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Safer and Stronger Group meeting on Thursday

Posted on Wednesday 29th October 2014 at 11:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Safer and Stronger Community Group.

Residents have the chance to voice their opinions on matters affecting the local area at a meeting of the Bradley Stoke Safer and Stronger Community Group (SSCG) this Thursday (30th October) at the Baileys Court Activity Centre, Baileys Court Road (BS32 8BH; 7pm start).

SSCGs influence how services are delivered locally, establish longer-term plans to improve areas, help prevent future problems, and deal with current local issues.

The meetings are attended by representatives from the local police, fire service, health service, Bradley Stoke Town Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

Priority issues identified at the previous meeting in July, for which progress will be reported at this month’s meeting, include:

  • Speeding on Savages Wood Road, near the Willow Brook Centre
  • Unsafe shared cycle/footpath on Bradley Stoke Way between Aldi and Tesco roundabouts”.

New local community issues listed on the agenda are:

  • Greencore Prepared Meals – odour complaints
  • Speeding in Woodlands Lane
  • Pear Tree Road – danger at pedestrian crossing
  • Three Brooks Nature Reserve – youths / anti-social behaviour
  • Footpath from Braydon Avenue to the Nature Reserve – various issues

Anyone can attend an SSCG meeting and raise concerns about issues in the local community. The meeting then agrees on a small number of priority issues, for which actions are assigned to the appropriate authorities.

More info: Bradley Stoke Safer and Stronger Community Group

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Willow Brook goes spooky for Halloween

Posted on Tuesday 28th October 2014 at 9:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Halloween Fun at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke.

The Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke is hosting a fun filled day of free spooky fun for Halloween on Friday 31st October.

The fun kicks off at 11am with the first of four Zombie Disco shows from Bread and Butter Theatre. There will be plenty of spooky comedy, music, fun and games from the two hapless zombies at noon, 1pm and 2pm.

Children will be able to show off their creative skills at a Halloween craft workshop, where they can make fantastic bats or mini witches to take home.

There will be face painters there to create scary faces ready for trick or treating later on Friday. Children will even get the chance to try traditional apple bobbing.

Other activities and attractions on offer include:

  • Pumpkin carving with Bradley Stoke in Bloom
  • Suzie the Snake, hosted by Pets at Home
  • Dog rescue charity Bristol DAWG with some of their dogs

Activities and attractions will run between 11am to 3pm (see schedule).

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are putting on a really fun packed Halloween event this year with loads of interesting things for children of all ages to do.”

Related link: What’s On in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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Appeal for information after woman assaulted on Savages Wood path

Posted on Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 3:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Police cordon tape.

Police are appealing for help or information after a woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted in Bradley Stoke.

It happened at around 10.40pm on Sunday 19th October. The 44-year-old woman was walking home along a path that runs beside Savages Wood on Bradley Stoke Way.

A man came up from behind and grabbed her, but she managed to elbow him and break free and run away. She was shocked but not physically hurt.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, of medium build and taller than 5ft 6ins. He had mousey brown scruffy hair and was wearing dark trousers and a black hooded top that he pulled up over his head.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has any information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 108957/14.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

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New bus service to restore daytime link between Brook Way and Parkway Station

Posted on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 8:06 pm by SH (Editor)

New no. 83 bus service between Kingswood and Thornbury via Bradley Stoke.

A new bus service being introduced by First on 3rd November will restore the daytime link between the southern section of Brook Way and Bristol Parkway Station, which was lost when the 73 and 74 routes were merged in August 2013.

This new 83 service will provide journey opportunities between Thornbury and Kingswood, while also serving Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke, Parkway, UWE (Frenchay Campus), Fishponds and Hillfields. Buses will run hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes.

From the Aztec West Roundabout, buses will travel down Bradley Stoke Way to the Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi), before traversing the full length of Brook Way, and on to Parkway via Orpheus Avenue and Hatchet Road.

Timetables for the new service will be available soon on the First Bristol and Bath website (but are already available on the Traveline South West website). Hard copy timetables should be available from the First travel shop in Bristol from 31st October.

Image: Extract from the route map for the new 83 service (also shows the 81 and 82 routes) – click to enlarge.

In other bus service news, Bradley Stoke town councillor Tom Aditya is calling for a new direct bus service to be introduced between Bradley Stoke, Southmead Hospital, the city centre hospitals and Bristol Temple Meads Station.

In a letter published on The Journal website, Cllr Aditya says he believes there is a demand for such a service due to the many Bradley Stoke residents who work at the hospitals or need to visit them regularly for treatment.

Cllr Aditya has arranged for South Gloucestershire Council’s Transport Operations Manager Roy Steele to attend a meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Planning & Environment Committee on Wednesday (22nd October), where the matter will be discussed.  Members of the public who support the introduction of such a service are encouraged to attend the meeting where they will be able to air their views and ask questions during the ‘submissions from the public’ session.

The meeting takes place at the Jubilee Centre, starting at 7pm.

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Everyone’s welcome at Bradley Stoke’s friendly running group

Posted on Friday 17th October 2014 at 7:48 pm by SH (Editor)

North Bristol Running Group, an informal group of runners based in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Sheila Wilcox introduces Bradley Stoke’s friendly running group…

North Bristol Running Group meets regularly in Bradley Stoke and consists of a local and friendly group who enjoy running together and supporting each other to train.

Training runs set out at 6.30pm from Bradley Stoke Doctors’ Surgery on Brook Way and we communicate our training plan via the ‘North Bristol Running Group’ Facebook page.

The group is completely free of charge and members can attend as and when they can.

Runs on Tuesday evenings are generally aimed at those new to running and runs tend to be longer and faster as the week progresses.

We have enjoyed a great summer of running through the Bradley Stoke nature reserve and have taken some of our runs to other parts of Bristol as part of a series of ‘Summer Sizzlers’.

It’s time now to buckle down to winter training and it’s a great time to start running regularly.

If you are interested in joining us please join our Facebook page or contact Alan Wilcox on 07890 182387. Everyone is welcome!

Photo: Members of the group prepare to set off on a run from Bradley Stoke Surgery.

This article originally appeared in the October 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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