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Burglar Alert

June 19th, 2014 by Clive

Hi Neighbours,

I received the following message from Neighbourhood Watch (dated today):

Please make your members and neighbours aware of an increase in non domestic burglaries of sheds and garages.

Hucclecote and Abbeymead and adjacent areas seem to be the current hot-spot of activity.

The offences are occurring at night and are a mixture of insecure and forced entry. A large number of offences are where cycles are removed. Some premises have had expensive cycles targeted so it is imperative that if you do own such a cycle you review your external security and that you secure it inside the locked premises by chaining it to something secure.

Please pass this message out to your neighbours and ask them to report any related suspicious activity to the police immediately.

So please check your cycle (and shed and garage) security, be on the alert for suspicious activity and please pass this information on to your neighbours (or just tell them to check the blog… and thanks for spreading the word)!

Farewell Steve Brooks

June 11th, 2014 by Clive

I spent last Friday evening at the Barn Owl, saying farewell to Steve Brooks (blastu2) who is leaving Kingsway (traitor! Although – in his defence, he’s going to live in one of those dream houses on the bank of a beautiful lake, somewhere in Canada)!

Steve BrooksI first met Steve back around 2008 at a Residents Association meeting. Having already spoken to him several times, I knew him to be an educated guy with terrific connections, an interesting past and some local problems, (which he was pro-actively trying to solve).
Later on he joined the Kingsway Residents Association, finishing up as our Secretary. Steve put a lot of effort into his role, helping to organise many local events, (he was Santa at the carol singing event last December, and was also very pro-active in organising the litter picking event and obtaining equipment for our future use)!
He also campaigned on our behalf (and on behalf of several individuals) with the press, the council(s), builders, developers and many other organisations, and was a great fund-raiser for local events too.

Steve had a talent for “targetting” the right person, and always seemed to be able to come up with personal contact details for the top man in any organisation!

Whilst I can’t say I blame him for his decision, I am personally very sad to see him go. He was a good friend, a kind and helpful man and an asset to Kingsway. He will be sadly missed :(

Bon Voyage Steve mate… Look out Canada!

PS: Don’t forget to keep in touch… Post some pictures of your new house once you’re settled in (just to cheer us all up) :mrgreen:

Kingsway Cycling Club

June 9th, 2014 by Clive

The Kingsway Cycling Club met for the first time on Sunday 8th June and had a great turn out (not to mention some outstanding sunshine) for their inaugural ride.

Kingsway Cycling Club

The club will meet for a road ride at 9am every Sunday, at the Kingsway local centre in Thatcham Ave’.

Beginners and experienced riders welcome, no one will be left behind! So come and have fun, get some exercise, and meet fellow cyclists!


You’ll find more information (and contact details) on their Facebook Page.

Road Surfacing Brize Avenue and Goose Bay Drive

June 4th, 2014 by QUVL Project Manager

Just to inform everyone that the final surfacing of Brize Avenue and Goose Bay Drive, from Thatcham Avenue to Buckenham Walk, will be carried out next week. Access may be restricted or diverted during the day, with diversions through Linton Avenue being implemented to ensure that all properties can be accessed.

Thank you for all your patience with these works, by the end of next week – 13 June, the surfacing should be complete with no more raised ironworks in these roads.

If you have any concerns during the works, please contact the QUVL Kingsway (number noted on home page).


Andy Smith

Car Damage

June 2nd, 2014 by Neil

Hi, I’ve been reading this forum for a few years and have just managed to register, sorry it’s a bit of a sour note for my first post.

I read reports on the Facebook group – Watch: Quedgeley, Kingsway, Hardwicke, that there had been several cars damaged on Kinloss Drive and Chivenor on May 30th, and I can also add that there were 2 cars damaged (one wing mirror and another car with a smashed rear passenger window) on Farnborough Close (The bit still marked as Brize Avenue on Google Maps, to the roundabout before the bridge to Tuffley), probably somewhere between 9pm and 10pm. The first of these cars was parked very close to the bridge itself and so I’m assuming the perpetrators either came from or were going to Tuffley.

This seems too coincidental not to be related so I would assume someone has just been causing random damage on their way through the estate.

I post this as a warning so people can keep an eye on their vehicles and to see if anyone else has any further information on the route these people took so we can assess the scale of the damage.

Fibre Broadband Providers (Marham Drive)

May 27th, 2014 by PotatoPete


Can anybody living in Marham Drive recommend either BT or Sky for fibre broadband please? I am looking for an unlimited fast connection that will be good enough for on line Xbox gaming (plus my kids using YouTube)!

BT can provide unlimited Infinity 2 at 76mbps, whereas SKY has fibre unlimited at either 38mb or 76mb.

I have my concerns about BT as they are reported to throttle speeds even though they say they don’t? But the router provided is supposed to be good.

As for Sky, the router is supposed to be rubbish with WIFI strengths (which is where most of my internet connection is through). But I have heard they are better than BT for broadband?

I have also heard that in both cases, particularly with Sky you can only use their routers to access the internet. There are some reports of people using their own hardware, but apparently it’s an effort to get the settings off the providers kit to input in your own hardware?

Also how much hardware do they actually provide you with? Is SKY just the combined router/hub? But does BT have a router and the hub separately?

I was just trying to get a idea of what people might be using in Marham Drive (or even Kingsway) so that I can make my mind up, thank you.

I am currently using Virgin ADSL to access the internet with a BT phone line rental. But lately the connection has got so bad that I can barely get on line especially in the evening. After ringing them, there is nothing they can do to make it better as they are not providing fibre in Kingsway any time soon. This is the best package they can offer, so my only option is to find another provider.


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