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4:07pm Friday 26th November 2010
MOTORISTS heading home tonight are advised to check local weather reports and traffic conditions as the bad weather spreads across to other parts of the UK - with Wales, Northern Ireland, the South-West, East Midlands and the East of England also set to experience heavy snowfalls.
3:18pm Wednesday 28th April 2010
This election is increasingly reminding me of the Monty Python sketch "Confuse a Cat". Live debates between main party leaders and daily coverage across the media, are confusing the electorate and threatening to split the vote, leaving the nation rudderless. Yet, in this glut of political "information" and opinion, the most important issue for this country is hardly ever mentioned: our membership of the EU.
12:52pm Friday 25th January 2008
HERE we go again, cutbacks at Rednock School. The same thing happened 30 years ago when the school was last rebuilt. Is there no one at county level who can add up, look at and read a drawing, cost a project, etc, etc, read the details from the contractors submissions and award the contract with no strings attached? Having been a district councillor at Stroud, I have had some experience as to the way the system works and when you see how some of the contractors outline their quotations, it's enough to make a dog laugh - and this from very large companies. It is still not too late for a full appraisal as to what is going on. How can we have cost cutting only six weeks into the build? The time has come for a major change at county level and to elect people who know what they are doing at any level of government.
12:41pm Thursday 24th January 2008
Just six months on from last summer's devastating floods, families are once again bracing themselves for more potential flooding. We share your fears for the safety of people's homes and their loved ones.
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12:37pm Tuesday 22nd January 2008
AROUND midnight on Friday, January 10, in Wotton, I watched in horror as a group of five teenaged hooligans, clearly high as kites on drink or drugs, screaming and shouting, proceeded to kick a telephone box, with every intent of destroying it. They then jumped on and kicked in parked cars, howling with laughter as they did it. They then proceeded to pull down fencing by the former factory site before they went home through Court Orchard.
3:25pm Saturday 29th December 2007
I TRUST that the person who carelessly dropped a length of blue plastic string outside the Lighthouse in Dursley and caused an elderly gentleman to be injured in a heavy fall on Saturday, December 22 will reflect carefully on a spoilt Christmas for one family.
1:32pm Tuesday 25th December 2007
I would like to say big thank you to everyone who supported our Grand Christmas Raffle which raised £854 for Cotswold Care Hospice. This fantastic amount will contribute towards helping people in the county of Gloucestershire living with life-limiting illnesses.
12:00pm Tuesday 25th December 2007
You report that the County Council are still open to a range of waste strategies. Some have mentioned the possibility of a monster incinerator being built at Javelin Park near Stonehouse. This would be a mistake.
1:30pm Monday 24th December 2007
I am writing to say thank you to everyone from Gloucestershire who has supported the Meningitis Trust during 2007 - the start of our 21st anniversary year. It's only with the help of local communities that we are able to continue our vital work helping to rebuild lives shattered by meningitis.
1:29pm Sunday 23rd December 2007
I cannot understand why John Fowles did not suggest the youth club applyfor a grant fromStroud District Council. As I understand its grants are available but need to be applied for by the end of October to be allocated for the following year.
12:15pm Sunday 23rd December 2007
Being a regularreader of your pages I am of the opinion that in the letters page there does not seem to be much input from Chipping Sodbury residents as opposed those of Thornbury and concluded that some balance be required.
12:14pm Saturday 22nd December 2007
1:23pm Friday 21st December 2007
BLUE FOR THE 312 ANGRY. This is how I feel about the carve-up of this service. How can they justify cutting off Thornbury from its nearest train station and university? We are told to cut car miles and use public transport, yet at the same time there is to be a mere two-hour service at best.
12:11pm Friday 21st December 2007
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11:27am Tuesday 18th December 2007
In response to your "name and address supplied" correspondent, may I say how much I applaud the vision and adventurous ambition of ACT (Arts and Community in Thornbury). Contrary to your corespondent's assertion, Thornbury Arts Festival do fill the Armstrong Hall when high calibre acts appear. To attract and accommodate great artists we need a great venue.
1:33pm Monday 17th December 2007
1:32pm Sunday 16th December 2007
Re: Lister Hall ALAN Burgess suggested in last week's Gazette that hard choices need to be made with regard to investment of the Littlecombe Section 106 Development Fund on local amenities. He may be surprised to learn that the Lister Club Committee is in full agreement with his suggestion.
1:28pm Saturday 15th December 2007
The Poppy Appeal 2005, when we just had the Dursley area to do, yielded £3780.39. This was a very good result for us but the following year when Dursley and Cam Branches amalgamated this went up to £5812.02. The higher figure represented a splendid effort from our members and supporters and I set a goal of breaking through the £6000 barrier this year. I can inform you that to date we have banked £8050 and I have at least another £200 to pay in. When I announced this figure at our recent AGM there were gasps of amazement.
1:23pm Friday 14th December 2007
1:19pm Thursday 13th December 2007
Your article about the proposed taxi-tokens' missed one very key point: the debate at the South Glos Council Meeting on November 21 revolved entirely around whether it was sensible to start committing large sums of money, at this time, when we have no information yet from the Government as to how much they will be allocating to us for next year, and no idea whether we shall even have the money.
1:16pm Wednesday 12th December 2007
Every week I am reading about how upset Thornbury residents are at the number of empty shops and the generally run-down appearance of the town centre. I also remember Thornbury as it was back in the 70s and it is depressing to see it now, and it is certainly much more difficult to do all of ones shopping locally than it used to be.
12:59pm Tuesday 11th December 2007
I was interested to note the letters to the Editor in last weeks' Gazette, and I write following my attendance at the Local Area Forum Meeting on December 5, at which representations were made to councillors regarding the 312 service - and about other services that are to be cut as a result of council decisions. These decisions will severely impact on communities in Severn Beach and Pilning.
4:59pm Tuesday 4th December 2007
It's always good to know that Services of Thanksgiving for the life of a loved and loving person are appreciated! The one we had for Miriam Ealey WAS a real village affair and rightly so. Often we tend to opt for the 'Crem.' thinking that the deceased wouldn't want a 'religious' ceremony. Not so.
12:21pm Sunday 2nd December 2007
I read, with interest, the various letters over the last couple of editions and thought it time I wrote to state more clearly the stance of the Thornbury Chamber of Trade vis-à-vis the retail "foot print" of Thornbury.
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11:58am Thursday 29th November 2007
A very interesting piece in last week's Gazette regarding the bombing of the Parnall factory in Yate in 1941. Apart from the terrible loss of life these raids also had a very serious impact on the wartime production of Nash & Thompson aircraft gun turrets which were used in a wide variety of aircraft types, including the Wellington, Sunderland and Lancaster amongst many others.
11:54am Wednesday 28th November 2007
MY LOCAL hostelry has been a pub for upwards of 300 years. From the time that men in frock coats would put the world to rights over a quart of mead and a long clay pipe before a roaring fire, to the present day, when all types of people meet to put the world to rights over a pint in front of a wide screen rugby match. But, alas, my local is dying, owing to the smoking ban and the onset of winter weather.
11:52am Tuesday 27th November 2007
I AM a professional musician of some 30 years, playing in bars and clubs, and have been dismayed by the effect of the smoking ban. Whereas we were promised that the grateful customers would flock to premises providing a smoke-free environment, the reality has been that I have been playing in mostly empty bars, while the few customers left have been shivering outside in the rain and cold.
11:48am Sunday 11th November 2007
Since becoming the South Gloucestershire Older People's Champion I have become increasingly aware of the complexity and variety of individual needs our older residents have. This is particularly apparent in the area of transport where each person has very individual needs driven by their own personal circumstances which include everything from where they live to their physical capabilities.
11:31am Saturday 10th November 2007
I welcome the council's proposals to restore the choice of taxi tokens instead of the bus pass. I am a resident of Sheppardine which is an isolated rural hamlet, like many others in South Gloucestershire. There is no bus service provided for my community so however good the bus pass might be it is of little use when you don't have a bus to use it on. The council is right to recognise that buses aren't an option for everybody and right to try and address this by offering us a choice. I urge the whole Council to get behind this plan and give people living in rural areas and those who cannot access a bus for health reasons the choice of tokens. Without this choice those of us who cannot use a bus are being treated unfairly and losing out.
9:17am Friday 9th November 2007
I read with interest the article in last week's Gazette about the British Legion and the annual poppy appeal, which raises funds for ex service men/women and their dependants, and hope that the local branch of the British Legion will be able to continue.
12:44pm Thursday 8th November 2007
I would like to thank the people who came to my husband's aid when he slipped on wet leaves outside Tesco Stores in Yate on Saturday, October 27 at approximately 11.15 am. What he didn't realise at the time was he had broken his arm and as a result we have had to cancel our holiday to America.
9:52am Wednesday 7th November 2007
I would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers from Dursley Round Table , who again gave up their time to put on a wonderful firework and bonfire display this year. I know that many of the volunteers worked tirelessly all weekend to make it happen. Many took time off work to remove the turf of Friday , spent most of the day on Saturday building and guarding the bonfire, staying up half of the night to prevent any incidents , which have sadly happened in the past. Then Sunday was spent returning the turf and picking up everyone else's litter.
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10:50am Monday 5th November 2007
Before I start my grumpy old women moan I would like to say thatI I like childen - having brought up three myself and having grandchilden. They can be a joy but when they are riding their bikes in Yate Shopping Centre they are a damn menace.
11:34am Sunday 4th November 2007
YOU report that some local residents, whether or not they are church goers, are concerned at the potential re-ordering of St Mary's Church in Thornbury. They may reflect that, if concerned about the historical authenticity of the building, removal of Victorian pews will probably return St Mary's to more like its original 'ordering' in the 12th century.
10:44am Sunday 4th November 2007
Liberal Democrat M.P. Steve Webb condemned the wasted expense on the notorious M5 Junction 14 traffic lights but methinks he protests too little. I wish he would address the concerns of those who live along the rural and residential through roads of South Gloucestershire where lorries take a tedious route to the motorways.