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Community in shock as organiser of charity Christmas lights passes away

Posted on Friday 5th April 2019 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Terry James.

Hundreds of people from across the Stokes and further afield have expressed shock and sadness at the news that Terry James, joint host of the famous Watch Elm Close charity Christmas lights, has died.

Together with partner Mike Checkley, Terry had helped raise thousands of pounds for charities, most recently St Peter’s Hospice, through collections made at their extravagant Christmas lights displays.

Announcing Terry’s passing on the Watch Elm Close Christmas Lights page on Facebook, Mike wrote:

“It is with sadness and joy that I share with you that my loving partner of 42 years died at 7pm on Tuesday 12th March 2019 very peacefully at home in his own bed where he wanted to be. He is now at peace. We will no longer be doing the Christmas lights but there is a new shining star in the sky. Thank you for your support for last year – we still can’t believe we raised £11,200. God bless you all.”

Well-wishers have left hundreds of comments of sympathy and support on the post, many of which mention the warm welcome they received when visiting the lights last year.

An online charity donation page has been set up in memory of Terry, collecting once again for St Peter’s Hospice. The address is

More: Photo of Terry and Mike at the launch event in December 2018 »

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Trench Lane Boot Sale due to start 14th April

Posted on Thursday 4th April 2019 at 5:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of crowds at Trench Lane Car Boot Sale.

A popular car boot sale that takes place near Bradley Stoke is due to re-open for the 2019 season later this month.

The weekly Trench Lane Boot Sale, held on Sundays on a farmland site opposite the entrance to Woodlands Golf Club [BS32 4JZ, map], will open for the first time this year on 14th April, subject to ground conditions.

As in previous years, the sale will open to buyers at 7am. Trading goes on until around 3pm, although the number of buyers usually drops off after midday. Sellers are charged £7 for a car or £10 for a van.

For buyers, there is an entrance charge of £1 for a car or 50p for a pedestrian. Free parking is provided in adjacent fields.

The organisers ask sellers to arrive no earlier than 6am (when the site opens), to avoid traffic queues forming on Trench Lane.

The final sale in 2019 will take place on Sunday 27th October.

Trench Lane Car Boot Sale, near Bradley Stoke.

Related link: Markets in and around Bradley Stoke (The Journal)

A version of this article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 35). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

UPDATE (4th April 2019)

We originally reported that the first sale would take place on Sunday 7th April 2019. The organisers have since informed us that it has now been put back to Sunday 14th April 2019, due to ground conditions at the site. For the latest news, visit the Markets page on this website.

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Library exhibition shows local impact of WW2

Posted on Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 9:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Brian Allinson with some of the residents who contributed stories.

The impact of the Second World War on South Gloucestershire is the focus of a touring exhibition which is being hosted by Bradley Stoke Library from Monday 1st April to Saturday 13th April.

Stories of residents who lived in the region during or in the aftermath of the conflict are told in the National Lottery funded project.

The project team carried out research with community museums and through reminiscence sessions in care homes to gather quotes and images for the exhibition, in order to bring to life the experiences of those living and working in the area during the war.

From sweet rations to shelters, air-raids to evacuees, the exhibition provides a great opportunity to learn more about how local people lived during this critical time in our history.

Speaking at the launch of the touring exhibition in January, Cllr Brian Allinson, vice-chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded funding by the National Lottery for our Second World War Stories project. This exhibition captures what life was really like during the war and we are pleased to be able to share these important and powerful stories before they are lost to living memory.”

In attendance at the exhibition launch was Irene from Downend, who remembers the day that Filton was bombed:

“My husband was a fire watch volunteer at Bristol Aeroplane Company. The night Filton got bombed I paced up and down with baby Peter in my arms, praying that my husband was alive. There was no way of knowing until he walked through the door.”

More: Do you have memorabilia or photographs from the war? »

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Two local groups win Aviva community grants

Posted on Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 8:05 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of the Bradley Stoke Youth FC Under-7 team.

September 2018 saw a number of local community groups send in applications to the Aviva Community Fund in the hopes of receiving funding for their projects. After voting was opened to the public in October 2018, the finalists were announced on 27th November. From across the Stokes, there were four finalists: St Michael’s Primary School PTFA, 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts, Wheatfield Primary School and Bradley Stoke Youth FC.

On 24th January 2019, the winners from the ‘environment’ category were announced followed by the ‘health and wellbeing’ category on 31st January and on 7th February it was the final category, ‘skills for life’. Out of these three categories, two of the four finalists from the Stokes were successful and will be receiving the funding that they applied for.

Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club (BSYFC)

BSYFC’s U7 team received funding of £500 to purchase some winter training clothing as well as new training equipment such as mini-hurdles, training ladders and slalom poles to ensure training sessions remain engaging and interactive for the children.

James McTiernan, manager of the U7 team, said:

“We are delighted with the news that the club were able to secure a significant sum of money through the Aviva Community Fund. Coaches and parents worked really hard to ensure that we had enough votes to be considered. The under-7 squad are undergoing and really enjoying their first season in league football this year. The money will go towards kit and equipment, and will go a very long way in helping the children to grow and develop as both footballers and people.”

More: £5,000 for play equipment at St Michael’s School »

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