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Council agrees to extend car park at Brook Way

Posted on Wednesday 24th August 2016 at 9:58 pm by SH (Editor)

The car park at Brook Way Activity Centre and Bradley Stoke Surgery.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has finally reached a decision on the future of the hard court area and some of the surrounding grounds at its Brook Way Activity Centre, more than two years after it conducted a public consultation on the future of the site.

The matter was tabled for discussion at July’s meeting of Full Council after mayor Cllr Elaine Hardwick had identified it as a priority for her year in office in an interview with the Journal following her election to the role in May.

After admitting that the working group set up to consider the results of the consultation had “died a death” [having failed to produce any formal reports and there being no public record of it actually meeting for almost two years], Cllr Hardwick introduced a short report compiled by the council’s youth development and participation worker Graham Baker. This summarised previously discussed options for the Brook Way site such as the creation of additional car parking space and new or extended buildings and put forward some alternative ideas, including the reinstatement /development of sports facilities and the installation of a bespoke converted shipping container to act as a base for youth work.

Cllr Hardwick then moved swiftly on to outline her own vision for the site, which she said she had formulated after “taking another look at the consultation results”.

It quickly became apparent that she was less than enthusiastic about seeing another building erected on the site, pointing out that the council’s three existing activity centres “are not being used to their potential”. In relation to spending on youth provision, she added, perhaps with reference to the near £300k recently spent on the town’s new skate park: “We have done a lot for the youth, now we need to consider other age groups.”

Cllr Hardwick’s vision included converting the hard court area to a green open space where people could sit and talk, play games like ‘big chess’ and enjoy new facilities such as a climbing wall and a sand pit.

More: Little support for a new dedicated youth work building on the site »

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BIG award for Stoke Lodge Primary School

Posted on Sunday 21st August 2016 at 6:27 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Lodge Primary School headteacher Richard Clark (left) and anti-bullying co-ordinator Claire Bruford with the school’s BIG award certificate

By Claire Bruford, anti-bullying co-ordinator.

At Stoke Lodge Primary School we work very hard to ensure that all children feel safe, happy and are included. At the beginning of the year we became members of the Bullying Intervention Group (BIG) and as part of that, worked towards the BIG Award, which is an award for excellence in bullying intervention. This award is recognised nationally by Childline, Anti-Bullying Alliance, Anti Bullying Words, CEOP and Each Education. To achieve this award, we had to meet externally agreed criteria, be able to demonstrate that we work to agreed standards and ensure that every child is enabled to fulfil their true educational potential, or enjoy their community activities, without fear of being bullied.

In KS2 we have Playtime Buddies at lunchtimes whose role it is to look after our ‘buddy bench’ and any children that use it. The purpose of a buddy bench is so that children can always find someone to play with. At the end of each term we have peer and teacher nominations for both KS1 and KS2 children that have displayed positive and friendly behaviour. We have a dedicated area in our main corridor for Anti-Bullying where children can find books and advice if they need help, and a display board that is changed termly. We also have a dedicated Cyber Bullying display in our KS2 hall, which has lots of information about how to stay safe online and the steps to take if children are experiencing cyberbullying. At the end of each term we have an Anti-Bullying newsletter that is sent home and uploaded to our dedicated Anti-Bullying page on the school website.

More: One of the first primaries in the SW to gain award »

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Local group on a mission to reunite lost pets

Posted on Saturday 20th August 2016 at 9:25 pm by Nikki Hallur

Supporters of the Lost and Found Pets in Bristol/South Glos group on their stand at the 2016 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

Pet owners in the area surrounding Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford have access to a very helpful Facebook group, called Lost and Found Pets in Bristol/South Glos. The group has over 17,000 members in the area and is very useful for pet owners. The group was set up by Michelle Pibworth in April 2012 when her own cat Whisky went missing. He was found two weeks later, miles from home.

The group seeks to reunite missing pets with their owners and also to provide support when a pet is missing. The group is free to join through a “request” button which is promptly verified, and the group is available at any time of day to post enquiries.

Members can request to join to the search list for the areas they wish to cover and, should a pet go missing or be found in the area, members will be tagged in relevant posts that might help them.

Sarah Fowler, one of the group’s administrators, says:

“We provide members with the contact details for the dog warden and vets, including out of hours numbers. We use our other resources to help owners find their pets, or help contact the owner as soon as possible, especially when a dog is found or missing, as the sooner the dog is reunited with its owner the less stress it is for the dog.”

The group recommends that cats are neutered, ideally before “tomming” season, as male cats can wander for miles looking for females and can easily get themselves lost. If a cat is not chipped, it can be taken to a rescue centre as a stray, and the cat can then be re-homed.

More: Paper collars and microchipping. Local success stories »

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Witness appeal following road traffic collision on Bradley Stoke Way roundabout

Posted on Thursday 18th August 2016 at 11:30 am by SH (Editor)

Police car.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Bradley Stoke in which a cyclist suffered multiple injuries.

The incident took place at approximately 7.35am yesterday (Wednesday 17th August) on the roundabout junction with Savages Wood Road and Bradley Stoke Way (near Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre).

A car, believed to be a burgundy Mercedes A-Class, drove out of Savages Wood Road and collided with a cyclist who was on the roundabout heading towards Aztec West.

The driver got out the car initially and then drove off. He is described as a white man in his 20s.

The cyclist suffered several fractures to his pelvis, arm and thumb as a result of the collision.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information regarding it, is ask to contact the police now on 101 and quote log number 140 of 17/8.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

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Young people and adult volunteers honoured at Scouts’ AGM

Posted on Wednesday 17th August 2016 at 11:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Some of the award winners honoured at the 2016 AGM of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

Parents, youngsters and adult volunteers gathered at Brook Way Activity Centre on Wednesday 13th July for the AGM and open evening of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

The event was an opportunity for the group to showcase its achievements over the past year, which have included the formation of a marching band and further development of the water activities unit.

The meeting was also given further details about plans to form two new sections in the coming months.

Following the formalities of the AGM, parents were offered the chance to try a range of Beaver/Cub/Scout/Explorer activities and experience Scouting for themselves!

The evening was rounded off with a family BBQ.

Photo: Just some of the award winners honoured at the AGM (the complete list is shown in the Roll of Honour).  Click to enlarge; hi-res version on Facebook and Flickr.

This article originally appeared in the August 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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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