Having a right royal good time

WHAT a lot of fun and fundraising there is going on in our area this summer.
Our pages this month are full of tales of people getting involved in their communities, from primary school children to nonagenarians. And why not? The Queen and Prince Philip have shown in recent weeks that you're never too old to have a good time.
A number of readers have been taking part in walks, runs and cycle rides for good causes -   congratulations to all.
The weather has not always been kind to outdoor events, but no one has let a mere downpour spoil their enjoyment. Let's hope for sunnier times in July and August.
The rain has made the flowers grow, which is great  for the fantastic Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom team, whose efforts can be seen all over the place. It's also made the grass grow, which is rather more of a problem. Valley Road in Mangotsfield is by no means the only place to suffer from cash cuts that have resulted in fewer cuts of “highways grass”.
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