Monday, 22 September 2014

Abbotswood Apple Day returns for 2014 - Saturday 18 October

After its success last year, Abbotswood Apple Day returns by popular demand. It's a real community event with lots of activities for all ages.  Come and join the fun from 11am to 3pm at Abbotswood precinct and St Nicholas Family Centre!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

South West In Bloom results for our area

Please pass this results list on to everyone you think may be interested, and remind them that the Yate and Dodington In Bloom certificates will be presented at our volunteers' evening, 7.30pm next Thursday 25 September at Poole Court. Everyone who has contributed to these splendid results will be welcome.

Congratulations to all concerned!



GOLD PENNANT in Town and City (North) category


Wapley Common and the Orchard for the Future - Level 5 Outstanding
Dodington Allotments - Level 5 Outstanding
Kingsgate Park - Level 5 Outstanding
Yate Heritage Centre - Level 4 Thriving
Yate Shopping Centre - Judged as part of Pennant route, not a neighbourhood


Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve - Level 3 Developing
Yate Common - Level 3 Developing
Yate Station and Shops - Level 3 Developing
Bright Beginnings Pre-School - Level 3 Developing
St Mary’s Churchyard - Level 2 Improving
Kennedy Way Pond - Level 3 Developing
Lilliput Park - Level 3  Developing
St Nicholas Family Centre and Jacobs Well - Level 2 Improving
Abbotswood Community Greenspaces - Level 2 Improving


GOLD PENNANT in Village and Small Town (North) category

Batten Court - Level 4 Thriving
Chipping Sodbury High Street - Level 5 Outstanding
The Ridings - Level 5 Outstanding

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Get some fresh air this weekend at Wapley Bushes

There are TWO events at Wapley this weekend:

Wapley Bushes Bat Walk Saturday 13 September

It's time to go detecting again! Join Avon Bat Group for a twilight stroll in search of bats. Bat detectors provided. Wear warm clothes and boots and bring a torch. Children must be accompanied, but they love this one, "going round the creepy woods in the dark"

Meet at 7.15 pm at the Shire Way entrance to Wapley Bushes (opposite Cherington, Yate, BS37 8YA)

Wapley Bushes Work Morning, Sunday 14 September

This workday will be the annual stream clearance when the Conservation Group hope to clear the central watercourse through the main woodland. The aim is to preserve the habitat of the rare local thin-spiked wood sedge. All welcome, though obviously children must be accompanied. Teenagers are very welcome - they're energetic! - and there will also be lighter tasks for people who prefer them. Please wear walking or wellington boots, and bring some gloves if you have them.

Meet at 10.00 am at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland (Opposite Cherington, BS37 8YA)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Explore historic collieries - just two of 200 activities for Discover Week!

This year's Discover Festival features more than 200 events, of which over 150 are free. Full information is available from the South Glos website, or the Festival leaflet is available from libraries or Chipping Sodbury Tourist Information Centre.

This year offers not one, but TWO collieries to explore and find out about out industrial heritage. It will be possible to visit both Ram Hill and Oldwood this weekend.

On Sunday 14 September you have a chance to go on a guided tour of the remains of Ram Hill Colliery near Coalpit Heath (10.00am - 4.30 pm) - you can find more details about Ram Hill here

Oldwood Pit between Yate and Rangeworth will be open Saturday 13 September 2.00pm - 5.00pm and Sunday 14 Sept 10.00 - 4.30 . More information, directions etc can be found on the South Glos Mines Research Group website.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Success as new proposals received for Wapley footbridge over railway

Paul Hulbert at the Wapley Footbridge
We reported previously that Network Rail's original plans for raising the footbridge from Shire Way to Wapley Common had been rejected by South Gloucestershire Council.

Network Rail have now produced much more realistic plans, with a bridge width of 3 metres which will accomodate bikes and pushchairs safely. They presented their plans to Dodington Parish Council's Planning Committee yesterday evening, and the plans will be made more widely available shortly.

The bridge needs to be modified to cope with the electrification of the main railway line. There will be a temporary footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists while work takes place, but unfortunately the temporary bridge will not be suitable for pushchairs.

Work is likely to restart in November, with the bridge being closed from December to March.

Children's book giveaway this Saturday

This Saturday, 13th September, Yate Library will be giving away 50 copies of bestselling book Diary of a Wimpy Kid to local children. The giveaway is in support of Good Morning Britain’s ‘Just Read’ campaign, to encourage parents and carers to spend ten minutes reading with their children every day.

Yate Library is one of 200 libraries across the UK taking part in the ‘Just Read’ giveaway which is supported by national charity The Reading Agency and children’s publisher Puffin. The campaign comes as leading charities, teachers, parents and businesses have come together to form  ‘Read On. Get On.’ It aims to support parents and teachers to get all 11 year olds reading well by 2025.

As well as the giveaway, children who visit the library on 13th September will be able to enjoy quizzes, puzzles, games and competitions. Children can come to the library dressed as Greg Heffley (the Wimpey Kid) or in something orange.

This event marks the end of the summer activities at Yate library. Thousands of children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Please complete a short survey to support the campaign to update the Kelston Close changing rooms

Please help the project to update the changing rooms at our local playing fields! Dodington Parish Council manages the changing rooms at the QEII Playing Fields at Kelston Close.

Over the years, and with heavy use during football seasons, the changing rooms have become run down and look very sad. The good news is that Dodington Parish Council is seeking to completely renovate the building and the area around it.

The Council is preparing to apply for funding from the Lottery Funded Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund.

Your comments and views are needed to help make our application successful - please share this post and encourage local people to fill in the survey.

Click this link to complete the very short questionnaire: