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Legion looking for more knitters to meet demand for popular poppy line

Posted on Sunday 22nd April 2018 at 8:52 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of a knitted poppy.

The Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is looking to recruit more people to knit the famous red flower in readiness for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Each year, members of the RBL and other volunteers, set up stalls to raise money for their welfare fund. This originally started with the sale of the paper poppies and a pin but has now grown to include brooches, bracelets, hair clips, keyrings and, of course, the knitted poppies. Due to the popularity of the knitted poppies, the RBL needs the help of the local community in order to make enough in time for the  next Poppy Appeal.

David Bell, press officer at the Stoke Gifford branch of the RBL, spoke of the need for more knitters:

“The branch is very keen to recruit more people to knit the famous knitted Poppies for the Poppy Appeal. The knitted poppies are very popular and raise much money for the Poppy Appeal, and the Branch can’t keep up with demand! There is no pressure to knit a certain number, any amount you can do will greatly help.”

By becoming a poppy knitter, you can also be a part of the work that the RBL do every year. If you are interested, please contact the branch at its email address: rblstokegifford@gmail.com or by telephone on 07802 535591.

The Royal British Legion’s welfare fund (for which money raised from the sale of the poppies goes to) is used to give support and help to current and ex service personnel and their families. They provide information, advice and guidance to serving members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and Reservists, all year round. In addition to this, the Legion provides lifelong support for veterans and their families, enabling them to live in comfort and with dignity.

If you, or someone you know, needs help from the Royal British Legion please contact the RBL national helpline on 0808 802 8080.

The Stoke Gifford branch also has its own Facebook Page which you can follow, like and share: www.facebook.com/StokeGiffordRBL

This article originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 10). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,200 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Website reveals fascinating history of the Stokes

Posted on Saturday 21st April 2018 at 10:06 pm by Laura Mortimore

The Green, Stoke Gifford.

Local resident Adrian Kerton has created a website documenting the history of Stoke Gifford and surrounding areas. The wide variety of information on his website offers readers a glimpse into the past, with some of the documents available to view dating as far back as the 13th century.

Photo of Adrian Kerton.

When Adrian moved to Stoke Gifford in 1985 to work for Hewlett-Packard at Wallscourt Farm, he was intrigued by the farmhouse and outbuildings. Having always been interested in historical buildings, he began to look into the history of Wallscourt Farm and discovered that it was previously called Starve-All-Farm. Delving into the history of Wallscourt piqued Adrian’s interest and marked the beginning of his journey into discovering the history of Stoke Gifford.

Describing how his interest in local history grew, Adrian said:

“When I retired I had some spare time to research the history of the farm and of Stoke Gifford where I lived. The research revealed histories written by Ros Broomhead, the daughter of one of the vicars of St Michaels, and the Rev D Evans, keen local historians. I was also very lucky to be introduced to Sharon Ubank who had created the Stokes Standard, a series of booklets documenting much of the history with residents’ interviews. It was then that I decided to create a website so the history of the village could be easily accessible.”

As Adrian furthered his research into the history of the local area, he went on air with Radio Bristol which led to a meeting with Mike Stanbrook who had studied Stoke Gifford for his master’s degree at UWE. He kindly let Adrian have a copy of his documents which helped to develop the website. Adrian then got in touch with residents living in the older properties within the village and was given plenty of family histories and old photographs to include on the website.

More: Origins of the place name ‘Stoke Gifford’ »

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Diabetic mum prepares for marathon challenge

Posted on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 9:43 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of Shannon and Daniel Jones, with their daughter Bronwen.

A young Stoke Gifford mum is aiming to raise funds for a national diabetes charity by running the London Marathon just 12 months after giving birth to her first child.

Eight weeks into her pregnancy, Shannon Jones was found to have a high glucose reading and the condition was initially treated as gestational diabetes.

However, following three to four weeks of further investigations, doctors confirmed that she in fact has Type 1 diabetes, the rarer of two forms of lifelong diabetes.

Shannon’s husband Daniel, who will also run the marathon, alongside his wife, explained:

“Following the diagnosis, Shannon quickly became insulin dependent. The NHS were great and gave us a lot of support and reassurance. The diagnosis was a massive shock, but she has dealt with it tremendously, despite the obvious life-changing adjustments.”

Just six weeks after the arrival of their daughter, Bronwen, in April 2017, the couple decided they would like to run the 2018 London Marathon and raise funds for Diabetes UK. Shannon began her training just four months after giving birth and says she “must be mad” to do it whilst looking after and feeding a baby, not to mention managing her ongoing diabetes.

More: How to support the couple by donating securely »

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Gipsy Patch Pain: Eight month road closure on the cards for 2020

Posted on Thursday 12th April 2018 at 9:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge (looking westwards).

Replacement railway bridge will be widely welcomed, but council says installing it (and some new bus lanes for ‘MetroBus 2’) will require a FULL CLOSURE of Gipsy Patch Lane for up to EIGHT MONTHS.

The long overdue replacement of the old railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane in Little Stoke has taken a significant step forward with the submission of a formal planning application.

The railway bridge planning application, along with three others associated with South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, was submitted at the end of February and, following validation, duly appeared on the council’s website on 9th March.

Once complete and services start operating in 2021, the CPME will extend part of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route which is currently being built. Passengers using the extension will be able to benefit from a direct link between Bristol Parkway Station and The Mall bus station, along a route which will pass through the former Rolls-Royce East Works site (now known as Horizon 38) and the soon-to-be redeveloped Filton Airfield site.

The second CPME planning application of local significance is one which proposes the widening of Gipsy Patch Lane on both sides of the railway bridge to accommodate new bus lanes. To the west of the bridge, the widening (along a 107m length) will result in a new bus lane in each direction. To the east of the bridge, the widening (along a 340m length) will result in a new bus lane in the eastbound direction only.

To facilitate the provision of the new bus lanes, the existing carriageway will be widened by between 7m and 9m. Works to widen the carriageway will all be within the existing adopted highway boundary, however, they will entail the removal of approximately 22 trees along Gipsy Patch Lane.

More: Construction schedule and details of road closures »

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