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Doris, 100, Skypes her twin on their birthday DORIS Hazell knew she was not the only one to receive 100th birthday congratulations from the Queen on the 12th of the 12th 2017 - her brother Harry Hall made it to the milestone date too! Doris, who lives with her daughter Pauline in Stapleton, is originally from the Midlands, where Harry still lives, and the pair were in touch via Skype on the big day to exchange greetings. The twins were the youngest of seven children and were split up because their mother could not cope. Harry and his brother Arthur went to a boys' school, while Doris went into a church-run children's home until she was 16, when she went into service. She met her husband Ern and they moved to his home town of Bristol after the war and went on to have two sons, Stephen and Andrew, as well as Pauline. Doris worked as a cleaner at hospitals including Manor Farm and Frenchay. She celebrated with a big family party, which included her two grandsons Scott and Jordan and great grandson Lennie and a party on the day with friends at Greenfinch Lodge.

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SO here it is, 2018 ... what will it have in store for the people of Greater Fishponds? We have no idea, as our job is to report what has happened rather than predict what might be about to occur! But if 2017 is anything to go by, our community will respond by pulling together to make life better for all of us. There's a chance to get started on this neighbourhood action at the People's University of Fishponds event on January 28. While we're on the subject, what an enriching addition to the area that organisation is. It'snot such a bleak midwinter when

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Cabinet role What can we do to help? Inspiring way to start 2018 for Anna AFTER the indulgences of Christmas, many people want to do something useful in the new year and for those living in Fishponds, it's no exception. People from the area are getting together with leading initiatives across Bristol as well as MP Kerry McCarthy to find out how to help those in need in Bristol, whether it’s volunteering at a foodbank, helping out at children’s clubs in the holidays, gardening or fundraising. Organised by the People’s University of Fishponds (PUF), people can find out about what’s going on and how they can help at an event on Sunday January 28, at the Old Library, Fishponds Road, from 7-9pm. The ‘University’, which used to meet at the Kingfisher Cafe, has invited Bristol East MP Kerry to speak along with Andy Street,

CEO of Fareshare and chair of Feeding Bristol; Darren Gillett from Fit & Fed, which helps school children at risk of hunger in the holidays; Sara Venn from Incredible Edible; Anna Keen, Hillfields councillor and cabinet member for education; Richard Pollard, Fishponds Foodbank co-ordinator, and Alison Findlay, co-founder of Poverty is Pants. PUF organiser Kate Brooks said: "The idea of the event is for us to find out a bit more about these initiatives. "We all read shocking statistics in the papers, like the recent newspaper article that the number of homeless families in Bristol is now twice the national average, but we don’t always know what to do, who to contact or how best to help. So the idea behind this event is to hear from inspiring various groups and

projects, and maybe share some ideas - lets start 2018 by making a difference if we can." Organisers plan to have live music and fresh food at the event, so people can gather and chat. Visitors can even bring any left over non-perishable food items from the festive season and donate them to the foodbank. There is pressure to sign up to any initiatives, guests are welcome to just come along to find out more. Book your place by emailing katebn@virginmedia.com (tickets £3.50, profits to Feeding Bristol). The 'Feeding Bristol' event is part of the People’s University talk series, which will be held throughout 2018 at The Old Library, Fishponds Road. To find out more visit www. peoplesuniversityoffishponds. com

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HILLFIELDS Councillor Anna Keen has been made Bristol's cabinet councillor for education. It follows Mayor Marvin Rees's decision to end crossparty rule by dropping the two non-Labour members, Tory Claire Hiscott and the Green Party's Fi Hance. Councillor Keen, a teacher, joins two other Fishponds cabinet members, Craig Cheney, who is deputy mayor with responsibility for finance, and Mhairi Threlfall, who recently took on the transport brief. She said: "I want to work with schools so that the children of Bristol can flourish in an environment of equality and inclusion. I can promise parents, children, teachers, and all others in the education and skills sector that I will listen." Cllr Keen will continue to lead on the Feeding Bristol project.

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THE inaugural Santa's Grotto in the Lake has proved a huge success, attracting visitors old and young alike. The magical setting - by the side of the lake at Eastville Park - proved irresistible and more than 500 children came along for a glimpse of Santa. Visitors were entertained by music, story-telling, jugglers, poets and mime acts and kept warm by helpings of delicious hot soup. The event was a joint venture between the Friends of Eastville Park and Frome Fairies to raise funds to improve and update the children's playground in the park. It was also used to gauge what support there would be for regular events in the park to encourage more families to make use of the open space. Andrew Gee, one of the organisers, said the sheer

number of visitors in spite of the wet weather made it clear there was support for more events in the park. "We know now, that with a little imagination, we will be able to attract visitors throughout the year with regular events that appeal to and benefit young and old - and everyone in between. "At this time of the year people’s time is precious, which makes the contributions of our volunteers that much more special. "Bringing smiles to the faces of over five hundred children on a day when the weather wasn’t that kind is a remarkable achievement and we would like to thank each and every helper for the part they played in making it into the amazing experience it turned out to be. "This day was not just about

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Get ready for the longer days RESIDENTS are being reminded to act now in order to arrange Playing Out sessions on their street in time for spring 2018. The scheme, which started in Bristol, aims to improve children's well being and build friendlier and stronger communities by organising road closures that allow children to play in the street. Bristol City Council requires at least six weeks' notice in order to process a Temporary Play Street Order and so residents are being asked to think two months ahead. Bristol Playing Out activator Jo Chesterman said: "Lots of streets start thinking about Playing Out as the weather starts to pick up, but then get frustrated by the wait. "Using the dark nights of winter to meet with neighbours and get decisions made - when, how often and who will steward - is a great use of this time of year. It also gives people something to look forward to once the festive season has passed." Playing Out has been growing around Bristol since 2011 and has gone nationwide, even attracting interest from around the world. Jo said: "There is an obesity crisis amongchildren and lots of social isolation - Playing Out sessions can benefit all the residents in a street, not just the children. It's free to apply and highway approved cones/signs are provided by Playing Out. A few hours of effort can bring lasting change to the street and community." For more information contact Jo by emailing jo@playingout.net, call 0781 1816620 or check out the website www.playingout.net

Dawnecia Palmer, Lesley Alexander and John Hirst at the event

Graduation ceremony LORD Mayor Lesley Alexander attended a Hollywood Oscarsstyle graduation ceremony at the Old Fishponds Library. The Frome Vale councillor helped acting chancellor and dean, the Reverend Dawnecia Palmer, give out awards to graduates of Life Universecity LC who have been studying there for the past 15 months. She was joined by guests

including Debbie Coker, principal of Fishponds Church of England Academy, Bristol Poet Laureate Miles Chambers, and Ujima presenter Lana Mareno. Life Universecity 2017 Prestigious Outstanding Leadership Award went to John Hirst, executive director of Destination Bristol, in recognition of his excellent service in Bristol since 1997.

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Unique 'Buy a Brick' offer in Hillfields STAFF at Minerva Primary Academy have launched a unique fundraising drive where locals are being given the chance to get their hands on their own piece of Hillfields history. The school, in The Greenway, is being demolished and replaced by a modern building. Although its buildings are now outdated, the school, which was formerly Hillfields Primary School, has earned a special place in the hearts of many local residents who went there themselves and now their children attend. Jess Crossley, the academy's parent support worker, said the demolition work presented an ideal opportunity to help support pupils. "As the old building is slowly demolished, we have kept some of the original bricks as mementos of the old school, which I'm sure holds many memories for a lot of the community. "We are selling these bricks, polished and decorated with a plaque, for £5 each. Local residents who have a current connection with the school have been eager to buy themselves

one of these keepsakes, but we are aware that there may be other neighbours who do not know about this project." The new two-storey development will feature a nursery, reception classrooms, infant classrooms, junior classrooms, offices, staff facilities, a main hall, studio and kitchen as well as new landscaping. The project is to be completed using modern methods of off-site construction which will enable building work to be finished in a much quicker time-scale. The new building is scheduled for completion in November 2018 and the official opening is programmed for July 2019. Once completed, the current capacity of 300 pupils will increase to 420. During demolition and construction, pupils have been located in part of the school, with additional learning space provided using a temporary Elliott classroom. To order a brick, please contact Cath Archer on 0117 377 2990.

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Such a stylish production of Hairspray! STUDENTS at Bristol Metropolitan Academy presented their version of the American hit musical Hairspray to great acclaim. The show is set in 1960s Baltimore, where the danceloving teen Tracy Turnblad becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Her new status as a teen sensation helps bring racial integration to “The Corny Collins Show”. Bristol Met students and staff spent a year preparing for the production, with weekly rehearsals, including giving up time in the holidays. There were 60 students in the cast and more than 25 supporting crew members from Years 7 to 11. The show involved the music department, external artists, staff, parents and volunteers from the community, who helped create costumes and build sets.

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STAPLE Hill Salvation Army is on course to hit a new record for the distribution of food hampers and toys for families who are in difficult circumstances this Christmas. Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire social services and other agencies, the Salvation Army looks set to help more than 500 children with gifts of food hampers and toys this year. Major Colin Hylton-Jones who, with his wife Nicola, is in charge of Staple Hill Church, said that public support this year has been overwhelming "People have really got behind the appeal and we have received some fantastic support from rugby clubs, corporate organisations, slimming clubs, other churches, students on university courses, and of course, members of the public who quietly drop in to our church laden with bags full of new toys. "The Salvation Army Band has been carol playing at various centres including Tesco Yate and the Mall Cribbs Causeway, and the generosity of the listeners has enabled us to purchase a significant amount of food which will make a real difference to the enjoyment of Christmas for many families and older people in need." The Salvation Army at Staple Hill will be open on Christmas Day and will entertain about 65 people who would otherwise be alone. Major Hylton-Jones said: "I would like to thank everyone who has helped us this year. Because of the kindness of so many, it has been possible for us to improve the Christmas for hundreds of people in need in South Gloucestershire during this festive season."

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TWO men were arrested in connection with a burglary in Speedwell in which a car, laptop and games console were stolen. It happened between midnight and 11am on Sunday December 10 at a house near the City of Bristol College Soundwell Centre. Thieves forced the back door while the householders slept, stealing the car keys in order to take the vehicle. Officers have carried out house to house enquiries and Neighbourhood Watch members have been alerted. The suspects were arrested in Staple Hill at about 10pm on Tuesday December 12. One was arrested on suspicion of the burglary and the other on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle. Officers recovered the stolen car from Staple Hill. Temporary Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Davey said: "Neighbourhood PC Wayne Hick and I recently attended a community meeting to discuss residents’ concerns about burglary. We answered people’s questions and offered crime prevention advice. At the meeting I said we were carrying out patrols of burglary hotspots and gathering intelligence in order to target suspects. The Volunteer Police Cadets have also been patrolling the area knocking on doors to raise awareness of the issue. I hope the community is reassured by the action we’re taking." If you see anyone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property, call the police straight away. It’s 999 if a crime is in progress, otherwise ring 101.

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New Year appeal for charity shop A CHARITY that helps children with cancer is launching a New Year appeal for donations after arsonists struck at its Fishponds branch. CLIC Sargent, in Straits Parade, has lost nearly £40,000 of income following the arson attack and burglary on November 12. The shop, which has been open since November 1989, was forced to close following the blaze, leading to the huge loss of income. Although the branch will reopen, charity bosses say as yet they are unable to give a date. The appeal - which asks people to donate £5 - coincides with police releasing CCTV footage of a man they believe can help with their enquiries. The fire has proved a major blow for the charity which last year supported 619 families in the South West. The money equates to nearly half of the money the charity gave out in grants last year. Jason Webster, head of trading at CLIC Sargent, said: "We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so it’s been devastating for us and our amazing volunteers to see this happen right before Christmas.

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£17k grants fund is hit by freeze Grants to community projects in Greater Fishponds have been hit by Bristol City Council's freeze on spending. PAGE 4

need to be made to the building, all of the stock was ruined and we were forced to close during our busiest season. We are now calling on all Bristolians to please back our campaign and donate whatever you can to help us make sure we can continue to support young people with cancer and their families in the South West.” Pictures courtesy of Lizzie Walker How to help: Page 3

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Stoke Lane reopens but traffic woes are not over TRAFFIC flows are set to improve in the Fishponds area this month now that Stoke Lane is once again open in both directions. The road between Stapleton and UWE Bristol was made one-way last year for work on the £216 million MetroBus rapid transport route. It was initially shut to northbound drivers but because of the jams - which had been predicted by local people - this was eventually reversed. It's now two-way again, although there will be "occasional short length, short term traffic lights for specific pieces of work". MetroBus, which is intended to reduce congestion and cut journey times into central Bristol, is due to start in the autumn. But first there is the little matter of repairs to the viaduct on the ring road at Bromley Heath, which are likely to take up to a year and are forecast to cause delays and jams of up to three miles.

A fundraising appeal began for children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent after arsonists struck at its Straits Parade shop. Students at Bristol Brunel Academy had been helping the homeless and community projects were hit by a spending freeze. Hairdresser Ann Walker hung up her scissors after working at Trez-Ann salon since 1969.

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Public meeting on McDonald's fight A public meeting is taking place on February 25 at All Saints hall to discuss the battle against a proposed McDonald's drivethrough in Fishponds Road. PAGE 3

Foster mum Rita awarded MBE Foster mum Rita Roblin has been granted an MBE in the New Year Honours list after 25 years of caring for children. PAGE 23

Building work to transform the old Fishponds Library is finally complete, enabling community groups and organisations to rent out space. PAGE 25

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Blow for estate as buses are lost Hard-won bus services for the Hillfields estate are being axed at the end of the month because not enough people have been using them.

Popular local The Railway Tavern in Fishponds, which has been run as a family business for 12 years, is up for sale. PAGE 13

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THEY sang, they played music - and they brought traffic to a standstilll. More than a hundred people of all ages dressed in colourful clothing and turned out to voice their opposition to a proposed McDonald's drive-through at

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Our front page story, in contrast to January, brought good news - CLIC Sargent's shop was open again after the arson attack but it had suffered losses of more than £36,000. The public inquiry into plans to open a McDonald's opened at City Hall.

It was good news for pupils after Ofsted praised both Bristol Metropolitan Academy and St Joseph's Catholic Primary. Fishponds illustrator Duncan Beedie was short-listed for an award and

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Good in their 2017 inspections, maintaining their 21012 ratings. Both were singled out for praise for the efforts they made on behalf of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Bristol Met is part of the Cabot Learning Federation. Chief executive Steve Taylor, a former principal of the school, said: " Its

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THE education watchdog Ofsted has in recent years toughened up the criteria to achieve its highest grades - but that has not held back two Fishponds schools. The secondary Bristol Metropolitan Academy in Snowdon Road and St Joseph's Catholic Primary in Chatsworth Road have both been judged as

Anti-McDonald's campaigners stepped up their fight - bringing traffic to a standstill as they marched along Fishponds Road. The UK's first vegan fish and chippie opened in Fishponds Road and drew praise from animal rights group PETA. There was support for plans for a micropub and Hillfields residents were hit by bus service cuts.

Residents were in shock after a brutal attack on a 75-year-old woman in Eastville Park. Stoke Lane was once again open in both directions and a public meeting was planned to discuss the battle against McDonald's drive-through in Fishponds Road. The Old Library has saw its make-over finally complete, paving the way for community groups to use its space and Hillfields and Little Hayes Family Hub and Library opens its doors.

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Inspector hears McDonald's case A planning inspector has held a seven-day inquiry into the refusal of planning permission for a large McDonald's on Fishponds Road. PAGE 3

Travellers leave Eastville Park A big clean-up has taken place at Eastville Park after more than 20 travellers' vans spent 12 days on the site before being moved on by the city council. PAGES 8 & 9 Mellissa Nunn, who started volunteering at the CLIC Sargent shop after recovering from leukaemia, cuts the ribbon at the reopening of need. We can’t thank everyone to hear about the arson attack enough.” and burglary suffered by their Bristol East MP Kerry Fishponds shop. I am delighted McCarthy MP said: “CLIC to see their doors are open again, Sargent is an incredible charity. and encourage everyone who can Their work started right here in to support their work.” Bristol, and so I was devastated Report and pictures: Page 5

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THE CLIC Sargent charity shop on Straits Parade in Fishponds has reopened, five months after arsonists struck. The charity estimates it has lost more than £36,o00 in income because of the enforced closure caused by the fire and burglary. An appeal followed which has raised more than £1,000. The reopening ceremony was performed by 23-year-0ld volunteer Mellissa Nunn, who benefited from the work of CLIC Sargent when she was treated successfully for leukaemia at the age of 17. She said: “It was really good to hear that people were donating and the local community was getting behind our appeal. I’m proud to reopen the shop and just really excited to start volunteering again.” Jason Webster, from the charity, said: “The fire appeal is a great example of real community spirit here in Bristol. It’s fantastic to see how everyone rallied together to support the shop and our charity in our time

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First micro pub is 'just weeks away' Fishponds' first micro pub is due to open its doors to the public on June 24 after planning permission was granted to transform a former stationers. PAGE 5

Boost for Jack fund The charity Jack Banks Star Tribute Fund has moved within sight of its latest fund-raising target of £70,000 for Bristol Children's Hospital.

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Snuffy Jacks Ale House opened and work started on a new school for pupils at Minerva Primary Academy in Hillfields. Phyllis Green, 95, finally got her Second World War Civil Defence Medal and an unexpected General Election took place.

the city was a breaking point because of austerity. Frenchay charity Headway celebrated 40 years and war hero Frederick Room, who is buried at Greenbank Cemetery, was commemorated.

Help for Heroes campaigner John Billitteri, aka singer Frankie Johns, was nominated in the regional heats of the Pride of Britain awards and scarecrows appear across Fishponds as part of FishFest. We lifted the lid on the often underground cult of northern soul and spotlighted three DJs who are running successful events at Barton Hill Rugby Club in Speedwell.

The smart new Chester Park Junior School opened and Briarwood School got a Good rating from Ofsted. Campaigners for affordable homes at the Blackberry Hill Hospital site said they would keep a close eye on development to ensure the promised 100 affordable homes are delivered. Chester Park Infant School saw its headteacher of 23 years, Susan Tyte, retire and the annual Frenchay Flower Show was hailed a success. September Party in the Ponds attracted large numbers of families. More than 1,000 people signed a petition saying the junction at Hockeys Lane is dangerous. Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees called a rally saying

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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

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JUDE Moore, 14, from Fishponds, has achieved triple success with his boxing. He was crowned National Schools Champion took gold in his category for England in the Three Nations contest, and is in the European Schoolboy Championships in Romania this month following a recent trial. Jude has been boxing for three years and trains at the Downend Amateur Boxing Club at the Harry Crook Centre in Fishponds. Full story: Page 10

Campaigners say they are appalled that a planning inspector has dismissed objections to a McDonald's drive-through in Fishponds Rd. PAGE 3

Safety checks at tower blocks Safety checks are taking place at all tower block flats in Bristol in the wake of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London. PAGES 8 & 9

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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

Secrets of those handshakes ... The Masonic Hall in Stapleton held an Open Day to mark the 300th anniversary of the Freemasons. PAGE 18

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THE hundreds of Fishponds students who picked up their A-level and GCSE results in recent weeks were the first to sit new, more demanding exams. A-levels are now judged by an exam at the end of two years, with AS-levels no longer counting towards the final mark. GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths have been reformed and are now graded from 9 (highest) to 1 and the curriculum is tougher. All other subjects are still graded A*G in 2017. Across the city, 58 per cent of young people achieved a pass in both English and maths GCSEs. At Bristol Metropolitan Academy it was a record 56 per cent. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Well done to all of our young people who took their GCSEs this year, as well as the families, carers, teachers and governors who have been instrumental in these results. A huge amount of hard work goes into these exams and with tougher curriculum and number grades introduced this year our pupils have had to overcome many new challenges to succeed." Full story: Pages 6 & 7

Hockeys Lane action call More than 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for a change to the dangerous Hockeys Lane junction in Fishponds. PAGE 9

Get set to Party in the Ponds Party in the Ponds, an event similar to last year's successful Make Sunday Special in Fishponds, is planned for September 9. PAGE 13

Flower power draws crowds Khadija Meghrawi, from Fishponds, celebrated her 18th birthday on results day. She got 2A*s, an A in Chemistry and an A* in her extended project at Redcliffe Sixth Form and will study medicine at Bristol

Residents turned out in force to view a spectacular display at the 11th annual Fishponds Horticultural Show. PAGE 18

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BRYONY Bateman, 28, from Fishponds, has appealed to thieves to return her wedding and engagement rings. Bryony, who married Neal in 2013 after beating cancer, says the jewellery reminds them of a friend who lost his battle with the disease. Full story: Pages 16 and 17

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Youth club's future in doubt Grove Road Youth Club in Fishponds is facing closure after seven years because of a shortage of funds. PAGE 6

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Getting there ... slowly DRIVERS heading into Bristol on the M32 will need to watch their speed from this month. The new bus lane from Eastville to Newfoundland Street opened on October 30 as part of the £230m MetroBus project. It will mean narrower lanes on that stretch of road, so for safety reasons police, local authorities and Highways England have agreed that 40mph speed limits will be enforced. Avon & Somerset criminal justice road safety manager Sharon Kostanjsek said: “Speeding can have fatal consequences. It endangers the lives of other road users. “We don’t want to catch people speeding - we want people to obey the speed limits. The new bus lane will form part of the MetroBus routes between Cribbs Causeway and Hengrove; and between Emersons Green and the city centre. Both are due to start next year and to improve journey times.The bus lane can be used by buses, coaches, taxis, motorcycles and emergency vehicles, freeing up more space on the two lanes for general traffic.

Mayor Marvin packs a punch The Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees showed his sporting skills when he visited Downend Amateur Boxing Club in Hillfields. PAGE 11

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Three women from Fishponds have launched a campaign entitled Poverty is Pants - Period, providing sanitary wear for those who can't afford it. PAGE 5

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It's Mo - has he lost the plot? Scarecrows worthy of a gold medal were on show in Fishponds for the annual Fishfest trail, which this year had the theme of Great Britons. PAGE 9

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Well just what can we do? I have two options, the first a low tech home treatment, the other a high tech solution to a tech problem. To treat digital eye strain at home or work you need to follow the 20:20:20 rules which is to looking as far as you can/ closing your eyes to relax your eye muscles for 20 seconds. You should then repeat this every 20 minutes throughout the day. Also remember to blink regularly & drink plenty of water through your day.

I am sure that many of you are enjoying new technology gifts & presents. It’s a good time to talk about a few tips to ensure that your eyes & vision stay healthy while you enjoy your tech & crafts time. With the increasing use of our tech has come a new condition for us to advise you on; Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome as it has also been called.

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Tackling homelessness in 2018 MERRY Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! I’d like to wish everyone in the city the best of luck for the year ahead and hope you are looking forward to the challenges and accomplishments that it might hold as much as I am. Whilst many people will be out celebrating this festive season it’s important we spare some time to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. This year we are seeing a rise in homelessness rates across the country and whilst we are working towards our long term goal of being able to deliver 800 affordable homes a year by 2020, we also have to consider a range of solutions to solve the immediate problems vulnerable people are facing during these cold winter months. I am proud to say that Bristol will again be ensuring that 100 extra beds are available for people sleeping rough in the city when the cold weather hits Bristol the city as part of the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol. The Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter project, which was started as part of the work carried out by the City Office, is back again for an extended run and is due to open for three months from Friday 5 January.

I am really grateful to the 12 churches that have once again answered the call from the City Office and will be opening their doors in people’s time of need. When I visited the project last year I was overwhelmed by the positivity and dedication of everyone involved and it is great to see it continued and expanded this year. We are also continuing to work with other organisations across the city to make sure we can address our severe homelessness problem as quickly as possible and get help out to those who need it most. Our city’s night shelters are run by some great organisations who work throughout the year to make sure the homeless in our city have a support network to rely on. These groups have now come together to make one appeal called Safer Off the Streets (#SOSBristol) which can help people to fund the great work that our night shelters do. For just £17, you could fund a new bed for the night for someone who really needs it. However, it is important to remember that these night shelters are free for the people who use them. For more information and to offer a donation, head to: www.fundsurfer.com/ project/bristol-rough-sleeping-partnership

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n LETTERS Lycra Lads and Lassies on loose I HAVE been a cyclist for 60 years, half of them spent using the Bristol to Bath Railway Path, but that has become an increasingly dangerous route over recent years. Indeed I know cyclists who have stopped using it for that reason. And it’s all because of a certain type of cyclist, whom I dub the Lycra Lads and Lassies. They know who they are. They seem to think it is their own personal speedway. They show little concern for others who use what is, after all, a space shared with pedestrians - hence the term 'path’. Few have ever thought of using a bell or horn to warn people they are about to overtake. Many see no danger in overtaking another cyclist who is passing pedestrian. Or being plugged into phones or playlists as they zoom along, oblivious to those around them. During the morning rush hours

there are children going school, shoppers, pensioners, joggers and dog-walkers using it too. Oh but they do love their flashy lights. Some even have two intense beams on handlebars and helmets, pointing straight ahead. Cycle lamps are supposed to light up the road ahead not dazzle anyone travelling in the opposite direction. You can be seen just as well with a dipped headlight, and you are less of a menace. It is crazy that there have had to be police patrols to warn people about speeding on the cycle track. If people, are rushing because they are late for work - get up ten minutes earlier and take it easy. My hope for 2018 is that the Lycra Lads and Lassies will show a bit of consideration, and make the cycle path a pleasanter and safer place for all of us. How's that for a New Year Resolution Lads and Lassies? Mike Jempson Brook Road Fishponds

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Little Boy Blue is ready for action WITH the halls decked and the turkey basting, the last thing you might want to think of is a visit from the most Wickedest Witch of the West, Halloweena. But the panto character is gearing up to appear in the next offering from St Stephen's Drama Group in Soundwell and promises to bring with her plenty of New Year fun and frolics. Little Boy Blue begins at Merrydales’ Grand Fete where Willard 'Wiggles' Wigglesworth has brought his hot air balloon along to give rides to the townsfolk. Johnnie Blue has fallen head over heels for Susie Sidebottom, who happens to be the Mayor’s daughter and during one of their meeting, they unfortunately offend the evil witch, Halloweena who comes up with a humorous revenge. Halloweena will be portrayed by the drama group’s Kate Kendell who has featured in many previous productions. The panto's dame, Johnnie’s mother Bessie, will be played by Joe Hicks, whose last pantomime part was Prince Charming in Cinderella. "This is the first time I’ve played the dame and I’m loving every minute of it. I’m lucky to be playing most of my scenes with my good friend, George Jefferies, who plays Willard 'Wiggles' Wigglesworth. We really work well together and can bounce ideas off each other to bring out the best in our characters." Little Boy Blue runs from January 25-27, 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Soundwell, BS16 4RH with refreshments and raffle during the interval. Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for concessions. www.ststephensdramabristol.co.uk

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n IN THE SPOTLIGHT: FEED BRISTOL

Getting back to nature A FOOD-GROWING community project in Stapleton is looking for people to take part in its next volunteer scheme. Based on Frenchay Park Road, Avon Wildlife Trust’s Feed Bristol project was set up in March 2012 on a piece of overgrown land that had been previously used by a farmer as a nursery. The trust decided to use it as a space to inspire and educate people about how food-growing land can support wildlife, as well as create social impact in an urban setting. The aim is to champion conservation and ecology to inspire people to take action to create a nature-

rich city. Vegetables such as potatoes, kale, onions, salad leaves and garlic are grown on the site’s six acres, with produce split among volunteers in return for their involvement in the project. In addition, a range of diverse habitats such as ponds have been created alongside the food spaces in order to attract wildlife including frogs and hedgehogs. As part of the project’s commitment to engaging residents in nature, Feed Bristol

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runs a volunteer Grow Leader programme to help people develop skills for a career in conservation or horticulture. As part of the placement, full training is provided alongside practical work experience of food growing and delivering activities with community groups. To take part, volunteers are required to give a commitment of two days a week for nine months, and since it started three years ago Feed Bristol has been able to support 40 people into employment by teaching them a range of new skills that they can add to their CVs. Successful applicants for the next volunteer placement programme - which is due to start on February 12 - will also be given the opportunity to take part in Feed Bristol’s next Grow Leader course for free, instead of a cost of £450 or £600 depending on income. This 12week course starts on March 22 and covers three modules (food growing, community engagement and ecology and conservation). After completion of the course, which takes place every Thursday, students will receive an official Avon Wildlife Trust Certificate as proof of their newly developed skills in ecological land management. As well as running educational placements and courses, Feed Bristol’s wildflower nursery homes to more than 200 native species - is also open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am – 3.30pm during the winter, as well as the first Saturday of the month.Plants bought from the nursery cost £10 for six, with

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all proceeds reinvested back into the project. Feed Bristol also has spaces available to hire for weddings, team building days and other events. Speaking about Feed Bristol and the work that it does, project manager Matt Cracknell said: “We want to inspire residents, schools, community groups, local businesses and people from disadvantaged backgrounds to spend longer in the natural world, by teaching them and giving them the confidence to take action and create a nature-

rich city. “When you come here, you feel like you can just leave the city and your worries behind and embed yourself in nature instead, something which we think is so important for the health and wellbeing of the people of Bristol.” Applications for the next programme close on January 29. To find out more about this scheme and Feed Bristol’s Grow Leader course, visit their website: http://www.avonwildlifetrust. org.uk/feedbristol, email volunteer@avonwildlifetrust.org. uk or call 0117 9177270.

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Rev up for People's Grand Prix KINGSWOOD-based charity Jessie May, which provides hospice and respite care for terminally ill children and their families within their own homes, is celebrating after raising more than £2,600 at one of its newest fundraising events. The People’s Grand Prix was held for the second time in September with more than 70 participants jogging, walking or pushing their way around the 3km wheelchair-friendly track at Odd Down Sports Ground. The amount raised through sponsorship and donations on the day means that the event will definitely go ahead again in 2018. Julian Withers, head of fundraising at Jessie May, said: "We already have plans in place for the 2018 event! "We will be bringing it forward to July and will be officially launching in January when people will be able to sign up." Jessie May specialist nurses provide medical, emotional and bereavement support and offer respite time for parents and siblings. It costs £1,400,000 to provide this care yearly. For more information visit www.jessiemay.org.uk

Stomp in memory of Theo MORE than 70 people took part in an annual charity walk in memory of baby boy Theo Cameron. The annual Stomp event organised by Theo’s parents Sarah Harttrup and Scott Cameron, from Winterbourne, saw participants walk a 20km route from the Water Tower near the Downs to the Cross Hands in Winterbourne, stopping at pubs, cafes and restaurants along the way with collection buckets. Thirty children joined the walk at the Willy Wicket in Downend for the final leg. About £4000 was raised through sponsorship and donations on the route. All funds will go to the charity Jessie May, which cared for Theo. The sum will be added to the £30,000 raised by Theo’s family over the last five years through the Stomp fundraiser and ‘Theo’s Day’, a summer event. Theo’s mum Sarah said: “This year’s Stomp was another great success with lots of support from the people of Bristol who saw us along the way.

It’s always fun to get our supporters together and remember Theo while fundraising for the cause so close to our hearts.” Theo and his twin brother Ollie were born in 2010. Soon after he was born Theo was diagnosed with a rare, terminal condition called ARC Syndrome and he died at nine months old. Throughout his life his family were supported by Jessie May nurses. Sarah continued: “Jessie May did so much for Theo and our family when we really needed it. While Theo was alive our lives were busy with appointments, calls and hospital visits. “Theo was an inspiration to all that were lucky enough to meet him. As Ollie and his younger sister Phoebe grow up, we want them to know and understand that Theo is, and always will be, their brother. These fundraisers are vitally important to keeping Theo’s memory alive.”

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Jazz event raises £600 MUSIC lovers raised £600 for Jessie May at a jazz concert at Longwell Green Community Centre in November. It was organised by Jack and Molly Cox who have been running this style of entertainment in the area to raise money for local charities for nearly 20 years. The music was provided by the Roger Wells Hotshots. Another concert is planned for March 9, 2018 at the same venue, when the band will be Jeremy Huggett’s Dart Valley Stompers.

£23,000 boost from Morrisons A CHEQUE for nearly £23,000 has been handed to Jessie May. The cheque presentation took place at the Morrisons store in Fishponds. The grant comes after an application was made by the Jessie May fundraising team to the Morrisons Foundation, which offers grants to charities making a difference to people’s lives. Jessie May will use the grant to fund its ‘Making Fun Possible’ programme, which aims to provide free, fun respite days.

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JESSIE May has received a grant of £30,000 from the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation, set up by its patron, World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn. It will enable the charity to recruit an additional senior nurse to its team to meet its growing caseload. Jessie May supports 129 terminally ill children in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Julian Withers, head of fundraising, said: “The impact that this new senior nurse will have on the families we care is astonishing and we are very grateful for the donation."

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Shocking toll of fuel poverty TOO many people will be struggling to keep warm in their homes this winter. In Bristol, this problem is severe, affecting over 25,000 people - 13.2 per cent of the city - against a national average of just under 10 per cent. As with other poverty-related issues in Bristol, variations from ward to ward are particularly stark. Some neighbourhoods have more than 23 per cent of households in fuel poverty, sitting within a mile of ones with only 5 per cent. Over the years, I’ve heard some shocking stories from constituents, some facing impossible choices between heating their homes and eating. Last year there were 30 excess winter deaths in my constituency of Bristol East, of which a third are said to have been caused by cold homes. Fuel poverty is caused by a complicated mix of low income and high energy prices, along with poorly insulated housing. I was very pleased the Government finally relented and agreed to a price cap on energy bills. The Government’s record on

home insulation – which fell by 80% in 2010-15 – is woeful, and led to job losses in the insulation industry here in Bristol and elsewhere. However, its new energy efficiency target, that all homes should reach a minimum efficiency rating of band C by 2035 is welcome, and I’ve been pressing the Government for a plan of action to implement this so we can see real increases in the number of homes insulated each year. If you are struggling with your fuel bills, here’s how to get some help: • You could get £140 off your electricity bill for winter 2017 to 2018 under the Warm Home Discount Scheme. Contact your supplier to find out. • Bristol’s Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) can provide advice on switching energy supplier to get a cheaper deal and home energy efficiency, www.cse.org.uk. • The WHAM project - a joint initiative by CSE, Talking Money and WE Care & Repair - gives debt

advice and help with installing energy measures in the home, http://www.wecr.org.uk; https:// www.talkingmoney.org.uk. • Warm Up Bristol offers a wide range of home insulation measures, with affordable finance options, www.warmupbristol.co.uk • Bristol Energy is also committed to tackling fuel poverty in the city. Its Bristol Tariff, could save people around £260 a year, and the Bristol Energy Hub can help people having trouble paying their bills, www.bristol-energy.co.uk/fightagainst-fuel-poverty. There are some great community-led initiatives, such as the Energy Ambassador Court run by Des Brown of Growing Futures in Hillfields, which also covers accessing off-grid energy. For info, info@growingfutures.org.uk I have also just joined the steering group of a brand new Bristol initiative, ‘No Cold Homes’, a collaboration headed by the Bristol

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Appeal for St Patrick's Day event volunteers VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help support a fundraiser for St Joseph's Church in Fishponds. The church, in Forest Road, is hoping to raise £14,000 for new toilets. It is planning a St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh on Saturday March 17 with live band, Irish strew, bar and raffle.

Before and on the night the church will need volunteers to do a variety of roles, which include placing posters in supermarkets, libraries, churches and businesses; visiting various businesses to obtain raffle prizes; promoting the event through local media and preparing and cooking food. Also wanted is a volunteer

to be the MC for the evening, registering and welcoming people into the event, as well as people to set up before and clean up afterwards. If you have a few hours to spare, please register your interest by emailing stpatricksdayceilidh2018@hotmail.com and stating how you are able to help.

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Where will you find rest? HAD a busy Christmas? 2017 been manic? Maybe you can relate to this: ‘because so many people were coming and going… they did not even have a chance to eat.’ Sometimes the needs of people around us and the demands of life and can be overwhelming. The good news is, Jesus knows what that’s like and is compassionate towards those who follow and seek him. He said to his disciples, and now says to you, “Come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.” The New Year is a good opportunity to do just that. Calls upon our emotionally and physical energy will always be with us, but it is important to step away occasionally from it all – away from people, away from TV, away from phones – to be quiet and get some rest. But let’s

not leave out a very important element. You see Jesus says, “Come with me by yourself…”. At another point Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus wants us to find in him true rest from all our struggles. The funny thing is that as soon as Jesus took his disciples off in the boat for some R&R, 5,000 people from surrounding towns, like swarming paparazzi, ran around the large lake and got to the other side ahead of them. How would you have responded? You’ve headed out of town to your favourite beauty spot for some peace and quiet, to discover a mass of people wanting even more from you! Jesus does not say “Clear off!”, no, ‘he had compassion on them, because

they were like sheep without a shepherd.’ Jesus saw the needs of those closest to him but not at the exclusion of being concerned for many others too. What these wandering sheep needed was care and direction – and so he ‘began teaching them many things.’ Receiving rest from Jesus is like a sheep listening to the voice of a loving, caring, wise shepherd who knows his sheep by name and what is needed for them to thrive. Rather than frantically seeking here and there for what might help or satisfy (and getting hurt and lost in the process), Jesus says come to me and listen to me. Jesus loves his sheep so much that he gave his life to rescue them. He is the sacrificial shepherd. Why would we not trust and find rest in a person

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Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed on 25th and 26th December 2017 and 1st January 2018. Bristol ID required

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Cardboard needs to be flattened and folded to the size of your green box. Unfortunately we cannot recycle your wrapping paper because most of it has either a plastic or foil coating.

Recycling and waste

0117 922 2100 (8.30am – 6pm Mon – Fri)

Please put bins and boxes out by 7am on your collection day and remember to bring them in as soon as possible after they have been collected. Any waste outside your wheelie bin and open wheelie bins will not be collected.

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin • Black wheelie bin

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

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Christmas tree kerbside collections

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Recycling and waste collection calendar

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Please put bins and boxes out by 7am on your collection day and remember to bring them in as soon as possible after they have been collected. Any waste outside your wheelie bin and open wheelie bins will not be collected. We can recycle all of your Christmas cards – please put them in your green box with any cardboard.

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To find out more about what goes in each of your recycling boxes please visit bristolwastecompany.co.uk

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To find out more about what goes in each of your recycling boxes please visit bristolwastecompany.co.uk

Recycling only

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• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

Cardboard needs to be flattened and folded to the size of your green box. Unfortunately we cannot recycle your wrapping paper because most of it has either a plastic or foil coating.

Recycling and waste

0117 922 2100 (8.30am – 6pm Mon – Fri)

Please put bins and boxes out by 7am on your collection day and remember to bring them in as soon as possible after they have been collected. Any waste outside your wheelie bin and open wheelie bins will not be collected.

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin • Black wheelie bin

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

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0117 922 2100 (8.30am – 6pm Mon – Fri)


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Recycling and waste collection calendar

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Your collection day is Thursday

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Please put bins and boxes out by 7am on your collection day and remember to bring them in as soon as possible after they have been collected.

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Any waste outside your wheelie bin and open wheelie bins will not be collected. We can recycle all of your Christmas cards – please put them in your green box with any cardboard.

31st

Cardboard needs to be flattened and folded to the size of your green box. Unfortunately we cannot recycle your wrapping paper because most of it has either a plastic or foil coating.

30th

Please use your brown caddy for any food leftovers. Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed on 25th and 26th December 2017 and 1st January 2018. Bristol ID required

29th To find out more about what goes in each of your recycling boxes please visit bristolwastecompany.co.uk

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Your collection day is Friday

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Unfortunately we cannot recycle your wrapping paper because most of it has either a plastic or foil coating. Please use your brown caddy for any food leftovers.

To find out more about what goes in each of your recycling boxes please visit bristolwastecompany.co.uk

Recycling and waste

Recycling only

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin • Black wheelie bin

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin

Recycling and waste collection calendar

Cardboard needs to be flattened and folded to the size of your green box.

30th

Recycling only

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

Any waste outside your wheelie bin and open wheelie bins will not be collected.

Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed on 25th and 26th December 2017 and 1st January 2018. Bristol ID required

Recycling and waste

0117 922 2100 (8.30am – 6pm Mon – Fri)

Please put bins and boxes out by 7am on your collection day and remember to bring them in as soon as possible after they have been collected.

We can recycle all of your Christmas cards – please put them in your green box with any cardboard.

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin • Black wheelie bin

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

FRI/A

Christmas tree kerbside collections

0117 922 2100 (8.30am – 6pm Mon – Fri)

Recycling and waste collection calendar

2017-2018

2017-2018 reference code:

Your collection day is Thursday

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Please put bins and boxes out by 7am on your collection day and remember to bring them in as soon as possible after they have been collected.

29th

Any waste outside your wheelie bin and open wheelie bins will not be collected. We can recycle all of your Christmas cards – please put them in your green box with any cardboard.

31st

Cardboard needs to be flattened and folded to the size of your green box. Unfortunately we cannot recycle your wrapping paper because most of it has either a plastic or foil coating.

30th

Please use your brown caddy for any food leftovers. Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed on 25th and 26th December 2017 and 1st January 2018. Bristol ID required

29th To find out more about what goes in each of your recycling boxes please visit bristolwastecompany.co.uk

20th

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Your collection day is Friday

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Cardboard needs to be flattened and folded to the size of your green box. Unfortunately we cannot recycle your wrapping paper because most of it has either a plastic or foil coating. Please use your brown caddy for any food leftovers.

30th To find out more about what goes in each of your recycling boxes please visit bristolwastecompany.co.uk

Recycling only

Recycling and waste

Recycling only

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin • Black wheelie bin

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

Any waste outside your wheelie bin and open wheelie bins will not be collected.

Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed on 25th and 26th December 2017 and 1st January 2018. Bristol ID required

Recycling and waste

0117 922 2100 (8.30am – 6pm Mon – Fri)

Please put bins and boxes out by 7am on your collection day and remember to bring them in as soon as possible after they have been collected.

We can recycle all of your Christmas cards – please put them in your green box with any cardboard.

• Green box, Black box • Brown food waste bin • Black wheelie bin

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

FRI/B

Christmas tree kerbside collections

0117 922 2100 (8.30am – 6pm Mon – Fri)


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New drive for electric vehicles BRISTOL’S cabinet has approved two proposals designed to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles. Both have been made possible thanks to £7 million funding from the Department for Transport’s Office for Electric Vehicles (OLEV) and are designed to help improve air quality in the city whilst also delivering on the Mayor’s commitment to ensure that the whole city is powered by clean energy by 2050. New electric vehicle charging points will be installed across Bristol and the West of England region as part of the Go Ultra Low West project. The council will aim to manage and operate a network of 400 charging points across the area. As part of the project the cabinet also approved a proposal to update any council vehicles which are over 10 years old to reduce air pollution and save money on running and maintenance costs. Fifty of these will be electric vehicles, funded by OLEV. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is a great opportunity for the council to lead the way in improving air quality in the short term and make progress towards our long term aim to make Bristol a city that is run on clean energy. “Not only do these proposals improve our environment they also make good economic sense. Updating our own fleet, for example, is saving us money with maintenance and running costs."

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Council set to act on single-use plastics A CALL to address the environmental impact of ‘single use’ drinking cups in Bristol has passed at full council with cross-party support. The motion came from Lib Dem Councillor Clare Campion-Smith with input from Green councillors Fi Hance and Martin Fodor. It calls on Bristol’s Labour Mayor to introduce a small charge on non-recyclable drinking cups provided at City Hall and other venues controlled by the council, as well as lobbying central government for a charge at the national level which could be similar to the successful charge on plastic bags introduced in October 2015. ‘Single-use’ plastics are so-called because they either cannot or are not designed to be recycled. These are things like plastic film wraps, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. Green councillors contributed some changes to the Lib Dem motion which were agreed the day before the full council meeting. These included calling on the mayor to ensure all outlets on council land offer reusable coffee cups for sale, to request all council contractors to switch to fully recyclable drinks cups, and to ensure cups are only sold with recyclable lids. Councillor Fi Hance said: “Thanks are due to the Lib Dem councillors who allowed us to contribute to writing this motion without having to go through the lengthy amendment process in full council – it is an excellent, common sense green idea. Following this motion passing with cross-xparty support I hope to see action from the Mayor on this soon.”

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Plus lots of superb facilities • Stylish restaurant with terrace and garden view • Stunning leisure suite, including gym, Jacuzzi and spa pool • Hairdressing salon • Roof patio garden • Communal lounge for socialising and activities Easy walking access to Fishponds with its vibrant community and wide range of shops and cafes.

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More about Extra Care Making life easier Extra care living is the best solution for the later years in life. It combines complete independence with on-hand care and support when it’s needed. Residents at Quarry Court have their own new luxury apartment with all facilities for independent living. Quarry Court apartments are affordable. Residents usually find that the value of their present home more than covers the cost of an apartment at Quarry Court. At the same time, 24/7 support is available, both with planned support packages, and on ad hoc occasions. You may want to take advantage of our regular daily help with chores such as housework, laundry, or home delivery food shopping. High quality meals are available from our restaurant with its lovely garden views for those times you don’t feel like cooking for yourself. The superb leisure pool, Jacuzzi and gym are all available for you. You can also participate in interesting social events.

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• Laundry requirements – returning clothes washed, dried and ironed for you • Cleaning and tidying • Maintenance of your apartment Quarry Court includes a camera entry system and emergency call bell in each apartment, ensuring a safe and secure environment. Our on-site manager is available during normal working hours, and the experienced team of nurses and carers at Quarry House, our adjacent care home, is available at all times.

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We loved our snowball fight!

A HAPPY New Year from everyone at PROPS. We had a busy and festive time in the run up to Christmas with lots of events to keep us busy. We had two meals out with our students which were lots of fun for everyone. Many thanks to the Beaufort Arms in Hawkesbury Upton for putting on such a fantastic meal. Students had a game of skittles and a snow ball fight after! Groups also went to carol concerts at Colston Hall and Briarwood Special School. We had several fairs throughout December, where we sold lots of PROPS crafts and produce. We are always looking for new outlets and events for the PROPS pop-up stall. Please get in touch with Lauren Walker if you have any opportunities for us. Before Christmas, PROPS staff undertook Signalong training with the Bristol Central Learning Disabilities Team. We are looking forward to practising signing with our students, and improving our communication all round. Also coming up is our Healthy

Eating week. After all the Christmas indulgences, we thought it would be a great time to talk about nutrition, portion size and keeping active. At PROPS, we already have sports sessions and try to promote healthy food choices. We hope that our students will be able to learn something to apply to their home lives as well. We would like to say a huge thank you to Kier Construction for providing us with a fantastic

new kitchen. They donated new units and their time to fit it. We are looking forward to this space being much more user-friendly from now on. We have masses more storage space, and everything looks clean and fresh! Our independent living skills group will be able to benefit from a working kitchen straight away. Following the success of last year’s request, we are doing a call out for donations of any

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unwanted Christmas gifts. We will be making up care packages and redistributing them to local care homes or shelters. So if you received too many toiletries and socks, why not bring them down to PROPS? You can find us in Spur 6 at the Vassall Centre. To find out more about PROPS, , visit www.propsbristol.org, email info@propsbristol.co.uk or call 0117 965 35 14. Helen Brittain

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n ADVERTISING FEATURE

Together at Christmas - a time to start thinking about the future?

Open day being held over holidays at ‘extra care’ retirement apartments CHRISTMAS is a time for families to be together – and for some families, the festive period will be when they start thinking about the future. This might mean changes in lifestyle for parents who still want independent living but with a little bit of additional security. Or in other cases, the time might be right to make plans to

ensure mum and dad are just that bit closer to children and grandchildren. A successful Bristol care home group is hosting a special open day over Christmas to help families think about the options. Bristol Care Homes runs Quarry Court in Fishponds – a luxurious set of apartments offering ‘extra care’, which means independent living but with help at hand, if needs, 24 hours a day. Quarry Court has all the amenities needed for quality living – high standard 1 and 2 bed apartments, a spa, a hair salon and a restaurant. And with prices from £239,000, these

apartments are highly affordable for people looking to downsize. BCH owner Geoff Crocker said: “These apartments really are superb. And they are in a lovely, quiet location but also close enough to cafes, shops and other services on Fishponds High Street. “We would love to welcome families who are together for Christmas to come along on the 28th when we can, over a cup of tea, explain a bit more about what we can offer. “We know it is a massive decision for people moving out of their home, but we really try to make it a home from home at Quarry Court.

“Please contact us at ann. pinnock@bristolcarehomes. co.uk or call 07498 919315. You can be sure of a great welcome.” Directions, From Fishponds Road, take Channons Hill (Opposite Aldi) and after 350 yards take a right onto Pound Lane, then right again onto Adelaide Place. BS16 2FX

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n CULTURAL FIX WITH ANNA BLIGHTMAN

A time for nourishment ... THE January chill. Party season is over, and everyone looks to set goals, ambitions and challenges for themselves in the coming year. Some will succeed, others fail, but we are an insistent bunch and set them anyway. In particular we tend to think it is a good time to detoxify the body following the purge of Christmas, driven by a desire for a clean sheet, internally and externally. However January and the cold winter months are actually a time for the body to rest, and a need to nourish both the body and the soul is never more apparent. (Nourishment doesn’t mean twenty mince pies and a box of Quality Street washed down with three bottles of fizzy wine by the way!) We should be looking at ways to replenish our stores with warm cooked foods in order to be ready for the busyness of spring. Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the theory that the body’s vital energy “Qi” flows

through channels called meridians that have branches connecting to our bodily organs and functions. Qi can get blocked, become stagnant or deficient causing the body to become weak or “ill” and then begin to malfunction. This can be caused both by external and internal factors which include the foods we do (or don’t eat), as well as our lifestyle and emotions. I spoke with Roland Lewis who runs The Healing Space, an acupuncture clinic on a Thursday evening at the Steiner Academy. He set up the clinic in order to make acupuncture more affordable and accessible to those who may not have experienced it before. An acupuncturist uses specific points on the body which will help to move and clear blocked or stagnant Qi, thus restoring the body to optimal health. Whilst the common myth is that acupuncture is for treating pain, it can be helpful with all sorts of functions and conditions within the

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body. Including hyperthyroidism, eczema and asthma. Acupuncture has also been associated with helping infertility with a huge 40 per cent increase in effectiveness when undertaking IVF treatment. Toddlers and children have been known to have very quick reactions to the treatments. I went along The Healing Space (which costs between £20 and £30 for a session) and, following a detailed questionnaire and consultation, found myself on a couch with four needles up and down my left arm (I’ve had a complaint there since May) and a couple in my feet. It wasn’t painful, in fact it was rather meditative to lie still, yet I definitely felt a shifting internally that put me at ease. When the session was finished, we chatted through reactions Roland had noticed, and what further sessions would hope to achieve. Personally, this feels like a much more productive way to move the body’s energy around and begin

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n GARDENING IT’S been a productive year with the usual ups and downs that are inevitable, but on the whole a lot more up. It’s not always a struggle to come up with 600 words every month for these articles, but sometimes I’m a little short and find myself filling the space with musings about the weather, it is after all the favourite topic of conversation in this country. I’ve decided to run 12 articles on botany instead this year, from the lower forms of plant life that are the likes of single celled phytoplankton through to what makes complex plants tick. Hopefully this will prove informative and even a little interesting, but will be tailored to real life in the garden so you should be able to take something practical away from it. I recently had a birthday and apart from the giant foam hand with ‘#1 dad’ written on in and a lovely turquoise pendant from my kids, most of my presents were gardening related, including, and in my opinion one of the best items that a gardener can own, a pair of Felco secateurs. I’ve continually struggled in the past with cheap ones thinking that they I could get by with them, and with no other knowledge I guess I have, until now. It feels like swapping out an old Reliant Robin for a brand new Tesla. It’s always been advised to spend a little time over the winter cleaning and sharpening tools, making sure that they’re in pristine condition but there’s never really seemed much point when what you have is on the verge of irreparable and soon as it’s first used. I’ve had an epiphany though and will be making this now an annual task. The fact that within five minutes of using them there was a nice 1.5” gash in my

The

city gardener By Tim Barton

hand is testimony to the quality and sharpness of the blades, not advised for minor surgery though on anything but your plants. #1: The smallest of the small As plants are made up of cells, each with its own characteristics, you can’t get anything smaller than just the one, an organism comprising of just a single cell. That’s where I’m going to start, right at the bottom with algae. Often for homeowners and gardeners algae are a bit of a pain, if they’re not creating a thick bloom in the pond, they’re creating a slippery matt on your paths or any other area that’s wet. They don’t possess any way of preventing themselves from drying out so will nearly always be found where there is some fairly constant dampness. There are actually a huge variety found in this group of photosynthetic organisms, and they’re not just limited to single cells. Most people will be familiar with seaweed, this is a very common multi celled algae that is far from the slime that we find at home. They also differ from land plants in that they don’t have many of the structures that you would expect to find such as leaves, roots and other organs. They also lack the distinct cell types such a xylem and phloem that you find in these plant too, I’ll talk more about these cell types in a later article as

there are some really fascinating things about them that explain a lot about what we take for granted in the garden. The one feature that they do have with more common plants is that they are phototropic meaning that most are photosynthetic and gain energy from sunlight. Unfortunately, and this will be a common fact, there are always exceptions to the rule. If I state that a plant has a specific characteristic I mean most, but rarely all. This is the briefest of forays into the subject but with limited space I’ll have to leave further study up to you. Again it’s a quiet month so

check that all your overwintering plants are in a good condition and if you have time, start to prepare beds for the coming months with a good dressing of organic matter.

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n ON THE BEAT WITH PCSO ANITA PERKS

Your vigilance is such a help to us IT has been another extremely busy month over the festive period and your local neighbourhood team have been "up and at em" targeting issues in your area. My theme for this month’s column is how local communities are our eyes and ears on the ground and how your information helps us to catch criminals and protect vulnerable people. We had a successful story of neighbours looking out for each other on the new St Matthias housing development in Fishponds recently. A burglary was reported to us where thieves had targeted the house via the letterbox, using a metal hook similar to a coat hanger to gain access. At the same time a man was reported to us who had been in the area claiming to be a property developer and / or window cleaner. Vigilant residents

suspected that something wasn’t right – he was quite scruffy for a property developer! – and reported their concerns to us. Thanks to them we have been able to identify a suspect who we are seeking to interview in relation to these incidents. Local residents have set up a Facebook group dedicated to their estate where home owners are able to share details of any suspicious people, vehicles and / or incidents very quickly. It's a neighbourhood watch online, a modern day home guard and it puts everyone on alert. It is a fantastic way to communicate and stay in touch with your neighbours. Is this something you could consider for your area? Vigilant neighbours have also reported a vulnerable woman

living alone in Eastville, whom they believed had been targeted by drug dealers, who they suspected were using her home to distribute drugs – a process known as ‘cuckooing’. Their suspicions were correct. Thanks to their reports, we were able to gather intelligence, obtain warrants and disrupt the activity. The woman is being supported by partner agencies as well as by us. If you suspect such activity in your area then please do report it. At Trinity Road Police Station we have a regular drugs operation, known internally as ‘Blueline’, which actively targets drug dealers, arrests them and puts them before the courts. You may have seen some of the BBC’s recent ‘Drugsland’ series which followed our officers on this operation as they worked to disrupt drug

dealing in Stokes Croft and other parts of Bristol. Our work continues and throughout 2018 we will carry on working to reduce the harm caused by drugs in our communities. We have recently set up a new beat surgery beat in the foyer of Morrisons on Fishponds Road. Our next date is January 17 at 11am. If you see our table, please stop and share your concerns or just say hello. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout the year and I look forward to working alongside you in 2018. In the meantime, stay warm, stay safe and look out for each other! PCSO Anita Perks

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n VET BLOG

Consider neutering your pets IT is important that pet owners consider neutering their pets. It carries many health benefits and also helps with pet population control. Un-neutered female dogs are prone to developing mammary tumours and pyometras - where the uterus fills with infection and which often requires emergency surgery. Seasons can also be an inconvenience to owners who will need to keep their bitch away from entire males whilst she is in season. Male dogs may benefit from neutering if they exhibit excessive sexual behaviour, get picked on, or are aggressive towards other dogs in the park. However, if your dog is nervous we would recommend delaying neutering as this can often make it worse. Female cats are prolific breeders. They can be very determined to escape when in

season and can have 2-3 litters per year which makes it difficult to spay them in between litters Un-neutered adult male cats have an unpleasant aroma and are more likely to roam and get into fights leading to abscesses, diseases and as a worst case scenario, a car accident. Rabbits also benefit from neutering as it makes it easier to litter train them, bond them and also eliminates the high risk of uterine tumours in females. We neuter cats and male rabbits from 5 months of age and female rabbits from 6 months of age. Female dogs can be neutered at 6 months, however certain breeds may benefit from waiting 3 months after their first season. Male dogs can be neutered from 6 months but we would advise waiting until at least 1 year of age for large breed dogs to allow their bones

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Stoke Gifford Retirement Village An ExtraCare Charitable Trust Village

Retirement living for the not-so-retiring Opening this year, Stoke Gifford Retirement Village will provide 261 comfortable new one and two bedroom homes for people over 55, with options for rental, shared ownership and outright purchase. The Village is built around a superb range of social, leisure and well-being facilities including: Fitness Suite and Well-being Suite Bistro and Bar Shop Hair and Beauty Salon Village Hall Hobby and Games Room IT suite and Library Greenhouse and Landscaped Piazza Here you can relax in the knowledge that if you or your partner need care, now or in the future, it can be provided by a dedicated 24/7 on-site team. The Village is a vision of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, a registered charity pioneering the UK’s most innovative and exciting new retirement villages.

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n PLANNING

It's not as easy as that, Chancellor HAVING had a bit of time to digest the recent Budget, the focus of it seemed to be the same old refrain of ‘we’re going to build our way out of trouble’: The current version of trouble being the economic doldrums that have been predicted to last for the next few years. This is an easy solution, as building things apparently leads to a ‘multiplier effect’ in the supply chain, which leads to four times as much economic activity being generated as it would appear. I am no economist, but clearly this intended direction of travel, if the train indeed gets out of the station, indicates that there is going to be big pressure, yet again, on the planning system to yield permissions. At the same time, however, any money that is going into achieving this is being focused on delivering the infrastructure to support housebuilding, rather than resourcing planning departments. Those departments will instead have to cope with further cuts in public spending. In effect, another old refrain can be heard ‘get more from less’. You will recognise the tune. It has been top of the charts since around 2008. At the same time, there was some recognition paid to the number of unimplemented planning permissions. This is a source of frustration for all those looking to put a dent in the housing shortage. Effectively, gaining planning permission is the first step towards getting a house built. It does not guarantee that it will be built, as the landowner only has to make a start within three years of the permission being approved. When the permission

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has been achieved in a speculative manner, the owner will want to sell the land with permission to build. This establishes the site’s increase in value. But the value is determined by how much a buyer is willing to pay for it. The next delay becomes taking the site to market - often an auction. Next the seller's expectation needs to be satisfied. There is normally a reserve price that has to be met. This process exposes the gap between expectations. If the sellers are not seeing the return that they were expecting, then the seller will re-assess and maybe delay the sale. Timing makes a big difference to the buyer as well. Land is expensive and to get the best price, all the buyers need to have the cash to spend at the time of the sale. Another delaying element, once it has been established who will undertake the building, is the time that it can take to clear the conditions on the planning permission. Once again, this is a resource issue. Planning departments are more concerned with new applications than clearing conditions, even though both actions generate fees. Often conditions cover elements that are technical and require assessment from outside agencies, such as the Coal Authority and it can again can take time for such organisations to be prepared to sign off on a condition. Often this can require further information to be provided. Perhaps the most pernicious delaying factor is land banking. This occurs when a developer has enough planning permissions in the ‘bank’ to pick and choose which

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one to make a start on. The one that gets the green light is usually the one that will yield the biggest profit or has the fewest problems attached. That judgement is not tied to housing need but market factors such as where the houses will sell most readily. This is where I suspect the Chancellor was focusing his real effort talking up the economy and the government’s desire to see more housing. This could be an attempt to generate the confidence that the infrastructure will be provided to encourage people sitting on unimplemented planning permissions to get started. To my ears, it all sounded somewhat hollow, but time will tell. Just don’t expect a building boom to make houses any more affordable. There is a widening gap between the bottom of the housing ladder and the ground that the Budget conveniently ignored. According to all the forecasts, wages are not going to provide those missing rungs. I don’t believe that a

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Wednesday January 3 n Mothers’ Union Talk: one local couple working in Uganda: hear from Richard and Jan Bacon about their work in Uganda, Wednesday 3 January, Christ Church Parish Hall, North Street. 2.15pm Everyone welcome, more info from Christ Church Parish Office 0117 9089867 Thursday January 4 n Downend Local History Society meets at Downend Folk House, Overndale Road at 7.30 pm. Peris Jones will give a talk on Mangotsfield Society in the 17th Century. It will focus on life in Mangotsfield from 1570 onwards, from various record sources when the parish included the hamlets of Downend and Moorend. Visitors welcome at £3 including refreshments. Friday January 5 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at the door. Enquiries 0117 972 1424. Sunday January 7 Sunday January 7 n Splash of Soul, northern soul event featuring special DJs, Barton Hill Rugby Club, Duncombe Road, Speedwell. 3-8pm. £3 on the door. Monday January 8 n “The Big Picture” a new Bible course at Christ Church Downend starts in January. Come along to our first night to decide which night of the week works best for the group This course is an overview of how the Bible fits together and how it can be used wisely. Course start time 7.45pm. Venue will be published on our website: www. christchurchdownend.com Tuesday January 9

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n Christ Church Fellowship: “The SS Great Britain, from launch to relaunch” with Ian Caskie at 7.45pm, Christ Church Parish Hall, BS16 5SG More info. from Christ Church Parish Office 01179089867. New members always welcome. Friday January 12 n Messy church with crafts, celebration and meal. Stapleton church hall, Park Road. Further details on Facebook or youngpeople@holytrinitystapleton. org.uk n Activate dropin lunchtime concert will be held at Fishponds Methodist Church, Guinea Lane, Fishponds from 1-2 pm featuring the “Concord Clarinets”. Tea/coffee/biscuits available. Free entry. Retiring collection. Contact 0117 9654521. Tuesday January 16 n Bereavement Support Group, a small, friendly group meet for chat, refreshments and support at Christ Church Parish Hall 1-3pm. Newcomers welcome. More information available from the Parish Office 0117 9089867 or just turn up and meet Val and Wendy our hosts. Wednesday January 17 n Messy Church at Christ Church Parish Hall, 4.30-6.30. Check our facebook page: Messy Church at Christ Church Downend for all the details. Thursday January 18 n Downend Horticultural Society meets at 7.30pm. Robert Bryant will give a talk on Villa Gardens of the Italian Lakes at the Assembly Hall, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA. New members are welcome. Call Roger Davis 0117 9571703 or Hilary Walton 0117 9792832. Saturday January 27 n ‘ New Year Concert’ at Staple Hill Salvation Army, Broad Street BS16 5LN with Staple Hill Salvation Army Band and Youth Choir, and special guest vocalist Claire Delaney. Tickets £5 from 07841 511450 or 0117 9761535 n Breakfast at Speedwell Methodist Church BS15 1ES 10am to noon. A full breakfast, or coffee and homemade cake. No need to hurry. An opportunity to ask for prayer. All welcome. Sunday January 28 n Spirit Space, a place of reflection and calm in our busy world. This once a month, evening service starts at 6.30pm at Christ Church Parish Hall. www. christchurchdownend.com for all

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the details. Thursday February 1 n Downend Local History Society meets at Downend Folk House, Overndale Road at 7.30 pm. The speaker, Chris Stevens, will talk about Bristol’s Australian Pioneer, Robert Edward Bush and his Bishop’s Knoll First World War Hospital for Australian casualties. Visitors welcome at £3 including refreshments. Friday February 2 n Tea Dance. Downend Folk House, Lincombe Barn.1.453.45pm. Pay at the door. Enquiries 0117 972 1424.

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 www.omkariyoga.com 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 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

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WHAT IT IS WHERE IT IS WHEN IT IS in no more than 40 words: email us at: news@fishpondsvoice.co.uk or call us on 07770 700579 / 07880 731148 HQ, Stonechat Gardens call Sarah 0789 2852226 n Hatha Flow Yoga, gentle and nurturing. St Matthias (Former UWE Campus). Steiner Academy Bristol. 7.15 - 8.15 pm. All levels, ideal for beginners. Contact Yolanda 07982418847 or email at hola@ yogawithyolanda.me n Pilates class. The Cross Hands Pub. 7.30 8.30 p.m. Booking essential. £42 for six sessions. All levels welcome. Contact Emily on 07974 252486; email: info@ teachmepilates.co.uk or find me on facebook: Emily Osborne Pilates.

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 Bristol Blues Club. Live blues/ rock music at 9pm in the Downend Tavern. Local, national and international musicians. https://bristolbluesclub.wixsite. com/mysite n Nordic Walking Classes, Oldbury Court 9.30-10.30am. Email: bristolnordicwalking.co.uk 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

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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 5.45pm Fitness Yoga (beginners & improvers) at Beechwood Club. Your first class is free! To book call/text Nikki 07525 735500 or email nikki@urban-yoga.net 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. cyclebristolctc.org.uk/) 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,

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n WHAT’S ON 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. www. frenchayprobusclub.com 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. frenchayfdc.co.uk or by emailing FFDCSecretary@outlook.com. 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.

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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. Starting Sep 7. Ffi call 07808 581739. n Yoga class for beginners.

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Kingswood Community Centre, High Street BS15 4AB Tuesdays 1012 or Wednesdays 7-8.30pm For more information see www. taoist.org or call Crispin on 07407175127 n Fishponds and Downend Rotary Club, The Langley Arms, Guest Avenue, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7GA, evening. 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 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 n 9.30am Fitness Yoga (beginners & improvers) at Beechwood Club. Your first class is free! To book call/text Nikki 07525 735500 or email nikki@urban-yoga.net n Under 5s Make a Mess session Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.15am £5 / £4 extra siblings. www.childrensscrapstore.co.uk / 0117 9143002

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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. 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.

Alternate Fridays. £5 per session and materials are supplied. Contact Paul Foss on pobble57@yahoo. co.uk or 0117 957 0045 n Kingswood Photographic Society, St Barnabas Church Hall, Church Avenue, Warmley, BS30 5JJ, 7-9.30pm. We welcome and support all levels of experience including beginners. n 4.10-8pm Ages 6-18 yrs Hip Hop & Contemporary dance classes, RedX Dance, Staple Hill, 07722 128159 n Living After Loss, St Mary's Parish Rooms, back entrance of church, every other Friday, 11am-noon. Future dates are November 11 and 25, December 9 and 23, January 5 and 19, February 2 and 16, March 16 and 30. Contact Lizzie on 0117 9650856 n Every second Friday of the month, 4-6 pm. Messy church with crafts, celebration and meal. Stapleton church hall, Park Road. Further details on Facebook or you can email youngpeople@ holytrinitystapleton.org.uk

Saturdays n Pilates class. All Saints Church Hall, Grove Road. 9.15 - 10.15 a.m. Drop-in class, no booking necessary. All levels welcome. £7 per class. Contact Emily on 07974 252486; email: info@ teachmepilates.co.uk or find me on facebook: Emily Osborne Pilates. n Diabetes group, Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road 2-4pm, 2nd Saturday, 2 monthly, September n Rehabilitation Pilates (Beginners), Lincombe Barn, Downend Folk House, in Britannia room. 9am. £7. Samantha 07736 309272, www.gentlefitness.co.uk

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n FISHPONDS MUM PEOPLE say that parenting in the first year of life is about learning to feed, the second year is about physical development and the third year focuses on the brain’s ability to process and develop language. Parenting a two year old, this certainly feels accurate. Physical jumping, dancing, reaching and climbing are all everyday challenges for my little one so when I heard that there was a local children’s yoga class, it seemed a good fit so I went to try it out. Pippa Yarworth-Cleeton is an expert yoga specialist who has turned her attention to

Yoga version of Bear Hunt? Yes please! mindfulness and yoga for children in Fishponds. Having spent a considerable career honing her craft, she is now someone who makes yoga look effortless and shares her ability to involve children in a fun and relaxing class. Although my daughter is only two, she joined the aged four

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to eight class. First of all Pippa warmed the children up, shared names and helped them to feel connected through toys and objects. Then she read them a We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with repetitive yoga poses: we became caves, we were downward dogs, we were the sun, stretching high up in the sky. My child loved every second. Each child had their own mat and space and was given their own blanket at the end to curl up in and rest. Yes, yes, yes, but how on earth does she do this with toddlers? My answer is: she just does, and they do the moves. She helps them breathe, stretch and test out their limbs, wiggle their toes, reach into space. It just works. At the end, to my child’s delight, the children have juice and biscuits. At first, I didn’t understand why the classes were at 4pm, but suddenly by the end of the class I realised that this is the perfect post-school activity to wind down. I’m going to side step the part where I assumed it was a class for parents as well and came in my ‘yoga outfit,’ (which, in fairness, isn’t much different to the outfit I would have been wearing come 5pm in the evening anyway.) She was more than happy for me to get some exercise alongside my child. When talking to Pippa, it is clear that she is an inspirational woman. She is doing these classes after a career in the practice of yoga and to make a difference to the way children feel and respond to the world. From supporting teenagers locally to be mindful in the build

up to exams to helping a four year old to stop, breathe, be present in their bodies, just for a minute… is just what we could do with locally. She is in high demand. Running her own business called ‘Press Pause’, Pippa has been a Fishponds’ native for some time and this is her way of investing and giving something back to her community. I felt so relaxed having just been in her company. I love that she is so committed and so highly skilled at yoga that she shares it with tiny people who learn how to stretch and imagine what it’s like to be a tree. What a great gift to offer a child and to shake off what’s happened at school or nursery at the same time. Younger children are welcome. Pippa runs children’s yoga classes on Tuesdays at St Johns Hall, Lodge Causeway, Fishponds at 4pm –5.45pm for children aged 4–8 and 5pm - 5.45pm for children aged 8 - 11. These classes are dropin classes at £4 per session. Pippa has a mindfulness and yoga club at the Bean Tree café in Page Park on Wednesdays at 4pm and these classes are £30 per term as the children have a different theme each week (e.g., selfconfidence, stress, resilience) and work towards a termly craft project. Pippa also teaches grownup yoga at the Bean Tree café (Wednesday at 12pm) and Chester Park Junior School (Tuesday at 6.30pm). Four classes are £20 or £7 each. Contact Pippa at pippa@ presspause.co.uk and her business website www.presspauseyoga. co.uk

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n FEATURE Splits between parents can have devastating effects on children. For Jake Britton, it could have destroyed his life. But with the support of mum Hayley Cook and a sporting charity, Jake has carved out a great future for himself. Jake and his mum speak to Jayne Taylor to show how, with the right guidance, young people can turn their lives around JAKE Britton was in the first year of sixth-form at Mangotsfield School when his parents split up. It was a difficult time for all involved, not least for the 16-year-old who knew he had to knuckle down at school if he was to achieve good grades. "Jake was really close to his dad and it really knocked him when we split," Hayley said, describing the separation as 'nasty'. "I had been working 16 hours a week which meant I was around a lot but after we split I had to get a full-time job. Jake felt all alone because I was working and so was his older brother. He lost all interest in school and we couldn't get him motivated. He put on about three stone in about 10 weeks. I just didn't know what to do." Hayley, 43, who lives with Jake and other son, 20-year-old Charlie, in Mangotsfield, knew continuing at school wasn't the right thing for Jake but it was now law that children stayed on in education until the age of 18. "I signed the release papers for Jake and said to the head 'What happens now? He's got no apprenticeship or college placement. What do I do?'" The school put Jake in touch with social services whose careers advisers mentioned Bath Rugby Foundation, the charitable arm of Bath Rugby Club which runs courses under its HITZ programme aimed at unlocking the potential of 'nontraditional' learners through

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rugby. Through sessions which are 50/50 practical and theory, the award winning programme gives young people the skills to get back into education, vocational training, apprenticeships and employment. Jake, who had always loved sport, was immediately interested. He said: "I played rugby before and thought if it was a rugby-based course then I was up for going to look around. When heard it was based at The Rec where Bath Rugby Club play, I thought that would be an experience in itself." Curious, Jake went to look around in January 2017 on his 17th birthday.

n WE'RE incredibly proud of Jake and the progress he has made. When he came to us in January he had dropped out of sixth form and had lost focus. Since then Jake has become a massive character in the group and a natural leader that all members respect and look up to. He shows commitment to the course travelling over an hour and a half each morning and night just to get to HITZ and back. He is always the first to volunteer and ask to help lead activities at other clubs run by Bath Rugby Foundation. He is very keen to get into coaching and therefore tries to gain as much coaching experience as possible. Everyone at Bath Rugby Foundation was delighted when Jake's hard work was recognised when he won the national HITZ Young Ambassador Award." Paul Short, employability officer at Bath Rugby Foundation

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"I had looked around other places like colleges but, like sixth-form, they just weren't for me. HITZ clicked with me straight away and stood out as something I'd enjoy." Aimed at 16 to 19-yearolds who aren't in education, employment or training, HITZ offers maths and English qualifications as well as the chance to study sporting diplomas. Jake's first-day nerves about being the newbie soon vanished and to his surprised he discovered it was an environment he could thrive in. "Knowing I was the new boy and had to travel in was a bit intimidating but on my first day everyone was really friendly and that made me feel a lot more confident about going back the next day." Within months, Jake flourished, standing out as a natural leader, particularly with his work visiting schools telling young people about sport and fitness and championing the HITZ programme. Jake's diligence and natural rapport with youngsters even earned him a national HITZ Young Ambassador of the Year award, which goes to an individual who has done the

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most to represent the HITZ programme to their peers and communities. When he was handed the gong by Bath prop Kane PalmaNewport at a glittering ceremony at the BT Tower in London, Jake knew he had he chosen the right path. Jake said: "Being nominated was an achievement but when I won it, it came as a bit of a shock. It was a stand-out moment for me and really meant something. HITZ has really changed my life." Now Jake, who has bagged a part-time job in a sports shop in Bath, is looking forward to a very bright future as a rugby coach. "I plan to finish my Level 2 course and from there go on to get my RFU coaching badge which could ultimately get me a job in rugby coaching. "Sixth-form wasn't for me. I had a lot on my mind because of my mum and dad splitting up and I just couldn't concentrate. Now I feel much more settled, positive and confident. I'm much more active too. "I now have a better understanding of what I want to do for a career. The staff here want the best for me and will try to the best of their ability to help me get a job in rugby coaching." Hayley, a confectioner, said: "Jake went from being in a family that would take him everywhere to having to do things for himself because I had to work. He never knew anyone on the course and had to catch two buses to get there but he still did it. "By the April, I really noticed the difference in him. He'd lost weight and was much more sociable. He's doing really well. He's got himself a part-time job and has just passed his driving test. I'm so proud of him. "HITZ has been a life-line not just for Jake but for the both of us. I can't champion the staff enough. They have given me my son back." *Bath Rugby Foundation will be recruiting for a new cohort starting in Feb.Get in touch w by emailing paul.short@bathrugby. com or calling 0746 4545296.

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Marie Curie appeals for volunteers MARIE Curie is appealing for people in the Fishponds area to volunteer to collect donations for the annual Great Daffodil Appeal this spring. The money raised from the appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones at home. The appeal is now in its 32nd year and has raised more than £74 million since 1986. Call Helen Isbell on 0117 924 7275 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil.

Splash of Soul makes a return NORTHERN soul lovers have a treat in store with the return of Splash of Soul on Sunday January 7. The event, which takes place at Barton Hill Rugby Club in Duncombe Road, Speedwell, will feature the usual DJs, Martyn Johnson, Jimmy Manu and Malcolm Beedle, plus guest DJ John Gradwell from Portishead Scooter Club and a DJ from Blackheart Soul All Nighter in Nottingham. It will run from 3-8pm and entry is £3. Splash of Soul takes place every two months.

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n NOSTALGIA AN EXHIBITION chronicling the dramatic changes at the former Fry’s factory at Somerdale since chocolate production ended in March 2011 is the latest to feature at Frenchay Village Museum. Somerdale - Then and Now has been put together by a number of ex-Somerdale employees and will run at the museum until just before Easter. Cecil Fry, of the Grove, Frenchay, became chairman of Fry’s in 1924 when his father Roderick retired. Work on moving the Bristol factories to Keynsham had already begun when Cecil took over, and he laid the foundation stone of the office block at Somerdale in 1932. The ceremonial mason’s tools that Cecil used are now housed in Frenchay Village Museum. Following the closure of the Somerdale chocolate factory in 2011, the three original

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development by St Monica Trust will eventually provide 140 assisted living apartments and a 90-bed care home, as well as providing office space, retail outlets, and leisure facilities. Although the exhibition will run for several months, a special event is planned for Sunday January 28 when there’s a chance to meet some former Fry’s staff who promise to have a sweet surprise in store for visitors. Frenchay Village Museum re-opens after the winter shutdown on January 6, and is open Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm and Wednesday from 1-4pm. Entry is free.

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Wonderful day of shockwave training Blog 47: Shockwaves and Super Heroes I HAVE a duty to tell those of you who read my last blog that I have managed to keep my gallbladder inside my body so far. It’s been just over a month since my gallbladder attack and impromptu trip to A&E. I have cut out all alcohol and fatty foods in an attempt to let it settle down, and so far, it’s working. The pain in my stomach has pretty much gone and I am back to work. It’s a tough time of year to have such a strict change of diet. So far, I have been on three Christmas nights out without drinking and it’s a very odd experience. I’m going to try and keep it up for three months at least, which will be the first time that I haven’t drunk alcohol for that long since I was 18, so I guess its time to get on with it! This month we had a day of shockwave training at the clinic for all the staff and even some guests from our friends at ACE feet in motion who we work with at Bristol Rovers. It was great to get some more training on this wonderful new machine that has been included in the NHS’s own A BRISTOL Rovers fan says he is honoured to win this year's Gashead Hero award for his charity work. Downend's Mark Brimson has raised more than £20,000 for Bristol-based charity Headway following the death of his wife Gloria in 2007. Gloria, 33, was diagnosed with a cluster of abnormal blood vessels in the brain. She had a 15hour operation to remove them but died from complications. Mark's relentless charity work has now been recognised by his favourite football club when he was given the Gashead Hero award 2017 at the club's home game against Southend United on December 9. The award tasted all the sweeter when the Gas beat their opponents 3-0. Mark received the award from former Rovers players Steve White, Nick Tanner, Vaughan Jones and Gary Penrice. Mark described the experience of receiving the accolade in front of the cheering crowd as "surreal".

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