Posts Tagged ‘Downend’

Tickets on sale now for Downend firework spectacular

Posted on Wednesday 9th October 2013 at 11:21 am by SH (Editor)

Downend Firework Show 2013.

Tickets for Bristol’s biggest charity firework display are now available to buy from local outlets.

The event, which is taking place on Friday 1st November, has celebrated over 40 years in the city, raising vital funds for charity and drawing crowds from across the south west.

Organisers say they expect this year’s display to be another sell out success and are urging people to get their tickets sooner rather than later.

Andrew Simmonds, 34, from Downend, is one of the Great Western Round Table members who helps to arrange the show each year. He said:

“Tickets are now on sale and judging by the positive feedback we’ve had about the event so far we’re expecting them to go fast!”

“We are the largest charity display in Bristol and people travel far and wide to come so we’re urging those interested to get their tickets soon.”

“Tickets are available from local shops and PTAs or from the website.”

“We have secured the best firework company in Bristol – Skyburst – and have increased our spend by £2,500 so it’s guaranteed to be a spectacular show.”

“It’s a marvellous opportunity to see the best pyrotechnic display for miles around while raising money for great local causes at the same time.”

Held at the King George V playing fields in Sutherland Avenue, the event is set to attract thousands of visitors from the region.

More: Event has raised more than £500,000 since 1971 »


Downend Firework Display raises thousands for local charities

Posted on Monday 10th December 2012 at 3:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Downend Firework Display charity presentation.

The organisation responsible for the Downend Firework Display has reported the event raised around £18,000 for local charities.

The Great Western Round Table presented cheques to several causes including Macmillan Cancer Care, the Keynsham Scout group, the MS Therapy Centre, Children in Need and the Kingswood Scout group.

It also presented £1,500 to the Kingswood Bus Project, which provides youth support to local 11-25 year olds.

Andrew Simmonds is one of the ten local volunteers who help to arrange the show every year. He said:

“We are so pleased with the fantastic amount the firework show has raised for charity. It’s great that we can split the funds between lots of really worthwhile causes in the area, and each have still got a chunky amount.”

“This year Macmillan Cancer Care was our named charity so we were able to award them with £7250 to go towards helping people with cancer in the region.”

“We chose the Keynsham and Kingswood Scout groups because they are great organisations which do wonders with local kids. The PlayBus project was an easy choice with the difficulties they have been having lately and the MS Therapy Centre is doing wonderful work.”

“We always like to make a donation to Children in Need as well and it was great to see Pudsey at the firework display.”

This year was the 41st year the Downend Firework Display has been held at the King George V playing fields and once again it attracted crowds of thousands.

Andrew continued:

“Since the first firework display, the Great Western Round Table has raised more than half a million pounds for local causes.”

“I’d like to thank our sponsors Bristol Audi and Mama Bears Day Nursery and I’m looking forward to starting organisation for the next one!”

Source: Great Western Round Table


Curfew for counterfeit goods market trader

Posted on Wednesday 26th January 2011 at 10:43 pm by SH (Editor)

A South Gloucestershire market trader has been handed a 12 week curfew order after his stall was found stocked with 255 items of counterfeit clothing, including copies of brands like Bench, Henleys and Adidas.

Amarjit Singh, 18, of Sutherland Avenue, Downend, appeared before Northavon Magistrates on Tuesday 18th January and pleaded guilty to 14 charges of possessing counterfeit goods for sale under the Trade Marks Act 1994. His sentence requires him to stay at home between the hours of 7am and 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays for the next three months. In addition he was ordered to pay £250 in prosecution costs.

The case was brought by South Gloucestershire Trading Standards after they identified a number of stallholders trading illegally at a Saturday market held in Filton. In December 2009 Trading Standards, along with police and clothing industry representatives raided the market and suspected offenders were arrested.


Source: South Gloucestershire Council


Three stores fail under-age drink sales test

Posted on Thursday 11th November 2010 at 8:21 am by SH (Editor)

Three stores sold alcohol to under-18s in a test-purchase operation run by police and South Gloucestershire Trading Standards.

Two clearly under-age girls tried to buy alcohol in eight off licences and convenience stores in Downend, Kingswood, Mangotsfield and Warmley in the operation on Friday 5th November 2010.

The teenage volunteers were able to buy alcohol in two Kingswood stores and one in Downend. The workers who made the sale were given an £80 on-the-spot fine.


Source: Avon and Somerset Police