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July 2014 No 64

A free community magazine for the residents and businesses of Clifton, Hotwells, Cliftonwood, Failand and Abbots Leigh. 8,000 copies hand delivered each month. Â




The Editor’s Small Piece Hi there and welcome to a summery July issue of the Bristol Eight. In the magazine this month there are articles as diverse as a night at the speedway (p11) and the secret gardens of Clifton (p16). Add in a tennis wordsearch, where you can win a champagne tea (p14), a fun quiz (can a pole-vaulter jump over a giraffe? p26) and the usual mix of events, activities and other miscellany and let’s hope you find something to maintain your interest for a few mins. I hope you have a lovely July and that the sun shines for the start of the holiday exodus.

Cheers, Andy 0117 968 7787 / 07845 986650


6 Advertorial  Q&A / Ask the Expert  We talk to James Mizen, Managing Director  of Bristol‐based doors, windows and  conservatories specialist Crystal Clear, about  the latest secondary glazing op ons for doors  and windows.      QuesƟon 1: I’d like to make my home more energy‐ efficient but don’t have a large budget.  What  can I do quickly and cost‐effec vely to reduce  my hea ng bills while keeping my house  warm?    You could consider secondary glazing, which  is one of the most cost‐effec ve solu ons for  increasing the energy‐efficiency of your  home.  Through the energy it saves, you’ll  enjoy reduced hea ng bills and a more  comfortable home, as well as less noise and  improved security.  Our secondary glazing  specialist can help you decide on best style  for you, based on your budget and home, and  will show you examples of the wide range of  types, colours and finishes available.  The  energy‐efficiency of secondary glazing can be  further increased, by specifying low ‘E’ heat‐ reflec ve glass. 

QuesƟon 2: I really like my original  mber box sash  windows, but they’re draughty and let the  heat out.  Do I have to replace the whole  window to solve these problems?  

While tradi onal  mber sash windows look  elegant, they tend to be draughty and prone  to leaks and as a consequence require regular  maintenance.  Unfortunately their single‐ glazed panes of glass let the cold in and the  heat out, thus making your home less energy‐ efficient and more costly to heat.    Secondary glazing is a cost‐effec ve method  of thermal insula on and sound‐proofing  original windows, with a discreet finish and  the added benefits of increased security and  condensa on control.  It’s not subject to  Conserva on Area restric ons and is  generally approved for Listed Buildings and  can be manufactured with curved and arched  heads to match your exis ng windows.    It’s suitable for all types of primary windows  and doors and available in a wide range of  finishes and styles to suit every type and age  of home, so you can rest assured that  secondary glazing will maintain the look of  your original windows while making your  home more comfortable and energy‐efficient. 

Crystal Clear is a member of the Double  Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme  and the Glass and Glazing Federa on and  registered with FENSA.   

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Divino Deli Wins Best Deli 2014 4 Award just 8 months after opening Divino Deli opened in early September last year and has already won a prestigious award. Owners Francesca Costa and Francesco Vardero were delighted to win the accolade of Best Deli 2014 at an event at Queen Square on 18th May. Francesca says: ‘We are delighted as the award shows that people like what we are doing. We did not think we would win as we are so new. We would like to thank everybody who voted for us’. Divino Deli is as genuinely Italian as it is possible to be. The surroundings are fresh, clean and modern and all food sold and served in the deli comes from Italy wherever possible. Whether you want to Owners Francesco and Francesca stock the larder from their wide range of ‘dry’ show off their Good Food Award products, fill the fridge with cheese, ham and olives from the delicatessen counter, buy a loaf of fresh   olive or sundried tomato bread or leave with the most delicious take-away Panini, Mozzarella salad or pizza for your lunch, then Divino Deli will not disappoint. And if you’d like to stay for a little longer you can relax at the bar and enjoy a cup of coffee, made from a unique blend of 3 different beans, just for you and just like in Italy. It’s impossible not to like this exciting, award winning delicatessen. MONDAY - FRIDAY Pop in and discover 08:00 - 18:00 Bristol’s Best Deli for SATURDAY yourselves! 08:00 - 16:00 SUNDAY CLOSED

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11 one. Each match consists of 15 races , or heats as they are known, and the team with the most collective points at the end of heat 5th October 1977. Poole 50 Hackney 27. My 15 is the winner. The sport in the UK, which first speedway meeting. I was 13. It was cold, first took place in 1928 I recall, is organised it was loud and I loved it. It was also the last into three leagues (Somerset Rebels are in the Premier League which is the second tier, meeting of the season, and I had to wait and a league they were champions of last until the following March for my next taste season). The bikes the riders race on are of the first sport to grab me as a spectator. unusual because they are 500cc (not a small beast) but have only one gear - and no For the next 5 years I went to nearly every brakes. Yes, no brakes, which helps you home match at Poole, was also a regular understand the excitement that can be Tuesday night visitor to Weymouth speedway, travelling with my sister Helen in generated when four of these fly off the grid (or leave the gates when the tapes go up, to her Triumph Herald (I was too young to be precise) and accelerate faster than a drive), and went to memorable World formula one car into a 90 degree left hand Finals at Wembley Stadium and abroad. I bend four abreast. collected the programmes (there are still 1500 in my loft), the metal team badges where you added a dangly “year bar” underneath each season like a badge of honour, rider autographs and pennants. Then I left home, and although I went to occasional meetings at Long Eaton they were never “my team” and the enthusiasm vanished. One meeting in Bradford in 1994 came and went without generating any excitement and I’ve not been since.

The sweet smell of shale & methanol

So 20 years on I decided that in the interests of experiential journalism (aka personal curiosity) it was time I popped down the motorway and paid a visit to our “local” team - the Somerset Rebels who race at the Oak Tree Arena at Highbridge. For anyone who has not experienced speedway, and it is an assault on the senses, I’ll give you a quick guide. It is a form of motorcycle racing that takes place outdoors on an oval shale track (like fine red gravel). Each race involves four riders, two from each team, who race four laps of the track. First across the line scores himself and his team 3 points, second gets 2 points, 3rd gets

Yes, it is fast and furious and the racing can be very close with positions changing many times over the course of each 60 second heat. I’m aware that some people watch speedway and say that whoever is fastest off the line always wins (sounds a bit like Formula 1 to me) but that certainly isn’t the case every time and by the look of it the Rebels track is wide, fast and well set up for open competitive racing. It is, and always has been, a multinational sport - it is raced across Europe, USA and Australia and most teams are like a United Nations conference. Each team has seven

12 riders and at the meeting I went to, versus Ipswich Witches, there were riders from England, Australia, Sweden, America, and Denmark. It is also, understandably, a potentially dangerous sport but although you are unlikely to get through a meeting without some crash or race re-run because of a collision, serious injury thankfully is rare. At the meeting I went to the safety fence however was demolished by Ipswich’s Nathan Greaves when he lost control and ploughed through it. Thankfully he was only bruised but it took 25 minutes to repair the damage he caused.

Terry chatting to Chelsea fans and taking questions at half time) and will stop for autographs, selfies and a chat with the fans after the meeting. Speedway is a bit of a curious sport - in many ways it is very low tech (e.g. the track is raked between heats by blokes with garden tools, the starts are governed by a strip of tape stretched across the track,) and it is completely unpretentious. Yet it is populated by mad young men on highly tuned race bikes engaging in the sort of behaviour that would send an H&S manager apoplectic. It’s great. If you fancy a change from your normal sporting preferences do give speedway a try. Somerset Rebels ride most Friday evenings at the Oak Tree Arena, just of junction 22 of the M5 near Highbridge. It takes about half an hour to get there. Parking is a pound and admission is £15 for adults, £13 for students and OAP’s and just £4 for children. Tel 01278 782 216

So, did I enjoy the meeting? You bet I did, it was a thoroughly entertaining evening out at a welcoming, very family friendly club where the racing was exciting and the result was close on the night. What struck me most, as a football fan who is forced to sit miles from the pitch and only ever gets to hear what the players say through websites and social media, was just how accessible a sport speedway is. You are right up next to the track, you can stand wherever you want and the proximity to the action, and the noise and fumes it creates, really gets you hooked. And compared to the fancy-dan millionaires of the football world the speedway racers couldn’t be more approachable. You can go and see them in the pits before the meeting starts, they get interviewed between races (imagine John

Thanks by the way to Ian Belcher and Colin Burnett at Somerset Rebels for providing the photos here, all taken from the match vs. Ipswich. And if you do venture to the speedway do wrap up warmly, it is an open circuit, and don’t wear your glad rags as you may just get a little dusty.



Prize Wordsearch The magazine this month should have reached you half way through the Wimbledon championships, and for the tennis fans amongst you here’s a Wimbledon-themed wordsearch puzzle. Listed below are twenty former champions, ten men and ten ladies. In the grid are hidden eighteen of the players - all you need to do is work out which two players are not included in the grid (clue - there is one ladies champion and one men’s champion). Send in the names of both players to me email, post to 8 Sandyleaze, WoT, BS9 3PY, text to 07845 986650 or ring 0117 968 7787 - and the first

correct entry out of the hat after the closing date of 31 July will win the ingredients for a strawberries, cream and champagne tea. Right, here are your champions Amelie Mauresmo Andy Murray Bjorn Borg Boris Becker John McEnroe Lindsay Davenport Lleyton Hewitt Pat Cash Marion Bartoli Martine Hingis Novak Djokovic Pete Sampras Jana Novotna Petra Kvitova Rafa Nadal Roger Federer Serena Williams Steffi Graf Venus Williams Virginia Wade

The competition in the May issue was all about cartoon characters, and the first name out of the hat was Luke Gibbons. Ermintrude was the missing character and Luke wins himself a large cuddly Shaun the Sheep. Congrats Luke and thanks to everyone who entered again.


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Green Squares and Secret Gardens Come to Clifton so see some if its hidden gardens, on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 2014 It is human nature to want to know what lies hidden over a wall, fence or hedge, so we are giving people in Bristol the opportunity to find some secret places in Clifton. This year, for the first time, some of the communal gardens will open their gates to the public. This is the time to discover, for example, what lies to the front of within the three sides of Richmond Terrace, behind the Merchant Venturers Hall or why Bellevue is so called .... and more. London started this idea in 1998 when 43 gardens were open to the public on a Sunday; this year the number is about 220. Some years later Dublin and Edinburgh did the same. The London organisers wrote to other towns and cities in the UK, but so far Bristol is the only one to enter the scheme. However, Dublin took up the challenge in 2010 and now several countries in mainland Europe have Open Gardens Weekends and the movement is spreading. [See]. After taking out expenses the money from ticket sales is divided between participating gardens. Several local societies were asked if they would be interested in setting this up, but only Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS) took up the challenge. Because it is the first year, the event will be fairly small, but full of interesting things to see. We are really grateful to those who have agreed to be part of the scheme. In future years we hope it will grow and spread out across the city. The aim is to make this a fun and interesting

event for families and all age groups. There is no set route but there is a map and we will point out some interesting things to look at when walking around. There is a recently renovated childrens’ playground between two of the gardens. This is also an opportunity for the garden owners to raise money, so there may be entertainments or stalls selling cakes, plants etc.

Victoria Square, The Mall Garden and St Andrew’s Churchyard are owned by Bristol City Council and there will be short talks at set times about their history, how and why they developed and some of the interesting people who have lived there, or in the case of St Andrew’s are buried there. In conjunction with BID Clifton Village (Business Improvement District), there will be some cafes and restaurants offering ticket holders discounted refreshments and meals. Tickets allow entry to all participating gardens over the weekend and include a free guide and map. More details about ticket sales will be included in next month’s Bristol Eight magazine, and after 14th July full information will be on the CHIS website:


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Craniosacral Therapy    The  summer  months  are  here,  bringing  with  them  the  promise  of  sunshine  and  warmth  and  well being. When we are feeling well and healthy there is a sense of aliveness, openness and  spaciousness in the cells,  ssues and fluids of our bodies.    Life is not always like this though, and the stresses, traumas and injuries we can experience can  shut down these natural processes in our bodies. This can lead to a variety of condi ons such  as back pain, headaches and migraines, as well as emo onal or psychological problems such as  anxiety, depression or sleeping difficul es.    Craniosacral therapy is a way of working with the body and of having an awareness that there  is a connec on between the body and the mind. The stress and trauma that gets held in the  body can be felt as tension or pain. Craniosacral therapy uses a gentle non‐invasive touch to  work with the craniosacral mo on and the compressive pa erns held in the body.    It  is  suitable  for  all  ages  from  the  newborn  to  the  elderly.  Indeed  craniosacral  therapy  is  probably best well known for its work with babies and children, for example working with birth  trauma and specific concerns around sleeping, crying or feeding.    Clients remain clothed during a session. Areas of the body such as your head and the base of  your spine will be lightly contacted. Because your body func ons as a whole, areas other than  where your symptoms occur may be worked with too. Sessions last 1  hour and are cumula ve in effect. Some clients report relief a er only  one or two sessions. For long standing problems further sessions may  be needed.    Claire A ridge is a qualified Craniosacral Therapy prac oner.  To book an appointment and for further informa on please contact  The Chiron Centre on 0117 962 0008   or email   

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The Downs Recorder - Richard Bland When is a structure not a structure? One of the key provisions of the 1861 Act establishing the Downs as an open space for the citizens for ever was that no permanent structure should be erected on the Downs, and the purpose was to prevent the creeping erosion of the Downs. In every age there have been challenges to this clause, and it is interesting to see what the Downs Committee have allowed. In 1861 the Bristol Waterworks company had already bought the site of the reservoir, and the school Board had bought the site of St John’s school, now being converted to very desirable flats in the middle of a roundabout. And William West’s Observatory, once a snuff mill, in the middle of Clifton Camp was well established. As also was the Turnpike gate at the top of Bridge Valley Road, which was to be removed when the Turnpike system was abandoned in 1867, only to be replaced by Proctor’s Fountain in 1872. This was subsequently judged a traffic hazard and moved to its present position in 1988. There was also a long established pound for stray animals which was replaced in 1870 and, when sheep grazing ceased in 1926, it became the Rangers compound. The Downs committee permitted the building of the Severn Beach railway tunnel with two substantial ventilation towers in 1870, and in 1951 they allowed the construction of the Northern Stormwater Interceptor, opened by the queen in 1962, which essentially diverts the river Frome out into the Avon at the bottom of the Gully, and this has kept Bristol safe from flooding for fifty

years. They allowed the construction of the Circular Road in 1875, and Savile Road in 1877, but they had removed Bakers Road in 1862 and the private road from Blackboy to the Ostrich Inn in 1877. They encouraged the infilling of all the vast quarries on the surface of the Downs via an inclined plane that still exists between the edge of the Greta Quarry and the top of the Gully They allowed the construction of three toilets c 1905- one at the Suspension bridge and two, one for men and one for women at either end of the water reservoir. One of these has since become the Downs café- and they are delightful Edwardian buildings. In 1932 the Changing Rooms were added, a strange building winding round the Water company boundary. Also concern for cabmen led to three cabman’s rests being constructed, one at Whitetree in 1915, one at the top of Black boy Hill in 1929 and one on Clifton Green, now removed. These are charming wooden structures, now falling into disrepair. The second world war saw half the Downs taken over by an American tank base, complete with guard posts, accommodation and a dining room and toilet block. All were removed in peacetime though odd foundations can be seen where the grass is thin, and the present toilets at Sea Walls replaced the previous dining facility. The last sixty years have brought a roundabout in 1949, a number of traffic lights, the odd bus shelter, too many lamp standards, a lot of silly speed limit and information posts, a cycle track, and a lot of yellow paint. So far however the Downs is blessedly free from the clutter that blights most of Clifton, above all parking restriction notices. Don’t hold your breath-the impact of Residents Parking Zones in Clifton and Cotham are about to change everything. But the record of the past 150 years is a pretty good one. If you enjoy the Downs, or use if for your sport, why not become a Friend? Membership is just £10. Contact Robin Haward at 0117 974 3385




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Mrs PC - Friendly Computer Training Can a smartphone change your life? The step to owning a mobile phone is not as great as the step to owning a smartphone such as an iPhone. Smartphones are quite life changing and very addictive, but they are not always the best phones for making calls and their battery life is extremely short, mainly because they can be used in so many ways. To give you an idea it is probably easier to make a list of what I use mine for on a regular basis: ▪ ▪  ▪  ▪  ▪  ▪ 

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Phoning Texting Email Internet browsing Listening to music or stories on audiobook Taking photos. The latest craze is the ‘Selfie’ or photo of yourself which is usually shared instantly on Facebook Looking at photos stored on the phone Showing photos to others and sharing via email, Facebook etc Making movies Checking my diary and important dates on the calendar Getting the phone to remind me of important dates or events with a tone Setting the alarm on the phone to wake me up, Using the timer function in the kitchen Using the calculator Looking up a phone number or address in Contacts (Address book) Writing a note or reminder Navigating using Google Maps when I am lost Using the compass app to know which direction I am travelling Buying a new song on iTunes Checking Facebook and commenting on Facebook, sharing stories and messaging Checking BBC News and Weather App Deciding which star I am looking at with

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Star Walk App Facetime and Skype- free calls and messaging Reading on the Kindle App Recording my run or walk to see how far I have been and how fast I went Online Banking Using the phone as a torch Checking my passwords in the Password App when I have forgotten them Games (not very often) Using the phone as a radio with Radio Player Catching up on Podcasts- especially the Archers Using Shazam App to find out what song is playing on the radio Discovering which bird I am looking at with my Bird identifying App Learning a new language Recording a voice memo, concert and playing it back

It’s no wonder that people rarely have them out of their hands and are constantly looking at them! There are of course a whole host of other things that you can do on a phone using different apps available. I have used various ones such as currency converters and translation and local travel guides, shopping apps and newspaper ones, apps to test your hearing or your reflexes, QR readers to scan barcodes and get information, the list is endless. None of this is difficult, there is a whole new world out there waiting for you if you have yet to take the plunge.


Mrs PC - continued There are however many other things that smartphones can be used for with added accessories. I had some time to spare in the Apple store the other day and decided to do some research. I discovered that I could buy colour changing bulbs, turn my iPhone into a controller and experience multicoloured mood lighting at home! I could also use my phone in conjunction with other equipment such as wristbands which record the calories that you use in a day, or the exercise that you do and encourage you to be fit and healthy. There are ones to monitor your heart rate, sleep, baby, pet, house and much more. A little research shows that you can turn your iPhone into a satellite phone, Wi-Fi hub, microscope, night vision camera, Gameboy, amplifier, 3 D camera. It is really quite remarkable.

I find it intriguing that all this is possible. It isn’t that long ago that mobile phones were huge and expensive luxuries - how quickly things change! Even if you choose not to own one, it’s still interesting to know what you can do using one! If you do have one already, you might now be tempted to get more out of it and use yours in a different way. A smartphone can indeed change your life!


Louise’s tips for an easier life July already – what to do? Was one of your resolutions to get to grips with the tricky business of sorting your home and making it look its best? Perhaps you’ve de-cluttered the kitchen but are still dreaming of the whole house being just how you’d like it. I thought this month I would show you how just a little time invested in a bit of sorting can make a huge impact: In the month of June I helped some clients to:  find documents ready for their tax return (45 minutes)  deliver draft artwork to a designer for Christmas cards - seriously well organised client! (20 minutes)  sorted through 4 wardrobes to identify what they wished to either keep, sell or give to charity – I took away 4 bags full (1 hour)  package and send items that had been sold on eBay (30 minutes)  file away the last 6 months worth of paperwork (1 hour)  fix a TV aerial cable (2 minute phone call to book and 30 minutes on site with engineer)  made a start de-cluttering a home

which had got slightly out of control following a bereavement (2 hour session) These clients got in touch with me because they know that a task shared (or even delegated) is a task halved (or even completed!), they felt challenged and couldn’t conquer it on their own. So this month, focus on one task that has been bugging you in your home and take that first step to sorting it out. Once it’s completed you will feel relieved, lighter and can put your feet up. Louise England is a Lifestyle and Home Assistant and her service aims to freeup your free time. Her passion is to make a positive difference to people’s lives by helping them sort things out and complete jobs in their homes quickly and efficiently. Website: Mobile: 07780 474256 Email: Twitter: @L_England

25 Alison Dukes of AMD Solicitors considers the myth of the common-law spouse The legal position of a spouse at the end of a marriage, and of an unmarried partner at the end of a relationship, could hardly be further apart. Whilst at the end of a marriage the Court has wide powers to redistribute wealth to leave each spouse in a fair position, there are no such powers available if the couple have not married. However long an unmarried couple live together, a financially dependent partner has no entitlement to maintenance or a cash sum from their partner on the breakdown of the relationship. In terms of the family home, if this is held in one partner’s sole name, the other can only claim an interest in it if they have directly added to its value. Paying towards the deposit put down at the time of purchase, or funding the costs of an extension to the property, are examples of contributions which would entitle a partner to a share in the value. If one partner has promised the other a share of the property in the event that they split up, it may be possible to persuade a court that they are bound by this promise but proving this is likely to be far from straight-forward. Claims for children Where an unmarried couple have children, the partner who cares for them most of the time will have financial claims against the other. They will be entitled to child support

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from their former partner through the Child Support Agency. If the children are at feepaying schools or at university, an application can be made to the Court for the partner to contribute towards the costs. A Court may also be willing to transfer a house to the partner with care of the children, or to order the payment of cash to provide a home for them. Such a home will only be given for the period whilst the children are in education, however, and on the children leaving home the financial provision will end and the house would normally revert to the paying partner. Claims on death If a partner dies without making adequate provision for their partner’s maintenance needs, an application can be made to the Court for a share of the estate to be awarded to meet those needs. The surviving partner will be eligible to make such a claim if the partners had lived together for at least two years, or if they were being maintained by the deceased prior to their death. It is vital that unmarried couples draw up Wills in order to provide for each other in the event of death because unmarried partners do not benefit automatically from their partner’s estate under the ‘Intestacy rules’ which determine who inherits if no valid Will has been left. Conclusion Until the law is changed to provide adequate protection to unmarried couples, it is vital for all unmarried partners to seek specialist legal advice on their financial position so that in particular, each partner’s interest in any property is properly recorded. Wills should be drawn up setting out how the partners wish to provide for each other in the event of their death. Unmarried couples should also consider and take advice upon drawing up a cohabitation agreement. For advice on the legal issues arising from cohabitation contact Alison by email to or call 0117 9621460 to speak to Alison or one of AMD’s team of specialist family solicitors based at our Henleaze office. Copyright AMD Solicitors 


General Knowledge Quiz No prizes, no theme, just a bit of fun.  Answers on page 34.   1. 


In the middle ages what name was  given to the “kingdom” that formed  the majority of central Anglo‐Saxon  England? 


Who or what was Pangea? 


In which three Shakespearean plays  would you encounter Sir John  Falstaff? 


What is the capital city of Romania? 


Which Conserva ve poli cian and  former Colditz‐escapee was  assassinated in an Irish terrorist  bomb a ack at the Houses of  Parliament in 1979? 



Which football player scored the  winning goal in the 2010 World Cup  Final? 

Name the missing date in this  sequence ‐ 1st March, 17th March,  23rd April, and ?  Which is higher ‐ the average height  of the most common male giraffe or  the men’s world pole vault record?  


If you travelled the length of the M5  from south to north which coun es  would you travel through? 


What find of foodstuff is Provelone  and which country does it come  from? 


If you headed due south west from  Lands End which mainland country  would you cross first? 


In what year was the Jarrow March  for jobs? 


What test is used to determine the  acidity or alkalinity of a solu on? 


Which is bigger area ‐ 2 acres  or 1  hectare? 


Which is the largest natural harbour  in the United Kingdom?  


What is a paternoster? 


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Who was the lead singer of 1960’s  band The Monkees? 


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What’s On & Community News Listings for community events, not-for-profit clubs and charitable activities are free of charge. If you have something of this nature that you would like listed please get in touch with Andy Fraser by telephoning 0117 968 7787 or 07845 986650, post details in to 8 Sandyleaze, WoT, BS9 3PY or emailing (in email or Word format - no PDF’s please). All notices must be received by the 12th of the preceding month to guarantee consideration for inclusion.

Clubs and Companionship 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 Beryl Webb on 01454 614 451. Instep Club for Widows and Widowers meet weekly on Wednesday evenings 8.00 - 10.30 at Stoke Bishop Village Hall, Stoke Hill. New members welcome. Ballroom and Sequence dancing (If you haven’t danced for a long time, don’t worry, we will help you). Refreshments, social activities. Please telephone Mary on 968 3170 or Wilma on 962 8895 for further information. Rotary Club of Bristol – we meet at Redwood Lodge Hotel Failand at 7.00pm for 7.30 pm on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays and at 12.30pm for 1.00 pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays. Meetings start with a meal and are followed by a speaker. New members are very welcome – for further details visit or contact our Club Secretary –

skills to help others and try new things you would never normally have thought of doing. Please find out more by emailing Bristol Brunel Probus Club for retired professional and businessmen meet at BAWA Southmead Rd, once a month to enjoy lunch and a mix of social events, regular speakers, visits and outings, to which wives and friends are warmly welcomed. For more details please ring Fred Martin on 968 3875.

Interest Groups & Events New Dimensions meets every month and we have talks on a wide range of esoteric subjects. The meetings are held at the Friends’ Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6JE. Admission: £5 (including tea/coffee/ biscuits). The next meeting will be held on Sunday 20 July 2014 at 3pm. The speaker will be James D’Angelo and the subject of his talk is “The Healing Power of Vocal Sound”. Come and enjoy a talk and practical demonstration of the healing and empowering energy of sound. Come and meet new like-minded friends. For further information, please telephone 01749 678 834 or write to: North West Bristol Camera Club (NWBCC). are an enthusiastic group of amateur photographers who meet each Wednesday at 7:45pm at Westbury Fields. New members of any level of ability are most welcome. For details contact Pete on 07870 589555. Like making Airfix models? Avon Branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society meets on the third Wednesday of every month at the BAWA on Southmead Road at 8.00pm. New members are very welcome. For more information contact Andy White on 0117 3732798 or visit

Music and Concerts Clifton Rotary Club welcomes new members of all ages and backgrounds - all we ask is that people give their time, are interested in making new friends, building business contacts, using

‘Out There Music’ Summer Concert 2014 Saturday 12th July 5pm, St Alban’s Church, Bayswater Avenue, Westbury Park, BS6 7NU.


KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING    “There's a silver lining, Through the dark clouds shining,  Turn the dark cloud inside out, ' l the boys come home.”    USING real accounts of women who lived through the war, punctuated beau fully with some  of the most enduring music and songs from the period, Apollo Theatre Company present Keep  the Home Fires Burning at the Alma Tavern Theatre in Bristol this August.    The history books are full of the brave exploits of the nearly six million Bri sh soldiers who  served in World War II.  But what of the women they le  behind? These wives, mothers,  sisters and daughters are so o en omi ed from the annals of war, but their contribu on to  the war effort, taking on the jobs the men had to leave, in factories, on the land, driving fire  engines and ambulances and keeping the country on its feet, must never be forgo en.    An original produc on wri en and performed by Bristolian actress  Amy Hamlen, accompanied by a live pianist, this show features  compelling war stories from real women interspersed with both  well‐known and less familiar 1940s war me songs. The produc on  has been touring since August 2013 and now comes to Bristol for  the very first  me.    On gathering informa on and wri ng her script, Amy explains:  “I've always been interested in the role of women throughout  history, so I was excited to work on this produc on.  It was  important to me that I didn’t just use informa on from books, so I  arranged to visit care homes and interview women about their  experiences.  I met lots of lovely ladies, who told me fascina ng  stories about their  me in the war, from women who had served  in the women's services, to how they coped at home.  I'm really  glad I did this as it allowed me to hear first‐hand what they had been through. I have even  included the accounts of my own family members, par cularly my Nan, whose experiences of  being a child in Bristol during the war make up a key sec on of the produc on.”    Playing mul ple roles is challenging but Amy is looking forward to embracing this element of  her one‐woman show: “I love playing all the different parts! I hope the audience can connect  with me and travel through the story with me.  It’s not o en you get the opportunity to play  real women in a show, and I hope I do them jus ce.”   

Playing at the Alma Tavern Theatre in Bristol 27‐30 August at 7.30pm  Tickets available from the Alma Tavern Box Office:  0117 973 5171   


What’s On & Community News Tickets £5 (under 5s free) available from or 07866 587424. A fantastic, family event for all the community. Come and hear Out There Choir, Chamber Choir, Children’s Choir and Orchestra sing and play a broad range of music including Pharrell Williams, Nessun Dorma, Let it Go and music from West Side Story. Bar and hog roast. In aid of Changing Tunes. The Ship & Castle Theatre Workshop present “Oh, What a Lovely War” at the Newman Hall, Grange Court Road, Henleaze on Monday 7th Friday 11th July. Tickets £10 can be booked now via Email: or by ringing or texting our new box office telephone number 07745208639. Joan Littlewood's famous Theatre Workshop musical extravaganza exposes the savage futility of war in general and the first world war in particular, utilising popular songs of the era, has informed and entertained audiences. So do not be disappointed as seats are limited, book Now. Performance 19:30 Doors open at 19:00 as seating is unreserved West Bristol Orchestra. A Chamber Orchestra, playing a wide range of Classical Music arranged for the smaller orchestra, meets at the United Reformed Church, Muller Road on Thursdays 9.15pm. Additional String players of Grade5+ standard welcomed. Experience of orchestral playing not essential. For more info please contact the Secretary on 968 3998.

Volunteering Volunteers Wanted - RSVP/CSV Reading in schools. We are looking for volunteers over 50 both male and female to go in to local schools on a regular weekly basis to help children with their reading. We organise your references and a short training course and the school would do any necessary checks. If you think that this is something that you would like to be involved in please email or ring 909 6858.

Gardening and Horticulture Henleaze Garden Club is a thriving club for (GWAAC4) anyone interested in anything to do with gardening! With a healthy membership of 200 we meet 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. Expert speakers, a quarterly newsletter, an annual plant sale and great Christmas event. Annual individual membership is £20 plus a £1 per visit, visitors are most welcome at £5 per visit, both to include refreshments and raffle. Visit or contact Jane Voke 9622440 for more info. Pond dipping at the Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve: Sunday 6th July at 2.30pm. Join local ecologist Rupert Higgins for some wet fun, identifying pond life. Booking is essential and we request a donation of £5 per family group to cover costs. For more info and to book please contact Gwenda Wedge: or 0117 9686038.

Markets, Fairs and Exhibitions Stoke Bishop Village Hall will be holding its annual Antiques and Collectables Fair on Saturday 13th September 2014 from 10.30 to 4.30pm. We will have a variety of stalls selling Collectables to Antiques (and other younger patrons!). Entrance is only 50p, refreshments available all day. For FFI contact Gail on 0117 9685350.

Health & Wellbeing Henleaze Tennis Club has vacancies for players of all standards and ages. Whether you are an established player looking for a club, someone who is rusty or a student come along and try us out. For further information take a look at our web site or contact the secretary Philip Price Tel: 07787 566246 E-mail: Lip-reading class. An evening lip-reading class to help you cope with your hearing loss runs in Clifton from 6.15pm to 7.45pm every Monday at


On Friday 4th July, picnic on the beau ful  lawns of The Royal York Crescent (BS8 4JY)  and York Gardens in Cli on and be  entertained by the Fes val Players in William  Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors".        The Fes val Players perform with an all‐male  company of skilled professional actors and invite  you to share in this colourful romp; join them in a  fantas c se ng, for summer fun for the whole  family.    Gates open from 6.00pm (Upper Lawn only) for  picnics; bring your own food, drinks, sea ng, rugs  etc.  Play starts at 7:30pm on the Lower Lawn.  Wheel chair access is available from the York  Gardens entrance (BS8 4LN).  Portable accessible  toilets will also be available.     Tickets priced, £14 for Adults, £8 for Under 16’s are  available on‐line from the Cornish Riviera Box Office  Telephone 01726 879 500  E‐mail rycgardencommi  All profits go towards maintaining the Gardens. 


What’s On & Community News Redland Park United Reformed Church, Whiteladies Road. Fee is £5 per session. For more details email the tutor, Mary Hall at or telephone 07790 283 939. Tai Chi for Health class. Mondays from 10.45am -11.45am at GH Health and Fitness, Pembroke House, Pembroke Grove, Clifton BS83DA. Non members and beginners welcome. Sessions £5. For further information contact Sue on 07929 030209, visit or just drop in. Pilates Classes in Henleaze and Westbury on Trym. Classes held at:- Henleaze URC, Monday 9.30- 10.30 & 10.30- 11.30 am (Beginners New January classes); Keith James Physios, Coldharbour Rd, Monday 7.30pm (Pre-Natal Pilates ); Henleaze United Reformed Church, Tuesday 6.15 pm (Beginners) and Wednesday 6.15 pm (Intermediate); Westbury on Trym Methodist Church, Tuesday 9.30 am & 10.30 am (Intermediate/ Beginners). For bookings please call Zoe Rayne 07747 696 938, or visit Zumba Gold Class @ Horfield Parish Church Hall every Weds 2pm-2.45pm (£4.00 per class) for the mature movers aimed at age 55+ (All other ages including Beginners) Zumba Class @ Orchard School every Thurs 7pm-8pm Contact Georgina for further details on or tel: 07545 625 089. Quiz answers from page 26. 1. Andres Iniesta of Spain; 2. Mercia; 3. the supercontinent from which our modern continents emerged as a result of continental drift; 4. Henry V parts 1 and 2 and The Merry Wives of Windsor; 5. Bucharest; 6. Airey Neave; 7. 30th November (St Andrew’s Day); 8. Pole vault record (6.16m compared to giraffe 5.5m); 9. Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, West Midlands; 10. Italian cows milk cheese; 11. Brazil; 12. 1936; 13. the litmus test; 14. 1 hectare (1 hectare = 2.4 acres); 15. Poole; 16.a passenger elevator which consists of a

chain of open compartments (each usually designed for two persons) that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping; 17. the River Somme; 18. Micky Dolenz.

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Great railway journeys of north Bristol Summer holiday activities Synchronised Swimming Win tickets to Somerset Rebels speedway and the usual mix of events, regular articles and community news. Hitting the streets 28th July

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Postal  Services  Late  Post  ‐  there  is  a  late  post  box  at  the  main Post Office sorting depot on the A38 at  Filton. Currently the late post is at 7pm,    Local Libraries  Clifton ‐ tel. 903 8572       Redland  ‐  tel.  903 8549    Public Transport  Visit the excellent Bristol City Council website  www.travelbristolorg  to  plan  out  your  routes  in, around or out of the city ‐ whether you are  planning  to  go  by  bus,  train,  ferry,  air,  bike,  car or foot.    Recycling and Household Waste  The  Household  Waste  and  Recycling  Centre  on  Kingsweston  Lane,  Avonmouth  for  pretty  much  everything.  The  Avonmouth  centre  is  now  open  Summer  hours  from  8.00am  to  6.45pm, 7 days. 

37 A Bristol based charity is quietly but confidently making progress in the fight against Neuroblastoma – a cancer that affects children under the age of 5. Matthew & Flora’s story is something that no parents should have to go through but sadly over 100 families a year are experiencing the same trauma. On November 8th last year aged 14 months Siddy was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Neuroblastoma. He had lots of scans and tests which showed he had a primary tumour in his lower abdomen and secondary tumours on his back and in his neck. The consultants at Bristol Childrens Hospital were confident he would make a full recovery and he started on a treatment plan they said would last about a year. At first everything seemed to be

going well but around Christmas time test results showed that the chemotherapy wasn’t working, his tumours were not shrinking as hoped. The consultants switched to a stronger form of chemo but again test results showed that his tumours were actually growing. Eventually the size of the primary tumour in his abdomen meant that his lungs could no longer cope. Siddy passed away on the 28th of January. He was courageous and determined until the end. Smile With Siddy was set up over 16 months ago by Matthew & Flora Cahill in memory of their son Siddy and has already raised over £100,000 that will go towards increasing awareness and funding research and treatment of Neuroblastoma in young children. The charity is very active in Bristol through groups of friends coming together to take part in sponsored events from triathlons to bake sales. If you would like to help please contact We can make a difference!




The Bristol Eight magazine - July 2014  

A little community magazine for the residents and businesses of this part of north central Bristol - and beyond