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St Michael’s Centre to begin hosting events for the wider community

Posted on Sunday 16th September 2018 at 10:04 pm by Laura Mortimore

Auditorium at the St Michael's Centre,.

This autumn will see the commencement of a series of events where the newly finished auditorium in the St Michael’s Centre in North Road, Stoke Gifford [BS34 8PD] will be used to its full capacity.

The auditorium is going to play host to a number of entertainers, suitable for the whole family to enjoy. The St Michael’s Centre has recently completed the installation of seating in the balcony of the auditorium which has provided a further 163 seats for events such as church services, concerts and conferences. The extended seating was used for the first time on Wednesday 25th April when the Diocese of Bristol attended the Connected Conference. The 500-capacity auditorium has now allowed the centre to schedule a variety of performers to entertain the local community over the coming months.

As part of the ‘Heart of the Community’ project, the St Michael’s Centre wants to serve the community in ever increasing ways. Ian Taylor, director of operations at the centre, explains: “The centre is already used for numerous activities such as the Golden Oldies, Keep Fit and a number of youth activities and groups. The large hall is also used for wedding receptions and birthday parties. Now that the auditorium has additional seating, we would like to reach out to the wider community and offer events that are suitable for the whole family to enjoy together.”

One of the key ambitions of the ‘Heart of the Community’ project is to “create a spacious modern meeting place in the centre of the community”. Andy Mead, who is in charge of venue hire at the centre, says: “The idea behind hosting these events is to reach out to the wider community and make our space available to everyone in the community, not just those who attend our church.”

If you would like to read more about the ‘Heart of the Community’ project, visit

More: Programme of entertainment for the whole family »

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Lifeskills talks coming to St Michael’s Centre

Posted on Wednesday 29th August 2018 at 6:22 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of the outside of the St Michael's Centre in North Road, Stoke Gifford.

The St Michael’s Centre, located on North Road in Stoke Gifford, has announced that it is to host a series of lifeskills talks aimed at helping the wider community with a variety of topics.

Rob Bakewell, who is a member of St Michael’s Church and is involved with organising the events, has already got four speakers lined up. The first talk, which is to take place on Saturday 1st September at 9am, will be by Rob himself and will be about banking. The talk will be based around what different banks offer, how they make their money and how to keep your money safe. He will also be covering loans, overdrafts, savings and mortgages. Then there will be time for any questions to be answered so people are able to raise their own issues as well.

When discussing the lifeskills talks, Rob said:

“Although these talks are taking place in the St Michael’s Centre, they are aimed at the wider community and we are hoping that they will provide people with the opportunity to discuss important subjects and ask questions which will lead to them gaining an understanding of what to do in their own circumstances. The church’s ethos is that ‘we are living to make a difference by being a Christian heart at the centre of the community. Everyone is welcome.’ By following this ethos, we are reaching out to offer this free service to members inside and outside of the church.”

The lifeskills talks are set to take place every two months on a Saturday morning at 9am. After the banking talk there are plans in place for talks on insurance, jobs, and legal advice. The insurance talk will cover different types of insurance such as house, life and car, including how to find the right insurance for you and how to get the best deal when it’s time to renew. The jobs talk will look at how to write a CV and conduct yourself at an interview and the lawyer will be there to offer advice on a variety of topics. Rob is also hoping to arrange talks on will writing and how to use the internet.

If you have any questions about the lifeskills talks or any requests for future talks, please contact Rob Bakewell at

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 43). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (Jun/Jul 2018)

Posted on Monday 9th July 2018 at 1:15 am by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

June has seen the arrival of summer as the sun has shone down brightly on the village of Stoke Gifford. Here’s what has been happening this month.

St Michael’s Church

St Michael’s enjoyed their yearly ‘Church on the Green’ on Sunday 24th June where there was a large turnout to enjoy stories, songs and a picnic. This was then followed by the England v Panama game being shown in the Auditorium.

Local residents may have noticed the scaffolding that has gone up around the church tower. Work is continuing to be done to repair parts of the building and the scaffolding is expected to be up for approximately 11 weeks.

Coming up in July is the family fun and World Cup Final event. On 15th July, the St Michael’s Centre is hosting a fun day on The Green starting at 1pm. A BBQ will be provided and guests are asked to bring drinks and accompaniments. Afterwards, the World Cup Final will be shown in the auditorium. All ages are welcome to attend.

More: St Michael’s School and Abbeywood School. Key dates for July. »

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Stoke Gifford news round-up (May/Jun 2018)

Posted on Tuesday 5th June 2018 at 6:18 pm by Laura Mortimore

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

This month we’ve seen the warm summer sunshine turn into cloud and thunderstorms, however, this hasn’t stopped the Stoke Gifford community from working hard and celebrating their successes.

St Michael’s Primary School

The children of St Michael’s have just celebrated the end of term with their own rendition of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (see photo to the right), performed in the auditorium of the St Michael’s Centre.

Headteacher Mark Freeman said:

“The children of St Michael’s School excelled themselves once again with their performance of Beauty and the Beast, played in front of rapturous audiences over two nights in the magnificent St Michael’s Church Centre.  The performance was the culmination of nearly six months of rehearsals, costume-making and set-creation, and the result was an absolute treat. As has become expected with our tradition at St Michaels’s, what stood out above all else was the wonderful singing, including both solo and ensemble pieces, and the joy and enthusiasm of the children was striking. None of this would happen without the dedication of the staff and parents of the school, who all contributed in different ways to this year’s success. For pictures and video clips please visit the school website:

The school have also been celebrating sporting success as their football team won the cup final, beating Bromley Heath 3-0. They are now hoping to continue their winning streak when they compete in the ‘champions’ league’ next term.

More: Abbeywood School and St Michael’s Church. Key dates for June. »

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