PostThese 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 GloucestershireCollections 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.
TrainsThe 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 informationBus 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
Travel West (scroll to the bottom to see the information for South Gloucestershire)
MedicineThe 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.