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Everest mission for Ryan: Page 15

Mudpie explorers, pages 20 & 21 | Business of the month, Page 37

Early success for martial arts ace

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James Carleton has achieved a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at just nine years old.

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Safety concerns as lights go out Advice has been issued to residents worried about street lights going out at midnight.

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Night at movies aids Jack’s fund A film-themed fancy dress party has helped a Downend family’s charity top £70,000.

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COMMUNITY spirit is alive and well in Downend this month following two successful launches. The Resound foodbank is now up and running while the Downend Connect event is bringing older people together.

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We bring you a real sparkler! WE have bumper Autumn volume for you this month, packed with stories and pictures of people from our area. Now the nights are drawing in, you can settle down at home for a good read about some of the activities that have taken place in recent weeks and look forward to events that will be happening soon. Halloween is on the way. While it is fun for the children, it can be a worrying time for elderly people and we have taken a page this month to reproduce a police poster urging everyone to keep safe and respect other people. The build-up is also well under way to one of the highlights of the social calendar – the Downend Fireworks. The biggest display in the Bristol area, organised by Downend Round Table, takes place this year on November 1. As always, we cover a host of groups and societies this month. But if your club or organisation is not represented, then please get in touch with us at news@downendvoice.co.uk so that we can report on your activities. We are now in our seventh month and are enjoying the opportunity to get to know more and more people in the area and to get involved in community ventures. Downend Voice is expanding its circulation area month by month and now produces 9,500 copies. The vast majority are delivered to homes in Downend and Mangotsfield every month. Hundreds more are available at pick-up points such as libraries and shops. You can also read the magazine online at www.downendvoice.co.uk If you log on to our website in between publication dates, you will find the latest news and views. You can also keep in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter. If you have a story for us, please email news@downendvoice.co.uk

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For a small guy, it was a big effort MEET James Carleton. He may be pintsized but his talents are anything but. At the age of just nine, James is already the proud owner of a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. James, who lives in Mangotsfield, has been honing his martial art skills since the tender age of four, working his way through the various coloured belts until gaining the prestigious black belt this year. The Christchurch Junior School pupil attends Newman Martial Arts in Emersons Green which is one of three martial arts clubs run by 4th Dan Lee Newman. James, who has twin 18-year-old sisters, Rosie and Lucy, is the youngest black belt in Lee’s classes and even joined the adult group last year to prepare him for the tough challenge ahead. Mum Deb Bryant, 38, said achieving black belt status was no easy feat. “James was really, really pleased with himself. His club has a young group and an adult group for the over 12s which James joined last year when he was only eight. He looked tiny compared to everyone else. “He had to do a pre-pre-grading, a pregrading, two pre-grading training sessions, a 500 word essay and an hour theory test where a lot of it is written in Korean. It was months of really hard work.

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“I’m so proud of him. The family worked really hard together and now we’re thrilled that James has been rewarded with his black belt.” Deb said James has no intention of slowing down. She said: “He’s now what they call a 1st Dan and you’re not supposed to do your 2nd Dan until you’re 16 but James can do star gradings every year so if he keeps up with those he could be a 2nd Dan by the time he’s 14, which is really young.” And it seems Tae Kwon Do is just one of the many talents James possesses. As well as playing football for Mangotsfield United under 10s he is a keen cricketer, playing for Frenchay Cricket Club. He also was part of his school’s cricket team which won this year’s Year 4 Regional County Championships. Deb said: “James is really happy boy who loves his sport and has lots of friends. He absolutely loves football. He would love to play for Arsenal.” Dad Shaun Carleton, 49, said: “We are really pleased with his determination and perseverance. For a small guy, he made a really big effort.” James said: “It feels really good to be a James with instructor Lee Newman black belt. It makes me feel proud.”

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Now people are well and truly connected! A CAMPAIGN to develop more links and activities for older people in the area has taken a big step forward thanks to a highly successful launch event. Downend Connect is an initiative spearheaded by Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council aimed at reducing isolation among retired people. It was unveiled during a launch held at Badminton Gardens in Beaufort Road, which was attended by 65 people in addition to the residents of the extra-care housing. Visitors were able to find out about courses to pursue, groups to join and opportunities for volunteering. Among those with stalls at the event were the parish council, University of the Third Age, Downend Folk House, Phoenix Art Club, Downend

Baptist Church, Christ Church Downend, the Carers Centre and the craft group based at Badminton Gardens. Visitors were encouraged to give details of the activities in which they are already involved and those that they might like to take up. Organisers are going through the responses and will act upon them. Already, they have identified a need for computer courses for beginners and have set up a course for older people. It will take place at the library on Tuesday afternoons and will be run by South Gloucestershire Community Learning. Martyn Poole, from the parish council, said: “At the Downend Connect event, elderly

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“I could not be more pleased at the way this has gone so far,” he said. Downend Voice has backed Downend Connect from the start and will publish monthly updates. Sue Jaques, partnerships officer at South Gloucestershire Council, said the publicity had been very valuable. “We had an excellent response to our requests for information in advance and with the amazing attendance on the day. Many people said they had read about Downend Connect in Downend Voice,” she said. Ms Jaques is also working with the organisation Wellaware (wellaware.co.uk) to ensure all information about activities in Downend is stored on its database.

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PEOPLE in Downend with concerns about street lights being turned off between midnight and 5am are being advised to contact South Gloucestershire Council. Officers will review issues raised and decide whether the street meets the criteria for the switch-off and whether the council has applied its policy correctly. The part night-lighting scheme came into effect in most of Pendennis Avenue, Staple Hill, Bristol BS16 5DW Downend in the summer. It is already in place in most of South tried worming her, before running Tel: 0117 956 9038 Fax: 0117 970 2077 Gloucestershire and aims to reduce the district’s carbon emissions any tests. The owner saw lots of www.avenue-vets.com worms being passed (having never by 2,000 tonnes a year – equivalent to the annual emissions of about seen any before) and happily she 900 cars. was much better within a week, It is also expected to reduce the council’s street lighting energy and getting back towards a normal costs by a fifth. weight. Even we were surprised Barrie Lees, of Sutherland Avenue, raised his fears over safety at that this was just caused by worms. Downend and Bromley Heath Parish Council’s September meeting. The other main reason that He said the road had a nasty bend and parked cars that might not worming is so important, is to be seen in the dark. “I think it is a health and safety issue,” he said. protect our own health. Worm Parish councillors told him they and South Gloucestershire eggs in dog and cat poo are everywhere. If these eggs are Council had carried out consultations before the lights went off. picked up by humans – from Councillor Elizabeth Shepherd said some changes had bren made gardening, playing outdoors, since the consultation meaning some lights had gone off that were not picnicking etc, they can cause anticipated but these changes appeared justified.. harm. Not only can they infect our intestines, but in rare cases, She said anyone who wanted to discuss concerns further should can cause liver problems and contact Simon Spedding at South Gloucestershire, email simon. even blindness. A few children spedding@southglos.gov.uk each year lose their eyesight

Why does the vet keep asking us to worm our pet? Avenue Veterinary Centre Ltd Believe it or not, it is not to make money selling wormers!!! Worming is important for many reasons. Worms are everywhere in the environment, and our pets are at risk of picking them up. Dogs frequently have their noses in the hedgerows, fields and also other dogs’ poo! Cats are often out hunting, drinking pond water and covering their own poo up. Worms can be passed to puppies and kittens from their mothers. Puppies are occassionally born with some worms. This is the reason it is very important to worm younger pets (under six months old) regularly. Just one dog poo can contain a million worm eggs! This means that indoor pets can easily be infected from eggs brought in on people’s shoes. Owners often don’t see the need to worm their pet, as they don’t see any worms. This does not mean that an animal has no worms. Worms often disintegrate before they are passed, and some are too small to notice. Worm eggs can also be carried by fleas, and even with regular flea control, fleas will still bite and spread disease before they are affected by spotons. Act before worms affect your animal’s health. Worms don’t often appear to cause pets any problems. But they can cause diarrhoea, dull coat and weight loss. Their presence will damage the intestines and reduce nutrients your animal would normally gain from their food. Sometimes it can cause irritation and your pets may drag their bottom on the floor. We saw a young dog recently that had suddenly lost a huge amount of weight. We were worried she was seriously unwell, but first we

from picking up worms. (Adults can also be affected). This is a terrible shame, and if everyone everywhere wormed their pets, this number would be reduced. This is a good reason to scoop your dog poop aswell! Rabbits need worming too, as they can pick up several types of parasites. They can cause rabbits to become seriously ill, so worming is especially important for bunnies. There are many many different wormers available, which need to be given at different time intervals. Some are spot-ons, some are tablets, some are pastes. Worming needs to be done several times a year, more often if your pet spends a lot of time outside. Some products are only available on prescription from your vet. Just like at the doctors, this means the vet needs to give your animal a health check and ensure the product is suitable for them before prescribing. This health check is a legal requirement. It ensures the pet is fit and well, before being given a wormer which uses one or more drugs to control parasites. It also allows the pet’s weight to be checked, otherwise the dose given may be too low, and therefore ineffective. Several of these prescription products are more effective or cover more parasites, than the non-prescription alternatives. Come in and speak to one of our team, and we can discuss which products would suit you and your furry friend the best!

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Action on shop crime POLICE are working with Downend’s two biggest food stores on crime prevention measures following a spate of shoplifting. PC James Rochford told the parish council that there had been a number of thefts from both the Co-op and Sainsbury’s Local but he expected the situation to improve. One arrest had been made. He pointed out that Downend, unlike Staple Hill, did not have CCTV, making it more vulnerable to shop thefts.

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Lisa’s legacy is so very Special THE first police award in memory of Downend mum Lisa Bessell has been awarded to Special Constable Darren Gailey. Lisa, who died a year ago from breast cancer at the age of 40, had been a special constable as well as working for the force. Avon and Somerset Constabulary decided to honour her by creating an annual prize — the Lisa Bessell South Gloucestershire Probationary Special Constable of the Year Award. It was handed over to SC Gailey by Lisa’s husband Jon at a ceremony at Downend Day Centre last month, watched by their daughters Evie and Grace. He said: “We feel very honoured and proud to be here tonight and have this award in Lisa’s name.” Chief Superintendent Geoff Spicer, commander of the force in the area, said: “Lisa was a valued member of the constabulary, working in many roles, but she was most proud of her role as a special constable. She was a truly inspirational lady. Five weeks before she passed away from breast cancer she was still serving.” Darren Gailey became a special constable in May and has already contributed more than 100 hours’ duty, working from district headquarters, Concorde House in Emersons Green.

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In July he was directly involved in the arrest of a man in relation to sexual offences on the cycle track. Mr Spicer said SC Gailey “showed excellent communication skills and was able to seize key items of evidence.” He added: “More recently, Darren assisted officers in the arrest of a Darren Gailey receives his award from Jon Bessell violent man. He ensured the man did not harm himself by supporting his for his efforts with the volunteer police head all the way back to the station.” cadet unit; Dave Allen for his dedication South Gloucestershire has 82 special to his role as a chaperone to victims and constables who work alongside the police to witnesses taking part in suspect identification help keep the district safe. They and other procedures. volunteers give about 20,000 hours a year Chris Perrott, one of the first new Avon to policing – the equivalent of nine full-time and Somerset Volunteer Police Cadets, and officers. a volunteer with the neighbourhood policing team based at Staple Hill. Mr Spicer thanked them for their support Roly Lock for his dedication to the and David Farrell, chief officer of the Thornbury area; Scott Raybould; Nick Avon and Somerset Special Constabulary, Groves. Chris Membury; Colin Reid, said: “Special Constables make a positive Kingswood neighbourhood team; Tony contribution to the lives of others every time Leighton; Wayne Macy, Jake Haskins, Tony we turn out. These officers know they have Millington Dominik Zalewski, Melanie helped someone and that’s what brings them Barton and Daniel Wiltshire. back.” Other awards went to Christopher Smith

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Captain Jack’s fund is proving a blockbuster A DETERMINED mum’s fundraising campaign for Bristol Children’s Hospital has had its busiest year yet – thanks partly to the readers of Downend Voice. Paula Banks and her family are supporting the hospital where her son Jack was treated for leukaemia for several years until his death in 2008 at the age of nine. Paula’s aim is to raise £100,000 for a new playroom and conservatory as part of a major expansion at the hospital. Downend Voice has been highlighting the fundraising efforts and Paula has been contacted by people keen to help after reading her story. She and her husband Rob and son Joe had hoped to reach £70,000 by the end of 2013 – but the fund has already topped £71,500.

there on the night and the effort made with people’s costumes was amazing. There were so many different characters ranging from Cleopatra, Captain Jack Sparrow, several Marvel and Disney characters, Pink Ladies and Frankenstein to mention just a few.” A raffle and an auction of a signed England Cricket shirt and book about the birth of the Ashes brought in more cash and Richard Martin provided a disco. The tandem skydive was bravely undertaken by Paula’s friend Lisa Franklin, whose son went to school with Jack. The donation from John Lewis, from the store’s

Community Matters initiative, came as a welcome surprise to the family. Earlier in the year, Paula and a team of friends and colleagues took part in the Bristol 10k and five supporters took part in a mass skydive. She has also run stalls at events and held a Ladies Night in July. “I really appreciate how Downend Voice is helping raise awareness,” Paula said. “It really has helped with some of our fundraising and I have been recognised from the photos you have printed.” To donate to Jack’s fund, formally known as the Jack Banks Star Tribute fund for

“Captain Jack” pictured in 2006 the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal, go to www.justgiving. com/jackbanks. The fund already supplies pirate-themed toyboxes, known as Captain Jack’s treasure chests, for young patients at the hospital who are undergoing gruelling treatments.

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SCORES of people turned out to welcome a new pastor to Pendennis Evangelical Church in Staple Hill. The induction service for Paul Donovan was held nearby in The Sanctuary building so that everyone could attend. Deacon Sue Rickell explained that the church had been without a pastor for 14 months. “We have had a really exciting programme of visiting preachers from local churches and we thank them very much for their support but it is lovely to have our own pastor again. “We had a remarkable turnout of 170 people for the induction service and welcome event afterwards.” Paul comes to Staple Hill with his wife Rachel and four children from Hurstpierpoint in West Sussex, where he was an assistant pastor. Paul said of his induction: “The Pendennis church family were overwhelmed by the support from many other local churches and Paul and Rachel’s

DOWNEND author Ali Bacon, who was featured in our first issue, has been working with fellow writers in the Bristol Women Writers on a collection of fiction and poetry called Unchained. The book, which celebrates the 400th anniversary of Bristol’s original chained library, will be launched at an event on October 23 in Bristol Central Library with profits from sales going to the National Literacy Trust. Ali, a former librarian, said: “Libraries are the springboard for this book but our poems and stories end up in all kinds of surprising places.” Find out more at http:// writersunchained/wordpress. com

relatives and friends from around the country.” The new pastor grew up near Eastville Park, attended Whitefield Secondary School and graduated from UWE. He and his family have since lived, worked and studied in Shropshire, Papua New Guinea, Bridgend and West Sussex. Paul said: The Pendenniss Evangelical Church holds

services every Sunday at 10.30am and 6pm and a range of regular and occasional activities during the week such as coffee mornings, a toddler group, youth group, Messy Church and Bouncy Bacon, which combines softplay for the little ones with bacon butties for the adults.” For more information, visit pendennis-evangelical.org.uk

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Youth group making a difference in Uganda YOUNG people helping out in Uganda this summer have found their good deeds have not gone unnoticed. Members of the Faith group at Christ Church Downend teamed up with young people from Bradley Stoke to work with youth groups and children’s organisations in Mbarara. As they quietly went about their business painting a zebra crossing at an accident hotspot, they were astonished – and delighted - to find themselves featured in a report in one of Uganda’s most popular newspapers, Orumuri. Youth leader Gary Smart, who travelled with the group, said it was fantastic that the young people’s efforts had captured the imagination of the press. “It was a busy road – as busy as Gloucester Road. The old zebra crossing had been rubbed away and there had been a few accidents. “We worked with young people from All Saints youth club in Mbarara who asked the equivalent of our council what needed to be done. They said a zebra crossing needed to be repainted but they didn’t have the funds or the manpower to do it. As it was dangerous without a crossing we jointly paid for special paint, marked it out and got on with painting it. “It created lots of interest. Local people were stopping and asking us what we were doing. People were leaning out of their car windows to say comments such as ‘thank you for your great service’ and ‘thank you for your service to our community’. “After we finished the newspaper contacted the local youth group to use one of their

photos they had taken so it was a complete surprise when we appeared in the paper. Everyone was really pleased and we all recognised the symbolism of black and white people working together painting black and white lines.” Matt Brydon, 17, Katie Smart, 18, Lucy Payne, 19, Katie Avent, 21, and Kirsty Whitelock, 21, travelled to the African country at the end of July following seven months of fundraising. The project – called Youth 2 Youth Uganda 2013 – involved members of the Faith youth group teaming up with young volunteers from Holy Trinity Church in Bradley Stoke to provide drama teaching, sports coaching, health education and first-aid training in schools and projects involving young people. They also worked with around 250 boys and girls in a children’s development centre in Mukora which looks after the health, social, spiritual and educational care of children from orphaned backgrounds and extreme poverty. The group had been fundraising for seven months to help finance the trip and pay for a legacy of 200 first-aid kits which were given to every family at the centre and sports equipment including footballs, net balls, training cones and sports kits. Lucy, 19, said: “The people we have met have been amazing. I have enjoyed getting to understand the culture. I’ve learned to try and be more relaxed and not worry and that you can make friends anywhere.” The youngsters took it in turns to update a blog, posting photos and detailing their exploits.

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Extract from the blog We are all loving the hospitality, scenery and food that we have experienced; personally I am finding hand washing and bumpy roads more challenging. I have also had some great experiences so far; I enjoyed running at Lake Nabugabo as the children went to school and speaking to the young people we have encountered so far. I had an interesting experience at Heathrow when Dad’s camping gear was found in an undiscovered pocket in my hand baggage, when the security officer removed an old flick knife I was half expecting a SWAT team to march me away. It turned out that the knife was within restrictions and could be taken in the plane (much to the annoyance of Paul, who had all of his deodorant confiscated!) We are now enjoying a lovely hotel in Mbarara, warm water for the first time in nearly a week is a welcome relief. We have just had a very busy day at Mukora Children’s Development Centre, very hot weather made for a challenging day. To begin we received a tour of the site and shared in their dedications (assembly) they welcomed us with singing and dancing; we were all moved by their enthusiasm and I’m sure I will never forget the overwhelming experience. By Matt Brydon, 17. If you would like to read more of the blog, please visit www. youth2youth2013.wordpress.com

Visitors flock to school STUDENTS and staff at Mangotsfield School were pleased to welcome more than 700 people to their annual Open Evening, Year 5 and 6 pupils were able to tour the school with their families and the help of volunteer students guides. Three audiences heard speeches from the head teacher Richard Badley and senior prefects during the evening. If you would like to see the school in action during the working day, please telephone the school on 01454 862700 to arrange a tour. Mangotsfield School is celebrating improved GCSE results, with a rise in the proportion of students gaining five or more A*-C passes including English and maths to 56 per cent, compared with 49 per cent in 2012. Overall, 77 per cent of students achieved at least five or more A*-C grades in any subject. Mr Badley was pleased that the figure for English A*-C passes improved to 65 per cent while the maths performance remained above the national average at 71 per cent.

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Fears of more fly-tipping after vote to scrap free green bin collections

HOUSEHOLDERS in the Downend area will lose their free green bin collections from next spring. Residents will have to pay £36 a year to South Gloucestershire Council if they want to continue having fortnightly collections of garden waste. Alternatively, they can buy garden refuse sacks at £2 each, which will also be collected. People can also, as now, dispose of green waste to the Sort It! site in Mangotsfield. People on benefits will be charged a concessionary rate for a green bin. Those with big gardens can pay an additional £36 for a second green bin. New measures to promote home composting as a more environmentfriendly option will also be introduced. Councillors agreed last month to the changes, which are intended to be more efficient and save money. The amount of income depends on take-up but is estimated at up to £1.2 million a year. The cost of bringing in the changes is said to be about £600,000. There are concerns that the changes, part of a waste strategy adopted by the council for 2013-19, will reduce recycling rates, which are currently around 51 per cent – some of the best in the country.

However, the strategy includes plans to include mixed plastics, drinks cartons and small electrical items within kerbside recycling services from next year. An improved recycling service is also proposed for people living in flats. Conservative councillors are angry that the only option for retaining a free service – but for nine months of the year rather than 12 – was not put to the vote at the council’s communities committee. They say that nearly 2,000 residents responded to consultation about the changes and most comments were negative, while 39 per cent did not respond to a question about which charging option they would prefer. Councillor James Hunt (Con, Emersons Green), said: “Residents have pointed out how this move will damage our local environment by increasing fly-tipping, backyard burning and black bin usage, which will cut the district’s recycling rate.” Councillor Pat Rooney (Labour, Woodstock) said: “I recognise how unpopular this decision will be. However, the council is staring at a black hole in its finances and is being forced by government cuts to slash services.”

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AFTER months of planning, the Resound Foodbank has opened its doors, offering essential supplies to people in need. The foodbank at the Resound Church in Mangotsfield means that those seeking help in the Downend and Emersons Green area need no longer travel to Yate or Bristol. It is open every Friday morning and clients are given enough food for three days of nutritionally balanced meals in exchange for vouchers, which are being issued by a number of organisations in the area (see list). More voucher partners, as they are known, such as doctors, schools, and other professional organisations, are still being sought.

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A number of local churches are supporting the venture, and Sainsbury’s at Emersons Green is also backing it. The store has already held collections for the foodbank and the chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Ian Boulton visited last month in recognition of the effort, as well as for Sainsbury’s support for its chosen charity, 1st Emersons Green Scout Group. Donations of food and other household goods can be taken to Resound or to any participating church. Regular updates on the foodbank shopping list will be published in Downend Voice. It is important that contributed food is undamaged and has a long use-by date. The Resound foodbank, like

the one in Yate that opened two years ago, is supported by the Trussell Trust. Bob Vernon, from the Yate foodbank, told guests at the launch of the Resound foodbank that demand was continuing to grow and had been particularly heavy during the school summer holidays. “We started off feeding about 10 to 15 people a week. Now it can be up to 60 or 70. We have had clients who have walked from Mangotsfield to Yate to get a food parcel. There are so many people who are struggling for all sorts of reasons,” he said. Foodbanks aim to help people in short-term crisis and usually there is a limit of three vouchers in six months. Visitors to the foodbank are offered a hot drink and snack and are encouraged to talk to the volunteers, who will try to help them find a longer-term solution to their problems. Claire Collins, organiser of the Resound foodbank, said: “We are very grateful to everyone who is helping us – those who give food, our volunteers and our voucher partners. We could not do it without them. “We have had a tremendous response and I am overwhelmed by the generosity that is being shown.” Tim Groves, minister at Resound, added: “We are thrilled and very proud about launching the foodbank. Over 40 volunteers from a host of different churches are involved.”

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AROUND 50 people and businesses have put forward their views on plans to help boost trade in Staple Hill. South Gloucestershire Council allocated £50,000 to look at parking and waiting restrictions in the area in a bid to make it easier for shoppers to park. It comes after complaints some people were clogging up the long-stay car park in Park Road by using it as an unofficial park-and-ride while they caught buses into work. The proposals were on display in Staple Hill Library and available on the council’s website. People were given until September 9 to respond to the proposals which the authority says “would support local business by encouraging an increased turnover of vehicles and potential customers on the main street”. Responses came from a mixture of residents, businesses and local workers and are being analysed by the council. Staple Hill councillor Ian Boulton said: “Myself and fellow councillor Shirley Potts managed to get £50,000 secured to conduct the review and implement parking changes. “The new car park opposite the Page Association is for long

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Council reviews car parking at Staple Hill to help boost trade

Councillor Shirley Potts stay parking and it’s virtually as central as you can get. The car park on Pendennis Road which is at the end of the shopping area is short stay parking. It’s all round the wrong way! “There are real issues with the parking and as we don’t have the space or the resources to build a multi-storey, we need to make the most efficient use of the parking spaces we have to encourage people to use the shops. “It puts people off using Staple Hill as a shopping area. It’s a reputational risk that if you come to Staple Hill there’s a chance you could get a parking ticket or there will be nowhere to park as the car park that’s closest to the shopping area is completely full because you’ve got people parking there all day.

They’re doing it perfectly legally because it’s a long-stay car park but it’s not the best use of that space.” Speaking at a council meeting, Terry Sheen, president of Staple Hill’s chamber of trade, said it was imperative action was taken to ensure parking was prioritised for shoppers. He said: “If you don’t keep our parking for shops, we will lose more and more shops. We are doing everything at our end to keep Staple Hill alive.” All the on-street parking bays in the town centre offer two hours of parking between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. It was originally proposed that the short stay parking bays between the library and the Page Road junction were changed to allow a maximum stay of one hour parking. However, the council has already agreed to keep the stay to two hours after receiving complaints from residents and traders. The remaining short-stay parking bays, east of the library on Broad Street and west of Page

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Road on the High Street, would continue to offer a maximum of two hours parking, but the no return period would be increased to four hours. Some extra two hour maximum stay parking bays are proposed for Broad Street outside Maygar House to help shoppers and on Haynes Lane for people using the surgery. It is also proposed that the Page Road car park is changed to offer a maximum stay of two hours between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday. This change would not affect the dedicated Page Community Centre parking places. It is proposed that the shortstay car park in Haynes Lane would become a long stay car park. Extra waiting restrictions are planned at Broad Street, Kendall Road and Upper Station Road to improve access and road safety. The council says it will introduce the changes before next April if the scheme has sufficient support from local businesses and residents.

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The silent work of community I HAVE a quirky habit. I enjoy watching my favourite films with the sound off. I like to see the space the actors occupy on the screen. I like to blunt one of my senses and re-experience the familiar with a newfound freshness. You may think me mad, but we’ve all done it…in one form or another. Have you ever sat in your car, or on the beach, or relaxed in a café, only to watch a distant conversation, and wonder what is going on; or asked yourself who is related to whom? I dare say we have often arrived at the wrong conclusions, mistaken enthusiastic arm movements for aggression, or the presence of tears for sadness rather than relief. One thing however is unmistakable. One gesture that reverberates no matter how silent the act: “caring”. Ever witnessed a person drop a bag in the street only to be picked up and offered back to the owner by a stranger? Or perhaps you’ve seen a stranger on a crowded bus slump to one side only to be spotted by a fellow passenger and an alert raised and the suffering traveller supported. However there is nothing more jarring

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Screaming jelly babies go on show DOWNEND School’s Open Evening was a great success with more than 900 visitors. Every subject area had prepared activities for Year 6 students to sample, including a Murder Mystery in maths, Screaming Jelly Babies in science, and Coastal Cakes in geography. The school’s Innovation Centre was also a popular destination for visitors, with hands-on activities including computerprogrammed robots. Visitors saw the newly refurbished classrooms in the main building, and recently introduced lockers and redesigned toilet facilities which were planned with ideas from the school council. More than 300 Downend students volunteered to show parents around and help to run activities. Downend School is holding Open Mornings daily until October 23. Places can be booked through the school reception on 01454 862300.

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It’s not just jam and Jerusalem LADIES in Bromley Heath are eagerly awaiting the launch of a new WI group which promises to put the emphasis on the word ‘fun’. And while the plans may include flower arranging and jam making, other activities feature belly dancing, car maintenance and theatre workshops. The idea was the brainchild of resident Sam Burch, who has been nominated for the role of president. Sam put a message on Heathboard, a local Facebook group, asking if anyone was interested in setting up a WI in the area. She has been staggered by the amount of interest her message generated. Sam said: “My mum had been talking about her WI group and so I looked it up on the internet and it seemed a natural progression to all the other things I, and others in the community, were already involved with like Heathknit, Glug Club and Heath Read. “I talked it over with friends before putting it on

Facebook and they had seemed keen. I also liked the WI for its campaigning element and it seemed a really good way of meeting women of all generations. The enthusiasm has blown me away. I am amazed that my innocent comment of ‘A Bromley Heath WI. Anybody up for it?’ has been taken up so enthusiastically!” Members have chosen a 1950s-style tea party with optional fancy dress for their launch night.

They picked the theme as homage to Bromley Heath estate, which was built in the 1950s. The launch takes place on Thursday October 24 at 7.20pm in the church hall in Quakers Road. For more information find Bromley Heath WI on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/pages/Bromley-HeathWI/581327638579611 or look out for updates on the community notice board in Quakers Road.

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by CJ Sansom In this gripping novel, set in Reformation England during Henry VIII’s later years, we follow the progress of Sergeant William Shadlake as he tries to solve a series of gruesome murders in the heart of Tudor London. Each of the murders has a unique twist to it and, as the deaths continue, we begin to establish Thomas how they are linked. An air of religious fervour pervades the novel: a youth has been burnt to death for firing an arrow at a sculpture of Jesus, butchers are hounded for selling meat during lent and moves are afoot to prevent women and the working class from reading the bible. This religious fanaticism lends an atmosphere of dark mistrust that permeates the novel. We are introduced to the colourful inmates of Bedlam including a man who thinks he is the king. We follow a near hysterical young man whose obsessive praying has led to him being locked up. Will he recover from the mania taking over his mind? Against this murky backcloth, we also see Shadlake as a more rounded figure – his relationship with his sweetheart of long ago, his loyalty and friendship and his determination to see things through to the end at great personal cost. The novel contains rich historical detail about the time in which it is set. There is an interesting insight into doctors’

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Rummaging through the children’s picture books at the library, I was attracted to these stories by the amazing front cover illustrations of Splat the very big, black furry cat. In fact, the drawings of both Splat and his sidekick, Seymour the mouse, are mesmerizing with the most brilliant facial expressions to boot. Splat doesn’t initially want to go to school – he claims to be having a bad hair day! He feels reassured, however, when he manages to pack Seymour into his lunchbox – a move that later leads to pandemonium as he is discovered by the cat community of Cat School and the cats do what cats do…. It’s visual, it’s funny and it also carries a positive message for young children starting school. There are several books in the Splat series - In “Secret Agent Splat!” he notices that some of his toys are missing and sets out to solve the mystery of the missing ducks. Eventually the unlikely culprit is apprehended and treated with due consideration. And in “Splat says Thank You!” Seymour isn’t feeling well so Splat brings him a friendship book which gives beautifully illustrated examples of how Seymour has been a good friend to Splat in a number of humorous ways across the years. These books, with their wonderful pictures and brilliant humour are great fun for younger children and for parents too! Review by Debbie

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If you go down to the woods today you’re sure of a big surprise ELECTRONIC gadgets can be the bane of every parent’s life. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve asked my son to take a break from his Xbox only to be greeted by a grunt and a surly ‘in a minute’. Imagine then, a world where your child is free to roam woods, jump streams, climb trees, sit around a camp fire and roll around in mud. Sounds like a different era? Then think again because thanks to one Mangotsfield mum, children are being given the opportunity to do just that. And they’re having the time of their lives.

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Nickie Corr is the woman responsible for setting up Mud Pie Explorers, offering child-led outdoor play in green spaces – whatever the weather. A favourite haunt is the woods behind Lincombe Barn in Downend, an Aladdin’s cave of fantasy adventure where a fallen branch may just be a bridge to escape from swashbuckling pirates and a large rock, a hiding place from crocodiles and lions. Nickie, 37, leads various groups for children up to around 11 years of age including preschool groups where parents can join their children. Most of her sessions are part of the national Forest School initiative which encourages learning through a woodland environment. The sessions, which also take place in the woods at Leap Valley, are tailored to the needs of the various groups, for instance older children may want to swing across streams on ropes or sit around a camp fire while tots may prefer story-telling and painting with mud. Today, Nickie leads a two-hour pre-school group accompanied by her large bag of tricks. Inside lurks a map, books, first-aid kit, brushes for mud painting, string and scissors (“If you’ve got string and scissors handy there’s an infinite amount of things you can do,” Nickie tells me confidently), cardboard tubes to roar down to make animal noises, and, for this particular occasion, lots of teddy bears. She starts off by reading a story to the children, this time

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it’s the well-loved We’re Going On a Bear Hunt. Now this may all sound very tame so far but the next thing the children know, they’re travelling through the woods re-enacting the book. This involves crossing ‘long, wavy’ grass, negotiating ‘thick, oozy’ mud and passing through a ‘deep, cold’ river and a ‘big, dark’ forest. The children, enthralled by the story, follow Nickie’s lead, repeating lines from the book and keeping their eyes peeled for a bear. Finally, after climbing a steep bank they discover a ‘scary, dark’ cave, carefully planted by Nickie and harbouring the bear they’ve been busy hunting. He doesn’t look harmful at all, in fact, he’s squishy and cute with an uncanny resemblance to a teddy. “It’s a travelling story,” explains Nickie. “You start off reading it to get the children familiar with it and then you read it again as you travel through the woods so it helps them to learn to sequence stories, which is an early literacy skill. “The main purpose is to have fun but there are so many benefits on lots of different levels. They’re getting physical exercise and they’re learning to share with other children.

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“There are lots of studies which show how nature reduces cortisol levels, a stress hormone in the body. Anyone who spends time in the woods comes out feeling better and more chilled so it’s particularly good for children with emotional issues or special needs.” The group then settles down to enjoy a teddy bears’ picnic and munch on snacks to keep their energy levels up. The children then stumble upon laminated paw prints, each asking the finder to do different tasks. Four-year-old Alonzo tells a joke: “What did the banana say to the doctor,” he says. “I don’t know,” Nickie playfully replies, “What did the banana say to the doctor?” Alonzo’s response – “I’m not peeling very well” - is met with laughter from the group. Next up is child-led play and the children find themselves in

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Looking lovely in Lycra inspires class A FITNESS instructor was shamed into shedding weight after realising she was setting a bad example to her class. Debbie Morris, 46, struggled with those excess pounds even though it was part of her job to keep fit and eat a healthy diet. She started hiding her unwanted flab with baggy gym clothes, hoping her class wouldn’t notice she was piling on the pounds. The mum-of-one felt particularly self-conscious when teaching her legs, bums and tums classes – wondering how she would be an inspiration to her class if she was fat and flabby herself. Debbie said: “I’ve always worked in private fitness clubs around Bristol and there’s an expectation to look the part. I was wearing skin-tight Lycra but I was conscious of my rolls so I started wearing baggy vest tops to hide it all.” Eager to set a glowing example to her class, Debbie tried every fad diet going including a 28-day detox diet

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Spend a Penny project under way at St James VISITORS to St James Church in Mangotsfield shouldn’t have to run the risk of being caught short for too much longer after a fund to build toilets received a welcome boost. The church, which is the oldest building in Mangotsfield and dates back to 1270, is popular with visitors including primary school children. It also holds weddings, baptisms and funerals. But people asking to use the loo are redirected to toilets in the car park opposite the listed building. Members of the church have set up The Spend A Penny project aimed at raising enough money to pay for an accessible toilet and baby change facilities. They say having toilets within the church would be safer and would enable them to provide a home for a much wider range of groups. Church members have just started fundraising to reach the £25,000 it would cost to pay for the project. Already South Gloucestershire Council has agreed to contribute £1,500 towards the toilets. At the Chase Area Forum meeting on September 17, church representative Chris Taylor told councillors: “Currently those needing the toilet during a visit to St James have to use the public toilet facilities in a local car park. These facilities close in the evening, often are unlit and are unfortunately not in a fit state to be used by young children or the elderly and disabled. “Toilets located within the church will make life more comfortable for everyone using the building.” The church has activities planned for further fundraising as well as looking at applications to charitable trusts.

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THE Largest Food and Home show in South West is to stage ‘Chefs’ Forum Pop-Up Restaurant’ for Children’s Hospice South West. The Bristol Home, Food & Drink Festival, now in its third year, will play host to TV chef Martin Blunos at the mammoth, purpose-built UWE Exhibition & Conference Centre in Frenchay, Bristol on 26-27th October 2013. The hugely successful event, organised by Nationwide Exhibitions, will showcase the very best that the West has to offer including a myriad of top local chefs, food & drink producers and beautiful home wares. There is still time to register

to exhibit at the show and organisers welcome enquiries from potential stallholders. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy live cookery demonstrations by two Michelin-starred TV chef Martin Blunos and other award-winning local chefs including Josh Eggleton, Chris Wicks and Vince Castellano. This year a fabulous pop-up restaurant will take place in the evening on the 26th October which will see students from City of Bristol College working with top local chefs to cook and serve a fabulous feast with wine paired to each course Tickets for this are available on www. homeandfoodfestival.co.uk. To really showcase Bristol’s fabulous world-food scene, Husband and wife team, Sherrie Eugene-Hart and Pat Hart will be showcasing Carib-asian cuisine, Romy Gill, Indian delicacies and Abie Pixley with Creole food! In addition, local producers will be holding an array of contemporary food and drink master classes in the demonstration theatres. These will include sessions on cake-making, sugar craft, butchery, bakery, cocktails, cheese and cider!

exhibitions over the last two years. It continues Nationwide Exhibitions’ 30-year history of creating and launching distinctive, innovative events. It is really exciting to be majoring on food this time in a city with such a vibrant local food scene. The Festival will provide a unique opportunity for foodies and home lovers to discover new products and ideas in a fun and friendly environment.” Entry to The Bristol Home and Food Festival is £9. The event takes place on 26-27th October at the UWE Exhibition & Conference Centre, adjacent to the University’s Frenchay Campus. Food isn’t the only item on the agenda:Visitors will find a fantastic range of quality companies showcasing new and innovative ways to improve the home. Exhibitors will range from external security solutions, Devon Duvets (as sold in Harrods), water purification systems, garden gazebos and loft ladders! Visitors to The Bristol Home, Food & Drink Festival will be able to browse, sample and experience the best exhibitors Bristol and the West has to offer such as Robert Welch Knives, Bramley & Gage liquors, Riverford Home Delivery and the Upton Cheyney Chilli Farm. Nigel Stevens, Exhibition Organiser for Nationwide Exhibitions, commented: “We are holding the Home and Food Festival at the UWE Exhibition Centre for the third year running after a hugely successful

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Community Remember, remember! projects Downend firework show benefit MORE than £5,000 has been awarded to three projects based in Staple Hill. The money is part of £26,000 given to good causes by the Chase Area Forum for projects in Downend, Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and Kingswood Our Place community flat will receive £1,690 towards updating its kitchen. Around 100 people a week use the flat for a wide range of activities including cookery classes and lunch clubs. The money will help pay towards a cooker canopy, fridge freezer and new kitchen worktops. Also benefiting from a grant is Staple Hill Regeneration Partnership. The organisation bagged £1,750 towards an outdoor digital information screen. It will be used to give people living in the area up-to-date information about services, activities and events. Page Park Preschool has been given £1,650 to pay for new outside play equipment. The money will be spent on climbing apparatus and water play equipment. The preschool caters for 35 children, many of whom live in flats and have no outdoor play area.

Grant for Folk House A POPULAR organisation in Downend has been given a grant towards new windows to help deter intruders. Downend Folk House Association, based at Lincombe Barn, wants to replace all nine windows in its Jubilee Hall. Members say it will help conserve heat and be a deterrent to potential thieves and vandals. They were awarded £1,500 towards the total project cost of £4,500 by councillors at the Chase Area Forum. The association, which has 950 members, told councillors it would use their reserves to complete the project.

comes back with a bang Organisers of Bristol’s biggest charity firework display have announced that the event is to be back once more, sparking into life on Friday November 1. The Downend Firework Show is organised by the Great Western Round Table (GWRT) and has celebrated over 40 years in the city raising vital funds for charity. Held at the King George V playing fields in Sutherland Avenue, the event is set to attract thousands of visitors from the region and organisers promise this year will be bigger and better than ever with an even bigger spend on the firework display. Andrew Simmonds, 34, from Downend, is one of the Round Table members who helps to arrange the show each year. He said: “It is fantastic to be able to announce that the Downend Firework Show will be back with a bang once again this year. “We have secured the best firework company in Bristol – Skyburst – and have increased our spend by £2,500 so it’s guaranteed to be a spectacular show. “The event has become a staple of the community and because it is so well-established people look forward to it year on year, so we’re thrilled to have set a date and began advancing

our plans. It’s a marvellous opportunity to see the best pyrotechnic display for miles around while raising money for great local causes at the same time.” Since the first Downend fireworks night in 1971 the Round Table has raised more than half a million pounds which has been plowed back into the community. Andrew continued: “In 2012 we raised a huge £18,000 for several local causes including Keynsham Scout Group, the MS Therapy Centre and the Kingswood Bus Project. It’s great to be able to split the funds raised between many worthy causes and most importantly

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keep it within the local community.” Once again there will be much more than just fireworks at the event. BBC Radio Bristol are on board to provide presenters and entertainment acts and there will be a selection of attractions and entertainment for children including a special children’s firework display. Tickets will be available from October from local shops and PTAs. More details on ticket prices and where you can get them will be available shortly at www.downendfireworks.co.uk To get involved or find out more about the GWRT please visit www.gwrt.co.uk.

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PLANS to develop elderly people’s flats at the Staple Hill Police Station site have been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council. McCarthy & Stone wants to create 43 one and two-bedroomed apartments, including five by converting the locally listed police station building. The proposed development will include communal facilities, car parking and landscaped gardens. The Court House is not part of the scheme and is set to remain a base for police community support officers in Staple Hill. Avon and Somerset Police is moving out most of its officers to other centres, including Emersons Green. McCarthy & Stone held events earlier this year to outline plans to residents and community representatives. More than 1,000 people were invited to a public exhibition and the firm says most of the comments received were in favour of the

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SUPPORTERS from Downend, Mangotsfield, Emersons Green and Staple Hill were among those who took part in the eighth annual Run for the Future on Bristol Downs. Runner Stephen Pick, from Downend, had the third fastest time of the hundreds of runners, completing the 5k course in 18 minutes 45 seconds. The run, organised by Bristol Rotary, is likely to have raised about £20,000 for the Southmead Hospital Prostate Cancer Appeal. Rotary member Ian Beattie said: “We are absolutely delighted with the turn out for the Run for the Future, for us it was just as much about raising awareness of men’s cancers as it was about raising funds, so to see so many people taking part was fantastic. “Bristol is considered a Centre of Excellence for prostate cancer research and treatment and that is thanks, in large part, to the money raised by Run for the Future.

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A NATIONAL charity which has its roots in Downend has enlisted the help of leading diet and fitness guru Rosemary Conley to beat meningitis. Meningitis UK was based at Cleeve Wood Road for nearly a decade before moving to bigger premises in Kingswood in 2011. The charity is now even bigger after merging with Stroudbased Meningitis Trust in April and forming the UK’s largest meningitis charity. CBE Rosemary will head the annual Time 4 Tea campaign to urge people to put on a brew and bake a cake to raise money to stamp out the deadly disease. The award-winning TV presenter, writer and fitness DVD star has put forward her lowcalorie Blueberry Meringue Cake recipe to entice everyone to get creative in the kitchen. She said: “As an avid tea drinker I am absolutely delighted to back the charity’s Time 4 Tea campaign. “It’s a fantastic way to unite people, enjoy a tasty tea and cake – hopefully low fat – while fighting a disease that can kill

in hours or leave people with life-changing after-effects such as limb loss. “I encourage everyone, from seasoned tea drinkers and cooks, to complete kitchen novices, to sign up to help this wonderful charity beat a disease that devastates families and communities.” The campaign is also being supported by Twinings which will offer participants free tea samples to help with their events and a lavish tea-set hamper to the person who most creatively photographs a Time 4 Tea. People can host a variety of events, from tea dances and coffee mornings, to teddy bears’ picnics and cake-baking competitions. A party pack featuring Rosemary’s recipe and Twinings’ tea, along with colourful balloons, bunting, posters, invitations and a collection box, will be sent to anyone who registers to hold a Time 4 Tea. To sign up or for more information, visit www.time4-tea.org or call Liz Gough on 01453 769080.

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Bright children are exploring learning A PRIMARY school’s commitment to making sure children are active and get about in their community is being rewarded. Blackhorse Primary has become the first school in South Gloucestershire to win a national Learning Outside the Classroom award. It has also been given high-visibility jackets from the Avon and Somerset Police Community Trust for children to wear when exploring the local area. And now the school has secured a grant of more than £15,000 for new cycle and scooter shelters. Head teacher Simon Botten is delighted at the recognition and the additional opportunities for pupils. The LOtC Mark (Bronze) is awarded to Blackhorse Primary because of its exemplary commitment to providing children with meaningful and exciting experiences outside the school walls. Mr Botten said “This award is a real coup for all the staff and governors here as it shows that we are really making strides in providing our pupils with potentially lifechanging opportunities. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to building on this award to integrate

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LOtC into the everyday life of the school.” The accreditation comes from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, which also provides free online guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality LOtC activities. Its chief excutive Beth Gardner said: “Learning outside the classroom provides the most memorable experiences in a child’s school life. I congratulate Blackhorse Primary School on being awarded LOtC Mark (Bronze).” The jackets have been provided through the trust’s road safety scheme. Mr Botten said: “We are committed to getting children out Blackhorse pupils in their high-vis jackets to learn in the community. These The three shelters will be made from jackets will help us continue this natural timber using three original work – whilst staying safe and being seen.” designs that aim to blend into the natural The bid for the green cycle shelters was environment while providing much-needed submitted by the school’s business manager cycle storage. Debra Beazer.

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Meet your councillor . . . Michael Bell is one of three elected representatives for Rodway ward and is a member of the Labour Party. How long have you lived in the Bristol area? I was born here, but in my younger days I had a large dose of wanderlust and spent five years in the Royal Air Force, mostly in Scotland, and then lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand for a couple of years. What made you become a councillor I had been very active in the trade union movement since the late 70s in local engineering companies and then the NHS, and gained much personal satisfaction in assisting fellow employees with their work issues and trying to negotiate better terms and conditions on their behalf. I had also been active in my local Labour Party Branch for the same length of time, and had served as election agent for the previous Labour councillors on many occasions. It was a natural progression to stand for election myself when the opportunity arose. What would you consider to be the greatest issue affecting the country and South Glos? I would definitely say the ever increasing gap between the so called “rich and poor” I am alarmed that local families will be using the foodbank in Mangotsfield, which will also be providing sustenance for needy families in Emersons Green and Downend, none of which are normally associated with poverty. This is due in many instances to welfare cuts, payment delays, redundancies etc which have placed a huge burden on certain residents. There are more people than ever calling into the Citizens Advice Bureau in Staple Hill. This is true in all parts of the country. In my own ward When elected two years ago, I was hoping that I might improve youth facilities in Rodway, but sadly that will not happen due to council spending cuts, which have also closed the Sure Start Centre in Barley Close School. I would also like to see more local employment.

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At one time there were many local jobs particularly in the Kingswood area, which gave short car journeys, and were even in walking distance. I strongly support local shops, and encourage all residents to use them, and keep them open. Rodway ward itself has no natural boundaries, but is made up of most of Mangotsfield with smaller areas of Downend, Kingswood and Staple Hill, and it is therefore difficult to link them together as one single community, as in the case for instance, of the villages in South Gloucestershire. There is no community centre either, and one would certainly provide more of a focal point if ever built. Proudest moment There have been a quite a few, certainly being elected as a Rodway ward councillor was one. Since being a councillor, I would place obtaining home improvements after long fights for four local disabled residents amongst my best achievements. In fact every time I have helped a resident, however small the issue, it is very fulfilling, On a personal level I am very proud of the four years I spent as a member of an RAF Mountain Rescue Team. How can the nation halt the decline of voters at the polls? Politics is a word that covers every aspect of people’s lives, and it does make a difference how we vote, despite all the apathy that currently exists, as seen in the recent turnout in the Police Commissioner Election. There is a great deal of cynicism about, but by far the vast majority of MPs and councillors are genuine in their efforts in helping society. Perhaps there should be compulsory voting! What do you do to relax? I have always read from a very young age – now it is mostly travel and military books. I manage West Town United, a Downs League football team, and am secretary of an exmilitary organisation. I also enjoy walking and travel. Rovers or City? Definite Rovers. I saw their greatest victory

beating Manchester United 4-0 in a cup game in the 50s (another proudest moment!) I am also a keen supporter of Mangotsfield United AFC, that ranks equal to that of the Rovers. Favourite place? West Coast of Scotland and the Hebridean Islands, and Central Wales and its coastline around the Gower and Pembrokeshire. Best thing in Rodway ward? Geographically it is very conveniently placed to travel by car either into Bristol or Bath. or nearby countryside. The cycle path is nearby, and there is also a regular bus service into Bristol, (but not so much other areas) I have been knocking doors in the area for many years, many in the company of our ex-MP Roger Berry, and everyone has always been friendly and courteous Worst thing? As with other wards the council cuts are beginning to affect services.

Appeal for return of plastic eye A PENSIONER has appealed for the return of his plastic eye, which was stolen in a raid on his home in Downend. The 79-year-old man has had the prosthetic since he lost his eye in an accident when he was six. The burglary happened at his home in Badminton Road in the early hours of September 4 when he and his wife were asleep, forcing a window. The haul included a disabled parking badge, cash, two mobile phones, a flat screen television, figurines and a plain gold ring as

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well as the eye. The raiders found car keys and took the couple’s red Seat Leon. The car was later recovered. A 32-year-old man has been charged with car theft, driving offences and two burglaries at a school and a petrol station. Police are continuing to investigate the Downend burglary and appealed to anyone with information about the blue-green prosthetic eye to get in touch. Detective Sergeant Jason Hulbert said: “This couple are obviously very upset by the

burglary and the theft of their car and other possessions, but it is even more distressing for this gentleman to have lost his prosthetic eye. “This can have no use or value to the thieves and I would appeal for them to do the right thing and return it. “I’d ask anyone who has any information which could help our enquiries to call South Gloucestershire police on 101. Alternatively you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.”

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26 miles? Running a marathon all in a day’s work for Simon MOST of us find getting through the working day akin to enduring a long-distance race. So we can only look on in amazement at the achievement of head teacher Simon Botten, who one day last month ran a full marathon before starting his day’s work in charge of Blackhorse Primary School in Emersons Green. He left his home in Bristol at 4am to complete the 26-24 miles in three hours and 37 minutes. Since then, Mr Botten has competed in the Bristol Half Marathon as further preparation for his attempt on Sunday October 6 to complete the 50k Royal Parks Ultra Marathon, which starts in Hyde Park and takes in five of London’s eight Royal Parks.

Donations Mr Botten is raising money for the disability charity Scope. Donations can be made at www.virginmoneygiving.com/ simonbotten As reported in Downend Voice, Mr Botten encourages children, staff and parents at Blackhorse to take part in sport and to have active lifestyles. Many of them took part in Challenge 31 – to participate in 31 activities of at least 15 minutes each during the summer holidays – which culminated in a one-mile fun run at the school. Downend Voice reporter Linda Tanner attempted the challenge too – with mixed results. Here is her report:

SIMON Botten runs a marathon before school while I, as the cliche goes, could not run for a bus. (Not that I’d need to, as the bus stop is outside my gate). In my defence, I have had a long lay-off due to surgery following an illness. That is where any similarity between me and a Premiership footballer ends. In the absence of physios and fitness coaches to aid my recovery, I decide to use Mr Botten’s challenge to get me off my office chair. and into action. Day 1: I start with a swim. Ten lengths of Longwell Green pool and a spectacular view of fork lightning over the Cotswold Edge. At Yate Leisure Centre, my induction to the gym is underwhelming - a group tour of various machines. Am told I must make another appointment to be given an individual programme. Day 2: A brisk 30-minute walk, interrupted by a chat with some old friends. It’s the tail end of the heatwave so I work up a sweat and visit sister’s house for a drink (and no biscuit - feel fitter already!). Day 3: Lunch out is followed by a walk across Bristol in high heels - that uses some muscles I’d forgotten I had. Day 4: Have to attend an assessment centre for a job. They didn’t have such things when I was a young work seeker, thank goodness. It’s still very hot so I think I’ll have another swim. But have forgotten kit. Rush home to get it, return to leisure centre to find there is a ‘pool party’ involving many excited children with inflatables. Did all that 20 years ago and have no wish to revisit. Oh well, let’s try the gym. Treadmill is much less horrible than I’d feared and I even run for three minutes. But the bike is tough. Buy myself a raspberry rehydration drink (another thing that did not exist in my youth). It matches my dress - and my face. Day 5: Finally get personalised exercise programme, which is actually less tough than my tryout yesterday.Yate gym is cooler than Longwell Green, but has a less interesting outlook from the windows. At LG, if you gaze beyond McDonalds and Next, there are hills, and when I am fit I will walk them. Cool off with a swim. The changing rooms have been revamped since I was last there

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(probably 10 years ago) and the floor is very slippery but the lanes are nice and empty. Day 6: Usual 30-minute walk route is undertaken at speed so I get home before yet another downpour. Day 7: For those of us who have not spent much time in gyms, there are a lot of challenges before we even step on the machines. First, mastering the lockers - the other day I gave a bewildered fellow novice £1 for her door, which made me feel very virtuous. Then you need your card to get through the doors, and you have to remember it as you go from exercise to exercise. Finally there is the ‘wellness key’ that tells the machines your programme. Upping the speed of walking and pedalling is a doddle once you’ve mastered the technology. Day 8: Cutting the grass proves tougher than I remembered. My back hurts and I have a rest until I am interrupted by neighbour’s children urging me to play tennis in the garden. Five-year-old, who already has a better eye for the ball than I, inquires: “Are you 45?” “No, 55,” I reply. “That’s very old,” he observes. Day 9: Swimming again. Manage 16 lengths non stop but am absurdly tired later. I am obviously not as much over my ops as I like to think I am. But perhaps in 22 days I will be … Day 40 I am fitter, though I probably did not quite manage 31 activities over the hols. My efforts were derailed first by a family party and then a tummy bug. And, as we all know, it’s much easier to get out of the habit of daily exercise than to get into it. However, I stepped up the walking, built up the swims to 20 lengths, got my boots on for some (short) hikes, started back to Pilates, which I love, and got back out on my bike for the first time since my surgery. There were a few more frustrations along the way – since when did you have to pay 20p to dry your hair at the leisure centre?And who was that grey-haired, puce-faced woman in the mirror? But overall it was well worth the effort, so thank you, Challenge 31, for inspiring me into action.

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Popular buggy walks planned for other parts of South Glos BUGGY walks in Emersons Green have proved so popular that they are to be copied in other parts of South Gloucestershire. The fortnightly Emersons Green buggy walks have seen a steady rise in the number of parents attending with their puschchairs. Over the last four months the number of people attending the walks has risen from 16 to 90, and around a third of walkers each outing are parents taking part for the first time. Now the district’s Walking for Health team plans to run buggy walks in Cadbury Heath, Kingswood and Patchway. They are looking for volunteers to help lead the walks, including those in Emersons Green. Buggy walks are a free sociable activity for parents and grandparents of babies up to 18 months old. Walks last around an hour, and are usually followed by a cuppa in a local venue where mums and dads can feed their babies and have a chat. There are also occasional information sessions covering a range of subjects including child injury prevention in the home, pre and post natal exercise and library services for young children. The Emersons Green buggy walking group meets outside Emersons Green Library at 10am on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The next Emersons Green walk takes place

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MORE children than expected are taking up nursery places in South Gloucestershire under a national scheme to provide free education for two year-olds living in low-income households. The council says 479 children have places a take-up rate of 87 per cent of all eligible children. The government had originally allocated funding for 439 places in South Gloucestershire assuming a take-up rate of 80 per cent. Chairman of the council’s Children and Young People Committee Councillor Ian Blair said: “This scheme has many benefits, both for children and their parents, and I am delighted to see that we have made such a positive start in South Gloucestershire.” Eligible families, such as those receiving income support or Jobseekers Allowance, can receive up to 15 hours of free early years education per week delivered flexibly to suit family circumstances. The scheme is funded by national government, with local authorities responsible for engaging eligible families and arranging places with childcare providers. Further funding will be provided to allow expansion to double the number of places available during the next year, with additional places provided each term starting in January, April and September 2014. For further information on the scheme, see www.southglos.gov.uk/childcare

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A horse named Downend? While some of the police horses have stable names, it is tradition that they are also given an official name which relates to the Avon and Somerset area in some way. Some of the animals are named after local areas while others are given names in recognition of a famous resident or someone that has given a lot to local communities. Current names include Clifton, Brunel, Lewis, Beaufort, Thomas, Redland, St George, Broadmead, Jubilee and Cabot. The winning name will be picked by Sergeant Kerry Williams and the winner will be invited to the official naming ceremony at Bower Ashton where they will be presented with a framed certificate and have the chance to meet the horses. Sgt Williams said: “Brian has become an excellent police horse and we are looking forward to renaming him. Our Twitter account is very popular and we know lots of people also follow the horses on Facebook. We thought it would be a nice idea to ask our followers to come up with his new name.” The closing date for names is Monday October 21. The winner will be announced shortly afterwards. Please tweet your ideas to @ ASPoliceHorses and use the hashtag #namethepolicehorse. You can also post your suggestions on Facebook. Fingers crossed!

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1 Heat oven 200c/ gas 6. Prepare squashes for roasting by washing and wiping clean then either: cut tops off small ones, scooping out seeds (discard these) and brush insides with oil or cut large squash in half lengthways, scoop seeds out (discard), brush hollow and cut surfaces with oil. Place on solid baking tray or an ovenproof dish in pre-heated oven. Roast squash until tender (30-40 minutes) and the tip of a knife will go in easily. 2. Whilst squash is roasting put cous cous in a large bowl pour over 1teacup of boiling water and leave for 5 minutes before fluffing up with a fork 3 Mix remaining ingredients (except oil) into cous cous, taste and adjust seasoning. 4 Stuff cavity of squash drizzle over some oil, cover loosely with foil and bake 10 minutes to heat through. 5. Serve with a large green salad .

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Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn Tea Dance (2-4 pm) Pay at door.

October 5

Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn Table Top Sale (2-4 pm) Entrance free. Table booking (£5) from the Barn Office Tel: 0117 956 23 67

October 8

Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn. Talk with coffee (10 for 10:30am) Photographic themed images set to music by John Parsons. Tickets at door £2.

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Quiz Night at 7.30pm in the School Hall, Downend School, Westerleigh Road, Downend. This is always a really fun evening with a fantastic quiz master. Teams of 8, entrance is £2 per person or £1 per child. It is a byo evening, so bring along your own drinks and nibbles.

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Family History Group, newcomers welcome, Lincombe Barn, 10.30am-noon every fortnight. Poetry Circle, read and talk about favourite poems. New members welcome, Lincombe Barn, 10.30am-noon fortnightly. Kingswood Lacemakers, self help group of bobbing lacemakers, Lincombe Barn, 2-4pm except for the third Monday in the month when the meeting is held at 7.15pm. Marquetry Club to encourage an interest in marquetry, 2-4pm, Lincombe Barn. Whist Club, open to any association members, 2-4 pm, Lincombe Barn. 28th Boys Brigade has spaces for boys aged five to eight, 6pm-7.15pm and aged five to 11, 6-7.30pm. Fun, games, craft and story time at Bethesda Independent Church Hall off Soundwell Rd, Staple Hill. Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, 10am-noon, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion.

Coffee drop-in, 10.30-11.30am, Emersons Green Village Hall. Concorde Wheelchair Dancers, 7.15-9pm, Page Hall, Staple Hill. Stitch and Bitch, first Monday of the month, The Oak pub, 2-4 pm Staple Hill. Kingswood Winds is a mid-level adult wind band. It starts its new season on Monday 23rd ‘13. The purpose of the band is to enable adults to play with other likeminded people and to improve their playing. The tutor/conductor is Chris Harris who has over 35 years’ experience. The band meets in Kingswood library every Monday at 7.30 pm. Some instruments are available on loan. Anyone interested should go to the website at www. kingswoodwinds.com or just drop in at a rehearsal.

Tuesday

The P & Q Club, patchwork and quilting skills, 10am-noon Lincombe Barn. Artists, oils, watercolours and pastels, drawing techniques and perspective, 10am-noon Lincombe Barn. Bits’n’pieces, fun with fabrics, limited places, 1.30-3.30pm Lincombe Barn. Natural History Society we welcome people with an interest in nature and the countryside,

October, 2013 7.30-9.30pm, Lincombe Barn. Local History, aiming to give a broad view of history with emphasis on local topics, 7.309.30pm, 1st and 3rd weeks, Lincombe Barn. Downend Gardening in Retirement Club meets at Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, on the third Tuesday of the month at 10.30am. New members welcome. Call 956 0178 for details. Bottoms, tums and thighs, 8.159.15pm, for those seeking an energetic workout, Lincombe Barn. Art club for adults, 7-8.45pm, Emersons Green Village Hall. Girl guides, evenings, Emersons Green Village Hall. Youth Cafe, run by Guest Church, 8-9.30pm, Emersons Green Village Hall. Staple Hill Probus Club meets at Downend Cricket Club, Downend Road, on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The meetings start at 10.30am preceded by coffee from 10am. Interesting speakers and friendly atmosphere. Retired professional businessmen welcome - if interested please contact the president, Roger on 956 2777.

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Lincombe Barn Book Reading Club, 9.30-11.30am, third Wednesday of each month, to discuss books which are collected from the local library. Machine Knitting Club, workshops held weekly, machines provided and previous experience not required, 9.45-11.45am, weekly, Lincombe Barn. Counted Cross Stitch Club, all levels of expertise welcome, beginners especially. We

Downend & Staple Hill Library What’s On The Discover Festival continues to run until the end of October, with an exciting programme of events for you to discover something new:

Wednesday October 2 Blow Your Own Trumpet! Downend Library, 7.30 – 9pm, have a go on a brass or woodwind instrument! Members of the Westerley Showband show you how in a relaxed taster session. Friday October 4 Coffee Morning, Downend Library, 10.30 – 11.30am, Jim Cullimore recounts his latest visit to New Zealand. Sunday October 6 Have a Go at Yoga, Staple Hill Library, 2.30-3.30pm, yoga taster session. Tickets £2 available from Eventbrite. Saturday October 12 Getting Started with Family History, Downend Library 10am–4pm, trace your family tree in a 45 minute 1 : 1 session using online resources. Wednesday October 16 The Great Western Society- an illustrated talk, Staple Hill Library, 7.30-9pm, discover the latest restoration projects and plans for the future. Tickets £2 available from Eventbrite. Saturday October 19 Have a go! Jewellery, Staple Hill Library, 2-4pm, have a go at making your own earrings in this tutor-led session. Tickets £2 available from Eventbrite. Sunday October 20 Digital camera workshop, Staple Hill Library, 7.30-9.00pm, Downend Camera Club covers the basics of good photography,

maximising your camera’s features and downloading to your computer. Tuesday October 22 A Healthy Mind: tools and techniques for promoting wellbeing, Downend Library, 12.30–2.30pm, topics include stress, anxiety and relaxation skills. To book call 0117 3784270. Tuesday October 29 Welfare advice for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, Staple Hill Library,10-12noon, Citizens Advice Bureau available for free, confidential welfare and financial advice. Thursday October 31 Discovering Bristol’s Hidden History, Downend Library, 7.30–9pm, film maker, Gordon Young, presents films exploring the area’s heritage. Tickets £2 available from Eventbrite For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/discover. What’s On in Local Libraries on a regular basis Tuesday Pre-school Storytime, Emersons Green Library, 2– 2.30pm (term time only) Wednesday Rhymetime for babies and toddlers, Downend Library, 10.30–11am Thursday Pre-school Storytime, Downend Library, 10.30 - 11am (term time only) Rhymetime for babies and toddlers, Staple Hill Library, 11.00 – 11.30am (term time only) Rhymetime for babies and toddlers, Emersons Green Library, 11 – 11.30am (term time only) Friday Pre-school Storytime, Staple Hill Library, 11-11.30am (term time only) Coffee Morning, Downend Library, 10:30-11:30am

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encourage cross-stitching techniques, 10am-noon weekly, Lincombe Barn. Cleeve Wood Artists, producing work of their own choice each week, 10am-noon, weekly, Lincombe Barn. Wednesday Bridge Club, come and enjoy a friendly game of bridge for all levels, 2-4.30pm, weekly, Lincombe Barn. Scrabble Club 1, for members who like a game in a friendly atmosphere, 7.15-9.15pm, alternate weeks with Thursday mornings, Lincombe Barn. Cleeve Singers, tenors and basses wanted, 7.30-9.30pm weekly, Lincombe Barn. Camera Club, for enthusiasts of all abilities, 7.30-9.30pm, second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays, Lincombe Barn. Flower arrangement Society, basic principles of flower arranging, all welcome, 7.309.30pm, first and third weeks, Lincombe Barn. Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, 1-3pm, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion. Book club for adults, 10-11am, Emersons Green Village Hall. Rainbow tots, parent and toddler group, 10-11.30am, Emersons Green Village Hall. Buggy Walk, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month all parents, grandparents and carers welcome. Meet at 10am outside Emersons Green library. No need to book and the walk lasts approximately 45 minutes.

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Scrabble Club 2, beginners welcome, 10am-noon, alternate weeks with Wednesday evenings, Lincombe Barn. Papercraft, for members to learn or improve their paper crafting skills, 10-11.30am fortnightly, Lincombe Barn. Calligraphy 2, an enjoyable class for all levels, beginners welcome, 10.30am-noon, weekly, Lincombe Barn. Barn Bees, ladies new to the district come and enjoy a friendly group for a cuppa/chat/sew/knit for fundraising, 2-4pm weekly, Lincombe Barn. Hand Bell Ringers, persons with some music reading ability are welcome, 2-4pm weekly, Lincombe Barn. Gardening Club, 7.30-9.30pm, Lincombe Barn.

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Line Dancing, for beginners/ improvers, keep fit and exercise your brain at the same time, new members welcome, no partner needed, 8.15-9.30pm, weekly, Lincombe Barn. Fishponds Probus Club, We meet regularly on the 1st. & 3rd. Thursday at Fishponds Conservative Club at 10am. Vacancies are available for retired professional/business gentlemen. If you are interested, please contact the secretary, Graham Hawkins, tel: 9561846. You will be assured of an interesting morning. Frome Valley Artists meet at Downend Folk House every Thursday afternoon from 1.30 to 3.30pm. New members welcome. No tuition given, but regular demonstrations held. For further information, call John Forster on 0117 9561010. Little Jems Parent Toddler Group, 10am-noon, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion. Emersons Green Running Club, 7pm start, Pomphrey Hill sports pavilion. Christ Church under fives toddler group, 1 – 3 pm at Parish Hall North Street. £1 per week. Emersons Green Quilting Club, 7-9.30pm, Emersons Green Village Hall. Rainbows, evenings, Emersons Green Village Hall. Emersons Green Whist Club, 2-4.30pm, Emersons Green Village Hall. Rainbow tots, parent and toddler group, 10-11.30am, Emersons Green Village Hall. Scrabble club, 10am-noon, Emersons Green Village Hall. Senior citizens social club, 11.30am-2.30pm, Emersons Green Village Hall. Christ Church toddlers, 1.30pm, Church Hall. Downend Horticultural Society meets at Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, on the second Thursday of the month, 7.30pm visitors welcome. Call 9560178 for details. Bingo every Thursday 7.30pm Staple Hill Royal British Legion Kendall Road.

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Fun with fabrics club, 10am-noon, weekly, Lincombe Barn. Writer’s Circle, for people interested in the art of writing, 2-3.30pm, weekly, Lincombe Barn.

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World Wide Church of God, 11am-2.30pm, Emersons Green Village Hall. Free introductory Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes, come along to truly transforming meditation experience at Lincombe Barn, Saturday mornings 11a.m.-12p.m, starting September 14. Call Linda on 0117 9825987

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GP Mark cycling to Bulgaria

DOWNEND GP Mark Corcoran has set off on a 2,000-mile cycle ride to Bulgaria. He is being sponsored to raise funds for a humanitarian project in the capital, Sofia. Bulgaria is the poorest country in the EU and one in four households lives under the poverty line. The aim of the project, led by Sofia Baptist Church, is to create a social enterprise to help people in the underprivileged communities. Dr Corcoran and chartered surveyor Richard Taylor are undertaking the cycle ride over five weeks from mid-September. Their route takes them through Paris, Venice and Split.

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PARENTS and friends of Downend School are preparing for one of their main fund-raising events, the annual craft fair, which this year takes place on November 16. If you’d like to run a stall, please contact Lisa Manning on 0117 9655781 or email her manning.lisa1@sky.com

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Winter events begin with Castle Combe’s Supercar Saturday This month’s report from the local drivers doesn’t involve any competition, but it does show there’s more to racing than being behind the wheel, writes Andy Laurence. With a lack of events in the sprinting and autosolo championships at this time of year, Sandy, James and Andy had no racing on. Luckily, the 5 Clubs Hillclimb at Wiscombe Park, near Honiton is always at the start of September. As the only hillclimb Bristol Motor Club run, a bunch of members crammed into a few cars and drove down to camp for the weekend and help marshal the event. Standing to watch single seaters powered by Formula One engines race up a tarmac track just 14 feet wide and lined with trees at well over 100mph is quite astounding. To do so from such close quarters at the marshals’ post at Top Esses is a privilege. Rain fell several times during the weekend, making the track inconsistently slippery. When the rain starts, the section of track through the fields is wet, yet the track through the woods is dry. When the rain stops, the opposite happens and drivers meet a slippy surface as they round the corner into the woodland. The changing conditions caught many drivers out, including Bristol Motor Club

members, Simon Clemow and Dan Trotman. Whilst Simon suffered a broken toe link on his Force racing car that caused the accident, Dan made an error of judgement, ploughing into the undergrowth in his turbocharged Mazda MX5. On Saturday night, all the drivers and marshals descended on the local pub for some food, beer and some banter before heading back to the campsite for some sleep before doing the same thing again on the Sunday. Sandy, James and Andy enjoyed their experience marshalling and have vowed to return to Wiscombe next year. James said “I can’t believe it only cost me petrol money and we got free food and such a great view” whilst Sandy commented that “it was great that the drivers all waved to us on the way back down the hill to say thanks for marshalling. I felt really appreciated.” Looking forward to October, the winter events are upon us. Sandy and James are planning to enter a NavScatter on October 25, which is a free navigational competition that always ends in a pub. The following day, Andy is taking a bunch of Downend residents to Castle Combe for their first experience of motorsport at Supercar Saturday, where people can get passenger rides around the

circuit in proper racing cars in exchange for a donation to charity. Andy’s then off to Mallory Park Circuit for the final sprint of the year. Sandy and James are both hoping to compete at the Strensham AutoSolo before heading to Silverstone for the last round of the championship. After that, we’re into the winter season where tarmac is swapped for muddy challenges... If having a go at marshalling sounds like something you might enjoy, then you can join the Bristol Motor Club Marshals’ Club to receive free training and a hefty discount on the orange uniform you will have seen the marshals wearing on TV. Find out more about the club at www.bristolmc.org.uk, facebook.com/BristolMotorClub or twitter. com/BristolMC. Alternatively, just turn up to club night at Colston’s School on the first Tuesday of every month.

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Downend CC to stump up extra cash for sight screens PLANS to improve facilities at Downend Cricket Club will have to take a back seat as members have to stump up the cash to buy a sight screen. The club asked South Gloucestershire Council for £2,990 to buy two new screens for the club’s home ground, the WG Grace Memorial Ground in Downend Road. The existing screens are so heavy that people were hurting their backs trying to move them and junior players found it impossible. There are also fears the deteriorating screens could break in high winds, causing damage to parked cars or even people. One of the rusting heavy screens that need replacing At a recent Chase Area Forum meeting Downend CC vice captain Mike Ponter urged councillors to support the club’s bid for two new screens. “Due to the standard of cricket we play at senior level we are required to provide satisfactory sight screens at both ends of the ground,” he told them. “Our current sight screens are very large, extremely heavy and are quite unsafe due to the decaying nature of them. “It’s impossible for the kids at the club to move them. A few parents have even put their backs book out trying. up to date on face ep £22 Ke per sessi “What we are asking for is not on a ‘nice to have’ – it is a ‘need to have’.” DAY CLASS TIME But he was told the council Monday Circuits 13:30 – 14:15 could only cover half the amount. HIIT* 17:30 – 18:15 Council officer Rob Stirzaker Spin* 18:30 – 19:15 said the money offered - £1,495 Anti-gravity - would pay for one sight screen Tuesday Pilates* 09:30 – 10:30 Treadmill and the club could fundraise to Wednesday Beginners Spin 09:15 – 10:00 pay for the other.

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CLEVE RFC First XV topped the table in the South West One West league after winning their first three matches. The first victory came at The Hayfields where they ran out 3115 winners over Weston Hornets. Next they visited Thornbury, where they scored an impressive 34-8 win, running in six tries to one. Greg Welling, a summer arrival from Southmead, was first to cross the line, breaking through to touch down under the posts, Marcus Brooker converting. Former captain Sam Roach was next on the board,

muscling over from close range before Greg Setherton then scored in the corner. Cleve bagged the bonus point when powerful approach play by former Avonmouth skipper Neil Evans paved the way for Dan Lear to cross, Greg Welling converting. Neil Evans and Sam Roach scored additional tries. The following week, September 21, they secured a 3725 win over Wadebridge Camels.

It was a highly successful day for Cleve, as all four senior teams secured victories. Director of rugby Rich Pool believes the club has much to look forward to this season. As well as the four senior sides, Cleve has six mini, five junior and three girls’ teams. In his welcome message for 2013-14, Pool said: “The structure throughout the club is buoyant. We have a mini and

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by the alert Lewis Powell who ran clear to guide the ball past Kent Kauppinen for his first goal since re-joining the club in the summer. The league win was welcome after a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Cirencester Town on September 7. The side created enough chances to have taken something from the game, but went behind after 32 minutes. Cirencester got a second on 74 minutes and Jamie Reid snatched a consolation goal for Mangotsfield deep into stoppage gaime. The defeat followed a 1-1 draw at home to local rivals Clevedon Town on Bank Holiday Monday, when substitute Liam Monelle got the equaliser. In the FA Cup, Mangotsfield got into the first qualifying round by beating Bitton 3-0 thanks to first-half goals from Jamie Reid and Josh Egan and a second-half strike from Shaun Lamb. Two weeks later they beat Winchester City, coming from

behind to win the away fixture despite playing for 28 minutes with ten men after Lamb was shown a second yellow card. Their goals were a Neil Arndale penalty on and a lastminute winner from Dave Stone. Mangotsfield were due to visit Skrill Conference South leaders Eastleigh for the second qualifying round tie on Saturday September 28, after Downend Voice went to press. Mangotsfield have also entertained a Bristol Rovers XI that contained several first-team members. The entertaining friendly ended 3-1 to Rovers. Mangotsfield United Supporters Club has presented financial director Martin Preedy with £1,500 towards upgrading physiotherapy facilities. MUSC chairman Dave Wilcox said: “Since the Supporters Club was reformed in 2009 we’ve made significant contributions to the club and with the help of supporters we aim to continue doing so.” Reports courtesy of mufconline

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junior section providing rugby from under 7s through to under 20s. The completion of the age groups beyond under 16s is vital to provide continuity through to our senior teams, and it is very satisfying that the coaching link here is provided by current senior players Dan Cox, Paul Viddicombe, and Aaron Grant.” The club has a new kit this season, featuring traditional hoops, provided by Zarx Sports. The senior squad is coached by Paul Johnstone and Geraint Lewis, supported by Mike Jones and Otto Avent. Brad Horman is this season’s captain and the vice captains are Tom Gollop and Steve Bath. Pool said: “We have a raft of new faces in the squad, adding competition, some familiar looking characters also, adding experience, and some of the next generation of familiar names, Horman, Gollop, Roach, Jelly, Casson, and Poustie, to name a few. “The squad will continue to evolve; with new talents coming to the fore, this will help in our ambitions to improve our league status. “We know that we are in a very competitive league this season, but we hold an ambition to take the club to a higher level. We will continue to develop the infrastructure to support this but expect to maintain the values of discipline and warmth as a club, to create the right atmosphere. “Through hard work, and endeavour, we look forward to an exciting, prosperous, and fulfilling journey.” Information from the club’s website: www.pitchero.com/ clubs/cleverfc.

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