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Danni and Tillie’s fundraising summer

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 2:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Charity fundraisers Danni Bray and Tillie Morris. Charity fundraisrs Danni Bray and Tillie Morris at the Pretty Muddy Race for Life.

Two young women from Bradley Stoke are undertaking a series of charity events to raise funds for Cancer Research after one of them had both her grandmas diagnosed with the disease.

Danni Bray and her friend Tillie Morris, who both work at Bradley Stoke Pharmacy (on the site of Bradley Stoke Surgery, Brook Way), kicked off their ‘fundraising summer’ by taking part in the Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k on The Downs in Clifton on Saturday 30th June.

One of Danni’s grandmas had a brain tumour and, although treatment was initially successful, the disease later returned and she sadly passed away. Her other grandma (‘Nan’) has recently had treatment for melanoma, and following a quick diagnosis and surgery, is hopeful of a more positive outlook.

Speaking about her motivation for embarking on her fundraising campaign, Danni said: “Cancer is attacking my family and now I am determined to fight back!”

She added that she sees the fundraising campaign as a positive way to channel her (and her family’s) grief and frustration.

Tillie said: “Danni is my best friend and what her family is going through seems so unfair. Cancer is affecting families all over the world, therefore, I am joining her fight against this horrible disease!”

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Bradley Stoke Scouts take part in jamboree camp

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 1:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Members of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group at the Brunel Jamboree in May 2018.

By Nick Nelson, chair of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

Over the late May bank holiday weekend, 160 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders from the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group took part in the Brunel Jamboree, where they joined many other groups from the local district. With a superhero theme, the three-night, four-day camp included climbing, crate stacking, archery, shooting, an assault course, bouncy castles, craft activities, human table football and backwoods cooking.

Like all our camps, they are meticulously organised over many months by our more experienced camp leaders. However, the physical activity started on Thursday evening with tents being raised by a mixture of Scouts, adult volunteers and parents. This included putting up seven marquees, four of them together into a huge 18 x 8 metre space for preparing and serving food. We would need this when the rain came.

When the Cubs and Scouts arrived on Friday, everything was in place. Tents were allocated and new friends made (having so many sections means that sometimes you only get to know them on a camp). We paraded into the main event area behind our superhero banner designed by the Beavers and opened the camp. The hot dogs were eaten quickly and everyone returned to camp for lights out at 11pm and sleep (or quiet voices until the early hours).

More: Archery and karaoke disco »

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Sole Sisters Bradley Stoke 10k report

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 10:28 am by SH (Editor)

Finishers at the 2018 Bradley Stoke 10k Run.

By race director Sam Carpenter of Sole Sisters Running Club.

For the 12th consecutive year, Sole Sisters organised the Bradley Stoke 10k, which has now become an integral part of the festival weekend. With an entry limit of 650 runners, the race sold out in record time.

From 6am on Sunday, members of Sole Sisters were either getting the Jubilee Centre set up at Race HQ or were out on the course delivering the water, putting up warning signs and generally getting ready for 8am when the runners started arriving to pick up their race numbers.

Six lead marshals gathered their own group of mile marshals, all equipped with goodie bags, and set-off to their marshal stations covering the entire 10km (6 mile) route. Each year, we need between 80 and 100 marshals for the event, and that includes two water stations. As in previous years, we’ve received such lovely feedback on how great and supportive our marshals were. We were ably assisted by 1st Bradley Stoke Guides at the start/finish, 1st Stoke Lodge Guides at Water Station No. 1 and Stoke Gifford Guides at Water Station No. 2.

The Bradley Stoke 10k has become a key race in the running community calendar and 566 entrants turned up for the race in near perfect conditions (although it was still quite warm if you were running!) and we had a mixture of club and non-club runners. The festival is often the first official engagement for the new Bradley Stoke mayor and we were pleased that newly appointed Cllr Ben Randles was on hand to give the runners some words of encouragement and for the prize-giving.

More: Maciej seals victory with a final push in last kilometre »

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Flaming June in the Three Brooks nature reserve

Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 11:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Slow worm.

An update from Sara Messenger of Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group.

Green Gym

We’re always quite busy at this time of year, but this time I think we’ve surpassed ourselves! Our Green Gym ate a lot of cake as we’ve had several birthdays (Geoff, unlike me, doesn’t look a day older) and we had our annual garden party hosted by David and Hilary Baker. Sadly, it was also a farewell party as they are upping sticks and moving away. They will both be greatly missed – Hilary as a wonderful hostess and David for his immense knowledge of the reserve. However, we did manage to work off some of the cake, as we were told that a tree had fallen over the path by Campion Drive, and although SGC had been notified, it was still there. We headed down and SGC and their contractors arrived just as we had finished cutting it back! We bribed, sorry rewarded, them with cake and they chipped all they could and drove the chippings down to the lake so that we could cover the muddiest parts of the lake path to make it safe for the 10k run. We know the run is billed as ‘multi terrain’, but the state it was in would have done neither the runners nor our paths any favours.

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