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Gipsy Patch railway bridge works step up a gear

Posted on Monday 11th November 2019 at 11:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an excavator preparing the embankment for piling.

Construction activity at the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge site stepped up a gear in the fourth week of October as contractors Alun Griffiths began excavating the railway embankment on the east side of the bridge following a period of vegetation clearance.

The excavation work, to both flanks of the bridge, is a precursor to the commencement of piling work necessary to create foundations that will support the much wider replacement bridge at each of its four corners.

In late September, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) announced that piling work at the site was expected to start on 14th October and last for around three months. However, as we went to press in late October, it still hadn’t started and we understand that a new commencement date of 4th November has been scheduled.

The excavation work on the east side of the bridge has required a large amount of material to be transported under the bridge to the site compound on the other side, which has necessitated the use of traffic control using stop/go boards. This work has so far been restricted to off-peak times, which has minimised disruption on the road network.

The new bridge will weigh approximately 4,500 tonnes and it will sit on foundations piled to a depth of 25 metres. To minimise disturbance for local residents, noise mitigation measures such as sound barriers will be used around the piling equipment.

Most of the piling will take place during the daytime between the hours of 7.30am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. However, SGC says it is not expected that piling will be carried out every day during this time.

It is anticipated that overnight work will be required for approximately 18 nights during the first two months of the piling. This will be carried out between the hours of 6pm and 3am. If weekend work is required, this will only take place on Saturday mornings between 8am and 1pm.

In other news, SGC has published a more detailed construction programme for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension project (see below) which shows that highway-widening works on Gipsy Patch Lane east of the bridge will now not begin until autumn 2020. This is a change to the programme previously published as part of the planning application which foresaw this work starting in summer 2019 and requiring a one-way closure of a stretch of Gipsy Patch Lane for 12 months.

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Rainbows prepare toy library poppy tribute

Posted on Saturday 9th November 2019 at 6:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stoke Gifford Toy Library decorated with poppies made by Rainbow Guides.

The 2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbow Unit have been putting the finishing touches to their Armistice Day tribute. The Rainbows have been getting crafty and have made hundreds of pom poms in red & black and purple & black in order to honour the fallen soldiers and animals.

The pom poms will be used to adorn the Stoke Gifford Toy Library, both inside and out and will be in place ready for the Stoke Gifford Remembrance Day parade (details below).

The photo above shows a trial run of the external decorations; these will be reinstated on the day of the parade.

Poppy decorations inside the toy library will be installed on 1st November.

More: Details of the 2019 Stoke Gifford Remembrance parade »

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UWE scientists give Scouts a helping hand

Posted on Thursday 7th November 2019 at 5:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stoke Gifford Scouts taking part in a science activity at UWE.

Stoke Gifford’s Old School Room (OSR) Scouts have been busy again since returning from the summer break. A new Scientist Activity Badge being introduced into the system of 69 activity badges has given the Scouts something to get their teeth into and the University of the West of England (UWE) have been more than happy to help out.

The troop attended the science department where Paul and Heather took them through four experiments with research, observations and overall results being recorded.

The troop has also registered the fingerprinting experiment towards a Bronze CREST Award, a science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualification.

The 30 Scouts had a fabulous time at the university and couldn’t thank the lecturers enough for giving up their time to get them through this new badge.

One of the Scouts commented that she had already had a science lesson at school that day but the UWE session had really been fun and made her enjoy science!

Troop leader Andrew Phelps said

“It’s great when Scouting joins forces with other community organisations to provide our young people with such a great experience. We would like to say a massive thank you to UWE and especially Paul and Heather.”

This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 28). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Local Poppy Appeal launched at Parkway

Posted on Tuesday 5th November 2019 at 9:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of VIPs attending the Poppy Appeal launch.

The Stoke Gifford branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its 2019/20 Poppy Appeal with a ceremony in the foyer of Bristol Parkway Station on Friday 25th October.

The branch was pleased to welcome a special guest, Chelsea Pensioner John Honey, who cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the start of the local appeal. Mr Honey retired from the army in 1960, having served overseas in Aden and Kenya with the Royal Army Service Corps. He became a resident at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in 2012, at the age of 72.

The ceremony was also attended by D-Day veteran Ron Stevens, 95, a resident of Filton. Mr Stevens joined the army at the age of 14 and served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Based on Jersey in the early part of World War 2, he was evacuated on the last boat to leave the island before the Germans invaded. On D-Day, he landed at Juno Beach and went on to serve at vehicle workshops in France, Holland and Belgium. His military career spanned more than 30 years.

Also present at the event were West of England mayor Tim Bowles, Jack Lopresti MP and representatives of several local groups including ATC North Bristol Squadron, Stoke Gifford Scouts and RBL Riders (motorcyclists).

Parkway Station is one of the main sites for the branch’s fundraising efforts, along with the Asda store in Filton, Sainsbury’s in Stoke Gifford and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes to the RBL’s Welfare Fund, which is used to give help and support to serving and ex-service personnel and their families.

The RBL has a drop-in centre at 60 Union Street, Bristol, where people can call in for advice and information on the charity’s support and community services.

More: Details of Local Remembrance parades and ceremonies »

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