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Miami nice! Dozens of children took to the stage at Christchurch Junior School for a performance entitled Dance Mash Up World Tour. Here, they are performing Miami. More on Page 10 Photo: Vaughan Stephens Photography

Let the chaos begin ... REPAIRS to the Bromley Heath Viaduct on the Avon Ring Road, which it is predicted will cause traffic mayhem around the Downend area, started just as the Voice went to print. Warning signs went up at the end of June, just days before extra funding that should cut the works time to 33 weeks, was agreed. The programme has been timed to start in the holiday season, so the full impact of the jams will not be felt until September. Drivers are being encouraged to find alternatives, including using a park and ride, which has opened in Lyde Green. Details: Page 7

WI choir sings for England cricket

Bromley Heath WI Community Choir had a good innings at the County Ground where the ladies sang for the crowds at the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup. PAGE 9

23 homes planned for school site Developers are planning to demolish the old Mangotsfield C of E Primary and replace it with 23 flats, but neighbours are objecting. PAGE 5

Folk musicians' instruments stolen The show went on at Downend Folk Club with borrowed guitars after the performers fell prey to thieves. Thankfully after a social media appeal the instruments were later traced and returned. PAGE 54


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Hair today, gone tomorrow ... Sam's charity crop

TEN-YEAR-OLD Sam Dalgleish wanted to do something to help children with cancer after losing her cousin Rebecca, 17, to the disease a year ago. Sam, a pupil at Staple Hill Primary School, decided to have her long locks cut off so she could donate them to the Little Princess Trust, which makes wigs for children

undergoing treatment. She sought sponsorship to raise the £350 that’s the average price of getting a child’s wig made - and has managed to bring in more than double that amount. Sam had the haircut at Tooshays salon in Staple Hill during the last week of the school summer term. Her mum Janet said:

“Sam is really happy with how much money she has raised, as well as her new hair cut. She said that she hopes it inspires other people to donate their hair as well. “The school has been great and are helping her raise funds - we booked her hair cut for the last week of school so that everyone can see she cut it off!”

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Why we're on top of the world WE'VE always said the Downend area punches above its weight, and this edition proves it. How many other places of our size can say they are involved in not one, not two, but THREE World Cups inside a few weeks? Our wonderful Bromley Heath WI Community Choir was chosen to entertain the crowds at the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup at Gloucestershire's County Ground in Bristol; homegrown Amber Reed is all set to join her England team-mates and defend the Women's Rugby World Cup this month and evergreen Steve Phillips, now between the posts at Mangotsfield Utd, captained England Veterans to victory in the Seniors World Cup in Thailand.

How's that for a sporting summer? Let's hope it continues to be a sunny one too. There've been lots of outdoor events over the past few weeks, many of which are covered in these pages. We enjoyed meeting readers at HeathFest - what an amazing turnout on a glorious day! Organisers promise a full report on proceedings for next month. We aim to cover as many local events as we can. If you have stories or photos to share, do get in touch. Call us or email at news@downendvoice.co.uk Our paper is hand-delivered free to more than 10,000 homes. Hundreds more copies are available at libraries and at other pick-up points. Between our monthly editions, keep an eye on our website www.downendvoice.co.uk. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter – and look out for our sister papers, which include Emersons Green, Fishponds and Frome Valley Voices. The Voice series now has 16 titles in Bristol and South Glos and beyond - the latest is in Wells!

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21 flats planned for old school site

PLANS have been put forward to build 21 flats on the site of the former Mangotsfield Church of England Primary School in the village centre. The proposal from developers Cotswold Homes would mean the demolition of the Victorian school and associated 20th century outbuildings. The scheme for two and three storey blocks fronting James Street and Richmond Road has already met opposition from people living nearby, who are concerned about the impact on parking, traffic and local services. The old school is not listed and the site is not in a conservation area but there have been calls for the original frontage to be retained in any development. The building is occupied by property guardians. Cotswold Homes says it proposes a high quality and distinctive development on the 0.9 acre site in keeping with the surroundings. It will keep the mature street trees and provide

parking within the site. David Blackmore, in a comment on South Gloucestershire Council’s planning website, said: “We have had enough of our former village being built upon and thus losing its appeal. The roads are crammed with commuter traffic and on street parking from local residents who have nowhere to park their vehicles. This latest

proposal will only add to this congestion. Enough is enough!” Another resident, Jake Lees, said the road was already used as a short cut by drivers. Residents can comment in the site by searching the reference PK17/2864/F The application will be considered by the council’s Development Control (East) Committee.

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Pharmacist boost for surgeries SOME GP surgeries in the Downend area are to benefit from clinical pharmacists who will be able to provide expert advice to patients. The Willow Surgery, Emersons Green Medical Centre and Leap Valley Surgery are among 46 surgeries taking part in the scheme, which aims to free up GPs’ time and allow them to see patients with more complex conditions.   The clinical pharmacists will offer expert advice on medicine issues, those taking multiple medications and will work alongside GPs and nurses to help manage patients’ long-term conditions.  The practices belong to a group, One Care Ltd, whose chief executive Ruth Taylor said: “The success of the bid has been made possible by collaboration between the practices and the use of digital innovation.”

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'Speculative' urban village proposals are slammed A PROPOSAL for an "urban village' on 800 acres west of Pucklechurch, which many suspect is linked to the new link road plans, was described by Mr Skidmore and Mr Hall as a "speculative' attempt to build on the Green Belt, which must be opposed. A "vision document" has emerged for a development of 2,600 homes between the village and Lyde Green. It has been submitted by Colliers International as part of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan consultation process. Mr Hall told more than 200 residents at the Pucklechurch meeting that the link road options were completely untenable and had to be stopped because they risked opening up the area to more housing.

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Warnings as vital viaduct repair work gets under way RESIDENTS have been urged to do all they can to help minimise delays on the Avon Ring Road at Bromley Heath while essential repairs to one of the bridges across the river Frome are carried out. The work got under way on July 24 and is expected to take 33 weeks. The signs on the road still say 52 weeks, the original estimated length of the project before additional funding was agreed to speed up the project. All traffic is being diverted on to the northern viaduct while the older southern one is repaired. Drivers are being warned that they might not see much activity on the empty southern viaduct as much of the work is taking place under the bridge. Emersons Green Councillor Colin Hunt, South Gloucestershire's lead on transport, said: "Work is expected to cause significant delays, especially during peak times. We are doing everything we can to mitigate this, including securing additional funding to reduce the overall timescale of the work. “And I would people to use alternative routes or take public transport wherever possible. For people travelling by road, the advice is to allow twice as long for your journey. We understand that this will cause disruption and disturbance to residents,

communities and businesses alike and would like to apologise in advance and kindly ask for your patience while this essential maintenance work is taking place. “Our staff will monitor junctions, traffic lights and yellow junction boxes when the contraflow goes into operation to see if any further improvements can be made to aid traffic flow and ease congestion.” People are being asked to look at changing their travel plans during the work to help ease congestion. Cycling, walking, car sharing and public transport is encouraged. Some local roads have been closed, and there have been adjustments to traffic lights and road signs in the surrounding area. Traffic heading to the M4 motorway will be directed east to junction 19 of the M4 rather than using junction 18. Signs are in place to alert drivers. The full impact of the works is not likely to be felt until September, when workers, schools and universities return after the holidays. It is feared there could be delays of up to two hours and jams of up to three miles. The background on the viaduct scheme is available online www.southglos.gov.uk/bhviaduct

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Park and Ride at Lyde Green A PARK and ride at Lyde Green has opened to help ease the ring road problems. Drivers are being encouraged to park and share cars, park and cycle or park and take the 18 bus, which goes around the northern fringe including UWE, Parkway, Filton and Southmead Hospital. Extra buses are promised on this route at peak times. From September, the 18 will be replaced by a No 10 service along the same route to Southmead Hospital.

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Amber ready to defend World Cup ENGLAND women's rugby player Amber Reed said the squad are on a "high" as they look to defend their World Cup title this summer. It follows a successful three-Test tour in New Zealand, where the Red Roses overcame Australia, Canada and the Black Ferns and means they head into August's competition ranked as the number one team in the world. Reed, who lives in Downend, has been named in the World Cup squad of 28 players and says it feels very different to when she was selected in 2014, when England lifted the trophy for the first time in 20 years. "It's fantastic," said Reed, who has 39 England caps. "I was in the squad three years ago but my place within the squad is now very different. Back in 2014, I was a young member but now I'm one of the senior players and I'm relishing the opportunity to have that challenge within the squad, as well as going into the biggest tournament that we play in. "There's a lot of experience within the squad mixed with a lot of new faces so everyone's preparation is very different. You have the girls who are going into their fourth World Cup but you've also got 13 players who are heading into their first. There's lots of excitement and we've definitely built as a group." The recent win in the International Women's Rugby Series, which took place in New Zealand, saw the Red Roses beat Canada, Australia and hosts the Black Ferns.

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Reed, 26, whose mum lives in Downend and dad in Emersons Green, said: "New Zealand is an amazing place to go - the way they value rugby is phenomenal. It's their national sport and they throw everything into their men's and women's games. To go over and be able to play three consecutive games against World Cup contenders is great preparation for us. We learned a lot out there and know what we have to do going into the World

Cup." Centre Reed said the players won't be taking anything for granted and are aware there's work to do. "We know we have a lot of work to do before we leave on August 5. There's lots of fine tuning and focusing on the little details but I'm feeling very excited. It's come round very quickly but I'm definitely looking forward to it. "We're on a high at the moment but we're not complacent at all and know we

have to be on top of our game if we want to come back with the trophy again." Head coach Simon Middleton's squad shares a total of 1,207 caps. He said: “We are confident we have an incredibly strong squad, made up of hugely experienced players who have featured in previous Women’s Rugby World Cups and other major tournaments such as the Olympics. "At the same time, we have younger players who have been involved in a Grand Slamwinning side and a successful three-Test series against some of the best teams in the world earlier this month. "Selection is probably one of the toughest jobs you do as a coach. This is not just a squad of the 28 players travelling to Ireland, but represents all those who have contributed so much this season to make this the team it is. "Our focus has always been on going to Ireland to win the Women’s Rugby World Cup. To do that we are going to have to give more than in any competition we’ve played over the past year." The Women's Rugby World Cup kicks off in Dublin on August 9 with knock out rounds taking place in Belfast. The four most successful teams from the pool stages will qualify for the semi-finals which take place at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast, on Tuesday August 22, with both games live on ITV4. The final will be held on Saturday August 26 at 7.45pm, again at Kingspan Stadium, and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

Watch England in action Pool B England v Spain Wednesday August 9 - UCD Bowl, Dublin (KO 2pm) Live coverage ITV4 from 1.30pm England v Italy Sunday August 13 - Billings Park UCD, Dublin (KO 2.30pm) Live coverage ITV1 from 2pm England v USA Thursday 17 August 17 - Billings Park UCD, Dublin (KO 2.30pm) Live coverage ITV4 from 2pm

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WI choir sings at cricket's big day THE ladies of Bromley Heath WI Community Choir were bowled over to be asked to sing at the opening match and the first England match at the ICC Women’s World Cup at the County Ground in Bristol. The international competition returned to the UK for the first time since 1993 and was held at several venues including Gloucestershire. It was televised worldwide. The organisers went the extra mile to make sure the crowds were occupied during the breaks with entertainment including stilt walkers, jugglers, children’s entertainment and of course local talent such as the choir. The WI Community Choir performed at two matches during July - Sri Lanka vs New Zealand and England vs Australia, which literally went to the final ball of the final over to determine England as the winners. England went on to win the final on July 23. Julia Alden, a member of the choir, said: “It was a great honour to be invited along to sing at the Women’s Cricket World Cup although it really was very nerve-racking having TV cameras swooping amongst us as we were singing plus with the huge crowds we were worried we would not hear our cues –

however with the help of our amazing choir master, Nicholas Bromilow, we held it together and pulled off some of our best performances. The atmosphere was brilliant and those of us who didn’t know the first thing about cricket before found ourselves cheering and supporting the ladies and learning the cricket lingo – it was a fabulous experience and one we won’t forget!” The choir welcomes new members: no auditions and lots of fun and cake! (You don’t have to belong to the WI just need to be female!) It meets once a month at Christ Church hall in Bromley Heath. Email bhwisubgroups@yahoo.co.uk

A tall order for the maidens of Bromley Heath WI Community Choir

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Dancing makes a world of difference YOUNG dancers at Christchurch Junior School in Downend dedicated their end-of-year show to the Grenfell Tower fire victims. Karen Davis, who runs and teaches the classes, said: "My dance students wanted to do something to help and together they felt that dedicating their Dance Mash Up World Tour show and performing to Bridge Over Troubled Water would honour all those touched by the tragedy. They also managed to collect over £200 on the night to donate to the British Red Cross in their efforts to support the crisis." The children take part in KD Dance & Drama sessions three times a week before they start their school day. Karen added: "I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Pippa Osborne, head teacher at CCJ, and all the other teachers and parents who support their children in their dancing and drama. I am proud of every single child who walks in through the door. We have such fun and the children get to try a range of all dance styles whilst forming friendships and building confidence."​ Mrs Osborne said: "Karen's dance classes have gone from strength to strength at CCJ. She has an incredible skill of motivating every child, regardless of age or gender; the club has grown to encompass two days, five year groups and two schools! I was astounded at the quality of the Dance Mash Up World Tour concert." KD Dance & Drama runs before and after school clubs across South Gloucestershire and also runs a Saturday Morning Drama Workshop open to primary children the first Saturday of the month in Downend, which is open to all children. 27karendavis@gmail.com

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Zero tolerance on anti-social behaviour POLICE are taking a "zero tolerance" approach against a recent rise in anti-social behaviour in Staple Hill. Residents say that incidents involving young people in the area are on the increase and want the problem swiftly dealt with. It comes after reports of several fires in Page Park and in the car park of Iceland as well as incidents of under-age drinking and groups of young people shouting abuse. The spate of problems has led one Facebook user to call Staple Hill 'helicopter central' in reference to the number of times the police helicopter has been called out. Police say they are being proactive, issuing dispersal notices, talking to parents, young people, youth leaders and schools to stop problems escalating. In one incident, officers

based at the Staple Hill police post responded to calls about under-age drinking in the High Street with further reports that youths were shouting abuse at a member of public who was collecting litter in Beaufort Road. Police issued a dispersal notice to three teenagers aged 15 and 16, which meant the young people risked arrest if they returned to the area within a specified time. Neighbourhood sergeant Steve Davey said: "We’ve spoken to the individuals affected by this incident and have identified a number of the teenagers involved. We will be working with our ASB (anti-social behaviour) officer and the ASB team at South Gloucestershire Council, as well as organisations providing youth outreach services, in order to nip these issues in the bud." PS Davey said that officers attending this sort of incident

will be using their body-worn video cameras as a matter of course and the footage may be used to take action against those responsible. He added: “We know young people want to meet their friends and of course they should be able to use our community spaces like everyone else. Most young people don’t cause any issues, but this sort of incident is unacceptable. We have taken a number of young people home and spoken to their parents and we’re also in contact with local schools about the problems.” The local police team has taken to the Staple Hill Residents' Facebook page in order to offer reassurance action is being taken. Staple Hill councillors Shirley Potts and Ian Boulton are working with the police and the community to control the situation and say it is essential that the public reports any act of

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anti-social behaviour in order to maintain officer staffing levels. Cllr Potts said: "The police have concentrated their efforts around Page Park, in the vicinity of the Square and by Page Community Centre and the new youth club and much effort has been made to resolve the situation and to understand the reasons for this trend. "Progress is being made but residents are urged to report to the police any incidents which may occur." Cllr Boulton said: "We are particularly concerned that children and young people are being allowed to wander the streets without any parental supervision making them extremely vulnerable to intimidation, bullying, exploitation and criminality. "The police have been actively helping us by taking a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour. We have also been working with youth groups, schools and the anti-social behaviour team and social services department at the council in order to try and nip problem behaviour in the bud before more damaging and long term problems develop for the individuals involved." Anyone witnessing antisocial behaviour should report the incident to police. If a crime is being committed or if someone is at risk of being hurt or feels intimidated, call 999. Otherwise residents should call 101 or report it online by visiting http://bit.ly/1T39W48.

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Great idea! 20mph limit for Page Park roads welcomed

FRIENDS of Page Park have praised proposals to curb speeding on local roads. South Gloucestershire Council has been asking the views of residents, traders and interested parties over proposals to reduce traffic speeds in the immediate vicinity of the 19-acre park, saying it will make walking and cycling there more attractive. The proposal is to remove the 30 mph speed limit and introduce a full-time 20mph limit in South View and Haythorn Court and the parts of Park Road and Hill House Road which surround the park. The scheme includes the removal of the 30mph electronic speed reminder sign on Page Road. The proposals have been welcomed by Friends of Page Park who say the park will be busier than ever as their

scheduled plan of improvements take place. Vice chairwoman Steph Purser said: "It can be dangerous as sometimes traffic can come up the roads quite fast. Children and dogs run out of the park and we've had near misses in the past. As the park becomes

more popular with all the improvements we are carrying out, it will make it much safer." Consultation results will be published on August 20. Subject to the comments received and public advertisement, the proposals will be implemented during 2017/18 financial year.

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Long wait for cafe is nearly over THE cafe and community building in Page Park are due to open this month. It is hoped the Bean Tree Cafe and The Nest community room will open their doors on August 5. They have been paid for from the Friends of Page Park's Heritage Lottery bid which also includes other improvements. Fundraising by the Friends is ongoing as the lottery money does not cover all the improvements they want. The Friends were given a further boost of ÂŁ5,000 thanks to Tesco's Bags of Help scheme. Customers in seven stores, including Staple Hill, Fishponds, Mangotsfield and Soundwell, voted for their favourite cause by placing tokens into boxes. The Friends scooped first prize and will spend the money on five new benches in the park.

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n NEWS WHEN four pals decided to enter a singing contest, they expected to have a good laugh and a fun day out. But to their astonishment, the barbershop singers found themselves qualifying for a highly sought after place in the national finals, which take place this autumn. The ladies - who call themselves DayDream Quartet - came together from various a cappella groups, including ones in Coalpit Heath and Longwell Green, but had only been practising as a foursome since March. As soon as they started singing as a quartet, they knew they had something special so decided they would set themselves a challenge. The next thing they knew they had signed up for the preliminary round of the LABBS (Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers) national competition, which was recently held in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. But they were amazed to hear their names called out as finalists, especially as they were up against more more

Barbershop singing is not just fo The quartet are preparing for the national ladies barbershop finals, which take place in Bournemouth in October established quartets. DayDream is made up of baritenor Mary Williams, 42, of Longwell Green, tenor Ali Jack, 61, of Coalpit Heath, bass Claire Bevan, 35, of Frampton Cotterell and lead Jane Crook-Taylor, 51, who recently moved to Wales from Bristol. They got together through their love of music, all regulars on the a cappella choir circuit, Ali, Jane and Mary performing with Planet 24 in

Coalpit Heath and Claire and Ali with the Frampton Cotterellbased Fascinating Rhythm. Mary said: "We formed as local singers who have met due to the friendships and connections with various Bristol local barbershop choruses. "We adore singing and when we sang together for fun the first time in March this year, we knew we had something special in our sound."

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The ladies felt they needed to set themselves a goal so entered the competition just to get some experience. Mary said: "We wanted to have something to aim for but only had 13 weeks before the competition. We were the only ones entering who hadn't been an established quartet for many years so we knew we had a lot of work to do." They were lucky enough to enlist the help of an international coach for a few sessions which set them on the right road. Mary said: "We were just happy to take part and put on some nice frocks! On the day, we were incredibly nervous but we were as prepared as we could be in the time allowed. "We performed two songs and after we came off stage our hearts were racing but people were coming up to us to say we had done a good job. We had to wait all day for the results as there were 28 quartets in

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or the boys total competing for a handful of places. When our name was called out hours later as a finalist, we couldn't believe it! We jumped in the air and whooped a lot!" The ladies, who rehearse weekly in each other's front rooms, are now looking to up the ante in preparation for the national finals. "It's a bit quiet at the moment because of holidays but we will really click into action in August," said Mary. They have even purchased their outfits for the nationals, spotted in a department store sale by eagle-eyed Mary. And although she's not giving too much away, Mary will admit they feature quite a lot of sequins. "They're gorgeous. They just happened to have four of them in the right sizes so I took the risk and bought them. Luckily, when I showed them to the others, they loved them!"

From left to right: Ali, Jane, Claire and Mary aka DayDream Quartet Their dedication knows no bounds and in mid-August, the ladies will head - families and dogs in tow - to a 'harmony camp' in Staffordshire where they will give their vocal cords a good blast. Mary, who is the assistant director of Cadbury Heathbased Black Sheep Harmony

Ladies Chorus as well as running Longwell Green's Zest Tone Deaf Choir, admits music is in her blood. "Barbershop isn't just old music, which a lot of people seem to think it is. "It's everything - right up to modern day music. One of the songs we perform for fun is

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California Dreaming and one of the competition songs was If Ever I Would Leave You from the musical Camelot. "Because of the way barbershop is written, when you are all completely in tune, suddenly the sound will expand and you can get harmonics above and below the notes you are singing. It's a bit like an out of body experience. You have to really work as a team and you can make songs whatever you want them to be. It's what I love." The ladies will now need to perfect six songs - two for the semi-finals, two if they get to the finals, and two more if they qualify for the Europeans, which all take place from October 26-29 at the Bournemouth International Centre. Mary said: "We just have a ball together and there's always so much laughter. We have the start of an exciting journey ahead of us and we are aiming for excellence. "We're a bunch of middleaged women but we've already come a long way."

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Mangotsfield Scout Group to mark 60th anniversary MANGOTSFIELD Scout Group members have been taking part in a host of activities in the runup to their 60th anniversary in November. A series of events have been planned, including a visit to Brownsea Island, in Dorset, where the first scout camp was held by Lord Baden Powell over 100 years ago, and a family camp at Upton Cheyney.

Based in Baden Hall on Northcote Road in Mangotsfield, the scout group caters for a wide range of ages – from beavers and cubs to scouts and explorers. Simon Budd, Group Scout Leader, explained: “Over 125 young people enjoy activities at the scout hall in Mangotsfield each week. This includes Marvel Explorer Unit for 14-18 year-olds who participate in the Ten Tors

event – an annual challenge for teenagers across the country. The youngsters enjoy making new friends, learning new skills and playing games with the emphasis on team building and the outdoors.” A group leader for many years, Simon feels passionately about the positive impact of joining scouts on children’s development: “The aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full potential and to make them good citizens. Young people can progress easily from beavers through to explorers, if they wish. However, a young person can choose to join scouting at any stage. “Scouting provides an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training; it gives young people a chance to try new things, make new friends, and an opportunity to take a break from the playstation and enjoy the great outdoors.” The Voice spoke to Elisha and James, members of Mangotsfield Scouts, about what it means to be part of Scouts. Elisha commented: “It means you are part of a community linked with other scouts, it means you are loyal and respectful. I enjoy scouts because we do fun adventurous activities.” James shared the enthusiasm: “I think it is very important to be a representative of the Scout community because we help the community by being active for young people and that's fun. My favourite activities since I joined scouts have been scuba diving and air rifle shooting which have been brilliant.” One way to celebrate this

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year’s anniversary was by organising a ‘design a badge’ competition for all the young members. The winner was Rowan Knight, from the Wednesday Beaver cub, who will receive a framed copy of his design. The winning badge will also be turned into a cloth badge for all members of the group to add to their scarves. Another event was a barbecue and campfire held at the Scout county campsite at Woodhouse Park, in Almondsbury, in July. About 50 children enjoyed the campfire and activities including archery, parachute games, sports and an ‘explore the area' game. Every year, the scouts take part in community events such as Mangotsfield Festival, which takes place in June, and the Remembrance parade in November. The Scouts have been running a hot dog/burger stall at the festival since it was first held 25 years ago. Simon said: “Mangotsfield Festival is the group's main fundraising event and they always take part in the parade through the village each year. The group is trying to raise sufficient funds for an extension to their building (opposite the Lamb pub in Mangotsfield), which used to be a chapel. “The scouts are hoping to apply for a SUEZ grant to update the interior of the building, which is still in its original state and in need of an upgrade.” Anyone interesting in getting involved with Mangotsfield Scouts Group either as a leader, helper or committee member, can get in touch with Simon Budd via email: simondbudd@ gmail.com or telephone 0776 520 1435.

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An exciting year for sixth-formers at Colston’s School

SIXTH -formers at Colston’s have just completed a very successful year, both inside and outside the classroom. Alongside their academic studies students participated in a range of co-curricular sporting and creative activities, community volunteering projects and the school’s innovative Future Leaders programme. Through this programme students are not only taught specific employability and life skills, but are also given the opportunity to experience reallife projects designed to stretch them and to fill any gaps they have in their professional profile. Involvement with real companies (this year’s students worked with Rolls-Royce, TasteTech and Superdry among others) gives the students a valuable insight into what employers and universities are looking for. The professional projects culminated in a presentation evening, during which the students confidently pitched their ideas to industry experts, with an added dimension of excitement as they competed against their peers to be the winning team. Sophie Reed, who is studying sciences and mathematics, described the professional project she took part in this year: “We really enjoyed developing our research skills in the field

of science whilst learning a lot about the marketing and financial side of the industry too. My favourite part of the project was our visit to TasteTech as it enabled us to see how products, similar to the one we designed, are being developed in the industry.” Dr Paul Hill, deputy headmaster at Colston’s, commented: “We have seen a tangible impact of the Future Leaders programme with some incredible university, apprenticeship and employment offers being made to our students. It is clear the universities and employers really value the work our students are doing to develop outstanding employability skills.” It’s not just the staff and students who are proud of the Future Leaders programme; it has received external recognition and was recently a finalist for an Education and Business Partnership Award at the Bristol Post Education Awards. These students are now looking forward to joining the Upper Sixth in September, with all the opportunities for leadership that Colston’s provides through its prefect system and peer mentoring scheme, ensuring that they are well equipped to continue to succeed when they leave school.

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Emotional skatepark tribute to Jamie,13 THE FATHER of a teenager who was killed in a light aircraft crash has marked the 10th anniversary of his death with a poignant balloon launch. Gordon Clapp organised the event to commemorate the life of his son Jamie who died on July 8, 2007. Family and friends climbed on top of ramps at the Jamie Clapp Memorial Skatepark in Emersons Green to release 10 colourful balloons. Attached to each balloon was a special message to Jamie, who was a student at Mangotsfield School and a huge skateboard fan. Mr Clapp said it had been a very emotional day. "It was very sad. Five of Jamie's friends released balloons as well as family members. "There were between 20 and 30 people there and I'd like to thank them all for coming to pay tribute to Jamie. "Afterwards I bought his friends a can of beer each -

they're all big boys now. "Some people might think I'm daft but I wrote a message to Jamie and, as he's up there with God, I'm hoping he would have got it. That helps a bit." In a further tribute, on July 26, what would have been Jamie's 24th birthday, Mr Clapp arranged for the Union Jack flag at Cossham Hospital to be raised. A birthday message to Jamie was displayed on the flagpole

display board in the main reception so visitors would know the reason for the raising of the flag. Mr Clapp said: "The 10 years have gone by so quickly. It seems like only yesterday it happened. I think of Jamie all the time. I have a photograph of him by the side of my bed and kiss it every morning when I wake up and every evening before I go to sleep. "Jamie was a brilliant son and

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we did everything together. He was very popular and had some very good friends who haven't forgotten him. He was very well loved by everyone. "I can't even begin to tell you how much I still miss him." Jamie was just 13 when he died after the light aircraft he was travelling in crashed into a field in Clutton and burst into flames. An inquest into Jamie's death heard that the pilot, 34-year-old Robert Gunter, from Downend, had taken the drug ecstasy before the flight. Mr Clapp was then told the insurance company would not pay out because Mr Gunter was under the influence of drugs which had invalidated any claim. Following Jamie's death, Mr Clapp set about raising money to build a skateboard park in memory of his son. After successfully fundraising ÂŁ100,000, the Jamie Clapp Memorial Skatepark in Emersons Green opened in 2011.

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John's quest passes another milestone SINGER John Billitteri has reached another milestone in his campaign to collect one million pennies for the charity Help for Heroes. John, who goes by the stage name of Frankie Johns, boosted his running total at the recent Armed Forces Day in Page Park and now has a staggering 900,000 coins - the equivalent of £9,000. "Armed Forces Day was fantastic and helped me reach the 900,000 mark, which is a great milestone," the Kingswood dad of two said. "I didn't expect to be this far ahead at this time. It's quite an achievement and I'm pleased and proud to have got so far. It's all thanks to the generosity of the public because it's them who have done it, not me. "I'd like to think I can reach

the 1,000,000 target this time next year but it's difficult to predict." Since he launched his campaign four years ago, John has been travelling around Bristol with his bicycle and trailer to highlight his cause. He is particularly well known around Staple Hill and Kingswood where he regularly sings in pubs and clubs. Pub-goers know him so well, he doesn't even need to get his collection bucket out - they just come up to him with their unwanted pennies. A recent donation of 20,000 coins came as a particular surprise. John said: "An anonymous person left £200 worth of pennies in my porch with a note saying 'Good luck with the rest of your fundraising'. It

John, aka singer Frankie Johns, at the Armed Forces Day in Page Park was absolutely fantastic! I just sat there thinking 'how nice is that?' I've got no idea who it was but they are obviously kind and generous and must think a lot of the charity I'm doing it for." John has always raised money for various charities through his stage act but it wasn't until his

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daughter Marisa, an X Factor contestant, sang on a number one charity single for Help for Heroes, he decided to make that particular charity his main focus. He started the one million pennies campaign in June 2013 after already raising £60,000 for Help for Heroes, which supports service personnel and veterans with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. John said Help for Heroes has a special place in his heart: "It's a charity which tries to get people's lives back on track after what they have gone through, both physically and mentally. It aims to raise as much money as possible so people get the help they need in the hope that one day their lives can go back to normal. "The people of Bristol have really taken to my campaign and I'd like to thank them for that. They have been very generous. I can't wait until I get to the million mark!" If you would like to donate your spare pennies to help John reach his final target, please call him on 0777 5870129.

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TAPLE Hill continues to thrive as a shopping centre with over 150 local shops providing a wide range of outlets for the community. The recent change in parking arrangements is beginning to see an increased footfall on the High Street

of picture framers. Terry, Michael’s father, was one of the founder members of the Chamber of Trade and is still striving to improve the local area. Expert picture framing has been the mainstay of the business for the local area and beyond, where they are able to offer framing advice and ideas as well as picture restoration and renovation. A wide range of jewellery, watches, limited edition prints, gifts and Bristol Blue glass are also available with a watch battery and strap fitting service. If you need passport/visa photos just pop in for their instant photography service.

Staple Hill Computers Sheen Studios THIS father and son business has been running now for 45 years with Michael Sheen the 4th generation

Owner Terry Ross specialises in the repair and supply of all computer equipment. On the repair side Terry is kept busy with all types of repairs with virus removal, servicing and range of machines. Printers are available starting at just ÂŁ55, as is every type of cable you could need plus a wide range of compatible ink supplies.

health checks to speed up your computer the most popular. Gaming consoles and tablet repairs are also available, as well as mobile phones. They specialise in the building of specialist gaming systems and also stock new laptops and PCs as well as a large refurbished

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Aladdin’s Cave’, The Card Shop has an extensive choice of cards (large, small, ’wordy’, ages – young and old, and humorous) for every occasion. It also stocks a wide variety of gifts, from fun and quirky (mugs, storage tins, money pots, wine glasses), scented candles, scarves, jewellery and accessories, to more traditional items for those special occasions such as weddings, births and anniversaries. We pride ourselves on being able to offer such variety, be it cards or gifts, combined with excellent customer service - we are always happy to help so please do not hesitate to ask. The shop is open 9am-5pm Monday - Saturday.

fantastic Sunday roast. They also have special meal days on Mondays at just £2.50. Good service is also high on their list and they have a team of staff who have been with the pub for a long time. Music is also high on their list for entertainment and local acts are always booked for the weekend. Tuesday night is games night, there is a function room for hire and the pub support Help for Heroes and Air Ambulance.

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The Portcullis Quite simply a traditional English pub which prides itself on good food every day of the week and a we have a huge stock of workwear with a large selection of industrial shoes and boots available with high vis jackets, gloves, trousers and tops — why waste time looking anywhere else for your quality named workwear? The T-shirt printing and embroidery service with a full range of leisure wear including tees, polos, hoodies and sweatshirts. Attached to this section is also the signmaking set up where all shopfronts and general signage is catered for with van livery a speciality. Ask Paul about the latest trend of bespoke wall art for your home decor, with

Senator Mobile provide something a bit different for the area. They are able to offer for sale a wide range of mobile phones and accessories, including the chance to swap your old model in for a newer phone. If you are missing a charger or

a top quality canvas printer now available.

The Card Shop

The Card Shop is an independent card and gift shop offering an extensive range of cards, gifts and handmade crafts. Frequently described as ‘an

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Staple Hill need a new phone cover again this is the place to come, they have hundreds to choose from. They are also able to undertake a full repair service from cracked screen replacement to new batteries or any eventuality. How many old phones do you have tucked away in various drawers within your house? Have a clear out and recycle your phones at Senator Mobile.

Westbury Inks

Need Letterheads or Business Cards? Thinking of getting some new Flyers designed? Or just need us to do some photocopying? Westbury Inks provides the facilities to design and print pretty much anything you require from business cards, letterheads, flyers or leaflets and our Graphic Design Service starts from just £4.95.

Bristol's largest independent ink and toner specialist, Westbury Inks is a one stop shop for all of your printing and stationery needs. Not only do we supply ink and toner cartridges for almost every printer available - but we are also Bristol's leading specialist in refilled, remanufactured & compatible cartridges. Don't take the risk of buying cheap low quality inks online when you can have fully tested, fully guaranteed, high quality refilled and compatible inks from your local Westbury Inks!

BM Motoring Centre B M Motoring Centre has been a family run business in Staple Hill since 1994, run by Father and Son team Alan and David Peel. Offering anything your car needs whether it be bulbs and wiper blades, Tyres and Batteries, MOT’s and Servicing, Clutches, Cambelts or just some friendly honest advice. Based right on the high street with a large car park and friendly staff B M Motoring can help with anything winter driving throws at you. They also have a state of the art website offering online tyre ordering and some helpful information. B M Motoring Centre has recently become a part of Autocare, an online platform recognising garages with exacting standards and a commitment to the future of independent garages. Visit their wesite today, give them a call or pop in and see the team. www. bmmotoring.co.uk

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Staple Hill Stores Known locally by many people as ‘Arkwrights’, quite simply this store has so many different items they are impossible to list. The shop itself is classed as a traditional ironmongers which has served the locals for the last 15 years. The stock ranges from, plants, seeds through to creosote, lightbulbs (over 250 different types), wild bird food and feeders as well as lots of loose traditional hardware items. A sharpening service for tools is also available.

Lloydbottoms WE are a well-established (over 30 years), friendly firm of accountants in Staple Hill. As chartered accountants we

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provide a full range of accounting and tax services to local businesses and individuals. The firm was founded in 1975 and has occupied its Staple Hill High Street offices since 1982 when it opened a Bradford and Bingley Building Society agency (Bradford and Bingley were taken over by Santander in the banking crisis of 2008).

It is a family run shop selling pet foods and garden supplies and have grown the garden supplies part of the business. The garden supplies section includes weed killer, fertilizers, treatments, hoses, hose fittings, spades, forks, hoes and we have just started supplying trellis and picket fencing made locally. Within the pet foods section we have Royal Canin, James Wellbeloved, Burn’s, Chudley’s and Altarky and Forthglade wet dog and cat, Nature’s Diet wet foods as well as a wide range of dog treats natural or pre-packed, frozen dog and cat foods, reptile frozen foods, live insects and bedding. Our hay, straw and woodshavings are sourced locally. We offer a wide range of wild bird food, rabbit food, small animal foods, chick foods, budgies, parrot and canary food. Our range of frozen reptile food and live insects is a good asset as there aren’t many shops that sell that any more.

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years, all of these great customers have helped me achieve number 1 top seller in the area for 2016. I made the decision to open an Avon shop, and it's been fun - hard work, but fun - and already I have met some great new people in Staple Hill and surrounding areas. My loyal customer base have popped by as well to support me for which I am very grateful. I hold a large stock of Avon products, and customers are enjoying the fact that there are testers of foundation, lipsticks and perfumes

to sample before buying. So come on don't just walk on by, call in and take a look. I aim to make it as easy as possible for people to get their cosmetics, it is simply a walk in Avon book - so pop in and pick up the latest brochure in store and call, text or email your order back to me and collect in store. You now have a permanent Avon Lady at 51 Broad Street, Staple Hill Tel: 01454 860 025 Find us on Facebook

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Farleys FARLEY’S Pet Foods & Supplies has been on Broad Street in Staple Hill for nine years.

MY name is Lynne and I have been a local Avon representative for the last 10 years, I am also a full time bookkeeper. I have a customer base of 225 customers which has built over the

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n LETTERS We’ve been hit by a giant bug! AS a long-time resident of Downend I was somewhat taken aback when, upon returning from holiday, I found the village roundabout to be covered in chippings, weeds and a strange piece of curved metal with two large eyes. I was even more taken aback when I read the article in the Downend Voice to find that some people were actually proud of it. I see that it was described as "landscape design and planting carried out by staff from South Glos Council Street Care". Perhaps somebody could enlighten your readers as to the intended master proposal if my observations are incorrect. Obviously it hasn't taken much landscaping know-how to date! Currently it is an insult to the lovely flower boxes and arrangements which grace the village centre and are greatly admired by all. Are the 'weeds' strategically sited or are they some type of flower yet to mature? Could it not be planted with variegated

low height evergreen shrubs, requiring little or no maintenance, but would provide some colour. The 'giant bug' should be sited elsewhere. Would not a statue, or bust, of WG Grace be far more in keeping with village history and would be more welcoming to incoming motorists than a circle of chippings and a 'giant bug'? Richard Fuller Downend

Disappointed with roundabout 'weeds' I AM disappointed with the roundabout in Downend. The artwork is lovely, but it looks like it is sitting on a beach. The island is awful! The plants look like weeds. I know you cannot have big plants on the roundabout as it may block the view of traffic, but please, next time, put some more colour on the island that perhaps would match the beauty of the artwork, not plants that look like weeds. Well done for the other displays of plants in the planters etc. Perhaps they could give Staple Hill a lesson on how to brighten

up the area so that there is a wide range of colours in all of our local shopping areas so that we can keep the local shops going, and not turning into dead areas.

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"Well done� again to all the people that do the displays. Mrs L.J Rickards Springfield Avenue Mangotsfield

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n ON THE BEAT with PC PAUL FORTUNE

Thefts from vans are on the rise WE’VE recently seen an increase in thefts of tools from vans across South Gloucestershire and I’d ask everyone to look out for anyone acting suspiciously around vans. We understand the impact on tradespeople of having their tools stolen and vans taken off the road for repairs. We know it’s not always

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possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can. Otherwise: • permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode to make them identifiable • keep them inside an anchored, secure storage cage or box within the vehicle • setting the alarm as well as locking the van • parking it in a secure garage or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle to make access more difficult Sticking with vehicle crime, we’ve talked before about so-called ‘car key burglaries’ where thieves break into homes in order to steal cars with the keys. We recently arrested three men after recovering parts of a BMW which had been stolen in a burglary in Downend in June. We found the car parts at an address in Kingswood, and arrested three men who were later released under

investigation while our enquiries continue. Car key burglars use a number of tactics, from ‘fishing’ through letterboxes to take keys to breaking in. We’re concerned that people with ‘paddle and stub’-type door handles may be inadvertently leaving their homes less secure. Lifting these handles does appear to lock the door – but they can still be opened by criminals. Please remember: always turn the key, take it out of the lock and put it out of sight. Finally we’d like to give our PCSO Emily Marshall a mention as she’s donating her long locks to the Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment. She’s also raising

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PC Paul Fortune money for the charity by seeking sponsorship for the chop. She says she’s always had long hair and it’ll be very difficult for her, but she’s happy to be able to help someone else.

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C in the Park attracts big crowds HUNDREDS of local people streamed into King George V Playing Fields to take part in an Open Air Service provided by Sanctuary Church, Staple Hill, as part of the annual C in the Park event. Young and old alike took part in an uplifting act of worship that encouraged us all to consider what it means to have Jesus in our lives. Shaun Taylor gave a moving personal testimony that urged us all to have confidence in our faith and Andy Machin from Downend Baptist Church reinforced this message in his talk. It was wonderful to have some of the uniformed groups present and also children from Mangotsfield CofE Primary School singing. From noon there was a varied programme of entertainment provided by local schools and groups, who gave freely of their time to sing, dance and provide music for an appreciative audience. Around the field were a variety of large inflatables,

games and craft activities for children and young people to enjoy and for those wishing to be

refreshed there was of course tea and cake. Also present were local groups such as Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council, Christians Against Poverty (CAP), Downend and Bromley Heath In Bloom and Downend and Emersons Green Voice. The event on July 2 was made possible because nine churches from Downend, Mangotsfield, Emersons Green and Staple Hill worked together and resourced all the activities that were then FREE for their communities to enjoy with family and friends. C in the Park committee would like to extend thanks to the local councils that also supported and enabled the day and to the Scouts who gave their

time and lent equipment as did Emersons Green Primary School. Also appreciated was the time given by first aid volunteers and the local police. A supply of ‘C in the Park’ T-shirts was kindly donated by Ballyhoo Clothing Co. that allowed all the stewards and team of helpers to be identified and of assistance to the large crowds as they basked in glorious sunshine all day. Help given by local neighbours was also very much appreciated and contributed to a wonderful day of love, smiles and a great community and family atmosphere. Further information can be found at https://m.facebook. com/CintheParkDownend/

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STAPLE Hill Primary were the overall Key Stage 1 winners of the interschools MaD (Mangotsfield and Downend) Olympiad. The team of Year 2 children achieved many medals and got the highest score after taking part in activities including team games, relay and

individual races at the annual primary schools event. Headteacher Peter Foss-Clark, who also attended the event, said: “The children had been training and looking forward to taking part; we are extremely pleased with the results and their team spirit!�

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n NEWS CHILDREN at Barley Close Primary children are working alongside the police and councillors to try to combat inconsiderate parking. Following meetings with Councillor Michael Bell and PCSO Michael Holton, they have started a ‘three strike’ system. The children posted letters to local residents explaining the scheme, which has proved successful in Yate. They are asking parents and residents to record the registration of any offending vehicle, the reason they feel it is parked inconsiderately and the time and date. The police will send the registered keeper a warning letter. If the same registration is reported a second time, the offender will get a home visit from a PCSO or police officer. On the third time they would be likely to receive a ticket, which could result in points on the driver’s licence. Head teacher Jo Williams said the scheme had proved successful in Yate and she hoped it would have the same effect in Mangotsfield.

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n FRENCHAY FLOWER SHOW

New attraction steals the show A NEW attraction stole the show at the 74th annual Frenchay Flower Show. An alpaca from Avon Alpacas joined a procession through the event with the prince and princess, Oscar Sheppard and Eabha McGarry, children from local primary schools who opened the show. The creature, provided by John Grover, of Avon Alpacas, was part of a new animal corner feature at the event on July 15. This also featured stalls for Hedgehog Rescue and Foreign and British Birds. At the other end of the showground the Hawk and Owl Trust had a very interesting display of birds with a peregrine, little owls and several other birds of prey. In the marquee the beekeepers displayed their produce and answered questions on beekeeping. Music at the event was

provided by The Winds of Change Band, Marshfield Brass Band and Cleeve Singers. Bristol Starlight Cheer Squad, led by their director Deb Denny, gave

a lively performance with the children enthusiastically shaking pom poms to their own music. Later Bristol Morris gave a display of their tried and tested skills with the classic rhythmic stepping of the Morris dances to the sound of their bells

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Garden and allotment produce, baking and preserves, crafts, art, photographs and flower arranging were on display in the large marquee and Friends Meeting House. Three vintage buses provided free transport between the Flower Show and the Vintage Vehicle display held in the grounds of the old Frenchay Hospital, where owners were happy to discuss the finer points of their highly polished cars and motorbikes. For refreshments Frenchay WI provided cream teas at the Village Hall. The Parish Church and Unitarian Chapel were also both open for teas and a chance to look round the beautiful buildings and, at the church, a chance to ring the bells. The day ended with the award of cups and shields by Jack Lopresti MP and an RHS medal by Tim Bowles, newly elected West of England Mayor. This was followed by an auction of produce.

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Toddler Sense - giving you and your child the freedom to explore and learn I LOVED taking part in Baby Sensory classes with my son John. It was such a precious time of learning and fun during his first year of life. We were both disappointed that there was not the next step for him to enjoy in the area where we live - so, following extensive research, I decided to set up Toddler Sense Bristol East. I have been a qualified teacher for four years, which has given me a large amount of experience in planning and delivering classes to large groups. I feel very honoured to be part of such a wonderful team and look forward to being part of the learning journey for other parents and their toddlers. My classes start in September in Pomphrey Hill and Kingswood and will include sessions for children aged 13 months to two years and from two to four years. I will also be

running parties for children up to five years old. Toddler Sense introduces a whole new world for toddlers and children and their parents through great music, great equipment and

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for fossils, swimming with dolphins and hunting for dinosaurs. Every week introduces a whole new adventure; no two weeks are ever the same. Toddler Sense offers a fast-moving, action-packed programme. The main emphasis is on mobility, excitement and adventure. Your child will develop a wide range of social, creative, physical, emotional and intellectual skills while having fantastic fun. Designed by leading parenting expert and Baby Sensory founder, Dr Lin Day, Toddler Sense has continued to provide multi award winning educational activities for pre-school children since 2008. I’m proud and excited to be bringing this programme to Bristol East.www.babysensory.com/en/ toddlerclassdetails/bristoleast Vicky Graham

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Wednesday August 2 n Mothers’ Union Garden Party and Cream Tea, 2.15pm. Contact Christ Church Parish Office to book a place - 0117 908 9867 Tuesday August 8 n Christ Church Fellowship: At Home event, 7pm. More information and to book a place, call Christ Church Parish Office 01179089867 Sunday August 13 n ‘Page Park Praise’ presented by Staple Hill Salvation Army Band and congregation. 3.30pm Children’s craft and activity tent and lots of good music and singing. Admission free. Tel 0117 9569733 n Alice in Wonderland, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 2.30pm Tuesday August 15 n Go Wild at Winterbourne Barn, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 11am n Bereavement Support Group, Chat, Refreshments and Support in the welcome space at Christ Church Downend 2.30-4.30pm. Newcomers welcome. More information available from the Parish Office 0117 9089867 or just turn up and meet Val and Wendy our hosts. Saturday August 19 11th Fishponds Horticultural & Craft Show at Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, Guinea

Lane,Fishponds. Official opening at 2pm by The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander. Classes including garden produce,floral art, children's classes,cookery, photography,crafts. Competitions, Raffle, Plant Sale, Refreshments. Adults 50p, Children free. For schedule call 0117 9650442. Wednesday August 23 n Open mic session at Grounded cafe, Fishponds, 8pm Saturday August 26 Breakfast at Speedwell Methodist Church BS15 1ES 10am to noon. A full breakfast, or a coffee and homemade cake. No need to hurry. An opportunity to ask for prayer. All welcome. Sunday August 27 n Spirit Space, a place of reflection and calm in our busy world. This once a month, evening service starts at 6.30pm at Christ Church. Tuesday August 29 n The Merry Wives of Windsor, , at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 7pm Wednesday August 30 n Lincombe Barn enrolment for year beginning September 1. Last day for £5 discount on £19 annual membership. Downend Folk House, Overndale Road, Pay at Barn office, Open Monday to Friday 7am to noon. 1pm to 4.30pm Tel: 0117 956 2367.

Monday September 4 n Avon Wind Band launches new learner class for people wanting to play woodwind or brass instuments at Bailey’s Court Primary, Bradley Stoke, 7.30pm. Contact chairman Keith Hunt at 0117 904 9125, keh35@blueyonder.co.uk Further information at www.avonwindbandassociation.com Saturday September 9 n Heritage Open Day, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 2 - 5pm Sunday September 10 Heritage Open Day, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 2 - 5pm Saturday September 9 n Barn Dance and Ploughmans supper, Pucklechurch Community Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 (Family concessions available) Contact Ros on 07709 639846 Sunday September 10 n Heritage Open Day, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 2 - 5pm Sunday September 10 Heritage Open Day, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 2 - 5pm

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n Whist drive, 7.15pm, Assembly hall, Salisbury Road, Downend. call 0117 9565378 for further info. n Family History Group, Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, 10amnoon, every week. n Yoga class at Frenchay Village Hall, 6.45 to 7.30. Suitable for beginners and different levels. fun, enjoyable class.experienced teacher. for more information phone Hermione on 01179522819 n Poetry Circle, Lincombe Barn,

What’s On Downend, Staple Hill and Emersons Green libraries Animal Agents There’s still time to join the awesome Animal Agents sleuthing their way into a South Gloucestershire library near you this summer. It’s the Animal Agents, Summer Reading Challenge 2017 from 15 July to 16 September. Use your eagle eyes and test your skills and ingenuity by reading books to collect stinky stickers for your case file. Super sleuths who read all six books to complete the challenge and solve the case get a medal, certificate and a complimentary child’s ticket for Wild Place Project or free library DVD hire. To find out more about the challenge and all the other fun activities on offer, visit your local library now! Free Adult Computer Courses at your local library Would you or someone you know, benefit from learning or improving their computer skills? In a relaxed and friendly environment, with approachable and patient tutors, you will be able to learn the following skills: • Use the Internet to search for information, shop safely online, book holidays, flights, hotels and other activities. • Use email to send and read messages and add attachments. • Create documents such as letters and posters • Learn about ICT safety and security when working online. Starting in September at the following venues: Monday morning - Winterbourne Library Tuesday morning - Downend Library Wednesday morning - Bradley Stoke Library Wednesday afternoon - Emersons Green Library

If you would like to book a place, or have any questions, please pop into your preferred venue and speak to one of the staff What’s On in Local Libraries on a regular basis? LEGO Club at Staple Hill next meeting Saturday 5 August 2.00- 3.00pm Monday Knitter Knatter knitting group: Downend Library, all welcome 10.00 – 12.00noon Tuesday Coffee Morning: Staple Hill library, 10.30 – 11.30 Pre-school Storytime: Emersons Green Library, 2.00 – 2.30pm (term time only) Wednesday Rhymetime for babies and toddlers: Downend Library, 10.30 – 11.00am Thursday Books on Thursday – Shared Reading Group: Downend Library, 2.00 – 3.30pm Stories, Fun, Crafts: Downend Library, 2:15 – 2:45 (term time only) Rhymetime for babies and toddlers: Staple Hill Library, 11.00 – 11.30am Rhymetime for babies and toddlers: Emersons Green Library, 11.00 – 11.30am (term time only) Friday Friday Fun Time: Staple Hill Library, 11:00 – 11:30am Coffee Morning: Downend Library, 10:30 -11:30am Messy Play: Downend Library, 2:15 – 2:45pm Saturday Crafty Capers: Downend library drop in all day Crafty Capers: Staple Hill library drop in 2.00 - 4.00

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August, 2017 10.30am-noon fortnightly. n Kingswood Lacemakers, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm except for the third Monday in the month, 7.15pm. Self help group of bobbin lacemakers. n Marquetry Club, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. n Whist Club, Lincombe Barn 2-4 pm, open to any association members. n Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 10am-noon. n Coffee drop-in, Emersons Green Village Hall 10.30-11.30am. n Concorde Wheelchair Dancers, Page Hall, Staple Hill 7.15-9pm. n Stitch and Bitch, The Oak pub, Staple Hill. 2-4 pm first Monday of the month. n Craft Group, Christ Church Downend Foyer 1.30pm, 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. n Poetry group. Lincombe Barn, , 10am-noon, every other Monday, from February 3. Call 0117 2796214. n Frenchay Ladies Probus Club, St. Augustine Parish Hall 2pm, third Monday in the month. Variety of speakers and opportunities to go on trips and other social events. Call Bonnie Murley on 0117 330 1249. n Bromley Heath Gardening and Social club. 3rd Monday in the month, 7.30pm, Bromley Heath Junior School (excluding school holidays). Speaker, charity sales table and a raffle. Day trip every month to places of interest and occasional theatre trips. Two short holiday breaks in January and Easter. Contact Pat 0117 9561556 or May 0117 9573695. n Beginner to Intermediate Hatha Yoga. Downend Lincombe Barn, 9:30 - 10:45. Drop in class £6.00. Bring your own yoga mat. Call Teresa 07903 823 827. n Phoenix Wind Band (20+ concert level players). Emersons Green Library, 7.30-9.30 p.m. Varied

and challenging, will appeal to Grade 6 players or above. Call Keith 0117 9049125, e-mail phoenixwindband@hotmail.com. Web - avonwindbandassociation. com. n Westerley Showband. Downend Library 7.30 pm. For applicants who play wind instruments, bass or drums. Call 0117 9561950 www. westerlyshowband.com. n Knit & Natter. Emersons Green Village Hall, 10.30am-12.30pm - £1 which includes tea or coffee. n Zumba keep fit, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 9.30-10.30am. Call Sally 0771 2776 753. n Social History (monthly), Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 11am-12.30pm. n Ballroom tuition, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 2-5pm. Call Teresa 0117 9650203. n Slimming World, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 6.30-9pm. Call Ami 0746 2727 229. n Social badminton. Kingswood Leisure Centre, 2-4pm, intermediate level. n Drop in art group, Page Hall, Page Road, Staple Hill (please use side entrance), every Monday, 10am-12.30pm. No tuition. A friendly welcome guaranteed. Call Judith on 0117 957 0327. n Indoor short mat bowls at Pucklechurch Community Centre. Established and beginners welcome. Bowls provided. Sessions Sunday afternoon, Monday and Wednesday evenings. Contact Roger Payne 0117 937 3653. n Hatha Flow Yoga, gentle and nurturing. Downend. Lincombe Barn. 7.15 - 8.15 pm. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ yogawithyolanda.me n Salsa Class for Beginners. Begbrook Social Club, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1HY. 8-9pm. www. salsadacapoloco.co.uk

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quilting skills, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Open Church at Christ Church Downend. We are open from 11am-1pm throughout August for coffee, worship and reflections on the Psalms. All welcome. n Artists, drawing techniques and perspective, oils, watercolours and pastels, Lincombe Barn 10amnoon. n Fellowship- Christ Church Fellowship Group, Parish Hall, North Street 7.45p.m second Tuesday of every month.Variety of speakers and musical evenings. Organise an annual day out and a weekend away. n Bits’n’pieces, fun with fabrics, Lincombe Barn.1.30-3.30pm. n Natural History Society. Illustrated talks on Birds, Wildlife and the Countryside at home and abroad. Lincombe Barn 7.309.30pm 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Oct. Nov. Jan. Feb. Mar. n Downend Local History Society, Lincombe Barn. Autumn/Winter meetings, 7.30pm third Tuesday of each month. £3 per meeting. n Downend Gardening in Retirement Club, Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road 10.30am third Tuesday of the month. Call 0117

9061427. n Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Bottoms, Tums and Thighs, Lincombe Barn 8.15-9.15pm. n Art Club for Adults, Emersons Green Village Hall 7-8.45pm. n Girl Guides, Emersons Green Village Hall. Evenings. n Staple Hill Probus Club. Downend Cricket Club. 10.30am, 10am for coffee. First and third Tuesday each month. Call Roger 0117 9562777. n Openchurch – Christ Church 9am to 1pm. Drop in throughout the day. n Badminton. Downend Sports Centre, 8 - 10pm. Call 0117 9400706. n Glass Engraving. Lincombe Barn, 10am – noon. n BabyNatal Practical Baby Care Workshop at Emersons Green Village Hall, 6.30-9.30pm. 4th Tuesday of the month: www. babynatalsouthglos.co.uk. n Community Bingo. Staple Hill Primary school. 6.45pm, eyes down

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA 7.45. Tel no. 0117 983 3750. Food and drink available. n Downend Camera Club. 7.4510pm, Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, BS16 5RA. All abilities and interests catered for but beginners particularly welcome. n Exercise Class for older adults. Christ Church Hall, North Street 1011am, £4. Call Jenny 0117 9613327. n Taoist Tai Chi. Kingswood Community Centre, 7-8.30pm. Improve your health, raise your spirit. Class open to all. www.taoist. org.uk. n Slimming World, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 9.30am-12noon. Ami 0746 2727 229. n Diabetes UK meeting in small room, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 6.15-8.15pm. n Zumba. Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7-8pm. Call Anna 0779 9180 437. n *NEW* Flow-in Yoga Class. Every Tuesday 6.15pm at Barley Close Primary, BS16 9DL. Beginners Welcomed. Mat can be provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: hello@ yoga-in.co.uk. Can book via www. yoga-in.co.uk n Parent and Toddler Group. Barley Close School Lemur Building, 11.45-3pm. Music, stories, craft. £1 adults, 50p a child. Bring your own packed lunch. n Staple Hill Probus Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at Downend Cricket Club. 10.30am-12.45pm. Tea and coffee from 10am

Wednesday n Book Reading Club, Lincombe Barn 9.30-11.30am, third Wednesday of each month. n Machine Knitting Club, Lincombe Barn 9.45-11.45am. Machines provided and previous experience not required.

n Counted Cross Stitch Club, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. All levels of expertise welcome, beginners especially. n Cleeve Wood Artists, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Wednesday Bridge Club. Lincombe Barn 2-4.30pm. All levels. n Scrabble Club 1, Lincombe Barn 7.15-9.15pm, alternate weeks with Thursday mornings. n Cleeve Singers, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm. Free trial rehearsals and no audition requirement. Looking to increase our membership in the tenor & bass sections. n New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol, Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd 7.30-9.30pm. No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group - soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. Our repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs. n Camera Club, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm, second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. For enthusiasts of all abilities. n Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 1-3pm. n Book club for adults, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11am, monthly. n Rainbow Tots, parent and toddler group, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11.30am. n Buggy Walk, Emersons Green library, meet at 10am outside, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. All parents, grandparents and carers welcome. No need to book and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes. n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30pm 4th Wednesday of the month. Includes craft, refreshments, chat, worship and a hot meal.

n The Mothers’ Union, Parish Hall , North Street, 2.15pm first Wednesday of each month. All welcome. n Social Dancing, Quakers Road Church Hall, 8 - 10.15 pm every Wednesday and Friday. Call Doreen on 0117 9564308. n Weekly Café, Badminton Road Methodist Church, 10am-noon. Each Wednesday except during August. Call Nicky Budd 0117 9570966. n Phoenix Art Club, Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, Guinea Lane, Fishponds 10am - 12noon. All mediums, all abilities. n Bristol Ukulele Jam, Baden Hall, Northcote Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol. BS16 9HF. 7.45-9.30pm. All levels and experience welcome. n Downend Flower Club, Lincombe Barn, 7.30pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday, September to May. Would you like to arrange flowers? Call Joyce 0117 9568978. n Cruse Bereavement Care support group. The Park Centre, Kingswood, 10-11.30 on Wednesdays. 8 week course from 16 July led by 2 experienced counsellors. Places are limited. Call Cruse 0117 929 2507. Email: crusebristol@gmail.com. n South Gloucestershire Wine Circle. St Barnabas Church Hall, Church Avenue, Warmley BS30 5JG. 7.30pm 1st Wednesday of each month. Are you interested in wine, beer, food, organised tastings, dinners and socials? Call Peter 0777 0750 327 or Neil 0117 9603433. n Bingo. Emersons Green Village Hall, 1.30-3.30pm alternate Wednesdays. Have a bit of fun and win prizes with this friendly club. n Frenchay Village Museum 1-4pm – Free. n Lodge Causeway Townswomen’s Guild. Briarwood School, Briar Way, Fishponds 7.15pm 2nd Wednesday of the month. A different speaker

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each month plus handicrafts , walking group and social events. Tel no. 0779 9108 890. n Dance Tots, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 10-11am. Call Eric 0791 4006 589. n Hannah More Senior Citizen “Fun and Entertainment”, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 2-4pm, fortnightly. Tel no. 0117 965 0356. n Fishponds Reading Group, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 2-3.30pm (4 weekly). Email: gwenczek@yahoo.co.uk. n Keep Fit class, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 7-8pm. Call Beryl 0117 9774534. n Frenchay Probus Club meets on the first and third Wednesday every month in Frenchay Village Hall. 10 am to noon. Visitors welcome. www.frenchayprobusclub.com n Walks for single people. Solo Rendezvous meet at Downend Cricket Club, every Wednesday, 8.30pm, entrance £3, and walk every Sunday. Please phone for walk details: 01454 775508 / 01454 774984 / 0117 9850210. n Frenchay Folk Dance Club meets in Frenchay Village Hall on alternate Wednesdays at 7.45pm. More information is available at www.frenchayfdc.co.uk or by emailing FFDCSecretary@outlook. com. n New weekly salsa class for complete beginners with Cressida. Cross Hands Pub, 1 Staple Hill Rd., Fishponds BS16 5AA. 7.30pm-9pm includes social & dancing. No partner needed. Call 07808 581739 n Hatha Flow Yoga, gentle and nurturing. Downend. Lincombe Barn. 7 - 8 pm. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ yogawithyolanda.me n Diamond fellowship at Fishponds Baptist Church hall, Downend Road, 10.30am. Open to everyone, first and third Wednesdays every month. Variety of speakers, coffee mornings and annual day out and Christmas meal. Contact 0117 9653421.

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n Scrabble Club 2, Lincombe Barn, 10am-noon, alternate weeks Wednesday evenings. Beginners welcome. n Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Emersons Green Quilters, Christ Church Centre, Quakers Road, 7.30pm-9.30pm on second Thursday of every month. Details from Rose Thomas 0117 949 0840 n Papercraft, Lincombe Barn 1011.30am fortnightly. For members to learn or improve their paper crafting skills. n Calligraphy 2, Lincombe Barn 10.30am-noon. An enjoyable class for all levels, beginners welcome. n Barn Bees, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. Ladies new to the district come and enjoy a friendly group for a cuppa/chat/sew/knit for fundraising. n Hand Bell Ringers, , Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. Persons with some music reading ability welcome. n Gardening Club, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm. n Line Dancing, Lincombe Barn 8.15-9.30pm. For beginners/ improvers, keep fit and exercise your brain at the same time, no partner needed. n Fishponds Probus Club, Fishponds Conservative Club at 10am, 1st. and 3rd Thursday. Vacancies available for retired professional/business gentlemen. Call Graham Hawkins 0117 9561846. n Frome Valley Artists, Downend Folk House 1.30-3.30pm. No tuition given, but regular demonstrations held. Call John Forster on 0117 9561010. n Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, Pomphrey Hill pavilion 10am-noon. n Resound Camera Club, Resound building, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield 7.30pm. Bi-weekly. We are a sociable group catering for all skill levels. Please see our web site for more information. n Emersons Green Running Club, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 7pm n Rainbows, Emersons Green Village Hall. Evenings. n Emersons Green Whist Club, Emersons Green Village Hall 2-4.30pm. n Rainbow Tots, parent and toddler group, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11.30am. n Scrabble club, Emersons Green Village Hall 10am-noon, monthly. n Senior Citizens social club, Emersons Green Village Hall 11.30am-2.30pm, monthly. n Downend Horticultural Society. Assembly Rooms, Sailbury Road, Downend 7.30pm, 2nd Thursday of the month all year. Outing to gardens and we hold flower shows. Members who can help

downendvoice with tips on your garden. Call Roger Davis 0117 9571703 or Hilary Walton 0117 9792832. www. downendhortsoc.co.uk. n Bingo, Staple Hill Royal British Legion 7.30pm. n Youth Group for Years 6 –8, The Youth Hub, Christ Church, North street, Downend, 6.30-7.45pm. Great facilities, fun-packed programme, tuck available. Free entrance. n Youth Group for Years 9 – 13, The Youth Hub, Christ Church, North Street, Downend, 8-9.15pm. Great facilities, fun-packed programme, tuck available. Free entrance. n Carers’ Group, Mill House, Emersons Green Way 2-4pm first Thursday of every month. Call 01454 868267. n Bromley Heath Probus Club, The Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend 10am. First and third Thursdays of the months (fifth Thursday if applicable – ladies join then) An informal organisation for retired men. Speaker on various subjects for about an hour. Also have programme of social events and trips including an annual holiday club. Call Robin Short 0117 9567795. n Frenchay Ladies Probus Club, St Augustine Parish Hall 2pm, third Monday in the month. Variety of speakers and there is an opportunity to go on trips and other social events. Call Bonnie Murley 0117 3301249. n Staple Hill Runners. Meet on Broad St outside Page Park 7-8pm and. All abilities are catered for. n Emersons Green Quilters. Christ Church Centre Quakers Road, Bromley Heath 7.30-9.30pm, second Thursday of the month. Call 0117 9834962. n Senior Citizen Friendship Club, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 3.30pm-5pm. Email: Spencer@ sporting-change.biz. Call 0782 5155 954. n Sequence Dance class, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7.309.30pm. Call John 01454 261498. n Zumba Gold with Cressida, Royal British Legion, Kendall Road, Staple Hill, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Fun dance & exercise class to music from around the world. Ideal for beginners to Zumba or older students. Special offer, first class £3. Tel 0117 330 9549 / 0780 8581 739. n Zumba Gold with Cressida, Royal British Legion, Kendall Road, Staple Hill, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Fun dance & exercise class to music from around the world. Ideal for beginners to Zumba or older students. Special offer, first class £3. Tel 0117 330 9549 / 0780 8581 739. n Mangotsfield URC, Cossham Street, Mangotsfield 10.30am first Thursday in the month. Coffee, cake and a warm welcome.

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n Fishponds and Downend Rotary Club, The Langley Arms, Guest Avenue, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7GA. website - Google “F&D Rotary” n Sugarcraft: St Andrews Hall, Elm Park, Filton 7.30pm – 9.30pm, third Thursday each month. We have demonstrations monthly on flowers and models and practice/ workshops with instruction. Call Jean Kington 0117 956 8737. n Meditation and Mindfulness Classes, Portland Therapy Centre, Staple Hill. Beginners Classes 6.307.30pm and Group Practice 7.358.35pm. Registered British School of Meditation Teacher. Book in advance on 0117 956 5855. www. jennysmith.me.uk. n Qi Gong class every Thursday evening from 6.45pm to 8pm at Emersons Green Village Hall cost £5. For further details e-mail Donna@lotusneigongbristol.co.uk n DanceFit with Cressida. Beechwood Club, Beechwood Rd., Fishponds BS16 3TR. 2pm-3pm. Easy pace weekly exercise class with range of dance steps & music, plus tea & chat. Call 07808 581739 n Friendly badminton group looking for new members. Meets at Downend Sports Centre every Thursday at 8pm. If interested

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Friday n Fun with Fabrics Club, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Music for enjoyment, Lincombe Barn - 1.45-3.45pm, fortnightly. Programmes of recorded music, mainly classical, presented by members. Check dates 0117 956 2367. n Knit and Natter, Poppy Lounge Staple Hill Royal British Legion Staple Hill 10.30-12 noon. n Badminton Gardens Friendship Club, Badminton Gardens, Beaufort Road, Downend, Bristol BS16 6FG, 4-5.30pm. For a weekly dose of gentle exercise, socialising, and a cuppa! Call Spencer 0782 5155 954. n Stroke Cafe, Badminton Road Methodist Church run by Bristol

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38 Area Stroke Foundation, 11am1pm. second Friday of every month. For people who have had a stroke or mini stroke and for those who care for them. Come along for a chat, free refreshments and information and advice. Tel no. 0117 964 7657. n Emersons Green Buggy Running Group Second. Meet outside Emersons Green Library 10-11am, second and last Fridays of the month. For a 30-minute walk, talk, jog, run with your buggy and baby, followed by refreshments. Friendly, qualified leaders. Call 0787 9842 503. Email info@justjog.co.uk. n After School Youth Drop-In for Years 6, 7 & 8, The Youth Hub, Christ Church, North Street, Downend, 3.15–4.30pm. Meet friends, relax and enjoy the Hub facilities. Tuck available. Entrance free. n Social Dancing, Quakers Road Church Hall 8-10.15 pm. Call Doreen 0117 9564308. n Zumba keep fit, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 9.30-10.30am. Call Sally 0771 2776 753. n Living after Loss, St Mary’s Parish Rooms (back entrance of church) 11am-12noon, fortnightly. An informal bereavement group. Call Lizzy 0117 9650856. n Baby Bebop (mums / babies up to one-year-old), Beechwood Club,

downendvoice Fishponds 11am-1pm. Call Ruth 0796 6032 414. n Alzheimer’s meetings, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 2-4pm, 2nd Friday in each month. Tel no. 0117 975 6441. n Fishponds History Society, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7-9pm, 1st Friday of month. Call John 0117 9658110. n In the Pink, Hillfields Park Baptist Church, Thicket Avenue Fishponds, 9.00am. Make new friends and enjoy sensible exercise to music for older ladies, followed by refreshments. Tel. 0117 956 1231. n Kings Club, Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA, 6-7pm, 5 - 7yr olds – 7-8pm, 7 - 11yr olds. Term time only. A fun way to learn about God. Craft, Story, Games, Drinks. Email: outreachevents@downendbaptist. co.uk. n Club Friday for 11 - 14yr olds, Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA, 8-9.30pm term time only. Games, Badminton, God Slot, Tuck Shop. email: outreachevents@ downendbaptist.co.uk. n Meditation and Mindfulness Classes, Portland Therapy Centre, Staple Hill. Beginners Classes 9.30-10.30am, Group Practice

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10.45-11.45am. Registered British School of Meditation Teacher. Book in advance 0117 956 5855. www. jennysmith.me.uk. n Community art club at Castle Suite, Badminton Gardens, Beaufort Road BS16 6UE. 10amnoon on alternate Fridays. Alternate Fridays. £5 per session and materials are supplied.Contact Paul Foss on pobble57@yahoo. co.uk or 0117 957 0045 n Tai Chi classes, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, BS16 2CU,10.15am -12.15pm in term timePeople with Parkinson's, their carers and family are welcome. £5 per person per session.Contact Bonnie 07788 697855 or email pukbristolmemsec@gmail.com n Kingswood Photographic Society, St Barnabas Church Hall, Church Avenue, Warmley, BS30 5JJ, 7-9.30pm. .

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n World Wide Church of God, Emersons Green Village Hall 11am2.30pm. n Free introductory Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes, Lincombe Barn 11am-12noon. Come along to truly transforming meditation experience starting September 14. Call Linda 0117 9825987. n Coffee Morning, Staple Hill Methodist Church Hall 10.00amnoon, first Saturday of the month. Cakes and books and DVDs are on sale. The events are held by Kingswood Y’s Men’s Club. n BabyNatal Practical Baby Care Workshop Frenchay Village Hall, 10am-1pm 1st Saturday of month. www.babynatalsouthglos.co.uk. n Frenchay Village Museum 2-5pm open – Free. n Diabetes group meeting, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 2-4pm, bi monthly. Tel no. 0117 975 6441. n Rehabilitation Pilates (Beginners), Lincombe Barn, Downend Folk House, upstairs in Britannia

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room. 9am. £7. Samantha 07736 309272, www.gentlefitness.co.uk

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n Emersons Green Baptist Church, Emersons Green Village Hall 10.30am-noon. n Christ Church Downend 10.30am. Morning Worship, with special groups for children of all ages and young people. Christ Church Downend. AEvening Worship, 6.30pm. Holy communion on the first and third Sundays, Celtic worship and service of prayer for healing and wholeness, second and fifth Sundays. n Morning Worship, Mangotsfield and Castle Green United Reformed Church, Cossham Street, Mangotsfield10.30am. Communion is taken on the First Sunday. n Staple Hill Methodist Church, 10.30am and 6pm. Creche and Sunday Club. Taize Worship is held on second Sunday evening of the month and communion is taken on first morning and evening of the month. Tel no. 0117 957 5221. n Morning Worship and Children’s Activities, Speedwell Methodist Church, 378 Speedwell Road 10.30am. Friendly, informal, lively. n Frenchay Village Museum 2-5pm – Free. n Church Group, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 1-3pm. n ARC, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 3.30-5.30pm or 7-9pm. n Morning worship with groups for Children/Youth, Downend Baptist Church 10.30am. Evening Worship 6pm. Holy Communion, 1st and 3rd n Traditional worship, The Church Centre, Quakers Road 9.15am. A Christ Church Service in the Bromley Heath area. n All Age Worship featuring the band, choir and children at Staple Hill Salvation Army, 21 Broad Street, Staple Hill. BS16 5LN, 11am. Telephone: 0117 956 9733

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Alpha course is beginning ... ADVENTURER Bear Grylls is inviting people to explore faith at an Alpha course. To find out more, come to an Alpha Supper on Monday September 25 at 7.45pm at the Youth Hub at the Parish Hall, North Street, Downend BS16 5SG. Alpha is free and runs around the globe. See more at http://alpha.org/ To attend the supper, contact alpha@christchurchdownend.com or call the Parish Office on 0117 908 9867

Museum display Kingswood Heritage Museum is launching a Spotlight on Staple Hill exhibition on August 1. It will concentrate on Staple Hill. The museum is in the former Champion Brass Works at Tower Lane, Warmley, Bristol BS30 8XT, just off the Avon Ring Road.

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n RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Courgette, feta and mint fritters with Mel of Melanie’s Kitchen A RECIPE for days when you want something filling, quick and hot , although if there are any left they are good cold the next day. This is an adaptation of a Leon recipe for kale fritters which I love, and is great for using up those oversized courgettes. Gram flour is gluten free (it’s made from ground dried chickpeas) and easily found in mainstream shops these days. If you do not like feta it can be left out or try substituting a hard goat cheese.

Courgette, feta and mint fritters serves 4 300g courgettes 100g gram flour 120ml milk 75g feta, crumbled 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil to fry fresh mint and parsley (approx. 1tbsp each when chopped) Salt and black pepper Grate the courgettes and squeeze well to remove as much water as possible. Put the gram flour in a large bowl, season well with salt and pepper. Add the milk slowly, beating to make a thick batter. Stir in the crumbled Feta followed by the courgette and chopped herbs. Heat the oil in a non- stick or heavy based frying pan and drop in tablespoons of mixture to form small fritters. Cook for a few minutes on each side, drain on kitchen paper and serve. They are good with a side serving of freshly fried cherry tomatoes and some salad leaves.

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n NEWS IN BRIEF Bowl along for some more Soup DOWNEND Soup is preparing for its second session. The idea behind this community crowdfunding venture is that people come along, donate a little money on the door, listen to three ideas to improve life in our community and vote for their favourite – the one with the most gets the money to kickstart their idea. Alan Webber from Chatterton’s Café in Redcliffe and Mel Scragg from Mel’s Kitchen will be helping out, along with other members of the business communities in Downend & Staple Hill. Downend Soup 2 will be held on Tuesday October 3, hosted by Christ Church Downend at the Parish Hall in North Street. Tickets can be reserved through www.downendsoup.com

South Glos Show aims for record FINAL preparations are being made for the South

Gloucestershire Show. The show, in its fourth year, is hoping for record crowds for the event held on August 5 and 6. The show ground in Henfield will host a host of attractions, including music stages showcasing acts from across the South West. The main arena will host motorcycle action, dog and falconry displays as well as the ‘Ham National’ - pig racing that will raise money for charity. Other attractions include a motoring field, country fair, kids zone and a country fair.

Have your say on bus services IF you value a particular bus service, now is the time to let South Gloucestershire Council know. It spends £1.76 million a year supporting 32 routes that might not otherwise be viable - and it is reviewing its priorities. Some services are entirely funded by the council; others reeceive top-up funding to extend the route or, for instance, to run at evenings or bank

holidays. A consultation is running until September 3. Feedback will help shape future services. Find it online at www.southglos.gov. uk/consultation. Residents can complete the online survey, or download and print a paper copy or get one from a local library or One Stop Shop, which can be returned to any library.

50th anniversary appeal at school DID you go to The Tynings School when it first opened? Have you ever worked there over the last 50 years? The school is trying to contact former staff and the original 1967 Reception class to invite them to help celebrate the golden jubilee. The school will be hosting a 50th anniversary evening celebration on Friday September 15, including a tour of the school, which has changed considerably over the years, and the unveiling of a commemorative work of art. There will be also be refreshments and the opportunity to meet some of the current pupils and staff. If

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you are interested in attending, please email thetynings@sgmail. org.uk with the subject “50th Anniversary”.

Primary receives Makaton award BARLEY Close Nursery staff have been awarded Makaton friendly status. Makaton is signed communication using 400 words taken from British sign language. Head teacher Jo Williams said: “Receiving this award is a real achievement for the team.”

Animal lovers raise £80 for PAWS FOUR youngsters raised £80 for PAWS animal charity in Staple Hill by holding a dog show. Fiji and Zen Willetts, aged 14 and 12, and their friends Amelia Dobb and Jasmin Vaughan-Perrett, who all attend Winterbourne International Academy, organised the whole event, judging the seven categories and handing out doggy goody bags, fliers, prizes and rosettes.

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Striking a successful chord or two ... MANGOTSFIELD’S Bristol Rock Centre (BRC) is celebrating yearon-year increased exam success, with students achieving record results. Director Rich Thornton said: “Not only did our students gain consistently high scores, but one

Sarah Beresford, who achieve a Distinction in Grade 4 Bass

of them also attained the highest possible grade.” All 15 students who took music exams at BRC passed – 12 with a Merit, scoring 74% or more, and two with a Distinction – scoring over 90%. Students of all ages took exams from Grade 1 to 4 in drums, bass and guitar, while Tom Purnell, aged 17, gained the highest level – Grade 8 in guitar. Tom said: “I am glad to have completed the highest music grade. Now, I aim to test myself with a level 4 diploma exam in guitar, then 2018 attend a music university where I can study to become a guitar teacher myself!” Bristol Rock Centre provides tuition in guitar, bass guitar, drums and vocals, stages regular music gigs and workshops, is an accredited examination centre for Rockschool (the national rock and pop music exam board) and runs corporate team building days. It hosted two gigs in July - a

Tom Purnell, who achieved the highest music grade night of psychedelia, freakbeat, glam, punk and rock from BRC tutors and students at The Thunderbolt and a night of hard

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rock from three all-female bands at Exchange, Old Market. For more information, visit www.bristolrockcentre.co.uk.

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Vital careers advice service is secured AN initiative to ensure school students in the Bristol area get early and relevant careers advice and work experience has received a funding boost. On a visit to Mangotsfield School, West of England Mayor Tim Bowles announced a new partnership with Future Quest, which will ensure local schools continue to benefit from the region’s Enterprise Adviser Network until 2019. There are currently 30 Enterprise Advisers - trained volunteers from the business community - working with headteachers and school leaders to help them deliver better careers support and work experience opportunities. Mr Bowles said: “There is clear evidence that if young people have several meaningful experiences of the world of work they are more likely to secure employment, and to earn more during their career. “More and more schools are getting involved so we’d like to hear from professionals working in local industry who are interested in volunteering as Enterprise Advisers.” Future Quest is a new programme led by University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), delivered by a consortium of colleges, universities and other agencies. Programme manager Suzanne Carrie said: “This adds enormous value to the Future Quest programme. Working strategically with schools to develop strong and effective links

West of England Mayor Tim Bowles with students at Mangotsfield School with enterprise and employers is important." Mangotsfield School was linked with Enterprise Adviser Steve Morris, a finance director, last year. Together they have inspired teachers to integrate careers education into the curriculum; delivered their first careers fair, and identified the need to work more closely with disadvantaged pupils and parents. Steve said: “As the director of a small local company and father-of-three I became an Enterprise Adviser because I care about young people. I

was interested in taking the opportunity to help a school take stock of its provision - with a parent's perspective - to improve its Careers and Enterprise programme and increase employer engagement with its students. As an employer myself, I am conscious of the importance for young people of having direct involvement and contact with the world of work.” Mangotsfield School deputy headteacher Del Planter said: “In a very short space of time, our Enterprise Adviser has brought expertise and external challenge to provide the best

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possible careers provision for all our students. We’re now able to provide a greater number of students with more meaningful experiences of employer engagement. In particular, we've begun working with students much earlier with more focus on career-related learning in the classroom. The Enterprise Adviser Network is managed by The West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership. Business leaders interested can contact enterprise@westofengland.org

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Well done Bradley!

Support for Grenfell PEOPLE from St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Downend have rallied to support victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Led by Simon Pomphrey from Keynsham, they collected donations of women’s toiletries and drove them to London, dropping the haul at Notting Hill Methodist church in the shadow of the tower. Simon said:“The vicar and parishioners were lovely and send their love and thanks and are going to write to us soon. The Catholic Church was filled to the gills and couldn't take any more.” People from Grenfell Tower have had the chance to choose whatever products they need from the selection, then the church will sell the remaining toiletries with all the money raised being given to a fund for the residents. Simon, who went to London with his wife Adora, said: "I'd like to thank everyone who donated. I'm so proud to be part of a community who time after time come through for people who need it the most."

Steve with parents Cathryn and Malcolm

62 miles!

STEVE Pick from Downend completed the 100k (62 miles) Cotswold Way Challenge, running from Bath to Cheltenham in an amazing 14 hours and 45 minutes, and finishing in 21st place. Steve was running to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that exist to grant magical wishes to enrich the lives of children and young people fighting life threatening conditions. He has raised £900 in sponsorship. His family said: "We are all so proud of what Steve has achieved! It was an an epic challenge, and raising money for such a good cause too.

A DOWNEND schoolboy has been praised after heloing to raise hundreds of pounds for a medical charity. Bradley Elkington wanted to support Crohn’s and Colitis UK because his dad Mark has the condition. He held a non-uniform day at his school, Christchurch Juniors, which raised more than £200. Bradley and his little brother also joined Mark and mum Sarah on a sponsored walk in Bristol for the charity, which supports people with inflammatory bowel disease. In total, their efforts raised £557.” Pippa Osborne, head of CCJ, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support the Elkington family and Crohn’s and Colitis UK as they raise money for a hidden illness. At CCJ a great number of our pupils feel passionately about a range of local and global issues and so we support them to run assemblies, raise awareness and fund-raise. I am so proud of how caring and proactive the children are and so glad that we have helped raise awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.”

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Wendy's 42 years in Guiding

GUIDING has said farewell to Wendy Nicholls, who is retiring after 42 years. Guides, friends, parents, fellow guiders and former guides joined in a celebration party to send Wendy on her way. A secret party and a celebration cake was organised by the 25th Kingswood Company. There were a few tears as everyone sang the final Taps and Wendy dismissed the company for the last time that night. Guides will continue on Tuesday nights with Mary Budd, Zyta McGuinness & Sharon AlbonCrouch.Â

Long-serving Guider Wendy Nicholls with the guides, above, and above left with Zyta McGuinness, Mary Budd, and Sally Green from the Scouts

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n AROUND THE WIs MANGOTSFIELD WI

I WOULD like to extend a huge ‘Thank You’ to Gary Smart, who came in July to tell us ‘How to Save a Life’. He told us what to do when someone’s heart stops … Yes, this was a rather more serious meeting with a hard-hitting topic. Every second counts: After a cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and defibrillation reduces someone's chance of survival by 10 per cent. A public access defibrillator was installed on the wall outside the old post office on Badminton Road, Downend, and by following the instructions it is simple and safe to use. Obviously the most important thing is to call 999 and start CPR but the defibrillator can be

used and, once in position, the defibrillator detects the heart's rhythm. It won't deliver a shock unless one is needed. This information is invaluable, Gary’s delivery was informative and concise, it was a pleasure to welcome him. I would highly recommend Gary for any community group. So what are we doing in August? We will be heading down the less formal meeting route and having a games night! Come along for some fun and laughs and a cuppa and hopefully a slice of cake! We had another successful Craft Club and I am now beading all the time. I can't wait for the next one where we will be making earrings. I see that Supper Club was a good night out, some lovely meals and even better company. You can follow us on Twitter @MangotsfieldWI or you can keep up with a recent outings and nights out on Facebook. Remember, never cry over spilt milk, it could have been whisky/ wine/gin eh Carol?! We welcome women of all ages

and from any area; you don’t have to live in or around Mangotsfield to join us. Our meetings start at 7.30 and we do not charge for our visitors. You can find out more about our meetings by contacting: mangotsfieldwi@gmail.com or looking at our website: www. mangotsfieldwi.org.uk

Kate Tarr

BROMLEY HEATH WI

HELLO all and many thanks to everyone who organised and came to our Vintage Afternoon Tea at the end of June. We dressed in1940s

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and 50s dresses, drank Prosecco and tea, ate lots of sandwiches and cakes and had a wonderful presentation by Sue Riches on her travels in Mongolia. All profits from the event will be given to our charity, Survive Domestic Violence. On July 6, we enjoyed a very informative presentation from Rob Pepler – a member of Freewheelers - Riding for Life, who deliver emergency medical supplies across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Rob has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Charity, which is equivalent to an MBE and is the highest award that can be given to a charity. Freewheelers support the Great Western Air Ambulance and they transport anything medical with the exception of organs. This could include zimmer frames, blood, breast milk, medication, X rays, patient notes and other life saving medication. All of their funding comes from donations and they receive no funding from the NHS. Each motor bike costs £17,000 when fitted out with sirens, lights etc and may travel up to 400 miles per day. Because of

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n AROUND THE WIs the high mileage the bikes need to be changed after two years. Freewheelers have about 120 voluntary riders and they serve Southmead, RUH, Musgrove Park, the BRI, Cossham and Filton Blood Bank as well as private addresses. They have already received 3,600 calls for help this year and save an average of eight lives each month. Rob works for a bank during the day, so he rides or mans the phones at weekends. To find out more about the organisation or to make a donation visit the website at freewheelers. org.uk. Many of us had not heard of this organisation before the meeting and certainly did not realise that the riders were volunteers. They save the NHS many thousands of pounds each year, so any help we can give them would be much appreciated Our next meeting is on September 14 when we will be learning about the famous residents of Arnos Vale cemetery! Until then have a great summer. Happy days! Sue Hudson

DOWNEND WI NEWS IS BACK!

WE'VE had an interesting year, with meetings including the history of the WI, dancing the Charleston, Mindfulness, and cake decorating by Little Monster Cakes. In June we had an excellent speaker Juliette Hughes who is a Matron in ED (A&E) at Southmead. We learnt how the department is laid out, staff numbers, what planning happens for a major incident and much much more. Our members have also been busy knitting Twiddle Muffs (pictured) for people with Dementia. We will be donating these to a local Care Home in the autumn.

At July’s meeting, we will be joined by Downend Camera Club for an interactive session learning how to get the most out of our cameras. Our August meeting will see teams competing for prizes in a fun packed quiz! New members are always welcome; we meet at 7.30pm on the last Tuesday of each month in Christchurch Hall. Julie Walker BEECHMERE BELLES WI

THE Beechmere Belles have been making the most of the recent good weather hosting a picnic in the park at our most recent meeting. Members enjoyed sharing homemade treats and a relaxed chat in the evening sun. July sees us welcome Whitehall Garden Centre who will be giving a talk and planting demonstration

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followed by an August meeting discovering the joys of Nordic Walking. We have had a busy few weeks as we have started to make plans for next year's calendar of events. There are lots of interesting suggestions already and we will be seeking further inspiration from all of our members in the coming weeks. I'm sure that we are going to have another exciting year ahead of us and we would love to welcome some new faces to our monthly meeting. We are an extremely friendly and relaxed group of ladies so no need to feel nervous about joining us - why not bring a friend?! The more the merrier! Thank you! Gen Ford.

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n PETER'S VISION

New perspectives A CONVERSATION, and perhaps a bit more than a gentle nudge, with a patient last week got me thinking that I should be writing about the wider aspects of Optometry that you can experience at Turners Opticians. Our practices offer extended eye exams for those of you who would like thorough and in-depth eye care, but what else? For many years we have visited patients in hospital after accident, injury or ill health. We are asked to help out many patients with wideranging vision concerns. Common problems include eyelids that have dropped (we fit spring devices to the glasses frame to lift their eyelids just by putting on glasses) and significant glasses prescription change relating to illness or injury. The patients who sometimes struggled the most were those who unfortunately experienced blindness to one side, called hemianopia, or who lost an upper or lower quarter of their vision called quadrantanopia. Hemianopia or quadrantanopia are when you become literally blind in an area of your vision after a stroke, brain injury or tumour. As these patients could just not see in an area of their vision, they often found they were knocking drinks over on their blind side, missing people walking up to them and finding difficulty reading. Younger patients who had hemianopia following stroke have also reported being unable to play games with their children or even continue working. I remember one request for help from a patient’s relative. They reported that when guiding their parent along a street their parent had been so blissfully unaware of a large hedge on their blind side that they turned and walked their child straight into the hedge!

The team at Turners Following a pilot, we then launched our field expander. It is a simple device which is fitted to the inside of your glasses which then increases your awareness of objects which would otherwise be in your blind area. With these field expanders fitted, patients report greater confidence when walking out and about in shops and busy places, as they are much less likely to bump into people or objects around them. As with any new skill, there is definitely a learning phase! The fact that 8 out of 10 patients continue using their field expander after a year of use is, perhaps, good testament to the benefits they experience. For extended eye exam appointments or to discuss other services we offer such as field expanders, please call 0117 962 2474 or 0117 965 4434, book via our website, or you are very welcome to pop in to our practices in Henleaze or Fishponds and say Hi!

Peter Turner is the Lead Optometrist at Turners Opticians in Bristol and also works part time as a Senior Op-

tometrist at the Bristol Eye Hospital.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Peter

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n DOWNEND IN BLOOM WELL, I think you are very lucky to have an article this month as during Wimbledon fortnight I do a lot of tennis viewing and every thing else goes by the board. Only problem is I then go to the tennis club and try to hit the ball at 100mph just as they do on the television. However, unlike Wimbledon where the balls land within a millimetre inside the lines mine either go way up over the fence or straight into the bottom of the net! Oh well, perhaps I don’t practise enough. Anyway, down to business and doesn’t our little area of Downend and Bromley Heath look wonderful? I went for a day trip recently to a place which is quite famous for its flowers (can’t mention the name as it may not be quite ethical). I was very disappointed in their floral displays and even had to send a picture of them to our chairman as I thought our flowers were so much better. The flowers have really blossomed in this weather and thanks must go to all of the waterers from our group and also to the shops/businesses who are doing a grand job of looking after

Game, set and match to us!

the wooden planters. It is great that this lovely warm, sunny weather is continuing and

this month we had two lovely days at the Heathfest and also C in the Park. Our wooden planters at Heathfest were extremely popular once again and we even took an order for a Christmas tree. We also had a very successful morning at our street collection and once again I must thank the people of the area for their generosity. As I am sure you all know by now we have to raise all the monies for the floral displays so need to be constantly fund raising. The money collected will be a great help towards next season’s planting. I was walking home this morning (from the tennis club there seems to be another theme going on this month) and two things came to mind as I came

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down the road. So here is your challenge for the month: First of all wouldn’t it be nice if people went along their gutters with a spade or trowel and cleared all of the weeds? I did ours recently and it only took a few minutes but it certainly made a difference to how the frontage of the house looked. If this could happen all around the area it certainly would smarten things up. Secondly after bin and recycling days - could people go outside of their front gardens and check if there were any bottles/cans, paper, plastics etc that had escaped (as it often does on a windy day). They could then put them in their bins before they wheel them to the back of the house. These things would only take a few minutes of people’s time but would make a huge impact on the appearance of Downend and Bromley Heath. Take up the challenge and transform your area! Well I must go now as Johanna Konta is about to come on court for her semi-final match. My daughter-in-law and I got tickets in the tennis club draw and will be at the men’s final - I can’t wait and am very excited. A once-in-a-lifetime day out. Keep enjoying the sunshine and flowers. Jackie Baker

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n VETS' ADVICE

Don't go away with a flea in your ear SUMMER is upon us, the days are definitely getting warmer and you may be noticing your pets are scratching more. Skin problems can often start with seasonal changes and can often get worse before they get better! Skin problems can be a challenge, so it can be hard to figure out why furry friends are itchy; parasites and skin allergies are among the primary culprits. Fleas enjoy the warmer weather and often flourish in our homes, especially as our pets spend more time outside. Only 5% of the adult flea population lives on our pets and the majority of the problem can be found crawling around in our flooring. Unfortunately adult fleas lay eggs which fall off and hatch into larvae, which then live in our carpets and bedding, the larvae then change to flea pupae. Pupae can survive for quite a long period of time before changing to the fleas we see. This is why one flea treatment on our pets will not solve a flea problem. Fleas can also be a host for tapeworms so it is

important to use a tapewormer as part of your parasite control. Some of our pets suffer from flea allergy dermatitis, which is an allergy to flea saliva, so even the odd flea bite can cause our pets to scratch and cause themselves a lot of harm. This may require antibiotics or anti-itch medication. It is therefore important to keep up to date with regular flea treatments on all your animals, so fleas do not get out of control. If a heavy infestation is noted an environmental spray maybe required. There are a variety of different products available from spot-ons to tablets to collars; some will even do repel or kill ticks and some affect worms too. Why not give us a call to find out which suits you and your pet best. You may also like to consider joining our Avenue Healthcare Club which spreads the cost of flea and worm treatment monthly whilst making a great saving too. Fleas are often easy to diagnose as we can see the fleas or flea

n LITTLEST RESCUE Fluff is looking for a furever home along with his wifebun violet! They are both under 2 years old and neutered. They will soon be fully vaccinated and looking for a furever home together. They are small bunnies and would suit an indoor or outdoor home. They would be the perfect addition to any family home. Gorgeous girl cleo is looking for a husbun and a furever home. She's spayed, vaccinated and 3 years old!

faeces in our pets’ coats. Other causes of itchiness such as allergies can be a little more frustrating to diagnose. An allergy is the body responding inappropriately to a normal stimulus in a hypersensitive way. We see allergies to all sorts of things including food, dust mites and pollens. Diagnosing allergies often means eliminating other causes like parasites, fungi, or bacterial infections. What is even more frustrating is there is no cure! We can manage the clinical signs associated with cats and dogs itchiness and often make them feel a lot more comfortable but we can not get rid of the cause; because allergens are ever present in our environment - just like us with hay fever! Diagnosing and treating allergies can be time-consuming and costly so please forgive us for mentioning this again but this is a prime example of why we recommend pet insurance. Although allergies can be difficult to manage, these are some things you can do to alleviate the itchiness, especially if related to pollens. Wash your dog’s feet after walking, avoid letting cats out/ going for walk during high pollen counts, consider nutritional support like omega 3 (we may recommend a hypoallergenic diet if your pets allergy is related to food) and ensure parasite control is given regularly (we don’t need any other reason for them to scratch). This doesn’t include prescription medications we may prescribe

if they are really itchy and cause sores. If you think your pet may be scratching an abnormal amount, whether due to some unwanted guests or a possible allergy, why not ring the surgery or visit us to discuss further. Once again we will be out and about at the South Gloucestershire Show on the 5th and 6th August. Pop along to see us and all the other attractions at the South Gloucestershire Showground situated just off the Westerleigh Road.

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If you are interested in any of the above animals or want to get to know our other animals please get in touch via email (thelittlestrescue@outlook. com) or call us on 0117 9561981. EVENTS: We are Available to attend events this summer with animals and our famous bunny car!

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n REVIEW Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar at Downend Folk Club SOMETHING'S wrong. The usual air of bonhomie at the folk club is dark and oppressive. Maybe it’s the inclement weather, the glowering stormy skies that envelope Frenchay. Maybe it’s not. Soon after Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar take to the stage we find out what’s happened. In a Bristol multi-storey, some scumbags stole their precious instruments. You’d expect punk rock. Howls of fury. Four-letter words and despair. Instead we get an anger ploughed in to every song. “That set of tunes,” declared guitarist Russell after the first beautifully judged instrumental, “was called Could The B@@@ ards Who Nicked Our Instruments Please Bring Them Back”. From then on it becomes strikingly obvious that this set WILL contain anger, fury and howls of emotion. Just not in the way you might imagine. All of a sudden you notice

that each and every song is about injustice and unfairness. How the world conspires against the little man and is run by fools. Take “Did you like the Battle Sir?” from the new album, “The Silent Majority”. A vicious swipe at incompetent and self satisfied leadership, hurled at us with a savagely strummed guitar and lyrics growled out. It is only just sweetened by Algar’s lilting violin. “Crooked Jack” and “EGA” follow. Both proper folk stories. Both telling tales of resistance and fortitude. The later, in particular, a striking feminist moment praising

an individual strength (Elizabeth Garrett Anderson in this case). In these depressing times Russell and Algar tell us the truths we need to hear. Just like Evan Macoll and Pete Seger did all those years ago. Spiked with a very personal anger they make us listen to what is right. All of this would be mighty worthy were it not for one thing. They are astounding musicians and undercut everything with a very wry sense of humour. Algar is usually the joker of the two (he’s subdued tonight) and plays violin as though the angels themselves handed it down to him. Multi award winning and having recorded a gorgeous solo album he has a rare talent. Russell, his perfect foil, possesses a voice that

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seems far older than his tender years. Flecked with grit and tinges of Americana he has recently contributed to the fabulous Shake The Chains project, among other things. The second set starts with the title track from the latest album, The Silent Majority. It’s extraordinary. It swings wildly at every despot since the 30s. Landing punches with borrowed instruments. Skewering every evil regime with a simple song. Even with these unfamiliar machines they attempt to kill fascists. In support was Leon Gormley. He’s a classic folk club singer. A delicate guitar player with an unashamedly Midlands accent. There are echoes of Bert Jansch, Chris Wood and a polite political displeasure. His lugubrious style is perfect as an opening act but he’s totally flattened by the juggernaut that is coming behind him. With luck Russell and Algar’s instruments will have been returned by the time you read this but, hopefully, their anger will never fade. We need them because, undoubtedly, something’s wrong. Gavin McNamara

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n PREVIEW Autumn/Winter Programme at Downend Folk Club THE cream of the UK folk scene looks set to continue to come to the area as Downend Folk Club reveal their Autumn/Winter programme. Having already featured topquality acts like Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys and India Electric Co. this year, the club’s latest programme is one that will have local music lovers purring with delight. The programme is full of the quality and diversity that we have come to expect from Downend Folk Club. Kicking off the concerts after the summer break will be the fast-rising four-piece Kim Lowings and The Greenwood. Regulars will remember Kim and the band from their breathtaking set opening for Jackie Oates a couple of years ago. Well now, after many requests from you the club’s members, they're back in their own right; they headline at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 15th September as they tour the UK with their new album, 'Wild and Wicked Youth'. Opening the evening's entertainment will be DFC regular Gav Ball. Another exciting young band will be the club’s headline guests on Friday 20th October as the brilliant Granny’s Attic stop off at Frenchay Village Hall. This trio went down a storm at Bristol Folk Festival and tickets are bound to be very much in demand! Support on the night will come from local band Ember (including DFC regular Mike Richards), who also hope to have a new EP out around that time. Described as "one of the most

important voices to emerge on the folk scene for years", November's guest is the inimitable Grace Petrie. Grace is a protest singer, but much more than that... she's a brilliant songwriter and exudes warmth and charm on stage. This is one not to miss, so be at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 17th November... and make sure you get there in time to catch the wonderful support act for the night, Gavin Osborn. Please note that this event is restricted to over-14s. December sees the club put on their most ambitious event to date, as club patron Jim Moray returns for a full band show on Friday 15th

December. Performing songs from his latest album 'Upcetera', as well as some favourites from his back catalogue, Jim will front a fivepiece band as the club venture out to Resound in Mangotsfield for the first time (while their regular larger venue at Christ Church is closed for refurbishment). Tickets for this one are a little more expensive but the club have kept the cost of the others down and are certain you'll find this show is worth every penny. The highly-rated Daria Kulesh will get the evening's entertainment underway. Tickets for all the events are on sale now via the website, www.

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downendfolkclub.co.uk, where you can also buy a season ticket for all four gigs and save almost £5 in booking fees. Each evening features a full bar, serving a range of soft drinks, hot drinks, wine, cider and locallybrewed beer from the Hambrookbased Great Western Brewing Co. There are also chocolatey treats on sale, made locally by Naughty Brownie, and a raffle with great prizes including beer, CDs, magazines and other folky goodies. For more information, visit www.downendfolkclub.co.uk, find the club on Facebook or twitter, or email downendfolkclub@live.com.

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Road safety scheme is ready to go PLANS are in the pipeline to improve pupil safety at the Tynings School in Staple Hill. A consultation into proposals to widen parts of the pavement in Station Road and introduce reflective bollards and dropped kerbs ended on July 21. There are also plans to introduce 'tactile' pavements to help partially sighted pedestrians. South Gloucestershire Council, which has secured funding for the scheme, says the aim is to improve safety for school children, parents and pedestrians. Results of the consultation will be published by August 21. Subject to the comments received, the proposals will be implemented during the 2017/18 financial year.

Back in the '50s when slick haircuts and Vespas, kitten heels and beauty spots were in fashion, two friends went on a trip to Weston-super-Mare. Enjoying the seaside the girls walked along the prom and became aware of two lads who called over and asked if they would like to be shown around the pier, they agreed and the rest is history. Two children, three grandchildren and the

imminent arrival of their first great-grandchild mark a full and happy life. Downend couple Jack and Pat Lavers celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on August 10. They are going back to Weston and revisiting special places and enjoying fish and chips at Papas, all this is of course reliant on a certain telegram arriving in good time.

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n CHRISTINE'S COLUMN With Downend Folk House Gardening Club THE day of the trip to Blenheim Palace had arrived. It was a Barn Trip and I had never been there before and did not know what to expect. When I arrived at The Barn, Jayne was talking to a new girl who joined up with us. Her name was Liz. Liz was completely new to The Barn and fortunately the three of us got on splendidly throughout the day. It was a sunny day and Liz sat in the seat in front of us and chatted away. When we arrived at Blenheim we decided to have a coffee and a quick look around the very well stocked souvenir shop. We bought some postcards each and Jayne bought a fridge magnet to add to her collection of the trips she’d been on. I spied an RHS book on irises for half price which I bought. We then went into the magnificent Palace. You could only go downstairs on the entrance ticket. You had to pay extra to see the upstairs. The first part downstairs was a Winston Churchill Exhibition and then it led into

various rooms one of which was where he was born. I’m not really a historian but was glad to soak up the atmosphere of the place. When we came out of the building it was time for our picnic and the weather was boiling hot. We found a bench on the Water Terraces overlooking the lake and donned our sun hats and put on sun cream and Jayne and I found out more about Liz while we ate our picnic. Afterwards in the sun-baked

heat we investigated the Rose Garden. The thing about Blenheim is that the features in the grounds are not very close together so it entails a bit of walking. The Rose Garden lived up to its expectation with one of the roses being the old favourite Peace. We next meandered back by various routes trying to find the Secret Garden but it must have been very secret because we couldn’t find it! We did see the Italianate Garden – viewing only though.

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Then well needed refreshments were in order so, as usual, there are generally no seats outside but today there were hardly any seats inside! Afterwards Jayne and Liz went on the little train round part of the parkland and I perused the souvenir shop again to fill up the last hour. And then sadly it was time to board the coach home after a marvellous enjoyable day out. Christine Broadway

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Crowds turn out in force for Armed Forces Day CROWDS watched the Armed Forces Day parade in Staple Hill to honour serving troops, veterans, cadets and service families. The procession included veterans, cadet groups, bands and military vehicles who made their way along Staple Hill High Street and Broad Street before heading to Page Park for a drumhead ceremony. This was followed by stalls, stands and activities in the park, including performances from singers and bands. Armed Forces Day is marked annually in South Gloucestershire, with the event alternating between Kingswood Park and Page Park.

Abacus Pre-School children fly the flag for troops too CHILDREN and families at Abacus Pre-School in Mangotsfield enjoyed celebrating Armed Forces Day by wearing either red, white or blue, creating Union flags' (which they learned are only called 'Union Jack flags' when seen flying on a ship). A visit from a parent who came in to talk to the children about the different roles within the Armed Forces and show their uniforms completed the children's activities for the day. The parents and families made donations throughout the week towards the charity 'HELP for HEROES' and raised ÂŁ25.

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n BOOKS Dead Woman Walking

The Mystery of Princess Louise:

By Sharon Bolton

Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter By Lucinda Hawksley One of the many advantages of working in a library is the interesting and varied books that come to our attention which we might not otherwise have thought to read. Such was the case with “The Mystery of Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Rebellious Daughter” Princess Louise was by all accounts a progressive, artistic and popular royal. She was also evidently more than sympathetic to the movement for women’s suffrage, although her royal status precluded an open display of support. She was a noted sculptress and was great friends with many of the bohemian, artistic community of the latter years of the 19th century. As the author found out however much of her story was, and remains, hidden from the public gaze. What the author surmises from her detective work would have been scandalous

There used to be a TV programme where contestants were given three food items, from which they had to prepare a meal. Sharon Bolton has done a similar thing with her superb new novel “Dead Woman Walking”. She has woven Romany gypsies, nuns and a hot air balloon into a hugely imaginative tale of menace and intrigue. There is no gore or swear words, which often dominate crime novels these days. She has designed it as a collection of short chapters, which is great, if you just want to read one more before turning the light out. This is not part of her Lacey Flint sequence, but one of her stand-alone thrillers. She keeps you guessing with many twists and turns and I was totally swept along by it, and can’t wait for her next offering to hit the shelves. Reviewed by Joy

in the extreme even in this day and age and she makes a convincing circumstantial case for clandestine liaisons, a secret love child and an often difficult marriage. In addition, as well as the revealing story of Louise this book is also fascinating for the often quite disturbing insight into the somewhat dysfunctional life of Queen Victoria and her long suffering children. So if you like a story about a genuinely interesting and talented person with a bit of mystery and royal scandal thrown in this may be the book for you. Reviewed by Julie

Need You Dead By Peter James THIRTEEN may not be a lucky number for some, but it certainly is for Peter James. This novel, the thirteenth in the Roy Grace series is really great. All the years of research, knowledge and experience make this a police procedural to die for! James is at

the top of his game, and the story races along at a cracking pace. A young woman is found dead in her bath. Is it murder or suicide? Who are the mystery men caught on CCTV visiting her flat? Is her husband, who has been her abuser in the past, the culprit? Woven into this, is the personal life of Grace. He has to bury his first wife, who has been found in Germany, after having been missing for ten years. Then he has to acquaint himself with the ten-year-old son he hadn’t known existed. He is certainly a man, with a lot on his plate. This is a truly wonderful crime novel. I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. Reviewed by Joy Any reviewed title can be reserved free of charge at your local library

Libraries prepare for swipe cards LIBRARIES in the Downend area are having short closures over the summer so that swipe card technology can be installed. Emersons Green Library shut on July 28 and will reopen on Friday August 11. Staple Hill Library will be closed from Tuesday August 15, reopening on Wednesday August 30. Downend Library’s closure starts on Friday August 25 and it reopens on Saturday September 9. The work will enable libraries to be open seven days a week from October, although staffed hours will be reduced. Registered Open Access users will be able to use their upgraded library cards to get into unstaffed libraries during extended hours to browse, borrow and renew books and other resources, or to use the space for study, for example. Users will still be able to access all online services and no one will be fined if their book would have been due back during a closure. Cabinet Councillor Heather Goddard said: “We are very pleased to be able to bring the benefits of extra opening during unstaffed hours in our libraries. We anticipate many people will be able to use the library where they couldn’t in the past because of work or other commitments and it is great to get extra use out of these important buildings when they would otherwise be closed. “There will be a little disruption during the work to install the new equipment, but we have designed the programme to ensure that if your library is closed for a few days, you will be able to access another library relatively close by."

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n IT HOME HELP

Russell Isaac offers IT support

August, 2017

Russell Isaac owns Easy PC, a friendly personal, one-toone computer coaching service in clients’ homes in the Downend, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and Kingswood areas. With over 20 years of IT experience in a wealth of different areas, he helps users, particularly older people, get what they want from from their PCs, tablets and smartphones. He is also a web designer/builder, photographer, father of two and keen sportsman.

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HAVE touched before on how technology, despite feeling like it left many of us miles down the road, is, paradoxically, often easier to use now than at any other time. Probably the best example of this is the 'tablet', a device which I am seeing more and more of my older clients turn to with great success. This go-between device, larger than a smartphone and smaller than a laptop, is turning out to be the perfect solution for those that want to reap the benefits of being ‘connected’, but worry that they aren’t ‘technically minded’ enough. So why are they becoming so popular with with older people?

Firstly, they are so simple forget computer boxes, monitors, keyboards, cables etc - their simple, lightweight, portable design, immediately ‘feels’ a much simpler proposition. Wirelessly connected to the internet, they can be used anywhere, anytime. Switch it on and even the most ardent technophobe is forced to admit that a tablet is very intuitive to use, thanks to its simple touchscreen. Suddenly, communication opens up. Keeping in touch via email/text, sharing photos, or even sharing free, live video calls with friends/relatives around the planet, can all be achieved with ease. Access to information becomes easy as surfing the web becomes

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painless and hassle-free. And research reports other benefits for those with ageing conditions - tablets are helping those with eyesight problems read books more easily, and are proving to assist with memory, social and mobility skills in a number of ways. For many, tablets are certainly proving a real cure!

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Take our movie test THE last photographic competition of the season for Lincombe Barn Camera Club members was a cryptic set subject, namely ‘Film Titles’. How were films going to be interpreted photographically? Some of the resulting images were very intriguing, some were straight from the camera, some just downright amusing and some members had spent many hours layering up several images to produce their result. Here is a selection of the end results and who of the Voice readers can guess the film titles? (Answers below.) The club has a couple more main meetings before the recess, one of which is our annual awards ceremony. Many of our winning images will have been printed in the Voice. If these images, and the

others published over the months have whetted your appetite to enjoy this hobby among like-minded people then come along to the Lincombe Barn on September 13 at 7.15 for 7.30pm start. Our first meeting is an open evening during which we welcome new members and visitors, discuss the new programme for 2017-2018 and show each other the images we have taken throughout the summer. More information can be found on www.lincombebarncameraclub. co.uk

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'Not all home owners want a big garden' MORE redundant garden space is to be redeveloped in Downend. Helm Construction will return to Peache Road for the third time to build one detached, three-bedroom home with garage and two, threebed semis for developer Westbury Guild. Contract manager Kim Richings said: “The word is certainly going around Downend that the typical large gardens accompanying these imposing properties can be effectively redeveloped to provide new homes. We had a fantastic response to our previous projects and have now been called back once again for this infill development.” Helm built four new homes on an overgrown site in Peache Road last year. The firm also completed two new homes in Buckingham Gardens and a further four at the old Post Office in Mangotsfield. Kim Richings said: “We were getting inquiries from neighbours before we had even finished the original project. The fact all the previous properties sold within days demonstrates the demand.” The days when every resident wanted a large garden had gone, he said. "Younger professionals and families moving in to Bristol have different lifestyles to their parents and grand-parents. Whereas a big garden was a bit of a status symbol back in the 60s and 70s, many people these days simply don’t have the time to maintain them properly and they often go to waste. “These days, neighbours are more likely to call us back to look at their spare space rather than complain about the loss of a bit of overgrown garden. With so many people desperate to get a foot on the property ladder, it makes sense to look at wasted and unused space in existing urban locations rather than dig up more of our open space.”

GREENFINGERED members of Downend Horticultural Society are busy preparing for their 72nd annual summer flower show. It takes place on August 19 at the Assembly Rooms in Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA and opens to the public at 2pm. Sections include vegetables, flowers, fruit, pot plants, flower

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arrangements and domestic cookery. All are open to non members. Exhibits will be staged from 9am on the day of the show. The society would welcome some new members. It meets monthly. For further information, contact Roger Davis on 0117 957 1703 or Hilary Walton on 0117 979 2832.

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n PROPERTIES OF THE MONTH Downend, £479,950

Besley Hill are delighted to bring to the market this superior detached family home offering a secluded position within a quiet cul-de-sac on the highly desirable “Race course” development which is conveniently located within easy reach of both Downend and Emersons Green shopping centres and a short walk to several local schools whilst providing excellent transport links. The property is built by the renowned David Wilson Homes and is of their Blackmoor design which offers an abundance of living space required for a growing family. The light and airy accommodation comprises to the ground floor: entrance hall, cloakroom, 19ft lounge with patio door leading out to rear garden, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room and utility. To the first floor there are four good size bedrooms with a modern en-suite shower room and bathroom with over bath shower. The property further benefits from having: UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, a lovely good size rear garden laid to lawn and patio with direct access to the conservation area of Leap Valley with its woodland and fantastic trail walks, a double detached garage with power and light and a large driveway providing off street parking for up to 3/4 cars. Rarely do properties of this design become available within this small development and this one has the added advantage of being sold with no onward chain. An early inspection comes highly recommend.

Downend - £375,000

A charming 1950s four bedroom family home set on an elevated position with a green outlook and immediate access to the Leap Valley park, local shops, schools and bus routes. Upon entering the house you are greeted by a light spacious hallway via a handy porch. There is solid wood flooring running throughout the hallway and two reception rooms giving the property a lovely feel. The lounge and dining room have been opened up allowing the natural light to flood through the house at the same time keeping a cosy formal sitting room with feature fire place. There is a good size kitchen with breakfast area, ample storage and worktop space a door leads to the sun room which also has double doors leading to the dining room and garden creating a great space to sit and enjoy the garden or a good book. The level south facing garden has an abundance of beautiful mature shrubs and plants with several seating areas. On the first floor are three bedrooms two of which are good size doubles and a third smaller room. The bathroom is tastefully tiled with dual aspect windows as well as a separate shower and bath. Continuing on up into the loft conversion (that complies to building regulations) brings you to another double bedroom with bags of character in the eaves space. The garage has been extended to the rear to create a workshop area and also has a maintenance pit for budding home mechanics! A fantastic house that will make a lovely home for years to come with scope to extend over the garage if needed.

84 Old Gloucester Road Charming 1800’s two bedroom end of terrace cottage that has been fully refurbished by the current owners. Central to this superb home is the kitchen/dining/family room that boasts’ stunning tasteful grey Shaker style cabinets with feature central island unit. Bi-fold doors open onto the garden and flood the room with natural light. Additionally there is a pleasant lounge with two double glazed windows to the front elevation and a cloakroom accessed from the entrance hall. To the first floor are two double bedrooms, the family bathroom and an additional shower room. The rear garden has a decked patio that extends across the width of the plot and a well tended level lawn. Viewing is essential to appreciate this beautiful home.

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n NEWS FROM THE ALLOTMENT

Potatoes on trial! SINCE we started our allotment, it has provided us with potatoes for about ten months of the year; last year however our crop was only fair to say the least. Apart from blight, which did not help, many tubers had been attacked by underground predators. Our preparation had been the same as always: a trench dug which was lined with compost, seeds planted then earthed up. Over the following weeks we had excellent foliage but the harvest was, well as I said, disappointing. So a new approach was considered for this season, namely no dig. The ground for our potato crop was selected and cleared in the late winter of any remaining crops from 2016. The ground was then divided into 4ft wide beds with an 18 inch wide path in between and then left until planting with two rows per 4ft bed in early April. The soil by then had become somewhat compacted and needed forking through, not digging or turning over but simply inserting a fork every few inches and easing the soil until it became loose. Using a dibber our seed potatoes were then simply popped into its hole about 4 inches deep. Planting a row of potatoes this way was very much quicker and easier than we have ever done. Some readers may remember

that we had been making homemade compost over the winter months for earthing up our spuds. Fortunately, enough had been made which was of a suitable texture and was easily piled into a heap along the rows. And apart from initial watering, no other water apart from minimal amounts of rain in recent weeks was applied. We waited in eagerness until the end of June for the results of our newly adopted method. For our earlies, different varieties were tried this year, but just five seeds of each. We had sampled Vivaldi a week or so earlier which was an excellent cropper all-round with a superb taste. We've never weighed our potatoes before but felt we had to for the results of this trial at least and found that Charlotte produced just over 5 kilos. Accord was a larger tuber but less of them with 4.5 kilos. But our

best to date has been Picola Star which produced 6.4 kilos. Not including the Vivaldi which was not weighed, our plot has so far produced well in excess of 30 pounds of potatoes for those of us that prefer the old weight measurements from just 15 seeds and we still have our main crops of King Edward and Majestic to come. Our trial concludes that it is easier and more beneficial to make compost than digging - hope you agree. Additionally, as the beds were cleared from the harvested potatoes the compost that was used for earthing-up helped retain a loose texture of the soil and just needed to be raked over to which we have immediately followed with a crop of leek seedlings. Hopefully, you'll see from our success with potatoes that having an allotment does bring its rewards but more so for Sue and Martin who took on a half plot at Hillside Allotments back in February that was somewhat overgrown to say the least. It was a bit daunting for them as they had little gardening experience but lots of determination - as our pictures show just what has been achieved. From a near wilderness they turned their plot around as it now has a superb shed, water butts and raised beds which have produced an excellent mix of crops. Well done both of you! Needless to say, they already have plans for next year as they will also be tackling an adjacent plot as well. If like us you sow seed in multi cell or single trays you'll know the importance of adding a label to remind us with what we've planted. We offered our neighbour on the allotment a tray of six pumpkins to fill a spare bed. Delighted he was:

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"I'll make some soup with those in the winter," as I handed them over. Unfortunately, the tray did not have a label, a golden rule was broken, but I was sure they were pumpkins as I happily watched him plant them a few weeks ago. The plants matured quickly with several flowers forming. But oh, oh in the last few days those pumpkins are rather long and green my neighbour tells me. "It must be the variety" as I tried to convince him, but he was not having it. "They are Courgettes" he said without doubt and I had to agree. Sorry mate, no soup for you! Think I had better pop into our allotment shop in Nicholas Lane, St. George and stock up on more labels. Do you have any spare ground or an area that will become vacant after crops are harvested over the coming weeks? Green Manures are excellent as a short term crop and come in a range of varieties and uses. Our shop has many of these on sale and if you would like to know more we have a free handout that we can email to you, simply drop us a line or contact us and we'll send you one. Email: beaanews@gmail.com or call 0117-932-5852. www.bristoleastallotments.com

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ANOTHER month, another competition. Keenly contested, these are what keep camera clubs going – it provides a showcase for the work that members are doing, it opens up discussions on technique, equipment and location, and the judging night itself provides guaranteed goodnatured entertainment. There is always a frisson of excitement before the winners are announced, followed inevitably by glum disappointment as individuals’ hopes are cruelly dashed. It is a given that nobody agrees with the judge (apart from the winners of course, who, of course, in all modesty must avoid praising the judge’s wisdom and perception). The three winning entries shown here show the usual variety and vitality. ‘The Cob’ is a of a familiar location, Lyme Regis, but the treatment, turning the image into gritty black and white somehow suits the subject, the stone of the Cob matching the glowering sky with the moving rain cloud. ‘Steps to Where?’ demonstrates elements beloved of judges – the texture of the cobbles, the curve of the railings through the picture, the mood created by the complementary colours of the scene. ‘Reflected Thoughts’ came top in the print category, a reflection shot of a moored vessel turned upside down. It is an example of a straightforward scene made special, and was a worthy winner. Interestingly, this very print was entered in the previous competition and came nowhere. It goes to show that to be successful, a picture also needs a judge with the right kind of wisdom and perception… If you want to join in the fun as part of a friendly photographic group, come along one Tuesday to a meeting of Downend Camera

The Cob by Mike Couzins

Reflected Thoughts by Roger Marsh

Club at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, and Downend at 7.45pm. We meet almost every week and new members are very welcome. The Club has a

Steps to Where? by Mike Hensman

Facebook page and its website at www.downendcameraclub.org. uk has details of the club, shows competition winners and gives details of upcoming events on the

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programme. August highlights include: Stroll around Bath – open to non-members Don Bishop of the Willows and Wetlands Centre

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n DOWNEND ROUND TABLE WE are well under way with a packed year of activities, which have so far included adult creation station (an excuse to pick up the paints and pens like the good old days and create artistic pieces worthy of being in a gallery), our yearly shooting night, with friendly competitions on the indoor range, pirate themed mini-golf and a poker night. You may also be aware that we get involved with supporting local charities and good causes. One example was when we donated £2,000 to three extraordinary guys who completed the Bristol Brutal 320 Ironman. That's 320 miles in three days in aid of Children's Hospice South West. We always aim to support people doing fantastic things to raise money for local causes and charities; for those of you who know about our Downend Round Table fireworks display and Santa sleigh, this is what we do with money raised. We would just like to say thank you to those who have and continue to support us. Rest assured, planning and work is already under way for this year’s events! So do you fancy getting

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involved? Come to one of our upcoming events and meet us! The next is exploring the Redcliffe caves in Bristol on August 3. If you want find out more about Downend Round Table

and see more of the great stuff we get up to then please visit our website www.downendrt.co.uk and follow Downend Round Table on Facebook and @Downend_RT on Twitter. We are always looking

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for new members so, if you like what you see and are interested in joining, then please either email us: hello@downendrt.co.uk, phone us: 0121 456 4402 or text: Join and your post code to 60066.

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n MUD PIE EXPLORERS

Create your own Summer Explorer Kit NOW that the summer holidays are here it’s the perfect time to get the kids outdoors and go on an adventure! There are so many wonderful, free places to visit locally there really is no excuse and some of them even have play areas, double prizes! One way to enhance the fun is to take along your very own Explorer Kit. Here’s what we would include: • String & scissors - to build mini rafts, to make a sword or their own creations. • A trowel - to dig for treasure, look for Superworm or dig a big hole. • Bug hunting kit - magnifying glass, tape measure and small plastic pots. • Spotter sheets – there are lots of free ones on the internet or I can email you ones for our local area, just get in touch. • A story book – there’s nothing quite like a snuggle with a book in the woods or for older children time to read in a relaxing environment. • Small tarp – for den making, a

• Old plastic cups/pots/spoons – children love simple mud/water play • Drink, snack and wet wipes - it’s hard to have fun if you are hungry. • Bubbles - a magical cure for tired legs on the way home! Suggestions of free places to visit: Snuff Mills, Bromley Heath Park, Stoke Park, Rodway Common, Golden Valley, Frenchay Common, Bristol to Bath cycle

track, Willsbridge Mill, Pomphrey Hill, Leap Valley and my ‘office’ Lincombe Barn Woods. If you fancy dropping off your child(ren) for an adventure with us, details of our summer sessions or you want to buy a Survival Kit (includes a whittling knife and fire steel) please contact us via www. mud-pies.co.uk or our Facebook group. Nickie Corr

picnic blanket or to make a stage for impromptu performances. • Collecting bag – for carrying those natural treasures. • Rope – to make a swing, a tug of war, traps or help get each other up steep hills.

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SHOPPERS and staff at Sainsbury’s in Emersons Green raised more than £9,500 in a year for the Guide Dogs charity. Duty manager Matt Payne handed over a cheque to the organisation’s regional manager Katherine Rod. He said: “This is a fantastic achievement. I’d like to say a huge thank-you to all customers and colleagues who helped us get to this figure.” Two guide dogs are to be named in memory of a Sainsbury’s worker, Jules Gillard, whose daughter Catie attended the presentation. The store has announed that following a customer vote the next charity of the year will be Meningitis Now. Steve Dayman, Meningitis Now founder, said:“ We are delighted to have been chosen and welcome the opportunity this brings to raise vital awareness and funds. We’d like to thank everybody who supported us.”

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n FRIENDS OF BROMLEY HEATH PARK I TOOK over as chair of the Friends of Bromley Heath Park & Playing Fields Group in October 2016. Since then I have been liaising South Glos Council, including the newly appointed Play Officer, to look at replacing the flooring in the toddler area. I also wanted to look at replacing the pieces of equipment that had been removed last year. There was unfortunately a spate of anti-social behaviour last year and that, coupled with wear and tear, resulted in a dilapidation of the park – people were no longer visiting and instead attending other parks in the area. With parents and children no longer visiting, it gave free rein to the antisocial behaviour. In January, a schedule of works was put in place for the park, which included a new climbing net on the toddler climbing frame, replacement of the small rocker within the toddler area, replenishing the bark/woodchip to the roundabout area, replacement climbing tyres and decking to the main climbing frame. Approval was obtained to remove and replace the toddler flooring – this was done recently and we now have a solid rubber style flooring which looks great and feedback is very positive. While the flooring was being done, the middle section of the train roof and seats were removed, to provide something interim until next steps are decided. Next steps for the Friends Group will be the Train Project – this will involve a consultation with the local community, to discuss and obtain opinions on whether the current train should be refurbished, replaced, removed or an entirely new piece of equipment added. I am working with South Glos

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Council on taking this process forward. The Friends Group received an MAF award (Member Awarded Funding) of £750 from Kathy Morris of South Glos Council early this year, towards that project. I am also liaising with the council to look at a clean-up of the park including repainting the swings structure and jetwash the older rubber flooring etc. Parish Council have recently taken over the tennis courts and playing fields; this is working well and they are in regular contact with the Friends Group. The tennis court lines are looking to be repainted shortly and work has been done on the table tennis table to ensure that can be used. The next meeting of the Park will be on Thursday September 7 at 7.30pm at Quakers Road Hall, Bromley Heath – everyone (all ages) welcome. Parish Council, South Glos Council, Neighbourhood Watch and Police are invited. The Friends Group are always looking for volunteers, who can spare some time to help out with tasks such as grant applications and would appreciate anyone who might be able to assist with this or have any other queries in relation to the Park and Playing Fields – please get in touch either by calling me on 07534 603704 or email bhpark@yahoo.com Sharon Herniman

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n ON THE TREATMENT TABLE

Learning from experience about nutrition Blog 42 Nutrition EVER since we started to wean our son Harrison on to solids at six months old he started to get skin problems that looked a bit like eczema. The poor boy would get dry skin on his legs, stomach, arms and face. We would spend ages applying creams trying to soothe his irritated skin. It cost a fortune as we searched for the magic cream, all to no avail. A new one would seem like it worked then eventually it would all come back. Molly, Harry’s older sister, never experienced these problems so we were ill prepared and underinformed. This is a topic that yet again falls into a grey area of medicine where there is plenty of disagreement about what to do but the general medical advice was to wait until he grew out of it and apply creams. Although I am no leading expert on nutrition, I do have reasonable knowledge on the effects that diet can have on the gastrointestinal system that can lead to skin problems so I started to notice that Harry’s face would flare up after eating certain foods. It was hard to narrow down though as he would eat groups of foods at the same time but slowly a pattern emerged. When he ate eggs and milk his skin would quickly react and after eliminating those two, his skin got a lot better but not perfect. It then became clearer that he reacted to bread as well. Now we gave and currently give Molly eggs, milk and bread all of the time so it was a bit difficult to change Harry’s diet.

Flourish Luckily, they both eat well and can flourish on other foods but I decided that it was time for some help. There are tests that you can have done to check for food intolerances through a simple blood test administered through a pin prick. Fortunately for us, James, our illustrious sports therapist and personal trainer, has ‘future’ mother in law, Philippa Parish, who is a dietitian with a degree in Nutrition and all of the equipment, experience and knowledge needed to hopefully help us understand Harry’s problems. According to Allergy UK 45% of the population suffer from a food intolerance. An intolerance must not be confused with an

children and, like my own, all children are different. To be honest I think I will get myself tested as I know I have a couple of food issues of my own! If you would like any more information about this blog then please message me directly or simply contact the expert Philippa on her mobile 07970 950839 or her email philippaparish@blueyonder. co.uk. Next month I go to work at the IAAF World Championships so I look forward to telling you all about working behind the scenes at the world’s biggest sporting event in 2017

with Tim Button, Doctor of Chiropractic at Cleve Chiropractic and Next Step in Mangotsfield allergy which can potentially have much more severe outcomes, if you think of a nut allergy for example. Philippa conducted the blood test that measures the igG antibodies that may be linked to a range of inflammatory conditions. It then measures the food antibodies reaction to different food proteins identifying the particular trigger food for you. It will show whether a particular food creates a strong, medium or mild reaction.

happy and enjoyed life, I feel much more comfortable now we have adapted his diet. I know that this month’s blog is a bit controversial and will raise as many questions as answers so please take what I’m saying as just my experience with my own

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Reaction Unsurprisingly poor Harry’s test showed that he had a strong reaction to eggs, milk and wheat. We already had a good idea about those results but it was reassuring to us that we were doing the right thing and also that the test was correct and worked. It also showed up that garlic and legumes are potentially bad for Harry. What was nice to see were all the things we can now more confidently feed Harry. We thought that he might not be reacting well to tomatoes but they were fine on the blood test as were most vegetables and all different types of meat. We were giving him oat milk instead of cow’s milk but that produced a medium reaction on the blood test so we have switched him to calcium enriched coconut milk which is easy to find these days. With all of the changes to Harry’s diet over the last few months his skin and digestion has returned to what you would expect for a normal healthy toddler. It’s so nice to see his skin soft and beautiful again. Although Harry was a healthy boy before and was

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Rivalry hots up THE annual Reds v Blues match for staff at Gregor Heating, Electrical and Renewable Energy in Warmley ended in a 5-2 victory for the Reds. Engineers Leon Fletcher, George Lear, Connor Millward and Tom Hodge were among the scorers. The real winner of the match, held at Bitton Football Club, was local partnership initiative, B Strong U Belong. Founded in 2016, in memory of Pete Davies, the initiative raises funds for two local mental health charities Off the Record and Second Step, as well as increasing awareness of mental health issues. If you’re interested in finding out if Gregor Heating can support your local cause, visit www.gregorheating.co.uk/ gregorgiving.

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Mangotsfield's World Cup winner MANGOTSFIELD United keeper and team ccaptain, Steve Phillips, has recently returned from Thailand, where he captained the England Veterans to a second successive Seniors World Cup win. He describes the experience as amazing, a cultural experience with a lot of travelling, but well worth it, especially with the end result. The competition was set up to help promote Thailand following the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. The England squad in Thailand is technically known as Harrogate Veterans FC, which has been chosen by the Football Association for the past 10 years to represent the nation in the tournament. The squad was made up of Harrogate regulars, but bolstered by a whole host of ex-professionals, including Jamie Cureton and Lee Trundle as well as Steve. The tournament began with a 7-0 demolition of the USA before a 2-1 win over New Zealand and a 2-2 draw with Scotland concluded the group stage. In the semi-finals the Three Lions defeated Australia 2-0 before seeing off Iran on the Saturday to lift the trophy again. The tournament was first played in 2006. Steve is looking forward to the coming season with Mangotsfield United, especially with his role as captain, and enjoyed last season with the club.

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Great turnout for football festival MORE than 170 children’s football teams from all over Bristol and some from as far as Gloucester, North Somerset and Wales took part in the annual football tournament held by Emersons Green Junior Football Club. The competition, which has been running since 2015, was by far the largest, involving about 1300 children and attracting about 6,000 supporters. The tournament on July 1 and 2 included several age categories for both boys’ and girls’ teams (from Under 7s up to Under 15s), and Emersons Green had teams entering at every level. The winners received trophies – including some of the EGJFC teams – and every team member went away with a medal as a souvenir of the day. Taking nearly six months of preparation, the tournament was the result of great team effort

from everyone involved: the chairman, coaches, parents and volunteers. Club chairman Paul Thomas said: “I was really pleased with the outcome of the tournament and cannot thank all of the volunteers enough for their many hours of help and effort put in to make this the biggest and most successful tournament we have hosted. Also, special thanks go to all the referees who attended – most of them only in their early teens themselves – for doing a great job of keeping everything fair.” One exciting hi-tech update for this year was inside the control tent, where a large screen showed results and fixtures as they were happening. Things also went well inside the catering tent and bar, which provided food and drinks for thousands of visitors. In addition to this, parking ran smoothly with help from

two local schools – Blackhorse Primary School and Downend School – who allowed the use of their car parks for overflow. In general, the club received a very positive response from everyone involved showing just how popular the club has become. A parent from one of the visiting teams said: “We’ve been here the whole weekend and I can honestly say it’s the best tournament we’ve been to, thank you!” The tournament helped to raise vital funds for the club and will contribute towards updating the clubhouse and facilities. A series of vandalism issues over the past year and an arson attack back in May caused considerable damage to the building. Sadly, the club continues to be targeted with vandalism, graffiti, and antisocial behaviour from groups of youths.

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Mr Thomas explained: “Just one week before the tournament some youths set fire to a motorbike in the middle of one of our pitches on the back field, which caused a lot of damage to the grass. It was a big effort from our groundsman to get the pitch ready in time.” Anti-social behaviour continued in the area with several fires set in the trees at the back of the clubhouse and on the back field that backs on to residential properties and gardens. Glass bottles were also thrown and smashed on to the grass, leaving broken shards of glass everywhere. Mr Thomas said the club was continuing to work closely with the police to resolve these issues. The club is appealing to the public to report any suspicious activity or behaviour in the area by calling 101.

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