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Alice event at Willow Brook this Tuesday

Posted on Sunday 29th May 2016 at 10:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Alice in Wonderland event at the Willow Brook Centre.

The Willow Brook Centre is celebrating the release of the new ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ film with an Alice themed spectacular on Tuesday 31st May.

Bradley Stoke youngsters are in for a wonderful day of free craft with lots of amazing Alice characters appearing in the shopping centre throughout the day.

Alice on stilts.

There will be fun and slapstick from a pair of giant playing cards. The acrobatic duo will perform three tumbling walkabouts around Willow Brook.

Children can also meet the rather silly stilt walking Mad Hatter and Alice at the event. The Queen of Hearts will also be there towering above shoppers and being impossible.

There will be a Wonderland craft workshop outside Card Factory for youngsters to get creative making Mad Hatter’s hats and fluffy flamingoes, plus an Alice trail around Willow Brook to find the white rabbits hidden in the shops to win a sweet treat.

Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are looking forward to a curiouser and curiouser day of impossible Alice themed fun. There will be lots of unusual and colourful sights to see.”

The event runs from 11am to 3pm.

This article originally appeared in the June 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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Elaine Hardwick is Bradley Stoke’s new mayor

Posted on Wednesday 25th May 2016 at 9:04 am by SH (Editor)

Cllr Elaine Hardwick, elected Mayor of Bradley Stoke in May 2016.

At Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday 11th May, Cllr Elaine Hardwick was elected to the position of mayor of Bradley Stoke.

The outgoing mayor, Cllr Roger Avenin, welcomed everyone to the meeting and explained that it was his pleasure, as his last action in the role of mayor of the town, to present cheques to the two recipients of the mayor’s charity.

A total of £7,275.30 had been raised over the past year, to be split between the Age UK South Gloucestershire Branch and RSPCA Bristol & District Branch, both receiving 50 percent of the total, amounting to £3,637.65 each. Representatives from both groups accepted the cheques.

Upon Cllr Hardwick’s election to the position of mayor, she thanked all councillors for her nomination and, after signing her declaration of acceptance of office, took the chair of the meeting. She thanked Cllr Avenin for his marvellous work as mayor during the past year. She then announced that her two mayor’s charities for 2016/17 will be Heartful Dodgers and Transplant Sport UK.

Cllr Hardwick has been a sitting councillor in Bradley Stoke since 2011 (currently representing the Woodlands parish ward).

Source: Press release from Bradley Stoke Town Council

More; Photos of the outgoing mayor’s charity cheque presentations »

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‘Blooming Great Tea Party’ for Marie Curie

Posted on Thursday 19th May 2016 at 10:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party.

The Five Stokes Fundraising Group is hosting a ‘Blooming Great Tea Party’ to raise funds for Marie Curie on Saturday 21st May.

The event, which runs from 2pm to 4pm at Stoke Gifford Baptist Church, Rock Lane (BS34 8PF), will include teas/coffees and a assortment of cakes.

All the money raised will help Marie Curie provide more free care to people living with a terminal illness in their own homes in Bristol.

Fundraising group member Jackie Scott said:

“We hope that as many local people as possible will join us at our event and help support Marie Curie.”

Marie Curie provides expert care, guidance and support to help people living with a terminal illness get the most from the time they have left.

• More information from or 07855 564806.

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Holland & Barrett store to open at Willow Brook on Wednesday

Posted on Monday 16th May 2016 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

The new Holland & Barrett store at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke.

A new Holland & Barrett store is to open this Wednesday (18th May) at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre.

The store is located within the mall unit previously occupied by Excellence Spa, between Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse.

The unit has been closed since the Excellence Spa business suddenly ceased trading in mid-August 2015, leaving some customers with unredeemed gift vouchers. It was repossessed by the landlord in October 2015 and was subsequently used for a short period as a pop-up shop selling Christmas products.

Refitting of the store began late last month and stock filling has taken place over the last few days.

Holland & Barrett, the UK’s leading retailer of  vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements, has a number of other stores in the Bristol area, including one at Cribbs Causeway, one in Kingswood, one in Clifton and three in the city centre.

The Journal understands that the opening day will be marked with the distribution of goody bags and special offer leaflets.

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New Aztec West/A38 roadworks begin today

Posted on Monday 16th May 2016 at 12:05 am by SH (Editor)

Roadworks sign on Park Avenue, Aztec West Business Park, Bristol.

A new set of long-term roadworks at Aztec West gets under way today (Monday 16th May).

The  scheme, which involves widening the A38 southbound approach to the Aztec West Roundabout, widening the eastern side of the roundabout to provide four lanes, installing new light-controlled crossings for pedestrians and cyclists across three arms of the roundabout and widening the shared use footway/cycleway either side of the A38 between the roundabout and M5 junction 16, is expected to take between 12 and 18 months to complete.

Funded as part of an £18.1 million Growth Deal award made to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the project is separate from the MetroBus work currently being carried out in the Bradley Stoke area.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the work is necessary to “mitigate the impact of traffic arising from new developments”, such as the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood where 5,700 new homes are expected to be constructed by 2027.

In response to a query from the Journal, SGC confirmed that footway works in Park Avenue, necessitating off-peak (9.30am to 3.30pm) lane closures, would commence on Monday 16th May.

The major carriageway works associated with the Aztec West scheme are not planned to begin until next year, after the Bradley Stoke Way section of the MetroBus works has been completed.

Contractor compounds incorporating portable offices and welfare units have already been set up on the Bradley Stoke and Aztec West Business Park sides of the roundabout.

SGC has set up a dedicated webpage set up for the scheme, at, which it said would be kept up-to-date with phasing plans and traffic management areas. However, information about the first phase of the scheme had not been published on the webpage at the time this article was prepared on Sunday evening.

More information: Plan of the work being carried out [PDF]

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