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Hallen Football Club to fold after council closes ground

Hallen has used the ground for more than 40 years. Credit: ITV News

An amateur football club near Bristol says it will have to fold after being "evicted" from the ground it has used for more than 40 years.

Hallen Football Club, who play in the Toolstation Premier and have several junior teams, say Almondsbury Parish Council is closing The Hallen Centre, which is used by the whole community.

The council said it has provided support to the club, but the centre could not be made financially viable.

It's easy to say we're not viable, but at the end of the day it's for the people and parishioners of Hallen. And yes there's people out there who probably don't live in the parish of Almonsbury, but they are children. They are there and they are enjoying their sports.

– Frank Fairman, Hallen FC Vice-Chairman

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Almost two hundred mourners remember teenage speedboat crash victim

The Emily Gardner Memorial Fund is being set up to honour the teenager.

Almost two hundred mourners were at Gloucester Cathedral today for the funeral of a teenager who in died in a speedboat crash in Devon.

14-year-old Emily Gardner was killed when the boat she was in capsized in Brixham harbour on Saturday May 2nd.

A police investigation found Emily's life jacket became caught when she was thrown overboard in Brixham harbour.

Many of Emily's school friends attended the service. Credit: ITV News

Many of Emily's friends from Chosen Hill School in Gloucester attended the service, and donations were made to a memorial fund in her name.

Family members release doves outside the church to honour the "happy, smiley, bubbly, lively" teenager.

Emily Gardner's mother releasing a dove in her memory. Credit: ITV News

South Gloucestershire dancer and her group wow BGT judges

Groove Thing got four yeses from the judges. Credit: ITV

Fresh from wowing the judges on Britain's Got Talent, young dance group Groove Thing have been performing in South Gloucestershire - but this was an exclusive private showing for the school of one of its members.

11-year-old Eloise Stroud is a Year 7 pupil at Brimsham Green in Yate, and says performing for her classmates was an even bigger challenge than getting four yeses.

She and her 11 fellow dancers are no stranger to a challenge - training all day and after school five days a week in Port Talbot, Wales to get good. It looks like it's paying off.

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Dementia research needs more participants, say scientists

Bruce Wilson, 77, is being scanned as part of a clinical trial at Bristol University. Credit: ITV News

Researchers in the South West are urging more people in the region to consider volunteering for dementia studies.

Scientists at Bristol University are looking into the devastating condition but say efforts can be hampered if researchers can't find people willing to take part.

There are currently 39 studies looking for volunteers, including several studies running in the Bristol area. They include a clinical trial to investigate whether a blood pressure treatment could slow memory decline, as well as study investigating the earliest brain changes in the disease.

Bruce Wilson, 77, from Nailsworth is taking part in a clinical trial at the university looking into dementia. While he does not have the condition himself, he has been diagnosed with 'mild cognitive impairment', a possible precursor.

The trial, which has been running for more than a year, is looking for the early warning signs of the disease.

Not only is dementia a condition with no cure, it is a growing problem - with somebody in the UK developing it every three minutes. The number of people it affects is predicted to double in the next 30 years, and it costs the UK more than £26billion.

As an optimist, Mr Wilson believes scientists will get there, and hopes the small part he has played will help.

Researchers are hoping enough people feel the same.

People with and without dementia can sign up online here or contact one of the charity helplines: Alzheimer’s Research UK, on 0300 111 5 111, or Alzheimer’s Society, on 0300 222 1122.

Rail strike affecting bank holiday weekend

Rail workers have voted for industrial action. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

There is to be a rail strike during the bank holiday weekend - Network Rail employees in the RMT and TSSA unions have voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay, affecting services on bank holiday Monday (25 May), as well as Tuesday 26 May and the morning of Wednesday 27 May.

First Great Western say refunds are available for customers who have already bought tickets during the strike period, and those with tickets for travel on Monday and Tuesday may also be use them on Sunday Wednesday.

They hope to operate the following services in our region:

  • Paddington – Bristol Temple Meads, calling at Reading Didcot, Swindon, Chippenham, Bath and Bristol, extended to Weston-Super-Mare and Taunton during peak: Hourly
  • Swindon – Bristol, calling at Chippenham, Bath Spa, Oldfield Park, Keynsham, Bristol Temple Meads: Hourly
  • Bristol Parkway – Weston-Super-Mare, calling at Filton, Stapleton Road, Lawrence Hill, Bristol Temple Meads, Bedminster, Parson St, Nailsea and Backwell, Yatton, Worle, Weston Milton and Weston-Super-Mare: Hourly
  • Cardiff – Taunton, calling at Newport, Severn Tunnel Juncton, Patchway, Filton Abbey Wood, Bristol Temple Meads, Nailsea, Yatton, Worle, Weston-Super-Mare, Highbridge, Bridgwater and Taunton: Hourly
  • Paddington – Plymouth, calling at Reading, Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads, Taunton, Tiverton, Exeter, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Totnes, Ivybridge (select trains only) and Plymouth: Hourly

The following services will not be running in our region from 00:01 Monday 25 May, and will be in delays on the Wednesday morning:

  • Between Swindon and Gloucester/Cheltenham
  • Between Bath Spa and Portsmouth Harbour
  • Between Reading and Taunton
  • On Severn Beach branch line
  • North Cotswolds line, from Oxford and calling at Worcester and Hereford
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