Archive for May, 2014

Charlton Hayes ‘picnic in the park’ for under-5s

Posted on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 1:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Charlton Hayes Under-5s Picnic in the Park.

The next community event in Charlton Hayes takes place on Thursday (22nd May) from 11am – 1pm at the Temporary Green on Ringsfield Lane (located off Wood Street in the Long Leaze part of the development).

The event has been billed as a “picnic in the park – Charlton Hayes style”.

As many people have moved to Charlton Hayes from all over the South West region, this is a great opportunity for residents to get to know each other and also to meet some of the service providers who offer pre-schools/nurseries in the locality.

Some of the businesses attending include: 123 Jump, Patchway Library, Ambourne House Day Nursery, St Chad’s Pre-School and Sustainable Travel South West. Each will be providing an activity for the young people.

There will be a Peppa Pig bouncy castle, a colouring castle, face painting, ‘bling your bike!’ and loads of fun for young children as well as information for parents about the services that are available in their new community.

Charlton Hayes community development worker Winsome Barrett-Muir said:

“All we’re asking is that parents come along with a picnic lunch and have a great time together in their new community. You will also get to meet your community development worker and find out more about your locality.”

Related link: Charlton Hayes (The Journal)

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Young Halle clicks with Tesco and bags donation for school

Posted on Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 8:24 am by SH (Editor)

Halle Wardle shows off her winning design.

A pupil at a Patchway school has bagged a big prize in an art competition organised by the Bradley Stoke Tesco Extra store to tell customers about its Click & Collect online grocery shopping service.

Halle Wardle, aged 10, who attends St Chad’s Primary School in Stoke Lodge, won £250 for the school plus a £25 Tesco gift card for herself.

But the best prize of all was seeing the winning artwork printed on 250 re-usable jute shopping bags which will now be distributed free to parents and children at the winning school.

Halle, accompanied by classmates, family and school staff, recently visited the Click & Collect unit at the Bradley Stoke store to pick up her gift card and the school’s prizes.

Schoolchildren had been asked by the team to design an eye-catching picture to go alongside the Click & Collect design to promote the new service in which shoppers can order groceries online and arrange to pick them up at a collection point in the car park.

Halle’s entry was selected by judges for its colour, impact, sense of fun and style.

The Click & Collect service is already a big hit with busy customers who want their grocery shopping picked and packed but don’t have the time to wait at home for a delivery. The convenient service is a great shopping solution for busy mums and young professionals on their way home from work or anyone just returning from holiday.

Customers who would like help placing their first order can call Tesco’s dedicated UK based call centre for new customers on 0800 323 4040.

Photo: Halle showing off her winning design on specially printed Click & Collect shopping bags.

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Patchway businessman to run Bristol 10k to help local air ambulance

Posted on Saturday 10th May 2014 at 1:44 pm by SH (Editor)

John Williams, managing director of Absolutely PC in Patchway, prepares to run the Bristol 10k, raising money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.

A Patchway businessman is preparing to take part in his very first running race, the Bristol 10k on Sunday 11th May, raising money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

One of John Williams’ passions is to help local businesses to use their IT in an easy to understand and productive way, helping them grow and profit, which is why he has run his own computer business, Absolutely PC in Patchway for the last nine years with his friendly and knowledgeable team.

John used to be a toxicologist and still has a passion for all things medical. His other pastime is learning to fly a 4-seater Piper Warrior aeroplane and, in December 2012, he booked a training flight from Filton, as he wanted to experience his local airport before they closed it down and when he was there, he wondered what would happen to the emergency service helicopters that were stationed there. After some investigation, he was relieved to find that they were able to stay, but that the Great Western Air Ambulance was in need of money for them to upgrade their helicopter.

So, a worthy charity that combines flying and medical – there was only one choice for him, and so he started jogging, not much of a challenge 20 years ago when rugby, wind surfing, rock climbing and fairly much anything that presented a challenge at the time was the norm, but certainly enough of a challenge for John in his current fitness state by his own admission: “After I started university and the sporting activities slowly stopped whilst the diet remained the same, you can guess the outcome. Oh yes, 18 stone of muscle became 19 stones of flab!”

To support John and donate to GWAAC, please visit:

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