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Bradley Stoke Christmas lights raise funds for hospice rebuild

Posted on Friday 15th December 2017 at 8:52 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Christmas lights at 10 Watch Elm Close.

The owners of a house in Watch Elm Close, Bradley Stoke, are hoping their extravagant Christmas lights display will raise more than £2,000 towards the St Peter’s Hospice ‘Room to Care’ appeal.

Mike Checkley and Terry James have decorated the outside of their home with a spectacular light show that incorporates around 25,000 individual bulbs.

The display has grown from just a single Christmas tree seven years ago to what must now be one of the largest in the area. Additions this year include over 40 new illuminated silhouettes, including baubles, stars and snowflakes, a snowman and three new Santa figures.

Setting up this year’s display took around four weeks, with Mike and Terry calling in their window cleaner to help with the enormous task.

The display covers the whole of the house and there are also illuminated Christmas trees behind many of the windows. The garden contains a number of lit obelisks and there are lights draped over many of the shrubs and hedges. The lights also extend to the converted garage, where Santa and his reindeer can be seen on the roof.

The display will be powered up every night, between 5pm and 9.30pm, until Tuesday 2nd January 2018. Anyone visiting the display may leave a donation in a collecting bucket positioned on the drive of the property.

Donations can also be made online via a MyDonate page: Mike, Terry and Eddie’s Christmas Lights 2017

• The postcode of the property is BS32 8AN [map] and it is located opposite the Long Close junction.

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Charity Christmas fair in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 6:04 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the oxygen chamber doubling as Santa's grotto at the 2016 Christmas fair.

On Sunday 3rd December, the West of England MS Therapy Centre in Wheatfield Drive, Bradley Stoke will be holding its Christmas Fair from 11am to 3pm, with all proceeds going direct to the centre.

Poster for the MS Therapy Centre Christmas fair.

Members and volunteers will be running the stalls, many of which will be hand-crafted items, so it will be the perfect chance to stock up on those stocking fillers and presents!

A spokesperson for the centre said:

“The centre’s oxygen chamber will become Santa’s grotto, so bring the kids along to meet Mr and Mrs Christmas and some of their elves. Santa will have a little present for all the children and there will be a photographer on the day to send out a complimentary photograph.”

“Why not try out our ‘wine or water’ stall, this one is always good for a giggle, or for a sweeter tooth try our chocolate tombola. Pick up some books, gift sets, Christmas crafts, bric-a-brac, jewellery and enter our raffle. After all of that, why not sit down and enjoy some well-deserved tea and homemade cakes?”

The West of England MS Therapy Centre has been caring for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), their families and carers since 1985. MS is a disease affecting the central nervous system and is the most common cause of disability in young people in the UK today.

It costs around £380,000 to keep the centre running every year and currently less than one percent is received from statutory funding, so events like this are essential for the continued success of the centre.

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Willow Brook Centre set to shine at Christmas lights turn-on spectacular

Posted on Tuesday 14th November 2017 at 8:56 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of characters from children’s favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom on a previous visit to the Willow Brook Centre.

Live music, children’s entertainers, fairground rides and Santa’s grotto will greet shoppers at the live turn-on of the Willow Brook Centre’s Christmas lights.

The festivities will begin at midday on Saturday 18th November, with the big switch-on happening at 5pm.

A Robbie Williams tribute act will entertain the crowds during the afternoon; there will also be music in the mall and town square, courtesy of Bradley Stoke Radio and Jelli Records.

Manager at the Willow Brook Centre, Andy Wynn, said:

“We’re really looking forward to this fun, family day out, where people can enjoy hours of entertainment before our big switch-on. We’ve organised a range of activities for all ages, so there will be plenty for everyone to do.”

Poster advertising the Christmas lights switch-on event.

Characters from children’s favourite Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom will be live on stage at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, as well as at 4.40pm ready for the live switch-on of the lights.

Wandering entertainers will amuse shoppers and there will be a face painter and crafts table for the youngsters.

The elves will open Santa’s grotto from 10am, so boys and girls will be able to step inside to meet Father Christmas.

Andy added:

“Shoppers and guests are more than welcome to stay and enjoy the activities after the big switch-on. We’ve got fairground rides in the town square that will continue into the evening.”

More info: What’s On at the Willow Brook Centre

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Merry Christmas from the Journal

Posted on Friday 23rd December 2016 at 10:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Merry Christmas from the Bradley Stoke Journal.

Merry Christmas to all our readers from the Journal team!

Thanks for your continued support in 2016, which has seen our highly-acclaimed monthly magazine go from strength to strength, increasing the average number of pages printed per month by nine percent.

Thanks also to all our advertisers, contributors and deliverers – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Look out for our January magazine, coming through your letterbox soon.

Christmas church services

Details of Christmas church services in and around Bradley Stoke can be found in our online What’s On guide and on page 21 of our December magazine (view as PDF).

Shop and public service opening hours

If you’re looking for information about holiday opening hours at the Willow Brook Centre and Tesco Extra, check out our Holiday Opening Hours page.

The page also lists the opening times of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre and Bradley Stoke Library and provides information about bus services, refuse collections and health services over the holiday period.

More: Bradley Stoke Journal magazine front covers during 2016 »

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