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Council explains reasons for lane changes on A38

Posted on Thursday 18th October 2018 at 9:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of two road signs on the A38 nortbound between Aztec West and M5 J16.

Motorists using the A38 northbound between the Aztec West Roundabout and M5 J16 will have noted further changes to the road layout in recent months. The latest alterations were implemented in June 2018, eight months after a £4.2m scheme of “improvements” on the southbound side of the A38 and on the arms of the Aztec West Roundabout itself was deemed “substantially completed” in October 2017.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has refused to accept a widely held view that the original multi-million pound scheme actually worsened peak time traffic delays for the majority of road users in the area, claiming that the latest work constituted “mitigation measures” needed to alleviate issues that were outside the scope of the original work.

When pressed to explain what these additional issues were, SGC officers listed them as:

  • Inefficiency of the operation of M5 16, leading to exit blocking, the subsequent knock-on effect causing queuing back to and beyond Aztec West Roundabout.
  • The completion of Pinchpoint schemes at M5 J16 in 2015 by both SGC and Highways England failed to maximise potential for improvements to the local network.
  • Motorists exiting the Aztec West Business Park in the lane meant for Bradley Stoke Way and turning left rather than using the left filter lane. This resulted in these motorists blocking vehicles travelling from Bradley Stoke Way and the A38 south of the roundabout.
  • Traffic turning right from Bradley Stoke Way heading for M5 J16 was frequently observed queueing over the boxed junction on the circulatory. This uses up the capacity for A38 northbound, when A38 northbound is on green only a few vehicles make it through the cycle after all the box queueing traffic has cleared.
  • Surveys undertaken in November 2017 and February 2018 showed that the average length of time taken to exit the business park was 21 minutes.

More: No time for public consultation "due to funding deadlines" »

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Nursery supports local foodbank charity

Posted on Thursday 18th October 2018 at 8:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of staff from Ambourne House delivering food donations to the foodbank,

This year, Ambourne House Day Nursery has chosen to focus its fundraising efforts on a local charity, North Bristol Foodbank, writes deputy manager Jenni Greenow.

Over the summer, we held a family fun day where we raffled off prizes donated by companies within the local community. We have also held non-uniform days where staff have donated food items or money towards our charity.

Between the staff and families, we raised an incredible £180, which we used to donate over three trolleys of food items. North Bristol Foodbank were overwhelmed with the donation and, along with us, would like to thank not only all of the companies who donated raffle prizes, but also all of the children, parents, families and staff who helped us raise such a fantastic amount for this cause.

Photos: L-r: Jenni from Ambourne House and Matt from North Bristol Foodbank with food and toiletry items donated by the nursery; Tracey with more donations.

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This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 36). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Scouts brave the rain on September camp

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 9:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of around 30 members of 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts at Symonds Yat.

In September, over thirty Scouts from 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts and their leaders held a camp at Biblins campsite in Ross-on-Wye. Despite the very poor weather, they managed to complete a challenging programme with some new joiners camping for the very first time. As our oldest section in the Group, this was a simple camp to demonstrate the skills they had developed over their time with us. So when they arrived they raised their own tents and ensured that all of their kit was safely stored inside with regular inspections to ensure it stayed that way. After an introduction from our camp leader Darrell and hot drinks, they spent the evening inside their tents as the rain started to fall.

On Saturday the scouts cooked every meal and washed up afterwards (if you don’t cook, you wash. Very quickly, cooking volunteers appear!). The activities began with traditional saw and knife whittling skills taught alongside a session making paracord bracelets. And later – despite being very cold, wet and tired – they completed a hike to Symonds Yat in very heavy rain (photo above). For a few this was a journey of the next 100 metres or the next corner, but they all made it up to the top and back to camp. We finished the day with a campfire, s’mores and roasted chocolate bananas. And then to bed. In the rain. Again.

Sunday morning saw the camp rise a little more slowly but after another breakfast cooked by the Scouts, we had forest games including the always popular manhunt. A break in the rain alongside some fierce wind dried the tents enough for them to be quickly dropped and preparations made for home. After a final check of the field to ensure that we left nothing but footprints, we went home in the SUNSHINE!

Inspired? The Group is always looking for more leaders to prepare our young people as they develop skills for life. For more information, have a look at the Group’s website: http://1st.bradley-stoke-scouts.org/home/join-1st-bss

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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BS Ladies FC off to a flying start in new season

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 8:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Bradley Stoke Ladies FC First Team (2018/19 season).

By Martin Lee, manager, Bradley Stoke Ladies FC.

When the Bradley Stoke Ladies team formed in May 2015, no one could have imagined the growth the club would go on to make over such a short period of time.

Going into the new 2018-2019 season playing in the Gloucestershire County Women’s Football League Division 2, the club will now have representation from two teams.

We are seeing an ever-expanding interest from female players wanting to join a club whose principles are allowing opportunities to any female of 16 years old and above to come and try football in a safe, fun-based environment, allowing each player to develop at their own pace. The management committee is full of experience, encouragement, youth and passion to drive the club to the next level. The club strategy is to bring more females into playing football (currently 39 players registered), to have more female coaches at the club (currently we have one), to have more female managers at the club (currently we have one) and to have a management committee that has strong female representation (currently we are at 83 percent).

The club is looking for new players for both the First Team and the Development Team to further our growth plans. Even though we are two separate teams in the league, we are one club and train together every Tuesday evening at Bradley Stoke Community School between 7pm and 8pm on the AstroTurf, under floodlights.

The coaching staff are all FA Level 2 qualified and provide varying session plans for the squad to follow. The club runs a female progression pathway where we offer support via a mentoring program and provide assistance to the player to obtain a coaching qualification badge.

Bradley Stoke Ladies First Team and Bradley Stoke Ladies Development Team have made a great start to the season with the First Team achieving two wins from their first two matches and the Development Team recording one win and a defeat.

We are an FA Charter Standard Community Club with our primary focus being that everybody enjoys themselves both at training and during matches. On match days after our league games we all go down to the Baileys Court Inn, who kindly provide food for us (they also did this last season, so big thanks to them for their support each year).

If anyone is interested in joining or wants more information, then please contact Martin Lee on 07785 384618, Charlotte Hand on 07912 569670, visit the club’s website at bradleystokeladies.wixsite.com/bslfc or email mlee1@btopenworld.com

Photo: Bradley Stoke Ladies FC First Team (2018/19 season).

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 20). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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