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Honorary Freeman title for Win Williams

Posted on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 12:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Conferring of the title of Honorary Freeman of Patchway on Win Williams. L-r: Cllr Erica Williams (chair of South Gloucestershire Council), Win Williams and Cllr Eve Orpen (chair of Patchway Town Council).

In recognition of the long and outstanding service given to the community, Patchway Town Council has used its powers under the Local Government act to confer the title of Honorary Freeman on Win Williams.

Mrs Williams is only the fourth person and first woman to receive this honour from the town council and the occasion was marked by the attendance of Cllr Erica Williams, chair of South Gloucestershire Council at a presentation ceremony held at the town council offices in Rodway Road on Thursday 12th January.

Mrs Williams was presented with a certificate, scroll and commemorative gift by Cllr Eve Orpen, chair of Patchway Town Council.

In her introductory speech, Cllr Orpen observed that Win had served the community in many ways over the past 30 years and that Patchway would be a poorer place without Win’s enthusiasm and dedication

Win is well-known within the community of Patchway for her tireless and selfless service and as someone who can be counted on to support events or organisations. Her contribution to the community of Patchway has included the following roles:

  • Chairman of Patchway Festival for over 20 years, which has brought together all sections of the community
  • Chairman, volunteer driver and major fundraiser of Patchway Minibus Committee
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of Patchway People
  • Governor of St Chad’s CofE Primary School
  • Active member of St. Chad’s Church, serving on various committees
  • Committee  member of Patchway Twinning Association and frequent host of visitors from France and Germany

More: Win has also held positions at two community centres in Patchway »

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Mall Cribbs expansion plans given green light

Posted on Tuesday 20th December 2016 at 6:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of a new 'anchor' store planned as part of an extension at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire’s largest retail outlet is set to expand after councillors granted outline planning permission for the proposals.

The scheme at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway includes more than 35,000 square metres of retail floor space, leisure, and hotel and restaurant facilities alongside a new multi-storey car park, an events plaza and up to 150 residential apartments.

A new bus station is also included in the plans which will cater for local and MetroBus services. These services will help connect the new communities being built at the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood with major retail, employment and education hubs in the region.

As well as the bus station, a new footbridge will be built over Merlin Road for the use of pedestrians and cyclists along with new roads and enhanced pedestrian and cycle links which will be provided throughout the development.

There will be no increase in the total amount of free car parking on the site (7,000 spaces).

Given the nature and scale of the proposal, the council has referred the decision to the Secretary of State who has 21 days to approve it or call it in.

Cllr Trevor Jones, chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Development Control (West) Committee, said:

“This application contains significant new provision for shopping at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway which will bring up to 3,000 more jobs to South Gloucestershire and continue to generate economic prosperity across the region.”

“As well as retail and leisure facilities, an important element of the proposal is the provision of transport infrastructure which will see a new bus station created for local and MetroBus services. These facilities are key to ensuring people are well connected to the area’s key employment and education hubs.”

“The council sees this £300m investment at Cribbs Causeway as a vital step in providing a vibrant town centre to better meet the needs of the existing and new communities in the north-west fringe of Bristol.”

More: New stores could be trading by the end of 2019 or early 2020 »

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Patchway school placed in ‘special measures’ following damning Ofsted report

Posted on Saturday 26th November 2016 at 7:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Community College, Patchway, Bristol.

Patchway Community College (PCC) has been placed in ‘special measures’ following the publication of a damning report by Ofsted inspectors who visited the secondary school in early October.

Assigning the lowest possible overall rating of ‘inadequate’, lead inspector Kathy Maddocks concluded that standards at the school have declined in recent years, and criticised school leaders and governors for being too slow to implement necessary changes.

The quality of teaching at the school is described as “poor”, pupils do not make sufficient progress in a range of subjects and measures to guarantee pupils’ safety are “weak”.

All five of the individual effectiveness measures assessed by the inspectors resulted in an ‘inadequate’ grading.

One of the few positive observations contained in the report is that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities are “achieving well”.

Inspectors do, however, note that the new headteacher, Karen Cornick, only took up the post four weeks prior to the inspection and remark that “there is evidence of her positive impact already”.

In a letter sent to parents on 21st November , the headteacher describes the report as a “huge blow” and points out that, while the school had much-improved outcomes at GCSE and Post-16 in 2015/16, the inspection team had been obliged to consider progress over the last three years.

As a consequence of being placed in special measures, the school’s governing body has been in further discussions with the Olympus Academy Trust (which it had already approached about joining back in January 2016) and the Regional Schools Commissioner.

The trust, which already incorporates two local secondary schools (Bradley Stoke Community School and Abbeywood Community School), issued a statement saying it was “frustrated that an agreement has still not been reached about levels of funding support for Patchway from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) in order for Patchway to join the trust”. The statement added: “We hope there will be a swift resolution by the DfE and EFA so that learners and staff at Patchway are able to benefit from joining the trust without further delay.”

Parents and carers of students at PCC have been invited to attend a meeting at the school on Monday 28th November when the proposal to join the Olympus Academy Trust will be further explained, along with the school’s plan for addressing the key issues arising from the Ofsted inspection.

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HRH The Princess Royal attends topping out ceremony for new Concorde hangar

Posted on Thursday 24th November 2016 at 9:36 am by SH (Editor)

HRH The Princess Royal on a visit to Aerospace Bristol.

Aerospace Bristol has celebrated a major milestone in the construction of the new home of Concorde, with a topping out ceremony for the museum’s Concorde hangar attended by HRH The Princess Royal.

The £19m museum is currently taking shape at a site on the northern side of the former Filton Airfield, alongside Hayes Way, the road which links the A38 with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway [map].

The Concorde hangar will be home to Aerospace Bristol’s star attraction: Concorde 216. Designed, built and tested in Bristol, she was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. Due to open in summer 2017, Aerospace Bristol will offer more than just Concorde, taking visitors on a fascinating journey through time: from the earliest days of flight, when Boxkite biplanes flew over the Avon Gorge, through to the modern day, revealing the latest technologies of today’s aerospace industry and telling the amazing stories of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.

HRH The Princess Royal toured the site and met with Aerospace Bristol volunteers, who are hard at work preparing the exhibits for display in the new museum, then unveiled the first piece of a feature wall: a specially engraved aeroplane sculpture to mark the occasion.

As Aerospace Bristol’s Patron, Her Royal Highness was also presented with a framed print of a magazine cover from the museum’s extensive historical archives. The Bristol Review cover, first published in Autumn 1957, shows a photograph of Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Prince Charles on the steps of a BOAC Britannia as HM The Queen Mother set out from London for Rhodesia.

More: Major milestone towards opening of museum in summer 2017

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