Archive for August, 2012

The Mall welcomes three new stores

Posted on Wednesday 29th August 2012 at 2:29 pm by SH (Editor)

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

With over 130 designer and high street brands, the latest stores due to open at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway are set to give shoppers even more choice with a wide range of footwear brands.

On Friday 24th August, fashion favourite Republic opened the brand’s first new concept store in the UK. The store offers an extensive fashion range and a unique shopping experience, featuring a large shoe section with a variety of footwear brands such as Miss KG, Miso and Frank Wright.

As the shopping centre prepares for the return of Bristol Fashion Week, September also sees the opening of two footwear brands: Crocs and schuh.

The new schuh store will open mid-September bringing around 40 jobs to the local area along with footwear favourites such as Converse, Vans, and TOMS to name but a few. With temptation in every corner of the store it will be difficult to leave schuh without buying those must have shoes.

Schuh Managing Director Colin Temple said:

“Opening a new store always causes a certain amount of anticipation. However, as we have a proven track record in the Bristol area, we are excited to see the reaction to schuh at Cribbs Causeway.”

More: Bristol Fashion Week starts 26th September »

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Consultation on more yellow lines for Hempton Lane

Posted on Tuesday 28th August 2012 at 4:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Double yellow lines in Hempton Lane, Patchway, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has opened a public consultation on a second phase of waiting restrictions that it proposes to implement in Hempton Lane, Patchway.

The latest proposals follow the recent introduction of double yellow lines around the turning circle at the western end of the lane and on a short stretch of the northern side of the lane, opposite Patchway Community College.

Notice directed at Aztec West workers who park in Hempton Lane, Patchway.

Residents living in properties in the road have long complained about inconsiderate parking by employees of companies based at the nearby Aztec West Business Park (see notice, right).

One Hempton Lane resident who contacted The Journal last month said:

“It is the summer holidays and this time last year our lane was pleasant and peaceful to live in. We are now inundated with Aztec West workers parking in our lane and it is getting worse each day as they tell their colleagues about parking there. They make it difficult for residents to access their drives and it is impossible for two cars to pass.”

More: Double yellow lines to be extended along south side of road »

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More exam records broken at Patchway Community College

Posted on Thursday 23rd August 2012 at 4:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Top GCSE performers at Patchway Community College.

Students at Patchway Community College secured the school’s best ever results this year with 56% obtaining 5A*-C including English and Maths.

The school says these results have risen by 14% over the last five years, and have doubled since 2006, with students’ individual progress across subjects being particularly impressive.

Stand out individual performances included: Edmund Smith with 8A*s, 3As and a BTEC distinction; Jordan Davies with 7A*s, 2As and a BTEC distinction; Kyle Ashcroft with 6A*s, 5As and a BTEC distinction; Asa White with 6A*s, 3As and a BTEC distinction; Connor Hopwood with 5A*s, 2As and a BTEC distinction*; and Charis Wilcox with 4A*s and 4As.

Overall, some 75% of students obtained five or more A*-C grades.

Headteacher Jane Millicent said:

“It was wonderful to see so many happy smiling faces this morning when students opened their results.”

“The most impressive aspect of these results is the amount of progress students have made during their time at Patchway, which is way above national expectations, with pupils of all abilities getting great grades that fulfilled their potential.”

More: "Staff, students and parents should feel proud," says head »

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Residents asked: Should Stoke Lodge break away from Patchway?

Posted on Monday 20th August 2012 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Should Stoke Lodge split from Patchway?

Local residents are being given the chance to have their say on community governance arrangements for the Stoke Lodge area after a petition calling for the formation of a new parish, independent of Patchway, attracted over 500 signatures last year.

The Stoke Lodge Community Governance Review is being conducted by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) in response to the petition, which was organised by the three Conservative Town Councillors that represent the Stoke Lodge parish ward of Patchway – Andy Alsop, Sarah Pomfret and Brian Hopkinson.

The move for independence has been opposed by Labour Town Councillors, who claim it is “politically motivated” and that “the three Tories simply cannot accept that Labour won the Town Council elections in May [2011]”.

The petition’s statement begins: “We the undersigned residents wish to remove Stoke Lodge and Patchway Common from the Town and Parish of Patchway and allow us to form our own parish of Stoke Lodge and The Common”.

Formally presented to the October 2011 meeting of SGC’s Full Council by Cllr Alsop, the petition obliged the District Council to instigate a review, which has since had its scope extended to several other areas of South Gloucestershire.

In bringing forward the petition, Cllr Alsop was fulfilling a promise made in his candidate statement for the May 2011 elections, in which he wrote:

“I am very committed to making Stoke Lodge and The Common a parish in its own right. For far too long, Patchway Town Council has acted as an old boys’ club amassing large debts and wasting our money.”

More: Consultation document lists three options for Stoke Lodge »

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