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Balloon launch marks official opening of BSCS primary phase

Posted on Friday 9th October 2015 at 10:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of the primary phase at Bradley Stoke Community School.

Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) celebrated the official opening of its new primary phase on Monday 21st September, the day on which its first cohort of 30 Reception pupils spent their first whole day at the school.

To mark the occasion, the children released balloons from the playground and BSCS executive headteacher Dave Baker presented a plaque to Sharon Clark, primary phase headteacher, recognising the new facility’s membership of the Olympus Academy Trust (as part of BSCS).

Cllr Roger Avenin, Mayor of Bradley Stoke, cut a yellow ribbon to officially open the facility, assisted by the eldest and youngest students currently at BSCS – Victoria King from the Post-16 centre, and Eloise Davies from the new Reception class.

The new opening makes BSCS one of only three all-through schools (serving ages 4 to 19) in South Gloucestershire.

Speaking to The Journal after the opening, Reception class teacher Geraldine Rogers said her new pupils had settled in “really well”. Activities planned for the coming weeks include Forest School sessions (jointly with BSCS secondary students), baking and PE.

Start and finish times for the new primary phase (which has its own ‘walk-through’ entrance) have been staggered from those of the secondary phase, to ease potential congestion.

More photos from the official opening »

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Still time to win £1,000 for your local community group, if you act quickly!

Posted on Thursday 8th October 2015 at 9:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Vodafone Community Connection Awards, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Community groups in and around Bradley Stoke have just one more week to apply for a £1,000 windfall – offered courtesy of mobile phone giant Vodafone, which has a retail store at the town’s Willow Brook shopping centre.

Community Connection Awards are Vodafone’s way of “giving something back” to the communities in which their stores are located, and are intended to help charities that have a real, positive impact in the local area.

Journal readers are being asked to nominate the project or cause that they deem to be the most deserving of the Bradley Stoke store’s £1,000 award.

Entries received so far have included a Bradley Stoke club for the elderly wanting to fund a coach trip for its members, and two local youth groups seeking funds to buy musical instruments and sporting equipment.

Previous winners of Vodafone Community Connection Awards offered by other Vodafone stores around the country have included a group providing recycled appliances and furniture to those in need, a charity supporting families with at least one child who are going through difficult times, a sports club for people with disabilities and a lunch club for elderly people.

How to nominate

Email with ‘Vodafone Community Connection Award Nomination’ as the subject line.

Please state the name of the charity you are nominating along with a contact name and telephone number for them.

Explain what the money would be used for and why the cause deserves to be chosen, in no more than 200 words.

Please also include your name, address and a day-time contact number.

Alternatively, you may write, with the above information, to Vodafone Community Connection Award, Bradley Stoke Journal, 83 Snowberry Close, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 8GB.

Emails and letters must be received by 5pm on Monday 12th October 2015.

More: Qualifying criteria that must be met by nominated causes »

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MetroBus construction off to a troubled start

Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at 9:55 pm by SH (Editor)

MetroBus build: Modified road sign on the southbound A38 at at Aztec West.

Construction of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package MetroBus scheme in Bradley Stoke got off to a troubled start during the first week of September, with a road closure and diversions being implemented ahead of the advertised time and complaints about confusing and inconsistent road signage on the approach into Bradley Stoke from the southbound A38.

The closure of a short section of Woodlands Lane between its junctions with Bradley Stoke Way and Ash Ridge Road was advertised as starting on 2nd September, with contractors Alun Griffiths telling the local media that the closure would be “put in place after the evening rush hour, so from 7pm onwards”. However, road users were surprised to find the road already closed at midday, a change which Griffiths attributed to a council instruction to bring forward the start time to after the morning rush hour, in order to gauge how the new light timings and the diversions would work.

Signage on the A38 southbound approach to the Aztec West Roundabout, where the number of lanes available to traffic heading for Bradley Stoke was reduced from two to one, immediately came under fire from motorists, who complained that existing signage and road markings had not been altered to be consistent with the new lane definitions shown on temporary signs.

With the left lane of Bradley Stoke Way coned off, motorists obeying the temporary signs and using lane 1 on the A38 were brought into conflict with those incorrectly using lane 2 (now designated A38 only) attempting to make the left turn into Bradley Stoke, resulting in much horn tooting and impolite gesturing.

To add to the overall confusion, diversion signs erected on Woodlands Lane to show the alternative route for reaching Bradley Stoke Way displayed “Great Stoke Way” rather than “Bradley Stoke Way”.

As the first week wore on, motorists who had to endure lengthy queues at peak times along the diversion route (in particular Pear Tree Road), voiced frustration that no work appeared to be taking place within the closed-off section of Woodlands Lane.

More: Belated responses from Griffiths »

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Out now: October 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine

Posted on Monday 5th October 2015 at 8:23 pm by SH (Editor)

October 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine.

There’s a strong schools theme in the October edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, delivered over the last few days, including the official opening of the new primary phase at Bradley Stoke Community School and the news that pupils at Meadowbrook Primary School have scooped a prestigious national wildlife photography award.

Other stories report on the start of work to extend Virgin Media’s cable network in Bradley Stoke (although the company remains silent about it), plans to convert the town’s street lights to LED technology and the troubled start to MetroBus construction.

Some of the many other articles in this month’s magazine cover the introduction of bus lane enforcement cameras, prosecution of fly-tippers, community support for Syrian refugees, a campaign for more lights in the local nature reserve and news of a local pub’s entry into the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Community groups and businesses getting a mention include Lloyds Banking Group, Abacus Pre-School, Ronnie’s Fruit, Veg & Salad, St John Ambulance, South Gloucestershire Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Patchway Army Cadets, Aspirations IFA, Dunkley’s Accountants and the Willow Brook Clinic.

Useful link: Online resources relating to articles in this month’s magazine

For those who don’t live in Bradley Stoke, you can pick up a copy of the town’s number one news magazine at Bradley Stoke Library. Copies are also be available at many other public places in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Stoke Lodge, Patchway, Filton, Almondsbury and Winterbourne. The magazine can also be read online at (from Tuesday morning; also available via the Magazine tab on our Facebok page).

Interested in advertising in Bradley Stoke’s only MONTHLY news magazine? Call our sales team on 01454 300 400 to find out how we can give your business MONTHLY exposure for less than you are paying in an annual or quarterly publication.

This month’s magazine has been delivered to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Total print run: 10,100.

The next edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine will be distributed on the weekend of 31st October/1st November 2015; the copy deadline is 19th October. Contact us NOW if you have a suggestion for an article.

Proud to be local: The Bradley Stoke Journal magazine is the only locally-edited print publication serving Bradley Stoke.

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Emergency services deal with overturned car on Brook Way

Posted on Thursday 1st October 2015 at 5:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Overturned car on Brook Way, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The emergency services were called to attend a road traffic incident on Brook Way, Bradley Stoke this afternoon (Thursday 1st October) in which a car flipped over near the junction with Merryweather Close.

Police and paramedics attended the scene at around 1.30pm and found a red VW Polo lying on its roof and causing an obstruction to southbound traffic.

A police spokesperson later reported that the driver had climbed out of the vehicle and had not sustained any serious injuries.

Police officers and PCSOs directed the traffic whilst the incident was being dealt with.

A message on The Stokes and Severnside police Twitter feed at 3.17pm reported:

“Accident dealt with on Brook way. No offences. #drive safely.”

Read more: Discussion on the BSJ Facebook page.

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