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Groups looking for YOUR vote to win funding

Posted on Sunday 18th November 2018 at 9:14 pm by Laura Mortimore

Aviva Community Fund.

A number of local groups across the Stokes are looking for the support of the community as they hope to win funding for their projects from the annual Aviva Community Fund. The competition, which will finance over 500 projects across four different fund levels, runs over four months allowing time for applications to be submitted, voting by the public to take place and then final judging with the winners being announced in January.

Last year, one of the successful applicants was the Friends of Holy Trinity Primary School in Bradley Stoke. They received funding of £1,000 which was used towards making significant improvements to the outdoor learning areas for the Reception and Year 1 classes.

Local projects that have applied for funding this year include…

The Parents, Teachers and Friends Association at St Michael’s School, Stoke Gifford have applied for funding up to £5,000 which they would like to use towards replacing a large wooden outdoor obstacle course which was well-loved but is now old and deemed unusable.

Safe Space in Little Stoke, a charity that supports children with additional needs, are hoping for funding up to £1,000 to buy new toys for play therapy including football goals and balls.

Aretians RFC in Little Stoke are looking for funding up to £25,000 which they would use to extend the clubhouse as the existing building is too small for the number of children and adults who are a part of the rugby club.

Unit 70 “Avonation” Scout Group based in Little Stoke would like to use the £1,000 that they have applied for to provide First Response First Aid training for all 40 of their members.

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group have applied for funding up to £5,000. They are hoping to purchase two giant inflatable stand-up paddleboards which would be used with their water activity unit to develop skills and provide new opportunities for the children.

Wheatfield Primary School in Bradley Stoke are hoping to receive funding up to £25,000. The Friends of Wheatfield Primary School are hoping to create a new outdoor Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in the grounds to allow the school and community to better utilise a rundown field area prone to flooding, creating an all-weather surface for engaging physical play.

The Friends of Bowsland Green Primary School in Bradley Stoke are looking for funding up to £25,000 which they would like to use for their ‘playground regeneration project’. At the heart of this project is the redevelopment of an area known as ‘the green area’. Within this area there is a large wooden ‘ship’ structure as well as some basic wooden climbing equipment. The surface in this area has begun to crack and the wooden elements are tired, dated and not fit for purpose.

Bradley Stoke Youth FC have applied for funding of £1,000 and are hoping to use this money to purchase some winter training clothing as well as new training equipment such as mini hurdles, training ladders and slalom poles to ensure training sessions remain engaging and interactive for the children.

More: How to vote (with direct links for each local group) »

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Reprieve for X73 route but 73 frequency to drop to ‘every 20 mins’

Posted on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 10:41 pm by SH (Editor)

A First West of England X73 bus at the Linden Drive stop in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bus operator First Bristol has granted a partial reprieve to the X73 peak-hours-only bus service, which it had previously stated would be withdrawn once the M1 MetroBus service starts in January 2019. However, as widely anticipated, Bradley Stoke’s current main bus service, the 73, will see its frequency reduced due to an expected drop in demand from passengers travelling to the city centre.

The announcements follow an informal public consultation during September, launched at the request of First’s managing director James Freeman, who attended a meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council in August to talk through some of the possible scenarios for current local bus services in the MetroBus era.

Two journeys a day in each direction will be retained on the X73 service, which operates along the full length of Brook Way , in contrast to the MetroBus route along Bradley Stoke Way.

In a statement released to the Journal, Mr Freeman said:

“We were delighted by the number of people who made time to respond to our request for views about what we should do the with the 73 service as well as the X73 after MetroBus route M1 is introduced on 6th January 2019.”

“The overwhelming response was that people wanted us to keep things as they are, albeit with a general acceptance that services would need to run at a lower frequency than at present.”

“I am therefore pleased to announce today that we will continue to operate service 73, but every 20 minutes after 6th January, following the present route in every detail.”

“Journeys on weekday evenings and Sundays will run broadly as now.”

“In addition, we have found additional resources to continue the X73 service with two rather than three journeys per day – at 0640 and 0805 from Aztec West, returning from the city centre at 1550 and 1725 on Mondays to Fridays.”

The reduction in the daytime frequency of the 73 means that it will have halved from the ‘every 10 minutes’ rate that was offered back in 2013, after the old 74 service was merged with the 73.

More: M1 will run ‘every 10 mins’ between 6am and midnight Mon-Sat »

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Bungee jump boosts Sophie’s fundraising

Posted on Saturday 17th November 2018 at 9:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sophie Mitchell at the bungee jump event at Bristol harbourside.Prolific local fundraiser Sophie Mitchell has successfully completed her latest challenge, a 160ft bungee jump at the Lloyds Amphitheatre in Bristol, adding more than £200 to the total she has raised for Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorders charity.

Sophie, a former anorexia sufferer, said:

“Never in my dreams did I ever think that I would do a bungee jump, however I must say that it was the most liberating experience of my life and one I will never forget.”

“Beat get no funding from the government, so I want to raise as much money for them as I can. Throughout this whole fundraising journey, my mission has been to show people that whatever your size, personality, background or goals, being true to yourself and owning who you are is the way forward and the only way to living a healthy, happy, successful life.”

Sophie’s next fundraising event is a fun sports day at the SGS College WISE Campus on Sunday 2nd December, incorporating bubble football, table tennis and basketball. Anyone wishing to enter a team or take part as an individual can make contact with Sophie via Facebook: ‘Sophie Mitchell – Anorexia Survivor & Fundraiser for Beat

This article originally appeared in the November 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 8). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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More delays mean McDonald’s application will now be assessed under council’s new procedures

Posted on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 9:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of around 30 protesters, some holding placards, outside the Willow Brook Centre.

Further delays in South Gloucestershire Council’s assessment of a controversial planning application for proposed development at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre that could see drive-through McDonald’s and Starbucks outlets opening at the site mean that it will now be determined under new procedures which have been described by opposition councillors as “anti-democratic” and “a body blow to residents’ rights”.

The Willow Brook planning application was submitted back in March but has been delayed by the need for the applicant’s agent to respond to concerns raised by a number of council departments, including highways, environmental health and tree protection.

Over 140 members of the public have formally registered objections to the application, against just five who have written in support. Bradley Stoke Town Council also voted unanimously to object, citing traffic, highways and environmental concerns. Opinions expressed on the Journal’s online channels have, however, been more balanced, with plenty of readers saying they would welcome the new facilities.

SGC’s new planning system procedures, agreed by the Conservative-led authority in July, came into force on 1st November and any current applications not decided by this date will now be decided under the new rules. The authority says the changes are intended to modernise the planning system and help the council defend its decision making against potentially costly appeals.

Features of the new system that have come under criticism include the exclusion of members of the public from site inspection meetings, where planning committee members visit the location of an application to better understand the physical context. Also, it is now much more likely that small to medium size applications will be determined solely by a planning officer rather than being brought to a committee of councillors, since the new system now requires three councillors to refer a proposed officer decision to committee, compared to just one previously.

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