Welcome to MySodbury, the online guide to what's on in the area, and who makes it happen!
We are posting updates, cancellations and postponements of events as decisions are made. Keep an eye on our events calendar for details on individual events, and let us know if you'd like to make any changes to information we have posted on your behalf.
There's a new competition on MySodbury this month: you could win a copy of Rocco the Rock Star.
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We may be stuck indoors but you can still complete your weekly workouts. Access FREE online Les Mills classes thanks to your local Active Centre... including mindful meditation, Body Combat and children’s classes.
While we are at home or most of us are - we are probably sorting stuff out - or not! If you come across any old photos of anything happening in the Sodbury area, any Sodbury photos at all - please send them to Rich McD via the facebook page below and we will get them on the page. Short description of what/when/who is helpful. Keep Safe.
Waste is an essential service and we are doing all we can to continue collections during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak whilst protecting our staff and residents. This means making some changes to waste services so we can collect everyone’s waste and recycling with reduced staff levels and minimum disruption.
If you missed the Horton Quiz taster, scroll down in the news items and you'll find it. Here are the answers...
Yate & District Rotary Club are very sorry to have to announce that our 2020 (and what would have been our 25th) Beer and Music Festival - 10 & 11 July - is cancelled due to the alarming progress of the worldwide Covid-19 outbreak.
It is now clear that such a large public event cannot be staged this summer, so we are looking forward to July 2021 when we hope to be celebrating a TRULY MAGNIFICENT 25TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL!
Click below to see key information from South Gloucestershire Council on Coronavirus, including the latest information on their response, updates on services and what support is available...
The devasting spread of the coronavirus has led to the cancellation of local festivals and events that generate much tourist revenue, but it has also produced an urge to reach out and be kind.
Chipping Sodbury's Moda House is hoping we can still enjoy freshly baked Hot Cross buns and look forward to the rush of spring bringing new life everywhere as we hope for more encouraging news, along with some cheer for the rest of the year! Click below for their thoughtful April poetry...
The Horton Quiz questions are nicely under wraps, awaiting a re-schedule of the quiz date, when things get back to normal.
In the meantime, Caroline Bannister and Tony Wake thought it might be an idea to ‘whet the whistle’ of fellow Hortonians and send out a few quiz questions.
This is purely for fun – there are no prizes. Enjoy.....
Answer sheets will be distributed on Sunday evening. Good luck!
COVID-19 Help, Support And Volunteering South Glos and Bristol now have a web page setup with links and information to hopefully help people. This web page is more South Glos area focused rather than local area focused.
In light of events unfolding over the weekend in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Trustees of the National Garden Scheme have taken the difficult decision to ask all the charity’s garden owners not to open their gardens until further notice.
As some of you may be aware Sodbury Chamber had started work on a new town map to help promote the businesses in town. Despite the current crisis Justin our local graphic artist has been busy working away on detailed drawings of the high st. You can follow his progress at the link below. We will issue more details about the map when we are ready to launch. Stay safe everyone.
We are able to collect prescriptions for passengers so if you need something collected please let us know. All of our drivers carry ID. And we could tell you the name of the driver that would be coming to the pharmacy for extra security. We will also drop on doorstep to minimise contact. We are going to charge delivery but would take this over the phone again to minimise contact etc.
We are hoping to get something regular set up shopping wise, it looks like we may have to work with some of the smaller local shops. If you do need help with anything like this please let us know so we can add you to our list. We are only getting essentials at present.
The police have stopped all Beat Surgeries and external forums, we are still conducting hi-visibility patrols, we have reduced the number of stations we have open and would encourage members of the public to contact us by email when it isn’t urgent. There is obviously a demand on us for clarity around certain things being implemented and again would encourage people to refer to the Government websites and NHS websites rather than us.
For the most up-to-date information please click the link below:
To protect our staff and each other, our shop’s opening hours have been amended to 9am-2pm.
As well as much stricter hygiene rules we are also enforcing social distancing, there are to be only two people in the shop at a time stood two metres apart.
Please phone you local shop to pre order before 12.30pm to collect the next day, this allows us to serve you quickly and reduces your contact with others.
The Southwold Local Group of Avon Wildlife Trust have now received formal precautionary advice from both South Gloucestershire Council and Dodington Parish Council not to be proceed with any outdoor workdays and other events.
We are fully complying with that advice to help to protect all our valued helpers who contribute so much to the nature areas of Yate, Dodington and Chipping Sodbury.
The last few weeks have seen some inspirational acts of community spirit and kindness. Now Simpson Solicitors would like to do something too.
If you are over 70 and self isolating we can help you.
We are providing FREE ordinary powers of attorney (OPA) to anyone aged over 70 until the end of the the first week of April 2020. Get in touch to find out more...
We are so sorry to announce that Razzamataz Bristol North will be closing with immediate effect. We are hoping that we will be able to resume as soon as possible. An email will be sent to all our customers with full and further details later today. Anyone who hasn't received our emails please get in touch and make sure we have your correct contact information.
We cannot overstate the importance and great value we hold in our parents, guardians, students and staff for their continuing support. We would fail to exist without this support.
To Myself and my Staff Razzamataz is more than just a job, we love each and every student and we will continue to be there if anyone needs us.
To our Parents, students and staff please take great care in this testing, uncertain and stressful time; there is nothing more important than health and we hope to welcome our amazing students back to razz as soon as possible!
Caroline Pederick has been working hard to arrange deliveries of food and other essentials from local businesses such as Hawkesbury Stores and Hawkesbury Farm to people who are self isolating. If you want to take advantage of this service, please contact Caroline by email or on 07775 772750.
Phone your Hawkesbury Stores order through to the shop on 01454 238639 by noon, pay via BACS or set up an account, or have a cheque ready on delivery. Our local volunteer would collect your order and deliver it back to the village that afternoon.
To order from Hawkesbury Farm shop, contact Karen Morgan on 07929 947149, or see the website below.
If those suppliers have run out of what's needed, the village ‘volunteer team’ may be able to find alternatives from elsewhere. But we can't promise to!
Horton villagers want to make sure that everyone in the village who needs support can get it, and secondly to ask for volunteers who may be able to help neighbours who are stuck at home with day to day tasks.
If you can offer help to other villagers, and are fit and well, please e mail Katharine Lea-Wilson or call 07711 672007 or 01454 321358. It might be something as simple as adding a few items to your weekly online shop for someone who's stuck at home and who doesn't use the internet.
Please think about your neighbours - take a moment to think who lives near you, and please check on them. If they don't use e mail or social media, maybe print this off for them? If any of your neighbours are in need of help, please drop us a line to tell us, so we can try and link them up with someone who can help.
A community Facebook page for the village has been set up below - please sign up to follow that page if you'd like to.
We hope these difficult times will draw our village community closer together.
South Gloucestershire Council has issued a range of information and guidance materials to support the increasing number of informal and formal community groups that are springing up in neighbourhoods across the district to help those having to self-isolate.
The Community Aid South Glos pack has been distributed via town and parish Councils, who play a key role at the heart of their communities and are already helping to coordinate local responses. We are also seeing groups as small as residents in the same street starting a WhatsApp group so that neighbours can share offers of help and requests for assistance with shopping or picking up prescriptions for those who are required to self-isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Yate Town Council is joining forces with community group Yate and Sodbury COVID-19 Help and Support, to provide help to our most vulnerable in isolation. The group are pooling resources, delivering leaflets to houses to offer support in any manner, and posting useful advice on social media. The group are looking for volunteers to help them. If anyone can help, click below to get in touch.
Andrew Webb, one of the Chamber Chairs says: "I think as many people as possible should post what they are offering ie being open / local home delivery/ pay and collect. It is very difficult for everyone and things are changing by the hour but we need to keep open and attract shoppers."
Due to restrictions imposed with the COVID-19 outbreak Jimmy Deane's have initiated a new delivery service to selected local areas. For more info and to order please see their online shop!
With the impacts of Coronavirus beginning to be felt by the business community, Socialable Media want to remind you that they are here to help:
"In this rapidly changing situation your business may look to diversify offerings. Using social media to relay this message can be a quick and effective means of communication and of course removes the need for personal contact, keeping us all safer at this time.
To assist you sharing this message we can offer a Power Hour consultation via Zoom that is focussed on your business and your latest business messaging, putting you in front of your customers in the right way. During these unprecedented times we have cut the price of the Power Hour to £65.
If you think you need this support now or over the next few weeks feel free to make contact. Supporting other small businesses is why we are here. Your first step to clear and constructive social media messaging is to click below to book a free 20-minute zoom call."
Following Government and other guidance, and as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Village Hall Committee has made the reluctant decision to close the village hall completely with effect from this Friday 20th March until the end of May.
We will keep a close eye on developments and as the pandemic progresses, we'll keep our closure policy under review and will keep you updated.
The closure means that the quiz planned for 27 March, the Bull Run on 26 April and the quintet on 2 May will all be rearranged to dates later in the year.
Once the hall reopens, we will need to ramp up our fundraising efforts to make up for the shortfall in our hire and fundraising income which we will incur whilst we are closed. The hall costs about £14,000 pa to run, half of which we usually raise from hall hire and half from fundraising.
Just to clarify, the village hall car park is still available for use by the school for dropoff/pickup as usual, and the field can still be used. We recommend however that you stick to the recommended 'social distancing' measures.
A new children's has been launched featuring Chipping Sodbury's beautiful High Street. "Rocco the Rock Star" is based on true events and conveys a message of kindness and is the tale of a Rescue Dog who has travelled a long way to end up in 'Chipping Dogbury'. Click below to read more...