Bradley Stoke Community Festival celebrates its sixth year this weekend and it promises to be the best one yet!
Organised by the Town Council and Southern Brooks Community Development Partnership the festival starts on Friday 6th June. There will be a coffee morning and flower arranging competition, a four mile walk around Bradley Stoke, a picnic in the park with entertainment provided by Prof Panic’s Circus and the Living Landmarks Project will host a meeting of schoolchildren of all ages at the Community School to exchange stories and learn about the history of Savages Wood.
The main events happen on Saturday in and around the Jubilee Centre. Events will include a gundog display, Monarchy - a Queen Tribute band, Tae Kwon Do display, The Company of Horsemen, James Dylan Stuntworld -a spectacular motorcycle stunt show, Egyptian dancers and the Bradley Stoke Judo Club demonstrating their recent Competition successes.
There will be many community, local business and information stalls around the site. There will be plenty to keep the kids occupied with Prof Panic’ circus, climbing wall , bouncy castles , go-karts, face painting , swing chairs, food vans, ice creams and the BSYFC Local Schools Football Tournament.
The Bradley Stoke 10K Fun Run organised by Sole Sisters is on Sunday morning.
At Baileys Court there will also be a 20/20 cricket match, Bristol East Brass Band and a Combined Churches outdoor church service followed by a family picnic. Cream Teas and a BBQ are on offer in the afternoon.
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STOKE GIFFORD COMMUNITY LUNCH Residents discuss local parks and community events
The 'Stoke Gifford Community Lunch' held on 22nd May was a great success. A good turnout of local community group representatives gathered to enjoy a lunch provided by a fabulous group of adults with learning difficulties, as their caterers. People got to know each other in sharing local information regarding community groups, in their activities and latest information. They got to know about the Stoke Gifford Community Worker, Kate O’Brien, a new position funded since April 2008 and her work remit to: involve community in 4 main park areas; organise a Community Event 2008 & 2009; improve consultation with community (particularly young people); facilitate and strengthen community group activity.
There was also a chance to hear about:
• the organisation Kate works for Southern Brooks Community Partnership, a local Children and Young People charity providing: Family Support; Youth Inclusion Programme; Youth Work; Extended Schools; Community Development and Older People work (see www.sbcommunitypartnership.org.uk for further information.
• ‘Friends of Parks’ Groups which are being set up to enable the main open spaces to be improved through National Lottery Community Spaces funding. ‘Friends of Park’ groups are aimed at involving local people in: park refurbishments; workdays; increasing natural habitats; Community Events; and enable funding to make the process happen!
Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in the main local parks the following meeting dates have been set and are as follows:
Little Stoke Community Hall
o Meade Park Wed 11th June, 7pm
o Little Stoke Park Thurs 12th June, 7pm
o Forty Acres Thurs 24th July, 7pm
Poplar Rooms, North Rd
o Poplar Rooms Field Fri 25th July, 7pm
For people who are interested in becoming involved, but are unable to make the meeting date, rest assured there will be other meetings. You can contact Kate on 01454 868570, or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this matter.
People took part in a group exercise in drawing ideas together for a Stoke Gifford Community Event. Feedback on the Community Lunch was positive and encouraging. People have deemed this a useful means of passing on community information and are keen to have a community lunch in the future, so watch this space!
If you would like to discuss the lunch, or become involved with any of the topics covered, please contact the Stoke Gifford Community Worker, Kate O’Brien, on 01454 868570, or email email@example.com
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RUN FOR THE CHILDREN Blaise Castle 14 June - Family Fun
Several hundred children and their families will be fun-running round Blaise Castle on the 14th June to raise money for The Children’s Trust, which helps children with multiple disabilities due to brain damage.
It will be a terrific, fun event and as it is a part of ‘Let’s Get Active!’ there will be lots of free activities put on afterwards for families, such as trampolining, face painting, parachute games, a trapeze rig and skate boarding among others.
The run is 3K, (about one-and-a-half miles) and it doesn’t matter how you complete the course or how long it takes, tots in strollers or getting a piggy back will still win their own medal and Swifty the Hare will be there to cheer you along and give out fruit and water at the finish post.
This family running event is organised by Run for the Children, a national fitness initiative, which aims to get children and their families running together and raising money for charity. The three kilometre run in the park is just one of the aspects of the initiative which also offers a Fit for Fun Action Pack written in conjunction with Runners World and full of tips on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.
This Run for the Children event is based on a partnership between the council and its Sports Development team, the local schools and a running club. All entrants are encouraged to raise sponsorship for the official charity, The Children’s Trust.
Annabel Anderson, the National Organiser of Run for the Children said: “We are delighted to be welcomed into Blaise Castle for this event. I hope this will inspire other parks to allow us to do something similar.”
For details on how to join in visit the website www.runforthechildren.co.uk
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COMPETITION LAUNCHED - to name Bradley Stoke's new shopping centre
The competition to find a name for Bradley Stoke’s new town centre has been launched.
Local residents are being encouraged to send in their suggested names for the new development which is currently under construction on land adjacent to the existing Tesco store.
Contestants can either e-mail their suggested name to the competition organisers or post their entries using the forms available throughout the town. One entry per person.
Email Your suggested name, along with your own name and contact details to:
* firstname.lastname@example.org or
or Pick up a form from:
* The Customer Service Department at the Tesco store
* Bradley Stoke Town Council premises or
* Bradley Stoke Library.
The competition will close at 5pm on Friday, 6 June with judging taking place on Monday, 9 June. The winner will receive a £50 Tesco shopping voucher with an entry level personal computer being presented to their choice of local school or nominated registered charity.
Launching the competition, Felix Gummer, Corporate Affairs Manager for Tesco, said: “This is the opportunity for local residents to put their stamp on Bradley Stoke’s new town centre development. Since the project started in the mid-1990s Tesco has been consulting with the local residents over the design and contents. The development is now well underway with the opening scheduled for this autumn. The name is the final piece of the jigsaw and this is the residents’ chance for them to have their say!”
Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Julian Barge, added his support for local residents to get involved: “We were always promised a competition for the name by Tesco so this is the town’s opportunity to get involved. Whatever name is chosen will be there for many years so like the design and content of the building a lot of thought will have to go into the selection by the judges. It will have to be a name that is recognisable, reflects our community, and the developers’ architects can work with so that it blends with the existing design criteria”.
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SUMMER DISCO FUN FOR CHARITY At The Aztec Hotel 18 July
Southern Brooks Summer Disco
7.30pm – Midnight
Tickets £10, to include nibbles.
Why not get together a group of friends, neighbours or workmates to enjoy this great disco, in the plush surroundings at the Aztec Hotel, and raise money for the Southern Brooks Development Project at the same time?
The event has been sponsored by the Aztec Hotel and supported by Cove Digital and Bradley Stoke Small Business Forum.
Tickets are available from Southern Brooks Community Partnership on 01454 868570. They will also be on sale at Bradley Stoke Festival and the Patchway Festival.
For more information about our work, please visit www.sbcommunitypartnership.org.uk
Southern Brooks Community Partnership is a registered charity providing a wide range of services for children, young people and families across the area. We are pleased to be working with local businesses to run our first ever fund raising event. Please come along and support this local event.
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40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS AT HOLY FAMILY PRIMARY SCHOOL
On Friday 26 September 2008 Holy Family Primary School in Amberley Road will be celebrating its 40th birthday! They will be marking the occasion with an Open Day, Mass, refreshments, display and balloon release.
If you were a pupil, parent, governor or a member of staff at Holy Family from 1968 – 2008 then they would love to hear from you.
They are putting together a display of photos and memories of the last 40 years. If you would like to contribute to the display please get in touch. You can send your contributions via e-mail or the post. Please include names and dates.
If you would like to join Holy Family for this special event please contact us via e-mail email@example.com and mark your e-mail “40th Celebration”.
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TEACHING EXCELLENCE RECOGNISED for second year running at Holy Trinity!
Teaching Assistant Karen Garraway from Holy Trinity Primary School has reached the West of England Finals in the 2008 National Teaching Awards for Teaching Assistant of the Year.
At last year's Awards Deputy Head Teacher Darren Stanley was judged to be the regional winner for Teacher of Year in a Primary School.
The school are hoping for more good news at this year's regional award ceremony in June.
Good luck to Mrs Garraway!
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THE COMEDY CLUB COMES TO ESPORTA 14TH JUNE - SPECIAL DISCOUNT for Bradley Stoke Matters readers
* * * Special 'Early Bird' Price of just £8 per ticket when you book by 6th June and mention Bradley Stoke Matters.co.uk * * *
Flaming June? Well one thing’s for sure, this is one seriously hot line-up from The Comedy Club and summer entertainment doesn’t come funnier than this.
Come and get your fix of fun at Esporta Health Club, Bristol on Saturday 14th June and you’ll have a bellyful of laughs. For full details & free membership visit www.hahaheehee.com. If you can’t make this show don’t worry, the next show is on Saturday 27th September.
Kevin Shepherd is brilliant at keeping the laughter rates at a ridiculously high level. Nice one liners to start with, followed by some well written, absurd stories. Very popular, with a warm and likeable stage persona backed up by some nice material. A set peppered with some lovely lines with the addition of more personal material. The section on his experiences as a new father is an undoubted highlight. A joy to watch.
Andrew started his career by winning the State Finals of the Triple J " Make me Laugh " Award, and being invited to the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Since then he’s featured in five shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and two at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As well as stand up, Andrew's comedy has been in extremely high demand on the airwaves, where he's worked for 8 years, both performing with, and writing for some of the biggest names in Australian Radio. Most recently he has written for London’s HEART Breakfast Show.
One of that not so rare breed, a mad, hard-drinking ginger-haired Scotsman, Brian Higgins is also one of that rarer set – he’s funny! A favourite with students, he manages to both ignore and play up to the stereotype to laugh both with and at it, in a spellbinding set that covers everything from a “loony childhood”, his former days as a paramedic (honest), as well as life’s ups and downs in an always topical set. Described as the “people’s favourite comedian” by The Stage combined with his energetic delivery, he never fails to deliver the goods.
Ticket Price Includes:
• 3 top comedians
• After-show night of Casino Royal
• Waitress service
• Candle-lit tables
Tickets £12 | Over 18's |Doors Open 6.30pm | Show Time 7pm
Ticket Hotline: 01179 749700
Esporta Health Club Bristol, Hunts Ground Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol. BS34 8HN
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COMMUNITY INVITED TO COMMENT ON SIXTH FORM at Bradley Stoke Community School
Dave Baker, headteacher at Bradley Stoke Community School, has asked us to publicise the sixth form building plans, inviting people give him feedback if they want to.
You can call into the school to see the plans up on the wall just inside the main entrance or you can see all the information in a section of the school website: http://www.bradleystokecs.org.uk/sections/news/news_6thform.htm
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3 STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT! Watch where you're parking at school pick up time.
3 Strikes is now up and running at all primary schools in Bradley Stoke, giving residents the chane to report bad parking around the schools without police presence.
1st Strike - is a letter home
2nd Strike - is a home visit
3rd Strike - police enforcement.
For further information please contact the Bradley Stoke Beat Team on 0117 945 4835 or speak with your local primary school.
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CALLING EX-THEATRE GROUP MEMBERS - make contact and come along to our celebratory anniversary party!
The Thornbury Musical Theatre Group (formerly the Thornbury Amateur Operatic Society) is delighted to be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
This is a plea for all ex-members to make contact with us regarding our celebratory party in September.
Please ring Karen on 01454 853947 to find out more.
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SIGN UP FOR BRISTOL'S BIGGEST BIKE RIDE as everyone of all ages is encouraged to take part in this summer's event
Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride is now in it's fifteenth year and takes place at the end of Bike Week on 22 June. Its aim is to encourage more people to get back on their bikes in their leisure time and it is something that the whole family can take part in and enjoy.
This year's Biggest Bike Ride is offering five routes for all abilities, from a shorter family trip to long rides for experienced cyclists. There is also a challenge for businesses and schools to take part in!
For more information and to register on-line visit www.bristol.gov.uk/biggestbikeride
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Thursday 5th June OLDE TYME MUSIC HALL-THORNBURY MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP
Armstrong Hall, Thornbury - 19:30
Friday 6th June LADIES NIGHT
Silverhill School, Winterbourne - 19:30 WALKING TO HEALTH-BRADLEY STOKE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL WALK
Brook Way Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke - 11:00 COFFEE MORNING
Christ The King Church, Bradley Stoke - 9:00 COFFEE MORNING AND FLOWER ARRANGEMENT COMPETITION
Brook Way Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke - 9:30 PRE-SCHOOL PICNIC IN THE PARK
Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke - 11:00 OLDE TYME MUSIC HALL-THORNBURY MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP
Armstrong Hall, Thornbury - 19:30 WORKSHOP-BUILDING YOUR CONFIDENCE & MOVING FORWARD
Little Stoke Community Hall - 19:00
Saturday 7th June 3 BROOKS NATURE CONSERVATION GROUP WORKDAY
Meet at the Three Brooks Lake - 10:00 COMMUNITY FAIR
Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke - 13:30 OLDE TYME MUSIC HALL-THORNBURY MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP
Armstrong Hall, Thornbury - 19:30 BRADLEY STOKE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL 2008
Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke - 11:00
Sunday 8th June 20/20 CRICKET MATCH
Bradley stoke Cricket Club, Baileys Court - 14:00 SOLE SISTERS FUN RUN AND A TODDLER TROT
Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke - 9:45 OUTDOOR CHURCH SERVICE
Baileys Court Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke - 11:00 MALVERNS WALK
Meeting Point Aldi Car Park - 9:00 CAR BOOT SALE
Trench Lane, Bradley Stoke - 7:00
Monday 9th June WALKING TO HEALTH-PATCHWAY TO ALMONDSBURY
Consiton Community Centre, Coniston Road, Patchway - 11:00 BRADLEY STOKE SMALL BUSINESS FORUM BIRTHDAY PARTY
Jubilee Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke - 18:30 WORKSHOP-BUILDING YOUR CONFIDENCE & MOVING FORWARD
Riverside Leisure Club, Little Stoke - 9:15
Tuesday 10th June SAFER AND STRONGER COMMUNITY GROUP RESIDENTS MEETING
Meadowbrook Primary School, Bradley Stoke - 18:30 TENNIS COACHING PROGRAMME-FREE OPEN DAY
Little Stoke Park - 16:00
Wednesday 11th June CHARITY GOLF DAY HOSTED BY ACT (ARTS & COMMUNITY IN THORNBURY)
Thornbury Golf Centre - 11:00 VING TSUN KUNG FU - FREE TRY-OUTS
Brook Way Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke - 19:00 FRIENDS OF MEADE PARK
Little Stoke Community Hall - 19:00
Thursday 12th June FRIENDS OF LITTLE STOKE PARK
Little Stoke Community Hall - 19:00