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Council says sorry for extra delays on ring road COUNCILLOR Colin Hunt, the South Gloucestershire cabinet member for transport, has apologised for delays that mean the contraflow on the Avon Ring Road at Bromley Heath will not now be removed at the end of this month. The maintenance work on the 1960s viaduct, which has meant two lanes instead of four since last summer, has hit "unforeseen issues". It is hoped the contraflow can be taken away at the end of April but this depends on the remaining tasks, which are all weather-dependent and have to be done consecutively, being completed on time. Mr Hunt, a councillor for Emersons Green, said: “I want to apologise up front for any inconvenience caused to local residents and road users, but we do need to extend the duration of the contraflow while the remaining jobs are completed on site. I would like to thank residents and road users for their continued patience as we continue with these vital improvements." Full story: Pages 14 and 15

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Chiropractor Tim Button, from Mangotsfield, tells how he helped Dom Parsons on his journey to a bronze medal at the Winter Olympics. PAGE 81

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Drinking fountain set for restoration Nik Whiteside is preparing to tackle the 156-mile Marathon des Sables to raise money for Christ Church Infant and Junior Schools - and his sons Jacob and Joe are backing him all the way. Full story: Pages 20 and 21

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Bromley Heath loses post office BROMLEY Heath has lost its post office because not enough people used it. Leanne Hurkett, who took over the service in April last year, said it had been a difficult decision. Announcing it on Facebook, she said: "When I took over in April 2017, the post office was running at a loss and we were eager to turn it around financially and prevent it from closure. We did manage to double the number of customers within two months of opening, but would have needed to double it again for it to cover its running costs. "We were hoping that on our busiest Christmas month that we would at least break even and that our staff would not have to have worked for free, like they did on many occasions. "The success of the Bromley Tea Rooms has helped immensely by supporting it financially for it to stay open this long. I can confirm that the Tea Rooms will be remaining open and extending into this area. "It is with a heavy heart that, I would like to thank all our loyal customers and friends for making this an amazing experience for me and my staff, and I am sorry for any inconvenience caused." Many residents expressed their thanks to Leanne for her efforts to keep the post office open and praised the tea rooms as a welcome addition to the area.

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Be careful, though, of the fallen tree that has blocked Jubilee Walkway - see opposite page. As always, the volunteers at Page Park are doing sterling work, and there are many other groups giving their time to improve our community. Downend Voice is always keen to report on the activities of organisations in our area, so do get in touch if you have stories or photos to share. If you would like to advertise your business, we'd love to hear from you too. Our free monthly news magazine is delivered free to more than 10,000 homes. Copies are also available to pick up at libraries and coffee shops. The Voice series now have 16 papers, serving communities in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Somerset. Look out for our sister papers, Fishponds Voice and Emersons Green Voice. You can contact us via email, Facebook or Twitter or you can write to us as 6 Elkstone Walk, Bitton, Bristol BS30 6 JT. Our email address is

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Safety fears over fallen tree at footpath WARNING notices which have been put up to stop people using a dangerous footpath at a Downend beauty spot are being ignored. Members of Friends of Lincombe Barn Park and Woods were dismayed to see a large oak tree had fallen and blocked Jubilee Walkway alongside the River Frome, in between Lincombe Barn Park and Frenchay Bridge. The tree fell after two nights of very strong winds in early January and took large sections of path with it. Official notices were put up either end of the path along with tape to stop people using the walkway but are being ignored. The tree cannot be removed until it has been inspected by the Environment Agency but meanwhile people are being advised to stay away for their own safety. Diane Paddon, secretary of the Friends group, said: "A

Look out for the wildflower meadow THE Friends of Lincombe Barn Park and Woods are looking forward to seeing the new wildflower meadow begin to burst into bloom this year, though it will take a few years to fully mature. Upcoming events include Star Gazing with a local astronomer (limited places) on Friday February 23 from 7.30-9pm. There will also be a Spring Clean/Litter Pick from 10am-1pm Saturday March 17; a Dawn Chorus at 5am Saturday April 21; and a Bat Talk on Friday May 18 from 7-8pm. A Tree Talk takes place on Saturday June 2 from 10.30am-noon. Please email or visit for details. member reported the fallen oak tree over Jubilee Walkway to South Gloucestershire Council on January 7 and, concerned for people’s safety, subsequently put up temporary warning notices. "We were informed that the safety issue caused by damage to the path will be investigated by South Gloucestershire Council and that the oak would have

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this is dealt with as a matter of urgency." A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: "We are aware of the fallen tree located on a footpath alongside the River Frome in Downend, on our border with Bristol. The matter is currently with the Environment Agency, who are currently assessing the fallen tree and will decide if any action is necessary. "Our officers have assessed the damaged footpath and are arranging for its repair and this will be completed as soon as possible. "We have put up notices to advise footpath users of the closure. The weir remains accessible from Frenchay Bridge." The Friends group had recently secured funding to improve signage and accessibility around the woods but this will be put on hold as the safety issue of the path takes priority.

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Cath's on a mission - to help us IT'S one of the hottest topics in the country today. In fact, it's so emotive that the Church of England has waded in to have its say. Even the BBC are getting involved. And it's said the Queen is taking an interest. It's not Brexit, equal pay or the UK's economy but the issue of singleuse plastics. Single-use plastics are products that are used once and then discarded, such as water bottles, plastic cups, straws, take-away coffee cups, stirrers and most food packaging. Whether our plastic waste ends up in landfill, our countryside, our streets, our beaches or the sea, it can have a catastrophic effect on our wildlife, birds and marine life. After the BBC's Blue Plant II highlighted the scale of sea pollution caused by single-use plastics, the public outcry caused the organisation to announce it would ban their use by 2020.

The Queen is supporting efforts to reduce single-use plastics on royal estates and the Church of England has urged Christians to give them up during Lent. But, as individuals, can we really do our bit to tackle such a massive environmental threat? One Fishponds woman believes we can. Cath Moore felt so strongly about what we are doing to our planet that she made it her mission to replace single-use plastics in her home. Inspired by many of the products she discovered, Cath has just launched a website - after spending the past year sourcing ethical and sustainable alternatives to everyday singleuse plastic items, such as toothbrushes, utensils and lunch boxes. "The products at The Plastic Free Shop are a result of my own journey and quest to have a life




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It’s a truly frightening reality that every toothbrush ever made still exists somewhere on our planet. Just think of all those toothbrushes you have ever used and disposed of – they are still there!" Cath switched to a bamboo toothbrush, a natural product which is easy to grow without pesticides and as an added bonus the plant needs hardly any water to grow. "Even a scourer which has a sponge bottom and a green top doesn't biodegrade. It's full of plastic. I looked around and found products which are brilliant. They're so old school and simple but they work better and are compostable." Cath, a former cartographer, went on to replace her plastic water bottle with a stainless steel one and has now discovered there are free refilling stations cropping up everywhere and even several cafes in Fishponds are offering this service. Her shampoo bottle has been replaced by a shampoo bar: "It takes your hair a while to get used to but after a while it becomes really soft and shiny because you're not stripping it of any oils. I wouldn't go back now. I love it. "It's easier than you may think to make simple changes to daily habits and around the home which will reduce the amount of plastic and waste."




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all cut back on use of plastics It hasn't however been easy to source products for her website that Cath feels are the real deal. Anything which arrived at Brook Road bathed in unnecessary packaging was immediately rejected. "It's taken quite a time to find good suppliers with the same ethos as I have. It's been a bit of a learning curve. Everything that I sell has been sourced very carefully and I have a zero plastic pledge on my postage and packing. "I'm not telling everyone to go around their house and get rid of every single-use plastic item but when things run out or need replacing, like a lunch box, then consider alternatives like a stainless steel lunch box, which is much more robust and doesn't leak." Cath, who has a 24-year-old daughter, believes her online shop has come at the right time and senses there is a mood for change in the UK. "Consumers have cut down on plastic shopping bags since the 5p charge was introduced and I think that's started a ripple effect.My message is that as individuals we can make a difference because, as consumers, we drive demand. As people start shopping a bit more consciously and become a bit more demanding about what they want, manufacturers have to

Cath Moore, with some of the alternatives to single-use plastic she has discovered respond. In fact they'll have to if they want to survive." You can find out more tips on how to cut down on single-use plastics by visiting or on the Facebook page @ theplasticfreeshop You can also look out for Cath and her products at various events, such as farmers markets and fairs, in and around Fishponds and Bristol.

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Renovation set to continue throughout 2018 THE Friends of Page Park are all set for a busy 2018, with renovation work continuing following the lottery windfall. Already the Friends have been planting to ensure the park is a riot of colour come the summer and work on the perimeter walls has already started. Hedges in front of damaged walls in South View have been cut back prior to renovation work starting, which is expected to take several months. "All the walls are safe," said Steph Purser, vice chair of the Friends. "However some have stone work missing and others are damaged. The walls are in a terrible state and I didn't realise how bad they were until the hedges were cut back and I could see them properly! It's a case of getting someone in to put them back together again. The work is about making the park secure as well as looking like it used to. We will then be looking at restoring

the gates and the railings." Work is continuing on the historic drinking fountain and a new water supply pipe has been put in place. Eventually it will be restored to full working order complete with a plaque and dome, which have been missing for many years. Money for the restoration has come from Churngold and the Drinking Fountain Fund. Steph said: "The drinking fountain was given to the park by the people of Staple Hill and Mangotsfield as an acknowledgement of Alderman William Page giving the park to the people. There was a plaque on there stating this but it was stolen. A new plaque will replace it once work on the fountain has finished. "When the fountain was originally put in it had a dome on the top of it which has been missing for many years but it will now be replaced." The Friends have recently

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March, 2018 making the park self-sufficient in nutrients for the trees and plants. We have the money which means the project can be rolled out over the next few months." In March, South Gloucestershire Council will start to resurface the paths, making them easier and safer for people with disabilities to use. Sadly, there are further problems will the Clocktower and its chimes which means further work will need to be carried out. "The bells were going for a short time but decided to give up the ghost a few weeks ago," Steph said. "The Clocktower is 107 years old and although the clock works are very robust, the wires going up to the bells are very delicate. The clock specialists from Cumbria will come back down so it can be restored to full working order." Since January the old toilet block has closed and discussions are ongoing about its future use. An accessible outside toilet is now available outside the Nest overlooking the cricket pitch as


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well as two toilets in the cafe. Future plans include bringing in more sports for people with disabilities. Steph said the full extent of the work won't be fully appreciated until 2019. "There will still be building work going on as we are in the last year of the Heritage Lottery funding so we have a lot of work

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FRIENDS of Page Park are hoping to recruit as many volunteers as possible to take part in their Big Tidy Up. The event, which runs from 9am-1pm on Saturday March 10, is part of preparations to ensure Page Park looks its best in time for the spring and summer seasons. "We're looking for lots and lots of people to come and help us clean the park up," said Steph Purser, vice chair of Friends of Page Park. "We're going to be washing down all the seats, play equipment and the bandstand as well as the railings around the sensory garden. "We'll also do some general tidying up, litter picking and weeding. It's like a big spring clean in time for the summer so the park looks its absolute best for visitors." Anyone wishing to lend a hand should bring buckets, sponges and rubber gloves.

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Work is forging ahead on new look for Christ Church in to a build that is due to be completed in September 2018. Roof repairs are completed, new under-floor heating, electrics and insulation have been installed and a new south entrance has been created, leading to a Garden Room that can be used by community groups. Kitchen and toilet facilities have been upgraded and the main body of the church has been opened up and will have new multimedia equipment and comfortable chairs installed. The work so far has been funded by generous giving from the church community, grants and the sale of assets. Ten percent of the money given has been donated to our partner church in Moldova to assist with their church building project. It is now time to do some fundraising in to purchase new

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n NEWS A LIFESAVING device has been installed at a school after a fundraising campaign set up in memory of a teenager who died in a moped accident. The defibrillator was unveiled at Chester Park Junior School on January 23 by the family of Conor Hall who died in 2011 after his moped crashed in Charlton Road, Kingswood. The 16-year-old was taken to Frenchay Hospital and put on a life support machine but Conor sadly died five days later. It was discovered that the former Downend School student hadn't clipped up the strap of his motorcycle helmet - and that if he had fastened it, it may have saved his life. Following his death, his family launched Clip Up For Conor, an organisation which fundraises for good causes and highlights the importance of making sure helmets are both worn and fastened. They also installed a memorial bench in King George V Park in Downend. The campaign, driven by Conor's mum Arline, sister Kayleigh, and brothers Lee and Aaron, has since helped

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charities including Headway Bristol, BRAKE and The Children's Trust. More recently the campaign has focused its attentions on raising money to buy defibrillators, saying sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone and could be the result of any road traffic accident. Already the campaign has financed defibrillators at Morrisons supermarket in Fishponds and at Broad Plain Boxing Club, which Conor used

to attend. The latest one, at Chester Park where Conor and his brothers and sister were pupils, was financed by some the proceeds of a barbecue held back in the summer. It has been put up at the side of the sports hall alongside a laminated poster to reinforce the message about the Clip Up For Conor campaign. As well as potentially benefiting staff and pupils it can also be used by members of

the public who use the facilities outside of school hours as well as by people living nearby. Conor's family was invited to sit in on an afternoon assembly where Kayleigh told pupils about the campaign and the new defibrillator. Pupils were given stickers and leaflets. Kayleigh, 26, said: "Conor died on a moped but it's not just moped users the campaign is concentrating on; it's also aimed a little kids who ride round on scooters with nothing on their heads. The message needs to come from parents as well and they need to ensure their children's heads are protected. Kayleigh said : "We felt we were donating money but the community that was giving the money wasn't seeing much from it. Whereas with the defibrillators, we are asking people for donations but we are putting something directly back into the community and providing something every-one can use and benefit from."

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Viaduct facts and figures • Preparatory work started in April 2017, the contraflow went live in July 2017 • More than a million litres of water were used for the hydrodemolition process which involved removing concrete from the old structure using high pressure water jets • Weekend work has been carried out every weekend since July 2017 • 47,500 metres of scaffold tube with 15,000 fittings were used to make the scaffolding structure which allows people to work below the ring road safely • The scaffolding houses 9,000 metres of scaffold board which laid end to end would take you from Bromley Heath to College Green in central Bristol • The scaffolding has been designed to support a total load of 400 tonnes • Six to eight people worked on constructing the scaffolding seven days a week from the end of August to December last year • The structure also features a section of bridging beams to allow the scaffolding to span 20 metres across the River Frome. It has been designed to resist a water flow of three metres per second, should flooding occur • Since the project began, the council's road safety team has worked with nine local schools to encourage other ways of getting to school which has seen an increase in the number of pupils who are now actively travelling to school. This includes walking, park and stride, scooter, bus etc.

Delays to continue as road works hit 'unforeseen' snags DRIVERS can expect delays on the ring road near Downend until the beginning of May. The repairs to the 1960s Bromley Heath viaduct, which have reduced the A4174 to two lanes instead of four since last summer, have hit a snag. It means the contraflow will not be removed at the end of this month and the programme will not be completed within 33 weeks as had been hoped, although it is still likely to be finished in less than the year that was anticipated originally. Work is continuing on site seven days a week and the latest information can be found at www. or A spokesman for South Gloucestershire Council said: “We’re now at the stage where the nature of the work which is left to do must all be carried out consecutively and many of the tasks, such as concreting one of the parapets and plinths, waterproofing and resurfacing the new deck are all weather dependent.” Colin Hunt, cabinet member for transport and a councillor for Emersons Green, apologised to road users for the inconvenience. “We have done all that we can to carry out these essential works as quickly as we can and to help minimise the impact to people’s

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Going the extra miles to support Community Hub TWO keen runners are embarking on the London Marathon to raise funds for a Staple Hill charity which helps combat isolation and deprivation. William Lee and Tiffany Partridge hope to raise £1,500 each for Staple Hill Community Hub, formerly know as Our Place Community Flat. The pair, who are both members of the Staple Hill Runners, have been gradually increasing the length of their runs so they are fully prepared for the 26.2 mile race on April 22. William, 59, who lives in

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RUNNING SPECIAL jobs and training and an elderly people's friendship and exercise group that meets on a Thursday. The hub also provides access to Bristol Credit Union which people find useful. "It's in a converted ground floor flat in Berkeley House and has a meeting room and office space that are rented out to other organisations that are doing similar things to tackle deprivation in Staple Hill." Although William runs for another running club, the Chipping Sodbury-based Hogweed Trotters, he isn't taking the effort required for the London Marathon for granted. "Training for a marathon is completely different to training for a half marathon even. I started training for it in about November because you need six months to build up to it. "At the moment a typical week involves going running five times, probably doing between 30 and 40 miles in the week with the longest run between 15 and 20 miles. "The training is going fine but avoiding injury is half the battle. As you're doing more mileage than your body is normally used to doing, you're more likely to pick up an injury because of overuse. If I can avoid injury or being off with flu for several weeks, then I should be alright. "I'd like to run it in under four hours and be as close to 3 hours 45 as I can. My previous best was 3 hours 56." Tiffany, 34, a teacher, said: "I've never run a marathon before but I've run three half marathons. I found out I had a place at the end of December so I've been in training since January 1. Increasing the miles is really tough! "At the moment I'm concentrating on the training plan and telling myself if I stick to it then, hopefully, I'll be able to do it. I'm feeling positive and the training is going well. "I've got two little girls, aged four and five, so the challenge at the moment is fitting in the running with them as well as being a teacher. It's a bit crazy, trying to fit it all in!" Tiffany said she is delighted to be helping a local cause. "Staple Hill Community Hub is such a great local charity. It's really nice to raise money for a charity which helps the community I live in and where my children go to school. It feels

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Tell us your running tales ARE you a runner? If the stories that have reached us this month are anything to go by, most people in our area are! We're not saying we're lazy at Downend Voice, but the most we can manage is a 5k (and some of us walked that!) so we are always impressed to hear how people have taken up this form of exercise. So if you are planning to take part in the Bath Half, the Frenchay 10k, the Bristol 10k or the London Marathon, do let us know. At the very least you will earn our admiration!

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Marathon run to raise funds for Page Park AN NHS worker will be putting her best foot forward when she tackles the London Marathon next month to raise funds for Page Park. Lorna Massey, a patient liaison advisor from Downend, has been training since October, gradually increasing the length of her runs. The 61-year-old, who is a member of the Staple Hill Runners, has previously taken part in 5 and 10k runs, but the London Marathon - at 26.2 miles - is a new challenge. Lorna, who has two children and two grandchildren, said she wanted to support the work of the Friends of Page Park because she felt through their dedication the park was turning into a real community hub. "Because I'm a member of Staple Hill Runners and we meet at the park, I've always helped with some of the events and activities the Friends have organised, like the party in the

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park last summer," Lorna said. "I've lived around this area for more than 40 years and both my children went to the play group in Page Park, so I've always had a connection to the park. "Since the Friends have been doing all the work to the park, it has such a lovely community feel. The events they put on are always really well attended and there are initiatives like guided walks around the park and sensory garden and dementia awareness courses for people to attend. "There's also lots of football and cricket teams who use the park and a junior park run on Sunday mornings. It's always busy and that's what's nice about it. I felt I wanted to be able to support the Friends because I can see what an positive impact their work is having. "It's hard to pick out one thing I love about the park - it just has a lovely feel. I've been there with the kids, I've walked dogs around it and there's always something happening. Recently there's been a lot of planting to restore the lovely lines of trees which were there when it was first designed and created." Lorna admits her training schedule is quite strict: "It has to be or otherwise I wouldn't stick to it! "At the moment I do two short runs in the week, between three and five miles, and then

either do a gym or speed session. I then do a long run at the weekend which builds up a bit longer every week. This weekend I'm doing 18 miles, then a fortnight later, I'll be doing 20 miles. I'm completely on track and I'm confident I can do it, although as the miles get longer, it's getting harder to recover in time for the next long run." Lorna said she was looking forward to the marathon, which takes place on April 22. "I'll be running on my own but my husband Bob and family are coming up to support me. "I'd like to complete it in less than five hours but for me it's all about enjoying the day and hopefully raising a lot of money." Lorna is aiming to hit her target of £1,000 to support various improvements in the park which aren't covered by the lottery bid money secured by the Friends. At the time of going to print, Lorna was on track to smash the figure, having already raised more than £900. "I'd like to thank to all those that have supported me including the traders along Staple Hill who kindly donated raffle prizes just before Christmas," Lorna said. You can add your support by donating to Lorna via http:// LornaMassey

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Green Man here we come! MEMBERS of the Stanbridge Fliers running group in Downend are preparing for a huge challenge - running the Green Man Ultra Marathon race. The Green Man Ultra is a loop circling Bristol, starting and finishing at Ashton Court, on the Community Forest Path and covering a total of 47 miles. The runners in the event on March 3 will face a mixture of technically demanding terrain, particularly in and around Dundry and Norton Malreward, and road running in Hambrook, Bradley Stoke and Henbury. Fliers run leader Matthew Mundy said: "We are so proud of our runners. They've got great growth mindsets and are constantly challenging themselves. They are inspirational." Several of the runners graduated from Couch to 5k only a year ago and their progress has been phenomenal. Charlotte Spencer, the run leader coaching many of the Fliers for this event noted: "Despite our different running backgrounds - we are facing this challenge with a determination to see it through. As a diverse group of people we have become a fantastic team, pulling together

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WHEN dad Nik Whiteside decided to embark on one of the toughest challenges in the world he wanted to keep it quiet. But sons, Jacob, aged eight, and Joe, aged six, had other ideas. The duo took to social media to contact Downend Voice to let us know exactly what their intrepid dad was up to to raise money for Christchurch infant and junior schools where they go to school. For Nik, 46, will take on the Marathon des Sables (MdS), a gruelling six-day race through the Sahara Desert, running 156 miles in temperatures as high as 50 centigrade. Jacob and Joe, who have been training with their dad, are so proud of what he is doing for their schools they wanted to spread the word. Via Downend Voice's Facebook page, they told us: "Our Daddy is running in the desert in April to raise money for cool playground things for us to play on. The playgrounds are very muddy and a bit sad at the moment. We have been chatting to the headteachers about Wigwams balance beams, monkey bars, hopscotch and lots of fun things. We love playtime with our friends." Their message went on to say: "Maybe you could put a picture in your magazine and help us raise our target?? We would sooooooo like to be in Downend Voice." The lads went on to spill the beans good and proper, telling us their dad has a toy camel called Carlos who will be running with him. Nik said: "I must admit, I wanted to quietly do the MdS and that would be it. My wife however quite rightly pointed out it was a great opportunity to try to raise funds for Christchurch schools. They are in much need of new outdoor equipment and at a time when government grants and funds seem to be cut, it seemed a great idea." Mum Ruthie Carstairs said: "They said to me 'Mum, we should contact the paper!' The boys are just really proud of their daddy." The "Marathon of the Sands" first started in 1986 with just

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186 competitors: 32 years later the race now attracts more than 1,000 runners, 200 members of the media and a support team of at least 400. The race starts on April 8 just outside Morocco and runs a course of more than 150 miles through the Sahara Desert over tough terrain. Each day, competitors will run a set amount of kilometres, averaging one to two marathons per day and carrying their water and everything they need on their back. Nik has been in training for 18 months, both in the UK and the Canary Islands to get used to running in high temperatures and on rough ground and sand. "You have to carry everything you need for the week except a tent and water which you get at checkpoints each day," Nik said. Nik's chosen fundraising activity seems all the more surprising because he is not a keen runner, and is neither a fan of sand or the heat. "I wouldn’t class myself as a runner at all; it’s not my favourite activity. I think of myself as more like the fat rhino at the back of the animal stampede in the film Jumanji. "So I started out short distances, looked at completing 10kms at first then slowly increased the distances until I managed to complete the Bristol to Bath marathon a couple of years back. I found the actual event hard and struggled, the last 10k were just painful but it was my first challenge so I was happy with a 4 hour 35 minute finish. I couldn’t walk properly for a week."

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Carlos the camel, of course! Boys backing Nik all the way on desert run to help school Nik heard about the MdS from friends and remembered seeing it on the Discovery Channel many years ago. "It was so far out of my reach though. I thought only proper athletes and elite runners took part." It wasn't until two friends signed up and successfully completed it that Nik became interested: "I was hooked. I wanted in but I felt very out of my depth given that I struggled at the marathon. I don’t like sand, I’m not very good in heat, and I don’t much like running!" Not being one to give up easily Nik set about increasing the length of his training runs and even went over to Club La Santa in Lanzarote to a specific training camp run by an expert team of coaches where he covered 186km in six days. "I was pretty fried by the end but had achieved my aims, tested my kit and given myself a massive confidence boost. I’m now up to 2,500 kms in training runs since signing up to MdS." Nik, who has already raised more than half of his £4,000 target, said he was confident he would complete it. "There are things that are out of my control but I’m very positive. I looked at the MdS because of what it is, for me it’s the hardest thing I can attempt. I want see how I react and deal with the harsh conditions and the challenge. I believe I can do it. I’m under no illusion,

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Hats, Undies, Gloves, Socks (HUGS) for homeless PUPILS from Gracefield School collected HUGS for the homeless in a campaign to provide Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks which were distributed via the Salvation Army. The children from the Overndale Road school handed over their bag of HUGS at a special assembly attended by Captain Michael Allen from the Salvation Army. Captain Allen told the children all about the work of the Logos House Salvation Army Lifehouse, a hostel in central Bristol, where the bags were distributed. He explained the plight of the homeless people that they help at Logos House and about one man who cried when he received a hat given to the hostel, saying "Somebody remembered me". Headteacher Elizabeth Morgan said: "We were delighted to be able to help such a worthy cause.

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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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n NEWS A CHARITY which offers children summer breaks as respite from radiation caused by the world's worst nuclear disaster is looking for a host family in or around the Downend area. The Bristol link of the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline raises money for 16 children from Belarus to visit every summer. The trips to the UK, with its the clean air and nourishing food, can add up to two years to the children's lives, which can be plagued by cancers and heart problems due to radiation caused by a nuclear accident in Chernobyl in 1986. This summer a group of Belarusian boys and girls, aged 10, will be spending four weeks’ respite, each staying two weeks with a host family. Charlie Walker, one of the charity's supporters who lives in Downend, said hosting was a really positive way to make an impact of the lives of the children. "CCLL started after the

Charity seeks host families for 2018 Chernobyl children disaster to help children and their families have a better future," he said. "A continual low level radiation means that children’s immune systems suffer and there are still many cases of childhood cancers and other related illnesses, even now in 2018, as a result of this disaster. So with great care children are chosen every year for these respite breaks. We take our radiation free food, air and water for granted - but even four weeks without it gives an immediate and long term health boost. "All the boys and girls receive free eye tests, dental check-ups and measured footwear during the stay. On top of this these children are given a hope in their future, from receiving a fun-filled

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Children from Belarus have previously enjoyed trips to Bristol's SS Great Britain holiday in a loving family home." The charity is looking for a host family for two boys for the second two weeks of their stay, from Sunday July 22 to Sunday August 5. Hosts don’t have to speak Russian as the Belarusian school teachers who accompany the children are experienced and fluent English speakers who provide around the clock support. They are also allocated buddy families for additional support, and activities and outings are planned throughout the children's stay. Home checks and DBS will be required. The work of CCLL depends entirely on volunteer donations


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THE CHURCH of St James Mangotsfield is our oldest link with the past. It was founded and built by William de Putot, Sheriff of Gloucestershire, as a chapel of ease between 1222 and 1228. It was built as part of his Manor House which has since been

demolished and is now the burial ground. The church tower had a clock and six bells, which were given to the church in 1687. In 1921 the bells were recast into a peal of eight. They were affectionately named as the 'Mangotsfield buckets'. This name was given by the ringers as they were not easy bells to ring and had a very poor tone. In 1992 the bells were recast again. They now sound much sweeter and are easier to ring. The bells are rung for Sunday services and Wednesday evening for practice. The ringing of the bells is is a tradition that

the community has kept up for many years. The St James bell ringers are looking for more individuals who are keen to learn the art of bell ringing so that these traditions can continue. We have important events in Mangotsfield fast approaching, including the Mangotsfield Festival in June and Armistice Day in November. We would like more people to learn the art of bell ringing to mark these occasions. Anyone interested contact me on 07725 466476 or email: Jon Storey

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How to deal with abandoned trolleys RESIDENTS have been forced to take action over abandoned supermarket trolleys in Lyde Green. Eight trolleys from Sainsbury’s and Lidl in Emersons Green were discovered by residents next to the footbridge which links Lyde Green to the retail park, as well by one of the lakes on Jenner Boulevard and on Howsmoor Lane, Gentian Close and Honeysuckle Road. On the Lyde Green Local Facebook page, residents voiced their frustrations about the spate of incidents and the eyesores they cause. One resident, Cate Biggs, put together a map of where all the recently abandoned trolleys were located and reported them to Trolleywise, a company that provides a retrieval service to help reduce shopping trolley losses from stores and retail car parks across the UK. Cate said: “It's really important to me that we live in a clean and tidy place, free

from litter and mess. A clean community helps to reduce crime rates, protect our environment and makes people feel good at the same time. “Hopefully getting these abandoned trolleys removed and having our Big Spring Clean on Saturday March 17 will help to instil a sense of pride in our area and promote a change in behaviour." The Big Spring Clean is

being organised by Lyde Green Community Association and Lyde Green Neighbourhood Watch and will take place from 11am to 2pm. During the event, residents are invited to help with litter picking in order to make the estate a clean and tidy place to live. If residents wish to report an abandoned trolley in the area, they should contact Trolleywise by sending a text with a

description of where the trolley is to 07775 531052. A spokesman for Trolleywise told the Voice: “As there have been logistics issues with collecting trolleys from Lyde Green in the past, because there are so many new roads which are not on Google Maps or Sat Navs, when contacting us it would be really helpful if members of the public could give us as many details as they can in terms of location and directions, as it will help us to find the trolleys more easily.” Trolleywise can't collect trolleys with rubbish in them or Lidl trolleys, which need to be reported in store or to their head office instead by calling 0800 977 7766. Abandoned trolleys can also be reported to South Gloucestershire Council directly by visiting (which requires a rough guess as to the map location) or at www.

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The Parish Council has installed a defibrillator on Quakers Road for the benefit of local residents. As set out in our business plan, the Parish Council is committed to paying for and installing at least one defibrillator each year. We have already started planning the installation of our third defibrillator and we hope this will be completed in the next few months. We are committed to ensuring that the parish of Downend and Bromley Heath has sufficient coverage of this life saving equipment. We hope the defibrillators are never used but it provides residents with the reassurance that they are there in an emergency. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking the volunteers who monitor the defibrillators and ensure they remain in good working order. This is a vital but often unrecognized role. If you have any suggestions about where a new defibrillator should be located, or would like to volunteer to be a guardian, then please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council, Angela Hocking, on

PLANNING APPLICATIONS The Parish Council Planning Committee receives details of all planning applications in the area. These are then reviewed fortnightly (the dates of meetings can be found on our website) in a public meeting. The public can attend and address this committee with any concerns or comments that they may have, relevant to the application, and these will be considered by the planning team. They will then send their recommendations directly to South


Gloucestershire Council to list on their website. As South Gloucestershire Council are the statutory local planning authority they make the final decision. This can either be at Member level or delegated to officers.

OUR IMPORTANT VISITOR… Word is getting around! We hope you will attend our Annual Assembly on Thursday 26th April 2018 to learn more about our local film star. We will reveal who the film star is in our next edition.

ANNUAL ASSEMBLY Badminton Road Methodist Church - Thursday 26th April 2018, 7.30pm. We look forward to meeting you.

NEXT MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 15th March 2018, 7pm at Downend BapIst Church, Salisbury Road, Downend. Details of our Finance and Planning Commi:ee meeIngs can be found on our website,

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n NEWS ONE OF Bristol’s oldest charities has decided on a new identity. The Bristol Dogs and Cats Home will be renamed Bristol ARC, standing for Animal Rescue Centre. The charity will remain linked to the RSPCA. Its bosses believe the move is necessary because, even though almost every Bristolian knows about “the Dogs Home”, not enough people know

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in Bristol didn’t know where the charity was, what it did or who was responsible for running it. The Bristol ARC name is “one distinctive Bristol brand that we hope will help us speak even more clearly for the animals of our city and those who care for them,” said Ms Chester. “We need to stand up and we need to stand out as Bristol’s oldest animal welfare charity. “Some things won’t change, namely our care for the animals that come to us and our support for animal welfare.” The charity is one of the oldest in the country, founded in 1887 after a Bristol man Edward Parker found a puppy lost in a snowstorm and realised there was nobody to care for it. The Dogs Home remained independent until 1954, when it linked up with the RSPCA. But even after that it kept its status as a separate charity, and though it works hand in glove with the RSPCA, its still gets no automatic funding from it.

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The services at the ARC, which is in Albert Road, St Philips, will remain exactly as before. The home has around 20 rescued dogs and about six cats available for rehoming at any time, as well as a department dedicated to rescuing exotic animals.There’s also a small animal section which cares for assorted rabbits, ferrets, mice, rats and budgies. The Albert Road centre also houses the country’s largest RSPCA animal clinic, where people on low incomes can get treatment for their pet. The clinic also cares for strays and for maltreated animals found by RSPCA inspectors, and also looks after sick and injured wildlife brought to its doors. • Bristol ARC will be distributing a collection of life-sized animal characters in prominent positions – including shopping centres and places of interest. Visit to find out more.

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n NEWS Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams with her rescue dog Sonny at the dogs' home, which has now been re-named

Why not try bowls? THE 85 or so members of Begbrook Green Bowling Club are looking forward to the start of the new season. It has a busy programme of friendly, league and county competitions planned. Club night is Tuesday, starting from April 10 at 6pm. Roger Green, from the club, said: "Bowls is a great way to keep fit and healthy; it is also a terrific way to make friends. New and experienced bowlers are welcome. We have qualified coaches." They're at Frenchay Park Road next to Stapleton and Begbrook Community Social Club. Contact Val on 01454 774864 or

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n NEWS A NEW student choir has been formed to mark the anniversary of women getting the vote. Taking centre stage outside City Hall on College Green, more than 60 students from John Cabot Academy, Hanham Woods Academy and King’s Oak Academy performed to at least 1,500 people. The choir, which formed on the day and performed after only an afternoon of rehearsals, sang 'March of the Women' and a new song commissioned for them called 'We Rise.' The day marked 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, granting some women over 30 in the UK the right to vote for the first time. A spokesperson from Cabot Learning Federation, which the three academies belong to, said: "The students behaved impeccably, were responsible and helpful and most of all sounded amazing. We are truly proud that our students were able to play a small part in these major historic celebrations." Penny Gane, chair of Bristol Women's Voice, told students:

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n NEWS MORE than 2,000 students attended the annual Raising Aspirations careers event at UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus. High quality careers information, advice and guidance was provided for Year 9 students from 14 secondary schools within and outside the Cabot Learning Federation (CLF). More than sixty companies and higher education organisations exhibited at the event, which was organised by Tim Holmes, from Bristol Metropolitan Academy in Fishponds, with Gill Carter, consultant for Bristol City Council. The Royal Navy, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers FC, DAC Beachcroft, Burges Salmon, Rolls Royce, Airbus, Avon and Somerset Police were some of the organisations involved, as well as further and higher education organisations who were available to talk about post-16 opportunities. Civil Service volunteers delivered employability skills workshops to help students make


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Exam success for tech academy BRISTOL Technology and Engineering Academy is officially the best state school in the former Avon area for 16 to18year-olds, according to the latest government statistics. The academy in Stoke Gifford, which takes in teenagers from across the area, saw 44 per cent of its students score AAB or higher in at least two of the so-called facilitating subjects in their A-levels last summer. BTE Academy has also achieved an outstanding Progress score in the latest tables from the Department for Education. BTE Academy achieved a score of 0.28 in the 16 to 18 age bracket – higher than any other state school across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset. BTE Academy is one of the country’s few University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UTCs are sponsored by a university and by local employers who provide work experience and relevant projects for their 14-to-19-year-old intake. Principal Rhian Priest said: “This is only our third year of results and our first for students who have spent four years with us, so I am incredibly proud. “Part of the reason for our

success is down to the specialist nature of our academy. We only offer A-levels in maths and science subjects, along with diplomas in engineering, computing and applied science. These are the disciplines which are more than ever in demand from employers, and which will increasingly come to shape the UK’s skills-driven, technologybased economy in the years to come. “Last summer well over half of our sixth form students achieved either an A* or an A in maths or further maths and every student progressed on to their first-choice university or apprenticeship. “We also had a positive set of GCSE results with students making on average two grades’ progress per subject over the two-year period in which they are with us. This amazing achievement is down to the hard work and commitment shown by our students and staff.” Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy is holding an open evening from 6.308.30pm on Thursday March 15 and is accepting applications for Year 10 and Year 12 for September 2018. If you would like to book a place and meet its staff, students and sponsor employers in person, then please call 0117 983 8080, register on the website at or email

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Friday March 2 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road. 1.45-3.45pm. Pay at the door. Enquiries 0117 972 1424. Saturday March 3 n Women’s Quiet Day at Mill House in Tiverton. Leaving Downend at 8.30am and returning at 5pm, we will spend a day away from the busy-ness of life, in the Somerset countryside. Lifts available, if needed. Morning coffee, Soup & Ploughman’s lunch & afternoon tea & cake £23, book a place by 6 February contacting Laura on women@christchurchdownend. com or contact the Parish Office on 9089867 Saturday March 3 n International Women’s Day, a programme of free events at City Hall, Bristol. Part of the Deeds Not Word programme to commemorate the influential suffrage movement in Bristol and remember that is only 100 years since women over 30 who owned property won the right the vote. Tuesday March 6 n Downend Soup 7.30pm Parish Hall. A Community crowdfunding event powered by Christ Church Downend. Come and hear 3 local community groups pitch for some funding, hear what they do and why they are passionate about it. Enjoy some homemade soup & delicious bread followed by cakes and coffee, hear some local musical talent and then vote on who gets the funding. Tickets £5, all door money is won by one of the 3 groups who pitch. Book tickets in advance, or at Christ Church Parish Office 9089867

Wednesday March 7 n A friendly monthly group open to new members: Hunger Lunch with the Mothers’ Union. 12.15pm at Christ Church Parish Hall with a talk from Peter Misselbrook, “Why am I passionate about the Bible?” Tickets in advance: £4.50 from Christ Church Parish Office 9089867 Wednesday March 7 n Downend Flower Club, Lincombe Barn, BS16 2RW. 7.30p,. Demonstration by Alwyn Page, entitled Retrospective. Visitors very welcome,  £8 pay at door. Wednesday March 7 n Hillfields Community Network meeting, St John's Church, Lodge Causeway, at 7.30pm. Planning projects for the area - come along and have your say. Thursday March 8 n Downend Horticultural Society meets at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend. Talk by Victoria Logue on Propagation, Seeds, Cuttings and beyond. New members welcome. Comntact Roger Davis 0117 9571703 or Hilary Walton 0117 9792832. Friday March 9 n Activate drop-in lunchtime concert, 1-2pm, Fishponds Methodist Church, Guinea Lane, Fishponds, featuring the "Frenchay Foxes”. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Admission free. Retiring collection. Contact 0117 965 4521 Friday March 9 n Music for Enjoyment at Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, 2-4pm. A programme of recorded classical music.  “Haydn – A Celebration” presented by Ian. Visitors welcome £2. Tuesday March 13

n Speaker morning with coffee. Marion Chaffey, Bristol Open-top Bus Tour. How much do you know about your city?Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road. 10 for 10.30am. Pay at door. Tuesday March 13 n Christ Church Fellowship: “Who are the Gideons?” at 7.45pm, Christ Church Parish Hall, BS16 5SG More info. from Christ Church Parish Office 01179089867. New members always welcome. Saturday March 17 n Art and Craft Exhibition Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, Come and enjoy the work of the Barn artists amid the Flower Arrangement displays. Light refreshments available - tea, coffee, cakes and bacon butties. 11am to 3pm. Admission Free. Saturday March 17 n Spring clean at Lincombe Barn woods. Meet in car park off Rockland Rd anytime between 10am and 1pm. Tools and gloves provided. Refreshments for all helpers. n St Patrick's Day Concert by Staple Hill Salvation Army Band and guests. Admission free to Band League members or £5 to others. Staple Hill Salvation Army, Broad Street BS16 5LN. Tel 0117 9569733 or 0117 9761535 Tuesday March 20 n Bereavement Support Group, a small, friendly group meet for chat, refreshments and support at Christ Church Parish Hall 1-3pm. New-

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. comers welcome. More information available from the Parish Office 0117 9089867 or just turn up and meet Val and Wendy our hosts. Wednesday March 21 n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30. All welcome, includes crafts, chat, cups of tea, a short, child friendly, noisy time of worship and ends with a bring and share meal. Free. No need to book, but if you message our facebook page it helps for numbers for catering. Check our facebook page: Messy Church at Christ Church Downend for all the details. Thursday March 22 n Avon Organic Group - Tim Foster talks about growing under glass and in polytunnels. 7-9pm at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. Visitors £5 / AOG Members £2. /

News from Downend, Staple Hill and Emersons Green libraries What's on in the local libraries this month National Science Week events Saturday March 10 – Super Science Lego Club @ Downend Library 11am-noon Free drop-in activity most suitable for primary school aged children. Children must bring a grown up with them. Tuesday March 13 - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime with craft @ Emersons Green Library 2-2.30pm Wednesday March 14 – Rocket Rhyme Time (FREE activity for pre-school children) @ Downend Library 10.30am

Friday March 16 – FREE Friday Science Fun time (for pre-school children) @ Downend Library 2.15-3pm Saturday March 17 - Can you code a code-a-pillar? Are you a master Duplo engineer? Just some of the fun science based activities for pre-school and infants school pupils @ Staple Hill Library 10.30am-noon. No booking required.

n Please note the libraries will open in Open Access mode only on Good Friday (30th) & Saturday 31st March, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday (1st & 2nd April). On these days Open Access will operate between 10am – 4pm. In Open Access mode there are no staff on duty and access is only available to those who have attended an induction session.

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March, 2018 Saturday March 24 n Breakfast at Speedwell Methodist Church BS15 1ES 10am to noon. A full breakfast, or tea/coffee and homemade cake. No need to hurry. An opportunity to ask for prayer. All welcome. Saturday March 24 n Downend & Kingswood Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution are holding a Coffee Morning at the Staple Hill Methodist Church, High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol. 10am until noon. Home made cakes and sales table. Sunday March 25 n Craft service held in Emersons Green Village Hall by members of Emersons Green Baptist Church, 10.30am. All welcome. Sunday March 25 n Adult Baptisms @ Spirit Space. Come and hear the life stories which led to this point of baptism. Are you ready to be inspired, refreshed and challenged. Spirit Space is a once a month, contemporary style worship, evening service on the 4th Sunday of each month and starts at 6.30pm at Christ Church Parish Hall. www. for all the details. Tuesday March 27 n Easter Afternoon Tea 1-3.30pm at Christ Church Parish Hall. This is a family Easter event, Enjoy an Easter Story time. Bring your Easter garden, decorated egg or Easter bonnet for our competition or make one when you get here & make an Easter card to take home. Tombola, stalls, plants, cards & more. Easter biscuits, hot cross buns, Simnel cake & refreshments. All proceeds will go the Building4Life project. Wednesday March 28 n Holiday Club at Speedwell Methodist Church BS15 1ES. 10am to noon followed by optional lunch. Craft activities, toddler play area, story & singing. Children need a parent or carer with them.

Thursday March 29 n Maunday Thursday Service of Holy Communion & café style Open Church. Holy Communion starts at 9.30am, Open Church Café with cakes from 10.30-11.30am Christ Church Parish Hall. All welcome, more info from the Parish Office 0117 908 9867 Friday March 30 n Journey to the Cross. A walk around the Parish, reflecting on the events of Easter. Meet at King George V car park at 10am, ending with coffee & hot cross buns at Christ Church Parish Hall. www. for all the details. Friday March 30 n At The Foot of The Cross, a solemn service to follow the steps of Jesus on Good Friday. Reflections, readings and times of silence. 2pm Christ Church Parish Hall. Everyone welcome for more info. Sunday April 1 n A traditional service of Easter Day Holy Communion, 9.15am at The Church Centre, Quakers Rd. with coffee at the end of the service. All welcome. Sunday April 1 n Easter Joy breaks out as we have an Easter Communion Celebration for All at 10.30am at Christ Church Junior School. There will children’s activities during the service & an egg hunt for children at the end too. www.christchurchdownend. com Sunday April 1 n Evening Easter Communion Celebration. Join our regular evening congregation, to celebrate all that Easter means at 6.30pm at Christ Church Parish Hall. Everyone welcome www.christchurchdownend. com Wednesday April 4 n Holiday Club at Speedwell Methodist Church BS15 1ES. 10am to noon followed by optional lunch. Craft activities, toddler play area,


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n Whist drive, 7.15pm, Assembly hall, Salisbury Road, Downend. call 0117 956 5378 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 0117 952 2819 n Poetry Circle, Lincombe Barn, 10.30am-noon fortnightly. n Kingswood Lacemakers, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm except for the third Monday in the month, 7.15pm. Self help group of bobbin lacemakers. n Whist Club, Lincombe Barn 2-4 pm, open to any association members. n Coffee drop-in, Emersons Green Village Hall 10.30-11.30am. n Concorde Wheelchair Dancers, Page Hall, Staple Hill 7.15-9pm.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Augustine Parish Hall 2pm, third Monday in the month. Variety of speakers and opportunities to go on trips and other social events. Call Bonnie Murley on 0117 330 1249. n Bromley Heath Gardening and Social club. 3rd Monday in the month, 7.30pm, Bromley Heath Junior School (excluding school holidays). Speaker, charity sales table and a raffle. Day trip every month to places of interest and occasional theatre trips. Two short holiday breaks in January and Easter. Contact Julie 0117 987 1836 or May 0117 957 3695. n Beginner to Intermediate Hatha Yoga. Downend Lincombe Barn, 9:30 - 10:45. Drop in class £6. 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, email Web - avonwindbandassociation. com. n Westerley Showband. Downend Library 7.30 pm. For applicants who play wind instruments, bass or drums. Call 0117 956 1950 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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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 Salsa Class for Beginners. Begbrook Social Club, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1HY. 8-9pm. www. n Hatha Flow Yoga, gentle and nurturing. St Matthias (Former UWE Campus). Steiner Academy Bristol. 7.15 - 8.15 pm. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ n Edds and Tales toddler group. Meet at Christchurch Hall, North Street, Downend every Monday morning in term time,10-11.30. Crafts/healthy snacks/tea/coffee provided, £2.50 per family. Further information on our Facebook site. New members always welcome. n 18.30-19.30pm, Pilates, Christ Church Hall, Downend. For details, call Kerry 07919 051019 n 19.35 – 20.35 Flow Yoga, Christ Church Hall, Downend. For details, call Kerry on 07919 051019

Tuesday n Youth drop-in for school Years 6 & 7 at Christ Church Parish Hall, Youth Hub. Tuesdays in term time 3.15-4.30pm more info from www. igniteyouth-christchurchdownend. n Hatha yoga , Scaravelli style. Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, BS16 2RW. Tuesdays 1-2.30. call Louise on 0117 955 7621 or email n The P & Q Club, patchwork and quilting skills, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Artists, drawing techniques and perspective, oils, watercolours and pastels, Lincombe Barn 10amnoon. n Christ Church Fellowship Group, Parish Hall, North Street 7.45p.m second Tuesday of every month. Variety of speakers and musical

evenings. Organise an annual day out and a weekend away. n Bits’n’pieces, fun with fabrics, Lincombe Barn.1.30-3.30pm. n Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Bottoms, Tums and Thighs, Lincombe Barn 8.15-9.15pm. 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 956 2777. n Open Church – Christ Church 9am to 1pm. Drop in throughout the day. n Badminton. Downend Sports Centre, 8 - 10pm. Call 0117 940 0706. 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 10-11am, £4. Call Jenny 0117 961 3327. 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-noon. Ami 0746 2727 229. n Diabetes UK meeting in small room, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 6.15-8.15pm. n Zumba. Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7-8pm. Call Anna 0779 9180 437. n Flow-in Yoga Class. Every Tuesday 6.15pm at Barley Close Primary, BS16 9DL. Beginners Welcomed. Mat can be provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: hello@ Can book via www. n Parent and Toddler Group. Barley Close School Lemur Building, 11.45-3pm. Music, stories, craft. £1 adults, 50p a child. Bring your own packed lunch.

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n Empower Yoga. Downend. Quakers Road Church Hall. 9.15 10.15 am (Entrance available from 9 am). All levels welcome. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at n Hatha Flow Yoga. Downend. Quakers Road Church Hall. 10.30 - 11.30 am. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ n Willow Ladies Club Downend, meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10am-11.30am at the Assembly Rooms, Salisbury Road, Downend. Guest speakers, outings, new members welcome for ladies of any age.

Wednesday n Book Reading Club, Lincombe Barn 9.30am, first Wednesday of each month. n Machine Knitting Club, Lincombe Barn 9.45-11.45am. Machines provided and previous experience not required. n Counted Cross Stitch Club, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. All levels of expertise welcome, beginners especially. n Cleeve Wood Artists, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Wednesday Bridge Club. Lincombe Barn 2-4.30pm. All levels. n Cleeve Singers, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm. Free trial rehearsals and no audition requirement. Looking to increase our membership in the tenor & bass sections. n New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol, Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd 7.30-9.30pm. No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group - soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. Repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs. n Camera Club, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm, second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. For enthusiasts of all abilities. n Book club for adults, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11am, monthly. n Rainbow Tots, parent and toddler group, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11.30am. n Buggy Walk, Emersons Green library, meet at 10am outside, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. All parents, grandparents and carers welcome. No need to book and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes. n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30pm 4th Wednesday of the month. Includes craft, refreshments, chat, worship and a hot meal. n The Mothers’ Union, Parish Hall , North Street, 2.15pm first Wednesday of each month. All

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March, 2018 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 957 0966. n Phoenix Art Club, Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, Guinea Lane, Fishponds 10am - noon. All mediums, all abilities. n Bristol Ukulele Jam, Baden Hall, Northcote Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol. BS16 9HF. 7.45-9.30pm. All levels and experience welcome. n Downend Flower Club, Lincombe Barn, 7.30pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday, September to May. Would you like to arrange flowers? Call Joyce 0117 956 8978. n Cruse Bereavement Care support group. The Park Centre, Kingswood, 10-11.30 on Wednesdays. 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 960 3433. 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 400 6589. n Hannah More Senior Citizen “Fun and Entertainment”, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 2-4pm, fortnightly. Tel no. 0117 965 0356. n Fishponds Reading Group, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 2-3.30pm (4 weekly). Email: n Keep Fit class, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 7-8pm. Call Beryl 0117 9774534. n Frenchay Probus Club meets on the first and third Wednesday every month in Frenchay Village Hall. 10 am to noon. Visitors welcome. n Walks for single people. Solo Rendezvous meet at Downend Cricket Club, every Wednesday, 8.30pm, entrance £3, and walk every Sunday. Please phone for walk details: 01454 775508 / 01454 774984 / 0117 9850210. n Frenchay Folk Dance Club

meets in Frenchay Village Hall on alternate Wednesdays at 7.45pm. More information is available at or by emailing FFDCSecretary@outlook. com. n New weekly salsa class for complete beginners with Cressida. Cross Hands Pub, 1 Staple Hill Rd., Fishponds BS16 5AA. 7.30pm-9pm includes social & dancing. No partner needed. Call 07808 581739 n Diamond fellowship at Fishponds Baptist Church hall, Downend Road, 10.30am. Open to everyone, first and third Wednesdays every month. Variety of speakers, coffee mornings and annual day out and Christmas meal. Contact 0117 965 3421. n Hatha Flow Yoga. St Matthias (Former UWE Campus). Steiner Academy Bristol. 7.00 - 8.00 pm. All levels welcome. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ n 10.30 – 11.30 Pilates, Christ Church Hall, Downend. For details, call Kerry 07919 051019 n 7-8pm Pilates, Pomphrey Hill, Mangotsfield. For details, call Kerry 07919 051019


n Downend Local History Society, Lincombe Barn. Autumn/Winter meetings, 7.30pm first Thursday of each month. £3 per meeting. n Scrabble Club 2, Lincombe Barn, 10am-noon, weekly. Beginners welcome. n Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Emersons Green Quilters, Christ Church Centre, Quakers Road, 7.30pm-9.30pm on second Thursday of every month. Details from Rose Thomas 0117 949 0840 n Papercraft, Lincombe Barn 1011.30am fortnightly. For members to learn or improve their paper crafting skills. n Barn Bees, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. Ladies new to the district come and enjoy a friendly group for a cuppa/chat/sew/knit for fundraising. n Hand Bell Ringers, , Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. Persons with some music reading ability welcome. n Gardening Club, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm. n Fishponds Probus Club, Fishponds Conservative Club at 10am, 1st. and 3rd Thursday. Vacancies available for retired professional/business gentlemen. Call Graham Hawkins 0117 956 1846. n Frome Valley Artists, Downend Folk House 1.30-3.30pm. No tuition given, but regular demonstrations held. Call John Forster on 0117 9561010.


n Resound Camera Club, Resound building, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield 7.30pm. Bi-weekly. We are a sociable group catering for all skill levels. Please see our web site for more information. n Emersons Green Running Club, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 7pm n Rainbows, Emersons Green Village Hall. Evenings. n Emersons Green Whist Club, Emersons Green Village Hall 2-4.30pm. n Rainbow Tots, parent and toddler group, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11.30am. n Scrabble club, Emersons Green Village Hall 10am-noon, monthly. n Senior Citizens social club, Emersons Green Village Hall 11.30am-2.30pm, monthly. n Downend Horticultural Society. Assembly Rooms, Salisbury Road, Downend 7.30pm,Second Thursday of the month all year. Outing to gardens and we hold flower shows. Members who can help with tips on your garden. Call Roger Davis 0117 9571703 or Hilary Walton 0117 9792832. www. n 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 956 7795. 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 330 1249. n Staple Hill Runners. Meet on Broad St outside Page Park 7-8pm and. All abilities are catered for.

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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 965 0856. 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 961 0693 n Fishponds History Society, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7-9pm, 1st Friday of month. Call John 0117 9658110. n In the Pink, Hillfields Park Baptist Church, Thicket Avenue Fishponds, 9.00am. Make new friends and enjoy sensible exercise to music for older ladies, followed by refreshments. Tel. 0117 956 1231. n Kings Club, Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA, 6-7pm, 5 - 7yr olds – 7-8pm, 7 - 11yr olds. Term time only. A fun way to learn about God. Craft, Story, Games, Drinks. Email: outreachevents@downendbaptist.


n 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 5155 954. n Sequence Dance class, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7.309.30pm. Call John 01454 261498. 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

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l of Da 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.

Saturday n World Wide Church of God, Emersons Green Village Hall 11am2.30pm. 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

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open – Free. n Diabetes group meeting, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 2-4pm, bi monthly. Tel no. 0117 975 6441. n Rehabilitation Pilates (Beginners), Lincombe Barn, Downend Folk House, upstairs in Britannia room. 9am. £7. Samantha 07736 309272,

Sunday n Emersons Green Baptist Church, Emersons Green Village Hall 10.30am-noon. n Christ Church Downend 10.30am. Morning Worship, with groups for children and young people. (temporarily in junior school from November). Evening Worship, 6.30pm. Holy communion on the first and third Sundays, Celtic worship and service of prayer for healing and wholeness, second and fifth Sundays (check church website for temporary venue). n Morning Worship, Mangotsfield and Castle Green United Reformed Church, Cossham Street, Mangotsfield10.30am. Communion on the First Sunday. n Staple Hill Methodist Church,

10.30am and 6pm. Creche and Sunday Club. Taize Worship is held on second Sunday evening of the month and communion is taken on first morning and evening of the month. Tel no. 0117 957 5221. n Morning Worship and Children’s Activities, Speedwell Methodist Church, 378 Speedwell Road 10.30am. Friendly, informal, lively. n Frenchay Village Museum 2-5pm – Free. n Church Group, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 1-3pm. n ARC, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 3.30-5.30pm or 7-9pm. n Morning worship with groups for Children/Youth, Downend Baptist Church 10.30am. Evening Worship 6pm. Holy Communion, 1st and 3rd n Traditional worship, The Church Centre, Quakers Road 9.15am. n All Age Worship featuring the band, choir and children at Staple Hill Salvation Army, Staple Hill n Weekly meeting for worship 10.30 - 11.30, all welcome, children's meeting 1st and 3rd Sundays, Frenchay Quaker Meeting House, Beckspool Road, Frenchay, BS16 1NT www.bristolquakers.

Adoption event LESBIAN, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples and singles are being invited to an information event for LGBT Adoption and Fostering week. CCS Adoption, Bristol City Council, North Somerset and Action for Children are coming together at the Watershed on Wednesday March 7 so people can learn more about the rewards and challenges of being an adoptive or foster parent. The drop-in event takes place during LGBT Adoption and Fostering week (March 5-11) and is supported by New Family Social, the LGBT network for Foster and Adoptive families. Since 2012, there has been a significant increase in the number of LGBT adoptions. Across England, Scotland and Wales around one in ten adoptions are now by same-sex couples and the total number of LGBT adoptions that have taken place is approaching 3,000.

CCS Adoption adviser and gay adoptive parent Frances said: "I adopted two children with my partner and we didn’t experience our sexuality being a barrier to us adopting. Deciding to adopt has been the best decision we’ve ever made. We experience wonderful moments and tricky times like any adoptive parents. Our children are proud of having two mums!" The free event will be at Watershed from 6-8pm. People can drop in any time to hear presentations as well as to speak informally with LGBT Adopters, as well as experienced adoption and fostering workers who will be on hand to answer questions and provide further information. Presentations will start at 6.30pm. Anyone interested in adoption and fostering can register to attend the drop-in event at https://www.eventbrite. com/e/lgbt-and-wonderingabout-adopting-or-fostering-

Easter in Downend Friday 30 March


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FREE day trips for the over fifties If you are over fifty and want to discover exciting new attractions as well as meet new friends, then SGS College has the course for you. Held over a weekend, the Discover course will allow you to explore different locations and gain a qualification in English at the same time. The real fun begins on a Sunday, when you and your peers will be driven by coach to one of the exciting venues around the region. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a culinary connoisseur or a green-fingered gardener, you will find an experience that is right for you. Booking is essential, as there are a limited number of places.

Locations and dates available: • Cardiff Castle, Cardiff - 24th/25th February • Longleat, Wiltshire - 24th/25th March • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford - 14th/15th April • Exeter Food and Drink Festival, Exeter - 5th/6th May • Malvern Spring Festival, Worcestershire - 12th/13th May


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Bristol Credit Union scores top marks for ethical loans independent survey of the product and the quality of service provided. Bristol Credit Union received the five star mark for their personal loan product, one of just 25 products which have been awarded the highest five-star rating. As part of the assessment process, Ipsos Mori carried out in-depth telephone interviews with 191 Bristol Credit Union members. A total of 86 per cent of those surveyed said that Bristol Credit Union was effective in helping them reduce debt, and 53 per cent said that they have managed to save regularly throughout the year after paying off their loan. Bristol Credit Union is the largest credit union in the South West region. The not-forprofit co-operative provides

A BRISTOL-based community lender, which has a branch at Staple Hill, has been awarded the highest possible 5-star rating for its ethical loans. Bristol Credit Union has a service point at the Staple Hill Community Hub and enables people to open accounts, deposit money and make loan applications for credit at affordable rates. The Fairbanking Foundation, a national organisation aimed at encouraging financial providers to improve the financial well-being of their customers, assessed the credit union late last year and has now confirmed its 5-star Fairbanking Mark. The Fairbanking Mark ranges from three to five stars, and is only awarded to financial products which pass stringent assessment criteria and an


savings and loan services to people across Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas. James Berry, CEO of Bristol Credit Union said: "Improving the financial well-being of our members is at the heart of what we do. We work hard to ensure that the products we provide are fair, affordable and accessible, and to build strong relationships with our members. We also give them the tools and support they need to manage their money, all so their future is in a financially better place." For further information visit, or call 0117 9247 309. The service point at the Staple Hill Community Hub (formerly Our Place) in Nelson Road is open from 2-4pm on Mondays and 11am-4pm, Tuesday to Thursday.







A SCARECROW hunt featuring characters from family films is being organised next month to raise money for Christ Church Infants School in Downend. Parent Jodie Gregory has already received backing from businesses and organisations. These include Craig Anthony, Michael Nicholas, Ocean, Hunters, Cafeteria La Crown, Sweet Treats, A Piece of Cake, Lincombe Barn Pre-School Pendennis church and Bromley tea rooms.Her plan is to produce a map that families and residents can buy to follow the trail, which will be on April 13-15. "I am hoping this will be a popular event that the local community will be able to support by purchasing the maps, which will be available from the tea rooms or myself," she said. "All monies raised will go directly to the school to enable them to buy resources they need for our children."




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1,000th referral for Free local valuation Baby Bank Network event with Wessex Auction Rooms

BRISTOL’S Baby Bank Network has celebrated its 1,000th referral. The charity was set up three years ago to collect pre-loved baby essentials and give them to families in need. The volunteers say they are now helping the equivalent of 10 families a week. The charity works with dozens of referral partners including NextLink, Shelter and Home Start as well as midwives and health visitors across the city. Volunteers put in hundreds of hours a month at the Fishponds warehouse to check, clean and prepare packages which include cots, prams, baby clothes, toiletries and books ready for collection by referral partners. Co-founder and trustee Becky Gilbert said: "It’s a humbling moment to step back and realise that what started as an idea has very quickly evolved into tangible support for families in need. “We live in a wealthy city in and it breaks my heart to think that there are babies that go

without the basics - but with statistics showing that one in four children in Bristol are living in poverty we’ve seen demand increasing year-on-year for our service. Our main challenge now is keeping up with that demand.” Baby Bank Network currently helps babies under the age of one but has ambitions to extend this to all under 5s. It is also exploring options to get its own van and volunteer driver so it can deliver the items to referral partners and help even more families. Dr Gilbert added: “If there’s anyone out there who can help us with a van or delivery service, we’d love to hear from you. We’ve got plenty of families needing our help, plenty of items in the warehouse to give them but what we don’t always have is the means of getting these items out.” If you can help with a van/ delivery service, please drop Baby Bank Network a line at: More information at: www.



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ON Monday 12th March Wessex Auction Rooms will be holding a free valuation event at Bristol Dance Company, Fishponds from 10am-2pm hosted by BBC TV experts Tim Weeks of Bargain Hunt and Izzie Balmer of Street Auction. A team of experts will be on hand to provide free valuations and an obligatory cup of tea! Always wondered if that old ceramic dish was worth anything? Inherited nan’s jewellery but it’s not really your style? Got a load of toys that your grown-up kids no longer want? Bring your treasures along on the 12th and Wessex Auction Rooms will do the rest, whether it’s entering them into an auction, providing a valuation or just offering advice. You never know, you could be sitting on a fortune and it could be the one thing you were about to take to the charity shop! Bristol Dance Company is located directly behind the Van Dyck pub on Fishponds Rd. For more information please call the Wessex team on 01249 720888

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Father's plea on skatepark

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Hostel plans unveiled for WG Grace birthplace

PLANS have been put forward convert the Downend to birthplace of cricket legend WG Grace into a hostel. The John Turley Memorial Trust wants to turn Downend

House in North Street into thirteen studio apartments for people who need housing and care. The proposal submitted to South Gloucestersh ire Council

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IF, like me, you work full time then your annual leave is incredibly precious. You want to see new sights and experience new activities, but work just keeps getting in the way. This doesn’t always have to be the case. Right here in the UK, we have some incredible places to see and things to do. If you fancy a hike out in the countryside, some tea and cake in a stately home or even a road trip around Scotland, it’s all possible without jetlag rearing its ugly head. If you’ve not discovered the beauties of Scotland, you can expect to find emerald hills, sapphire blue water, trendy cities and never ending landscapes. We visited a couple of years ago, but due to work obligations, we only had 5 days to explore and see as much of Scotland as we could, including Edinburgh, Loch Lomond, Glenfinnan, Loch Ness

Justine canoeing on Loch Lomond, Scotland

March, 2018

A very Scottish road trip

Jacobite Steam Train at Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Isle of Skye. Our road trip began in trendy Edinburgh, which involved a visit to Edinburgh Castle, eating haggis in one of the local restaurants and admiring the skyline from the top of Holyrood Park. Here’s a quick fact we learned during our stay that you might enjoy: the Scottish Crown Jewels were lost in the castle for over 100 years after being locked away in a chest and forgotten about. Thankfully, Sir Walter Scott and a group of men set out to recover the jewels in 1818. Driving west from Edinburgh, we travelled to Loch Lomond in the Trossachs National Park, which is a definite must see, especially as Scotland is so renowned for its expansive lakes. At Loch Lomond, there’s a path to take you around the outskirts of the lake, or you

can choose to see it from inside a canoe or kayak for about £12 (like we did!) Up next on our itinerary was Glenfinnan, which doesn’t seem to appear on many traveller’s wishlists when visiting Scotland. For any Harry Potter fans out there though, you should definitely visit! The viaduct in Glenfinnan was a filming location for the second movie. Today, you’ll spot the Jacobite Steam Train chug past a couple of times per day (better known as the Hogwarts Express!) Our final full day in Scotland (and one of my favourite days) was investigating what the Isle of Skye has to offer. What I learned during that day was that Portree is a great pitstop for various restaurants, bars and shops, while the northernmost tip of the island is where you’ll discover countless waterfalls,

incredible ocean views and ancient castle ruins. Although I know there is so much more to see in Scotland (my travel wishlist definitely grew whilst we were there), the fact that it is such a close proximity to us means we can all head there time and time again. All that’s standing in the way is an hour’s flight (or to make a road trip out of it) and a quick request to our Managers for more time off for travelling. Care to join me? Justine Cross is a travel writer and business blogger based in Emersons Green. You can read more of her travel stories at www. And don’t forget to look out for the next instalment of her travel column in our March issue!

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n ON THE BEAT with PC PAUL FORTUNE A MAN was jailed in February for two years and five months after admitting possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply. The 20-year-old wasn’t home when we found drugs and cash at his Downend home back in May. We issued an appeal for help to track him down and finally located him hiding in a loft. We need help to keep our communities safe from drug crime. If you have any information, call 101 or report through our website. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call. Your information could be the final piece we need to get a search warrant. nnn AT this time of year we can get reports of ‘rogue traders’ offering to do household maintenance or gardening work – before carrying it out unnecessarily, to a poor standard, or overcharging.

While thankfully it doesn’t happen often, it does disproportionately affect older people – who are more likely to be at home during the day – and can have a significant impact on their wellbeing as well as their finances. Please help to protect any vulnerable relatives or friends by helping to find a reputable tradesperson and sharing our advice: • it’s your doorstep, your decision. Deal with any unknown and unexpected visitor through a window or use a door chain • check identification – genuine callers expect this and will wait • if you’re not sure, don’t open the door and report it by calling 101 • if you feel threatened or intimidated call 999 straight away • set up a 'No Cold Calling Zone' through South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) • sign up to utility companies’ password schemes • keep cash in the bank, not at home

IT was a pleasure to welcome fiveyear-old twins Stuart and Jamie to Staple Hill Police Station with their mum Alison. I met Stuart, from Emersons Green, who is being treated for leukaemia, at a coffee morning at Mangotsfield CofE Primary School

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n RECIPE OF THE MONTH AN old fashioned recipe for a simple pudding (or tea time treat) that also happens to be good for using up odds and ends of bread. It’s one of those recipes that cries out for white pastry and white breadcrumbs. It’s not trying to be “healthy”, although feel free to use wholemeal bread if that all you have, just remember, you will need extra syrup. My version of Mary Berry’s recipe happens to be vegan, however make your pastry with lard and butter if that is what you do usually. If you really don’t want to make pastry then buy a pack of shortcrust pastry to use. Fabulous on a wet Sunday after a roast dinner, warm with a lump of clotted cream or custard poured all over, also great with a cup of tea. It probably freezes well, but never lasts long enough in my house.

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with Mel of Melanie’s Kitchen 200g approx of fresh breadcrumbs 16.5/17cm diameter flan or cake tin (61/2 -7 inches) loose bottomed if possible Measure flour into large bowl and rub in fats with fingertips until mix looks like fine breadcrumbs. Add enough of the water to form a firm dough, cover bowl and put in fridge for 30 minutes. Heat the oven 200c Gas 6. Roll chilled pastry out and thinly line the tin, place on a baking sheet. Measure syrup into a saucepan and heat it gently, stir in breadcrumbs, lemon juice and zest. You may need to add more breadcrumbs if the mix looks too runny or more syrup if it looks dry. Pour the mix into the raw pastry case and level the surface. Bake for 10 minutes then lower oven heat to 180c Gas 4 and bake for a further 25- 30 minutes until golden brown. Cool in tin before turning out to serve.

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Let's put Mangotsfield on the map A GROUP of residents has resolved to work together to “put Mangotsfield back on the map”. Fifteen people attended the inaugural meeting of the Mangotsfield Residents Association arranged by Chris Amos at the Scout Hall. They feel that the village has been neglected for a number of years and is in need of a facelift and more local awareness. Councillor Michael Bell outlined the plans he has to use council money for improving the Alec Large Memorial Park with new flower beds, renovating the benches and removing unsightly shrubs. He also spoke about the idea of turning The Dame School site into an area depicting the heritage of Mangotsfield including its coal mines, chapels and churches. Councillor Bell told the meeting that the old Mangotsfield Church of England school is to be demolished and replaced by 21 homes, but the developers have donated up to

£10,000 for artwork to reflect its history. Those present also put forward ideas such as more signage, developing partnerships with local traders, repeating the popular history walks and including guided walks around the now closed Mangotsfield Railway Station. Simon Budd and Chris Amos informed the meeting that

it was also planned to have a stand at this year’s Mangotsfield Festival showing old photos. It was agreed that regular monthly meetings will be held and details will be published on the Mangotsfield Matters Facebook Page created and edited by David Blackmore as well as notices placed in local shops. Forr information contact Michael Bell on 07875631817 or michael.

Neighbourhood Watch launched FOLLOWING a spate of burglaries and car break-ins in Mangotsfield, resident Clive Heath has volunteered to start a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Initially it will cover Burley Grove, Long Road, Rodway Road, Valley Road and Almond Way, and it could be expanded if it proves successful. Mr Heath, who is well known in the area for pastoral and fundraising activities, has been working with Councillor Michael Bell, leafletting homes and asking as many residents as possible to contact him to express their wish to become a member. “ He can be contacted by phone on 0117 9497016 or 07507 168700 or by email


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Silence is golden: how Lydia, 9, raised £1,000 LYDIA came home from school one day and said, "Mum, I want to do a sponsored silence for baby Sam’s charity, I was thinking I could manage 24 hours…” Like many nine-year-old excitable children, Lydia does talk rather a lot, so my husband and I jokingly said: “Wow, we’d pay good money for that!” And didn’t think much more of it. The following day Lydia come home after school, and informed us she had spoken to her head teacher and class teacher; they both showed great support and suggested Lydia did her 24-hour sponsored silence the following Thursday, “as it is PE on a Thursday, so you won’t have to talk quite so much during that lesson!” That was it, the date was set. I set up a Just Giving page and Lydia wrote her entry story to inform people why the charity Sands means so much to our family. She explained that it helped us when her brother Sam died ten years ago, 45 minutes after he was born with half his heart missing. “I like to think of my big brother

Sam as my guardian angel because a year after his birthday, I was born and the same midwife that delivered Sam, was my first visitor when I entered the world. “Anyone who knows me will understand how hard it will be for me not to talk for 24 hours!” she

wrote. We set our original target at £100 - well, that was reached within hours! We increased it to £300 and it soon smashed through our third target of £500! On the day of the silence, Lydia took a new note pad and

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n NEWS Give Scouts or Cubs a try ... THE 69th Bristol (St Joseph’s) Scout group meets every Tuesday evening during term time at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Fishponds and leaders are inviting new members to join the Cubs and Scouts. Activities includes outdoor pursuits, playing games, going out on visits, investigating nature, cooking, archery, orienteering, making new friends and much more. Cub Scouts and Scouts are open to boys and girls. Both groups meet during term time at St Joseph Church Hall on Tuesdays. The Cubs meet from 6pm and the Scouts from 7.30pm. The cost is £8 a term. Many children join up as it is a way of building up confidence, learning new skills, making a broader set of friends and gaining a new sense of responsibility. Email them at

YOUNG people from Christ Church’s Sunday youth group took part in a litter-pick in Staple Hill - and were rewarded. They were delighted when one of the local residents came out and handed out some chocolate

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TONY, a nearly two-year-old black mini rex is looking for a wifebun and indoor furever home. He has an amazingly relaxed and laid back personality but knows what he likes...has anyone got a girlfriend out there for him? If you are interested in adopting or fostering please contact us via email If you would like to invite us to any fundraising events in the local area please contact us via email! If you would like to know anymore about the rabbits above or any other of our animals please email us thelittlestrescue@

THE Littlest Rescue in Staple Hill is making an urgent appeal for support after an influx of baby rabbits. Earlier this year the small animal rescue responded to a request to rehome a group of nine rabbits (three male and six female). Although they were told that the rabbits had generally been kept separately, the females were put on routine pregnancy watch. This proved necessary as, at the time of writing, four of the females have already given birth, with the other two still on pregnancy watch. Added to a further five baby rabbits from a previous rescue who also arrived pregnant, this means that the Littlest Rescue now has 20 babies to look after, as well as their parents. The babies are very cute but

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n NEWS BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Aerospace Bristol in May. Fiona Bruce and the team of experts will be waiting to welcome you with your family heirlooms and car boot bargains to offer free advice and valuations to visitors. The filming takes place on May 17 at the home of Concorde. The new museum celebrates the city’s historic links to the birth of aviation and the development of supersonic travel. At the centre of this new attraction is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot - the last Concorde

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MNGOTSFIELD WI WHAT a superb meeting we had in February. All too often we take our feet and toes for granted. Becky was informative and very knowledgeable about looking after our feet. I have already booked my first pedicure of the year in anticipation of getting my flip flops out. Our meeting on March 26 will bring us Susan Marshfield who will be giving us a talk on the ‘Lighter Side of Life’. Susan is an dear friend of Mangotsfield WI and we love to have her join us. We are looking forward to a nice evening with a cuppa and cake. If anyone would like to participate in the Manor Cup – the brief is ‘a decorated egg’. For details about Craft Club, Sipper Club, Luncheon Club and any other club, details will be emailed to members shortly. Remember if we did everything we were capable of, we would actually astound ourselves! We welcome women of all ages and from any area, you don’t have

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Plans for the summer activities are well under way with tai chi and a talk by ‘The Queens Bodyguard’ already planned. Emersons Green & Lyde Green WI - Beechmere Belles meets every fourth Thursday of the month at Emersons Green Village Hall at 7.30pm. There is no waiting list so all new member are welcome. Come and have a free taster meeting to see if you enjoy it. Look forward to seeing you Our email is beechmerebelles@ or find us on Facebook Beechmere Belles Emersons Green WI

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BROMLEY HEATH WI AFTER our lively January meeting when we learnt how to Zumba, our February get together was far more relaxed and laid back. Cheryl Benson (president) thanked all members who had paid their WI subs and welcomed several new members. Everyone received their WI discount voucher booklet and a leaflet detailing BHWI’s various activities and trips for the coming year. Angela Williams (co-vice president) gave us an overview of the National WI #showthelove campaign. On Valentine’s Day WI members would be crafting

BEECHMERE BELLES WI IN February, the ladies at Beechmere Belles were treated to the delights of Geeta Delish Cook, telling us all about the spices in Indian cookery and tasting some of her wonderful dishes. At our meeting on March 22, we shall be having another of our very popular craft evenings. This year we shall be making something for Easter and in our April meeting we have cake decorating.


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Labour of love to help India's poorest MEMBERS of a Bristol church are are flying to next month in the latest of their visits to help people in one of the country’s poorest regions. Brendan Bassett, minister of Victoria Park Baptist church, will lead the party office travelling to the city of Tenali in Andhra Pradesh. But it’s fair to say the trip will probably mean most to church member Beverley Chapman, who has been to on aid trips to Tenali several times but will be making the journey for the first time without her husband Rod, who died suddenly in January last year. The party will be visiting the many Christian churches around the city and also giving money and practical help to Christians and non-Christians alike. Beverley explained that the Bristol party are paying their own fares and every penny they raise will be spent on

local projects such as digging wells and providing help to people such as HIV sufferers and widows, who are sometime shunned in rural areas. Under the guide of local priest Jean Paul Pinapati, they will visit schools, villages and an orphanage. She’s also looking forward to seeing what has been achieved with money she sent to Tenali in memory of Rod – she’s hoping it will have funded a well for a school with no access to water. “It’s a very humbling experience to go there,” said Bev, who travelled to India on similar trips with Rod in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012. “The people are so amazing: you realise how much you have got and what they haven’t got.” Bev and Rod did not see their trips as a one-way charity exercise – they believed that they were given just as much in return by the Indian people.

Rod Chapman, Beverley’s late husband, became a wellknown face in Tenali on his last visit. After a visit to the barber, the owners put his face on billboards all over the city In rural areas old habits die hard, and people with leprosy or HIV can be shunned as unlucky. That is why it is so important that people go to visit them, said Beverley. “Someone said to me, why don’t you just sent the money over there?” she said. “But for them to know that someone has taken the time to go there and be with them means as much as getting the cash.”

Comedy, curry and music THE Voice is supporting an evening of music and comedy to help raise funds for the Dalit Women’s Mission in Tenali. Called the Comedy, Curry and Music Shebang, it’s on Saturday March 17 at Redcatch community centre, Knowle. There’s a first-rate line-up of comedians – Matthew Baylis, Matt Bragg, Bently Browning, Dan May and Ian MacDonald – with music from Hurry up Harry. (You can check Harry out

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Clearing the fog WELL, we cannot actually clear fog, that requires divine intervention. However if the ‘fog’ is coming from your glasses lenses needing a jolly good clean then we can help! So to our tips for cleaning your glasses, or indeed other high performance optics such as cameras and even mobile phone screens. Using a tissue, paper towel or other paper based product is really not recommended. These are not a kind or gentle way to treat your sophisticated optics. Why you may ask… but tissues are everywhere, particularly this time of year! Well, would you use a piece of wood to clean your optical devices? Paper tissues are after all made from wood pulp, which is I agree a refined, broken down and chemically treated form of wood, but it’s still wood. Of sorts. The European Tissue Symposium has previously noted (yes they really exist, and have a fascinating website if you want to read more about paper based tissues) that each of us uses around 200 paper tissues per year for

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Fly-tipper sent to jail A MAN has been jailed for more than a year and ordered to pay over £2,000 after being found guilty of fly tipping in South Gloucestershire. It is the longest sentence the council has secured through an environmental prosecution. Daniel Bryant, 44, formerly of Duncombe Road, Speedwell, was prosecuted after a number of fly tips in 2017. The court heard that Bryant set up a business, ‘Magic Rubbish Clearances’, which was advertised using Facebook and business cards. He collected controlled waste for payment. During March his vehicle was seen at the scene of two separate fly tips in Cattybrook Road, Shortwood. One of these offences took place after he attempted to fly tip his load on Siston Common, but was seen by a resident and left, only to dump the waste on Cattybrook Road. In June he was photographed depositing mattresses at Beach Hill in Upton Cheyney. The pictures were poster on Facebook and received 3,000 ‘hits’. During the investigation, it was discovered that Bryant had been disqualified from driving in May and less than a week later was seen using the same vehicle to carry out these fly tip offences. In court, Bryant pleaded guilty to the two Cattybrook Road fly tips and was handed a custodial sentence of 68 weeks, along with a £2,070.30 in costs and £140 victim surcharge (total £2,210.30). The magistrate drew attention to him committing these offences whie disqualified, and activated a suspended sentence of 16 weeks , added to 52 weeks custody for the fly tips (26 weeks per offence).


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DOWNEND IN BLOOM weeks ago I was asked to give a talk to the Downend Willow Ladies Club about in Bloom. They meet on a Tuesday morning in the Assembly Rooms on Salisbury Road. They are a very friendly group and I am sure would welcome new members, especially, I think, anyone who could come forward and maybe help organise. I think this is often the case with groups and sometimes they are unable to keep running as there are not enough people to help in leading them - it is a great shame. I would also like to thank them for their donation to D&BH in Bloom and assure them the money will be well spent on our summer displays. Well, I think the final word must go to the Olympics - there are now strange people hurtling down some ice on a tin tray Is it called luge or something. Bring it on, as they say!

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n VETS' ADVICE RABBITS are the third most common pet in the UK. Whether it is due to their sweet snuffly noses or awesome personality their popularity is increasing. With increased pet ownership comes increased awareness of their requirements. Part of rabbit ownership includes taking care of their health. Just like dogs and cats, rabbits require vaccinations to try and prevent them from getting some very nasty diseases. Two viruses have been present in the UK rabbit population for the last few decades; myxomatosis and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD). Myxomatosis is a virus which is spread through biting insects or direct contact with affected rabbits. It can cause swellings around the eyes, nose or rear end and is often fatal. If picked up in the early stages of disease it is possible for rabbits to recover from this virus but it may take many months during which they may sadly pass away at any time. Rabbit Haemorrhagic disease is another disease that has been present in the UK rabbit population for a few decades. It was first discovered in the 1980s and since then has claimed the lives of millions of bunnies world-wide. It is very easy for this virus to spread between rabbits, either by direct contact with other rabbits or by objects that have been in contact with infected rabbits. Unlike myxomatosis there are often no early warning signs of a rabbit contracting this horrible virus. Sometimes an owner may notice their rabbit is a bit quieter than normal but sadly the most common presentation is owners discovering their rabbit has passed away unexpectedly. In order to try and prevent our sweet little pets contracting

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n DOWNEND FOLK CLUB REVIEW Edgelarks - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (with support from Iona Lane). Friday February16, Frenchay Village Hall THE best kind of folk music plays an odd trick. It faces backwards and forwards at the same time. Edgelarks play the best kind of folk music. The last time Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin played at the folk club they were two supremely talented musicians with four Christian names between them. Today they have racked up yet another BBC Folk Awards nomination, toured the world, collaborated with everyone and changed their name. And Edgelarks seems fitting. A voice of heartbreaking beauty standing at the margins. A yearning that looks to horizons, somewhere out there. She has the heartbreaking voice, they have their eyes on the widest, most distant horizon. Because, you see, Edgelarks deal in the huge. For a mere duo they create a multi layered, many faceted noise. Banjo, fiddle, Indian slide guitar, dobro, harmonica, stomps, drones and some sort of folkish beatboxing swirl about them. Worlds are created. Great vista sweep before them. They have their eyes fixed firmly in the distance but they are tethered to right here. The opening song of the night demonstrates this in the best possible way. Silbury Hill is an old song about an ancient piece of Albion but it oozes contemporary folk charm. Hannah Martin's voice is exquisite. It is a rich, deep thing that tells a tale with glorious simplicity. You could listen to her sing forever and never tire of it. She is the perfect counterpoint to Phillip Henry's remarkable

musical virtuosity. A seemingly unassuming Lancastrian, he becomes possessed by the spirit of wild invention once he picks up an instrument, any instrument; playing a slide guitar with a paintbrush one minute, imitating a train with his harmonica the next. He is the one that gives her travelling narratives their wings. Early on they tell us what they think of our current European political situation and it's easy to see why they are fervently anti-Brexit. For anyone that wants to explore the world as they do, insularity is anathema. Whether using the American Jay as metaphor on Song of the Jay, an Australian tour as the marker for their place in the world, as on Signposts, or setting 300 year old Dutch letters free on Undelivered, they constantly roam. Americana and English folk

song jostle and tussle, sometimes in the same song. Before all of this wide-screen soundscapery, Iona Lane treats us to a short set of Joni-flecked indie folk. The five tracks were lovely, simple and acoustic but the highlight was yet another song that transported the Frenchay faithful to a different place. Her version of the traditional The Loch Tay Boat Song stopped time. Scots to its very bones and seriously beautiful. An utter treat. So, songs that look backward and forwards. Songs that remind you of the widest horizons. Songs to sing on the edges of our world. Edgelarks play the best sort of folk music. Gavin McNamara

n DOWNEND FOLK CLUB PREVIEW Harri Endersby (with support from Kitty Macfarlane). Friday March 16, Frenchay Village Hall Just occasionally, a young musician appears as if from nowhere and gets people talking immediately. Harri Endersby is one of those rare finds, and she headlines Downend Folk Club’s March concert. From acoustic to electronic, Harri blurs the lines of the folk genre, drawing inspiration from both contemporary and traditional music, as well as the rugged landscape of County Durham, the place that she calls home. Her debut album Homes/Lives, released in last year, has impressed critics around the country, and she has had tracks played on BBC Radio 6, Radio Scotland, and Radio Wales. Homes/Lives presents a

transition in style, beginning with acoustic, stripped-back tracks whilst gradually introducing electronic instrumentation and beats as the album progresses. Having first graced the club’s stage as a support act last year, she now returns for a full set, by popular demand from the club’s regulars! Harri will be joined onstage at Downend Folk Club by her

husband Rich, who also plays guitar and percussion. The club’s chairman Ant Miles told Downend Voice: “Harri is one of those acts that make you sit up and take notice from the very first note. She made a real impression in the 25-minute support slot last year, and by the end of her first song, I’d already decided that we’d have her back for a headline. I wasn’t alone, either… the audience wanted much more too! It promises to be a great evening.” Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Ben Robertson, a young fingerstyle guitarist and singer who plays a range of folk instrumentals and songs from across the British Isles

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and Europe. Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 16th March 2018, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www. They are priced at £11 each in advance (£9 for members), or £13 on the door. There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based Great Western Brewing Co., and also locally-made Naughty Brownies. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of the club’s drive to be more environmentally aware. For further information, please visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email

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Charities benefit from Cleeve Wood shops BUSINESSES at Cleeve Wood Road shops in Downend have handed £775 each to two charities. The presentations to Jessie May children’s hospice and Heart Animal Rescue were from the proceeds of the successful Christmas event and came as the organisers announced they would not hold an event this year. They say they hope to run a smaller-scale one in 2019. A spokesman said: “The event will be scaled back in the future due to the amount of licences, paperwork, insurance and permits needed – all of which has greatly increased both running costs and the amount of time needed for planning. Although the event may be smaller in the future the aim will still be to raise as much money as possible for local charitable causes.” The traders raised more than £1800 in 2017, with the remaining £300 going to make

the event and we’ve heard lots of positive feedback - we’re so delighted that the hard work paid off. . The committee at Cleeve Wood Road shops would like to thank everyone who attended the event and helped raise so much money for charity. “ The committee comprised Louise Chapman, Michelle Cipolla, Marcus Jones, Adam Jones, Jeni Ponting, Joanne Wade and Alison Workman. The event was also funded through donations from the following Cleeve Wood Road shops/ businesses: CJ Hole, Cleeve Wood Pharmacy, Co-Op Funeral Care, Four Seasons Takeaway, M Coleman Estate Agents, Style Collection, Webbs Flowers, West 70 Photography and Animal House Vets. Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council also contirbuted to the running costs. The Cleeve Wood Road shops website ( and social media pages will provide updates on future events.

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Downend Folk House Gardening Club AS I look out of my patio doors, a clump of snowdrops is just coming into flower. Some people say these are the first signs of Spring but for some weeks three blue grape hyacinths have been flowering. In the same border a hellebore has been out all winter. So perhaps snowdrops are not the first? The squirrels have been busy digging up their acorns which they buried in my garden before Christmas. There are at least two squirrels who scurry along the branches of the oak tree. Sometimes one will sit quite close to my patio door on the fence nibbling an acorn. When my daughter comes over with my grandsons she is always pointing them out to Logan and Finn. I think she is surprised to see them so close to the house. Back to flowers again and I must mention my winter flowering heather in full bloom in a stone trough in the shape of a log on the


lounge, their yellow heads peeping up above the other plants. Oh, I nearly forgot to say I have also several dark blue and light blue iris reticulata in a blue glazed pot with the fatsia japonica. Well! I think that is about all of my flowering plants in this wintery March!

patio, amongst other containerised plants. Of course one is them my Christmas tree, the Norwegian Spruce. On the trellis the first signs of life are beginning to show from the clematis, with their leaves forming.

Last year I bought three pots of tete-a-tete daffodils and planted them so that they formed a drift in the border with the epimediums, a euphorbia and ferns. Two of the groups of daffodils will soon all be in flower. I can see them from my

Club news Thank you all for coming to hear John Tuckers most interesting talk on architectural plants last month. On March 8 from 7.30-9.30pm we have Bonsai Part 2 with Simon Temblett. Part 1 was very informative and he gave you the zest to try Bonsai for yourself. He is bringing back one that he started from scratch last time to show us how it has progressed. Should be very interesting. Everyone is most welcome. Visitors £3 each visit. See you there! Christine Broadway

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When pain turns to joy “YOU are NEVER going through that again!” My sincere words to my wife after witnessing all that she and our first baby had to endure during the long labour and difficult delivery (I’ll spare you the gory details!). However, ‘first baby’ probably gives the game away because amazingly, over the next six years, Rachel did go on to give birth to three more beauties. It’s probably far easier for a father to say this (no doubt with a touch of romanticism) but once that precious new life is in your arms, the joy overrides the memory of the pain. With Mothering Sunday so close to Easter it is interesting that Jesus likened the feelings his followers would have to that of a woman giving birth. In some of his final words to his disciples, Jesus

sought to prepare them for what would soon happen. He told them, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me." He was referring to his death through crucifixion, his burial in the tomb and his resurrection to life again. The disciples would go through a short time of grief and pain, but it would turn to irremovable joy when they saw him again. Labour (with the pre and post ‘bits’!) is the price to pay for the joy of a child. The death of the Son of God was the price paid for the ecstatic joy that would follow. Jesus had not been defeated, he was the victor over sin, death and Satan. He was the conqueror, the rescuer, the Saviour for all who would come to him in faith. His resurrection was the categorical

proof that he was who he had claimed to be and who his miracles and teaching endorsed him to be. The resurrection of Jesus turned the disciple’s grief to joy – it was all true – and that is why the good news spread like wild-fire and has continued to be told for the past two thousand years all around the world. Never again will Jesus have to go through that for mankind – once was all that was needed. Life can be full of pain and grief, yet even in that we can know joy in ‘seeing’ Jesus with the eyes of faith – and then one day we will truly see him, and our joy will completely replace the pains. Paul Donovan Pendennis Good News Church


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This month Mary Criddle, a member of Lincombe Barn Camera Club, tells us how her love of photography has developed with support and advice from her fellow members. MY name is Mary and I am a wife, a mother and a nanny. My love for photography has come over the last few years especially when the first of my three grandchildren came along. I love taking pictures, capturing special moments of my family while playing in the garden, out for the day or whilst on holidays. I enjoy taking pictures of scenery and wildlife while on our adventures. My favourite shots seem to be natural shots when no one is looking, capturing tender and special moments. I first went to Lincombe Barn Camera Club around a year ago. I attended on my own as a complete newbie, with a nervous expectation of how I would settle in as I knew very little about the technical side of photography. I just liked taking photos! I immediately felt

welcomed and the warmth and helpfulness of the entire group shone through immediately which left me feeling that I wanted to go back. The Club has a wealth of experience and nothing is too much trouble, and there is never such a thing as a silly question. They have all helped me learn, understand and grow in my photography and thank them for that. I am still learning now and hope to grow in something that I love as a hobby. I recommend this club to anyone who has an interest in photography to come along and say hi, I guarantee you will be back every week from then on! If you wish to know more please visit the club website Mary Criddle

Top left: Agistri Holiday Top right: Please Come In Left: Colourful Friends Above: Chinese Lanterns All photographs by Mary Criddle

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PAST and present members of the 11th Kingswood Rangers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the unit at a reunion held at Badminton Road Methodist church, Downend. Guests enjoyed tea and cake while sharing memories of the experiences they had enjoyed as Rangers. Rangers is the senior section of the Girl

Guide movement and is open to girls aged 14 – 19. The event included an exhibition of photos and memorabilia, including vintage uniforms. Present-day Rangers made their Ranger promise and tributes were paid to the group’s leader, Jackie Meech, who has run the unit for the last 42 years.

MANGOTSFIELD School welcomed 30 ambassadors from industry into the school hall to give their Year 8 students the chance to question them about their own careers, the industries they work in and their experiences. The session was part of a Year 8 Choices Day for students currently deciding which options to choose for their GCSEs and it also included taster lessons for the new subjects they can study for their GCSEs. Careers co-ordinator Carey Phillips said: "The day was a great opportunity for the business community, students and school staff to come together to talk about future careers and the skills that are important for our young people to develop both inside and outside of school."

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HUNTERS Estate Agents, Downend are delighted to bring to the market this superb semi-detached family home offering a fantastic position in the sought after residential area of Bromley Heath, backing onto woodland and the Leap Valley Walkway which leads to Bromley Heath Park, with it's large open space and tennis court and being a short walk to the ever popular Junior and Infant schools, whilst offering excellent transport links onto The Avon Ring Road and Bristol Cycle Path. The property has been extended to create spacious living accommodation which is displayed throughout in excellent order and comprises to the ground floor: entrance porch, entrance hallway, a large kitchen/breakfast room, lounge, dining room with French doors leading out into the rear garden. To the first floor there are five generous size bedrooms and 2 shower rooms. Externally



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n OCEAN ESTATE AGENTS PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Vinney Green Barn £575,000 THIS is a stunning 4 bedroom barn conversion that is tucked away on a quite road yet close to lots of amenities. Being sold with no onward chain this beautiful home has been lovingly designed and very well maintained. Once inside the house you will find a large kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room, WC, an impressive inner hallway/dining room with vaulted ceilings and large lounge with inglenook fireplace. To the first floor the large mezzanine landing leads you to the master bedroom with its own ensuite and impressive large built in wardrobes. On the opposite side of this landing you will find the family bathroom alongside bedroom 2, a generous double bedroom in itself. A further set of stairs from this landing rise to the top floor where you will find two further double bedrooms. From this landing you can look down into the hallway/ dining room below and out over the rear gardens via the large window where the original barn doors would have been. The property retains its feel with open beam and

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The first competition of 2018 THE first club competition of the year produced the usual diverse range of entries to entertain, amuse (and occasionally bemuse) those who attended the judging. These events always produce an interesting evening. From such a selection it was no surprise that the subjects of the winning entries also varied, but what was interesting that those judged to be the top three in the print section were the work of lady members. ‘Under My Wing’ came out top, and it is easy to see why, the head of the bird is sharp while it seems almost to be shielding itself with its wing. It gives the bird some character, always welcome in wildlife photography. ‘Dahlia’ is a more conventional

picture, but the quality of the light has produced delicate tones that bring out the intricate construction of the bloom, while the square format that has all extraneous details eliminated particularly suits the subject. ‘Chocolate Heaven’ is an unusual entry in that it is a triptych, three separate pictures. These are not easy to get right, as the challenge is less the individual images, and more how the three work together. It probably helps to have a real passion for the subject! If you want to join a friendly photographic group, come along

one Tuesday to a meeting of Downend Camera Club at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend at 7.30pm. We meet almost every week and new members are very welcome. The club has a Facebook page and its website at www. has details of the club, shows competition winners, and gives details of upcoming events on the programme. The March programme includes: the annual Car Competition, and ‘The art of urban exploration’ with Tim Knifton.

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Above: Under My Wing by Helen Sheppard Bottom left: Dahlia by Vilma Toms Below: Chocolate Heaven by Wendy Lockyer

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We're loving our healthy lifestyle! PROPS students and staff had a great time learning and experiencing new things in our first ever Healthy Eating Week in February. We started out the week learning all about sugar, and the Community Learning Disabilities Team delivered a Sugar Smart workshop for us. We looked at how much sugar is in common foods and drink that we might eat, and a lot of the results were quite shocking! We learned that we should have no more than seven teaspoons of sugar a day, and that drinking just one can of cola is over your daily allowance, and a Milkshake from a typical fast food restaurant is more than twice the daily allowance! As the week progressed, we kept active with a MoveAbility session, yoga class, spin class, and rugby training. The spin class in particular got everyone’s blood pumping, and the yoga provided some much needed stretching

and relaxation. Many thanks to Bristol Community Rugby and Kingswood Leisure Centre for providing us with free spaces/ training. We kept our energy levels topped up with healthy sugars in a smoothie making session, and by making energy balls out of fruit and nuts. Before the rugby, students prepared a slow-releasing energy brunch of either porridge or scrambled egg. Vegan, glutenfree and dairy free diets were all catered for! We also managed to fit in a sponsored walk over the Severn Bridge which raised £75 towards PROPS students going on the Bristol to Bordeaux bike ride. A fantastic effort by everyone on a cold and windy day, and many thanks for all the donations. From February 19, PROPS students are using their Boccia skills to deliver open session for anyone who would like to take part. Would you like to learn how to

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March, 2018


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AS gardeners we are surrounded by plastic. Not only the basic items but ground cover, tool handles are just some others we take for granted. And with much in the news lately that our use of plastic needs to be reduced, just where does that leave us on the plot? Take the humble seed tray and pot for example; we’d be lost without them. Compostable pots are nothing new but it might be worth making comparisons with plastic. Many are produced from compressed cardboard and generally are very serviceable. Others, manufactured from wood fibre and slightly more expensive to buy are extremely durable even when saturated with water. So what are the main advantages of the compostable option? Convenience could be the main reason or possibly that plants grown in these develop a much stronger root system and are transplanted directly into the final growing bed without any shock to the seedling. The roots of plants grown in compostable pots easily penetrate the walls of the container. Contact with the air stops the roots from continuing, root buds start to appear and secondary roots develop throughout the pot. This is known as 'aerial root pruning'. When the plant is repotted or transplanted (without removing the pot), the dormant root buds set during aerial containment are immediately activated and the plant continues to grow. The most common problem and downside of using plastic pots is the coiling and compaction of roots, but also these may gather in corners, be forced to grow upwards and worst still, possibly become crushed, all resulting in reduced development of the plant. Not forgetting of course that, when the

seedling is transplanted the stress of removing it from the container can cause an adverse effect to its wellbeing making the need for several days of recovery which if not successful will prove fatal in hot, dry weather. That said, while relatively cheap to buy, the plastic pot is re-usable for a time at least, but it also needs cleaning and requires storage space when not in use. Eventually, they split which is the main cause for disposal and unless recycled by specialists they end up in landfill or worse still, the sea, which brings us back to the start of the problem. Continuing our theme so far this month of seeds, has everyone bought their seed potatoes yet? Our Allotment Shop took delivery of a new salad potato variety, Jazzy. It achieved a Garden of Merit award by the RHS in 2013 and as these honours are usually only given after a trial period, often at Wisley, and judged by expert forums we think they are well worth a try. Planting early April, they’ll be ready for harvest after about ten to twelve weeks. A note for your diary, at the garden next to the Allotment Shop in Nicholas Lane, St. George on Easter Saturday we’ll be holding an Easter Bunny Hunt. Fun for the kids - and parents` and grandparents can enjoy our wonderful view across the city.

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My part in Dom's success

Blog 49: An Olympic Medal WHEN I started January, I knew it was going to be a busy one, one way or the other but I had no idea that the story would end with a medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics. First some background: for five years I worked down at the track at Bath University with the Paralympic sprinters. As many people know, the GB skeleton and bobsled teams train down there as well, so our paths crossed. That is where I met the quiet, intelligent and unassuming man Dom Parsons. We struck up a friendship and I have worked to help keep him fit and firing on all cylinders. For many years we discussed how great it would be if I could go out and help him and his friends at an official world cup race. It is always so much easier and - dare I say it - more effective, when you are working at that level to be able work at the event and between races. So this year we agreed that I would come out to help in St Moritz, Switzerland, in mid-January … it helps that the skiing in St Moritz is superb and Swiss hospitality isn’t bad either. By going out and watching Dom, his partner Jackie (Team Australia) and friend John (also Team Australia) race it gave me real insight into the stresses put on the body during skeleton and subsequently refine my treatment to help potentially increase the athlete’s performance on the track. The sport is incredibly technical and it is comparable to Formula One, not just in the sense that it is really, really fast but the technology in the sled is fundamentally important. Dom uses a sled made and designed by Kristan Bromley, former three times Olympic athlete and legend

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in the sport. Both Dom and Kristan share an education in high-level engineering, which I’m sure helps with the relationship. I believe that by Kristan adjusting the sled to the course and Dom, and then me adjusting Dom to the sled and trying to give him maximum launch from the start, we are aiming to get slider, sled and track as one for optimum speed and the lowest course times. This was the second to last race before the season ends at the Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang. Up until now Dom had a season that was below his normal standards. Last season Dom medalled regularly on the circuit and was GB number 1. This year Dom had not yet medalled and was frustrated with his performance. I am super happy to say that for the race in Switzerland everything came together and Dom got his first medal of the season, confirming his spot as GB number 1 and followed that up the week later with another medal, cementing his place in the GB Olympic Team. (Jackie got a best in two seasons position on the leader board and John got a track record push start, just saying). Just before Dom left for Korea, he popped into Cleve Chiropractic




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for one last treatment before the 2018 Winter Olympics for a ‘top up’ and humblingly gave me his race vest AND his medal from the race in St Moritz. For the first time in my life I was speechless. Nobody deserves somebody else’s medal and I can’t help but see how much that medal would mean to him, but Dom insisted that I had it and thanked me for helping get his season back on track. Even as I write this I find it hard to express just what that kindness means to me, but that is Dom, he is kind, modest and, beneath it all, fiercely determined. He has held off a bright career in engineering as he trains full time and works on his PhD. Enter Dom on the Olympic stage. After some impressive warm-up runs in Pyeong Chang, Dom was well placed to put down a good time and after his two runs on the first day he was in fourth place. Even fourth place would be an exceptional result if he could keep it going for the final two runs the next day. However, Dom laid down his fastest run of the competition for his third run, putting him in third place and a genuine medal contender if he could just hang on. The fourth and final slide saw

him make a tiny error that left him in second place with two of the best sliders in the world to go. You could see that he knew that it could have cost him as he sunk his head into his hands but down came the normally perfect and current world champion, Latvian Martins Dukurs, who made a slightly bigger mistake and eventually finished behind Dom! Then the ΩKorean came down to seal his huge lead with a Gold. So after four runs Dom finished third by 0.11 seconds with a Bronze in the 2018 winter Olympic Games.| Everybody who knows Dom ‘the wizard’ Parsons would agree that there is no better guy in the world that could win that medal. He has the best attitude in an athlete that I have ever seen and talent, pure talent. Thank you Dom for letting me go on a small part of that journey with you. All the best to you and Jackie, from all the team at Cleve Chiropractic and congratulations, you medalwinning Olympian!

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March, 2018


Girls compete in international tournament TWO teenage members of Downend Boxing Club competed at the Golden Girl tournament in Sweden. One of them, Ellouise Challenger, from Bradley Stoke, reached the final, where she defeated Sandra Marques, from Portugal, to take the title. The other, Georgia Williams, from Stapleton, took on Felicia Liljenberg, of Sweden, and lost on points. Ellie said: “I was well pleased having got to the final, and then I won and was over the moon.” Craig Turner, coach at the club, which is based at the former Harry Crook Centre in Fishponds, said: ”Ellie has only been with us a short time and has won the national development title and now this prestigious championship. I think she really has big things in front of her.”

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Olympian launches revamped centre OLYMPIC gymnast, star of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and neighbour Claudia Fragapane cut the ribbon to open the revamped Longwell Green Leisure Centre. She cut the ribbon following the completion of a £1.5m upgrade, which includes a new fitness studio, a gym extension with all new equipment, new changing rooms, including disability changing and additional poolside showers. and a new entrance and lobby.

SUE Green, who has worked at Kingswood Leisure Centre for 30 years, has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award at Circadian Trust’s annual staff awards ceremony. The trust is a not-for-profit organisation that operates five Active Lifestyle Centres and one dual-use sports centre across South Gloucestershire in partnership with the local authority. Sue joined the team at the centre in Soundwell in 1988 as an aerobics instructor and quickly built up a reputation for dancing her way through many a ‘grapevine’ until her knees couldn’t take any more - some 25 years later. A spokesman for the trust, which runs South Gloucestershire's leisure centres, said that since swapping the aerobics studio for the reception desk, Sue had warmly welcomed members of the community with her broad smile and fantastic attitude. Outside of work, she regularly volunteers at a homelessness shelter in Bristol, collecting supplies from the residents of Kingswood and delivering them to those in need.

Claudia, who won four Commonwealth golds and competed in the 2016 Olympics, said: “This is a fantastic centre for the local community - we’re lucky to have such great facilities on our doorstep. I’ve received so much support throughout my career from the residents of Longwell Green and it gave me great pleasure to open an even bigger and better centre for the residents of South Gloucestershire.”

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Sue received the award from chief executive Mark Crutchley at an evening of celebration and entertainment at BAWA Club, Filton. Of the win, Sue said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to bits, if a little shocked and

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Downend Voice March 2018  

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

Downend Voice March 2018  

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