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Bank holiday village fête set to draw the crowds

Posted on Saturday 25th May 2019 at 7:50 am by SH (Editor)

Photo showing a general view of Stoke Gifford Jubilee Fête on Monday 4th June 2012.

The annual Stoke Gifford Village Fête will be held at the Trust Grounds, North Road [BS34 8PE], from 2pm to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May 2019, writes Tanya Booth of the Stoke Gifford Trust.

This year there will be traditional rides, bouncy castles, donkey rides, entertainer Marky Jay, barbecue, tea and cake, side shows, craft stalls and much more. Paw Patrol, Paddington and Mr Incredible will be visiting too. Filton Concert Brass Band will be playing, Stokes Singers will be singing and Stoke Gifford Taekwondo will be staging a demonstration.

The stalls will include the WI cake stall, Little Stoke Garden Society plants and crafts, cupcakes, sweets and cards.

The Fun Dog Show is always popular at the top of the field, run by DAWG (a Bristol greyhound and lurcher rescue charity) and volunteers. There is an entry fee of just £1 per dog and judging starts at 1pm.

The aim of the fête is to provide a fun afternoon for the people of Stoke Gifford. The Trust Hall, Poplar Rooms and field are run by a registered charity after the land was left to the people of Stoke Gifford in the 1940s. This is a way of the trustees carrying out their charitable aims by providing a fun event for the village where local clubs and groups can take part too.

The fête is financed by donations on the day and a grant of £1,000 towards this from Stoke Gifford Parish Council. We do not seek to make a profit but need to cover the cost of putting on the event. The 1st Stoke Gifford Scout Group helps by providing tents, a barbecue and volunteers and members of St Michael’s Church and local businesses are among the many volunteers needed. Any surplus taken is used for future events.

There isn’t a formal charge to enter, but we do ask for donations on entry and for the activities and refreshments. There is no parking on site (other than for Blue Badge holders) and local streets become full early, so we suggest you leave your cars at home if possible. If there is heavy rain, the event will not go ahead for safety reasons – please check our website and Facebook page for updates on the day.

More: Volunteers needed to help on the day »

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Charity begins… in the toy library!

Posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 at 9:06 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Ruth delivering a box of donations to the charity shop in Bedminster.

A Brownie from Stoke Gifford has donated a box of cat food, treats and toys to Bristol Cats Protection as part of her work towards gaining the newly introduced Charity interest badge.

Ruth (aged 8), and her family, adopted a cat from the charity in August last year and so, when choosing a charity to support, she was keen to continue helping local cats. She made a poster about the charity and put a collection box inside the Stoke Gifford Toy Library for a month.

In early April, she visited the Bedminster Cats Protection charity shop to hand over the goodies kindly donated by Stoke Gifford residents.

Sarah, manager at the store, was very pleased to receive the goodies and was impressed by Ruth’s efforts with her poster and collection box. Ruth said:

“I love my cat, Nala, and wanted to do more to help other cats who don’t yet have homes. I thought they would like some treats and toys to help cheer them up while they are waiting to be adopted.”

Hedgehog, assistant leader at 1st Stoke Gifford Brownies, said:

“The Charity badge is just one of the exciting new interest badges that can be earned by Brownies as part of the new Girlguiding programme. I’d like to thank the residents of Stoke Gifford who supported Ruth in her efforts, and hope they’ll be happy to do so again if another Brownie decides to hold a collection in future.”

Girlguiding units across the area are always looking for volunteers to help deliver their programme of activities – if you’d like to find out more, please contact fromevalleydivision@girlguidingbsg.org.uk

• The toy library, opened in autumn 2018, is housed within an old telephone kiosk at The Green, Stoke Gifford. It works on a self-service basis and is unlocked by volunteers each day.

More: Photo of the collection box in the toy library »

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Co-op store steps in with kit to keep Lions warm

Posted on Monday 20th May 2019 at 8:34 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Stoke Lane Lions Under 10s football team standing in front of a goal.

Training sessions are about to get a bit warmer for the Stoke Lane Lions Under-10s football teams, thanks to a donation from a local Co-operative store.

The community-based youth football team has bought new training hoodies for all 22 players thanks to a £500 donation from Southern Co-op’s store in North Road, Stoke Gifford.

The hoodies will help keep them warm as they train in all weathers.

Alex Whitton, Store Manager at Southern Co-op’s Stoke Gifford store, said:

“All the children have at the moment is their main kit provided by the club. They were in need of something to help them keep warm when it gets cold or they are waiting around on the pitch.”

“They love playing football, so hopefully this will help them play in all weathers. The club is very local and it gives children of all ages the opportunity to participate in organised football.”

“My own son has played in the team since he was five or six years old, so it is great to watch him and the other players growing.”

The U10 Lions team, which is run exclusively by parents and volunteers, is now playing in its third season. It forms part of Stoke Lane AFC, which prides itself on being family-orientated, with players of every age group at the heart of the club.

More about the Southern Co-op’s community engagement programme »

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Stoke Gifford girl, aged 9, praised for 999 call

Posted on Friday 17th May 2019 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Jonathan Leaton (emergency medical dispatcher) with Massa Sow and Catherine Camara.

A nine-year-old girl from Stoke Gifford has been officially commended for her “brilliant” response when her mum became seriously ill.

Catherine Camara, 30, was five months pregnant when she collapsed at home and was struggling to breathe. Massa Sow called 999 and told South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) emergency call handler Jonathan Leaton exactly what was wrong.

Massa made a special visit with her mum to the SWASFT control centre in Bradley Stoke on 17th April to be formally acknowledged for her actions.

She was presented with a certificate from SWASFT chief executive Ken Wenman.

Massa, who learned at school how to call 999, said:

“I felt scared, but I knew what I had to do. Now I am pleased mummy is better.”

Catherine said:

“I had tears in my eyes listening to the call. I am not surprised she managed to call 999, but I didn’t expect her to do so well. She was perfect.”

Emergency medical dispatcher Jonathan also praised Massa, saying:

“Massa was brilliant. She provided clear and helpful information throughout the call. She did everything I asked perfectly. It must have been traumatic for her, but she remained calm throughout.”

More: How the incident unfolded. Listen to Massa’s 999 call. »

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