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Win a year’s free gym membership at Anytime Fitness in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 9:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of club manager Lewis Erskine (left) and staff member Kane Newland.

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The Bradley Stoke Journal is offering readers the chance to win a year’s free gym membership at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke in an exclusive prize draw that is open until 5th June 2018.

Anytime Fitness is the world’s largest 24hr gym chain with 4,200 sites worldwide. There are currently four sites in Bristol, one of them located in the Willow Brook Centre at the heart of Bradley Stoke, with the others in Cribbs Causeway, Clifton and Yate.

Founded in 2002 in the United States, Anytime Fitness quickly grew its global portfolio to take on Australia, New Zealand, Europe and in 2010 came to the United Kingdom. Anytime Fitness was built at the Willow Brook Centre in January 2012 and has been proudly serving the local community ever since.

Featuring state-of-the-art Precor gym equipment and open 24hrs a day, all year round, Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke is the fitness club that fits into anyone’s lifestyle.

Click HERE to enter the Anytime Fitness Free Prize Draw.

Lewis Erskine, club manager at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke, says:

“We all lead busy lives, and so often we never find the time for exercise, even though we know we should. At Anytime Fitness we do believe we have the best, most convenient facilities in the area. Our members can train when they want and because they’re not paying for additional extras their workout experience is much more effective. Talk about no more excuses!”

Membership allows you to use any of the 4,200 Anytime Fitness gyms around the world (145 in the UK), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Photo: Bradley Stoke club manager Lewis Erskine (left) with staff member Kane Newland.

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Fireworks raise £4,000 for mayor’s charities

Posted on Tuesday 5th December 2017 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Town Council fireworks display.

This year’s Bradley Stoke Town Council fireworks display was again a great success.

Numbers attending the free event were up on last year and this was reflected in a healthy increase in voluntary charity donations.

This year, a total of £4,119 was raised for the mayor’s charities through donations, with £3,629 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, Andy Ward, are Cardiomyopathy UK and Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service.

Speaking at a recent council meeting, Cllr Ward gave thanks for the “outstanding support” from the volunteer marshals and bucket collectors, who came from a range of local groups, as well as council members and staff.

This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 14). 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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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 sharonphillipsdance.co.uk 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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