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Legion members to join WW1 anniversary pilgrimage

Posted on Saturday 28th July 2018 at 3:46 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of the GP90 cheque presentation.

Five members of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (SG RBL) are travelling to France and Belgium this August to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 by taking part in the Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90).

In the biggest membership event in its history, the RBL is recreating its 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields. A decade after the end of WW1, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8th August 1928.

Exactly 90 years later, thousands of Legion members will recreate the 1928 Great Pilgrimage to visit the same battlefields and then, carry their standards along the same route to the Menin Gate, to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1 and represent an entire generation that served while defending their country. Once at the gate, a remembrance service will be held and afterwards, Legion members and spectators will head to the Great Square for an afternoon of exhibitions and musical performances.

Karen Falconer (standard bearer), John Maloney (wreath carrier) and Tony Peters will be representing the branch at the GP90, where they will visit the battlefields and then proudly march to the Menin Gate with the thousands of other Legion members. Brian Hewitt and Veronica Caradine will also be in attendance as spectators.

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Residents’ anger over noisy overnight rail works

Posted on Tuesday 24th July 2018 at 11:23 pm by Laura Mortimore


Photo of a 110-tonne Kirow crane laying track near Bristol Parkway.

Many residents of Stoke Gifford have been left feeling tired and angry after “deafening” work which took place on the railway line at Bristol Parkway train station on Saturday 21st July kept them awake during the night.

Residents were frustrated that no prior warning was given that the work was going to take place and due to the warm weather, many people had their windows open during the night and were unhappy to be awoken by the loud bangs coming from Parkway Station.

One resident living in Stoke Gifford complained:

“How are people meant to sleep through this at 3am when it’s 18 degrees at night with no choice but to have the window open? My house is actually shaking.”

Another commented:

 “The problem is they don’t appear to want to inform any of us that it’s going to happen. Very poor comms and PR. They should be letting us know the dates when this is likely to take place, we have a newborn baby and may have considered sleeping at a friend’s or family member’s house last night to avoid the disruption.”

Reader videos of the work taking place and many more comments can be viewed in a post on our Facebook page here.

More: Work set to continue until end of October »

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Exam time at local dance school

Posted on Saturday 14th July 2018 at 10:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Students of Stoke Gifford School of Dance at an exam session.

A group of 18 ballet dancers from Stoke Gifford School of Dance have been busy taking their exams with the Royal Academy of Dance. An examiner visited the school, which is located in the Trust Hall and Poplar Rooms on North Road, on Sunday 24th June.

The children, aged between 6 and 13, have been working hard towards the exams for many months. Isabella, aged 9, from Bradley Stoke has just taken her fourth ballet exam. She commented: “It’s nerve racking at first but at the end you feel proud of yourself.”

They have a few more weeks left to enjoy their classes before the summer break and are looking forward to receiving their results when they return in September to start working at the next graded level.

Principal of the school, Eve Brewer, said:

“Exam season is always very busy but, as usual, the girls have all worked really hard and I am hoping their results will reflect this.”

Stoke Gifford School of Dance offers lessons in ballet, modern and tap from age 3 upwards. For more information, visit

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More information released on impact of Gipsy Patch Lane bridge replacement works

Posted on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at 1:29 pm by SH (Editor)

Gipsy Patch Lane road closures for construction of the CPME scheme.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) and Network Rail have published further information about the expected impacts of a 21-month project to replace the old railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane and construct new bus lanes for the proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme.

The latest documents were released in early June, just a few weeks before the two related planning applications are expected to be determined by SGC’s Development Control (West) Committee on 12th July.

Photo of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge (looking westwards).

The existing masonry railway bridge has a height clearance of only 4m and creates a ‘pinch point’ on the local road network. The replacement bridge will be of concrete construction and will span 24m, approximately 14m wider than the current bridge. To accommodate taller vehicles, such as double-decker buses, the carriageway will be lowered by approximately 1.7m as it passes under the bridge.

Demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge is now scheduled to take place during a twelve-day “possession” (closure) of the railway over Easter 2020.

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