation runs until April 30 and details of how to take part are available on the council’s website, together with dates and venues for a number of information drop-in sessions. They include one on Tuesday, March 20, in the Ridgewood Community Centre, Station Road, Yate, from 6pm-8pm. Yate One Stop Shop in Kennedy Way and libraries also have copies of the consultation documents.

A TALK by David Hardwick on the exploration of coal resources in South Gloucestershire will feature in the annual general meeting of a group established 15 years ago. The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group was set up to record and, where appropriate, preserve the remains of what was once an extensive industry. Mr Hardwick will explain the reason for boreholes at local collieries, talk about the people who drilled them and the methods they used. All are welcome to attend the event on Wednesday, March 7, which starts at 8pm at Coalpit Heath Village Hall, Badminton Road. Admission is £2 for nonmembers.

Swinging towards their 60’s: Marlwood pupils plan reunion Over 7,000 new foster families are needed in the UK

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Form). The reunion is planned for 29 September at the Ship pub. If you are interested in attending, contact Judy Dunkley (nee Witchell) by email: The group also has a Facebook page called ‘Swinging towards our 60’s’.

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Clever HR chooses charity of the year YATE-based Recruitment and Human Resource’s Consultation company, Clever HR has chosen Children’s Hospice South West as its charity of the year, with events planned throughout 2018. Managing Director James Rendell said “Clever HR is thrilled to support Children’s Hospice South West. The service provided to families across the South West is remarkable and we look forward to taking part in a number of fundraisers throughout the year.”


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Ken Hill LAST month we told you about a conman jailed for fraudulently persuading an elderly man his Sodbury home needed repairs.

As you’ll read elsewhere in this issue, there’s been a similar incident in Yate recently. Thankfully alert banking staff protected the family involved and a suspect was arrested. Also, a woman's jewellery was stolen from her Yate home while a man kept her talking outside. While thankfully this ‘doorstep crime’ doesn’t happen often, it does disproportionately affect older people – who are more likely to be at home during the day – and can have a significant impact on their wellbeing as well as their finances. At this time of year we do get reports of rogue traders offering to do household maintenance or gardening work. Please help to protect any vulnerable relatives or friends by helping to find a reputable tradesperson and sharing our advice (below).

Doorstep crime can be prevented: • It’s your doorstep, your decision. Deal with any unknown and unexpected visitor through a window or use a door chain • Check identification – genuine callers expect this and will wait • If you’re not sure, don’t open the door and report it by calling 101 • If you feel threatened or intimidated call 999 straight away • Lock your doors while you’re in your garden or another room • Keep cash in the bank, not at home • Join Neighbourhood Watch • Set up a 'No Cold Calling Zone' through South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) • Sign up to utility companies’ password schemes Affected by rogue trading? Report it to Trading Standards through the Citizens’ Advice Bureau on 03453 04 05 06.


The Blues Band H IN CONCERT H Armstrong Hall , Thornbury Friday 1st June 2018 - 7.30pm

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n NEWS BRISTOL Technology and Engineering Academy is officially the best state school in the former Avon area for 16 to18year-olds, according to the latest government statistics. The academy in Stoke Gifford, which takes in teenagers from across the area, saw 44 per cent of its students score AAB or higher in at least two of the so-called facilitating subjects in their A-levels last summer. BTE Academy has also achieved an outstanding Progress score in the latest tables from the Department for Education. BTE Academy achieved a score of 0.28 in the 16 to 18 age bracket – higher than any other state school across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset. BTE Academy is one of the country’s few University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UTCs are sponsored by a university and by local employers who provide work experience and relevant

Exam success for tech academy projects for their 14-to-19-yearold intake. Principal Rhian Priest said: “This is only our third year of results and our first for students who have spent four years with us, so I am incredibly proud. “Part of the reason for our success is down to the specialist nature of our academy. We only offer A-levels in maths and science subjects, along with diplomas in engineering, computing and applied science. These are the disciplines which are more than ever in demand from employers, and which will increasingly come to shape the UK’s skills-driven, technologybased economy in the years to come. “Last summer well over half of our sixth form students achieved either an A* or an A in maths or further maths and


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Alabama rot Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, also known as Alabama Rot, is a disease which causes damage to blood vessels in the skin and kidneys in dogs. It is fatal in 9 out of 10 dogs. Since November 2012, more than 120 dogs across the UK have been affected by the disease. Recently we have seen our first case of the disease which unfortunately resulted in the death of a very dear patient. The exceptional speed at which this disease progresses has shocked all of us. This is a devastating disease. The disease has these symptoms: • Skin lesions (non healing, primarily on the lower limbs, stomach, muzzle and tongue) • Depression due to acute onset kidney and liver damage Unfortunately, we still do not know the cause of the disease. Any breed, age or sex of dog can be affected and progression of the disease can be very fast, with many dogs falling seriously ill within a few days of developing


skin lesions. The current advice is currently to wash your dog with dog shampoo after he or she has had a wet or muddy walk. If you would like more information regarding Alabama Rot, the current leading specialists are Anderson Moores. Their website can be found at www. Patrick Murphy Principal Veterinary Surgeon

every student progressed on to their first-choice university or apprenticeship. “We also had a positive set of GCSE results with students making on average two grades’ progress per subject over the two-year period in which they are with us. This amazing achievement is down to the hard work and commitment shown by our students and staff.” Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy is holding an open evening from 6.308.30pm on Thursday March 15 and is accepting applications for Year 10 and Year 12 for September 2018.

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n PETER'S VISION Peter Turner is the lead Optometrist at Turners Opticians

Clearing the Fog Well we cannot actually clear fog, that requires divine intervention. However if the ‘fog’ is coming from your glasses lenses needing a jolly good clean then we can help! So to our tips for cleaning your glasses, or indeed other high performance optics such as cameras and even mobile phone screens. Using a tissue, paper towel or other paper based product is really not recommended. These are not a kind or gentle way to treat your sophisticated optics. Why you may ask… but tissues are everywhere, particularly this time of year! Well, would you use a piece of wood to clean your optical devices? Paper tissues are after all made from wood pulp, which is I agree a refined, broken down and

chemically treated form of wood, but it’s still wood. Of sorts. The European Tissue Symposium has previously noted (yes they really exist, and have a fascinating website if you want to read more about paper based tissues) that each of us uses around 200 paper tissues per year for extras including wound cleaning, hand or face wiping and cleaning spectacles! At Turners Opticians our latest lenses are clearer from the inside out. Using sophisticated materials we provide you lenses with a special surface that is designed to be non stick. Particles cannot easily cling to this super slippery surface

on your glasses so they form mini spots which in turn makes them easier to wipe away. Quite clever really and something you do not often see! So having admonished the use of trees for cleaning your glasses just what can you use? Well for more years than I can remember we have given you a free high tech microfibre cleaning cloth with your new glasses. This is not just because the colour nicely matches your case, but because the technology is very effective. Your Turners microfibre cloths is, as the name suggests, made of many, many small fibres. This means that rather than using a

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n AROUND THE W.I Chipping Sodbury WI (Evening) What a performance The members were entertained by Andrew Stocker who gave a lively presentation on the History of the Theatre Royal Bristol. The theatre is the oldest continually operated English speaking theatre in the world dating back to 1766. It is currently undergoing refurbishment which is due to be

n LETTERS completed in September. The Theatre Royal also known as the Old Vic and the Theatre school has produced a number of famous household names and is an asset to the City of Bristol. The WI was also been invited to take a back stage tour, why not take up this invitation by joining our WI. We meet at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall at 7.30 pm on the first

Thursday every month (except for our social evening in August). As we are an evening WI we have a wide range of ages and interests. Our next meeting is the 1st March at 7.30, why not come along for a free taster as one of our guests. Along with our monthly meeting we also hold a monthly craft evening.

Antiques Roadshow goes supersonic BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Aerospace Bristol in May. Fiona Bruce and the team of experts will be waiting to welcome you with your family heirlooms and car boot bargains to offer free advice and valuations to visitors. The filming takes place on May 17 at the home of Concorde. The new museum celebrates the city’s historic links to the birth of aviation and the development of supersonic travel.

At the centre of this new attraction is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot - the last Concorde to be made and the last Concorde to fly. Series producer Robert Murphy said: “It’s a hometown show for many of the team at a fascinating and entertaining new venue in the south west. We’re looking forward to a bumper turnout." Doors open at 9.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry is free and no tickets or pre-registration

are required. Visitors can also share their stories about the special items they are bringing along using Share Your Story on the Antiques Roadshow website. Alternatively, email: antiques. roadshow@ or write to Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR. More information can be found at: antiquesroadshow or on the show’s Facebook page.

Raising Aspirations: crucial careers advice for teenagers MORE than 2,000 students attended the annual Raising Aspirations careers event at UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus. High quality careers information, advice and guidance was provided for Year 9 students from 14 secondary schools within and outside the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF). More than sixty companies and higher education

organisations exhibited at the event, which was organised by Tim Holmes, from Bristol Metropolitan Academy in Fishponds, with Gill Carter, consultant for Bristol City Council. The Royal Navy, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers FC, DAC Beachcroft, Burges Salmon, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Avon and Somerset Police were some of the organisations involved,

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as well as further and higher education organisations who were available to talk about post16 opportunities. Civil Service volunteers delivered employability skills workshops to help students make the links between careers and employment. Mr Holmes said: “Being inspired and having high aspirations is what this event is all about.”

Dear Voice Readers, The daffodils are out and it’s time for Sodbury in Bloom to start getting organised for 2018. As cup winners last year, in the South West in Bloom competition, we are in a different category this year and will be competing against all the other cup winners so we want to do well. Our colours this year will be red with a splash of white and one of black so the town should look very colourful. The colours were chosen to commemorate the centenary of the end of the WWI and the war memorial will be planted all in white for the same reason. We have lots of plans. The planters in Hatherell’s Yard will be filled with medieval herbs and flowers as part of the town’s 800th celebrations of its charter and there will be a handout explaining their culinary and medicinal uses. Work in the Community Garden will start as soon as it’s a bit less muddy and we hope to have something good to show the judges in July. We also have the boat, the pump, the Millennium Garden and all our usual spots to plant up and maintain so it’s going to be a very busy year. You can see what we are up to from our Facebook page. We meet outside the Baptist Church in Chipping Sodbury at 10am on the first Thursday of every month for a regular work session so please come and join us if you feel like it. We are a friendly bunch and are always glad to see newcomers. Jane Lund Sodbury in Bloom




n NEWS New councillor sought WESTERLEIGH Parish Council is looking for somebody to represent Coalpit Heath as a councillor. The council has a vacancy after Dan Boulton resigned because he had moved out of the area. The successful candidate will be co-opted to the council and stand until local elections next year. People interested will be interviewed by the council’s clerk Sue Simmons and the chairman of the council, Bob Taylor before they recommend somebody to the full council who will vote to co-opt them. To be eligible for the role, people need to live or work in the parish or within three miles of it. That opens up the vacancy to people in parts of Yate, Frampton Cotterell, Winterbourne and Iron Acton as well. People who work in the parish can also apply. Those interested should contact the parish council clerk, Sue Simmons at: westerleighpc@

March, 2018

Householders to pay 5.99 per cent more on council tax bills COUNCIL tax bills in South Gloucestershire will rise by 5.99 per cent from April. It means householders in a band D property will be charged £1,441.07 as a contribution to council-provided services - with extra sums to be added on for the police and fire service, as well as parish precepts. The increase is made up of a 2.99 per cent general rise and a further three per cent as an adult social care levy. The approximate £9.7 million raised through the levy will be spent on services supporting the most vulnerable adults. But South Gloucestershire Council said it only partially covered the extra cost of social care resulting from increased demand and market prices. During 2018-19, the council will spend nearly £216 million on services, with a further

£202 million to be distributed to schools through a dedicated Government grant. But it warned that while its finances were projected to remain in balance for the coming three years, that was only by using reserves set aside for that purpose and making more savings. However, a range of extra spending commitments were included in the council’s budget, including about £7.7 million more for the Children, Adults and Health Department over and above the adult social care levy. There is also funding for a two per cent pay increase for staff, whose salaries have been frozen or capped at one per cent for the past seven years. Meanwhile, a 50 per cent council tax discount for homes that have been empty for at least two years will be removed.

Council leader Matthew Riddle said: “I know that some will feel the squeeze of rising council tax but while we continue to look for ways to be as efficient and cost effective as possible, we must find ways to replace the funding which used to come from Government and to meet rising demand for services.” Liberal Democrats said the budget indicated there would be more than £36 million in cuts to the budget between 2019 and 2022 but the nature of those cuts were unspecified. The group’s deputy leader, Councillor Clare Young, said: “South Gloucestershire has already tightened its belt pretty damn hard in recent years. “There will come a point, not very long from now I fear, when there will be simply nothing left to cut.”

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Band offers free concerts to help those experiencing loneliness A SOUTH Gloucestershire band is planning to give a series of free concerts to help tackle the problem of loneliness and isolation. Westerly Showband said music had a beneficial effect on a range of physical, mental and social disorders and, with loneliness also experienced by some people, felt it could do something about it. Members of the band’s board are now seeking help from local charities and community organisations so the concerts can take place throughout the district. They need a suitable venue for each performance, such as a hall or church, which could be hired at a low rate or given free. They also require help with setting up for the concerts, ushering and providing refreshments, as well as getting

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A guide to pre-owned cars with Richard Cooke

Second hand Style A look at everyday cars on the cusp of becoming modern classics Mercedes CL500, 1996 - 1999: Disarmingly charming dinosaur I SUSPECT we’re about to miss the boat on this one: The first generation Mercedes CL, at 20 years young, is just about starting to feel (and cost) like a classic. Rarity, coupled with a desirable badge, will do that for most cars but the original CL always struggled on the used market due to those Marmite looks. Even after two decades of, ahem, ‘maturing’, put it next to its beautiful but irksome replacement and it slips quietly into the shadows. But behind the wheel this whopper of

a Merc charmed me straight away. Believe it or not, it also represents the best ownership prospect of all CLs. Costing £80k new in 1997, my ‘R’ plate test model came with the optional suspension and 19 inch alloy wheels from the Mercedes performance division AMG. The 320bhp 5.0 V8 gets to 60 in 6.5 seconds, and with only 105k miles on the clock the engine feels lively, responsive and smooth. As does the 5 speed automatic gearbox and, well, every other mechanical item as it happens. Brakes? Not bad at all. Suspension? Excellent – AMG have managed to almost eliminate pitch, roll and dive from this 2 ton luxury cruiser. Underneath this is an S Class, with the attendant huge boot and reasonable room in the

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back. It feels much smaller when you’re behind the wheel, and what a huge wheel it is – one of two signs you’re driving a Merc from a previous era. The other is the nature of the dashboard controls (they all still work), which can be operated with a ski glove on such is their size and robustness. Quite a contrast to today’s touchscreens and sometimes fiddly buttons. Indeed it is the sheer level of standard equipment on a car this old that makes it feel almost modern – parking sensors front and rear, double glazed windows, pneumatic door and boot closing mechanisms, a Bose stereo, heated powered seats – the list goes on and I’ll say it again: everything still works! Of course, they could go wrong at any time and if they do

it’ll cost you a packet to put right just because you can pick up a CL for less than £4k today the repair costs are still those of a car that cost twenty times that new. What to look for on the used market? Well shamefully all Mercs up until model year 2004 rust, regardless of how expensive they were new. The CL is no different – check front wings (£300 each), bonnet (£1,500) and rear wheel arches and sills (the latter are prohibitively expensive to rectify). Tyres are £200 each. If the aircon goes, the dash has to come out to fix it – ouch. But compared to the very poorly built successor CL, which ran from 2000 – 2006,

this version is a paragon of oldfashioned Mercedes reliability and trusted mechanicals. I advise you to look away from the undoubted beauty of later CLs and focus instead on the tear-stained tales of woe you see online from previous owners. It’s a well-worn cliché, but Mercedes really don’t make cars like this old CL any more, and (rust aside) a well looked-after example should look after you. I need to mention fuel – the CL500 manages 20mpg and the usefully large tank will cost you £125 to fill. The CL420 offers 40bhp less and no improvement in fuel consumption, so avoid it and the larger CL600 V12, which struggles to return 15mpg. In terms of image, the first generation CL avoids the whiff of wannabe football manager pub landlords that hangs over the later models. Instead think dowager duchess down on her luck, too broke or frugal to replace a car bought new in 1998. And I’ll admit it – I’ve always liked the way this car looks. There is a certain beauty in something slightly flawed, but in the right colour and in person the CL is deeply impressive. Revel in rather than ignore the sheer size of the beast; this car has echoes of those vain-glorious 1970s US land yachts, with the added advantage of build quality and performance. Sink into the leather armchairs and soak up the old school Germanic quality. Grip the vast wheel, slot it into ‘Drive’ and feel the V8 effortlessly carry you along. And then remind yourself that you’ve paid just £4k for an indulgence that very few others are brave or informed enough to follow. A future classic? Probably. A total hoot whilst you wait to find out? Definitely. Mercedes CL, what to pay: V8s start at £4k, V12s more like £8k+. Avoid silly prices Next month: 10 cylinders


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Extension to council car park given green light THE car park at the South Gloucestershire Council offices in Yate will be extended, despite concerns raised by local residents. Complaints were made about the effect on nearby homes of the scheme to add 70 spaces to the offices site in Badminton Road. Opponents said their concerns surrounded a loss of privacy due to overlooking and pollution from noise,

light and traffic in the car park. But members of the council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application, adding an extra condition regarding lighting to try and limit the effect. The site to be used for the spaces is on council-owned land and although the main part is within a designated urban area, some engineering works are in the green belt.

Appeal for bell ringers to help mark the end of the Great War CHURCH bell ringers in South Gloucestershire can take part in a major event later this year to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The organisers of Battle’s Over, a national and international event marking the armistice, want to see more than 1,000 churches and cathedrals participating by ringing their bells simultaneously at 7.05pm on the night of November 11, 2018. Pageantmaster Bruno Peek said it would be a fitting tribute to the 1,400 or so bell ringers


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who are understood to have lost their lives during the war. Ringing Out for Peace is part of Battle’s Over, a day-long commemoration of the end of the war. It will start at 6am, with the ringing of the bells bringing the event to a close. Mr Peek said the “stirring sound of church and cathedral bells” would provide a fitting conclusion. Churches can register their involvement by visiting www. and completing an entry form.

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n NEWS FROM STROUD AUCTION ROOMS ANYONE doubting that records are spinning back into favour should should have visited the specialist vinyl section at Stroud Auctions' February sale, when the early morning attendance in the room was boosted by numerous enthusiastic bidders online. Top lot was a very rare 45 on the Oak label 'I Can See Your Face' by Pneumania, which sold for £650, while the 'Let It Be’ Beatles box set sold for £320 and The Beatles Collection achieved £180. Other bands commanding

good prices included Frank Zappa, Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Boxes of albums and singles also made good money, particularly rock, jazz, blues, soul, punk, post-punk and heavy metal. Vinyl expert Steve Parker said: "Ephemera including early Pink Floyd programmes from the 'Dark Side' and 'Wish You Were Here' periods proved popular online and in the room." The next vinyl sale will be in June. Another popular section

Pneumania – very rare 45 on the Oak Label

is weapons and guns, with a Davy flintlock hammer-action blunderbuss with sprung bayonet selling for £2,000, and a British 1831 pattern General's Mameluke sword with ivory slat grip making £1,500. Saleroom manager and gun expert Stuart Maule said that all the good quality guns sold well. A Corgi diecast model gift set with car transporter and six cars in original box went under the hammer for £750. There was a strong demand for diecast models with even loose and playworn examples making good prices. There is an increasing interest in hand-held

Nintendo games, with some realising as much as £220. Many auctions feature a 'sleeper' - a lot which is not rated particularly highly but which unexpectedly races ahead, surprising everyone. The sleeper at Stroud's February auction was a carved stone fireplace that saw steady and determined bidding, eventually selling for £1,400, making it the third highest selling lot. The next auction at Stroud will be on March 7, 8 and 9 (10am). Viewing will be on Tuesday, March 6 (10am-7pm and from 9am on sale days).

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Making local parking fairer

Luke Hall MP writes for Yate & Sodbury Voice

ONE of the issues that has been consistently raised with me over the past couple of years is that of local parking facilities. The link between driving and parking is intrinsic; every journey taken by car, will then require parking on arrival. According to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, there are 38 million vehicles on our roads, and approximately 19 million of these are driven, and parked, at least once every single day. This month a debate was held in Parliament looking at what the Government can do to tackle rogue private car park operators, and I was able to share some of the views that local residents have expressed to me. Motorists in our community should have the certainty that when they enter a car park, they will not be exploited by private owners though things such as; poor signage, unreasonable

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terms, exorbitant fines, aggressive demands for payment and complicated and obstructive appeals processes. I have even seen examples where drivers have been fined simply for driving through a car park without even stopping. This is completely unfair, and more must be done to stop people being unfairly ripped-off. Parking hotspots in private car parks, this is, locations where drivers are repeatedy fined, sometimes because the layout of the car park has been delibrately designed to do so, continue to trap innocent driver’s month in month out. And because private car parks are by their nature, private, the information about these hotspots ​is not released, there is little pressure or incentive to force change, to make drivers aware of the locations where motorists are deliberatley tricked, and no way to tackle bad

practice. The AA have recommended that private parking companies should be required to disclose the location where every driver was issues a charge, so that the number of parking charges issued in every location could be recorded and published, making it plain where the issues area. I am pleased to say the Government have committed to introduce a new single code of practice to cover the whole industry, which will give drivers the confidence to know that they will be treated in a fair and consistent way. There is further to go to make sure that mortorists in South Gloucestershire are not being unfarily penalised for using private car parks, but as both a local man and the local MP, I will be pushing the Government to take action and correct this injustice.




March, 2018

n RECIPE OF THE MONTH BRITAIN – the land of puddings

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

The in-between month MARCH always feels like it’s stuck between winter and spring and can’t quite make up its mind. So this month’s recipe is a precursor to spring, but warm and filling for the cooler days March throws at us. These attractive savoury muffins count as part of your 5 a day. They can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or as part of a picnic or school lunch box. If you have a mini muffin tin you can make tiny ones as appetisers. They are filling and not too fattening. They tick all my boxes. They will keep in an airtight container stored at the top of the fridge for 2-3 days. They can also be frozen in a plastic box for up to a month. Do make sure though that you defrost them and then warm them in the oven 180 C, gas mark 4 for 5 mins. They taste so much better warm.

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Are You Struggling to Remember? THERE'S a beautiful story told about a little boy who was desperate for his new-born baby sister to arrive home from hospital. He couldn't wait to see her for the first time, to be near her and to talk to her. But his parents were a little wary of him being left alone with her, after all he was only four years old. He kept begging to be alone with her, so one evening his parents finally relented. The boy tiptoed into her room, stood next to his sister's crib and whispered in her ear, "Tell me about God - I'm

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starting to forget." These days there is so much pressure on our time and, let’s be honest, it’s so easy to get caught up in the "rat race" and all of our responsibilities that we can forget what life is really all about: Knowing God. Perhaps, amidst all the business of life, we need to take time to go to the children around us and say, "Tell me about God -- I'm starting to forget." I’m sure there are weeks when we've been dealing with irate customers and heavy traffic,


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Chipping Sodbury top table after hat-trick of wins Three wins in a row has left Chipping Sodbury rugby club 6 points clear at the top of the Gloucester Premier League. A 26-16 win away at bottom club Cirencester leaves them in a very strong position with six games to go this season. The victory was the latest in a three match winning streak. Cirencester 16 - 26 Chipping Sodbury Traditionally, the trip to Cirencester has been a fruitless one for Sodbury. The quaint Cotswold stone buildings and the top-notch post-match food have been scant consolation for the string of losses. The monkey is off the back of the men in black, after they secured a bonus point win. It looked ominous during the opening exchanges, as Sodbury conceded three early penalties, one of which was converted. Sodbury’s only try of the first half saw them go through six phases and cover 60 metres of the pitch. Cirencester infringed five metres out and the Sods elected to scrummage.

Quick ball to Dan Bradley saw him claim the try, which was converted by Jon Cook. Sodbury then let themselves down from the restart. A missed tackle in the centre saw Cirencester the home side score and take the lead. Just two minutes into the second half, Cook stole a Cirencester lineout and Sodbury spun it wide for Dom Pullen to score a try which reinstated belief amongst the visitors’ ranks. After Cirencester converted a penalty, Sodbury hit back with a try from Jake Lewis, taking a perfect pass to dive in for the try which was improved by Cook. Sodbury seemed to ease off a little and were forced into a period of defensive duties before scoring again and securing the bonus point. The try started with a Cirencester over-throw at a lineout on halfway, with Edgar picking up and making a 30-metre incursion. Bradley found Ben Pullen on his wing who scored in the corner.

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n SPORT Whitehall 0 - 22 Chipping Sodbury SODBURY were greeted by a steely grey sky and heavy rain clouds when they arrived at Whitehall’s Speedwell base. The opening exchanges were robust but Sodbury’s defence close to the breakdown was led by Luke Balentine-Smith and Dave Guest, with the open spaces patrolled by Dom Pullen, Jon Cook, and Joe Horton. The set piece was also a happy hunting ground for the visitors with the scrum operating with a certain authority that allowed hooker Guest to filch four against the head. It was the lineout however where Sodbury had the most success. Dave Turner announced his return to first team rugby with a personal haul of five wins out of seven from the Whitehall throw. The only score of the first half went to Sodbury on 10 minutes following an infringement by Whitehall on their own 22. Jon Cook somehow found a suitably firm patch of turf for his standing foot and fired the ball between the uprights for a 0 – 3 lead. The visitors enjoyed an avalanche of possession, but failed to press home the advantage. Each time they looked to build pressure they infringed, letting Whitehall off the hook. Sodbury started the second period with renewed vigour, and the introduction of Jake Lewis at fullback paid off just minutes

later. Dan charged down a kick in his own 22, and started to dribble the ball up field with Cook: both of them showed Messi-like control until 10 metres out, when Cook fell on the ball to create a ruck. The rapid recycling of the ball found lofty pace-man Joe Horton, who attracted three defenders only for him to slip the ball to Lewis, who gratefully accepted and dived over with a splash to score. Whitehall kept their attack fairly narrow while their visitors believed in their own handling ability and this brought Horton increasingly into the contest. Running the hosts big men around seemed to be working when Sodbury’s talismanic captain Matt Cook turned the ball over on halfway. Tom Head picked up at the base of a ruck and drew the defence onto him with a little sniping, before popping the ball up to Bradley, who scored easily. Jon Cook converted. Sodbury’s third try was a spectacular show of total rugby. Lewis fielded Whitehall’s long kick in his 22 and his pass after 20 metres found Horton, who cut infield. After five rucks the ball found Jon Cook, who raced up the last 40 metres to score. He concerted his own try. The last ten minutes of the game saw the hosts rejuvenated. They came at Sodbury hard using their pack as a bludgeon. However, Sodbury have some hardened campaigners in their ranks who revel in Sodbury's Jake Lewis. Photo courtesy of Jeff Gendall such circumstances, and they held firm. Photography

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n SPORT Chipping Sodbury 31 - 7 Cheltenham Saracens SODBURY were keen to get back on to home ground and put the previous week’s reverse behind them. They were also keen to impress a gathering of former players who had been assembled by President Ian Aldous for one of his lunches, where the food is always a surprise. The opening exchanges were marked by the bone-jarring tackling of Dom Pullen and a rejuvenated scrummage. Sodbury were also taking no prisoners at the ruck, producing quick ball and handing out a torrid time to their visitors. The first points came from the metronomic boot of Jon Cook, who posted a perfect 5-out-of-5 in the game. Sodbury swept into Saracens’ half on the back of six rucks and, once the pressure started to tell, they infringed 20m out and Cook converted the penalty. With a stiff breeze in their faces Sodbury needed to play a tight passing game and some of the interplay between backs and forwards was excellent. Sodbury’s first try was a combination of power and cunning. They opted for a 5-metre scrum after Saracens conceded up a penalty to halt a six-ruck surge for the line. Scrumhalf Tom Head picked up the ball from the resulting ruck and darted through a tiny gap to score. Saracens conceded another penalty on 5

metres that Sodbury opted once again to scrummage. There was to be no letup as Sodbury’s big men dipped as one and Niall Kincaid guided the ball over the line before scoring. Sodbury began the second period with more solid work from Steve Hopes, Butcher, and Tom Farthing. However the penalties started to pile up and Sodbury were required to work harder than needed to keep Saracens at bay. From a Sodbury box kick Bradley tackled the full-back beneath his own posts. He managed to strip the ball and pop it up to Dom Pullen who gratefully accepted it to score. The visitors bagged a try after a spirited forward display and capitalised on penalties. On 30 minutes Sodbury secured a bonus-point fourth try after Bradley's delicate chip over the top. Tom Farthing’s raw pace was evident as he outstripped the turning defence and dived on the ball to score. Sodbury were kept at it by the visitors for the remainder of the game, but solid defence which was augmented by the introduction of Ollie Laidlaw, Dave Turner and Gavin Edgar from the bench kept them at bay. Photo credit to Jeff Gendall Photography. Photo courtesy of Jeff Gendall Photography

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England call up for Yate athlete THE start of the year has been busy for athletes from Yate & District Athletic Club with Hannah Hobbs having twice been selected to run for England. Hannah’s trip to Seville to represent England in the Cross Internacional de Italica proved to be a great success. The Under-20 and under-17 women raced together and the four British women taking part streaked ahead of the nearest Spanish competitor to finish a full minute in front. Hannah won the under-20 race, finishing in a dead heat with her under-17 compatriot Grace Brock from Cornwall. Grace was given the overall win, but with less than a tenth of a second between them, it could have gone either way. The other two British competitors finished third and fourth, leaving

their rivals to contest the minor places. Hannah then travelled to Belgium to represent her country in the Easykit Cross Cup where she won her race by a good five seconds from compatriot Francesca Brint of Sale Harriers. Earlier she had competed alongside her younger sister Ellie in the South West cross-country championships where she took gold in the Senior Girls event with Ellie winning silver in the Inter Girls. Ellie Leather, a Westbury/ Yate athlete, running for Fresno State University in the United States, hs finished in under five minutes for the first time in the indoor mile event. Indoor athletics is now an established part of the calendar and several Yate athletes have been competing. At the Welsh

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Hannah Hobbs (left) in Spain Indoor Championships, team mates Jack Moore and David Thomas competed in the under-20 high jump event. Jack took gold with a jump of 1.90m and David took bronze with 1.80m. The Midlands Indoor Championships brought more Yate success with Yvette Westwood gaining a bronze medal in the senior women’s 60m. In the under-15 boys Luke Ball won silver in long jump and high jump. His long jump of 5.41m was a personal best and his high jump of 1.65m matched his summer performances showing that he has left recent injury worries behind him. There are no indoor facilities in the southwest, so the regional championships had to travel to Cardiff. Adam Wilson put in a good run in the senior men’s 800m to gain silver with a time

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Reality check for Yate against highfliers YATE Town headed into matches against top of the table opponents in good shape after goals by Ben Brooks and Kyle Tooze, allied to a good defensive performance and an outstanding display of goalkeeping by Harvey Rivers earned a 2-1 win over highly placed Evesham United. It was Yate’s sixth win in a sevenmatch unbeaten run. However, Yate next faced the daunting prospect of successive matches against the top two teams and found the league’s second place side in inspired form when they visited the Raymond McEnhill Stadium to face Salisbury. Harvey Rivers saved an early penalty before Salisbury took the lead through Tom Whelan, and they quickly doubled their advantage with a half volley from Aaron Dawson. Ten minutes before the break Kane O’Keefe made it three with a powerful header, and two goals soon after the break put Salisbury in an unassailable position. To their credit, Yate kept fighting and reduced the arrears with a header from Steve Davies before new signing Ross Langworthy made further inroads to made it two goals in as many games. Salisbury had the final word when O’Keefe scored another header leaving Yate licking their wounds in a 6-2 drubbing. After this chastening experience Yate entertained Taunton Town. The leagues runaway leaders were determined to avenge their early season defeat to their hosts. The match was one of the few in the division to survive the heavy rain and the condition of the pitch drew praise from the referee and was a great advert for the hard work put in by the Yate groundsmen. Yate made a bright start coming close on a couple of occasions before the visitors took the lead when Shane White headed in from a corner. For the second home match in succession a crowd of almost 300 were kept entertained by a

Yate in action against Taunton Photograph courtesy of Colin Andrews fine match. The second goal was always going to be vital and arrived shortly before half time when White completed his double with a superb volley from just outside the box. Both sides had decent opportunities during the second half, but defences were generally in command and Taunton’s 2-0 win increased their lead over Salisbury to 12 points. Yate have four home matches during March and have an outside chance of making the play-offs. Currently sitting in 12th place they will have to quickly regain winning form to make this a more realistic prospect. Full list of Yate Town matches during March: Sat 24th Feb, Didcot Town, Home, 3.00 pm Sat 3rd March, Barnstaple Town, Away,3.00 pm Sat 10th March, Cirencester Town, Home, 3.00 pm Tues 13th March Larkhall Athletic, Home, 7.45 pm Sat 17th March North Leigh, Home, 3.00 pm Sat 24th March, Bristol Manor Farm, Away, 3.00 pm Sat 31st March AFC Totton, Home, 3.00 pm Also at Lodge Road Wed 14th March, Yate T

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Tormarton miss out Tormarton 3 in 9 goal thriller Keynsham Town 3

KEYNSHAM Town U18s 5 v 4 Tormarton U18s Tormarton U18s travelled to fourth place Keynsham on a bitterly cold afternoon and played their full part in a entertaining game which ultimately left them returning home empty handed. In a match littered with mistakes on a sticky, muddy pitch, Keynsham took an early lead. Tormarton settled, found their rhythm and equalised through skipper Charlie Moore following a goalmouth scramble. Keynsham were concentrating their attacks down the left hand side and this brought about their second and third goals, with Tormarton equalising each time

courtesy of Miles Theobald and a super header from Josh Timbrell following a corner. The half time 3-3 score line promised an entertaining second period. After the interval Keynsham gave themselves breathing space with two quick goals to lead 5-3 and although Tormarton applied significant attacking pressure, they could only manage one more goal when Ethan Lloyd slotted home after good play by Miles Theobald and Lewis Wynn.  The result leaves Tormarton in mid table in the Bristol Under 18 Combination League with Keynsham moving up to second place with the teams meeting again in their next fixture.


AFTER losing by the odd goal in nine the previous week, Tormarton Under 18s hosted Keynsham Town looking to get back to winning ways. Tormarton started brightly and created a good number of goal-scoring opportunities while coping well with Keynsham’s direct strategy. However, Tormarton fell behind when Josh Timbrell was adjudged to have fouled the visitors striker in the box and the resulting penalty was duly dispatched. After having a goal frustratingly disallowed Tormarton earned a spot kick of their own when Charlie Parsons was hauled to the ground and Timbrell made amends by smashing home




a deserved equalizer. The visitors went into the half time interval leading 2-1 when a long free kick bounced kindly and was slotted home. After the break Tormarton began to dominate the midfield and the impressive Tyler Dervishi levelled for his team with a sumptuous free kick from 25 yards. Tormarton piled on the pressure and the high-flying visitors weren’t coping with the dominance, losing their composure. Unfortunately for Tormarton they failed to convert their numerous chances and Keynsham launched one final attack in injury time, somehow finding a winner they scarcely deserved.


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Yate & Sodbury Voice March 2018  

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

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