Archive for April, 2013

Local aerospace apprentices visit Jack Lopresti MP in House of Commons

Posted on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 at 12:00 am by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti with Rolls-Royce apprentices.

Apprentices from Patchway-based Rolls Royce last week attended a reception in the House of Commons that was organised by ADS Group, the aerospace trade association. The event was in recognition of the role of apprentices in the £24bn UK aerospace industry.

The apprentices, along with others from Airbus and GKN in Filton, were joined by local MP Jack Lopresti, and they discussed the many opportunities available in UK aerospace.

The event, which follows the launch of the joint industry and Government strategy for the future of UK aerospace through the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP), celebrated the valuable contribution of apprentices operating in this important wealth-producing sector, and highlighted the advanced technological developments they are working to develop. The keynote at the reception was provided by Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP.

Mr Lopresti commented:

“Airbus, Rolls Royce and GKN are examples of the vibrant and growing UK aerospace industry that exists in the South West and Filton in particular. At a time when it is sometimes difficult for young people to find a job, this sector is providing highly-skilled and rewarding apprenticeships all across the UK.”

“It was a delight to meet the apprentices and I was fascinated to learn about their exciting roles in the aerospace industry.”

More: UK aerospace industry is the largest in Europe »

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Last chance to comment on ‘experimental’ closure of Highwood Road

Posted on Thursday 18th April 2013 at 9:35 am by SH (Editor)

"Road ahead closed" sign on Highwood Road, Patchway.

Local residents have just one more day to submit comments about the controversial closure of Highwood Road to South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

The council’s public consultation on the “experimental” closure of a section of the road between Durban Road and Coniston Road ends tomorrow (Friday 19th April).

SGC decided in July 2012 to press ahead with proposals to close the road, despite receiving a 4,137 signature petition calling for it to be kept open to general non-commercial traffic, subject to a 20mph speed limit.

The only concession made to the petitioners was to implement the closure for a trial period of 18-months, to allow “a full evaluation of the impact of the scheme upon the adjoining highway network and local community to be fully considered”.

The Highwood Road ‘linear park’ scheme is a key feature of SGC’s plan to integrate the new Charlton Hayes development, on one side of Highwood Road, with the existing town of Patchway on the other.

Opponents of the scheme say it makes it difficult for some residents to access local facilities and claim it has led to a increase in traffic on Coniston Road.

SGC initially insisted that all consultation replies be submitted by post, but it is now allowing them to also be made by email, sent to:

LegalNotice@southglos.gov.uk

Respondents are asked to:

  • Include reasons for any comments made.
  • Quote the relevant reference number of the experimental order. These are (click number to read MS Word document):
  • Mark correspondence “for the attention of Dean Shepherd”.

Related link: Highwood Road Linear Park (The Journal)

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Man jailed for nine years after hammer attack at Christmas party

Posted on Saturday 13th April 2013 at 9:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway in the press.

A Patchway man has been jailed for nine years and four months after he attacked a fellow party guest with a hammer, causing him brain damage, reports the Bristol Post.

Matthew Bennett, 26, of Cranbourne Road, attacked Jon Brooks at a gathering in Cedar Close in the early hours of Christmas Day 2012.

At the time, police reported that they were called to the incident at around 2:15am, describing it as a “verbal altercation that then turned physical”.

Bristol Crown Court heard Bennett took exception when Mr Brooks made what he took to be a racist comment.

Bennett then went to his girlfriend’s home, collected a claw hammer, and hit Mr Brooks in the head and on the leg.

Judge Neil Ford told Bennett:

“You accept that what you did was a wholly disproportionate, wicked and dangerous act. You aimed a blow at him with the intention of causing really serious harm.”

Bennett pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, having been cleared of an original charge of attempted murder.

The victim was initially paralysed down his right side, and has had to re-learn how to talk and move.

Read more: Man attacked fellow guest with hammer at Christmas party

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Patchway College students honoured after six-month competition

Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2013 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Winners at the RSG Bristol Young Student of the Year Awards.

Students from Patchway Community College recently won a number of prizes at the RSG Bristol Young Student of the Year Awards, the culmination of a sixth month competition to up-skill and connect students with businesses was launched to tackle the rising rates of youth unemployment in the UK.

Now in its second year, the competition, which aims bridge the gap between employers and young people in Bristol, was open to 16-19 year olds and was free to enter for all state schools, colleges and academies.

Participants were tasked with creating and presenting ideas for a ground-breaking portal, which will give students access to real apprenticeships, work experience and job opportunities in the region.

The innovative portal will also act as a platform for businesses to sift through the profiles of potential young jobs seekers and is envisaged to be the next ‘Linkedin’ for students.

Teams of between two and four, from state schools, colleges and academies across the Bristol region, presented their final ideas to a panel of high-profile business professionals last month, as part of the final stage of the competition.

Best Product was a jointly awarded to Inspire, of Marlwood School, Patchway Power 4 of Patchway Community College and Victorious from St Brendan’s Sixth Form College.

Best overall team performance was also a joint award, again going to Inspire and Patchway Power 4.

More: PCC student Rosie Foale wins Best Project Manager award »

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