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Sir Geoff Hurst pays surprise visit to BSYFC

Posted on Friday 19th December 2014 at 9:42 am by SH (Editor)

The Bradley Stoke Youth FC U7 squad with Sir Geoff Hurst and Mike Guerin (McDonald’s).

Bradley Stoke Youth FC’s (BSYFC’s) grassroots football teams were joined by a special guest on Sunday 16th November, as ex-England football player and McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst, made a surprise appearance at their training session. He joined players and coaches at an event to celebrate the success of the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme which has seen over 48,000 kits distributed across England this year – and over 1,100 in the region alone.

After dishing out the new kits, Sir Geoff Hurst joined the youngsters at their training session and shared his own tips and techniques to help them to shine on the pitch.

Over 97 grassroots clubs across the region have received new Nike team kits as part of the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme. Run in partnership with The FA and their official kit supplier Nike, the community programme aims to raise the standards of grassroots football for young aspiring footballers by giving over 4,600 FA Charter Standard clubs with a junior team in England the chance to order a new strip every year for the next four seasons.

Sir Geoff Hurst said:

“We cannot underestimate the importance of grassroots football, and the hard work that volunteers at clubs such as Bradley Stoke Youth FC put in each week so that players have access to the game in a safe environment. To be able to provide this great coaching, grassroots clubs need financial support in other areas, which is why the McDonald’s FA Charter Standard Kit Scheme is so important. I can certainly remember what it was like putting on a new team shirt for the first time – you get a real feeling of unity and team spirit, which gives you more confidence on the pitch. I’m proud to be part of a programme which helps make young people feel the same way.”

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Bristol City FC players undergo oxygen treatment in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Sunday 14th December 2014 at 9:52 pm by SH (Editor)

BCFC player Mark Little inside the oxygen chamber at the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre (MSTC) in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke has recently been welcoming players from Bristol City Football Club (BCFC), who have been using the Centre’s Oxygen Treatment chamber in a bid to reduce post-injury recovery times.

Most recently, defender Mark Little has been having sessions in the chamber to speed up his rehabilitation from a hamstring strain, in the hope that he will be fit to return to action in some important upcoming fixtures. Other key players including Kieran Agard – one of the club’s top goal scorers – and midfielder Korey Smith have also had sessions to aid their recovery from injury.

Oxygen treatment has long been used to speed up the healing of sports injuries, with many premiership football clubs investing in their own treatment chambers. Without sufficient oxygen, the strength of the tissue repair is much weaker than normal. In order to get more oxygen into the blood and speed up the healing process it is necessary to use a special pressure chamber like the one used at the MS Therapy Centre.

As BCFC’s Head Physiotherapist, Steve Allen, says:

“The high number of matches we play puts massive physical pressure on the squad, so it’s more crucial than ever that we keep our key players fit and do all we can to ensure they recover quickly from injury. We’re really fortunate to have the West of England MSTC’s oxygen treatment chamber so nearby to help us achieve this.”

Treatment for sports injuries is offered via The Bristol Therapy Centre Ltd, a trading arm of The West of England MSTC.

The Bristol Therapy Centre Ltd operates in support of the MSTC, a charity which offers various therapies to help people with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions manage their symptoms.

Some of the therapies, including oxygen treatment, are also available to people with non-neurological conditions such as arthritis, as well as for sporting or post-operative injuries. People attend the centre from Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and even South Wales.

To find out more about oxygen treatment or the other therapies available, contact the centre on 01454 201686 (Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm) or via email at

Photo: BCFC player Mark Little inside the MSTC oxygen chamber.

This article originally appeared in the December 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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Yarn bombers call on residents to “adopt a lamp post for Christmas”

Posted on Friday 12th December 2014 at 10:35 am by SH (Editor)

Yarn bombing on Patchway Brook Roundabout in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The team behind the recent ‘Bobbly Stoke’ yarn bombing stunt in north Bradley Stoke is calling on local residents to support them in a new project that will see lamp posts and signposts in the town adorned with Christmas decorations.

One member of the team, Caroline Sullivan, told The Journal:

“After our bobbly hat success, the ‘adopt a Christmas lamp post’ idea is causing a lot of interest. I’ve even heard from an after school kids’ club who want to adopt a couple, along with a number of other children! They shall be ‘appearing’ over the next couple of days! It would be great if other schools and clubs could pick a few lamp posts near them.”

“My advice to decorate is: Pick a safe lamp post that the children can access; don’t make the decoration too big so it causes an obstruction to passers by; and don’t cover any official sign already on the lamp post.”

“If you could maybe let anyone that enquires know this, we could be looking at some fantastic displays in Bradley Stoke for Christmas!”

Another team member, Julia Fillis, added (on the BSJ Facebook page):

“Buy or make a decoration and put it on a lamp post. You could use a piece of a fir tree and tie a bow onto it, or make a snowflake out of white plastic. Try to put it quite high up or it may be removed by children (as we found with the hats).”

“The weather forecast says very windy again, so we’re holding off putting ours out yet. We bought Santa’s Washing Line which we’ll tie between the trees on the roundabout and several other decorations. Hopefully it will be up by the weekend.”

Members of the public are invited to join the yarn bombers tomorrow (Saturday 13th December), to help decorate signposts on Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi). Meet on the Pear Tree Road side of the roundabout at 12noon.

Will you be decorating the lamp posts in your street? Send us your photos!

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Mixed news on broadband front – hundreds still waiting for fibre

Posted on Thursday 11th December 2014 at 7:57 pm by SH (Editor)

BT Openreach: Fibre broadband is here.

The month of November brought mixed news for the hundreds of Bradley Stoke residents who are still waiting to benefit from the rollout of superfast broadband, whether through BT’s commercial programme (Filton exchange, 0117 numbers) or the state-aided upgrade programme being managed by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC, affecting mostly 01454 numbers).

Frustrated customers within the postcode areas said by SGC to be served by cabinet no. 31 (located on the corner of Brook Way and Savages Wood Road) saw a glimmer of hope on 6th November when many of them reported that the cabinet was finally showing up in their BT Broadband Availability Checker result. However, many of them were not yet seeing the elusive Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) service as being ‘available’ on their lines.

Of those that were now able to order fibre broadband from the internet service provider (ISP) of their choice, several reported later on the Journal website that their installation appointments were subsequently cancelled or that the installation engineer had been unable to successfully install the service because of problems with the wiring in the cabinet.

The first report of a successful fibre broadband installation came on 17th November, more than two months after cabinet no. 31 had officially been declared “live and ready for service” by SGC.

There have also been reports from some readers of the BT checker result regressing to show the FTTC service as ‘unavailable’ when it had previously been ‘available’, in some cases after they had managed to place an order.

As we went to press, there were plenty of readers on cabinet no. 31 reporting that they were still waiting for the FTTC service become ‘available’ in their checker result. These reports came from residents living in Kemperleye Way, Hawkins Crescent, Linden Drive and The Culvert.

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Pub’s Christmas gift appeal will benefit underprivileged children

Posted on Wednesday 10th December 2014 at 7:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Christmas gift appeal at Winter Stream Farm, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

A pub/restaurant in Bradley Stoke is hoping to put smiles on the faces of deprived children through a Christmas gift appeal.

Donna Telford, manager of Winter Stream Farm on Old Gloucester Road, has put gift tags with the names and ages of underprivileged children in the local area on a Christmas tree in the car park of the pub and is asking customers to take a tag and return with an appropriate gift-wrapped present.

Social services will then collect the gifts and distribute them in time for Christmas.

Donna, who has run the gift appeal for more than ten years at various establishments she has managed, said:

“Over the years, lots of guests have told me they have wanted to help, but didn’t know how, so we have created a drop-off point for people wishing to donate a gift.”

The age range of the children who will benefit from the appeal is from birth to 16. Gifts need to be handed in at the pub by Thursday 18th December.

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