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Dismay over Hatchet Road bus lane decision

Posted on Saturday 20th August 2016 at 3:22 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus network in north Bristol, showing proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension.

South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) decision to approve a scheme that involves ripping up mature hedgerows and scores of trees to install a new bus lane along one side of Hatchet Road has been greeted with dismay by local residents and councillors.

With SGC’s own figures showing that the new southbound bus lane will reduce bus journey times by just 29 seconds, and only during the morning peak, with no improvement at other times of the day, the £1.47 million cost of installing it has been described by Cllr Ernie Brown, chair of Stoke Gifford Parish Council and one of three SGC councillors representing Stoke Gifford, as “economic suicide”.

The bus lane forms a small part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME), a proposed extension of the wider MetroBus network that is currently under construction. It will link Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall bus station, via Hatchet Road, Gipsy Patch Lane, through the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, along North Way, under the A38 via the existing underpass at the Combination Ground junction, and through the former Filton Airfield site (earmarked for redevelopment as part of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood).

The scheme also includes replacing the railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane with a much wider concrete structure capable of accommodating one general traffic lane and a bus lane in each direction.

Strong opposition to the Hatchet Road widening, which would require a strip of land to be taken from Meade Park (resulting in the loss of some trees) and the removal of hedgerows on both sides of the road south of Meade Park, was evident in the results of a public consultation on the proposed CPME scheme that ran from November 2015 to January 2016.

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Ratcliffe Drive post office reopened after refit

Posted on Monday 15th August 2016 at 6:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Jhoots directors and staff at the newly-refurbished post office in Ratcliffe Drive, Stoke Gifford. L-r: Richard Sugden (operations manager), Hazel Phelps (post office assistant) and Roger Herbert (director of primary care).

Stoke Gifford’s newly-refurbished ‘main style’ post office in the former Jhoots Pharmacy store in Ratcliffe Drive is proving a hit with local residents and businesses.

Following its reopening at the end of June, the post office now offers three serving positions: one screened, one open plan and a third at a retail counter at the front of the store.

Services available at the branch include: Drop & Go, Parcelforce Express, vehicle tax, foreign currency, travel insurance, National Express ticket sales and Post Office banking, in addition to all the usual branch post office functions.

The new layout incorporates a consultation area where post office staff can give advice on financial products, but Jhoots say they are looking at the possibility of using this space for a self-service scanner/photocopier or photo printing kiosk.

The post office operation has now been taken under the direct control of the Jhoots pharmacy group, which operates 50 pharmacies across the UK, including seven in the Bristol area and two in Bath. It had previously been operated by an independent postmaster and then, following the transfer of the pharmacy to the nearby Stoke Gifford Medical Centre in January 2015, by an organisation acting as a temporary postmaster.

Richard Sugden, operations director at Jhoots, described the Stoke Gifford site as a new venture for the company, being its first standalone business that is not a pharmacy.

Jhoots have taken on the two staff who worked at the previous post office and are in the process of recruiting two more.

Aside from the post office function, the shop also stocks stationery, household products and a small selection of gifts. The range of products offered will be regularly reviewed and the business will respond to the needs of the community.

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The sound of music at Little Stoke Primary

Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 10:35 am by SH (Editor)

Music at Little Stoke Primary School, Bristol.

By Anne Sargent (Deputy Head) and Rosie Griffiths (Music Lead).

As you walk through the corridors at Little Stoke Primary School it would be unusual not to hear music being made in some form or another. Our children absolutely love music and there is a wealth of different musical opportunities which children across the school participate in.

Our seventy strong red-tie choir performs concerts which are truly memorable and magical. The Christmas show is our pièce de résistance and is always a sell out! The programme is varied, challenging and highly entertaining with songs which are funny, reflective and moving in equal measure. We also have twenty children who participated in the South Gloucestershire Schools’ concert at the Colston Hall in June.

One hundred and twenty children are currently working hard on our summer musical production – Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! It promises to be a spectacular event for parents and friends to enjoy. We have been amazed at how quickly the children are learning the lyrics, the tunes and the drama and dance; their enthusiasm and motivation is always awe-inspiring. As an added bonus, staff are enjoying it just as much as the children!

Next year, we have a full and varied music curriculum planned to engage and excite children as well as introducing them to some new musical experiences linked to different cultures. These are provided by the Music Hub, conveniently located in our school!

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Friendly welcome at local toddler group

Posted on Monday 11th July 2016 at 8:01 pm by Nikki Hallur

Little Stoke Toddler Group in session at Little Stoke Community Hall.

We visited Little Stoke Toddler Group, which runs on Fridays from 10am at Little Stoke Community Hall. The Hall has ample parking space and is located right next to Little Stoke Park. The group is currently led by four local mums: Laura Lowe, Lana Hodges, Laura McLingey and Lorna Melhuish. They took over the group in February this year, although the group itself is almost six years old (formerly called Babble Street).

We were greeted with a friendly welcome and an abundance of toys for toddlers. The room accommodates up to 35 children and is popular in the local community, with around 28 to 35 kids attending for most sessions. Lana told us that the group is insured for children up to 11 years old, but is aimed towards 0-4 year olds. Most of the children were between two and four, but there were also a few “regular” babies who meet in the baby corner, which has sensory toys suitable for 0-6 month olds. There is a book corner for little book lovers too.

The group begins with free play, after which they have a story and a healthy snack of fruit and cereals. At 11,30 they tidy up together, and end the session with a song and rhyme time at 11.45. They have a big parachute for the songs, which they choose in turns. Both children and grown-ups are allowed free drinks as part of their entry charge of £3, and there are extra snacks available to buy, such as cakes for 50p, toast for 30p and hot bacon rolls for £1.50. The mums also welcome two stall holders each week – these are usually local business specialising in creative crafts.

Leaders at Little Stoke Toddler Group.

The group is non-profit and the mums who run it do so because they have a passion for the group. Laura said: “We were mums that came along before we took over the group.” She added she would run it every day of the week if there was enough demand. The group might extend to an additional day, but at the moment runs only on Fridays. The organisers said they wanted “to let other parents and carers know they are welcome” so that more people can make friends and feel supported in the community, instead of feeling alone or isolated.

There is a big mix of people from different age groups and backgrounds, as well as a few dads, grandparents and childminders attending with little ones. One mum said: “I find it good. I came along with some friends and it gives us a chance to chat and the little ones can play together.” A grandmother also told us she tried to “come most weeks”.

More information: Little Stoke Toddler Group on Facebook

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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