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Bowlers to support air ambulance

Posted on Thursday 25th April 2019 at 8:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of a representative of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity addressing the meeting.

At the spring meeting of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, a large crowd of members was treated to a brief account of the excellent work of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC). The charity’s new air base is in Almondsbury, from which they provide pre-hospital critical care services within the community.

It was unanimously agreed to adopt this charity for the 2019 season. Joe Hughes (GWAAC community fundraising coordinator, seen in the photo) explained aspects of the work, the high level of skills of all concerned, and the need to raise £3 million each year.

The major fundraising effort by the club will be at the Charities Day in August and through on-going collections taken at every home game during the season.

Robert Bertram, club chairman, conducting the meeting in his usual affable style, took the business of the club through all the usual housekeeping matters with admirable speed, including welcoming new members, and thanking office bearers and sponsors.

A highlight of the summer programme is to be a visit to the Isle of Bohemia Club, situated on an island in the River Thames at Reading.

The home season is planned to begin on Monday 15th April.

For more information about the club and the charity, visit and

This article originally appeared in the April 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 14). 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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Opticians bowl over club with support

Posted on Tuesday 7th August 2018 at 9:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Specsavers sponsor Bradley Stoke Bowls Club.

Members of a Bradley Stoke bowling club have received a boost at the start of their season thanks to a donation by three local opticians.

Bradley Stoke Bowls Club (BSBC) is set to benefit from the support of Specsavers stores in Bradley Stoke, Filton and Cribbs Causeway. The money will mainly help pay for the continued development of different bowling opportunities for both new and experienced bowlers. The stores are also donating Specsavers umbrellas to help keep spectators dry during tournaments.

“We’re delighted to again be supporting the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club for the season,” says store director, Ed Stanleigh.

“We’ve been supporting the club since it started back in 2010. Thanks to the strong relationship we’ve established and maintained with this club that’s so important to the local community, we’ve been able to continue the sponsorship each year.”

More: BSBC chairman thanks sponsors »

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Opticians bowl over club with support

Posted on Saturday 14th October 2017 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photos of Julie Rafferty (Specsavers Bradley Stoke) with members of the bowls club.

Bradley Stoke Bowls Club (BSBC) has received £500-worth of sponsorship from three local Specsavers opticians stores – in Bradley Stoke, Filton and Cribbs Causeway. The money will mainly help pay for the continued development of different bowling opportunities for both new and experienced bowlers. The stores are also donating Specsavers mugs and umbrellas to help keep spectators warm and dry during tournaments.

Store director Ed Stanleigh said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club for their 2017 season. They’ve been part of Bradley Stoke for seven years now, and we’ve been involved right from the beginning. It’s something that’s important to the local community, so we’re very happy to offer our continued support.”

Robert Bertram, chairman of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, said:

“We’re very grateful to Specsavers for their ongoing support. Their sponsorship will help us with the development of bowls in the Bradley Stoke area and provide additional benefits for players and spectators to relax and enjoy the tournaments and friendly matches.”

The sponsoring Specsavers stores can be found at the Willow Brook Centre (Bradley Stoke), Church View (Filton) and The Mall (Cribbs Causeway).

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Bowls club charity day marks the Queen’s 90th

Posted on Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 11:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Charity Day at Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, on the weekend of The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

By Arthur Allen of  Bradley Stoke Bowls Club.

On Sunday 12th June, Bradley Stoke Bowls Club held their annual charity event, this year to support the local West of England MS Therapy Centre (MSTC), based in Wheatfield Drive.

With the event coinciding with the main weekend of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, many members chose to wear red, white and blue to mark the royal anniversary.

Graced by the presence of the town mayor, Cllr Elaine Hardwick, her husband Paul and granddaughter Honey, and supported by Emma Samson from the MSTC, events proceeded like clockwork.

Following coffee, and in spite of the damp weather, there followed a short bowling competition for about 50 participants, which was won by Bob Wilkins and Jan Preston.

Next on the bill was an excellent lunch, catered for by Steve Metcaffe (a member of Henleaze Bowling Club), during which the loyal toast was proposed by club president Bill Plank.

The afternoon programme of typical fun bowling games, got off to a good start with a lusty rendering of “Land of Hope and Glory”, led by the newly-formed Bradley Stoke Bowling Ladies Choir! A few kind words from the mayor, and a sunny-faced sky, spurred the members to attempt unusual bowling challenges, such as delivering woods with the unaccustomed hand. This potpourri contest was won by Denise Eland and Sanjay Somaroo. Winners of the spider challenge were Pauline Dent and John Slade.

To round off the day, a delicious cream tea was provided by Pauline Dent and Doreen Pope, spiced with some royal cerebral challenges concocted by quizmaster Brian Newman.

Throughout the day, funds were raised from a tombola, organized by Jean Overton, and a raffle, largely organized in absentia by Pat Wilkins. We thank all those companies in the area who donated generously to the raffle and tombola and all members who supported the day with their time, gifts of prizes and, most importantly, the giving of money to our chosen charity for this year.

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