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Job fair at Patchway Community Centre

Posted on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 11:21 am by SH (Editor)

Patchway Community Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council has teamed up with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to host a job fair and advice day in Patchway.

The event takes place on Friday 31st October at the Patchway Community Centre on Rodway Road, from 10am to 2pm. Its aim is to provide an opportunity for jobseekers to meet with a variety of employers and talk face to face about vacancies, apprenticeships, and other upcoming employment opportunities.

A wide variety of organisations from South Gloucestershire will be represented at the event, offering a range of full and part-time, temporary and permanent vacancies. There will also be useful advice and information on offer for job seekers, including tips for effective CV writing and guidance on accessing training.

Community Engagement Officer George Kousouros said:

“Come along to our job fair in Patchway and hear about all of the great opportunities that are available in the area. We understand how challenging it can be for unemployed people to enter the world of work, so we are doing all we can to support them.”

“As well as being able to speak directly to local businesses about the vacancies they currently have on offer, there will also be experts on hand to give out advice on a range of useful job finding activities.”

Confirmed attendees include representatives from South Gloucestershire Council, DWP, NBT Extra, Total Security Services, Premier Inn and many more.

For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/jobs-and- careers

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Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Council

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Charlton Hayes Autumn Fun Day

Posted on Friday 17th October 2014 at 11:38 am by SH (Editor)

Charlton Hayes Autumn Fun Day on Saturday 18th October 2014.

Residents of Charlton Hayes are invited to a community BBQ and fun day on Saturday (18th October), organised by the community development worker and resident volunteers.

The fun day, which runs from 12pm to 2.30pm, will be a celebration of autumn and will also give residents the opportunity to learn about safety on a building site (construction industry mascot Ivor Goodsite will be in attendance to run quizzes and offer prizes).

The event will take place on The Temporary Green in the Long Leaze part of the development (off Wood Street). Thankfully, there is now access from the David Wilson, Barratt and Bellway parts of the development via Chessel Drive, so residents from those areas can walk to the green!

There will be loads of fun stuff for all the family, such as an assault course, bouncy castle, graffiti workshop, face painting and juggling circus fun, as well as feedback on the recent Charlton Hayes community consultation and information about the upcoming residents’ forum.

The event will also offer residents the chance to meet their local police officers and find out about setting up a neighbourhood watch.

There will also be information about healthy living and the new Dreamscheme project.

And don’t forget the free BBQ with great food – the event will be weather proof under a huge marquee, so it will be going ahead whatever the weather.

Winsome Barrett-Muir, community development worker, said:

“Charlton Hayes is growing rapidly and we’re almost up 700 occupied homes. This event has been organised in response to residents’ feedback in the recent consultation. It’s an opportunity for all residents to get together, and what better way than around a BBQ? On a more serious note, we want to prevent accidents happening on the development while more houses are being built and so we would like everyone to meet Ivor Goodsite!”

Related link: Charlton Hayes (The Journal)

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Views sought on highway improvement measures proposed for Coniston Road area

Posted on Friday 19th September 2014 at 10:17 pm by SH (Editor)

20mph zone sign.

Patchway residents are being invited to have their say on a raft of proposed highway improvement measures that would affect a wide area of the town that includes the full length of Coniston Road and many of the road leading off it.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) is running a public consultation on the proposals, which have come out of a review of the “remaining traffic issues” in the Patchway area, following its decision, last October, to keep Highwood Road permanently closed to general traffic.

The aim of the proposals would be targeted at reducing traffic speeds (in those locations currently without 20 mph restrictions or traffic calming), improving vehicular access and improving road safety at junctions. There are also proposals to introduce limited waiting parking on Rodway Road, to improve access to shops and the medical centre.

The schemes are due to be implemented within the current financial year (2014/15), and are subject to sufficient support from local business and residents, and comments received at a future formal consultation on the necessary traffic regulation orders.

Drawings showing the proposals are available online on a dedicated consultation page on the SGC website. They can also be viewed at the Patchway Town Council offices in Rodway Road or at Patchway Library during normal opening hours.

Patchway’s Labour councillors unsuccessfully campaigned for Highwood Road to be re-opened to general traffic following an 18-month “experimental closure” that began in October 2012. They are encouraging local people to continue their ongoing battle for traffic improvements in Patchway by taking part in the consultation on proposals for the Coniston Road area, which they say has become a rat-run following the closure of Highwood Road.

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Patchway Community College students celebrate A-level and GCSE successes

Posted on Wednesday 27th August 2014 at 4:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Students at Patchway Community College celebrate their A-level results.

Students at Patchway Community College have continued their tradition of excellent A-level results, with 40% of A-level students achieving the top grades of A*, A or B. The overall pass rate rose to an impressive 98% with students of all abilities achieving impressive results.

The highest achieving student was Kyle Ashcroft, who studied four A-levels and achieved A* grades in History and Geography, an A in Psychology and a B in Religious Studies. Kyle secured a place at his first choice University of Durham to read History. He commented: “I’m really very pleased with my results and that all the hard work paid off.“

Ian Trevathen, Head of Sixth Form, commented:

“We always look forward to results day as it represents both the pinnacle of student achievement in the college, and also the start of the next exciting chapter in students’ academic or working lives. It is a testament to the hard work of the young people at the college that they have secured excellent opportunities for themselves.”

Headteacher Jane Millicent said:

“We are delighted with this year’s results achieved through the hard work of the students and staff. It is fantastic to see so many students fulfilling their potential and being able to move on to university courses, apprenticeships or jobs because of their good grades.”

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Rodway Road post office to be refurbished and offer longer opening hours

Posted on Tuesday 19th August 2014 at 9:13 pm by SH (Editor)

The Spar store and Post Office in Roadway Road, Patchway.

Patchway Post Office, in Rodway Road, is to be changed into a new ‘main’ style branch that offers some services over extended opening hours.

The post office will close for refurbishment at 5.30pm on Monday 1st September. When it reopens ten days later, at 1pm on Thursday 11th September, the branch, which is located inside the Spar convenience store, will have been transformed into an open-plan branch with four serving positions. These will be a mixture of one screened, two open-plan and a Post Office serving point at the Spar retail counter, which will be available throughout the store’s opening hours offering selected services.

The same wide range of products and services will still be available at the post office counters during regular hours (9am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1.30pm on Saturday).

During the period of closure, customers can use other Post Office branches in the local area, such as Little Stoke (8 Kingsway, Little Stoke BS34 6JL) and Filton (2 – 3 Church View, Filton BS34 7BT).

Post Office Ltd’s Area Manager Adrian Skinner said:

“The change to this branch is part of a three-year investment and support programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office, which will see around 6,000 branches (about half the Post Office network) converting to new ‘main’ or ‘local’ style branches.”

“Our aim is to create a more modern and convenient retail experience for customers that will include longer opening hours.”

Related link: Postal Services in Patchway (The Journal)

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