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Digital bells coming soon to St Michael’s

Posted on Thursday 6th December 2018 at 8:22 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of St Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford, viewed from the south.

After decades of silence, the sound of church bells will soon once again ring out across the village green at Stoke Gifford.

Rev Canon Simon Jones, of St Michael’s Church, commented:

“The installation of a digital bells system is a unique marriage of a medieval structure and 21st century technology. We will now be able to call parishioners to worship, celebrate weddings, mark funerals and herald local and national celebrations in a quintessentially time-honoured fashion.”

Three years ago, local residents were told that the existing bells, one of which dates back to 1450, were unsafe and beyond economic repair or renovation and were invited to hear a trial of electronically-reproduced bell sounds from the church tower. The feedback from this trial was overwhelmingly positive.

The church authorities are taking a great interest in the project as St Michael’s is the first church in the Bristol Diocese to install such a system. It has, therefore, taken time to gain the various ecclesiastical permissions, to make safe and preserve the original three bells and to evaluate a modern, state of the art, digital sound system, which will be installed in the newly re-roofed and refurbished church tower.

Once the system is in place (4th December) there will follow a 15-month appraisal period, after which an application can be made to retain the system permanently.

More: Hear the bells at ‘Carols on the Green’ on 8th December »

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Parkway bridge strike brings renewed calls for pedestrian tunnel

Posted on Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Double decker bus pictured after having its roof sheared off under the Parkway railway bridge. The roof of a bus lies in the carriageway under the Parkway railway bridge following a bridge strike incident.

An incident in early November in which the roof of a double decker bus was sheared off as it passed under the Hatchet Road railway bridge near Parkway Station has brought renewed calls for a pedestrian subway to be created alongside the bridge.

The bus involved in the collision is understood to have been hired by GWR to transport passengers between Parkway and Temple Meads during a planned three-week railway closure.

There were no passengers on board the bus at the time, and the driver was reported to be “unhurt but shocked”. Fortunately, there were also no pedestrians passing along the narrow footways under the bridge; if there had been, the outcome might have been much more serious (see Cllr Brian Allinson’s column on page 20 of our December magazine).

In 2013, South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) agreed to commission Network Rail to investigate options for improving pedestrian safety at the bridge, since which time there have been no further announcements.

In response to an enquiry from the Journal, an SGC spokesperson said:

“We recognise the need to improve the environment for pedestrians and cyclists at Bristol Parkway’s western access and therefore a subway for pedestrians and cyclists through the embankment to the east of the railway bridge is a strongly held aspiration.”

“The work agreed by a council committee in September 2013 has been undertaken by Network Rail. This has involved the completion of feasibility and outline designs for a subway, and we also subsequently provided additional funding for ground investigations to be carried out on and near the railway embankment to help provide more certainty for future stages of work.”

“The work undertaken has shown us that the construction of the subway would be a very complex scheme due to the close proximity of the railway above. We are considering a number of potential funding mechanisms for the subway delivery and as this is ongoing we are not yet able to comment on possible delivery timescales.”

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This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine (on page 3). 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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Community events at the St Michael’s Centre deemed a huge success

Posted on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 9:37 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stuart Townend performing at the St Michael's Centre.

The St Michael’s Centre has been having a great autumn with a range of different events taking place for members of the Stoke Gifford community. In fact, the events are proving to be so popular that people from the whole of Bristol and beyond have been booking tickets.

It all started at the end of September with Stuart Townend, who is a top Christian singer/songwriter. Over 430 people from across the south west attended for a fantastic evening of music and song. This was followed a week later by the comedian/magician Steve Legg who was watched by over 150 people. He kept everyone entertained with his comedy and tricks and there was lots of help from the audience.

On 18th October there was an event from Care for the Family. Over 300 people gathered to hear advice on ‘Parenting in the Digital Age’. This is such an important issue in today’s society and everyone left having gained valuable skills on using social media and devices effectively with their children.

Then, at the end of October, the St Michael’s Centre welcomed Riding Lights Theatre group who took the audience through a whistle stop tour of the Bible in their own unique style!

After the success of the first few events, Andy Mead, events manager at St Michael’s, said:

“We are extremely pleased with how successful the events at St Michael’s have been. The number of tickets sold has exceeded expectations and it is great to see the centre being used not just by the church but by the wider community as well. We are already thinking about plans for the new year and are excited for what the future may bring.”

Coming up: Comedians and Carols on 15th December »

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Stoke Gifford Journal Facebook page reaches 2,000 ‘likes’ milestone

Posted on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 9:36 am by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford Journal 2,000+ Facebook fans.

The Stoke Gifford Journal’s Facebook page has reached a significant milestone by breaking through the 2,000 ‘likes’ barrier.

Our Twitter feed (@TheSGJournal) has also seen an increase in followers, breaching the 1,500 mark in recent weeks.

Journal editor Stephen Horton comments:

“Our Facebook page enables us to keep residents informed of important local news between issues of our print magazine. It also allows readers to easily comment on stories that have appeared in the magazine and to start new discussions by posting their own news items, which appear in the ‘visitor posts’ section.”

“Readers can also send private messages to our Facebook page and they will usually receive a response within minutes.”

“The Journal is proud to be the only community news publication dedicated exclusively to the parish of Stoke Gifford. Reaching this latest milestone shows just how much local residents appreciate our multi-channel offering at a time when many other local news publications are in decline.”

• Check out our separate Facebook pages for the Bradley Stoke JournalPatchway Journal and Filton Journal. The total fan count across all North Bristol Journal Series Facebook pages currently stands at 12,224.

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