Stoke Gifford news round-up (April 2018)

Stoke Gifford news round-up.

Excitement has been brewing throughout the village this month as the schools are preparing for their musical productions and the St Michael’s Centre has started to use its newly finished balcony in the auditorium.

Abbeywood Community School

April has seen Abbeywood school celebrating many successes as they came second in a national maths competition and a team of year 10 students came first in the Envision UK Community Apprentice Awards.

On Thursday 12th April a group of Year 10 students visited the University of Bristol for a day full of maths. They took part in a variety of activities throughout the day and the Abbeywood students were part of the winning teams in ALL competitions during the day, impressing the presenters with their maths skills.

The school have also been celebrating the success of a former student of Abbeywood and Filton High School. Leon Reid (pictured right) recently won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games whilst representing Northern Ireland in the 200m sprint.

On Saturday 12th May, the Friends of Abbeywood Community School (FACs) are holding a holding a car boot sale from 8.30am to 12noon. If you would like to attend (cars £7 and vans £10) please contact

St Michael’s Primary School

As well as Abbeywood, St Michael’s Primary have had a lot to celebrate this last month. The PTFA were successful in entering the school in the Airbus Community Awards and after weeks of collecting tokens, came in 6th and were awarded £500. They are planning on putting this money towards their next project which is to further improve some of the outside areas of the school.

Congratulations are also in order for the boys football team who are through to the cup final. They won 4-1 against Olveston in the quarter final and went on to beat Barr’s Court in an exciting semi-final match, coming twice from behind to win 4-3 in extra time.

This month, Year 2 and Year 6 have both got their National Curriculum tests. Although this is an important time for both year groups, they have still been enjoying other areas of the curriculum such as sports and arts and Year 6 have even visited the Lifeskills Centre to learn about developing their safety at home and outside.

The students at St Michael’s are starting to get extremely excited as their production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is fast approaching with performances planned for the 22nd and 23rd May in the St Michael’s Centre auditorium. After the success of last years ‘The Lion King’, parents and carers are looking forward to seeing the results of all the children’s hard work and commitment.

St Michael’s Church

It has been a very exciting month for St Michael’s Church as the balcony seating in the auditorium is now complete, providing an extra 163 seats for church services, concerts and conferences. It was used for the first time on Wednesday 25th April when the Diocese of Bristol attended the Connected Conference (pictured left).

The Stoke Gifford Community Library, which is located above the Old School Rooms coffee shop, now have Micro:bit microcomputers available to borrow. These are small microcomputers which are used in local schools that enable children (or adults) to learn coding simply and quickly using Blocks, JavaScript or Python code. If you would like to learn the basics of coding, please speak to one of the volunteers who run the library every other Tuesday afternoon (2pm-4pm, May 8th and 22nd) or every other Thursday morning (9am-11am, May 3rd, 17th and 31st).

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.

Key dates for May

  • Parish Council meetings:
    • Annual Parish Council Meeting 7pm – 8pm on Tuesday 8th May at Little Stoke Social Club, Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke
    • Annual Public Meeting 8pm – 9pm on Tuesday 8th May at Little Stoke Social Club, Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke
    • Planning and Transportation Committee 7pm on Tuesday 22nd May at The Stokes Youth and Community Centre, Little Stoke
  • The Stoke Gifford police beat drop in surgery is being held on Wednesday 9th May from 9am – 11am in the St Michael’s Centre
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