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Marie Curie fundraisers looking for new volunteers in 2020

Posted on Saturday 18th January 2020 at 9:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photos of volunteers holding cards which show the amount they have raised since the local group was formed.

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is appealing for volunteers to join its fundraising group in the Five Stokes area, comprising of Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke, Harry Stoke and Stoke Lodge.

The group raises funds and awareness in the local area to help support Marie Curie Nurses, who work day and night in people’s homes across South Gloucestershire, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support.

Throughout the year, the group will support Marie Curie’s major fundraising campaigns, including the Great Daffodil Appeal and Blooming Great Tea Party. They will also help spread the word about Marie Curie by informing people how the charity’s services, including its free Information and Support line, can help people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.

Helen Isbell, Marie Curie community fundraiser for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, said:

“Our Five Stokes Fundraising Group meets regularly to plan events and organise fundraising collections. Volunteering is a lot of fun, a great way to meet new people and it’s very rewarding to support such a good cause.”

Anyone interested in joining the Five Stokes Fundraising Group is asked to contact Helen on 0117 924 7275 or email

• Find ‘Marie Curie Five Stokes Fundraising Group’ on Facebook

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 34). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Permission granted for McDonald’s and Starbucks drive-throughs at Willow Brook

Posted on Thursday 16th January 2020 at 7:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Willow Brook Centre: Appeal allowed; planning permission granted.

Bradley Stoke looks set to get two new drive-through and sit-in fast food restaurants after a planning inspector allowed an appeal against South Gloucestershire Council’s decision to refuse permission for development at the town’s Willow Brook shopping centre.

The inspector’s decision means that ‘full’ permission has been granted for a two-storey McDonald’s restaurant and a single-storey Starbucks coffee shop, both to be located on the northern edge of the centre’s car park, approximately where the Waves hand car wash is currently positioned.

‘Outline’ permission has also been granted for two extra units to be added on the end of the centre’s existing ‘retail terrace’ (i.e. beyond the Poundstretcher store) and an associated reconfiguration of the car park and access road.

The application was strongly opposed by local residents in Wheatfield Drive and Dewfalls Drive, where the closest residential property is just 22m away from the proposed Starbucks outlet.

Bradley Stoke Town Council also registered an objection to the scheme following a unanimous vote at its Planning Committee. The application was subsequently rejected by two different planning committees at South Gloucestershire Council before being taken to appeal by the owners of the Willow Brook Centre.

Alongside the perceived impact on residential amenity, the local authority’s grounds for refusal were that the development was contrary to national planning policy because it “fails to promote the economic, social and environmental character of the area”.

The planning inspector’s seven-page report concludes:

“Whilst I understand the apprehension of local residents, there is no substantive evidence to justify the dismissal of the appeal on the grounds of harm to living conditions or any other grounds that have been raised. For these reasons I conclude that the appeal should be allowed.”

We’ll have more information about the decision and feedback from interested parties in our February magazine, delivered 1st/2nd February.

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Ofsted confirms Holy Trinity’s ‘good’ rating

Posted on Sunday 12th January 2020 at 9:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of teachers and pupils at Holy Trinity Primary School celebrating their recent 'good' grading by Ofsted.

Staff, governors and pupils at Bradley Stoke’s Holy Trinity (Church of England & Methodist) Primary School are celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ grading from Ofsted in an inspection which took place on 24th and 25th October. It was the first primary school in South Gloucestershire to have a short ‘Section 8’ inspection under Ofsted’s new framework, which came into force at the beginning of September 2019.

In her report, the Ofsted inspector says Holy Trinity is a “friendly and welcoming school,” where pupils are “kind and supportive of each other,” and have “positive attitudes to learning and want to do well.”

Parents were found to be positive about the school with the inspector noting how they “appreciate the high standards and pastoral support”. In the online ParentView survey, 96 percent of the 45 respondents said they would recommend the school to another parent.

On the quality of teaching, the report states: “Teachers plan exciting lessons that ignite pupils’ curiosity”, adding that “the teaching of reading in all year groups is well planned” and that “pupils learn to read well because the teaching of phonics is effective”.

The inspector observed that pupils use a wide range of resources to help them understand complex concepts in mathematics.

The report also notes that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) “receive tailored support to ensure that they can learn well”.

Janet Dickson who became the new headteacher at the school in September 2017, said:

“I am really pleased with the comments that the inspector made about the quality of the education that we offer to our children as it has always been our aim to ensure that our children receive a wide range of experiences in order to enable them to become happy and successful adults. Our broad, exciting curriculum and wide range of extra- curricular learning opportunities give children a fantastic opportunity. I also feel very privileged to work with such a talented, committed staff team and board of governors who always go the extra mile to make sure that we do the very best for all of the children at our school.”

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Mental Elf Run a resounding success

Posted on Friday 10th January 2020 at 9:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of runners streaming out of the school en route to the 'North Pole'.

Sunday 1st December saw North Bristol Running Group hosting a fun run in aid of the Mental Health Foundation.

The 6km Mental Elf Run started and finished at Bradley Stokes’s Meadowbrook Primary School. The route took runners through the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve up to Primrose Bridge, where ‘The North Pole’ was the halfway point, and back again. Participants were dressed as Christmas elves and many Santas marshalled the course, providing a fantastic fun, atmosphere for all levels of runners and walkers, spreading lots of Christmas cheer.

Each of the 85 finishers was awarded a wonderful medal designed by Alexander, a pupil at Meadowbrook school.

As well as raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation through the fun run ticket sales, there were hot drinks and homemade cakes to buy, resulting in a total of £1,002 being raised for the charity.

Photo of participants lined up ahead of the start.

Photos: 1 Runners stream out of the school en route to the ‘North Pole’. 2 Participants line up for a photo ahead of the start. [Hi-res versions available on Facebook]

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 29). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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