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Easter fun day ahead at Willow Brook Centre

Posted on Sunday 29th March 2015 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Bread & Butter Theatre's Pete and Ged Moss.

Youngsters are in for a day of fabulous Easter fun at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke this Wednesday (1st April).

The Easter Extravaganza organised by Willow Brook will have comedy walkabouts from Bread & Butter Theatre’s Pete and Ged Moss. The two hapless gardeners, along with their musical wheelbarrow full of colourful Easter eggs, will entertain shoppers with songs, jokes a plenty and a little bit of dancing too. The pair will be performing at intervals throughout the day.

Bradley Stoke Radio will be there to provide a party atmosphere. And there will be a free Make and Take workshop to make handprint chicks and bouncing hens to take home for Easter.

There will even be an Easter egg trail to win a chocolate treat. The event starts at 10.30am and finishes at 3.30pm.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“I’m sure that everyone will love the entertainment from Pete and Ged Moss – they are bound to put everyone in the holiday mood for Easter.”

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.

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1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group expands with three new sections

Posted on Thursday 26th March 2015 at 7:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Beaver investiture ceremony at the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

On Friday 20th March a rather unique ceremony took place at the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout headquarters at Brook Way Activity Centre. Due to the incredible demand on the group’s waiting lists (and after months of planning with considerable help from the Scout Association’s Regional Development Team), the group were able to finally realise their ambition to open a further two new Beaver sections, plus another Cub pack. This means that the Group now has four Beaver colonies, three Cub packs, two Scout troops and a partnered Explorer Scout unit, making it one of the largest Scout groups in the country!

The new Beavers and their new volunteer leaders attended the special evening ceremony to say their Promise and become members of the worldwide Scouting movement. Nearly 30 young people and five adults were officially welcomed to the group in front of a packed audience of family, friends and other 1st Bradley Stoke members.

Group Scout Leader Clive Mason led the proceedings by inviting the new adult volunteers to become leaders for the two new colonies. Then the newly appointed leaders were able to call their own new Beavers up in their smaller ‘lodges’ to make the Scout sign and say their Promise. All the young people coped incredibly well with their new-found fame and waited very patiently at the end, as many proud audience members took photographs.

Nick Nelson, Chair of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group, said:

“It is very rare for so many new leaders and young members of the Scout group to join all at the same time and is a reflection of how popular Scouting is. The Group has wanted to offer more spaces for local boys and girls to join for a long time, but this can only happen if there are the adults willing to volunteer to help make it possible.”

“The group still needs more adults (now, more than ever!), so if you have been inspired by seeing all these little smiling faces being given the opportunity for fun and adventure, please take a look at our website www.bradley-stoke-scouts.org.uk, where you can see even more of what we do.”

Photo: Beavers and leaders pictured after the ceremony on Friday 20th March (click to enlarge; view hi-res on Flickr).

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Local bowls club welcomes new members

Posted on Tuesday 24th March 2015 at 6:44 pm by SH (Editor)

A game in progress at Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, Baileys Court, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

A reminder that all members and prospective members of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club are invited to attend the Spring Meeting, to be held in the Orchard room at Baileys Court Activity Centre on Thursday (26th March) at 6.30 pm, when fixture lists will be available and new members welcomed.

George Eland, captain of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, with wife Denise.

Club Captain George Eland (pictured right, with wife Denise) writes:

I joined Bradley Stoke Bowls Club five years ago, when I retired from my job at Airbus. It has been the perfect solution for me as to what I would do to fill some of my spare time.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed myself, both in playing bowls and the wonderful family atmosphere found at the club, so much so that I took on the role as Club Captain for the season 2014. I have also been elected in that role for 2015.

Last season, the bowls club made great steps forward in winning the Bristol and District League, and the ladies section finishing runners up in their league, both teams winning promotion to the next level.

2015 promises to be a season to look forward to, with plenty of games to play and ‘away days’ planned for Budleigh Salterton and Reading.

Games are played in a friendly atmosphere at all levels, from beginners to more experienced player, with practice sessions for beginners on Tuesdays throughout the season.

Whether you are an interested beginner or a more experienced player, Bradley Stoke Bowls Club is a great place to play, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For more information, contact George on 0117 979 0260.

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 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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Travellers set up camp in car park of Bradley Stoke business

Posted on Monday 23rd March 2015 at 11:34 am by SH (Editor)

Traveller vehicles in the car park of Kerry Group, Great Park Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Travellers have set up camp in the car park of a business in north Bradley Stoke.

At least three caravans/motorhomes and associated vehicles are currently stationed in the car park of global food ingredients company Kerry Group at Equinox South, Great Park Road [map].

Local UKIP councillor and parliamentary candidate Ben Walker tweeted last night:

“Disappointed that travellers have decided to set-up in the Kerry Foods car park #BradleyStoke Hope the agents/business take action tomorrow.”

Last year, Cllr Walker was highly critical of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) handling of two unauthorised traveller encampments on council-owned land alongside Bradley Stoke Way.

Following the end of the second encampment in August 2014, Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) paid for three boulders to be placed across the access ramp leading to the Bradley Stoke Way site. Councillors also agreed to allow the grass on the site to grow long, to act as a deterrent against further encampments.

SGC’s policy statement on unauthorised traveller encampments states:

” The council will not generally intervene in respect of encampments on privately owned land and would expect private landowners to deal with these in accordance with civil law.”

Addressing a BSTC meeting last year, an SGC officer said that travellers generally tend to choose “out of the way” places to set up camp, adding that eviction can often lead to them moving to less desirable sites that are closer to residential properties.

Photo: Traveller caravans and other vehicles in the Kerry Group car park on Monday morning (23rd March).

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Willow Brook recognised for green credentials

Posted on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at 11:56 pm by SH (Editor)

The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The Willow Brook shopping centre in Bradley Stoke has been recognised for its green credentials, winning an ISO 14001 environment accreditation – an internationally recognised standard for an organisation’s environmental management system.

Over the past two years, Willow Brook has put rigorous systems in place to reduce energy consumption and improve its waste management.

During this period, the centre has reduced its gas consumption by more than 90 percent and electricity usage has gone down more than 30 percent. And 100 percent of the onsite waste is either recycled or recovered.

The auditor was impressed with the comprehensive systems and processes put in place by Willow Brook.

Willow Brook manager Andy Wynn said:

“We take the environmental performance of the centre very seriously and continually review and update our processes to make it as efficient as possible.”

“We are delighted to have been awarded ISO 14001 and will continue to keep up the good work in the future.”

Related link: Willow Brook Centre

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.

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