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Free book giveaway on World Book Night

Posted on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

World Book Night 'givers' at Bradley Stoke Library.

World Book Night on Thursday 23rd April will see enthusiastic readers across South Gloucestershire hand out free books in their communities.

During the afternoon, Bradley Stoke Library staff will be in the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre foyer giving out books.

More books will be given away during the afternoon by volunteers at the Willow Brook shopping centre.

There are 49 individual book givers taking part across South Gloucestershire this year, all keen to share their favourite books from the specially selected official World Book Night list. The full list of this year’s titles is available online at

This annual celebration of reading and books sees tens of thousands of volunteers across the country give away specially chosen and printed World Book Night books to people in their local areas who don’t regularly read. Each volunteer will hand out 20 copies of their favourite book. By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country, World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that it starts them on their reading journey.

Reading for pleasure is a globally recognised indicator in a huge range of social issues from poverty to mental health, yet in the UK 35% of people don’t regularly read.

World Book Night brings together a powerful collaboration of national partners – publishers, printers, distributors, libraries, booksellers, private donors, trusts and foundations – to inspire more people to read.

South Gloucestershire Council is encouraging residents of all ages to get reading this year as part of its Time 4 Reading campaign, which will provide a range of exciting activities, programmes and partnerships throughout the year designed to improve literacy.

Photo: Local book ‘givers’ pictured at Bradley Stoke Library.

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Opticians to host quiz in aid of Hope for Morgan

Posted on Tuesday 21st April 2015 at 12:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Morgan Walker.

A Bradley Stoke opticians recently pledged to support Hope for Morgan during 2015 and will continue its fundraising efforts this Friday (24th April) with a pub quiz.

Specsavers, based in the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, is holding a charity quiz night at Little Stoke Social Club from 7.30pm. Teams of either four or six can enter for £3 per person with all money going to Hope for Morgan, a charity set up to support local boy, Morgan Walker, 11, who has cerebral palsy. Teams are asked to register before the event at the Bradley Stoke store or Little Stoke Social Club.

Ed Stanleigh, store director at Specsavers in Bradley Stoke, said:

“With the help of customers and passersby, we managed to raise a fantastic £253 from our first charity event for Morgan. It was also great that we could welcome Morgan and his family into the store to share their story.”

“The team has put in a lot of effort so far and we hope to continue our fundraising right through 2015, with some really fun events coming up later in the year. So if you fancy yourself as a bit of a quiz master, please come and show your support this Friday while doing your bit for a local cause.”

Hope for Morgan.

Hope for Morgan was set up by his parents, Zoe and Darren Walker, to help raise money to fund his treatment, while raising awareness of his disease. Although there is no cure for Morgan, the money raised will provide him with an operation to improve his quality of life.

For more information or to make a donation, pop in to Specsavers, Unit MU4 The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS32 8EF, call 01454 275 020 or visit

See also: Hope for Morgan Facebook page

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Wessex Water announces £25m sewer relief scheme to support new housing

Posted on Sunday 19th April 2015 at 11:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Map showing proposed final phase of the Frome Valley relief sewer between Frampton Cotterell and Bradley Stoke.Wessex Water has announced that it will be constructing a multi-million pound scheme in South Gloucestershire to provide significant additional sewer capacity for new developments at North Yate, Harry Stoke and Emersons Green.

The scheme, costing around £25m, will see the completion of the Frome Valley relief sewer to provide extra capacity in the sewerage network and help protect homes and the local environment from flooding risk.

The first sections of the Frome Valley relief sewer were laid around north Bristol and near Yate in the 1980s and 90s. Wessex Water now wants to complete the project by constructing a 5km long pipeline that will run east to west between Frampton Cotterell and Bradley Stoke.

Project manager Paul Godfrey said:

“For many years we have wanted to complete the Frome Valley relief sewer, so we’re pleased the project has now been given approval and support by Ofwat, and construction will take place within the next five years.”

“It will ensure the sewerage network can cope with significant ongoing and future development and provide much needed extra capacity.”

Wessex Water said it was in the early stages of the scheme and added that construction is likely to start in 2017/18.

During the coming months, the firm will be carrying out environmental and engineering surveys to determine the best options for developing the pipeline route.

Mr Godfrey added:

“We will initially be talking to landowners and stakeholders, but as soon as we know more about exactly where the underground pipeline will go we will liaise with local communities.”

The Frome Valley relief sewer is one of many projects included in Wessex Water’s £2 billion investment programme to maintain and improve services between 2015 and 2020.

Image: Map showing proposed final phase of the Frome Valley relief sewer (click to enlarge).

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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Local candidates announced for South Glos district elections

Posted on Saturday 18th April 2015 at 10:12 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council.

Candidates for the South Gloucestershire district elections, which take place on the same day as the general election (Thursday 7th May), have been officially announced.

Perhaps the most intriguing contest in the local wards will be in Bradley Stoke North (1 seat), where the incumbent, Ben Walker, elected in 2011 on a Conservative ticket, defends his seat after an acrimonious defection to UKIP in May 2012. Despite Cllr Walker’s relatively high public profile, gained through two terms as Bradley Stoke mayor and his current candidacy for the Filton and Bradley Stoke parliamentary seat, the Conservatives will be hoping that their candidate, Paul Hardwick (a Bradley Stoke town councillor since September 2012), can return the seat to the blue fold. The other candidates are Dawn Clode (Liberal Democrat) and Philip Edwards (Labour).

Eight candidates contest the Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge ward (2 seats), where incumbents Brian Hopkinson (Conservative) and Sarah Pomfret (Conservative) both stand for re-election. Independent candidate Rebecca Strong, who contested this ward in 2011, also stands again. Former district councillor Jon Williams (Liberal Democrat), defeated in 2011 by Ben Walker in Bradley Stoke North, is a surprise contender. The other four candidates are Anne Addison (Labour), Stephen Barr (UKIP), Sarah Drake (Liberal Democrat) and Natasha Thwaites (UKIP).

Residents in Bradley Stoke South (2 seats) will have at least one new councillor on 8th May, as one of the incumbents, Rob Jones (Conservative), is not standing for re-election, having moved to North Somerset during his term in office. John Ashe, the other Conservative incumbent, stands again, along with party colleague Roger Avenin (a Bradley Stoke town councillor since May 2007). They are opposed by six other candidates: Davis Addison (Labour), Anthony Blake (Labour), Tom Crawley (UKIP), Derrick Powell (UKIP), Andrew White (Liberal Democrat) and Christine Willmore (Liberal Democrat).

Some parts of the south of Bradley Stoke actually lie in the Stoke Gifford district ward (3 seats), where two of the incumbents, Brian Allinson (Conservative) and Keith Cranney (Conservative), stand for re-election. Here, the Green Party puts up its only candidate across the four local wards, Richard Burton. The other candidates are Ernie Brown (Conservative), Benjamin Campbell (Liberal Democrat), Andrew Chubb (Labour), Louis Crawley (UKIP), Ginge Dangerfield (UKIP), Dayley Lawrence (Labour), Ben Scott (Labour), Laurence Walker (Liberal Democrat) and Becky Williams (Liberal Democrat).

Bradley Stoke residents contesting out-of-town district wards include town councillor Ben Randles (Conservative) standing in Filton, town councillor Ed Rose (UKIP) standing in Patchway and Caroline Sullivan (UKIP) standing in Almondsbury.

The Journal understands that votes in the district elections will be counted on 8th May at Thornbury Leisure Centre, with the results being announced in the late afternoon/early evening.

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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 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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