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ED’s letter Well its February, some say its the month of love. I suppose it is Valentines day 14th and all you love birds will be taking your girlfriend, wife or husbands out for a romantic meal or cooking at home and choosing an early night. Personally I choose to stay in with my lovely wife have a slimming world meal and watch the soaps lol !! Seriously though lots going on in February so check out our events guide for more details. By now we should have also left the EU too and about time if all goes well... Whoops!! I’ve gone and probably jinxed it now sorry folks. Whats your thoughts though on the whole palaver. Let us know we would love to hear your views via email or snail mail. Finally as 2020 is well and truly underway we hope that this is the best year yet for everyone BUT if you want to see whats potentially in store for you this February take a look at our horoscopes page, you never know something spectacular may be in store for your.

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Opera in a Box is delighted to be returning to the Loco Klub to perform Verdi’s Macbeth. Asa touring opera company in the South West of the UK aimed at bringing the opera genre to as wide an audience as possible, we encourage you to take all of your preconceptions about opera and throw them out of the window! Experience this tragic tale of greed up-close in our intimate adaptation with our cast of talented performers. In our adaptation, Shakespeare’s dark tale will be performed in the chilling and atmospheric tunnels under Bristol Temple Meads Station. Opera in a Box has set the standard in the South West of up-close and personal operas in unique settings, helping to smash the pre-conceptions of opera that can put off new audience members. We defy you to watch an opera in the same way again! "I have seen the future of Opera, and it works.” (The Magic Flute) “Opera in a Box have won a new fan. Having never seen opera performed live, I went along not really knowing what to expect - and I was mesmerised!” (The Marriage of Figaro) Founding Member of Opera in a Box, Charlie Morris says, “Every production of ours is unique, and built entirely around the concept sharing our passion for opera with our audience (often those who have never experienced live opera before). Our exciting challenge in this production is combine such a well-known story by Shakespeare with the intense music provided by Verdi. Our cast are doing a superb job in bringing their characters to life!” Soprano Hannah Coleman, who is taking on the role of Lady Macbeth in the upcoming production, adds “Often opera-lovers have seen a productions of Verdi’s other opera, like La Traviata, but the music in Macbeth is particularly empowering and involving. Especially the banquet scene, where Lady Macbeth is struggling to keep the celebrations going while her husband is struggling with the realisation of his murderous actions.” Opera in a Box’s production of Macbeth will be performed in a promenade setting, and will require the audience to move through the tunnels and stand for a period of approximately 15mins. There are minimal steps in the tunnel, but the floor is uneven. Please dress appropriately for the venue. Some seating is available on request. A drink and canapé are included in the price as we welcome you to the banquet! Please contact us for specific requirements. The Loco Klub, opposite Yurt Lush, Clock Tower Yard, Bristol. BS1 6QH (duration approximately 2h with interval) Tickets can be purchased from www.operainabox. com

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Our team take a mobile sports village into the poorest neighbourhoods of South Bristol to deliver free activities during school holiday periods.

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Volunteers Needed For Shirehampton Markets You may ask who are Shirehampton Markets? It all began with the local community plan survey and from that local markets and community events were highlighted as a need in Shirehampton. However we went one step further and wanted to share our markets and events with the four villages Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Sea Mills and Lawrence Weston - after all who doesn't like a good market? We also realised the local High Streets were suffering too and we wanted to support them, so with our High Street Markets we would provide goods for sale not widely available in our shops. We wanted to compliment not compete with shops such as fruit and veg, butchers, bakers, pet supplies, florist, carpet shop for example. We also integrated the idea of stopping by for a cuppa and cake where people could meet up with family and friends for a catch up in a relaxed atmosphere and this in turn would help tackle isolation and loneliness of all ages, a place where all are welcome.

The core team of Shirehampton Markets is Ash Bearman, Katherine Birth and Kathryn Courtney who have a good mix of experience of community, events, fundraising, management, media and PR. We are volunteers too and love doing what we do. Of course we have some fabulous volunteers who help on market day. We couldn't do without them and their help and input is always greatly appreciated and valued. However we do need more volunteers to help us out with our monthly High Street Markets on Thursday and our Fayres being run on a Saturday on a quarterly basis. This includes helping with setting up the markets and events from 8am onwards and packing up from 3pm onwards, also help in the kitchen with serving refreshm ents and cake, leaflet drops, distribution of event posters and so on. All ages welcome. For more information please email shirehamptonmarkets@ outlook.com or leave a message on 01179829963

Shirehampton Markets is a non profit community organisation and part of Shirehampton Community Action Forum (SCAF). Without their help Shirehampton Markets would not exist. We started with zero and SCAF stepped in to pay for the initial costs to set up our first market at The Tithe Barn in Shirehampton.

or drop a short letter into Shirehampton Markets, SCAF, Public Hall, 32 Station Road, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9TX.

After many months of research 15 market traders took a chance with us and became part of our High Street Market history with our very first event opening on Thursday 5th September 2019.

Our High Street Markets take place the first Thursday of every month at the Tithe Barn, High Street, Shirehampton from 10am to 3pm Our first Spring Fayre will take place on Saturday 18th April. This will be followed by our Summer Fayre 11th July, Autumn Fayre 17th October and our Christmas Market 21st November, at the Public Hall, 32 Station Road, Shirehampton from 10am - 3pm.

Since then we have progressed to running a successful local community market for all our local communities and beyond to use. It is growing in popularity and we have a good mix of lovely market traders, some who are local to our area, selling in some cases bespoke, handmade, unique items including eco and upcycled goods and hot food to take away.

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Without our market traders, our volunteers and you, our customers constantly giving your support in many ways we would not exist.

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Is love in store for you this February?

January There may be some hold-ups to your plans or projects, this could be a time to take a good look at these situations and see what you can do to change things. Try and look at things from a different perspective and see if this gives you a clearer view to sorting things out. Keywords: Review and Re-new.

July Be on the lookout for opportunities, especially if it is to do with improving your home environment. It may be an idea to review a few changes to diet, and maybe taking more care of yourself. Keywords: Opportunities and Looking after yourself.

August Look out for new interests or ideas, and at this time it February may be good to follow your intuition and seek advice It seems there are a few changes coming your way, from a trusted friend rather than take everything on this may bring a few hold-ups or obstacles, but will yourself. Be aware of being sensitive to other run relatively smoothly. The end result will be very people’s needs when trying to put your point across. worthwhile and very rewarding. This should help to Keywords: New things and Communication. bring some calm. Keywords: Changes and Renewal September Now could be a good time to start looking at things March you need to get organised. Be aware of not pushing Your intuition would be your best friend at this time, yourself too hard and asking others for help with try to pay attention to it. If possible, stay out of situa- necessary. Try to keep calm and not let things get tions that can bring you anxiety or tension, and try to too much of your time, as you may find it not as seek balance in your life. You may find that you are much fun as it can be. well on the way to organising yourself. Keywords: Organisation, Calm and you time. Keywords: Intuition, Balance, Organisation October April Although this is a good time to start looking at You may be feeling a little restless and looking to decorating your home. If anything this could be a find new things and changes to your life. good time to start clearing and getting rid of a few Be aware of your intuition, gut feelings, as they will unnecessary things. Be true to your own values and stand you in good stead. Try not to take everything ethics and try not to be swayed otherwise. on yourself, and seek support from friends and Keywords: Clearing, and Values. family if needed. Look after yourself, and try to seek balance and harmony. November Keywords: Intuition and Harmony. If anyone around you is being treated unfairly, you’re not needed to try and step-in and bring balance and May justice back. In any given situation, try to be If you find yourself in difficult situations, remember to sensitive to other people feelings and try not being stick to your values and ethics, and also be aware of stuck in new ways. Keeping a balance in all avenues being sensitive to other people’s needs. of your life of your life would be good right now. Your home environment is very prominent at this Keywords: Justice, Sensitivity, Balance. time. It is also your place of calm and relaxation. Try not to get drawn in too much to buying December everything you see. Looks like there could be some good changes on Keywords: Values and Home. the way for you, something may be a few obstacles or hold-ups. You have the ability to deal with most June situations calmly, and without too much stress. Your home and your loved ones are very much on Remember changes can sometimes bring a form of your mind right now. You are possibly already well awakening, and let you see things differently. on the way to organising things. If something starts Keywords: Changes, Obstacles and New ideas. to become a little much, remember to ask family Want to find out more about what’s in store for you or friends for any advice or help rather than taking everything on yourself. this month! Contact Marie on: 07949 800354 Keywords: Home, Loved ones. Disclaimer This zodiac is for entertainment purposes only please do not take the predictions seriously Marie take no responsibility for your actions

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The Bristol branch of a canine company founded in 2000 to provide dog care in loving homes instead of kennels, is helping to celebrate 20 years of people experiencing health and well-being benefits thanks to their alternative to dog ownership. According to studies such as ‘The Pet Factor – Companion Animals as a Conduit for Getting to Know People, Friendship Formation and Social Support’, it has been scientifically proven that patting and walking dogs can help people to feel more relaxed and less anxious. This makes a huge difference to emotional and physical well-being. Those caring for a dog are also less likely to be socially isolated, research suggests. Jennifer Davies has been a ‘host’ dog boarder for Barking Mad for nearly fourteen years and believes that her hobby has changed her life. She said,

Owner-operator of your local branch, Barking Mad North Bristol, John Johnson said: “We love our job! We cover a big area, from Thornbury to Saltford and Shirehampton to Wick. We have lovely dogs, with great owners, and fabulously dedicated hosts like Jennifer. As Barking Mad celebrates its 20th anniversary, our proudest achievement is the happiness which holidaying dogs have brought to the lives of our hosts. We match friendly dogs to our hosts’ preferences and lifestyle, for their holidays and short breaks. We take care of everything, including chauffeuring dogs to our hosts’ homes with all their essentials and providing 24/7 support. If you are retired, missing a dog in your life, have experience of owning a dog and have your own secure garden, we would love to hear from you.”

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Your Garden in February If you’re a keen gardener February is a month filled with anticipation. The first signs of life are beginning to emerge as plants shake off their winter dormancy and wildlife begins to wake. Light levels are increasing, temperatures are rising and splashes of colour are beginning to creep back into the garden. Spring is on its way and there is plenty of preparation to do. Prune plants Prune late flowering shrubs such as fuchsia, hydrangea, buddleja and ceanothus. Using sharp secateurs, cut just above an outward pointing bud. Aim to remove about a third of the height of the shrub and try to maintain an even shape. Check other shrubs and remove any dead, diseased or damaged branches to keep the plant healthy. Try to avoid pruning early flowering shrubs until after they have flowered. Give the lawn a light mow If the weather is warm you may need to start mowing. Set the cutting height on your mower to its maximum and only mow when it’s dry. Re-cutting lawn edges will also give an instant lift to the appearance of the garden. Plant shrubs and trees February is the ideal time to plant new shrubs and trees while they are still in their dormant state. Make sure the ground is not frozen or water logged before planting. Stakes and rabbit guards should be put in place at the time of planting to prevent damage to the root ball or bark. It’s also a good idea to check ties and stakes on existing plants and replace, tighten or slacken where necessary.

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Why should you plant them? Welcome in the spring with Camellias-these hardy shrubs have glossy evergreen leaves and display flowers that brighten up your winter. An early riser in terms of plants waking up from the winter snooze. Camellias burst into flower in February just as the rest of the garden is starting to blink its eyes at the sunshine. How should you plant them? Camellias are easy to grow and flower relliably-the most important thing is choosing the right spot. Although a hardy shrub their flower buds are susceptible to frost once they start to develop so plant in a sheltered spot and wrap with fleece when frost is forecast. Camellias like to grow in acidic soil so need planting with ericaceous compost. feed with ericaceous plant food to keep the leaves glossy and green and water well once the flower buds appear-although the flowers wont break until February. The buds will begin to develop in autumn.

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City & Port of Bristol Bowls Club

With the new season just two months away there is still plenty of work to be done and lots to look forward to.

The green-keeper has been busy since the end of last season, working hard to improve the playing surface for season 2020. Volunteers from within the club work all year round to ensure that the green surround and buildings are in good order and safe to use. Phil Cormack has been busy through the winter putting together a list of friendly fixtures for Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays from mid-April until late September. Before that, twenty eight bowlers and families will make their way to Torquay early in March for the annual Winter Bowling Break at the Toorak Hotel. There will be four two hour games of indoor bowls against local and visiting club sides to be enjoyed and ample time to make the most of the wide range of facilities and activities that the hotel group has to offer. Whether it’s a swim in the splendid Aztec Pool, relaxing in the Jacuzzi, a sauna, snooker on full size tables, pool or Ten Pin Bowling --- it’s all part of the break and to be enjoyed. At the end of each day there is a variety of entertainment in the Starlight Lounge and this is preceded by a session of Bingo with cash prizes.

The Ladies League Team will be looking to go one better than last year when they finished third in division two. A top two finish would mean promotion to division one. Captained by Gill Hinksman they

have once again entered the Inter Club --- one rink This year’s Summer Tour will see a return to at home and one away and Top Club --- singles, Eastbourne and the splendid Langham Hotel late in pairs, triples and fours Competitions in which they August. First visited in 2016 the hotel has sea views have done credibly well in seasons past. and is just a short walk from the well-known Sheiks Pier --- look out for the gold paint!! The Men’s League Team, Captained by Bill Hatherall will also be looking to improve on last So --- there is plenty to look forward to. As well as season when they finished mid-table in division four. Wednesday and Week-End mixed friendly games there will be Monday night league with hopefully The Start of Season Meeting will be on Thursday more teams this year. March 12th, 7.30 for 8.00pm in the Ballroom at the PBA Social and Sports Club. The final Sunday Evening Social Event of the close season will be a Quiz Night on March 29th. The club will be looking to recruit new members and in particular young bowlers this year. Bowling is the Sport for all and is not just for older people. There are many very good young bowlers in the county of Gloucestershire ---- let’s have some good young bowlers here at the City and Port of Bristol Club in 2020.

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WHAT’S ON: NORTH BRISTOL Queen Tribute with support Event Date: 8th Feb Description: Freddie Mercury Tribute with support Gabriel in the ballroom from 20:00-23:30 Ticket available from bar £3 members, £6 non-members Buy 6 get a ticket free Venue:PBA Sports And Social Club Nibley Road, BS11 9XW Bristol Time of the Month: South West Event Date: 12th Feb Description: Time of the Month South West is like a meet up/ mini-workshop and gig all smooshed together in the warm and welcoming basement of Bishopston’s artiest bar. Venue: Alchemy 198, 198 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, United Kingdom

INNOVATION, AVIATION AND CELEBRATION: A CONCERT UNDER THE WINGS OF CONCORDE Event Date: 15th Feb Description: Join Aerospace Bristol for a musical extravaganza that celebrates more than 100 years of aerospace engineering in Bristol. Venue: Aerospace Bristol Hayes Way Patchway Bristol RATS, TALES & TRAILS: FEBRUARY HALF TERM - Brunels SS Great Britain Event Date: 15 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020 Description: Scurry along to Brunel’s SS Great Britain for ratty fun this February half term. Venue: Brunels SS Great Britain Great Western Dockyard Bristol Harbourside Bristol

Valentine’s Day - The Eastfield Inn Event Date: 14th Feb Description: Love’s in the air! Come and celebrate with us the sweetest day of the year. Venue: The Eastfield Inn 219 FEBRUARY HALF TERM at Wild Henleaze Rd Bristol Place Project Event Date: 15th Feb - 23rd Feb Valentine’s Magic - Bristol Description: Kick off your FebruMuseum & Art Gallery ary half term with a wild advenEvent Date: 14th Feb ture at Wild Place Project! Description: Looking for something Venue: Wild Place Project Wild a little bit different this Valentine’s Place Project Blackhorse Hill Day? Bristol Venue: Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery Queens Road Clifton Arts Award: Discover in a Day Bristol – for home educating families Valentines Steak & Skate - Old Down Event Date: 14 Feb Description: Book a table for two and enjoy the ice rink at your leisure before your meal. Love songs will play on the ice creating the perfect date. Venue: Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Bristol

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Event Date: 19th Feb Description: Explore Bristol’s art collection, find out about artists and their work, create some amazing art of your own, share what you have created and achieve a ‘Discover’ Arts Award along the way! Venue: Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery Queens Road Clifton Bristol

Parent & Child Plaiting Workshop Event Date: 25th Feb Description: Who fancies a girly day? Are you and your child interested in learning the skill of plaiting hair? Does your child ever ask to have a pretty plait for school or a party but you’ve never gotten around to learning how? I will be demonstrating a range of plaits of which I’ll talk through step by step. You and your child will be working together to practice the technique and master the art of plaiting with the added bonus of using pretty bows, clips and colourful bands to complete the look! (Brushes/ combs etc are also provided). The work shop cost is £12 per parent & child. Venue: The Flamingo Centre 175 Southmead Road, Westbury on Trym, BS10 5DT World Handicap System Workshop *For affiliated clubs* Event Date: 26th Feb Description: England Golf in conjunction with the GGU and the GLCGA have agreed to put on two WHS Joint Education Workshops for the benefit of its affiliated golf club officials and volunteers. Venue: The Bristol Golf Club St. Swithins Park, Blackhorse Hill Almondsbury, Bristol Wind/Rush Generation(s) and A Marxist In Heaven Event Date: 27th - 29th Feb Description: boomsatsuma’s Professional Acting Diploma course presents a double bill performance of Mojisola Adebayo’s Wind/Rush Generation(s) and Hattie Naylor’s A Marxist in Heaven, as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival. Venue: The Redgrave Theatre 2 Percival Road, BS8 3LE

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Christopher Baker, founder of Bristol Memorial Woodlands, said: “Death is still such a taboo subject and we really want to open up more conversations around dying, which is the aim with our series of seminars in 2020.

“It’s a topic which affects us all, so as uncomfortable as it may be, these conversations are incredibly A seminar focused on the importance of important. We’re hoping to get some really conversation and planning in end of life care is interesting speakers on board and meet lots of local being held for palliative and end of life care workers professionals.” at a local Bristol cemetery. Organised by Bristol Memorial Woodlands in partnership with training provider Gentle Dusk, the workshop aims to help participants feel confident initiating conversations with people at the end of their lives and supporting them to discuss and record their care wishes. Open to care home staff, GPs, district nurses and other local professionals working in end of life care, the event will take place on Tuesday 4 February. The workshop is the first in a series of lectures, seminars and training sessions being held at the Alveston woodlands and will be free of charge.

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The training is being delivered by Mireille Hayden, founding partner of Gentle Dusk which provides training and events around death, dying and bereavement. Mireille is a Chartered Health Psychologist and Senior Manager with 20 years of experience in the Health Service. Mireille also often provides expert input on death in the media including appearances on BBC News Worldwide and in New Scientist Magazine.


With Gentle Dusk she aims to empower professionals and communities on topics around death combining knowledge and techniques from psychology, experience of healthcare services and patient and family support in end of life care. Mireille said: “Death, dying and planning for the end of life can be one of the most challenging topics to discuss for anyone working within health and social care. With the right knowledge and skills, it can become one of the most rewarding. “Around 70% of people would prefer to die at home. In England, 50% die in hospital. Only 7% of us have recorded our wishes and preferences for the care we would like at the end of our lives. Planning ahead can help people receive this care; it gives them a greater sense of control and can help make things easier for those that care for them.�

Bristol Memorial Woodlands offers 100 acres of burial woodland and provides families with a setting to visit and remember loved ones for years to come The seminar will take place on Tuesday 4 February from 2-5pm at Bristol Memorial Woodlands. Places are free for local professionals working in End of Life Care but limited to 20 for this workshop. To book email your name, title and organisation as well as the title and date of the course you want to be booked on to admin@memorialwoodlands.com or telephone 01454 414 999. For more info visit: www.memorialwoodlands.com

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