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The Bristol Nine Magazine Issue 160 - November 2019 12,500 copies delivered free across Henleaze, Westbury on Trym, Sea Mills, Coombe Dingle, Stoke Bishop and Sneyd Park

In This Issue - Cakes from space (page 17), mental health in the workplace (page 25), dining out at Aqua (page 28), free draw to win tickets to see Santa at Bristol Zoo (page 45), test your geography knowledge (page 50), prize wordsearch (page 58), 1 cash precursors (page 63), plus all the usual listings and stuff


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The Editor’s Small Piece Hello all, I hope this small piece finds you in good spirits. I am, if a little short of sleep. The view out of the office window as I type this is pitch black - it is 2am and it’s the pre-print night shift. The lookout from here was very different eight hours ago though, as the sun set -

And this was very different from the view eight hours before that, when the first autumn fog arrived and the view up Park Street as I drove up looked like this (the Wills Memorial is still there) -

What will it look like in another eight hours? To be honest I don’t care - I’ll be unconscious under the duvet, comfortable in the knowledge that another print deadline has been met. Just. Have a great month. Cheers, Andy 07845 986650 / 0117 259 1964 / 8 Sandyleaze, WoT, BS9 3PY, andy@bcmagazines.co.uk www.bcmagazines.co.uk 4


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Music (present, past and future) - Duncan Haskell Album of the Month Colorado by Neil Yong with Crazy Horse (Reprise Records)

Next Step Nils Lofgren by Nils Lofgren (A&M) Nils Lofgren has been a recurring member of Crazy Horse since 1970, who also worked on two of Neil Young’s finest albums, After The Gold Rush and Tonight’s The Night. It’s fair to say that his solo career hasn’t quite matched up to the work he’s done in the background (or side of the stage). But that’s not to say his own material isn’t worthy of your attention, in particular his solo debut from 1975.

The new album from Neil Young and Crazy Horse, their first together since 2012’s Psychedelic Pill, finds the ageing rockers rallying against climate change and finding beauty in a world that they clearly think is still worth saving. With regular guitarist Poncho Sampredo not available, long time associate (and occasional bandmate) Nils Lofrgren seamlessly steps in.

Firmly established as something of a virtuoso guitar-slinger, this self-titled debut actually dialled down the axe and let Lofgren’s songwriting shine through. Songs like If I Say It, It’s So and The Sun Hasn’t Set On This Boy Yet were especially notable for being built from their piano parts up. Never self-indulgent, even the guitar solos felt earned rather than showy.

If you’re familiar with the music that Young and Crazy Horse make together then it’s unlikely you’ll be surprised by what awaits you here. There are the trademark long jams, those songs where they find their groove and refuse to let it out of their sight again. She Showed Me Love in particular allows them to indulge their cosmic union. There are also some more simple compositions, those that will appeal to fans of Young’s solo albums like Harvest Moon. Think Of Me starts things off in a gentle fashion and a similarly tender sheen colours both Milky Way and closing track I Do - these moments of quiet contemplation all the more noticeable alongside grungy rockers like Shut It Down.

With that distinct 70s feel about it – where musicians and bands who’d taken the cultural revolution of the 60s cut loose and decided to enjoy themselves again – Lofgren made an album which, for a moment at least, placed him on par with some of his famous colleagues. Gig of the Month Happy Mondays @ O2 Academy, Saturday 23rd November

Nor should those more muted tracks fool you into thinking that Young and his gang have lost any of their fire. Rainbow Of Colors sways like a flag in the breeze, calling for unity between all people and taking its shots against those who are building walls (both physical and metaphorical). It’s just one of many stirring cries on Colorado, and rather than sound like the hypocritical moaning of a wealthy rock star there’s genuine motivation here – backed up by Young’s private endeavours.

We’re not going to say that Shaun Ryder is as culturally significant as Neil Young, but he’s certainly made his mark. First with the Happy Mondays, one of the key players in the Madchester movement, and then with Britpop band Black Grape, Ryder has loomed large over British life since the 1980s. It’s with the Happy Mondays that he now returns, bringing their Greatest Hits Tour to Bristol. Be prepared to have those melons twisted one more time.

As we’ve said, stylistically there’s nothing really new, but even without Poncho Sampredo there’s a palpable chemistry on display when this band of brothers come together, even more so when they have a common cause. It’s not just the youngsters who are fighting for this planet.

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Good Reads - Bruce Fellows’ book recommendations In his excellent collection of stories, Turbulence, David Szalay sends twelve passengers on flights around the world, London to Madrid, Dhohar to Sao Paulo, to Toronto, to Delhi and so on until finally the circle is completed in London. Each passenger is troubled in some way and each affects another who becomes the protagonist of the next story – an intriguing idea which Szalay carries off with great skill and insight, telling us just enough about each to inform us while leaving enough gaps to keep us thinking. In the process, he demonstrates how closely we are all connected and that similar conflicts affect us all. Alan and Katie are top journalists: lovely house, three great kids, what could go wrong? Then Craig, Alan’s old school chum calls out ‘Hallo,’ from the shop doorway where he’s sleeping rough. Alan, of course, asks him back to join in his comfortable home life. Well, what would you do? That’s the start of John Niven’s laugh out loud novel of old friends and consequences, No Good Deed, as in the proverb, ‘No good deed goes unpunished’. And it doesn’t, Craig sees to that, as Alan’s life is demolished in hilarious fashion with a joke and a telling comment on modern life on every page. In The Crime Writer, Jill Dawson takes events and obsessions from the life of Patricia Highsmith to fashion a gripping and brilliant novel of suspense very much in the style of the great author, with Highsmith herself as the protagonist. It’s the early sixties: Highsmith is in love with a married woman and renting a cottage in Suffolk, not far from Aldeburgh, in order to write a novel. When a journalist whose face is familiar to Highsmith arrives for an interview, things begin to go awry. Add a husband and unusual murder methods and you have a witty, creepy and intense cracker of a novel. South Korea: a conventional, hardworking, strait-laced population, right? Well, not quite in Un-Su Kim’s remarkable novel The Plotters. In this surreal world, almost normal but not quite, Reseng is a hitman who follows the instructions of the eponymous plotters until one day he doesn’t pull the trigger as soon as the victim is in his sights and then later lets another victim choose her own way of death. His own days are clearly numbered and he seeks escape but who from? Who are the plotters? This is a very funny, often wise, non-stop roller coaster of a book with occasional violence but always brilliantly written. Local MP Chris Skidmore’s Richard III examines the life of the king via the three roles Richard filled in adult life. He was brother (to Edward IV), Protector (of Edward V) and King. What a dangerous time it was for anyone of rank, not to mention those who followed them and were pitched into savage hand to hand battles! Richard, though a loyal brother, decided to look after number one at his brother’s death and almost certainly murdered his nephews to take the crown. Based strongly on contemporary documents, this is an excellent biography that zips along at pace and offers understanding of Richard’s dilemma. 16


The Great Alien Cake Off This month Rachel McCoubrie, a local doctor working at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust in Bristol, has recently released her debut children’s picture book ‘The Great Alien Cake Off’. This fantastical rhyming story, beautifully illustrated by Robert McPhillips, aims to lift the spirits and allow the imagination to escape to a happy place. “I was at work when I received the call from the publisher that they wanted to go ahead with my book,” said Rachel. “I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face for a week! I hope it will put a smile on the faces of many, many children and get them excited about reading.” of colourful, fun books at bedtime with our young daughter - an Old MacDonald anthology including our favourite “Trampling Trotters”, “Just Like Floss” about a border collie, and “Farley Farts” about ... well, it doesn’t matter now.

Based on the planet Cookie Dreams, everyone lives exclusively off biscuits, until one day a young alien called Zappo discovers cake. Soon the other alien parents learn to bake and start to get competitive about their cakes. The headteacher decides to put it to the test and organises a cake off competition at the school. Full of wonderful alien characters, who get a little carried away with their new-found love of cake making, and accidentally create more than they bargained for . . . what happens next is literally out of this world.

It’s impossible not to be charmed by this book - what’s not to like about a society of gentle aliens that feed off custard creams, discover the pleasure of cake and overindulge in martian mallows? Beautifully illustrated in a riot of colour that children will love, and with rhythmic, properly rhyming prose that makes reading easy for young and old alike, The Great Alien Cake Off would, I’m sure, be a welcome find in the Christmas stocking of many a young early-years reader.

Published under their Forget Me Not Books brand, Helen Stephens, Creative Director at FROM YOU TO ME, said “This has been such a fun project to work on. The cheeky characters that Rachel and Rob have created really bring this book to life and we are beginning to wonder if scientifically we’ve been heading down the wrong route and now the truth is out there!”

“The Great Alien Cake Off”, written by Rachel McCoubrie and illustrated by Robert McPhillips, is available now from WWW. FROMYOUTOME.COM, Amazon and all sensible gift and book shops, priced at £11.99.

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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 providing you with some self-help tips that will help you to prepare yourself and your home for the winter months. Preparing for cold weather is better than reacting to it when it arrives, and it’s not too early to start planning for the colder times ahead. Before winter sets in, check your home can be heated safely. Have your heating system serviced and your chimney swept, or ask your landlord to do this if it’s their responsibility. Invest in a carbon monoxide detector and locate it according to the instructions. Make sure it conforms to the British Standard EN 50291 and carries a British or European approval mark. Use thermostat valve controls on radiators to turn the heat on and off room by room. A house can take a while to warm up so consider fitting a timer so the house can be warm for when you return home. Choose clothes made from wool, cotton, or fleecy synthetic fibres. Dress in a few light layers as it will keep you warmer than one thick layer. Purchase a pair of warm boots with a non-slip sole and a warm lining, or wear thermal socks. These boots keep you safe if the ground is slippery and keep your feet warm. Keep basic food items in the cupboard or freezer in case it’s too cold to go shopping. You could also do your food shopping online and get it delivered to your door. Write down emergency numbers, such as gas, electricity and water suppliers, plumber, local pharmacy, GP practice, and family members and keep this by your phone. 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 John.Moore@HomeInstead.co.uk 18


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Finance Matters - Phil James, Grosvenor Consultancy Ltd Protecting against risks

Death – Ask yourself if someone will struggle financially if you are no longer providing an income? Spouse, children, dependent relative. Do you have liabilities? Mortgage, Credit Cards, payments to an ex-spouse school or university costs? If you are employed, there may be ‘death in service’ at work, but this may be insufficient. The solution? You could provide a lump sum or an income on your death. A 30 year old covered for 20 years might pay just over £5 a month for £100,000 lump sum benefit. A 40 year old just over £8 a month for the same cover.

Sometimes people ask me what their greatest priority should be in terms of their financial planning. Everyone’s circumstances are different and so priorities will vary, but I have always believed someone should deal with the ‘what ifs’ before doing anything else in terms of planning a more comfortable future. In recent months I have been more aware of this because of the news, client’s circumstances and indeed personal events. I believe there are three key ‘what ifs’ that most of us need to consider and these are:

Sickness Cover – This can be varied. The provision of an income in the event of illness is for me the most important, but lump sums can be provided, private medical cover and of course if your on holiday, ill and your travel company goes bust, then travel insurance might have been a good idea. Maybe an employer will provide something – ask the question. If you have none or just SSP then you could think of Income Protection cover. A 30 yer old could receive £1,000 a month benefit after 1 month of illness, payable for 2 years as a claim for just £9.76 p.m. (office based job).

• Death • Sickness • Loss of earnings Whatever the risk, there is usually an insurance to cover it. Often we make choices about whether and what to insure and quite often our decisions can be very strange indeed. Clearly if we drive, then the car has to be insured by law, but besides that, ask yourself what else you insure and the potential financial implications if you didn’t? Mobile phone, boiler breakdown, freezer contents, extended warranty on the TV, laptop virus, our pets, cancellation of an event or holiday. If these events happened are they inconveniences or financial catastrophies? The bizzare thing is, many of us insure these specific items and yet don’t insure the one thing that enables us to pay for them; our income.

Losing your job – You could have insured against this eventualtility with unemployment cover. £1,000 a month benefit for 2 years (unless work is found before) would cost from £16.20 a month. If you are unsure about your circumstances, might I suggest you look at a bank statement and all the items in the ‘out’ column. Ask yourself whether they would still have to be paid if you died, were ill or lost your job? These days I often compare the cost of protection cover to the price of a coffee; it usually puts things in perspective.

With death, it’s the loss of income of the deceased that is often an issue – so the risk is to their loved ones. With sickness it’s a potential loss of income. If you are eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), that will only provide about £400 p.m. and only for a period of time. If you are made redundant, then the loss of income is immediate and the impact can be significant. Does your household have other income or more than one person working for the same employer? I saw a family of 5 on the news last month ALL of whom worked for Thomas Cook.

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The message behind Jonathan’s Voice “It’s interesting when an advertiser who is “a little different” asks to feature in the magazine - especially when they come out of the blue. Over the thirteen years I’ve been publishing there have been many, and sometimes they come with an interesting back story. So when David Brown contacted me a few months ago wanting to advertise the charity “Jonathan’s Voice” in the magazine my interest was raised, to discover what the organisation was all about, and what the local link to Bristol was. To find out more I contacted the charity founders Val and Graham McCartney up in Nottinghamshire, and learned more about their poignant story, their work and crucially their very important message.

friends is that, quite possibly, the events were as sudden and unexpected for Jonathan too. Val and Graham told me of their sadness and their concern at how very quickly their son must have been overwhelmed by the emotions that led him to take the action he did. Jonathan very quickly went from, outwardly at least, living life to the full to finding himself unable to cope. Tragically the story of such a rapid and sometimes totally unexpected switch, from being in control of, to being scarily out of control of, your emotions, seems increasingly commonplace. All too many recent national news stories testify to this. Closer to home, personal experience has taught me that a dark cloud of despair can blow in from nowhere, with life-changing consequences. It has also taught me the huge importance of being able to communicate feelings, talk about fears and concerns to people who understand. Val and Graham are understandably keen to get this message out.

Jonathan McCartney, Val and Graham’s son, lived in Bristol and worked in the centre of town for Haseltine Lake Kempner, a firm of European patent and trade mark attorneys - alongside David Brown. Jonathan lived life to the full, was successful at his work, was passionate about his football, being a Nottingham Forest season ticket holder, and was both loved and loving. In 2017 at the age of 35 he took his own life.

Tragedy and adversity can often be the creators of understanding, the sharers of wisdom, the bringers of positivity. Clearly Val and Graham are determined that this will be the case, and the establishment of Jonathan’s Voice is the tangible result of their desire to ensure that something positive will come from Jonathan’s death. “Our purpose now is to work with organisations and individuals to promote mental well-being in the workplace and beyond. Through the work of everyone involved with the charity our aim is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues, and to assist organisations in developing the ways and means they can to better support their staff and create better mental health practices in their workplaces.”

Bereavement is undoubtedly hard, and in circumstances like this the sudden nature of a death makes it all the more so for everyone affected. Jonathan’s suicide came out of the blue to everyone who knew him. What I suspect is more frightening for his family and

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The message behind Jonathan’s Voice donations and voluntary support of the organizations, groups, and individuals they have managed to foster links with.

Val and Graham also tell me that they are working with other charities and organizations who broadly share their objectives. In particular, noting Jonathan’s profession, they are working in partnership with IP (Intellectual Property) Inclusive - an initiative which brings people together from across the IP sector to promote and improve equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing within the IP community.

An example of this is through their research into developing good practice on mental health care, work place wellbeing and suicide prevention, and then sharing it with relevant workplaces. Awareness of the benefit of training of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) is growing, and their role in promoting mental wellbeing in the workplace is slowly becoming recognised. With the support of Jonathan’s Voice, Haseltine Lake Kempner initially trained 24 MHFA’s across their offices, and through the network of contacts the charity has developed, other companies are being encouraged to do the same. Interested organizations can contact Jonathan’s Voice to access the bank of resources they are creating - awareness literature, postcards and posters and presentation materials and advice.

Jonathan’s love of football has also provided an opportunity to share the “It’s OK not to be OK” message in relation to mental health, with the Nottingham Forest Community Trust launching their “It’s Tricky To Talk” initiative and opening their doors to a dropin gathering for people living with mental health issues or generally struggling with life. The issue of our national mental health - men, women and our children - is one that fills an ever increasing amount of column inches in

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The message behind Jonathan’s Voice The Samaritans - telephone 116 123. The Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This number is FREE to call and you don’t have to be suicidal.

the printed press and airtime on television and radio. In part that is, of course, sad and worrying, as problems seem to becoming more widespread and pervasive. However there is encouragement to be gained in that that the shutters are coming up, the social stigmas are being successfully challenged and, as Val and Graham McCartney and others like them are keen to emphasise, it is important to talk - and it is OK to admit you are not OK. In our workplaces things will continue to change - from top down as senior managers become more aware of the necessity and duty to promote a culture of office wellbeing and positive support to staff, and from bottom up as more people feel open to voice their issues, talk about their concerns and share their stories.

Sane - SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including families, friends and carers. The SANEline is available on 0300 304 7000 from 4.30pm to 10.30pm every evening. Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - for men. Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day. Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide. For people under 35 – Call 0800 068 41 41 – 9am – 10pm weekdays, 2pm – 10pm weekends, 2pm – 10pm bank holidays

Graham and Val list a number of organisations on the Jonathan’s Voice website who exist to help those affected by mental health issues.

If you would like to contact Val or Graham the email is info@jonathansvoice.org.uk

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Aqua - Whiteladies Road “It was a lifetime ago....”

So we did have starters. Our hosting team for the evening - Caio, Emma and Andras - were on hand to help with anything that got lost in translation, and were friendly and attentive hosts throughout. I went for the slow braised short ribs with chilli jam and spring onion - rib it may have been but there was no bone, just a solid hunk of tender meat in a delicious warm fruity sauce. If it had come with a side of mashed potato it would have been a very acceptable main course. The good lady opted for Cornish mussels with fennel, shallot and marsala. They were plump little fellas, and although I didn’t sample one they were apparently lush, and were devoured with enthusiasm and much positive murmuring. Unlike a pop concert, where the support band is often something that adds little other than to pad out the evening’s entertainment, starters at Aqua were worthy of a headline slot in their own right.

Have you ever uttered those words when expressing surprise at how much time has passed between events? I did when we visited Aqua last week, for what turned out to be a terrific wedding anniversary meal. It was a long time since our previous visit, down to their Welshback restaurant - 22nd July 1999 to be precise, not long after it opened its doors for the first time. Indeed it was a full lifetime ago - our daughter’s birth was ten days overdue (she still runs late at most things) and we decided to go for a nice lunch at Aqua down on the waterfront before heading up to St Michael’s for her to be “encouraged” to make an appearance. Early the following morning she did. So we have fond memories of that first visit to Aqua, and after a memorable night of superb Anglo-Italian food, this time at the Whiteladies Road branch, we now have a second special meal to look back on.

However the main act was still to follow. A good choice of steaks, grills, burgers and pizzas is on offer for people of all dietary persuasion, but we opted for things that we wouldn’t / couldn’t concoct at home. Ruth opted for the rack of lamb with asparagus in a red wine jus, with a side order of peas, leeks and chard in garlic and olive oil. I didn’t get a look in on the lamb - it was a dish just too good to share apparently - but did get to sample the veg, which was a great accompaniment and something I will try in the kitchen Chez Fraser.

We visited on a Thursdsay evening, early enough to bag a prime table in the big picture window to watch Bristolians heading home or back out, and to enjoy the buzz that comes from a happy restaurant as it fills up. Which it soon did, a mix I suspect of regulars keen to repeat the joy of eating at Aqua and newcomers experiencing the difficult choices to be made when facing the menu for the first time. Ah yes, the menu. A tricky thing to assemble I guess - getting that balance between enough dishes to offer every diner a good choice, and so many that weighing up the options becomes as tricky as steering a bill through Parliament. One ploy Aqua adopt, that as a hearty eater I applaud, is to list the desserts on a separate menu - because if you don’t know what the pudding choices are when you order your main course you have to play safe and order a starter too. Just in case - don’t want to go home hungry if the third course is a disappointment. 28


Aqua - Whiteladies Road Moving on, puddings - and a return to the earlier comment that there could be little worse than getting to the dessert course and finding there’s nothing you fancy. However, dining with a person who says they’re too full for pudding and then proceeds to “help you out” with yours isn’t good either - is it? We’ve all been there. Thankfully Aqua has both bad situations covered - the dessert choice was excellent, and those with just a tiny space to fill can have a baby pudding to accompany a finishing coffee or tea. I didn’t have room for a dessert - but that’s never stopped me before and it wasn’t going to now. Anyone who knows me will be aware that the words “chocolate dome, hazelnut chocolate torte, warm salted caramel sauce and peanut ice cream” on a menu will mean that all other desserts are irrelevant. They were, and my meal ended with a chocolate festival that looked wonderful and tasted even better. And it was all mine, as my wife had tea and a miniature portion of lemon brulee tart - too small to share.

My option was the slow roasted ox cheek ragu with pappardelle pasta. You could be mistaken into thinking this was spaghetti bolognese by another name, but the difference between this beauty and the student staple of mince and tinned tomatoes is like comparing a Trabant to a Tesla. The ragu was a thing of joy - deep, rich, meltingly moist and tender - and the whole dish was seemingly designed to wrap your tastebuds in a warm blanket on a chilly autumnal night. We often say with our favourite dishes at home that we don’t want a meal to end. I wish I was still being served Aqua’s ragu a week later. As an aside - and as a side - I also ordered the courgette fritti to accompany my main course - not that it really needed any support. Sliced courgette, deep fried with a parmesan, lemon and rock salt crust. They were delicious - and again something I may try at home - but weren’t really needed as the ragu and pappardelle actually warranted no accompaniment.

So, there you have it. As we chatted over our puds we tried to think if there was anything negative to say about our Aqua experience, and concluded there wasn’t. The food was top notch at sensible prices, the surroundings were convivial, the high ceilings made the place buzz rather than become too loud on a busy evening, and the service was to be applauded as an example of how to get it right, front of house. We even ended the evening with our own personal Uber home - the little scrap of a thing born the day after our previous visit to Aqua has grown up, and came to pick us up having recently passed her test. Payback time for two decades of being mums taxi and dads taxi has begun. Aqua - 153 Whiteladies Road, BS8 2RF Open Sunday - Thursday, 9.30am to 10pm, Friday - Saturday 9.30am to 10.30pm

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Gardening with Cathy Lewis The cheerful yellow flowers are a real treat when the rest of the garden is bare, are deliciously scented and a magnet for bees.

There are plenty of shrubs with colourful flowers but choices are more limited when it comes to planting in part, dappled or full shade. If you want to brighten up a dark area of the garden you will need to choose your shrubs carefully or think laterally and grow plants with eye-catching foliage or berries. With these limitations in mind, here is a selection of shrubs to add a splash of colour at various times of the year.

Summer flowering shrubs that thrive in part shade include hydrangeas (left) and fuchsia. There are many different types of hydrangea to choose from, all with different shaped flower heads, including round mophead and arborescens, cone shaped paniculata and flat lacecap hydrangeas. Colours include pink, lime green, white and lilac, but you will need acid soil for the flowers to turn blue.

In spring and early summer camellias and azaleas (left) steal the show in dappled areas of the garden. Azaleas are loosely described as small rhododendrons. Some are deciduous but all require hummus-rich acid soil to grow well. If you don’t have lime-free soil you could always grow them in pots, but make sure you use ericaceous compost and water well with rainwater during a dry summer. Azalea’s trumpet-shaped flowers come in a rainbow of colours, festooning the shrubs in May. As a bonus, the leaves of deciduous azaleas often turn blazing red and orange in autumn.

The dainty ballerina flowers of fuchsias add a welcome pop of colour from mid to late summer. The plants are deciduous, sometimes borderline hardy but generally happy growing in part shade sheltered from cold easterly winds. For year-round evergreen foliage colour consider the spotted leaves of Aucuba japonica, variegated Euonymous fortunei varieties and the large glossy leaves of Fatsia japonica. Skimmia japonica offers the full package of evergreen leaves, dainty flowers and long-lasting red berries. Cathy Lewis, Dip.PGSF Professional garden design, consultancy and maintenance Tel: 07985 008 858 www.cathylewisgardens.co.uk

Camellias also require ericaceous soil. They are generally less hardy than azaleas requiring protection from hard frosts and easterly winds, however they should be fine in Bristol’s comparatively mild climate. Their beautiful flamboyant flowers lift the spirits during the spring months. For colour during the winter months consider growing mahonias. They are tough as nails and can even cope with deep shade.

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INHERITANCE TAX- A BASIC REMINDER Sometimes it can be useful to remind oneself of the the basic law on Inheritance Tax for sensible tax planning undertaken in good time can save a considerable amount of tax. So here goes.

• you leave it to your children (including adopted, foster or stepchildren) or grandchildren • your estate is worth less than £2 million Gifting your home before you die There’s normally no Inheritance Tax to pay if you move out and live for another 7 years.

There’s normally no Inheritance Tax to pay if either: • the value of your estate is below the £325,000 threshold • you leave everything above the £325,000 threshold to your spouse, civil partner, a charity or a community amateur sports club

Gifts There is no Inheritance Tax to pay on gifts between spouses or civil partners. You can give them as much as you like during your lifetime, as long as they live in the UK permanently. Otherwise People you give gifts to will be charged Inheritance Tax if you give away more than £325,000 in the 7 years before your death

If you give away your home to your children (including adopted, foster or stepchildren) or grandchildren your threshold can increase to £475,000.

Exempted gifts You can give away £3,000 worth of gifts each tax year (6 April to 5 April) without them being added to the value of your estate. This is known as your ‘annual exemption’.You can carry any unused annual exemption forward to the next year - but only for one year.

If you’re married or in a civil partnership and your estate is worth less than your threshold, any unused threshold can be added to your partner’s threshold when you die. This means their threshold can be as much as £950,000. Inheritance Tax rates The standard Inheritance Tax rate is 40%. It’s only charged on the part of your estate that’s above the threshold.

Each tax year, you can also give away: • wedding or civil ceremony gifts of up to £1,000 per person (£2,500 for a grandchild or greatgrandchild, £5,000 for a child) • normal gifts out of your income, e.g. Christmas or birthday presents - you must be able to maintain your standard of living after making the gift • payments to help with another person’s living costs, such as an elderly relative or a child under 18 • gifts to charities and political parties

Reliefs and exemptions Some gifts you give while you’re alive may be taxed after your death. Depending on when you gave the gift, ‘taper relief’ might mean the Inheritance Tax charged on the gift is less than 40%. For farmers agricultural tax relief may also be available. Gifting your home You can pass a home to your husband, wife or civil partner when you die. There’s no Inheritance Tax to pay if you do this. If you leave the home to another person in your Will, it counts towards the value of the estate.

You can use more than one of these exemptions on the same person - for example, you could give your grandchild gifts for her birthday and wedding in the same tax year. Small gifts up to £250 You can give as many gifts of up to £250 per person as you want during the tax year as long as you have not used another exemption on the same person.

If you own your home (or a share in it) your tax-free threshold can increase to £475,000 if:

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Bus�ng the Common Law Marriage Myth

Sam Hickman

The number of cohabi�ng couple families has increased by over 25% since 2008, and has overtaken the number of couples ge�ng married. For first-�me buyers, star�ng out together in a new home, it is an exci�ng �me and a big milestone on the rela�onship’s journey which may or may not lead to marriage later down the line.

However, 46% of people* believe that they will acquire legal rights within a cohabiting relationship because of what is referred to as ‘common law marriage’. This myth is founded upon the belief that if you are essentially living ‘as man and wife’ you assume the same legal rights as married couples. Unfortunately, the tough reality is, there is no such thing as ‘common law marriage’ and cohabiting couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples. This harsh reality often comes to be realised at the time of relationship breakdown or on the death of one of the couple. Both are times which are stressful enough, without worrying about your financial security. At VWV, a common problem we see is that one of the couple dies without a Will naming their partner. This means they are not automatically entitled to their assets or to stay in the shared home (unless the assets or home were jointly owned). Similarly, a cohabiting father (not named on the child’s birth certificate) would not have the same automatic parental responsibility rights as a father married to their child’s mother.

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What Can I Do to Protect My Rights?

Talk to each other to establish how you would both want protection if unforeseen events were to happen.

Ensure that assets utilised by both of you, such as bank accounts and properties are held in joint names. This means that both parties will have an interest in the asset should the relationship break down or one person dies.

Seek legal advice and enter into a cohabitation agreement. Such an agreement sets out the nature of your financial relationship and establishes your rights should that relationship break down.

If you wish to pass assets to your partner on your death, make sure that you have a Will in place.

Regularly review both your cohabitation agreement and your Will, particularly at key milestone times such as having children, buying another property, inheriting wealth or if you do decide to get married! Regular reviews ensure that the documents still appropriately


address your needs and deal with all of your assets, not just some of them. Not many people know, for instance, that a Will automatically becomes worthless if you marry after making it, unless the marriage is specifically provided for in the Will itself. A Conversation Worth Having Recognising that having a frank discussion now could save you both a lot of distress and cost further down the line is

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With over 50 staff, Red Bus Nursery & Pre-School is one of the largest employers in BS9 and we seem to be the best kept secret too . We’re now working to change that and shout our achievements from the rooftops!

Located on Westbury Lane in beautiful, leafy Coombe Dingle, just a short drive from the Portway and the M4/M5 interchange, we have great access for people who travel a little further, but there are thousands of homes within walking distance of our fantastic nursery. Extensive and sympathetic renovations to our historic building has given our children and staff an innovative and dynamic space to spend their days and we like to think it enhances the area, whilst still being contemporary and functional.

We pride ourselves on being a local company and like to use other local businesses where possible and to encourage people into the community. Caring for over 100 children a day regularly brings families into Coombe Dingle where they can appreciate what a great place it is for raising little ones.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career with Red Bus, we have a couple of relaxed and informal Careers Events organised for November and would love you to come along to chat with us and have a look at our nursery.

Most of our staff live in the area and we are thrilled that we recruit local young people and work with them to progress into senior positions due to our unique management structure. Our training and development is second to none and we

Council Talk - Peter & John Reporting Cllr. Peter Abraham and Cllr. John Goulandris serve you on Bristol City Council for the Stoke Bishop Ward covering Sneyd Park and Sea Mills. If you need their help, just

contact them. John & Peter will be pleased to help.

Peter & John welcome the news that Avon & Somerset Police will recruit 137 extra Police Officers. Your councillors are pressing for our area to be given a fair share of these officers. Following consultation with residents, parking solutions in Parry’s Lane are agreed. John & Peter report they are now waiting for the “Traffic Regulation Order” to be signed. Unfortunately, a slow process. Bristol University have provided the funding. Stoke Lodge Pavilion is set to be enlarged and redeveloped without planning controls or BCC landlord permission. This is wrong and is being strongly challenged by residents’ groups and your Councillors. Stoke Bishop Neighbourhood Forum recently held a packed meeting at SB Village Hall. Residents told Peter & John how informative and interesting the occasion was. The next SBNF is 7th February 2020 at 7pm. Do come along.

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On This Day in Bristory News

Shackleton-Pope, originally opened on 29 July 1850.

22 November 1718 Edward Teach, better known as the Bristol-born pirate Blackbeard, was killed in a battle with a small force of sailors led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard. Blackbeard’s boat, the sloop Adventure, was moored off North Carolina’s Ocracoke Island before being engaged by two other sloops, the Jane and the Ranger. Teach was shot and killed having boarded the Jane, falling into a trap set by Maynard.

Sport 21 November 1989 Nigel Martyn became the first £1 million goalkeeper when he left Bristol Rovers and signed for London club Crystal Palace. It is rumoured that the Bristol Rovers tea lady had discovered Martyn while on holiday in Cornwall and recommended he went for a trial with the club. Martyn earned 23 England caps during a career which also saw him play for Leeds and Everton, before retiring in 2006.

23 November 1957 Michael Gladstone of Redland fell while climbing the Avon Gorge at Sea Walls. With him was Aileen McQuilland, from Clifton, who threw climbing equipment on to the road below in order to attract attention - which is exactly what happened two hours later when a passing cyclist spotted the sign and alerted the police. As reported in The Times, “An inspector and a constable were then lowered by colleagues down the cliff face. By the light of lamps beamed on to the cliff they first rescued Miss McQuilland and then Mr Gladstone.” Both were taken to hospital where they were treated.

7 November 1998 A scuffle broke out between mascots during Bristol City’s 6-1 away defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolfie the wolf attacked three pigs, working for Coldseal, and actually split the lip of Patrick Kelly who was inside one of the costumes. Wolfie (aka Steve Bird) and the pigs then reunited years later on a Davina McCall chat show on which Bird issued an apology. Film

12 November 1977 The first “Reclaim the Night” marches, an international movement against sexual violence, took place in Bristol, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Brighton and London. Called by the Leeds Revolutionary Feminist Group, they were inspired by news of women-only “Take Back The Night” marches against sexual harassment held in West Germany early the same year. They were also a response to the Yorkshire Ripper murders.

29 November 1986 Hollywood icon Cary Grant died at St Luke’s Hospital in Davenport, Iowa after suffering from a massive stroke. One of Bristol’s most famous sons, Grant was born Archibald Alec Leach on 18 January 1904 at 15 Hughenden Road in Horfield. There is a statue of Cary Grant in Millennium Square as well as a biennial festival in his honour.

24 November 2008

The Clifton Lido reopened following a £2 million revamp. The Victorian lido, one of the oldest Grade II swimming pools in the UK, had closed in 1990 but a campaign by local residents had led to the facility being protected and restored by The Glass Boat Company, who had successfully acquired the building. The Lido, designed by Richard

4 November 1989 The Aardman Animations short film A Grand Day Out premiered at the Bristol Animation Festival, held at the Arnolfini. This was the first film to feature Wallace and Gromit and saw the duo heading off to the moon in search of cheese. Directed by Nick Park, who had been working on the film since 1982, A Grand Day Out was nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film but lost out to another Park creation, Creature Comforts. 36


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The IT Surgery - Russell Isaac Put An Old Android Phone To Good Use

Research. Its current projects aim to gain insight into how cancer relates to a patient’s DNA profile, which in turn could allow for the development of more specific and effective cancer-fighting drugs.

Here’s something: Your clunky old Android device could actually help scientists search for extraterrestrial life, detect earthquakes, or improve cancer treatments.

MyShake, from the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, uses your device’s sensors to detect and analyze earthquakes. If you live in an area where earthquakes occur, leaving your device plugged in and on a stable surface will provide the scientists with valuable real-time data about any seismic activity.

It’s all part of a series of programs that use your device’s computing power to conduct scientific research. Some of the more worthwhile options: HTC Power To Give connects your phone or tablet to a UC Berkeley effort known as BOINC — the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing. BOINC performs research in a variety of areas, including physics, biomedicine, and astronomy (hence the aforementioned extraterrestrial experiment, which is actually a study you can opt to support).

All of the apps work in essentially the same way: After downloading and installing (and sometimes going through a brief setup or sign-in procedure), you simply plug your device in and turn its screen off. As long as it remains connected to an active Wi-Fi network, researchers will be able to put its processing power to use Russell Isaac can be contacted on 0774 775 3764 or via www.ithomehelp.biz

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Children’s Puzzles - answers on page 92 Odd One Out Can you spot the odd one out in these lists? a) Ultramarine, Sapphire, Navy, Emerald, Powder. b) Heath, Thatcher, May, Kinnock, Major. c) Jay McGuiness, Bruce Forsyth, Abbey Clancey, Harry Judd, Ore Oduba. d) Haddock, Aardvark, Mackerel, Cod, Tuna. e) Bella, Laa-Laa, Jake, Fizz, Milo. Film Characters Can you match these characters to their names, and also the films they appeared in?

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Joker is played by Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a deeply disturbed loser who is employed by a third rate casting agency as a children’s party clown. Arthur’s, dismal and friendless life is based around looking after Penny, his sick mother at their run - down apartment, appointments with his social worker (who gets made redundant), taking anti - psychotic prescription drugs and locker room sarcasm with the other clowns at the agency. Arthur’s lack of any real connection with other people is compounded by his fits of pathological and inexplicable laughter.

The murder of the bankers starts a campaign to “kill the rich” in the city. Meanwhile unknown to Arthur his performance at the comedy club had been recorded and he gets a call from the office of a chat show host asking him to appear on the show where he reveals that he was the killer of the three bankers. This provokes riots in the city with crowds wearing “killer clown” masks killing people in authority and hailing Arthur as their hero and leader.

Certificate 15 - Directed by Todd Philips

This a shocking and worrying film. Arthur is living in a society that does not provide him with help or support. It reminds us that civilization has only a thin veneer and the rule of law may not always hold. In recent years a growing number of comedians with populist appeal have entered politics. Beppe Grillo who started the five star movement in Italy that is now part of the ruling coalition. He claims that “my anger is constructive.” Jon Gnarr, the former mayor of Reykjavik won his campaign with promises of free towels in swimming pools and a polar bear for the capital’s zoo. At the UKIP conference in 2013 the audience sang a spoof version of “Send in the Clowns” by Stephen Sondheim. Here is the first line. “We used to be rich, now we are not, but here at last there’s a chance, to stop the rot, send in the clowns.” Many people will remember how that song ends. chrisworthington32@yahoo.com

At the start of the film he is promoting a closing down sale dressed as a clown while holding up a sign on the pavement outside the store. A group of teenage boys steal the sign and Arthur is beaten up when he tries to retrieve it. Things go from bad to worse for Arthur when one of the other clowns foolishly gives him a gun to defend himself. The gun falls out of his pocket at a children’s party and he is sacked by the manager of the agency. Arthur has been compiling a childish book of jokes and he decides to try has hand at a comedy club. His performance is ruined by a laughing fit. Arthur’s life now enters a downward spiral mirrored by the growing tension in Gotham City. First he gets into an argument with three smart young bankers on the subway. He takes out the gun and shoots them. Then he discovers that he was adopted by Penny who was complicit in abusing him as a child, a memory that he has apparently suppressed. Arthur comes off 42


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Free Prize Draw - family tickets to see Santa at Bristol Zoo Gardens Something very special will be happening at Bristol Zoo Gardens this Christmas. A magical grotto will open in the heart of the Zoo where children can meet Santa. The great man will be sitting in a welcoming log cabin waiting to hear what presents youngsters would like to find on Christmas morning.

near and seeing Father Christmas and his elves makes a visit to the Zoo extra special.” All over the Zoo there will be Christmas lights including special animal shapes and a giant Christmas tree. And when families have been to see Father Christmas they can enjoy seeing the thousands of animals that live at the Zoo. From gorillas to lions, penguins, lemurs and giant tortoises, they are all within a short walk.

Father Christmas will be arriving at the Zoo on November 30 and his last day will be December 23 – before he prepares for the big global present drop.

There are also lots of special Christmas gifts on offer at the Zoo including the chance to adopt an animal or treat someone special to an animal experience so they get up close to some of the Zoo’s most iconic animals. Children will also be able to have their faces painted in the Terrace Theatre and there will be festive food and drink available at the Hide restaurant. Christmas trees will also be on sale from the Zoo’s West Car Park. Dates and prices will be announced soon.

Tickets for Santa’s Grotto cost £6 per child, plus Zoo entry, and include a gift from Father Christmas. To book a visit to the grotto, visit: www.bristolzoo.org.uk/ whats-on/santas-grotto. Every boy or girl who visits will have the chance to write a personal note to Father Christmas before elves lead them in one by one to meet him.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a conservation and education charity and relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work in the Zoo, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.

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The Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

Free Prize Draw to visit Bristol Zoo Gardens and meet Santa Why not enter our terrific Free Draw? Santa and the kind people at Bristol Zoo Gardens have very kindly offered readers of The Bristol Nine and The Bristol Six+Eight magazines the opportunity to win one of five family day passes to the Zoo (2 adults plus 2 children), each of which also includes 2 tickets to see Santa in his Grotto. To enter simply send in your name and your road name - email to andy@bcmagazines.co.uk, text to 07845 986650, phone to 0117 259 1964 or post to 8 Sandyleaze, WoT, BS9 3PY - and the first 5 names out of the hat after the closing date of 30th November will win the tickets.

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Brenda Smyth of AMD Solicitors considers the tax implications when dealing with the administration of an estate. When applying for a Grant of Probate, the Personal Representatives of an estate must complete and submit an Inheritance Tax form giving details of all assets and liabilities of an estate. This may need to include details of lifetime gifts made by the deceased or any interests in trusts which the deceased may have had. Personal Representatives have a duty to make full enquiries to obtain the necessary information to complete the form correctly and failure to do so may result in interest having to be paid on tax paid late or even in tax penalties.

Inheritance Tax is not the only tax to consider when administering an estate. If an asset is sold during the course of the administration of an estate, there may be a Capital Gains Tax liability on the Personal Representatives. It may be that, with careful planning and depending on the circumstances, it is possible to mitigate or even eliminate this liability. Any income received by the Personal Representatives in the course of the administration is subject to Income Tax and must be disclosed to HM Revenue and Customs by the Personal Representatives.

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At what age should children get orthodontic braces? Braces are used in children to straighten wonky or poorly positioned teeth, improving dental health and function. The smile also looks great once the teeth are straight. We are fortunate in the UK that the NHS provides free braces (orthodontic treatment) if needed for functional reasons. NHS braces are mostly provided by orthodontists - dentists who have specialised in orthodontics by training full time for an extra three years. To check whether a dentist has the extra qualifications needed to become a specialist, look up their entry on the General Dental Council’s specialist register at www.gdc.org. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to tell you if your child meets NHS criteria for brace treatment. If braces are needed mostly for appearance then orthodontic practices can also provide private care. It is estimated that one in three children would benefit from braces to improve their dental health. The number benefiting is even higher if cosmetic needs are included. This means that there are many children wearing braces these days. Families usually know that orthodontic treatment is an option if their child’s teeth aren’t straight, but don’t know when treatment should be done. Most children have braces when their baby teeth have come out. Otherwise treatment might be needed again when the adult teeth appear.The average age for adult teeth to finish coming through is between 12 and 14 years old. This varies widely. NHS waiting lists are often 1-2 years long. Your dentist will make sure a referral is made at the right stage if needed. They will also be able to advise you whether there is a reason your child should be seen earlier. Unfortunately, patients cannot go onto the NHS waiting list until they are ready for treatment. Some families choose private treatment so that braces can be fitted sooner, at a more convenient time in their child’s schooling. There are also extra options for types of brace used, for example tooth-coloured braces. Please email us if you would like more information or a free chat with Sarah our treatment coordinator:reception@whitetreedental.co.uk

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Quiz Time - answers on page 92 Geography Knowledge

General Knowledge 1.

The recent World Athletics Championships were held in which country?

2.

In recent television dramas who played a) Ross Poldark, b) Villanelle, and c) Anne Lister / Gentleman Jack?

3.

Name the UK Prime Minister before Harold Wilson became PM for the first time.

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Name the English counties from their highest points - a) Brown Clee Hill, b) The Cheviot; c) Kinder Scout.

2.

These cities are on the borders of which European countries - a) Basel, b) Teplice, c) Bratislava?

3.

Name the worlds largest non-polar desert.

In 1999 Midland Bank became part of HSBC. What does HSBC stand for?

4.

The Orinoco river flows through which two countries?

EU members - yes or no? a) Luxembourg, b) Cyprus, c) Norway, d) Estonia.

5.

Whch mountain range runs through Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia?

6.

These cities are the capitals of which US states - a) Little Rock, b) Tallahassee, c) Cheyenne?

7.

Which African country was renamed Eswatini in 2018?

8.

These cities are the second largest in which countries - a) Kandahar, b) Limassol, c) Fez.

9.

Where would you find the Montes Spitzbergen mountain range?

6.

Name the sports stars shown below (left to right)

7.

How many calories in a) a standard McVities Jaffa cake, b) a standard McVities Digestive, and c) a standard Tesco Garibaldi biscuit?

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Name the holy sites shown below (left to right) .

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Give these products their more common name - a) H2O, b) NaCl, c) C12H22O11.

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This BS9 Life - Duncan Haskell fish in the nearby ponds.

Waking up to the unfamiliar sight of a cloudless sky, there’s a detectable spring in Frazzle’s step as we head out for our morning walk. For the first time in over a fortnight it’s dry enough that we can enjoy a proper peregrination, rather than the business-like, ‘Let’s get this over with,’ approach we’ve both been adopting of late. It also provides an opportunity for us to enjoy the many trees that have now revealed their colours a new look for a new season.

Leaving the course, we head back up the narrow path towards Canford Lane (running as we go to escape a fast approaching car) and through to Canford Cemetery. Always a tranquil part of our walk, it’s striking how many mushrooms have sprouted of late. Trying not to think about the uniquely nourishing fertiliser which has helped such an impressive troop to grow, it’s a quick loop round the streets before arriving in Canford Park.

As always, things begin with Frazzle wanting to catch up on all the social media updates from the previous night; slowly snuffling her way along the Trym, she’s particularly interested by a clump of ivy. Seemingly bewitched, it takes a squirrel with a death wish to get her to raise her head. Plummeting from an overhanging branch, a fluffy grey blur crashes to the ground in front of us. Before Frazzle has time to think, ‘Second breakfast,’ it takes one giant leap for squirrelkind straight into the river, seemingly without injuring pride or limbs.

It seems that we’re not the only ones enjoying this break from the rain. One couple are throwing apples for their dogs to chase, a worried man attempts to warn his oblivious pooch about the oncoming rubbish collection truck (thankfully all ends well) and similar scenes colour the unusually busy park.

Interest piqued, we head on a quick rodent hunt across the golf course and are watched the whole way by a neighbouring golden retriever, statuesque at the bottom of his garden. We soon take on a trance-like state of our own as we watch a heron gliding in circles above the seventh hole – trying its best to discern between stray golf balls and

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River Avon Tide Times Here are your weekend high and low tide times for the coming month. If you want to find out a more specific tide time, maybe on a weekday or if you fancy a riverside stroll on the spur of the moment, then these are readily accessible from sites such as www.tidetimes.org.uk or the Bristol City Council website - www. bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/tide-tables The area around Sea Mills harbour isn’t always as tranquil as seen in the panoramic photo below - here’s the view of the Trym entering the Avon by the Portway bridge at Sea Mills station last week after a morning of heavy rain. Date

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Prize Wordsearch - sponsored by Aqua

This month the prize wordsearch is very kindly sponsored by the team at Aqua on Whiteladies Road. The prize is a meal for two at Aqua, a prize well worth entering to win. Twenty one words associated with Aqua and their latest menu are listed below, and twenty of them can also be found lurking in the puzzle grid - running forwards, backwards, up, down or on a diagonal. Just discover the one missing word, let me know which it is, and if yours is the first correct entry out ___________________________ of the hat after the closing date of 30th November you will win yourself a gastronomic feast at Aqua. Entries please by post to 8 Sandyleaze, WoT, BS9 3PY, email andy@bcmagazines.co.uk, telephone 0117 259 1964 or text 07845 986650.

Right - here are the words you are looking for: Caramel Portabello Truffle Oil Calamari Pork Cheeks Butter Bean Harissa Pecorina Welsh Back Aqua Whiteladies Burratina Brulee Tiramisu Prosciutto Margharita Arancini Artichoke Mussels Koftas Sourdough

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Talking Pets with Viking Vets on a Saturday morning in my old red dressing gown (this only happens if I am not on working the Saturday morning, and I will spare my clients this horrific sight!)

I can’t believe that I have been a vet for 25 years, the years have flown by. I have been happy being a GP vet, with every day being different and unpredictable. We started Viking Vets 20 years ago when our boys were 20 months and 3 months old. I think back to that crazy time and wonder how we coped. My husband moved from being a farm manager to a child wrangler, and fixer of anything from drains and walls to computers and microscopes. Farming set him up very well for this, since you have to learn all sorts of skills to get the job done. He did find the child care the most challenging, however our boys have now both followed his passions in life - and are pursuing careers in cars and film.

The boys have now moved out, with the exception of holiday times, when they arrive home like vultures emptying the fridge with a frightening efficiency. Bringing up children is such a huge life task, and it seem that this part of our job has been done. We have been thinking what to do next, but have decided that having got our practice to a stable, happy working environment where pets and clients like to come, that we will carry on working here offering pets and people an independent small veterinary practice who thrive on caring for people and pets. Maria Lowe, Veterinary Surgeon at Viking Vets

I was on call 24 hr per day for two years (with a 48 hr break once a month). We live on site and that is how we could sustain that level of work, I also think when children are small you get used to limited sleep and social life. When we have patients staying overnight I can pop down in my nighty to check on them overnight. I have scared many a team member

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History Notes - Julian Lea-Jones Society a 20th century equivalent. Co-op plastic milk tokens were a pre-payment system rather than a loyalty incentive. It meant the rounds man didn’t need to carry lots of cash on the milk float.

This month I have rummaged through drawers and boxes to share more discoveries with you. If the title makes you think I have joined the ranks of the politically correct, fear not. I haven’t! The tokenism I am referring to is much earlier and pragmatic.

Sometimes shop tokens were stamped ‘for necessary change’ Other tokens were issued by companies as wages but only for use in the company’s own ‘truck’ store.

At various times throughout history, when coins have been in short supply, traders have resolved the problem themselves. Locally produced tokens were exchanged for goods or services in the same way as normal coins. In 1793 – 95 and again in 1811 there was such a shortage of coins that our government gave tacit approval for tradesmen to issue their own small denomination coins. In Virginia in early America day-to-day business also suffered because of a severe shortage of copper coin .

This picture shows two ornate tokens - the larger penny token for the ‘British copper Company of Walthamstow and Landore’, (Swansea) dated 1812, and the other smaller half penny token issued by the ‘Bristol Patent Sheathing Nail Manufactory, Payable at Bristol & London’. This token is a graphic reminder of Bristol’s shipbuilding history. Copper sheathing of the ships hulls reduced the growth of weeds and barnacles, enabling the ships to sail quicker, less stops for careening, (weed removal), more likely to return home safely, hence less risk to the investing merchants. This gave rise to the expression, ‘A copper bottomed investment’.

In this article I am not addressing marketing loyalty schemes. However do you remember shoppers green shield stamps and Kensitas Coupons for smokers? Their modern equivalents are Nectar, Boots, and other store loyalty cards, even Coffee shop cards (every tenth coffee free), but I’m considering much earlier coin replacement tokens.

Remember the (coincidentally named) Johnny Cash song with the line about the Company Store? (These stores often sold overvalued and/or adulterated foodstuffs to a captive market, the employees). In England this practice was abolished by the 19th Century Parliamentary Truck Act, which forced the employer to pay the full amount of wages in cash; the last of many attempts to abolish the practice since 1465. Ironically, these Acts had to be modified

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History Notes - Julian Lea-Jones in 1960 by the ‘Payment of Wages Act’ to allow employers to pay wages by cheque or by Bank Transfer directly into employees’ bank accounts.

for an ‘Anna’, ‘Half Anna’ and ‘X (10) Cash’ were forced on the native population by the ‘Honourable East India Company’ to be accepted as legal tender right across the East Indies. Interestingly it was this trade and this actual small denomination coin that gave us the term ‘Cash’. [There’s a personal link to the past, as my tenth Gt Grandfather sailed with Bristol’s world famous explorer Admiral Martin Pring, in his Flagship, ‘The James Royal’ as his chaplain to the East India Company’s fleet]. (Martin’s very elaborate memorial is in St Stephen’s Church just off the centre).

Some other tokens (above) issued by towns to resolve the coin shortages are inscribed as follows: ‘May Norwich Flourish’, (shown centre with the castle but date indecipherable), a ‘Leeds halfpenny’ on the right and a Liverpool halfpenny on the left, (with the Liver Bird), both dated 1701.

So remember if you find any old blackened ‘coins’ in your house, look very carefully at them; they may be another business link to your ancestor. NOTE: be careful how you clean them or you could seriously devalue them! To bring the topic up to date, we must include the latest manifestation, The Bristol Pound, introduced under the aegis of Bristol Credit Union. “Bristol Pound keeps our money circulating locally, from customer to business and from business to business. This is great for our city as it minimises the money that leaks out to credit card companies, outside suppliers, and big banks. [An interesting reason.] Wealth is maintained in our city, building and enriching our local economy”. www.bristolpound. org/how-individual. One problem seems to have been well-meaning tourists who take them home as souvenirs - nice but totally negating the scheme’s purpose. Enterprises regisatered to accept Bristol Pounds in our area include: Romantica, in Henleaze and Gloucester Roads, Mogford’s in W-o-T, and First Bus. Staff in the ‘Sally Ann’, Salvation Army Charity shop at the Whiteladies end of Redland Road also accept and issue them if specifically asked.

I have deliberately excluded commemorative tokens and tokens for entrance, such as the Clifton Rocks Railway opening day square token, but have included two interesting links with our country’s trading past. If you find any of these you may have had an ancestor who sailed with the East India Company.

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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. 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 although the topics we cover are interesting and relevant to all. For more details - info@ ujimaradio.com.

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.

Badminton. St Peter’s Badminton & Social Club are a small friendly Badminton Club and meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7.30pm until about 9.30pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. Membersip Fees are £135.00 from September to May. Visitor Fees are £4.50 per night £2.00 for Accompanied Juniors who are very welcome. Contact Ann: tel: 0117 694882 email: contactann999q@ gmail.com

Aikido for Kids: Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art which draws on fencing (kenjutsu) and wrestling (jujutsu) techniques. Regular practice develops confidence, flexibility, strength and focus. Westbury Aikido Club offers lessons for children, Sundays from 10am to 10.45am, during term-time, at the Scout Hall (Northcote), Great Brockeridge BS9 3TY. See www.westburyaikido.club for more detail, or email reenee@westburyaikido.club. The first lesson is free, so come along and give it a try!

Badminton. Beaufort Junior Badminton Club. Want to play Badminton aged between 10 & 18? Want to join a club with other social, friendly and enthusiastic young people? Then join us on Monday evenings 6pm - 7pm, from September to Easter, term time only at Cotham School Sports Hall, Cotham Lawn Road, Bristol, BS6 6DT. All coaches DBS checked and Badminton England qualified.  All abilities welcome with progression through to senior clubs. Cost £4 per session with free introductory session.  Suitable for D of E awards. If you are interested please contact Penny Shears for more information email : pennyshears@googlemail.com or mobile 07941013514

Alexander Technique. Low cost lessons by 3rd year Alexander students from mid September at Southmead Community Centre, BS10 6BQ. The Alexander Technique is a wellestablished, self-care life skill of mind and body. Through movement-based mindfulness skills, build emotional resilience and physical flexibility; improving posture, stress and pain management and improved balance. New career? Teaching the Alexander Technique could be it! Now recruiting students for the professional programme. Further details: www.bristolalexanderschool.co.uk or email Caroline at cchalk19@gmail.com Alliance Française de Bristol. Can’t speak French? Or would you like to brush up on it? Talk to us about our courses and cultural events. Learn French with the French! www. afbristol.org.uk

Bridge Club. We are looking for Bridge players of all standards for our friendly sessions which take place on Tuesday evenings, 7.30pm to 10pm, upstairs in Stoke Bishop Village Hall. For more details please call Rene on 0117 968 4334 and do please leave a message.

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BRACE BRACE charity funds much of the South West Dementia Brain Bank and we were invited to visit recently to discover more about the research conducted there. The Brain Bank is vital in the search for a cure for dementia as certain diagnosis is only achieved by analysing the brain after death. It was extraordinary to learn more about how the Bank is used and we were amazed at the processes involved and the care and compassion shown by the team.

Westbury on Trym Christmas Fair The Fair will be held on Saturday 30th November this year on Canford Lane and in Carlton Court from 2 - 6pm. Harold Stephens is the main sponsor and our Marketing Manager, Amy Wood is helping to organise the Fair with a great local team. It’s their first year of taking on the task and plans are full steam ahead!

We are proud to support BRACE and are committed to continuing to raise money to further research in search of a cure. I will be doing the Lahinch Christmas Day Swim in aid of BRACE this year – please get in touch if you would like to sponsor me, it’s going to be very cold!

Over 40 stalls are confirmed with a fantastic variety of goods on offer. There will also be a funfair for the children and we’ve managed to drum up some fantastic raffle prizes. Tickets are on sale around the village so don’t miss out! I will be the compère at the event, letting everyone know what’s happening next so please do pop by the HQ tent and say hello.

Richard Higgs, Chartered Financial Planner, provides friendly financial advice in BS9 on a face-to-face basis in a welcoming location at 50, High Street, Westbury on Trym. He specialises in advising retired clients on savings, investments, Inheritance Tax and longterm care planning. You can contact Richard on richard@haroldstephens. co.uk, 0117 3636212 or through the website: haroldstephens.co.uk.

We hope the event will be terrific for the community, getting people together and kicking off the festive period with a bang. Proceeds will be donated to BUST Charity (Breast Cancer Unit Support Trust) which is based at Southmead Hospital. We hope to see lots of you there!

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What’s On & Community News play bridge absolutely free?. Why not join our small friendly group meeting in Coombe Dingle / WoT on Thursday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. Beginners very welcome. Phone 07837300073 for details or email tc.stygall@ gmail.com.

are a friendly non-auditioned choir who meet at the Bristol Cathedral School on Wednesday evenings. We are currently rehearsing Faure’s Requiem and Haydn’s ‘Nelson’ Mass for our next concert in March 2020. We also sing a programme of lighter music at our popular Summer Pudding Concert. To see if it’s for you, contact Kathy kthygilman@yahoo.co.uk or Geoff 0117 9246587. Do come and join us!

Bristol & Clifton Dickens Society. Meets monthly, Monday evenings at Leonard Hall, Trinity RUH, Waterford Rd, Henleaze,BS9 4BT. Dickens works, Guest Speakers, Costumed Readings, Book Club, Victorian Life etc. Contact us for membership & programme.  romahussey@hotmail.com. 0117 9279875. www.dickens-society.org.uk

Bristol Chamber Choir present an afternoon of Christmas Music and Carols, including settings of ‘Hodie Christus natus est’ by Sweelinck, Marenzio, Byrd, and Donati, and carols by Vaughan Williams, Walton, Pearsall and others. Saturday 14th December 2019 at 2.15pm in The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, College Green, BS1 5TB. Tickets £10.00 (Students and Children Free) from Eventbrite (www.eventbrite.co.uk) and Opus 13, 14 St Michael’s Hill, BS2 8DT, or at the door. Visit www.bristolchamberchoir.org. uk for more details or contact 01275 843900 / 07342 954 249.

Bristol Astronomical Society hosts a series of astronomical talks, events and activities. 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: www. bristolastrosoc.org.uk - All welcome.

Bristol Chamber Choir with conductor Gordon Pullin and the Pearsall Ensemble present “Bach and Pearsall” on Sunday 10th November 2019 at 5.00pm at The Chapel, St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, Westbury on Trym, BS9 3UN. Admission Free, Retiring Collection. For more details visit www.bristolchamberchoir.org.uk or contact 01275 843900 / 07342 954249.

Bristol Brunel Lions Club - We meet 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. Lots of fun and fellowship raising and spending money for very good causes. For more details of how to apply for assistance with charitable activities in Bristol or to become involved in our activities see Bristol Brunel Lions Club on line or on Facebook or contact our Club Secretary Bill O’Neill at lion.bill@virginmedia. com.

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 www. bristolchamberchoir.org.uk. Please contact our Secretary, Rae Ford, on 0117 939 1685 or Rod Coomber on 01275 843 900 or email rodcoomber@aol.co.uk for more details.

Bristol Cabot Choir is delighted to welcome new members for all voice parts. Why not come and sing with us for a ‘taster’ rehearsal before a simple audition? We meet at Redland URC on Mondays at 7.30 pm. FFI email admin@bristolcabotchoir.org, visit www. bristolcabotchoir.org or find us on Facebook.

Bristol Choral Society and Bristol Youth Choir, conducted by Hilary Campbell, will be performing on Saturday November 16th at 7.30pm at Bristol Cathedral, a collection of exciting and inspiring works by contemporary British composers, accompanied by piano duet with Ian Tindale and Annabel Thwaite, along with percussion. Tickets from £11 to

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Bristol Community Gamelan play the music of Java and are looking for new members for the 2019 season. We meet every Monday evening in the World Music Studio at Cotham School from 6.30 to 8.30 to play traditional & modern pieces. If interested email keithripley27@ gmail.com or phone 9444241. They can be seen on YouTube.

Bristol Male Voice Choir invites new singers. The choir has a broad repertoire, performing not just male voice standards, but songs from musicals, pop classics, spirituals, and classical favourites. You don’t have to read music to join the choir as a tenor, baritone or bass, but you will enjoy learning our repertoire, (re-)discovering the voice you may have forgotten about, and being welcomed into the choir’s friendly social atmosphere. We perform for charity, for weddings and a wide range of events during the year. We rehearse every Thursday from 7.00pm till 9.15pm at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, BS34 7PS. You will be made very welcome when you come along to a rehearsal. Also visit our website – bristolmvc.org.uk - to find out more, or phone 0117 968 2223.

Bristol Good Afternoon Choir meets every Monday afternoon from 1-3, at Westbury on Trym Methodist Church. 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 472 468 or email gac@grenvillemusic.co.uk – or just come along to a rehearsal. 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 258 270 more information or visit www. bgsg.co.uk.

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 8 to 10. For more information please visit www. bristolmorrismen.co.uk or call Grant on 0117 944 2165. 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.

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 meet on the first Monday of every month (except BH’s) at central Quaker Meeting House, Champion Square. For more details visit www.bristol.humanist.org.uk or www. meetup.com/Bristol-Humanists.

Bristol Playgoers Club is the oldest amateur drama group in Bristol. Members have many opportunities to take part and a chance to see a variety of plays and enjoy a programme of social events. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. A warm welcome is guaranteed to all, newcomers and existing members alike. Our featured plays in November are “A Song at Twilight” by Noel Coward (12th Nov) and “For Services Rendered” by W Somerset Maugham (26th Nov).

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What’s On & Community News Carers’ Support Group (formerly Henleaze Carers’ Group). Would you like the opportunity to share your experiences, relax and make new friends? Then come and join the We meet on the second and fourth Thursday morning of each month, 10 to 12, in Bradbury Hall, Waterford Road, Henleaze. For more information please call Monica Rudston 0117 942 6095.

at 7.15 pm at Upper Horfield Community Trust, BS7 0PQ (next to Eden Grove Church). New members welcome - first visit free so come and give it a try. FFI contact Sue on 0117 924 7871. Bristol Shambhala Meditation Group offer an Open House every Wednesday evening from 7 until 9 pm at 17 Lower Redland Road, BS6 6TB with qualified meditation instructors available. Please see our website for further details at bristol.shambhala.info. We also have a rentable large room downstairs suitable for yoga or pilates and a smaller room upstairs ideal for one to one therapies. Please contact Roel at shambhalabristolrooms@gmail.com for further rental information.

Christmas Concert. Come and start your Christmas celebrations with Henleaze Ladies’ Choir Christmas concert on Thursday 5 December 2019 2pm -3.30pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze. Enjoy delightful music and join in the singing of some carols at this free afternoon concert, with free tea and mince pies as well! A collection will be taken for the Above and Beyond charity, which supports the work of Bristol’s central hospitals. For further details contact Jean on 0117 9624466 or Jane on 07752 332278.

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 4. For further info please contact Heddy Sara on 0117 924 1318 and indicate when asked to give your name that you are phoning about scrabble in order not to be blocked. Or email nigel.d.sara@ btinternet.com. Bus Pass Poets. Come along and share your poetry with us. We meet once a month at libraries on local bus routes. For more details or dates for our forthcoming meetings please contact Julie on 01179 428637 or text Edith 07500 143357.

Chumputers - free drop in computer / tablet / phone sessions with Hattie and Sarah. Held the 1st Saturday of each month 10am - 12am at Henleaze United Reform Church, Waterford Road, Henleaze. Please drop in to ask us any questions you have on using your phone/ tablet/computer from how to send emails or make video calls to downloading apps or setting up excel worksheets - tea, coffee and cake included! Contact: Tel: 07561172055, email chumputers@gmail.com or visit www. chumputers.com

Carers Support Centre. 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 Marilyn Crump, Volunteer and Training Coordinator at MarilynC@ carerssupportcentre.org.uk. If you look after someone who couldn’t manage without you, and would like some information about our services for carers or would like someone to talk to about caring for the person you look after, please call our Carersline on 0117 965 2200 or visit www.carerssupportcentre.org. uk.

City Voices Bristol is a non auditioning community choir that welcomes new members. Whether you have been in other choirs or haven’t sung since school days, why not come and join us? We are a friendly bunch of people of all ages and love singing both for relaxation and for enjoyment. We perform two concerts each year at St Georges Hall, with a wide repertoire from Mozart to the Beach Boys and Lady Gaga. If you are interested, we rehearse on a Monday evening from 7.30-9.30 in the Performing Arts Centre at Red Maids’ High School, Westbury on Trym. Meanwhile if you want to find out more before then, please have a look at our website www. 72


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Cubbacino cafe - takes place on Saturday 2nd November, 10-12.30pm at 43rd Bristol Scout hut, down the lane between 15 & 17, Kewstoke Rd, BS9 1HA. Refreshments, secondhand books, vinyl, Scouting uniform and more. Everyone very welcome, come along for coffee, cake, a friendly chat and to see what we are doing on fundraising to rebuild our Scout hut.

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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.

Dancercise is a fun, gentle dance and exercise class, suitable for adults of all ages, abilities and mobility. Classes take place at the Community Centre, Avonmouth on Wednesday at 10am and St Edyth’s Church Hall, Sea Mills on Thursday at 1.30pm. Classes include a seated warm up, strengthening exercises and some simple fun dance routines finishing with a few stretches, a cuppa and a chat. There is a suggested donation of £3 per class but the class is completely free to those on low incomes. Come and join us, everyone is welcome. For more details contact Anna on 07852 988 895 or check out our FB page @ dancercise.bristol.

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 secretary@ cliftonrotary.org Coffee Morning at St Mary’s Church is held every Tuesday morning from 10 to 12. 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 1.30 at St Marys, Stoke Bishop. 0117 968 7449 for more details. Craft Fair and Coffee Morning with the 21st Brownies based at the Henleaze URC church on Henleaze Rd. Its from 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 30th November and a wonderful way to start Christmas. Along with the Guides we’re having a coffee and selling fantastic crafts made by Brownies and Guides, mince pies, and having amazing entertainment from the Keynsham Brass Band and Brownies themselves.

Drop-in Healing Sessions at The Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6JE. Healing is holistic, gentle and relaxing and helps restore balance and wellbeing. Enhances vitality and resilience and promotes a sense of peace. Recommended for stress. Run by Bristol Healing Group with trained volunteers and links with the Healing Trust. Sessions in November and December held on Thursdays from 2.30 to 4.00 pm. Times may change in January. Last session in December on 12th, first session in January on 9th. Please contact Barbara on 0117 9082061 for up to date information.

Craft sale and coffee morning in aid of Cancer Research UK. On Saturday, 23rd November, 2019, from 10.00 am - 12.30 pm, there will be a craft sale and coffee morning in aid of Cancer Research UK at Horfield Parish Church Hall (on Wellington Hill). There will be handmade gifts for children and adults, Christmas decorations and delicious cakes for sale. Do come and join us for a coffee and cake and buy your Christmas gifts!

Fhizzy Fireworks Spectacular! Friday 8th November 2019. Henleaze Infant School, Park Grove, Henleaze, BS9 4LG. A friendly family display in BS9, sponsored by CJ Hole and Wards Solicitors. Gates open 18.00. Display commences 19.15. Cash bar, hot food, sweet treats, raffle and pocket money toys. Tickets available locally from: Max Minervas, Lavender Coffee Shop, Chandos Deli, The Eastfield Inn & The Gloucester Old Spot. Ticket prices: adult 74


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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 gloriasimmonds@hotmail.co.uk.

Friends of Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve (entrance Glenavon Park). A quiet corner of Stoke Bishop, with flower meadows, lake and woods.Join us on our monthly working parties and enjoy the great outdoors. Suitable for everyone. Free refreshments. Dates for 2019/20 Nov.9, Dec. 7. Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 14.For more details or to join as a member – fospnr@ gmail.com Friends of Welsh National Opera welcome visitors to an evening entitled Janacek as an Opera Composer on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at 7.15 at Redmaids High School. Nigel Simeone, author of The Janacek Compendium, makes a welcome return to explore one of the great originals of 20th century opera. Friends, £5, Guests £7, Students £1. Contact Melanie David at melaniejdavid@btinternet. com or on 01934 842014 for more information.

Filtones Choir rehearse on Wednesdays at Eden Grove Methodist Church from 1.45 to 3.45 p.m. We are actively recruiting new members and welcome anyone who would like to drop in and just listen or give us a try. We are a non-auditioning choir and, an ability to read music, although useful, is not necessary as we supply learning CDs or in MP3 format. You will be assured of a very warm welcome and a cup of tea! For further information please contact our Chairman, Michael Hensman, on 0117 9655368, our secretary, Janet Higgins on 0117 9241534 or email dorothy.bryant@btinternet. com Or just drop in – we shall be delighted to see you!

Frisbee Club. Beginner-friendly ultimate open to all ages and abilities. Come try the best sport you’ve never played. Find us on Facebook - search ‘North Bristol Ultimate’ - or email jake.f.waller@gmail.com. Happy Days Memory Café meets 1st Friday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00 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.

Friendly Bridge SW meets in Stoke Bishop Village Hall every Monday evening at 7:15 and St Edyth’s Church Hall Sea Mills every Friday morning at 9:45. New players are welcome and you can come without a partner. Also available are bridge lessons for complete beginners or more experienced players. Contact Gareth on 07921-788605, email friendlybridgesw@ gmail.com or visit friendlybridgesw.org.uk

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 962 9400 for more details or just come along!

Friendly Club meets every Thursday from 2 to 4 (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

Henbury Singers welcome new members. We meet at Stoke Bishop Primary School in Cedar Park on Thursday evenings - 7:45 to 9:15. Fees are currently £130 per year. There is no audition. We sing mainly choral music from a classical tradition, but we also sing carols, 76


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What’s On & Community News Henleaze Ladies’ Choir, conducted by Jane English, sing a wide range of music from Brahms to songs from shows like ‘Caberet’. We meet on Thursday afternoons from 1.45pm -3.45pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze. Come along and see what you’re missing – singing in a choir has big health benefits and is a lot more fun than working out! Contact Jean on 0117 9624466 or Jane on 07752 332278 for further details.

songs from musicals, gospel and folk songs. For membership or concert tickets contact Maggie Cavanna 0117 973 4794 or secretary@ henburysingers.org. Henleaze & District Flower Club has Christmas Unwrapped at Bradbury Hall, Waterford Road, Henleaze from 2pm on 14th November. Come and enjoy our wonderful Christmas floral demonstration by the talented and entertaining Andrew Lloyd. £10 for visitors, Refreshments, raffle, stalls and decorations. For more details please call Marg on 0117 907 5724.

Henleaze Senior Film Club. Monday 18 November at 2pm. Finding Your Feet (12A). Feel good British comedy starring Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley. On the eve of retirement, a middle class, judgemental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her Bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate. St Peter’s Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze BS9 4LD. Refreshments £4 Easy access, all welcome!

Henleaze (Evening) Townswomen’s Guild meets at 7.15 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 and a lunch club. We have twice yearly outings and a holiday group. Contact Shirley on 0117 962 2243 for further information.

Henleaze Singing for the Brain® brings People Living with Dementia and their carers together in a fun, friendly and social environment. First, third and fifth Thursday of every month, 2–3.45pm. £2.50 charge. Please contact Sophia Simlat at Alzheimer’s Society to book a place - 0117 961 0693 or bristol@alzheimers. org.uk.

Henleaze Bowling Club welcomes new members. If you are interested in taking up bowling, come along to our Coaching sessions at 6pm on Monday evenings (from mid-April, excluding Bank Holidays) to see if the sport is for you. Henleaze is a friendly Club with very good facilities and social events throughout the year. Phone the Secretary, Tom Logan, on 01179621669 or email hbcsec@ henleazebowlingclub.org.uk for further details.

Henleaze St Peters Keep Fit Class, Weds 1011am at St Peters Henleaze, £5 per session. 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.

Henleaze Garden Club meets on 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 or visit www.henleazegardenclub. co.uk.

Henleaze Tennis Club welcomes new members of all ages. 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. henleazetennisclub.co.uk (or give Heather a 78


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National Lottery Heritage Fund 25th Anniversary ‘Thank You’ campaign Guided Tours of Holy Trinity Church, W-o-T on 23rd November Come and learn more about the history of this ancient church with a guided tour on 23rd November between 11am and 3pm. Light refreshments will be available, and visitors will also be able to enjoy the annual exhibition of nativity scenes. Holy Trinity was awarded a substantial grant by the National Lottery Heritage Lottery Fund in 2016 towards the conservation work on the East end of the Church and to the new information guides to the church. Along with many other organisations which received grants we are celebrating the Fund’s 25th anniversary by offering something special to thank the local community for their support. We look forward to welcoming you. There is no need to book.

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your mobility, strength, balance and coordination. Mondays at Brentry Scout Hut, Tranmere Avenue at 9.45. or New Brunswick URC, Wigton Crescent, Southmead at 11.30 £4. Just come along or contact Gill Porter on 01275 877131.

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 healthyhydrotherapy@gmail.com or visit www.healthyhydrotherapy.co.uk.

Knit & Crochet Café at Trinity Henleaze. Do you feel that there is not much on for older people? Would you like to try something new and meet local people? Bring a friend or neighbour, or come by yourself – a warm welcome and free tea and cake guaranteed! Materials are provided and volunteers are on hand to help you if you are learning, or you can bring your current project. Taking place at Trinity Henleaze United Reformed Church, Waterford Road, BS9 4B. Hosted by Bristol Knitting and Crochet Group (07561 523 919 / brisknitcro@gmail.com) and supported by Friends Ageing Better (Age UK Bristol). Please get in touch forour next event.

Instep Club for Widows and Widowers. Weds evenings 8 -10 at Stoke Bishop Village Hall. Dancing - Ballroom and Sequence (If you haven’t danced for a long time 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 832 676 or Wilma on 0117 962 8895 for information.

Knit and Natter. We invite you to join us every Thursday between 10 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!

Karate Classes on Thursday evenings at David Lloyd Westbury on Trym (no membership required). The evening starts with beginners and advanced classes for children aged 5 and up, followed by a new class for adult beginners. Please contact Trevor on 07921 917 758 for more information.

Ladies Badminton at Stoke Bishop Village Hall. We meet every Tuesday afternoon, 2pm to 4pm.We are looking for players to join our friendly group. Interested? Please call Pat on 0117 914 9511 for more details.

Keep Fit classes - Dance Moves at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, Tuesday afternoon, from 2 – 3. 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 07969 929 733, or visit www.keepfit.org.uk for more info.

Ladies Badminton at Westbury Village Hall, held on Friday mornings, 10 – 12. 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 968 1759. Legs, Bums & Tums and Boxersize is open to all ages and abilities. The class is designed to develop core and general strength. Boxercise is a fun, energetic, stress busting way to get fit. Tuesday evening boxersize 8.15 - 9.15. Wednesday morning legs, bums and tums 10 11 and Wednesday evening boxersize 7 - 8. All

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families who visit the Festival. You might well find Rich and Jamie the stilt walkers there as they wander around the festival high fiving those who can reach them. The Christmas Grotto, where Father Christmas will be awaiting visitors, will be in the old Lloyds Bank car park. The First Aid and Lost Children posts will also be sited there. St Peter’s Church will have Hands on Christmas Activities.

This year`s Henleaze Christmas Festival shows every sign of being as successful as ever with a mixture of the old and the new. It is set for Wednesday 4th December with the evening`s fun once again launched by a performance by the Show Choir from Henleaze Junior School followed by the arrival of Father Christmas.

The Raffle this year – look out for the stands – will be in aid of four charities: Link House, Bristol Kidney Patients Association, Julian House and the Nicola Corry Foundation. Top Prize is a luxury hamper.

Two exciting new performances will comes from the Streetenvy Dance and Fitness Academy in the Bradbury Hall and Storm Force 10, a group of singers who have a wide interest in all things to do with the sea who will be in the Outside Arena. Expect a few sea shanties from them. Also in the Bradbury Hall will be Westbury Scottish Dancers, who were a big hit last year, Redmaids` High School Bell Ringing and Choir and Melody Makers Choir making a welcome return to the Festival with their uplifting pop songs.

New Festival Chairman, Austin Ferrante, is looking forward to another successful evening. “There is so much hard work that goes into producing these four hours of fun and entertainment. But creating such a wonderful community event makes the effort worthwhile” he says. He paid tribute to the small group of festival committee members who work throughout the year to make the Festival possible. “I am grateful for every one of them who give up their time to make the Festival happen” he says. “However, we always need more volunteers to carry the load. And that includes on the day when so much work is needed”. Anyone who can help please contact Austin at: af6007@gmail.com

Badminton School will be performing in the Outside Arena as will the Panama Jazz Band and the Salvation Army who will also be playing around the festival during the evening. The festival performances will be brought to an end in the Bradbury Hall with the Trinity-Henleaze church choir singing traditional carols. Many of the old favourites will also be returning amongst the stalls which are such a popular feature of the Festival. But there will also be some new ones, including crafted Christmas decorations. Food, always a big part of the evening, will include the hog roast, exotic burgers, plus tasty bites and mulled wine at Kondi and dishes from Le Chef du Maison.

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gentle standing strength, balance and stability exercises, to music from the 60s to today’s pop! Add years to your life and life to your years! Class price £5. For more information call Louisa on 0772 509 1429.

Long Ashton Orchestra’s next concert is on Saturday November 23rd at 7.30 pm in St. Alban’s Westbury Park, Bayswater Avenue. Our director Nicholas Bromilow will be conducting an all-Sibelius programme including Finlandia and the Karelia Suite. Admission free, collection for charity.

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 Neville at nevwgoodman@mac.com.

Lunch Club at Westbury on Trym Methodist Church. We meet up on the first Friday of every month from 12.30 to 1.30. You are warmly invited to join us for our regular lunch and to meet old and new friends. For further information call Rachel (0117 330 8503) or Alison (0117 962 9715).

NotaBene Vocal Ensemble has vacancies in all voice-parts to expand our dynamic a cappella group. Our repertoire includes a range of styles but mostly comprises modern/popular songs. We perform from memory, often incorporating a theatrical performance style (nothing too scary). We rehearse on Monday evenings in Horfield, Bristol. Music-reading ability useful but not essential and entry is via a friendly audition. Please contact Lisa Smith on 07966 459872 to discuss or email notabenebristol@yahoo.com.

Marie Curie fundraising. 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 924 7275 or email Helen.Isbell@mariecurie.org.uk.

OutThereMusic’s North Bristol Community Choir who rehearse every Thursday evening between 7:45 - 9:45 at Westbury Park School, Bayswater Avenue, BS6 7NU. There is no audition and we have an eclectic repertoire with a very warm welcome assured. For more details about the choir please visit www. outtheremusicbristol.co.uk - or just come along to a rehearsal.

Menopause Matters - Getting to know yourself better. Supportive group and course for women going through the menopause and who want help in managing their symptoms. Commencing in June, Monday evenings at the Redland Club Burlington Road. For more information contact Tricia Worthington on 07962 892060 or tricia_worthington@msn. com

Parish Lunch. A three course buffet is held at St Mary’s Church, Stoke Bishop, every Thursday from 12.15. Do come along and join us.

Mosaic Singers is a small 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. To find out more, please phone David Vicary on 0797 346 0994.

Parkinson’s UK - Bristol and District Branch - meets every first Saturday of the month at St Monica’s Trust, Cote Lane, BS9 3UN from 10am till 12 noon. Carers, relatives, spouses and people with Parkinson’s are all welcome for a social and informative get-together, with speakers from a variety of backgrounds with many diverse interests. We also meet at The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, BS9 4NQ once a month for an informal coffee morning. For

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UBRFC go Mo projects around the world, transforming the way health services support men. Since 2003 they have supported 1,250 of these projects, thanks to the money raised from clubs such as UBRFC. Every year, the club take part by each growing a moustache, and individually raising money through donations as well as raising awareness across the university. This year, however, UBRFC are looking to raise even more money through a number of ways, such as hosting events like the Wednesday Night Lights, taking part in the​Movember 10k in Bristol, designing t shirts to sell around the university, and much more. The overall goal for the University is to raise £5,000, and so the rugby club are looking to do as much as they can to help this.

Founded in 1876, the University of Bristol rugby club is one of the oldest and largest sports societies within the university. This year, UBRFC have 6 teams, 4 of which compete weekly in separate BUCS leagues, with the 1st XV competing in Premier South A. The long term goal of this team is to gain promotion to the top tier of university rugby, whilst still hosting fixtures in order to help promote the game of rugby, both within Bristol University and the wider Bristol community. One such fixture will be on Wednesday 27th November, as the 1st XV take on Cardiff University under the lights at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex. This is not only a key match in the 1st XV’s league season, but also a great opportunity for the club to raise money for the Movember foundation. This is a charitable organisation that seeks to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer, and men’s mental health. Globally men are dying too young, and the Movember foundation aims to change this, by funding men’s health

If you would like to get involved and support UBRFC in achieving this goal, come down to Coombe Dingle at 7pm on Wednesday 27th November to watch the 1st XV take on Cardiff University, donate on the door for entry, and watch what promises to be a great game of rugby under the lights.’

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details of this and other activities in the area, visit our website. www.parkinsonsbristol.com Pat-a-Cake Toddlers Group meet at Westbury on Trym Methodist Church every Tuesday during term time 1.15 - 2.45. 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 962 9715.

Retired & Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP). 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 669 953, or visit RSVP-west.org.uk.

People of Note Community Choir is looking for new members, especially altos. We are 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. Visit www.peopleofnote.co.uk or email peopleofnote@btinternet.com for more details. Come along for a free taster!

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 12.30 for 1.00 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 www.bristolrotary. org or contact Martina Peattie at mpeattie@ btopenworld.com

Pilates classes at the Northcote Scout Hall; Mondays 9:30am (Improvers), 10:30am (New Beginners); Tuesdays 9:30am (Improvers), 10:30am (Beginners-Gentle). £8 per class booked as a course, or £10 single sessions. Classes are kept small, so must be booked in advance. Contact; Leanne 07817189474 / leanne@mindbodypilates.org / www. mindbodypilates.org

Scottish Country Dancing - come to Dance Scottish with RSCDS Bristol on Thursdays at 7.30pm in term time at Oatley Hall, St Monica’s Trust, Cote Lane, Westbury-on-Trym BS9 3UN. New dancers welcome, come on your own or with a friend for fun, fitness and friendship. No need to wear a kilt or a sash! For information contact Alison on 0117 968 4036 or Caroline on 0117 924 9226 or see www.rscdsbristol.info

Redland Green Bowls Club welcomes new members , free taster sessions. We have a full programmes of men’s ladies and mixed friendly and competitive matches. Reduced membership offer for the first year (£50). More information and contact details https:// redlandgreenbowls.webs.com

Sea Mills Garden Club are a small friendly club who meet for a talk followed by tea & biscuits on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Sea Mills Methodist Rooms, Sea Mills Square at 7.30 pm. Our next meeting will be on 20th November, with Michael Smith and “Caring for Houseplants”. Visitors always welcome . FFI contact Pat Prior 07779 203626 or Gail Mitchell on 0117 9685350.

Redland Green Choir will perform Karl Jenkins’s powerful Mass for Pearce, The Armed Man, at 7.30 pm at St Matthews, Kingsdown on 30th November. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions) from www.redlandgreenchoir.org.uk or at the door. REMAP - 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

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Making Votes Matter People living in BS9, other areas of Bristol and across the UK are calling for a long awaited shake-up of British politics which would benefit voters everywhere. They’re passionate supporters of Make Votes Matter (MVM), a cross-party, national campaign group which was set up in 2015 to change the way MPs are elected - from a winner takes all system to a form of Proportional Representation (PR). There are several systems of PR, but the basic principle is that every vote matters, seats match votes, and Parliament reflects the people. In Bristol, dedicated campaigners have set up their own group - MVM Bristol - to work in tandem with the national organisation, which has its headquarters in Clifton Wood. You may have stumbled across the group at one of their MVM street stalls as members have been busy campaigning across the city, from a summer fete in Westbury, to the bustle of Gaol Ferry Steps. Mel Ward, a local MVM supporter, said: “I strongly believe that if we had a more representative electoral system, Parliament would be less confrontational and combative, and more able to achieve a consensus. Now is the time for a move to PR, but voters must campaign for it - if you want change then please get involved now.� MVM Bristol volunteers come from all walks of life and different parts of the city. If you are interested in joining them to campaign for PR, the group is always on the lookout for new members. Email local@makevotesmatter. org.uk for more details, and get started on your journey to making all votes matter. A petition calling on Bristol MPs to back Proportional Representation can be signed online at www.makevotesmatter.org.uk/petition-forproportional-representation. 85


What’s On & Community News can comment, join in discussions, help with the reading or just sit back and listen while enjoying a cuppa. The readings are always different - classics, science fiction, romance, comedy, suspense. And it’s all free. For further information contact Christine Betts crbetts17@hotmail.com or 07967 332821.

£5 include refreshments. Soroptimist International Bristol is part of a global organisation founded in Bristol for women.We meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at Long Ashton Golf Club. During the year we support various charities and have an interesting speaker programme. Do look at our website or for more details email: sibristol@hotmail.co.uk (www.sigbi.org/Bristol)

Shibashi-Tai Chi-Qigong. Gentle exercise, standing or sitting, for over 55’s. Slow and easy movements with focus on breathing. Relaxing and enjoyable. Reduces stress and lifts mood. Improves balance, flexibility, muscle strength, fitness. Beneficial for heart, lungs, chronic pain. Wednesdays 11.00-12.00 from 2nd October at The Redland Club, Burlington Road, BS6 6TN. Drop-in class, cost £3 for over 55’s. Please arrive 5 mins early and bring flat, soft shoes/slippers to wear. Contact Selina on 0117 9466434 for more information.

St Peter’s Ladies Guild meets at 2pm 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 962 8895. Stoke Bishop Ladies Choir have returned to the Village Hall and welcome new members - auditions are not required. It is a great way to meet new friends and singing is the best medicine! We sing modern toe-tapping songs and music is provided. For further information, please contact Carolyn on 2791409 or Maureen on 9567894.

Shouri Shotoryu Karate Club holds sessions 6 days a week at Henbury, Horfield and Easton Leisure Centres under principal instructor Nick Moller, 6th Dan. Over 30 years Nick has trained many students to 1st and 2nd Dan black belt and beyond, with all welcome from 5yrs and upwards. For more details visit Shouri Shotoryo karate on Facebook, or call 0117 969 5697.

Stoke Bishop Local History Group meets at Stoke Bishop Village Hall, 42 Stoke Hill, BS9 1EX five times a year. We do research, we publish books and we hold regular talks. Our next talk will be “Stoke Bishop - the other side of the tracks” with Keith Sheather on Friday 8th November. Interested in local history? Welcome! Membership £6 p.a. Visitors £3. Contact sblocalhistory@gmail.com or Jenny Weeks 0117 968 6010. Follow us on Facebook.

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 www.simplysocial.org.uk or phone us on 07971 427 766, and come along to one of our Thursday Club nights.

Stoke Bishop Townswomen’s Guild have moved again! We have had to relocate back to St Mary’s Church hall, Hulbert Room. Meetings will commence at 2.15pm so please do not arrive before 2pm. This will help with access and parking. Nothing else has changed, and we look forward to Cyril Routley speaking about the SS Great Britain in November. All welcome. Contact: Gay Huggins 9685813 for further information.

Soprano Elevenses at Westbury Parish Church on Saturday November 16th. Two young, local sopranos, Alice Howse and Grace Edmunds, join forces to perform solo songs and duets for our November Elevenses Recital. Real coffee and luscious cakes served from 10.30am and recital begins at 11 am. Hoped for donations

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• Beautiful Italian ceramics • Christmas decorations & gifts • Local artists work • Original paintings & prints • Unusual & affordable art

Supporting Church Outreach Charities Entry £2 Refreshments available St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze Saturday November 16th 2019 10am-12.30pm Raffle

12A North View, Westbury Park, BS6 7QB 0117 923 9674 Open Weds - Sat 10 - 4

, 43rd Bristol (St Mary s) Scout Group

St Mary’s Church Christmas Fair Saturday 23th November

CHRISTMAS TREE SALE! Saturday 7th December 2019 8am to 11am at The Scout Hut

11am - 3pm

Father Christmas arrives at 12 noon!! Musical entertainment at 1pm!

down the lane between 15 & 17 Kewstoke Rd, BS9

Super Premium Quality Trees Various sizes Trees netted for easy transporting Carry-to-car service Our Cubbaccino Cafe will be open and serving hot food & drinks PLUS Raffle

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What’s On & Community News It is held from 3rd - 7th December 2019, open 10-5 daily and Thursday 10-8. Free admission and the event is accessible for all. There is a daily music programme and refreshments available in Church. FFI visit www.treefest.org. uk

per month? Our usual group size is 12-15 walkers. If you are interested please come and give a try. For more details please visit www. stokelodgeramblers.wordpress.com or call our Secretary on 0117 950 0934. Tai Chi = Unlimited Energy. An ancient Chinese system of exercise which develops a sense of harmony of body and mind. The classes are fun and inclusive and provide an encouraging environment in which to practice the flowing movements which bring a sense of calm. Classes for beginners in Westbury, Southmead and Clifton. See www.taichiworksbristol.co.uk or phone 0117 9424167 for more information.

Trinity Henleaze Ladies Guild meets fortnightly on Monday evenings at 7.30 in the Leonard Hall, Waterford Road. We offer a good varied programme of speakers followed by tea and coffee. All are welcome. For further information contact Jenny on 0117 962 0108. Venue for Hire. Subud Hall, Wesley Place, Clifton, BS8 2YD. The Subud Hall is an ex Wesleyan Chapel next to the Downs with 2 beautiful, peaceful spaces 7/8 metres for hire. Suitable for rehearsals, choirs, classes etc. Reasonable rates. Please call 07790519683 for more info.

Taoist Tai Chi class every Monday 7pm at Badock’s Wood School, Doncaster Road. You will experience benefits to your body, mind, and spirit, make friends and listen to remarkable stories of health improvement. Our hope is that each person leaves with a renewed conviction that they can make a real positive difference in their own health and with a clear sense of how to go about it. We are a registered charity and all our instructors are volunteers. Young and old alike enjoy the friendly and welcoming nature of the Society. See taoist.org.uk for more information.

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 431 3671) or by e-mail on Bernzina@blueyonder.co.uk or ask at Westbury Practice Reception or your local GP on tel. 0117 962 3406.

The Arts Society Bristol is Bristol’s 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. The lecture on 12 November is “The Beauty and History of Frames” and on 10 December is “Mad Men and Artists: How the advertising industry has exploited fine art”. Lectures are held at 8pm at Redmaids’ High School, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3AW. For more information visit our website www. theartssociety-bristol.org.uk

Walking Tennis at Henleaze Tennis Club. This is a slower version of the game and is designed so that anyone with a long-term health condition or who is inactive can participate. It can be enjoyed by many, you do not have to have a health condition to attend! Open to all, members and non-members, sessions take place on Wednesday morning at 9.15am. Cost £5. Come and try it! Or for more information call 07411 263207.

Treefest is a display of nearly 100 Christmas trees held in the Gothic splendour of St Mary Redcliffe Church. All the trees are decorated or made by individuals, local organisations and businesses, to raise money for charity which this year includes Preludes, a music education charity and St Mary Redcliffe’s Community projects.

Walking Touch Rugby for males and female over 50s. Every Friday 10am to 11.30, Westbury Fields, Cricket Lane, Westbury-on-Trym BS10 6TW. A great inclusive sport for all levels 88


LEARNING THROUGH FUN Are you thinking about registering your FUN child for a place LEARNING THROUGH at a local Pre-school at the heart of your community? • 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? • Did you know that you can claim up to 15 hours a week free funding the term after your child turns 3?

Working families could be eligible for the extended • Working families15 could be eligible the extended offer of an offer of an extra hours freefor funding a week. extra 15 hours free funding a week.

Westbury Baptist Pre-school provides a safe, caring Westbury Baptist Pre-school provides a safe, caring and cheerful and cheerful environment in which aged environment in which children aged between 2 yearschildren 10 months and 5 years can learn and develop through and play. 5 years can learn and between 2 years 10 months 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,

We are open five mornings a week during term time Wednesday and Thursday. from 9.00am – 1.00pm with the option of staying until For moreon information if you would like to register your child for a 3.00pm Monday,orWednesday and Thursday. place starting in September 2020, please contact Claire on

0117 9622338 or e-mail preschool@westburybaptist.org.uk For more information or if you would like to register yourWestbury child Baptist for aPre-school, place Westbury starting in September 2020, Baptist Church, Reedley Road, Bristol, BS9 3TD please contactWestbury-on-Trym, Claire on 0117 9622338 or e-mail preschool@westburybaptist.org.uk

Westbury Baptist Pre-school, Westbury Baptist Church, Reedley Rd, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3TD

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What’s On & Community News of mobility. Come along and be welcomed. Contact Kris Tavender, email ktavender@ bristolbearsrugby.com.

along for your free taster session and give us a try. For further information, please visit www.westburyparkorchestra.com or email contact@westburyparkorchestra.com

Wedding Volunteers needed. Westburyon-Trym Village hall is a very popular wedding venue and has a busy ongoing wedding schedule. We’re looking for more wedding volunteers to help these events run smoothly. If you’re interested please email us at enquiries@wotvillagehall.org or leave a message on 0117 962 3399.

Westbury Park Women’s Institute at Redland Church Halls, Redland Green Road, BS6 7HE. From 7.15 - 9.30pm 1st Wednesday of the month. We are a friendly group, have a full programme with inspiring speakers and activities, theatre trips, book group, outings and extra activities. Refreshments available, guests are welcome. (Jan 2020 will be on 8th) Email Westburyparkwi@gmail.com or check out www.westburyparkwi.org.uk Find us on Facebook – Westbury Park WI.

Westbury Folk / Country Dancing on Tuesdays 1.15 - 3.15pm 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.

Westbury Scottish Club country dancing classes are held every Tues 7.30-9.30pm from Sept-April; a fun and friendly way to exercise body and mind. Dress is informal, and no dancing partner needed. Beginners class is at Leonard Hall, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Rd., Henleaze BS9 4BT; contact Maggie on 01934 838175. More advanced dancers: at St.Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze BS9 4LD; contact Cheryl on 0117 401 2416. See www.wscbristol.co.uk for details.

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 www. westburyharriers.com for more information on our events or joining us.

Zumba Classes. Keep mind and body healthy and active with Zumba Gold. Easy to follow, low impact dance moves to great music. Tuesdays 11.10 Westbury on Trym Methodist Church Hall, BS9 3AA. Please contact Jools for more info.; jooljdh@gmail.com / julie737. zumba.com or call 07780 385 830.

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 2.00. 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.

Zumba Classes. Zumba Gold - Wednesdays 5.30 - 6.25pm / Zumba Fitness 6.35 - 7.30pm held in the Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall. £5 on door. Just drop in with water and a sense of humour! Phone Marie on 0117 963 4104 or visit www.bristoldancezumba.co.uk for more info.

Westbury Park Orchestra is a friendly nonauditioned orchestra with a repertoire of classical and modern pieces and with an emphasis of having fun. We meet Redmaids’ High Junior School, Grange Court Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 4DP on Monday evenings between 8.00 and 9.30 p.m. (term time only). If you are a string or brass player ideally of a good standard, come

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Quiz Answers General Knowledge from page 50 1. Qatar (Doha); 2. a) Aidan Turner, b) Jody Comer, c) Suranne Jones; 3. Sir Alec Douglas-Home; 4. Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation; 5. a) yes, b) yes, c) no, d) yes; 6.a) Steve Cram, b) Shirley Peters,c) Chris Hoy; 7.a) 46 calories, b) 71 calories, c) 41 calories; 8a) Golden Temple (Amritsar), b) Temple Mount (Bethlehem), c); Lumbini (Nepal) 9a) water, b) salt, c) sugar. Geography Knowledge from page 50 1.a) Shropshire, b) Northumberland, c) Derbyshire; 2. Switzerland, France and Germany, b) Czech Republic and Germany, c) Slovakia, Hungary and Austria; 3. the Sahara; 4. Venezuela and Colombia; 5. the Caucasus mountains; 6. a) Arkansas, b) Florida, and c) Wyoming; 7. Swaziland; 8.a) Afghanistan, b) Cyprus, and c) Morocco; 9. on the Moon. Children’s Puzzles from page 40 Odd One Out a) Emerald is a shade of green, all the others are shades of blue; b) Kinnock was not a UK Prime Minister, all the others were; c) Bruce Forsyth presented Strictly Come Dancing, all the others won the competition; d) Aardvark is an African mammal, all the others are types of popular sea fish; e) Laa-Laa is a character in the Teletubbies, the others are from the Tweenies. Film Characters From left to right - Elsa from Frozen, Woody from Toy Story, Lisa from The Simpsons, Mike from Monsters Inc. and Dru from Despicable Me. Mystery Personalities Mr Tumble (Justin Fletcher), The Queen, Hacker T. Dog

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Financial Advice Cardens Grosvenor Consultancy Harold Stephens Fitness Training BS9 Fitness Footcare Bristol Foot Clinic Kathleen Nicholas Funeral Services R Davies & Son Funeral Directors Garage Doors Up & Over Doors Garage Services J's Autofast Repairs Ltd Garden Maintenance Barlows Blossom Garden Services Declan McManus Graham Cook Hairdressing Evans Hair Design Handyman Services Tony Anderson Heating & Gas John Presland Peter Harris S & P Plumbing Services Holistic Therapies Anjali Hariharan Home Care Services Home Instead Premier Homecare St Monica Trust Ironing The Iron Lady Jewellery & Gifts Kemps Jewellers Landscaping Red Oak Locksmiths LockRite Massage Heather Drewe Keon Williams Music Tuition Gaenor Elliot Osteopaths Greenway Osteopaths 94

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