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A party fit for the Queen

Parking curbs near hospital

Residents have welcomed new parking restrictions introduced on roads surrounding Southmead Hospital.

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An open air swimming pool is part of an ambitious plan to revamp The Ardagh on Horfield Common.

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Choir hits a high note

Redland Green Choir came away from a festival in Gloucestershire with a silver trophy.

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Parents demand safer crossing THE Queen’s 90th birthday has been celebrated throughout the country this summer - but nowhere with more style than on

one street in Westbury Park. St Alban’s Road was decorated with bunting throughout, residents dressed in their royal themed

outfits, games and barbecue prepared all fit to receive one very special guest. More details, Page 4

Families have launched a petition for a safer road crossing on Cranbrook Road following an accident.

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Residents welcome parking restrictions on roads close to Southmead Hospital by Sam Grist CHANGES to restrict parking in areas surrounding Southmead Hospital will go live from July 1st after a consultation with people living in the area surrounding the hospital. Bristol City Council conducted

a review of parking around the hospital following complaints from residents who struggle to park near their houses and find their driveways obstructed by parked cars. Over 5,000 households around the hospital were contacted about the council’s proposals, which have now been

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finalised and include adding double yellow lines at the end of roads to protect junctions and access points. These changes will be implemented from 1 July. The new scheme also includes limited waiting restrictions from Monday to Friday, between 1pm and 4pm, which will not be introduced until after the hospital’s onsite car park has been completed. Councillor Mark Bradshaw, cabinet member for transport at Bristol City Council, said: “The local community in Southmead and Horfield have long been asking for help to tackle obstructive parking and so immediate action is now being taken to make junctions and crossings safer. We have other measures planned which will be rolled out once the delayed hospital car park is operational.” Claire Hiscott, councillor for Horfield said: “I am delighted to finally see action on this issue and the views of residents being taken seriously.” Residents have also welcomed the changes. Shannon Porter, a resident of Rodbourne Road, said the last four years had been a “living nightmare” and that if she doesn’t move her car out of her drive by 5.30am she is blocked in by workers from the hospital. She said that some residents get so angry they have resorted to damaging the cars of visitors and hospital workers. “There has been damage to windows, window wipers and

scratches. There has been a lot of damage to a lot of cars round here.” Shannon said. Clive Chamberlain, on Alderton Road, said: “They work damn hard in that hospital but it’s horrible for the people who live round here. “If you are a young nurse and you can save £40 or £50 a week parking in front of my house then that’s what you are going to do. They need to make it cheap and easy for staff to park around the hospital.” Wendy Kelly, a resident of Grittleton Road, explained: “What I struggle with is if I have visitors or family coming to stay there is nowhere for them to park. “I come out to walk the dog at 7am and they are already out here fighting for spaces then most of them are there all day because they do long shifts.” Residents claim that staff and visitors from the hospital park in the surrounding roads. Staff members have responded that the lack of free or cheap parking provided by the hospital means they are forced to park on the public highway. Nicolas Perez works at the hospital and mainly walks to work due to the lack of parking. He said that the situation will only improve when the hospital can provide cheaper parking for staff. “They are building a new car park that won’t be free for a lot of people so it won’t necessarily change the situation.”

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later this summer. “Shortly after the new multistorey car park opens the existing multistorey will become a staff car park. We will also be opening up additional spaces for both the public and staff around the site over the coming months as they become available. “We acknowledge that some people do need to use their cars

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to get to work, but ask staff who choose to park on the road to do so legally and considerately.” The changes happening in July have been funded by developer contributions made by North Bristol NHS Trust as part of a planning agreement for the new hospital.

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Street party is a right royal celebration day ST ALBANS Road in Westbury Park held a royal-themed street party on June 11 in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday. There had been rumours that a special guest of honour would open the event, and at exactly 2pm a natty, open-top sports car driven by a chauffeur appeared at the entrance to the road. Party-goers looked at the car again ­‑ surely it couldn’t be Her Majesty? Perhaps not, but resident Paul Parry was certainly doing his most regal impression of the Queen, waving to the crowds and taking in the happy, family atmosphere. Preparations for the event had been in hand for weeks by the organising committee. The street was closed off at both ends to cars and all parked cars were removed ready for a glorious day of fun and games in this friendly Westbury Park Street. Gazebos and a bar were set up, plus a tea station and cake ‘bakeoff’ display area in the marquee. A delightful ‘front room’ area was set up for older residents so that they could sit and enjoy the party away from the hustle and bustle of the children and games. Plenty of adults and children dressed up in costumes in keeping with the royalty theme. The Street Olympics kicked off with games for all ages. Waterfilled Balloons were hurled over ropes splashing lots of the children getting caught up in the fun. St Albans Cake Bake Off showcased cakes fit for a Queen. Resident Nikki Ingram won top prize with her three-tier Victoria sponge decorated with buttercream and fruit on top in the style of a Union Jack. Judge, Debbie Thomas, said:“The cakes were chosen based on texture and flavour. Once cut open there were red, white and blue sponge layers which altogether tasted and looked delicious.” No British event would be complete without a weather story and true to form there was the most almighty downpour at 3.30pm. Fortunately, the rain was heavy but over quickly, and the fun resumed with a barbecue to round off the day. In all, it was a very British day that would have made the Queen proud.

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New play area for Ashley Down Green

by Zuzana Pohloudkova THE final design for the new play area at Ashley Down Green has been released and work is due to start in early August. Significant changes were made to earlier draft designs in response to the feedback during the council’s recent consultation process. The majority of responses received by Bristol City Council favoured a more natural style of play equipment which encouraged both physical play and social interaction. Local resident, Val McLennan, said: “The plans are excellent. My grandchildren are too old for that now; we were promised a play area when we moved in nine years ago, but I'm delighted by the plans. It’s interactive and children will have to use muscles and energy. “The whole area is very nice, but we would like to enhance it a little bit with wildflowers and a

community orchard.” The new play area includes multi-use items, such as the timber trail, which will suit a wide range of ages, along with more traditional equipment such as swings and a roundabout. Raised mounds and rocks will be added which along with the existing slope will provide a more open-ended play space. The Friends of Ashley Down Green ensured local views are represented to the council. They said: “Equipment has been selected to reflect both the nature of this green space and also to provide a low impact and natural play area which is complementary to the homes and small woodland which border it.” Ben Spencer is one of many residents who appreciate the park. He said: “We go here a fair amount with my child. It is a very nice and quiet park, away from traffic. It is going to be even better with the play area.”

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SAFERoads campaign begin community traffic survey

CAMPAIGNERS for SAFERoads in the central Bishopston area have decided to do their own survey to measure traffic flowing in and through the area, rather we are happy to work with the than wait for council funding. Neighbourhood Partnership and People living on or near the the council to find the best option streets bounded by Ashley Down for the residents in the area.” Road, Brynland Avenue and Neil Wellman, who began Kennington Avenue have turned the original campaign for into data collectors for several Dongola Road, said: “With the hours during different days and survey we want to support and times in the week. strengthen the work we have Steve Ward, UWE Traffic done so far around safer roads Researcher and resident from the for Bishopston. wider area, suggested that they “We hope to have a public monitor the time, whether the car meeting as soon as the surveys goes in or out and the last digits are analyzed and involve a wider of the number to see if people area as well.” are driving through, looking for Residents involved in the parking or what might be the campaign are often frustrated by other issues. the situation and hope that the He said: “The numbers will survey will help to solve the issue. tell us how busy the junctions are Jodie Steimetz said: “These roads and should help us to understand are not built for 21st century the problem before finding the when we have so many cars in solution. the city. “There are many things we “I accept that we live in the can implement in our streets centre of the city Page and people have towe_poppin improve the and adsituation 87x120:Layout 1 17/06/2014 16:47 1

cars, but we need to work out the solution together for all the residents living here.” Annie Sparks said: “We need more passing spaces. One way might not be the best solution, speed bumps make noises, we will see what comes out of the survey.” Gill Sandford said: “The situation has got worse in the last two years. I live at the Kennington Avenue junction and I see regular standoffs. "They are building more flats and there is not enough parking. This is residential area. It should

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Horfield Leisure Centre's new look gets the thumbs-up A NEWLY refurbished leisure facility in Bristol has been given the seal of approval by an Olympic athlete, the local MP and the city’s Lord Mayor. Horfield Leisure Centre, which is managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active, has undergone a £1.5million upgrade. Olympic medallist, Colin Jackson, attended the site's relaunch last month with Lord Mayor Jeff Lovell and Charlotte Leslie MP, who officially reopened the new facility. The Bristol North West MP said: “As a former gym instructor myself in the early 2000s, I cannot believe how far we have progressed in equipment and technology. This really is a gym for everyone. I’m very proud that our community has such great facilities on our doorstep." As well as being given a tour of the new-look centre, the trio also had the chance to try out the upgraded equipment and talk to customers about their first impressions of the refurbished site. Colin Jackson also hosted a Q&A with local primary school children. They were given the chance to grill the former hurdler about his career, which has seen him achieve an Olympic silver medal as well as golds in the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. He said: “I was really impressed with Horfield Leisure Centre and it was great to see so many people making the most

of the fantastic facilities on offer here.” “It’s essential that people of all ages are encouraged to be active, and centres like this offer something for everyone. The children I met were really enthusiastic about sport and activity, and having Horfield on their doorstep will help to ensure they can carry this enthusiasm into the future.” The upgrade means that customers are now benefitting from a number of improved

Centre, said: “We are delighted to offer these new, state-of-the-art facilities. "It’s really important to us that we continue to meet the needs of our customers, and this upgrade means that we are able to provide the best services at affordable prices. “We had a great day with all the guests and it was good to get such positive feedback from them. Having their seal of approval helps to show how fantastic the new centre really is.”

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THE Horfield Common Community Interest Company (CIC) have plans to improve the Ardagh site regenerating the original sport facilities and adding some new ones. Earlier this year, Bristol City Council supported Horfield Common CIC in undertaking a Community Asset Transfer which will result in the Ardagh being run by the community for the community. Rob Savage, project coordinator, said: “It used to be a thrilling place. It is coming back thanks to the great work of the Friends of Horfield Common and now the CIC has ambitions to deliver on a wider sport and community portfolio for all users of the park. “The most important thing for us is that everyone can now and in the future access what we aim to offer. Our mantra is affordability, accessibility and sustainability.” The plans include a new multi-purpose games area for different types of ball and net games, a refurbished pavilion

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Open air swimming pool plan for ambitious Ardagh refurbishment and a fresh water open air swimming pool. Rob Savage added: “We want to be as green and technologically advanced as possible. We are currently researching into cutting-edge solar technology to provide the power to heat the pool with any over production powering the rest of the site. The freshwater pool will use a natural bio filter so there will be no nasty chemicals. “Bringing water into public parks has proven time and again to be very successful all around the country.” All the ideas are still at the proposal stage. In September, students of UWE architecture will come on site to work on development proposals and the results will be presented around Christmas. With keen support from the Lawn Tennis

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Cary Comes Home film fest

THE life and work of one of Bristol’s most famous sons, Cary Grant, is being celebrated at the Harbourside in a special festival weekend, Cary Comes Home. Film screenings, talks and clips as well as fully-guided open top bus tours, making special mention of places associated with Cary Grant, will

be running at regular intervals from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 July. Guided tours will also be starting at 10.30am on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, at the Bristol Hippodrome, the theatre where young Archie Leach got his first introduction to showbiz as a backstage call boy. There is a special screening of

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘ Notorious’ followed by a wine tasting at Averys Wine Cellars, on July 8, the weekend before the festival. Films shown during the festival include ‘ Only Angels Have Wings’, ‘An Affair to Remember’ and ‘Bringing up Baby’. Cary Grant enjoyed a career spanning six decades as a Hollywood film star and style icon that earned him numerous accolades, including a special Oscar, the title of world’s best dressed man and a place on a US postage stamp. He was connected to many of the best known figures of the 20 th century, among them, Mae West, Elvis, Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Louis Mountbatten, Ronald Reagan and the Kennedys, and he was a millionaire many times over. However, he never forgot that it all began in Bristol, the city of his birth and a place to which he returned time and time again. Born on January 18,1904 at 15 Hughenden Road, Horfield, and named Archibald Alexander Leach he was the only surviving son of Elsie Maria and Elias James Leach, a tailor’s presser. Elsie suffered severe postnatal depression as a result of the death of Archie’s brother and is sent to an asylum in 1910. Young Archie became a pupil at Bishop Road Primary School, Bishopston in 1908 and, briefly, at North Street Wesleyan Primary School, Stokes Croft. He won a scholarship in 1915 to Fairfield School in Montpelier but was later expelled. In later life, the actor recalled enjoying boyhood visits to the docks, dreaming of visiting

faraway places in the big oceangoing ships he saw there. A lifesized bronze statue of the star, by Graham Ibbeson, was unveiled by Grant’s widow, Barbara, in Millennium Square in 2001. A chance visit to the Bristol Hippodrome changed his life. Taken by a teacher to see its new lighting system, Archie was so captivated that he took a pocketmoney job as a backstage ‘gofer’. Through this, he met Bob Pender, leader of a troupe of knockabout comedians and at the age of 14, Archie ran away to join the troupe. This move would eventually take him to the USA, to starring roles on Broadway, his first Hollywood contract and a change of name to Cary Grant. By 1935 Cary Grant had become famous; he was getting steady offers of roles and his costars include box office favourites such as Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Mae West and WC Fields. When his father died, he learnt the truth about his mother that contrary to what he was told aged 10, she was alive but in the Glenside mental hospital. A reunion followed and when Elsie declined to join her son in the States, he bought her a house in Linden Road, Westbury Park. From then until Elsie’s death in 1973, aged 96, he called or wrote to her every week and became a regular visitor, often flying in by private jet. For more information about the Cary Grant festival events, see www.carycomeshome.co.uk. Picture courtesy of Bristol Evening Post

Win a festival goodie bag THE Bishopston Voice has a bumper bundle of merchandise to give away to one very lucky Cary Grant fan. A festival tote bag containing a DVD of Bringing Up Baby, a tshirt, x 2 mugs and badge are offered to the winning entry. If you would like to enter the prize draw for the Cary Comes Home merchandise, answer the following question: Who was the Hollywood star who gave Cary Grant a career-

changing role in which she invited his character: “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” Email your entry with your name and contact number to news@bishopstonvoice.co.uk or post it to Bishopston Voice, Cary Grant competition, 16 Chandag Rd, Keynsham BS31 1NR. All entries need to be received by July 11 and the winner will be picked on July 12.

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Raise the roof with the sound of male harmony BRISTOL Male Voice Choir is looking for potential new recruits to come forward and add their tone to the popular singing group. The choir is keen to encourage men from all over Bristol, whether tenor, bass or baritone, to come along to a regular Thursday rehearsal to find out more. They perform not just male voice favourites, but a fascinating variety of songs from modern musicals like "Les Miserables" to opera choruses, Beatles standards, gospel favourites, sea shanties, hymns, Elvis Presley and Josh Groban classics. Choir member, John Hollyman, said: “ While a mixedvoice choir or a smaller choir might channel their repertoire into a relatively small musical span, the male voice choir is good at changing the mood, hitting emotional high spots, rousing strong feelings, and satisfying musical connoisseurs. “We have vocal power, but

also audiences appreciate our control of very gentle musical lines, as in a love song, nimble diction as in "Rhythm of Life" as well as our ability to bring the house down with a rousing finale.” The choir began in Filton almost 50 years ago with many of its original members employed locally at British Aerospace and Rolls Royce. It has grown in size and stature over the years, and now recruits Bristolwide. A new Musical Director, Jo Scullin, was appointed last year. who has guided the choir through nine concerts, raising money for four different charities. Concerts take place all over Bristol throughout the year, with the next one planned for August in Weston-super-Mare, and there have been tours in the past to Eastern Europe, the Carnegie Hall, New York and the Eden Project in Cornwall. “ There's no problem if you don't read music because

rehearsals teach you every step of the way and there's plenty of time before you go on stage for your first concert,” John Hollyman added. “Because we sing without copies, you have to learn the words and the music. That means that we are very responsive to our MD who teaches us and conducts us every step of the way.” In John’s experience, new members who may have wondered if they could sing at all suddenly realise that they can

not only remember the words but find great camaraderie in rehearsals, good vibes in concerts and after concert get-togethers. Bristol Male Voice Choir rehearse every Thursday from 7.00pm till 9.15 pm at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (formerly Filton College) where the north end of Filton Avenue meets the A38. See the website bristolmvc.org.uk or contact the secretary on 0117 942 4378 for further details.

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BABY Bank Network, a charity that helps distribute pre loved baby essentials to families in need, joined forces with nurseries throughout Bristol for a ‘Bring A Book For Baby Bank Network’ fundraiser to celebrate its first birthday on June 11. Local nurseries supporting the initiative included Ashgrove Park and Clyde House nurseries in Bishopston and Pooh Corner and Torwood House in Redland. Parents and children were encouraged to donate one of their books and add a financial donation. Established just a year ago in Bristol, Baby Bank Network has grown quickly to become a significant charity tackling child poverty and promoting reuse. It achieved full charity status in February and has been shortlisted for several awards, including the Women in Business Awards and Green Volunteers Awards. With ambitions to expand to other cities in the UK, the charity relies on a network of volunteers and referral partners to deliver its service to babies in need. A team of around 50 volunteers, mostly mums of young children, began distributing hundreds of items to families in need within two months of launching and has now given more than 1,000 items to almost 250 families, including prams, cots, clothes, toys and nappies. Originally operating out of a donated storage unit at Big Yellow Storage in St Phillips, Baby Bank Network is now using a temporary unit in Southmead in which it collects, sorts and prepares the thousands of donations it receives from families across Bristol. It is still seeking a permanent home in

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the city. “It’s amazing to think that what started as an idea between two mums has quickly grown to become such a force to be reckoned with”, said Laura Williams, volunteer marketing & communications manager. “I’m part of a team of volunteers who put in hours and hours to help babies in need and the feedback we’re getting shows it’s making a real difference to so many women and babies in Bristol. It’s community action at its best,” she added. The charity works with almost 150 referral partners across the city, including health visitors and midwives, Homestart and

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Shelter in order to reach the most vulnerable families, including refugees, victims of domestic violence and homeless families as well as low income families and teenage mums. Alice recently became a mum of twins. As one of many low income families in Bristol, she was struggling to afford or find everything she needed for her babies, so she turned to Baby Bank Network. She was given a package of baby essentials, which she returned to the charity after use. “I didn’t expect to be having twins and while we managed to get some hand me downs and buy some bits,” said Alice. “We’re a low income family and couldn’t afford to buy everything new but we weren’t quite prepared for everything we needed. We were desperate and Baby Bank really helped us out.” One of the referral partners, a family worker, said: “I was absolutely amazed at the quality, quantity and range of baby goods provided. The mum’s face and reaction was priceless when she saw everything. Her face absolutely lit up and I know that Baby Bank Network has made an immense difference to her, and to her pregnancy and the arrival of her baby girl.” “It’s been an incredible first year,” said Co Founder, Becky

Gilbert. “We’ve shown what you can do with a good idea and a large dose of goodwill. We won’t be stopping here. Now we’ve achieved full charity status and have good processes in place to collect and distribute our items, we’ll be focussing on finding our forever home and expanding the network to other cities and towns.” Co Founder, Eva Fernandes, added: “We’ve been overwhelmed with donations of items to pass on to babies in need and have enough donated baby clothes to deliver hundreds of referrals, but we rely on financial donations on top of this to be able to buy items such as mattresses and bottle teats which we must provide brand new. “The more referrals we do, the more costs we incur in terms of collecting, storing and cleaning the items. We’ve got a brilliant team of volunteers and are delivering the service very efficiently, but we always need more funds to help cover our overheads and secure our forever home. "Fundraisers such as these are vital for us to build on the great work we’ve already done.” For more information visit http:// www.babybanknetwork.com or search ‘Baby Bank Network’ on Facebook or Twitter @ BabyBankNetwork

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Blooming great recognition for Golden Hill Community Gardens GOLDEN Hill Community Gardens welcomed over 100 visitors through their gates during the city-wide Get Growing Trail on the June 4. This was an opportunity for the Sunday Times to visit and feature the Garden in a recent article about community gardens across the UK. Pete Clee, project founder, stated that “We were overjoyed to receive the RHS award for ‘Best in the Southwest’ last year so it

is now great to see that we are getting national recognition for our work. Our success mirrors many other new community garden projects across the country.” The Gardens' work with children has expanded with a new and successful after school club running on a Tuesday and further ‘Golden Adventure Day’ holiday clubs are planned in the Summer Holidays. The ‘Bishopston Bale House’

the garden’s on site strawbale eco building, is available to hire for community groups, meetings and workshops. The garden is open

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Education Focus on Africa for students at Red Maids' School ENTHUSIASTS of photography, travel and Africa were treated to a special talk by film & TV director and photographer Harry Hook at Red Maids’ School in June. Harry, who began taking photos as a 10 year old, grew up in Kenya and Sudan and has a natural affinity for the continent, its tribes and people. He showed an amazing collection of images from wild deserted landscapes to crowded, busy cities and individual portraits. Harry talked about his experiences photographing Africa over more than 40 years and his book ‘About Africa’. He also showed clips from his 2014 documentary – Photographing Africa – which gave an insight into the Africa he has seen over the past 40 years. His work highlights the duality of African society, the modernity coupled with traditions and how this is having a huge impact on the lives of young children

growing up in Africa today. Headmistress Isabel Tobias commented “ Harry is a very skilled and enthusiastic photographer. His portfolio documents the changes in lifestyle, culture and politics across the African continent over

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STUDENTS at Fairfield High School have shared their vision for a community garden with the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. The secondary school in Horfield was awarded a £9,500 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a littleused grassed space for the benefit of students and people living in the neighbourhood. The idea is that by working together to grow organic fruit and vegetables families will gain health benefits as well as feeling more of a sense of belonging. The area surrounding the school includes many properties that don’t have gardens and many of the people living there are from minority ethnic backgrounds. Ms Mountstevens visited FHS, which has a strong reputation for building community cohesion, and spoke to members of the school’s Nature Club about their plans to involve parents and members of the wider

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community, including residents with gardening expertise. Science teacher Scott Mears said the project was an excellent

opportunity to bring together people of varying ages and cultures. The students intend the

garden to have braille signage, wheelchair friendly paths and installations for the hearing impaired such as particular plants to heighten the senses, so that it will be accessible to all. “Our students are very enthusiastic about the community garden and have some great ideas about what they can plant. "Eventually, they intend to cook the veg they have grown,” he said. Head of School Nick Lewis added: “We were delighted to have the chance to show Ms Mountstevens the many potential benefits of this project in our inner-city neighbourhood. “We have some fantastic volunteers coming forward from the community but would love to hear from any gardening or cookery experts or groups who might be able to help us develop this further.”

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The skills developed through the study of Mathematics are in high demand from both universities and employers. Studying Mathematics provides opportunities to develop resilience, effective communication of complex ideas and the ability to use your own initiative, as well as developing the ability to think logically and solve problems. Furthermore, “Maths is the only A level proven to increase earnings in later life - by an average of 10%.” (Source: www.gov.uk/government/speeches/elizabethtruss-on-support-for-maths-and-science-teaching) Continuing to study Mathematics is a fantastic choice because of the wide range of applications of the subject. Maths supports many other subject areas and if your child gains a good pass in GCSE Mathematics, they should consider taking mathematics further. Post-16 options are: • AS or A level Mathematics; • A level Mathematics with AS or A level Further Mathematics; • Core Maths. If you are unsure about whether Core Maths, AS/A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics are suitable for your child, talk to their mathematics teacher and find out more at sixth-form open events.

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REDLAND Green School has been rated as an ‘Outstanding’ school by Ofsted in its recent inspection This is the first inspection of the secondary school since it became an academy in 2012 and shows the tremendous developments that have taken place since the school opened ten years ago. Ofsted inspectors visited the school for two days in May and found it to be ‘Outstanding’ overall and in all judgements. The report stated that ‘achievement across the school, including the sixth form, is outstanding.’. They were especially impressed by the personal development of the students and their preparation for the role they will play as responsible citizens in society. Headteacher Sarah Baker, whose leadership was described as ‘fundamental to sustaining the high levels of performance,’ said: "We are thrilled with this report and the recognition it gives of the hard work that all members of the school community put in every day. This report reflects very positively

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Redland Green School celebrates after Ofsted rates provision as outstanding on the personalised approach to each pupil’s growth and development and how this has a profound impact on students’ attainment and wellbeing and the commitment we make to this. “Our ambition for every single student is at the centre of our vision and staff work consistently to reduce barriers, which may stand in the way of a student’s success." Both staff and pupils received praise in the report. It stated that ‘Staff have high aspirations and expectations for pupils, regardless of background or starting point. Pupils have high aspirations for themselves...are polite, mature and show a mutual respect for adults and each other. They display a strong sense of belonging and fully enjoy their time at the school. They are very proud to be a member of the school.’ The school has been recognised for challenging both

the most able pupils and the intensive support offered to those who start the school with lower reading ages. It was noted that learners in the sixth form benefit from highly personalised programmes of study, excellent teaching and other nonqualification activities. The report highlighted the exceptional range of opportunities offered outside of the classroom, which are well attended and highly valued by pupils and parents. Club and trips, including university visits, sports teams and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme all offer additional experiences for pupils to develop skills and interests. The Ofsted report also noted that Governors ‘are aspirational for the future and have a full commitment to continually improving the quality of education for all pupils, specifically for those who are

disadvantaged.’ Lawayne Jefferson, Chair of Governors, said: “I would like to express how delighted we are at this ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement. We provide a wellrounded education for the students who attend Redland Green School; spanning academic achievement, innovative curriculum development, inclusive nonacademic activities, and an outward looking vision in an environment that speaks to equality, health and safety and strong leadership.”

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Another successful year for the Westbury Park Festival

THIS year’s Westbury Park Festival was once again a great success and raised a magnificent £1,683 for charity throughout the two weeks last month. The wide-ranging programme of entertainment including talks by authors, a quiz night, local history and Open Gardens was put together by festival organiser, Helen Godwin. “I really feel those donations are a great reflection of how beautifully our community works when we all come together and I am extremely proud to be part of it,” she said. “We are making a small donation to the church but we are able to give £500 to each of our chosen charities, Headway, Samara's Aid and the School Council's chosen charity, Young Carers UK.” Fifteen gardens opened on June 12 on a surprisingly sunny and rainfree afternoon. Visitors were able to tour the circuit around the streets of Westbury Park and Redland and stop for afternoon tea in aid of Solar Aid and Avon Riding Centre. A total of £460 was raised, some of which was donated to the festival and rest to the named charities.

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News St Peter’s Hospice launches new Summer Party fundraiser BRISTOL’S only adult hospice has launched a fundraising initiative at a Summer Party hosted by Miss Bristol International, Gabriella Papp. Fundraisers, supporters and staff of St Peter’s Hospice gathered at the charity’s Gloucester Road coffee shop, Nonesuch Cup, to officially launch the Summer Party scheme with cakes and mocktails. St Peter’s Hospice Summer Parties run throughout June, July and August with people across the city holding garden parties, BBQs, cocktail soirees or coffee and cake afternoons to raise money for the local cause. It is hoped that around £35,000 will be raised, which will go towards continuing to fund St Peter’s Hospice Community Nurse Specialists (CNS) in the city, who offer community visits to patients delivering specialist palliative care, advice and support. St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser Petra Littlefair said: “To get involved either register for your party pack online or contact us directly. We’ll send you a lovely Summer Party pack with posters, invites, bunting template and balloons everything you need for a sizzling summer party.” “We’re asking people to hold any kind of Summer Party they like, meaning everyone can get involved and have some fun. Funds raised will enable us to look after more local people who

desperately need our care. “The CNS team is a valued part of our nursing service in Bristol. We’re hoping that the Summer Party theme will be a great success and lots of people get behind it.” As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members. All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day. For around £14,000 of

that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops. Gabriella Papp, Miss Bristol International 2016 and resident of Southmead, said: “It was an honour to officially launch the St Peter’s Hospice Summer Party with the first event of the season. I have seen firsthand the amazing work of the hospice and I think a fun event like this one will be great to raise funds for the charity. Everyone loves a party so why not use it as a great excuse to

throw one this Summer.” St Peter’s Hospice coffee shop Nonesuch Cup is currently looking for volunteers to join the team. If you have some time to spare and would like to help your local hospice please contact Josh on 0117 942 4280. To register a Summer Party visit www.stpetershospice.org. uk/supportus/summerparty/, call Petra Littlefair on 01275 391 430 or email community@ stpetershospice.org .

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In Cotham this month... Bishopston, Cotham and Redland HAVE been a Cotham councillor for over seven Neighbourhood Partnership News Iyears having lived in the area for the best part of

September Community Day Plans are being developed for another annual community fair to be held on September 17 by the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership. Local groups who’d like to take part are encourage to get in touch. One feature that will be repeated is to offer modest grants which are decided by those attending the fair, following ‘pitches’ by local groups. Also, look at the working groups under the NP umbrella as they are always looking for more people to get involved and make a difference in the area. See www.bcrnp.org.uk for contact details. Saving energy for winter Plans are underway for short courses to help people take control of energy bills and develop home energy saving projects in time for winter. Get in touch with BCR Energy Group via info.bcrenergy@gmail.

com to get more information or to preregister for these low cost courses. There will be reduced cost places for some participants thanks to a grant from the council’s Community Energy grants. Small Grants announced The June Neighbourhood Partnership meeting agreed some local grants that will help Redland, including funding for Playing Out activities in the ward, to allow families to create a safe playing space in their street. A contribution to funding a hearing loop in the rebuilt Redland Green Parish Church hall was also agreed, which will make the space even more useful to community groups. For the first time there will also be a special educational needs (SEN) project for young people with SEN or disabilities at Golden Hill Community Garden, too. The next dates for grant applications are to be September 5, and November 28.

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Residents parking Plans to extend the Redland parking zone are at long last getting nearer, despite recent delays. They were due to the election period where the anticipated formal advertisement of the scheme extension proposals and revisions to the existing zone could not be announced, and then a ‘review’ announced by the new Mayor. It has been confirmed by the new mayor that any new schemes will have to have support from residents, Councillors and the local Neighbourhood Partnership. The proposed extension schemes have already been developed around the top of Redland Road we know these are wanted by the vast majority of residents. They have been formally drawn up in response to comments, and are ready for formal advertising of the proposals, with our support. We now anticipate they should go ahead after a short

delay. In all other areas, any new proposals would need to be subject to a new cabinet decision, so whether you are pro or anti RPS, any new ones are likely to be some time away. We are aware of pressure in some streets affected by commuters now displaced from other schemes but any project would have to show evidence of widespread support. Bristol North Baths A lead contractor has been identified who is willing to complete work on the new build parts of the project, including the flats, library building, and public toilets, by the end of October. Work should start in early July. In the old baths building negotiations are ongoing with Bishopston Medical Practice who remain willing to take the additional space within the building. Their temporary return to the Nevil Road site is imminent at the time of writing but only has permission for 3 years. Fingers, as ever, crossed that the

permanent home does work out. Applegreen Cafe We were disappointed that the petrol station operators opened a café recently on Gloucester Rd without waiting for planning permission. Waiting until consultation was over is not enough if developers are going to listen to feedback. This included concern that a memorial garden for a schoolgirl killed in a crash was cleared by the developer. Following discussions we did speak to the operators who said they were unaware of the situation and have agreed to work with residents to put in place a suitable replacement memorial. More Trees for the area Tree planting projects have also been agreed, which will focus on Redland Rd and Edgecumbe Rd. These are partfunded by previous development contributions in the area. Our re-election and new roles We're delighted that we were

both re-elected with substantial majorities (around 500 votes) and are pleased to be continuing to serve all residents of the ward. Although sad we lost some experienced colleagues too, we're pleased that overall the Green Party got more local votes than any other party in Bristol West. Fi has joined the Mayor's cabinet as a Green member and she leads on Health and Well Being, as a crosscutting responsibility that also leads on public health. Martin is again a chair of a Development Control committee the local planning authority. Please note that St Andrews is now all part of Ashley ward so concerns about issues there should now be raised with the three Ashley councillors. Green Party Councillors for Redland Ward Fi Hance Cllr.fi.hance@bristol. gov.uk Tel 07833484346 Martin Fodor Cllr.martin. fodor@bristol.gov.uk Tel 07884 726101

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In Bishopston this month... The Ardagh Friends of Horfield Common have shown us their brilliant plans for the Ardagh. They are in talks to bring a substantial investment to the site which will ensure that the Ardagh can serve the community well for many years to come. Building on the work of Daniella Radice and Tim Malnick, we’re fully supportive of their aims and are working with the Council Officers and Assistant Mayors Marg Hickman and Fi Hance to get the wheels in motion for this investment. Brunel House The improved plans for the development at Brunel House came to planning on 15 th June, after the former councillors, many in the local community, and ourselves, had objected to elements of the previous design. Both the visual aspects and the ratio of parking places provided were much improved. We

recognise that Bristol has a need for more housing, and called for the inclusion of affordable units in the scheme. The planning committee approved the application subject to 15% of the units being affordable, with a good spread of home size. Cricket Club Some of you may be aware that the Cricket Club wished to use their new floodlights for practice sessions. Council planners have decided that the current planning consent covers competitive matches only so the lights cannot be used for practice sessions. The local Neighbourhood Officer Matt Jones has compiled some FAQs on the club: http://www. bcrnp.org.uk/ 2016/05/26/ gloucestercountycricket groundfaq/ We have met with the Howzat? residents’ group, and will be meeting soon with the club, to discuss how to help the

situation in the area and improve relationships. Neighbourhood Forum We had our first Neighbourhood Forum since the election on the 24 th May, where a number of things were discussed including some very interesting presentations and a very engaging discussion session on a range of topics. It was great to hear from lots of residents also, and we’d love to hear from more of you so please do get in touch. Number 19 Bus We are aware that Wessex Bus will be withdrawing the number 19 service, which connects the two universities via Cotham and Gloucester Road. We are in contact with Wessex, who have indicated that they may be open to trying an alternative route from September onwards, but that they view the current route as being too unreliable. We will work with them to try

and mitigate the impact on the community. Trees Residents may have noticed some dead trees are about to be chopped down along Brynland Avenue. Whilst the Council doesn’t have funds to replace them at present, they will take care of any trees which are replaced if sponsorship can be found. A stump will be left as a place holder so the space for a new tree is held. If anyone is interested in getting together a case for sponsorship, or knows of a possible source, see the Council website which details the process: https://www.bristol.gov. uk/museumsparkssportsculture/ treebristolplantingtreesinbristol Please do get in touch! Tom Brook – Cllr.Tom. Brook@bristol.gov.uk Eleanor Combley – Cllr. Eleanor.Combley@bristol.gov.uk

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Living room project A recent proposal submitted to the BCR Neighbourhood Partnership for funding is the Living Room Project, aimed at improving the social and physical surroundings of the city. The project held its first event on June 16 at Brunel Field School, engaging the school community and neighbourhood in planting projects, including a fantastic display of plants in plastic milk containers, hanging from the school railings, framing an exhibition of children’s art work. Living Room is working with Sustainable Bishopston to creatively think of how to bring about some changes to the area. Former councillor Daniella Radice and Sally Arthur are leading the project and want to raise awareness around healthy living, safe travel, pollution, space to live and play for a diverse population, supporting wildlife and encouraging growing.

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answer your questions, help solve problems and hear your views is the characterising feature of being a Member of Parliament in the UK. It’s not something MPs do in other countries, but I’m proud of the fact that we do it here and I hope you agree that it’s an important tradition and one worth defending. That tradition was put under great strain recently as we reflected on the murder of Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen. Jo tragically died doing the work MPs and our staff do every week – going out in public to do her constituency surgery and trying to help people. Jo is a huge loss to Parliament and to campaigners across the world. To give one example, through her work at the White Ribbon Alliance the problem of maternal death became one of the Millennium Development Goals. Maternal death has since halved. What a legacy! She inspired and encouraged me to push the cause of refugees up the political agenda. I will miss her terribly. My colleagues and I refuse to be frightened into limiting the

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support we offer. I’ve had the honour of being your MP for over a year and, in that time, my team and I have helped 868 people with varied casework across Bristol West. In the Bishopston area we took on 145 cases, which included concerns about road safety; problems with the Bristol North Baths development; the need for help with travel visas. And that number clearly doesn’t include the thousands of people who have sent emails or clicked on petitions. We’ve tried to reply to every one. If you have a problem, my caseworkers and I can often help to find a solution – email me on Thangam.debbonaire.mp@ parliament.uk or call my office on 0117 379 0980. I also offer appointments at my constituency surgery. Later this year I’ll be holding the first of what will become regular public meetings for people to put questions directly to me. We’ve had a bruising few weeks, but I believe that remaining connected and accountable to you is a vital part of democracy.

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THE North Bristol Foodbank has partnered up with a local loyalty cashback initiative that they hope will really take off in Bristol. The system is being run by weeCONOMY, an international organisation set up to help encourage the use of local businesses as opposed to big multinational chain stores. The community benefits through a cashback card which pays a percentage of the purchase price direct to local charities, such as the Foodbank, which is passed on electronically as soon as the card is used. weeCONOMY UK have purchased 10,000 of the cashback cards for North Bristol Foodbank and are keen to get independent businesses to sign up to the scheme. Jeremy Payne, Southwest consultant for weeCONOMY, explained: “This scheme links together with local independent businesses, helps them get more customers, and customers that keep coming back, and helps the community too. “It’s better than a collection box left on a counter that could

get stolen and because the funds are passed on straight away. It’s a great way of making a difference that doesn’t cost you at all.” Jon Dobson, Assistant Manager of Bristol North West Foodbank, based at the Ebeneezer Church in Horfield, sees it as a way of supporting local business too. He said: “We’ve always had great support from the independent businesses in the area. This is a great way to provide more funds for the Foodbank and help with supporting vulnerable people in our neighbourhood who are facing hardship and going through a difficult time.” Although the system is relatively new in the Southwest, it is live in 24 countries with over 25,000 retailers taking part, and growing each week. The cashback system works in any business that is a partner of the scheme, whether in this country or abroad. Businesses that sign up to the scheme have an instant loyalty system and a free app that shows all the businesses involved. Customers use a free card that they’ve picked up in the local supermarket, scan the QR code on the back of card and a percentage of their bill gets paid directly to the foodbank by the business. Visit www.weeconomy.com for further details or contact j.payne@weeconomymail.com .

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CAN hardly believe that we are already more than halfway through the year, 2016 is speeding by! As Summer holidays are not too far away so I thought I’d write about the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge this month. If you are not familiar with the Summer Reading Challenge, this is a free annual event held at libraries across the country which encourages children aged 4 – 11 to read (or have read to them) six or more books of their choice over the Summer holidays which have been borrowed from the library. The 2016 Summer Reading Challenge is ‘The Big Friendly Read’ and features some of

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Roald Dahl’s most wellknown characters and artwork by Sir Quentin Blake. To take part, just go into one of our local libraries as the school Summer term ends and sign your child up. It is free to sign up, plus there are rewards for your child to collect along the way, such as stickers and certificates! While we have a few weeks left before the start of the Summer holidays, I wanted to give Bart’s Babes a mention for those parents with babies and toddlers. Bart’s Babes is a playgroup for 0 – 3s held at St Bart’s Church Hall in St Andrew’s every Thursday and Friday in termtime. The group is small and friendly and there is a good collection of toys for babies and toddlers, plus singing, nursery rhymes and snacks. It is £1.50 to visit – please do pop in before the Summer holidays begin. If you are looking for things to do beyond Bishopston with your kids this Summer, I recommend visiting Ashton Court Miniature Railway and having a miniature train ride.

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funds medical research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage. All Baby Sensory Bristol North classes that week – held in St Andrew’s and Westbury park had a Superheroes theme and all babies were dressed as Superheroes and looked very cute indeed. Baby Sensory Bristol North classes raised £351 towards Tommy’s so a very well done to them. Have a wonderful July!

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Drama academy gets set for its summer show A MIXTURE of singing, acting, laughter and a sprinkle of stardust is the recipe for the children rehearsing for their end of year production at Bishopston’s Helen O’Grady drama academy. The event takes place at the Redgrave Theatre on July 9 and promises to be a presentation of some fantastic and funny performances from very talented local children. ‘Lazy Lak!’ is being performed by the 5-8 years group followed by an amusing fantasy play about aliens landing, ‘Fancy That’, by the 9-11 year olds. Alison Mazanec has run the Bristol Helen O’Grady Academy for the last 24 years and has recently travelled to India to promote the drama courses. “I still have an absolute passion for what I do. We don’t market ourselves as a talent school but we can give children the skills to go on to do other things. Some students come back years later to continue the

experience as adult learners too,” she said. The Helen O'Grady Drama

Academy has its origins in Australia in 1979, when Helen O'Grady, a trained teacher,

drama teacher and actress, hired a hall in a Perth suburb and began after school drama classes for children. Her aims were to provide a programme of self-development through drama for children, to encourage enthusiasm, energy and a positive approach to life. Each class is taught by a qualified, enthusiastic and caring teacher to a set, professional plan and all students receive a certificate on completion of a course. Bishopston courses are taught by Drama Teacher, Julie Lawrence, and although the classes are in demand, Julie keeps the numbers to a maximum of 15 in each age group. With an emphasis on developing effective social interaction, the classes promote good communication skills, eye contact, public speaking with plenty of dressing up thrown in for fun.

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Redland Green Choir returned from this year’s Upton-on-Severn Choir Festival triumphant and with silverware. The festival attracts a range of choirs competing from across the region. In a varied programme, the choir’s performance of ‘Can you feel the love tonight’, from The Lion King, caught the attention of the judges and the audience. Awarding the choir the Judges’ Cup, the judges spoke of the choir’s obvious camaraderie, engagement with the audience and ‘singing with their hearts and with their eyes’. The choir was directed by Jonny Saunders, seen receiving the cup, and accompanied by Gus Tredwell. The choir’s next performance is at St Alban’s Church, Westbury Park on July 9 at 7.30pm when main work will be Brahms’s majestic German Requiem. The choir, under its dynamic young director Nicholas Bromilow, is continuing its partnership with the Long Ashton Orchestra, following successful performances of works by

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Mozart and Bruckner in previous years. The full programme has a German flavour, and includes Brahms’s beautiful Geistliches Lied, Mack the Knife, Cabaret, a medley from Les Misérables, and contributions from the choir’s

chamber choir. The choir rehearses on Mondays at Redland Green School, and regularly participates in community events. New members are welcome to come along.

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Focus on sport . . . Coach Elly inspires love of tennis SPORTY summer parties are part of a special events day at Kings Tennis Club in Bishopston this month. Children are invited to sign up for a Summer Kids Tennis Party being held on Saturday, July 16, between 11.30am - 1.30pm. A Summer Teens and Social Doubles event follows in the afternoon, from 2 - 4.30pm and ends with a barbecue. Head Coach, Elly Shearman, said: “I love seeing people learn and watching both kids and adults grow in confidence and create more opportunities in their lives through playing tennis. The best part is being on court!” Kings offer tennis coaching to all ages, abilities, and personalities and welcome players of all abilities, no matter what that is. The club staff work hard to create a social and fun place where people can meet new friends, meet up with old ones, and where each player can learn from one another and develop life skills through participating in sport. Elly believes that her service is different to others. “My team of coaches are more passionate than any other I know,” she explained. “We are a team and work as a team. We care about each player’s experience and will continue to ask for feedback to make our coaching staff better and better and the tennis club itself.” Elly grew up playing tennis at Kings. It’s where she learned

to love the sport and played to a National Level. She said: “I thought I wanted to use my brain more than coach so I achieved my degree in the USA in sports medicine whilst playing on a tennis scholarship, and then my masters in sport psychology also in the United States. “Whilst working in sports medicine I missed the tennis and coaching so I returned to England and took on the project of rebuilding Kings and creating a programme

that caters to players of a high level as well as opportunities for people to play for fun and to enjoy playing at every level and every age. It’s a good feeling to be passionate about your job!” Elly plans to continue to grow the programme, offering more opportunities to play for a wider group of people and to develop a clear structure of progression for children and adults. A new beginners course begins in September and Summer Holiday

Courses run all summer. If anyone has any questions at all about how to get playing tennis or get involved with Kings program, contact ellytennis. Kings@hotmail.com. For details about the events on July 16 see https://www. facebook.com/Kings.LTC. Tennis?ref=hl or go to http://www. kingstennis.co.uk/

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Advertising Feature Surgery is more effective for diabetes than lifestyle changes, says expert

APPROXIMATELY 3 million people in the UK have Type 2 Diabetes. More than one hundred thousand people are diagnosed with the condition each year & it is likely another million patients have yet to be discovered. Spire Bristol Hospital is now offering surgery as a treatment option for the condition. It is newly appointed Consultant Bariatric Surgeon, Mr Alan Osborne, who is keen to emphasise that surgery is the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes when combined with optimal diabetes care. Mr Osborne, who was appointed as the first Hunterian Professor in diabetic surgery in 2012 by the Royal College of Surgeons & now practices at the South West’s largest private facility says, “I have been treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes through

the NHS for years, but the rise in demand for weight loss surgery as a treatment for those diagnosed has seen me open up a private clinic here at Spire Bristol Hospital.” Spire Healthcare has been helping more & more people throughout the UK through surgery, transforming lives of over 2,000 patients every year. Diabetic surgery involves either a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, which are all carried out within Bristol. “…studies show that patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo weight loss surgery will have better blood glucose control than those treated with conventional diabetes management.” Continues Mr Osborne. This has lead to weight loss surgery being commonly referred to as Metabolic Surgery (Diabetic Surgery). The criteria for this surgery is different to those

seeking the common weight loss treatment & patients with type 2 diabetes, a BMI of at least 30kg/ m2 and with risk factors for development of complications are suggested to go ahead with surgery. The operations were originally designed as restrictive or malabsorptive procedures but are now understood to alter the signalling mechanisms controlling appetite, satiety and glycaemic control. By tailoring their service specifically to the needs of the patient, the consultants working at Spire Bristol offer the best possible chance of success within a safe and clean private hospital. The hospital is now providing cost free weight loss patient information evenings. If you are seeking weight loss surgery advice or wanted to discuss treatment options for type 2 Diabetes then these monthly events are perfect for you.

Within the past month Spire Bristol Hospital held three separate patient information evenings, where individuals have booked a private 1-to-1 miniconsultation with a practicing weight loss consultant at the hospital. “I have already hosted a weight loss event here at Spire Bristol and I strongly believe that if the patient is serious about surgery then they can gain some invaluable information with regards to the options available to them. I am happy to give them my time at these events & enjoy helping those who need it.” Mr Osborne concludes. The hospital has extended its offer of free weight loss information evenings by announcing more dates. To book onto an event call their patient treatment advisors on 0117 980 4080 or email info@spirebristol. com.

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SylcTM particles quickly help seal the channels that are responsible for sensitivity. It then forms a hard, enamel like layer which bonds to the tooth giving longer lasting protection from hot and cold drinks and food. With the SylcTM powder even the most difficult-to-reach stains can be removed easily and much more comfortably. With its unique bio-active properties, this helps make cleaning even very sensitive teeth painless. AquaCare removes tooth decay quickly but conservatively, minimizing the removal of sound tooth material and eliminating the risk of chipping or stress fracturing. Unlike conventional rotary drilling instruments, AquaCare is not in direct contract with the tooth structure. There is no vibration, heat generation, noise or smell. It is simply referred to as, contactless dentistry ! With no drill, there is so little sensation that anaesthetic

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Parents petition for safer crossing on Cranbrook Road A DANGEROUS stretch of Cranbrook Road, which many children cross on their way to school, has been highlighted by concerned parents. Local residents, parents at Redland Green School and Westbury Park School, have set up a petition to ask Bristol City Council to install a crossing on this road and are asking other local parents to go online and sign it. Mother, Clare FreshwaterTurner, was alerted to the problem a few weeks ago. She explained: “A child was hit by a car on Cranbrook Road at the junction of Harcourt Hill and Cairns Road. “Thankfully, the car was travelling at low speed and no injury resulted. But, it could have been a very different story. "There have been numerous 'near misses' here. Perhaps you don't need to cross Cranbrook Road, but you may have children at RGS, or will do in the near future who are likely to cross at this point. “I reported the incident involving the child to the police, who are supportive of our campaign. "Let's take action before something really tragic happens. Not only is this junction dangerous for pedestrians, but for drivers too, with very low

visibility and vehicles often exceeding 30, 40 and sometimes 50mph.” The matter was raised with the Neighbourhood Partnership at its recent forum. Redland councillors, Martin Fodor and Fi Hance, support the need for a safe crossing and have

pressed for urgent action to be taken. The Neighbourhood Partnership has approved a funding request for local traffic information to be gathered so traffic volume and speed will be assessed by a data logger. This will enable officers to draw up

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Bowls club has a fine old time on tour! BRISTOL St Andrews Bowling Club toured Dorset over the weekend of June 10, raising £100 for Disability Bowls England in the process, following a large number of "fines" from the members whilst on tour. Bowlaway hosted the visited at the Arlington Hotel in Bournemouth, with a first class service from all staff and Excelsior Coaches, also based in Bournemouth. Matches were played at Blandford BC on the Friday, Dorchester BC on the Saturday and Bournemouth BC on the Sunday.

Tour Manager and Club Captain, Glen Wintle, said: "The club is already planning for our 2017 tour to Pembrokeshire, having already toured Devon in 2015. We are always on the lookout for new members, beginners, experienced, young or old, and coaching can be provided for new members.” Club membership is growing at St Andrews with 21 bowlers joining since 2014, boosting the membership to over 60 bowlers and social members. A Bowls England 2 Star, Open Fours Tournament will be taking place at the club in

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Heads Apart Property Maintenance Heads Apart Property Maintenance are a Bristol based company, operating from our Henleaze offices, we specialise in all aspects of property maintenance and repair services from plumbing to roofing to kicthen installations. Our property maintenance and repair services are available throughout Bristol and surrounding areas to customers both domestic and commercial, covering all handyman, public and contract work. All jobs are completed to a high standard of workmanship and are carried out promptly and efficiently by our team of fully quilified and experianced tradesman, whilst still keeping a competeative rate. If you would like to know mroe about our services contact is now on 01179 898 208 or 07811 149 095.

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to chill out in with a pile of cushions and a few favourite toys. It’s always good to support local independent shops, as they often have that special something that’s a little bit different. So, I headed to the Gloucester Road treasure trove that is FloJo Boutique, and chose a multicoloured star printed ripstop (also known as parachutefabric). This is ideal for a quick craft project, as it doesn’t fray, and therefore doesn’t require hemming. It can be wiped clean, and won’t mind getting a bit wet in the rain, making it perfect for both outdoor and indoor use. Using a simple pattern, bamboo canes from Bishopston Hardware and a few lengths of ribbon leftover from previous projects, I machinestitched and assembled the teepee in just a couple of evenings. It is stowed neatly in the narrow gap between wardrobe and wall, and collapses quickly and neatly away after a day of play. Needless to say it’s been a hit with the four year old! If you too would like to make your own teepee before the summer is over, head to my website where you can find the pattern and instructions for free on my blog page. Happy camping! www.zoehewettinteriors.co.uk

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Focus on Sash windows Walk through your neighbourhood and you’ll notice the amount of sash windows on view. This is due to the fact that the majority of housing stock in Bristol is Victorian and Edwardian. Although we probably take this for granted, it could have been very different story. Beginning in the 1970’s many householders began removing their traditional sash windows and replacing them with metal or UPVC double glazed windows. Planning laws were not as strict as they are today and the fact these new windows were not as attractive as the original ones was often not taken in to consideration. Many of these new windows will have already been replaced at least once as they only have a service life of 25 years. Luckily many chose not to follow this path and decided to keep their Sash windows. Picture an traditional elegant house and the original windows will still be

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constructed of slow grown pine, the majority having lasted over a hundred years. If well care for, they will still be there for the next hundred years and beyond. Maintenance is the key and the number of Bristol Sash windows specialists has increased over the past 10 years. Your windows may only survive if they are well decorated but not painted shut, as this can lead to rotten wood. If heat efficiency is important to you, discrete draught-proofing can be installed. Combined with a service, the sashes will slide smoothly, won’t rattle and noise

will be reduced. For the ultimate makeover, slim sealed double glazed units can be installed into the existing timberwork. Whichever path you choose, remember, you are only keeping the house for the next generation to enjoy. It would be nice to think that we can all play a little part in keeping our city a beautiful one. For more information contact: Sash Solutions info@sashsolutions.net www.sashsolutions.net

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Guinea pigs: the facts the guinea pigs, writes Sophie McGill, veterinary surgeon You will need to buy a comfortable hutch with enough space for a separate sleeping and living area. Most hutches sold are actually not big enough, the bigger the hutch the better for the piggies! You will also need a run for them to be able to run around during the day, preferably having access to grass. Keep them in a nice quiet area and make sure their hutch and run are safe from predators and not escapable. Feed them guinea pig pellets along with lots of hay, grass and leafy green vegetables. An important thing to remember with guinea pigs is that they cannot produce their own vitamin C so it is very important to supplement this via good quality pellet food. Citrus fruits are not a good idea for vitamin C as they can upset their stomachs. Also, root vegetables like carrots and fruit should only be given in small quantities as a treat. Provide lots of clean

dustfree hay for bedding and provide litter for their toileting area; this litter can be shredded paper so it isn’t too dusty for them. Providing toys for them is also a great way to encourage them to play, tunnels and boxes can be hidden in if they are frightened. Guinea pigs need to be handled regularly but carefully as they have very fragile bones so children should not be left alone playing with them. If you are buying them as a pet for children then do remember they can live 5-6 years or more so you may end up being the one looking after them if your children lose interest. Guinea pigs are a wonderful and fairly lowmaintenance pet

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with Ingrid Bates These last few weeks I’ve been busy selecting the best stems and removing unwanted growth from the vines. Due to the slight frost damage we suffered back in April, the vines have thrown out a huge number of extra shoots with no flower trusses on them. The flower trusses eventually develop into little bunches of grapes so no flowers equals no fruit. These flower-less stems are often very vigorous and cause the vines to get very congested so we viticulturists like to get rid of them! I’ve been steadily working my way through every plant in the vineyard taking out these unwanted stems and leaving the fruitful ones. It’s a process that some would find maddeningly dull but I find strangely enjoyable! It’s a little bit like playing God

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held up out of the water, and our necks generally already suffer from compression. In breaststroke, it’s easy to overarch the back to lift the head. What we need is strength in the oblique muscles to counter this, and the flexibility to articulate much lower down the spine where it meets the pelvis. Being in the water feels absolutely lovely, with workouts providing resistance while being gentle on the hips and knees. Using the principles of good posture will make anyone’s swimming hugely more effective – and therapeutic. Simple steps to regain your postural health are brilliantly set out in Esther Gokhale’s self-help book, ‘8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back’. Based on traditional posture and ways of moving that continue to serve humanity well throughout the non-industrialised world, this approach is also taught on the

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Urdhva Dhanurasana: inverted bow pose THE last in our current series of backbends (see April, May and June’s poses of the month), this one is for intermediate students only. Beginners should learn the basics of yoga in a beginner’s class first so that your body is toned and strong before embarking on back bends such as this. Back bends stimulate the nervous and circulatory systems and tone the whole body. Medical benefits:

Backbends work on the spine and chest. They help reduce general backache and can keep in check arthritis of the lower back, dorsal region and shoulder joints and hunchback. Upward Bow helps those with asthma, breathlessness, bronchitis, chest, chill, cough and tonsillitis. 1. Lay on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands under your shoulders with your fingers facing your toes. 2. Raise your pelvis. Raise your chest and place the crown of your head on the floor. Suck your shoulder blades and your back ribs firmly into your back. Don’t let your elbows swing out – they should be shoulder width apart. 3. Pushdown through your hands and feet and push up into the

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What’s on a regular basis Mondays n Toddler group at Ardagh Pavilion, Kellaway Avenue, Horfield Common. Ages 03, 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. This really is the most fun, graceful way to get in shape. n Kick Start Fat Loss Club, Ashley Down Primary School, Olveston Road, 8-9pm. Kick Start Fat Loss is a revolutionary new diet and exercise club currently running in Bristol. There is no calorie counting, daily points, fad foods or complicated workouts. *Weekly weigh in, measure and body stat recording. 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: 07813 346819 / 0117 9401566, www. thegreatcaper.co.uk 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.

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hour meeting for worship to be held every Thursday Evening 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. The classes offer you the time to celebrate your pregnancy, relax with your baby, ask questions and meet other mumstobe in a safe and welcoming environment. We cover breathing, relaxation, yoga and movement, active birth, hypnobirthing and physiology of labour and birth. 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. A friendly, supportive and vibrant weekly group. Full support, advice and a liberating eating plan. No calorie counting and eating to satisfy everyone’s appetite. £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

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within you. You don’t have to be a church member. 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. Fridays n Mindfulness & Movement – Meditation and Qi Gong/ Tai Chi for well being of health and mind and for all ages. Drop-in class, all equipment provided, 10.30-12.00am, £9/£7 Bristol Buddhist Centre, 162 Gloucester Road BS7. Tel Tim Mason 07789 200685 or www. bristolbuddhistcentre. org/ otheractivities/yogaandqigong n Philosophy Discussion Group. Friendly and welcoming group. We meet every second Friday of the month 10 /12 noon. Eastfield Inn, 219 Henleaze Rd, Bristol BS9 4NQ. Contact Lorna Tarr 0770 245 3827. Saturdays n Gloucester Road Market runs every Saturday from 10am-5pm on Pigsty Hill. Stalls include Herbert’s Bakery, The Spotless Leopard, Lee’s Teaks and Sam’s Jams. 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. There is a visit to NT property Coughton Court, Alcester, Warks on Thurs June 23 but booking by June 8. If you would like to join this friendly group please call 0117 9737296 for full details.

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UMMER is here and there is no where i’d rather be than spending it right here in Bristol. Our city is full of life at the best of times but it is at this time of year when the streets become alive with sound, music and colour. Whether you’re soaking up the suns in Victoria Park, enjoying the shade in St Andrew’s or having a wander around the Blaise Castle estate, there are lots ways to make the most of the warmer temperatures without breaking the bank. Alongside the great green spaces that we have in the city we also have some of the best local urban festivals in the country. First up, we have the fantastic Bristol Pride festival. Now in its sixth consecutive year, people travel from across the country travel to join in this celebration of love and

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event as the Tour of Britain spends a full day in the heart of our city in September. All of these will be open for Bristolians around the city to get involved in, mostly for free. When you put this alongside our challenging art galleries and museums, vibrant art scene and busy night life this all makes a strong case for Bristol to be a future European Capital of Culture. I want every part of Bristol to feel the benefit if we’re successful in a bid. It can showcase the diverse and exciting place that I know Bristol to be, whilst also demonstrating what culture can really mean to all of our city and its communities. I want this bid to be about preserving and developing the cultural heritage of our city, including the whole city in telling a true and credible story about all we have to offer. I know from many early conversations that there’s real support for Bristol as a future European Capital of Culture. Together we can make it happen and make it truly matter.

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●The right to participate in our cultural communities ● The right to self determination ●The right to own and drive a car anywhere It’s the last one of course, and yet we often behave as though we believe that’s a right too. Look at how wound up many of us get over parking, lower speed limits, traffic queues, aggressive drivers and non motorized road users. To many of us, if it weren’t for politicians, do gooders, bad people and goodness knows who else, road traffic would look after itself. Therein lies the rub. It isn’t other road users, politicians and the rest who are the problem. It’s us, you and me. We own and drive the cars, but there are so many of them cluttering up the roads, it is hard not to blame everyone else for it. After all the social message

we grow up with from our families and friends, the media, advertising, politicians, town planners, employers and the rest is that cars are so much part of our lives that they have become a right. That makes it hard to see ourselves as the problem but dead easy to see it as someone else’s that’s landed on us. So we don’t say, “If my car wasn’t out there joining rush hour traffic or taking up a parking space there’d be one less of a problem,” we say “If public transport was better or parking restrictions removed, traffic lights or bus lanes reduced, the problem would sort itself.” In other words, the problem I’m causing is really being caused by someone else. If we want to get away from road congestion, air pollution, traffic deaths, limited parking and obesity, we have to start with learning to do without our

cars. “That’s a tall order,” I hear you say, “I can’t live without mine.” Well, what are you expecting? For someone else to stop driving theirs so you can drive yours? The simple answer is the number of cars on the roads has gone way past the point of maximum benefit and well into the reaches of disbenefit. If we want to improve the quality of our lives, we have to bravely step out of the I can’t live without the car mentality, and into a new one with a medley of alternative and public transport, car sharing and learning to value what’s in our locality. The more of us ready to start taking action of some sort, the quicker we can all arrive at less congested roads, clean air and better health.

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Another voracious feeder is the scarlet tiger moth. Its charming woolly bear caterpillars took advantage of a friend’s hospitality and moved into the patch of green alkanet in her front garden. Rather rudely, the caterpillars completely defoliated the alkanet and then moved onto the roses at which point she served an eviction order (they are welcome to their alkanet but, understandably, she draws a line at sacrificing her roses). We took them on and gave them our comfrey which kept them happy for the duration. The reward is plenty of big bold moths: black, splashed in creamy white and gold spots with underwings like scarlet petticoats edged with black lace. Unsurprisingly this eyecatching insect is also protected by poisons. Some of the dayflying moths are barely noticeable and yet undertake spectacular migrations. One, called the diamond back moth, has been known to travel across Europe for up to 3000km during several days of continuous flight. The monarch butterfly is

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well known for its monumental American migration (they even occasionally turn up in Britain) but it is hard to imagine the diamond back flying any distance at all – they’re barely the size of a little fingernail clipping. Yet this year Britain has been inundated with them, one moth enthusiast counting literally thousands on a single walk. Another migrant moth and one of my firm favourites is the hummingbird hawkmoth. It migrates to Britain from southern Europe or even north Africa and visits nectarrich flowers, hovering like its namesake whilst feeding with its long proboscis. It is a greyish moth but with brilliant rusty flashes on the lower wings. Its flight is rapid and darting and it is often this movement that first alerts you to its presence. Imagine a sunny garden corner with clovers and vetches, red valerian, bugloss, violets, a selfsown buddleia – the perfect spot for these beauties. Well, would you look at that – yet another great reason for leaving that rough bit of lawn unmown and overgrown.

Private gardens and community allotments sought to celebrate Britain’s heritage HERITAGE Open Days are looking for keen gardeners in the Bristol area to open up their public and private green spaces as part of the annual Heritage Open Days festival, between 8-11 September 2016. Greenfingered folk from community allotments to private gardens and civic parks are sought to celebrate the Year of the English Garden. The festival is joining in with the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown by showcasing some of the most stunning public and private gardens in England. There will also be free access to the gardens and houses at a selection of National Trust properties, as well as lesser known private and public secret green spaces and community gardening projects with fascinating stories to tell. Bishopston, Redland and Westbury Park have plenty of lovely gardens, as seen at the recent Open Gardens events, and could be up to the challenge of a September opening. Registration closes on August 1st with hundreds of green spaces already listed including the National Trust’s Tyntesfield and the Kingswood Heritage Museum Trust’s Warmley Grottoes, Garden and Museum. Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said: “Heritage Open Days is a great opportunity to showcase the hidden

histories behind the green spaces in your area. From formal, prizewinning horticultural landscaping, to allotments, pub gardens and community planting projects, every gardener has a story to tell!” By registering, all participants will be

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Yogafurie turn up the heat on open day CELEBRATING wellbeing was the theme of the open day held at Ashley Down Yoga studio, Yogafurie, in June. Hot yoga, bodywork and mindfulness were all part of the mix and enjoyed by the many visitors who came along. The ‘ Turn Up the Heat on Your Health' event was designed to help people find out more about a variety of holistic health and fitness practices. Yogafurie first opened its purpose-built hot yoga studio in Ashley Down in January this year after four years of practicing in locations around the Bishopston and Gloucester Road area. The studio, which is powered by 100% sustainable energy, is the brainchild of Yogafurie owner Ed Wood, who is a former commercial IT worker turned yoga teacher. Ed said: “We have had an overwhelming level of support from the community since

we opened. It has meant a lot to us that so many of our members have not just remained committed but actually are now doing more hot yoga in our new studio. “We have also been delighted by the fact that we are welcoming new enthusiasts all the time and so we thought it would be nice to give back to the community.” Visitors experienced some more unusual events on the day such as the Kirtan chanting session held by Tim Chalice, who has a regular Wednesday morning Bhajan Babies sessions for parents, babies and toddlers. He introduced people to the power of repetitive singing and the delightful silence that happens at the end great for calming everyone down and promoting good sleep patterns! To discover more about Yoga Furie see http://www.yogafurie. com .

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Home Instead Senior Care is a well established and highly regarded independent home care provider. Its unique approach to Senior Care, and its awardwinning training lead it to win the 2014 Great British Care Wards and the 2015 Specialist Care Awards. There are 175 independent offices across the UK, and I was delighted to be able to establish this office here in North Bristol last year.

What service do you provide to the people of this area ?

Home Instead provides that precious gift of freedom; ensuring older people remain free to stay at home where they are most happy and comfortable, giving their families freedom to relax in the knowledge that their loved ones are in excellent hands. Clients use us for short term or long term arrangements, and for just a few hours per day up to 24 hours, 7 days a week. The type of services our clients request vary considerably, each client’s care plan really is unique to them - we effectively start

with a blank sheet of paper! Specialising in non-medical care, our service ranges from companionship & home help to personal care and specialist support. Overall we seek ways to encourage, stimulate and support our clients in practical and fun ways. Core to our philosophy is an unrushed approach, which is loved by both clients and our CAREgivers.

What is the best part of running your business and working in this area? Undoubtedly the best part of this business is the wonderful people we meet - both clients and our CAREGivers. We mainly find staff by ‘word of mouth’ and in doing so we meet many kind, patient and funny people, from all walks of life. We are very selective when we recruit – seeking those people who sincerely want to make a heartfelt difference to others.

What makes your service different from other companies?

Foremost, our service is unrushed and consistent. We take time to understand each client’s interests and we then match them with one or two CAREgivers. We ensure that the same CAREgivers visit each client regularly; this way enjoyable and respectful relationships can develop. The time together is usually no less than one hour, often more, and so good times can be had alongside any practical tasks that may be needed. Many of our

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clients engage us to help them continue with the hobbies or interests – playing music, visiting museums, bird-watching, walking, or just chatting. Secondly, through regular meetings and close contact between the client, their family and us, the unique & tailored care plan can be adapted as needs or wishes change. This way we can ensure that the care provided matches the level we’d want for our own parents, nothing less. Thirdly, our approach to recruitment and training is unparalleled. All applicants have 2 separate interviews, provide 6 references, and have fresh CRB/DBS checks. Then they go through further assessment and training, both in the class-room and community. Once on board, the training & development doesn’t stop – we view our CAREgivers as professionals, so we remunerate them accordingly and encourage them to seek further qualifications and specialist knowledge. Underpinning all this however is what’s their heart – the empathy, creativity, and desire to make a difference !

What are your plans for the future of the business? We wish to compliment the great work being done by many organisations locally that are also supporting the elderly. These could be charities, other care providers, care homes, the NHS, social services, churches, clubs & societies. We all have a roll to play to ensure that our senior neighbours and friends are supported and encouraged. We have also recently established a Senior Film Club that meets at 2pm on the 3rd Monday each month is St Peters Hall, Henleaze. All are welcome, including carers. Please join us for some great films and cake ! If you’d like more information about either working with us or being supported by our wonderful CAREGivers, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0117 989 8210 and ask for Kirsty or John. Home Instead Senior Care. Tel 01179898210 www.homeinstead.co.uk/ bristolnorth

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England set to host Ireland in Bristol next year in a piece of cricketing history

ENGLAND will host Ireland for the first time in an international fixture next summer – with the two countries set to contest two Royal London One-Day Internationals at Bristol and Lord’s. The two-match series will create cricketing history as Ireland have never before taken on England in this country. The fixtures will kick off the 2017 international season with Bristol’s Brightside Ground hosting the first encounter on Friday, May 5 and Lord’s staging the second match on Sunday, May 7. The two countries enjoy close cricketing ties with Ireland hosting England for their inaugural one-day international ten years ago in Belfast – a match the visitors won by 38 runs. For Bristol the ties are even closer with several Irish players including captain William Porterfield having honed their cricketing skills in the city and current Ireland Head Coach, John Bracewell an adopted Bristolian having spent several years as Director of Cricket for Gloucestershire. GCCC Chief Executive Will Brown said: “We are hugely honoured to be chosen as the host venue for such an historic event and look forward to welcoming both teams and their supporters to the Brightside Ground next May. With close links to the current Irish squad and a strong Irish family in and around Bristol we couldn’t be more excited.” ECB Director, England Cricket Andrew Strauss, who led England in Ireland’s inaugural ODI back in 2006, added: “We’ve been hugely impressed by the major strides

Irish cricket has made in the last decade and all their players will be savouring the opportunity to play a full one-day international at the Home of Cricket for the first time, as well as taking on England at Bristol. “Ireland’s past performances in ICC Cricket World Cups have shown just how

competitive they can be in the 50-Over format; they will definitely provide our one-squad with a tough test ahead of next summer’s ICC Champions Trophy and I’m sure both these games will be great cricketing occasions with a strong Irish presence in the crowd at each venue.”

Brush up on your watercolour skills A WATERCOLOUR workshop, led by local artist Emma Burleigh, is being held on July 6 at Room 212 based in the Gloucester Road central area. Described as an experimental and playful painting workshop, it is an opportunity to explore the beautiful, vibrant and luminous qualities of watercolour in a supportive and gentle teaching environment. Using the setting of the 212 Eco House and garden, painters can take inspiration from nature, other artists and the wells of their own imaginations. It is a chance to enjoy playing with this exquisite medium and learn new skills and tips. No experience or evident talent for watercolour is required and all the materials are supplied. The cost for the day is £35, or £30 for concessions. For more details see www.room212.co.uk or Room 212 facebook.

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