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

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Appeal after attempted cash machine theft at Chipping Sodbury's Waitrose store

Stroud News and Journal: The cash machine taped off with crime scene tape

12:59pm Thursday 17th July 2014

AN investigation has been launched after thieves tried to steal money from a cash machine in Chipping Sodbury.

Yate Shopping Centre to feature in The Mimic tonight

Stroud News and Journal:

12:45pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

YATE Shopping Centre will feature in the return of a popular impression show being aired on television tonight.

Frampton Cotterell braces itself for six weeks of major roadworks

Stroud News and Journal:

9:45am Wednesday 16th July 2014

SAFETY measures are in place ready for work to start on replacing a road bridge in Frampton Cotterell next week.

Police chief to face criminal investigation

Stroud News and Journal: Suspended Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary Nick Gargan

4:29pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police is now being investigated for criminal offences, it has been revealed.

Frampton Cotterell's Charlie Lenehan to release first Bars and Melody single

Stroud News and Journal:

10:55am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A SCHOOLBOY from Frampton Cotterell is set to release his first single after coming third in ITV talent show Britain’s Got Talent.

Great British sports cars to be celebrated at Castle Coombe family day

Stroud News and Journal:

10:34am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE Great British sports car will be the theme at a family racing day at Castle Coombe later this month.

2 stags, 7 bands and 100 ales make beer and music festival a sell-out success

Stroud News and Journal:

4:01pm Monday 14th July 2014

NEARLY 2,000 revellers enjoyed a good swill of beer and a line-up of live music at the South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival in Chipping Sodbury at the weekend.

Fire safety warning as more strikes are planned

Stroud News and Journal: Firefighter fitted smoke alarm saves lives in Downham house fire

9:48am Monday 14th July 2014

RESIDENTS have been warned to make sure their fire alarms are working as crews continue to strike over several days this month.

Judges inspect Chipping Sodbury's blooming displays

Stroud News and Journal:

9:22am Monday 14th July 2014

SODBURY in Bloom is hoping for a third gold medal after judges inspected the town.

Frampton Cotterell residents line up to protect Dick King-Smith land

Stroud News and Journal:

7:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

RESIDENTS in Frampton Cotterell have been queuing up to tell planning experts why they should save a treasured piece of green land from development.

Will ewe win the Sodbury Sheep Search?

Stroud News and Journal:

11:40am Friday 11th July 2014

SHOPPERS in Chipping Sodbury will not have the wool pulled over their eyes with the launch of a summer sheep competition.

Yate woman cycles breadth of the UK in memory of relatives with Alzheimer's

Stroud News and Journal:

9:55am Friday 11th July 2014

A WOMAN from Yate whose granddad and godfather died with Alzheimer’s has cycled the width of the country in their memory.

Dyrham Park to open seven days a week

Stroud News and Journal: An appeal to raise £500,000 at Dyrham Park has reached an important milestone

9:50am Friday 11th July 2014

NATIONAL Trust property Dyrham Park is now open seven days a week.

Illegal immigrants found in Yate lorry

Stroud News and Journal: Immigration enforcement officers led away suspected illegal immigrants from the car park of Sainsbury's, Kiln Lane, Epsom

11:04am Thursday 10th July 2014

POLICE have detained seven men in Yate suspected of illegally entering the country.

Grease 2 star Maxwell Caulfield says Singing in the Rain is a 'joyous experience'

Stroud News and Journal: Maxwell Caulfield is set to star in Singin’ In the Rain

10:29am Thursday 10th July 2014

FROM a debonair English student who wooed Michelle Pfeiffer to a bigamist in Emmerdale, Maxwell Caulfield knows a thing or two about winning over an audience.

Theo's Day to remember Winterbourne baby

Stroud News and Journal:

12:45pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A FAMILY fun day in memory of a little boy from Winterbourne will be held in the village this weekend.

Fruit tree workshop to be held in Westerleigh

Stroud News and Journal: Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

4:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A FRUIT tree expert will be on hand with a healthy supply of tips at a workshop in Westerleigh this weekend.

Safety fears raised on danger road after fire engine crash

Stroud News and Journal:

12:34pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

RESIDENTS of a notoriously dangerous road which connects Yate with the M5 motorway are bracing themselves for more problems after a car transporter collided with a fire engine.

Thieves steal power tools from flower-growing social enterprise

Stroud News and Journal:

7:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

THIEVES have stolen hundreds of pounds of power tools and gardening equipment from a social enterprise for people with learning difficulties near Iron Acton.

Yate Relay for Life raises thousands for cancer research

Stroud News and Journal:

5:18pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

MORE than 250 people took to the track at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex over the weekend to take part in an all-night fundraising event for Cancer Research UK.

Two-car crash in Yate causes rush hour chaos

Stroud News and Journal:

2:27pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A TWO-car crash in Yate caused rush hour chaos yesterday (Monday, July 7).

Vince Cable visits South Gloucestershire to announce multi-million Growth Deal funding package

Stroud News and Journal:

12:44pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

SOUTH Gloucestershire has welcomed news that the region will benefit from a multi-million pound share of a government investment package announced this week.

Yate student plans broadcasting career after helping transmit Glastonbury Festival

Stroud News and Journal:

12:10pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A STUDENT from Yate helped has helped beam performances from Glastonbury Festival across the globe.

Mums keep fit with new Yate buggy walks

Stroud News and Journal:

12:02pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A GROUP of mums are putting their pushchairs in poll position as they launch a new buggy walk.

Electric rail depot in Stoke Gifford is on track for 2016 opening

Stroud News and Journal:

4:48pm Monday 7th July 2014

CONSTRUCTION of a state-of-the-art £80million electric train depot is well underway in South Gloucestershire.

St John's Mead fair shines despite a damp start

Stroud News and Journal:

4:38pm Monday 7th July 2014

A WET start didn’t dampen spirits at a school fair in Chipping Sodbury on Saturday.

St Peter's opens new hospice building for grieving relatives

Stroud News and Journal:

12:43pm Monday 7th July 2014

A HOSPICE serving South Gloucestershire has opened a new building which will give the families of terminally-ill patients a place to grieve.

Police praise caller for arrests in Hambrook burglary

Stroud News and Journal: PHONE THREATS: Scam callers can turn nasty

2:11pm Friday 4th July 2014

POLICE have thanked a member of the public whose call led to the arrests of two suspects for an attempted burglary in Hambrook.

Child car seats to be tested in Yate next week

Stroud News and Journal: None of the retailers visited by Which asked what type of car the child seat would be used in

10:48am Friday 4th July 2014

ROAD safety experts and police officers will be checking child car seats in Yate next week.

Police appeal after driving instructor road rage incident

Stroud News and Journal:

9:40am Friday 4th July 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a road rage incident involving a driving instructor's car.

Yate cadet is honoured at the House of Lords

Stroud News and Journal:

2:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE country’s leading cadets including a teenager from Yate have been honoured at the House of Lords.

Frampton Cotterell road to close for six weeks this summer

Stroud News and Journal: Frampton Cotterell road to remain closed until Sunday

11:30am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A MAIN road through Frampton Cotterell will be closed for six weeks later this month, resulting in more lengthy diversions for motorists.

South Gloucestershire's broadband deal is 'shrouded in secrecy'

Stroud News and Journal:

10:18am Thursday 3rd July 2014

A MULTI-million pound project to connect South Gloucestershire to superfast broadband speeds is being shrouded in secrecy, it has been claimed this week.

Motorist forced to drive from Pucklechurch to Gloucester in carjacking

Stroud News and Journal: Police urge vigilance after cars targeted in Dursley

3:20pm Monday 30th June 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a carjacking incident in South Gloucestershire.

Innovative teenagers show off their talents in Chipping Sodbury

Stroud News and Journal: Winners of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club's Young Innovator Competition

1:36pm Monday 30th June 2014

YATE and Chipping Sodbury’s emerging talent has been showcased in a competition to find the most innovative students across both towns.

Yate opticians celebrates Armed Forces Day

Stroud News and Journal: Staff at Yate's Specsavers store in 1940s attire on Saturday

12:20pm Monday 30th June 2014

STAFF at a Yate opticians got into the spirit of Armed Forces Day on Saturday by dressing up in 1940s costumes.

Prison sentence upheld for Duke of Beaufort's son

Stroud News and Journal: Lord Edward Somerset, leaving court at an earlier hearing

9:32am Monday 30th June 2014

A TWO-year jail term handed down to the son of the Duke of Beaufort earlier this year for repeatedly beating his wife has been upheld.

Family pays tribute to Yate care home resident Una Dorney

Stroud News and Journal:

10:52am Friday 27th June 2014

THE family of a woman who died at a Yate care home last week has paid tribute to their 'much-loved' aunt, stepmother and grandmother.

Bus fare roadshow in Yate today

Stroud News and Journal: First is making changes to the 342 and X42 services between Chipping Sodbury and Bristol

9:50am Friday 27th June 2014

A ROADSHOW explaining major changes being made to bus fares in the region is in Yate today Friday, June 27).

Classic car owners gear up for Chipping Sodbury event

Stroud News and Journal: The start of last year's Chipping Sodbury classic car run

2:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

MORE than 200 classic cars and vintage motorbikes will line Chipping Sodbury’s High Street this weekend in a spectacle members of the public are being encouraged to catch a glimpse of.

Enjoy a gala in the gardens in Old Sodbury

Stroud News and Journal: Ride for Ryder

11:00am Friday 27th June 2014

A GALA in an Old Sodbury garden is being held this weekend featuring live music, cooking demonstrations and a classic car display.

Armed Forces Day celebrations to take place in South Gloucestershire

Stroud News and Journal: The Union flag

9:45am Friday 27th June 2014

A VETERAN’S parade with marching band and military vehicles will kickstart South Gloucestershire’s celebrations for Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 28.

From Popstars to rock star - Noel Sullivan on his part in Rock of Ages

Stroud News and Journal: Noel Sullivan stars in Rock of Ages at the Bristol Hippodrome next month

1:58pm Thursday 26th June 2014

AS one fifth of Popstars band Hear’say he thrilled teenage audiences in the early noughties, now Noel Sullivan has ditched the pop and is taking on some of the biggest rock songs ever written.

Government to hand out £4million to repair potholes in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire

Stroud News and Journal: Pot holes are a source of much anger with motorists

3:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

NEARLY £4million extra funding is being made available to repair pot holes in Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire.

Outdoor zumbathon to raise money for Nepalese clinic

Stroud News and Journal: Wendy Pinker with a member of staff at the clinic in Nepal

12:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

KEEP fit fanatics have a treat in store when the first ever outdoor zumbathon in South Gloucestershire takes place next month.

Yate pubs to expand despite late-night trouble concerns

Stroud News and Journal: The White Lion and The Lawns pubs in Yate

9:58am Thursday 26th June 2014

TWO pubs within metres of Yate’s main church and heritage centre have won approval to extend where they sell alcohol and for how long.

Tonight isn't quite the Night for Rod Stewart musical

Stroud News and Journal:

2:18pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

SEEING a Rod Stewart musical less than a week after watching the man himself perform a stunning two-hour set was perhaps a little unfair on the cast of the current tour of Tonight’s the Night.

Suspended police chief Nick Gargan will not face criminal investigation

Stroud News and Journal: A number of serious allegations have been made against Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Nick Gargan, police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens said

12:21pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

THE Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police will not face a criminal inquiry as a result of allegations he made ‘inappropriate advances’ to female colleagues.

David Beckham to make one off trip to Yate

Stroud News and Journal: David Beckham to make one off trip to Yate

11:59am Wednesday 25th June 2014

ENGLAND might have been kicked out of the World Cup but one of the most famous footballers ever is coming to Yate this weekend, well, almost.

Best carnival yet for Sodbury Festival

Stroud News and Journal: St John's Mead Primary School children and staff dressed as characters from Mary Poppins at the Chipping Sodbury Carnival on Saturday (

10:07am Wednesday 25th June 2014

THIS year’s Sodbury Festival has been hailed a huge success thanks to glorious weather and a varied line-up of entertainment to suit all tastes.

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