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Well Spring has officially started and April seems to have a lot going for it ! With the lighter nights setting in this means you can get out in the garden and get those glorious gardening jobs done. Also in April there are a few dates for the diary: National Humour Month International Guitar Month Lawn and Garden Month National Kite Month National Poetry Month National Welding Month Stress Awareness Month But to name a few. But the most important date in April must be the 21st Easter Sunday where we get to eat lots of chocolate... No seriously its a time to reflect on Jesus Christ’s victory over death His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him. But mostly give lots of chocolate to our siblings :) Also this month is the beginning of the outdoor bowls season so don those whites and start winning! Either way April is proving to be a fun packed

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Your Garden In April Spring should be well under way this month with daffodils in full flow, their bright flowers enough to cheer up any day. Blossom trees will be blooming and fresh growth will be appearing on plants everywhere. “April showers’ are common but don’t be deceived by sudden bursts of rainfall – you may need to start watering plants more regularly on dry, bright and windy days. With longer days and stronger sunshine growing conditions are continually improving and the warmer weather will give us all the opportunity to get busy in our gardens.

Care for your lawn The lawn will need regular mowing from now until autumn. Get some maintenance carried out to your lawn mower to ensure it stays in good running order – at the very least your mower blades should be newly sharpened ready for regular use. Keep the edges of the lawn tidy after mowing with a sharp pair of shears or a lawn edger. Don’t forget to give the lawn a spring feed after mowing if you haven’t got around to doing it yet. If a more drastic approach is needed to spruce up your lawn, sowing seeds for new lawns or over seeding dead patches can be carried out from mid-April onwards.

Plant of the month: Rhododendron

3 Essential gardening jobs for March Sow hardy annuals Hardy annuals are plants that can be sown from seed in the open ground. Get them off to an early start by sowing in pots or modules. Modular trays are also handy for sowing summer bedding plants such as marigolds, lobelia and petunias. Label each seed tray and once they are growing put them outside when the weather is warm day and night. Support climbers Climbing plants should be growing rapidly now, so will need ample support for new growth. Extend or replace trellis as necessary or add more wire to archers and tripods. New shoots will need to be gently encouraged sideways as they grow. This will send vital growth hormones doing the length of the shoot rather than just to the tip and so will encourage flowering all over the plant. The rest of the garden will also be growing well now, so if you have been putting off carrying out any major pruning then now is the time to bite the bullet and get it done. Trees, shrubs and hedges should be cut back now before birds begin to nest.

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Why should you plant them? Ancient Greek meaning “Rose tree’ the rhododendron family includes azaleas. These stunning shrubs flower in all sorts of vibrant colours and can help brighten those difficult dark spots in your garden. Rhododendrons are grown for their spectacular flowers usually borne in spring, although some – the deciduous rhododendron or azaleas have good autumn colour. How should you plant them? In the wild rhododendrons are woodland plants, so they prefer dappled sunshine and can manage well in shade. They like plenty of water however and will not do well in boggy or badly draining soil, so drainage is key. Plant in autumn or spring and use ericaceous compost.


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‘Banned’ parking enforcement cars with CCTV are still being used in Bristol CCTV enforcement cars operated by two local councils have caught more than 800 motorists parked illegally this year – an average of 11 each day. The government banned mobile enforcement vehicles three years ago due to the fact that other local authorities were accused of ‘over-zealous’ parking enforcement. But some councils continue to use then under exception in the ruling which allow the use of the cars outside schools, at bus stops and on red routes. Responding to Freedom of Information Act Requests, Bristol City Council said it issued 173 tickets so far this year using a mobile enforcement vehicle, while South Gloucestershire Council issued 660. In Bristol, 63 tickets were issued to motorists parked illegally in Upper Maudlin Street, which goes past Bristol Royal Infirmary for Children in the city centre. Also among them were 37 tickets were issued in East Park in Eastville, 23 in Stapleton Road, and eight in Whiteladies Road. In South Gloucestershire, most of the tickets, 163 were posted to motorists who had parked at bus stops in Alma Road in Kingswood – round the corner from the council’s office. Elsewhere, 134 tickets were issued to motorists parked at bus stops in Hanham Road, in Hanham, and 22 for motorists leaving cars a stops on the A38 in Almondsbury.

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Other tickets went to parents leaving cars on zig-zag lines outside schools. The Government announced its proposal to ban some uses of the mobile enforcement vehicles after local authority parking revenue rose from £608m in 1997 to £1.3b in 2010. After schools and council made objections to the plan in a three-month consultation, Whitehall included exceptions such as allowing the use of the CCTV vehicle outside bus stops and schools. A spokesman for the RAC said: “Most drivers recognise the importance of no parking zones around schools to maintain the safety of pupils, other pedestrians and road users but also to avoid congestion in these locations during peak times. “As long as no parking zones are well marked or signed then there should be no excuse for infringing such restrictions.” “Similarly, the majority of drivers would never consider parking at a bus stop and are mindful that even the shortest incursion could have.” “The volume of penalties issued across South Gloucestershire and Bristol for these does not appear excessive and reflects a relatively low number of offences each day.”


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Beginners Crochet Class Event Date: 3rd April Description: Learn how to make a crochet Granny Square with our resident crochet expert, Jackie. This is a very popular class, so we are repeating as we have had many requests for this. Age 16 Plus. All materials are included in the cost of this class. Venue: Fabrics Plus 19 Badminton Road, Downend, Bristol Easter Events 2019 at Yate Shopping Centre Event Date: 6th April – 22nd April Description: Free events this Easter at Yate Shopping Centre Venue: Yate Shopping Centre 43 North Walk Yate Bristol Cattle Country 5/10k plus fun runs - April 2019 Event Date: 7th April Description: Now in it’s fourth year, Aspire Running Events are thrilled to announce the first 2019 Cattle Country Adventure Park 5/10k plus Family Fun Runs event will be held on the morning of Sunday 7th April. Venue: Cattle Country Adventure Park Berkeley Heath Farm Berkeley Glos Concordes first British flight Event Date: 9th April Description: Celebrate the anniversary of the first British Concorde flight. Venue: Hayes Way Patchway Bristol Family Pinhole Photography Workshop Event Date: 10th April Description: Make a pinhole camera and develop the images in this fun workshop. Venue: Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol

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Easter Extravaganza Disco! Event Date: 10th April Description: fter the huge success of Bonnie Boppers last disco, I have decided I will make it an event every school holiday. On Wednesday 10th April, we will be holding another disco in the Elbrow Suite of Hanham Community Centre. We will be dancing, playing games and using the parachute. Not one to be missed! Tickets upfront and paid for in advance will be cheaper than on the door- I need to know numbers attending for fire regulations and this is the easiest way. Needle Felt a Hare Event Date: 11th April Description: This is an all day class to needle felt a hare. Age 16 Plus. All materials are included in the cost of this class. Venue: Fabrics Plus 19 Badminton Road, Downend, Bristol Dino Day at Yate Shopping Centre Event Date: 11th April Description: Free events this Easter at Yate Shopping Centre Venue: Yate Shopping Centre 43 North Walk Yate Bristol Easter Arts & Crafts and Easter Egg Hunt! Event Date: 17th April Description: Keep your little ones entertained with a fun filled afternoon of Easter Arts & Crafts! Venue: The Park Centre, High Street, Kingswood, South Glos

Victorian art of flower pressing Children’s Easter Workshop Event Date: 17th April Description : Discover the Victorian art of flower pressing and create your very own flower patterns and styles in this unusual workshop. Workshops begin at 10.30m or 1.30pm. Ideal for children 5-12. Booking essential. Adult supervision please. Donations welcome. Our Workshops are becoming very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment 01454 862200 Venue: Yate Heritage centre church rd , BS37 5BG Decorate Your Own Easter Biscuits! Event Date: 18th April Description: Join us for a fun-filled morning as you decorate your very own Easter biscuits. Venue: The Park Centre, High Street, Kingswood, South Glos Easter Saturday OPEN DAY Bristol Blue Glass (Bath Road) Event Date: 20th April Description: Get your Easter Bonnets on everyone!! We are having an Easter Open Day on Saturday 20th April, Bath Road Studio/Shop. Free.. entry, talks/ demo’s with lot’s of chocolate and refreshments for all!! Venue: Bristol Blue Glass Ltd 357-359 Bath Road Arnos Vale How to raise a happy autistic child - author talk Event Date: 24th April Description: Jessie Hewiston, journalist and author of Autism: How to raise a happy autistic child, will speak about her book Venue: The Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, Bradley Stoke

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Celtic Tree Zodiac Birth month January Relationships are important at this time. Maybe time for thinking of having a break, even a short getaway would help to recharge the batteries. There may be some important meetings for you at this time also. Keywords. Relationships and relaxation Birth month February There seems to be something you have been putting off that really should be dealt with now, once sorted, you will feel a lot better .Sociability is highlighted at this time. If you are currently in a romantic relationship this is also highlighted and if you are single then this may be time for things to change. Keywords sociability and relationships Birth month March Time to check you are having a balanced life. May also be time to clear things out emotionally as well as physically. Maybe time to pick up with an old interest or hobby. Possibly some study. Keywords. Balance and clearing. Birth month April Looks like some changes are coming your way. Some paperwork and files need your attention. Things are looking busy this month, try not to do too much, and find some balance for yourself. Keywords. Changes and balance Birth month May Relationships and moments are highlighted at this time. If something seems to be held up you will find they are beginning to move forward very soon. New things are on the horizon for you. Keywords. Relationships and new things. Birth month June If you have a tendency to dig your heels in, it may be an idea to try and be a little more flexible, and sensitive to other’s needs. You can be very resourceful and a situation may arise where your abilities would be useful. Remember you don’t have to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, sometimes sharing things can be helpful. Keywords flexibility and sensitivity Birth month July There may be a few things that seem to be being held up, it may be helpful to go through sorting out some things on the physical level, and possibly also within yourself. Don’t give yourself A hard time, be sensitive to your needs and the needs of others. Keywords clearing and sensitivity.

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Birth month August It looks like it could be quite a social time for you. You also may feel the need to de-clutter your environment. This would be good as it will make a few things clearer for you mentally as well. Try not to burn the candle at both ends, instead try to keep some balance. Keywords cleansing, sociability and balance Birth month September There are some changes coming your way, most of them will be small things that will enhance. Some kind of study looks like it is on your mind, or possibly a new interest. You may have felt a little washed out recently, just remember to look after yourself and things should improve Birth month October Relationships are highlighted this month. There may be some communication issues that would be good to get resolved. You may feel the need to step back and look at the situation from a different angle. This could lead to some decision-making Keywords relationships and decisions Birth month November Somethings seem to be held up at the moment, if some of them are beginning to weigh on your mind remember a problem shared can sometimes make it easier. Something is going to need you to make a decision, try and view all options first. Keywords. Few options and decisions Birth month December Now is a good time to clear out those things you’ve been holding onto, and clear some space in your environment. There could be some social events for you. And you may be surprised that you have the strength and capability to deal with almost any complications. Keywords. Clearing and capability

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