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Appeal for information after woman assaulted on Savages Wood path

Posted on Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 3:50 pm by SH (Editor)

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Police are appealing for help or information after a woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted in Bradley Stoke.

It happened at around 10.40pm on Sunday 19th October. The 44-year-old woman was walking home along a path that runs beside Savages Wood on Bradley Stoke Way.

A man came up from behind and grabbed her, but she managed to elbow him and break free and run away. She was shocked but not physically hurt.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, of medium build and taller than 5ft 6ins. He had mousey brown scruffy hair and was wearing dark trousers and a black hooded top that he pulled up over his head.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious or who has any information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 108957/14.

Source: Press release from Avon and Somerset Police.

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New bus service to restore daytime link between Brook Way and Parkway Station

Posted on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 8:06 pm by SH (Editor)

New no. 83 bus service between Kingswood and Thornbury via Bradley Stoke.

A new bus service being introduced by First on 3rd November will restore the daytime link between the southern section of Brook Way and Bristol Parkway Station, which was lost when the 73 and 74 routes were merged in August 2013.

This new 83 service will provide journey opportunities between Thornbury and Kingswood, while also serving Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke, Parkway, UWE (Frenchay Campus), Fishponds and Hillfields. Buses will run hourly Monday to Saturday daytimes.

From the Aztec West Roundabout, buses will travel down Bradley Stoke Way to the Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi), before traversing the full length of Brook Way, and on to Parkway via Orpheus Avenue and Hatchet Road.

Timetables for the new service will be available soon on the First Bristol and Bath website (but are already available on the Traveline South West website). Hard copy timetables should be available from the First travel shop in Bristol from 31st October.

Image: Extract from the route map for the new 83 service (also shows the 81 and 82 routes) – click to enlarge.

In other bus service news, Bradley Stoke town councillor Tom Aditya is calling for a new direct bus service to be introduced between Bradley Stoke, Southmead Hospital, the city centre hospitals and Bristol Temple Meads Station.

In a letter published on The Journal website, Cllr Aditya says he believes there is a demand for such a service due to the many Bradley Stoke residents who work at the hospitals or need to visit them regularly for treatment.

Cllr Aditya has arranged for South Gloucestershire Council’s Transport Operations Manager Roy Steele to attend a meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Planning & Environment Committee on Wednesday (22nd October), where the matter will be discussed.  Members of the public who support the introduction of such a service are encouraged to attend the meeting where they will be able to air their views and ask questions during the ‘submissions from the public’ session.

The meeting takes place at the Jubilee Centre, starting at 7pm.

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Everyone’s welcome at Bradley Stoke’s friendly running group

Posted on Friday 17th October 2014 at 7:48 pm by SH (Editor)

North Bristol Running Group, an informal group of runners based in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Sheila Wilcox introduces Bradley Stoke’s friendly running group…

North Bristol Running Group meets regularly in Bradley Stoke and consists of a local and friendly group who enjoy running together and supporting each other to train.

Training runs set out at 6.30pm from Bradley Stoke Doctors’ Surgery on Brook Way and we communicate our training plan via the ‘North Bristol Running Group’ Facebook page.

The group is completely free of charge and members can attend as and when they can.

Runs on Tuesday evenings are generally aimed at those new to running and runs tend to be longer and faster as the week progresses.

We have enjoyed a great summer of running through the Bradley Stoke nature reserve and have taken some of our runs to other parts of Bristol as part of a series of ‘Summer Sizzlers’.

It’s time now to buckle down to winter training and it’s a great time to start running regularly.

If you are interested in joining us please join our Facebook page or contact Alan Wilcox on 07890 182387. Everyone is welcome!

Photo: Members of the group prepare to set off on a run from Bradley Stoke Surgery.

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Vodafone to take over former Phones 4u store

Posted on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 10:33 pm by SH (Editor)

The former Phones 4u store at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke is to re-open as a Vodafone outlet.

The former Phones 4u store at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke is to re-open under the Vodafone banner before Christmas, the shopping centre has announced.

The unit has been closed since Monday 15th September, following news that the whole Phones 4u business had been put into administration.

The collapse of Phones 4u followed a decision by mobile network EE to stop selling phones through the network-independent retailer, following similar moves by Vodafone, O2 and 3.

The administrators issued a statement on 19th September confirming that 140 Phones 4u stores had been sold to Vodafone. This was followed by a further announcement, on 22nd September, that 58 stores had been sold to EE.

The locations of the acquired stores were not revealed in the two announcements, but a list of the 362 unsold stores issued on 23rd September did not include the Willow Brook store, leading to speculation that it might soon re-open under either the Vodafone or EE banner.

On 6th October, a BSJ reader reported that she had received a text from EE saying they were opening a new store within one mile of her home in the Baileys Court area of the town, leading to speculation that EE would be taking over the Willow Brook store. However, a source at the centre told The Journal they had yet to be contacted by PwC, the administrators of Phones 4u.

News that Vodafone will be taking over the store was revealed today in a tweet by the Willow Brook Centre.

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“Growing concern” over levels of drug use by teenagers in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Tuesday 14th October 2014 at 8:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Cannabis sativa leaf Dorsal aspect. [Credit: JonRichfield link: http://bit.ly/1w0NrnA; licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Specialist youth workers could soon be called into Bradley Stoke to educate young people about the risks and consequences of using drugs, following “growing concern” over levels of cannabis use by teenagers in the town.

The move comes after Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) reported in a recent school newsletter that staff were “very aware that some of our students are experimenting out in the community with drugs”.

The preface to the newsletter, published on 26th September, explained:

“We have been alerted to some drug related activity in the local area by the community police team. We are never complacent about such information and intend to work alongside them to ensure that our young people are safe and not involved in risk-taking and illegal activity outside school. Many schools would not acknowledge this concern for fear that parents would think the school ‘has a drug problem'; we do not and our strong stance on drugs is to ensure that school is a totally safe environment for all our students.”

Parents were told that information to support them in understanding the issue of drugs would be made available at upcoming parent consultation evenings and a full page of drugs-related advice was printed on the second page of the newsletter.

Students at BSCS have been reminded via assemblies about the seriousness of bringing banned items into school and warned that doing so could lead to permanent exclusion.

The issue was also raised at a town council meeting this week, where Graham Baker, the council’s youth participation worker, reported that he had met with South Gloucestershire Young People’s Drug and Alcohol team workers and discussed possible joint working with regard to growing concern with levels of cannabis use.

In a statement provided to The Journal by Avon and Somerset Police, Neighbourhood Beat Manager Jamie Shiels said:

“Our police neighbourhood team for Bradley Stoke works closely with all our schools and youth groups to educate young people about the risks and consequences of using drugs.”

“As far as we know, the Community School does not have a drug problem and we applaud its strong stance on drugs to protect its students. We deal robustly with any drugs crimes and issues – only this week our officers arrested more than ten people in a series of drugs warrants across the Yate and Chipping Sodbury area. We know that young people anywhere will experiment with drugs, and we are constantly on alert to deal with the issue if and when it arises in our community.”

Related links: Talk to Frank (friendly, confidential drugs advice)

Photo: Cannabis sativa leaf Dorsal aspect. [Credit: JonRichfield link: http://bit.ly/1w0NrnA; licence: CC-BY-SA-3.0)

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