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Unbeaten! Mango lads celebrate This team from Mangotsfield School are champions in their year group - for the fourth year running - and have made the final of the Woodcock Shield. Page 3

Voters prepare for snap election As electors in the Kingswood and Filton & Bradley Stoke constitutencies prepare for the general election on June 9, we profile the candidates. Pages 20 & 21

Restaurants aid children's hospital No wonder Phyllis Green is smiling: she's finally received her Civil Defence Medal - more than 70 years after it was due. Full story: Pages 6 & 7

Diners at Botteginos in Emersons Green have helped raise £20,000 in four years for Bristol Children's Hospital while those at Porto Lounge also back the cause. Pages 34 & 35


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All conquering! The marvels of Mangotsfield MEET one of the most successful football teams in the history of Mangotsfield School. These lads have been together since they started at the school in Year 7 four years ago and have won all the local competitions for their year group every time. Last month, they became the champions of Bristol for the fourth year running, beating Bedminster Down 9 - 2 in the Year 10 final. The goals came from Max Williams (4), Ryley Towler (2), Bailey Sloper, Oli Hulbert and Joe Beardwell (1). Also for the fourth time in a year, the boys became champions of Gloucestershire in a contest involving more than 80 schools. They beat Archway School 8 - 0. Joe Beardwell and Max Williams

each scored three with the other goals coming from Bailey Sloper and Ryley Towler. After the Voice went to print, the team were due to play at Ashton Gate in the final of the Woodcock Shield, after again beating Bedminster Down 2-0 in a tight semi-final. Head of PE Tristan Hawkins said everyone at the school was incredibly proud of the team. "We realised early on that they were a special group - and they just keep getting better and better. They are unbeaten in all of Bristol and Gloucestershire and they are role models for younger students," he said. Two of the boys are already on the books of Bristol Rovers and one's at Bristol City.



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n NEWS HUNDREDS of South Gloucestershire parents, including many from the Downend area, have been taking action in protest against cuts to education funding. The Fair Funding For All Schools campaign began in the spring as it became clear that a proposed new national funding formula, designed to reduce inequality in the way education budgets were allocated, was not going to benefit 98 per cent of schools, including those most in need. As reported in last month’s Voice, more than 300 people attended the first South Glos meeting in Hambrook on April 6, the day after campaigners had urged councillors to back their concerns. Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election brought the matter into sharper focus, with supporters being encouraged to question candidates about their views on school funding and a number of hustings meetings being organised. South Gloucestershire

Parents rise up to battle school funding cuts receives some of the lowest per-pupil funding in the country so head teachers, school staff, parents and students are angry that they will face more realterms cuts in the coming years. Some schools are warning parents that the pressure on their budgets - including increased pension and National Insurance contributions and rising bills will mean some tough decisions. Staple Hill Primary governors have written to families saying the school faces a £100,000 cut in the 2018-19 financial year - equivalent to a monthly contribution of £33 per child. “The school needs to take drastic action,” they say. “We will be looking at options such as: * reducing staffing levels * changes to school hours * increasing class sizes * reducing provision such as

breakfast clubs, after-school clubs and school trips." Eric Mutch, a parent governor at the school, told Downend Voice: "These cuts will affect every parent, regardless of their political persuasion." About 100 parents and teachers attended an Education Question Time at Abbeywood School chaired by Dr Lisa Harrison of UWE Bristol. The four candidates contesting the Filton & Bradley Stoke seat agreed that schools had received more money but increases in student numbers and other costs meant head teachers faced a real-terms funding gap. Jack Lopresti, who was MP for the area from 2010-17, was consistently booed when he argued that the Conservatives had put put more funding into schools, with audience members

saying it did not reflect the actual needs. Concerns were expressed about the threat to the jobs of teachers and teaching assistants and the impact on children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. South Glos and Bristol parents, teachers and many children joined a Fair Funding for Schools march in Bristol on May 20, with an estimated turnout of 5,000. Councillors of all parties on South Gloucestershire Council, at its annual meeting on May 17, welcomed the actions of the Fair Funding for all Schools campaigners. They unanimously passed a motion praising and endorsing the group's aims and vowing to write to the Government immediately after the election on June 8 calling for increased funding for all schools.

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Phyllis on fire duty in London with Red Watch during the Second World War

DESPITE serving as a civilian telephone operator and firewatcher during the Second World War, Phyllis Green thought she would never be awarded the Civil Defence Medal she so richly deserved. Her service records were lost when the fire station she served at was bombed and this meant Phyllis was unable to claim her medal following the war. But thanks to some painstaking detective work by her family, Phyllis was finally presented with her medal during celebrations to mark her 95th birthday. It came as a complete surprise to Phyllis, with her family saying she was "overwhelmed" with emotion. Phyllis, who lives in Woodlands Court, Downend, was born and bred in South London and had qualified for the award by serving as a civilian telephone operator and fire-watcher with



the Auxiliary Fire Service in Battersea from 1941 to 1944, including during the London Blitz. Her son Chris Green said it was a case of providing evidence to prove Phyllis had indeed served, which was tricky as her records were lost. Chris, who looks after Bromley Heath Scout and Guide HQ, said: "I had to do a bit of detective work! First of all I went to the War Office but they only deal with war medals so they pointed me to the Cabinet Office. I went to them and discovered my brother Cliff had already tried to claim her medal some years ago but was unable to provide sufficient information so he didn't get anywhere. "I think I was very lucky because the guy who was in charge of civil medals at the Cabinet Office was so helpful and encouraging. I kept saying I didn't have anything else to show


him but he said 'Come on, let's not give up!'" The civil servant asked Chris if he could provide any photographs of his mother during her years of service and Chris then came up trumps. "I went off and in mum's collection of old stuff I found some old photos and there was mum in her uniform!" But there were still gaps to fill so Chris quietly recruited his son Robert to casually ask his grandmother questions about her time in the war. Her answers were mentally recorded and the official forms completed. Chris said: "The man in the Cabinet Office then told me the information we had provided was sufficient and Phyllis was justified in having the medal. He sent it to me with a very nice letter congratulating her and wishing her a very happy 95th birthday."


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her medal at last

Phyllis with her medal Phyllis was still in the dark until her recent birthday bash where her great-granddaughter Eloise presented the medal to her, surrounded by 23 other family members, including her three sons Chris, Cliff, and Colin, seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. There

was even a special visit from her niece all the way from Australia. "She was absolutely delighted and overwhelmed," said Chris. "After the war lots of things were lost or had been disposed of and she thought she'd missed the opportunity. We just pieced everything together from stories she told us but what clinched it were the photographs we found. I wouldn't have got the medal though without the Cabinet Office being so helpful." Phyllis married Maurice on April 26, 1941, her 19th birthday. Maurice served in the British Expeditionary Force, taking a week's leave to marry his sweetheart. Phyllis moved from South London to Wimborne in Dorset in the early 1980s. She moved to Downend after her husband died nine years ago so she could be closer to son Chris, who moved to the area when his company relocated to the South West in the 1970s.


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n NEWS From Page 1 cricketer WG Grace. A state-of-the-art sound system will mean the church can put on more concerts and gigs as well as hosting conferences. Christ Church vicar, the Reverend Jo Vickery, said: "Exciting times are ahead for Christ Church and for all of us who live locally. "The vision to make one of the oldest and most significant buildings in the area ready and relevant for the 21st century is about to become a reality. "The changes in 2017 are part of a story of constant change since the original church was built in 1831 as each generation sought to adapt the building for the needs of the time. "Following extensive consultations over many years, plans are now in place to radically improve the potential of Christ Church Downend as a place where community is built, creativity is celebrated and Christian spirituality can be explored and deepened." The main changes include: n Creation of an adaptable central space by laying a beautiful stone floor and replacing pews with high quality seating n New underfloor heating, lighting and AV systems will extend the church's capacity to host concerts and conferences as well as enhance the range of styles that worship can be offered throughout the week n The whole of the lower floor will be on one level, all pathways around the church upgraded and external lighting significantly improved n A simple prayer chapel will offer space to find stillness and time to reflect and connect with God

£1m vision of hope for church and community n An enlarged kitchen will enable the church's ministry of hospitality to grow n A different side entrance will be made at the end of the path from the car park and the new Grace Room will overlook the cricket ground n The CAP office (Christians Against Poverty) will be part of extended office space for staff n The Garden Room, formerly a choir vestry, will be a light and airy space, making it ideal for the various community and church

groups such as parent and toddlers, the gardening group, craft group and the bereavement group that already use other parts of the church. Work is expected to start in the autumn and last nine months. During that time Christ Church will be closed, but the life of the church will continue and the Parish Office and the Hall will be open as normal. The church's 10.30am service, with groups for children and young people on Sundays, will take place at Christ Church C of E Junior School in Pendennis Road thanks to the backing and support of headteacher Pippa Osborne and governors. Rev Vickery said: "As a church we see this initiative as a once in a generation investment in the future and we are committed to paying for this project by giving sacrificially. "We are trusting that God will continue to be faithful as he always has been. The work will cost in the order of £1 million. Over half of this has already been given or raised in other ways. We have also tithed our giving

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so that we have been able to pay for the building of a brand new church in Moldova, the poorest country in eastern Europe, in partnership with the Charity Transform Europe Now (TEN). This has made a massive impact in the tiny village of Ursoaia as Pastor Misa and the small Christian community there express God’s love in acts of kindness and compassion among the poor and marginalised." Rev Vickery added: "The challenge now is to find the remaining £500,000." Anyone interested in helping the church meet its target can donate or pledge money up until September. The church's Building4Life team will look at additional ways of raising the money, including applying for grant funding. If any individuals or businesses would like to know more about the project and how to play a par, please visit www. or get in touch with Maggie Nichols and the Building4Life Team by emailing building4life@

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Family answers charity's Voice SOS call A FAMILY has come forward to offer to put up two boys from radiation-hit Chernobyl after reading a charity's desperate plea in Downend Voice. Every year the Bristol link of the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline raises money for 16 children from Belarus to visit during the summer. The clean air, good weather and healthy food can add an incredible two years to their life expectancy. The children come to Bristol for a month, with host families each offering a home for two children for two or four weeks. Everything was going well the charity had recruited their quota of hosts for this year and even had two additional families on standby should anyone have to pull out. But, due to circumstances beyond the hosts' control, the two spare families and one host family had to cancel, leaving a question mark on whether two boys, believed to be aged 11, could still visit the UK. But thanks to the front page story in May's Downend Voice, a family from Mangotsfield has come forward to save the day. Alan Elkan, a charity member from Downend, said it was a huge relief that no children had to be let down. "We're absolutely delighted that as a result of Downend Voice we now have a replacement family so we will still be able to receive 16 children. It could have been 14 children instead, so this is great news." Alan said it's not too late for other families to come forward as standby hosts in July and/or August. He said: "We originally had 18 families, with two as spares. All of a sudden the two standby families and one established family had to pull out. We're just hoping another family doesn't pull out as we don't have any spare families. So although we now have a full complement of families, we would still be glad for any others to come forward just in case." The Chernobyl disaster, in April 1986, was started by a failed experiment which caused a nuclear power plant to blow up. During the accident, 31 people died but the long-term

effects, including cancer, weakened immune system and deformities, exist to this day. Incredibly, there is still a permanent 30km exclusion zone surrounding the stricken reactor. The charity Chernobyl Children’s Life Line was formed with the aim of helping the children affected by offering them some relief from the relentless bombardment of radiation. A month’s respite holiday in the UK helps to boost their immune system by providing plenty of nourishing, uncontaminated food and clean fresh air. Around 500,000 children in Belarus are classified as at ‘high risk’ by the World Health Organisation. Alan said: "At the end of a month here, with good weather, good food and no stress, caesium (a radioactive component which causes damage to the body) is reduced by about 66 per cent. "A lot of the children come from poor families who might not be able to afford fruit and vegetables, although the produce grown there isn't as healthy as our fruit and veg because the ground there is contaminated. "Eating as much fruit, fruit pulp, fruit juices and vegetables as possible while in the UK is what really helps them. They can take the benefits with them throughout their cold winter as it reduces colds and flu and has been proven to add another two years to their lives."

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School celebrates inspection success CHRIST Church CE VC Infant School in Downend is celebrating a double inspection success. The school was visited by Ofsted and church inspection teams on consecutive days. Both rated it to be Good. The Ofsted verdict from Her Majesty's Inspector Lorna Brackstone was that CCI had maintained the quality of education since it was judged as Good at the last inspection in 2012. The SIAMs Inspection (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodists schools) highlighted the positive impact of the school's distinctive Christian character and praised the special care taken by staff for each child. Chair of governors Nick Richley said: “Having two major inspections taking place within a day of each other can be daunting but the team at Christ Church Infants responded to this brilliantly and the outcomes

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Charity lunch raises more than £4,000 DOWNEND ladies proved they're big hearted after a charity event raised a whopping £4,000. Ladies in and around the area gathered at the Bristol Harbour Hotel in Corn Street for a lunch to raise money for a bus to enable underprivileged children to enjoy days out. The event was organised by Tracy Hook, Jan St George and Julie Houselander to raise funds on behalf of Variety charity Ambassador and Downend resident Dave Hook. A total of 123 lovely ladies attended and enjoyed an afternoon of food, fun and entertainment, raising a grand total of £4,107.90. The event, which was compered by Variety PRO Mark Owen, included stalls, a raffle, auction and entertainment from Jon Clare. Businesses from the area played a sterling role, with Surecar of Fishponds sponsoring the complimentary drinks,

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Festival prepares for 25th birthday MANGOTSFIELD Festival celebrates its silver jubilee this month as the event continues to go from strength to strength. As always, the festival on June 10 will start with a parade through the village followed by the formal opening. There will be lots of stalls, music song and dance in the arena, a dog show, lots of activities for all ages - some traditional, some newer - and it all finishes with live music on the main stage. Organisers expect to attract at least 5,000 people. They hope these will include some of those who have attended previous festivals, since the first one in 1992, and can share memories from when it used to be held on the green in front of the Lamb pub.

They have also invited former festival kings and queens, some of whom probably have their own children by now, to make a nostalgic return. Mangotsfield Festival is run by a team of volunteers and money raised is given in grants to voluntary and community organisations. In 2016 it helped fund the Mangotsfield village defibrillator and made awards to four local groups, The Kingswood Bus Project, Mini Mangos, St James Church Hall and Stanbridge Fliers. You can contact the organisers by email at committee@mangotsfieldfestival. To find out more about Mangotsfield Festival visit http://www.mangotsfieldfestival.

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Magnificent milkman Matt is cream of crop UNLIKE the 1970s character Ernie, milkman Matt Hudd might not drive the fastest milk cart in the west but it seems he's nevertheless captured the hearts of his customers. Their votes secured him a coveted place in the semi-finals of Milkman of the Year 2017. Matt, from Mangotsfield, was recognised for going above and beyond the call of duty, even reuniting lost mobile phones and handbags to their rightful owners. The 49-year-old was one of only six milkmen to reach this stage of the contest, run by his employer milk&more. A milkman for 20 years, Matt beat off stiff competition from just under 1,200 others due to his caring nature, reliability and friendly service. When most people are sound asleep, the dad-of-two leaves the depot in Keynsham ready to drop off 400 deliveries, dishing out

not just milk but a range of 200 everyday grocery items. Currently serving an area of around 65 miles, including Pucklechurch, Kingswood, Staple Hill, Mangotsfield, Bitton and Warmley, Matt says his favourite part of the job is meeting customers and the relationships he’s built with them throughout his career. Matt believes milkmen play an important part in the local community. In addition to returning lost mobile phones and handbags to their owners, Matt has also helped a customer rearrange their house to meet their needs after they had been taken ill. Matt did not win the title but said he was honoured to be shortlisted. “I am over the moon. Not only do I do a job I love, but it’s amazing to be recognised for it from people I consider friends."

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Could you be a Tynings governor? OVER the past year, the staff and school community at The Tynings have done a wonderful job of keeping everything running smoothly, so that the pupils feel happy and safe and can enjoy learning. Under the amazing leadership of Head of School, Angela Berger, who has been brilliantly supported by Executive Head, Simon Botten, and Chair of Governors, Sarah Warren, the staff have worked tirelessly to make the school a fantastic learning environment. Everyone is delighted that we have appointed a new Head Teacher, Lois Haydon, who will be starting in September and we are looking forward to working with Lois to support the school on its journey to Outstanding. In particular, the Governors would like to thank everyone who volunteers at The Tynings. Every week, many parents and other members of the community are in school. Some help in their child’s class, others are Reading Rangers who hear the same child (or children) read regularly, some pop in for a bit of sticking of work into books – it all helps! Outside of school hours, many of the PSFA (Parents, Staff and Friends Association) volunteers give up their evenings and free time to do the essential job of raising much-needed funds for the school. In recent years children have benefited hugely from events such as visit from a travelling

theatre company, some fantastic new outdoor play equipment, and more recently from a new library, all of which wouldn’t have been possible without this valuable support. Another vital, and often overlooked, voluntary role at any school is that of school Governor. It is a legal requirement for schools to have Governors, who are responsible for ensuring that the school complies with its statutory duties and who support the school in finding its strategic direction. The job description may read like an advert for a Senior Manager, with desirable skills and experience including: data analysis, finance, policy making, marketing, HR, law, compliance, Health and Safety, as well as “soft” skills such as team work, communication, commitment and enthusiasm. However, the good news is that South Glos provide free, bespoke training and you don’t have to be an expert in education! On the contrary, we need a range of people from the whole community. Currently, we are looking for at least two Governors to join us as soon as possible so that we can hit the ground running with a full Governing Body in September. It is a rewarding and fascinating role. If you would like to find out more have a look at the website and if you are interested in finding out what governance at The Tynings school involves, please contact Sarah Warren at sarah.warren@sgmail. Tynings Governors

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Hitting the campaign trail again after just two years VOTERS are going to the polls this month for the second general election in two years. Some readers of Downend Voice live within the boundaries of the Filton & Bradley Stoke constituency while the rest come under Kingswood. Four candidates Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and Green - are contesting each of the two seats. If the polls are correct, the defending Tories - Jack Lopresti in F&BS and Chris Skidmore in Kingswood - will hold on to them easily. Kingswood has in the past been regarded as a marginal and in 2015 a host of big names visited the area in support of Mr Skidmore, who has been the MP since 2010. Few Ministers have been spotted this time, although the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson did drop in briefly. The local battlegrounds for this election include Thornbury & Yate, where the Tory Luke Hall won a surprise victory over popular long-serving Liberal Democrat in 2015. The Lib Dems' Claire Young hopes to take it back for the party this time, but the decline of UKIP might scupper her chances. Bristol East, which Kerry McCarthy has held for Labour since 2005, is being targeted by the Conservatives' Theodora Clarke, who also contested the seat in 2015. Bristol West is the Green Party's number one target, with Euro MP Molly Scott Cato aiming to take the seat from Labour's Thangam Debbonaire. Candidate profiles: Pages 20 and 21

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Mhairi Threlfall I AM standing in this election because I want to make a difference to the lives of all residents across the constituency of Kingswood. I have served as a local councillor for 4 years and I see daily, first hand, the impact of the Tory MP’s cuts on our local services. This can’t continue, it is unsustainable, and is impacting on our economy. I will listen and respond to your needs, working for you, and pledge to protect vital services such as: Education and skills - funding our schools, ensuring that children with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents are properly supported, and improving access to local jobs. NHS - protecting local services, reducing waiting lists and improving access for minor injuries, and empowering front line staff. Local Services - ensuring the local council is adequately funded to safeguard services such as social care, and community facilities and libraries. Fighting cuts to our local police force and fire authority. I will oppose any repeal of the fox hunting ban, and work to protect our green spaces. Labour has a strong, costed manifesto which can be found at but if you want to know more please email me at

Chris Skidmore THE Kingswood constituency is my home; where I was born and grew up, and where I live with my wife Lydia and our children Clemmie and Henry. It has been an honour to represent my community for seven years. I would love the opportunity to serve local people and the area I know again. I’ve helped thousands of constituents since 2010, and I’ve also been able to successfully campaign for residents to help change the law on issues such as penalties for dangerous driving, working with the families of Ross and Clare Simons. I campaigned for and secured the funding for three new schools in my constituency, in Lyde Green, Kingswood and Warmley, as well as funding for hundreds of new school places, and I’ve led the campaign for a M4 Link to the Avon Ring Road, securing a £500,000 study. I’ve held 15 MP Jobs Fairs in six years, and I’m delighted unemployment in Kingswood has halved since 2010. I will continue to fight for better investment in our local infrastructure; I will continue to protect and preserve the Kingswood Green Belt, making sure that brownfield land is brought forward for regeneration in my area, and I will continue to fight for the maximum possible investment in our public services - in our buses, schools and local hospitals. I respect the decision of the majority of local people in Kingswood who voted to leave the EU. Now we need to put democracy into action and get on with Brexit. I support Theresa May’s plans to secure the best possible deal from Brexit.




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Matt Furey-King TWO-party politics isn’t representative anymore. I’m standing in this election because there's not enough honest and plain speaking people in the House of Commons. We’re sick of career politicians being parachuted into safe seats and then just using the opportunity to line their own pockets. The Green Party is here to call them out on it. I'm not a career politician, I'm just a local engineer from Warmley. Most people in Westminster don't seem to understand what's going on in everyday people’s lives. I've experienced the real world and have seen the effects of bad policy first hand. I'm an ex-soldier: served in Iraq and Afghanistan - Parliament needs to hear the voice of the people who they have been putting in tragic, unwinnable wars. I’d fight to get climate change back on the agenda and re-secure citizens online privacy, as well as push for foreign policy that makes the UK a force for good and keeps us safe. I’m also passionate about reforming our electoral system so that it’s representative of what people vote for – less than half of us voted for the Conservatives in 2015, yet they have held 100% of the power. It’s time for change.

Karen Wilkinson

KAREN'S highest priority as an MP would be to help constituents with nowhere else to turn. She would work with the many organisations within Kingswood to help bring additional resources to muchneeded services. She would use a seat in Westminster to be vigilant to government misuse of power in any field and to promote and protect the interests of Kingswood residents and businesses, which range from sole traders to farmers to international leaders in technology. She would also further the many parent campaigns on education issues such as schools funding and Karen has been at the forefront of parents’ campaigns to reverse the term-time attendance regulations brought in by Michael Gove in 2013. She would like to use the platform to push for an overarching body to promote the voice of parents and pupils in education policy and to help parents and pupils who are struggling with the system. Karen has lived in the area for over 30 years. Her professional experience has been in financial services and the Legal Services Commission. She has also been a stay-at-home parent, during which time she set up a sustainable gift giving project and community energy project amongst other things.

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Jack Lopresti

I WAS born in Southmead Hospital in August 1969. I have lived and worked in Bristol and South Glos all my life. I worked in my father's ice cream and catering business. I then worked in the financial services and residential property sectors. I served with 29 Commando RA as a mobilised reservist for a year and was deployed to Helmand Province in Afghanistan on Operation Herrick 9 in 2008-9. I will work for veterans' interests. If re-elected I will work to ensure Filton & Bradley Stoke remains at the heart of Britain’s defence industry and a global hub – delivering investment, manufacturing and hi tech jobs. If a Conservative Government is elected I will fully support Theresa May as Prime Minister to achieve the best possible deal on Brexit. I believe our great country has a tremendous opportunity as a free and independent nation again to thrive and prosper on the global stage. I will to strive to secure more new jobs and apprenticeships. We desperately need to build more homes, so that our young people can get onto the housing ladder and we need to continue to improve local infrastructure. I will work with the Government and the local Council to ensure that the transport infrastructure is robust enough to support the new jobs and new homes coming into our area. I will passionately support our vital public services such as the NHS and education and will continue to work hard to improve these provisions locally.

Diana Warner

I SPEAK out for our NHS, for a fair deal for everyone, and for a healthy future for our young people. I stood as Green MP candidate here in the General Election in 2015 and gained 2,257 votes. I am a GP and live in Filton with two children aged 27 and 23. Our health service remains the best in the world in many ways. But it is broken up, underfunded and stretched to breaking point. I want everyone to have the ability to look after their own health and the health of their families. We need fully funded and thriving health and social care systems. We need fully funded, high quality education and learning opportunities from early years to older life. We need healthy, good quality food and housing, and clean air to breathe. We need to create a society that cares for everyone and that respects the environment. We also need to recognise that hard work and success are most valuable when they protect the environment and nourish others. This is the only safe way forward. We can achieve it together. I am willing to work with anyone who shares this vision.

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Naomi Rylatt

WHEN I was a councillor I spent a lot of my time talking and listening to local people, hearing about their issues, worries and ideas. As an MP I will actively consult wherever possible and ensure that different views are listened to. The constituents of Filton and Bradley Stoke deserve an MP who will fully represent them, someone who will bring the heart of politics back to Filton and Bradley Stoke. After 7 years of Conservative government, we are in a dire situation. Our schools are woefully underfunded with many considering reducing teaching hours and cutting support staff, such as reading assistants, in order to make ends meet. Our NHS is at breaking point, South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group is underfunded and in deficit due to decisions that this Conservative Government has taken. Our social care services have been cut to the bone, Labour pledges to end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publiclyprovided NHS. Labour will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board and ensuring parity for mental health services. Working families are set to be, on average, over £1,400 worse off a year. Meanwhile, the Conservatives have handed out tax breaks to those at the top. I'm a Trade Unionist, a working mum and I have been a local councillor. I care about what happens in parliament and how that affects my constituents.

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A GREAT Deal or No Deal is what I will offer you. The West of England is a net contributor of taxes to the Treasury, and Filton & Bradley Stoke residents are well aware of that. Products made here are consumed the world over and the innovation in advanced engineering with companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce and GKN and their supply-chains places Filton & Bradley Stoke at the leading edge of aerospace technology development. Sadly the jobs at all of these great companies could be at risk if the Deal brought back from Brussels just isn’t good enough. We also have great academic collaborations with the Universities of Bristol and UWE joint Robotics Lab who need the right Deal to support the commercialisation of their research. Liberal Democrats are offering the voters of Filton & Bradley Stoke a chance to reject the deal we are presented with from the EU if it’s not good enough. If it’s a great Deal then we’ve all won, but if our economy, health or freedoms are at risk then we need to decide whether we should accept the Deal and leave the EU or to refuse the Deal and renegotiate to Remain in the EU on better terms. As a community we need to urgently address the desperate shortage of skilled builders needed to produce the housing we need, by promoting apprenticeships and restoring funding to the technical colleges. I will also tirelessly campaign for fairer funding in our schools, infrastructure improvements such as rail electrification and the scrapping of the Severn Bridge tolls.

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Junior football club aims for victory over arsonists Wrecked - some of the damage the fire did at Emersons Green Junior Football Club's headquarters

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LEADERS of Emersons Green Junior Football Club have vowed to make sure the club rises from the ashes following a devastating fire at their headquarters. Arsonists are thought to have started the blaze at the clubhouse on the club’s ground in Blackhorse Lane, which destroyed the boiler room and damaged electrics, water supply and pipework in the building. Club chairman Paul Thomas said it appeared the culprits had planned the attack, disabling the CCTV cameras outside the building and breaking a kitchen window. Mr Thomas said: “The boiler room inside the Emersons Green JFC club house was broken into and set on fire. This building is attached to the side of the club house, but luckily the fire was put out by the fire brigade before it could spread further.

“In the last few months, there have been constant problems around the playing fields, with fires being set on the pitches and vandalism and graffiti around the grounds. Our large sign at the entrance of the ground welcoming people to the club was also smashed down.” Police have told Mr Thomas they do not have enough evidence to press charges over the fire but have asked local people to report any suspicious or anti-social behaviour by calling 101. Parents and coaches rallied round to clean up after the fire on April 30 and local businesses helped with repairing the lights and restoring the CCTV. Major repairs are needed, which will mainly be funded by insurance, but the latest incident has encouraged the club to consider a more extensive

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refurbishment of the old clubhouse, which was inherited from Cadbury Heath FC. Mr Thomas said: “The club is looking at raising money to firstly update and decorate the existing facilities, that haven't been changed for a long time, and possibly extend the clubhouse. This would create a hall space so we can do more for the community by creating

a possible youth club, where we can help get children off the streets into a safe environment.” James Cullen, a parent and coach, has already set up a crowdfunding page with the aim of raising £10,000. He explained: “We are a growing grassroots club and do not get any outside funding. All the money we make comes from the kids’ subs, holding events and the bar revenue, but this isn’t enough to rebuild the clubhouse due to having to pay bills, maintain the grounds and pay for the groundsman.” Meanwhile, the leaders are determined that the 200 or so children aged four to 15 who belong to the club will not suffer because of the fire. They are continuing with their weekly training sessions and activities. Emersons Green JFC which is affiliated to the Gloucestershire FA, was founded in 2014, and has grown rapidly from three teams to 11 – six boys’ and five girls’ teams.There are plans for two more next season. Mr Thomas said: “The club offers local children a safe, friendly and fun place to enjoy football.”

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


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

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 14 years. The stock ranges from seed potatoes, onion sets, plants, seeds through to creosote, lightbulbs, wild bird food and feeders as well as lots of loose traditional hardware items. A sharpening service for tools is also available..

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constantly expanding and it is our goal to strengthen with it.. Whether you’re new to e-cigarettes or an experienced vaper, we’ve got something for you. Staple Hill’s eCigg store has more than two hundred delicious, satisfying E-Liquids, electronic cigarettes accessories and vaping devices to choose from. Our passion for quality and innovation along with our extensive customer focus groups helps us in bringing the best products together. We offer market-leading prices. You’ll always get the best value and the best kit with us.

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 (Bradford and Bingley were taken over by Santander in the banking crisis of 2008).


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 or pre-packed, frozen dog and cat foods, reptile frozen foods, live insects and bedding. Our hay, straw and woodshavings are sourced locally. We offer a wide range of wild bird food, rabbit food, small animal foods, chick foods, budgies, parrot and canary food. Our range of frozen reptile food and live insects is a good asset as there aren’t many shops that sell that any more.

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The sun(beam) has got his hat on - hip hooray TOTS from a Downend nursery spread a little sunshine when they visited a group of retired residents. The children, from Sunbeams Day Nursery, sang songs with people living in Badminton Gardens, an extra care housing scheme run by Hanover Housing Association. The 24 children, ranging in age from nine months to four years, shared the actions to songs such as Wheels on the Bus and Chick Chick Chicken whilst showing off the hats they had made as part of their Easter celebrations. Residents talked to the children in their communal lounge and tucked into chocolate nest cakes that the children had made at nursery to share with them. Some of the youngsters were joined by mums, other siblings, and even a grandparent. The assistant manager of Badminton Gardens presented each child with a gift to take home. Plans are being discussed to arrange for smaller groups of pre-school children to share activities such as story time with residents at Badminton Gardens in Tots from a Downend nursery with a group of retired residents at Badminton Gardens. the near future.

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n ON THE BEAT with PC PAUL FORTUNE I’M delighted to tell you that my colleague PC James Rochford has been named Avon and Somerset’s Neighbourhood Officer of the Year. He was presented with the award last month after being nominated by a member of the community who described him as “my rock”. We’re really proud of him. We’ve been working to tackle problems with nuisance motorcycles on Siston Common. We do have powers to seize vehicles which are being used in an anti-social way and recently one of our PCSOs was able to do just that thanks to a prompt call from a member of the public. The owner will now have to pay more than £100 to get the motorbike back. We hope this will serve as a warning to others, but if

there are further problems please call straight away on 101. As we’re heading into summer a quick reminder about keeping your home secure. An open window or door can let in more than a breeze. It only takes a burglar a moment to walk away with your phone, handbag or wallet while you’re in the garden or another room. Always secure windows and doors if you’re not in the same room, and lock up and set the alarm at night as well as when you go out. There’s more home security advice on our website, www., where you’ll also find information about joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch. Remember, if you see someone acting suspiciously around a

neighbour’s property, call the police straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101: our operators are on hand 24/7. Finally, we’ve relaunched our Safe Places service, with a new 24/7 number to help people with communication difficulties stay safe when they are out and about. Once registered, an individual can call the Safe Places number if they find themselves in a crisis situation, such as if they are lost, feel scared or upset and don’t know what to do, or if they have been a victim of crime. Register at www. safeplaces or by fill in a form at a police enquiry office.

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HIS love of motor vehicles is well documented - in fact he writes about them every month in Downend Voice. But Andy Laurence won't so much be racing his latest acquisition but selling coffee from it. In a joint venture with Nick Brooks, who lives in Fishponds, the pals have invested in a Citroën 2CV which boasts everything you need to make more than 1,000 cups of coffee a day. Andy said: "We both love coffee and were talking about starting a mobile coffee business last year. "We decided to go for it at Christmas and engaged with a company to build a converted horsebox coffee trailer that we designed, right down to the type of treatment for the wooden worktops. Sadly, the company let us down eight days before we were due to take delivery and we were stuck with no business and all the ground work laid. "The 2CV appeared on eBay the very same day and whilst it wasn't what we set out to build, we loved it and it was already a

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Hot wheels and hot beverages

Andy (left) and Nick with their novel 2CV mobile coffee van functioning coffee van." The van boasts two coffee machines with two grinders, two sinks, two fridges and enough capacity to serve more than 1,000 coffees in a day. Andy said: "We've had training to make our coffees the

best they can be and we've now secured a 5 star hygiene rating. "We're doing events weddings, barmitzvah's, festivals and we're booked for Heathfest. We buy our ingredients locally including coffee from Extract, cakes from Cakesmith's and milk

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THIS year, the Parish Council held its Annual Assembly at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Downend on the 27th April. All residents are welcome to attend, and we appreciate your presence. The Annual Assembly is held to give a report on the activities and achievements of the Parish Council over the past year – in other words, the work we have undertaken on behalf of our residents. The Chair, Cllr Janet Biggin, gave a brief report on the work of the Parish Council, reminding everyone that the Council now operates from Downend Library, and that there are open mornings (Mondays and Wednesdays) when residents are welcome to call in to meet our Clerk, Angela Hocking, as well as any other Parish Councillors who are present. The Council’s Planning Committee Chair, Mike Baker, gave a short report on its activities and successes, and the Vice Chair, Ben Burton, gave a report on the status of the Playing Fields and Sports Pitches, for which the Parish Council are now responsible. The Parish Council runs an online booking system which can be used by residents and sports groups, and this is accessible through the Parish Council website, www. In addition, Angela is on the end of the telephone line to answer any queries if necessary.


Last but certainly not least, Cllr Biggin announced the winners of the Parish Champion Awards: Bromley Heath Scouts and Guides (voluntary category) Cleeve Wood Pharmacy (business category) Graeme Riley (individual category) The Parish Council makes these awards for outstanding service in each category. The members of the Parish Council looks forward to the forthcoming year when we will continue to serve the area of Downend and Bromley Heath. We welcome your input and would like to remind you that there is still a vacancy if anyone would like to come forward to join us.


Bromley Heath Scouts and Guides, pictured at their 85th anniversary in 2015

Cleevewood Pharmacy at Cleevewood Road

The late Graeme Riley

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 Tel: 0117 957 0805 Bromley Heath East Ward CLLR JANET BIGGIN Tel: 0117 957 6987 or 07966 204 260 CLLR JON HUNT Tel: 07525 150 103 CLLR COLIN OGDEN Tel. 0117 940 6531

Bromley Heath West Ward CLLR MIKE BAKER Tel: 07789 393 681 CLLR KATHY MORRIS Tel: 07976 257 481 CLLR SHARON HERNIMAN Tel. 07534 603 704 Clerk to the Council Mrs Angela Hocking Tel. 0117 9567001 E-mail.



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Grand efforts give Jack's Fund a boost THE Downend charity Jack Banks Star Tribute Fund is within sight of its latest fundraising target for Bristol Children's Hospital. Paula Banks and her family are aiming to pay for a £70,000 refurbishment of the bone marrow transplant area on the children's cancer ward. This follows their feat of raising more than £100,000 for the hospital following the death of Jack from leukaemia in 2008 after four years of treatment there. The money raised has paid for a conservatory and playroom at the hospital as well as providing a jukebox, emergency palliative care bags, Wii fits and the popular Captain Jack's treasure chests, which contain toys and treats for young patients. Paula said they were now about £10,000 away from the target for the isolation rooms upgrade. A third 'Pop Go the Legals' night at The Tunnels organised by her employers Osborne Clarke brought in £2,850. Staff and customers at Porto Lounge in Fishponds have also been backing Jack's Fund, which is part of the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal. They have held bake sales, craft days and quizzes and smashed their £500 target. Paula said she was delighted by all the support the fund continues to receive from local people. “We are looking forward to this refurb,” she said. “ It will make the rooms more welcoming for children by bringing in the same theme as the playroom and oncology areas of the unit as well as making the rooms more functional for the patients, their families and the medical team.”

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n NEWS BOTTEGINOS in Emersons Green is celebrating raising £20,000 in four years to help Bristol Children’s Hospital. The family-run Italian restaurant has raised the money for the hospital charity The Grand Appeal by donations from the sale of breadsticks and olives as well as from a charity golf day at the Kendleshire. Botteginos’ supervisor Polly Evans said: “We’re thrilled to have raised £20,000 and know that our donations will help to make a difference to the lives of patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital. “As a local, family friendly restaurant, we understand the importance of community and that’s why we wanted to help our local children’s hospital and The Grand Appeal, a charity whose values really reflect what the Bristol community is all about.” Helen Haskell, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Grand Appeal said: “Once again, the amazing team from Botteginos and its customers have outdone themselves! The £6,000 raised this year will be


£20,000 for children's hospital

put towards transforming the lives of sick children and babies at Bristol Children’s Hospital and for that we will always be grateful. Thank you so much to everyone who made this possible.

The Grand Appeal funds state-of-the-art medical equipment, patient facilities, arts, music and play therapy and much-needed family accommodation at Bristol

Children’s Hospital, helping to provide the very best care possible to critically-ill children and babies from across the South West of England, and further afield.

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Tim Bowles becomes our first Metro Mayor CONSERVATIVE Tim Bowles has been chosen as the first regional mayor for the West of England. He triumphed in the “metro mayor’ elections which took place last month in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath & North East Somerset. Mr Bowles, a councillor in Winterbourne, narrowly defeated Labour’s Lesley Mansell in the second stage of the contest. The other four candidates, Lib Dem Stephen Williams, independent John Savage, Green Darren Hall and UKIP’s Aaron Foot were eliminated after the first round of voting. The post has been created to allow devolution of some powers, funding and

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Staple Hill Salvation Army Songsters perform at Page Park

responsibilities from central Government to the regions. Mr Bowles will work with the leaders of the three local authorities, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, Matthew Riddle, leader of South Gloucestershire Council and Tim Warren, leader of B&NES.

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STAPLE Hill Salvation Army are taking their evening service to Page Park once a month during the summer months. The events, called Page Park Praise, take place on the second Sunday of each month at 3.30pm following the successful launch on May 14. Between 200 and 300 people enjoyed the experience which featured the band The Songsters as well as junior musicians. A shower of rain interrupted proceedings for a short period but no one seemed to mind. A craft tent, which gave children a chance to make badges, have their faces painted and complete many other games and puzzles, was packed to capacity for the duration of the event. Future dates for Page Park Praise are June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10.

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Picnics at ready for The Big Lunch

FRIENDS of Page Park are keeping their fingers crossed for sunshine as they prepare for The Big Lunch this weekend. The event - on Sunday June 4 from 11am-4pm is an opportunity for the neighbourhood to meet up in Page Park and enjoy music on the bandstand in a beautiful setting. There will also be children's entertainment, facepainting, stalls and food. Families are being encouraged to bring along a picnic and blankets and make the event a fun-filled day for people of all ages. Meanwhile, building work on the cafe and community building is steaming ahead and everything is on track to be opened by the end of July. Steph Purser, vice chair of the Friends, said: "It's all going well at the moment and we are looking forward to the cafe opening towards the end of July."

Further planting will also take place over the coming months. Ongoing work to improve the park has been made possible thanks to a £1.6 million lottery grant and additional funding secured by the Friends of Page Park, which will pay for additional improvements in the park, including planting schemes, new paths and the restoration of the clocktower. Future park dates for your diary: Sunday June 4 The Big Lunch, 11am-4pm, a community party in the park including children’s rides and entertainment Saturday June 24 Armed Forces Day, from 10.30am, a chance show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community Sunday June 11 Salvation Army band and choir concert


The 50th anniversary of a ‘modern day miracle’ LOCALS in Downend and the surrounding area are being invited to a special talk at the Christadelphian church in Hill House Road on Wednesday 7th June. Starting at 7.30 pm the talk is to mark the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. With the church, having held weekly public talks at the hall since it opened in 1955, what is so special about this talk? ‘Jerusalem will be in the news again in June. Even with the General Election the next day it will find some ‘news space’, it always does’ said one of the organisers Ian Brown. ‘This effort is part of a two-talk series, (the second being in November) to mark a year of anniversaries in the Holy Land. Ian continued ‘The reason that we wanted to share these events with our neighbours is because they do have a very real relevance for people everywhere. We often only hear the bad news of events and problems that happen in Israel and its capital, but we forget that there is much more that we don’t hear about. The Bible contains a huge amount of detail behind this historic and remarkable city, and its role in current and future world events’. Pictured here Ian is arranging for some 2500 invites to the event to be shared locally. In appealing for support Ian said ‘It is going to be a bit difficult with the general election the day after, but I think people will be genuinely interested and surprised. The real story behind Jerusalem, and God’s plan for it to become ‘The City of Peace’ are truly quite amazing – but then you won’t hear that on the news! and with the speaker an expert in the subject it should be a great evening’. The event is entirely free with light refreshments served afterwards. If you want further information on this or other events, you can take a look at the website

Sunday July 2 Westerly Winds concert Sunday July 9 Salvation Army band and choir concert Sunday July 30 Bands in the Park Sunday August 13 Salvation Army band and choir concert Sunday September 10 Salvation Army band and choir concert

Saturday September 16 Bark in the Park, celebrate your pooches at this popular dog show Saturday October 28 Pumpkin Patch, enjoy the harvest with free pumpkin carving, rides and entertainment Sunday November 12 Remembrance service at the war memorial Saturday December 16 Carols around the Clocktower, a with the Salvation Army

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Saturday May 27 n Flower Festival at Staple Hill Methodist Church on the High Street. Come and have a look at the beautiful displays. Refreshments available all day. Free entry. 10am - 4pm Sunday May 28 n Flower Festival at Staple Hill Methodist Church on the High Street. Free entry. noon - 3pm followed by Songs of Praise at 6pm. Monday May 29 n Flower Festival at Staple Hill Methodist Church on the High Street. Free entry. 10am - 4pm Friday June 2 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at Sunday June 4 n The Big Lunch, Page Park. Staple Hill, 11am-4pm. Music and entertainment. Bring a picnic and enjoy a community party in the park including children’s rides and entertainment on the bandstand Wednesday June 7 n Mothers’ Union. A true story of love courage and faith from Jackie Frederickson at Christ Church Parish Hall, 2.15pm. New members welcome. For more information contact 0117 908 9867 Thurday June 8 n Downend Horticultural Society meets at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, at 7.30pm for a talk on the works of Sir Edward Lutyens & Gertrude Jekyll by Jim Cooper.

New members welcome. Contact Roger Davis 0117 957 1703 or Hilary Walton 0117 979 2832. Saturday June 10 n Mangotsfield Festival Saturday June 10 n Coffee morning organised by Downend & Kingswood Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at the Staple Hill Methodist Church, High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol. 10 am until noon. Home made cakes and sales table. Sunday June 11 n Page Park Praise presented by Staple Hill Salvation Army Band, songsters and children, at Page Park, Staple Hill. 3.30pm, Children’s craft and activity tent and lots of good music and singing. Admission free. Tel 0117 956 9733 Tuesday June 13 n Christ Church Fellowship: A talk from Crust & Crumbs, home bakery with Michele Fricker at Christ Church Parish Hall, 7.45pm. More information from Christ Church Parish Office 0117 908 9867 Wednesday June 14 n Coach outing to Statford-uponAvon. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, depart 9am. Return at Barn about 6pm. Tickets £18 (members) plus £4 for nonBarn members. Purchase in advance at Barn office, 0117 956 2367. Saturday, June 17

n Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom unveils refurbished roundabout in Downend centre, 11am, Lots of activities throughout the morning including face painting and a special appearance from Elsa from Frozen Sunday June 18 n Enrolment of three new members of the Mothers’ Union during the evening service at Christ Church Downend, 6.30pm. Tuesday June 20 n Bereavement Support Group, Chat, Refreshments and Support in the welcome space at Christ Church Downend 2.30-4.30pm. Newcomers welcome. More information available from the Parish Office 0117 908 9867 or just turn up and meet hosts Val and Wendy. Wednesday June 21 n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30pm. All welcome, includes crafts, chat, cups of tea, a short, child friendly, noisy time of worship and ends with a hot meal. Free. No need to book. Donations, if desired, at the end of the meal. Check Facebook page: Messy Church at Christ Church Downend for all the details Saturday June 24 n Street collection for Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom, 9.30am to 12 Saturday June 24 n Breakfast at Speedwell Methodist Church BS15 1ES 10am

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. to noon. A full breakfast, or a coffee and homemade cake. No need to hurry. An opportunity to ask for prayer. All welcome. Saturday June 24 n 10.30am-4pm, Armed Forces Day, Page Park, a chance show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community. Parade leaves Page Road at 11am Saturday June 24 Saturday June 24 n Walk on the Wild Side - free guided walk in Emersons Green with conservation educator Steve England, 10.30 am – midday, to learn more about the plants

What’s On Downend, Staple Hill and Emersons Green libraries Everybunny dance at your library this June! South Gloucestershire Libraries are celebrating National Bookstart Week (5 -11 June) with free drop-in rhymetimes and storytimes for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, encouraging families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime. It’s free to come along to any of our activities for little ones and new families are always very welcome. Sharing stories, songs and rhymes at the library is great for babies and young children’s development. A Mum from Downend Library said “It’s helped him relate to other children and the songs and rhymes are really good for boosting his vocabulary” Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall. For further information on any of the above and all our other services please call us on 01454 868006, visit; ‘Like’ us on Facebook for all the latest at South Gloucestershire Libraries; follow us on twitter: LEGO Club @ Staple Hill library Creative LEGO fun with stories and poems; free One Saturday a month; next session Saturday 10 June 2.00 – 3.00pm Sporting Memories @ Downend library Our friendly Sporting Memories Group meets again on Thursday 8 June 10.30 -11.30am. Enjoy a good yarn with like-minded people about your favourite sporting moments and heroes.

What’s On in Local Libraries on a regular basis? Monday Knitter Knatter knitting group: Downend Library, all welcome 10.00 – 12.00noon Tuesday Coffee Morning: Staple Hill library, 10.30 – 11.30 Pre-school Storytime: Emersons Green Library, 2.00 – 2.30pm (term time only) Wednesday Rhymetime for babies and toddlers: Downend Library, 10.30 – 11.00am Thursday Books on Thursday Reading Group: Downend Library, 2.00 – 3.30pm Stories, Fun, Crafts: Downend Library, 2:15 – 2:45 (term time only) Rhymetime for babies and toddlers: Staple Hill Library, 11.00 – 11.30am Rhymetime for babies and toddlers: Emersons Green Library, 11.00 – 11.30am (term time only) Friday Friday Fun Time: Staple Hill Library, 11.00 - 11.30am Coffee Morning: Downend Library, 10:30 -11:30am Messy Play: Downend Library, 2:15 – 2:45pm Saturday Crafty Capers: Downend library drop in all day Crafty Capers: Staple Hill library drop in 2.00 - 4.00

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June, 2017 and wildlife in the area. Walk starts outside Emersons Green Library and is being organised by Emersons Green Town Council. Sunday June 25 n Christ Church Breakfast Service & Holy Communion with Bishop Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol, at the Church Centre, Quakers Road, 9.15am. Contact Christ Church Parish Office for more info. 0117 9089867 Sunday June 25 n Bishop Mike Hill, Bishop of Bristol will speak at a celebration service at 10.30am at Christ Church Downend. Children’s groups, and coffee and tea after the service. (Bishop Mike is retiring from the Diocese of Bristol in September). Sunday June 25 n Spirit Space, a place of reflection and calm in our busy world. This once a month evening service starts at 6.30pm at Christ Church. for all the details. Saturday July 1 n Bristol Chamber Orchestra Summer Serenade at Frenchay Parish Church BS16 1LJ at 7.30 pm. Music by Handel, Bach, Arensky, Sibelius, Borodin, Grieg, Dag Wiren and ending with the Radetzky March by Strauss. Tickets £9 in advance, £11 on the door (Students £5, Children free) Includes refreshments. Contact number 0117 956 2106. Saturday July 1 n Heathfest at Bromley Heath Playing Fields, 1-5pm Sunday July 2 n C in the Park at King George V playing fields. Open air churches together service at 11am with uniformed groups. Main stage acts & community groups live on stage from 12pm – 4pm. Free activities all afternoon, including crafts, a refreshment tent, inflatables and a prayer space. For more information, check out the “C in the Park Downend” facebook page. Thursday July 6

n Coach outing to Blenheim Palace. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, depart 8.30am. Return at Barn about 6pm. Tickets £31.50 (members) plus £4 for non-Barn members.Purchase in advance at Barn office, 0117 956 2367. Friday July 7 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at door. Saturday July 8 n The Cleeve Singers, Summer Concert. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Rockland Road. 7.30pm. Tickets £3.50 from Barn Office 0117 956 2367, Melanie's Kitchen, or at the door. --


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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 Marquetry Club, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. n Whist Club, Lincombe Barn 2-4 pm, open to any association members. n Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 10am-noon.

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n Coffee drop-in, Emersons Green Village Hall 10.30-11.30am. n Concorde Wheelchair Dancers, Page Hall, Staple Hill 7.15-9pm. n Stitch and Bitch, The Oak pub, Staple Hill. 2-4 pm first Monday of the month. n Craft Group, Christ Church Downend Foyer 1.30pm, 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. n Poetry group. Lincombe Barn, , 10am-noon, every other Monday, from February 3. Call 0117 2796214. n Frenchay Ladies Probus Club, St. Augustine Parish Hall 2pm, third Monday in the month. Variety of speakers and opportunities to go on trips and other social events. Call Bonnie Murley on 0117 330 1249. n Bromley Heath Gardening and Social club. 3rd Monday in the month, 7.30pm, Bromley Heath Junior School (excluding school holidays). Speaker, charity sales table and a raffle. Day trip every month to places of interest and occasional theatre trips. Two short holiday breaks in January and Easter. Contact Pat 0117 9561556 or May 0117 9573695. n Beginner to Intermediate Hatha Yoga. Downend Lincombe Barn,

9:30 - 10:45. Drop in class £6.00. Bring your own yoga mat. Call Teresa 07903 823 827. n Phoenix Wind Band (20+ concert level players). Emersons Green Library, 7.30-9.30 p.m. Varied and challenging, will appeal to Grade 6 players or above. Call Keith 0117 9049125, e-mail 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

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Club, Fishponds, 6.30-9pm. Call Ami 0746 2727 229. n Social badminton. Kingswood Leisure Centre, 2-4pm, intermediate level. n Drop in art group, Page Hall, Page Road, Staple Hill (please use side entrance), every Monday, 10am-12.30pm. No tuition. A friendly welcome guaranteed. Call Judith on 0117 957 0327. n Indoor short mat bowls at Pucklechurch Community Centre. Established and beginners welcome. Bowls provided. Sessions Sunday afternoon, Monday and Wednesday evenings. Contact Roger Payne 0117 937 3653. n Hatha Flow Yoga, gentle and nurturing. Downend. Lincombe Barn. 7.15 - 8.15 pm. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ n Salsa Class for Beginners. Begbrook Social Club, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1HY. 8-9pm. www.


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quilting skills, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Artists, drawing techniques and perspective, oils, watercolours and pastels, Lincombe Barn 10amnoon. n Fellowship- Christ Church Fellowship Group, Parish Hall, North Street 7.45p.m second Tuesday of every month.Variety of speakers and musical evenings. Organise an annual day out and a weekend away. n Bits’n’pieces, fun with fabrics, Lincombe Barn.1.30-3.30pm. n Natural History Society. Illustrated talks on Birds, Wildlife and the Countryside at home and abroad. Lincombe Barn 7.309.30pm 2nd & 4th Tuesdays. Oct. Nov. Jan. Feb. Mar. n Downend Local History Society, Lincombe Barn. Autumn/Winter meetings, 7.30pm third Tuesday of each month. £3 per meeting. n Downend Gardening in Retirement Club, Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road 10.30am third Tuesday of the month. Call 0117 9061427. n Frenchay Toddler Group,

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Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Bottoms, Tums and Thighs, Lincombe Barn 8.15-9.15pm. n Art Club for Adults, Emersons Green Village Hall 7-8.45pm. n Girl Guides, Emersons Green Village Hall. Evenings. n Staple Hill Probus Club. Downend Cricket Club. 10.30am, 10am for coffee. First and third Tuesday each month. Call Roger 0117 9562777. n Openchurch – Christ Church 9am to 1pm. Drop in throughout the day. n Badminton. Downend Sports Centre, 8 - 10pm. Call 0117 9400706. n Glass Engraving. Lincombe Barn, 10am – noon. n BabyNatal Practical Baby Care Workshop at Emersons Green Village Hall, 6.30-9.30pm. 4th Tuesday of the month: www. 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 *NEW* Flow-in Yoga Class. Every Tuesday 6.15pm at Barley Close Primary, BS16 9DL. Beginners Welcomed. Mat can be provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: hello@ 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

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n Book Reading Club, Lincombe Barn 9.30-11.30am, third Wednesday of each month. n Machine Knitting Club, Lincombe Barn 9.45-11.45am. Machines provided and previous experience not required. n Counted Cross Stitch Club, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. All levels of expertise welcome, beginners especially. n Cleeve Wood Artists, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Wednesday Bridge Club. Lincombe Barn 2-4.30pm. All levels. n Scrabble Club 1, Lincombe Barn 7.15-9.15pm, alternate weeks with Thursday mornings. n Cleeve Singers, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm. Free trial rehearsals and no audition requirement. Looking to increase our membership in the tenor & bass sections. n New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol, Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd 7.30-9.30pm. No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group - soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. Our repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs. n Camera Club, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm, second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. For enthusiasts of all abilities. n Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 1-3pm. n Book club for adults, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11am, monthly. n Rainbow Tots, parent and toddler group, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11.30am. n Buggy Walk, Emersons Green library, meet at 10am outside, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. All parents, grandparents and carers welcome. No need to book and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes. n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30pm 4th Wednesday of the month. Includes craft, refreshments, chat, worship and a hot meal. n The Mothers’ Union, Parish Hall , North Street, 2.15pm first Wednesday of each month. All welcome. n Social Dancing, Quakers Road Church Hall, 8 - 10.15 pm every Wednesday and Friday. Call Doreen on 0117 9564308. n Weekly Café, Badminton Road Methodist Church, 10am-noon. Each Wednesday except during August. Call Nicky Budd 0117 9570966. n Phoenix Art Club, Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, Guinea Lane, Fishponds 10am - 12noon. All mediums, all abilities.

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downendvoice 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 Hatha Flow Yoga, gentle and nurturing. Downend. Lincombe Barn. 7 - 8 pm. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ 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 Scrabble Club 2, Lincombe Barn, 10am-noon, alternate weeks Wednesday evenings. Beginners welcome. n Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Emersons Green Quilters, Christ Church Centre, Quakers Road, 7.30pm-9.30pm on second Thursday of every month. Details from Rose Thomas 0117 949 0840 n Papercraft, Lincombe Barn 1011.30am fortnightly. For members to learn or improve their paper crafting skills. n Calligraphy 2, Lincombe Barn 10.30am-noon. An enjoyable class for all levels, beginners welcome. n Barn Bees, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. Ladies new to the district come and enjoy a friendly group for a cuppa/chat/sew/knit for fundraising. n Hand Bell Ringers, , Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. Persons with some music reading ability welcome. n Gardening Club, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm. n Line Dancing, Lincombe Barn 8.15-9.30pm. For beginners/ improvers, keep fit and exercise your brain at the same time, no partner needed. n Fishponds Probus Club, Fishponds Conservative Club at 10am, 1st. and 3rd Thursday. Vacancies available for retired professional/business gentlemen. Call Graham Hawkins 0117 9561846. n Frome Valley Artists, Downend Folk House 1.30-3.30pm. No tuition given, but regular demonstrations held. Call John Forster on 0117 9561010. n Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, Pomphrey Hill pavilion 10am-noon. n Resound Camera Club, Resound building, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield 7.30pm. Bi-weekly. We are a sociable group catering for all skill levels. Please see our web site for more information. n Emersons Green Running Club, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 7pm n Rainbows, Emersons Green Village Hall. Evenings. n Emersons Green Whist Club,


Emersons Green Village Hall 2-4.30pm. n Rainbow Tots, parent and toddler group, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11.30am. n Scrabble club, Emersons Green Village Hall 10am-noon, monthly. n Senior Citizens social club, Emersons Green Village Hall 11.30am-2.30pm, monthly. n Downend Horticultural Society. Assembly Rooms, Sailbury Road, Downend 7.30pm, 2nd Thursday of the month all year. Outing to gardens and we hold flower shows. Members who can help 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@ Call 0782

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42 5155 954. n Sequence Dance class, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7.309.30pm. Call John 01454 261498. n Zumba Gold with Cressida, Royal British Legion, Kendall Road, Staple Hill, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Fun dance & exercise class to music from around the world. Ideal for beginners to Zumba or older students. Special offer, first class £3. Tel 0117 330 9549 / 0780 8581 739. n Zumba Gold with Cressida, Royal British Legion, Kendall Road, Staple Hill, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Fun dance & exercise class to music from around the world. Ideal for beginners to Zumba or older students. Special offer, first class £3. Tel 0117 330 9549 / 0780 8581 739. n Mangotsfield URC, Cossham Street, Mangotsfield 10.30am first Thursday in the month. Coffee, cake and a warm welcome. n Fishponds and Downend Rotary Club, The Langley Arms, Guest Avenue, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7GA. website - Google “F&D Rotary” n Sugarcraft: St Andrews Hall, Elm Park, Filton 7.30pm – 9.30pm, third Thursday each month. We have demonstrations monthly on flowers and models and practice/ workshops with instruction. Call Jean Kington 0117 956 8737. n Meditation and Mindfulness

Classes, Portland Therapy Centre, Staple Hill. Beginners Classes 6.307.30pm and Group Practice 7.358.35pm. Registered British School of Meditation Teacher. Book in advance on 0117 956 5855. www. n Qi Gong class every Thursday evening from 6.45pm to 8pm at Emersons Green Village Hall cost £5. For further details e-mail n DanceFit with Cressida. Beechwood Club, Beechwood Rd., Fishponds BS16 3TR. 2pm-3pm. Easy pace weekly exercise class with range of dance steps & music, plus tea & chat. Call 07808 581739 n Friendly badminton group looking for new members. Meets at Downend Sports Centre every Thursday at 8pm. If interested please contact Geoff Millard 07788 295161 or geoffpmillard@hotmail. com n Hatha Flow Yoga, gentle and nurturing. Downend. Lincombe Barn. 10.45 - 11.45 am. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at

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with little ones. Christ Church, Downend, term time 9.4511.15am. Crafts, toys, refreshments, song time. Monty Mouse helps children to learn about God in a fun an interactive way. No need to book. Call Anita Dobson 0775 3233 950. Email: family@ 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 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

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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. .


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

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

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n NEWS THE smiles say it all - the cheer squad Bristol Starlight have done it again!The cheerleaders, who meet in Bromley Heath and Frenchay, and are aged from six to ten, won two titles and missed out on a third by just one point at a UK Cheerleading Association competition in Gloucester. The younger groups meet on Mondays and Wednesdays in Bromley Heath and those aged eight to ten meet on Fridays in Frenchay. There is also a preschool group for children from three and half upwards that meets on Monday afternoons in Bromley Heath. If you’d like to find out what a pom squad do, Bristol Starlight will be performing at Heathfest and Frenchay flower show in July. They will also be running summer workshops during August. Get in touch via their facebook page Bristol Starlight cheer squad, email starjumpersgymclub@gmail. com or call on 0117 957 0009.

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Changing times for Dings rugby AN EXHIBITION chronicles the life of one of the oldest rugby clubs in Bristol as it prepares to embark upon a new period in its history. Dings Crusaders Rugby Football Club was established some 120 years ago, with its roots in the Dings - a working class area between Barton Hill and Temple Meads. The Shaftesbury Crusade, a Christian mission in the area, encouraged sporting activity in the Dings. In 1897 HW Rudge founded Dings Crusaders as part of the Dings Boys Club. In 1948 the club moved to a new ground in Landseer Avenue, Lockleaze. In 2014 it was decided to move again, this time to Frenchay. A 26-acre site was

available in Frenchay Park Road, opposite the old Frenchay Hospital, and the sale of the land in Lockleaze for housing paid for a new clubhouse and gymnasium, and two full size pitches, and junior pitches. The club is entirely amateur, and "we don't play for personal gain" is a poignant line in the club's anthem. The club has mounted a display in Frenchay Village Museum encompassing their 120-year history, which runs until the end of June. The museum is located at the junction of Frenchay Park Road and Begbrook Park. It’s open Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5pm and Wednesdays from 1-4pm. Entry is free.

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The Noise: something to shout about YOUNG people gathered together in large numbers can sometimes have a bad name. Not so on the Bank Holiday weekend at the start of May, when 33 young people from Downend gathered with around 900 others to show God’s love in practical ways across the city of Bristol. The Noise, a social action project to work in some of the more deprived areas of Bristol, has been running for 17 years. The young people of Christ Church Downend (and their leaders and other families) have been taking part for seven years. When you turn up on the Saturday morning to one of the centres and collect your blue Noise T shirt, you have no idea what your group will be asked to do. Except that you know it will be dirty, hard work, and a lot of fun because you’re doing it with friends and you believe it will make a difference. In previous years our young people have done painting, litter

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dirty? No, of course not! Led by Gary Smart, youth leader at Christ Church Downend, they worked really hard all day, with only a stop for lunch. They knew that the Community Farm provides a valuable service to the community and needs every penny it can get, and that even the pigs can get too much of a good thing when it comes to muck! Other teams did litter picking, soil and rock clearance and bramble clearing, all tackled with the same enthusiasm and sense of fun. Many of the team turned up for a second day’s hard work on the Bank Holiday Monday, and were joined by fresh workers as well. They even finished off the weekend by face painting at one of the 11 free Family Fun Days that were run by The Noise around the city. Young people (and some adults) setting us all an example of how to serve others by giving your time, and doing so with great humour and dedication. Something worth shouting about! Anita Dobson


Bromley Bear's all set - are you? LAST-minute preparations are underway for this year's Heathfest and, as usual, it promises to attract thousands of visitors. It will take place at Bromley Heath playing fields on Saturday July 1, from 1pm to 6pm. The event will offer something for people of all ages including fairground rides, crafts, food and drink stalls, stalls, soft play marquee and pony rides. New for this year is extra family entertainment including free puppet shows and participatory workshops including football skills and martial arts. Performances from local choirs, schools and dance groups will take place throughout the day with the grand finale coming from rock band Cloudy Apple at 5pm. Downend School band, the Creators of Lightning, will also perform, although the time is still to be confirmed. Bromley Bear, the Heathfest mascot, will be roaming around, waving to visitors and giving out free cuddles. Heathfest used to be called Bromley Heath Village Festival which had more of a village fete vibe but these days the event is more like a family festival. Two charities have been chosen to benefit from this year's Heathfest - Bristol and South Gloucestershire Young Carers and the Ignite youth

group, based at Christ Church, Downend. Chairwoman of the Heathfest committee, Liz Huggins, said: "We're expecting a few thousand but we've never actually counted because it's an open space so we're never sure who's there for us and who's walking their dogs! "We have a small committee of local residents mostly from Bromley Heath and Downend, and started planning last September. Last year we had some feedback that there wasn't enough free things for families to do so we've responded with scheduled puppet shows, roaming entertainment and more to get involved with like football skills sessions, martial arts workshops and a dance workshop. It's going well and we're very pleased. It's shaping up to be a great day for all the family." Entry is by programme and costs £2 per family. These can be purchased from the local football team who will be going door to door prior to the event to sell them or at the event. Heathfest is being sponsored by M Coleman estate agents and negotiations with other potential sponsors have been taking place. At the time Downend Voice went to print, there were still numerous activities and acts yet to be confirmed. The committee is still looking for people to marshall on the day. To find out more call Liz on 07500 775074.

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Burglar sent to jail A MAN has been jailed after a burglary at a community centre in Yate. Richard Crook, 39, of no fixed abode, was arrested after officers were alerted to the crime, which took place on Friday May 12, by a CCTV operator. He appeared before Bristol magistrates the following day and admitted breaking in to the community centre in Shire Way and a further charge of burglary at a pub in Soundwell Road, Soundwell on Saturday, April 15. He was jailed for a total of 12 months and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge totalling £200. A second man also appeared Richard Crook in court charged with the same two burglaries and two others, both in London Road, Warmley, in April and May. He was remanded in custody pending a further hearing.

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Downend's gift of pencils to African pupils NEARLY 1,000 pencils have been sent from Downend to a school in an extremely poor area of east Africa. The next step is to raise money for desks for some of the pupils at the school in Kumi, Uganda. The link with the Bazaar School (named because it is in the bazaar area of Kumi) has come about through the charity Mission Direct, whose staff members Richard and Jan Bacon attend Christ Church Downend when they are in the UK. Both the church and Christ Church Infant School are keen to develop a partnership with the eastern Ugandan school, which has more than 150 children in each year group. Richard and Jan have described how some pupils are crammed on to the few desks while the rest sit on the floor at the front of the class and have to strain their necks to see the blackboard. Sunday school children at Christ Church have raised money for the pencils by saving

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BEECHMERE BELLES WI At our most recent meeting we enjoyed getting crafty with a 'DIY Pamper night'. Members worked in small groups to make their own beauty products from scratch, including lipbalm, sugar scrub and soap. It was lovely evening, not only because every one was able to take something unique home to treat themselves with, but because we had so much fun making it! It was a great opportunity to have a chat and be social. May's meeting will see us enjoying a picnic in the park (weather permitting) and there are lots more fun activities planned for the rest of the year. Why not come along to onenif our meetings to say Hi? We meet on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7.30pm at Emerson's Green Village Hall. We are a friendly and diverse bunch

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Looking ahead to our 41st birthday party on Monday 26 June, we will be entertained by Naomi this year and there will be ploughman’s and puds. I am sure there will be some drinks but members or visitors can BYO (within reason ladies). There is no dress code or theme this year but those of you with and inner ‘rock chick’ feel free to express it. Supper club, lunch club and craft club details will be discussed at the meeting. 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 7.30pm and we do not charge for our visitors, you can find out more out our meetings by contacting: or looking at our website: www.

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STAPLE HILL WI EVER heard of plastic soup? Know anyone who is lonely? This month's meeting focussed on the National WI campaigns of 'Alleviating loneliness' and 'Plastic soup: keeping microplastic fibres out of our oceans'. Each year WI branches nationwide vote for the resolutions it would like the WI to campaign on nationally so we discussed the impact of chronic loneliness on health and wellbeing. We also learnt about how tiny fibres shed from synthetic clothing contribute to microplastic contamination of the oceans. We felt the WI could make an impact on both these issues so voted for both campaigns to go forward to the National WI conference.

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n NEWS Staple Hill WI is held at Christchurch Hall, Downend on the third Tuesday of each month. We have spaces for new members so come along and you will be given a warm welcome.

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BROMLEY HEATH WI We were delighted to welcome staff from Almondsbury Garden Centre to our May meeting. Adam and John talked to us about some of the products available at Almondsbury Garden Centre and we were interested to hear about their new “Drive through compost” system! You just drive in and they load in the compost and you pay them - simple! There was a bit of discussion about the best way to get rid of those pesky slugs – will we ever find the perfect way to stop

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n PETER'S VISION Looking a million dollars! ONE of the many great things about working in an Opticians is getting to look at (and well quite frankly spend lots of time trying on) the beautiful, stylish, colourful and simply gorgeous glasses. When it comes to choosing one, well okay maybe two, or even three… it’s actually quite easy. Keeping abreast of the current styles, dropping in on the visits by the frame account managers from whom we select the best of their frame collection for you to wear, our eye is always drawn to one or two frames that Wow us! We all have our favorites, at the moment one of ours is the Vanni frames. We all find with these that once you experience the comfort, fit and beauty of the Italian designed frames, it is hard to be happy with anything else! Many of our patients comment just how unbelievably comfortable and stylish this frame collection is, how the light catches the frame to accentuate the colours and how they fit brilliantly. Vanni glasses hark back to Giovanni Vitaloni himself (Vanni to his friends), born in Milan he was an artist with a technical flare and an eye for design. Vanni's influence is still visible today in the glasses that his family design which are at the cutting edge of creative eyewear - beauty stemming from the spark of genius mixed with culture and style. The design and colours are second to none and the

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n NEWS Members of St Stephen's Drama Group are turning their attention to comedy following their sell-out pantomime

Cue much hilarity as group plays for laughs A DRAMA group is presenting a comedy offering following the sell-out success of its Christmas panto. St Stephen's Drama Group was delighted after tickets for the festive Bluebeard sold like hot cakes. But thoughts soon turned to their summer show - and they've decided to lighten the mood with a comedy extravaganza. Featuring a double bill of one act plays, the group will start off with Corner’s Last Case, written by renowned playwright Martin Ward. The comedy murder mystery revolves around the hunt for the notorious Butcher of Baker Street and reveals the internal strife of the local police force. For the second helping of humour, the group will perform And the Bride Wore… by Cheryl Barrett. Set in an upmarket bridal shop, the play features family squabbles, personal insults and the mud slinging between two families who hate each other but are brought together by a family

wedding. The drama group are trying a new format of two plays instead of one as they want to include as many members as possible in their productions. Chairwoman Caroline Ball said: “We have come a long way from the early days of scraping by. Now, we are able to bring so much to the local area by doing something we all really enjoy and I hope it shows in our performances. "As with any show we do, we have all worked really hard, but judging by the responses to our last show, Bluebeard, the audiences love and appreciate it. "Our success has meant that more people want to join in the fun and we’ve recently had to open up a waiting list for new members.” This year’s summer show also gives the opportunity for new talent to come through with the emergence of two new producers. After being a member of the group for two years, Alice Hall decided to expand her skills

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n DOWNEND IN BLOOM CIAO tutti - as you can probably guess we have just returned from Italy. We love it there as it is so different from England but when we land and drive back from the airport I always realise how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful DOWNEND IN flowers BLOOM country. The trees and are spectacular at the moment and after miles of flat land and thousands of olive trees the variety of colour is wonderful to see. As usual when you return from holiday you are inundated with emails and I have already had to add two working parties to my calendar. One is for work at the tennis club (Cleeve Hill), where we have had the toilets refurbished, and the other for a general clear-up (for D&BH in Bloom) in the High Street. Back to reality! Towards the end of the month Dave and I will be going to buy the plants for the wooden planters outside the shops (let's hope that Leon of Downend Kitchens - also our son, which always helps) is feeling generous again and will allow us the use of one of his vans for bringing them all back. By the time you read this article our major displays will hopefully be

Our flowers are just bellissimo! DOWNEND IN BLOOM in situ and looking good. We have had to change our pole baskets this year as the others were too heavy to lift safely and this has meant we have also had to purchase and replace the brackets to hold them on - a lot of extra work. As you may have seen, and new to the High Street, are the wooden planters that the Men in the Shed have made for the Beehive Cafe. They certainly do look good and are awaiting planting. Finally this month we have also added a plaque to the newly planted tree fronting Britannia Woods. This is in memory of Graeme Riley, the ex chair of the Parish Council. I also promised to tell you about the major event happening on Saturday June 17 in the High Street. I can now reveal that D&BH in Bloom have organised a

refurbishment of the roundabout in Downend (I am sure some of you have noticed that it is now devoid of all plants!). Kustom Furnishing in Downend have agreed to sponsor a new sculpture to be erected on the roundabout and the money that we were awarded in the Bristol Post/Airbus awards will cover new planting. We, as a group, and especially Chris, our chairman, have wanted to improve the look of the roundabout since we started and finally it is coming to fruition. The sculpture has been commissioned from a talented and famous sculptress, Jenny Pickford, who has many beautiful sculptures around the country and even has a sculpture at Wimbledon. What a coup for our little village! The opening ceremony will be at 11am and there will be many fun things happening throughout the day including refreshments, face painting etc so please keep the day free and come along to join in the celebrations. Finally a few dates for your

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Remember - your bunny needs a buddy Hop to it - and bounce over to Avenue Veterinary Centre. It’s Rabbit Awareness Month!

THIS month, in conjunction with Rabbit Awareness Week, here at Avenue Veterinary Centre we are celebrating bunnies for the entire month of June! Rabbit Awareness Week is an event held each year across the whole of the UK. The purpose of this event is to help raise awareness of rabbit welfare and to help improve the standard of living for bunnies everywhere. To support this event Avenue Veterinary Centre is offering FREE rabbit health checks throughout June so you can bring your bunny along to our nurse led rabbit clinics and get a free rabbit check.

Attending our rabbit clinics is particularly beneficial as you will get all kinds of useful advice on rabbit welfare. There are five welfare needs: environment, diet, behaviour, company and health. We will look at each of the five welfare needs of your pet bunny and see if there are any areas for improvement. This year we have chosen to focus particularly on ‘Bunny Buddies’ which comes under the welfare need of ‘company’. We will take a closer look at your bunny’s social needs, as they are socially quite complex pets. People often don’t realise that rabbits are incredibly social animals and need a bunny friend. Many owners keep rabbits alone in a hutch and this leads to a miserable life for rabbits especially after a long period of time. Rabbits are happiest when kept with other rabbits. Therefore, rabbits should ideally live in friendly pairs or groups. However, keeping the wrong pairings together can lead to unwanted

n LITTLEST RESCUE HONEY and Bailey are looking for their furever home together, they are young bunnies between 1 and a half years. They are both neutered and vaccinated. Honey adores her nose strokes and Bailey loves to play. They are both really friendly and have lovely personalities to share. They would suit an indoor or outdoor home. Danielle is looking for a special home, she requires lots of open space and ideally would live as a free range or cage free house bunny. She does not like being in small or confined spaces and can become aggressive if she is in one. However she's a lovely lady when allowed to bun around! She likes her nose strokes and treats! She's looking for husbun too! If you are interested in adoption or fostering please email us at or call 0117 956 1981. We are currently looking for more events and fundraisers to attend if you would like to invite us and our animals along please email redminimyrtle@

kittens and/or fighting so getting professional advice is always highly recommended. It is also strongly advised that bunny owners get their pet rabbits vaccinated against Myxomatosis and Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, which are two particularly nasty infectious diseases that can cause a lot of suffering to rabbits and can often be fatal. Therefore we are offering 10% off this vaccination if you come to our rabbit vaccination afternoon on Wednesday 28th June 2017. Alternatively, join our Avenue Healthcare Club. Not only can you spread the cost monthly but you will also benefit from saving up to 24% per year on your bunny’s preventative healthcare including vaccinations. Please contact Avenue Veterinary Centre on 0117 9569038 to make an appointment or discuss joining our Healthcare Club.

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n REVIEW Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys - Downend Folk Club ON THE stage at Christ Church Downend, under the stained glass window of St Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, an almost-full church of music lovers were left enthralled by an evening of fine music; first from local act Susie Dobson, and then from the phenomenal Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys. With a new EP on the horizon, Susie Dobson treated us to a smattering of traditional and contemporary songs, delivered with a breath-taking voice and accompaniment from ukulele, dulcimer, guitar, and violin. Just over a year since her first appearance, it’s clear to see that this talented 18-year old has grown in both musicianship and confidence. Surely big things await. But it was for the headline act that most of the 120+ audience had parted with their hard-earned cash, and they did not disappoint. Starting with a number of rousing sing-a-long choruses, it soon became apparent that Sam Kelly has the kind of voice that almost doesn't need amplification,

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys performing in Christ Church, Downend Photo: Alan Cole

but with the added impact of drums, cello and banjo against his own guitar, the sound really filled the whole church. Before the end of the first half we were lucky to experience a quite unique rendition of the Dire Straits classic ‘Sultans of Swing’ - complete with banjo solo from Jamie Francis - and then a moving love song in the Cornish language

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n PREVIEW Next at Downend Folk Club: India Electric Co. (support from Jack Cookson) Friday June 16, Frenchay Village Hall SOMETIMES folk, sometimes not. That’s the first line from the official biography of a duo called India Electric Co. But it could equally describe the eclectic range of folk, roots, acoustic and singer/ songwriter acts that are regularly put on by Downend Folk Club. And that’s why this is such a nice match, and why India Electric Co. are amongst the first headline acts to be invited back by the club for a second helping. You see, India Electric Co. (otherwise known as Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) were among the first batch of headliners when Downend Folk Club launched back in 2014… and it was a key moment in the early life of the vibrant local club. A packed audience that night (it sold out weeks in advance) were treated to an extraordinary

evening of musicianship which really marked the club out as something for local music-lovers to make a regular monthly feature in their diary. Many people still refer back to that night as one of their favourites so far. So having Cole & Joseph back? Well, it was obvious, really! India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a

veritable musical magpie’s nest.” (Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3). After releasing their debut debut album ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ in 2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure throughout Europe. They performed live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, as well as playing the likes of Glastonbury Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2017 they’re embarking on their first tours of Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Ireland to coincide with the release of their

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'Despicable' raiders jailed after conning old folk BURGLARS who hoodwinked their way into the homes of elderly people by claiming to be from a charity have been described by a judge as "despicable, predatory, heartless and cowardly". His Honour Judge Hart sentenced Miles Connors and Thomas Reynolds both to six years in prison after they told old people in Fishponds and Kingswood they were from Age Concern as a ruse to enter their homes and steal from them. Connors, 46, of Reading, and Reynolds, 32, of Slough, carried out three offences last July and were sentenced on April 28. Reynolds also asked the court to take into consideration three similar burglaries in Berkshire in July and August 2016 and three fraud offences. The men called on the home of a 75-year-old woman in Fishponds who let them in after they claimed to be from Age

Thomas Reynolds Concern and the NHS, but left empty-handed when she became suspicious. In a second incident in Kingswood a man walked into the home of a 92-year-old woman. Again, he claimed to be from Age Concern. The woman was on the phone to her son at the time and he left without anything being taken. Finally a man knocked on the

Miles Connors door of an 80-year-old woman in Kingswood saying, once again, he was from Age Concern. The lady tried to turn him away but he then claimed to be from the council and she opened the door. She heard a second man speak but did not see him. The first man persuaded the woman and her husband to go upstairs, claiming to be checking their mobility to see if they needed a

stair lift. When the man left they found that cash had been taken from a handbag. In November 2016, following a lengthy investigation involving a number of other police forces, Reynolds was arrested in Wiltshire and Connors was arrested in Berkshire. Judge Hart also issued the pair with Criminal Behaviour Orders, which will come into effect on their release from prison. The 10-year orders include conditions which bar both men from visiting South Gloucestershire and 'cold calling' door-to-door. The charities Age Concern and Help the Aged merged in 2009 and the new organisation was renamed Age UK in 2010. Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said: "All collectors for Age UK shops are required to carry Age UK ID cards and present them if requested."



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n NEWS CHURCHES from Downend, Bromley Heath, Mangotsfield, Emersons Green and Staple Hill are once again coming together to offer a free family fun day for all to enjoy. C in the Park is now in its sixth year and will take place on Sunday July 2 at King George V playing fields in Downend. The day will begin at 11am with an open air service led by Sanctuary Church and Music Group together with children from Mangotsfield CofE Primary School who will be singing. The churches taking part fund the event with support from local councils and say it is their gift to the community. Visitors are being encouraged to bring a picnic lunch as well as chairs and blankets to sit on. Refreshments will also be on sale. From 12pm to 4pm local schools and groups will entertain the crowds from the main stage and various activities will be available such as large inflatables, craft, games, sporting activities and tea, coffee, soft drinks and cake.

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Bill leaves buses behind to stand on wing of a biplane HIS wife and daughters think he's mad - but travelling at 130mph on the wing of an aeroplane will be a breeze according to Fishponds pensioner Bill Quinn. For that's exactly what the 73-year-old plans to do this summer to raise money for charity. Bill, a former bus driver, is planning to collect at least £1,500 for Cancer Research and Southmead Hospital's oncology department. He decided he wanted to give something back after he was successfully treated for bladder cancer in 1999. "I had bladder cancer 18 years ago and at that time they were doing a new type of operation called a neobladder, which means your bladder is removed and replaced by skin from

another part of your body. It was successful and I've now survived for 18 years! I have check-ups every 12 months but I've been clear ever since." The septuagenarian, who used to drive the 48 and 49 buses through Fishponds and Downend, said: "I've always wanted to do something and have helped out at various charity events but I thought I needed to do something more before I got much older. I did consider a parachute jump but while I was looking at that I came across an ad for a wing walk. I thought 'Why not go mad and do one of those?' "I will be standing on top of a biplane which will go up to about 400ft travelling at 130mph - but I'll be strapped in!" The news wasn't exactly met with enthusiasm by Bill's wife

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n CHRISTINE'S COLUMN With Downend Folk House Gardening Club I HAPPENED to be sitting on a park bench the other week in a pretty little park in Brunswick Square – right in the middle of town. It is tucked away near the Spectrum building opposite the shops. I was rather early for my appointment I had near there so I found a nice coffee shop that sold sandwiches and fresh pastries round a corner and sat in the sun for a while. The park is a thoroughfare and there are quite a lot of pedestrians using it. It is well kept and has rose beds with orange, yellow and even blue roses in them. There is a lovely sweet chestnut tree with pink tresses hanging down too. While I was sitting there it got me thinking about the other parks in the city and surrounding areas that we are very lucky to have in Bristol. Visitors to our city are very fortunate to have College Green to sit to have their lunch on a fine day surrounded by majestic buildings such as the Council House, the once Royal Hotel and Bristol Cathedral. Not far up Park Street of course is

Brandon Hill. When I was a child my father was manager of Randals, a shoe shop in Park Street and as children we would visit him in his lunch break and have a picnic on Brandon Hill. I can remember how I really loved playing and running about the interesting meandering paths there. There was a stream with a bridge and rock gardens. Being a child it held a certain fascination for me. When you come to think about it, Bristol does have a lot of open spaces, look at Durdham Downs, Blaise Castle and Ashton Court Estate, for instance. Of course we mustn’t forget about parkland on our own doorstep. Emersons Green Park is on my doorstep. I just have to go out of my front door, turn left, down a slight incline, turn left and cross the main road which runs through the estate and I’m in a lane which leads to the park. My dog and my grandchildren love it. Logan loves the play area especially. I couldn’t be any nearer than that!

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n NEWS Ready for robes COUNCILLOR Ian Blair has been appointed Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council. He took up the post at the annual general meeting, following a year as Vice Chair. Emersons Green Councillor Rachael Hunt was appointed as Vice Chair. The Chair of Council is elected each year at the annual meeting and represents the council at civic functions as well as chairing meetings of full council.

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A FORMER Commander of British Forces in Afghanistan visited Mangotsfield School to hold a series of writing workshops. Colonel Richard Kemp, who completed 14 tours of duty around the globe, became an author and campaigner after he retired from the army. He co-wrote a book called Attack State Red, which aimed

to put readers into the boots of a fighting soldier. Col Kemp spoke to Year 11 boys about his career and his views on issues relating to war and conflict before supporting the students in some extended writing practice for their GCSE English language exams. Head teacher David Spence said the visit had been inspirational for the students.

Bristol in the 50s BRISTOL in the 1950s is the subject of the next meeting of Kingswood History Society. Historian Mike Hooper will lead the talk on Tuesday June 6 at 7.30pm, in Room 4 at the Park Centre, Kingswood High Street (opposite Kingswood Civic Centre, BS15 9TR. Parking in Hollow Road). The society meets on the first Tuesday of each month from March to December. Anyone interested in joining should visit the website or pop along to a meeting. Cost is £2.50 per visit including tea/coffee and biscuits, and annual subscription is £20.


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n BOOKS Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin Shelving in the library often brings up hidden gems that I might consider dipping my toe into and this book is no exception. Started by the author and completed after her death by her daughter, this is a medieval mystery to rival all the greats such as Ellis Peters, Michael Jecks, Paul Doherty and Alys Clare. Set in 1171, the main protagonist is someone skilled in a rare profession at this time. Even more rare is the fact that it is a woman - Adelia Aguilar, who trained as a doctor and is now practising as an anatomist in the study of corpses. At the request of Henry II of England she is sent from Salerno as an expert along with a renowned Jewish investigator and a Saracen to solve a series of child murders in Cambridge, said to have been committed by Jews. Franklin (the pen name of Diana Norman) knows her stuff and we get dragged straight away into attitudes of the time on crime, women, Jews, medicine, religion and politics in a gripping read that has twists and turns galore! Her heroes are personable and likeable; her villains nasty and depraved. The pace is fast and enjoyable; there is horror, sadness, grief, humour, love (although definitely not a slushy read!) and respect all wrapped up between the covers of this book. Winner of the 2007 CWA Ellis Peters Award for Historical Crime Novel of the Year, I say this book definitely has all the elements and more to give Ellis Peters herself a run for her money. I’m now looking forward to reading the others in this four book series Reviewed by Cathy

A House Full of Daughters By Juliet Nicolson Juliet Nicolson is the grand-

daughter of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson and was brought up at Sissinghurst, the house whose beautiful gardens were created by Vita at the turn of the century. Vita was a colourful character with lovers of both sexes and an unconventional lifestyle. The daughters in the title are 7 generations of the SackvilleWest family, starting with the beautiful and talented Spanish flamenco dancer, Pepita, the mistress of Lionel Sackville West. Pepita was born in poverty in the slums of Malaga but when she met Lionel he set her up in a big house in a Spanish village with her ever expanding family. After her death in childbirth his illegitimate daughter, Victoria, joined him in Washington where he was working as a diplomat and kept house for him, before meeting her cousin, also called Lionel, and marrying him. As Lionel was the heir to Knowle in Sussex Victoria married well and her daughter Vita lived there before her marriage to Harold. Vita did not have a daughter but her son, Nigel, married Philippa, Juliet’s mother. Their marriage did not last and Philippa married again and succumbed to alcoholism. Juliet too has had her problems in life but has two adult daughters and a lovely grand-daughter. This book explores recurring themes in all these women’s lives and details the struggles of these women, particularly in their relationships with their own daughters. An interesting read. Reviewed by Julie B

All the light we cannot see by Anthony Duerr MarieLaure, blind


since the age of six lives in Paris with her father who works as the keeper of keys for The Natural History Museum. He is a talented craftsman and constructs miniature models of the neighbourhood for his daughter to help her navigate her way around. When war breaks out they flee to St Malo to shelter with Marie –Laure’s great uncle, a recluse who never leaves his house. Unbeknown to Marie-Laure, with them they are carrying the “Sea of Flame”, the most valuable gem stone in the museum’s collection. Marie-Laure forms a strong bond with her Great Uncle and inspired by her bravery he eventually becomes involved in the resistance fight against the Nazi invasion. Orphan Werner, lives with his sister in the German mining town of Zollverien. Werner expects to follow in his father’s footsteps and work down the mines but after discovering a small broken radio which he secretly fixes, his talent for all things electronic becomes apparent. This leads him to be selected for the elite but brutal Hitler Youth School and a special

assignment to track the Resistance through their radio transmissions, eventually leading him to St Malo where the stories of Werner and Marie-Laure collide. There is a further sub plot involving the obsessive search by a senior Nazi for the precious gem which superstition implies may turn the fortunes of the war. As he closes in on the stone his search leads him the tall house in St. Malo belonging to Marie –Laure’s uncle. Throughout the book it is clear that eventually the paths of Werner and Marie-Laure will cross. The author uses short chapters to tell the different strands of the story and this really helps the reader to keep track of what’s going on. I found it a real page turner, you always want to know what happens next to the various characters and the tension really ramps up as the parallel stories come together in a tense and dramatic climax. Reviewed by Gill

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Capital chance to capture images LONDON is full of surprises - as these images from Anita Fullerton, of Lincombe Barn Camera Club, show. Anita says she avoids tourist traps such as Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street or Piccadilly Circus when seeking out interesting shots of the capital. “I recommend exploring the city and South Bank near London Bridge, the museums, the stations and the markets. The peoplewatching opportunities are limitless. “All the images of people here are just shots snatched without the them really being aware of my presence. I feel this gives the real essence of their activities and without a sign of them being posed. “I also like architecture and considering the Bristol connection with Brunel I found the Paddington Station shot particularly fascinating. The image of the British Museum is well known but the sun shining through the glass roof casts interesting shadows

across the floor.” Anita hopes her photos will inspire photographers to seek out some unfamiliar images of our own city of Bristol. The club members enjoy many activities such as visiting photographic exhibitions and organised outings. The most recent were to The Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge and to Bovey Tracey for the Western Counties Members Exhibition.The club is now planning a two day stay in Pembrokeshire when members hope to cross to Skomer Island to photograph puffins. From June 6 onwards, LBCC we will be exhibiting in three local libraries: Emersons Green, Staple Hill and Downend. If you are interested in joining the club, you can find details at www.lincombebarncameraclub.

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n INSIDE OUT GREY has been a hugely popular for interiors in recent years, and although it may not be the most obvious choice for a children’s bedroom it really can work. It might seem counter-intuitive, but the result is anything but drab or depressing, as children’s colourful toys and furniture really pop out against darker hues, but often we shy away from anything more interesting than off-white. Darker coloured walls are ideal for creating cosseting, cosy spaces and in combination with blackout-lined curtains aid daytime napping. Using pattern only sparingly, this room aims not to be too bedazzling or over-stimulating, and pointedly avoids any cartoon characters on the furnishings. Decorating is so disruptive, that no one wants to be making inconvenient or expensive changes every time a growing child acquires a new passion. Parents are also allowed to enjoy the surroundings too, so there is no harm in choosing paints and papers that can be pleasurable for everyone to look at, and will grow with the child to some extent. Choosing a gender neutral colour scheme is also a good idea, as you never know, there might be a new sibling to share the same space later on. Although a futon bed means the room is missing out on an obvious storage opportunity, it suits the inhabitant of this space who has difficulty climbing and is prone to falling out of bed. Wardrobe units can often be imposing so here they have been painted the same colour as the walls, and even look at first glance as though they have been built into the alcove, keeping the ‘visual noise’ down.

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Be on the alert for distraction burglars POLICE are urging residents to be aware of a new tactic being used by distraction burglars following incidents in areas across the city, including Staple Hill and Mangotsfield. Three households were visited over the weekend of May 6-7 by two men who talked their way in by saying they needed to check for damp. In all three incidents, one man kept the resident talking while the other went into another room – and in each case property was later found to be missing. The first incident happened in Horfield, between 5.30pm and 6pm on Saturday May 6. Two men called on a 79-year-old woman and tried to persuade her she needed work done on damp. She refused and they left but she realised her keys were missing. The first man is described as white, in his 20s, about 5ft 8ins, medium build, with short black hair and was wearing black trousers and top. The second is white, in his 20s, about 5ft 4ins, stocky, with dark hair and was wearing a cap and dark clothing. At about 3pm on Sunday May

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7, two men called at the home of a 94-year-old man in Stockwood. He later found cash missing from his wallet, while between 3pm and 4pm that day a 79-year-old woman in Staple Hill had cash stolen from her purse after a visit from two men. The first suspect in the Staple Hill incident was described as a white man, in his 20s, about

6ft tall, of medium build with tidy black straight hair and was wearing a blue boiler suit. The second man is also white, in his 20s, about 5ft 9ins, of medium build with wavy black hair. These incidents happened over the same weekend as police arrested a man on suspicion of committing a burglary in Mangotsfield in April. In that

incident a man called on a couple in their 80s, getting into the house by claiming to be from a gas company, and stealing a handbag. A 45-year-old man was arrested on May 7 and was later released under investigation pending further enquiries. DC 3222 Alastair Binnie said: “We're determined to track down criminals who take advantage of vulnerable elderly people and take them to court. I’m keen to hear from anyone with any information which could help our investigation, especially residents who had similar callers. "This sort of thing isn’t common but is very upsetting, and can be prevented: just remember, if you’re not sure, don’t open the door." Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries in the areas affected. Police recommend using a door chain and asking to see the identification of unexpected callers. Officers say if you are suspicious of a caller or feel unsafe, ring 999 straight away.

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Black and white still appeals IT'S odd that in a world awash with colourful images that black and white pictures still have the power to impress and hold our interest. After all, we see the world in colour, and black and white is a remnant from those days when that was all that was technically possible. Now, most amateur photographers, even those dedicated to monochrome, shoot in colour and then convert, for computer software now allows the colour in images to be turned into subtle varieties of tone and shadow, so images become less black and white and more infinite shades of grey. Why is it still such a popular format? Perhaps it has something to do with striping a scene down to basics; there is more impact and understanding with the distraction of colour removed. The winners of the recent annual club black and white competition certainly fall into the dramatic category: all were full of detail with high impact quality. ‘Stourhead’ shows a familiar scene but it works well in terms of composition. It has an oldworld quality, with the figures on the right in just the right place. The same sense of nostalgia is provided by ‘Silver Star’, the old bus fits in with building, and is complemented by the figure and the lamppost. ‘Cairngorms’ is different, the view here is of the wilderness, cold and dank with the mist on the water – looks like an early morning effort rewarded! If you want to contribute your own work as part of a friendly photographic group, come along one Tuesday to a meeting of Downend Camera Club at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, and Downend at 7.45pm. We meet almost every week and new members are very welcome. The Club has a

Top: Silver Star by Derek Britton Above: Cairngorms by Dave Gregory Right: Stourhead by Vilma Toms

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n GARDENING SOMEONE said to me this week that you’re not really aware of the lack of rain until you have a garden, and how we missed the rain during the first few weeks of May. My pond is several inches lower than it was in March and the water butt hasn’t been full for as long. Where the ground hasn’t been mulched well it’s starting to bake hard, something that I’d expect in the height of summer, not in May. But as I sit and write this, the heavens are open and we are once again getting the soaking that all of my plants have been longing for. Certainly my sweet peas are taking a while to hobble off the mark this year, I’m hoping that this recent wet spell will encourage them to get a move on. Down at the allotment everything is also looking a bit sluggish, but again, with a bit of heavy rain it will all begin to look a lot more like I’d expect in a few weeks. This time of year always gives me a false sense of expectation as I imagine that after the initial growth spurt that happens in young seedlings, they will all have carried on at the same pace. What I forget is that in a month it will all look very different. Watching a plant daily for any changes is a fool's errand and I should look away for a few weeks to appreciate how grand it’s all getting. This year we took on a new plot at the allotment after our


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original half plot reached capacity, long before I’d even thought about where the pumpkins and other squashes were going to get planted. Luckily there was one available, very near to our first plot and a reasonable size. The downside is that to get to the useful soil, we first have to clear couch grass and bindweed from the entire area, there is almost nothing that isn’t bramble, invasive grass, or 4 layers of decaying carpet. After several trips to the rubbish dump and a few hours strimming and weeding, we seem to be making headway, and although it’s looking exceedingly dishevelled, there is definitely more order to the chaos. I’ve great plans for what we’ll do with it and there are already some plants brightening up one corner, and even a few overflow vegetables in the emerging raised beds. But we’ll not be rushing anything as there is monumentous task ahead and it’ll feel overwhelming if we try. When taking on something like


this, whether it’s a big garden or a small allotment plot, the secret is to tackle it slowly. A few hours here and there, but regularly to keep up the momentum, will have a bigger effect than going at it hammer and tongs one weekend then leaving it for a month. If you can spare a few hours a week then you have enough time to produce something very impressive, if you’re prepared to give it a while. Certainly when acquiring a garden you should give it a year before you make any major changes, to give it time to show you what it’s got. Until there has been a full season, there’s the chance of removing some of your best plants in favour of something less mature that may not be perfectly suited. It will also allow you time to see what everything will look like at every point in the year. You may have something that looks underwhelming now that will be a showstopper during the summer. And never lay a fake lawn. If you want to follow our progress at the allotment and more you can at https://aimless-gardening. The garden show season is in full swing now and I shall be going to Chelsea later in May, unfortunately too late to write about here. There are many others and open gardens in the area so please take some time to visit them either through the RHS or the National Garden Scheme. I find that there is a wealth of inspiration to be found and often some bargains to be had too. If you can’t tear yourself away from your own garden then you can get on with

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2 is A, B or C 3 is D, E or F 4 is G, H or I 5 is J, K, or L

6 is M, N or O 7 is P, Q, R or S 8 is T, U or V 9 is W, X, Y or Z









Monkey, Rocket, Banana, Window


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All of a quiver as archers succeed

YOUNG archers from Barley Close Primary School were on target at the West of England Spring School Games. The team of Izzy, Ben and Ethan won their heat and came third in the Level 3 final. Head teacher Jo Williams said: "The children have been practising at lunchtime with coaches from Progressive Sports. Their coach, Mitchell Quirke, was impressed with the resilience and determination the team had."

Snooker boost for Jessie May CHILDREN'S charity Jessie May has received £40,000 from title sponsor Betfred, to mark 40 years of snooker in Sheffield. The Kingswood-based charity, which provides hospice at home care, was chosen as World Snooker’s official charity partner for the 2016/17 season. At the start of the World Championship tournament, Betfred pledged £200 for every century made during the 17-day event, to be rounded up to £40,000 if the total hit 80 centuries. When the target was not reached, Betfred boss Fred Done generously rounded up the total anyway. He said: “The players may not have hit 80 centuries, but the snooker on the 40th anniversary of the Crucible has been magical and so that’s why I’ve decided to donate the £40,000 to Jessie May which does an amazing job and is a very worthy cause.”

Do you love reading? DO you love reading? Would you like to connect with others in your community and share your love of reading with them? South Gloucestershire Library Service is taking part in an innovative community project - called South West: Region of Readers - with six South West library services. With support from Arts Council England, the project is being developed with The Reader, an award-winning charitable social enterprise working to connect people with great literature through shared reading. As part of the project the library service is looking for Reader Leaders for Staple Hill Library. Reader Leaders would facilitate a weekly shared reading group at the library. They would receive full training from the Reader and on-going support from the Reader and the library. A meeting will take place at Staple Hill Library on Tuesday June 27 from 2pm to 3.30pm to introduce the project and explain more about the volunteering opportunities available. The meeting will give an introduction to The Reader and Shared Reading with a special shared reading taster session to see what it’s all about. If you are interested in attending, please email the library at or call 01454 868006. If you are interested in volunteering but are unable to make the meetings, please call Samantha Weaver from the Reader on 07812 238 532 for an informal conversation about becoming a Reader Leader.

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Respectable top eight finish for Mangos MANGOTSFIELD United had their best season in seven years, finishing the league in eighth place. Teams leaving the league via promotion or relegation are Hereford, Tiverton Town, Bridgwater Town and Wantage Town. New teams joining for 17/18 are: Bristol Manor Farm, Cinderford Town, Cirencester Town and Kidlington. At the annual awards evening, Lewis Powell was named Players’ Player of the Season, Liam Monelle Supporters’ Player of the Season and Tom Warren Manager’s Player of the Season. Having completed his endof-season meetings with the players, manager Dave Mehew released Scott Brice, Dale Evans and Lewis Powell. The rest of the squad members have all been offered a new deal for the coming season, or an invitation to attend Pre-season training to earn a

new deal. Pre-season training commences on Friday June 30 and a number of pre-season friendlies have already been agreed, most of them away because of much-needed maintenance work on the Cossham Street pitch. The only home fixture is on Wednesday July 12 when the Field will entertain Bristol Rovers, kick off 7.45pm. Friday July 7: Brimscombe and Thrupp 7.45pm Sat July 15: Ashton & Backwell 3pm Sat July 22: Street 3pm Sat Aug 5: Banbury United 3pm Finally, the club’s lead physio Molly Dursley has just passed her exams after five years of studying and work experience and has been accepted into the prestigious Football Medical Association Register.

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with Tim Button, Doctor of Chiropractic at Cleve Chiropractic and Next Step in Mangotsfield

Blog 40 – Hard work pays off MAY was a month that was so busy inside and outside of the wonderful world of chiropractic for me. It started with a patient of mine who is a landscape gardener with a bad back called Andy. He has been coming in to see me for the last couple of months with a low back disc injury and is now well on the mend through a combination of traction, gentle alignment, soft tissue work and exercises. We managed to get him better despite not taking time off the heavy manual work that he does each day from putting fence posts in, to laying patios and planting trees. Instead we discussed many ways in which he could adapt his work to make his life easier and reduced the repetitive stress on his back. There are many lessons in Andy’s work adaptions that could spark ideas for everybody’s lives. Firstly and with a word of caution we decided on a getting a low support only to be used for short periods of high low back stress like loading his truck with patio slabs. Low back supports

should not be worn for long periods as they can weaken the back. Next we discussed the importance of doing any heavy lifting with a second person like a labourer, halving the stress and making jobs much quicker. When I asked him about the other common major stresses that hurt his low back he described hammering in fence posts. When I pushed Andy for a solution he explained that there was an electric drill that can bore the hole for the fence post taking out the huge amount of force needed to hammer it home but it was expensive. When we compared how much money he would lose for a day’s work, let alone a week or month’s work due to back pain the expense seemed far less for a tool that could help install thousands of posts in double quick time! Finally and with undoubtedly a large price tag, Andy suggested to me that he could get his truck converted to a ‘tipper’ truck saving him hours of back breaking shovelling of material with just a satisfying push of a button. Like I said over the last couple of months of helping Andy with his back I have come to know him very well and when we are

not laughing about stories from rugby tours he showed me photos of some of the work he has done and needless to say that he has just finished laying a rather lovely limestone patio out the back of my house! Thank goodness his back was fine. I would never have lived it down if he hurt it again doing my patio! So if anybody needs some landscaping or a new patio then please let me know! After completing a training event for the strongest disabled man a couple of months ago it was now time for the real thing. I met a chiropractic colleague from London and together we travelled to east Kent for the event. Britain’s Strongest Disabled Man is an event like no other. It is very similar to Strongman competitions held around the world except the athletes have also had to overcome a disability like losing a leg in an accident or military operation, having cerebral palsy or being visually impaired. The events are obviously adapted for disability but the core elements are still there like lifting stones and cars to pulling trucks. The strength,

physical adaption and will power that these guys have is humbling to watch. It is an honour to have worked alongside them helping them achieve a level of greatness that surpasses anything that I have seen in football, rugby or athletics. It was fitting that the 4 times world champion Magnús Ver Magnússon was the referee and presented the winners medal to former soldier Mark Smith who lost his leg after being shot 7 times in a live training exercise. Mark deservedly won but there were heroes and real stories everywhere. On a sad note this month our family lost it’s patriarch when my Grandad, my mum's father, passed away peacefully in his bed aged 90. You were a wonderful Father of 3, Grandfather of 7 and Great Grandfather of 8. A true Officer and a Gentleman…you will be missed x

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James makes up lost ground in title race THREE rounds into the Vincenzo & Sons Bristol MX5 Challenge, James Hurford of Downend was sitting in third place in the championship. After a personal best time during round 2 at Castle Combe, pipped only by Louis Ruff of Pucklechurch and Andrew O'Malley of Thornbury, he was hoping for a first win at Kemble for round 3. That didn't quite happen as he clipped a cone, receiving a five-second penalty and gifting the win to Andrew. Round 4 was at Llandow Circuit in Wales and he was keen for a good result. First practice didn't go well and James was nearly three seconds off the pace. Second practice was worse as he improved just 0.01 seconds, while Andrew improved by nearly half a second. He would be playing catch-up in the afternoon. He certainly did catch up, halving the gap

to 1.3 seconds on the first run. On the final run, he gave it everything, knocking 0.8 seconds off the gap to Andrew, who won his second round in a row, jumping to the top of the championship. His performance put James in second place,

George and his son Curtis were having their first experience of motorsport. Having picked a remarkably competitive championship, they arrived at Kemble with only the expectation to have fun. A track day at Castle Combe had resulted in some panel damage the previous day and so the car turned up rather bruised and the drivers a little nervous. Both drove well, finishing seventh and eighth respectively. Before Llandow, Paul and Curtis took the opportunity to get some tips from James and Andrew at a test day. After a few hours circulating the track, they were getting the hang of things. Paul was mixing it in the midfield and finished in eighth place after falling back in the afternoon. Curtis wasn't far behind in 11th, showing remarkable consistency with three runs within 0.3 seconds.

whilst Tom Caldecourt was close behind in third place. James now sits second in the overall championship and at the top of Class A. While James was battling it out at the top of the timesheets, Staple Hill residents Paul St

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Downend Voice June 2017  

Local newspaper packed with news, views and advertising for the businesses and residents of Downend, Bromley Heath, Mangotsfield, Staple Hil...

Downend Voice June 2017  

Local newspaper packed with news, views and advertising for the businesses and residents of Downend, Bromley Heath, Mangotsfield, Staple Hil...