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Bradley Stoke woman prosecuted for selling counterfeit luxury goods

Posted on Thursday 26th February 2015 at 11:35 am by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council.

South Gloucestershire Council successfully prosecuted a Bradley Stoke woman for possessing and selling counterfeit luxury goods and cosmetics at Northavon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 19th February.

Rebecca Farr, 34, of Brake Close was convicted of possessing and selling counterfeit luxury goods and cosmetics online via Facebook. Farr pleaded guilty to a total of 15 charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and was sentenced to 60 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £520 in prosecution costs and had her counterfeit stock and a computer confiscated.

The case was taken by South Gloucestershire Trading Standards following a tip off that Farr was selling designer goods through her Facebook account and to personal callers at her home which, at the time, was in Arden Close, Bradley Stoke. Officers then arranged a test purchase of some Mac cosmetics items through a website which was linked to Farr’s Facebook page and the received items were confirmed as counterfeit.

Farr’s home was subsequently raided by Trading Standards and police, resulting in the seizure of over 300 suspected counterfeit items along with business records, money and computers. Designer shoes that were packaged and ready to be sent out to customers were also detained by Trading Standards. All of the seized items were confirmed as counterfeit by brand owners.

In interview, Farr claimed to have sourced designer bags and shoes from a local market and progressed to sourcing Mac cosmetics from an online seller. She claimed to know the bags and shoes were fakes, but believed the cosmetics items to be genuine.

PayPal records were also examined by investigators revealing that Farr was generating an income from online sales of approximately £1,000 per month. The lucrative business was disrupted by the raid after only three months of online trading, but Farr had been encouraged to invest in large amounts of stock, estimated to be worth approximately £6,000, all of which was detained during the raid.

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Social action: Young people making a difference in their communities

Posted on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 8:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Social Action Youth (SAY): Graffiti project at Patchway Common Skate Park.

After the success of their first wave of social action projects in South Gloucestershire, Southern Brooks Community Partnership (SBCP) has started its second wave of ‘Social Action’ mentor recruitment, focusing on young people in the local area. They are training students from schools in Patchway and Bradley Stoke as mentors, who will take on the role to inspire younger students to make positive change in their local communities.

Mentors at Bradley Stoke Community School and the Concorde Partnership are in the process of working with younger students aged 11-14, to engage and motivate them to plan and carry out different social action projects. These projects will help the young people develop new and existing skills, build positive relationships between those on project and use their new skills to complete their community work.

Previous projects have included a wide range of activities such as collections for the local food bank, decorating bat boxes for a local woodland walk, a dementia friendly art project and the installation of new park equipment to encourage local residents to increase the use of a community green space.

The Social Action Youth (SAY) pilot project, which is funded by the Cabinet Office’s Youth Social Action Journey Fund, will support 720 young people to deliver social action projects in communities across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The project is delivered by a partnership between SBCP, Creative Youth Network and Young Bristol.

By March 2015, 240 young mentors (aged 15+) will develop leadership skills and gain an NOCN Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice, as they support a further 480 younger volunteers (aged 10-14) to design and deliver their own community projects. Following their participation in the SAY project, the National Citizen Service (NCS) provides an opportunity for young people to continue their social action journey.

A wide range of social action projects have been delivered through SAY, reflecting the diverse needs and aspirations of different communities. These include a pop-up community café, a community nature trail, intergenerational projects to improve communal spaces in residential homes and supported housing, support for homelessness, community artwork, and fundraising for local charities.

A celebration of project outcomes and young people’s achievements will be held on 19th March at the Bristol and Bath Science Park.

For more information about SAY projects in your area, please contact Lori Ramsay or Alison Finn at SBCP on 01454 868570.

Photo: A social action youth project at the skate park on Patchway Common in 2014.

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Bradley Stoke’s new Iceland store set to open on 24th February

Posted on Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 10:45 pm by SH (Editor)

The new Iceland store at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke (expected to open on 24th February 2015).

Shoppers in Bradley Stoke are in for a frozen treat on Tuesday (24th February), thanks to the launch of a new Iceland Foods store.

To commemorate the grand opening, the team is offering Year 4 pupils at Meadowbrook Primary School the chance to officially open the new store on Tuesday as part of a banner design competition.

Children are being encouraged to design a ‘Now Open’ banner for the new store, which will create 21 new jobs, with the winning design being printed and unveiled at the store’s launch. As well as inviting the winner of the competition to cut the ribbon to open the new store, Iceland will also donate £250 to the school.

Speaking about the store launch, Triel Lovejoy, store manager at Iceland in Bradley Stoke, said:

“We’re really pleased to be opening a new store in Bradley Stoke and are looking forward to welcoming new shoppers into the store to learn more about the range of quality fresh and frozen food available.”

“We’re all really excited to see what eye-catching designs the pupils from Meadowbrook Primary School come up with for the ‘Now Open’ banner competition, I’m sure they’ll all be very creative. The new store will be open from 9am on Tuesday, so I’d encourage local shoppers to come down to find out more about what we have to offer.”

The new Iceland Foods store in Bradley Stoke will be open from 8am-8pm from Monday to Thursday, 8am-9pm on Friday, 8am-7pm on Saturday and from 10am-4pm on Sunday.

Source: Press release issued on behalf of Iceland Foods Ltd.

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Mama Bear’s takes over at The Covey Nursery

Posted on Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 12:01 am by SH (Editor)

The Covey Nursery at Baileys Court, Bradley Stoke.

The Bristol-based nursery group which acquired the former Butterflies Day Nursery site on Great Park Road last year has taken on another nursery in the area, creating sustainable childcare places and more employment opportunities for the Bradley Stoke community.

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery group took over the running of The Covey Nursery in Baileys Court from Monday 19th January, following the retirement of the previous owners.

Interest in both nurseries is already high and Mama Bear’s says it is looking for more staff to add to the teams already in place.

Mama Bear’s owner Bev Driffield said:

“We are delighted to have another nursery in Bradley Stoke and we look forward to offering even more quality childcare to local families. Our offer of free registration until June has attracted lots of new families, so we are looking to expand the teams we have in place. Opportunities are available for Level-3 qualified childcare practitioners and apprentices.”

“We always aim to create a home-from-home environment and we put a massive focus on the quality of care we provide, as well as training for our staff, so it’s a great opportunity for anyone in the industry or those looking to get into the industry.”

Plans are in place for redevelopment at both Bradley Stoke nurseries in early 2015.

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Ben & Holly to visit Willow Brook on Friday

Posted on Monday 16th February 2015 at 10:06 am by SH (Editor)

Ben & Holly at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bradley Stoke shoppers will get the chance to meet magical children’s characters Ben Elf and his best friend Princess Holly at the Willow Brook Centre this half-term holiday.

Children will be able to see the popular characters from kids’ TV’s Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom when they make personal appearances at the shopping centre on Friday 20th February at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

There will also be a free craft workshop running from 10.30am to 3.30pm where children can make elf hats or fairy wands.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming Ben & Holly to Willow Brook. We know they are big favourites with our little shoppers so I’m sure it will prove a popular day.”

More info: Willow Brook Centre

Send us a photo of your children meeting Ben & Holly! We’ll put them on our Facebook page and the best will be printed in our March magazine.

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