Archive for July, 2013

Councillors asked to approve £1.5m upgrade for community centre

Posted on Wednesday 24th July 2013 at 12:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Community Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway, Bristol.

Councillors representing Patchway are urging their colleagues to approve a proposal that would see £1.5m come from housing developers to upgrade the town’s community centre.

Under the terms of a planning approval dating back several years, the developers of 81.25 hectares of land at Charlton Hayes, Patchway (Bovis Homes) are required to support local community infrastructure.

Patchway Town Council has put forward modernising and upgrading Patchway Community Centre on Rodway Road as its preferred use for the cash. This would create significant new space for community use and provide facilities for both the existing community and residents of the new development to enjoy.

Formal approval of this plan is set to be made by South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Communities Committee this evening (Wednesday 24th July). The local Labour councillors have made a formal submission to the committee, asking its members to approve the deal.

In the submission, Cllr Sam Scott (Labour, Patchway) says:

“Patchway Community Centre has been right at the heart of the Patchway community for generations. It is a much-loved community-run centre that is enjoyed by its user groups and the wider community. It has always played its part in bringing people together at local events.”

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Rollers at the ready as Sainsbury’s staff help out at Brooks Café

Posted on Sunday 21st July 2013 at 8:30 am by SH (Editor)

Sainsbury's staff help out at Brooks Cafe, Patchway.

Staff and contractors from the Sainsbury’s store in Stoke Gifford recently completed a communiuty project at the Brooks Café in Patchway that saw them give the popular eatery and meeting place a new lick of paint.

Sainsbury’s staff were joined by a representative of Dartmouth, a contract firm that has been working at the Stoke Gifford store in recent weeks.

Paint and equipment for the project was provided by Dartmouth, with six Sainsbury’s members of staff putting in two hours labour each.

Sainsbury’s has worked closely with the café in the past, donating cooking equipment and supporting with goods for summer holiday projects and has also donated a large amount of furniture for use at the café.

Photo (L-R): Sainsbury’s staff members Tracy, Glad and Heather with Jimmy, a sub-contractor working for Dartmouth.

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Patchway Festival gets under way this weekend

Posted on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at 1:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Arena performance at Patchway Festival 2012.

The annual two-week Patchway Festival gets under way this coming weekend (Saturday 6th July), with the traditional Community Fair in Scott Park.

A parade of primary school children, community groups and performers will leave Coniston Parade at 12.30pm, walking down Coniston Road to Scott Park, where the fair will be officially opened at 1pm.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Patchway, a Good Place to Live” and local school children have worked with professional community artists led by Ruth Ramsay to make costumes that reflect different aspects of this theme.

Stage performances scheduled for Saturday’s fair include Flip the Switch and Wasting Time (both formed of Patchway Community College students), Stage Whispers, Riff Toads and Amethyst Ladies’ Barbershop Singers.

South West Winterguard Academy, ConfiDance, Danceworks and Infinity Dance Group will be showing off their talents in the arena, where there will also be demonstrations from two local rugby clubs: Aretians and St Mary’s Old Boys.

This is the festival’s 20th year and it is also 60 years since the parish of Patchway was formed. A Diamond Jubilee exhibition of maps, photographs and documents will be on display at the town council’s office throughout the festival and a Diamond Jubilee Tea Dance will be held at Patchway Sports & Social Club at 2pm on Monday 8th July.

Patchway Cricket Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary over the festival period with a number of special matches, the highlight being a 40-over game against the MCC on Sunday 14th July.

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