BRADLEY STOKE MATTERS
The online community magazine for Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford

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Simon Whiting, Centre Manager at the Willow Brook Centre

Having been Centre Manager at the Willow Brook for 6 months, introducing myself may seem late however it has been the most maniacal, intense and fun-filled 6 months of my working career and taking a…
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Bradley Stoke Lions donate books to local primary schools

Bradley Stoke Lions are still working within the community, doing our best to raise money to help those in need.  So far this year we and our parent club Bristol Brunel have served 14,926 people,…
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Vote YES to New Tobacco Law says Local Campaigner 

A local cancer campaigner, who lost her husband, sister, and mother to smoking related diseases is issuing a rallying cry for the region’s MPs to back a proposed law to raise the age of sale…
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A crisis but not of their making?

Exploring Digital Wellbeing for young people with a ground breaking event in Bristol Award winning Bradley Stoke based social enterprise, Inclusive Change At Work CiC has joined forces with Digital Safety CIC to bring a…
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Old School Rooms Scouts give up part of Mothering Sunday to help their community

Mother’s Day is a great time to give mums a break and spoil them and take them out for dinner or make them breakfast. So the fact that the scouts from the OSR troop in…
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Age UK South Gloucestershire is pleased to announce Charity’s first ever Ambassador

Age UK South Gloucestershire is pleased to announce Rugby World Cup winning scrum-half and Forest of Dean native Natasha ‘Mo’ Hunt as the charity’s first ever ambassador. As co-captain of club Gloucester-Hartpury, Mo led her…
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Meet your PCC – Mark Shelford : PCC Update Feb '24 (March edition)

I am deeply saddened by the recent shocking and senseless deaths of two boys, aged only 15 and 16, in South Bristol. The grief being felt by the families of those boys and the impact…
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Local Volunteers Celebrated with Community Hero award

Local volunteers have been recognised with prestigious civic awards for their environmental volunteering at two local woodlands.  Splatts Abbey Wood’s committee member Jenny James (shown in the centre of the students in photo right) and…
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Jack Lopresti Update Feb 2024 (March edition)

I recently paid a visit to the bridge which connects Cuckoo Lane in Winterbourne Down with Emersons Green and Bromley Heath. Sean and his team from Highways England outlined that they are working to a…
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Exciting times for Kumon Bradley Stoke!

Kumon Bradley Stoke has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.  Almost 200 people (students and their families) attended an awards ceremony to commend students who have reached milestones and high levels of study on the Kumon…
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Bradley Stoke 10K Sunday 9th June

For 19 years Sole Sisters Running Club has hosted the Bradley Stoke Festival 10k. This year it will be held on Sunday 9th June and race entries are now open via RaceNation. The 10k run,…
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Bradley Stoke Community Festival 8th-9th June 2024

Bradley Stoke Town Council is pleased to announce that the Community Festival will be returning, with a full two day programme at the Jubilee Centre and other locations on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June…
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The Brightwell Welcomes Inclusive Change!

The Brightwell is always looking for ways in which to support their community of Members, as well as the local community. As a registered charity that has supported people affected by neurological conditions for over…
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Jack Lopresti Working for You - January Update

It was great to be back at my local office in Bradley Stoke bright and early on Tuesday 2nd January hard at work helping constituents with problems, arranging surgeries, local visits and events. As always,…
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On With the Show!

After twenty years performing at Horfield United Reform Church, The Whitefield Players moved to Patchway Community Centre last year.   Following the success of two summer plays and a panto, we’re pleased to be returning…
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Bradley Stoke Lions in the New Year

Hopefully you may well have seen your local Lions during the recent festive period. It is really our busiest time of the year for fund raising. Along with Bristol Brunel Lions we were out and…
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Free Garden Trees / Hedges & Wildflower Seeds

Help fight climate change! Come along and pick up a free tree or hedging plant (one per household). Pin your location on the map! Free trees/hedges/wildflower seeds event taking place on Saturday 27th January 2024…
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What do you want to change about yourself in 2024?

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year for looking back and planning ahead, thinking how we might like things to be different in 2024. Every year hundreds of us make New Year’s resolutions. Do…
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Bradley Stoke Lions at Christmas

Christmas is a particularly busy time for your local Lions. This follows a year when we have been supporting several charities including SARAID, a voluntary British and United Nations classified Light Urban Search and Rescue…
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Motorbiking Santas to ride through the Stokes raising vital funds for CHSW

Hundreds of expected motorbiking Santas will be heading through Bristol City Centre on Saturday 02 December to raise festive cheer in support of Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). The ride to the charity’s Charlton Farm…
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Fabulous Knitted Tribute Expanded at Stoke Gifford Retirement Village

The very talented Knit & Natter group at ExtraCare Stoke Gifford Retirement Village have been busy again this year, adding to their wonderful Remembrance Day knit tribute. Readers may recall that last year they created…
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 Bradley Stoke Town Council Community Festival 2024 

Bradley Stoke Town Council is pleased to announce that the Community Festival will be returning, with a full two day programme at the Jubilee Centre and other locations next year on Saturday 8 and Sunday…
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RBL Stoke Gifford Branch Launches Poppy Appeal 2023 at Bristol Parkway Station

With kind permission and support from the Station Manager and Team, Bristol Parkway railway station hosted the launch event on Friday 27th October which included Members of the Branch, Poppy Collectors, Local MP, Councillors, the…
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Update from Jack Lopresti (Oct/Nov edition)

This past month, I had the pleasure of making many visits in the local area, one of which included the Patchway Men’s Shed.  Here we discussed how they help the local community including schools and…
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 Bradley Stoke Town Council Charity Scarecrow Trail starts Saturday 21 October 

Bradley Stoke Town Council will be launching the 2023 Charity Scarecrow Trail on Saturday 21 October at 9am. The trail will close on Sunday 29 October at 6pm.  Twenty-one scarecrows will be distributed throughout Bradley…
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Royal British Legion, Stoke Gifford Branch - Appeal for Additional Volunteers

The Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion, (RBL), are hoping  to have another successful Poppy Appeal this year. The Branch would like to thank the public, branch members and volunteers, businesses and other…
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Bradley Stoke Cricket Club: Update on the 2023 Season

Bradley Stoke Cricket Club is based at Baileys Court Activity Centre with a mission to promote cricket throughout the community.  It is home to seven senior teams, a Women’s Softball team, nine youth teams across…
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Youth Work in Bradley Stoke: Report by Graham Baker

Summer programme: It’s been a busy summer for Bradley Stoke Town Council’s youth work team. As well as a continuation of the well-attended youth work sessions delivered throughout the year, the team offered additional sessions…
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Thursday Creative - craft and a cuppa

As part of the weekly welcome space, Little Stoke Baptist church has been running monthly craft sessions.  Sessions run on a Thursday between 11am-2pm and include the usual refreshments and light lunch. Previous sessions have…
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Wheatfest 2023 - An amazing total raised!

The Friends of Wheatfield Primary School Wheatfest is Wheatfield Primary School’s flagship summer fayre and, thanks to the British weather back in July, the decision was made to postpone this year’s event until 9th September.…
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Olympus Academy Trust in new partnership with boomsatsuma

The Olympus Academy Trust is delighted to have entered into a new partnership with boomsatsuma from September 2023.  We are excited to announce plans to establish a Post 16 creative technologies pathway for Olympus students,…
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The Mayor and Deputy Mayor: Out and about in Bradley Stoke

On Saturday 9th September 2023, the Mayor was a busy man, attending 2 events in Bradley Stoke. To start the day the Mayor, Councillor Dayley Lawrence went to see the new Claire’s store that has…
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News from Abbeywood Community School Aug/Sept 2023 edition

Welcome to our new Deputy Headteacher.... Andy Poole ‘I am delighted to be starting at Abbeywood in September and am really looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and parents at the school.…
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Jack Lopresti Update Sept 2023

Earlier this month (August), I visited the RAC in Bradley Stoke and saw their recently launched Mobile Mechanic service. Customers are now able to have their cars serviced at home or at work making maintaining…
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Tackling food poverty and isolation in Little Stoke

For many years Little Stoke Baptist Church has run a regular coffee morning on a Thursday starting at 10am, during the winter in response to the warm spaces campaign they extended their hours to stay…
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Local Nature Plan : Stoke Gifford

Stoke Gifford Parish Council in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council has recognised the importance of taking steps to address the ecological crisis our world is facing. Acting together we will: 1.  Address the effects of…
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Jack Lopresti Update Aug/Sept 2023 edition

This month I have focused on 3 issues in our area, our national defence and defence industries, jobs and access to health services. I was recently part of a roundtable discussion at the National Composites…
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Update from Mark Shelford PCC Aug/Sept 2023 edition

In the summer, Chief Constable Sarah Crew made an announcement regarding institutional racism in Avon and Somerset Police.  This is a challenging issue to face. However, through initiating and continuing these uncomfortable and difficult conversations,…
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Summer term ends with a splash!

The scouts from 1st Stoke Gifford Old School Rooms finished a very busy water themed summer term at the West Country Water Park in Trench Lane near Bradley Stoke, the scouts had an evening on…
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Thank You Stoke Gifford, from Cllr David Addison

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone in Stoke Gifford who put their trust in me to represent them as a local councillor. I’m happy to be a Stoke Gifford resident and,…
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Many happy returns and singles! 

Report from Dan Norris, Metro Mayor of West of England Mayoral Combined Authority.  I’m pleased to let readers know about Birthday Buses. Did you know you can apply for a special Birthday bus pass for…
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Owls return to Savages Wood

Report from Sara Messenger, Member of the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Committee (from July/August edition) Well maybe just the one owl.  But as owls go she is a mighty fine one! Our reserve already boasts…
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Update from Mark Shelford, PCC (Jul/Aug edition)

I hope everyone has been enjoying time outside in the sunshine and stayed safe whilst doing so during our recent spell of glorious weather.  Earlier this month, I put questions relating to knife crime and…
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Update from Jack Lopresti, MP (Jul/Aug 23 edition)

This month I have been very busy in our area focusing on transport, law and order and our area’s heritage and role in the aerospace industry. I had a very interesting meeting with representatives from…
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St Mary’s Men’s 1st XV Win Combination Vase

St Mary’s Men capped off a great season with an ultimately convincing win over Bristol Saracens by 29 – 22 in the Butcombe sponsored Bristol Combination Vase at a packed Lockleaze Sports Centre.  This is…
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Bradley Stoke Youth FC Celebrates 25th anniversary

Report by Martin Lee (July/August edition) On 10th June 2023 at the Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) celebrated their 25th anniversary with a football festival with over 350 children participating in the event.…
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OSR Scout troop celebrate their latest Gold Chief Scouts Award recipients

The end of May saw two more scouts from the Old School Rooms Stoke Gifford Troop receive their Gold Chief Scouts Awards from the deputy county commissioner. Megan and Jess received their certificates and badges…
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Little Stoke Ladies Club Celebrates 60 Years!

The Little Stoke Ladies Club celebrated their 60th Anniversary earlier this year at Cadbury Court. They had a very enjoyable afternoon with a delicious three course meal, wine & a beautiful cake followed with dancing.…
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Have Your Say on Parkrun!

Bradley Stoke Town Council is holding a public consultation on the proposal of a parkrun in the Three Brooks Nature Reserve on Saturday mornings. Public Consultation available online at the Town Council website https://www.bradleystoke.gov.uk/.../public-consultations... or…
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New Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Dayley Lawrence

At Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Annual Town Council Meeting held on Wednesday 17th May 2023, being the first meeting of the newly elected Town Council, Councillor Dayley Lawrence was elected by the Council to the…
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Meet Shaun the Sheep at Aerospace Bristol this May half-term!

Last year, Shaun the Sheep became the first sheep to fly around the moon, as a passenger on Artemis I, the first flight of NASA’s Orion spacecraft with a European Space Agency (ESA) European Service…
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Bradley Stoke teenager one of ‘youngest town councillors in the UK' as two teenagers join BSTC

Miss Aleena Aditya, a Bradley Stoke sixth form student has become one of the country’s youngest town councillors – after winning a seat on the Bradley Stoke Town Council in the first elections, she was…
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New look,  New name! 

Established in 1981, the club has been a pillar to the local community, holding regular, weekly race meetings on Wednesday evenings from April through to September as well as monthly meetings through the winter.  There…
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Easter Activity - ‘Look for a Book’

Bradley Stoke Matters was also pleased to help sponsor this Easter fun event initiated by local resident and Usborne Books representative Michelle Flook. Over the Easter holidays Michelle will ‘hide’ over 100 books across Bradley…
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1st-16th April  The Great  Bradley Stoke Easter Egg Hunt:

Similar to last year, families can follow trails around the Bradley Stoke area to search for hidden letters displayed on decorated Easter eggs, that are being hosted by the community. There are lots of fun…
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BSTC 30th Anniversary

On Saturday 25th February 2023, Bradley Stoke Town Council held a free Mosaic Bird Making Workshop for the local community to design a bird, with the aim of forming a mosaic mural to celebrate the…
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St Mary’s Mourn Mike Purnell

Mike has been a member of SMOB since his son Jacob joined the minis at the age of 4. Mike could be heard for miles and when not on the pitch found behind the bar…
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Celebrating Diversity in Literature -

Join us at the launch of our Travelling Library for LIVE music, storytelling, cultural food and more! In partnership with Active Libraries South Gloucestershire, SGREN presents a Travelling Library of books featuring Ethnically Diverse characters…
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Bradley Stoke Lions Club Easter Egg Raffle

Look out for three giant 1 kilo Easter Eggs which have been placed in Baileys Court Inn, the Riverside Leisure Centre and The Brightwell MS Centre. Two of the eggs will be raffled to raise…
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Local Ladies invited to meet new friends

Willow Brook Townswomen’s Guild is a very friendly group of mixed aged ladies who like to have fun and enjoy the camaraderie and friendship that goes with being a member of Townswomen’s Guilds, which is…
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Local Bowls Club Invites New Members

Stoke Gifford Trust Short Mat Bowls Club is a friendly, local, indoor bowls club which is encouraging more local people to give the game a try. Short Mat Bowls is a highly enjoyable, indoor version…
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Andy's Man Club - It's OK to Talk

Andy’s Man Club was set up in Halifax in June 2016 following the tragic death of Andy Roberts, who died by suicide. Andy’s mother Elaine and brother-in-law Luke Ambler decided to start a club to…
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Bradley Stoke Surgery Introduces New Access System – Klinik

Bradley Stoke Surgery will soon be introducing a new patient enquiry system that aims to improve access.  The surgery, which has 18,350 patients on its books, is planning to launch the new Klinik online consultation…
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Mosaic Birdmaking Workshop & 30th Anniversary of BSTC

On Saturday 25th February 2023, Bradley Stoke Town Council held a free Mosaic Bird Making Workshop for the local community to design a bird which will form part of the mosaic mural to celebrate the…
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Meet your PCC – Mark Shelford

Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Shelford was elected as Conservative PCC in 2021. As the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Avon and Somerset, I am the voice of local people in…
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Over 50 Years in Public Service - Cllr Brian Allinson

This month I was delighted to meet with Cllr Brian Allinson in the lovely surroundings of the Old School Rooms Coffee Shop on the green in Stoke Gifford. Brian, now 78, has spent over 50…
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Foodies Festival Bristol is coming to Little Stoke Park - 12th, 13th, 14th May 2023

The UK’s most popular food and drink festival is coming to Little Stoke Park! Expect a huge celebration of food, drink and live music!  Get top tips from top chefs, find your new fave tipple…
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Public Consultation on the loss of bus services and routes in Bradley Stoke

Bradley Stoke Town Council is keen to hear from residents who have been directly impacted by the loss of the various bus routes around the town over the past few months. What impact has the…
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New Year, New Hope

The theme for Christmas at Little Stoke Baptist Church (LSBC) was “Hope is Born”. It is a message that doesn’t stop there, this new hope is offered right into the New Year.  This January you…
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Bristol Care Homes brings forward pay award to support staff with cost of living crisis

We all know that nurses and carers worked valiantly to support our communities through the Covid pandemic, but are now facing huge financial challenges from the cost of living crisis. This has led to the…
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A big Thank You from Stoke Gifford Royal British Legion

Stoke Gifford RBL are proud to announce that the 2022 poppy appeal for our region has collected the amazing amount of £62,898.97. Despite the current hardship, people have been incredibly generous this year, and will…
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Cold weather warning: keeping warm is essential to your wellbeing

Being cold isn’t just uncomfortable it can be bad for your health, so as a cold weather alert has been issued by the MET Office, healthcare leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are…
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'Warm Spaces' Across the Stokes

With temperatures set to plummet this week, just a reminder that there are 'Warm Places' set up across the Stokes by the local Churches and the Town Council that you are welcome to drop into…
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OSR Scouts: Getting Creative

Scouting in the UK is based on a curriculum which aims at each section achieving their Chief Scouts Award, in the Scout section it is their Gold Award. To obtain this the scouts need to…
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Arts Appreciation Group  

We are a small friendly group who meet monthly at Bradley Stoke Community School to hear talks on many aspects of the arts.  We are not a painting group but love all fine and decorative…
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Local classical music group is looking for string players

Do you play classical violin or viola and want a new playing opportunity? Stoke Gifford-based group The Gifford Ensemble is looking for string players to grow its membership and repertoire. Formed in 2018, the Ensemble…
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OSR scouts tackle an overgrown area for community

On Sunday 20th November 2022 some of the scout troop (OSR) in Stoke Gifford gave up three hours of their weekend off to tackle an overgrown area in the village as part of their commitment…
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Bradley Stoke WI

Bradley Stoke WI has continued to thrive and grow during 2022 and has welcomed several new members, swelling our numbers to 40 - above the pre-COVID membership level.  Our WI has recently been entertained by…
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Stoke Gifford Scouts: Remembrance Day Parade in Stoke Gifford 2022

Sunday 13th November saw the Remembrance Day parade in Stoke Gifford where uniformed groups from Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Wallscourt Farm all joined together at the Trust Hall car park on North Road and…
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Knitted Soldier created for Remembrance Sunday 

by talented residents at local retirement Village The knitting group from the local Stoke Gifford retirement village has created an incredible 6-foot-tall Knitted Solider to honour Remembrance Sunday. Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters…
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Have you had the call up?

Unlike England’s World Cup squad, the ‘call-up’ for flu and Covid-19 vaccinations isn’t limited to just 26 people. Thousands across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) are still able to be part of England’s…
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On line Advice for Common Winter Ailments

NHS organisations in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have launched a new online resource to help local people manage very minor winter ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throats and sinusitis. Local figures show…
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Ex-Pupil Returns to Visit School ahead of World Cup!

On Monday 7th November, Holy Trinity Primary School had an exciting visit from Urdd Gobaith Cymru ahead of the World Cup. Footballer Joe Morrell, currently playing for Portsmouth, is part of the Welsh team and…
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Local Opticians raises more than £170 for mental health charity

Specsavers in the Willow Brook Centre held a Halloween bake sale on Saturday 29th October, raising £178 in aid of a mental health charity. Staff at the local opticians baked lots of spooky sweet treats…
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Aerospace Bristol launches £500,000 appeal to help inspire future engineers, as the museum celebrates its 5th birthday

Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters was delighted to be invited by Aerospace Bristol to their 5th birthday celebrations on 18th October and the launch of the new Bristol Fighter display, an opportunity to…
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A New Head for Holy Trinity Primary School

It was my pleasure to pop in to Holy Trinity Primary School at the start of the autumn term to meet newly appointed Head Teacher,  Stuart McClelland.  Mr McClelland has been teaching for 24 years…
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Bradley Stoke Cricket Club - 2022 Season Review

Youth season 2022 review Another busy season for over 100 local youngsters has ended, with the weather largely kind, albeit with matches postponed due to excessive heat for the first time. Eight teams between late…
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Local Woodlands Conservation Groups

The Splatts Abbey Wood Conservation Group is planning new projects and developing existing partnerships and plans in the historic woodland based beside the MoD and Cheswick Village. There are three Bradley Stoke residents on the…
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Combating Loneliness in the Stokes

by Rev Tania Vaughan, Little Stoke Baptist Church - It is clear as I look back over my first year in Little Stoke that the pandemic has left a legacy of loneliness. I hear many…
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Bradley Stoke Green Gym / Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group

Update by Sara Messenger Bradley Stoke’s Green Gym have been reverting to their very distant youth and have been making leaky dams in Patchway Brook.  Having checked the water levels to find that in some…
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Bristol’s Henleaze Flower Club - Bradley Stoke winner

Bristol’s Henleaze Flower Club members swept the board with their floral arrangements for the Westbury-on-Trym village show on 3 Sept – including winning the Courage Cup Trophy for the best exhibit in flower arranging and…
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 Olympus Academy Trust A Level & Vocational Results 

We are delighted to share that learners and their families across all of our Olympus Academy Trust secondary schools are celebrating another year of positive results.  We are particularly proud of this cohort of learners…
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Summer saw an exciting term of celebrations at 1st Little Stoke Scout, Cub and Beavers

As a Group 1st Little Stoke Celebrated 70 years at the start of February.  To celebrate this exciting event 2 celebratory gatherings happened in July.  To mark this milestone the group ran an exciting competition…
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2000 Laps of the School Field for Ukraine By Rebekah Pantlin (Year 6)

On the 1st of July 2022, at St Michael’s CEVC Primary School, Stoke Gifford, five determined year 5 pupils finished jogging 2000 laps of the school field to raise money for a country that is…
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Severn Vale Flower Club celebrates 65 years!

What an achievement for Severn Vale Flower Club to celebrate our Sapphire (65th) Anniversary. Made more notable for coinciding with the Queens Platinum Jubilee year.  Our Members Day with competitions was on Monday 12th June…
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Grand Opening of Baileys Court’s New Play Area on 2nd July 2022 in Bradley Stoke

The Baileys Court New Play Area will be opened for public use on Saturday, the 2nd of July 2022 at 10 am. Weather permitting, a grand opening with face painters, goodie bags, ice cream vans…
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Bradley Stoke Cricket Club Welcome New Season & Supporters - Bar Open on Match Days!

Senior Section The 2022 season presents an exciting prospect for the club off the back of a hugely successful 2021 season which saw 2 promotions and a cup win.  There was also lots of progression…
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Little Stoke Scout Group Celebrate 70 Years

As mentioned in our June edition, The Queen is not the only one celebrating 70 years in 2022! The 1st Little Stoke Scout Group also Celebrated 70years at the start of February.  To celebrate this…
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Make a Difference this Summer - Reading Challenge Volunteers Needed

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers Needed Each year we recruit enthusiastic, friendly volunteers to work as part of the team running the Summer Reading Challenge for primary school aged children.  You will spend your time helping…
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Stoke Gifford Fete and Dog Show - Friday 3rd June

There will be music, entertainment, donkey rides, bouncy castles, teacup rides, stalls, sideshows and games, refreshments. Come and meet Paw Patrol, Sonic, Peter Rabbit, Paddington, Buzz Lightyear and Super Mario. Stalls are still available. Please…
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Bradley Stoke Town Festival Thurs 2nd - Sun 5th June

Thursday, 2nd June  On Thursday, the 2nd of June, there will be a beacon lighting ceremony at Bradley Stoke's Jubilee Green (Bristol- BS32 8HL) from 9.15 pm to 10.15 pm. The Mayor and Councillors invite…
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Bradley Stoke Town Council COVID-19 Experiences Project

Bradley Stoke Town Council has established a web page on the town council website which, it is hoped, will become an historical record of our residents recollections on the COVID-19 pandemic. We have obtained funding…
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A Vision for the North Fringe of Bristol - Drop in Events 19th & 24th May

The West of England Combined Authority, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council are jointly working on a vision for the north fringe of Bristol. This document will be called the 'Strategic Infrastructure-led Masterplan for the…
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 Bradley Stoke Mayor Tom Aditya elected Chair of South Glos Council’s CEF 

Councillor Tom Aditya, Mayor of Bradley Stoke has been elected the Chairman of the South Glos Council’s Community Engagement Forum Chairs Network. He won the election in a direct contest against another candidate from Boyd…
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BSTFC are League Champions!!!

I am pleased to announce that Bradley Stoke Town 1st team have WON the Bristol Combination Division 1. The 1st team have been promoted to the Bristol Premier Combination League and are now a step…
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Diverse Doors Multi-Faith Trail on May 8th led by Mayor, Councillor Tom Aditya 

On Sunday, the 8th of May 2022, Mayor Tom Aditya will lead the Diverse Doors Multi-Faith Trail, which connects diverse places of worship in the region. The Diverse Doors Multi-Faith Trail, organised by the Bristol…
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STUDENTS INSPIRED TO MAKE SOCIAL CHANGE PRESENT £1000 TO LOCAL CHARITY

A programme of learning, researching and actioning social change has reached its conclusion at Marlwood School, with local charity St Peter’s Hospice receiving a grant of £1000 thanks to students’ efforts. Year 8 students from…
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Bradley Stoke Ladies FC - Your Local Ladies Football Club

With over 20 players signed on this season the club is still going strong, giving a big group of women and young girls the chance to play football in the local area, in a competitive…
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Barratt David Wilson’s search for young talent to build South West team

A number of paid apprenticeships have been made available by a housebuilder in the South West. Barratt David Wilson Homes has opened applications to its apprenticeship scheme, which will provide career opportunities for the next…
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Marie Curie Bereavement Service : Come together on 23 March to reflect, remember and support

Spring is symbolic of new beginnings. It is a time to begin healing from the emotional scars left by the pandemic. For many, however, these scars run deep and have not begun to heal. This…
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Bradley Stoke 'Big Spring Clean' Sunday, 13th of March 2022 10 am

Bradley Stoke Community members under the leadership of Mayor Tom Aditya and councillors will roll up their sleeves with their litter pickers to clean up litter hotspots in Bradley Stoke on Sunday, the 13th of…
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International Women’s Day 2022 and Hygiene Poverty eradication

Bradley Stoke Town Council have been supporting the mission to eradicate hygiene poverty from our local communities. Last year, Cllr Michael Hill (Mayor 2021) and Cllr Tom Aditya (present Mayor) inaugurated the Hygiene Bank at…
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OSR Scouts receive Gold Chief Scouts Awards plus several Other Awards

During the old school rooms scout troop in Stoke Gifford’s last evening of the Autumn term, scouts from the troop having completed all nine challenge awards, activity badges and nights away had a celebration evening…
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EATING EVERYDAY ‘CUPBOARD HEROES’ CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE

New research from World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) reveals that 97% of Brits already own the foods that could help to prevent cancer Brits who spend the least on their weekly food shop own the…
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Good wishes and prayers to the Queen

Bradley Stoke Town Council wishes Her Majesty, The Queen a swift recovery from Covid and a rapid return to vibrant good health. Recently on Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary of the accession to the throne, the…
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‘ESCAPE Pain Courses’ Available at local Active Lifestyle Centres 

Over 8.75 million people in the UK suffer from chronic joint pain, which can prevent them from being active. However, activity will help improve physical and psychological wellbeing and ensure a healthy social life. ESCAPE-pain…
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Severn Estuary could be home to the UK’s first prototype Fusion energy plant -

An area on the Severn estuary is in the running to be the home of the UK’s first prototype fusion energy plant based at Oldbury and Berkeley. The Western Gateway partnership, the economic powerhouse for…
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Councillor Tom Aditya elected as Mayor

Indian-origin British Councillor Tom Aditya has again been elected Mayor of Bradley Stoke at the council meeting held last week. He has been serving as chairman of the council’s majority Conservative Party and as the…
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Can you spare a few hours a month to help Marie Curie in the Five Stokes area?

Marie Curie provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Our team of nurses work every night of the year providing care to people who wish to…
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Bristol’s biggest bike ride is returning in 2022

St Peter’s Hospice is asking supporters to get back on their bikes to pedal for patient care.  Taking place on Saturday 9th April, Tour de Bristol will be returning to the roads of Bristol and…
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Car owners urged to get ready for Clean Air Zone

Bristol residents and business owners are being urged to check if their vehicles are complaint with the Clean Air Zone emission standards that will be introduced this summer. Three quarters of vehicles in the city…
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85-year-old Santa brings festive spirit to Stoke Gifford Retirement Village

George Smith and his 79-year-old wife Doreen pulled on their festive boots this Christmas and transformed into Santa Claus and his trusty elf, to welcome the community to ExtraCare’s Stoke Gifford Retirement Village. George and…
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Bradley Stoke Town Council : Full time Job Opportunity

Bradley Stoke Town Council is seeking to appoint a full time Activity Centres Manager / Deputy Town Clerk. Application deadline 10th January. Full advert below.  
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CHRISTMAS PRESENT APPEAL

This year Willow Brook and CJ Hole are teaming up with FareShare South West to collect Christmas gifts and luxury treats to add to the festive food parcels that FareShare will be distributing throughout the…
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Death of Bradley Stoke Town Council Mayor/Chair of Council, Councillor Michael Hill 

BSTC Press release: It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that Bradley Stoke Town Council announce the passing of their Mayor/Chair of Council, Councillor Michael Hill following a very short illness.  Michael John…
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Help The Brightwell raise £10,000 towards the refurbishment of its community café

In the run up to Christmas the Brightwell in Bradley Stoke is going BIG! The charity who provides therapy and support to those living with neurological conditions is taking part in this year’s Big Give…
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Amazing Henry completes all Beaver Badges at 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts 

All of our young people are amazing but some do seem to go that extra mile.  One is Henry who – as a Beaver - completed all of the badges he was eligible for over…
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Goldies Singalong Sessions are Back!!

On Tuesday 7th September 2021 we were very excited to relaunch our weekly Goldies singalong session at St Michael’s Church Centre, Stoke Gifford.  The group have been unable to meet for the last 18 months…
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An Eventful End to Bradley Stoke Bowling Season

The bowls club season is drawing to an end. A season when adjustments were required due to Covid and the members rallied through with great support. The President and his wife hosted a Fun Day…
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Bradley Stoke WI is back!

Bradley Stoke Women’s Institute is back to holding monthly meetings at the Jubilee Centre after many, many months absence.  Our first ‘face to face’ get together was on Wednesday 11th August with an indoor and…
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Patchway students celebrate excellent A Level results

We are thrilled to share this year’s successes which include 48% of all grades at A*-B level and an overall pass rate of 100%. Congratulations, Patchway year 13 students!  These are fantastic outcomes for our…
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 Bradley Stoke Community School students celebrate excellent A Level results 

Bradley Stoke Community School is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its students in their A levels and vocational qualifications this summer. This has been truly remarkable given the challenging circumstances of the past…
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Abbeywood students celebrate excellent A Level results

Abbeywood Community School is celebrating strong performances across both A Levels and Vocational Qualifications, with some outstanding individual performances. Students will be leaving Abbeywood Community School to study at many of the top universities in…
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2021 Summer Bee Trail Challenge

Stokes artist Susan Hartry is one of 16 Artists, invited by South Gloucestershire Council, to decorate 1.5m fibreglass Bees ready for a Summer Bee Trail Challenge. As part of an initiative to get visitors back…
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Bradley Stoke Councillors Surgery relaunched by local Councillors

Bradley Stoke Councillors' Monthly Advice Surgery has been relaunched at the Willow Brook Shopping Centre after a gap of eight years, on Saturday, 31st of July 2021 by Cllr John Ashe and Cllr Tom Aditya…
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Guide dog puppy named in memory of late father

Guide Dogs supporter Sue Elderfield from Bradley Stoke, along with her sister Jo, and Mum, Mary, are celebrating the arrival of guide dog puppy Jimbo, named after her late father, Jim Elsworth, after they raised…
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Course for Single Christians to be run at St Michael’s Church

St Michael’s Church in Stoke Gifford has recently become a Single Friendly Church.  Working with the national organisation of the same name, they are committed to being a supportive environment for Christians who just happen…
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Congratulations to Wheatfield Cricketers

Congratulations to Wheatfield Primary School who recently attended the ECB Bristol Kwik Cricket tournament held at Golden Hill CC in Bristol.  Competing alongside 11 other schools, Wheatfield won their group before winning a close game…
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Bradley Stoke charity shop needs your donations!

The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) shop in Bradley Stoke has issued an urgent appeal for donations of summer clothing. The shop at the Willow Brook Centre has experienced a surge in demand for good…
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Song released by Bradley Stoke Resident in support of CHSW

A song has been released on iTunes by Bradley Stoke resident, Rob Berry, with all proceeds to Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW). Rob, along with pianist and vocalist, Amy Parker, has recorded a cover of…
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One million jabs in arms, but leaders urge more people to come forward for Covid-19 vaccine

Six months into the Covid-19 vaccination programme, the local NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) has reached the milestone of providing more than one million vaccinations to people in the area. As…
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Councillor Michael Hill elected Mayor of Bradley Stoke 2021-22

Councillor Michael Hill has been elected Mayor of Bradley Stoke for the civic year 2021-22 at the Annual Town Council Meeting held on Wednesday, 26th of May 2021. Cllr Hill has been a Conservative councillor…
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Aerospace Bristol announces Family Space Day featuring First British Astronaut Helen Sharman CMG OBE

The out-of-this-world day of space activities will take place at the museum – which reopens on Wednesday - during October half term. The first British person in space is coming to Bristol later this year.  Helen…
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Little Stoke Scout Group need more Superhereos

As we emerge from the Covid pandemic and start reclaiming our lives children’s out of school activities can resume. Little Stoke Scout Group look forward to face to face meetings. The group has a  long…
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Candidates announced for the West of England Mayoral Election

The list of candidates standing in the West of England Mayoral election has been published today (9 April). On Thursday 6 May, residents in Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire will be…
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Four OSR Scouts complete their 2 day expedition now that lockdown is lifted

During lockdown the 4 eldest scouts from the Old School Rooms troop in Stoke Gifford spent time on zoom planning and organising their two day expedition as we couldn’t use our usual routes due to…
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Westerleigh Crematorium to broadcast special service for Mother’s Day

Lockdown restrictions will still be in place for Mother’s Day but Westerleigh Crematorium, near Bristol, is determined to make sure families are able to celebrate their loved ones. A special Mother’s Day service will be…
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Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF)Vaccination Clinic 9/3/21

Bristol Multi-Faith Forum (BMFF) is joining hands with the Wellspring Doctors Surgery to host the next Covid Vaccinations Outreach Clinic on Tuesday, the 9th of March 2021 from 9 am to 12.30 pm at Barton…
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Jack Lopresti MP launches search for his new apprentice

To mark the end of National Apprenticeships Week, Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti, who is also Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships, has announced that he is looking for a…
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E-scooter rental expands to South Gloucestershire and new areas in North Bristol

Residents in parts of South Gloucestershire, as well as new areas in North Bristol will soon be able to use rental e-scooters to access essential work and services. Following the successful launch of the West…
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Jack Lopresti praises vaccination staff and volunteers on visit to Concord Medical Centre

Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti has praised the staff and volunteers delivering the nation’s coronavirus vaccination programme after a visit to the Concord Medical Centre in Little Stoke yesterday. During the visit, Jack…
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Notice of proposed changes to the Olympus Admissions Arrangements for the academic year 2022/2023

The Olympus Academy Trust is consulting on its proposed admission arrangements for the academic year 2022/23. The consultation will be open from 23rd November 2020 to 15th January 2021. The full draft arrangements for all…
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Drive-in Movies at Filton Airfield this Christmas

Adventure Cinema, the touring outdoor cinema company, are returning to the former Filton Airfield this Christmas. From Friday 18 to Wednesday  23 December, you can enjoy fantastic festive movies including Elf, Home Alone, Love Actually,…
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Raff's Olaf Run - this Saturday 13th December

We were pleased to hear from local resident Andrew Buckle, who this weekend is setting off on an adventure to raise funds for Children's Hospice South West.  Do look out for him - he would…
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Bradley Stoke Zero Carbon Community Group

Hello from us here at Bradley Stoke Zero Carbon Community Group. We have asked Bradley Stoke & Little Stoke Gifford Matters to give us a bit of space to tell you about our ‘newish’ group…
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Bradley Stoke Bowlers Win Cup at Thornbury

The competition finals at Thornbury Indoor Bowls Club should have been played in March, but were delayed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The Men’s Pairs event was eventually played on the 11th October between Michael…
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Coronavirus Phone Service passes 1000th call

A South Gloucestershire charity has recently taken its 1000th request for help from people during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Since the beginning of April, Southern Brooks Community Partnerships has been taking calls to a helpline as…
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Bradley Stoke Ladies FC - Your Local Ladies Football Club

With the new 2020/21 season closely approaching and scheduled to start 20th September, Bradley Stoke Ladies FC look forward to getting back to normality! Back to Training Covid-19 meant that training was suspended in March…
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BSCS students achieve great results despite lockdown challenges!

With all of the challenges of the Corona virus, the closing of schools and the issues surrounding how results are being awarded, we are delighted to announce that our Year 11 students have managed to shine through…
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Abbeywood Students celebrate GCSE success

This morning Year 11 students at Abbeywood Community School are celebrating their excellent GCSE results. These superb results are a reflection of the incredible hard work and dedication shown by staff and students, along with wonderful support…
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GCSE Results at Patchway Community School

Patchway Community School Year 11 students are celebrating a fantastic and well-deserved set of achievements which reflect their hard work and academic strengths. Amongst our students, there were several outstanding individual performances: Katie Waring – achieved two grade…
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98% Pass Rate for Patchway Community School

We are delighted to share this year’s successes which include 41% of all academic grades awarded at A*-B grade and an overall pass rate of 98%. These are fantastic outcomes for our students, and many now…
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Abbeywood Community School celebrate another great set of A-Level results

Year 13 students at Abbeywood Community School are celebrating an excellent set of A level results, with over half of students receiving grades A*-B and over 20% receiving a top grade. The overall pass rate was 99%.…
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BSCS 'A' Level Results: Students achieve excellent results and celebrate places at top universities 

The overall school results are broadly in line with the strong outcomes of last year and have enabled every one of our students to secure places at their chosen universities and apprenticeship opportunities. We are incredibly proud…
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Bradley Stoke Radio grows during Lockdown!

  Bradley Stoke Radio 103.5fm closed its studio doors, quite suddenly towards the end of March 2020, as the country went into lockdown. The closure, at that time, was not anticipated to be for this…
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News from the Three Brooks Conservation Group

We’ve always known what an inspiring place our Nature Reserve is, we’re just sorry it took a lockdown for it to be appreciated by everyone! At 46ha it’s the largest local nature reserve in South…
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Bradley Stoke in Bloom - Best Front Garden Competition - Get your Entries in!!

Bradley Stoke In Bloom Update by Sara Messenger It’s been 6 months since I wrote an In Bloom column and what a six months it has been. Although I sometimes felt that I was nailed…
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Next Bradley Stoke Litter Pick this Saturday 11th July - Volunteers Welcome!

Bradley Stoke Town Council organised a litter pick for Jubilee Green which took place on 4th July. Councillor John Ashe (3rd from left) commented. 'I would like to thank the council officers for arranging this.…
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Bradley Stoke Town Council met virtually to elect a new civic head for 2020-21

Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Annual Town Council Meeting for the civic year 2020-21 appointed Councillor Tony Griffiths to the position of Mayor of Bradley Stoke. The Annual Town Council Meeting was opened by the outgoing…
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Willow Brook prepares for more businesses to re-open

Safe shopping guidelines, increased hygiene practices and regular communication with customers are just some of the measures that form part of Willow Brook’s re-opening plan. While some stores and facilities have remained open at Willow…
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Local Trussell Trust Foodbanks provided 5,228 emergency food parcels to local people

Trussell Trust Foodbanks in Bristol and South Gloucestershire provided 5,228 emergency food parcels to local people (the equivalent to over 47,000 meals) in April 2020. Of this number, 2,306 went to children.  This doesn’t include figures from the…
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Could YOU be a Neighbourhood Champion?

Since North Bristol Food Bank launched in 2012 it has been providing three-day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis. Currently with their food bank outlets closed due to the Corona Virus, the charity…
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Farewell Message & Thank You from Bradley Stoke Town Mayor Tom Aditya (Weds 20th May)

“Dear honourable councillors, town clerk, colleagues, residents and friends, I welcome you all to the Annual General Meeting of the Bradley Stoke Town Council. Today for the first time in history, we are meeting through…
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 Mayor Councillor Tom Aditya opens New Car Park (Mon 18th May)

On Monday 18th May, Mayor Tom Aditya opened the new car park at the Brook Way Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke. This low-key brief event was held with approriate social distancing measures in place. Deputy…
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The Bradley Stoke Easter Cross

The below article was written by Rev Paul Hinckley, Vicar of Bradley Stoke, in mid-March for our April edition of Bradley Stoke Matters. In the light of our current international climate, the stark Christian image…
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Are you looking after someone through COVID-19?

Families, friends and neighbours often provide crucial care for someone who couldn’t manage without their help. You could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health…
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Community comes together to respond to COVID-19

We are living in unnerving times, as to what the repercussions of COVID-19 might mean.  At time of writing, things seem to be changing on a daily basis. As of last night we are all…
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Volunteer inspired to support charity following mum’s terminal diagnosis

It was shortly after Jane Marshall’s mum was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in 2014 that she decided to start supporting Marie Curie. At over eight months pregnant Jane headed out to take part in…
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New Girls’ cricket team to launch in Tockington and Thornbury

The newly established Tockington and Thornbury Tornadoes cricket team are looking for players and are holding a welcome training session for girls of any age to come and try the sport. This exciting collaboration between…
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Bowlers Prepare for New Season - Change of date

The Bradley Stoke Bowls Club Spring meeting will be held at the Bailey’s Court Activity Centre at 1800hrs on Thursday 26th March.  At this event all administrative matters are dealt with and new members welcomed.…
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A Time to Talk

Living with a neurological condition can create a range of challenges.  There are so many questions to ask, and feelings to cope with, it can be difficult to know where to turn.  That’s how ‘Time…
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Challenge 35 at The Brightwell

2020 sees The West of England MS Therapy Centre celebrate their 35th anniversary and to mark the occasion they are encouraging local businesses and the community to take up ‘Challenge 35’.  The idea is a…
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The Gifford Ensemble – a new classical music group for the Stokes

A new classical music group is looking for players to join them. Do you like playing classical music and live in the Filton and Bradley Stoke area? If so then The Gifford Ensemble might be…
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Bristol born entrepreneur looking for a location to set-up first padel tennis club in Bristol

David Cornwell, a Bristol born entrepreneur living in Chepstow is looking for a location to set-up the first padel tennis club in the South West. Padel tennis is the fastest growing racket sport in the…
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BSCS Students win Envisions Community Apprentice 2019

In October 2019, the West of England MS Therapy Centre pitched alongside 3 other charities to Year 10 students from 5 local secondary schools at the launch of the Community Apprentice 2019 Programme, led by…
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And just like that we’re half way through the season!

Update from Bradley Stoke Town FC by Adam Townsend Bradley Stoke Town FC First team have started strongly in the Premier Combination division 1 and go into the Christmas period in second place. The good…
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2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies: GWAAC Challenge!

It was lovely to be invited along to 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies at the Jubilee Centre in Bradley Stoke to hear about all the different activities they had been up to in order to gain…
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The STOKES ART GROUP end the year with a JAM JAR !

Once again this year the Stokes Art Group have been busy painting for their annual Awards Evening Event, which includes their much coveted Jam Jar Prize & Autumn Project Competition.   The Event, now in…
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Road Safety Week: Dark nights, bright kids

Children in Bradley Stoke will be more visible when they are out and about, thanks to their local Specsavers store. This Road Safety Week (November 18th-24th), Specsavers Bradley Stoke has teamed up with road safety…
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Mama Bear’s Beth Celebrates 10 Years at Childhood Nursery

A nursery worker from Bradley Stoke has celebrated 10 years of service at the same setting she attended herself as a child.  Bethan Jones is an early years educator at the Mama Bear’s Day Nursery…
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Bradley Stoke Bowls Club Annual General Meeting held on 24th October 2019 

Just under 50 members attend the Annual General Meeting. Before the official proceedings began, Joe Hughes, Community Fund Raising Coordinator for the Great Western Air Ambulance was presented with cheque for £1,288.00. The photo shows…
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Students in Bristol reminded to register to vote

Students in Bristol are being reminded to register to vote by a campaign inspired by fellow undergraduates. A voter registration campaign designed by Bristol City Council has been launched with the help of digital marketing undergraduates studying…
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Warning of Overnight Piling Works at Gypsy Patch Lane

PRESS RELEASE FROM SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL: We are writing to you regarding the piling work that has started on Gipsy Patch Lane in preparation for construction of the Cribbs Patchway metrobus extension (CPME). Piling work,…
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O’ Little Town of Bristol – Jessie May needs your voices!

Jessie May, the Bristol-based children’s hospice at home charity, is appealing for local musical talent to volunteer their voices over the Christmas season. The charity, who’s nurses provide vital respite care and emotional support to…
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Launch of the 2019-2020 Poppy Appeal

The local Poppy Appeal Launch took place at Parkway Station, Stoke Gifford on Friday, 25th October 2019. In attendance were branch members and volunteers from the local Stoke Gifford Royal British Legion; youth groups including Scouts…
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RAC are recruiting!

RAC have part-time vacancies coming up with start dates in December. The role is permanent and looking to cover mornings, evening and Saturdays, around 16-20 hours per week. Call Centre Advisor The RAC are looking…
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Jack Lopresti: Junction 18a is our best hope of getting South Gloucestershire moving

Latest Column from the office of Jack Lopresti: If you have ever travelled to or through South Gloucestershire then you will have undoubtedly experienced challenges along the A4174 Ring Road, particularly at the Hambrook lights…
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CHSW needs your donations

Residents and employees based in Bradley Stoke have been urged to bring their unwanted items to the local Children’s Hospice South West shop at the Willow Brook Centre. Since opening in August, the shop has…
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Local resident runs over 74 miles for Jessie May - can you help him achieve his goal?

A Jessie May nurse at the children’s hospice at home charity, is asking you to help us reach his £3,000 target before his fundraiser closes at the end of October. You may recall our article…
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Official Royal Opening of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity’s air base

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to officially open their new purpose-built emergency operations base in Almondsbury on Wednesday 25th September. Moving in to…
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 Make a Difference … Join our Governing Body 

The Governors at Wheatfield Primary School are looking for volunteers to join them on their Governing Body.  Our school Governors work with the school’s senior leadership team to set our strategic direction, monitor school performance…
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Dunkley’s named as ‘Independent Firm of the Year: South-West'

On Wednesday 25th September, the nation’s top accountants gathered and celebrated in style at the British Accountancy Awards in London.  Organised by leading publication Accountancy Age, the awards recognise the best firms in the UK…
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Former Mayor Announces New Political Party

Former Mayor, Cllr Elaine Hardwick of Bradley Stoke is delighted to announce that she has formed a new political party -The Citizens Movement Party UK- due to residents being disillusioned with the current political situation…
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Jack Lopresti: On delivering Brexit and proroguing Parliament

Jack Lopresti’s latest column on Brexit and Prorogation: Usually I write my columns on the basis of a local issue, or how a national issue connects to our local community, but this month I want…
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Barnum Comes to Thornbury

Thornbury Musical Theatre Group are delighted to be performing the circus based musical ‘Barnum’ at the Armstrong Hall in Thornbury from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th October. We have a fantastic directing team at the…
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Abbeywood Community School celebrates a great set of A-Level results

As always, many of our Abbeywood students are off to study a wide range of undergraduate courses, many being at the top Russell Group universities including; Medicine, Law, Philosophy, Criminology, Geography, Journalism, Nursing, Engineering, Sociology,…
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Bradley Stoke Post 16 students achieve best ever results

BSCS is delighted to share the outstanding results achieved by our Post 16 students with over 32% of all grades achieved at A*- A and 62% A*- B. The unprecedented success of our students is…
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Bradley Stoke Cricket Club : Tony Hitch Cup Final Winners

In the short history of Bradley Stoke cricket club, a club that was only founded in 1991, Sunday 4th August 2019 will go down in the record books. The first team who play in the…
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Bradley Stoke opticians welcomes Guide Dogs

Specsavers in the Willow Brook Centre is raising awareness for Guide Dogs UK this week (5 – 11 August) with visits from four-legged friends and a bake sale to raise money for the charity.   The…
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Stoke Gifford Gospel Choir records EP!

A lot of us might dream about being a recording artist but for members of our Stoke Gifford gospel choir, the dream has become a reality! Back in July around 80 singers gathered at Thornbury…
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Bradley Stoke Lions donation in Remembrance of Past President Robin Young

President Michael and Lion Ailsa visited the Great Western Air Ambulance’s new Operational Base at Almondsbury recently to present them with a cheque for £1,030.35.  This amount included £780.35 raised at Past President Robin Young’s…
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Ben Hiscox Memorial Match Report

On Sunday 28th July Stoke Gifford United FC invited the local football community across the Stokes, along with Ben’s friends and family, to come together to again celebrate the life of the late, great Ben…
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Run the Keynsham 10K in support of young people!

Fresh from their visit from The Duke and The Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, Empire Fighting Chance recently attended the ‘Made By Sport’ charity coalition, headed up by Prince Harry, and boxers Anthony Joshua…
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Updates to Bristol bus services for Bristol Pride 2019

Diversions will be in place for bus services in Bristol on Saturday, as roads close in City Centre for the Pride Parade. First West of England are providing a free shuttle bus service from City…
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Anti-Social Behaviour - is this a problem in Bradley Stoke?

Local organisations have formed a working group to coordinate and proactive approach to community concerns following a recent spike in anti-social behaviour, which has since reduced, and concerns regarding risk taking behaviour in Bradley Stoke.…
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CAN YOU HELP?

37 Squadron Air Cadets based in Frampton Cotterell are in desperate need of members for our Civilian Committee. We need a Secretary and committee members, to help keep our squadron of young people going. It…
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What lies beneath the South Lawn at Ashton Court Estate?

Summer opportunities to get involved in archaeological excavations  Local Bristol residents have a rare opportunity to pick up their shovels and try their hand at archaeology on an iconic Bristol landmark - Ashton Court Estate. …
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Tockington Manor School win National Swimming Championships IAPS

On Saturday 8 June the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Swimming finals took place at the London Aquatic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Park, London. Tockington Manor School pupils swam to success in their…
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Last chance to share a spec-tacularselfie

This is the last chance for the Stoke's most striking specs wearers to show off their style and be in with a chance of winning £10,000 cash. Dance diva, Oti Mabuse, who is fronting Specsavers’…
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BBC Favourite, Andy Hamilton in Meade Park

Bristol’s Andy Hamilton, a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 The Food Programme will be in Stoke Gifford on Saturday June  29th. Friends of Meade Park are hosting a free community event in the park-…
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Congratulations Councillor Tom Aditya - New Mayor of Bradley Stoke

Congratulations to Councillor Tom Aditya who was appointed by the Council to the position of Mayor of Bradley Stoke at the Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Annual Town Council Meeting held on Wednesday 15th May 2019.  Outgoing…
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"Four Eyes are Better than Two!" Oti Mabuse

TV’s favourite dance diva Oti Mabuse has high-kicked off the search for the UK’s proudest glasses wearers – with a £10,000 cash prize up for grabs.  The star of Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest…
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Summer Reading Challenge

South Gloucestershire Libraries are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to join the team running Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019.   Volunteers will spend their time supporting children to do the Summer Reading Challenge,…
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Anyone for Archery?

Cleve Archers are running Taster Sessions, Up Yonder, Moorend, Hambook, BS16 1SS – on the second Tuesday of the month from May to August 2019 from 6-8pm (14th May, 11th June, 9th July, 13th August).…
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Foster Care Fortnight 2019

Foster Care Fortnight™ is the UK’s biggest foster care awareness raising campaign, delivered by leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network. Established for almost 20 years, the campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers.…
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Cycle Festival for Jessie May at Nuffield Health North Bristol this Saturday

On April 27th, the amazing team at Nuffield Health, North Bristol, will be hosting a Cycle Festival to support Charlotte’s fundraising for Jessie May. Four Spin classes will run throughout the morning, with all genres…
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OPEN INVITATION from Bradley Stoke Rotary Club

TUESDAY 21STMAY 2019 at BRADLEY STOKE LEISURE CENTRE  Why not come and enjoy refreshments and nibbles. Have you ever wondered what Rotary is all about? Would you like to meet new people for friendship and social engagements? …
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Get Yer Leg Over and Bid Online for your Local Charity!

The West of England MS Therapy Centre is running a fantastic online Auction to raise vital funds for the centre over the weekend of 26th-28th April.  Bidding is open to everyone so just follow the…
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Jacob Davis : Bambino Karting

Jacob is a year 3 pupil at Wheatfield Primary School and he competes in Bambino Karting for ages 6-8 year olds. In 2018 Jacob had very good success, competing at club level at both Camberley…
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Easter in Bradley Stoke

Every year in Bradley Stoke, a simple cross made of two rough wooden beams is placed on the Pear Tree roundabout. For many people it has become an important annual experience. The red cloth of…
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Bradley Stoke MOVEs its way to a national top-five finish

Celebrations are in order at Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centre, after more than 500 customers, guests and members of the community helped them to achieve a top-five finish in a national competition. The ‘Let’s Move…
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 Concorde’s 50th anniversary celebrated by cavalcade of Bristol Cars & Buses visiting two Concordes in one day 

Over 150 passengers travelled from Aerospace Bristol to the Fleet Air Arm Museum on board classic buses and cars  Today (April 9th 2019) marks 50 years since the first test flight of a British-made Concorde…
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Happy 20th Birthday Wheatfield Primary!

On Saturday 16th March, Wheatfield Primary School opened its doors to past and present pupils, families, governors and members of staff for an open day to celebrate the school’s 20th Anniversary. Over 200 people attended…
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New Stokes Choir raises £1,000 for St. Peter’s Hospice

The new branch of the chart topping Melody Makers Choir, based at the Little Stoke Community Hall, joined forces with over 60 of their singers to perform to a packed out church in Henleaze on…
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Five things your ears can reveal about your health

They may be small, but your ears are vitally important. Not only do they provide you with a world full of sound but they can reveal some other things about your health too. Below, Specsavers’…
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Local opticians donates one thousand high visibility vests

Specsavers in Bradley Stoke is championing road safety in the local community by donating more than 1,000 high visibility vests to local children. Julie Rafferty, PR coordinator from the local opticians in the Willow Brook…
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Community Adult Learning at BSR

Through January and February Bradley stoke Radio has been hosting a WEA Adult learning course in ‘Introduction to Radio Production’.  The course has taken participants through thinking about what is community and the role of…
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Swimarathon 2019 on 1st, 2ndand 3rdMarch

Another great opportunity to have some fun and help raise funds for worthy causes. Swimarathon 2019 will be held at the Thornbury Leisure Centre on the evenings of Friday 1stto Sunday 3rdMarch. The event, run…
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Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centre is en-route and on the road with Bristol’s new m1 metrobus

Two siblings are among the faces from the local community chosen to appear on Bristol’s brand-new m1 metrobus service.  Fourteen-year-old Hayley Gunning and her eleven-year-old brother, Ethan – who are representing the Bradley Stoke Active…
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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 | [email protected] | 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!

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