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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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Town council reveals plan for changes at Brook Way Activity Centre site

Posted on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 10:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Proposed changes at Brook Way Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke.

Following a decision reached at Full Council in July, Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) has revealed a work specification and draft plan for the removal of the dilapidated hard court area at its Brook Way Activity Centre site, allowing the creation of a new grassed “village green” area and twelve additional car parking spaces.

The plan includes an option for a further eight additional car parking spaces to be created on the doctors’ surgery side of the site, subject to the surgery partners agreeing to make an acceptable financial contribution towards the extra costs that this would involve.

The work specification was drawn up by BSTC premises manager John Rendell and Cllr Andy Ward, who say their aim has been to ensure the project is “cost effective/affordable, beneficial to the community, the activity centre, Bradley Stoke Surgery and the grounds”.

The council has allocated a budget of £50,000 for the project. Formal quotes from contractors have yet to be obtained. Creating the optional eight additional car parking spaces on the doctors’ surgery side of the site would add around £10,000 (given as a “ball park” figure) to the overall cost.

Up to ten trees will need to be “relocated” as part of the project.

Publication of the plan comes almost three years after the council conducted a public consultation on the future of the site. A working group set up to consider the results of the consultation failed to produce any formal reports and, having held no meetings for almost two years, was condemned as having “died a death” by current mayor Elaine Hardwick when she brought the matter back to council last July.

At that meeting, councillors unanimously agreed to “extend the current car park towards the existing grass area, use the hard courts as open green space and ask the GP surgery if they are willing to contribute financially towards an increase in the GP surgery car park”.

More: Doctors’ surgery offers 30 percent of costs for their new spaces »

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Fireworks raise £3,486 for Mayor’s charities

Posted on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 11:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Firework Display 2016.

On Sunday 6th November 2016, Bradley Stoke Town Council hosted its annual fireworks event for the fourteenth year running. It was another successful year, where thousands came out to enjoy the fireworks once more.

This year, a total of £3,486 was raised for the Mayor’s charities through donations, with £2,996 of the total coming from bucket collections and the remaining £490 coming from on-site traders (donut and burger vans).

The charities being supported by this year’s Mayor, Elaine Hardwick, are Heartful Dodgers and Transplant Sport UK.

Speaking at the November council meeting, Cllr Hardwick said:

“The event could not run without the very good volunteer marshal and bucket collector support from a range of local groups, including Little Stoke Social Club, Bradley Stoke in Bloom, Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group, Frampton Cotterell Air Cadets and representatives of the two supported charities, as well as town councillors and the town council’s staff.”

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This article originally appeared in the December 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 3). The magazine is 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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Council agrees to extend car park at Brook Way

Posted on Wednesday 24th August 2016 at 9:58 pm by SH (Editor)

The car park at Brook Way Activity Centre and Bradley Stoke Surgery.

Bradley Stoke Town Council has finally reached a decision on the future of the hard court area and some of the surrounding grounds at its Brook Way Activity Centre, more than two years after it conducted a public consultation on the future of the site.

The matter was tabled for discussion at July’s meeting of Full Council after mayor Cllr Elaine Hardwick had identified it as a priority for her year in office in an interview with the Journal following her election to the role in May.

After admitting that the working group set up to consider the results of the consultation had “died a death” [having failed to produce any formal reports and there being no public record of it actually meeting for almost two years], Cllr Hardwick introduced a short report compiled by the council’s youth development and participation worker Graham Baker. This summarised previously discussed options for the Brook Way site such as the creation of additional car parking space and new or extended buildings and put forward some alternative ideas, including the reinstatement /development of sports facilities and the installation of a bespoke converted shipping container to act as a base for youth work.

Cllr Hardwick then moved swiftly on to outline her own vision for the site, which she said she had formulated after “taking another look at the consultation results”.

It quickly became apparent that she was less than enthusiastic about seeing another building erected on the site, pointing out that the council’s three existing activity centres “are not being used to their potential”. In relation to spending on youth provision, she added, perhaps with reference to the near £300k recently spent on the town’s new skate park: “We have done a lot for the youth, now we need to consider other age groups.”

Cllr Hardwick’s vision included converting the hard court area to a green open space where people could sit and talk, play games like ‘big chess’ and enjoy new facilities such as a climbing wall and a sand pit.

More: Little support for a new dedicated youth work building on the site »

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MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths help town council with groundworks

Posted on Sunday 17th July 2016 at 11:48 pm by SH (Editor)

Staff from MetroBus contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd help landscape the area surrounding the new skate park at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, building the MetroBus North Fringe to Hengrove Package, have recently helped Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) at the new skate park within the grounds of the leisure centre. As part of the Griffiths community benefits initiative, and throughout the contract, the company works with and supports local community groups and provides assistance to local regeneration projects. This may include project volunteering days, provision of resources and materials, and fundraising.

Griffiths have transported three large boulders from Bradley Stoke Way to the area of the leisure centre and skate park for the town council and provided resources and equipment to landscape and re-seed the area surrounding the skate park.

A BSTC spokesperson said:

“Bradley Stoke Town Council is extremely appreciative of the recent contribution, from Alun Griffiths (local MetroBus contractors) to the landscaping of the new Bradley Stoke skate park. They have rotavated, top-soiled and seeded the earth surrounding the new park and, hopefully, we will soon have a mixture of wildflower borders and grass banks that park users and spectators can enjoy.”

Source: Press release from Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd

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