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Willow Brook Centre all lit up for Christmas

Posted on Friday 25th November 2016 at 6:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Brother and sister Callum and Chloe Cockle, who switched on the Christmas lights at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Brother and sister Callum and Chloe Cockle had a thrilling start to Christmas when they switched on the lights at Willow Brook Centre on Saturday 19th November.

Callum (9) and Chloe (7), from Southmead, won a competition on the Willow Brook Centre’s Facebook page to be chosen to turn on the Christmas lights alongside Santa Claus at a fun day of seasonal activities.

The festivities started at noon when Bradley Stoke Radio began an afternoon of live music from local artists and bands in the town square.

Inside Willow Brook there was lots of great free entertainment for youngsters including a free Christmas craft workshop and walkabouts from a beautiful stilt-walking Christmas Tree Fairy and a roller skating snowman

Children also met Snow Princesses and their happy snowman friend. And young fans joined in a sing-along to songs from Frozen.

This Saturday, 26th November, Santa will open his grotto in the Willow Brook mall at 11am to take present requests. Tickets are £4.50 and include a small gift. The grotto will also be open on Sunday 27th November and then every day from Saturday 3rd December until Christmas Eve.

There will also be a Christmas market this Saturday and Sunday (26th and 27th November) with lots of unique handmade and vintage gifts. The market will be open from 10am to 5pm.

For more details on upcoming Christmas events at the centre, visit www.willowbrookcentre.co.uk or find the Willow Brook Centre page on Facebook.

Photo: Callum and Chloe with Santa. [Photo credit: Dave Betts]

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Dragons fly into Willow Brook for Halloween

Posted on Monday 24th October 2016 at 8:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Halloween Spooktacular at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Families will be able to meet two beautiful baby dragons at a special Halloween event in Bradley Stoke this half-term.

The young dragons, or whelps as they are known, will be the stars of the Willow Brook Centre’s free Halloween Spooktacular on Friday 28th October.

The infant European dragons or Draco Occidentalis hatched in a small sanctuary in Wales, are known for their distinctive shape, gentle disposition and enthusiastic love of sausages.

These delightful creatures will be making three appearances with their mystical handlers during the day so everyone will get a chance to see them close up and learn a bit more about dragonology.

They will be joined by an amiable stilt-walking Devil and Witch pair, who will roam the centre trying not to scare anyone too much.

There will also be a free craft workshop for youngsters to make dragons and spooky masks. And there will be a spooky trail to win a Halloween treat.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are looking forward to a magical Halloween Spooktacular. The baby dragons are sure to charm everyone at this year’s event.”

The event runs from 11am to 3pm.

Source: Press release from the Willow Brook Centre.

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New greengrocer now trading at Willow Brook

Posted on Monday 24th October 2016 at 1:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Opening day (Monday 24th October 2016) for the Jimmy Deane's Fruit, Veg & Salad stall in the town square at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Just in time for half-term, Jimmy Deane’s Fruit, Veg & Salad has today (Monday 24th October) commenced trading in the town square at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre.

Jimmy Deane’s will be open every Monday, Friday and Saturday, selling a full range of fresh produce with stock carefully selected by hand to ensure the best quality.

The local greengrocer has several thriving pitches around the South West including Yate Shopping Centre, Bath, UWE Bristol and Devizes.

Owner Jimmy, 36, says:

“We pride ourselves on providing fresh, quality produce with value for money every day. I am really excited about bringing what we do to Bradley Stoke to help keep the town healthy. It’s really important to eat fresh and we believe that everyone should have the option of getting their fruit and veg locally and independently.”

The business was founded by Jimmy’s father in 1970 and has been going strong ever since. With many years of experience, Jimmy says they are able to give “valuable advice and a friendly and personal service to customers”.

“The competition from the bigger retailers is really tough now, but we continue to work hard and adapt the way we work to keep our customers coming back. We hope this will continue here in the town.”

Pop along to the stall between 8am and 5pm Monday, Friday and Saturday to see for yourself!

Photo: Jimmy Deane’s staff members George (left) and Freddie at the Willow Brook Centre stall today.

• Check out the Jimmy Deane’s Fruit, Veg & Salad page on Facebook for a special opening offer.

Source: Press release from Jimmy Deane’s Fruit, Veg & Salad.

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Willow Brook Centre sold for £88.8 million

Posted on Friday 12th August 2016 at 6:41 pm by SH (Editor)

The Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Tesco and the BP Pension Fund have sold Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre to CBRE Global Investment Partners (GIP) for £88.8m.

The centre was originally developed by Spenhill, the regeneration subsidiary of Tesco, but a 50 percent share was acquired by the BP Pension Fund in July 2008, three months before the centre opened, forming an £80 million joint venture.

The 231,000 sq ft retail park has around 40 tenants, including a 90,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store.

The deal was done on behalf of CBRE GIP’s European Co-Investment Fund (ECF), working with Arax Properties. The two have already collaborated on a logistics portfolio last year.

Charles Baigler, fund manager ECF, CBRE GIP, said:

“We have acquired an asset that is anchored by a high performing tenant and offers a long term, stable income stream supported by strong catchment fundamentals. The Willow Brook Centre also provides a number of asset management opportunities that will allow us to increase and diversify income.”

The deal is the latest in a string of property sales carried out by Tesco as it seeks to strengthen its balance sheet.

Willow Brook Centre manager Andy Wynn told the Journal that staff and tenants had been made aware of the acquisition, but it will be “business as usual” at the centre and customers will not be affected.

This article originally appeared in the August 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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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