Thursday, 5 March 2015

Check your blood pressure, improve your health

High blood pressure is a condition that many people have without being aware of it. If you haven't had your blood pressure checked in the last five years, you really should so so now.

Each year the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury organise a Know Your Blood Pressure Day with this year’s event taking place on Saturday April 11. Full details are available from the Gazette article on the event.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Family health activities coming soon

Would you be interested in activities like these for 4-15 year olds and their families? If so, please email or 01454 863947 to ask about the Reach programme (Rethinking Eating and Activity for Childhood Health)

In the meantime, how about a simple healthy "Sugar Swap"? Just google "Change4Life" for lots of ideas and free gifts to help you.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Become a Community Fire Safety Volunteer and help save lives

Help Avon Fire and Rescue Service prevent devastating home fires by encouraging social groups to sign up free Home Fire Safety Visits. Gain experience, training and references, and provide a valuable life-saving service in your community. Help make a difference.

Contact the Volunteering Team at The Care Forum  - you can phone them on 0117 9589308 or email them at

Monday, 2 March 2015

Next chance to have your say at Frome Vale Area Forum

The next Frome Vale Area Forum meeting is this Thursday 5th March at 7pm in Shireway Community Centre, Yate.

There will be a presentation from Avon Fire and Rescue raising awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning - very necessary, as shown by the recent tragedy in Cherington (Gazette report here - Yate couple killed by toxic gas boiler leak).

Other items on the agenda include decisions on community and New Homes Bonus (NHB) grants and consideration of youth funding. The Forum will also be deciding which highway schemes are a priority.

The next round of meetings will take place in July. If you would like to receive details of meetings in your area contact Democratic Services on 01454 864425 or visit

Further information regarding grant funding is available on 01454 865865 or via

Saturday, 28 February 2015

It's Fairtrade Fortnight - Yate event Sat 7th March

Fairtrade Fortnight runs until Sunday 8th March. Lots of information is available at

Our local event is "Get Fit for Fairtrade"  on Saturday 7th March, 10am – 2pm, in Yate Shopping Centre. there will be a "Smoothie Bike" making Fairtrade fruit smoothies (great fun for kids!) and people talking to shoppers about Fairtrade. If you are in the area do come and look them up!

If you would be interested in volunteering for an hour or so please do get in touch with Lydia Nash (South Gloucestershire Fairtrade Coordinator) on 01454 863119 or 07824 081058.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Wapley Bridge - latest update

Residents will be aware that work on the bridge has slowed down dramatically over the the last few weeks. This was due to problems with the finish on some of the precast concrete units, but these have now been solved.

Another difficulty has been how to get the large tracked vehicle (the orange one in the photo) across to the other side of the line, because of the traffic restrictions on Besom Lane.

It is now planned to take the big vehicle across the railway track at night this Saturday (28 Feb).

Work should then proceed quickly. The concrete sections will still be brought round to the other side on a trailer pulled by a large tractor, via Wapley Common as previously planned.

Most of the parking area at the Besom Lane end of the Common will be coned off for the week to allow the tractor and trailer in and out.

Brimsham Park Big Spring Clean 7 March - Come and join us!

Yes, it's that time of the year again, and the Big Spring Clean at Brimsham Park will be on Saturday 7 March.

Meet in Coopers Road car park at 10 am for gloves, black bags, etc.  Please wear suitable clothing.  If you are unable to come along at 10 o'clock but are able to join us later, we will be glad to see you.