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Motorcyclist injured and car catches fire in Brook Way crash

Posted on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at 12:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Fire engine.

A motorcyclist needed medical treatment after a crash in Bradley Stoke last night (Friday 2nd December).

Fire crews from Patchway, Avonmouth and Southmead were called at 9.14pm to reports of a collision between a motorcycle and a car on Brook Way, which resulted in the car catching fire.

A firefighter wearing breathing apparatus used a high pressure hose reel to extinguish the blaze.

The motorcyclist was handed over to the care of the ambulance service, while fire service crews made the scene safe.

Source: Avon Fire and Rescue Service

Readers commenting on an unrelated story (about an accident at the other end of Brook Way at around 8pm) on the BSJ Facebook page said the above incident had occurred near the Hollow Tree public house.

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Willow Brook Centre all lit up for Christmas

Posted on Friday 25th November 2016 at 6:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Brother and sister Callum and Chloe Cockle, who switched on the Christmas lights at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Brother and sister Callum and Chloe Cockle had a thrilling start to Christmas when they switched on the lights at Willow Brook Centre on Saturday 19th November.

Callum (9) and Chloe (7), from Southmead, won a competition on the Willow Brook Centre’s Facebook page to be chosen to turn on the Christmas lights alongside Santa Claus at a fun day of seasonal activities.

The festivities started at noon when Bradley Stoke Radio began an afternoon of live music from local artists and bands in the town square.

Inside Willow Brook there was lots of great free entertainment for youngsters including a free Christmas craft workshop and walkabouts from a beautiful stilt-walking Christmas Tree Fairy and a roller skating snowman

Children also met Snow Princesses and their happy snowman friend. And young fans joined in a sing-along to songs from Frozen.

This Saturday, 26th November, Santa will open his grotto in the Willow Brook mall at 11am to take present requests. Tickets are £4.50 and include a small gift. The grotto will also be open on Sunday 27th November and then every day from Saturday 3rd December until Christmas Eve.

There will also be a Christmas market this Saturday and Sunday (26th and 27th November) with lots of unique handmade and vintage gifts. The market will be open from 10am to 5pm.

For more details on upcoming Christmas events at the centre, visit or find the Willow Brook Centre page on Facebook.

Photo: Callum and Chloe with Santa. [Photo credit: Dave Betts]

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SGC hit by £7 million of extra MetroBus costs

Posted on Friday 25th November 2016 at 6:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Temporary water main installed opposite the junction of Bradley Stoke Way and Woodlands Lane.

Construction of the £102 million North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) MetroBus scheme that is currently being constructed through Bradley Stoke is forecast to be more than £11m over budget when it is completed next year, a new report by the West of England Partnership (WoEP) has revealed.

The news comes just weeks after South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), which is leading the NFHP project, reported that it was expecting it to be completed without any need to increase its own budgeted contribution of £30.9m, set at the start of the project in 2015. Further funding has come from central government (£51.1m) with the remainder being paid by Bristol City Council (BCC).

Because of the way the funding is arranged, with the government contribution being fixed and SGC committed to cover 61 percent of the remainder, SGC’s increased liability as a result of the projected overspend comes in at more than £7m, representing a massive 23 percent increase on the authority’s original budget.

The discovery of uncharted gas and water mains in Bradley Stoke is one of a number of factors being blamed for the increased costs. Protester action at the Stapleton allotments site, where a new bus-only junction on the M32 has been constructed, is another, along with “additional design, planning and contract management costs”.

The WoEP report states that SGC has “already put in place temporary funding to cover its share of a forecast costs increase up to £110.5m,” but no information about where this funding will come from has been published by SGC.

The report adds: “Further consideration is being given to identify funding to cover the SGC contribution towards the additional cost pressures as part of the 2017/18 capital programme budget setting process.”

Elsewhere in the report, it is revealed that proposals have been received from two bus operators to “provide services covering the majority of the MetroBus network”. Further engagement is said to be taking place to “determine how these services will be provided in the multi-operator environment, and to resolve any gaps in the network”.

Photo: Temporary water main on Bradley Stoke Way.

More information: Report to the West of England Joint Transport Executive Committee on 28th October 2016

This article originally appeared in the November 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 27). 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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Police thank neighbours following Wheatfield Drive attempted burglary

Posted on Thursday 24th November 2016 at 3:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Police are thanking communities in Bradley Stoke and Yate for looking out for their neighbours after two attempted burglaries.

On Tuesday 22nd November, a woman was walking back to her home in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke, at about 5.40pm, when she realised there were people inside the property.

She went to a neighbour who immediately called the police. Three men made off from the house, empty-handed, and escaped through neighbouring gardens.

Other residents came forward to say the three men made off in a dark-coloured Ford Focus.

They were described as:

  1. A 6ft tall man, slim, wearing a grey hoody with the hood up and with his face covered
  2. A man about 5ft 4ins tall, of stockier build than the first, again wearing a grey hoody and with his face covered
  3.  A 6ft tall man of slight built with his face covered

Later the same night, at about 6.20pm, officers were called to a house off Gravel Hill Road, Yate, after a householder reported hearing a burglar alarm and seeing two men make off from a neighbour’s property.

The caller said the men had jumped over the wall and made off onto Gravel Hill Road. Officers attended and carried out an area search with no trace of the suspects. It’s thought the offenders were disturbed by the alarm sounding and again nothing was stolen.

Attending officers found that in each case the would-be thieves had broken in through a rear door. House-to-house enquiries have been made and there has been a forensic examination of the properties.

Investigating officer Dai Nicholas said:

“It’s great to see people looking out for their neighbours in this way and I’d like to thank everyone involved. Having communities where residents actively support one another does deter criminals, as we see with Neighbourhood Watch. We’re investigating both these incidents and I would ask anyone with any information which could help to get in touch, quoting reference 5216259804.”

You can contact police through their website,, or by calling 101. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

More: How to put a burglar off targeting your home »

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Christmas market to raise funds for local children’s charity

Posted on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 at 6:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Christmas Market.

Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-school in Bradley Stoke is hosting its first-ever Christmas market on Saturday 3rd December to raise money for a local organisation that supports one of its young children who has special needs.

The nursery is throwing open its doors to stallholders selling jewellery, Christmas decorations, prints, crafts and ceramics in aid of Thornbury-based charity Jigsaw, which supports families and children with additional needs.

The event, which runs from 11am to 3pm, will also include festive food and hot chocolate, and children’s games and themed activities, not to mention the chance to meet Santa himself in his winter wonderland grotto.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Ollie Gould, who has Down’s syndrome and attends the nursery in Great Park Road (BS32 4RU), is supported by Jigsaw who run weekly support groups, holiday activities and social and special needs events in the area.

Kat Payne, nursery manager, said:

“Jigsaw is very close to our hearts due to their continued support for young Ollie and his family, and other families like his in the area. They do a great job and we want to raise as much money as we can for them.”

Family-run Mama Bear’s Day Nurseries provide care for children from three months to five years at 22 settings across Bristol, Somerset and Devon.

For more information on Mama Bear’s Day Nursery visit or call Emma on 0117 9582065.

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