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Fire crews battled flames at Bristol home

Fire in Ambrose Road, Bristol.

A fire at a home in Ambrose Road, Bristol, has been put out.

Crews from Temple Meads, Bedminster, Southmead, Avonmouth, Kingswood, Bath and Hicks Gate were called to the property at 8.22am.

Around 15-20 residents evacuated their properties during the fire, with everyone accounted for.

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The fire was in the roof of the home and spread to a neighbouring property.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Lifeboat staff walk 16 miles in full kit to raise funds

Lifeboat crew members walking in their full kit on the fundraising walk

Lifeboat crew members donned their full kit to take on a gruelling charity challenge.

Members of the Severn Area Rescue Association walked from Gloucester Docks to their lifeboat station at Sharpness Old Dock on Saturday - a journey of more than 16 miles (25km).

The group were weighed down by their full kit which weighs 15kg (33lbs).

They were raising money for urgent maintenance at the Sharpness station.

The lifeboat crew members covered the 16 miles in full kit.

Gloucestershire with Dom Joly

Clare walks with travel writer and comedian Dom Joly.
Dom Joly, famous for Trigger Happy TV, takes Clare on a walk near to his home in Gloucestershire. Leaving the village of Winchcombe, they walk up Spoonley Hill to see the remains of a Roman Villa. As they walk, Dom talks about his love of walking, discovered later in life after he became a travel writer. Recently he walked the entire length of Lebanon where he was born. His book The Hezbollah Hiking Club is an account of the 27 day walk. And he has been an avid walker since moving to Gloucestershire.  

Produced by Maggie Ayre for BBC Audio in Bristol
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College's apprenticeship opportunities cut in half

Sara-Jane Watkins

Apprentices in Gloucestershire are facing a bigger challenge than ever, with the number of placements on offer at one college halved this year.

Principal of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Sara-Jane Watkins, said the lack of opportunities is forcing many students to change their plans.

“At the start of the new academic year we usually have at least 500 new starts on the apprenticeship programme.

“At the moment we are expecting half of those due to a lack of employment opportunities. For those young people, everything they have been working towards, their hopes, aspirations and opportunities, have been taken away from them,” she said.

Many of the apprenticeships have been withdrawn because businesses are struggling financially, but social distancing is also an obstacle.

Dave Merrett, of Merrett’s Heating Services in Stroud, said they wouldn’t have an apprentice for the first time in eight years.

“We go into peoples’ houses all the time. They can go into five houses a day and with contamination, wearing masks and extra people in houses - it’s just not viable for us,” he said.

A Spitfire has performed flypasts of hospitals across the West of England
A Spitfire bearing the names of heroes of the coronavirus pandemic has performed flypasts of hospitals.