Downend hails latest parish champions

Published on: 08 Jun 2015

Downend hails latest parish champions

ABOUT 80 people attended the annual parish meeting of Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council, which celebrated local activities and discussed current issues in the community.
Entertainment was provided by the Bromley Heath Community Choir.
A cheque was donated to the council’s Charity of the Year, the Bristol Branch of the Normandy Veterans. The Normandy Veterans’ Association was launched in Britain in April 1981 and by the mid 1990s there were over 102 branches, not only in Britain, but in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium and France. Our local Normandy Veterans Association, Bristol Branch meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Warmley Memorial Hall.
Ron Stevens, welfare officer, accepted a cheque for £697.08, the amount reflecting the donations received from events D&BH PC has attended throughout the year. The council thanked everyone who supported the cause, with particular mention of Andrews estate agents in Downend for noteworthy efforts at the Downend Christmas lights event.
Three ‘Parish Champions’ were identified – two individuals and one business – each receiving a certificate to celebrate their achievements.
• Diane Paddon – Well known for her work with the youth of the parish through Christ Church, Diane is also secretary of the Friends of Lincombe Barn Park & Woods, as well as being actively involved in the Community Plan. She is a regular participant on the Bristol Soup Run.
• Paula Banks – Paula has raised over £100,000 over the past five years in memory of her son Jack who died at the age of nine from leukaemia. Some of this money has been used to fund a playroom and conservatory as part of the new Children’s Cancer Unit in Bristol.
• Webbs Flowers – Debbie and Roger Webb have been instrumental in the past 12 months or so in joining with the other shops in Cleeve Wood to tidy up and generally enhance this area of the parish, in addition to being involved in the Cleeve Wood shops Christmas event.
If you would like to know more about the work of the parish council, please contact the parish clerk, Angela Hocking, tel. 0117 956 7001 or email

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