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Youth, community and transport projects compete for Area Forum funding

Posted on Tuesday 26th February 2013 at 11:53 am by SH (Editor)

Little Stoke Youth Centre, Little Stoke Lane, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

A number of Stoke Gifford youth, community and transport projects stand to benefit from decisions due to be made at a meeting of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Southern Brooks Area Forum tonight (Tuesday 26th).

Stoke Gifford Parish Council (SGPC) has applied for a grant of £21k to fund “universal youth provision” at Little Stoke Youth Centre, which is due to be taken over by the Parish Council in April after SGC announced it could no longer afford to run it.

SGPC says it plans to work with the Creative Youth Network to provide activities for young people on three evenings per week, the full cost of which will be £34k in 2013/14.

SGC officers have recommended that the full £21k be granted from the forum’s Positive Activities budget of £102k.

Three Stoke Gifford community groups are hopeful of receiving a share of the forum’s £32k Small Revenue Grant budget.

Stoke Lane Athletic FC has applied for £1,700 towards the cost of purchasing a defibrilator. SGC officers have recommended that £1,500 be allocated towards the total project cost of £2,432, which includes training of a club member to become an instructor in the use of the equipment.

Harriers Acrobatic Gymnastic Club, which runs sessions at  Little Stoke Primary School, would like £3,000 towards the cost of purchasing a set of twelve portable ‘air floors’. The inflatable mats would allow the gymnasts to improve their skills, while at the same time reducing the risk of impact injuries. SGC officers have recommended that the group be given £2,610, which will permit the purchase of three mats.

The South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group has applied for £1,000 towards the cost of producing and publicising a book about the Harry Stoke Coal Mine, which was the the last mine operating in the Bristol Coalfield. A launch event is planned, at which former Harry Stoke miners would share memories of their working lives. SGC officers have recommend that a contribution of £500 be given to the group.

More: Three Stoke Gifford transport schemes to be considered »

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Mystery plan for Brins Close allotments sparks concern among residents

Posted on Friday 22nd February 2013 at 8:22 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign announcing that land near Brins Close is to be cleared for allotments.

People living in the Brins Close area of Stoke Gifford are waiting to learn more about a proposal to turn an area of rough grassland into allotments.

The mystery plan came to light last weekend when a sign announcing “this land is to be cleared for allotments” appeared on the pathway at the southern end of Field Farm Close.

An enquiry by The Journal to the email address shown on the sign elicited the following response and it is understood that others have received the same message:

“Stoke Gifford Allotments is a community led initiative that has been able to secure land off Brins Close in order to provide local residents with allotments.”

“Public access will still be maintained as we intent to make new pathways around the field – the primary objective is to promote community involvement on this area of under-utilised land rather than exclusion.”

“We anticipate holding a meeting on-site to establish interest within the next few weeks, which everyone will be welcome to attend.”

“Flyers with more information will be distributed next week to local residents and we will keep you up to date via email with progress.”

More: Councils are investigating ownership and planning permission »

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‘Family Flicks’ for Heart of the Community

Posted on Tuesday 19th February 2013 at 2:53 pm by Nikki Hallur

St Michael's Heart of the Community project - Church representatives.

St Michael’s Church is continuing its successful ventures in fundraising for its Heart of the Community project, this time by showing a series of films under the title ‘Family Flicks’. The first in this series of films was ‘Madagascar 3’, which was shown this Saturday morning in cinematic fashion. The church only advertised internally for this first film as it did not have a public licence to advertise externally, but many local families came to enjoy the experience at the Old School Rooms in Stoke Gifford. Children and parents enjoyed refreshments such as popcorn, fruit and hot drinks whilst watching the film on a large screen, and entry was based on donations towards the Heart of the Community project.

The Heart of the Community project aims to create a modern church and community centre which can be used by the church and local residents for community activities and for worship. The church has already raised over £2 million through the generosity of its members. Church members are keen for old farm land behind the Old School Rooms to be used for the community. Hilary Field, one of the event organisers, informed us that the old farm buildings were on the brink of being demolished when the church was alerted to the fact and told they had a week to raise the money if they wanted to buy the land.

The Old Schools Rooms, North Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Another one of the event organisers, Christine Rogers, told us that even though the Heart of the Community is about a building, “the building is part of our vision to serve the whole community”. Parents attending the ‘Family Flicks’ event said it was a great idea to engage children on a Saturday morning. The church is planning to hold a number of other fundraising events, such as ‘Jazz on the Green’ as well as a wine tasting and a gourmet food event in its coffee shop. For more information about the Heart of the Community project and St Michael’s Church, visit

Photo: Church representatives Hilary Field, Christine Rogers and Chris Bradley, pictured at the ‘Family Flicks’ event.

Related link: Faith and religion in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)

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Gipsy Patch Lane closed overnight tonight (Mon 18th) for bridge inspection

Posted on Monday 18th February 2013 at 1:32 pm by SH (Editor)

Overnight closure of Gipsy Patch Lane on 18th/19th February 2013.

Gipsy Patch Lane will be closed overnight tonight (Monday/Tuesday 18th/19th February) to allow network Rail to undertake a detailed examination of the railway bridge.

The road will be closed from 10pm tonight (Monday 18th) until 6am tomorrow morning.

The alternative route for vehicles is A38 Gloucester Road North, A4174 Link Road, A4174 Station Road, Great Stoke Way, Brierley Furlong, Hatchet Road, and vice versa.

According to an entry on the website, the detailed examination of the underbridge will be undertaken “using one road mounted mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) and small hand tools”.

South Gloucestershire Council previously published a traffic order stating that Gipsy Patch Lane would be closed for five days from 18th February, but it believed that this is a precaution in case the works need to be postponed or overrun.

The Council caused confusion earlier this month when it erected signs in Little Stoke Lane stating that the lane would be closed for eight weeks from 4th February. The work taking place there involves replacing a number of priority narrowings with full-width raised tables. The Council later stated that it only intends to close the road for a single week starting from 25th March.

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