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Record crowds enjoy Party in the Park
Library future becomes clear
Reduced hours and more volunteers are planned for Westbury Library, now it has been saved from closure.
Page 5 Casamia pair to quit Westbury
The owners of Michelin-starred Casamia will move the restaurant to central Bristol in the New Year after sixteen years in Westbury.
Pages 8 & 9 Sixth form plan for Free School
Bristol Free School expects building work to start in January on its sixth form, which will open to students next September.
Page 17 Beating the drum at a record-breaking Party in the Park A RECORD attendance at the ninth Party in the Park at Golden Hill Sports Ground in Henleaze is a bonus for the whole community. With more than 3,200 people
of all ages enjoying the fun, the profit for the Golden Hill Sports & Social Club topped £12,000 this year – also a record. It ‘s another step towards securing the future of the six-
acre ground for use by residents not only in Henleaze, but also in neighbouring Westburyon-Trym, Westbury Park and Horfield. Turn to Page 22
Laurence pedals length of land Laurence Chandler, 12, has become the youngest cyclist to complete a solo ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
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mayoral candidate HENLEAZE has hosted the first political Open Primary in Bristol. The Conservatives took the unique step of opening up the selection process for their 2016 mayoral candidate to all members of the community. From the candidates who put themselves forward they shortlisted Councillor Charles Lucas and Steve Smith to go head-to-head at the Primary at the Newman Hall. Cllr Lucas represents Clifton on Bristol City Council. Mr Smith, who lives in Westbury, is Practice Manager at Emersons Green Medical Centre. The audience of 200 needed to have registered in advance. They had to be Bristol residents and on the electoral register. Pre-submitted questions to both candidates were followed by questions from the floor.
Then members of the audience over 18 took part in a secret ballot from which Cllr Lucas emerged as the winner with more than 50% of the votes. He was elected to the Council in 2013 and has acted as cabinet adviser for business change, arts, culture and sports. He said: “My aim in standing to be Mayor is to make Bristol an even better place for the residents of the city. “I love Bristol and want to see it thrive, whilst looking to improve our public transport provision, combat the housing crisis and particularly see an end to homelessness in the city. “I am a serving school governor and will push for a continuing improvement in the provision of education in Bristol which has been neglected for so long.
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“I also believe we need to drive the city forward by attracting investment in housing and jobs whilst maintaining a Conservative approach to budgetary prudence. The Council can help far more than it is by relaxing controls where necessary to make it easier for business to grow, expand and create jobs.” The mayoral election takes place on May 5th 2016, the same day as local government elections
and the Police and Crime Commissioner election. The Conservatives are thought to be outsiders in the contest. Labour are likely to provide the biggest threat to George Ferguson. Marvin Rees, who lost to Ferguson last time round, beat Councillor Mark Bradshaw to secure the Labour nomination. The Green Party are also tipped to poll well.
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Advertising Feature A NEW company specialising in providing high quality care for older people in their own homes, has opened in North Bristol. Home Instead Bristol North is owned by John Moore who has lived in Bristol for over 30 years. John is looking to create 50 new jobs caring for clients across Sneyd Park, Sea Mills, Stoke Bishop, Westbury-on-Trym, Henleaze and surrounding areas. Up until just a couple of years ago, father of three, John was working in a very different sector but was searching for ways to ‘make a difference’. John was born in Devon, came to University in Bristol in 1983 and decided to settle here. Corporate career moves took John & his wife Anna to Holland and then Switzerland, but when it came to moving back in the 1990s, they
Caring man launches care company knew Bristol was the place they wanted to raise a family. John successfully progressed up the career ladder in the manufacturing and technology sector but continued to feel a pull towards working more tangibly for the greater good. John explained: “It took a series of events for me to reach the point where I was ready to make the changes I wanted. I had a serious accident a few years ago and then gained a true understanding of how important great care is - in fact I was inspired by the care and compassion showed by the medical & nursing staff that looked after me.” John then returned to working with technology companies until one day, he had an epiphany and realised that he just wasn’t on the path he really wanted to be on. He said, “When I heard
about the opportunity to open up a Home Instead Senior Care office in North Bristol, I couldn’t believe it. It struck such a chord inside me that I knew ‘this is it!’ - something that really makes a difference to people lives, when they most need it.” In opening Home Instead in North Bristol, John will be helping his clients to continue living independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible. John is totally committed to providing quality care and realises that having time to care is one of the most important issues, which is why visits from Home Instead caregivers are a minimum of one hour. He says: “We provide care as it should be, relationshipcentred, and I am really proud to be able to bring Home Instead to my local community. The way in which care is delivered can make
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News Library saved – hours to be cut and volunteers needed
The uncertainty is over. Westbury-on-Trym Library has been saved. Mayor George Ferguson took the decision at Bristol City Council Cabinet on September 1st, and also gave the go-ahead for a reduction in hours. There are 25 libraries affected by this, including Westbury. They will have a 25% reduction applied to their current opening hours with effect from March 31st 2016. Westbury currently opens for 39.5 hours a week, so the new formula suggests a reduction to around 29-30 hours. Apart from opening hours, two other changes to current practice are now expected. The library service will be trying to recruit volunteers to work alongside library staff, and swipe card access during closing hours is being planned. Councillor Geoff Gollop, who
has led the ‘Save the Library’ campaign, is optimistic about the potential level of volunteering in Westbury. “What I hope can emerge from the great support we had here is that volunteers from Westbury and Henleaze might like to help at other less well supported libraries in the city,” he told Voice. “I also think that the library service should establish links with schools libraries, primary and secondary. “If schools agreed, public libraries could be promoted to their students and that could influence parents too.” New software to enable swipe card access to unmanned libraries is being developed across the region, and the plan is to trial it for three months in Bristol from April 2016. “Four libraries will be chosen
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What you should do if your pet is drinking excessively
ome owners will bring their pet into us because of a change in their thirst or appetite. Increased thirst (polydipsia) is often picked up on because owners find they are topping up the water bowl more often or noticing that their pet is urinating more frequently. In some cases it might be because they have started having urinary accidents in the house. A number of conditions can lead to polydipsia and we often need to do further tests to try and work out what the underlying cause is. In many cases increased thirst can be due to something straightforward such as a change in diet or hot weather, but in other cases we may need to dig a little deeper. As an owner you can help us with this investigation by measuring your pet’s water intake over a few days to get an average of how much water they are consuming. This allows us to calculate whether it is truly excessive for their weight/size or not. Also try and note their appetite and general demeanour and whether there are any other symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhoea. You could even try to bring a urine sample from your pet to the initial consultation. We can look at several things from a basic urine sample, such as measuring the concentration and checking for traces of blood or glucose (sugar).
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Depending on the animal’s history and physical examination we may suggest a blood test as the next step. We sometimes send the urine to an external lab for additional tests, especially if we are suspicious of urinary tract infections or underlying kidney problems. A general blood screen gives us an idea as to how well your pet’s organs are functioning. It can help highlight issues such as liver impairment, infections, kidneys problems and diabetes. This allows us to recommend a specific treatment or may lead us on to further diagnostic tests. We sometimes see underlying hormonal conditions that can cause polydipsia and these often require very specific blood and urine tests, which may be suggested based on the initial screen results. The most important thing to remember is that it is best to get these things looked at early on, as many of the conditions that cause polydipsia can be successfully treated or managed. As previously mentioned, the causes of polydipsia are very varied, so the best thing to do is bring your pet in so we can start the process of investigating further, discussing the reasons and the options at each step. If you have any concerns about your pet then please book an appointment today on 01173355999 to come in and speak to us!
Was a ‘Large Gold’ good enough for Westbury in Bloom? THE questions we posed last month were whether Westbury-onTrym could keep up its run of floral success and whether it could win Bristol in Bloom’s ‘Best Shopping Area’ Award for the twelfth consecutive year. The answer to the first is an emphatic Yes. The judges have told Westbury in Bloom that a ‘Large Gold Award’ is coming our way. The answer to the second is that no-one quite knows what a ‘Large Gold’ is. By the time you read this, all should be clear. The prize giving at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate on October 1st will have cleared up the mystery. Arthur Brice, the man behind Westbury’s sustained floral excellence, has been trying to get to the bottom of it. “To the best of my knowledge Bristol in Bloom have not previously awarded a Large Gold”, he told Voice. “I know Large Gold is sometimes awarded for excellence by the Royal Horticultural Society. “Undoubtedly we’ve really impressed the judges, but we don’t actually know whether we are the stand-out winner, or whether places like Clifton and Bedminster will be judged to have reached a similar standard. “Also we are not sure whether the ‘Best Shopping Area ‘ award (which Westbury has won for the past 11 years) has been altered in some way. We look forward to revealing all next month. And whatever the outcome, enjoy those marvellous flowers in the village and Stoke Lane.
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I’VE just finished a wonderful book, “Do no Harm” which is an account of neurosurgeon Henry Marsh’s career. As with all great factual books, it reads like fiction: each chapter is named after a tumour and follows a particular patient, their surgery, their outcome. Mr Marsh grows in humility and wisdom through the story. One chapter recounts his work with NICE. This much maligned “Death Committee” receives negative press from tabloid, broadsheet, drug companies. some health care professionals, US politicians and even me in the past! Wisdom comes with age and I have learned, from watching the decisions made about subjects I know a little about, that NICE is usually right. A thoroughly recommended read. Myopia Control Myopia or short-sightedness, is the eye condition where near objects are clear, but objects
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News Brothers take Casamia into Bristol JONRAY and Peter SanchezIglesias, co-owners of Westburyon-Trym’s Michelin-starred restaurant Casamia, are moving to a new location on the site of the former Bristol General Hospital in January 2016. Casamia was established in November 1999. The former trattoria of the Sanchez-Iglesias family now famously offers one menu, changing with the season, using the best British produce available. In 2007 the brothers researched how Japanese restaurants are influenced by seasonal change, not just in terms of the dishes served but also using soft furnishings and decor to reflect the four seasons. Casamia adopted the idea and over the last few years have developed it to include all the senses - taste, sight, hearing, smell and touch. Their menus reflect childhood memories, trips they
Jonray and Peter SanchezInglesias will prepare their last meals in Westburyon-Trym at Christmas take and people they have met. As an example, they drew inspiration from holidays on the
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help of their team, have earned some impressive accolades. As well as the coveted Michelin star, which they have held since 2009, they have four AA rosettes, an entry in the Top 50 Restaurant listing in the Waitrose Good Food Guide and their Chefs of the Year award 2015. They were also declared as Gordon Ramsay’s Best Restaurant in 2010 and have won the Bristol Good Food Awards’ Best Restaurant title for the past three successive years. Speaking about the move, Jonray said: “Our Westbury restaurant has given us so many wonderful memories and it will forever hold a place in our hearts, but we’re incredibly excited about starting Casamia’s next chapter at The General. Peter added: “As Bristol boys we obviously saw no reason to look any further than the BS postcode. And with the spacious dining room, stunning views and great location it’s the perfect place for us to push our high standards to the next level. “With our existing team at the
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helm we hope to delight guests with a truly high quality dining experience they have come to expect from us.” Casamia’s new fine dining venue, which will occupy one of the ground level units at The General overlooking the harbourside, will continue to offer seasonal tasting menus, focusing on the best British produce available. There is no news yet on how the Westbury restaurant will be used after the brothers depart.
BRISTOL Playgoers’ 2015/16 season is now underway at the Newman Hall in Henleaze. The club is presenting a varied programme of rehearsed play readings, performed on stage with costumes, set, lighting and sound effects. This season’s plays include works by a variety of leading playwrights past and present. Pre-Christmas dates and plays are: 6th October - Mary Shelley by Helen Edmundson; 20th October – Comic Potential by Alan Ayckbourn; 25th November – Suddenly at Home by Francis Durbridge; 15th December two one act plays – Rats by Agatha Christie and I Spy by John Mortimer. The readings take place before audiences of club members, guests and visitors. Visitor tickets are £5.50 and can be purchased on the door. Annie Beavis, President of Bristol Playgoers, said: “We encourage people to attend as visitors or guests during the coming season and would be delighted if some chose to join us. “Our varied programme and short periods of rehearsal make us an ideal option for people who can’t commit to the long rehearsal schedules required by many clubs or who want to begin or extend their amateur theatre involvement through rehearsed readings.” Bristol Playgoers also has several social events planned for the coming season and will continue to support the POD children’s charity this year. Find out more about Bristol Playgoers at www. bristolplaygoersclub.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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NINE students at Badminton School in Westbury-on-Trym have made a royal start to the academic year by winning awards in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition. The girls’ success in the top international creative writing contest came in the week that the Queen becomes Britain’s longestreigning monarch. Their essays, on the theme of “A Young Commonwealth”, were chosen from contributions from 13,000 young people in 49 countries. Entrants were invited to share their hopes and concerns for the future, and wrote about issues such as poverty, sustainable development, gender inequality, child labour and universal education. In the UK, only nine gold awards were made in the 14-18 years senior class, with three going to Badminton Year 10 students Laura, Catherine and Nicole. Classmate Alexandra also won one of 19 UK senior
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Engineer Jenny inspires RHS girls GIRLS at Redland High School career, and it is obvious that it had the privilege of hearing a is continuing to support girls by keynote speech from alumna giving them the tools they need Jenny Body OBE at their recent to set them up for life.” annual prize giving ceremony at Jenny’s speech will the Wills Memorial Building. undoubtedly inspire Redland’s Jenny has worked as a young women, many of whom professional engineer in the excelled at the STEM subjects Aerospace Industry for more this year. Over 80% of all pupils than 40 years and was the first who sat their A Levels at Redland ever female president of the High in 2015 studied at least one Royal Aeronautical Society. STEM subject, and over 70% of She spends much of her time the grades awarded in biology, promoting the study of the STEM chemistry, physics, mathematics subjects, science, technology, and further mathematics were engineering and mathematics. top A*/A grades. Jenny said: “It is fantastic Miss Stephanie Ferro, to return to the school 44 years Headmistress at Redland High, since I have graduated and see said: “Prize giving is always an that the girls who study here extremely important event as now are just as enthusiastic, we take time to recognise the intelligent and generous as ever. incredible achievements of our “I am honoured to be girls. further encourage Redland High awarding them prizes for the “We were honoured to Girls to reach for the sky.” quality of their characters and welcome Old Girl Jenny Body Redland High School for their academic achievements. OBE to the event, and I feel Girls Opening Morning is on CGSSixth_HenleazeWestburyVoice_QP_23.07.15_AW.pdf “Redland High gave me an certain that her incredible 1 23/07/2015 October11:45 17, starting at 9.15am. excellent start to my future achievements in Aeronautics will Contact Admissions Secretary
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Education Bristol Free School invites students to first Sixth Form Open Evening THE first Sixth Form Open Evening at Bristol Free School will be on Wednesday November 12th when current Year 11 students, together with students at other schools, are invited to hear what is planned. With capital funding approved, building work on the Sixth Form Centre is due to start in January. It involves conversion of an existing building close to the main Teaching Block. It will be ready to open its doors to the new Year 12 in September 2016. Headteacher Richard Clutterbuck said: “Our year groups are now 150, and the new Sixth Form will be at the same level, with an eventual total of 300 students in Years 12 and 13. “Our first Year 12 will be the original Year 7 cohort when the school opened in 2011 – our founding students. “We now have 115 in that year, so we will be delighted to welcome new students from across the city to join them up to a maximum of 150. “At the Open Evening we will have confirmed details of A Level and other courses available from 2016/17, and we will also be able to show students and parents the plans and design details of the centre.” Mr Clutterbuck explained that the Sixth Form Centre would be the final piece in the Bristol Free School jigsaw. “Originally 97% of parents who wanted the school also wanted a Sixth Form, and it was only the complication over where we should be located and what the facilities would be that prevented us from confirming
sixth form provision at the outset. “In other words, this announcement marks us reverting to the original plan, with our founding student becoming founder members of the Sixth Form.” Ahead of Open Evening in November, a Sixth Form launch was planned for Saturday, September 26th when the current Year 11 were due to take on the school’s new ‘Bristol Challenge’. The challenge involved them finding and visiting 12 specified locations in Bristol without being driven. They were to operate in teams of four with everyone putting £1 into a pool. All participants were due back at school by 2pm with the winning team scooping the prize pool. “It promises to be a fun event,” Mr Clutterbuck told Voice earlier this month, “and it could become an annual challenge for all Year 11 students. “Given that the buildings here were previously high quality government offices, I am very confident that the conversion to a Sixth Form Centre will be highly successful. “That was certainly the case when our main Teaching Block was redeveloped, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the accommodation we have here.”
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Fairfield students branch out NEW students have been putting down roots at Fairfield High School by planting fruit trees. Each Year 7 tutor group has a tree they can watch growing over their five years at the school in Horfield. Alongside the trees, the students have buried time capsules, which they will dig up in 2020. These contain photographs and messages that the students can eventually keep as mementoes of their school days. The record number of 11-yearolds who have started at Fairfield this month have benefited from the school’s unique transition programme, designed to prevent the traditional dip in performance that often happens
in the first year of secondary education. The programme includes oneto-one appointments, picnics, after-school clubs and a free two-week summer camp. There is also a website created by last year’s new arrivals, full of tips and reassurances for children moving up from primary school. And, as mums and dads are often more nervous than their offspring, Fairfield holds weekly parents’ teas where Year 7 families can catch up with teachers and find out how the children are getting on. Principal Catriona Mangham said: “We really believe that moving from primary to secondary school should be a seamless experience. We
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See what’s on offer at Orchard open evening ORCHARD’S upcoming open evening will help parents with the important decision of selecting a secondary school for their child. The open evening, on Tuesday October 6, 6.30-8.30pm, provides visitors with a chance to see what fantastic facilities and opportunities the school offers, as well as learn about students’ achievements. A tour will be offered to early arrivals, where guests will be accompanied by Orchard students to areas of the school they wish to see. An exhibition will also be taking place in the main hall, where parents and carers can learn about the school curriculum, Orchard’s pastoral system, enrichment courses and its transition programme.
officially start. We want every family to be part of the Fairfield family.”
Visitors are then invited to watch a special presentation, where they will hear from head teacher Dr Helen Holman, as well as Orchard’s students and staff. This will start around 6.45pm. Once the presentation is over, Orchard invites people to go on further tours of the school or remain in the exhibition room. Orchard’s open mornings (September 15, 22 and 29, and O ctober 6,all at9am*) also allow children to experience part of a real school day and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere the school prides itself on. *Please call0117 377 2000 to arrange an appointment.
PUPILS from Clifton College presented their final business pitches last month, as part of the Ryman Enterprise Challenge. The winning team will be representing Clifton College at the national finals in June 2016. They will be competing against over 200 schools from across the UK with their business idea ‘Flipside’. The Ryman National Enterprise Challenge is the largest schools enterprise programme in the UK with over 40,000 students due to take part in the programme this academic year.
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Canford Park competes for RHS honours HOW lucky Westbury-on-Trym is to have Canford Park plus, of course, the outstanding Coombe Dingle sports complex a five-minute walk away. Green space is so important but so easily taken for granted. In fact Canford Park is now raising its profile and competing for honours. It has been judged for the first time in the RHS Parks and Open Spaces Award, a new scheme introduced last year. In that inaugural year Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve in St George was the only site in Bristol to win an award – a very well earned Gold Star. The judges will announce their verdict on Canford Park in the coming weeks, and if successful an award will be available at the Britain in Bloom South West Spring seminar at Exeter in February 2016. Mike Blundell of the Friends of Canford Park, said: “The assessment is an independent initiative introduced by the Royal Horticultural Society last year, and this year a lot more parks like Canford have entered. “Canford Park may be a small park but it has a huge impact on local people. “In addition to bowls, local league football and access to free tennis, the park is essentially
Canford Park is competing for honours in the RHS Parks and Open Spaces Awards scheme. a safe and open environment for families, residents, but we understand that the LTA where children can enjoy fresh air and a great have been conducting an ‘observational sense of freedom.” research project’ in Canford Park and other “An extended play area and kiosk serving parks. drinks and snacks and an imposing main It is not clear what this research is for, and entrance from Canford Lane are all recent the suspicion is that the LTA are looking for enhancements that have added greatly to another way of changing the character of the park facilities.” park. Meanwhile there are fears that the Lawn The question is whether free use of tennis Tennis Association still have unwelcome courts at Canford Park should be sacrificed plans for Canford Park. to make way for a tennis centre. For the vast The LTA’s attempt to erect floodlights majority of users, perhaps all of them, the we_poppin 87x120:Layout 16:47 Page 1 on the tennis courts was beaten off byad local answer1is17/06/2014 firmly ‘No thanks’.
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Bristol YMCA Cricket Club are based at Golden Hill and their former Chairman Chris Drew has been involved in the Party since its inception. “The flip side of growing the event year on year is that you always need more and more people to man it,” he said. “This time we had over 70 volunteers – not just members of sports clubs, but wives, husbands, mothers-in-law. The whole family really.” A threatening morning gave way to a bright and breezy afternoon – too breezy as it turned out for the C J Hole hot air balloon which had to stay grounded instead of providing tethered flights. But many other inflatables were in use throughout the afternoon by children having non-stop fun. “Actually you can come here any weekend and see the ground being used by literally hundreds of children,” Chris continued.
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Laurence, 12, goes into the cycling record books TWELVE-year-old Laurence Chandler from Westbury-onTrym has become the youngest cyclist to complete a solo ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End. He cycled the 884-mile journey in 20 days, averaging 44 miles per day, and clocked up 82 miles on the last day to reach journey’s end. With him at all times was his father Robert who kept close behind, and occasionally just ahead, in his camper van. The van was home to them both on their incredible journey, providing somewhere to eat, sleep and take rest breaks. Quite apart from the personal challenge, Laurence wanted to benefit a charity. He chose SmileTrain which helps children throughout the world who are born with a cleft lip or palate. Smile Train provides free cleft repair surgeries to those in need while helping to train local doctors. This makes it possible
for a child born with a cleft to eat, breathe, speak properly, and smile. As Voice went to press, he had already attracted £2717.56 in sponsorship, but there is more to come. Laurence is a Year 8 student at Bristol Free School, and on October 2nd the whole school was set to mark World Smile Day with a mass cycle ride. Headteacher Richard Clutterbuck said: “What Laurence has achieved is extraordinary and a wonderful example to us all. “When we broke up at the end of the Summer Term I asked him what he planned to do in the holidays and he told me he would be doing some cycling! That was all he said at that stage.” It was planned as a nonuniform day with all 702 students and 87 staff riding a total of 884 miles between them, matching Laurence’s distance and raising their own
Team Chandler: 884 miles and 20 days later ... Laurence and his proud father Robert at Land’s End
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Soggy conditions in Scotland in the early stages of Laurence’s epic ride. This was dad’s view through the windscreen of their camper van which was home throughout.
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Laurence chose the relative comfort of his familiar mountain bike because it provides a more upright position and has a more forgiving suspension than most racing bikes. No doubt there were all sorts of bikes on view when the students and staff of Bristol Free School collectively emulated Laurence’s 884-mile ride on
October 2nd, and Voice will cover that fully in the next issue. If readers are inspired by Laurence’s achievement, they can give to SmileTrain via www. justgiving.com/LaurenceJOGLE2015/. It’s an opportunity to help millions of children in the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate.
News Who doubted that we would create 1,000 starlings? THE target of 1,000 ceramic starlings to be created by local residents for the ‘Bristol Murmuration’ seemed ambitious when we reported the launch of the project last month. But the latest news from clay and ceramics specialist Zoe Cameron, who has been running a series of public workshops for adults and children, is that we’ll get there. The Murmuration is a Neighbourhood Arts Project, celebrating local wildlife. It is funded by Henleaze, Stoke Bishop and Westbury-on-Trym Neighbourhood Partnership as a result of a £10,000 grant from Bristol Green Capital. In the past month the Murmuration workshops have been cropping up everywhere - in Canford, Old Quarry and Fallodon Way Park, Henleaze Library, the garden of Elsie
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Hundreds find hidden Brilliant twins treasures in Badock’s Wood to be soloists THE Green Hidden Treasures Celebration in Badock’s Wood on September 20th was a great success with hundreds of people visiting the event. The afternoon’s fun included bug hunts and identification on land and in the river, and dog training. Bird, bug and bat boxes were made together with clay starlings for the Bristol Murmuration. The event, organised by the Friends of Badock’s Wood with the Festival of Nature, also had stalls and activities with Avon Wildlife Trust, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, Specialised Nest Boxes, Mutty Professor, Playing Out and Bristol Naturalists’ Society. The next Friends event is an Owl Prowl on Thursday October 8th (7 – 8.30pm) providing a chance to learn about owls and listen out for the Tawny Owls
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HENLEAZE conductor William Goodchild is setting up a concert for the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra at St George’s next month. The flourishing amateur orchestra, with musicians from all over the city including Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze, will be performing with the brilliant and equallymatched soloists Charis Jenson (violin) and Kirsten Jenson (cello) in the Brahms Double Concerto with orchestra. Bristolians Charis and Kirsten are twins and now work as professional musicians in the UK and abroad. The evening’s programme on November 14th also includes Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture and Schumann’s Symphony No 2. Go to www.stgeorgesbristol. co.uk for ticket details.
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Children at the Green Hidden Treasures event in Badock’s Wood discovered the freedom and fun available with a ‘closed road’ and some chalk
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News Record-breaking Village Show never stays still THE annual Village Show may be one of Westbury-on-Trym’s great traditions, but it never stays still. The theme varies every year, and for this the 36th it was ‘Best of British’. The attendance increased to a record 760 adults through the door. That’s without the children who aren’t counted. The number of people competing with their flowers, veg and art increased to a record 178. And the number of exhibits from those 178 competitors increased to a record 700. By tradition the number of classes is limited to 93, but don’t be fooled. Within that total there is always an element of ‘churn’ with a number of existing classes making way for new ones. There may have been tears in the eyes of the judges as they surveyed the beauty of one set of entries. The ‘Biggest and Best Onion’ class was created in memory of Gwyn James, a long-term supporter of the show, who died within the past year. Winner of the new onion-shaped Gwyn James Trophy was Colin McKenzie. The ‘Best of British’ was personified by Jean Calway, a picture in her special red, white and blue outfit, who officially opened the show at the Village Hall. Jean (84) gained the British Empire Medal in this year’ Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of over 40 years of continuous service for the City of Bristol Royal Air Forces Association and nearly 30 years’ service with
two Air Cadet units – 2152 Squadron at Filton and 2442 Squadron at Westbury-on-Trym. Jean carried out her official duties delightfully and chose the Best in Show exhibit. It was a creation by seven-year-old Eddie Adams of a bird – almost certainly a robin - made of feathers. Then typically Jean found something useful to do, collecting payments for refreshments. As predicted in last month’s Voice, just about every inch was taken inside the hall and outside in the gardens. Alexia Gardner, who chairs the show committee, said afterwards: “We’re very pleased indeed, and most grateful to everyone who supported the show through their entries, their attendance and their volunteering. “The floral displays this year were wonderful – in fact the quality of all exhibits was extremely high. “We were delighted to host the Bristol Murmuration. Zoe Cameron and her team set up in the kitchen garden, and during the afternoon 134 starlings were created from clay which will have helped her towards the target of 1,000. Alexia added: “We haven’t yet announced how much profit this year’s show has made, but I can predict that we will be able to give the Village Hall £250 more than last year. A really excellent day.” Pictures by Wendy Morri
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WERE you in Bristol in Jan you recall the outcry wh uary 2009? Do en failed to offer school pla the Council ces to 300 fouryear-olds? I took on responsibility for education in the Liberal Democra t administration that replaced Labour the following month. Two or three years of har officers and schools, cou d work with followed. As a conseq ncillors and MPs uen planning, convincing and ce of all the to provide a place at a building that took place we are able preferred local school for the rapidly increasing numbers of primary age children. Nearly seven years on, the se children will be applyin secondary schools. Wil g for l for them? It needs a join the Council have the places ready t app roach from local and cen government since the tral Co planning of school pla uncil has the responsibility for the ces admission numbers for but the Secretary of State etermines academies and provid es the capital funds. This is the background of the Lib era l De mocrat motion that gained all-party suppor t at the Council meetin g The motion called on Mayor Ferguson to wo in September. rk now to ensure that the funding necess ary from central govern in time to meet the nee ment is planned d. places for 2016 but tha It looks as though there are sufficient t is no reason for com placency. Expansion plans take years Locally, the Bristol Fre not months to come to fruition. e Sch ool is in a good positio expand. If planned pro n to perly, this could meet local needs, but nor all the city is so fort unate.
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WORK as a councillor deal of work in the wa involves a great rd, but also includes my role as a Cabinet Me to the Elected Mayor. mber and Deputy In that role, in the las been involved in a lot t month I have the devolution debate of work around government from Bris . The bid to central tol and the three neighbouring authoritie West of England had tos that make up the September 4th and we be submitted by are now into the period of negotiation and As part of Bristol’s attefurther discussion. mpt to cope with the being a growing city, I accompanied represent pressures of local authorities and the atives of the to Cambridge (at no cos business community on a two-day trip city has accommodated t to the Council) to see how a thriving the pressures of housin growth. g and business I have, amongst other things, represented the welcoming a group of Mayor in Indian Parliamentarians at the time of writing, will to soon be meeting the MaBristol and, and a delegation from yor of Tbilisi Georgia who will be her rugby team in the World e to support their Cu As part of my role as Cap. Armed Forces Covenant binet Member with a brief for the Queen Square when a , I attended a moving ceremony in born Grenadier Guard tree was planted in memory of a Bristolwhich perhaps helps towho was killed in action in Afghanistan, keep many of our other perspective. challenges in
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When Voice visited one evening we found two members playing snooker – as they do regularly. So what was unusual about that? At 95 (“I’ll be 96 on October 26th”) Stan Johnstone is the club’s oldest snooker player. He likes to play two frames on six nights of the week. Nine years his junior is Eddie Feltham who is the club’s longest-serving member. He joined at the age of 15, which is a year earlier than he should have done, and has been in continuous membership for 71 years. “I’m not the only member in his nineties,” said Stan. “Jim Newport and Percy Cooke are as old as me, maybe older. “I’ve been alone since my wife died a few years ago. We were married for 70 years and of course I miss her. Coming in here most nights means I have company and I get to play the game I love. Everyone is very kind and helpful. “There’s always someone to talk to, and if there isn’t I can just sit and read the papers.” Stan’s trade was metal polishing and electroplating. He served for over five years with the Royal Engineers during the Second World War, and for 15 years before he came to Westbury he played his snooker and billiards above a Burton’s in Bristol. Eddie Feltham, whose name appears on several sporting honours boards at the club, joined in 1944 when the annual membership fee was half a crown (for younger readers that’s 12.5p). It will get even cheaper for him in four years’ time. It’s free membership for the over nineties. A former President of the Men’s Club, Eddie worked in Cost Accounts at W D & H O Wills in Bedminster – the site of the famous company’s No 1 factory is now occupied by an Asda supermarket. Stan and Eddie broke off from snooker to sit down and reminisce about the Men’s Club – about the time when Joe and
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Fred Davis played there and about the time when there were over 300 members. It has fallen below that level at present, and new members would be welcome. And who, in the opinion of these two snooker stalwarts, was the greatest player they had ever seen. “Alex Higgins made the modern game,” said Stan. “He played shots which made your eyes pop out,” “It’s Stephen Hendry for me,” said Eddie, who was at Wills when they sponsored the Embassy World Championship at the Crucible. “But there have been so many great players and they all had their day.” It was clear from the friendliness and banter around the place that the Westbury Men’s Club has by no means had its day, and a successful Doors Open will build reputation, and hopefully membership.
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AS the first woman Lord Mayor of Bristol for 11 years, Henleaze Councillor Clare Campion-Smith intends in her year to highlight some of the issues confronting girls and women as well as championing all young people. When she visited the Party in the Park at Golden Hill she dropped by the Girl Guides stall. “There are waiting lists of girls wanting to join and a call for adult volunteers to help run the
Lord Mayor: spirit of girls challenging status quo is alive and well sessions,” she said. “I was also privileged as Lord Mayor to attend the awards ceremony for the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area which celebrated the service of the many volunteers who help to
run the movement. “Thank you to all volunteers working in the uniformed organisations across the city.” Girl guiding started in 1910 thanks to small groups of girls who ignored the title of the book ‘Scouting for Boys’ and began doing Scout activities. They gate-crashed a Boy Scout rally, buttonholed Robert Baden Powell who then asked his sister Agnes to run the new Girl Guide Association. That same spirit of girls challenging status quo is alive and well today. The movement has grown into an international organisation that is expanding into areas of disadvantage. Their concerns are equality, and they reject the way that society too often forces sexual stereotyping on girls - and to some extent therefore on boys. “Unfortunately, I was never a guide,” the Lord Mayor
continued. “My first introduction to the power of this movement was through my work as a councillor and the annual Girls’ Attitudes survey. “This year’s survey highlights the real pressures girls are facing including the state of girls’ mental well-being and their resilience. Girls raised issues of low body confidence and fear of sexual harassment. “They have hopes of a better balance of women and men in positions of influence and power, and they worry about careers. This evidence supports the work of Bristol Youth Council which has identified mental health and resilience alongside good careers advice as priorities within their manifesto. “Girl guiding gives girls the opportunity to be true to themselves, to enjoy, learn and develop.”