Season's Greetings and useful info


With the festive season getting underway, here is some information you might find useful over the Christmas and New Year period.

Post

These are the last posting dates if you want your UK post to arrive before Christmas:


Wednesday 20 December - 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For

Thursday 21 December - Special Delivery Guaranteed

Thursday 21 December - 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For

Friday 22 December - Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery

 

You can find dates for other services on the Royal Mail's website.


Christmas bin collection changes in South Gloucestershire

Collections will not take place on Monday 25, Tuesday 26 December or Monday 1 January. This means the collection crews will be working on Saturday 30 December, 6 and 13 January to catch up. Changes to collection days for Christmas and New Year are below.

 

If your collection would normally be:

It will take place on:

 Monday 25 December

 Wednesday 27 December

 Tuesday 26 December

 Thursday 28 December

 Wednesday 27 December

 Friday 29 December

 Thursday 28 December

 Saturday 30 December

 Friday 29 December

 Tuesday 02 January

 Monday 01 January

 Wednesday 03 January

 Tuesday 02 January

 Thursday 04 January

 Wednesday 03 January

 Friday 05 January

 Thursday 04 January

 Saturday 06 January

 Friday 05 January

 Monday 08 January

 Monday 08 January

 Tuesday 09 January

 Tuesday 09 January

 Wednesday 10 January

 Wednesday 10 January

 Thursday 11 January

 Thursday 11 January

 Friday 12 January

 Friday 12 January

 Saturday 13 January

 

Collections will be back to normal from Monday 15 January 2018.

 

You can recycle wrapping paper and greetings cards without glitter or plastic embellishments. Put wrapping paper with the rest of your recyclable paper and greetings cards with cardboard. Paper or card with glitter or plastic should go into your black bin.

 

For more info, including how to recycle your real Christmas tree, click here.


Trains

The Christmas and New Year bank holiday period (23 December 2017 to 2 January 2018) is traditionally the time when a considerable amount of improvement and engineering work is undertaken on Britain's rail network.

 

Many train companies will also be making changes to their timetable to match service levels to the number of customers travelling. Please plan ahead and check if your journey is affected as some services will be added, some will be restricted, and some will not be running during this time period. 

 

For more info click here


Bus information

Bus services differ depending on who runs them but generally services run as normal up to the 23 December, have special timetables on 24 and from 26 until 31 Dec and then return completely to normal on 2 January. Here are some useful links:

 

Stage Coach buses

First Group

Wessex Bus

Travel West (scroll to the bottom to see the information for South Gloucestershire)


Medicine

The Asda Pharmacy in Patchway has the best opening hours over Christmas.

 

Address: Highwood Lane, Patchway, BS34 5TL

Tel: 0117 3172410

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day): 1000-1200

Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day): 0900-1800

Monday 1 January (New Year's Day): 1000-1800

Specialist Medicines Service: Yes

 

To find out more about pharmacy opening hours in your area click here.


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