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Enforcement of weight limit on Braydon Avenue

Posted on Sunday 16th February 2020 at 9:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a weight restriction sign on Braydon Avenue.

Ahead of the planned full closure of Gipsy Patch Lane from early March, Trading Standards and the police will be undertaking two joint operations a week, checking that vehicles are not breaching the weight limit on Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke.

These operations will be targeted at times and places when/where intelligence suggests infringements are most likely to take place. Initially the police will issue Fixed Penalty Notices, but there will be an option for a Trading Standards prosecution if the circumstances warrant it.

Trading Standards are happy to receive intelligence on potential breaches, but to make this manageable reports need to be emailed to trading.standards@southglos.gov.uk detailing days, times, location and any branding / identification marks on the vehicles. These reports will help to inform future enforcement operations.

Source: Minutes of the meeting of the Planning & Environment Committee of Bradley Stoke Town Council held on 18th December 2019

This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 28). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, 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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Poppy Appeal success for local Legion branch

Posted on Friday 14th February 2020 at 9:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of VIPs attending the Poppy Appeal launch.

The Stoke Gifford branch  of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is having another good year with the Poppy Appeal, reports branch press officer Tony Peters.

So far this year (2019/20), we have raised over £45,000. If we include Cribbs Causeway and Almondsbury – new areas in which we helped out – it is over £65,000!

Our branch chairman Ian Harrison, and the Poppy Appeal organisers John Moloney, Tony Peters, Billy Wilde and Terry Webber would like to thank the public, branch members and volunteers, business and other organisations for their help and generosity throughout the appeal.

A special mention to the poppy knitters, who in some case knitted up to 600 poppies and have already knitted hundreds for the next poppy collection later this year. Thank you also to our local media who do so much to help us raise so much money and help us raise the profile of our work so we can reach more people who need our help.

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

If you or someone you know need(s) help from the Royal British Legion, please contact the National Help Line on 0800 802 8080.

The Stoke Gifford Branch RBL branch is always looking for new members – you do not have to have served to join the branch. Volunteers for poppy selling and poppy knitting are always needed. You can contact us for volunteering or joining on rblstokegifford@gmail.com

More: Veterans’ Breakfast and Lunch events held locally »

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New orchestra on the lookout for members

Posted on Friday 7th February 2020 at 7:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of members of The Gifford Ensemble with their instruments.

By Emma Creasey, secretary of The Gifford Ensemble.

Do you like playing classical music and live in the Filton and Bradley Stoke area? If so then The Gifford Ensemble might be for you!

We started up in September 2018, when local residents, realising there was no local orchestra for the Stokes area, decided they’d better start one. We gave our first informal concert in March 2019 to an appreciative audience of friends and family.

A second concert in October established the group, now newly branded as the ‘Gifford Ensemble’, as a welcome provider of accessible classical music (and cake!) to the local community.

The Ensemble is currently small, but our ambition is to grow into a full orchestra. We are looking for players of Grade 7 or equivalent standard, particularly strings. If you’re interested, please get in touch and come for a trial rehearsal – it’s a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis on enjoying the music.

Rehearsals are at 7.15pm on Sunday nights in the Trust Hall, North Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8PE. Members pay £4 per rehearsal to cover venue hire costs – but we hope to reduce that as our membership grows.

You can find out more – and hear some live recording of our playing – on our Facebook page. If you’d like to get in touch, then please call or text Cathy on 07528 172228, or email Emma on secretary@giffordensemble.uk

We look forward to meeting you!

Photo: Members of The Gifford Ensemble at a rehearsal.

This article originally appeared in the February 2020 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, 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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Bridge replacement still on track for Easter despite piling delays

Posted on Wednesday 5th February 2020 at 9:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of piling work taking place on the north-east corner of the bridge.

The project to dismantle the narrow railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane and replace it with a much wider concrete structure is still on track to meet the looming deadline of a programmed nine-day closure of the railway line over Easter, according to Network Rail.

Piling work to create 24-metre deep foundations to support the four corners of the replacement bridge has been going on since 4th November but has encountered delays due to “unforeseen ground conditions”.

The piling was originally due to start in early October 2019 and take three months but will now not be completed until the second week of February.

In order to safely complete the piling on the north-east corner, it was deemed necessary to close the southern end of Station Road for two weeks in January. The closure was originally planned to start on 6th January but was postponed to 13th January. As we went to press, it was announced that the closure would continue into a third week.

In parallel with the piling work, construction of the new bridge has continued within the Alun Griffiths site compound within the Horizon 38 business park (see photo below).

The bridge is being cast in three sections, (north abutment, south abutment and deck) each requiring a non-stop pour of concrete over many hours. The pour for the north abutment took place on 21st January, requiring 300 cubic metres of concrete, brought to the site in 27 deliveries. Pouring of the south abutment and deck are scheduled to take place in February (read more below).

Once completed, a ‘curing’ period of up to four weeks is required for the bridge to achieve full strength.

The 4,500 tonne bridge is currently scheduled to be manoeuvred into position, after the old bridge has been demolished, in the early hours of 15th April. This will be achieved using a 176-axle self-propelled modular transport unit.

More: Full closure of Gipsy Patch Lane for eight months »

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