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Patchway fashion student chosen to write blog for Welsh shopping centre

Posted on Tuesday 1st October 2013 at 11:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Ria Matthews, fashion blogger for Talbot Green Shopping Park.

Former Patchway Community College student Ria Matthews, 19, has been given the opportunity to make a break into fashion journalism after being chosen as a Welsh shopping centre’s ‘student stylista blogger’.

University of South Wales BA Fashion Promotion student Ria will use expert knowledge gained through her course and natural fashion flair to advise readers on the latest trends via regular online blog posts, all of which will feature on the website of Talbot Green Shopping Park, Llantrisant.

Inspired by the likes of Chanel and Alexander McQueen, budding fashion writer Ria will share her tips for recreating runway looks using pieces from her favourite high street retailers, which include New Look, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins, amongst others.

Ria beat off stiff competition from her fellow course-mates to be selected for the opportunity by course leader Gemma Peterson. Her blog posts will be visible to the many thousands of visitors who log on to the Talbot Green Shopping Park website giving her a substantial platform for her fashion writing.

Ria said:

“Being selected as Talbot Green Shopping Park’s Student Stylista is a brilliant opportunity for me; my ambition is to go into fashion journalism so this experience will be really valuable. Online and social media activity is so important to the fashion industry these days and it’s great to be a part of that.”

“My blog posts will show people how to achieve that high-fashion edge on the high street, with helpful tips and hints thrown in. I hope’s visitors enjoy reading it!”

More: "Valuable industry experience," says course leader »

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Scott Park’s accessible play area officially opened

Posted on Tuesday 24th September 2013 at 8:00 am by SH (Editor)

Accessible play area for children with disabilities at Scott Park, Patchway.

A new accessible play area for children with disabilities was officially opened at Scott Park on Saturday (21st September).

The ceremony was performed by Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council,  joined by local children who will use the park and their parents or carers.

Cllr Boulton also unveiled a plaque designating Scott Park as a Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust.

Scott Park is a disabled access specialist park and is one of the most accessible play areas in the south west. The play area features brand new ramped decks and seats that surround its Jubilee celebration tree. The park also features a wheelchair accessible slide, a wheelchair accessible roundabout and a large climbing net. There are also fully accessible toilet facilities.

The improvements have been financed by the Aiming High for Disabled Children Capital Grant Fund, which is managed by South Gloucestershire Council. Landscape architects from the council’s community spaces team project managed the landscaping and play area improvements.

Cllr Boulton said:

“Scott Park is a fantastic resource and facility for families across South Gloucestershire. Having access to outdoor recreational spaces such as this is vital for the health and wellbeing of our communities. The new accessible play area will ensure that people with additional needs and disabilities are able to enjoy everything that the park has to offer too.”

Photo: Cllr Ian Boulton opens the new accessible play area by cutting a ribbon on the wheelchair accessible decks and ramps feature.

More: Creative activities for families throughout the day »

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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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Community choir offers stress-busting vocal workout

Posted on Wednesday 6th February 2013 at 1:19 pm by SH (Editor)

The Stokes Singers perform at the Colston Hall, Bristol in October 2011.

A local community choir is looking for new members to swell its ranks.

Dianne Stiddard, Chair of the 40-strong Stokes Singers, said:

“Looking for a stress-busting, fun, vocal workout? Then why not come and sing with us!”

Stokes Singers is a non-auditioning, all-embracing choir, with no requirement to read music. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is open to anybody who wants to get involved in singing.

The range of music is diverse with the emphasis being on participation and enjoyment. The choir performs two main concerts a year as well as singing at various community/charity events.

Diane added:

“New members are always welcome to the ranks, so if you are interested, check us out, come along for two free taster sessions.”

Rehearsals are held at Patchway Baptist Church, Amberley Road, Stoke Lodge, BS34 6BU on Thursday evenings from 8pm to 10pm.

For further information ring Liz on Tel: 01454 614148 or visit

Photo: The Stokes Singers performing at the Colston Hall in 2011.

Related link: What’s On in Patchway (The Journal)

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