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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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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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Local choir provide backing vocals for band

Posted on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 11:55 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Gospel Generation Community Choir at rehearsal.

The Gospel Generation Community Choir (GGCC) have supported Christian band Treasure Field during their concert held in the St Michael’s auditorium in Stoke Gifford on 18th November.

The GGCC are a voluntarily run choir, which began about 15 years ago with just one choir, and now have four different choirs across Bristol (Stoke Gifford, Thornbury, Shirehampton and Easton). The four choirs meet at their separate locations for an 8-10 week term and then bring together their 90-100 members at the end to perform as one large choir. This term, they have ended their rehearsals with an incredible concert, supporting Treasure Field during their winter tour.

Emma Smallwood, leader of the Stoke Gifford choir told me how she was feeling in the week leading up to the concert:  “I’m feeling really confident. The songs are sounding great and I think the choir is really going to enjoy singing them.”

The concert was a huge success, taking place on Saturday 18th November in the auditorium at the St Michael’s centre. The GGCC had a half-hour slot at the start of the concert in which they sang four songs, perfectly harmonising the sopranos, tenors and altos. The choir were especially proud of their performance of ‘Praise Waiteth’, which was one of the more difficult songs in their set. It took them a long time to bring the different harmonies together, but the result sounded stunning.

They also sang with the band, a beautiful mix of the well-known ‘Silent Night’, which was a hit with the 200 strong audience. Treasure Field were grateful for the support of the GGCC, posting on Facebook: “Big shout out to the Gospel Generation Community Choir as well who were totally brilliant.” Even the fire alarm going off during Treasure Field’s final number didn’t stop anyone from enjoying the show!

More: Where to catch GGCC in concert during December »

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New church and community centre in use for first time this weekend

Posted on Sunday 26th April 2015 at 7:22 pm by SH (Editor)

St Michael's Church and Community Centre, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Hundreds of people attended the first services to be held in the new St Michael’s Church and Community Centre at Stoke Gifford this weekend (25th/26th April).

Members of the congregation were able to use the centre, built on derelict land in North Road, for  the first time for the annual Church Weekend and 10.30am and 6.30pm Sunday services.

For more than a decade, the 10.30am family service has had to be held in two separate locations – the 14th century church and the former village school, known as the Old School Rooms – as the church is no longer large enough to accommodate the growing membership.

The new building is a key element of the St Michael’s Heart of the Community project which also includes the refurbishment of the Old School Rooms, which are used for church and community activities, as well as the restoration and upgrading of the old church. The church, which has a Norman font and was mentioned in the Domesday Book is a familiar sight to passengers passing through Parkway Station.

The auditorium at the new centre is capable of seating 350 and facilities include room for a shop, a large reception area, church office, conference areas for schools and businesses, meeting rooms and accommodation for wedding receptions, birthdays and other celebrations.

Further meeting and community rooms will be provided during the final phase of building, including a large kitchen and an extra 220 seats in a balcony overlooking the auditorium.

More: 3,000 homes due to be built in the parish over the next decade »

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