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Family bike ride and quiz on Easter Sunday

Posted on Friday 14th April 2017 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Easter Bunny Bike Ride in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

If you are stuck with ideas of what to do with the kids on Easter Sunday then come and join the Stokes Cycling Club family Easter ride for a few hours of fun. The event is completely FREE.

Bradley Stoke Easter Bunny Ride 2017.

There will be a choice of a 3 or 6-mile ride to which everyone is welcome. This is aimed at families, including children of all ages, whether in trailers, tag-alongs, or on their own bikes.

There will be a fun quiz with three winners receiving a rather tasty Easter egg, sponsored by Wards Solicitors, who have kindly supported us again this year. Even if you don’t win, everyone who enters will be given a little treat for taking part.

Please come along on Easter Sunday, 16th April, between 10am and 12pm to register.

For more information, please contact or visit the Stokes Cycling Club page on Facebook.

Photo: Scene outside Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at a previous Easter Bunny Bike Ride organised by the Stokes Cycling Club.

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Young at Heart Club bags £2,000 Tesco grant

Posted on Wednesday 12th April 2017 at 9:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of cheque presentation to members of the group.

A club for the over-50s which meets at a Bradley Stoke church has been awarded a £2,000 grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

The scheme distributes funds raised through the 5p carrier bag levy and three organisations in the local area (covering the Stokes, Patchway and Almondsbury) are selected every two months to take part in a customer vote to decide how the three awards of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 should be allocated.

The money will help the club put on a series of monthly coach trips, which typically cost around £400 each. The first one, which has already been planned, will be to the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke.

Club member Josie Hadden, who submitted the grant application on behalf of the club, praised Tesco’s local community champion Dawn Richards for providing guidance about the scheme and said she had found Groundwork, Tesco’s partner for implementing the Bags of Help scheme, “very helpful”.

The Young at Heart Club was started in 1999 when Bradley Stoke was still being built and there were no social groups for older people. It has 56 paid-up members and an average of 36 attend the group’s weekly sessions on Thursday afternoons at Christ the King Church.

The weekly sessions feature a diverse range of activities, including guest speakers, entertainment and quizzes.

The popularity of the group is evidenced by the fact that it currently has a waiting list, as numbers are limited by the hall size and the numbers that can be accommodated on coach trips.

Photo: Bradley Stoke Tesco Extra manager Kevin Vickery (centre) and Tesco community champion Dawn Richards (right) present a cheque for £2,000 to members of the Young at Heart group.

This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 27). 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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Jubilee Green volunteer group faces uncertain future as trustees step down

Posted on Friday 7th April 2017 at 10:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Friends of Jubilee Green volunteers.

A letter from Michelle Dent, trustee of the Friends of Jubilee Green.

Today (Sunday 19th March) we have had another successful and well attended Mother’s Day craft event. Everyone who came had a thoroughly enjoyable time meeting new families and catching up with old friends. We have seen children having a fantastic afternoon being creative and playing and we have received lots of positive feedback.

We have had fantastic support from the Woodcraft Folk, whose members helped prepare the craft material, and the ongoing support from our husbands in setting up and running the event.

However, the time has come for Michelle, Helen and Sam to step down from their roles. We all have increasing commitments at work and home and are struggling to commit our time to Friends of Jubilee Green.

Today’s event has further reinforced that the charity is still needed and we would like it to continue. Could you volunteer to take this charity forward? Are you passionate about play and building strong communities? We would love to hear from you.

We are keen to support the transition of the charity to new trustees and will be on hand to give support and help if needed.

We have plans to run three more community events this year and are aiming to deliver our final project to improve the pond, but we will be unable to continue in 2018.

If you are interested in finding out what’s involved or feel you can take on a role, please e-mail us at or come to our next event on Saturday 8th April and introduce yourself. The existing trustees are easy to spot – we wear red Friends of Jubilee Green t-shirts.

More information: Friends of Jubilee Green on Facebook

More: Photo from the Mother’s Day craft event »

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Curtain raised on multi-million pound leisure centre redevelopment

Posted on Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 8:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Paralympian Andy Lewis (left) cuts a ribbon to mark the official launch of new facilities at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Alongside him are (l-r) Cllr Erica Williams (chair of South Gloucestershire Council) and Cllr Heather Goddard (chair of South Gloucestershire Council's Environment and Community Services Committee).

Customers can now enjoy a range of new facilities at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre following a major £3.6million redevelopment funded by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

An official launch by triathlete and 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Andy Lewis, who used the centre for his pre-Olympics training, took place on 5th January with partners and staff involved in the project. Bradley Stoke was the nearest centre that could offer him proper training facilities and so was critical to his pre-Games training.

Pupils from Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) were amongst those lucky enough to have a preview of the new-look lifestyle centre and to meet Andy, who brought along his gold medal and spent time chatting to leisure centre staff and guests.

New facilities include an extensive soft play zone and an all adventure climbing experience. There has also been significant investment made into the gym, café, and studios, making the centre a real destination venue for the local community and wider area.

Alongside the leisure centre facilities, which were redeveloped by leisure design and build specialist Createability, improved library accessibility and extended opening hours through a swipe card access system is due to begin in February (see page 15) and both services will benefit from an additional 130 parking spaces.

Andy said:

“This is a fantastic centre. I wish I had such great facilities on my doorstep. The support from the leisure centre has been awesome from start to finish and I couldn’t have achieved the Gold without them. The new facilities look amazing.”

More: New climbing wall has recorded over 4,000 visits in two months »

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Fireworks raise £3,486 for Mayor’s charities

Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 11:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Firework Display 2016.

On Sunday 6th November 2016, Bradley Stoke Town Council hosted its annual fireworks event for the fourteenth year running. It was another successful year, where thousands came out to enjoy the fireworks once more.

This year, a total of £3,486 was raised for the Mayor’s charities through donations, with £2,996 of the total coming from bucket collections and the remaining £490 coming from on-site traders (donut and burger vans).

The charities being supported by this year’s Mayor, Elaine Hardwick, are Heartful Dodgers and Transplant Sport UK.

Speaking at the November council meeting, Cllr Hardwick said:

“The event could not run without the very good volunteer marshal and bucket collector support from a range of local groups, including Little Stoke Social Club, Bradley Stoke in Bloom, Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group, Frampton Cotterell Air Cadets and representatives of the two supported charities, as well as town councillors and the town council’s staff.”

Photo credit: Becky Ward Media

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This article originally appeared in the December 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 3). 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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