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Hockey world record attempt this weekend at Bradley Stoke Community School

Posted on Saturday 23rd May 2015 at 8:54 am by SH (Editor)

Hockey world record attempt at BSCS, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Members of South Gloucestershire Hockey Club (SGHC) are hoping history will repeat itself in Bradley Stoke this bank holiday weekend as they try to reclaim a Guinness World Record.

Starting at 10am today (Saturday 23rd May) and ending at 12noon on Monday (25th May), SGHC plans to play the longest single continuous field hockey match of all time.

The event is taking place at Bradley Stoke Community School, where SGHC trains and plays its home matches.

The club hopes the marathon match will raise £10,000 for the Cots for Tots Appeal at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, which cares for critically ill premature babies and newborns.

The current record, set in May 2013, is held by Holcombe Hockey Club of Kent, and stands at 40 hours. SGHC hopes to add a massive ten hours to that total, playing non-stop for 50 hours.

SGHC is no stranger to the history books: over the same bank holiday weekend in 2011, they set what was then a new world record when they played for 31 hours, beating the previous total by 45 minutes.

They were one week short of holding the official record for a year when it was beaten by Crawley Hockey Club, who played for 34 hours and then, a year later, the current holders Holcombe took the crown.

Two squads of 16 players – men and women – will attempt the world record, played to the full normal field hockey rules, with 11-a-side on the pitch at any one time.

Those taking part have to be there for the duration of the record attempt; there’s no going home for a four-hour sleep and then returning the pitch.

In order to meet the strict criteria to claim an official world record, the players will be supported by a small army of volunteers.

They include umpires, timekeepers, stewards, photographers and, most importantly, independent witnesses.

More: "Playing for 50 hours is going to be incredibly difficult"

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Bradley Stoke woman’s appeal to 10k runners after losing sister to cancer

Posted on Friday 22nd May 2015 at 11:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Lenka and Zdenka Stastna.

A Bradley Stoke woman taking part in next weekend’s Bristol 10k is calling on runners to support local charity St Peter’s Hospice at the event, after losing her sister to a terminal illness.

Lenka Stastna, 25, gave up her life in native Slovakia to move to Bristol and care for her only sister Zdenka, when she was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2012. Along with Zdenka’s fiancé Kyle Millard, the pair cared for the 29-year-old alone until St Peter’s Hospice stepped in to offer much needed help and respite.

Zdenka sadly passed away this time last year and Lenka is now encouraging others to join her in supporting the hospice which provided a lifeline to her family.

Lenka said:

“During Zdenka’s last few months it became very difficult to look after her on our own as she needed constant care. At the time I was also working as a food and beverage assistant at the Hilton Hotel in Bradley Stoke as well. Kyle and I were both completely exhausted and everyone kept saying how much weight we were losing.”

“Someone suggested asking St Peter’s Hospice for help but I was very unsure at first about leaving my sister with anyone else. We had a Community Nurse Specialist called Liz come to the house and she immediately put us all at ease and put my mind to rest.”

More: Support the hospice through Lenka’s JustGiving page » »

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Local Explorer Scout presented with Gold DofE Award at St James’s Palace

Posted on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 9:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Mollie Lockett with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award certificate.

A Bradley Stoke Explorer Scout has achieved the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Gold Award after completing challenges across five disciplines over a period of more than four years.

Mollie Lockett, 19, was invited to St James’s Palace, London, on 11th March, to receive her award in the presence of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.

Attending the Solar Explorer Scout Unit in Stoke Gifford, Mollie took the first steps towards her DofE Award at the age of 15, working through the Bronze and Silver levels before commencing the Gold programme when she turned 17.

Each level of the award requires the completion of activities in the five categories of volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and residential.

To make the grade, Mollie volunteered at her previous Scout group for over three years, learnt to drive and play the piano (skills), learnt ballet and trained in the gym (physical) and completed a number of expeditions with her Explorer unit.

For the Gold award, she had to organise a week’s residential with an organisation that helps the community in some way. For this, she worked with CHICKS, a national children’s charity that provides free relief breaks for children who are under-privileged, disadvantaged, living in poverty or are carers themselves.

CHICKS offers children a week long relief break at a number of locations around the UK, getting to go on what could be their only holiday that year. Mollie attended the CHICKS retreat centre in Cornwall and helped with a variety of fun activities including trampolining, horse riding, a day on the beach and face painting.

“It was an amazing experience for me and was great fun for the children too,” says Mollie.

Her Gold expeditions consisted of hiking in the Brecon Beacons and Rhayader. Each of these hikes involved walking for four days and ‘green fielding’ for at least one night.

More: Support from Explorer leaders praised »

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Win a year’s free gym membership at Anytime Fitness in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 9:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff at the Anytime Fitness gym in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

[Advertising Feature] The Bradley Stoke Journal is offering readers the chance to win a year’s free gym membership at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke in an exclusive prize draw that is open until 31st May 2015.

Anytime Fitness is the world’s largest 24hr gym chain with over 2,400 sites worldwide. There are currently four sites in Bristol, one of them located in the Willow Brook Centre at the heart of Bradley Stoke, on the first floor of the Town Square complex, above Costa Coffee, Greggs, Taylors Estate Agents and KFC.

Founded in 2002 in the United States, Anytime Fitness quickly grew its global portfolio to take on Australia, New Zealand, Europe and in 2010 came to the United Kingdom. Anytime Fitness was built at the Willow Brook Centre in January 2012 and has been proudly serving the local community ever since.

Featuring state of the art Precor gym equipment and open 24hrs a day, all year round, Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke is the fitness club that fits into anyone’s lifestyle.

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Chloe Depledge, Club manager at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke says:

“We all lead busy lives, and so often we never find the time for exercise, even though we know we should. At Anytime Fitness we do believe we have the best, most convenient facilities in the area. Our members can train when they want and because they’re not paying for additional extras their workout experience is much more effective. Talk about no more excuses!”

Membership allows you to use any of the 2,459 Anytime Fitness gyms around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Photo: Bradley Stoke club manager Chloe Depledge (centre) with fellow staff members Siobhan and Jordan.

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Parish and town councils to discuss Almondsbury Interchange helicopter base plans

Posted on Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 12:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed new helicopter base for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and National Police Air Service in Almondsbury, Bristol.

Parish councils in Almondsbury and Bradley Stoke are to discuss a controversial planning application for a proposed new helicopter base on on green belt land close to the M4/M5 junction, just across the M5 motorway from the RAC building in north Bradley Stoke.

The new base would serve the needs of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity and National Police Air Service, whose helicopters are currently based at Filton Airfield.

BAe Systems, which owns the airfield and is intending to redevelop it with 2,675 residential dwellings and up to 24ha of commercial use, says it is necessary to relocate the helicopter base because leaving it at the airfield would lead to “the loss of approximately 400 residential dwellings and a significant proportion of affordable housing [within the new development]”.

Dozen of objections have already been registered against the planning application and an e-petition titled “Protect Almondsbury Greenbelt from BAE” has so far attracted 160 signatures. Points raised by the objectors include: unjustified development of green belt land, potential noise pollution, and the possibility of motorists being distracted by aircraft movements.

Local MP Jack Lopresti has also opposed the move, saying that he expects BAe Systems to honour a written guarantee, given at the time the airfield’s closure was announced in 2011, that a new home would be found for the air ambulance on the airfield site.

Almondsbury Parish Council’s Planning Committee is due to discuss the application at a meeting this evening (Tuesday 19th May) at The Old School Hall, Almondsbury, starting at 7.30pm [Agenda].

Although not a statutory consultee, as the site of the proposed development does not lie within the boundaries of the town, Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Planning Committee will discuss the application at a meeting on Wednesday evening (20th May) at the Jubilee Centre. This meeting follows the council’s Annual General Meeting and is expected to start at approximately 9pm.

No date has yet been set for South Gloucestershire Council, the local planning authority, to discuss the application

Image: Outline plan of the proposed new helicopter base (click to enlarge).

Related link: New helicopter base near the M4/M5 Almondsbury Interchange (The Journal)

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