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2014 Community Festival: Your verdict?

Posted on Sunday 15th June 2014 at 9:27 pm by SH (Editor)

photos from the 2014 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

What did YOU think of the 2014 Bradley Stoke Community Festival, staged over three days last weekend?

The town council spends around £24,000 staging the popular event, with most of this going to an events management company, which undertakes the bulk of the organisation on the council’s behalf.

Events over the weekend include the pre-school ‘picnic in the park’ on the Friday, the community fair and football tournament on the Saturday and the 10k run, bed race and cricket match on the Sunday.

This year, an additional £2,400 of taxpayers’ money, from South Gloucestershire Council’s Positive Activities Subsidy grants scheme, was used to pay for a two-day skate event over the festival weekend, organised by local youngsters.

Bradley Stoke town councillors will this week discuss how they feel the event went and make recommendations for next year’s event.

What would you tell them, if you had the chance? Here a few questions to get the ball rolling:

  • Does the event represent value for money?
  • Were you given enough information about what was going on (and where) over the festival weekend?
  • Do you have any comments about specific events and how they might be improved?
  • For events and attractions where a charge was made, was this reasonable?
  • Is there too much going on over one weekend, i.e. should the festival be longer? (Patchway’s festival runs over two weeks)
  • Do you have suggestions for additional events that could be included in the festival programme in future years?

If you have anything to say about the festival, please leave a comment on this story.

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Festival Saturday proves popular after forecast downpours fail to materialise

Posted on Saturday 7th June 2014 at 10:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2014.

The main day of Bradley Stoke’s annual Community Festival drew a big crowd to the Jubilee Centre after the forecast thundery downpours failed to materialise during the morning and early afternoon.

The usual mix of music, dance, sport, demonstrations and sideshows was accompanied by bright weather for most of the afternoon, with only a few spots of rain.

We have lots of photos from today’s event on our Facebook page. Don’t forget we’re offering a £20 prize for the best reader photo published in our July magazine (the Editor’s decision is final). Send your entries to:

Tomorrow (Sunday 8th June) sees another full day of events, which gets under way with the Bradley Stoke 10k Run at 9.30am from the Jubilee Centre. A record field is expected for the race after the entry limit was raised from 600 to 650 to cope with demand. Parking is limited, so runners are being asked to park elsewhere or, if local, walk to the start. Check out our race map to see where and when you can cheer the runners along.

A competition for scooter, BMX, skateboard and inline skate disciplines is being staged at Bradley Stoke Skate Park (in the leisure centre car park) from 11am to 5pm.

In the afternoon, the second running of the Bradley Stoke Bed Race takes place between 12.30pm and 1.15pm, with the start and finish at Baileys Court Activity Centre. This is followed by the Festival Cricket Match at 2pm, also at Baileys Court, between the Mayor’s XI and a Bradley Stoke Cricket Club XI.

Bradley Stoke Bowls Club is staging a roll-up demonstration between 2pm and 3pm on its Baileys Court green.

More info: Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2014 (The Journal)

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Festival Saturday: The show goes on, whatever the weather!

Posted on Friday 6th June 2014 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Crowd at the 2012 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

The organisers of the Bradley Stoke Community Festival have stressed that Saturday’s events at the Jubilee Centre will proceed, whatever the weather.

Responding to enquiries from members of the public concerned at the forecast of intense thundery downpours on Saturday morning followed by showers in the early afternoon, town clerk Sharon Petela said:

“There are no plans to cancel Saturday’s event. Obviously, if the weather is bad, it will be up to each individual stall holder/sideshow etc. to decide whether they wish to attend, but the site will be open whatever the weather and all the infrastructure will be in place for the Festival to take place.”

The packed programme of music and dance events starts at 11.30am and runs through to 6pm.

Musical entertainment kicks off with the BSCS students at 11.30am – followed by Fflip Fflops, Uncle Buck, Goodnight Lois, She Says, Mizizi and The Band With No Name.

Dance and gymnastic groups performing in between the bands this year include Yasmins, South West Winterguard Academy, Bradley Stoke Gym Club, Acro Gymnasts, South Gloucestershire Chinese Association and Dance Works.

Groups performing in the demonstration area on Jubilee Green include Bradley Stoke Community Singers, Patchway Panthers, Infinity Dance Group, Bradley Stoke Youth Rugby and Predator Cheerleaders. There will also be demonstrations from professional skateboarders on a 5ft half-pipe and a falconry display.

Fun rides for the children include trampolines, giant slides, football games, longbow archery, giant inflatables, a helter skelter and the Vertical Xtreme climbing wall.

The Bradley Stoke Youth FC Football Tournament for Year 1 children starts at 12.30am on the top soccer pitches, with presentations planned for 3pm.

Send us your festival photos! The best reader photo published in our July magazine will win a £20 prize (the Editor’s decision is final). Please remember to supply a caption for your photo.

More info: Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2014 (The Journal)

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2014 Community Festival gets under way today with ‘Picnic in the Park’

Posted on Friday 6th June 2014 at 9:11 am by SH (Editor)

Picnic in the Park at the 2013 Bradley Stoke Community Festival.

The 2014 Bradley Stoke Community Festival gets under way at 10.30am today (Friday 6th June) with children’s entertainment on Jubilee Green, Savages Wood Road [BS32 8HL].

Professor Panic presents his range of circus skills, juggling and entertainment in the Big Top, alongside local craft and community stalls and a bouncy castle. Refreshments will be served by the local WI during the morning with face painting available for the toddlers. The Friends of Jubilee Green will also be running their popular treasure hunt and there will be activities from the local Woodcraft folk and play groups.

The full schedule of events is:

  • 10.30am: Story time in the park amphitheatre (if dry) with First Steps toddler group
  • 11am: Parachute games with the Woodcraft folk
  • 11.30am: Singing/music in the park amphitheatre (if dry) with First Steps toddler group
  • 12pm: Parachute games with the Woodcraft folk
  • 1.30pm – 2.30pm: Professor Panic circus show

Activities running throughout the morning include:

  • Bouncy castle
  • Treasure Hunt with the Friends of Jubilee Green in the park
  • Decorate a plant pot and plant sunflower seeds with the Friends of Jubilee Green in the park
  • Brass rubbings with the Friends of Jubilee Green in the park
  • WI café and stalls inside.

More info and full programme: 2014 Community Festival (The Journal)

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