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Entries open for 2016 Bradley Stoke 10k Run

Posted on Monday 8th February 2016 at 10:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Approaching the finish line in the Bradley Stoke 10k Run 2015.

Entries have now opened for the 2016 renewal of the Bradley Stoke 10k Run, to be held on Sunday 5th June as part of the town’s Community Festival.

Organised by local ladies-only running club Sole Sisters, the race starts and finishes at the Jubilee Centre in Savages Wood Road, where there will also be free car parking, showers, toilets and refreshments for runners and spectators.

The race route takes in much of the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve as well as stretches along Brook Way and Bradley Stoke Way.

Open to men and women aged 16 and over, this year’s race will have a time limit of 90 minutes.

The entry limit for this year’s race is 650 and places are reported to be going quickly, with 90 entries being made in the first 24 hours after online applications opened on 26th January.

Entry fees are unchanged from 2015 at £13 (affiliated)/£15 (unaffiliated). Online entries attract an additional administration charge of £1.75.

As in previous years, the race will use ‘chip’ timing and all finishers will receive a technical t-shirt and (new for 2016) a medal.

Sole Sisters have chosen the Bradley Stoke Mayor’s charities as this year’s race charity.

To enter, visit the Sole Sisters website at www.solesistersrc.co.uk or pick up an entry form from the Bradley Stoke Town Council office at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road.

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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.

Postscript (7th February): Sole Sisters report that 250 entries have now been received.

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Mayor and locals grab a slice of the action at Bradley Stoke’s Hollow Tree

Posted on Friday 29th January 2016 at 11:03 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Mayor Roger Avenin joins in on the pizza action with Hollow Tree head chef Kane Addis.

The Hollow Tree pub/restaurant in Bradley Stoke hosted a VIP menu taster yesterday evening (Thursday 28th January) to give the local community the chance to tickle their taste buds with the latest additions to its existing ‘Two for One’ menu.

Town Mayor Roger Avenin was keen to get in on the action as well, joining local businesses and locals who had all come to sample the brand new pizza menu.

Hollow Tree manager Matt Bolton says he is delighted the community has embraced the latest additions to the menu.

“The pizzas seem to be going down a treat with our customers! It was great to see so many people from the local council and businesses joining us for our VIP launch night.”

The thin crust pizzas are topped with a rich Italian tomato passata sauce, hand finished to order with a variety of toppings, creating favourites such as ‘Lets Brie Havin’ You’ and ‘Ham-ma Mia’, then baked to crisp perfection right before your eyes. Kids can join in too, with all the taste packed into half the space with the likes of ‘This Little Piggy’, ‘Kickin’ Chicken’ and ‘Butchers Boy’.

The calzone style desserts are also proving to be really popular and not just with the kids. They also join the regular ‘Two for One’ menu favourites such as burgers, steaks and daily specials; continuing Marston’s commitment in providing quality food at great value.

If you’d like further information on the Hollow Tree, then please call 01454 619755 or visit the pub’s website www.hollowtreepubbradleystoke.co.uk

Photo: Mayor Roger Avenin joins in on the pizza action with Hollow Tree head chef Kane Addis.

Source: Press release from Marston’s.

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MetroBus contractor Alun Griffiths builds bridges with schools

Posted on Wednesday 27th January 2016 at 9:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff from Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd present the 'Bridge to Schools' project at Little Stoke Primary School.

Alun Griffiths’ Community Liaison Officers Gail Jones and Carys Gwillym visited Little Stoke Primary School on 19th November with the Institution of Civil Engineers ‘Bridge to Schools’ initiative.

Bridge to Schools is a hands-on activity that gives pupils the opportunity to build a model 15 metre long, cable-stayed bridge (the same design as the Second Severn Crossing) from plywood and aluminium sections, whilst wearing hard hats, high-visibility vests, gloves and goggles.

Staff from Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd present the 'Bridge to Schools' project at Little Stoke Primary School.Twenty-three Year Five pupils took part in the session, constructing the bridge successfully. After the bridge had been built, each child and their teachers got the chance to walk across the bridge and test their engineering skills.

As well as having fun, pupils have the opportunity to enhance their learning in a range of National Curriculum subjects, solve engineering problems and learn about health & safety issues.

If your school would be interested in taking part in this programme, please contact Carys Gwillym on 0845 86 22 327 or metrobus@alungriffiths.co.uk

“If you have any community projects or initiatives we may be able to assist with, please also get in touch,” says Carys.

This article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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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Bradley Stoke girl named Cadet of the Year

Posted on Monday 25th January 2016 at 8:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Ann Rose Biju (centre), named St John Ambulance South West Regional Cadet of the Year for 2015, with outgoing cadet of the year Stephanie Harvey and regional youth manager Dave Christophers.

A young St John Ambulance first aider from Bradley Stoke has been named one of the charity’s Cadets of the Year, following a weekend of closely fought competition.

Cadets were under pressure throughout, being interviewed, delivering presentations, working together in team tasks, and – most importantly – their first aid skills assessed.

In total, 29 Cadets from all over the South West entered the competition and the final marks were very close, with just one point between first and second places in some cases, but the five winners were:

  • Ann Rose Biju (Bradley Stoke)
  • Lucy Scott (Cullompton)
  • Jay Fox (Camborne)
  • Serena Cobb (Stroud)
  • Oliver Ivemy (Salisbury)

Ann, aged 15, is a pupil at St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol and a volunteer with St John Ambulance’s Bradley Stoke unit.

“Being given a chance to participate in the South West Regional Cadet of the Year competition was a wonderful opportunity, as I was able to meet with many other talented cadets and adults and also able to develop many new skills whilst having a lot of fun,” said Ann.

“St John Ambulance has given me a lot of new experiences and also has helped me make many new friends as well as giving me the ability to help others through first aid.”

“I have used my knowledge on a number of occasions, including treating at duties, in school and educating the public.”

More: Youngsters will be ambassadors for the charity in 2016 »

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Virgin Media network continues to grow

Posted on Thursday 21st January 2016 at 10:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Installation of a new Virgin Media street cabinet on Brook Way, Bradley Stoke, near the Cross Tree Grove junction.

Expansion of the Virgin Media cable network in Bradley Stoke has continued over the past few months, with pavements being dug up and new street cabinets installed in Wheatfield Drive and Dewfalls Drive.

Work in the ‘herbs’ area of south Bradley Stoke appears to be drawing to a close, while the final electrical connections appear to be being made to new street cabinets on Brook Way that will serve Oaktree Crescent and Stanshaws Close.

Information available on the roadworks.org website suggests that Kemperleye Way will be the next area to be visited by the contractors and their diggers.

Virgin Media is yet to officially confirm that any work is taking place in Bradley Stoke or when the system will start to go live.

Visit our rollout status page at: http://bit.ly/bsj-virgin

Please help us keep the status page up-to-date by telling us what is happening in your street.

This article originally appeared in the January 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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.

POSTSCRIPT (21st January 2016):

A Virgin Media promotional trailer has been stationed in the town square in the Willow Brook Centre for the last few weeks. Staff working at the trailer have confirmed that Virgin’s services can now be ordered in the following (newly-cabled) streets: Juniper Way, Coriander Drive, Orchard Gate, Oaktree Crescent, Stanshaws Close, Cornfield Close, Courtlands, Tarragon Place, Fennel Drive, Marjoram Place, Lavender Way, Rosemary Close and (parts of) Palmers Leaze.

The Journal understands that the promotional trailer will at the Willow Brook Centre until Friday 22nd January 2016. Orders can be placed online or by phone at any time.

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