Thursday, 29 January 2015

St Nicks Youth Centre to reopen Friday 13 Feb

Focus Team members celebrate the good news

Some great news about St Nicks Youth Centre - thanks to a lot of work by members of the Focus Team and Yate Town Council, the Youth Centre will reopen on Friday 13 February. They've raised the funds, found a leader and recruited the staff.

The session will run from 7 pm to 9 pm, for ages 11 to 18, entry 50 pence.

And there will be free pizza at the opening night!

You can take part in lots of activities - football, cooking, arts and crafts - or just chill with your mates.

For any further information please contact Cath Challinor on 07909 744853.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Lifeline for local Post Offices

Post offices in towns and villages across South Gloucestershire were thrown a lifeline in December by local MP and pensions minister, Steve Webb.

One of the major items of ‘over-the-counter’ business for small sub post offices is the payment of pensions and benefits, particularly to people using the special “Post Office card account”. This account is accessed using a plastic card and PIN number and was set up some years ago particularly for those for whom a traditional bank account was not suitable. However, the contract to provide these accounts was due to expire in March 2015 and there were concerns that if it was not renewed it could result in a major loss of business to the post office network. But on 16th December Steve Webb told MPs that a new seven-year deal has been agreed between the Government and Post Office Limited which will provide a long-term guarantee of business for local sub post masters.

Commenting on the announcement, Steve Webb said, “I have always fought hard to support local town and village post offices across my constituency, so it was great to be able to use my role as a minister to make sure that the Post Office Card Account is continued for at least another seven years. This means convenience for local pensioners and others who want to use the post office and a boost for local postmasters who had told me of their concerns if the service were to be ended.”

The news has been welcomed by local sub postmasters, including Sue Baines of Cromhall post office who said, “The Post Office Card Account is well used by many pensioners who come in to my post office. I am delighted to hear that it is going to be continuing, as many local people have no other place where they can access their cash easily and with privacy as in a local post office”.

In addition to the handling fee which postmasters receive for each transaction, post offices and shops also benefit from the increased ‘footfall’ as people spend some of the cash which they have withdrawn in the local shop, helping to keep them open.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Chipping Sodbury Baptist Church Seniors Lunch

The Baptist Church has some capacity for people to attend the Thursday Luncheon Club for frail and elderly people living alone. They can provide transport, a freshly cooked meal, someone to talk to and an opportunity to meet other elderly people.

Please follow this link for details

If you know of anyone you think could benefit please contact the Church directly on or by phone on 01454 313023.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Anyone for tennis? Court upgrades for Yate

Yate Town Council's tennis courts at Sunnyside Lane have been resurfaced and repainted. The fencing has been improved, plus a path to the courts from the car park to improve access to the courts for all members of the community.

Yate was awarded a £31,150 funding boost from SITA Trust, and worked with tennis experts to get the courts completely refurbished.

Councillor Sue Walker said "The newly surfaced courts are available for hire - why not come along and give tennis a try its a fun way of keeping fit and losing those few pounds you may have gained over Christmas? The courts are in a lovely situation near the common can be accessed by turning into Moorland Rd from Station Rd and continuing to the end where there is a free car park"

A local tennis coach also holds coaching sessions at the courts for various ages and abilities.

For details of how to book the courts please ring Yate Town Council on 01454 866506 or check out the council web page.

The hire rates are rates are currently as follows:
  • Adults - £6.40 per court per hour
  • Children - £3.20 per court per hour
  • Older people - £ 5.20 per court per hour
The photo shows Cllrs John Ford, John Davis, Sue Walker and Mike Drew checking out the upgraded courts.

Friday, 23 January 2015

FREE basketball sessions to start at Abbotswood next Wednesday

Are you aged 14+ and want to play basketball?

Then join these sessions on Wednesdays at St Nics Youth Centre (Abbotswood) from 28 January

The sessions run from 6.30 to 7.30 pm - learn basketball skills and play friendly games.

The sessions are completely FREE so come along and join in!

For more information contact or call 01454 865821

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Are YOU registered to vote?

The way we register to vote has changed and with the General Election and local elections in May you should make sure you’re registered.

You can register to vote here – it takes about five minutes. You'll need to have your National Insurance number handy, if you have one. That's all there is to it.

The same page has a link to instructions for registering by post, if you prefer this.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Scouts to launch new youth provision at Abbotswood

The Gazette has reported that the young leaders at 1st Abbotswood Scout Group are launching a programme with new ideas and monthly activities to attract newcomers. This is against the background of youth services recently stopping at St Nicholas Youth Centre due to lack of funding.

See the Gazette report here for full details.

We previously reported the St Nix youth centre closure here - we'll update you on this blog as soon as we have news about replacement provisions.