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South Bristol Edition

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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. Have a fantastic month and we will see you in the spring!

This month.. 6. Bristol embryologist takes top prize 8. Property pages 12. Four years of Labour failure 14. South bristol consultant celebrate 16. Whats on South Bristol 19. Overcoming doglessness 21. Your Garden In February 24. Volunteers needed for Marie Curie 30.Competition page 32. Super Sweetcorn Fritters

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BRISTOL EMBRYOLOGIST TAKES TOP PRIZE AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE A clinical embryologist at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) has won a top prize at the national Fertility 2020 conference for scientific research that will help more women have babies. Jen Nisbett, 33, was awarded the Post Registration Presentation prize against stiff competition. She was one of 78 researchers to present at the conference in Edinburgh, whittled down from a total of 342 would-be contenders. Her presentation outlined her recent findings about how implanting frozen embryos in patients is more likely to result in a viable pregnancy than using fresh embryos in certain circumstances. Mum-of-two, Jen, who completed her clinical training at BCRM, said: “These discoveries about the use of frozen embryos are really exciting, because all our work is targeted at helping women facing potential childlessness to succeed in having babies of their own. “Obviously it’s really important to share any advances with others working in the field, so with over 750 experts in fertility and reproductive medicine attending Fertility 2020 it was a great platform for sharing the outcome of the pilot study we’ve done at BCRM.

“I was thrilled to discover that winning the prize means I’ll be going to Sydney in August to present these findings at the Fertility Society of Australia’s annual conference. That was an unexpected bonus.” Jen’s work at BCRM involves carrying out IVF, making observations and keeping records of how embryos develop, which was what led to the frozen embryo study. The centre is the longest established fertility clinic in Bristol, helping people from throughout the South West and Wales with fertility treatment for both private and NHS patients. Their IVF success rate exceeds 55%, compared with a rate of just 34% nationally. BCRM offers regular free patient open evenings at their centre on the Southmead Hospital site every other week where women and couples can have a free mini consultation, meet specialist staff, tour the centre, ask questions and find out how the clinic can help them. Sessions run from 6.15pm to 8pm, and free parking is available. To register for the next event on Thursday 13th February email info@BCRM.org.uk or call 0117 3018605.


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Councillors Surgery Four Years of Labour Failure By Cllr. Jos Clark, councillor for Brislington West and Andrew Varney, councillor candidate for Brislington West

The Mayor seemingly prefers backroom deals, allowing First Bus to dictate the terms of negotiation, meaning Brislington has a worse service. Jos and Andrew have been campaigning for bus franchising as the best way to improve our bus services. Of course, the local Labour candidates oppose this.

*Bristol Energy Failure – The Mayor has wasted over £40 million of your money on the Bristol Throughout his term of office, Labour Mayor Marvin Energy project, subsidising cheap energy for Rees and his incompetent administration have people who don’t even live in Bristol while putting presided over a series of costly failures for Bristol. the council at huge financial risk. The Lib Dems will Here are just some of their ‘achievements’: stop throwing good money after bad, starting with a thorough investigation of the company’s accounts. *Arena Failure – Having spent over £12 million of public money, the Mayor blocked the arena at *Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Temple Meads, against the wishes of the majority Children Failure – The Mayor illegally cut £5 million of Bristolians. Instead he decided to send it to from the budget for SEND children and rather than Filton, taking much needed jobs and investment admit his mistake, wasted thousands more away from South Bristol. Both Jos and Andrew defending his actions in a pointless court case. The fought hard for a city centre arena, unlike the local council has continued to act illegally by not underLabour candidates, who of course sided with the taking children’s assessments and has even Mayor. tried to stop new applications. The Lib Dems helped force the Mayor to reverse the SEND cut. *Clean Air Failure – The Mayor and his Labour administration dithered and delayed for months on the Clean Air Zone, almost facing legal action. The eventual plan is likely to be catastrophic for the people of Brislington, with more heavy goods vehicles avoiding the central charging zone by travelling on Brislington Hill, making pollution even worse. Jos and Andrew want to reduce pollution by improving public transport and active travel routes to give people real choice. The local Labour candidates *Temple Meads Failure - The Mayor has spent oppose our plans and instead support more road millions of pounds and many months on needless building. roadworks at Temple Meads, making it worse for vulnerable pedestrians, cyclists and bus users. *Bus Failure – Despite a huge petition, the Mayor has refused to support the proposal for a London-style franchised bus network, which would give *Management Failure – The Mayor has spent hundreds of thousands managing his personal us control over routes, timetables and fares. PR machine, and wasted £98 thousand on an unnecessary pay-off to the council’s former Chief Executive, leading to auditors failing his accounts. The Lib Dems will scrap the Mayoral office and end the failure.


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Alan, a well-loved TV personality, co-hosted the annual Slimming World Awards with the organisation’s founder and chair Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE. Margaret opened her first group in 1969 and over the last 50 years Slimming World has become the nation’s favourite way to lose weight*, supporting almost one million slimmers. The consultants who run Slimming World groups in South Bristol, were delighted to get a chance to meet Alan. Keesa Bryant said it was the perfect end to a fantastic year for the Bristol Slimming World groups. “The members at our group make me burst with pride, not only have they seen big changes on the scales, many have improved their health and completely changed their lives too.

Sarah Bryant continues: “Last year was our 50th year, which was full of celebrations and successes. We’ve supported more people than ever to achieve their dreams and we’re so excited about what 2020 has in store.” “For anyone who may be thinking of taking that step to lose weight and improve their health this New Year I truly believe that joining a local Slimming World group is the best way for people to learn new habits and make long-term healthy changes. At the Bristol groups they’ll discover a whole world of support to help them achieve their dreams and stay slim for life – with lots of fun along the way too!”

“For many people, taking that first step into a Slimming World group takes a huge amount of courage. But they’re always certain of a warm welcome and introduction to our fabulously flexible eating plan which means you’re never hungry while you’re losing weight. And when you join a group and stay each week members support each other with motivation, tips and ideas, cheering each other on and boosting each other to face any challenges. “Watching people grow in confidence each week and take on things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight absolutely amazes me. I feel proud of the small part I play in supporting people to achieve their dreams and to celebrate alongside them when they do, so we were honoured to represent the Bristol groups at the Slimming World Awards. Alan was left in awe of the difference Slimming World makes to people’s lives too.” Alan, who presented comedy chat show Chatty Man on Channel 4, said it was great to be invited to the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. He said: “I met so many people who had transformed their lives and it was clear how much the support they received from their ‘Slimming World family’ meant to them. Every one of them spoke passionately about how they couldn’t have made those changes to eat more healthily and become more active without the support of their Consultants and group every week. I left the awards feeling so uplifted and positive, I wish I could’ve bottled that Slimming World feeling.


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Sea Hear Storytelling - Brunels SS Great Britain Event Date: 4th Feb Description: Free monthly storytelling sessions for preschool children. Venue: Brunels SS Great Britain Great Western Dockyard Bristol Harbourside Bristol

St Brendan’s Open Evening Event Date: 6th Feb Description: An Open Event is a great opportunity to find out more about life and learning at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College. With over 70 different A-levels, Applied General and Level 2 options available, there’s a lot to discover! Explore the state-ofthe-art facilities, meet our specialist subject teachers and chat to current students to discover what it’s really like to study (and socialise) at St Brendan’s! Venue: St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, Broomhill Road, Brislington JAMALI MADDIX STRIP CLUB EINSTEIN ***SOLD OUT*** Event Date: 6th Feb Description: Critically acclaimed comedian and host of Vice’s Hate Thy Neighbour and Channel 4’s Adventures in Futureland, Jamali Maddix is heading out on tour again after his incredible 2018 World Tour. The new show reflects on tales from the front line of social change and uncomfortable home truths. Venue: Comedy Box The Hen and Chicken 210 North Street Bedminster Bristol Story & Craft Workshop at The Rising Sun Windmill Hill at the Rising Sun Event Date: 6th - 13th Feb Description: Story & Craft Workshop for 2 - 4 year olds and their grown ups. Venue: The Rising Sun Windmill Hill Alfred Road Bristol


ALFIE BROWN IMAGINATION (UK Tour) Event Date: 12th Feb Description: After a sell out Edinburgh Festival run which garnered incredible reviews, Alfie Brown is taking his brand new show on tour around the UK and Europe. Venue: Comedy Box The Hen and Chicken 210 North Street Bedminster Bristol Happymess - preschool art/craft and playdough at The Rising Sun Windmill Hill at the Rising Sun Event Date: 14th Feb Description: Every Fridays 1011am (term time only) Venue: The Rising Sun Windmill Hill Alfred Road Bristol Woo at the Zoo Event Date: 14th Feb Description: Come along this February half term for a date at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm’s Fun Fete! From coconut shy to our own mini house of mirrors, there will be something for all the family. Venue: Noahs Ark Zoo Farm Clevedon Road Wraxall Bristol Valentines Night Love Tour Event Date: 14th Feb Description: ove is in the air so come along to our Love Tour and hear about love beyond the grave.Discover tales of love conquering all, forbidden love, elopement, and spot secret love signs on gravestones. Our expert guide will share fascinating stories and take you on a wander around our beautiful site. Venue: Arnos Vale Cemetery Bath Road, BS4 3EW Bristol 2020 HALF TERM TRAINS AVON VALLEY RAILWAY Event Date: 15th Feb Description: Brighten up your Winter half term Venue: Avon Valley Steam Railway Bitton Railway Station Bath Road Bitton

FEBRUARY HALF TERM at Wild Place Project Event Date: 15th - 23rd Feb Description: Kick off your February half term with a wild adventure at Wild Place Project! Venue: Wild Place Project Wild Place Project Blackhorse Hill Bristol Guess how much I Love you Stomping Story Session Events Date: 17th Feb Description: Take an wander with the Nut Brown Hares. Explore this gorgeous story and discover the ways the hares find to explain how much they love each other. A well-loved classic told in the beautiful outdoors. Follow the story and join in with the actions then make something lovely to take home. Kids will have fun, plays games, get out and about with this popular story. £6 per child venue: Arnos Vale Cemetery Bath Road, BS4 3EW Bristol Karaoke with DJ Janice Event Date: 29 Feb Description: Karaoke with DJ Janice Venue: The Kings Head 91 Bridgwater Road Bedminster Down Bristol Kate Bush Tribute: Moments of Pleasure at the Fiddlers Bristol Event Date: 29 Feb Description: A great opportunity to see and hear the music of Kate Bush performed accurately and affectionately with plenty of love and emotion, capturing the tone and emotion of Kate’s songs perfectly.“Moments Of Pleasure: The Music Of Kate Bush” is a 5 piece tribute band featuring the passionate and stunningly authentic vocals of Lisa-Marie Walters. The performance will contain many of the Kate Bush singles together with popular tracks from albums such as The Kick Inside, Lionheart, Never For Ever, The Dreaming and Hounds Of Love. Venue: Fiddlers Bristol Willway Street, BS3 4BG Bristol

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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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Looks great I thought but then I noticed the deadline was two days away. I needed an official group to pitch with but the deadline allowed no time Brislington is one of the largest wards in Bristol, and to get it past any of our local community groups. I within that there’s a significant proportion of then remembered a group called Empire Fighting teenagers with no official youth services. As a Chance who I knew worked with young people with councillor candidate I talk to a lot of people on the astounding results, so I contacted them to find out doorstep and this has come up time and time again: if they’d help. I’d like to say it was all simple and the rest is history, but it actually took 6 months and 3 ‘Where are the youth clubs and facilities? What rounds to get eventually get £16,000 towards youth are teenagers supposed to do in their spare time? services with Empire Fighting Chance for When do they get chance to let off steam, talk to Brislington. Great news but also an illustration of other young people, develop their social skills, get a how tough it is to get funding in the current climate. bit of mentoring?’ All of the youth services in Brislington have gradually been taken away as a result of the 70% cuts from central government over the last ten years. Locally this has left an area with over 23,000 young people with very little to do.

Empire Fighting Chance support thousands of children and young people through a various activities, but predominantly non contact boxing and fitness. 81% of those who attend feel fitter, 92% of targeted young people struggling at school improve their attendance at school, and 90% targeted then progress into employment, training or further education. Overall though, their work provides a community space for young people to form friendships and gain the support they need in whatever capacity they need it. I haven’t finished with my aim to revitalise youth services in the area, I’ll be looking at other events and funding for the younger age groups too. For now, I’m extremely proud that Empire Fighting Chance will bring their much valued services to Brislington and we hope to announce our starting date within the month.

Yes there are scouts, brownies and football groups and they do great work, but they’re not free and they’re not for everyone. Talking to the local community, I found out that some teenagers in the area go to McDonalds up to 2 or 3 times a day, and some say it’s the only space they feel they have to connect with others. I think that’s real shame. But it got me to thinking; there must be a way of getting something for Brislington and the young people who are missing out on these vital services. Then someone shared the Bristol City Council ‘Bristol Impact Fund’ on my Facebook, offering funding to tackle inequalities and gaps in community Please contact me on Carolyn4BrislingtonWest@ services for ages 16 years and up. mail.com for further information in the meantime.



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Overcoming Doglessness and Helping to Ease Social Isolation – Barking Mad’s Alternative to Dog Ownership Celebrates 20 Years

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,

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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.

Plant of the Month Camellias

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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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



Volunteers needed now for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal in Bristol Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is urgently calling for volunteers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to give just two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins, in return for donations.

“Volunteering just two hours at a local collection is a great way to show your support and help us raise money to help make sure that we can be there for more people at the end of their lives.

Volunteers will be supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal – Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

“Collecting can be a lot of fun too. You can do it on your own or with family and friends, and we will support you every step of the way. Volunteering is also an easy way to get involved in your local community and meet new people.”

In the next 10 years, more than six million people will die in the UK1 and of this number 75% will need end of life care.2 The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide much-needed expert care to people across Bristol with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones.

Diane Smallridge from Bristol, said: “I collect every year for the Great Daffodil Appeal and it’s a great feeling to be supporting such an important cause. I’ve met so many kind and interesting people along the way - many of whom have directly benefited from the care provided by Marie Curie Nurses in their own homes.”

Helen Isbell, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Bristol, said: “Whether you wear a daffodil pin in celebration, in solidarity or in memory of a loved one, you are joining with millions of others to help make sure Marie Curie Nurses can care for more people, as well as providing invaluable support to their families.

To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations, please visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or contact Helen on Helen.Isbell@mariecurie.org. uk or 0117 9247 275.


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Being the month where The Then there’s the fast-paced thrills of Le Mans ’66, where Matt Damon and Christian Bale must Valentine’s Day makes an work together to create a car equipped to beat the appearance, you better dominant Ferrari. believe that your local Cineworld has a whole host of movies worth falling in love with releasing in February. Emma Ranging from the charm-filled family adventures of a gifted animal doctor, female superheroes with attitude, and the humble tale of a man and his dog, there’s something for everyone on the big screen. Kicking us off on 7th February is Universal’s reboot of the Dolittle franchise. This time featuring Marvel alumni Robert Downey Jr. as the animal-understanding veterinarian, he and his friends are tasked to explore a mysterious island in search of a cure for Queen Victoria’s persistent illness. That very same day sees many a sister doing it for herself, as the Kristen Stewart-starring Underwater and Harley Quinn spin-off Birds of Prey both releasing. The latter follows Quinn shortly after her split with Jared Leto’s Joker, putting together her own team of oddball superheroes to fend off Gotham City’s evil Black Mask. Then, just one week later on Valentine’s Day itself, Jane Austen’s classic 19th century novel about misread love and the folly of youth hits the silver screen, with Split’s Anya Taylor-Joy starring as the titular Emma. Romance not your thing? Another remake arrives in the form of The Call of the Wild just 5 days later, starring Harrison Ford alongside his trusty sled dog surviving in Alaska. Finally, the scares settle in on 28th February with director Leigh Whannell’s take on The Invisible Man. As always Cineworld Bristol and Direct Local Magazine are giving readers a chance to win a prize. Simply complete the word search on 22 page. Enjoy the perfect date with a loved one this February with a visit to your local Cineworld. With so many must-see movies arriving, it’d be hard not to.


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With a lifetime mortgage, the most popular method of releasing equity from your home, you will not have to sell any part of it to anyone. The lender will release the funds once a charge is secured on your home, the same as a normal residential mortgage you may have had previously, and you are entitled to carry on living in your home for the rest of your life.

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Equity release will reduce the value of your estate it will not prevent you from leaving an inheritance for your loved ones. You can even opt for a guaranteed percentage your home value to be left to your beneficiaries.

This is not the case. Equity release plans now come with a “no negative equity guarantee”. This means you or your estate will never be asked to repay more than the value of your property, even if the amount owed is greater. We will not recommend a plan to you that does not offer such protection.

“If I release equity from my home now I will not be able to move in future” - False Equity release lenders will allow you to move your loan from one property to another. However, it should be noted that there are certain instances when it may not be possible to transfer your loan from one home to the next. The lenders have strict property criteria so you will need to check with your lender to make sure your new home can act as acceptable security. “I will have to hand over my deeds and will not own my own home any-more” - False

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