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Abbeywood students break generational barriers with Osbourne Court residents

Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018 at 5:46 pm by Laura Mortimore

Year 9 student Liv Lewis, reading a selection of her own work to the residents of Osborne Court.

A group of Year 9 students at Abbeywood Community School have met with residents of Osbourne Court to form an ‘Intergenerational Book Group’ as a way of meeting and interacting with members of the community and to share some of their favourite pieces of writing.

On Wednesday 6th December, seven ladies from the residential home travelled to Abbeywood and were greeted with coffee, cake and a friendly group of students. The generational barrier didn’t take long to break through as students and residents both interacted happily with each other, sharing stories about their different lives.

After some warm beverages and sweet treats were enjoyed, the students read out some poems that they had written as well as reading extracts from some Christmas stories which were all met with claps from the Osbourne Court residents.

Debbie Swindail, school librarian and organiser of the group, explained:

“The Intergenerational Book Group aims to bring together different generations from the same community and create opportunities to learn from each other in a relaxed environment, breaking down barriers and building bridges over tea, cake and books. All of our students really enjoyed helping and meeting the ladies and cannot wait to meet them again.”

Fortunately, the students didn’t have to wait long as another book group session was arranged for Monday 22nd January; this time being held at Osbourne Court. The residents enjoyed hosting the event, talking to the students about a variety of topics including the war, pets and their own school lives. The topic of conversation then moved onto books as one of the students read a chapter from Andrew Norriss’ ‘Jessica’s Ghost’, a story about the power of friendship, with one of the residents commenting that they “have never heard anything like that before”.

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Gipsy Patch Lane rail bridge upgrade slips by a year to 2020

Posted on Saturday 17th March 2018 at 9:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative artist’s impression of the new railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane (looking west).

The construction of a replacement railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane, which was due to be take place during a 100-hour rail possession over Easter 2019, has been delayed by a year, the Journal can reveal.

The new bridge forms a major element in South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME). Once complete and services start operating in 2021, the CPME will extend part of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route which is currently being built. Passengers using the extension will be able to benefit from a direct link between Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall bus station, via the redeveloped Filton Airfield site.

The new, wider bridge will benefit road users and local businesses by relieving the pinch point in traffic flow at this location. Proposals for the new bridge are wide enough to include a shared use path on both sides of the road, a lane of general traffic in each direction and a bus lane in each direction underneath the bridge to encourage people to use more sustainable transport options.

An SGC spokesperson told the Journal:

“The [revised] construction programme shows that work to build the new bridge is planned mainly in 2020, which is later than previously stated. This is because we are going through Network Rail’s due process of ensuring that cost estimates that will inform future stages of work on the bridge are as robust as possible. This means that more ground investigation surveys for the bridge have been carried out at an early stage so that we can budget for the bridge’s forthcoming detailed design and construction with as much certainty as possible. This has pushed the bridge replacement part of the CPME scheme back, but the overall timescale for completing the extension remains on track and MetroBus services would start operating on the route after construction finishes in 2021.”

More: Planning applications for the CPME scheme to be submitted soon »

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Overnight closures of Parkway Bridge between 12th and 20th March

Posted on Sunday 11th March 2018 at 6:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a matrix sign displaying information about roadworks at Parkway Bridge.

Motorists and local residents are being advised to prepare for disruption caused by the planned overnight closure of roads in the vicinity of Parkway Station over a number of nights in March.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced that it plans to carry out major resurfacing work on Brierly Furlong and Hatchet Road between 12th and 20th March. The work will involve planing off the existing surface and the laying of a new surface.

Activity will start at around 8pm each night and continue until approximately 6am.

The council warns that the works will create “a significant amount of noise”.

The road through Parkway Railway Bridge will be closed from the junction of Hatchet Road and North Road to the junction of Brierly Furlong and the bus gate off New Road.

All traffic will be diverted around the area whilst the closures are in place. Access to properties and amenities fronting the site and whose only access is from the closed road, will be available at all times and every effort will be made to keep the disruption to local residents to a minimum. There will be no access to Parkway Station from Hatchet Road during the closure periods. All access to Parkway will be from the rear entrance (via Hunts Ground Road).

An SGC spokesperson said:

“Although alternative routes will be signposted whilst the works are in progress, it is possible that delays may occur on the surrounding network. Please watch the local press for any further news, but you are advised to avoid the area if possible for the duration of the works. South Gloucestershire Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.”

More: Information on bus diversions and pedestrian access »

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Energy firm helps boost Stoke Lane Lions

Posted on Sunday 11th March 2018 at 1:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stoke Lane Lions U13s wearing their sponsored kit.

Stoke Lane Lions are dressed to impress after winning a full team kit through E.ON’s Power Kicks competition. The Little Stoke-based football team of under-13-year-olds are now proudly wearing their new team kit for their matches played in Division Two of the Avon Youth League.

Jayne Coward-Worrall, whose son Billy plays for the team, entered the competition on behalf of the boys. Jayne’s husband Steve started the team up and is now its FA licensed coach, while Jayne acts as the team’s treasurer.

Jayne said:

“Stoke Lane Lions is a friendly club, as well as being recognised as FA Charter Standard. We put the emphasis on developing the football and social skills of the players, in a fun, supportive and nurturing environment. Our aim is to encourage these youngsters’ passion for the beautiful game without the pressure of a must-win culture.”

“The Lions are having a decent season, playing well together as a team and enjoying their matches. They’ve progressed from the Hanham Minor League to play in Division Two of the Avon Youth League and reached the semi-final of the league cup. With their new kits now, they’re excited about the rest of the season.”

Michael Lewis, chief executive of E.ON, said:

“I hope this new kit brings Stoke Lane Lions luck in their remaining matches this season!”

“We love running initiatives like this because just as we’re helping our customers in the way they need it most – helping them to only use the energy they need, when they need it, we try to work in a similar way in our communities, providing the support to local groups that they tell us they need.”

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