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Easter Bunny Bike Ride for all the family

Posted on Friday 18th April 2014 at 7:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Family fun on the Easter Bunny Bike Ride around Bradley Stoke.

Not sure what to do with the kids this Easter? After three years of successfully organising a family Easter Ride, the Stokes Cycling Club are becoming pros and are raring to go for the next one.

The event is completely FREE and if you are stuck with ideas of what to do with the kids on Easter Sunday then come and join us for a few hours of fun!

The last three years has seen numbers grow year on year, and for 2014 we hope to keep going with the tradition and it would be great if even more families come and see what we are all about.

Poster for the Easter Bunny Bike Ride.

There will be a choice of a 3 or 6 mile ride to which everyone is welcome. This is aimed at families including children of all ages, whether in trailers, tag-alongs, or on their own bikes.

To keep it fun there will be a quiz and if you manage to answer all the questions then the top three winners will receive a rather tasty Easter Egg, sponsored by Wards Solicitors, who have kindly supported us again this year. For everyone who enters there will be a little treat for taking part.

Please come along on Sunday 20th April between 10am and 12pm to register. See you there!

Photo: Family fun at last year’s event.

This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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New club’s successful Open Day to be followed by Easter ‘Owl’ Hunt

Posted on Thursday 17th April 2014 at 7:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Open Day at the Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club.

An ‘owltastic’ time was had by all at the Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club Open Day on Saturday 29th March.

Children enjoyed arts and craft activities, including making Mother’s Day gifts and cards. Parents were able to tour the fantastic facilities and meet the team at Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club. They finished the afternoon with an owls and birds of prey display provided by Owl Occasions.

The club’s next event will be an Easter ‘Owl’ Hunt at the Jubilee Green Park on Monday 21st April from 11am -12 noon (weather permitting). Children and parents are welcome to attend and staff from the club will be there to answer any questions and join in the fun!

Bradley Stoke Wise Owls Club is a new after school and holiday club that opens soon at the Jubilee Centre. Rather than just providing child care for parents who work, a wide range of activities will be on offer for the children to take part in. There is an educational aspect to the club too, where children will receive half an hour group tuition in Maths and English from a qualified teacher.

For more information contact Luci Walker at or phone 07938 192973.

Photo: Staff, visitors and owls at the Open Day on 29th March.

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Stoke Lodge school wants new access route from Jubilee Centre site

Posted on Thursday 17th April 2014 at 10:15 am by SH (Editor)

Proposed new access route into Stoke Lodge Primary School from the Jubilee Centre.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has given “in principle” agreement to a proposed package of measures that would allow pupils to access Stoke Lodge Primary School through a new gate from the Jubilee Centre site.

Representatives of the school and South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) attending a council meeting on 12th March said the new gate, combined with a new footpath linking it with Savages Wood Road, would provide a safer off-road route for the many pupils of the school who live in Bradley Stoke.

The proposals also include extending the overflow car park at the Jubilee Centre to provide 16 additional places and possibly introducing traffic calming measures at the entrance to the site.

Stoke Lodge Primary School currently has a two form entry, meaning that the total number of children attending is 420, of which about 180 (42 per cent) are said to live in Bradley Stoke. However, SGC has announced plans for the school to expand to three form entry (630 pupils in total) by September 2016 and it is expected that many of the additional pupils will also come from Bradley Stoke.

Currently, a significant number of children from Bradley Stoke access the school by walking along Savages Wood Road and then taking the footpath that connects it with School Close. The town council estimates that 30 – 50 parents park in the Jubilee Centre each day and walk their children along this route.

However, many others are taken to the school by car, which adds to congestion in School Close, where police have raised concerns about road safety.

The proposals were broadly welcomed by councillors. Cllr Robert Jones said it was right to encourage walking to school but welcomed the fact that the representatives weren’t trying to hide the fact that some people would still want to arrive by car. Mayor Brian Hopkinson, who is also a councillor for the Stoke Lodge ward on Patchway Town Council, said it would only be people from Bradley Stoke who would park at the Jubilee Centre and the proposals would “make our youngsters safe”.

More: Councillor raises concerns about extra vehicle movements »

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Consultation result shows “overwhelming” demand for increased parking provision

Posted on Tuesday 15th April 2014 at 8:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign displayed in the car park of the Brook Way Activity Centre.

A public consultation which asked for ideas on possible future uses for the “underused” hard court area at the Brook Way Activity Centre has found an “overwhelming” demand for increased car parking provision at the shared community centre and doctors’ surgery site.

The survey was called after council members failed to support Mayor Brian Hopkinson’s demand, at a meeting last September, for an instant decision to be made in favour of building on the land, with half of it being given over to the Incredible Kids charity.

A total of 242 responses were received, of which 116 specified improved parking as the sole suggestion. A further 27 responses included parking as one of several suggestions, meaning that 59 per cent of respondents asked for something to be done about parking.

A “new building” of some form was suggested by 49 respondents (20 per cent), while six people asked specifically requested the provision of allotments.

Cllr Robert Jones, who had strongly opposed Cllr Hopkinson’s plan, reminded the meeting that the purpose of the consultation had been to “gather ideas” and described the response rate as “terrific”, adding: “Whatever we do, we have to get the car parking right. We need to be conscious of the fact that if we put [some new facility] there, it will increase the demand for parking.”

Cllr Ben Randles agreed that the response in favour of sorting out the parking situation had been “overwhelming” and said it wouldn’t be good for the council “to be seen not to be acting on it”.

However, some other councillors, notably Tom Aditya and Andy Ward, pointed out that the parking problem had become much less of an issue since the surgery introduced disciplinary measures to ensure that its staff are parking off-site, although another, Sarah Pomfret, cautioned that “we need time to monitor the situation, to see if it is maintained”.

It was also noted that the surgery’s enforcement strategy had led to “an increase in staff parking in the residential streets surrounding the site”.

More: Committee asked to produce further report »

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Prehistoric fun at Willow Brook this Wednesday

Posted on Monday 14th April 2014 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Meet Tiny the dinosaur at the Willow Brook Centre.

Children will be able to meet a prehistoric visitor this week when Tiny the stegosaurus comes to the Willow Brook shopping centre in Bradley Stoke.

Tiny, a rather playful 125-million-year-young dinosaur, will be performing three shows at the Willow Brook Centre on Wednesday 16th April – at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Children will be able to meet her, feed her and chat to her in dinosaur language.

The incredibly life-like dinosaur will be joined by Suzanna Stone, a paleontologist who presents a fun and informative natural history show. Children and parents will be encouraged to share their knowledge of dinosaurs and to come up with some scientific theories of their own.

Andy Wynn, Willow Brook manager, said:

“We are looking forward to welcoming Tiny the Stegosaurus to Willow Brook during the school holidays. I’m sure our little shoppers will enjoy the day of free fun.”

Children will be able to to follow the hidden dinosaur footprints around the Willow Brook Centre to win a chocolate treat.

There will also be an Easter craft workshop for children to make bunnies and eggs in time for the weekend.

Source: Press release issued on behalf of the Willow Brook Centre.

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