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Councillor calls for action on Station Road footpath damaged by landslip

Posted on Monday 10th November 2014 at 11:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Keith Cranney beside a landslip on Station Road, Little Stoke.

A local South Gloucestershire councillor says residents have waited far too long for repairs to be carried out on Station Road, Little Stoke, after a landslip carried a stretch of the main footpath into the adjacent brook.

The footpath, which provides an important thoroughfare for pedestrians, has now been out of use for more than two years.

The repair requires a complex ‘bored-pile’ wall to be put in place, which requires specialist equipment that the council does not have at its disposal, and so must look to private providers for the repairs to be undertaken, but ongoing attempts to do this have been met with difficulty.

Cllr Keith Cranney (Conservative, Stoke Gifford) said:

“This road has been a danger for far too long now. Acts of nature can happen and they do cause significant damage, but this slippage could mean life or death to someone as a result of the repair not being completed satisfactorily.”

“This road is used by many pedestrians every day who have to access Patchway Station, nearby local schools and businesses that are situated on Station Road.”

“I know of at least one blind and visually impaired gentleman who makes his way down there regularly and it’s not good enough that he should be put at risk simply because repairs have not yet been done.”

Local Conservatives say they have been and are continuing to campaign for this road and pedestrian footpath to be fixed as a matter of priority.

Source: Press release from the Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council.

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Review: New menu at the Beaufort Arms

Posted on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at 8:59 pm by Karen Dean

Staff team at the Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

We simply couldn’t resist an invitation to review the new menu at the recently refurbished Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford, so I went along with my friend Andy to partake of this culinary treat.

On arrival, I was immediately impressed by the redecorated, freshly painted interior. Also by the bar staff, who were friendly and welcoming. Customers were already gathering, and after meeting our busy host, Mark Falzon, we made our way to a table in the dining area, and were soon sipping our introductory drinks.

In the dining area there were a number of round or square wooden tables, complemented by a diverse range of low and high-backed chairs to suit all tastes and comforts. From our table there was a lovely outlook on to the green, with the gorgeous weather that day enhancing the overall experience.

It was hard to pick just one item per course from the extensive menu a la carte, but I finally selected a Prawn Cocktail starter, followed by Surf and Turf main course, and Crème Brûlée dessert. My friend ordered from the set menu, Beer Battered Mushrooms, then Beer Battered Whiting and Chips, and Treacle Sponge. Alas! the treacle sponge was obviously so popular it had already been demolished, so Andy chose Banoffee Pie instead.

The prawn cocktail arrived on a wooden platter, very attractively presented and tempting the taste buds. The seafood sauce was not too sweet, a refreshing change, particularly good for a diabetic.  Andy’s beer battered mushrooms were presented in a mini-bucket and looked very appetising, with sour cream and chive dip, and pronounced delicious!

More: "A truly scrumptious meal, cooked to perfection"

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Local Poppy Appeal launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Tuesday 4th November 2014 at 5:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the 2014 Poppy Appeal at Parkway Station, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The Stoke Gifford branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its 2014 Poppy Appeal with a ceremony in the foyer of Bristol Parkway Station on Friday 24th October.

The ceremony was attended by Station Manager Linda Swainger, Jack Lopresti MP (RBL branch vice president) and members of the Bristol Squadron of the RBL Riders (motorcyclists).

Parkway Station is one of the main sites for the branch’s fundraising efforts, along with the Asda store in Filton, Sainsbury’s in Stoke Gifford and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Branch members will be collecting at each of the four venues daily from 9am to 6pm until Sunday 9th November.

The branch will again be supplying its legendary knitted poppies which have been a great hit in recent years. Last year it sold 3,500 of them, raising thousands for the Poppy Appeal.

Hilary Bloor, RBL branch chair, said:

“The Poppy Appeal launch is the start of our year for collecting monies for the welfare and support of service and ex-service personnel, their families and dependants. Last year, the Stoke Gifford branch raised about £35,000 and we appreciate the public’s generosity to this cause.”

More: Local remembrance parades and ceremonies »

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