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Exclusive prize draw: Win one of five £100 vouchers for shoes at Brantano

Posted on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at 9:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Brantano: Shoes for all the family.

Enter our exclusive free prize draw by Sunday 27th April 2014 for a chance of winning one of five £100 vouchers to spend on shoes at Brantano.

To celebrate the launch of its Get Measured for Tommy’s campaign, Brantano has teamed up with the Bradley Stoke Journal to offer readers the chance to win one of five £100 of vouchers to spend on shoes.

Kids' show fitting service at Brantano.

From Friday 5th April, the shoe retailer is aiming to raise £25,000 for baby charity Tommy’s by donating 10p for every pair of feet that get measured using its free expert fitting service in store. The campaign aims to highlight the importance of wearing correctly fitted shoes and the ease of getting the family’s feet measured with Brantano, along with raising vital funds for life-saving research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature births. To find out more, visit: www.brantano.co.uk/getmeasured

At Brantano, choosing correctly fitted shoes is a straightforward process that does not need to be expensive. All stores offer a free fitting service; with staff trained by top brands such as Clarks, Start Rite and Hush Puppies, and all offer a wide range of shoes to suit any budget. You’ll find them at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke and with late opening times, getting the family’s feet measured has never been easier.

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To be in with a chance of winning one of five £100 Brantano vouchers simply click HERE.

The competition closes on Sunday 27th April 2014 and the lucky winners will be announced on the Bradley Stoke Journal website on or before Friday 2nd May 2014.

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New manager settling in at Willow Brook

Posted on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at 10:06 am by SH (Editor)

Andy Wynn, manager of the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The new manager of Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre, Andy Wynn, says he has enjoyed meeting representatives of the local community since his arrival in the town back in February, when he took over from Scott Lahive, who had been in post since the centre first opened its doors in October 2008.

Andy, 34, who commutes daily from Swindon, has previously managed several shopping centres in the south of England, most recently Duke of York Square in Chelsea and The Brunel in Swindon.

His career began modestly as a 19-year-old security guard at The Oracle in Reading and, after moving up through the ranks, he has now amassed 8 years experience in centre management.

Although he admits to never having visited Bradley Stoke before applying for the job, he says he can see why people think it’s a nice place to live and work: “The place has an almost old-fashioned ‘village’ feel. It’s actually quite insular, in a positive, ‘community spirit’ kind of way. A lot of people seem proud to be ‘Bradley Stokers’ and are very clear that the town is not a suburb of Bristol.”

During his first few weeks in the job, he has established links with Bradley Stoke Community School and Bowsland Green Primary School. Meetings have also been held with officers and members of the local councils and representatives of the Patchway Dementia Alliance.

He says he wants the centre to be outward looking towards the community and is keen to work proactively with all the local schools, which he sees as “engaging with the customers of tomorrow”.

“Any work we can do with schools is ‘customer service in advance’ and an investment in the future of Bradley Stoke,” he adds.

Pupils from Bowsland Green were recently given a tour of the centre’s control room and recycling facilities and the young visitors were treated to a healthy fruit snack, courtesy of Tesco. The trip was organised after Andy contributed to a ‘learning about the local area’ lesson at the school by running a prize quiz on the history of Bradley Stoke’s town centre.

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Easter Bunny Bike Ride for all the family

Posted on Friday 18th April 2014 at 7:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Family fun on the Easter Bunny Bike Ride around Bradley Stoke.

Not sure what to do with the kids this Easter? After three years of successfully organising a family Easter Ride, the Stokes Cycling Club are becoming pros and are raring to go for the next one.

The event is completely FREE and if you are stuck with ideas of what to do with the kids on Easter Sunday then come and join us for a few hours of fun!

The last three years has seen numbers grow year on year, and for 2014 we hope to keep going with the tradition and it would be great if even more families come and see what we are all about.

Poster for the Easter Bunny Bike Ride.

There will be a choice of a 3 or 6 mile ride to which everyone is welcome. This is aimed at families including children of all ages, whether in trailers, tag-alongs, or on their own bikes.

To keep it fun there will be a quiz and if you manage to answer all the questions then the top three winners will receive a rather tasty Easter Egg, sponsored by Wards Solicitors, who have kindly supported us again this year. For everyone who enters there will be a little treat for taking part.

Please come along on Sunday 20th April between 10am and 12pm to register. See you there!

Photo: Family fun at last year’s event.

This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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New club’s successful Open Day to be followed by Easter ‘Owl’ Hunt

Posted on Thursday 17th April 2014 at 7:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Open Day at the Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club.

An ‘owltastic’ time was had by all at the Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club Open Day on Saturday 29th March.

Children enjoyed arts and craft activities, including making Mother’s Day gifts and cards. Parents were able to tour the fantastic facilities and meet the team at Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club. They finished the afternoon with an owls and birds of prey display provided by Owl Occasions.

The club’s next event will be an Easter ‘Owl’ Hunt at the Jubilee Green Park on Monday 21st April from 11am -12 noon (weather permitting). Children and parents are welcome to attend and staff from the club will be there to answer any questions and join in the fun!

Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club is a new after school and holiday club that opens soon at the Jubilee Centre. Rather than just providing child care for parents who work, a wide range of activities will be on offer for the children to take part in. There is an educational aspect to the club too, where children will receive half an hour group tuition in Maths and English from a qualified teacher.

For more information contact Luci Walker at bradleystokewiseowls@gmail.com or phone 07938 192973.

Photo: Staff, visitors and owls at the Open Day on 29th March.

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Stoke Lodge school wants new access route from Jubilee Centre site

Posted on Thursday 17th April 2014 at 10:15 am by SH (Editor)

Proposed new access route into Stoke Lodge Primary School from the Jubilee Centre.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has given “in principle” agreement to a proposed package of measures that would allow pupils to access Stoke Lodge Primary School through a new gate from the Jubilee Centre site.

Representatives of the school and South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) attending a council meeting on 12th March said the new gate, combined with a new footpath linking it with Savages Wood Road, would provide a safer off-road route for the many pupils of the school who live in Bradley Stoke.

The proposals also include extending the overflow car park at the Jubilee Centre to provide 16 additional places and possibly introducing traffic calming measures at the entrance to the site.

Stoke Lodge Primary School currently has a two form entry, meaning that the total number of children attending is 420, of which about 180 (42 per cent) are said to live in Bradley Stoke. However, SGC has announced plans for the school to expand to three form entry (630 pupils in total) by September 2016 and it is expected that many of the additional pupils will also come from Bradley Stoke.

Currently, a significant number of children from Bradley Stoke access the school by walking along Savages Wood Road and then taking the footpath that connects it with School Close. The town council estimates that 30 – 50 parents park in the Jubilee Centre each day and walk their children along this route.

However, many others are taken to the school by car, which adds to congestion in School Close, where police have raised concerns about road safety.

The proposals were broadly welcomed by councillors. Cllr Robert Jones said it was right to encourage walking to school but welcomed the fact that the representatives weren’t trying to hide the fact that some people would still want to arrive by car. Mayor Brian Hopkinson, who is also a councillor for the Stoke Lodge ward on Patchway Town Council, said it would only be people from Bradley Stoke who would park at the Jubilee Centre and the proposals would “make our youngsters safe”.

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