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Bradley Stoke Scouts on tour in Normandy

Posted on Friday 1st September 2017 at 11:37 pm by SH (Editor)

1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group summer camp in Normandy.

Thirty-six Scouts and volunteer leaders from the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group recently returned from an action-packed activity week in France.  Staying at a campsite in Hauteville-sur-Mer, Normandy, they spent the week engaged in a number of activities, including climbing, rafting, kayaking, high ropes, crate stacking, archery and fencing.

For many, this was the first time they had encountered the opportunity to do these activities and several overcame personal challenges to achieve new goals … including leaders!

An excursion day was spent at the Normandy American Cemetery (adjacent to Omaha Beach) and the Arromanches 360 cinema.  Both visits provided a unique and memorable insight into D-Day and the sacrifices made during this period in our history.  The Group couldn’t go without recognising this and carried out a wreath laying ceremony at the centre of the memorial colonnade.  The staff and several members of the public who watched the ceremony (in the pouring rain), commented on how dignified and respectful the Scouts were.  It was certainly a proud moment and not a single one came away without being affected in some way and recognising how important it was to make the excursion.

Members of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group lay a wreath at the Normandy American Cemetery.

More: Visit to the Bayeux Tapestry »

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1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows’ summer adventures

Posted on Friday 1st September 2017 at 10:48 pm by SH (Editor)

1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows on Brownsea Island.

Local Rainbow leader Catherine Dixon writes:

1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows have had a busy summer term working on their ‘World’ badge finding out about the world around us. We made bug homes, explored the local area and made an edible wormery.

As well as our usual weekly meetings, we have visited Brownsea Island, the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding, and spent the day at RAF Fairford at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

We finished the term with an ‘Ugly Bug’ party to celebrate our achievements.

We have already got lots planned for the autumn term, including our first overnight under canvas, Remembrance Day and our annual visit to the theatre.

1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows at the Royal International Air Tattoo, RAF Fairford.

Photos: 1 Brownsea Island. 2 RAF Fairford.

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Young people get involved with festival

Posted on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at 8:44 pm by SH (Editor)

Prizewinners in the scooter 12 years & under category.

By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker

This year’s Bradley Stoke Community Festival saw the return of two days of action-packed activity, organised by local young people and volunteers with the support of the town council’s youth worker.

On Saturday, the queues soon built up as children and young people awaited their turn to create their own bespoke piece of street art, on a small board, with the assistance of a professional street artist and our youth worker. Most chose to write their name in graffiti style and then elaborate on their design. Over 50 children and young people then proudly took home their original ‘Banksy’ for display in the family home. Many of the parents said it was great to have the chance to do something a little different and welcomed the idea of further youth art projects.

Also, the skate park half-pipe returned to the main festival site and hosted impressive pro rider demonstrations that particularly caught the eye of spectators unfamiliar with the skills of the skate park. Between the demos, local riders of all ages and disciplines populated the ramps in ‘have a go’ sessions.

On the Sunday, the skate ramp was relocated to our new skate park (to provide additional capacity) and 60 competitors gathered to demonstrate their skills in front of an audience that peaked at over 250. In addition, there were also more pro rider demonstrations and a very popular circus skills workshop.

We held competitions in three categories: scooter, BMX and skateboard; and three age ranges, with competitors ranging from eight to 30 years old. Much fun was had by all and we are hoping to hold two further competitions later this year.

Above: Prizewinners in the scooter 12 years & under category (l-r) – Ollie Thomas (12) 1st; Ethan Large (11) 3rd; Fin Harris (11) 2nd

Photos of prizewinners in all categories »

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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.

More: Participation through extensive use of stencilling techniques »

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