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Aretians RFC: A community-focused rugby club

Posted on Friday 26th September 2014 at 10:08 am by Steve Hayward

Aretians RFC, Little Stoke, Bristol.

Aretians RFC are the local, community focused, family friendly rugby club. We are based on Station Road, Little Stoke, and play our rugby on Little Stoke playing fields, which is in the middle of Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, and Patchway.

Our seniors finished last season only losing two games after Christmas and winning the Gloucester Cup. This season we are really looking to “push on”.

There is a totally new management in place – New Club Captain Sean Tucker and Vice Captain Pete Lamb have put together a great team, and, with guidance from County level coaching duo Andy Nethercott and Adrian Tayler, Aretians are looking to strive for honours this season.

Anyone looking to join an ambitious, new team, please get in touch (see below) or come along to a training session on a Tuesday between 7pm and 9pm.

We will make all new players of any ability very welcome. New players’ annual subs are currently half price at £30. We run three teams, so even if you just fancy a social fun game, please come along.

Aretians RFC Juniors run teams from under-7s right through to under-15s. These are recently formed teams, and all sides are looking to strengthen for the coming season’s full fixture lists. All new players are completely free for their first season, and £25 per season after that, which is by far the best value rugby your child can get anywhere. We have a strong group of coaches all of whom are RFU qualified, DBS checked, and most are first aid qualified.

More: Rugby for girls; Aretians Cubs (for 2-5 year-olds) »

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Archbishop of Canterbury blesses new ‘Heart of the Community’ building

Posted on Monday 15th September 2014 at 10:12 am by SH (Editor)

Heart of the Community project: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby shares his vision and encouragement for the church and the community. [Credit: Rob Wicks]

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, stood in the shell of the new church and community centre in Stoke Gifford on Saturday (13th September) to bless the St Michael’s Church Heart of the Community project.

Archbishop Welby, who described the £5.5m project as “wonderful”, “courageous” and “exciting” also dedicated the building, which is still under construction, during his weekend visit to the Bristol Diocese.

The building, which is on the site of old farm barns in North Road, is the centrepiece of the 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 Archbishop said:

“This project warms my heart. This is not about a community building: this is about building a community. It is a great example of what the church does best, which is loving and serving and transforming – and it’s about the future.”

“I was stunned to hear what is going on in this area, the number of people who will move into this area, the number of students who are already here, the growth of the parish and the community over the last few years – and the church at the heart of it.”

More: Ground floor of building ready for use by Easter 2015 »

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Transport minister opens new multi-storey car park at Parkway Station

Posted on Friday 5th September 2014 at 11:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Baroness Kramer officially opens the new multi-storey car park at Bristol Parkway Station.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer visited Stoke Gifford today to officially open a £13 million new station car park that will increase capacity and convenience for thousands of passengers.

The multi-storey car park at Bristol Parkway will provide an extra 710 parking spaces, in addition to the existing 1,100, to cater for increasing numbers of passengers using the station. Before the work, the site was regularly full.

Transport Minister Baroness Kramer said:

“The work at Bristol Parkway is a great example of what can be done, and will provide much-needed parking at this key station. This is great news for the communities of Bristol and South Gloucestershire.”

“More passengers than ever before are using the rail network, and this growth is expected to continue. Over the next five years, we are investing record amounts in modernising our railways and providing passengers with the facilities they need, so they can enjoy smoother, more convenient and more reliable journeys.”

FGW General Manager (Central) Rob Mullen said:

“Bristol Parkway Station serves almost three million rail passengers a year and this is expected to grow significantly when the line to London is electrified.”

“I am delighted to be able to provide the Minister with a tour of the new facility which significantly increases capacity, ensuring that we can cater for the increase in passenger demand both now and in the future.”

More: New car park will help meet future demand »

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