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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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McDonald’s objectors could be denied right to attend site meeting

Posted on Friday 29th June 2018 at 8:18 am by SH (Editor)

Starbucks and McDonald's are set to come to the Willow Brook Centre.

Residents living near the Willow Brook Centre who have raised objections to a planning application for two new drive-through food and drink units at the site could be denied the right to attend and ask questions at a site meeting of the council committee that is likely to be tasked with determining the case.

Site inspection meetings, which give councillors a chance to visit the area of a proposed development and listen to the views of those for and against, are currently open to the public, but plans recently put forward by the Conservative-led administration at South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) would see them become closed meetings.

The change is part of a raft of proposed measures intended to modernise the planning system and help the council defend its decision making against potentially costly appeals.

The reforms were due to be discussed at SGC’s annual general meeting on 16th May, but the agenda item was dropped at the last minute following outcries from the opposition parties, who described the proposals as “a body blow to local residents’ rights” and accused the Tories of operating a “culture of concealment” by publishing the proposals without prior consultation.

The proposals will now be brought to SGC’s Full Council meeting in July, following “engagement with opposition councillors in a spirit of openness and cooperation”.

More: Planning application has attracted over a hundred objections »

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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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The Works set to open soon at Willow Brook

Posted on Monday 18th June 2018 at 11:51 am by SH (Editor)

The Works: New store opening soon at the Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke.

Discount retailer The Works looks set to open at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre by the end of June.

A statement placed on the centre’s Facebook page this morning (Monday 18th June) reads:

“We are delighted to announce that The Works will be joining us at Willow Brook. Their shopfitters are hard at work and they expect to be trading by the end of the month.”

Stores in The Works group sell books, toys, gifts, stationery and arts & crafts materials, with over a million products being sold every week (according to the firm’s website).

The new outlet will be housed in the mall unit previously occupied by Vodaphone, which ceased trading on 26th February this year.

‘Mall Unit 1B’ has had a chequered history since the Willow Brook Centre opened in October 2008. It remained vacant until the first tenant, Panasonic UK, began trading in December 2010. The electrical store closed down in mysterious circumstances in February 2013, only to be replaced by Phones 4u in the autumn of that year.

Phones 4u  lasted less than a year before its parent company went into administration in September 2014. The store reopened under the Vodafone banner a few months later.

Image: Photomontage with main image showing shopfitters at work in the unit on 15th June 2018.

UPDATE (22nd June): We have heard that the store is due to open on Friday 29th June (subject to confirmation).

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