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Planning permission granted for Cheswick Village primary school

Posted on Thursday 20th December 2012 at 5:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Wallscourt Farm Primary Academy, Cheswick Village, Bristol.

A new school foreseen for the Cheswick Village estate in Stoke Gifford has now been granted planning permission and officially named Wallscourt Farm Academy.

This Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) academy will be a new single storey 420-place primary academy which will be a state of the art school and based on flexible and creative approaches to learning for the 21st Century, with community spaces including a hall, multi-use games area and football pitch.

The academy is being developed in conjunction with CLF’s construction partner, Cowlin.

Building works will commence on site in February 2013, with the reception class for 60 children opening September 2013. Construction works will then recommence with the building of community facilities and the remainder of the school will open in April 2014.

There will be an open meeting at the Holiday Inn (Filton Road BS16 1QX) on Wednesday 9th January 2013 between 5pm and 7pm for anyone wishing to find out more information.

Susie Weaver, Head of Wallscourt Farm Academy, said:

“We are really delighted that the planning proposal has been approved. NVB architects have worked with the project group from the outset to design a really exciting building space fit for learning now and in the future.”

David Carter, Executive Principal of the Cabot Learning Federation, said:

“This has been a project we have been working on for over six months and is one that will give this new community the outstanding school it deserves. The close geographical proximity to the University of the West of England brings a different dimension to the school and we cannot wait to see the building rising out of the ground.”

Related link: Cheswick Village (The Journal)

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Little Stoke pair arrested after police called to suspicious incident

Posted on Tuesday 18th December 2012 at 3:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Two men from Little Stoke have been arrested after police received a call about a “suspicious  incident” near the Tesco supermarket in Thornbury on Sunday (16th December).

When police arrived, a van made off and failed to stop for officers. A vehicle was stopped by police in Almondsbury soon afterwards and two men were arrested for failing to stop for officers and on suspicion of going equipped to steal.

A 22-year-old man from Little Stoke was later charged with driving offences including driving dangerously, driving while disqualified and failing to stop for police officers.

Another man aged 22, also from Little Stoke, was charged with breach of bail.

They were both due to appear before Northavon Magistrates today (Tuesday 18th December).

Two men remain on police bail pending further enquiries into going equipped.

The incident happened the day after ‘Billy the Burglar’ – really a local police officer – visited Thornbury on Saturday morning, offering advice to shoppers on “how to have the Christmas you deserve and keep burglars at bay”.

Neighbourhood PC Natalie Draper said:

“Billy was helping us pass on our key messages to help people to keep their property safe: always lock up, whether it’s your home or car; mark your property with your postcode; register it at www.immobilise.com and call us straight away if you suspect someone is in your neighbourhood looking to commit crime.”

“We are always grateful for calls from members of the public alerting us to suspicious activity. I’d always say if you’re in any doubt give us a shout.”

For more advice and information on how to keep your property safe in the run up to Christmas visit: Have the Christmas you Deserve.

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Handelsbanken selects Stoke Gifford as new South West base

Posted on Monday 17th December 2012 at 3:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon House, 1100 Parkway North, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Handelsbanken, the fast-growing relationship bank with more than 140 branches in the UK, has chosen Eleven Hundred Parkway North in Stoke Gifford as its regional head office for the South West.

Colliers International’s Bristol office negotiated the deal on behalf of the landlord, whilst the bank which has taken a ten year lease on the building was represented by the Bristol office of Alder King.

With more than 750 branches in 24 countries, Great Britain represents the bank’s fastest-growing market. The soon-to-open South West head office will support an expanding network of local branches which offer bespoke banking services to both corporate and individual customers.

The refurbished property is configured over the ground and first floor and includes 34 on-site car parking spaces.

Formerly known as Avon House, it is a two-storey building located immediately opposite the Virgin Active Health Club.

Colliers International offices specialist James Preece said:

“An impressive location in North Bristol plus full refurbishment had been key factors in the prestigious deal.”

“Eleven Hundred Parkway North provides the best of both worlds in terms of travel options. Not only does it give Handelsbanken an excellent parking ratio, it is also walking distance from Parkway Railway Station.”

Simon Price, Head of Agency at Alder King, added:

“Following a comprehensive search, Handelsbanken were attracted by the self-contained nature of the property and the added benefit of great local amenities.”

For further details contact James Preece at Colliers International on 0117 917 2047.

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Community comes together for ‘Carols on the Green’

Posted on Wednesday 12th December 2012 at 12:23 pm by Nikki Hallur

Carols on the Green - organised by St Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The village green outside the Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford was host to crowds of carol singers on Saturday evening (8th December.

The event was organised by St Michael’s Church, with a band and celebratory hymns sung by St Michael’s School Choir and the church choir, joined by residents from the area. The area was decorated with lights, and lyrics to songs were displayed on a screen for the audience to follow and participate in.

Apart from singing carols, many young people held collection buckets to raise money for Carols on the Green. There were refreshments including hot food, traditional mulled wine and festive mince pies. Groups of people of different ethnicities and age groups prayed together for those facing difficulties in other parts of the world. They also prayed for the person standing next to them, which encouraged a sense of connection between unfamiliar faces.

We asked young people what they thought of the event and why it was relevant to them. Most of them did not want to be named individually, but they were enthusiastic to share their views and said that they appreciated the way such gatherings “bring the community together”. They also said that they would encourage those who have never attended St Michael’s events to come along in order to “meet new friends”.

The real message of Christmas, of a common sense of humanity and togetherness, was enjoyed by churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike at this heart-warming event.

Further local events with a Christmas theme in the coming days include a Christmas Concert with the Westerly Showband in the Old School Rooms at 7pm on Saturday (15th December) and a candlelit Carol Service in St Michael’s Church at 6:30pm on Sunday (16th December). More details of these events can be found in our What’s On guide.

More photos of the 2012 Carols on the Green event »

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