Electrifying performance at Abbeywood School

Posted on Thursday 6th June 2019 at 9:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Stage production of 'Grease' at Abbeywood Community School.

By Rachel Land,  English teacher at Abbeywood Community School.

With a sensational ensemble and band to match, ‘Grease’ certainly electrified Abbeywood Community School (ACS)!

The world famous musical follows rebellious teenager Danny Zuko (Jay) and sweet Sandy Dombrowski (Emily) as their relationship struggles to deal with the peer pressures of Rydell High.

From the moment the cast burst onto the stage for ‘Grease is the Word’, the audience seemed utterly enthralled.

Emily shined as Sandy, as did the rest of the Pink Ladies, especially Gwen with her stellar performance as Frenchie and Anna as Rizzo.

Danny and Sandy.

All the expected and adrenalin- fuelled scenes were delivered to an impeccably high standard, from the fast-paced memorable high school dance off, the witty humoured comments from Jan (Caitlin), Sonny (Joe), Roger (Jacob) and Patty (Jolie) to the impressive solos of ‘Freddie, My Love’ (Eva) and the eternally catchy ‘Greased Lightning’ performed by the talented Daniel as Kenickie with help from Doody (William) and Danny!

The energy of the show never dropped with the ensemble of swaggering yet goofy T-Birds and the effortlessly cool Pink Ladies driving the pace – with the help of lots of hair gel and hairspray! The ensemble really helped the audience feel like they should be on stage, particularly during the famous Rydell High dance.

Costumes are at the heart of Grease – from the array of vibrant swing dresses to the bold leather jackets, the costumes are a fitting tribute to the 1950s. Well done to Mrs Davies and the many textiles students for their hard work!

The choreography throughout the show was phenomenal. Abbeywood certainly has many creative students (and teachers!).

And let’s not forget the two people who truly have (hopelessly) devoted many months into ensuring Grease was a success – Mr Jones and Mr Clarke. On behalf of all the students and the whole of ACS, THANK YOU!

Wow, ACS, you proved that Grease truly is the word.

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 20). 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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More volunteers needed at retirement village library

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 5:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of volunteers Merle Bathe-Taylor and Janet Bacon in the library.

The new Stoke Gifford Retirement Village (SGRV), situated just off Coldharbour Lane, is in desperate need of more volunteers to work in its community library as well as other areas within the village.

The activities and facilities available to both the residents of the village and the wider community are mostly led by volunteers; either the residents themselves or members of the public. Having sufficient numbers of volunteers is therefore vital in keeping the activities running.

Laura Jones is the volunteer organiser at SGRV and she oversees recruiting and managing volunteers for the 70+ roles available. Although she already has numerous volunteers, particularly from the nearby University of the West of England, she is still in need of many more.

As the library is part of South Gloucestershire Libraries, anyone with an ‘Active’ card (resident or non-resident) can request, borrow and return books and DVDs at this library, or any of the other South Gloucestershire libraries. However, it is currently only able to open two mornings and one afternoon a week due to the low number of people able to work there.

Volunteering at the library would involve a variety of duties, including welcoming library customers and identifying their individual needs, actively seeking to meet those needs and to enable customers to make full use of the facilities available. Staff also support the systems and policies for the loan and management of stock, including self-service and use a variety of resources to provide information, including online services.

Merle Bathe-Taylor, one of the members of staff at the library, would recommend volunteering there as she says:

“I enjoy helping people and being able to assist with their queries. It’s lovely to see visitors in the village using the facilities and being able to show them the work we do. Also, it’s important to feel valued and to have a purpose in retirement. My role means that I meet new people and remain active in life.”

Janet Bacon, another volunteer, added:

“I enjoy the variety of the role and being able to meet and talk to lots of different people.”

More: Volunteering Recruitment Fair on Thursday 6th June »

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First-ever camp for Little Stoke Beavers

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 12:45 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of a group of Beaver Scouts standing outside the Lovell Centre.

Are you afraid of the Gruffalo? Well, the 1st Little Stoke Beaver Scouts certainly aren’t!

The weekend of 23rd and 24th March saw a group of sixteen excited Beavers spend just over 24 hours at Woodhouse Park campsite near Almondsbury, staying in the Lovell Centre.

Photo of Beaver Scouts trying out the low ropes activity.

On arrival the Beavers all enjoyed their packed lunches before one group enjoyed facing their fears and conquering the ‘low ropes’ course.

Group leader Tony Edmonds, was very impressed with the Beavers, saying:

“All of the leaders were extremely proud of the behaviour and teamwork of all of the Beavers. Many of them were worried about the low ropes course, but with the support of their fellow Beavers, they faced their fears and didn’t give up.”

The remaining Beavers went on a Gruffalo and bug hunt in the large expanse of woods around Woodhouse Park. The Beavers were challenged to try to fill a small box with one item to represent each letter of the alphabet. Some excellent suggestions were made, and the Beavers quickly realised that the smaller the item, the better. Unfortunately, no one managed to squeeze a Gruffalo in, and the unicorn was clearly exploring elsewhere!

More: Singing around the campfire and toasting marshmallows »

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Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge closure set to create traffic hell

Posted on Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 5:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a matrix sign displaying a message about the planned closure of Gipsy Patch Lane for four weeks in June 2019.

Residents across the Stokes are bracing themselves for weeks of severe traffic congestion resulting from the planned closure of a major commuter route through the area.

Gipsy Patch Lane is set to be closed to motorised vehicles at the railway bridge in Little Stoke for four weeks from Monday 3rd June to enable BT to divert its underground cables ahead of the bridge being replaced over a 12-day period spanning Easter 2020.

The new, much wider, concrete bridge will accommodate four lanes of traffic (one bus lane and one general traffic lane in each direction), along with shared-use paths on both sides of the road.

The surface of the highway under the bridge will be lowered by 1.7m to allow taller vehicles, including double-decker buses, to pass through safely.

The June closure comes ahead of a further planned eight-month full road closure at the bridge starting in early 2020.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), which is responsible for the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, of which the bridge replacement work forms a major part, originally said that the June closure would apply to “all highway users”. However, it was recently revealed that a route under the bridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained during the closure.

Signs giving notice of the upcoming June road closure and advising motorists to “seek other routes” were put out in the week commencing 20th May. To avoid confusion, SGC says it will promote just a single signed diversion route, using Bradley Stoke Way and the A38 (see map below). However, it is widely anticipated that motorists with local knowledge and those using satnav equipment will attempt to use other diversion routes, which is likely to lead to significantly increased congestion on some smaller local roads.

More: Diversion map. Businesses open as normal. »

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