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Farewell to parish clerk Steve Shield

Posted on Saturday 11th January 2020 at 8:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Keith Cranney (right) bidding farewell to departing parish clerk Steve Shield.

After nearly 22 years working in local government within South Gloucestershire, with the last nine years as parish clerk and responsible financial officer for Stoke Gifford Parish Council, Steve Shield recently left his post to take up a new position as town clerk of Sherborne in Dorset.

During his time in post, Steve was instrumental in moving the parish council forward, maintaining strong professional working relationships within the council, as well as connecting with many residents, hall hirers, park users, and local organisations in Stoke Gifford.

Steve was successful in obtaining a significant amount of external funding which has contributed towards building improvements, improved sports provision, improved infrastructure and an investment into new street furniture across the wider parish.

Current parish council chair Cllr Keith Cranney commented:

“Our best wishes go to Steve and his family from everyone associated with the parish council and I personally thank him for his outstanding contribution to the parish over many years.”

Photo: Cllr Keith Cranney (right) bids farewell to Steve Shield.

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 14). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, 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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Parish councillors raise concerns over “lack of police resources” in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 7:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Sue Mountstevens, police & crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset.

Parish councillors in Stoke Gifford have raised concerns over policing levels after it emerged that the local beat team currently has just one member of staff on active duty.

A meeting of the Community Engagement Forum in March was told by Chief Inspector Mark Evans that beat manager PC Julie Rudyard was currently the sole officer covering Stoke Gifford because one of the two PCSOs assigned to the beat was on maternity leave and the other was unavailable.

The matter surfaced again at a parish council meeting in April, when Cllr Keith Cranney raised concerns about “the lack of police resources in the Stoke Gifford police beat team”. The parish clerk was requested to write to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon and Somerset, Sue Mountstevens, “about the force’s future commitment to neighbourhood policing in the local area”.

In his letter to the PCC, the clerk wrote:

“There have been numerous staffing changes over a number of years, leading to instability amongst the neighbourhood team, with councillors questioning the commitment to neighbourhood policing in the immediate area.”

“At the time of writing we are grateful for the support offered by our beat manager, Julie Rudyard, who is seen by the council as an excellent police officer for the local community.”

“I would be grateful for the opportunity to discuss these concerns in more detail.”

More: Response from Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (Jun/Jul 2018)

Posted on Monday 9th July 2018 at 1:15 am by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

June has seen the arrival of summer as the sun has shone down brightly on the village of Stoke Gifford. Here’s what has been happening this month.

St Michael’s Church

St Michael’s enjoyed their yearly ‘Church on the Green’ on Sunday 24th June where there was a large turnout to enjoy stories, songs and a picnic. This was then followed by the England v Panama game being shown in the Auditorium.

Local residents may have noticed the scaffolding that has gone up around the church tower. Work is continuing to be done to repair parts of the building and the scaffolding is expected to be up for approximately 11 weeks.

Coming up in July is the family fun and World Cup Final event. On 15th July, the St Michael’s Centre is hosting a fun day on The Green starting at 1pm. A BBQ will be provided and guests are asked to bring drinks and accompaniments. Afterwards, the World Cup Final will be shown in the auditorium. All ages are welcome to attend.

More: St Michael’s School and Abbeywood School. Key dates for July. »

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (May/Jun 2018)

Posted on Tuesday 5th June 2018 at 6:18 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

This month we’ve seen the warm summer sunshine turn into cloud and thunderstorms, however, this hasn’t stopped the Stoke Gifford community from working hard and celebrating their successes.

St Michael’s Primary School

The children of St Michael’s have just celebrated the end of term with their own rendition of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (see photo to the right), performed in the auditorium of the St Michael’s Centre.

Headteacher Mark Freeman said:

“The children of St Michael’s School excelled themselves once again with their performance of Beauty and the Beast, played in front of rapturous audiences over two nights in the magnificent St Michael’s Church Centre.  The performance was the culmination of nearly six months of rehearsals, costume-making and set-creation, and the result was an absolute treat. As has become expected with our tradition at St Michaels’s, what stood out above all else was the wonderful singing, including both solo and ensemble pieces, and the joy and enthusiasm of the children was striking. None of this would happen without the dedication of the staff and parents of the school, who all contributed in different ways to this year’s success. For pictures and video clips please visit the school website: www.stmichaelssg.co.uk

The school have also been celebrating sporting success as their football team won the cup final, beating Bromley Heath 3-0. They are now hoping to continue their winning streak when they compete in the ‘champions’ league’ next term.

More: Abbeywood School and St Michael’s Church. Key dates for June. »

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