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Stoke Gifford news round-up (March 2018)

Posted on Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 11:30 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

Heavy snow has caused disruption and school closures all across the Stokes this month but there are finally some signs that spring has sprung with bright yellow daffodils being spotted in gardens and public parks. See below for key dates throughout the school holidays and the rest of April.

St Michael’s Church

The church have been extremely busy this month, organising a range of activities for the local community, including; clay pigeon shooting, a board games evening and a Dad’s breakfast. The dedicated members of the church are continuing to organise events throughout April and May, please find details of these events below.

Next month’s Saturday breakfast is being held on 14th April in the Old School Rooms between 8.30am and 10am. For a suggested donation of £2 per person, you will receive a full English breakfast, along with toast, preserves, tea, coffee and orange juice. There will also be a guest speaker to give a short talk.

Also on the 14th April, a film quiz night has been organised at 7.30pm in The Old School Rooms. There will be film themed food along with popcorn, hot dogs and nachos, please take your own drinks. For this occasion, men are being asked to pay a £5 entrance fee, but the ladies are free. If you would like to attend, please let Rob know at robanddiane.bakewell@gmail.com

The City of Bristol Brass Band are performing a concert at the St Michael’s Centre on Saturday 19th May from 7pm-9pm, performing a mix of classical and modern music. Tickets are £8 per adult, £5 retired and under 16’s are free. Tickets are available to purchase from the church office leading up to the concert or on the door.

The coffee shop in the St Michael’s centre will be closed from 2.30pm on Thursday 29th March and will reopen at 9.30am on Monday 9th April. This is due to refurbishment work that is taking place.

More: Easter services. School news. Key dates for April »

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Abbeywood students break generational barriers with Osbourne Court residents

Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018 at 5:46 pm by Laura Mortimore

Year 9 student Liv Lewis, reading a selection of her own work to the residents of Osborne Court.

A group of Year 9 students at Abbeywood Community School have met with residents of Osbourne Court to form an ‘Intergenerational Book Group’ as a way of meeting and interacting with members of the community and to share some of their favourite pieces of writing.

On Wednesday 6th December, seven ladies from the residential home travelled to Abbeywood and were greeted with coffee, cake and a friendly group of students. The generational barrier didn’t take long to break through as students and residents both interacted happily with each other, sharing stories about their different lives.

After some warm beverages and sweet treats were enjoyed, the students read out some poems that they had written as well as reading extracts from some Christmas stories which were all met with claps from the Osbourne Court residents.

Debbie Swindail, school librarian and organiser of the group, explained:

“The Intergenerational Book Group aims to bring together different generations from the same community and create opportunities to learn from each other in a relaxed environment, breaking down barriers and building bridges over tea, cake and books. All of our students really enjoyed helping and meeting the ladies and cannot wait to meet them again.”

Fortunately, the students didn’t have to wait long as another book group session was arranged for Monday 22nd January; this time being held at Osbourne Court. The residents enjoyed hosting the event, talking to the students about a variety of topics including the war, pets and their own school lives. The topic of conversation then moved onto books as one of the students read a chapter from Andrew Norriss’ ‘Jessica’s Ghost’, a story about the power of friendship, with one of the residents commenting that they “have never heard anything like that before”.

More: Group helps "Break down barriers and negative stereotypes" »

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (February 2018)

Posted on Sunday 4th March 2018 at 5:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

February has brought with it cold winds and snow but that hasn’t stopped the residents of Stoke Gifford from carrying on with their busy lives. Here is a round-up of what has been happening in the village and key dates for March.

St Michael’s Primary School

This month, the children of St Michael’s have been busy enjoying their new topics and have taken part in various sports, including a swimming gala, a netball tournament and learning how to play American Football.

On Wednesday 28th February, the school held a bike repair session in the playground where children could drop off their bikes at the start of the day for small repairs and safety checks ready to collect at the end of the day. Amanda Starr, who organised the event, commented:“It was a huge success, especially considering the weather conditions. It was -5 degrees outside and we had 14 bikes checked and repaired by ‘Dr Bike’”.

The PTFA at St Michael’s have successfully registered the school for the Airbus Community Awards which means they are now in with a chance of winning a share of £10,000. The school are asking the local community for their help by collecting tokens from the Bristol Post and handing them in to the school office by Monday 19th March. The tokens are available to collect from Friday 16th February to Monday 19th March with 100 bonus tokens being published on 2nd, 7th, 12th and 16th March. The top ten groups to collect the most tokens will receive a share of the £10,000 prize money.

St Michael’s Church

February marked the beginning of the Easter period for St Michael’s church as Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent and this was marked by a special service that was held on Wednesday 14th February. The service included Communion and the opportunity to be marked with ash in the sign of the cross.

Looking ahead to March, the church will be holding an alternative Mother’s Day service on Saturday 10th at 4pm. For those who may find Mothering Sunday difficult for any reason, this will be an informal gathering using liturgy, poems and stories to acknowledge the bittersweet emotions surrounding this day. Also on Saturday 10th March, an event has been organised by Rob Bakewell; an opportunity for anyone to go and try clay pigeon shooting near The Mall. For £40, you will get 20 practice shots and then a competition will be held to see who the best shot is. For more information or to sign up, please contact Rob on 07912574691 or robanddiane.bakewell@gmail.com. A board games evening is also being organised for Saturday 31st March from 7pm in the Old School Rooms. Tickets are £5 per person, for more details or to purchase tickets, please contact Kia at kiaharris@hotmail.com.

The St Michael’s Coffee Shop is due to have a spring clean at the beginning of April and the church is therefore looking for any volunteers who might be able to help with cleaning and painting. If you think you might be available between Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th April, please get in touch on 0117 969 2486.

More: Abbeywood School. Community Library. Events in March. »

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (January 2018)

Posted on Friday 9th February 2018 at 9:17 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

For many residents of Stoke Gifford, the start of the new year has been a busy one as local schools have started new topics and the St Michael’s Centre has been feeding the men of the community! Here is a round-up of some of the events that have been taking place throughout January and a few things to look forward to in February.

Abbeywood Community School

Whilst all of the students at Abbeywood have started the new year in a busy and productive way, there are some who have gone above and beyond their usual timetable of lessons. Two groups of Year 12 students are taking part in the ‘Envision Programme’, an inter-school competition where young people have to develop their own projects and then pitch their ideas to businesses in Bristol.

One group is looking at ways to tackle domestic violence and the other is trying to address the issue of homelessness across the city. After delivering brilliant presentations to the businesses, both groups have been awarded a sum of money to help develop their ideas even further. The final winners of the competition will be announced in June so look out for an update then!

Looking back to before Christmas, the Fundraising Club were busy putting on two film nights to raise money for Young Carers UK. In total they managed to raise almost £100 for the charity.

Year 8 students have also been spending time raising funds; only the money that they have raised will be going to the Children’s Hospice South West. So far, they have raised an impressive £182 and we look forward to hearing what their final total is.

St Michael’s Primary School

The children at St Michael’s have been enjoying starting their new topics in January, including; Toy Story, Robots and Vive la France! Year 4 enjoyed an exciting trip to the SS Great Britain for their topic ‘Shipshape’ and Year 5 had a visit from the Explorer Dome as part of their ‘Earth and Space’ topic.

Looking forward to exciting events throughout this month, Thursday 8th February is ‘Wear Red Day’ to mark the Chinese New Year and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the children need to start thinking about what character they are going to dress up as for World Book Day.

More: St Michael’s Church. Bristol One Act Drama Festival. »

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