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Soccer legend backs charity appeal Liverpool legend and Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness visited Mangotsfield United for former player Nick Tanner's book launch. The event raised money for the Prostate Cancer UK charity. PAGE 79

Mum Rachel is on the write lines Downend mum and occupational therapist Rachel White has written a book to help children who have co-ordination difficulties. PAGE 12

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Technical hitch SWIPE-CARD technology comes to Emersons Green and Staple Hill libraries this month but its launch at Downend has been delayed. South Gloucestershire Council is reducing staffed opening hours at eight libraries initially from October 1. Users will be able to get in for 11 hours a day, seven days a week using a system known as Open Access.They will first need to receive an induction to the system at one of the libraries where it is installed. Downend was shut for two weeks to install the technology but more needs to be done. A council spokesman said: "Downend library will get Open Access technology, but this will be later in the year as the installation of the technology is more complex in that building." All libraries have new staffed opening hours - check online. The council has brought in the changes in an effort to save £500,000 a year. The new system comes after a lengthy consultation, in which hundreds of people opposed reducing staffed hours.

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Bags snatched from women aged 94 and 80 POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two elderly women had their handbags snatched in Downend. Both incidents happened in Downend Road between about 11am and 11.15am on Tuesday September 5. In the first, an 80-year-old was pulled to her knees when a man grabbed her bag from her shoulder and tried to run off with it. He dropped it after a member of the public gave chase and it was returned to the woman. She was left with grazes and bruising and was taken to hospital by ambulance for a check-up. The second incident happened at a bus stop, where a 94-year-old was waiting. A man took her bag from her trolley and was driven away in a silver people carrier. The lady was uninjured but upset by the theft. Officers investigating the incident later found a silver

people carrier in Goffenton Drive, Oldbury Court, and recovered the bag in bushes nearby. A man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and theft two days later and later released under investigation. T/DS Tom Williams said: “We’d like to thank the members of the public who stepped in to help both of these ladies, and who have given us statements about what happened. It’s clear the community here will stand up for vulnerable people. “We’re keen to hear from anyone else with information which could help our investigation, especially who may have seen the vehicle or the bag being abandoned in the Goffenton Drive area.” Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch through the police website, www.avonandsomerset., or calling 101 quoting reference 5217203134.

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BRISTOL'S Lord Mayor Lesley Alexander, the WI and Esther Rantzen are among a host of people and organisations leading a drive to combat loneliness and isolation, especially among older people. We highlight a couple of local initiatives on pages 32 and 33 of this edition. We are fortunate in this area to have an incredible number of activities taking place that people can join - just look at the range on offer at Lincombe Barn alone! Our pages every month list many of the options available and highlight the work of churches and other organisations to welcome people into the fold. Nevertheless, it's not always easy to step out alone and join a group, especially if you have been ill or bereaved. So, as the nights draw in, why not look for something new you could try - and invite a


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was presented by Dame Janet Trotter, LordLieutenant of Gloucester, on the left of the photo, to Lorna CarterStevens, chair of the Friends of Page Park. Also pictured, Steph Purser, vice chair, Beryle Page, Councillor Shirley Potts, Peter Page, Councillor Janet Biggin, Councillor Ian Boulton and Robert Bernays, Vice LordLieutenant. Report: Page 8

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Meet Downend School's new head Tell us about yourself I have come here from The Castle School in Thornbury, another school in the CSET trust. I worked there for 19 years, most recently as deputy head. I was an English teacher and then an advanced skills teacher, working with many schools in South Gloucestershire, before becoming assistant and then deputy. What are your first impressions of Downend School? I was fortunate to be able to spend time here in the summer term, working with the outgoing head Mark Fuller to ensure a seamless transition. I was immediately struck by what a happy school it was, and that impression has deepened. I am impressed by the dedication of the staff, the excellent pastoral care and - most of all - by the students. They are keen, ready to learn and proud of their school. What are your ambitions for the school? Downend had its best ever GCSE results this

year, with 63 per cent of students achieving a grade 4 or above in the new English and maths exams. I have a clear idea of how to build on the successes, and of what needs to improve to meet the challenges ahead. I want to continue to raise students’ aspirations and confidence, and ensure everyone is supported and challenged so they can flourish. What are the challenges you face? Like all schools, we have to cope with a new curriculum, a new grading system and immense pressure on funding. It is unprecedented, and means we must be as creative as possible, and look at everything we do and question its impact and effectiveness. Being part of the trust is a big help, as we can work collaboratively and support one another. What's the plan for your first 100 days? We have a school improvement plan for the whole year, with a clear vision and priorities for all staff to follow. It is constantly under review to ensure we are effective and efficient. Downend School headteacher Lisa Howell

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n NEWS A FATHER of two young children has launched an ambitious plan to raise £25,000 for charity despite undergoing treatment for cancer. Tom Bird, 31, was diagnosed with high grade Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in April and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment ever since. Despite his ordeal, he says he wants to "give something back" in recognition of the support he has been given by his family, friends, employer and hospital staff. Tom, who lives with wife Janie, daughter Sophia, three, and son Reuben, one, is planning three charity events in a bid to reach his target - a family fun day at Pomphrey Hill, a mass headshave at Cleve Rugby Club and an internet auction of shirts from all 92 football league clubs. Proceeds from the three events will be split between Macmillan and The Forever Friends Appeal, which is raising money for a new cancer centre at Bath RUH, where Tom is being treated. Tom, who lives in Cadbury

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‘Cancer won’t stop me raising £25,000 for charity’ Heath, is being helped by his parents Alan and Sandra, from Downend, and his sister Johanna Noble, 33, who lives in Fishponds, who have been visiting local businesses to get their support for the fundraising campaign. Tom, a dispatcher for Avon and Somerset Police, discovered a lump under his right arm while he was showering. His GP thought it was just fatty tissue but decided to send him for a scan at Southmead Hospital just to double check. The scan was inconclusive so doctors gave Tom an MRI scan which revealed the lump could be cancerous. More tests were carried out and Tom was told the heartbreaking news that he had high grade Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph

system around the blood. "It was a massive shock," said Tom. "No one thinks it's going to happen to them, especially at my age as this type of disease mainly affects people over the age of 65." To date Tom has received six rounds of chemotherapy and will start 15 sessions of radiotherapy around mid September. At the end of September he will be given a scan which will tell him how well the treatment has worked. Tom, a Bristol Rovers supporter, heard about a campaign to build a cancer centre while he was undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Bath RUH and thought it might be something he could get involved in. Although he hasn't used the services offered by cancer charity

Macmillan, he was impressed with the work it does so decided he would try to raise as much as he could and split proceeds between the two charities. Tom said: "It was a bit of a distraction for me, really. I wanted to keep my mind active as well. I don't want to sit around feeling sorry for myself I want to do something I can get my teeth into.” Tom is optimistic about his future: "The lump was massive but now I can't feel anything there, and neither can doctors, but until I have the scan, I won't know for sure. "I'm a very optimistic person. When I found out I had a little cry and my daughter came up to me and said 'It's going to be all right, daddy'. I made a decision there and then that I

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wasn't going to cry in front of the kids again - I was going to be strong for everyone. I've got such amazing family and friends and that's half the battle. They keep me positive." Tom's first fundraising event, the family fun day, takes place at Pomphrey Hill, Mangotsfield, on Saturday September 30 from 11am-5.30pm and Tom hopes to raise around £5,000. It will feature live entertainment with a magician and singers, barbecue, bouncy castle, tombola, raffle and hairbraiding. Tom said: “I wanted to organise a family fun day to say thanks to all the people who have supported me through this.” Tom will follow that with an attempt to break the world record for highest the number of simultaneous headshaves on November 18 at Cleve Rugby Club in Mangotsfield. The record is 329, set by a Canadian cancer charity, but Tom is aiming to get at least 350 people on board. The last event is the auction of football shirts. Tom has been in touch with


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the 92 Premiership and English Football League Clubs to ask for signed shirts. “ I've already got well over 80 pledges of shirts from clubs so haven't got too many left. I'm now waiting for the transfer window to close so the shirts can be up to date. I'm looking to get the shirts in by the end of September so I can auction them off at the start of October. I don't think it's ever been done before; the closest seems to be some police officers in Cambridge who managed to get 72 so it will be quite a challenge. "My aim is to raise a total of £25,000, which is quite a big whack. If we can get 350 people involved in the headshave and they each raise £100 each then we should be able to exceed the target. "Cancer is one of the biggest battles in life and if I can remain positive in the face of that, then there's nothing that's not achievable." • To find out more about getting involved in Tom's fundraising campaign, contact him via Facebook at



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Page Park volunteers celebrate award of a right royal accolade The Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter has presented the Friends of Page Park with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest honour for voluntary groups in the UK. The Friends were nominated for their efforts since 1999 to restore the historic park in Staple Hill, which resulted in successfully receiving a £1.6m Heritage Lottery grant for the recent improvements. The people who put forward the nominations and others who wrote letters of support were invited to join the Friends for the presentation ceremony in the Bean Tree Cafe in the new community building at the park. Also there were Beryle Page and Peter Page, relatives of Alderman William Page who gave the 19-acre open space to the community in 1910. Steph Purser, vice-chair

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of Friends of Page Park, said "It's an honour. We hope it will inspire other groups to take on various causes and work to improve everyone's lives. “Volunteers are very important - without them the world wouldn't work"We've put a lot of time and effort into Page Park and we are very lucky to have been awarded the Heritage Lottery grant, and now, this award. It's nice to have some recognition for what we are doing for the community and how much we are improving it. "We hope the difference we're making in Page Park is making a difference to everybody's lives." "It can only go on if people get involved and we really need new members - especially young members - as there's still a lot to do." Anyone interested in joining the Friends should make contact via their website www.

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Free exercise and support offer for cancer survivors A FREE exercise class is being offered in Staple Hill to help people in the community who have been touched by cancer. Karen Davis, who has over 16 years’ experience in working for cancer charities, plans to run a low impact Zumba Gold class in The Nest Community Room in Page Park. Karen hopes her experience in working with patients and her love of teaching Zumba as a qualified instructor will come together to offer support. The class will start on Monday October 2 and will be a 45- minute class that will start at midday each Monday in termtime. Karen said: "I have seen first-hand how very difficult it can be when patients have been given a diagnosis of cancer and also how treatment and recovery affects everybody in a different way. Zumba Gold offers the most uplifting music with wonderful dance moves and will hopefully provide support to those whose lives have been touched by cancer.”

The class is free and there will be no pressure to participate weekly or for the duration; chairs will be available and patients are welcome to bring a friend with them at no charge. “It will be a great introduction to exercise and help body and mind surrounded by the Sensory Garden in Page Park,” said Karen, who lives with her family at home near the park. “I would like to thank the Bean Tree Café for their support in this community initiative and would express a warm welcome to everybody who may wish to come along. Please feel free to turn up on the day or contact me on 07799 628308 for a chat beforehand.”

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Pop along for park's Pumpkin Patch day FAMILIES are being invited to pop along to Page Park and take part in an autumnal fun day later this month. Friends of Page Park have organised a Pumpkin Patch event on Saturday October 28 from 11am-3.30pm. People can take part in a carved pumpkin competition by bringing along their own creations. There will also be a fancy dress competition for youngsters. This will be split into two categories - best home-made costume and best purchased/professional costume. DJ Del Boy will be playing tunes from the bandstand along with children's activities and a magic show. There will also be games, rides, a real owl and owl talk, Thriller dance classes in the Nest and facepainting. Steph Purser, vice chair of the Friends, said: "We wanted to organise a fun day to bring people out into the park in autumn. "Hopefully it will be a lovely autumn day with all the various coloured leaves in the park. "It's going to be fantastic, a real celebration of autumn in Page Park." The Friends are looking for anyone who would like to set up a stall linked to autumn, pumpkins or nature. They are also keen to enlist the skills of a pumpkin carver. Anyone who is interested should contact the Friends via their website

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John nominated for HE'S been fundraising tirelessly for a charity close to his heart for eight years. Now it appears John Billitteri's efforts have not gone unnoticed. For John has just been nominated for ITV Fundraiser of the Year as part of the annual Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards. If he's successful, John will go forward to the national awards hosted by celebrity brainbox Carol Voderman which will be televised at the end of the month. John has raised more than £70,000 over the years for Help for Heroes, a charity supporting British service men and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. His latest campaign sees him cycle around the city in a bid to collect one million pennies - or £10,000. He can also be spotted with his bike and trailer at numerous

local events, such as Staple Hill's Armed Forces Day and the annual Christmas on the Hill. John's previous fundraisers have been a little more intrepid though and he lists climbing Kilimanjaro, a Bristol to London bike ride and a daredevil skydive among his many charity achievements. He has also boosted the coffers over the years through regular entertainment nights and events where he performs as singer Frankie Johns. John, who lives in Kingswood, said he was "over the moon" to be nominated. "I was shocked at first but now I feel really proud. "I have been fundraising for Help for Heroes for eight years and have enjoyed every minute of it. It's a fantastic charity and something I feel we need to keep supporting because these men and women need our help to get

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n NEWS A DOWNEND mum could help thousands of children who have coordination difficulties with her recently published book for parents and professionals. Rachel White, 45, a paediatric occupational therapist, came up with the idea after working with children in schools in Bristol. The 256-page tome, called Helping Children to Improve Their Gross Motor Skills, was six years in the making and is aimed to help any child with coordination difficulties, such as children with a dyspraxia diagnosis, global developmental delay, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities or autism. The book features hundreds of activities to help youngsters do things more able bodied children take for granted, such as ride a scooter, throw a ball or hop. Each activity is broken down in small, simple steps with the idea that children can build their skills through practice and repetition with an adult supporting them until they reach a point where they can join in with their mainstream peers. Rachel said: "The book doesn't look at children of a specific age and say they should be at a certain stage. It's all about skills that children want to learn and taking it from its first very basic steps. So, for example, one of the programmes teaches children how to throw and catch a tennis ball but they would actually start by catching a balloon. It's all about taking it right back to basics and building skills in a step-by-step way. "The value of the book is that it's a very practical resource with lots of ideas and activities that are fun for children as well as for the adults working with them." It has already received rave

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Before the book was published it went through a year-long piloting process with various schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. SENCOs from the schools gave Rachel feedback on how they found the programmes which further formed the process of developing the book. Rachel said: "Through the book children can get to the stage where they feel more confident in getting involved in leisure activities where it might have been difficult for them before because they hadn't been that motivated to try. "One of the great pleasures of my job is when we hold a bike group and I'm running alongside a child and I let go and see them sail off. You can see that freedom and independence in their faces; they are just so delighted with themselves." The book turned out to be very much a local affair with Downend up-and-coming photographer Fiona GeorgesonPowell and Rachel's husband Terry taking the photos which are used throughout. And if the young faces who appear in the book look familiar, that's because they are all 'models' from Stanbridge Primary School, where Rachel's daughters, Phoebe, eight, and five-year-old Keira, attend. Rachel said: "It's got a real local feel to it. It even has photos of the swings and table tennis table at Page Park. There was lots of local input." Rachel will hold a launch party later this month at the Bean Tree Cafe in Page Park and invited guests will include Rachel's NHS colleagues who contributed to the book, school staff who were involved in the piloting process and children and their parents from Stanbridge primary. "There won't have been a time when they've all been in the same room so everyone can see what a community went into the building of the book." Helping Children to Improve Their Gross Motor Skills is available on Amazon.

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Badminton Road Methodist Church reopens THE ambitious revamp of Badminton Road Methodist Church is complete and the church is set to reopen on October 15. Services have been taking place in the annexe while the work has been carried out to create a modern and welcoming space for the community and a dedicated church area. The Minister, the Rev Pearl Luxon, said the upgrading the refurbishment of the 1960s building had taken nearly a year - but the completion of the work was only the start.

“We are ready to share this wonderful new building with the community. Our Creations Project is ready for the next phase,” she said. “This project has always had the aim of building community and caring for it in new and better ways. So we are looking carefully at ways in which we can serve and be used for the benefit

of a wide range of different groups who need to meet or to come and chat and find friends.” All are welcome to the rededication and reopening on October 15 at 3pm, which will be followed by a tea. If you would like to book the premises or talk about their use, please call Pearl on 0117 907 5933 . or to book rooms email

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n NEWS WHILE families up and down the country were making the most of one of the hottest August bank holidays on record, 11 cyclists from Downend were making a 100 mile ride raising money in memory of a local teenager. The sponsored cycle raised more than £13,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a charity working to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The bike ride was in memory of Downend teenager James Hedge who died in January 2016 of Diabetic Ketoacidosis following a leakage in the insulin pump he was using. He was diagnosed as Type 1 diabetic at three-years-old and died aged just 18. The riders included James’ dad, Bob, and brother Patrick, aged 15. They were joined by Jonny Davis, Adam Barber and his son Oran, Matt Condon and his son Mike, Andrew Serle and his son William as well as Nigel Hodges and Ade Pearce. The group are a mix of experienced cyclists and novices aged from 15 to 51. The cyclists set off from St

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downendvoice high. Jonny and Bob both have other family members living with Type 1 diabetes. Jonny’s eldest son, Thomas, 13, was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was eight. James was a role model to Thomas, offering him guidance especially in the early days of diagnosis. JDRF provides information and support to people living with Type 1 diabetes and their families. The charity is working to find a cure and ultimately eradicate it. It also funds research for new treatments so the everyday lives of patients can be improved. The St Augustine’s community in Downend has dedicated 2017 to raising money for JDRF in memory of James. Several people have taken on physical challenges including running the London Marathon and an 80m freefall abseil. Other events have included a pamper evening, quiz night, family walk and cake sales. James’ family say they are very appreciative of the love and support shown by so many.


Telling wondrous stories in wool A UNIQUE interpretation of some of the scripture tales in wool is on show this month. The Bible Yarns project was the idea of Mary Webb, who attends St Anne’s church in Syston. She has co-ordinated knitters from four churches and beyond to make hundreds of knitted figures and create scenes telling well-known stories. These will be on display during the weekend of October 14 and 15. St James Church, Mangotsfield will open its doors on Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday noon-4pm for the family friendly event. Refreshments and a children’s corner will be available a At St James Church you will be able to see the story of Jesus’ birth and can then move on to St Barnabas Church in Warmley to see the Creation, great Flood and some of the parables and miracles. St. Anne’s Church in Syston will have displays from some of the parables and miracles and at St Mary’s Church in Bitton you will be able to view stories relating to the crucifixion and resurrection. Bible Yarns will move to the Nave Aisles at Bristol Cathedral for the entire month of August 2018 when you will be able to see all the scenes again in one place.

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Appeal for reading volunteers A PROJECT in which retired people go into schools to support children with reading is looking for more volunteers in Downend, Emersons Green and Staple Hill. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) helps pupils become fluent and confident readers and also make reading fun. The organisation, which is part of the national charity Volunteering Matters and specialises in volunteering for those aged 50 plus, is already working in South Gloucestershire, including at Blackhorse Primary in Emersons Green, and would like to put volunteers into more schools. It is also active in schools in Bristol, Bath and North Somerset, To find out more look at www. , contact joan. or phone 01225 314860.

More than 6,000 children took part in the Summer Reading Challenge in South Gloucestershire Libraries. Emersons Green Councillor Rachael Hunt, the vice chair of the council, said the Animal Agents scheme had been a great success.

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AN event was held at the new park and ride site in Lyde Green to encourage more commuters to use the facility. The Bromley Heath Viaduct team were on hand to give more details about the road works, the bus services that use the site and the provision available for cyclists. Dr Bike was in attendance to give free bike checks. Best of all, the first 100 visitors could also enjoy a free bacon sandwich. As the Voice reported in August, since the park and ride on Willowherb Road opened in July it has been practically empty on several occasions, with several residents complaining about buses being cancelled or driving past the site without stopping. Speaking at the event, Mark King, South Gloucestershire Council’s Head of StreetCare and Transport said: “In light of the Bromley Heath Viaduct works, today’s event is all about encouraging people to leave their cars at home and use their bike or the bus to get to work, in order to help ease traffic congestion in the area. “So far this morning we have completed four repairs to bikes, and spoken to several people about our free bike loan scheme which is great. “We have a fantastic park and ride facility

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n NEWS PEOPLE who fly tip will be prosecuted - that's the message from South Gloucestershire Council as the authority continues its war against wasterelated offences. The council has recently prosecuted two further offenders, saying there is no excuse for fly tipping when local refuse centres are open seven days a week. Carl Gillespie, of Sherwood Road, Speedwell, was taken to court by the authority's environmental protection team after fly tipped building waste was discovered in Cattybrook Lane, Mangotsfield last September. Evidence found at the fly tip and subsequent enquiries identified that the waste had been left with Gillespie, who attended the council’s offices for interview where he fully admitted the offence. He claimed that he’d been employed on a building site and had agreed to properly dispose of the waste but fly tipped it in a nearby lane. He was fined £480, plus a £48 victim surcharge and costs of £952. Luke Mort, of Sandstone Rise, Winterbourne, fly tipped household waste including cardboard, drink cans, magazine and paper waste at Mill Road in Winterbourne between February 22 and March 9, 2017. Letters and a magazine which was personally addressed to the defendant led to his identity during the investigation. Mort admitted the offence when he pleaded guilty in court and was fined £100 and ordered to pay £450 in costs. Both cases were heard at Bristol Magistrates' Court. South Gloucestershire Council’s cabinet member for

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Communities and Tourism, Cllr Heather Goddard, said: "There is no excuse for fly tipping which is why our ongoing campaign against offenders continues. It is an issue that affects our communities and harms the local environment, but could so easily be avoided as our Sort It centres are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, seven days a week. "The duty of care to ensure the proper disposal of waste rests with everyone. Businesses and residents are advised to only give their rubbish to an Environment Agency registered waste carrier. Contractors should ensure that they hold a Registered Waste Carriers Licence, dispose of

waste in the correct manner and that they comply with the Waste Transfer Note requirements." You can carry out these simple steps to make sure your waste is disposed of legally: • Ask for a copy of the company’s waste carrier registration certificate and ask where the waste is being taken. Legitimate firms will be happy to provide this information. Do not be tempted to use people offering cheap waste clearance on sites such as Facebook and Gumtree unless you have confirmed that they are registered with the Environment Agency • Check whether the waste carrier is registered by calling the

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n FEATURE LOSING a child either before, during or shortly after birth is something an expectant mother never wants to think about. Yet the truth is, here in the UK, 15 babies a day are stillborn or die within four weeks of birth and in 2015 one in every 227 babies delivered was stillborn. According to research published this summer, bereaved parents do not always receive high-quality aftercare, proving there is still a lot of work to be done to improve the care, advice and information parents receive when they are given the devastating news that their baby has died. The study has come as no surprise to the charity Sands, set up to support anyone affected by the death of a baby and to improve bereavement care. But it's not all doom and gloom - the charity is making great strides, notably here in Bristol, where the local branch of the charity has just funded a much-needed £14,000 refurbishment of the Maple Suite at Southmead Hospital. The suite is a purpose-built

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Space to make memories at time room within the hospital's maternity unit which allows parents to give birth and/or spend time with their babies who have been lost either before, during, or shortly after birth. It means both parents can stay for as long as they need, with en-suite facilities and simple fixtures meaning that they have no need to leave the room once there; reducing the risk of being confronted with new babies. Kaeti Morrison, of Staple Hill, knows only too well how essential proper aftercare is to coming to terms with the trauma of losing a child. "My husband, Jeff, and I spent the night in the Maple Suite back in February 2007 after having our first daughter, Ella, who was stillborn at 37 weeks. It allowed us to be together after a very traumatic birth experience within a private, safe place, still part of the delivery suite itself but away from other mums.

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Kaeti and her husband Jeff are pictured with their daughter Ella who was stillborn at 37 weeks “As I was on the delivery suite, it meant that midwives were still on hand to help with the after effects of giving birth. Family members are able to visit and parents are able to spend time with their baby, creating memories that have to last us a lifetime, so to be in comfortable, well designed space, means everything." Kaeti, now secretary of Bristol Sands, was at the recent official opening of the new-look Maple Suite, although she found the experience of returning to the place she last held Ella hard. "These specialist suites within a maternity unit are vital for recently bereaved parents and provide a private space for them to spend invaluable time with their babies," she said. “Going back for the official opening was particularly tough

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of tragedy challenge of running a marathon with Jenny. “We wanted to raise money for Bristol Sands as they had supported my family since our devastating loss. Gabriel was born on the Maple Suite. Using this suite was so very important to me as it meant I didn't have to leave Gabriel and could be with him for the time I was in the hospital. "It was in need of refurbishment, so we set a fundraising goal of £2,500 to help contribute to the muchneeded work. After training for over 700 miles and completing the marathon we were thrilled to raise over £4,500 pounds in Gabriel's memory. "I miss him, eternally loved and never forgotten." Further contributions came from a donation of £5,000 raised by the customers and staff at the M&S branch in Broadmead. The Portishead branch of Waitrose and employee benefits provider, Unum Ltd, were also generous

Pictured at the official opening of the Maple Suite (L-R) are: Kaeti Morrison (Bristol Sands), Barbera Coles (M&S), Rachael Senneck (Bristol Sands), Charlotte Coombs (Bristol Sands) and Cathy Malloy (midwifery matron, Southmead Hospital) contributors to the project. Delivery suite matron Cathy Molloy said: “We do all we can to support families when they experience the death of their baby. It is a very difficult time for a couple and our staff endeavour to provide empathetic and sympathetic care, empowering and enabling the woman and her partner to spend as much time with their baby as they would like. The environment in achieving this is key. "A lot of thought went into the Maple Suite when it was set

up, but it had become a little tired and needed to be spruced up to improve the experience of couples. "We really appreciate the efforts of Rachael - who is such an inspirational woman - and Bristol Sands in helping us with this refurbishment." Sands is the leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity in the UK and works nationally to reduce baby deaths through promoting better maternity care and funding research. The charity also supports

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Masons give £600 to Scouts SCOUTS in Mangotsfield have been given a £600 donation to mark their 60th anniversary. The money was handed over to 67th Kingswood 1st Mangotsfield Scout Group by the Lydda Lodge at Downend Masonic Hall. Mangotsfield Explorer Scout Leader Sarah Elliott accepted the cheque from the masonic charitable fund on behalf of the scout group, which comprises beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer scouts. She said the money would go towards a fund to extend the scout hall in Mangotsfield. This donation was made from a fund set up to celebrate the tercentenary of freemasonry. Seven lodges meet at the Masonic Hall in Stapleton and eleven at Downend. Local MP Jack Lopresti, who attended the presentation, said:“I applaud the work that Lydda Lodge, as well as the other lodges based at Downend

Richard Birkwood, master of Lydda Lodge, with Sarah Elliott, from the Scouts, and MP Jack Lopresti Masonic Hall, do for their community helping local groups thrive and look forward to seeing how this donation benefits Mangotsfield Scouts.”

Mr Lopresti said Bristol Masonic Charities had recently given £700 to his fundraising efforts for CLIC Sargent, helping the fight against teenage cancer.

New site for Armed Forces Day ARMED Forces Day is on the move - in 2018 it will take place in Thornbury for the first time. South Gloucestershire’s annual celebration of the services will return to Kingswood Park the following year and will be back at Page Park in 2020. Madeleine Bills, from the Royal British Legion in Staple Hill , has now taken over as chair of the organising committee. She said: “The council are stepping back from the event so a whole new committee is now involved. "It has also been decided that the event should go more around the County of South Gloucestershire. "If anyone would like to be involved they would be welcome to contact me.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Staple Hill Pam @ Christine Peters Pam, whilst having worked in this shop previously, took over ownership of the business 3 years ago. A refit and modernisation of the shop has given it a new lease of life. Providing a wide range of ladies fashion wear and accessories from brand names Saloo and other manufaturers, they currently are stocking their autumn and winter range. A varied selection of occasion wear is available which can be complemented with silk scarves,

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handbags and jewellery. All customers old and new are welcome to pop in for a ‘browse’.

Although there will not be a parade this year, plans are well under way for street entertainment with lots of things happening in the Salvation Army, Methodist Church, Sanctury and also the You

Foundation where the Women's Section of the Royal British Legion will be having their Christmas Fayre. There will be also stalls and entertainment in the street. All the

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n NEWS WORK will start next month on the transformation of Christ Church Downend for the 21st century. The congregation will have to move out while the Building4Life project is carried out. Work is expected to last at least nine months. The last services in the church for the time being will be on November 5. The £1m+ revamp of the 1831 building has been made possible by donations, pledges and interest free loans offered by the congregation, plus grants and the sale of some assets. Mike Parsons, from the church, said: “By removing the pews, extending the welcome area, creating a second entrance at the side of the building and adding new spaces at the rear of the church, it is hoped that a much more flexible building will be created that can be used to serve the whole community of Downend. “At the same time, it will be possible to repair structural faults that have been revealed during the surveys that took

Christ Church £1m revamp to start

Bryan Ashton, Dave Moller, Rev Paul Peterson, Pete Tiltman and Geoff Staley deliver greetings from Christ Church to Pastor Mischa at Orsoaia Church in Moldova place as part of the planning process.” These additional works mean that the church is still short of its fundraising target for the project. Anyone who would


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like to contribute can do so by following the link on www. Meanwhile another new church supported by the community at Christ Church Downend has been completed. The congregation tithed its giving, enabling it to hand over £60,000 to the Orsoaia Church in Moldova. Five Christ Church members visited last month to see the new building.They were Bryan Ashton, Dave Moller, the Rev Paul Peterson, Pete Tiltman and

Geoff Staley Mr Peterson said: “Seeing first hand the way in which our gifts will impact people's lives, in rural Moldova, was a great inspiration. In an impoverished nation, the faith and hospitality of local people was a real example and challenge to us all.” • From November 12, 10.30am services move to Christ Church Junior School and other services will be at Christ Church Parish Hall, and the Church Centre in Quaker’s Rd.

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I am retired and have been married for 48 years with three children and two grandchildren. I was previously a co-ordinator in Bromley Heath Neighbourhood Watch.

Where were you born and educated?

I was born in South Bristol and was educated at St Mary Redcliffe School.

How long have you lived in the area and what do you most like about Downend & Bromley Heath? I have lived in Bromley Heath for 17 years. I love the area. It is so pleasant and peaceful, yet close to the motorway network.


What are your main hobbies and interests?

I enjoy DIY activities (major and minor) and watching sports on TV.

What do you do for employment? I have been employed in the Aerospace industry for my whole working life. During that time I have worked in many different roles.

What is your favourite holiday destination? I love going to Spain and Italy.

What sort of books do you like to read?

I don’t read books but prefer to surf the web, mainly to plan future holidays.

What kind of music to you like to listen to? I like 60’s music, especially Motown, but also like Classical FM.

Favourite food?

I like traditional English food – roasts, fish and chips – I also like puddings.

Can you describe yourself in 3-5 words? Reliable, versatile and a team player.

What motivates you?

A sense of achievement (when a task is done).

What are your strengths?

Determination – I like to see things through from start to finish.

What do you see as being your most significant accomplishment or challenge? Bringing up three children and now helping with our grandchildren.

Who do you admire and what do you admire about them? I admire the Emergency Services (Ambulance, Police & Fire) that we all take for granted.

What is your vision for Downend & Bromley Heath over the next few years? To continue supporting the transfer of South Gloucestershire Council controlled activities to the Parish Council.

SPORTS PITCHES UPDATE It has now been just over 5 months since the Parish Council took over the management and maintenance of the sports pitches and pavilions at King George V, Badminton Road and Bromley Heath Parks. So how is it working? We contacted some of the user groups of the facilities and here is what they have to say:-

“Change can be scary as it’s an unknown, but the way the Parish Council have handled the transfer of the cricket pitches to their control has been

exceptional. A new grounds maintenance contractor, changes to the charging policy, a new booking system and payment process could have caused meltdown, but it has been virtually seamless for our club. There have been the odd hiccups and teething problems but these were minor and resolved with minimum fuss. There is dialogue between both parties making the Parish Council more than an organisation only interested in hiring a facility. They want the facility to be developed and the approach is one of being keen to involve the users in what will happen in the future.” - Churchways CC “I have used the Open Play online application website to book football pitches on three of the parish council’s playing fields. I have commented to several of my colleagues about the high quality of the application and how easy it is to: navigate around; request pitch bookings and to review my existing bookings. Especially useful is that as soon as a pitch booking request is made for a particular time period then that time period immediately becomes unavailable, thus preventing others from trying to book an overlapping session which means less wasted time, frustration and thrash.” – Nigel Evans, Downend Saints “This is the first season of the new booking system, and as my job is based on systems and development, the new booking process is seamless and easy to use and follow. It makes my life as Secretary a lot easier, and gives me more visibility. Equally the link with the Parish Council is very good, and the feeling is that they are going to be pro-active which is perfect for clubs like ourselves.” – Daryl Litten, Fishponds Old Boys

COUNCIL MEETINGS 19th October, 7pm at Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend. Details of our Finance and Planning Committee meetings can be found on our website, We look forward to welcoming you to a future meeting.

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

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

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



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New service launches for the lonely DID you know that loneliness is thought to be as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day? According to Age UK, there are 1.2 million older people in England who are chronically lonely. Now a new service has launched in Bristol to give over 50s a boost to their wellbeing by helping them connect more with their community. Community Navigators Bristol offers free support to older people who want to feel less isolated and more involved in their local area. Friendly, trained ‘navigators’ will make contact with older people, get to know them and share information about what’s happening where they live. Whether it’s meeting people, becoming more active, rekindling old hobbies, volunteering or learning something new, the community navigator can point

the older person in the right direction. If the person needs extra support, the community navigator can come along with

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them when they try something for the first time. They can also support the older person with any concerns that they have about getting out and about - including safety, transport or money worries – by connecting them with other community and health services to tackle these problems. The service, which launched at Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival on Saturday September 23, provides short-term support for older people over 50 and is completely free. Funded by Bristol Ageing Better and run by a partnership of trusted local organisations, the service is available to people in their home or via phone appointments. "Connecting people with their community can give huge benefits to long-term health and

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A WOMEN'S friendship group is calling for new members to join its group and help end loneliness in the community. The Bristol Community Friendship Club has more than 600 members and hosts events throughout the year that are suitable for ladies of all ages. The main aim of the group is to connect people and to help foster new friendships for those who are feeling isolated. "At different times in life we all feel loneliness," said Gill Flower, the group's founder. "For ladies especially, you bring up the children and they fly the nest later in life and suddenly there is this empty void." Mrs Flower, from St George, explained that bereavement and retirement can also leave people lonely and without a sense of purpose. She highlighted that autumn and winter can be particularly hard as people often feel more isolated due to the poor weather and longer nights. "The good thing is that when people join us everyone comes with the mind-set that they talk


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to each other because that is what everyone is there for. "You'll be made very welcome; the first thing that you'll get is a hug, and I make sure that I introduce you to everyone and stay close to you so that everything goes well. "There's no need to walk into any event alone - I can meet you outside or I can meet one to one

for a cuppa so that you can get to know me." The group's activities include bowling, skittles, singing, lunches, movie nights and much more. It is free to join; however members must pay for their own activities. Part of Mrs Flower's work with the group is to raise funds that are either given to charity or used to allow those

that may be facing financial hardship to join in the group's activities. Plant sales, raffles and cross stitching have all been used to help raise money. Mrs Flower started the group in 2016 having been touched by a TV show about loneliness. "You've got to have things to do; you've got to have friends and a feeling of belonging. It's all about being part of the community and being part of something. It's really important for our wellbeing; everybody needs a reason to get out of bed in the morning. "We've got the best lot of girls we've have ever had and they're constantly growing true friendships. To find out more about the group, visit the Bristol Community Friendship Club Facebook page.

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Red Bus Nursery & Pre-School (Downend) opened in June 2015 and is the second setting to be opened by the owner, Liz Hogarth. Red Bus Nursery & Pre-School is a fantastic purposely designed setting with no compromises on internal and external space.

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Second '50 years of missed chances' helping to solve transport problems of Soup A CRUCIAL first step has been taken towards improving transport links for commuters in the Downend area. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA), formed earlier this year and led by the new Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, has agreed to spend £1.2m investigating the feasibility of several schemes in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and Bath & North East Somerset. These include park and rides, cycle routes, improvements at Yate and Keynsham stations, and better links between Yate and the A4174 Avon Ring Road along the A432 Badminton Road, including the extension of MetroBus to Yate. The proposals also revive the idea of a park and ride at the top of the M32, which was dropped from the first phase of MetroBus works. The WECA meeting at

Kingswood Civic Centre was told the feasibility studies were needed to gather evidence and prepare and cost the proposals for measures to improve connectivity across the area. Transport campaigners said it was important to be realistic about what could be achieved. Professor Steve West, interim chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership, which works closely with WECA, said it would be vital to work together for the best solutions. “We can’t resolve 50 years of missed opportunities and poor thinking and planning across our city region all at once. We now have the opportunity to be very radical and ambitious about the future. This is the start,” he said.

South Gloucestershire Council leader Matthew Riddle said WECA was hitting the ground running with the £1.2m transport package, which would bring potential benefits across council boundaries. Bristol cabinet councillor Nicola Beech said: “This is the start of our plans to ensure that connectivity around the region improves in the long term.” B&NES council leader Councillor Tim Warren welcomed the proposals for the A4, which he said would be a big help to people in the Keynsham area. WECA is set to look at another package of transport schemes at its meeting on October 30.

THE second Downend Soup community crowdfunding event takes place on October 3. Three ideas for improving life in the local community will be put forward and everyone present will vote for their favourite. The winner will receive all the funds donated on the night at the event, supported by businesses in Downend and Staple Hill including Melanie's Kitchen. At the first Soup in March, money went to Mothers4Mothers to establish a support group in Staple Hill for mothers experiencing post natal depression. Downend Soup 2 will be hosted by Christ Church Downend at the Parish Hall in North Street. Tickets can be reserved through www.

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A TEAM of twelve young people and youth leaders from Christ Church Downend have returned from an amazing working visit to the Haven Home orphanage and nearby mountain villages in Eastern India and would like to thank all the compassionate people in Downend, Bromley Heath, Mangotsfield and Staple Hill who donated children’s clothes, shoes and toys, along with financial gifts. The team were able to see the significant impact these gifts will make as they spent 16 days in India, covering over 10,000 miles in travel through air and over land. The main focus of the trip was to serve the communities they visited and to demonstrate God’s love in

practical ways, in so doing so, they aimed to be a blessing and an encouragement to all they met. While at Haven Home, the team set up a computer room, taught the children English and computer skills and taught the staff first aid. The team and the children had great fun playing together, especially with the parachute kindly donated by Christ Church Junior School. The team also led a fantastic sports day which everyone enjoyed. The team worked predominantly at Haven Home, but also within rural village projects where they were able to open a bore-well and run health clinics. The bore-well will make a huge difference;

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Saturday September 30 n Breakfast at Speedwell Methodist Church BS15 1ES 10am to noon. A full breakfast, or tea and homemade cake. Sunday October 1 n Harvest All Age celebration Services at Christ Church, (9.15am at Quakers Rd., 10.30am & 6.30pm at Christ Church Downend). These will be the last services in the Church building before the builders move in. All 10.30am services will be at Christ Church Junior School from Sunday October 8 until May 2018 Monday October 2 n Alpha Course, a 10 week course, with food and discussions about the Christian Faith, 7.45pm at The Youth Hub, Christ Church Parish Hall North St. BS16 5SG Find out about the Alpha Course by contacting 0117 908 9867 or email alpha@ to book a place and let us know any dietary requirements. Course starts on Monday 2 Oct and runs for 10 weeks. Tuesday October 3 n Downend Soup, Community Crowdfunding event. 7.15pm Christ Church Parish Hall, Tickets £5 from or from Christ Church Parish Office 0117 908 9867. All ticket money given to one of the three charities we hear from on the night. (Home made soup, breads & cakes served from 7.15pm) Wednesday October 4 n Mothers’ Union Bristol Porcelain talk by Roger Angerson 2.15pm Contact Christ Church Parish Office to book a place, 0117 9089867 Thursday October 5 n Downend Local History Society, Downend Folk House. Overndale Road, at 7.30 pm. Mike Britton on Images of Change from the 1930s: a talk on the changes in domestic

life over the decades.Visitors £3. Friday October 6 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at the door. Enquiries 0117 972 1426. Saturday October 7 n ‘Into Africa’ at Staple Hill Salvation Army, Broad Street, BS16 5LN, 7pm. Featuring ‘Salvation Brass’ and vocalist Gen Shaw. Tickets £5 can be reserved by contacting 07851 121 571. All proceeds will support the work of the Salvation Army in Kenya through The Kenya Trust. Tuesday October 10 n Fashion Show morning with coffee. Shirley Vaughan and members of the Machine Knitting Group. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn. 10 for 10.30am. Pay at the door. n Christ Church Fellowship: Annual Parish Harvest Supper Christ Church Parish Hall, 7.45pm. Tickets £8 from Christ Church Parish Office 01179089867 Thursday October 12 n Downend Horticultural Society AGM. 7.30pm at the Assembly hall, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA. Open to new members. Call Roger Davis 0117 9571703 or Hilary Walton 0117 9792832. n Bristol & Avon Family History Society have organised a coach to the National Archives at Kew. Anyone interested in family history may take this opportunity to further their research.   The coach leaves BAWA, Southmead Road at 7.30 am.  Seats are £25, bookable by phoning 0117 9561881.    Friday October 13 n Music for Enjoyment  Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road,  2-4pm  “Compass Points”  presented by Pam.  An afternoon of recorded music in the style of Classic FM. 

Visitors welcome £2. Saturday October 14 n Dynamic Youth, Joint local Churches event for young people 7-9.30pm Resound Church Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield, Bristol BS16 9BP. More info from https:// Sunday October 15 n Grand reopening of Badminton Road Methodist Church, service at 3pm followed by tea. All welcome. n Face Painting Jam at You Foundation, Page Road, Staple Hill. Competitions and demonstrations. Body painting and Blood and Gore workshops.10am to 4 pm. Tel 0117 956 0805 for more information. Tuesday October 17 n Bereavement Support Group, Chat, Refreshments and Support in the Youth Hub at Christ Church Parish Hall 1-3pmpm. Newcomers welcome. More information available from the Parish Office 0117 9089867 or just turn up and meet Val and Wendy our hosts. Wednesday October 18 n Air Cadets open evening at St James Church Hall, Richmond Road,  Mangotsfield,  BS16 9 HA, 7.45-9.15pm. The cadets are looking to recruit  boys and girls from Year 8 upwards and always have vacancies for adult volunteers.   Contact 2152df@aircadets. org<> for details. n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30. All welcome, includes crafts, chat, cups of tea, a short, child friendly, noisy time of worship and ends with a 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 October 21

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. n Downend & Kingswood Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Coffee Morning at Staple Hill Methodist Church, High Street, Staple Hill, Bristol. 10am until noon. Home made cakes and sales table with souvenirs and Christmas cards. Sunday October 22 n Breakfast Service with Holy Communion at The Church Centre, Quakers’ Rd. 9.15am. All welcome. For more info. contact Christ Church Parish Office 01179089867 n Spirit Space, a place of reflection and calm in our busy world. This once a month, evening service starts at 6.30pm at Christ Church. for all the details. Thursday October 26 n Downend Natural History Society  “Life on the Edge” a slide presentation by Pauline Robinson.  Lincombe barn, Overndale Road, 7.30pm in Concorde Hall,  Visitors welcome £3.

What’s On Downend, Staple Hill and Emersons Green libraries Lego™clubs one Saturday a month Creative Lego™fun with stories and poems; make a model to display at the library. Staple Hill: Saturday 14 October 10:30 - 11:30am please note new time Downend: New! Starting Saturday 21 October 11:00 – Midday It’s FREE to come along to Lego™ Clubs. Lego™ Clubs are for primary school aged children. All children must bring a grown-up with them. Sporting Memories @ Downend library Our friendly Sporting Memories Group meets again on Friday 13 October 10:30 -11:30am please note change of day Enjoy a good yarn with like-minded people about your favourite sporting moments and heroes. Shared Reading Group - Coming soon to Staple Hill library – look out for details

Monday Knitter Knatter knitting group: Downend Library, all welcome 10:30 – 12:30 Messy Monday Play: Staple Hill library 10:30 – 11.00am (starts 9 October) Tuesday Knit and Chatter: Staple Hill library 10:00– Midday Wednesday Rhymetime for babies and toddlers: Downend Library, 10:30 – 11:00am Thursday Books on Thursday – Shared Reading Group: Downend Library, 2.00 – 3.30pm Rhymetime for babies and toddlers: Staple Hill Library, 10:30 – 11:30am Friday Coffee Morning: Downend Library, 10:30 -11:30am Fun Time: Downend Library, 2:15 – 3:00pm

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October, 2017 Friday October 27 n Music for Enjoyment Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road,  2-4pm “In Time with Strings” presented by Jeanette.  An afternoon of recorded music in the style of Classic FM.  Visitors welcome £2. 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  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 18 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 children, with refreshments including Bacon Rolls for lunchtime.

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n Whist drive, 7.15pm, Assembly hall, Salisbury Road, Downend. call 0117 9565378 for further info. n Family History Group, Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, 10amnoon, every week.

n Yoga class at Frenchay Village Hall, 6.45 to 7.30. Suitable for beginners and different levels. fun, enjoyable class.experienced teacher. for more information phone Hermione on 01179522819 n Poetry Circle, Lincombe Barn, 10.30am-noon fortnightly. n Kingswood Lacemakers, Lincombe Barn 2-4pm except for the third Monday in the month, 7.15pm. Self help group of bobbin lacemakers. n Whist Club, Lincombe Barn 2-4 pm, open to any association members. n 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@


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.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA 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 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

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

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


n Downend Local History Society, Lincombe Barn. Autumn/Winter meetings, 7.30pm first Thursday of each month. £3 per meeting. n Scrabble Club 2, Lincombe Barn, 10am-noon, weekly. Beginners welcome. n Frenchay Toddler Group, Frenchay Village Hall, 9.4511.30am n Emersons Green Quilters, Christ Church Centre, Quakers Road, 7.30pm-9.30pm on second Thursday of every month. Details

downendvoice 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 flowers and models and practice/ workshops with instruction. Call Jean Kington 0117 956 8737.

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

Friday n Fun with Fabrics Club, Lincombe Barn 10am-noon. n Music for enjoyment, Lincombe Barn - 1.45-3.45pm, fortnightly. Programmes of recorded music, mainly classical, presented by members. Check dates 0117 956 2367. n Knit and Natter, Poppy Lounge Staple Hill Royal British Legion Staple Hill 10.30-12 noon. n Badminton Gardens Friendship Club, Badminton Gardens, Beaufort Road, Downend, Bristol BS16 6FG, 4-5.30pm. For a weekly dose of gentle exercise, socialising, and a cuppa! Call Spencer 0782 5155 954. n Stroke Cafe, Badminton Road Methodist Church run by Bristol Area Stroke Foundation, 11am1pm. second Friday of every month. For people who have had a stroke or mini stroke and for those who care for them. Come along

for a chat, free refreshments and information and advice. Tel no. 0117 964 7657. n Emersons Green Buggy Running Group Second. Meet outside Emersons Green Library 10-11am, second and last Fridays of the month. For a 30-minute walk, talk, jog, run with your buggy and baby, followed by refreshments. Friendly, qualified leaders. Call 0787 9842 503. Email n After School Youth Drop-In for Years 6, 7 & 8, The Youth Hub, Christ Church, North Street, Downend, 3.15–4.30pm. Meet friends, relax and enjoy the Hub facilities. Tuck available. Entrance free. n Social Dancing, Quakers Road Church Hall 8-10.15 pm. Call Doreen 0117 9564308. n Zumba keep fit, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 9.30-10.30am. Call Sally 0771 2776 753. n Living after Loss, St Mary’s Parish Rooms (back entrance of church) 11am-12noon, fortnightly. An informal bereavement group. Call Lizzy 0117 9650856. n Baby Bebop (mums / babies up to one-year-old), Beechwood Club, Fishponds 11am-1pm. Call Ruth 0796 6032 414. n Alzheimer’s meetings, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 2-4pm, 2nd Friday in each month. Tel no. 0117 975 6441. n Fishponds History Society, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 7-9pm, 1st Friday of month. Call John 0117 9658110. n In the Pink, Hillfields Park Baptist Church, Thicket Avenue Fishponds, 9.00am. Make new friends and enjoy sensible exercise to music for older ladies, followed by refreshments. Tel. 0117 956 1231. n Kings Club, Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA, 6-7pm, 5 - 7yr olds – 7-8pm, 7 - 11yr olds. Term time only. A fun way to learn about God. Craft, Story, Games, Drinks. Email: outreachevents@downendbaptist. n Club Friday for 11 - 14yr olds, Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA, 8-9.30pm term time only. Games, Badminton, God Slot, Tuck Shop. email: outreachevents@ n Meditation and Mindfulness Classes, Portland Therapy Centre, Staple Hill. Beginners Classes 9.30-10.30am, Group Practice 10.45-11.45am. Registered British School of Meditation Teacher. Book in advance 0117 956 5855. www. n Community art club at Castle

Suite, Badminton Gardens, Beaufort Road BS16 6UE. 10amnoon on alternate Fridays. Alternate Fridays. £5 per session and materials are supplied.Contact Paul Foss on pobble57@yahoo. or 0117 957 0045 n Tai Chi classes, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road, BS16 2CU,10.15am -12.15pm in term timePeople with Parkinson's, their carers and family are welcome. £5 per person per session.Contact Bonnie 07788 697855 or email n Kingswood Photographic Society, St Barnabas Church Hall, Church Avenue, Warmley, BS30 5JJ, 7-9.30pm.

Saturday n World Wide Church of God, Emersons Green Village Hall 11am2.30pm. n Coffee Morning, Staple Hill Methodist Church Hall 10.00amnoon, first Saturday of the month. Cakes and books and DVDs are on sale. The events are held by Kingswood Y’s Men’s Club. n BabyNatal Practical Baby Care Workshop Frenchay Village Hall, 10am-1pm 1st Saturday of month. n Frenchay Village Museum 2-5pm open – Free. n Diabetes group meeting, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 2-4pm, bi monthly. Tel no. 0117 975 6441. n Rehabilitation Pilates (Beginners), Lincombe Barn, Downend Folk House, upstairs in Britannia room. 9am. £7. Samantha 07736 309272,

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

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African adventure to mark golden anniversary TWO retired teachers have taken to the road on southern African adventures over the past year. Ian Freestone, former headteacher at Charborough Road Primary in Filton and his wife Mary have been on a 5,000km, 18-day, trip and a second 3,000km, 13-day journey in the past 12 months. In November 2016, the couple, who are members of Christ Church, Downend, joined friends from Zambia in a group of six with three motorcycles and a Landcruiser in a travelling from Lusaka, capital of Zambia, to Cape Town via Victoria Falls, Botswana, and Swaziland. Ian said: “We stayed in a wide variety of accommodation including a weird treehouse and a disused asbestos mining settlement (now a mission used to nurture and educate orphans) at Bulembu in Swaziland, travelled through spectacular, remote and empty country and viewed a wide variety of Africa’s wildlife – often very close up! The whole experience was a wonderful way to celebrate our golden wedding.” The second adventure was in August 2017 and was a circular tour from Lusaka up to the Tanzanian border, across into northern Malawi via the Nyika Plateau (highest part of Southern Africa) and back to Lusaka via the shores of Lake Malawi, Lilongwe and Zambia’s Luangwa Valley National Park for big game viewing. While

Ian and Mary Freestone, centre, on their motorcycle meanders in southern Africa in Lilongwe, capital of Malawi, they met and dined with a friend from Downend – a volunteer retired GP working with AIDs patients. Friends from Lusaka and Chengelo Christian School in Zambia, where Ian and Mary have spent time as teaching volunteers since they retired, made up the travellers this time including a family of four with a two and four year old.

Ian said: “Part of the attraction of these adventures is the opportunity to travel empty, but challenging roads on two wheels with like-minded, trusted old friends, visiting places from our past and assessing how things in rural Southern Africa have changed (or not) over 40 years. Zambia and Malawi have some of the poorest people in the world, but they are welcoming and friendly and remarkably

resilient.” Chengelo Christian School’s latest project is building a weatherproof assembly hall capable of accommodating the whole school. Work has just started on this and more information about the school can be found at www.chengelo. or from Chengelo Educational Trust. Chengelo is translated as ‘as a witness to the light’.

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Quick - Colour Fun Run is ready to go THE COLOUR Fun Run returns to Oldbury Court again this year. It follows the success of last year's charity event when more than 750 people followed a 5km route through the estate. Participants chose to walk, job, run - and even dance - their way around, raising more than £15,000 for Bristol homelessness charity See Change, formerly Julian House. The Colour Fun Run is popular because of its huge fun element where participants get covered in colourful - but washable - powder paint. Along every kilometre of the route is a paint station where race marshals do their best to get everyone covered in paint. Entry for this year's event, on October 1, is now open and people are being encouraged to sign up and have some fun. Gemma Allsop, event fundraiser for See Change, said: “Now in its third year, we want to make 2017 our biggest and best event yet. It’s a really fun

Might you merit a council grant? SOUTH Gloucestershire councillors have once again been allocated £3,000 each to share out to community groups in their own respective ward areas. If any groups in Rodway ward (mainly Mangotsfield and parts of Downend and Kingswood) wish to apply for a grant, please contact me for an application form.

day for all the family, which also raises money for those facing homelessness and addiction that need our support. "There will be face painting, music, food and drink on offer, so you can bring your family and friends to cheer you on." Louise, who took part in the inaugural Colour Fun Run in 2015, said: "I was keen to do something for See Change which supports people to overcome homelessness and addiction. It’s lovely to be able to raise money

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Discover the treasures on our doorstep Secret gems in hometowns are often hidden beneath endless dreams of faraway lands, says travel blogger Justine Cross. She believes we lose the urgency to explore where we live, simply because we know our way around. We don't look up and admire the buildings or landmarks on our doorstep. This is her tale of uncovering some of Bristol’s secrets, five years after moving here … MY journey begins at the Harbourside. In itself, many visitors to Bristol would have made the Harbourside one of their first destinations to see. Yet, how many of us can say we’ve really stopped to look and admire it? One wrong turning finds me gazing into the eyes of a Vermeer masterpiece: Girl with a Pearl Earring. But wait, this masterpiece isn’t made from oil paints. Her earring isn’t a pearl. Instead, I find myself drawn to a security

alarm system as her earring. This is a street art version of Vermeer’s work, but a masterpiece all the same. I catch myself wondering: Who’s the artist? How long has this been here waiting to be discovered? I continue to follow the River Avon. Along the way, I see major highlights including the SS Great Britain and the bright houses gazing down on Baltic Wharf. I stop to admire the rainbow-coloured windsurfers


and the paddleboarders with dogs balancing on the front. By spending some time to walk the length of the harbour, I see so much beauty in my surroundings: the known and the unknown. And then I reach Perrett’s Park: a small park space near Wells Road. At first glance, I notice the impressive views across Bristol’s skyline. My fingers inch towards my camera. Through it, I spot the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge in the distance. Quite simply, I’m now seeing a totally different angle of the City of Bristol. My journey ends along Bath

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Your support really helps WE’D like to thank everyone who came to our recent meetings in Downend to hear what we and South Gloucestershire Council are doing to deal with anti-social behaviour in the area. Having community support is really important too. We’re very grateful to those people who have been reporting incidents and those who have volunteered to help us deliver leaflets when needed. The darker nights as we head into autumn can make it easier for would-be thieves to spot when no one is at home, so now is a good time to think about your home security. I’d recommend using timer switches set to turn lights on at dusk, as well as fitting motionsensing security lights. Also think about all the things you keep in your shed and garage. Bicycles and power tools are valuables often stolen from outbuildings. Even ladders or hand tools could be used by a thief, so it’s important to make sure your

shed, garage and gates are sturdy and secured with good quality locks. We have recently arrested two teenage boys in connection with a bicycle theft in the area. They’ve both been released under investigation. Make sure your

bike is identifiable by keeping a record of the serial number and permanently marking it with your postcode - and always use a good quality lock. Other top home security tips include: • Join Neighbourhood Watch – it’s one of the most effective things you can do to prevent burglary • Lock up and set the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out • Hide your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight. Never leave your keys in the back of the door or in view of a letterbox or window If you hear a suspicious noise please do check if you feel safe to do so. If you see someone behaving suspiciously call 999 immediately, otherwise ring 101 at any time. You can find security advice, information about Neighbourhood Watch and more on our website

Charity golf day DOWNEND-based BNS Property Management held a Charity Golf Day at Celtic Manor, Newport, for The Jessie May Trust. Managing director Andrew Simmonds said: “This year we have decided to support another really great local charity. The Jessie May children’s hospice carries out incredible work in the community and we are determined to raise as much money as possible.” Julian Withers, head of fundraising at Jessie May, said: “The funds will go towards continuing our care of children and their families. “Our specialist nurses provide medical, emotional and bereavement support and offer much-needed respite time for parents and siblings. It costs around £1,400,000 to provide this care yearly so support like this is vital.”


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New helicopter for air ambulance GREAT Western Air Ambulance Charity has received a new version of its helicopter, which will allow its team to deliver an enhanced service to the people of South Gloucestershire and the surrounding area. The new aircraft can hold more fuel and heavier loads, which will allow for an additional 45 minutes’ flying time and enable the crew to carry additional equipment if needed. It is a more modern version of the helicopter that the charity used to lease, with minor upgrades to the controls and comfier seats for the crew. Five new members have joined the GWAAC team, including CEO Anna Perry, critical care paramedics Dee Gordon, Jack Kilminster and Mark Kinsella, and Andrew Holstock, who is a full-time Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) Doctor. Speaking of the charity’s new

helicopter, Anna Perry said: “The distance that the crew travel for jobs has been steadily increasing since we started operating in

Jog on! Club's plea A FRIENDLY running club is looking for new women members who are interested in improving their fitness and wellbeing through jogging and running with like-minded people. Whether you are a complete beginner or a regular runner, Frenchay Running Club (Just Jog Frenchay) is a supportive group run by volunteers. ≠≠Members meet all year round on Mondays at 7.30 pm at Frenchay Primary School, BS16 1NB. Club member Michele Crossman said: "We all get genuine pleasure from watching our Couch to 5k participants achieve and gain confidence in themselves and their participation in exercise. "Many go on to join one of our other distance groups up to six miles each led by qualified run leaders. We look forward to welcoming long-standing and new members of our community." Further details can be found on Facebook, or email

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Huge accolade for diddi dance’s Emily A YOUNG woman from who runs pre-school dance classes has scooped an award for her growing number of recruits. Emily Norman runs diddi dance Bristol, part of a national franchise which offers funky dance classes for boys and girls. During a conference for more than 40 franchisees in the UK, Emily was honoured in the category for the biggest growth. Emily, from Lyde Green, who is one of the youngest franchisees at 25, said: "I am so happy to win this award, it is an honour for your work to be recognised by your head office. I have worked really hard to build my business and will continue next year." Diddi dance classes are designed to build confidence, coordination, rhythm, fitness, gross motor skills and social skills in tots from the age of 16 months up to five years. The sessions cover a variety of styles, from hip hop to country through to salsa

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Child of the 90s? Play your part in cutting-edge research VOICE readers have responded enthusiastically to an appeal to contribute to one of the world’s biggest and longest-running health studies – Children of the 90s. Based at the University of Bristol, the programme has been tracking the health and development of more than 14,000 families for more than 25 years. Almost 4,000 young people have taken part in the latest stage of the research, called Focus@24+, volunteering for a series of cutting-edge tests, including blood pressure, liver and lung function checks. Since we featured Children of the 90s in our September edition, a further 146 participants have booked or attended a Focus@24+ appointment – many of them saying that it was the Voice article which prompted them to get in touch. Children of the 90s studies families with a child born in Bristol and the surrounding area between April 1991 and December 1992. It’s also known as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, and is followed by scientists all over the world. Researchers have used the data collected over the last 25 years to help answer important questions on key health issues, including asthma, childhood obesity, and dementia. Now, with the Focus@24+ clinics drawing to a close this autumn, the Children of the 90s team is keen to hear from anyone who was born in or around the city in 1991/2 and would like to play their part in building an even more detailed picture of the health of their generation. The team at Children of the 90s have opened clinic appointments throughout October, including in the evenings and at weekends. There are also new, shorter, two hour appointments available. To find out more, please call 0117 331 0010, email info@ or visit the website:

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Museum wants your memories of Concorde DO you remember exactly where you were on November 26, 2003 when Concorde graced the skies for the final time? People thronged the streets of Downend and took to vantage points around the area to see the aircraft as she flew in to land at Filton for the last time on that damp Wednesday afternoon. Many living in our area have earlier memories of Concorde too: some worked on creating the iconic supersonic jet while others will recall famous flights. Now the new museum being created at Filton to house Concorde Alpha Foxtrot is collecting local people's memories for an online ‘Concorde Memory Map’. Recollections will also be added to the new museum’s digital archive – ensuring that they are preserved, ready to inspire the next generation of engineers. The first 250 people to share their stories were invited to a preview event in August at which they took part in a photo shoot, standing in the shape of Concorde as the Red Arrows flew overhead and captured images from the air. Guests were then invited into the museum’s new Concorde hangar to enjoy an exclusive preview of the museum,

which is due to open later this year. Volunteers have worked for many years to bring the museum to fruition. Their efforts, which have so far raised £17m towards the £19m project, were recognised this year when they were honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Aerospace Bristol is appealing for further support to bridge the funding shortfall and help achieve its goals of preserving and restoring Bristol’s aviation heritage and inspiring the next generation of engineers. Chairman of Aerospace Bristol, said: “Aerospace Bristol will celebrate the innovation and endeavour of those generations who went before us and inspire young people to consider careers in science and technology. We are asking everyone who has a Concorde story, and shares our aim of keeping the spirit of Concorde alive, to please share their story with us and support us with a kind donation. Your contribution truly will make a difference.” To share your Concorde memories, visit www., where you can make a donation.



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Sixty years since Britannia air crash NEXT month marks the 60th anniversary of the Britannia air crash in Downend. The 90-ton aircraft came down in Lincombe Woods, killing all 15 men on board. Homes in Overndale Road were damaged, but miraculously no on on the ground was killed. The prototype airliner, G-ANCA, crashed as she was returning to her base at Filton following a test flight. Ten years ago, Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council put up a memorial in the woods - now renamed Britannia Woods - and hundreds of people turned up to pay tribute to pilot Hugh Statham and his crew. Look out for a special feature about the crash in November's Downend Voice. And if you have memories of the tragedy, please email us at



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SEPTEMBER'S was certainly a topical meeting. We are very lucky to have a diverse programme of events through the year - from dancing to saving lives we manage to cover all aspects of WI life and beyond. Being part of Mangotsfield WI is whatever you want it to be. You can put in as much as you choose, nothing is obligatory and you can turn up to any meeting throughout the year. From time to time you may be asked to help in the kitchen but otherwise you can take from it what you need. There are numerous clubs and groups that run, you may want to join the Craft Club, Book Club, Supper club… So here we are back to the October Annual Meeting. This meeting is a formal evening where

we cover the ‘business’ of being in WI. We welcome our committee for the forthcoming year – some returners and some newbies. 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 DOWNEND WI HELLO, our August meeting saw Lincombe Barn Camera Club return to announce the winners and award prizes for our photo

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local care home for them to be donated to. October will be our AGM, followed by “Wine Tasting with a Difference”, where we will learn how the taste of wine can vary when eaten with different foods. I’m fairly certain that no spit buckets will be involved! New members and guests are always welcome; we meet at 7.30pm on the last Tuesday of each month in Christchurch Hall. Julie BEECHMERE BELLES WI

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October, 2017 looking forward to the season of celebrations. Recent meetings jave seen us enjoy an invigorating introduction to Nordic Walking in August whilst our September meeting saw us welcoming the Portishead Lifeboat Station who came to give us an entertaining history of the Lifeboat station, its origins and work. Looking ahead to October, we will be celebrating our 3rd birthday at our AGM - we would love as many members and new faces as possible to join us for cake and more. Our Christmas Curry plans are already under way, as is our calendar of interesting meetings for the New Year. If you haven't visited us before, the next few meetings would be an ideal opportunity to pay us a free visit ready for the new annual membership cycle in January. We are a friendly, welcoming and diverse mix of ladies and we are always happy to make new friends!

BROMLEY HEATH WI WE started our September meeting with the presentation of a cheque for £2374.15 to Survive, a local charity that supports victims of domestic abuse. The cheque was accepted from our president Cheryl Benson, by Sarah on behalf of Survive. She explained that it has been a difficult year for the charity, so our donation is especially welcome. If you would like to find out more or make a donation to Survive, then please go to their website: The ladies of the Bromley Heath WI allotment have been busy nurturing some tasty fruit and vegetables on their plot in Downend. This month they brought along some of their delicious, fresh produce for us to buy, raising funds for our new charity, the Jessie May Trust. Instead of an activity, this month we had a speaker. Marion Blackburn shared her expert knowledge of the “inhabitants” of Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol. Marion took up a volunteer role at the cemetery after retiring from a career as a teacher. She explained

that Arnos Vale Cemetery was a commercial endeavour by the Bristol General Cemetery Company. It was designed as a garden cemetery in the style of a Greek necropolis, an alternative to the overcrowded church graveyards of Bristol. It opened in 1837, however the first burial did not take place until 1839 due to a disagreement between the Bishop of Bath and Wells and the Bishop of Gloucester! Arnos Vale was not a place for ordinary folk to be buried, as the cost of a plot was way beyond the budget of many. Marion named


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HURRAH! Autumn is here. For us it is, without question, the most exciting time of the year to be teaching children outdoors. The woods are simply bursting with learning opportunities and look their most spectacular during October and November. We also have Apple Day, Halloween/ Samhain and Bonfire Night to look forward to before the countdown to Christmas! Autumn is a perfect time for a family walk down at your local woodland or park. You can keep children occupied with very simple equipment like a pot for collecting bugs/ acorns/ different coloured leaves or some double sided tape to turn a dry stick into a work of art. Collected items can be taken home to make collages, crowns, prints,

clay models or rubbings. A flask of hot chocolate for the journey back would make you very popular! When we take children into the woods during autumn we spend time noticing the changes to the plants and trees. We also spend more time around the campfire storytelling and enjoying warm food. But our favourite activities in

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Time to celebrate I HOPE you have been able to enjoy the early autumn harvests as we have. We had a particularly good damson and apple crop this year. Enjoying the fruits of our labour is always nice. However, the credit for selecting, planting, nurturing & cultivating the fruit trees, goes entirely to someone else! I will add that I have pruned the odd branch off here and there as I feel I should every autumn, so we have laboured a little before the harvest! It was nice to be able to share our crop with Dad, who as usual had planted a veg patch large enough for us all to share! This month at Turners Opticians we have had a double celebration. Both Nikki and Zoë joined us 10 years ago! The time has, as it often does, flown by. It was lovely to hear Nikki saying only the other day how much she enjoys working at Turners Opticians. We had an enjoyable meal out to celebrate, not that we need an excuse to head out for a bite to eat after work, but it was lovely as a team to thank them on behalf of our patients for the care, attention and dedication both Nikki and Zoë bring to work. Over dinner Zoë said how she has

loved being part of the Turners team, especially enjoying getting to know so many of our patients and seeing you year after year. So many of us have benefitted from their labour! As autumn sets in, I have put away my summer mirror tint sunglasses and returned to my trusty polaroid’s when driving and cycling. The added glare the seasonal lowering of the sun in the sky brings is greatly offset by these super lenses. With a choice of three tint colours and far or near single focus lenses as well as multifocal options there is a lens in our collection for everyone! The frame collection you can choose from has multiplied again. It’s best not to look away for too long in our practice or suddenly you have two new collections to choose from! William Morris are a classically British design and style (in a good way you see), while Charles Stone bring a New York inspired burst of colour to the selection you now have. Decisions, decisions, decisions, well as always our expert & friendly team are nearby if you need them to offer any assistance you require with

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seem to have materialised as yet but there is still hope! Sadly, by the time you read this we may well have dismantled the summer displays in the High Street so we have included some of the best pictures of the summer to remember how fantastic the displays have been. It will then be time to start thinking about our Christmas events and how to decorate the area at Christmas and in the spring! Life is never dull for Downend and Bromley Heath in Bloom Jackie Baker

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October, 2017




Scary sights and sounds AUTUMN is everyone’s favourite time of the year; nothing beats a warm drink and a toasty warm house and putting your feet up in front of the fire. From the spooky Halloween costumes, ‘Trick or Treaters’, to the loud bangs, sharp whizzes and bright lights filling our sky with colour on bonfire night, do we ever think of how our pets are feeling during this time of year? With the knocking on the door, the bangs, the flashing lights in the sky it’s extremely important to prepare our pets for the scary sights and sounds. We find it entertaining but our furry friends can find it terrifying! Halloween is soon approaching, just like Bonfire Night, this event can also be terrifying for our pets. As we know, Halloween has become more popular in the UK over the years and many people celebrate it by having parties and children go out trick or treating in spooky costumes. Our pets may dread the constant knocking on the door and the loud sounds outside. As you likely know, chocolate is highly toxic to our pets, so ensure any chocolate or sweets are kept safely hidden away. If your pet does

ingest any, ensure you contact your veterinary surgeon ASAP, especially if you notice any signs such as: vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness, tremors, seizures or collapsing episodes. If you have an indoor cat, make sure you lock them in a secure room when you are opening the door to unexpected callers to avoid any escape attempts. Often a fear response to these loud noises can worsen over time to become a phobia; this is where the fear is persistent and harder to correct. It’s never too early or too late to start desensitising your animal to sounds by gradually introducing loud noises using a CD, which you can purchase from us, to help accustom them to the sounds of thunder, bangs, crying babies ect. Please book an appointment for a free nurse’s clinic to discuss your situation. There are some simple things you can do to make your pet feel safer at home during Halloween and the firework season. Start the day with a long well exercised walk, helping them burn off energy. Ensure you have walked them before it gets dark to avoid any sudden bangs or flashes while you are out.

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n DOWNEND FOLK CLUB REVIEW Kim Lowings and the Greenwood Friday September 15 Frenchay Village Hall “I’M A COLLECTOR of folk tales and myths. It’s basically an obsession,” Kim Lowings told a packed out Frenchay Village Hall at the latest Downend Folk Club concert in September. She’s right; mythology and hundreds-of-years-old stories are the thing that underpin the music of this highly-rated West Midlands-based ensemble. These are songs that tell stories, weave tales and paint pictures, whether the traditional material given the Greenwood-treatment or the songs that flowed from the pen of an increasingly-impressive songwriter in Kim Lowings. The subject matter might conjure up an evening of downbeat melancholy but nothing could be further from the truth; Backing band The Greenwood favour a driving, rhythmic style for the most part. It’s a refreshing change… there is foot-tapping and even the odd hand-clapping moment. Touring their third studio album ‘Wild & Wicked Youth’, the show kicks off in the same way at the critically-acclaimed record. The first-few bars of ‘In Spirit’ are whistful and whispy… and then The Greenwood kick into gear and the evening takes off. The band, made up of Andrew “Jarv” Lowings (who also happens to be Kim’s dad) on bouzouki, guitar and bhodran, Dave Sutherland on double-bass and vocals and Tim Rogers on cajon and percussion, are all highlyskilled musicians, but it’s no doubt that it’s Kim who’s the star of the show.

Blessed with a beautifully rich voice that suits her chosen genre perfectly, Kim slips effortlessly between mountain dulcimer and piano (there was a lot crammed onto that little stage!), whilst also showing that she is comfortable fronting the band with just a microphone at her disposal. Her stage presence is warm and relaxed, and she takes the (off-mic) jibes from dad in her stride. Only the first few rows will know what was said but everyone smiled nonetheless. The set weaves through tales of fiddles made out of bones that can only play one tune ('Oh The Wind and Rain’) and drunken relatives saved from the sea by a formidable wife (‘Maggie’s Song) as well as taking in some other traditional numbers (‘The Newry Highwayman’, from which the new

album takes its name; sea-shanty ‘Bold Riley’ and a very enjoyable take on ‘The Cuckoo’)… but it’s as the first-half draws to an end that the “special moment” hits us… and it’s as unexpected as it is beautiful. Shorn of her backing band for this one number, Kim takes to the piano to deliver the self-penned ‘Firestone’. It’s stunning. Voice and instrument intertwine to tell a tale of soul-searching and wondering. After the driving rhythms of the rest of the set, you could hear a pin-drop; one audience member took quickly to Twitter to tell the world that it had almost brought him to tears. It’s that good, it’s that beautiful and with it Kim Lowings surely announces herself as one of the best songwriters on the scene. The evening was opened with a set from Gav Ball. A regular in the Downend Folk Club audience

and some time singer with Bristol-based rock band BUSK, Gav has been trying out some more acoustic, folky numbers in his solo material, and he delivered the perfect support slot. Funny, engaging and even topical, with a newly-written number in honour of a DFC regular who is fleeing to Cornwall (‘The Ballad of the Barefooted Man’… we’ll miss you, Brian and Edwina!), he has the audience singing along and crying with laughter. But it is to Kim and her gang that the evening rightly belongs. In his introduction, MC and Club Chairman Ant Miles told the expectant crowd that this was a band who are “the epitome of the phrase ‘one to watch’.” On the evidence of this gig, it’s hard to disagree ...

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Granny’s Attic Friday October 20, 2017 Frenchay Village Hall

ANOTHER great evening awaits South Gloucestershire’s music lovers this month as Downend Folk Club welcome a band who made a real splash at Bristol Folk Festival a while back… so much so, that the regulars have DEMANDED they appear on the club’s programme! Granny's Attic - Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (fiddle, vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles alongside self-penned material. Originally formed in 2009 as three students at secondary school with no better way to spend their lunchtimes than scrape a tune or two, Granny’s Attic gradually became less about avoiding socialising with their peers and more about actually playing music, and so Granny’s Attic premiered in 2010 at the prestigious Claines Church Fete. 2011 saw the release of their debut EP ‘Mind the Gap’ featuring a mix of traditional and original tunes. Around this time, the band took their first forays into regular live performing, with early highlights including the first of many appearances at the Worcester Music Festival and a support spot for the legendary John Kirkpatrick at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall.

The following year saw the release of their first full-length album, ‘Better Weather’, featuring a mixture of traditional tunes and songs as well as some self-penned tunes. With a solid mix of traditional songs, tunes and a number of Lewis’s own tunes, their latest album ‘Off The Land’ was released in August 2016. Downend Folk Club’s Steve Johnson, who will MC the event in the absence of the club’s founder Ant Miles, told Downend Voice: “These three lads have taken the folk scene by storm and were one of the hits of Bristol Folk Festival a couple of years ago. They’ve been on our list for a long time, and

we’ve had so many requests to put them on that we thought it was about time we gave the people what they wanted!” Opening the evening’s entertainment will be local band Ember. Formed in Bristol in January 2016 when Downend Folk Club regular Mike Richards met Hajnalka Deak in an ill-fated attempt to learn the cello, the pair began to explore some musical ideas on guitar and piano and found a number of songs and arrangements quickly followed. Earlier this year, Ember added fiddle-player Meg Batch and recorded their debut EP ‘Paintings’. Tickets for the event, which

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n CHRISTINE'S COLUMN With Downend Folk House Gardening Club HAMPTON Court Castle is not be confused with Hampton Court. Hampton Court Castle was here first, standing majestically when I visited with The Gardening Club on a glorious August day. It only took one and a half hours by coach, with our driver taking us via the scenic route through pretty villages, with black and white houses and orchards laden with fruit. This part of the country is called Leominster, a popular tourist attraction for its Black and White Village Trail. The first appearance of the garden was lovely. You had to walk through the kitchen garden and the herbaceous border to get to the Orangery Restaurant and Brewhouse. We made a note of the route from our pamphlet as we had been given returnable laminated tickets to see The Castle as a group at 12.45pm. After a refreshing cuppa and a snack outside the Orangery, the three of us, Jayne, Liz and I, made a bee-line for the herbaceous borders. We met up with other members there, Abbie


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which you can walk under if you’re brave enough! It was then time for our picnic, which we had sitting in one of the gazebos. We found two other garden club members there, Betty and Iris, whom we chatted to and had a laugh. We watched the swifts dart about and into their nests in the rafters of the building. After

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500 years since the Reformation What was it and why does it matter? ON the 31st October 1517 a German Monk named Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses (statements for debate) to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany. What followed brought about a re-forming of the church, or we might say a re-turning to what the church once was and taught. At the heart of the Reformation were two questions: ‘Who has the final authority?’ and, ‘How are we made right with God?’ These questions are as relevant and vital to us today as they were 500 years ago. Luther wrestled to find peace with God. He became a Monk and in his monastery, began to read the Bible (an activity then deemed only suitable for priests etc). His reading convinced him


that the Bible, being the word of God, instructed mankind directly. This was revolutionary because the Pope was said to be the highest authority. This power was abused to help fund the building of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome through the Pope’s authorisation of the selling of indulgencies. By payment of a sum, one could purchase a ‘get out of purgatory card’! His new understanding of the Bible and its authority then led Luther to his joyful discovery that peace with God was not something that anyone could earn but only something that God could give. No human being could, on God’s behalf, grant forgiveness of sin to another. No human being could merit God’s forgiveness – no matter what penance they performed or what they bought from the church. God gave. Luther was declared a heretic and ordered by the Pope to recant. He refused. The Emperor then declared him an outlaw and

tried to stop the distribution and reading of his writings. Luther was rescued and taken into hiding where he worked on translating the Bible from Latin to German for all to read for themselves. This spread through the then new technology of the printing press. God has given his word to mankind that we might truly know him and how we ought to respond to him. So, we give thanks for those like Luther who have translated and upheld the Bible’s teaching throughout the centuries. And, God has given his Son as the way we can have peace with him now and forever. Jesus’ death and resurrection achieved our means of forgiveness and belonging to God. We receive Christ and forgiveness by the grace of God and through faith alone. We read, we believe, we receive. It really is good news! If you would like a copy of the Bible or to know more about peace with God through Jesus Christ, please get in touch and we will be delighted to help you.


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n BOOKS Fire Damage by Kate Medina This is the first volume of a series featuring army clinical psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn. Medina completed the MA in creative writing at Bath Spa University and was mentored by Mo Hayder, and it shows. This is a really well-plotted book, and will keep you guessing to the end. There are two intertwining themes. Jessie is trying to help a four year old boy called Sami, who has been traumatised by the horrific burns, his father sustained, while on a tour of Afghanistan. He keeps on talking about the “Shadowman”. One of her former patients, Captain Ben Callan, a military police officer is investigating that same incident in Afghanistan, in which a soldier was killed. Is he really fit enough to return to work or is he still suffering from PTSD? Could these cases be linked? If so, in what ways? Jessie is reluctant at first to work alongside Ben. She is attracted to him, but is afraid of

commitment. She usually feels more comfortable with casual encounters. She is also afraid, as a professional psychologist, of facing her OCD. I have already read the second book in the series, which I also really enjoyed. Kate Medina is definitely one to watch. Reviewed by Joy

A Night on the Orient Express By Veronica Henry The Orient Express. The very name conjures up luxury, mystery….. and romance. For the lucky passengers boarding this iconic train in London an adventure beckons. Two young people have won their places on the train in a competition but neither is looking for romance. In fact, neither entered the competition- they were entered by friends. Will they hit it off as they enjoy the journey? Others have been lovers for a long time but have been parted by very different artistic lifestyles. Is it finally time for them to admit how much they

STAPLE HILL RBL 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 snd going on outings. We recently went to Cheltenham to see Pam Ayres at the Playhouse Theatre - a very merry coach going up and coming back. We celebrated our 79th birthday recently with an open afternoon for more than 70 of us with invited guests. A three-piece band entertained us and we enjoyed a smashing American afternoon tea. We invited some primary school children to join us and meet Allen Bills, the City of Bristol's Town Crier, who came to cry and wish us a happy birthday. We meet at the You Foundation in Page Road (end door). Meetings are fortnightly on a Wednesday afternoon at 2pm. Why not come and visit us? You are most welcome. Telephone 0117 9560805 Madeleine Bills Secretary

mean to each other? Then there is the woman on holiday with her new boyfriend and his two stroppy teenagers who have their own problems and concerns to worry about. Does she really want to be part of this family and is her new boyfriend the man she thought he was? By the time they all reach Venice many of these issues have been resolved and brought to a satisfactory conclusion, but often by a roundabout route. I find Veronica Henry’s books very enjoyable and very easy to read – you just want to keep on turning the pages to find out what happens next. Escapism at its best. Reviewed by Julie B

A Summer at Sea By Katie Fforde Emily loves her job as a midwife but is ready for a change. When she is invited to help out a friend by becoming a cook on a “puffer” - an old steam boat cruising the lochs in Scotland- she jumps at the chance. Although Emily knows that she will only be there for a few months

before returning to her job down south she finds herself increasingly drawn to the beauty of the area … and to the dark handsome doctor who is her friend’s brother-in-law. As Emily and Alasdair become increasingly attracted to one another they have to work out if their romance is just a holiday fling, or something more meaningful. Can Emily really give up the job she loves to return to Scotland, especially as she has just been offered a great promotion? This is a wonderful holiday read. The characters are beautifully drawn and the story is light and frothy in a very enjoyable way. Reviewed by Julie A Any reviewed book can be reserved free of charge at your local library

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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. FOR millions, smartphones and tablets are now the default devices for banking, communication and information. But, as an avid user, what I really love are some of the little ‘apps’ (the programs you can download to your device which perform different functions) that REALLY help day to day - here are a few free ones that I've found indispensable and which I highly recommend. BUS CHECKER is currently one of my favourites. Use it to find bus stops on its map, click on the bus stop and see the times of buses due - Here's the clever bit tho - it doesn't give you the listed bus timetable (‘cos Bristol buses seldom appear on time it seems), but they use the bus’s GPS tracking systems to pinpoint where they actually

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Pictures of summer 2017 THIS summer may have been one of sunshine and showers, but it did not stop the members from enjoying taking photographs, whatever the weather. This is a small selection; some favourites, some experimental, some straight from the members' cameras and some with editing. We hope you enjoy them. If these images whet your appetite for following photography as a hobby, then you will be very welcome to try our friendly club whose ages and abilities range widely. Here you will find something for everyone. Cameras range from mobile phones and tablets, point and shoot, bridge and DSLR cameras. Members are always happy to give help and advice with cameras and photo editing techniques. The club is looking forward to the October meetings: first on October 11 will be an in-house critique of members’ prints and projected images. October 25 sees a presentation called ‘Personal Identity’ by Brian Swinyard on his transition from Camera Club to Master of Arts Photographer. This should prove to be a very enlightening presentation for us all and give us hope to aspire further with our photography. Further information about the new 2017-2018 programme can be found by visiting www.

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n HUNTERS ESTATE AGENTS PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Downend – £475,000 We are delighted to offer for sale this large detached family home which occupies a secluded cul-desac position close to the amenities of Downend. These amenities include; a wide variety of shops and supermarkets, bus routes, restaurants, doctors surgeries and dentists. The property is also a short distance from Downend High school, Stanbridge Junior school, King George V playing fields which provide excellent recreational facilities for all age groups and access onto the Avon ring road, for major commuting routes and the Bristol cycle path. In our opinion this property would ideally suit a growing family due to the spacious accommodation it offers or for someone who works from home, which in brief comprises to the ground floor; entrance hall, a modern cloakroom, a large L shaped lounge/diner and a kitchen/breakfast room which incorporates a built in integral double oven. To the first floor there is a modern family bathroom which has a separate walk in shower cubicle with a monsoon shower head and five bedrooms, the master bedroom has the benefit of a modern en suite. Additional benefits in-




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which is mainly laid to lawn and patio. An internal viewing appointment is highly recommended.

n OCEAN ESTATE AGENTS PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Downend - £475,000 3 bed detached house 268 Badminton Road, BS16 6NT Set well back from the road, surrounded by award winning gardens and nestled next to the Leap Valley nature reserve, this 3 bedroom detached house, being sold with no onward chain is an absolute gem of a property admired by many for its enviable position. The property has plenty of living space downstairs including a large porch, entrance hall, lounge/ diner, 2 downstairs cloakrooms/ WC's, kitchen breakfast room, utility room with plumbing for dishwasher, boiler/laundry room with plumbing for washing machine, conservatory, walk in larder and study. Upstairs, via the large landing you will find 3 generous double bedrooms, a family bathroom and an additional en-suite to bedroom 2. The conservatory comes fitted with blinds as well as 2 large radiators to ensure full use of the room during the winter months. Outside, amongst the beautifully landscaped gardens you will

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ample room for when you have guests. To the side of the property is the Leap Valley woods and nature reserve. There is ample room to extend this property if required to the side and/or rear

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Colourful and free IT seems a long time ago already, but this year’s Bristol Balloon Fiesta was only a few weeks ago, and with the weather kind (at least for part of the time) there were good opportunities for colourful picturetaking. Perhaps because the event has been going for so long we’ve become familiar with the images of hot air balloons in flight. This means that such pictures no longer provoke much excitement, but that only provides a challenge to take something just a bit different. ‘Preparations’ shows the busy scene as balloons are readied for a mass ascent this August, the ‘Bristol’ sign usefully showing where it’s happening. ‘Overhead Balloon’ is an example of what has become a favoured angle to photograph, and it is pleasing image, bright saturated colours against an interesting sky. ‘Up and away’ is a reminder of how long this event has been with us. This shot was taken many years ago when public access among the balloons being inflated was still permitted, and the colours and patterns make a striking picture.

Up and away by Chris Bigg

Preparations by Ed Shorney The rules nowadays mean there is a fence to keep the public at a distance, no doubt safer, but frustrating for those trying for a more interesting angle! If you want to join a friendly photographic group, come along one Tuesday to a meeting of Downend Camera Club at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend at 7.45pm. 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 October programme includes:

David Bathard FRPS – Monochrome images and panoramas An evening with Leigh Woolford AWPF

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Smart new kit for Emersons Green under 14s THESE young footballers look ready for a great season in their smart new kit. The girls, from Emersons Green JFC under 14s, were given the kit by Andrews estate agents in Downend as part of a sponsorship deal for the 20172018 season. Coach Andy Wright, who runs the team with James Sheedy, said the deal means a lot to the club. He said: "Girl’s football is one of the fastest growing sports following the recent success of the national team and the TV coverage this gets and by arranging these types of sponsorship arrangements we are able to keep the costs down to our club members in the hope of attracting new players to the game. "I believe that the benefits of team sports truly benefit young children as it helps with their physical and social development. Our club is run by a dedicated band of volunteers but with soaring running costs sponsorship deals like this ensure that playing football is one of the best value for money activities for youngsters." Emersons Green JFC were formed in September 2014 with just three teams. Andy said: "We are entering the new season now with 14 teams which is testament to the commitment of the coaches and committee. Having entered six teams in the Bristol Girls League this season this makes us the fastest growing girls club in the Bristol area and only one other club has entered more teams in

the Girls league. "We are determined to continue this growth and are recruiting girls from six to eightyears-old to prepare them for the future. It is our intention, as the girls continue through the ages, that we will take them through to women’s football." The club is keen to recruit more girls to its under 14s team. Any girls in school Years 8 or 9 who are interested in joining are welcome to come along and try out on Wednesdays at 6pm at Walker Playing Fields. Andy said: "We have an excellent facility at Walker Playing Fields and have plans to develop the site in the very new future where we plan to make our social club an important venue for the community and

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From Mangotsfield to Anfield

Graeme Souness with Nick Tanner at Cossham Street before the charity night

NICK Tanner, who started out at Mangotsfield United before going on to make 59 top-flight appearances for Liverpool, returned to his former club to launch his book about his colourful footballing career. His manager for much of his time at Anfield, Graeme Souness, now a Sky Sports football pundit, joined him at Cossham Street for the event, which was also a fund-raising event for Prostate Cancer UK. Nick, who co-wrote his book - entitled From a field to Anfield - with sports journalist Steve Cotton, said: "It is fantastic to have Graeme here. He was a great player and would get into anyone's top team and as a manager he brought on young players like me. I tried to do the same when I came back to Mangotsfield as manager." Also at the event was Phil Purnell, who became friends with Nick when they were at The Ridings School in the 1970s; Gary Penrice, who played with the pair at Mangotsfield and then at Bristol Rovers, and another former Cossham Street favourite who went on to play professionally, Dean Radford. Nick's book is an entertaining tale of his

journey from the Western League via the Third Division and the First Division to playing European football. He remains the only footballer to have scored in both the Bristol and the Merseyside derby matches. He wore the number 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 shirts in his time - definitely a utility player! Nick moved to Anfield for £20,000 in 1988 but played in the first team only once in his first season. After going on loan to Norwich, he returned to Liverpool in time to be part of the squad at Hillsborough when the disaster happened. One memorable match was the FA Cup in 1992, when Liverpool were held to a draw by Bristol Rovers but went through 2-1 in the replay. Nick is a supporter of Prostate Cancer UK after losing his father Dennis to the disease. He took part in TV presenter Jeff Stelling's March for Men in 2017.

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Wins 'just around the corner' for Mangos MANGOTSFIELD United will be hoping October sees a change in ther fortunes after a terrible start to the season. They have lost five of their first seven league games and are close to the bottom of the Evo Stik Southern League South with just four points. They have also been knocked out of the FA Cup and the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup in the first rounds. Their only victory came on August 26 when they beat Bishops Cleeve 2-0 at Cossham Street under caretaker manager and goalkeeping legend Steve Phillips, who took charge after the resignation of David Mehew. Phillips has since left the club to take up a full-time coaching position at League Two cloub Yeovil Town and Mangos have signed 19-year-old Dutch goalie Thom Jonkerman

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n GARDENING HAVING felt that the garden was all a bit lack lustre over the last month or so, I erected a new pagoda over a seating area that we have, and there has been the most incredible transformation in the feeling of the garden, almost instantly. This has prompted or been prompted by some other changes that have seen the removal of my two raised vegetable beds, and the installation of some proper staging for growing of his presents for me. For a cat on my ever expanding collection of who is completely blind, he has seedlings. an innate ability to find bare soil The allotment has been so moments after I’ve revealed it and unexpectedly prolific this year that turned my back. I’ve managed I felt the space used in my garden this year to not diminish the lawn was not best employed with more any more though as it’s got to a vegetables, beyond the apple trees point where I can mow it in under and the expanse of bramble over 2 minutes, that for me is plenty the fence it is to be dedicated to as I’ve never been that keen on a looking good, and not obliged to manicured carpet of green. If it’s provide in any way beyond that. not going to do as I ask then it may If you have a small garden, this is as well not be there. not to be mistaken for what the At the start of the year I made RHS consider a small garden as the rather rash commitment to they would call our city gardens try and not buy any vegetables tiny, you need to limit what you beyond the hungry gap in about use it for. What I’m coming to the April. Well this hasn’t gone realisation is that there are only so entirely to plan, but then again many functions that it can perform, it’s not been a total failure. Like and that if you try to do too much, any horticultural experiments, you fail to do any of them very well. there have been a number of Growing the vegetables at home environmental factors that were was one thing too many for me beyond my control, this of course and as I have the allotment only a means that some things were a short walk away, there is now no fantastic runaway success, whereas need. I keep some culinary herbs others failed to get off the starting close by as I’d be hard pushed to make it down the road for a sprig of thyme when the heavens have opened, whereas to nip into the garden in rain coat is no chore. One thing with making any changes to a garden at this time of year is that the soil can quickly turn to mud, and that in turn becomes a soup in no time at all. Unfortunately as the garden starts to retire into it winter dormancy, it’s an ideal time to start to move things about. Personally I find it difficult to resist having of Enjoya bit unlimited play a change, but this will inevitably onwith ourbattling Badminton Course go hand in hand the elements. That andfor covering £30anyper month bare soil before the cat leaves one


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blocks. Primarily there was one cause, but if I mention them again you’ll thing that I have nothing else to talk about. Of course I can’t lay all blame with nature, some of my less successful ventures were purely down to my own ineptitude, or lack of observance. I have a shed roof that is covered in stocked plant pots, and given a few warm days they can be on death's door before I remember that they need a drink. Also I put some courgette plants at the base of my runner beans, but as the beans did so well this year, the courgettes definitely suffered from a lack of light. At this time of year the harvest does all come at once, and we’ve certainly had to change our eating habits as the months have gone on. What we’ve realised is that we need to eat a lot of what can’t be preserved, preserve what we can and not plant so many gherkins next year so when you’ve pickled your last beetroot and dried the



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WORLD Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has been announced as the latest patron for Kingswood-based charity Jessie May. After learning about the work of the charity and its nurses when World Snooker partnered Jessie May for the 2016/2017 snooker season, Barry decided to take the relationship further and become an official patron. Jessie May, a hospice at home charity which cares for terminally ill children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, needs to raise around £1,400,000 every year to continue supporting children and their families. As a patron Barry will help raise awareness for the cause as well as vital funds. He will also support charity events with the first being An Evening with Steve Davis and Barry Hearn on Thursday October 19 at Ashton

Snooker which has been massively beneficial for us in the past year, both in terms of awareness and funds. “Barry also took the time to visit nurses and families and find out more about Jessie May’s work, which was greatly appreciated. “I don’t think we realised how big the response Snooker's Steve Davis and Barry Hearn to our partnership with World Snooker Gate Stadium.The event will be would be. We raised an amazing hosted by Mark Regan. £100,000 during the World Julian Withers, head of Championship tournament and fundraising at Jessie May, gained support from snooker said: “We are delighted to fans all across the UK, which for welcome Barry on board as a a small, local charity like us was Jessie May patron. Barry has fantastic. And the support isn’t been instrumental in driving ending. We have been named our partnership with World

World Snooker’s charity of the year for the 2017/18 season too. “We’re looking forward to Barry’s first appearance as our patron at the upcoming event in October. This evening is not just for snooker or sports fans but business people, Jessie May supporters and anyone looking for a good night out!” Barry Hearn said: “I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked to become a patron of Jessie May. “Having met the nurses and seen them in action, I know the difficult job they do is done with such commitment and passion."  Jessie May is caring for 125 terminally ill children in the South West and a further 47 bereaved families.  Tickets for the Evening with Steve Davis and Barry Hearn are £60 each or £500 for a table of 10. For more information visit eveningwith/

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Storms, shocks and blows to the head Blog 44 – Michael Jordan talks Chiropractic and Shockwave Therapy AFTER the Chiropractic success of working at the World Athletics Championships in August, Tim has passed the baton on to me for this month’s blog. While Tim is sunbathing in the south of France, enjoying a wellearned break with his family, I was among the thunder and lightning of Maidenhead with Cleve RFC as they were playing in their first away match of the season. Despite the narrow defeat, the ongoing dispute over head injuries continued as I had yet another concussion to assess amongst the squad. Loss of memory, blurred vision, nausea and altered balance are among the main signs of concussion which is now being watched closely by most governing bodies in sport. I asked the routine medical questions to the player after the match and cleared him for training next week. However, overlooked concussions can have a detrimental effect to someone’s mental health and it applies to people off the rugby field too. We’ve had patients in the clinic who have had nasty falls and as part of their assessment I’ll always check for signs of concussion. While on the subject of sport, I recently treated a good friend of mine who’s now a professional rugby player. He came to me at the clinic back in June complaining of back pain following a muscle sprain. That sounded simple

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