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Nursery’s virtual ‘Rickshaw Challenge’ brings in £300 for Children in Need

Posted on Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 8:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a member of staff on an exercise bike, surrounded by other members of staff and children.

Happy Days Nursery in Bradley Stoke took it upon themselves to raise money for BBC Children in Need by conducting their very own version of the ‘Rickshaw Challenge’, emulating the official BBC ride made by six young people who cycled from Calais to Salford, a distance of 423 miles.

Between Monday 12th and Friday 16th November, Happy Days Nursery hosted a stationary exercise bike in their reception area to help them ‘cycle’ the equivalent of 489 miles, representing a virtual journey that started at the group’s Swindon nursery and finished at their Falmouth nursery, visiting all 21 of the company’s nurseries along the way.

The miles were clocked up not only by the staff of the local nursery, but also by several parents, and even some of the group’s head office staff who travelled up from Cornwall to support and take part.

Working within the childcare sector, the staff and the management team within the nursery say they are always keen to support any event that will raise money to support children’s wellbeing across the globe. Speaking to the Journal, Jen Kilbride, nursery manager and Stacey Bailey, deputy manager, expressed how thankful they are to everyone who helped complete the challenge.

Through donations in the nursery and via an online Rickshaw Challenge donation page, parents and staff at the Bradley Stoke nursery raised £337 for Children in Need.

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 31). 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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MetroBus installs last pieces of jigsaw prior to 6th January launch

Posted on Sunday 9th December 2018 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the upper section of the MetroBus iPoint at the Willow Brook southbound stop.

The last remaining pieces of infrastructure for Bradley Stoke’s long-awaited M1 MetroBus service finally started to appear at stops along the route in mid-November, ahead of its planned launch on Sunday 6th January 2019.

As we went to press, three of the new iPoints (combined information display and ticket machines) had been installed – at the Patchway Brook and Willow Brook Centre southbound stops and the Great Meadow northbound stop, leaving five still to be fitted (or seven if you include the Aztec West stops on the A38). The missing shelter at the Great Meadow northbound stop was also in the process of being installed.

In late November, MetroBus invited applications from community groups, schools and organisations who wished to be featured on the rear inside panel of each of the 21 biogas vehicles serving the route. There was also a call out for local talent to perform on buses and at stops on the launch day, when travel on the M1 route will be free all day.

Bristol Community Transport, which will run the M1 service under contract to First, has invested in a fleet of new buses running on biogas generated from food waste, farm waste or sewage – creating up to 60 new driver and support positions at its Bedminster depot. A spokesperson commented that this represents the first major investment in biogas buses in the area and puts the West of England at the forefront of low emission bus operations powered by alternative sources.

Photo of the MetroBus iPoint at the Patchway Brook southbound stop.

MetroBus is a ‘buy before you board’ service. Tickets may be purchased on the First mTicket smartphone app or using a Travelwest smartcard (now known as Travelcard). Paper tickets may be purchased from iPoints using a credit or debit card (but not cash). Existing First paper tickets bought at Paypoint shops are also accepted on MetroBus, as are concessionary passes.

MetroBus tickets can be used equally on the First West of England network in Bristol and, vice versa, tickets bought on First services (including mTickets) can be used on MetroBus routes.

Following the introduction of a flat fare across the whole of First’s Bristol zone, any single journey on any section of the M1 route will cost £2, when purchasing a ticket from an iPoint or using a Travelcard. Packs of five tickets at £2 each are available on the mTicket phone app. Single tickets on the mTicket phone app cost £2.07. A day ticket – valid on MetroBus and First local bus services is £4.

Travelcards may be ordered online at or collected from the First Bristol travel shop. If you purchase a multi-journey or multi-day ticket at an iPoint, it will be provided on a Travelcard which can then be registered on the website.

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Remembrance Sunday in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Sunday 9th December 2018 at 9:11 am by SH (Editor)

Photo showing a packed town square at the Remembrance ceremony.

By Katherine Robinson of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts were proud to take part in the annual Remembrance parade and ceremony on Sunday 11th November to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. We would like to thank all the other local youth groups who joined us – the Trident Explorer Unit, 1st Little Stoke Scout Group, 1st Stokeway Rainbows, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, Brownies & Guides, 2nd Bradley Stoke Brownies and 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies. Representatives from our local town and county councils were also present and Rev Paul Hinckley from the Churches of Bradley Stoke gave a sermon. Young members of the group read moving stories of very young soldiers who were involved in the First World War, some being the same age as those reading. They also acknowledged the centenary year of the RAF with a summary of its history. Finally, local World War 2 veteran Johnny Johnson was recognised as the last living Dambuster as the raid commemorates its 75th year.

Photo of a poppy in a Scout's hair at the Remembrance ceremony.

We would like to say a special thank you to the St John Ambulance first aiders who were on duty to help some of our young people who felt faint while on parade. We would also like to reassure everyone that they all made a complete recovery and apologise for the adjustment we had to make to the ceremony in an attempt to get them moving again as soon as possible. It was a fantastic example of how seriously our young people were taking the parade as they were not wriggling very much.

Once again, the excellent Filton Concert Brass band entertained the town square audience to complement our own little Scout marching band, who accompanied the parade, and Bradley Stoke Radio were again broadcasting live.

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Fireworks raise £2,810 for mayor’s charities

Posted on Saturday 8th December 2018 at 5:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of mayor Ben Randles and town council sites manager John Rendell. Bradley Stoke fireworks display 2018.

This year’s Bradley Stoke Town Council fireworks display was again a great success, raising over £2,800 for the mayor’s charities.

Numbers attending the free event were estimated to be down on last year, most likely due to a forecast of poor weather, which in reality failed to materialise.

Feedback from those members of the public attending the event was very positive.

A total of £2,810 was raised for the mayor’s charities through donations (significantly down on the £4,119 in 2017) with £2,420 of the total coming from bucket collections and the remaining £390 coming from on-site traders (donut and burger vans).

The charities being supported by this year’s mayor, Ben Randles, are the West of England MS Therapy Centre and the Stroke Association.

Of course, the event could not run without the outstanding support from the volunteer marshal and bucket collectors from a range of local groups, including Little Stoke Social Club, Bradley Stoke in Bloom/Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group, Frampton Cotterell Air Cadets, Bradley Stoke Radio, the young people of Bradley Stoke and representatives of the two mayor’s charity groups, as well as town council members and staff.

Bradley Stoke Rotary Club ran the BBQ (which is a major fundraiser for their charity each year) and although we don’t have a figure for this year as yet, it is hoped they raised a significant sum again.

Cllr Randles said:

“I’m really pleased that the evening was well attended and enjoyed by our community. Our local fireworks have become a significant event for our town and it was a great privilege to lead the countdown to set them off.”

“I’d like to say thank you to all those who volunteered their own time to make the event possible again this year, and a special thank you to council officers who organise the logistics making things happen.”

Photo (l-r): Mayor Ben Randles and town council sites manager John Rendell.

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This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 3). 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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