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Weather puts dampener on open air cinema

Posted on Monday 9th October 2017 at 9:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of crowd and screen at the 'Movies in the Square' event.

Big screen entertainment came to the town square at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre on Saturday 16th September when local residents were invited to bring chairs and blankets to watch a programme of three feature films.

The free event, organised by the Willow Brook Centre with the support of Bradley Stoke Radio, had attracted great interest when it was first announced during the summer, but attendances on the day were a little disappointing, with several people saying they had been put off by the unseasonably chilly weather and the forecast of showers.

Poster for the 'Movies in the Square' event.

Those who braved the weather were able to take advantage of a 20 percent discount on Harvester takeaway meals, although a last-minute hitch meant that the promised drinks bar failed to materialise. The centre’s Tesco Extra store also supported the event, offering movie-goers a ‘bottle of water and a cookie’ deal for just 50 pence.

Unfortunately, licensing restrictions meant that two of the films on the originally advertised bill, ‘Boss Baby’ and ‘Mama Mia’, could not be shown, so these had to be replaced with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ and ‘Wonder Woman’.

Reflecting on the event, Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We were delighted to receive so much positive feedback on our Movies in the Square event. It was the first time that we had put on this type of event and we have learned some lessons for the future. We would love to repeat the event and are currently looking into options for summer 2018.”

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Troupe of forty local dancers heading for West End stage

Posted on Friday 6th October 2017 at 9:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of students from Sharon Phillips School of Dancing who will be performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Students from a local dance school are looking forward to living out their dreams by performing on a famous West End stage later this month.

A group of 40 performers from the Sharon Phillips School of Dancing, several of whom live in Bradley Stoke, will be treading the boards of Her Majesty’s Theatre on Sunday 8th October when they take part in a Young Performers Show.

The girls, aged 10 to 18, have been rehearsing since April in preparation for the big event, where they will perform two ballet dances and one modern dance.

The costumes the girls will wear have been specially imported from America.

Dance school owner Sharon Phillips said:

“We wish the girls the best of luck with their performance, and memories I’m sure they and their families who will be watching will remember forever.”

Other activities on this term’s programme include participation in a ‘tapathon’ in aid of Children in Need and the hosting of five exam sessions.

The school runs classes at St Chad’s Church Hall in Patchway on Saturdays from 9.15am to 2.30pm. Further classes are held throughout the week, and on Saturdays, in Alveston.

For more information, call Sharon on 07989 652780, visit or search for the Sharon Phillips School of Dancing page on Facebook.

This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 22). 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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Local art group stages competition inspired by Filton’s aviation heritage

Posted on Monday 19th June 2017 at 9:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Sue Jones (left) and Susan Hartry.

Ahead of the highly anticipated new museum opening in late summer, Aerospace Bristol has selected a trio of high-flying artists as the winners of a competition inspired by Filton’s aviation heritage.

Aerospace Bristol was asked to judge the competition by Stokes Art Group, a local community group that covers the six Stokes of South Gloucestershire and surrounding areas. As well as taking pride in their art, the group are extremely proud of the link that many of their members share with the local aerospace industry and were keen to celebrate Concorde’s arrival into her new home at Aerospace Bristol with a competition themed around Filton’s aviation heritage.

Reflecting the story that will be told in the Aerospace Bristol exhibition later this summer, the group produced a collection of 18 artworks depicting aircraft spanning more than a century of fascinating aviation history; from Boxkite biplanes to Concorde and on to the modern day.

After careful deliberation, the three winners chosen by Aerospace Bristol were:

  • Winner: Concorde 2017 Home from Home, by Susan Hartry (watercolour)
  • Runner-up: We Love Concorde, by Sue Kelly (watercolour)
  • Third place: Concorde Assembly Line, by Sara Smith (mixed media)

Working with local people and groups like Stokes Art Group, Aerospace Bristol aims to conserve Bristol’s aerospace heritage and celebrate the world class achievements of our aerospace industry. To play your part in keeping Concorde’s memory alive, visit and give a gift that will help to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Photo: Susan Hartry (right) holds her winning watercolour, which depicts Concorde arriving in her new home at Aerospace Bristol. Stokes Art Group Member Sue Jones (left) shows off the 2nd and 3rd placed artworks.

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The 2017 Community Festival is under way!

Posted on Friday 9th June 2017 at 9:21 pm by SH (Editor)

2017 Bradley Stoke Community Festival 'Picnic in the Park'.

The 2017 Bradley Stoke Community Festival got under way today (Friday 9th June) with the traditional Picnic in the Park, at which children were entertained in the Big Top by Professor Panic and took part in fun activities organised by the Friends of Jubilee Green.

Saturday (10th June) sees a packed programme of music and dance events at the Jubilee Centre playing fields, with the action starting at 11.30am and running through to 6pm.

Musical entertainment on Saturday begins with the BSCS students at 11.30am – followed by Gecko Blasters, Uncle Buck, Dockside, Nuttyness (Madness tribute), South Glos Jazz Band and Atlantic.

Dance and gymnastic groups performing in between the bands this year include Yasmin’s Dance, Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club, the South Gloucestershire Asian project dancers, Stoke Gifford Dance, Kirsty Husher Dance and Stagecoach.

Over on Jubilee Green, there will be demonstrations from the Scouts’ marching band, GKR Karate, South West Winterguard Academy, Easy Dance Popstars, St Mary’s RFC, PT Boot Camp and Dragon Tang Soo Do, along with pro rider demonstrations on the King Ramps half-pipe.

Fun rides and attractions for the children include trampolines, giant slides, football games, giant inflatables, a helter skelter and the Vertical Xtreme climbing wall, alongside the local Scouts providing longbow archery.

To mark its 25th anniversary, the town council has sponsored a community area with several rides including Wipe Out, Bungee Run and Surf Simulator on which the adults will be able to join in with the children! These attractions will be free of charge, with the option of making a donation to the mayor’s charities.

Another special 25th anniversary feature is the ‘Bradley Stoke Bazaar’, which is a large marquee holding a wide selection of stalls featuring arts and crafts, gifts and handicrafts as well as a cartoonist and face painters.

The Bradley Stoke Youth FC football tournament for Year 1 children, with 14 schools taking part, starts at 12pm on the top soccer pitches (prizegiving at 3pm).

Sunday’s events: BS 10k Run, kwik cricket and skate park competition »

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