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Children from Begbrook Primary Academy were the first to visit a new exhibition in Bristol as part of their studies on slavery. Full story: Page 9

Affordable homes victory DEVELOPERS have been given a year to get started on the long-awaited redevelopment of the Blackberry Hill Hospital site in Fishponds with hundreds of homes. And campaigners have warned that they will be keeping a close eye on the project to make sure the promised 100

"affordable" homes are delivered to help tackle the housing crisis. The developers, Galliford Try, sparked controversy last year when they said it was not viable to include homes for rent and shared ownership. But after talks brokered by Councillor Nicola Bowden-Jones and MP Kerry McCarthy a deal

was struck in which the council would fund 80 affordable homes and the developer 20. This was followed by the council granting planning permission for 346 homes, with the old hospital buildings converted into 129 flats and another 217 houses and flats built in the grounds.

Welcome to our new school Pupils and staff at Chester Park Junior School settled in to their new building before the summer holidays and say they are delighted with the facilities. PAGE 11

Glory of nature at wildlife haven A wildflower garden has been created on a patch of land at the entrance to the Thingwall Park allotments . PAGE 5

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Mayor Marvin calls up Eastville's Mhairi EASTVILLE Labour Councillor Mhairi Threlfall has joined Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees's Cabinet as Transport spokeswoman. Mr Rees has held the role since March, when Mark Bradshaw left the post. Meanwhile, Lockleaze Councillor Estella Tincknell, who held the Culture brief, has left the position to concentrate on her work as a university lecturer and the Mayor will take on her duties. St George Councillor Nicola Beech also recently joined the Cabinet with responsibility for Strategic Planning and City Design. Councillor Threlfall, who works at UWE Bristol and contested the Kingswood constituency at the general election this year, will oversee the development of Bristol's transport and play an important role in both local and regional transport planning.

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LAST year a group of local residents held the Make Sunday Special in Fishponds event. It was a great success and people asked for more. Well, this year it’s on a Saturday and it’s called Party in the Ponds! The date for your diary is Saturday 9th September, and it will be another great day. Based in and around Fishponds Park and Beechwood Road from 12-6pm, there will be a stage in the park with live music from local bands, including a performance from Bristol Metropolitan Academy choir, children’s activities, food, family fun, raffle and much, much more. After the main event, there will be fringe events in pubs and cafes to keep the feeling going and take Party in the Ponds to as wide an audience as possible. Further details will be released in the near future and you can keep an eye on updates on our Facebook page: Party in the Ponds. We are also looking for volunteers to help out on the day, so if you’d like to get involved and can spare a couple of hours on September 9, please email: pinp2017@ Let’s make it a great Party in the Ponds! Pauline Shaw


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Judicial review hopes fade for NoMacinF A LEGAL challenge to a Planning Inspector's decision to give McDonald's the go-ahead for a two-storey drive-through in Fishponds is now unlikely. Mike Jempson, chairman of the NoMacinF group that fought the proposed restaurant and takeaway in Fishponds, said members were bitterly disappointed that, after reviewing the lengthy inspection report, they were unable to pursue a judicial review in the High Court. "The advice both we and the city council have received is that we stand little chance of winning a costly judicial review, and if we lost we could also be liable to pay the multi-national's costs,” he explained. "Our bitterness extends to the council too," he added. "Had they supported all our objections instead of just the traffic issues, we would have stood a better chance. And if they had moved more quickly

to extend the exclusion zone for fast food outlets to 800 metres from schools and young people/s facilities this scheme could never have gone ahead." The proposed McDonald’s site, a former tile warehouse, is just outside the current 400m limit from two Fishponds schools. Mr Jempson said the decision from Planning Inspector Martin Whitehead showed a callous disregard for the 2,000-plus people who had opposed the McDonald’s plans. "He [Mr Whitehead] treated local objections with contempt. He largely ignored the mounting evidence we supplied of the health dangers of cheap fast foods, especially in deprived areas. Instead he allowed himself to be persuaded by so-called experts on McDonald's payroll. No doubt he will sleep easy in his bed, unlike those locally who will have to put up with McDonald's literally on their doorstep. Nor

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Eyesore land transformed into wildlife haven

AN eyesore piece of land has been transformed into a haven of tranquillity thanks to a Fishponds resident. The verge at the entrance to Thingwall Park Allotments, opposite the end of Hawkesbury Road, had been a magnet for fly tippers and looked a mess. But Rachel Fry, who lives nearby, saw the land's potential and set about turning it into a wildflower garden. She enlisted the help of the community in donating plants and flowers and now the spot is a riot of colour with beautiful wildflowers nestling alongside visiting bees, butterflies and insects. The garden project began in January 2015 as a Christmas holiday project to clear the rubbish and fly tipping, which had been accumulating along the verge to the allotments. Rachel said: "It turned out that the thick bramble thicket needed to be cut back in order to reach the rubbish and many trips to the tip resulted. "The rubbish was varied shoes, an ironing board, broken mirror and lots of building waste and many, many crisp and sweet wrappers. "Once the bramble was cut back the area looked huge, and without digging out the bramble it would soon return to its previous state. Much advice was offered by allotment holders on how this should be achieved but one of our long-standing plot holders, Joseph, rolled up his sleeves and joined my husband and I in pick-axing up the roots.

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n EDUCATION Inspirational school leaders are honoured SOME familiar Fishponds faces can be seen in this photograph, which honours some of the achievements of school leaders in the city over the past year. Among them are Susan Tyte, who has retired as head of Chester Park Infant School after 23 years (more on Page 8!) and Duncan Cruickshank, who is bowing out as principal of Begbrook Primary Academy. Aileen Morrison, headteacher at St Matthias Park, was recognised for her work to create extra places for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Lord Mayor Councillor Lesley Alexander presented the awards. She said: “Having strong leaders in our schools is essential if we are to give young people the best possible start in life. This event is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to those who have gone above and beyond."

Right: Aileen Morrison with students Elly Killoran, Year 8, and Cameron Oliver, Year 10, and teacher Lisa Donaldson with their Healthy Schools Award

Healthy School accolade ST Matthias Park School, Fishponds was honoured three times at the end of the school year. It was just one of ten schools in the city to pick up a Bristol Healthy Schools Award for Excellence from the Lord Mayor Councillor Lesley Alexander and the Bristol Ideal award for promoting positive relationships between students. The school was praised for its commitment to the health and wellbeing of their students and targeted work to support pupils to manage their feelings and emotions. Head teacher Aileen Morrison said: “It was an honour to see our work with young people recognised in this way and I’m sure our efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and relationships will have a lasting impact for our students.” Ms Morrison was invited to the Mansion House on the same day where her work was recognised alongside other head teachers. St Matthias Park operates on sites in Fishponds and Brentry to provide education for pupils aged 11 – 16 who have, for a variety of reasons, struggled in a mainstream school and have been at risk of permanent exclusion. Glenfrome Primary School also received a Healthy Schools Award for Excellence from the Lord Mayor while Little Hayes and Hillfields Family Centre received the Bristol Standard for Health.

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An exciting year for sixth-formers at Colston’s School

SIXTH-formers at Colston’s have just completed a very successful year, both inside and outside the classroom. Alongside their academic studies students participated in a range of co-curricular sporting and creative activities, community volunteering projects and the school’s innovative Future Leaders programme. Through this programme students are not only taught specific employability and life skills, but are also given the opportunity to experience reallife projects designed to stretch them and to fill any gaps they have in their professional profile. Involvement with real companies (this year’s students worked with Rolls-Royce, TasteTech and Superdry among others) gives the students a valuable insight into what employers and universities are looking for. The professional projects culminated in a presentation evening, during which the students confidently pitched their ideas to industry experts, with an added dimension of excitement as they competed against their peers to be the winning team. Sophie Reed, who is studying sciences and mathematics, described the professional project she took part in this year: “We really enjoyed developing our research skills in the field

of science whilst learning a lot about the marketing and financial side of the industry too. My favourite part of the project was our visit to TasteTech as it enabled us to see how products, similar to the one we designed, are being developed in the industry.” Dr Paul Hill, deputy headmaster at Colston’s, commented: “We have seen a tangible impact of the Future Leaders programme with some incredible university, apprenticeship and employment offers being made to our students. It is clear the universities and employers really value the work our students are doing to develop outstanding employability skills.” It’s not just the staff and students who are proud of the Future Leaders programme; it has received external recognition and was recently a finalist for an Education and Business Partnership Award at the Bristol Post Education Awards. These students are now looking forward to joining the Upper Sixth in September, with all the opportunities for leadership that Colston’s provides through its prefect system and peer mentoring scheme, ensuring that they are well equipped to continue to succeed when they leave school.

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Farewell to headteacher Susan after 23 years

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SUSAN Tyte, the long-standing and highly respected headteacher of Chester Park Infant School has retired (writes Tony Davies). Susan has been the headteacher for 23 years, and is one of Bristol’s longest serving heads. There were presentations by the children at a special assembly, a tea with parents and on July 4 colleagues, governors and friends of the school had the chance to recognise Susan’s outstanding service to the school at an evening event. The common theme was how well Susan knows each child and

their family and how committed she has been to see each child develop and grow to reach their potential. Many paid tribute to the very positive influence she has had on all the children and families. Colleagues spoke of the strong and caring support they have received from Susan at Chester Park Infant School. Work on the refurbishment as part of the expansion plan begins soon. Susan led on making these plans and in negotiating with Bristol City Council to achieve the necessary funding. In her farewell, Susan said:

"There is a saying ‘it takes a community to raise a child’. Chester Park Infant School has a diverse community yet through the years we have built on the values we share; kindness, care and respect for each other. We have created a nurturing school where children are quick to offer a helping hand to each other. "I have been privileged to work with dedicated and talented colleagues. "Every day the staff team comes to work and makes a difference to young lives. Thank you for your care and skill.”

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THE children at Chester Park Infant School had a roaring time during their dinosaur-themed literacy week to end the academic year. They kicked off the week with a dinosaur workshop, where the children not only got to look at dinosaur fossils they even got to see the tooth of a T-Rex. It's the same size as a banana! They got to meet Spiny the animatronic dinosaur. He moved around the hall and the children were brave and stroked him under the chin. This really got them fired up for a week of creative activities. They made a range of paintings, costumes and masks.  The children used all of this amazing inspiration to write some truly dinosaurtastic poems. Paul Stickland, author of Dinosaur Roar, came to school to share his book with the children and the week ended with a performance of Dinosaur Roar for parents and carers.

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Site for sore eyes! CHILDREN at Minerva Primary Academy in Hillfields have won a national prize for artwork. All year groups from nursery to Year 6 were invited to decorate sections of the hoardings round the site where a new school is being built. They had the theme of ‘Things that mean a lot to us” and came up with paintings and drawings about Hope, Under the Sea, Bristol Balloon Fiesta and Reach for the Stars. Year 6 children also produced words that were significant to them and these were designed and cut out of plywood and attached to the hoarding. Their efforts for their builders Elliott earned them top prize in the national Considerate Constructor Scheme and a visit from the programme’s mascot Ivor Goodsite. Principal Pete Hallam said: “The children are delighted at this win, which marks the end of a successful year for Minerva. The school is 19th out of 113 schools in Bristol for progress between Key Stages One and Two, results at KS2 are above national averages - and soon we will have a state-of-the-art new building to match this amazing performance.”

Slavery comes alive for pupils PUPILS from Begbrook Primary Academy in Stapleton were the first school party to visit the New Room in Broadmead since the completion of its new multimillion-pound Heritage Lotteryfunded visitor centre. The trip was organised as part of Year 5’s work on aspects of slavery, giving the children the chance to learn about the history of the slave trade and anti-slavery campaigning led by John Wesley. Teacher Chloe Thomas said: “All the children had a fantastic time and it added so much to their learning about slavery.”

The story of the New Room Riot was brought to life for the children by the New Room’s education officer Mandy Briggs who explained how, in 1788, John Wesley caused a small riot when he took the unusual position of preaching against slavery. In response local merchants sent men to disrupt service in the chapel, but Wesley was never deterred and continued to campaign against slavery to the end of his days.  The children enjoyed reenacting Wesley's anti-slavery sermon and the ensuing riot.

The museum exhibits challenged the youngsters to consider different aspects of slavery, including exhibit boards they could relate to, such as the story of a slave who was severely whipped for the ‘crime’ of overfilling a tea-cup. The New Room and its new visitor centre is open from Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm all year round. Entrance to the chapel is free. Admission to the museum is £3 for children and £6 for adults, with family tickets at £9 for one adult plus children, or £14 for two plus children.

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n EDUCATION A FISHPONDS school which provides an education for children with special needs has been told it is still offering a good quality education for its students. Briarwood School, in Briar Way, supports children and teenagers aged three to 19 who have severe learning difficulties, complex needs and sensory impairment. Government education watchdog Ofsted has released a report after a visit by inspectors. Giving the school a 'Good' rating, inspectors describe headteacher David Hussey as an "inspirational" leader who is constantly striving to improve the school. The report says Mr Hussey is "passionate" about the quality of care and education that the pupils at Briarwood receive and has "extremely high expectations", ensuring pupils receive the very best quality education, support and guidance. He is well supported by "skilled and passionate" governors.

Briarwood wins praise from Ofsted inspectors The report states that teachers are able to tailor learning to meet individual needs. "Pupils make good progress in their learning and development from often extremely low starting points. There is no discernible difference in achievement between disadvantaged pupils and others in the school across any area of learning." Staff know each pupil extremely well and are aware of their highly complex needs. Support staff were also praised and described in the report as "highly skilled" and "motivated". Inspectors were impressed by the behaviour of pupils during their visit, describing it as "exemplary". "Routines are well established

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offered by staff. One parent told inspectors: "Briarwood is an excellent school, staffed and managed by an amazing group of people who go above and beyond what is required to ensure that their pupils and parents get the very best from each and every day". The school's safeguarding policies were deemed to be effective with staff receiving high quality training to deal with issues vulnerable children may face such as child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, extremism and radicalisation. "This enables staff to quickly identify concerns and take rapid action with confidence," inspectors said.

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n EDUCATION IT'S been years in the planning, but pupils at Chester Park Junior School have finally moved into their new building. And the verdict from staff, pupils and parents is that it's been worth the wait. The light and airy modern school, in Abingdon Road, is in contrast to the Victorian building pupils moved from and boasts large classrooms, school field, bike shed and a huge multi-use games area. A dedicated cookery room as well as a design, technology and art room means teaching these subjects is far more effective. Each classroom is fitted with an interactive board while four group rooms, break out spaces and 'nurture room' allow staff to give targeted pupil support. The hall boasts underfloor heating and can be partitioned to make two smaller spaces. Plans are in the pipeline to hire out the space, which includes a small kitchen, to community groups during evenings and weekends. There are large windows everywhere, which, as well as making the school bright, also allow staff to constantly keep an eye on pupils to make sure they are safe. A mezzanine floor with a glass panelled balcony adds to the sense of space and light. Youngsters now have lots more outside space with use of a school field, although they will have to wait until the new grass is established before using it. There will also be a quietzone playground where eventually there will be lots of shade, seating and an activity trail. The library, which will showcase an installation by artist Kit Poulson, will be completed in time for the new school year in September and will be housed


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in the middle of the building, echoing the school's ethos on reading being central to learning. Pupils moved in on June 12 and staff say they have settled in well, enjoying the modern facilities and their new-found extra space. The school currently has a two-form entry with 275 pupils. The school will become a threeform entry from September, with pupil numbers rising year on year until reaching a capacity of 360 in seven years' time. The school has been built by construction company Skanska on the site of Mayfield Park, a move which initially prompted

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objections from people living nearby over the loss of the open space. Headteacher Mike McNama has been leading the school after taking over from Tony Phillips who retired in September 2016 after 31 years. "We first started talking about a new school in February 2008 so it's been a long wait but now we're here, it's amazing! "Once the builders got going on it, they finished the project in about 50 weeks. "The children absolutely love it and think it's fantastic. The school has a really calm atmosphere so the transition from one school to another has been really smooth. "They also have much more play space which is great and our parents are currently raising money for an activity trail. "The classrooms are a good size and have great acoustics. During the summer holiday we will have an art installation put in with the library. The library will be really important as reading is the driving force behind everything we do. "In terms of making the children ready for learning, we have found the new building


really works well. It's a very wellthought out building in terms of giving pupils the education that they need. "It hasn't necessarily been easy for the parents who now have children on two different sites but they have been really supportive of the move. They've been great." Something Mr McNama is particularly proud of is the school's 'nurture room', a small but colourful and homely space where pupils who need it can seek comfort. "We have a nurturing approach to supporting children's learning so wanted a nurture room which can be used by children who may find learning in a classroom all the time quite challenging. It can also be used by children who have emotional difficulties or children have experienced bereavement or those who are feeling particularly sad. It's a quiet and reflective space where children can get themselves ready for learning again. We had a vision for this and it's proving to work well." Mr McNama said pupils can look forward to a great education at Chester Park. "Victorian buildings are very beautiful but they aren't necessarily fit for teaching in the 21st century so the move has really been a valuable uplift to us." Pupils from Chester Park Infant School will now take over the entire Ridgeway Road site, which is currently being refurbished in order to expand to a three-form entry. The junior school operates a staffed 'walking bus' to the infants, which means parents who have children in both schools, but aren't able to do both drop offs, can be assured their younger children will get to school safely. Deputy headteacher Claire Bailey, who joined last September from a school in Newcastle, said: "Settling in has been fantastic. It's a very welcoming school and has a real sense of community and family."

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By the time this magazine reaches you, the annual Islamic Cultural Fayre on Eastville Park will have taken place (August 6). This year, our Black Police Association (BPA) ran a joint stand with officers from the neighbourhood team and members of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s team. The main focus of the day was to engage with local people and to explain the work we’re doing to recruit a more representative workforce. Fishponds is a wonderfully diverse

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Why Bristol has to make £104m cuts BRISTOL City Council has no choice but to make swingeing cuts over the next five years, Mayor Marvin Rees told an audience in Fishponds. Asked why the council could not defy the Government and set an illegal budget, Mr Rees said such an action would mean intervention from Westminster, with ministers deciding on spending priorities for the city, which would not be in the interests of local people. "That would leave Bristol in a horrific situation and cause reputational damage," he told the meeting at the Vassall Centre. Mr Rees, along with cabinet Councillors Craig Cheney and Asher Craig, was speaking at one of two meetings at the centre, which were part of a series of eight events as part of the Your Neighbourhood consultation, which is open until September 5.

He outlined the council's ideas for making a start on saving £104m by 2020. These include shutting many libraries and public toilets and getting rid of some school crossing patrols as well as scrapping Neighbourhood Partnerships and cutting day services for disabled people to save £4.7m. Residents questioned the panel about facilities for deaf people and about the possibility of introducing parish councils to deliver services that the city council could not longer provide. Councillor Cheney said little interest had been shown in parish councils at an earlier consultation. Councillor Craig said she would be glad to meet anyone who had alternative solutions for libraries and public toilets. Comment at www.bristol.

'Our community is given nothing' BRISTOL Mayor Marvin Rees hosted a community conversation in Oldbury Court - but some residents were reluctant to attend because they feel the area is neglected. Councillor Nicola Bowden-Jones, one of the Frome Vale ward councillors, believes their feelings are justified but wants to work with those who did go to the meeting so that improvements can be made. “This area has been given nothing, except an expensive ‘no left hand turn’ at Hockey’s Lane. Oldbury Court is in the top three per cent most deprived areas - not in Bristol but in the whole country,” she said. “In some Bristol areas there are impressive campaigns running to keep the local library open. But we don’t have a library. “People have told me they fear getting old, because that means being isolated. Being on their own, frightened to go out. Struggling to get shopping, visit friends, family or services. We fear being cut off, with a public transport system which fails to meet our needs.  “Marvin has spoken so many times of wanting the council to reach out to residents, and Marvin has the power to make sure things get done. I am looking forward to building greater relationships with the people who attended this event, who gave their time because they want to see changes locally.” 

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Welcome to Turners Opticians: New perspectives A conversation, and perhaps a bit more than a gentle nudge, with a patient last week got me thinking that I should be writing about the wider aspects of Optometry that you can experience at Turners Opticians. Our practices offer extended eye exams for those of you who would like thorough & in-depth eye care, but what else? For many years we have visited patients in Hospitals after an accident, injury or ill health who experience wide ranging vision concerns. Common problems include eyelid droop (we fit spring devices to the glasses to lift eyelids whenever glasses are worn) and significant glasses prescription change relating to their illness or injury. The patients who sometimes struggled the most were those who unfortunately experienced blindness to one side, called hemianopia, or who lost an upper or lower quarter of their vision called quadrantanopia. Hemianopia or quadrantanopia are when you become literally blind in an area of your vision after a stroke, brain injury or tumour. As these patients could just not see in an area of their vision, they often found they were knocking drinks over on their blind side, missing people walking up to them and finding difficulty reading. Younger patients who had hemianopia following stroke, have also reported being unable to play games with their children or even continue working. I remember one request for help from a patient’s relative. They reported that when guiding their parent along a street their parent had been so blissfully unaware of a large hedge on their blind side that they turned and walked their relative straight into the hedge! Our field expander is a simple device fitted to the inside of your glasses, which then increases your awareness of objects otherwise in your blind area. Patients report greater confidence when walking out and about in shops and busy places, and less bumping into people or objects. There is though definitely a learning phase, as with any new skill! The fact that most patients continue using their field expander after a year of use is, perhaps, good testament to the benefits they experience. For extended eye exam appointments or to discuss other services we offer such as field expanders, please call 0117 965 4434, book via our website, or you are very welcome to pop in to our Fishponds practice and say Hi! We look forward to seeing you soon! Peter

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Farm shop owner hangs up her apron after 42 years

Jean, aged 19, outside the cowsheds in 1962, left, and right, behind the counter in the farm shop TURNER'S Farm Shop in Siston Common is closing its doors for the last time, marking the end of an era for owner Jean Turner and her family, who have been at the heart of the local community for 42 years. Opened in 1975 by Jean, her husband Robert and brother Mervin Bennett, a local baker, Turner’s has become known for its range of local produce, cakes, cheesecakes and pickles, which Jean and her family make themselves. Looking back at the history of the Turner family farm and farm shop, Jean’s daughter Caroline says: “Bridge House Farm has been in our family for 76 years, after my grandad, Jack Turner, purchased it in 1941. When Grandad retired in 1975, my Dad started selling potatoes to chip shops across Bristol, before he started the farm shop with Mum and Mervin, where they sold just a box of apples and oranges to start with. As each week passed they starting selling a little bit more, more fruit and more vegetables, and it just grew and grew from there. “Back then, there weren’t huge supermarkets around, and so the farm shop became a key part of the local community –

everyone knew each other. I have fond memories of my brother, sister and I as children going to help in the shop on Saturday mornings, lifting crates and topping up the shelves – a strong work ethic was certainly instilled in us from a young age and we are definitely a family of grafters! As Mum always used to say, ‘don’t put off 'til tomorrow what you could do today’, which is a lesson that we have certainly all lived by.” Following Robert’s death in August 2014, Jean’s children encouraged her to take time to reflect and think about the future of the farm shop, which she has carried on running with the support of Mervin, who is now 80. After some careful consideration, it was announced on Facebook on Friday July 21 that Turner’s would be closing, and Jean and her family have since been inundated with well wishes from customers, many who have shopped there for years. On Saturday July 29, the farm shop invited customers to celebrate the last 42 years at a final ‘sale of produce’, giving them their last opportunity to take home some of their favourites before the gates

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close for good. Following her retirement, Jean plans to enjoy some well deserved rest and relaxation, and spend time with her Jack Russell alongside baking, reading and catching up with friends. Caroline says: “Since announcing the closure of the farm shop, we have received so many lovely comments from our customers, both recent ones and those from years gone by. A lot of people have emigrated, but still have lots of lovely memories of Mum and Merv talking to them in the shop – the sense of community spirit and having a

conversation with people was so important to them while running it. “The closure of the farm shop has had a huge emotional effect on Mum and our family as a whole, and we are so grateful for people’s support. At 74 years old and having worked for most of her life, it’s been really hard for her to think about retiring, but after serving the community for so many years now is the time for her to potter, have some time to herself and do what she wants to do – I think she certainly deserves it!”

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National day of lobbying I HAVE asked other cities to join me for a national day of lobbying on September 12 when I will be in Westminster to deliver a paper putting forward our alternative plan for the future of local government. Local authorities and public services across the country are facing financial challenges as a result of austerity and it is time to take a positive step towards tackling this problem. We will be arguing for more powers and funding in order to be able to do our job and look after the communities that we represent. I look forward to putting our constructive challenge before the government and working with our MPs to make sure Bristol’s voice is heard in Westminster. We will be sharing more information nearer the time regarding how people can get involved. Also this month, we have been pushing on with the other work that we want to do. I was delighted to be able to host our local Chess in Schools and Communities annual tournament last month at City Hall. It’s a little known fact that I’m a big chess fan. It was great to have children from a wide range of


backgrounds here battling it out in a game of wits having had lessons for the last few weeks. We have also launched our Feeding Bristol initiative alongside the 5K Partnership, Kerry McCarthy MP and Feeding Britain. Currently, 20,000 people in the city use foodbanks every year. This needs to change. We are putting a call out to supermarkets, businesses, charities, faith groups and trades unions to help us make Bristol a Zero Hunger City and I look forward to hearing what ideas come back. I am still pushing on with my priority to make sure we meet my target of delivering 2,000 homes a year by 2020. Last month I was delighted to announce our plans to build 130 new homes on the Alderman Moore’s site, 40% of which would be affordable. We are also helping to bring back empty properties in to use with school caretaker properties that we hope to bring back in to use by Christmas. We are still holding our consultation on the savings proposals we have had to put forward following our uncovering of the sorry state of the council’s finances. We are looking for your ideas and solutions in order to shape the

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New attraction steals show A NEW attraction stole the show at the 74th annual Frenchay Flower Show. An alpaca from Avon Alpacas joined a procession through the event with the prince and princess, Oscar Sheppard and Eabha McGarry, children from local primary schools who opened the show. The creature, provided by John Grover, of Avon Alpacas,

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answered questions on beekeeping. Music at the event was provided by The Winds of Change Band, Marshfield Brass Band and Cleeve Singers. Bristol Starlight Cheer Squad, led by their director Deb Denny, gave a lively performance with the children enthusiastically shaking pom poms to their own music. Later Bristol Morris gave a display of their tried and tested skills with the classic rhythmic stepping of the Morris dances to the sound of their bells Garden and allotment produce, baking and preserves, crafts, art, photographs and flower arranging were on display in the large marquee and Friends Meeting House. Three vintage buses provided free transport between the Flower Show and the Vintage Vehicle display held in the grounds of the old Frenchay Hospital, where owners were

happy to discuss the finer points of their highly polished cars and motorbikes. For refreshments Frenchay WI provided cream teas at the Village Hall. The Parish Church and Unitarian Chapel were also both open for teas and a chance to look round the beautiful buildings and, at the church, a chance to ring the bells. The day ended with the award of cups and shields by Jack Lopresti MP and an RHS medal by Tim Bowles, newly elected West of England Mayor. This was followed by an auction of produce.

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Masonic Hall opens up to cast off some of those secrets ... FIFTY people turned up to find out what goes on in the Masonic Hall in Park Road, Stapleton. The Open Day was part of the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry. The visitors were met by members of the seven Gloucestershire lodges and some

other Orders that meet at the hall. Steve Manning, tercentenary events manager for the hall, said: “We answered questions about what we do and what we stand for. We had displays of the different regalia we wear and explained the symbolism of the lodge furniture. We were asked lots of questions about our charitable work, which is a significant part of our role in the community. I can assure everyone, it’s not all serious stuff.  We have a lot of fun. “The highlight of the day was a visit from the Lord Mayor

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again. Steve said the Lord Mayor had expressed a great deal of interest in the displays produced for the occasion. “She listened to the reasons for some of our odd little quirks … including handshakes and trouser-legs,” joked Steve.          To further demonstrate this openness, Steve suggested Fishponds Voice readers go to the Stapleton Masonic Hall website:

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Laws can make our lives safer AS Parliament goes into recess, and as the schools go into the summer holidays, the tragedy of Grenfell Tower is still fresh in our minds. Particularly, for law-makers like me, it's about the importance laws can have in people’s lives: ensuring they are written well and carefully enforced. Across party lines, MPs have once again called on the Government to review, revise, and enforce fire safety regulations. Over the coming months, I will of course continue to look carefully at how to keep people safe in their homes. I have also been meeting with charities and other expert organisations to highlight the need for reform to improve, and save, people’s lives in other ways. For instance – every year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. In 2012, Fabrice Muamba, while playing for Bolton against Spurs in the FA Cup, suffered a cardiac arrest – bringing this issue to national attention. His heart stopped for 78 minutes but, thanks to the defibrillator and

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encourage everyone to register as an organ donor with the NHS. Changing the law about which cars are on the road is also in the news, after the Government was repeatedly told by the courts to come up with a better strategy for clean air. Bristol, along with 90% of urban areas, suffers from illegally polluted air, which threatens public health, including in congested areas near our schools, like Chester Park, and contributes to more than 300 deaths each year in the city. Banning the sale of new diesel and petrol cars more than two decades from now shows a lack of ambition and interest from the Government. I am supporting the council, which recently won almost £500,000 to look into a clean air zone for the city. Now, after her appointment as Cabinet Member for Transport, local Fishponds councillor Mhairi Threlfall will be leading on these issues, as well as chairing the congestion task group. I am sure I speak for all of us when I wish her luck in her new role.

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Eye Blog . . . with Jonathan Best of Jonathan Best Opticians

Holiday tips to keep your eyes healthy THE Summer holidays are here and you know what that means – family vacations, impromptu getaways and fun trips! Just like you, I couldn’t be more excited. But I also want to make sure that when you leave on holiday, you continue practising the good habits that keep your eyes healthy! Follow these tips to protect your peepers, even while travelling.

Book An Eye Exam Before Leaving

You’ve bought airline tickets, booked a hotel and planned your itinerary–your holiday is scheduled! But is your eye exam? If you are someone who requires vision correction, then you know that a vacation would not be nearly as enjoyable if you couldn’t see clearly! Prescriptions can change without you even noticing, so it’s important make sure it’s up-todate before leaving home. With a current prescription, you’ll be able to get glasses or contacts in case of an emergency. And, of course, you’ll be able to take in all the new sights and attractions on holiday with clear, crisp vision!

Remember Your Eyes When Packing

Whether you wear glasses or contacts, always pack a spare pair of spectacles. An extra pair will come in handy if your eyes need a break from contacts or you happen to lose or break your glasses. If you prefer contact lenses, always take a backup pair, especially if you’re travelling to a place where it may be difficult to find a replacement. Quick tip: Take a photo of your prescription on your smartphone! That way, even if you lose your luggage or you’re just in a pinch,

you’ll be able to get the eyewear that you need to have fun and enjoy. Are you flying to your holiday destination? Make sure to pack artificial tears or rewetting drops. Cabin pressure and low humidity on airplanes can cause dry, irritated eyes. If you’re flying for several hours, those eye drops will definitely come in handy and make the flight more comfortable. They’ll also help after a long day of driving if you’re on a road trip, or just doing fun things like swimming, golfing, or hiking!

Don’t Leave Your Shades Behind

Sunglasses are a must-have on your packing list. Your eyes need protection whether you’re going to the mountains of the Swiss Alps or the beaches of Mexico, so don’t forget them! Remember to buy sunglasses that are labeled UV 400. I recommend wearing bigger or wraparound style frames as well as a wide-brimmed hat to provide maximum coverage!

Bon Voyage!

I hope these tips will help you protect your eyes, even when you’re travelling. A little time and planning to make sure your eyewear and vision needs are taken care of before embarking on your trip will allow you have a fun and worry-free holiday. The team and I wish all our readers a safe and wonderful summer! If you have any questions about eye health this holiday, make an appointment with me. At Jonathan Best Opticians we pride ourselves on giving a thorough personalised service and expert advice. Book now on 01174 228 292 today or book online at www.bestoptician.

Jonathan Best Bsc (Hons)MCOptom Optometrist Jonathan qualified in Optometry from the University of Manchester and recently moved to Bristol to be closer to family. He lives with his wife and two small children in Staple Hill.

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August, 2017

n NEWS IN BRIEF Award for transport group A FISHPONDS community interest company has won an award for its contribution to the community. Accessible Transport 4 U, which is based in Staple Hill Road, was honoured at the Bristol Post Business Awards at Ashton Gate Stadium attended by more than 400 people. The award was given to Martyn Hancock and Marianne Gould, volunteer directors, Mike Banfield, finance officer and Ken Gosling, senior driver of the charitable organisation. A spokesman said: "It was good to receive such an accolade for the community transport we provide for disabled individuals." More information about AT4U is available on the website: www.

Plea to dog-walkers THE Cinnamon Trust, a charity that aims to help elderly or terminally ill people with their companion pets, is seeking assistance in Fishponds. A spokesman said: “We have been asked for some dog walking help by a gentleman in Fishponds but we only have one available volunteer in the area. We would like to recruit more volunteers.”

n LETTER Speed limits can please everyone THE electorate of Bristol East and Bristol generally appear to have split into Marxists on the one hand and capitalists on the other. One might think that there could be no common ground between the two. There has been a development, however, that has something for both camps. I refer to the recent enforcement of speed limits along the M32/ Newfoundland Road corridor. For the Marxist there is the possibility of redistribution of wealth. Clearly the technology is in place to identify every vehicle that passes along this route so one could take the money garnered in

fines from the few and redistribute it to those (many) who have abided by the law. Of course the law abiding might not get much each but that’s redistribution for you. For the capitalists there is both the money from redistribution (every penny counts) and money to be made by holding shares in a company that makes brake shoes. Judging from the number of brake lights that were flashing on in recent weeks there could be a windfall profit to be had and a special dividend payout called. You would have needed to be quick though. Traffic flow since the enforcement began has ceased to be like a Grand Prix race and has actually become almost civilised. Stephen Buston, Stapleton

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Spot-ons, tablets and collars ... which should I use? FLEA and worm treatment can often be a puzzle, trying to decide which products give your pet the best cover and doesn’t involve a struggle every month to give. Many owners are familiar with the problems parasites can cause (anaemia, babesia infection, intestinal blockage, allergies, diarrhoea etc) but parasites can also cause problems in human health and other animals including livestock. For dogs we recommend regular flea, tapeworm, roundworm and lungworm treatment with tick prevention for those which are at risk. Cats also need regular flea and tapeworm/ roundworm prevention but in the UK cats are not currently considered at risk of contracting lungworm. Some cats may also need tick prevention. There are very few which

provide cover for all of these, and you have to be careful when using multiple products that there isn’t a cross over which could potentially cause a toxicity. Furthermore, all lungworm prevention is only available on prescription, so is unavailable in pet shops or pharmacies. Our fully qualified Vets and Nurses are able to provide tailored advice on the best parasite treatment for your pets. There are many things to consider for each individual: • Age of the dog or cat (younger animals require more regular roundworm treatment) • Whether they are a scavenger or are fed a raw diet • If you are in an area with lots of ticks • If someone in the household, or the pet, is immuno-compromised (due to illness, being on steroids

or chemotherapy) some parasite treatment will need to be provided more regularly. • Whether it is easier to apply a collar, spot-on or give a tablet. Our knowledge and care plans make it easy for you to provide parasite control. If you would like any further advice please feel free to call our friendly team at Kingswood Vets4Pets on 0117 961 6417.

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n PLANNING THE Grenfell House fire in West London has set off a national debate over institutional neglect, fire safety and the Building Regulations. Concerns have also been raised about high rise living in general, often crystalising around the question of building cities upwards or outwards. Those concerns have been ongoing ever since the post war slum clearances led to the building of tower blocks. Urban density has for a long time been a major concern in planning. A longstanding adage about land is that “they are not making any more of it”. It is indeed a finite resource and this is the essence of the responsibility that we place on the planning system to make the best use of it. This responsibility means that, in general terms, building up will trump taking up more land inefficiently with one and two storey residential development. This informs the fundamental concept of Green Belts around cities. Of course there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the height of buildings and choices have to be made. There is a one-size-fits-all solution

when it comes to the safety of buildings however. The Building Regulations regime is there to protect the public by ensuring that buildings are constructed safely. If that operates effectively, there should be no fire concerns with living in tall buildings and planning can deal with the practicalities and aesthetics of this approach. The planning issues hinge on location. If we want to avoid Los Angeles type urban sprawl, higher densities should be achieved around public transport hubs and higher densities means taller buildings. The recent announcement of further Metrobus routes (even before the first one is operating) as part of the leaked West of England Partnership report into transport and the likely impact on house prices near these routes emphasises the market value of living close to transport links. At present this is borne out mainly through the City Council’s lessened car parking requirements in the vicinity of public transport corridors. Locally, this applies to proximity to Fishponds Road. The Metrobus network has the

potential to introduce high speed public transport corridors to the cityscape: A whole new layer of accessibility. The other issues with high rise living come from the desirability of it. Essentially the market, in terms of price and affordability, is left to determine whether people want to live in flats or houses. Provision of social housing, which has come up short so often in recent years, is also a factor of what gets built: A flat development can (at best) only generate affordable flats whereas a housing estate is more likely to provide affordable houses. If the demand is for more housing, the easiest solution will be the cheapest one and that again drives up the preference for flats. The craze for converting houses to flats played a large part in the number of flats in the UK broadly equalling the number of houses a few years ago. Now I would expect the factors above, local and national, to ensure that flats will overtake houses and continue in that vein. If my prognosis is correct, then safety issues, as they always should have been, become the number

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Sunday August 13 n ‘Page Park Praise’ presented by Staple Hill Salvation Army Band and congregation. 3.30pm Children’s craft and activity tent and lots of good music and singing. Admission free. Tel 0117 9569733 n Alice in Wonderland, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 2.30pm Tuesday August 15 n Go Wild at Winterbourne Barn, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 11am Saturday August 19 n 11th Fishponds Horticultural & Craft Show at Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, Guinea Lane,Fishponds. Official opening at 2pm by The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander. Classes including garden produce,floral art, children's classes,cookery, photography,crafts. Competitions, Raffle, Plant Sale, Refreshments. Adults 50p, Children free. For schedule call 0117 9650442. Wednesday August 23 n Open mic session at Grounded cafe, Fishponds, 8pm Saturday August 26 n Breakfast at Speedwell Methodist Church BS15 1ES 10am to noon. A full breakfast, or a coffee and homemade cake. No need to hurry. An opportunity to ask for prayer. All welcome. Tuesday August 29 n The Merry Wives of Windsor, at Winterbourne Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE, 7pm Wednesday August 30 n Lincombe Barn enrolment for year beginning September 1. Last day for £5 discount on £19 annual membership. Downend Folk House, Overndale Road, Pay at

Barn office, Open Monday to Friday 7am to noon. 1pm to 4.30pm Tel: 0117 956 2367.

REGULAR EVENTS IN THE FISHPONDS AREA Mondays n Gentle/beginners drop-in yoga class, Kingfisher Cafe, Straits Parade, 6.45pm - 8pm. £8. Contact Debbie: 0796 8223670 or visit n Holistic Massage, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 9am n Tiny Tots, All Saints Community Hall 10:30am n Bereavement and Well-being support, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 11am n Computer Group, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2pm n Table Tennis for over 55’s, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2pm n Welcome Club for Retireds+, St Aidan’s Church Hall 2pm n Zumba keep fit, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, Fishponds 9.30-10.30am For details call 0734 1813 559. n Alzheimer’s choir, Beechwood Club, 11am to 1pm, Paula Shears 0117 9610693 n Sequence dancing with Teresa, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road 2pm. Tel 0117 965 0203 for details. n Ballroom tuition, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 3pm. Contact Teresa 0117 9650203 n Slimming World, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 6.309pm. Contact Ami 0746 2727 229 n Social badminton, Kingswood

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Leisure Centre 2-4 pm, intermediate level. n 4-8pm Ages 3 -15yrs Hip Hop classes, RedX Dance, Staple Hill, 07722 128159 n 7-8pm, Zumba Dance for fitness with Lisa at Bristol Dance Company, Brook Road, Fishponds, BS16 3SQ. Tel 0117 965 6699. n 252 Beaver Scouts 6 - 7 Scout HQ, Stonechat Gardens call Sarah 0789 2852226

Tuesdays n Art workshops with GreenFox Workshops, Kingfisher Cafe, Straits Parade, 7.30-9pm. Call to book (gemmalane99@gmail. com/07532327810). First Tuesday of the month. n Nordic Walking Classes, Oldbury Court 9.30-10.30am. Email: to book your place n Fishponds Friendship and Exercise Club.Fishponds Baptist Church (scout hall) 10-11.30am each Tuesday. Chair based gentle exercise for older people.Tea, coffee, friendly chat. Instructor: Spencer Davies. Telephone 07825  155954. n Morning Prayer, St John’s Church 9:15am n Foot Care Sessions, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 9:30am n Coffee and Craft Morning, St John’s Church 10am n Sing and Sign for babies / toddlers, All Saints Community Hall 10am n Level 1 Walking Group, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 10am n Music for Toddlers, St Mary’s Parish Rooms 10:30am n Lunch Club, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 12:30pm n Film Club for over 55’s, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2pm n Pre-school Storytime/ Rhymetime, Fishponds Library 2.15-2.45pm n Eucharist with signing for the Deaf, Hillside Court, Batten Road, St George, Bristol, BS5 8NL 3pm n Messy Church, Fishponds CofE Academy 3:15pm n Woodcraft , All Saints Church Hall/Link 6pm n Evening Prayer, St Aidan’s Church 7pm n Evening Prayer, St Ambrose Church 7pm


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WHAT IT IS WHERE IT IS WHEN IT IS in no more than 40 words: email us at: or call us on 07770 700579 / 07880 731148 n Frenchay Parent and Toddler group, upstairs in the Frenchay Village Hall, 9.45-11.45am n Scouts (10-14 years), Fishponds Baptist Church Youth Hall. 7.309pm (Term Time only) Email: n Slimming World, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 9.30am to midday, Call Ami 0746 2727 229 n Diabetes UK, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 6.15-8.15pm. Meeting in small room. n Zumba, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 7-8pm. Contact Anna 0779 9180 437 n Badminton, Downend Sports Centre 8 -10pm. Call 0117 9400706. Email: ridgewaydownend@yahoo. n ‘Friends and Neighbours’, Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, Guinea Lane, 2 - 4pm alternate Tuesdays. A friendly, sociable group, usually with a speaker and followed by a cup of tea. n Staple Hill Probus Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at Downend Cricket Club. 10.30am-12.45pm. Tea and coffee from 10am n Staple Hill Probus Club meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at Downend Cricket Club. 10.30am-12.45pm. Tea and coffee from 10am n Pilates classes, Steiner Academy, Oldbury Court Road, 7-8pm, £6.50 Bring an exercise/yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. 07952 941 531 n 4-8pm Ages 8 -25 yrs Hip Hop & Contemporary dance classes, RedX Dance, Staple Hill, 07722 128159


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August, 2017 Methodist Church BS15 1ES 10am to noon followed by optional lunch. Crafts, refreshments, singing and story. Toys for babies and toddlers. Every child must bring an adult who will remain responsible for them. £1.50 per family and a donation for lunch. All are welcome. n 252 Cubs 6.45 - 8 Scout HQ, Stonechat Gardens call Graham 956 6996 n 7.30-8.30pm, Zumba Dance for fitness with Lisa at Bristol Dance Company, Brook Road, Fishponds, BS16 3SQ. Tel 0117 965 6699. n Weekly Salsa class for complete beginners with Cressida. Cross Hands Pub, 1 Staple Hill Road. 7.309pm includes social and dancing. No partner needed. Ffi call 07808 581739 n Shared reading group is taking place at Hillfields and Little Hayes Family Hub and Library 12,30-2pm. Contact Emma Crago for details, 07970 247410, emmacrago@ n Songs for Little People, The Kingfisher Café 9.45pm £4 per little person, siblings £2. n Eucharist, St Ambrose Church 10am n Arts and Crafts, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 10:30am n Coffee Morning, St Ambrose Church 10:30am n Tai Chi, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 11am n Level 3 Walking Group, starting from St Ambrose Beehive Centre 1pm n Arts and Crafts, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 1:30pm n Punjabi Dance and Song, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2pm n Support and Activity Group, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2pm n Chair based exercise class, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2pm n Ladies Circle, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2:30pm n Wives Group, St John’s Church 2:30pm n Messy Church, Air Balloon Primary School, Hillside Rd, St George 3:30pm n Home Group, Location varies 6:30pm n Phoenix Art Club, Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, Guinea Lane, Fishponds 10am-noon. All mediums, all abilities. n Dancing Tots, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road 10-11am n Hannah More Club for senior citizens, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road 2-4pm

(fortnightly) n Women’s Reading Group, Beechwood Club, 1.30-3 pm, fourth Wednesday of every month. Call Anne 0117 9041875 for information. n Dance Tots, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR 7-8pm. Contact Eric 0791 4006 589 n Keep fit class, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 7- 8pm. Contact Beryl 0117 9774534. n Cycle UK (CTC). For all cyclists from beginners to professionals, commuters to sports. Beechwood Club, Fishponds, BS16 3TR. 8-10PM winter months only (other months are rides, see http://www. n Lodge Causeway Townswomen’s Guild, Briarwood School, Briar Way, Fishponds. Second Wednesday of the month (except August) 7.15pm. Different speaker each month plus handicrafts and walking group. Call 0779 9108 890 n Yoga, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, Fishponds 5.456.45pm. Call Nikki 0752 5735 500 n Flower Arranging practice classes, Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn, Overndale Road 7.30 p.m, every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, September – May. All levels welcome. Call Isabel Cooke on 0117 9568504 n Frenchay Probus Club meets on the first and third Wednesday every month in Frenchay Village Hall. 10 am to noon. Visitors welcome. n Frenchay Folk Dance Club meets in Frenchay Village Hall on alternate Wednesdays at 7.45pm. Calling from Alan Davies and music by Mike Elsom. Dancers of all abilities and experience are welcome. Information at www. or by emailing n Walks for single people. Solo Rendezvous meet at Downend Cricket Club, every Wednesday, 8.30pm, entrance £3, and walk every Sunday. Please phone for walk details: 01454 775508 / 01454 774984 / 0117 9850210. n Frenchay Folk Dance Club meets in Frenchay Village Hall on alternate Wednesdays at 7.45pm. More information is available at www. or by emailing n Frenchay Probus Club meets on the first and third Wednesday every month in Frenchay Village Hall. 10 am to noon. Visitors welcome. n 6-6.50pm All Boys Ages 7 -15 yrs Hip Hop classes, RedX Dance, Staple Hill, 07722 128159

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n Diamond fellowship at Fishponds Baptist Church hall, Downend Road, 10.30am. Open to everyone, first and third Wednesdays every month. Variety of speakers, coffee mornings and annual day out and Christmas meal. Contact 0117 9653421.

Thursdays n Dance Fit with Cressida. Beechwood Club, Beechwood Rd. Easy pace weekly exercise class with range of dance steps and music. 2pm-3pm plus tea and chat. Ffi call 07808 581739. n Yoga class for beginners. Lincombe Barn, Overndale Rd, Downend. 6.30-8pm.Traditional yoga postures with focus on breathing and relaxation. Contact before: or 0752 5937201. n 252 Scouts 6.30 - 8 Scout HQ, Stonechat Gardens call Graham 956 6996 n Morning Prayer - St Aidans Church 9:15am n Body toning/conditioning , Beechwood Club 9.30-10.30am. Call Sabrina 0794 1353 735 n Coffee and Craft Morning , St Aidan’s Church 10am

n Free Beginners Computer Classes, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 10am n Eucharist, St John’s Church 10am n Eucharist, St Mary’s Church 10am n Parent and Toddler Group, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 10am n Ballroom Dance Class, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 12pm n Exercises and Sing-a-long Activity Session, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2pm n Fit Steps, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 2pm n Dance, Latin Rhythm, and Zumba gold, Beechwood Club 2-3pm. Call Cressida 0780 8587 39 n Knit & Natter, Fishponds Library 2-4 pm (fortnightly) n Frenchay Parent and Toddler group, upstairs in the Frenchay Village Hall, 9.45-11.45am n The Senior Citizen Friendship Club, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR 3.30-5pm. Call 0782 5155 954. Email: n Beginner’s Taoist Tai Chi, Fishponds Methodist Church,

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n WHAT’S ON CONTINUED Guinea Lane 7-8.30pm. spirit. n Fishponds and Downend Rotary Club, The Langley Arms, Guest Avenue, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7GA, evening. The club is actively seeking new members to share fun, fellowship and community service. Full details on website - Google “F&D Rotary” and look for homepage. n Baby Bebop Mums, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, Fishponds 11am-1pm, babies up to one year. Call Ruth 0796 6032 414 n Cressida dance keep fit and Zumba gold, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, Fishponds 2-3pm. Tel no. 0780 8581 739 n East Park Residents meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at May Park School from 6-7pm. . Further information from Hazel Durn on 0117 9513868 or Tony Locke on 07919 173450 n 4.15-7pm Competition Crew Ages 7-18 yrs Hip Hop classes, RedX Dance, Staple Hill, 07722 128159 n 7-9pm Kingswood Choir at United Church Kingswood, Regent Street, all abilities welcome. Contact Patsy Holdsworth 01179078994

Fridays n Greeting cards sold in aid of St Peter’s Hospice, Fishponds Methodist Church Hall, morning. n Nordic Walking Classes, Oldbury Court 9.30-10.30am. Contact to book. n The Friday Playgroup, All Saints Community Hal 10-11.30 am in termtime. £2.50 + 50p per sibling; includes kids' snacks and drinks and tea and coffee. See the Facebook page or email fishpondsfridayplaygroup@gmail.

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com n Line Dancing, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 10:30am n Rhymetime for babies and toddlers, Hillfields Library 11.30amnoon n Senior Citizens Bingo Club with optional fish and chip lunch, St Ambrose Beehive Centre 12pm n The First Friday Film Club - All Saints Church Hall, 2pm n Taekwondo, St John’s Church Hall 5:30pm n Grove Road Youth Club, All Saints Community Hall 7pm n Sensible keep fit to music for older ladies. Hillfields Park Baptist Church, Thicket Avenue, Fishponds 9am. Good company and a chat over coffee. Call 0117 9561231. n High density Zumba, Beechwood Club, Fishponds 6.157.15pm. Call Anna 0779 9180 437 n Zumba, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road 9.30-10.30pm n Alzheimer’s group, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road 2-4pm 2nd Friday in month, n Zumba keep fit, Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 9.3010.30am. Call Sally 0771 2776 753 n Baby Bebop (Mums / Babies up to 1 year old) Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 11am-1pm. Contact Ruth 0796 6032 414 n Alzheimer’s meetings Beechwood Club, Fishponds BS16 3TR. 2-4pm (2nd Friday in each month). Tel no. 0117 9756 441 n Coffee Morning, Speedwell Methodist Church, 10am-noon. Open to all. Friendly and caring. Lunch once a month. n Community art club at Castle Suite, Badminton Gardens, Beaufort Road BS16 6UE. 10amnoon on alternate Fridays.

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Sundays n Morning Worship and children’s activities, Speedwell Methodist Church, 378 Speedwell Road. 10.30am Friendly, informal and lively. n Morning Worship, New Place, Eastville Methodist Church, Fishponds Road. 10.45am. Holy Communion once a month. n Eucharist, All Saints Church 8am n Eucharist, St Mary’s Church 10am with Giggle Club in Parish Rooms n Eucharist, St Ambrose Church 10am n Eucharist or Lay-Led Service, St

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Welcoming strangers AT the end of June we had a visitor to stay with us. I say “visitor” but in actual fact we had never met this person before, and they were a complete stranger. How does that work? A stranger living with a family for five days? Visitors can sometimes be a bit of a mixed blessing, and different questions arise. How long will they stay? What do they like to eat? How to be welcoming but not overwhelming? And when that is a completely new person rather than a known friend or family member – then I ask questions like What if we don’t get along? Will they like us? Will we like them? Are they easy or hard company? How is it going to work in the morning with six bodies and one bathroom? That alongside the challenge of making sure that the kids will remember to flush the loo and at least try and be polite, can make having visitors rather stressful. Yet, having our stranger - Will ,

from the touring theatre company Riding Roughshod - stay with us became for our family one of the best blessings of the year. He was good company, easy to feed and talk to, interesting and funny. The kids still miss him and the house seemed strangely quiet when he left. I don’t know what it would have been like if Will had been less affable, but it did make me wonder how often it is that we get the opportunity to bless people, friends or strangers with hospitality. How often do we get the chance to share our homes, food and our lives so closely with others? How often is it that the person supposedly doing the “giving” actually ends up being the person who “receives”. Hospitality sits at the heart of the bible. It fills pages of the Old and New Testament. Abraham welcomes three visitors. Moses is welcomed into the Pharaoh’s household. Jesus spends most of

FISHPONDS PROBUS CLUB FISHPONDS Probus Club welcomed John Cooper, the secretary of the Frreewheelers, often known as the “blood bikes”, to give a talk on the voluntary work they do for the local community. Members and their ladies enjoyed a very interesting and informative account of the work carried out by the Freewheelers on behalf of the NHS at no cost to that organisation. Fishponds Probus Club is an organisation for retired and semiretired gentlemen and meets on the first and third Thursday of each month, joined on six or seven occasions by their ladies. It receives talks on a variety of subjects. Although meeting at the Conservative Club on Fishponds Road, there is no affiliation to any political organisation. The name refers to “retired PROfessional and BUSiness men”. To find out more, contact the secretary, Adrian Woodland at or 0117 3309696. Rod Prescott, President

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his time being a visitor in other people’s homes – be it as a friend to Mary and Martha or as a stranger to Zacchaeus. Indeed the night before he died, Jesus sits around a table with his friends and breaks bread and shares wine with them. There is something good and God like about hospitality – being able to give it and receive it. Riding Lights Roughshod Touring Theatre Company, all five actors who stayed in and around Fishponds with different families that week in June, moved on to new pastures, where again they will have been a blessing and been blessed by people’s hospitality. Through their energy, workshops, drama and performances as well as staying with people they reminded me of how good it is to sit, eat and be blessed by people’s company. I hope and pray that in Fishponds we all get a bit of that this summer.

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Surprise party for dedicated campaigners EIMEAR Hawes, manager of the Star Inn, organised a party for the No McDonald’s in Fishponds campaigners after the news they had lost their three-year battle. He said the committee had been devastated by the planning inspector’s decision to overturn Bristol City Council’s refusal of permission for the drive-through in Fishponds Road. “But more than that, a lot of people who were neutral during the process were disgusted by the decision, viewing it as big business riding rough-shod over the community’s will. This committee were just ordinary citizens who took three years out of their lives to take on one of the largest, wealthiest and most influential corporations in the world on behalf of the local community,” Eimear said. “They had to wade through tonnes of legal documents and regulations to fight the case and

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that there is no congestion on Fishponds Road. “After the result, we were all numb, in a state of shock, anger, dismay and total disbelief. For Eimear and the Star to spring this party on us, at our lowest ebb, was a much needed and welcomed bolt out of the blue. "It was so emotional to see so much support for us that night, and to see our local pub and all cross-sections of our community coming together and celebrating the good in the shadow of adversity. It was just fantastic. “We can’t afford a judicial review, so for now McDonald’s has won. However, Fishponds is still a great place with a fantastic community spirit that has grown over the past three years of the campaign, and that is something that an American corporation and a government official can never take from us.”

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n NEWS Students take to the air BRISTOL Metropolitan Academy students received flying lessons, toured Gloucester Airport fire station and climbed aboard a luxury £7 million pound jet as their final part in the year-long Airbus Flying Challenge. The 27 Year 9 students went up in groups of three, in fourseater planes and each had the chance to fly and take control of the plane once in the air. The school was chosen by the Airbus Foundation as the first in the UK to be part of a new programme to inspire and engage young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

John's quest passes another milestone SINGER John Billitteri has reached another milestone in his campaign to collect one million pennies for the charity Help for Heroes. John, who goes by the stage name of Frankie Johns, boosted his total at the recent Armed Forces Day in Page Park to 900,000 coins - £9,000. "I'm pleased and proud to have got so far. It's all thanks to the generosity of the public because it's them who have done it, not me. I'd like to think I can reach the 1,000,000 target this time next year but it's difficult to predict," he said. Since he launched his

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LOCAL creative heroine Pippa Robinson has led another successful project in Fishponds. Not only has she worked with photography students from the local Steiner Academy last year and run a nationally renowned project on ‘Mothering the Mother’ featured on Radio 4, she has now turned her creative attention to the special relationship between grandmothers and their grandchildren. Grandmother’s Footsteps is a family arts project that has run in The Kingfisher Café in Fishponds over June and July to celebrate this unique relationship. Over tea and cake, grandmas and their grandchildren have shared stories and memories together and have then worked towards something creative: a collage, a family tree, a patchwork or hand made book, representing their story. Families are complex and their histories often don’t move in straight lines or fall neatly into common stereotypes, which is why a creative approach often lends itself well to represent some of the realities of family history. Adopters and foster carers often dread the ‘family tree’ blueprint that can so often be expected at school. It is normally cause for much distress in families when children are expected to communicate the complicated story of their family history, which is one of the reasons why this project is so refreshing. Getting members of families together to represent their own history is a powerful way of representing how different families are from each other, as well as making some space for grandparents and children to bond.

Pippa Robinson, who has devised and runs the project, says, “A Grandmother is a little bit parent, a little bit teacher and a little bit best friend…” Very often a grandmother can add an enormous amount to a grandchild’s experience and share ideas and information that a parent can’t. I often sit in wonder as my child puts on their shoes without fuss or whining for grandma, when it takes me a significant wrestle and the better part of fifteen minutes to put a sock on. Pippa has explored the role of the mother in her nationally recognised project Mothering the Mother. She writes, “When a woman becomes a mother it is often a time she reflects back upon the way she herself was mothered. Our maternal inheritance, from our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and beyond, can have a great influence upon our lives and the ways in which we choose to bring up our children.” This project allows some space to explore these themes in a creative way and is such a great addition to what’s on for families in Fishponds. Pippa can be contacted about more creative workshops on: motherinthemother https://www.motherinthemother.

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OUR two main events this month have been the Bristol to Bordeaux bike ride and our Celebration Evening and Party. The annual bike ride, which raises money for PROPS, took place over four days in early July. Seventy riders, including four students who attend PROPS, set off from Temple Meads and cycled either the Classic Route of 300 miles, or the Extreme of 500 miles, to Bordeaux. All PROPS staff and students really enjoyed following their progress on social media and hearing about it afterwards. There has been a huge amount of backing in the form of sponsorship, donations and a support team of 25 people. This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are all hugely grateful for all the effort put in. The sponsorship page is still open for our four students. If you would like to donate, please visit mydonate. Bristol to Bordeaux 2018 will be the 10-year anniversary of the

bike ride. To mark the occasion, there is an additional challenge of a third cycle route – the Epic, which will be 700 miles. We are excited to announce that the entire ride is already full, and preparations are under way for next July. For more information, please visit www.bristol2bordeaux. org/ or follow on www.facebook. com/bristol2bordeaux/ or www. PROPS held our annual

celebration of achievement, which attracted record numbers and we had to bring in extra seats. The Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander, attended to award certificates of achievement to PROPS students. Staff also received Fun Certificates of achievement, which had been awarded by our students. Staff awards varied from Biggest Chatterbox to Disco Diva! The Bristol Umbrella Singers choir performed four of their

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n GARDENING THE last few months for me have been extremely busy with work, travelling around the country visiting universities and other duties at the allotment. Just when I thought I might get a respite, we’ve moved into the start of the hardcore harvesting season where if you turn your back for too long you’ll be eating marrow, instead of courgette. It’s the same for everyone on the allotment at the moment and the place is alive with people cursing fact that they can’t pick the fruit any quicker, when you see the price of a punnet of blackcurrants in the shops, it makes you realise how worthwhile growing your own really is. One thing that we, as a family, love, partly because of the flavour and partly due to their ease is runner beans. If I had the time to pick an entire plot of them I would, but once they get going it’s hard to keep up with just a dozen plants. Even if you haven’t got a place of your own to grow fruit though, there is a wealth to be had for free in the wild. This evening I picked a kilo of blackberries that has been stewed with a little sugar and will be frozen until I need it for something. But as well as that there are apple, pear, plum, greengage and many other fruit trees lining places like the railway path. If they don’t get harvested, they’ll only go to waste. Not to mention Incredible Edible Bristol (http://ediblebristol. who are actively bringing freshly grown produce to public spaces for anyone to enjoy, like picking some broad beans on your way out of Temple Meads station to eat when you get home. Unfortunately this has meant that my own garden at home has been a little neglected and as things have started to go over I’ve struggled to keep up with them. It’s a nightly job now going round the beds deadheading and pulling weeds, watering and repotting. The latter of those has taken over the garden table somewhat and is at risk of taking over completely unless I pull my socks up and set to it. Deadheading the spent flowers promotes the plants to continue flowering as the energy is diverted away from creating seeds and so extends the season. Sweet peas are a perfect example where you should pick even sooner so you can enjoy them in a display. If you strip the plant of flowers you’ll be blessed with a fresh bounty that you can repeat the process with for months.


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The summer so far as well as the spring that preceded it has been incredibly dry, we’ve had some beautiful warm days that have been an absolutely delight, but even where the clouds have dominated there has been little in the way of rainfall. This has taken its toll on the allotment and garden alike with a few casualties, thankfully nothing too major. We have a very shaded bed that's up until now has been dominated by an unruly Symphoricarpos (snowberry), that after a short battle has now been gladly consigned to the compost heap, and the bed needed populating. I had a few ferns and some Digitalis but that makes for a fairly plain display, and I was after a more dramatic look, so we visited a rare plant fair at Hanham Court, somewhere that you should take a visit to when they have the garden open. Among other things I acquired an Acatea that unfortunately due to the shaded situation I neglected to water it as much as I should, that combined with the dry weather and it being in a raised bed meant that it had a close call on one occasion. If you have good

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drainage as many plants require you need to be especially vigilant with your watering regime at this time of year. Like often when I write these things though the weather has come to mock me as we’ve just experienced the most torrential rain and thunderstorms. It does mean that the watering will take less time and will allow you to get on with some of these summer jobs. • Deadhead flowers to stop them self seeding and to prolong the



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Learning from experience about nutrition Blog 42 Nutrition EVER since we started to wean our son Harrison on to solids at six months old he started to get skin problems that looked a bit like eczema. The poor boy would get dry skin on his legs, stomach, arms and face. We would spend ages applying creams trying to soothe his irritated skin. It cost a fortune as we searched for the magic cream, all to no avail. A new one would seem like it worked then eventually it would all come back. Molly, Harry’s older sister, never experienced these problems so we were ill prepared and underinformed. This is a topic that yet again falls into a grey area of medicine where there is plenty of disagreement about what to do but the general medical advice was to wait until he grew out of it and apply creams. Although I am no leading expert on nutrition, I do have reasonable knowledge on the effects that diet can have on the gastrointestinal system that can lead to skin problems so I started to notice that Harry’s face would flare up after eating certain foods. It was hard to narrow down though as he would eat groups of foods at the same time but slowly a pattern emerged. When he ate eggs and milk his skin would quickly react and after eliminating those two, his skin got a lot better but not perfect. It then became clearer that he reacted to bread as well. Now we gave and currently give Molly eggs, milk and bread all of the time so it was a bit difficult to change Harry’s diet.

Flourish Luckily, they both eat well and can flourish on other foods but I decided that it was time for some help. There are tests that you can have done to check for food intolerances through a simple blood test administered through a pin prick. Fortunately for us, James, our illustrious sports therapist and personal trainer, has ‘future’ mother in law, Philippa Parish, who is a dietitian with a degree in Nutrition and all of the equipment, experience and knowledge needed to hopefully help us understand Harry’s problems. According to Allergy UK 45% of the population suffer from

with Tim Button, Doctor of Chiropractic at Cleve Chiropractic and Next Step in Mangotsfield a food intolerance. An intolerance must not be confused with an allergy which can potentially have much more severe outcomes, if you think of a nut allergy for example. Philippa conducted the blood test that measures the igG antibodies that may be linked to a range of inflammatory conditions. It then measures the food antibodies reaction to different food proteins identifying the particular trigger food for you. It will show whether a particular food creates a strong, medium or mild reaction.

beautiful again. Although Harry was a healthy boy before and was happy and enjoyed life, I feel much more comfortable now we have adapted his diet. I know that this month’s blog is a bit controversial and will raise as many questions as answers so

please take what I’m saying as just my experience with my own children and, like my own, all children are different. To be honest I think I will get myself tested as I know I have a couple of food issues of my own! If you would like any more information about this blog then please message me directly or simply contact the expert Philippa on her mobile 07970 950839 or her email philippaparish@blueyonder. Next month I go to work at the IAAF World Championships so I look forward to telling you all about working behind the scenes at the world’s biggest sporting event in 2017.

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Reaction Unsurprisingly poor Harry’s test showed that he had a strong reaction to eggs, milk and wheat. We already had a good idea about those results but it was reassuring to us that we were doing the right thing and also that the test was correct and worked. It also showed up that garlic and legumes are potentially bad for Harry. What was nice to see were all the things we can now more confidently feed Harry. We thought that he might not be reacting well to tomatoes but they were fine on the blood test as were most vegetables and all different types of meat. We were giving him oat milk instead of cow’s milk but that produced a medium reaction on the blood test so we have switched him to calcium enriched coconut milk which is easy to find these days. With all of the changes to Harry’s diet over the last few months his skin and digestion has returned to what you would expect for a normal healthy toddler. It’s so nice to see his skin soft and

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