2010 Community Festival gets underway today

Ilu Axé Brazilian Dance Group

The 2010 Bradley Stoke Community Festival gets underway at 9am today (Friday) with a coffee morning, table top sale and children’s entertainment at the Jubilee Centre in Savages Wood Road.

The annual pre-school Picnic in the Park runs from 11am to 2pm – with entertainment from Professor Panic’s Circus, bubble man Steve Price and a bouncy castle.

Saturday (12th June) sees a packed programme of music and dance events at the Jubilee Centre playing fields, with the action starting at 11:30am and running through to 6:30pm.

A special children’s zone will be created on the Jubilee Green, with Professor Panic’s Big Top providing the centre piece along with fairground rides, inflatables, mountain climbing wall, face painting and quad bikes.

Around 70 community, local business, information and food stalls will form the annual Community Fair in the Jubilee Centre Arena, while a schools football tournament for Year 1 boys / Year 3-4 girls, will take place on the upper pitch from 10:30am.

This year’s star guest at the football tournament will be former England and Southampton player Matt Le Tissier.

Robert Godwin of event management company Re-energize told The Journal:

“We have had a big increase in the number of stalls attending – including local vendors, crafts and community operations, schools, charities, PTAs etc.”

Sunday (13th June) kicks off with the Bradley Stoke 10k Run at 10am (from the Jubilee Centre), followed by a series of events at Baileys Court Activity Centre – starting with an open-air church service at 11am.

The church service will be followed at 12pm by a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, a Teddy Bear Dressing Up competition and entertainment for all the whole family.

The newly-formed Bradley Stoke Bowls Club will be staging demonstration games on the adjacent bowling green from 11am.

A six-a-side cricket tournament, organised by Bradley Stoke Cricket Club, will run throughout the afternoon.

Indian cricketer Praful Waghela, who plays state cricket in Mumbai and competed against England on their last tour of India, hopes to appear in the tournament and take part in some demonstrations in the nets.

The cricket club’s kitchen and BBQ will be open from 11am to 6pm serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bacon, burgers and hot dogs. The bar will also open at 11am (soft drinks only until noon) and will serve until 11pm.

The clubroom (Orchard Room) will be open to all from 11am to 11pm with World Cup football showing at 12:30pm, 3pm and 7:30pm.

A display by the club’s under-9 team is scheduled to take place at around 4pm.

Robert Jones

Local singer Jeff Wilson, who has featured in the finals of the Bristol Evening Post Talent competition in the last few years, will be performing in the clubroom from 5pm, then hosting the opportunity for anyone who wants to have a sing themselves, with Jeff doing a few more stints throughout the evening.

Also on Sunday is the annual Skate Park Competition, organised by the youth workers of Southern Brooks Community Partnership. The event takes place alongside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre from 12pm to 4pm.

Contests for BMX, skateboard, micro-scooters and roller blades will be held across three age categories (under-13, 13-16 and 16+). Entry is free and helmets must be worn by all competitors (a number will be available for loan).

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  1. Hope it goes as well as last year.

    Not sure the people doing the BBQ want to see many “hot fogs” though.

    “The cricket club’s kitchen and BBQ will be open from 11am to 6pm serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bacon, burgers and hot fogs.”


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