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Flaming June in the Three Brooks nature reserve

Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 11:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Slow worm.

An update from Sara Messenger of Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group.

Green Gym

We’re always quite busy at this time of year, but this time I think we’ve surpassed ourselves! Our Green Gym ate a lot of cake as we’ve had several birthdays (Geoff, unlike me, doesn’t look a day older) and we had our annual garden party hosted by David and Hilary Baker. Sadly, it was also a farewell party as they are upping sticks and moving away. They will both be greatly missed – Hilary as a wonderful hostess and David for his immense knowledge of the reserve. However, we did manage to work off some of the cake, as we were told that a tree had fallen over the path by Campion Drive, and although SGC had been notified, it was still there. We headed down and SGC and their contractors arrived just as we had finished cutting it back! We bribed, sorry rewarded, them with cake and they chipped all they could and drove the chippings down to the lake so that we could cover the muddiest parts of the lake path to make it safe for the 10k run. We know the run is billed as ‘multi terrain’, but the state it was in would have done neither the runners nor our paths any favours.

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Rang Barse powder paint event proves a hit

Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 11:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Range Barse event at the 2018 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

Event staged by the South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP) gave festival-goers a chance to experience
a fun Indian custom normally associated with celebrations surrounding the Hindu festival of Holi.

A report by the organisers.

The South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP), in partnership with Bradley Stoke Town Council, organised Rang Barse, the Colour Fest, as part of the recent Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

SGAP had made elaborate preparations, with the help of its management committee, comprised entirely of volunteers. We had ordered colours, organised additional volunteers from the community to deal with the colours, worked with the council to produce health and safety instructions, publicised the event in the local media and on social media and produced a set of questions and answers (FAQs). And finally, a selection of the best dance music – Hollywood and Bollywood – was recorded and premixed.

On the day, the event organisers cordoned off an area around the dance stage to ensure that participation would be by choice and only within the designated area. The volunteers, 20 in total, were trained in the use of colours, a powder that is used for similar festivals across the world. Taking place at around 5.30pm, the event started off with a health and safety announcement – about the safe use of colours, our volunteers and the importance of remaining within the cordoned-off area. We started the music, and all of a sudden there were close to 250 people inside the cordon! We were pleasantly surprised. There was a cloud of vivid colours and people were dancing away to the foot-tapping music, which played non-stop for 20 minutes. People from the entire community joined in, adults and children (over 5 years) alike, helped by the fact that this was like a grand finale for the day and they wanted to use every second! People were unrecognisable with their faces and body “rainbowed” with colour.

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Report on the festival youth activities

Posted on Sunday 15th July 2018 at 12:10 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community Festival Skate Jam prize winners in the scooter competition.

By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker

On Saturday, Bradley Stoke Town Council youth workers and young volunteers organised the return, to Jubilee Green, of the popular combination of the skate half-pipe (provided by King Ramps) and street art workshops (courtesy of Paintsmiths). The half-pipe accommodated displays by the pro’ riders, coupled with the chance for festival goers to ‘have a go’ on their skate boards, bikes and scooters. Alongside, some amazing art works were created by young festival goers and over 70 boards were completed and proudly taken home for display, as well as young people contributing to a large art wall.

On Sunday, at the skate park, over 250 people attended the annual festival Skate Jam with competitions in scooter, BMX and skateboard categories. The half-pipe was relocated from Jubilee Green, to offer extra capacity, and a circus skills workshop provided an added attraction. As on Saturday, there were several pro’ rider demos spaced throughout the afternoon, including spectacular displays from Jack Clark of the British BMX Freestyle Team (now an Olympic sport).

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Jack Lopresti MP: News round-up (June)

Posted on Saturday 14th July 2018 at 11:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Jack Lopresti at Farnborough.

An update from Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke.

It was great to attend the Bradley Stoke Community Festival in June. I met with many people, friends and good local causes. It was a brilliant event that was widely supported by the whole community. That same weekend, I also had the pleasure to run the Bradley Stoke 10k! All of these events cannot be the success that they are without the excellent work of volunteers and locally run organisations coming together to help and volunteer with stewarding, first aid, fundraising and running stalls.

In parliament, I recently asked the prime minister if she would encourage the new secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, James Brokenshire MP, to make a long overdue decision regarding the expansion of Cribbs Causeway.

The planned expansion represents huge benefits to Bristol and South Gloucestershire area. It would it create 3,750 permanent jobs, 150 new homes, and 3,000 construction jobs, as well as significant investment in local infrastructure. The prime minister informed parliament that the secretary of state is considering the inspector’s report, and hopes to issue his decision on or before 2nd August. I will be following this closely, and continue to campaign for this expansion that is crucial to our local economy and infrastructure.

Parliament has become extremely busy in recent weeks with the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill continuing its passage through both Houses of Parliament. It recently came back into the Commons, where I supported the government in voting against the Lords amendments. The British people have made their views known and clear; 17.4 million people voted to leave the EU, more than in any other election or referendum in our history. Government must deliver on Brexit and restore our country to a free, sovereign and self-governing nation.

If you would like to discuss anything with me, be it as a resident, organisation or business, please contact my constituency office in Bradley Stoke on 01454 617783 or email me on jack.lopresti.mp@parliament.uk to arrange a suitable surgery time, or to arrange a visit to your premises. For further details, visit www.jacklopresti.com

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