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Great season for Bradley Stoke United FC

Posted on Saturday 18th April 2015 at 11:11 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke United FC Under-15 Blacks with representatives of their sponsor Volker Fitzpatrick.

By Simon Hares of Bradley Stoke United FC

Since its formation in 1998, Bradley Stoke United FC (BSUFC) has provided football for both boys and girls in the Five Stokes area.

Bradley Stoke United prides itself with having players of all abilities.

Our 17th season has been good, with our Under-15s, Under-13s and Under-11s all looking for promotion. Our Under-12s currently stand second in Division 1. Our younger age groups also continue to impress, with the Under-10s and Under-8s both playing great football.

The club is fortunate to have excellent support from the local business community. This season, Volker Fitzpatrick and AJ Homes are providing much appreciated sponsorship for both our Under-15 teams and our Under-13s.

The 2014/2015 season has also seen the club have its first ever Under-18s team, forming a new partnership with Hambrook FC, which gives our youth players a route into adult football. This has been so successful that next season will see us running two Under-18 teams.

BSUFC will once again be holding its Football Fundays from June onwards. The sessions, held at Patchway Sports Centre on a Saturday morning, have proved hugely successful. These fun and structured sessions, held by our own FA Level 1 coaches, are aimed at providing boys and girls with a fun footballing experience, giving an opportunity to learn skills and meet new friends. The age groups these sessions are open to are under-10s, under-9s, under-8s, under-7s and under-6s. There will also be a Tigers session for under-5s.

If you have a child who wants to play football or you yourself would like to get involved in coaching, there are many opportunities within our friendly club. Just visit our website www.bsufc.co.uk and hit the ‘contact us’ button.

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 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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Plans for third August Carnival take shape

Posted on Thursday 16th April 2015 at 8:47 am by SH (Editor)

The 2014 Bradley Stoke Carnival parade approaches Manor Farm Roundabout.

By Andy Ward, Bradley Stoke Carnival Committee

The third Bradley Stoke Carnival will take place this year on Saturday 29th August. The Carnival Committee, which is made up entirely of local community-spirited people, has got back together once again to bring the family atmosphere of Carnival back to our town. If you enjoy getting involved with events such as the Carnival and fancy helping out please do get in touch with us.

The Carnival is in the early stages of planning at the moment, and we are looking for community groups, charities or local small traders who may be interested in having a pitch on the Jubilee Field. We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to take part in the parade. The theme this year is ‘party’, so you could perhaps dress up in your glad rags or come in fancy dress, it’s really up to you as to how you interpret the theme, just so long as it’s fun and colourful. Community groups with uniforms may like to join the parade to show off their uniform with pride. We are working on a new parade route this year, which will give you all a chance to show off your outfits to even more people as you walk along the route. Prizes will be awarded again this year to those judged to have the best costumes.

We are once again hoping to bring an afternoon of quality live music for you to enjoy with your family and friends, so don’t forget to bring a picnic, maybe a blanket and some chairs, settle down and enjoy the day. A licensed bar will also be available.

If you are interested in playing at the Carnival, please do get in touch via the carnival email address below, we are looking for bands that can entertain people of all age groups and of various different genres.

More: Live music and funfair over the Bank Holiday weekend »

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Plan for new helicopter base near Almondsbury Interchange

Posted on Monday 13th April 2015 at 9:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed new helicopter base for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and National Police Air Service in Almondsbury, Bristol.

Property consultants Alder King have announced the selection of a preferred site for a new helicopter base to serve the needs of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and National Police Air Service.

Currently based at Filton Airfield, the air ambulance and police helicopter service has been looking for a new site for their joint helicopter base since last September.

The proposed new site is on farmland close to the M4/M5 junction, just across the M5 motorway from the RAC building in north Bradley Stoke.

Following community consultation events held in Almondsbury last month, The Journal understands that a formal planning application is now likely to be made to South Gloucestershire Council within the next few weeks.

A leaflet made available at the recent consultation events states:

“After looking at hundreds of sites in the West of England region, the Almondsbury Interchange site is the only one that meets the needs of both helicopter services. 90% of the site would remain as grass, with 10% providing a small area of hard standing, a hangar for the helicopters and a new access road.”

For further information, contact the Filton Airfield community relations team on 0800 073 1047 or mail@filtonairfield.co.uk

Image: Outline plan of the proposed new helicopter base (click to enlarge).

More information: New helicopter base near the M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange (The Journal)

An abridged version of this article appeared in the April 2015 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.

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Round Table plans £10,000 charity giveaway in Dragons’ Den style contest

Posted on Sunday 12th April 2015 at 6:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Dragons' Den logo.

Downend Round Table, which covers the Bradley Stoke area, has announced that it will be giving away £10,000 to local worthy causes at a Dragons’ Den style evening next month.

As well as registered charities, the organisation says it is prepared to consider “pitches” from all types of groups and even individuals who have a specific need such as wheelchairs or home adaptations.

Expressions of interest should be made online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/D7F9D5D

The closing date for applications is 8pm on 24th April.

Applicants will be notified if they been successful by 1st May, in order to give them chance to prepare for the Den.

Those who make it through selection will get the chance to present to the Downend Dragons at 7pm on 8th May at Resound on Blackhorse Road.

This will be based on a 5-minute presentation (format of your choosing, but laptop or performance area available) followed by 5 minutes of questions from the Dragons.

Contestants will be encouraged to bring their supporters along to make an entertaining evening for all participants.

For more information, visit downendrt.co.uk

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 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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Bradley Stoke Way speed check results in 64 warning letters

Posted on Friday 10th April 2015 at 10:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Community Speed Watch members in action on Bradley Stoke Way.

By Derrick Powell, Bradley Stoke Community Speed Watch Coordinator

On Saturday 14th February, we conducted a Speed Watch on Bradley Stoke Way, near the Willow Brook Centre, with four regular team members, two new members and PCSO Ben Sheward. One of the new members was the newly appointed coordinator for the Pilning area, and a new member for the Bradley Stoke team.

In total, the number of vehicles passing through during a two hour watch was 1,054. Out of these, 64 were clocked exceeding the speed limit of 30mph and the drivers will therefore receive a warning letter from the police. Additionally, one vehicle was observed undertaking in the bus lane.

Any driver who receives three warning letters will receive a summons and have their licence endorsed.

Elsewhere, I have made an application to South Gloucestershire Council to erect three police warning ‘tri-signs’ in Sherbourne Avenue, due to the amount of excessive speeding in this area, in anticipation that they may prevent a serious accident.

Avon and Somerset Police will be conducting a Speed Awareness Week sometime in April at Yate town centre; Community Speed Watch will also be attending to talk to any pedestrian or motorist about speeding and its consequences.

Photo: Community Speed Watch members in action on Bradley Stoke Way.

More info: Community Speed Watch

This article originally appeared in the April 2015 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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