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Drop-in event to explain latest phase of railway upgrade work

Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2018 at 9:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of railway electrification work.

Network Rail is holding a drop-in information event in Stoke Gifford on Thursday 16th August to answer any questions residents may have about the electrification of the line between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway.

The event will take place between 4.30pm and 7.30pm at the St Michael’s Centre, North Road BS34 8PD.

Network Rail representatives will be on hand to explain the plans and answer any questions.

The railway through Bristol Parkway will be closed between Saturday 15th September and Saturday 6th October inclusive, and again on the weekend of 13th/14th October.

A Network Rail spokesperson said:

“The upgrade includes the installation of the overhead line equipment (OLE) used to hold the wires for electrification, and we will be putting up masts and wires over those three weeks in the Bristol Parkway area, from Winterbourne viaduct, through Bristol Parkway Station, up to Little Stoke, and then along the Filton East Curve.”

During these three weeks, trains will still be running, but they will be using diversionary routes. Rail replacement bus and coach services will be in place for some journeys.

More: Teams will be working overnight during the railway closure »

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Local resident has collection of short stories published

Posted on Thursday 9th August 2018 at 11:51 pm by Laura Mortimore

Adrian Kerton has four books of short stories published.

Adrian Kerton, a resident of Stoke Gifford, has just published four books which are available to buy in paperback or to download onto a Kindle e-reader.

The books contain a series of short stories which range from 100 words to 8,000 words and include a variety of genres.

Although Adrian’s main interest is researching and writing about the history of the local area, he has also developed an enjoyment of writing fictional stories. He began writing these in 2009 when he wrote a story for his wife based on a moment they shared together:

“Some years ago my wife’s wedding ring was repaired and when I returned from the jewellers I put it on her finger and it was like a Disney moment – it seemed that for a short time we were the only people in existence. I wanted to capture that moment and wrote a story for her based on that experience.”

After that, Adrian started to write more stories when he got inspiration from things around him, such as news stories, TV programmes and personal experiences. He has also written a few children’s stories for friends.

The stories in Adrian’s books cover a wide range of genres including romance, fantasy, mystery and murder but his favourite themes are benevolent ghosts and events that have a positive outcome. Adrian also likes to try to surprise the reader by including a twist at the end of his stories.

More: Four books (120 stories) published to date »

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Leisure club forms new charity link-up

Posted on Saturday 4th August 2018 at 11:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Giselle Rozzell, Sarah Vincent, Ali Drury and Alana.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre (MSTC) based in Bradley Stoke that has been caring for people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, their families and carers since 1985 has partnered up with Riverside Leisure Club in Little Stoke, thanks to one of their members, Giselle Rozzell.

Giselle was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in November 2012. Since being diagnosed, Giselle has used the MS Therapy Centre and says:

“I do physio classes to help with balance. I also do weekly oxygen which is in a compression tank breathing pure oxygen through a face mask; this helps me enormously with fatigue, balance and posture. I wanted to include my love of water into my weekly routine, so I joined Riverside Leisure Club, who have been extremely supportive. I do a weekly aquafit class there and also enjoy swimming which is fantastic as it doesn’t put any pressure on my joints.”

Giselle saw an opportunity for the two centres to work together and introduced the MS Centre’s events and community officer Sarah Vincent to Ali Drury, Riverside’s centre manager. The pair have since been busy forming a mutually beneficial partnership with many fundraising events in the calendar.

More: Centre costs in region of £400,000 a year to operate »

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Return of the Parkway goats!

Posted on Tuesday 31st July 2018 at 1:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

The seven goats grazing near Parkway station.

A herd of goats that were brought to graze behind the Park and Ride car park on Hunts Ground Road over winter and spring 2017/18 have returned to the same site.

South Gloucestershire Council has once again teamed up with local community group Street Goat to provide an area for the goats to graze. The six goats were moved to Goblin Combe by the airport in April but as they worked their way through the vegetation, it was time to find them a new place to thrive. Carol Laslett, one of the workers from Street Goat, said:

“Goblin Combe is a great site but the goats are excellent escape artists and have wandered further and further as the search for tree leaves at eating height continued! Three of them had some sort of vegetation poisoning in May time and they were lucky to get treatment and survive. So, after visiting Parkway site, it seemed prime time to get them back to where there is food in abundance for them.”

In the coming weeks, the six goats will be joined by a further four to eight goats, depending on the impact the six have made on the brambles that are currently covering the site. The new goats will hopefully include some male kids from Grimsbury Farm and the return of Betty, who had to be removed from Parkway last winter to be cared for through her pregnancy. She will hopefully be returning soon with her own kid.

The goats should be staying at the grazing site until September when they will be taken away and used for their meat. Carol explains the process:

“These goats are mainly the bi-product of the dairy industry where male kids are killed at birth, being of no use in a dairy! We are able to use a few for conservation grazing so they get a good 9 to 15 months life and then they become a meat resource for us. Their meat is better nutritionally than beef!”

More: Feeding advice for members of the public »

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