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Discover Festival events in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 25th September 2014 at 2:13 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Discover Festival 2014.

The Discover Festival is back for its third year, with an exciting programme of over 200 events to help you discover something new in South Gloucestershire. The festival runs from 11th September to 31st October. Activities include nature walks, heritage open days, advice sessions, concerts and crafts – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The festival is organised by South Gloucestershire Council, local residents, community groups and businesses.

Upcoming Discover Festival events in Bradley Stoke include:

Saturday 27th September 11am – 1pm at Bradley Stoke Library
Hedgehogs in our environment – a family workshop
Enjoy two short talks followed by hedgehog story and craft activity. No dogs allowed except guide dogs. Age: Not suitable for under 3s. Booking required.

Sunday 28th September 10am from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
Autumn nature walk
From birds to berries; from moths to mushrooms – find out about the amazing diversity of suburban wildlife on this guided walk. The walk will be in the natural environment over uneven ground; so regrettably will be unsuitable for wheelchairs or buggies. Participants should wear suitable footwear and weatherproof clothing. Bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs allowed except guide dogs. Age: 6+

Friday 3rd October 6.30pm from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
Bat walk in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve
In our after-dark walk, you’ll be provided with a ‘bat detector’ and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. This walk will be in the dark, over uneven ground, and regrettably is not suitable for wheelchairs or buggies. You will need to wear warm clothes and stout shoes and bring a torch. No dogs allowed except guide dogs. Age: 6+. Not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites. Booking required.

Saturday 4th October 10am – 4pm at Bradley Stoke Library
Discover Bradley Stoke Radio – BSR 103.4FM
Drop in and meet volunteers from your local community radio station. Discover what we do and how you can get involved.

More Discover Festival events (taking place after 4th October) will be listed in the October edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine.

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What improvements would you like to see at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre?

Posted on Sunday 21st September 2014 at 8:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

South Gloucestershire residents are being invited to have their say on possible improvements to Bradley Stoke and Longwell Green Leisure Centres.

Both centres currently experience very high demand and the council is considering how facilities could be improved to better meet the needs of the community.

At the same time, the council is looking to reduce the amount of subsidy it pays to Circadian Trust, as the operator of the two centres.

Initial ideas for improvements to facilities include:

  • Extended gym facilities
  • Better dance studio/exercise class space
  • Activity rooms that can be used for meetings and parties
  • Improved catering facilities (at Longwell Green)
  • Improved facilities for children and families
  • Improved facilities for a wider range of sports
  • Additional parking provision
  • Reconfiguring internal layout to make more efficient use of space

The public consultation period runs until 30th September.

Further information is available on the council’s consultation webpage:, via telephone number 01454 868154 or from local South Gloucestershire leisure centres, libraries and ‘one stop’ shops.

This article originally appeared in the September 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Bradley Stoke in Bloom prize winners announced

Posted on Thursday 18th September 2014 at 8:59 pm by Sara Messenger

Maureen Hopkins (left) receives the 2014 Bradley Stoke in Bloom 'Best Front Garden' award from Sara Messenger and Cllr John Ashe (Mayor of Bradley Stoke).

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

Our annual Best Front Garden competition was judged at the end of July and it gives us very great pleasure to announce the winners! First place has again been awarded to Maureen Hopkins, who impressed the judges with the quantity and quality of plants and the character of her front garden. We could see that gardening is a labour of love for Maureen and her personal warmth and charm is reflected in her garden. With 92½ points, second place went to Alisa & Richard Aquilina, the judges were impressed by their flourishing pots; and with 89 points third place was awarded to Margaret Howdle with her colourful hanging baskets.

We had only planned a 1st prize, but were so impressed by the gardens we saw that we decided to also award a 2nd and 3rd place this year. 1st prize is a trophy engraved with the winner’s name, a meal for two voucher donated by the Harvester Restaurant and a £25 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre. For both 2nd & 3rd, the prize is an engraved dibber; 2nd place will also receive a £10 garden voucher donated by Almondsbury Garden Centre.

Thank you to these companies, to Timpson’s for the large discount given on the trophy engraving and to Mayor John Ashe for handing out the prizes.

Our Best Planted Pot competition had an unforeseen hitch. We had asked everyone to bring their pots to the carnival for judging, but with no parking allowed on site it became impractical to carry them there. So that the engraved trophies don’t go to waste, it has been suggested that we re-run this as a Winter Planted Pot competition. Watch this space!

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Shutters stay down at Phones 4u store as firm enters administration

Posted on Monday 15th September 2014 at 9:17 pm by SH (Editor)

The Phones 4u store at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol, pictured on 15th September 2014 after it had been announced that the mobile phone retailer had been put into administration.

The shutters stayed down at the Phones 4u store in Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre today (Monday 15th September) after it was announced that the mobile phone retailer had been put into administration.

The picture was the same at more than 550 other Phones 4u stores across the country, leaving a total of 5,595 employees (including those at concessions within Currys and PC World stores) with an uncertain future.

The store closures follow a decision by mobile network EE to stop selling phones through the Phones 4u chain, following similar moves by Vodafone, O2 and 3.

Accountancy firm PwC, confirmed this afternoon as administrator for the Phones 4u business, issued a statement saying:

“This is a very sad day for the business and the many people working there. In light of our impending appointment the directors understandably took the decision to close all the shops today and sent many staff home.”

“Our initial focus will be to quickly engage with parties who may be interested in acquiring all or part of the business, and to better understand the financial position and options for the company. The stores will remain closed while we have these conversations.”

“We will also be talking to network operators and suppliers, and trying to access funds to pay for the costs of the business, including wages.”

“These conversations will determine whether we can re-open stores and trade, and also if and when we can pay the arrears of wages to employees. Our hope is that we will be able to pay all the outstanding wages arrears.”

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“Annoying” noise traced to solar farm construction site on Trench Lane

Posted on Saturday 13th September 2014 at 10:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Entrance to the site of an under-construction solar farm at Grange Farm, Trench Lane, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol.

An “annoying beeping noise” heard by hundreds of Bradley Stoke residents since the beginning of September is almost certainly coming from a site on Trench Lane where a massive solar farm is being constructed, The Journal can reveal.

The irritating noise has been commented on by more than a hundred readers on The Journal’s Facebook page since 6th September (see post #1, post #2), who have variously described it as: “loud and annoying”, “like aliens (or a spaceship)”, “a strong beeping”, “like drilling through marble with a blunt pneumatic drill”, “like a movie sonar ping” or “like the Apple Facetime ringing noise”.

Investigations by The Journal’s editor (yesterday) and Journal reader Gary Lewis (today) have both traced the noise to Grange Farm on Trench Lane (between West Country Water Park and St Mary’s Old Boys RFC), where a 19MW solar farm is being constructed on a nine-field 37ha (91 acre) site.

According to a planning application approved by South Gloucestershire Council in January, the facility will comprise up to 95,000 solar panels mounted on metal frameworks.

The noise, which can be heard through the working day Monday to Friday and also on Saturday mornings, is believed to be coming from machines that are being used to hammer thousands of metal stakes into the ground, to a depth of between 1.2m and 1.5m.

Readers have reported hearing the noise in Bowsland Way, Campion Drive, Cooks Close. Dewfalls Drive, Grange Close, Perrys Lea, Westfield Way and near the Willow Brook Centre.

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