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Blooming fantastic! DOWNEND & Bromley Heath in Bloom has crowned a successful second season by scooping a regional award. Chairman Chris Boulton was presented with a Gold Award from the RHS South West in Bloom in the Town Centre category. He was presented with the certificate by Lord and Lady Fellowes. The recognition came after D&BH in Bloom was 'talent spotted by regional official Denise James. Read all about it in Jackie Baker's column on Page 60

Costa closes after five months A branch of the coffee chain Costa in Downend has shut after five months. It appears locals remained loyal to independent cafes in the village. PAGE 3

Remembrance Parade is cancelled THE annual Remembrance Sunday parade through Staple Hill has been cancelled this year, although a service in the park will go ahead. The parade, from the Royal British Legion Club in Kendall Road, has been a long-held tradition in the area, with hundreds of people lining the road to watch as service veterans walk alongside the young

towards the war memorial in Page Park. But the Staple Hill branch of the Royal British Legion has announced the parade will not take place this year, although it is hoped it will resume again next year. It is understood the cancellation is linked to the unexpected closure of the club early last year, leaving no one in

authority to take out insurance for the parade or to apply for road closures. Mystery still surrounds the club's closure and it is unclear what will happen to the building. People who want to attend the event on Sunday November 12 are advised to meet at the war memorial at 10.30am for the wreath-laying service, which will Turn to Page 3

60 years since Britannia crash This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Britannia air crash in Downend in which 15 people died. PAGES 6 & 7

Calls to extend 20mph zone A 20mph zone around Page Park could be extended in a move to make the area safer for both residents and users of the popular park. PAGE 16


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Poppy parade halted From Page 1 \ be conducted by the Salvation Army and followed by a two minute silence at 11am. The event in the park is being organised by the Staple Hill RBL women' section, who also run the Poppy Appeal in the area, including the stall in Sainsbury's in Emersons Green. Staple Hill councillor Shirley Potts said the parade will be sorely missed: "I was saddened to learn only recently that there will be no Remembrance Parade to Page Park this year although a service will be held as the

wreathes are laid at the war memorial in honour of those people who sacrificed their lives during the various wars and conflicts. "It has been a tradition for a parade to be held in Staple Hill and it has always been heart warming to see members of the community gather on the streets and in the park and to witness young people and veterans marching together in the parade. "Let us hope that any difficulties may be addressed and that the parade may return next year."


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Costa: a victory for people power? A BRANCH of Costa that opened in a former bank in Downend village centre in the spring has shut suddenly. The closure of the coffee shop, which took over the premises vacated by The Hungry Caterpillar play cafe, came overnight on Friday October 13. All signs were removed from the building. A spokesman for the chain told Downend Voice: “As part of Costa’s ongoing property strategy, the store on Badminton Road in Bristol has closed and all team members will be relocated to nearby stores in the coming weeks. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience the closure may have caused customers and hope to welcome them into other Costas within the city.” Many residents have hailed the closure after only five months as a victory for people power, saying that customers had remained loyal to the four independent coffee shops in the village: Melanie's Kitchen, Freshly Ground, Brownes and the Beehive. Costa did not have to gain planning permission for a change of use as there had already been a cafe established on the site but parish councillors and others urged locals to back the existing outlets. Sally Lockwood contacted Downend Voice to say the closure was: "a real David and Goliath story. I don’t know the full facts but it would appear that the local community stayed loyal to the small independent coffee shops." This was echoed by many commenters on social media, although some said they had liked the Costa because it had more space for buggies and wheelchairs, accessible toilets and longer opening hours.

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ee chain A branch of the coff shut after has Costa in Downend locals five months. It appears independent remained loyal to cafes in the village. PAGE 3

is cancelled Remembrance Parade ance THE annual Remembr Staple Sunday parade through this year, Hill has been cancelled in the park although a service will go ahead. the Royal The parade, from in Kendall British Legion Club long-held Road, has been a with tradition in the area, lining the hundreds of people service veterans road to watch as young walk alongside the

memorial in towards the war Page Park. branch But the Staple Hill Legion has of the Royal British will not announced the parade although it is take place this year, again next hoped it will resume year. the It is understood to the cancellation is linked the club of unexpected closure no one in early last year, leaving

out insurance authority to take to apply for for the parade or road closures. the Mystery still surrounds it is unclear club's closure and to the building. what will happen to attend People who want November the event on Sunday at the war meet 12 are advised to for the memorial at 10.30am which will wreath-laying service, Turn to Page 3

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Christ Church on the move Andy Smith, Nigel Stowe and Anita Dobson on a pre move visit to CCJ

THE congregation of Christ Church Downend is on the move. Worshippers will hold their main Sunday morning services at Christ Church Junior School from November 12 while work is carried out on the 186-year-old church. A spokesman said: "Our children’s groups and youth group are able to be accommodated there, and we will be able to enjoy a flexible space with excellent accessibility. We hope some who are a bit

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n FEATURE Author and historian Maurice Fells looks back at the tragedy that struck Downend 60 years ago this month DISASTER struck at Downend shortly before noon on November 6 1957 when a Bristol Britannia aircraft crashed into a wooded area off Overndale Road, killing all 15 people on board. A row of houses was damaged but fortunately no one on the ground was killed. Two women though were taken to hospital for treatment, one of them being hurt by the impact of the blast when what seemed to be a battered engine bay landed next to her home. It happened while she was hanging washing on her line. This piece of wreckage landed on the spot where normally a baby would be asleep in a pram outside the house. Luckily that day the child was not there. The Britannia blew up immediately it struck the ground, hurling debris for up to a quarter of mile away tearing large holes in the roofs of houses and shattering walls and windows. The plane fell almost into the gardens of a row of newly-built houses on Overndale Road. A farmhouse and stables at nearby Lincombe Farm were also damaged. It was a scene of indescribable

Death of a Giant: 60 years since Britannia air crash

Beryl Statham unveiling the memorial ten years ago confusion at the rear of the normal test flight lasting 1 hour damaged houses. One of the 40 minutes. It hit the ground largest pieces of wreckage was just four miles from the Filton the engine bay which lay between runway. numbers 45-47 Overndale Road. The aircraft was piloted Scores of people in various by Hugh Statham, aged 47, parts of Bristol had earlier seen Assistant Chief Test Pilot with the plane in distress. There were the Bristol Aircraft Company reports that it was “wobbling” (BAC). This was a man who had and “banking steeply”. The logged up more than 5,000 flying proto-type Britannia crashed on hours, mostly with the Bristol its landing approach to Filton Britannia. Airport after an apparently The radio operator was William James Todd, from Ashton. Other BAC employees The Britannia on board included Nigel Thorne, memorial and, 27, a photographer from below, detail Mangotsfield, Philip Hewitt, also of the plaque 27, from Bishopston, a senior that tops it. technical engineer, Donald Downend & Cameron, 26, from Brentry, Bromley Heath a flight engineer, John ParryParish Council Jones, 40, from Clifton, a is planning systems engineer, and Frederick to restore the Mycroft, 24, also from Clifton, a plaque next junior technical engineer. year Also among the victims were

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staff from the De Havilland aircraft firm, who were doing work connected with Britannia’s propellers, and officials from the Air Ministry. Two weeks after the crash about 400 people attended a memorial service at Bristol Cathedral for the victims. At an inquest the coroner heard that all 15 men on board died instantly when the plane hit the ground. He recorded that they died from multiple injuries. A plaque commemorating the dead was unveiled in what is now known as Britannia Woods by Beryl Statham, the widow of the pilot, in 2007 on the 50th anniversary of the crash. An investigation into the accident was quickly started by The Air Ministry. Within 24-hours an unusual appeal was made by the government inspector leading the inquiry. He wanted ‘souvenir hunters’ who had visited the crash site to return any pieces of aircraft they may have taken. In a press statement he said that “certain fragments which might be of vital importance were being sought” In a statement BAC said: “From many eye-witness accounts it seems that the aircraft, after making a turn to port in a position to the south-east of the airfield at about 1,500 feet, swung away to starboard , went into a deep turn, lost height and struck the ground. So far as anything may be stated with certainty at this stage, the aircraft was not on fire in the air.” Despite a lengthy investigation the cause of the crash was never found. A government report concluded that "The accident was the result of the aircraft developing a very steep descending turn to the right which the pilot was unable to control. The reason for this could not be determined, but the possibility that it occurred as the result of malfunctioning of the autopilot cannot be dismissed." The makers of the autopilot system were quick to respond claiming that the crash was not due to their autopilot system.

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n MEMORIES Air disaster inspires a song I WAS interested in your article about the Britannia air crash and have recently read the book 'Death of a Giant' as borrowed from Downend Library. I am also planning using the story as part of a 'war and remembrance' topic I will be teaching on with my Year 2 class at Gracefield School on Overndale road (the same road as the crash). The real reason for writing is that I have written a folk song about the whole story that I played at Downend Folk Club recently. My class will be learning this song for a class assembly also. Here are a couple of links to the song: watch?v=1-V6ZJRXtEE Gavin Ball

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The plaque at Downend Folk House and, top, the scene of devastation after the crash

Crash on the mudflats

Richard Randall, who experienced the air crash as a schoolboy, wrote a book about it, entitled Death of a Giant. Mr Randall, who was for many years a member of Downend Local History Society, died last month.

Tragedy seems like yesterday

The Bristol Britannia was the world’s first medium to long-haul prop-jet airliner. It was designed and built by the Bristol Aircraft Company at Filton as part of the drive to rebuild Britain’s civil aviation industry after the Second World War when the focus had been on the production of fighter and bomber planes. The Britannia was designed by Sir Archibald Russell - he was knighted in 1970 - who went on to design Concorde. The Britannia became affectionately known as the “Whispering Giant” after its quiet exterior noise and smooth flying. Eighty-five of the aircraft were built between1952-1960.

THE Downend crash happened three years after another prototype Britannia was crash landed on the Littleton-on-Severn mudflats of the Severn Estuary. The plane was on a routine flight in February 1954 heading for Herefordshire with BAC’s Chief Test Pilot, Mr A.J. “Bill” Pegg”, at the controls. At 10,000 feet an engine suddenly exploded. Shrapnel missed the fuselage but pierced the engine oil tank, which burst into flames. Two other engines shut down. However, speedy work of two engineers on board got them working again. With flames engulfing the starboard wing, Bill Pegg decided to crash-land on the mudflats, not being able to find a strip of land elsewhere to land. With the flaps and wheels up, and only the two port engines running, the Bill Pegg expertly belly-landed on the mud flats not far from Aust. The Britannia slid for 400 yards, sending plumes of mud in the air before coming to rest facing out from the shore, with one engine ripped from the nacelle. Mr Pegg and nine others on board, including technicians and observers from BAC clambered out unhurt. BAC engineers managed to salvage vital instruments from the cockpit the next day but the plane was declared a write-off being “economically beyond repair”.

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AGED 11 years, I was at home in Gill Avenue sick from school, when I ran outside to a harrowing noise. Our neighbour Bill Hooper was following the smoke trail and I tagged on behind. At the Croombes Hill junction, Bill turned round and kept me from seeing the unpleasant site of bodies and limbs in the tree tops, and personal affects on the ground. The plane had managed to barely miss the roof of the school where my younger sister was attending; how lucky for them all. I heard that an engine had landed in a garden where a baby was lying in a pram, unscathed. Some days later, police came to our school to retrieve aircraft parts which had been removed from the crash site. When I became an apprentice at Bristol Siddley Engines, one of the boys in the class, Ian Cunningham, had lost his father in the plane. A few years later, I met my partner who was moving, together with her parents and siblings, into Rivermead House, previously occupied by the Statham family, who found it impossible to stay there after losing her husband pilot. It all seems like yesterday;what a tragedy. John A. White still living in Downend

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Knife robber strikes at store A SHOP worker was threatened at knifepoint during a robbery at a convenience store in Staple Hill. A man threatened the male shop worker and demanded cash from the till, cigarettes and bottles of vodka before leaving the store in the High Street at about 9.45pm on Monday October 9. The suspect was seen by witnesses in the street to walk away down Haynes Lane. The man, pictured here in CCTV footage, is described as white, about 5ft 6ins tall and ‘skinny’. He was wearing a blue top, baggy black hoody with the hood up, black jogging bottoms and

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Light up the sky with Downend Fireworks DOWNEND Round Table is hoping for a bumper night at its 46th annual fireworks event at King George V park on November 3. Tickets are on sale online through right up until the event takes place. They are also on sale at the gate.

The fun starts at 6pm and the nominated charities for 2017 are BRACE, which supports dementia research, and Marie Curie. As well as the fantastic fireworks, the event includes live music, a bonfire and sparklers. Invisible Circus will perform an LED light show on main stage.

The girls are back in town EIGHTIES girl group Bananarama - Keren Woodward, Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey - have reunited for a national tour this month. Keren and Sara met at Bromley Heath Infant School when they were four and went on to the junior school and then to what is now Mangotsfield School. They met Irish singer Siobhan in 1979 and released the band’s first single Venus in 1981. Many dates on the UK tour have sold out, including the concert at the Colston Hall in Bristol on November 22. Extra dates have been added and a short US tour is planned early next year. You can also catch them on BBC’s Children in Need this month.

CHILDREN at St Augustine’s Primary are moving towards the ‘Daily Mile’ by running continuously for five minutes at the beginning of each playtime. A spokesman said: "The children have begun to see a difference in their own abilities to run either for longer periods or more quickly before running out of breath. In time we want to mark out precisely a mile-long route in school and get children to start timing themselves and measuring their fitness levels accurately." Some have already started taking part in parkrun with their families. More about local parkrun: Pages 64 and 65

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Christmas on the Hill moves into new era STAPLE Hill will be holding the annual Christmas on the Hill celebration on Saturday December 2 with events and activities around the High Street throughout the day. Although this will be the first year without a parade, there will be more to see and do than ever. There will be a wide variety of activities along the pavements, around the shops and in community buildings around the High Street and Broad Street. Organisers are looking forwarding to welcoming the authentically-costumed characters from Star Wars as the UK Garrison makes a popular return and the ever exciting Circomedia will be wowing the crowds with their circus skills. BBC Radio Bristol will be joining in with the fun and many community groups will be around to explain more about the

work being done to make Staple Hill a great place to live. There will be entertainment, stalls and demonstrations in the Salvation Army, Methodist Church and the You Foundation, with a children’s party being held in the Sanctuary Church. The afternoon will traditionally come to an end in Fountain Square when the community joins together for carols with the local Salvation Army Band. Programmes, on sale from local shops, give entry to the annual treasure hunt with prizes donated by Staple Hill traders. Organisers are busy fundraising to ensure they have a Christmas tree that everyone can appreciate. They are also looking for volunteers who would like to get involved on the day. If you can help please call Ian on 01454 864077.




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We will remember them In the month of the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day, here are some stories behind names on the war memorial in the Alec Large Memorial Gardens in Mangotsfield MANGOTSFIELD’S war memorial includes 32 names and resident David Blackmore has been researching the stories behind them. He began by looking at Commonwealth War Grave Commission records to get the basic information on each man. Next he went to the Central Library in Bristol to read the local newspapers of the time to glean further information, and finally he went to a pay-to-view site on the internet where he obtained the War Diaries of the regiments in which the men served. These gave details of their movements while serving abroad and the actions in which they fought. Mr Blackmore explained: “I erroneously thought that all of the men were either residents in or close to the village but I soon found out that local men married and moved away from the area, to the North of England, were not necessarily born in Mangotsfield but moved here in later life, while some had emigrated to Canada and in certain cases returned to served King and Country. “ Those who had emigrated did so with the encouragement of the Canadian government. The Canadians were keen for farmers, stonemasons and carpenters from the UK to settle and populate the vast expanses of the country’s plains and forests. There were plenty of

men from the village that had the necessary skills from their time working on the farms and stone quarries around Mangotsfield. Lieutenant Frederick James Stone was born during 1892 in Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Frederick returned to these shores in 1895 and lived at ‘Otuka’, Hill House Road, Staple Hill and went on to attend the Bristol Grammar School where he eared a BSc in Engineering. He enlisted in 1914 and was made a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant.  His rank as a 2nd. Lieutenant (on probation) was confirmed in September 1916 and he was posted to the 7th (Service) Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. He was involved in The Battle of Chunuk Bair on August 8, 1915. Between May and December 1916, the Glosters refitted and re-equipped in preparation for the drive northward to capture Baghdad. He was mortally wounded in the assault on the ‘Pointed Ruin’. Stone eventually died of his wounds at No. 1 General Hospital, Amara, Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 29th December 1916 when 24 years old. He is buried at the Amara War Cemetery, Al Amarah, Maysan, Iraq.   Lieutenant William Henry Charles Cave was born on 15th March 1895 in Stoneleigh House, Clifton, Bristol to Sir Charles

Henry Cave JP and Beatrice Julia Cave. He was a grandson of Sir Charles Daniel Cave, the principal landowner in Downend and Mangotsfield. In 1901 the family was living at Rodway Hill House, Mangotsfield, while in 1911 Walter was a pupil at Repton School, Derbyshire which he left in August 1914 with the intention of going to Cambridge the following October. Having applied for a commission, Walter was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant to the 3rd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment on August 15, 1914, . He joined them at Wyke Regis nr. Weymouth, Dorset where he was to remain until 18th February 1915 when he was


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attached to the 1st Battalion Dorsets, stationed in Flanders. One month later – before noon on 15th March 1915 on his 20th birthday Walter was killed by an exploding shell whilst on the ramparts of Lankhof Chateaux in the Ypres Salient, Belgium and was the only man the Dorsets lost that day. A wooden battle field cross containing his name and Regiment were placed at the head of his grave. He was reinterred at Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate, Ypres. He is also commemorated at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres. For more of Mr Blackmore's research, see the Downend Voice website

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Steep rise in burglaries prompts calls for vigilance - and action RESIDENTS are being urged to contact their MPs if they are concerned about a steep rise in burglaries in Downend, Bromley Heath, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and Kingswood. The call comes from Rodway Labour Councillor Michael Bell, who says few of the raiders are being caught because of reduced police numbers because of funding cuts. “Living in a secure, safe neighbourhood is the very essence of a civilised society and we are being badly let down by this Tory Government and their continual austerity cuts. In our own areas can I therefore encourage all of our readers to contact their MP be it Chris Skidmore, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Luke Hall or Jack Lopresti

to say enough is enough, and something has to change,” he told Downend Voice. Mr Bell said that the editor of Mangotsfield Matters Facebook page said he received daily reports of domestic break-ins. There have also been robberies at the post office and Tesco Express. The raids on homes frequently result in bicycles being taken and some have seen cars stolen while their owners slept. Police have also issued a warning about these so-called ‘creeper’ burglaries, where homes are entered and keys stolen. Five took place overnight from Wednesday to Thursday October 4-5 in Staple Hill,

Kingswood and Oldland Common. Neighbourhood Sergeant Darren Warr said: "Always turn the key when you lock up at night and set the alarm if you have one, and never leave your keys in the back of the door, or in view from a window or letterbox. Put them safely out of sight. "We’ve carried out house-tohouse enquiries with neighbours in each area but are keen to hear from anyone with information which could help. Officers have visited the householders to offer crime prevention advice and Crime Scene Investigators have examined the premises." If you can help, get in touch with police online, www.

contact, or by calling 101, quoting the reference number. In Bromley Heath, Neighbourhood Watch chairman Bill Crocker has urged residents to follow the police advice and not make life easy for thieves. "If a crime is in progress ring 999. If possible don't shout out or turn lights on to let perpetrators know they've been spotted - difficult we know if they are causing damage to gain entry perhaps, but if they are just sussing things please try. "Using your landline so the mobile phone light doesn't give you away will, in the vast majority of casesbring a rapid response," he said. Email uk if you'd like to attend the next meeting on November 23.

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n NEWS A MAN from Downend has been fined £2,500 and issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order after making more than 44 unnecessary calls to the emergency services in the space of just four months. The 45-year-old was handed the fine at Bristol Magistrates Court on September 21 after breaching a Community Protection Notice. He had made at least 44 calls between March and June 2017 and was given an indefinite order prohibiting him from: • calling 999 emergency service for reasons other than a genuine emergency • making false, malicious or time-wasting calls to the police 101 or NHS 111 non-emergency numbers, or - encouraging or instructing others to do so • misleading those providing NHS services into believing he has a condition, illness or symptom in order to fraudulently gain access to services • encouraging or instructing other people to make misrepresentations to South Western Ambulance Service

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Man handed £2,500 fine for making too many 999 calls Foundation Trust (SWASFT) to the effect that he needs urgent medical treatment. In the same month, magistrates also dealt with two other cases of men making unnecessary calls to the emergency services. A 37-year-old man from Patchway made at least 73 calls between February and May 2017. On September 27 he was convicted of breaching a Community Protection Notice and handed a 10-year Criminal Behaviour Order with the same conditions prohibiting him from contacting the NHS or emergency services except in a genuine emergency. On September 28, a 50-yearold man from Thornbury was fined £400 for breaching a Community Protection Notice and issued with a four-year Criminal Behaviour Order. This

prohibits him from: calling the 999 emergency services for reasons other than a genuine emergency; calling 101 or sending emails which are false, malicious or time-wasting in nature or encouraging or instructing others to do so or being rude or abusive when contacting police officers or staff. The court heard he called the police 88 times in 2016 and was issued with a Criminal Protection Notice, after which he sent 50 emails to police officers and staff in the first six months of 2017. Police apply for the orders from the court after first issuing individuals with a Community Protection Warning. If this is ignored they are given a Community Protection Notice. Breaching a CPN is a criminal offence. Only after a CPN is breached will a CBO be

considered, upon conviction. Officers worked with SWASFT to apply for two of the orders. Claire Morgan, Frequent Caller Lead at SWASFT, said: "The ambulance service has a dedicated team of staff to manage the frequent callers to its service. Many frequent callers have complex health and social care needs so a multi-agency, structured approach is used to assist and improve those patients’ access to health and social care. "If inappropriate demand on the service continues, impacting on the ability of SWASFT to attend other patients in the community, the Frequent Caller Team pursues this matter with the police through the legal/ criminal route and a number of successful convictions have been issued across the south west."

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Creations - the next chapter begins MORE than 150 people attended the rededication and reopening service for Badminton Road Methodist Church. The upgrading and refurbishment of the 1960s building - known as the Creations Project- has taken almost a year and was funded by the sale of land

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n NEWS A SCHEME to curb driving speeds around Page Park to 20mph could be extended after demands from residents. South Gloucestershire Council has already been consulting over proposals to remove the 30 mph speed limit and introduce a 20mph zone in South View, Haythorn Court and the parts of Park Road and Hill House Road which surround the park. Now the authority is looking to extend this to the rest of Park Road, Chesterfield Road, North View, Mayflower Court, Hazelwood Close and Hill House Road, northwards as far as Burley Avenue. The council says a reduced speed limit will improve road safety for vulnerable road users as well as making walking and cycling to Page Park more attractive. A consultation with residents, traders and interested parties was carried out earlier this summer, with 72 per cent of people who responded favouring the introduction of 20mph. A total of 48 per cent of people said they would like to see

Calls to extend 20mph zone around Page Park the zone made bigger, with 34 per cent believing it was about right and 18 per cent wanting the zone made smaller. Many people said the whole stretch of Park Road needed to be made a 20mph zone. One resident told the council: "The new speed limit needs to be the entire length of the Park Road. There have been several accidents over the years in the stretch of road where 20mph is proposed. The 20 into 30 will only encourage cars to speed up into a pinch point at the top of the hill by North View. Cars already use this part of the road as a racetrack." One Park Road resident called for more drastic action: "The speed at which cars drive past our house at all times of day is too fast. We have had incidences

of cars hitting parked vehicles and clipping wing mirrors of parked vehicles. In 2015 a driver crashed into the car and front garden of a neighbour at the bottom of the road, she was driving in excess of 70mph! "I am not comfortable with the road's overall safety when both walking to school or to the park with my children. I would also welcome other traffic calming solutions. Sleeping policemen, curb extensions, chicanes, speed cushions, two way calming measures." But others said they felt the scheme was unnecessary and a waste of money. One consultee said: "This appears to me to be bureaucracy gone bonkers. Where has the need for this come from? Have there been a lot of accidents in the immediate

area? I haven't heard of any. People use this park all the time, and have done so for many years without anyone deciding we need the speed limit reduced on roads that aren't long enough for someone to get up that amount of speed anyway." Following the concerns in the first consultation, the council is running a further 'mini' consultation until October 28. The scheme is being supported by Friends of Page Park who say that, with the improvements being carried out in the park, it is more important than ever that the area is made as safe as possible for visitors. Subject to comments received at consultation and public advertisement stages, the proposals will be introduced during 2018.

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Students support orphans STUDENTS from Downend School are helping children out of poverty by ditching their uniforms for the day. They held a non-uniform day raising more than £900 in support of a local project to buy laptops for children at Haven Home Orphanage in India. The fundraiser was part of the Team India 2017 initiative which supports rural village projects in the Andhra Pradesh province, providing food, supplies and medical education. Team India is made up of four youth leaders from Christ Church and eight young people, including Downend School students Lucy, Eloise, Ian (last year’s sixth formers), Luke (Yr10) and Josh (Yr8). The group travelled to India this summer, spending most of

their trip at Haven Home. Youth leader Diane Paddon said: "Team India gave the children clothes, shoes, toys and laptops which had been kindly donated. They set up a computer room, taught computer skills, English, first aid and led daily devotions. They played games and sports with the children,


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Haven Home favourites being kabaddi and cricket."Team India 2017 would like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ for the very generous £923.19 raised by Downend School. "The funds raised will buy more laptops, enabling every child in the class to have access to one. The funding

will also enable a sponsorship programme to be completed, so that every child will have a sponsor who will be kept informed of their child’s progress. "One day out of uniform for the students of Downend School will be life changing for the children of Haven Home."

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BUDDING chefs from Barley Close Primary School in Mangotsfield have been putting their cooking skills to the test after getting their very own pizza oven. The school, which views cookery as an important life skill, purchased the oven with a grant from the Department for Education to enhance its forest school provision. Pupils, as well as tots from the school's nursery, helped build the wood-fired cob oven when they were visited for the week by Matthew Lloyd from the Fabulous Cob Oven Company. But the best was yet to come the youngsters spent the whole of the Friday cooking pizzas to feed all 400 children. Headteacher Jo Williams

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Penny for this guy - John has just £240 CHARITY campaigner John Billitteri is on the home straight with his fundraising mission to collect one million pennies to help injured service men and women. John was given a huge boost from pupils at Courtney Primary School in Kingswood who brought along their pennies when he visited them earlier this month. Singer John, 58, who goes by the stage name of Frankie Johns, launched his campaign in 2014, pledging to travel around the city on his bike and trailer, encouraging people to donate their spare change. The money - which equates to £10,000 - will go to Help for Heroes, a charity John has been raising money for since his X-Factor contestant daughter Marissa sang on a number one single in aid of the charity. During a special assembly at the school in Courtney Road,

Tommy, Bonnie, Ruby and Ellie have been collecting pennies to support Help for Heroes John told pupils all about his campaign and the motivation behind it. He also took part in a question and answers session when pupils told him about members of their own families who are in the armed services. At the end of the assembly, pupils lined up with their

pennies - with some even bringing pound coins - and took it in turns to thrown them into John's trailer. Their change amounted to a whopping £61.63, which means John is edging ever closer to his target. John, who lives in Kingswood, said: "The pupils were absolutely

brilliant. My trailer was really heavy afterwards and I had to push my bike up the hill! I'd like to say a massive thank you to the school for letting me come along and to the pupils for being so generous. "I'm up to 976,000 pennies, which leaves 24,000 pennies to go, which is £240. I'm nearly there! I'm going to be performing in a few places where collections are being held and I have a collection bucket at the Lord Raglan in St George so I would hope to reach my target by Christmas." Headteacher Deborah Wood said: "It's amazing how much the children have responded to John's fundraising campaign. "It's really inspired them and shown that everyone is capable of contributing to the community and making a difference, which is what we are all about at Courtney." * At the time Downend Voice

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MY team and I recently visited the Citizens Advice Bureau in Staple Hill. During our discussions with their general manager, Chantal Watts, (on right of picture) and development manager, Rebecca Brown, we found that we are approached by the public under very similar circumstances so by liaising we can try to improve outcomes for those in need. Rebecca also highlighted her role, which involves finding funding. I had recently visited the Society of Merchant Venturers in Clifton and discussed with their Treasurer, Caroline Duckworth, about the society’s charitable activities in South Gloucestershire. I have offered to support the Citizens Advice Bureau in their application for a grant from the Society to ensure they can carry on their vital work. Amazingly the bulk of the Citizens Advice Bureau’s activities are carried out by volunteers who work in their community to help their neighbours. If you would like to volunteer and can spare a few hours supporting the fantastic team in Staple Hill then please call Chantal on 01454 334960.

£1,000 boost for school EARLY birds at Staple Hill Primary School have been given £1,000 to enhance their breakfast club. Cereal company Kellogg’s donated the cash after their research showed breakfast clubs help with everything from attendance and attainment to alleviating hunger and providing pre-school care. The school was one of many throughout the UK that was selected to receive the breakfast boost. Arwa Said, the school’s headteacher, said: "We are so grateful to receive this generous donation. We have been able to purchase additional resources and replace worn out items for our club. "These resources will help us to provide our breakfast club services for our children and their families thanks to the support from Kellogg’s." Kate Prince, corporate social responsibility manager at Kellogg’s, said:


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

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

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

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Farleys FARLEY’S Pet Foods & Supplies has been on Broad Street in Staple Hill for nine years. It is a family run shop selling pet foods and garden supplies and have grown the garden supplies part of the business.

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


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Grants on offer COMMUNITY groups and voluntary organisations across Avon and Somerset are being invited to bid for funding from the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens. Grants of up to £3,000 are available for groups that provide a positive and lasting impact across the local communities of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Somerset. In the latest round of funding over £25,000 was awarded to 13 projects that offer diversionary activities for young people, provide crime prevention solutions such as the installation of CCTV and tackle anti-social behaviour. The deadline for applications is Friday December 1. Visit www. Partnerships/CommissionersCommunity-Action-Fund.aspx

November, 2017

Making a difference in Africa - without getting on a plane When Monica Jarritt felt moved to help children in Africa, she knew what to do. She turned to her skills as a seamstress to make a difference. Monica, who attends Christ Church Downend, tells the Voice how the art of giving has given her a connection to children thousands of miles away HAVE you ever felt helpless to make a difference to the lives of others in the world who are less well off than we are here in the west? If you donate money do you wonder if it will get to those actually in need? I felt that way but then an avenue opened up to use my gift of sewing to make a difference to the lives of boys and girls in Africa. A friend was knitting jumpers to send to Africa and she said she had patterns for pinafore dresses for little girls and I said 'Yes, please, I'll have

the patterns'. I had lots of material at home that was left over from making things. What an opportunity to use this fabric and make a difference to girls' lives. I started to cut out using the four sizes of patterns to make the most of the fabric and I had ended up with 30 pinafore dresses! I didn't realise I had so much material. So, how did I then get them to Africa? Richard and Jan Bacon at Christ Church Downend go to Uganda with


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November, 2017 Mission Direct and they were thrilled to be able to take some to the families they know who are in need. They took nine pinafore dresses out in 2016 and have since taken another eight in 2017. We then had a retired GP, Bryony Pannell, come to Christ Church Downend who goes to Malawi for three months at a time, twice a year. I asked her if she felt there was an outlet for the pinafore dresses in the area where she worked and again she was thrilled to have some but she asked me if I could also make boys shorts for her to take! That sent me into a bit of a panic as I didn't have a pattern but I asked amongst my friends and we came up with a pattern that I could adapt and use so I started to also make boys shorts! Bryony has taken seven pinafore dresses and six pairs of boys shorts to Malawi in 2017. It has been so exciting for me to be able to use the gift of sewing that God has given me, use up material that has sat in the cupboard doing nothing for some time and to know that boys


and girls in Africa will have some clothes to enjoy. The Bible says it is more blessed to give than receive and I can affirm that making these clothes to give to children in Africa has given me a connection with a country that seemed so far away. I trim the pinafore dresses with lace, ribbon and/or fancy top stitching and attach a label to them. I have been made aware that if a little girl is dressed in nice clothes she is less likely to be abused. I label each dress 'Made for you with love by Monica in the UK' so the gift is more personal to the child/ parent as they have a name to associate with the gift.

Do you have a talent whereby you could bless others less fortunate than yourself? It might be interesting to explore and something may arise that surprises you as this project did me. Anyone interested in sewing pinafores can contact Monica via Christ Church Parish Office on 0117 908 9867.

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KCT wins Merlin funding boost KINGSWOOD Community Transport has been awarded £3000 by the housing assocation Merlin. The successful pitch for KCT at a Dragons' Den-style event was made by Jo Earley. She wanted the Dragons to help fund a new accessible vehicle with the aim to reduce isolation and enable members to access local services. KCT has a fleet of 21 vehicles and its membership is up to 1,500 and rapidly increasing. the scheme enables isolated, lonely, and elderly people by driving them to hospital appointments, shopping and social activities such as community groups, pub lunches and clubs. The Dragons were so impressed they wanted to help advertise Kingswood Community Transport to Merlin customers as well as awarding the full grant. Kay Rose, Merlin's community insight and investment officer, said: "Our panel of customers were impressed with Kingswood Community Transport. " Any community groups interested in bidding for funding from Merlin’s Dragons - who are customers of the housing association - can find out more and apply online at www.merlinhs.

Our Place gets a helping of Soup THE second Downend Soup community crowdfunding event proved a sellout again, with the audience finding it tough to choose between the three organisations seeking cash. These were Frampton Festival, Adoption Support and the eventual winners Our Place Community Flat, who received £430 to support their lunch club, job seekers club and activities to help social isolation. The evening was rounded off with a performance from local singersongwriter Gav Ball.

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Organiser Ian Browne said: “Once more the community and businesses of Downend and surrounding areas came out to show they care about making a difference – a thoroughly enjoyable evening and an opportunity for everyone to change our little part of the world.” At the first Downend Soup in March this year, the funding went to Mothers4Mothers. Downend Soup will return on March 6. Applications to pitch at the next event can be made through

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This is an amazing achievement for the group and recognises all the hard work put in by its members. Over recent years, Downend & Bromley Heath has been transformed by creative floral displays by our own In Bloom group, which has enhanced the area for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy. We wish D&BH in Bloom every success in the future and hope that this Award is the first of many! Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council has taken the decision to trial some new Christmas lighting this year. Plantscape have been engaged to provide SOLAR POWERED Christmas motifs throughout the centre of Downend. The motifs are provided on a rental basis, thus saving the Parish Council the ongoing costs of annual maintenance. They also come with their own built-in timer and will be housed on the poles which are currently used by Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom for their displays. We do hope you enjoy the festive sights in Downend this Christmas. Once again, Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council will be providing the Christmas tree outside The Horseshoe Public House. The lighting will be switched on on 24th November. Please note that Cleeve Wood shopping area will be running their own Christmas celebration event on 26th November. The Parish Council will not be organising an event in 2017.

CONGRatUlatiONS tO DOWNEND & BROmlEY HEatH iN BlOOm Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council would like to extend their congratulations to Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom for not only decorating the village but also going on to win the Gold Award in the Town Centre category of South West in Bloom.

NEW DEFiBRillatOR As you may be aware, the Parish Council paid for a defibrillator in 2016 which is situated by Michael Nicholas Estate Agents in the centre of Downend. Our Business Plan sets out a commitment to buy and install a defibrillator each year. In order to fulfil our pledge, another defibrillator has now been purchased which will be sited outside MS2 Stores in Quakers Road. If you would like to suggest additional locations where this life saving equipment can be installed, please contact the Parish Clerk (details below).

NEXt mEEtiNG OF tHE PaRiSH COUNCil The next Full Council meeting of D&BH PC will be held on 16th November 2017, 7pm at Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend. Details of our Finance and Planning Committee meetings can be found on our website, We look forward to welcoming you to a future meeting.

DOWNEND & BROmlEY HEatH PaRiSH COUNCillORS 2015 – 2019 Downend West Ward CllR SHEila OttEWEll Tel: 0117 957 2724 CllR RaJ KUmaR SOOD Tel: 07901 621 632 Downend East Ward CllR BEN BURtON Tel: 07870 639 486 CllR JamES GRiFFitHS Tel: 07818 513 177

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Never too young (or too old) to eat cake for Macmillan CHILDREN, families and staff from Abacus Pre-School in Mangotsfield joined with their local church to raise money for cancer support charity Macmillan. They held a coffee morning with elders from Mangotsfield and Castle Green United Reformed Church, raising more than £200. Dawne Knight, pre-school manager, said: "Parents kindly donated a selection of cakes and money for the children to choose a yummy cake to enjoy. "It was lovely to see a couple of parents come along to join in with a fantastic turn out of

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PUPILS from Gracefield School in Fishponds helped raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support by hosting an afternoon tea party for parents. As part of Macmillan’s biggest annual fundraising event for people facing cancer, the children decorated cakes for the occasion and provided an


afternoon of entertainment, including songs and poetry. Year 6 pupils were given extra responsibility and, dressed as waiting staff, served a vast array of cakes to mums and dads. The afternoon raised an impressive £324.53 for Macmillan. Headteacher Elizabeth Morgan

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Get ready for Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road shops CHRISTMAS at Cleeve Wood Road shops in Downend is back for another triumphant year in 2017. This year's charity event has moved to a Sunday to allow for more space and will take place on Sunday November 26 from 12-4pm. This year’s attractions include fairground rides, live entertainment, local stalls, meet Santa in his indoor grotto as well as the ever-popular large raffle, a nearly new toy stall, a used book stall and games for children. The event will also be attended by Miss Teen Bristol, Imogen Chapman, who is sponsored by Cleeve Wood Road shops for her entry into this year's Miss Teen Great Britain competition. This year the event will be supporting Jessie May, a children’s hospice charity, as well as Heart Animal Rescue. The event also helps raise funds which are used to support causes in the local area

Previous Christmas events at Cleeve Wood Road shops have proved a popular attraction, with crowds flocking from Downend and further afield throughout the year. The event is free to attend, although there are fees for stalls and attractions. "Last year’s event raised over £1,400 for local causes and this year we’re hoping to better that. We’ve put in a lot of work to make sure this year is the biggest

yet," said Adam Jones from West 70 Photography, one of the organisers. Michelle Cipolla, of Cleeve Wood Pharmacy, another of the event’s organisers, said: "We’re grateful to those businesses in Cleeve Wood Road shops who

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have supported us financially for the event as well as the local companies who have donated raffle prizes." The event is hosted and planned throughout the year by the Cleeve Wood Road Shops Regeneration Group committee. Christmas at Cleeve Wood Road shops is funded through kind contributions from the following Cleeve Wood businesses: Animal House Vets, Cleeve Wood Pharmacy, CJ Hole, Co-Operative Funeralcare, Four Seasons Takeaway, M Coleman, Style Collection, Webbs Flowers and West 70 Photography. Volunteers to help out on the day are desperately needed. If you would like to offer your time, please contact info@cleevewood. as soon as possible. For more information about the Christmas event please visit www. or find the event on Facebook.

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A GROUP is set to will mark its 50th anniversary with a reunion celebration. The 11th Kingswood Rangers opened its doors in 1967 led by Joyce Hiscox but for many years has been led by Jackie Meech, formerly Wareham. The club will be holding a celebration and reunion on Sunday January 28, 2018 from 2-4pm at Badminton Road Methodist Church. Rangers meet at the church on Mondays and the group is open to girls aged 14 to 19. Over the years hundreds of girls have passed through the group, enjoying creative activities, social events and outdoor pursuits including rock climbing and archery. The group would like to make contact with as many exRangers as possible to come along and share their memories at the reunion celebration. If you were a ranger at Badminton Road or know anyone who was, please contact Jackie Meech on 0776 8485020 or 0117 956 6547 or email

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Friends of Page Park need you ... ONE of driving forces behind Page Park's successful lottery bid has made an impassioned plea for more volunteers to come onboard. As vice-chair of Friends of Page Park, Steph Purser has been instrumental in making sure the historic 19-acre site will be preserved for generations to come. She has spent many hours working on the Heritage Lottery bid and at meetings with representatives from the council as well as many more down at the park planting and picking up litter. Like other members of the Friends, all Steph's time has been given freely and willingly but in return she has the satisfaction of knowing she is making a difference. But Steph says times are changing and the lack of money means if people want to see changes to their area, it is largely down to them.

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for Outstanding Achievement and the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This year my husband John and I attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of the Friends' work. I also do talks about the project. "It's been amazing to see the results of the work. There are individuals and groups who use the park regularly and there is so much going on there. It's really gratifying to see so many people enjoying it." Further planting has recently been carried out and scaffolding has come down so visitors are now able to see the results of the various projects which have been taking place. Work to restore the Clocktower has been completed and people can now view a Heritage Lottery plaque on its floor which tells of the park's rich history. It includes signage to where Alderman Arthur William Page, who gave the park to the people of Staple Hill in 1910, lived and shows where the old lake used to be. The tennis club house is nearing completion and once finished will be accessible to wheelchair users. Work included roof, floor and drainage repairs, new floor, shutters and path plus facilities for people to make hot drinks. The Friends are now looking for someone to run wheelchair tennis sessions. Steph said: "It's very busy in the park now and the work is having a major impact on the area. The park is buzzing."

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Balfour centenary

Variety target is near FUNDRAISERS from in and around Downend are edging closer to their goal of collecting £18,000 to buy a minibus for underprivileged children. The team are all supporters of the charity Variety and have been organising various events in the area to boost coffers. Their latest fundraiser was a sponsored walk led by Emersons Green resident Andy Hunt, who is manager of the Kingswood branch of Swinton Insurance, and Downend's Dave Hook, who has been made a Variety Ambassador in recognition of his sterling fundraising efforts. The team walked from the English side of the Severn Bridge to the Chepstow branch

of Swinton and back, raising an impressive £1,160.76. Team member Tracy Hook said: "This brings our total raised to date to over £13,000 so the goal of £18,000 is getting closer. "Andy Hunt and his team at Swinton Insurance have been

so supportive throughout our fundraising events for the bus and we are so grateful. They truly are a great team."

Downend Christadelphians are hosting international speaker Dr Leen Ritmeyer to mark a milestone in world history. November 2 is the centenary of The Balfour Declaration, which favoured an independent Jewish state. Ian Brown, one of the organisers of the talk, said: “The story is absolutely fascinating. Its impact on world events is without precedence even when compared to our current times with the events of Brexit and the American elections. If that is not enough, then its relevance to the Bible and its role in Bible prophecy is the star of the story.” The free event starts at 7.30pm at the Christadelphian Hall, Hill House Road.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Tuesday October 31 n Trunk & Treat, family fun in Christ Church Car Park (Behind the Parish Hall BS16 5SN), 5.30-6.30pm. Check all the details on our website or email Wednesday November 1 n Mothers’ Union Richard Spalding is giving a talk on Winterbourne Medieval Tithe Barn, 2.15pm, Everyone welcome, no need to book a place, you are welcome to just turn up. Contact Christ Church Parish Office if you have any questions 0117 908 9867. Thursday November 2 n Downend Local History Society, Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, 7.30pm. For the Love of Maps. Speaker:  Chas. Ashley.  A  guide to reading the past through Ordnance Survey large scale maps. Visitors welcome at £3. Friday November 3 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at the door. Enquiries 0117 972 1426. Saturday November 4 n Men’s Breakfast - we’re delighted that Marvin Rees, Bristol’s Mayor will be our guest at the next breakfast at the Kendleshire golf club 8-9.30am. Cost £10 - book by signing up on lists at Christ Church or The Church Centre or by emailing Sunday November 5 n Join us for our last Sunday service at Christ Church Downend, before the building work begins. All Age celebration with Baptisms by full immersion at Christ Church, 10.30am at Christ Church Downend. Wednesday November 8

n 1pm, Meadow Vale Community Association AGM, at the community centre, Meadow Vale, Speedwell, BS5 7RF. All welcome. Queries to Fiona on 0784 9801709. Thursday November 9 n Downend Horticultural Society's new season of talks begins, Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA, 7.30pm. New members welcome. For details call Roger Davis on 0117 957 1703 or Hilary Walton on 0117 979 2832. Friday November 10 n Nick Tanner presents An Evening with John Barnes supporting @OffsideTrust, Century's Club, Kingswood. Find event and ticket information at www.eventbrite. Saturday November 11 n Friends of Lincombe Barn Park and Woods are having autumn litter pick and work day. Meet in car park( off Rockland Rd) any time between 10am and 1pm. Tools and gloves provided. Refreshments for all helpers. n Autumn fayre, 11am-2.30pm, Argyle Morley United Reform Church, Whitefield Road, St George. Admission 30p. Sunday November 12 n 10.30am Remembrance Day Service, the war memorial, Page Park, Staple Hill n Remembrance services at 9.15am The Church Centre, Quakers Rd, and at 10.30am at Christ Church Junior School including the one minute silence. n 5pm ‘Festival of Remembrance’ with Staple Hill Salvation Army Band and Mangotsfield Military Wives Choir at Staple Hill Salvation Army, Broad Street, Bristol, BS16 5LN. Admission free. Tel 0117 956 9733 for more information.

n “Remembering with Thanksgiving” a special service to pause and to remember all those who we no longer have with us. 6.30pm, Christ Church Parish Hall, North St. Downend BS16 5SG Tuesday November 14 n Christ Church Fellowship: Beekeeping - Past & Present with Richard Dalrymple Smith 7.45pm, Christ Church Parish Hall, BS16 5SG. More info from Christ Church Parish Office 01179089867. New members always welcome. Wednesday November 1 5 n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30pm. All welcome, includes crafts, chat, cups of tea, a short, child friendly, noisy time of worship and ends with a hot meal. Free. No need to book. Donations, if desired, at the end of the meal. Check our Facebook page: Messy Church at Christ Church Downend for all the details Saturday November 18 n Downend & Kingswood branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution coffee morning, Staple Hill Methodist Church, High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol, 10am until 12 noon. Home made cakes, sales table including Christmas cards. n Countdown to Christmas, St Augustine's Church, Boscombe Crescent, Downend, 11am-3pm. Craft stalls, Christmas gifts, tombola, therapies, children's books and craft corner, refreshments and much more plus an early visit from Father Christmas. n Christmas Market. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.11am3pm. Admission free. Choose attractive presents for friends and family from a variety of stalls, with Father Christmas's grotto and Lucky Dips for the younger chil-

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. dren, with refreshments including Bacon Rolls for lunchtime. Tuesday November 21 n Speaker morning with coffee. John Penny - "Communicating Christmas" Cards, Carols, Broadcasts, and much else. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn. 10 for 10.30am Pay at the door. n Bereavement Support Group, chat, refreshments and support in the Youth Hub at Christ Church Parish Hall, 1-3pm. Newcomers welcome. More information available from the Parish Office 0117 908 9867 or just turn up and meet Val and Wendy our hosts. Thursday November 23 n Avon Organic Group, talk 'Making Room for Wildlife' with Rupert Higgins, past vice-chair of Avon Wildlife Trust and freelance ecologist, 7-9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. All welcome. Visitors £5/ members £2.

News from Downend, Staple Hill and Emersons Green libraries Open Access Open Access, the swipe card system by which people can use South Gloucestershire libraries during unstaffed hours, launched successfully on October 2 at Staple Hill & Emerson Green libraries. It is available from 8.30am – 7.30pm daily for those library users who have attended an induction session. As mentioned in the October edition of Downend Voice some additional work is needed at Downend Library before Open Access will operate there. It is anticipated this will be completed by late November. Until that time Downend will continue to open on Thursdays as an additional staffed day, so opening hours until late Nov are:

MON/WED/FRI 10am - 5.30pm THU 10am – 6pm SAT 9.30am – 1pm Coming up There is still a lot going on at Downend Library, although some days and times may have changed. This is how events line up: Mondays : 10.15am Knitter Knatter (wool, patterns & needles provided) Wednesdays : 10.30am Rhymetime – free singing & nursery rhyme sessions Thursdays : 2pm Books On Thursday (reading group) Fridays : 10.30am Coffee Morning – pop in

for refreshments & a chat Fridays : 10.30am Sporting Memories group Fridays : 2.15pm Friday Fun Time (free preschool play session) Saturday November 18 at 11am – next meeting of our new Lego Club –suitable for primary school agreed children & their parents!. (We have some Lego but would welcome donations of more too.) Home Library Service This is a service for people who are unable to get in to a library themselves or with a carer. Organised by the library staff in collaboration with volunteers. Ask staff for more details.

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November, 2017 Friday December 1 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at the door. Enquiries 0117 972 1426. n Christmas music concert by Brass, Wind & Fire (Avon, Fire & Rescue Training Band) at Watley’s End Methodist Church, Factory Road, Winterbourne, BS36 1QL, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 including refreshments. Tel. Heather Hunt 0117 904 9125. Saturday December 2 n Christmas fair at St Mary's Church, Manor Road, Fishponds, 11am-2pm. Lots of stalls including white elephant, books and games, handicrafts, cakes and raffle. Tea, coffee and light refreshments also available. For further details email Tuesday December 5 n Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn. 12noon for 12.30pm. Tickets £14 available in advance at Barn office. Enquiries 0117 956 2367. Friday December 15 n Christmas concert with Cleeve Singers and the Barn Bells, for the Jessie May Trust. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn. 7.30pm. Tickets £3.50 from Melanie's Kitchen, Downend, or the Barn office 956 2367, or at the door. Saturday December 1 6 n Christmas concert with Cleeve Singers and the Barn Bells, for the Jessie May Trust. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn. 7.30pm. Tickets £3.50 from Melanie's Kitchen, Downend, or the Barn office 956 2367, or at the door.

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hall, Salisbury Road, Downend. call 0117 9565378 for further info. n Family History Group, Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, 10amnoon, every week. n Yoga class at Frenchay Village Hall, 6.45 to 7.30. Suitable for beginners and different levels. fun, enjoyable class.experienced teacher. for more information phone Hermione on 01179522819 n Poetry Circle, Lincombe Barn, 10.30am-noon fortnightly. n Kingswood Lacemakers, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm except for the third Monday in the month, 7.15pm. Self help group of bobbin lacemakers. n Whist Club, Lincombe Barn 2-4 pm, open to any association members. n Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 10am-noon. n Coffee drop-in, Emersons Green Village Hall 10.30-11.30am. n Concorde Wheelchair Dancers, Page Hall, Staple Hill 7.15-9pm. n Stitch and Bitch, The Oak pub, Staple Hill. 2-4 pm first Monday of the month. n Craft Group, Christ Church Downend Foyer 1.30pm, 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. n Poetry group. Lincombe Barn, , 10am-noon, every other Monday, from February 3. Call 0117 2796214. n Frenchay Ladies Probus Club, St. Augustine Parish Hall 2pm, third Monday in the month. Variety of speakers and opportunities to go on trips and other social events. Call Bonnie Murley on 0117 330 1249. n Bromley Heath Gardening and Social club. 3rd Monday in the month, 7.30pm, Bromley Heath Junior School (excluding school holidays). Speaker, charity sales table and a raffle. Day trip every month to places of interest and occasional theatre trips. Two short holiday breaks in January and


Easter. Contact Julie 0117 9871836 or May 0117 9573695. n Beginner to Intermediate Hatha Yoga. Downend Lincombe Barn, 9:30 - 10:45. Drop in class £6.00. Bring your own yoga mat. Call Teresa 07903 823 827. n Phoenix Wind Band (20+ concert level players). Emersons Green Library, 7.30-9.30 p.m. Varied and challenging, will appeal to Grade 6 players or above. Call Keith 0117 9049125, e-mail Web - avonwindbandassociation. com. n Westerley Showband. Downend Library 7.30 pm. For applicants who play wind instruments, bass or drums. Call 0117 9561950 www. n Knit & Natter. Emersons Green Village Hall, 10.30am-12.30pm - £1 which includes tea or coffee. n Zumba keep fit, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 9.30-10.30am. Call Sally 0771 2776 753. n Social History (monthly), Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 11am-12.30pm. n Ballroom tuition, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 2-5pm. Call Teresa 0117 9650203. n Slimming World, Beechwood

Club, Fishponds, 6.30-9pm. Call Ami 0746 2727 229. 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@


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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA n Youth drop-in for school Years 6 & 7 at Christ Church Parish Hall, Youth Hub. Tuesdays in term time 3.15-4.30pm more info from www. igniteyouth-christchurchdownend. n The P & Q Club, patchwork and quilting skills, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Open Church at Christ Church Downend. We are open from 11am1pm throughout August for coffee, worship and reflections on the Psalms. All welcome. n Artists, drawing techniques and perspective, oils, watercolours and pastels, Lincombe Barn 10amnoon. n Fellowship- Christ Church Fellowship Group, Parish Hall, North Street 7.45p.m second Tuesday of every month.Variety of speakers and musical evenings. Organise an annual day out and a weekend away. n Bits’n’pieces, fun with fabrics, Lincombe Barn.1.30-3.30pm. n Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am

n Bottoms, Tums and Thighs, Lincombe Barn 8.15-9.15pm. n Art Club for Adults, Emersons Green Village Hall 7-8.45pm. n Girl Guides, Emersons Green Village Hall. Evenings. n Staple Hill Probus Club. Downend Cricket Club. 10.30am, 10am for coffee. First and third Tuesday each month. Call Roger 0117 9562777. n Openchurch – Christ Church 9am to 1pm. Drop in throughout the day. n Badminton. Downend Sports Centre, 8 - 10pm. Call 0117 9400706. n Glass Engraving. Lincombe Barn, 10am – noon. n BabyNatal Practical Baby Care Workshop at Emersons Green Village Hall, 6.30-9.30pm. 4th Tuesday of the month: www. n Community Bingo. Staple Hill Primary school. 6.45pm, eyes down 7.45. Tel no. 0117 983 3750. Food and drink available. n Downend Camera Club. 7.4510pm, Assembly Hall, Salisbury

Road, BS16 5RA. All abilities and interests catered for but beginners particularly welcome. n Exercise Class for older adults. Christ Church Hall, North Street 1011am, £4. Call Jenny 0117 9613327. n Taoist Tai Chi. Kingswood Community Centre, 7-8.30pm. Improve your health, raise your spirit. Class open to all. www.taoist. n Slimming World, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 9.30am-12noon. Ami 0746 2727 229. n Diabetes UK meeting in small room, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 6.15-8.15pm. n Zumba. Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7-8pm. Call Anna 0779 9180 437. n Flow-in Yoga Class. Every Tuesday 6.15pm at Barley Close Primary, BS16 9DL. Beginners Welcomed. Mat can be provided. T: (01454) 327112 or E: hello@ Can book via www. n Parent and Toddler Group. Barley Close School Lemur Building, 11.45-3pm. Music, stories, craft. £1 adults, 50p a child. Bring your own packed lunch. n Staple Hill Probus Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at Downend Cricket Club. 10.30am-12.45pm. Tea and coffee from 10am n Empower Yoga. Downend. Quakers Road Church Hall. 9.15 10.15 am (Entrance available from 9 am). All levels welcome. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at 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@

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

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sections. n New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol, Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd 7.30-9.30pm. No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group - soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. Our repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs. n Camera Club, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm, second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. For enthusiasts of all abilities. n Book club for adults, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11am, monthly. n Rainbow Tots, parent and toddler group, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11.30am. n Buggy Walk, Emersons Green library, meet at 10am outside, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. All parents, grandparents and carers welcome. No need to book and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes. n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30pm 4th Wednesday of the month. Includes craft, refreshments, chat, worship and a hot meal. n The Mothers’ Union, Parish Hall , North Street, 2.15pm first Wednesday of each month. All welcome. n Social Dancing, Quakers Road Church Hall, 8 - 10.15 pm every Wednesday and Friday. Call Doreen on 0117 9564308. n Weekly Café, Badminton Road Methodist Church, 10am-noon. Each Wednesday except during August. Call Nicky Budd 0117 9570966. n Phoenix Art Club, Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, Guinea Lane, Fishponds 10am - 12noon. All mediums, all abilities. n Bristol Ukulele Jam, Baden Hall, Northcote Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol. BS16 9HF. 7.45-9.30pm. All levels and experience welcome. n Downend Flower Club, Lincombe Barn, 7.30pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday, September to May. Would you like to arrange flowers? Call Joyce 0117 9568978. n Cruse Bereavement Care support group. The Park Centre, Kingswood, 10-11.30 on Wednesdays. 8 week course from 16 July led by 2 experienced counsellors. Places are limited. Call Cruse 0117 929 2507. Email: n South Gloucestershire Wine Circle. St Barnabas Church Hall, Church Avenue, Warmley BS30 5JG. 7.30pm 1st Wednesday of each month. Are you interested in wine, beer, food, organised tastings, dinners and socials? Call Peter 0777 0750 327 or Neil 0117 9603433. n Bingo. Emersons Green Village Hall, 1.30-3.30pm alternate Wednesdays. Have a bit of fun and

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November, 2017 win prizes with this friendly club. n Frenchay Village Museum 1-4pm – Free. n Lodge Causeway Townswomen’s Guild. Briarwood School, Briar Way, Fishponds 7.15pm 2nd Wednesday of the month. A different speaker each month plus handicrafts , walking group and social events. Tel no. 0779 9108 890. n Dance Tots, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 10-11am. Call Eric 0791 4006 589. n Hannah More Senior Citizen “Fun and Entertainment”, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 2-4pm, fortnightly. Tel no. 0117 965 0356. n Fishponds Reading Group, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 2-3.30pm (4 weekly). Email: n Keep Fit class, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 7-8pm. Call Beryl 0117 9774534. n Frenchay Probus Club meets on the first and third Wednesday every month in Frenchay Village Hall. 10 am to noon. Visitors welcome. n Walks for single people. Solo Rendezvous meet at Downend Cricket Club, every Wednesday, 8.30pm, entrance £3, and walk every Sunday. Please phone for walk details: 01454 775508 / 01454 774984 / 0117 9850210. n Frenchay Folk Dance Club meets in Frenchay Village Hall on alternate Wednesdays at 7.45pm. More information is available at or by emailing FFDCSecretary@outlook. com. n New weekly salsa class for complete beginners with Cressida. Cross Hands Pub, 1 Staple Hill Rd., Fishponds BS16 5AA. 7.30pm-9pm includes social & dancing. No partner needed. Call 07808 581739 n Diamond fellowship at Fishponds Baptist Church hall, Downend Road, 10.30am. Open to everyone, first and third Wednesdays every month. Variety of speakers, coffee mornings and annual day out and Christmas meal. Contact 0117 9653421. n Hatha Flow Yoga. St Matthias (Former UWE Campus). Steiner Academy Bristol. 7.00 - 8.00 pm. All levels welcome. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@


n Downend Local History Society, Lincombe Barn. Autumn/Winter meetings, 7.30pm first Thursday of each month. £3 per meeting. n Scrabble Club 2, Lincombe Barn, 10am-noon, weekly. Beginners welcome. n Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Emersons Green Quilters,

downendvoice Christ Church Centre, Quakers Road, 7.30pm-9.30pm on second Thursday of every month. Details from Rose Thomas 0117 949 0840 n Papercraft, Lincombe Barn 1011.30am fortnightly. For members to learn or improve their paper crafting skills. n Barn Bees, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. Ladies new to the district come and enjoy a friendly group for a cuppa/chat/sew/knit for fundraising. n Hand Bell Ringers, , Lincombe Barn 2-4pm. Persons with some music reading ability welcome. n Gardening Club, Lincombe Barn 7.30-9.30pm. n Fishponds Probus Club, Fishponds Conservative Club at 10am, 1st. and 3rd Thursday. Vacancies available for retired professional/business gentlemen. Call Graham Hawkins 0117 9561846. n Frome Valley Artists, Downend Folk House 1.30-3.30pm. No tuition given, but regular demonstrations held. Call John Forster on 0117 9561010. n Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, Pomphrey Hill pavilion 10am-noon. n Resound Camera Club, Resound building, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield 7.30pm. Bi-weekly. We are a sociable group catering for all skill levels. Please see our web site for more information. n Emersons Green Running Club, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion 7pm n Rainbows, Emersons Green Village Hall. Evenings. n Emersons Green Whist Club, Emersons Green Village Hall 2-4.30pm. n Rainbow Tots, parent and toddler group, Emersons Green Village Hall 10-11.30am. n Scrabble club, Emersons Green Village Hall 10am-noon, monthly. n Senior Citizens social club, Emersons Green Village Hall 11.30am-2.30pm, monthly. n Downend Horticultural Society. Assembly Rooms, Salisbury Road, Downend 7.30pm,Second Thursday of the month all year. Outing to gardens and we hold flower shows. Members who can help with tips on your garden. Call Roger Davis 0117 9571703 or Hilary Walton 0117 9792832. www. n Bingo, Staple Hill Royal British Legion 7.30pm. n Youth Group for Years 6 –8, The Youth Hub, Christ Church, North street, Downend, 6.30-7.45pm. Great facilities, fun-packed programme, tuck available. Free entrance. n Youth Group for Years 9 – 13, The Youth Hub, Christ Church, North Street, Downend, 8-9.15pm. Great facilities, fun-packed programme, tuck available. Free entrance.


n Carers’ Group, Mill House, Emersons Green Way 2-4pm first Thursday of every month. Call 01454 868267. n Bromley Heath Probus Club, The Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend 10am. First and third Thursdays of the months (fifth Thursday if applicable – ladies join then) An informal organisation for retired men. Speaker on various subjects for about an hour. Also have programme of social events and trips including an annual holiday club. Call Robin Short 0117 9567795. n Frenchay Ladies Probus Club, St Augustine Parish Hall 2pm, third Monday in the month. Variety of speakers and there is an opportunity to go on trips and other social events. Call Bonnie Murley 0117 3301249. n Staple Hill Runners. Meet on Broad St outside Page Park 7-8pm and. All abilities are catered for. n Emersons Green Quilters. Christ Church Centre Quakers Road, Bromley Heath 7.30-9.30pm, second Thursday of the month. Call 0117 9834962. n Senior Citizen Friendship Club, Beechwood Club, Fishponds, 3.30pm-5pm. Email: Spencer@ Call 0782 5155 954.

n Sequence Dance class, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7.309.30pm. Call John 01454 261498. n Zumba Gold with Cressida, Royal British Legion, Kendall Road, Staple Hill, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Fun dance & exercise class to music from around the world. Ideal for beginners to Zumba or older students. Special offer, first class £3. Tel 0117 330 9549 / 0780 8581 739. n Zumba Gold with Cressida, Royal British Legion, Kendall Road, Staple Hill, 1.30pm-2.30pm. Fun dance & exercise class to music from around the world. Ideal for beginners to Zumba or older students. Special offer, first class £3. Tel 0117 330 9549 / 0780 8581 739. n Mangotsfield URC, Cossham Street, Mangotsfield 10.30am first Thursday in the month. Coffee, cake and a warm welcome. 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

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Yolanda 07982418847 or email at n Natural History Society. Illustrated talks on Birds, Wildlife and the Countryside at home and abroad. Lincombe Barn 7.309.30pm 2nd & 4th Thurdays. Oct. Nov. Jan. Feb. Mar. n Downend Gardening in Retirement Club, Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road 10.30am third Thursday of the month. Call 0117 9061427.


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School buys 14 desks for Uganda PUPILS from Christ Church CE VC Infant School in Downend have been busy helping children from their partner school in Uganda. The youngsters have been fundraising to support work to build a new classroom at Bazaar School in Kumi and have collected enough for 14 new desks. Downend couple Richard and Jan Bacon have been leading teams of volunteers working with Mission Direct in the build project, which took place during the summer. Pupils raised the money by bringing in their 5ps to donate to the cause. This was further boosted by parent Julia Winters who organised a family fun day. So far pupils have raised £456 but plan to keep fundraising so they can offer the children in Kumi further support. Headteacher Anna Martin said she is very proud of the children: "Obviously our first

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Anniversary gala ball A GALA Ball raised £10,000 for the brain injury charity Headway Bristol, which is based at Frenchay Hospital. The anniversary event had a sporting theme, and was supported by event rider Polly Williamson, who suffered a brain injury, rugby referee Ed Morrison, whose son Scott died following a brain injury, and regional TV reporter Will Glennon, who also received support from Headway Bristol after he was injured. A spokesman for the charity thanked supporters including Clarke Willmott, Irwin Mitchell, Metcalfes Solicitors, the Frenchay Brain Injury Rehab Unit, also known as BIRU (the Huntercombe Group), Novum Law, VWV, Osborne Clark, Thompsons Solicitors, New Law, Co-Op Legal Services, Enable Law, BBC Bristol, Sky News, Guildhall Chambers, St. Johns Chambers, and St. James’ Place.

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Admiring baroque beauty in Vienna IT'S not always necessary to travel to distant lands (especially when we have so much beauty in Europe to marvel at!) This time, I want to share with you a story of spending a long weekend in Vienna; where everywhere you look, buildings evoke daydreams of fairytales and magical kingdoms. Upon arriving at the airport, my fiance and I chose to purchase the Vienna City Card as we knew we were going to devote most of our time to the famous museums and palaces. With our Vienna cards tucked away in our pockets, we raced for our train. But, in all of our hurry and excitement to get to the city’s centre, we jumped onto the wrong train! The inspector noticed our tickets weren’t correct just as the doors were closing. We looked

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Top tips to tackle doorstep tricksters HAVE you had people cold-calling or delivering leaflets for home maintenance or gardening work? We’ve had recent reports of people offering to clean driveways or make roof or gutter repairs. While many legitimate firms use promotional leaflets, it’s a favourite tactic for so-called ‘rogue traders’ – people who persuade householders to have work done unnecessarily, to a poor standard or who overcharge. There’s a link between these rogue traders, who may have convictions for fraud and other offences, and burglars. There was a recent incident of a man who offered to make repairs for an elderly householder in Bristol, then stole cash from him and made off without doing any work. Thanks to a call with vehicle details from a concerned witness, we made an arrest.

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n NEWS A GROUP who meet in Bromley Heath are keeping the age old tradition of quilting well and truly alive. Emersons Green Quilters bring together a community interested in continuing the tradition and enjoy hearing from people who have used quilting and patchwork in many different forms. Members meet monthly where they hear from speakers as well as hosting a show and tell section where members are able to present their most recent projects. Some members regularly quilt for charities and share their makes with other members including providing information on the charities themselves. Quilter Natalie Anderson said: "We have heard from members who have created quilts made from passed family member's clothing to remember them, some follow designs, and some freely create more modern ideas." Originally quilting was designed as a way to reuse scraps

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n RECIPE OF THE MONTH THIS month’s recipe is another that my late mother-in-law found for me, while on a coach trip visit to a stately home,somewhere in Cornwall. It is good to make at this time of year using windfalls; just cut the scabby bits out before grating. It makes a great pudding served slightly warm with cream or custard but also works well as a cake to eat with coffee or tea. I have adapted the original recipe by removing the sugar from the filling preferring the slight sharpness of the apples to come through the intense sweetness of the dates. The original is in imperial so I have adapted it to metric . We love it made with half muscovado sugar and half white but feel free to use all white if that is what you have. The traybake cuts into 10-12 slices. It freezes well if you don't not want to eat it all at once. Preheat oven 180c (160c fan) Gas 4/5 Filling 500g cooking dates (chopped and stoned) 2 large cooking apples washed, cored and grated (or the equivalent

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THE Hollywood career of a local-born actor will feature in a new exhibition about Frenchay School, which was founded 175 years ago. The exhibition, at Frenchay Museum, includes a display about Nigel de Brulier, who was born Francis Packer and went on to have an illustrious career in the film industry. Francis was born in one of the lodges of Frenchay Park in 1877 and was educated at Frenchay School until he was 11-years-old, when he left to start work in Frenchay Park House as a hall boy. In 1897 he emigrated to America and began his movie career. Frenchay Village Museum is at the junction of Begbrook Park and Frenchay Park Road. It’s open Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm and Wednesday from 1-4pm. Entry is free.

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n FEATURE IT'S three o'clock on Sunday afternoon and the dance floor is starting to fill. The beat is unmistakable, or at least it is for people in the know. Because this is northern soul - and it's alive and kicking in the middle of Speedwell. The bi-monthly event, called Splash of Soul, takes place at Barton Hill Rugby Club in Speedwell and is the brainchild of three like-minded soulies keen to recapture the buzzing soul scene of the north of England. The pals - Martyn Johnson, Jimmy Manu and Malcolm Beedle - take it in turns to play 45-minute sets and also enlist the occasional guest DJ just to add a new dimension to the mix. Soul snobs might be disappointed but the music isn't exclusively played out on original vinyl. Ironically, this may well be the reason Splash of Soul is so successful. All that's required is that a tune has a good beat and makes you want to dance. The value of a record has no truck with this crowd. "It's what comes out of the speakers which counts," insists Martyn, a 61-year-old van driver. "Some parts of the scene are all about original vinyl but we don't care; we'll play off CD, although 70 per cent of the music we play is vinyl. We don't worry if a record doesn't cost £1,000 ." Martyn, who lives in Stapleton, is referring to the extortionate amounts of cash that some northern soul DJs will pay for original vinyl. And when he mentions £1k, he's not joking - the most expensive northern soul record sold was the Frank Wilson classic Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) which went for a staggering £25,742 in 2009. "We're not trying to be smart and clever and don't profess to know everything about northern soul, rare soul and R&B," says Jimmy, 58, a building site

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manager who lives in Kingswood. "I play vinyl but most people don't come up to look at whether we're playing original vinyl, represses or CDs - they're not bothered. They just want to have a good time. "Certain people look down their noses if you're not playing original vinyl but we don't care what people think. If they don't like that then they don't have to come." Malcolm - known affectionately on the soul circuit as Malc the Talc - has been DJing since the 1980s. He admits to spending a lot more on original vinyl than Martyn and Jimmy, shelling out £800 for Danny Owens' You're A Little Too Late. "I'm lucky enough to have a

WHAT IS NORTHERN SOUL? • Northern soul has its roots in obsure 60s and 70s black American dance music • The phrase northern soul was coined on this side of the Atlantic • It became popular in the north of England with young fans flocking to meccas such as Wigan Casio and Manchester's Twisted Wheel to dance at allnighters • Classic tunes include If This Is Love by The Precisions, Turning My Heartbeat Up by the MVPs and Dean Parrish's I'm On My Way • Northern soul is associated with a particular dance style. Some athletic dancers take inspiration from disco and break-dancing, performing spins, kicks and backdrops • The music is often distinguished by its fast and furious beat but it also yields some slower treasures, including If I Could Only Be Sure by Nolan Porter

lovely set of original vinyl which I've collected over the years but I've got no problem with others playing from CD or repressings," said the 57-year-old postman. "I don't show off about my collection; it's just something I'm passionate about. It's more fun waiting for originals to come up for sale. Sometimes I might have to wait a year but if I wanted to buy a repressing of the same song, I could probably look on the internet and find it straight away.I buy original vinyl because I enjoy them and want to play them to other people in the hope that they'll enjoy them as much as I do." The three met through the Bristol soul circuit, their passion for music and DJ-ing leading them to think about getting something off the ground themselves. Martyn said: "Up in the Midlands and the north the northern soul scene is thriving, you have a choice lots of venues where you can go to hear it. We travelled up to a few dos on Sunday afternoons and it just seemed to work. We thought 'Why not give it a go here?'" Splash of Soul has been running for nearly two years now, gradually gaining momentum as word spreads.

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The name was something Jimmy had been carrying around in his head, a nod to the Reggae Sunsplash events at Crystal Palace he used to attend in the 1980s. Visitors need only have one thing in common - a love of northern soul, or at the very least, a curiosity to find out more. "If a stranger turns up, it won't be long before someone starts talking to them and asking their name and where they're from. That's how friendly it is," Martyn says. Like most northern soul devotees, Martyn clearly remembers the day he discovered the musical genre which was to remain close to his heart for the rest of his life. "It was 1975 and I was in Jersey on holiday. There was a group of northern lads dancing to this brilliant music and I'd never seen dancing like it. It was nothing like the way people in Bristol danced. I wondered what the hell was going on but I was hooked." It was also 1975 when Jimmy, a lad of 16, discovered northern soul. From his home in Huntingdon, he travelled to various venues to catch top soul DJs. Later, he became a regular at the 100 Club in London and the Ritz in Manchester, moving down to Bristol 20 years ago. "Huntingdon was a hotbed for soul music. I loved it from the minute I heard it." It was a similar story for Malcolm, who was a mod in the 1970s and thought that meant listening to the Beatles. It wasn't until he and his girlfriend, now wife, Cath, chanced upon a club in Prince Street, Bristol called Steamers in the late 70s. "When I walked through the door and heard this music I'd never heard before, I was smitten. I knew then this would be the music I'd be listening to for the rest of my life." Jimmy's clubbing days took a bit of a back seat until about four years ago when he hosted a charity northern soul event at the Begbrook Club after his wife had

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Some of the regulars at Splash of Soul in Speedwell

been treated for breast cancer. He started to go looking for local soul events, meeting Martyn and Malcolm in the process. "We started up Splash of Soul and the rest is history, as they say," said Jimmy. Martyn dismisses the idea that northern soul is elitist: "The scene has been misinterpreted

as 'cliquey' because northern soul isn't as widely available as mainstream music but to me, it's friendly. No one takes any notice of how you dance, you just get into the music and the music takes you. It's all about the beat." Malcolm, who lives in Downend, agrees: "There's something about Splash of Soul

at the rugby club that makes people feel relaxed. They don't have to worry about whether they're the greatest dancer. Some places feel intimidating and people don't even feel they can ask the DJ for a particular record but that's not true of Splash of Soul. It just really, really works."

The trio have been branching out, holding occasional evening charity bashes at Lockleaze Community Centre and the Begbrook Club. More recently, Splash of Soul evenings at the Crafty Cow pub in Gloucester Road have been popular and look like becoming a regular fixture. Martyn has high hopes for the future of the local soul scene. "There's more northern soul in Bristol now than there was five years ago which bodes well for the future," he said. "A lot of people are in their 60s and 70s and can remember it from when it first began. But it's not just for older people who remember the original scene. The youngest person I ever saw at a northern soul night was a 10-year-old and he really knew the music! "I'd love Splash of Soul to be an event that is worthy of the scene in the north, but at the end of the day our aim is for people who like soul music to come along and enjoy themselves." The next Splash of Soul takes place at Barton Hill Rugby Club, Duncombe Road, Speedwell, on Sunday October 29 from 2-8pm. Entry is £3.

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MANGOTSFIELD WI OUR October annual meeting always proves to be an interesting and productive evening. The annual report was read and the previous 12 months was summarised by our 2017 secretary Sue. It is great to reflect on what we have done as a WI over the previous year. We have enjoyed a diverse and interesting program of events. Who knew that 60 ladies within the age range of 30 to 80+ could have so much fun. Looking ahead to our meeting on Monday November 27, we will be entering the festive spirit; joining us will be Caroline to demonstrate a Christmas floral arrangement. We hope to let everyone have a go at making one during the evening. The Manor Cup Competition is "a Christmas cracker". Use your imagination

ladies! We welcome women of all ages and from any area, you don’t have to live in or around Mangotsfield to join us. Our meetings start at 7.30pm and we do not charge for our visitors, you can find out more out our meetings by contacting: or looking at our website: www. you can also follow us on Twitter @ mangotsfieldwi or you can check out our Facebook page. Kate Tarr

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BROMLEY HEATH WI IT is that time of year again – time for our Annual General Meeting and election of our president and committee. The year has flown by and it certainly doesn’t seem like a whole year since our last AGM. It was a busy night with a talk and a social as well as the business of the AGM. We welcomed two representatives from the Jessie May Trust, our nominated charity for the year. They talked about the wonderful work that the charity does to care for terminally ill children at home and to support their families. If you would like to find out more about the Jessie May Trust or give a donation towards their valuable work, please visit their website: https://www. The meeting continued with the business of the AGM, including reading of the reports of our activities and finances by our treasurer and secretary. The

meeting was ably chaired by Angela Williams, standing in for our president, Cheryl, who was off having adventures in the USA. We were delighted that Cheryl was re-elected to serve another year as president and equally pleased to welcome some new members to the committee. The evening continued in the party spirit with drinks and nibbles and time to have fun and catch up on news with old friends and make new friends. Next month we will we be starting to prepare for Christmas, when Victoria Veasey comes to show us how to give our Christmas wrapping and floral displays the professional touch! If you would like to find out more about Bromley Heath WI, you could visit our website: http://www.


STAPLE HILL ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMEN'S SECTION HELLO everyone. This is a new column for us which we hope you will like and find interesting. We are ladies of all ages who like a laugh listening to speakers and going on outings. We started our new year on October 25 with a two-course lunch, followed by our Halloween afternoon. As it is the Queen's Wedding Anniversary this month, we are on November 22 having another open afternoon for all our friends and partners (2pm). It will feature a talk by John Penny with slides on the Queen's visits to Bristol followed by an American tea. We would love to see past Legion members as well as Staple Hill residents. We meet at the Old School called the You Foundation in Page Road. The entrance is opposite Page Hall car park. Meetings are fortnightly. Telephone 0117 956 0805 for further information.

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There's no such thing as bad weather Mud pie explorers with Nickie Corr

AS it starts to get wetter and a tad chillier the temptation to keep children indoors ‘protected’ from the elements begins to creep in. This article is a call for you to resist this temptation! At Mud Pie Explorers we firmly agree with John Ruskin’s view that: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather”. Some of our most memorable and giggly times we’ve spent in the woods with children have taken place in the pouring rain. We’ve laughed while catching hail in our mouths and made the most amazing mud slides which parents have literally thrown themselves into! We’ve hunted for Rain Fairies with torches in the dark, yes they DO exist. The best picnic I ever had

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Red or green - or is it yellow? NOW those of you who visit an Opticians regularly may remember that sometimes (and not always!) we ask you to compare black circles on a red and green background. This test has a couple of uses, but it can be a bit trickier for some patients than others so tends to be one of a couple of similar tests used to fine tune your glasses prescription. The main use we have for colour these days are both in our amazing glasses collections (you may know of our love for Italian designed Vanni frames - which are truly stunning!) and also for youngsters who are experiencing reading difficulties. I have talked about our frames many times, to see these for yourself just call in to our practices. For the colour testing for those with reading or learning difficulties I have more to say. I remember in my local school (yes, yes, it was several years ago, but my memory remains intact) two class mates had tinted glasses - coincidentally both shades of blue. Dad prescribed these to help



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WELL, what a month! The start of September was fairly quiet for Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom as we were watering less and the plants were all coming to an end. Towards the middle of September we removed the plants and compost in our wooden planters and put the planters into winter storage. Then how things changed! We were invited to attend the South Glos volunteers evening at Page Park, which was held in the lovely new cafe that they have built - excellent food so try it out one day. This is an evening where South Glos brings its volunteers together, giving people the chance to talk about what they do and also to celebrate the successes they have had during the year. The guest speaker this year was Denise James from RHS South West in Bloom and she had asked if she could meet with us during the evening. She is a regional judge for the RHS and to our surprise she told us that there is a new category of Town Centre in the competition

and informed us that we had been put forward for an award. Apparently the news of our displays in the High Street and the area had filtered through to the national judges, who asked Denise to visit the area and take a look. Unknown to us she visited in September and took photographs which she then uploaded to the South West in Bloom Facebook page (type in southwestinbloomfacebookpage


and go to photos). The judging committee had then decided that the displays in and around the area were so impressive that they wanted to give us an award in recognition of our achievements. Consequently our chairman Chris and his wife Gill went off to Torquay and were very proud to be given a Gold award in the Town Centre category of South West in Bloom. I am sure you will agree this is a huge honour for our little area of Downend and Bromley Heath. We are now well and truly on the map so to speak! There were five other Gold winners in this category but all of them are completely run and funded by their town councils so again a real achievement for our voluntary group. As you can probably tell I was really excited to receive this award and I would like to emphasise what a team effort this has been. I would like to take this opportunity to say a few thank yous to people involved in gaining this achievement. To start we would like to thank Downend Voice and Gary (Downend Voice's publisher) for giving us this platform to share our successes and achievements with you throughout the year and for giving us this opportunity to thank people. We must thank the parish council as without their huge support and contribution each year we would not be able to carry on and also to our two main sponsors this year; Kustom Furniture and Flooring and BSCL. A huge thank you to all the shops and businesses in the area who have sponsored and helped to water their wooden troughs throughout the summer and also to Blaise Nursery for our planting, erecting and watering our large

displays. A special thank you to our water monitor, Sarah, who has badgered the shops about watering (apparently some of them are now closing their shop doors when they see Sarah coming!) To Kate who keeps our Facebook page in operation and to everyone in our group who has helped on street collections, fairs, planting, watering and various other tasks. To Downend Kitchens and Pete for the use of their transport. An enormous (running out of adjectives to describe the fantastic effort people have made!) thank you to Men in the Shed and Knit and Knatter. They continue to make items for us to sell throughout the year and have helped us to raise hundreds of pounds towards our planting schemes. I have tried to include as many people as possible here but it is impossible to mention everyone individually who has sponsored us this year. Please go to our Facebook page page (downendandbromley heathinbloom) where we have a full list of people who have very kindly given us money this year and a huge thank you to all of you. And finally (yes it really is!) an incredible thank you to all the residents of the area for your continued support in street collections, buying items and raffle tickets at fairs and for your appreciative comments that keep us going when we are working. Well, that was a very long list but very important as without the support of everyone, our area would not be a Gold Medal Winner in South West in Bloom! November 26 - We are at Cleeve Wood shops Christmas event with our stall packed full of hand made wooden Christmas items. Why not come along and see us. Next meeting takes place on November 6 at St Augustine Church Hall from 7.30pm. Come along and get involved - you will be made most welcome. Jackie Baker

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n VETS' ADVICE LIKE humans, pets can also be diagnosed as having diabetes. Pets with diabetes may not be able to produce enough insulin or possibly their bodies do not allow them to use insulin effectively. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and allows glucose in the blood to enter cells. This is how a normal body should function to give it energy. Just like people pets can suffer from Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Symptoms we see can vary and include weight loss, increased or reduced appetite, excessive thirst, excessive need to urinate and pungent breath. The causes can vary between animals. However autoimmune disease, obesity and chronic pancreatitis can play a major role in the development of the disease. It is thought that obese pets run a greater risk of developing diabetes in later life and also some dog breeds are predisposed to the condition. Including standard and miniature Schnauzers, Dachshunds, Poodles and juvenile diabetes can be seen in Golden Retrievers. In order to properly diagnose diabetes a veterinary surgeon will need to perform a clinical examination of the animal. This will include a physical examination, blood work and a urine test. Diabetic treatment is based on the lab work and other health issues that could complicate therapy. Every animal will respond differently to treatment and some time can be taken to achieve good therapeutic results. Successful treatment will make all the difference in the animal’s long term health. Achieving a balance is key. The aim of treatment is to keep blood sugar levels as near to normal as possible. Treatment is given on an individual basis which typically includes a

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Granny’s Attic WHAT’S in your Granny’s Attic? A stack of old 78s? Your Dad’s Subbuteo? A picture; slowly aging and showing the moral decay of an old lady? Some old rubbish? Or three frighteningly young, obscenely talented folk musicians who look as though they may have taken a wrong turn on their way to Fresher’s Week? Probably not the later if we’re honest. That, however, is precisely what this Granny’s Attic contains. Attacking traditional folk songs with boundless energy and the casual brilliance of youth Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, George Sansome and Lewis Wood give Downend Folk Club yet another glimpse of the future. And it’s a future you’d certainly want to visit. It’s hard to put in to words just how wonderful a violin, a guitar and a selection of squeeze boxes can sound but these three play with such joy and verve that it’s impossible not to get entirely carried away. Starting with a rollicking broadside featuring Nelson and Trafalgar the “Wheels of the World” show us what we have in store. Earthy three part harmonies, effortless musicianship and a trawl through the obscure outer reaches of Folk Song. It’s hard to believe that it was three years ago that Granny’s Attic were nominated for the BBC Young Folk Award. It’s even harder to believe that they didn’t win it. Despite the fact that their combined ages are approximately equal to the average age of the audience Granny’s Attic know their trad from their Elbow. The set is littered with ballads and broadsides, collected songs and Morris tunes. There are songs that are hundreds of years old and freshly minted dance tunes. Each one conjuring a particular event or a time long gone but each, just like every good folk tune

should, containing a seed of the contemporary. Take “What I Saw in my Dream...” for instance. A song of Folk whimsy but with words exposing social ills and righteous anger. Sadly some of those 19th century problems don’t seem so very different from our own. Particularly brilliant were the instrumental tunes. Mostly written by violinist Wood they swirl around beautifully. Taken from the latest album “Lazy House/ Right Under the Bridge” was so

joyous, ridiculously infectious and a total delight. Feet tapped, hands clapped and faces smiled. The feeling that you’re left with from Granny’s Attic is that these three really mean it. There’s no polite polish, no nod to those that find folk a bit “difficult” and no tired cover of the 60s legends. Quite frankly they are all the better for that. Before this hard-core folk fest local trio Ember offered a wonderful set of original songs. Mike Richards sings and plays

guitar on thoughtful, sensitive acoustic numbers with Meg Batch’s beautiful violin and Hajnalka Deak’s understated piano weaving them together in to something lovely. Their new EP, “Paintings”, was heavily plundered but it is clearly packed with excellent songs that you would want to re-visit. So, Granny’s Attic then? Full of promise, joy and verve. And nothing weird. Or rubbish. Gavin McNamara

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Grace Petrie Friday 17th November 2017 Frenchay Village Hall And now for something completely different… DOWNEND Folk Club’s November concert features one of the hottest properties on the music scene right now, and confirms the club’s commitment to bringing a diverse programme to the music lovers of South Gloucestershire. Grace Petrie is a folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then, she has written, recorded and toured relentlessly. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered have won over audiences everywhere, and she has quietly become one of the most respected and prolific songwriters working in the UK today. Grace’s career boasts several studio albums, a dedicated fan base and national tours supporting Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, as well as a string of festival appearances including regular visits to Latitude and Glastonbury. She has collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has

appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts, and has been featured in The Guardian, Diva Magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of influential LGBT figures. Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Gavin Osborn. Gavin is a humourous but heart-felt singer-songwriter, originally from Bedford but has resided in the Bristol/Bath area for several years. He's performed shows with comedian Daniel Kitson and supported Belle &

Sebastian. Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 17th November 2017, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www. Over half the tickets had already gone as this preview was written in midOctober, so advance booking is HIGHLY recommended as a sell-out seems a certainty. Please note that this event is not suitable for under-14s. There will be a full bar, stocking

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n POMPHREY PARKRUN As parkrun, which holds friendly, free 5k weekly events including one in Mangotsfield, passes a milestone, writer Siân Harris gathers stories from fellow parkrunners on why they run THE weather was damp and and the hour was early but the car park was full and the atmosphere buoyant. It was the usual Saturday morning Pomphrey Hill parkrun. I say ‘usual’ but every parkrun has something that makes it special to somebody. It might be the first time running 5k, a personal best or a run after an injury or illness. Today was the 13th birthday of parkrun so there were memories to share. For Danny Smith, it was also a milestone run  -  his 100th  - which means he got a free T-shirt. And, as often happens for milestone runs, there was a dressing-up theme for Danny and friends. Running plays a special part in Danny’s life so he encouraged us each to help him celebrate by wearing the running top that meant the most to us. I was volunteering this morning as a marshal (another great aspect of parkrun) but I donned the T-shirt from my first half marathon (Oxford 2015, very slow but emotional and amazing) and asked others what they had chosen to wear and why. Some, like me, chose their first race at a particular distance, for example Andy, who chose his Stroud half marathon top from 2015 because it was his first race. Lucy also chose to remember a half marathon: "The running top I’m wearing is from the Great North Run. It was my first half marathon. I started with a couch to 5k course. I never really thought I’d keep running or that I’d actually do a half marathon  -  and neither did any of my family - so I guess it’s the top I’m proudest of." Sandra chose her Bath half marathon top for similar reasons: "It was a fantastic sense of achievement and it was hard." Others chose parkrun tops. Sally, who runs regularly with Sandra, was wearing her 50th parkrun top. "That was a real achievement because we started at the beginning of January two years before and we never thought we’d get to 50. And now we are about five away from our 100  -  so the next favourite will be the 100 T-shirt I expect." Mandy chose her 50th parkrun top too: "My favourite running top is my parkrun 50 top, which arrived two days ago. It shows my running journey from my first parkrun when I could hardly get round, to when I was at my peak and achieving my PB, to now when I had to finish my 50th run after suffering pneumonia so it feels like I’ve done full circle." Others picked their running club tops. Anna explained: "I chose to wear my Emersons Green Running Club top because before I joined the club I used to run pretty much on my own and now it’s lovely to be part of a club and run with friends and meet new friends." Caroline agreed: "My Emersons Green

Running 5k 'up Pomphrey' will give you a lift - you can put your shirt on it Running Club top means a lot to me. I joined on the spur of the moment and I’ve met the most supportive, encouraging, mad group of people  -  friends now  -  that I could wish to meet." "I started running when I did Race for Life in about 2007 when my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer," said Helen. "I didn’t think I’d be able to run 5k and then the next year I signed up for the 10k and it’s gone from there. Today I’ve got my Bristol half marathon T-shirt on from a few years ago. I put it on today because it was one of those races where the night before I just didn’t think I was going to be able to do it and it was a horrible day but I got to the finish line and it makes me proud." Gary chose the Doynton Hard Half Ton up for Danny

Marathon (a tough, off-road run held in January and organised by Emersons Green Running Club) because it was his favourite race. "I’ve not done many races; I just enjoy running in the countryside," he said. Laura chose her 'pink Emersons Green versus the Monster Race 2014' T-shirt. "It’s special to me because we made some really good friendships on the journey. Prior to that I was wearing my long-sleeved Weston Christmas Cracker 2013 top because that was my first ever 10k," she said. Angus chose his Green Man (an ultramarathon around the outskirts of Bristol) top: "I just so loved the idea of bring able to run all the way round Bristol without hardly being on roads. I knew I was going to be very slow. So I took a year to learn all the byways off by heart so I wouldn’t get lost and lose

time. It was such an achievement to run considering I’d only then been running three years before and was still a plodder." Steven was wearing his apricot Pomphrey Hill parkrun T-shirt "because I love parkrun". However, he had also brought with him his Loch Ness marathon T-shirt because that was the first marathon that he did with his now fiancée (and soon-to-be-wife) Anne. For Rich, the top he chose was for the mental health charity Mind. "It reminds me of the year that I ran every day raising money for Mind." In his work with university students, Rich sees how serious an issue mental health is. All the people I spoke to mentioned ways that running improves how they feel. For some, it was the chance to get away and have a bit of headspace. Ian said, "I run to get away from everything, to escape, with no screens," while Mandy said, "I run to keep myself earthed." Another person mentioned how running provides some 'me time' to help them deal with the extra challenges of parenting a child with special needs. Sally agreed: "Because my husband works on a Saturday morning, if I did nothing I probably wouldn’t talk to anyone until maybe three in the afternoon. Coming here, we have lovely friends and we’ve made lots of lovely friends — so it sets you up for the day." There are, of course, physical as well as emotional benefits. People talked to me about keeping fit, losing weight, recovering from illness and setting challenges. Or, as Sally put it, "We run so we can eat lots of cake". And some just simply said they run because they enjoy it. Ian probably summed up the feelings of many when he said, "I don’t really have a favourite running top but my favourite run is my next one." It was quite emotional hearing how running, our local running clubs and parkrun mean so much to people for so many reasons. And, interestingly, not one person mentioned competition with anyone but themselves. So, as this theme was Danny’s idea, which top did he choose to wear? The answer was all of them. He wore all the running tops that he has gained at runs  - 21 tops in total. He then removed them one by one as he went around the 5km course until he finished with his apricot-coloured parkrun top. "Since starting parkrun I’ve done so many incredible things I thought I’d make it a celebration of everything I’ve done running. I took off all the T-shirts in chronological order so I’d be left at the end with the one that means the most to me, my Pomphrey Hill parkrun top." Happy 100th parkrun Danny! And happy 13th birthday parkrun!

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n PAGE PARK JUNIOR PARKRUN PAGE Park's junior parkrun is going from strength to strength, with more than 100 youngsters turning up each week. The 2k run for four to 14 years old has been running since August with numbers gradually increasing. Every Sunday morning, mums, dads and even grandparents have been turning up at Page Park to encourage their children to have fun as well as staying fit and healthy. The biggest turn out since it started was 165 children, with the average number of runners every week 135, all running at an average time of 00:13:11. Steph Purser, vice-chair of Friends of Page Park, said: "You need to get there at about 8.30am so you can warm up before the run starts at 9am. Children taking part need a barcode so they can be scanned and can then look up their running time on a computer. "After a certain number of runs they will get a wristband and then a T-shirt. The park is there for everyone and it

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Holy fire works - the truth AT the beginning of this month, many people will celebrate Bonfire Night which will span several days of oohs and ahhs. There will also be the grumps and groans expressing frustration at those who set off the fireworks late in the night – what’s the latest time fireworks should be set off!? Being the tender age of 53, I can still remember, as a young boy, going to my grandparents’ house on bonfire night and the fireworks and sparklers and cheesy potatoes and tinned tomato soup - my senses of sight, of smell, of sound, of taste all being bombarded with a myriad of exciting experiences. It didn’t happen every year as my dad was of the opinion that lighting fireworks was like burning money. That may be true but ironic when he smoked 20 cigarettes a day. As an adult, most years we have bought a small box of fireworks and a packet of sparklers - I have a limited attention span and get a


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MEMBERS of the Rotary Club of Fishponds & Downend joined forces with Downend & Bromley Heath in Bloom to park hundreds of crocuses alongside Badminton Road. The flowers will appear in the spring as a reminder of Rotary's national Purple for Polio campaign, which aims to eradicate the disease.

Purple was chosen as it represents the colour of the dye which is placed on the little finger of a child on mass immunisation days. Since Rotary’s campaign to end polio started in 1985, the amount of polioendemic countries has dropped from 125 to three. Visit and see the Purple4Polio information.

MARIA Lowe has a special reason for supporting Great Western Air Ambulance - she was helped by its crew following a motorcycle accident at Old Sodbury in 2012. She and Carolyn Williams are organising a Santa’s Grotto at Coalpit Heath Cricket Club on December 2 and 3 (10am to 5pm). It’s free, with a £5 a child charge to see Father Christmas. Maria said “It’s such a vital service, and yet they receive no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery. We are looking forward to raising as much money as possible.” For more information about the event go to Facebook page ‘Santas Grotto on behalf of Great Western Air Ambulance’. GWAAC has been providing an air ambulance service for 2.1 million people for nine years. Details at

Men in the Shed ONCE again the Men in the Shed group have been very busy. They are avidly making wooden Christmas items for Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom to sell at the Cleevewood shops Christmas event. As you can see there is a wide range of wooden items on offer this year from Father Christmases, Snowmen, candles, reindeers and much, much more. The Cleevewood event is on a Sunday this year, November 26, from 12- 4pm. Hopefully you will all be able to come and support us at in Bloom. We need to replenish our bank account in order to provide as good a display of flowers next year as we did this!! The wooden items this year are a real community effort as the basic items are made by Men in the Shed, we have knitted hats and scarves on our snowmen which have been made by the Monday Knit and Knatter group that meet in the library on a Monday morning and the painting is being done by the In Bloom group. The Men in the Shed meet in the pavilion at the King George V playing field (Sutherland Ave entrance every Tuesday at 9.30am onwards. If anyone has any tools they wish to donate please contact us. The Knit and Knatter group meet in Downend library at 10am onwards. Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom - next meeting St Augustines Church Hall (upstairs room) Monday, November 6 at 7.30pm. Anyone interested in any of these why not come along and join us. For more information contact me on 0750 4244361

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Russell Isaac owns Easy PC, a friendly personal, one-toone computer coaching service in clients’ homes in the Downend, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and Kingswood areas. With over 20 years of IT experience in a wealth of different areas, he helps users, particularly older people, get what they want from from their PCs, tablets and smartphones. He is also a web designer/builder, photographer, father of two and keen sportsman. ON Friday May 12, thousands of computers were attacked by malware called WannaCry. It’s ransomware and stops you from accessing any files on the ‘infected’ computer until you pay the ransom. NHS computers were infected in the UK by the attack (but not specifically targeted), along with computers in over 100 other countries. It’s worth noting, though, that in general home users should not be affected by this particular piece of ransomware. It mainly targeted computers running the business version of Windows. So, What is ransomware? It's designed to scan your hard drives and encrypt as many files as it can so you can't access them. The files are still there and you have to pay a sum - the ransom - in order to get your files back.Like a lot of

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AUTUMN is the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness so we are pleased to give you a taste of what our members have found to photograph. They range from the bounties of nature in the form of fruit and fungi to colourful autumn tints. Let’s hope these images will tempt you to take either your mobile phone, tablet or camera, whatever the weather and wherever you go, to capture the rich warm colours. If you do, why not come along to our club with the images on a memory stick for us to admire and offer you advice. The alternate Wednesdays (informal



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n HUNTERS ESTATE AGENTS PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Downend - £350,000 We are delighted to offer for sale this spacious link detached family home which occupies a secluded cul-de-sac position conveniently � � � positioned for the amenities of both Downend and Emersons Green. These amenities include; a wide variety of shops and supermarkets, bus routes, restaurants, doctors surgeries and dentists. Downend High School and Stanbridge Primary School are within very easy walking distance from the property and the Avon ring road, major commuting routes and the Bristol cycle path are also within easy reach. King George V playing fields are only a short distance away, providing ideal dog walking space and recreational facilities for people of all ages. The accommodation in brief comprises to the ground floor; entrance hall, a modern cloakroom, lounge, separate dining room with French doors leading into the rear garden and a kitchen with a integral oven and hob. To the first floor there is a modern bathroom with a separate shower cubicle and four bedrooms. Three of the




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n OCEAN ESTATE AGENTS PROPERTY OF THE MONTH St George - £400,000 3 bed terraced house 44 Park Crescent, BS5 7AY THIS is a classic example of a very lovely 3 bedroom double bay fronted Victorian terrace in an enviable position overlooking St. Georges Park. With plenty of retained features in the property, you can feel the history in this house from the moment you walk in. With traditional high ceilings, some nice decorative cornice, picture rails and plenty of painstakingly stripped back woodwork, there is a perfect balance of old and modern that creates a warm and inviting living space, perfect for a family or sharing professionals. Inside you will find a traditional through hallway where care has been taken to bring back to life the original pine floors that flow through into the 2 adjoining reception rooms. A feature fireplace takes pride of place in the front room along with the grand bay window with beautiful views over the park.

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Creative fields THERE is so much countryside to photograph it is not surprising that it is a favoured subject at the club, but there is a problem. It is the usual one - how to produce something that is different and distinctive. In the world of club photography everything is friendly and relaxed, but there are few accolades to be won by shots that are, well, a bit boring. After all, most of us have seen a lot of fields. There are plenty of more dramatic countryside vistas that can be produced, but this often involves considerable effort, including getting up very early to get the light. Yet there are ways to produce work that has impact without losing sleep, and three examples are shown here. ‘Cornfield Kite’ has a nostalgic mood created by

Dales Sheep, by Alex Dufty

Cornfield Kite, by Dave Britton the quality of the light and the old-fashioned hay stacks, but something extra has been added in the form of a bird of prey on the wing. It actually has been added – copied in from another image. It has been unkindly pointed out that if the bird actually tried to soar like that so close to the ground it would likely crash-land in the hay, but the overall result is undeniably effective, and it has won more than one club competition. ‘The Gate is

Shut’ has great texture in the wall and ground and a dramatic sky. This is a straightforward shot that has been given a ‘treatment’ in photo-editing software, but again the result has impact. ‘Dales Sheep’ is a pleasing image, the composition with the snow and the lines formed by the walls works well and creates another winner. 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,

and 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 November programme includes: Steve Littlewood AWPF – Maintaining image quality John Uren annual A/V Competition

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n CHRISTINE'S COLUMN With Downend Folk House Gardening Club This month, columnist Christine Broadway lends her greenfingered skills to her friend of 30 years and looks forward to seeing the results of her handiwork as her pal's garden matures SHARON is more at home in her garden when the sun isn’t shining! And when she does get going at weeding she’ll pull them all up in a day. The opposite to me. We have known each other for over thirty years, and she has lived in the same house all that time. Sharon has always wanted a nice garden. She takes an interest in plants and over the years I have given her a great deal of advice and encouragement and the odd plant or two. Sharon's garden has a patio outside her conservatory then stepping stones leads through a gravel area pass a small shed that Sharon and I painted in light

blue. At the end of this part of the garden is an area that is nearly all shade/semi shade. The garden is surrounded by a six foot high fence which not only provides nearly all the shade but when it is a heatwave you sure know it and quite a few of Sharon's potted up plants have not survived the heat despite countless buckets of water. Sharon has admired my shady part of the garden and this year she was very enthusiastic to have one of her own. There is a hawthorn in the middle at the back of her shady garden and naturally the neighbour's trees over hang the fence. I have given her a Psilostemon Hardy Geranium and a couple of Pulmonarias and various other bits and pieces. There is a nice clump of primroses on a slightly raised area at the back which in time will spread. During the spring we went to three garden centres and Sharon

bought, amongst other plants, an Epimedium Orange Queen, a Roxanne Hardy Geranium, a white Osteospernum and an evergreen fern, Dryopteris wallichiana. One plant she has always wanted was a Mahonia and on one garden centre trip she bought a Charity Mahonia with advice from me. On the last visit to my friend's house the garden was looking well and the Sedum Autumn Joy was colouring up nicely with the Mahonia in flower. I am looking forward to seeing Sharon's garden next year and seeing it mature over time. Club News November 14 A Victorian Head Gardener by Dr Francis Burroughes, 7.30-9.30pm. Visitors made to feel most welcome, £3 per visit. November 18 Christmas Market. Donations greatly appreciated.

Masons give £15,000 to Jessie May KINGSWOOD-based charity Jessie May is celebrating after receiving a £15,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following a public vote. The charity, which supports children with terminal illnesses in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, appealed to friends, supporters and service users to vote online and help them win a slice of the £3m up for grabs as part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. Julian Withers, head of fundraising at Jessie May, said: “This grant will make a huge difference and will help us continue to provide medical, respite and bereavement support to our families." The Freemasons' Provincial Grand Master for Gloucestershire, Tim HendersonRoss, said: "This money is being distributed to charities with track records for spending wisely."

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VEGETABLE CROSSWORD The pictures are the clues – can you recognise all these different kinds of vegetables, and do you know how to spell them? Answers above – but no peeking yet!

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Martial arts maestros merit medals! A TEAM of four members from the Elite Gym in Staple Hill took part in the Southern Area Championships in Southampton against more than 300 other competitors, writes Andrew Davies. Ray Godfrey from our Kickin' Cubs Classes did extremely well against a more experienced opponent and took his bout to extra time where he lost by a single point in a sudden death extension, just missing out on a medal position. International competitor Dean Turner, 16, had to settle for Bronze after a very exciting and technical bout against an equally experienced competitor who went on to win the division with some well-executed head kicks. Milly Mancey was on form yet again overcoming other competitors in the elimination rounds with consummate ease ,also taking an early lead in the final where her opponent eventually fought back to win Gold and Milly taking Silver. For Maddy Morgan from our kickboxing section, this was his first competition and made sure it wouldn't be his last. He overcame his opponents in the elimination rounds to reach the final where a smaller Milly Mancey, aged nine and more experienced opponent began to take a convincing lead. However, Maddy in the last round took the fight to his opponent and won on a TKO with the other competitor throwing in the towel. We are pleased that Dean has been invited to attend an international training camp in Spain in the next couple of weeks and depending very much on whether time and circumstances permit, could be looking for sponsorship if he is able to attend. The gym offers sessions in Taekwondo, kickboxing, exercise classes, and personal training for fitness and weight control. For details call 0759 8505299.

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DOWNEND & Frenchay Tennis Club (DFTC) is a friendly club set within the grounds of Frenchay Cricket Club with four floodlit all weather outdoor courts providing plenty of opportunity to play tennis. The club offers a range of coaching and fitness options for both adults and juniors. Once you have learned to play, it is a skill you will have for life. Whatever your age and ability, you can get your game, set and match on at DFTC. Established in 1906, Downend & Frenchay Tennis Club (formerly Downend & Fishponds LTC) has a long history and counts ex Davis Cup Captain, Paul Hutchins, as a former member. Two years ago, the club relocated from the lower end of Cleeve Hill to the grounds at Frenchay Cricket Club. Today, the club offers a comprehensive coaching programme for players at all levels from junior to club league players. One of our members, Maria Budin, has been coached at the club since a child and had an opportunity to play at Wimbledon this year. Maria and her partner received a main draw wild card into the junior doubles event, unfortunately losing in the first round to the number one seeds. Courts are available for play from 8am to 10pm every day. Floodlights are free for all members. We offer excellent coaching as well as social tennis, with regular club nights and social

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Top learner title goes to The city gardener Syria refugee By Tim Barton

NOW that the harvest is well and truly over, the nights are closing in for another winter. I find the long winter months quite trying and there is no happier time for me than at the end of March when the clocks return to British Summer Time, and we see life return to the land. It may be the lack of light, when many of us leave for work in the dark and return again after the sun has set. Or maybe it’s just the fact that I have to curtail the time I can spend in my garden. For whatever reason though, there is a bit of me that sinks when I think of how long these months seem compared to those of summer. The garden is set such that there isn’t a total dearth of beauty though, keeping a little winter interest is always a good idea. Be it in the form of some Cornus with its flame coloured stems or even just the spent seed heads of the Achillea, leaving some structure when all else has faded away is one way of keeping it all feeling special. It’s also a nice way to provide habitats for insects, that in turn feed other animals, so don’t cut it all back just yet, it may look dead, but it can still look good. There is a temptation to strip it all back to the bare soil and make it neat again, but there is no need and there can still be a beauty in the retired herbaceous plants, albeit devoid of the summer colour, but no less enjoyable for their structure.

and walking in my spare time. I often feel like there is no time for such pleasures so the quiet Winter days are an ideal time to enjoy the outside. There is a lovely quote that says “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing”, and at no other time of year is that more apt, unless maybe you find yourself in Spain, in June, with a duffel coat. Although as I write this in October we’ve had more use for shorts and T-shirts than a thick sweater. As we have very little snow here in the south west, I often take a trip to somewhere like North Wales in search of some. You can be pretty certain that in a month or so, when you get to 900m up Snowdon, you find something akin to snow, if you’re lucky you’ll have a blizzard, and that is when the winter blues get well and truly blown away. Get to the top and it’ll be frozen block of ice, although with the current climate, even that pleasure maybe something that’ll I’ll relish for not too much longer.

beans that will quite happily sidle through the cold months, and give you a good head start next year. When the beans are planted, here are November's tasks to keep you busy.

The allotments are also now getting stripped back and prepared for another year, the last cut of the grass has been done and all of the pumpkin removed. Most of the beds are getting covered, either with green or well rotted manure and a light proof membrane. This will make sure that it’s all in perfect condition to kick off again next year. Although it’s play getting too late to plant any Enjoy unlimited That’s not to say that I don’t like hardy annuals as there isn’t time BadmintonforCourse winter, for meon this our is the perfect them to germinate and grow at time for getting outfor into £30 the hills all, there are a few things like broad per month

There is still some time to get spring bulbs in the ground for next spring. You can find some real bargains at this time of year. Gather any fallen leaves from roses that had black spot and burn or dispose of to minimise infection next year. Lift Cannas and Dahlias to overwinter is a cool dry place. If the ground is still OK i.e. not too wet or frozen then there is just time to get some garlic in at the very beginning of the month Of course, plant some broad beans such as Aquadulce that is good over winter Clean any greenhouses that you have If it’s warm then any lawns may need a last trim, then scarify and aerate before it get’s too wet Invest in a bird feeder and set it up ready for the winter months



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A REFUGEE from Syria has been named as South Gloucestershire Community Learner of the Year. The annual event is organised to reward and celebrate achievements of people who have taken courses over the past year. Hecham Alsaiyad, 39, worked as a pharmacist back in Syria but the civil war in his country forced him to leave. He came to the UK under the refugee resettlement programme to make a new life for himself and his family. Hecham, his wife and his three children arrived in November last year and have been living in Patchway since. Keen to get on with his life, he enrolled on two English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses and also spent many hours studying English at home in his determination to excel as quickly as possible. He said: “It has been difficult at times settling into a new life but I have found that the people I have met have been friendly and very supportive.” Hecham also has aspirations to go to university and is interested in researching stem cell science. Council chairman Ian Blair said: “One of my charities this year is Borderlands, an organisation which reaches out to refugees and asylum seekers who need help to settle in to communities, so I’m delighted to see Community Learner of the Year go Hecham who has overcome so many difficulties to succeed in this new chapter of his life.” communitylearning



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Testing times for Mangos MANGOTSFIELD United are appealing for locals to give their support as they try to end a terrible run of form. As Downend Voice went to print, the team had managed to stop the rot after losing six games in a row, including early exits from the FA Trophy and the Gloucestershire Senior Cup. They beat Larkhall Athletic 3-1 at home on October 21 but remain close to the bottom of the league. New manager Wayne Thorne has made a considerable number of changes to the playing squad he inherited and it is hoped that results will improve once the new players settle in. Thorne wants Cossham Street to become a fortress - so members of local scout groups are being invited to attend a match for free on November 14 in an effort to swell the crowd. Martin Preedy, from the club, said any scout groups interested in the offer for the Cinderford Town fixture should contact him on 07887 532 826 “There is no doubt that Wayne has made his mark and match performances are showing signs of improvement,” he said. • Tuesday 31 October v Bideford 7.45pm • Saturday 4 November v Cirencester Town 3pm • Tuesday 14 November v Cinderford Town 7.45pm • Saturday 25 November v Kidlington 3pm

Basketball offers strong net gains TWO basketball teams from Bristol Metropolitan Academy have scooped European titles. The under 14s and under 16s both won their tournaments at an international event in Belgium, beating teams from Belgium, Holland, France and Sweden. The success in the Flanders Coast Trophy was a boost for Bristol Met's basketball programme, which has its foundations in attendance and behaviour. All the players have to have a 4.3 behaviour average, 96 per cent and above attendance and good punctuality. If these standards are dropped then they will not play for the team. Five players have now been selected for their national sides: Nassim Ladjimi represented

Tunisia U17s vs Algeria U17s in August; Marvin Dinnall has been selected for U16 England training camp; Kacey Cox has been selected for U15 England training camp; and Nathan Symons and Hasan Ali has been selected for U16 Wales training camp. Tom Hooper, head of PE, said: “I am massively proud of the work of the PE department, th coaching staff and of course the students who have put a lot of hard work and effort into this ground breaking project. I hope that players will go on to play for their national teams which will be a massive achievement, but it is important to me that their effort and behaviour in regard to their studies is maintained and continued.”

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Raising a glass (or three) of rosé Blog 45 – French wine and tennis elbow TO start I would like to thank Mike for writing last month’s blog whilst I was busy taking the family on holiday to the south of France. It was a cracking two weeks planted in the middle of a rosé vineyard country with my whole family. It’s the first time that my Mum, Dad, Brother and all associated family members have been on holiday together in years. We stayed in a villa on a campsite and we had all the perfect ingredients for a lovely family holiday. The weather was nice, the travel was smooth, the kids were well behaved (so were the grandparents!) the food was top notch and the wine was even better. The local vineyard was selling 10L of some decent rosé for 23 euros, in English money that’s about £1.50 per bottle. Not that I condone too much drinking of course but when in Rome… We have now said farewell and thankyou to our chiropractors Iain and Hannah Crombie, who been working at Cleve Chiropractic. They are off on the next phase of their journey to live and work nearer their family in Exeter. I first met Iain treating him at Colston’s School back when he was 16, guided him into Chiropractic and then gave him a job when he left university. Shortly afterwards his girlfriend (now wife!) joined us to

form a strong team that lasted for five years. Now that they have left I am pleased to say that our two new chiropractic associates Michael Jordan and Jack Withey have settled in nicely. I am very proud to say that both Mike and Jack are locals and I helped them on their journey into Chiropractic university. They are now offering their world class help and latest techniques to Mangotsfield and the surrounding areas including Downend, Emersons Green, Lyde Green and the wider community. Since my return I have been using the shockwave machine to great effect. Last month Mike talked about how fantastic it is for Plantar Fasciitis (pain under the sole of the foot) and Achilles Tendonitis. Since then I have also been trying out its research proven benefits for tennis elbow. Conveniently I have had a number of patients willing to offer up their elbows for my experience. The results, as before with shockwave, have been wondrous. Tennis elbow is a notoriously difficult condition to treat, with some poor NHS treatment options like injections and surgery. Chiropractic and physiotherapy have been proven to work but often take time. Conversely with shockwave, I have had almost unbelievable results in one treatment. Patients have reported to me that their symptoms have

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reduced by 80-90 per cent after just their first treatment. The research shows that full benefit would come from three to five treatments with shockwave, although at Cleve Chiropractic we believe, where possible, in getting patients better fast so the fewer treatments you need the better! Shockwave is in no way pain free. It is often an achy treatment but it lasts only three min and 20 seconds for the 2000 shocks normally required, allowing time for extra conventional treatment and advice to be given. If you asked me to put up with three minutes of mild to moderate ache to alleviate my frequent or even constant pain then I, and most of my patients, definitely would. What a wonderful machine shockwave is proving to be. I look forward to telling you more as we build up our experience using the

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• Kitchens supplied & fitted or supply only • Full kitchen or fronts only • Worktops • Fitted Wardrobes • Door Hanging • Skirting • Stairs & Balustrades • Laminate & Wood Flooring • All aspects of general carpentry work

CALL FOR A QUOTE - NO JOB TOO SMALL 0117 9373941 OR 07788 115945

To advertise, contact Gary on 0779 946 1169 Or 0117 907 8585. Email:



Got News? Call Jayne On 0788 0731148


November, 2017 CYCLES





Mobile Repairs - We Come2U! Comfort Cycles 07963



Electricians & Alarm Specialists

Home Audio • Domestic • Commercial Industrial Contractor

T: 07894 685 623


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Misted Unit Replacement Service For the replacement of misted or broken glass units Window hinges & handles replaced/door adjustments Air trickle vents fitted to window frames to reduce condensation / mould problems All parts guaranteed Full window refurbishment service All areas of Bristol covered - No job too small / call Tom

07968 261344 / 0117 9567318


THE REWIRING SPECIALISTS FREE Rewires and Repairs ESTIMATES PIR Security Lighting Testing Certificates Building Society Wiring Reports FRIENDLY, HONEST AND PROFESSIONAL

atom electrical specialist domestic installers

All types of domestic electrical work undertaken, from changing a light fitting to full rewires. For an efficient, friendly, reliable, local electrical service...

call Oliver on 07747866436 or 01179602974

FREE Quotations


0117 956 3285

0117 303 9000

Full housge rewirrainnteed at a all work gu t prices s e b e th

Our electricians can also provide extra sockets, low voltage halogen lighting, electrical testing, landlord certificates, kitchen and bathroom electrical work, garden lighting and all your electrical needs

0117 956 0695 / 07770 233475



Carpet Cleaning Fabric Upholstery Cleaning CARPETS DRY IN 30 MINUTES!

Current Offer


1 Room £50 3 Rooms £85 House/Flat from £99 Hard Flooring from £80

Trusted Trader

07976 665448


1 Armchair 2 Seater Sofa 3 Seater Sofa 3 Piece Suite

£30 £40 £45 £85

Nick / Alison at A Carpet Cleaning Service Ltd

07812 730346



DAMAGED OR NEED REPLACING Call Nick on 0117 2872392

Experts in

200 Overndale Road, Downend Bristol BS16 2RH Mobile



Vinney Green Farmhouse Emersons Green BS16 7AF

For all your Property and Garden Maintenance Give Todd Marsden a call on

0797 6711 290 or 0117 935 2332 FOR A FREE QUOTATION

To advertise, contact Gary on 0779 946 1169 Or 0117 907 8585. Email:


Why replace when we can repair Gutter clearance/unblocking/cleaning Free quotes NO JOB TOO SMALL CALL TOM

07968 261344 / 0117 9567318


Replacement and Maintenance:

Guttering, Downpipes UPVC Fascia Boards Soffits and Cladding Unblock & Gutter Cleaning All work guaranteed Based in Bristol area Call Paul for free quote

01454 850201 or 07980 001109

Got News? Call Linda On 0777 0700579





Tel: 003 Tel:07592 07592 506 506 003

City and Guilds Qualified

1/4 Load £89

Affordable | Reliable | Professional Free Quotations

Half Load £139

Tel: 07900 551199

3/4 Load £179


Full Load £199



K.A.R.S Auto




House, Garden, Office Clearance

House, Garden, Office Clearance - Plus Plus All Your Other Waste Removal Needs too! all other cheaper than a skip. waste removalOn-Average On average cheaper than a skip


November, 2017


Mobile Mechanic



Third generation family business offering professional exterior and interior painting and decorating services locally.

Traditionally trained Quality workmanship Paperhanging specialist Friendly and reliable Competitively priced

At home or at work, I come to you! All Bristol and Bath postcodes covered! Vehicle Servicing, Vehicle Repairs, Diagnostics, MOTs arranged and more!

07582 174798 E-mail: Mobile:

Call Steve Painter on:

01179 565 190 / 07853 250 035




South Gloss Decorating

Professional Decorating Local Qualified tradesmen Internal & External Decorating Fast, reliable & friendly service Fully insured

Free Quotations

Call Scott 07515 523 623 0117 3824411

Jason Lee Qualified Painter & Decorator No Job too small Free No obligation quote Telephone:

07474573780 0117 2792264

Taps, Washers Toilets, Cisterns Leaks, Blockages Tanks, Overflows Lead Pipes, Stopcocks….etc… OAP DISCOUNTS and NO VAT


957 5092


Painters & Decorators

Interior and Exterior

Affordable, Reliable, Professional Contact: Dave Beauchamp Tel: 0117 956 9932 Mob: 07739 382 524 E-Mail: Facebook:


J L Painting & Decorating





We’ve got a rating of 9.89 out of 10 on


To advertise, contact Gary on 0779 946 1169 Or 0117 907 8585. Email:

Got News? Call Jayne On 0788 0731148


November, 2017





J.A. Cole & Sons A MURPHY Your Local Gas, Boiler and Heating Engineers FLAT ROOFING Tree Surgeons • Boiler Installation • Central Heating Installation • Gas Boiler Servicing

• Boiler Repairs • Gas Fires • Safety Certificates

Call Dan on

0117 214 0949


OsbOrne & sOns

Handyman & Property Services

No job too small - Inside and out - give us a shout

Call Tony - 0777 6188595

Mastic | Asphalt | Felt Roofing Contractors Downend based BS16 6AP Over 40 years experience References available on request

TEL: 0117 956 1015 MOBILE: 07976 442703 SHOWER REPAIRS

Shower installations All makes supplied Installed, repaired Replacement units


07976 665448

Apricot Electrical

200 Overndale Road, Downend Bristol BS16 2RH Mobile

0117 956 3285 TREE SERVICES


Professional Quality Tree Work at Affordable Prices • Fully qualified and insured • Free No Obligation quotation • All aspects of tree and hedge work carried out

• Over 7 years industry experience • Friendly and efficient • No job too small or too tall

Tel: 07725 951006 web: e-mail:



J.B. Tree Care


Landscaping Trees, shrubs and hedges planted, trimmed and tidied. Fencing supplied and erected


Driveways Tarmac and block paving, gravelling, path and patio steam cleaning

✆ 07779 786072

Memories From Tape Locally based - Personal service Videotape to DVD & Movie File VHS, S-VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, Video8, Hi8, Digital8, MiniDV & DVCAM Compact Cassette to CD and Audio File E: T: 0117 251 0069

Lavender House, 1 Wheelers Patch, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7JL



Give Nigel a call he’s local and has a wealth of experience

Approved Contractor



0117 9567298 07768 973291

BROKEN SHOWER? Apricot Showers






• Tree Surgery • Hedge & Shrub work • Precision Felling • Size Reduction • Fully insured • Domestic & Commercial .

Tree Care Size reduction, crossed, diseased and shaded branches removed. Diseased and dangerous trees sectioned and removed

Garden Clearance and rubbish removal – registered

Waste Carrier Licence Holders

Call: Freephone 0800 303 2215 Mob: 07774 047209 or 0117 9113 446

To advertise, contact Gary on 0779 946 1169 Or 0117 907 8585. Email:

Acute Waste

Professional waste removal, building, garden and general waste removal. Garden and site clearance and tree removal.

Tel: 0117 9574820 Mob: 0797 1078003



Window & Gutter Cleaning Services

n Free quotes n Competitive pricing n Commercial and domestic cleaning n Ladder–less cleaning system n Environmentally friendly cleaning methods

Contact Anthony Suitters

Mobile: 07584122449


Got News? Call Linda On 0777 0700579

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River Frome Travis Perkins




Duck Pond

Cross Hands Pub

Down Road Cuckoo Lane

Petrol Station

To Emersons Green Willy Wicket Pub

• MOT testing • Air Con service & purification • Servicing – All makes and models including Hybrid cars • Engine Diagnostic • Free courtesy car • Tyres, Exhausts and batteries fitted while you wait

Call us today for a competitive quote or book online

01454 777 777 Station Yard, Hicks Common Road, Winterbourne, BS36 1EJ


Mon-Fri 8.30 to 17.30pm & Sat 8.301pm

CHECk OuT Our SpECiAl OFFErS pAgE ONliNE wiT H AN MOT & SErviCE STArTiNg FrOM £114.00

HHHHH 4.93 star rating verified on groupon Oct 2017

Downend Voice November 2017  

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