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Network Rail to host drop-in consultation on bridge reconstruction plans

Posted on Thursday 28th August 2014 at 1:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Invitation to a public consultation event about the reconstruction of Pearsons Brick Yard railway bridge in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Network Rail is inviting local residents to a drop-in public consultation event that will explain proposals to reconstruct a local railway bridge as part of the Great Western Main Line electrification project.

The work relates to Pearsons Brick Yard Bridge, which provides access from Harry Stoke Lane to industrial buildings near Hunts Ground Road and also carries regional walking and cycling routes.

According to a planning application recently submitted to South Gloucestershire Council, reconstruction of the bridge is necessary to increase the clearance between the railway track, new overhead line equipment and the bridge structure, and also to provide sufficient protection for pedestrians using the bridge.

The consultation event takes place on Wednesday 3rd September from 4pm to 7pm at the Old School Rooms in North Road.

Related link: Great Western route modernisation (Network Rail)

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Archbishop of Canterbury to visit St Michael’s for dedication of new building

Posted on Wednesday 27th August 2014 at 9:45 am by SH (Editor)

View inside the new church and community building under construction at St Michael's, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Members of St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford have been taking a look at their new church and community centre ahead of its dedication next month.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. [Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office; link:; licence: Open Government Licence v1.0]

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be visiting the centre on Saturday 13th September during his visit to the Bristol Diocese to bless the church’s “audacious” Heart of the Community project and dedicate the building.

The shell of the building, on the site of old farm barns in North Road, is due to be completed at the end of this month.

Small groups of church members were recently given a preview of the ground floor of the building and the chance for informal prayer and worship in the 600-seat auditorium after each of the church’s three Sunday services.

The building is the centrepiece of the church’s £5.5m Heart of the Community project, which also includes refurbishing the neighbouring Old School Rooms and renovating the 14th Century church. A tenth of all money donated or raised by the congregation is being used for mission work to combat poverty and spread the gospel in the UK and overseas.

The new centre will provide much needed facilities for conferences and church services, wedding receptions and other celebrations as well as community rooms. It will also serve as a resource for the wider region, as it is within easy access of the M4 and M5 and just minutes away from Parkway Railway Station.

The Bishop of Bristol, Mike Hill, who has described the project as “audacious”, will be accompanying Archbishop Welby.

The next phase of the project will be to kit out the inside of the building and provide usable space on the ground floor by Easter 2015.

Rev Simon Jones, Rector of St Michael’s, said:

“The Heart of the Community project will provide a legacy that will speak of God’s generosity for generations to come.”

More info: Registration and tickets for dedication event (St Michael’s)

More: Aerial illustration of new development at St Michael’s »

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Abbeywood A-level results show “slight dip”

Posted on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 10:23 pm by SH (Editor)

A-level high-achievers at Abbeywood Community School (l-r): Nadia Restall, Amy McQueen and James Hampson.

Abbeywood Community School has seen a “slight dip” in headline A-level result figures compared with previous years (in line with what is being reported nationally), but has seen “huge” successes in BTEC and vocational outcomes in particular, says Executive Headteacher Dave Baker.

All students who were seeking places on higher education courses gained places and a number of others have secured apprenticeships with prestigious organisations. The average points score per entry was 187 (216 last year) and average total points score was 669 (728 last year).

Significant individual successes highlighted by Mr Baker are:

A2 examination results

  • James Hampson A*BB
  • Ryan Ivers ADist*Dist
  • Laura Barnett ABB
  • Nadia Restall ABB
  • Nhair Nunez Padron A*(EPQ)BC + B at AS
  • Amy McQueen ABD

AS examination results

  • Caya Baber ABBB
  • Hope Falconer AAB
  • Freya Restall ABBB
  • Levi Staynings Dist*Dist*CC

Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the BBC reports that there has been a slight fall in A* and A grades and the pass rate is down for the first time in over 30 years.

Photo (l-r): A-level high-achievers Nadia Restall, Amy McQueen and James Hampson.

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World War One centenary event on The Green

Posted on Friday 1st August 2014 at 10:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford World War One Centenary Event, Saturday 2nd August 2014.

Saturday 2nd August sees St Michael’s Church joining with the the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) to host a community event on The Green, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The event will be raising money jointly for the RBL Poppy Appeal and St Michael’s Heart of the Community project.

Bradley Stoke Radio will be in attendance, along with the Westerly Showband and Mini Massive Sax Flextet, and there will be lots of other things to see and do, including various stalls and displays.

The Old School Rooms coffee shop will be open, serving tea, coffee, cold drinks and cakes and, on the other side of The Green, The Beaufort Arms will be putting on a barbecue.

Children are invited to wear fancy dress, and will take part in a parade with the chance of wining a prize.

RBL branch Press Officer David Bell said:

“The Stoke Gifford branch has been working with others in the community, such as St Michael’s Church, to organise this event, and we hope that the community will come along and show their support.”

Related link: World War One Centenary

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