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Out this weekend: August 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine

Posted on Friday 1st August 2014 at 9:23 pm by SH (Editor)

August 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine.

The August 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine will be dropping on doormats this weekend.

This issue features two stories where ‘people power’ has forced the reversal of unpopular decisions: The town council’s controversial multiple food trader policy and Tesco’s reported attempt to “block” a popular independent ‘fruit & veg’ stall from trading in the town square at the Willow Brook Centre.

There’s also news of a website that has recently been set up in Bradley Stoke with the intention of shaming people who park illegally or inconsiderately – by publishing photos of their poorly parked vehicles with the registration numbers clearly visible.

Check out the centre pages of the magazine for a preview of the 2014 Bradley Stoke Carnival, which takes place on Saturday 23rd August. You will also find an A5 leaflet inside the magazine which lists the full carnival day programme, together with details of the carnival skills workshops (open to all) that are taking place on the next three Sundays. The leaflet can also be download here [PDF, 900kB].

As well as the usual round up of schools news, there are also reports on the recent Three Brooks BioBlitz, the suspected arson attack at Baileys Court that destroyed a large amount of council and community groups’ equipment and the latest update from Bradley Stoke in Bloom.

The magazine also includes a progress report on the Bradley Stoke superfast broadband upgrade project (focussing on the progress being made with ‘exchange only’ (EO) lines), plus news of plans to demolish a collection of offices in north Bradley Stoke to make way for a new care home.

For those who don’t live in Bradley Stoke, you’ll be able to pick up a copy of the town’s number one news magazine at Bradley Stoke Library (from Monday) or read it online (from Sunday evening).

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Busy weekend of community events ahead

Posted on Thursday 31st July 2014 at 12:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Dedication of the Bradley Stoke war memorial.There’s a busy weekend of community events ahead in Bradley Stoke, with the dedication of the town’s new war memorial and a World War One commemoration service in the town square on Saturday morning (2nd August), followed by the annual Ben Walker/BSTFC pro-celebrity charity football match on Sunday (3rd August).

On Saturday, a uniformed parade (formed of members of 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group, Royal British Legion, St John’s Ambulance Cadets, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, 2nd Patchway Scout Group and police cadets) will march from the Jubilee Centre at 10.15am, arriving in the town square at the Willow Brook centre at 10.30am, where the war memorial dedication and World War One ceremonies will take place, lasting until approx 11.30am.

Dignitaries taking part include Dame Janet Trotter DBE (Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire), Rev Simon Jones (Area Dean for Kingswood & South Gloucestershire), Brian Hewitt MBE (President of the Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion) and Rev Paul Hinkley (Vicar of Bradley Stoke).

Bradley Stoke Pro 11 charity football match.

Sunday’s ‘Pro 11′ charity football match takes place at the Jubilee Centre. Players from Bradley Stoke Town FC will face a team of celebrities and ex-professionals. Kick off is at 2pm and there will be half-time entertainment, refreshments and “fun for all the family”.

Also taking place on Sunday is the second carnival skills and big bubble workshop for local residents of all ages, in preparation for the Bradley Stoke Carnival on 23rd August. Two free sessions run from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm at the Brook Way Activity Centre. For more information, visit ‘Bradley Stoke Carnival 2014‘ on Facebook.

A little further afield, but only six miles from Bradley Stoke, the South Gloucestershire Show is taking place on both Saturday and Sunday at the Windmill Fisheries Showground, Westerleigh Road, Westerleigh BS37 8QZ. The event is billed as a “celebration of all things South Gloucestershire and a showcase for lifestyle and leisure in and around the county”. Gates open at 10.30am on both days, with live music until 9pm.

Related link: What’s On in Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

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Therapy Centre making a difference – and not just for MS

Posted on Friday 25th July 2014 at 9:23 am by SH (Editor)

The West of England MS Therapy Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The West of England Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre moved to Bradley Stoke, from Nailsea, in February 2012. Since then it has made a huge difference to people in the local area and beyond. So much so that the Centre, a Registered Charity, is planning to extend its hours of operation to allow more people to access treatment.

Since the Centre relocated, nearly 200 new members have joined. In addition, numerous people travel from Nailsea and the surrounding area to continue their treatment. While GP and Consultant referrals are welcomed, the Centre generally operates on a self-referral basis so anyone who has been diagnosed with a neurological condition is welcome.

Treatments include: Physiotherapy with specialist neuro-physiotherapists, who also run exercise classes tailored for people with varying levels of mobility, from full mobility to very little; Oxygen Treatment in the 7-seater barochamber; as well as complimentary therapies such as Aromatherapy, Acupuncture and Reflexology. The focus of the Centre is to help people manage their symptoms, particularly those that impact day-to-day life, for example fatigue, poor bladder function, balance issues, spasticity and many others.

More than Multiple Sclerosis

As the name suggests, most Centre members are people who have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, although people with a variety of other diagnoses – ME, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy and many more – also visit the Centre. To add to this, Oxygen Treatment is available for the treatment of sports injuries, from muscle strains to broken bones, to aid the recovery process.

More: New evening session for oxygen treatment »

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Council vehicle destroyed in suspected arson attack at Baileys Court

Posted on Wednesday 23rd July 2014 at 1:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Aftermath of a suspected arson attack on a storage container at the Baileys Court Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Thousands of pounds of damage has been caused in a suspected arson attack on storage containers located on the edge of the cricket field at the Baileys Court Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Fire crews from Patchway, Southmead and Soundwell attended the incident shortly after 3am on Tuesday morning (22nd July). On arrival, they found two containers well alight.

The fire was extinguished by four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus using a 45mm jet reel and a high pressure hose.

A spokesperson for the Avon Fire & Rescue Service said it is believed the fire was started deliberately.

The main part of the fire was in a container used by Bradley Stoke Town Council to house its three-wheel ‘tuk-tuk’ maintenance vehicle, which was completely destroyed (photo). The container is also believed to have housed equipment belonging to Bradley Stoke in Bloom (BSiB) and Bradley Stoke Radio.

Smoke and heat damage was also caused to equipment owned by Bradley Stoke Cricket Club stored in an adjoining container.

The Journal has heard from a number of sources that an attempt had been made to break into the containers the previous night (Sunday night / Monday morning).

More: Police appeal for information about the incident »

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Councillors to inspect MetroBus route as planning decision nears

Posted on Monday 21st July 2014 at 10:25 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed bus rapid transit route in North Bradley Stoke.

Local residents have another chance to have their say on the proposed £102m North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) MetroBus scheme tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd July) when a sub-committee of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) convenes in the town for a site inspection visit.

The plans, if approved, would see a number of sections of new bus lane constructed along Bradley Stoke Way, including a long stretch running from the end of the existing bus lane adjacent to the Willow Brook Centre up to Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi). There would also be a major changes on the approach to the Aztec West Roundabout and reconfiguration of the Woodlands Lane junction.

The council’s Development Control (West) Sites Inspection Sub Committee is due to assemble near Patchway Brook Roundabout at around 2.20pm and members of the public will have a chance to give their views on the proposals during a public participation session at the start of the meeting

Anyone wishing to make representations in accordance with the published procedures should meet the committee at the junction of Bradley Stoke Way and Brook Way (adjacent to Pizza Hut).

Representations already received from residents and noted in a report prepared in advance of the meeting include:

  • “Children crossing Bradley Stoke Way to the secondary school etc will have to negotiate a bus lane as well now.”
  • “Impact on Savages Wood, a protected area, is contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).”
  • “Difficulties exiting The Worthies at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way due to increased traffic flows and road widening.”
  • “Inadequate provision for pedestrian safety at Webbs Wood roundabout on Bradley Stoke Way – children crossing to Primary schools and secondary school. A new crossing is needed as it will become more hazardous.”

Bradley Stoke Town Council has said it has no objection to the planning application, “subject to satisfactory negotiations with SGC regarding a piece of land owned by [the town council]“. This comment is believed to refer to a small parcel of land near Primrose Bridge, dubbed a “ransom strip” by one town councillor, which it is thought would need to be acquired by SGC in order to implement the proposed road widening scheme.

Town councillors did, however, raise concerns about “the impact on the traffic flow along the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way”.

More info: Agenda for the meeting on 22nd July (SGC)

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