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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

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Alexandra Womack LATEST

Ponies are right on the Monie for Tracy Beaker fans

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12:10pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and what better way to kick off the festive season than with an action-packed pantomime production ofeveryone's favourite fairytale Cinderella.

Wake up to the beauty of a pantomime this festive season

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2:04pm Wednesday 3rd December 2014

TWEEDY the clown brings laughter to Cheltenham's 2014 pantomime, Sleeping Beauty

Fears over increasing use of 'hippy crack' in Yate

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11:13am Monday 29th September 2014

INCREASING use of a legal high known as ‘hippy crack’ in the Yate area has sparked calls for immediate action.

Winterbourne student to take the plunge for mental health charity Mind

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7:00am Friday 19th September 2014

SIXTH form student and self-confessed vertigo sufferer Ether Pritchard is putting her fears aside as she takes a leap of faith for charity.

Marshfield Ice Cream scoops award

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3:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

AN ice cream company in South Gloucestershire is celebrating scooping an award for one of its favourite flavours.

All-female choir Fascinating Rhythm holds Happy workshop for girls in Yate

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5:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

NEARLY 70 girls were given a taste of singing in a choir at a free workshop in Yate on Saturday.

Marshfield app creator in line to be named Digital Hero

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9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

AN app creator from Marshfield is in the running to win £10,000 to help him improve his digital charity alarm clock.

Broadband campaigners urge people to attend crunch meeting in Horton

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2:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS for better broadband in rural villages around Chipping Sodbury are meeting en masse next week.

Residents mount protest over 'unsafe' cycle path through housing estates in south Yate

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11:35am Thursday 18th September 2014

PARENTS of young children in south Yate have been left flabbergasted at South Gloucestershire Council’s out-of-the-blue plan for a cycle path directly outside their homes.

Steal their style at Bristol Fashion Week

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12:22pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

START the autum and winter season in style with the return of Bristol Fashion Week next week.

More Hunger Games than Prince of Thieves, the Theatre Royal's Robin Hood is bold and bloody

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11:46am Wednesday 17th September 2014

AMBITIOUS, edgy and requiring plenty of guts, the Theatre Royal Bath’s annual summer production certainly did not disappoint.

Town council to protect Yate Outdoor Sports Complex from travellers

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9:40am Wednesday 17th September 2014

YATE Town Council is to spend £4,000 securing a well-used sports ground from travellers.

Discover the delights of South Gloucestershire during festival

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4:40pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

SOUTH Gloucestershire’s Discover Festival has been launched with a series of free open days at places of interest across the district.

Have your say on plans to drop the speed limit in Old Sodbury

Gazette Series: New calls for 30mph limit on road where schoolboy was killed

6:30am Wednesday 17th September 2014

PEOPLE are being asked for their view on plans to lower the speed limit on a notorious stretch of road through Old Sodbury.

New Hobbs House butcher isn't mincing his words

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11:47am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A NEW butcher is hoping to beef up Hobbs House Butchery after taking over the franchise of the business.

Man taken to hospital after one-car crash in Codrington

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10:28am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A MAN in his fifties has been taken to hospital after an accident in Codrington this morning.

Woman hit by train between Yate and Wickwar dies at the scene

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10:16am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A WOMAN hit by a train this morning was pronounced dead at the scene.

Person hit by train at Yate station

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9:17am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A PERSON has been hit by a train in Yate.

Phones 4U closes all stores including Yate Shopping Centre branch

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4:52pm Monday 15th September 2014

MOBILE phone retailer Phones 4U, which has a shop in Yate, has gone into administration.

Argos appeals for seasonal staff this Christmas

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3:02pm Monday 15th September 2014

ARGOS is looking for around 450 seasonal workers in the South West to help serve customers during the peak Christmas shopping season.

Chipping Sodbury needs your help to win High Street award

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2:49pm Monday 15th September 2014

CHIPPING Sodbury could be named market town of the year but the entry needs the public’s support.

One week left to find South Gloucestershire's EuroMillions winner

Gazette Series: £108m Euromillions jackpot winner is from Coulsdon

12:14pm Monday 15th September 2014

LOTTERY players in South Gloucestershire have a week left to check they are not sitting on a goldmine.

Foster carers wanted

11:35am Monday 15th September 2014

SOUTH Gloucestershire Council is holding an open evening for would-be foster carers at its Badminton Road offices in Yate on Thursday, September 25 (6pm). The event is part of an appeal to encourage people to consider fostering one or more of the 170 children in care. Call 01454 866423 for more details.

Academy open evening in Yate

11:35am Monday 15th September 2014

YATE International Academy is holding an open evening for prospective students and their parents on Thursday, September 25 (6-8.30pm).

Memory cafe for Alzheimer's sufferers in Yate

11:33am Monday 15th September 2014

A POP-up memory cafe for people affected by dementia is being held in Yate Library on Thursday, September 25 (2.30-4.30pm) with the Alzheimer’s Society. All are welcome to join others in a similar situation and find friendly help, support and information.

Macmillan World's Biggest coffee mornings in Yate and Sodbury

11:31am Monday 15th September 2014

A MACMILLAN Big Coffee Morning is being held at Yate Library on Thursday, September 25 (10am) and at Chipping Sodbury Library on Friday, September 26 (10am). All are welcome to buy coffee and cakes in aid of the charity.

Alan Ayckbourn play performed in Chipping Sodbury

11:31am Monday 15th September 2014

SODBURY Players present Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall from Wednesday, September 24 until Saturday, September 27 (7.30pm). For tickets email tickets@sodburyplayers.org.uk

Discover an Aladdin's cave of ideas at flower meeting

11:31am Monday 15th September 2014

SODBURY and District Flower Arrangement Society meets at the Old Grammar School Rooms, Chipping Sodbury on Tuesday, September 23 (7.30pm) for a demonstration called Aladdin's Cave with Sandra Snell. For more information call Pauline Holder on 01454 776361.

Praise and play at St Mary's Church

11:29am Monday 15th September 2014

A NEW praise and play session for pre-school children and their mums and dads is being held at St Mary’s Church in Yate from Monday, September 22 (2-3pm). Visit www.saintmaryschurchyate.org.uk for more details.

Help clear up Chipping Sodbury wood

11:28am Monday 15th September 2014

A WOODLAND work day is being held at Ridge Wood, Chipping Sodbury on Sunday, September 21 (10am- 12noon).

Find an antique at Winterbourne fair

11:26am Monday 15th September 2014

AN antiques and collectors fair is being held at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road, Winterbourne on Sunday, September 21 (9.30am-3pm). To book a stall or for further details call 07824 777338.

Join the chorus at Winterbourne concert

11:26am Monday 15th September 2014

THE Great Western Chorus present at concert at Winterbourne Community Centre, Watleys End Road, Winterbourne this Saturday, September 20 (8pm). There will be a bar and tickets are available by calling 01454 773370 or emailing callerscorner@hotmail.com

Cultural celebration at Yate International Festival

11:24am Monday 15th September 2014

YATE’S International Festival takes place at Yate Heritage Centre this Saturday, September 20 (10.30am-4.30pm) featuring a host of global entertainers, displays and demonstrations. There will also be cuisine from across the world and children’s workshops.

Help improve church gardens in Yate

11:23am Monday 15th September 2014

GET gardening and help improve the gardens at St Nicholas Church in Abbotswood, Yate and St Mary’s Church in Yate this Saturday, September 20 (10am-3pm at St Nicholas including lunch and 10am-12noon at St Mary’s). Visit www.stnix.co.uk for further information.

Workday at Winterbourne barn

11:21am Monday 15th September 2014

A VOLUNTEER workday is being held at Winterbourne Medieval Barn this Saturday, September 20 (10am-1pm). All are welcome.

Tasty wine evening in Rangeworthy

11:21am Monday 15th September 2014

LOCAL vocal harmony group Fascinating Rhythm is holding a wine tasting evening this Friday, September 19 (7.30pm) at Rangeworthy Memorial Hall. Call 01454 294937 for tickets.

Chipping Sodbury Mop fair returns this weekend

11:19am Monday 15th September 2014

THE Chipping Sodbury Mop Fair will take over Broad Street this Friday, September 19 (6-10pm) and Saturday, September 20 (2-10pm). Road closures will be in place affecting and drivers are asked not to park on the chippings from Friday morning.

Frome Vale Area Forum in Chipping Sodbury

11:17am Monday 15th September 2014

THE next Frome Vale Area Forum is being held at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall tonight (Thursday, September 18, 7pm). All are welcome to raise any issues about their community.

Grants available for Yate students

11:11am Monday 15th September 2014

THE closing date for students to apply for a Yate Town Council grant is Tuesday, September 30.

Learn about the work of the air ambulance

11:11am Monday 15th September 2014

A TALK will be given about the work of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity at Yate Library on Tuesday, September 23 (7.30pm). The event is free event but booking is required via www.southglos.gov.uk/discover

Author Pauline Rowson in Yate next week

11:07am Monday 15th September 2014

CRIME writer Pauline Rowson will be giving a talk and answering questions at Yate Library on Monday, September 22 (7.30pm). For tickets go to www.southglos.gov.uk/discover or buy from the library.

Discover your family tree at free event

11:07am Monday 15th September 2014

FREE family history drop-in sessions are being held at Yate Library this Saturday, September 20 (10.30am-1pm) with Yate and Sodbury Family History Group.

Dance like a Queen at ABBA night

11:05am Monday 15th September 2014

AN ABBA night takes place at Rangeworthy Memorial Hall this Saturday, September 20 (7.30pm) with local band Spectrum.

Race night for Wickwar Preschool

11:03am Monday 15th September 2014

A RACE night is being held at Wickwar Community Rooms on Saturday, October 4 (7.30pm) in aid of Wickwar Preschool.

Casual vacancy on Rangeworthy Parish Council

11:01am Monday 15th September 2014

A CASUAL vacancy has arisen at Rangeworthy Parish Council following the resignation of chairman Cllr Geoff Dawe.

Remember World War One at Wickwar event

11:01am Monday 15th September 2014

AN evening of reflections of World War One and its impact on Wickwar takes place at Holy Trinity Church in the village this Sunday, September 21 (preview from 4.30pm, event starts at 6pm). There will be music, poetry and pictures with a display of memorabilia as well as tea and cakes.

Go global at Yate International Festival

6:15am Monday 15th September 2014

CELEBRATE different cultures at Yate’s international festival this weekend.

Relay runners raise £37,000 for cancer research

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10:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

THE final total raised at this year’s Yate Relay for Life has been revealed.

Council chairman sees fundraising total soar after charity skydive

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2:12pm Friday 12th September 2014

SOUTH Gloucestershire Council’s thrill seeker chairman has taken a leap of faith by completing a skydive for charity.

Retire to South Gloucestershire for the good life

12:10pm Friday 12th September 2014

SOUTH Gloucestershire has been named the sixth best place in the country to retire.

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