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Win a year’s free gym membership at Anytime Fitness in Bradley Stoke

Posted on Monday 22nd May 2017 at 10:14 pm by SH (Editor)

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The Bradley Stoke Journal is offering readers the chance to win a year’s free gym membership at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke in an exclusive prize draw that is open until 6th June 2017.

Anytime Fitness is the world’s largest 24hr Gym chain with over 3,000 sites worldwide. There are currently four sites in Bristol, one of them located in the Willow Brook Centre at the heart of Bradley Stoke, on the first floor of the Town Square complex, above Costa Coffee, Greggs, Taylors Estate Agents and KFC.

Founded in 2002 in the United States, Anytime Fitness quickly grew its global portfolio to take on Australia, New Zealand, Europe and in 2010 came to the United Kingdom. Anytime Fitness was built at the Willow Brook Centre in January 2012 and has been proudly serving the local community ever since.

Featuring state-of-the-art Precor gym equipment and open 24hrs a day, all year round, Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke is the fitness club that fits into anyone’s lifestyle.

Click HERE to enter the Anytime Fitness Free Prize Draw.

Lewis Erskine, club manager at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke, says:

“We all lead busy lives, and so often we never find the time for exercise, even though we know we should. At Anytime Fitness we do believe we have the best, most convenient facilities in the area. Our members can train when they want and because they’re not paying for additional extras their workout experience is much more effective. Talk about no more excuses!”

Membership allows you to use any of the 3,000+ Anytime Fitness gyms around the world (119 in the UK), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Photo: Bradley Stoke club manager Lewis Erskine (left) with staff member Josh Stevenson.

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Birdwatchers’ anger as berry trees felled

Posted on Friday 14th April 2017 at 9:07 am by SH (Editor)

Birdwatchers taking photographs of waxwings in the car park of the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre has come under fire from birdwatching enthusiasts for chopping down around 20 rowan trees whose berries had attracted a flock of rare migrant waxwings over the winter months.

Just days after crowds of waxwing-seeking photographers in the shopping centre’s car park had made headlines in the Journal and been featured on BBC Radio Bristol, contractors at the site began felling the trees, resulting in a torrent of criticism on social media.

Birding enthusiasts noted that the centre management had previously welcomed their presence and praised their photos of the “beautiful birds”.

The Willow Brook Centre responded by saying that the rowan trees were being removed because they were in “poor condition”, with half their number having been removed two years ago and replaced with a species “more suited to poor drainage / little root space”.

In a more comprehensive statement published two days later on the Willow Brook Centre website, it was explained that tree surgeons called in to assess around a dozen rowan trees on the site had found them “dehydrated, undernourished and in a poor way”.

Centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We fully appreciate it is a disappointment to cut down the trees, and therefore the habitat of these birds, however, given the condition of the rowans, we were left with no option but to remove them.”

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More: Birdwatchers’ reactions to the tree felling (on social media) »

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Twitchers flock to Willow Brook car park

Posted on Thursday 9th March 2017 at 10:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Birdwatchers taking photographs of waxwings in the car park of the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Anyone driving past the car wash in the car park of Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre in recent weeks and seeing tens of photographers lined up on the edge of the road might be forgiven for thinking a film star had popped in to have their Rolls-Royce valeted. The reality, however, is that the guys (and gals) with the long lenses had them trained on a number of small berry-laden trees that have been attracting a rare visitor (of the feathered variety) to the area.

The birdwatching world in the south-west had been awash with reports of sighting of waxwings, starling-sized birds having a prominent punk-like crest and brightly coloured wings, with waxy-looking red tips on the flight feathers.

Waxwing on a tree in the car park of the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Waxwings are native to Scandinavia and Russia but, in winters when local supplies run low, they migrate to milder climates in search of food.

Their favourite winter food is fruit, in particular the berries of rowan and hawthorn trees, which explains their presence in the Willow Brook Centre car park, where there are many rowan trees planted between the rows of parking spaces.

Waxwings are most often seen in the north of the UK and on the east coast, but in years when berries are particularly scarce, they move further inland in search of sustenance.

The last major ‘irruption’ (influx) of waxwings was in the winter of 2012/13, when several sightings were recorded in Bradley Stoke.

One of the photographers we spoke to at Willow Brook, Mark Jones, told us he had travelled from Berkshire in search of the elusive birds, of which there are thought to be just a few thousand scattered across the country. He said:

“The flock that has been seen in Bradley Stoke is made up of around 15 birds – not a big number at all, and because they only come over once every four or five years, it’s really great to have the opportunity to see them.”

“They’re so striking – they’re one of those birds where you think: ‘Wow, that’s really pretty’”.

“They do seem to turn up in the same places whenever there’s an irruption. It seems they’re able to smell out which are the ripest berries, so you must just have the ripest most well-done berries around here!”

More: Photographers are welcome, says shopping centre manager »

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Willow Brook Centre all lit up for Christmas

Posted on Friday 25th November 2016 at 6:26 pm by SH (Editor)

Brother and sister Callum and Chloe Cockle, who switched on the Christmas lights at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Brother and sister Callum and Chloe Cockle had a thrilling start to Christmas when they switched on the lights at Willow Brook Centre on Saturday 19th November.

Callum (9) and Chloe (7), from Southmead, won a competition on the Willow Brook Centre’s Facebook page to be chosen to turn on the Christmas lights alongside Santa Claus at a fun day of seasonal activities.

The festivities started at noon when Bradley Stoke Radio began an afternoon of live music from local artists and bands in the town square.

Inside Willow Brook there was lots of great free entertainment for youngsters including a free Christmas craft workshop and walkabouts from a beautiful stilt-walking Christmas Tree Fairy and a roller skating snowman

Children also met Snow Princesses and their happy snowman friend. And young fans joined in a sing-along to songs from Frozen.

This Saturday, 26th November, Santa will open his grotto in the Willow Brook mall at 11am to take present requests. Tickets are £4.50 and include a small gift. The grotto will also be open on Sunday 27th November and then every day from Saturday 3rd December until Christmas Eve.

There will also be a Christmas market this Saturday and Sunday (26th and 27th November) with lots of unique handmade and vintage gifts. The market will be open from 10am to 5pm.

For more details on upcoming Christmas events at the centre, visit or find the Willow Brook Centre page on Facebook.

Photo: Callum and Chloe with Santa. [Photo credit: Dave Betts]

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