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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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Stoke Lodge is split from Patchway to form new civil parish

Posted on Friday 3rd April 2015 at 11:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Should Stoke Lodge split from Patchway?

A new civil parish has been created in north Bristol after the Stoke Lodge area was separated from Patchway following a campaign by local councillors.

The parish of Stoke Lodge and The Common, with an electorate of around 1,700, was officially created on 1st April 2015.

Until the elections in May, when councillors will be elected for the first time, the new parish council will operate in a skeleton form, with South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) acting in a caretaking role.

The development comes four years after Andy Alsop, who at the time represented the Stoke Lodge ward on Patchway Town Council, presented a 500-signature petition to a meeting of SGC’s Full Council, calling for a new parish to be formed.

Cllr Alsop’s petition stated: “We believe that continuing as part of Patchway Town Council is not appropriate for us. We are distinct from the area on the west side of the A38 and wish to run our own affairs.” It also claimed that Stoke Lodge contributed 30% of Patchway Town Council’s “rates”, but had only 20% of the seats on its council.

Receipt of the petition triggered a Community Governance Review, which in turn led to the residents of Stoke Lodge being consulted about whether they wished to form a new parish, join with a neighbouring town/parish (Bradley Stoke or Stoke Gifford) or maintain the status quo.

A total of 894 consultation leaflets were issued to Stoke Lodge households and 720 were returned and verified – an 80% response rate. And of the verified responses, more than 80% indicated a wish to have a new parish council created.

Final sign-off for the creation of a new parish was given by SGC’s Full Council in May 2013.

SGC has appointed Natalie Carr as the interim parish clerk. She can be contacted on 01454 868198. Information about forthcoming council meetings will be posted on noticeboards.

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This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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New parish for Stoke Lodge clears final hurdle

Posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at 10:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Lodge councillors (l-r) Andy Alsop, Sarah Pomfret and Brian Hopkinson.

The creation of a new parish council for Stoke Lodge cleared its final hurdle this evening (Wednesday 22nd May) after councillors voted in favour of the move.

South Gloucestershire Council carried out a ‘Community Governance Review’ after campaigners from Stoke Lodge and The Common, Patchway, handed in a petition last year signed by over 500 local residents calling for the creation of a new parish council.

894 consultation leaflets were issued to Stoke Lodge households and 720 were returned and verified – an 80% response rate.

And of the verified responses, more than 80% indicated a wish to have a new parish council created.

Councillors on the authority’s Regulatory Committee recommended approval to the creation of a new Stoke Lodge parish council at their meeting in December and final sign-off was given at this evening’s special meeting of all councillors.

Stoke Lodge and The Common currently form part of Patchway parish, although they are separated from the rest of Patchway by the A38 dual-carriageway.

South Gloucestershire Conservative councillors for Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Sarah Pomfret and Brian Hopkinson, who are also both Patchway town councillors for Stoke Lodge, said:

“We’re delighted that councillors voted in line with the landslide consultation result to create a new parish council for Stoke Lodge and the Common.”

“Stoke Lodge residents have expressed in their hundreds how they are fed up with being taken for granted and treated as Patchway Town Council’s cash cow and how they want their own parish council to better reflect their community.”

More: Stoke Lodge is a distinct community, claim councillors »

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Trio of ex-Councillors made Honorary Freemen of Patchway

Posted on Friday 22nd February 2013 at 5:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Patchway Town Council Honorary Freeman conferment ceremony.

In recognition of the long and outstanding service given to the community by three ex-Councillors, Patchway Town Council has used its powers under the Local Government Act to confer the title of Honorary Freeman on Dr Kenneth Graupner, Mr Lewis Gray and Mr Charles Horton.

This is the first time this honour has been conferred by the Town Council and the occasion was marked by the attendance of Cllr Janet Biggin, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, at a presentation ceremony held at the Town Council offices in Rodway Road last night (Thursday 21st February).

The three new Honorary Freemen were each presented with a certificate, scroll and commemorative gift by Cllr Chris Mills, Chair of Patchway Town Council.

In his introductory speech, Cllr Mills observed that the trio had together given more than ninety years service to Patchway Town Council or its forerunner, Patchway Parish Council.

All of the men honoured also represented Patchway at District Council level for several years (variously on Thornbury District Council, Northavon District Council and/or South Gloucestershire Council).

Photo: (l-r) Charles Horton. Lewis Gray and Kenneth Graupner.

Read more about the three men’s record of service »

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