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Gloucestershire schools have been named top of the Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition for Schools) league for large local authority areas. Modeshift STARS reward schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting sustainable and active travel. South Gloucestershire Council has been taking part
March 2020
local authority areas registered across the country in 2024.
and has
position out of
Our schools are Little STARS
Stoke Primary School becomes the second school in the district to gain Outstanding accreditation. The school has worked tirelessly over the past two years promoting and encouraging active travel and has achieved over 83% of pupils walking, cycling and scooting to
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Chris Jelf, Deputy Head at Little Stoke Primary School, with some of his school pupils, celebrating their ‘outstanding’ accreditation

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school with car use dropping from 36.17% to 14.43%, since gaining Modeshift accreditation.

Chris Jelf, Deputy Head at Little Stoke Primary School, said: “It has been great to see the whole school community work together to achieve the platinum award. The children have taken an active part in various workshops and initiatives, and we have seen a huge increase in the amount of sustainable, active travel to school.

“Through the awards, we have been able to access additional funding to improve our physical resources and it is lovely to see these used on a daily basis –even with the unpredictable British weather! We hope to continue to embed this work into our curriculum in the future to have a positive impact on the school community.”

There are now 34 South Gloucestershire schools and nurseries accredited, with another school achieving the highest Outstanding award this year. South Gloucestershire now has two schools classed as Outstanding, one Excellent, five Very Good, 22 Good, and four Approved.

South Gloucestershire Council funds infrastructure to help support more active travel for


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schools that successfully gain accreditation by the end of the year.

Schools will be able to choose from a variety of items such as scooter and cycle storage, lockers for pupils, outdoor parent shelters and seating, depending on the level of accreditation achieved.

Councillor Louise Harris, cabinet member with responsibility for the climate and nature emergency, said: “We are delighted with this news and it’s an honour to be top of the Modeshift STARS league for large local authority areas. It’s an achievement which is down to our fantastic schools and the commitment and engagement of their amazing pupils.

“Not only does the scheme support the environment by reducing car journeys, it encourages children to be healthy and active while reducing school run congestion, and improving air quality.

“Our Road Safety & Sustainable Travel team has been busy supporting individual schools with their active and sustainable transport journeys, and the team and I want to thank those schools for working so hard to encourage more children to walk, cycle or scoot.”

We need action on potholes

YOUR reporter Adam Postans commented on this subject saying that South Glos Council have failed to control this road problem.

I have been trying to get some action for footpaths, particularly Sherbourne’s Brake alongside the Stoke stream. But the council has found the money to cut down many trees that are not any danger as they are away from footpaths.

This work must have cost several thousand pounds, totally unnecessary expenditure,

whereas they could have made the adjacent footpath accessible, which at present time is deep in mud, totally unusable.

I even attended the regular Council Meeting in November and made a statement, not only did I not get any reply but still nothing has been done.

Council policy is for walking and cycling to reduce car traffic, but if the footpaths are inaccessible people will use their car.

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Boeing expands Bristol site

BOEING has expanded its presence in Bristol with a 40,000-square foot office in Stoke Gifford, which is home to Boeing’s UK-based defence operations.

Commenting on the new facility located in Bristol Business Park, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Jack Lopresti, said: “I am delighted to open the new headquarters of Boeing Defence UK in my constituency and see the company continue to strengthen its footprint in our area.

“I know from my own experience on operational deployments that equipment like Boeing’s Chinook and Apache make a life-saving difference on the battlefield. This growing presence means more opportunities for local employment and those in early career roles who will go on to build the future of aerospace in our own backyard.”

Steve Burnell, managing director of Boeing Defence UK, said: “Boeing’s presence in Bristol dates back more than two decades and our new, modernised facility, home to Boeing Defence UK, represents the next chapter of our history and presence in the local community where we are proud to live

and work. With over 2,100 people dedicated to our defence business in the UK, and 700 of these based in Bristol, the new facility will serve as a dynamic space for collaboration and innovation with our customers, colleagues and partners.”

Richard Murray, Director Air Support at Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), the UK Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) procurement arm, said: “Driving UK prosperity and working closely with industry is essential to DE&S’ mission to equip and support our armed forces.

“Having Boeing Defence UK’s central hub so close to DE&S’ headquarters in Bristol is a welcome development and will further enhance the working relationship across the wide portfolio of Air, logistic information systems and training programmes we have.”

Alongside employees carrying out research and development, engineering and business operations, a digitally-skilled workforce supports the MOD’s logistics and engineering information systems programme. It is also home to the design and delivery of real and synthetic multi-domain training software and courses for UK defence platforms.

More than 280 veterans and active reserves are part of Boeing’s UK team and work alongside their military counterparts and within the broader defence community, from Lossiemouth to Odiham.

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Communities take climate and nature action

SOUTH Gloucestershire Council is empowering residents to join a nature revolution by helping them develop community-led action plans.

The council launched its pioneering Local Nature Action Plans in 2021, which have evolved into Local Climate and Nature Action Plans (LCNAP), with 25 town and parish councils now having completed or are working on their own blueprint for nature recovery.

Recent actions for nature in South Gloucestershire include planting a bee corridor on a main road verge and green spaces in the village of Tytherington near Thornbury. Bradley Stoke Town Council has cameras that residents can hire that record wildlife and have run free tree giveaways. Plus the 5th Thornbury Guides and 6th Thornbury Brownies from the area came together with the parish council for the community

planting day last month.

Councillor Louise Harris, South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for the climate and nature emergency, said:

“We’re really excited at the enthusiasm and take up of Local Climate and Nature Action Plans across South Gloucestershire. There is an amazing amount of expertise and energy within communities and the great thing about the plans is that they are locally led and locally owned, which means that people are driving the response in their own areas.

“With more than 10,000 town and parish councils in England, the initiative has the potential to prompt a community-led nature revolution as part of national response to ecological collapse.”

The work is part of the council’s Big Switch towards being carbon neutral by 2030 and increasing biodiversity in South Gloucestershire.

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Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre is the first to go green with major solar panel programme

NEW solar panels generating more than 360,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy and saving 75 tonnes of carbon a year have been installed at Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centre on Fiddler’s Wood Lane.

The panels cover 1,875m2 of the leisure centre’s roof and, in summer, will convert enough daylight/sunlight into electrical energy to power the entire site. This includes electricity for the swimming pool, all the exercise machines, pumps and lighting for the centre, without needing any power from the grid.

The £390,000 investment is shared between Circadian Trust, the charity that runs the centres, and South Gloucestershire Council, which owns the site. Circadian is also investing in a photovoltaic (PV) system at Yate. The programme plays a key part in Circadian’s commitment to become carbon neutral.

Ian Jones, Director of Building and Environment at Circadian Trust, said: “These PVs are a game changer. They’ve been live at Bradley Stoke since January this year and, with the lighter days, we are already seeing a huge difference, with up to £5K a month in energy savings.

“Since 2005, we have had

The panels cover the leisure centre’s roof and, in the summer, will convert enough daylight/sunlight into enough electrical energy to power the whole site

a continuous improvement programme to reduce our carbon footprint. Various initiatives such as LED lighting, new swimming pool covers, and BMS Building Management Systems have made a big difference to both our energy consumption and costs.

“We believe that for us to help our community stay truly healthy, we must also ensure the buildings are in the very best of fitness too. This means reducing waste and pollution and ensuring we can re-invest to keep the facilities in tip top condition.”

South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member responsible for the climate and nature emergency, Councillor Louise Harris, said: “We’re really pleased to work with Circadian on this project and see the solar panel installation at Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centre completed, which will boost local renewable energy generation. As well as carrying out projects on our own buildings and land, the council’s aim is to help residents and businesses to play their part in lowering carbon emissions for the benefit of the area.

“We’ve been supporting hundreds of residents to generate renewable energy at home through the groupbuying solar panel scheme Solar Together, which along with initiatives such as this, will help put South Gloucestershire in the

best possible position to face future challenges together.”

The PV system has been designed, installed and will be maintained by one of the UK’s leading sustainable energy companies and solar panel specialists, Ineco Energy, which was appointed after a competitive tender process.

Ineco Energy Director, Adam Peat, said: “Circadian and South Gloucestershire Council’s commitment to invest in PV across their leisure portfolio demonstrates their serious approach to healthy people, buildings and communities while also supporting their wider 2030 carbon neutral ambitions.

“We have been delighted to be part of this partnership approach to deliver carbon reduction through clean energy and the reinvestment of the financial savings back into the local community.

“Circadian is showing how PV can really help to make a difference to the leisure industry across the UK in their drive to enhance customer experience, deliver a more sustainable operation and reduce their operating costs.”

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The solar panels at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre will ensure the whole site’s electrical supply is as clean as possible, including the energy needed for the swimming pool

Bradley Stoke Town Festival is almost here!

THE main community festival day is on Saturday 8 June 11.30am to 6pm. The festival is being organised by Bradley Stoke Town Council who have commissioned the company Reenergise to provide the bands and the rides.

Dayley Lawrence, Mayor of Bradley Stoke, said: “I am delighted that we are staging the full festival this year. This event is a wonderful celebration for Bradley Stoke and there will be so much going on that there will be something that appeals to everyone. What a great opportunity for the community to come together.”

Natalie Field, Deputy Mayor of Bradley Stoke and the consistent councillor on the Festival Planning Group, said: “The main festival day is a combination of music, dance, community stalls, food and drink, rides, displays, demonstrations, youth football festival and a street art project. The festival will have so much happening and will be great fun for everyone including families with children.”

Music is provided by an eclectic mix of local bands and singers: Beacon Rise, Doc Rock, Elevation, Kaiju Blue, 80s tribute band Outatime, Dreamscape plus performers from Bradley Stoke Community School.

Local dance groups performing in between the bands are: Baby Ballet, Street Envy, 5678 Dance, Danceworks, Street Cred and South Gloucestershire Chinese Association.

Children’s rides include bungee trampolines, giant

slides, football games, giant inflatables, Wipe Out, a wrecking ball inflatable, rodeo bull and bungee run in the freeto-ride Community Zone and young children’s Go-Karts.

Town Council youth workers and young people are organising two days of skatepark skills and creative art activities. The skatepark half-pipe returns (courtesy of Kings Ramps) and offers exceptional demos, by top riders/skaters, plus regular have-a-go sessions. The everpopular street art ‘paint a board’ sessions return, with the artist Olas Art.

A climbing wall will be set up alongside Bradley Stoke Scouts stalls which also features tomahawk throwing, junior archery plus lots of other fun activities.

More than 80 stalls will

feature a wide range of arts and crafts, from hair styling, face painting, to jewellery plus local services and associations, alongside sideshows and community stalls offering a range of local products.

Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club will be running their Football Festival. Medals and trophies will be awarded to teams taking part and games will take place on the top field pitches from 11am.

Meanwhile, on Sunday 9 June, The 10K race organised by Sole Sisters starts at 9.30am at the Jubilee Centre. The Brightwell Colour Run is also taking place at the Jubilee Centre, with registration at 2pm and the first heat at 2.30pm. It will be a colourful and fun event with competitors and paint throwers alike getting absolutely, ahem, plastered!

At the skatepark, the Bradley Stoke youth work will host its festival competition with more pro-rider demos, have-a-go opportunities and art workshops with Olas Arts from noon to 5pm.

Everybody is welcome to the Bradley Stoke Community Festival and we hope to see lots of you there.

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Kumon Bradley Stoke Instructor Sarah Nutchey joins forces with Sonya Willman to open new Kumon centre in Emersons Green


WE now start the new council year. This happens every May regardless of whether we have had local elections. It is the time when we choose the new Mayor, their Deputy Mayor and spaces on committees.

Sarah Nutchey, a qualified teacher, began her Kumon career in 1998 with around 12 students, and over the last 25 years she has nurtured more than 1,400 students through the Kumon maths and English programmes.

At the annual town meeting, the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Dayley Lawrence, presented cheques to his chosen charities following his year in office.

Sarah has been awarded Elite status numerous times as Instructor of Bradley Stoke Study Centre. To earn the prestigious Elite status, Sarah has developed students who are able to study ahead of their school level, working independently with excellent study skills, and has also nurtured students who are able to complete both the maths and the English Kumon programmes.

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Mamas Bristol, which was founded in 2018, helps create opportunities to reduce the costs of caring for dependants. They do this through a three-pronged approach: reuse, reduce and community.

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Forming a partnership with Sarah is Sonya Willman, a Kumon parent and accountant. Sonya’s six children have all studied the Kumon programmes and she brings valuable experience from a parent’s perspective.

council held over the past council year. Dayley said: “I am truly grateful to everyone that contributed to the Mayor’s charity collections. I know this money will make a massive difference to the charities concerned. I would also urge men to get checked for prostate cancer if you are in high risk categories or have symptoms, however small. After a family member being diagnosed with prostate cancer, I know firsthand how important this is.”

After the presentation it was down to the formal part of the meeting. Deputy Mayor Natalie Field was voted in as the new the Mayor. Outgoing Mayor Dayley Lawrence was voted in as Deputy Mayor. The formal handing over of the chains took place.

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Kumon Bradley Stoke Study Centre offers maths and English study, both paper-based and via KumonConnect, using a tablet. Classes currently run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays after school as well as Saturday mornings. Assessments are free, and without obligation.

If you would like your child to build confidence in maths and English and develop their study skills, book a FREE maths and English assessment today at or call 07808 720208.

Furthermore, to celebrate the opening of the new Kumon Emersons Green Study Centre, you can save £50 with FREE registration at both centres until 30th June.

The Brightwell is a home from home for anyone living with a neurological condition. They provide therapies, support and friendship in their purpose built fully accessible centre on Wheatfield Drive. They help to look after more than 300 families from the area, and their community of inspirational members are always welcoming, non-judgemental and fun to be around. The Brightwell also offers social activities and fundraising events which the community are always warmly invited to take part in.

A charity that aims to giving every man the power to navigate prostate cancer. One in eight men get prostate cancer. Together, Prostate Cancer UK are supporting our dads, brothers, partners and friends by raising awareness, funding research, campaigning for change and providing support.

Each charity was awarded £1,792. This money was collected at every event that the

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Natalie said: “I am delighted to become the first woman Labour Mayor of Bradley Stoke, I am really excited to be taking on such a great position on Bradley Stoke Council. I would also like to thank Dayley for all his hard work last year and for showing me the ropes as his deputy. I am glad he wants to continue our team work and has agreed to be my deputy this year.”

All council meeting are open to the public. We would love to welcome you to any meeting. This year we will be working on putting our meeting online to help our residents to participate.

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Natalie Field and Dayley Lawrence, the outgoing Deputy Mayor and Mayor


Thank you, Mayor Dayley Lawrence, for all your support

DURING the last year, The Brightwell has been honoured to have been chosen as one of the mayor of Bradley Stoke’s chosen charities. Mayor Dayley Lawrence has been incredibly supportive of The Brightwell’s work.

Not only has he taken a genuine interest in support we give to those living with neurological conditions, but he has been very involved with our charity. Last June, he even officially started our Colour Run, held at Jubilee Green, by blasting off fire extinguishers full of colour.

Throughout the year, the mayor has been involved in many fundraising events, including the ever-popular and spectacular

Fireworks Display Evening in November.

The Brightwell are delighted to share the proceeds of the mayor’s tenure with Bristol Mamas and Prostrate Cancer UK.

At the end of Dayley’s tenure as mayor, Head of Fundraising at The Brightwell, Victoria Hocquard, was invited along with representatives from the other beneficiaries to receive an amazing cheque for £1792.54.

During the meeting, the new mayor of Bradley Stoke, Natalie Field, officially took over the reins of this prestigious position.

The Brightwell is delighted to once again be chosen, along with Bristol Mamas, as one of the Mayor’s Charities for 2024-25.

Thank you Dayley, from all at the Brightwell, we know you will continue your great work as a councillor, and we can’t wait to work closely with Natalie throughout this year.

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Man killed with knife in Bradley Stoke house

A MAN has been convicted of murder at a property in Bradley Stoke.

Lee Llewellyn used a knife to kill 32-year-old Martin Hefferman, from Fishponds, at a house in Honeysuckle Close during the early hours of 18 November 2023.

Llewellyn, of Froomshaw Road in Frenchay, denied one count of murder, claiming Martin had accidently jumped onto the knife, but was convicted by jurors following a nine-day trial at Bristol Crown Court. Llewellyn was remanded ahead of sentencing as Bradley Stoke Voice went to print.

The jury was told Llewellyn and Mr Hefferman had been at the address with two women, one of whom owned the property, for two days before the incident occurred. A quantity of alcohol and drugs had been consumed during that time. Neither of the women saw the stabbing but told police they

had heard an argument between the men downstairs shortly beforehand. They then found Mr Hefferman bleeding and critically injured on the landing.

One of the women called police at approximately 3.20am and the first officers arrived 10 minutes later.

Llewellyn told those officers he had “stabbed the guy” and he

had sustained rib injuries in an altercation with Mr Hefferman before picking up the knife. On being transported to the police car he said he hoped Mr Hefferman survived because he did not want “no murder charge”. He also stated: “I didn’t mean to do it but he attacked me.” When in custody though he replied “no comment” to all questions. In court, Llewellyn claimed the death was an accident.

Mr Hefferman was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff shortly after 4am.

A pathologist’s report concluded Mr Hefferman died of a single stab wound to his upper chest, damaging his heart. The prosecution argued the severity of injury and the location of the wound showed Llewellyn intended to kill or cause Mr Hefferman very serious injury.

Detective Inspector Mark Newbury, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said:

“It’s clear there was a dispute between Lee Llewellyn and Martin Hefferman in the moments before the murder took place. Whatever caused that argument cannot justify the conscious decision Llewellyn made to grab a knife, which he used to kill Martin.

“It may have been a decision made in the heat of the moment, but it is inconceivable he would not have recognised bringing a knife into the argument could have tragic consequences. Sadly, that proved the case. He then made several telling admissions to police after being arrested.

“Martin was a young man whose life was snatched away from him on that fateful day six months ago. We are pleased to have secured a conviction for his family. They have shown courage throughout our investigation as they seek to come to terms with losing their son. Our thoughts remain with them.”

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Aerospace Bristol and Cameron Balloons to celebrate Bristol’s hot air ballooning heritage this summer

‘Look up! The Story of Hot Air Ballooning in Bristol’ will put hot air ballooning history on display, offer a behind-the-scenes look at how hot air balloons are made, and give visitors the chance to enjoy a packed programme of family activities.

From Britain’s first modern hot air balloon, the Bristol Belle, to the annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta and the incredible colours and shapes that decorate the city’s skies each August, Bristol is the home of hot air ballooning in the UK.

This summer, Aerospace Bristol and Cameron Balloons will celebrate that heritage with a temporary exhibition at the museum and a special programme of hot air balloon themed activities running throughout the summer holiday.

‘Look Up! The Story of Hot Air Ballooning in Bristol’ will give museum visitors the chance to

discover how and why hot air ballooning took off in Bristol, find out how Bedminster-based Cameron Balloons design and manufacture their amazing special shapes, and get hands-on with a range of hot air balloon themed activities.

Sally Cordwell, CEO of Aerospace Bristol, said:

"Aerospace Bristol tells a fascinating story of aviation achievements spanning more than

a century, from the early days of powered flight to the supersonic Concorde and beyond. Thanks to this new partnership with Cameron Balloons, we’re excited to expand that story and celebrate hot air ballooning as an important part of our city’s rich aviation heritage.”

Jess Siggers, Marketing Manager of Cameron Balloons, said:

“Cameron Balloons are thrilled to be partnering with Aerospace Bristol this summer. Since our

company’s inception in 1971, we’ve proudly created and built thousands of hot air balloons for pilots and operators around the world from our home of Bristol, born from the passion and vision of our founder, aeronautical engineer Don Cameron.

We’re looking forward to telling the story of Bristol’s ballooning heritage alongside Aerospace Bristol’s innovative ethos and educational qualities, celebrating the boundless possibilities of aviation together and hopefully introducing the joy and excitement of ballooning to some pilots of the future!”

‘Look Up! The Story of Hot Air Ballooning in Bristol’ will run from Wednesday 24th July to Sunday 1st September. The exhibition and activities are included with museum admission and Aerospace Bristol tickets include free return visits for 12 months.

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Local fertility clinic appoints new expert

BRISTOL Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) has recently appointed a new consultant gynaecologist and subspecialist in reproductive medicine and surgery.

Dr Guy Morris joins the clinic’s Aztec West team. He brings a wealth of expertise in fertility preservation, reproductive

endocrinology, and male factor subfertility to the role, boosting the clinic’s capabilities in these crucial areas.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be joining BCRM and to be able to draw and lean on its collective experience at the start of my consulting career. BCRM has been in place since the ‘90s, its

core team having been together for a very long time and have a huge amount of experience. There is a great sense of community among the people who work there who form a tight knit group, which it is a privilege to be part of.”

Dr Morris, who also works in the Gynaecology Department at

North Bristol NHS Trust, says he is keen to raise awareness of male subfertility in his new role. He added: “In the past, the emphasis was primarily on the woman’s reproductive health. However, there’s been a noticeable shift towards a more holistic approach, both among the individuals and couples seeking assistance and among clinicians.

“There is now more focus on andrology, the direct equivalent of gynaecology, treating conditions that are unique to men. We’re now paying closer attention to the male partner’s role in fertility; this more balanced consideration of both partners’ needs represents a positive evolution in our approach.”

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A dog school in Bristol is working within the community to help make both owners and pooches happy.

Dogs Trust Dog School, which has several locations across Bristol, offers practical training classes and expert advice. With both in-person and virtual training courses available, Dogs Trust Dog School Bristol helps owners and their dogs understand each other better. The sessions work on skills including recall and walking on the lead – teaching owners how to communicate effectively with their pooches.

Dogs Trust Dog School uses

reward-based training, as this helps change behaviour and enhance the bond between dog and owner in a positive way.

Sam Western, head coach at Dogs Trust Dog School Bristol, said: “We are so excited to be working within the Bristol community to help make people and their pets happier and more in tune.

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Katie steps up to top civic role


Owusu-Antwi has been named as the new Chair of South Gloucestershire Council.

Councillor Katie Cooper has been elected as Vice Chair.

The Chair and Vice Chair perform important ambassadorial roles, including representing the council at civic functions and chairing council meetings. Each year, the new Chair selects a charity to support for the year ahead, with donations received during that time presented at the end of the Chair’s term of office.

Councillor Owusu-Antwi said:

“First and foremost I would like to thank my fellow council members for electing me to this office. It was an honour to sit at the side of councillor Mike Drew in my role as Vice Chair last year, and to also now take the chain and carry-on with the tasks ahead for the ensuing year. I look forward to representing

the council and to a year of constructive and healthy debate, while always maintaining respect for each other.

“I would like to announce

my chosen charity for the year ahead which is Gympanzees, an organisation that offers children and young people with disabilities opportunities

to keep active by providing an accessible play, exercise and social facilities.”

Outgoing Chair, Councillor Mike Drew, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through my year as Chair including community members, fellow councillors and the officers who have been so helpful with the many events I have been involved with. I would also like to wish Franklin all the best during his tenure as Chair for the year ahead.

“It has been an honour to have served in the position for a second time and I am delighted to have been able to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Bristol and Bath Group as my chosen charity. Thanks to everyone who contributed and supported the fundraising efforts, the money raised will go towards helping those affected by the disease and their families.”

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Promoting aerospace opportunities is a priority

Parkway plans put station at heart of community

ONE of my top priorities as your Member of Parliament is to promote local job and apprenticeship opportunities in our aerospace and defence industry, and I am proud to represent an area which is part of the largest defence and aerospace manufacturing hub in Europe.

THIS month I have been very busy in our area focusing on transport, law and order and our area’s heritage and role in the aerospace industry.

I had a very interesting meeting with representatives from Great Western Rail, South Gloucestershire Council and Network Rail to discuss the exciting Bristol Parkway Redevelopment Masterplan.

Given the importance of Parkway, I believed it was necessary to get more information about this future infrastructure investment in our area.

It was great to see the public engagement that had been conducted and the great response received from consultation, showing a high level of local support for the project, especially with the masterplan looking to put the community at the centre of the development.

The defence sector in our area employs around 30,000 people. Furthermore, the UK will increase defence spending to 2.5% by 2030, amounting to an additional £75 billion over six years - the largest NATO defence budget in Europe and the largest defence spending increase since the Cold War. Further to that, NATO expects at least 20% of defence spending to go toward the development of new military technologies and equipment, with scope for related investment and more jobs in our area.

I recently had the pleasure of opening the new headquarters of Boeing Defence UK in the Bristol Business Park in Stoke Gifford, which employs 700 people locally in the defence sector. It’s fantastic

as a business park and new green spaces, which will see Parkway become much more integrated into the local community.

This will have the result of Parkway not only being a transport hub, but also a centre for the wider community and an even more important asset to the area.

I also had a very productive round-table meeting with Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Shelford, and local councillors Ben Randles, Terri Cullen and Liz Brennan, where we discussed tackling local anti-social behaviour, speeding and other issues relating to our area.

to see Boeing continue to expand its footprint in our area. From my own experience on operational deployments, I know equipment like Boeing’s Chinook and Apache make a life-saving and battlewinning difference. This growing presence means more opportunities for local employment, including apprenticeships and other early career roles, for those who will build the future of aerospace and defence manufacturing right here in our own area.

ment target set by government, and youth engagement such as the Mini Police in Patchway, which gets young people involved in fighting crime and enables them to work on policing operations.

The Secretary of State and I also discussed our country’s increasing contribution to the Ukrainian war effort and record defence spending here and his pledge to increase it even more.

Mark updated us on the ongoing developments at Avon and Somerset Police, including their significant emphasis on action against cyber fraud.

It was an honour to welcome Defence Secretary Grant Shapps to DE&S Abbey Wood, where we met with excellent apprentices, Alice Bennet, Ryan Mills, Jason Venning and others. We saw a very impressive display which included leading edge drone technology and stands from local defence manufacturers such as MBDA UK, all of which are not only helping to protect our own defence capability and national security but are also making a vital contribution to help our Ukrainian friends to expel the Russians out of their country.

I visited Rolls-Royce to meet with Jim Hardy, head of manufacturing at the lift works. We discussed their role in providing apprenticeships to young people in our area and I met with one of their degree apprentices.

In other news, I was delighted to visit Mrs Shepherd and Year 5 who invited me to Holy Trinity Primary School in Bradley Stoke. I enjoyed meeting them all and we discussed Parliament, politics generally and the pupils asked some great questions. Educating the next generation is so important. That’s why I am delighted at the news of the building of a primary and a secondary school in Lyde Green which will provide much needed schools in that area which so many local children can attend.

Gloucestershire Council, Sam Bromiley and Liz Brennan. We discussed building more homes and improving local bus services.

This will see more investment and jobs come to the area, as well

We also discussed the expansion of Avon and Somerset Police force, with 520 additional officers

I also visited Aerospace Bristol to meet with CEO Sally Cordwell. We discussed their STEM learning programme and engagement with businesses and schools. I will continue to promote the importance of STEM learning and engagement with young people for our crucial aerospace industry, and the opportunities Aerospace Bristol can offer to achieve this.

I also had the opportunity to meet the new leadership team of

Over the May Day bank holiday weekend, I attended the Navratri Festival of Dance at Filton Folk Centre, organised by the Bristol Hindu Youth Forum on the Saturday night - a wonderful evening. On Monday, it was fantastic to be at Winterbourne Down Village Carnival. It started with a great procession. I

I also had a great time at the Stoke Gifford Fete on May 29: it was a fantastic community event, and a great day for the celebration with great weather and lots of community support.

bumped into colleagues and friends, Winterbourne Councillors Trevor Jones and Nicholas Labuschagne. I then went to look at the beautiful icons on display at All Saints Church. Thank you to all those who helped bring about and organise such a good event yesterday which had a lot of community support with funds raised for Suicide Prevention UK.

As always, should you need my help with anything, my office is open from Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm.

Please telephone me on 01454 617783 or email if I can be of assistance, or to book a surgery.

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Women add up to the majority of the workforce for local NHS stats team

NHS Blood and Transplant celebrated International Women in Maths Day on May 12 by highlighting that most members of the statistics team who work on the life-saving research and modelling that underpins organ, stem cell and blood donation are female.

Out of the 34 members of the NHSBT Statistics team based at Stoke Gifford, 27 are female. In contrast, according to the campaign group Stem Women, only around a third of people enrolling to higher courses in mathematical sciences are female.

The work of the NHSBT statistics team is crucial because there are not enough donated blood, organs and stem cells of the types needed. Improvements which make the best use of limited resources rely on good

data and analytical evidence.

Rachel Johnson, NHSBT Assistant Director for Statistics & Clinical Research, said: “I am really proud of the difference that the Statistics Team makes

for our donors and patients in NHS Blood and Transplant. Turning raw data into important insights, models and algorithms that optimise donor and patient care is really rewarding and I

would encourage anyone with an interest in maths and statistics to consider a career in the NHS.” Team members include Dr Rosie Brown, senior statistician, who has a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics and a PhD in using data to look at GP appointments and heart patients. She said: “One of the most common responses when I talk to students about being a statistician at NHSBT is, ‘I didn’t know that job even existed.’ I hope that by learning about it, they too might be inspired to consider it as a career. I really enjoy teamwork and problem solving and fortunately a lot of statistics involves all of these. I’m also using my maths skills for goodworking in clinical trials means that the treatments we’re testing hopefully will impact patients’ lives for the better.”

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Thursday 6 June


Residents are invited to join the Mayor, Councillor Natalie Field, councillors and staff for the ceremonial lighting of a Beacon to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings and the reading of The International Tribute. The short ceremony will take place at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, BS32 8HL at 9.15pm.

Sunday 9 June


What better way to raise awareness and vital funds for The Brightwell than a bright, colourful fun run, walk or wheel that the whole family can enjoy? This is a 3k, family-friendly route. Gather from 1.30pm at the Jubilee Centre in Bradley Stoke. Visit The Brightwell website for more information and to sign up.

Tuesday 18 June

n JUNIOR ART CLUB Suitable for ages 7-11 years, this is a free drop-in event at Bradley Stoke Library from 4-5pm. If you like getting creative, come on down. The only limit is your imagination.

Wednesday 19 June

n QUIZ NIGHT The Brightwell’s everpopular quiz night is back! Head to the centre on Wheatfield Drive from 6.30pm to join in the fun. Feel free to bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tickets are £5 each. Visit The Brightwell website for more info and to sign up.

Thursday 20 June

n ARTS APPRECIATION GROUP Join the group at 2pm at The Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne BS36 1NJ, for an illustrated talk by Justine Hopkins on Landscape Art. More details from Sally on 07946 508316.


Every Sunday n JUNIOR PARKRUN Every Sunday at 9am, there is a Junior parkrun event at Little Stoke Park which is free to take part in but you are asked to register in advance on the parkrun website. It is open to all younger runners aged between four and 14 years old who would like to take part in a fun and friendly 2k run. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event always seeks volunteers and encourages anyone interested to get in touch.

Every Monday n RHYMETIME Come along to Bradley Stoke Library on Mondays between 10.45-11.15am for a rhyme time session for younger readers. Term time only.

First two Mondays of every month n VETERANS ADVISORY SUPPORT HUB

On the first two Mondays of every month, from 1-4pm, there is a drop-in session at The Jubilee Centre (in the Cedar Room), Bradley Stoke, which seeks to enhance the support that our ex-Armed Servicemen and women living and working in Bristol and South Gloucestershire area receive in the communities. For more info, call 0800 678 5618.

Third Monday of the month n SEW & SO’S This is a patchwork and quilting group. If you are interested in joining the group, whether you are a beginner or experienced, please come along. The group meets at 1.30pm at the Jubilee Centre on Savages Wood Road.

Second Tuesday of the month n WILLOW BROOK TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD

Make new friends, get to know the area and get involved in local events and activities. The Townswomen’s Guild has


President Sue Grimsted welcomed members and visitors to the recent meeting on Wednesday 1 May.

This meeting was our Resolution Meeting to confirm the most favoured subject and which will be debated at the WI Annual General Meeting to be held on 5 June at The Albert Hall. Four suggestions were made in November/December for us to take our own WI group vote. The four suggestions were: Say no to gambling advertisements, The lack of availability of dentists, Poor housing standards, and Improving the outcome for women in the criminal justice system. It was no surprise that the lack of dental services received the most votes from Stoke Gifford WI.

As we had not booked a speaker for this evening, we arranged to hold a Beetle Drive. This was great fun as we had an almost full house of members as well as six visitors this evening so there was lots of fun and laughter.

Our speaker at the next meeting on the 5 June at The Trust Hall, North Road, Stoke Gifford at 7.30pm will be Phil Collins who will talk about the history of Punch and Judy.

Visitors will always find a warm welcome to our WI Group so please come along and join us.

interesting speakers, demonstrations, outings, arts and crafts and much more. All women are welcome.

Fourth Tuesday of the month n CHATTER BOOKS This free monthly event at Bradley Stoke Library is for ages 7-11 years. This runs from 4-5pm. Just turn up to join in.

Every Wednesday n CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU DROP-IN SESSION Between 10am and 12 noon at the Jubilee Centre on Savages Wood Road, the Citizens Advice Bureau offers free, confidential, impartial and independent help on dealing with problems with debt, benefits, employment, housing, discrimination and many more issues. No appointment necessary.

Every Thursday n KNIT, STITCH & NATTER Every Thursday, the Knit, Stitch & Natter group meets at Bradley Stoke Library at 10am to work on their own projects in the company of like-minded crafters. There is no need to book in advance. Just bring your own project and join the friendly group in the library.

Every Thursday


This friendly amateur wind band rehearses at Holy Trinity Church, Bradley Stoke, every Thursday from 7.30-9.30pm. New members welcome. For more information email

Every Friday n STORYTIME Come along to Bradley Stoke Library on Fridays between 11-11.30am for a storytime session for younger readers. Takes place during term time only.

Day Centre Activity Club

Second Wednesday of the month n BRADLEY STOKE WI This afternoon-based WI are a friendly, community centred group, who meet on the second Wednesday of every month, at the Jubilee Centre in Bradley Stoke. All women are welcome. Visit their Facebook page or website for more information.

Third Wednesday of the month n FULL COUNCIL MEETING Subject matters are brought before Council by means of the Agenda, which is issued a minimum of three clear days before a meeting and is posted on the Bradley Stoke Town Council website.Agendas and supporting paperwork will be found on the website. Meetings start at 7pm and take place at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke.

Every Saturday n KARATE LESSONS Come to the Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre from 4-5pm for karate lessons. Cost is £8 per lesson. Special rates for families of three or more. Lessons are suitable for everyone aged five and upwards. Learn self-defence, fitness, flexibility and much more. Just wear loose clothing. For more information, call 07557 532676 or email

Fourth Saturday of the month n TOWN COUNCILLOR SURGERY

These are held once a month at the Willow Brook Centre between 10am and 12 noon, where you can meet your councillors and discuss any matters affecting the town.

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Little Stoke Primary remains a ‘Good’ school

FOLLOWING a recent Ofsted inspection, Little Stoke Primary School on Little Stoke Lane is maintaining its ‘Good’ rating.

The Ofsted inspector felt that the teachers have continued to develop the curriculum so that pupils extend their literacy and mathematical skills. For example, teachers further pupils’ scientific knowledge by giving them opportunities to write at length about their learning and to use their maths skills accurately when presenting information.

The learning environment demonstrates the high expectations the school has and

the enriched curriculum on offer, for example in displays of pupils’ writing about Shakespearean plays, and high-quality learning about preventing bullying, science and mathematics. It was felt that pupils enjoyed their learning and appreciated the school’s varied and interesting curriculum. Pupils described the “wide range of activities” that they enjoy, including learning musical instruments, painting and writing stories. One pupil’s comment, that the school is “positive and interesting, we learn a lot of new things”, was typical of pupils’ views.

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Little Stoke FC welcomes big donation

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