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Stoke Gifford news round-up (January 2018)

Posted on Friday 9th February 2018 at 9:17 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

For many residents of Stoke Gifford, the start of the new year has been a busy one as local schools have started new topics and the St Michael’s Centre has been feeding the men of the community! Here is a round-up of some of the events that have been taking place throughout January and a few things to look forward to in February.

Abbeywood Community School

Whilst all of the students at Abbeywood have started the new year in a busy and productive way, there are some who have gone above and beyond their usual timetable of lessons. Two groups of Year 12 students are taking part in the ‘Envision Programme’, an inter-school competition where young people have to develop their own projects and then pitch their ideas to businesses in Bristol.

One group is looking at ways to tackle domestic violence and the other is trying to address the issue of homelessness across the city. After delivering brilliant presentations to the businesses, both groups have been awarded a sum of money to help develop their ideas even further. The final winners of the competition will be announced in June so look out for an update then!

Looking back to before Christmas, the Fundraising Club were busy putting on two film nights to raise money for Young Carers UK. In total they managed to raise almost £100 for the charity.

Year 8 students have also been spending time raising funds; only the money that they have raised will be going to the Children’s Hospice South West. So far, they have raised an impressive £182 and we look forward to hearing what their final total is.

St Michael’s Primary School

The children at St Michael’s have been enjoying starting their new topics in January, including; Toy Story, Robots and Vive la France! Year 4 enjoyed an exciting trip to the SS Great Britain for their topic ‘Shipshape’ and Year 5 had a visit from the Explorer Dome as part of their ‘Earth and Space’ topic.

Looking forward to exciting events throughout this month, Thursday 8th February is ‘Wear Red Day’ to mark the Chinese New Year and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the children need to start thinking about what character they are going to dress up as for World Book Day.

More: St Michael’s Church. Bristol One Act Drama Festival. »

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Local Scout troop fundraise for trip to Cyprus

Posted on Friday 19th January 2018 at 10:54 pm by Laura Mortimore

Members of the 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group.

The 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts have been working hard in recent weeks, trying to raise money for their 2018 camp to Dhekelia, Cyprus.

The camp, which is set to take place during October half term 2018, has been arranged with the 48th Dhekelia Scout troop in Cyprus and is going to provide the local Scouts with a great opportunity to make new friends and learn about a different culture. Andrew Phelps, troop leader of the 1st Stoke Gifford Scouts, is planning on taking 20 children and 10 adults to Cyprus where they will camp with the Cypriot Scouts. Talking to me at their last troop meeting, Andrew stated that:

“The trip is going to be an amazing experience for the kids and hopefully some of them will become pen pals with the Cypriot Scouts. Fundraising for the camp is also a great way of demonstrating to the children that they have to work hard to get what they want”.

The Stoke Gifford Scouts have been in touch with the Dhekelia Scouts for many years now, developing a close relationship with the Cypriot troop and have even visited them before, in October 2013. The same activities are being planned for next year’s trip, which include scuba diving, sea kayaking, sailing, rafting, swimming, fishing, hiking and pioneering. They are also planning a cultural visit to a monastery in the Trudos Mountains, stopping for lunch on the top of Mount Olympus and a trip to the buffer zone which is controlled by the United Nations, crossing the green line into Northern Cyprus. This will give the children the opportunity to experience first-hand the differences between Turkish Cyprus and Greek Cyprus.

More: Scouts still need to raise about £6,000 »

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By-pass opens to general traffic but MetroBus won’t be using it until “summer”

Posted on Thursday 11th January 2018 at 11:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Matthew Riddle planting a tree.

Bradley Stoke motorists who need to access the A4174 Ring Road and M32 motorway were given an early Christmas present on Monday 18th December when the long-awaited Stoke Gifford By-Pass, officially known as the Stoke Gifford Transport Link (SGTL), was opened to general traffic.

The news will also be warmly welcomed by residents of Stoke Gifford “village”, as it is hoped that the new road will help reduce the flow of traffic along Hatchet Road and Brierly Furlong, which currently suffer from severe congestion during the morning and afternoon rush hours.

The new road, which is 1.6km (one mile) long, has been constructed through open countryside to the east of Stoke Gifford (see map below). It links Parkway North Roundabout on Great Stoke Way (A) and the A41474 Ring Road (D), emerging at a junction opposite the Holiday Inn.

Its construction has required the installation of two new bridges, one over the main railway line (B, near Kings Drive) and the second over the Ham Brook (C, close to the new Crest Nicholson housing development at Highbrook Park).

Work on the road began in August 2015, when Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd set up a site compound near Parkway North Roundabout. A major milestone was reached when beams for the new bridge over the railway were installed in May 2016. However, the project suffered delays in recent months due the late completion of the second new bridge, over the Ham Brook.

More: "MetroBus is about sustainable transport for the future" »

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Dance school wows Christmas show audience

Posted on Monday 8th January 2018 at 11:18 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of the four main characters in the show (l-r): Yuying, Grace, Ruby and Grace.

The Stoke Gifford School of Dance have performed their Christmas show ‘Beyond the Rainbow’ to an audience of family and friends.

The show, which took place at King’s Oak Academy, Kingswood on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December, was a huge success. The cast, which consisted of 47 girls aged between 3 and 18 years old, showcased their wonderful talents in ballet, modern and tap.

Eve Brewer, principal of the school, explained what preparation is needed to put together a show of this magnitude:

“We have been working on the show since the start of term in September. The preparation includes music editing, choreography, organising costumes, designing the tickets and programme, and rallying up the support of parents and friends for ticket sales and to help with the smooth running of the show, and all that before we even start teaching the dances to the children! In the final week leading up to the show, the children are all very excited and we look forward to seeing the result of all their hard work on stage.”

The performance was based on ‘The Wizard of Oz’ with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Lion and the Tin Man taking centre stage to lead the rest of the cast through 26 different songs and dances that followed the theme of colour, including ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Men in Black’ and ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’. With dances ranging from pre-school and reception ballet all the way up to senior tap and modern, there was plenty of variety for the audience to delight in. Lisa Rush, who watched the Sunday performance, described the show as “very enjoyable; it flowed well and the dancers performed beautifully and confidently”.

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