Archive for May, 2012

Coniston street party to launch Jubilee celebration weekend

Posted on Tuesday 29th May 2012 at 12:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Diamond Jubilee Street Party at The Parade, Coniston Road, Patchway.
Residents of Patchway will be celebrating The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in traditional style when Coniston Community Centre hosts a street party and celebration event this Friday (1st June), between 3pm and 5pm.

There’ll be something for people of all ages with children’s activities, stalls, old time songs and a traditional fairground wheel.

Support has come from Coniston Community Association, Southern Brooks Community Partnership, Merlin Housing and Guinness.

Businesses including Hobby Craft, Asda, Boots, Build-A-Bear Workshop, WH Smith, The Body Shop and local shops in Patchway have also provided generous donations for a big raffle, and several are providing activities on the day.

Friday’s street party kicks off a busy weekend of Jubilee-themed events in and around Patchway that includes a street party in Rodway Road on Saturday (2nd June), another street party in the car park of Holy Family RC Church on Sunday (3rd June) and the lighting of the beacon on The Tumps on Monday night (4th June).

Up at The Mall (Cribbs Causeway), Pixie Lott will be the headline act at the free Bristol Jubilee Concert on Saturday night. The last few remaining tickets are being given away this week, from the information desk at The Mall.

Also on Saturday night, Patchway Community Centre is staging a Diamond Jubilee party with local blues, rock & roll and covers band The RiffToads. Tickets, priced £3, are available from the centre.

Full details of all events over the Jubilee weekend can be found in The Journal’s What’s On guide.

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Patchway school misses out on Government refurbishment cash

Posted on Monday 28th May 2012 at 12:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Community College, Patchway, Bristol.

Patchway Community College has learned that it has been unsuccessful in its application to the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), aimed at schools “in need of urgent repair”.

Education Secretary Michael Gove announced last week that just 261 schools from the 587 that applied would receive funding, with South Gloucestershire missing out completely on the £2bn investment.

Patchway Labour Councillor Sam Scott, who is also a Governor at the school, said:

“Much of Patchway Community College has fallen into a poor state because of the lack of major investment that it needs. Despite the physical conditions the staff and students are doing a great job. The local community was banking on success from this programme to get new buildings, and with the council so strapped for cash the situation really does not look good. I shall continue to press the council for a way forward, as the condition problems cannot be ignored.”

Patchway Town Councillor Jon Moore (Labour) added:

“The school’s GCSE results have improved year-on-year and is a shining example of how the LEA can and has supported schools and local pupils, which makes me extremely disappointed the school has not been successful in its bid for a much needed rebuild to help it compete on a level playing field with local schools and the long-awaited University Technical College [planned to open in Stoke Gifford in September 2013].”

More: Conservative MP said Patchway school’s bid as "deserving" »

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Patchway Ki Aikido Club celebrates 15th birthday

Posted on Friday 25th May 2012 at 9:54 am by SH (Editor)

Members of Patchway Ki Aikido Club.

A martial arts club in Patchway is celebrating its 15th birthday and, to mark the achievement, is offering a FREE first lesson to anybody who would like to try a session.

Patchway Ki Aikido Club is a small, well established, very friendly club that practises twice a week at Patchway Community Centre in Rodway Road.

The club was established by Sensei Andrew Vickery, and is still run and taught voluntarily by him. (‘Sensei’ literally means “the one who has gone before” but in martial arts it means teacher).

Andrew will have been practising this art for 20 years in June of this year. He regularly attends courses at The Ki Federation of Great Britain’s Headquarters in Somerset, to make sure his own level of practice is kept fresh and up to date and he is regularly assessed by the Ki Federation at these courses. Andrew is CRB checked and also holds full insurance to teach this martial art.

This is a martial arts club with one main difference to most others – it is non-competitive, i.e. there is no pressure to perform against other people. With this art, you practise and learn at your own rate and there are none of the costs that come with competitions and travelling.

“Ki Aikido’s philosophy is that you learn best when you are enjoying yourself, and enjoy yourself you will,” said Andrew.

For more information about the club or to arrange to watch or try a session, contact Andrew on 07967 441 436 (please leave a message with contact name and number).

More: Ki Aikido can help you live your life more happily, says Andrew »

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Post Office celebrates first anniversary with free prize draw

Posted on Tuesday 22nd May 2012 at 1:07 pm by SH (Editor)

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

Patchway Post Office at the Spar convenience store in Rodway Road is celebrating its first anniversary with a fabulous free prize draw for customers.

All customers visiting Patchway Post Office during week commencing Monday 28th May will be given a complimentary raffle ticket to win a Spar hamper, packed with groceries and goodies including a set of Royal Mail’s stunning Diamond Jubilee stamps, worth £100.

Neil Jenkins Post Office Ltd spokesman said:

“We are delighted to join Spar in celebrating Patchway Post Office’s first anniversary. When we appointed Spar as a new partner, it provided us with the opportunity to restore vital Post Office services to the local community after the original branch closed in 2009. Customers can renew car tax and Passports using our ‘check and send service’ and buy foreign currency on demand.”

Stewart Waldron, spokesperson of A F Blakemore that owns Spar said:

“Customers benefit from a great selection of fresh foods and groceries in the convenience store alongside the full range of Post Office products and services including automated banking services; bill and budget payment schemes, Post Office card accounts and postal orders as well as all the usual postage services for letters and packages. Customers can save up for their TV licence using PayPoint.”

More: Post Office opened a year ago by Jack Lopresti MP »

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