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Appeal for information following Ellicks Close fire

Posted on Monday 21st August 2017 at 11:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Local police are appealing for information after a fire at the home of a woman and her two young children, which they believe was started deliberately.

The fire at a property in Ellicks Close, Bradley Stoke caused extensive damage to the garage, including a number of appliances and garden tools, as well as a car parked on the driveway.

The incident happened at about 3.45am on Saturday 12th August and, fortunately, the family escaped unharmed.

Investigating officer PC Ryan Day said:

“The outcome could have been so much worse.  At the time the fire started, the two young children and their mother were fast asleep inside.”

“I’d urge anyone in the area at the time, or who may have information to help our investigation, to get in touch.”

A 17-year-old voluntarily attended a police station in connection with the incident and was released without charge.

Anyone with information should call the police on the non-emergency number 101 (or contact them online) quoting reference 5217184813.  You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  They never ask for your name and cannot trace your call.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

Image: Still from a video of the Ellicks Close fire posted on a local Facebook group

See also: Family possessions destroyed in shocking arson attack as mother and children sleep upstairs (Bristol Post)

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Tunnelling work now fully under way in Three Brooks nature reserve

Posted on Sunday 20th August 2017 at 8:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Wessex Water site compound near the 'duck pond'.

Work to build a new sewer pipe beneath the M4 motorway has reached an important milestone, with tunnel boring now fully under way at the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve in Bradley Stoke.

As part of its work to complete the final phase of the £15 million Frome Valley Relief Sewer scheme, Wessex Water is tunnelling beneath the motorway from a site adjacent to the ‘duck pond’, close to Juniper Way.

The sewer will provide additional capacity for new developments in the area, diverting wastewater flows from South Gloucestershire to the Bristol sewage treatment works in Avonmouth.

Project manager Mike Bryant said:

“Work is progressing well, with the M4 tunnel crossing works getting under way in the final week of July and due to last for approximately four months.”

The first sections of the Frome Valley Relief Sewer were laid in areas of North Bristol and Yate during the 1980s and 1990s.

Wessex Water is now constructing a 5km long, 1.8m diameter pipe that will run from Iron Acton, north of Frampton Cotterell, and then westwards to Bradley Stoke.

More: Tunnelling also needed in Winterbourne and Iron Acton areas »

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Exciting programme planned for Carnival Day on 26th August

Posted on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

The Twerzels performing at the 2014 Bradley Stoke Carnival.

An update from Andy Ward, Bradley Stoke Carnival Committee.

Bradley Stoke Carnival takes place this year on Saturday 26th August, from 11am to 6pm, on Jubilee Green, Savages Wood Road BS32 8HL.

The aim of the carnival has always been to bring the community of our town together for a great day of family entertainment that doesn’t have to cost the earth.

A new feature this year is the ‘community zone’, which has been sponsored by the Willow Brook Centre. It will feature a ‘Total Wipeout’, ‘Gladiator Sticks’ and a giant 60-foot assault course suitable for both children and the not-so-young! These will all be available to use free of charge, although a donation bucket for the mayor’s charities will be available should you like to make a small voluntary donation.

Punch and Judy shows will run at intervals throughout the afternoon as they have previously been very popular amongst all age groups, including adults!

Star Wars themed stilt walkers will join in the parade and will be walking around the carnival field during the afternoon for some awesome selfie opportunities!

The live music line up is family-friendly and will hopefully please all age groups with some great tribute acts including Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams and Elvis, as well as local performers such as the winner of last year’s Bradley Stoke Has Music talent competition.

Also taking place in front of the stage area will be an amazing fire show featuring a professional three-person team of fire breathers performing an awesome routine. There will also be a performance from the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums once they have arrived at the Jubilee Field at the head of this year’s silver-themed carnival parade.

A variety of community and commercial stalls will be situated around the field for you to enjoy as well as a vintage games area. A licensed bar will also be available throughout the afternoon.

No car parking is available on site or on Savages Wood Road, however parking is available at the Willow Brook Centre and the usual four-hour limit has kindly been removed on Saturday 26th August only.

More: Full carnival programme and funfair times »

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Meadowbrook and BSCS primary schools celebrate achievement of quality award

Posted on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSCS Catkins class learning in the forest school area. Photo of Reception class at Meadowbrook Primary.

Two local primary schools are celebrating being awarded the ‘Bristol Standard’, a programme designed to help schools develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their provision.

Involvement in the Bristol Standard demonstrates commitment to reflective practice, self-evaluation and continuous quality improvement. The philosophy of the programme is that we can all ‘improve on our previous best’.

Achieving the award involves discussion and planning around a range of areas; for example, reflecting on curriculum provision, play and learning experiences, partnerships with parents and the quality of the physical learning environment.

Sharon Clark, Head of the Primary Phase at BSCS commented:

“Our pupils are already benefiting from our involvement in the programme, for example, as part of our self-evaluation we identified a need to build stronger relationships with local pre-schools. This led us to set up an early years network of several local schools and pre-schools which now meets termly – our first successful project being the production of a ‘Road to School’ handout which will be given to around 400 children in the local area who are making the transition from pre-school to primary school in September 2017.”

Lauren Burt, Reception teacher at Meadowbrook, said:

“This work reinforces our commitment to excellence; thanks to our Early Years team who have worked so hard to achieve it. Last year, Meadowbrook Reception pupils exceeded the national average percentage of children who achieve a ‘Good Level of Development (GLD is defined as children working at, or exceeding, the expected standard in the key areas of English, maths, physical development, communication & language and personal, social & emotional development) and we hope to achieve better this year whilst having record levels of fun in Reception year!”

Photos (from left): 1 Miss Rogers, BSCS Year 1 teacher, with children from Catkins class learning in the forest school area. 2 Reception Class at Meadowbrook Primary with class teacher Mr Petrucco.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 40). The magazine is 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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