BRADLEY STOKE MATTERS

The online community magazine for Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford

Now in its 13th year, Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Community Matters is a popular, glossy, A5 community magazine delivered free to 15,000 homes across the Five Stokes area in the North of Bristol including Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Stoke Lodge and Harry Stoke, postcodes BS32 & BS34. It celebrates all the numerous positive local events, activities, groups and individuals that live within this area. Keeping residents up to date with the multiple and diverse activities taking place across the community. As well as promoting local community news and events, the magazine is a trusty directory for local businesses and traders, some of whom have been advertising with us since our very first issue back in 2005.  Whatever you need, you will find a local business that can help, within the pages of our community magazine. If you would like to promote your business or services to the local community or raise awareness of a local group, please do get in touch, contact community@mattersmagazines.co.uk

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How awesome that Calum’s smile will be seen further afield, let alone his story being read! #inspirational ... See MoreSee Less

Look who's being posted through thousands of letter boxes across the country to promote the fabulous work of the British Heart Foundation - our very own Calum - one of our Weds Scouts & rare recipient of the Chief Scouts Personal Achievement Award! Great work Calum. Please read his full story at bhf.org.uk/calum but have a tissue handy! Many of you will also recognise his Dad (John) who also finds time to be one of our inspirational Cub leaders. You all certainly always "do your best" & we are all very proud of you & your brilliant family.

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Huge congratulations Dave! ... See MoreSee Less

As Group Scout Leader, I'm delighted to report that on Friday evening, Dave Pace, Assistant Group Scout Leader (Cubs) was presented with a Scout Association Medal of Merit for outstanding service to Scouting. The citation is as follows... 'Dave is the longest serving volunteer with 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group and is rightly seen as one of its ‘rocks’! Volunteering since at least 2000, Dave has been supporting the success of the Group both at section level and as part of the management team. Not only is Dave a highly experienced & capable section leader, as an Assistant Group Scout Leader and Training Advisor, he regularly takes on additional responsibilities above & beyond what is normally expected of a volunteer. He has also frequently represented and successfully lead the Groups involvement in numerous District and County events (including organising and managing involvement in several jamborees). Behind the scenes, he has been fundamental in supporting me both as a Group Chair between 2009-2013 and Group Scout Leader from 2013 to date. Dave is full time employed and the father of six children (all who’ve been involved or are still involved in Scouting) yet his commitment to Scouting never waivers. In addition, his long suffering wife Michelle also regularly supports the Group (particularly when Group mass catering is required)! Dave’s contribution to the Groups significant success and growth since 2009 cannot be underestimated. His analytical, quiet, calm…yet authoritative approach has been crucial in supporting me as my ‘right hand man’, the whole leadership team and Scouting development in the community. As a result he thoroughly deserves to be recognised for his contribution to Scouting in general.' I'm sure you'll all join me in congratulating Dave on this well deserved award. Clive Mason, Group Scout Leader

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Volunteer Rally for Contact the Elderly and Age UK

January 11, 2018, 7:00pm

The overwhelming response I had to a request for small donations to the Contact the Elderly gift boxes I was putting together for Christmas this year, has left me in no doubt that there are an amazing number of people in Bradley Stoke and the surrounding areas, who may be able to spare a few hours of their time, to help some of the lonely and isolated elderly people in this area. So, (rather long windedly!), I’ve decided to bring together two charities, Contact the Elderly (who I have volunteered with for five years now) and Age UK (who I’ve just signed up to volunteer with!) who I hope can give some insight into what roles are available for these two charities that will enable us all to help combat the loneliness that some of the elderly people in our area may experience on a day to day basis. I hope you can come along, have a chat with like minded peeps and maybe find a role that suits you. Here if you need me... details being worked out on the hop 😘

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Message from Sue & Josh Harding following yesterday's successful BikeFest @ The Stokes:

"Wow! People of Bradley Stoke and the surrounding areas certainly turned out in force today for Bike Fest @ The Stokes. Thank you so much to everyone who attended, you were all brilliant and the community spirit present was fabulous! Over 200 bikes were security marked, more than 15 bikes were donated, with more promised, and the Charity Static Cycle Ride raised £110 for Life Cycle UK. Josh is so chuffed and is suffering with his legs now but says it was totally worth it!"
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