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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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SGS College’s Olympus Theatre stages Aladdin

Posted on Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 1:24 pm by SH (Editor)

SGS College production of Aladdin.

Pantomime comes to South Gloucestershire and Stroud (SGS) College’s Olympus Theatre in Stoke Gifford this week when students stage a five-day production of Aladdin.

The genre has always been known for its high level of audience participation, eye-catching costumes, stunning sets and sing-along songs. Now SGS College has produced a pantomime like no other, featuring a cast of highly professional young and talented actors.

The production will be following the original rags to riches story of Aladdin, whose life gets turned upside down when he finds a magical lamp, meeting a princess, a baddie and a raucous dame along the way. However, the story takes on a new twist with a special anti-bullying message. Linking in with the national anti-bullying strategy, the college has created an underlying theme in the production that is suitable for all ages.

Steve Titchmarsh, Head of Department, commented:

“Open to the local community and wider, this is a great alternative to bigger shows whilst still being of the same quality. This year, our degree students are performing throughout. It really will be a spectacular show!”

With a bit of theatre magic, an actual flying carpet, and great ticket prices, this panto is not to be missed. The show runs from Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th December at the Olympus Theatre located on the WISE Campus in Stoke Gifford. So bring your loudest voices and come join in the fun!

The show will be held at various times throughout the four days. To book tickets online, visit For further details, contact the Production Manager, Fran Hollingworth, on 0117 9192639 or e-mail

Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.

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Olympus Theatre to welcome ‘The Vampire’

Posted on Saturday 3rd March 2012 at 5:02 pm by SH (Editor)


The award-winning Bristol Opera returns to the Olympus Theatre in Stoke Gifford this spring with a new production of ‘The Vampire’.

Nominated for the Rose Bowl Award for Best Opera in 2009, 2010 and 2011 (winning the award in 2009 and 2010), Bristol Opera presents its 2012 production of ‘The Vampire’ by Heinrich Marschner, sung in English with an orchestra.

‘The Vampyre’ (1819), by Lord Byron’s friend John Polidari, on which the opera is based, changed the traditional image of the vampire from a rotting corpse into a handsome, aristocratic, seductive, and amoral character, Lord Ruthven, an eighteenth century Scottish lord. Desperate to become immortal, Lord Ruthven is tasked by the Vampire Master to slay three virgin brides on the eve of their weddings within twenty four-hours to enable him to live another day. The romantic hero of the piece, Lord Edgar Aubry, is anxious to prevent this happening, as the third victim is to be his beloved Malwina. In a race against time, and as the Vampire grows ever stringer, the opera builds in excitement and drama to a climatic conclusion.

The production is being shown at Olympus Theatre on the WISE Campus of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (formerly Filton College) in New Road, Stoke Gifford, from 9th to 12th May.

Shows start at 7:30pm and tickets are available in advance from Iris Shopland on 0845 8337124.

Related link: What’s On in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)

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