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Former hair salon owner celebrates 100th birthday

Posted on Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 8:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Rosa Hunter holding her 100th birthday greeting from the Queen.

A Stoke Gifford resident who ran a hair salon in Bristol for 40 years has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Rosa Hunter, who now lives at Osbourne Court residential home in North Road (next to the St Michael’s Centre), was thrilled to receive a card and personalised congratulatory message from the Queen to mark reaching her centenary year.

Born on 18th May 1919. Rosa opened her first hair salon, with her husband Alex, in Downend. She worked at the salon, which catered for both ladies and gentlemen, until retiring at the age of 72.

Reminiscing about her long and varied life, Rosa says she loved to help her father at their allotment on Ashley Hill and she always enjoyed any kind of outdoor activity.

Rosa and her husband were very good at ballroom dancing, and they won many competitions together. Nowadays, Rosa still likes to listen to music from the 30s and the 40s, which brings back many happy memories.

Asked how she feels about reaching the age of 100, Rosa said:

“If you eat well and have plenty of fresh air, you will be healthy. Mother had many children, but I am the only one left now. I thank my mother and father for reaching this age.”

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 12). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to over 5,000 homes in Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Harry Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Splatts Abbey Wood: A small pocket of nature right on the doorstep

Posted on Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 7:17 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of conservation group members Fred Hillberg (left) and David Bell at the entrance to the wood.

As the weather is starting to warm up and the summer months are approaching, Splatts Abbey Wood offers members of the community a local beauty spot that is right on the doorstep of Stoke Gifford. Located next to the Woodpecker’s Nursery at the MOD, it is easily accessible by car, bus or even following the cycle paths from Stoke Gifford.

Although Splatts is only a small woodland area, it offers residents the chance to see local fauna and wildlife that is free and easy to access. It is split into three different sections; the original wood, the ride and the new plantation. In each of these areas, you will find different species of trees as well as a variety of different birds and other animals.

The original wood

This is the largest part of the wood and it is here that you will predominantly find hazel trees, along with hawthorn, elm, ash, oak, rose and holly. The trees in this area have been dated to be about 150 years old. As well as the variety of trees, there are also many plants that cover the ground, such as dog’s mercury and ivy. During the spring, before the canopy closes over, you can also find patches of bluebells, red campion, yellow archangel and wood anemone. Some of these woodland flowers take a long time to establish, meaning their presence indicates an ancient wood (i.e. over 400 years old).

The ride

Instead of trees, here you will find grasses, thistles, vetches, and willow herbs. Because the vegetation is not tall enough to hide the skies, sunlight can reach the ground here even during the summer meaning flowers can bloom freely. These provide nectar for butterflies and other insects, so this place can feel far more alive than the wood during the summer months. Look out for butterflies, such as speckled wood and gatekeeper, which inhabit woodland edges.

More: Conservation group is seeking new members »

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Schools’ career advice scheme set for expansion

Posted on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 9:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Mayor Tim Bowles with a group of students and teachers outside Abbeywood Community School.

West of England mayor Tim Bowles visited Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School on 20th May, where he took the opportunity to announce plans for the expansion of a scheme designed to inspire young people and make them better prepared for the world of work.

The Careers Hub initiative was launched by the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership in September 2018, to initially work with 25 schools and colleges across the region.

Thanks to a successful start, the Hub has now been awarded a further £166,000 from the Careers & Enterprise Company, allowing it to work with all 70 mainstream schools and colleges across the West of England.

The schools and colleges will be supported to improve knowledge and understanding of career opportunities and experiences of the workplace for young people, allowing them to make more informed choices about their future careers.

Research has shown that young people who have regular, meaningful contact with employers while at school are more likely to find employment or pursue further education or training.

Regional mayor Tim Bowles said:

“The Careers Hub is at the heart of my ambition for economic growth that benefits every resident. I want all our young people to realise their potential, by ensuring they know what the world of work can offer them, and that they have the right skills for our region’s employers.

“I’ve visited a number of the Hub schools and it’s fantastic to see how we’re nurturing and developing the raw talent of our region’s young people.”

More: Hub has helped improve careers provision at Abbeywood »

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Fête enjoyed by all, despite the rain showers

Posted on Thursday 13th June 2019 at 8:33 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Filton Concert Brass playing at the fête.

Bank Holiday Monday (27th May) saw the annual Stoke Gifford Fête take place in the Trust Grounds, North Road. There was an excellent turnout, with an estimated 1,500 people attending the event, which included a fun dog show and (new for this year) donkey rides.

Although the strong winds and rain meant the inflatable slide and bouncy castle had to be deflated, the sun did reappear, and they were able to go back up again. The ominous grey clouds and occasional rain shower didn’t seem to put people off as the community came together to enjoy the event.

Madelynne, aged 5, who attended the fête, said:

“I had a great time – my favourite thing was going on the swing ride with my cousin Poppy!”.

Tanya Booth, treasurer of the Stoke Gifford Trust Committee, said:

“A great time was had by all at the Stoke Gifford Fête today. Filton Concert Brass entertained along with the Stokes Singers. Swingboats and tea cup rides entertained the children with appearances by Paddington, Paw Patrol and Mr Incredible. Marky Jay entertained with ‘Monkey Magic’ and Stoke Gifford Taekwondo demonstrated their skills.”

“Several visitors commented on how great it was to have a ‘whole community’ event with everyone represented, from the British Legion to the local pre-school, Guides and Scouts, WI, Little Stoke Garden Society and Short Mat Bowls to name but a few.”

“The event was organised by Stoke Gifford Trust who would like to thank local businesses, Stoke Gifford Scout Group, St Michael’s Church, parish councillors and other local groups and residents for their help in putting on the event.”

“We would also like to thank Stoke Gifford Parish Council for their generous grant of £1,000 towards the cost of the event.”

More: Volunteers always needed »

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