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First anniversary for Stoke Gifford Community Library

Posted on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at 10:53 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of six volunteers at the community library.

The Stoke Gifford Community Library, located in the mezzanine above the Tea Rooms in the St Michael’s Centre, North Road, has recently celebrated its one year anniversary.

The volunteer-led library service first opened its doors on 10th October 2017 after it was announced that South Gloucestershire Council’s mobile van service would no longer be running. The library was originally run by a team of three volunteers who gave up their time every other week to provide this service to local residents, many of whom are unable to travel to the main library in Bradley Stoke. Since then, the number of residents visiting the Stoke Gifford facility has increased significantly and there are now seven volunteers who run the library, which is now open once a week.

In the last four months alone, they have issued 21 new library cards to members of the public and numbers have increased so much that the volunteers are considering opening the library twice a week.

Peter Day, one of the original volunteers, said:

“There has been a steady growth of people coming to use the library. Even though we only have a small selection of books here, we are able to order books for free, which has been a really popular service with the local residents. We are really happy to see that people of all ages are coming in to use the library and are thrilled that we’ve been able to keep this service going for the community.”

The services that the library offers have proven to be very popular with the residents of Stoke Gifford as they are able to order books which can then be collected at the library and borrow DVDs for free. Both of these amenities come with a charge at the Bradley Stoke library. The length of time that you can borrow books for is also one week longer than at Bradley Stoke.

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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 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

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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Volunteers step in to provide community library service after council axes van

Posted on Tuesday 19th December 2017 at 10:08 am by Laura Mortimore

Photo of volunteers who run the community library.

A new library has opened in the St Michael’s Centre in Stoke Gifford, providing a range of books for adults and children in the local community.

Located in the mezzanine above the coffee shop, which has step free access, the community library has replaced South Gloucestershire Council’s mobile van service which ceased running in October due to cuts in library services.

The library is run by a team of three volunteers who give up their time to provide this service to local residents, many of whom are unable to travel to the main library in Bradley Stoke. Jack McGinley, one of the volunteers, states that they are “here to serve the community” and describes the library as “a nice, warm, friendly environment where you can meet other people”. Peter Day, another volunteer, adds that “you can also enjoy a cup of coffee while you’re here!”

The community library is open every other Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm, opening this month on 5th and 19th December. The library will be open again after Christmas on 2nd January. The volunteers are hoping to extend the opening hours once the demand for the service increases.

The library provides a changing collection of adults’ and children’s books, large print, spoken work and DVDs. Members of the public are also able to request books, for which there is no charge, which will then be delivered to the library for them to collect. An ‘Active’ card is needed to borrow any books or DVDs but these can be issued at the Stoke Gifford library for anyone who does not already have one. Having the Active card also means that books taken out at other libraries in South Gloucestershire can be returned at Stoke Gifford.

More: Additional volunteers sought to help run the library »

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New library area for Little Stoke Primary

Posted on Wednesday 30th March 2016 at 9:46 pm by SH (Editor)

Performance poet Ian Bland recites a poem at the official opening of the new library area at Little Stoke Primary School.

Little Stoke Primary School officially opened its new library area on Friday 19th February and celebrated the occasion with a day of literacy-related activities.

Performance poet Ian Bland spent the day at the school, leading writing workshops, showing pupils how to write poems and giving tips on performing.

During a short ceremony to mark the opening of the library, Year 6 boys shared their thoughts about the new facility through prepared speeches. Ian Bland also explained how he had loved to visit libraries as a child, both the one in his school and the one in his village. He then recited a specially written poem called ‘Our Library’.

Then, after a fanfare by the Little Stoke Sliders (the school’s trombone group), Ian cut the ribbon to declare the library area officially open.

The library area is a visible presence of a broader reading initiative that is under way at the school which has included a reading challenge (in which children produced models based on books they have read), a top 100 books initiative, a reading passport scheme (which gives pupils rewards on reaching milestones), and paired reading.

More photos from the library area opening event »

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