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Importance of Avonmouth’s LPG terminal in transforming off-grid Britain – October’s Business Breakfast

Thurs. Oct 17th from 07:30 to 09:00  Venue: Flogas Hallen Terminal, Severn Road Hosted by: Flogas Britain Limited Please come along and find out more. Flogas – Hallen Terminal on Severn Road Have you ever wondered what the three gas holders off Severn Road are for? Come along to October’s Business Breakfast and find out more. Flogas’ Hallen LPG Terminal will play an important part in transforming off-grid Britain. We’ll explain why. The agenda will also include an introduction to plans for a local community wind turbine, an update on Bristol’s City Leap, opportunities to better use our local energy resources and a chance to discuss local plans to respond to the climate emergency Book your ticket here now We do hope you can join us
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CANCELLED – Weighed in for Breakfast – Business Breakfast – Thurs. 11th July 2019

Date: Thurs. July 11th from 07:30 to 09:00.
Venue: Chepstow Racecourse, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6BE
Host: Chepstow Racecourse

SevernNet Member, Chepstow Racecourse, invites you to come and join us at Chepstow Racecourse for an insight into Racing and what Chepstow Racecourse has to offer.

The agenda will include an introduction to Chepstow Racecourse and its facilities and a tour including the weighing room and parade ring.

We’ll also be asking you what you would like to see SevernNet doing for your organisation across the area.
Book your ticket now
SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There is plenty of time to network and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business. Refreshments and light breakfast are provided.

Chepstow Racecourse is the home of Wales’ most prestigious race meeting, the Coral Welsh Grand National. With 32 meetings annually, both flat and jump racing, you can be sure there will be a fixture to suit you, your friends and family. #ComeRacing.


You couldn’t ask for a more impressive setting. With 400 acres of tranquil parkland, all designed in the style of Capability Brown, Chepstow Racecourse has fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities and views out over the River Severn and the Wye Valley.












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M48 and M49 Closures this weekend

Drivers are advised to plan ahead as the final phase of work to create a free-flowing motorway with a 70mph speed limit on the M48 Severn Bridge is currently under way. Various closures are taking place this coming weekend 21-24 June 2019:

The M48 bridge (J1-2) will be totally closed in both directions from 11pm Friday 21 June 2019 to 6am on Monday 24 June 2019
The M48 westbound from the M4 J21 to M48 J1 will be closed from 11pm Friday 21 June 2019 to 6am on Monday 24 June 2019

Drivers are asked to use the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge as an alternative route.
For access to Aust, drivers will be asked to use the M5 J18 at Avonmouth and the A403.
A diversion route map for the M48 closure can be downloaded here..

We also want customers to be aware that the M49 will be closed for the weekend.
A giant 500-tonne crane will be used to lift a new bridge into place over the weekend (21-24 June) as part of work to create a new elevated junction on the M49 and a much-needed connection into the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area from the motorway network.
The M49 will be closed for the weekend, from 8pm on Friday, 21 June to 6am on Monday, 24 June, to enable this key part of the project, which will see bridge beams, decking and other infrastructure lifted into place immediately next to the existing bridge at Farm Lane.

While the M48 Severn Bridge is closed this weekend, Highways England will also be taking the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance work with teams working on opposite sides of the carriageway each night to fully utilise the closures and get as much done as possible.
Overnight closures for alternate carriageways are also planned between 24 June and 6 July while this maintenance work is completed. This should avoid further closures for maintenance in future.

Highways England’s traffic officers will be monitoring traffic flows from the Regional Operations Centre and advising drivers via signage where necessary. Work on the M4 Prince of Wales bridge was completed at the end of May and it has already been returned to a 70mph motorway. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes to it. Please monitor to keep up to date, as well as following us on Twitter @HighwaysSWEST. We will make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to an absolute minimum. If you have any queries or comments about the work, or would like further information please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: [email protected]

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On Your Doorstep summer 2019 – Lawrence Weston’s community newsletter – open for submissions until Fri 14th June

Summer is just around the corner and there are many exciting projects happening in Lawrence Weston. Ambition Lawrence Weston (ALW) would like to offer you the opportunity to submit an article in Lawrence Weston’s most read community publication, ‘On Your Doorstep’ Summer 2019 edition.

The feedback of the Spring 2019 issue was amazing and ALW would love to hear about your organisations and groups, which would benefit the Lawrence Weston residents or success stories.

On Your Doorstep wouldn’t exist without your input  So ALW ask you, if you have something you wish to see in the next issue, if you have an event or an organisation you wish to promote, that would benefit the residents of Lawrence Weston? Please, let ALW know.

ALW aim to ensure the Lawrence Weston community receive their copy of On Your Doorstep at the beginning of July 2019 (it is delivered to every address) so the DEADLINE for articles and advertisements is on the 14th June AT 1pm. 


The format of submitted articles must be under 200 words and/or 2 pictures. The text can be submitted in Word document or a wordpad document and the pictures must be in Jpeg or GIF format. Please try not to use PDF, as it makes it difficult for Donna to work her magic.

Due to the high cost involved in producing and delivering the newsletter quarterly, we do ask a fee of £40 per advertisement/article to those organisations who have budget for advertising to contribute to the continuity and sustainability of the newsletter in the future. (ALW will contact you on how it is payable on submission of your article). However, if you are a small group and don’t have a budget contact us as we may be able to submit your article at a reduced or nil cost provided that there is space left.

To submit articles for the next edition, please send it to: [email protected]

Please mark in the subject line “OYD summer 2019”. You are welcome to forward this post to anyone that maybe interested.

You can view online versions here

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Protective and Cyber Security Workshop for Maritime Industry in St. Andrew’s House, Thu. 13th June 09:00 to 12:00 & networking lunch – free to attend

Calling all CSOs, PFSOs, Cyber and Security responsible employees.
CSO Alliance ran their 48th workshop in Glasgow on Tuesday 21 May (comments and more here) and will be at Avonmouth – The Bristol Port Company – on Thurs. 13th June

Why Join:  
Get the latest insights on the continuously evolving criminal threats to our industry. Debate your concerns and issues and promote information sharing around your community.

Why Join:

£300 million lost by a maritime company from a single, random cyber attack

“There are more organised criminals in existence than soldiers in the Army” (according to NCA Director)

Current tensions with Iran focused around oil & gas shipping

Prevailing maritime terrorism threat in Southern Red Sea and SE Asia

Ongoing maritime piracy in several parts of the world

Maritime migration and stowaways presenting potential security risks

What does CSO Alliance offer?

Online communities of maritime security professionals
Secure online maritime crime reporting and collaboration portal

Employee expertise from Government, military and industry sectors

Providing awareness of current maritime security issues

Advice on effective security risk management


 Maritime Crime Threats and Risk Management – Bruce Roberts, CSO Alliance Ltd (former Govt. Security Adviser)
Cyber Threats and the Airbus Cyber Security Perspective – Louisa Adams, Airbus Cyber Security
Radio Frequency Criminality (Insights into spoofing and jamming) David Sanderson MSC, NPCC Radio Frequency Crime Lead
Collaboration within the Maritime Security Community – Mark Sutcliffe, CSO Alliance Ltd

CSO Alliance has consolidated the day into one workshop so please join us for the morning workshop 9am to 12pm, followed by a networking lunch.

For more information visit their website  or simply click this link to register to attend the free workshop.


About CSO Alliance and Airbus Cyber

To date CSO Alliance Ltd has event managed 48 workshops around the world, bringing together key stakeholders such as CSOs, Port PSOs, PFSOs, and CISO, to foster collaboration and encourage incident reporting throughout the maritime security community.  Through ‘community through security’ we can be your one stop shop for your maritime security needs, sharing best practice and delivering timely, relevant threat information and subject matter expertise all from a secure, advanced online platform, weekly online publications as well as via our workshops. We relaunch this summer with a new enhanced platform, which will host our current CSO Alliance, Maritime Cyber Alliance as well as the new PFSO Alliance.

Airbus CyberSecurity protects governments, military, organisations, and critical national infrastructure from cyber threats, this experience they are sharing with the maritime sector.


We thank our global workshop series supporters Chenega, GAC, Navarino and Pole Star.

For further information contact [email protected]

Mark Sutcliffe MICS, Managing Director, CSO Alliance

T:  +44 (0) 1296 325700 , M: +44 (0) 7920112752, W:

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M49 Junction Second Bridge Lift – M49 Closure – Friday 21st June (20:00) to Monday 24 June (06:00)

Highways England will shortly be carrying out works to lift the second bridge into place on the motorway.
The M49 will be closed throughout the bridge installation and a diversion will be in place.

The work will take place from Friday 21st June at 20:00 to Monday 24 June at 06:00.

Highways England (HE) also has two contingency weekends planned for:
20:00 Friday 28 June – 06:00 Monday 1 July
20:00 Friday 5 July – 06:00 Monday 8 July

HE always aim to work to the programme; however, unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean they have to make late changes. They’ll notify you of any major amendments within the programme via advance roadside warning signs and on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter where they’ll tweet any
changes to the road closures; @HighwaysSWest.

For more on the M49 Junction you can download HE’s May newsletter here.

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Future Bright, removing barriers, encouraging your staff to progress – June’s Business Breakfast – Thurs. 20th

Date: Thurs. June 20th from 07:30 to 09:00.
Venue: The Presentation Suite, St Andrews House, Avonmouth BS11 9DQ
Host: Ways2Work/Future Bright

Interested in help to train your staff to fill your promotion opportunities?  Need help to remove other barriers preventing them from progressing with you?  If they are eligible for this WECA-funded project, then we may be able to help .

Join us at June’s Business Breakfast and find out more.

The agenda will include an introduction to Future Bright and the support available to your business and your staff.

We’ll also be learning more about how Ways2Work can help you recruit your staff and how our partners may be able to help increase diversity in your workforce.
Book your ticket now
SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There is plenty of time to network and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business. Refreshments and light breakfast are provided.

About Future Bright
Future Bright is a pilot programme to encourage people who are working and receiving In-Work Benefits to work themselves away from those benefits and remove barriers to everyone’s advantage.  It runs till March and can make a significant difference to the individual’s earning potential and your business productivity/succession.  It is delivered by Bristol City, Bath & NE Somerset and South Glos Councils and, as with free money anywhere, there are eligibility conditions!

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National Grid Hinkley Connection Project – work at Avonmouth

Western Power Distribution (WPD) and its contractor, Balfour Beatty, are modifying their substation on Avonmouth Way and replacing 2km of pylons going north out of the substation with underground cable. This construction activity will take place between spring 2019 and summer 2020.

More information here

A ‘No waiting’ restriction (approved by Bristol City Council) has been introduced on the north side of Avonmouth Way from Lescren Way to the cul-de-sac at the end of the road (see map). This will enable contractors to work safely, efficiently and with as little disruption to businesses as possible. We hope this will help to alleviate congestion, and increase visibility and safety for all users of Avonmouth Way.

National Grid is committed to being a good neighbour and want to reassure you that we are aiming to reduce disruption and inconvenience as much as possible. If you have any questions and to find out more about the new connection, please contact our team on 0800 377 7347 or [email protected]
For further information, visit

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M48 Severn Crossing Diversion in place from

Highways England has informed us that further work is underway to remove the toll plaza and enable continuous travel at 70 mph.

Traffic management was put in place on the Westbound carriageway on Tuesday 23rd April.
A diversion is now in place for the next 8 weeks. 
Drivers are diverted off M48 at junction 1 exit slip road and return to the route via the junction 1 entry slip road (this is a tried and tested diversion used during high winds).
Please note there will be a full westbound daytime closure of the M48 Severn Crossing on Sunday, April 28 between 7am and 7pm.

Highways England is encouraging drivers to consider using the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge to aid their journey during this period. The diversion is short but may cause congestion in peak periods.

Please allow plenty of time for your journey.

The notification letter from Highways England is available here.