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Charity buggy push will raise funds for premature baby charity

Posted on Thursday 30th July 2015 at 7:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Bliss Buggy Push 2013.

The annual Bliss Buggy Push through Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve takes place on Saturday (1st August), raising funds to help care for babies born prematurely at Southmead Hospital.

Poster for the 2015 Bliss Buggy Push in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The event was started in 2012 by Kerry Robinson, whose inspiration for drawing attention to Bliss came from her birth experience with daughter Amber, who was born prematurely but is now very happy and healthy. Kerry says she received support from the charity, which included a pack and lots of helpful information, and she wanted to raise money for Bliss because “it is the UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for premature babies and their families.”

One in nine babies in the UK is born either prematurely or sick, and the care they receive after birth is vital. Bliss provides advice and support to families in need of such care through its helplines and community groups.

This year’s event starts at 10am from the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road BS32 8HL. The Fledglings Bliss Family Group (for families of children who spent time on the neonatal unit) will be running in the centre whilst the buggy push is in progress and everyone is welcome to join them for refreshments afterwards. A raffle will also be held, with prizes including a Trunki suitcase and a Tesco Hudl 2.

People are welcome to join the walk without buggies too. For more information, please see the Bliss Bristol page on Facebook or e-mail Kerry at kerryrobinson AT

To make an online donation to the charity or set up your own fundraising page, visit

Photo: Start of the Bliss Buggy Push in 2013.

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Bradley Stoke Scout leader helps out at World Jamboree in Japan

Posted on Tuesday 28th July 2015 at 6:20 pm by SH (Editor)

David Owen, a Scout leader from Bradley Stoke, preapres to fly out to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

A Scout leader from Bradley Stoke has travelled to Japan to take part in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, which is being attended by 30,000 youngsters from around the globe.

As part of the International Service Team (IST), which is the driving force behind the event, David Owen will spend the next two weeks helping young people from many different countries, cultures and backgrounds.

The IST is a multinational collection of adults who volunteer to spend their summer holiday in the ‘engine room’ of the Jamboree, helping make the event run smoothly, sometimes without even getting noticed.

David, who has been allocated a role in the ‘market place’, said:

“I’m going to the World Scout Jamboree to support the shop. Scouts from around the world will be coming to me to get their supplies. It’s going to be amazing.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:

“While lots of people know that Scouting is all about adventure, they often don’t realise that adult volunteers get to do just as much as our young members through their involvement. The World Scout Jamboree is a great example of this.”

“Over the course of the Jamboree, Scouts will be able to meet people from around the world, take part in amazing adventures and experiences and be challenged to think about global issues in a new light. That is why Scouting is one of the greatest youth movement on earth and why I am so proud to be part of it.”

Nature is a key theme for the Jamboree programme, using the natural environment as a learning tool, demonstrating both its vulnerability and what individuals can do to better protect the world we live in.

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Free summer play scheme for 5 to 11 year-olds

Posted on Sunday 26th July 2015 at 9:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Four Towns Play Association Free Summer Play Scheme 2015 in Bradley Stoke.

The annual FREE summer play scheme for children aged 5 to 11 gets under way in Bradley Stoke on Monday (27th July 2015) at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Running for the next four weeks (Monday to Friday, until 21st 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 held at venues in Patchway, Filton and Stoke Gifford.

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Win a year’s free membership at Bradley Stoke’s LivingWell Health Club

Posted on Friday 24th July 2015 at 8:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff at the LivingWell Health Club, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

[Advertising Feature] The Journal is offering readers the chance to win a year’s free gym membership at Bradley Stoke’s LivingWell Health Club in an exclusive prize draw that is open until 15th August 2015.

Staff at the club are beaming with pride after their gym room was refurbished and fitted out with the latest hi-tec apparatus, including two brand new Watt bikes and up-to-the-minute cardio equipment.

Located within the Hilton Bristol Hotel, off Woodlands Lane, the club also incorporates a 15-metre indoor swimming pool (with separate spa pool), a steam room and a sauna.

Membership benefits include free access to fitness classes, including aqua-aerobics, water circuits and boot camp, plus complimentary towel, toiletries and hairdryers to make your visit hassle-free.

Click HERE to enter the LivingWell Health Club Free Prize Draw

Club manager Anca Leru said:

“We’re really proud of our new gym, which has been refurbished to a very high standard. Many of the pieces of equipment have inbuilt TV and access to the internet, so you can watch your favourite programmes or browse the net whilst working out.”

“The first thing you’ll notice when you step into your local LivingWell club is just how friendly and welcoming it feels. We’re all about you: your goals, your time and your health and fitness. We call ourselves the club that cares, because to us you’re not a number. You’re unique, with different goals and priorities to anyone else.”

More: Membership benefits include discounts at Hilton hotels »

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Competition launched to find local musical talent

Posted on Friday 24th July 2015 at 9:22 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke's Got Music talent competition.

Local musicians and bands are being given the opportunity to showcase their talents during August, thanks to the Willow Brook Centre and Bradley Stoke Radio.

Willow Brook has joined forces with the community radio station to launch Bradley Stoke’s Got Music. The competition is open to singers, musicians or bands with members over 14 years of age who live in the BS32, BS33 or BS34 postcodes.

The winning act will get a ‘Live Lounge’ session on BSR 103.4FM Drive Time and the chance to perform at the Bradley Stoke Carnival on Saturday 29th August, as well as at Willow Brook’s Christmas lights switch-on event in November.

Musicians are asked to download an entry form from the Willow Brook Centre website and email the completed form to Bradley Stoke Radio, with a clip of them performing, by Sunday 2nd August.

Shortlisted musicians will be asked to perform live in heats on Saturday 15th August in the town square at Willow Brook in front of a panel of three judges. The final will take place on Saturday 22nd August at the Willow Brook Centre.

Willow Brook centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are looking for talented performers of any musical genre whether it be pop, jazz, classical or heavy metal – everyone is welcome to apply.  We know there is a wealth of talent in Bradley Stoke so we are looking forward to showcasing their work.”

Bradley Stoke Radio chairman Andy Ward said:

“We are really excited to have joined forces with Willow Brook to search for the hottest local musical talent. This will be a big event for our community in Bradley Stoke and a fantastic opportunity for local acts to reach a much bigger audience. So if you know anyone who you think should enter please tell them about the competition.”

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