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Tesco stores in Bradley Stoke to give surplus food to charity

Posted on Thursday 28th July 2016 at 8:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Tesco Community Food Connection.

Tesco and FareShare are calling on charities and community groups in and around Bradley Stoke to register for an exciting new scheme which will see unsold food become meals for vulnerable people in the local area.

As part of its ongoing pledge to cut food waste, Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme delivered in partnership with FareShare FoodCloud, recruits and supports charities and community groups, linking them to Tesco stores via an innovative ‘app’ that allows store teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end of each day.

The unsold food is free and includes fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products. Chilled products like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.

There have been 350,000 meals donated to people in need via Community Food Connection to date, following a successful pilot in 14 stores last year and a national rollout from March this year, that has seen more than 1,000 charities sign up to the scheme so far.

FareShare FoodCloud is the result of a unique three-way partnership bringing the charity, social enterprise and commercial sectors together. FareShare brings its knowledge of the UK charity food redistribution market and its experience of providing food. FoodCloud brings its knowledge of the technology and online applications needed to connect businesses with surplus food. Tesco brings the people and technology required to deliver a reliable and well-managed programme, and is the first retailer to invest in, and roll out, FareShare FoodCloud.

Rachel Finn, head of community food programmes at Tesco said:

“No food that can be eaten should go to waste. We’re really excited to start working on this initiative to ensure that any unsold food we have is made use of. We are looking forward to forging strong links with local charities and community groups in Bradley Stoke, and to use this initiative to support their efforts to help vulnerable people in our community.”

FareShare FoodCloud is the latest step in Tesco’s work with FareShare on the provision of surplus food. The partnership spans over three years and includes activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, distribution centres and dotcom centres. This has seen nine million meals made up of surplus food donated to over 2,200 charities and community groups across the UK.

Any charities or community groups in or around Bradley Stoke using food to support people that would like to access the scheme, should register their interest by visiting fareshare-foodcloud

Source: Press release issued on behalf of Tesco

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Holy Stoke! Batmobile to visit Willow Brook

Posted on Monday 25th July 2016 at 9:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Batman and his Batmobile.

The Willow Brook Centre will be on the Batphone inviting all budding superheroes to join them on Thursday 28th July when the Dark Knight rides into town.

Batman has left Gotham City to bring the Batmobile to Bradley Stoke. The Batmobile from the 1989 film, starring Michael Keating, will be on display in the town square for families to see. The Dark Knight will be around during the event to fight crime and pose for selfies with fans.

It’s not just the Caped Crusader coming but his superhero pals Spiderman, Optimus Prime and Iron Man too. The comic book heroes will be doing walkabouts throughout the day to protect the good citizens of Bradley Stoke.

Young superheroes can make power cuffs and masks to disguise their true identity at a free craft workshop. There will also be a superhero trail around the retailers to win a treat.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“What a treat for the town to have the Batmobile visit. Centre staff and retailers are really looking forward to seeing such an iconic Hollywood car in Willow Brook. We’re sure it will be a big draw for youngsters and comic enthusiasts alike.”

The event is free and takes place between 11am and 3pm. For details of events, visit the Willow Brook Centre website or Facebook page.

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.

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Free summer play scheme for 5 to 11 year-olds

Posted on Sunday 24th July 2016 at 6:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Four Towns Play Association.

The annual FREE summer play scheme for children aged 5 to 11 gets under way on Monday (25th July 2016) at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS).

Running Monday through Friday until 19th August, the play scheme is run by the Four Towns Play Association, which receives financial assistance from Bradley Stoke Town Council.

The aim of the play scheme is to ensure children have fun over the school summer holiday and also to provide a break for parents. It is designed to support children in the local area to play and learn, in the presence of others, in a safe and child-friendly environment.

Children attending the sessions take part in arts and crafts, sport and team games. There are also visits from sports coaches, dance teachers and library staff.

Sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30pm, closing for lunch and are back in operation from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. It is essential children are collected during the lunch period as the play scheme is not covered by insurance during that period.

There is no need to book, just turn up and complete a registration form. The scheme runs on a first come first served basis, so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

Similar sessions are being held at venues in Patchway, Filton and Stoke Gifford.

More information can be found on the Four Towns Play Association page on Facebook or by phoning Ternaya on 0789 1494551.

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Prize draw winner Davina receives her Anytime Fitness membership key

Posted on Sunday 24th July 2016 at 6:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Davina Smythe (left) receives her membership card from Charlotte Maggs, club manager at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke.

The Journal is pleased to announce that Davina Smythe is the lucky winner of our exclusive prize draw to win a year’s free membership at the Anytime Fitness gym at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre.

The free prize draw was featured in the May 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine and on our website, and the winner’s name was drawn out of the hat by Andy Wynn, manager of the Willow Brook Centre.

Davina, a mum of two who lives in Bradley Stoke and teaches at a local school, said she was surprised but delighted to win the prize.

Speaking after she had been presented with her prize by Anytime Fitness club manager Charlotte Maggs, Davina said:

“I used to go to the gym before having a family, so this is a great opportunity to get back into it.”

Davina added that she took up running for fitness about a year ago and recently took part in the Bradley Stoke 10k. She hopes to make use of her new gym pass “two or three times a week”.

Anytime Fitness is situated on the first floor of the town square complex, above Costa Coffee, Greggs, Taylors Estate Agents and KFC. Access is via a door in the passageway between KFC and Harvester.

Photo: Davina Smythe (left) receives her membership card from Charlotte Maggs, club manager at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke

Related link: Gyms & Health Clubs in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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No, Bradley Stoke Way will NOT be closed for 18 months for resurfacing!

Posted on Saturday 23rd July 2016 at 9:23 am by SH (Editor)

Traffic management plan for a temporary closure of Bradley Stoke Way.

Rumours that the only major road in and out of Bradley Stoke from the north is to be closed for up to eighteen months are unfounded, the Journal can reveal.

Social media channels have been buzzing since a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) was published earlier this week on the website of Bradley Stoke Town Council announcing the closure of the section of Bradley Stoke Way between the Aztec West Roundabout and Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) for “a maximum period of eighteen months”.

The order, which is operative from 19th September 2016, adds that the closure is required in connection with works to resurface the carriageway and “may not be implemented for the whole of the period but only when traffic signs are in position and only for so long as is necessitated by the works which are anticipated to be of 15 WEEKS duration”.

Although the order has been published on the town council website, it originates from the Legal, Governance and Democratic Services department of South Gloucestershire Council.

Investigations by the Journal have confirmed that the planned road closure is necessary to allow final resurfacing work to be carried out on areas that have been affected by the construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus scheme. However, a spokesperson for MetroBus contractor Alun Griffiths Ltd has confirmed that it is their intention to only close the road on selected nights over the anticipated 15-week period:

“To give maximum flexibility, the traffic order allows for the closure to last for a maximum of eighteen months starting 19th September 2016. However, it is currently anticipated that the work will be completed within a 15-WEEK period, with the road being closed (and signed diversions being in place) ONLY AT NIGHT. Furthermore, it is anticipated that it will only be necessary to close the road on selected nights. This should only be for several nights out of the 15-week period. Signage will put out giving adequate notice of the exact dates and times of these closures.”

A similar comment from Griffiths, beginning “Just to allay any fears,” was added to the notice on the town council website yesterday (Friday 22nd July).

Look out for more news on the progress of MetroBus project in the August edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, out next weekend.

Image: Detail from the traffic management plan accompanying the TTRO.

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