Busy weekend of community events ahead

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 Hinckley (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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