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  volunteering@thecareforum.org.uk

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 www.southglos.gov.uk/areaforum

Further information regarding grant funding is available on 01454 865865 or via www.southglos.gov.uk/grants

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 http://fortnight.fairtrade.org.uk/

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.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

South Glos businesses offered Broadband Connection Vouchers

Small to medium size enterprise businesses (SMEs) in South Gloucestershire may be entitled to take advantage of the Government’s Broadband Connection Voucher scheme.

The scheme has been extended to include eligible SMEs within South Gloucestershire who have until the end of March this year to apply.

Applications for the scheme can be made now and the benefits include a connection voucher worth up to £3,000 towards faster, better broadband.

Upgrading to superfast broadband brings real business benefits, offering better services to more satisfied customers and enhancing the way businesses communicate and collaborate online. Hundreds of UK businesses are already benefiting from the vouchers scheme.

To check eligibility and for more information visit https://www.connectionvouchers.co.uk/city/bristol/

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

What's in the future for YOSC?

Various stories are going around about what might happen to Yate Outdoor Sports Centre.
Circandian’s contract to run it ends this October, and South Gloucestershire Council can’t take it back in house.

The Focus Team are determined to make sure it stays open. We’ve got South Glos to commission experts to work out how it could be run - and are now working with users to try to come up with a scheme to save it - which would involve users and Yate Town Council jointly running it.

So - if you use it - don’t panic. As soon as we have got a deal we’ll make an announcement. One way or another, The Focus Team will make sure YOSC doesn’t close.