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The sound of music at Little Stoke Primary

Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2016 at 10:35 am by SH (Editor)

Music at Little Stoke Primary School, Bristol.

By Anne Sargent (Deputy Head) and Rosie Griffiths (Music Lead).

As you walk through the corridors at Little Stoke Primary School it would be unusual not to hear music being made in some form or another. Our children absolutely love music and there is a wealth of different musical opportunities which children across the school participate in.

Our seventy strong red-tie choir performs concerts which are truly memorable and magical. The Christmas show is our pièce de résistance and is always a sell out! The programme is varied, challenging and highly entertaining with songs which are funny, reflective and moving in equal measure. We also have twenty children who participated in the South Gloucestershire Schools’ concert at the Colston Hall in June.

One hundred and twenty children are currently working hard on our summer musical production – Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat! It promises to be a spectacular event for parents and friends to enjoy. We have been amazed at how quickly the children are learning the lyrics, the tunes and the drama and dance; their enthusiasm and motivation is always awe-inspiring. As an added bonus, staff are enjoying it just as much as the children!

Next year, we have a full and varied music curriculum planned to engage and excite children as well as introducing them to some new musical experiences linked to different cultures. These are provided by the Music Hub, conveniently located in our school!

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Friendly welcome at local toddler group

Posted on Monday 11th July 2016 at 8:01 pm by Nikki Hallur

Little Stoke Toddler Group in session at Little Stoke Community Hall.

We visited Little Stoke Toddler Group, which runs on Fridays from 10am at Little Stoke Community Hall. The Hall has ample parking space and is located right next to Little Stoke Park. The group is currently led by four local mums: Laura Lowe, Lana Hodges, Laura McLingey and Lorna Melhuish. They took over the group in February this year, although the group itself is almost six years old (formerly called Babble Street).

We were greeted with a friendly welcome and an abundance of toys for toddlers. The room accommodates up to 35 children and is popular in the local community, with around 28 to 35 kids attending for most sessions. Lana told us that the group is insured for children up to 11 years old, but is aimed towards 0-4 year olds. Most of the children were between two and four, but there were also a few “regular” babies who meet in the baby corner, which has sensory toys suitable for 0-6 month olds. There is a book corner for little book lovers too.

The group begins with free play, after which they have a story and a healthy snack of fruit and cereals. At 11,30 they tidy up together, and end the session with a song and rhyme time at 11.45. They have a big parachute for the songs, which they choose in turns. Both children and grown-ups are allowed free drinks as part of their entry charge of £3, and there are extra snacks available to buy, such as cakes for 50p, toast for 30p and hot bacon rolls for £1.50. The mums also welcome two stall holders each week – these are usually local business specialising in creative crafts.

Leaders at Little Stoke Toddler Group.

The group is non-profit and the mums who run it do so because they have a passion for the group. Laura said: “We were mums that came along before we took over the group.” She added she would run it every day of the week if there was enough demand. The group might extend to an additional day, but at the moment runs only on Fridays. The organisers said they wanted “to let other parents and carers know they are welcome” so that more people can make friends and feel supported in the community, instead of feeling alone or isolated.

There is a big mix of people from different age groups and backgrounds, as well as a few dads, grandparents and childminders attending with little ones. One mum said: “I find it good. I came along with some friends and it gives us a chance to chat and the little ones can play together.” A grandmother also told us she tried to “come most weeks”.

More information: Little Stoke Toddler Group on Facebook

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Hatchet Road widening scheme to be discussed again by SGC

Posted on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 9:37 pm by SH (Editor)

Indicative artist’s impression of proposals on Hatchet Road (looking north).

Controversial plans to widen Hatchet Road in Stoke Gifford, to accommodate a new southbound bus lane for the proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME), are to be considered again by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) at a meeting in Kingswood tomorrow (Wednesday 6th July).

The CPME is an extension of the MetroBus network which will extend the North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) route that is currently under construction. It is intended to provide a fast and direct link between Bristol Parkway station and The Mall bus station via the planned new mixed use development on the former Filton Airfield site.

The proposals relating to Hatchet Road require a strip of land to be taken from Meade Park (resulting in the loss of some trees) and the removal of hedgerows on both sides of the carriageway.

Strong opposition to the widening of Hatchet Road was demonstrated in the results of a public consultation, with 75 of the 95 responses relating to this section of the route being categorised as objections.

A decision on the scheme was due to be made at a meeting on 4th May, but following lengthy discussion, it was deferred pending further consideration of the implications of a number of alternative options.

In a report published ahead of tomorrow’s meeting, council officers say they have performed further work to inform the committee’s decision. This has included investigating funding sources, further technical work into impact on adjacent third party land and the programme implications of pursuing a number of options involving an alternative route that would see MetroBus vehicles leaving Parkway via the rear (eastern) station access and travelling along Hunts Ground Road, Great Stoke Way and Winterbourne Road.

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Station Road to close for up to six months

Posted on Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 12:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Collapsed footway on Station Road, Little Stoke.

A 250m-long section of Station Road, in Little Stoke, is to be closed to through traffic for up to six months to facilitate the repair of a stretch of footway that has slipped into the adjacent brook.

The footway, just north of Patchway Station and opposite the Patchway Building Supplies compound, has been out of use for more than three years, and during this time has been fenced off with orange plastic barriers.

The work, which is expected to commence on Monday 11th July, is to be carried out by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, working on behalf of South Gloucestershire Council.

This is the same firm that is currently undertaking the construction of the MetroBus project in Bradley Stoke and the Stoke Gifford Transport Link.

In a letter sent to businesses and residential properties in the immediate vicinity of the work, Griffiths state that the work will involve the construction of a ‘bored pile’ retaining wall over a length of 100m, along with the construction of a new footpath and carriageway reinstatement.

Jim Aitken, community liaison officer for Griffiths, writes in the letter:

“Unfortunately, in order for these works to be carried out, it will be necessary for a road closure with vehicular diversion to be implemented for the duration of the works.”

The road closure extends from a point just south of the entrance to the Sort It civic amenity site to a point just north of Patchway Station. The 100m work area is located towards the railway station end of the closed section.

Businesses in the area will be open as usual and there will be signs to emphasise this, but there will be no through access for traffic. Consequently, traffic heading for the Riverside Leisure Club and the Sort It centre must approach from the north, while Patchway Station will be reachable only from the south.

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