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Bradley Stoke plays its part in cream tea world record attempt

Posted on Sunday 19th November 2017 at 7:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the cream tea world record attempt in progress at the Willow Brook Centre.

Shoppers visiting Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre on Friday 29th September were invited to take part in an attempt to break the world record for the number of people taking part in a cream tea.

The event was one of 26 similar events taking place simultaneously in larger Tesco stores across the West of England.

No charge was made for partaking in the cream tea, but guests were asked to make a donation in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

In order to qualify for the record, the cream teas needed to consist of precise measurements of jam and cream and everyone had to be seated at precisely 11am, ready to be served.

Bradley Stoke Tesco community champion Dawn Richards, who organised the local event, said:

“It was lovely how everyone came together to support the record attempt.”

“I would particularly like to thank the Willow Brook Centre, for providing tables and chairs, along with space in the mall to set them all up.”

“It was a real team effort, with staff at all levels ‘mucking in’.”

Eighty-six people attended the Bradley Stoke event, contributing to a total of around 680 across the 26 Tesco stores that were taking part in the record attempt. Whether or not the record has been broken will only be known once all the evidence has been submitted to Guinness World Records and been verified.

More: Bradley Stoke event raised over £200 for Macmillan »

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Coffee morning raises £1,400 for Macmillan

Posted on Sunday 12th November 2017 at 9:25 pm by Nikki Hallur

Photo of Opy Sufinar (centre) with Macmillan representatives Suzanne and Steve Killeen.

A coffee morning organised by local cancer survivor Opy Sufinar and held at Brook Way Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke on 30th September has raised more than £1,400 for cancer support charity Macmillan.

The venue hosted stalls, refreshments and performances; these included stalls for face painting, massage, raffles, a kids’ corner and a performance by the Meadowbrook Primary School Choir.

Opy has been dedicated to raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support after her own experience of dealing with cancer. Opy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012, and she said she valued the support she received from Macmillan since that time. Opy has lived in the area since 2003 and is Indonesian by origin, but she said that having a different background or faith did not present any sort of barrier in the way she was treated by Macmillan; she found she made friends and became close to people within the organisation, who became a source of strength to her.

The first time Opy raised money for Macmillan was at her own home in 2014, when she raised £243. She was unable to do her usual fundraising in 2015 due to an operation she underwent, but again in 2016 Opy organised a coffee morning which raised around £1,300. This year, she has managed to raise £1,420! Opy says she initially got the idea of holding a coffee morning because she knows many people with different skills that they could showcase.

Opy’s husband, Boedy Hartanto, also took part in raising money with a ‘Brave the Shave’ which raised £80 this year, and £130 last year. Opy works at Meadowbrook Primary, and has two children who attend the school. The Meadowbrook Choir that performed at the Macmillan Coffee Morning includes children from Year 3 to Year 6 and will next be performing at Clifton Cathedral on 9th December.

More: Listen to Opy’s BBC Radio Bristol interview »

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Bradley Stoke Netball Club anniversary event raises £2,500 for Macmillan

Posted on Thursday 31st August 2017 at 6:41 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Netball Club 15th anniversary fundraising event.

On Saturday 24th June, Bradley Stoke Netball Club (BSNC) celebrated over 15 years of the club with a charity fundraising evening in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, BSNC’s chosen charity for 2016/17.

The event was a year in the planning and nearly 80 past and present BSNC members and their families attended the fun-packed night in the Heineken Lounge at Ashton Gate Stadium.

The evening kicked off with a speech from outgoing chairperson Katherine Budden, who paid tribute to all the volunteers who have helped to run BSNC over the years. She also thanked all partners, family members and supporters who are behind the scenes encouraging players week in week out. Finally, she thanked the coaches who work hard to deliver continuous development to all the club members.

There were also some end of season awards, including a very special (and the first-ever) BSNC Lifetime Achievement Award for coach Helen Newman, who has been with the club for 15 years and was also the founding member and inspiration behind Bradley Stoke Junior Netball Club, now a thriving club for ages 11 – 16.

The rest of the evening was about fundraising and fun. An amazing amount of money was raised through a raffle and an auction of enviable prizes. The club was grateful to receive some fantastic donations from The Aztec Hotel & Spa, UnderArmour, Bristol City Football Club, The Hilton at Bradley Stoke, Sony Playstation, The Bristol Harbour Hotel and other local businesses. After the final pounds and pence were added up, the club had raised £2,000 for Macmillan and had a great night to celebrate a fabulous club. After the event, the total was increased to £2,500 after a bid to Lloyds Bank was successful and it contributed an additional £500 to the club’s fundraising.

Anyone interested in playing club netball, should visit the BSNC website for further information.

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Tesco relay raises thousands for cancer charity

Posted on Monday 21st November 2016 at 12:12 am by SH (Editor)

A team of classic scooter riders prepare to set off from the Tesco Extra store in Bradley Stoke on a charity relay in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Staff from the Tesco Extra store in Bradley Stoke played their part in a mammoth charity fundraising initiative during the last week of September, which raised £21,423 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The store was one of 26 in the Bristol and Somerset area that took part in a relay to transport Macmillan mascot ‘Muggy’ between each of the Tesco stores before arriving at Weston-super-Mare Pier on Friday 30th September to witness an attempt at breaking the Guinness world record for the most people to have a cream tea “in one place, in one sitting”.

Staff were challenged to use a novel form of transport when completing their relay leg and the Bradley Stoke store chose to enlist the help of local scooter club members to ferry Muggy onwards to the Eastville store in Bristol after he had arrived from Thornbury the night before.

The following day, a coach took Bradley Stoke store staff to take part in the world record attempt in Weston-super-Mare. With a total of 555 people arriving, the event found itself a few short of the 750 required to break the record, but staff said they were nevertheless “delighted” to raise so much money for Macmillan.

"World's biggest cream tea" record breaking attempt at Weston-super-Mare Pier, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. [Photo credit: Neil O'Donoghue; image rights retained.]

Photos: 1 Scooter riders with Tesco Extra staff in the town square at the Willow Brook Centre. 2 End of the relay at Weston-super-Mare Pier. [Photo credit: Neil O’Donoghue; image rights retained.]

This article originally appeared in the November 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 16). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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