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Last chance to complete Gipsy Patch Lane travel survey ahead of MetroBus works

Posted on Monday 18th March 2019 at 9:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a sign promoting the Gipsy Patch Lane travel survey.

Residents of the Stokes have until Wednesday this week (20th March) to complete a travel survey that South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is conducting ahead of what is expected to be nearly two years of disruptive roadworks on Gipsy Patch Lane.

Major work is due to begin is soon to extend the MetroBus network from The Mall bus station to Bristol Parkway train station, via the forthcoming Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood on the former Filton Airfield.

Working with Network Rail, this includes replacing the railway bridge over Gipsy Patch Lane with a wider bridge to enable lanes for general traffic, shared use paths and bus lanes in both directions. The scheme will also include footway widening and new bus lanes along other sections of Gipsy Patch Lane.

During the construction period there will be both full and partial closures to Gipsy Patch Lane.

Work should be completed and MetroBuses running on the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) route by early 2022.

An SGC spokesperson said:

“We understand that all of these roadworks will have a major impact on traffic in the nearby and wider area. We apologise in advance for this inconvenience and would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and road users.”

The council has launched a travel survey to better understand travel patterns on Gipsy Patch Lane and it is encouraging anyone who travels or lives along Gipsy Patch Lane to take part. The survey should only take five minutes to complete and will be open until Wednesday 20th March 2019.

To complete the survey, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/GPLsurvey

The results of the survey, together with monitoring of traffic flows in the area, including the use of temporary traffic cameras, will be used to plan for the traffic management required during the CPME construction work.

More information: MetroBus Extension Build (The Journal)

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Beaver Scouts learn the importance of first aid

Posted on Friday 15th March 2019 at 10:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Beaver Scouts receiving first aid training from St John Ambulance volunteers. Photo of Beaver Scouts receiving first aid training from St John Ambulance volunteers.

This term, the Beaver section at 1st Little Stoke Scout Group has been extremely busy. The Beavers are currently working towards several badges, including their Faith badge, which will involve a visit to local church Christ the King, the Outdoor Challenge badge and their Emergency Aid badge levels 1 and 2.

As part of the Emergency Aid badge, the Beavers had a visit from the St John Ambulance Cadet group. They learnt about the importance of understanding what to do in an emergency, who to contact, how to put someone in the recovery position and how to use bandages. All the Beavers had the opportunity to ask questions and then act out scenarios.

Currently, the Beaver leaders are busily preparing for their first-ever 1st Little Stoke Beaver sleepover at the end of March. For the first time in the group’s history, the Beavers section will sleep over at the Lovell Centre at Woodhouse. This camp will allow the Beaver leader to gain her overnight camping warrant, which will allow the Beaver section to plan more exciting overnight adventures.

Around 15 excitable Beavers will spend 24 hours at a Gruffalo-themed camp. During the day, the Beavers, a mix of boys and girls, will be enjoying a range of activities from wide games, treasure hunts, outdoor cooking and craft activities. Then, after a delicious dinner the children will settle down to listen to the Gruffalo story while drinking hot chocolate, before heading off to bed in the centre’s bunk beds.

If you would like any more information on getting involved with any of the 1st Little Stoke Scout Group sections, please contact Group Scout Leader Tony Edmonds on 07957 880503 or tonyedmonds108@yahoo.com

This article originally appeared in the March 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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Harry Potter event raises £200 for charity

Posted on Wednesday 13th March 2019 at 10:19 pm by Laura Mortimore

Potion making.

On Thursday 7th February, Abbeywood Community School invited children from the local community to help them celebrate Harry Potter Book Night. Around 50-60 children attended the event and enjoyed a variety of activities based around the popular books written by J.K. Rowling.

Butterbeer tasting.

Although the children enjoyed all of the activities available, it was clear to see that some had their favourites. For example, the Quidditch games using lacrosse sticks for broomsticks and hunting for the golden snitch were very popular as well as the Fantastic Beast hunt where children had to search around the hall for 10 different beasts. Once completed they could claim their chocolate frog and wizard card. On arrival, every child was given a ticket to receive one cup of butterbeer and many children returned for more throughout the evening, showing the popularity of the magical drink.

Debbie Swindail, Abbeywood’s librarian and organiser of the event, said:

“This was our third year of celebrating the work of J.K. Rowling and taking part in the Harry Potter World Book Night and as always I am very proud of Abbeywood’s student fundraising team. Every year they excel themselves and put on a bigger and better Harry Potter event. Everyone seemed to be having a magical time, young and old. It was fantastic to see the school filled with local children celebrating a great series of books and all for a good cause.”

The event raised a total of £224 which is going to two charities: The Royal British Legion and Children’s Hospice South West.

This article originally appeared in the March 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 27). 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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Housing minister makes flying visit to the Stokes

Posted on Monday 11th March 2019 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Toby Savage, Kit Malthouse and Tim Bowles standing beside the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass.

The government’s housing minister Kit Malthouse paid a flying visit to the Stokes on 31st January as part of a trip to the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) area to view sites where new homes are being built, or are planned.

Accompanied by Tim Bowles, regional mayor, and Cllr Toby Savage, leader of South Gloucestershire Council, he visited the site of the East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood where 2,000 homes are planned on land that is currently open countryside either side of the new Stoke Gifford By-Pass.

The minister’s schedule also included visits to development sites at Bath Riverside and the Bristol Temple Meads to Keynsham corridor (part of the region’s bid into the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund).

He also held talks with Weca members to discuss calls for further government support towards delivering new homes.

Mr Malthouse, said:

“We’ve had a cracking day on a tour of ambition in an area of the country which is crying out for new housing and is well-served by its civic leaders, who have come together to deliver what the next generation needs.”

West of England mayor Tim Bowles, said:

“It was good to meet the housing minister and show him some of the sites where we are building or planning to build new homes. It was a great opportunity to promote our region’s growing reputation for innovative, inclusive, green and sustainable housing developments.”

“The combined authority is working closely with the government to secure further investment for new homes in the West of England. We know that we need more homes, to buy and rent – homes where they are needed at prices people can afford.”

More: Site presented as a model of ‘plan-led development’ »

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