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Alexandra Womack

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  • Alexandra Womack

  • Alexandra Womack, reporter covering Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Old Sodbury
  • Covers Winterbourne, Frampton Cotterell, Rangeworthy, Wickwar, Hawkesbury, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath, Old Sodbury

  • Email: awo@gazetteseries.co.uk
  • Telephone: 01453 544000
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Alexandra Womack LATEST

Comment: Yate must step up to save Shopmobility scheme

Gazette Series: Gazette Comment: Sigh of relief for Lister Petter workers... but what is around the corner?

10:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015

YATE’S Shopmobility scheme is a leading light in provision for the disabled.

Lifeline Shopmobility scheme in Yate Shopping Centre in funding crisis

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6:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015

A LIFELINE mobility service in Yate is facing major cutbacks after a drop in funding.

Unions talk to the Gazette about Winterbourne International Academy crisis and planned strike action

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7:00am Thursday 3rd September 2015

STAFF at Winterbourne International Academy are ‘angry’, ‘fed up’ and ‘demoralised’, unions have said as more than 100 teachers prepare to go on strike next week.

From suicide to Man versus Mountain, how Yate's Leanne Chew is dealing with depression and Asperger's

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5:30pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A YOUNG woman from Yate who tried to commit suicide has turned her life around by training for one of the country’s toughest obstacle races Man versus Mountain.

Entries up at the 130th Hawkesbury Horticultural Show

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4:56pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

THE village of Hawkesbury has proved once again it can put on a jolly good show.

Bluebird Care to hold elderly people's fair in Chipping Sodbury

Gazette Series: Alzheimers, confused, dementia, elderly old people (22423847)

4:49pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

A FREE fair for older people to find out what services are available to them is being held in Chipping Sodbury next week.

More foster carers needed in South Gloucestershire

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2:36pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

PEOPLE who think they could become a foster carer are being invited to an open evening in Yate next week.

Cotswold Edge Sixth Form opens in Yate and Chipping Sodbury

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1:41pm Wednesday 2nd September 2015

YATE and Chipping Sodbury students embarking on A-level and further education courses this term are the first to join a new three-way linked sixth form.

Bet your bottom dollar Annie will have you smiling until Tomorrow

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12:17am Wednesday 2nd September 2015

WHETHER you love the iconic, original Annie film or the updated 2014 version, the musical has it all.

Man snatches till from McColls store in Yate

Gazette Series: Motorcyclist dies and cyclist seriously injured in A4 crash

4:33pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

POLICE in Yate are hunting a man who snatched the till from a convenience store in the town.

Incredible Hulk drops in on police in South Gloucestershire

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3:12pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

POLICE officers in South Gloucestershire had a taste of Hollywood when a real life superhero dropped in for a visit.

Video shows progression of cinema development at Yate Riverside

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4:20pm Tuesday 1st September 2015

AN aerial video shot by a local videographer gives a bird's eye view of the cinema development under construction in Yate.

Police appeal after man loses control of car on the M32 near Hambrook

Gazette Series: Police urge vigilance after cars targeted in Dursley

10:25am Tuesday 1st September 2015

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a collision off the M32 in Bristol in which a 27-year-old man suffered serious injuries.

Gary Wilmot promises Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be as good as Me and My Girl

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2:14pm Friday 28th August 2015

‘AS fun as Me and My Girl’, that’s how good Gary Wilmot promises Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is going to be when it stops at the Bristol Hippodrome this October.

Yate's Jimmy Deane prepares for Bristol to Bath Marathon to help his friend Nicola Henderson and new charity EHE

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3:00pm Monday 31st August 2015

THE owner of a fruit and vegetable stall in Yate is weighing up his chances in the first ever Bristol to Bath Marathon.

Scam victims wanted for new University of the West of England research

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9:00am Sunday 30th August 2015

RESEARCHERS at the University of the West of England (UWE) want to hear from people who have targeted by con artists.

Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch committee needs your help

Gazette Series: Sarah Todd and Alexandra Womack from the Chipping Sodbury Big Lunch organising committee

12:00pm Saturday 29th August 2015

CHIPPING Sodbury’s Big Lunch committee is looking for new members.

WW 2 Parnalls bomb attack in Yate features in new 1940s film The Life of Cynthia

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12:00pm Monday 31st August 2015

THE terrifying bomb attack on Yate’s Parnalls factory is the backdrop to a new short film currently being shot in the area.

Family of Yate bell ringer killed 100 years ago hear special peal in his memory

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11:30am Friday 28th August 2015

A SPECIAL peal rung out on the centenary of the death of a young soldier from Yate was listened to by members of his family from far and wide.

Hat Factory project will go ahead but in alternative Winterbourne venue

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10:30am Friday 28th August 2015

A PROJECT to turn a disused chapel into a vibrant community centre in Winterbourne has been halted.

Special Friends Club revs up for fun day out driving

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3:46pm Thursday 27th August 2015

A GROUP of disabled youngsters geared up to make their dreams come true when they got behind the wheel of a car for the first time at Cribbs Causeway.

Police release e-fit after sexual assault at Bristol church

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9:48am Thursday 27th August 2015

POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a sexual assault in Bristol.

Lidl surprises customers in Yate with 'ridiculous' new parking restrictions

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6:00am Thursday 27th August 2015

CUSTOMERS at a Yate supermarket are up in arms over severe new parking restrictions which have led to many people being fined simply for doing their weekly shop.

Nisa shop in Frampton Cotterell fights back against opening of new Sainsbury's Local store

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9:00am Thursday 27th August 2015

THE owners of an independent convenience store in Frampton Cotterell say they have lost 30 per cent of trade since a Sainsbury’s Local opened a week ago.

Peg Hill Skate Park in Yate is illuminated with new lighting system

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6:00pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

A NEW lighting system at Peg Hill Skate Park in Yate has been switched on.

Frenchay Village Museum hosts display of paintings from the last century

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5:00pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

PAINTINGS of Frenchay over the past 100 years are the subject of a new exhibition in the village.

Chipping Sodbury care company marks second birthday with grant giveaway

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4:37pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

A CARE company in Chipping Sodbury is giving away a grant to help mark its second birthday in the town.

Last chance to enter your local in the Gazette's Pub of the Year competition

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1:51pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

LOCALS at our region’s finest pubs have one last chance to nominate their favourite watering hole in our Pub of the Year competition.

'Brilliant' Chipping Sodbury police officer scoops Police and Crime Commissioner Pride Award

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12:08pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

A POLICE officer in South Gloucestershire has been named a community hero for his honesty and integrity.

New link sixth form to launch in Yate and Chipping Sodbury next week

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9:37am Wednesday 26th August 2015

NEW sixth form provision is opening in Yate and Chipping Sodbury next week.

Giant cabbages and straight runner beans on display at Hawkesbury Horticultural Show

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4:12pm Tuesday 25th August 2015

THE 130th annual Hawkesbury Horticultural Show takes over the village once again this weekend.

Yate Shopping Centre celebrates 50th anniversary

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12:21pm Tuesday 25th August 2015

YATE Shopping Centre has marked its 50th birthday with a weekend of free entertainment for all its customers.

Stolen pony trap used by people in need is recovered by South Gloucestershire police

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11:07am Tuesday 25th August 2015

A PONY trap used to help disadvantaged children and adults which was stolen in a burglary in Wick has been found by police in South Gloucestershire.

Chipping Sodbury mum Heidi Hennighan takes to the skies in aid of disabled son Thomas Parry

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9:40am Tuesday 25th August 2015

A MOTHER from Chipping Sodbury has flown like a bird to raise money for her disabled son.

Police release CCTV images of suspect in Domino's charity box theft

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1:20pm Monday 24th August 2015

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to about the theft of a charity box from a Domino’s Pizza shop.

Passenger suffers head injury in M4 crash

Gazette Series: Husky rescued from burning house by firefighters

11:16am Monday 24th August 2015

A PASSENGER was taken to hospital after a single-vehicle collision on the M4.

Wickwar Social Club opens its doors for fun day

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11:05am Monday 24th August 2015

A VILLAGE social club held an open day for new and present members to raise its profile and celebrate the summer.

Walk to Remember raises thousands of pounds for Marie Curie

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10:58am Monday 24th August 2015

HUNDREDS of walkers stepped out together at Badminton House to raise money for Marie Curie.

Police appeal after teenage girl sexually assaulted at Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Gazette Series: The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta runs from August 8-11

10:57pm Thursday 20th August 2015

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she left the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Winterbourne men jailed for distraction burglary in Cardiff

Gazette Series: Misconduct hearing for PC accused of using excessive force in stop and search of 13-year-old

10:49pm Thursday 20th August 2015

THREE men from Winterbourne have been sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to the distraction burglary of an 84-year-old man.

GCSE Results: Chipping Sodbury Schools celebrates more top grades despite overall drop in results

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1:38pm Thursday 20th August 2015

THE number of students at Chipping Sodbury achieving multiple A* and A grades has increased dramatically despite a drop in the overall average of results.

GCSE Results: Big improvement at Yate International Academy

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1:33pm Thursday 20th August 2015

YATE International Academy has seen a marked improvement from last year’s disappointing GCSE results.

GCSE Results: Big drop for Winterbourne International Academy

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1:29pm Thursday 20th August 2015

WINTERBOURNE International Academy has seen an 11 per cent drop in students achieving five or more GCSEs at grade C or above.

GCSE Results: Best ever year at Brimsham Green School in Yate

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1:24pm Thursday 20th August 2015

BRIMSHAM Green School in Yate is celebrating its best ever set of GCSE results.

Volunteers needed to take lonely Yate pensioners to monthly tea parties

Gazette Series: Contact the Elderly organises monthly tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and above

9:00am Saturday 22nd August 2015

THE Yate arm of a national charity movement is facing closure if more volunteers do not come forward to have tea with elderly members of their community.

'Compatible' couple from Yate toast a golden 50 years of marriage

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12:00pm Friday 21st August 2015

YATE golden couple Julie and Dave Todd may have found friendship as teenagers but their compatibility has seen them through 50 years of marriage.

Rangeworthy bride urges women to Sling the Mesh after having excruciating bladder sling fitted

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6:00pm Wednesday 19th August 2015

BRIDE Kimberley Vallis looks a picture of happiness at her Rangeworthy wedding on Saturday but her smile hides the agony she was in.

Comment: Remember the work of community treasure Wendy Mayo

Gazette Series: Gazette Comment: Sigh of relief for Lister Petter workers... but what is around the corner?

8:00am Thursday 20th August 2015

A TRUE do-gooder, Wendy Mayo was the embodiment of community.

Tributes paid to president of Wickwar Social Club

Gazette Series: Club members Gerald Weaver, Neville Gibbons, Ted Padfield,  John Jeremiah, Viv Bateman, club president Merv Pollard, Mickey Vincent, Dave Pollard (12984360)

4:00pm Thursday 20th August 2015

THE Wickwar community is paying tribute to the president of the village social club.

Community pays tribute to 'amazing' Dodington Parish Council clerk Wendy Mayo

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6:00am Thursday 20th August 2015

TRIBUTES have been paid to Dodington Parish Council clerk and community stalwart Wendy Mayo.

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