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Valentine-inspired Gromit proving a hit at Dunkley’s Accountants

Posted on Thursday 16th August 2018 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Dunkley's staff welcoming Cupid.

Local accountancy firm Dunkley’s has welcomed a Gromit sculpture back to Bradley Stoke as part of The Grand Appeal’s Gromit Unleashed 2 trail taking place in Bristol this summer.

Cupid, a paisley-printed, Valentine-inspired Gromit will be on display outside their office in support of Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital from Monday 2nd July to Sunday 2nd September 2018.

The Gromit was decorated by professional textile designer Blossom and Brush. This is the second year the textile designer has been involved in the trails having previously designed a Shaun sculpture for Shaun in the City, which sat outside St Mary Redcliffe Church.

This is the third time that Dunkley’s have supported The Grand Appeal’s award-winning sculpture trails. In 2013 Dunkley’s sponsored the ‘Two Eds are Better than One’ Gromit as part of the first Gromit Unleashed trail and in 2015 Dunkley’s sponsored ‘Shaun of the Jungle’ as part of the Shaun in the City trail.

Over the next two months, Dunkley’s are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to their office to meet their newest addition, Cupid.

To align with the launch, the firm are running fundraising competitions to further promote their involvement including ‘give Gromit a makeover’ and ‘let me take a selfie with Cupid’ which links to the Gromit’s personal Instagram account @TopDogDunkleys.

More: Sculpture officially ‘opened’ by Bradley Stoke’s mayor »

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Young local artist gets to paint giant Gromit

Posted on Friday 3rd August 2018 at 12:15 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of Hannah Bone with Rockin' Robin, the giant Gromit figure she painted for the Gromit Unleashed 2 arts trail.

A young illustrator from Bradley Stoke is set to have an example of her work become one of the most photographed objects in Bristol after being selected to decorate one of the sixty-plus sculptures on the Gromit Unleashed 2 arts trail which started on 2nd July.

Hannah Bone, 23, attended Baileys Court Primary School and then Bradley Stoke Community School before taking an Art Foundation course at Bristol School of Art. She then went on to study for a BA in Illustration at the University of Plymouth, graduating with first class honours in 2017. Since then, she has been working as a freelance illustrator specialising in children’s illustration, but also taking on commissions for pet and family portraits.

Photo of Hannah Bone painting the Rockin' Robin figure.

After submitting a design back in December 2017, following an ‘open call’ for artists, Hannah says was “extremely excited” to be told she had been chosen as an official artist. She began painting her sculpture in May, but was sworn to secrecy and only allowed to reveal her design a few days before the start of the trail.

Hannah’s Gromit is called Rockin’ Robin and it is located at Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol City FC (‘The Robins’).

More: Hannah’s book illustration work »

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Willow Brook brings the beach to Bradley Stoke

Posted on Thursday 26th July 2018 at 10:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of beach and flying umbrellas in the town square.

With the scorching July sunshine ensuring the summer is in full swing (at least as we went to press), the Willow Brook Centre has brought the beach to Bradley Stoke!

As part of its ‘Summer at Willow Brook’ promotion, the centre has shipped in 38 tonnes of sand to the town square, along with dozens of buckets and spades for visitors to enjoy.

The experience doesn’t stop there – as dotted around the ‘beach’ are 45 regular deckchairs, plus one giant deckchair taking pride of place.

Centre manager Andy Wynn, hasn’t stopped smiling since it all arrived at Willow Brook:

“We’ve been planning our Summer at Willow Brook for several months, so to see it all coming together is fantastic. As well as the square looking great, we’ve got a stack of activities and competitions taking place during the coming weeks.”

Taking centre stage is, of course, the Willow Brook Centre’s very own Gromit, who can be found at the Bradley Stoke Way end of the mall, opposite the Giant cycle store.

Gromit’s design is based upon the Swallows and Amazons movie from British filmmakers StudioCanal, which features Hollywood stars who’ve appeared in films such as Spectre and Harry Potter.

More: 200 brightly coloured umbrellas, swinging high above the town square.

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TWO giant Gromit figures coming to Bradley Stoke!

Posted on Monday 25th June 2018 at 9:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of some of the Gromit Unleashed 2 sculpture trail figures with the Clifton Suspension Bridge in the background.

Wallace and Gromit fans in Bradley Stoke will be delighted to hear that the town will be hosting TWO giant sculptures on the Gromit Unleashed 2 arts trail that starts in early July.

Bristol Children’s Hospital charity, The Grand Appeal, has announced the locations and sponsors for its sixty-plus sculptures of Academy Award-winning characters Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw and local accountancy firm Dunkley’s and the Willow Brook Centre have been revealed as proud hosts for two of the figures.

From 2nd July until 2nd September, trail visitors can expect to see over sixty sculptures, each individually designed and decorated by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent, spread across the city and the surrounding areas. Thornbury represents the most northerly point, with Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park and Chew Valley marking the East and South boundaries respectively, and Weston-super-Mare in the West.

This will be the third year that Dunkley’s have supported The Grand Appeal’s award-winning sculpture trails. In 2013 Dunkley’s sponsored the ‘Two Eds are Better than One’ Gromit as part of the first Gromit Unleashed trail and in 2015 they sponsored ‘Shaun of the Jungle’ as part of the Shaun in the City trail.

Dunkley’s director Lisa White said:

“We are really excited to be playing a part in such a high-profile Bristol-led event. As a business, we are looking forward to inviting our clients, friends from the business world and local community to our offices to embrace this opportunity. Giving back to the local area is very important to us as it is strongly rooted in our company values, so we are thrilled to be a big part of The Grand Appeal’s initiative.”

Lisa added:

“We are still in the process of finding out which Gromit we will have, so all we can say now is ‘expect the unexpected!’”

More: First year of involvement for the Willow Brook Centre »

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