Review: July 2009

PUBLISHED: 14:03 01 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:30 25 May 2010

July: Jobs go from town - A massive blow was served on Clevedon's economy when it was announced 540 Clerical Medical jobs would be moved to Bristol.


Jobs go from town - A massive blow was served on Clevedon's economy when it was announced 540 Clerical Medical jobs would be moved to Bristol. Bosses decided to merge operations into the Bristol office and said the Tickenham Road offices would be closed by the end of the year.

Warning to parents to keep vigilant - Parents in North Somerset were warned to be vigilant after the attempted abduction of two young boys in Backwell. Further reports of a suspicious man seen driving around were made but parents were warned not to panic.

Joint school - final decision - Despite hard campaigning by parents in Clevedon, a final decision was made to merge the town's Yeo Moor Junior and Infant schools in Kennaway Road. After months of consultation, Canon Richard Lindley decided the amalgamation would 'be in the long-term interests of children and their education'.

The last end of term - After serving the people of Portishead since 1895, St Barnabas Primary School was closed. Ex-pupils joined staff and current pupils to say a fond farewell to the school. An open afternoon was held and an end-of-year production was performed.

Pupils face swine flu quarantine in China - Students and teachers from Clevedon Community School were quarantined in a Chinese hotel room for nearly a week after they came into contact with people suffering from swine flu. Two students were admitted to hospital but they tested negative to the H1N1 virus.

Racing back after two year break - After a two-year break, Portishead's charity raft race returned to the town's Lake Grounds. A record 26 rafts entered the race and another 30 entered the new edible raft race. More than £10,000 was raised for the town's lifeboat and other charities.

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