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Dunkley’s are leaders of the flock

Posted on Sunday 5th July 2015 at 11:40 pm by SH (Editor)

Shaun in the City sponsor.

This summer, Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants, who are based in Bradley Stoke, are one of the lead sponsors of the exciting and ewe-nique Bristol ‘Shaun in the City’ trail.

The eagerly-anticipated charity sculpture trail will feature 70 individually-designed sculptures of Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep. The sculptures will be installed in iconic locations and green spaces all across Bristol from 6th July until 31st August, including Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Temple Meads Station, Ashton Gate Stadium, the Botanic Garden and Horfield Common, before being auctioned to raise funds for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital charity.

The sculptures are due to arrive on Monday 6th July and Dunkley’s Shaun can be found at the baa-rilliant Botanic Garden in Clifton for the duration of the trail. Dunkley’s have organised several events at the Botanic Garden, including a summer drinks party on Wednesday 8th July and a Shaun-themed fun day on Tuesday 14th July with Begbrook Primary School.

Director Mike Dunkley said:

“We are extremely excited to be sponsors of the Shaun in the City trail. It’s a great way to raise awareness of children’s hospitals, raise money and have fun! Our involvement in Gromit Unleashed in 2013 was a huge success – it really helped bring staff, clients and the local community together – and I have no doubt that this trail will do the same!”

To pick up your free ‘Shaun in the City’ trail map, visit Dunkley’s office at Woodlands Grange, Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke Bristol, BS32 4JY.

If you would like to get involved in Dunkley’s fundraising activities please call 01454 619900 or contact

This article originally appeared in the July 2015 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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Almondsbury Youth FC Under-8s celebrate new sponsorship from Mama Bear’s

Posted on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 2:51 pm by SH (Editor)

Almondsbury FC Under-8s team in kit sponsored by Mama Bear's Day Nursery.

A new junior football team in north Bristol is celebrating after securing its first sponsorship from local business Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School.

The Almondsbury Youth FC Under-8s team was set up in September by local man Stuart Lawrence and has grown to 36 players since the first training session was launched.

Sponsorship from Mama Bear’s, which has local nurseries in Bradley Stoke as well as across Greater Bristol, means the team will receive all new equipment including much-needed pop-up goal posts.

Stuart, an FA Level 2 coach, is also supported by wife Amanda and three additional coaches James Thomas, Jake Lawrence and Adam Timothy. He said:

“The response to the team has been phenomenal so far and now having professional sponsorship will give us even more credence and room to grow.”

“At the first training session we didn’t know whether anyone would even turn up but we were inundated and had 21 children taking part. That number has since grown to almost 40 and we’re still getting interest which goes to show how much a community team like this was needed in the area.”

“Having Mama Bear’s support and sponsorship means we can continue towards growing the team and making it as fun as possible for the children while developing their football and teamwork skills.”

“We will be having the Mama Bear’s logo added to the kit as well as hoodies and jackets for the coaches and we’ll also be investing in some new pop-up goals which will be a great help.”

“I have personal knowledge of Mama Bear’s as my daughter attends the nursery at Bailey’s Court in Bradley Stoke and loves it. We’d like to say a huge thank you to the business for supporting us; it really means a lot.”

More: Nursery recognises importance of sport and outdoor pursuits »

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Bradley Stoke cyclist helps team to victory in Bristol Grand Prix

Posted on Thursday 25th June 2015 at 8:34 am by SH (Editor)

Malcolm Dixon (right) in action for the Dream Cycling team during the Bristol Grand Prix on Saturday 20th June 2015.

A cyclist from Bradley Stoke is hoping that his share of victory in the recent Bristol Grand Prix will inspire other people to get back in the saddle.

Malcolm Dixon, 31, who works at Arriva Transport Solutions (ATSL), was part of the Dream Cycling team which stormed to gold in the prestigious race through Bristol city centre on Saturday 20th June.

He said: “It was a fantastic feeling to be sipping champagne with my teammates at the finishing line.”

“To win a high profile race like this in front of a big crowd was an absolutely brilliant experience and we’re all delighted.”

ATSL, which operates the non-emergency ambulance service in the south west, encourages its staff to lead a healthy lifestyle and hopes Malcolm will prove to be an inspiration.

As well as championing the Cycle to Work scheme, Malcolm also gives advice and support to his colleagues in Bristol and shares his knowledge on the area’s best cycle routes.

He said: “Once you have caught the cycling bug, you won’t look back.”

“I started cycling when I lived in London and friends told me that the best way to get around was on a bike. So I borrowed my girlfriend’s bike and that was it – I was hooked.”

“I’ve now been cycling for six years and I love it. I would encourage anyone to get back on a bike and give it a go.”

The winning Dream Cycling team also included Steve Thomas, Gerry Bowditch, Craig Wallduck, Tom Ilett, Matt Witts and former Bradley Stoke resident James Phillips, who had the honour of leading the team across the finishing line.

ATSL director Marjorie Haynes said: “I would like to congratulate Malcolm on his wonderful victory.”

“He is passionate about cycling and I’m so proud that we have people like Malcolm at ATSL. While we won’t all get to Malcolm’s level or win gold medals, we can all enjoy the health benefits that cycling brings.”

Related link: Bristol Grand Prix race report (British Cycling)

Source: Press release from Arriva Transport Solutions.

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Brook Way kebab trader faces licence hearing

Posted on Monday 22nd June 2015 at 10:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Ozzy's Kebabs, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

The proprietor of Ozzy’s Kebab van, which trades in the car park of Brook Way Activity Centre, has had his annual street trading licence renewal application referred to a South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) sub-committee following an objection from a local resident.

The van has recently been trading at the site on just two nights a week, following a period of non-attendance that is understood to have begun in September 2014.

In October 2014, Ozay Isitman, the owner of the business, told Bradley Stoke Town Council that it was running at a loss and he was finding it very difficult to continue trading. He asked the council to modify his contract so that he would only have use of the pitch on Fridays and Saturdays, which was agreed.

A smaller van finally returned to trade at the site in April this year, but only after town councillors had issued a “turn up or lose the pitch” ultimatum.

Consultation on Mr Isitman’s street trading licence renewal application began on 11th May and has attracted one objection on the grounds of “an increase in odour and grease residue on car windscreens”. Another local resident (identified as living in The Common) comments that he/she has observed grease residue on car windscreens and questions whether the van meets regulations for the filtering of fumes. A third local resident (identified as living in Saxon Way) supports the renewal application, describing the trader as being “very responsible”, adding that he “keeps the area very clean”.

Bradley Stoke Town Council says it is happy for “a trader” to operate at the site, but specifically avoided naming Mr Isitman in its letter to SGC.

The town council’s Finance Committee agreed in October 2013 that up to two food traders should be allowed on each of its three sites, saying that this would be “beneficial for the area, offering residents a wider choice of multi-cultural takeaway food facilities within the town, at the same time as offering an extra income stream for the council”. However, in July 2014, following negative public reaction and a contradictory decision by its own Planning Committee, the council decided to revert to its previous policy of having just one trader at Brook Way, one trader at Baileys Court and no traders at the Jubilee Centre.

SGC’s Licensing Sub-Committee will consider Mr Isitman’s application on Tuesday (23rd June).

Related link: Agenda and reports for the Licensing Sub-Committee hearing

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Climbing high at the Willow Brook Centre

Posted on Friday 19th June 2015 at 9:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Climbing wall.

Youngsters and their dads will get the chance to try their hand at climbing at a special Father’s Day event organised by Willow Brook Centre.

This Saturday (20th June), Willow Brook will bring a 5.5 metre high climbing tower into the town square for children and adults to scale new heights for free. There will be a fully qualified instructor on hand so it is a great opportunity for youngsters to get a taste for climbing.

Any dads brave enough to get to the top of the tower will be rewarded with sweets.

Children will also be able to get creative and make dad a card he will cherish at a free make and take craft workshop.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are looking forward to a fun day for dads and children on 20th June.  It will be interesting to see how many Bradley Stoke dads will take up the challenge to get to the top of the tower.”

The event takes place in the town square from 11am to 3pm and is open to anyone over the age of five.

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