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Faye Bertham, headteacher at Stanbridge Primary, pupils and families are bringing a smile to more than 100 families in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria by. donating Christmas gifts to the Link to Hope charity

He's made it! SALUTE Frankie Johns - the Million Pennies man! Frankie, aka John Billitteri has smashed his ambitious target for the charity Help for Heroes. He has spent three years pedalling around Bristol collecting people's spare change. He also visits schools and puts collection buckets in local pubs and clubs, including those where he performs. He's singing a happy song this Christmas after surpassing his target by reaching the grand total of 1,018,784 pennies - or ÂŁ10,187.84. Full story: Page 5

Solar-powered Christmas lights

Downend is trialling solarpowered Christmas lights in the village centre this year. They have been placed on the poles used for floral displays.

Porridge a-plenty for the homeless

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Where are my precious rings?

A cancer survivor is appealing for help to find her wedding rings which were stolen by burglars. PAGES 8 & 9


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Festive fun is all around

Downend traders promise goodies galore on elf trail LOCAL businesses in Downend are participating in an Elf Trail which will take place on Saturday December 9, between 10am and 4pm. Join in the fun - bring the family along to hunt out Downend's very own mischievous little elves, and be in with a chance to win the top prize of ÂŁ100, to spend in any of the local participating shops and businesses. Trail cards and treats are available from Craig Anthony's hair and beauty salon, where the festive fun will begin. Follow the trail around Downend village - not forgetting the Duck & Willow and Westerleigh Car Centre - search out the elves and pick up goodies along the way. The traders are encouraging the use of the hashtag #downendelves and say it would be great if local families used that when posting images of their own mischievous Santa's little helpers.

Merry Christmas from your local Downend traders and a huge thank you for your support throughout 2017. We wouldn't be here without you.

IT'S the most wonderful time of the year - or so the song would have us believe. There's certainly plenty of Christmas cheer on offer all over the Downend area during the coming weeks - just take a look at the huge range of events listed on our What's On pages. As well as the Downend Elf Trail, don't forget Christmas at Cleeve Wood shops on November 25 and Christmas on the Hill on December 2 and a children's Christmas Event in Emersons Green on December 16, run by the town council. Keep an eye on the Downend Voice Facebook and Twitter pages too, where we will share details of events that we got to know about too late for this print edition. Happy Christmas!

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MERRY Christmas everyone! There are stlll a few weeks to go, we know, but this is the last chance we'll have to say thanks to everyone who contributes to our publication - advertisers, correspondents, representatives ... and our readers. Since we started Downend Voice nearly five years ago, we have been amazed at the strength of community spirit in the area. Never an edition goes by without tales of folk who go the extra mile to help others - and this month is no exception. Our front page alone tells of Frankie Johns and his incredible million-pennies mission and of the children of Stanbridge Primary filling shoeboxes with gifts for children less fortunate than themselves. Special mention must go to Sophia Gibbs-Foyle for her efforts to collect porridge for homeless people

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Faye Bertham, headteacher at Stanbridge Primary, pupils and families are bringing a smile to more than 100 families in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria by. donating Christmas gifts to the Link to Hope charity

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- a tale to warm our hearts as well as warming the bellies of hundreds of street dwellers. Sadly, it's not all good news; burglaries and antisocial behaviour are on the rise, but even here we hear of positive responses. How lovely that people wanted to help when a disabled teenager was the victim of a burglary. I wonder if we can get a happy ending for cancer survivore Bryony Bateman too? Meanwhile, Staple Hill is rallying for Christmas on the Hill - let's hope it's a good one! Downend Voice is a free monthly news magazine delivered free to more than 10,000 homes. Copies are also available to pick up at libraries and coffee shops. It is one of 16 papers in the Voice series, which serves communities in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset. Look our for our sister papers, Fishponds Voice and Emersons Green Voice. You can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter or you can write to us at 6 Elkstone Walk, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6 JT. Our email is news@downendvoice.

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Thanks a million! Frankie hits fundraising target SINGER Frankie Johns has smashed his ambitious target to collect one million pennies for the charity Help for Heroes. The 58-year-old came up with the idea back in 2014 and has been busy ever since travelling across the city with his bike and trailer collecting people's spare change. He also visits schools and puts collection buckets in local pubs and clubs, including those where he performs. Frankie, whose real name is John Billitteri, has even surpassed his target by reaching the grand total of 1,018,784 pennies - or ÂŁ10,187.84. The last big boost came from customers at the Lord Raglan pub in St George after a collection bucket was placed on the bar. Frankie, who was nominated for a Pride of

Britain award for his pennies campaign, said: "It's absolutely brilliant! "It's been a challenge but a good one. I've loved getting out and meeting people and have met lots of new friends. "The support people have given me has been fantastic so I'd like to say a huge thank you to them. "Help for Heroes is a great charity doing a good job to make sure the lives of injured servicemen and women are made as normal as possible. "It's only through the generosity of the public that they can do what they do." John, who lives in Kingswood, has already raised more than ÂŁ70,000 over the years for Help for Heroes, the charity which supports British service men and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.

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REPAIRS to the Bromley Heath Viaduct are continuing, with the work now more than midway through its 33-week accelerated programme. The project has come in for criticism in recent weeks after a trial change to the restrictions at the Hambrook lights. Drivers from Winterbourne have been prevented from turning left. The council wants them to go right, round the M32 roundabout and then eastward on the ring road but many are going straight ahead and then through Cleevewood Road, which is causing problems for people living in that area and in Frenchay. The council has said it will review the trial after November 24 and says it will consider all feedback from motorists. Find out more at the Bromley Heath Viaduct page on Facebook.

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We must all pull together for our area The recent night of violence in Staple Hill where two people were stabbed has no doubt caused unease in the area. Labour councillors for Staple Hill, Shirley Potts and Ian Boulton, are among the many people who have been working relentlessly to ensure the area is a great place to live and work. Here, they tell readers that the community must continue to pull together and work with the police to send a clear message that anti-social behaviour and crime will not be tolerated


THE number of reported crimes across South Gloucestershire has reflected a national pattern and increased by 15.3 per cent in the last year compared to the previous year. This disappointing trend has been developing in the last few years and reverses the years of falling crime rates that we have enjoyed, and maybe taken for granted, since the late 1990s. Our local neighbourhoods, including Staple Hill, appear to have

been no exception and recent incidents of anti-social and criminal behaviour have been very well reported. Our neighbourhood police beat team are working closely with residents, statutory agencies and community groups to deal with this increase in reported crime. As a result of working together, in recent months we are beginning to feel a real improvement in Staple Hill, however this is fragile and needs a concerted effort to maintain

this excellent work. There a range of things we can all do to help. 1. M  ake sure you know that your children and their friends are somewhere safe and secure rather than roaming the streets where they can be vulnerable to becoming victims of intimidation, exploitation and criminality. Young people are more likely to become victims of crime than any other age group. 2. Report every incident of anti-social behaviour or crime to the police. This can be done simply online at www. reportcrime or by telephoning 101. In an emergency or if a crime is in progress you should telephone 999. 3. Ensure your doors and windows are properly locked and any intruder alarms you have are switched on. Our Staple Hill police are holding regular beat surgeries and coffee mornings so you

can meet members of the team and discuss any concerns or information you have. Issues can also be raised at the local Community Engagement Forum and the Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership meetings. Details of all these events are publicised on the Staple Hill Residents Facebook Group and our community noticeboards which are outside the library, at the front of the Methodist Church on the High Street, at the Our Place Community Flat and on Church Road in Soundwell. We also hold our own surgeries on the third Saturday of each month in the library. The fear of being a victim of crime can be as debilitating as real crime and so we must also remember that the odds of being involved in a crime remains extremely small and that our streets remain safe places to be. Working together to support our police we can ensure that this remains the case."



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Porridge power! Bromley Heath is oat so generous NOW the cold weather is upon us, the idea of spending the day on the streets in winter obviously touched a nerve for many people in Bromley Heath. For when Sophia GibbsFoyle, who devotes much of her spare time to volunteering with homelessness charities, mentioned that they were running short of porridge, she got an amazing response. Within a couple of days, she had been given more than 1,000 sachets of instant porridge so that the street dwellers who attend the Julian Trust shelter and the Bristol 365 shelter could have a hot breakfast. By the time the Voice went to print, the total was 1,600 sachets - taking up a lot of space at Sophia’s parents’ home in Baugh Gardens. Sophia, a civil servant, does night shifts at the two shelters as well as working with Caring in Bristol, which organises the annual Caring at Christmas provision. Se said she was delighted at the response her "porridge crisis" appeal on a neighbourhood Facebook group had received. She said: "I think it is a community responsibility . We have a duty to help people in need. The number of service

users is increasing and we need to step in ." Her mum Rachel Foyle said: "I am immensely proud of the volunteer work Sophia does for the homeless. "Our address is used as a drop off for collections which Sophia collects from us and takes to shelters." Youngest daughter Isabella Gibbs, 15, also helps the homeless by saving her pocket money ato buy items to make up welfare packs for the homeless, which she distributes wiht the support of her family. Other young people get involved too - a ten-year-old neighbour bakes cakes every week for Sophia to take to the shelters, for example. Rachel said: "All in all I think there are some wonderful examples of what young people do and it is a lovely balance to some of the sad stories of antisocial behaviour we so frequently hear about." They've probably got enough porridge, but if you want to provide supplies for the homelss, here's a list: http://juliantrust. sites/2/2017/11/November2017-Stores-List.pdf You can drop off donations at 47 Baugh Gardens.

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n NEWS A MUM who beat cancer has launched an emotional appeal after thieves made off with her precious wedding and engagement rings. Bryony Bateman, 28, says the resale price of the jewellery is minimal but their sentimental value is huge because they hold memories of a friend who lost his own fight against cancer. She is appealing to the thieves to post the rings back through her letterbox of her home in Briar Way, Fishponds, and for anyone who may have been offered the jewellery to get in touch. Thieves broke into the home she shares with husband Neal and three-year-old daughter Eva by smashing the back door on Wednesday October 25 at about 8pm. As both Bryony and Neal, 33, were at work, the burglary was discovered by Neal's mother when she arrived at the house with Eva. Bryony had taken her rings off because it wasn't safe for her to wear them when working as a palliative care support worker. Her bridal set had disappeared along with several other rings, including one which was an 18th birthday present from her mum. Bryony said: "Our back door bottom panel was kicked through, the house turned over and my beloved wedding rings were taken. I was absolutely gutted. It's not the cost of them but it's the memories of my cancer fight which means so much to me." Bryony was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in July 2012, less than a year before her planned

It would make my Christmas if I could get my precious rings back, says cancer survivor

The striking bridal set which was stolen in the burglary remind Bryony of her friend Kieran who died of cancer in 2015 wedding to Neal, a baker. At the age of just 23, Bryony endured an eight-and-a-halfhour operation to remove a tumour on the side of her neck and found herself in intensive care for four days. Facing radiotherapy, Bryony was determined she would recover so she could marry the man she loved. Bryony said: "We were engaged and planned to marry in May 2013 but didn't know at the time whether we were going to have to postpone the wedding or

if I was going to be well enough. "Throughout my recovery from the surgery and my radioactive treatment, the thing that kept me positive and focused was planning our wedding." As part of her recovery, Bryony and Neal travelled to Bournemouth for an activity holiday with the Youth Cancer Trust. It was there where the couple met a fellow guest called Kieran who had been battling a brain tumour since the late 1990s. "Kieran was there on the week we were there and we got to know each other. Neal would play him at pool and table football and Kieran helped him understand more about cancer and how it was affecting me. Neal got to see cancer from another perspective, which was so important in him understanding what I was going through." With so much in common, the trio spent the week hanging out together and 35-year-old Kieran became pivotal in choosing the rings Bryony would come to treasure so much. Bryony said: "One afternoon, we went into Bournemouth town to have a coffee and look around the shops. We kept walking past a jewellers and I remarked on how lovely a ring was.

"When the three of us returned on another afternoon, we walked past the jewellers again and Neal said, 'Come on, let's go in and see if they have your size'. "Funnily enough, the only size they had left was my size! They told us all about the diamond ring and how it had a ruby hidden underneath. I'd already had an engagement ring but it was quite basic and we'd always planned to get another. I tried the ring on, and Kieran told Neal he must buy it for me. Neal said 'Right, if Kieran says you're having it, you're having it!' Neal then bought it for me with the matching wedding ring." Bryony and Kieran kept in touch, texting and sharing messages on Facebook and following each other's trials and tribulations as they both battled cancer. Then, in March 2013, Bryony received the news she had been hoping for when she was told her cancer was in remission. It meant the couple's wedding could go ahead and they married on May 18, 2013 at St Mary's Church in Bitton. Sadly, Kieran was too ill to travel to the wedding and he eventually lost his fight in February 2015.

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Bryony with husband Neal and daughter Eva "Kieran made such an impact on our lives in such a short space of time," Bryony said. "My ring was a reminder of Kieran and how much he fought every day but remained so

positive throughout his fight. "Kieran loved the hidden ruby in the ring and thought it was so clever. I know I still have my memories but it's such a shame because the rings meant so

much. We only met in person for the five days that we were away but we literally saw each other from the moment we got up to the moment we went to bed. "It was so sad when Kieran

died because he had been so determined to beat his cancer. His death is a constant reminder that it could have been me and how lucky I am." Bryony, who has been circulating photos of the rings on social media and contacting various pawn brokers, said it uld make her Christmas if she were to be reunited with her rings. "Neal and I work hard just to live and those rings were the most expensive things we've ever owned and probably always will be. "They aren't worth much second-hand but the thieves didn't care - they just ransacked the house and took what they could get. "If they could just put them back through my door or post them to me, I'd be happy. I don't even want to know who they are, I just want my rings back." If anyone knows anything about the rings please email Anyone with information about the crime can ring the police on 101, quoting crime reference number 5217244027.

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One wedding and a hill “DEARLY beloved, we are gathered today, in the site of Pomphrey Hill playing fields.” So began one of the more unusual runner briefings that start the weekly, free parkrun at Pomphrey Hill (Saturdays at 9am). Parkruns are friendly occasions and the role of the volunteers is very important (hence the emphatic “I do” in response to the question: “Do you promise to love and to cherish every volunteer each and every time you pass them?”). The most responsible and demanding of these volunteer roles is that of run director. It was therefore fitting that the marriage of two Pomphrey Hill parkrun run directors – to each other – was a cause for celebration on 11th November. Steve and Anne Burge, both also enthusiastic members of Emersons Green Running Club, first met at Pomphrey Hill, had their first kiss at Pomphrey Hill and even

got engaged there. It was inevitable that their wedding day would begin with a parkrun at Pomphrey Hill. As with all weddings, choosing the right outfit was important. Anne, along with many of the female runners donned suits, ties and bow ties, while the men chose brightly coloured tutus and wigs. Steve wore a particularly fetching long wedding dress. The bridal party run began slowly – interrupted first by Anne getting a call from her wedding hairdresser and then Steve repeatedly tripping over his increasingly offwhite train – a situation resolved by tucking the dress into his running shorts. Three laps of the Pomphrey Hill playing fields ended with the bride and groom carrying each other over the finish line. The happy couple did get washed and changed before getting married properly at Priston Mill near Bath later in the day.

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Campaign for crossing patrol A CAMPAIGN is getting under way for a crossing patrol for families heading for the Tynings School. Georgina Jee put out an appeal after a near-miss when she was crossing Gloucester Road with her daughters Lola, 5, and Ava, 3, last month. She said a driver came round the corner without indicating and did not stop, meaning she had to grab her elder daughter to prevent her being run over. She has now heard from other residents that there have been a number of campaigns for crossing patrols near The Tynings. Four years ago, when the lollipop lady on Station Road retired after 27 years' service, the council told Downend Voice she would not be replaced as not enough pedestrians used the road, but said a count would be carried out on Gloucester Road. Miss Jee said that since the repairs to the Teewell Hill bridge, some drivers came fast round the corner and did not use the turning lane. The council has now said it will carry out another count.


Kind response after cruellest of burglaries RESIDENTS rallied round after hearing that a Staple Hill disabled girl’s communication equipment had been taken in a burglary. Mark Williams put out a message on social media after the break-in at his home in Park Road on November 6. He said the stolen items included a suction machine to help 13-year-old daughter Celyn to breathe, and a modified laptop containing customised Eyegaze software to help her communicate. The next day a member of the public found the equipment in a bin in Staple Hill and police have returned it to the family. A man was arrested in connection with the burglary and later released under

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New specs give hope to sight loss patients E-Scoop: spectacle glasses for an improved vision with Macular Degeneration Dury & Tippett are proud to offer E-Scoop lenses as a new potential hope for Macular Degeneration Suffers. E-Scoop® glasses are highly sophisticated spectacle glasses for people suffering from Macular Degeneration (MD). After more than 20 years of development, E-Scoop® has been patented in many countries worldwide. The principle behind the E-Scoop® lens is to achieve better vision by shifting the image from


the central portion of the macular (where cone damage is concentrated), to the periphery of the macular (where often times the cone damage is less severe). The quality and sharpness of the macular periphery will vary compared to the central part of a healthy macular, but possibly (significantly) better than the vision with a damaged central macular. History On September 8th, 2012 Frans Oosterhof passed away due to the terrible ALS muscle disease (Ice Bucket Challenge). He was only 54 years old. Frans was the inventor and maker of the patented E-Scoop® glasses. He was a well-educated optometrist, a craftsman and an optimist. His goal was to help people with poor vision see better. In his former optician store in Eindhoven, Netherlands he frequently saw people with the eye disease Macular Degeneration. For over 20 years, Frans worked to successfully develop a spectacle glass with the goal to improve the vision of his patients suffering from Macular Degeneration. After the successful patent application for the E-Scoop® glasses, his invention was nominated for the Herman Wijfels Award. He was very proud to receive this award in 2006!


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Frans Oosterhof, inventor of the E-scoop lens Frans had only begin to bring the E-Scoop® glasses to market when he became terminally ill. It was his dream to give these glasses worldwide recognition, hoping to contribute to the quality of life for all people suffering from Macular Degeneration. After he passed away his wife (Anja Verstappen) decided to continue his dream with the same passion and belief. The E-Scoop® glass has proven itself with thousands of happy and satisfied users. Frans had a dream . . . improve low vision!

Ask for a free demonstration and trial of E-Scoop lenses Even with reduced vision caused by glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy or RP it is possible to achieve improved vision with the E-scoop lens. The E-scoop loupe lens has a special curve, thickness, prism, colour and coating. These qualities together will project the light onto a different part of the retina and can improve vision dramatically. The result of the E-scoop loupe lens is different per person. The best result has been noted when one has a visual acuity between 3% and 45%. In some cases we can seen an improvement of 1.5x the current acuity.


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Pudsey playtime

Staff and children at Red Bus Nursery in Downend enjoyed dressing up for the BBC's annual Children in Need appeal

Pudsey Bear dropped in to Mama Bear's Day Nursery in Downend Road as part of the chain's efforts for Children in Need

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Poppies galore

Rocks for Remembrance PUPILS at Barley Close Primary School in Mangotsfield have been learning about Remembrance while joining in the latest craze. They have been painting poppies on pebbles and then hiding them for others to find. The Bristol Rocks Facebook page encourages people to post photos of any painted rocks or pebbles they find and then hide them again to bring pleasure to others. Staff at Barley Close thought it would be a great way of honing pupils' artistic skills while learning about the significance of the symbol of the poppy at this time of year. The pebbles in the photo were painted by pupils in Year 2 Lion and Tiger classes. Children also designed poppies for a display in Roy Preddy Funeral Directors in Mangotsfield, with the two winning entries visiting the business - see photo on the page opposite.

Staple Bill Royal British Legion Women's Section sold poppies in Sainsbury's, Emersons Green, as usual this year and expects to have raised many thousands of pounds


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WEARING their poppies with pride, young and old stood together in Page Park, Staple Hill to pay their respects on Remembrance Sunday. Families and members of organisations and community groups flocked in their dozens to the war memorial where they fell silent in tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

CHRISTMAS at Downend Baptist Church Jo Williams, head of Barley Close Primary, and pupils Casey and Ryley with Jordan Walsh and Ross Janes, of Roy Preddy Funeral Directors

Thank you DAVID Blackmore, whose 20 years of research into the names on Mangotsfield's war memorial was reported in November's Downend Voice, got in touch after the 2017 Remembrance Sunday. He said: " To see the hundreds of local parents and children attending the remembrance service this afternoon meant so much to me personally and also goes to show the commitment by the village in remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you one and all for showing the community spirit in Mangotsfield is truly alive and well."

3rd Dec 10:30am – Morning Worship with Children’s groups 6pm – Traditional Service with Communion 10th Dec 10:30am – Nativity Service 6pm – Songs of Praise Service 17th Dec 10:30am – Morning Worship with puppet show and Communion 6pm – Carols by Candlelight Service

24th Dec Christmas Eve 10:30am – Morning Worship with Children’s groups 11:30pm – Midnight Service

25th Dec Christmas Day 10:30am – Family Together Service

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Church bids farewell to the pews ALL the pews removed from Christ Church in Downend for the Building 4 Life project have been sold. Project co-ordinator Maggie Nicholls said the pews were treasured by many as part of the history and fabric of the church and had been snapped up by people from all over Downend, raising £2,500. At the last service at Christ Church before the building project started, everyone was encouraged to pray by writing graffiti prayers in chalk on the walls. These prayers have blessed Hart Construction as they started the build. They are all now shared on the Christ Church Downend Facebook page, along with photos of the project as it progresses week by week.

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Take up running - in winter? You’ve got to be joking ... James Baker explains why guys who decide to respond to this challenge could end up having the last laugh AT the turn of this year, a small band of shivering and (slightly) apprehensive men stood silently with arms folded at the entrance to Page Park awaiting the start of their Couch to 5k running journey. “How and why am I standing here in the cold, with the frost biting my cheeks at some ungodly hour when I could be sat indoors by a (post Christmas) roaring fire?” most of them were probably thinking. The truth is, they had decided to make a change to their lives. A positive change which would make them healthier and happier. These gentleman had answered the call. Whether it was on social media or word of mouth, they had heard that South Gloucestershire Council was offering people the opportunity of free sporting activities via the SportsPound initiative. One of the activities on offer was a male only Couch to 5k eight week running course. Matthew Mundy and I, from the Downend running group the Stanbridge Fliers, were asked by the council to lead the group. Matthew said: “There are various Couch to 5k groups out there, most of which are mixed gender or female only. The male only group idea is another option. This year we had rugby players, ex footballers, businessmen and students join up, all with their own personal reasons for doing so. They graduated at a local parkrun with flying colours and many now run with running groups in the area and have completed 10k and half marathons.” One of the men in the 2017 group was Mark Welsford. He was cajoled into signing up by a friend who had completed

a similar course the previous summer. He said: “At the time I didn’t give it any thought about it being a single sex group. Personally I’m not sure it mattered. I joined to improve my basic level of fitness and help stop age-related illnesses.” Health benefits aside, Mark found that the opportunity gave him something else he never thought he'd hear himself saying. “Unbelievably, it gave me a love of running! A massive sense of achievement! A positive attitude to staying fit, a supportive circle of friends and...baggy trousers!” The course is free to anyone who is over 14, lives or works in South Glos and is currently doing 30 mins or less of exercise a week (which doesn’t include walking or commuting by bike). The majority of the funding comes from Sport England via the National Lottery. Ian Browne, another graduate, has nothing but praise for the programme. “Having, like most people, paid regular gym fees for places I didn’t go to often or enjoy at all, I thought this was a good way of being taught how to run properly and I liked the idea of achieving a goal in seven weeks. Perhaps one advantage of a men’s group is you realise you’re not alone. I half expected to find a group of semi pro athletes vying to outdo each other but it’s just ordinary local blokes knowing they need to take care of themselves.” If you would like to participate in a male only Couch to 5k, there will be another starting on January 18 at 7.15pm on Mangotsfield School running track. Access the SportsPound website and ask for your free vouchers. Please don't worry about taking part. “Turning up the first time is probably the most difficult thing,” Mark Welsford explained, “but everybody is at a similar level, so you will improve together and you support and encourage each other. There is no downside to this.’” Ian Browne concurred, adding: “There's no regret other than should have done it sooner!”

Running converts Mark Welsford, Ian Browne and George Clarke, pictured at Thruxton Race Circuit where they tried for 10k PBs

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What a treat! YOUNGSTERS had a frightfully good time when dressed up in scary costumes to attend a special Pumpkin Patch party at Page Park. Hosted by Friends of Page Park, the event featured best costume competition, pumpkin carving, children's rides and entertainment, a DJ on the bandstand, stalls, face painting, cup cake decorating and 'silly' games including splat the rat and tin can alley. There were also Thriller dance classes and a fairy stall where children could learn all about the mythical creatures as well as a chance to talk to representatives from Avon Wildlife Trust and Avon Bat Group. Steph Purser, vice-chair of Friends of Page Park, said: "It was a great opportunity to bring the community together on a beautiful Autumn day. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Friends' fund for the revamping of the aviary."

Halloween fun in Page Park at the first Pumpkin Patch event Photos: Terry Graham

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Early birds flock to Frenchay Christmas Tree Farm FOR a couple of months now, hundreds of Christmas Trees have been awaiting harvest at Frenchay Christmas Tree Farm. Peter and Simon Maughan, the proprietors of the farm, are encouraging eager customers to reserve their trees instead of cutting too soon. Early birds are visiting in increasing numbers to “Choose and Cut” their own Christmas Tree before the big rush in December. “The benefit of reserving a tree in November means that you don’t have to cut it too early, which results in an inferior tree on the big day,” say Simon. “You can come back a bit closer to Christmas and cut it then. We only cut when the customer is ready, and this is what makes our trees special. It’s how we can guarantee that our trees stay fresh and beautiful until January.”

Here are Simon’s top tips for reserving a Christmas Tree: H Bring lots of things to tie to the tree to make it uniquely yours. Ribbons and cable ties are ideal. H Make a name sign to fix securely to the tree so you can find it again when you come back. H Check that the tree has a straight trunk, so it is easy to stand upright when you get it home. H Measure the space at home before you visit, so you can be sure the tree will fit.

Trees always seem a lot bigger when you get them indoors.

Already this year our trees have been hand-picked for McDonald’s Christmas TV campaign (filmed in various locations in Bristol) and for the concourse at Temple Meads Station. One Norwegian Spruce will appear on BBC’s Victorian Christmas, and two Serbian Spruces on Philip Schofield’s How to Spend It Well At Christmas. Frenchay trees also made a recent appearance at the Winterbourne Musical Theatre’s production of The Christmas Schooner. “I always get asked which are the best trees, which are the longest lasting. It’s really hard to answer, because so much depends on personal taste, and so much on how well it will be looked after in the home. I always send early customers in the direction of the ‘non-drop’ firs, such as the Nordmann and

the Fraser. Later customers will be safe with any tree, but I always recommend the traditional spruces, because these are the trees I really love.” Frenchay Christmas Tree Farm is open until Christmas Eve, 9am-5pm every day. “Choose and Cut” runs just as long as stocks last. Prices start from £20.

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n MP COLUMN WITH JACK LOPRESTI AS Christmas fast approaches and Parliament heads towards recess, I have launched a number of local consultations after a number of constituents raised concerns about similar issues. In December, I am meeting with First Bus to discuss services in the constituency and their plans for future bus routes. Thousands of people use the bus everyday so it is important that these services are reliable and good value for money. Ahead of this meeting, I am asking constituents to contact me with any issues they would like me to raise regarding a First Bus service or a bus service that they would like to see. Last month, I visited a constituent living in Buckingham House in Filton to see the poor state of repair of Bevan Court road. With many elderly residents living in the area, it was worrying to see the uneven road surface and to hear that many locals were fearful of leaving their homes as the cold winter approaches. Roads are a key part of our infrastructure and if we are going to continue to be an attractive place to work and


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set up business then it is essential that we ensure our roads are in optimal conditions. If you know of a road that needs repairing then please contact my office and I will continually update South Gloucestershire Council. In Westminster, I have backed Robert Halfon’s Ten Minute Rule Motion to abolish hospital car parking charges for patients, visitors and staff. This comes after the Government produced a report which showed that 47 per cent

of hospitals increased parking charges for one hour stays and major discrepancies exist across NHS trusts in England. I hope this motion raises the profile of the negative impact that hospital charges have on those who rely on the NHS and that the government will act on these concerns. If you'd like my help on an issue, please call my office on 01454 617 783 or email me on jack.lopresti.

A REWARD is on offer for information about an aggravated burglary in the Boyd Valley area. It happened at about 5.45pm on Thursday 30 August. The householder answered the door and two masked men forced their way in. The men threatened and tied up the householder and stole high-value jewellery including: • Rolex Deepsea blue watch • Rolex Daytona platinum watch • Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso steel 8-day watch • Kutchinsky 18ct gold cocktail bangle set with 90 princess-cut diamonds • Oval gold snuff box dated 1780 • Giacomo Raffaelli snuff box dated 1791 • Solitaire ring set with a brilliant-cut diamond The householder is now offering up to £50,000 for information leading to an arrest, conviction and recovery of the property.

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Saturday December 2 The event runs from 12.00 to 4.00pm There will be stalls and entertainment in the street. No parade this year. Returning this year the great Star Wars Storm Troopers. Other famous people will be Princess Olaf from Frozen, Mickey and Minnie plus lots of others. MAIN SQUARE There will be charity stalls as well as Christmas bargains. In the main Square the Christmas trees with Pipers, singers, Father Christmas to

turn on the lights Times are 12.00 Circa Media Circus Skills Workshop 12.55 Entry of the Bristol Piper 1.45 Winterbourne Down Morris Dancers 2.05 Ryan Mills 2.50 Busk 3.40 Salvation army band 3.45 Father Christmas turn on the lights 3.50 Carols around the tree THE SANCTURY 12.00 Santa's Grotto 1.00pm Red X Dancers 1.10 Lucky Luke Street Entertainer 1.20pm Red x Dancers 1.3-0 Super Heroes 1.50 Tynings School Choir SALVATION ARMY In the Salvation Army building Entertainment and games.

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METHODIST CHURCH In the Methodist Church there is a craft Fayre all through the time CHRISTMAS FAYRE organized by the women's section of the ROYAL BRITISH LEGION held at The You Foundation 12.00 to 3.30 Known at the Old School opposite the new one in Page Road - Christmas Stalls , Bric a Bra, Jewellery, refreshments and lots more.... There will be a running quiz through the shops with a great prize for Children. All information in the programme available now in the shops for 50p. The money raised will be used to support the event next year.

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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.

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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 a top quality canvas printer now available.

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The Card Shop is an independent card and gift shop offering an extensive range of cards, gifts and handmade crafts. Frequently described as ‘an Aladdin’s Cave’, The Card Shop has an extensive choice of cards (large, small, ’wordy’, ages – young and old, and humorous) for every

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 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 range of machines. Printers are available starting at just £55, as is every type of cable you could need plus a wide range of compatible ink supplies.

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As well as T-shirt & vinyl printing 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

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.

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BM Motoring Centre If you are missing a charger or 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.

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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




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December, 2017 hardware items. A sharpening service for tools is also available.

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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.


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

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

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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 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

Pam @ Christine Peters Pam, whilst having worked in this shop previously, took over ownership of the business last year. A refit and modernisation of the shop has given it a new lease of life. Providing a wide range of ladies

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n LETTERS My memories of Britannia air crash I AM writing with regards to your feature on the Britannia crash in Downend in 1957 (November). I was a 10-year-old pupil at Downend C of E School at the time and our classrooms, at the back of the playground, ran parallel to

North Street. As I remember, it was just before lunchtime when we heard a tremendous roaring noise outside and we ran from the classroom to be greeted by a massive explosion and a large plume of smoke rising into the sky. The aircraft had been flying at rooftop level and had narrowly missed Downend Church and it was testament to the skill

and bravery of the pilot that there was not a greater loss of life. My father, who was a local builder, had been working nearby and was one of the first on the scene and I know that the memories of the sights he saw that day remained with him for the rest of his life. I have attended two reunions over the years, the first being in

response to a letter some years ago in the Evening Post, when a small group of people met to recall our memories and in 2007 to attend the unveiling of the plaque to those who tragically lost their lives in the accident. I later worked at Filton with the son of one of the test crew that died on that fateful day 60 years ago. Bill Bowrey MBE Downend




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A DOWNEND resident awarded the OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list has recently been to the palace to receive the award from the Queen herself. Bill Chrispin received the honour for services to defence acquisition and military capability. Bill has worked for the Ministry of Defence for over 40 years, currently employed as a team leader at the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) facility in Abbey Wood. An aircraft engineer by background, he has spent most of his MOD career procuring and supporting aircraft for all three services, but mainly the RAF. The award ceremony took place in the Grand Ballroom of Buckingham Palace. Well known fellow recipients were Mo Farah, Delia Smith, the actress Patricia Hodge and the fashion designer Erin O'Connor. Bill was accompanied by his mum, wife Janine and daughter Helen. Bill commented: "The ceremony was organised with military precision, with every stage carefully orchestrated to ensure the event ran to time. The Queen asked me what I had received the award for and showed real interest in the work I am involved in, perhaps not surprising given her sons and grandsons have all served in the military." The day was crowned by a slap up lunch with members of his family in an hotel close to the palace

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Tell me a bit about yourself I am married and have two children, who have grown up in the area and gone to the local schools, who now have homes in the Lyde Green.

How long have you lived in the area and what do you most like about Downend & Bromley Heath? I have lived in Downend & Bromley Heath for nearly 30 years and love living in the area, having close links to the motorway networks and close to the big shopping centres.


What motivates you? Mentoring and coaching motivates me - I am a trained mentor/coach. I find I’m everyone’s go-to person when they have a question or need a second opinion and I am always happy to help.

Can you describe yourself in 3-5 words? Positive – Reliable – Organised

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Motivational and inspiration books.

My family – bringing up two children, who are well grounded, successful and happy adults.

What is your vison for Downend & Bromley Heath over the next few years? My vision for my community is to continue supporting the Downend & Bromley Parish Council in creating and maintaining a prosperous and peaceful community. A community where everybody is considered important and treated as such.

What music do you like to listen to? I have quite an eclectic taste although recently enjoying Afro-beats music


What are your strengths? My greatest strength would be my enthusiasm – when doing any job or action.

What do you do for employment? I have been employed by the Ministry of Defence for 17 years and I am currently a Commercial Officer within Head Office. I also have experience of working in HR and business functions of the MoD.

Who do you admire and what do you admire most about them? I admire people that give up their precious time to help others – all the volunteers that regularly take time out of their busy lives to help others.

What are your main hobbies? I love to travel, to experience different cultures and food. I also love to walk and have a ‘fitbit’ watch which I try to walk 10,000 steps a day.

What is your favourite holiday destination? My favourite place to visit is Jamaica.

Favourite Food? Jamaican Jerk Chicken, rice and peas.

As we write this article, we would like to wish the Cleeve Wood Road Shops every success with their Christmas event on Sunday 26th November, 12pm-4pm.

NEXT MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 14th December, 7pm at Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend. Details of our Finance and Planning Committee meetings can be found on our website, We look forward to welcoming you to a future meeting.

DOWNEND & BROMLEY HEATH PARISH COUNCILLORS 2015 – 2019 Downend West Ward CLLR SHEILA OTTEWELL Tel: 0117 957 2724 CLLR RAJ KUMAR SOOD Tel: 07901 621 632 Downend East Ward CLLR BEN BURTON Tel: 07870 639 486 CLLR JAMES GRIFFITHS Tel: 07818 513 177 CLLR MARTYN POOLE

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n NEWS A DRUG dealer has been jailed for life after murdering a man and dumping his body in a country lane in Siston on Christmas eve last year. Karl Cullen, 43, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of the murder of Mohammed Abdurezek in retribution for him taking a mobile phone used to facilitate a drugs network. Mr Abdurezek's body was found hidden in undergrowth by a dog walker in Gibbs Lane, Siston on Christmas eve 2016. He’d been stabbed multiple times to the body and face and his head was covered in a black bin liner. An investigation was launched by Avon and Somerset's Major Crime Investigation Team, resulting in Cullen being found guilty of murder following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. Cullen also admitted charges of preventing a lawful burial and conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He was sentenced on November 13 at the same court to life with a minimum of 19 years' imprisonment. A second man, 23-year-old Abdiwahab Abdulahi, also of no fixed address, was found not guilty of murder but previously admitted a charge of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He was sentenced to six years and eight months' imprisonment. Mohammed Abdurezek, known as Maratu, was born in Ethiopia and came to the UK in 2004/05. He previously lived in the Swansea area but was staying in Bristol shortly before his murder. DCI James Riccio, who led the murder inquiry, said: “Mohammed Abdurezek was

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executed by Karl Cullen in revenge or retribution for him taking a mobile phone used to organise drug deals. “He suffered a horrifying death and his body was transported in a black wheelie bin to a country lane near Bristol and callously dumped in undergrowth. “Following the discovery of Mohammed’s body, we launched a full-scale investigation and were able to trace his movements in the days leading up to his murder. “It became clear that Mohammed had become involved with a drugs supply network which operated out of a flat in Church Drive, St George. This established clear links between him and Karl Cullen – who was running the network

along with Abdulahi. “This flat had belonged to a vulnerable man with significant health problems and Cullen had moved into it without permission in order to use it as a base to deal drugs – a practice known as cuckooing. “It was here that Cullen carried out his deadly attack on Mohammed, on or around 9 or 10 December, before removing his body and carrying out a concerted clean-up operation inside the flat. “Our enquiries focussed on telephone usage, ANPR data and CCTV enquiries and we located

footage showing Cullen’s Ford Mondeo travelling towards Siston on 10 December. This is when we believe Mohammed’s body was deposited. “Forensic investigators found traces of Mohammed’s blood on the floor and walls at the flat in Church Drive and on items of furniture found at a second flat in Craftes Court, where Cullen had moved to shortly after the murder, including a sofa-bed. “Officers’ Body Worn Video evidence was also a key element in this case. “The violence shown by Cullen in response to the loss of a mobile phone pivotal to the drugs network is shocking and Mohammed didn’t deserve to die in this way. “My thoughts are very much with Mohammed’s family and friends and I’d like to pay tribute to all the witnesses who helped us secure these convictions. “The inquiry team has worked relentlessly to gather evidence and build a comprehensive picture of how and why Mohammed died and I want to publicly thank each of them for their tireless efforts.”

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Triathlon triumph

A party at the Bean Tree Cafe in Page Park marked the publication of a book by paediatric occupational therapist Rachel White. More than 50 contributors attended the event, at which

Rachel he presented books to Faye Bertham, head teacher of Stanbridge Primary School, whose children featured in photos in the book, and Fiona Georgeson-Powell, who took the pictures.

PAUL Dennett, from Emersons Green, and two friends raised more than £12,000 for Children’s Hospice South West by doing an ultra triathlon - but his efforts do not stop there. Paul has now set up a social and friendly membership club for novice and more experienced athletes, and a portion of each membership fee is going to the hospice at Charlton Farm, Wraxall. He chose to support the hospice as it had supported his friend Jim, whose son Jack died there. With Marc Thomas and Phill Edwards, from Bradley Stoke, he took part in the Bristol Brutal, which involved covering 320 miles over three days on foot and by bike. Paul’s group is called Active Soul UK. Find out more on the group’s Facebook page or email

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Trunk or Treat: what was that all about? DRESSING up, multitudes of sweets, parties, decorations - it’s no wonder that Halloween is becoming more popular every year. It was with this in mind that Christ Church Downend decided to put on an event called Trunk or Treat. Originating from America, it’s an alternative to the traditional trick or treating around houses. Using this idea, the Church decided to organise a celebratory event, where the children could dress up and have lots of fun but

with Jesus as the focus. So on All Hallows’ eve in the church car park, 12 cars parked up with their ‘trunks’ (boots) wide open. Each trunk held an activity. Hot chocolate, soup, hot dogs and many other food items were on offer, as well as various games, including hook a duck, guess the number of sweets in the jar, a competition for the happiest pumpkin and a lolly lucky dip. Sweets, chocolates and glow sticks featured too, but the real treasure was the bible verses that were being collected at each stall. There was also a letter to be collected from each trunk which was a clue that could be rearranged. For any that didn’t get all, it spelled out “Jesus is my Light”. With each car brightly lit

and almost 140 people, there was a very exciting atmosphere. This was captured beautifully at the end of the evening when everyone gathered to sing in front of the brightly lit pumpkin entries, each family holding an

electric tea light and singing. It seemed to encapsulate what the church wanted to achieve, everyone having a great time, celebrating the light that triumphs over darkness, Jesus. Emily Culverwell

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YEAR 6 pupils from Gracefield School in Fishponds donned protective gear and tried their hand at graffiti painting. Supervised by local graffiti artist Steve Fitzpatrick, the children used spray cans to create their names in specialist paint as part of an art workshop. Steve used his artistic skills to transform Gracefield’s playground walls, creating a woodland scene to complement their new playground equipment, alongside a jungle theme, complete with a traverse climbing wall

and a sports scene with goalposts and cricket stumps. Headteacher Elizabeth Morgan said: "We are delighted with the new playground at Gracefield. The walls are now vibrant and exciting, perfectly complimenting our new play equipment. Steve has created a great place for the children to play and our older pupils had a lot of fun learning how to paint using this different art technique." Steve is part of a local group of professional graffiti artists collectively known as Graffarty.

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New hair and beauty salon is launched A NEW boutique city-style hair salon has opened its doors in Mangotsfield. Rodway Conservative councillor John Sullivan cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of Halo Hair and Beauty. The salon, in St James Place, is run by three local ladies, Angie, Cheryl and Nicole, and will be open six days a week offering hair, beauty, semi-permanent make-up and tanning. They will also offer early mornings and late nights to ensure customers can attend at times which are convenient to them. The ladies say they pride themselves on offering something unique to Mangotsfield with a friendly, tranquil and cosy atmosphere. "The open day on November 4 was very warm and well received and there was a real buzz and excitement upon seeing Halo," they said. Halo Hairdessers and Beauty are at 26 St James Pl, Bristol BS16 9JB. Telephone 0117 239 8655

Athlete inspires pupils GB ATHLETE Megan Fletcher has been inspiring pupils at Staple Hill Primary School. Megan, who practises judo at international level, dropped by to tell the boys and girls about her sporting career and success. She demonstrated an exciting fitness circuit with exercises and activities and encouraged the youngsters to take part, The sponsored event was organised by Sports for Champions, which brings Olympic, Commonwealth and GB athletes to primary schools to inspire pupils to get motivated to become more involved in sport. The sponsored event was held to raise money for Sports for Champions as well as for the school. A spokesman for Sports for Champions said: "We believe that our athletes' stories will bring out a drive to succeed in the children at school, and motivate them to become more involved with local sports clubs and competitions. The money raised for Sports for Champions goes towards supporting athletes competing for Team GB." Arwa Said, headteacher, said: "Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the fast pace, fun circuits and especially meeting Megan. It was a great achievement for everybody to complete and raise over ÂŁ1,000."

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Putting historic Mangotsfield back on the map

FEARS that Mangotsfield’s identity is disappearing has prompted a small concerned group of residents to look at ways to put the historic district back on the map. They are looking at how they can raise awareness of the area and are considering running an exhibition at Mangotsfield Festival, holding local history talks and setting up projects so the community can become more involved in the community. One idea is to set up a group, such as a residents' association or friends' group, which can such organise events to promote the area. They said: "The identity of Mangotsfield as a village is gradually being eroded. Mangotsfield is not represented by a local town or parish council and therefore lacks leadership and resources to put Mangotsfield first. Whilst there are some who are working hard to maintain that identity, Mangotsfield Matters Facebook page is a great example, greater awareness across the wider community is needed. "As the festival committee runs a once a year event, Mangotsfield needs a separate focal organisation - call it a

residents' association or a friends' group - I’m sure there are other names we could pick. "Given that it will not be a parish council or a town council it will not have tax raising powers or an executive authority. It will be a voluntary group who will look to promote the identity of the local community, identify specific needs and attempt to address them through voluntary work or through money raised via local fundraising, donations, sponsorship, and grants." Residents to get in touch by emailing mangotsfieldourvillage@ if they would be interested in becoming part of an organisation supporting the area.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Friday December 1 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at the door. Enquiries 0117 972 1424. (Note: Previous phone number now corrected) n Christmas music concert by Brass, Wind & Fire (Avon, Fire & Rescue Training Band) at Watley’s End Methodist Church, Factory Road, Winterbourne, BS36 1QL, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 including refreshments. Tel. Heather Hunt 0117 904 9125. Saturday December 2 n Christmas fair at St Mary's Church, Manor Road, Fishponds, 11am-2pm. Lots of stalls including white elephant, books and games, handicrafts, cakes and raffle. Tea, coffee and light refreshments also available. For further details email n Staple Hill Methodist Church celebrate Christmas on the Hill.  Refreshments and Tree Festival 10 - 4pm. Request a Carol 3 - 3.45pm.  All in the church.  Charity Fair and Santa's Grotto 12 - 4pm downstairs.   n Tree Festival and Coffee Morning at Staple Hill Methodist Church.  10am - noon.  All welcome. n Festive Fayre at Feed Bristol in

Frenchay Park Road, noon to 6pm. Details on the Facebook page. n African Christmas Meal, (+BYO drinks) at The Church Centre, Quakers Rd., hosted by Jan & Richard Bacon, with news from Kumi, Uganda, and various Christmas stalls too. Tickets £5 per person for “posho & beans” Tickets from Christ Church Parish Office opening hours 9.30-12 Monday- Friday. 0117 908 9867 Sunday December 3 n ‘Light up a Life’ Service @ Staple Hill Salvation Army, Broad Street, BS16 5LN supported by St Peter’s Hospice staff. 3pm. An opportunity to remember a loved one. n Festive Fayre at Feed Bristol in Frenchay Park Road, noon to 6pm. Details on the Facebook page. n Come and celebrate Christingle at Christ Church Juniors, some things will be the same as usual, we will have 2 all age services, 10.30am & 4pm, some things are different this year… we will be at Christ Church Junior School for both services. Tuesday December 5 n Christmas lunch with all the

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Christchurch Avenue, Downend, Bristol, BS16 5TE. We look forward to seeing you there.

trimmings. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn. 12noon for 12.30pm. Tickets £14 available in advance at Barn office. Enquiries 0117 956 2367. Wednesday December 6 n Downend Flower Club at Lincombe Barn, BS16 2RW. Christmas flower arranging demonstration by Sharon Dower. Visitors welcome. Pay at door £8 per person. 7.30pm. Come early for free coffee and mince pies n Mothers’ Union Advent Lunch & carol singing, 12.15pm Tickets £7 Everyone welcome, book a ticket via Christ Church Parish Office 0117 908 9867 Thursday December 7 n Downend Horticultural Society Christmas social and horticultural quiz at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA. Call Roger Davis 0117 9571703 or Hilary Walton 0117 9792832 for details Tree Festival and Coffee Morning at Staple Hill Methodist Church. 10am - noon.  All welcome. Saturday December 9 n Christmas Concert performed by the Great Western Chorus at Staple Hill Methodist Church 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 on the door. n Christmas tree sale at Christ Church Junior School, 10am-1pm, organised by Friends of CCI and CCJ Tuesday December 12 n Christ Church Fellowship Christmas Dinner at 7.30pm, Christ Church Parish Hall, BS16 5SG Tickets £16 from Christ Church Parish Office 01179089867. New members always welcome. Wednesday December 13 n Carol singing at Nelson House, Pendennis Flats, Staple Hill. Join Pendennis Good Newws Church, Sanctuary Church and Christ Church Downend in an open air carols in the Community. 6pm Hot chocolates and mince pies will be

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December, 2017 the Co-op in Downend. Join us for carol singing at the heart of Downend at 11am at the Co-op. Sunday December 17 n Christingle Service 10.30pm at Staple Hill Methodist Church.  All ages welcome.  Tuesday December 19 n Bereavement Support Group, Chat, Refreshments and Support in the Youth Hub at Christ Church Parish Hall 1-3pm. Newcomers welcome. More information available from the Parish Office 0117 9089867 or just turn up and meet Val and Wendy our hosts. Wednesday December 20 n Christmas Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30. All welcome, includes crafts, chat, cups of tea, a short, child friendly, noisy time of worship and ends with a bring and share meal. Free. No need to book. Bring some buffet food to share. Check our facebook page: Messy Church at Christ Church Downend for all the details. Thursday December 21 n Carol Singing and family craft fun with residents at William Court Overnhill Road, BS16 5FL 3pm All welcome. More info at www Saturday December 23 n Tree Festival and Coffee Morning at Staple Hill Methodist Church.  10am - noon.  All welcome. Sunday December 24 n ‘ Family Carols in the Square’ with Staple Hill Salvation Army Band and musicians. 4pm Fountain Square, Staple Hill BS16 5LN n Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight at Staple Hill Methodist Church 6pm. Everyone welcome.  n Changes to usual Christ Church services for Christmas Eve at Christ Church: There will be 9.15am Holy Communion at The Church Centre, Quakers Rd. & 4pm Crib Service at Christ Church Junior School. (There will not be a 6.30pm evening ser-

vice, or a midnight service this year. Anyone looking for a midnight service, might join services at Frenchay or St Stephen’s Soundwell, or St James’ Mangotsfield) Monday December 25 Christmas Day combined family celebration at The Church Centre, Quakers Rd. 10am Sunday December 31 n New Year’s Eve Church services at 9.15am Holy Communion at the Church Centre, Quakers Rd and then 10.30am Family celebration at Christ Church Junior School. There will be no evening service on Sunday 31 December. Friday January 5 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at the door. Enquiries 0117 972 1424.

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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, 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 Whist Club, Lincombe Barn 2-4 pm, open to any association members. 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 Julie 0117 9871836 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 Web - avonwindbandassociation. com. n Westerley Showband. Downend Library 7.30 pm. For applicants who play wind instruments, bass or drums. Call 0117 9561950 www. 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.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA 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 Salsa Class for Beginners. Begbrook Social Club, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1HY. 8-9pm. www. n Hatha Flow Yoga, gentle and nurturing. St Matthias (Former UWE Campus). Steiner Academy Bristol. 7.15 - 8.15 pm. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@


n Youth drop-in for school Years 6 & 7 at Christ Church Parish Hall,

Youth Hub. Tuesdays in term time 3.15-4.30pm more info from www. igniteyouth-christchurchdownend. n The P & Q Club, patchwork and quilting skills, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Open Church at Christ Church Downend. We are open from 11am1pm 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 Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Bottoms, Tums and Thighs, Lincombe Barn 8.15-9.15pm.

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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. n Community Bingo. Staple Hill Primary school. 6.45pm, eyes down 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. 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 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@ Can book via www. 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 n Empower Yoga. Downend. Quakers Road Church Hall. 9.15 10.15 am (Entrance available from 9 am). All levels welcome. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at

To advertise, contact Gary on 0779 946 1169 Or 0117 907 8585. Email: n Hatha Flow Yoga. Downend. Quakers Road Church Hall. 10.30 - 11.30 am. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ n Willow ladies Club Downend, meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10am-11.30am at the Assembly Rooms, Salisbury Road, Downend. Guest speakers, outings, new members welcome for ladies of any age.

Wednesday n Book Reading Club, Lincombe Barn 9.30am, first 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 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 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.

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December, 2017 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: 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 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: 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. 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 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 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. n Hatha Flow Yoga. St Matthias (Former UWE Campus). Steiner Academy Bristol. 7.00 - 8.00 pm. All levels welcome. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@


n Downend Local History Society, Lincombe Barn. Autumn/Winter meetings, 7.30pm first Thursday of each month. £3 per meeting. n Scrabble Club 2, Lincombe Barn, 10am-noon, weekly. 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 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 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 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, Salisbury Road, Downend 7.30pm,Second Thursday of the month all year. Outing to gardens and we hold flower shows. Members who can help with tips on your garden. Call Roger Davis 0117 9571703 or Hilary Walton 0117 9792832. www. 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@

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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 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 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

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to one-year-old), Beechwood Club, 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. 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@ n Meditation and Mindfulness Classes, Portland Therapy Centre, Staple Hill. Beginners Classes 9.30-10.30am, Group Practice 10.45-11.45am. Registered British School of Meditation Teacher. Book in advance 0117 956 5855. www. 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. 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 n Kingswood Photographic Society, St Barnabas Church Hall, Church Avenue, Warmley, BS30 5JJ, 7-9.30pm.


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December, 2017 n BabyNatal Practical Baby Care Workshop Frenchay Village Hall, 10am-1pm 1st Saturday of month. 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 room. 9am. £7. Samantha 07736 309272,

Sunday n Emersons Green Baptist Church, Emersons Green Village Hall 10.30am-noon. n Christ Church Downend 10.30am. Morning Worship, with groups for children and young people. (temporarily in junior school from November). Evening 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 (check church website for temporary venue). n Morning Worship, Mangotsfield

n NEWS and Castle Green United Reformed Church, Cossham Street, Mangotsfield10.30am. Communion 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, Staple Hill


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Carols around the Clocktower PAGE Park will be the setting of a special Carols around the Clocktower on Saturday December 16 from 2-3.30pm. The event, featuring the Staple Hill Salvation Army band, will also mark the completion of the Clocktower and bells after months of intricate restoration work. The restoration has been financed by the Friends of Page Park, the Heritage Lottery, the Page family and Suez Communities Trust.

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Little Boy Blue is group's panto choice ST Stephen’s Drama Group in Soundwell is preparing for its latest pantomime, Little Boy Blue. The Paul Reakes script begins the day of the grand fete in Merrydale, where Willard 'Wiggles' Wigglesworth has brought his hot air balloon along to give rides to the townsfolk. Johnnie Blue has fallen in love with Susie Sidebottom, The Mayor's daughter, but when the pair offend the evil witch Halloweena she is determined to exact revenge. Soon Johhnie and Susie, together with Wiggles and Bessie, Johnnie's larger than life mother, find themselves a long way from home. Shaun Rickerby, who has

the lead role, said: “Johnnie is an amazing challenge and a character I’m really enjoying. There’s so much more that has to be rehearsed for this role such as the singing and dancing - but the whole team are such an amazing support, and that really helps”. Producers Nick Stott and Debbie Townsend said the core talents of the group were now strong enough now to take on this challenging production. Debbie said: “We now have

some younger members who regularly perform in other, more specialised groups, such as RedX Dance, the dance school. That kind of talent has opened up avenues we would never have been able to have considered a few years ago.” Some of the choreography has been created by Nick Handy, the talented member of RedX Dance, who has brought his own sense of style into the mix. “I couldn’t believe it when I was asked to come up with the main

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December, 2017


Finding unique experiences in Finland

THIS time of year always has me dreaming of snowy landscapes and perfect winter escapes. So it seems only too fitting to tell you about our trip to a Northern Finland town called Ruka, some 175 miles South of famous Lapland, where evergreen fir trees tower over the landscape, lakes freeze solid in -20ºC temperatures and husky sledding is a favourite pastime of locals and tourists alike. This Finland trip came about because we’d booked a simple, yet exciting ski package holiday - my first ski adventure in fact! Ruka is less busy than the equivalent resorts in Central Europe, which makes it popular with intermediate

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animal lovers out there whether we should be doing these kinds of things when travelling. Although some companies are not reputable when it comes to animal welfare, I can certainly recommend EräSusi Huskies. We saw they really did love the animals and we saw dogs that were absolutely raring to go! When driving a husky sled, you have to keep your feet on the brakes every time you slow to a halt, otherwise the dogs jet off like cannons being fired from warships. Like I said, they’re raring to go! In amongst these incredible new experiences, we sled down snowy hills like children and walked for miles and miles around the icy lakes (careful not to venture too far away from the waymarked trails). And when our legs grew weary from walking, skiing, snowmobiling and sledding, we cosied up in our wooden cabin tucked away in the countryside. We lit our own log fires, tiptoed across the underfloor heating, hung out in our private sauna, sipped on delicious Glögi (a type of Finnish mulled wine) and ate Piparkakut (traditional Finnish gingerbread biscuits). Whenever I think back to this incredible winter escape, I feel the Christmas spirit come to life within me. And I hope beyond hope that I’ll be able to jet off in search of another winter wonderland someday soon… maybe Canada or Iceland next time. Who’s with me? Justine Cross is a travel writer and business blogger based in Emersons Green. You can read more of her travel stories at www. And don’t forget to look out for the next instalment of her travel column in January’s issue.

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Make sure your festivities aren't ruined by crime IN the past months we’ve seen at least six burglaries in the Downend, Bromley Heath and Mangotsfield area, so please look out for anyone acting suspiciously around neighbours’ homes. Thankfully in three instances the thieves made off emptyhanded after being disturbed by the householder or a neighbour. In one day-time incident a glass door panel was smashed to take keys and steal a car. Another car was stolen with the keys in an overnight burglary. It’s thought the thieves may have reached in through the letterbox to take the keys. In a second night-time breakin a bag, phone and wallet were stolen. Worryingly some people don’t realise that ‘paddle handle’ doors can still be opened from outside unless the key is turned in the lock.

Remember to take the key out of the door and put it out of sight of the letterbox. Visit our website,, for more home security advice. If you see someone acting suspiciously, call us straight away. If they’re obviously committing a crime, ring 999. Otherwise, call 101. Christmas is coming and we don’t want anyone’s festivities ruined by crime. We can all take a few steps to protect our property and keep ourselves safe. While shopping: • keep your phone, keys and wallet or purse in an inside pocket and your bag close • park in a busy area, always lock your vehicle and don’t leave anything on view At home:

•h  ide presents safely away until Father Christmas makes his delivery, not on view to tempt an opportunist thief •m  ark new electrical items or bikes with your postcode and register them at or •d  on’t leave the boxes of new gadgets out for recycling On an evening out: •e  nsure someone knows where you’re going, who with and when you’ll be home • k eep an eye on your wallet, bag, phone and keys • look after your friends •d  esignate a driver who’ll stick to soft drinks, pre-book a taxi or arrange a lift home • r emember you could still be over the legal limit for driving the morning after

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sports coaches and arts festival organisers, these awards have seen South Gloucestershire Council honour the dedication and commitment of hundreds of unsung heroes across the district. Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Ian Blair, said: “Our Community Awards have been running since 2003 to celebrate the contribution local people make to life in South Gloucestershire and since then over 400 people have received an award. “It is really important to recognise the dedication of the people who give up their own time to bring our communities together and improve the lives of local people. These awards offer a great way to celebrate their hard work and commitment.”  The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Dame Janet Trotter, also attends the awards ceremony and selects one of the winners to receive a special Lord Lieutenant’s Award.

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n RECIPE OF THE MONTH A CHRISTMAS log, with a difference, that makes a great party dessert all year round (no sickly oversweet buttercream here - I personally have an aversion to it!). The recipe is from Delia Smiths Christmas book published in the 1990’s (I’ve left out the chopped marron glace in the filling- it makes the recipe cheaper and easier) A chocolate roulade really is easy to make as any cracks can be covered up with the topping. If you don’t like chestnuts you can fill it with whipped cream mixed with black cherries from a jar like Black Forest Gateau. The basic chestnut filled Swiss roll can be made a month in advance and frozen ,take it out the freezer a couple of hours before you want to serve it and finish decorating. Once decorated keep in a cold place or the fridge and eat within 3 days, if it’s not all eaten at once. If you cannot find sweetened chestnut puree use unsweetened, add icing sugar plus a drop of vanilla to taste. Buche de Noel (chocolate chestnut log) serves 8-10 Preheat oven to 180 c (160 fan)

Christmas log with Mel of Melanie’s Kitchen Gas 4 Line a Swiss roll tin (32x23cm) with non –stick baking paper Ingredients 6 large eggs separated 150g caster sugar 50g sifted cocoa powder icing sugar to sprinkle 240g can of sweetened chestnut puree 275ml double cream 40g bar of decent milk or dark chocolate (e.g. Divine) Method Whisk eggs and caster sugar together until they go pale and start to thicken (whisk will leave a trail) Whisk in cocoa powder until it’s blended in (be careful it goes everywhere!). Now whisk the egg white in a clean bowl using clean beaters until they form soft peaks. Fold these carefully into the chocolate mixture trying not to knock out all the air. Pour the mix into the

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National Elf Service Day backs hospitals CHARITY Above & Beyond has launched its first National Elf Service Day to celebrate the NHS and raise vital funds for Bristol city centre hospitals this Christmas. On Friday December 8, Above & Beyond, which supports all nine Bristol city centre hospitals including Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) and Bristol Heart Institute, is inviting hospital staff, schools, companies and community groups across the region to donate £1 to dress as an elf for the day. Staff at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) helped launch the National Elf Service and are keen to spread festive cheer throughout the hospital wards this Christmas. Andrea Bennett, nurse at the outpatients department of BRHC, said: "Being a nurse at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children is the most amazing job in the world. Fundraising from

Staff at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children help Above & Beyond launch the National 'Elf Service Day Above & Beyond helps the BRHC be the wonderful, welcoming environment that it is and we want to do all we can to support the charity so it can continue to improve our hospitals. I can’t wait to see the look on the children’s faces on National Elf Service Day – we’re going to

make the department into our very own winter wonderland." Lydia McGivern, community fundraising officer at Above & Beyond, said: "The National Elf Service is an event that everyone can get involved with – from CEOs and schoolchildren, to hospital staff and bowls clubs.

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AN artist who wanted to get Fishponds painting has become so successful she has given up her mainstream teaching job. Gemma Lane trained as an art secondary school teacher and has been teaching the subject for more than 12 years. But a year ago Gemma set up Green Fox Art Workshops after approaching the Kingfisher Cafe to see if they would host her

teaching workshops. Owners Sarah Baird and Jane Rose welcomed her with open arms and have watched as the workshops have grown increasingly popular with residents from Fishponds, Staple Hill and Downend. Gemma, who lives in Fishponds, said: "The workshops have gone from strength to strength, each time seeing

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new faces as well as returning students. "It is a fun, relaxing and enjoyable evening where the regular students have grown to become friends and it has been wonderful to see their skill set develop and flourish resulting in some absolutely stunning outcomes. "During this last year students have developed sketching skills with pencil and chalk, produced lino prints, watercolour pieces, oil paintings, and we have just finished an acrylic cockerel. "The classes have proven more successful than I had ever imagined and as a result I have decided to leave mainstream teaching to focus on these courses full time." Each course is suitable for beginners as well as those with experience and all materials are provided. Visitors to Gemma's Facebook page and Instagram feed can view students' artwork and see

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One giant pumpkin makes more than 60 pints of soup for homeless people

WHAT happens when you grow an enormous pumpkin? Well, of course, you offer it to Downend Youth leader Diane Paddon. After admiring this whopper at Ignite Youth Club and at our Trunk or Treat family event, Julie Malschuk, a local Cub leader, carved up the pumpkin, and everyone who wanted to, took home a piece of pumpkin to make soup for homeless people in Bristol. There are two groups who go out with volunteers from St Augustine’s & Christ Church Downend every two weeks on the Bristol Soup Run. They take freshly made sandwiches, home made soup in flasks, tea, coffee, cakes, chocolate, fruit, wash kits, deodorants, new underwear, clean clothing, including boots and coats, sleeping bags and blankets and more. Thanks to this one pumpkin, we now have over 64 pints of homemade soup stored in the freezer ready for the next few outings. Homelessness is a huge issue. On an average Saturday night, the volunteers often see as many as 100 people. Some are living on the streets, some may have accommodation, or be staying at a hostel, but many have little food and little hope too and are so grateful for the food, clothing items and sleeping bags we take out. Downend resident Martyn Poole was a founder member of the Bristol Soup Run 30 years ago. For more information on donating items, please contact me at or contact the Christ Church Downend facebook page. Helen Buick

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n LITTLEST RESCUE Cookie and Buttons are the funniest little pair, they have so much character and are super cute! They are neutered and vaccinated and ready for their furever home. They've unfortunately been with us for quite a while now through no fault of their own.. Charlie and Kira, gorgeous rabbits! Coming up to 5 years old now. Really soft and gentle buns. These guys are with us for a second time as owners circumstances changed. They'd love a furever home just in time for Christmas! If you would like to join us for our CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING PARTY on the 8th of December please add us on Facebook or give us a call on 0117 9561981. We would love to see you there! If you would like to know anymore about the rabbits above or any other of our animals please email us thelittlestrescue@

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MANGOTSFIELD WI A HUGE thank you to Caroline for demonstrating how to make a floral Christmas arrangement. It was great to see everyone participating and having a go. Although there were a few dodgy looking arrangements, the majority were fantastic. December always brings us a good calendar of social events, carol concerts, lunches and parties. Thank you to Staple Hill WI for inviting Mangotsfield WI to your Christmas Party. You are always welcoming and it's always an entertaining and relaxed evening when we meet up with you. Mangotsfield WI will hold our Christmas Party with catering and entertainment this year on 11 December. This is one meeting that is ticket only; please can members make sure they have paid and advised us of you menu

choices. We will be entertained by Jeff Wilson who sings Elvis and will include some ballads and rock & roll (so that we can have a boogie!). Looking ahead to 2018, I have been reliably informed that the 2018 programme is another good one! Jam-packed with variety and a diverse programme of events. I can't wait to update the website with the details. 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 out our meetings by contacting: or looking at our website: www. you can also follow us on Twitter @ mangotsfieldwi or you can check out our Facebook page.

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BEECHMERE BELLES WI IT’S been a busy few months for the Beechmere Belles in Emersons Green. Some of our ladies were lucky enough to visit the BBC in Bristol. Taking part in the Archers radio programme and a news programme was the highlight of the visit. Another trip took us to the theatre for mesmerizing puppets of War Horse. In October we celebrated our third birthday and AGM with champagne, nibbles and of course a birthday cake. The new president was elected along with the committee. Why not come along and meet her at our next meeting? Our November meeting is our last of the year so it only seems right that we should end with a Christmas Craft; we will be Iris folding and a making a Gem Craft Wonky tree. We are also looking forward to Emersons Green Village Hall

Christmas Fayre on December 2, 10.30am, as we have a surprise tombola for both adults and children In January, we are lucky to have a member of the Fire Service visiting us. If you wish to join us in either November or January, we meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at Emersons Green Village Hall at 7.30pm.. Come and have a free trial at one of our meetings, to see if you enjoy it. Our email is beechmerebelles@ That just remains for us to wish all of you a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year Beechmere Belles

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n NEWS to members, including several who have newly joined from our waiting list. On arrival everyone was given a free “mystery” raffle ticket and then enjoyed some time to have a chat over a hot cuppa and a slice of home-made cake. Jane Eaton - our “excellent expedition” expert - was next and she revealed the proposed outing schedule for the next 12 months. This included a visit to Bristol Blue Glass, a beer tasting session in Warmley, a coach trip to see Bletchley Park and a group visit to look with pride upon Bristol’s own Concorde in her new home at Bristol Aerospace Museum, Filton. Our main event for the evening was a talk and demonstration by Bromley Heath’s own fabulous florist Vicky Veasey. Vicky demonstrated how to professionally wrap a small bunch of flowers, a hamper basket and how to make an elaborate presentation envelope for a standard gift voucher. She then crafted a beautiful Christmas floral display using just a wine glass (empty, I’m afraid), green oasis, basic garden foliage and Christmas tree baubles. Vicky also shared her extensive knowledge of how

to make the most of oasis – the green floral kind that is, not Liam and Noel. After much applause we rounded up the evening with our surprise raffle with two lucky winners taking home Vicky’s gorgeous creations that she generously donated to us. Thank you Vicky. We think it’s going to take a lot of practice before we reach your high standards! At 4pm on Sunday December 3, BHWI community choir will be giving a Christmas concert at Bromley Heath Junior School to raise funds for our chosen charity, The Jessie May Trust. Happily, this event is open to the public with full details available on our website – A huge “Thank you” to everyone in our choir for their time, effort and commitment throughout the year, which brings enjoyment and pleasure to so many, as well as raising money for charity.

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HELLO! At our October meeting, we held our AGM, followed by “Wine Tasting with a Difference”. We had six different types of wine and tried them with a variety of cheeses, chocolate, lemon, salt and sugar. Who would have believed that a Riesling goes well with 80% dark chocolate? Just in time for Christmas at our meeting on November 28 we have Gift Frippery demonstrating how to wrap and make presents look beautiful. This meeting is free to guests so please come along and learn a new skill, eat some cake and drink tea and find out what Downend WI is all about. We will meet again on January 30 at 7.30pm in Christchurch Hall and we would love to have some new members join us. Julie

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How you can help protect hedgehogs Mud pie explorers with Nickie Corr HEDGEHOGS are native nocturnal mammals that we Mud Pie Explorers occasionally get to meet. The photo shows the one we saw at a local school last month, at dusk. Children and adults alike are drawn to their cute little faces and their unusual prickly appearance. They are omnivores that hunt and forage for food. Hedgehogs eat minibeasts, the eggs of ground nesting birds and fallen fruit. They are often considered gardeners friends as they love to eat slugs! Hedgehogs are eaten by owls, snakes and badgers, the latter peels their skin off for obvious reasons. From late December to late March hedgehogs will hibernate, one of only three native species to do so. This means that they lower

their body temperature and slow their metabolism. They do this to survive the lack of food during the barren months of winter. They will either make a nest of leaves or make use of disused animal homes and may use several nests in a winter, changing sites during warmer spells. Hedgehog sightings have dwindled over the past few decades and they are now considered a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. Fortunately, there are ways we can all for them: • Leave a gap under garden fences so they can travel about to get food • Leave out dog/cat food NOT bread and milk as this causes upset tummies • Don’t pick up healthy looking hedgehogs • Do not use slug pellets • If you find a hibernating hedgehog do not disturb it • If you must use barbed wire, netting and string ensure it’s at least 30cm above the ground

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I see a bright future for patients

THIS month’s certainly been a busy one for us. Combining an ever growing clinic workload (always a delight) with looking after the admin side of running the practices (not always a delight) as well as attending an Eye Conference has kept us on our toes this month. This Eye Conference was a fascinating one for two reasons. The first of the predictions for the future of Optometry (our profession of eye care & vision) - were actually quite gloomy. If you ask me, someone needs to clean their glasses! I was reminded of a slogan, which adapted to our logo colour scheme would say “ the future’s bright, the future is blue”. Our principles of care, trust & integrity are at the heart of all we do. Our focus is on enhancing the lives of our patients with thorough and in-depth eye care and providing you the clearest vision. Adding the personal touch to this experience helps us build lasting relationships with our patients who we

genuinely care for. Why wouldn’t we? You trust us to look after your eyes & vision - and it’s our absolute pleasure to continue to do so. I see a bright future for our patients as we continue to develop the eye care & vision services you can benefit from. We are always evaluating new technologies and products to see which will provide true value to our patients lives. Not all that you may read about in certain newspapers is going to be available or helpful for you, but we are always happy to discuss them anyway! The most pleasing thing to gather from the conference was that one of the largest community service software providers has decided that rather than set the programs to suit the developers they will now focus on making the software suit the needs of you - our patients. What a hallelujah moment it was to hear this! I cannot tell you how exciting it is, or maybe this

just shows my quiet techie side? I have from time to time been noted to enjoy my toys (high tech instruments) quite a lot, and when they enhance the care we provide our patients then why not! It’s often a time of year when watery, sore or gritty eyes return - if this is you, well come on in and see us, the Bristol Dry & Watery Eye Clinic runs in our practices just for you! To discuss the eye care and vision services we offer or to book an extended eye exam, for yourself or your family, 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! I hope you all have a super Christmas & Happy New Year!


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I’M WRITING this month’s article in a beautiful old English hotel near the South Downs. We have driven through some wonderful scenic countryside today and visited Petworth House, a lovely National Trust property. This time of year the trees are so stunning, all golds and red which meant we had a really pleasant drive. Also when we arrived there was the most stunning sunset which was the icing on the cake, as they say. In Bloom has been relatively quiet this month but we have had two painting days with an army (well half a dozen to be exact!) of ladies, and a few visitors from Men in the Shed to keep us on the straight and narrow, all helping out with painting and decorating. I think Men in the Shed made over 70 wooden items for us to sell at Cleevewood shops so we do hope that we have had good weather for the day. Men in the Shed have also been assigned to make a prototype for

they are finished. The group recently did a spring clean (yes, I know it was autumn!) of the High Street area - it was really hard work for just a few of us volunteers so we have decided that in the real Springtime we are going to organise a proper BIG spring clean and ask the people of Downend and Bromley Heath to join us for the morning. Hopefully we will have lots of volunteers and we can have a real blitz of the area. After Christmas we will be publishing the date in the Voice and on our Facebook page so please watch this space and come along and join us. Remember, the Downend and Bromley Heath area has a reputation to uphold as gold medal winners of South West in Bloom last year! By the time you read my article it will nearly be Christmas so have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Looking forward to a successful and colourful 2018.


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Everlasting blooms AS you all know, November 11th is Remembrance Sunday. My mother was born on this day and said because of that she always wanted to be called Poppy. She would also tell me that on her birthday she wanted everyone to be happy but people were always sad as it was such a sad day. It is a very special day throughout the country and I hope that all of you had a chance to see the amazing banners that Knit and Knatter group made to go in the High Street to commemorate this day. The ladies meet in Downend Library on Monday mornings and they knitted numerous poppies which were then sewn into wreath shapes and embroidered with Lest We Forget. A beautiful and fitting tribute to all the servicemen who have been involved in fighting for their country. Next year is the centenary of the end of World War 1 and Men in the Shed, Knit and Knatter and D&BH in Bloom are in discussions as to how we can decorate the High Street to commemorate this occasion. I think it may lead to the knitting of more poppies and also the making of wooden poppies so we will see how plans develop. Jackie Baker


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n VETS' ADVICE IT’S hard to believe but we have nearly reached the end of another year and it falls to me to summarize all the rich variety of life in our veterinary practice. We've had a great response to our 'day in the life' articles on our Facebook page, though it is difficult to give a flavour of the many different roles our staff perform. We have welcomed through the door a steady stream of pets and wildlife; furred, feathered and with scales, but this year the prize for 'Most Unusual Pet' is awarded to Precious the reticulated python. We also had plenty of human visitors - our clients of course, but also a whole Brownie pack, young people on year 10 school work experience, student nurses on placement and vet students. Anyone who would like a placement for 2018 can find out how to apply on our website. As well as our own vets we regularly host visiting specialists this year specialists in orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology and cardiology (bones, ultrasound, eyes and hearts) have been brought in so our patients can get referral level expertise without having to travel. The whole team has had 11 ‘lunch and learn’ sessions to keep up to date on new products and services, but the vets and nurses have also amassed an impressive number of hours of continuing professional development in the first ten months of the year by attending external courses and events. Our trusty van has put in the miles visiting pets and owners in their own homes, bringing them to the surgery by 'Pet Taxi' or

Precious the python takes prize delivering food and medication. Our whole team has been out and about at the ‘Greyhound Gathering’ in Eastville Park, the South Gloucestershire show at Westerleigh showground and Bark in the Park in Staple Hill and we had the pleasure of meeting many of your lovely dogs and judging who had the waggiest tail, silkiest ears and best trick in the fun dog show. Most recently several of the staff displayed their artistic talents by joining in with Bristol Rocks, and releasing a number of painted animals into the local community. Our staff work really hard to make visiting the practice a pleasant experience for your pets, and we obtained "Cat Friendly Clinic" status again in 2017. We try to 'start'em young' by inviting puppies and their families to a puppy party, but any older pet who is reluctant to visit us can often have their opinion changed during 'social visits' with our nurses and their jars of treats. The nurses also spend a lot of time and effort tackling pet obesity, and this year our 'Biggest Loser' award goes to a cat called Fudge, who has successfully slimmed down from a whopping 7.5kg to 5.4kg, losing 28% of his bodyweight. Our last award is for 'Tiger-Maude' a cat who at 19years young is successfully being treated with chemotherapy for a spinal tumour, and has been visiting the practice every three weeks for the last 15 months for her chemo and acupuncture. We hope that some of you

might think our staff or the practice as a whole are worthy of an award too, last year we were thrilled to receive several nominations for the Petplan awards and nominations for 2018 are open now, cast your vote at

vetawards. The last thing to mention is our Christmas appeal – two of our staff are attending an event in Bristol on December 9th to give support to the homeless and their pets, and we are hoping to fill our van with dogfood and goodies to take. If you an help, please drop any donations in to the practice before this date. We hope you have enjoyed the column over the last year – we’d like to wish you a happy Christmas and Happy New Year from all at AVC.



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Sparkling success DOWNEND Round Table once again hosted a successful fireworks display, all in aid of fundraising for charities and good causes for the local community. It was a busy year once again, and we are pleased to announce that the total funds raised was an amazing £40,425! We would like to thank the community, sponsors and all the volunteers, as it would not be as big as it is now without your support and attendance. We have already donated some of this to our two nominated charities, with £5,415 to BRACE, who are local to Bristol and raise funds and support dementia research, as well £5,415 to Marie Curie, who provide care and support for people with a terminal illness and their families. We also cannot forget various local groups such as 54th and 78th Kingswood Scouts, 55th Fishponds Guides, 176th Brownies, Christchurch Youth and Keynsham 41 club, just to name a few, and each have also received a donation for their support. As well as this, remaining funds are donated throughout the year for a variety of charities/good causes, so be sure to keep up to date with our social media pages to learn more! If you have a proposal for us to consider, contact us at

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So, with the fireworks now over for another year, we now turn towards Christmas. Once again, we will be inviting Santa Claus himself, as well as his hardworking elves, to come and visit the good children of Downend and surrounding areas with the sleigh. Visit our website, as well as the Downend Round Table Santa Sleigh Facebook page for routes near you. We meet every other Thursday evening for fun social activities, such as basketball, zorb football, comedy night, tag archery and other great stuff. Find out more about Downend Round Table by visiting www.downendrt., or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We are always looking for new members so, if you like what you see and are interested in joining, then please either email us: hello@, phone us: 0121 456 4567 or text: Join and your post code to 60066.

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n DOWNEND FOLK CLUB REVIEW Grace Petrie (with support from Gavin Osborn and The Comment Section) Friday November 17, Frenchay Village Hall

Grace Petrie in Downend Photo: Chris Dobson

“THERE'S a well-known folk festival that won’t book me,” Grace Petrie tells the audience. “They don’t reckon I’m ‘folky’ enough”. It’s probably fair to say that Grace Petrie is not what the Downend Folk Club regulars are used to. There’s no soaring fiddle threatening to lift the roof off. There’s no squeezebox, no mandolin, no banjo. There’s not a sailor or a highwayman in sight. Even the harmonica that Grace occasionally employs stays in its box tonight. There’s a guitar, but it’s rarely been played quite like this on the third Friday of the month in South Gloucestershire. But that is not to say that she doesn’t belong in a folk club. Nothing could be further from the truth, actually. Make no mistake, Grace Petrie is a songwriter for our times. “I don’t know a lot about politics,” she tells the sell-out crowd, which includes more than a smattering of Grace’s highlycommitted fan-base, “I just have a lot of opinions about a lot of things!” But her astute observations soon prove that her comment is at the very least self-deprecating. This is an artist who knows her politics. She’s been on The Now Show for goodness sake. Her songs are peppered with sharp, often satirical comments on subjects including fair pay (You Pay Peanuts, You Get Monkeys), equal rights (I Do Not Have The Power To Cause A Flood) and building a better future together (They Shall Not Pass). Grace describes herself as a protest singer. More specifically, she describes herself as a left-wing, lesbian protest singer and activist (“it’s a full-time job”, she tells us). For many, the words protest singer conjure up images of a

punky, guitar-thrashing individual, shouting the words on the front line of rallies. There’s a hint of that in Grace’s performance... there are more swear words than the gathered faithful are used to and she certainly has an energetic guitar style. But there’s more, much more, to Grace Petrie; her warm and engaging stage presence draws you into her world, and her songwriting is clever and sophisticated, and covers much more than politics. There are songs about unrequited teenage crushes (How Long Has It Been?), the birth of infant nieces (Ivy) and a myriad of songs about love. She’s funny, too, is Grace; one of those artists that can having you crying with laughter one minute and crying at the state of the nation the next. That sounds pretty much at home in a folk club. The sadly-missed Vin Garbutt made a whole career of it. And still got booked by all the major folk festivals, year after year. Opening the evening was another artist of a similar ilk. Gavin Osborn is based in Bath, and is another observational, humorous songwriter. Joined by John Hare (dubbed ‘The Comment Section’ by Gavin) on piano and cornet, he treats the audience to a lovely set that warms them up nicely. He claims not to be a proper musician. He’s either far-too-humble or wrong. The audience wanted more. Watch this space. But it’s to Grace Petrie that the evening rightly belongs. Different? Certainly. Folk? Absolutely. Have another look, you festivals and venues that think she’s not ‘folky’ enough. This is what it’s all about. And it always, always has been.


n DOWNEND FOLK CLUB PREVIEW Jim Moray presents Upcetera (with support from Daria Kulesh) Friday December 15, Resound Bristol

DOWNEND Folk Club’s patron Jim Moray makes a return this month as the club puts on its most exciting and ambitious concert to date. Multi-award winning folk musician Jim Moray presents a live performance of his acclaimed album Upcetera. Accompanied by a five-piece ensemble including strings and woodwind, he reimagines traditional ballads as dramatically orchestrated torch songs or a sort of English Fado. For 15 years Jim has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs

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Resound Bristol (in Mangotsfield) while Christ Church Downend is closed for refurbishment. Downend Folk Club chairman Ant Miles told Downend Voice: “Jim first played at the club in the first year, after he agreed to be the patron, but we wanted do something really special for his return. Upcetera has been a huge success this year, with awards and nominations, amazing reviews and appearances at some great venues and festivals, and we couldn’t let this chapter close without giving our audience the opportunity to see it! So we’ve found a way to make it happen, and we’re really, really excited about it!” Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Daria Kulesh. With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and named runner-up in Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist by FolkWords, among other accolades. Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has already won awards in the UK and in Russia. It has enjoyed national radio play and incredible reviews calling it a “triumph”, a “masterpiece” and “a definite contender for the best album of 2017”. Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as "one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years”. Tickets for the event, which takes place at Resound Mangotsfield on Friday 15th March 2017, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from and are priced at £15 each (£13 for members). The club anticipates massive demand from across the region, so do book quickly! There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally- brewed real ale from Hambrook-based brewery GWB, and also locally-made Naughty Brownies. There will also be a raffle. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of the club’s drive to be more ecologicaly aware. For information, visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email

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Opening in late 2018, Stoke Gifford Retirement Village will give people over 55 an opportunity to enjoy an active lifestyle, in a home of their own, as part of a vibrant, supportive neighbourhood community. Located to the east of Coldharbour Lane in Stoke Gifford, near to the University of the West of England campus, the village will have 261 comfortable new homes all boasting the latest safety and security features. Here the focus will be on staying as active and independent as possible in the company of like-minded friends and neighbours thanks to a host of outstanding social and leisure facilities and activities. The ExtraCare Charitable Trust aims to ensure that opportunities to live at the village are affordable to all, and are offering these superb, state-of-theart retirement apartments for purchase, shared ownership or rent.

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StokeGiffordVillage Charges will apply. Details of any costs associated with your home, care and village services will be provided as part of your application. The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, registered charity number 327816, is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales as company number 2205136. Its registered office is at 7 Harry Weston Road, Binley Business Park, Binley, Coventry, CV3 2SN. Copyright Š 2017 - The ExtraCare Charitable Trust


December, 2017

n NEWS A GYM in Staple Hill is leading the way in challenging stereotypes surrounding exercise and women's bodies. Impact Gym is part of Bristol Girls Can, which aims to break down barriers around exercise and inspire more women to get active. The gym, in Hayward Road, has been running a free ecourse with funding from Bristol City Council and is attracting more than 80 women to each session. Soeli O'Hagan, 34, who is running the one-hour classes, said: "The women are every single age, shape and size you can think of. There's a seven-year-old who is tiny, a 40-year-old who is a size 22 and everything else in between. "The fact that the sessions are girls-only has been a massive deal breaker for them. One of the ladies comes to the gym for nutrition advice but has never done one of my classes before because she was too selfconscious. The fact that she is doing my classes now is a huge deal and I'm proud of her."

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December, 2017


A saviour is born “IT'S Christmas” is the now familiar cry from Noddy Holder that rings out across the media and the shops, announcing that we have entered into the Christmas season. Another song that is popular at this time is Roy Wood singing “I wish it could be Christmas every day”. What a thought! If that became a reality, think of the cost and time of continually buying presents, the amount of food consumed, the daily pressure of who we spend Christmas with. Celebrating Christmas just once a year makes our festivities special, a magical time for the children and family arrangements less pressurised. For the Christian there is a sense that Christmas does come everyday, that everyday we celebrate the birth of our saviour Jesus Christ. For many, Christmas has a variety of meanings. For some it’s all about partying, others getting together with family, for some a time off from work and for the children its all about the presents,


not forgetting the food. Christmas can highlight loneliness, the loss of a loved one and for some the challenge to financially provide for their family. So when I said that for the Christian, Christmas is celebrated everyday, its because the true meaning of Christmas is found in the birth of a baby called Jesus Christ who was no ordinary baby, but God himself. Without Jesus’ birth their would be no Christmas, and there would be no Christians. The purpose of Christ’s birth was announced by the angels to shepherds that “to you is born in the city of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord”. So who was Jesus coming to save? To understand the purpose of Christ’s saving work we have to go back 2,000 years to the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve first sinned and since that time all of mankind has sinned against God. Because of our sin we have become separated from God and are under His judgement, but God had made a precious promise, a

promise reiterated time after time over those 2,000 years, that He would provide a saviour, someone who would come and save people from their sin and restore their relationship to God. At the time of Christ’s birth the Jews, who knew about this promise, were under the tyranny of Rome and they were looking for someone who would save them from the Roman Empire. Jesus saving work is something far greater! More far reaching, reaching into eternity itself. Jesus came to fulfil that promise of God, to provide someone who would save people from their sins. His birth was the start of a life of sinless perfection culminating in his death on a cruel cross . Three days later He rose triumphant from the grave, thereby proving His claims of being the Son of God. So Christmas brings hope to all who receive Jesus as their Saviour. This is why the Christian can celebrate Christmas every day.


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Hospice launches £1.5m appeal fund PEOPLE in Downend are being urged to support a fund to help St Peter's Hospice provide 21st century care. The charity has launched its Room to Care appeal, which aims to rebuild its Inpatient Unit. The redevelopment of the hospice at Brentry is going to cost £6.53m and the hospice is asking residents to help raise the shortfall £1.53m over the next 12 months. The main change will be replacing the bedrooms, half of which are shared, with 15 individual ensuite rooms, providing patients and their families with the privacy and dignity they deserve during their final days. Over the next 20 years the redeveloped IPU is expected to support 6,250 patients and around 18,500 relatives and friends. The 15 larger bedrooms will all have ensuite bathrooms, a sofa-bed, and access to their own garden terrace. This will address the need for a more homely environment, offering enhanced patient privacy and dignity, where visitors can stay overnight and where patients can welcome more visitors at any one time. “Palliative care has evolved significantly since St Peter’s Hospice first opened,” said hospice CEO Simon Caraffi. “We are now presented with different challenges in serving more acute clinical needs. The new Inpatient Unit needs to respond to these challenges to make the stay more comfortable for patients, families and friends.” All care is provided free of charge, costing the hospice around £20,000 a day. The complete redesign and rebuild of the IPU will include a significant ground floor extension, plus expansion of the first floor, at a total cost of £6.53m. The generosity of St Peter’s Hospice supporters, alongside careful planning, has already secured £4 million, with a further £1 million

pledged from individuals, companies and institutions in and around Bristol. This leaves the hospice urgently needing to raise £1.53 million to complete the new Inpatient Unit. Actress Caroline Quentin, who is to be the appeal patron, launched Room to Care at an event where she was joined by nurses, patients, relatives and Mr Caraffi. “Each time I visit St Peter’s Hospice I am struck by the passion and commitment of the staff and volunteers,” said Caroline. “I am also truly inspired by the patients and families they care for. “The Room to Care Appeal will ensure St Peter’s Hospice will be able to provide local people with the very best palliative care, to the highest professional standards, within an environment of comfort and dignity for the next 20 years.” The hospice relies on its loyal, local support from companies, groups, and many people who give small amounts which collectively help towards the £20,000 a day running costs. The additional funding requirements for the redevelopment mean that the hospice will be launching new fundraising initiatives and will need the support of the people of Bristol. To make a donation to the Room to Care Appeal and help build a 21st Century Hospice for Bristol, visit roomtocare., call: 01275 391400 go to one of the St Peter’s Hospice charity shops, including those in Downend and Staple Hill, or fill in the form on this page and send a cheque to the charity.

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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. Malvertising – a very real new threat to the internet As the very word “security” seems to echo around the planet as an issue, the internet has seen a huge growth in a new threat to users – Malvertising - one which I think everyone should acquaint themselves with. I am slightly hesitant since a) the internet can be a fun and useful place from which we shouldn't shy away, and b) malvertising is less easy to protect against than “old school” viruses. But, forewarned is forearmed so... What is malvertising? Malvertising, or malicious advertising, is the use of online advertising on websites to distribute malware/viruses with little to no user interaction required. A tiny piece of code

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updated, use the latest browsers, and remove any software that you don’t use or need. 2. Try to stick to safe, reputable sites Not always possible, but it will decrease your odds of unwanted gifts 3. Download an ad blocker Ad blockers can filter out a lot of the malvertising noise. 4. Consider using an effective antiexploit program Unless you’d like to become an Internet recluse, it looks like, for now, there’s not much you can do to avoid malvertising altogether. But with the right protections in place, you can still beat bad ads. Russell Isaac can be contacted on 0774 775 3764.

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Bath at Twilight I THOUGHT it would be just as nice this month to feature one member and his work. We have never featured this photographer before, and that needs to be put to rights as Brian Kinsman has some very good images, many of which feature our local area or everyday subjects with which we are all familiar. December is a quieter month as the club breaks for Christmas and we also start preparing for the next competition which is ‘Patterns in Nature’. January 10 sees a presentation by Andrew Marker FRPS including Winter in Yellow Stone Park, followed three weeks later by an evening viewing digital projected images and audio-visuals by



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Wishing everyone a cosy & festive Christmas from all at Ocean Downend… Christmas isn’t Christmas without somewhere warm and cosy to call home – Ocean supports the Julian Trust Night Shelter, giving a warm welcome, a hot meal, and a little Christmas cheer to Bristol’s homeless and rough sleepers.


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With Downend Folk House Gardening Club CHRISTMAS music is playing in the background as I write this month's column. It’s hard to think Christmas is only a month away and I still have summer flowers putting on a little show of colour in the winter garden. I racked my brain as to what to write for December so on a Christmas theme I decided to tell you about my love for pine trees. It all started when I was a child. My father's home was in Bordon, Hampshire and his parents’ bungalow was on the edge of a common surrounded by pine trees. As a family we would go there from Bristol at least once or twice a year. My father's brother and his wife lived there too. I eagerly looked forward to each visit as they had a lovely golden retriever called Kim and I really enjoyed taking him for walks through the pine woods. I can still remember those walks ... Somehow I was always drawn to places where there were pine trees and snowy scenes – although I have never been on a holiday where the mountains

far as a Volkswagen Beetle would go! And there, to my delight, I saw Blue Gentians growing. I was only a teenager then and my knowledge of Alpines was of course very limited. There may have been other Alpines there too but it was summer time. I have always wanted to go to Canada – well maybe I will get there one day! On a note close to home the last years that I have spent here I have had a white artificial Christmas tree but this year I’m going to buy a real one growing in a pot! As I have six various kinds in pots outside, this traditional one will feel quite at home after the festivities are over.

have been snow clad. Yes, I have been to Scotland a few times and Snowdonia but the nearest to mountain scenery abroad was my month in Austria visiting my penfriend, Edith. Her parents took me right into the mountains as

Club News December 14 Christmas Meeting - AGM, quiz, American Supper and Secret Santa. Looking forward to seeing you all. Happy Christmas to all my readers. Christine Broadway

Christmas concert invitation YOUNG musicians from King's Oak Academy will be holding their annual Christmas concert at the Colston Hall on December 7 and former students are being invited to join them. Organiser Tim Warren said: "The Colston Hall is closing for two years in May for modernisation and this might well be the last concert which we hold at this prestigious venue." "To make this final event even more special we would like to invite parents/carers and past students of KOA and Kingsfield School, its previous name before becoming an academy, to join with us." Information about rehearsals will be put onto the King's Oak Academy Facebook page or people can contact Mr Warren directly by emailing warrent@

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M.Coleman are offering a fantastic incentive for vendors looking to put their property on the market during the months of March and April 2016. For all properties instructed during this period proceeding to a successful completion M.Coleman Estate Agents will meet your Energy Performance Certificate and Solicitors Selling costs. * Including VAT excluding disbursements. We provide a quality service to all our clients based on traditional values of honesty, integrity and courtesy. Our team benefits experience extending beyond 100 years and this expertise is passed to you to ensure we achieve the best possible price for the sale of your home. We listen to our client’s needs and believe communication is paramount in providing the best level of service throughout the selling process. * Terms & Conditions Apply – Please ask for details


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This spacious three bedroom detached bungalow offers a wide array of possibilities for those looking to either downsize to accommodation on one level or for larger families looking for a property to extend with space both at the sides and into the loft to create their perfect family home (subject to planning and building regulations). Currently over one level the property offers entrance hall, charming sitting room, fully fitted kitchen/dining room, three double bedrooms, family bathroom and utility room. Externally there is an additional storage room. Extensive gardens surround the property with a selection of various seating areas, allotment and areas laid to level lawn. Furthermore there is a single garage and off



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n HUNTERS ESTATE AGENTS PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Mangotsfield £350,000 Hunters Estate Agents are delighted to offer for sale this unique detached house which was constructed approximately 25 years ago and is offered with no onward chain. This property is conveniently located for access onto the Avon ring road, for major commuting routes and for the Bristol cycle path, as well as being ideally positioned for the amenities of Mangotsfield , Downend and Staple Hill, Theses amenities include a wide variety of shops, supermarkets, bus routes, schools, restaurants, doctor surgeries and dentists. The accommodation is considered spacious throughout and in brief comprises to the ground floor; an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area, conservatory, bathroom and bedroom. To the first floor there are two bedrooms and a bathroom. Additional benefits include; off street parking to the front of the property, a low maintenance




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n OCEAN ESTATE AGENTS PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Speedwell - £230,000 2 bed bungalow 9 The Reubins, BS5 7RX Really good sized two double bedroom bungalow on a very quiet cul-de-sac of around 15 similar properties. Owned since new by the current vendor she has quite simply grown out of this property and is looking for a house locally. This property is located close to lots of amenities including shops schools and open green spaces. Level access means that it would be ideal for somebody wanting wheelchair access. Inside the main entrance hall is spacious and from here you have access to both bedrooms, the bathroom and the lounge/diner that leads onto the kitchen. The conservatory has been added since the vendor bought the property and is currently used as the dining area leaving the main reception room as just a lounge. Having been recently decorated and new carpets fitted, this property is very much up together and ready to move straight in. Outside the property to the front is an off street parking

space and front garden. To the rear of the property is a small courtyard garden with good sized shed. For those of you looking for a larger garden this is definitely not the property for you. Although there

is scope to increase the size of the back garden, as it is right now it is small and manageable, perfect for those who want to be able to enjoy an outside space yet be able to easily maintain it.

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Christmas markets WELL it’s almost here again, there’s no escaping it, but love it or hate it at least Christmas puts a splash of colour into the drab winter scene. The short days and often poor light makes it a less productive time for enthusiast photographers, and with the milder weather we seem to get these days we have less in the way of frost and snow for those dramatic winter landscape shots. There are though always opportunities for dedicated picture takers, and nowadays this includes the bustle and colour of Christmas markets. These are increasingly a fixture of the festive season, they are growing in size for good reason, and they fit in well with the present-day spirit of Christmas - retailers selling stuff at impressive prices that at other

Carousel Memories by Ed Shorney times no one would even consider buying. The three images shown here are not technically of a standard for competition entry, but they do show some colour and fun. ‘Christmas Market’ shows a jumble of glass ornaments and a modern interpretation of a decorated tree - at least there will be no pine needles in the carpet. ‘Bath Market Stall’ has a range of festive merchandise that is bound to sell

well, although perhaps not - the stall holder does seem a bit wistful. ‘Carousel Memories’ shows an elderly couple enjoying a slightly incongruous ride. Who knows what it means to them? If you want to join a friendly photographic group, come along one Tuesday to a meeting of Downend Camera Club at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend at 7.30pm. We meet almost every week and new

Christmas Market By Alex Dufty

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members are very welcome. The Club has a Facebook page and its website at www. has details of the club, shows competition winners, and gives details of upcoming events on the programme. The December programme includes: Print and digital Image of the Year Brian Swinyard ARPS: ‘My Favourite Techniques’

Bath Market Stall by Alex Dufty

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Introducing us at PROPS Hello everyone, THIS is the first of a regular monthly column about PROPS (Providing Opportunities and Support). We are a small, local, independent charity based at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds. We support adults with learning difficulties from Bristol and South Gloucestershire to engage in workbased activities. We operate a social enterprise printing workshop, where our students are involved at each step of the way, from designing, printing and heat-pressing, right through to going on deliveries, generating and sending invoices. We can print on clothing, banners, stickers, signs and much more. Please contact us to find out more. We have a PROPS stall where we sell our handmade products, such as cards, chutneys, soaps, candles and home-grown plants. As well as creating the products, our students enjoy packaging and pricing them up, and then interacting with customers and handling the money. We are always looking for new outlets to sell our products and events to hold our stall at. Please do get in touch if you know of an event you think we might be interested in. We will be

selling lots Christmas gift items at our festive coffee morning on Friday 15th December, between 10 and 12. Why not come down to the Vassall Centre to visit us, pick up some handmade items, and join in with some carols performed by the Bristol Umbrella Singers. We have a lot of gardening projects at the moment, with a market garden in Hawsbury Upton, Adeline’s Farm in Tetbury, an accessible allotment at Thingwall Park allotment, as well as our own polytunnel and garden at the Vassall Centre. Our produce is sold or made into items such as chutneys and jams, and the funds raised can then be used to buy more seeds and compost. We look forward to sharing our news with you each month. In the meantime, you can follow us on facebook to see what we’re up to. To find out more about PROPS, or to get in touch, visit www., email info@ or call 0117 965 35 14.

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n TAKE A BREAK PUZZLES FOR EVERYONE Adult puzzles Children’s puzzles WORDSEARCH This month: Rivers from around the World


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New-look squad aims to change Mangos' fortunes MANGOTSFIELD United are continuing to rebuild after their dire start to the season and say there are signs of improvement. Since the beginning of October, the team have won once, drawn three times and lost four matches. Manager Wayne Thorne has a more settled squad after a lot of comings and goings. The current squad is: George Dorrington (GK), Jake Gardner, Josh Nelmes (Capt), Martin Stowell, Tom Warren, Ed Weeks, Jordan Williams, Andrew Carydice, Laurent Davis-Wilson, Jake Elliott, Robert Hicks, Charlie Maddison, Jay Malpas, Nick Peare, Jake Sinclair, Cameron Allen, George Lloyd, Kane Simpson and Jason Vincent. Thorne’s management team includes David Seal, Lee Collier and Ollie Price. Club spokesman Martin Preedy said: “The squad re-build effectively means we are about eight weeks behind most of the teams in our league and there are definite signs of improvement. We are still one off the bottom league wise, but the points gap between

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teams above us has shrunk in the past few weeks. “With the festive period approaching, we have seven scheduled games in December. Entrance to the matches is £8 and £5 concessions with all U16’s having free entry. No other club in the league has a lower admission price, so why not pop down and see what’s happening?”  The forthcoming home games are: Dec 5 (Tuesday) – Cinderford Town (This one’s now on the third re-arrangement, so fingers crossed!)   Dec 9 – Didcot Town   16 Dec 16 – Taunton Town   Dec 26 – Yate Town – the eagerly awaited Boxing Day local derby   Jan 6 – Bristol Manor Farm – another derby day fixture

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Martin picks up two awards

A DOWNEND man credited with turning around the lives of thousands of young people has picked up two awards for his work. Martin Bisp, 47, set up the boxing charity Empire Fighting Chance with Jamie Sanigar in 2013 after witnessing a drug deal outside the Empire Boxing Club in St Paul's. Since then the pair have made it their mission to identify youngsters on the verge of serious trouble, take them under their wing and offer stability and structure through coaching, education and personal support. Martin collected the first award for his work with Sported, a national charity which uses sport as a tool for social change. He won the South West Mentor of the Year award in Sported's annual Vanessa Brown Awards, which were held at The House of Sport near London Bridge. The evening was hosted by

Comedian Mark Watson hands Martin the Charity of the Year gong at the recent Bristol Life Awards

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the Sported founder Sir Keith Mills GBE and was attended by some of their trustees including Alan Pascoe, a former Olympic silver medallist. Martin has been mentoring

Mark Watson in a marquee at Lloyds Amphitheatre. "It was a far more formal event with over 600 people in attendance and nearly a 100 on the waiting list," Martin said. "There were in excess of 430 nominations for various categories and we were finalists alongside some really established, brilliant and wellloved charities such as Above & Beyond, Penny Brohn and Children’s Hospice South West. The judges gave the award to us as they said we were 'a very exciting new charity making a difference to those lives most in need'. "We were genuinely surprised to be a finalist especially in the company of some absolutely brilliant and important local charities.We were extremely honoured that something we created, almost by accident, could be recognised in this way."

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Relief as Kingswood Boxing Club is back in business!

ONE of Bristol's oldest boxing clubs has finally found a new home after eight years of uncertainty. Kingswood Boxing Club was set up in the 1970s by local legend Ray Jones and enjoyed success in the following two decades. Hundreds of youngsters passed through its doors in the old YMCA building in The Park, most notably a young lad by the name of Ross Hale who went on to win the British and Commonwealth light-welter weight titles. When the building was sold for flats in 1986 the club moved to the Kingswood Foundation the room we were using into a and continued its successful run. coffee shop," said Craig. But when it was forced to "From that point we were just move once again in 2009, this being kicked out of everywhere; time to make way for a cafe, the nothing worked out. club experienced eight years of "My father-in-law has a few being moved from pillar to post units in Fishponds and one of and, as a consequence, dwindling them was in a right mess. He numbers. said we were more than welcome Now two men, buoyed by to use it but we'd have to clear it their love of boxing as youths, out and repair it. have resurrected the club after "We started doing it up back finding a permanent home in in the summer and spent a lot of Fishponds. time and effort getting the unit Coaches Craig Amos, 34, of back up to scratch and turning Fishponds, and Shaun Luther, it into a boxing gym. Had it 50, of Longwell Green, both not been for my father-in-law, boxed for Kingswood Boxing we'd probably still not have had Club as youngsters and are anywhere to train. Now we've determined to see the club enjoy got a place we can call home. the same success it received in its It's such a relief to know we now glory years. have a fully-functioning boxing The men have been gym we can use when we want renovating an empty unit at and can do what we like to it. It's Avon Business Park in Lodge brilliant." Causeway since the summer and The pair have been running it's now fully equipped, offering training session for the past training sessions every Monday few months and interest is and Wednesday from 6pm. growing as the word spreads that Craig said the club has had Kingswood Boxing Club is back a turbulent time in recent years in business. but thanks to the generosity of One of the highlights for his father-in-law Pete Griffiths Craig, Shaun and the youngsters who offered him the unit, was areplay the visits from Ray Jones, of Enjoy unlimited now hoping to put that behind Kingswood, who started the club them. on our Badmintonin Course 1975 when he came to the end "We were in the Kingswood of his professional boxing career. forbut£30 per month Foundation for years were At the age of 76, Ray is still moved out because they made


an important part of the club and pops in to say hello and to make sure Craig and Shaun are delivering to his exacting standards. "He comes in and shouts from the ringside to let us know what we're doing wrong," Craig jokes."Ray's boxing knowledge is unbelievable; he absolutely loves the sport." Craig, who works as a floor layer at his father-in-law's Fishponds-based business, D & G Flooring, became involved with the club at the age of 17, getting through to the finals of the Novice Championships held at Crystal Palace. "When I was boxing, we used to travel all over the country to box and everyone knew about Kingswood Boxing Club. Because we've been out of the loop for so long we're far less known now but we plan to change that now we've got a permanent home." Craig and Shaun hope to engage as many boys and girls from age 13 as space allows. Training sessions, which Craig says are pretty tough, feature warm up exercises like skipping, squat thrusts, stretches and sprints before moving on to shadow boxing, bag work and one-on-one pad work. There's also carefully monitored sparring sessions in the ring for those who are ready. "Boxing is such a tough sport and you have to be disciplined but you can have such a great



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£5,000 grant boost for cricket club CARSONS & Mangotsfield Cricket Club have been awarded a grant of £5000 from Emersons Green Town Council for new ground machinery. The Pomphrey Hill based side took over the preparing of the cricket square in 2016 after five years of South Gloucestershire Council preparing the wicket. During the season the club spent more than £5000 of club funds on a new roller but they found themselves woefully short of the equipment needed to prepare a safe and good wicket. Vice chairman Andy King submitted the application and said: “After a long discussion with the ground staff, they came up with a list of items that were needed to ensure that the autumn repair work could be completed, along with equipment that was needed in the spring and during the season.”

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When the chiro becomes the patient Blog 46: Golf and gallstones WHAT a painful month I am having … firstly I got caught doing 36mph in a 30. I don’t even remember it but according to the letter I was on my way to a Bristol Rovers game. We shouldn’t speed so I must accept my fine and go to a speeding workshop which will be conveniently near where I live now in Keynsham. I am ashamed to admit that this isn’t my first workshop for driving too fast. I have learnt from my first though and will just sit and listen. There are many good points to learn at a speeding workshop (maybe they should make you do one before you get your licence) but my favourite was how the nice instructor man was pointing out that all of the ‘reasons to speed’ that we had written down were actually excuses and the ‘reasons not to speed’ were genuine reasons…I agreed with him until I read that some deep and maybe disturbed thinker put down ‘escape’ as a reason to speed. With that to look forward to I was happily getting on with my rewarding work at Cleve Chiropractic when I awoke one morning and my upper middle stomach started to grumble. Being a responsible and medically trained chiropractor, I promptly ignored the pain and carried on into work. Treating the first patient, however, caused me so much pain that I nearly fell over - that’s not a

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