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Open Day at MS Therapy Centre this Thursday

Posted on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 9:12 pm by Nikki Hallur

The West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The MS Therapy Centre located in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke is holding an Open Day this Thursday (28th April) from 9.15am to 2pm. The Centre will be welcoming visitors for tours, information, and talks, as well as providing drinks and cakes. Funds raised from stalls will go towards the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the MS Therapy Centre, as the event is a joint venture involving both organisations. The MS Therapy Centre is situated in Bradbury House on Wheatfield Drive and “provides support to all people with neurological conditions”.

Open Day at the West of England MS Therapy Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre is a charitable organisation that moved to Bradley Stoke in 2012 in order to serve people in the greater Bristol area through treatments such as physiotherapy, oxygen treatment, acupuncture,  reflexology and aromatherapy. It also runs clinics for continence advice, chiropody, employment issues, and benefits as well as a number of social groups. The MS Therapy Centre is holding the Open Day as part of Multiple Sclerosis Awareness week, partly because it aims to draw attention to its services which many people are unaware of. Deputy Manager at the Centre, Sophie Willingale, informed us that the Centre serves “around 300 people, although there are around 1,000 people in the area dealing with MS who we would like to reach.”

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease affecting the central nervous system and comes with “a range of symptoms that differs from person to person”. Sophie told us that people are usually in their 20s and 30s when diagnosed and there are three times as many women diagnosed as men. The MS Therapy Centre also supports people living with other neurological conditions, and the Open Day is for everyone who would like to find out what the Therapy Centre does. The Centre also has opportunities for volunteers; the Open Day itself will be run by members and volunteers, alongside staff who are passionate about their work.

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Programme for Saturday’s official skate park opening event

Posted on Friday 22nd April 2016 at 4:17 pm by SH (Editor)

New skate park official opening event.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has issued an approximate running order for its ‘new skate park official opening’ event, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 23rd April):

  • 10.00am to 1.00pm – Prep for event
  • 1.00pm to 1.15pm – Official opening/ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches
  • 1.15pm to 1.45pm – ‘Free session’ (everyone can use the park)
  • 1.45pm to 2.30pm – Scooter demo and jam
  • 2.30pm to 3.15pm – Demos plus skateboard and BMX jam (split between disciplines)
  • 3.15pm to 3.45pm – ‘Free session’ (everyone can use the park)
  • 3.45pm to 4.30pm – Demos plus skateboard and BMX jam (split between disciplines)
  • 4.30pm onwards – Free session, thanks, product toss

The new skate park is located in the grounds of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, BS32 9BS.

More information: Bradley Stoke Skatepark on Facebook

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Bus service changes on 73 & X73 routes effective from Sunday

Posted on Thursday 21st April 2016 at 10:03 pm by SH (Editor)

A First West of England X73 bus at the Linden Drive stop in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bus operator First West of England has announced changes to the timetables of the 73 and X73 services, with effect from this Sunday (24th April).

The frequency of the 73 service between 10am and 3pm Monday through Friday will be reduced to ‘every 15 minutes’ (currently ‘every 12 minutes’). The frequency on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays will remain the same.

On the X73 service, the current 5.20pm journey from Bristol city centre to Bradley Stoke will depart five minutes later at 5.25pm.

The new timetables are available online from First Group and Traveline South West.

Jenny MacLeod, General Manager for First in Bristol

“In reviewing our services recently we realised that many of our buses on Service 73 are running with a very small number of customers during the off-peak part of the day. To reflect this we will slightly reduce the frequency from every 12 to every 15 minutes (still providing four buses an hour).”

“At peak times, the current 12-minute frequency will remain, providing five buses an hour throughout the rush hours. These very minor changes to the 73 are part of a range of actions we are taking to create a more sustainable timetable that can withstand the extra congestion everyone in Bristol is facing at the moment.”

The off-peak frequency of the 73 service was reduced from ‘every 10 minutes’ to ‘every 12 minutes’ in August 2014, at the same time that the X74 service was introduced (and the Wessex 13 service withdrawn).

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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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New Aztec West/A38 road widening works likely to begin next month

Posted on Wednesday 20th April 2016 at 8:38 pm by SH (Editor)

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

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has confirmed its intention to begin a new set of roadworks on and around the Aztec West Roundabout next month.

The new scheme, which is completely independent of the MetroBus work currently being carried out in the area, is being funded as part of an £18.1 million Growth Deal award made to the West of England LEP.

SGC says the work is necessary 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.

Features of the scheme include:

  • Widening of the A38 approach to the roundabout from the North (from Junction 16) to provide six lanes entering the junction (compared to the existing four). This will enable two lanes to be dedicated to each of the key traffic movements (left to Bradley Stoke Way, straight on to the A38 towards Filton, and right turn to the Aztec West Business Park).
  • Widening of the eastern side of the circulatory carriageway to provide four lanes through this part of the roundabout (two serving the straight on movement to the A38 south and Filton, and two serving the right turn into Aztec West Business Park).
  • Installation of new pedestrian and cycle controlled crossing points across three arms of the roundabout (Bradley Stoke Way, Aztec West and A38 to the north).

A full description of the scheme, along with a detailed drawing, can be found on the council’s website at http://bit.ly/aztec-1508

More: Detailed statement from South Gloucestershire Council »

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Local school now part-powered by sunshine

Posted on Tuesday 19th April 2016 at 8:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Solar panels being installed on the roof of Bradley Stoke Community School.

Solar panels have been installed on the roof of Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS), producing an immediate saving in electricity costs which is expected to continue for the next 20 years.

The 250 kilowatt installation incorporates in the region of 1,000 panels mounted on an extruded railing system connected via cabling into a ground floor switch room.

The project has been funded by South Gloucestershire Council and will provide a double benefit to the community as the school will gain from reduced electricity bills while the council receives income from the school for the purchase of the generated electricity.

The school plans to make the most of the educational benefits, with a large performance display being situated in the school’s reception area showing power output, cumulative generation and CO2 offset. In addition, a web-based data logging system will be provided to give generation and export data with an option for staff to use this information output for educational purposes. The science and maths departments are already exploring opportunities to incorporate the technology into lessons so that ‘live’ data can be used in the classroom.

It is expected that the system will generate around 25% of the school’s daytime demand (when weather conditions allow) and provide a significant reduction in annual electricity costs.

BSCS executive headteacher Dave Baker commented:

“Prudent financial management and an ability to think innovatively to maximise our resources is as important as ever in what is a challenging environment for all schools. This project could provide significant cost savings for the school which will provide additional resources for learning and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the environment.”

More: Panels could also be installed at Abbeywood Community School »

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