Archive for March, 2016

Local students tell ‘The Story of Scrap’

Posted on Sunday 20th March 2016 at 9:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Hannah Cameron at the Cameron Balloons manufacturing warehouse.

The Story of Scrap is an adventurous collaboration between students at Patchway Community College, local charity Children’s Scrapstore, Cameron Balloons (the world leader in hot air balloon manufacturing) and Coniston Primary School in Patchway.

Taking inspiration from Brandon Stanton’s renowned ‘Humans of New York’ collection, it uses images to illustrate how Children’s Scrapstore reuses manufacturing waste (scrap) for a new lease of life as children’s play resources, achieving environmental and social benefits and saving businesses disposal costs.

The project exhibits the circular economy of scrap, and the journey of materials from their manufacture, to their intended use in business, to reuse, and eventually into the Scrapstore where they are sent out to PlayPods in school playgrounds, or made available to child minders, play groups and anyone who works with children and adults in a therapeutic setting.

The aim is to enhance creative play opportunities for all children. Local artists, students and community groups also collect materials from the Scrapstore to be used for whole new creative purposes. The work will be a portfolio piece for Patchway photography student’s A-levels, and was assigned to them in the form of a brief, treating Children’s Scrapstore as a formal client. Ella Wiles of Children’s Scrapstore, who helps develop the scrap supply network, will use the project to explain to manufacturers and members of the public the eccentric role Scrapstore plays and the need that their waste fulfils.

Cameron Balloons are one of Children’s Scrapstore’s longest running suppliers, and have been donating off-cuts from their world famous hot air balloons for over 30 years. Cameron Balloons was founded in 1971 by aeronaut Donald Cameron – developer and pilot of the first modern air balloon in Western Europe – and is now managed by his daughter, Hannah. They are the world’s largest and most experienced manufacturer of hot air balloons, and their scrap material is a firm favourite with Scrapstore customers, so it seemed fitting that they would be the focus of the supplier’s side of ‘The Story of Scrap’.

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Inquiry begins after suspected human remains found near Cribbs Causeway

Posted on Thursday 10th March 2016 at 11:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Police car.

A member of the public has found what are believed to be human remains near Cribbs Causeway.

A police cordon has been put in place and a thorough examination of the scene has commenced.

The possible human remains were found in woodland close to the junction of Merlin Road and Highwood Road.

A police spokesperson said:

“We were called at 4.28pm today (Thursday 10th March) after a member of the public found what appears to be human remains in woodland near the junction of Merlin Road and Highwood Road, Patchway.”

Enquiries are said to be at a very early stage and police say they are unable to go into any more detail at the moment.

No further information is expected to be released before tomorrow (Friday 11th March).

Police update issued at 12:31pm on Friday 11th March

We’re continuing our enquiries following the discovery of human remains in woodland near Patchway yesterday afternoon.

We’re treating the death as unexplained and a post-mortem examination will be carried out by a Home Office pathologist to determine the cause of death.

While further tests need to be completed to confirm an identity, we have evidence to suggest they are of missing 73-year-old Bristol man Derek Serpell-Morris.

Derek was last seen leaving The Criterion Pub in Ashley Road, Bristol, in the early hours of 11th July 2015. He was reported as missing on 23rd July and we’ve been carrying out extensive enquiries both in our Force area and nationwide to find him over the past eight months.

Det Ch Insp Matthew Iddon said: “Earlier today we spoke with the family of Derek Serpell-Morris to inform them of this latest development.”

“While we’re not yet in a position to confirm the remains are of Derek, we strongly believe this to be the case due to personal items found at the scene.”

“This is a very distressing time for Derek’s family who’ve been carrying out an exhaustive campaign to locate him and raise awareness of his disappearance and our thoughts are very much with them.”

“We’ll be keeping them fully updated and offering them any support they may need.”

“We’re not able to confirm any more details until the post-mortem examination and formal identification procedures have been carried out.”

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