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Royal British Legion annual fundraising concert

Posted on Thursday 27th March 2014 at 8:41 pm by SH (Editor)

The Cat's Pyjamas doo-wop singing trio.

The Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is holding its popular annual fundraising concert for the Poppy Appeal on Saturday (29th March) in the Church Rooms, North Road, Stoke Gifford.

The concert starts at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £6, (including refreshments), and can be ordered in advance from Terry Webber (0117 909 1486) or John Moloney (07802 535591).

This year, the concert features popular doo-wop singing trio ‘The Cat’s Pyjamas’ (pictured above).

Money raised for the Poppy Appeal goes to the RBL’s Welfare Fund which helps the Legion to provide welfare and support to current and ex-service personnel and their families. Nationally, the RBL spends £1.6 million EVERY week on its welfare work.

Branch press officer David Bell said:

“I hope the public will support this event again this year – our concerts are always very popular and help us raise much needed funds for the Poppy Appeal, which funds the important welfare work that the Royal British Legion does.”

Many are offering their services and facilities for free, including St Michael’s Church and The Cat’s Pyjamas themselves.

The Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion is also planning another ‘Tri Services Military Event’ this year – on Sunday 7th September at the Mile Straight Sports and Social Club, New Road, Stoke Gifford.

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine. The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,250 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Weekly ‘friendship & exercise club’ to start soon in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Friday 14th March 2014 at 8:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Friendship & Exercise Club.

A new club for older people is to start soon in Stoke Gifford, thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund and local councils.

Friendship & exercise clubs‘ are for older people who like gentle exercise and games as well as socialising with a cup of tea or coffee. From time to time there are also ‘specials’ such as healthy eating workshops and excursions. All the clubs are in community venues and are coached by a friendly, approachable instructor with relevant experience and specialist qualifications.

From small beginnings in 2011, the eight clubs across South Gloucestershire amassed 5,000 attendances in 2013! And now, thanks to the generous support of the Big Lottery Fund, one of three new clubs is coming your way…

Stoke Gifford Friendship & Exercise Club starts on 9th May, 2014 and will be held every Friday from 10.30am until 12noon at The Old School Rooms on The Green (BS34 8PD).

This brand new club for older people in Stoke Gifford will be managed by Age UK South Gloucestershire with support from South Gloucestershire Council and Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

The first session is free (£3 per session thereafter).

To find out more, please call 01454 862296 or 07825 155954 for a friendly chat.

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Council consults on £0.9m Gipsy Patch Lane widening scheme

Posted on Wednesday 5th March 2014 at 8:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Gipsy Patch Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is staging a public consultation on plans to widen a stretch of Gipsy Patch Lane, on the westbound approach to the A38 Gloucester Road, adjacent to the Rolls-Royce works.

The proposed scheme will extend the dedicated westbound left-turn lane on Gipsy Patch Lane by approximately 120m. It also includes the widening of existing footways for use as shared use paths and the replacement of an existing pelican crossing with a toucan crossing.

The aim of the work is to reduce queueing for westbound traffic that is intending to turn left onto the A38. At present, traffic queuing to turn right onto the A38 blocks traffic wishing to turn left, says the council.

The scheme is one of a number of measures that the council hopes will help tackle traffic congestion and increase the capacity of the local road network ahead of the development of the planned Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood, where 5,700 new homes are likely to be built by 2027.

Funding for the project is coming from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s Revolving Infrastructure Fund (RIF), which is used to “forward-fund infrastructure that is required to unlock or serve growth leading to increases in job creation and housing delivery”.

Subject to approval, work on the Gipsy Patch Lane scheme is expected to start in April 2014, with an expected duration of two months.

Responses to the public consultation must be submitted by Sunday 9th March.

See also: Multiple major roadworks likely to cause delays for next year in north Bristol (Bradley Stoke Journal)

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