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St John Ambulance seeks young lifesavers

Posted on Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 9:59 pm by SH (Editor)

St John Ambulance.

Children aged between seven and ten can join young life savers at St John Ambulance’s Little Stoke Badgers.

The charity’s Badger Sett leader, Kat Ellison said:

“We provide a safe and enjoyable meeting night for children. They have lots of fun, learn first aid and gain recognition for all kinds of activities as they work towards the ultimate goal of becoming ‘Super Badgers’.”

“Our mission statement is to provide opportunities for any young person to develop social and citizenship skills by taking part in an active programme and, most importantly, we’re equipping children with knowledge that could make them the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

The group meets on Tuesday evenings, during term time, from 5.45pm to 7pm at Little Stoke Primary School, Little Stoke Lane, Little Stoke BS34 6HY.

Badgers participate in 15 activities, receiving a certificate and badge once each subject is complete.

When they have completed 12 subjects they become Super Badgers – the highest award possible – and receive a special badge they can wear on their Cadet uniform when they transfer up to the next level of St John Ambulance volunteering, on their 10th birthday.

Gemma Bolley’s daughter Jazmaine is among the young volunteers and Gemma said:

“Jazmaine loves Badgers – especially when she does first aid, as she likes helping grandad when he falls.”

To add your child to the group of future lifesavers, or find out more about Little Stoke Badgers, please call Kat Ellison on 07849 377295 or email her at

For more information on St John Ambulance’s work, including how to become a volunteer and details of training for the public, schools and businesses, visit or call 08700 10 49 50.

This article originally appeared in the October 2015 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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Local Poppy Appeal launched at Parkway Station

Posted on Friday 23rd October 2015 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cummings MBE helps launch the Stoke Gifford RBL branch's Poppy Appeal for 2015/16.

The Stoke Gifford branch of The Royal British Legion (RBL) launched its 2015/16 Poppy Appeal with a ceremony in the foyer of Bristol Parkway Station this afternoon (Friday 23rd October).

The branch was pleased to welcome a special guest, Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cummings MBE, who cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the start of the local appeal.

Mr Cummings retired from the army in 1983 following 33 years of service with the Royal Corps of Signals, during which he saw service in the Middle & Far East and on the continent. He was made an MBE for his welfare work at the Ministry of Defence, where he spent 14 years after retiring from the army. He became a resident of the Royal Hospital (home of the Chelsea Pensioners) following the death of his wife in 2009.

The ceremony was also attended by Station Manager Linda Swainger, Jack Lopresti MP (RBL branch vice president), members of the 1st Stoke Gifford (Old School Rooms) Scout troop and other supporters of the local RBL branch.

Parkway Station is one of the main sites for the branch’s fundraising efforts, along with the Asda store in Filton, Sainsbury’s in Stoke Gifford and the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke.

Branch members will be collecting at each of the four venues daily from 9am to 6pm until Sunday 8th November. In addition to traditional poppies, the branch will be once again be selling its popular knitted poppies, along with wristbands, snapbands, centenary edition enamel badges, car badges and wooden crosses.


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Stoke Gifford local celebrates new listing in Good Beer Guide

Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at 8:16 pm by SH (Editor)

The Beaufort Arms, North Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

A popular Stoke Gifford pub has made it into the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide for the first time, making it one of only two establishments in the north Bristol area to currently hold the prestigious status.

The Beaufort Arms, in North Road, joins around 4,500 of the best real ale pubs in the country listed in the guide, all of which have been nominated, evaluated and reviewed by local CAMRA volunteers.

Manager Nikki Brown told The Journal:

“We have been working really hard over the past few years to be mentioned within its pages, so we here at the Beaufort Arms are delighted to have been hand-picked by local CAMRA members for a place in this prestigious guide.”

“The guide entry mentions us as a ‘comfortable pub in a pleasant location, noting our proximity to both train and bus routes as well as our weekly quiz nights (held on Sundays and Wednesdays).”

The pub serves three ‘regular’ cask beers: Bath Ales Gem, Butcombe Bitter and Sharp’s Doom Bar, and offers a further selection of seven ‘changing’ ales.

Nikki added:

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and effort we have put into our cask ales and I am absolutely delighted with our entry into the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2016. It was a goal I set for myself at the beginning of the year and it is extremely satisfying to have achieved it. A big thank you to Isaac my cask master, who looks after our beers so well, to the rest of the team, who really got behind our cask ale focus, and to all our guests – this is a great achievement for the pub and we hope they are as proud as we are.”

More: Pub to host ‘Meet the Brewery’ events during October »

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Work under way on Stoke Gifford By-Pass

Posted on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at 1:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Stoke Gifford By-Pass construction at Parkway North.

Construction work on the Stoke Gifford By-Pass, which forms part of the North Fringe to Hengrove MetroBus route and will provide a new link for general traffic between Bradley Stoke and the A4174 (Avon Ring Road), is now under way at Parkway North.

The Stoke Gifford Transport Link (as the by-pass is officially known) is a single carriageway highway which will provide a link between the Parkway North Roundabout, Stoke Gifford and the Ring Road, emerging along what is currently the access road into the Highbrook Park housing development.

It will be around 1.6km in length, with a dedicated bus lane and a foot/cycle way on its western side. The link will cross the railway line and the Ham Brook via two new bridges being constructed for the project.

The new road will also provide access to the proposed East of Harry Stoke New Neighbourhood, where it is foreseen that 2,000 new homes will be constructed by 2027.

Cllr Brian Allinson, chair of the West of England Joint Transport Board, and also chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s (SGC’s) Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“MetroBus is set to provide a new public transport link across the area, from Hengrove in south Bristol, direct through to UWE in the north. This section, the Stoke Gifford Transport Link, extends the services thorough to Parkway Station and on to Cribbs Causeway and will help ease traffic congestion by providing another railway line crossing south from Stoke Gifford.”

“MetroBus has been a long time in the planning and development. It‘s tremendous to see the actual on the ground work starting, and we are all looking forward to riding on the first buses.”

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