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Bradley Stoke Christmas programme in full swing

Posted on Sunday 14th December 2008 at 12:15 am by SH (Editor)

The coming week sees a full programme of Christmas-themed events in Bradley Stoke.

Vienna Christmas MarketTuesday (16th December) sees Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) hosting a European Christmas Market from 5pm to 7:30pm. The event has been organised to celebrate the school’s designation as a specialist Performing Arts and Languages College (effective since September 2008). Students will plan, run and produce stock for their market stalls, with a range of cultural influences. On offer will be foreign language Christmas cards, a variety of European sweets and cakes, decorations, candles, jewellery and stocking filler stalls, along with mulled wine, hot drinks, mince pies and chestnuts. Music will be provided by the BSCS brass band and choir.

Bradley Stoke Library is running a Children’s Christmas Crafts Session on Saturday (20th December) between 10am and 12 noon. The event, at which which children will make Christmas cards and decorations, is aimed at four to nine year-olds.

A Christmas Novelty Orienteering Event takes place on Sunday (21st December) in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve. The event, organised by Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK), starts and finishes from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre (start any time between 10am and 12 noon). People of all ages and abilities can enjoy an hour or so of lighthearted sporting fun, running or walking around the paths and woodland areas using a map (supplied) to navigate to a series of control points, where pre-placed markers can be found or clue questions can be answered. Santa Claus himself will be trying out parts of the courses and any competitor who punches their map using Santa’s special punch will receive an Christmas treat at the finish! Treats are also available to anyone wearing a festive or festively-decorated hat! More details on the BOK website.

Santa Claus has already been spotted around Bradley Stoke in the past couple of weeks. Our pictures (below) show him in the aisles of the Tesco Extra store and out and about on his sleigh, kindly provided by the 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts, who are raising funds for new camping equipment.

Santa at Tesco ExtraScouts\' Christmas Collection

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Three Brooks orienteering and nature trail launch draws the crowds

Posted on Wednesday 17th September 2008 at 3:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Orienteering Course Launch

Bradley Stoke’s new orienteering and nature trail got off to a flying start on Saturday with 180 people taking advantage of the fine weather to try out the 22-checkpoint course laid out in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve.

Members of Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) and the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group were on hand to offer friendly help and advice to the many individuals and family groups attracted by the chance to discover unexplored corners of the nature reserve, which incorporates Savages Wood, Webbs Wood and Sherbourne Brake.

Volunteers from the Castlebeck CREATE project, who will help to maintain the facility, were also on hand to celebrate the launch and have a go at the course. The group is based at the Winterbourne View independent hospital, located in Bradley Stoke’s south-eastern corner.

Winterbourne View is a 24-bed unit specialising in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of men and women with a learning disability. The purpose-built facility, which has been open for almost two years, has a staff of 53 specialist nurses, carers and support workers.

The CREATE project, operating in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, allows Castlebeck to provide a new form of active community-based therapy for patients/residents and helps to improve staff satisfaction and engagement.

The volunteer team, formed of staff and residents working together on an equal footing, visits the nature reserve once a week to carry out maintenance activities that include general litter picking and cleaning the newly-installed orienteering posts. Each post is topped with a steel “rubbing plaque” illustrating an animal or plant that can be found within the reserve, but ironically some of the birds in the reserve seem to enjoy perching on the posts and fouling the plaques!

Orienteering and Nature Trail Launch

Liz White, manager of Winterbourne View, said:

“Our residents and staff are very pleased to be able to help look after this new facility and look forward to exploring all the different parts of the nature reserve. This is the first of many projects we hope to undertake as part of our commitment to looking after our local environment through partnership working with South Gloucestershire Council.”

Hazel Southern, CREATE lead for Castlebeck, added:

“This is a positive project for both our staff and residents to take part in and work alongside each other. It is very encouraging for our residents, who are particularly vulnerable, to work with an established community in such a positive way.”

“It’s also a fantastic opportunity for the adults Castlebeck supports to really achieve something long-lasting and for us as a company to give something back to the community in which we work.”

Maps of the orienteering and nature trail, together with details of suggested courses, etching sheets and notes for teachers/group leaders can be downloaded from the orienteering page on the SGC website. Information packs are also on sale at Bradley Stoke Library or from SGC on 01454 863592.

More photos of the launch event may be viewed in the BOK PicasaWeb Gallery [album; slideshow].

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New footbridge improves access into Savages Wood

Posted on Friday 5th September 2008 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Savages Wood Footbridge

A new footbridge has been constructed to provide an additional access point into Bradley Stoke’s Savages Wood. The bridge is situated just off the path that runs along the boundary of Bradley Stoke Community School’s playing fields, not far from the skate park behind Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

The bridge also marks the starting point of the Orienteering and Nature Trail that has recently been constructed in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve.

John Morris of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) told The Journal:

A new wooden footbridge has recently been built by conservation volunteers following demand from dog walkers and other users. It was put there to help walkers cross the deep ditch that runs alongside Savages Wood. The bridge provides a new access point to the woodland and enables users of the new orienteering trail to enter the woodland near the course start.

Savages Wood, consisting predominantly of oak and ash trees, is the largest parcel of woodland in the Nature Reserve. The earliest record of its existence is on the 1880 Ordnance Survey map, although it is thought that some parts of it may be older than that.

A launch event for the new Orienteering and Nature Trail takes place on Saturday 13th September, between 11am and 3pm; entry is free and members of Bristol Orienteering Klub will be on hand to offer friendly advice.

Maps and other materials relating to the Trail may be downloaded from the orienteering page on the SGC website.

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Orienteering and nature trail to open soon

Posted on Monday 28th July 2008 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Orienteering PostObservant residents of Bradley Stoke may have noticed the appearance of a series of numbered oak posts at various locations throughout the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve. Enquiries by The Journal have revealed that the posts will form a permanent orienteering course (the first in South Gloucestershire) that is due to officially open in September.

A page on South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) website dedicated to the new orienteering course in Bradley Stoke explains that: “Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.”

A special orienteering map of the nature reserve has been surveyed and drawn by Dudley Budden of Bristol Orienteering Klub. Once the course opens, individual maps and activity packs for groups will be available from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. It will also be possible to download a copy of the map from the SGC website.

The Bradley Stoke Orienteering and Nature Trail was developed in partnership with Bristol Orienteering Klub, British Orienteering, Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group, BTCV and Castlebeck.

Funding has been provided through the BBC’s Breathing Places fund and South Gloucestershire Council’s Wild Roots project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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