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This month.. 6. Amicus celebrates 10 years 8. Horoscope

10. Your Garden in May 12’ bee’s behaving badly 13. American style pancakes 14. Whats on in May 16. Six blockbusters this May 20. Fewer South Gloucestershire wards 22. Neetrix business platform

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Editors words What a fantastic Easter break we had with that gorgeous warm weather. I Hope you all had a fantastic time with family and friends. But May already wow looks like We are getting close to half way through the year. With those lighter nights becoming a blessing to being able to get in the garden more and generally becoming more active with it not getting dark till around 8:30-9pm. Lots of local events happening too and lets not forget our list of national days like: 1st: National Loyalty Day 3rd: National Paranormal Day 8th : National Have A Coke Day 15th: Peace Officers Memorial Day 20th : National Rescue Dog Day 27th: National Memorial Day Well i hope you all enjoy this months edition of Direct Local. If you have anything you would like to see in your local magazine please get in touch via the phone or email as we would love to get your point of view on things local in your area . June deadline is the 17th of May

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AMICUS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH ITS THIRD STRAIGHT ‘OUSTANDING’ OFSTED RATING Independent fostering agency Amicus Foster Care has celebrated its 10th anniversary with its third successive ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. The Government’s inspectorate has now rated Amicus, which is based in St Werburgh’s Community Centre, constantly ‘outstanding’ since it was established back in April 2009. In a double celebration, the fostering agency celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend with an event at Bristol Zoo, attended by 150 foster carers, young people, staff, their families and friends. Since it started life in 2009, Amicus has placed more than 500 young people, a high proportion of whom had already experienced several placement moves before coming to the agency. It now prides itself on a high level, approximately 80 per cent, of long term placement stability, thanks partly to a care approach which encompasses wraparound therapeutic support, underpinned by Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy for children with trauma and attachment disorders. The Ofsted inspector particularly praised Amicus for its use of published research, saying that “as a result children and young people make sustained progress in their overall development”. Amicus achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating in each of its key categories: experience and progress of its young people; how well they are helped and protected; and the effectiveness of Amicus’ leaders

The report from social care inspector Linda Bond went on to say: “The skilled, highly qualified and stable staff team, along with experienced and loving carers, ensure that placement stability is maintained for most of the children and young people placed by the agency. “The agency is highly committed to helping children, young people and carers. Through exceptionally enduring professional relationships, the agency supports children and young people, carers and members of birth families under extreme stress to stay together.” Amicus Foster Care is based in Bristol and covers the city region as well as B&NES, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Currently one of 36 regional top tier foster care providers, it was set up by Nasareen Ahmed, who is supported by social care manager Trish McManamon and business services manager Mark Brady. Mr Brady, who organised last weekend’s 10th anniversary party, said: “We’re really proud of the work we do here and it’s great for us to mark a decade since we were founded at the same time as the quality of the services we provide was recognised again by Ofsted. “However, the real credit has to go to the foster carers and the children just as much as it does to us.” Founder of Amicus, Nasareen Ahmed said: “Our ethos is ‘every child should have a right to a childhood in a family setting’. Amicus Foster Care is forward thinking and we have stepped outside the box to develop bespoke services. We know that one size does not fit all and that’s one of the key elements of good foster care.” Ms Ahmed also reiterated a call on local people to come forward and help fill a shortfall of carers for children needing homes. Nationwide, some 5,000 fostering families are needed to fulfil the requirement and she said there were some common misconceptions about fostering. “People often think fostering is volunteer work,” she said, “but it’s not, it’s a vocation. There’s an allowance paid by agencies to foster carers which would match many salaries.

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Whats in store for you this month? 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 Looks like some paperwork,needs to be sorted do not to leave it too long or things may become entangled and stressful, it’s a good time for some house keeping . keywords clearing and reflection Birth month March Communication and minor changes look likely. It may seem at the moment that a lot of things are being held back, but just bear with it and things will change. It could be time to think about having a small break, just to get away and recharge the batteries. Keywords change and time for you Birth month April Things that have been held up will soon be free-flowing again. Remember that you are a very capable person, and you can overcome most difficulties. For some reason you may feel a little trapped at the moment by circumstances. Now could be a good time to treat yourself. Keywords. Overcoming difficulties and your time. Birth month May There maybe some situation that will need you to draw on your inner strength, and intuition. You may get the desire to change a few things both in your personal, and working environment. Whatever happens remember you have the resilience to see things through. Keywords. Inner strength and resilience Birth month June Things may seem to be moving slowly for you at this time. If it is beginning to get you down, it could be an idea to step back and review the situation in all angles. There may be some important documents that you need to sort out. Keywords overview and sorting Birth month July This is the time for using your intuition, and paying attention to those gut feelings. A good time to give everything a clean sweep emotionally as well as practically. Try not to get drawn into situations and conversations that make you feel uncomfortable. Keywords. Clearing and intuition

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Birth month August Your social life is likely to be highlighted this month. Along with this you can expect some changes both in your personal life and possibly career also. Try and follow your intuition as much as possible avoid confrontation and conflict. Remember to try and see another persons point of view. Keywords thoughts and power Birth month September This could be a good time to throw out the old and bring in the new. Both emotionally and in your home environment. It could be good at this time also to pay attention to your intuition and take a good look at the things you would like to change in your life. You may decide that it is time to get away for a few days, just to give yourself some fresh ideas and help that intuition. Keywords changes and intuition Birth month October You have more strength of character than what you realise sometimes, so if there are situations that are not easy, be aware that you have a resilience and tenacity to overcome them. It is the time of spring cleaning, this would be a good idea in which ever way you see fit Once you have sorted a few things out, you will find new things will be coming your way. Keywords clearing and new things Birth month November Socialising and meetings at work are highlighted this month. Be aware of not letting things get on top of you. You may find that you have great ideas and inspiration right now. Maybe an idea to try something different, as the energy for you this month is bringing new things to you. Keywords changes and inspiration Birth month December Your home environment is highlighted this month, whether it is cleaning or giving that room a lick of paint. Your social life seems to be on the up , just be aware of not burning the candle at both ends some of your decisions remain minor changes, but they will be worth while in the end. Keywords environment and positive changes

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Your Garden In May Spring is well under the way now. The spring bulbs are fading and the herbaceous border is growing in leaps and bounds. The May days are longer and warmer and the risk of frost should have gone by now. The idea of getting out in the garden during the fine weather and ‘ticking things off the list’ becomes much more appealing. Spring flowering bulbs and plants will need clearing in preparation for summer bedding, and its promise of colour to come. But don’t get overwhelmed by those seemingly endless list of gardening jobs – here are our three most important…

Looking good this month... Geranium Why should you plant them?

Plant summer bedding May is the month to get your summer bedding started in borders and containers. If planting borders lift out old plants run a fork through the soil and add a good fertilizer before replanting summer plants.

Remove around a third of the oldest flowering stems – this will make the plant look better and encourage new growth to create a good display next year. Be sure to check large shrubs and hedges for nesting birds before you start chopping!

Try to fill pots and containers in the position they are going to stay – they can become heavy when filled! Water retaining crystals will help to reduce the amount of watering and keep the compost moist during warmer periods. Don’t forget to feed with fertiliser during flowering period.

Plant out young veg Marrow, courgette and sweetcorn are all ready to be sown in the greenhouse. The likes of brussel sprouts, kale, peas and swede should be okay covered outside.

Prune evergreen hedges and spring flowering shrubs There’s no better time to give evergreen hedges a trim to get them looking neat and tidy. Smaller hedges can be tackled with a pair of shears, but you may need a hedge trimmer for larger bushes. Prune any shrubs that flowered in spring as soon as they have finished flowering. Broom, forsythia and ribes all need pruning now.

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If you have already own tomatoes, move them outside to harden them off. Keep them outside during the day and bring them back inside at night for two weeks to acclimatize them. If you have potatoes that are starting to emerge, pull a few inches of earth around the plant with a rake to give the plant more soil to grow.

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Geraniums make popular bedding plants – either in the garden or in pots and hanging baskets. They thrive outdoors in the summer but are also great for using a houseplant. They look good planted in a group in a flowerbed all by themselves or mixed in with other annuals – the perfect plant for any spot that calls for a splash of colour throughout the season. How should you plant them? Geraniums need to be grown in well draining soil or if planting in pots a good quality free draining compost. They should be located in a bright spot in the garden that gets plenty of sunshine. Soil should be allowed to dry between watering to avoid root rot.


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Bees behaving badly It's spring, and for honey bees, that means swarm season. But if you see a swarm on your property, there's no reason to be alarmed its normal to see swarms between April and August with June being the most likely Professional Bee Keeper Carl Flay says.

Here's what you need to know about honey bees this season: Panicking around a bee (or swarm of bees) is never a good idea what your parents taught you is true: if you don't move, you won't be stung (in most cases, anyway). When a bee lands on you, there is no need to panic. Rather than attempting to sting you, the bee is likely licking the salt from your skin, as it requires that salt to produce honey. However, it can sense your fear. That means, if you begin to panic, the bee may feel threatened and retaliate as a result.

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Lego Club for primary aged children at Emersons Green Library Event Date: 4th May Description: Join us for free fun at Lego Club *for primary school age children* at EMERSONS GREEN LIBRARY. Creative fun – listen to stories and poems, then make a model to display at the library. No booking required - just turn up! New faces are always welcome. You’ll find the full listing of Lego Club dates at other libraries throughout #SouthGlos on our website: bit.ly/L3goClb All children must be accompanied by an adult. Venue:

Carismatico (TangoBand) Event Date: 7th May Description: Carismático is the brainchild of Karen Street who is known as one of the UK’s leading accordionists. She was contacted by Argentinian composer and pianist, Saul Cosentino, back in 2016 asking her to look at some of his compositions. This led Karen to create her ideal Tango band to perform his brilliant, emotionally charged compositions. She has added to the group’s repertoire with arrangements of classic Astor Piazzolla and her own creative and nuanced compositions. Karen Street accordion, Andy Tweed saxophones Jonathan Taylor piano, Rob Millett percussion, Dave Manington bass Venue: Chipping Sodbury Town Hall BS37 6AD

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Dawn Walk - Tyley 4am Event Date: 10th May Description: Explore the early morning as nature awakes in this glorious valley. We leave Coombe Pumping Station at 4am - no dogs, no children. Binoculars, walking stick and boots essential. This year we have a bird expert in the group. Book your free place at martin@ clarkeconsult.org or phone 07850 278494 Venue: Coombe, Gloucestershire Back to the 80's - Footloose Event Date: 15th May Description: Let loose on this 80's FOOTLOOSE themed dance course! Travel back in time to 1984 when dancing & rock music was banned in Bomont, Utah (based upon a true story) Rebel with your fellow dancers as you learn a controversial, heel kicking, ye-haa fun dance routine and get ready to perform at it the senior prom! High energy & fantastically fun, making this course a great all over body workout. Venue: Studio 1, Kingswood Estate, Britannia Rd, BS15 8DB

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Ezzy’s Picnic in the Park. Charity event for Ezzy’s Wish to Walk at Old Down Country Park Event Date: 19th May Description: Dig out the rugs, deckchairs and hampers and join us for a giant picnic. Traditional games, animal petting, craft, face painting, Enjoy music throughout the event, and request your favourite tunes, from our live DJ. Venue: Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Bristol Comedy Night Event Date: 31st May Description: Looking for a cantbreath-for-laughing Comedy Night?! Join us at The Bristol Golf Club on Friday 31st May for an evening of non stop laughing. Ticket price only £10 per person which includes a hot dish on the evening Contact Gemma in the events team to book your tickets today: bristol-events@crown-golf.co.uk Tel: 01454 620000 Venue: The Bristol Golf Course St Swithins Park Almondsbury, BS10 7TP Wall Hanging Crochet Class Event Date: 1st Jun Description: This class is designed for people who can crochet, but wish to learn the art of crocheting in a straight line, increasing/decreasing, a decorative stitch and how to change colour. The class includes all materials to make a pretty and colourful wall hanging. Venue: Fabrics Plus 19 Badminton Road, Downend, Bristol RMHB Fest 2019 Event Date: 1st June Description: RMHB Fest is set to return in 2019! The charity festival for the whole family is returning to the stunning Old Down County Park in 2019! activities and play equipment for children, licensed bar, good food and stalls. Tickets on sale now! Venue: Old Down Country Park, Foxholes Lane, Bristol


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Then, almost two weeks later, Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin arrives to transport us to a whole new world. Will Smith takes on the role originally popularised by Robin Williams in the 1994 classic, giving us a modern rendition of the genie of the lamp. Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin paves the way for The Lion King and Maleficent 2 coming later this year.

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The emergency tax code is still applied, but this triggers HMRC to adjust your tax code and send an updated version to your pension provider. Once the new code has been issued, any further, larger withdrawals are taxed correctly.

Pension freedom rules allow anyone aged 55 or over to access their personal pension funds, there are complex rules on how withdrawals are taxed. Problems can occur if you take a one-off lump sum – an ‘uncrystallised fund pension lump sum withdrawal’ (UFPLS) – perhaps to reinvest or to pay off debts. This differs from using a personal pension to provide a regular income, through a drawdown plan or annuity. Your pension provider will apply an emergency tax code, which assumes you are withdrawing the UFPLS on a monthly basis, unless it has an up-to date tax code for you.

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Fewer South Gloucestershire wards means fewer councillors in electoral carve-up May’s council elections will take place along new electoral lines. Thousands of people will be casting their vote for a new ward in the month of May. May’s council elections will take place along new electoral lines following a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission. The country is now split into different wards consisting of one nine three-councillor wards, 15 two-councillor wards, and four one-councillor wards. Commission chair Colin Mellors has said the redrawn boundaries would ensure ‘electoral fairness’ and reflected “community ties” in the South Gloucestershire area.

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