Over 60s tea parties a big hit with residents

Older people from Patchway, Filton and The Stokes can now enjoy a free tea party once a month thanks to Southern Brooks Community Partnership and Coniston Community Association. The tea parties are held the last Sunday in the month from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at Brooks Café, Coniston Community Centre in Patchway. Karen Cheal from Southern Brooks said: “Weekends can sometimes

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Primary pupils inspired by thought-provoking workshop

Murder, magic and madness – the murky themes of Macbeth were explored by children from two Patchway primary schools at a creative learning workshop. Year 6 pupils from Coniston Primary School and Callicroft Primary School were invited to the Merlin Housing Society-sponsored workshop last week. The youngsters took part in games and exercises designed to explore some of the play’s

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Jail for Kestrel Close cannabis grower

A Patchway man who allowed his garage to be turned into a makeshift cannabis factory has been jailed for 15 months at Bristol Crown Court, reports the Evening Post. Paul Townsend, 36, of Kestrel Close, had been arrested after his garage caught fire in September last year. Firefighters attending the blaze alerted the police and Townsend subsequently admitted growing 34

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Record profits for Rolls-Royce in 2011

Rolls-Royce, which makes military aero engines and marine gas turbines at its plant in Patchway, has announced record annual profits of more than £1 billion for 2011. The company’s order book was at peak levels at 31st December 2011, showing £62.2 billion of forward orders, a rise of 5% on its 2010 year-end. John Rishton, Chief Executive, said: “Rolls-Royce performed

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Labour Club thief picks up sentence for benefit fraud

A woman who picked up a suspended jail sentence for stealing £13,000 from Patchway Labour Club has escaped jail again after being convicted of benefit fraud. Hayley Toogood (formerly known as Hayley Wilkins) was yesterday handed a twelve week prison sentence, suspended for two years, for dishonestly claiming £3,490 in Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit between April 2010 and

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