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Nature reserve tunnelling work due to start soon

Posted on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at 9:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Plan of the site compound near the Three Brooks lake.

Work to construct a tunnel to carry a new sewer pipe under the M4 motorway is due to begin in Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve on Monday 24th April.

The work, which is expected to last for approximately six months, will involve setting up a fenced site compound on the triangular area of grass near the bridge over Hortham Brook where it flows into the ‘duck pond’. A six-metre deep shaft will be constructed in this location, from where a tunnel will be bored to accommodate the new 1.8m-diameter sewer pipe.

The tunnel will form part of a new 5km-long link between Frampton Cotterell and Bradley Stoke, completing the final link in the Frome Valley Relief Sewer which was begun in the 1990s.

A temporary footpath will be in place and access will be maintained at all times.

Heavy construction plant and machinery will also have access to carry out the work. This will be achieved via a temporary access point on Bradley Stoke Way, close to the bridge over Stoke Brook.

A Wessex Water spokesperson said:

“While we carry out the work we will take care to protect the natural habitats and environment of the local wildlife. Once our work is complete we will return the local nature reserve to the condition we found it.”

“We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.”

Further information about the work can be found on the Wessex Water website at www.wessexwater.co.uk/FromeValley

More: Cross-sectional diagram of sewer tunnel route »

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Ofsted report sees Wheatfield step up a grade

Posted on Thursday 20th April 2017 at 10:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of pupils and headteacher at Wheatfield Primary School.

Wheatfield Primary School is celebrating the success of a recent Ofsted inspection which categorises the school as ‘good’ across all measures. Under the leadership of acting headteacher Lois Haydon, who took over the reins following the retirement of long-serving head Christine Dursley in December 2016, the hard work of the staff, pupils, parents and governors has been recognised.

The inspectors commented:

  • Pupils are well cared for throughout the school and parents comment positively about how confident they are in leaving their children in a “safe, happy, supportive and stimulating environment”.
  • Leaders and managers at all levels are driven in their actions. As a result, standards have improved in all aspects of the school’s work.
  • Teachers plan interesting and exciting lessons across a broad and balanced curriculum. Pupils talk enthusiastically about their learning, while teachers check pupils’ work carefully and ensure that any pupils who need to catch up are given the help they need.

In a letter to parents, Mrs Haydon said:

“We are extremely pleased with the outcomes and the positive comments made by the inspection team, and that we are now recognised as being ‘good’ in all areas.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of the members of our community – from teachers to governors, support staff, parents and especially the children. It was an incredible team effort over the course of the two days of the inspection and we were able to really show the school off in the best light possible – gaining the ‘good’ status that we believe we deserve.”

More: Inspectors expressed concern over attendance levels at the school »

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Family bike ride and quiz on Easter Sunday

Posted on Friday 14th April 2017 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Easter Bunny Bike Ride in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

If you are stuck with ideas of what to do with the kids on Easter Sunday then come and join the Stokes Cycling Club family Easter ride for a few hours of fun. The event is completely FREE.

Bradley Stoke Easter Bunny Ride 2017.

There will be a choice of a 3 or 6-mile ride to which everyone is welcome. This is aimed at families, including children of all ages, whether in trailers, tag-alongs, or on their own bikes.

There will be a fun quiz with three winners receiving a rather tasty Easter egg, sponsored by Wards Solicitors, who have kindly supported us again this year. Even if you don’t win, everyone who enters will be given a little treat for taking part.

Please come along on Easter Sunday, 16th April, between 10am and 12pm to register.

For more information, please contact stokescyclingclub@googlemail.com or visit the Stokes Cycling Club page on Facebook.

Photo: Scene outside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at a previous Easter Bunny Bike Ride organised by the Stokes Cycling Club.

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MP discusses Bradley Stoke burglaries with police inspector and residents

Posted on Friday 14th April 2017 at 8:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of police inspector, residents and MP.

Local MP Jack Lopresti has met residents and Avon and Somerset Police Inspector Clive Summerill to discuss the high number of burglaries that have taken place in Bradley Stoke and surrounding areas in recent months.

The meeting was arranged after concern had been expressed that families who may own gold jewellery are being specifically targeted by organised gangs.

According to a report on Mr Lopresti’s website, Inspector Summerill was able to hear about some of the fears that residents have that their properties may be in danger of being burgled. He was able to give them some background to the form that the burglaries are taking, that organised groups are finding properties to burgle before a different group carries out the break-in. He was also able to let them know that the police have made some arrests, with some of those arrested currently on remand. Ideas on how to combat these crimes were discussed, and Inspector Summerill was able to give crime prevention advice to those present.

Mr Lopresti commented:

“I was very pleased to be able to bring the residents who have contacted me about these crimes together with the police.”

“These crimes are a concern to large numbers of my constituents and I hope that we were able to provide some reassurance that the police are doing all they can to combat the problem. I have written to the minister with responsibility for policing to ask him whether the National Crime Agency can become involved and for there to be a national strategy in place.”

More: Official statistics show burglary rate down in January »

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South Gloucestershire honours unsung heroes

Posted on Friday 14th April 2017 at 9:10 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of some of the winners of the 2017 Chair’s Community Awards.

Volunteers from Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford and Filton among those honoured at annual awards ceremony.

Nearly thirty unsung heroes and their families attended the Chair’s Community Awards at South Gloucestershire and Stroud (SGS) College’s WISE Campus on Thursday 16th March.

The annual awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid volunteers make to life in South Gloucestershire. These people give up their time freely to help others and bring our communities together, and were rewarded for their efforts at the special ceremony.

Chair of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) Cllr Erica Williams attended, along with the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, Vice Lord Lieutenant Robert Bernays, Group Chief Executive & Executive Principal of SGS College Kevin Hamblin and Principal and Deputy Chief of SGS College Sara-Jane Watkins.

Throughout the evening, award winners from across South Gloucestershire, and from a wide variety of backgrounds, were presented with their certificates by Cllr Williams and Sara-Jane Watkins. The final round was the Lord Lieutenant’s Special Award, which saw Dame Janet Trotter and Robert Bernays present £100 to Diya Barot and George Beaven for their valued services as mentors and anti-hate crime ambassadors in South Gloucestershire.

Cllr Williams said:

“I have been consistently amazed and inspired by the number of people from across our area who dedicate so much of their precious time in a voluntary capacity. These awards are a small way of recognising the effort and tireless service which volunteers provide for their local communities, and to say thank you to just some of them for continuing to make South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work.”

“Choosing from the nominations for this event has been a heart-warming and yet difficult task. All the nominees were clearly highly respected and admired for their commitment and hard work. It has been humbling to read all of the citations and I consider it to be one of the highlights of my role to be able to honour our award winners.”

The annual awards event is sponsored by SGS College. The evening also saw students from the Level 3 Musical Theatre Year 2 group, based at WISE campus of SGS College, perform some of their latest productions.

More: Photos and nominators’ citations for all the local winners »

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