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Meet the new mayor: Councillor Tom Aditya

Posted on Sunday 16th June 2019 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Tom Aditya (left) being congratulated by the previous office holder, Cllr Ben Randles.

Councillor Tom Aditya has been elected as the new mayor of Bradley Stoke. He was formally handed the chain of office on Wednesday 15th May at Bradley Stoke Town Council’s annual general meeting, held at the Jubilee Centre.

Tom, who represents the Bradley Stoke South ward, has been a councillor since 2011. He has served on various committees of the council and has chaired the Planning, Transport and Environment Committee and served as deputy mayor. Cllr Aditya takes on his new role, not only as the first Asian mayor in Bradley Stoke, but also in South Gloucestershire. He is also understood to be the first person of Indian origin to be elected to such a role in South West England.

Tom, a management consultant and financial adviser, is originally from Kerala, South India. He has studied at various places including the USA. He moved to the UK in 2002 and settled in Bradley Stoke. His wife works for the NHS (Renal Transplant) and his children attend local primary and secondary schools.

Tom is a passionate community campaigner and his interest in advocating social harmony stretches beyond the boundaries of Bradley Stoke. Since 2007, Tom has been involved with South Gloucestershire Council’s Equalities Forum, which enabled him to reach out to various communities in the region. He was also a trustee of the Southern Brooks Community Partnership. Currently, Tom serves as vice-chairman of the Police Strategic Advisory Group, the Community Engagement Forum and as a member of the Avon and Somerset Police Scrutiny Panel. Tom is also the chairman of the Bristol Multi-Faith Forum. He told the Journal that he sincerely hopes his time in office as mayor will allow him to promote more community cohesion and he is keen to involve a wider sense of inclusion for all residents.

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Meet the new mayor: Councillor Ben Randles

Posted on Sunday 17th June 2018 at 9:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Ben Randles (right) being congratulated by the previous office holder, Cllr Andy Ward.

Councillor Ben Randles has been elected as the new mayor of Bradley Stoke.

He was formally handed the chain of office on Wednesday 9th May at Bradley Stoke Town Council’s annual general meeting.

Ben, who represents the Lakeside ward, was first elected as a town councillor in a by-election in October 2013. He has chaired both the Finance Committee and the Youth, Leisure and Amenities Committee, as well as being the press spokesperson for the past four years. He takes up his role with the unusual ‘claim to fame’ of being the first councillor appointed to the position of mayor who was born after the formation of the council in 1992!

Ben has lived in Bradley Stoke since his family moved here in 1997 from Chichester, West Sussex; attending Baileys Court Primary School, The Ridings High School and the University of the West of England. He remembers seeing Bradley Stoke as a building site and has fond memories of spending time on the local nature reserve and enjoying being outdoors in the area as a child.

Ben has always been interested in local politics and local governance. While in secondary school, he become old enough to vote for the first time and is grateful that the school was very keen to promote politics and encourage the students to get involved. However, his first engagement with politics started even earlier, back in primary school as an elected member of the School Council. Ben recalls a significant memory:

“I remember being in school (Year 5) on the day of the attacks in New York on 11th September 2001. My teacher at the time, Mr Higginson, attempted to explain to a group of 9-year-olds what had happened and why things like that happen more generally across the world. He explained how we in the UK express our differing ideas in a non-violent way through democracy. Given, it’s not always that simple, but it really struck a chord with me.”

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Meet the new mayor: Councillor Andy Ward

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017 at 7:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Newly elected Mayor of Bradley Stoke Cllr Andy Ward receives the chain of office from previous mayor Cllr Elaine Hardwick.

Councillor Andy Ward has been elected as the new mayor of Bradley Stoke. Andy, who has been a councillor since 2013, was formally handed the chain of office on Wednesday 10th May at Bradley Stoke Town Council’s AGM. He takes on the role as the town celebrates two significant milestones in its short history – the thirtieth anniversary of the first turf being cut and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the town council.

Originally from Tytherington, then Thornbury, Andy moved to Bradley Stoke with his wife, Marion (who is also a member of Bradley Stoke Town Council), in 1992. They chose Bradley Stoke as they believed it would be a perfect place to put down roots and bring up a family. Obviously, it was the right decision for the Ward family who have now lived here for twenty-five years with their daughter, Bex. Andy describes Bradley Stoke as “a vibrant town with a great sense of community”.

“The people who live here are friendly and neighbourly and the population is diverse, representing a wide variety of cultures. The town benefits from great facilities and access to some beautiful green spaces,” he adds.

Like many people in this area, Andy began his working life in the aerospace industry as a Rolls Royce apprentice. He has also run several small businesses. In 2011, he became involved in the inception of Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) and he is currently chairman of this popular community organisation. He also broadcasts on the Drivetime Show three times a week. Through his involvement with BSR, Andy worked with the town council on a regular basis and it was this involvement that inspired him to stand for election.

More: New mayor is also involved in numerous voluntary groups »

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Meet the new mayor: Elaine Hardwick

Posted on Wednesday 22nd June 2016 at 9:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Newly-elected Mayor of Bradley Stoke Cllr Elaine Hardwick (left) receives the chain of office from previous mayor Cllr Roger Avenin.

The new mayor of Bradley Stoke was elected on Thursday 12th May: the chosen candidate was Cllr Elaine Hardwick, who has served on the town council since 2011. We managed to ask Elaine some questions about her aspirations as the new mayor of Bradley Stoke.

Elaine says her main aim is to “keep up with the good work that has been carried out in recent years, ensuring that services are maintained to a high level and that council tax payers get value for money.” She mentioned that youth provision is also a priority, along with “encouraging older residents to become involved with the community” through new or existing clubs and groups. Elaine said she “would like to see the development of Brook Way [the town council’s activity centre and adjacent site]” and will be “exploring all ideas for this”.

The mayor is also aware of how the construction of the MetroBus route has affected residents. She hopes that once completed, the provision of better public transport will improve the traffic situation in Bradley Stoke. She says this “will be vital, with the imminent development of Filton Airfield”.

Having watched Bradley Stoke develop over the last twenty years, Elaine says she finds it to be a “great, vibrant place to live”. She moved to Filton with her family in 1994, and to Bradley Stoke in 1997. She tells us that when she first moved here, she “had a young family to look after”; as they grew older she worked in several financial roles for companies such as AXA, Computershare and the Bank of Ireland. She became self-employed in August 2015, contracting to the financial sector and making bespoke wedding accessories.

More: Two mayoral charities revealed »

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