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Accessible benches installed around Patchway

Posted on Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 12:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Accessible bench installed in Patchway, funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

A number of accessible benches have been installed around a popular walking route in Patchway.

Six bright red ‘Balmoral’ style benches have been positioned at various points around the Patchway walking trails which link routes in the area to local amenities including shops and health services.

The benches have been specially designed to be accessible to a wide range of people, including those with dementia, and feature individual arm rests which help people to lift themselves out of the seats.  A flat concrete platform has also been added next to each bench to enable wheelchair users to safely position themselves alongside.

Subitha Baghirathan, Development Officer at South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance, said:

“The new red benches in Patchway are almost like a badge that shows the area is committed to being a dementia-friendly community, following the very successful pilot programme over 2013-14, coordinated by Eleanor Fairbrother at Southern Brooks Community Partnerships. There is now a thriving Memory Café in Patchway, 70 local businesses and organisations became members of the local Dementia Action Alliance, and a film was made by pupils at Patchway Community College and members of the Memory Café in 2014.”

“Red is a significant colour – it’s more visible to people with dementia and people with some impairments. These red benches illustrate how simple, thoughtful actions can improve a community, making it friendlier for all.”

One of the benches is located on the corner of Bradley Road and Durban Road, two are on Cranbourne Road opposite Highwood Road, one is on the corner of Rodway Road next to Callicroft Primary School, and two are on the green space next to the play area adjacent to Callicroft Primary School.

The benches have been funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Council

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Coniston Primary School rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

Posted on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 3:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Pupils at Coniston Primary School, Patchway, celebrate the school's 'good' Ofsted report.

Staff and pupils at Coniston Primary School in Patchway are celebrating after receiving a positive report from schools inspector Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the school in March and awarded an overall rating of ‘good’, with all of the five individual areas reviewed also assessed as ‘good’.

Nigel Isaac, headteacher, welcomed the report, saying:

“I am delighted to receive such a positive report. I am particularly pleased that it recognises the hard work and commitment from the whole school community over the past few years, as well as the ambition we all share to continue to improve and achieve our goal of providing the very best possible education for our children.”

The report’s summary highlights how children enjoy school, work hard in lessons and play well together in the playground, describing the school as “a happy place”. The inspection team were full of praise for the school, noting the “significant improvements” that have been made since the previous inspection in 2013.

Inspectors stated:

“Leaders, including governors, have successfully improved teaching and behaviour since the previous inspection so that both are now good. As a result, pupils are making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics and their attainment is rising quickly.”

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Budget boost for Bristol Aerospace Museum

Posted on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 3:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Filton Airfield's hangar 16S, where the main heritage exhibition of the proposed Bristol Aero Museum will be located.

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust has been awarded a £2 million grant from the LIBOR fund (of fines imposed on banks) to support the creation of the Bristol Aerospace Centre, an aerospace industrial museum and learning centre on Filton’s historic airfield site, one of the birthplaces of British aviation.

The new museum will be located on the Patchway side of the former airfield, close to Hayes Way, the new road which links the A38 Gloucester Road with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.

Lloyd Burnell, Project Director of the Trust said:

“We are absolutely delighted that the Chancellor announced, in his recent budget, the award of £2 million of LIBOR funding for the Bristol Aerospace Centre and are extremely grateful to Jack Lopresti, MP for Bradley Stoke and Filton for his tireless campaigning on our behalf.”

“This exciting new £16 million project, which will also provide a fitting home for Concorde, is already supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, industry partners BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Airbus, and South Gloucestershire Council.”

The Chancellor, George Osborne said:

“In every Budget we have used LIBOR fines paid by those who have demonstrated the worst in values, to support those who represent the very best of British values. Jack Lopresti brought to my attention the proposal for a new museum to commemorate the UK flying heritage at Filton in Bristol. At the Budget I was pleased to announce £2 million for the Bristol Aerospace Centre to help fund this important project to preserve our aviation history.”

Jack Lopresti MP says:

“The £2m from George Osborne for the Bristol Aero Collection Trust is fantastic news and means that the Concorde and aviation museum should actually go ahead. The Bristol Aerospace Centre project is a fitting tribute to Concorde and the rest of our aerospace heritage in Filton; honouring the people who have made such a contribution to Britain’s aerospace industry, and the defence of the realm, for over a century.”

More: Airfield site includes two Grade II listed hangars »

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Stoke Lodge is split from Patchway to form new civil parish

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 11:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Should Stoke Lodge split from Patchway?

A new civil parish has been created in north Bristol after the Stoke Lodge area was separated from Patchway following a campaign by local councillors.

The parish of Stoke Lodge and The Common, with an electorate of around 1,700, was officially created on 1st April 2015.

Until the elections in May, when councillors will be elected for the first time, the new parish council will operate in a skeleton form, with South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) acting in a caretaking role.

The development comes four years after Andy Alsop, who at the time represented the Stoke Lodge ward on Patchway Town Council, presented a 500-signature petition to a meeting of SGC’s Full Council, calling for a new parish to be formed.

Cllr Alsop’s petition stated: “We believe that continuing as part of Patchway Town Council is not appropriate for us. We are distinct from the area on the west side of the A38 and wish to run our own affairs.” It also claimed that Stoke Lodge contributed 30% of Patchway Town Council’s “rates”, but had only 20% of the seats on its council.

Receipt of the petition triggered a Community Governance Review, which in turn led to the residents of Stoke Lodge being consulted about whether they wished to form a new parish, join with a neighbouring town/parish (Bradley Stoke or Stoke Gifford) or maintain the status quo.

A total of 894 consultation leaflets were issued to Stoke Lodge households and 720 were returned and verified – an 80% response rate. And of the verified responses, more than 80% indicated a wish to have a new parish council created.

Final sign-off for the creation of a new parish was given by SGC’s Full Council in May 2013.

SGC has appointed Natalie Carr as the interim parish clerk. She can be contacted on 01454 868198. Information about forthcoming council meetings will be posted on noticeboards.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Volunteering opportunities that help bring conservation to life!

Posted on Saturday 14th March 2015 at 4:55 pm by SH (Editor)

The Wild Place Project, Cribbs Causeway.

By Jade Stott (Volunteer Coordinator) and Gayle La Croix (Operations Manager) of the Wild Place Project.

The Wild Place Project, located near Cribbs Causeway, is a fun, family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning.

Opened by the Bristol Zoological Society, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe, the Wild Place Project aims to inspire families to enjoy nature by offering a number of outdoor adventures. Guests of all ages can discover wildlife from the UK and around the world with our seasonal themed trails, woodland walks, amazing animal experiences and much more! Our incredible animals range from the mischievous lemurs of Madagascar to the striking grey wolves of Europe.

We are really fortunate to be supported by a fantastic team of volunteers who are helping us in the gardens, looking after the animals, engaging with our guests and supporting events and activities. We even have volunteering roles available within our maintenance team, for the more hands on among you!

We have seen fantastic developments to the project since our opening in July 2013, from new animal enclosures to play areas and gardens. Many personal goals have also been reached by our wonderful volunteering team. We are now preparing for our fast approaching spring/summer season with many more volunteer opportunities opening up.

Volunteering at Wild Place Project is a fantastic way to learn new skills and meet new people whilst helping us spread conservation awareness in a fun and inspiring environment, surrounded by like-minded people. As well as our wonderful animal collection, we are lucky enough to have large amounts of untouched land and beautiful gardens, including an area of protected British Ancient Woodland, so there are many ways to be involved – from volunteer rangers to gardeners and from guest services and maintenance to education.

The Wild Place Project is looking for individuals who love being outdoors and are outgoing, hands on people who want to encourage our guests to become more interested in our habitats, conservation and our amazing animals, as well as helping them to have a great day at a developing visitor attraction!

For more information on volunteering, including the various roles available, please visit www.wildplace.org.uk/volunteers or call 0117 980 7181.

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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