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Using pedal power to help fight blood cancer

Posted on Tuesday 19th August 2014 at 7:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Participants at the 2013 Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Bikeathon.

Cyclists in the Bristol area are being urged to sign up and set their wheels in motion to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research at the Martin Dean Bristol Bikeathon on 21st September 2014.

Over 100 riders are expected to take part in the event at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke and turn their pedal power into cash to help fund vital research in Leukaemia, Lymphoma and other blood cancers.

This event offers two rides; one is a family-friendly 15-mile ride suitable for riders of all ages, using local pathways and quiet roads and the other is a 50-mile cycle through the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside.

Martin Dean.

For 2014 the Bikeathon has been renamed the Martin Dean Bikeathon after a local resident (pictured) who sadly passed away from Leukaemia in September 2012. He was an avid cyclist and also one of the founder members of the local Stokes Cycling Club, who Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are teaming up with to stage the event.

Bikeathon organiser Jo Bray said:

“The Bikeathon is a perfect opportunity to out, get fit and join in the fight against blood cancers, which affect thousands of people in the UK each year. We haven’t held the event at the Willow Brook Centre before and it’s the perfect opportunity to use our local town square. With stalls, games, face painting, bouncy castle and Bradley Stoke Radio being put in place after the cyclists have gone, we hope it’s going to be a fun day out for everyone.”

More: How to enter the Martin Dean Bikeathon »

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BSCS A-level results buck national trend

Posted on Friday 15th August 2014 at 9:46 pm by SH (Editor)

A-level high-achievers at Bradley Stoke Community School (l-r): Sophie Maxted, Alex Shoferpoor and Joe Whetter.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) appears to have bucked the national trend in A-level results by maintaining its average points score per entry from last year of 208 and achieving a big increase in average points per student to 733 (683 last year).

Executive headteacher Dave Baker said there were some phenomenal individual successes at both A2 and AS levels, including:

A2 examination results

  • Alex Shoferpoor A*A*A* + A at AS
  • Sophie Maxted A*AA + A at AS
  • Joe Whetter AAA + Dist* in Y12
  • Daisy Hodgkinson A*AA
  • Cara Hodgkinson A*AB

AS examination results

  • Peter Smyth AAAB and A in EPQ
  • Matt Portch AAAB
  • Alex Sargent AAAB
  • Shannon Robbins AAAC
  • Harry Willis AABB and B in EPQ
  • Josh Machado AABC
  • Gemma Jones Dist*AA

Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the BBC reports that there has been a slight fall in A* and A grades and the pass rate is down for the first time in over 30 years.

More: Dip in headline figures at Abbeywood Community School »

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Office complex set to be demolished to make way for care home

Posted on Tuesday 12th August 2014 at 7:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Fountain Court, New Leaze, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

A collection of office buildings on a large site in north Bradley Stoke looks set to be demolished to make way for a care home after South Gloucestershire Council granted outline planning permission for a proposed redevelopment scheme.

Under the plans, Fountain Court, a group of five two-storey office blocks on the north side of Woodlands Lane, located between Woodlands Park and The Orchard public house, will be replaced by a care home with 80 beds and 8 ‘close care’ apartments.

It is expected that 80 ‘full-time equivalent’ jobs will be created by the new care home, split over three shifts.

Permission was granted despite objections from Bradley Stoke Town Council, which claimed the plans contain inadequate/insufficient parking provision, and a neighbour living opposite the site, in Ottrells Mead, who said the application “failed to fully consider the detrimental effect it will have on the surrounding dwellings and the long term prosperity of Bradley Stoke”.

Officers assessing the application expressed concern that changing the designated use of the site from Class B1 (business) to Class C2 (residential institution) might result in a reduction in the number and range of jobs available in the local area. However, they noted that “the premises have remained largely vacant in a large part for a number of years” and that “there is a profusion of vacant offices of the Fountain Court standard”.

Outline permission was granted on condition that a ‘reserved matters’ (detailed) planning application is made within the next three years.

The applicant has also submitted, as a fallback position, prior notification of a change of use from offices to dwelling houses, to which the council has raised no objection. Such a change is classed as ‘permitted development’ by current Town and Country Planning legislation.

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Police seek bus passenger witnesses following assault in Marjoram Place

Posted on Monday 11th August 2014 at 1:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Police are appealing for witnesses to help their investigation into a fight which began on the number 73 bus at about 1.50am on Sunday 10th August.

The bus was travelling from Stokes Croft to Bradley Stoke

There was an altercation on the top deck of the bus shortly before it stopped in Marjoram Place, Bradley Stoke. When the bus stopped, a number of people got off and there was a fight in the street.

A 28-year-old man suffered facial injuries in the incident and a 25-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm and bailed pending further enquiries.

Investigator Peter Miller said:

“We’re keen to hear from anyone who was on the number 73 bus at that time, or who was in Marjoram Place when the fight happened.”

“If you caught the bus that night or have any other information which could help our enquiries, please get in touch through our website, www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting the reference 82028/14.”

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

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WW1 exhibition heading for Bradley Stoke

Posted on Friday 8th August 2014 at 7:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the 'South Gloucestershire and the First World War' exhibition.

South Gloucestershire has received £60,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its ‘South Gloucestershire and the First World War’ project, which includes a touring exhibition that will visit Bradley Stoke for four weeks from 1st September.

The First World War Centenary project will involve local community heritage organisations working with South Gloucestershire Council to improve public engagement with the anniversary.

The district council will be coordinating a range of activities which will help communities to access and interpret the First World War heritage held by local organisations.

To mark the declaration of war in 1914, the project has created an exhibition which shows the impact of the war in this area and how communities were changed in other countries with which South Gloucestershire is now twinned. The exhibition will tour public venues in South Gloucestershire to engage directly with local communities.

As part of the project, an engagement officer from the council will work with community heritage groups and both formal and informal learning groups providing guidance and training for volunteers. In addition, South Gloucestershire twinning associations will liaise with their counterparts in other countries to obtain material to contribute to exhibitions delivered by community organisations.

The exhibition was launched on Wednesday 23rd July at the Tesco supermarket in Yate. Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Howard Gawler presented the opening address, Deputy Store Manager Steve Baker spoke on Tesco’s behalf and Vice Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Robert Bernays OBE also attended and gave a speech.

More: Poetry readings and period songs at official opening »

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