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Bradley Stoke burglary thought to be linked to others on same day in neighbouring areas

Posted on Thursday 19th January 2017 at 9:22 pm by SH (Editor)

CCTV stills showing men the police would like to speak to in connection with a number of burglaries in north Bristol on 17th January 2017.

Police are appealing for information after three homes in Bradley Stoke, Stoke Lodge and Filton were burgled on the same day earlier this week.

The burglaries took place at residential addresses on Tuesday (17th January), in the late afternoon and evening, and police believe they are all linked.

The first took place shortly after 7pm at a house on Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke. The suspects forced entry into the property, made an untidy search and then stole a number of items.

The second incident took place at 7.20pm when three men forced their way into a house in Clyde Grove, Filton. Once inside, they threatened the homeowner with violence before stealing a number of valuables.

The men have been described as white, wearing dark clothing and with hats and scarves covering their faces. It is thought they left the area in a dark coloured saloon-type car.

Then, at 7.30pm, another burglary took place at a home in Bourton Close, Stoke Lodge.

The offenders forced entry via a first floor window before stealing a number of items including cash and alcohol.

Police are also linking these offences to an attempted burglary at a property on Filton Avenue at 5.45pm the same day.

More: "A robust investigation is well under way," say police »

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Bradley Stoke Way to be closed overnight for three nights starting this Wednesday

Posted on Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 7:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign advertising planned overnight and weekend closures of Bradley Stoke Way during January 2017. The road closures are associated with construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus route.

MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths have announced that a section of Bradley Stoke Way is to be closed overnight for three nights later this week. The closures are the first of a series that are expected to take place over the next four weeks and are required to facilitate the final resurfacing of the road following the installation of new bus lanes.

A statement on the Griffiths community webpage reads:

“Bradley Stoke Way will be closed for surfacing westbound only between Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi) and the Aztec West Roundabout on Wednesday 18th January for three nights from 8pm to 5am. Diversion signs will be in place to divert traffic through Stoke Gifford for access to the Aztec West Roundabout during these times only.”

“Surfacing work will continue daytime in closed lanes with key work off-peak hours.”

“All surfacing work is weather dependant. Restrictions will be lifted if it is possible for us to complete ahead of schedule.”

“We thank you for your patience and apologise for any disturbance and inconvenience whilst we complete this essential work in this area.”

Traffic management plan for a temporary closure of Bradley Stoke Way.

The section of road to be closed is shown in red on this extract from the traffic management plan, originally published last July (see right; click to enlarge). The full signed diversion route, which extends as far as Station Road in Filton, can be viewed via the following links

[Ed: Those with local knowledge are likely to be able to find shorter alternatives to the official diversion route.]

Access for residents of Orchard Gate will be maintained at all times.

More One full weekend closure will also be required »

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Anorexia survivor launches charity fundraising campaign

Posted on Friday 13th January 2017 at 8:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Anorexia survivor Sophie Mitchell, who is embarking on a year of fundraising for the Beat charity.

A young woman from Bradley Stoke who suffered from anorexia from the age of 12 is organising a programme of local fundraising events throughout 2017 in aid of Beat, one of the UK’s leading eating disorders charities.

Sophie Mitchell, now 20, spent nearly six months in hospital around the time of her sixteenth birthday and has only recently returned to a healthy weight.

Having the condition for such a long period of time also affected Sophie’s education, as she explains: “When I did my GCSEs, all of my friends did between ten and 15 subjects and I had to drop quite a few subjects – which meant I only did five GCSEs – as I wasn’t coping with the amount of work that was required.”

After years of turmoil caused by the illness, Sophie’s life took a turn for the better in March 2016 when she met Joanna Nowak, a personal trainer at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. From being in state where she felt she was “drifting away” as her physical and mental health deteriorated, Sophie says Joanna has been instrumental in completely transforming her life through a programme of dietary advice and exercise.

Although she says her battle is “far from over”, she has set herself the target of raising £500 for Beat through a range of events in 2017 that is expected to include quiz nights, bake sales, karaoke nights, a sponsored swim and participation in the Bradley Stoke 10k Run on 11th June.

Sophie’s first fundraising event of the year will be a quiz night at the Baileys Court Inn starting at 9pm on Sunday 15th January. She hopes to stage further quiz nights and raffles later in the year at the Three Brooks pub and the Beaufort Arms in Stoke Gifford.

To find our more about the upcoming quiz night or any of the other events, visit the ‘Fundraising for Beat 2017 Events’ page on Facebook or contact Sophie at

Donations can also be made online at

More: Sophie’s story – in her own words »

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Abacus @ Meadowbrook impresses Ofsted

Posted on Thursday 12th January 2017 at 1:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff and children at Abacus @ Meadowbrook Pre-School in Bradley Stoke celebrate their recent 'outstanding' Ofsted report.

A Bradley Stoke pre-school is celebrating after being awarded a full set of ‘outstanding’ grades in a recent Ofsted inspection.

Abacus @ Meadowbrook, which has been established in free-standing accommodation within the grounds of Meadowbrook Primary School since 2014, was visited by an inspector at the end of November and she concluded that the quality and standard of early years provision at the pre-school is now ‘outstanding’ in all four assessment categories.

The latest result is a step up from the ‘good’ grade awarded to the setting at its previous inspection in May 2014.

In her summary of key findings, the inspector praises the manager, Amanda Lacey, for being an “inspiring and enthusiastic leader of her team” and remarks on the “highly effective relationships” that the setting has with Meadowbrook Primary, other agencies and the local community.

Communications with parents are said to be “excellent”, a factor which helps foster a partnership that “contributes very successfully to the children’s impressive outcomes”.

Children with English as a second language are judged to make “impressive progress” and the children “respect and celebrate differences and diversity”.
The environment and resources at the pre-school are said to be “excellent” and children enjoy an extensive range of learning opportunities both inside and outside the accommodation.

Reacting to the report, Abacus @ Meadowbrook manager Amanda Lacey said:

“We would like to thank all of the staff, parents and children for their continuing support. Our striving to develop and maintain relationships within the local and wider community has enhanced the children’s play and learning opportunities whilst our dedicated team continues to provide a wonderful learning environment for all of the children. Our directors and all of the staff are all thrilled with the outcome and have been enjoying the celebrations this week.”

Jon Barr, headteacher at Meadowbrook Primary, added:

“The Ofsted inspection result has made us very proud at the school. Our partnership at Abacus, since January 2014, has been about building outstanding practice. We are pleased that this has now been recognised.”

More information: Abacus @ Meadowbrook Ofsted report

This article originally appeared in the January 2017 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 15). The magazine is 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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Four-day lane closure on A38 southbound at Aztec West starts this Thursday

Posted on Tuesday 10th January 2017 at 9:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Work under way on the Aztec West Roundabout A38 southbound widening scheme.

South Gloucestershire Council has announced plans to close the inside lane of the A38 southbound approach to the Aztec West Roundabout for four days later this week, in order to carry out a “significant” gas main diversion.

The move breaks an assurance given by the council prior to the commencement of the project that major carriageway work would not be carried out on the A38 until “after the Bradley Stoke Way section of the MetroBus works has been completed”.

The work on the A38 is being funded as part of an £18.1 million Growth Deal award made to the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and is intended to “mitigate the impact of traffic arising from new developments”, such as the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood where 5,700 new homes are expected to be constructed by 2027.

The upcoming carriageway work, which is being carried out jointly with Wales & West Utilities, will commence on the morning of Thursday 12th January, when a lane closure will be placed on the A38 southbound. This will reduce the number of traffic lanes from four down to three. The lane closure will then stay in place throughout the whole of the following Friday, Saturday and Sunday while the gas diversion is being completed. It is anticipated that the diversion will be finished in time for reopening the lane for the morning peak of Monday 16th January.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said:

“The work has been planned for January in order to have the least impact on traffic, although motorists are advised to allow additional journey time to mitigate for any delays.”

Commenting on the overlap with the ongoing MetroBus works on Bradley Stoke Way, the spokesperson added:

“The current major construction work taking place on the A38 southbound is advanced utility work and this has been planned and booked many months in advance. Unfortunately, delays in the MetroBus project will see an overlap of work. However this has been mitigated as much as possible by removing the central reserve, creating an additional lane, and 24-hour working over a four day period. Cancelling the work was not possible without causing major impacts on budgets and the timing of the overall construction programme.”

More: Work brought forward following discovery of additional gas mains »

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