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Exciting programme planned for Carnival Day on 26th August

Posted on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

The Twerzels performing at the 2014 Bradley Stoke Carnival.

An update from Andy Ward, Bradley Stoke Carnival Committee.

Bradley Stoke Carnival takes place this year on Saturday 26th August, from 11am to 6pm, on Jubilee Green, Savages Wood Road BS32 8HL.

The aim of the carnival has always been to bring the community of our town together for a great day of family entertainment that doesn’t have to cost the earth.

A new feature this year is the ‘community zone’, which has been sponsored by the Willow Brook Centre. It will feature a ‘Total Wipeout’, ‘Gladiator Sticks’ and a giant 60-foot assault course suitable for both children and the not-so-young! These will all be available to use free of charge, although a donation bucket for the mayor’s charities will be available should you like to make a small voluntary donation.

Punch and Judy shows will run at intervals throughout the afternoon as they have previously been very popular amongst all age groups, including adults!

Star Wars themed stilt walkers will join in the parade and will be walking around the carnival field during the afternoon for some awesome selfie opportunities!

The live music line up is family-friendly and will hopefully please all age groups with some great tribute acts including Neil Diamond, Robbie Williams and Elvis, as well as local performers such as the winner of last year’s Bradley Stoke Has Music talent competition.

Also taking place in front of the stage area will be an amazing fire show featuring a professional three-person team of fire breathers performing an awesome routine. There will also be a performance from the City of Bristol Pipes and Drums once they have arrived at the Jubilee Field at the head of this year’s silver-themed carnival parade.

A variety of community and commercial stalls will be situated around the field for you to enjoy as well as a vintage games area. A licensed bar will also be available throughout the afternoon.

No car parking is available on site or on Savages Wood Road, however parking is available at the Willow Brook Centre and the usual four-hour limit has kindly been removed on Saturday 26th August only.

More: Full carnival programme and funfair times »

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Meadowbrook and BSCS primary schools celebrate achievement of quality award

Posted on Saturday 19th August 2017 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of BSCS Catkins class learning in the forest school area. Photo of Reception class at Meadowbrook Primary.

Two local primary schools are celebrating being awarded the ‘Bristol Standard’, a programme designed to help schools develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their provision.

Involvement in the Bristol Standard demonstrates commitment to reflective practice, self-evaluation and continuous quality improvement. The philosophy of the programme is that we can all ‘improve on our previous best’.

Achieving the award involves discussion and planning around a range of areas; for example, reflecting on curriculum provision, play and learning experiences, partnerships with parents and the quality of the physical learning environment.

Sharon Clark, Head of the Primary Phase at BSCS commented:

“Our pupils are already benefiting from our involvement in the programme, for example, as part of our self-evaluation we identified a need to build stronger relationships with local pre-schools. This led us to set up an early years network of several local schools and pre-schools which now meets termly – our first successful project being the production of a ‘Road to School’ handout which will be given to around 400 children in the local area who are making the transition from pre-school to primary school in September 2017.”

Lauren Burt, Reception teacher at Meadowbrook, said:

“This work reinforces our commitment to excellence; thanks to our Early Years team who have worked so hard to achieve it. Last year, Meadowbrook Reception pupils exceeded the national average percentage of children who achieve a ‘Good Level of Development (GLD is defined as children working at, or exceeding, the expected standard in the key areas of English, maths, physical development, communication & language and personal, social & emotional development) and we hope to achieve better this year whilst having record levels of fun in Reception year!”

Photos (from left): 1 Miss Rogers, BSCS Year 1 teacher, with children from Catkins class learning in the forest school area. 2 Reception Class at Meadowbrook Primary with class teacher Mr Petrucco.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 40). The magazine is 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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Local heroes honoured at 2017 Stars of the Stokes awards

Posted on Sunday 13th August 2017 at 11:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of all the finalists at the 2017 Stars of the Stokes Awards presentation evening.

Heroes from across the local area were honoured at a glittering presentation evening held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North Hotel on Friday 16th June.

Hosted by ‘Voice of the Balls’ and Strictly Come Dancing announcer Alan Dedicoat, the event recognised the outstanding community engagement and/or personal achievements of 18 finalists who had been nominated for the 2017 Stars of the Stokes Awards.

Star Teacher Award
Sponsored by Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants
Winner: MANDI MULLEY
Other finalists in this category: Julie Barnett and Tracey Foster

Young Hero Award
Presented by DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North
Winner: KYRA MORLEY

Champion Carer Award
Sponsored by Tesco Extra Bradley Stoke
Winner: COREY CHADHA

Pre-School Carer Award
Sponsored by Almondsbury Garden Centre
Winner: JESSICA STONE
Other finalists in this category: Claire Hampton and Max Gallagher

Parent/Guardian in a Million Award
Sponsored by Olympus Academy Trust
Winner: SAMANTHA BIGWOOD
Other finalists in this category: Claire Crouch, Rachel Hollyman

Coach of the Year Award
Sponsored by Carisway Facilities Support
Winner: MARTIN LEE
Other finalists in this category: Charlotte Jones and Joanna Nowak

Achievement Against the Odds Award
Sponsored by Holiday Inn Bristol Filton
Winner: BAILEY COOPER

Unsung Hero Award
Sponsored by Aztec Hotel & Spa
Winner: KATHERINE ROBINSON
Other finalists in this category: Janine Smith and Dave Nash

More: Photos of all the award winners »

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Police beat team report (July 2017)

Posted on Saturday 5th August 2017 at 10:05 pm by SH (Editor)

An update from PC Claire Fletcher of the Bradley Stoke beat team.

Logo of Avon & Somerset Constabulary.

We’ve recently seen an increase in thefts of tools from vans across South Gloucestershire. Please tell us if you see anyone acting suspiciously. This crime really does impact on tradespeople’s livelihoods.

We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can. Otherwise:

  • Permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode to make them identifiable
  • Keep them inside a secure storage cage or box anchored within the vehicle
  • Set the alarm as well as locking the van
  • Park it in a secure garage or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle to make access more difficult

Remember, if you see anyone trying to break into a van, call 999 immediately.

Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – we’d also like to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price.

We’ve been targeting our patrols to tackle noisy and nuisance moped riders in the town.

We have powers to seize vehicles which are being used in an anti-social way and we have done so six times recently [see previous Journal article]. The owners have to pay more than £100 to get the moped back.

We can – and do – also issue notices to riders with faulty vehicles (such as noisy exhausts) a notice to fix it within 14 days.

Did you know you can contact us through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk? Just type your postcode into the ‘Your Area’ box and click the green ‘contact the team’ button.

Remember, incidents need to be reported by calling 101, 999 or through the website in order for us to take action!

PCSO Alicia Harvey and I have also been running a successful wellbeing project. As well as encouraging people to run and take exercise, we had talks on mindfulness and the links between exercise and health. We hope to continue after the school holidays, so watch this space!

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