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Honorary Freeman title for Win Williams

Posted on Wednesday 25th January 2017 at 12:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Conferring of the title of Honorary Freeman of Patchway on Win Williams. L-r: Cllr Erica Williams (chair of South Gloucestershire Council), Win Williams and Cllr Eve Orpen (chair of Patchway Town Council).

In recognition of the long and outstanding service given to the community, Patchway Town Council has used its powers under the Local Government act to confer the title of Honorary Freeman on Win Williams.

Mrs Williams is only the fourth person and first woman to receive this honour from the town council and the occasion was marked by the attendance of Cllr Erica Williams, chair of South Gloucestershire Council at a presentation ceremony held at the town council offices in Rodway Road on Thursday 12th January.

Mrs Williams was presented with a certificate, scroll and commemorative gift by Cllr Eve Orpen, chair of Patchway Town Council.

In her introductory speech, Cllr Orpen observed that Win had served the community in many ways over the past 30 years and that Patchway would be a poorer place without Win’s enthusiasm and dedication

Win is well-known within the community of Patchway for her tireless and selfless service and as someone who can be counted on to support events or organisations. Her contribution to the community of Patchway has included the following roles:

  • Chairman of Patchway Festival for over 20 years, which has brought together all sections of the community
  • Chairman, volunteer driver and major fundraiser of Patchway Minibus Committee
  • Member of the Editorial Committee of Patchway People
  • Governor of St Chad’s CofE Primary School
  • Active member of St. Chad’s Church, serving on various committees
  • Committee  member of Patchway Twinning Association and frequent host of visitors from France and Germany

More: Win has also held positions at two community centres in Patchway »

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HRH The Princess Royal attends topping out ceremony for new Concorde hangar

Posted on Thursday 24th November 2016 at 9:36 am by SH (Editor)

HRH The Princess Royal on a visit to Aerospace Bristol.

Aerospace Bristol has celebrated a major milestone in the construction of the new home of Concorde, with a topping out ceremony for the museum’s Concorde hangar attended by HRH The Princess Royal.

The £19m museum is currently taking shape at a site on the northern side of the former Filton Airfield, alongside Hayes Way, the road which links the A38 with The Mall at Cribbs Causeway [map].

The Concorde hangar will be home to Aerospace Bristol’s star attraction: Concorde 216. Designed, built and tested in Bristol, she was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. Due to open in summer 2017, Aerospace Bristol will offer more than just Concorde, taking visitors on a fascinating journey through time: from the earliest days of flight, when Boxkite biplanes flew over the Avon Gorge, through to the modern day, revealing the latest technologies of today’s aerospace industry and telling the amazing stories of ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.

HRH The Princess Royal toured the site and met with Aerospace Bristol volunteers, who are hard at work preparing the exhibits for display in the new museum, then unveiled the first piece of a feature wall: a specially engraved aeroplane sculpture to mark the occasion.

As Aerospace Bristol’s Patron, Her Royal Highness was also presented with a framed print of a magazine cover from the museum’s extensive historical archives. The Bristol Review cover, first published in Autumn 1957, shows a photograph of Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and Prince Charles on the steps of a BOAC Britannia as HM The Queen Mother set out from London for Rhodesia.

More: Major milestone towards opening of museum in summer 2017

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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’.

More: A-level photography students visit factory and Scrapstore »

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Olympus Trust to help Patchway Community College overcome “significant challenges”

Posted on Friday 22nd January 2016 at 8:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Community College, Patchway, Bristol.

It has been revealed that Patchway Community College (PCC) has been in discussions with The Olympus Academy Trust to explore how it might be able to help the Patchway secondary school overcome “significant challenges” that it is said to face.

The move follows the departure of the PCC headteacher at the end of last year and the recent official publication of another poor set of GCSE results, which showed that just 40% of students achieved five or more A*-C grades, compared to the national average of 57.1% (52.9% in South Gloucestershire).

The Olympus Academy Trust already sponsors four academies in the local area, namely Bradley Stoke Community School, Abbeywood Community School (Stoke Gifford), Meadowbrook Primary School (Bradley Stoke) and Charborough Road Primary School (Filton).

Joint statement from Patchway Community College and The Olympus Academy Trust on 22nd January

Within the education system nationally, there is a move towards groups of schools working together for mutual support and for the benefit of their learners within multi-academy trusts, often within geographical localities. There is a strong record of partnership working between Patchway Community College and the secondary schools within The Olympus Academy Trust (Abbeywood and Bradley Stoke) through the Concorde Partnership. This has enabled students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 to study together in, and to be taught by staff from, one another’s schools.

The governors and staff of Patchway Community College recognise that they face significant challenges and that, operating as an independent institution, is unlikely to overcome the issues with its ageing buildings, lower student numbers and GCSE outcomes of late. It is fortunate to have secured the services of a very experienced headteacher, Mr Roger Gilbert, to lead it through its next phase following the departure of its long-serving headteacher, Mrs Jane Millicent, at the end of 2015.

Governors of Patchway Community College and directors of its Academy Trust, Fusion, have decided that the school would benefit from being a member of a multi-academy trust and have approached The Olympus Academy Trust about joining as they have seen the positive impact the trust has had locally and it seems logical to build on existing partnership arrangements rather than look elsewhere. Directors of both trusts have discussed this possibility and have been in contact with the Regional Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, about potential support for such a proposal.

It has been agreed that a programme of partnership support will be provided by The Olympus Academy Trust as a next step. This will prepare for the possibility of Olympus taking full responsibility for Patchway Community College in due course. Before that can happen, approval will need to be given by the Regional Schools Commissioner’s Headteacher Board and a full consultation with members of both academy trusts’ communities alongside further due diligence by both sets of directors. We will provide further updates as they become available.

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