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Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2018

Friday 8th June: Picnic in the Park
Saturday 9th June: Football Tournament
Saturday 9th June: Community Festival
Saturday 9th June: Community Festival
Saturday 9th June: Community Festival
Saturday 9th June: Community Festival
Sunday 10th June: 10K Race
Sunday 10th June: Community Festival

More photos from the 2018 Community Festival can be viewed on the following pages:

Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2018 Review

Friday 8th June

The first day of the Festival involved the Parents & Pre-school children enjoying the Picnic in the Park on the Jubilee Green. Professor Panic providing magic and circus skills shows for school parties, as they had done the previous day as well as for the pre-schoolers during the morning and early afternoon. Face painting, a bouncy castle, music and commentary from Bradley Stoke Radio provided additional entertainment for the children with cakes, snacks and refreshments provided by the Heartful Dodgers charity.

Saturday 9th June

The main day was a beautiful sunny and windless day and kicked off with the annual Bradley Stoke Football Tournament for Year 1 Boys and Girls which was again well attended with over 140, enthusiastic children taking part.

The music and dance programme on the football pitch side started with a lovely solo performance by Rose Bruford of Bradley Stoke Community School, followed by the excellent Marc Hopkins tribute to Robbie Williams and local bands; Limited Edition and Angel Heart with an enjoyable tribute to the Gypsy Kings by the Andaluce Quartet and concluded with the very different and unique sound of the Rock Pipes band.

In between the bands local talented children, some as young as 3, provided really enthusiastic dance displays, the dance groups included; Baby Ballet, Danceworks, Street Envy, Stoke Gifford and Kirsty Husher Schools of Dance and an enthusiastic paint throwing dance by SGAP with the audience invited to join in – a fun and very colourful display.

The area had a small range of stalls as well as the impressive backdrop of the very popular Noah's Ark and Helter-skelter inflatables. The Churches again did a roaring trade with their teas and cakes alongside the Bradley Stoke Scouts Group who provided a range of activities, including longbow archery and the popular Vertical Extreme climbing wall.

On the Jubilee Green, Bradley Stoke Town Council youth workers & young volunteers organised the returning popular combination of the Skate half-pipe, (provided by King Ramps) and Street Art, courtesy of Paintsmiths. The half-pipe accommodated displays by the pro's, coupled with the chance for festival goers to "have a go" on their skate boards, bikes and scooters. Alongside, some amazing Art works were created and over 70 boards being completed and proudly taken home for display as well as young people contributing to a large Art wall.

Individual displays by St Mary's Rugby Club and Dragon Sang Doo provided activities alongside the very popular Community zone rides involving a Rodeo Bull, Wipe out and Bungee Run which was sponsored by the Bradley Stoke Town Council and although free to participants raised over £380 in donations. New for 2018 a children's go-karts ride and football skills stall added to the participation activities which included bungee trampolines, giant slides and inflatables. The Bazaar Marquee, although a popular facility for stall holders without a gazebo, didn't prove popular with the inside being very warm for both visitors and the stall holders themselves. Over 80 stalls were outside in the Jubilee Green area though and most mentioned they had had a very good day with the ice cream and drinks vendors doing particularly well.

Sunday 10th June

The good weather continued into the Sunday and the popular 10k Run, organised by Sole Sisters, was another resounding success with over 600 runners taking part from the Jubilee Centre. A very well organised race enjoyed by the runners and those watching!

The church service followed the race this year at 11.45 and proved very popular and a very enjoyable service was provided by the 3 churches with people coming from all over the area to join in.

At Baileys Court Activity Centre, the afternoon cricket was an Under 11's match with 4 local teams taking part and all players being awarded commemorative medals sponsored by the Town Council. Bradley Stoke Cricket Club provided further entertainment throughout the afternoon with the local Bradley Stoke Bowls Club providing roll ups for people throughout the afternoon.

Meanwhile over 250 people attended the annual festival Skate Competition, organised by the Town Councils youth work staff and young volunteers and with competitions in Scooter, BMX and Skateboard categories. The half-pipe was relocated from Jubilee Green, to offer extra capacity, and a Circus Skills workshop provided an added attraction. Occasional pro rider demos were spaced throughout the afternoon, including displays from Jack Clark from the British BMX Olympic Team.

This year's festival was again a very well attended exceeding the 2017 attendance boosted by the lovely warm and sunny weather and raised over £3,800 in donations from suppliers and stall holders to the Mayor's chosen charities.

Photos from previous years' festivals can be viewed on the following pages: