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Sole Sisters Bradley Stoke 10k report

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 10:28 am by SH (Editor)

Finishers at the 2018 Bradley Stoke 10k Run.

By race director Sam Carpenter of Sole Sisters Running Club.

For the 12th consecutive year, Sole Sisters organised the Bradley Stoke 10k, which has now become an integral part of the festival weekend. With an entry limit of 650 runners, the race sold out in record time.

From 6am on Sunday, members of Sole Sisters were either getting the Jubilee Centre set up at Race HQ or were out on the course delivering the water, putting up warning signs and generally getting ready for 8am when the runners started arriving to pick up their race numbers.

Six lead marshals gathered their own group of mile marshals, all equipped with goodie bags, and set-off to their marshal stations covering the entire 10km (6 mile) route. Each year, we need between 80 and 100 marshals for the event, and that includes two water stations. As in previous years, we’ve received such lovely feedback on how great and supportive our marshals were. We were ably assisted by 1st Bradley Stoke Guides at the start/finish, 1st Stoke Lodge Guides at Water Station No. 1 and Stoke Gifford Guides at Water Station No. 2.

The Bradley Stoke 10k has become a key race in the running community calendar and 566 entrants turned up for the race in near perfect conditions (although it was still quite warm if you were running!) and we had a mixture of club and non-club runners. The festival is often the first official engagement for the new Bradley Stoke mayor and we were pleased that newly appointed Cllr Ben Randles was on hand to give the runners some words of encouragement and for the prize-giving.

More: Maciej seals victory with a final push in last kilometre »

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Rang Barse powder paint event proves a hit

Posted on Wednesday 18th July 2018 at 11:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Range Barse event at the 2018 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

Event staged by the South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP) gave festival-goers a chance to experience
a fun Indian custom normally associated with celebrations surrounding the Hindu festival of Holi.

A report by the organisers.

The South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP), in partnership with Bradley Stoke Town Council, organised Rang Barse, the Colour Fest, as part of the recent Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

SGAP had made elaborate preparations, with the help of its management committee, comprised entirely of volunteers. We had ordered colours, organised additional volunteers from the community to deal with the colours, worked with the council to produce health and safety instructions, publicised the event in the local media and on social media and produced a set of questions and answers (FAQs). And finally, a selection of the best dance music – Hollywood and Bollywood – was recorded and premixed.

On the day, the event organisers cordoned off an area around the dance stage to ensure that participation would be by choice and only within the designated area. The volunteers, 20 in total, were trained in the use of colours, a powder that is used for similar festivals across the world. Taking place at around 5.30pm, the event started off with a health and safety announcement – about the safe use of colours, our volunteers and the importance of remaining within the cordoned-off area. We started the music, and all of a sudden there were close to 250 people inside the cordon! We were pleasantly surprised. There was a cloud of vivid colours and people were dancing away to the foot-tapping music, which played non-stop for 20 minutes. People from the entire community joined in, adults and children (over 5 years) alike, helped by the fact that this was like a grand finale for the day and they wanted to use every second! People were unrecognisable with their faces and body “rainbowed” with colour.

More "Best example of community cohesion and participation…" »

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Report on the festival youth activities

Posted on Sunday 15th July 2018 at 12:10 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community Festival Skate Jam prize winners in the scooter competition.

By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker

On Saturday, Bradley Stoke Town Council youth workers and young volunteers organised the return, to Jubilee Green, of the popular combination of the skate half-pipe (provided by King Ramps) and street art workshops (courtesy of Paintsmiths). The half-pipe accommodated displays by the pro’ riders, coupled with the chance for festival goers to ‘have a go’ on their skate boards, bikes and scooters. Alongside, some amazing art works were created by young festival goers and over 70 boards were completed and proudly taken home for display, as well as young people contributing to a large art wall.

On Sunday, at the skate park, over 250 people attended the annual festival Skate Jam with competitions in scooter, BMX and skateboard categories. The half-pipe was relocated from Jubilee Green, to offer extra capacity, and a circus skills workshop provided an added attraction. As on Saturday, there were several pro’ rider demos spaced throughout the afternoon, including spectacular displays from Jack Clark of the British BMX Freestyle Team (now an Olympic sport).

More: Young people and parents appreciative of the two days »

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Bradley Stoke Youth FC Festival of Football 2018

Posted on Friday 13th July 2018 at 10:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Meadowbrook Primary School football team.

On Saturday 9th June, Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) continued the success of their Schools’ Football Festival at the Jubilee Centre, which this year attracted 130 Year 1 children representing 13 different local primary schools. The festival is the finale to the club’s School Link Programme where BSYFC’s FA Qualified coaches go into the schools and coach all the Year 1 children for a three-week period at each school. The programme starts in February and finishes in the last school in May, ready for the Festival in June.

The Football Festival has been running since 2006 and over the years has developed into a major event as part of the town’s annual Community Festival, with over 1,750 children having now taken part. The School Link Programme started in 2007 and has grown over the years to become a major community activity with over 7,500 children having received football skills coaching in their school.

At the festival, every child received a medal and a gift bag full of football-related essentials like shin pads, football socks, water bottle, baseball cap, activity play pack and sweets. Each school received a cup and a ball bag with size 3 footballs, so they can continue the football coaching at their school. The winning school also received a new kit for their team. The Teacher Awards this year went to Bowsland Green and St Michael’s.

Football Festival organiser Marcus Fisher said:

“The club would like to recognize all the club coaches, managers and helpers who assisted on the day, ensuring the success of this community event. Also a big thanks to our key long term sponsors McDonald’s, Bradley Stoke Town Council and the Gloucestershire FA.”

More: Festival award winners and team photos »

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