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'Act now' plea on Park & Ride People in Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze are being urged to join a campaign for a Park & Ride near the shopping centre at Cribbs - before it's too late. PAGES 2 & 3
Crossing demand at Canford Lane Campaigners fear an accident involving pedestrians on Canford Lane and are calling for a crossing. PAGE 10
Jazz band goes down a storm A fashion show featuring outfits put together from charity shops in Henleaze and supported by local businesses is set to have raised more than £2,000 for local good causes.
The event, organied by the Preloved team of Rosie Thurling, Becky Bayliss, Sam Tolfree and Debbie Frost, drew crowds for a catwalk display, styling advice and beauty treatments. Full story: Page 10
A jazz band from Bristol Free School has won acclaim after a performance at The Old Duke, one of the UK's top venues. PAGE 14
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Sign Park & Ride petition before gridlock - not after, says councillor AN electronic petition calling upon Bristol's Mayor Marvin Rees to work with South Gloucestershire Council to identify and establish a park and ride site in the proposed CribbsPatchway New Neighbourhood
has been initiated by councillor Geoff Gollop and needs local support to boost level of signatures. To date the petition has attracted 382 signatures; many more are needed before the issue
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can be debated in a full Bristol City Council meeting. Councillor Gollop said: “It is not too late for you to search “Cribbs Causeway petition” and add your name and encourage anyone else to do so. We urgently need a Park and Ride to be incorporated into the plans for the area as it appears to be the only practical and affordable solution to the growing pressures on our roads.” About 7,000 new homes are planned for the Cribbs Causeway area as well as a major expansion of the shopping centre and leisure facilities. Local councillors and the Neighbourhood Partnership believe this will have an enormous impact on the amount of traffic going to and fro on the main A4018 route to Cribbs as well as increasing parking problems locally where commuters driving into Bristol park up at Westbury-on-Trym for the day and take the bus. One solution would be a park and ride scheme in South Gloucestershire to encourage people to use public transport rather than increasing traffic on already congested routes into Bristol and prevent parking
on residential roads. This is not included in the South Gloucestershire plans and will only be debated by Bristol City Council if the petition reaches 3,500 signatures. Alan Aburrow from the area Neighbourhood Partnership said: ““At peak times, the A4018 is at saturation now – there is just not the capacity to include more vehicles. A Park & Ride in the Cribbs area would be a relatively low-cost solution, provided drivers were given sufficient incentives to use it! “The current West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study Consultation includes proposals for a collection of Park & Ride sites around Bristol’s periphery, as part of a fully-integrated transport “system”. However, like most large transport infrastructure proposals, it will be very dependent on a successful bid by the four West of England councils for government funding.” The petition is number 3589 and can be found on the Bristol City Council epetition site at http://epetitions.bristol.gov. uk/epetition_core/community/ petition/3589
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n NEWS PUBLIC consultation meetings with the Mayor, Marvin Rees, have been taking place in Bristol in November, giving residents the opportunity to debate spending priorities in the city following the release of the council’s 2017-22 Corporate Strategy document which includes suggestions of how the budget gap of £92 million is met. A lively debate took place at the meeting in Henbury on November 15 where there was much discussion about the level of senior salaries at the Council House. A question about why cuts appear to be proposed from the bottom up, affecting libraries and lollipop ladies, rather than top down, received strong applause from the audience. The future of Neighbourhood Partnerships was raised by Alan Aburrow. The Mayor’s reply was that he doesn’t want to get rid of things that are working well and praised the high level of attendance at the meeting.
Lively debate over £92m savings The consultation remains open until January 5, 2017 and local residents are encouraged to look at the 126 page document, comment and add their ideas and opinions about spending priorities. The last few years have seen a substantial cut to funds the council has from central government along with significant increased demands on council services, in particular, adult social care needs. This is going to happen again and the grant will to fall to zero by 2020 as the funds come from business rates and council tax, plus income earned, instead. Changes that could affect our neighbourhood include the removal of devolved funding for local highway projects, raising concerns about how locally led schemes can be progressed;
alternative ways for delivering parks; savings to the budget for Neighbourhood Partnerships and a focus on priority neighbourhoods; fewer council-run libraries; and reduced funding for planning enforcement. The consultation can be
accessed at the following address www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy and is available at your local library. A group of local residents have put together detailed help to simplify the process of answering the document. Turn to Page 23
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n NEWS OVER 60 residents have objected to a development at 12 Southover Close in Westbury-on-Trym. The planning application 16/05502/F, made by Andy Bearne, is to demolish the house and replace it with four semidetached homes. Residents have objected to the application on a number of grounds. Many feel that the developer is guilty of so called ‘garden grabbing’. There are also objections based on the new buildings being out of character for the area and issues with parking and congestion. Many residents think that the new buildings will be out of character with the area as they will be higher than other houses in the street. Martin King, of Westover Drive, said: “Building four houses to replace one is excessive. The footprint of the houses means that building upwards is necessary. This is not in keeping with the street and means they will be overbearing.” A further worry is that with four dwellings there could be many more cars using the the street and parking at the end of
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create chaos. The disruption during the construction of these houses would be untenable and consequently we are entirely opposed to the idea.” There is also concern that the new cars may be a hazard to
those using the footpath at the end of the street. Vicki Gibbs, of Southover Drive, said: “There will be up to eight cars reversing out of the single driveway right next to the lane. With the hedges next to the driveway, as well as
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understood the strength of feeling by residents. Geoff said: “As property prices grow, the reward for building over gardens can become too attractive for some residents to resist. We can only oppose planning applications where they do not comply with planning guidelines, but in general proposals should be in line with the building line and building height and the planning process should prevent excessive and inappropriate development. This application at 12 Southover Close is one such application that in its current form is totally inappropriate.” Ben Cook, the agent for the application, explained that they would not be responding to concerns until they had feedback from the council and that plans were likely to be revised. He said: “The applicant is aware of the concerns raised by residents and is taking them all seriously and into consideration.
We will be submitting a formal response addressing the concerns to the council once any feedback has been received, so as to
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Cafe Grounded on the menu in Henleaze BUILDERS have begun converting the interior of the two vacant shops next to the Orpheus cinema and Waitrose on Northumbria Avenue in Henleaze. Café chain, Grounded, which has six existing cafes across the Bristol area, are set to open their new premises in the next few months. Local children, sad to lose the ‘best sweet shop ever’ when it closed its doors at this site over a year ago, will be pleased to know that pizza, hotdogs and pasta are on the menu at this new addition to the Henleaze and Westbury Park cafe scene.
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N the last edition we covered some first aid points for trauma patients; this month we’ll outline what happens when you bring your injured pet to the vets. • Initial Assessment Any emergency case will be given priority over routine consultations so if you’re waiting for a vaccination appointment and you’re told the vet is busy with an emergency, spare a thought for that pet and their owners! In the initial assessment we will take your pet’s vital parameters, and get a brief history of what has happened. If we pick up anything immediately life- threatening, we’ll take them straight to our prep room where we can start treatment. • Secondary Survey If there are no immediate problems, we’ll move onto a secondary survey with you, and ask you some more questions about the incident and try to catalogue all your pet’s injuries. Then we’ll make a plan to manage them, we’ll often give pain
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FALLODON Way Medical Centre has received planning permission to site a temporary building on their grounds in Henleaze. Practice manager, Leigh Frost, said she expects that the temporary building will be installed in the next few months. It will be used to house administrative staff and is not intended for patient use. The successful medical practice was recently voted the top GP surgery in Bristol and is looking to increase the size of the facility due to patient demand. The patient list now exceeds 9,100 patients, and under NHS guidance, the Fallodon Way building is deemed only suitable
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Dodging the traffic to cross Canford Lane WESTBURY-ON-TRYM residents are demanding that a crossing is installed on Canford Lane before a serious accident occurs. This busy spot on the A4162, between the Crematorium, Canford Park and Sandyleaze has become a traffic hotspot in recent years and local people say that there is no safe way to cross from one side of the road to the other. Jackie Collins, from Canford Lane, explained: “It’s just trying to cross the road - that’s the difficulty - it took my husband 12 minutes one time.” Resident Nicola Hawkes added: “It’s definitely the volume of traffic out there. I don’t think if you reduced the speed to 20 it would make any difference purely because there is so much traffic coming through there. “”If you have someone elderly with you who’s trying to cross the road it takes a while as you can’t rush.” It’s a problem for dog walkers too, making their way to and fro
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so little parking that I am forced to walk into the village from here but the walk is made more dangerous due of the traffic. And it’s impossible to walk without crossing the road because there’s no path.” Tales exist of people missing the bus that they wanted to catch as they couldn’t get across the road in time - which makes the need for a crossing even more important as people feel that they have no choice but to take risks. Graham Donald lives nearby and often uses this route. He said: “That’s happened to me as well. I take risks and it can be quite alarming and dangerous. As a community it is our duty to provide somewhere safe to cross the road.” Graham wrote to everyone who lives on Canford Lane and the surrounding roads some months ago to gauge the level of the problem and received 29 responses, showing that this was a clear issue that needs sorting out and should be considered by the Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym Neighbourhood Partnership. Cllr Clare Campion-Smith added: “The budget situation is very difficult and it does take time to get these things happening as the NP has only one roads project a year. There is going to be no magic wand but that doesn’t stop you trying to do things. Although the financial situation isn’t very good, we have to be ready for any pots of money coming in. “It’s important to tie it into some of the other aspirations for the city such as people becoming fitter, and using sustainable transport such as walking and cycling rather than using cars.” Revisiting the Friends of Canford Park Management Plan may be a possible route forward too because if the facilities at the park and the Westbury Library increase then more people will want to use them and it is important that they can get there safely. “It was bad three years ago but it’s getting worse and that’s what’s made us think that we must try and do something about this. People are keen to get going with a petition and to add their signatures,” said Nicola.
n NEWS EFFORTS are again being made at this year's Henleaze Christmas Festival to ease the congestion with hundreds of people expected to attend the event on Wednesday December 7. The Festival Committee has been granted permission by the City Council to widen the pathway along part of Henleaze Road between Waterford Road and Cardigan Road – one of the busiest parts of the festival site - during the evening. Barriers will be moved out to the edge of the parking bays providing more room for festival goers to move around. The extra space also provides more room for those businesses which set up temporary stalls on the pavement selling hot food and drinks with the inevitable queues of customers. Festival co-ordinator Jane Emery said: “Extending the walkway in this way makes a big difference to the flow of people around the Festival.” Visitors are also encouraged to use the lane behind the shops running from Dublin Crescent to Cardigan Road, which will
Henleaze Christmas Festival once again be lit with coloured lights, to move to and from the Children's Entertainment area and the Father Christmas grotto. The Committee have also applied to move the bus stop further down Henleaze Road so that bus passengers can avoid getting caught up in the festival crowds. The Festival opens at 4.00pm with a performance of seasonal songs by Henleaze Junior School Show Choir at the Open Arena in Waterford Road. With over 50 stalls selling a huge variety of items from jewellery, ceramics, sweets, cakes and festive gifts there should be something to appeal to everyone. Many local shops and cafes will be staying open too offering special festival treats. There is musical entertainment in the Open Arena from the Panama Jazz Band – who will then be performing in the Eastfield Inn – and the ever popular Salvation Army who
will also be playing around the festival. In the Bradbury Hall Redmaids` Bell Ringing and Choir will be performing followed by the Hum and Drum Recorder Group and the Bristol Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society, making a welcome return to the Festival. The evening will finish with community carols from the Trinity-Henleaze URC choir. The Prize Draw, with over
45 prizes donated by local businesses, will this year raise funds for more local charities Mind, Flamingo Chicks, Bristol Dementia Awareness Alliance and Smile with Siddy. Tickets are available in local shops and will also be available on the night at £1 each. Put the date in your diaries and come join in the fun!
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THE fourth Preloved clothing sale in Henleaze was a tremendous success, raising over £1,800 already - with more funds to come. Becky Bayliss, one of the mums who organised the event, said: “We are hoping to make at least £2,000 from the sale this time. When you see everything tonight, the finished product, it has taken a lot of work but it has been worthwhile. It has been the best sale yet!” The event took place at St Peter’s Church in Henleaze on November 18 - 19, with a special, ticketed preview evening on the Friday night. Visitors were welcomed with a glass of a selection of clothes from Prosecco and shown into the Henleaze charity shops and using beautifully decorated hall to take creative upcycling ideas. their seats for the fashion and Fellow organiser Rosie styling show. Thurling said: “Sam and Becky Style coach Becky Barnes have been running the main dressed a number of ordinary sale for a couple of years and women who had come forward I thought that they just put to be models for the night after so much work into it that it a social media appeal. Women was a shame to not have two of all shapes and sizes were opportunities to make money represented and Becky put from it. Coles family, grandparents together flattering daytime and and grandkids “We’ve been really blessed evening outfits for all by using
with lots of volunteers coming in to help. Some people have been really good at styling. We’ve had a lot of things donated and it makes real a difference to the look. “We went to every single shop on Henleaze High Street to see if they could donate and some were so generous.” Finance manager,Rachel Curtis, said: “Cameron Lee Carpets were delighted to be
asked to support this local event. We were only too happy to help by providing the runway carpet and hope it was a great success.” The Preloved sale was started two years ago by two local working mums wanted to do something in the community and felt that second hand sales were a great vehicle to raise money for local causes. They realised that there were plenty of local second hand baby and toddler sales but nothing for the mums who have little time and money to spend on themselves, but certainly deserve it! Becky Bayliss added: “A huge thank you to you all for attending the Styling Charity Evening. It was a truly amazing night and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thanks again for taking part in this amazing community event.” Proceeds from the sale will go to support Alzheimer’s research charity BRACE, YESSS and St Peter’s Hospice outreach charities.
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Police to wear video cameras in effort to combat crime BODY worn video cameras are set to be rolled out to police officers across Henleaze and Westburyon-Trym area following a recent successful pilot scheme. Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: “I want to equip officers and staff with technology that helps keep them safe and provide a high quality service to the public. “I have seen Body Worn Video help gather evidence effectively and it can encourage people to be more open in interviews and plead guilty earlier. It can also professionalise the work of the police through openness and transparency.” PC Andy Stamp has been patrolling the local streets wearing his video camera over the last few months and has found it a vital tool in the fight against crime. He said: "The body-worn cameras have helped in all sorts of criminal cases, from diffusing public order incidents to providing live evidence when we turn up to difficult situations such as domestic violence cases." Visible cameras are worn by officers as part of their uniform and the body worn technology records both video and audio evidence. The material captured by the cameras can then be used by the Constabulary as evidence to support criminal prosecutions. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, police forces have a duty to inform a person that their actions are being recorded on body worn cameras for evidence purposes and officers will be obliged to clearly state when they are recording an individual. Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I welcome the roll out of body worn cameras and feel employing this new technology will achieve better outcomes, create fewer complaints and give local people more confidence in their policing service.
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n NEWS A DEDICATED volunteer has clocked up 25 years of service helping local charity St Peter’s Hospice. Celia Davies began volunteering with Bristol’s only adult hospice after taking early retirement in 1991. Starting out as a driver, Celia would transport patients from the day hospice to their homes and drive relatives without transportation to visit their loved ones at the hospice. Now 25 years later, Celia works once a month at the hospice coffee shop and says the job is just as rewarding as ever. “I’ve always said we volunteers get so much more back than anything we ever put in. I have found volunteering with St Peter’s Hospice very fulfilling over the years and I can’t believe it has been over two decades since I began. “I was a driver for many years until age stopped me! I got to know the people I was driving back and forth very well. When I started driving patients went to the day hospice for a longer time, some even as long as a year so you really
Charity honours Celia and other volunteers for their long service
became close; I enjoyed it enormously. “I also did some relief cover in the in-patient unit as well as some telephone work but it was the driving I enjoyed the most. Now I am helping out in the coffee shop once a month and working with one of my old colleagues, so it’s lovely for us to get together,” said Celia.
Celia was one of the 150 volunteers honoured at the annual St Peter’s Hospice Long Service Awards that took place on November 7 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol City Centre. St Peter’s Hospice CEO Simon Caraffi presented the awards at the event, hosted by Sunetra Sarker from Casualty and Strictly
Come Dancing. Celia added: “It’s especially lovely to see new faces coming to receive their five year awards. It speaks volumes that so many of us receive long service awards. It’s a testament to the managers and staff who work with us because without that back up I don’t think there would be such a big volunteering network. “I may be receiving my 25 year badge but I’ve got no plans to give up any time soon.” As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. Over 1500 volunteers are signed up to help St Peter’s Hospice but more are always needed. Contact Russell Cowan to find out about volunteering roles across the organisation on 0117 915 9448 or email russell. email@example.com
It's curtain up on Performing Arts Centre at Bristol Grammar School THE new school year at Bristol Grammar School (BGS) got off to a great start, with the official opening of the school’s new Performing Arts Centre on November 11. The 1532 Performing Arts Centre, named in recognition of the School’s long history (1532 was the year in which BGS received its Royal Charter), contains a 245 seat theatre; a drama, a dance and a recording studio; a music performance space; and music teaching and practice rooms. The arts centre will be a new addition to the performance space available in Bristol and is available for hire to community and professional groups. Lower Sixth pupils, Varun Srivastava and Jamie Judd were busy showing visitors around the new facility at the official opening. Varun said: “It is a
great pleasure to practise here. If you played an instrument in the old building you could hear it outside the room.” Jamie Judd added: “It’s good that everything is all here together - music and drama -
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Free School's jazz band impress at Old Duke BRISTOL Free School’s jazz band, Treble Bass, wowed the audience at legendary venue, The Old Duke, with their rousing performance of jazz standards last month. The 14 strong band of 11 16 year olds include a rhythm section with double bass, drums and piano, a couple of ukuleles, a vibraphone player, a wind section including flute, clarinet, saxophone and trumpet, and lead singer, Ellen Corbett. Year 10 pupil Ellen said: “Playing in the Old Duke was such a different thing for me to do and it’s great to get the experience across the spectrum to help me with going into music. It uses my voice in a very different way as you can make it your own, whereas previously I’ve been involved with musical theatre, which is quite technical.” Dan Pate is the music teacher who got the band together. He said: “Many schools have a jazz ensemble and usually it’s a big group of brass and wind players, often without a singer. I really like jazz and we study it at GCSE and so when I thought about starting up a jazz band I was thinking more along the lines of
Bristol Free School jazz band performing at The Old Duke Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Frank Sinatra who all performed with vocal-led bands. “I was able to hand pick my musicians too as I’ve taught these guys since Year 7 and I
have a good idea about who’s good at what. Ellen came to mind because she’d been doing some fantastic work in all her musical theatre studies and I knew that she could absolutely carry a band. Angus started in Year 7 and began playing the bass guitar but when we bought a double bass the school funded for him to do some lessons with the idea of supporting this group.” Double bass player Angus Snowdon only took up the instrument six months ago, after playing the electric bass for about two years. “The different opportunities that have come out of the jazz club have given me a taste for
things that I could do outside of school and that I could do now. The audience at The Old Duke were very friendly and welcoming - having them dancing and cheering us on was so different to performing in silence on a stage in a theatre - the reaction is instant,” said Angus Dan Pate was a very proud teacher on the night, adding: “The Old Duke feels like the centre of jazz in Bristol and they were very receptive to us. We played in the afternoon to make sure it wasn’t quite that rowdy, late-night pub experience and we were highly praised as sounding quite unlike any school ensemble they have heard before!”
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THE girls, staff and parents at Badminton Junior School recently held their own ‘Race for Life’ event in support of Cancer Research UK. The youngest girls ran 1km around the School’s campus with the older girls running a mile, all dressed entirely in blue and pink. A fantastic £4,225 was raised for Cancer Research UK - money that will be dedicated to funding the fight against cancer.
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English Speaking Board awards for three Redmaids' High girls TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Gwennie Hall from Redmaids’ High Schooll has won a top award from English Speaking Board. Gwennie is one of five students around the country to receive ESB’s highest commendation of Young Speaker of the Year. Each year, the awards recognise the outstanding spoken language skills of the very best that ESB assessors see from candidates. The five winners were selected from 14,000 youngsters who took ESB speech examinations in 2015/16. When Gwennie took her ESB exam in May, her assessor was highly impressed by her ‘natural presentation style and by her poignant, sensitive and intelligent interpretation’. She was presented with her trophy at an awards ceremony held at The Old Palace in Worcester where she also performed her award-
winning presentation to an audience of family and friends. A delighted Gwennie said: “I love to perform so I am very honoured to be recognised for my achievement. I am really passionate about Shakespeare and ESB gave me the chance to choose a topic that let me share my passion. One day I hope I can use the things I have learnt and perform one of Shakespeare’s pieces on the West End stage or in Stratford-upon-Avon.” ESB’s Chief Executive, Tina Renshaw, said: “The standard
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A link through time for Westbury pupils CHILDREN and teachers have had a very busy and exciting time this autumn at Westbury-OnTrym C of E Academy. In September, during restoration work at ‘Holy Trinity’ Church, a discovery was made - items from many years ago were found hidden in a secret hole in the wall. From this, an interesting idea was born and School Councillors were invited to put together their very own ‘Time Capsule’ that would be buried back in the hole at the Church. Verity Thomas, Lead and Acting Deputy Head said: “This project really sparked the children’s imagination and curiosity and they spent time thinking of items they could place inside this capsule, in the hope of them being discovered many years from now. Choices were limited due to the small size of the hole!” The children chose some locally made honey, a children’s book, a memory stick (with
messages and photos), some English currency, a mobile phone and some W-O-T CE Academy memorabilia. These items were then put all together inside a container small enough to fit back inside the hole. On the last day of term, the School Councillors went down to the Church, met up with a stonemason working there and watched him place the time capsule into the hole in the church wall. The school were pleased to welcome ‘Sunday’ a visiting teacher from Uganda, to their Harvest Festival Service, who told them all about how the harvest is collected in her village. Harvest donations were gratefully received by the Community of the Sisters of the Church and they were overwhelmed by the generosity of the children and families. After the service, the school Express and Reflect team of pupils joined the Church Community in choosing their favourite design
for a new stained glass window being commissioned by Holy Trinity Church, as part of their 1300 year commemorations. Westbury-on-Trym CofE Academy has welcomed a number of prospective parents and reception children for the annual round of School ‘Tours’. Verity added: “This is a very exciting time for parents as it gives them the chance to see our fantastic facilities and meet
our enthusiastic and confident children. It is also a time for us to reflect on how amazingly well our current Reception children have settled and what we can do to improve this process for future groups.” A Christmas School Fair will be held on Saturday 10 December from 2-4pm at their site on Channells Hill - don’t forget to visit!
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n EDUCATION ST Ursula’s E-ACT Academy moved the whole school into their light and bright new classrooms in early November. Pupils benefited from an extra week off during the autumn break when staff were able to move everything across to the purpose built site, set behind the old buildings in Brecon Road. The pupils are clearly delighted with the new premises and are enjoying the wide corridors and their new classrooms. Year 6 student Will said: “It’s really nice - it’s so big that it’s like a hospital - we can have more children so our school can become like a community.” Kate, a pupil in Year 5, said: “We have bigger classrooms than we did before. We have more space to learn in - we were all cramped together in the old classroom.” Taighan, Year 5, added: “This school helps the environment. If we left the lights on in the old school we were just wasting the electric whereas here they turn off by themself. It’s a lot warmer too.” The present St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy is built on the site of a former independent girl’s school which was bought by the city council for £2 million to set up a primary academy to help meet the growing demand for school places in the north of the city. The school opened in 2011 and intake has risen from an initial 150 pupils to 516 at present. That number will rise to 630 when the school is full in a
A new start for St Ursula’s few years time. Now that the school have vacated the 'old' building, that part of the site (including the sports hall) has been handed over to the Assets department at Bristol City Council, managed by Steve Matthews, who expects that the buildings will be sold for a sensitive residential conversion. Any sale is almost certainly going to be conditional on the buyer being given sufficient time to secure suitable planning consent prior to completion. In the meantime residential occupiers will be sought to manage the building until it is required for disposal. Acting headteacher Ross Moody is delighted at the difference a purpose-built, 21 class, school makes to the learning environment. He said: “It is a fantastic space for the children to be in. The main difference is that the old school was a lovely building to look at but in practical terms it was difficult to manage with primary age children. “This is built for children aged from 4 - 11 where every classroom downstairs opens straight out onto a playground. The children have a lot more space in terms of bigger classrooms and corridors. “It’s a big primary school but we can get everyone into the hall for assembly easily which was something that the head Mrs
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French and I were clear that we wanted in the design so that we can celebrate things as a whole school. We simply couldn’t do it in the old building as there was no place that was big enough.” The school has the benefit of a huge field and a lovely mature woodland area out the back which teachers would like to turn into a forest school for outdoor study with the children. The school has an Eco committee made up of a selection of children from across the year groups and on the day of my visit were outside planting 100 saplings into the grounds gifted to the school with teacher, Miss Parker. Ruth Watts is the regional coordinator for the E-ACT group of four schools in the South West and believes that the St Ursula’s benefits hugely from having the knowledge of a national chain, with each school learning from each other. “I like that we have a wide range of children attending the school as the children and parents get to experience different cultures and languages. “Pupils attending the school comes from Henleaze, Westburyon-Trym, Lawrence Weston and Southmead, although we are becoming more of a local school now - last year there were 380 applications for 90 places,” Ruth said. Mr Moody is ambitious for the school, adding: “Our last Ofsted
rated us as a ‘good’ school and now we are looking at moving from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’. With the children and staff that we have within the school, and now we have the facilities to do it with better classroom sizes and spaces, I feel confident that we can achieve this.” The new main school entrance in Brecon Road is due to open by mid January once the builders, Kier, have finished the final part of the works. In the meantime the 'old' pedestrian entrance is being used by pupils, staff and visitors with a temporary pathway through to the new school. The new yellow zig zags and 'School Keep Clear' markings have been put on the road near the new entrances in Brecon Road, with the 'old' markings removed. Parking near the school has been an ongoing issue with residents and the school are looking at ways to reduce the pressure on parking, including a Park and Stride scheme. Once the builders have left teachers should be able to park onsite which will help with the pressure on parking in the streets nearby. The school is keen to open up its new hall for use by local people and would welcome enquiries from community groups.
n NEWS CITY of Bristol College students from the College’s University Centre have donned their caps and gowns to celebrate their success at the College’s annual Higher Education Awards. More than 1,000 students, family members and friends attended the event to celebrate the achievements of students who have attained higher level qualifications including Foundation Degrees, NVQs, Diplomas, Certificates and PGCEs. A number of VIPs joined the students at the ceremony, including Stephen Robertson, Chair West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Bristol, Professor Steve West from the University of the West of England, Professor Christina Slade, Vice Chancellor Bath Spa University and Dr Caroline Mills Head of School, Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire. Lee Probert, City of Bristol College Principal and Chief Executive, said: “The Graduation ceremony is an opportunity for
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their current career. Everyone who is graduating should feel very proud of what they have achieved and we’re delighted to be able to celebrate our students’ successes.” Whilst celebrating with those students collecting their degrees,
it was also an opportunity for the College to recognise those who have excelled in other areas and were presented with annual prizes for special endeavour or excellence in areas such as aerospace engineering; engineering and computing; photography; music and sound production. Among the City of Bristol College students at the event was Eileen Crowley, who studied a Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy and is progressing onto a Masters in Addiction and Mental Health at King’s College, London. After losing her fiancé to drug addiction, Eileen chose to do the course to find out about the root of addiction. “This course has been fantastic. Along with the amazing and supportive tutors, it has given me confidence in myself and my work,” she said.
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Have your say on North View parking A DOCUMENT from Bristol City Council detailing changes to parking proposals is likely to drop on doormats of Westbury Park and Henleaze residents in the next week. It is a Statutory Consultation which formalises all the new arrangements via a suitable Traffic Regulation Order. The document is likely to be addressed ‘To the occupier’ so try to avoid binning it before you’ve read it and missed your opportunity to comment. Proposals included are for double yellow lines on the corners of Downs Park West/Henleaze Road, Downs Park East/ Henleaze Road and Brean Down Avenue/White Tree Road and for removing the parking restrictions on the south side of North View. Alan Aburrow, from the Neighbour Partnership Transport group, explained: “The raison d’etre for the original Public Consultation was that BCC Highways’ needed to “tidy up” the parking arrangements on North View and Northumbria Drive, to take account of the redevelopment of the garage site when it morphed into Waitrose’s extended car park. This included the “legal niceties” of possibility relocating the in-bound bus stop on North View to outside the library on Northumbria Drive. The consultation is expected to open on 24 November and run until 16 December.
Community association meets new members THE Westbury Park Community Association held a well attended social get together in November at the newly refurbished Westbury Park pub and kitchen. Over 70 people attended the event and enjoyed the community buffet of food and wine supplied by the pub. Chair of the organisation, Kevin Chigley said: “It was very much what we were hoping for - people coming for a night out. We’ve signed up new members emails which we can add to our list of regulars.” The Society are keen to promote more interaction between the generations locally,
something which is always seen in the highly successful Westbury Park Festival and Open Gardens held each summer. Their aim is to keep residents better informed about issues and proposals affecting Westbury Park, which includes influencing planning, traffic and environmental policies as well as working to improve community facilities and services. Jane Wills helped to organise the evening and said: “The pub has been very good and couldn’t have done more for us.” There are plans for another event in the spring.
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This article has been written by Sheila Preece, Malcolm Neave and a group of BS9 residents who are concerned as to what might happen in this area. They said: “We all got together over this and having been involved in the previous threats to the libraries we hope to engage people in answering the consultation so that Westbury, Henleaze and Stoke Bishop have a voice.” AS you will be aware, Bristol Council is in the process of producing budget proposals which will involve massive changes to the provision of services over the next 5 years, in order to substantially reduce expenditure. As part of this, we are being asked to complete an online questionnaire – you can request a paper copy by phoning 0117 922 2848. It is important that as many people as possible respond to this consultation – no response is likely to be taken as an expression of no concern and thus give Council officers a free hand to make decisions. If the number of questions is daunting, focus on the areas that most concern you. Use the comments boxes to
express your concerns. When the questionnaire responses are analysed there will no doubt be a search for key words that people have included in the text boxes so repetition of your key points in more than one section where appropriate is important. You will know that in BS9, the Libraries and the Park are the only areas of Council presence in the community and are in fact amongst the most used in Bristol. What happens if those were to be removed? The questionnaire looks quite daunting at first glance as it has 13 sections – however, it can be tackled a bit at a time and you don’t have to respond to everything. Don't forget that it is important to stress what is important to us in BS9! For example, in Section 1 (Key challenges/Bold Ideas), given the wider implications of each question, you may feel it is important to use the text box to expand on your answers and say what you really think. In Sections 3-10 you may feel that it is difficult if not impossible to identify which 2 out of a set of objectives you consider most important. Given that the number of options in each section vary from 3 to 10 the comments sections are crucial here in order to constantly pinpoint local issues. In the Neighbourhoods section, Libraries/Parks and Neighbourhood Partnerships are 2 of several items covered. This section is again difficult,
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or disagree with the proposals, and your comments. Again, the comments section is important to expand on your concerns and any ideas, such as volunteering, that you feel might offer savings. Unfortunately, Section 13 (Volunteering) has no Comments box so it is not possible to expand on your response. It merely asks whether you would be willing to assist in various ways, such as help look after parks, volunteer in leisure centres etc, although for professionally managed services such as libraries and parks this could be difficult. All in all, this consultation is one of the most important items that we as residents of Bristol can take part in so that we can help to shape our future. Good luck with contributing as much as you can to it!
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ORGAN Elevenses is a popular monthly Saturday morning recital series that takes place at Westbury-on-Trym parish church. The next concert on December 17 will be given by talented young organist Richard Johnson who has chosen a seasonal programme of music. Richard is much in demand locally, and accompanies the City of Bristol Choir and sings with Exultate. Coffee, tea and cake are served from 10.30am and a 40-minute recital on the newly-restored organ at the church from 11am with a large screen projection of the performer. The recitals are given in aid of the parish church organ fund. Occasionally recitals are also given by other solo musicians and choirs. There is a suggested donation of £5 on the door - under 18s are free of charge.
'Decorate a Tree' invitation from Holy Trinity Church A CHRISTMAS Tree Festival is to take place at Holy Trinity Church in Westbury-on-Trym. All the community are invited to join in the project and enter their own individually decorated tree, designed to share in the joy of the season. The Festival will take place from 20 - 23 December, with the delivery of trees from 10.30am on Monday 19 December. Visitors will be welcome between the hours of 10.30am and 4.00pm each day and there will be an opportunity to purchase a few festive items and enjoy some tasty refreshments as well. There will be no charge for entering a tree, although those entering are invited to make a donation which will be put towards the Church’s 1,300th Anniversary Year Appeal. Each tree will be specially decorated and could reflect the nature of a community group or business. There will be no supply of electricity but battery powered lights can be used in the Church. Creating your own tree itself could be part of the project too or some people may prefer to use a traditional garden one. A programme will be produced listing all the organisations and businesses taking part and their displays
which will remain until December 23 when all trees will need to be removed by the sponsors. Verger, Joy Bradle-Roake said: “We see our Church as a focal point in our local Community. This event will be an opportunity for you, your
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n NEWS Henleaze Christmas Services CHRISTMAS Services at Henleaze Trinity-Henleaze United reformed Church, Waterford Road, Henleaze begin with Carols by Candlelight Sunday 18th December, 7pm. Music led by the Keynsham Brass Band. Christmas Eve celebration: All age (family) celebration led by the children of Junior Church based on the traditional Christmas story - Saturday 24th December at 4.00pm. Christmas Eve communion service: Saturday 24th December, 11.30pm. A quiet, reflective communion to start the Christmas day celebrations. Christmas Day service: Sunday 25th December, 10.30am. For more details check out www.thurc.org.uk
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spread more broadly if we are to make sure organisations run lunch that the quality of life for people with a clubs and social groups diagnosis and for their , families and carers Singing for the Brain is as good as possible. and Memory Cafes, carer Early diagnosis helps, and the Dementia Greater role for commu Wellbeing Service, a par support groups and res nities – tne rship between your ideas please the NHS and the Alzhei pite groups but do not mer’s Society, offers THE Council is facing hug e budget pressures support following a dia always feel they reach gnosis. It may be which will require a cha nge of direction ligh t tou ch the info people who would rm atio according to the Mayor n to begin with fol. He argues we lowed by more intensive benefit. There is a challen must work as a city and soc ial and medige to be picked the council must cal help as time goes on. up in Westbury and Hen be not merely a provider Depressingly, 1 leaze (as in other of services but an in 10 peo ple with dementia reported organisation that enable wards) to link those wh s individuals and that o can offer time, help they only left the house communities to help the and friendship with tho once a month mselves and others. se who need it. I am (DFC August 2013), nea How does this work, for one of a small group of rly 70% of those instance, in the case councillors considerpeople felt lonely with of dementia? ing how we can map our limited or no social local communities networks. Less than hal It is estimated that the f of people with and the social infrastruc re are 4,600 ture within them. dementia think their com people living with dem munity has the entia in Bristol. The Corporate Strategy consultation is services they need to hel Most of us know someon p them. open until January 5 and e affected by can be accessed The challenge for Bristol dementia but we may be unsure about is to make our on the Council website. buildings, local busine Paper copies are in its impact and how bes sses and transport t to communicate libr aries and available on req dementia friendly, to ens and help. I found the dem uest (0117 922 ure our care workentia awareness 2848). ers are trained and to roll training offered to cou out ncillors several years dementia PS. You are in a minorit awareness materials in ago very helpful - thank y if you know that schools (young you to Westbury regular exercise and goo people can be very con resident, Tony Hall, wh d diet can reduce fused and upset o delivered part of the risks of dementia. The by seeing a grandpare it. This knowledge and NHS slogan is nt change and not insight must be ‘What is good for the hea understanding why). Chu rt is good for the rches and other head’
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West is sick of being poor relation - MP THE South West – and Bristol in particular – must no longer be the poor relation when it comes to rail improvements, Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie has told a debate in Parliament. Ms Leslie, a vocal campaigner for rail, secured a Westminster Hall debate which saw MPs from across the region express their concern that parts of the project to electrify the Great Western Main Line have been ‘deferred’. One of the deferred sections is the part of the line between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads. Government ministers insisted the project will happen but were not drawn on a new timeframe. They said the improvements which were happening would cut journey times to London and passengers would enjoy better trains with more seats. Ms Leslie said: “There is deep concern that the recent Government announcement over electrification deferral yet again appears to leave the South West region trailing behind other areas of the country in terms of transport infrastructure investment. “This is a region that boasts exciting opportunities, is fast-growing, and desperately needs the kind of focus on rail investment that we have seen in HS2 and Crossrail.” She also said she had worries over the ability of the statesupported Network Rail to deliver projects both on time and to budgets. Charlotte told rail minister Paul Maynard: “It has become
Charlotte being interviewed by BBC Points West after the debate almost a matter of course over many years, spanning various governments, to expect any rail project to go way over budget and way over time. If Britain is to stand a chance of competing globally, this simply is not good enough. “I would be most grateful if the Minister could outline what he sees as the main challenges in – not just his, but any government – delivering fit-forpurpose infrastructure projects, under the systems we currently have? I’d be particularly interested to know what levers he, the Minister, has for holding
Network Rail – a state function - to account?” She also said that there were fears that Bristol’s Metrowest – already ‘downgraded’ to just a Henbury Spur – could be further affected by deferral of the electrification of the Thames Valley Branches on the planned cascade of the Thames Turbo Class 165/6 rolling stock to the West of England. She said local decision makers had already missed opportunities over the Henbury Loop and there would be anger if there were further setbacks. She also drew a comparison
with the huge cost of HS2, the high speed project connecting the north and south of the country, and the relatively small cost of electrification. Charlotte said: “This is about the South West being sick of feeling the poor relation in our nation’s transport projects while other High Speed projects go roaring on. “This is about real concern that this is somehow the thin edge of a wedge that will see all the progress we have made – and of which I have been so proud - over the last six years melt away.”
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Community is strength of our city AS many of you will now know, our city is facing a budget gap of £92million over the next five years and together we face tough choices in order to address this. We’ve released a document called our Draft Corporate Strategy which spells out some of these choices and our ideas for how we could approach this challenge. You can read this in full at www.bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy or request a hard copy on 0117 922 2848. We are currently running a public consultation to get your thoughts on this plan and to hear your ideas for how we can address this budget deficit. During November we conducted a series of public events across the city and I am grateful to all those who attended and took part in the discussion. Your thoughts and ideas will be considered carefully alongside the results of the consultation survey. The changes we’ve proposed will affect us
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a range of services in the city. In this way, you as individuals can be part of the solution. Please do share your ideas with us at www. bristol.gov.uk/corpstrategy before Thursday 5 January 2017. Also in November, I was pleased to launch the city’s first Clean Streets campaign, in partnership with Bristol Waste Company. This three year campaign aims to make Bristol measurably cleaner by 2020, working with individuals, community groups, schools and businesses to take collective responsibility for keeping the streets clean. We should and we can be as clean as cities such as Zurich, Tokyo and Singapore. We can achieve this if everyone who lives, works, learns or plays here takes pride in the city and works with us and with those who have the job of keeping the city clean, tidy and working. You can find out more at www.bristolwastecompany. co.uk Whether it is through the discussions we are having together on the draft corporate strategy, or through new campaigns like Clean Streets – we have an opportunity to reassess the way we run this city and make sure that it can work for everyone. I was elected on the promise of trying to make this city a cleaner, fairer place to live and I still strongly believe that together we can make this happen.
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n NEWS Badock’s Wood - the future in spotlight THE current five year Management Plan for the ten hectare site of Badock’s Wood, which lies between Henleaze and Southmead, runs until March 2017. The Friends are reviewing and revising the plan for 2017 - 2022. If you would like to comment on the plan please look at the current Management Plan on the Friends of Badock’s Wood (FOBW) website www.fobw.co.uk and email your comments or queries. The deadline for comments is December 19, 2016.
Winter tree dressing event is free fun for all the family ALL are invited to join Friends of Badock’s Wood (FOBW) on Saturday 10 December between 2pm and 3.30pm to make decorations and dress the trees with birds, leaves and wishes and make some decorations to take home for your tree. FOBW Secretary Francis Robertson said: “We will be dressing trees near Badock’s Wood Northern Gateway, Doncaster Road.
This is a free family event, and people of all ages are welcome! “Last year’s tree dressing included birds and leaves with families writing what they love about trees and Badock’s Wood and what they wish for the wood. Even dogs put their paw prints on the decorations.” This event follows on from National Tree
week (Nov 26 - Dec 4) which was introduced by the Tree Council in 1975 as a week to celebrate trees and highlight threats to them.
St Ursula’s Juniors take a clutch of titles at Avon County Badminton tournament FOLLOWING up on their U14 Bronze medals in the National Junior Badminton League in May, St Ursula’s Juniors club players have had more success in the Junior Avon County Championships this Autumn. More than 100 girls and boys in age categories from under-12s to under-18s, representing 15 schools and clubs, descended on the Wellsway School Sports Centre to produce 228 matches over two full-on days of enthralling singles and doubles action. In the U12 Category, St Ursula’s Prarthana Reddy won the Girls Singles title & was also runner up in the Girls Doubles playing with Jasmine Sappal also of St Ursula’s. Fabio Soldani was part of the boy’s doubles team taking the silver medal. In the U16 category, St Ursula’s Players almost had clean sweep. William Mulleney had a very close final, winning the final game 21-20 to take the title for St Ursula’s & Hannah Warren had
a fantastic tournament winning both the Girls Singles & then the Girls Doubles with Izzy Mullen. In the Boys Doubles Joe Warren & Om Reddy took the silver medal for St Ursula’s. Avon Badminton development officer Penny Shears said: “It was wonderful to see so many boys and girls in four different age groups packing
the sports hall over the two days and watched by so many spectators and helpers. “While the fun and enjoyment aspects were clearly there, the competitive factor was always apparent and some of the quality of badminton on show was of a very high standard, possibly the highest we have seen at this tournament.”
St Ursula's Junior Badminton club runs on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings. The club is thriving and on Sunday mornings, where they operate pay and play sessions, often 30 to 40 children turn up to play from as little as six years old. For more details see www. stursulasbadminton.co.uk/ juniors
Henleaze Heritage launches new title LOCAL author Veronica Bowerman’s latest e-book in the Henleaze Heritage range is out now, entitled Henleaze Connections – Some Fascinating Folk and Facts. Veronica said: “This book highlights some of the diverse and interesting folk who have lived in Henleaze from the 1800s. The Romans passed through the area much earlier but we can find no conclusive evidence that they stayed for any length of time. “I also mention a few people who have left their mark on Henleaze although they did not reside there. Some others only lived in Henleaze for a few short years but then went on to make their impact elsewhere, some globally.” The latter part of the book covers various properties in the area and their occupants as well as updates on some of the interesting historic buildings and lodges. Those who remember shopping in Harbury Road may find it interesting to read about the changes that have taken place
Food and friendship marks Abbeyfield’s 60th anniversary ABBEYFIELD is marking its 60th anniversary with the launch of its national Companionship at Christmas campaign, bringing food and friendship for isolated older people living in the communities around its homes across the country, one of which is based in Westbury Road. The older people's charity is holding nationwide events where Abbeyfield houses will be offering plenty of festive food-focused events, from coffee mornings to mince pies and carols, as well as overnight stays for over-55s who would otherwise be waking up to an empty house on December 25. Communal cake baking sessions took place across the country in Abbeyfield houses and homes. Those who joined in were encouraged to come back to help ‘feed’ the cake they created together with a Christmas tipple, while building new friendships that will last long after the tinsel comes down and the tree is packed away.
Christmas concert for BDAA there over the years. Veronica added: “The reader may find that a few of the people included are already known to him or her. Some may seem to be quite ordinary, but all of them have played their part in the enthralling social history of the Henleaze area.” See link for more details: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ Veronica-Bowerman/e/ B001JS6O7U
AN extravaganza of music for young and old is being held at Westbury-on-Trym Baptist Church in Reedly Road on December 10 at 7.30pm. The concert is in aid of Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA) and there will be a performance of O Radiant Dawn by Cantanti, directed by Tony Peck. BDAA Chairman Tony Hall said: “Come and join us - it promises to be a good night and one that get’s you in the mood for Christmas.” BDAA obtained charity status earlier this year and provides Dementia awareness training to community groups and businesses all to make Bristol THE Dementia friendly city. Call Annie at the church office for tickets on 0117 962 9990, £8 (£7 conc.) including refreshments. Tickets will also be on sale at the Henleaze Christmas Fair.
Duke of Kent visits leading homelessness charity in the city HRH The Duke of Kent visited leading homeless charity St Mungo’s in November to talk with clients and staff at their renovated New Street Centre in St Judes. The Duke, who has been a patron of the charity since 2009, planted a commemorative tree in the urban garden at the centre to grow alongside the beautiful wild flowers and plants that the charity’s Putting Down Roots team has cultivated over the last two years. His visit marked the reopening of the New Street Centre following renovation and redesign. Corporate sponsors Tesco, Unite Students and Barratt homes generously supplied materials, furnishings and staff time to transform the space which has supported more than 270 clients over the last year. St Mungo’s has 22 projects across the city, providing
outreach to people who are rough sleeping, helping them to find a way off the streets, and offering accommodation, skills and mental health support services within the Bristol community. Robert Napier CBE, Chair of St Mungo’s Board, who hosted this Royal visit, said: “We were very proud to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent and show him a snapshot of the services St Mungo’s offers to the people of Bristol. “The New Street Centre is an important base for our work to end homelessness and help people rebuild their lives.” Barbara, former client and now a support worker within St Mungo’s women’s services said: “The New Street Centre and the Putting Down Roots project was the best thing I could have done to aid my recovery. It came along during a very difficult time and it helped me to focus on what I needed to do to recover.”
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SOUTHMEAD Hospital Charity has launched this year’s Christmas Appeal to raise money to buy presents for every patient and every baby who is in one of North Bristol NHS Trust’s hospitals over the festive period. “For most of us, Christmas is a fun time to spend at home with family. But some people will be spending Christmas away from their loved ones, in hospital. With our Christmas Appeal we want to make that time a little bit better for them,” explained the Charity’s Community Appeals Manager, Adrian Brown. “With everyone’s help we can give our patients who are here over Christmas something to unwrap on Christmas Day. We also want to thank our staff who will be hard at work here.” There are lots of ways people in Henleaze and Westbury can support the Charity’s Christmas Appeal and help spread some sparkle at Southmead. The Great Brunel Buskathon Christmas Special Pop in to Southmead Hospital’s Brunel building for live music on most days throughout December and make a donation to the Christmas Appeal. Performers will also be in Broadmead on Friday 2 December,
and John Lewis on the weekend of 10 - 11 December. Knit a wonky-eyed teddy Knit a wonky-eyed teddy to give as a woolly gift to a baby who is in hospital. Follow the simple pattern, choose a special name for your teddy, and send it in. Dedicate a decoration For £5 dedicate a decoration to someone you love, or miss, or just want to thank to decorate our special tree at the hospital. The Festive Sock Drop Simply buy a pair of festive socks and drop them off at the Charity – they’ll be given as part of the Christmas presents for patients.
Charity Christmas Float which will be on tour around North Bristol, raising money for our Emergency Department. Festive Bake Well cake sales Pop in to the Brunel building for a festive treat on Mondays and Wednesdays, or host your own festive Bake Well sale at your school, work or club. Full details of all of the Appeal’s activities including the full list of Buskathon performances, teddy pattern and Float timetable are on our website: www. southmeadhospitalcharity/christmas
John Lewis Christmas Display Visit the cosy Christmas room set which will be on display in the Brunel building from 1 December, thanks to the generosity of John Lewis Cribbs Causeway. Take a selfie in the armchair, post it online using #SHCXmas, and make a donation! Charity Christmas Float Keep an eye out for the Southmead Hospital
World's biggest open-air art gallery SCHOOLS, community groups and artistic members of public from all over Bristol are all invited design a banner for display on the Gloucester Road. A new scheme to feature giant art banners along this wellknown independent shopping street has been launched by the Gloucester Road Traders, the Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Neighbourhood Partnership and North Bristol Artists. There will about 30 banners, approximately two metres tall, attached to lampposts, with artwork and words inspired by Gloucester Road and all it offers. Each banner is double sided so can have different images on either side and can be in place for up to five years. The banners will create a fantastic visual impact to the street scene - an open air Art Gallery up Gloucester Road. The words and images will inform passersby of all the fantastic shops and activities in the area. The hope is to encourage people to leave
their cars behind in order to stroll up and down the high street, admiring the art and learning about the wide range of shops, galleries, health, beauty or spiritual centres, cafes, restaurants and bars. The project is being put together by North Bristol Artist Sarah Thorp, whose Gloucester Road gallery, Room 212, shows work by a huge range of Bristol artists. Sarah said: “It’s a fantastic way for Bristol artists to show their art to every member of the community for years to come. If we can put banners up the whole road we will have created the longest outdoor art exhibition in the world!” Everyone is invited to submit artwork and there’s space for over 60 images. All you need to do is create a piece of art to reflect a word, idea or image inspired by Gloucester Road, shopping local or the joys of living in Bristol. Artwork can be as graphic or abstract as you like but it will need to work in a large
format – around two metres high by 80cm wide. Well-known artists such as Alex Lucas, Jenny Urquhart, Cath Read and Hannah Broadway have already offered their artwork for the project and
others are being approached. The deadline for submission of artwork is February. For more information got to the Gloucester Road Art Banners web page at www.glosrdcentral. co.uk
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Yoga Pose of the Month:
2. Reach down and press your fingers and thumb tips onto the floor in line with your shoulders and look up. Roll your shoulders back. Take one or two breaths.
(Standing Forward Bend Pose) Continuing the sequence begun in September, this classic yoga pose should be done as part of the sequence, once youâ€™ve warmed up a little. If youâ€™ve missed any months in the sequence, contact diana@ yogawest.co.uk Practice time: 20 to 60 seconds. Benefits: Brings flexibility through the pelvis and spine. Wakes up the hamstrings. Relieves mental strain and physical tiredness. Soothes the mind.
3. With an exhalation, extend your torso down and release your head toward the floor.
1. Stand up straight and tall on your yoga mat, with your feet hipwidth apart. Holding your legs firm, raise your arms above your head, palms facing forward. Exhale and sweeping your arms forward and down, bend forward from the hips
4. If possible, slide your hands beside your feet. To bend further forward, lift your inner thighs up into your pelvis and lift your sit bones away from your back thighs. Press down through the outer edges of your feet. If possible, press your palms back and down. Allow your breath to become quiet and even.
Practice note: If your hands do not reach the floor without bending your legs, hold your shin-bones or place your hands on blocks. Those with herniated discs: do not practice the final pose where the head is down. Drawings and posture text reproduced by kind permission of Bobby Clennell, a senior Iyengar teacher in New York.
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Volunteers sought for library activities VOLUNTEERS have been hard at work across Bristol, giving a helping hand at their local libraries. At Avonmouth Library volunteers helped us to give one to one support for people wanting to get online and learn basic IT skills. Young volunteers at Henleaze Library helped to sign up children to the Summer Reading Challenge and support them choosing new books to earn their prizes. Now the library service is looking for volunteers across libraries in the North West of Bristol to lead either weekly or monthly sessions for members of the community. There are volunteers carrying out these roles in other libraries across the city and we want to spread this success. Reminiscence Group Volunteers will lead monthly sessions with a small group of people to share memories and reminisce. It is great way to make friends and learn something new over a cup of tea.
The Reminiscence Group at Wick Road Library Code Club Volunteers will lead weekly sessions for children aged 8-11 to learn basic coding techniques. The lessons are pre-planned and there is lots of flexibility to inspire creativity. Volunteers have particularly found it rewarding to watch the progress being made by each child.
Our first Bristol Shares Reading Volunteers have been inducted recently as part of a new project with The Reader. The volunteers will run weekly sessions with adults to share short stories out loud whilst sparking conversation about the characters and plots. If you would like to volunteer
for Bristol Libraries then contact Nia Crouch at libraries. email@example.com or speak to your local library to find out more. If you would like to find out what library groups you could join take a look at our website https://www.bristol.gov. uk/libraries-archives.
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BEFORE you hang up the baubles and switch on the fairy lights please do one thing that could save your life - look in the mirror and check your mouth! By becoming familiar with your mouth, knowing what it looks like, means it will be easier to spot any changes. Mouth cancer can appear in different forms and can affect all parts of the mouth, lips, tongue and throat. Look for changes in your mouth: - ulcers that do not heal within 2 to 3 weeks - red and white patches - unusual lumps or swellings
ON Thursday December 8, the Henleaze Ladies Choir will be holding their Christmas Charity Concert conducted by Jane English with Matthew Thomas at the piano. The event will take place at 2pm in St Peter’s Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze and they will be joined by the children of the ‘Bristol Voices’ choir. The programme will be very varied. Why not join them for an afternoon of pleasant music and get in the Christmas mood? The concert will be followed by tea and mince pies. Entrance is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the local charity St Peter’s Hospice.
IF IN DOUBT, GET IT CHECKED OUT. Visit your dentist or doctor immediately if you suspect any change. Risk factors for mouth cancer include; smoking, excess alcohol, HPV, poor diet, sun exposure to lips and tobacco chewing habits. Although, anyone can get mouth cancer, whether you have teeth or not. Next time you brush your teeth or clean your dentures, check your mouth. If in doubt, visit your dentist or doctor to get it checked out!
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TV’s Kylie pays visit to St Peter's hospice ITV West Country newsreader, Kylie Pentelow, paid a special visit to St Peter’s Hospice to meet with patients, volunteers and staff. During the visit to Bristol’s only adult hospice Kylie took a tour of the facilities including the day hospice, the in-patient unit, the education centre and the Garden Room, where art and music therapy takes place. Kylie said: “This is the first time I've visited St Peter's Hospice and both staff and patients made me feel so welcome. As the only adult hospice in Bristol, the work St Peter's Hospice does is invaluable. “It has been great to chat with patients - but also the staff and brilliant volunteers who keep the fantastic hospice running. “My father David was in a hospice when he died of skin cancer last year - so I know personally the vital work they do.” Johnny Flanagan, head of supporter relations at St
Peter’s Hospice, said: “Patients, volunteers and staff at St Peter’s Hospice were thrilled to meet Kylie. She met patients at the day hospice and inpatient unit and talked to the chefs about the food that is prepared with lots of thought and love for each person. Many of the patients watch ITV news so they enjoyed talking to Kylie about the programme.” As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts. To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice please visit www. stpetershospice.org
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Joe’s Bakery has a shiny new front fascia, making the good quality bakes it has always provided at its shop on Gloucester Road look even tastier. Preparations for Christmas are well underway with the first mince pies available in the shop now. Mince pies are always a popular item, with four or five different types on offer, and the bakery expects to sell up to 16,000 in the run up to Christmas. The Gloucester Road central bakery has been owned by Jane and Martin Hunt since 1990, and will be open during the Gloucester Road Traders Fair on December 1st offering a full range of traditional Christmas cakes, yule logs, stollen and novelty children’s cakes as well as their range of classic, artisan
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New Year’s resolutions that work I WISH you each a very special Holiday filled with love and joy followed by success in any changes you’d like to make for 2017. Though the general feeling is that New Year’s resolutions are not often realised a lot of people do achieve some level of success. What is the difference between those who succeed and those who fail? Let’s look at a common resolution, ‘to lose weight’. Unless we put an action in place we are unlikely to produce any results. But what action will produce results? The latest fad diet is usually something done for a specific period of time and then it’s back to business as usual. Some will be successful in achieving a weight
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Successful season for Westbury’s Flour & Ash launches daytime bakery Golden Hill Sonics
GOLDEN Hill Sonics have had a great season so far. Around 170 children are playing football regularly which is fantastic when you consider we started out with a few helpful parents and jumpers for goalposts in Canford Park a decade ago! We are now a FA Charter Standard Club which has, at one end, an enthusiastic under 7’s squad and, at the other, an under 18’s team competing in the Premier Division of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Combination League. All the children have been looking very smart every week this year due to their fantastic new kits – we are grateful to our sponsors ComputerRight and CartridgeRight. We are delighted to be part of Golden Hill Sports, home of Bristol YMCA Cricket Club, and together we have been working very hard to secure an Aviva Community Grant to fix the balcony on our clubhouse. It has been inspiring to see the whole club and the local community
pulling together for the benefit of everyone – a local bridge club also uses our facilities. On the pitch we have seen some fantastic matches in recent weeks. Our youngest teams have been enjoying 5-a-side friendlies, the under 9’s and 10’s play 7-a-side friendlies and the under 11’s/12’s play 9-a-side. Our under 13’s have made the transition to 11-a-side (playing in the Avon Youth League Division 3) and our under 14’s have enjoyed a number of recent victories to put them top of the new Severn Valley Youth League. Our under 16’s have been playing some great football this season and are enjoying some very competitive matches in Division 4 of the Avon Youth League. We are lucky to be able to play on a brilliant pitch at Golden Hill and are hoping the recent change in weather doesn’t stop the children enjoying their football every weekend in the run up to Christmas! Andy Edwards
BRISTOL’S award winning pizza restaurant, Flour & Ash, has announced an exciting new development with the launch of a daytime bakery and café in its Westbury-on-Trym branch. Steve Gale, owner of Flour & Ash, which has two sites in Bristol, on Cheltenham Road and in Westbury village said: “We’ve been cooking pizzas for the folks in Westbury for a year now and I’m delighted that our second venue has been so well received. We have an incredible wood fired oven on site that we can use not only to make our pizzas, but to bake bread and cook creative wood oven centric breakfasts and brunch dishes. We have also employed an awesome pastry chef to prepare cakes and pastries, so, starting on 7 December, that’s what we’re going to do!” The café will open at 8am each morning serving coffee, a
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Every vote counts for Golden Hill community project ALL fingers are crossed for Golden Hill Sports and Social Club who have been selected as finalists in this year’s Aviva Community Fund. The community group have been getting their friends, family and colleagues to vote for them to win a £25,000 award and clocked up a magnificent tally of 26,589 votes. The group behind the push for votes said: “We all have every right to be proud of what’s been achieved - regardless of what the judges ultimately determine, we have demonstrated that as a community we more than care and are prepared to come together and give it our all. Chris Drew, from the group, added: “Since 2007 when the charity was formed the priority of our fundraising efforts has been to repay the loan we took out to complete the purchase of the sports ground. We are very pleased to say we are on target to do this by August next year and
we consider ourselves extremely fortunate for the tremendous support we have received from the local community throughout this period in helping us achieve this. “The pavilion at the ground is 50 years old and now in real need of upgrading and this is the next project for which we aim to raise funds once the loan is paid off. Winning the Aviva award would allow us to get this work off to a flying start by refurbishing the balcony to the benefit of everyone that uses and visits the ground to play sport and attend community events.” After becoming a registered charity in 2007, the club completed the purchase of Golden Hill Sports ground in April 2008. Financial support from club members, local residents and grant agencies enabled the club to reach the £230,000 required to purchase the ground thus ensuring that it will be used in perpetuity
for community sports. Each year since fundraising events, including Party in the Park, have been held to pay back the loan. The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause and is open to everyone. The competition encourages entrants to spread the word widely using
all kinds of media, which is what the Golden Hill community has done, asking everyone who uses the facility to lend their support. The projects with the most votes are entered into the final and each community project goes on to be judged by a panel. The winners will be announced on January 10, 2017.