Friday, 13 November 2015

Father Christmas is coming to Abbotswood!

Christmas at Abbotswood was a big success last year - let's make it even bigger this year!

Fun family event on Saturday 28 November from 4.00 pm.

  • Christmas Fayre from 4pm
  • Santa arrives at 5pm
  • Abbotswood and Wellesley school choirs at 530pm
  • Big Christmas Lights switch-on (Santa and the Mayor of Yate) at 6pm
  • Followed by music from Westerleigh Brass Band
Please come and join us!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Celebrate local link to Agincourt

This Sunday, 25th October, there will be an event at St Peter's Church, Wapley to celebrate an important local link to the Battle of Agincourt, which took place 600 years ago.

The Battle of Agincourt, part of the Hundred Years War, took place on St Crispin's Day, 25th October in 1415 near the village of Agincourt. The #wapley600 event celebrates the area’s links with Sir John Codrington, who was the standard bearer of King Henry V at the battle, when the English forces defeated a larger French army.

This free event runs from 10am to 4pm, finishing with an evening service from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm. For more information, including parking and Park and Ride, see

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Local fund raising for Syrian Crisis Appeal

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) around 12 million people have been displaced by the fighting in Syria. Of these over 4 million have fled to surrounding countries and more than 7 1⁄2 million are displaced within Syria itself. With winter approaching stories of hardship and suffering are already on our TVs and newspapers. With winter approaching it can only get worse.

Yate Town Council have come together with Yate Parish and Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club to support the initiative of two weeks of funding raising from Friday 16th October to Friday 30th October within the community aiming at collecting cash to go directly to the British Red Cross Syrian Crisis Appeal.

On Friday 16th October they are holding a coffee morning, with Councillor Tony Davis, the Mayor of Yate at Poole Court  from 10.00am till 12.00noon, all are very welcome to attend.

If you are able to bring a cake along or give donations, all will be gratefully received.

More events are planned, and community groups are encouraged to see what they can organise.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Abbotswood Autumn Apple Day on Saturday 3 October

The Abbotswood Autumn Apple Day will be held this Saturday, 3 October, from 11am to 3pm, in the Abbotswood Precinct and Community Garden.  This fabulous feast of autumnal activities and seasonal celebration includes:
  • Apple juicing – bring your own empty bottle.  Apples for juicing warmly welcome!
  • Free refreshments
  • Bouncy castle and giant outdoor games
  • Willow weaving
  • Apple bobbing and jam making
  • Baby toddler foot printing!
  • Hedgehog Rescue
  • Bunting workshop
  • Creative activities with Make it Mentoring
  • Green Community Transport and information about a wide range of local groups
  • Music from the U3A Ukulele band and other music acts
Refreshments and all activities free (including bouncy castle!)


DR BIKE will also be attending the event so bring along your bikes for a free service by a bike mechanic (poster attached)

FAMILY DOG SHOW  - Organised by Abbotswood Vets.

BOCCIA – have a go at this popular Paralympic sport which is a form of indoor bowls.  Suitable for all ages and accessible for all.

Come along and enjoy the day with Abbotswood Action Group, Jacobs Well and the other volunteers - please spread the word among your family, friends and neighbours!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Public meeting on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Yate Town Council in partnership with Reverend Ian Wallace, Team Rector of Yate are holding a public meeting in response to the Syrian Crisis at the Community Room in Tesco’s, Yate Shopping Centre at 6.30pm on Thursday 1st October 2015.

The Yate community are welcome to attend to view their ideas of how we can work to raise funds for the Red Cross to provide aid for the Syrian Refugees.

If you are interested in lending support as an individual or belong to a group please attend the meeting on Thursday 1st October or contact or call 01454 866506.

Nibley Lane closed for cleaning 29 September

In case you haven't seen the notices, Nibley Lane (between Badminton Road and Westerleigh Road) is expected to close from 9.30am until 2.30pm tomorrow (29th September 2015) for cleaning.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Have your say about Abbotswood this Thursday

Do you live in or near Abbotswood? Or maybe you shop at Abbotswood, or use the doctor, the dentist, the vets or the takeaways? Perhaps you attend the church, or members of your family go to groups or clubs at St Nicks? Then you will find the Abbotswood Action Group meeting this Thursday (24 September) interesting and useful.

Abbotswood Action Group is a voluntary organisation that is working hard to improve Abbotswood and the surrounding area. At Thursday's meeting, as well as some brief business (it's their AGM) there will be workshop sessions to find out what you think about Abbotswood, the changes that have been made recently and what the next steps should be.

Please come along and meet the people involved in the various Action Groups - you may well find that there's something you want to join in with.

The meeting begins at 7pm in the main hall of the St Nicholas Family Centre, Abbotswood. It starts with refreshments - drinks, nibbles and hopefully CAKE! - and should finish at 9pm.