Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2013
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Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2012
Friday 1st June 2012
As usual, the Festival kicked off with the traditional Parent & Toddlers Picnic in the Park with entertainment provided by Professor Panic and his Big Top entertainment of juggling, circus skills and magic. Steve Price, the Balloon Man, also provided his individual fun entertainment producing modelled balloons, bubbles and displays. Two bouncy castles were also hired in along with face painting for the youngsters. The Friends of Jubilee Green again provided a fun treasure trail for the children within the play area.
Local trades and crafts provided the stalls which ranged from locally designed jewellery and novelties to stationery and cakes and snacks, alongside information stalls.
One of the main events for the Friday morning was the unveiling of the Queen Elizabeth II, Field in Trust, plaque by new Mayor, Councillor Charlotte Walker, along with Councillor Robert Jones and the Friends of Jubilee Green who provided the jubilee bunting designed by local children.
Saturday 2nd June 2012
The second day of the Festival started at 11.30 with the Festival site suitably decked in Union Jacks, bunting and flags celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The main entertainment was provided by 6 local bands including Little Intentions and Holiday Rumours from Bradley Stoke Community School. Excellent performances were enjoyed from party bands Freeze and Uncle Buck as well as "world music" from Baraka.
Dance performances were provided by SG Chinese Association who started the segments along with Annette's Dance Academy, a fun, audience interactive, Kerala dance from the SG Asian Association, youngsters from Yasmins Dance School, plus a superb performance by the world beating King Edmund School Acro-gymnasts and a theatrical routine from the Pauline Quirk Theatrical Group.
Bowsland Green Gym Club kicked off the displays in the demonstration area on the Jubilee Green side along with the South West Winterguard Academy followed by the excellent K9 dog display which was enjoyed by everyone, as well as an acoustic performance by The Students from Bradley Stoke Community School. Tennis Coaches from Almondsbury and the LTA gave coaching lessons on the 3 all weather courts which was well attended throughout the afternoon.
55 stalls again attended ranging from local community projects and charity groups to craft, jewellery and novelty stalls, tombolas, coconut shies and fun games. The Willow Brook Centre provided an information stall, fundraising face painting and henna tattoos. A range of different children's rides and entertainments were on offer, none more popular than the Climbing wall with the Bradley Stoke Scouts providing staffing, and Prof Panic's Circus providing the focal point. The Grange Hotel provided the balloon race with the Mayor, Charlotte Walker, launching the balloons late in the afternoon.
14 catering and ice cream units attended with the traditional burger and hot dogs, fish & chips, along with specialist coffee & tea providers and a number of Indian food outlets.
Of the 20+ entertainments the new attractions included the Bradley Stoke Library with the story-telling proving popular with the younger children. Bristol Zoo's, "Zoo to You", operation again provided a variety of giant insects, snails and cockroaches.
Other attractions included Lennie the Road Train, which transported people around the Festival site along with local operations providing inflatables, junior quad bikes, carousel, team cup rides, dome and slides as well as vintage side stalls being provided by the local churches, local Lion groups and Scouts.
The football tournament on the upper field pitches was again a resounding success organised by Martin Lee (Bradley Stroke Youth Football Club) with over 100 children from Year 3 / 4 taking part with prizes donated by the Council.
It was estimated that over 5,000 adults and children attended the Festival throughout the day who enjoyed the range of music and especially the demonstrations and dance groups.
Sunday 3rd June 2012
Unfortunately the Sunday was again badly affected by the weather with continuous overnight rain meant the cricket ground was too wet for the cricket tournament and the morning service. Again the 500 runners in the 10k run, organised by the Sole Sisters running group were undeterred by the rain.
Bradley Stoke Bowls Club did have a roll up in the afternoon at Baileys Court and were supported by the Cricket Club with coffee and tea refreshments.