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Patchway store’s charity birthday party raises funds for NSPCC

Posted on Saturday 9th September 2017 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

NSPCC fundraising day at the SPAR store in Rodway Road, Patchway.

Patchway’s SPAR store recently hosted a charity birthday party in celebration of its parent company’s 100-year anniversary.

Colleagues at the convenience store in Rodway Road hosted a birthday party themed coffee morning and a series of fundraising activities on Friday 1st September, all in aid of children’s charity, the NSPCC.

SPAR Patchway is owned and operated by Blakemore Retail, which is part of the A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd group of companies. Throughout 2017 A.F. Blakemore is celebrating 100 years as a successful family business.

A.F. Blakemore commercial director Caoire Blakemore commented:

“To mark our centenary, we organised a series of commemorative events to celebrate the company’s unique culture and history and positively engage with employees and the local communities we serve.”

“On 1st September more than 300 charity birthday parties took place across A.F. Blakemore’s trading area to celebrate one of the company’s five core values: making a significant, positive contribution to the community.”

SPAR UK and the NSPCC have been working together to keep children safe in communities around their stores for the past 11 years.

Since 2006, Blakemore Retail employees have raised more than £2.7 million for NSPCC services through fundraising activities such as raffles, cake sales, sponsored bike rides and fancy dress days.

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd was founded in 1917 when Arthur and Harriet Blakemore opened a counter grocery store in Wolverhampton, and is today the 44th largest privately owned business in the UK.

Peter Blakemore is the third generation of the Blakemore family to lead the company, which is the largest member of SPAR UK, owning 290 SPAR stores and serving more than 1,000 in total across England and Wales.

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Patchway Community College “proud” of students’ GCSE achievements

Posted on Saturday 9th September 2017 at 11:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Students at Patchway Community College collect their GCSE results.

Patchway Community College reports that 46 percent of its students achieved at least a Grade 4 ‘pass’ (equivalent to a grade C) in both English and maths in this year’s GCSE examinations.

Sixty-nine percent of students achieved an English ‘pass’ and 53 percent gained a ‘pass’ in maths.

Notable individual successes highlighted by the school include:

  • Julia Barela 1 A*, 3 A, 6B, 1C
  • James Burford 1 A*, 3A, 4B, 1 C, 1Dist
  • Daniel Connors 1Gr9, 1A*, 1A, 8B
  • Hannah Evans 1A*, 2A, 4B, 1C, 1Dist
  • Christian Seaman 5A, 5B, 1C
  • Meagan Beale 4A, 3B, 1C

Headteacher Karen Cornick commented:

“Congratulations to all of our students – we are really proud of their fantastic individual achievements!”

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Legal proceedings initiated to evict travellers

Posted on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at 9:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the traveller encampment at The Tumps.

Legal proceedings have been initiated by South Gloucestershire Council to secure the removal of over a dozen traveller caravans that remain in a field at The Tumps, near Waterside Drive in Patchway.

A larger number of caravans, believed to be approaching thirty, arrived on the site last Friday (18th August). They are understood to be the same group that was evicted by bailiffs from Forty Acres in Stoke Gifford hours earlier on Friday afternoon.

Part of the convoy had first entered Scott Park in Patchway, but is said to have been enticed to leave by a town council groundsman who arranged for the gate into the field at The Tumps to be unlocked.

The Tumps is a nature area located just 400m from Scott Park that is also in the ownership of Patchway Town council.

The council, which describes the encampment as “unauthorised” on its website, served an eviction notice on the travellers on Monday, requiring them to vacate the site by 2pm on Tuesday (22nd August).

With 16 caravans still on the site on Tuesday afternoon, the remaining travellers were then served with a direction requiring all individuals, caravans and vehicles to vacate the site by Wednesday afternoon.

South Gloucestershire Council has now issued legal proceedings under Section 78 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act and has already liaised with the courts to secure a hearing.

A statement on the town council website adds:

“There is a process that needs to be adhered to, but in the meantime, it is also confirmed there is continued negotiating taking place to encourage the travellers to move voluntarily.”

More: Councillors commend action of Scott Park groundsman »

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Record post-16 results for Patchway students

Posted on Sunday 20th August 2017 at 11:50 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of post-16 students celebrating their examination results.

Students at Patchway Community College have achieved record results in this year’s post-16 examinations.

Fifty-one percent of all grades were A*-B or equivalent and 80 percent were A*-C. The pass rate was 99 percent.

Headteacher Karen Cornick praised the hard work and commitment of students and staff:

“We are thrilled with this set of results! Our students have worked incredibly hard to gain these fantastic results and we are so proud of their achievements. Half of all grades were A* to B and this means that our students are going to top universities. Patchway Sixth Form is a really happy and successful place to study where it’s evident from results that students receive first class teaching which enables them to achieve the highest aims.”

Top achievers in the school included Emma Barrow, who has A* in sociology, A in history and Distinction* in health & social care, and is going to Bristol University to study education. She was delighted with her results and said: “I revised a lot and got loads of support from school.”

Three students will be going to Cardiff University in September, including Jack Hamblin who gained A* in psychology, A in biology and B in philosophy, describing the grades he achieved as “testament to the hard work and quality of teaching” at Patchway. He will be joined by Sam Hughes (AAB) and Portia Moore (AAC) who will both be studying law.

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