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Let there be light in 2018 The community Window Wanderland festival is set to return to Bishopston and Redland next month. PAGE 8 The pupil’s choice award at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Green Plan It Challenge for Wales and the South West went to the team from Fairfield High School for ‘The Secret Potters’ design. Pupils Alice Adams, Emma Elliot, Alfred Emmott, Lillibeth Murdoch, Ivy Hallett and Eleanor Curtis presented their 3D designs to industry experts at Bristol Botanic Gardens. Report: Page 17

Ardagh wins £200,000 funding TWO grants totalling £200,000 have been awarded to The Ardagh Community Trust, securing funding to regenerate the site and facilities on Horfield Common into a community and sports facility that will benefit local people for years to come. Rob Savage, project

manager at The Ardagh, said: “This is down to the timeless commitment of a steadfast bunch of volunteers. It’s hats off to everybody involved, especially in this climate of cuts.” A Power to Change endowment of £170,000 has been granted by the National

Lottery which will support 75 per cent of the project to improve the cafe and create a community hub. A further £30,000 from Big Potential will fund a look into the best way to improve the sports and community facilities. Full story: Page 5

It's party central in Glos Road Independent traders turned out in force for a successful Gloucester Road Central Christmas Street Party. PAGE 4

Scout Arthur's 100 years young The 91st Bristol Scout Group based in Horfield has ended its centenary year with a visit from 100-year-old former member Arthur Steel. PAGE 11

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Inconvenient! Public toilet closures to go ahead BRISTOL City Council has agreed plans to make £400,000 of savings by cutting the provision of public toilets on streets and in parks across the city, writes Keri Beckingham. As part of the Your Neighbourhoods Consultation, three options were proposed for how toilets could be run in the future. Just over half of those who responded were in favour of closing all 18 of the street toilets and setting up a new Community Toilet Scheme, which was the recommendation that was put to the Cabinet at the meeting on December 4. Under the scheme, local

businesses and the voluntary sector will be encouraged to open up access to at least 36 alternative facilities across Bristol, free of charge, with the aim of making sure that at least 70 per cent of the provision would be wheelchair accessible. However, concerns have been raised about how the cuts will affect particular members of the community, such as the elderly, the homeless, parents with young children, people with dementia and the disabled. At the meeting, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Asher Craig addressed concerns that had been raised as part of the

consultation, saying: “Access to publicly available toilets is important, but the current sites are not fit for purpose. “The aim is that by the time toilets close, there will be a working network in place, and the recommendations is to double the amount of publicly available toilet sites and ensure that they are spread across the city.” Within our area, toilets at the top of Whiteladies Road and on the Downs are affected. Speaking of the closures and the impact that they may have on the local community, Councillor Martin Fodor said: “We’ve already lost

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those displaced by the Bristol North Baths redevelopment, as the temporary ones in Sommerville Road have closed to make way for the old police station to be redeveloped, and the new block is no longer going to be fitted out and opened due to budget cuts. “While the council are confident that the ‘business and community’ scheme of permitting people to use other toilets will increase supply, this does not mean that fully accessible toilets will be widely available, despite many possible toilets in our main shopping areas or pubs.

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n NEWS “The key message from users is that for many people they do have to know before they plan a trip out and set off from home that there will be access to toilets when they are out. Maps and good information and regular updating will be essential. “This is another casualty of the cuts being implemented and it’s going to hit some people quite hard by restricting their lives. If traders are not happy with the number of users coming in to their facilities or any extra costs then there’s no promise they will be offered.” The council now plans to work with Bristol Ageing Better to produce a paper based map, so that people will be able to plan their trips in Bristol with toilet access in mind. There will also be an online version of the map and prominent signage to highlight the toilets involved in the scheme. Recruitment of businesses to take

Commuter parking petition A PETITION has been launched by Kay Galpin appealing for the Council to ‘Please manage commuter parking and driving in areas outside RPZ in Bristol’. Kay has been part of a group working with councillors Martin Fodor and Mike Davies for some time, trying to establish a way to consult with residents on the increasing issues they face from commuter parking on the edge of RPZs in Bishopston. Those affected are invited to sign the petition, see link below. http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/community/ petition/3962#.WjKATQ0Qimw.gmail

part in the scheme will also begin straight away and where council toilets are closing, the aim is to signpost people to a nearby facility before closure so there is no gap in provision. The council is also working closely with Crohns and Colitis UK to ensure that its members are aware of the proposed new locations, and to raise awareness of the needs of people in the city living with Crohns and Colitis. They will also continue to work with St Mungo’s to develop an appropriate solution for homeless people.

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Seasonal party to remember on Glos Rd THE Gloucester Road Central Christmas Street Party heralded an evening of fun and entertainment when shops and bars held a late-night open evening sprinkled with live music on December 7. Cajun Eyez got the party started in full swing - with members of the Pop Up Panto joining in the dancing. The choirs were in such good voice they carried on singing beyond 8pm.

Ken Simpson from the Bristol Pound said: “I’m here tonight to celebrate our independent traders. It’s a commitment to spend those Bristol pounds with another Bristol business or pay their local taxes in Bristol pounds so that we don’t see the money escaping Bristol and going to reside in the Cayman Islands!” Jane Hunt from Joe’s Bakery was busy handing out samples of their delicious Christmas products: “The Panettone is popular, the Stollen always sells well and the mince pies fly off the shelf. I think we’ll sell about 25,000 mince pies this year, which is 5,000 up on last year and we’re getting a bit of a reputation for our authentic German Stollen,” she said.

Imogen McIntosh was with a team of helpers from refugee and asylum seeker, Aid Box Community charity selling Christmas trees and goods. “We became very aware that the struggle for refugees and asylum seekers didn’t end when they arrived in the UK and of the appalling conditions that people were living in here. We provide free donated items to people who arrive with nothing, from toiletries to furniture, practical help and a safe haven,” said Imogen. Sarah Thorp from Room 212 said: “Our Christmas Street Party was blessed with perfect weather conditions this year and we were thrilled to see so many of our

customers, friends and family out on our pavements having a good time. “One surprise of the night was the amazing Christmas bike which turned up covered in lights complete with illuminated penguin! The Glos Rd Central traders would like to thank everyone who joined in and wish you all a lovely Christmas and New Year.”

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n NEWS TWO grants totalling £200,000 have been awarded to The Ardagh Community Trust. The group, who have applied for a Community Asset Transfer from the local authority, are now well on their way to achieve their plans for regeneration of the Horfield Common site. Project manager at The Ardagh, Rob Savage, said: “We have been working to get a viable organisation together so that the local authority are happy to transfer over to us for regeneration. “We have 75% of the funding in place now and are waiting on a further 25% of funding, plus a Community Asset Transfer with the local authority. “One of our long-term priorities is to bring the wonderful Ardagh site - in the centre of Horfield Common - back into full use as a high quality, sustainable community and sports facility for the benefit of local people.” The Ardagh Community Trust has lots of expertise within this sector and has been busy applying for grants. A Power to Change grant from the Lottery

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Ardagh Community Trust wins £200,000 in grants Endowment of £170,000 was awarded in November and supports 75% of the project. “This will allow us to improve and increase the capacity of the cafe which will be moving to the west wing of the pavilion building, and building an extension (subject to planning permission) so that we can become a community hub,” explained Rob. The Ardagh Community Trust has also secured £30,000 from Big Potential to look at the best options to fund improvements to the tennis courts and a long term financial strategy for the whole site. They want to create a community facility with sports facilities including a multi-use games area and space for Tai Chi. Rob added: “We’re very excited and thrilled to get funding from Power to Change which is a highly competitive

process. Power for Change visited our site and were really impressed with the sense of community ownership and engagement. “Once the first funding is in place, it makes it easier to get other funding.”

A meeting is being held to launch the Ardagh Community Trust Membership scheme on Saturday 3 February at the Cafe on the Common from 10am 2pm. Presentations will be held between 10.15 - 11.30am or drop by between 12 - 2pm.

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Chandos House seeks £11,700 to take just one vulnerable man off the streets READERS of Bishopston Voice are being encouraged to help Bristol’s only residential addiction treatment centre to save a life. Chandos House provides support to some of society’s most damaged men; however due to government cuts, it now relies on fundraising to pay for treatment costs. The charity has 15 beds and recently launched its first crowdfunding appeal, so far raising over £7,000 of the £11,700 target. However, it still needs the support of the community to raise the final £4,000 to take just one drug dependent homeless man off the streets this winter. According to statistics from Homeless Link, the number of homeless people in Bristol has increased by 128% over the past three years. In the study, 39%

of homeless people reported having a drug problem and 80% reported having mental health issues. All of Chandos House residents have experienced homelessness, and many have also experienced war, imprisonment and sexual abuse and are receiving treatment for PTSD. The charity has been able to support over 50 men in 2017.

Treatment at Chandos House is given as part of a therapeutic community. During their time at Chandos House, residents take part in group psychotherapy, art, music and yoga therapies and also enjoy communal meals. The aim is to help reconnect the men with their family, friends and in turn lower anti-social and criminal behaviour in the

community. Comments that have been received from former residents of Chandos House include: “I’d be dead if it weren’t for Chandos” and “It is difficult to put into words the excellence of this wonderful establishment. James, the staff and residents make such a difference to each other. I believe that all rehabs should be based on Chandos formula.” Kate Guscott, art therapist and Fundraiser said: “Twentyfive percent of the UK’s rehabs have been forced to close their doors since 2008. This deeply valued local gem, which has survived for 35 years, is in a risky position in these financially precarious times and we need the community’s support.” If you would like to help Chandos House visit https:// localgiving.org/appeal/ chandoschristmas/

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Fi ousted in reshuffle NEWS that the Mayor had decided to scrap the rainbow cabinet at the end of November came as a shock to Cllr Fi Hance, who has been working on a number of projects over the last eight months in her role as cabinet member for waste and energy. This included representing the Mayor at the Bonn international climate summit, where the city’s progress with cutting its own council emissions was recognised. Fi said: “It was an absolute pleasure to work with so many talented and professional council officers on vital areas such as improving Bristols air quality, finding funding to make the desperately needed improvements to our energy infrastructure along with doubling electric car points. I've seen some brilliant projects and if anyone wants

an in depth description of different methods of waste processing, then just let me know. I've also met a huge number of dedicated people who are dedicated to making Bristol a cleaner and more sustainable city which again has been a joy.” It should be no surprise locally to hear that the Mayor was very positive about the work she has been doing, and cited other pressures to end the rainbow cabinet.

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New management team to take over medical practice PARTNERS from a Bishopston surgery resigned their NHS contracts on December 7 and a new management team will run the practice from 10 February 2018. Patients affected at Bishopston Medical Centre on Nevil Road were informed of the news via letter. Within this, Debra Elliott, Director of Commissioning for NHS England – South West and Dr Martin Jones, Chair of Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We would like to reassure you that we are absolutely committed to ensuring patients at Bishopston Medical Practice get the best quality services. “It will be business as usual at the surgery, and you are advised to continue using GP services as normal. We will update you as soon as possible with next steps.” A tender process for a new NHS provider is now under way, with BrisDoc – a company originally formed to provide out-of-hours services by Bristol GPs and who run already several surgeries in Bristol – named as the preferred bidder. As part of the new contract, BrisDoc will be expected to run the practice, which has over 10,000 patients, for two years. NHS England and Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group will be holding drop-in information sessions at the practice to answer any questions from patients. The next session will be held on Thursday 11 January between 1pm and – 2:30pm. If any patients are unable to make the drop in session, they are asked to contact NHS England directly to request another session at a later date by calling 0113 825 5299, emailing england.primarycaremedical@nhs.net or writing to NHS England South West Primary Care Medical Team, South Plaza, Marlborough Street, Bristol, BS1 3NX.

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Window Wanderland set to light up Chandos Road and Bishopston

A COMMUNITY window display event is set to return to Redland and Bishopston, and residents and businesses are being encouraged to get involved. Created by Bishopston resident Lucy Reeves Khan in 2015, Window Wanderland came from an idea she had to brighten up the dark nights in the depth of winter and bring a smile to people’s faces. Since then, the idea has spread across the UK as well as to Canada, and the illuminated window display trail is returning to our area this February. Window Wanderland will take place around Chandos Road (including Hampton Road, Woodland Road, Redland Road and Kensington Road)

on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February from 6pm to 9pm and in Bishopston on Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 February from 5:30pm – 9pm. Anyone living in and around these areas can be part of Window Wanderland, which is a free and completely inclusive event. In terms of ideas for displays, anything goes as long as they are family-friendly. Organisers are keen to encourage as many residents as possible to

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participate in the trail by emphasising that a display can be quite simple – perhaps just a few lights, a favourite book or toys in the window or front garden, but for those residents that feel more creative, the opportunities are endless! Residents who wish to be part of the event need to have their displays in place and lit up before the start time each day, then all that’s left to do is to wrap up warmly and wander round the

area to enjoy the magic. Visitors from outside the area are very welcome to come and marvel at the displays too. One of the Redland event organisers, Catrin Jones, commented: "This is our third Window Wanderland and we’d like this to be our biggest yet. It’s such a fun event that everyone can get involved with either by designing a window or venturing out to see the displays. “You don’t need to be a talented artist, just make a display in your window or garden for neighbours to enjoy. The atmosphere on the night is so friendly and it’s marvellous to see houses lit up in so many different ways.” Residents and businesses are encouraged to add their details so that their location is included on the official map of the event. To find out more, visit www. windowwanderland.com

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

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

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AS we approach the holidays, many of us will be thinking of fun times in the days ahead, spending quality time with our nearest and dearest, or perhaps just getting a break from work. Of course, plenty of people will be working throughout the festivities. Perhaps keeping our emergency and vital public services going, providing for our needs of food and drink or last minute gifts, or driving the taxis, buses and trains we use. If you are one of those people – thank you! I hope you get to enjoy some of the fun along the way. Let’s also remember the people who find this season very painful. Those who are far away from family. Those who have suffered a bereavement. Or those who are just lonely. I hope that we can all find it in ourselves to reach out to those who struggle with the season of jollity – welcome them

to a get-together, or pop round on them. And let’s also think of those who are struggling in their lives and for whom the festive season is just more time struggling. Perhaps finding it hard to make ends meet, possibly at risk of homelessness, or already homeless. It seems particularly painful to bear such struggles when others seem to be enjoying themselves. So how can we spread goodwill beyond our own family and friends? Here are some ideas: Donate Christmas gifts – just doing an internet search on ‘Christmas gifts donation Bristol’ came up with several excellent ideas for where to donate, such as Crisis, Salvation Army and the Bristol Children’s Hospital. Donate food and drink to a local foodbank, or contact them to volunteer to help. Donate money to one of the

charities in our city which are helping those with the very least. Download Street Link, the smart phone app which helps local organisations such as St Mungo’s to check on and assist people who are sleeping on the streets. Find out what organisations are doing for people on their own, particularly older and vulnerable people, and see if there is anything you could do to help. Some churches and community centres run lunches, such as Festive Friends in St Werburgh's Community Centre. If you have missed this year’s, why not donate early towards the cost of next year’s? Think about some New Year resolutions for our city – rather than self-improvement, what can we all offer to help the place we live and the people who live here? I hope that you enjoy the festive season and I hope that 2018 gets off to a good start.

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Bristol scout group celebrates centenary A SCOUT group in Bristol has been celebrating its centenary with a series of events, and wants to thank the local community for all their support. Based in Horfield Baptist Church, the 91st Bristol Scout Group was formed in 1917, with a cub pack starting in 1920 and a beaver group starting in 1987. As part of the series of centenary events in 2017, in April the church hall was filled with a maze made of cardboard boxes, including secret rooms and their own version of the Clifton suspension bridge which took 270 hours to create in total. In May, selected Scouts went on a 35-mile hike in two days over Dartmoor as part of the Ten Tors challenge, and a week-long centenary camp took place in August. Back in 2016 the scout group held an internal competition to design their centenary badge, with the winner having their design made into a badge for all

beaver, cubs and scouts to wear. The winner was one of the group’s cubs, who also saw the design put on to centenary camp hoodies. The highlight of the celebrations was the centenary party held at the church in November, where 100 people, including past and present members and supporters, turned up to mark the group’s 100th birthday with presentations and speeches from current Group Scout Leader, Dave D'Silva and District Commissioner, Chris Gavriel. Former King's Scout and leader of the 91st Bristol Scouts, Arthur Steel, has also recently

celebrated his 100th birthday. Arthur spoke of his time with the scout group with his brother Peter Steel (who was also a previous scout master) and cut the cake with a member of the cubs. Continuing the family’s tradition for supporting the scouts, Arthur’s great grandson Dan Steel is serving on the 91st Bristol committee as a parent

rep, with his son also a scout and his daughter a cub. Mike Harrup, the 91st Bristol Scout Group chairman, said: “The scout group is grateful for the support it receives from the local community around Gloucester Road, as well as parents, volunteers and Horfield Baptist Church. “All roles within the scout group are voluntary and the activities provided by the group wouldn't be possible without volunteers giving their time and skills. We would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer their time and services to the group.” The 91st Bristol Scout Beavers meet at 6pm and Cubs at 7pm on Wednesdays, and Scouts meet at 7pm on Tuesdays. To find out more about joining the 91st Bristol Scouts or supporting them as a volunteer, visit their website: http://www.91stbristol.org. uk/ or email: info@91stbristol. org.uk.

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n NEWS EMILIA Balla-Davis, age 11, a pupil of Redland Green School, used the recent North Bristol Art Trail weekend to raise money for The Moggery Cat and Kitten Rehoming Centre in Bishopston. Exhibiting some of her own work for sale alongside her father, Paul Davis (a North Bristol Artist member), she made her own collection boxes and documents promoting the good work of The Moggery. Emilia recently adopted her cat, an eight year old male called Gillette from them and was inspired to raise money as her great grandfather had adopted from them too. His male cat was called Roddy (short for Roderigo!) a cool cat name indeed, and kept him company for about 12 years. When Emilia’s great grandfather had to go into a care home, she adopted Roddy but unfortunately, the pet had to be put down soon after, due to an undiagnosed tumour and her great grandfather also passed away during the

Emilia raises funds for The Moggery during the North Bristol Art Trail summer. So, raising money to help other cats became an important focus for the family. After a successful weekend of collecting during the Art Trail, Emilia raised a fantastic £91.07 and this was delivered to Christine Bayka, the owner of The Moggery on December 2. Christine told Emilia that she was very grateful for the donation. Emilia is pictured in an "Official" Moggery uniform with a six-week-old kitten called Rudolph who will benefit from food and treats bought thanks to her amazing fundraising efforts. If you are interested in giving a cat a safe and happy home, visit www. themoggeryrehomingcentre. co.uk for further information.

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Time is right to tell tale of John Cossins of Redland Court A FASCINATING book about John Cossins, the original builder and owner of Redland Court, has been researched and written by Caroline Bateson, former headmistress of Redland High School for Girls. The school vacated the elegant mansion after 133 years of occupancy in September 2017 when it merged with Red Maids’ School. The building has now been sold to property developers who plan to convert the site into apartments and houses. Caroline said: “I thought it was an important time to remember and highlight the history of the house and of John Cossins. “I was headmistress of Redland High School for Girls for nine years and in the entrance hall, right outside my office there were two original portraits of John Cossins and his wife Martha. The original estate of Redland Court was built by them between 1732-1735 and he became the Sheriff of Gloucester. For all the years that I worked as Headmistress of the school I would look at these pictures everyday and think that I’d like to know more about them. “I decided that one day, when I had the time, I would try to find out more about him because I

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felt that there had to be more to a man, who was able to build a fabulous building like Redland Court.” Following her retirement in 2015, Caroline embarked on her research. John Cossins was described as a ‘grocer’ so she searched through all the various livery companies in London looking for his name but found nothing. Eventually she found him in the Bowyer’s company. Caroline explained: “Like today with these Worshipful

companies, they exist for charitable purposes. I found John Cossins name amongst the papers and then set off on a trail in the Guildhall in London, going through all their minute books, maps and documents to find out more about him. It was a real bit of detective work and very exciting.” She discovered that John Cossins and his father, Roger Cossins, were merchants selling to individuals and big organisations, importing and exporting goods. John Cossins accumulated enough wealth during his working life to retire from London at the age of 50 and build Redland Court. He bought the land and a Tudor manor house on site from a distant family relation of his wife. John Cossins bought out the debt and employed architect, John Strahan to build his house and later, Redland Green Chapel. At the time, London had a great growth of Palladian buildings, including St Paul’s Cathedral, and John Cossins wanted to bring that style to Bristol. He built a very splendid house, complete with a beautiful country estate planted with trees on Lovers Lane. Caroline spent many years enjoying the privileged position

Author, Caroline Bateson of having an office in the building with three windows: “I would get into school early in the morning and in the winter the sunrise comes exactly into that room, which was John and Martha’s sitting room, and above it, their bedroom. In the evening the light that came onto the terrace was magnificent. The building must have been very carefully planned to capture that,” she said. “On the left-hand side of the front of Redland Court, there is a Cupula (a round dome) with a weathervane which has a comet with a trailing tail on it. The legend has always been that it is Halley’s Comet. “I’ve pieced this together and suggested in my book that the significance is related to ‘Child’s Coffee House’ where scientists met in London, including Edmund Halley. Cossins was going there at exactly the same time as these scientists so it’s perfectly possible that they knew each other. “I like to think of John and Martha standing on the terrace of Redland Court, watching Halley’s Comet together and maybe Martha installed this in his memory.” John Cossins of Redland Court is published by the Redland and Cotham Amenities Society. Copies of the 32 page booklet are available at £6.50 including packing and postage. Email carolinepbateson@gmail.com for an order form.

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Two schools cultivate winning ways FAIRFIELD High School and Redmaids’ High School both won awards at the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Green Plan It Challenge for Wales and the South West of England region. The ten-week challenge saw over a hundred green-fingered 12-14 year-olds tasked with developing a design for a new school or community garden, working alongside professional garden designers, landscape architects and other horticultural industry insiders. The group of students, presented their imaginative 3D designs for a new conservation garden for judging at Bristol Botanic Garden on December 7, competing against teams from seven other schools across the region. The assessors included Danny Nagle of Grant Associates (the landscape architects behind Gardens by the Bay in Singapore), Emma McNamara, a horticultural adviser for the National Trust and Wendy Desyllas from Bristol Aquarium. Led by students, the challenge encouraged pupils to consider the benefits of communal green spaces and explore environmental issues while developing leadership, teamwork and creative skills. The winning garden was designed by a teamof-six from Y Pant School in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Fairfield High School team ‘The Secret Potters’ were joint winners of the pupils’ choice award for their Muller Road garden design. The team from Year 8 designed a ‘mysterious maze’ with five sections: the calm area, the edible zone, the playground, the café and, in the centre, a

fountain. The whole garden has an ‘eco’ theme and uses plants suitable for pollinators and recycled materials. It is a space which everyone can go to, is easily accessible and is a place where you can go time and again to discover and find a place to spend time, regardless of your mood. With the help of industry mentors; Andy Winfield, gardener from Bristol Botanic gardens, and Clare Billany, landscape architect from Stride Treglown, the Secret Potters researched and planned an hypothetical garden on the wasteland that used to be the Ford Garage on Muller Road. Apart from the glass trophy which will take its place in Fairfield’s bulging Trophy

Cabinet, the team consisting of Alice Adams, Alfred Emmott, Eleanor Curtis, Lillibeth Murdoch, Ivy Hallett and Emma Elliot, now also have the task of choosing which plants to buy for the school garden with the £100 RHS Garden vouchers awarded to them. Scott Mears, science teacher commented: “What dedication our students have demonstrated to this hypothetical garden; I have witnessed them working tirelessly for almost three months to develop the concept, write a report and design a model of the garden. “The vouchers they have been awarded for the school mean the world to them and I can see glowing future careers in the horticultural world for each and

every one of the winning team!” Redmaids’ High School team ‘The Red Squirrels’ won the prize for best teamwork for the outstanding way they’d worked together over the project. The team designed a family friendly garden which is accessible, a home for wildlife, and a calming, sensory place where nature thrives. They hope to attract the community and encourage everyone to go outside more. It has a Japanese Zen theme, and lots of pale, calming plants as well as a pagoda viewing hut. The site that the students had in mind when working on their garden design was Quarry Park, close to Southmead and Henleaze. The team’s industry mentors were Anne Sharp, who runs Anne Sharp Garden Designs and Lucy Watson, who runs a gardening business called Artistic Gardens. Speaking about the project, RHS Head of Community Outreach, Andrea Van-Sittart said: “The Green Plan It Challenge is designed to support young people to develop a host of new skills including teamwork, creativity and problem-solving, and, we hope to inspire some future Alan Titchmarsh’s and Monty Don’s. “We’d love to see some of these gardens come to fruition as we set about greening our grey Britain.”

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Hark the glad sound of Dolphin School! PUPILS and teachers at The Dolphin School on Cheltenham Road were delighted to be chosen to represent the schools in Bristol and for their choir to perform in the Cabot Circus Lights Switch On and at the launch of the Christmas Markets in Broadmead. Teacher Miss Robinson said: “Christmas came early at The Dolphin School - quite literally when our newly formed choir began rehearsing some Christmas classics in October! “The light switch-on soon came round fast, we walked down from school excitedly, and begun our performance singing 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' in front of the shoppers of The Galleries Shopping Centre. “From there we followed the Snow Queen on a procession lit up by colourful umbrellas, stopping at the centre of Broadmead, where we sung 'Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas' to the shoppers

enjoying a hot cup of mulled wine and hot chocolate in the Christmas markets. “On went the Snow Queen and so did we! Round towards Cabot we stopped once more to sing 'I wish it could be Christmas Every Day' to the distant sounds

of the crowds awaiting us at the main light switch on.” The crowds were cheering as the children followed the snow queen into Cabot. They quickly took their places on the stage and performed their songs once more.

Their magical debut performance as The Dolphin School Choir ended with bang when Fitzroy pushed the plunger and officially turned on the Christmas lights in Cabot Circus with fireworks, confetti and a lot of very excited Dolphin children.

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Jim Walton takes the reins at Clifton College Preparatory School educational Prep School with boarding at its heart. We are looking forward to getting to know the children, parents and staff and to immersing ourselves in the life of the school.” Jim was educated at Warwick School before going on to Sheffield to read Business Studies. He has a wide range of experience, including Clifton High School and Cheltenham College Preparatory School, where he was Housemaster, and part of the senior leadership teamfor 11 years. Dr Tim Greene, Head Master at Clifton College, said: “The Council and I are confident that in Jim, we have found someone who will offer strong, clear, compassionate and energetic leadership, building on the past successes of the Preparatory School and taking it forward into the next chapter of its history.”

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Question time for Santa at the Elf Workshop THE Dolphin School held its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday December 4. It was the first in the new school building and attracted hundreds of families, including many new faces. The highlight was the Elf Workshop. Children came to ‘Elf School’ and learnt how to make Christmas biscuits, wrap presents and got to meet Father Christmas. The children asked Father Christmas lots of questions about where he lived, his reindeer and what food to leave him on Christmas Eve. In other parts of the school there was a ‘Christmas Bake-Off’ which the School Learning Council had the great job of judging! French and Spanish club sang Christmas songs in those languages and the school choir performed outside with beautiful lights on the building. Children made Christmas wreaths and enjoyed the craft room. There were great cakes, mulled wine and Christmas gifts to buy. Head teacher Shelley Dixon said: "The PTA did a fantastic job organising it and raised over £500. This paid for a pantomime for the school. The children loved watching Scroogical the musical! The Christmas Fair finished off with an impromptu conga from Father Christmas with all the children and families following him. Thank you to everyone who came.”

Christmas is for Caring at Redmaids’ High STUDENTS at Redmaids’ High School have swung into action to lend support to communities in need - near and far. Under the leadership of Head Almoners, Arabella Atkins and Yasmin Kongsfelt, the school has donated cash, food, clothing, other gifts and their time to brighten the lives of people in all circumstances both locally and internationally. The school radio station – Redmaidio - held a weeklong fundraiser for Radio Lollipop, the charity that provides care and entertainment to children in hospital and their families. The annual Christmas Jumper Day raised about £500 for the Flamingo Chicks Dance School – a charity that gives children with disabilities and illnesses the chance to enjoy ballet with friends. A proportion of the money raised from selling refreshments at the Christmas play went towards initiatives with Redmaids’ High’s partner school in Cambodia and a humanitarian expedition to Nepal. At the Junior School’s Christmas Bazaar, 20 percent of the takings were donated to the Chicuchas-Wasi School in Peru and seasonal foods were donated to Bristol North West Food Bank. The school made up 91 shoeboxes full of useful presents as part of the Link to Hope campaign. They have been sent to families and the elderly in need in Eastern Europe this Christmas time. The school showed support to Caring at Christmas, the charity that provides warm, safe accommodation, food and social activities for homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol over Christmas. As well as donating food and clothing and raising funds through a classroom decorating competition, a group of Sixth Form students and staff were due to head to The Nightshelter in St Paul’s on Christmas Eve to help set up . Head Almoner Yasmin said: “At Redmaids' High, we believe it is really important to get into the Christmas spirit and give back to our community. After all, this is the season for giving!"

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n BISHOPSTON MUM A HAPPY new year to you all, hope you have a good start to 2018! Although the fun and festivities are now over and the nights are long and dark, our community has one event coming up which will bring light and magic to the long, hard Winter: Bishopston Window Wanderland 2018! Taking place on the evenings of Saturday 24, Sunday 25 and Monday 26 February from 5.30 – 9pm, Window Wanderland is a wonderful trail of illuminated windows and gardens around the local area. You can take part by either lighting up your home and garden for three nights or simply following the trail on the night. Although some of the displays in previous years have been truly spectacular, your own display need not be complicated: a candle, fairy lights or simple image in your window can be just as effective! To find out more please visit www. windowwanderland.com/event/ bishopston-bristol-2018/ Despite the cold and wet weather that winter brings it is still good to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and fun. Golden

Buds Parent & Toddler Group meets on Tuesdays in term-time at the brilliant Golden Hill Community Garden and is especially for young children aged from 18 months - 4 years. Activities include playing, digging in the digging bed (created especially for the sheer pleasure of digging), discovering (there are a wealth of frogs, toads

and mini beasts that live in the community garden) and outdoor crafts. Sessions take place at 9.30 – 11am and 11.30am – 1pm and cost £5 per session, £2.50 for second siblings and babies under 12 months go free. A drink and snack is given to children and a hot drink is provided for all parents/carers. To find out more please email Lucy at

ghcgarden@gmail. com If you are looking for a new child-free activity to engage in, did you know that there is a local Women's Institute? The Gloucester Road WI meets at 8pm on the third Tuesday of the month at St Andrews Bowling Club on Derby Road, St Andrews. Formed in 2011, women of all ages and backgrounds meet to listen to inspirational speakers or take part in a wide range of interesting and fun activities. The group has also raised a considerable amount of money for local charities since it was first formed. The Gloucester Road WI is taking new members this month so please do visit https://gloucesterroadwi.org/ to find out more. I hope this column gives you some ideas and inspiration to take you into 2018! Warm wishes,

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n NEWS In Bishopston this month... We were delighted to see that Bristol City Council is well ahead of its targets for reducing its carbon emissions. The Council has successfully achieved its previous green targets of a 50% reduction in carbon emissions from council operations (against a 2005 baseline) three years ahead of schedule, and has now delivered a massive 60% reduction in 2016/17. The new proposals will aim for a carbon reduction target for its own operations of 65% by 2020. Congratulations to Cllr Fi Hance who has led on this as cabinet member responsible for Energy, and best of luck to her replacement, incoming cabinet member Kye Dudd, in carrying the work forward. Anti-Social Behaviour We have noticed that a lot of local people have been raising issues about anti-social behaviour and fear of crime.

There is great advice from the police about how to record and report incidents in the advice section of the Avon and Somerset Police website www.avonandsomerset.police. uk/advice/neighbourhoodand-community/anti-socialbehaviour/ If you have concerns in your area and you don’t already have one, why not consider starting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme? More information is on the police website. Residents Parking Another issue that generates a lot of mail in our postbag is parking – particularly at the St. Andrews end of the ward and around the cricket ground. Although the mayor has given a commitment not to impose any new Residents’ Parking Schemes it is still possible for new schemes to be created if there is strong local support. We have been given

guidance as to how councillors are supposed to proceed, to see if there is such support, and it would importantly involve working to find solutions to the possible drawbacks of a scheme. It would be a huge amount of work and take several years at least, but we would like to hear from local people about whether you think a scheme would be a solution to the problems you face – we are willing to put the work in if you want us to! Trees fundraising Congratulations to local residents who have been raising money to replace street trees that have been felled because of age or disease. Street trees make such a contribution to our wellbeing by greening our urban environment, reducing pollution and having a cooling effect on hot summer days. You can find out more about tree sponsorship and adoption on the Bristol City

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n NEWS In Cotham this month... Libraries The administration has suspended the closure of 17 libraries while a feasibility study is being carried out into a different way for running more of the libraries - as I recommended in my motion at Full Council when they were defeated. I’m very pleased they have listened. The decision will now be taken in six months’ time but sadly on 4th December public conveniences and neighbourhood partnerships were all closed down and crossing patrols cut. Litter police: Bristol City Council has employed Kingdom as a contractor to catch people involved with littering, graffiting, dog fouling, fly tipping, and not controlling dogs. In the first four weeks in central Bristol over 1,300 people were fined and teams are set to move out to Cotham very soon. Although it is likely that this will then include rubbish in front gardens, there is some dispute over whether poor behaviour with waste bins

can be discouraged by such enforcement. I’m expecting better news about saving our street trees. Good neighbours: at this cold season with hazardous streets, please be more aware of vulnerable neighbours. If you have particular concerns, contact: https://www.bristol.gov. uk/en_US/social-care-health/ form-contact-adult-care-services / Tel: 922 2700. Leaves: If you are clearing your local gutter, it’s alright to put a couple of shovelfuls of leaves in your wheelie bin, so long as the lid will close. If you are being a real star and clearing more than this, you can order plastic bags from Bristol Waste Company who will collect them. Thanks! With my best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy 2018. Please feel free to contact me: Cllr. Anthony Negus cllr.anthony.negus@bristol. gov.uk /07833 484344

Festive Greetings to one and all This time of year can be a difficult particularly for people living on their own so this month I am giving my column over to Tracy Edwards-Brown the LinkAge Community Development Coordinator (North) who writes about Older People, Loneliness and Social Isolation, and what you can do. Did you know that keeping active and in touch with other people as you become older, can help to improve your health and wellbeing? A report by the Campaign to End Loneliness says that “the health impacts of loneliness can be as devastating as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and loneliness has been linked with depression, anxiety, heart disease and dementia.” And, with an estimated 11,000 older people experiencing loneliness in Bristol, this is an issue that needs the support of local people.

LinkAge Bristol is one organisation which has been awarded funding from Bristol Ageing Better’s initiative to support work across North Bristol, with the aim of increasing the over 50’s involvement in their community and community life. We would like to know what you’re doing locally or would like to see take place in your community. Please contact Tracy Edwards-Brown on 0773 810 4013 or email Tracyeb@ linkagenetwork.org.uk To find out more about existing activities in Bristol, visit the websites below: www.linkagebristol.org.uk www.ageuk.org.uk/bristol www.bristolageingbetter. org.uk www.wellaware.org.uk Cllr Cleo Alberta Lake Green Party Cotham Ward Tel: 07584 480531 cllr.cleo.lake@bristol.gov.uk 07584 480531

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n NEWS In Redland this month... RPS rumblings? We are working with groups of Redland residents in various parts of the ward who are dealing with substantial pressures from commuter parking. This includes incidents where emergency vehicles cannot get through, service trucks having problems collecting recycling, ‘parking rage,’ as well as risks to children going to school or people accessing Redland Green through the park entrance. Pavements are frequently blocked to people who use them, too. We are trying to find a way to make sure that where residents want a new scheme, they can have one, through discussing their situation, identifying possible solutions and ensuring their voice can be heard alongside others. New guidance has finally been published, after a very long wait. However the process suggested by the current administration looks almost designed to prevent that, which is disappointing for the many people who have contacted us. It

calls for a large scale area to be identified, with clear boundaries from the outset, suggesting 1,000 - 4,000 homes need to be included in a scheme, and wants uniform high levels of support to be documented from the outset. While officers used to do a lot of research, hold meetings, develop plans and look at issues that come up, this is now entirely in the hands of local councillors, suggesting a lengthy development process before officers even look at a scheme proposal. Councillors are also warned not to ask if people want an RPS project. Only after another year or more analysing such proposals as may be compiled and submitted will officers even look at the report that has to be drawn up first. There could then be a year or more to evaluate this, followed by a lengthy legal process if plans do get drawn up. However we have also been told there are no resources to carry forward any project that might be agreed. Not surprisingly, we find

this as frustrating as residents do, and have supported them in taking their message to the Mayor as well as asking questions to see if resources for transport projects can be identified. We appreciate the Mayor was elected on a promise not to impose new schemes, and that council budgets have suffered badly through government austerity policies, but do want to see a way forward for residents when a scheme they want is shown to be the best way to deal with local parking issues. We’ve had a meeting with officers and are aware their own small team is not currently able to assist in the way they did before but we do believe professional support is needed to balance demands from residents, local businesses and their customers, and the added pressures of commuters. We’re looking at other ways to work with residents to get solutions that are suitable for our area. Parks Bristol City Council launched

a city-wide consultation on the future of Bristol’s parks and green spaces on 6 November. It will be running for 12 weeks, until midnight on 29 January. By April 2019 the council will need to save at least £2.868million from its budget for day to day parks’ services. We would like to encourage as many people as possible to take part in this consultation by completing an online survey on the council’s Consultation Hub here: www. bristol.gov.uk/parksconsultation Anyone with a disability or particular access needs can request alternative formats by contacting the Consultation Team on consultation@bristol. gov.uk or by calling 0117 922 2848. Martin Fodor cllrmartin.fodor@bristol.gov.uk 07884736101 Fi Hance cllr.fi.hance@bristol.gov.uk 0117 3534720

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n NEWS In St Andrews this month... AT the last Full Council of the year, there was a lighter agenda than at the previous meeting, but many important issues were raised by councillors and members of the public, including university expansion, the Council’s budget, and threats to music venues from new developments. And as at the previous meeting, public statements and questions were directed to the Mayor from residents of Bishopston and St Andrews regarding the parking and road safety issues in the area. You can watch a video recording of the meeting on the Council website (bristol.gov.uk) to see what the Mayor had to say in response. The main debate by councillors concerned a motion condemning central government’s austerity programme, calling for more money and devolved powers

for Bristol to safeguard services and move our economy forward. Cllr Davies made his maiden speech proposing the motion, discussing the terrible effect this unnecessary and seemingly never-ending policy is having on our society and public services. Local government will have had its core funding slashed by nearly 80% by 2020 compared to 2010, and without genuine devolution of powers balancing our budget is proving a traumatic endeavour. The motion passed with support from Labour and Green councillors. Conservative councillors voted against, but even the leader of the Conservative group acknowledged that the severity of cuts to local councils has been disproportionate. We hope that the government will finally listen to the plethora of voices who are making the case against

austerity. Bristol will continue to lead this charge along with the UK’s other core cities. Ashley ward was prominently featured in a recent BBC documentary, Drugsland, which is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer. The series, set in Bristol, explores the effects of drug dealing and drug use on our communities, public services, users and their families. Bristol is a hotspot for drug-related activity and there have been a record number of drug-related deaths this year. Our ward is one of the most affected and the situation is continually worsening, linked to wider problems such homelessness and mental health. It’s increasingly clear that the 40-year-old drug laws are not fit for purpose and are exacerbating rather than reducing the harms being caused. New approaches need to be trialled by local authorities,

the health service and police, and we will be thinking about what the Council can do to help alleviate this situation moving forward. Finally, if you are reading this prior to Christmas, we hope you have a peaceful, enjoyable and relaxing festive season. 2017 brought many surprises, but the twin poisons of austerity and Brexit continue to dominate our national life. We hope that 2018 will be the year things start to turn around. Mike Davies, cllr.mike.davies@bristol.gov.uk 07584 370 413 Jude English cllr.jude.english@bristol.gov.uk 07584 151 099 Carole Johnson cllr.carole.johnson@bristol.gov.uk 07584 370 414

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A contemporary book with inspirational photographic illustrations of healthy posture is Esther Gokhale’s “8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back”, which I recommend as a treat for 2018. It’s a feast for the eyes, celebrating the strength, elegance and harmony of primal posture in traditional cultures and times past, but explained in way that helps us understand where we are going wrong and showing how to restore our structure. It is a very practical guide to protecting yourself from the all too common musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, bunions, joint degeneration - and other things you don’t want spoiling a Happy New Year! For more information on my courses see: www.gokhalemethod.com or go online to book a place on one of my free workshops: • Sunday 14th January, 3pm, Spicer+Cole, Gloucester Rd • Sunday 11th February, 3pm, Spicer+Cole, Gloucester Rd

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Hospitals' gifts of comfort for relatives THE relatives and carers of patients nearing the end of their lives in Bristol's city centre hospitals will be offered a Comfort Box to help make their stay in hospital with loved ones more comfortable. The boxes, funded by local hospital charity Above & Beyond, contain small, comforting items that make a big difference when it is difficult to leave a loved one’s side. Items include toiletries, including a toothbrush, wet wipes and hand cream, a sleeping mask and ear plugs plus tea, coffee and biscuits. Also included is a leaflet which provides useful information about visiting hours, arranging an overnight stay and where to buy food and drink on hospital sites. Respecting the needs of families and friends of end of life care patients has been cited as one of five priorities in the ‘One Chance to Get it Right’ report by the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People. NHS England has deemed the approach outlined in the report as the touchstone for end of life care for all health and care professionals. A feedback form will be included in the Comfort Box so that hospital staff can evaluate and continually improve relative and carer experience. Sue Coghlan, Sister on Ward 78 at St Michael’s Hospital, said: “During difficult times, it really is the little things that can make all the difference to a relative’s or carer’s stay on the ward. Having simple amenities such as the ability to make yourself a cup of tea in the early hours without

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it most.” Paul Kearney, CEO of Above & Beyond, added: “Our hospital staff gives excellent care to patients and the Comfort Box will allow them to offer that little

bit extra to relatives and carers as well. Providing comfort in times of need is vitally important and, in difficult circumstances, we’re proud to be able to support the staff in going above and beyond what the NHS can provide.” The funds for the Comfort Box initiative were approved by Above & Beyond’s board of trustees. Staff have also used the funds to purchase special chairs that convert into a bed for visitors staying overnight. Other grants approved by trustees this year include £108,000 for the continuation of the much-valued free hospital bus service used by 12,000 patients, visitors and staff per month and £10,283 for an educational, app-based projection system, Magic Carpet, to keep young patients engaged and active during stays in the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Founded in 1974, Above & Beyond is the local charity fundraising for all nine city centre hospitals, many of which are specialist centres for the South West region. Each year Above & Beyond raises £3m to make a real difference to patient care and hospital experience with a focus on creating welcoming environments, supporting staff training, providing the latest equipment and funding innovative research. To support Above & Beyond so that it can continue to make a difference to patients and their loved ones, visit:http://www. aboveandbeyond.org.uk

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n VINEYARD NEWS with INGRID BATES LIKE November, December is a relatively quiet month on the vineyard front with none of the massive time pressure of summer work. I’ve been steadily working my way through rolling-up the bird nets but have not made huge progress during my sporadic vineyard visits. As I work toward the final row of netting my thoughts are turning towards the pruning and how I’d better hurry up and start. We’ve had a few cold snaps so the vines are well and truly dormant and I have to get through all 2,400 of them by late March. Better get my skates on! Some of my younger vines are now just reaching their full size which means pruning takes longer and longer each year. On the plus side it also means I get to make a bigger bonfire at the end, which is fun. In the summer months I don’t have time to do any markets but at Christmas I always manage to squeeze in the Bishopston Market at Bishop Road School. This year was especially successful because it was on the same evening as the Gloucester Road late night shop opening. For someone who sells mainly to restaurants it’s always interesting to

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WHAT’S ON A REGULAR BASIS Monday n Toddler group at Ardagh Pavilion, Kellaway Avenue, Horfield Common. Ages 0-3, cost £2.50 per family includes refreshments and biscuits. All welcome. Friendly vibrant group just drop in. Contact Kay on 01179426580 for further details. n FitSteps, Ashley Down Primary School, Olveston Road, 7-8pm. FitSteps® the new craze in dance fitness classes from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ very own Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and Mark Foster. n Morris for fitness and fun, 7.15pm – 8.15pm at Horfield URC, Muller Road, Horfield, BS7 9RE during term time only, no performance element, small groups. Sticks and hankies provided. Tel/text: Kim on 07813

346819 / 0117 9401566 n Redland Wind Band rehearses at the Quakers Meeting Room on Gloucester Road at 7.30pm. We sometimes have vacancies, currently mainly for bass instruments, horns and percussionists. Contact Andy Brown at redlandwindband@googlemail. com or on 07594240269 or via our website www.redlandwindband. co.uk . Get in touch if you would like to be put on our mailing list or would like to book us for events or fundraisers. n Redland Green Choir meets for rehearsals every Monday 7.30pm-9.30pm at Redland Green School. We sing a wide variety of music. New members welcome: no auditions. For more information, visit redlandgreenchoir.org.uk. or phone 0117 9443042. n Beaufort Junior Badminton Club. Venue: Cotham School Sports Hall, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT. Date/Time: Mondays from 6-7pm, term time only. Age Group: 11 18 years. All standards. Coaching and club play but also progression to Avon County Teams and senior clubs. Coaches CRB checked and Badminton England qualified. Contact: Penny Shears 0794 101 3514. Email: pennyshears@ googlemail.com n RAFA, City of Bristol branch and club Eastfield Westbury on Trym for ex-RAF and associate members. Skittle Alley, parties and functions. Live entertainment on Saturday evenings. Open Monday to Saturday lunchtimes and evenings. Sundays noon till 5pm. All enquiries telephone 0117 3291913. n Exercise Movement and Dance class for ladies. Low impact classes offer dance, exercise and core strengthening. Strengthen muscles, raise energy levels, improve balance and mobilise joints. 6.25-7.30pm at Fairlawn Primary School, Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5JL. Tel: Rachael at FL Exercise on 07966 418 714 / rachaelwilliams@ talktalk.net . Classes run on 5-7 week basis - charged as a block booking (£8 per class -1st Class Free). n Mondays 10:00am, 11:15am, 18:00pm. Yoga for everyone and all stages of life. Move, breathe, strengthen, calm at our beautiful YogaSpace Bishopston studio. Find out more at www.bristolyogaspace. co.uk or contact Clara hello@ bristolyogaspace.co.uk / 07530 053 543. n Senior Film Club, every third Monday in the month at 2pm St Peter's Hall, The Drive,

Henleaze, BS9 4LD. All Welcome. Refreshments £3. Dial-a-ride transport possible by personal arrangement ; 0845 130 1875. n Redland Green Bowls Club welcomes new members, come along to our club on Redland Green any Monday after 4pm , or book a free taster session with one of our qualified coaches. Jean or Gerry :Tel 9624466 . HALF price membership for the first year (£50) n 8pm Fun Quiz Night: Tv, Film, Music & more! at the Bristol Flyer, Gloucester Road, Bishopston Just £1 to enter n After school French Club for primary children at Gloucester Rd Quaker Meeting House. the new class times are: Monday: Level 2 – 5.10 – 5.50 All classes take place at The Quaker Meeting House, Gloucester rd. Website – www. frenchclubbristol.com n The Arts Society Bristol is for those who enjoy the arts and welcomes new members. Activities include monthly lectures by specialists in their field, at 8pm in University of Bristol School of Chemistry, BS8 1TS . More information on our website www. theartssociety-bristol.org.uk n Watercolour Painting Art Classes take place every Monday at Redland Library, between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Each half term course focusses on a new subject each half term. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, with some previous drawing experience recommended. For more information or to book, please visit: www.painting.zone. For queries or to add your name to the mailing list, contact Stella Shaw at admin@painting.zone or ‘phone 07791400362. Tuesday n The Golden Buds is a group aimed at 18 months to 4yearolds and is a fabulous opportunity to be outside with your little ones, digging, playing, finding newts and frogs, watering, singing and making things all in the heart of urban Bristol! Sessions run from 9.30-11am and 11.30-1pm in school terms. We take booking on a term by term basis. Each session costs £5, a second sibling is £2.50 and under 12 months can come along free. There’s squash and biscuits and a snack from the garden as well as a hot drink for parents. For more info, visit: thegoldenhillcommunitygarden. com n Scottish Country Dancing Get fit with Westbury Scottish Club. Classes for beginners at Leonard

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January, 2018 spending money for good causes. For more details of how to apply for assistance with charitable activities in Bristol or to become involved in our activities see Bristol Brunel Lions Club on line or contact our Club Secretary Bill O’Neill at lion. bill@virginmedia.com Wednesday n Golden Hill Community Garden. 10.00am – 4.00pm. Come and get involved in your local community garden! No experience necessary and kids welcome. Learn about growing and relax in our beautiful space with a cup of tea. No need to come every week or stay all day. Our site is wheelchair accessible including our toilet. For more information contact Lucy ghcgarden@gmail. com or 07506 905 394. We’re just through the gates at the end of Monk Rd BS7 8NE www. thegoldenhillcommunitygarden. com n Bristol Voices Community Choir are welcoming new members, £5 a week (£3 concs) payable at the start of each term. We meet during the school term from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in St Werburgh’s Primary School, James St, BS2 9US. The school is fully accessible and has free parking. No experience necessary, no auditions and you don’t have to read music as all the songs are taught by ear. Our repertoire includes pop, folk, gospel, jazz, show tunes and world music. Find out more about the choir, at www.bristolvoices.org.uk n New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol. Established choir since 1994, we offer a chance for ladies to get together and have a good old sing! No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. We perform several concerts a year and sometimes travel to other parts of the country to sing with other choirs. Our repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs. Everyone is welcome to Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd on Wednesdays 7.30-9.30. We’d love to meet you. For more information contact our website www.nhlcbristol.co.uk or our secretary, Angela nhlc@talktalk. com n Lazy Dog Film Club. A free, small, but perfectly formed community film club based at the Lazy Dog pub on Ashley Down Road. We run the club every other week (Wednesday) in the upstairs of the Pub on Ashley Hill. We screen from Sept - July every year. All showings start at 8pm but we do advise people to book free places via LazyDogFilmClub@gmail.com , as we only have 35 seats per showing. For more information on the upcoming films, visit: www.

bishopstonvoice facebook.com/LazyDogFilmClub n Horfield Townswomen’s Guild. This friendly Townswomen’s Guild meets on the second Wednesday of each month at St Gregory the Great Church Hall, Filton Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0PD at 2.30pm. Why not come along and meet us? Just turn up, or ring Edna on 949 5413, and she will look out for you. n Squirrel Camp Forest School, Badock’s Wood, 9.45-11.15 and 1.00-2.30 (during term time). £6 per family. Contact: jennysanderson@ blueyonder.co.uk. n Sing! with the Bristol Children’s Choir. Open to children aged 7-13 from any school in Bristol. If your child loves singing and would like to do more, Out There Music Children’s Choir could be what you are looking for. Meet every in term time from 4.45-6pm in the performing arts studio at Cotham School. More info, contact Holly Shannon on 07866587424, admin@ outtheremusicbristol.co.uk . n Spiritual Healing at Westbury Park Spiritualist church BS6 7TH Every Wednesday, 2pm - 3.30pm every week. No appointment necessary, animals welcome. Come along and feel the benefit. Also healing after Sunday evening service@8pm. n Wednesdays 10:00am. Baby & Me post-natal yoga class, 10:00 11:00am plus tea and chat after. Supportive, friendly class with babies made very welcome. Move, breathe, meet and chat with other new mums at YogaSpace Bishopston. Find out more at www. bristolyogaspace.co.uk or contact Clara hello@bristolyogaspace.co.uk / 07530 053 543. n Why not join welsh national opera Friends. We support this world class company and everyone is very welcome to join. We offer monthly evening meetings at Redmaids High School MONTHLY at 7.15pm. Talks with music. Costs-£7.00 or £1.00 for students (Friends £5.00). For further information contact: Margaret Borkowski:borkmail@gmail.com n Melody Makers Pop Choir. An evening choir for men and women singing popular songs. Wednesday's term time 7:30-9:00pm The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze. Book a FREE taster www. melodymakerschoir.co.uk n Read together a short story and poem. Weekly drop-in adult group, shared reading. It's fun, sometimes surprising, moving and exciting. No preparation, just come along and listen. Bishopston Library, every Wednesday 11.30am to 1.00pm. We read and chat. Refreshments provided. Free. n Westbury Park WI is the local WI for Westbury Park, Henleaze and Bishopston. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month from

7.30pm in Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Road, BS6 7HE. Guest fees are £4 per meeting – Glass of wine £2, tea, coffee, soft drinks 50p, other refreshment options available, biscuits/cake free. January 3rd meeting will be looking at this year's resolutions shortlist, plus there will be a quiz. February meeting has Jackie Franklin coming to speak on being a Foster Carer for over 30 years, fostering over 100 children, plus was on the Adoption Panel. It’s sure to be a very interesting meeting. Email westburyparkwi@ gmail.com or see website www. westburyparkwi.org.uk Thursday n Bishop Road Community Choir. We are a mixed community choir, meeting at Bishop Road School from 7.45pm to 9pm. Everyone welcome to join, regardless of singing experience. There is no audition and the choir is open to anyone, not just parents of children at the school. We sing a variety of songs and perform locally. £3.00 per session. n Bristol Ladies Choir sings a wide range of music from classical to light. The choir rehearses weekly and gives two main concerts each year. The choir also participates in approximately 9 to 10 other concerts in the Bristol area each year. Meet at 2.15pm - 3.45pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NA. New members welcome. For more information contact Hazel on 0117 9246587 or visit www. bristolladieschoir.org.uk n The Stepford Singers. Come and try Bishopston’s all female community choir. No need to read music and no auditions! We meet 1pm - 3pm so you can still be in time to pick up kids from school. For more info, email fran@ naturalvoice.net n West Bristol Orchestra meet at the United Reformed Church, Muller Road, from 7.15 - 9.15pm and play a wide range of classical music arranged for our small friendly orchestra. String players of Grade 5 and above are particularly welcome. For further information please ring 0117 968 3998. n Avon Harmony Ladies A Cappella Chorus meets for rehearsals every Thursday 7.30 -10pm at Fairfield High School, Allfoxton Road BS7 9NL. We are always made welcome, and we are actively recruiting new members. There is no need to be able to read music; we provide teaching tracks for learning by ear. See our website for more details www.avonharmony.co.uk or contact Mandy on 0117 652693 or Barbara on 07717 424421. n Horfield Quakers hold a halfhour meeting for worship to be held every Thursday Evening

35 from 6.307pm, at Horfield Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8PD. All are welcome. n Pregnancy Yoga and Birth Preparation at Horfield Leisure Centre, 7.30-9.15pm. Classes offer you the time to celebrate your pregnancy, ask questions and meet other mumstobe in a safe and welcoming environment. For more information visit www.lymalnick. info, or contact Ly on 07843 377 718 / ly.malnick@gmail.com n Slimming World Bishopston. St Michael and All Angels Church (Pigsty Hill) Gloucester Road. Groups at 9.30am and 7.30pm every Thursday. £9.95 to join and £4.95 per week after that. 6 and 12 week countdowns available. Just turn up or Call Sue on 0117 924 3556 or 07702 578 298 for a chat. n Kings Lawn Tennis Club Rusty Rackets, 19:30-21: 00. Want to get back into tennis? Come along to our fun and welcoming Rusty Rackets session every Thursday evening at Kings Lawn Tennis Club, Maplemeade ( just off Kings Drive) BS7 8JG. Nonmembers (£8) and members (£6) welcome! Contact Head Coach Elly Shearman only tennis .kings@hotmail.com for more details! n Bridge for Beginners and Improvers West of England Bridge Club now welcomes new/novice bridge players for weekly sessions held every Thursday afternoon. Cost £3. Doors open at 1.45pm and play is from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. No partner needed and we have experienced players to help and advice. Beginners lessons also offered email bridgeclassbristol @ gmail.com or ring 0117 2302694 for more info. Venue: Golden Hill Sports Club, Wimbledon Road, Bristol BS6 7YA. Full details at www. woebc.co.uk n Spiritualist church Westbury Park Cairns Road BS6 7TH Open development circle Thursday evening at 7.15 for 7.30 start All are welcome. n Sporting Memories Group at the Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground most Thursdays from 11am to 12.30pm. A group suitable for people that are isolated or lonely and may have memory difficulties. The group is particularly for those that are interested in sport. Please contact John Collis on 07757527634 or come along to the ground from 11am. n Henleaze Ladies Choir is a friendly welcoming group which meets in St Peters Church Hall, Henleaze on Thursdays between September and May from 1.30 – 3.30 pm (with a short break for tea). We give 2 charity concerts a year in December and May and from time to time are invited to entertain community groups around the city.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA There are also occasional social events organised. We are always pleased to see new members. Pease come and try a rehearsal without obligation. To find out more contact Jane English (07752 332278) or Jean Wickham (0117 9624466). n North Bristol Community Project Arts Fringe: Arts for Well-being, Thursdays 10am-12pm. Well-being Lunch Club, Thursdays 12.30-2pm. 10 week Sewing for Employability course, Mondays 10am -12pm; now taking bookings for the next sewing course starting on January 8 2018. The 10 week sewing course & the Lunch Club are FREE. For all other activities, there is a fee of £10 towards the cost of basic materials, tuition & refreshments. 160 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NT, Tel: 0774 237 7799 /0117 924 6228, www. northbristolcommunityproject. org.uk Friday n Bristol University of the third age (u3a) scrabble group would welcome new members. We play very friendly and informal games every Friday at the Beehive, Wellington Hill West, BS9 4QY from 2 to 4pm. For further info please

contact Heddy SARA on 0117 9241318 and indicate when asked to give your name that you are phoning about scrabble in order not to be blocked. also email : nigel.d.sara@btinternet.com Saturday n Whiteladies Farmers’ and Fair Trading Market is now held EVERY Saturday, from 8.30am-2pm. Takes place at the junction of Whiteladies/Apsley/Burlington Roads. Stalls cover bread, cheese, local lamb and chicken, fish, preserves, cakes, sushi, local fruit and veg, wild food larder, and recycled tools, wooden items and much more. n Coffee, Tea and Refreshments served every Saturday from 10.30am to noon at Bishopston Methodist Church, 245 Gloucester Road. Join us for a rest and a chat. n The Clifton Garden Society are eager to attract new members from all parts of Bristol. The Society offer monthly visits by coach to country houses and gardens, a quarterly newsletter. and an annual holiday. If you would like to join this friendly group please call 0117 9737296 for full details.

• Did you know we can collect and deliver prescriptions for free from all local surgeries inc. Bishopston Medical Practice, Fallodon Way, Horfield Medical Centre, Monks Park Surgery, Westbury on Trym, Western College, Whiteladies Surgery • Free NHS funded Smoking Cessation Products • Specialist Incontinence and Living Aid Products • Free NHS Flu vaccination available September onwards

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Be a founding member of the Community Partnership BISHOPSTON Cotham and Redland Community Partnership (BCR CP) is inviting local groups and individuals to sign up as founding partners before the launch at the AGM in February 2018. BCR CP aims to encourage the involvement of local people in community affairs, including holding regular public meetings, and to support community projects and initiatives. Founding community groups will have the opportunity to nominate a member of their group to sit on the BCR CP committee which will be elected at the AGM and will influence the allocation of funding and the setting of local objectives. The committee will also decide on the agendas of public meetings where local groups can raise their concerns or publicise their projects, and identify topics that deserve CP and partner group action.

The following organisations have signed up as Founding group members to date: • Friends of St Andrews Park • Gloucester Road Central • Gloucester Road Enterprise and Trade • Kingsdown Conservation Group • Sustainable Redland • The Bishopston Society Founding group partner status is free; but donations to support the cost of meetings and insurance are welcomed. You don't have to already be a member of a community group to get involved - individual founding partners are also welcome. The first BCR CP Annual General Meeting will be at the end of February 2018. See the website for details BCRCP.ORG.UK/JOIN where you can also sign up to the mailing list to receive confirmation of the date and meeting details.

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n NEWS Yoga for Health by Diana Penny

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Yoga Pose of the Month:

Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle pose)

Practice time: 20– 30 seconds. Benefits: Develops strength and flexibility through the legs, arms, spine, and chest. Tones the waist and stomach muscles. 1. Stand up straight and tall on your yoga mat. With an inhalation, jump your feet four to four and a half feet apart and swing your arms out to the

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

Recycling and waste

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

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

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

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

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

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

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

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

Recycling and waste

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

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

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

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

bristol.gov.uk/recycle

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January, 2018

n NEWS VOLUNTEERS at the Metford Road Community Orchard in Redland have welcomed a vital sponsorship by Bristol law firm, Barcan+Kirby. The sponsorship has allowed the volunteer group of this beloved orchard to implement a crucial hedge-laying project to maintain the orchard, encourage new growth and protect local wildlife. Hedge laying, which is a traditional skill used on farmlands and the countryside across the UK, is vital for creating wildlife corridors and safe havens for small animals and nesting birds. The funding of this project is part of Barcan+Kirby's, 'Growing Together' campaign, which supports community orchards, gardens, meadows and a city farm. The campaign aims to boost the funds of these local community organisations to enable organisers to either complete much needed maintenance work or to kick start new projects. Karen Shergold, the committee chair of the Metford Road Community Orchard, said: "A huge 'thank you' to Barcan+Kirby for enabling this project. We had two long runs of trees and shrubs casting lots

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Sponsorship helps hedge-laying project at community orchard of shade, taking up lots of room, and interrupting the healthy airflow through our orchard and the neighbouring allotment. "The grant has meant that we could pay to get it done professionally by Malcolm Dowling, one of the best hedge layers in the country. We also enjoyed two days of great community and hands-on learning." Bill Willcocks, managing partner of Barcan+Kirby, said: “We are delighted to be able to help such a wonderful community project. "Grassroots projects such as this make such a positive contribution to the local environment and give local people an opportunity to benefit through volunteering as they learn and develop new skills. "We are proud to be at the heart of our local communities and it is a vital part of who we are." Other projects selected for sponsorship include the Golden

Expert Hedge layer, Malcolm Dowling (centre) with his apprentice Ollie Garner (centre right) and Metford Road Community Orchard Committee Chair, Karen Shergold (far right) with members and volunteers of the orchard. Hill Community Garden in Horfield, a scything course at the Thornbury Community Orchard

and the Greater Bedminster Good Front Garden Awards taking place next year.

Spot local horrors! Start 2018 by giving a blood donation

THE preview screening of Bruce McClure’s latest horror movie, District Nurse, is at the Cube Cinema on Wednesday January 24. A mother and child go missing. A maniacal couple are at large. They believe undertaking a series of bizarre rituals will revive a strange and mysterious sea creature that will look after them in their old age. Are the two events connected? Some of the film was shot in Bristol and features local cast including Kate Davies-

Speak as the District Nurse and Bishopston actress Theresa Roche, as the cult leader’s wife and high priestess. The film has been reviewed as “A kaleidoscope of nightmares, a cacophony of schizoid fantasies with an underlying rumble of paranoia, District Nurse is a poetic and worthy addition to the low-budget, self-made, British thriller genre.” (Robert Urquart, Elephant Magazine.) Screening followed by Q & A: 7.30pm, Cube Cinema, 4 Princess Row, BS2 8JD.

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking people in Bishopston and Redland to make a New Year’s resolution that saves lives. The organisation says: Doing something good this year doesn’t have to mean giving something up. We’re asking people to give blood - it’s an inspirational way to start 2018. By giving up just one hour of your time you could save or improve up to three lives. In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating. It’s especially important that we recruit younger people to donate blood and we are particularly looking for new donors from black and Asian communities, and donors with the universal blood group O negative. It’s quick and easy to register to become a blood donor, visit www.blood.co.uk, download a give blood app, search 'NHSGiveBlood' in the app store or contact 0300 123 23 23. If you’ve registered but haven’t yet donated, please book an appointment at Bristol Donor Centre this year.

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n VETS' ADVICE By Hannah Hirst RVN VETERINARY nursing consults have only started to take off in practices relatively recently. With vets becoming increasingly in demand for appointments, there are many consults that can be performed by a registered nurse, often for a much lower cost. These consults include, but are not limited to, nail clips, post-operative checks and suture removals, dressing changes, flea and worm clinics, emptying anal glands, weight clinics, dental clinics, geriatric clinics, and prearranged blood tests. Nurse consults are mainly used to offer preventative care and advice to avoid problems in later life. For example, regular dental checks and knowledge on preventative treatments can help avoid your pet needing an anaesthetic and dental work later on. Nurses often have more time to spend talking to clients about their pet’s health, as the appointment slots are longer than vet appointments. The consults are the perfect opportunity to get to know more of the veterinary team and form closer relationships between the practice and owners. These relationships mean that owners

Why not ask a vet nurse? will know advice is always readily available for them. These consults can also be beneficial for spotting potential problems early on. However, before booking a nurse consult for your pet it is important to understand that nurses cannot diagnose a new problem or prescribe medication. If during the nurse consult concerns are raised about your pet, the nurse may refer them to the vet to be checked over and for the correct treatment to be prescribed. This may mean an appointment on a different day. Nurse consults here at the Animal Health Centre are readily available throughout the day with our four registered veterinary nurses. Both Sam and Kristiana enjoy a wide variety of consults. Lela runs weight watchers clinics for both overweight and underweight pets, and Hannah has knowledge on behaviour problems and how to prevent them. If you would like to book a nurse consult to discuss any worries you may have about your pet, or to book one of the clinics mentioned above, please call 0117 924 7832.

Animal Health Centre Gloucester Road’s Independent Veterinary Practice 358 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8TP 0117 9247832 www.animalhealthcentre.org

Can Daleks count? DALE the Dalek’s owner, Keith Walker, says he can but will Dale beat all entrants to become the winner of this year’s charity challenge at 48 Thornleigh Road? Counting pea sticks in the front garden is a low tech activity but one that requires plenty of concentration for all ages. Use your wits to defeat Dale this winter and take a punt at the pea stick count. Keith is hoping to raise £1,000 for Children’s Hospice South West and has a number of prizes to win too.

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n SUSTAINABILITY with Hamish Mills, Sustainable Redland

We cannot cut emissions on our own IN the Winter edition of the magazine Permaculture, an article about how easy it would be for Britain to shift to zero carbon energy production ends by saying that whilst there are many ways of going about the challenge, there is one clear, overarching conclusion, which is that we must do it together. I take that to mean the government, we the people and the businesses which build things for us must pull together to create zero carbon Britain. I imagine the opposite means not working for the common good, nor working together. The Climate Change Act of 2008 has legally committed us to reducing our 1990 carbon output

levels 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. As we’re nearly into 2018, are we going to achieve this, and how well are we pulling together to make it happen? Take a look at housing stock. It is responsible for something like 37% of our emissions nationally, which makes it a prime area to focus on. Glancing at an EU wide map showing household emissions, Britain fares worst alongside Greece. No other countries show such discouraging levels. France and the Nordic countries look pretty good, Germany not quite as good and Italy less so, whilst the Adriatic countries are brilliant. So what’s up with us? For a start, 70% of our stock is old and

therefore probably without the energy efficiencies of new build. On the whole it will be single glazed with patchy insulation and drafty. Reducing emissions 80% by 2050 in these circumstances is challenging. I read somewhere it will require one complete retrofitting every two minutes, which with our present level of commitment is unachievable. It is also something most of us on our own cannot afford, so what do we do? Give up? Not on our own is key to understanding the way forward. Our city, and Bishopston, Redland and Cotham in particular have a wealth of information about retro fitting old housing stock. Many have done it with very little money

filling in shortfalls with available grants, and seeking the guidance of expert advice. Take a look at the Bristol Green Doors website and be impressed by its ideas and information, and check out its links to other local organisations offering support. Quite the opposite of feeling disheartened about something like this, we should rejoice in our achievements. Of course, if we are really going to achieve an 80% emissions cut by 2050, we the voters need to push our government to make sure it has a workable plan that will use our experience to bring all 70% of our old housing stock up to standard, preferably before that date.

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n BOOKS OF THE MONTH

Friends of Bishopston Library

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry When three of your favourite authors name the same title as their Book of the Year, that is an recommendation worth pursuing. Jackie Kay, Val McDermid & Ali Smith all voted for Days Without End by Sabastian Barry. The book is narrated in the first person by Thomas McNulty who emigrates to the United States in the 1850’S to escape poverty and famine in his native Ireland. He befriends John Cole and together at the age of 17 they volunteer to join the US army. The book relates the full horror and hardship of their lives as soldiers as well as the development of their relationship. This beautifully written book chronicles a brutal chapter in the history of the USA covering both the Indian and the American Civil Wars as well as being a wonderful love story. This book would make an ideal xmas present. Bob Deacon of Bishopston Library

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For this book and many more, visit us at Bishopston Library. If we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, there are over 2 million items from which you can reserve across LibrariesWest and collect from any library of your choice. Opening Hours:

Monday……….1–7pm Tuesday……….closed Wednesday…..11am-5pm Thursday……..11am-5pm Friday…………11am-5pm Saturday:……..11am–5pm Sunday………..closed

ENCOURAGED by the success of the events in October (Lia Leendertz: The Almanac) and November (Librarian Theatre: Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest), the Friends have continued to meet regularly to plan future activities. The Friends is a volunteer ­run group independent of the Libraries Service but working with them to create events and support community use of the library. Current plans include local author and poet Lucy English who will entertain us on Friday 2nd February together with some regular activities such as coffee mornings and a programme of short talks on topical issues. The Friends also hope to put together activities or events that will appeal to young adults; we would welcome your ideas on this. The Friends are also considering setting up a repair café similar to the one that operates every month at Easton library. The concept is to encourage people to embrace sustainable consumerism (and save money at the same time) by using the skills available in the café to get items repaired instead of throwing them away. Please let us know if you have skills (electronics engineering, sewing, etc) that you would be willing to put to use for the community. Visit the FOBL Facebook page www.facebook.com/ bishopstonlibrary or email us at: friends@bishopstonlibrary. org.uk

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January, 2018

n ADVERTISING FEATURE AS we get older, we often complain that we can no longer do the things we could ‘when we were young’, but most people want to enjoy an active lifestyle well into old age. In fact, it is important to maintain activity as this not only keeps our joints healthy and in good working order, but it also keeps other parts of our bodies healthy too. Mr Evert Smith, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Spire Bristol Hospital, finds that many of us believe that you have to be ‘of a certain age’ to contemplate having a joint replacement. However, if a joint such as a hip or knee is no longer working properly, a joint replacement is sometimes the best option and putting off replacement surgery can often cause more problems. Mr Smith answers some frequently asked questions about joint health and joint replacement surgery: Question: When seeking a specialist opinion, what do patients typically complain of and what can be done? Answer: Joint pain is increasingly common as we age. It is important that patients do not to ignore joint pain that is worsened by walking. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. However, many people ignore the warning signs and battle through the pain with the help of analgesics, or through sheer grit. Joint pain can be managed in many ways, and does not

Putting up with joint pain is not the healthy option

necessarily mean you will need a joint replacement operation. A course of physiotherapy may be all that is needed to get you back on track. The important thing is to get it checked out, first by your GP and then with a scan or x-ray investigation. Putting up with the pain is not a sensible option. Persistent or increasing pain is a warning sign and it should be investigated. Question: What might happen if joint pain is ignored and can it worsen over time such that surgery becomes a necessity? Answer: It is a fact of life that as we get older our joints are likely to become stiffer and can cause pain. However, putting off treatment will only worsen the situation and may have a detrimental effect on other joints, as they try to take the strain of the malfunctioning or painful joint. For example, If you limp due to a painful knee, you are likely to alter the way you walk, and this in turn will put a strain on other joints such as your hips, your other knee or your back as these joints try to accommodate an altered posture or style of walking. This may be acceptable in the case of a short-term injury, but

when this occurs over a prolonged period, it will affect other parts of your body. Question: Do people stop undertaking physical activity to avoid the pain of damaged joints, and can this affect general health? Answer: If carrying out your normal everyday functions, such as walking, exercising or performing ordinary tasks becomes too painful such that you avoid or stop doing things, it is important to get treatment because reducing activity can affect ones health. For example, Your heart and lungs can be adversely affected if you do not take regular exercise and you may also gain weight. Benefits of joint replacement surgery. Joint replacement operations have an excellent success rate. A new hip or knee can give you a completely new lease of life. Walking and other activities that you previously loved but could no longer do, not only become possible again but are actually enjoyable. Many people in their 50s and 60s who are suffering joint pain come to me having given up their

favourite activity such as golf or tennis. Following successful surgery, they can return to their former favourite activities. Depending on age and general fitness, low impact activities are possible. I always advise my patients not to let painful joints dictate their lifestyle when there are so many treatment options available to resolve these issues. Spire Bristol Hospital offer a range of diagnostic scans, including x-rays, MRI and CT scans, whilst providing access to a consultant of your choice. If you or someone you know is suffering from joint pain and needs to see a specialist, a private consultation can be an option for everyone. Spire Bristol Hospital are able to provide finance options through Zebre Health Finance. So, you don’t necessarily need to have private insurance to access private healthcare. Call Spire’s patient treatment advisors today on 0117 980 4080 or email info@spirebristol.com for more information on how to book an appointment or obtain information on the finance options available to you.

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n NATURE WATCH With Dawn Lawrence

HAPPY New Year to you all! We have passed the solstice but it can still feel like the deep midwinter in dirty city weather. However, on a good day the low sun is more gently golden and some plants stand out much better than in the strong light of summer. It is the season to notice fern, moss and lichen – often called lower plants (though, as Beatrix Potter pointed out, lichens are actually a union of fungus and alga). They can be tricky to identify, so, to encourage the timid beginner (who shies away in fear from those scary scientific names) they have all acquired simple English ones. OK, I can see that ‘red beard-moss’ is less intimidating than ‘Bryoerythrophyllum recurvirostrum’ but I can’t say I prefer the slightly accusatory ‘false beard-moss’ to ‘Didymodon

fallax’ – a wonderfully characterful name. Notice the leaning lime tree on Berkeley Road near the junction with Berkeley Avenue. On its trunk is a wide array of lower plants: cushions of velvety moss; pixie cups of fruiting lichen; minute leafy liverworts; and great rosettes of crustose lichen. There are elfin toadstools here too, in their season. You don’t need to know their names to appreciate their delicate beauty. Gaze at them long enough (just ignore the looks from passersby) and you will begin to see them as the strange trees and shrubs of a magical miniature forest. These faery glens have their own microscopic fauna of wild animals, and most interesting and strange, (in other words, my personal favourites) are the tardigrades. Their whimsical English names include moss piglet and water bear. They’re not piglets or bears at all (don’t worry – you haven’t been THAT unobservant) but half-millimetre-long eightlegged creatures on the far side of the insects from where we’re standing. They do look a bit like piglets with their long rounded snouts, and a bit like those species of teddy bear that sit up and offer their arms for a hug. So, let’s go on a bear hunt! To see a tardigrade you take a tiny pinch of moss, put it on a saucer and wet it thoroughly. After a

few hours squeeze out a drop or two of water and examine them under a microscope (sorry, but you will need a microscope). With a bit of patience, you should find a tardigrade bumbling slowly through the fragments of detritus, like an aged elephant wading through a swamp. If you don’t find them first time then try the same technique with something else, for example wet leaves from guttering or moss from a different location. Like many invertebrates, it can be hard to spot your first one but once you know what you’re looking for you will have no trouble finding more – it’s all a matter of looking carefully in the right place. Happy hunting!

A little New Year Quiz for you. Where can this fine display of maidenhair spleenwort be found? A bar of Divine chocolate to the first person to identify the site. Send your replies by email to news@ bishopstonvoice.co.uk

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Meningitis B vaccination Is it necessary for me/my child to have this? I have had some vaccination done when I travelled abroad last year - am I covered? Does my child need both the Men ACWY and Men B Vaccine? Are there any side effects in having this vaccine? How much does it cost?

0117 9246579 18 Kellaway Avenue, Westbury Park , Bristol, BS6 7XR www.kellawaypharmacy. co.uk This column by Jess Williams of Kellaway Pharmacy aims to help educate patients on a range of conditions and provide information to help maintain their well being while also easing pressure on GP surgeries by promoting self care.

NO doubt that these are some of the common questions that many are asking with the recent cases of Meningitis B among young people in Bristol. Meningococcal group B bacteria is a serious cause of lifethreatening infections, including meningitis and blood poisoning worldwide. There are 12 known groups of meningococcal bacteria, and group B (MenB) is responsible for about 90% of meningococcal infections in the UK. This bacteria can spread to people through prolonged close contact. Meningococcal infections tend to come in bursts. In the past 20 years, between 500 and 1,700 people every year have suffered

from MenB disease, with around 1 in 10 dying from the infection. Many of those who survive suffer terrible permanent disability, such as amputation, brain damage and epilepsy. Meningitis can affect all ages but it’s more common in babies and young children. The next most vulnerable groups is teenagers and young adults due to increased social mixing at these ages (starting sixth form and university). All teenagers are now vaccinated against the Meningitis ACWY strain (a different strain from B) at secondary school but not Meningitis B. Unfortunately, the insidious nature of this causative bacteria means the NHS cannot

offer the vaccines to everyone at the present moment. However, due to recent cases and fatality of Men B among young people (including in Bristol), there has been a massive campaign to raise funds and awareness of this condition. As your local pharmacy, the pharmacist has undertaken the necessary training and is able to provide the Men B vaccination privately from December onwards. Our pharmacy team will also be very happy to provide you with advice and help you with any queries you have. There is no question that will be too trivial when it comes to something as important as your health. Come in today, do not delay!

Local law firm raises over £4,000 for Bristol charity A BRISTOL-BASED charity that supports elderly and isolated people will receive over £4,000 in donations from a local law firm this year. Irwin Mitchell, based near Castle Park in central Bristol, has raised £4,030.44 to date for The Anchor Society, with the latest fundraiser seeing 31 members of staff from the law firm taking to a rowing machine to row 110k – the total surface area of Bristol – in one working day. Money raised for The Anchor Society by Irwin Mitchell will go towards the charity’s new sports initiative, Sport and Physical Activity for Older People. The scheme aims to encourage older and isolated people around Bristol and the surrounding areas to stay active and to socialise at the same time. Alex Lausen, a personal injury solicitor who works at Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office and who took part in the rowing, said: “We’re so grateful to everyone who has come together to help us raise over £4,000 for The Anchor Society to date. We’re delighted with everyone who has donated to the cause and sponsored our efforts.

“We’re still hoping to raise more funds for The Anchor Society during our 12 days of Christmas fundraising extravaganza, which will include a Christmas raffle, bake sales, a Christmas jumper day, Christmas quizzes and a Secret

Santa day.” John Manley, The Anchor Society's president from November 2016 to November 2017 said: "Irwin Mitchell's rowing fundraiser was a tremendous event 101 km is Bristol to Oxford!

Congratulations and a big thanks to all the rowers." Staff from Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office have set up a fundraising page for The Anchor Society, which you can find here or at Virgin Money Giving if you wish to donate.

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n ON THE BEAT

News from the local policing team with PC David Rockell

HAPPY new year to all the readers of the Bishopston Voice! I want to use this first column of 2018 to talk about two themes which I discuss regularly – vehicle crime and burglary. I don’t want to sound like stuck record, but these crimes affect so many people and there is still a lot that people could be

doing to protect themselves and their property. There were 29 car crimes recorded in Bishopston during a 28 day period in November to December and 10 in Redland. These were mostly theft from motor vehicle offences, but also include damage and interference, where someone has tampered with the vehicle by removing plastic from windscreen wipers, knocked wing mirrors off or bent car aerials. Most of these offences occurred around Gloucester Road and Ashley Down Road, and the streets off these roads, as well as in other areas. Around Bishopston, people are still unfortunately leaving property on display in their cars. Please remember to always lock your vehicle and to take all your belongings with you. Never leave bags on display and if you want to be extra security conscious, empty your boot and put the back seats down, so it’s clear there is nothing inside worth taking. In Redland, we’ve seen an increase in number plates being stolen from vehicles, which are

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it? Now is the time to switch it on! Been meaning to fix the lock on your shed or garage but not got round to it? Seize the moment and visit the DIY shop! Always lock doors and windows before going out and when you go to bed at night. A lot of people leave small bathroom windows open thinking that thieves won’t be able to get through them, but they are a very common entry point for burglars who never miss an opportunity to get into a house easily. You may have heard about the explosion at the cashpoint at Sainsbury’s on Gloucester Road, near to the junction of Elton Road in November, in which cash was stolen. Thankfully nobody was injured but this could have been really serious. I’m pleased to report that a 28-year-old man from Horfield has been charged with this and five other offences of a similar nature across Avon and Somerset. He has been remanded in custody and will be appearing in court as this edition goes to print. Stay safe. See you next time. PC David Rockell

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n INSIDE OUT MY sense of self preservation is strong. So for Christmas, I gave my partner a copy of ‘How To Live With a Designer Without Killing Them’. Written by Alan Long, creative director at a London design consultancy, after his wife kept telling their friends how awful he was to live with, I knew it was going to be essential reading for our household. As Long points out, we designers are not ordinary people. It has been useful to read the particular ways in which we are extraordinary (ie: really quite annoying). I chuckled, chortled then cringed at every page, in recognition of my possessing almost all the classic designery traits that apparently drive other people mad. I can’t say I’ll ever change my ways, but at least I now know which ways offend, and my partner knows that these ways are frankly innate. There are no scientifically proven, tried and tested methods suggested for coping with the stress of cohabiting with a designer in this book. Instead, our best and (mostly) worst qualities are

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Identifying our idiosyncrasies in this way may help us reign in our pedantry form time to time and encourage acceptance and tolerance from others. Here’s hoping! ‘How To Live With a Designer Without Killing Them’ is available from Amazon priced £7.99. www.zoehewettinteriors.co.uk

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