Devasting Fire at Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Fire swept through the main farm building on the evening of Monday, March 20, 2017 causing extensive damage to the building, offices, toilets and kitchen. The fire brigade attended the fire and brought the fire under control. None of the animals were harmed.

“This is a dreadful thing to happen in our 30th year – but we will do our best to clear up and reopen the community farm by the weekend for the many people who love the farm.” said Paul Jayson – Farm Manager.

Donations to help support the farm during this terrible time can be made on the following page:

The Training Room, part of the new Community Cafe Facility, remains open and is an ideal venue for training events and courses, meetings and seminars. It is light and airy with lovely views of the farm. The room seats 40 adults, and has Wi-Fi and a digital project with an interactive whiteboard. You will also have access to the farm and be able to look at the animals, gardens and woodland and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.
For more information check out http://www.lwfarm.org.uk/training-room.html, call 0117 938 1128 or email [email protected]

Tercon has used the facility on a number of occasions. John Hunter “We found the venue to be very convenient and well presented. A modern and clean facility, with presentation equipment and facilities of a very high standard”..

Events Health & Safety

Health and Safety Peer to Peer Group – July 13th – Bristol Port Company


The next Health and Safety Peer to Peer Group will be hosted by The Bristol Port Company at St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth. Date: Thur. 13th July at 09:30.

If you’re working in Health and Safety across the area, or have someone within your organisation who is, this is a chance to get together and share knowledge with your peers.

Please email [email protected] to join us on July 13th.

We’d like to thank Nick Phillips, for hosting the April Forum which included a tour of CHEP’s operation and their health and safety practices. This was very informative.

Events Members News

The Black Peak Challenge 2017 – Sat. June 10th

Colleagues, friends and family from across the SevernNet Area are once again getting together in The Black Peak Challenge. The last event raised £12,500 for charitable causes, and was supported by a number of local businesses.

If you’re interested in getting involved check out the information here, download the poster here or email Phil Radford at [email protected]

Those who have taken part in this challenge before have said that it was the best thing that they did all year. We need to book the breakfast and mountain rescue, so do join in as soon as you can.

Family and friends are encouraged, (15 years and over.)


The shorter route (11 miles climbing to 720 meters) is stunning and tough but achievable. (See below)  The longer route (18 miles reaching the highest point in the Black Mountain 811 meters) is only for the very fit and is a tough challenge. You can decide on the day which you are taking on.


You can travel up on the day, (meet at SAH car park to lift share) or stay in the campsite, or in one of the great pubs.


We are hoping to raise funds for the desperate people of East Africa by supporting the Disasters Emergency Committee. (Although local youth organisations are encouraged to use the event to raise money for their clubs also.)


All participants amazingly raised over the target £100 last time, (We raised an astounding £12,500 in total.) This time we have made it even easier to join in, lowering the target per person to £50!


So a great day out is on offer; amazing views, great bacon breakfast and great welsh pub at the end, not to mention doing something really important and rewarding.


Thanks go to the Bristol Port Company who have once again donated funds to get this up and running and Southmead Scouts for their expertise and support.


See you on the mountain! Phil





Members News

Etex Building Performance (Siniat) and DIY SOS Monmouth

Last March, Etex Building Performance (Siniat) received an email from the BBC asking us if they would be interested in helping them with a project they were doing just across the Severn. Scott Stronach “We jumped at the chance before we even read the story of the Fairlie family from Monmouth.”

“We donated all the plasterboard and compounds for the job and, with the help of our logistics partners at Wincanton, we delivered to site on one of our smaller lorries.”

That has been the first of many projects they’ve been able to help with.

Scott: “We’ve supplied the materials for the Children In Need 2016 project in Blackpool, the Help for Heroes 2016 project in Manchester and in March this year, we donated the materials for a project in Hartcliffe in Bristol.”

This last image is the Fairlie family with one of our Customer Service Department colleagues, Nicola Gostlin at the Big Reveal.

Scott Stronach – Internal Communications, Etex Building Performance : 07580 778 207; [email protected]

Members News

Nisbets wins prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise

Locally based business Nisbets (Catering equipment supplier), has been awarded a highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for International Trade.  Originally formed in Bristol in 1983, Nisbets trades in 100 countries worldwide and has direct sales operations in 9 territories including Ireland, The Netherlands, France, Spain and Australia and 35 retail outlets around the world.  Total export sales have grown by 205% since 2010.


Andrew Nisbet, Chairman and founder of Nisbets PLC, is delighted to receive such a prestigious award:
“To be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a great honour and a huge tribute to the work of Nisbets colleagues worldwide. Our philosophy around the globe is exactly the same of that in the UK; to provide high quality equipment, at an affordable price, with next day delivery and exceptional customer service. As a result, Nisbets is a one-stop shop for catering professionals. I am extremely proud that we have been selected for this award, and pay tribute to the continuous hard work of the entire team.”


Nisbets is the UK’s largest supplier of catering equipment with over 25,000 products available from popular brands including Buffalo, Polar, Vogue, Waring and Chef Works.  Customers can purchase via the website (www.nisbets.co.uk), the sales order line (0845 140 5555), or via one of their 25 retail outlets nationwide.


The award entitles Nisbets to use the Queen’s Award emblem for 5 years in recognition of their achievement. The award will formally be presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh later this year.

News Transport

SevernNet Flyer route and timetable change from Monday 15th May

Service extension to Central Park and Western Approach

Shirehampton and Lawrence Weston no longer directly served

With effect from Monday 15th May the SevernNet Flyer will be operating to a new timetable with a number of changes to the route.


The SevernNet Flyer was established as a pilot service (as part of the SevernNet Working Coastal Community Fund initiative) and has been running since January 2016. The funding for this pilot service comes to an end in July 2017.


A decision has been taken by South Gloucestershire Council (who commission the service from Wessex Bus) to amend the route in these last couple of months of funded service. This will enable a service extension to Central Park and Western Approach Industrial Park in the north of our area and shorten the journey time from Avonmouth to Cabot Park.


This service extension provides access to a new area. To accommodate this, the SevernNet Flyer will only be picking up (in residential areas) at Avonmouth Station and Avonmouth Village. Passengers from Shirehampton or Lawrence Weston will no longer be directly served.

SevernNet and other stakeholders are working with local employers to develop an employer led service to replace this pilot service later in the summer. More news is expected in the coming weeks.

We welcome your views and feedback on the impact of any changes and on the future of the SevernNet Flyer. We are also keen to hear from employers with a concern about the options available to employees to get to work across the area.

Email [email protected], call 07969 569 444 or come along to the Sustainable Transport Forum on Wednesday 17th May from 09:30 -12:30 (email [email protected] to reserve a place) and/or the SevernNet Business Breakfast on Thursday 18th May from 07:30 – 09:00 (Book here).

News Transport

SevernNet Flyer possible delays this week

St. Modwen’s Link Road is closed this week (Monday to Friday) to ensure the safety of contractors, as ANPR technology is installed. This is impacting the SevernNet Flyer Shuttle Bus service which uses this route.

Wessex Bus, the operator, will do its best to minimise delays, and will ensure that all stops are still served..Delays of up to 15 minutes may be unavoidable at some times.

If you have any questions or concerns please call Wessex on 0117-321-3190 or email [email protected] and [email protected]