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Best season yet for junior netballers

Posted on Thursday 22nd June 2017 at 10:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bradley Stoke Junior Netball Club's under-14s A team.

Bradley Stoke Junior Netball Club is celebrating its most successful season yet in the Avon Netball League. This was the club’s fifth season competing in the league and this year they had two winning teams!

The Under-16 team won Division 2 and the Under 14 ‘A’ team also won in Division 2. Both the winning teams had a fairly easy start to the season but had to really up their game and fight their way through the second-half of the season to come out on top.

The Under-14 ‘B’ team narrowly missed being runners-up in Division 3 and the Under-12 team, a completely new group of girls at the start of the season, stormed their way through the seeding competition to be placed straight into Division 1.

Club secretary Lyn Moreton said:

“We have a fantastic group of dedicated coaches who have encouraged and supported the players this season and everyone is very proud of the girls’ achievements.”

Photo of Bradley Stoke Junior Netball Club's under-16s team.

Photos: Bradley Stoke Junior Netball Club’s U14A team (top) and U16 team (above), both winners of Division 2 in their respective age groups in the Avon League.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 31). 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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Mayor presents end of term charity cheques

Posted on Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 11:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Elaine Hardwick presenting a mayor's charity cheque to Louise Hill of Heartful Dodgers.

The annual general meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council on 10th May saw outgoing mayor Elaine Hardwick present cheques to her two chosen ‘charities of the year’.

In accordance with the mayor’s wishes declared at the start of her term in office, Heartful D0dgers and Transplant Sport were awarded equal shares of the amount collected over the year, with each receiving £3,907.

The money handed to the groups derives from fundraising events organised by the town council over the past 12 months, principally the community festival in June and the firework display in November.

Transplant Sport is the largest transplant charity promoting active recovery for transplant patients and increasing awareness of the benefits of organ donation and transplantation. It has been organising events over the last 39 years for transplant recipients and the wider transplant family – this can include donor families and live donors.

The Heartful Dodgers group aims to improve cardiac care in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It fundraises for the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at Southmead Hospital, enabling it to purchase new equipment and fund courses for the staff.

Photo: Louise Hill, fundraising lead for Heartful Dodgers, receives a cheque from the mayor.

More: Photo of cheque presentation to Transplant Sport »

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Local art group stages competition inspired by Filton’s aviation heritage

Posted on Monday 19th June 2017 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sue Jones (left) and Susan Hartry.

Ahead of the highly anticipated new museum opening in late summer, Aerospace Bristol has selected a trio of high-flying artists as the winners of a competition inspired by Filton’s aviation heritage.

Aerospace Bristol was asked to judge the competition by Stokes Art Group, a local community group that covers the six Stokes of South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas. As well as taking pride in their art, the group are extremely proud of the link that many of their members share with the local aerospace industry and were keen to celebrate Concorde’s arrival into her new home at Aerospace Bristol with a competition themed around Filton’s aviation heritage.

Reflecting the story that will be told in the Aerospace Bristol exhibition later this summer, the group produced a collection of 18 artworks depicting aircraft spanning more than a century of fascinating aviation history; from Boxkite biplanes to Concorde and on to the modern day.

After careful deliberation, the three winners chosen by Aerospace Bristol were:

  • Winner: Concorde 2017 Home from Home, by Susan Hartry (watercolour)
  • Runner-up: We Love Concorde, by Sue Kelly (watercolour)
  • Third place: Concorde Assembly Line, by Sara Smith (mixed media)

Working with local people and groups like Stokes Art Group, Aerospace Bristol aims to conserve Bristol’s aerospace heritage and celebrate the world class achievements of our aerospace industry. To play your part in keeping Concorde’s memory alive, visit and give a gift that will help to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Photo: Susan Hartry (right) holds her winning watercolour, which depicts Concorde arriving in her new home at Aerospace Bristol. Stokes Art Group Member Sue Jones (left) shows off the 2nd and 3rd placed artworks.

More: View the prize-winning entries »

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Boeing volunteers fly in to help local schools

Posted on Thursday 15th June 2017 at 11:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Volunteers from Boeing Defence working with students at Bradley Stoke Community School on a World Earth Day project.

As part of their annual celebration of World Earth Day, 60 volunteers from Boeing Defence spent a day at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and sister school Meadowbrook Primary to complete a range of projects to update and develop the school grounds.

Volunteers arrived for 9am and led morning assembly with Reception and Year 1 pupils, explaining more about the work of Boeing and the ethos behind World Earth Day. Volunteers were then split into groups to tackle projects such as pruning, cutting back hedges, tidying up existing planters and assembling some new ones for primary pupils to harvest their own vegetables.

A small group of secondary students also took part and rose to the challenge with enthusiasm. After a quick pause for lunch, work continued throughout the afternoon and by 3pm students and volunteers alike were exhausted! Boeing staff presented students with a certificate and a goody bag to acknowledge and thank them for being involved.

Steve Moir, BSCS headteacher, said:

“These kinds of events are a clear demonstration of the vision that everyone, whether you are a multinational company or a school child, can make a difference to the environment in which we live and operate every day. Students also developed their team building skills, social skills, problem solving and, of course, physical fitness.”

More: Boeing employees worldwide take part in events to mark the day »

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