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Successful ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ in Meade Park

Posted on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at 6:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an organised walk in Meade Park led by local ecologist Rupert Higgins.

Local residents joined the Friends of Meade Park on Saturday August 17th for an informative and enjoyable look at wildlife in Meade Park.

Led by local ecologist Rupert Higgins, the group discovered dragon flies, butterflies, shield bugs, ladybirds, hoverflies, snails and bugs of all kinds going about their business in the park. Easily overlooked, these little creatures are essential to the delicate eco-balance in nature.

Rupert was able to identify the different butterflies: a painted lady, a speckled wood and a holly blue amongst others, along with dragonflies such as the common darter and the migrant hawker.

One of the participants on the walk said: “I thought I knew a lot about the trees and wildlife in the park but Rupert has such amazing knowledge. It was really interesting.”

Cllr Jenny James, chair of the Friends of Meade Park group, said: “It was a good to discover so many different creatures in the park and our thanks go to Rupert for sharing his extensive knowledge.”

The walk was funded by Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

The Friends of Meade Park have a series of walks planned across all the seasons, to help park users appreciate the great opportunities in the park to get up close and personal to the wide range of trees, plants and creatures living there. The next one will be on Saturday 19th October. The friends group also have plans to design some information boards to help park users identify trees, plants and wildlife in the park.

If you have any other ideas about how to enhance the facilities and activities in the park you can get in touch with them via the ‘Friends of Meade Park’ page on Facebook or by email at friendsofmeadepark@gmail.com

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 28). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Little Stoke bus driver thanked for actions

Posted on Sunday 15th September 2019 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of bus driver James Mills with passenger Rachael Jay.

A bus driver from Little Stoke has been praised for his actions in dealing with a series of medical emergencies affecting one of the regular passengers on his route.

First West of England driver James Mills has sprung into action on four separate occasions when regular customer Rachael Jay has suffered seizures or hypoglycaemic attacks whilst travelling on his service.

Rachael, aged 46, from Yate, suffers from epilepsy and has type 1 diabetes. She travels regularly on the Y2 service between Bristol and Yate.

She wanted to say a formal thank you to James, and so the two recently met up in happier circumstances at Marlborough Street bus station in Bristol.

Driver James, aged 27, has had to call for an ambulance on four occasions for Rachael when she has been suffering an epileptic seizure or hypoglycaemia caused by low blood sugar – once in Downend, once in Coalpit Heath and twice in Yate – staying by her side until paramedics arrived.

Rachael has since had her medication changed and says her condition is now “more under control”, but she wanted to thank James in person as well as raise awareness of the effects of epilepsy and diabetes and how it can affect everyday life.

Rachael, whose eight-year-old son Jacob has also recently been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, said:

“I want to thank James for being so brilliant and acting so quickly when I have suffered attacks on the bus. Living with epilepsy and diabetes can really affect your lifestyle and for James to have presence of mind and to act so swiftly on all those occasions really helped.”

Chris Hanson, head of operations, First West of England, said:

“We are very proud of James, who responded as we would hope all our colleagues would do in the same or similar circumstances. We are pleased that Rachael seems to be none the worse for her experiences and really touched that she has taken the trouble to recognise James for his actions.”

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Consultation on latest round of waiting restrictions

Posted on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 8:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a notice advertising the consultation.

Plans to introduce double-yellow lines on numerous short sections of residential roads in the Bakers Ground and Kings Drive area of Stoke Gifford were the subject of a public consultation during August.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the purpose of the proposed scheme is to address “obstructive and inconsiderate” parking on eleven specified roads, namely:

  • Adelante Close
  • Bakers Ground
  • County Way
  • Halls Garden
  • Kings Drive
  • Manor Place
  • Newbrick Road
  • Riviera Way
  • Simmonds View
  • Star Avenue
  • Voyager Close

Comments left on the Stoke Gifford Journal’s Facebook page (see below) suggest that much of the inconsiderate parking is caused by users of the nearby Bristol Parkway Station who are reluctant to pay to park at the station or in the council-run ‘park & ride’ car park on Hunts Ground Road.

The Journal has also heard that bus passengers who catch the M1 MetroBus and T1 services from the stop at Great Stoke Way may also be contributing to the parking issues.

The consultation, which finished on 30th August, is designated as being ‘phase 4A’ of an area-wide waiting restriction review (covering the whole Stoke Gifford district ward) that began back in 2011.

More: Summary of restrictions introduced in previous phases »

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Stoke Gifford gospel choir records EP!

Posted on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 1:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of choir members pictured during a break in the recording session.

By Emma Smallwood, GGCC

On a hot, sunny Saturday in July around 80 singers gathered to record a brand new EP. The Stoke Gifford Gospel Generation Community Choir (GGCC) was one of six choirs that were part of this exciting project. Three other GGCC Bristol choirs plus one from Torquay and one from Feltham swelled the numbers, creating a wonderful rich sound.

For most of the singers, this was their first experience of being part of a recording, so they got a new insight into the world of multiple takes, instructions for more energy, tighter diction and smiles! It was a long day, took five hours to record the four songs and then we had another three hours to record a smaller group and some solos. The backing tracks for the songs had already been done by GGCC choir director Emma Smallwood, so literally all that was needed were the vocals.

We had the expert help of experienced singer/songwriter Geraldine Latty for the day, she led the choirs through all the songs and two of the songs we recorded were actually written by her and her husband, Carey Luce. Carey was the engineer/producer for the day and will be mixing all the songs for us over the summer.

The title track of the EP is ‘Sing our way home’ and the other tracks are a mixture of traditional spirituals and more contemporary gospel songs. We’re aiming to launch our EP at our annual Gospel singing conference here in Bristol on 12th October. This is open to anyone who loves to sing and loves gospel music. There are still places available – visit ticketsource.co.uk for details.

We’ll have more details of the launch and how to get hold of a copy when our new rehearsal term starts on Tuesday 10th September. We meet fortnightly at 7.30pm in the lower hall of the St Michael’s Centre in North Road, Stoke Gifford. New members are always welcome, so why not come and join us!

See also: Gospel Generation Community Choir on Facebook

Photo: Choir members pictured during a break in the recording session.

This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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