Archive for February, 2012

Academy footballers help launch charity walk

Posted on Sunday 26th February 2012 at 9:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Launch of the 2012 St Peter's Hospice Midnight Walk

Players from Bristol Academy Women’s FC, based at the WISE campus in Stoke Gifford, have helped launch the build up to this year’s Midnight Walk charity event.

Women from across Greater Bristol are being urged to ‘Love Your Hospice’ by enrolling on a fun, night time walk around the city.

Called the St Peter’s Hospice Midnight Walk, the event takes place on Saturday 7th July and it is hoped that 2,000 women will take part.

Starting at 10.:30pm from Bristol City Football Club at Ashton Gate, the walk covers ten miles through a well-marshalled route around the city, which takes in the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Brandon Hill and the SS Great Britain.

There is also a five-mile route for those who perhaps want to take it a little easier with both walks finishing at the football club.

Jo Gibbons, Head of Fundraising, said:

“The last two years have been really well supported and we want to build on that success.”

“It’s also become a major fundraising event for the hospice so it’s really important we get as many women signed up to take part.”

More: Hospice cared for 2,200 patients last year »

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Showband to feature in British Legion concert

Posted on Monday 20th February 2012 at 4:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Westerly Showband

The Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion is staging an evening of musical entertainment on Saturday (25th February) to raise funds for its vitally important welfare work.

Music will be provided by the Westerly Showband, which will treat concert-goers to a programme of wonderful music, some Gershwin classics and favourite songs of yesteryear.

Band Leader: Chris Harris; Vocalist: Alexandra Denman

The Concert is being held at the Church Rooms, North Road, Stoke Gifford [map]. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be available.

Tickets are £6 on the door or £5 in advance (contact Brian Hewitt on 01454 775632 or Terry Webber on 0117 9091486).

The Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion was recently recognised as the best achieving ‘small’ branch in the County of Gloucestershire. During 2011, the branch collected a record £39,814 for the Poppy Appeal.


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Champagne reception held to welcome Busy Bees Nursery

Posted on Friday 10th February 2012 at 3:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Busy Bees Nursery, Stoke Gifford, Bristol

Leapfrog Day Nursery in Simmonds View, Stoke Gifford, has officially become a Busy Bees Nursery – five years after the previous proprietors were acquired by Busy Bees Group in 2007.

Bradley Stoke Mayor Cllr Ben Walker was invited to officially re-open the nursery under its new branding at a champagne reception held yesterday (Thursday 9th February).

The Mayor was given a tour of the facilities and was treated to a Wake ‘n’ Shake session performed by 3-5 year-olds.

The local community was also invited to inspect the refurbished nursery, which has recently been re-decorated and fitted out with new carpeting and flooring.

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, parents and visitors were treated to a champagne and cake reception and given a chance to look around the new facilities.

Busy Bees Manager Gillian Hill, said:

“We couldn’t wait to reveal the nursery’s new image to parents and children. It looks fantastic!”

“We were all very excited about the Mayor attending to officially open our new nursery as ‘Busy Bees’.”

More: Local family welcomed as guests of honour »

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Government wants Abbeywood School to become academy

Posted on Tuesday 7th February 2012 at 11:31 am by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford in the Media

Stoke Gifford’s Abbeywood Community School, which was recently put into ‘special measures’ by Ofsted, has unveiled plans to turn into an academy – according to a report in today’s Bristol Evening Post.

The paper says the secondary school could re-open in September as part of the Olympus Academy Trust, which was formed at the beginning of the year to take over the running of the nearby Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS).

Dave Baker, headteacher at BSCS, has been running both schools since the previous Abbeywood headteacher Ann Duff resigned suddenly last October.

The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has powers, under an act he hastened through parliament last year, to force into academy status any school that is said by Ofsted to need ‘special measures‘.

The Evening Post claims that South Gloucestershire Council, the local authority responsible for Abbeywood, is “urging the Department for Education to select the Olympus Academy Trust as sponsor”.

Prior to being put into ‘special measures’, Abbeywood had said it wasn’t interested in joining a proposed academy partnership with BSCS, Patchway Community College and Brimsham Green School.

BSCS later decided to go it alone and convert to an academy in “a federation of one” on 1st January 2012.

Read more: Struggling secondary looks set to become an academy by autumn

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