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Fruits of community art project installed at new skate park

Posted on Thursday 18th May 2017 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a community art panel being installed at Bradley Stoke Skate Park.

Two enormous street art murals recently installed at the new skate park in the grounds of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre have been attracting the attention of passers-by and visitors to the park.

The installation marks the completion of a community art project which involved over 30 children and young people and was part-funded by a community grant award from South Gloucestershire Council.

The project started during the October half-term with local children and young people working with two experienced mural and graffiti artists (Tom Sledmore and Jack Tierney from The Paintsmiths in Bristol), alongside Graham Baker, Bradley Stoke Town Council’s youth development worker.

An initial half-day workshop based at the skate park comprised an introduction to mural and graffiti art, including an extremely popular ‘have a go’ session. Over twenty young people participated and many proudly took home their own artworks on small 4’ x 2’ boards.

On Saturday 28th January, there was a further street art project session, this time focusing on the designs for the two large pieces. The two artists worked with the young people and some exciting designs started to take shape. The designs were then shared and discussed more widely in youth work sessions and further suggestions made.

A final design session took place at the skate park on a late afternoon in mid-March and was immediately followed by what Graham describes as “a whole and extremely long weekend of painting”. More than ten young people worked with Graham and the two experienced artists, in accordance with the previously agreed designs, to produce two large and impressive pieces of art, both 10 metres wide by 2.5 metres high.

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Lots going on at weekly girls-only youth club

Posted on Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 9:00 pm by Nikki Hallur

Girls and Young Women's Night at the Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke.

This month we visited the Girls’ and Young Women’s Night, which runs at the Jubilee Centre on Tuesday evenings from 7 till 9pm. This is a youth project organised by Bradley Stoke Town Council, involving girls who are between 12 and 19 years old. The evening focusses on social interaction and activities, as well as possible accreditations for the young people. Activities include arts and crafts, cooking, some sports, and trips. The group recently visited AirHop Trampoline Park, and have had occasional residential weekends.

We spoke to Graham Baker, the youth development participation worker for Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC), to find out how the project had developed. The Girls’ Night has been a popular project for a few years and has moved further into the heart of Bradley Stoke: it moved two years ago to the Jubilee Centre. Graham told us about his ‘detached youth work’ with young people, mainly outdoors in the afternoon and evenings, which gave him insight into their desire for a new skate park. As this developed, he noticed that most of the youth using the facilities were young men. There is now a small group of women using the new youth cabin facility near the skate park, but mostly Graham felt that in order to bridge the gender balance, a project needed to open up for young women. Graham stressed that youth work must come from “the opinions of young people”, and one particularly attractive feature of this group is that it runs throughout holiday times, such as during half-term.

The Girls’ Night has again increased in popularity since its recently appointed youth worker, Anita Fitzgerald, promoted the project in Bradley Stoke Community School. Anita said she “wasn’t expecting any new members to turn up because they hadn’t shown an interest at the time, but it made an impact and many of them brought friends along.” Anita added that as she gets to “know the group more, she will introduce more focus on issues that affect young people.”

The night that we visited, girls were busy making smoothies and doing different types of artwork. They enjoy the outdoor space that the room in the Jubilee Centre offers them too. The girls said that they like how they “have somewhere to go” and the fact that they have provisions such as snacks. One of the girls, Ceri, mentioned that the fact that the group is “free to join” is an added bonus.

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Young people get involved with festival

Posted on Monday 11th July 2016 at 11:58 pm by SH (Editor)

Product toss at the end of the 2016 Bradley Stoke Skate Park Competition.

Graham Baker, Bradley Stoke Town Council’s youth development & participation worker, writes:

We had two days of extremely well-attended activities with young people again actively contributing to the planning, promotion and voluntary staffing of activities over the Bradley Stoke Community Festival weekend.

On the Saturday, we brought a skate half-pipe to the main festival site with ‘have a go’ sessions and pro-rider demos. Alongside, we had street art workshops with over 50 young people leaving with their own art works or having contributed to larger collective pieces of art. In addition, we spent much time discussing and promoting other projects with young people and parents/carers.

On the Sunday, the half-pipe moved to the new skate park site to provide additional capacity alongside more pro-rider demos, skate competitions, circus skills workshops, all with a musical backdrop provided by young people with equipment loaned by BSR. Significant funding for the two days was secured through a community grant and support in kind again from local skate park businesses.

Photo: Product toss at the end of the skate park competition.

More photos from the skate park competition on Facebook.

This article originally appeared in the July 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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Ground broken on new skate park site

Posted on Wednesday 6th January 2016 at 9:06 am by SH (Editor)

Mayor Cllr Roger Avenin, breaks the ground of the new skate park development with fellow councillors, active young residents and council officers.

Construction work has finally begun on a new skate park for Bradley Stoke, at a new location within the grounds of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Councillors, council officers and local young people recently met on-site to mark the occasion.

Town Mayor Cllr Roger Avenin commented:

“I am pleased to have officially started the construction of the new skate park development for Bradley Stoke. The former park has proven itself to be a significant asset to the town over the years. However, the current park has now met the end of its useable life and needs to be replaced.”

“Building on the success of the existing park, we have taken the opportunity to reach out to the community to understand how best to replace and rejuvenate the park. The new skate park will be a modern state-of-the-art amenity which will serve the community for many years to come.”

Photo: Cllr Roger Avenin (centre, with spade) breaks the ground of the new skate park development.

Source: Press release from Bradley Stoke Town Council.

Visualisation of the proposed new skate park at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

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Planning issues delay new skate park build

Posted on Sunday 22nd November 2015 at 9:21 pm by SH (Editor)

Visualisation of the proposed new skate park at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Work on a £250,000+ project to construct a new concrete skate park in the grounds of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre could finally get under way within the next few weeks, subject to planners at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) granting approval following a protracted evaluation of the town council’s planning application.

At the time funding was secured for the project in early 2014, the council said it was hoping to have the new facility up and running in time for the community festival in June 2015, but by the time a contractor was appointed to build the park, the projected completion date had already slipped to the end of September.

The planning application for the new park was eventually submitted in mid-June, at which time the council said it expected work to “start immediately after the school holidays” and be completed by Christmas. However, following negative comments received from SGC’s landscape architect, who saw the proposal as “trying to shoehorn too much into a too small space”, the design had to be re-worked.

Additionally, objections from a small number of local residents concerned about potential noise levels from the new skate park (which would be closer to their properties than the existing park), led to the council being asked to commission an acoustic survey at a cost of £1,500. The results of that exercise were inconclusive, with the experts concluding the construction of a 2-metre acoustic barrier to the south of the site would ensure there was “no material adverse impact upon neighbouring residents whilst the proposed skate park is [operating] at maximum capacity”. However, correspondence aired at a town council meeting in October suggests that SGC will not insist on the construction of an acoustic barrier, but will instead impose a condition that requires one to be retro-fitted should any “substantiated statutory noise nuisance complaints” be received within a year of the park opening.

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