Area Forum to discuss grants for two Bradley Stoke community groups

Logo of South Gloucestershire CouncilA meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum in Patchway this evening (Tuesday 4th September) will discuss grant applications from two Bradley Stoke organisations.

Area Forums, organised by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC), give local people the opportunity to talk about issues and concerns that affect their neighbourhoods. They champion local needs and aspirations and gather the views of residents about specific community issues.

In the Southern Brooks Area, which covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Frenchay, Stoke Park, Patchway, Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne, 14 organisations have made valid applications for a share of the £30k+ pot of grant funding made available by SGC.

The 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group has asked for £2,650 to support the purchase and installation of audio visual equipment at its headquarters, the Brook Way Activity Centre. The equipment is needed, says the Group, because “it is often difficult to present information easily and audibly to a large audience”.

Justifying its application, the Group says it provides activities for approximately 160 boys and girls in the 6 to 18 year-old range, via its two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, two Scout Troops and one Explorer Scout Unit.

Bradley Stoke Community Radio Association has applied for a grant of £3,000 to enable it to broadcast on FM, following its award of a full-time FM licence by Ofcom last year. The money would be used to purchase a transmitter (£1,099), an audio processor (£1,000) and other equipment necessary for FM broadcasting.

Local residents will benefit by being able to listen and participate with their own community radio station and people new to the area will benefit from being able to join an exciting community group and make friends, says the Association.

Tonight’s meeting will also hear progress reports on current Area Forum funded transport schemes, including the raised table crossing in Pear Tree Road, measures to support the Travel Plans of Bowsland Green and St Mary’s Primary Schools and measures to reduce traffic speed and noise in Woodlands Lane.

More info: Agenda for the Area Forum meeting on 4th September (SGC)

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  1. Good news for the Scouts and radio station at tonight’s meeting. They were both awarded the full amounts they had applied for.

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