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Heroes from across the local area were honoured at a glittering presentation evening held at the Aztec Hotel & Spa on Friday 15th June. Hosted by actor Shaun Williamson, the event recognised the outstanding community engagement and/or personal achievements of 24 nominees shortlisted for the 2018 Stars of the Stokes Awards. Full story: Pages 4-7

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l One year on: Recycling up and landfill down l South Glos Show returns on 4th/5th August l Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge replacement: Further details released l Concerns over developer’s plan for 2,000 homes at Woodlands Golf Course l Young local artist gets to paint giant Gromit l Flaming June in the Three Brooks nature reserve l Royal recognition for local breastfeeding support volunteers l Bradley Stoke Community Festival: Reports & photos l Little Stoke Primary rated ‘good’ by Ofsted l FREE Proms in the Park event on Jubilee Green on Saturday 14th July

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ew figures released by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) show that changes introduced as part of its new waste strategy are continuing to having a positive effect. Since weekly recycling collections began in June 2017, an extra 3,644 tonnes of recyclables have been collected, a 14 percent increase. Cardboard and food waste tonnages have shown the biggest improvement with an extra 1,407 tonnes of card and 1,162 tonnes of food collected. Since the smaller black wheelie bins were rolled out over a period Cllr Paul Hughes, SGC Cabinet member for communities and tourism of 12 weeks starting in January 2018, 3,350 tonnes less waste has now sorting their recyclables Cllr Paul Hughes, Cabinet been thrown away, a 16 percent effectively and with a renewed member for communities and reduction. focus on recycling more, putting tourism, said: “I want to thank A spokesperson said: “While less in their smaller black bins. residents and our staff who have some residents experienced a The changes deliver a less wasteful contributed to the success of our few inevitable teething issues and more environmentallynew approach so far.” with changes to the service, friendly service, maximising value “The significant reductions in BSJ gromit hp ad.qxp_Layout Page 1 the overwhelming majority are 1 26/06/2018 for money14:45 for residents.” landfill waste being thrown away

and the significant increase in recyclables collected, not only provides better value for money for the community, but means we are doing our part to reduce our environmental footprint for our growing population.” “Our waste collection services are among the most visible that the council provides; it is one of those things that we do that everyone takes part in. We have learned a few lessons along the way, but public engagement has been constructive and the way the community has played its part has helped to ensure the success we can all share in now.” In response to a question from the Journal as to whether the amount of black bin waste taken to Sort It centres has changed since the smaller bins were introduced, a spokesperson said this was being closely monitored and had “increased very slightly, by less than 100 tonnes”.

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he annual Stars of the Stokes awards, hosted by actor Shaun Williamson, took place on Friday 15th June at the Aztec Hotel & Spa. The sparkling red-carpet event, now in its third year, recognises and rewards the achievements of members of our local community who either go out of their way to help others, or who face daily challenges of their own. Nominations are invited from people living in the Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke, Patchway, Stoke Lodge, Little Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Frampton Cotterell and Winterbourne areas for one of eight categories including: Coach of the Year, Achievement Against the Odds, Star Teacher, Champion Carer, Parent/Guardian in a Million, Unsung Hero, Pre-School Carer and The Bailey Cooper Award for Young Heroes. Andy Wynn, manager of the Willow Brook Centre, who created and managed the event said:

“We received some truly fantastic nominations so choosing a winner for each category wasn’t easy. It’s humbling to know that we have such brilliant, selfless people in our local community, who prove themselves to be wholly deserving of the recognition bestowed by these awards.” Last year, nine-year-old Bailey Cooper won the Achievement Against the Odds award for his bravery and spirit in battling nonHodgkin lymphoma. Sadly, Bailey died on Christmas Eve and so a new category was created in his honour this year and his parents, Rachel and Lee, very proudly presented this award. The event was supported by the Bradley Stoke Journal, Aztec Hotel & Spa, First Bus, Tesco Extra, Olympus Academy Trust, Carisway Facilities Support, Honeyfield Property Services and DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol North. ● For more information, visit www.starsofthestokes.co.uk

Reflections on the 2018 Awards, by Andy Wynn of the Willow Brook Centre A couple of days before the Stars of the Stokes Awards night, I was speaking with a colleague, reflecting on the 2018 nominees and those from previous years. We realised that we have had more than 300 nominations over the three years that we have run the awards. Three hundred people who inspire others, who make a difference in their community and who make people’s lives better on a daily basis. We have read so many stories of inspiring teachers, parents who have battled against obstacles and young people who inspire the adults who know them. It is always easy for us to focus on the problems with our society, on the issues that worry us or the repetitively negative news cycle. The thing is, it’s bad news that is ‘interesting’, that we remember, that we talk about in the playground and in the staff room. It is in this context that my colleagues and I, with the support of our sponsors, are so proud of the success that Stars of the Stokes has become. We have had three years of recognising those people in our community who deserve recognition and who often fly under the radar. The people who we have read about, met and rewarded are generally people who play down what they do, who think to themselves “I am nothing special”. The rest of us know that they are wrong; these are the heroes of our community, they are the people who make our community work and who make a difference to people’s lives. We are forever grateful to the people who recognise that these people are special and have therefore taken the time to nominate them for Stars of the Stokes. Once again, we had a wonderful time with our community heroes on 15th June, a real mix of people mingling and enjoying the celebration of each other’s achievements.

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Coach of the Year Award Winner: PHIL WHITLOCK

Champion Carer Award Winner: CARLA GOLLEDGE

Phil is a dedicated and inspiring Taekwondo instructor who runs classes in Patchway and Stoke Gifford. He is described as a fun coach who commands respect from his students, supporting everyone patiently and instilling confidence. Phil is described as a valued role model, not only through his sport, but also by encouraging positive life-skills. Last winter, he worked with his students to collect clothes and supplies for the homeless in Bristol. Phil wants to thank everyone who wrote in on his behalf. He described the evening as an amazing and really cool event celebrating really cool people who he was glad to have had the opportunity to meet and hang out with. He had a brilliant night!

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Carla has a son, Cameron, who has significant physical and learning difficulties. She spends her time caring for him and her other children whilst raising money for charities who support other families going through similar issues. Carla and her partner Adam have created a sensory garden at their Bradley Stoke home to provide a safe, accessible and stimulating environment for Cameron to enjoy and where the family can relax together. Full details of the garden can be read in the Journal’s September 2017 edition or on our website. Carla told the Journal that she was shocked to have won the award as she does no more than any other parent to get the best for her child. She said that it was great to be acknowledged and that she had a brilliant evening.

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The Bailey Cooper Award for Young Heroes Winner: LAUREN BENNETTS

Pre-school Carer of the Year Award Winner: KAYLIE HILL

Lauren, a Leader in Training with Girlguiding, is a dedicated volunteer with the 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows. She first began helping with the Rainbows in 2013 at the age of 14, completing her Young Leader Qualification in 2015. In addition to attending weekly Rainbow meetings, Lauren also attends leaders’ meetings, plans and runs activities and helps the adult leadership team with administrative tasks. She gives up her time at weekends to help with trips and overnight events. As well as working so hard with the Rainbows, Lauren also helps her parents to support her older sister who has experienced some challenges with her health.

Kaylie is a registered childminder working from her home in south Bradley Stoke. She was nominated by one of the families she provides day care for, who describe her as “an absolute star”. Kaylie has cared for their little boy, who has additional health needs, for three years since he was eighteen months old. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Kaylie and she loves and treats this little boy as one of her own.

Lauren, who lives in south Bradley Stoke, told the Journal that it was such an honour to be nominated and to win was totally unexpected considering the amazing achievements of the people in her category.

Kaylie told the Journal that being nominated for her role has been lovely. She told us that childminders often have to jump through lots of hoops and do the job because they love it, not for reward or recognition. Winning the award has been a great boost for Kaylie and for the caring and supportive role played by childminders.

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Unsung Hero Award Winner: ADRIAN CLOVER

Achievement Against the Odds Award Winner: OLIVIA WATKINS

Ade Clover, with his wife, Sarah, has been praised for creating a safe haven for the community and animals at The Viaduct Animal Sanctuary in Coalpit Heath. Ade volunteers there seven days a week rescuing and rehoming hundreds of animals every year. Not only does he “get up before the rooster” every morning to look after the animals, he provides a safe haven for young and not so young people with learning difficulties to feel appreciated by spending time with the animals. He provides work experience opportunities and runs busy days of activities including taking animals to local schools, care homes and youth groups. Ade is described as a truly inspirational character.

Parent/Guardian in a Million Award Winner: LIZ EVANS Liz was nominated by her sister for the tremendous support she has given to her 16-year-old niece who suffers from severe anxiety and depression. Despite having children of her own to care for, Liz has stepped in to help with the daily support and care her niece needs by taking her to and from school, supporting her timetable, dealing with her panic attacks and counselling her when she is particularly down. The family do not know what they would have done without Liz’s support.

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Olivia Watkins, who lives with Downs Syndrome, was praised by her colleagues at DoubleTree by Hilton restaurant in Bradley Stoke for working with passion and pride delivering a four star hotel experience for guests. Olivia joined the staff at the Hilton in August last year having previously worked for four years in the kitchens at Wheatfield Primary School. She also works part-time in the kitchens at UWE but it is her job in the DoubleTree restaurant which she enjoys the most. Olivia attended New Siblands School in Thornbury and Foxes Academy in Minehead where she was encouraged to learn the necessary skills to be able to live an independent life and develop a career path. Olivia does not allow her disability to get in her way. She told the Journal: “I’ve got to get on with my life.” She described the evening as “amazing” and loved the opportunity to dress up and meet so many inspirational people.

Star Teacher Award Winner: JOANNA DUFFY Joanna Duffy has been praised by colleagues for her outstanding and passionate effort to help children, families and staff at Almondsbury Primary School, as well as supporting other teachers working with children with special educational needs. She provides a huge support to youngsters with special needs and is taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge this summer to help raise money to build a sensory room to help children at the school and local community groups. Joanna is described as being passionate in giving children with special needs the help and support they need to be the best they can be.

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he weekend of 4th & 5th August will see the South Glos Show return for its fifth successive year. Celebrating this milestone, the Show is PACKED with entertainment to commemorate in style. Last year saw over 29,000 take to the South Glos Showground for a weekend of family fun and, hopefully, two sun-filled days will see that number smash through the 30,000 mark.

with their glorious birds of prey swooping across the Main Arena. As if that wasn’t enough, Little Nippers complete the Main Arena line-up with their speedster pooches racing through obstacles to become top dog (they even have a chaotic fun round for all the visitors’ four-legged friends). Of course, this year’s Main Arena will be hosted by visitor favourite and BBC Radio Bristol’s very own Martin Evans.

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2018 will see the Show expand once again with a new VIP Hospitality Area. Visitors can enjoy ring-side Main Arena seats plus treats such as a three-course lunch and afternoon tea (plus some other surprises). Obviously, the South Glos Show wouldn’t be the same without the fan favourites in the Country Fair. 2018 will

see the return of The JD Pipes Sheep Show, Dog & Duck Show, meerkats, heavy horses and much more! Plus 2018 will see the addition of the Wye Valley Axemen demonstrating their lumberjack skills. Nominated charity Jessie May joins the South Glos Show for 2018. Working as a children’s hospice-at-home charity supporting local terminally ill children, their vision is a world in which all young people with life-limiting conditions are empowered and able to access the support they want for themselves, and their families. Show your support and pop over to say hello to the Jessie May team. Other events at the South Glos Show 2018 include: Kid Zone, BMX Stunt Show, Festival of Food, Arts & Crafts, Health & Wellbeing, Retail Areas,

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MotorZone, Music Festival, 4x4 Experience and SO MUCH MORE. After all that, why not head to the ‘Gloucestershire Arms’ and have a bevvy or two in their fully stocked bar? The South Gloucestershire Show 2018 will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August; gates open at 10.30am. It is held on the South Glos Showground, Westerleigh, BS37 8QZ. Further information plus entry and hospitality package tickets for this year’s South Gloucestershire Show can be found on their website: www. southglosshow.co.uk For all enquiries, email the Show on hello@southglosshow. co.uk You can also find the latest updates on social media – just search ‘southglosshow’.

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News Prize draw winner Kasia receives her Anytime Fitness membership key

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he Journal is pleased to announce that Kasia Bedkowska is the lucky winner of our exclusive prize draw to win a year’s free membership at the Anytime Fitness gym at Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre. The free-to-enter prize draw was featured in the May 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (and also on our website), and the winner’s name was independently drawn out of the hat by a member of staff at the Willow Brook Centre. Kasia, a working mum who lives in Bradley Stoke, said she was delighted to find out she had won. The news came as quite a surprise as she had forgotten

about entering the competition several weeks earlier. Speaking after she had been presented with her prize by Anytime Fitness club manager Lewis Erskine, Kasia said she had visited a gym a few times with her husband but had never been organised enough to make it worthwhile becoming a member because of her busy lifestyle. She currently keeps fit through swimming and going cycling with her family and says she is looking forward to using the facilities at Anytime Fitness Bradley Stoke, especially during the school holidays. Anytime Fitness is located on the first floor of the town square shops and offices, above KFC.

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Advertising News New holiday activity camp More information released on to run all summer at BSCS impact of Gipsy Patch Lane JUST CAMPS are running a brand new Kids Activity Camp at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) throughout the entire summer holidays of 2018. Just Camps was launched in Cheltenham in 2010 and is all about kids’ fun and fitness. The camps help kids develop teamwork, communication, individual motor skills whilst most importantly having fun and making friends! Alexia (a parent) said: “I can highly recommend Just Camps. My children went last term and they said it’s the best holiday club ever!” Each day has a different main activity from Nerf Wars, Ninja Warrior, Team Olympics, Nintendo Switch and the weekly

Water Fight. Through the rest of the week at camp, the children will be playing various multisports like dodgeball, football, basketball, cricket, hockey etc. They will also take part in themed games along with arts & crafts and quizzes. Matt Holdback, Just Camps owner, said: “Attention to detail is paramount at Just Camps. We make sure every child is welcome on to camp and is integrated in to the community atmosphere right from the moment they walk through the door. We do our best to put parents’ minds at rest and offer the best possible service.” Registration is now open for summer at www.justcamps. co.uk/register

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outh Gloucestershire Council (SGC) and Network Rail have published further information about the expected impacts of a 21-month project to replace the old railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane and construct new bus lanes for the proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme. The latest documents were released in early June, just a few weeks before the two related planning applications are expected to be determined by SGC’s development Control (West) Committee on 12th July. The existing masonry railway bridge has a height clearance of only 4m and creates a ‘pinch point’ on the local road network. The replacement bridge will be of concrete construction and will span 24m, approximately 14m wider than the current bridge. To accommodate taller vehicles, such as double-decker buses, the carriageway will be lowered by approximately 1.7m as it passes under the bridge. Demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge is now scheduled to take place during a twelve-day “possession” (closure) of the railway over Easter 2020. A new Traffic Management Framework document provides an overview of the programme of works on Gipsy Patch Lane, with indicative durations and anticipated traffic restrictions (see facing page). However, the document warns that precise details of construction and traffic management cannot be confirmed until the appointment of design and build sub-contractors for the railway bridge, following receipt of planning permission. The document confirms that Gipsy Patch Lane will need to be fully closed for a period of approximately eight months to facilitate preparatory works, construction and follow-up works. The area of Gipsy Patch

Lane to be closed would be at the railway bridge, leaving access to side roads along the rest of Gipsy Patch Lane. A route via Orpheus Avenue, Brook Way and Bradley Stoke Way is recommended as the main diversion for regular vehicles that normally use Gipsy Patch Lane, “given the constraints, journey lengths and junction delays [associated] with some of the other [possible] diversionary routes”. HGVs will also be diverted through Bradley Stoke, or alternatively, via Great Stoke Way, the Stoke Gifford Transport Link and the A4174. The document states that it will not possible to provide unrestricted access for members of the public under the bridge during the main construction period and it is proposed that a shuttle bus will be provided to mitigate the impact on nonmotorised users. Asked about a recent report in the Bristol Post that the estimated cost of constructing the new bridge has doubled to £50m, an SGC spokesperson told the Journal: “The planning application for the proposed replacement of the railway bridge was submitted in February 2018. Since this time, technical design work, which does not affect the planning application, has continued. As part of this ongoing process, a potential cost increase has been identified and we are working with Network Rail to understand the issues. We are not in a position to confirm the total cost of the scheme until this further technical work has been completed. However, any cost increase does not affect the principle of the scheme in the submitted planning application and therefore does not affect the consideration of the application at planning committee. ● Planning applications: PT18/0986/F (bridge) PT18/0987/R3F (road widening)

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News Gipsy Patch Lane road closures, July 2019 to March 2021 Work Area (Planning Application)

Indicative Dates of Works to the Carriageway

Type of Temporary Traffic Management

Duration of Temporary Traffic Management

Gipsy Patch Lane, east of bridge (PT18/0987/R3F)

July 2019 to June 2020

One-way closure

12 months

June 2020

Full closure for final surface application

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Gipsy Patch Lane bridge (replacement) (PT18/0986/F)

Dec 2019 to Nov 2020

Intermittent road closures, including a full closure of approximately 8 months

Whole duration, longest period will a be full closure for approximately 8 months

Gipsy Patch Lane, west of bridge (PT18/0987/R3F)

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Source: ‘Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension, Gipsy Patch Lane – Traffic Management during construction Framework’. This document, dated 1st June 2018, is attached to planning application PT18/0986/F (view this online via http://developments.southglos.gov.uk/online-applications/).

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Willow Brook brings the beach to Bradley Stoke

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ith the scorching July sunshine ensuring the summer is in full swing (at least as we went to press), the Willow Brook Centre has brought the beach to Bradley Stoke! As part of its ‘Summer at Willow Brook’ promotion, the centre has shipped in 38 tonnes of sand to the town square, along with dozens of buckets and spades for visitors to enjoy. The experience doesn’t stop there – as dotted around the ‘beach’ are 45 regular deckchairs, plus one giant deckchair taking pride of place. Centre manager Andy Wynn, hasn’t stopped smiling since it all arrived at Willow Brook: “We’ve been planning our Summer at Willow Brook for several months, so to see it all coming together is fantastic. As well as the square looking great, we’ve got a stack of activities and competitions taking place during the coming weeks.”

Beach, deck chairs and flying umbrellas in the town square at Willow Brook

Taking centre stage is, of course, the Willow Brook Centre’s very own Gromit, who can be found at the Bradley Stoke Way end of the mall, opposite the Giant cycle store. Gromit’s design is based upon the Swallows and Amazons

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movie from British filmmakers StudioCanal, which features Hollywood stars who’ve appeared in films such as Spectre and Harry Potter. The Palliative Care and Bereavement Support Team at Bristol Children’s Hospital has been named as the official department that will benefit from donations collected at the Willow Brook Centre and from the auction of the sculpture following the conclusion of the trail.

Look out for the contactless donation point alongside Gromit which accepts credit and debit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. Adorning the blue skies at the centre are 200 brightly coloured umbrellas, swinging high above the town square. Bradley Stoke Radio will be hosting a fun day on Saturday 4th August and the local branch of Happy Days Nursery will be putting on arts and crafts on Wednesday 8th August. Andy said: “That’s literally a sneak peak of what we’ve got on this summer here at Willow Brook. We can’t wait to see everyone enjoying the sunshine, playing in the sand and making the most of the entertainment.” Prizes are being given away throughout the summer on the centre’s social media by using the hashtag ‘summeratwillowbrook’: Facebook @WillowBrookCentre, Twitter @WillowBrookCtr, and Instagram @willowbrookcentre The team will also be sharing updates on The Grand Appeal and fundraising efforts in conjunction with their Gromit. ● willowbrookcentre.co.uk

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News Tories start petition against development A news article on the website of the Bristol and South Gloucestershire Conservatives states: “A developer has proposed building 2,000 new houses on the existing Woodlands Golf Course. This is protected Green Belt land and this proposed new development could not only lead to the destruction of natural wildlife habitats, but also traffic chaos on our already congested roads. Local councillors from across Bradley Stoke and South Gloucestershire’ alongside Jack Lopresti MP, have launched a petition calling for the housing developers to think again.” Local Conservative councillors John Ashe and Roger Avenin have also recorded a video titled “Woodlands Golf Course – Save Our Green Belt” in which they urge people to join their campaign to “Save Woodlands Golf Course from being concreted over”.

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Statement issued on behalf of South West Strategic Developments Ltd on a potential ‘garden village’ development on the Woodlands Golf Club site The West of England Combined Authority is currently progressing a Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) which will be subject to an Examination in Public led by a government inspector, likely to commence in the autumn. The JSP will determine where large scale development will be delivered over the next 20 years. We consider that Woodlands Golf Club is a suitable location for such development as it is in a highly accessible and sustainable location adjacent to the M4/M5 junction in South Gloucestershire. It is close to thousands of jobs in the nearby business parks as well as everyday facilities that lie within walking distance; existing public transport links to Bristol city centre are also readily available. South West Strategic Developments Ltd (SWSD) are proposing the Woodlands Golf Club site as an ideal opportunity to deliver a ‘garden village’ style development that would provide much needed open market and affordable housing, as well as new community and employment facilities and extensive parkland within the development itself. Large scale cycle infrastructure would be provided linking to existing nearby employment hubs including Aztec West, while the development would utilise the public transport infrastructure improvements already being implemented. Woodlands Golf Club therefore, in our view, represents a more sustainable location for the necessary new homes than other sites currently proposed in the draft JSP. For instance, proposals for new homes by expansion of more distant and peripheral locations, such as at Buckover and Charfield, will change the characters of those settlements completely, be primarily reliant on private car travel and require high levels of additional infrastructure links. They will therefore generate significantly higher CO2 emissions compared to the Woodlands Golf Club Site which can readily utilise existing transport links and provides much greater possibilities for non-car transport. The Woodlands Golf Club site would therefore be entirely compliant with the Climate Change Act whilst other large housing sites may not. At the current time, Woodlands Golf Club is put forward as an option for the government-appointed JSP inspector to consider during the examination process as an alternative, or in addition, to those sites currently proposed. Should matters progress further in the future and the site be selected as a potential location for growth, SWSD would seek to work with the local community and South Gloucestershire Council to evolve a ‘garden village’ masterplan, through comprehensive public consultation.

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Councillors raise concerns over developer’s plan for 2,000 homes at Woodlands Golf Course Proposal has been omitted from strategic plan, but promoters likely to urge government inspector to reconsider

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ocal Conservative councillors John Ashe and Roger Avenin are raising awareness of a land development company’s continued efforts to have the Woodlands Golf Course site included in a crucial strategic planning document, potentially opening the way for 2,000 new homes to be built at this location. One of the purposes of the West of England Councils’ Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) is to identify so-called strategic development locations (SDLs) which have the potential to deliver a significant contribution to the number of new homes assessed to be required across the region in the period up to 2036. Formulation of the JSP began in 2015 and it went through three rounds of public consultation prior to being submitted to the secretary of state for housing,communities and local government on 13th April 2018. The next stage in the process will be for the government to review the plan through an ‘Examination

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in Public’, which is expected to take place in autumn 2018. The Woodlands Golf Course site appeared as a potential ‘urban extension’ SDL in the first draft of the JSP published in November 2015 (under the generic title of ‘land north of M4/M5’). However, by the time the second draft was published in November 2016

it had been removed from the maps and was mentioned only in a section headed ‘Locations considered and not put forward for inclusion in the emerging spatial strategy’. There is then no mention of the site in the final ‘publication document’ version of the JSP recently submitted to the secretary of state.

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A briefing note sent to local councillors in November 2017 by the promoter of the Woodlands site, South West Strategic Developments Ltd (SWSD), describes it as being “in an extremely sustainable location adjacent to key infrastructure and, crucially, within walking and cycling distance of thousands of jobs”. The note goes on to claim that there is a “compelling case” for the site to be selected ahead of other proposed SDLs in South Gloucestershire, such as Buckover Garden Village and Charfield, which it is claimed would require “extensive, as yet unfunded, infrastructure”. A further statement provided by SWDS to the Journal ahead of the publication of this article is shown in full on the facing page. Asked if there are any circumstances in which the Woodlands development might still be brought forward, despite its absence from the JSP, a South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) spokesperson said: “The inspectors overseeing the JSP Examination in Public could request that additional SDLs are identified. If that occurred, then all promoted sites would need to be re-considered and further consultation undertaken, before the inspectors could propose a modification to the JSP.” Asked if any pre-application discussions have already taken place in relation to the Woodlands site, the spokesperson said: “Pre-application discussions are undertaken on a confidential basis. A pre-application request was received for this proposal in August 2017, but is not currently active. There have been no recent planning applications submitted or screening opinions sought for a major housing development at this site.” ● For more information, search for ‘Woodlands Garden Village’ on the BSJ website.

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Young local artist gets to paint giant Gromit Former BSCS student selected to paint sculpture for latest edition of hugely popular arts trail

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young illustrator from Bradley Stoke is set to have an example of her work become one of the most photographed objects in Bristol after being selected to decorate one of the sixty-plus sculptures on the Gromit Unleashed 2 arts trail which started on 2nd July. Hannah Bone, 23, attended Baileys Court Primary School and then Bradley Stoke Community School before taking an Art Foundation course at Bristol School of Art. She then went on to study for a BA in Illustration at the University of Plymouth, graduating with first class honours in 2017. Since then, she has been working as a freelance illustrator specialising in children’s illustration, but also taking on commissions for pet and family portraits. After submitting a design back in December 2017, following an ‘open call’ for artists, Hannah says was “extremely excited” to be told she had been chosen as an official artist. She began painting her sculpture in May, but was sworn to secrecy and only allowed to reveal her design a few days before the start of the trail. Hannah’s Gromit is called Rockin’ Robin and it is located at Ashton Gate Stadium, home to Bristol City FC (‘The Robins’).

Hannah at work on her Gromit

Asked how she came to choose the design for her Gromit, Hannah told the Journal: “I have always had an interest in birds. From a young age I would go bird spotting with my Dad and he passed that interest onto me. I love the variety you can see in the UK, just on an average day, looking out into the garden. Within my illustrations I always try to include birds wherever possible, even if it’s a tiny one hiding in the corner. So I thought one of Britain’s most loved and recognisable little birds would make a very striking Gromit.” Hannah also told us that she has recently been working on a children’s book all about birds -

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it’s about how the misunderstood pigeon Perry uses a pigeon’s greatest skill, his fantastic sense of direction, to help guide a lost robin chick back home. Another of Hannah’s recent projects has seen her work on illustrating a children’s book called Chef Academy, teaching children all about food, cooking and the kitchen, which is published by Ivy Kids on 2nd August 2018. Hannah’s original Gromit designs along with some of her other work are on show at

a Gromit Unleashed 2 Artists exhibition being held in the Cass Art shop on Park Street, Bristol for the duration of the trail (it ends on 2nd September). Hannah’s website can be found at www.hannahboneillustration. co.uk; she also posts examples of her work on Instagram (@hannahboneillustration). Right: Hannah stands proudly beside Rockin’ Robin in position at Ashton Gate Stadium on Monday 2nd July, the first official day of the Gromit Unleashed 2 arts trail

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Flaming June in the Three Brooks nature reserve By Sara Messenger of the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group

Green Gym

We’re always quite busy at this time of year, but this time I think we’ve surpassed ourselves! Our Green Gym ate a lot of cake as we’ve had several birthdays (Geoff, unlike me, doesn’t look a day older) and we had our annual garden party hosted by David and Hilary Baker. Sadly, it was also a farewell party as they are upping sticks and moving away. They will both be greatly missed – Hilary as a wonderful hostess and David for his immense knowledge of the reserve. However, we did manage to work off some of the cake, as we were told that a tree had fallen over the path by Campion Drive, and although SGC had been notified, it was still there. We headed down and

SGC and their contractors arrived just as we had finished cutting it back! We bribed, sorry rewarded, them with cake and they chipped all they could and drove the chippings down to the lake so that we could cover the muddiest parts of the lake path to make it safe for the 10k run. We know the run is billed as ‘multi terrain’, but the state it was in would have done neither the runners nor our paths any favours.

Lake life

I’m known for jokingly telling off people who call our lake a pond, but I think at the moment it couldn’t even aspire to be called a pond. There are great swathes of unsightly mud stretching from one side to the other and I would be greatly concerned if anyone fell in. The water is not deep, but the mud is, and I know from experience how easy it is to get stuck and how unnerving

it is when you do. However, on the plus side, I spotted on the other side of the stone bridge two very large schools of sticklebacks and by the other stone bridge, leading to Juniper Way, one of the Green Gym members spotted a single very large fish. Although I’m told fisherman are prone to exaggerating, he assured me it was almost a foot long! We’ve long suspected we have some larger fish as our resident heron does not look particularly undernourished, although, perhaps like the otters, he has been supplementing his diet with fish from our back garden ponds. We were told last month that the late Roy’s pond had lost all its fish and that otters had been identified as the culprits by the muddy paw prints left at the scene. It was hugely pleasing for us to know that the otters had returned, although I’m not sure Roy’s widow or the fish would agree!

But their return is another solid argument for getting the lake desilted and stocked with fish and also gives me an excuse to make some proper holts on the reserve. Wessex Water should by now be completely finished and the sewer monitoring box operational. They have assured us that they have seeded the areas with a mixture of grass and wild flowers, and although I’m yet to see anything other than wild rape seed growing, I’m sure that’s more to do with my eyesight than them just using cheap grass seed. SGC are talking to them about reinstating the path behind the lake. There was a concern about the number of stones in the ground as it was thought when the grass is cut they could fly out. However, each time we go past, we take a bucketful with us to the ‘path pond’ to lay around the edge as this creates a better edge for

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News Around 100 slow worms have recently been relocated to the reserve from a building site elsewhere in the Stokes

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creatures to get out and for birds to get in. Do feel free to take a few with you as you go past too. Further downstream, tadpoles seem as plentiful as Himalayan balsam is rare, and we also boast several broods of ducklings. It’s possible that the ‘new’ family of eight ducklings is the one which mysteriously disappeared from the pond on The Common East. After what happened to our swans, I can only hope so. Last week, we were told that one of our swans was looking ill, but when I got there they were both fine. Although Nugget, as we nick-named him, has a grey beak, this is not caused by illness. Young swans are born with grey beaks which do not turn orange until they reach maturity at around two years old. Although we didn’t manage to ring all of last year’s cygnets, we think Nugget is a cob as it’s been displaying some very male behaviour. Although Brooke has tolerated some of this, he’s discovered that no male is too old to receive a stinging rebuke from his mother!

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It was over two months ago that I reported several large graffiti tags on the reserve along with many smaller tags, and we were very disappointed that they still remained for all our BS 10k Run visitors to see in early June. When I asked StreetCare why they had not been removed, I was assured “Previously reported and in hand. Safety harness required as access is on a very steep bank.” “Piffle,” was my politely restrained reply! For the other two large tags, they state “Private land notice given”. This means that they are again expecting a pensioner to pay to

have tags removed from his wall. He can’t see the tags, so he has no reason to pay up yet again, but they are a real problem for us, as they are the first thing you see as you enter the reserve by the Braydon Gate. Studies show that if you leave graffiti, more and more appears, and I think our reserve proves that. We remove what we can, but we can’t do anything that is on brick or wood. The good news is that a day later, StreetCare managed to find two brave souls to paint the underpass, though the guys told dog walker Lisa ‘that it was very tricky but they had managed to ‘paraglide in’! We were also very saddened to see that the two apple trees that we had planted by Primrose Bridge in memory of group member Charlotte Edwards have both been stolen. We will replace them later in the year and just hope that, in the meantime, the thief grows a conscience.

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Our slow worm numbers have had a recent boost when 100 or so were relocated from a building site in the Stokes, as they are protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). Under this act, it is illegal to kill, injure or sell individuals of this species. SGC had agreed to the relocation and had prepared two new hibernacula to home them. Slow worms are probably the reptile you are most likely to find in the UK and up close are incredibly beautiful. Although similar in appearance, they are not snakes as they have eyelids and ear holes, and unless you are a slow moving slug or snail, are completely harmless.

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Memorial bench unveiled for superhero Bailey

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crowd of over a hundred parents, staff and pupils gathered in the grounds of Stoke Lodge Primary School on Friday 29th June to witness the unveiling of a bench in memory of Bailey Cooper, a former pupil who sadly passed away last Christmas Eve following a brave 15-month battle with cancer. Bailey, who was nine years old when he died, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in October 2016. He endured four rounds of chemotherapy and steroid treatment at Bristol Children’s Hospital before being given the all-clear in February 2017 and returning to school. However, his cancer returned just a few months later and, despite the best efforts of his doctors, the disease was declared terminal at the end of August 2017. Given just weeks to live, Bailey bravely fought on for long enough to meet his new baby sister Millie, born at the end of November. The idea of installing a bench in Bailey’s memory was the brainchild of Roye Aguila, a parent of a pupil in Bailey’s class, who raised funds for the project by selling signed memorabilia and commissioned a wood carver to make the bench, which is decorated with the emblems of Bailey’s favourite superheroes. Roye had asked Bristol Rovers captain Tom Lockyer to unveil the bench, as Tom had spent a lot of time in hospital with Bailey, who was a big Rovers fan. The decision to attend had been a “no brainer”, Tom told the assembled crowd. Encouraging pupils to look on it as more of a “celebration bench“, he added: “Every time you sit here, think of the good times.” The sentiment was echoed by headteacher Nicki Antwis who read out a poem which concluded: “Just smile as you sit here; On this bench of memories; And think of Bailey smiling; Laughing, amongst our trees.” Following the unveiling, pupils, several of whom were overcome with emotions, took turns to

In the picture are Bailey’s parents, siblings and other family members, along with Bristol Rovers FC captain Tom Lockyer (far left), school headteacher Nicki Antwis (2nd from left) and fundraiser Roye Aguiler (2nd from right) Below: Bailey Cooper at the Stoke Lodge “Let’s CAP Cancer” day in February 2017.

sit on the bench and have their photo taken. Roye Aguila commented: “It’s a emotional day, especially for Lee and Rachel (Bailey’s parents), as well as the pupils and all who knew Bailey, but this bench is a place where pupils, staff, and anyone actually, will be able to go

and have some quite time to just think about what an inspirational little superhero Bailey was.”

● The annual Stars of the Stokes community awards programme now includes a Bailey Cooper Award for Young Heroes, in Bailey’s honour. See page 6.

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round 40 volunteers who support breastfeeding mothers across South Gloucestershire, including those who attend a weekly session in Bradley Stoke, are to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade which can be given to volunteer groups in the UK. The Barnardo’s South Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Peer Support Project provides emotional and practical support to new mothers through a team of volunteers who have been intensively trained to understand breastfeeding and how to support mothers. The volunteers, known as ‘peer supporters’, are available to help mothers in local groups, for as long as is needed, working with mothers giving any amount of breast milk, via any means. More than a thousand mothers are thought to have been helped by the service since it was first commissioned by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) in 2011. More than 2,000 hours were volunteered last year alone. One mother attending a group said: “Becoming a mum and breastfeeding were the best but also the hardest things I’ve ever done. The support from the group made all the difference.” Another simply said: “The group made me realise that things would get better and I wasn’t alone.”

Barnardo’s breastfeeding counsellor Ann Watts said: “We are delighted our selfless volunteers have received royal recognition for their amazing achievements. Their enthusiasm and commitment is outstanding.” “They are all mums with their own young families but they all wanted to ‘give something back’ to their local community.” “They provide a warm, welcoming and encouraging environment, which is so vitally important for new mothers but especially for those feeling anxious and overwhelmed.” Cllr Erica Williams, SGC’s Cabinet member for public health, said; “I was thrilled to learn that the volunteers who help run this council-commissioned service have won such a prestigious Queen’s Award. Well done to everyone involved in this fantastic initiative.” In recognition of their achievement, the team will receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal, to be presented by the Lord Lieutenant later this summer.

Award winning peer supporters Jess Dane, Aimee Caress, Stephanie Szeki (all on the back row) with local mums Victoria Cherriman and Abby Jones, who attended one of the weekly Bradley Stoke drop-in sessions for support.

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Bowsland Green

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Festival Report Bradley Stoke Youth FC Festival of Football

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n Saturday 9th June, Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) continued the success of their Schools’ Football Festival at the Jubilee Centre, which attracted 130 Year 1 children representing 13 different local primary schools. The festival is the finale to the club’s School Link Programme where BSYFC’s FA Qualified coaches go into the schools and coach all the Year 1 children for a three-week period at each school. The programme starts in February and finishes in the last school in May, ready for the Festival in June. The Football Festival has been running since 2006 and over the years has developed into a major event as part of the town’s annual Community Festival, with over 1,750 children having now taken part. The School Link Programme started in 2007 and has grown over the years to become a major community activity with over 7,500 children having received football skills coaching in their school.

At the festival, every child received a medal and a gift bag full of football-related essentials like shin pads, football socks, water bottle, baseball cap, activity play pack and sweets. Each school received a cup and a ball bag with size 3 footballs, so they can continue the football coaching at their school. The winning school also received a new kit for their team. The Teacher Awards this year went to Bowsland Green and St Michael’s. Football Festival organiser Marcus Fisher said: “The club would like to recognize all the club coaches, managers and helpers who assisted on the day, ensuring the success of this community event. Also a big thanks to our key long term sponsors McDonald’s, Bradley Stoke Town Council and the Gloucestershire FA.”

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Wheatfield

Bradley Stoke Town Council School Link Community Award

Almondsbury

Bradley Stoke Town Council School Link Coaches Award

Baileys Court

Bradley Stoke Community Festival Respect Award

Bowsland Green

BSYFC Festival of Football Achievement Award

St Mary’s (Thornbury)

BSYFC Festival of Football Club School Link Winner

BSCS Primary Phase

BSYFC Festival of Football Performance Award

St Peter’s

BSYFC Festival of Football Achievement Award

Holy Trinity

BSYFC Festival of Football Club School Link Runner Up

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Festival Report Report on the festival youth activities By Graham Baker, town council youth development worker

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n Saturday, BSTC youth workers and young volunteers organised the return, to Jubilee Green, of the popular combination of the skate half-pipe (provided by King Ramps) and street art workshops (courtesy of Paintsmiths). The half-pipe accommodated displays by the pro’ riders, coupled with the chance for festival goers to ‘have a go’ on their skate boards, bikes and scooters. Alongside, some amazing art works were created by young festival goers and over 70 boards were completed and proudly taken home for display, as well as young people contributing to a large art wall. On Sunday, at the skate park, over 250 people attended the annual festival Skate Jam with competitions in scooter, BMX and skateboard categories. The half-pipe was relocated from Jubilee Green, to offer extra

capacity, and a circus skills workshop provided an added attraction. As on Saturday, there were several pro’ rider demos spaced throughout the afternoon, including spectacular displays from Jack Clark of the British BMX Freestyle Team (now an Olympic sport). Young people were not only instrumental in helping to plan and deliver the two days of activities but were also heavily involved in documenting both days and promoting them through social media. Lots of young people and parents were also appreciative of the two days, saying the Skate Jam “was a great day”; “Thanks for a well organised event”; and “The displays were amazing”. The Saturday art workshops were also highly regarded, with parents saying: “We’d love to see more opportunities like this”; and “This is something a bit different”.

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Festival Report Sole Sisters Bradley Stoke 10k report By race director Sam Carpenter of Sole Sisters Running Club

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or the 12th consecutive year, Sole Sisters organised the Bradley Stoke 10k, which has now become an integral part of the festival weekend. With an entry limit of 650 runners, the race sold out in record time. From 6am on Sunday, members of Sole Sisters were either getting the Jubilee Centre set up at Race HQ or were out on the course delivering the water, putting up warning signs and generally getting ready for 8am when the runners started arriving to pick up their race numbers. Six lead marshals gathered their own group of mile marshals, all equipped with goodie bags, and set-off to their marshal stations covering the entire 10km (6 mile) route. Each year, we need between 80 and 100 marshals for the event, and that includes two water stations. As in previous years, we’ve received such lovely feedback on how great and supportive our marshals were. We were ably assisted by 1st Bradley Stoke Guides at the start/finish, 1st Stoke Lodge Guides at Water Station No. 1 and Stoke Gifford Guides at Water Station No. 2. The Bradley Stoke 10k has become a key race in the running community calendar and 566 entrants turned up for the race in near perfect conditions (although it was still quite warm if you were running!) and we had a

mixture of club and non-club runners. The festival is often the first official engagement for the new Bradley Stoke mayor and we were pleased that newly appointed Cllr Ben Randles was on hand to give the runners some words of encouragement and for the prize-giving. Maciej Bialogonski, a Bristol & West runner, was first across the line. He was in second place for the majority of the race, but sealed victory with a final push in the last kilometre, completing the course in 32:46. Sarah Herbert took first female place, completing the course in 42:45. Our fastest Bradley Stoke resident was Sam Cotterell, finishing in 35:39 and narrowly missing 3rd place (male) overall. Every finisher received a medal, technical t-shirt, bottle of water (sponsored by Drive Vauxhall) and a banana. Thanks go to our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to put on the event: • C&M Services • Wards Solicitors • Dr Michael Frain • Up & Running • Bradley Stoke Physio • Harbord Opticians • Drive Vauxhall • Bradley Stoke Matters • Bradley Stoke Town Council We are looking forward to next year’s race … do you feel inspired to take part?

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Rang Barse powder paint event proves a hit Event staged by the South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP) gave festival-goers a chance to experience a fun Indian custom normally associated with celebrations surrounding the Hindu festival of Holi

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he South Gloucestershire Asian Project (SGAP), in partnership with Bradley Stoke Town Council, organised Rang Barse, the Colour Fest, as part of the recent Bradley Stoke Community Festival. SGAP had made elaborate preparations, with the help of its management committee, comprised entirely of volunteers. We had ordered colours, organised additional volunteers from the community to deal with the colours, worked with the council to produce health and safety instructions, publicised the event in the local media and on social media and produced a set of questions and answers (FAQs). And finally, a selection of the best dance music - Hollywood and Bollywood - was recorded and premixed.

On the day, the event organisers cordoned off an area around the dance stage to ensure that participation would be by choice and only within the designated area. The volunteers, 20 in total, were trained in the use of colours, a powder that is used for similar festivals across the world. Taking place at around 5.30pm, the event started off with a health and safety announcement - about the safe use of colours, our volunteers and the importance of remaining within the cordoned-off area. We started the music, and all of a sudden there were close to 250 people inside the cordon! We were pleasantly surprised. There was a cloud of vivid colours and people were dancing away to the foot-tapping music, which played non-stop for 20 minutes. People from the entire community joined in, adults and children (over 5 years) alike, helped by the fact

that this was like a grand finale for the day and they wanted to use every second! People were unrecognisable with their faces and body “rainbowed” with colour. The event went off smoothly, however, we were victims of our own success and did not anticipate this level of participation. The cordoned-off area proved to be inadequate and we felt we needed a bigger area and more volunteers. Also, next time we will insist on use of suitable sunglasses or distribute these at the event to ensure further safety. We were funded by Bradley Stoke Town Council as part of its Small Grant scheme, and in addition we had a provider sponsor, Bubbleology, the wellknown international bubble tea brand, with outlets in Bristol. We would like to sincerely thank the sponsors, the SGAP management committee and all the additional

volunteers who helped on the day. SGAP chair Sachin Singhal commented: “This is the best example of community cohesion and participation that I have seen. We had the most enthusiastic crowd on the day, several of them approaching us to understand the cultural origins of this custom. The colours ran out, despite ordering vast quantities, and we had several people asking us not to stop! SGAP has been going strong for over 19 years now and our volunteers get great satisfaction from such events. Thanks are due to Bradley Stoke Town Council, which has always been a supporter of ours, and to those on our management committee, who despite full-time jobs and family commitments, pulled together to make this happen.” So, until next year, when it will be bigger and better!

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Valentine-inspired Gromit proving a hit at Dunkley’s Thousands of visitors expected on popular art trail

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ocal accountancy firm Dunkley’s has welcomed a Gromit sculpture back to Bradley Stoke as part of The Grand Appeal’s Gromit Unleashed 2 trail taking place in Bristol this summer. Cupid, a paisley-printed, Valentine-inspired Gromit will be on display outside their office in support of Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital from Monday 2nd July to Sunday 2nd September 2018. The Gromit was decorated by professional textile designer Blossom and Brush. This is the second year the textile designer has been involved in the trails having previously designed a Shaun sculpture for Shaun in the City, which sat outside St Mary Redcliffe Church.

This is the third time that Dunkley’s have supported The Grand Appeal’s award-winning sculpture trails. In 2013 Dunkley’s sponsored the ‘Two Eds are Better than One’ Gromit as part of the first Gromit Unleashed trail and in 2015 Dunkley’s sponsored ‘Shaun of the Jungle’ as part of the Shaun in the City trail. Over the next two months, Dunkley’s are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to their office to meet their newest addition, Cupid. To align with the launch, the firm are running fundraising competitions to further promote their involvement including ‘give Gromit a makeover’ and ‘let me take a selfie with Cupid’ which links to the Gromit’s personal Instagram account @TopDogDunkleys.

Dunkley’s staff welcome Cupid to the grounds of their offices on 2nd July

Mike Dunkley, director of Dunkley’s Chartered Accountants, said: “We are really excited to welcome Cupid, our second Gromit sculpture to Dunkley’s. It is going to be a fun-filled summer with a lot of clients, friends from the business world and people from the local community visiting our office

to meet the new addition. As a firm, we had no hesitation in supporting The Grand Appeal’s initiative once again and look forward to the excitement it is set to bring with it.” The Dunkley’s offices can be found at Woodlands Grange, Woodlands Lane BS32 4JY. ● www.dunkleys.accountants

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Ask the Doctor with Dr Faisal Siddiqui of Bradley Stoke Surgery Sports injury

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write this article having watched England beat Panama 6-1. Hopefully, by the time this article is published, England will be the on the verge of the World Cup Final! However, more than likely, we will all be lamenting on bad luck and penalty shoot-outs. Often, after major sporting events occur, there is a boost by the general public in sport and exercise. This must be celebrated and encouraged. At the surgery, however, we can often see the consequence of not preparing for physical exercise. So before you start slamming aces like Andy Murray or volleying like Harry Kane, please try to follow these simple tips. Preparing for exercise is key for everyone. Make sure you are eating well; a wellbalanced amount of starchy

carbohydrates, protein and your ‘five a day’ will contribute for this. Maintaining hydration before and after workouts is also important. When attempting any form of exercise for the first time, it is important to build up. Spend the first five minutes of any session warming up with a slow jog or brisk walk. Stretching exercises will also minimise the risks of any strains. It also important to ensure you have the correct footwear. Many independent running shops can do biomechanical studies to ensure you have the right trainers. If you are unfortunate enough to have an injury, always remember the acronym PRICE: • P – Protection. Stop the activity and protect the body from any further injury. This

may involve bandaging, taping, supports or crutches. • R – Rest. Rest the body to protect it against further injury • I – Ice. In the early stages of an injury you can use ice to reduce pain and swelling from injury. Crush the ice and place in a towel. Apply it every 10-15 minutes every 3 hours for the first 24-48 hours. • C – Compression. Pressure on the injury can also help reduce swelling. This can be done using elastic compression bandages. • E – Elevation. Elevate the affected body part above the level of the heart as this can aid in reducing swelling. However, there is help at hand if the above doesn’t work. In times of emergency there is always A+E, but this should only happen on rare occasions. Many of the local practices

around Bradley Stoke (including our own) run a minor injury service or are participating in an NHS early access physiotherapy service pilot. I hope all of you have enjoyed the wonderful weather thus far this summer. Keep well and healthy. Dr Faisal Siddiqui Bradley Stoke Surgery www.bradleystokesurgery.nhs.uk

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Leisure club forms new charity link-up

L-r: Giselle Rozzell, Sarah Vincent (events and community officer, MSTC), Ali Drury (Riverside manager) and Alana (Riverside class instructor)

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he West of England MS Therapy Centre (MSTC) based in Bradley Stoke that has been caring for people with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, their families and carers since 1985 has partnered up with Riverside Leisure Club in Little Stoke, thanks to one of their members, Giselle Rozzell. Giselle was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in November 2012. Since being diagnosed, Giselle has used the MS Therapy Centre and says: “I do physio classes to help with balance. I also do weekly oxygen which is in a compression tank breathing pure oxygen through a face mask; this helps me enormously with fatigue, balance and posture. I wanted to include my love of water into my weekly routine, so I joined Riverside Leisure Club, who have been extremely supportive. I do a weekly aquafit class there and also enjoy swimming which is fantastic as it doesn’t put any pressure on my joints.”

Giselle saw an opportunity for the two centres to work together and introduced the MS Centre’s events and community officer Sarah Vincent to Ali Drury, Riverside’s centre manager. The pair have since been busy forming a mutually beneficial partnership with many fundraising events in the calendar. Sarah says: “I am very excited about the partnership we have formed. Ali and his team have been amazing and I cannot wait to get some of the events underway at Riverside. It costs us in the region of £400,000 a year to operate, so relationships like this are critical to our success and enable us to continue helping those who need us.” If you are a member of Riverside and would like to get involved in some fundraising for the MS Therapy Centre then please contact Sarah Vincent via email at sarah.vincent@ mstherapybristol.org.uk ● Find out more at www. mstherapybristol.org.uk

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Legion members to join WW1 anniversary pilgrimage

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ive members of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (SG RBL) are travelling to France and Belgium this August to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 by taking part in the Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90). In the biggest membership event in its history, the RBL is recreating its 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields. A decade after the end of WW1, veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8th August 1928. Exactly 90 years later, thousands of Legion members will recreate the 1928 Great Pilgrimage to visit the same battlefields and then, carry their standards along the same route to the Menin Gate, to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1 and represent an entire

generation that served while defending their country. Once at the gate, a remembrance service will be held and afterwards, Legion members and spectators will head to the Great Square for an afternoon of exhibitions and musical performances. Karen Falconer (standard bearer), John Maloney (wreath carrier) and Tony Peters will be representing the branch at the GP90, where they will visit the battlefields and then proudly march to the Menin Gate with the thousands of other Legion members. Brian Hewitt and Veronica Caradine will also be in attendance as spectators. The SG RBL received a £1,000 grant from South Gloucestershire Council’s Member Award Funding scheme, which has provided enough money for two people to attend the GP90 event. Local councillors Brian Allinson, Ernie Brown, Trevor Jones

GP90 cheque presentation (l-r): Tony Peters, John Maloney, Cllr Brian Allinson, Cllr Trevor Jones, Cllr Ernie Brown, Cllr Keith Cranney and Brian Hewitt MBE

and Keith Cranney presented a cheque to the SG RBL in February 2018. David Bell, press officer, commented: “The branch is very grateful to the local councillors for this grant which will enable the local community to be represented at this important memorial event.” John Maloney, who is going to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate said: “I feel very honoured about this, as those brave men, and young boys who lied about their age, did as their country had asked them to. Without these brave people, we as a country would not have the

freedoms that we have now. They gave their everything for our today. I go to represent my community, which is the parish of Stoke Gifford and the towns of Bradley Stoke and Filton, where we, as a branch, recruit for our membership and carry out the annual Poppy Appeal. This is a privileged task that I do with great pride. Our community says ‘thank you’ to brave young men.” Around 2,400 British Legion members are expected at the GP90, along with Princes William and Harry. To find out more about the event or the battles that took place during WW1, visit www.britishlegion.org.uk

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BSCS celebrates renewed ‘good’ Ofsted rating

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taff, governors and students at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) are celebrating after receiving another positive report from Ofsted. A team of five inspectors spent two days at the school in mid-May to carry out a ‘full’ inspection, the first since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in April 2013. Their conclusion, following what the headteacher describes as an “incredibly thorough and fair” inspection, is that BSCS retains its overall effectiveness rating of ‘good’. In two of the six assessment categories, ‘effectiveness of leadership and management’ and ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’, inspectors awarded the highest grading of ‘outstanding’. The other four categories were all rated ‘good’, including ‘early years provision’ which was being assessed for the first time since the school’s primary phase opened in September 2015. Inspectors noted just two areas for improvement, both relating to “raising achievement further” – by focusing on progress made by students on academic courses in the sixth form and applying recently introduced developments in teaching and learning consistently across subjects. Steve Moir, headteacher at BSCS commented: “The framework via which Ofsted inspect was revised in 2017 and is significantly tougher than previous iterations. The bar has been raised for young people via new assessment systems, and it has been raised exceptionally for schools in terms of how their performance is judged. Since the introduction of a new inspection framework, fewer than 3 percent of schools in the South West region have been graded as ‘outstanding’ in any assessment category, which gives some context for the superb achievement this outcome and report represents. Thanks, as always, to the families that continue to support us,

Staff and students at Bradley Stoke Community School celebrate the school’s recent ‘good’ grading by Ofsted. Standing is Steve Moir (headteacher); seated is Sharon Clark (head of primary phase).

staff, students, governors, the community and the academy trust.” BSCS is part of local multiacademy trust, Olympus, whose CEO, Dave Baker, commented: “I am delighted to see Mr Moir

and his team receive the external validation of the high quality of practice at BSCS. I was particularly pleased to see that inspectors commented on the strong culture of selfimprovement. With Ofsted visits

taking place usually on a threeyear cycle, the benefit of being part of a family of schools is that we regularly and rigorously selfevaluate to drive improvements where needed, and to develop good practice where we find it.”

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Meet the Sole Sisters You may have seen us running on the streets of Bradley Stoke and wondered who we are and what we’re about, writes club coach Leona Mills…

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ole Sisters is Bristol’s first all women England Athletics affiliated running group and we have over 130 members. We run all over North Bristol using a variety of locations to keep our running routes interesting and varied. Sole Sisters has 15 active coaches taking out different groups on a Monday evening, running between 3 and 6 miles. We are an inclusive running club, we like to chat and we never leave anyone behind – front runners will run back to regroup and there will always be a coach at the back of the pack. The club runs three beginners groups a year that follow a ‘couch to 5K’ format over six weeks with many graduates of the course joining the club as members.

Running has grown in popularity over the last few years and we have really noticed a love of running and racing amongst our Sisters. We regularly have Sisters taking part in parkruns, 10ks and half marathons, as well as a growth in long distance running. In the last four years we have had over 25 Sole Sisters taking part in a variety of marathons at home and abroad as well as six Sisters taking on ultra-marathons this year alone. This year (2018) has seen the start of the first Sole Sisters league. Twelve local runs have been put on the calendar with Sisters collecting points for taking part, being one of the first three Sisters back or placing in their age category. We have had six league runs so far and over

35 Sole Sisters have taken part – it’s been a great way to take part in some different races and challenge ourselves whilst being part of Team Sole Sisters. We always welcome new members and would love you to come along and run with us on a Monday evening. You never know, you might catch the running bug and meet a new running bestie along the way. ● Visit www.solesistersrc.co.uk or ‘Sole Sisters North Bristol Running Club’ on Facebook.

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Thanks to the strong relationship we’ve established and maintained with this club that’s so important to the local community, we’ve been able to continue the sponsorship each year.” Robert Bertram, chairman of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, says: “We’re very grateful to Specsavers for their ongoing support. Their sponsorship will help us with the development of bowls in the Bradley Stoke area and provide additional benefits for players and spectators to relax and enjoy the tournaments and friendly matches.” The sponsoring Specsavers stores can be found at the Willow Brook Centre (Bradley Stoke), Church View (Filton) and The Mall (Cribbs Causeway). ● Website: bsbc.webs.com

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Children enjoy a woodworking activity in the new STEM Centre at Ambourne House Day Nursery

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Little Stoke Primary rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

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ittle Stoke Primary School’s rating as a ‘good’ school has been confirmed in a report produced by an Ofsted inspector who carried out a ‘short’ inspection on 22nd May 2018. The visit was the first ‘short’ inspection carried out since the school was judged to be ‘good’ in January 2015. Speaking of headteacher Scott Howes, the inspector writes in her report: “You lead the school with drive and ambition, ably supported by your deputy headteacher and a strong staff team who share your high expectations for all aspects of pupils’ learning and welfare. Since the previous inspection, you have further developed the design of the curriculum so that pupils extend their literacy and mathematical skills across other subjects.” The reports adds that governors are well informed about the school’s performance and carry out their monitoring responsibilities diligently. They are said to “have an accurate understanding of the quality of the school’s work and what needs to improve further”. Pupils at little Stoke are said to “thoroughly enjoy their learning and appreciate the school’s varied and interesting curriculum, both within and beyond the school day”. Two specific areas identified for further improvement are the teaching of middle-ability pupils in reading and efforts to improve rates of attendance and reduce the number of pupils who regularly miss school. Headteacher Scott Howes said: “We are delighted that the most recent inspection has identified the excellent provision that all school staff make for pupils both academically and pastorally. The report captured the fact that pupils feel safe and well cared for and enjoy coming to school. It also noted that the significant support from parents and carers has been a key part in making Little Stoke Primary School a popular and

Staff and pupils at Little Stoke Primary School celebrate their recent ‘good’ rating from an Ofsted inspector Staff in the photo are (l-r) Scott Howes (headteacher), Ruth Abrahams (business manager) and Anne Sargent (deputy head)

expanding local school. As a team, we will continue to work hard to maintain this high quality provision for our pupils.” Deputy head Anne Sargent said: “At Little Stoke we are proud of the highly inclusive, caring hub which the whole team has worked so hard to build and

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Danni and Tillie’s fundraising summer

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wo young women from Bradley Stoke are undertaking a series of charity events to raise funds for Cancer Research after one of them had both her grandmas diagnosed with the disease. Danni Bray and her friend Tillie Morris, who both work at Bradley Stoke Pharmacy (on the site of Bradley Stoke Surgery, Brook Way), kicked off their ‘fundraising summer’ by taking part in the Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k on The Downs in Clifton on Saturday 30th June. One of Danni’s grandmas had a brain tumour and, although treatment was initially successful, the disease later returned and she sadly passed away. Her other grandma (‘Nan’) has recently had treatment for melanoma, and following a quick diagnosis

and surgery, is hopeful of a more positive outlook. Speaking about her motivation for embarking on her fundraising campaign, Danni said: “Cancer is attacking my family and now I am determined to fight back!” She added that she sees the fundraising campaign as a positive way to channel her (and her family’s) grief and frustration. Tillie said: “Danni is my best friend and what her family is going through seems so unfair. Cancer is affecting families all over the world, therefore, I am joining her fight against this horrible disease!” The pair say they have received great support from customers of the pharmacy, many of whom they have got to know well over the last few years.

Danni Bray (left) and Tillie Morris. Right: At the Race for Life on 30th June.

Their second fundraising event takes place outside Bradley Stoke Surgery at 4pm on Friday 20th July when Danni will have her head shaved to raise money for the cause. It’s planned to be a fun event with music, lollipops, stickers, balloons, toys and games for everyone who attends. Danni says: “Whoever knows me, knows I love my hair and it is scary for me, but I know how scary cancer is and what I’m doing is nothing compared to what people with this awful disease go through.”

On the following day (Saturday 21st July), between 12.30pm and 3.30pm, they are hosting a tea and cake afternoon in the Oak Hall at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke. Tillie says this will be “a fun event that the whole community can get involved in”. ● To find out more about Danni and Tillie’s events or to make a donation, visit their fundraising page at www.fundraise. cancerresearchuk.org/page/ danniandtillie-giving-page-1

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FREE Proms in the Park event on Sat 14th July VENUE: Jubilee Green Savages Wood Road Bradley Stoke BS32 8HL Gates open: 3pm Live music starts: 4pm

By Andy Ward, Bradley Stoke Carnival Committee

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aturday 14th July sees a new community event taking place in Bradley Stoke. Instead of the carnival that traditionally takes place on the last weekend in August, the Carnival Committee thought it would be nice to bring something a little different to the town and so the Jubilee Green will instead be playing host to ‘Proms in the Park’. This is a free-to-attend community event and will feature a family-friendly line up of live music, culminating with a traditional Last Night of the Proms style sing-along. The gates open at 3pm and live music starts at 4pm,with the first of two sets from Rock Pipes, followed by Storm Force Ten, who will bring a nautical theme to the evening with traditional sea shanties. Rock Pipes then take the stage for a second set before the Worlewind Concert Band take over for the rest of the evening. During their first set, the amazing 50-strong wind band will take to the stage and entertain you with their take on some modern classics as well as some unique arrangements of popular tunes that you will all know and love. After a 20-minute interval, the band then returns for the finale of the evening (the bit where you get to exercise your vocal chords) with a set comprising all of your traditional Proms favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. Union flags, party blowers and bowler hats will be available on the night for a donation in the

charity bucket. A licensed bar run by Bradley Stoke FC and on-site catering will also be available. The MS Therapy Centre will be bringing along their tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw) and, for a donation to the charity, you can take a selfie in it. So bring a picnic, your family and friends and a chair or blanket and settle down to enjoy a traditional family-friendly evening of FREE community entertainment. Please feel free to bring a gazebo if you wish; areas to the right or left of the main central viewing area are available for you to set up your prime spot, but no BBQs, please. For those with blankets and chairs only, head to the central viewing area; please speak to one of the marshals if you need any assistance. An open-fronted marquee will also be available to the rear of the main viewing area for anyone to use. Please note that, other than for Blue Badge holders, there is no on-site parking. The Savages Wood Road area adjacent to the site will also be coned off. However, the Willow Brook Centre has kindly lifted its parking restrictions after 3pm on the day, so please park in their car park, then its only a short walk over to Jubilee Green. Please come along and enjoy a great family-friendly evening of traditional entertainment and make sure to bring along those singing voices! For further details please see the Bradley Stoke Carnival page on Facebook.

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osture is important whether we are at rest, performing physical tasks or undertaking repetitive actions. Good posture and care for the skeletal system is essential for overall good health. Be aware of your posture. Take notice of how you are holding your body and tune into those moments when you feel pain or discomfort. Pain is your nervous system warning you that something is wrong and that you need to change your behaviour. Be conscious of your breathing. Be aware of how you breathe. If your breathing is shallow, both your nervous system and internal organ function may be compromised. A slouched, compressed posture will not allow for proper abdominal breathing. Stretch and unload your spine. Any activity that moves your spine will contribute greatly to not only your posture, but to your general health and wellbeing. Doing Pilates, yoga, walking, swimming or Tai Chi are examples of gentle exercise that can be beneficial for your posture and overall wellness through their effect on the musculo-skeletal and nervous system. Chiropractic care can improve the mobility of your

spine and therefore have a positive effect on your posture, movement and nervous system. These simple tips are a good starting place to help your posture: • Make sure that you stand up straight, with your shoulders back and relaxed. Pull in your abdominals, relax your knees and stand with your weight evenly distributed across your feet. • When you are sitting, make sure your feet touch the floor, your buttocks are at the back of the chair and your back is straight. • Use a headset or hold your telephone instead of using your shoulder and neck to create a cradle while you are on the phone. If you need any more information about looking after your posture, contact a chiropractor for an assessment, advice and treatment. For generations, children have been told to stand up and sit up straight. History tells us that this is very good advice. The Willow Brook Clinic East Offices The Willow Brook Centre www.willowbrookclinic.co.uk

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Lifeskills talks coming to St Michael’s Centre

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he St Michael’s Centre, located on North Road in Stoke Gifford, has announced that it is to host a series of lifeskills talks aimed at helping the wider community with a variety of topics. Rob Bakewell, who is a member of St Michael’s church and is involved with organising the events, has already got four speakers lined up. The first talk, which is to take place on Saturday 1st September at 9am, will be by Rob himself and will be about banking. The talk will be based around what different banks offer, how they make their money and how to keep your money safe. He will also be covering loans, overdrafts, savings and mortgages. Then there will be time for any questions to be answered so

people are able to raise their own issues as well. When discussing the lifeskills talks, Rob said: “Although these talks are taking place in the St Michael’s Centre, they are aimed at the wider community and we are hoping that they will provide people with the opportunity to discuss important subjects and ask questions which will lead to them gaining an understanding of what to do in their own circumstances. The church’s ethos is that ‘we are living to make a difference by being a Christian heart at the centre of the community. Everyone is welcome.’ By following this ethos, we are reaching out to offer this free service to members inside and outside of the church.” The lifeskills talks are set to take place every two months on a

Saturday morning at 9am. After the banking talk there are plans in place for talks on insurance, jobs, and legal advice. The insurance talk will cover different types of insurance such as house, life and car, including how to find the right insurance for you and how to get the best deal when it’s time to renew. The jobs talk will look at how to write a CV and

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