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Update from SGC on the Aztec West Roundabout / A38 southbound widening scheme

Posted on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 11:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign advertising consultation on a road widening scheme at the Aztec West Roundabout.

Work on this non-MetroBus project commenced in May 2016 and was estimated to last 12 to 18 months.

In response to an enquiry from the Journal asking if it is now complete, an SGC spokesperson said:

“All of the major construction work relating to the original programme has been substantially completed within the £4.5m budget and on time.”

“A small number of outstanding items remain, including the erection of advanced direction signs, which are on order. This work will not impact traffic flows during peak times.”

“A project of this size requires the completion of a post-construction ‘road safety audit’ which has also been requested. It is hoped that the remaining items and any issues arising from the road safety audit will be completed in the new year.”

There has been a series of major faults with the new traffic signals on the Aztec West Roundabout since these were installed as part of the scheme.

A full description of the scheme, along with a detailed drawing, can be found on the council’s website at

See also: Aztec West Roundabout A38 Southbound Widening Scheme (The Journal)

This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 23). 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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Remembrance Sunday in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 9th December 2017 at 11:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of young people addressing the audience.

By Katherine Robinson of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

This year saw a record number of attendees to our annual Remembrance Sunday parade and ceremony in Bradley Stoke. The parade had more than 300 young people from nine other local youth groups who joined us (the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group –main organisers of the event). Groups parading this year were the Trident Explorer Scout Unit, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, 1st Stokeway Rainbows, 2nd Bradley Stoke Brownies, 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies, 1st Little Stoke Scouts, South West Winterguard Academy, St John Ambulance Cadets and 37th Squadron (Frampton Cotterell) ATC. The parade was also joined by our local mayor Cllr Andy Ward, South Gloucestershire councillor Roger Avenin, Jack Lopresti MP and the Reverend Paul Hinckley.

As the parade moved along the route (led by our Scout marching band playing songs from Vera Lynn), it was protected by our extensive team of volunteer parents/group leaders who became parade marshals or road junction pointsmen. We were also very fortunate to have our local police and the St John Ambulance teams in attendance. We would like to thank everyone who helped to keep us all safe again this year.

Our aim this year was for our young people to take centre stage in the leading and actual running of the ceremony. This is in keeping with the Scout Association’s “youth led” philosophy that encourages young people to grow and develop their independence and responsibilities. Consequently, the ceremony was solely conducted by our young people who addressed the audience using three themes: The Battle of Passchendaele (in the First World War) commemorating it’s 100th anniversary, Vera Lynn (the “forces sweetheart”) celebrating her 100th birthday this year and, finally, four of our young Scouts used their own moving words to recall their summer trip to the D-Day beaches of Normandy. They then went on to introduce Paul Hinckley to give a sermon, before leading the formal act of Remembrance.

More: National anthem was played by Filton Concert Brass Band »

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Bradley Stoke hit by surge in bike thefts

Posted on Thursday 7th December 2017 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a bike parking shelter at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

An update on a previous article published on 17th November.

Local police are advising cyclists to review their security precautions after thirteen bikes were reported stolen from public locations within Bradley Stoke over the last twelve weeks.

Incidents recorded in November have included five bikes being taken from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (over three separate days), one from the Willow Brook Centre, one from Bradley Stoke Community School and one from Jubilee Green.

These incidents come after three bikes were stolen from outside homes or communal parking areas during September (in Snowberry Close, Manor Farm Crescent and Woodlands Lane) and two others taken from the Willow Brook Centre (one in each of September and October).

The latest figures are significantly higher than those from a year ago, when just one bike theft was recorded in Bradley Stoke over the corresponding three month period commencing 1st September 2016.

Police say that in most cases the thieves appear to have cut locks, however, in at least two cases the bikes had been left insecure.

Several of the bikes stolen from the leisure centre, at times between 8am and 4pm, are believed to belong to students at the nearby Bradley Stoke Community School. Despite the school providing on-site bike parking facilities, it is believed that some students are parking their bikes at less secure locations elsewhere in order to avoid being given a detention for arriving at school when not wearing a cycle helmet.

The parents of a number of young people who have had bikes stolen from the leisure centre have been critical of the venue’s commitment to deterring bike thefts, claiming that CCTV coverage of bike parking areas is inadequate and saying that the centre needs to “up its game”.

More: Police undertake plain clothes patrols at Willow Brook »

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Wedding bells and Christmas bells for Stokes Singers

Posted on Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 6:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stokes Singers celebrating the marriage of Philip and Rebecca.

Local community choir Stokes Singers were delighted to be part of a very special day when their musical director Philip Lawrence married choir member Rebecca Amery. The happy couple met at weekly rehearsals and soon found that they were very much in tune. Singing at their autumn wedding was the tenth event of the choir’s Sing 25 challenge and proved a happy occasion for all involved.

Poster for Stokes Singers' Christmas concert 'Bring a Silver Jingle'.

As the festive season approaches, the choir are putting the finishing touches to the next performance. Their Christmas concert ‘Bring a Silver Jingle’ takes place on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm at Church of Christ the King, Mautravers Close, Bradley Stoke, BS32 8EE. Special guests will be the Barn Ringers from Lincombe Barn, Downend, who bring their own unique brand of handbell and chime music. If you like to sing along there will be an opportunity to join in traditional carols and the programme will include music for all tastes. Interval refreshments will be in aid of the nominated charity Brain Tumour Support, which is based in Thornbury and offers support to families throughout the area. Tickets (adult £5; child 5-16 years £2) will be available on the door or in advance from choir members or Liz on 01454 614148.

In the new year, weekly rehearsals will re-start on Thursday 4th January at 7.30pm at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway. It will be a big year for the Singers as they celebrate their 25th birthday in the summer, and January is a great time to start something new. Musical directors Sian Walters and Philip Lawrence would love to welcome new voices to the choir for the busy schedule which already includes a performance at Temple Meads Station in the spring. Membership secretary Liz can give you further information on 01454 614148. There are no auditions and the first two rehearsals are free of charge.

Photo: Stokes Singers celebrate the marriage of their musical director Philip Lawrence and fellow choir member Rebecca Amery.

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