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TV’s Fred Dinenage opens new retirement complex in Charlton Hayes

Posted on Sunday 9th June 2019 at 6:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Fred Dinenage with house manager Angela Skose, homeowners and guests.

Television favourite Fred Dinenage MBE – whose career has spanned over five decades – delighted local retirees with tales from his time on screen when he attended the official opening of McCarthy & Stone’s Hamilton House Retirement Living development in Charlton Hayes on 10th April.

The TV stalwart – whose varied career has seen him present shows including ‘How’, ‘How 2’ and ‘Pass The Buck’, as well as a long stint as news anchor on ITV Meridian – joined guests including homeowners, staff and members of the public to talk about his illustrious career.

Attendees heard first-hand about some of the breaking news stories he has reported over the years, as well as the many factual books he has written – and ghost written – including an autobiography on the infamous Kray Brothers.

Fred commented:

“It was a pleasure to visit the guests at Hamilton House and give a talk on my colourful television career. The development provides an excellent solution for those looking to enjoy an independent and active lifestyle in retirement, and I enjoyed meeting and chatting to homeowners. It’s clear everyone values the quality of life afforded by their surroundings and the freedom of having a range of services on their doorstep.”

Nicki Beswarick, marketing manager for McCarthy & Stone Southern, commented:

“We would like to thank Fred for taking the time to visit Hamilton House. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to quiz one of Britain’s longest-serving broadcasters, and to meet a familiar face who has been gracing their television screens for so many years.”

“This particular event is just one example of the many regular and varied social activities we organise for homeowners. Not only do these get-togethers provide an opportunity for companionship, they also help to showcase the fantastic close-knit community which has been created here.”

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Royal guest at Concorde 50th anniversary event

Posted on Sunday 9th June 2019 at 5:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of HRH The Princess Royal at the Concorde50 gala dinner.

Princess witnesses dramatic moment as iconic plane’s ‘droop nose’ lowered for first time since November 2003.

Aerospace Bristol, home to the last Concorde ever to fly, has celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of Concorde’s first British flight with a dinner attended by HRH The Princess Royal, patron of the museum.

Delivered in partnership with Airbus, the Concorde50 gala dinner was held under the wings of the supersonic passenger jet in Aerospace Bristol’s Concorde Hangar, on the edge of the historic Filton Airfield. It was from there that Concorde first took to the skies from British soil on 9th April 1969, and landed for the final time on 26th November 2003.

Fittingly, it was the pilot of that final flight, Captain Les Brodie, who returned to the flight deck and – as Her Royal Highness and distinguished guests looked on – operated the controls to lower and raise Concorde’s droop nose and activate her landing lights. The manoeuvre was possible thanks to careful restoration work by Aerospace Bristol’s conservation team and volunteers, with Concorde smoothly returning to motion as if waking for the first time since touching down more than 15 years ago.

Photo of the Concorde50 gala dinner at which the nose of Concorde was dropped for the first time in 16 years.

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Full approval granted for first batch of 278 airfield homes

Posted on Monday 13th May 2019 at 9:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of an advertising hoarding for the Brabazon development, with the Brabazon hangars visible in the background.

Work on building the first batch of new homes on the former Filton Airfield is set to begin before the end of the year after South Gloucestershire Council approved the first ‘reserved matters’ planning application to come forward for the massive 143ha (354 acre) site.

Outline permission for development of the site as a whole was granted in 2015, with the permission including 2,675 homes, 24ha (62 acres) of employment land, three new schools, recreational areas and community facilities, a doctors’ surgery, a new railway station and a dedicated MetroBus route.

The dedicated MetroBus lanes within the development will form part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension linking The Mall with Bristol Parkway Station via Gipsy Patch Lane.

YTL Developments, which acquired the Filton Airfield site from BAE Systems in 2015, is now marketing the development under the ‘Brabazon’ brand name, after an aircraft designed by the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

The recently approved reserved matters application, for 278 homes, relates to a parcel of land on the northern boundary of the outline site, close to Hayes Way and just west of the new Aerospace Bristol museum. Access will be from Blenheim Roundabout (near the Trust Ford dealership), and later also from Brabazon Roundabout (near the Wessex Garages dealership) with a U-shaped road eventually being formed between the two roundabouts.

The 278 properties which have received approval consist of two six-storey apartment blocks and one 7-storey apartment block, together providing 151 dwellings, along with 127 two- to four-bedroom homes of either two or three storeys.

Forty-four (15 percent) of the homes in this first phase will be provided as affordable housing. Across the site as a whole, the developer is required to provide 17 percent affordable housing.

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Long-serving Patchway councillor Eve Orpen steps down due to ill health

Posted on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 10:57 am by SH (Editor)

L-r: South Gloucestershire councillors Pat Rooney and Eve Orpen.

A local councillor who has represented the Patchway ward on South Gloucestershire Council for many years has stepped down from the role due to ongoing health issues.

Eve Orpen, who has been undergoing cancer treatment for over two years, submitted her resignation from the council today (14th November).

Cllr Orpen said:

“I have found it difficult to fulfil my district councillor role whilst having treatment because it involves attending meetings and events across South Gloucestershire. My treatment often leaves me very tired, and I don’t feel able to continue.”

“I would like to thank my colleagues for their understanding over the past couple of years, and especially my fellow Patchway councillor Keith Walker, who has had to take on extra work while I have been out of action.”

Cllr Pat Rooney, leader of the Labour Group on South Gloucestershire Council, paid tribute to her colleague saying:

“Eve has represented Patchway on South Gloucestershire Council for 15 of the past 23 years and I thank her for her long service. She has been a committed and valued colleague, but I understand her reasons for standing down now. Recovering her health must come first, and all of her colleagues in the Labour Group wish her an ongoing and full recovery.”

The Journal understands that as Cllr Orpen’s resignation has come within six months of a planned ‘ordinary day of election’, her seat on the council will remain vacant until the next South Gloucestershire Council elections in May 2019.

Photo (l-r): Cllr Pat Rooney and Eve Orpen.

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