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Established online in 2008 ... And now in print! Find out what’s really going on in your neighbourhood! LETTERS P8 | SCHOOLS P21 | SPORT P27 | BUSINESS P30 | WHAT’S ON P28-29 | DIRECTORY P31


Tesco staff take to the catwalk in charity fashion show P16-17 Grant win for Jubilee Green park

Youth structure to be built P13

l Council says ‘no’ to late night bus subsidy l Anger over green bin charging proposals l BSCS rated ‘good’ in latest Ofsted inspection l Support grows for Bradley Stoke in Bloom l BSCS students work to improve Baileys Court play area

New neighbours in Bradley Stoke

Teatime at McCarthy & Stone P19

l Elderly move from Filton to Bradley Stoke l Lopresti: ‘We must not talk down local industry’ l Swimathon fun with Bristol Aztec Rotary l WIN a free year’s gym membership at Anytime Fitness, Bradley Stoke


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Welcome to the new monthly magazine for Bradley Stoke

Contact Us Editor: Stephen Horton 01454 300 400 83 Snowberry Close Bradley Stoke Bristol BS32 8GB

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About the Bradley Stoke Journal The Bradley Stoke Journal website and magazine are published by North Bristol Press, a trading name of Snowberry Media Ltd; company number 8451178 (registered in England and Wales); registered office 19 The Park, Bristol. Our other publications include the Patchway Journal website and the Stoke Gifford Journal website. North Bristol Press is independent of any other media company or network operating in the Bristol area. We accept no responsibility for anything stated by advertisers, who are themselves responsible for complying with all relevant legislation. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the editor or article author. © North Bristol Press 2013. Content published in our magazines or on our websites may not be reproduced in any form without our express written permission.


elcome to the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, the new monthly newspaper for residents and businesses in Bradley Stoke. Many of you will know The Journal from our website www., which has been bringing you the latest news, views and discussion about Bradley Stoke for over five years. The town’s only interactive news website regularly records monthly figures of over 40,000 pageviews from more than 15,000 unique visitors and now we will be reaching even more people through the only MONTHLY print publication dedicated exclusively to Bradley Stoke. Our magazine will be delivered FREE to every home in Bradley Stoke on the first Saturday of every month. It will also be available in many public places in and around Bradley Stoke, such as community centres, libraries, schools, pubs and takeaways. We aim to bring you the latest news from our local councils,

businesses, schools, the police etc., together with features on health, lifestyle, shopping and much more. If you haven’t previously used our website, why not take a look now? We have published around 1,500 news articles since the site was launched in 2008 and you will find nearly 200 further pages of information about Bradley Stoke and its facilities. If you use social media, you can like us on Facebook, where we have more than 850 fans (search for Bradley Stoke Journal) or follow us on Twitter (@TheBSJournal) where we have close to 1,000 followers. If you have news that you would like to see featured in the magazine and/or on our website, please get in touch by email, phone or post (see contact details on the left). We are also looking for people to get involved in the production of the town’s new local newspaper, so please contact us if you are interested in writing articles or taking photographs for us.

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Frosty reception for transport company’s late night bus subsidy request


ouncillors have given a less than enthusiastic welcome to a proposal from First Bus that the town council might like to share the cost of extending a late night bus service to Bradley Stoke. Since 4th November 2012, First Bus has operated late evening journeys on the 73 service from the City Centre to Bristol Parkway Station at midnight, 1am and 2am six nights a week (Monday to Saturday). There are also return journeys from Bristol Parkway Station to the City Centre at 0:30am and 1:30am. Since introducing these additional journeys, the bus company says it has had a number of requests from Bradley Stoke residents to extend the service into Bradley Stoke.

attended a meeting of the council’s Finance Committee on 17th April, where they said it would cost around £20,000 a year to operate the additional journeys to and from Bradley Stoke; however, revenue taken on the bus would reduce this cost significantly to around £10,000 a year. A suggestion that the town council might like to subsidise some all or of the net cost received a frosty reception from Cllr Ben Walker, who accused the company of “wanting to take a punt, with us taking the risk”. Cllr Walker went on to criticise the company for “not being able to run a day time service properly” and said he was “absolulety against” the proposal that the council should subsidise a big private company.

A number 73 bus at Parkway

However, extending the journeys to/from Bradley Stoke, would involve almost doubling the operating costs, as an additional vehicle and driver would be required. Two First Bus managers

Recalling the Night Owl service that used to run at weekends from Bristol city centre to Filton, UWE, Stoke Gifford, Bradley Stoke and Patchway, which had few users, Cllr Sarah Pomfret said she would like to “see how many people use it before putting money into it”.

Survey demanded

Following much discussion, it was agreed that First Bus be asked to carry out a survey amongst users of the the current late night 73 service (which terminates at Parkway Station) and also the recently introduced 24-hour bus service on the 75 route through Patchway, to ascertain the numbers of Bradley Stoke passengers using the services and then come back to the council with the results.




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Anger over council’s plan to charge for green bin collections


proposal by South Gloucestershire Council to introduce charges for collecting garden (green bin) waste has prompted some lively debate on the Bradley Stoke Journal website, after a reader posted a forum message alerting residents to a consultation that is currently underway. Residents are being asked for their views on the council’s draft waste management strategy for the period 201319, which includes proposals to further reduce waste and increase recycling in South Gloucestershire. The council claims that charging for the collection of garden waste will “encourage home composting and ensure that the cost of the service is met by those who use it.” The three options being considered are: an annual subscription of £36/year; prepay sacks at £20 for 10 sacks; or ‘pay as you go’ sacks at £2/sack. The consultation document notes: “In all cases, if you don’t want any garden waste collected, you don’t have to pay anything. You only pay if you use the collection service. The council’s Sort It!* centres will still be available for residents to recycle their garden waste free of charge.” One Journal reader, Jenny, wrote: “In my view, charges are

unacceptable. We already pay for refuse collection. The council introduced the green bin scheme themselves, and now they want to charge? Excuse the pun but, RUBBISH!” Regular contributor anon-emouse, commented: “Typical SGC underhandedness, where is the other option of them doing the job we are already paying them to do?” And NeilB observed: “SGC are actively encouraging people not to recycle by wanting to charge for green bin collections. Why would people not put their garden waste in the black bin if there was the opportunity to save money.” When the consultation was launched back in February, Cllr Claire Young, Chair of the council’s Communities Committee, said: “South Gloucestershire residents have

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taken to recycling with gusto, and some 84 per cent of them now recycle regularly. Our residents’ recycling rate is in the top five unitary councils in the country. “The council’s now looking at how to reform our service, to provide even more opportunities, while making sure it’s still good value for money. “I know local people hold strong opinions on the waste and recycling services, so we hope lots of them will get in touch to share their views.”

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Consultation on the strategy runs until 20th May 2013 and includes a range of public presentations throughout the district. One of the presentations will take place at a meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum held at Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford, on Tuesday 14th May (7pm start). A council spokesperson told The Journal: “We encourage people to share their views so that these can be taken into account when councillors make a decision later this summer.” “People can find out more at wasteconsultation, by phoning 01454 868000 or emailing“ Join the discussion on the BSJ website here: bsj-1305-1

BSCS rated ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) has been rated ‘good’ for overall effectiveness by Ofsted inspectors who visited the school last month. Although the school had previously been rated ‘outstanding’ (in November 2009), headteacher Dave Baker had warned parents that a ‘good’ judgement would be the highest achievable under Ofsted’s new tougher inspection framework. In the four categories assessed, BSCS was rated ‘good’ for Achievement (also good in 2009); good for Teaching (also good in 2009), outstanding for Behaviour and Safety (also outstanding in 2009) and outstanding for Leadership and Management (good in 2009). Writing in a recent school newsletter, Mr Baker said: “We believe the school is better now than it was in 2009 and this is a very positive report which supports that, especially if you read reports of inspections of other schools conducted since the new framework was introduced.” “There are some lovely comments in the report about our students and the way they engage and conduct themselves when in school and there was also very positive feedback from all stakeholders. Thank you for your continued support. We will continue our journey towards being outstanding in all areas.” The Ofsted report may be viewed on the BSCS website.

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Support grows for Bradley Stoke in Bloom


nterest in a project to brighten up Bradley Stoke by entering the local round of the South West in Bloom competition seems to be taking off, with more than twenty people attending the initiative’s third public meeting on 16th April. The Town Council has allocated capital reserves of £14,000 to support the project, and Cllr Rob Jones, one of two councillors involved with the group, has said the town should aim to win its category within the next five years. The latest meeting heard a presentation from two members of the Yate & Dodington in Bloom group, who will be entering the competition for the third time this year. The speakers said the emphasis of the competition is now more about sustainable planting than hanging baskets and floral displays.

Good attendance at the latest ‘in Bloom’ meeting at the Jubilee Centre

They also advised that it is better for a group of residents to form the steering group and therefore be the lead individuals for ‘in Bloom’ rather than the town or parish council, as people are often put off offering their help if they think that it is a ‘council led’ project rather than one run by volunteers. In the long term, there will need to be some form of

sponsorship to support the project and the council has sent a letter to local businesses, asking for support, and inviting them to attend the next meeting on Thursday 21st May at the Jubilee Centre (7:30pm start). For 2013, the council has organised two ‘starter projects’: a sunflower growing competition (open to all ages) and a front gardens award.

Local residents Geoff Roach and Janine Smith have volunteered to lead the ‘Bradley Stoke in Bloom’ steering group and it is planned to run a stall at the Community Festival on Saturday 8th June to publicise the project. For further information, visit the South West in Bloom website and the Bradley Stoke in Bloom page on the town council website.

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Bowlers honoured with community awards


our members of a local bowls club have been honoured with awards for service to the community. The annual Chair’s Community Awards recognise the outstanding contribution South Gloucestershire residents make

to their local communities. These people give up their time freely to help others and bring our communities together, and were rewarded for their efforts at a special ceremony attended by the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Janet Biggin,

along with Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire and Sara-Jane Watkins, Vice Principal of South Gloucestershire & Stroud College. Brian Newman, Dottie Newman, Jim Durlacher and Margaret Durlacher were

instrumental in the formation of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, crafting a new club in partnership with the Town Council. Guests at the ceremony were told: “They have put organisation in place and steered the club through year-on-year growth in such a manner that the green and the club are now held in extremely high regard in the world of green bowls. “The club has become an excellent advert for Bradley Stoke, with a sense of community and of belonging for its members which demands recognition.” “Brian, Dottie, Jim and Margaret have together created something which is much more than just a sports club. It is a social club and network of friends with a membership unsurpassed by other clubs. Bradley Stoke owes these members of its community a great debt.”

Recognition for Three Brooks Conservation Group volunteers Awards for Emma Creasey and David Baker The Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve in the heart of Bradley Stoke is an important green space for twenty thousand local residents, and for wildlife. Emma and David are the driving force behind this successful local nature reserve. Emma has been Secretary of the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group since it was formed eight years ago. The group mobilises fifteen volunteers to undertake practical conservation work on the reserve every month, and organises a wide range of events open to the public. David has been the project leader for the Green Gym since its inception. The group meets every Thursday morning and runs a three hour session to

David Baker is presented with his award

inspire people to improve their own physical and mental health, and the natural environment at the same time. There are regularly a dozen participants, who improve their strength and stamina, boost their practical skills and build confidence by tackling physical jobs in the outdoors. Both Emma and David have sacrificed hours of time in planning events and task days, and in sorting out insurance cover, risk assessments, and funding. The nature reserve would not be the success it is today without hardworking volunteers like these.

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Letters and Opinions Why no quick fix for Bradley Stoke broadband? So, why is Bradley Stoke (BS) having so many issues with fast broadband speeds? Well BS seems to be supplied by 2 broadband services, ADSL via BT phone lines or cable from VirginMedia. When the 1st houses in Bradley Stoke town were built, no local BT exchange was installed and the town was fed from the Filton exchange (for houses with 0117 numbers - mainly South BS) and Almondsbury (01454 numbers mainly North BS). Telewest/NTL then ran cable services to some of these “new” areas, providing the town originally with cable TV/ telephone services and later broadband. Newer roads in BS (1996+) do not have connection to cable services. Because of the distances to these BT exchanges, current broadband speeds are, only in some places, getting upto 2Mb and in some cases <1Mb. BT have last year upgraded the Filton exchange to fibre technology, but due to some strange reason, the green boxes that are at the end of the lines from Filton are still to be upgraded to supply fibre broadband into 0117 numbers in BS. Almondsbury exchange (which also supplies the Aztec West

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business estate) had yet to be upgraded to fibre technology and 01454 telephone services fed from that exchange are still waiting for faster service. I know of some business in Aztec West which cannot get any ADSL services due to a lack of capacity in the exchange. Some ray of sunshine is that currently the installation date for BT fibre broadband from the Filton exchange into the cabinets in South BS is September 2013. However no joy yet for any home on the Almondsbury exchange. The forthcoming broadband intervention plan by SGC is some way off (2016) still leaves BS/ South Gloucestershire homes and business far behind current average broadband speeds (12Mbps). Surely a quicker option

would be to get BT to upgrade Almondsbury to fibre technology and this would be a great positive for the BS area (both homes and businesses). Strange why VirginMedia do not want to do any new installations, and just want to provided services to their existing customers and not beat BT to gain more? Giles Ogram Bradley Stoke

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Swimathon fun challenging themselves to swim as far as possible in fifty five minutes. The team members will have found friends and acquaintances to sponsor them, and they will have chosen their own good cause to which 60% of the money raised will be donated, the remaining 40% going to Rotary charities.

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By Margaret Qoura, Rotary Club of Bristol Aztec f you had been at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre just before seven on Saturday 9th March, you would have noticed groups of children and adults meeting together and you would have been aware of a sense of


rising excitement. The groups were gathering to take part in the annual swimathon organised by the Rotary Club of Bristol Aztec.

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The event was characterised by an attitude of good fun but also a sense of purpose. In all fourteen teams took part, and sixty one swimmers were involved. Everyone swam as fast and as well as they could and many of the teams completed at least 100 lengths of the Bradley Stoke Pool. Participants from local teams included a good representation of no less than three teams from Bradley Stoke Scouts and two teams from St Mary’s Rugby Club. The Griffin Hall Team were

swimming in aid of the Bradley Stoke MS Centre and other good causes included Cancer Research and Novi Survat, a charity which supports very poor children affected by AIDS in Goa. The Rotary money will go towards supporting local charitable causes; the MS Centre and events such as the annual Music Rules Event in which special needs children from our local area are able to enjoy a magical day of musical enrichment.

Certificates and medals

At the end of the evening everyone collected a certificate and a medal to mark their participation in an event, at the heart of which lay the desire to help others. Although not all the monies have been collected it looks as though about £3,500 has been raised for the good causes. See more photos from the event on the Aztec Rotary website.

Free early years education for some twoyear-olds from September By Tracey Graham of Play Pitch Pre-School Children’s experiences in the earliest years lay the foundations for the rest of their lives. Currently, all three and four year-old children who attend a provision registered to receive free entitlement (Nursery Education Grant) funding from South Gloucestershire Council are eligible to access up to two years of free early years provision before they reach compulsory school age (the term after their 5th birthday). In 2013/14 the Department of Education is also investing £534million in early education for two-year-old children; with local authorities deciding how best to allocate this funding. From September 2013, approximately 20% of all twoyear-old children in England will be eligible to access free early education and this is set to rise in 2014 to approximately 40% of all two-year-old children nationally.

In South Gloucestershire this currently equates to 15 hours of free entitlement per week, for 38 weeks of the year. The offer has been developed to improve outcomes for twoyear-old children who would benefit from early access to high quality early years and childcare provision. It will also focus on the whole family, supporting them to tackle challenging circumstances through family support or home learning. If you, or the person working with you, have checked that you meet at least one of the Government criteria and at least one of the South Gloucestershire criteria then you can complete an application form available on the South Gloucestershire website, or drop into a One Stop Shop or Children’s Centre for a copy, or call Children and Young People Information Service on 01454 868008 for further information.

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couting offers fun, challenge and everyday adventure to 400,000 girls and boys and 100,000 volunteers across the UK. In Bradley Stoke we help approximately 150 6 - 18 year olds grow in confidence, achieve their full potential and become active citizens of the future. Active! With over 200 adventurous activities from archery to zorbing there’s rarely a dull moment. For boys and girls There are over 60,000 girls in Scouting. Surprised? Local Scouting is a worldwide movement of over 30 million members, but what happens locally is what counts. Based at Brook Way Activity Centre, we are accessible to the whole local community. Scouting is growing. Offering everyday adventure to young people aged 6-18 we are

always looking for new adults to join the adventure. Community focussed From tree planting to recycling and helping older people get online, Scouts are active members of the Bradley Stoke Community. Inspiring Did you know that John Lennon and Paul McCartney as well as 11 of the 12 people to have walked on the moon were once Scouts? The youngest person to walk to the South Pole was a Scout! Welcoming Scouting is for everyone regardless of class, religion,

colour, gender or sexual orientation. Fun This is the number one reason people join Scouting – although our work is important we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Indoors and outdoors Yes, we love camping, canoeing, climbing and abseiling. But Scouts also get to try arts and crafts, musical activities, drama and photography too. For adults too All Scout leaders are volunteers; they have as much fun as our young people, gaining qualifications and improving their CVs. Our Group currently has 27 appointed adult leaders and 14 young leaders! Flexible If you can give as little as an hour a month, you can volunteer for Scouting. From behind the scenes roles to helping directly with young people, there’s room for everyone.

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If you’re interested in volunteering and making a difference for the young people of Bradley Stoke, please contact: Clive Mason Group Scout Leader 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group 0844 3181907

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North Bristol News

Lord Mayor opens marketing suite at new Cheswick Village care home


he Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Peter Main, alongside the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Janet Biggin, caught a glimpse of the new care home under construction in Cheswick Village on Wednesday 10th April during an opening ceremony attended by local healthcare professionals and neighbours. The Mayor took a tour of the new information suite and cut the ribbon to officially open it with the help of Alexandra Crew, General Manager of the newly named Beaufort Grange care home. The 74-bed home is situated within Cheswick Village, a new development in North Bristol on the border of Stoke Gifford and Lockleaze, and is now open from 9am to 6pm weekdays and from

10am to 4pm at weekends. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s surroundings and services will accommodate people requiring different types of care, including residential, nursing

and dedicated dementia care. The information suite was fitted out by an in-house expert interior design team and gives the local community an

opportunity to see what the finished care home will look like when it opens this summer. It features examples of two homely bedrooms, a dining area and a living room all designed with future residents in mind. The home will be finished to a high specification with luxury fixtures and fittings throughout and each bedroom will have full en-suite facilities. Photo (L-R): Helen Maiello (Senior Regional Operations Director, Barchester Healthcare), Cllr Guy Poultney (Lockleaze), Cllr Janet Biggin (Chair, South Gloucestershire Council), Cllr Peter Main (Lord Mayor of Bristol) and Alexandra Crew (General Manager, Beaufort Grange). Story from the Stoke Gifford Journal.

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Project news from Friends of Jubilee Green


t has been a phenomenal start to the year, we are still celebrating the exciting news that we secured a grant for £49,999 (the maximum amount) from the Community Spaces programme, managed by Groundwork UK an award partner to the Big Lottery Fund. With the additional funding of £10,811 from Bradley Stoke Town Council we have raised over £60,000 for this project. The project will not only deliver the youth structure but will also improve some of the paths in the park, improve the general planting and introduce some carved sculptures.

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We also have the opportunity to access an additional £3,500 through a sustainability grant – keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for updates on how much we are awarded and

Family Fun Day on Jubilee Green in September 2012

what it will be spent on. Work on the youth structure will start in May, and has to be completed by the end of September; we are hoping to have it finished in time for the school summer holidays, but that

depends on the weather. We have also secured an additional £4,500 funding for a Brass Rubbing project from the Safer Stronger Communities Initiative Fund, the Co-Operative Membership

Community Fund and a donation from Balfour Beatty. The Brass Rubbing project will be run by metalworking artists Thrussell and Thrussel; they will be hosting workshops with students from Bradley Stoke Community School in July. The students will be learning new skills, designing and working the metal to make 10 plates. The design theme will be nature and play and the plates will be blended into steel frames and secured within Jubilee Park. These plates will be a wonderful addition to the park available for all the community to use. We are all very excited and looking forward to enjoying the new additions to the park! We will also be organising our popular community events throughout the year, so keep an eye on the Journal’s website for more information or follow us on Facebook to be kept up to date with the latest news.

Almondsbury Allotment News By Joan at Allotment No. 8 It’s been quite hard going up to the allotment in this continuing cold weather, the wind has been bitter and you certainly need your thermals on to stay up there more than an hour! However, I have had some great assistance from my grandson Luke, who has distributed more bark on to the paths between the beds and cleaned all my tools. I followed my Dad’s advice from many moons ago and mixed oil into sand in a bucket, a few dips in that and my tools look like new again. Two wigwams are now in place in readiness for the runner beans which I am currently tending on a spare windowsill, I used the beans that I saved from last year so I am interested to see how they are going to do. I have put in three rows of potatoes, one early and two main crops over the Easter holiday. Following last season’s rake mistake, I have banned all raking by my husband! The autumn

planting of onions, shallots and garlic seems to be successful, all have appeared and seem quite strong. I put my first seeds of the season in last week, it’s bit late, but I just felt the ground was too cold before even with fleece to protect. Anyway, I have now sown lettuces, radishes, parsnips, carrots, beetroot and perpetual spinach, and look forward to seeing the seedlings come up! I have been making good use of the compost from Thornbury Leisure Centre car park, it looks pretty good stuff and I am more than happy to make a donation to keep that running. It’s great because you can take as much or as little as you need, so it’s more manageable to cart from the car to the allotment. The bonus as well is that you can drop off any green stuff that you can’t fit into your compost bin. Allotments available at Hortham Farm: www.

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Fire safety springs to mind

Bradley Stoke Beat Team PCSO Ben Sheward reports


he Bradley Stoke beat team is delighted to have the opportunity to have a column in the new Bradley Stoke Journal magazine. We will try to keep you updated on what the beat team has been up to, offer crime prevention advice as well as future events we will be attending. Bradley Stoke’s two recently appointed PCSOs, Lucy Sparks and Ben Sheward, have now settled into the beat and will be spending plenty of time out and about getting to know the area. Along with Kirsty McKillop, we’ll share the duty of working out of the Willow Brook Centre beat office. We went along to the Willow Brook Centre Farm

Fun Day on 2nd April and it was wonderful to see so many local people attending. Coming up soon is the Safer Stronger Community Group meeting, on 13th May at the Jubilee Centre on Savages Wood Road. This meeting is your chance to tell police and council representatives about any issues affecting your community. Later this month, on 25th May, we’ll be running an event at the Willow Brook Centre. Come along between 10am and 4pm to find out how to keep your shed and outbuildings secure. You’ll be able to meet members of the team and check out our special demonstration shed, fitted with a range of security products. This is one of our seasonal crime reduction events which take place throughout the year. Also every Wednesday between 1 and 3pm we run a beat surgery from the Willow Brook Centre. There’s no need to make an appointment, just pop along and raise any concerns or questions you have for us. Bradley Stoke Beat Team – PCs Claire Fletcher and Steven Palmer and PCSOs Kirsty McKillop, Ben Sheward and Lucy Sparks. Police non-emergency number: 101

It’s the time of year to think about spring cleaning your houses, and that means paying attention to your smoke alarms too. Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) wants people to spring into action and dust their smoke alarms while cleaning their kitchens and other rooms. Station Manager Rob Edwards said: “Smoke alarms save lives, and can give you and your loved ones vital extra seconds to escape a fire.” “But they can only do that if they are working properly and are kept clean.” “At this time of year, we are encouraging anyone who is having a spring clean to remember their smoke alarms too.” “They also like a regular spring clean to make sure they stay clear from dust build up.” “You can do this by vacuuming the alarm with a soft bush attachment.”

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Feature: Fashion Show

Tesco staff take to the catwalk

By P N Hallur he Willow Brook Centre was host to its very first fashion show on Saturday 13th April. The event was arranged by Tesco to showcase their F&F clothing range and also to raise money for their nominated charity, Diabetes UK. Around twenty members of the Tesco staff team participated in the modelling of clothes on a catwalk, whilst Bradley Stoke Radio provided the music and presentation. Kids clothing was modelled by the children of staff at Tesco, and the main organiser, Sarah Wheatley, told us that everyone involved had volunteered their time and effort to raise money for Diabetes UK. In previous years, the store has raised money for Cancer Research, and this year it wanted to draw more awareness to Diabetes, which affects over 3 million people in the UK. The models were calm and confident as they walked the ramp, which was surrounded by


a large gathering of spectators, mainly shoppers, and rows of security guards on each side to make sure access areas were kept clear. The two shows took place at 11am and 2pm, featuring clothing from smart casuals to party wear and nightwear. There was a variety of colour and styles in the garments worn, and the children drew a lot of applause for their enthusiasm in getting

involved. Particularly striking were the ladies’ cocktail dresses with floral patterns in pastel pinks and yellows. Reflections hair salon did the models’ hair. Kayleigh Spring and Kerri Alderman from Reflections said they did the hair of 22 models in total, starting at 8.30am and finishing at 10.45. The styles were a mix of curling, straightening and ‘putting up’.

Hairstylists Kayleigh and Kerri from the Reflections salon

The Tesco staff team and children involved in the fashion show were: Ally Rugman, Ella Crocker, Luke Derrick, Ellen Bennett, AJ Moore, Marcia Simpson, Tammy Croker, Vivien Tapuska, Sam Thomas, Lauren Sandle, Steve Burgess, Louise Wilkins, Amanda Ballam, Molly Rugman, Maddy Ballam, Faye Rugman, Lucy Russell, Izzy Russell, Anna Wheatley, Sophia Monchar, Jennifer Simpson and Sarah Wheatley, as well as fundraising by Nikki Price, Karen Fletcher and other colleagues. Bradley Stoke town councillor, Tom Aditya, was in the audience and said: “It’s great to see Tesco’s contribution to the Bradley Stoke family, as well as Andy Ward’s anchoring of the event”, which was supported by Bradley Stoke Radio. Ally Rugman, one of the models and staff at Tesco, said that the team had been practising “for the last three weeks and had done two practice runs”. Alison observed that it had taken

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Organiser Sarah Wheatley, with Karen Fletcher

“quite a bit of organisation” but had been co-ordinated very well with effort from all the members involved. Another one of the stars of the show was Tesco’s AJ Moore, who received applause for his exuberance during the catwalks. AJ said that he enjoyed

the show, “it’s been fun and it’s all for a good cause”. The show closed with an eye-catching performance by the South West Winterguard Academy. For more photos visit ‘Matt Alner Photography’ on Facebook.

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Feature: Retirement Apartments

Moving home: Former Filton residents experience a new lifestyle in Bradley Stoke By Douglas Daniels, Filton Town Councillor and former Senior Designer at Rolls-Royce oving home is a stressful process, particularly if you are retired and established in your locality. That was the experience facing residents of Filton’s ‘Newleaze House’ recently. Whilst their accommodation was somewhat restricted it was home and home is where your heart is. There is simply no doubting that. Faced with a change of use, Newleaze House – the so-called ‘sheltered housing’ nestled in Roycroft Road – did not conform to current standards. Constructed on five levels and joined by a series of small steps it had no lifts to the upper floor. Yet it served its purpose for the 37 residents who lived there. It was built more than 50 years ago. Merlin Housing Society, the current owners, decided to re-locate its tenants to other locations ... several outside of Filton. This was originally scheduled to take place over 3 to 5 years which many felt was far too long. The opportunity to re-house some 15 or so residents came about in a new development by the Merlin Housing Society” built by McCarthy & Stone. It comprised all that could be wished for in support of ‘Independent Living’. Even under floor heating and Air sourced heat pump systems. Appropriately named ‘Bluebell Gardens’, it could be available relatively soon, they said. At first glance it seemed ideal. It was close to the ‘Willow Brook Centre’ almost ‘next door’ and served frequently by buses connecting with Filton, Pakway rail station and Bristol. The day of departure from Filton brought tears and sadness a-plenty. How were we going to adapt to the new surroundings?


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We were going to become a part of the ‘new community’. Will we lose contact with our friends? For my part being a Filton town councillor, I was concerned on being able to serve the Filton community that I knew so well. Happily, I can. All these problems came vividly to mind and I wondered how it was all going to work out. A considerable effort was made by the 15 residents destined to move to Bradley Stoke and we wondered just how our accumulated artefacts were going to be transported to the new site. Thanks to contractors, Dorree Bonner International and their two stalwart employees, it was expertly undertaken over several days. On viewing my ‘collection’ on arrival a Bluebell Gardens I couldn’t believe it! How on earth did I exist with such a mountainous collection at Newleaze? I was reaching the point where I could have been sleeping in the corridor. There was beginning to be just ...”no room at the Inn.” Compared with my existing location at ‘Newleaze’ my flat at Bradley Stoke is likened to a ‘second heaven’. It was unbelievably ideal and convenient. I celebrated the occasion by buying myself a new bed, breaking my old one up on departure. Good riddance! But with it not being delivered in time for the ‘first night’ at Bradley Stoke I compromised.

Two chairs ... a packing case and lots of blankets. I was perfectly cosy until ‘disaster struck’. The whole lot collapsed entombing myself in the packing case. I had difficulty extracting. Without doubt it was the most unceremonial arrival in any new surroundings imaginable. My first impression here at ‘Bluebell Gardens’ is its spaciousness. I can breathe more freely now. I thoroughly enjoy the convenience of it all. Wherever else locally other than at the ‘Willow Brook Centre’ could you pop outside at midnight for milk to make that cuppa tea? Or for that matter a much needed hot water bottle to warm up my illfated ‘first night’ in my new flat? I did ... before it collapsed. Being a relatively young community Bradley Stoke

benefits from the modern lifestyle. It is enjoyable. But there are omissions. The spaciousness, the attractions and the expanse of the centre could be ideal for promoting more entertainments there. But where on earth is the post office? By the Aldi store, they tell me. I found a post box discretely tucked away in the entrance to the Willow Brook Centre. Chatting to residents, I enjoyed the friendliness I encountered out along the way. We will have to get used to the absence of the ‘corner shops’ at Filton that encouraged the communal spirit. But given time I feel sure that we can become a valid part of the ’new community’. Filton and Bradley Stoke can live together amicably. But it’s going to need some adjustments on both sides.

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Feature: Retirement Apartments

Tea and biscuits with the new neighbours at McCarthy & Stone’s Brook Court By P N Hallur he new McCarthy & Stone properties on Savages Wood Road, designed for retirement and ‘later living’, have recently opened their doors to their very first residents. Located in a central position adjacent to The Three Brooks pub, with The Willow Brook Centre just minutes away, the new premises at Brook Court appear neatly designed and easily accessible. We had a look inside and spoke to some of the residents about their experiences in their new accommodation and how they feel about being part of the larger community here in Bradley Stoke. The first impressions that strike a visitor entering the McCarthy & Stone building are the pristine conditions and warm decor of the reception area. The theme of warm green and yellow tones continues into the parlour area with its soft armchairs and carpets. The large inside seating area is designed with a fireplace, television and a scenic view of the central courtyard that the new homes are built around.


was hard to believe considering her composure and mental sharpness. Maggie said she has only been in her new home for a week but she feels happy with the way it has been designed.

Convenience a big factor

We were later joined by Mrs Sheila Fox and her husband Michael, who agreed that convenience was a big factor in their decision to move to Bradley Stoke. They mentioned that it was important to them to ‘still lead an outside life and not to be institutionalised’ and the McCarthy & Stone properties gave them the option to do just that. Having lived in Frenchay, the couple said they would easily be able to keep in touch with their old friends, even while making new ones.

“Spring chicken” at 80

Brook Court, near the Willow Brook Centre

Another resident that came to talk to us later on was Mrs Brenda Hilla. Brenda said she had moved into her new home in January this year and that she would be celebrating her eightieth birthday next year – to which Maggie remarked Brenda is “just a spring chicken” and the building would make a good venue for a party. Brenda mentioned that the location of her new home made it easy for her son to visit her, and the guest suite was a convenient provision for visitors to stay over.

Youths “respectful” Maggie Heslop

We joined a group of residents over a cup of tea and chocolate biscuits while they told us about their choice to move to Brook Court. Mrs Margaret Heslop, better known as Maggie, said that the main reason she decided to move was for the “convenience of the shops” near the new homes. She mentioned she was now in her eighties, a fact that

The group were very positive about the larger community in Bradley Stoke, saying that the youths in the area had been respectful, and that they thought the diversity and growth of the area was a good thing. Although they felt that “people from the same age groups tend to stick together”, they said that there was a friendly interaction between people of different ages and backgrounds; they also appreciated the jovial spirit

In the residents’ lounge at Brook Court: (from front, l-r) Michael, Sheila, Maggie and Brenda.

and politeness of the staff at the Willow Brook Centre. The staff at McCarthy & Stone told us they have arranged group activities such a pub lunches and a

possible charity fashion show for the new residents. The hospitality and friendliness of the staff and residents in the new homes was heart-warming.

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Schools and Young People

BSCS students show commitment to improving play area


wo Year 10 students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are helping to plan improvements to the play park at Baileys Court, after attending a Town Council meeting to give a presentation on the results of their GCSE citizenship project. Lloyd Brown and Luke Garraway started a campaign to get a broader range of play equipment installed at the park after interviewing Year 5 pupils from the nearby Baileys Court Primary School. Ideas for new equipment identified by Lloyd and Luke’s research include a bowl swing, climbing frames/nets, a roundabout and a zip wire with

tyres at each end. The students also found a demand for goal nets on the adjacent Baileys Court cricket field, where local children like to take part in informal football games. Working with Bradley Stoke Youth Participation Worker Graham Baker and the town council’s health and safety officer Vicky Davies, Lloyd and Luke researched ideas for new equipment on manufacturers’ websites. A site meeting was then arranged last month, at which Charles Mant of Mant Leisure gave his professional opinion on which of the students’ suggestions could viably be

Charles Mant, Lloyd Brown, Graham Baker and Vicky Davies at the park

implemented. While there is insufficient room to install a zip wire, Mr Mant thought there was potential for a basket swing and/or an ‘overhead spinner’, which have proven to be be very popular at other locations and work well for all ages. Further work will now be done

before a more detailed proposal is taken back to the town council and funding sources explored. Councillors praised the two students for campaigning for something that won’t necessarily benefit their own age range and commended them for continuing with their campaign beyond the end of their citizenship project.

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Comment: Filton Airfield

Jack Lopresti MP on airfield closure: “We must not talk down local industry” By Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke n recent weeks I have seen several pieces in the local press that seek to scaremonger over the future of our local economy now that Filton Airfield has closed. It is particularly disappointing that local Labour politicians have been cynically talking our local industries down in this way, they’ve been more concerned about scoring parochial party political points than looking at the opportunities and promoting the success of our world leading high tech aerospace and aviation manufacturing industry. The local Labour party have never made clear how they would have acquired control of a privately owned airfield, forced BAe to keep operating it and forced Airbus to keep supporting it commercially. The Labour party know that the only way this could have been done would be compulsory purchase backed by a huge public subsidy, but they refuse to be honest with local people that they would plough millions of pounds of hardworking tax payer’s money into something that is commercially unviable. The future plans for investment and infrastructure for the airfield site were put to a South Gloucestershire Council Meeting at the end of December 2011 – and when it came down to it, when they had the opportunity to show some kind of leadership what did Labour do? They abstained from the vote. Since the announced closure, Filton aerospace industry has gone from strength to strength and still has a world-leading aviation industry and is still seen as the country’s foremost aerospace technology hub, something which many local people, me included, are very proud of. After the announcement which surprised and saddened all of us


local residents I sought and received assurances from all of the major local aerospace businesses, including Rolls Royce, Airbus, GKN and others, that the loss of the airfield will not compromise their operations in Filton. I also had discussions with Defence Ministers about the loss of use of the airfield to the Military, should they ever need to use it, but was informed that due to the availability of places like RAF Fairford and Brize Norton the closure of the airfield would have no bearing on any future Military Operational capability. In fact in the last year or so Airbus and GKN have both made major investments locally. Airbus have called Filton the “jewel in the crown of aviation engineering” and have invested £70 million into the soon to open Pegasus House, a design and research centre which will be part of further developments at the Airbus Aerospace Park. Airbus has a jam packed order book running into tens of billions of pounds and recent Government partnerships are underlining the long term prospects for Airbus at Filton. In January Airbus announced the creation of nearly 200 extra high-tech jobs after the firm landed a £1.4 million grant from the Government through the Regional Growth Fund and last week I had the pleasure of attending the Deputy Prime Ministers’ announcement of the Governments’ £1billion investment into the UK Aerospace industry which will protect local jobs for many years to come. Last year GKN opened the new facility that places our local area, the South West and the UK at the vanguard of high-precision

The last three aircraft to take off from Filton Airfield

aerospace manufacturing. GKN have built, at Severn Beach, a £170 million facility designed for the quick delivery, high precision manufacture and assembly of carbon fibre reinforced plastic aircraft wing components which will be integral to the aerospace industry’s supply chain, a large part of which is of course based in our locality. The new factory is great news for GKN and the local area; employment is expected to rise to 450 employees by 2016 and the plant is already achieving industry firsts since commencing manufacturing last year. One of the biggest challenges we face is with the future of our home-grown workforce; we are desperately short of young engineers in the UK. Over the last couple of years I have been working closely with the Concorde Trust and local industry leaders to see exactly how we inspire our young people to become the much needed scientists and engineers that feed local industry and will guarantee its survival. I believe part of the answer will lie with the redevelopment of the airfield land. A third of the site has been ring fenced for the expansion of the high-tech manufacturing sector in Filton, and at the same time negotiations are at very advanced stages to secure a permanent home for concord, as well as a home for the Bristol Aero Collection, and a STEM learning

centre to inspire and train the next generation of great British engineers from young people in our local area. In this way, the site will continue to make a huge contribution to the aerospace industry in Filton, and nationwide, for the future. The UK aviation industry is a world beater but still must compete on a global basis. It’s future does not lie with the past but with the high-tech manufacturing of the future which does not need the airfield, but needs investment, Government support and a longterm approach to educating and training the next generations of scientists and engineers – I am doing all I can to support that aspiration and I know that Government Ministers are implementing policies and investment into our local area for the same reasons. So I would make this plea to those who still oppose the airfield closure – let’s seize the opportunity, stop talking down our local economy and local industry, get on board with the fantastic and exciting investments being made by industry and Government in our local area. Help our young people by inspiring them to choose careers in our thriving local industries so that Filton will remain for future generations to come, the jewel in the crown of aviation engineering and technology.

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Comment: Filton Airfield

SFA response: “Misleading political spin”


he Save Filton Airfield campaign group (SFA) was appalled by the recent article from Filton MP Jack Lopresti, published in the local press on 5th April (see p24). It was a hopelessly misleading and inaccurate piece of political spin, presumably an attempt to justify the closure of one of this area’s most valuable assets – against the wishes of the vast majority, including most of the people Mr Lopresti was elected to represent. SFA has never been influenced by any Political Party. Amongst our members we have Conservative, Labour, LibDem and UKIP supporters, as well as a whole range of Aerospace Engineers and Professionals. All of them are able to work together without a hint of Political point scoring so apparent in Mr Lopresti’s article. NOBODY amongst those who tried to save this airfield for Bristol has ever “talked down” our aerospace industry. Quite the opposite - we exist and have campaigned on this issue solely because we are deeply concerned that without this important asset, aerospace manufacturing will never again reach heights previously enjoyed. The long-term prosperity of Bristol hinges on our ability to innovate and develop new aerospace designs and win largescale manufacturing projects in the future. As just another edge-of-city office park, we give

our excellent engineering talent nothing to differentiate ourselves from emerging knowledge-based economies that are fighting desperately to take a slice of our pie – and winning. Mr Lopresti states that Airbus has full order books. However, we believe that progressively less parts for Airbus aircraft are made in the UK. We understand that for the A380 the UK contribution is 20% but this will fall to 15% for the A350. Mr Lopresti states the UK needs to attract more Engineers. We put it to him that Filton Airfield was an excellent tool for doing just that, as well as a whole range of new aviation business. Instead he insists we close it for housing, further adding to Bristol’s recent position as the most congested city in the UK. Mr Lopresti tries to make out that since the closure, investment continues as normal, first referring to the GKN plant at Severn Beach. In fact, GKN took this site on in 2009 – years before the closure of Filton was even announced. Next he mentions the Airbus Aerospace Park (AAP). Airbus announced this project in March 2011 – again before the closure of the airfield was announced. We understand that the AAP will not create any new jobs – instead it will allow Airbus to relocate employees from leased offices to buildings on their own land, releasing even more of the BAEowned site for redevelopment.

Mr Lopresti states that the only way to save the airfield would have to be with hardworking taxpayers’ money. We wonder if he has actually spoken to any of them – because we feel sure that “hardworking taxpayers” would much rather see their money being spent on retaining our assets than being used to facilitate tax cuts for the rich people of the UK and allowing large corporations to cash in on assets they effectively received from the tax payer for nothing in the first place. Mr Lopresti states the airfield would then require a subsidy. We don’t quite understand this, given that despite being deliberately run down, the Airfield made a profit in the last few years of its operation. We also do not understand how that makes it “commercially unviable” either. Mr Lopresti was elected as an MP in order to represent

the people of his constituency. Far from standing up for Filton wAirfield, Mr Lopresti has actively campaigned to ensure that it was closed for the short term benefit of BAE and the corporate property developers. He has not engaged with SFA at all. Nor has he engaged with the people of his constituency or represented their views. Instead he seems more interested in the Ministry of Defence, recently taking part in an all-expenses paid trip to Saudia Arabia promoting UK arms exports. We hope that Mr Lopresti starts to appreciate the sentiments that his own constituents have voiced over Filton Airfield. We also hope that come the next election, people will judge him on whether he really wants to support our own economy or the house-building lobby and his own career aspirations.

How Labour saw the closure District Councillor Adam Monk (Labour, Filton) said: “It is perhaps appropriate that the night which follows the closure of the runway at Filton is the longest and darkest night of the year. In 1940 German bombs failed to close the airfield but today developers and shortsighted Tory and Lib Dem Councillors have succeeded where they failed. They have closed the birthplace of

Concorde, the Brabazon and the Bristol Beaufighter, perhaps for ever, and endangered thousands of high tech jobs in the process.”

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Advertising Feature: Reflections

Reflections for my hair By P N Hallur s I walked in for my first ever Reflections haircut, I was made to feel instantly welcome by the relaxing atmosphere of the salon and the warm smile of the Salon Manager, Hannah Fox. The clean interior of the salon was different from most in that it had a therapeutic, spa-like interior which set the mood for relaxing and being pampered. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I could get a free Shiatsu massage from the reclining chair I sat in while my hair was being washed. The massage chairs were in a separate shampoo room which made me feel like I was in my own private area of the salon. I chose to get a lower back massage as Hannah washed my hair with a tailored combination of products specially suited to my scalp and hair type. As Hannah told me about her


work and how much she enjoyed it, I could see her passion for her job in the way she listened to what I wanted, allowing me plenty of choice. She also gave me a lot of tips and hints on which products suited my hair and things I could do to add volume. I had the option of having complimentary drinks and snacks, as well as a free head massage and additional heat treatment, which helped me feel extra relaxed. Hannah told me there was also an iPad available for customers to use if they were waiting for their nail colour to develop, or sometimes even for occupying children while they had their hair cut. There were special chairs for kids, and I discovered that the salon attracts customers of all ages, as well as an equal ratio of men and women. Everything about the salon was convenient: it was easy

The Reflections salon at the Willow Brook Centre

to find (at the end of the Willow Brook Centre), with free parking, and Tesco Extra located just across. Overall, I was very happy with my experience and the finished style of my new haircut. My hair was left looking glossy and

extremely smooth to the touch, thanks to the special blend of treatments Hannah gave me. With a loyalty card that allows me a free treatment with my third appointment at Reflections, and £5 off my sixth visit, I’m sure I’ll be visiting again!

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High hopes for new season at cricket club By Stephen Davis of BSCC he new cricket season is upon us and a big season looms for Bradley Stoke Cricket Club. After a near wash out 2012 season the club’s 1st team still managed to taste success by winning the Bristol & District 1st Division for the first time in their history. After completing only 8 of a scheduled 18 fixtures in a rain drenched season, the team won 7 of those 8 to pip Bitton at the line for the championship. Led by Captain Dan Peachey the club now look forward to their first ever season in the Bristol & District Senior division, kicking off with an away match at rivals YMCA at Goldenhill on 4th May. Meanwhile, the 2nd team also had successful season as they achieved promotion to the 2nd XI Senior division by the runners up route. This is the club’s third crack at the 2nd XI senior


division and Captain Gareth Price will be hoping for a strong start in a tough division. They start the season with home advantage at the Baileys Court Road ground on 4th May lining up against the YMCA 2nd team. Shahbaz Hussain’s 3rd XI will be looking to improve on last year’s impressive 3rd place

finish in the A XI Division one table. It was the 3rd XI’s first season in the league so to finish so high up was a good result. The 4th XI endured a tough year coming 3rd bottom of the A XI second division. Skipper Tim Onslow will be depending on the ever improving youth section at the club to bolster his squad

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Fitness Focus with Craig Rimmer Top 5 tips to success for weight loss in 2013! • No Plan Stan! You know the old saying, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Nothing’s truer when it comes to weight loss. Planning means you know what you’re going to eat and how to prepare it. It also means you know when you will train and what you will do. • Train with resistance to burn more calories! It’s a myth that CV work is the best way to lose body fat. Sure running etc is a great way to burn calories but combine a program with big compound movements and a little CV and not only will you burn calories while you work, but whilst you sleep too! Watch pounds drop off! • Set realistic but challenging goals! Setting goals gives you realistic targets to achieve.

It motivates, ensures the body progresses and keeps your workouts focussed and structured. • Goodbye carbs! If you’re serious about dropping body fat then you need to get serious about your diet. 80% of the battle is with your food and your bodies ability to control insulin. Look at dramatically decreasing sugar and carbohydrate intake and

and improve their fortunes this season. As well as running four Saturday league sides the club will also be running two Sunday league sides and a youth section consisting of U9s, U13s, U15s and U17s. The youth section is thriving with many of the youth members representing the adult sides on Saturdays and Sundays with the likes of Lewis Wentland, Sam Wentland and Ashley Baber representing the 1st team last year. Although the club membership list is at an all time high, we are always on the lookout for new players/members. All ages and abilities are welcome along to training with the adults training taking place on a Friday night at the Pavilions on Baileys Court Road and the youth training taking place on a Sunday morning from 10.30am until 12.30pm (U9s 10am – 11am).

replacing it with healthy fats e.g. avocado • Be patient and keep doing it right! Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight! We all want results right now - part of microwave mentality I guess. Learn to appreciate the little things like looser fitting jeans, stick at it, and the big results will be just around the corner! If you’re getting it right 2-4lbs is a good amount to lose per week. If thats not happening then you need to look deeper into your approach and perhaps a personal trainer can set you on the right path! Craig Rimmer is a Personal Trainer from Filton who works at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke. t: 07841712955 e: w:

Spin marathons at Bradley Stoke and Yate Leisure Centres have raised £550 for services charity Help for Heroes.

Each participant paid £10 to take part and in turn had a really good structured workout. The session was broken into four focused elements: 30 minutes of endurance followed by 30 minutes in the strength zone. Then another 30 minutes of endurance and finally 30 minutes of intervals. To help keep interest we played a game of poker at the end in the interval section. Claire Seward

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What’s On

Entries required for festival events


ith the annual Bradley Stoke Community Festival just over a month away, it’s time to start thinking about entering some of the many events that take place over the busy weekend of Friday 7th to Sunday 9th June. Organisations thinking of running stalls at the Community Fair on Festival Saturday will also need to book their places soon. A new event for this year’s festival is the Bradley Stoke Charity Bed Race, to be held on Sunday 9th June, starting at 1pm from the Baileys Court Activity Centre. Any organisation, club, society, association or company can enter a team of five, from which one person is required to be on the bed at any one time. ‘Beds’ must have a minimum of four wheels, but need not be an actual household bed.

A number of activity stops will be positioned around the oneand-a-half mile course, at which all members of each team must perform tasks such as ‘apple bobbing’. A trophy will be awarded to the team that completes the course in the fastest time having completed all the tasks in the correct manner. There will also be awards for ‘best bed’ and ‘best fancy dress’. There is a £10 entry fee and teams are encouraged to obtain sponsorship to raise money

for their chosen charity or the Mayor’s nominated charity. Register your interest as a team or volunteer steward by contacting the event team at Re-energize on 0117 910 9515 or Entries are also being taken for the popular Bradley Stoke 10k Run, also held on Sunday 9th June, starting and finishing at the Jubilee Centre. The entry limit for this year’s race remains at 500. Entry fees are unchanged from 2012 at £13 (affiliated)/£15 (unaffiliated). As in previous years, the race will use ‘chip’ timing and all finishers will receive a technical t-shirt. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd male/female and 1st Bradley Stoke resident. Organising club Sole Sisters have chosen Penny Brohn Cancer Care as this year’s race charity. More info:

Aztec Rotary Club charity golf day The Rotary Club of Bristol Aztec are busily preparing for a special charity golf day to be held at The Bristol Golf Club on Wednesday 15th May 2013, where ladies and gentlemen of all abilities will be welcome to compete, in teams of four. Money raised will go to support the MS Centre in Bradley Stoke and St Peter’s Hospice. The day will begin with tea or coffee and a bacon roll, followed by eighteen holes of golf, other competitions and a two course meal. The cost per team is £180, (£45 per person). There will also be a raffle and a silent auction where the items on offer include a week’s stay in a holiday cottage at Salcombe in Devon, a spa day for two at Spirit Health Club and a family photo-shoot. Register for the event at: aztecgolfday2013. The Rotarians would love to see you there.

The Bradley Stoke Bed Race is part of the 3 day Bradley Stoke Community Festival held in June 2013. Any organisation, club, society, association or company can enter a team of 5 with one person on the bed at any one time. Awards will be given for the race winner, best bed and best fancy dress amongst others. Race course includes apple bobbing, drinks at refreshment stations and Find the Mayor. This is a charity event and teams are encouraged to obtain sponsorship for their selected charity. £10 per team entrance fee.

Bradley Stoke Charity

Bed Race

Race starts 1pm on 9th June 2013 from the Bailey's Court Activity Centre For further information, to book a stall or include your event contact Rob Goodwin 07971 619501 or Bradley Stoke Town Council 01454 205020

Please register your interest as a team or volunteer steward by contacting the event team at Re-energize 0117 9109515 or

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What’s On Sunday 5th May

Monday 13th May

7am - 5pm: Car Boot Sale (Trench Lane). One of the west’s largest car boot sales. Summer Sundays (May-Sep) 7am-5pm. Charge for sellers: Car £7; Van £10. Charge for buyers: Car: £1; Pedestrian: 50p. More info: [Further sales on 12th, 19th & 26th May]

6.30pm: Bradley Stoke Small Business Forum Meeting at the Aztec Hotel. We meet once a month to network, share skills and information, discuss a range of business related topics and support each other. New members and visitors are always welcome. More info: http://

9.30am: SCC Medium Distance Cycle Ride. A medium ride to take in the spectacular views at the Clifton Suspension Bridge. About 30 miles. Meet at the Leisure Centre. More info: bsj-scc [Further rides on 5th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 22nd & 26th May]

7pm: Safer and Stronger Community Group Meeting at the Jubilee Centre. Opportunity to discuss local community issues and hear presentations on topical matters. Attended by representatives from South Gloucestershire Council, Avon and Somerset Police, Avon Fire & Rescue, Primary Care Trust and Bradley Stoke Town Council. More info: bs-sscg

10.30am: Severnside Ramblers’ Walk: Westerleigh Common, Mayshill and Iron Acton taking in part of Frome Valley. Flat. Part of Ramblers Get Walking Week. A walk of about 5-6 miles. Meet in the Aldi car park – a car-sharing scheme is operated. More info: http://bit. ly/bq1Hxd [Further walks on 12th, 17th, 19th, 26th & 31st May]

Wednesday 8th May 2pm: Bradley Stoke Women’s Institute (WI). A forward thinking, diverse and vibrant organisation that enables women to be listened to and act upon our concerns. We are always pleased to welcome visitors at our meetings, so please come along and see us – it might be just what you are looking for! This month: Beetle drive. More info: Innes Cole 0117 904 1940 7.30pm: BSTC Annual Town Assembly. Bradley Stoke Town Council hereby gives notice that the Annual Town Assembly will be held on Wednesday 9th May 2012 at 7.30pm. Council Members welcome all those attending to stay for light refreshments after the meeting. Agenda: 1.15pm - 7.15pm: Blood Donation Sessions at the Jubilee Centre. Give blood – please don’t leave it to someone else. More info:

Tuesday 14th May 7pm: Southern Brooks Area Forum at Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford. Members of the public, local organisations, Parish & Town Councils are invited to attend their local area forum to help shape and influence decisions made by the Council that affect them. Local ward Councillors for the area will also be present along with Council Officers. There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to ask any questions of Councillors present on any matter in the area. Agenda: 7.30pm: Willow Brook Townswomen’s Guild meets at the Jubilee Centre. Make new friends, get to know our area and get involved in local events and activities. We have interesting speakers, demonstrations, outings, arts and crafts and much, much more. This month: Make-over night with Bliss. More info: 01454 617645; http://

Wednesday 15th May Bristol Aztec Rotary Club Charity Golf Day at the Bristol Golf Club, Almondsbury. 18 holes of golf, a meal and

an auction. Four ball am-am Stableford competition with lots of prizes. By taking part you will be supporting the West of England MS Therapy Centre, St Peters Hospice and other Rotary charities. More info: http://bit. ly/eAVh7C 7.30pm: BSTC Annual General Meeting at the Jubilee Centre. Including the election of a new Town Mayor. The press and public are welcome to attend. Come along and have your say during the 15 minute public session at the start of the meeting. Agenda: http://bit. ly/9iBmZ7

Tuesday 21st May 2pm-4pm: Volunteering Drop-in Session at Bradley Stoke Library. Interested in volunteering? Then why not pop in for an informal chat with a volunteer advisor? More info: 7.30pm: Bradley Stoke in Bloom Meeting at the Jubilee Centre. Are you interested in becoming involved in brightening up Bradley Stoke? Bradley Stoke Town Council is holding a fourth meeting for residents interested in assisting in this project. More info:

Friday 24th May 9am-2pm: Bradley Stoke Farmers’ Market at the Willow Brook Centre. Producers from the surrounding countryside bringing a wide selection of locally grown/produced wares. More info:

Tuesday 28th May 11am-4pm: Amazing Bubble Show. See the world famous Samsam the Bubbleman. The amazing Samsam has won nine world records and performed all around the globe. Shows at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm & 3pm. A FREE event for all the family. More info:

Wednesday 29th May BSTC Planning Committee Meeting at the Jubilee Centre. The committee meets once a month and makes recommendations on all planning applications within

Bradley Stoke to the planning authority (South Gloucestershire Council) and considers all associated planning, footpath and licensing issues. This committee also considers matters relating to the local environment in general, including litter, grass verges, pavements, roads and other similar matters. The committee acts as a vehicle to consider, discuss and recommend solutions to health & safety issues affecting Bradley Stoke Town Council. The press and public are welcome to attend. Agenda: bMeaIa

Saturday 1st June 10am-12pm: BSTC Councillor Surgery at the Willow Brook Centre. A chance for residents to speak with their councillors. More info: 10am - 4pm: Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group Workday. Pulling rubbish out of the streams. All workdays start at 10am and finish at 4pm, but you are welcome to leave earlier if needed. Wear old clothes and stout boots and bring a packed lunch. We provide all the equipment needed plus the essential tea, coffee and biscuits! More info: bOxe9sw Find details of more Bradley Stoke events on the What’s On page of the Bradley Stoke Journal website: bsj-whatson If you have an event you would like us to publicise, please email details (including start/end time, location and contact for further info) to events@bradleystokejournal. Space limitations may mean that we can’t include your event on this page but we will always try to find space for it on our website. Follow @TheBSJournal on Twitter to receive daily reminders of events in Bradley Stoke.

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Business News Dunkley’s first to gain CIPP accreditation

Bradley Stoke firm Dunkley’s are the FIRST specialist payroll bureau and accountancy firm nationwide to have been awarded The Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP) Payroll Assurance Scheme accreditation. With the introduction of RTI, it has never been more important to have robust systems in place to cope with the new reporting framework.

Ben Harris, Senior Payroll Administrator at Dunkley’s said: “The CIPP accreditation means that Dunkley’s new clients can be assured of what current clients already know - that we have processes in place to ensure that their payroll is fully compliant with RTI regulations and this frees them up to spend their time on the business. We deliver best service at all times.”

Wards’ will-ing support for MS therapy centre


or a whole week in February, Wards Solicitors ran a free “Make A Will Week” for people from The West of England MS Therapy Centre, based in Bradley Stoke. In return for a donation to the MS Therapy Centre Wards solicitors in Bradley Stoke, Nailsea, Portishead, Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare have prepared Wills completely free of charge. Jenny Pierce, Partner and Head of the Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity team at Wards, said: “Every adult should have an up-to-date Will and it’s crucial that it be properly written so we were delighted to support The West of England MS Therapy Centre in our professional capacity with a free Make A Will Week.” As a result of Wards’ generosity a total of over £1,300 has been raised for the Centre which provides vital treatments and therapies to people with Multiple Sclerosis from across the Greater Bristol region. Janet Epplestone, Fundraising Manager at the Centre, said: “Wards have long been keen

supporters of the Centre and this latest gesture has benefited the Centre in more ways than one: not only do some of our members and volunteers have peace of mind, knowing their Will is up-to-date, but there has also been a surge in donations to the Centre. Thank you Wards!” Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a terrifying and unpredictable illness for which there is no cure. Disability often appears from the onset and symptoms include constant pain, chronic fatigue and cognitive problems. Founded in 1985, The West of England MS Therapy Centre offers a full range of therapies and support clinics combined with a social environment to combat isolation and depression. To make a donation to the Centre please visit http://www.; to find out more about the Centre please call 01454 201 686 or email info@mstherapybristol.

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May 2013

Advertising feature

Trade Floor: Bradley Stoke’s very own flooring specialists Husband and wife team, Jordan and Helen Farrell, live and work in Bradley Stoke running their family business Trade Floor. They started trading online in December 2010 and in January 2013, expanded into a dedicated stall in the WillowBrook Centre. “Our customers appreciate that we are a local firm who provide a wide range of high quality flooring products with a personalised service,” said Jordan. “We are passionate about providing householders with a great finish to any room at an affordable price.” Helen added, “As well as offering the traditional types of flooring such as laminate and wood, we are one of only five UK businesses that import bamboo flooring which is fast becoming a popular choice due to its sustainable qualities.” The couple have seen their business go from strength to strength despite the economic downturn which comes as little surprise when reading customer feedback. One happy client,

Mrs Iles, who bought 40m2 of laminate flooring, said “We are both really impressed with the quality of the flooring, the speed of processing our order through to fitting and the very hard working fitters that came and laid the floor. In addition the amazing price for the whole order is something that will keep us smiling for a long time.”

Trade Floor staff

Trade Floor have offered Bradley Stoke Journal readers an exclusive discount (see page 7). To see how Trade Floor can help you in your choice of flooring you can either visit them at the Willow Brook Centre, call Helen on 07972 215261 or purchase online at

Alan Bendrey stylist through to London final Following the earlier article on our website, we are pleased to report that Jodie Austen from Alan Bendry and Co. at Aztec West is now one of the final five young colourists to make it through to the live finals in London for the L’Oreal Colour Trophy competition. The regional finals held at Cheltenham Racecourse on Tuesday 2nd April were a showcase of talent where the Colour Trophy finalists battled it out blow drying, styling and perfecting their entries. Jodie was called backstage whilst a photograph she submitted for the competition earlier this year was shown on the big screen to the audience. Zoe Hardman then called the Young Colourists on stage, presenting them to the audience whilst they walked down the catwalk.

“Seeing my photograph fill up the big screens for the audience to see made me so proud and excited to compete in the next stage of the competition.” Jodie will next compete on Wednesday 8th May at the L’Oreal Academy in London. The winners will be announced on Monday 3rd June at The Grand Finals held at Grosvenor House, London.

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Bradley Stoke Business Directory Advertise here for just £20 per month (when you sign up for three issues). Price includes a free listing in our online directory at: Contact us now on 01454 300 400 to book your space LAUNDERETTES

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Newspaper Deliverers

Part-Time Sales Consultant

We’re looking for residents of Bradley Stoke to distribute our newspaper on the first Saturday of every month. You will be working on a self-employed basis. A typical round will involve delivering 600 newspapers. Young people over the age of 14 will be considered, provided they have the support of a parent/ guardian.

We’re looking for a salaried part-time sales consultant to sell advertising space. Initially, you will work 10 hours per week (mornings preferred), but there will be scope to increase this later in the year. You will work from home, using your own phone and computer. Excellent computer skills are essential for this role.

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May 2013 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine.