Fishponds Voice - June 2024 - Issue 111

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New council, new MP ...

TEN weeks of political changes for the Fishponds area, which started with a transformation of Bristol City Council, will finish with the election of a new MP.

Local elections on May 2 saw the Green Party win 34 of the 70 seats in the council chamber at City Hall – two short of an overall majority.

The Greens have agreed to split with the Liberal Democrats the chairs of the eight policy committees

which will run the city council, under a new system that has replaced the elected mayor and cabinet.

And Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's surprise decision to call a general election on July 4 means that, whatever happens across the UK, the Fishponds area will have a new MP as it becomes part of the new Bristol North East constituency. Turn to Page 4

Fun on wheels

BMX sessions being held in a Fishponds park are keeping kids active – and bringing parents together.


Killer gets life

The killer of a 32-year-old Fishponds man is starting a life sentence after being found guilty of murder.


Ready to party

The headline acts have been announced for Fishponds' free festival, Party in the Ponds PAGE 17

National champs

A school basketball team and a boxer from a Fishponds club have won national titles.

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Roxy, a horse known and loved by many Fishponds residents, became dangerously ill after fly-tippers threw sacks full of rubbish into her field. Full story: Page 11


Life for killer who stabbed friend

A MAN has been jailed for life for murdering his friend after an argument.

Road in Frenchay, fatally stabbed Martin Hefferman, of Fishponds, last November.

denied one count of murder, claiming 32-year-old Martin had accidentally jumped on to the knife but he was found guilty of the charge by a jury at the end of a nine-day trial at Bristol Crown Court in May.

in jail, with Judge Martin Picton telling him he would serve a minimum of 18 years before he could be considered for parole.

two friends had an argument while they were visiting a house in Honeysuckle Close, Bradley Stoke, at around 3.20am on November 18 last year.

spokesperson said: "A quantity of alcohol and drugs had been consumed during that time."

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On the new city council the Greens will chair six committees: Transport and Connectivity; Homes and Housing Delivery; Adult Social Care; Children and Young People; Environment and Sustainability.

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Eastville ward councillor Lorraine Francis will chair the adult social care committee.

The Liberal Democrats, who won eight seats, will chair two committees: Economy and Skills; Public Health and Communities.

Southville ward councillor Tony Dyer is the first ever Green leader of the council.

He said: "I am humbled to have been chosen as Bristol’s first Green council leader and will do all I can to help tackle the challenges facing Bristol.

"Working with other parties and the communities that we serve, we can deliver on our promises and put social and environmental justice at the heart of all decision-making over the next four years.

"Our manifesto promises hope and action on key areas that matter most to the city, like housing and transport. Turning that hope into action starts now."

Labour councillors have not taken up any committee chair roles, effectively becoming an opposition party.

The Greens say the new committee system has no official administration or opposition, because it is designed so that all parties work together.

They said Labour declined to accept the two policy committee chair roles it was entitled to based on the number of councillors elected.

Labour, however, says the Greens and Lib Dems have formed an administration through a "backroom deal", with group leader Tom Renhard promising his councillors will be "critical friends of their administration".

Cllr Renhard said: “We have always been clear throughout that, as the largest party, the Green Party have a mandate to

lead Bristol City Council."

Labour will take vice-chair roles on some of the committees but has announced "policy leads" for all of them, making up a shadow cabinet that includes Hillfields councillors Ellie King and Kelvin Blake.

Under the council’s rules on proportionality, the Conservatives are not entitled to any policy chair positions.

Overall the Greens won 34 seats, Labour 21, the Lib Dems 8 and Conservatives 7.

The number of Labour councillors has since dropped to 20 after Deborah Vittori, who won in Horfield, was found to have been ineligible to stand because she works as a teacher at a council-run school. A byelection will now have to take place.

Speaking at the first full meeting of the new council on May 21, Cllr Dyer said: "We’ll help other parties deliver their good ideas as well.

"None of us in this chamber have a monopoly on good ideas. This is why we’ll continue the work of One City to share and develop ideas from organisations across the city."

Green group leader Emma Edwards – a role separate to that of council leader under the new council constitution – said the start of the committee system, brought in after a referendum in 2022 rejected the mayoral system, "marks a new era for politics in this city".

Meeting report by Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service

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Labour and Greens win Fishponds seats

May's city council elections saw the Greens increase their vote and representation in the Fishponds area – but Labour, which lost one seat and gained another, remains the biggest party across the three local wards


EASTVILLE ward is now all Green after the party won both seats.

Sitting councillor Lorraine Francis, first elected in 2021, topped the poll with 2,339 votes. Second Ed Fraser, who received 1,672 votes to take the other seat from sitting Labour councillor Marley Bennett by 104 votes. Labour's Teresa Stratford was fourth, with 1,027, and was the only other candidate to receive more than 300 votes –Conservative Paul Boobyer was a distant fifth with 277. A total of 3,916 people voted in the election, a turnout of 36.5%.

Lorraine is the chair of the council's new adult social care committee, and said the Greens' "most important priority" in the coming months was to make sure the new system works.

On ward issues, she said: "As the returning councillor, two of my ongoing priorities will include continuing to work collaboratively with residents to address the issues relating to Eastville Park, as well as work around delivering another defibrillator at the Star pub. Together, we will continue to be accessible and work on behalf of all residents in the ward."

Ed said: "I’m so grateful for the support residents have shown me and I’ll be working hard to repay your trust as your councillor. From getting on top of fly-tipping to making the school run safer for our children, my priority is working with residents and the council to get the basics right."

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HILLFIELDS was the only ward where the political make-up did not change on May 2.

Labour retained both seats, with Kelvin Blake winning the seat vacated by retiring cabinet councillor Craig Cheney.

Sitting councillor Ellie King topped the poll with 1,155 votes, 74 ahead of Kelvin, who previously served as a city councillor between 1997 and 2003, and polled 1,081 votes.

Green Jon Eccles came third, with 719 votes.

The 2,382 people who cast votes represented 25.8% of the ward's electorate.

In a joint statement, Ellie and Kelvin said: "Whether you voted for us or not we are now focused on our promise to be active community champions.

"We will do all we can to help people through this cost of living crisis, ensure that the Atlas Place developments take account of residents’ concerns, and address the urgent requirement for infrastructure like additional GP services.

"We want Hillfields to be a safe and welcoming place for all so we will work with the police and the council on antisocial behaviour and road safety improvements. And finally, we will campaign for much needed investment in our green spaces."

The councillors will hold surgeries on the second Saturday of every month apart from August, at Hillfields Library from 11am-12.30pm.

They can be reached at and Cllr.Ellie.

Frome Vale

FROME Vale ward is now all red, after Labour picked up the seat vacated by retiring veteran Conservative councillor Lesley Alexander.

The party retained the ward's other seat, vacated by previous Labour councillor Amal Ali.

Topping the poll was Louis Martin, who received 1,402 votes. Al Al-Maghrabi won the second seat with 1,339 votes, 440 ahead of the Greens' Jen Law. The Conservative candidates finished in fifth and sixth, with highest-placed candidate Pooja Poddar 277 votes behind Green Gabrielle Lobb. The 3,105 people who voted represented 31.2% of the ward's electorate.

Louis said both councillors were determined to bring to fruition the ideas and hopes of residents. "We will do this by working closely with the community, and by continuing to listen to the different voices that make Frome Vale the vibrant and diverse area that it is."

Al said: "Our top priorities, which we are both very proud of – include local developments for local people, improved access to education and health care, a reduction in congestion and air pollution and safe and clean streets and parks."

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Metro Mayor MP bid

METRO Mayor Dan Norris will bid to return to Parliament at the general election – by taking on the man who unseated him in 2010, Tory Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Mr Norris was the MP for Wansdyke from 1997 to 2010, when the constituency was replaced by North East Somerset and he lost to Sir Jacob.

Now he has been selected as the Labour candidate for North East Somerset and Hanham, the seat replacing North East Somerset after another parliamentary boundary change.

If he is elected as an MP again in July's general election, Mr Norris said he would stay on as Metro Mayor at least until the end of his term of office next May, so there "would have to be a period of overlap".

Mr Norris said: "I think it would be totally wasteful of taxpayers' money to have a byelection."

Labour's Clare in narrow victory

LABOUR’S Clare Moody has been elected as Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner, narrowly defeating Conservative Mark Shelford.

Just over 300,000 people across the region voted on May 2 in the election to choose the person who will set the direction of policing and hold the chief constable to account for the next four years.

Ms Moody received 95,982 votes, 4,976 ahead of incumbent Mr Shelford, who had 91,006.

The Greens' Katy Grant was third, with 64,623, and Liberal Democrat Benet Allen was fourth on 45,864. For the first time since the post was created in 2012, no independent candidate stood in the election.

Turnout was just over 23% — down from over 30% in 2021, when the election was held on the same day as both the city council West of England Metro Mayor votes.

This time the only place an all-out vote was happening at the same time was Bristol.

The higher turnout in the city was decisive: Mr Shelford topped the poll in all areas apart from Bristol, where he received 19,788 to Ms Moody's 47,220 – almost half of her total votes.

Bristol votes were also enough to take Ms Grant, who received 37,375 in the city, past Mr Allen, who polled 10,412, into third place overall.

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Afterwards Ms Moody said: "I will be visible, accountable and PCC for all residents of Avon and Somerset.

"On my time on the doorstep people expressed that they want to see a greater connection to their local neighbourhood police and for their service to address and reduce violent crime, particularly knife crime and male violence against women and girls, and to do all we can to prevent crime."

Mr Shelford sent a message on social media thanking supporters, and wishing Ms Moody "every success".

He said: "I'm proud of my achievements in the last three years and have worked with some amazing partners across Avon and Somerset Police and beyond."

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General election means new MP for Fishponds

FISHPONDS will have a new MP next month after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's surprise decision to call a general election.

The election will be fought along new constituency boundaries, which means the Eastville, Frome Vale and Hillfields wards that make up the Fishponds area will be part of a new constituency, Bristol North East.

The borders of previous MP Kerry McCarthy's Bristol East constituency are moving to the south and west.

She has thanked the constituents she is losing in the area, saying: "It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to represent you all this time, and I’m sad to be saying goodbye."

Labour will be the favourites to win the new seat.

In last month's local elections, the party won four out of the eight seats in the four wards – Eastville, Frome Vale, Hillfields and Lockleaze – that form the Bristol part of the constituency, as well as all nine council seats in its four South Gloucestershire wards in 2023.

Their candidate is Damien Egan, who grew up in Kingswood, Fishponds and Staple Hill, and won the Kingswood by-election for Labour in February, overturning an 11,000 Conservative majority after the resignation of

former energy minister Chris Skidmore.

The Conservative candidate is Rose Hulse, an American-born entrepreneur who worked on Republican political campaigns in the US and founded a TV streaming start-up business after moving to the UK.

Green Eastville ward city councillor Lorraine Francis is her party's candidate for

Bristol North East. Re-elected to the council for a second term last month, the social worker is the chair of the council's new adult social care committee.

The Liberal Democrats have selected Louise Harris, who grew up in the constituency and attended Chester Park and Rodway schools. She works in the voluntary sector and is a cabinet member for the climate and nature emergency on South Gloucestershire Council.

Reform UK has selected 20-year-old Matthew Bamford as its candidate. Matthew has not supplied any other biographical details to the Voice.

Also standing is Tommy Trueman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which had announced 99 candidates across the country as the Voice went to print. Tommy is a self-employed cabinetmaker who lives in Fishponds and works throughout Bristol. He stood in the Frome Vale ward in last month's city council elections.

More candidates could yet come forward by the time nominations close at 4pm on June 7.

The Voice will include details of all candidates nominated in our July edition and will invite them to make a statement.

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‘Look up! The Story of Hot Air Ballooning in Bristol’ will put hot air ballooning history on display, offer a behind-the-scenes look at how hot air balloons are made, and give visitors the chance to enjoy a packed programme of family activities.

From Britain’s first modern hot air balloon, the Bristol Belle, to the annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta and the incredible colours and shapes that decorate the city’s skies each August, Bristol is the home of hot air ballooning in the UK.

This summer, Aerospace Bristol and Cameron Balloons will celebrate that heritage with a temporary exhibition at the museum and a special programme of hot air balloon themed activities running throughout the summer holiday.

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‘Look Up! The Story of Hot Air Ballooning in Bristol’ will run from Wednesday 24th July to Sunday 1st September. The exhibition and activities are included with museum admission and Aerospace Bristol tickets include free return visits for 12 months.

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Fly-tippers put Roxy's life in danger

A MUCH-loved horse which grazes in Fishponds nearly died after eating plastic in sacks of rubbish thrown into her field.

Roxy has had to undergo extensive veterinary treatment and at one point was not expected to survive.

Her owners Elfrie and Ricky Gonzalez are still waiting to see if she has suffered any permanent harm, and are bracing themselves for a huge vet's bill after Roxy chewed through plastic bin and food bags to reach peelings and other food waste dumped by fly-tippers.

Six bin bags at a time have been dumped, on three occasions, in the field next to College Road and College Court.

Each incident has happened overnight from Sunday to Monday – twice in April and once in May.

Elfrie and Ricky were on holiday when Roxy was taken

ill and their friend Lucia Haluskova (pictured on page 1 with Roxy) called in a vet and slept in Roxy's shed as the horse fought for life.

Lucia said: "The first two or three days the vet wasn't sure if she was going to survive –they'd never seen anything like

it before."

Elfrie said: "Every day we had the emergency vet out trying to save her life, putting paraffin down her throat and pulling bags of plastic out of her.

"She was basically full of plastic."

Roxy has been on steroids, antibiotics and painkillers as the plastic passes through her body, and while she seems to be recovering she is not her usual self yet.

Elfrie said: "You can't imagine anybody would want to harm her but it's pig ignorant to chuck that sort of rubbish – an awful lot of plastic that's recyclable. They probably don't realise how ill she's been because of it."

Elfrie, Ricky and Lucia believe the rubbish was all dumped by the same family living nearby.

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from three shops with branches in Fishponds Road – Lidl, Alfu and a Polish shop, and includes a lot of Eastern European specialities.

One bag contained a child's colouring book with the names Alina, Gratiela, Tita, Jerica, Jovani and Laurentiu written in it, one contained hair dye and a long black hair, and there were also nappies and socks that would fit an infant school-aged child.

The city council and police are aware and images have been shared on social media but so far no one has been identified.

Roxy is 13 years old and has lived in the paddock since she was five – it is known by many locals as Roxy's Field.

Elfrie said: "She's a bit of an attraction – schoolchildren all know her and like to see her and say hello, but we've had to keep her away from the wall, and she misses them as well." 11 June 2024 - Issue 111 Got News? Contact Ken via email n NEWS
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THE head teacher of Frenchay Primary School has resigned after seven years in charge.

Katherine Marks led the school as it moved to its new home in Alexander Road in 2022 as well as for its Ofsted inspection, where it was rated 'good'.

Confirming Mrs Marks's departure "with great sadness" in May, acting head Michael Backett said: "After seven years of dedicated service to our school, she has decided to pursue new opportunities and challenges.

"During her time as Headteacher, Katherine has been a driving force behind many positive changes and advancements within our school community. She has been instrumental in moving the school forward and was especially key in the move to the new building. We her the very best in her future endeavours and know that she will continue to make a positive impact wherever she goes."

Event to bring older people together

A SPECIAL event is being held in Oldbury Court to encourage older people to come out and find new things to do and people to meet.

The Older Peoples Community Fayre is being held at the Vassall Centre in Gill Avenue on June 7 from 10am to 1pm, with taster sessions for events and activities from choirs and exercise classes to lunch clubs.The event is being organised by Bristol Charities, which runs the Vassall Centre, to combat loneliness and help people discover the activities available in the area.

A study by charity Age UK found that older people in Frome Vale ward, which includes Oldbury Court, were among the most likely to be isolated and lonely in the whole of Bristol.

The fair is being held ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week on June 10 to 16.

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Charity Wallis said: "The idea of the fayre is for older people to find out what’s happening in their community, have a cup of tea and a chat and find out about some of the fantastic things available for them. There’s lots of great things happening in Frome Vale and we want people to come and learn about it all. Its also a great opportunity for people to come and see the Vassall Centre and what we have to offer."

This summer Bristol Charities will launch a

community hub in its own dedicated space at the centre, which will host activities and services for the local community, and is planning to set up a lunch club there in September.Groups and events at the Older People's Fayre include taster sessions from the Golden Oldies choir, information about exercise classes like Nordic walking, yoga and walking tennis, representatives from lunch clubs at local churches, and stalls from local groups, charities and health organisations.

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BMX sessions a hit with kids and parents alike

BMX sessions being held in a Fishponds park are keeping kids active – and bringing parents together.

The free drop-in sessions at the pump track in Hillfields Park every Thursday afternoon are run by charity Access Sport with support from Hillfields Community Garden and vital help from local volunteers.

Children of all ages can attend if accompanied by an adult, who needs to register with the organisers at the track.

Once there they can borrow a helmet and take one of the 20 or so bikes for a run on the track.

When the Voice visited in May the session was proving so popular, with around 45 children taking part, that youngsters had to take it in turns to share the bikes, to make sure everyone had a go.

The park around the track was also busy with parents chatting and making new friends.

Most of the volunteers are parents who have brought their children to sessions and decided to get involved.

Chris Leaper, a single father of two children, aged five and seven, said: "Filling up after school is pretty important, so we've jumped on the BMXs and the kids are really enjoying it.

"It's somewhere they can just release and get an adrenaline rush they can't get from anywhere else. They don't need

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Helping to lend out the bikes and fix any minor issues as a volunteer, Chris is also working for a BMX coaching qualification through Access Sport.

He said: "I've raced BMX bikes and know bike maintenance as a trade, so I come and give a helping hand – I'll do anything I can help with.

"It's good for the parents socially, people are making some great friendships."

Danielle Pillinger has been helping since she took her three children, aged four to six, along when the sessions started.

She said: "I was here and people needed to be given some helmets, so I just started helping out.

"My kids just love coming to the pump track."

Access Sport, which is funding the sessions, bikes and equipment, is a charity using sports to tackle exclusion, hardship and poor health among children.

The charity helped develop the track in 2018. A club set up at the time fell dormant after the lockdown.

The latest sessions started in February, at weekends and holidays, and now are being held

every Thursday from 4-5pm in the summer.

Heidi Blunden, from Access Sport, said: "The sessions have grown each week and have proven very popular with young people from the local community who want to enjoy riding in the park and on the pump track.

"It’s great to see everyone enjoying the bikes, socialising with each other and having fun."

Access Sport is looking for more volunteers to ensure the sessions can continue and possibly expand to include weekends. For more information search for Hillfields Pump Track on Facebook.

Action plan launch at summer event

VOLUNTEERS are preparing for another big community event in Hillfields.

The Hillfields Community Garden Summer Event will take place on Saturday June 29 in Hillfields Park, from noon until 3pm.

The event will include live music, children's activities, meals, cakes and stalls.

Performers will include the Gospel Generation Community Choir, made up of five singing groups singing gospel tunes, brass band the Brass Junkies, who play pop and funk, and child-friendly guitar tunes from Music with Maya.

There will be BMX biking a

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book sale and stalls from East Bristol Children's Centre, UWE Repair Cafe, a face painter, a tombola and raffle.

The event is free to attend, although donations will be welcome to go towards future events at the community garden.

Event organiser and community garden co-founder Becca Mills said: "Our Summer Event is always a highlight of our year! It's a chance to celebrate our amazing project and all the wonderful people who live in our community."

This year the Summer Event will include the launch of the Hillfields Community Action

Plan, a blueprint to improve Hillfields focusing on themes including nature, food, transport, waste and litter.

It has been created with extensive consultation from residents, including an online survey, meetings at the Community Hub building in March, and engagement with local schools.

Community garden co-founder Sarah Rogers said: "We're really excited to share this plan with everyone.

"Having the chance to work with residents on so many different topics has been fantastic."

Hillfields Community Garden

is one of six community organisations in Bristol taking part in the National Lotteryfunded project, co-ordinated by Bristol Climate & Nature Partnership.

Hillfields Community Garden is currently looking for volunteers to help run an ESOL (English as a second language) conversation club, to meet weekly during school hours. Volunteers will receive free training, an enhanced DBS certificate and a reference.

For more details email hillfieldscommunitygarden@

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Time to Get Growing, Fishponds!

RUNNING for 14 years, the Get Growing Trail is a unique opportunity for people from across Bristol to explore the city’s fruit and veg gardens – Bristol’s community allotments and orchards, smallholdings, city farms and productive parks. This year the trail takes place over the weekend of 15–16 June with 32 sites opening on one or both of the days, supported with a series of hands-on workshops in the run-up to and over the weekend.

Plot your own route using the map on the Bristol Good Food website at bristolgoodfood. org/ggt and find out more about the free workshops on offer as well as the timings for when the sites will be open over the weekend (opening times vary from site to site).

St George Bandstand Community Garden, nestled in the heart of St George Park offers produce for everyone in the community to harvest and enjoy. Visitors are welcome to join in with a hands-on gardening session and volunteers will be on site on Saturday 15 June, 9.30-11am, for the trail. Easton Community Garden on Gordon Road in the heart of BS5 is a community-owned and operated garden showcasing sustainable cultivation practices. Visitors are welcome on Sunday 16 June, 11am–3pm.

For those drawn to the allure of community orchards, Royate Hill Community Orchard

offers a delightful Saturday afternoon excursion. Located in Royate Hill Allotments, this orchard hosts an array of apple, pear, and plum species. Visitors can explore sustainable growing techniques while enjoying the tranquil surroundings. Open Saturday 15 June, 12–3pm.

Nearby The Haven, nestled in Clay Bottom, offers solace and sanctuary for those on a journey of recovery. Hosting a variety of activities, including herb walks and art sessions, this community nature project fosters healing amid nature's embrace. Open days on Tuesdays

and Fridays provide opportunities for reflection and connection, and the site will be open for the trail on Saturday 15 June, 11am–4pm. Further east, Hillfields Park stands as a beacon of community spirit, with volunteers gathering on Saturday 15 June, 10am–1pm. There is a monthly gathering on the third Saturday of every month to celebrate the joys of communal gardening and to share a hot vegan meal in the park.

Fishponds Community Orchard at Thingwall Park Allotments offers rare Gloucestershire varieties of fruit trees, wildlife-friendly management practices and a glimpse into sustainable stewardship. Open for the trail on Saturday 15 June, 2–5pm.

Adjacent to the orchard lies The Food Bank Plot, a testament to the power of community giving. Run by dedicated volunteers, this plot supports several local food banks during the growing season. While visitors can't currently explore the plot firsthand due to uneven terrain, volunteers will be available on Saturday 15 June, 2–5pm to share its story and development. So, mark your calendars, plot your route, and celebrate the abundance of nature and the spirit of community on June 15–16. For more information and to plan your adventure, visit

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Pair jailed for knife attack on teenager

TWO men who stabbed a teenager in Eastville, leaving him with a knife lodged in his shoulder, have been jailed.

Bristol Crown Court heard Rioul Scharschmidt and Romaine Mullings, who were 18 and 17 at the time, attacked Dontae Davis in Gloucester Street in May 2021.

Although Dontae, 18, survived the assault, he was killed five months later by another teenager in St Philip's.

Scharschmidt, now 21, and Mullings, 20, were found guilty of wounding and weapons offences after a trial in March and sentenced in May.

Avon & Somerset police said officers called to the scene found Dontae still had a knife embedded in his shoulder, and had also been stabbed in the head, abdomen and buttock, although his injuries were not life-threatening.

A police spokesperson said: "Scharschmidt and Mullings were arrested later that day

after attending hospital for treatment to injuries of their own. Scharschmidt had a knife wound in his upper back while Mullings had injuries to his neck and arm."

Dontae died after being stabbed again in October 2021 in Hayes Close, near Old Market.

His killer, Kairon Sawyers, is serving a nine-year jail term after being convicted of manslaughter in 2022, when he was 19.

Judge Edward Burgess jailed

Scharschmidt for five and a half years, for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Mullings was jailed for a year and eight months for wounding and possessing an offensive weapon, plus an extra 14 months for dangerous driving and drugs offences in a separate incident last year.

The judge said: “It’s a depressing feature of this case

that young men like you seem to have so little regard for your lives and those of others.”

In a statement read to the court, Dontae’s mother Niquae told the two defendants she wished the sentence would have a "massive impact" and they would "come out of this with something positive to give to society, rather than the way you started".

She added: "If not, I fear for both your mothers as maybe one day, if you don’t make positive choices, you will end up where Dontae is."

Addressing other young people who choose to carry knives, she said: "The choices you make run river deep, as it runs through your family and the hearts of everyone you love."

Police are urging anyone with concerns that someone they know may be involved in knife crime to call 101, contact them online or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Time for a party!

FISHPONDS' biggest free festival has announced its headline acts.

Party in the Ponds will take place in Vassalls Park on June 22, from noon to 10pm.

This year the volunteer-run community event has two stages, to accommodate more bands, dancers and other performers than before.

Bands on the Manor Stage include The Golden Guild, ninepiece reggae band, The Scribes Boombox, described as a blend of live instrumentation and sampling set against a "blockrocking backdrop of booming beatboxing" and street soul band Laid Blak.

The stage also features performances from the Terraplanes Blues Band, Bristol Pops Orchestra, Elton John Experience, Thomas Heppell, the Bristol Show Choir, Dreamscape and Bristol Samba!

The festival's Vassalls Stage includes shows from local pock and pop school the Rock Project, indie band Busk and hip-hop act Wordlife.

The stage will also feature performances from Char & Olly, The Collective, 344 Dance Studio, Carnival Fitness, the Begbrook Rockers, Luna Theatrics, MET Productions, Stuart Irish Dancing and Fishponds CE Academy.

The 85 confirmed stalls include arts and crafts, jewellery, vintage clothing, children’s games, face painting, tombola and the Party in the Ponds Raffle, with a huge variety of gifts and vouchers donated by local businesses, from jewellery, drinks and meals

to tools and haircuts.

The event will include food stalls from Mexican, Indian and Jamaican cuisine to doughnuts and crumpets, plus several bars.

Visitors to the festival are welcome to bring their own picnics/food or drink, but organisers have stressed that disposable barbecues are not allowed in the park.

People are being reminded that there will be no parking on site, and are advised to walk if possible. Some parking will be available at the Vassall Centre in Gill Avenue, which is a short walk from the Oldbury Court road entrance to the site.

Organisers still need volunteers to come forward and help run the festival.

Spokesperson Cameron McNeill said: "We have lots of jobs including helping with the entertainment, providing support for the stalls and parking control. If anybody would like to lend us a hand, please reach out."

Anyone who would like to volunteer can get in touch by email at partyintheponds@ People can also get in touch with the organisers via the Party in the Ponds Facebook page or the website www.


Reading together

A PRIMARY school invited parents to come in share story time with their children to highlight the benefits of reading together.

Fishponds CE Academy held its first ever Everybody Read event in May for families of pupils in Reception and Key Stage One, aged from four to seven.

Head teacher Michelle Omoboni said: "It was wonderful to welcome our parents and carers into our classrooms. The children were so excited to read together.

"So many of our school community have asked for Everybody Read to be a regular event. We are looking forward to hosting our next Everybody Read event in the coming months and to include even more of our children and families."




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ORGANISERS of this year's Frenchay Flower Show say it will be "bigger and better than ever" when it returns for only the second time in five years.

Last year's show had to be cancelled at very short notice after a severe weather warning, ahead of strong winds that could have made the marquee on Frenchay Common unsafe.

Thousands of visitors attended the event in 2022 when it returned after the pandemic, and organisers are "keeping everything crossed" for good weather for this year's event on July 13.

Show secretary Karen Morrison said: "This year’s show promises to be bigger and better than ever, with over 60 stalls, more entertainers, new food outlets, classic cars, alpacas and exhibits in the show marquee.

"The Friends Meeting House, Unitarian Chapel and Parish Church will all be open as usual, hosting more displays and exhibitions and of course the legendary cream teas from the

WI will be in the Village Hall.

"Roads through Frenchay will be closed for the day, with free parking available on the Village Green."

One change for this year's event is that entries to the show's hundreds of competitions must be made in advance.

Classes, from fruit and veg – including 'longest rhubarb' and 'ugliest vegetable' - food and flower arranging to art and photography, with separate sections for children, families and groups to enter.

Entries are free and can be made at the new show website,

People who are not online can pick up paper entry forms at Frenchay Museum, which is open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The closing date for entries is July 10.

For more information visit the website, Facebook page or email enquiries@frenchayflowershow. com.


Break-in at school

CASH, tech equipment and the keys to a new minibus were stolen in a "devastating" burglary at a Fishponds special school.

Thieves broke into Briarwood School's secondary provision, which is on the campus of Bristol Metropolitan Academy, in May and stole a safe containing the items. They then returned for a second time, causing damage to doors in the process.

In a statement on social media the school said: "The safe had money raised by the pupils through their enterprise efforts, some of our technology including iPads/iPods and the keys to our brand new minibus that was delivered just the day before.

"We wanted to share this upsetting news as we want to raise awareness of the impact that this kind of behaviour has on some of the most vulnerable people in our community.Whilst we have and will continue to do everything we can to minimise the impact on pupils, we know how disappointed they will be not to be able to use the new minibus to get out and about for now."

Grenade found

BOMB disposal experts were called after a suspected hand grenade was found at a home in Fishponds. Police were called to Homefield Drive at around 9am on May 6 following the find.

A spokesperson said: "A small number of properties were evacuated as a precaution, while officers awaited the arrival of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team.The EOD Team attended and took the item into their possession and disposed of it safely."

Thefts arrest

A WOMAN has been charged with theft offences after a car was targeted in Fishponds.

Avon & Somerset police said officers on patrol were approached by someone who had items stolen from their car on the afternoon of May 17 and arrested a 33-year-old woman nearby.

She was charged with theft from a vehicle, four counts of vehicle interference and two of theft relating to incidents in Staple Hill and Mangotsfield in April.


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Store of knowledge

PUPILS from Frome Vale Academy are learning about responsibility and entrepreneurship by running their own school shop.

The "wholly student-operated convenience store" is called Frome Vesco, and sells books and stationery in return for Penguin Pounds, the school currency children earn by carrying out jobs within the primary school.

Pupils in charge of the shop, which is open twice weekly at

breaktime, do a weekly stock check and report back so supplies can be replenished.

Principal Jan Saunders said: “This is the next step in providing children with the opportunity to understand commerce and develop skills that replicate those in the real world.

"This initiative is teaching pupils the importance of working hard, spending and saving wisely, but more importantly about the power of teamwork and collaboration."

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School's superheroes

SCHOOL children and staff dressed up as superheroes and raised over £400 for charity.

Snowdon Village, which includes the Nest primary site at Frome Vale, held the awareness day for SWAN UK, a network supporting children who have a syndrome without a name (SWAN) – genetic conditions so rare they often remain undiagnosed.

Pupils from Years 1 to 11 took part in the fundraising day in.

Principal Alex Davies said: "Many of the children we work with are suffering from undiagnosed needs.

"It was important to us that we marked this day and celebrated the needs of the children we work with, and other superheroes across the UK who may be suffering with an undiagnosed need.

"They might not be wearing capes every day, but they are all superheroes in our eyes.”

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High Street stalwart Peter shuts up shop

A TRADESMAN from Fishponds has retired after running the same shop for 35 years.

Peter Reiss took over Express Key and Locksmith Services on Staple Hill High Street, next to the Portcullis pub, in 1989.

The shop, which opened in the late 1950s or early 60s as Devon & Exeter Shoe Repairs, closed its doors in May, and is set to be refurbished, along with the accommodation above, by new owners.

Peter, who turns 75 in June, cut his last keys as customers came in to wish him the best for the future, after 60 years in the trade.

He acknowledges he is seen as a "bit of a character" by customers, and is known for his straight talking, adding: "I don't beat about the bush!"

Peter left Connaught Road School in Knowle West in 1964, aged 15, and started working for Devon & Exeter Shoe Repairs in Fairfax Street in the city centre, before a two-year apprenticeship with Lennards, who were based

in Staple Hill.

He said: "My dad was a bricklayer, and told me to get a job indoors. You started off as an apprentice benchman, shining on the polishing machine, and stayed on that job until you could do it with your eyes shut, then you went up to repairing. The top of the range was if you could


the outsole stitcher."

After Lennards closed their repair department, Peter returned to Devon & Exeter Shoe Repairs and worked in Bedminster before moving to a branch in Fishponds, in the building now occupied by the Olive Tree restaurant, next to Straits Parade. From there he

Your past does not define who you are

CHURCHES across the world have just celebrated Pentecost.

It marks an event often seen as the birth of the church, the day Christians believe Jesus's followers became empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into the world, preaching the gospel.

Guess what? It worked: almost 2,000 years later and somehow this gospel has stood the test of time and reached me and millions of others across the world.

The Bible says that the words of God are powerful, that they do not miss and return home but hit the target.

Two thousand years ago, Peter was seen as someone who had messed up and failed, was rebuked by Jesus and even denied knowing Jesus after his arrest.

But less than two months later,

at the feast day we now call Pentecost, the Bible tells that Peter is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and steps away from his past, his failures, his mistakes and his shame, into being used by God to reach thousands of people.

As the Holy Spirit fell, Peter didn’t run or hide or try to deny Jesus – he stood up with boldness and proclaimed with no fear who Jesus was, and he helped people change their lives as they listened and responded.

That day the church was born, and 3,000 people who had come from around the world went back to their countries and cities and shared the same gospel, until one day it reached someone like me.

If you only read part of Peter's story, you would write him off as someone who failed and whose

mistakes would shadow him forever.

But his story didn’t end at its worst moment: Jesus met with him and restored him and gave him an assignment, which was not based on his past but on who he was going to become.

Maybe you feel you have messed up so much there is no hope of seeing anything get better.

Maybe, like Peter, you feel you have let people down and there is no fixing it; perhaps you carry so much shame that you feel you could not possibly deserve a good life or a second chance.

We believe Jesus is the God of second chances – he lifts our heads, pulls us out of the pit we've fallen into.

One moment we can feel like we are drowning but then, suddenly, we are on a firm

was offered a pay rise to take on the Staple Hill shop, which had become an Express branch.

As well as keys and shoe repairs

Peter has turned his hand to "all sorts of bits and pieces", including locks, saddlery and zips.

He said the key to success was building up customer loyalty, and he has had many long-term customers over the years.

Peter joked: "The customers will miss me more than I miss them!"

He said the biggest change in his trade was in footwear, which was now seen as more disposable and was trickier to repair, due to the amount of plastics involved.

Peter said: "Years ago, people would spend £10 to repair shoes which had cost them £20. Now people will buy a pair of trainers for £125 but they won't pay £25 to have them repaired.

"It's a bit like TVs and washing machines – they're made so cheaply that if your telly goes wonky, it's probably cheaper to buy another one that's better than the one you've got."


Your story doesn’t end at its worst moment; your past does not define who you are.

There is always a hope; you can have a future. The Bible's Book of Jeremiah says God has plans for those who seek him to prosper. I pray for anyone trapped by the past to know the freedom to walk into their future with hope.

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1944: a year of change at Glenside

ON June 6 1944, more than 155,000 men landed on the shores of Normandy in the largest amphibious assault in history.

It was the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany, but while the eyes of the world were on France, life, rations and restrictions went on in Bristol.

Despite the hardship, it was a time of change for mental healthcare and two men instrumental in that change emerge from the records of Glenside Hospital in 1944.

Glenside Hospital was going

through a tough time. The mental hospital was overcrowded due to Barrow Hospital being commandeered by the Admiralty, and the war was draining the hospital of money and staff. When Medical Superintendent

Dr Herbert Smith retired after 19 years of service on May 1 Dr Robert Hemphill, his acting deputy, was awarded the role.

Barely out of convalescence having contracted TB in 1942, Dr Hemphill found himself at the helm of a critically understaffed hospital, with 1,217 inpatients and only one doctor in residence – Dr Penuel Grant.

Nonetheless, he took to the role with a zest and determination that helped boost the faltering morale of the beleaguered staff.

Dr Donal Early joined the staff in 1944. He noted that “the mentally ill were seen as pariahs and on every level...they were being disenfranchised”.

Dr Early began building a loyal and enthusiastic team, aiming to provide the necessary support for

patients to recover from or come to terms with their illness as well as creating opportunities for real development.

He pioneered a system of ‘industrial rehabilitation’ for his patients, combining occupational therapy with paid work alongside permanent employees.

It was such a successful model in patient support and recovery that it was replicated across Britain and then internationally.

Dr Early also helped to develop a housing association for recovered patients who had become unnecessarily dependant

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on hospital care. Patients would learn how adjust to living in their own homes, with help on hand if necessary.

After retiring from the NHS in 1979, he would go on to work as a mental health advisor for the World Health Organisation, but he never really left Glenside.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Glenside Hospital Museum, which he and his wife Dr Prudence Early founded in 1984.

Dr Early amassed a wealth of documents and artefacts that would form the basis of the museum’s collection and help fill the archive library.

In 2003, a year before he passed away, Dr Early published his book, The Lunatic Pauper Palace, documenting the history of Glenside Hospital from its opening as Bristol Lunatic Asylum in 1861 to its closure in 1994.

It is on sale in the Museum shop for £10.

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● Come along and hear about the ongoing work we are doing to ensure fire safety for residents in our high rise blocks and find out about our future plans.

● We’re also giving you the opportunity to make improvements to communal areas around your home. You can find out how to submit suggestions for changes you would like to see in your area.

● Places must be booked, you can do this online at:

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Trust funds - who do you trust?

Setting up a Trust Fund may sound very “Downton Abbey” but it has become a device that can benefit so many people. And it’s no longer very expensive!

Usually they are set up in your Will and only take effect when you die.

• So when you die, the gift in your Will (whether it is your home or savings or both) is not transferred directly to the person you want to benefit.

• Instead, the gift becomes “looked after” by the Trust Fund and managed by people you trust –appropriately called your Trustees – on behalf of the person you want to benefit.

Michelle says, “At Simpson

Solicitors we offer fixed price packages for Additional Trust Protection to be added to our Wills. We will also help you prepare a Letter of Wishes to guide your Trustees and we then offer aftercare to help them.”

Care Home Fees: A popular Trust Fund for couples is to protect the assets of the first to die, so they do not get used up in paying Care Home Fees for the survivor.

Vulnerable Person: Here the vulnerable person is not considered able to manage their inheritance – they may have special needs, disability, or an addiction. So, it is protected for them and released as and when needed.

Divorce or Bankruptcy of an Adult Child: This type of Trust Fund protects your child’s inheritance until it is safe for them to receive it - without leaving your family.

Children's Trust: Used where a couple have children from a previous relationship or might have further children with a new partner after one of them has died. The survivor can continue to live in the home, but the share of the partner who died is guaranteed for their children.

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Blooming lovely

NEVER have I ever been so grateful to see blossom, the crowning glory of spring after a winter that left us all feeling like we might need another Ark!

With the warm season here, the park has sprung to life in every way, with our first Community Café at the Nissen hut, birthday parties on the rolling grassy fields, and runners soaking up the last rays of the day on the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile.

Our Facebook group pages are filling fast with adorable photos of fluffball ducklings, cloud-coloured goslings, and stories of heroic rescues of tiny birds that wandered too near the nesting swans.

Exploring the park one sunny afternoon, it was as though everyone got the same call: get outside! This included the kingfishers, tree creepers, robins, blue tits, and dippers, who didn't seem to mind fluttering by all the human creatures out for their Sunday afternoon stroll.

Sunshine seems to bring with it rebirth and endless energy: even the Aurora Borealis this far south!

For the Friends of Eastville Park it’s the start of a season of joyful community cafes, lawn bowling, funding applications, fairs, and recruitment.

We’re looking for people who enjoy volunteering and are interested in taking it to the next level in joining the charity as trustees. It's a chance to bring your skills to help a cause that you feel passionate about for a few hours a week.

All of us who serve as trustees are Eastville residents and feel passionate about helping to make sure our local park is a much-loved haven for our community of people

and wildlife.

If this interests you, then please get in touch and apply at www. or email

Many of you know Andy, our energetic events guru and handy fixer of all things, but there are many trustee roles and we all pull together to bring in funds, share best practice with organisations across the city, write news, plant wild meadow seeds, manage volunteers, run film nights, balance the finances, and do the invisible tinkering behind the scenes that makes a charity possible and successful.

It’s been a pleasure to see the benches we bought with funds raised in the community finally get installed and enjoyed, so many children enjoying the new equipment in the upper park that we funded through a combination of fundraising and community infrastructure level funds, and of course the community hub that hosts a packed week of activities for all.

There’s still much more to do, especially those who want to see a more permanent café, refreshed play equipment for the younger children, maintenance on the lake, sports equipment, accessible paths, and…you tell us. What would make your park better?

Come see us or volunteer at our next event, the Community Café and Book Fair on June 8, where there will be book bargains galore, live music, cake, and outdoor games to enjoy.

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June 2

n HILLFIELDS COMMUNITY CLOTHES SWAP, Hillfields Library, 12-2pm. Swap your unwanted clothes for new ones, try new styles or have a clear-out. Open to all ages and styles. Entry: £3 cash donation. Drop off unwanted clothes at the library on May 31, 10am-noon.

June 9

n FESTIVAL OF NATURE AND BIG TIDY IN HILLFIELDS PARK, Thicket Avenue, 10.30am-12.30pm. Community litter pick, learn about bugs and help build a bug house. All welcome.

June 9

n STAGE AND SCREEN MUSIC CONCERT, Frenchay Church, 2.30pm, with performances from flute ensemble TuttiFlutti and singers. More details at TuttiFluttiUK

June 12

n WILD WOMEN IN HILLFIELDS PARK, Thicket Avenue, 7-9pm. Monthly group for nature connection, support and creative activities. Learn about medicinal herbs. Open to women of all ages: suggested donation £3.

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June 14

n LUNCHTIME CONCERT, ST MARY'S CHURCH, Manor Road, Fishponds, with Brian Miller. Concert 1-2pm, refreshments on sale 12.301pm. Free entry – retiring collection.

June 15

n BRISTOL REFUGEE FESTIVAL CELEBRATE WITH ME EVENT, PAGE PARK, Staple Hill, 11am-4pm. Free music, dance, food and activities. More details on Page Park News page.

June 19


2pm at Hanham United Reformed Church, Demonstration with a representative from the Medical Detection Dogs Charity. Come and join with us - subs £2 including tea/ coffee/biscuits.

June 22

n PARTY IN THE PONDS, VASSALLS PARK, Oldbury Court, Fishponds, noon-10pm. Live music, dance, children's entertainment, range of food, drink and craft stalls. Free entry. More details from

June 27-29

n ST STEPHEN'S DRAMA GROUP present two one-act comedy plays, Acting, it’s Not Plumbing, and Flatmates, at St Stephen's Church Hall

in Church Road, Soundwell. Tickets £7 – for more information visit www.

June 29

n HILLFIELDS COMMUNITY GARDEN SUMMER EVENT, Hillfields Park, noon-3pm. Stalls, live music, children's activities, food, launch of community climate action plan. Free event – donations welcome.

June 29

n BRISTOL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CONCERT with music by Handel, Bartok, Percy Grainger, Arensky, Piazzola, Elgar and Grieg. Frenchay Parish Church, 7.30pm. Tickets £12 in advance, (call 0117 956 2106) or £15 on the door. Students £5. Children free. Interval refreshments included.

July 6

n AVANTI GARDENS PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FAIR 11.00am to 3.00pm. Bouncy Castle, Arts and Crafts, Food, Stalls. Oldbury Court Road Entrance, Fishponds, BS16 2JP



n BARTON HILL RFC CHARITY CAFE, Duncombe Lane, Speedwell, from noon until 3pm. Food and drink, bargain donated goods, friendly and welcoming place to meet, staffed entirely by volunteers raising money for charity.

n CREATIVE GROUP at the Nissen Hut, Eastville Park, 6-9pm. More details from

n PEEP SUPPORTING PARENTS AND BABIES TO LEARN TOGETHER, Hillfields Library, every Monday 1.30-2.30pm. More details from mia.

from 07507 563 289 or email

n NATURE CONNECTION GROUP at the Nissen Hut, Eastville Park, 11am-2pm. More details from

n FOLK AROUND FISHPONDS, every other Tuesday, 7.30pm10.30pm, at the Nissen Hut, Eastville Park. More details from www.

n KNIT & NATTER AT HILLFIELDS LIBRARY, every Tuesday 2-4pm. All crafts welcome, come and learn and share your knowledge.

n FOOD BANK AT HILLFIELDS CHURCH, every Tuesday 3-6pm. Tea, coffee and refreshments provided, come and have a chat. Open to all.

n JUMPSTART KIDS FREE AFTERSCHOOL CLUB for primary-aged children, Vassall Centre, 4-5pm. Indoor & outdoor games, activities and challenges, refreshments. No booking required, just come along. Run by DBS checked volunteers


n BARTON HILL RFC CHARITY CAFE, Duncombe Lane, Speedwell, from noon until 3pm. Food and drink, bargain donated goods, friendly and welcoming place to meet, staffed entirely by volunteers raising money for charity.

n DOWNEND FLOWER ARRANGING CLUB meets at 7.30pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month from September to June, at Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Downend. Call Genise on 0777 245 1217.

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Mondays 6.30pm & Tuesdays 9.30am

The Beechwood Club, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 3TR Tel: Claire 07791 574 353

Tuesdays 6.00pm & 7.30pm

Speedwell Methodist Church

378 Speedwell Road, Bristol BS15 1ES

Tel: Lesley 07503 524 459

n YOUTH GROUP WITH CHILDREN’S SCRAPSTORE, LPW & WECIL, Vassall Centre, 6.30-8.30pm. For ages 11+ chill, play ping-pong, craft and make friends. More information from

n COST OF LIVING & ENERGY ADVICE SESSIONS, Vassall Centre, 10-4pm, second Monday of the month. Help with benefits advice, money-saving tips, household budgeting workshops – no question too small.


n PHOENIX ART CLUB meets on Tuesdays at Stapleton Church Hall, Park Road, from 10am to midday.

n GARDENING IN RETIREMENT CLUB, Every third Tuesday of every month at 10.15am at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend. Nonmembers welcome - £3 including tea or coffee.

n WOMEN'S SINGING CIRCLE, Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Oldbury Court. every Tuesday, 10-11am. Friendly singing circle with songs and melodies taught by ear. No experience needed. All welcome, from grandmas to children. More information

n MUSIC WITH MAYA at the Nissen Hut, Eastville Park, 9.30-10.30am. More details from friendsofeastvillepark@

n ANSWERING THE CALL EXHIBITION at Glenside Hospital Museum, UWE Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Wednesdays 10am1pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm until December 14.

n FRENCHAY FOLK DANCE CLUB meets alternate Wednesdays, English and American folk dancing to live music, 7.45-10.15pm, Frenchay Village Hall. New dancers always welcome. More details at or email

n BEECHWOOD PLAYGROUP AT THE BEECHWOOD CLUB, Beechwood Road, weekly 9.3011.30am. Relaxed, inclusive drop-in group, suitable for babies up to preschool age children. Donation of £2.50 suggested, which includes a hot drink, slice of cake and snack for little ones.

n BABY BOUNCE AND STORYTIME AT HILLFIELDS LIBRARY, every Wednesday during term time, noon12.30pm. Develop early language skills, meet other parents. Older siblings welcome.

n TEA & TOTS GROUP, Vassall Centre, 9.30-11am. Crafting, storytime,

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n EASTVILLE PARK COMMUNITY HUB Welcome Space for over 55’s, 11am-2pm.

n COMMUNITY CONNECT GROUP at the Nissen Hut, Eastville Park, 11am-2pm. More details from

n EASTVILLE YOUTH CLUB at the Nissen Hut, Eastville Park, 3.30-6.30pm. More details from

n BROMLEY HEATH PROBUS CLUB holds fortnightly meeting with Speakers for ladies and gentlemen on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 10:00 am till 12:00. We also enjoy lunches/ outings together. Please join us at the Assembly Hall, Downend. More details on 0117 9574583 or see our website.

n SONGBIRDS CHOIR at the Nissen Hut, Eastville Park, 7-9pm. More details from

n OTAGO FALL PREVENTION, gentle exercise for older people to gain muscle strength and balance, Vassall Centre, 2pm. Stay behind for tea and chat. To book email


n EASTVILLE PARK FOODCLUB OPEN FOR COLLECTIONS, every Friday noon-1pm. To enquire about membership, email or call 07591 748548.

n BOWLING, Social lawn bowls at the bowling green, Eastville Park, from 5pm. n FRIENDS OF HILLFIELDS LIBRARY Silver Explorers social group for retired people living in Hillfields, every

Friday, 10am-noon. Activities include talks, music, crafts and history. Free tea and coffee. More information at or friends' Facebook page.

n IN-THE-PINK Sensible exercise to music for mature ladies every Friday, 9-10am, Hillfields Park Baptist Church, Thicket Avenue. Followed by chat & coffee, pay session-by-session. Get yourself fit & make new friends. More information from Julie on 07903 123793.

n CONCORD WIND BAND. Friendly, mixed-ability band, playing music for fun. Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, every Friday 7.30-9.30pm, with tea break. New members welcome. Contact Jayne on 0788 072 4948.


n LU LIFE CHURCH 'SHARED SPACES', Fishponds Old Library, Fishponds Road. Every 3rd Saturday of the month, 2-3pm. Singing, dancing and drumming. All welcome. For more details email or call Rev P on 0750 839 0298.

n VOLUNTEER GROUP at Hillfields Community Garden, every third Saturday of the month, 10am1pm. Meet your neighbours and have fun. Free lunch. More details from

n FISHPONDS REPAIR CAFE. All All Saints Church on 1st Saturday of the month, 10am-noon. Drop in for advice and help in mending electrical, household or textile items, including toys and computers.

n LEGO AND DUPLO CLUB, Hillfields Library, every 2nd Saturday of the month, 11am-noon. Open to all ages.

n CRAFTERNOONS AT HILLFIELDS LIBRARY, every Saturday 2-4pm. Crafty fun – open to all.

Free event for carers

A CHARITY is inviting unpaid carers and professionals supporting carers across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to a free event.

Carers Support Centre will hold its annual Carers Week event at the BAWA Leisure Centre in Southmead Road on June 13 from 10am-3pm. The event will include practical information as well as a chance to meet with other carers, with sessions on befriending and counselling services,

employment, palliative and end-of-life care, estate planning, powers of attorney and mental health support.

It will also include lunch, "free pampering" and a music therapy session.

Pre-booking is essential and can be done online at www. or by calling 0117 958 9902.

For more information email comms@carerssupportcentre.



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A privilege to represent you

IT'S now more than 19 years since I was first elected MP for Bristol East. That was in 2005, when the constituency stretched only part way up the Fishponds Road; it was with the 2010 boundary changes that all the greater Fishponds area came into the seat.

Now that a General Election has suddenly been called, we have boundary changes again. The

Eastville, Frome Vale and Hillfields wards will no longer be in Bristol East, but in a new constituency, Bristol North East.

It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to represent you all this time, and I’m sad to be saying goodbye. It’s an area with a fascinating history, from its role in pioneering mental health care, which is now documented at Glenside Museum, to Hillfields, the first homes to be built under the post-war National Housing Scheme of 1919.

These issues – the need for better mental health provision and for decent homes for all – are of course still very much with us today.

I have a particular fondness for the Grow Wilder site; I have seen it evolve over the years into a very special place, where community food-growing has brought people together and nature has been allowed to flourish. And for the Vassall Centre, where I’ve held so many surgeries over the years.

I want to thank the people behind Fishponds Voice for giving

me the opportunity to write a column every month, and for providing such excellent coverage of local affairs.

I wish you all the very best for the future.

New bus a missed opportunity

I WRITE about the newly-reinstated number 47 bus that serves the Oldbury Court estate. The 'new' route is a huge disappointment, and seems to have been designed by a person that does not use the company’s services, with the sole aim of allowing First to close the route down within months due to “lack of use”.

This is a missed opportunity to serve the communities of not only Oldbury Court but also Downend, Staple Hill, Stapleton and Eastville.


The long, long wait for rule-breakers

IT may have passed you by as a day when nothing much happened, but April 25 was a significant one for planners and enforcement officers.

Until that particular day, unauthorised "operational development" or building work became lawful after four years, as did the creation of a dwelling, either by building it or through change of use of a building.

The four-year rule didn't count if an enforcement notice had been served and an appeal failed, if the creation of a dwelling was concealed (in the classic case, behind bales of straw), or if there were breaks in occupation as a home.

For other breaches, including building something contrary to a planning condition, the wait for immunity was ten years.

Now the longer limit has been extended to every breach of planning control.

There are questions over how

much harm is caused by something that has been around for, say, nine years.

Over ten years, local and national planning policies change numerous times, and there is a risk that a development may suddenly be deemed harmful after previously being acceptable, or vice versa.

It is very easy to be caught out undertaking development you believe does not require planning permission, particularly in regard to walls and fences next to highways.

If that is something you have done, or authorised someone else to do, in the last four years, you may be at risk.

April 25 is now a dividing line: the new ten-year rule will apply to any work substantially complete after that date.

There are a few points to bear in mind before you worry too much. Firstly, planning enforcement action is discretionary. The council's first recourse should be a warning,

The new route only comes up the already very well-served and seriously congested Fishponds Road to Straits Parade, a quick trip round the Oldbury Court estate and back.

With a few minor changes the new route could include Downend and Staple Hill shops, the retail park at Channons Hill, Bell Hill and Park Road Stapleton, then take in Tesco, Ikea, and the retail park at Eastville, either joining the M32 straight into the Centre or rejoining the current route at Stapleton Road.

This small change would include more shops and would also give Stapleton back a bus service that it has been crying out for.

I feel that this is a missed opportunity for First to make some money while also serving the needs of the residents of the areas above that will end with the service being withdrawn again after the six months trial period ends due to lack of use.

Oldbury Court resident

rather than using enforcement notices as a blanket solution to all breaches.

However, I have been called in recently in a case where a gable (vertical) end roof on a bungalow was deemed worthy of action, because a hipped (sloping) roof had been approved.

This is the sort of minor breach which should be sorted out through negotiation, in my opinion, rather than taking the nuclear option of serving a notice, which can put someone under tremendous pressure and result in a criminal record.

Unfortunately these days, where it is very difficult to speak to anyone in a council and e-mail seems to be the default method of communication, the art of negotiation seems to be overlooked.

A lack of engagement can lead to the escalation of problems that could straightforwardly be resolved by giving people the chance to put

their point of view.

Of course there are rogues who carry out unauthorised works, but there are many more people who find themselves with a planning problem through understandable ignorance or misunderstanding. Serving a notice, with limited time to do anything about it, should not be how a member of the public finds out about a problem that could have been remedied more easily.

As ever, this change in planning law needs to be tested in the real world.

If it does apply to you, you might want to buy a ten-year diary.

Chrisgoslingplanning@gmail. com

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Teacher's award

A TEACHER has won a High Sheriff's award for her work on a project to reduce the number of exclusions from schools.

Fairfield High School assistant vice-principal Cashan Campbell was recognised at an awards ceremony at Bristol Beacon for her work with Bristol University researching the educational experiences of African and Caribbean parents, and the impact this then has on their own children.

Her work involved interviewing people to learn first-hand about their experiences and discovering changes and innovations that improve support for families, staff and communities.

Cashan said: "It’s the relatively simple things like the introduction of the pastoral team at the beginning of the year, rather than at the stage when something goes wrong, which would help build essential relationships and expectations, and even prevent a student from reaching the stage of exclusion."

The awards ceremony for Project Inclusion recognised educationalists, students, elders, artists and creatives who have been working together.

School's football shield win n SPORT

A TEAM from Fairfield High School has won the most prestigious trophy for Bristol's school teams, the Woodcock Shield.

The Year 10 boys were watched by hundreds of people including relatives, fellow pupils and staff as they beat Blaise High School, from Henbury, 1-0 at Bristol City's Ashton Gate ground.

Former City players Geoff Merrick, Louis Carey and Scott Murray, who played in the Shield when they were at school, presented the Shield – and paid for the stewards for the match from their own pockets.

Established in 1907, this year 32 teams from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire competed for the shield.

Fairfield director of PE Jordan Goodchild said: “I am so proud of our football stars, who have been on a winning streak all year, showing time and time again such astonishing skill and determination, whilst managing to keep a cool head.

"To come away with the Woodcock Shield is a dream come true! Commiserations to Blaise High, who also played a great match and fought until the bitter end."

Fairfield principal Edel Cronin said: “We left with such a sense of pride and community, it was one of those events where we were honoured to see our students achieve at the highest level, and to be sharing this experience with fellow colleagues is something I’ll always treasure." 27 June 2024 - Issue 111 Got News? Contact Ken via email n NEWS Meet with one of our qualified estate planning consultants to discuss your needs. Protect your family's inheritance Single & joint Wills from £99.00 *Including VAT Call us today on 0117 952 0698 or email Home visits or online appointments are available.
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Basketball triumph for Bristol Met

A FISHPONDS school has won a national basketball title for the fifth time in eight years.

The under-16 boys’ team from Bristol Metropolitan Academy convincingly beat London's Greig City Academy 80-59 at the Dynamik schools' national competition finals in May.

The team played their way to the final via five qualifying games during the South West regional group stages, followed by four play-off games against teams from Birmingham, Telford, Newcastle and Manchester at the finals tournament.

In the final itself, at Manchester's National Basketball Performance Centre, Bristol Met's Dylan Lloyd was voted most valuable player, scoring 37 points despite needing treatment for an injury during the game.

Basketball England said: "Lloyd did a bit of everything, and did it very well, splashing four triples, pulling down three boards, dishing

a pair of assists and nabbing four steals."

The sport's governing body also highlighted the contributions of Kayden Richards (12 points, 9 rebounds) and Ben Pitter (9pts, 6reb).

PE programme Leader Tom Hooper said: “I am extremely

proud of what this group of boys have achieved. We have worked together consistently for five years, with this always being our ultimate goal.

“I hope they look back fondly at their time at the academy and go on to fulfil their full potential.”

Bristol Met's girls under-16 team

also made it to their national final but lost out 75-56 to Manchester's Trinity CoE High School.

The performances of Kamilah Yakubu (25pts, 15reb, 6 steals, 5 assists) and Angel Whyte (23pts, 7stl) for Bristol Met were both highlighted by Basketball England.

Cabot Learning Trust, which runs the school, says its basketball success is underpinned by "a commitment to excellence, both on and off the court".

A spokesperson said: "The school’s basketball programme has its foundations in attendance and behaviour. All players and parents sign a contract to confirm they will maintain certain standards to retain a place in the basketball programme.

"That means retaining a 4.3 behaviour average, 96% and above attendance and good punctuality. If these standards are not met, students will not be permitted to play for the team."

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Lacey is England national champion

LACEY Holloway has become the latest in the long line of Downend Boxing Club talent to win a national title.

Lacey, aged 12, won the Female Class A, Under 38kg title at the England Boxing National Schools Championships in Newcastle.

Lacey, who lives in Kingswood and is a Year 8 student at King’s Oak Academy, started boxing aged 10, has had 14 contests and has boxed in Sweden, winning the Golden Girl championships. She was a semi-finalist in last year's England National championships.

After qualifying again this year, Lacey's semi-final opponent was unable to make the weight class, putting Lacey into the final on May 12 to face The Ring boxing club's Reyah Hassan of Bracknell.

In an all-action contest, Reyah made strong attacks but Lacey used her clever boxing skills and aggressive counter-attacks to good effect to take a unanimous judges' decision and bring the National title back to Bristol.

Lacey said: "Winning this title was my dream, and I am really happy to be a national boxing champion.

"I would like to thank my mum for supporting me throughout my career so far and always being there for me. Both mum and I would like to thank

Downend Boxing club for helping me achieve this."

Lacey's mum Claire, who is a coach at the club, was in the Downend corner alongside Lacey's coach, Conor White.

Claire said: "We are thrilled to bits, and must also congratulate Reyah on a brilliant performance."

King’s Oak Academy PE teacher Robyn Harrold said: "This is an outstanding achievement and


Moving for mental health

IN today's fast-paced world, mental health has become a hot topic of conversation—and for good reason.

We’re more aware than ever of the importance of taking care of our minds, as much as our bodies.

But did you know that one of the simplest, most effective ways to boost your mental well-being is through regular movement?

Sport England’s Moving more for our Mental Health campaign shines a spotlight on this.

It’s no secret that exercise releases endorphins, those feel-good chemicals in our brains.

But the benefits go far beyond a fleeting mood boost. Regular physical activity can significantly reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Movement doesn’t have to involve gruelling gym sessions or marathon training.

The key is finding activities that you enjoy, can stick with and fit into your daily routine – anything from a brisk walk in the park or yoga session to dancing around your living room.

You don’t need to make drastic changes to reap the benefits – small, consistent steps can make a huge


An essential aspect of maintaining an active lifestyle is ensuring that your movements are pain-free.

Listen to your body and move in ways that are sustainable and comfortable, including a gentle warm-up to prepare your body and a cool-down to aid recovery.

Learn the correct technique for any new exercise and give your body time to recover between workouts.

Physical activity often involves social interaction, which is also good for mental health.

Whether it’s joining a sports club, a group fitness class or walking with a friend, these social connections can provide support, reduce feelings of loneliness and increase your overall sense of well-being.

The NHS recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, which can be broken down into smaller chunks. Even 10-minute bursts add up and have a significantpositive impact on your mental health.

So, lace up those trainers, find your favourite activity, and get moving – your mind will thank you for it! Tim Button

highlights Lacey’s dedication to training multiple times a week.

"We look forward to seeing her continued success and excellence in future competitions."

Next for Lacey will be development training with the England team at the Institute of Sport, Sheffield, followed by the International schools Bristol Box Cup at Thornbury Leisure Centre on June 22-23.

This year's tournament is dedicated to the memory of talented Downend club boxer Jude Moore, who died unexpectedly in March last year, aged 19.

Jude, from Hillfields was England National Schools Champion in 2017, aged 14, and Juniors in 2019, and was Western Counties champion five times. He represented England in European championships and won a GB Three Nations championship.

Launched ten years ago, the event regularly attracts talented young boxers from across Britain and Ireland, and had more than 100 applications within the first hour this year.

Doors open at 12.30pm and boxing starts at 1.30pm each day.

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Lacey Holloway with coach Conor White and mum Claire Holloway


Bristol u3a

ARE you free on Wednesday June 19, from 2.30pm onwards?

Why not come along to the Crafty Egg in Fishponds for an informal social? You’ll meet some existing members and have a chance to find out more about u3a, including what we’re up to in East & North-East Bristol.

Don’t worry if you can’t make that, as we’ll be announcing more drop-in events around the area in future

editions of the Voice. You’ll also find us at the Older People’s Fayre in the Vassall Centre on Friday June 7, from 10am-1pm.

This month we're highlighting our Eastside Crafters Group.

It has recently moved to a bigger room at Kingswood Community Association, so is able to accept more members. It meets once a month from 1pm-3pm on the third Thursday of the month.

There are no rules, and members are people who enjoy crafts of various kinds – knitting, crochet,

cross stitch, card making, origami, bead or string craft – anything goes!

You don’t have to be an expert to go along, as members enjoy sharing their skills and knowledge with others. Bring along your own projects, or join in with a craft suggested by others.

There are over 150 interest groups across Bristol for members to join, and around 25 locally – simply Google “Bristol u3a” to see for yourself. Follow the links on the groups page to contact the group leader and see if you can go along

for a “taster session” before joining formally.

Bristol u3a (you in your Third Age) is for anyone with some free time for themselves.

There’s no lower age limit, but most of our members are retired or semi-retired.

We come from all walks of life and have (at least) one thing in common: a zest for living and for trying or learning new things.

Contact learnlaughlive@bristolu3a. to find out more.

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