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Winterbourne Medieval Barn wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Posted on Tuesday 10th May 2016 at 1:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Winterbourne Medieval Barn.

South Gloucestershire Council, in partnership with Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust, has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help restore Winterbourne Medieval Barn.

Development funding of £165,000 has been awarded to help South Gloucestershire Council and the Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) progress proposals to apply for further funding before December 2017. The total amount of grant funding applied for to support the project will be £1,045,000 (including this initial development funding).

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a building of national importance and is Grade II* listed. Built in 1342, the barn is a unique survival of the medieval agrarian economy. It was commissioned by Thomas de Bradeston, who was Lord of the Manor of Winterbourne from 1328 until his death in 1360. After the accession of Edward III he became attached to the royal service, taking part in all of Edward’s military campaigns as well as frequently serving in parliament.

If the bid is successful, the funding would be used to restore, refurbish and find new uses for the 14th Century Court Farm Barn and associated outbuildings, ensuring its long-term sustainability in the heart of the local community. A heritage education centre would also be created to demonstrate the history of the barn and its architecture as well as information about the local area. Overall, the complex would provide flexible spaces for a variety of community, educational and commercial uses.

More: The barn is an outstanding example of a raised-cruck construction »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


Changes to Sort It recycling centres in South Glos

Posted on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 11:09 am by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Sort It centre.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has announced changes to its Sort It recycling and waste disposal centres to help improve their efficiency and to deter non-residents and commercial users from using the sites.

From Thursday 1st October, the opening times for all of the Sort It centres will change to 8.30am to 4.30pm. These times will apply all year round (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) and mean that the Little Stoke (Stoke Gifford) site will once more be open on Wednesdays.

Other changes planned for 2016 include a residents’ vehicle registration scheme, where all residents will need to register their vehicle to access the sites, and an electronic van permit scheme for all vans. These measures will help to reduce the number of people from neighbouring council districts and commercial users from visiting the South Gloucestershire sites.

The existing automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) system will be updated and used to implement the registration schemes. It will be easy to register online, over the phone or at the One Stop Shops. The council says it will let everyone know when they can start to register later this year.

Chair of SGC’s Communities Committee Cllr Heather Goddard said:

“Changing opening times at the Sort It centres is the first step to making improvements to the sites and reducing the number of non-residents and traders using the facilities. After reviewing the number of visitors to the centres, we found that there were very few people making use of the extended opening hours in the summer. The new opening times reflect the times that most people use the centres and also allows the Little Stoke Sort It Centre to be open seven days a week instead of closing on a Wednesday.”

The Communities Committee agreed to the changes to improve the operation of the sites on 22nd July 2015. The recommended changes followed a public consultation carried out between November 2014 and February 2015.

Photo: Archive image of the Little Stoke Sort It Centre.

More info: Changes to the Sort It centres (SGC)


Fibre broadband coverage extended to 17,000 premises across South Glos

Posted on Tuesday 17th March 2015 at 12:11 pm by SH (Editor)

BT Openreach: Fibre broadband is here.

Even more South Gloucestershire communities than originally planned are set to get access to high speed broadband, the Great Western Broadband (GWB) partnership between South Gloucestershire Council, Wiltshire Council and BT can announce today (17th March).

As the first phase of the rollout completes this month – on time, under budget and with even more premises covered – more than 17,000 homes and businesses will have access to fibre broadband. This is 2,000 more than the original target of 15,000 premises when the project began two years ago.

South Gloucestershire communities which have benefitted from the GWB rollout so far include Aust, Badminton, Barrs Court, parts of Bradley Stoke town, Charfield, Downend, Lower Almondsbury, Lower Olveston, Marshfield, Pucklechurch, Rangeworthy, Rudgeway, Severn Beach, Thornbury town centre, Tockington, Tormarton, Warmley, Wick, Wickwar and Winterbourne. Horton and Hawkesbury Upton will also get access to fibre broadband by the end of this month.

Of the 17,000 premises, up to 14,000 will be able to access speeds of more than 24Mbps with the remaining 3,000 premises having access to improved broadband speeds up to 24Mbps.

When combined with BT’s commercial roll-out it means that more than 105,000 households and businesses in South Gloucestershire can now get fibre broadband.

Cllr John Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Resources Sub Committee, said:

“The additional coverage of 2,000 households and firms across South Gloucestershire has meant that more communities have been able to benefit than we originally planned when the rollout of superfast broadband began two years ago. It’s a great achievement to have completed the first phase of this rollout on time to more premises within the original funding. We are already planning ahead towards the second phase of the rollout when even more communities will be able to benefit from having access to superfast speeds.”

More: More than 140 km of fibre cable laid »

Source: South Gloucestershire Council


Recycle your real Christmas tree in South Glos

Posted on Sunday 4th January 2015 at 1:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Christmas trees for sale at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

If you have a real Christmas tree there are a number of ways you can recycle it now the festivities are over:

  • If you have subscribed to the garden waste service, you can put your real Christmas tree in your green bin for kerbside collection on your collection day. Please cut the tree into manageable pieces and make sure the tree is not wedged into the bin.
  • You can buy a single use garden waste sack for £2 from your nearest South Gloucestershire library or from Country Stores, 48 High Street, Marshfield SN14 8LP. Please attach the sack to the tree and leave out for collection on your normal collection day. (You don’t need to worry about cutting the tree to fit it in the sack, as the council is making special one-off collections after Christmas, taking any trees as long as they have a South Gloucestershire Council garden waste sack attached to them.)
  • You can also recycle your tree at one of South Gloucestershire’s four Sort It centres. Please visit to find your nearest recycling centre.

To check your collection day please visit

Please remember to remove all decorations, pots and stands before recycling your Christmas tree.

Recycled trees will be processed with the rest of South Gloucestershire’s garden waste and turned into fertiliser and mulch.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council