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The Bristol Nine Magazine - Issue no. 144 June 2018

12,500 copies delivered free each month across Sea Mills, Henleaze, Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park, Coombe Dingle & Westbury on Trym

Between the covers this month - Childrens Puzzles (p 10), Ethical investment (p18), the Prize Wordsearch (p24), the Downs in Summer (p32), Tackling social isolation (p34 & p44), BS9 Arts Trail (p45), the residents of Bristol Castle (p51), Quiz Time (p56), Encouraging butterflies (p64) and all your "What's On" from p68

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The Editor's Small Piece Hello there. Thanks for picking up this months issue. A couple of evenings ago we went up to the Downs to watch the very public exertions that are known a Tough Mudder - a 5k "run" with the added excitement / fun / torment of an obstacle course thrown in. It was a beautiful evening and after days of warm, dry, sunny weather it was more of a Tough No-Muddder for the contestants. We did our bit to add to the ambience of the event - by eating fish and chips (bought in BS9 of course and taken with us), the aroma of which attracted envious looks from several participants who were competing on a diet of adrenaline, laughter and sweat. The infectious atmosphere was joyous and fun and the event was something of an invitation for the whole family to freely rock up, laugh, cheer, suport - and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings of the Downs. Earlier that day I'd pretty much finished assembling this issue, and as we watched the Tough Mudders a couple of articles / editorials supplied for inclusion this month remained in my mind - you can check them out on pages 34 and 44. Later this month charitable organisations across the country will be promoting Loneliness Awareness Week, with a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the increasing subject of loneliness, especially but not exclusively amongst the older population, and encouraging people to take a positive and participative role in tackling the issue. It seems slightly ironic that in our digital era, when communication has never been "easier" (noting of course that "easier" is not the same as "better"), loneliness seems to be on the rise. Our unplanned trip to see the Tough Mudder consisted of a bag of chips, a 5 minute drive and a couple of hours of great free entertainment. Maybe we should have filled the two spare seats in the car, bought some more chips and doubled the benefit by sharing the evening with a couple of people for whom the experience might have meant so much more. Food for thought. Have a great June and there'll be more of this stuff next month when I will be a year older but not necessarily any wiser. Cheers, Andy the Editor / 07845 986650 / 0117 259 1964 / 8 Sandyleaze, WoT, BS9 3PY Front cover - early morning in Badock's Wood 4



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Children's Puzzle Page (answers on page 88) Fruit & Vegetable Crossword 1




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Philomena the penguin is playing hide and seek with her three brothers and sisters, Batholomew, Anastasia Down and Sid. They have all run off and hidden on other pages 1 Yellow . Cankernels of this magazine you find out where the other 3 A type of funghi  penguins have gone? You have sixty seconds to find 4 Fruit with furry skin ! them. Go. 7 1, Keeps 2, 3, 4, .......... 60. Coming, the doctor away ready or not 8 runner, broad or baked? 10 Orange vegetable

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Finance Matters - with Phil James of Grosvenor Consultancy It’s been 34 years since the first retail Ethical Fund was launched in the UK – Friends Life Stewardship Fund in 1984. Ethical funds or Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) have come a long way since then. If my conversations with clients are anything to go by, the indication is that more and more people want to know more about them at the very least; there is undoubtedly greater awareness and a greater appetite for considering ‘an ethical approach’. This increase in interest is not surprising really, probably reflecting our own greater awareness of the fragility of our planet. Who remembers when household recycling was first introduced and yet we now take it for granted. According to the internet (!) it was first introduced in the US by one city in 1980, however it wasn’t until nearly 20 years later that Bristol started weekly recycling collections. We started with paper, which kind of made sense, but then became amazed at what products had a ‘previous life’ as something else. We became aware of exhaust fumes, fell in love with diesels then out again, started making trips to the dump, and more recently have been appalled by the pictures of literally oceans of plastic on our TV screens. Behind this, there are companies; companies leading the way in innovation, companies that discover new ways to manufacture, new technologies, new greener production of energy. Holding the shares of these companies in a por�olio is no bad thing to do, both in terms of the benefit they provide to the planet and ironically to your pocket.

As examples, some of the goals are affordable and clean energy, reducing poverty, responsible consumption & production, and clean water and sanitation. These days investing in a socially and responsible way is partly about 1) avoiding companies involved in certain industries or practices – such as armaments, alcohol, human rights abuses etc. but also, 2) Seeking to invest in thematic investments that aim to provide solutions – such as renewable energy, public transport systems, healthcare, water, environmental efficiency etc. There is a definite two stage approach to investing in this way which for many people provides peace of mind as well as opportunities. At Grosvenor Consultancy Ltd, we have many por�olios that we use for clients; for those who wish to invest ethically and those that do not. For those that do, we can create por�olios that avoid particular industry sectors if that is important to a client. It’s not for everyone either by choice or the simple fact that it has to be consistent with someone’s tolerance of investment risk and capacity for loss. However, ‘choice’ is a key word on which to end. There are more companies in which to invest these days, new sectors, new innovations. It’s not just about shares, there are ways to invest in other more cautious assets, like bonds, property etc. while maintaining an ethical approach. So an ethical por�olio for more cautious investors is now possible and, in any por�olio, some of those companies will undoubtedly be tomorrow’s successes. Phil James Grosvenor Consultancy Ltd.

In 2016, the United Nations set an ambitious set of goals to banish a whole host of social ills by 2030 – sounds like a long way off? It’s not, we’ve been recycling in Bristol for longer.

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This June, Stepping Out Theatre is standing tall like the chimneys that litter the skyline at the heart of industrial Avonmouth and staging a performance of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ronald J Dump’, a satirical ghost tale of the eerie village of Hallen, once the dumping ground for Bristol’s unwanted citizens, for the ones who’d lost their homes and their minds, and the place where they burnt ‘witches’. Now a dumping ground for industrial waste, it is at even greater risk when evil American waste product entrepreneur Ronald J Dump sets his sights on Avonmouth. The play runs from 11th to 21st June and is a site specific immersive production which takes place at Kings Weston House – a magnificent 18th century mansion on the outskirts of Bristol. Audiences can expect lots of ghostly goings on during the performance which takes place in the Great Hall of the house that is itself home to many modern day ghost hunts. It is an original play written by Mark Breckon for Stepping Out - the country’s leading mental health theatre

company. “The inspiration came when I was dropping someone off, took a wrong turn and got lost, ending up in Hallen. It was so eerie, it really felt like a ghost town.” Cher Douglas, who has worked with Stepping Out for 20 years, is directing the play alongside another long term member Gareth Pitt. “It’s a huge task to direct 24 people in a production.” Cher explained. “A big part of it is to ensure it is as inclusive as possible, it is easy for people to isolate themselves on stage so we make sure everyone is included and working together. And that reflects the work we do at Stepping Out generally, and why these productions are so important. It is a safe space for people to enjoy themselves and be part of something amazing – that really makes a difference to people. We have one woman for example, who walks with a limp normally, but who comes alive on stage. That is incredible to be a part of.” “Audiences can expect an eye-opening experience, but also a very entertaining one. The play is very funny and we are expecting people to leave with both a chill down their spine and a grin on their face.” Gareth concluded. Tickets cost £12 / £10 for concessions and are available from the website

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Pitfalls of Probate In the first of a series of articles AMD solicitors discuss the pitfalls of DIY probate. In this instalment Sarah Burgess, a Solicitor dealing with contentious and non-contentious probate, highlights some of the issues she has come across. There have been many occasions when an executor of a Will has come to our firm for advice after beginning to administer an estate but things haven’t gone according to plan. Our job is to help the executors progress the estate efficiently whilst keeping the beneficiaries well-informed so that the executors themselves do not become personally liable for causing loss to the estate. The legal costs involved in resolving a dispute or rectifying any errors will often far outweigh the initial costs of seeking professional legal advice regarding the estate administration. If you find yourself named as an executor in a Will, you should be aware of the most common pitfalls to avoid: 1. Incorrectly interpreting the Will. The laws regarding interpreting Wills are hundreds of years old and don’t always follow a common sense approach. For example; if the deceased made a homemade Will which was signed and witnesses correctly then a couple of years later decided to change his beneficiaries and amended the Will by hand (but without getting the changes

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witnessed), the subsequent amendments will fail. An executor cannot say “well the new beneficiaries were clearly who the deceased intended to benefit and so that is who I will pay” without breaching his duties as executor and becoming personally liable to the original beneficiaries. 2. Failing to conduct a thorough search for assets and liabilities. When you are an executor you have a duty to carry out thorough searches of the deceased’s property and paperwork to establish what the assets of the estate are and to obtain probate valuations for all of the assets and liabilities. You should always try to obtain professional valuations of property and shares. When you submit the inheritance tax forms to HM Revenue and Customs you will be signing a statement of truth to confirm that the information is correct. It is not uncommon for lay executors to miss assets completely and recently I had to try and recover an asset which should have been administered 40 years ago! As time passes it can become more difficult (and therefore more expensive) to collect in assets, for example, if the original executor has since died. If an asset has decreased in value (e.g. shares) then an executor can become personally liable for the reduction in its value. For advice on wills, inheritance tax, lasting powers of attorney, administration of estates and all other private client issues, please contact Sarah Burgess or another member of our team on 0117 962 1205, email or call into one of our four Bristol offices. 100 Henleaze Road, Henleaze BS9 4JZ 15 The Mall, Clifton BS8 4DS 139 Whiteladies Road, Clifton BS8 2PL 2 Station Road, Shirehampton BS11 9TT

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Entries please before 1st July by email to andy@, telephone 0117 259 1964, text ________________________________ 07845 986650 or post to 8 Sandyleaze, WoT, BS9 3PY. Best of luck - here are your elements...... Y O X U B R C V A N E G O

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At school I was good at Biology and Physics - and hated them. I was rubbish at Chemistry, but loved it - so it was Chemistry O-Level for me. But what was the point? - four decades on and I still needed Wikipedia to set this month's Prize Wordsearch. Listed below are (apparently) the first twenty elements in the Periodic Table. Only nineteen have stayed in the lesson - one has bunked off and isn't in the puzzle. Can you discover the missing element? It may be hidden reading forwards, backwards, up, down or on a diagonal. All you need to do is let me know which is not in the puzzle - and if you are correct and get drawn from the lucky hat first you will win either a copy of "Electrochemical studies of corrosion inhibition of mild steel: Corrosion inhibition of mild steel in one molar sulfuric acid solution using some triazole derivatives" by Awad Sadek Magoda (RRP ÂŁ30) or a ÂŁ25 book token. The choice is yours.

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Good luck, please do have a go and if you find the missing element do submit your entry. In the meantime the winner of the April Prize Wordsearch, who was randomly selected by computer and who correctly identified that the missing Premier League football team was Stoke City, was Will Pennington from, appropriately, Stoke Bishop. Will wins himself a football shirt of his choice. Stoke City will of course be missing from the Premier League next season so with all sincerity I wish them a successful 2018/2019 season and hope their fans get to see a blend of attractive attacking football they have been denied for so many seasons.

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Council Talk - Peter & John Reporting Cllr. Peter Abraham & Cllr. John Goulandris serve you on Bristol City Council for the Stoke Bishop Ward covering Sneyd Park & Sea Mills Stoke Lodge JR update : We are disappointed to advise that the judge has found in favour of Cotham School. He dismissed 3 of Cotham’s claims, but did agree 2 technical legal grounds. Interestingly, the judge rejected the argument that councillors had acted improperly and also rejected the argument that the school had a legal requirement to fence off the land. No doubt planning applications will follow and that will be a new battle to fight to keep public access to this precious green space. Arena delay : We are still waiting for the Mayor to decide where the Arena will be built. Library update : There are media rumours circulating that our campaign to keep Westbury Library open is likely to be successful. Sadly, no news on Sea Mills Library - we want both to remain open. Your comments, views & questions are welcomed - these are our contact details:• Councillor Peter Abraham Email: • Councillor John Goulandris Email: • Phone 0117 922 2227 • City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR 26

Computer Corner with Mrs PC “Has anyone seen my phone?” - Steps to follow if you lose your phone or tablet. Take a deep breath and try not to panic. Try to remember if your device is switched on. If it isn’t, or is low or out of battery, you can’t use high tech methods. It’s always good to retrace your steps and think carefully about your movements to try and track down lost things. Assuming the volume is turned on, try calling your phone or tablet. Even if you don’t have a sim card fitted to your tablet, you can still call using Facetime or Skype. You may find it by hearing where it is. My phone is often in silent mode as I don’t like to be disturbed by it. This causes problems when it’s lost. If you lose your phone or tablet o f t e n , ensure that the volume is loud, turn vibration and the torch to flash when the device is ringing. How often have you lost your phone inside your handbag? If your phone flashes, you are more likely to see it in the dark or inside a bag. It’s also wise to have a pass code lock. I was once with a friend who dropped their phone in a non-signal area in deep heather on a walk. She later remembered that she had set a daily alarm at 6 am, so she returned to the area early next morning and found it when it started to wake the local wildlife.

you have backed up your data. Make sure you have. It’s also a good idea to insure your device, and have the make, model and IMEI number written down in case of loss. Most phones and tablets can be located remotely. On an iPhone this is called “Find my phone” – but it also works for your iPad. You can log into iCloud and locate your devices on a map. Phones have to be in signal and tablets connected to Wi-Fi. You can then play a sound to try and find your device if it’s nearby, or to alert others. If you have truly lost your phone, as I did recently, when it dropped out of my pocket at Temple Meads station, you can put it into “lost mode”, which enables you to write a message to potential finders of the phone on the lock screen. Something along the lines of “This phone is lost, please call xxxx” You can also disable it, and wipe it clean. If phones are in lost mode, your ID and password are needed in order to be reactivated. This sounds like a great feature, and deterrent to thieves, but I am not entirely sure how foolproof it is. If you located your device on a map and it’s in someone else’s possession, I advise caution, alert the police and your phone service provider, and don’t rush out alone to confront a phone thief. I am deeply grateful to the kind person who handed my phone in to lost property and delighted to have it back. Thank you kind stranger.

I did the same thing, but had a mobile signal. I was able to locate my phone when I called it from another phone. When I got into range, my Fitbit, started buzzing, which it does to alert you that your phone is ringing when the phone is on silent. The relief was enormous. When you do lose your phone or tablet, it causes you to reflect about whether or not 27

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Good Reads - recommendations from Bruce Fellows In Jennifer Egan’s novel “Manhattan Beach”, it’s the late thirties, and Anna accompanies her father Eddie to a meeting by the sea with the mysterious Dexter Styles. Who is he? What does he do? And where do the tomatoes come from? Jump forward a few years and Anna is working in the Brooklyn Naval Yard when she sees divers training and nothing will satisfy her until she has become one. But where’s Eddie now? And would you believe it, Dexter turns up again. Here are familial love, passions and crime, not to mention diving, in an atmospherically described world of wartime anxiety – it’s totally absorbing. Simon Horobin’s “How English Became English” is a fascinating and relaxing read. Relaxing? Yes. Greengrocer’s apostrophes? Don’t worry about them. They were commonly used in the 18th century with foreign words apparently. Less or fewer? Less has been used for countable nouns since Old English days, fewer was a personal preference expressed by an 18th century grammarian. Modern terms like unfriend? Old English, and recorded too in a 17th century letter. OMG? Recorded as used in 1917. This is a scholarly but highly readable review of the story of English from early days; its influences from other languages; its importance now and its likely future. In “The Sister’s Secret”, Bristol author Penny Kline has written another gripping and accomplished mystery thriller. Claudia’s brain dead but her unborn baby still lives. Her sister, Erin, an illustrator, anxiously counts each extra day that increases the baby’s chances. She has a commission to finish and a pupil to teach, Maeve. But what was Claudia really like? We share Erin’s thoughts and entertaining observations as she addresses the puzzle. Maeve’s parents and the couple down the road are mysteries and what about Ava? Who’s Stella? Where’s Ollie? Rats and hooded figures ramp up the tension. And you’ll never guess the ending. It’s a treat. “As Green as Grass” is the ninety year old Emma Smith’s enchanting memoir of her life from the thirties till the early fifties. She writes with precision and charm about her schooldays, the War and afterwards, and above all about her family whom she loves with true devotion. To join the war effort, she works on the canals, carrying essential war materials around the country, an occupation calling for tenacity and very unlady-like brawn. She later writes a prize-winning bestseller about it. This is the always engaging and enthralling story of a girl growing into life and finding her place in it. Don’t miss it. A girl disappears. The community searches for her. Nothing is found. Years pass, still nothing. But no one can forget. It’s a high, rugged landscape, farmers work hard, everyone lives their lives and still they remember. Jon McGregor’s mesmeric “Reservoir 13” takes us through the years following the disappearance. Seasons come and go; animals and birds have young; so do the villagers; the missing girl’s friends grow older. Nothing much seems to change for the inhabitants but after a while everything has changed. McGregor’s minute observations of nature and character build a real and extraordinary world within this gripping, original and often surprisingly funny novel. Bruce Fellows - May 2018 28

Special Event for Powers of Attorney Do you hold power of attorney for a relative or friend? Please join us on Wednesday 18 July to meet Richard Higgs, Chartered Financial Planner and Director of Wealth West Ltd, to discuss the challenges of being an attorney and the benefits of taking financial advice over coffee. What:

Financial advice coffee morning for powers of attorney (property and financial affairs)

Where: Trym Lodge, 1 Henbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3HQ When:

Wednesday 18 July, 9.30am – 11.30am

We are a small, local independent financial adviser firm specialising in advising retired clients in the BS9 area and their attorneys. This free event is being held at our Westbury-on-Trym office. Topics we expect to cover include: • The responsibilities of a power of attorney for property and financial affairs, from meeting day to day bills and expenses to managing long term investments such as stocks and shares, and making major decisions such as how to fund long-term care. • Your duty to act in the best interest of the donor and how to meet this in the face of other pressures, such as a lack of time or experience or outside pressure from other concerned family members including those who stand to inherit. • How taking independent financial advice can relieve you of some of your responsibilities while ensuring you meet your duty of care, and provide objective assurance for yourself and interested others that you are doing what’s best for the donor. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about our services and costs with no obligation, and meet Richard, your prospective adviser. The event is free but booking is required as there are limited places available. To book please call (0117) 966 5699 or email richard.higgs@ For more about Wealth West please visit www.

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The Gardener’s World - Cathy Lewis Reach for the skies The best way to make the most of a small space is to garden vertically, using walls and fences to grow plants that spread up rather than out. Climbing plants attract wildlife and provide us with year-round options for flowers, scent and foliage. Some climbers need wire or trellis supports while others have clever adaptations that allow them to self-cling. There are plenty of attractive climbers out there, including the ever-popular honeysuckles, clematis and roses. However you need to choose plants that are appropriate to the available space as some climbers, such as Boston ivy and wisteria, are very vigorous. They are fine for expansive walls and large pergolas but will test your pruning skills in a small garden. One of the most well-behaved and seasonally interesting climbers is Trachelospermum jasminoides or Star Jasmine (not to be confused with Jasmine officinale). This woody shrub needs a wire or trellis support and will wind its way upwards, rewarding you with glossy, evergreen leaves that often turn bronze-red in winter. In summer it has dainty, highly scented white flowers. The shrub is described as only frost hardy, but has happily survived a number of winters in my cold, exposed courtyard. Gardeners always hanker after plants that have everything - year-round interest, scent, easy maintenance - and this one really delivers.

Actinidia kolomikta is a relative of kiwifruit and a fascinating climber with deciduous whitetipped leaves that look as though they have been dipped in paint. Over a number of weeks the white fades to pink and then green, a process called transitory variegation. The flowers are small and unremarkable, although lightly scented. This is a plant that evolved to grow in gloomy Chinese forests and it may be that the plant uses its eye-catching leaves to attract pollinators. In the UK it should be happy twining up wire supports on a sunny or part-shaded wall. Parthenocissus henryana or Chinese virginia creeper is a self-clinging deciduous climber that is grown for its striking autumn foliage. It is better behaved and less vigorous than Virginia creeper, which can cover your house when your back’s turned. It will be happy growing in part-shade, but the leaf colour is better with some sun. In summer it has attractive bronze-green leaves veined in silvery grey, which drop in winter to expose its not unattractive twining stems and sticky pads. It is at its most spectacular in autumn however, when the plant transforms into a brilliant cascade of russet-red.


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The Downs in Summer - Richard Bland I made a prediction on March 5th in this column that this spring would be an early one. I made this on the basis of the winter temperature. Since then we have had the coldest March since 2013 and a yo-yo April with four days of wonderful warmth and blue skies. The figures for fourteen species show that this spring is about five days later than normal. My prediction was wrong, and it was set back by the vicious cold at the start of March. What sort of summer can we expect this year? I have no idea - but a glance at the past is interesting. A normal British summer has an average maximum d a i l y temperature of around 20C, and this figure has scarcely changed in 150 years. It has 74 mm a month of rain, slightly wetter than spring but drier than autumn. There was a dry spell in the 1970’s and 1980’s but we are now getting back to the sort of summers we had in the 1930’s. But it is the abnormal summers we remember. In the present century we have had four hot summers, with averages over 22C in 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2014, and three cold ones in 2002, 2008 and 2009. The hottest summer ever was 1976, at 23.9C, and the coldest, at just 18.0C in 1883, which coincided with a volcanic explosion in the East Indies. The driest summer ever was 1995 with 11mm a month, even drier than 1976 that had 26mm. The wettest ever was 2012 with 150mm each month, double the normal, and a disaster for many small bird species. Spring Public Events on the Downs June starts with Lets Rock on Saturday 2nd,

an all-day festival of 1980’s dance and music. The Lady Boys of Bangkok will be performing nightly for two weeks from 8th to 23rd, and on the weekend of June 30th - July 1st, the Race For Life takes place. Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project events. All these events need to be booked, and there is a charge. Contact 0117 903 0609 or e-mail The website is and on facebook Sunday 3rd June. Gorge-ous summer plants (Walk). Discover some of the rare wildflowers and trees that make this one of the most important botanical sites in the UK. 10.30am - 12.30pm, £5.00. Saturday 7th July Butterflies of the Downs (Walk). Leader Timothy Dowling, from the Friends of the Downs, on a stroll along Zoo Banks. to identifying butterflies. 2.00pm – 4.00pm £5.00.

Friday 20th July Bat and Moth Night (Walk). Local experts Ray Barnett, David Brown and Kay Snowdon will help to identify the bats and moths. 9.30pm– 11.30pm £5.00 Thursday 26th July Brilliant Butterflies (Children’s event for 8 – 12 year olds). In the morning we spot the butterflies on the Downs, in the afternoon we create a sculpture with artist Sarah Edwards. Drop off children at the Zoo at 10am, and pick them up at 3.30pm. £15.00 per child. Saturday 28th July. Identifying Galls on the Downs (Walk) Ecologist Jon Mortin will guide


us as we learn to tell fingernail galls from oak apples and spangle galls from Robin’s pincushions. 2.00pm – 4.00pm £5.00. Thursday 2nd August Wild Music (Children’s event for 8 – 12 year olds). Tune in to the sounds of the Downs with musical games and activities. In the afternoon make your own instruments from recycled materials and join our awesome eco orchestra! Drop off children at 10am and pick them up at 3.30pm £15.00 per child. At Bristol Zoo Gardens and on the Downs. Other events Flower Walk, June 20th 2.00 pm. Free. Friends of the Downs Meet on Circular Road for a to look at the Flowers of the Meadows led by Richard Bland. The Peregrine Watch, all day June 23 and 24, and July 14 and 15. Join members of the Bristol Ornithological Club at the Peregrine Watch Point off Circular Road to watch the young Peregrines learning to fly.

National Meadows Day. Saturday 7 July. Join events all round the country celebrating our greatest meadows. Meet 10.00 am at the Peregrine Watch Point for a challenge to find 150 species in flower within two hours. August 28 Evening Tree walk, leader Richard Bland, Friends of the Downs. Meet 6.00 pm on Ladies Mile by the BBQ site. The Downs are for people, and the management of a vast number of competing interests is sophisticated and subtle. If you enjoy the Downs, or use if for your sport, why not become a Friend? Membership is just £10. Contact Robin Haward at robinhaward@ 0117 974 3385. See our website at The Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project was set up to protect the outstanding wildlife interest of the Avon Gorge and Downs and to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of this site for people and wildlife. See the website at


Charity seeks volunteers to help lonely and isolated older people across Bristol In partnership with Bristol Ageing Better, The Reader, a national charity which builds stronger, healthier communities through Shared Reading, has announced an exciting new volunteer-led programme which will create meaningful shared experiences and stronger social networks for the over 50s across Bristol. Over the next two years, The Reader will work with organisations across the area to establish 30 new Shared Reading groups and train 60 new volunteers from the community and partner organisations to bring Shared Reading into hospital wards, sheltered housing sites, care homes, libraries, community centres and various other settings. This project has been developed in partnership with Bristol City Council Sheltered Housing, Brunelcare, Fresh Arts at Southmead Hospital and Bristol City Council Libraries who will each host groups across the city. We invite any further organisations, who want to support the wellbeing of their service users through Shared Reading groups to please come forward, get in contact and get involved. The Reader, who have pioneered Shared Reading groups as a means to better health and well-being since 2008, previously worked with Bristol Ageing Better as part of a one-year pilot. The charity already delivers over 55 weekly groups across the South West, bringing people of diverse ages and backgrounds together to read aloud a story and poem, in a welcoming environment. Shared Reading group members report finding personal meaning in the literature, improved emotional well-being and stronger social connections with others. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Bristol Ageing Better aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people, empowering them to live fulfilling lives and feel more connected within their local community.

Working closely with partner organisations in the Bristol Ageing Better programme, The Reader is seeking to recruit 60 new volunteers who can help the charity bring Shared Reading groups to socially isolated older people in the area. The Reader's founder and director Jane Davis said: "We're delighted to work with Bristol Ageing Better again. Loneliness is a huge social problem across the UK but it's one that we can do something about. Shared Reading groups are a simple way to bring people together and create a meaningful, shared experience that creates real, personal connections. It's our ambition to make Shared Reading part of the national fabric so that everyone, no matter who or where they are, can find a group near them." Adam Rees, Programme Director of Bristol Aging Better said: "The aim of Bristol Ageing Better is to find the best ways of reducing social isolation and loneliness. We have funded The Reader to undertake this work to explore how older people can get more social contact through local group activities. We are delighted to support the development of Shared Reading groups to meet these aims." Simon, a Reader Volunteer running a weekly Shared Reading group in Bristol said: "Leading a Shared Reading group is a highlight of the week for me and I know it is for a lot of people who come along. It’s a really stimulating activity, sharing the thoughts and experiences that come from reading a wide variety of texts. It’s something that doesn’t require any preparation for attenders, so it’s dead easy to be a part of the group, either regularly or occasionally. There’s a real sense of companionship and fun to the sessions and I always learn so much." For further information about the Shared Reading project please contact: Samantha Weaver, Bristol Project Coordinator, or call 07812 238 532. For more information about Bristol Ageing Better please visit www.bristolageingbetter.



On This Day In Bristory News 21 June 1831 A modest ceremony was held to commemorate the start of works on the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Lady Elton, the wife of the bridge’s major investor Sir Abraham Elton of Clevedon Court, laid a small foundation stone at St Vincent’s Rocks to mark the site of the Clifton abutment. Sir Abraham called it, “The ornament of Bristol and the wonder of the age.” Work was not completed until 1864.

View of the ceremony - lithograph by W Walton, © The Science Museum Group Collection

24 June 1897 Built on Brandon Hill to commemorate the 400th anniversary of John Cabot’s famous journey in The Matthew, the foundation stone of Cabot Tower was laid by the Marquess of Dufferin & Ava. Construction of the 32-metre / 105-ft tower was completed just over a year later in July 1898. Other works by William Vann Gough, the tower’s architect, include Colston’s Girl School and Trinity Road Library. 18 June 1962 Trooper Gerald Williams of Bristol was courtmartialled in Minden, Germany for driving away a 50-ton Centurion tank without authority. Serving with the First Royal Tank Regiment, Williams pleaded guilty of the charges and was sentenced to 56-days detention. His troop commander Lieutenant R.G. Oliver told the court of Williams’, “Very upsetting home background,” including being evacuated from Bristol and the death of his father during WW2. 25 / 26 June 1971 The first Bristol Water Festival was held at the floating harbour. Organised by the local branch of the Inland Waterways Association and the Cabot Cruising Club, the purpose of this

inaugural event was to demonstrate the leisure and amenity potential of the harbour. Roughly 90 craft attended and were concentrated in St Augustine’s Reach. The fleet included 25 small craft that came down from the Midlands waterway system in an escorted convoy from Sharpness to supplement local craft from the Bristol Avon and boats from South Wales. Sport 2 - 4th June 1870 Gloucestershire County Cricket Club played their first county match when they took on Surrey on Durdham Downs. Playing for Gloucestershire were W.G Grace and his brothers E.M. and Fred and the Surrey team England batsman Richard Humphrey. Martha, the Grace’s mother, was so impressed by Humphrey’s performances she took time to compliment him on his performance. This was the only time Durdham Downs was used as a venue by the county. 28 June 2017 Bristol City completed their record signing when they paid £5.3 million for Senegal international Famara Diédhiou. He joined City from French club Algiers, the same club previous record transfer Jonithan Kodija played for before joining th Robins for £3.25 million in 2015. Of the Diédhiou signing, City manager Lee Johnson said, "I think he's going to be a huge player for us. He’s powerful, he's quick. Now is his time to shine." He has scored 13 goals in his first season for the club. Music 23 June 1976 Bob Marley & The Wailers performed at Colston Hall as part of their Rastaman Vibration Tour. Other stops on the tour included Wolverhampton Civic Hall and the University of Leeds. A typical set included classics like I Shot The Sherriff and No Woman, No Cry. 1976 was a bumper year for the hall, other legendary performers included AC/ DC, Leonard Cohen, ELO, Roxy Music and Thin Lizzy. 23 June 1997 Roni Size / Reprazent released their debut album, New Forms. With its iconic track Brown Paper Bag, the album was highly rated upon its release and helped bring drum ‘n’ bass to the mainstream, and remains a true classic of the genre. It also went on to win the 1997 Mercury Prize, fending off records by Beth Orton, The Prodigy, Radiohead and Suede.




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Bishops Knoll Mansion - Chris Stephens Local writer and historian Chris Stephens concludes his story of Bishop’s Knoll Mansion with a look at the role of brick and rail in its development. The Bishop’s Knoll mansion was built in the 1860s out of Pennant sandstone with Bath stone for the quoins at the corners. Ten years later the fashion for domestic housing was beginning to change, and while Pennant sandstone was still used, brick was beginning to take over. This is reflected in the reduction of the number of quarries north of the Avon which decreased from 16 in 1858 to only 8 in 1890. It is not surprising therefore to see brick being used in the garden which we believe was laid out by the first owner, Peter Prankard, some time after he bought the house in 1870. Brick quoins replaced Bath stone in later Bristol houses One might have thought that Prankard or his builder would have chosen bricks from the brickworks below the house but this was already labelled as “Old Brick Works” in the 1880 map and had disappeared by 1901. At the time the garden walls and steps were built there were still 19 brickworks in operation within Bristol yet the bricks came from the Cattybrook Brick Company located 10 miles north of the city. The history of the Cattybrook Brick Company It was while supervising the digging of the Patchway tunnel for the Bristol and South Wales Union Railway that the engineer of the line, Charles Richardson, became impressed by the quality of the clay being removed. In 1865 he leased a few acres of adjacent land in Over Lane, Cattybrook and in 1871 he went into partnership with Ernest Street and Edward Grover. These three founded the Cattybrook Brick Company Ltd, manufacturers of bricks and agricultural drainpipes. The deep-red Cattybrook bricks were subsequently used extensively in Bristol, (for example in the famous Granary building on Welsh Back) and some 30 million of them were used in the lining of the 1872 Severn railway tunnel which completed the rail link from London to South Wales.

So why were these bricks used in the Bishop’s Knoll garden when at the time there were at least 20 brickworks within the City. Certainly Cattybrook produced a high quality vitrified engineering brick with a claimed crushing strength of 600 tons per square foot but surely a lesser quality brick would have done the job, though perhaps not looked quite so attractive. As important to any builder, was how to get 9000 or so Cattybrook bricks, weighing perhaps 4 tons, transported the 10 miles to Bishop’s Knoll? The coming of the railway As explained in Part 2 William Baker had originally intended Bishop’s Knoll to be for his wife and family. This is borne out by their two terracotta monograms which were placed at the front of the house above the windows of the ground floor. Quite when building began is unknown but it must have been between 1855 when Baker purchased the land and 1861, the date which accompanied the monograms on the front of the mansion. Soon after work on the house started, discussions took place for the building of the Bristol Port Railway and Pier which culminated in the passing of its Railway Act in 1861. The line, which was to pass immediately below the house, opened in 1865 and it seems likely that the prospect of engineering work at the bottom of his garden followed by the planned 6 trains a day in either direction (later increased to 10) persuaded Baker to abandon the idea of living at Bishop’s Knoll and in 1859 he purchased Sneyd Park Villa in Ivywell Road (later variously renamed Downend and Braidlea). While the railway served the new and expanding Avonmouth docks it had no direct rail communication with the rest of the country as the line terminated at Hotwells station. Two possible routes were discussed to solve this restriction (i) a line through the docks to Temple Meads, or (ii) a route under the Downs to link up with the Bristol and S. Wales Union Railway at Ashley Hill. As the former was estimated as costing 4 times the latter the Bristol Port and Pier Railway (Clifton Extension ) Act came to


Bishops Knoll Mansion - Chris Stephens be passed in 1867. William Baker, who had built Bishop’s Knoll, was soon involved in building the Montpelier and Clifton Downs Stations for the new line in the same Gothic revival style. (Redland Station which was built later was made entirely of brick.) Following completion of the tunnel under the Downs the Clifton Extension Railway joined the original Bristol Port Railway and Pier railway at the Sneyd Park Junction and the new line opened to goods traffic in 1877 though not to passenger trains until September 1885. This meant that Robert Edwin Bush after he bought the house in 1906 was able to travel by rail to his London flat from Sea Mills station. Indeed the completion of the railway link to the rest of the UK meant that what had appeared in 1860 to be undesirable engineering works at the bottom of the Bishop’s Knoll estate was now viewed as a great advantage and the mansion which had remained unoccupied for 10 years was now bought on 14th April 1870 by Peter Dowding Prankard who had gone out to Australia from Somerset as a Government clerk and returned to Bristol a very rich man.

So how did the bricks get to Bishop’s Knoll? One needs to remember that at a time when only horse drawn transport was available Bristol is about 40 feet above sea level but the Downs rise to almost 400 feet. While transporting 4 tons of Cattybrook bricks 10 miles to Bishop’s Knoll would a few years earlier have been a major problem for Prankard now the coming of the railways meant it now only have needed half a mile transport by cart to bring the bricks from Sneyd Park Junction to the Bishop’s Knoll estate. Alternatively the bricks could have been off loaded at Sea Mills station and taken up river by boat on a rising tide to the Bishop’s Knoll landing stage. Further reading Penny, J. Bristol at Work. Breedon Books, 2005. ISBN 1-85983-355-1 Maggs, C. The Bristol Port Railway and Pier. The Oakwood Press, 1975 Stephens, C.D. Bristol’s Australian PioneerRobert Edwin Bush and his Bishop’s Knoll First World War Hospital. Bristol Books. 2016. ISBN:978-1-909446-06-9


Music - Classic, Current & Live Album of the Month Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys (Domino) Having taken their music to the desert and the clubs on previous releases, it’s futile to think that Arctic Monkeys are likely to be returning to the streets of Sheffield any time soon. This time around they’ve packed up their equipment and decamped to a hotel lounge on the moon. From the start there’s a louche ambience on display, each song is full of squelchy FX and a few notes that have floated up from a jazz club down on Earth. Tracks like Golden Trunks, Science Fiction, and Batphone throb with an atmospheric pulse and crooner cool. The title track perfectly encapsulates this approach, complete with what sounds like an interstellar harpsichord. From start to finish, this is a band fully embracing their imaginary surroundings. Of course certain aspects always remain, not least Alex Turner’s way with words. The album is peppered with his wry observations. From, “Hitchhiking with a monogrammed suitcase,” (Star Treatment) to, “I might look as if I’m deep in thought/ But the truth is I’m probably not,” (The Ultracheese) it’s hard not see the overarching theme as a dissection of the LA lifestyle, witnessed from space. But there’s also room for less insular thinking, such as American Sports’ breakdown of US politics where, “They take the truth and make it fluid.” Those who like their favourite bands to evolve and mature will delight in the giant steps taken here by Turner and his band. Four Out Of Five is the most immediate song on display, swathed in harmony and a catchy riff, but it’s still a far cry from the days of Mardy Bum. Instead, it’s just one more sign of how far Arctic Monkeys have come. If they continue on this route then space definitely won’t be the final frontier, rather the latest stop on their fascinating journey.

Next Step Scott 4 by Scott Walker (Philips / Fontanta) Along with David Bowie, Scott Walker is perhaps the best example of a constantly evolving artist. From his days in The Walker Brothers to the man behind chamber oddities such as Tilt and The Drift, Walker has always delighted in the tangents. Don’t worry though, we’re not about to recommend that you dive into one of his more difficult offerings, but instead are pointing you in the direction of his fifth solo album, Scott 4. This was the first album to consist solely of songs Walker himself had written. Tracks like The Seventh Seal and Hero of the War had a filmic feel to them, helped by both the bold production and vivid nature of the lyrics. The country-tinged ballad Duchess was a simpler affair, and by holding back on his vocal delivery it was one of the most affecting moments. On the flipside, Get Behind Me showed that he still had the ability to crank things up when needed. Though this album put an end to Walker’s career in the top echelons of the charts, it was by no means inaccessible. Instead Walker offered up his own avant-garde version of pop music which merely hinted at the direction he was eventually going to take. Gig of the Month - Bristol Music: Seven decades of sound @ M Shed 19th May - 30th September We’re not recommending an actual gig this month, instead we’re imploring that you visit the M Shed’s summer exhibition. Celebrating our city’s rich musical heritage, it’s well worth spending a few hours here. You never know, you might even discover your new favourite band, and you’ll definitely be surprised by the variety and scope of musical heritage being showcased.


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Wildlife Garden/Swift Open Days Our garden in Stoke Bishop will be open for charity during the weekend of 23rd - 24th June. It will give visitors the opportunity to visit our wildlife friendly garden and see our resident swift colony in action. Our garden has a pond, numerous bird boxes, bee boxes and includes plants specifically grown to provide food and shelter to numerous species. We want our garden to look beautiful for us to enjoy, so have lots of flowers and a small vegetable and fruit patch providing us with food. Live cameras from within our nest boxes will show swift chicks and hopefully (weather permitting!) adult swifts flying in and out. We have the largest swift colony in Bristol and last year had 14 resident pairs. This year we will have 26 swift boxes around our house and we want to do all we can to help this endangered species. This is why we will be holding Garden/Swift Open days again this year and continue offering advice via our Bristol Swifts website. Our garage will be completely dedicated to swift conservation, so others can learn about this

enigmatic bird that relies entirely on our houses to nest in. Swift booklets, cards and DVD’s will be for sale and a few ready-made swift boxes. Plus there will be the opportunity to buy plants. Proceeds will be donated to swift rehabilitation. The first event will be on Saturday June 23rd from 10-1pm - Adults £3. Children Free. It will be part of the UK's Swift Awareness Week (UKSAW) organised by local swift enthusiasts like us. At the time of writing over 40 events have been planned across the UK. The second event will be on Sunday afternoon June 24th - 2-5pm - Adults £3. Children Free. It will be a joint National Garden Scheme/Swift Open day. The gate money will be donated to NGS charities and the remainder to swift rehabilitation. Fingers crossed all our resident pairs will return safely and the weather will be kind to us, so that there will be plenty of swift activity on both days. To find out more about swifts take a look at our website which includes a daily Swift Blog. Email us for advice at Jane & Mark Glanville, Swift House, 9 Lyndale Avenue, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1BS


A helping hand to tackle loneliness Did you know that there are 1.2 million older people in England who are chronically lonely? In Bristol, up to 10% of people aged over 50 feel socially isolated, and 15% of people aged 75 and over say they never talk to family or friends. One North Bristol woman decided to do something about it. Karen Patchell, a young mum from Horfield, found out about a new project tackling social isolation among older people and decided to get involved. “I saw the advertisement for Community Navigator volunteers as the cold dark winter months were drawing in,” says Karen. “I was really moved to want to lend support to older people living in the community. With my young family now growing up it seemed like a good time to return to voluntary work.” Community Navigators Bristol is a free signposting and support service for people over 50 who are feeling isolated. Friendly, trained ‘navigators’, make contact with older people, get to know them and share information on different things that are happening where they live to help them connect with their community. The service is run by a partnership of trusted local organisations, including North Bristol Advice Centre. “It is shocking to learn that for many people, going for days without contact is the norm,” says Karen. In addition to helping people link up with local groups or rekindle old hobbies, Karen’s role also involves helping clients overcome barriers to getting out and about – including safety, transport or money worries – by connecting

them with other community and health services to tackle these problems. She will even go along with them when they try something new for the first time if they are feeling shy or lack confidence. “As a volunteer I am so well supported by the wonderful team at North Bristol Advice Centre,” says Karen. “Training opportunities are plentiful and we are given the very best support to deliver the very best of services. Even if, like me, you only have a few hours available each week this can make all the difference.” To help raise awareness, The Marmalade Trust have launched Loneliness Awareness Week, running from 18 to 24th June. The aim is to make loneliness everyone’s business and generate positive action to help combat it. It could be something simple such as smiling at a stranger or calling a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Visit their website for ideas of how to get involved: Of, if you can spare a few hours a week like Karen, consider becoming a Community Navigator volunteer. They are currently recruiting, particularly in Cotham, Redland, Westbury, Stoke Bishop and Coombe Dingle. If you have good communication skills, a friendly manner and would like to help isolated older people in our community, get in touch to find out more. “Being a volunteer is so rewarding,” says Karen. “Making a difference to those in need and in turn finding a sense of purpose and developing connections with the communities we live and work in too.”

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Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June, 11am to 5pm The BS9 Arts Trail celebrates its 5th anniversary on the weekend of 9th and 10th June 2018. From 11am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday, 14 venues will be open and ready to welcome you in to browse the huge range of art work on display. All of the work is made by the 76 artists taking part in the Trail and includes: painting, print, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, photography, and much more. Artists love to discuss their work, so feel free to ask them about how it’s made. There is no pressure to buy, but prices are often lower when you purchase directly from the artist. Entry to all venues is free and adults and children are very welcome. A trail map and information on disabled access can be found at www.bs9arts. The printed version of the map can be found at cafes, shops and libraries across the city in the run up to the trail. There is a great mix of interesting venues to visit, including 8 artists’ homes, 2 primary schools (Elmlea and Westbury on Trym), a scout hut, the Stoke Bishop Village Hall, Oatley House Main Hall, St Monica Trust and the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. Show your trail map at the Welcome Lodge at the Botanic Garden and you can enjoy free entry to the whole garden. On Saturday 9th, come and enjoy the drop in Miss Rochie Makes workshop at Elmlea Junior School. Many venues offer refreshments so you can enjoy a summer walk around BS9 looking at art and beautiful scenery with opportunities to sample delicious food and drinks along the way. Find out more about all of the artists and venues at and follow us @BS9Arts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all BS9 Arts news. ONE POSTCODE, SO MUCH TO SEE 45


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History Notes - Julian Lea-Jones In the first of a two part article Julian takes a look at the chequered story of Bristol Castle and its "residents". Once dominating the city, few remains exist today in the area just south of Broadmead bearing its name, together with a slightly confusing tale in the history books. Firstly my thanks to archaeologist Mike Ponsford who in 1980 wrote this explanation for our history group’s first book, ‘Bristol Past Revisited’ and who advised Christine Molan in her visual interpretation of the Castle in 1350. They both helped me to put those who resided there in context. Mike: “Bristol Castle is not very well known (an understatement). Most Bristolians have some idea where it was, but no impression of what it looked like. This is simply because virtually all of it was pulled down in 1656 by Act of Parliament. Not that this event was regretted by the citizens. The City had bought the Castle in 1630 for £959 and was keen to redevelop it by dividing up the old site into sixty or more tenements or building plots to let to prosperous Bristolians. The terms of their leases were to build houses on the site and establish the area as Bristol’s principal shopping centre”. Christine: “My image of the Castle is facing north-east, lit by the morning sun. It is 1350 and Edward III, on a royal visit, is entering the big central gate. 12th c St Peters Church is at bottom left and the apothecary's timbered house and stone Almshouses are on the cliff above the river at bottom left. The Watergate, with shallow draft trading vessels unloading, is at bottom right. The arrow loops in the huge wall may still be seen today, high above water level. The monastery fields and Quakers Friars buildings are just visible beyond the keep. The royal hunting land of Kingswood lies beyond at top left”. ------Bristol’s history books already contain a wealth of descriptive information about the castle’s fabric but it made me think about the many people, noble and ignoble, who down the centuries must have stayed there. However in compiling a list I soon discovered that a confusion of recorded dates and variations in names and titles made a straightforward task very difficult - more of this next month. This

though is a summary of some of the castle’s many residents, willing or otherwise, over its seven hundred years. In AD 915 the Saxon castle was a ‘Motte & Baily’, atop an earth mound within a wooden stockade. The first Warden for whom I could find records was Aella in 918. The second Warden a year later was Coernicus, who also only lasted a year, to be followed by in 920 by the third Warden, Hereward. The first recorded Castle Governor was Aylward Sneaw in 980. In 930 his title was Lord of the Honour of Bristol, his surname Sneaw signifying his fair complexion. In 1027 Aylward’s descendant Ealdorman Algar became Castle Governor, and a son Brictric was born. Leofwyne, a moneyer, was appointed Castle Governor and master of the Castle Mint in 1049 by King Edward the Confessor. This is confirmed by Bristol pennies bearing his name and that of King Harold. By 1051 Leofwyne had fled to Ireland and Algar’s son Brictric succeeded him as Governor. However in 1066 the year of the conquest Brictric fell foul of Matilda, William the Conqueror’s wife and was banished to somewhere near Winchester where he died. Two years later Geoffrey, the warrior Bishop of Coutances and St. Lo in France, was appointed Castle Constable and had it rebuilt in the Norman style. Then William the Conqueror gave the Castle to his niece Maud who was David I of Scotland’s Queen. Upon the death of encumbent Governor Geoffrey in 1093 it was then placed in the keeping of Robert Fitzhamon, but on 28th September 1106 he died of wound received at the battle of Tinchebrai, (Tinchebray). The next incumbent was Robert Earl of Gloucester, (half-brother of Matilda) who in 1130 rebuilt the castle with a massive and deliberately overpowering stone keep. An early involuntary resident was Robert of Normandy, captured that year and kept prisoner at Bristol Castle until his death on the last day of October 1147. Henry I had died in 1135 and designated Matilda his successor as ‘Empress of England and Normandy’ but her cousin, the Count of Blois, took advantage of her absence in Normandy and staged a coup to take the English crown from her - and he became King


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History Notes - Julian Lea-Jones Stephen. When Matilda returned to England in 1139 she took control of Bristol Castle with the aid of her half-brother Robert Earl of Gloucester. This period of English history was called The Anarchy, a time of civil war between King Stephen and his cousin Empress Matilda. At the Battle of Lincoln on February 2nd 1141 King Stephen was captured by Robert Earl of Gloucester and brought to Bristol Castle. Initially he was ‘on parole’ and treated honourably, but after being found beyond the castle bounds his cousin, and bitter rival, Empress Matilda ordered him to be imprisoned in chains for life. During that year Robert was himself captured and in a good old fashioned exchange of prisoners Stephen was released from Bristol Castle, but only on the condition that he left his Queen, his son and two of his chiefs as surety. In the same year Henry of Anjou, (the boy Prince, who later became Henry 2nd), resided in the Castle and was educated here and at his tutor’s house in Baldwin Street for five years until 1146.

In 1191 John, formerly Earl of Moreton, whose mother was Eleanor of Aquitaine, was crowned King in Richard’s absence but Richard the Lionheart, upon his return to England in 1195, deprived John of all his castles, including Bristol. At this point the history starts to get a little confusing - so we'll leave that until next month. In the meantime I'll leave you with Christine Molan's wonderful painting of Bristol Castle as history, records and archaeology suggest it would have looked in 1350. Christine will be talking about the making of the Bristol Castle images and selling signed copies of her giclee prints of historic Bristol, as well as her artistic reconstructions of Roman Sea Mills, and exhibiting the hitherto unseen Roman finds from the Roman slipway area (Sea Mills Allotments) which was excavated by the volunteer team SMART between 2010-2013). at 'Bristol's Brilliant Archaeology' at Blaise Museum on 28th July 10a, to 4pm.



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Quiz Time - answers on page 88 General Knowledge 1. Which is the largest 2 digit prime number? 2. Which of these three is the greatest distance - the length of the Wright brothers first powered flight in 1903 (below), the length of the mens world javelin record (using an IAAF standard javelin), or the height of Big Ben (aka the Elizabeth Tower)? 3. In which countries are the following Formula 1 motor racing circuits - a) Spa Francorchamps, b) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and c) the Red Bull Ring? 4. According to the Ordnance Survey and the Boundary Commission which three English counties have the longest coastlines? 5. Name the Speaker of the House of Commons. 6. Name the capital cities of a) Croatia, b) Kenya, and c) Haiti. 7. When was the decimal half pence piece (1/2p) taken out of circulation? 8. In Star Trek what colour is Spock’s blood? 9. The thorax is better known as what part of the human body? 10. What activity does a funambulist take part in? Music 1. Who had a UK hit with “Leader of the Pack” in 1965?

2. Who won the 2007 talent show “Any Dream Will Do” to find a new star for the West End musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”? 3. In what year did Johnny Logan win Eurovision for the first time, with the song “What’s Another Year”? 4. In the musical film “Tommy” who played the part of “Tommy” and who played the “Pinball Wizard”? 5. Name Abba’s last top ten hit single (original release, not re-release). 6. Which iconic building forms the backdrop for the Pink Floyd album “Animals”? 7. “A Windmill in Old Amsterdam” was a hit for who in 1965? 8. Who was “Kung Fu Fighting” in 1974? 9. The song “Happy” by Pharell Williams was taken from the soundtrack to which film? 10. Born in 1947, I am an English singer / songwriter / actor. I have had 19 top 40 singles (inc UK number 1’s in 1974 and 1975), was on the books at West Ham United, and received an OBE in 1999. Among my best known musical / acting roles I have played a famous mutineer, a Marxist revolutionary and a lock keeper. Who am I? 11. Give the christian names of a) the Everly Brothers, b) the Longmuir brothers in the Bay City Rollers, and c) the Irimia sisters - aka the Cheeky Girls (below)


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Coaching with Anne Miller Understanding Why In work with my clients I often come across a desire to understand why we behave as we do. Often this understanding is seen as an essential part of change i.e. to be able to do something differently we need to understand why we do it as we currently do. As an example: “When I get into meetings I just clam up, I can’t find my words and get flustered and embarrassed.” You can easily see how feeling like this and being aware of not just how uncomfortable it is, but also how this will be limiting your professional development, it can be tempting to try to answer the question ‘why?’ ‘Why do I get flustered?’ ‘Why can’t I be like the others?’ Maybe you can relate to this, maybe in a different setting, and can feel the frustration rising in you as you remember your own issues. After all it’s not uncommon and all of us at times feel frustration with ourselves and the question that often accompanies it is ‘why?’ We may feel we are being ridiculous, unreasonable, stupid, weak, or any other number of debilitating terms. It’s as if we believe that by continuously trying to understand, we will get that light bulb moment that relieves us of the need to continue as we are and gives us instant enlightenment as to how we can behave differently. So, does searching for an understanding help at all? When we seek to answer why we are doing something as we are, we keep our attention on this behaviour and with this attention comes judgement. When our attention is negatively charged our rational thinking becomes impaired. This means that even if the answer was potentially of help, its value is likely to be lost in the murk of criticism. 58

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At the Cinema - Chris Worthington The Young Karl Marx Directed by Raoul Peck Certificate 15 at the Watershed Raoul Peck is a Haitian film maker and political activist. In 1986 he created Velvet Film, a German film production company of both documentary and feature films. His best known film is “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016), a documentary about the life of the writer James Baldwin and race relations in the USA. When he was eight Peck’s family fled from the Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti to live in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He later returned to Haiti and was the Haitian Minister of Culture in the mid 1990’s. Asked why he made “The Young Karl Marx” he replied “it is part of your general knowledge to understand society and Marx is the key. He is the only one who has a really good deep analysis.” The film is set in the 1840’s when Marx was beginning to develop his ideas about society and capitalism. At various political gatherings he meets other radical writers and philosophers including the arrogant French anarchist Pierre Proudhon and Mikhail Bakunin, an exiled Russian political activist and intellectual. Their heated arguments were reminiscent of the Monty Python “Peoples Republic of Judea” sketch.

Marx does not find very much common ground with anyone until, in 1844, he meets Friedrich Engels, the son of the owner of a Manchester cotton factory. Engels reluctantly works for his strict Christian father in the office at the factory but at the same time he was researching the conditions of the working class in England. This brings him into contact with Mary Burns, an Irish factory worker who is sacked for stirring up dissent against Herr Engels. Neither of them believed in the institution of marriage but they lived together for twenty years until Mary’s death. Marx and Engels first met in Paris in 1844. By then Marx had married Jenny von Westphalen, an 60

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Senio r Snippe ts Skin care tips for Seniors Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by John Moore, Director of Home Instead Senior Care in North Bristol. In this instalment, I will be sharing some some simple yet very effective skin care tips for seniors. As a person gets older, his or her skin tends to get more sensitive and thus needs extra care and protection. Eat the right foods: Everybody, including seniors, should eat foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These foods not only help the skin look good but also feel good. Particularly helpful foods for the skin include: green vegetables, melons, berries, walnuts, salmon and avocados. Stay hydrated: The sensation of thirst decreases in seniors, and therefore they are more at risk of becoming dehydrated. Drinking lots of water helps hydrate skin from the inside out, so remember to drink plenty of fluids every day. Sun protection: The sun will dry out the skin almost faster than anything else. Wear protective clothing when going out in the sun for extended periods of time and invest in a good sunscreen. Avoid harsh soaps and excessive washing: Most seniors do not lead an overly active life and so do not need to vigorously scrub the skin on a daily basis. Washing the face with water or a mild soap is often sufficient. Purchasing a soft, mild bath soap is also a good idea, and make sure the bath water isn’t too hot! Use a good skin cream: Choosing a good moisturizing skin cream is a must. Such a cream should contain natural ingredients such as: vitamin A, vitamin E, aloe, cucumber extract and natural antioxidants. Use a humidifier: Cold, dry air saps moisture from your skin, which causes all kinds of problems, including dryness, dullness, flaking, and accelerated aging. A humidifier can help prevent all these damaging effects, and help you maintain soft and supple skin. If you would like to speak to someone at Home Instead, please do get in touch. Similarly, if you have any ideas for a future topic, please call 0117 989 8210 or email - we’d love to hear from you!


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This BS9 Life - Duncan Haskell The visit of a friend or family member often leads to the charade that we live an action-packed life, with every moment taken up with adventure and intrigue (rather than sat watching endless boxsets on Netflix). Such was the case when my sister came to stay for the May bank holiday. To make things worse, she had turned down all manner of whacky invitations back in London to enjoy a weekend out west. One of the great things about living in this part of town (a phrase I seem to use frequently) is access to the motorway, and something that we can offer that the capital can’t is easy access to the seaside. So on a gloriously sunny Sunday we loaded our buckets and spades and headed down the road to Sand Bay, only to discover that Sand Bay was missing and had been replaced by the less enticing Really Foggy Bay.

Fog so thick that we did not actually see the sea at any point during our visit, and there was certainly no chance of spotting the cliffs to the northwest or Weston to the southeast. Instead we were confronted with the ideal location for the next

dusty sci-fi set on Mars or a horror movie in which something sinister emerges from the mist. Being true Brits we were determined to persevere. There was no returning to the car for extra layers - shorts, vests, hats and flip-flops would have to do. Nor was talk of returning to Bristol for a picnic on The Downs entertained. ‘We’re here now and have to make the most of it,’ a saying passed down from generation, was uttered several times. As an aside, one thing that has evolved is the contents of the family picnic - the beige delights of sausage rolls, quiche and pork pies have long been replaced by falafel, hummus, pesto pasta and the new addition of broccoli and peanut salad. Secretly, I think we all miss the beige. There was also the unique challenge provided by the dog. In this case it was the fact that we couldn’t see her if she wandered any further than 5 metres from us - and considering that she generally likes to stay at least 6 metres from us at all times we just had to trust our instincts that she was actually there. It also made throwing a ball for her particularly risky, never too sure that you weren’t about to take out a sand castle or an actual person - though the fog provided the ultimate escape route if we did accidentally declare war on fellow picnickers. And so after a few hours in which we proved that the Dunkirk Spirit is still alive and well we returned to delightfully sunny Bristol.


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What's On & Community News Listings for community events, not-for-profit clubs and charitable activities are free of charge. If you have something of this nature that you would like listed please get in touch by calling 0117 259 1964 or 07845 986650, email andy@, or post details in, to 8 Sandyleaze, Westbury on Trym, BS9 3PY. Details shown are accurate to the best of my knowledge, but dates, times & locations may change without notification. So if you are unsure, and to avoid disappointment, please contact the organiser listed to double check. Theatre, Concerts and Music Bristol Concert Orchestra plays the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz and - joined by Charlotte Newstead (soprano), Martin Le Poidevin (baritone) and the choirs of St Mary Redcliffe Church. "Dona nobis pacem" by Vaughan Williams - at St Mary Redcliffe Church on Saturday 30th June at 7.30pm. Conductor Stefan Hofkes. There will be a retiring collection in aid of The Stroke Association. Tickets (priced £8-£15, under 18s £1 [+fee]) are available from www. or at the door on concert night. Sunday June 24th, NOVA, Bristol’s specialist early music vocal ensemble, invite you to enjoy Golden Music from Renaissance Spain and Portugal. Great pieces by Victoria, Vivanco, Guerrero, Lobo, Cardoso and the modern worldpremiere of a recently-discovered Requiem Mass by Antonio Gallego. Programmes are £8 at the door (Students £5). All Saints Church, Pembroke Rd, Clifton BS8 3ED. The music begins at 7.30pm. Firday 15th June is the date for The Filtones' 18th Annual Charity Concert. 7.30pm at Eden Grove Methodist Church, Eden Grove, Horfield, BS7 0PQ. Raffle and retiring collection in support of BRACE. Tickets £7.50 - telephone 0117 969 0654, email or pay on the door.

music from the Highly Strung Band. 2018 Series - Friday 6th July, Friday 7th September, Friday 2nd November. 7.30pm to 10.30pm. St. Alban’s Church Hall, Westbury Park. All profit to Bristol charities - see website for details. Licensed cash bar, pasties + cookies sold at break. Tickets £10 pre-book at or pay on door. Enquiries - Jill Elliot 01275 847 909. www. The Bristol Ladies Choir is giving a charity concert of light choral music on Friday 15th of June at Tyndale Baptist church , Whiteladies Road, at 7.30pm. Proceeds will go to the charity Brace. Tickets are £6 , obtainable from tel no 0117 9246587 or on the door. Melody Makers Choir. A fun and friendly, mixed non-audition choir, singing uplifting pop and rock music. Book a free taster with our Pop Choir on Wednesday›s 7:30-9:00pm in St. Peter's Church, Henleaze, or our Baby Friendly Choir on Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am in Westbury on Trym Village Hall. Organ Elevenses at Westbury Parish Church on Saturday June 16th. We welcome a near neighbour as our guest performer, Nick Sherwood, currently Organist at St. Monica's. Nick taught for 20 years, and now has a parallel career as a singer, organist and conductor. Come and join us for coffee and cake from 10-30 with the recital at 11am. Hoped for donations £5, children free. Redland Green Choir will combine with the Burnham and Highbridge Choral Society and the Long Ashton Orchestra to perform Beethoven's 9th symphony and choral works by Brahms at Clifton Cathedral at 7.45pm on 14th July. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions) from www. or at the door.

Saturday June 30th Cajun Meets Ceilidh. A great musical night out with live-band Cajun Eyez. Jigs and reels, two-stepping & jitterbugging with a Barn-dance caller and Cajun dance teachers. Newman Hall, Grange Court Rd BS9 4RD. 7.30pm10.30pm. Licensed bar and plenty of parking. Tickets £8 from or text 0787 8004451.

Saturday 16th June 7.30pm - Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ An evening of Bach with Bristol Choral Society & Corelli Orchestra, Conducted by Hilary Campbell. Join us for an evening of some of the most invigorating choral music Bach ever committed to paper, including motets and his well-known Magnificat. Tickets from £10 to £27.95 incl. booking fee (under 25s £5, Seniors 10% discount) Full details at www. or Book online via www. or by phone on 0117 203 4040

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An English writer of children’s fiction, he is best known for writing The Last Dragon Chronicles. He has also written many other books including A Dark Inheritance.

Kjartan Poskitt is a British author and TV presenter who is best known for writing the Murderous Maths series of children’s books.

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An illustrator and writer who finds inspiration in the beauty and magic of the natural world. His wonderful fairy stories include Lost in the Toy Museum and The Robot and the Bluebird.

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John Hegley John Richard Hegley is a local performance poet, comedian, musician and songwriter. He recently appeared at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory. KS2

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British illustrator and writer of children’s books, especially picture books for young children. She won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from professional librarians, recognising the year’s best-illustrated children’s book published in the UK, for The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon.

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What's On & Community News on Saturday 30 June at 2.15 at the Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul’s Road, BS8 1LP. Limited free parking is available at 1 Pembroke Road BS8 3AU. Admission costs £3.00 including refreshments. Our speaker will be Michael Butterfield who will "compare and contrast Elgar’s first symphonic poem Froissart and his last symphonic poem Polonia". The BCCS Choral Society is a small and friendly choir who meet weekly at the Bristol Cathedral Choir School on Wednesday evenings. We sing material spanning the core choral repertoire as well as traditional songs and contemporary arrangements. Do come and join us! If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Christina May on or 07454 002877. Westbury Park Orchestra is a friendly nonauditioned, orchestra with a repertoire of classical and modern pieces with an emphasis on having fun. You will ideally be of a good standard (string and brass players particularly welcome). We meet at Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, Westbury Hill on Monday evenings between 8.00 and 9.30 pm (term-time only). Free taster session for newcomers. Come and give us a try. For further details visit www. Friends of Welsh National Opera and all visitors are very welcome at Redmaids High School on Wednesday 20th June at 7.15pm for an evening with WNO’S Managing Director, Leonora Thomson who will be giving us an insight into her role with the company and its development plans. She will choose her favourite music for us too. Tickets at the door: Friends: £5, guests £7. For further information contact Margaret Borkowski At: Bristol Cabot Choir is delighted to welcome new members for all voice parts. Why not come and sing with us for 2/3 ‘taster’ rehearsals before a simple audition? We meet at Redland URC on Mondays at 7.30 pm. FFI email, visit www. or find us on Facebook. ‘Babbers’ Radio Show every Monday from midday to 2pm on Ujima Radio - 98FM. The show is organised and presented by older people for older people with the aim of helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation, however the topics we cover are interesting and relevant to all. For more details -

Bristol Good Afternoon Choir meets every Monday afternoon from 2pm-4pm, at TrinityHenleaze United Reformed Church, Waterford Road, BS9 4BT. There are no auditions and everyone is welcome. We enjoy all sorts of music – from folk songs to choral favourites. For more details about the choir please contact Nikki on 01761 472468 or email gac@grenvillemusic. – or just come along to a rehearsal. Henleaze Singing for the Brain Group meets in the Bradbury Hall on Waterford Road, on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday afternoons each month from 2.00pm to 3.45pm We start the session with tea, coffee and biscuits, and general socializing before singing. We have song books, and sing all sorts of songs including songs from the musicals, well-known golden oldies and folk songs, and are accompanied on the piano. If you would like to attend a session, please contact Alzheimer’s Society local office in Bristol at or 0117 961 0693. Bristol Chamber Choir. Come and join Bristol’s oldest choir (founded in 1837). Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at Redland Park United Reformed Church at 7.30pm. Further details can be found at If you are interested please contact our Secretary, Rae Ford, on 0117 939 1685 or Rod Coomber on 01275 843900 or Bristol Chamber Choir present “In the Beginning” with music by Aaron Copland and Cyril Rootham and featuring Charlotte Newstead (soprano) and John Marsh (piano). Programme - Aaron Copland: In the Beginning, Three Old American Songs and Two songs of Emily Dickinson, and Cyril Rootham: Four Madrigals/Part songs and Four settings of Mary Coleridge. Sunday 1st July 2018 at 3.00pm. St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Avenue (off Corn Street), Bristol, BS1 1EQ. Tickets £10.00 (Students and Children Free) from Eventbrite, Opus 13, 14 St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DT, or at the door. For more details visit or contact 01275 843900 or 07342 954249 St Mary's Church, Henbury Summer Concert is on 24th June frm 3-4pm. Featuring Bristol Community Big Band followed by teas and delicious homemade cakes served in the Village Hall garden. No charge but all donations to the Church Roof Fund will be very gratefully appreciated. Henbury Singers welcome new members. We meet at Stoke Bishop Primary School in Cedar


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What's On & Community News Park on Thursday evenings - 7:45 to 9:15 pm. Fees are currently £130 per year. There is no audition. We sing mainly choral music from a classical tradition, but we also sing carols, songs from musicals, gospel and folk songs. For membership or concert tickets contact Maggie Cavanna 0117 9734794 or Saturday 9 June, 7:30 pm, Henbury Singers present "Music for A Summer Evening" - a varied programme of new classics and old favourites, at Westbury-on-Trym Methodist Church, 46 Westbury Hill, Bristol BS9 3AA. Tickets £10 to include refreshments. Children free. Proceeds to Namaste Nepal Scout project. The Mosaic Singers is a compact group but would like to grow our line-up with an additional soprano, alto, tenor and bass. We rehearse in Stoke Bishop on Tuesday evenings, where a warm and friendly welcome is assured. This need not be as heavy a commitment as with some choirs. If you would like to find out more, please phone David Vicary on 0797 346 0994. Verdi's Falstaff at St Mary's. Tessitoura Opera return to St Mary Magdalene, Stoke Bishop with Verdi's comic opera. Saturday 7 July 7pm Tickets £12.50. Box Office 01179687449, office@ for more details People of Note community choir is looking for new members, especially altos. We're friendly and it›s fun, the songs we sing are very varied, pop, folk, world music, original pieces, but not traditional choral. We meet in Southville on Tuesday and Clifton on Wednesday evenings email peopleofnote@ Come along for a tree taster! Exhibitions, Markets and Meetings Rooms to Hire. Subud Hall, Wesley Place, Clifton, BS8 2YD. The Subud Hall is an exWesleyan Chapel next to the Downs with 2 beautiful, peaceful spaces 7/8 metres for hire. Suitable for rehearsals, choirs, classes etc. Please call 07790519683 for more info. Redland Green School Car Boot Sale. Our next sales are on Saturday 16th June and Saturday 2nd July.£10 per pitch, admission £1 (kids go free). Over 50 pitches, Indoors if wet (tables available to rent). 2nd hand RGS uniform sale, refreshments and raffle. At Redland Green School, Redland Court Road, BS6 7EH. This is a fund raising event organised by Redland Green School PTA. To book, contact or

call 07720 387982. West Bristol History Group talks continue on June 14th with “1607: the great Severn flood” by Rose Hewlett. Meetings are at 19.30 upstairs in the Friends’ Meeting House, Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6JE. Visitors welcome £2. Annual membership £10. Children's big preloved and recycling event on Saturday 30th June @ Henleaze Infants School, BS9 4LG, from 9.45-12.15pm. Sell and buy all of your unwanted baby and childrens items at this family event! Preloved baby and childrens items, food, entertainment and workshops for the little ones and goodies for grown ups. Fun family event where you will find loads of bargains! Contact or text 07836277976. Westbury Park Art Fair, Saturday 30th June 10.30 - 5 at the Methodist Church Hall, North View, Westbury Park, BS6 7QB. The Westbury Park Fair returns again as part of the Westbury Park Festival 2018. There will be 18 artists showing and selling their arts and crafts. There will also be live music throughout the day, including the Gaswork Singers. Tea and homemade cakes will be served and the proceeds will be given to local charities. So please do come along for an enjoyable day out. The next Henleaze Forum, which all local residents are invited to attend, will be held between 7pm and 9pm at Henleaze Library on Thursday 28 June. To receive the agenda, or to raise questions, please send an email to Country Market. Every Friday from 10.30 to 11.30 in Westbury on Trym Methodist Church Hall. Homemade cakes, arts, crafts, plants, vegetables, jams and chutneys. Refreshments are also available in a relaxed and friendly environment. For more details contact Sue Sills on 0117 9628306. Whiteladies Farmers and Fair Trading Market has been going more than 10 years, every Saturday 8.30 - 2.00 at the junction of Apsley Road and Whiteladies Road. A wide range of locally grown/ produced foods/ meats/cakes and on the first Saturday of most months local beer and wine....lovely coffee too. Run by Sustainable Redland the market aims to reduce CO2 by reducing distances and by supporting the local shops.


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What's On & Community News Fitness, Health and Wellbeing Henleaze Tennis Club welcomes new members of all ages, 0-99! We are a small friendly club. Our teams play to a good standard in the Avon leagues and we have a good level of club play for those who wish to play a more relaxed game. Check out more on our website: www. (or give Heather a call on 0117 9247441) Keep fit with dance moves – at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, Tuesday afternoon, from 2pm – 3pm. Improve your mobility and general wellbeing, have fun, challenge yourself and feel more confident. The class also includes some body conditioning. Working at your own pace, the class is suitable for all ages. Come along, have a laugh and make new friends at this very social and friendly class. Pay as you go at £4 per session. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. For further information contact Eileen Scott, on 07969929733, and visit the website for more info about our organisation. Yoga Classes in BS9, Westbury-on-Trym, Friday 12.15pm to 1.15pm. Drop-in price £8. Venue: Scout Hall, Northcote, Great Brockeridge, Westbury on Trym, BS9 3TY Term-time only. Stoke Bishop, Monday 7pm to 8.30pm - Drop-in price £10. Venue: Stoke Bishop Primary School, Main Hall, Cedar Park, BS9 1BW. Term-time only. Classes are open to everyone, all levels of experience, no booking required, parking available. Full details about classes found at Mobile: 07899034645 Legs, Bums & Tums and Boxercise is open to all ages and abilities. The class is designed to develop core and general strength. Every Mon and Weds mornings 10-11am. Boxercise is a fun, energetic, stress busting way to get fit. Every Mon and Weds mornings 11.15am -12.15pm, Tues evenings 8.15pm-9.15pm, and Weds evenings 7pm-8pm. All classes held at St Edyth›s Church Hall, Sea Mills. Book your place today - telephone 07748 198694 or visit Westbury Folk/Country Dancing on Tuesday›s 1 - 3 pm at The College, College Road, WoT. This is a sociable group meeting to have fun, get some exercise and, of course, stop for a cup of tea. No experience is necessary as all dances are called first. For further information, call Christine on 0117 962 2223. It’s £3 per person for each session.

Drop-in Healing Session at the Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Redland, BS6 6JE (Ground Floor Community Room). Thursdays 5.00-6.30pm, donation basis. Healing is holistic, gentle and relaxing and helps restore balance and wellbeing. Recommended if you are feeling stressed or in need of some support. Run by Bristol Healing Group with trained volunteers and links with the Healing Trust. For further information please contact Barbara on 0117 9082061. Ladies Badminton, held on Friday mornings at Westbury Village Hall, 10 – 12 noon. Come and see our friendly group in action. All we ask is that you can play and would like to meet new people. For further details, phone Elizabeth on 0117 9681759. Ladies Keep Fit, Thursdays 10:00 - 11:00 am, at St Peter's Church Hall, Henleaze. New members are always welcome. £6:00 per class, pay as you go - which includes refreshments. Ring 01454 618488, or email, or look up the website for full information; or just turn up. Henleaze St Peters Keep Fit Class, Wednesdays 10-11am at St Peters Henleaze is £5 per session. Come and join us! A gentle exercise class for everybody! Improve your health and wellbeing with a class designed for people who enjoy low impact, low intensity exercise. Strengthening muscles, improving suppleness, balance, mobility and stability whilst enjoying the benefits of general wellness and positivity. Call Louisa for more info on 0772 509 1429. St Peter’s Badminton & Social Club is a small friendly badminton club and we meet every Monday and most Wednesdays from 7.30pm until about 9.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. Membersip Fees are £50 from September to May. Visitor Fees are £3.00 per night. £1.00 for Juniors who are very welcome. Contact Ann: tel: 0117 969 4882 or email: Westbury Harriers running club is for all ages and abilities, with a variety of different groups and sessions to suit all. Based at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex and Blaise Castle. Training nights Mondays and Thursdays 7pm with additional sessions at Yate track on Tuesday evenings and an informal social run on Saturday mornings. See for more information on our events or joining us.


LEARNING THROUGH FUN • Are you thinking about registering your child for a place at a local Pre-school at the heart of your community? • Did you know that you can claim up to 15 hours a week free funding the term after your child turns 3? • You may even be eligible for the extended offer of an extra 15 hours free funding a week! Westbury Baptist Pre-school provides a safe, caring and cheerful environment in which children aged between 2 years 10 months and 5 years can learn and develop through play. We are open five mornings a week during term time from 9.00am – 1.00pm with the option of staying until 3.00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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What's On & Community News Ladies Badminton. We meet every Tuesday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm, at Stoke Bishop Village Hall. We are looking for players to join our friendly group. Interested? Please call Pat on 0117 914 9511 for more details. Morris Dancing - Bristol Morris Men welcome anyone who wants to try morris dancing. We practise on Thursday evenings in the Sports Hall at QEH School at Berkeley Place, Clifton from 8pm to 10pm (ish). For more information please visit or call Grant on 0117 9442165. Pilates Classes running in the local area on Tuesday’s 9:30am (improver) / 10:30am (beginner) /12:10pm (mixed ability) / 13:30pm (Postnatal) and on Wednesday 18:15pm (intermediate). For bookings please call Leanne on 07817 189 474 / leanne@mindbodypilates. org, or visit Scottish Country Dancing for beginners and experienced dancers at St Monica Trust’s Hall on Thursdays, 7.30 pm. New dancers welcome - come on your own or with friends. Contact Margaret, 01275 794638 or Graham 01275 854782, or visit Westbury Scottish Club country dancing classes for beginners is held at Leonard Hall, TrinityHenleaze URC, Waterford Road, Henleaze. contact Maggie on 01934 838175 for more information. Classes for the more advanced dancers are at St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze. Tel. Cheryl on 0117 4012416. Held every Tues 7.30 - 9.30pm. See for details. Men at St Peter’s Keep Fit meet every Tuesday from 9.30 to 10.30 am. This is a men only group of 60 + year olds who enjoy regular exercise routines taken by fitness professional Natasha Johnson for only £4 per session payable on attendance. Please contact Keith Bonham on 0117 968 4972 or just turn up. Redland Green Bowls Club is getting ready for the summer season. We will be running free taster, coaching sessions on Saturday mornings 10-12 at the club to the end of May. Contact Jean or Gerry 0117 9624466, or email redlandgreenbowls@ Our qualified coaches are available on other days /dates by arrangement. FMI: www. Hydrotherapy Exercise Sessions – A group exercise in Southmead Hospital’s purpose built

pool. Benefits include relaxation, relief of pain & swelling, improved movement, balance & fitness. All ages & abilities are welcome. We are a friendly local team of Chartered Physiotherapists with expertise in a variety of disabilities & medical conditions. For more details please contact Chris & Ali Cowley on 07971 086 628, or email or visit www. Zumba Gold / Light 5.30pm/ Zumba Fitness 6.35pm held in the Westbury -on-Trym Village Hall. Wednesdays £5 on door. Just drop in with water and a sense of humour! Phone Marie on 0117963 4104 or visit www.bristoldancezumba. for more info. Fancy a ramble? How about joining us for enjoyable 8-10 mile walks on two Sundays per month? Our usual group size is 12-15 walkers. If you are interested please come and give Stoke Lodge Ramblers a try. For more details please visit or contact our Secretary on 0117 950 0934. Gardening and Horticulture Henleaze Society Open Gardens Day. The Society’s Open Gardens event takes place between 2pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 8 July. A number of gardens in the Henleaze area will be open – many garden hosts will also sell plants and/ or refreshments. Entry is free of charge to members. To obtain further details about the event/ joining the Society, send an email to ths. or write to the Society’s Chair at 5 Carmarthen Road, Bristol BS9 4DU. Sea Mills Garden Club have regular monthly meetings, every 3rd Wednesday, held at Sea Mills Methodist Rooms, Sea Mills Square at 7.30 pm. Our forthcoming programme of talks is 20th June - Evening Outing, guided walk around Kings Weston Gardens; 11 July - Summer Coach Outing to Hill Close Gardens, Warwick and Highnam Court, Gloucester. Visitors always welcome at £3 per meeting. FFI contact Gail Mitchell 0117 9685350 or Pat Prior 07779 203626 Stoke Bishop Open Gardens has its sixth annual open gardens that will take place on Sunday 1st July 2018 from 1pm with last entry to gardens at 5pm. This year, the popular trail will return to the Sneyd Park area, featuring some gardens new to us and some old favourites – more offers of gardens are always welcome! The hub for information, teas and home-made cakes will be St Mary's Church Hall. For further information contact the


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What's On & Community News organisers at stokebishopopengardens@gmail. com; phone 0117 9686592 or visit the website Friends of Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve is in the heart of Stoke Bishop. An area of wild flower meadows, a lake with ducks to feed, and a woodland to walk. Membership is £10 per adult/year. You will receive a topical newsletter, quarterly, and join the free events, that a held on the Reserve. For more details please contact: The Alpine Garden Society meets on the 3rd Friday of every month at Westbury Methodist Church, Westbury Hill, at 7.30pm. We have speakers on various topics, plant sales and social events. Visitors are very welcome at £2 a visit. For more details please call 0117 967 3160. Henleaze & District Flower Club meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Bradbury Hall, Waterford Road in Henleaze. Flower demonstrations are held on the second Thursday, practice classes on the fourth Thursday. New members are always welcome. For more details please ring 0117 907 5724. Henleaze Garden Club meets the first Wednesday of each month in the main hall at St Monica’s, Cote Lane, with a summer break when the club arranges coach trips. We have expert speakers, a quarterly newsletter, and a great Christmas event. Annual membership is £20 plus £1 per visit, visitors are most welcome at £5 per visit. Contact Brian Dury 0117 9621227 / www. for more info. Volunteering and Charities Volunteers to teach adults to read with Read Easy. This National Charity is looking for people to become reading coaches. We use a scheme that has been specially designed to be delivered by people who are not trained teachers. After an initial day of training our Coordinator will pair you with an adult reader and ask you to deliver two half hour sessions for most weeks of the year. The timings for the sessions and the venue will be decided by you and the reader to be mutually convenient. For more infor visit www. or contact our Coordinator by email: or ring 07941 078332 REMAP is a registered charity that designs and makes custom aids for the disabled. We are on the lookout for volunteers (engineers, craftsmen,

DIY enthusiasts etc) who are willing give up a little of their time to enable a disabled person to enjoy a better quality of life. We design, make or modify equipment to suit their specific needs. Please contact us if you can help please contact Colin on 01275 460288,, or Ray on 0117 9628729, rwestcott@blueyonder. or visit If you’d like to get more active or involved in your community why not give an hour a week or a day a month and help Marie Curie as we continue to provide care to patients and their families. If you enjoy meeting new people and raising money for a great cause, we would love to hear from you. FFI please contact Helen Isbell on 0117 9247275 or email RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Programme). Do you like reading? Do you like helping children? If yes to both, you are just the sort of person we are looking for! If you can spare a minimum of an hour a week to hear children read in a local school you could make a huge difference. Volunteering is a great way to stay active and to feel useful, so if you are interested in joining us please get in touch. Contact Mina on 07860 669953, or visit Carer Support. Could you help us develop and increase our support to carers in Bristol and South Glos? If you are outgoing and could offer two mornings a month to meet, greet and give information to carers when they visit their GP surgery, I would love to hear from you. Full training and support provided. Please contact Mike Hatch, GP Carer Link Volunteer on 07503 577830 or email mikeh@carerssupportcentre. If you look after someone who couldn’t manage without you, and would like some information about our services for carers or would just like someone to talk to about caring for the person you look after, please call our Carersline on 0117 965 2200 or visit www. Volunteer Drivers wanted for transport, once or twice a week, of local elderly patients to the Westbury doctors’ surgery or to a hospital. We operate within the Charity RSVP-West, who provide us with liability insurance for these drives and with practical help and advice. And of course we work closely with the Westbury-on-Trym practice. For information please contact Wendy Clark (0117 962 0733) or Zina Wilson (0117 4313671) or by e-mail on Bernzina@blueyonder. or ask at Westbury Practice Reception or your local GP on tel. 0117 9623406.



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What's On & Community News Do you love Weddings? Westbury-on-Trym Village hall is a very popular wedding venue and has a busy ongoing wedding schedule. We’re looking for more volunteers to help these events run smoothly. If you’re interested please email us at or leave a message on 0117 9623399. Friendship, Social and Support Westbury Park WI is the local WI for Westbury Park, Henleaze and Bishopston. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm in Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Road, BS6 7HE. Guest fees are £4 per meeting (up to 3 visits allowed). Refreshment options available, biscuits/cake free. Email westburyparkwi@ or visit for more details. The Bristol Support Group of the National Osteoporosis Society is a local group for those diagnosed with osteoporosis, their families and friends interested in the condition and for those at risk. Meetings take place at the Methodist Church Hall, Westbury on Trym, BS9 3AA. At the next meeting on Monday 2nd July from 1.45pm till 3.45pm. Sonia Pruzinsky from the centre for sustainable energy will be telling us how to keep warm and save energy. Everyone is welcome. Bristol Community Gamelan play the music of Java, and is looking for new members. Playing gamelan is a communal activity that only needs a sense of rhythm, numeracy up to 6 and the ability to sit on the floor - or you can a stool! They meet every Monday evening at Cotham School from 6.30 to 8.30 to play traditional & modern pieces. If interested email keithripley27@ or phone 01179444241. They can be seen on YouTube at com/watch?v=4ND4zoKbhQs If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! “Simply Social” Activity and Social Club. Whether you are single or in a relationship, enhance your social life by joining our friendly social club. We are run by members for the members and enjoy a packed programme of activities including walking, live music, dancing, dining out, badminton, a reading group, weekends away and foreign holidays. There are no age limits although most of our members are 40+. Check out or phone us on 07971 427766, and come along to one of our Thursday Club nights.

Senior Film Club, every third Monday in the month, at 2pm in St Peter’s Hall, The Drive, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. Our film on June 18th will be " “A Street Cat Named Bob”, a 2016 British biographical drama directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Luke Treadaway. Depicting the struggles and final success of a homeless man in London, thanks to his cat Bob. Awarded ‘Best British Film’ in 2017. All Welcome - 2pm at St Peter’s Hall, Henleaze. Carers Welcome, Easy Access, Refreshments £3. For more details please ring Home Instead Senior Care 0117 989 8210. Friday Lunch - We meet up on the first Friday of every month - at Westbury on Trym Methodist Church from 12 noon - 1.30 pm. You are warmly invited to join us for our regular lunch, to meet with others and enjoy a light lunch. For further information call Rachel (0117330 8503) or Alison (0117 962 9715). Henleaze (evening) Townswomen’s Guild meets at 7.15 pm on the first Wednesday of the month in St Peter’s Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. Interesting speakers present a variety of topics. Visitors are very welcome. Groups that meet between our monthly meetings include: arts and crafts group, music club, book club, discussion group, gardening club, bridge club, lunch Club. We have twice yearly outings and a holiday group. Contact Shirley on 0117 9622243 for further information. Soroptomists International Bristol is part of a global organisation founded in Bristol for women from a wide range of professional and business backgrounds who have joined together to give service, friendship and have fun. We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Long Ashton Golf Club where we enjoy a two course meal with a speaker. For more details please contact our membership officer on 0117 9739894 or email for more details. Bristol Brunel Lions Club meets at Shirehampton Golf Club on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 for 7.30. On the 3rd Tuesday of each month we have a social gathering normally with food. We raise money for charity both locally and beyond through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. For more details of how to apply for assistance with charitable activities in Bristol or to become involved see Bristol Brunel Lions Club on line or contact Secretary Bill O’Neill at lion.


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What's On & Community News Pat-a-Cake Toddlers meet at Westbury on Trym Methodist Church every Tuesday during term time 1.15 - 2.45pm. We are a small friendly group who play, do craft and sing. Mums / Dads / Grandparents / Carers have a chance to meet over a cup of tea and biscuits. For further information please contact Alison on 0117 9629715. Stoke Bishop Townswomen’s Guild meet on the first Thursday in the month, excluding August, at The Hulbert Room, St Mary Magdalene Church, Mariners Drive, Stoke Bishop at 2pm. New members always welcome. We have a varied programme of speakers, and other groups including theatre trips, lunch club, arts & crafts, scrabble, walking club and “tea and chat”. For more information, please contact the Secretary, Sheila Hutcheon, on Tel: 9147159. The Bristol and District branch of Parkinson’s UK meets every first Saturday of the month at St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, BS9 3UN from 10am -12 noon. Carers, relatives, spouses and people with Parkinson’s - all are welcome for a social and informative get-together, with speakers from a variety of backgrounds with many diverse interests. Please join us. We also meet at The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 4NQ every second Friday in the month for an informal coffee morning from 11am. North Bristol Alzheimer Café meets on the first Tuesday of the month at St Monica Trust, Oatley House, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3TN from 3.30pm – 5.30pm. We provide a relaxed, informal and safe space in which issues surrounding dementia can be aired. Our café is staffed by trained, caring and experienced volunteers. Refreshments are served and most weeks live music is played. There is no charge to attend, free on-site parking is usually available and the number 1 bus stops right outside. FFI or to register your attendance contact Jacqui Ramus - tel 07854 185093 or email Henleaze (Morning) Townswomen’s Guild meets from 10.00am – 12.00 noon on the third Thursday of every month at The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze Road. New members and visitors are most welcome. Further information can be obtained from Elaine Anderson on 0117 907 5279. Clifton Rotary Club welcomes new members willing to give their time, interested in making new friends, building business contacts and using their skills to help others. We meet Weds

lunchtimes at The Redland Green Club (Redland Lawn Tennis & Squash Club). www.cliftonrotary. org or email Bristol Grandparents Support Group gives support to grandparents who are estranged from their grandchildren due to family breakdown. We give support over the phone, via email, Skype and at our regular meetings held at 9, Park Grove, Bristol. BS6 7XB. Tel 07773 258270 more information or visit Happy Days Memory Café meets 1st Friday of the month from 2.00. pm – at Westbury Baptist Church, Reedley Road, BS9 3TD. The café is aimed at carers and people living with dementia and the plan is that we have fun. Why not check us out? For more information please contact Tony on 0117 968 1002 or check our Facebook page. Rotary Club of Bristol meets at the Bristol Hotel, Prince Street, BS1 4QF at 7.00pm for 7.30 pm on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays and at 12.30pm for 1.00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays. Meetings start with a meal and are followed by a speaker. New members are very welcome – for more details see or contact Martina Peattie at Henbury ‘Blaise’ Womens’ Institute meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in Henbury Village Hall next to the church. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Contact 0117 9629400 for more details or just come along! Coffee morning is held every Tuesday at St Mary’s Church, open to visitors each morning from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. All welcome (especially those with young children – toddler toys and books available). Our Bright Sparks Carer and Toddler group meets each Monday in term time at 1.30pm at St Marys, Stoke Bishop. 0117 9687449 for more details. Trinity Henleaze Ladies Guild meets fortnightly on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in the Leonard Hall, Waterford Road. Good varied programme of speakers followed by tea and coffee. All are welcome. For further information contact Jenny on 0117 9620108. St Peter’s Ladies Guild meets at 2.00 on the third Wednesday of the month at St Peter’s Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze. Varied programme. All welcome. Further details from Wilma on 0117 9628895.


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What's On & Community News The Friendly Club meets every Thursday from 2 to 4pm (except August and major holidays) in the Methodist Church Hall, Westbury on Trym. We are a lively group of older people who meet to chat, play Scrabble and card games. Regular trips out and entertainments are arranged plus we have delicious tea and biscuits for only £1! Do come and make some new friends. Transport can sometimes be arranged if needed. Contact 0117 950 8644 for more details. Knit and Natter. We invite you to join us every Thursday between 10am and 12 at the Methodist Church in Westbury on Trym. It is a sociable and informal time when you can chat while pursuing your choice of crafts. If you prefer we can provide patterns for knitting for charity. Tea and coffee will be available! Westbury on Trym Women’s Institute meets on the 3rd Monday of the month in the WoT Methodist Church Hall, next to the car park, at 2.00pm. We have a programme of varied speakers, outings, discussions etc. New members and visitors always welcome. For more info contact: Sue Murphy – Tel: 0117 950 2826. Parish lunch come and join us at St Mary’s Church Stoke Bishop, every Thursday from 12.15. Includes three course buffet lunch. Civil Service Retirement Fellowship. The Westbury-on-Trym group welcomes all retired Civil Servants and their spouses to their meetings held on the first Thursday of the month at Studland Court, Henleaze Road at 2.00pm, Those people without a civil service background are welcome to join our group as Friends of the Fellowship. For more info phone Tony McKenna on 0117 950 2059. Westbury-on-Trym Probus Club provides a meeting point for retired and semi-retired professional / business men and women, to promote social wellbeing through friendship, discussion and companionship. The club meets for lunch with a speaker on the third Thursday of every month at BAWA, Southmead Road, from midday. If you are interested contact Peter Wright on 0117 9624196 or email Calling all Carers� Would you like the opportunity to share your experiences, relax and make new friends? Then come and join the Henleaze Carers’ Group. We meet on the second and fourth Thursday morning of each month, 10am to 12,

in Bradbury Hall, Waterford Road, Henleaze. For more information please call Monica Rudston 0117 942 6095. Instep Club for Widows and Widowers. Weds evenings 8.00 -10.00 at Stoke Bishop Village Hall. Dancing - Ballroom and Sequence (If you haven’t danced for a long time, don’t worry, we will help you learn). Social activities Annual membership £8. Members: £3 per session. Visitors welcome: £4 per session. Come in to see us or telephone Donna on 01275 832676 or Wilma on 0117 9628895 for information. The Fielder Club is an association for local women - though friends and family are welcome at all events. Membership is £5 p.a. to cover delivery of quarterly programmes of events such as lunches, theatre, visits, talks and walks. Weekly/monthly sub-clubs of badminton, book group, bridge, discussions, Scrabble, skittles and whist. Thursday mornings 10.30 at The White Lion in Westbury on Trym and twice-monthly pub lunches. For more details, please contact Gloria by email at Henleaze Townswomen’s Guild meets on the first Wednesday of the month (except Aug) at St Peter’s Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze. Lady visitors are always most welcome to attend. Further details can be obtained by ringing Shirley Phillips on 0117 962 2243. General Interests Bus Pass Poets. Come along and share your poetry with us. We meet once a month at libraries on local bus routes. Next meetings: Wednesday 13 June from 2.30 – 3.30 at Sea Mills library on Sylvan Way (Bus number 3), Friday 20 July from 2.30 – 3.30 at Redland library on Whiteladies Road, just up from Clifton Down station (Buses 1, 2, 3, & 4). No meeting in August. Contacts: Phone Julie 01179428637 or text Edith 07500143357 Brush up your French before the summer, open air cinema, stars, food and art! There is something for everyone at Alliance Française Bristol. Revise your French with our intensive courses or come to our open air cinéclub on 15th May on Millennium Square. If you are interested in science, come to our café scientifique; if you prefer art, we will be discussing Toulouse Lautrec on 5th May. And for those of you with a love of French cooking, our menu printanier (spring menu cooking workshop) will bring a bit of France on your table. Bon appétit! Contact


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What's On & Community News Audrey 07903 821655 - or Bristol Bridge Club (BBC) Come and play… Less experienced players: Mondays at 7.15pm and Fridays at 10.00am and 7.15pm. More experienced players: Mondays and Wednesdays at 1.15pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.15pm. Try a free taster session on a Monday afternoon or evening, or a Wednesday afternoon. No partner? No problem! Either ring Stephen, the Club Manager, on the number below, or just turn up on any Monday or Wednesday session and the Director will find you a partner. We offer a programme of lessons for beginners and more advanced players. Check our website for details: or contact 0117 9291846 before coming along. Grenville Hall, Oldfield Road, Bristol BS8 4QQ. The Arts Society Bristol is Bristol's own society for those who enjoy the arts and we welcome new members. Lectures are given monthly on a wide range of subjects by specialists in their field. From September lectures will be held on the second Tuesday in the month at 8pm at Redmaids High School, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3AW. For more information on lectures, study days and trips, visit our website www. Westbury Art Club meets every Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm at The Greenway Centre, Doncaster Rd, Southmead. We are a mixed ability group of artists For more details visit, e-mail us at or phone our club secretary on 0117 962 9799. The Bristol Astronomical Society hosts a series of astronomical talks, events and activities each week. We provide free Saturday observing at our observatory in Failand and often stage Star Parties in and around Bristol. Friday evening talks are held at 7pm at Bristol Photographic Society, Montpelier, BS6 5EE. Details of all events are on our website: - All welcome. Bristol University of the Third Age (U3A) scrabble group would welcome new members. We play very friendly and informal games every Friday at the Beehive, Wellington Hill West, BS9 4QY from 2 to 4pm. For further info please contact Heddy Sara on 0117 9241318 and indicate when asked to give your name that you are phoning about scrabble in order not to be blocked. Or email

Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets. If you would love the chance to get on the water here in Bristol, make new friends, grow in confidence and gain qualifications and are aged between 10 and 18, are recruiting now. We are open Tuesday and Friday evenings. Visit: bristoladventure to find out more. Stoke Bishop & Sneyd Park Local History Group welcomes all to a series of talks at the Stoke Bishop Village Hall, 42 Stoke Hill, BS9 1EX. Talks start at 7.30pm and anyone interested in local history is welcome. Membership is just £6 p/a and visitors pay just £3 a meeting. Our next talk is on 15th June when Michael Whitfield will be talking to us about «Dr Goodeve and Cooks Folly» For more details please visit www.stokebishop., call 0117 968 6010 or email Please do also contact us if you are clearing out documents and pictures of Stoke Bishop! Friendly Bridge SW is a welcoming Bridge Club that meets in Stoke Bishop Village Hall every Monday evening at 7:15. New players welcome, and you can come without a partner. Also available are bridge lessons for complete beginners or more experienced players. Contact Gareth on 07921788605, email or visit The Bristol Humanists is a local group for those who make sense of the world using reason & shared human values, who seek to live ethical lives on the basis of reason, humanity and respect for others, and who find meaning, beauty, and joy in the one life we have. We usually meet on the first Monday of every month (except when it is a bank holiday when it is the second Monday) at central Quaker Meeting House, Champion Square. Details of each meeting can be found at or or email for more details. The West Bristol History Group. Do you love to find out about our local history? We hold monthly talks on the 2nd Thursday of each month by excellent speakers – upstairs at the Friends’ Meeting House, Hampton Road, BS6 6JE - starting at 7.30pm. May 10th “Excavations at St Georges” by Kevin Potter of Avon Archaeology. June 14th “1607: the great Severn flood” by Rose Hewlett. Visitors welcome £2. Annual membership £10. Henbury Art Club is looking for new members for


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What's On & Community News our Wednesday morning club. We meet at 11.15 am till 1pm in Southmead Library. We are a very friendly mixed ability group, and have our annual show in the Henbury Village Hall every May Day. Please contact Gill Dix by email. for more details.

York City; 11. Medium Density Fibreboard; 12. National Union of Students; 13. Union of Soviet Union Socialist Republics; 14. Buy One Get One Free.

The Bristol Philatelic Society meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month in the meeting room of the United Reform Church at the bottom of Blackboy Hill (Whiteladies Road) starting at 7.30 p.m. Contact 0117 956 7853.

General Knowledge 1. 97; 2. Javelin (98.48m), Big Ben (96m), Wright brothers flight (37m); 3.a) Belgium, b) Canada, c) Austria; 4. Cornwall (1086km), Essex (905km) and Devon (819km); 5. John Bercow; 6. a) Zagreb, b) Nairobi, and c) Port-au-Prince; 7. 1984; 8. green; 9. the chest; 10. tightrope walking.

North West Bristol Camera Club is an enthusiastic group of amateur photographers who meet each Wednesday at 7:45pm at Westbury Fields. New members of any level of ability are most welcome. For details contact Pete on 07870 589555. Got a speech to make? Bristol Speakers offers a relaxed environment to practise your public speaking. Learn how to construct and present a speech, gain knowledge from experienced speakers, and conquer your public speaking anxiety. Most of all, practise in a stress-free environment where members give helpful feedback. It’s a well-structured evening, fun and relaxed with a nice mix of people. Meeting 7.30pm alternate Mondays at BAWA Southmead Rd. Contact Disclaimer The Bristol Nine is published by Bristol Community Magazines Ltd (Co. No. 08448649, registered at 8 Sandyleaze, Westbury on Trym, Bristol, BS9 3PY). The views expressed by contributors or advertisers in The Bristol Nine are not necessarily those held by Bristol Community Magazines Ltd. The inclusion of any business or organisation in this magazine does not imply a recommendation of it, its aims or its methods. Bristol Community Magazines Ltd cannot be held responsible for information disclosed by advertisers, all of which are accepted in good faith. Reasonable efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this magazine but no liability can be accepted for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of inclusion, error or omission. All content is the copyright of Bristol Community Magazines Ltd and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of Bristol Community Magazines.

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Music 1. The Shangri-Las; 2. Lee Mead; 3. 1980; 4. Roger Daltry and Elton John; 5. “One Of Us” in 1981, 6. Battersea Power Station; 7. Ronnie Hilton; 8. Carl Douglas; 9. Despicable Me 2; 10. David Essex; 11.a) Phil and Don, b) Andy and Derek, and c) Gabriela and Monica. Childrens Crossword answers from page 10 1. Sweetcorn. 2. Leeks, 3. Mushroom, 4. Peach, 5. Potato, 6. Satsuma, 7. Apple, 8. Bean, 9. Rhubarb, 10. Carrot, 11. Pineapple, 12. Onion

Deadlines and Contact Details To be sure of inclusion in the July issue of the BS9 or BS6+8 magazines, either as an advertiser, or provider of a listing or article, your artwork / listing needs to be received and approved no later than 10th June. The deadline for inclusion in the August magazines is 11th July. Dated events and activities that take place before the 15th of the month should be submitted fore publication in the previous month›s magazine to be sure of maximum publicity. Do please get in touch if you are interested in advertising in The Bristol Nine and / The Bristol Six + Eight magazine, or if you have a not-for profit event, club, concert or activity you would like featured.

Acronym Answers from page 12 1. Card Verification Value; 2. Heavy Goods Vehicle; 3. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds; 4. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; 5. Fast Moving Consumer Goods; 6. World Health Organisation; 7. European Economic Area; 8. Her Majesty’s Prison; 9. Marylebone Cricket Club; 10. New 88

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Paul Craig Painting & Decorating


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57 59 4

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75 77

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19 29

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Mark Hook Electrical Services


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Contact us for your free, no obligation market appraisal. HENLEAZE 156 Henleaze Road, Henleaze, BS9 4NB 0117 2130333

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THINKING OF MOVING? If you’re looking to sell or rent, this is your personal invitation to receive a free, honest and informal valuation of your property with our local experienced sales teams. All of our staff have a wealth of knowledge of the local area and would be delighted to





spend time discussing a marketing package best suited to you. Call us now!

Don’t just take our word for it… Here are some comments from recent customers!

“T he team at Maggs & Allen have been great from start to finish. T hank you for making the process so smooth and trouble free”

it ive t h e mo st pos “Be st y e t wit h e we ’ve ha d nc rie e p ex s elli ng te d mit com ry Ve g en t. a n es t a te a a nd m, a te l a ion a nd pro fe ss ts in ou r int e res t h e y a ct ed t h eir t rus t uld wo t hro u gho ut (I sa l es )” re u t fu on ju dg e m en t Mr P Ban cro ft

Mr P Dav iso n

Excellent ser vice, keeping you informed at each stage and going further than you would expect with customer ser vice. The staff were very pleasant particula rly Fiona who bent over backward s to keep the purchase r happy with visits. Mr White

“Exc e ll e nt s e r vic e, ve ry h e lpfu l, e f fici e nt a nd a pl e a su re t o d e a l wit h” Mrs Wardrop

“M ag gs & Al len so ld my pr op er ty wi th in 6 we ek s of pu t tin g it on th e ma rk et an d go t th e as ki ng pr ice ag ree d. Kept th e bu yer s on -s ide un til we ma na ge d to ge t so me wh ere to bu y ab ou t tw o mo nt hs la te r”

“S t a f f w e re p ro f e s a ll t im s io n a l e s, y e at t m a in p e rs o n t a in e d a l t ou a c h – We f w e re li e lt w e sten e d t o”

M rs M W ri gh t

kie, “D ear Ja me s, Vic an k Ma x & Ke rri , Th ha rd you all for you r ou r wo rk an d ma kin g en! ” pp ha y all fin ve mo Mr & Mr s Bye tt

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The Bristol Nine Magazine - June 2018  

A free community magazine for the residents and businesses of Bristol BS9 - and beyond

The Bristol Nine Magazine - June 2018  

A free community magazine for the residents and businesses of Bristol BS9 - and beyond