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Remembrance 2016

posted 2 Nov 2017, 15:00 by BSS Group-Admin

Preparations for Remembrance 

Saturday 29th October saw nearly 80 of our young people spend the day at the Willow Brook Centre helping with this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

They made 10 boxes of traditional poppies to give to the public in return for donations to the charity and by the end of the day, the collecting pots had become so heavy that two of them snapped their string handles!

We also made our own poppies to decorate a tree in the main foyer to symbolise the dead trees left behind in the aftermath of the Battle of the Somme that is commemorating its centenary year.

We decorated the windows of the main entrance and over at the Boots store again with our giant poppies that everyone had helped create last year.

Finally, the war memorial had its annual spring clean. Our young volunteers even used tooth brushes to get into every corner and, as always, were very liberal with the bubbles! The town square is now ready for Remembrance Sunday which is coming up on 13th November.

Remembrance 2015

posted 2 Nov 2017, 14:54 by BSS Group-Admin

RIMG0619RIMG0618Preparations for this years Remembrance Ceremony began in October with young volunteers cleaning the War Memorial and with the creation of giant poppies to put up in the WillowBrook Centre and Boots.

The group turned out in force last Sunday to proudly parade to the war memorial at the Willowbrook Centre for this year’s Remembrance ceremony. We were also joined by an equally impressive number of other youth groups – 1st Little Stoke Cubs and Scouts, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, 2nd Stoke Lodge Brownies, the South West Winterguard Academy and Creation Twirlers Majorettes.

As well as our young people, the parade and ceremony were also supported by Parade Marshal Charles Brickley, the Rev.Paul Hinkley , Town Mayor, Roger Avenin and PC Jamie Shiels.

RIMG0621bThe town square held a large audience of proud parents, members of the public and we were especially honoured to welcome our local veterans. Luckily the rain stayed away as some of our young people came up on stage to tell the story of the Battle of Britain – complete with Spitfire sound effects that had some people looking to the skies!

Also entertaining the audience were the exceptional Filton Concert Brass band with a beautiful selection of music and another perfect performance of the Last Post by Joe Marsden. Our thanks also to Ben Walker who timed the two minute silence for us.remembrance

This year the square was decorated with large poppies in the windows around the main Willow brook Centre entrance and the big Boots window that forms the backdrop to the memorial. These were made by our young people, the reception class from the new Bradley Stoke Community School Primary and shoppers that stopped when we were selling poppies for the Royal British Legion. Thank you to Boots for allowing us access and use of their windows.

We could not run our ceremony without the continued help and support from the Willowbrook Centre manager, Andy Wynn and all his staff, so we would like to say a huge thank you to them all.

Thank you to all our young people (and their leaders) who were a real credit to their groups and themselves. 1st Bradley Stoke are very proud to Remember.

Remembrance 2014 9 NOVEMBER 2014

posted 2 Nov 2017, 12:56 by BSS Group-Admin   [ updated 2 Nov 2017, 14:43 ]

DSC02369The inaugural Bradley Stoke Remembrance Commemoration was held on the 9th November 2014.

Parade Marshall Charles Brickley took charge of a parade of Scouts, Guides, Beavers, Brownies, Rainbows & Cubs from 1st Bradley Stoke, 1st Little Stoke, and 2nd Stoke Lodge as well as 37 Sqn ATC and Patchway Detachment Army Cadet Force.

The parade marched from the Jubilee Centre to the Town Centre where they joined over 200 people who had come to pay tribute to those in our Armed Forces and those who support them who have lost their live due to conflict.

Katherine Robinson (Beaver Scout Leader 1st Bradley Stoke) led the ceremony with an explanation of Remembrance traditions being given by children from the groups attending. Emily (Scout) read out a poem she had written about Remembrance and Emma (Brownie) read out a moving letter from a relative who served during WW1 (attached below). 

Rev Paul Hinkley led everyone in the two minutes silence after which wreaths were laid at the War Memorial. The Filton Concert Brass Band sounded the Last Post and provided the rest of the music that accompanied the ceremony.

Thank you to everyone who supported this Remembrance Ceremony.
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To the Organisers of the Bradley Stoke Remembrance Parade and Ceremony,

I attended the above event on Sunday last and wish to place on record my thanks to all concerned for a very moving and well organised Parade and Ceremony. The young lady who retold of the letter from her Great Great Uncle read with feeling and moved me and many a person close to me, all the participants were superb and under the efficient leadership of Katherine Robinson the whole event was a credit to you all, thank you and well done.

Please pass on my thoughts and thanks to all concerned.

Many Regards



I thought I would just say how well I thought everything went on Sunday at the Willowbrook Centre in Bradley Stoke. I am sure there must have been some apprehension being the first memorial service. I have played at quite a few memorial services over the years. I thought the organisation and the service itself was wonderful. The lady who led the proceedings was extremely confident and the children were a very special addition to the proceedings. Well done to everyone involved. It was a privilege to be part of the ceremony.

Take Care


War Memorial Dedication 2 AUGUST 2014

posted 2 Nov 2017, 12:37 by BSS Group-Admin   [ updated 2 Nov 2017, 12:45 ]

Dame Janet Trotter DBE (Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire) today dedicated the Bradley Stoke war memorial.

Members of 1st Bradley Stoke Scout Group, Royal British Legion, St John’s Ambulance Cadets, 1st Bradley Stoke Rainbows, 2nd Patchway Scout Group and Police Cadets marched from the Jubilee Centre to the town square at the Willow Brook centre where the memorial dedication took place.
Katherine Robinson (Beaver Scout Leader) started proceedings by welcoming Dame Janet Trotter and Rev Simon Jones (Area Dean for Kingswood & South Gloucestershire) and then went on to describe the 
special meaning behind this memorial in the year we are commemorating the outbreak of WW1.

Dame Janet Trotter dedicated the memorial and it was then blessed by Rev Simon Jones. After the 
sounding of the Last Post and observing a two minutes silence Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Rev Paul Hinkley (Vicar of Bradley Stoke) came to the stage to express what Remembrance means to them. The ceremony was then brought to a close by Brian Hewitt MBE (President of the Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion).

After the ceremony children were invited to light candles around the memorial to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1 when the then British foreign secretary, Sir Edward Grey, famously remarked: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Interview on Bradley Stoke Radio

posted 2 Nov 2017, 12:31 by BSS Group-Admin

Interview on Bradley Stoke Radio (Interview starts at 18mins in)

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