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Parkrun is coming to Little Stoke Park!

Posted on Monday 30th July 2012 at 9:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Parkrun in Little Stoke Park, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has announced that it is working towards establishing a weekly parkrun session in Little Stoke Park.

Parkrun is a free, weekly 5k timed run, which takes place all over the UK and beyond, every Saturday at 9am, all year round.

An item on the Council’s website reads:

“We would really like Little Stoke to join the parkrun community. Parkrun would bring weekly opportunities for local people to run for free and improve their health and fitness in a fun and sociable setting.”

“We have secured funding and now we need more enthusiastic locals to join our growing team of volunteers to make it happen every week. You are invited to sample a taste of parkrun on Wednesday, 22nd August at 7pm in Little Stoke Park. Meet us at the community hall for a chance to either run the (5k) course or help by setting up, marshalling, taking times, serving free refreshments etc. How can you turn down a chance to taste our unique parkrun muffins?!”

Helpers are asked to arrive by 6.15pm and runners by 6.45pm.

Runners can register their interest by contacting the Council in advance (see below) but you can just turn up on the night. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Read more: A Taste of Parkrun in Little Stoke (SGC)

An article on the Bristol & West AC website says a regular parkrun will start in October, provided the organisers can get enough volunteers.

Another local parkrun, in Bristol’s Ashton Court, was established in April 2011 and now regularly attracts more than 100 entrants.

Related link: What’s On in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)

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Travel chaos as Bristol Parkway closed due to security alert

Posted on Thursday 26th July 2012 at 6:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Security alert at Bristol Parkway station.

Train travel through Bristol Parkway has been severely disrupted this evening following a security alert that has led to the station being closed.

Reports of a suspicious package and/or suspicious activity are believed to have led to a decision to evacuate the station.

Around 300 passengers on two trains stopped at the station’s platforms were ordered out of their carriages and told to leave all luggage behind. They were later instructed to assemble in the station’s car park, where coaches were later laid on to take them to other nearby stations.

The station approaches were sealed off by police roadblocks and the police helicopter circled the scene overhead.

One of the trains involved was reported to be the 16:25 from Cardiff to London Paddington. The evacuation is understood to have taken place shortly before 5:15pm.

Many of the affected passengers were football fans heading for an Olympic Games match in Cardiff.

A number of passengers were seen walking through Stoke Gifford, heading for nearby Patchway station, where they hoped to be able to continue their journeys.

Related link: First Great Western JourneyCheck

More: Latest updates and photos »

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Funding secured for new care home at Cheswick Village

Posted on Wednesday 25th July 2012 at 6:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed care home at Cheswick Village, Bristol.

MedicX Healthfund, the UK healthcare property investment fund, has announced that it has agreed to fund the construction of a new 74-bed care home at Cheswick Village, North Bristol.

The property is being developed by Castleoak, a specialist care development, design and build group. Work has started on site and at practical completion, a 35-year lease will be granted to Barchester Healthcare. The high specification, premium care home is arranged over three floors and will provide quality personal and nursing care for older people, including those with dementia.

Cheswick Village is a new community of approximately 1,400 residential units, located on land formerly known as Wallscourt Farm, south of the University of the West of England (UWE).

The new neighbourhood, which is being developed in seven phases, is due to be completed in 2015. Once finished, it will incorporate a new primary school and a new local centre containing a convenience store, a GP surgery, a nursery and a gym.

The new care home forms part of the Aurora Spring phase, which is located south of Long Down Avenue, within the City of Bristol boundary.

Mike Parsons, Founder and Chief Executive, Barchester, said:

“We are very proud of all our homes and believe Cheswick Village provides a clear opportunity to deliver a high quality care environment. Barchester is a company that has never lost sight of its principles and is a byword for the highest quality care. We work hard to grow each community with residents and staff to ensure every one of our properties becomes ‘a home’.”

Melville Knight, CEO, Castleoak, stated:

“Castleoak has worked with Barchester for many years, utilising our combined experience in care home development and operation, to deliver state of the art buildings for the provision of first class care.”

More: Care home to be situated next to Redrow housing »

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Councillors approve UWE Stadium plans

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2012 at 11:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of Bristol Rover's proposed new UWE Stadium in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Councillors have today (Thursday 19th July) approved plans to build a new 21,700 seater stadium near the University of the West of England (UWE) in Stoke Gifford.

The stadium, which will become the new home for Bristol Rovers Football Club, was approved subject to a planning obligation relating to a suite of transport measures including contributions toward local transport infrastructure and the prevention of uncontrolled on street car parking and a number of planning conditions relating to the implementation and management of the scheme.

The stadium plans include a range of additional facilities such as a gym and convenience store as well as teaching space for UWE. A thousand car parking spaces will also be provided as part of the development.

Welcoming the decision, Cllr Dave Hockey, Chair of the Council’s Development Control (West) Committee, said:

“This stadium has been a long time in development and will be a very welcome addition to South Gloucestershire’s cultural and sporting amenities.”

“The Council has worked closely with the applicants to ensure that the stadium benefits the local community and includes necessary transport and parking arrangements.”

More: Construction work set to begin in January 2013 »

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