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Lions Club honour for BSCS student Louis

Posted on Thursday 20th November 2014 at 10:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Lions Club presentation to Louis Cox.

A student at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has been recognised by the local Lions Club for volunteering to help people less fortunate than himself in the local community.

A Young Leader in Service Gold Award was presented to Louis Cox by Bradley Stoke Lions President Robin Young and Lion Dr Harmandar Gupta during a Year 11 assembly at the school on Friday 17th October.

Louis Cox was awarded a Gold Certificate by Lions Club International for giving freely to work volunteering to help others. All over the world young people are not being recognized for the time and effort they put in assisting, caring and supporting individuals and others in their family and their community. Lions International initiated a project worldwide “Young Leaders in Service” to commend those who achieve fifty hours, Silver, or one hundred hours, Gold, in 12 months.

Louis has a disabled younger brother who suffers from non-terminating epileptic convulsions which if not observed and reacted to immediately could well prove final. All through Louis’ life, he has been involved in watching out for, assisting and caring for Toby but in the last three years since he was 12 he has been trained in first aid, resuscitation, delivering rescue medication and obtaining ambulance support enabling him to be responsible for Toby for short periods, giving his parents an opportunity for respite.

Despite all the time he devotes to Toby, Louis has also given freely of his time to the Bradley Stoke Lions Club to help them raise funds; to his school, on a bike ride in memory of one of its students; and raising funds for Diabetes Research.

More: Find out more about Bradley Stoke Lions Club »

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Mr Bloom actor Ben Faulks to switch on Willow Brook Christmas lights

Posted on Monday 17th November 2014 at 10:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Willow Brook Centre Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Children in Bradley Stoke are in for a real treat when CBeebies’ Mr Bloom, actor Ben Faulks, switches on the Christmas lights at the Willow Brook Centre this Saturday (22nd November).

Ben, who is starring as Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome, will light up the town at 5.30pm.

The fun packed day starts at 11am when Santa opens his grotto, a first for Willow Brook. The grotto will be open every weekend in the run up to Christmas and weekdays after the children break up from school. Tickets for the grotto are £4.50 and that includes a present.

Bjorn the polar bear.

At 2pm, there will be the first of three fabulous shows on the hour from Bjorn the polar bear. The stunning lifelike polar bear and his herder Ursula will perform three nature documentary-style talks where children will be able to learn all about bears and their arctic habitat. There will even be an opportunity for brave children to feed and even stroke the polar bear.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“It is going to be a busy day but we want to get everyone in a really festive mood. There will be something for shoppers of all ages to enjoy.”

The following weekend, on Saturday 29th November, Magpies and I will be organising a Christmas market at the Willow Brook Centre, where shoppers will be able to buy unique handmade and vintage gifts for Christmas. The market will be open from 10am to 5pm.

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom makeover for Willow Brook town square

Posted on Sunday 16th November 2014 at 10:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke in Bloom volunteers are welcomed by Willow Brook staff

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

The Common East
Following on from our last workday at The Common East, our insect hotel has been a real success! It has delighted both young and not so young and, each time we go back, we meet many local children who are all eager to learn about the different habitats we’ve created and keen to show us which is their favourite. The pond is looking so much better and as you peer over the edge you will see the sticklebacks darting for cover. We have been contacted by a local bee keeper, who is interested in placing two hives in the orchard. If this were possible it would be great that Bradley Stoke could boast of its own honey, as well as the bottled apple juice that we’re planning. In the spring we will return to plant more wild flowers.

October Workday
Inspired by our insect hotel, Holy Trinity School parents wanted to create their own and invited BSiB to help them with their big build. There was a big turnout of very enthusiastic builders and everything was going well until a delay in extra pallets arriving sadly forced the group to stop for a very welcome tea and doughnut break! The children, who were all members of the allotment club, really enjoyed themselves and soon became very proficient in using saws and hammers. To complete the new hotel, strawberry plants and a fabulous painted sign were added.

While Gill and Sara were eating doughnuts, Sarah was busy pruning the Brook Way herb garden and Ceri & Andy were at the Manor Farm roundabout, planting Daffodil bulbs in the verges and looking after the flower bed. It’s surprising just how many weeds can grow in only a few weeks, but it is again looking amazing and has received many compliments. BSiB were also often thanked for cutting back the overhanging bramble and bushes that crowded the path. In November we return to our usual public workday, when we will again tackle the garden behind the Doctors’ surgery on Brook Way. Please come and join us, even if you can only manage a couple of hours.

More: Five new planters installed in town centre »

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Town’s new £260k skate park expected to be ready next summer

Posted on Thursday 13th November 2014 at 8:48 pm by SH (Editor)

BSTC's Graham Baker with a selection of skate park design brochures.

Bradley Stoke Town Council says it is hopeful that a new concrete skate park within the grounds of the leisure centre will be ready for the school summer holidays next year, but probably not in time for the community festival in June, as had originally been planned.

The £260k funding for the park has been raised from various sources, including £200k from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), and young people continue to be actively involved in the design and development of the project.

The town council is working closely with SGC and a range of specialist surveys and reports on the new site are nearing conclusion. It is anticipated that the tender process, to identify a specialist skate park design and construction company, will go live very soon. Once a design and construction company has been appointed, there will be further consultation with young people and other key stakeholders to fine tune the final design.

Over the recent summer holidays, local young people, with the support of Graham Baker, the town council’s Youth Development & Participation Worker, have been visiting other skate parks to gather ideas.

They have so far been, along with their BMXs and scooters, to skate parks in Midsomer Norton, Winchester, Newbury, Oxford and Cirencester. After riding the parks, the young people have had regular meetings to critically evaluate what they have learned from the experience, both positive and negative, and to identify features and ideas that could be incorporated in the new facility.

Several young people are now being supported to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award as a consequence of their volunteering and active involvement in the planning and organisation of the two days of skate park related events at this year’s community festival, their ongoing commitment to the research and development of the new park and other ongoing contributions, including reporting on any maintenance issues at the existing skate park.

More: Plan showing approximate location of new skate park »

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Dog waste bins to be emptied twice weekly following persistent complaints

Posted on Monday 10th November 2014 at 11:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Overflowing dog waste bins in Bradley Stoke.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has ordered an increase in the frequency of emptying of ten of the 33 remaining dog waste bins in the town, following scores of complaints about bins regularly overflowing after cost-saving measures were introduced earlier this year.

The number of dog waste bins in the town was reduced from 57 to 33 in the first weeks of April, in order to avoid additional emptying costs being incurred by the town council after South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) said it would no longer empty 21 of the bins free-of-charge.

The council’s officers had earlier laid the blame for the overflowing bins on SGC’s Streetcare team, claiming that some of the 33 bins were being missed and that cover had not been provided on some occasions when the usual operative was on holiday.

By the summer, the town council was claiming that the initial teething problems had been resolved, but complaints from residents still kept coming in.

Following further investigation, the council’s officers realised that whereas before April, SGC had been emptying some of the bins twice a week, all bins were now being emptied just once a week.

The council has now agreed to pay SGC an extra amount for ten of the bins to be emptied twice weekly. The bins that will be emptied more frequently are nos. 2 (Palmers Leaze), 3 (Juniper Way), 4 (Juniper Way), 5 (Fiddlers Wood Lane), 6 (Ormonds Close), 7 (Wheatfield Drive), 8 (Ellicks Close), 10 (Cooks Close), 11 (Lapwing Close) and 22 (Jordans Walk).

Note: Bin numbers listed are those used on the council’s street furniture map, published on its website. These are not the same as the numbers marked on the bins. Street names refer to the closest vehicular access point.

• Bradley Stoke Town Council can be contacted on 01454 205020.

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