Archive for June, 2017

Meet the new mayor: Councillor Andy Ward

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 at 7:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Newly elected Mayor of Bradley Stoke Cllr Andy Ward receives the chain of office from previous mayor Cllr Elaine Hardwick.

Councillor Andy Ward has been elected as the new mayor of Bradley Stoke. Andy, who has been a councillor since 2013, was formally handed the chain of office on Wednesday 10th May at Bradley Stoke Town Council’s AGM. He takes on the role as the town celebrates two significant milestones in its short history – the thirtieth anniversary of the first turf being cut and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the town council.

Originally from Tytherington, then Thornbury, Andy moved to Bradley Stoke with his wife, Marion (who is also a member of Bradley Stoke Town Council), in 1992. They chose Bradley Stoke as they believed it would be a perfect place to put down roots and bring up a family. Obviously, it was the right decision for the Ward family who have now lived here for twenty-five years with their daughter, Bex. Andy describes Bradley Stoke as “a vibrant town with a great sense of community”.

“The people who live here are friendly and neighbourly and the population is diverse, representing a wide variety of cultures. The town benefits from great facilities and access to some beautiful green spaces,” he adds.

Like many people in this area, Andy began his working life in the aerospace industry as a Rolls Royce apprentice. He has also run several small businesses. In 2011, he became involved in the inception of Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) and he is currently chairman of this popular community organisation. He also broadcasts on the Drivetime Show three times a week. Through his involvement with BSR, Andy worked with the town council on a regular basis and it was this involvement that inspired him to stand for election.

More: New mayor is also involved in numerous voluntary groups »

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Local estate agents Ocean step in to support Meadowbrook Primary’s sports teams

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 at 4:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Meadowbrook Primary School's football team, sponsored by Ocean.

Local estate agents Ocean say they are very happy to have been given the opportunity to support some of the sports teams at Bradley Stoke’s Meadowbrook Primary School this year. They’re hoping the football team enjoy their new strip and the netball team their polo shirts.

Ocean say they are also pleased to have been able to source the new kit from a local supplier, Linela Embroidery in Olveston, who ensured that the embroidered school emblem on the shirts was “just right”. The response from the children and teachers confirms they did a great job, with everyone saying they are delighted with the new kit.

Stefano Missiato, Ocean Bradley Stoke sales manager said he has been very pleased to see the new strips at Meadowbrook. He’s been working in Bradley Stoke for over ten years now and knows just how important it is to ensure the local community’s schools are supported as much as possible.

“Let’s hope the new kit brings good luck, wins follow, and fun is had by all,” he added

Meadowbrook Primary School's netball team, sponsored by Ocean.

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Local schoolboy walks out at Wembley with one of his heroes

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 at 4:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke schoolboy Alex Okoye (centre), player escort at the 2017 FA Cup Final.

Sport-loving local schoolboy Alex Okoye, aged 11, could hardly believe his good fortune to be selected to be a player escort (mascot) at the Arsenal – Chelsea FA Cup Final at Wembley on 27th May.

Like most young boys his age, Alex enjoys a good kick around on the football pitch. He plays basketball for Bristol Flyers, enjoys athletics and is captain of his Year 7 rugby team.

Alex, who attends Bradley Stoke Community School, said:

“It was a remarkable once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“When my Dad told me we had won two tickets to Wembley and the chance for me to be a player escort for Arsenal, I could hardly believe it. We have supported Arsenal in my family all my life.”

“The Emirates [Stadium] and the FA were really generous too. They put us up for two nights in a hotel in Kensington so we could arrive early to enjoy the build up to the game and enjoy the celebration at the end of the match.”

“Walking out at Wembley in front of nearly 90,000 people with millions of people watching on telly around the world was amazing. The roar from the cheering fans as we walked on to the pitch was deafening and you could feel the heat from the pre-match pyrotechnics.”

More: Alex accompanied one of his favourite players, Mesut Ozil »

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Employees from local firms lend a hand at MS Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive

Posted on Thursday 29th June 2017 at 9:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Mercer employees helping to maintain the grounds at the West of England MS Therapy Centre.

The West of England MS Therapy Centre has been caring for people with multiple sclerosis, their families and carers since 1985. MS is a disease affecting the central nervous system and is the most common cause of disability in young people in the UK today.

In the past month, three companies have kindly supported the centre by releasing some of their employees from their working duties to spend time at the centre helping out with maintenance and gardening tasks.

Staff from HBOS (a banking and insurance company), LV (who specialise in car, home, travel and life insurance) and Mercer (consultants in talent, health, retirement and investments) all thoroughly enjoyed their days with the centre and felt that it gave them satisfaction knowing that they were helping out a local charity and giving something back to the community.

In 2012, the centre moved into a larger, fully accessible, bespoke building in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke. Here, the centre provides treatments, therapies and vital support to people living with MS and increasingly other neurological conditions in a caring, friendly and professional environment.

A spokesperson said:

“We are the only therapy centre open to people with neurological conditions on a self-referral basis in the Greater Bristol Area and our aim is to support them so that they can remain independent and active for as long as possible. Whilst there is no cure for many of the conditions we treat, the therapies and social support we offer help individuals to cope better with the day-to-day challenges they face.”

More: Centre offers physiotherapy and oxygen treatment »

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