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Free training - become a Tai Chi Instructor and improve the health of older people in your community

Would you like to join a free training in Tai Chi to become an instructor of Tai Chi Shibashi, to improve your health and help others? Paul Hodge from Tai Chi for Better Health, www.taichiforbetterhealth.co.uk,…
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Have you ever attended or worked at Wheatfield Primary?

Wheatfield Primary School is celebrating its 20thAnniversary and are trying to locate as many past pupils and staff as possible to join them for a special event. The school will be holding an ‘open afternoon’…
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Could you make a difference to the life of a Chernobyl child? 

We  are appealing for caring families in Bristol who are able to give children the opportunity of a lifetime in summer 2019. Do you remember the 1986 Chernobyl disaster? The population of Belarus will be…
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World Premiere Pantomime  comes to Thornbury

Award winning Thornbury Musical Theatre Group is proud to bring to you the world premiere of a brand new pantomime with its central themes based in the realms of the Arthurian legend.   ‘King Arthur…
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Beginners’ Course in Photography - starts February

It’s a New Year with New-Year resolutions and an opportunity to learn new skills. Have you ever looked critically at the average snaps posted to social media. More to the point, have you ever wondered…
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BSCS Students go the extra mile to help others: Ellie

Ellie is a Post 16 Student and in her final year at Bradley Stoke Community School Post 16 (BSCS). She was involved in the Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal last year and collected 44 shoeboxes from…
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Community choir launches in the Stokes

Melody Makers Choir has been running for almost three years in the BS9 area of Bristol and in January 2019, Choir Leader, Natalie Veal, is looking forward to starting a new choir for the Stokes…
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BSCS Students go the extra mile to help others: Billy

Billy is a Post 16 student in his final year at BSCS. He began volunteering for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal when he was just 5 years old and has continued to do so…
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Community choir aim for download chart success with song celebrating the NHS

A song celebrating the NHS in its 70th year has been released in the charts by a Bristol choir to raise money for their local hospital this Christmas. ‘We Are The Same Inside’ by ‘Melody…
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Digital Bells – an Appealing option for St Michael’s Church Stoke Gifford

After decades of silence the sound of church bells will once again ring out across the village green at Stoke Gifford. Reverend Canon Simon Jones, of St Michael’s Church, commented: ‘The installation of a digital…
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Charity Christmas float raising funds local hospital Emergency Department

A Christmas float that has been raising money for charity in the city for over 30 years will once again be touring the streets of north Bristol this month, thanks to a son’s determination to…
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Forthcoming Events at Bradley Stoke Community School

Bradley Stoke Community School has some  exciting events coming up this Christmas time, the first of which is their Annual “Winter Live Lounge” concert showcasing the musical talent available at BSCS. The show takes place over…
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Stokes Singers “Sing Noel” Christmas Concert 8th December 

Following a busy year where we performed at 25, mainly charity, events to consolidate our 25th anniversary, we are now well into our Autumn/Winter schedule. This has us rehearsing at a fast and furious pace…
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Christmas Lights to Raise funds for St Peter's Hospice

Terry James and Mike Checkley have again transformed their home in Bradley Stoke into a Christmas wonderland to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice. This year’s display has over 30,000 lights and is now one…
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Community Lights Up Patchway For Diwali!

On Tuesday the 6th of November Patchway Festival, the Avon Indian Association and Southern Brooks Community Partnerships worked together to organise an amazing Diwali celebration for Patchway. Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights which…
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Santa's Sleigh coming to a street near you in Bradley Stoke this December

Bradley Stoke Lions are looking forward to bringing their Santa Claus sleigh round the streets of Bradley Stoke and area this December on the following dates:- Tuesday   4th Ratcliffe Drive area starting behind Tesco…
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South Gloucestershire Consultation on Recycling Bags - Have Your Say

South Gloucestershire Council is currently consulting on a proposal to stop providing white and green bags for recycling and asking residents to use green boxes for all their recycling materials. As key stakeholders, we welcome…
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U23 European Judo Championships Silver for Lele Nairne

Congratulations to Lele Nairne who won a superb silver medal at the 2018 U23 European Judo Championships on Friday 2 November in Gyor, Hungary.  The -57kg judoka, who lives in Weston-Super-Mare and trains at Bradley Stoke…
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“Can’t Wait”? 

Can’t Wait is a scheme run by SGDEN with assistance from South Glos Council to encourage businesses to make their toilets available to disabled people with an urgent need. We created a local, credit card-sized ‘Can’t…
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Great Western Air Ambulance Charity takes up tenancy in new air base

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) have taken up tenancy of a new air base in Almondsbury. The charity will share the facility with the National Police Air Service (NPAS), and currently have a ten…
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Bradley Stoke Bowls Club AGM

On the evening of the 25th October over fifty members of the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club met for the AGM at the Baileys Court Centre.  The chairman, Robert Bertram conducted proceedings with his usual calm…
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“WE MUST NOT FORGET”

by Brian C Hewitt, MBE, Gloucestershire County Chairman,  President Stoke Gifford Branch,  The Royal British Legion.  At Eleven O’clock, on the Eleventh Day, of the Eleventh Month, 100 hundred years ago, all the Leaders of…
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Firework spectacular set to shine bright at WillowBrook’s Christmas lights switch on

The official start of Christmas festivities at the WillowBrook Centre will be celebrated with a spectacular firework display on 16th November. This year’s seasonal lights switch on is set to be nothing short of sensational with…
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£492,000 boost for young people in South Gloucestershire

This week, Youth Work Week, an innovative new partnership funded by the Big Lottery Fund will begin work to provide more joined-up services to better support young people in the county. Young people are in…
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Fencing Champion takes to the court for Great Britain

Congratulations to Caron Hale who has qualified as one the World’s top-ten Veteran Fencers in her age category of 50-59 years in women’s foil. The title comes hot on the heals after winning the Veterans…
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Local Poppy Appeal Launch 2018 and Remembrance Sunday

The Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion has confirmed that its 2018 Poppy Appeal launch will take place on Friday 26th October 2018 at 2pm at Bristol Parkway Station, it hopes to have…
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Concerts to commemorate 50 years since first organ transplant

The brother of the first person to donate an organ is organising a series of concerts to mark 50 years since the first transplant in Bristol and the south west region. Clive Hook’s brother Ellis…
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THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION BRISTOL POPPY APPEAL

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM Bristol Cathedral and College Green will be the centre point of the fortnight of Remembrance for the Bristol area, where…
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Making strides for charity on National Fitness Day, 26th September

To celebrate this year’s National Fitness Day, the people of South Gloucestershire are being invited to take part in a BIG Active Walk, which aims to promote healthy lifestyles and raise money for charity. The…
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Hosted by our churches: The great Harvest Bake off

The churches of Bradley Stoke Parish [Christ the King and Holy Trinity are inviting entries into our local community Bake Off, raising funds for Macmillan cancer support. Inspired by Messy Church, there will be, as…
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Fun times at new look Specsavers Store

Bradley Stoke Matters was pleased to be invited along to the opening of the local Specsavers Store in the Willowbrook Centre following a state-of-the-art refit.   “We’re thrilled with the refurbishments here at Specsavers in…
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Thousands of children take part in Summer Reading Challenge 2018

More than 5,000 children from across South Gloucestershire have participated in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. The annual event is delivered by South Gloucestershire Council Libraries service with the theme for this year being ‘Mischief…
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Special guests to mark the relaunch of local opticians

Following a state-of-the-art refit to a Bradley Stoke opticians, the team is celebrating by hosting a fun day on Saturday 15 September to raise funds for CLIC Sargent. Customers visiting Specsavers in Bradley Stoke will…
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Win a Wedding at the Aztec Hotel & Spa!! The Great Big Wedding Weekend 22nd & 23rd September

Getting married is one of the biggest days of a person’s life – but it can also be one of the most expensive! But one lucky couple won’t need to worry about that, as Aztec…
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 BSCS celebrates a third successive year of record GCSE outcomes! 

Bradley Stoke Community School students are celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results. The results come quick on the heels of the school’s successful inspection by Ofsted in May, that saw it rated as Good…
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Patchway Community School Results Reflect Significant Improvements

Patchway Community School students are celebrating a strong set of GCSE results which reflect the significant improvements taking place in the academy over the last two years. Outcomes show an improved trend on 2017, with…
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 Abbeywood Community School enjoys another solid set of GCSE results 

The second cohort of students to sit the new, more challenging GCSEs at Abbeywood Community School have improved on the exam performance of last year. Following on from A Level examination success last week, GCSE…
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Autism Learning Days launch in Bradley Stoke

The Curly hair Project (CHP) is an award-winning social enterprise founded by autistic author and entrepreneur Alis Rowe. She spent her whole life feeling really isolated and ‘different’ and didn’t want anyone else to have…
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Swap your way to a new wardrobe!

Need an incentive to clear out your wardrobe? Here it is a chance to clear out your wardrobe, bag a bargain and raise money for a local charity. On Tuesday 25thSeptember at 7.00pm, The West…
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BSYFC selected again to take Wembley walk before Community Shield 2018

Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) was again selected from all the FA Charter Standard Clubs in the UK and Ireland to walk around the Wembley pitch, and perform a Guard of Honour, moments before the…
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 BSCS celebrates a third successive year of record A' Level results! 

Bradley Stoke Community School students celebrated another impressive set of Post 16 results, with 44% of all grades awarded at A*-A and 59% A*-B.   Students from the 2018 cohort are going to a wide range…
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98% A'Level Pass Rate at Patchway Community College

We are delighted to share this year’s successes which include an overall pass rate of 98%, and 44% of all grades awarded at A*-B grade or equivalent.  Patchway students’ performance in vocational subjects remains strong,…
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The sky’s the limit for optical staff

Staff from Specsavers in Bradley Stoke took part in a skydive at the start of the month, raising more than £850 for children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent. Store manager Emma Smith (photo right) and contact…
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Charity and Leisure Club form new partnership!

The West of England MS Therapy Centre based in Bradley Stoke has partnered up with Riverside Leisure Club in Little Stoke thanks to one of their members Giselle Rozzell. Giselle was diagnosed with primary progressive…
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AMD Solicitors Celebrate 20 years!

Congratulations to AMD Solicitors who recently celebrated a 20th year milestone, marking the occasion with a drinks reception and summer BBQ at The Mansion House. “We are thrilled to be celebrating our 20th year and…
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YoBike to support Bristol’s day of cycling - sign up before 12noon Friday 6th July for a free ride

YoBike will be offering free rides around the city to support Bristol’s full day celebration of cycling on Sunday 8 July. To coincide with both the Bristol Grand Prix and the local HSBC UK Let’s…
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Potential travel disruption in Bristol this weekend (7-8 July)

Press Release from Bristol City Council: Drivers are being asked to plan ahead to avoid delays in Bristol this weekend (7-8 July). A range of events and travel works have been planned in the city…
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Bradley Stoke Judo Club Young Guns Come to the Fore

Over the last month it has been the turn of the younger members to come to fore and demonstrate their Judo skills in competition. The month of June started with a young team visiting the…
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Football Fever? Pre-season training starts at BSTFC

Fancy playing football and becoming part of the local Bradley Stoke town football club and teams? Pre-season training starts on Tuesday 10th July at Patchway High School. Kick off is at 7 so make sure…
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Friends of Meade Park Revived!

Local resident Jenny James and friends, have re-established a Friends of Meade Park Group with the aim of encouraging all those using the Park on Hatchet Lane in Stoke Gifford to enjoy its facilities and…
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People in Bristol at risk of losing sight due to lack of regular health checks

The team at Specsavers in Bradley Stoke is raising awareness this Diabetes Week (11 June – 17 June) as, according to research, 8,940 people in Bristol are at risk of losing their sight due to…
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It's Festival Weekend !! 8-10th June

The annual Bradley Stoke Festival always offers a great variety of entertainment for the whole family.  We look forward to seeing you there! • Bazaar Marquee with Arts & Craft stalls • Children’s Games &…
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Giant Gromit sculpture to spend its summer at the Willow Brook Centre

Wallace and Gromit fans in North Bristol will be thrilled with the news that the Willow Brook Centre is set to get its very own giant sculpture this summer.  It’s the first time that the…
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Holy Family 50th Anniversary — Come and join the party

In September 2018 Holy Family Primary School will be celebrating the fact that the school has been open for 50 years.  On September 4th 1968 Holy Family opened its doors with Mr PD Driscoll as…
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Life in the Asylum - Captured on Paper

Glenside Hospital Museum comes to town bringing a taste of its historic collection of drawings, photographs, and artefacts relating to mental health care in Bristol, with a series of experimental drawing workshops, open to all.…
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Little Stoke Social Club supports the Freewheelers EVS

Members of Little Stoke Social Club raised nearly £3,000 over the last 12 months by holding Easter egg raffles, Tombolas, quiz nights and through the bar top collection tins. Their chosen charity to benefit from…
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Volunteers Needed for 'Mischief Makers'

South Gloucestershire Libraries are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to join the team running Mischief Makers, Summer Reading Challenge 2018.  Volunteers will spend their time helping children do the Summer Reading Challenge, talking with…
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What a come back: 2018 English Champion and Bronze in Russia for Lele

On Saturday 12th of May, GB judo squad player Lele Nairne, a Bradley Stoke Judo Club member, won the bronze medal in Orenburg, Russia. This was her first senior international competition. What makes her win…
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 Councillor Ben Randles is the New Mayor of Bradley Stoke 

During Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 9th May 2018, Councillor Ben Randles was appointed by the Council to the position of Mayor of Bradley Stoke.  Councillor Ben Randles is the…
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Raise a cuppa to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday

As part of this year’s celebrations of the NHS’s 70th birthday, all over the country Big7Tea parties are being organised to raise money for local hospital charities, and to raise awareness of the vital work…
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Annual Rotary Wye Run 2018

The success and popularity of the last 15 Classic Car Runs organised by the Rotary Club of Chepstow & District has led to this event becoming a welcome addition to the calendar for classic car enthusiasts.  The…
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Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centre is making its mark against bike thefts

Bike owners across South Gloucestershire are being invited to put the brakes on bike theft at an event hosted by Circadian Trust and Avon and Somerset Constabulary.  The ‘Bike Marking’ session will be held at…
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A close shave for anorexia survivor Sophie

A young woman who has suffered from anorexia and depression for nearly a decade is having her head shaved this week as part of a fundraising campaign to help other sufferers of the illness. Twenty-one-year-old…
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Ed goes the extra mile for children’s cancer charity

Ed Stanleigh, store director at Specsavers in Bradley Stoke, will be undertaking the 26.2 mile route of the London Marathon on Sunday 22 April. Along with Specsavers in Cribbs Causeway and Filton, the store has…
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How Can Westerleigh Showband help?

WESTERLY SHOWBAND has started the year on a high note by issuing an exciting plan to increase its community involvement. The plan’s starting point was the general realisation that music has a beneficial effect on…
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Marathon in March: 26.2 miles in 31 days

Southmead Hospital Charity have set a running challenge with a difference – to run a marathon in 31 days. Marathon in March enables people to run a marathon in their own time and in their…
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Ofsted Success for Bailey’s Court Primary School

Staff and pupils at Bailey’s Court Primary School in Bradley Stoke are celebrating after receiving a very successful report from schools inspector Ofsted. Inspectors visited the school in December 2017 for a ‘short inspection’ and…
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Meadowbrook Primary School welcomes £1,000 donation

The Committee of the Bristol Retired Professional Engineers' Club has awarded Meadowbrook primary school with £1,000 to dedicate to their STEM provision with pupils. Pupils at Meadowbrook enjoy regular science weeks where visitors from local…
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Charity needs daffodil volunteers

  Marie Curie is appealing for people in Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford to ‘get behind the daffodil’, by volunteering to collect donations for the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal this February and March.…
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Rainbows Appeal for Help to Open Community Toy Library

  2nd Stoke Gifford Rainbows are looking for engineers, carpenters, glaziers and cast iron welders to help them renovate a disused phone box in Stoke Gifford. Once the box is repaired, the girls plan to…
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Teenager turns Anger into Inspiration by staging “Bike Fest @ The Stokes” Sat 6th Jan

A young teenage boy left devastated after his bike was stolen is turning his grief into something positive for his local community. Josh Harding, from Bradley Stoke, is putting on a bike safety and awareness…
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Charity Christmas float on tour raising money for local hospital Emergency Department

A Christmas float that has been raising money for charity in the city for over 30 years will once again be touring the streets of north Bristol this month, thanks to a son’s determination to…
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Abbeywood celebrates E-Safety Award

Abbeywood Community School has been recognised for the high quality of its work on e-safety, having been awarded the e-safety 360 award, following a site visit by an external assessor. The award acknowledges a range…
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New Member of Staff at BSCS has Four Legs not Two!

Bradley Stoke Community School have introduced a very important new member of the school community- Wally the dog! Wally is a Cocker Spaniel puppy. A growing number of schools, colleges and universities are now recognising…
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Meadowbrook Primary School celebrates new library

Staff and pupils at Meadowbrook Primary School have completed an ambitious project to revamp their school library, with impressive results! With money set aside from the school budget, and a little help from the Friends…
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We Will Remember Them

This Sunday (12th November) is Remembrance Sunday. Residents are very welcome to join with any of the local services. The Stoke Gifford Remembrance Sunday service is held at the Memorial on the Green in North Road Stoke Gifford at 10.15 am. This is…
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Willow Brook Centre Christmas lights turn on: Saturday 18th November

Live music, children's entertainers, fairground rides and Santa's grotto will greet shoppers at the live turn on of the Willow Brook Centre's Christmas lights. The festivities will begin at midday on Saturday, November 18, with…
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Local athletes raise over £12k for hospice’s 10th Birthday

Back in May three local men with an interest in fitness took part in an ultratriathlon in Bristol to raise funds for the city’s children’s hospice, Charlton Farm, which is celebrating its 10th Birthday this…
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What is your experience of accessing GP services?

For Residents of South Glos: Healthwatch has been asked by the South Gloucestershire Health Scrutiny Committee to share people’s experiences of local health and social care services. At a recent meeting Committee members were concerned…
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 Lift Off for Aerospace Bristol: New Museum now Open! 

Fantastic new family museum telling the story of Bristol’s aerospace history opens to visitors on Tuesday 17th October – perfect timing for half term  The highly-anticipated new home of Concorde, Aerospace Bristol, opens its doors…
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"Like to Get to Know You Well ..." 80s Music Fans: "You Can Dance if You want to"

Who else was a fan of Howard Jones in the 80s!!  It was in 1983 that multi-instrumentalist Howard Jones first burst onto the contemporary music scene with his very British songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very…
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Fab Results for Creation Twirlers at European Championships!

Local baton twirling group Creation Twirlers have just returned from a fantastic weekend in Holland representing England at the European Majorette Championships. Teams competed from 14 nations for the crown of European Champion and over…
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Job Vacancy at Bradley Stoke Town Council

Bradley Stoke Town Council is seeking a Full-time Bookings and Finance Officer The main duties will be the co-ordination of bookings for 3 Activity Centres which will include maintaining a booking system for each site and…
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mothercare hosts Welcome to The Club events for expectant parents

- Featuring interactive talks on pregnancy and maternity style led by top parenting experts - mothercare, the UK’s leading parenting retailer, has partnered with a team of top parenting experts, including Zoe De Pass of…
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Hundreds unite against dementia at Bristol Memory Walk

Shazza Parsons (46) from Bradley Stoke and Lucy Loader (34) from Tytherington joined more than 1,400 people to unite against dementia at Alzheimer’s Society’s Bristol Memory Walk this weekend (Saturday 23 September). Shazza whose uncle,…
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 Catwalk Under Concorde 

Bristol Fashion Week to launch with a sonic boom at Aerospace Bristol  To mark the upcoming launch of the new museum, Aerospace Bristol has invited The Mall to partner with them for an exciting season…
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What should our region's future look like?

What do we need from our future houses, communities and neighbourhoods? What should we do about traffic and air pollution? Join a special event to find out more about air pollution, our health and the…
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Family History Fair in Filton this weekend (Free entry)

Bristol and Avon Family History Society: ‘OPEN THE DOOR ON YOUR FAMILY HISTORY HERITAGE’ Attention all family history enthusiasts and those thinking about starting on their research. On the occasion of the national Heritage Doors Open…
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BSY U16s Girls all Kitted Out for New Season

Bradley Stoke Youth U16 Girls are looking forward to playing their first League match of the 2017-2018 season in the Bristol Girls League this coming weekend and will be proud to wear their new kit…
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People Singing Together! Did you know there is a Gospel Choir on your doorstep? 

For over ten years now Gospel Generation Community Choir (GGCC for short!) has been introducing the wonderful people of Bristol to the joys of Gospel singing. It is now four choirs with one meeting here…
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The Stokes Phoenix Club Needs YOU!

New members needed, please get in touch!  So that the Phoenix Club can continue to flourish we are looking for new members.  We are a small, friendly group of ladies, we have a programme of…
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Divorce Recovery Workshop coming to the Stokes October 2017

Separated or Divorced recently or some time ago?  You can go through it or ‘grow through it’ Every year at least 300,000 people in Britain go through the breakdown of a significant relationship, separation or…
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Musical Sunshine with Stokes Singers

Little Stoke Primary School was the venue for Stokes Singers Summer concert, ‘A Mid-Summer Medley’ at the end of June. With a programme ranging from show classics to South African folk songs, there was something…
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It’s the End of an Era at Holy Trinity Primary School: “Goodbye Mrs Johns”

As an ex-Governor and ex-parent at Holy Trinity Primary School it was wonderful to be invited back for ‘a bit of a do’ last month to say Farewell to Jane Johns, who has taught at…
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Opticians joins fundraising effort for local boy this Saturday

Staff from the local Bradley Stoke opticians will be holding a fundraising day on Saturday 19th August to help nine-year-old local boy Bailey Cooper. Specsavers has joined forces with the Willow Brook Centre, where the…
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Donate your pound coins to the Prostate Pound Drop

Southmead Hospital Charity is asking people to donate their old £1 coins to their pound coin amnesty for the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal. The Prostate Pound Drop is a chance for people to get rid…
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Marking 100 Years of the Battle of Passchendaele

Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion, (RBL), which covers Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke, Filton and Bradley Stoke, held a service, Monday the 31st July 2017, to mark the centenary of the start of the…
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 HRH The Princess Royal Attends Inaugural Dinner Underneath the Wing of Concorde 

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, as Patron of Aerospace Bristol, was the guest of honour at a celebratory dinner. The Princess formally opened the Concorde Hangar in front of a distinguished audience of invited…
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Patchway Community College awarded multi-million pound investment

Patchway Community College has been awarded in excess of 4 million pounds to refurbish its site. The money will be used to fund roof and heating system replacements and building refurbishments. This includes funding from…
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OAT Plea for Community Help to Restore New Learning Centre

The Olympic Academy Trust are seeking help from the local and business communities to help restore a local learning centre to be fit for purpose from the start of the new school year in September…
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Free Family Event at the Memorial Stadium 15-16th July

Bristol’s first, and only, summer celebration of everything that the independent establishments of the city can offer comes to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 15th July & Sunday 16th July. This is a FREE EVENT…
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Local Pupil wins Governor's Award at SGS

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College students celebrated their achievements at the annual Prize Day ceremonies last week before they depart onto the next level of their chosen career path. Prize Day is an event to…
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BSTFC are Recruiting!

Could you be the new A team manager? BSTFC are looking for a new A team manager. The position is currently vacant and they would love to fill it in time for pre-season so the…
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Local Art Group’s Latest Competition Inspired by Aviation Heritage

Ahead of the highly anticipated new museum opening in late summer, Aerospace Bristol has selected a trio of high-flying artists as the winners of a competition inspired by Filton’s aviation heritage. We have often shared…
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Bradley Stoke Ladies Football Team – Come and Join in the Fun!

Bradley Stoke Ladies Football Club is geared towards players who want to further their development and improve their skills within a friendly and positive team environment. Enthusiastic individuals who have never played the game before,…
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Bradley Stoke Youth FC – Girls Football

The Bristol Girls League season 2016-2017 finished in May and the BSYFC Girl teams put in some strong performances for the season across the different divisions. The BSYFC U13s who had only lost one match…
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It's Festival time! Bradley Stoke Festival 9-11 June

B radley Stoke Festival runs this weekend 9-11 June - let's hope the rain stops and the sun puts in an appearance!!  The festival is also celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Bradley…
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Meadowbrook Primary School enjoy new play equipment

Lovely to see these photos of children enjoying the new play equipment at Meadowbrook Primary School.  The new play area was opened officially by Headteacher, Jon Barr, and CEO of the Olympus Trust, Dave Baker earlier…
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Local anorexia survivor launches major fundraising campaign to help others with the condition

A young woman, from Bradley Stoke, who suffered from anorexia, depression and body dysmorphic disorder from the age of 12 has launched a major fundraising campaign to help other sufferers of the illness. Sophie Mitchell,…
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Local Hotel joins National Waiter's Race

A team from Aztec Hotel & Spa travelled to London yesterday to compete in a waiter's race against hotels, restaurants and bars across the country. The fun event, to celebrate National Waiter’s Day, was organised…
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St John Ambulance volunteers needed in Bradley Stoke

No one should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it. St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so they can be the difference between life and death: could you do this? As…
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Do you have a Lion for the Lions??

BS Lions would like to thank eveyone who supported us at our Easter Collection at Willowbrook on Saturday 8th April.  All the monies collected (with the help of the Easter Bunny!) will be used to…
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Winterbourne Carnival & May Day Fun: 30th April-1st May 2017

Are you ready for another great carnival weekend?  We will be decorating Down Road and asking residents to join in the spirit and display flags and bunting to help build the atmosphere for the celebrations.  The chosen…
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New Responsive Website Launched for Local NHS Trust

Patients and visitors to North Bristol NHS Trust’s website will now be able to access all the information they need on their phones and tablets, thanks to a new a new responsive website funded by…
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Any One for Cricket?

The glimpses of the sun seen recently can only mean one thing - Cricket season (and summer) is on its way!   At Bradley Stoke Cricket Club the first set of friendly matches start mid…
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Introducing Jacob Wain, New Youth Minister for Bradley Stoke Parish 

  Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters was pleased to catch up with the newly appointed Youth Minister for the Parish of Bradley Stoke for our April/May edition of Bradley Stoke Matters.  Jacob Wain…
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South Gloucestershire Council Chair’s Community Awards

Nearly thirty unsung heroes and their families attended the Chair’s Community Awards at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE Campus on Thursday 16 March. The annual awards recognise and celebrate the valuable contribution local unpaid…
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Easter Eggs for the Homeless

St Mary’s Old Boys RFC have come up trumps again for the SLS Easter campaign by collecting over 100 Easter eggs. Youth players got involved, along with SMOB Ladies and Hornets Ladies who played each…
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Latest Construction Update from Metrobus 27/3/17

Bradley Stoke Way  Anti-skid surface needs to be added to key areas on the approach to lights, crossings and roundabouts. This will be done with off-peak traffic management and should take approximately two weeks depending…
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Support Your Local Town Team as season draws to a close

BRADLEY STOKE TOWN FC - Season Update by Club Chairman Ian Drew Whilst our season is in full flow our players continue to enjoy their football.  Our First team stands well placed in 2nd position…
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Aerospace Bristol welcomes historic Bristol Car home to Filton

On 22nd March Aerospace Bristol welcomed a 1953 Bristol 403 saloon car home to Filton - the place where the historic Bristol Car was designed, tested and manufactured by the Bristol Aeroplane Company over 60…
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Local Opticians takes on Comic Row-lief challenge

Sporty staff from the Bradley Stoke opticians were out raising money for Comic Relief, undertaking an exercise-a-thon earlier today - Tuesday 21 March. The team from Specsavers in the Willow Brook Centre is supporting the charity by…
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Grand Jigsaw Exhibition

The Grand Jigsaw Exhibition held last month at Holy Trinity Church invited enthusiasts of all ages to bring along an assembled jigsaw and donations towards the youth working party going to Uganda in July. The…
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Metrobus Construction Updates w/c 27th February

Hambrook Lane: Hambrook Lane linking Bradley Stoke to Winterbourne will be closed for one week in May/June for resurfacing and road marking Bradley Stoke Way between Great Meadow and Great Stoke Roundabout: Work commences this week…
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Latest Metrobus Updates

Good News: Overnight road closures on Bradley Stoke Way have now finished.  Traffic lights on Woodlands Lane and Orchard Gate are now operational and Bradley Stoke Way is functioning normally. Construction Updates  Hambrook Lane:  Hambrook Lane…
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Final Stop: Coniston Primary School!

Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters was delighted to be invited along to Coniston Primary School for the official opening of their latest innovative playground development - a reading bus! This brilliant idea originated…
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Calling all runners! Run a marathon in March to raise money for Southmead Hospital

Do you enjoy running but would rather go at your own pace? Do you fancy setting yourself a challenge this spring, but don’t know what to do? How about running a Marathon in March to…
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Concorde Completes Final Journey To New £19M Home

The last Concorde ever to fly has safely completed her journey to Aerospace Bristol, a new £19m museum taking off in Filton this summer. The complex move was conducted with the greatest care by engineers…
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Metrobus Construction Updates ...

Hambrook Lane  From Monday 6th February, Hambrook Lane will be closed for two weeks to: create a farmers access, widen the road, install kerbing etc. A further final 1 week closure will be required in…
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Know Your Place touring Exhibition

Have you ever wondered what makes a place the way it is now? Or wished you could travel back in time and discover how your area has changed over the years?  Know Your Place is…
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Leadership Changes at Local Secondary Schools

As announced in December, The Olympus Academy Trust (OAT) and Castle School Education Trust (CSET) have submitted a joint proposal to the Department for Education for the sponsorship of Winterbourne International Academy, currently part of…
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Frozen Frolics in The Snow Queen

Here is a pretty cool offering for some fun in February half term courtesy of the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group. Following last year’s pantomime for which the group won a Rose Bowl Award, TMTG will…
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New Networking Event for Businesses in South Gloucestershire

South Gloucestershire Networking Launches Monthly Events for Local Businesses. Taking place at Bella Italia, Abbey Wood Retail Park at Filton (BS34 7JL); the first South Gloucestershire Networking event of 2017 will be held on 17th January…
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Curtain raised on multi-million-pound redevelopment of Bradley Stoke Lifestyle Centre

Customers can enjoy a range of new facilities at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre following a major £3.6million redevelopment funded by South Gloucestershire Council. Bradley Stoke Matters was delighted to be invited along to the official…
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Ex SGS College student turned famous footballer makes nostalgic return to the college

We loved this story sent to us from SGS College just prior to Christmas ... Back in 2002 the then SGS Principal Kevin Hamblin, Director of Sport Simon Panes and Head Coach Tony Ricketts made…
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Jack Lopresti MP shows support for proposed extension to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway

Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, today visited The Mall at Cribbs Causeway to meet Centre Manager Deb Jones and discuss the owners’ major investment plans. The meeting follows South Gloucestershire councillors’ decision…
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Yarn-bombed Christmas Tree to Double as Blankets for Homeless

  Knitters from a local church have not only created their own Christmas tree from yarn – but when the decorations come down they’re recycling it into blankets for local homeless charities. Over 800 woolly green squares…
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Animal Carer for a Day

Have you or someone you know ever fancied finding finding out more about hands on animal care by having a hands on experience with a dedicated and professional animal care team? Well now you can!…
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Wheatfield Bakes Off for Children in Need

Inspired by Bake Off, this year classes 4M and 4H at Wheatfield Primary School decided to try and bake their way  to raising  a ton of cash for Children in Need. Many different children were…
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Success for young gymnast

We love sharing good news stories and were therefore delighted to hear from local resident Shirley Sanchez regarding her granddaughter’s recent achievement. Isabella took part in her first gymnastics competition along with 115 gymnasts from…
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McDonald's provides boost to local grassroots team

    Local football team, Bradley Stoke Youth FC U6’s have received a brand new free kit courtesy of local McDonald’s franchisee Mike Guerin and the McDonald’s FA Kit Scheme. The McDonald’s kit scheme, now in…
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Jack Lopresti / Metrobus Update: MP Statement 24th Nov

Statement from Jack Lopresti MP “Earlier today (24th Nov) I had a meeting with representatives from South Gloucestershire Council, MetroBus, contractors Alun Griffiths, local Councillors, including Councillor Colin Hunt, South Gloucestershire’s lead Councillor for Transport,…
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Christmas Market Raising Funds for Local Children's Charity

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-school in Bradley Stoke is hosting its’ first-ever Christmas market on Saturday 3rd December to raise money for a South Gloucestershire organisation that supports one of its young children.  The…
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Local MP to put pressure on South Glos & Metrobus Contractors to Alleviate Road Chaos

Jack Lopresti MP has called an urgent meeting with those responsible for the Metrobus works in Bradley Stoke which are causing major road congestion.  Representatives from; the road contractors, Metrobus, South Gloucestershire Council including the…
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Students of Winterbourne International Academy plan more fundraising for Mexico project

A group of students from Winterbourne International Academy are working hard to generate funds for an overseas project that will support two poor primary schools in a rural village of Mexico. This bi-annual project, has…
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Triple European Champions 2016!

Wow! What a wonderful weekend 21 members of Creation Twirlers Baton Twirling team had recently when they performed as part of the England Majorette team in the European Majorette championships. This talented group of young…
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‘Active Adventure’ at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre: Opens on Saturday!

Bradley Stoke Matters was pleased to be invited along to a preview of the latest developments at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre yesterday.  Xheight, a 17 wall adventure climbing experience and Explore, an extensive soft play…
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Consultation launched on new Bristol free school for children with autism

A consultation has been launched this month on a new free school, SGS Pegasus School, for children with autism. Due to open in September 2017, the school, which was given approval by the Secretary of…
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Charity Dinner with Brian Moore

Whether you are an individual who loves Rugby, a group of people infatuated with the beautiful game, or perhaps you are part of a business that would like to treat its staff and/or colleagues to…
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Local Girl Heads to World Championships

Congratulations to local 12 year old Lexi Johnson who won the Regional title last month for Martial Arts in Sparring category held at Thornbury Leisure Centre. The event drew in competitors from local areas, as well…
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Olympic Paratriathlete Andy Lewis brings home gold to Bradley Stoke

Andy Lewis, the first paratriathlete to win a gold medal in the RIO 2016 Paralympics, dropped into Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre to thank the team for its support ahead of the Games. Currently on sabbatical…
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100 classic cars to visit RAC building at Bradley Stoke as part of one of the oldest rallies in the world

Legendary rally driver Paddy Hopkirk to act as starter on day two of RAC Rally of the Tests The RAC building in Bradley Stoke is to play host to 100 classic cars early on the…
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BSYFC in the running for Community Club of the Year once again

Congratulations to Bradley Stoke Youth FC who are once again finalists in the Bristol Post Sports Awards 2016 in the category of Community Club of the Year. The ceremony will take place on Thursday October…
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Airbus Foundation Launches the First Flying Challenge in the UK

At the launch of the UK’s first Flying Challenge programme this morning (14th Sept), 30 young people from Bristol Metropolitan Academy in Fishponds met Olympian Kriss Akabusi and French Astronaut Claudie Haigneré. The programme sees…
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Extension of M32 bus lane

Press Release Issued by: MetroBus communications | metrobus@westofengland.org | 13/09/2016 Road works to extend the M32 bus lane into Bristol are planned to start before the end of September. The existing southbound bus lane is…
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Wanted: Additional Players for Successful U10s Team

Following rapid promotion to Division A of the Hanham Minor League, Little Stoke Youth FC U10s are looking to complement their team with an additional two players who already have experience playing for a team…
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Good Luck in Rio to locally trained Paralympian Andy Lewis

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre will be cheering on one particular athlete at next month’s Paralympics after playing a major role in his training programme. Andy Lewis is already British, European and World paratriathlete champion, and…
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Successful season for BSYFC Girls’ football

On Sunday June 14th the Bradley Stoke Youth FC Girl Teams of U11’s, U13’s and U14’s rolled into the Brislington Juniors Tournament. The rain had stopped and the sun was shining so great conditions for…
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Bradley Stoke Ladies FC - What a first season!

The newly formed Bradley Stoke Ladies FC completed their first season in the Gloucestershire County Women’s Football League Division 2, finishing in 4th place. An outstanding achievement for a team that started training on 6th…
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Clive Mason (Group Scout Leader) Receives Merit Award

Clive Mason, Group Scout Leader at 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts, has more than forty years' experience of Scouting and is still as enthusiastic as ever!  He has been a driving force behind the local Bradley…
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Summer Forest Party, Friday 8th July 2016 3.30-7pm

Invitation from Scott Howes, Head Teacher, Little Stoke Primary School This year Little Stoke Primary will be holding their summer community event in the grounds at the front of the school from 3.30pm. Admission is free…
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WHERE WE LIVE … ALL LOCAL ARTISTS INVITED !

It’s hard to believe that it is 5 years since, with the help of the Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters, Susan gathered a small group of local Artists who were keen on the…
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Charity Football Match in memory of George (Georgina) West

This Saturday 2nd July the family and friends of George (Georgina) West have organised a memorial football match - Ladies v Men -  to take place on the top pitch at the Jubilee Centre.  Kick…
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Leaders from Olympus Academy Trust visit Buckingham Palace

On 16th May 2016, Olympus Academy Trust leaders were invited to attend a once in a life time Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Gold Award Presentation at Buckingham Palace, London. At the event the Trust…
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UWE BoxED at Bailey’s Court Primary School Update

Following on from their earlier work on Microbial Fuel cells with the help from the BoxED team from the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE), Drs Jon Winfield and Debbie Lewis, the year 5 pupils and…
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UWE BoxED at Bailey’s Court Primary School

During late April and May children in year 5 at Bailey’s Court Primary School have been involved in a science project with the BoxED team from the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE),…
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'Breaking Limits' at Holy Trinity Primary School

This week at Holy Trinity Primary School there has been a focus on sport with the theme of 'Breaking Limits':  Understanding sport for people with disability. They have had a variety of guests visiting during the…
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Double Winners at Community Awards for BSYFC!

Huge congratulations to Bradley Stoke Youth FC who have collected two winning trophies at the recent FA Charter Standard Community Awards Ceremony this week. The Ceremony was held at the Gloucestershire FA, Oaklands Park last…
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IN or OUT? EU Referendum debate in Bradley Stoke

Bradley Stoke was the venue for an EU Referendum debate last night (Wednesday 22nd) as the campaigning period for today's (Thursday 23rd) vote came to an end.  Holy Trinity Church hosted the event that saw…
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EU Referendum Debate, Wednesday, 22nd June 2016 @7 pm at Holy Trinity Church, Bradley Stoke BS32 0BD.

As you know, the EU referendum is happening on Thursday 23rd June 2016. We will all have an opportunity to decide whether the UK remains in the European Union or leaves. This is probably the most…
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Extra Park and Ride services for M32 closure weekend

MetroBus and Bristol City Council have arranged for extra Park and Ride services to operate whilst the M32 is closed this weekend. People visiting Bristol on the weekend of 10-12 June are advised to use…
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Bradley Stoke Community Festival 3-5 June

Page 16 of our current issue gives details of this year's Bradley Stoke Festival ...
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Bradley Stoke Town Council Elects New Mayor

At Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 11th May 2016, Councillor Elaine Hardwick was elected to the position of Mayor of Bradley Stoke. The outgoing Mayor, Councillor Roger Avenin, welcomed everyone…
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BSYFC recognised in Young Coach of the Year and Community Club of the Year categories!

Congratulations to Bradley Stoke Youth FC who have been shortlisted for two FA Community Awards. Matt Smith has been shortlisted in the top two for Young Coach of the Year whilst the Club has been…
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Bradley Stoke businessman shortlisted for major regional award

Mark Crutchley, Director of the Circadian Trust, a social enterprise that delivers sport and leisure facilities in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, has been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors (IoD) South West regional Director of…
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Local Grandfather, 80, Protests at open-cast coalmine, Merthyr Tidfil, 3rd May

Patchway grandfather Phil Kingston, a member of Christian Climate Action, was in one of the two teams which blocked roads within the UK’s largest open-cast coalmine near Merthyr Tydfil on Tuesday, 3rd May and helped to…
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Tesco 'Bags of Help' Grants - Still time to apply!

Grants will be awarded each year in around 400 Tesco regions to make sure funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland*.  In total the Bags of Help programme will support thousands of projects each year.…
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Update to overnight closure of the A4174 on June 4th

The A4174 Bristol ring road east-bound between the Hambrook and Bromley roundabouts will be closed overnight on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5, from 9pm – 5.30am. A diversion will be marked and is…
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On Air Again 3rd & 4th June

Come along and be part of the studio audience at Thornbury's ‘Television Centre’ for a trip down memory lane or to gain an insight into yesteryear.  On 3rd and 4th June(including  a matinée) the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group will be…
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SMOB Ladies Unbeatable in 2015/16 Season

Congratulations to St. Mary’s Old Boys Ladies rugby team who have received their silverware after an incredible season in the NC2 South West North league this season. The ladies only lost one league game and…
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Bradley Stoke Youth FC - Under 13s on tour!

  On a typical bank holiday weekend, wet and windy, BSYFC u13s set off to Woolacombe, in Devon, to compete in the Woolacombe Bay Championships 2016. On arrival at Golden Coast Holiday Park everyone was…
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Wonderland WillowBrook

Don’t be late for a very important date! The WillowBrook Centre is celebrating the release of new Alice Through the Looking Glass film with an Alice themed spectacular on Tuesday 31 May from 11am. Local youngsters…
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SGS wins local college’s football tournament

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College were triumphant last week in winning the Ability Counts Football Tournament against other local institutions in the South West. Taking place on 11th May, the two teams from the Preparation for…
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PRESS RELEASE: "Energise Your Future"

Seven hundred young learners from throughout Gloucestershire - with their parents - are being invited to an event in the county aimed at inspiring them to ‘Energise’ their futures.   The one day event on Wednesday…
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AFTER THE SUCCESS OF LAST YEARS EVENT THE HOLLY HEDGE VE DAY PARTY IS BACK!

Go along and see the centre decked out in decorations reminiscent of the era with guests dressed up in soldier and pilot costumes as well as other traditional 1940s attire. A fantastic swing band will…
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Local Dance School Raises £4,000 for Charity

Sharon Phillips School of Dancing held their biennial dancing show on 29th-31st March at The Olympus Theatre, Stoke Gifford.  200 children took part, aged from just 2 and a half years up to 18, performing…
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2016 John Lewis Prom Dress Success for BSCS students

Back in October John Lewis launched their annual Prom dress competition, where students from local secondary schools submit Prom dress designs, in a bid to win the opportunity to make their creations with a team…
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England Rugby Ladies & Bristol Rugby ladies, Amber Reed, to lead O2 Touch session at St Mary's Old Boys tonight, Tues 3rd May

St Mary’s Old Boys RFC has recently become an official O2 Touch Centre with the backing of the RFU. Funding will be received for the first three years of the programme, ensuring that in years 4 onwards…
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Local MP calls for debate on the power of local councils to charge for sporting events

During business questions today Jack Lopresti MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke asked the Leader of the House of Commons, the RT Hon Chris Grayling MP, for a debate on the power of local councils to…
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A note from the Bradley Stoke Lions ...

Just for a change, the Bradley Stoke Lions April meeting was held in the Travellers Lodge on the A38, to enjoy a social meal whilst conducting our business.  On April 19 we joined our parent…
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Upcoming fundraiser at MS Centre - Thursday 28th April

  MS Cake Break - Thursday 28th April, 9.15 am to 2 pm Everybody is invited to come along and enjoy some delicious cakes and have a chat over a cuppa and help raise funds to support…
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Local Gymnasts achieve Bronze in China!

Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters is please to share this local success story ... My name is Mrs Teresa Cross and I am writing regarding the recent bronze medal success of my daughter,…
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Boost for Local Youth Club

The Honourable Company of Gloucestershire has generously donated £1,000 to help Creative Youth Network’s The Stokes youth club. The Stokes youth club has grown over the last two years and is now offering three sessions…
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CONCERT WITH A TELEVISION THEME

It’s that time of year again when the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group showcase the talents of the group members in its annual concert. So, come and join them as they explore the sights and sounds of…
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Who wants to be Buddy’s best buddy?

Meet Buddy. Tuesday 29th March 2016 was Buddy's 284th day with the Bristol Dogs and Cats Home. They absolutely love him - and no-one who knows Buddy can quite understand why he hasn't been chosen as someone’s 'best buddy' yet.…
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Local business specialist launches new service for employers helping redundant employees

Award-winning local business development specialist Abdullah Ali-Ahmadi of Axent SBS has launched a new Start Your Own Business Resources Kit to help employers support redundant employees who would like to run their own businesses, based…
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Success for Meadowbrook at High 5 Netball Tournament 2016

On Wednesday the 16th of March, Meadowbrook entered the high five netball tournament held at Bradley Stoke Community School.  They were one of six teams from local schools.  Meadowbrook's team consisted of boys and girls…
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BSCS Part-Powered by Sunshine

In a joint statement Bradley Stoke Community School and South Gloucestershire Council have announced the installation of solar panels on the school roof. The installation incorporates in the region of 1,000 panels [250Kw system] mounted…
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Stokes Singers: Musical Director Required

  Stokes Singers is seeking an experienced Musical Director to join our well-established mixed community choir based in Patchway. We currently consist of around 40 members and sing a wide range of popular music largely…
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Bradley Stoke Youth U14 Girls GFA County Cup Finalists 2016 Update

When BSYFC U14 Girls entered the early rounds of the GFA County Cup way back in Oct 2015 no-one expected that they would be announcing they would be playing in the Final on March 13th…
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Students from Filton and Bradley Stoke visit Westminster on International Women’s Day

Jack Lopresti MP, yesterday, hosted two students from Filton and Bradley Stoke at Westminster as part of International Women’s Day to promote greater equality for women in politics and the wider world. Cat Maclean and…
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Little Stoke Fake Festival joins in 10th anniversary celebrations

The UK’s only touring tribute festival is back and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. All the fun takes place in Little Stoke at Little Stoke Park on Saturday, 14th May, with three major…
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babyballet ‘Starmakers’ Stars Take to the Stage

87 budding ballerinas aged 3 to 5 from across the Bradley Stoke area are taking to the stage to showcase their first fantastic babyballet show, ‘Twinkle & Teddy’s Big Day Out!’ The award-winning babyballet Song…
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Aztec Hotel & Spa #CleanForTheQueen 4-6 March

                  Clean for The Queen is a campaign launched in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy to clear up Britain in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday.  It will…
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“Building Community in Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke”

Bradley Stoke Matters was delighted to be invited along to the launch celebration of the new Parish of Bradley Stoke, held at Bradley Stoke Community School at the end of February.  It was lovely to…
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Aretians Ladies 24-50 Cheddar Valley

The Aretians Ladies Rugby Team played their first match on Sunday.   A fantastic crowd of 150+ turned up to support the girls and cheer them on. The game started with Aretians looking very nervous…
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New Principal at Stoke Gifford School of Dance

Little Stoke Gifford Matters was delighted to hear from Eve Brewer, the new Principal at the Stoke Gifford School of Dance, which has been offering dance classes in Stoke Gifford since 1989.  Eve herself has…
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Stoke Gifford Branch Wins Again!

At the recent Royal British Legion Gloucestershire County Conference the Stoke Gifford Branch of the RBL won the Marling Cup for the most efficient small Branch, for the third time in recent years.  Branch President…
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Knitted Cake to Celebrate Raising £100,000 for St Peter's Hospice

The infamous Knutty Knitters who caused a media storm with their life-sized knitted nativity scene have out done themselves this year with a special knitted cake, in celebration of hitting their £100,000 fundraising total. The…
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World Thinking Day 22nd February

Second Stoke Lodge Brownies are celebrating World Thinking Day along with Brownies and Guides all around the world. The 22nd February marks the birthday of the founder of Scouting, Robert Baden-Powell, and his wife and…
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Bradley Stoke Youth U14 Girls win through to the GFA County Cup Final 2016

Report by Manager Martin Lee: When BSYFC U14 Girls entered the early rounds of the GFA County Cup way back in Oct 2015 no-one expected that they would be announcing they would be playing in…
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Unwanted Foreign and Old Coins Appeal & Used Stamp Appeal

We have received this appeal from local residents on behalf of RP Fighting Blindness: "The back of drawers, in sofas we all have little corners we have not looked in for ages. Please have a…
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Jack Lopresti urges residents to 'have their say' on Council's proposals to reduce local library services

Jack Lopresti MP has joined the fight to prevent reductions to library services across South Gloucestershire. He wants to ensure that as many of his constituents as possible have their voices heard in South Gloucestershire…
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Jack Lopresti MP calls public meeting to discuss Metrobus Scheme works in Bradley Stoke

Jack Lopresti MP will host and Chair a public meeting to discuss the Metrobus Scheme works. Representatives from South Gloucestershire Council, Metrobus, the Project Contractors, First Bus and Councillors have been invited. The public meeting…
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Love is in the air ... literally!

We loved this true life love story, sent to us by the MS Centre in Bradley Stoke, of two people living with MS who met and fell in love in an Oxygen Chamber! Becky first…
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Big-hearted opticians holds week of fundraising

With Valentine’s Day just a breath away, the local Specsavers has been making the most of the love in the air by holding a week of fundraising activities in store, with all proceeds donated to…
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Work to start next week on £3.6m development of Leisure Centre

It was great to be invited along to the Leisure Centre yesterday to learn more about the imminent plans for the development of the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.  Work is due to commence on the…
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Local Salon to Host 5* Celebration Launch Evening

Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters was pleased to hear from local salon Perfected which has recently received the prestigious 5* acclamation for both hair and beauty from the Good Salon Guide – despite…
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Meet Aladdin and Princess Mandarin after the show!

Thornbury Musical Theatre Group's production of Aladdin starts this week! *EXCITING NEWS* After the Aladdin performances on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th February we will be a holding a special meet and greet with Aladdin…
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NYTC presents Thoroughly Modern Millie

Northavon Youth Theatre Company are celebrating twice over! They have just won a coveted Rose Bowl Award for Best Youth Production, 2015, with their stunning version of Sunshine On Leith and they have also reached…
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BSCS Yr 9 Boys Rugby Team through to semi-finals

The Year 9 boys’ rugby team at Bradley Stoke Community School has beaten Chew Valley School in the quarter finals of the Super 8s competition to progress to the semi-final stage for the first time…
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Delay in Decision about Future of Little Stoke parkrun?

There has been a phenomenal show of support for the Little Stoke Parkrun over the last few weeks.  Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters have been copied in on many letters sent to the…
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Big Spring Clean 2016

Communities from all over South Gloucestershire will once again come together to take part in the annual BIG Spring Clean campaign.  Last year, local schools, town and parish councils, brownies, cubs, youth groups and local…
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Mayor and Locals Grab a Slice of the Action at the Hollow Tree

The Hollow Tree in Bradley Stoke hosted a VIP menu taster evening on Thursday 28th January to give the local community the chance to tickle their taste buds with the latest additions to its existing…
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Update from the Bradley Stoke Lions Club:

To cheer up a bleak January, the Bradley Stoke Lions enjoyed yet another Pudding Night at President Ailsa's home. 24 Lions and guests tucked into 14 assorted puddings, some of which are shown here, and…
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Cartoon Circus comes to Bradley Stoke this half term

All the fun of the circus comes to Bradley Stoke Jubilee Centre on Thursday 11th February at 11.30am & 2pm when television's National Clown Theatre stages their all new, interactive, laughter-packed stage show "Cartoon Circus…
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Abbeywood Community School defends its performance

Last week saw Abbeywood Community School listed in the Bristol Post as one of several schools low down in “Bristol” schools rankings for 2015 GCSE performance. Dave Howe, Associate Headteacher at the school since January…
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Plea for storage from Northavon Youth Theatre Company

Over its 40 year existence, the Northavon School of Drama, whose Students perform as the Northavon Youth Theatre Company, has built up not only an enviable reputation, plus many theatrical awards, but also through numerous…
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Keep our Parkrun - Letters of support

Dear Sir/Madam, I have been made aware that Stoke Gifford Parish Council are considering closing down Little Stoke Park Run on the 9th of February over charging for use of the park.    I would…
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Help Keep Little Stoke Parkrun in Little Stoke Park and FREE for all

We are pleased to share the following from the Little Stoke Parkrun, who need your local support to ensure this enormously popular weekly event can continue to take place in Little Stoke Park.  They are…
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Celebrations as BSCS Year 10 Boys Football through to final 16: Match Report

The BSCS Year 10 boys' football team have sailed into unchartered water by progressing into the next round of the ESFA National Cup sponsored by Playstation. This is a national football competition which had over…
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Update on Stoke Gifford fatality

Update form Avon & Somerset Police this morning, following Tuesday's tragic accident in Stoke Gifford:   "We’ve charged a man in connection with the fatal road traffic accident in Stoke Gifford.  The incident took place…
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Evelyn recognised for more than three decades of great customer service at Circadian Trust

After 36 dedicated years of delivering great customer service and being the smiling face at Yate Leisure Centre, Evelyn Watson has been awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at Circadian Trust’s annual staff awards ceremony.…
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Congratulations to Abbeywood U13 Girls Football Team

On Wednesday 6 January the u13 girls football team from Abbeywood Community School continued their campaign in the National PlayStation cup. For their top 32 draw the girls had to travel to Henry Beaufort School…
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Great Community Spirit shown in re-use of Skatepark

Bradley Stoke Matters loves a good pulling-together of the community story, especially one that that re-uses 'pre-loved' items!  We were therefore very pleased to hear from Amanda Patterson regarding the removal of the old Skate…
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BSCS 'Off-Timetable' Day

Bradley Stoke Matters was delighted to hear from students at Bradley Stoke Community School this afternoon, who made contact to share with us the numerous activities undertaken 'off timetable' today.  Every term the whole school…
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Additional evening public drop-in session on the Metrobus works

Further to the morning drop in session that is organised for Thursday 14th January in the Oak Hall of the Jubilee Centre from 10.30am-12.30pm, there is now also an evening drop in session organised, also for…
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Bradley Stoke Cricket Club Celebrates 25 Years!

2016 sees a major landmark for the Town’s cricket club. Based at Baileys Court Activity Centre in Baileys Court Road, Bradley Stoke Cricket Club celebrates its 25th anniversary this year! During the preceding 25 years the…
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Proud to be Sponsoring St Mary's Old Boys RFC

Already sponsors of the Bradley Stoke Bull for the local Bradley Stoke Youth Rugby at SMOB, Bradley Stoke Matters is now pleased to be new sponsors of the team shirts and pitchboard too for St…
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Knutty Knitters raise £100,000 for St Peter's Hospice

were delighted to hear from the local Knutty Knitters, pictured here, following their latest Christmas campaign.  Their talks, donations to Knitivity on Tour and Christmas Card sales have raised in excess of £100,000 for St…
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Build Starts on New Skatepark Site

Construction work finally begun on Wednesday (6th January 2016) on the new Skatepark for Bradley Stoke. Councillors, Officers and Local Young People met on-site to mark the occasion. Mayor Councillor Roger Avenin commented, ‘I am pleased…
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Wheatfield Primary School Choir sing for Retired Education Leaders

We were honoured to be invited to the recent Association of Retired Education Leaders Christmas lunch where Wheatfield Primary School Choir sang for the retired heads, deputies & others who have held Senior Management positions…
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Winterbourne Boys in County Championships!

Good luck to the U11 boys football team from St Michael's Primary School in Winterbourne as they travel to Gloucester tomorrow to represent South Gloucestershire in the County Championships. We received this report from Coach,…
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Aladdin

The Thornbury Musical Theatre Group will be performing ‘Aladdin ’ at the Armstrong Hall in Thornbury from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th February. This traditional pantomime of the famous Oriental rags to riches tale has…
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Christmas Market at Bradley Stoke Extra, Sat 19th

Tesco is inviting everyone to get into the festive spirit with a Christmas market at Bradley Stoke Extra. The retailer is recruiting more Christmas helpers than ever this year, and has asked communities and some…
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Pete Miles wins double Gold at British Championships

Congratulations to our new British Champion Pete Miles from Bradley Stoke Judo Club.   Pete won Gold in both the Junior and Senior British Championships held in Sheffield on Saturday 12th/Sunday 13th December in the…
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MetroBus Construction Works - Letter issued re delay to works

Contractors Alun Griffiths have today issued the following letter to local residents informing them that Woodlands Lane will not be re-opening until next August. They are also holding a public drop in session at the…
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Successful First Nativity at BSCS Primary Phase

Pupils at Bradley Stoke ’s newest primary school have celebrated the end of their inaugural term with a traditional nativity performance. Pupils treated their audience to a selection of songs and beautifully read lines, with…
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MAMA BEAR RAISES THOUSANDS FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

Children at Mama Bear ’s Day Nursery and Pre-Schools across Bristol and the South West have raised thousands of pounds for Children in Need with a series of fundraising activities. The nursery group raised a…
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SGS boxers make it through to the finals

Three SGS College boxers have gone through to the  National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs  Boxing Championships finals, after competing in the semi-final this weekend in Portsmouth. Natalie Craig aged 17 and 18 year…
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Light the Night

Most of us have been affected, one way or another, by life-threatening illness. And at Christmas we often remember the people we have loved who are no longer with us. Lighting a candle is one…
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BSCS Christmas Market

They  have a few remaining spaces for stallholders at  their Christmas Market from  4:30-7:00pm on Thursday 10th  December.   The evening  coincides with  their Parents Evening and they are expecting over 500 people to attend.…
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BRADLEY STOKE CHILDREN RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

Children at the Mama Bear ’s Day Nursery and Pre-Schools in Bradley Stoke have had a sponsored Pyjama Day and made cakes to raise money for Children in Need. Both nurseries on Bailey ’s Court…
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Bristol shoppers to get Stay Well This Winter health advice

An NHS “Stay Well This Winter ” roadshow is set to visit three shopping centres in Bristol and South Gloucestershire next week. Shoppers will be offered expert advice on how to prepare against the cold…
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Jack and the Bean Stalk, Patchway Community Centre

This Christmas Daisy Chain Productions, have produced and are presenting another festive pantomime; this year join 'Jack' in his travels up the beanstalk where he meets a golden egg laying hen and the evil GIANT!…
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Head from the Sawa Sawa Academy in Kenya visits players at St Mary’s Old Boys RFC.

The local  rugby club were delighted to be asked by Bradley Stoke Community School if they could introduce the Head of the Sawa Sawa Academy in Kenya. The  school were hosting a visit from Mr…
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Local Lions have played their part in keeping the GWAAC helicopter flying

Bradley Stoke Lions visited the Great Western Air Ambulance base in   November to see the helicopter, it ’s crew and to hear about the fantastic life-saving work that GWAAC carry out.   The visit…
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European Champions 2015!

Wow!   What a wonderful weekend 15 members of Creation Twirlers Baton Twirling team had last month when they travelled to Italy as part of the England Majorette team to take part in the European…
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Report from the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club by Arthur Allan

The AGM of the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club was held at the Baileys Court Activity Centre on Thursday 22nd October. Some sixty members were welcomed by Chair Steve Lee Prior to events members stood in…
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STOKE GIFFORD CRICKET CLUB: NEW PLAYERS REQUIRED

Following a successful promotion season last year, the first team will play next season in Division 5 of the new league structure.   This will be a good challenge with the restructuring of the leagues…
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NETWORK COUNSELLING GET BRISTOL LISTENING

On Friday 27th November, Network Counselling & Training celebrates Listening Day. ‘Listening Day ’, started in America, highlights the value of listening – ‘that listening to people makes them feel that their lives matter ’.…
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Christmas is coming to Bristol Dogs & Cats Home

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home is kicking off the festive season by inviting everyone to join them, and special guest Santa Claus, at their annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 22nd November at the Home. This…
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Protect a Pup hosts Dog Photoshoot Fundraiser in Support of Spay & Neuter Campaign

Local dog charity Protect a Pup (www.protectapup.org) invites Bristol community members to sign up for their first ever “Dog Photoshoot Christmas Fundraiser ” event on 29 November 2015 at The Scout Hut on Hurle Road,…
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Lights, music and lots of great entertainment at Willow Brook’s Christmas launch

CBeebies presenter Andy Day will wow the Children of Bradley Stoke when he switches on the Christmas Lights at Willow Brook Centre on Saturday 21 November. Andy, who is starring in Snow White at the…
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Green light for £3.6 million redevelopment of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre will undergo a £3.6 million re-development enabling it to offer exciting new activities for all ages and meet a growing demand for its use. South Gloucestershire Council Communities Committee which met…
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Vibrant Colour at Bradley Stoke Fireworks Display

On Sunday 1st November 2015, Bradley Stoke Town Council hosted its annual fireworks event for  the thirteenth year running. It was another successful year, where thousands came out to enjoy the  fireworks once more. The…
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SHOPPERS CELEBRATE NEW SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

Customers in Bradley Stoke eagerly gathered to be amongst the first to benefit from changes at Tesco. Yesterday saw the launch of four national brands inside the Tesco Extra store at Bradley Stoke District Centre.…
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Become a future star of wildlife film and TV with M Shed!

M Shed goes wildlife film crazy on Friday 23 October with a Wildlife Film Roadshow designed to showcase what goes into making great nature programmes.  Families are invited to drop into M Shed between 11am…
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Latest BSM Buried in Time Capsule! :)

Bradley Stoke Matters was delighted to be invited to join families at a Stay n Play session at the Primary Phase of BSCS Community this afternoon, where we saw the young pupils at work and…
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CONGRATULATIONS to Bradley Stoke Youth Rugby under 12s

CONGRATULATIONS to Bradley Stoke Youth Rugby under 12s (school year 7) who won the plate final at the traditional season opening Clifton RFC Festival. Fantastically supported by a large group of parents and siblings BSYR…
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Not an Oscar but a ‘Voscur’ for Home-Start Bristol!

  People at family support charity Home-Start Bristol were jumping for joy this week. They won a public vote and were chosen for the ‘Happy, Healthy Bristol award presented by Voscur, the organisation supporting voluntary…
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Willow Brook goes spooky for Halloween

    Willow Brook is gearing up for a fun filled spooktacular to celebrate Halloween.   The event takes place on Wednesday 28 October between 11am to 3pm.       Simply gruesome entertainment will…
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Paint a smile for Syria

Fundraiser: Saturday 24th October 2015 8am-8pm Hello my name is Tracy Deb and I am a Bridal Makeup Artist in Bradley Stoke.   The Syrian refugee crisis going on at the moment is horrific and…
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Knutty Knitters Casting on for Christmas

The Knutty Knitters will once again be displaying their life sized Knitivity at the Willow Brook Centre this December. Last year, over £1,500 was collected in Bradley Stoke for St Peter s Hospice, the only…
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**** COMPETITION TIME ****

                      Bristol Insight is Bristol s only independent “live guided ” bus tour company. Whether you re a Bristolian or a passing visitor, their tours…
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Start of the Season Ranking Tournament for TJ’s Netball Club

Training started back in August and it had been great to welcome new players into the U12, U14 and U16 squads.   We ve been encouraged too, to have players from different schools too.  …
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8 Year Old Naoisa donates her own hair to aid local cause

              Every little girl dreams of having long princess hair like Rapunzel and eight year old Naoisa Hodges from Bradley Stoke is no exception.   But Naoisa is no…
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Bradley Stoke Matters meets local Tesco Community Champion

Bradley Stoke Matters recently met with the local Tesco Community Champion, Dawn Richards, who acts as ambassador for Tesco within Bradley Stoke. Dawn works full time to ensure that Tesco is a great neighbour and…
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Rotary Club receives a 'Thank You' from 'Petra Littlefair' on behalf of 'St Peters Hospice'

The Rotary Club of Bradley Stoke were pleased to receive a 'Thank You' from 'Petra Littlefair' on behalf of 'St Peters Hospice' for donating £1000 to the Hospice,  as demonstrated in the picture below with…
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1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group Marching Band Project needs your help.

Our Scout group have been busy with a new project to start a marching band.   We were motivated to do this initially because of the difficulty we have faced in finding a band for…
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WALK TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES THIS OCTOBER

Families who have lost a loved one are being encouraged to sign up to a special event taking place this October in their memory. Organised by local charity St Peter s Hospice the Walk to…
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Great Western Air Ambulance Charity wants your bras!

                        We've all got them, ladies. Lurking at the back of the cupboard. We know we should throw them out, but we just haven…
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Bradley Stoke Ladies are up and running

Bradley Stoke Youth FC expansion continues with their affiliation to the newly formed Bradley Stoke Ladies Team.           Bradley Stoke s first ever adult female team only got together and started…
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Volunteer Opportunity

Do you want to make a difference to someone in your community? Do you like spending time with people? Are you kind, caring, reliable and responsible? Carers often find their own health and well-being is…
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*UPDATE* FOX HAS BEEN FOUND!

We are delighted to be able to update you with the amazing news that Fox has been handed in to our RSPCA Bristol Clinic at Albert Road.  We would like to thank you all so…
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Meadowbrook Primary win photography award

The British Wildlife Photography Awards proudly announce the winners for 2015.   The Awards celebrate both the work of amateur and professional photographers and the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. Winning images are chosen…
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Update from BSTFC

Senior Division of the Bristol and District football league having been confirmed champions of Division One in the last week of last season.     The standard of teams now arriving at the Jubilee Centre…
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Bradley Stoke Bowls Club New update from Aarthur Allan

NEW BOWLS TROPHY Bradley Stoke Physio Novice Cup Bradley Stoke Bowls Club introduced a new competition this year to encourage beginners. The competition, for bowlers with less than three years experience, attracted 16 competitors who…
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New clothing stores within the local Tesco Extra

Since our first announcement on September 9th of the Tesco Extra plans within the Willowbrook Centre in Bradley Stoke we caught up with Dan Morris, Refit Manager, for a greater understanding of the new layout…
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ROYAL VISIT FOR LOCAL CHILDREN’S CHARITY JESSIE MAY

A charity which provides hospice at home services to terminally ill children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire received a very special visit this week from HRH Sophie the Countess of Wessex. The…
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Entry is now open for Thornbury Running Club’s race-The Oldbury Power 10-miler

Entries are now open for Thornbury Running Club s next race, The Oldbury Power 10-miler, on Sunday October 4th 2015 at 10.30am from Oldbury Power Station. The Oldbury Power 10-miler race is a fast, flat…
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Bradley Stoke Fox

The RSPCA are aware of a small fox that frequents Bradley Stoke Tesco Extra.  The Fox is in poor condition and appears to have mange on its back end but it is still highly mobile…
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Statement from Circadian Trust re. Rugby World Cup

The team at Active are really excited to host the Georgian World Cup Rugby team at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, as they train to take the 2015 world title. It is a privilege for Bradley…
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Trinity Preschool and Holy Trinity Primary School to hold Coffee Morning

On the 25th September 2015, Trinity Preschool and Holy Trinity Primary School will be holding a Coffee morning from 9.00-10.30am in the foyer in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.   Contributions of cakes and biscuits…
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Meadowbrook Primary School receives Top Award

Top award for quality given to Meadowbrook Primary School by leading education charity Achievement for All. Meadowbrook Primary School has been recognized for the work it has been doing to improve the wellbeing, resilience and…
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South Gloucestershire’s Discover Festival launches

The Discover Festival launches today (Thursday 10 September) with over 15 events to choose from taking place on the first Saturday alone. South Gloucestershire residents can look forward to an exciting autumn thanks to Discover…
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Bradley Stoke Community School achieves the Bullying Intervention Group BIG Award

We are delighted to announce that Bradley Stoke Community School has achieved the Bullying Intervention Group BIG Award for excellence in challenging bullying. Bradley Stoke Community School has an excellent anti-bullying policy, involving pupils/students in…
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Bristol Half Marathon 2015 – essential travel information

Sunday 13 September will see thousands of athletes and spectators, descend on Bristol for the 27th Bristol Half Marathon, the region s leading road race. To ensure a safe and fun race for all taking…
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Exciting changes taking place at Tesco Extra Bradley Stoke

                  Dan Morris, Refit Manager, pictured in the store managers office with the project of the general merchandise (non food) transformation including concessions Dorothy Perkins and Burtons…
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Help mark International Literacy Day with donating your unwanted books

Today (Tuesday 8th September) is International Literacy Day. To mark the day Bradley Stoke Community School are appealing for you to donate any unwanted/unused books; please drop them off in reception. Once  they have collected…
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Dunkley’s and The Rainbow Centre visit Bristol Zoo

On Thursday 2nd September Dunkley s invited local charity, The Rainbow Centre for Children, to Bristol Zoo for a private tour of the Big Bugs exhibition. This summer Dunkley s have sponsored a large animatronic…
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Local Teams Reach Sporting Award Finals

Congratulations to two local teams for reaching the finals in the Evening Post Sports Awards which aim to celebrate local sporting achievements. Bradley Stoke Youth FC​ and Bradley Stoke Youth Rugby at St Mary's Old…
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New Career with LV= ?

Full time, Permanent position as a Customer Service Representative available. Start date 19th October. LV= handles more than 18,000 calls a day so you will take lots of calls, each one with the confidence to…
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Discover events at Winterbourne Library

The Discover Festival is back for its fourth year. With an exciting programme of over 230 events there is something for everyone to enjoy this autumn throughout South Gloucestershire. Discover presents a showcase of local…
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Pages

The innovative young people of Thornbury s Your Call Theatre Group are proud to present “Pages ”, written and co-directed by Castle School student Josh Moore. An ambitious young psychiatrist decides she will be the…
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Discover Events at Bradley Stoke Library

The Discover Festival is back for its fourth year. With an exciting programme of over 230 events there is something for everyone to enjoy this autumn throughout South Gloucestershire. Discover presents a showcase of local…
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"The Hive" Open Day 20th August 2015

A local not-for-profit organisation that helps people with learning disabilities is holding an Open Day on 20th August between 2 – 7pm to celebrate the exciting new phase of its work. Liz Cooke, CEO of…
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Have you been targeted by a scam?

Researchers within the Centre for the Study of Behaviour Change and Influence at the University of the West of England in Bristol (UWE) are currently looking for volunteers to complete a brief online research survey…
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Student Information, Advice and Guidance Sessions at SGS

SGS College is offering Information, Advice and Guidance sessions to students looking for assistance with their education and career paths. The ‘It s Never Too Late To Apply campaign has been specifically created to help…
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Students celebrate success at SGS College

A-Level students at SGS College are today celebrating after their hard work helped them to achieve the top grades they need to go on to university or start a career. Students at SGS continue to…
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Bristol Balloon Fiesta and BSR 103.4FM

Last weekends balloon fiesta, the largest in the events 37 year history was the temporary home from home for a team of dedicated volunteers from Bradley Stoke Radio ( BSR) who in conjunction with Jelli…
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Redland High School A Level Results

Pupils at Redland High School are celebrating today after another excellent set of A Level results, which saw the top A*/A grades making up almost half of all results awarded.   The School has once…
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Students have record-breaking year at The Ridings' Federation of Academies

The Ridings Federation of Academies is delighted with this years results achieved by students at Winterbourne and Yate International Academies.   The vast  majority of  students were excited, not only in achieving  results beyond their…
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Charity Buggy Push

On Saturday 1st August 2015 Bliss Charity Buggy Push raised £2400 For Bliss the special care baby charity and £1500 for Southmead NICU.   (They still have a money to come in for Southmead so…
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Bradley Stoke Youth FC walk around Wembley pitch at Community Shield

Bradley  Stoke  Youth  FC  (BSYFC)  was again selected from all the FA Charter Standard Clubs in the UK and Ireland to walk around the Wembley pitch before the Community Shied match of Arsenal v Chelsea.…
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The Third Bradley Stoke Carnival - Saturday 29th of August 15

The Third Bradley Stoke Carnival is being held this year  on Saturday the 29th of August  on the Jubilee Green, at the Jubilee Centre on Savages Wood Road and the Carnival Committee have pulled out…
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THE STOKES ART GROUP SUMMER PROJECT 'STONE' WON BY A LOCAL SCENE !!

THE STOKES ART GROUP SUMMER PROJECT 'STONE' WAS WON BY A LOCAL SCENE !!   THE BRIDGE AT THREE BROOKS POND painted in Watercolours by Stokes Artist Lorraine Durant, won the people's Vote for 1st…
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Be in the know…..Subscription traps

Get Safe Online and Trading Standards are warning consumers to be wary of subscription traps. Subscription traps take place when you sign up online or on the phone for free or low-cost trials of products,…
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Put more lights in the nature reserve

We were really pleased to be contacted by BSCS students working on their citizenship studies.  They are running a campaign to try and put more lights in Bradley Stoke Nature reserve also to keep the…
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Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

It was a pleasure for Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke  Gifford Matters  to be  invited  along to see the arrival of Rugby s greatest prize, the Webb Ellis Cup, on Tuesday July 14 at SGS…
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New Childcare provision opening at Bailey's Court Activity Centre

Abacus preschool are pleased to announce they will be opening new childcare provision for   2 – 4 year olds at Baileys Court Activity Centre from 7 September 2015. Due to the closure of Playpitch…
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The BIG Big Pull

Over 200 people of all ages from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provided ‘Helping Hands to clear an invasive plant called Himalayan Balsam from the Three Brooks local nature reserve in…
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Still time to sign up for Bradley Stoke’s first Triathlon

Sports enthusiasts in South Gloucestershire have snapped up over 100 of the places available for  Bradley Stoke s first triathlon, being held at the end of August. Active Centres in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council…
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Nature, Camera, Action! The secrets of making incredible wildlife films

18 July – 1 November 2015-M Shed An exciting, interactive exhibition at M Shed will celebrate Bristol s reputation as a world class centre of wildlife filmmaking.   Nature, Camera, Action! sponsored at M Shed…
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After-school club volunteers urgently needed for charity project

  Global Club is a new volunteer-led programme created by African Initiatives, centred on bringing global issues to the attention of Key Stage 2 children in Bristol schools. Over six weeks, volunteers will provide enlightening…
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BTEA students visit CERN nuclear complex

Youngsters from Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy tour the home of the Large Hadron Collider Pupils at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy (BTEA) visited the world famous CERN complex in Switzerland as part of their…
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Little Stoke   Gifford Matters was delightd to be invited along to one of the Stokes Brownie Packs to meet a winner of the Guiding “Design our Shaun ” competition.   Entries were judged at…
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Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club celebrate sucess at West Champsionships

Congratulations to Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club on their recent success in the South West Championships!             Ellen Smith & Holly Price came 3rd in the woman s pair - a…
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John Lewis launch their knitted ‘Shaun the Sheep’ hunt to raise funds for charity

John Lewis Cribbs Causeway are celebrating the arrival of Shaun in the City in Bristol by offering the chance to take part in a special knitted Shaun the Sheep hunt in store to raise funds…
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THOUSANDS TURNED OUT FOR BIGGEST EVER MIDNIGHT WALK

This year s annual St Peter s Hospice Midnight Walk saw its biggest ever turn out with well over 1000 Bristol women stepping out to support the city s only adult hospice. The event, which…
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Creation Twirlers to Represent England after Successful National Finals!!

Wow!   What a wonderful weekend Creation Twirlers have recently had!   At the National Finals the Creation Twirlers scooped no less than 5 National Championship team titles, and an amazing 6 individual first places,…
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Bradley Stoke Rotary Clubs Annual Handover dinner

Bradley Stoke Matters were delighted to be invited to the Bradley Stoke Rotary Club s annual handover dinner on Wednesday 1st July.   Roger Worth started the after dinner speeches by thanking all Rotarians and…
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Bristol’s first University Technical College rated “good” by Ofsted inspectors

Bristol s first University Technical College has been rated as “good ” following its inaugural Ofsted inspection. Inspectors who visited Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy in April commended its principal Rhian Priest and other senior…
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Baileys Court Primary Weekly Science Blog

 Hello reader! 30th June 2015 Bailey's Court Primary School year 5 went to UWE. When we got there we split up into 3 groups then we went to the BRL (Bristol Robotics Lab). In the…
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Competition launched to find local musical talent

Talented musicians and bands will have the opportunity to showcase their talents thanks to Willow Brook Centre and Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR 103.4FM). Willow Brook has joined forces with the community radio station to launch…
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South Gloucestershire Festival of Youth Sport

More than 1,000 youngsters enjoyed an Olympic style day out to celebrate South Gloucestershire Festival of Youth Sport. The event is run by South Gloucestershire PE Association and is designed to give school children aged…
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The Cinnamon Trust, Frampton Cotterell

The Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity for the terminally ill and people in their later years and their much loved, much needed companion animals. We urgently need dog walking volunteers in Frampton…
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ALMONDSBURY UNDER 8s CELEBRATE NEW SPONSORSHIP

A new junior football team in North Bristol is celebrating after securing its first sponsorship from local business Mama Bear s Day Nursery and Pre-School. The Almondsbury FC under-8s team was set up in September…
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What the doctor ordered

What the doctor ordered – making learning a crucial prescription for longer life Research continues to highlight the importance of lifelong learning as a prescription for a longer, healthier life   – keeping minds active…
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Dads climbing high at Willow Brook

  Hundreds of youngsters (and a few of their Dads) had a go at climbing at a free Father s Day event organised by Willow Brook Centre  on 20 June. The shopping centre organised for…
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What a Great Idea!

Bristol Children to set kindness world record ‘The most random acts of kindness in a city in a day Bristol, 25th June; primary school children from across the city are planning to set a new…
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**FREE NETWORKING EVENT**

Working Together - local networking event for organisations, community groups and social enterprises in South Gloucestershire Come to your local event in Severn Vale Locality: ·               focus on…
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Experience the future of eyecare at Specsavers in Bradley Stoke

Specsavers in Bradley Stoke has introduced a cutting edge new way of selecting and fitting customers glasses, using imaging software on tablet devices. The opticians, located in Unit MU4, The Willow Brook Centre, now offers…
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Need a hand at home? Got a spare room?

If so Homeshare Bristol could be for you. The scheme is designed to help older people and adults with disabilities to remain living in their own homes. Gain friendship, security and help around the home…
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Footgolf Is Coming To Bristol!

Footgolf is a sport that combines the ideas of golf and football. Like golf, it s played on grass fields with the purpose of getting a regular size 5 football (players must bring their own)…
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St Mary's Old Boys Under 13's have a miraculous season

St Mary's old Boys under 13's have completed a miraculous season. Starting the season with barely enough players to field a team they have gone on from strength to strength winning 3 pieces of silverware…
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End of Life Care Workshop to be held in South Gloucestershire

Woody Allen famously said: “It s not that I m afraid to die, I just don t want to be there when it happens ”. It is recognised that most people want to die at…
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Baileys Court Primary weekly science blog

                 On Wednesday 10th June 2015 Bailey s Court Primary School s Year 5 class did some interesting science. With thanks to UWE (University of the West of…
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Its fun, its fast try Tag Rugby

The forthcoming  O2 Touch Tour is the RFU s biggest campaign yet to get England playing Touch Rugby. It s one of the most inclusive sports available to men and women and offers a number…
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What a difference a year makes

From a pondering backpacker to a biomedical science student, successful Access to Science learner Kate Cocking is off to university, something she would have only dreamt about doing. The 30 years old from Filton has…
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Bradley Stokes First Sprint Triathlon

The Active Triathlon will be taking place on Sunday 30th of August 2015 and will be one of the first community based, traffic free, non-profit triathlon events in South Gloucestershire. Active aim is to promote…
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Jack Lopresti MP calls public meeting to discuss helicopter base planning application

Jack Lopresti Member of Parliament for Filton and Bradley Stoke has called a public meeting to discuss a planning application for a new operations base for the Great Western Air Ambulance and the police helicopter…
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Police Update on Sexual Assault - Description of Offender

We are issuing a description of a man we would like to trace in connection with a serious sexual assault on a 22-year-old woman in the Bradley Stoke area on Saturday night, June 6. He…
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Woman sexually assaulted in Bradley Stoke

From Avon & Somerset Police:   We are investigating reports of a serious sexual assault in the Bradley Stoke  area on Saturday night, June 6.    The incident happened at about 11.45pm when a 22-year-old…
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Another Fabulous Bradley Stoke Festival!

The sun shone again for the 2015 Bradley Stoke Festival and what a fun-filled three days it has been. Bradley Stoke Matters has been out and about across the three days and we have uploaded…
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Baileys Court Primary School weekly Science Blog

Bradley Stoke Matters has been pleased to receive a further update from the pupils at Baileys Court Primary School at their weekly science lesson with UWE. First of all one class took a reading of…
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Bradley Stoke Community School announced as finalist in national student app awards

On 3rd June 2015 a  team of students from Bradley Stoke Community School, Bristol were announced as Finalists in the ­ ­Apps for Good Awards 2015, to be held on 18 June at the Barbican…
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Local young people organise another two days of skate park events during the festival

Update from Graham Baker, BSTC: After the success of last year s two days of   skate park activity, local young people have again been involved in actively planning and organising another two days of…
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Opticians to host quiz in aid of Hope for Morgan

A BRADLEY STOKE opticians recently pledged to support Hope for Morgan during 2015 and will continue its fundraising efforts on Friday 19 June with a pub quiz. Specsavers, based in The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley…
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Students at PQA Bristol and Bradley Stoke learn acting techniques from the best in the business

  13-18 year old students from PQA Bristol and PQA Bradley Stoke were thrilled when they received a golden letter through their door, inviting them to an exclusive masterclass on Saturday 16th May with Pauline…
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Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Mayor,Longest Serving Councillor, Hands Over to New

  At Bradley Stoke Town Council s Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 20th May 2015; Councillor Roger Avenin was elected to the position of Mayor of Bradley Stoke. Roger takes over from the former…
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Bowlers Boat to Bohemia

On Saturday 23rd May a team of bowlers from the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club played on an Island in the middle of the Thames. This island variously known as Fry's Island or De Montfort Island…
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Be Aware of Charity Email Scams

South Gloucestershire Trading Standards would like to remind residents to be wary when dealing with unexpected emails, whatever the reason for that mail is. Get Safe Online, an organisation that provides advice on how to…
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Community Award for local volunteer

Congratulations to David Bell, Press Officer of the Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion who has received a Community Award in recognition of his voluntary work for the RBL.   David has been…
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Baileys Court Primary School pupils power light!

Bradley Stoke Matters has been pleased to receive a further update from the pupils at Baileys Court Primary School who are learning how to create electricity from waste, with the help of UWE. "This week,…
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Week 3 - Baileys Court Primary School Scientists working with UWE

For this week's update we were pleased to hear from two year 5 pupils - Tomasina & Bethan, who has written their own report of the weeks activities: "This week, we've accomplished a lot in…
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Local Hotel Voted 9th Best Place to Work in the UK !

The Aztec Hotel and Spa, at Aztec West Business Park has been voted in the top 10 of best places to work in hospitality 2015. The 128 bedroom four star hotel is part of the…
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‘Cheers Drive’ awards launched to recognise and reward excellent customer service

Bus operator First West of England is working with Destination Bristol and Bristol Shopping Quarter (Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus) to drive up standards of customer service amongst bus drivers by recognising and rewarding…
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UWE Bristol brings Science into the Community of Baileys Court Primary School

Drs. Debbie Lewis and Jon Winfield from UWE returned to Baileys Court school this week to begin constructing the Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) with Year 5. MFCs are in essence "bacterial houses". Children built their…
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Bristol City Council-Bristol Walk Fest 2015 starts this Friday

The UK s largest urban walking festival returns this Friday.   Bristol Walk Fest 2015 is running from 1-31  May. With events running every day throughout the month, there s plenty to choose from. Walkers…
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Bristol Male Voice Choir

Bristol Male Voice Choir, and guest soloist Alison Shone (Soprano), will be performing at the new St Michael s Church Centre in Stoke Gifford on Saturday 16th May 2015. This will be the first public…
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Coniston Primary School – “a happy place”

Coniston Primary School in Patchway is celebrating after being judged “good ” in all areas during its recent Ofsted inspection. The inspection summary highlights how children enjoy school, work hard in lessons and play well…
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Baileys Court Primary School pupils don lab coats and goggles

Year 5 pupils from Baileys Court Primary School have today (22nd April) commenced a 12 week project in conjunction with UWE, supported by a grant received from the Royal Society. Whilst thinking about the depletion…
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Opticians to host quiz in aid of Hope for Morgan

A BRADLEY STOKE opticians recently pledged to support Hope for Morgan during 2015 and will continue its fundraising efforts this Friday (24 April) with a pub quiz. Specsavers, based in The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley…
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Dawn Chorus walk on International Dawn Chorus Day,

Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group,  Rob and Robin will be leading a  Dawn Chorus walk on International Dawn Chorus Day, Sunday 3rd  May. They will meet outside  Bradley Stoke  Leisure Centre at 0530am and have…
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Support your local team!

FINAL HOME LEAGUE MATCH FOR THIS SEASON FOR BSTFC. This coming Saturday (25th Apr) sees the last home match for this season. Our First team are playing Totterdown in Div 1. Already guaranteed 2nd in…
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PRE-LOVED FASHION IS GOOD FOR YOUR WARDROBE (AND YOUR PURSE!)

 Much loved local charity St Peter s Hospice has unveiled its latest Spring/Summer finds proving pre-loved fashion is great for your wardrobe and your purse.   Stocking the latest trends, colour palettes and fabrics St…
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New Bristol Walk Fest 2015 programme released

The full programme of events has been released for Bristol Walk Fest. The UK s largest urban celebration of walking returns for a third year running from 1-31 May 2015. It features 167 walks in…
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Volunteers Week

Ever thought of volunteering but didn t know where to start? Want to offer assistance to, or gain experience in supporting: children and young people; animals; families; older people; those in need through a variety…
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Clash of Clans Give Hope for Morgan - This Sunday

​Sunday 12th  April 2015, 1030 kick-off will see Almondsbury U13(Sports) take on Bradley Stoke United U13 in an Avon Youth League Division 3 encounter at Almondsbury Sports and Social Club. This competitive league match is…
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UKIP Filton & Bradley Stoke Pledge to fight for the re-opening of Highwood Road

Cllr Ben Walker the Parliamentary Candidate for Filton & Bradley Stoke has released his commitment, along with fellow UKIP council candidates to the re-opening of Highwood Road. Local residents and businesses will recall a number…
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Bradley Stoke Carnival commitee need your help

The 3rd Bradley Stoke Carnival will take place this year  on Saturday the 29th of August, the carnival committee which is made up entirely of local community spirited people have got back together once again…
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1st Stoke Gifford Scout Troop (OSR) achievements

Scouts from The Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford have had a very active and productive last few months. The troop which meet on a Wednesday evening between 7-9pm have competed and won the district…
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BOWLS CLUB TO SUPPORT THE CHARITY- BRACE

At a recent Club meeting, Captain George Eland announced that his charity for this year will be BRACE. He introduced a speaker, Susan Marshfield who outlined its aims and methods. (See photo) In a brief…
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Bristol Military Wives Choir Flying High as RAF launch new Aircraft

    On Thursday 26th March 2015, the Bristol Military Wives Choir were invited to sing for Bristol s Lord Mayor and his special guests to celebrate the launch of the new RAF A400M Atlas…
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LOCAL SUPPORTS ARE ANNOUNCED FOR LITTLE STOKE FAKE FESTIVAL

The Fake Festival trucks are preparing to load up and embark on yet another tour of the UK with their unique touring tribute festival, and Little Stoke on 2nd  May is their first stop at…
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THE ANNUAL ROTARY WYE RUN

We all love a good drive and so here is  an opportunity to enjoy some great scenery and an enjoyable day out with the family.   The success and popularity of the last 11 Classic…
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Easter Egg-stravaganza at Specsavers for the Hope for Morgan Appeal

The local Specsaver store in the WillowBrook Centre  has pledged to support the Hope for Morgan Appeal this year and will start its fundraising efforts this Saturday 4 April with an Easter egg-stravaganza. The store…
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Meadowbrook SAW project currently on display at Library

On Friday 6th  February Meadowbrook Primary School took part in the SAW (science, art and writing) project. This project has been carried out world wide to create links with science, art and writing. Children from…
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BRADLEY STOKE LADIES F.C

We are a new Women s Football Team just starting up and are looking for players of all abilities. The club is based on fun and friendship geared towards players who want to further their…
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Local Motorcycle Racer Oliver O’Flaherty

      Who am I?                 Oliver O Flaherty, 17 years old and a motorcycle racer.   I live in Downend, Bristol and study at SGSCollege, Filton.…
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BSTFC FIRSTS GO TOP.

After a long season in the Bristol & District League Div 1, Bradley Stoke First Team have managed to go top of the division with four games remaining. It is by only one point from…
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St Mary's Old Boys RFC Colts flourish

St Mary's Old Boys RFC Colts continue to go from strength to strength with a 55-0 victory over Thornbury in the Gloucestershire league cup play off quarter final. The try scorers were Sam Hesketh, Callum…
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Mel achieves a lifetime ambition and hopes to raise £1000 for charity!

  Melanie Rincewind has today had the hair cut of her life. She was inspired a few years ago when her then 6 year old daughter asked "what can I do to help" after watching…
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Election Forum at BSCS 12th April 2015

Bridge Community Church alongside Christ the King Church and St Chad s Patchway are hosting and Election Forum (hustings) for general election candidates in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency on Sunday 12th April, 7:30pm…
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VE Day

Sainsbury's has invited the Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion, (RBL), to have a display and to collect for the Poppy Appeal at its local store on the 70th Anniversary of VE Day…
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Rotary Bristol & Southmead Hospital Charity raise £280,000 for prostate cancer research

New research into the treatment of prostate cancer in Bristol has been funded by thousands of runners who have taken part in Run for the Future for Southmead Hospital Charity.   Over the past nine…
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Jack Lopresti MP presents Speaker’s School Council Award

On Friday, Jack Lopresti MP visited Winterbourne International Academy to tour around the new facilities and present the Speaker s School Council Award to  our Sixth Formers for their India Community Project. WIA Sixth Form…
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Eggscellent fun day ahead at Willow Brook

Youngsters are in for a day of fabulous Easter fun at Willow Brook Centre on Wednesday 1 April. The Easter Extravaganza organised by Willow Brook will have comedy walkabouts from Bread and Butter Theatre s…
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Stephen Merchant pays visit to to hospice which means so much to family

Bristol born actor, writer, director and comedian Stephen Merchant has made a rare visit to his hometown to spend time with family and pay a visit to the local hospice, which is held close to…
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Childrens school of rock opening in Bradley stoke

The Rock Project School of Rock & Pop is opening it s doors in Bradley Stoke. Already established successfully in other parts of the UK, including every Saturday morning in Westbury-on-Trym, it gives opportunities for…
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Building a Better Future Today Exhibition

A Fun Family Outing Filled with LEGO! Saturday 6th & 7th June 2015 at St Michael s Primary School, Stoke Gifford This is a charity event with the aim of turning the money raised into…
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Bradley Stoke Bowls Club Opens New Season

  Message from the Club Chair, Steve Lee I invite all members and prospective members of the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club to come to the Spring Meeting to be held in the Orchard room at…
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Looking After our Local Woodlands

Two local woodland groups are working together, and with the UWE and others too, to develop and protect their woodlands.   The two woodlands, Splatts Abbey Wood, near the MoD, and Sims Hill, near the…
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Nick Smart would love your support....

We were really pleased to hear from local resident Mel Smart this month, who s husband Nick is running the London Marathon in April and raising support and awareness for the local charity Brain Tumour…
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Celebrating 28 years in stoke Gifford

We were pleased to hear from Barbara Quinn this month, owner of the Shampers Hair Salon on Ratcliffe Drive. The Salon is celebrating in 2015 as, amazingly, this April will mark 28 years since it…
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The Mr Hopkins Meadowbrook Marathon Challenge

On Friday 6th March, the children and staff at Meadowbrook completed a fundraising challenge around the school playground. This was to support Mr Hopkins who is running the Virgin London Marathon next month on behalf…
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BSCS Students Finalists in 2015 Prom Dress Design Competition

Over 70 pupils in years 10 to 13 from local schools submitted prom outfit designs for the sewing competition launched in September last year. Eight designs were selected by a panel of judges from John…
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Fake Festivals is Back with a Rocking Line-Up and a New Date At Little Stoke

Tributes to Oasis, U2 and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers come to Little Stoke After a successful sold out tour last year, with the added double whammy of a hugely popular three day festival, Fake…
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Need help organising your money?

Bridge Community Church is running another CAP Money course starting on  Tuesday 17th March 2015, Wynchgate House, Woodlands, Bradley Stoke BS32 4JT The course aims to teach people budgeting skills, and a simple, cash-based system…
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No Smoking Day - Could this Wednesday be the day you start to stop?

This year s national No Smoking Day is Wednesday 11 March and Bristol City Council s stop smoking team will be out and about in various locations across the city throughout the day encouraging smokers…
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Bristol Boxing Cup 2015 comes to SGS

The 2015 Bristol Boxing Cup has been announced, with the event taking place at SGS College s WISE Campus.   The event, which launched in 2014,  is organised by Downend Police Amateur Boxing Club and…
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Support from First helps South Gloucestershire Council travel-train 168 young people

Through working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council s travel training team bus operator First West of England has helped the local authority travel train almost 170 young people with special educational needs and learning…
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New Style Artisan Craft Show Set to hit Bristol

A new ‘crafting experience is set to hit Bristol in May. Outlaw Artisan Craft Show will be taking over the Passenger Shed at Bristol Temple Meads on the 2-3 May with its unique concept that…
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Garden waste subscription renewal

Residents are being reminded to renew their subscription to continue receiving a fortnightly collection of garden waste using their green bin.   The annual opt-in charge for the service is £36. You can check your…
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Year 5's take part in basketball tournament at Abbeywood School

    On Tuesday 24th  February Charborough Rd, Filton Hill and St Michaels Year 5 s took part in a basketball tournament at Abbeywood School.   This capped off two terms worth of basketball which…
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SPONSORED HAIR CUT & HAIR DONATION

Hannah Jane Evans, who volunteers with Bradley Stoke Community Radio once a week hosting the ‘Off the Shelf book review show, is a 14-yr-old with very long hair   (roughly 2 feet long,approx. 60cm) from…
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Discover 2015- South Gloucestershire’s biggest festival 10 September – 30 October 2015

Do you want to showcase your group or organisation, attract new members or promote a special activity? Then join us for Discover 2015. Now in its fourth year, the Discover Festival is an exciting and…
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Could you make a difference to the life of a Chernobyl Child?

Two weeks from you could give two years to these children Can you remember the Chernobyl disaster back in April 1986?   The population of Belarus can never forget. Their people will be forever affected…
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Art Deco Ceramics – from Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper to Ruskin

  South Glos DFAS expect a record attendance for Diana Lloyds popular lecture on these ever popular ceramic artists.   Fortunately  the excellent venue at Bradley Stoke Community School has plenty of space for Guests…
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BLOW THE COBWEBS AWAY!

Now that it s time for spring cleaning, have you thought about dusting off your trumpet, clarinet, or trombone? We are encouraging people to get that wind instrument out from the back of the cupboard…
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Have you received a call offering to change your council tax band?

South Gloucestershire Council Trading Standards is warning residents to be on their guard against companies who claim they can move you to a lower Council Tax band or get you a refund. Officers in South…
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Annual Fundraising Concert in aid of The Royal British Legion

  Annual Fundraising Concert - Saturday 21st March 7.30pm Church Rooms, Stoke Gifford The concert will feature the ever popular Westerley Showband, the Showband will play songs and tunes from the two World Wars. Doors…
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Meadow Brook Primary School pupil opens new Iceland store

Bradley Stoke Matters was delighted to be invited along to the opening of the new Iceland Food Store this week when Oliver Leary, year 4 pupil at Meadowbrook Primary School, officially opened the store at…
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Bradley Stoke Swimathon

The 10th Annual Bradley Stoke Rotary Swimathon is to be held at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre on the evening of Saturday 14th March 2015 in three sessions between 6-9pm.   The event has raised in…
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Winterbourne International Academy Principal retires

Mr Rob C Evans, Principal of Winterbourne International Academy, has announced to staff and parents that he will be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 academic year.     Rob has spent 33 years…
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Redland UWE Hockey Club Update

The 1st team  have continued their lead at the top of the table after the Christmas break. They are 2 games in hand due to frozen pitches, and have some challenging games ahead. The 2nd…
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Crest Nicholson supports future youth football stars

The girls at Bradley Stoke Youth FC are now dressed for success thanks to a generous donation from Crest Nicholson.    The under 11, 12 and 13 age group squads and the U10 development squad…
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Thornbury Orchestra Open Rehearsal

 A FREE invitation to young musicians and music-lovers of all ages to come and watch an open rehearsal. Come and hear a top local orchestra rehearse some great music, including: ELGAR:   Pomp and Circumstance…
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THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO SIGN UP AS 2015 MIDNIGHT WALK IS LAUNCHED!

                      One of Bristol s most popular fundraising events will return to the city on Saturday 11 July. The Midnight Walk attracts thousands of women…
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First group to improve punctuality and reliability of buses

First takes steps to improve punctuality and reliability of buses, while adding in extra Sunday journeys ***Comprehensive timetable changes take effect from 29 March *** To improve the punctuality and reliability of its bus services…
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Volunteers needed to lead new buggy walks in South Gloucestershire

We are looking for volunteers to help lead regular buggy walks in areas including Staple Hill, Cadbury Heath, Downend and Hanham. There is now a growing network of buggy walks throughout South Gloucestershire, with regular…
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Join 2152 (Downend) Air Cadets

This month we were pleased to be contacted by 2152 Air Cadets, who have shared information about their organisation in the following article, along with an invite to their March  Open Evening Join as a…
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A new Associate head for Abbeywood Community School

It was a pleasure to meet up with the new Associate Head David Howe when he kindly gave us the time this month to speak with him about his new post at Abbeywood Community School.…
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Help give Hope to Morgan

The face of local resident Morgan Walker has rapidly become a familiar one across the Stokes, appearing in local publications, on television, T-shirts and flyers. His hand print is the logo of the ‘Hope for…
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Bristol Rugby Player receives Oxygen Treatment after concussion

                                            On February 5th 2015 Bristol Rugby Flanker, Olly Robinson, attended The West of…
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Winterbourne International Academy takes part in World Record attempt

As part of National Libraries Day, schools from across the UK  were  attempting to break the record for the number of books swapped in one day. Over 70 schools were taking part across the country…
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First to run Bio-Bus in Bristol during Green Capital launch weekend

The UK's first ever bus powered on food waste and human poo is set to make an appearance in Bristol city centre this weekend thanks to a partnership between bus operator First West of England,…
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BS Junior Footballers score sponsorship deal with Taylor Wimpey

Young footballers in Bradley Stoke, Gloucestershire, kicked off the new season in style thanks to a sponsorship deal with Taylor Wimpey Bristol. The U7s team at Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club received a generous donation…
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Fancy catching the bus in 2015

Now you can get real time information direct to your smartphone using the free buschecker app to help you know exactly when to leave the house and avoid waiting around at the bus stop and…
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New telephone Scam

South Gloucestershire Trading Standards would like to remind residents to remain vigilant and suspicious of unexpected telephone calls.       Officers have been made aware that some residents within the district have received unsolicited…
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Two new nurseries for Bradley Stoke

The Bristol-based nursery group which acquired the former Butterflies Day Nursery site on Great Park Road last year has taken on another nursery in the area, creating sustainable childcare places and more employment opportunities for…
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Freemasons visit brighten's up the day at the West of England MS Therapy Centre.

                    A visit from the Freemasons brightened up  the day this week at the West of England MS Therapy Centre. Freemasonry is one of the world's…
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New College Celebrates First Ofsted Inspection

Staff and students at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) are celebrating today after receiving an overall 'Good' status by OFSTED just two years after the new college was formed. The College, one of the…
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Do you and your family have differing political views and the state of the UK?

Just had a call from the BBC who  are hoping to feature lively families that have something to say on living in the UK and the General Election. They are keen to explore the issues…
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What a way to start a new year....with a new name!

It was a pleasure to be invited to the name change breakfast of Bristol Aztec Rotary Club on Friday 2nd January.  The Club has been working in the Bradley Stoke area since 1997 and has…
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Crest Nicholson supports future youth football stars

The girls at Bradley Stoke Youth FC are now dressed for success thanks to a generous donation from Crest Nicholson. The under 11, 12 and 13 age group squads and the U10 development squad have…
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Communicating Excellence in Local Education

(as published in our January edition out 27th December) We were pleased to have the opportunity to catch up with Dave Baker, Executive Headteacher at the Olympus Academy Trust (left), which currently looks after both…
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Grandfather says thank you for saving his life

It could be any family picture by the Christmas Tree, however, Keith Porter isn t just with his own relatives but the team who saved his life. If it hadn t been for the skilled…
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Bristol Military Wives Choir Celebrate Their 1st Birthday

2014 has been an incredibly successful and busy year for the Bristol Military Wives Choir. The choir has not only grown in size but has gone from strength to strength performing at many events throughout…
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Carols on the Green in Stoke Gifford is this Saturday

  Carols on the Green is always a popular event in Stoke Gifford.  Remember to dress up warmly and bring a torch!
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A Family Christmas at Bridge Church this Saturday

Bridge Church invite the local community to join them at their annual Family Christmas event held at the Bradley Stoke Community School on Saturday 13th at 4pm.
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'Light Up a Life' in Memory of a Loved One

A special service is to be held at Bristol Cathedral on Tuesday 9 December giving family and friends the opportunity to remember their loved ones at Christmas time. Organised by St Peter s Hospice the…
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Olympus Academy Trust is awarded the Communicating Excellence Award 2014

Press Release from the Olympus Academy Trust: We are delighted with education marketing specialists Grebot Donnelly decision to award The Olympus Academy Trust with the ‘Communicating Excellence Award 2014 . This is in recognition of…
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Spread some neighbourly goodwill at Christmas

Christmas and New Year can be jolly for some but isolating for others. The Age Friendly Streets campaign offers ways to get to know your neighbours at Christmas and a free phone helpline 0117 922…
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Planning approval for Coldharbour Lane development

Plans for a 550-home development to the East of Coldharbour Lane in Stoke Gifford have been given the go-ahead by members of the council s Development Control (West) committee. Approval was granted on Thursday (4…
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Plenty of Christmas Spirit at Specsavers this weekend

Specsavers based in The Willow Brook Centre is getting into the festive spirit of giving this weekend (6-7 December) as it hosts a fundraising event for local charity Above & Beyond. The store will be…
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Local children take centre stage at Willow Brook

Local youngsters will get the opportunity to show off their talents at a Children s Festival hosted by Willow Brook Centre throughout December. The festival has been put together by Willow Brook and Explore Learning…
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Big money to support big ambition at SGS

Back in the summer of 2014 SGS College launched a plan to support learners that wanted to start up their own small business. This proved popular with students and after receiving presentations from a handful…
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Record Breaking Poppy Appeal

The Armistice Day Services carried out by Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion were held at 11am on 11/11/14 at Sainsbury's Stoke Gifford, The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, and Bristol Parkway Station,…
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Celebrity Chef to launch Christmas at Old Down

This Sunday Celebrity Chef Dean Edwards (a regular on ITV s Good Morning Britain) will launch The Christmas Grotto at Old Down Estate, near Thornbury, with free entry to The Country Park all day. Father…
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Poster design winning pupils celebrate ‘Bag it and bin it’ campaign success

Three South Gloucestershire school pupils visited Patchway Police Centre on Monday 17 November to celebrate the success of the ‘Bag it and bin it anti-dog fouling campaign. Year  5 pupils Tallulah Kelly and Abi Clemmet…
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'Carols in the Barn' at Winterbourne Medieval Barn

The final community event of the year at Winterbourne Medieval Barn on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December 2014, will be the ever-popular 'Carols in the Barn' in conjunction with neighbouring St Michaels Church.  Come…
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Can you help Marie Curie this Christmas?

Marie Curie Cancer Care is seeking volunteers to help at a charity Christmas collection across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.  They are holding collections in, Emersons Green, Kingswood, Cribbs Causeway, Thornbury, Yate, and in areas across…
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Christmas Light Switch on at the Willow Brook Centre this Saturday

Saturday 22 November is Bradley Stoke's Christmas Lights switch-on. The event will be hosted by Heart Breakfast presenters Ed, Troy and Paulina plus the Heart Angels! There will be a visit from Bjorn the life-size…
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TJ’s Junior Netball Club

Undaunted by the defeat last Sunday, the TJ s U12 team played in the Avon Junior League again this Sunday.   This time their opponents were Fry s U12 first team, strong opponents.   Based…
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TJ’s Junior Netball Club

There was much excitement on Sunday when TJ s U12 netball team played their first game in the Avon League.   The team members all live in the Bradley Stoke, Patchway, Olveston or Stoke Gifford…
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Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Have you always fancied trying your hand at yoga or pilates? Now you can, with a number of taster sessions taking place across Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare. Each session costs £5, with the money being…
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Press Release on Cyclist Protest Ride tomorrow at Aztec West

How Many Dead Cyclists Does It Take To Get South Glos To Change Its Mind? Cyclists will be taking part in a protest ride at the junction of the A38 and M5 tomorrow, to try…
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Launch of Poppy Appeal this Friday at Parkway Station

Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion s Poppy Appeal launch is being held on 24th October at Parkway Station at 2pm. Members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch will be attending and…
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BSpoke16 - Local Art for Local People

Art trails have sprung up all over Bristol and they have successfully put communities in touch with creative people locally, but so far not in this area.  As a response an exhibition has been arranged…
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Winterbourne International Academy Press Release: Talented Students Achieve Arts Award

Nine talented arts students at Winterbourne International Academy have achieved 100% pass rate in an Arts Award managed by  Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. It  was the first year the award…
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Redland High Orienteers Secure Silver at the British Schools’ Championship

Six months after becoming the Avon Schools Orienteering Champions, the Redland High School Orienteering Team has been awarded Silver Medals at the British Schools Score Championship. Orienteering is a sport that combines cross-country running with…
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Valuing You event for people with learning difficulties

Book your place for ‘Valuing You at BAWA in Filton on Wednesday 26 November, South Gloucestershire s event for people with learning difficulties, their families and carers, as well as service providers and staff. The…
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Bristol based Speaker makes the National Final of Prestigious Speaking Competition

Bristol based speaker Julian Okoye made the National Final of the Professional Speaking Association s  prestigious  annual Speaker Factor competition held in London over the weekend. Julian Okoye, father of 3 from Bradley Stoke won…
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Colourful fundraising weekend planned at Specsavers

Specsaver in the WillowBrook Centre will be holding back-to-back fun days this weekend as it raises money for Guide Dogs and Breast Cancer Care. The weekend of fundraising will kick off on Friday 10 October…
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Pay-As-You-Feel Food Waste Café Opens in Bristol

The latest café in The Real Junk Food Project network arrived in Bristol this week, launching as The Bristol Skipchen. Originating in Leeds, The Real Junk Food Project is an entirely volunteer run food waste…
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“Unsure? Close the Door”

Age UK South Gloucestershire have been made aware of an incident where a bogus caller, claiming to be one of  their representatives, cold called an older person offering to undertake some home decorating and repairs.…
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A-Mazing Reading Challenge Success Celebrated

Children from all over Bristol celebrated the success of this year s Summer Reading Challenge at a prize-giving ceremony this week. Twenty five children gathered at the Children s Library at Bristol s Central Library…
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Students Encouraged to Look at Choices Early

Students currently in their last year of secondary school are being encouraged to look at their options for next year from now. With many events taking place up until Christmas there are many different routes…
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Bristol City Council launches drive to recruit foster carers for teenagers

Bristol City Council is launching a campaign to help highlight the urgent need for foster carers who can care for older children and teenagers. During September 2014 the fostering service will highlight the benefits of…
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Leading Chef Accepts Top Role at Old Down Estate

Chris Wicks, one of Bristol s most highly regarded and respected chefs, has joined Old Down Estate, near Thornbury, as Executive Chef. Chris, winner of the Lifetime Achievement award at Bristol Good Food Awards 2014,…
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The word’s on the street: clean ads used to highlight bus driver jobs

The word is on the street – quite literally – that First West of England is looking for extra bus drivers. The bus company has begun to advertise its current roles in a different way…
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Great Turnout for Friends Life Tour of Britain Cyclists

                        There was a great turnout on Winterbourne High Street earlier this afternoon as the Tour of Britain cyclists made their way to Bristol…
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Open Meeting Race Equality in Schools & Education - 22 September

  This conference has been organised by the SGREN, a newly formed voluntary group of local residents that are members of the BME community, which is a growing group in South Gloucestershire. The conference focus…
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Tour of Britain 2014 to come through Stoke Gifford on 10th September

Bristol is getting ready for the arrival of the Friends Life Tour of Britain race on Wednesday 10 September.  It s a chance for Bristol s residents to experience professional cycling first-hand as the world…
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Active travel project successfully tackles school gate congestion at Stoke Lodge

Stoke Lodge Primary School is looking forward to less congestion at the school gates this new school year after taking part in Travelwest s Active Travel to School project. The Active Travel to School project…
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New Bus Route from 31st August - Reduced Rates through September

A brand new bus route connecting Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Bristol City Centre, travelling via UWE s Frenchay Campus has been unveiled, along with a range of promotional ‘cut-price fares designed to get people…
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FOJG Invite you to 5th Birthday Party for the Park - Free Family Fun!

             
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Bradley Stoke Carnival this weekend

  Running order for this weekend's carnival and activities (subject to change check out the Bradley Stoke Carnival Facebook Page to keep up to date).  FunFair from Thursday to Monday.  Carnival day is Saturday 23rd!
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Have your say on leisure centre improvements

Local residents are being invited to have their say on possible improvements to the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.  Both the Bradley Stoke centre and the one at Longwell Green experience very high demand and the…
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Free rugby taster sessions at North Bristol RFC

Come to North Bristol and give rugby a try! Boys and girls can start playing from the year they start school. Our youngest team, the Unicorns, is for children in reception and year one classes.…
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New recruits needed for citizen panel

South Gloucestershire Council are looking for new members to join their Viewpoint citizen panel and have a say on council services, particularly in Bradley Stoke, Dodington, Downend, Filton, Frenchay, Hanham, Kingswood and Yate. As a…
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Children from Belarus meet Lord Mayor Alistair Watson

16 children aged 10-11 from Belarus, are enjoying a month's respite holiday with local host families courtesy of the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline (Bristol Link). On the 30th July, they met with Lord Mayor Alistair Watson…
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Extreme Allstar Cheerleaders

Bristol Extreme Allstar Cheerleaders are now recruiting for their 2014-2015.   Free try-outs are open to males and females aged 12+ and are held on Wednesday 10th September in Little Stoke. Visit www.bristolextremeallstarcheerleaders.com for more…
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Megan inspires Her Mum To Start New Dance Business

Like most little girls Megan Wingate couldn t wait to start ballet lessons.  But from day one the 12-year-old found it difficult to keep up because she suffers from mild Hemiplegia, a form of cerebral…
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Oceans of Fun!

150 children aged 7 to 14 years had Oceans of Fun at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre on 1st August. This is the maximum number allowed in the pool for an event at one time and…
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We Will Remember Them - Stoke Gifford

As 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion is planning to hold a special event on 2nd August combining its…
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We Will Remember Them

This Saturday 2nd August there will  be a Dedication Service for the new memorial in the Town Square also commemorating the Centenary of the First World War. Bradley Stoke Scout Group will lead the parade…
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Erin Wins Top Prize for her Class

It was a hot summer afternoon but that didn t stop Erin and her two class mates Lola and Jessie getting under their duvets at Meadowbrook Primary School!   As winner of the Slumberdown ‘Draw…
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Bell Ringing for Prince George

Meadowbrook Bell Ringers play song for Prince George to celebrate his first birthday. Before the end of term, the bell ringers at Meadowbrook primary school recorded "Happy Birthday" and " Brahms Lullaby" on the hand…
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Celebrating the 100th cake baked by Free Cakes for Kids Bristol

Free Cakes for Kids is a UK-wide voluntary community service to families who find it difficult to provide a  birthday cake for their child. Here in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, over fifty volunteers regularly bake…
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Royal British Legion Lights Out Campaign - 4th August

The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime. Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary,  uttered these words on the eve of Britain officially entered the First…
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Bradley Stoke Carnival Open Meeting, 7pm Tuesday 15th July

The Carnival Committee are holding an open meeting to update all  those interested in the carnival whether already participating in  the event or not!  Taking place at the Oak Hall in the Jubilee Centre, Savages…
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Jack Lopresti MP visits Hitachi site in Stoke Gifford

Jack Lopresti MP joined Keith Jordan, Managing Director at Hitachi Rail Europe with his senior site staff and local Councillors to see the progress on construction of the company s new Train Maintenance Centre in…
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Tea & Tours at Old Down Manor

As part of Age UK s ‘The Big Chinwag , Old Down Manor has organised a ‘Tea & Tours event on Tuesday 22nd July to offer people a great outing and a chance to view…
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Police Appeal after daytime burglary in Bradley Stoke

Police are appealing for help with their enquiries after jewellery was stolen from a house in Bradley Stoke yesterday. Police were called just after 2pm on Wednesday 25 June to a break-in at Stevens Walk.…
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Bradley Stoke in Bloom Herb Garden

BSiB s Community Herb Garden, planted in front of the Brook Way Activity centre is flourishing. The garden is four large tubs, made by local carpenter Julian Smith, which has been planted up with herbs.…
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Have you got the best front garden in Bradley Stoke?

The ‘Best Front Garden competition, won last year by Maureen Hopkins, has already had its first entry! Judging isn t until the end of July so you still have time to enter. And there is…
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6 year old Erin needs Your Vote!

Erin Tandy, a  Year 1  student in Butterflies class at  Meadowbrook Primary School, Bradley Stoke, has been shortlisted as a regional winner in the Slumberdown's 'Draw Your School Competition'. As a regional winner, she has…
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'Powered by what?’

The pupils at Wheatfield Primary School have taken on a challenge to ‘Grow a Pumpkin for the West of England MS Therapy Centre . Sponsoring the event is Geneco, a Bristol based company committed to…
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Travellers in Bradley Stoke - PR from Jack Lopresti

PRESS RELEASE:  Today Jack Lopresti MP wrote to Amanda Deeks, Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire Council regarding the illegal pitching on Bradley Stoke Way by Travellers.  Since the travellers arrived earlier this week, Jack's office…
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Need Help with Your Money?

Bridge Community Church (which meets at BSCS) will be launching a FREE CAP Money Course on the 25th June at Costa Coffee in Bradley Stoke. This is a free course which has been run all…
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New Buggy Walk for Bradley Stoke - Volunteers wanted

Plans are afoot to develop buggy walks for new parents in the Bradley Stoke area. South Gloucestershire Walking for Health in and the Bradley Stoke Health Visitors are working together to create the free, led…
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'Women in the Electrical Industry Day' offered to young people

A 'Women in the Electrical Industry Day' will take place next month to try and encourage more women into the industry.  In the interests of encouraging girls to consider non traditional career opportunities, SGS College…
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Take part in a free family event and go on a real-life wildlife expedition at Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve!

Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve will be hosting a real-life wildlife expedition, searching for and documenting all of the site s weird and wonderful species on 4th and 5th July. Families will have the opportunity…
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Bradley Stoke Community Festival 6th-8th June

This year's Bradley Stoke Festivals promises another fun-filled weekend of events including -  Arts & Craft stalls - Bed Race - Children s Games & Activities – Climbing Wall & Bungee Trampoline – Displays and…
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Marie Curie Cancer Care Appeal for Volunteers for New Group

Marie Curie Cancer Care is forming a new volunteer group in the Stokes and are appealing to readers for their support. The new group will cover Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Stoke Lodge &…
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Bradley Stoke : Have You Lost a Ferret?

We have received a call from a resident in THE BLUEBELLS area of Bradley Stoke, who has sited a ferret running through her garden on several occasions since last Saturday (17th May). She has reported…
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25th anniversary celebrations for St Michael’s Church Pre-School & Nursery

25 years of serving the Stoke Gifford community with quality childcare was the reason for a weekend of celebrations at St Michael s Church Pre-School & Nursery over the weekend of the 17th&18th May.  …
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Action on New Road Bus Lane, Stoke Gifford

Jack Lopresti MP met with residents and the police to discuss misuse of the bus lane on New Road, Stoke Gifford, near the Parkway station railway bridge. Residents had highlighted this issue to Jack recently,…
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Prince's Trust & Old Vic run a Free Course for Unemployed Young People in North Bristol

Join our FREE 3 week Performing Arts course where you can: Work with professional theatre practitioners at the Bristol Old Vic *     Plan, create and perform a piece of theatre *    …
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Bradley Stoke Town Football Club

“Do you have the Attributes to lead and continue our success?   Are you interested in getting involved in local sport?   Would you consider management of a football team? “After another season with relative…
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It all starts with an amazing teacher! Meadowbrook Teacher Wins National Award

Matt Smith of Meadowbrook Primary School, South Gloucestershire, has been announced as a  Silver Teaching Award Winner in the category,  The Award for Outstanding use of Technology in Education. We were delighted to be invited…
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South Gloucestershire Council Launches Campaign to Recruit 25 New Foster Carers

A South Gloucestershire mother who has fostered teenagers for the last ten years has welcomed Foster Care Fortnight 2014 by encouraging others to consider becoming carers. With a shortage of foster carers nationally, South Gloucestershire…
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Running the Bristol 10K to raise money for Great Western Air Ambulance

One of John Williams passions is to help local businesses to use their I.T. in an easy to understand and productive way, helping them grow and profit, which is why he has run his own…
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Get involved in your local Area Forum

The next round of Area Forum meetings takes place in May, providing South Gloucestershire residents  an opportunity to get involved in decisions that affect their communities. Area Forums bring together local residents, councillors, parish councils…
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Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

BSCS are delighted to announce that their first cohort of Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award students have completed their Awards. The seven students are picture here with Ms Jenny Sutton Kirby, Associate Headteacher and Mr…
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Winterbourne International Academy students win place in National Final of British Schools Karting Championship 2014

Three Winterbourne students, Jordan Gilbertson, Connor Groves and Matthew Baker have won a place in the National Final of the British Schools Karting Championship (BSKC) 2014.   They will compete against the best 32 school…
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Get set for new waste collection days

Households in South Gloucestershire are being urged to get set for new waste collection days being introduced from 2 June. Calendar ‘hangers with details of the new dates will be placed on black bins between…
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Fathers Family Fun

Southern Brooks Community Partnership is running a Dads group at  Patchway Children s Centre (Epney Close, Patchway, South Gloucestershire, BS34 5LN)  from 10am – 12 midday.   All ages are welcome. The dads group meets…
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Hilton Bristol Playground Refurbishment

The Hilton Bristol hotel team recently spent three days cleaning-up, preparing and painting the children s playground in Paddock Close, Bradley Stoke. "This children s playground was last refurbished seven years ago and recently had…
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Inspection Report on the Ofsted website 28th April 2014

“Standards of achievement are improving rapidly ” say inspectors who visited Meadowbrook Primary School in Bradley Stoke during March 2014. The inspection team recognised the strengths of the school which have been the foundations of…
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Local Charity Wins South West Award

Southern Brooks Community partnership was announced as the winner of the ‘One to Watch Award at the inaugural South West Impact Awards yesterday, sharing the prize with SS Great Britain Trust. The awards were organised…
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Make a Difference this Summer

South Gloucestershire Library service is looking for volunteers to help children do the Summer Reading Challenge 2014.   The theme this year is Mythical Maze and children are challenged to read six books to collect…
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Kimberley Walsh launches annual Love Glasses campaign and the search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2014

GIRLS ALOUD singer and West End actress Kimberley Walsh has teamed up with Specsavers in Bradley Stoke and anti-bullying charity Kidscape to find a specs-wearer with Something Kinda Oooh as she launches the annual Spectacle…
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Bradley Stoke Town FC with Bradley Stoke Youth FC

Bradley Stoke Town FC are forming an Under 21 Team for the forthcoming 2014 / 2015 season. The Team will be playing in the Bristol U18 & U21 Football Combination League under the guidance /…
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Winterbourne Wolves Progress Again in National Cup

Winterbourne Wolves, the U14 basketball team at Winterbourne International Academy, beat their toughest opposition yet on Thursday 3rd  April to reach the final 8 of the National Schools Basketball Competition. Churston Ferres from Torbay, managed…
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South Gloucestershire Teacher Nominated for Award

A South Gloucestershire teacher has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious national teaching award. Matt Smith, a year 6 teacher from Meadowbrook Primary School in Bradley Stoke, has been selected as a finalist…
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Bradley Stoke Teacher Nominated in National Teaching Awards

A local primary school teacher has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious national teaching award.  Matt Smith, a year 6 teacher from Meadowbrook Primary School, has been selected as a finalist in the…
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McDonald's Grassroots Football Partnership with Bradley Stoke YFC Celebrated by England World Cup Legend and Ex-Three Lions Manager

Bradley Stoke Youth FC and McDonald s franchisee Mike Guerin celebrate ten years of success Bradley Stoke Youth FC welcomed England s 1966 World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst and ex-Three Lions boss Graham Taylor…
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Support your local team - forthcoming matches

Upcoming Home Matches for Bradley Stoke Town FC - please come along and give your support where you can - it is appreciated! Matches at the Jubilee Centre unless stated otherwise. 5th Apr- 1st Team…
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Bradley Stoke Student's success in local sewing competition

Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters have been following the John Lewis Prom Dress design competition with articles in both our March and April issues.  We were delighted to be invited down by John…
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Bruce Grobbelaar at Bailey's Court

Organised by local ex-pro-footballer Nick Tanner, The Baileys Court Pub in Bradley Stoke is putting on a World Cup Human Table Football Tournament on the weekend of the 14th/15th June, to raise funds for Prostate…
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Youngsters to get involved in World War One Day commemoration

On March 28th schools across Great Britain will take part in a national event to commemorate the outbreak of World War One. Abbeywood Community School has been chosen to lead a pathfinder event and has…
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Love Later Life!

Why not join a new friendship & exercise club?   Friendship & Exercise clubs are for older people who like gentle exercise and games as well as socialising with a cup of tea or coffee.…
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Bristol Quilters Quiltfest 2014

Bristol Quilters is a thriving local quilt group with more than 120 members from all around the area. Every three years  they hold a major exhibition and, at the end of May this year,  they…
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Circus Troupe take a bold leap into the unknown with Bristol Old Vic

In the first collaboration of its kind, Bristol Old Vic is supporting the ground-breaking and popular Bristol company, The Invisible Circus transform their successful circus show Under The Dark Moon into a full-scale touring theatre…
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Seussical the Musical at Baileys Court Primary

There is a real buzz in the air at Bailey s Court Primary School as they prepare for this year s big musical production. Since early October a group of dedicated teachers and around 50…
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Fundraising Concert for the Poppy Appeal

THE STOKE GIFFORD BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION, (RBL), is holding it s popular annual fundraising concert for the Poppy Appeal on Saturday 29th March 2014 in the Church Rooms, North Road, Stoke Gifford.…
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Local students shadow MP for International Women’s Day

Yesterday, Jack Lopresti MP was shadowed by five female students from Filton and Bradley Stoke as they joined others from across the UK in celebrating International Women s Day in Westminster. Schools and Colleges with…
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Local Netball Tournament raises money in memory of Sarah

Sarah Port was only 13 years old and a pupil at Bradley Stoke Community School when she contracted septicaemia during her family summer holiday last year and tragically died.   Close friend and fellow netball…
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Can you Help Marie Curie with just an hour of your time in March?

Delanwy Arthur, Community Fundraiser would like to appeal to our readers to volunteer for Marie Curie Cancer Care s Great Daffodil Appeal, and help people with terminal illnesses in Bristol get the care they need.…
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Bristol Predators Roar at Cheerleading Competition

Local cheerleading group 'Predators' swept the board on Sunday (16th Feb) at the LG Arena Birmingham at a Future Cheer 'Heart of England' competition. The competition almost did not happen as it was to be…
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2014 Big Spring Clean

The annual Big Spring Clean returns from 1 March to 30 April.   Residents welcomed to  join in taking action against litter to give our neighbourhoods and open spaces a spring clean. The national Big…
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Press Release: Council Tax Frozen for Fourth Year

Council tax in South Gloucestershire is to be frozen for a fourth consecutive year after three-party revenue budget proposals were agreed at full Council tonight (19th Feb). A revenue budget of £190.7 million was set…
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Could you make a difference to the life of a child?

Can you remember the Chernobyl disaster back in April 1986?   The population of Belarus can never forget. Their people are suffering more than ever from the legacy of the world s worst nuclear disaster…
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£8m investment in North Fringe road and cycle route improvements

Over £8m is to be invested in series of major road and cycle route improvements in the North Fringe areas of Filton, Patchway, Aztec West and Hambrook from this April. The package of eight major…
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Students perform beyond expectation at SGS College

Delighted staff at SGS College are celebrating the results in the recently published National Key Stage 5 Performance Tables, which shows that students studying at SGS College perform beyond expectation and, in some instances, perform…
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Half-term football camp aimed at teaching the next generation of stars

Bristol Academy Women's Football Club is once again running a half-term camp for youngsters. Following the October half-term camp that proved hugely popular with over 80 children attending, the team at SGS College are now…
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Mum raises £6,500 from Star Ball Held in Memory of Son

Bradley Stoke Mum, Mary Abrahams has raised £6,500 for Children s Hospice South West (CHSW), the charity which supported her late son, Ryan who died on 23 February 2010 (aged 14). Mary held a Star…
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REMINDER: BSTC Public Consultation - Your Opinions Matter

Bradley Stoke Town Council have not had many replies to their public consultation on the future of the hard court area at Brook Way Activity Centre.  Have you responded yet?  Your views and ideas are…
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BSYFC U10 Wasps Wins Team of the Year 2013

Bradley Stoke Radio  Sports Report show on BSR 103.4 host an annual award for both  Local Team of the Year  and  Sports Person of the Year.    This Year the Teams put forward included  Bradley…
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Avon Fire & Rescue Service to build new fire stations under ‘Investing for the Future’ programme

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) has today (Friday 31 January) announced plans to build three new fire stations, a new Headquarters building and carry out a major expansion of a fourth existing fire station.…
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The Bradley Stoke War Memorial

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group and the Willow Brook Centre are very proud to announce the creation of a war memorial in Bradley Stoke. A simple granite pillar has been erected in the Town…
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Ex-Ridings Student wins the Costa Book of the Year!

Ex-Ridings student,  Nathan Filer  won the Costa Book of the Year on Tuesday 28th  January, with his debut novel, ‘The Shock of the Fall . Nathan Filer, 32, attended Winterbourne International Academy (known as Riding…
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Teachers pushed in the deep end

Year 9 students from Winterbourne International Academy have been combining efforts to raise money for Cancer Research. The main event was a ‘Push a teacher in the pool fundraiser where students could pay one pound…
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Are you interested in joining a reading group?

A local resident has set up a brand new monthly reading group, with the first meeting at Filton Library.   It is open to residents of Filton, Stoke Gifford and Bradley Stoke and the wider…
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'Thank You to the Staff at BSLC, You are Life Savers'

On 16th January we received a telephone call from Bradley Stoke resident Steve Durbin, 50.  He had just been released from Frenchay having suffered a heart attack on the Monday.  His message to us was…
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Abseil the Avon Gorge for The MS Therapy Centre - “I Can do it!”

Set yourself a new challenge in 2014 and Abseil the Avon Gorge for the MS Therapy Centre on Saturday 26th April. The Charity doesn t just support people with Multiple Sclerosis, but other neurological conditions…
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Bradley Stoke Community School gain National Award from the Bullying Intervention Group

Staff and students at Bradley Stoke Community School are celebrating after receiving confirmation that they have gained the National Award from BIG (Bullying Intervention Group) for their commitment to anti-bullying work across the school.  Val…
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BSTC Requests YOUR Opinions ...

Public Consultation on Hardcourt Area and General Site at Brook Way Activity Centre The Bradley Stoke Town Council is seeking residents' views on the future of the hardcourt area and general site at Brook Way…
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Peter Little OBE Unveils New Department at Local College

Today, Peter Little OBE officially opened the new state-of-the-art Preparation for Work and Life Department at SGS College. The development boasts a new inclusive independent living kitchen, sensory room and inclusive digital media and art…
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School Dog Assists With Pupils Learning

Noodle the Spoodle, a cross between a spaniel and poodle is proving to be a major hit in the learning zones at Wallscourt Farm Academy, Stoke Gifford. The dog was born and trained over last…
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Local Woman Shortlisted for Business Awards

A local woman who we featured in the January edition of Bradley Stoke Matters heard last week that she has got through to the semi-finals for four separate business awards.  Jackie Novels, 37, has been…
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Council unveils vision for Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood

Detailed plans for the development of South Gloucestershire s Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood go on display today (20 January) as part of a six-week consultation. The draft ‘supplementary planning document , or SPD, details the council…
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Concorde Book Award 2013-2014

The Concorde Book Award, which is now in its seventh year, exists to celebrate the great fiction being written for secondary students and promote reading for pleasure.   This South Gloucestershire Award has been supported…
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Amazing Fundraising at BSCS!

2013 was a bumper year for fundraising at Bradley Stoke Community School. Students and staff all pulled together to support numerous charities and the results have been amazing. In total  they raised £11,242.40! They ve…
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Join South Gloucestershire’s Big Spring Clean

A call for volunteers goes out to businesses, community groups and residents across South Gloucestershire to support the annual Big Spring Clean, which returns from 1 March to 30 April. South Gloucestershire Council  are looking…
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Rapunzel

Feeling a bit low now that all the Christmas festivities are over? Then why not give yourself something to look forward to and book tickets for Thornbury Musical Theatre Group s annual pantomime. As always…
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Police Appeal for Help in Tracing Stolen Jewellery

Can you help track down this jewellery which was stolen in a burglary in Bradley Stoke? Detectives investigating a burglary in the area of Brook Way and Bradley Stoke Way, on Saturday December 21, have…
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Squadron Recruiting in 70th Year

2014 is a special year in the history of 2152 (North Bristol) Squadron,  and they  will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the unit. In this anniversary year, the unit located at…
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Consultation on New Primary School Provision at BSCS from 2015

Local residents are being asked to give their thoughts and feedback on a  proposal  to extend the age range of Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) to provide an all through school for the 4-19 age…
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Interested in Playing American Football?

The Bristol Academy Community League (BACL) has started training ahead of its second season. BACL is a community based league trying to give youngsters an opportunity to better themselves through sport. The league consists of…
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Bradley Stoke Youth Rugby @ St Mary's Old Boys RFC

With a history of being successful at all levels of youth rugby having produced championship, premiership and international players, St Mary ‘s Old Boys RFC at Northwood Park, Trench Lane is now trying to establish…
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Is your child due to start school Sept 14? Admission deadline is 15th January.

Parents with children due to start infant or primary school in September 2014 are being reminded to submit their school places application by 15  January 2014. Children born between 1 Sept 2009 and 31 August…
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Aretians RFC are looking for additional young players

Aretians RFC are looking for new players to add to their younger squads.   Photos show the new newly formed under 10s and under 7s teams which are a mix of boys and girls aged…
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Not many sleeps to go …..

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway with festive spirit 'sprouting' everywhere in Bradley Stoke. The annual Christmas Carol Service on Thursday evening saw the whole community come together to celebrate the true…
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Avon Wildlife Trust Needs Your Help

CONCERNS are growing for Avon Wildlife Trust and other conservation organisations that the protection of the environment has become less of a priority at a time when many traditional funding sources for charities have been…
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Wheatfield Primary School Recruit 'Active Ambassadors'

Wheatfield Primary School in Bradley Stoke launched its Active Ambassadors project this week,  enrolling students and staff members to help promote sustainable travel. As part of an Active Travel to School project running throughout South…
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Nativity First

Fifty reception pupils at Wallscourt Farm Academy, Stoke Gifford will not only be celebrating their first Christmas at the academy this year but will also be taking part in their very first nativity play. Based…
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Sporting Heroes of 2013 Honoured by Council

Olympians, Paralympians, British Champions, clubs, coaches and schools gathered at BAWA in Filton on 28 November for the Active South Gloucestershire 2013 Sports Awards. The annual event recognises the achievement, dedication and contribution of local…
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South Gloucestershire Over Fifties Forum celebrate 20 years

Cllr Ian Boulton, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, joined members of the South Gloucestershire Over Fifties Forum for their 20th birthday celebrations in Mangotsfield today (Friday 29 November). The forum, which has over 4500 members…
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Bradley Stoke Judo's success in Holland

BSJC travelled to The Hague International tournament at the start of November for a gruelling two days of competition.   Awarding winning coach Pete Douglas fills us in on how they all got on. Day…
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Lots of Christmas Fair’s to enjoy today !

Play Pitch pre-schools Christmas Fair is at Baileys Court Activity Centre from 10.00am till 12.00pm. Admission for adults is £1 and children go free. There will be Tombola, Santa's Grotto and lots of Stalls! All…
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Local student wins third place in prestigious AoC Student of the Year award

Keiran Beavis is overjoyed this week after seeing his hard work and determination pay off by being awarded third place for the Association of Colleges Student of the Year award 2013. The 18 year old…
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Bristol Academy named FA Club of the year 2013

Bristol Academy FC was named FA Women s Club of the year for the second time in three years at the FA s annual Women s Football awards on Friday 22nd  November. Held at the…
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Counselling for Children and Young People 11 yrs+

“At times in our lives we all encounter difficult or painful experiences which we need to talk through with someone else. Family and friends can often be very supportive but there are times when they…
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Southern Brooks Christmas Appeal

The Southern Brooks Family Support Team are currently working  with families who find the financial strain of Christmas too much to bear. They are  looking for tinned or long life food and small gifts to…
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South Gloucestershire Groups Safer Stronger Community Group

The South Glos area is currently suffering from a series of burglaries where the elderly are being targeted. The method is generally to force a rear door or window and the offences are occurring between…
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Green Apple Award for the Willow Brook Centre

The Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke has won a Green Apple Environment Award in the national campaign to find Britain s greenest companies, councils and communities. It competed against more than 500 other nominations…
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Bat Detectors are now available to borrow from Bradley Stoke Library

Bat detectors are available to borrow from Bradley Stoke Library and each detector now comes with a field guide and a leaflet on bat detecting in Bradley Stoke. The leaflet was written by Gill Smith…
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Santa Comes to Yate in Aid of CLIC Sargent

Santa and his friends will be making an appearance outside 55-57 Westerleigh Road, Yate from the 1st December until 30th December, from 17:30 onwards.   Unfortunately he won't be there on Christmas Day as you…
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Raising Money for the British Heart Foundation

Did you know that Fromeside Youth Club (FYC) on Watleys End Road in Winterbourne, originally Winterbourne Youth Club, was the first purpose built youth club in England and, as such, was a wonderful place to…
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Car Keyed in Hawkins Cresent

Last Thursday (7th  November) after the street lights had gone out, a local residents parents were visiting her in Hawkins Crescent when their car was scratched, right outside her house! “The fact they didn't just…
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Having Fun Raising Funds for Children in Need at BSCS

Students and staff at Bradley Stoke Community school went all out today in support of Children in Need.  Many students wore pyjamas and they got involved with the many fundraising activities that were taking place.…
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Christmas Lights Switch On at the Willow Brook Centre

Bradley Stoke Radio in partnership with the Willow Brook Centre have planned a fun afternoon   tomorrow building up to the momentous Christmas Lights Switch On! Santa will be arriving in the square at 2pm…
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This Weekends Fixtures for Bradley Stoke Town Football Club

This weekend 3 of our local teams all have fixtures and home. The A team are at the Jubilee Centre Vs Hanham Athletic Colts, the B team are also at home V s LS United…
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'Buy A Brick' Campaign Officially Launched

The 3rd November saw the launch of the latest fundraising initiative in the Heart of the Community  project at St Michael's Church, Stoke Gifford.  The team hope the “Buy a Brick Campaign" will raise an…
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More Mobile Food Pitches for Bradley Stoke

Bradley Stoke Town Council is aiming to increase the number of mobile street trader food pitches at the three Activity Centre sites in the town (to a total of two pitches per site). The Town…
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It's Panto time in Pilning!

We are pleased to bring you notice of The Village Players reproduction of Aladdin at Pilning Village Hall from Wednesday 4th  to Saturday 7th  December 2013. Aladdin is a poor boy who dreams of being…
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BFI Film Academy Bristol – get involved!

After the hugely successful pilot programme, Watershed and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School have again received funding from the BFI to deliver the BFI Film Academy Bristol. BFI Film Academy Bristol (FAB) are looking for…
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Stoke Gifford RBL: "Leaders of the Pack"

The STOKE GIFFORD BRANCH OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION is celebrating another successful year! In this, its 85th Anniversary year, the local Branch, which covers Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Filton and Stoke Gifford won the…
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Buy a Brick to help Build a Community

We were very pleased to meet up with Martin & Sue from St Michael s Church in Stoke Gifford last month and learn about their latest 'Buy a Brick' fundraiser for the Heart of the…
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Have you reached the LIMIT of coping with someone else’s Alcohol or Drug misuse?

New Support Group for Bradley Stoke! Anyone who is close to someone struggling with a drug or alcohol problem will know just how worrying that can be and find it difficult to know what to…
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Bird Boxes donated by Dreamscheme Kids

Today three local groups came together to make some new bird boxes for the Three Brooks Nature Reserve. 19 Children from Southern Brooks ‘Dreamscheme met at the Jubilee Centre to make the bird boxes, which…
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Local student shortlisted for prestigious AoC Student of the Year award

Keiran Beavis is overjoyed this week after seeing his hard work and determination pay off by being shortlisted down to three for the Association of Colleges Student of the Year award 2013. The 18 year…
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European Champions

What an award winning weekend nine members of Creation Twirlers had in Lillehammer in Norway!   The leading athletes, who all live in the South Glos/North Bristol area, were selected to represent England at the…
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Great News for Bradley Stoke Youth FC

The West of England Celebration of Sport Evening 2013, sponsored by Nuffield Health, was held on the 24th October 2013 at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel.   The event was hosted by England and The…
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BSTFC’s Weekend Fixtures

This weekend 3 of our local teams all have fixtures, two of which are at home. The first team are at home vs St Pancras, kick-off at 2.30pm, the B team are through to the…
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Free Taster Sessions at the Stokes Art Group

The Stokes Art Group is inviting local Artists to join them for a Free Taster Session during November, with a view to joining the group in January for the 2014 Season. The Group was founded…
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Apply for Funds to Help Your Community

South Gloucestershire Council are offering voluntary organisations and community groups a chance to bid for money to help improve their own communities. Applications must be for revenue projects that would benefit South Gloucestershire residents. These…
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Staff and students celebrate Black History Month

October has seen staff and students at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College coming together to celebrate Black History Month. This national celebration aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster…
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Bradley Stoke in Bloom - RHS 'In Your Neighbourhood'

The  Royal Horticultural Society  (RHS) encourages communities to get together gardening through the  RHS  Britain  in Bloom  campaign, and  Bradley Stoke in Bloom (BSiB) are looking for volunteers to join them. In August this year,…
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Highwood Road to Remain Closed to Public Vehicles

Work to turn one of South Gloucestershire s busiest roads into a green open space with a dedicated public transport route is to continue after councillors confirmed yesterday (16th October) key traffic control measures. Highwood…
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Local Investment in Rural Bristol

In the year of its 80th Birthday, the Independent family run business in North Bristol unveils exciting new plans for redevelopment. After an extremely successful few years for Phil Hodges and the team at Almondsbury…
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Photography session opens Clifton High School Celebrations

A wildlife photography workshop, hosted by Bristol-based photographer, marine biologist and underwater camera man, Tom Walmsley, today kicked off Clifton High School s week-long celebration of science, art, environmental, literary and musical events. The programme…
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Willow Brook Centre shortlisted for another environmental excellence award

The Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke has been shortlisted for a CIWM Environmental Excellence Award.  These awards recognise and reward performance and achievement in waste and resource management, both within the waste industry and…
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School Closures Due to Strike Action

We have received notification that the following local secondary schools will be closed to all pupils for one day next week - Thursday 17th October - due to staff industrial action. - Bradley Stoke Community…
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Creative competition for children to design their own Poppy

Specsavers in the Willow Brook Centre  is hosting the competition and  asking primary school children to put their artistic skills to the test and design their own Royal British Legion poppy. Children have just one…
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Pirates in the docks!

Visitors to Bristol Docks last month  were astounded to see that HMS Matthew had been overrun by a band of ferocious pirates who were being confronted by brave but odd looking members of the constabulary!…
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St Michael's Successful Mission Trip to Fortaleza

Back in May, we wrote an article about 10 members of St Michael s Church who planned to travel to Fortaleza for 10 days and to work closely with Univida,  an organisation committed to offering…
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Industrial Action on Saturday 5 October

Some services provided by South Gloucestershire Council  could be affected by industrial action this Saturday (5 October). Members of the Unison Union have voted for a further one-day strike in response to changes to council…
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Nominate for the 2013 Sports Awards

There are only two weeks left to nominate for the 2013 South Gloucestershire Council Sports Awards. The annual event recognises the achievement, dedication and contribution of local people involved in playing, coaching and organising sport…
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Patchway Judo Club

Patchway Judo Club opened  at Patchway Youth Centre 24th September 2013. Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire council, got in to the "spirit" of judo  at the  official opening! Ian happily put on a judogi…
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Missing Cat

Two  years ago, Talia  adopted a rescue cat called George and restored him back to health.    He was just 5 weeks old when  she started to take care of him, and unfortunately he  has…
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Strike Action to Close Libraries this Saturday

Some services provided by South Gloucestershire Council could be affected by industrial action this Saturday (28 September). Members of the Unison union have voted for a one-day strike in response to changes to council policies…
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Bradley Stoke to Receive Superfast Broadband next Summer

Bradley Stoke was today (23rd Sept) named as the first South Gloucestershire town to benefit from the roll-out of superfast broadband across the area. The new service will be in place for the first users…
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Mixed Bag of Results for BSTFC at start of season

All four Bradley Stoke Town teams began their new season at the start of September, however it has been a mixed bag of results. The First Team began their season at the Jubilee Centre on…
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Bristol Academy to launch ‘Mini Vixens’

Mini Vixens is a new weekly coaching session for girls and boys aged 5-7 launched by the Bristol Academy of Sport Women s Football Club. Following the success of their summer camps, Bristol Academy based…
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Gardening for Schools

Almondsbury Garden Centre is helping local schools get green-fingered.   The independent family run garden centre is re-launching its ‘Grow at School scheme, where local schools can apply for seeds, plants and equipment to encourage…
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"Back to Church Sunday" 29th September

"Back to Church Sunday" has grown beyond all expectations since the first day it launched in Greater Manchester in 2004. It is now the largest single local-church initiative in the world, taking  place in churches…
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Councillors Approve Stoke Gifford Transport Link

Plans for a major new single carriageway road to relieve congestion, improve public transport links and support business and  housing growth in South Gloucestershire have been approved by councillors. Members of the council s Development…
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MOD sees potential in Apprentices

The MOD in Bristol has seen such potential in previous apprentices that they are now offering 15 vacancies significantly above the apprenticeship National Minimum Wage in partnership with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College. Previously the…
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BSIB Tallest Sunflower Competition has a winner!

Bradley Stoke in Bloom's ‘Tallest Sunflower competition has a winner! Or rather two! James & Sophie Dent, from Meadowbrook School, were declared the winners with two sunflowers, which measured a whopping 2.66m and 2.88m tall!…
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Still time to share views on ‘street scene’ proposals

South Gloucestershire residents are being urged to share their views on the council s ‘street scene proposals before consultation closes on 13 September. The consultation was launched in April and sets out measures to give…
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Looking Forward to the New Season at Bradley Stoke Town FC