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Students complete Land’s End charity ride

Posted on Monday 23rd October 2017 at 10:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Ryan Edwards and Scott Warburton at Land's End.

Two 16-year-old students from Bradley Stoke have completed a gruelling cycle ride to Land’s End in order to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Scott Warburton and Ryan Edwards say they encountered some “truly awful” weather during the 300-mile trip, on which they carried all their gear and stayed in youth hostels.

Immediate members of both students’ families have been affected by cancer, which motivated them to embark on the challenge in order to raise money that might help “beat cancer sooner”.

They trained for the trip by cycling to Bath and back, and say they did a lot of research and route planning, considering everything from maps to food.

Their four-day adventure took them across Exmoor and then on to Land’s End via Boscastle, Truro and St Austell.

They encountered heavy rain and strong gusts of wind at some points, especially near the coast at Boscastle, when they had to cycle through the night in order to keep to their schedule.

High points of the trip, aside from arriving at Land’s End and having their photo taken at the famous sign, included exploring Botallack Mine and taking the coastal path from Land’s End to Sennen Cove. Along the way, the students say they enjoyed the sense of independence and speaking to other guests at the youth hostels and hearing their stories.

After returning to Bristol by train, Scott and Ryan had just one day to recover before starting their Post-16 studies at BSCS!

More: "A tremendous test and a truly remarkable trip" »

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Abacus offering Forest School sessions for pre-schoolers

Posted on Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 11:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Abacus Pre-School Forest School session in Savages Wood, Bradley Stoke.

Abacus Pre-School is proud to be developing Forest School sessions for the children who attend any of the Abacus settings, currently located in Bradley Stoke, Filton and Mangotsfield.

Layla, who manages Abacus @ Baileys Court, is undertaking her Forest School Level 3 qualification, enabling her to provide a six-session course for the children and their families. She passionately believes that Forest School allows children to learn through their senses, encouraging the development of strong leadership skills.

The Abacus team have been busy tidying a part of Savages Wood, Bradley Stoke so they can hold the sessions in a safe, fun outdoor environment. The children will be taught how and why it is important to look after our local natural environment, along with how to use real tools safely, whilst building camp fires for toasting marshmallows. Fun activities will include getting creative making name tags, necklaces, leaf crowns, flower presses, clay creatures and much more messy play.

They are hoping to run their next Forest School sessions after the October half-term for more forest fun. “Wellington boots at the ready! We look forward to you joining us,” says Layla.

If you are interested in more information regarding Abacus Pre-School, please call 01454 867285 or email enquiries@abacuspreschool.co.uk

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 35). 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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Hamish is seeking his ‘forever home’ (and so are his chums!)

Posted on Thursday 19th October 2017 at 8:29 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Hamish.

This article comes from a group of friends working together to help our “next-door neighbours” – currently living under a hedge!

Many readers will be aware of the incident reported in the press last year, where four tiny, new-born kittens, were found in a council recycling collection bag. Thanks to the kindness of the South Glos collection team, the kittens were placed into care, at Rowe Veterinary Hospital

These fortunate little ones turned out to be the latest members of a rapidly growing colony of around twenty or so stray and feral cats, who were living rough under hedgerows, in our Bradley Stoke area.

Feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned pet cats and, as the result of pet owners’ failure to neuter their animals, it allows them to breed, uncontrolled. Unneutered female cats can become pregnant from the age of four months, while a single female can be responsible for 20,000 descendants within five years!

Within our group of female and male cats, the boys would viciously fight over fertile females, inflicting serious wounds on each other. Undernourished young females would become pregnant, at as early as three to four months, physically unable to produce healthy kittens and totally unprepared as to how to care for them. Many kittens would simply be abandoned, to die.

The colony had been of long-term concern to our neighbours. Most were generally upset by the nasty mess the cats made around their homes and gardens. Some had tried to help, by offering food, while others befriended individual cats, taking them into their homes, as pets. Meanwhile, the core colony continued to breed and multiply, at an alarming rate!

Our rescue-plan came together towards the end of 2016. With approval of near neighbours, and the invaluable support of Bristol and Wales Cat Rescue and Cats Protection Bristol, we ventured into our programme of regular night feeds and hopeful captures.

More: Five cats still living out in the open »

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Tanning salon on the cards for Willow Brook

Posted on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 9:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Archive image of mall unit 8 at the Willow Brook Centre trading as a Santander agency in 2011.

A retail unit at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre which has lain vacant for the past three years looks set to reopen soon as a tanning salon after planning consent was granted for a change of use.

Mall unit 8, between Ocean estate agents and Reflections hair salon, last traded as an agency of Santander bank, alongside mortgage and insurance specialists The Mortgage Market.

The recently granted planning application was made on behalf of The Feel Good Group, which operates the Tanning Shop brand, under whose banner the store is expected to operate.

A planning statement submitted with the application notes that the unit has been extensively marketed since the Santander agency closed, but no potential retail or Class A2 (financial services) operators have shown serious interest.

The statement adds: “The proposed tanning salon use will undoubtedly positively add to the diversity of uses on offer in the town centre and will ensure the long term vital and viable use of the premises.”

The Feel Good Group is an established operator of tanning salons, with shops throughout the UK and particularly in London. Each shop provides both UV and sunless tanning booths and staff are trained to promote responsible tanning and UV exposure. The shops also stock a range of tanning products including tanning SPF, fake tan products, skin care and body products.

In approving the application, the responsible council planning officer noted that the proposal would not result in the loss of a retail unit within the town centre, as the previous Class A2 use was not principally retail. Additionally, it was noted the proposed tanning salon would have a retail element, with tanning products displayed and sold within the salon. On this basis, it was not considered that the proposed change of use would detract from the retail character and function of the centre.

The consent granted allows the salon to open between 9am and 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturdays and 11am to 6pm on Sundays. A total of five new jobs will be created, two full-time and three part-time.

The Journal understands that contracts are yet to be signed for a new lease, but as we went to press it was noted that a “coming soon” webpage had already been created for the Willow Brook Centre branch on the Tanning Shop website.

Photo: Archive image of mall unit 8 at the Willow Brook Centre trading as a Santander agency in 2011.

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 34). 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.

UPDATE (18/10/17): Shopfitters have commenced work within the unit.

UPDATE (19/10/17): A press release issued today by The Tanning Shop says their new Willow Brook store is “scheduled to open in November”.

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