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Exam time at local dance school

Posted on Saturday 14th July 2018 at 10:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Students of Stoke Gifford School of Dance at an exam session.

A group of 18 ballet dancers from Stoke Gifford School of Dance have been busy taking their exams with the Royal Academy of Dance. An examiner visited the school, which is located in the Trust Hall and Poplar Rooms on North Road, on Sunday 24th June.

The children, aged between 6 and 13, have been working hard towards the exams for many months. Isabella, aged 9, from Bradley Stoke has just taken her fourth ballet exam. She commented: “It’s nerve racking at first but at the end you feel proud of yourself.”

They have a few more weeks left to enjoy their classes before the summer break and are looking forward to receiving their results when they return in September to start working at the next graded level.

Principal of the school, Eve Brewer, said:

“Exam season is always very busy but, as usual, the girls have all worked really hard and I am hoping their results will reflect this.”

Stoke Gifford School of Dance offers lessons in ballet, modern and tap from age 3 upwards. For more information, visit

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More information released on impact of Gipsy Patch Lane bridge replacement works

Posted on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at 1:29 pm by SH (Editor)

Gipsy Patch Lane road closures for construction of the CPME scheme.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) and Network Rail have published further information about the expected impacts of a 21-month project to replace the old railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane and construct new bus lanes for the proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme.

The latest documents were released in early June, just a few weeks before the two related planning applications are expected to be determined by SGC’s Development Control (West) Committee on 12th July.

Photo of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge (looking westwards).

The existing masonry railway bridge has a height clearance of only 4m and creates a ‘pinch point’ on the local road network. The replacement bridge will be of concrete construction and will span 24m, approximately 14m wider than the current bridge. To accommodate taller vehicles, such as double-decker buses, the carriageway will be lowered by approximately 1.7m as it passes under the bridge.

Demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge is now scheduled to take place during a twelve-day “possession” (closure) of the railway over Easter 2020.

More: Traffic Management Framework document published »

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Success for St Michael’s School summer fair

Posted on Monday 9th July 2018 at 10:59 pm by Laura Mortimore

The St Michael’s Primary School summer fair took place on Saturday 30th June and has been deemed a huge success by the organisers. The Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) spent months planning and organising the event, which raises vital funds for the school. There were numerous stalls and activities at the event including a bouncy castle, face painting and pony rides.

Laura Walker, chair of the PTFA, said:

“The summer fair is a much anticipated event in the school year.”

“It was great to see so many children and their families enjoying themselves in the beautiful weather, whilst raising valuable funds for the school in the process.”

“We have a fantastic group of volunteers who worked very hard and without whom the day would not be possible.”

As a result of all the hard work of those who organised the event and helped on the day, the fair raised an incredible £4,500. This money will be put towards replacing some of the outdoor play equipment.

Throughout the year, the PTFA organises a number of events in order to raise money for the school as they aim to extend the opportunities available to the children at St Michael’s. The money that it raises goes towards many causes, including new resources and educational excursions.

Photo: Families enjoying the gladiator ring and police car.

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (Jun/Jul 2018)

Posted on Monday 9th July 2018 at 1:15 am by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

June has seen the arrival of summer as the sun has shone down brightly on the village of Stoke Gifford. Here’s what has been happening this month.

St Michael’s Church

St Michael’s enjoyed their yearly ‘Church on the Green’ on Sunday 24th June where there was a large turnout to enjoy stories, songs and a picnic. This was then followed by the England v Panama game being shown in the Auditorium.

Local residents may have noticed the scaffolding that has gone up around the church tower. Work is continuing to be done to repair parts of the building and the scaffolding is expected to be up for approximately 11 weeks.

Coming up in July is the family fun and World Cup Final event. On 15th July, the St Michael’s Centre is hosting a fun day on The Green starting at 1pm. A BBQ will be provided and guests are asked to bring drinks and accompaniments. Afterwards, the World Cup Final will be shown in the auditorium. All ages are welcome to attend.

More: St Michael’s School and Abbeywood School. Key dates for July. »

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