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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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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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More volunteers needed at retirement village library

Posted on Tuesday 4th June 2019 at 5:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of volunteers Merle Bathe-Taylor and Janet Bacon in the library.

The new Stoke Gifford Retirement Village (SGRV), situated just off Coldharbour Lane, is in desperate need of more volunteers to work in its community library as well as other areas within the village.

The activities and facilities available to both the residents of the village and the wider community are mostly led by volunteers; either the residents themselves or members of the public. Having sufficient numbers of volunteers is therefore vital in keeping the activities running.

Laura Jones is the volunteer organiser at SGRV and she oversees recruiting and managing volunteers for the 70+ roles available. Although she already has numerous volunteers, particularly from the nearby University of the West of England, she is still in need of many more.

As the library is part of South Gloucestershire Libraries, anyone with an ‘Active’ card (resident or non-resident) can request, borrow and return books and DVDs at this library, or any of the other South Gloucestershire libraries. However, it is currently only able to open two mornings and one afternoon a week due to the low number of people able to work there.

Volunteering at the library would involve a variety of duties, including welcoming library customers and identifying their individual needs, actively seeking to meet those needs and to enable customers to make full use of the facilities available. Staff also support the systems and policies for the loan and management of stock, including self-service and use a variety of resources to provide information, including online services.

Merle Bathe-Taylor, one of the members of staff at the library, would recommend volunteering there as she says:

“I enjoy helping people and being able to assist with their queries. It’s lovely to see visitors in the village using the facilities and being able to show them the work we do. Also, it’s important to feel valued and to have a purpose in retirement. My role means that I meet new people and remain active in life.”

Janet Bacon, another volunteer, added:

“I enjoy the variety of the role and being able to meet and talk to lots of different people.”

More: Volunteering Recruitment Fair on Thursday 6th June »

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