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Bradley Stoke Vodafone store ceases trading

Posted on Monday 5th March 2018 at 10:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the closed Vodafone store.

The Vodafone store at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook shopping centre has closed down, with effect from the end of business on Monday 26th February.

A Vodafone spokesperson told the Journal:

“We are always looking to expand our presence on the UK high-street. Vodafone has three shops open in Bristol and we have just finished expanding our experience store in Bristol Cribbs Causeway. The Vodafone store staff who previously worked at the Willow Brook Centre branch have been deployed to other local stores that are most convenient for them.”

‘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.

Andy Wynn, Willow Brook Centre manager, commented:

“It is sad news that Vodafone have decided not to renew their lease at Willow Brook. We have started marketing the unit and have a couple of lines of enquiry already, I am confident that the unit will not be empty for long. Every shopping centre has an amount of churn. However, that churn at Willow Brook is far lower than most – we have had one of the highest occupancy rates in the south west for several years.”

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 15). 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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Vodafone award boost for Scout band project

Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 10:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Representatives of the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group are presented with their Vodafone Community Connection Award at the Vodafone store in Bradley Stoke.

Vodafone and the Bradley Stoke Journal are pleased to announce that the 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group’s ‘marching band project’ has been selected to receive a £1,000 Vodafone Community Connection Award, following the call for nominations in our September magazine.

Winning the award means the Scout group will be able to begin practice sessions for its own marching band from January next year, with the eventual aim of taking part in the town’s annual Remembrance parade and other community events in Bradley Stoke, such as the community festival and carnival.

Speaking after the winning nomination was chosen, Sophie Merritt, Sales assistant at the Bradley Stoke Vodafone store said:

“We were pleased to receive such a good number of deserving nominations for our local Community Connection award. I’m delighted that the money is going to a project that will benefit the wider community in Bradley Stoke, as well as enabling the Scout group’s members to take part in a new activity.”

The money will be used to purchase drums and trumpets for the new band, which will be coached by Richard Shepherd, a Beaver Scout leader who is a qualified music classroom teacher, and another leader who is also a music teacher.

Katherine Robinson, Beaver Scout leader, commented:

“We’re very grateful to have been selected to receive this award from Vodafone. We were really enthusiastic to start this project, but didn’t have the resources to do it. This money will enable us to finally get the project off the ground.”

The Scouts have already received support from the 37th Kingswood Drum Corps and there are plans for members of that highly successful marching band to mentor some of the novice players in Bradley Stoke.

Vodafone’s Community Connection Awards, launched in 2014, have already made a difference to more than 45 local communities across the UK. Selected by local Vodafone staff and aimed at supporting local causes, the awards have been used to help support everything from new equipment for soup kitchens and day centres for the elderly to helping people with disabilities take part in sporting activities.

Photo: Representatives of the Scout group are presented with the award at the Vodafone store in Bradley Stoke. L-r: Richard Shepherd (assistant Beaver Scout leader), Ajit Deb & Sophie Merritt (Vodafone sales assistants), Joy Harrison (Scout group assistant treasurer) and Katherine Robinson (Beaver Scout leader).

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, 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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Still time to win £1,000 for your local community group, if you act quickly!

Posted on Thursday 8th October 2015 at 9:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Vodafone Community Connection Awards, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Community groups in and around Bradley Stoke have just one more week to apply for a £1,000 windfall – offered courtesy of mobile phone giant Vodafone, which has a retail store at the town’s Willow Brook shopping centre.

Community Connection Awards are Vodafone’s way of “giving something back” to the communities in which their stores are located, and are intended to help charities that have a real, positive impact in the local area.

Journal readers are being asked to nominate the project or cause that they deem to be the most deserving of the Bradley Stoke store’s £1,000 award.

Entries received so far have included a Bradley Stoke club for the elderly wanting to fund a coach trip for its members, and two local youth groups seeking funds to buy musical instruments and sporting equipment.

Previous winners of Vodafone Community Connection Awards offered by other Vodafone stores around the country have included a group providing recycled appliances and furniture to those in need, a charity supporting families with at least one child who are going through difficult times, a sports club for people with disabilities and a lunch club for elderly people.

How to nominate

Email info@bradleystokejournal.co.uk with ‘Vodafone Community Connection Award Nomination’ as the subject line.

Please state the name of the charity you are nominating along with a contact name and telephone number for them.

Explain what the money would be used for and why the cause deserves to be chosen, in no more than 200 words.

Please also include your name, address and a day-time contact number.

Alternatively, you may write, with the above information, to Vodafone Community Connection Award, Bradley Stoke Journal, 83 Snowberry Close, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 8GB.

Emails and letters must be received by 5pm on Monday 12th October 2015.

More: Qualifying criteria that must be met by nominated causes »

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Win £1,000 for your community group, courtesy of Vodafone

Posted on Saturday 19th September 2015 at 9:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Vodafone Community Connection Awards, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Community groups in Bradley Stoke are being invited to apply for a £1,000 windfall – after The Journal teamed up with mobile phone giant Vodafone, which has a retail store at the town’s Willow Brook shopping centre.

Community Connection Awards are Vodafone’s way of “giving something back” to the communities in which their stores are located, and are intended to help charities that have a real, positive impact in the local area.

Journal readers are being asked to nominate the project or cause that they deem to be the most deserving of the Bradley Stoke store’s £1,000 award.

The winning project could be anything from buying new kit for a local football team to replacing kitchen equipment at a local day care centre or soup kitchen.

How to nominate

Email info@bradleystokejournal.co.uk with ‘Vodafone Community Connection Award Nomination’ as the subject line.

Please state the name of the charity you are nominating along with a contact name and telephone number for them.

Explain what the money would be used for and why the cause deserves to be chosen, in no more than 200 words.

Please also include your name, address and a day-time contact number.

Alternatively, you may write, with the above information, to Vodafone Community Connection Award, Bradley Stoke Journal, 83 Snowberry Close, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 8GB.

Emails and letters must be received by 5pm on Monday 12th October 2015.

More: Qualifying criteria that must be met by nominated causes »

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