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South Glos March 2019

Inside this montth: Win Yate Cineworld tickets, Puppy walking volunteers needed for guide dogs.


Your garden in March, Whats on in your area, Very veggie fingers, What every small business needs




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This month.. 6. Could you look after a life changing puppy? 8. Your garden in March 10. March sees some big movies 13. very veggie fingers 14. Whats on March 17. Celtic tree astrology 20. What every small business needs

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Editors words Wow! thats another month gone, here comes March then. This month is packed with special events such as Mother’s Day, Pancake Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Starting with Pancake Day on the 5th March so get flippin those pancakes! Then on the 17th March it’s St. Patrick’s Day, so why not visit your local and raise a glass. Then on March 31st it’s time to pamper and celebrate everything mums, yes they are awesome aren’t they! So on 31st March why not treat your mum to lunch out or a movie. Also on March the 31st the clocks go forward an hour so we can all start enjoying the extra day light and the beginning of spring, plus for those green fingered folks, more garden time. So this month seems to be packed with lots of things to do. Checkout our “whats on” section on page 14, Here we have put some of the best events going on in South Glos.. Disclaimer The opinions expressed in Direct Local do not necessarily reflect Do you have any local news to share? If yes get in touch with us and we will put it in our next edition free just give Mike a call or email subject to space available.


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Guide Dogs needs volunteers who can help look after and support the training of our guide dog puppies! This is a full-time volunteering role as the puppy would live with you, and you would be providing the puppy with a vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog for someone living with sight loss. Training and ongoing support is provided by Guide Dogs and your Puppy Training Supervisor, and all food and vets bills are paid for.

If you love dogs and have the time and the patience this could be the role for you.”Puppy Walking Volunteer, Chris, says “Every day is different – I could be taking the dog out on a walk, getting it used to trains, buses or the seaside! It’s great to be with Puppy Training Supervisor, Lucy, says “Puppy a dog knowing you are giving something back… Walking is a rewarding role and we are very grateful When a guide dog owner gets in touch with me to to our wonderful volunteers who expose the pupsay thank you for puppy walking their life-changing pies to a range of daily activities before entering dog, it really feels so rewarding and it’s lovely to get into training at about 12-16 months of age. During their feedback.” this time the Puppy Walker will have full training and support from their local Puppy Training Supervisor. To find out more about puppy walking with Guide With visits and regular communication. As a puppy Dogs or any other volunteering opportunities, visit walker you will need to be able to dedicate at least or give the voluna year to the role. teering office a call on 0345 143 0191.



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Your Garden In March Spring is finally here! The warmer and sunnier days during March provide the opportunity for an Increasing range of gardening tasks. It’s a great time of the year as new life bursts forth and the garden begins to transform. Preparation of seed beds and borders should be well under the way this month as well as cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up the mess that the winter has left behind. Whether you’re preparing for shrubs and bedding plants or sowing seed for vegetables. Once all the tidying is done you’ll be in a better position to plan the seasons planting.

It can be applied around the base of plants by Scattering straight from the box and left to be watered in the rain. Unfortunately, the warm weather will also see weeds start to grow as well. Weeding isn’t the most popular of jobs but its best to pull any that start to appear while they are young to prevent spreading.

Scarify the lawn Do some lawn preparations before the growing season gets well under way. Choose a dry day and give the lawn a rake to remove the remnants of winter before cutting with the mower blades set at the highest position. Then aerate with a garden fork or aeration machine. This helps drainage and gets oxygen to the roots. Finally, apply a top dressing of spring lawn feed to add nutrients. Enjoy your garden!

Plant of the month: Pansy / Viola Why should you plant them?

3 Essential gardening jobs for March Sow seeds and plant onion sets, shallots and potatoes As the soil begins to warm you can start to sow broad beans, salads and sweet peas. If bad weather is forecast, be sure to cover seedings with cloches to protect them. March is also the time to plant out onion and shallot sets – cover with fleece or netting to protect from birds. Early varieties of potato such as ‘Rocket’ and ‘swift’ , can be planted. If they have been kept in a light and frost-free environments, they should be ‘chitting’ (a slight sprouting from the seed potato). Chitting before planting can encourage earlier and heavier cropping.

Feed As the warmer weather promotes fresh growth, a general garden fertiliser should be applied to help boost roots, green foliage and encourage more fruits and flowers from your plants.


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MARCH SEES SOME HUGE MOVIE RELEASES AT CINEWORLD As well as playing host to Mother’s Day, Pancake Day and St. Patrick’s Day this year, March 2019 is also a time that sees a most eclectic mix of movies release at your local Cineworld, too. Whether you’re looking to re-experience a Disney classic through a 21st century lens, witness Marvel’s first female-led film or face your internal fears, it all awaits you on the big screen. Things get off to a flying start on 8th March, with Brie Larson taking on the role of the titular Captain Marvel. Forced to come to terms with her identity as part of an origin story set in the late ‘90s, she’ll need to test her superhuman skills and go higher, further, faster on her mission to defeat the shapeshifting race of Skrulls. Then, two weeks later on 22nd March, acclaimed comedian turned horror director Jordan Peele follows up 2017’s Get Out with new psychological thriller Us. In it, the Wilson family arrive at a beach-side resort hoping to relax, but little do they know that alternate versions of themselves, known only as ‘The Tethered’, lurk in the darkness.

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Fast forward seven days to 29th March, and if you’ve never seen an elephant fly you won’t be disappointed. Tim Burton’s Dumbo adaptation arrives almost 80 years after the 1941 original, but at over twice its running time, expect plenty of new perspective on the classic tale. Lastly don’t forget, Cineworld Yate and Direct Local Bristol have teamed up to give readers a chance to win two free cinema tickets. Simply fill out the next page word search

The ‘March madness’ expression has never been truer this month at Cineworld, so be sure not to miss out.

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BMYP - Half a Sixpence Date: 26th March description: award-winning Bristol Musical Youth Productions is delighted to announce their next show is Half a Sixpence and will take place from the 26th - 30th March 2019 (7.30pm each evening with a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday) at the Olympus Theatre in Filton. Tickets on sale now! We hope to see you there! Open Event - SGS College Date: 28th March Description: Join us at the SGS Filton, SGS WISE, SGS Stroud, SGS Queens Road or SGS Berkeley Green campuses and find out about South Gloucestershire & Stroud College’s wide range of study programmes, including those starting September 2019. Please note this event will take place at all of our campuses Venue: South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Filton Avenue, Bristol Peat Loaf with LIVE band! Event Date: 29th March Description: Experience The ’One And Only’ Real Dead Ringer with his LIVE band in Chipping Sodbury for one night only! Venue: Chipping Sodbury Town Hall PX PRODUCTIONS present THE ULTRA 90’s NIGHT OUT - BAWA Event Date: 30th March Description: A HUGE music event is coming to BAWA Leisure Club with all the best 90’s dance classics being played live. Venue: BAWA Healthcare & Leisure 589 Southmead Road Filton Bristol


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Celtic Tree Zodiac Birth month January Try not to get yourself tied in knots. Everybody seems to want you to help them with something, or to be involved in something. Give yourself a bit of space to find the common balance you need. It’s time to take stock of a few things, and re-shuffle both your home environment, and activities. Birth month February Time for you to try and take control of the situation that is holding you back. Avoid arguments or negative situations if you can. There may be some meeting or gathering that you may find useful. Avoid conflict if possible. Birth month March It seems that those born in the month of March, are about to venture into either new hobbies, interests or study. Remember to keep balance in your life and not to over do things. Research and collecting information seems to be things that will be taking up your time. Birth month April Looks like time for some changes. Has your motivation gone, and your energy levels down? Take a look at a few tweaks and changes you can make to help bring some vitality and enthusiasm back into your life. Don’t let things drag you down and don’t get yourself caught into complicated situations. This is your time of year, so it’s now time to take a look and sort some good and healthy treats for yourself. Have a lovely birthday. Birth month May If you have been thinking of taking up a new hobby, interest or maybe studying, now is the time to really consider doing this. A lot of things are going for you the hardest decision may be what it is you would like to learn. Try listening to your own intuition. Birth month June This seems to be a month for sorting a few things out, the only problem is it looks like social things could be quite important to you certainly this month Try not to take too much on at present, and seek some quiet time, to allow yourself to gain some clarity. Birth month July This month you may need to use some of your qualities of wisdom and endurance. There may be something that needs to be sorted that is stopping you from achieving your goals or plans. This needs to be sorted out so you can move forward, and begin to relax and enjoy yourself again

Birth month August There may be something that needs your attention. Possibly to do with paperwork. Once this has been dealt with then you can take some time out, and know that you have done the best you can and begin to unwind and relax. Remember nothing is impossible. Birth month September It seems to be a month for change for a lot of people, and your birth month is no different. Don’t take everything as your responsibility, remember sometimes sharing a burden or a project can make it much more enjoyable for everybody. Your energy levels and your well-being will begin to pick up show automatically this month, so look forward to some positive and wonderful energy. Birth month October Time to take a look at your life, or at a situation that needs some attention. Remember friends, family or your own higher self can be there to help you in any situation. Don’t listen to any gossip, as you need to focus on sorting things out to bring the calm and clarity that would help you to sort these things out Birth month November Try to find some balance in your life. It seems very much at times you don’t know whether you’re coming or going. It seems that you could be feeling literally a bit stuck in more ways than one. Try to take some time for yourself, and if you can, try and give yourself some you time. Birth month December Relationships seem to be the major influence for you this month. Particularly romances close friendships, just be aware that someone around who may need some emotional support. There may be a situation that will need you to take a good look at the situation. And then a decision maybe needed, to help someone.

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