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Social Distancing for Yate Shopping

Strict social distancing measures are being introduced at Yate Shopping Centre ahead of the re-opening of non-essential retail units on 15th June.
The measures in all pedestrian walkways will be well signposted and Centre staff will be on hand to assist and guide customers as necessary. Click below to read more...

Green Community Travel Update

Please do get in touch if you have any worries or concerns, or even just fancy a chat! We’re all still working from home at the moment but the buses are still on the road. The staff have all gone above and beyond to make sure we can still run the transport and help people that need us.
We’ve also been helping South Glos with the delivery of emergency food parcels, we’ve been able to do that 5 days a week for a couple of months now, as well as collecting and dropping off prescriptions for people and shopping for those that don’t have family nearby or a good support network. See our website below for updates.

Online Baby Massage Course

While Penny Smith is unable to run her usual Treasured Moments Baby Massage classes, she is offering an online course of four videos plus handouts, teaching you how to give your baby a whole body massage. Click below or call 07773 342707 to find out more.

Bulky waste collection resumes

Our waste collection service for bulky household items such as furniture, large domestic appliances and mattresses has now been reinstated after being temporarily suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
South Glos Council can collect up to three items for £29.00. There is a concessionary rate of £14.50 for those on certain benefits*. To book, call 01454 868000. Click below to find out more.

The Moda's July Re-Opening

The Moda House is all set up for July, and cannot wait to welcome guests back to stay.
Click below to muse with them over the easing of restrictions and the unreal atmosphere in Chipping Sodbury during June - normally the busiest month of the year...

Where to buy Rocco the Rock Star

With Chipping Sodbury's Tourist Information Centre currently closed because of Covid-19, you can buy copies of Rocco the Rock Star for £7.99 from Artingstall's Butchers or online at Click below to read more...

Heather Norman Hats Re-Opening

I am opening the shop again whilst following the government's strict guidelines. I will be operating a pre-book timeslot system between 11am and 2pm. Please message or phone and I will be able to book you in, we can discuss the length of the appointment so you are comfortable and don't feel rushed.

Online Library Services Extended

We can now access thousands of local and national newspapers free of charge through our online library resources.

They now offer the majority of national and local papers in addition to a range of international titles.

During the coronavirus pandemic there has been a significant increase in the number of people accessing online library resources, so they have been increased and expanded with the help on a grant of £1,000 from the Arts Council England.

South Gloucestershire Libraries also offer ebooks, eaudiobooks, digital magazines and eComics.

Sort It Centres Accept All Waste

After successfully re-opening three of our Sort It recycling centres at Thornbury and Yate last weekend, we are now in a position to accept a full range of waste at both sites from Thursday 21 May.

Some restrictions around the type of waste that could be disposed of were in place so we could implement essential social distancing measures and evaluate how efficiently the sites were operating with the measures in place.

With residents listening to advice around only using the sites if absolutely necessary, it now means we can return to accepting our normal range of waste and we will continue to offer extended opening hours until further notice: 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week, including Bank Holiday Monday 25 May.

Toy and Activity Bank Launch

A Toy and Activity Bank is launching on June 1st, with donations accepted from mid-May. Social Workers, Community Workers, YSNS Volunteers, Carers, Support Workers and nominated representatives will be able to make requests. It's a project developed by Yate and Sodbury Neighbourhood Scheme (YSNS) for the community during Covid 19. Click below to read more...

Chamber's Zoom Get-Together

The Chipping Sodbury Chamber of Commerce has had its first virtual chamber meeting to check in with members and update everyone on projects they are still working on, including the 2021 Sodbury Calendar, a new Town Map and the Summer Search.

Red Door's New Website

Red Door Coaching and Training are very pleased that their new website is live! We have updated our look to reflect how Red Door has progressed over the last few years. We are also sharing what we can do for our clients in an easier to access, clearer format.
This period of lockdown has made us make many changes to how we are working. For the first time we are running online workshops, successfully delivering training remotely to teams working from their homes.
Our experience of delivering workshops that focus on Managing Remote Teams, Managing by Outcomes, Dealing with Stress and Resilience have been valuable to our business in these different times.
While we have been getting used to working from home we are equally looking forward to stepping back into the wider world.

Koala Kreations Sewing Update

We have now slowed down our NHS sewing of Headbands and Drawstring wash bags as we've fulfilled all our requests. So far we have made over 2000 wash bags and 1200 headbands. A massive THANK YOU to all our local sewers for joining our BIG SEW. Click below to read more...

Have Your Say on Council Plan

South Gloucestershire Council are inviting feedback on our new Council Plan which covers the period 2020 to 2024.

We would like to hear from residents, businesses and other organisations about their views on our key priorities and commitments for the next four years and onwards. See below for more...

Read the Old Sodbury Times

Click below to read the the May 2020 edition of the Old Sodbury Times. It's a bumper edition only available in digital form this time because of the Coronavirus crisis.

New Digital Boundary Magazine

Click below to read a digital version of May's Boundary magazine and see what's on offer from local businesses who are working hard to continue their services during the lockdown.
Angie Lane, owner of The Boundary, has published adverts for free to support Hedgehog Rescue.

Green Community Travel Update

We are still here if you have an essential journey - GP or hospital appointment. We are able to maintain social distancing as we are only using our minibuses. We can also help with prescriptions and if you’re really stuck with anything please ask us as we’ll always do what we can. Call 01454 228706 or 0845 241 0985.
Very best wishes to you all, we are missing all our passengers very much but hope you are staying safe and sound and we’ll see you soon!

Maybe in May? The Moda's Musings

If you've been spring cleaning your home during lockdown, you're not alone... At Chipping Sodbury's Moda House, all the rooms have been freshened up and given a thorough deep clean, ready for when they are given the green light to re-open. Click below to read their musings on staying ‘home sweet home’.

Weekly Recycling Resumes

Weekly recycling collections will resume across South Gloucestershire from Wednesday 13 May after being temporarily changed to keep essential collections running during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The switch to fortnightly recycling collections has enabled us to continue to collect black bin waste as normal with a significantly reduced workforce. Encouragingly, tonnages for recycling have remained broadly comparable over the past 4 weeks.

Staffing levels had dropped to below 70 per cent at the time the temporary changes were brought in, but they have gradually recovered to over 80 per cent today.

From 13 May, residents are advised to put their recycling out on their normal collection day by 7am and bear in mind that our crews may be working longer hours than usual.

Support from Southern Brooks

If you need support during this Coronavirus crisis, you can contact community development organisation Southern Brooks. Call 07773 209943 or email below 8am-8pm for advice on practical and wellbeing support.


Austere April at Sodbury's Moda

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...

HALSVH closure

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.

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