Author’s pirate tales enthrall Reception pupils

Posted on Tuesday 30th July 2019 at 6:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of author Ali Smith with some of the Reception class children.

Monday 10th June saw the children in Reception at St Michael’s Primary School, Stoke Gifford receive a visit from a children’s author as part of their topic: Just Keep Swimming.

Self-published author, Ali Smith, is a teacher in the South of England who has always loved children’s picture books and wanted to write her own. She has now written 20 books about a pirate named Captain O, who is inspired by her nephew, Owain. She has also used the names of her own children and nearly all of her nieces and nephews as characters in the series.

Photo of Ali Smith reading one of her stories to some of the Reception class children.

As part of her visit to St Michael’s, Ali went to each of the Reception classes, reading some of her stories and answering questions about being an author. The children were enthralled as Ali read four of her Captain O stories, using props and actions to engage her audience. They then had an opportunity to ask Ali a number of questions including “How did you become an author?” and “Who draws the pictures?”

One of the stories, Captain O and the Rainbow, included the dilemma of choosing a pot of gold or your friend, and as this question was put to the children, they were able to discuss the pros and cons of each option. One child claimed they would choose the gold because “then I would be rich” whereas another chose their friend because “I would have someone to play with”.

As part of her visit, Ali had signed copies of her books that had been ordered, which were gratefully received by the children. Upon leaving, Ali said: “It’s a real joy to inspire children to read and write their own stories. Everybody loves a pirate!”

If you would like to read any of Ali Smith’s Pirate O books, they are available to purchase on Amazon.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 20). 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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FREE summer play scheme for 5 to 11 year-olds starts on Monday 29th July

Posted on Saturday 27th July 2019 at 7:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Poster giving details of the play scheme in Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

The annual FREE summer play scheme for children aged 5 to 11 gets under way at Little Stoke Community Hall on Monday 29th July for two weeks and then moves to The Poplar Rooms, Stoke Gifford Trust Ground for another two weeks until Friday 23rd August.

Running Monday through Friday until 23rd August, the play scheme is run by the Four Towns Play Association, which receives financial assistance from Stoke Gifford Parish Council.

The aim of the play scheme is to ensure children have fun over the school summer holiday and also to provide a break for parents. It is designed to support children in the local area to play and learn, in the presence of others, in a safe and child-friendly environment.

Children attending the sessions take part in arts and crafts, sport and team games. There are also visits from sports coaches, dance teachers and library staff.

Sessions run from 10.30am to 12.30pm, closing for lunch and are back in operation from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. It is essential children are collected during the lunch period as the play scheme is not covered by insurance during that period.

There is no need to book, just turn up and complete a registration form [or download one beforehand]. The scheme runs on a first-come, first-served basis, so please arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.

Similar sessions are being held at venues in Patchway and Filton and Bradley Stoke.

More information can be found on the Four Towns Play Association page on Facebook or by phoning Barbara on 01454 868571.

See also: Four Towns Summer Play Scheme (SBCP)

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 14). 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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New café opening soon in Little Stoke Park

Posted on Friday 19th July 2019 at 10:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Hayley Mannion standing at the counter of the new Little Stoke Community Café.

The operator of a new café that is set to open soon within the confines of Little Stoke Park says she is planning to offer a “really great facility for the local community”.

Hayley Mannion, who lives just across the road from the park, says she had previously approached the parish council about operating a refreshment kiosk at the site. However, when the opportunity arose to take on a purpose-built café space within the recently extended Little Stoke Community Hall, she jumped at the chance to put in a bid for a larger-scale facility.

As we went to press, the fitting out of the new Little Stoke Community Café was being completed, ready for a Grand Opening event between 12pm and 5pm on Saturday 20th July.

Hayley has a wealth of experience in the catering trade, having worked in the café at Wild Place for two years and, more recently, at Café Nest within the Mothercare store at Cribbs Causeway.

The new café will have a children’s area within its large indoor space and, in fine weather, tables will be placed on an outdoor terrace. There are also plans to have guest craft stalls displaying their products from time to time within the café.

The venue has underfloor heating and offers free wifi. Toilets and baby changing facilities are available within
the community hall building.

Arrangements are already in place for local cakemakers to supply the new café and a local baker is being sought to provide bread supplies.

Hayley hopes the café will appeal to a wide range of users, from early morning dog walkers to parents and toddlers visiting the park in the morning and early afternoon. She adds: “It will be somewhere that local residents can walk to instead of having to drive to Costa!”

The café’s normal opening hours will be 8am to 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

• Find out more at ‘Little Stoke Community Café’ on Facebook.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Stoke Gifford Journal magazine (on page 29). 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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Reflections on the Gipsy Patch Lane closure

Posted on Friday 12th July 2019 at 9:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Gipsy Patch Lane railway bridge on 24th June, 21 days into the closure.

Residents in the Stokes breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday 27th June when South Gloucestershire Council confirmed that Gipsy Patch Lane would reopen as planned in time for the morning peak on Monday 1st July.

The busy commuter road had been closed at the Station Road railway bridge for four weeks commencing Monday 4th June in order for BT to divert underground utilities ahead of the replacement of the bridge with a much wider concrete structure in 2020.

The bridge replacement and associated highway works are being carried out as part of the Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme, which will provide an express bus service between The Mall and Bristol Parkway Station, also serving the upcoming development on the former Filton Airfield.

The June closure was a precursor to an anticipated eight-month full closure of the road planned for early 2020, either side of the main bridge replacement work over 12 days at Easter.

The first day of the closure proved something of an anti-climax as the anticipated gridlock failed to materialise, perhaps because motorists had heeded warnings and adjusted their journey times or maybe because Mondays is traditionally a quiet day on the roads anyway. But signs of things to come were already apparent on Stoke Lane and Little Stoke Lane as traffic tailed back to Little Stoke Park during the morning peak.

The situation was much worse the next day, Tuesday 4th June, with traffic tailed back on Bradley Stoke Way as far as the Willow Brook Centre and on Brook Way to Manor Farm Roundabout and some commuters reporting additional delays of up to 35min.

A rainy Tuesday morning on 11th June, compounded with a major incident at the top of the M32, brought more misery, with reports of it taking 30min to pass along Braydon Avenue and gridlock surrounding the mini-roundabout at the end of Stoke Lane, near the A38.

But the low point came on Tuesday 25th June when heavy rain during the morning peak brought Bradley Stoke to a standstill in all directions with BBC Bristol reporting additional delays of 35min on Bradley Stoke Way, described by one motorist as being “like a car park”.

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