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Cyclists called to join charity rides to help fight blood cancer

Posted on Wednesday 26th August 2015 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon 2014.

Cyclists in the Bristol area are being urged to sign up and set their wheels in motion to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, at the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon on Sunday 6th September 2015.

Over 100 riders are expected to take part in the event at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, and turn their pedal power into cash to help fund vital research in leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and hundreds of other blood cancers and make patients’ lives better.

Family-friendly option

This event offers two rides; one is a family-friendly 15-mile ride suitable for riders of all ages, using local pathways and quiet roads and the other is a 50-mile cycle through the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside, taking in the pretty little village of Castle Combe, nestled in beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Cotswolds.

It is named the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon after a local resident who sadly passed away from leukaemia in September 2012. Martin was an avid cyclist and also one of the founder members of the local Stokes Cycling Club, who Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are teaming up with to stage the event.

Get out and get fit

Bikeathon organiser Jo Bray said:

“The Bikeathon is a perfect opportunity to get out, get fit and join in the fight against blood cancers, which affect thousands of people in the UK each year. For the second year running we have been invited back to the Willow Brook Centre as it’s the perfect place to run our event and Bradley Stoke Radio will be joining us again. We hope it’s going to be a fun day out for everyone.”

Last year over £6,000 was raised and it is hoped that more will be raised this year by sponsorship from friends and family of the cyclists. Local businesses are also being invited to get involved.

For more details and to enter online, please visit

For further information about the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon, please contact event organiser Jo Bray at

This article originally appeared in the August 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 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 BSCS primary all set to welcome first intake in September

Posted on Tuesday 25th August 2015 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

The new primary phase building at Bradley Stoke Community School.

The new primary phase building at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) was formally handed over by construction firm Midas on 15th July, in good time for the first intake of 30 Reception-aged pupils to start in the second week of September.

Funding for new primary-age school provision on the BSCS site was secured in July 2013, when it was confirmed that South Gloucestershire Council had made a successful bid to the government’s £982 million Targeted Basic Need (TBN) programme, which is intended to provide more school places in areas of high demand.

The new building has been constructed on an area that was previously used as a secondary car park for the main school. Planning permission was granted on 1st August 2014, allowing the secondary parking area and cycle storage that were previously on the site to be moved to the opposite side of the main school building during the summer holidays. Construction of the primary phase building then commenced in September 2014.

An ‘all through’ school

The addition of the new building has transformed BSCS into an ‘all through’ school for the 4-19 age range.

Secondary phase students were kept informed about the primary phase build project, and the progress being made on it, through whole-school assemblies, and Post-16 students whose area of study had relevance to the construction industry (maths, engineering etc.) were given the opportunity to tour the new building regularly.

The headteacher for the BSCS primary phase, Sharon Clark, was appointed to the role in December 2014 and formally took up her post in April. She has worked closely with Meadowbrook Primary School (also a member of the Olympus Academy Trust, to which BSCS belongs) to share expertise and learning ahead of welcoming the first cohort of primary-aged pupils to BSCS in September.

More: Over 100 applications were made for the 30 Reception places »

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Bradley Stoke Way MetroBus construction work set to start on 2nd September

Posted on Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 10:36 pm by SH (Editor)

Roadside sign announcing closure of Woodlands Lane for 18 weeks from 2nd September.

MetroBus construction work on Bradley Stoke Way, which could take up to two-and-a-half-years to complete, looks set to begin on Wednesday 2nd September.

Signs advertising a projected 18-week closure of a short section of Woodlands Lane, close to its junction with Bradley Stoke Way, were modified last Friday to show the revised start date (previously given as 24th August).

Contractors Alun Griffiths have already set up a site compound on an unused section of road by the Aztec West Roundabout. The compound backs onto some properties on Oaktree Crescent, and Griffiths have written to residents to inform them about the compound works.

A spokesperson for the firm told The Journal:

“The traffic management (TM) at Woodlands Lane has been established to enable us to safely and efficiently construct the new junction and approach works. The TM plan shows the short diversion via Pear Tree Road and we shall also be turning off the traffic lights to enable free flow of traffic through the works from Aztec West Roundabout.”

Additional information on the MetroBus Build webpage states:

“Footway diversions will put in place to allow for the new dedicated bus lane at the Aztec West Roundabout approach to Gloucester Road.”

“Traffic management will be in place along Bradley Stoke Way to undertake utility diversions and road widening along Bradley Stoke Way towards Patchway Brook Roundabout [near Aldi].”

Whilst the road closure is in operation, bus services 73 & X73 will divert via Bradley Stoke Way and Pear Tree Road in both directions.

There will be temporary stops posted on Bradley Stoke Way (Orchards Gate) and two stops posted in Pear Tree Road – one outside The Pavilions shopping centre and the other between Ottrells Mead and Cooks Close.

For more information about bus diversions, contact First Customer Services on 0117 244 4040.

More: Woodlands Lane traffic management arrangements »

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New bus route will provide direct link to Southmead Hospital

Posted on Saturday 22nd August 2015 at 9:22 pm by SH (Editor)

A First West of England bus, pictured in Bristol city centre.

A new bus service being introduced by First from Sunday 23rd August will introduce a much called-for direct link between Bradley Stoke and Southmead Hospital.

The new 77 service, which will operate hourly Monday to Saturday daytime, will also serve another major local hospital, the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

Running between Thornbury and Bristol city centre, the new service will follow the route of the current 83 between Thornbury and Parkway Station. From there it will travel via Southmead Hospital to Westbury-on-Trym, from where it will follow the route of the current 520 to the city centre via Henleaze, Cotham and the Bristol Royal Infirmary.

The 83 and 520 services will be withdrawn from the same date.

Entering Bradley Stoke from the Aztec West Roundabout, buses on the new 77 service will travel down Bradley Stoke Way to the Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi), before traversing the full length of Brook Way, and on to Parkway via Orpheus Avenue and Hatchet Road.

The route of the new 77 service is very similar to one proposed to First and South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) by Bradley Stoke town councillor Tom Aditya almost a year ago, in response to requests from local residents. At the time, SGC’s transport operations manager Roy Steele said the route “might not be commercially viable in the current economic climate”, but promised he would discuss it with First.

Timetables for the new service will be available from early August on the First Bristol and Bath website (but are already available on the Traveline South West website). Hard copy timetables will be available from mid-August.

More: Extra term-time X74 journeys between UWE and city centre »

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MS Therapy Centre appeals for volunteers

Posted on Thursday 20th August 2015 at 11:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Volunteer oxygen operator Ozioma and new trainee operator Steve - at the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke is on the lookout for new volunteers to work as oxygen chamber operators.

The centre provides treatments and therapies to people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions in the Bristol and surrounding area. For over 30 years, MS therapy centres have been offering oxygen therapy as it can help relieve a number of the most common symptoms of MS.

The centre currently has 14 volunteer oxygen operators who between them run 26 oxygen sessions a week, Monday to Friday during opening hours. On average there are 115 people using the chamber every month. People accessing oxygen therapy have varying levels of mobility and care requirements. Around 75% of centre members have multiple sclerosis but the centre also caters for people with neurological conditions and offers services to anyone who would benefit from the therapies. Current members accessing oxygen therapy include those with broken bones, cancer, stroke, ulcers, fibromalgia, ME and Parkinson’s amongst others.

Doro Pasantes, centre manager, said: “As a small charity the MS therapy centre relies heavily on volunteers and the oxygen chamber operators are very much a part of our community. Over time they get to know our members and many of them have been with us a long time. We couldn’t run our services and benefit so many people without them.”

Team work

The oxygen chamber is run with two volunteers at any one time. The operators have different skill levels and it is possible to become an operator trained to a basic level within a couple of days. The number of sessions means that anyone with time to spare can train up quickly and will be able to help run sessions for members.

The role is varied, but as well as learning the technical aspects of operating an eight-seater oxygen chamber, there is also the care and support that is needed by members using the chamber.

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