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Bradley Stoke couple celebrate five years of working together

Posted on Thursday 27th November 2014 at 8:18 am by SH (Editor)

Rachel and Gary Wilson, owners of Cafe2U Bristol North.

Local residents Gary and Rachel Wilson are this month celebrating five years working together in their van-based, coffee-making business, Cafe2U.

The couple, who have been married since 1999 and lived in Bradley Stoke for the last 15 years, serve high-quality, barista-style, espresso-based coffee, to office workers in ‘non-traditional work locations’ i.e. business and industrial parks, across the region including Aztec West Business Park, Woodlands Business Park, Parkway North, Hambrook and Patchway.

Cafe2U is the world’s largest mobile coffee franchise system. It currently has over 200 franchisees across the world including over 60 in the UK.

Before buying their Cafe2U business, Gary was made redundant from the printing industry and Rachel worked for the Royal National Institute for the Blind. The couple say they had never thought of working together or even of being self-employed until Rachel saw Cafe2U on television and identified an opportunity to regain some control in their lives and to reap the rewards of their own hard work, with a self-employed business.

The couple, who say that they really enjoy working together, are out on the van every day and put their success down to working well as a team, each able to fulfil all roles within the company, from making the coffee to paying the invoices and organising marketing and advertising campaigns.

They say it also helps that they passionately ‘love’ coffee themselves and know how important it is that each cup is the very best they can make.

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Iceland to open store at Willow Brook Centre

Posted on Monday 24th November 2014 at 11:32 am by SH (Editor)

Frozen food specialist Iceland is to open a store at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Frozen food specialist Iceland is to open an outlet at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

The new Iceland store, which is expected to start trading at the end of February 2015, will be located in the ‘retail terrace’ unit currently occupied by shoe retailer Brantano.

Signs on display at the Brantano store, which opened at Willow Brook back in July 2009,  indicate that it will cease trading on Saturday (29th November).

Iceland is said to be currently recruiting about 20 staff for its new Bradley Stoke store.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are delighted to have Iceland opening at Willow Brook. The frozen food retailer will add another dimension to our strong food offer at the centre.”

Launched in Oswestry in 1970, Iceland is amongst Britain’s fastest-growing food retailer with a network of more than 800 stores, annual sales in excess of £2.6 billion and over 25,000 staff around the UK.

Australian singer Peter Andre has recently been signed to front the retailer’s advertising campaign.

• In a reader poll conducted on the Bradley Stoke Journal website during September 2013, the top three types of store that people said they would like to see open at the Willow Brook Centre were: (1) A post office; (2) A clothing store; and (3) A bank. See the full results on our Polls Archive page.

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Lions Club honour for BSCS student Louis

Posted on Thursday 20th November 2014 at 10:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Lions Club presentation to Louis Cox.

A student at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has been recognised by the local Lions Club for volunteering to help people less fortunate than himself in the local community.

A Young Leader in Service Gold Award was presented to Louis Cox by Bradley Stoke Lions President Robin Young and Lion Dr Harmandar Gupta during a Year 11 assembly at the school on Friday 17th October.

Louis Cox was awarded a Gold Certificate by Lions Club International for giving freely to work volunteering to help others. All over the world young people are not being recognized for the time and effort they put in assisting, caring and supporting individuals and others in their family and their community. Lions International initiated a project worldwide “Young Leaders in Service” to commend those who achieve fifty hours, Silver, or one hundred hours, Gold, in 12 months.

Louis has a disabled younger brother who suffers from non-terminating epileptic convulsions which if not observed and reacted to immediately could well prove final. All through Louis’ life, he has been involved in watching out for, assisting and caring for Toby but in the last three years since he was 12 he has been trained in first aid, resuscitation, delivering rescue medication and obtaining ambulance support enabling him to be responsible for Toby for short periods, giving his parents an opportunity for respite.

Despite all the time he devotes to Toby, Louis has also given freely of his time to the Bradley Stoke Lions Club to help them raise funds; to his school, on a bike ride in memory of one of its students; and raising funds for Diabetes Research.

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Mr Bloom actor Ben Faulks to switch on Willow Brook Christmas lights

Posted on Monday 17th November 2014 at 10:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Willow Brook Centre Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Children in Bradley Stoke are in for a real treat when CBeebies’ Mr Bloom, actor Ben Faulks, switches on the Christmas lights at the Willow Brook Centre this Saturday (22nd November).

Ben, who is starring as Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome, will light up the town at 5.30pm.

The fun packed day starts at 11am when Santa opens his grotto, a first for Willow Brook. The grotto will be open every weekend in the run up to Christmas and weekdays after the children break up from school. Tickets for the grotto are £4.50 and that includes a present.

Bjorn the polar bear.

At 2pm, there will be the first of three fabulous shows on the hour from Bjorn the polar bear. The stunning lifelike polar bear and his herder Ursula will perform three nature documentary-style talks where children will be able to learn all about bears and their arctic habitat. There will even be an opportunity for brave children to feed and even stroke the polar bear.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“It is going to be a busy day but we want to get everyone in a really festive mood. There will be something for shoppers of all ages to enjoy.”

The following weekend, on Saturday 29th November, Magpies and I will be organising a Christmas market at the Willow Brook Centre, where shoppers will be able to buy unique handmade and vintage gifts for Christmas. The market will be open from 10am to 5pm.

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom makeover for Willow Brook town square

Posted on Sunday 16th November 2014 at 10:12 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke in Bloom volunteers are welcomed by Willow Brook staff

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

The Common East
Following on from our last workday at The Common East, our insect hotel has been a real success! It has delighted both young and not so young and, each time we go back, we meet many local children who are all eager to learn about the different habitats we’ve created and keen to show us which is their favourite. The pond is looking so much better and as you peer over the edge you will see the sticklebacks darting for cover. We have been contacted by a local bee keeper, who is interested in placing two hives in the orchard. If this were possible it would be great that Bradley Stoke could boast of its own honey, as well as the bottled apple juice that we’re planning. In the spring we will return to plant more wild flowers.

October Workday
Inspired by our insect hotel, Holy Trinity School parents wanted to create their own and invited BSiB to help them with their big build. There was a big turnout of very enthusiastic builders and everything was going well until a delay in extra pallets arriving sadly forced the group to stop for a very welcome tea and doughnut break! The children, who were all members of the allotment club, really enjoyed themselves and soon became very proficient in using saws and hammers. To complete the new hotel, strawberry plants and a fabulous painted sign were added.

While Gill and Sara were eating doughnuts, Sarah was busy pruning the Brook Way herb garden and Ceri & Andy were at the Manor Farm roundabout, planting Daffodil bulbs in the verges and looking after the flower bed. It’s surprising just how many weeds can grow in only a few weeks, but it is again looking amazing and has received many compliments. BSiB were also often thanked for cutting back the overhanging bramble and bushes that crowded the path. In November we return to our usual public workday, when we will again tackle the garden behind the Doctors’ surgery on Brook Way. Please come and join us, even if you can only manage a couple of hours.

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