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New-look Toby Carvery pledges support for local hospice

Posted on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 9:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Andy Ward cutting the ribbon to reopen the Toby Carvery, watched by members of staff and volunteers from St Peter's Hospice.

The Toby Carvery in Bradley Stoke is pledging its support to local charity St Peter’s Hospice after the restaurant reopened on Saturday 28th October following an extensive remodel. The carvery and its staff are planning a host of fundraising events and activities in the upcoming months, and are aiming to raise money and awareness for a great cause.

The Toby Carvery celebrated its local community and charity commitments by inviting the mayor of Bradley Stoke, Cllr Andy Ward, and two volunteers from St Peter’s Hospice, Barbara and Derek Whitchurch, to officially reopen the new-look restaurant, making them guests of honour at the ceremonial ribbon cutting. This comes after a successful 12 months of charity work by the Toby Carvery team, who have raised over £1,000 for the local hospice through various events and activities.

Located on Woodlands Lane, the refreshed Toby Carvery resumed serving roasts to diners after an extensive two-week refurbishment. Following a significant investment in the restaurant, five new jobs have been created for the local area.

Edd Smith, St Peter’s Hospice corporate fundraiser and lottery manager, said:

“We’re thrilled to have been given the honour of officially reopening the restaurant and we’re so delighted to have received the support from the team at Toby Carvery.”

“They have raised over £1,000 so far, an incredible amount which goes on to provide so much care for those people in our community living with life-limiting illnesses. Every day we need to raise £20,000 to provide this care, so every donation means a lot to us. We thank the whole team at Toby Carvery for their support.”

More: "Hospice’s work to help local people is brilliant to see" »

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How colourful rocks are spreading kindness all around the Stokes

Posted on Monday 20th November 2017 at 9:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Ellie Carr displays some of her favourite "rocks".

Brightly decorated pebbles have been appearing at random locations all over Bradley Stoke in recent weeks, a sure sign that a worldwide phenomenon known as the Kindness Rocks Project has reached our area.

The craze, which is particularly popular amongst families with young children, involves using paint, glitter and other materials to decorate rocks or pebbles with colourful images and then leaving them lying around in public places, sometimes partially hidden, for others to discover and enjoy.

The ‘rocks’ are usually labelled with a hashtag, which identifies the creator, and people are encouraged to post photos of their ‘finds’ on local Facebook groups (ours is called ‘The Stokes Rocks’), quoting the hashtag. Once recorded, the ‘rock’ is often moved to a new location, exposing it to a wider audience.

Around the Stokes, pebbles can often be spotted on top of street name signs, dotted around play parks and on bridges and posts in the Three Brooks nature reserve. Popular spots are around the local primary schools and on the pathways leading to the Willow Brook Centre.

While it is possible to use pebbles found in the garden, many people have been buying bags of stones from garden centres, as these have a regular size and consistent colour. Acrylic paint and Sharpie pens are often used for the decoration, which is then weatherproofed using clear nail varnish, spray lacquer or yacht varnish.

One enthusiastic member of The Stokes Rocks, Adrienne Wheeler, estimates that her family has decorated and placed more than 60 pebbles over the past few weeks. Adrienne says rock painting is a craft activity that children of different ages can easily get into. Apart from the creative aspects, they also enjoy ‘treasure hunting’ – discovering pebbles hidden by others.

Find out more about The Stokes Rocks group on Facebook »

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Bradley Stoke plays its part in cream tea world record attempt

Posted on Sunday 19th November 2017 at 7:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the cream tea world record attempt in progress at the Willow Brook Centre.

Shoppers visiting Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre on Friday 29th September were invited to take part in an attempt to break the world record for the number of people taking part in a cream tea.

The event was one of 26 similar events taking place simultaneously in larger Tesco stores across the West of England.

No charge was made for partaking in the cream tea, but guests were asked to make a donation in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

In order to qualify for the record, the cream teas needed to consist of precise measurements of jam and cream and everyone had to be seated at precisely 11am, ready to be served.

Bradley Stoke Tesco community champion Dawn Richards, who organised the local event, said:

“It was lovely how everyone came together to support the record attempt.”

“I would particularly like to thank the Willow Brook Centre, for providing tables and chairs, along with space in the mall to set them all up.”

“It was a real team effort, with staff at all levels ‘mucking in’.”

Eighty-six people attended the Bradley Stoke event, contributing to a total of around 680 across the 26 Tesco stores that were taking part in the record attempt. Whether or not the record has been broken will only be known once all the evidence has been submitted to Guinness World Records and been verified.

More: Bradley Stoke event raised over £200 for Macmillan »

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Coming soon: Bradley Stoke Santa Runs

Posted on Saturday 18th November 2017 at 8:15 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Karen Taylor (left) and Vicky Lovell in Santa hats and Parkinson's UK T-shirts.

Local residents look set to be seeing red, and rather a lot of it, on the first two Saturdays in December, thanks to two local running enthusiasts who are organising what are believed to be Bradley Stoke’s first-ever Santa Runs.

Each of the two charity events, on 2nd and 9th December, will start and finish at the Willow Brook shopping centre and offer a selection of courses suitable for both walkers and runners
Karen Taylor and Vicky Lovell are organising the events to raise money for Parkinson’s UK, which is the charity they have chosen to support through their planned participation in the Dixons Carphone Race to the Stones, a two-day, 100km ultra trail marathon that takes place in July 2018.

Karen has worked with people who are affected by Parkinson’s for over 15 years, as a therapy assistant, and has witnessed the impact the condition has on the individual and their loved ones. She explains: “Parkinson’s UK are an amazing support to these people and also the professionals working alongside them. This is why we both decided to choose this charity, so we could organise fundraising events jointly.”

Explaining the format of the events, Vicky says: “We are encouraging participants to dress up in anything festive, not just Santa outfits. People may choose to be elves, Christmas trees, Christmas puddings, snowmen, crackers, presents, fairies, stars, baubles etc. or just wear a Christmas T-shirt – but the best costumes will win prizes!”

To cater for all abilities, three course options will be offered: ‘run all the way’ 5km or 10km; ‘run/walk’ 5km; and ‘walk all the way’ 5km.

The Santa Runs are being organised with the cooperation of the Willow Brook Centre and businesses at the centre are donating prizes to be awarded to the best-dressed participants.

Anytime Fitness are the official business sponsor of the two Santa Runs and they will be providing a 10 to 15 minute warm-up before the start of each event.

Parkinson’s UK are covering the events with their public liability insurance and the routes have been approved by South Gloucestershire Council.

Entry fees are £8 for adults and £5 for children with a discount for those wishing to enter both events. Engraved medals and free cake will be handed out to all participants at the finish line. Once everyone has finished, the fancy dress winners will be announced and the prizes will be presented.

To sign up, search for “Vicky & Karen’s Race to the Stones – Parkinson’s UK” (@VKRTTS2018) on Facebook to find their joint training and fundraising page or email

Photo: Karen Taylor (left) and Vicky Lovell.

This article originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 39). The magazine is 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.

UPDATE (18th November 2017): Both Santa Runs are now SOLD OUT!

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