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Grants available to help set up new community groups in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Community Connectors.

Do you have some great ideas about a new group you’d like to set up in your local area?

Have you noticed that there is a need for a certain group that isn’t currently being filled, and you’d like to become involved in setting one up?

Would you like to set up a community group where you can share your skills and knowledge with others?

Community Connectors is an initiative run by Curo and funded by South Gloucestershire Council. It aims to support people in the local community, to connect with what’s going on and it encourages people to become involved in activities that are happening in their local area. Currently there is funding available of up to £200, to support new and existing community groups.

For more information about how to apply, please contact Sarah on 07967 344661 or email

Photo: Representative image provided by Curo.

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 36). 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.

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Bailey’s school says: “Let’s CAP cancer”

Posted on Thursday 16th March 2017 at 9:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Bailey Cooper holding a cheque, accompanied by staff and pupils.

Pupils at Stoke Lodge Primary School have taken part in a special event to support the family of a pupil, eight year old Bailey Cooper, who recently underwent nearly four months of hospital treatment for a form of cancer.

Photo of Bailey Cooper in hospital.

Bailey was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in October last year. He endured four rounds of chemotherapy and steroid treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital before being given the all-clear in February. He is currently in remission and has recently returned to school.

Roye Aguila, a parent of a pupil in Bailey’s class, approached PE teacher Pete Holbrook with the idea of raising funds to help the family. His suggestion was to allow the children to wear a “Let’s CAP Cancer” cap for the whole day in school in return for a donation. Over £900 was raised at the event which was held on 24th February and the money will be donated to the family. It is hoped this will become an annual event with money raised in future years going to a local hospital.

Roye says that the event would not have been possible without the support of sponsors Design Scaffolding, The Whitchurch and Flipout Bristol. Bristol Rugby, who work with the school on a regular basis, also sent along their mascot to support the event.

Bailey’s parents, Rachel Hollyman and Lee Cooper, told the Journal that they were overwhelmed at the support they have received from the local community and the school. Rachel had to give up her job at Caerleon Child Care (inside Jump at Patchway) and Lee had to cut his working hours when Bailey was diagnosed with the life-threatening condition so they could spend time with Bailey and his younger brother, Riley.

More: Friends and family organised fundraising events »

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Great fun for kids and adults: Library’s new Spanish Rhyme Time

Posted on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at 9:24 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Spanish Rhyme Time group.

A weekly ‘rhyme time’ session has been a popular attraction at Bradley Stoke Library for a number of years now, but a recent initiative has seen the concept given a new twist – with the introduction of a Spanish language variant!

The new weekly Spanish Rhyme Time has been started by local mums Adele Innes and Adriana Moreno with the aim of helping youngsters learn Spanish through singing fun children’s songs. It is not a Spanish lesson as such, but the intention is that children will pick up the language through repetition.

Adele, who is from Scotland, has studied several languages and learnt Spanish whilst living in her husband’s home country of Ecuador, while Adriana hails from Columbia.

Before moving to Bradley Stoke, Adele used to take her children to a Spanish Rhyme time in London, which she says they thoroughly enjoyed.

Adele told the Journal:

“I would have started this group as soon as we moved here two years ago, but I was waiting to find a native speaker who wanted to run it with me. The group aims to create community amongst local Spanish speakers and families with ancestral links to the language. It also looks to support children who are taught Spanish at school and welcomes any child who would like to be (or whose parents would like them to be) exposed to Spanish.”

The group provides the opportunity for children and their parents to enjoy Spanish children’s songs and stories with both fluent Spanish speakers and those who are just starting out.

More: "A great way to introduce the language in a fun environment" »

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Nominations open for Stars of the Stokes 2017

Posted on Saturday 11th March 2017 at 8:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Star of the Stokes winners 2016.

Three local business have once again teamed up to launch the Stars of the Stokes awards, a set of community awards for the local area, including Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Harry Stoke, Stoke Lodge and Winterbourne.

Following a highly successful inaugural year in 2016, the Willow Brook Centre, the Bradley Stoke Journal and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bristol North are jointly promoting the 2017 renewal of the awards, which will culminate in a glamorous Black Tie dinner and presentation evening at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Friday 16th June.

Members of the public are being asked to nominate anyone living in the local area who they feel deserves recognition for outstanding community engagement and/or achievement of personal goals.

This year’s award categories are: Star Teacher, Pre-School Carer of the Year, Achievement Against the Odds, Young Hero, Champion Carer, Parent/Guardian in a Million, Coach of the Year, and Unsung Hero.

The eight categories are sponsored by local businesses including the Aztec Hotel, Almondsbury Garden Centre, the Olympus Academy Trust and Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants.

Nominations, which close on Sunday 23rd April, may be made using the form printed on page 24 of the March BSJ magazine [download here] or online via the dedicated Stars of the Stokes website.

Andy Wynn, manager of the Willow Brook Centre, said:

“When we launched the Stars of the Stokes in 2016 we knew that there were a lot of people in the Stokes areas that deserved recognition. However, we were blown away with the success of the awards, with over 90 nominations and 130 people joining us for the awards night. When we sat to review the awards and began to look towards 2017, there was never any doubt that we would repeat the awards. We have been delighted that four of last year’s category sponsors have agreed to work with us again this year. We can’t wait to start seeing the nominations come in and are looking forward to the awards themselves on 16th June.”

More: Follow ‘Stars of the Stokes’ on Facebook and Twitter »

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MetroBus project: February progress report

Posted on Friday 10th March 2017 at 10:24 pm by SH (Editor)

The Woodlands Lane junction with Bradley Stoke Way, fully reopened after being closed for 559 days for MetroBus roadworks.

By Jim Aitken, community liaison officer at Alun Griffiths Ltd.

Bradley Stoke Way

On Tuesday 14th February, following just over four weeks of night time surfacing between the Aztec West and Patchway Brook roundabouts, and working jointly with South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) signalisation team, the traffic lights at the Woodlands Lane and Orchard Gate junctions were commissioned and switched on.

Over the next few months, small works will continue, with some traffic management as necessary to complete signage, guard rails, landscaping and adding an anti-skid surface in certain areas. This work may involve some peak-time lane closures, as and when required.

All pedestrian crossings and footpaths are open, with the exception of the footpath eastbound where Oaktree Crescent meets Bradley Stoke Way, as work continues in this area around to the A38 where, until April/May, we will be completing further MetroBus works including installation of a MetroBus stop. Pedestrians and cyclists can still cross at the Aztec West junction and use the temporary footpath around onto the A38, although it is advisable for cyclists to dismount through this section.

A38 South of Aztec West

Works have commenced from Bradley Stoke Way left around the roundabout onto the southbound A38 Gloucester Road for the MetroBus lane and bus stop. The existing toucan crossing on the A38 will also be re-sited. It is anticipated this will continue into early May due to the numerous utility assets in this area. A temporary footpath is provided outside the works area.

Whilst the bus stop on the southbound A38 is out of use, Griffiths will seek to place a temporary bus stop on Bradley Stoke Way between the Orchard Gate and Woodlands Lane junctions. This is subject to the new bus lane being open, which is at the discretion of SGC.

More: Work at southern end of BSW to last three months »

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