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Friends of Meade Park group revived

Posted on Sunday 14th October 2018 at 8:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jenny James (centre) with some of the local residents who took part in a recent litter pick in the park.

When local resident Jenny James discovered that the group known as the Friends of Meade Park no longer existed, she decided to revive it. As someone who regularly walks through the park, she felt it was important to have a group of people who monitor and take care of the green space, alongside Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

Jenny began by creating a Facebook page for the group, which now has over 200 ‘fans’. She said:

“The Facebook page has become a real part of the community. There has been a lot of interest in the group and the page provides a place for people to report damage and share their ideas for the park.”

The Friends of Meade Park group then sent out a survey to local residents to find out what people would like from the park and they organised their first community litter pick on 4th August. Jenny was extremely pleased with the turnout as around 15 people, including numerous families, attended the event. Stoke Gifford Parish Council provided all of the equipment, including gloves, bags and pickers and the local Co-op gave the group free bottles of water. In the space of a few hours, the pickers had collected enough litter to fill ten refuse sacks making a huge difference to the cleanliness of the park. As the litter pick was so successful, Jenny is planning on organising them at regular intervals throughout the year.

Jan Brunwin, who helps Jenny with the group, said:

“It was a very successful event with many families coming to help. It was a great opportunity for children to understand and learn how to take care of their environment.”

More: Group to hold opening meeting on Tuesday 16th October »

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Local RBL members make historic pilgrimage

Posted on Sunday 14th October 2018 at 7:57 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of a group of standard bearers at the GP90 event.

On 8th August 2018, five members of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL), alongside thousands of other Legion members, recreated the march to the Menin Gate in Ypres that took place 90 years ago.

The original pilgrimage was organised to commemorate 10 years since the end of WW1 and gave veterans and war widows the opportunity to visit the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate on 8th August 1928. Exactly 90 years later, the Great Pilgrimage 90 took place.

Karen Falconer (standard bearer), Antony Peters (wreath layer), John Moloney (branch chairman), Brian Hewitt MBE and Veronica Caradine attended the event as representatives of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion. Karen and Antony were part of the one thousand plus members who led the spectacular two-mile march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate memorial.

When describing the event, John Moloney said:

“Being part of such an historic event, representing Stoke Gifford branch in commemorating those that lost their lives in the First World War, was an honour and something I will never forget.”

The march past was observed by invited diplomatic, civic and military guests. As part of this ceremony, each of the 1,152 Royal British Legion branches attending from the UK and overseas (as far away as Thailand, Hong Kong and the Falkland Islands) brought a wreath with them containing a Remembrance message from their communities. The wreaths were subsequently arranged into a display on the ramparts of the Ypres town walls and will remain in place for public viewing for at least two months.

More: "It was a fabulous occasion, the atmosphere was incredible…" »

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Little Stoke Garden Society annual show

Posted on Friday 12th October 2018 at 11:42 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Rev Simon Jones (left) with some of the cup winners.

Held on Saturday 1st September, this was the 43rd annual show, having unfortunately missed last year’s due to the refurbishment of Little Stoke Community Hall, writes John Harris (chairman).

Having previously been a closed show for members only, it was decided to open it up to local residents this year. We had a good response, although entries were down, due, in part, to the adverse weather earlier this year, and several people who said: “I didn’t think I was good enough.” In fact, we are all amateurs, and have good days as well as failures; it is hard work, but good fun!

There are several categories, open to adults and children: vegetables, fruit, flowers, homecraft, handicraft and photography, with cups awarded for the best. Entries are assessed by experienced, external judges – so there is no favouritism.

Judging takes place in the morning, and the awards ceremony is held at the end of the afternoon. Cups to be held for one year, were presented by Simon Jones, Rector of St Michael’s Church, Stoke Gifford.

A special award, introduced by Les Davis, was given this year to Mr David Hutton, in appreciation of his many years of hard work for the Little Stoke Garden Society. He was given a ceramic model of a garden shed and a lifelong membership of the society, presented by Janice Szczelkun and Maureen Harris.

We would like to thank everyone who worked hard over the weekend to make this year’s show another successful event.

More photos from the annual show »

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Launch of new monthly magazine for the Stoke Gifford area

Posted on Friday 12th October 2018 at 5:45 pm by SH (Editor)

October 2018 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal news magazine.

North Bristol Press has successfully introduced its second monthly community news magazine, created to serve the communities of Stoke Gifford and Little Stoke.

The new magazine, launched five years after the start of the hugely successful Bradley Stoke Journal magazine, is distributed to all homes in Stoke Gifford parish north of the A4174 [see map of the distribution area].

All homes in Little Stoke (which lies within the parish Stoke Gifford), a small number of which previously received the Bradley Stoke magazine, will henceforth receive the Stoke Gifford magazine.

The progression into print comes six years after the establishment of the Stoke Gifford Journal website, which is the only interactive community news forum dedicated solely to Stoke Gifford. The website has in recent times been supplemented by the Stoke Gifford Journal Facebook page, which has amassed nearly 2,000 fans.

Like its Bradley Stoke counterpart, the new Stoke Gifford Journal magazine will include news items from relevant local authorities (in this case, Stoke Gifford Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council), community groups, schools and local businesses.

North Bristol Press editor Stephen Horton commented:

“For far too long, the Stoke Gifford community has suffered from the lack of a credible local news publication, having to rely on a quarterly advertising booklet edited miles away in another county. That has now changed, with the Journal geared up to bring its proven and respected formula to another part of the North Bristol Stokes area.”

The Journal has taken on a part-time community reporter, Laura Mortimore, to cover the Stoke Gifford and Little Stoke area. She has been writing stories for the Stoke Gifford Journal website since the start of the year and has already established contact with many local community groups. If you would like to get in to touch with Laura, please contact us initially on the main Journal number 01454 300400 or via the Contact Us page on our website.

• We would welcome your feedback on the first issue of our new magazine. Do please get in touch via the above channels.

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