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USA cycling trip is raising funds for British Legion

Posted on Thursday 17th May 2018 at 9:28 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Matthew Moran ready to leave for his fundraising trip across the USA.

A 56-year-old resident of Stoke Gifford has embarked on the trip of a lifetime to raise money for the local branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Matthew Moran flew to San Francisco on 1st April and is going to spend three-and-a-half months cycling across America. Matthew isn’t making the trip easy for himself, as his route is going to see him take a few detours on his way across the country. He began his journey by heading south from San Francisco to take in some of the Californian coastline before heading east to Fresno. After Fresno, Matthew will conquer the aptly named ‘Death Valley’ en route to Las Vegas. Once there, he plans to visit the Grand Canyon before slowly continuing on to the city of Denver through ‘Monument Valley’.

After Denver, Matthew will head South East towards Memphis, via Kansas, and on arrival, will be able to take in all the Mississippi river has to offer. Another slight detour will see him head predominantly north as he aims for Chicago, before heading east towards Washington D.C. via yet more famous cities such as Cleveland and Pittsburgh. After three-and-a-half months of gruelling cycling, Matthew will reach New York, bringing his sponsored trip to an end.

Matthew has already spent time raising funds for the RBL when, in 2011, he was joined by his son Fraser and together they cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Again, they decided not to take the most direct route and instead took in five of the highest peaks in the UK, making their journey 1,100 miles instead of the normal 830 mile distance. With support from friends, family and members of the local community, that trip raised over £2,000 for the RBL. This time around, Matthew has a target of raising £7,500 for the charity.

More: How to support Matthew through his JustGiving page »

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New platform officially opened at Bristol Parkway

Posted on Sunday 13th May 2018 at 10:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of transport secretary Chris Grayling unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of the new platform.

Secretary of state for transport Chris Grayling was in Stoke Gifford on 13th April to officially open a new (fourth) platform at Bristol Parkway station.

The installation of the new platform is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan in the west of England, representing a multi-million pound investment and including its biggest ever signalling upgrade which took place earlier this month in the Bristol area. The brand new platform 1 will allow for an increase in capacity on the network, enabling new services to be introduced and reducing delays.

Bristol Parkway is an important station in the west, servicing passengers from Wales and south west England as well as Birmingham, the Midlands and beyond. Train operating companies GWR and CrossCountry will benefit from the increased capacity on the network, and improvements to the track layout will be advantageous for freight companies such as Freightliner.

Unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening, transport secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We are investing in the biggest modernisation of the railways since the Victorian era, delivering better, more frequent and faster journeys for passengers.”

“This vital upgrade at Bristol Parkway is a fantastic example of how we are enhancing rail travel up and down the country, benefiting millions of passengers. These improvements will boost reliability, increase the number of trains serving Bristol and along the route, and also allow new intercity trains to stop at the station too.”

More: GWR will be releasing a new timetable in early 2019 »

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (April 2018)

Posted on Friday 4th May 2018 at 10:32 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

Excitement has been brewing throughout the village this month as the schools are preparing for their musical productions and the St Michael’s Centre has started to use its newly finished balcony in the auditorium.

Abbeywood Community School

April has seen Abbeywood school celebrating many successes as they came second in a national maths competition and a team of year 10 students came first in the Envision UK Community Apprentice Awards.

On Thursday 12th April a group of Year 10 students visited the University of Bristol for a day full of maths. They took part in a variety of activities throughout the day and the Abbeywood students were part of the winning teams in ALL competitions during the day, impressing the presenters with their maths skills.

The school have also been celebrating the success of a former student of Abbeywood and Filton High School. Leon Reid (pictured right) recently won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games whilst representing Northern Ireland in the 200m sprint.

On Saturday 12th May, the Friends of Abbeywood Community School (FACs) are holding a holding a car boot sale from 8.30am to 12noon. If you would like to attend (cars £7 and vans £10) please contact facs.abbeywood@gmail.com

More: Schools and church news. Key dates for May »

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Police appeal following high value jewellery burglary in Beaufort Crescent

Posted on Saturday 28th April 2018 at 1:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Police cordon tape

Police are appealing for information following a high value burglary at a house in Beaufort Crescent, Stoke Gifford, between 10am and 5.30pm on Friday 6th April.

Thieves smashed a patio window with a rock to gain access to the property and stole a significant amount of high value gold jewellery, watches, cash in Sterling, Euros and Iranian currency and personal papers.

Crime scene investigators have examined the property and officers have carried out house-to-house and enquiries, however no arrests have been made.

A police spokesperson told the Journal that enquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information which could help the police investigation is asked to get in touch with officers, either through the Contact page on the Avon and Somerset Police website or by calling 101, quoting reference 5218073152.

Alternatively, ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call. You could even qualify for a reward and still remain anonymous.

Burglary spate across the Stokes

The journal can reveal that the Beaufort Crescent incident is just one of eight jewellery burglaries since 1st April across the Stokes and Patchway area.

In Stoke Gifford there have been five further burglaries in which jewellery was taken – two in Sandringham Road, one in New Road, one in Travers Walk and one in Fabian Drive. There was also a second burglary in Fabian Drive in which nothing was taken.

More: Further jewellery burglaries in Bradley Stoke & Charlton Hayes »

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