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Spectacular skate park skills and ‘have-a-go’ art sessions return to festival

Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 8:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of participants in the junior scooter category of the skate park competition.

By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker.

In recent years, the Bradley Stoke Community Festival has seen our town council youth work team and local young people work together to organise an extremely successful two-day package of activities.

Saturday saw the return of our popular street art workshops and the King Ramps skate half-pipe, with ‘have-a-go sessions’ and pro rider demos throughout the day. Strong winds presented an initial challenge setting up, especially building our 8ft x 16ft art wall, however, once up, the wall offered a useful windbreak for our art workshop activities.

The art workshops involved children and young people painting a 4ft x 2ft board with the support of professional artists, youth workers and volunteers, and the queues soon started to build. Due to demand we continued until 6pm and, sadly, still had to turn people away. However, about 70 participants happily returned home clutching their original works of art.

Meanwhile, spectators gathered for regular pro rider demos on the half-pipe with popular ‘have a go’ ride sessions for local young people. In addition, we promoted our usual youth work activities, but the gusty winds prevented our usual displays.

On Sunday, we relocated to the skate park with the skate half-pipe being set up alongside the park to provide important extra capacity. Soon, about 60 competitors, many accompanied by their family and friends, started to arrive and sign up for the competitions. There were more pro rider demos with the park open for use in between the competition runs. A circus skills workshop entertained and engaged not only the younger children, but older teenagers as well. Competitions were organised for all age categories and skate park disciplines (BMX, scooter and skateboard).

We kicked off with the extremely busy junior scooter competition and managed to complete two rounds of runs before the rain descended. At first, we were hopeful that the rain would clear, and we could squeegee the park dry; unfortunately, though, the rain set in and eventually we had to call off the competition. There was disappointment all round, but we are looking to organise another skate competition soon.

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Scouts brave the rain on September camp

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 9:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of around 30 members of 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts at Symonds Yat.

In September, over thirty Scouts from 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts and their leaders held a camp at Biblins campsite in Ross-on-Wye. Despite the very poor weather, they managed to complete a challenging programme with some new joiners camping for the very first time. As our oldest section in the Group, this was a simple camp to demonstrate the skills they had developed over their time with us. So when they arrived they raised their own tents and ensured that all of their kit was safely stored inside with regular inspections to ensure it stayed that way. After an introduction from our camp leader Darrell and hot drinks, they spent the evening inside their tents as the rain started to fall.

On Saturday the scouts cooked every meal and washed up afterwards (if you don’t cook, you wash. Very quickly, cooking volunteers appear!). The activities began with traditional saw and knife whittling skills taught alongside a session making paracord bracelets. And later – despite being very cold, wet and tired – they completed a hike to Symonds Yat in very heavy rain (photo above). For a few this was a journey of the next 100 metres or the next corner, but they all made it up to the top and back to camp. We finished the day with a campfire, s’mores and roasted chocolate bananas. And then to bed. In the rain. Again.

Sunday morning saw the camp rise a little more slowly but after another breakfast cooked by the Scouts, we had forest games including the always popular manhunt. A break in the rain alongside some fierce wind dried the tents enough for them to be quickly dropped and preparations made for home. After a final check of the field to ensure that we left nothing but footprints, we went home in the SUNSHINE!

Inspired? The Group is always looking for more leaders to prepare our young people as they develop skills for life. For more information, have a look at the Group’s website: http://1st.bradley-stoke-scouts.org/home/join-1st-bss

This article originally appeared in the October 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 27). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Bradley Stoke Scouts take part in jamboree camp

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 1:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Members of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group at the Brunel Jamboree in May 2018.

By Nick Nelson, chair of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group.

Over the late May bank holiday weekend, 160 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and leaders from the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group took part in the Brunel Jamboree, where they joined many other groups from the local district. With a superhero theme, the three-night, four-day camp included climbing, crate stacking, archery, shooting, an assault course, bouncy castles, craft activities, human table football and backwoods cooking.

Like all our camps, they are meticulously organised over many months by our more experienced camp leaders. However, the physical activity started on Thursday evening with tents being raised by a mixture of Scouts, adult volunteers and parents. This included putting up seven marquees, four of them together into a huge 18 x 8 metre space for preparing and serving food. We would need this when the rain came.

When the Cubs and Scouts arrived on Friday, everything was in place. Tents were allocated and new friends made (having so many sections means that sometimes you only get to know them on a camp). We paraded into the main event area behind our superhero banner designed by the Beavers and opened the camp. The hot dogs were eaten quickly and everyone returned to camp for lights out at 11pm and sleep (or quiet voices until the early hours).

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Report on the festival youth activities

Posted on Sunday 15th July 2018 at 12:10 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community Festival Skate Jam prize winners in the scooter competition.

By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker

On Saturday, Bradley Stoke Town Council youth workers and young volunteers organised the return, to Jubilee Green, of the popular combination of the skate half-pipe (provided by King Ramps) and street art workshops (courtesy of Paintsmiths). The half-pipe accommodated displays by the pro’ riders, coupled with the chance for festival goers to ‘have a go’ on their skate boards, bikes and scooters. Alongside, some amazing art works were created by young festival goers and over 70 boards were completed and proudly taken home for display, as well as young people contributing to a large art wall.

On Sunday, at the skate park, over 250 people attended the annual festival Skate Jam with competitions in scooter, BMX and skateboard categories. The half-pipe was relocated from Jubilee Green, to offer extra capacity, and a circus skills workshop provided an added attraction. As on Saturday, there were several pro’ rider demos spaced throughout the afternoon, including spectacular displays from Jack Clark of the British BMX Freestyle Team (now an Olympic sport).

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