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Olympic swim stars make a splash with local children , p11


Vench suffers in budget changes Page 7

Pub refurbishment is the bee’s knees Page 12

Stoke Park ‘will recover over time’ Page 9

New residents’ group meets up Page 23


New £25m school to be built in Lockleaze p3, 4 & 5

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Simply blossoming in the snow HORFIELD and Lockleaze has seen considerable snowfall over the past few weeks as the Beast From the East hit, followed by the Mini-Beast. While schools and hospitals struggled to cope there were some beautiful

sights to be seen, like this rather wintry shot of snow-covered apple blossom in a Horfield back garden sent in by a reader. Hopefully by the time you are reading this, spring will have properly sprung...

New £25m school to be built on derelict site It is proposed that the new school is built on the derelict Romney Avenue Junior School site A BRAND new secondary school for Bristol is to built on a derelict site adjoining the Stoke Park Primary School site on Romney Avenue. Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) has announced the planned site for the new school after successfully applying through a competitive national process. The Trust has now received confirmation from the Department for Education (DfE) and Bristol City Council that the school will be built. It will help to meet the increased demand for secondary school places in Bristol and is planned to open for Year 7 students in September 2019, growing year on year with an eventual capacity of 1,220 students (180 students per year group as well as sixth-form provision). The new secondary school will offer a broad and balanced curriculum with a focus on preparation for working life. Drawing on the experience and success of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, music and the performing arts will form a key part of the new school’s curriculum offer. Merlyn Ipinson-Fleming, Chair of the Board of Governors

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for CST Trinity Academy said: “Our vision for the future is to provide yet another opportunity for an excellent education for the children and young people of Bristol. “Cathedral Schools Trust is happy to be creating that opportunity through CST Trinity Academy with the partnership and support of the CST schools as well as the families and schools in the surrounding community. “We are excited to have the opportunity, leading up to the

opening of the new secondary school, to engage with Bristol parents, to listen to their concerns and ideas and to share our plans.” Executive Principal of Cathedral Schools Trust Neil Blundell said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of the new CST Trinity Academy in Bristol. “Our vision for this school is to provide opportunity and challenge for young people, whilst forming a positive and committed partnership with the local community.” Stephen Parsons, Chair of Cathedral Schools Trust, said: “Cathedral Schools Trust’s Trinity Academy is a wonderful new free school for Bristol, set to open in 2019. “All our schools set out to ensure that children have the very best teaching delivered through an exciting, challenging and innovative curriculum. CST Trinity Academy will work closely with all the schools across the trust to

ensure that every child has access to the very best facilities and are able to fulfill their potential, ready for the world of work.” Gareth Simons, headteacher of Stoke Park Primary School, said: “We are delighted to hear that the Cathedral Schools Trust will build the new Trinity Academy in Lockleaze. “This is great news and adds very considerable strength to schools across the area to work together to help our children and young people flourish. “The Cathedral Schools Trust has dedicated itself to providing its pupils with a rich curriculum which values co-curricular activities, particularly the arts, as much as high academic standards. “This approach sits perfectly with the work of Stoke Park Primary School and we are thrilled at the prospect of working in close partnership with the new Trinity Academy.” n The new school explained: p4&5


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The new secondary school in Lockleaze – explained In a nutshell what’s happening? Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) and Bristol City Council (BCC) have secured £25 million from central government to build a new secondary school to serve the north of the city. It is proposedthat the new school is built on the derelict Romney Avenue Junior School site. The Stoke Park Primary School governors are also willing to share the Stoke Park Primary site to enable better facilities to be built. Stoke Park Primary will then be able to share some of the new facilities with the secondary school. Why? The need for secondary school places in Bristol is becoming increasingly critical - we know that by 2022 there will be a shortage of 683 places in Year 7 and that there is a particular need in the North of

the city with an estimated shortage of over 300 places by 2022. 800 new homes are also planned for the Lockleaze area which will add to the demand. Why has Lockleaze been chosen? Local people and organisations have made this outcome possible – this is a project that was born and has been developed over the last 16 months in Lockleaze. In October 2016, senior leaders and governors from Stoke Park Primary School learnt that CST had been successful in their competitive application, as part of the government’s Free School programme, to deliver a new secondary school for north Bristol children; they approached local councillors to explore the benefits of inviting CST to build their new secondary school on the derelict Romney Avenue Junior School site.

With support from local councillors, the Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust and St James’ Church, this idea was presented to the Mayor and BCC. In March 2018, with a £25 million capital funding commitment from the ESFA, the Council Cabinet unanimously agreed to green-light the project to build a brand new secondary school on the old Romney Avenue Junior School site. Does the new school have a name? The new school will be called CST Trinity Academy and will be open by September 2020. CST intends to open in temporary accommodation in September 2019 for the first year whilst building work is being completed. CST are working closely with architects and specialist building

contractors to ensure that they create a modern school with cutting edge facilities. Has the local community been consulted? The consultation process has not yet started. The statutory consultation meeting is likely to be held at Stoke Park Primary School in the near future. This will give local people the opportunity to engage around the development of Trinity Academy and inform the design of the building. It’s important to say that Stoke Park Primary School senior leaders and governors, as well as CST and local councillors, have done as much as they can to ensure that the local community heard the news first. It was essential that the local community did not hear the news second hand and that is why several community meetings were


organised a week before the official public announcement. What could this do for Lockleaze? The new school could bring a host of exciting opportunities and possibilities to Lockleaze, including: n Delivery of outstanding educational outcomes – CST have a proven track record here. The chance for local children to

be supported further to excel in drama, dance and sport as well as in music, where CST have a renowned expertise. n The strong possibility that local children, in particular children attending Stoke Park Primary School will feed into Trinity Academy. Trinity Academy will significantly add to the capacity of local schools to support local children and enrich their education.

The local area will now have three great secondary schools. No school can be the perfect school for every single child – parents will now have more choice in finding the right school for their child. n Access to the new school and its facilities to the local community – despite the design being at an early stage, this is very much part of the stated vision. Working with local organisations to enable the new school to be part of the local community. n More people coming into Lockleaze on a daily basis – this will have a positive effect on existing local businesses and could encourage more business start-ups in Lockleaze. n Raised profile – other areas are taking notice of what has happened over the past few years and is now happening in Lockleaze. Could this possibly put an end to the unwanted ‘forgotten estate’ label? n An investment of £25 million. At a time when funding for schools is scarce and services for children and families are being cut, an

investment of this size has to be good news. What happens next…? Consultation, consultation, consultation. There will be a series of events focussed on consulting with the Lockleaze community. If you would like to be involved please e-mail enquiries@ and express your interest. Also look out for further details via the post, social media and word of mouth. If you have any questions for the Stoke Park Primary School team please e-mail us at contactus@ If you are interested in your child joining the new school in year 7, please log your interest via the CST website: www.trinity or email Further information on the new school can be found at www. Further information on the Cathedral Schools Trust can be found at

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I HOPE you all had an enjoyable Easter and are looking forward to the arrival of the spring and summer seasons! Your Voice in Parliament You may be unsurprised to read that Brexit has been top of the agenda, including in the context of our response to the incident in Salisbury. During March, I travelled to Brussels to meet with British diplomats and Brexit negotiators, and EU Chief Negotiator Michael Barnier. Following my event with constituents, I took the questions: (1) how can we stop Brexit if we want to?; and (2) how do we extend the transition period if we need to. Sadly, Monseiur Barnier was clear that he can only negotiate with the British Government, and not the British Parliament. He and the EU are disappointed that the UK is leaving, but until the Government position changes the EU is not working towards a scenario of either stopping Brexit, or extending our transition. However, he did say that we continue to have the right to change our mind. We just need to persuade the British Government to do so! Back at Westminster, I cross examined Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes about the rights of EU citizens (which you can read about in detail on my website), Brexit Secretary David Davis about the news that Airbus may need to relocate (which would be devastating for local employment, although Mr Davis thinks there’s nothing to worry about), Chancellor Philip Hammond about the suggestion that the Northern Irish border could be in Avonmouth (no joke…) and Brexit Minister Robin Walker about extending the transition period given we are clearly not going to have enough time to get everything sorted before our delayed departure. Readers won’t be surprised

Darren Jones with some of the staff at North Bristol Foodbank to hear that I was disappointed by much of the answers I heard, although the Government’s position on EU citizens does seem to be positive (we just need to turn good words into actions). I know many of you are concerned about the environment and waste regulation. I’ve backed new enforcement powers against businesses who breach waste and environmental regulation. The use of stronger powers against non-compliant waste companies has long been called for by constituents – especially in areas such as Avonmouth where lots of waste-related industry is based. I’m also working with the council to ensure these new powers can benefit Bristol North West by calling for a ‘regulated border’ around Avonmouth to keep noisy and dirty businesses further away from residential areas. And lastly, many families will be conscious of proposed changes from Childcare Vouchers to Tax Free Childcare. The IT system for Tax Free Childcare is useless, but most importantly, the drop in support for working families over the course of a year could account for thousands of pounds. This hasn’t been communicated to people properly

and, thanks to Opposition pressure in March, the Government agreed to postpone the closure of the voucher scheme until improvements have been made to tax free childcare. You can read about these changes in detail on my website. Your Champion in Bristol We desperately need new homes in Bristol, including affordable and council homes. It’s therefore great that Bristol City Council has managed to secure £10m of funding to “unlock” land in Lockleaze and Southmead to build 1000 new homes – 800 of which will be in Lockleaze. However, I know many of you will be concerned about transport issues that come with increases in local homes. That’s why I’m calling on our Metro Mayor for a £50m North Bristol Transport Fund, and why I’m holding a gridlock conference in the summer. With major routes in and out of the city, as well as access to the motorway, Cribbs Causeway, major employees and the potential of the arena in North Bristol, we need investment now. You can support by call for a North Bristol Transport Fund by signing my petition: www.darren-jones. With new homes come lots of new children too! So I was pleased to learn of investment into a new secondary school in Lockleaze, on the fields next to Stoke Park. I didn’t hear about this until quite late in the process too, so I share residents’ concerns about advance notice on this. Because the new school is an academy – which works directly with Government – there was no requirement for local involvement until this stage. My two remaining concerns – which I’ll address with Cathedral School in due course – are that pupils from Stoke Park Primary get to go there, and that the catchment area extends into Lockleaze properly so that local pupils get to go to the new local school. Lastly, after attending Tesco’s Christmas donation drive, I also recently met the team from North Bristol Foodbank. The small team of staff, trustees and volunteers do an amazing job and have seen demand rise to 3,740 emergency food parcels in the last year. There should be no need for foodbanks in a country as rich as the UK but sadly there is and I thank everyone who helps support this operation. As ever, if you’d like to keep in touch with what I’m up to please sign up to my newsletter at www. or check out my Facebook Page ( or Twitter ( darrenpjones). You can also tune in on Wednesdays at 7.30pm for my weekly Facebook Live from Westminster. And if you’d like to book an appointment at my local surgery, or want me to come to a local event, then please get in touch with my office. Darren Jones MP Member of Parliament for Bristol North West

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Adventure playground is facing ‘period of change’ THE Vench, our much loved adventure playground is currently in a period of change. Learning Partnership West (LPW), who have run five open access play sessions and two open access youth sessions a week has reached the end of their council-funded contract, called Bristol Youth Links (BYL). They have not been awarded the new council contract called Targeted Youth Service (TYS), which means that they are unable to continue providing the same level of service. Last year the council changed the way they funded youth provision across the city in light of cuts. The new contract has a 50 per cent funding cut to North Bristol, 30 per cent cut overall, and does not include any provision for play and only focuses on children aged 11 to 19. The new contract has been awarded to Creative Youth Network (CYN) who start their new contract in June and are still finalising their plans. Bristol City Council said: “Reductions in central government funding has meant the council can no longer do everything it used to do and must now operate with less funds available. “The council has a number of duties towards young people aged between 13 and 19 that central government have set. “These include supporting young people into education, training or employment

and promoting a wide range of positive opportunities for children and young people. As the funding available to meet these duties shrinks so a new approach needs to be taken to focus those resources where the greatest need lies.” Groundwork South lease the Vench from the council and are working with The Vench steering group to find an alternative way to continue the youth and play sessions. Charley Murrell, of Groundwork South, said: “Groundwork South are a not-for-profit charity which does not receive any government subsidies, consequently we’re looking to find funding streams to keep the Vench open. “We are asking the Lockleaze community to work with us as we know this is an important community asset. This support could be volunteering, fundraising, hire of facilities, donating and championing the facilities. “If you have ideas about how to make the place profitable so that we can keep the Adventure Playground open, we would love to hear from you. “Despite no longer getting any Council funding LPW are still committed to working with young people in Lockleaze. LPW will be running a reduced service after the Easter Weekend.” From April 4 one session a week will be running on Wednesday at The Vench, from 5.30pm until 8pm for children and young people aged 11 to 19.

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Pete Woods-Wetton, of LPW, said: “LPW is working hard to develop an alternative play and youth offer for the city, including North Bristol and we look forward to sharing details in the next edition of the Voice. “We will be holding a community fun day to mark the end of our current provision on March 28, from 1pm to 4pm and would like to welcome everyone along!” A community conversation has started focused on the future of children and young people in Lockleaze. There have been two pop-up meetings which both fed into a larger community conversation held at the Hub on March 17. People expressed their concerns about the changes that are happening; we discussed all of the other activities and events going on for young people and identified

local residents who are committed to securing funding for the future of the Vench. In conclusion to these discussions Kyra Davies, a local resident is hosting a meeting specifically to discuss The Vench, to allow local people to become practically involved, working alongside Groundwork to establish new volunteer schemes, funding opportunities, new services and a resident-led future. The first one will be held at The Vench on Thursday, April 12 at 7pm. Please come along. If you need to bring children we’ll have an arts and craft table set up. If you would like to discuss any of the above or find out further information please contact Charley from Groundwork on 0117 910 3930 or email charley.murrell@

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individual needs and provides them with information and support – particularly around their income and bills. Many older people are living in poverty, yet are eligible for benefits that go unclaimed. “The training and induction were great,” says Vicky. “They are a lovely group of people to work with and I am learning new things all the time. I enjoy visiting the elderly people, love talking and it feels great when we get them help. It gives me a real joy to know I’ve helped someone. “It has also really helped with my own confidence,” says Vicky. “I now feel very confident when I go out to first visits and realise I can do things like form-filling – a great achievement on my part.” Another NBAC service, Community Navigators, recruits

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THE first Love Horfield Schools’ Conference is now done and dusted, phew! The conference was opened by Mo, a pupil at Orchard School and Bristol Youth Councillor stating that “children and young people should not wait to sort things out when they get older, they need to sort out the mess NOW!” The conference was attended by School Councils from Horfield CofE Primary, Upper Horfield Community School, Filton Avenue Primary School (both Orchard and Lockleaze Road campuses) and Orchard Secondary School. They all gave excellent presentations of the data collected from pupils, parents and carers from their school and their recommendations for priorities and projects for the neighbourhood. The School Councils then worked with local organisations

to design projects to tackle the five area priorities. These projects are: CLEANLINESS n Operation No more dog poo – Filton Avenue (Orchard campus) n Litter Run – Filton Avenue (Lockleaze Road campus) n Project Team Clean – Upper Horfield Primary School CRIME n Be fine on-line - Filton Avenue (Lockleaze Road campus) AIR QUALITY n Operation Wild-it – Horfield CofE PLACES TO MEET FRIENDS & PARKS n Youth café – Orchard School Bristol HOMELESSNESS n Helping the homeless – Orchard School Bristol

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Coffee mornings for the deaf and hard of hearing THE Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People is starting a regular coffee morning for people with hearing loss in the Bristol area. The first event will take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Tuesday, April 3 at Dom’s Coffee House on St Augustine’s Parade. The aim is to provide an opportunity for deaf and hard of hearing people to socialise and share experiences and the coffee mornings will happen fortnightly on the first and third Tuesday of the month. The number of people in the UK with a hearing impairment is rapidly increasing and there are about 100,000 people with some form of hearing loss in Bristol. The level of background noise in many public environments can make it challenging for

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David Melling, CEO of the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People, with Florrie Connell, manager at Dom’s Coffee House Florrie Connell of Dom’s Coffee House said: “We at Dom’s are excited to be part of such a positive event for our community and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone in.’ The coffee mornings will be supported by trained volunteers. Some are sign language students who will be able to benefit from practising their skills in this informal social environment. The coffee mornings will be

held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Dom’s Coffee House, 23-25 St. Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UL. Everyone is welcome: deaf or hard of hearing, and partners and friends can of course come too. To find out more, contact the Centre for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People by phone on 0117 939 8653, by text on 07749 313085 or send an email to

Olympic stars help kids make a splash CHILDREN in Bristol have been making a splash alongside Olympic swimmers as part of a free event hosted by a local leisure provider. Everyone Active joined forces with leading Australian swimming brand Zoggs to host two ‘Oceans of Fun’ events at the Easton and Horfield leisure centres on Sunday, February 25. More than 300 children aged between seven and 14 years old took part the events, where they were joined by world-class athletes, including Olympic bronze medal-winner, Cassie Patten, and London 2012 finalist, Asha Randall, to enjoy a range of water-based activities. The children learned a number of new aquatic skills, such as water polo, fast swimming and synchronised swimming. Each discipline was led

by one of the expert athletes, and participants were also given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race against the Olympians. Gary Teagle, contract manager for Everyone Active, said: “The Oceans of Fun events were fantastic. Being taught by Olympic competitors is a unique opportunity, and I’m delighted that so many children were able to benefit from it. “Both centres have impressive swimming facilities available, and this was a great way to ensure more young people were able to make the most of them and develop life-saving skills.” n Everyone Active offers an award-winning swim programme for both adults and children. To find out more, visit www.everyoneactive. com.

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replaced in the pub’s lounge area, which now has a more contemporary feel to it, and quirky light fittings will also add to the new modern feel of the pub. The pub plans to serve traditional pub grub classics such as fish and chips and Sunday roasts, with all fresh ingredients coming from local suppliers within a two mile radius such as M J Dalton butchers and Joe’s Bakery on Gloucester Road. In the long term, the pub also plans to reintroduce offer nights, theme nights and a quiz night. They will still be able to host and cater for functions such as wakes and meetings, and Sky sports will still be shown in the bar too. Owners Rufus and Dawn Roberts first took over the running of the pub in September 2014. Having travelled the world



Pub refurbishment is the bee’s knees THE owners of a popular pub in Horfield are excited for locals to experience the results of an impressive refurbishment project. The Beehive pub on Wellington Hill West has been closed for a makeover since the end of 2017. The pub, which has been based on the site since at least 1871 and in its current building since 1936, has been renovated throughout thanks to investment from its owners. As well as a new entrance with floor to ceiling glass and improved disabled access, inside there is a new open plan bar, new toilets and baby changing facilities. The glass has also been replaced in the pub’s roof atrium, and the popular conservatory dining area now has bi-folding doors which lead to the garden. The furniture has been

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for 16 years as part of his career in telecoms, Rufus says he knows how to be treated well when dining out and is passionate about offering guests a warm and welcoming experience when they visit the pub. Speaking of the refurbishment project, Rufus said: “Everything about running a pub is about people, and our problem for three years has been that although people feel safe and welcomed when they visit us, the look of the pub has been holding us back. “The Beehive has had lots of

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landlords over the last 15 years, and we don’t want people to think that it’s changed hands again, because it’s still us in charge - same owners, same welcome, same hospitality, just in a much nicer environment. We think that the pub now has the wow factor and we can’t wait to welcome people for a drink or a meal.” To find out more about The Beehive’s refurbishment and to keep up to date with its reopening plans, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook. com/BristolsBeehive

THIS is an update on the work taking place at Stoke Park under the Countryside Stewardship grant awarded by Natural England. The grant includes £337,000 of capital spend plus £184,000 of revenue funding for the upkeep of the estate over the next 10 years. The Countryside Stewardship work includes clearing scrub and selective tree removal within areas of young woodland to allow restoration of species rich grassland and to open up the historic landscape. We then intend to reintroduce a low number of cattle to manage the land in a more sustainable way. We are also restoring a heritage wall, planting 70 new parkland trees, restoring hedgerows, planting an orchard with 200 trees and planting two hectares (around five acres) of new woodland within an area historically known as New Wood adjacent to the M32. Initial work has included the removal of a large amount of scrub at the south end of the estate. Inevitably in the short term the area looks quite barren, and unfortunately, due to the wetness of the area, there is some damage. However this is only temporary and we will reinstate these areas when the land dries out a little. This will include levelling the muddy areas and re-seeding. With aftercare it will recover over time leaving open grassland and accessible paths through that area. As an example, please see photos from Browne’s Folly, near Bath, where scrub was cleared to re-establish grassland meadow. The aim is to restore a more balanced mix of ancient and historic woodland, hedgerows, open down, pasture woodland and grazed parkland, and for this reason it has been supported by Natural England. The limestone grassland that can be found at Stoke Park, which is being encroached upon by scrub, is nationally scarce which is why it needs restoring. We are aware that some people have the impression that we are clear-felling woodland but this is not the case. We are intending to thin out and selec-

Info appeal Hayley Swift writes: “I am working on a community engagement project in Stoke Park and I’m keen to find out what’s already happening in the area, how people use the space and if there are things that you would like to see happening (and with a bit of support, could make happen). “If you would like to contact us, whether you have an idea or would like to be kept updated on what’s happening then I would love to hear from you.” Hayley Swift Tel: 07876 814572 Lockleaze, Eastville, Easton

Browne’s Folly, near Bath, where scrub was cleared to re-establish grassland meadow

tively fell trees in the younger woodland area between Barn Wood and Pale Plantation. Trees to be retained have been marked with a pink stripe, and following feedback from local people more trees have been marked for retention. This will create better habitat diversity, benefiting wildlife and particularly the nationally scarce species-rich grassland we are lucky to have on this site. Hedgerows are being restored along historic hedgerow lines, by laying and re-planting and maintaining mature hedgerow trees. There has been confusion over markings of trees that are marked for hedge laying (i.e. those trees that will be cut / laid to form part of the hedge). These will be marked with yellow paint

rather than pink. All rubbish is being removed from the worked areas, but there have been some delays in doing this. We will be working with the contractor to ensure that rubbish is removed quickly from the estate in future. It is anticipated that grazing will start in some areas in early summer. It is being introduced to help manage the land in a more sustainable way and encourage greater species- rich grassland by controlling scrub. The cattle will be a Hereford Angus cross and they are used to having people and dogs around them. The plan is to have about 40 cattle grazing the estate at any one time: it will take a few years to build up to this herd size. Elm Tree Farm, who will be managing

the herd, have significant experience – they are a social enterprise that offer opportunities for adults with learning difficulties and autism to have a role in managing the cattle. Work due to take place over this spring and early summer includes planting up gaps in hedgerows, providing infrastructure such as new fencing for grazing, and reinstatement of the land where scrub has been removed. The University of the West of England and the Council have joined together to fund a programme of woodland work with volunteer students from the University. This work will be led by local expert Steve England and provide much needed management work to woodlands and teach students skills they may use in their later careers. We regularly update our website with information. We have added a video about the work, produced a map of work to take place over the next few months and update our FAQs with new information as queries are received. We will also put on further drop-in sessions and/ or walks and talks if there is demand. Please check information on stokeparkimprovements.


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Plan for 10 homes on pub site turned down BACK in December we brought you the story that a planning application had been made for the construction of ten new homes on the site currently occupied by Lockleaze’s only pub, the Golden Bottle. We are now able to inform you that this application has been refused by Bristol City Council. In their Notice of Decision they cite the following reasons: 1. The loss of the existing public house would create a shortfall in the provision and quality of such uses within the locality. Further, insufficient evidence has been provided to demonstrate that public house is no longer economically viable. The application is subsequently considered unacceptable due to conflict with Policy BCS12 of the Bristol Core Strategy (2011); Policies DM5 and DM6 in the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies (2014); as well as guidance con-

tained within the NPPF (2012). 2. The proposed development by virtue of the layout, scale, form, height, siting and overall poor quality design and appearance would fail to respond appropriately to the immediate context and site constraints and would instead represent an incongruous and over intensive form of development out of character with surrounding development to the detriment of the character and appearance of the streetscene and local area. The application is therefore recommended for refusal due to conflict with Policy BCS21 of the Bristol Core Strategy (2011); Policies DM26, DM27 and DM29 in the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies (2014); as well as guidance contained within the NPPF (2012). 3. The proposed development by virtue of its layout, height, massing, siting and overall de-

sign in close proximity to neighbouring properties Nos. 48 and 47 Rowlandson Gardens would result in a detrimental overbearing and overshadowing impact on these properties to the detriment of residential amenity. The proposed development by virtue of the layout, scale, bulk, form, massing and overall design would also result in the creation of oppressive and unacceptably enclosed living environment for future occupants of Units 6 and 7 with poor outlook from the rear elevations and insufficient levels of daylight/sunlight. The application is therefore recommended for refusal due to conflict with Policy BCS21 of the Bristol Core Strategy (2011); Policies DM27 and DM29 in the Site Allocations

and Development Management Policies (2014); as well as guidance contained within the NPPF (2012). 4. The development would fail to provide an appropriate level of parking provision which would lead to overspill car parking which would restrict the room available for buses and would reduce the amount of on street parking availability for existing residents. The application is therefore recommended for refusal due to conflict with Policy BCS10 of the Bristol Core Strategy (2011); Policies DM23 in the Site Allocations and Development Management Policies (2014); as well as guidance contained within the NPPF (2012).


Join the race to record wildlife NATURE lovers in Bristol and Bath are being asked to join a race to discover and record as much wildlife as possible as part of a new international competition. The epic four-day City Nature Challenge runs from April 27-30 and will see the region compete with 64 cities on five different continents including Plymouth and London in the UK. Residents in the Bristol & Bath city region are needed to become nature detectives and showcase as much of the area’s flora and fauna as they can find. There are two prizes up for grabs; one for the greatest number of species found and the

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other for the largest number of nature observations. For more information on how to join the team please visit: It is hoped that schoolchildren across the area will also take up the challenge and a special schools pack is being released to encourage them to take part. Residents can find out more information and collect free resources by dropping into We The Curious in Bristol or Bath Central Library. You can follow the City Nature Challenge on twitter at @FestofNature, on Facebook at @festofnature and on Instagram at @festofnature.

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Class sizes rising ‘due to serious lack of funding’ CLASS sizes are rising in most secondary schools in Bristol North West as a result of the Government’s cuts to education, according to new research by the school cuts coalition of unions (NEU, NAHT, ASCL, UNISON, GMB and Unite). Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North West, has backed calls for the government to rethink schools funding and changes to free school meals under Universal Credit. There is a particular problem in secondary schools because of a shortfall of £500m a year to funding for 11- to 16-year olds, between 2015/16 and 2019/20, plus the deep cuts to sixth form funding (over 17% per pupil since 2010). 62% of secondary schools in England have increased the size of their classes in the last two years (2014/15 to 2016/17). In Bristol North West, secondary schools have an average of 1.2 more students in every class. The average income per pupil in Bristol North West’s secondary schools has also dropped from £5995 in 2015/16 to a forecast of £5247 in 2019/20. Primary schools are also not immune with average class sizes having risen by 0.6 pupils per class, this comes alongside 46% of primary schools seeing the pupil to teacher ratio decreasing, leaving pupils with less support. Darren Jones MP said: “These figures show that the Government is failing in its stated aim to even out the differences in education – 100% of secondary schools in Bristol North West have seen a decrease in the Teaching Assistant to pupil ratio, with 50% also seeing a drop-in pupil to Teacher ratio. “31% of secondary school students also currently access Free Schools Meals, which are at risk because of changes to Universal Credit. We can’t stand back and let these cuts happen – the impact they will have on our children and their families will last a lifetime.”


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Rising popularity sees FHS oversubscribed

School is ‘bringing the world into classroom’

FAIRFIELD High School (FHS) is delighted to have received 537 applications for its 216 available places; this figure is up 17% on last year and means it is 150% oversubscribed. This figure speaks volumes for the value that the community has in the school. Even more positive is the increased number of first choice applications. This has risen from 169 last year to 215, meaning that 99.9% of applications have selected FHS as their first choice school… a staggering 30% increase. Discounting siblings, only 9 places were offered to students outside the school’s catchment area. Nick Lewis, Principal (Acting) of FHS, comments: “It’s been a longstanding aim of Fairfield to be the school of first choice, and we are delighted to say that, for September this year, we have achieved this. The trust our community has in us has never been stronger, and I would like to thank Team Fairfield for its collective hard work and efforts.”

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Nick Lewis, Principal (Acting), with students at Fairfield High School

FHS is delighted to be awarded foundation level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award, in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life and work in today’s world. FHS’s international work includes Core Skills Day – a whole school off-timetable day in which students take part in internationally themed workshops to learn life skills from around the world. Examples from this day last summer included: n African: Headdress making, face painting, drumming n American: Ping pong, roller skating, bounce n Australasian: Food foraging, cooking ‘in the outback’, fire making n Pangea: Global food tasting/cooking, smoothie making n Asian: Komono workshop, mosaic workshop The day culminated in a wonderful performing arts display with the whole school community viewing it from the school’s balconies. On hearing the news that Fairfield High School had achieved foundation level of the award, Bobby Walker, teacher of geography & global learning said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our wonderful and diverse school community with this vibrant and positive timetable of events. “Fairfield has students and staff from over 40 different countries, so this is the perfect way to celebrate each and every individual, as well as the school as a whole.” Stephen Hull, senior project manager at the British Council,


Students at Fairfield High School, which has been earned the prestigious International School Award said: “Fairfield High School’s international work has earned the school well-deserved recognition in the form of the British Council International School Award Foundation Certificate. “The school’s dedication to internationalism is enriching education for its pupils by bringing an essential global dimension to learning and encouraging the development of skills children need to be global citizens of the future. “Embedding an international ethos across a school can lead to full International School Award accreditation and schools looking to join this supporting and engaging network should contact us at the British Council”.

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Stitched banner to mark women’s vote centenary of fabric have been stitched using a wide variety of stitches including French knots, satin stitch, cross stitch and backstitch. A few examples of the kinds of things included on the banner include dates, names and symbols. Harriet Page, textiles teacher at FHS, aid: “We are delighted with the way in which our students have engaged with this piece of work. “We set out essentially with a blank canvas, not knowing what the finished result would be. The students, as always, have surpassed any of our expectations and produced a magnificent banner, for which the whole school community is proud. “FHS is looking forward to it becoming a permanent feature within the library, to be enjoyed by hundreds of staff, students




FOR the past few weeks, Fairfield High School (FHS) Year 7 Art Textile students, in conjunction with the school’s Feminist Society, Textiles Club and the Library, have been participating in an activity aptly named ‘craftivism’, which is activism through the medium of craft; the end result being a beautiful banner. They have been doing this to celebrate and reflect on 100 years since some women gained the vote in 1918. Students found that having an insight into this important subject, via stitching and fabric crayons, helped educate them and communicate their views on equality in a healthy, interactive and creative way. This banner will be unveiled to coincide with International Women’s Day. Many of the individual pieces

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for photos with posters to communicate their message far and wide. Year 7 student Elijah Rushton said: “This project makes me proud to be a part of Fairfield.” While Rosa Creech, also a Y7 student, added: “It makes me pleased to know that other people care about this as well as me.”

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THERE has been a flurry of activity on Morris Road recently, where a new development of 49 homes is about to break ground this summer on the former allotment site behind Shaldon Road. In 18 months’ time, once the main building works are complete, 49 families will be putting the finishing touches to their homes in this exciting new development. Bristol Community Land Trust and housing association United Communities are working in partnership to build homes for 208 people, including individuals, young couples, and families. Twenty-seven of the homes will be shared ownership and 22 will be social rented. 45% of new residents will be from the Lockleaze area and all from Bristol. United Communities agreed a local lettings plan with Bristol City Council for all of the rented units ensuring all 22 social rented homes are matched to Lockleaze residents using the Bristol Home Choice system. According to the Bristol Home Choice website, fewer than 2,000 properties become available each year, while there are more than 8,500 households registered on their site. This scheme is making a significant contribution to providing much needed homes for those in our city in housing need. One family who were offered a home said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have been matched with a three-bedroom house in the scheme at Shaldon Road. Thank you!” A team of architects, engineers and other specialists have worked with BCLT volunteers, new residents and United Communities staff to develop an attractive scheme of houses and flats surrounding communal gardens with play space for children. A new pedestrian and cycle route from Morris Road to Muller Road will run through the site. The site has long been allocated for housing by Bristol City Council. The old allotment entrance lane near the traffic lights on Muller Road doesn’t provide a good enough route into the site for a modern hous-

ing scheme. The problem of how best to develop a new entrance has prevented other developers from building on the site. BCLT and United Communities are determined to find a solution to this problem so that these much-needed homes can be built. In early summer last year, the design, by prize-winning architects Architype, was submitted for planning permission and last September the council’s planning committee approved the proposals unanimously. However, responses to the planning application showed that a number of local people were worried about the impact that construction operations might have on the neighbourhood while the scheme was being constructed, so a plan has been developed to create new off-road parking bays along Morris Road to reduce the risk of parked cars narrowing the carriageway. This will be funded by and the works carried out as part of the Shaldon Road development. This work will also start this summer. The current activity on the site is preliminary work to clear the site of rubbish, remove the trees and protect those that will stay. Other similar work will be happening through the spring before the main contractors get going in the summer. There may be minor changes needed to the planning as access is looked at, but residents will be informed of these in due course. United Communities and the BCLT will be familiar to

many in Lockleaze already. United Communities are well known in the community for their work on Gainsborough Square and have a history of investing in the area. The housing association manage around 600 homes across the

Horfield and Lockleaze area. They support many community activities; youth activities, Love Lockleaze festival, local employment services, local businesses and look forward to continuing to support the Lockleaze community. BCLT successfully built the first community land trust homes in Bristol on Fishponds Road. They officially launched the scheme last year, that provided 12 affordable homes for local families. Rachel French, who lives there with her husband and two children, says the home they now enjoy “…is like heaven. I really enjoy living in a community. “The house is really important but what makes it so brilliant is that the community here is part of everything we do. “The children really enjoy the freedom.” The local community will be invited to meet the contractors and new residents later in the year.

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A PLANNING application has been submitted to Bristol City Council to upgrade the Eastgate Retail Centre. The owner of the Centre, Consolidated Property Group (CPG), has submitted the application as part of wider measures to upgrade the Centre and introduce new modern-day units to diversify the range of facilities and maintain the Centre as a vibrant hub for the local community. In addition to the reorganisation of the Centre, there has been street art and new signage introduced. There are also separate proposals to reconfigure the local highways, plans for which will be submitted in spring. Sally Dawson, speaking on behalf of CPG, said: “We are making a substantial investment in the Centre so that it remains a viable and effective centre for the local community. “We have a wide range of well-known tenants such as Marks & Spencer, Next, Boots and Mothercare, which offer a very valuable local service, especially for those who are reliant only on public transport. “However, it is important we keep the Centre a modern and vibrant facility, especially as the retail market is so volatile with internet and ‘Click & Collect’ impacting on traditional sales. “The Centre is an important

community destination and as long-term investors in Bristol we are committed to ensuring it continues to meet the needs of the local community”. This latest planning application is broadly similar to that submitted early last year and eventually withdrawn in December 2017. It focuses on the relocation of the existing Burger King unit to a smaller unit on the other side of the car park at the entrance to the Centre to meet the operator’s latest trading format and business model. It is then proposed, through the planning application, that the vacated space could house three new units, one large and two small, for new retailers, thus diversifying the range of shops to meet local needs. The new application looks to introduce revised and enhanced site landscaping proposals whilst protecting the established flora and introducing new green infrastructure projects such as a green wall, and an electric vehicle charging hub. This new multi-million pound investment would create up to 100 new jobs and could lead to further significant local community benefits if approved. To find out more, email Dan Bramwell at Bramwell Associates at dbramwell0724@outlook. com.

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Here is a list of all the planning applications submitted to Bristol City Council in our area since we last went to print

13 February: Application to vary conditions 6 & 8 of planning permission 16/00958/F - removal of shutter door and replacement with new windows on front elevation of building; hip to gable loft conversion to create 1x3-bed flat - Kelston Court, 11 Kelston Road 18/00329/X 14 February: Outline planning application for the demolition of an existing Class A3/ A5 drivethru restaurant and erection of new Class A1 retail unit, two Class A1/ A3/ A5 pod units and a replacement Class A3/ A% drivethru restaurant. Acess, layout and landscaping sought for approval (Major Application) - The Eastgate Centre - 18/00634/P 16 February: Demolition of 15no garages and construction of 3no 3 bedroom houses - West Garages, Allfoxton Road - 18/00521/F 19 February: Extension of the existing building to form 3 x HMO C4 flats - 17 Melton Crescent 18/00899/F 19 February: Proposed rear extension, part two storey and part single storey new build - 38 Luckington Road - 18/00865/H 19 February: Residential development of 5 new dwellings to rear of 12 and 14 Eastlake Close and 39 Stothard Road - Land to the rear of 12 and 14 Eastlake Close and 39 Stothard Road - 18/00867/F 19 February: Outline application for demolition of existing buildings/ structures and comprehensive redevelopment comprising up to 268 dwellings (Use Class C3) including affordable homes, vehicular, pedestrian and cycle access from Romney Avenue and Hogarth Avenue, car parking, public open space, landscaping and other associated works. Approval sought of Access and Layout (Major Application) Romney House, Romney Avenue - 18/00703/P

Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed roof extension - 7 Downend Park - 18/00978/CP 21 February: Application for a Certificate of Proposed Development - proposed dormer extension is to be installed to the rear roof pitch of the property - 7 Downend Park - 18/00951/CP

20 February: Single-storey front porch and associated works - 14 Brangwyn Grove - 18/00933/H

21 February: Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for a proposed development proposed dormer roof extension is to be installed to the rear roof pitch of the property - 6 Downend Park 18/00943/CP

20 February: Application for a certificate of lawful development for a proposed flat roof dormer to the rear and roof light windows to the front - 14 Brangwyn Grove 18/00934/CP

23 February: Existing farm access to be upgraded, to enable enhanced grazing management and public access - Barnwood Valley and parkland, Heath House Lane - 18/01004/FB

21 February: Application for a

26 February: Notification of prior

approval for the erection of a single storey, rear extension that would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5.4 metres, have a maximum height of 3.7 metres and have eaves that are a maximum height of 2.5 metres - 20 Laxey Road - 18/01157/HX 7 March: Non material amendment application following consent granted under app no 17/01147/F for energy storage system. Comprising battery storage containers, power inverter/ transformer containers, DNO and customer substation buildings, associated infrastructure proposed changes to layout and other associated amendments - Land at SWEB Estate, Romney Avenue - 18/01136/NMA 8 March: Two storey side and rear extension - 147 Dovercourt Road 18/01084H

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8 March: Single-storey side and rear extension - 32 Wellington Walk - 18/01072/H 9 March: T1, T2 - Sycamore, reduce lateral spread over neighbouring property by roughly 2.5 metres and perform a 20% crown thin - 228 Romney Avenue - 18/01250/VC 12 March: Proposed detached ancillary accommodation to rear of 231 Muller Road - 231 Muller Road - 18/01131/H 14 March: Application to approve details in relation to condition 3 (sustainable drainage system) and 4 (high water table/ spring) of permission 17/04501/X (Demolition of existing garage and outbuilding. Erection of 2 new dwellings including landscaping and associated works - to allow removal of 2no trees in the rear garden) - 16 Hottom Gardens 18/01373/COND

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New residents’ group meets THE new Lockleaze Residents Planning Group have held their first meetings, one at the Cameron Centre and one at the Old Library. There is lots of planning happening locally and there is a need for a group to scrutinise this planning. Residents can have a say in what happens in Lockleaze and this group will be residentled rather than organisation-led. Alison Bromilow, who works on a voluntary basis for Bristol Planning Network to support planning groups in Bristol, liaises with Council and shares good practice, came to introduce, encourage and give tips, and is happy to be invited back to help develop understanding of the planning process, or support other elements. Planning groups get pre-applications where developers are thinking of developing but get early feedback on ideas – a great way to influence development before the planning process to get things people want. She advised the meeting of the key things they need to address: a. Put together a group with Terms of Reference b. Be open to everyone, advertise, welcome new people c. Have some kind of accountability (if group becomes narrow how can people challenge/ voice different views) d. Have an AGM so other people can stand as chair e. Local planning groups can influence at pre-app stage, help develop something better for their area, can have a neighbourhood development plan f. Planners will liaise with local planning groups to understand needs in the area to make plans better and get advice on how to engage with community We can set up our own development plan group, define area, and define policies. The benefits would include a greater influence on planning locally, clear articulation of views can be seen by developers before planning, can signal to market, get greater Section 106/ Community Infrastructure Levy money, ring-fenced for our area. Alison mentioned about the local plan currently under review: https://www.bristol.

Helen Bone, of Vivid Regeneration, who attended the meeting

regulations/local-plan-review, which has a deadline for responses of April 13. It has a chapter on Lockleaze. Helen Bone of Vivid Regeneration, a community economic development worker who has worked in Lockleaze over a number of years is really encouraged to see our planning group being set up. At the meeting she encouraged us with examples of Lawrence Weston and BS10 planning groups. She said that groups such as ours often come about in response to unwelcome or significant development that raises the question what do you want to see in planning – what kind of houses and what kind of community? There are lots of opportunities for the people who know our area best to shape how it is developed. In Lawrence Weston they put together a Neighbourhood Development plan and managed to get a local supermarket and have a community led housing scheme. On the back of their plan they have managed to secure investment in solar energy and are championing high build quality for low energy use.They also have a local lettings policy that prioritises local residents getting social housing. Helen advised the meeting that the key points to take away are: a. You know best what it means to live here b. Biggest impact of development is on you c. You can have a lot of power

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n EVENT Library to hold climate talks FRIENDS of Bishopston Library invites you to a series of Climate and Energy talks at Bishopston Library on Thursday evenings from April 26. Starting with “What is Climate Change?”, this first one covers: n Is climate change an issue for future generations or for us? n What does ‘two degrees warming’ mean? n What did the Paris Agreement achieve? Nikki Jones, researcher/ writer on global energy will be giving an overview of the scientific consensus on climate change. She will explain greenhouse gases, possible tipping points and the risks posed by our warming world. Doors open 7pm. Hot and soft drinks available. Book online at bishopstonlibrary. or at the library.

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held of a new Lockleaze Planning group giving residents a voice in local developments. A lively ‘community conversation’ was hosted at the Hub by LNT, which drew residents of all ages to share ideas and make some action plans on community led housing, youth services and the future of the Vench, and the need for social spaces/pubs in our growing community. Drawings were shared for a proposed new play area for Stoke Park/ Lockleaze open space, and we discussed the Stoke park restoration project, all aspects of volunteering, ‘playing out’ and residents setting up new litter picking groups in their streets. On March 15 a group of library enthusiasts from around the city held a lively meeting

in Lockleaze library to share their passion for libraries and how best to promote them, as we await the result of a council commissioned review of new ways of running libraries, to be announced in April. The months ahead are likely to be busy with public meetings, plans and consultations. We hope residents will want to involve themselves in these exciting new developments for Lockleaze.

24 hours a day to plough the roads. In difficult conditions they travelled 6,000 miles and spread almost 600 tonnes of grit. Along with the invaluable effort of over 120 volunteer community snow wardens, they ensured that large parts of the city’s roads and footpaths remained passable. Outside of the council, volunteers and charity workers tirelessly worked to encourage rough sleepers to take the extra beds provided by the city’s charities. Their efforts ensured that the vast majority of the city’s homeless population had a bed during the worst conditions. Organisations across the city are joining forces to support

our homeless population, school results are better than ever and improving and slowly, but surely, the city’s transport networks are being integrated for smoother and more timely journeys. In this year’s council budget, as well as minimising the impact of government cuts on front line services, we ensured funding in our capital budget for supporting these key city aims. At the very top of our agenda is my key pledge to tackle the housing crisis. We are spending nearly £200m in our one-of-a- kind house-building program. We are also well on our way to meeting our target of 2,000 new homes (of which 800 affordable) per year by 2020. Working in partnership with others is getting results and you will see real progress this year.

n Cllrs Tincknell and Kirk hold drop in advice surgeries on the first Saturday of the month 12.30-2pm at the Hub, Gainsborough Square. We are also available on email at cllr.gill. or by phone on 07736 678281

n ...and a word from our mayor Marvin Rees IN last month’s column I mentioned that February would see the annual budget Full Council meeting. I was pleased our budget for 2018/19 was agreed. This takes the necessary steps to keep the council on a sound financial footing while ensuring we enable people to have as positive an experience as possible of life in Bristol. However, I want to begin by thanking all those whose efforts during the recent severe weather meant critical services continued to operate, vulnerable people were cared for and major incidents were avoided. It’s often said that it is in times of crisis that you see the extraordinary qualities of people and I can confidently say that this has been the case. Staff from across the council helped essential services operate

throughout the snow and freezing temperatures. They worked alongside colleagues from the police, NHS, homeless charities, Highways England, private care companies, other voluntary agencies and many others. Social care staff walked miles to visit vulnerable people in their homes. Supported by the parks team in 4x4s and Bristol Community Links staff volunteering their time, they ensured that people received every expected meal. Some staff stayed in work overnight to ensure the residents of our specialist dementia residential home in Redfield Lodge were cared for. This dedication was shared by our highways teams who worked

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FRIENDS of Badock's Wood have a joint project with the Southmead Development Trust at the Greenway Centre. This project - Community Routes - aims to improve walking usage of Badock’s Wood and of the Greenway Community Centre facilities such as the Greenway Community Café and toilets. The main ways to improve these routes are by better signage to, from and within the wood, notice boards and stile improvements between the Centre / GP Surgery and the Wood. More walking can lead to better health. The project has been chosen by the Co-op to receive a share of the Local Community Fund but the amount the project will receive depends on how much is raised by Co-op members in local Co-op shops AND by how



consultation. And thirdly we were told that Bristol City Council is developing a Clean Air Action Plan which will tackle air pollution through a wide range of measures such as more investment in public transport and cycling, changes in traffic management, greater use of existing regulatory powers such as taxi licensing and ways to support and encourage a shift to cleaner vehicles. n By 31 March 2018 Bristol City Council must undertake a feasibility study and identify options which would deliver compliance with legal limits for nitrogen dioxide in the shortest possible time. n By 31 December 2018 Bristol City Council must identify a preferred option, including value for money considerations and the implementation of arrangements. The council is working with a market research company to inform traffic models designed to see how effective a Clean Air Zone could be in changing drivers’ choices about the trips they make. It’s been a busy month locally too... the first two meetings were

many Co-op members vote for this Project. Every time a Co-op member shops, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Local Community Fund. The money raised by from this 1% plus money from the sale of shopping bags, from our local Co-op stores (Westbury-onTrym and Stoke Lane branches) and the Co-op Funeralcare in Westbury-on-Trym will be given to local projects such as this one. The share out is decided by members’ votes. If you are a Co-op member you need to log into your account or telephone and vote for this project. The project is here: causes/18880 If you are not a member and want to be a member you can join by paying £1 - more details


THE Council’s Cabinet meeting on March 6 was an exciting one for Lockleaze, with three big announcements addressing some of our most important local concerns: Housing, access to school places and air pollution. Firstly, the Cabinet agreed to move forward with the £178 million Lockleaze regeneration and development scheme, starting to reverse the decline that followed loss of housing and amenities over past decades. The first sites for development will go before the planning department imminently, 286 homes on the old Romney school site, and 130 homes at Crome Road, Constable Road and Herkomer Close. Secondly, we heard the announcement that Cathedral Schools Trust would be building a new secondary school, Trinity Academy, in Lockleaze (on the site of the former Romney Avenue Junior School), to cater for growing demand in the area for secondary school places: it will open in temporary buildings in Sept 2019 while a new school is built hopefully for 2020, incorporating widespread local


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from your local coop or online new-registration. The Friends of Badock’s Wood are asking everyone to encourage their friends and neighbours to vote for the project. If people choose to do their Co-op shopping in the Westbury stores more money will be available for this and other local projects. Most of us shop in the Coop at some point so if you can


choose these branches it will help us and other local projects get more funding. Please get in touch with Friends of Badock’s Wood if you would like to know more about this project or the fund. More information about Friends of Badock’s Wood is available at uk and more information about Southmead Development Trust / Greenway Centre can be found at

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Zimbe! puts singing at heart of community IN two terrific concerts at the Orchard School, members of the Bristol Choral Society joined with more than 300 children (over the two nights) from Orchard School and 8 local primary schools to perform Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe! They were accompanied by a jazz quintet made up of players from Bristol Plays Music. Zimbe! is a sequence of choral arrangements of traditional songs from all over Africa in a jazz style. This is a work which forges links between adult choirs and massed children’s choirs, placing singing at the heart of the community as it always has been in Africa. Zimbe! is at times touching and moving, at other times funky and grooving and all of the time incredibly uplifting both for performers and audiences alike. The Voice was at the Wednesday evening performance and we were impressed not only by the quality of the singing by the children, and of course by the Bristol Choral Society, but also by the slick management of what must have been well over 100 children by their teachers and by Hilary Campbell, the musical director of the Choral Society and the conductor for the concerts. The children certainly stole the show. The audience were greeted with authentic drumming from boys from Orchard School’s drumming group who also started the concert with a final display of very talented beating! Then to the main performance which was truly spellbinding. From the haunt-

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ing gospel cry “Njooni! Zimbe! Nyimbo za Afrika” (Come sing songs of Africa) through a very moving rendition of Thula Mama, Thula, Hush Mama (Xhosa lullaby for mothers of imprisoned sons) with the children’s voices and the jazz quintet coming onto their own. Another upbeat and rhythmic Haleluja had us all beginning to move with the music, and by the time the last movement came Hamba vangeli (Freedom is coming) we were all clapping in time with the choir and band. Zimbe! does have more movements – these were just my highlights. This event involved eight local schools, Orchard School Bristol, St Teresas RC Primary,

Little Mead Primary School, Stoke Park Primary, Fonthill Primary, Filton Avenue Primary, Glenfrome Primary, Upper Horfield Primary and Horfield C of E Primary with 300 children taking part. It was a collaboration between Bristol Choral Society, Bristol Plays Music and Orchard School. As Orchard School’s partnership manager said, it just couldn’t have happened without all the hard work of the teachers in these schools and to Caro Barrett, Chair of BCS, who went round each school rehearsing with them and then bringing them to a final rehearsal, en masse. Also thanks were given to Laurie Stewart from Bristol Plays Music – another key person in making this happen.

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It’s time to wake up to prostate symptoms CONVERSATIONS about a man’s prostate are usually very embarrassing or uncomfortable for anyone. However, Consultant Urologists Professor Raj Persad and Mr Anthony Koupparis of Spire Bristol Hospital are promoting the awareness of symptoms and treatments surrounding this topic to get men talking. Despite thousands of men suffering from it on a daily basis, an enlarged prostate isn’t exactly the usual choice of conversation over a pint at your local. The condition known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) does not occur because of the presence of cancer, but due to the fact the prostate continues to grow throughout most of a man’s adult life. The condition itself is not a threat to a man’s health, but it can have dramatic impacts on the quality of life for an individual. BPH puts pressure on the bladder causing a variety of symptoms including; having

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Getting the kids away from dreaded screens YOU may be wondering what all this playing out stuff is about? There are many gains to be had from regular road closures which champion people above cars – children enjoy playing in their street (a lot), they make new friends, they learn new games, they are active and away from those dreaded screens. The adults get a chance to know their neighbours and this makes for a friendlier street and a safer street. With all the cuts to council services, playing out offers residents an easy and free way to boost links between each other. Our communities are the heart of day-to-day life, and if they are stronger because more people know each other then everyone wins.

Landseer Avenue is the first street in Lockleaze to have regular playing out road closures, and they are applying for more dates so they can carry on! Being the first street playing out is a big deal, it’s not something people in the area will have seen or been part of. There have been two situations which have needed to involve the police where drivers have foolishly driven through the road closure – this is a criminal offence and those drivers will face prosecution. The road closure is a legal permission by the council to close the road to non-residents (residents can still access their road during the session). Landseer Avenue have invited

the local PCSOs to their sessions to support them, and to deter any more dangerous driving! They are also looking at how to set the road closure up so that driving through it is not possible – the risk of collision with a child does make you wonder what on earth the two drivers were thinking?! Please be assured that this behaviour is very rare. Whilst some drivers may not be happy to have to find an alternative way round, they do get on with it.

Playing Out sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly all year round – as long as your street is not on a bus route/ main road then the council are very likely to approve the road closure. n Jo Chesterman is an activator for Playing Out around Bristol, and anyone who is interested in starting up can contact her: call 07811 816620 or email or visit www.


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Gas fans donate to Foodbank BRISTOL Rovers supporters responded in an extremely generous fashion when a Foodbank collection was held at their home game with Scunthorpe United, donating a staggering 978kgs of food. It was all the work of John, Tom and Jade, three Rovers supporters who go to home and away games as much as possible. They say, “We’ve seen the mounting statistics on foodbank referrals over the past few years and the responses to them from clubs on Merseyside, Tyneside, Doncaster, Villa, Huddersfield etc. “We said ‘Someone should do that at the Gas’ and then we said ‘Well, why not us?’ “We firmly believe in the power of football to strengthen community bonds and that in hard times it’s down to everybody to stick together and help raise us all up. It’s been heartening to get a good response from the football club, local media and Gasheads at large.” North Bristol Foodbank has outlets at St James Church in Lockleaze, Ebenezer Church in Horfield, the Revive Charity Shop in Filton, and the Greenway Centre in Southmead. In the last year 3,740 three day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis by North Bristol Foodbank with over 1,500 going to children. Over this year local people have donated 39 tonnes of food to North Bristol Foodbank, and over 100 have volunteered. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the Foodbank, enabling them to give three days’ nutrition-

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ally balanced food and support to people in crisis. As well as providing emergency food, North Bristol Foodbank provides essentials like toiletries, nappies and sanitary products to families who are struggling, as well as signposting them to other services in the local area. Many Trussell Trust Foodbanks, including North Bristol Foodbank, are partnering with other agencies that provide additional services such as welfare advice, budgeting help and debt support, helping people to break out of crisis. John, Jade and Tom, who also loaded the van with all the food said: “What can we say? Absolutely blown away by the generosity of

you all. Safe to say we must have been pushing a ton of donations by kick off! “We were rushed off our feet getting it all packed and stowed safely. Thank you all so much, you beautiful people”. Matt Dobson of North Bristol Foodbank said: “We were blown away by the support we received from all the Rovers fans. The 978kg of food collected will go straight to people in real crisis. We can’t thank enough the people behind ‘Gasheads against food poverty’ and the amazing fans of Bristol Rovers FC”. The food donated will find its way to North Bristol Foodbank’s outlets in Lockleaze, Horfield, Filton and Southmead.

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BRISTOL Rovers Football Club made sure no food from the club’s postponed clash with Wigan Athletic went to waste – by donating it all to Wild Goose Café, a local dropin centre that provides hot meals for those facing homelessness or extreme need. Rovers were forced to call off their home game because of a frozen pitch. Community Trust CEO Adam Tutton, Community Manager Matt Bennett and Commercial Director Tom Gorringe were adamant that the large amount of food prepared for the match did not go to waste and they quickly got in their car to take it to the centre on Stapleton Road. The donation included 40kg of prepared potatoes, cauliflowers, broccoli, parsnips, red cabbage, parsnips and cheese. Club staff said they have been preparing for a situation like this for some time and wanted to make sure the food went to a good cause. Bristol Rovers FC regularly work with the local community and this was a great opportunity to help those in most need during what was the coldest few nights of the year. Adam Tutton, Trust CEO said, "We have been speaking to a few homeless charities and have a list of them in case something like this happens and we have left over food.”

A GROUP of volunteers have been working hard to make sure that members of Henleaze Swimming Club can continue to get out for a swim during the winter months. The swimming club operates as a charity, and is responsible for the upkeep of Henleaze Lake. Four years ago they started offering members the option to swim during the winter, and required the support of working groups to help maintain the grounds during these months. Unfortunately, these initial groups were disbanded, and so the swimming club turned to The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to help them six months ago. Since then, TCV (a charity that works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone) have been maintaining the lake’s grounds using volunteers once a month, working all through the winter to help with tasks such as scrub and bramble clearance. Speaking of the work that TCV have been doing at Henleaze Lake, Mark Thompson, a Trustee of Henleaze Lake, said: “It’s a great team that have been working here. They are so cheerful and motivated, and have an appreciation of the natural aspect of the lake and understand that it’s really important to maintain it for wildlife. “They don’t stop for rain either and just carry on whatever the weather - they really enjoy it which is great to see.”

TCV are always looking for local volunteers to join them. Discussing the opportunities that they have available for volunteers in Bristol, Claire Dinsdale, TCV Project Officer said: “Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we run a number of different day projects in Bristol, and we have a pick up point for volunteers by Pero’s Bridge in town at 9.45am. “People who are interested in volunteering with us just need to turn up and fill out a simple registration form on the day. No training is necessary and you just need to wear suitable clothes and bring a packed lunch with you.” Some of the main activities that TCV are involved with include tree planting, vegetation and bramble clearance, as well as building paths and stone wall repair. To find out more about their volunteering opportunities in Bristol, email volunteer-bristol@ or call 07739 447995. As an aside, Henleaze Swimming Club suspects that they may have been playing host to a different type of visitor during the winter months – an otter! Speaking about their suspicions, Mark Thompson added: “We

have carp at the lake, and usually we may lose one or two during the winter months. However, over the last six weeks we have lost half a dozen, and all have been eaten in a very particular way which makes us think that we may have an otter. “They have been sighted on the Trym by Blaise Castle and males can have a territory of 20 miles, so it is certainly possible. “Although our carp anglers aren’t so keen on our suspicions, if we do have one then we’d be very pleased to sacrifice carp to it, as they are such a protected species. It would also be a great addition to the badgers, foxes and kingfishers that we have here, so watch this space!”

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The swimming club has got in touch with Bristol Otter Survey group, and are currently arranging for them to come to the lake to look for signs of an otter, such as footprints and droppings that have a distinctive smell. If one is discovered, the group has said they would take advice on how to ensure that individuals use the lake in an appropriate way moving forward, as it’s important that otters aren’t disturbed. We’ll cover any updates on this story in future editions of the Horfield and Lockleaze Voice. The swimming club is looking forward to celebrating their centenary next year, and are currently writing a book of people’s memories of Henleaze Lake from years gone by. If you’d like to contribute to this, please get in touch with the swimming club via their website: www.henleazeswimmingclub. org

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FOLLOWING an extremely successful recruitment process, the South Lockleaze and Purdown Neighbourhood Group are pleased to announce that we have recruited four further directors to our Board. The four new directors will be joining alongside Emily Shimell and David Walwin, two of the three founders of the group, to create a solid and more resilient team to take the SL&P Group and Old Library into the next phase, after a tremendously successful two years of getting this grassroots volunteer project off the ground. We would also like to say farewell to Debbora Hall, one of the other founders of the group, who will be stepping back from director duties and moving away from the area in the very near future. Debbora has been a vital and hugely influential member of the team from the start, and we would like to say a massive thank you for all she has done alongside Emily and David; taking on the Old Library building as a 100% volunteer run community space, helping to save South Purdown from development, and ensuring a solid foundation for the group to move into its next stage. We would like to say a huge welcome to the new board members: n Maria Kennedy, who has been hugely involved with the Old Library and SL&P group from the outset, in processes, finances, strategy and café volunteering. n Jim Tickner, who is already widely involved in volunteering, strategy and events, including the new monthly film night Fridays and new ThinkTank events. n Lucy Warwick, who has recently got involved in the Old Library with administration and hires, and is a regular user of the space. n Rodney Gear, who runs the hugely popular parent and toddler group on a Wednesday morning. Each of the new directors bring a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, qualities and skills to the project. We are very excited that in establishing the new board, we are embarking on a new phase for the group and robustly taking the Old Library and neighbourhood group

n LETTER Horrified at LSC’s proposal to sell alcohol I AM horrified at the proposal of Lockleaze Sports Centre (LSC) to obtain a licence for selling alcohol seven days a week from 10 am to 11 pm. How does selling alcohol marry up with the concept of a sports centre which purports to improve the health and well-being of the local community? Already a lot of anti-social behaviour goes on in this area fuelled by alcohol as evidenced by the empty beer cans and alcohol bottles strewn across this area. Opening a pub in the LSC would only make matters worse. I am fairly sure I speak on the behalf of several Lockleaze residents, having spoken to some of my neighbours who do not wish to protest in the open. Dr Nidhi Bhatt

forwards alongside the fantastic team of current volunteers, as it continues to serve our local community. The South Lockleaze and Purdown neighbourhood Group C.I.C. was set up in 2015 to facilitate and encourage community activity, drawn together in large part by a passion to protect our neighbours and green spaces, and make the most of the amazing area we have chosen to live. Loosely covering the area of Lockleaze and Eastville that falls between Morris Road, Muller Road, Narroways, Eastgate, Glenfrome School and the M32, this 100% volunteer residents group is extremely proud of what it has achieved towards saving South Purdown, taking on and running the Old Eastville Library, accessing funds for a new playground development, helping improve communications across our area, and running a fantastic range of much needed activities and events for our neighbourhood. If you would like to get involved, or share ideas or skills, get in touch with or pop on into the Old Library and say hello! Written by Emily Shimell for the Horfield & Lockleaze Voice

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Residents in plea for crossing INSTALL a pedestrian crossing in Cheswick Square before a serious accident happens. That is the call from 200 residents – many of whom live in Cheswick Court retirement flats and Beaufort Grange care home – who are petitioning South Gloucestershire council to install a safer crossing. Ross McKenzie, of Cheswick Court set up the petition. He says that residents living in the homes and young children are at grave risk when crossing Long Down Avenue to get to the shops. Local businesses are also supporting the residents’ campaign. Ross sad: “Although the road has a 20mph speed limit most vehicles ignore this. Many of the residents of both homes are unable to walk very fast and are at grave risk crossing to the shops. “This is also the case for young mothers with small chil-

dren. As a consequence the few shops themselves do not get the footfall to stay in business. “Our residents feel neglected and let down by the lack of care or consideration given to the elderly, infirm and young in this matter. “Surely a pedestrian crossing, or the present grey area marked in black or white, would be a small price to pay to protect vulnerable pedestrians. This would also go a small way to regenerating the Square”. Patrick Perry, a Cheswick Court resident sad: “Every time we cross that road we are taking our lives in our hands”. Jenny Wells, another resident from Cheswick Court, is partially sighted. She says that she often does not see traffic approaching, so a pedestrian crossing would be hugely beneficial. She said, “Do we have to wait

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New project to help in perinatal mental health HOME Start Bristol has been awarded funding by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs to work with families who are experiencing perinatal mental health issues. This comes as welcome news for those affected by this ever-growing issue, and the new funding will mean that not-forprofit organisations, such as Home Start Bristol, will be able to provide a much-needed service to complement the current support services available in the BNSSG areas. The perinatal period covers pregnancy and the year following birth. During this time, it’s possible for women to be affected by various mental health conditions, which can have a huge effect on them, and their families.

If the signs are spotted early enough, and symptoms treated, most women can make a full recovery with minimum impact on their family. Home Start Bristol scheme manager Beverley Symonds said: “We’ve seen an increase year on year of referrals to us, to help parents suffering from perinatal depression. “Thankfully, we are able to deliver the help, which other agencies can’t offer, because of our years of experience and established teams of staff and trained volunteers.” The charity relies on volunteers and runs three volunteer preparation courses each year. The next course starts this April so, if you would like to find out more, please visit the website uk or phone 0117 950 1170.

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n HEALTH ADVICE with the team at Monks Park Surgery


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DID you know that April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month? Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but this needn't be the case as it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed in its early stages. Early diagnosis of any cancer saves lives and April is set aside especially to raise awareness of bowel cancer and how to recognise its symptoms. Some of the common early symptoms of bowel cancer include: n Bleeding from the bottom and blood in poo Tell your GP about any bleeding from your bottom or in your poo so they can investigate. Bright red blood may come from haemorrhoids or piles, while dark red or black blood may come from your bowel or stomach. n Persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit

Tell your GP if you have any changes in your bowel habit that have lasted three weeks or more, especially if you also have bleeding from your back passage. You may have looser poo, need to poo more often than normal or feel as though you’re not going to the toilet often enough or emptying your bowels properly. n Sudden and unexplained weight loss If you have lost weight and you don’t know why speak to your GP. You may feel sick, bloated or you might just not feel hungry. n Being easily tired with no obvious reason or cause Speak to your GP if you are

very tired for no obvious reason or cause. Bowel cancer can lead to a lack of iron in the body, which can cause anaemia. n Pain or a lump in the tummy See your GP if you have persistent pain in your tummy or a lump in your abdomen or back passage, especially if these symptoms don’t go away or if they’re affecting how you sleep or eat. Bowel Cancer Screening NHS bowel cancer screening is offered to people aged 55 or over as statistically they are more likely to develop bowel cancer. If you are 55 you will be offered a one-off bowel scope screening test where a thin

flexible tube with a camera on the end is used to look for and remove any polyps you might have in your bowel. If you’re aged 60 to 74 you'll be sent a home test every two years. You will use the testing kit to collect small samples of your poo which is then sent to a laboratory to check for tiny amounts of blood. You can request a home test every two years if you’re 75 or over by calling the bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 6060. If any of these tests find anything unusual, you may be asked to have further tests to investigate the cause. If you’ve been affected by bowel cancer and would like advice and support or you'd like to support bowel cancer awareness month this April, contact Bowel Cancer UK via their website https://www.bowelcanceruk.

MANY schools celebrated Read Aloud Month in February and we were invited into Glenfrome Primary School as special guests to celebrate their success with reading. This event supports the Read On Get On national campaign which focuses on getting children reading well by the age of 11. Jonny, Jordan and Horaja read their books to us and I was so impressed by the fantastic stories children have access to nowadays! We then presented them with their certificate. n Anti-social behaviour or ASB is any activity which causes distress to others and affects their quality of life, but this behaviour may not always amount to a criminal offence. We work with partnership agencies including local councils and housing providers who can enforce tenancy conditions or evictions, as well as other agencies. All have different powers to

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problem. If you or a group feels they are being targeted because of your race, religion, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation this could be a hate crime. This is a very serious offence and we strongly advise that it is reported to the police immediately.

n We are seeing an increase in break-ins through porches especially in the Horfield area. Thieves enter insecure porches and steal clothes, boots, jackets in fact anything they can lay their hands on that has been left in the porch. Please can I ask you all to secure your porches, lock the doors and remove anything that might appeal to a thief. See you next month. PCSO Charlotte Your local neighbourhood policing team: Lockleaze: PC Rick Woodland, PCSO Charlotte Thompson, PC Stephen Harding & PCSO Katie White. Horfield: PC Jo Archer, PC Dudley Rowe, PCSO Tristan Fussell & PCSO Rob Cole. https://www. contact-us/ or call 101


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March 24 - April 8 n Enchanted Easter at Wild Place Project Join Wild Place Project this Easter for two whole weeks of family fun! Embark on a magical adventure through our Enchanted Woodland, hang your wish in the Magic Wishing Tree, help the fairies find their missing Easter eggs, and meet some of your favourite animals from around the world. http://www.wildplace. Join a small group, and overcome your phobia of spiders with us.

April 8 n Gorge-ous spring plants (walk) at Bristol Zoo. The Avon Gorge is internationally important for its rare and interesting plants. Discover spring-flowering rarities on a scramble around the gorge with local botanist Libby Houston. 10.30am-12.30pm £5.00 NB: There are very, very steep slopes,uneven ground and steps on this walk. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project at Bristol Zoo on 0117 9030609 or e-mail

April 4 n Bristol Noise & Hope Bristol 2018 are holding a Short Mat Bowls Session at 1.30pm at Upper Horfield Community Trust, Eden Grove Methodist, Eden Grove, Horfield, BS7 0PQ.

April 9 n Monday Matinee at the Hub, showing Lion. Join them for a relaxing afternoon film and a slice of cake. Refreshments 50p, free entry 1-3pm

April 6 n Community Support at Home for the Over 55s Shopping Club are running a trip to Tesco at Bradley Stoke. Still only £3 per trip. Your place will not be guaranteed unless it is booked in advance on 0117 9515751 extension 230 n Bristol Noise & Hope Bristol 2018 are holding a free family fun event in Gainsborough Square, 1-3pm April 7 n Stoke Park litter pick. Meet at the Cameron Centre at 10am. All equipment provided. n Bristol Noise & Hope Bristol 2018 are holding a coffee morning at 10.30am at St Mary's Church, Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, BS7 9XA n Bristol Noise & Hope Bristol 2018 are holding a free family fun event on Horfield Common, 12-2pm n Bristol Rovers v Charlton Athletic, SkyBet League One, Memorial Stadium, 3pm




April 5 n Bristol Noise & Hope Bristol 2018 are holding an Afternoon Tea at 1pm at Ebenezer Church, 286 Filton Avenue, Horfield, BS7 0BA .

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April 10 n Board games evening at the Old Library, 7pm. April 12 n Tea and Talk with Community Support at Home for the Over 55s at the Langley Centre. Derek Powell will be coming along from Mullers Charity to talk about their work. For information please ring 0117 9515751 n A meeting is being held at the Vench to allow local people to become practically involved, working alongside Groundwork to establish new volunteer schemes, funding opportunities, new services and a residentled future, 7pm April 14 n The Old Library Gardening Club 10am-12 noon. Community gardening at the Old Library, everyone welcome to come and help transform the outdoor space with food growing, wildflowers and flower beds, fruit trees and lots more! n Bristol Rovers v Blackburn Rovers, SkyBet League One, Memorial Stadium, 3pm n I Feel A Song Coming On! Feel like having a bit of a sing now spring is definitely on its way? Local vocal group Avon Harmony , Bristol's original all female A

Cappella chorus, is holding its annual spring concert, “I Feel A Song Coming On” on Saturday 14th April @7.30pm at the Newman Hall, Grange Court Road in Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 4DP. This year, the chorus have also decided to hold a pop-up chorus singing workshop on the same afternoon starting at 3pm until 6pm to encourage you to do just that if you are aged 18 or over. The cost is just £10 and includes your concert ticket for the evening. The workshop will be run by our Musical Director, Mary Williams, with help from members of the chorus to give you the opportunity to meet the chorus and make new friends, explore your vocal range and learn a song in an afternoon to actually sing in the concert! Or, if you just want to come along to the evening performance, the concert is open to anyone who wants to attend. Our concert includes a variety of different songs from contemporary, shows, retro, swing and barbershop. Our friends the UWE Barbershop will also feature in the evenings entertainment. Tickets for the concert are available from Mary on 07954 170532 or www. April 15 n Early birds and bacon butties walk (with a veggie option) at Bristol Zoo. Join us for an early morning walk with bird expert Michael Johnson. After learning how to identify birds on the Downs, its back to the Zoo for a spot of breakfast. 6-8.30am. £15 (includes a bacon bap or egg butty plus tea or coffee. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project at Bristol Zoo on 0117 9030609 or e-mail

April 19 n Horfield Community Conference at Horfield Leisure Centre, time tbc April 20 n Community Support at Home for the Over 55s Shopping Club are running

Lion, starring Dev Patel, which is showing at the Hub on April 9

a trip to Asda at Filton. Still only £3 per trip. Your place will not be guaranteed unless it is booked in advance on 0117 951 5751 extension 230.

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April 24 n Bristol Rovers v Wigan Athletic, SkyBet League One, Memorial Stadium, 7.45pm

April 27 n THINKTANK no 1 at the Old Library: Rivering; a film to “wet” your appetite. Rivering is an ode to the whitewater obsession. Filmed on the wild rivers of New Zealand it is a very different kind of sports movie. It’s free, you can bring your own refreshments and a small donation would be appreciated. Contact Jim on 07758 010491 for queries. 7.30pm

April 26 n Community Support at Home for the Over 55s are running a trip to the Zoo. £12. To book please phone 0117 9515751 n Avon Organic Group The local group for everyone interested in organic growing and organic foods. n Talk (re-arranged). “Feed Bristol: Conservation and ecology in a food growing setting”. Matt Cracknell, Feed Bristol manager, will show us how food growers can create places where people and wildlife thrive. Thursday, 26th April 2018, 7pm – 9pm at The Station

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