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Fireworks raise £2,810 for mayor’s charities

Posted on Saturday 8th December 2018 at 5:13 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of mayor Ben Randles and town council sites manager John Rendell. Bradley Stoke fireworks display 2018.

This year’s Bradley Stoke Town Council fireworks display was again a great success, raising over £2,800 for the mayor’s charities.

Numbers attending the free event were estimated to be down on last year, most likely due to a forecast of poor weather, which in reality failed to materialise.

Feedback from those members of the public attending the event was very positive.

A total of £2,810 was raised for the mayor’s charities through donations (significantly down on the £4,119 in 2017) with £2,420 of the total coming from bucket collections and the remaining £390 coming from on-site traders (donut and burger vans).

The charities being supported by this year’s mayor, Ben Randles, are the West of England MS Therapy Centre and the Stroke Association.

Of course, the event could not run without the outstanding support from the volunteer marshal and bucket collectors from a range of local groups, including Little Stoke Social Club, Bradley Stoke in Bloom/Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group, Frampton Cotterell Air Cadets, Bradley Stoke Radio, the young people of Bradley Stoke and representatives of the two mayor’s charity groups, as well as town council members and staff.

Bradley Stoke Rotary Club ran the BBQ (which is a major fundraiser for their charity each year) and although we don’t have a figure for this year as yet, it is hoped they raised a significant sum again.

Cllr Randles said:

“I’m really pleased that the evening was well attended and enjoyed by our community. Our local fireworks have become a significant event for our town and it was a great privilege to lead the countdown to set them off.”

“I’d like to say thank you to all those who volunteered their own time to make the event possible again this year, and a special thank you to council officers who organise the logistics making things happen.”

Photo (l-r): Mayor Ben Randles and town council sites manager John Rendell.

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This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 3). 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.

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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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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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