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Bradley Stoke in Bloom 2018 Best Front Garden competition: The winners

Posted on Saturday 22nd September 2018 at 10:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of prize winners (1st & 2nd place in both the 'large garden' and 'small garden' categories).

An update from Sara Messenger of the Bradley Stoke in Bloom group.

We were comforted to know that it wasn’t just us who surrendered to the heatwave; several of our competition ‘regulars’ told us they wouldn’t enter this year, as they just couldn’t keep up with the watering. But the nine gardens that did enter certainly put on a show! We split the competition into two categories this year, ‘large’ and ‘small’ garden, which were all judged on the same criteria: well-kept frontage, quantity/quality of plants, outstanding character and well-kept lawns/paths.

The gardens were incredibly diverse in look, from David & Jenny’s subtle strawberry & black grass spiral and Richard & Alisa’s hanging baskets to Maureen’s colourful butterflies and Terry & Mike’s towering containers.

As the standard of gardens increases each year, so does the difficulty of choosing a winner, and this time around we weren’t able to agree on a single winner! But it gives us very great pleasure to finally be able to announce our 2018 results!

The prizes were awarded on 23rd August by Mayor Ben Randles at Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Large Garden first prizes are the Best Front Garden shield for a year (shared between the two winners), an engraved glass trophy to keep, a framed certificate, a gold medal engraved with the winner’s name, a bottle of bubbly and a £20 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Large Garden third prize is an engraved glass trophy to keep, a framed certificate, a gold medal engraved with the winner’s name, a bottle of bubbly and a £10 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

More: Full list of prize winners and runners-up »

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Drive Vauxhall extends sponsorship of BSYFC girls’ teams

Posted on Friday 21st September 2018 at 9:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the BSYFC U9 Girls in their match kit sponsored by Drive Vauxhall Bristol North standing next to a Vauxhall Crossland X vehicle .

Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) has set up a new U9 girls’ team to play in the Bristol Girls’ League this coming season (2018-19) and local car dealership Drive Vauxhall Bristol North has stepped in to provide sponsored match kit for the team.

The U9 girls were presented with their new kit at a photoshoot where they posed alongside a badged-up BSYFC-branded Vauxhall Crossland X which had been brought along by Drive Vauxhall.

Lee Lawson, BSYFC U11 Girls coach, said:

“It’s fantastic to see an increase in the number of girls wanting to play and participate in football. They all look great in their new kit. All the coaches (volunteers) are excited to have been able to create a U9 team and are looking forward to seeing them play competitive football.”

“Drive Vauxhall were contacted to see if they’d like to sponsor the new team and we’re pleased that they jumped at the chance and will now be match day sponsors for the U9, U11 and U13 girls’ teams, showing great commitment to the BSYFC girls.”

“The girls, parents and coaches would like to thank Drive Vauxhall Bristol North for their new and continued sponsorship and support.”

The main coaches for BSYFC Girls U9 – U13 are Level 1 and 2 FA qualified and they also have two female coaches currently completing the Level 1 FA course.

BSYFC was established in 1998. It is an FA Charter Standard Community Club covering all age ranges from Reception age upwards. It also runs football sessions for children with disabilities.

Parents of any children wanting to give club football a try can find further details on the Bradley Stoke Youth FC website

Photo: BSYFC U9 Girls in their sponsored match kit standing next to the BSYFC-branded Crossland X vehicle.

This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 9). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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New bus lane cameras go live in the Stokes

Posted on Thursday 20th September 2018 at 10:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a sign warning of bus lane cameras on Bradley Stoke Way.

A set of five new bus lane enforcement cameras has been installed in South Gloucestershire, three of them at locations along the M1 MetroBus route through Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

Locally, the cameras are:

  • On the Bradley Stoke Way junction onto the A38 Gloucester Road southbound (Aztec West)
  • On Bradley Stoke Way northbound, just before Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi)
  • On the Stoke Gifford By-Pass northbound, just before Parkway North Roundabout

The camera at the top end of Bradley Stoke Way (Aztec West) went live in early July. As we went to press, all but one of the other four new cameras were understood to be operational.

A penalty charge notice (PCN) will be issued to anyone who infringes the bus lanes and this will include a secure web link to a video showing the offence.

A South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) spokesperson said:

“Each potential infringement will be reviewed by a qualified officer and if there were any mitigating factors, such as needing to pull over for an emergency vehicle, then we wouldn’t issue the PCN.”

Cllr Paul Hughes, SGC Cabinet member for communities, said:

“These new cameras will help us tackle the abuse of bus lanes and bus gates by unauthorised vehicles, and also help ensure that buses and emergency vehicles can reach their destination without unnecessary hold-ups.”

“We are not trying to catch anyone out, we want the cameras to be easily visible and we have made an effort to ensure that signs and road markings are as clear as possible to motorists. Hopefully, motorists will avoid incurring penalties by not driving in lanes reserved for buses.”

The monitoring system uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) to identify unauthorised vehicles and generate penalty notices.

More: New cameras cost £178k. Hundreds of PCNs already issued. »

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Another year of “excellent” GCSE results at BSCS

Posted on Monday 17th September 2018 at 9:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of top performing GCSE students at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) students are celebrating another excellent set of GCSE results. The results come quick on the heels of the school’s inspection by Ofsted in May, which saw it rated ‘good’ in four of the areas measured and ‘outstanding’ in two.

A number of subject areas have performed exceptionally well – 70 percent of students achieved the government’s Basics measure in English and maths, with 87 percent of students in English achieving grade 4s or above and 72 percent grade 5s and above, both significantly above national averages. Student outcomes in science were excellent too, even with the significantly more challenging new curriculum. Here, 80 percent of students achieved a grade 4 or above and 53 percent were awarded a grade 5 or above, both well above national averages.

BSCS headteacher Steve Moir, commented:

“I’m absolutely thrilled for our students that their immense hard work has paid off to produce another brilliant year of results.”

“There are so many success stories, not just from the individuals in the spotlight for achieving the top grades, but for every young person who has surpassed their own personal targets and made remarkable progress, sometimes in very challenging circumstances.”

“This success is also the result of the dedication of our amazing staff, as well as the parents and families of our young people who do so much to help and support us.”

“Huge congratulations to all concerned. We wish students every success for the future.”

More: Some of the outstanding individual performances »

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