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March, 2018 Issue 64

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Baby Bank is paying dividends Baby Bank Network, a charity set up by two Bishopston mums in 2015 to redistribute equipment to needy families, has notched up its 1,000th referral. PAGES 8 & 9

Lidl sets sights on bus depot site Lidl has switched its attention from the Muller Road Ford garage to the former bus station as a possible store site. PAGE 5

The new accessible path on Horfield Common THE accessible path on Horfield Common is complete and is already making a huge difference to the many hundreds of people who cross this area of green

Singer launches second single space each day. The path is a great improvement for local residents walking to the shops and bus stops, and for people with limited mobility who will

be able to access the Common during the winter when it can be boggy and wet for months at a time. More details: Page 2

Singer-songwriter Keir, who lives on Gloucester Road, has released his second single. PAGE 11

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n NEWS FRIENDS of Horfield Common (FOHC) are celebrating the completion of two projects which volunteers have been working hard on over the last two to three years. The Horfield Common Accessible Footpath is now open and the Garden Room installation was completed in February. Sam Thompson from FOHC said: “We were thrilled to see the speed at which the new accessible footpath was installed once the work started and we have received dozens of emails from park users thanking FoHC volunteers for their work to fundraise to get this muchrequested path installed. “While the grassed areas around the path will take time to re-establish fully, this is being carefully monitored and will be

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Friends' joy over Common works

reseeded if necessary later in the year.” The accessible path has been laid to enable everyone to walk a circuit of the common away from the traffic on Kellaway Avenue, to allow people with limited mobility to access the common during the winter when it can

be boggy and wet for months at a time and to allow people access the shops and bus services without ending up having to walk out of their way to avoid the boggy grassed areas. The path was funded by the Tesco Golden Hill Bags of Help scheme. The Friends Volunteers Garden Room installation is available for use in the Café yard at the Ardagh. This space replaces the previous container-space which was refurbished by FoHC volunteers in 2015 to provide an indoor meeting space and place where


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volunteers could meet, share ideas and shelter from the rain. Sam Thompson added: “It has been fantastic to see the space being installed and we are looking forward to hosting FoHC meetings in this lovely, light and fully accessible garden room throughout 2018.” FoHC meetings for 2018 take place around every six weeks on Mondays starting on 16 April, from 7-9pm. If you would like to get involved with the Friends group & help to support improvements and enhancements to the common for the benefit of all park users – please do come along – new committee members are always welcome.

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n NEWS LOCAL concerns about keeping the cafe in St Andrews Park independent (reported in last month’s Bishopston Voice) has led to a petition: Save Fay’s St Andrew's Park Tea Garden. Lead petitioner Simon Davis started the online petition on February 2 and already has nearly 1,000 signatures. If 3,500 people sign the petition the matter will be debated in a full council meeting. The petition states “that Bristol City Council should allow our much loved Tea Garden in St Andrews Park, which has been in

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Park community, provides good service, homemade food and is served on reusable china. Simon Davis states: “It is more than just running a café or becoming another branch of a chain and we want the council

to hear the strength of local feeling.” To add your signature see http://epetitions.bristol. SaveStAndrewsParkCafe


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n NEWS PEOPLE living in Bishopston, Redland and St Andrews are being asked for their views on the future of the South West region’s electric vehicle charging network. Bristol City Council has tasked Cenex and the Energy Saving Trust to run a survey and focus groups to gauge public opinion about how the network should be run, managed and supported in the future. Anyone who currently uses the charging points, as well as people who would like to use electric vehicles in the future, are encouraged to respond. The online survey asks questions related to how the network is run, accessed, experiences, and people’s driving habits, such as vehicle type and mileage. The survey is live until Friday 9 March. Two years ago the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced that the four West of England authorities had been awarded £7.1million of funding

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Have your say on the future electric vehicle network over five years to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, across the region. OLEV’s ambition is to have virtually zero emissions on Britain’s roads by 2050. As part of its Go Ultra-Low West (GULW) programme, this funding will be used to install around 200 electric vehicle charging points across Bristol, Bath and North-East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Three new charging points in Bristol are being installed later in March in Bruswick Square, the Counterslip near Victoria Street and on Stuart Street. A full map of Bristol’s electric charge point network can be found on the Go Ultra Low West website. The remaining charge points

will be installed in locations identified as a result of the market research exercise. Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy at Bristol City Council, said: “Bristol has a proud history of leading by example in the action against climate change and has committed to be a city that runs entirely on clean energy by 2050. As well as upgrading our own vehicle fleet, we are determined to meet local demand for charge points to enable as many residents and businesses as possible to own and run electric vehicles in the future. We’re pleased that the OLEV funding will help us expand our network further.” Luke Redfern, Business Development and Projects

Manager at Cenex, said: “As one of the last few remaining free-for-use networks in the UK, the SourceWest charge point network has done an excellent job of supporting the uptake of low emissions vehicles in the region. To achieve the ambitious targets set by the council we recognise that more charge points are needed to reduce charging and range anxiety. This is an excellent opportunity, for both existing and potential new low emission vehicle drivers, to input into the future of this network, and help us identify locations that will help electric vehicle driver numbers increase, and ultimately improve air quality across the West of England.”

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Lidl switches attention to bus depot as possible site for store by Keri Beckingham BUDGET supermarket Lidl has put forward a planning application to for a store on the derelict bus depot on Muller Road in Horfield. As previously reported in Bishopston Voice, Lidl launched its plans to build a new supermarket on the site of the old Brunel Ford garage on Muller Road in 2014. However, although it was granted permission in 2016, building work did not progress due to the size of the site, which limited the amount of floor space for the store and the number of parking spaces that would be available. As a result, Lidl has decided to submit another application to Bristol City Council for the neighbouring bus depot land - which has been derelict since 2010 - instead, stating that the new site would allow for a bigger store and more space for customer parking. Within its plans, Lidl has stated that the new store will cover a 2,206 square metre site with a sales area of 1,325 square metres. It will also include 158 car parking spaces, including 10 disabled and eight parent and child spaces and space available for cycle parking at the front of the store. The proposed opening hours will be 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday (including Bank Holidays), and 10am to

4pm or 11am to 5pm on Sunday. In conjunction with the planning application 17/05939/F submitted to the council, Lidl has created a website to give residents more information, and has also launched an online petition to try and drum up local support for its plans. At the time of writing, 1,513 signatures have been collected by the petition, with residents commenting that the budget supermarket is something that is much needed in Horfield, that it would provide a welcome alternative to Tesco (which has two stores in the area), and that local people would be able to walk to the store rather than having to drive there. However, some residents have also raised concerns about the increase in traffic along Muller

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Road, a route that is already congested at peak times, if the budget supermarket goes ahead, Commenting on Lidl’s planning application, Tom Brook, Labour Councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down said: “There is a dire need in this area, especially in Lockleaze, for reasonably priced and easily accessible food stores, so having a Lidl here would be of great benefit to residents, especially those who find it too far to travel to existing shopping locations. “I appreciate that there are some downsides, namely regarding the impact on traffic, but I think that a number of these can be mitigated or eliminated through careful planning and conditions imposed by the council on the site permission, should it be granted.” The Bishopston Society, an active residents' group founded in 2002 with a focus on local planning, licensing and environmental issues, are keen to see certain conditions met before planning permission is granted. They would like the Brunel Ford site redeveloped for residential use to minimise additional traffic and enhance the appearance and character of Muller Road facing on to the green, cycle facilities at the store to be increased, as well as Lidl ensuring that lorry deliveries to the store are not permitted during rush hour periods or at anti-social times. In addition,

they would also like to see traffic lights installed at the bottom of Ralph Road to make it easier to pull out on to Muller Road and to regulate the traffic access in and out of the store car park. Spokesman Neil Embleton said: “The Bishopston Society accepts that there is a need for an affordable food store on Muller Road, particularly for the Lockleaze area which is currently poorly served. However, there is strong concern that the new store will aggravate the existing traffic congestion and air pollution along Muller Road, particularly at the junction with Ralph Road, which will inevitably be worsened by the anticipated enlargement of the Bristol Rovers ground. “On balance, we would be happy to see planning permission granted for the new store with certain conditions in place.” Speaking on behalf of Friends of the Memorial Ground (FOMG), Jamie Carstairs said: “The site in question is not a war memorial, unlike the Memorial Stadium, so FOMG do not object to this redevelopment for that reason. “However, nearby residents are likely to experience increased traffic and air pollution. Do we really need yet another supermarket in the area?” To find out more about Lidl’s planning application and to sign their petition, visit http://www.

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Councillors asked to give Prince of Wales up their parking perks landlord loses battle to AMENDMENTS have been suggested by opposition parties to halt some of the £34.5 million budget cuts this year proposed by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees. The main amendment from the Liberal Democrats is to save £50 million over the next five years by cutting back on contingency funding and borrowing as the council already has £20 million in reserves. The idea, seconded by Cotham councillor, Anthony Negus, is detailed in his column on p27. The group also claims that another £4 million of Community Infrastructure Levy, given to the council from developers, has been ‘unaccounted’ for in the budget. Eleanor Combley, Green Party councillor for Bishopston is calling on colleagues from all parties to give up their free parking spaces, saying that the money saved could be used to

protect our parks instead. She has put forward an amendment to stop issuing free parking permits to councillors, ex-councillors and senior staff, and charge a modest fee for them instead. The amendment proposes that this income is put towards the parks budget instead of introducing advertising in our parks. Councillor Combley said: "Our parks are the lungs of our city. We know that parks and green spaces are essential to our mental health, which is why I am so concerned by the proposals to plaster our parks with advertising. Almost 4,000 people have signed a petition against adverts in parks, showing that they share my concerns.” These amendments and others were due to be discussed at the council budget meeting on February 20, after the Bishopston Voice went to print.

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keep pub independent LANDLORD of The Prince of Wales, Anna Gorman, has lost her landmark court battle to keep the much-loved pub on Gloucester Road independent. It’s been a long and stressful battle against multi-million pound company EI Group who want to replace Anna with managers from the 'Bermondsey Pub Company'. She’s financed £13,000 of the £40,000 legal costs through crowdfunding but has had to borrow the rest of the money. Speaking to the Bishopston Voice just before the verdict in January, Anna said: “I’m certainly not going to hand the keys back without a fight. I’ve been contacted by other landlords in the same situation - this is happening all over the

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New management team for Bishopston Medical Practice THE NHS has appointed a new management team to run Bishopston Medical Practice, following the GP partners’ recent decision to resign from their contracts. BrisDoc took over the running of Bishopston Medical Practice on February 10 2018 for the next two years. Formed by a group of local GP Practices over 10 years ago, they are already responsible for the GP Out of Hours service for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, as well as Broadmead Medical Centre, Northville Family Practice, the homeless healthcare service for Bristol, the GP support unit at BRI and Broadmead Walk In Centre on behalf of Bristol Community Health. BrisDoc was appointed by NHS England from a list of pre-approved organisations who were invited to make bids via a formal procurement process, as previously reported by Bishopston Voice. To allow for

a smooth handover of services, BrisDoc have already been in discussion with the medical centre’s employees who have indicated that they will stay with the practice, including the GP Partners who have also accepted posts at the practice with BrisDoc. The NHS will now work with patients, the wider community and other health and care services to work out what services the practices and local

areas need for the future. In the meantime it will be business as usual for patients at the practice, and they are advised to continue using GP services as normal. Speaking of the appointment of the new management team, NHS England South West Director of Commissioning Debra Elliott said: “We are pleased to have an organisation with such a strong track record taking over the management and provision of primary care

services at Bishopston Medical Practice and we are confident that patients will continue to get the same high quality services. “We look forward to continue to work closely with patients, staff and other stakeholders on what services are needed for the future.” BrisDoc Deputy Medical Director Dr. Rebecca Hennessy, said: "BrisDoc is delighted to have been awarded the contract to run Bishopston Medical Practice. We look forward to working closely with the patient group, the existing team and other stakeholders to continue to deliver high quality local patient care, and to further develop the practice." BrisDoc is now looking for patients to join the patient participation group at the practice. Patients are advised to speak to reception for more details by calling 0117 944 0700.

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Baby Bank Network proves its worth IN just three years since the idea was born, the Baby Bank Network team of volunteers are helping over 50 families a month in Bristol with baby essentials they otherwise could not afford - and have celebrated their 1,000th referral. It was just weeks after its launch in the summer of 2015 that the group of volunteers had helped their first family with baby essentials, operating in a similar style to a foodbank. The 100% volunteer-run charity collects pre-loved baby essentials and gives them to families in need - this includes victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, refugees and homeless people as well as low income families. In order to reach those babies, the charity works with a range of referral partners including NextLink, Shelter and Home Start as well as midwives and health visitors across the city. Volunteers put in hundreds of

Baby Bank Network founders, Eva Fernandes and Becky Gilbert hours a month at the Fishponds warehouse to check, clean and prepare packages which include cots, prams, baby clothes, toiletries and books ready for collection by referral partners, which then deliver them to families in need across the city. Baby Bank Network was

born when Bishopston mums Becky Gilbert and Eva Fernandes noticed that there was nowhere in Bristol which offered this service. They quickly pulled together a team of volunteers - mostly mums on maternity leave - and set about gathering, preparing and handing out baby

essentials. At first it was helping a few families a month, quickly rising to the equivalent of one a day and is now exceeding that. With no government or council funding, the charity relies on donations not just of baby items but of money and volunteer time to ensure it doesn’t have to turn anyone away. A network of more than 200 referral partners across the city helps connect those in need with Baby Bank Network which lovingly prepares parcels of quality pre-loved baby essentials for families. Co-founder and trustee Dr Becky Gilbert said: "It’s a humbling moment to step back and realise that what started as an idea has very quickly evolved into tangible support for families in need. It’s entirely thanks to the dedication and generosity of our volunteers and supporters that we’re able to help people in the way we do and for that we’re eternally grateful.

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“We live in a wealthy city in and it breaks my heart to think that there are babies that go without the basics - but with statistics showing that one in four children in Bristol are living in poverty we’ve seen demand increasing year-on-year for our service. Our main challenge now is keeping up with that demand.” Referral partner Amanda

Bryant, from Unseen (http:// - a charity that helps victims of human trafficking - says that the packages that Baby Bank Network gives to the families they help are gratefully received. She said: "Most of our service users are single women with young children who are predominantly living in asylum

seeking accommodation on a small amount of money to cover food, gas and electric and baby products. “They're obviously not in a position to work so are unable to improve their financial situation so it's been a real lifeline to find a charity that has such good quality second hand baby items that were able to give the women

at no cost to them. They're absolutely thrilled and delighted with the help that Baby Bank Network has given." Baby Bank Network currently helps babies under the age of one but has ambitions to extend this to all under 5s. Last year, it supported the launch of its first partner organisation Bairnecessities in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and is currently working on the launch of other baby banks elsewhere in the UK. It is also exploring options to get its own van and volunteer driver so it can deliver the items to referral partners and help even more families. Dr Gilbert added: “I there’s anyone out there who can help us with a van or delivery service, we’d love to hear from you. We’ve got plenty of families needing our help, plenty of items in the warehouse to give them but what we don’t always have is the means of getting these items out.” If you can help with a van/ delivery service, drop Baby Bank Network a line at: becky@

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n NEWS THE third Chandos Road Window Wanderland took place in Redland on the weekend of February 3rd and 4th when shop windows and houses were decked out and dressed up in all manner of beautiful and quirky images, designed to brighten up the winter nights. The event was organised by Catrin Jones, Fiona McVey and Di Swain from the Chandos Road Neighbourhood Association and they were delighted with the level

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n NEWS BRISTOL based singersongwriter Keir has released his second single and has also announced that he is also going to play a homecoming gig in the city in April, writes Keri Beckingham. The 23-year-old, whose full name is Keir Gordon, lives on Gloucester Road with his brother (who is also his drummer) and is a former student of the city’s BIMM music college on Kings Square and Passage Street. Growing up just outside Bath, he first caught the eye of critics with his unique mixture of rock and soul after performing live for BBC Introducing at Maida Vale in December 2016, who at the time commented: “Every once in a while you come across an artist who changes everything. Keir is one of them.” Since then, he’s gone on to gain further prominence as a result of his early live performances at The Great Escape, Secret Garden Party, Glastonbury, Bristol Sounds and The Downs Festival. He also supported The Drums on tour in October 2017, which

Keir goes back to his Bristol roots in video for second single release culminated in a sold-out show at London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire. More recently, he played a sold out headline date at the Waiting Rooms in London in December 2017, and in January 2018 he toured Europe with his first headline show taking place at the Sugar Factory in Amsterdam, followed by two slots at Eurosonic Festival. Some of Keir’s key musical influences are Patti Smith, Edith Piaf and Aretha Franklin, and speaking about his new track, he reflects: “Night and Day is about the sudden changes that happen in relationships; between you and the person you once thought understood you. “It’s about being able to love yourself again after it all ends and knowing that you don’t need anyone else to help validate you.” The song’s music video,

which was shot by Keir and filmmaker Tom Forsey, covers Keir’s everyday life in Bristol and beyond. From spending time with family to performing onstage and everywhere in between, it features his band, his mum, dad, grandparents and friends as well as shots of Gloucester Road and Stokes Croft. Keir plays The Louisiana on April 25 this year and Night and Day, which is described as a “daring slice of soulful pop-rock” is available to buy and stream now from all digital partners via keir. To find out more about Keir and to buy tickets for his upcoming Bristol show, visit his Facebook page: soundofkeir/

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n NEWS TO celebrate 100 years since women were granted the vote, Jane Duffus has written a book commemorating 250 wonderful women from Bristol’s past. Here we look at some with a Bishopston connection. IN Bristol, you can’t move for references to the men who helped to shape our city… but what about the women? When all but one of the statues in the city feature men (and the solitary female statue is of a goddess, not even a human woman!) and there are some history books about Bristol that barely even mention women, you would be forgiven for thinking there were no notable females in Bristol’s past. But you’d be wrong! “Which is why in The Women Who Built Bristol, I have compiled a compendium of 250 wonderful women who helped to shape the city we know and love today,” said Jane. “ From the better known names such as

Fighting for our rights reformer Mary Carpenter and suffragette Annie Kenney, to the more obscure such as fruit seller Jane Martin and haematologist Janet Vaughan… I’ve tried to leave no stone unturned in my quest to represent women from all walks of life who contributed something - no matter how small - to the Bristol we live in today. “In Bishopston, you should be proud of Bertha Ayles, a suffragist and trade unionist who moved to Bristol with her Labour MP husband Walter in 1910. Their former home at 12 Station Road is now acknowledged with a blue plaque.” On arrival in Bristol, Bertha and Walter wasted no time in getting involved in the city’s socialist scene. Bertha became a Part-Time Organiser, and Walter became Secretary, of the Bristol Independent Labour Party (ILP), and together they ensured that the ILP and the Women’s Labour League (WLL) had women’s suffrage at the top of their agendas. The WLL had been rather slow on the uptake regarding women’s suffrage until Bertha arrived in Bristol, but once in the city she worked hard to engage working women and trades unions in the suffrage campaign. Thanks to trades unionist Annie Townley coming to Bristol in 1913 and her work with the East Bristol Women’s Suffrage Society, Bertha and Walter finally had a focus for the WLL’s suffrage energies. East Bristol was a key area because at that time the sitting MP was the Liberal Charles Hobhouse who was strongly opposed to women’s suffrage and the ILP worked hard to try and oust him. Mabel Tothill, who had worked with Bertha and Walter at the Barton Hill University Settlement, already had strong links to East

Bristol and stood in opposition to Hobhouse. As soon as Walter had established his plans for a socialist local council in Bristol, Bertha wasted no time in organising a South West one-day conference to try and improve housing conditions for dockers and factory workers. This was followed by a women’s public meeting the same evening, where Bertha spoke on the subject of municipal lodging houses for women. For the full story on Bertha, and all 250 women profiled in the book, snap up a copy of ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’ from All profits go straight to the charity Bristol Women’s Voice and to better benefit the charity please buy direct.

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Get ready to celebrate International Women's Day CROWDS of women, children and men braced the chilly evening on February 6 to turnout for the Lantern Parade, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women over the age of 30 winning the right to vote. Many came from Redland, Cotham and Bishopston dressed in the purple, white and green colours of the Suffragettes and stopped traffic as they walked from Berkeley Square, down Park Street to College Green. The next event for Bristol Women’s Voice (BWV) is International Women’s Day which is being celebrated with a programme of free events at City Hall on Saturday 3 March. This is part of the Deeds Not Words programme to commemorate the influential suffrage movement in Bristol. On the day Bristol Women's Voice will launch The Women Who Built Bristol, a book celebrating the women who made Bristol what it is today.

A women’s guided history walk with Naomi Paxton will take participants up Park Street and around the Triangle to visit key sites of women’s history. Performances from musicians including Jamaican Folk singers Tan Teddy and Bristol University’s women's acapella group Pitch Fight will showcase women’s musical Talents. Inclusive singing, dance, creative writing, photography, a textiles exhibition and theatre

workshops will celebrate the creativity of Bristol's women. Panel talks about representation, women in the media and sex work will open up discussions about some of the big issues that face us today. Workshops on health and wellbeing, maternity discrimination, recognising domestic violence and FGM will tackle pressing issues that face Bristol women. The BWV Wonderful Women Awards will celebrate Bristol

women from all walks of life nominated for their contribution to their communities. To nominate someone send a picture of your nominee and reason for nominating her to bwvwonderfulwomen@gmail. com All nominees will be invited to receive a certificate at City Hall and their stories will be shared at Penny Gane, BWV Chair said: "We invite the women of Bristol to join us at this special Centenary International Women’s Day celebration which this year will take place at City Hall. "With over 40 events to choose from there is something for absolutely everyone. Whether you want to take part in a debate, join in some interactive theatre, listen to exiting bands, hear about the black shirt suffragettes or shop at our women led stalls, browse an exhibition or meet with friends at the cafe we look forward to seeing you."

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Council to review 20mph limits across the city A REVIEW of 20mph speed limits in Bristol will be carried out this spring in order to look at the effectiveness of the lower limits in each area. The review, which will take place over an eight week consultation period, will involve consulting with local residents and councillors to look at how well 20mph is working in each area (including Bishopston, Cotham and Redland), and assess whether there is anything that can be done better. In addition, the review will also use the findings of a recent report by the University of the West of England (UWE). The Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour Limit Evaluation (BRITE) study found that, on average, speeds on more than 100 surveyed roads have reduced since the 20mph speed limits were implemented, with average speeds of between 19mph and 26mph on 20mph roads. In Bishopston, the

average speed was found to be 21.66mph along the 20mph roads in the area. Further to this, the report also analysed data from casualties of road traffic collisions in the city before and after the 20mph speed limits were introduced. It found that as a result of the reduction of 2.7mph in average traffic speeds, there is an estimated cost saving of over £15m per year from the fatal, serious and slight injuries that are avoided, and that over four people per year (who would otherwise have died without slower speed limits) are still alive today. Eleanor Combley, who is the Green Councillor for the Bishopston and Ashley Down ward, welcomed the findings of the report, saying: “With these amazing impacts it’s no wonder a clear majority – over 70% – of people in Bristol support 20mph, as demonstrated

repeatedly in surveys conducted by the council and UWE. “Having large, unbroken, safe areas is what has made Bristol’s 20mph more successful than other cities. Breaking those areas up by increasing the speed on some roads cutting through them will put all these benefits at risk.” Speaking of the council’s review, Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity, said: “It is still early days in terms of assessing the impact of 20mph, but the results from this report are a positive indication that lower speeds are making it safer to get around in Bristol. “What we need to establish is where 20mph appears to be working and where it may not be as effective, and the statistics from this report give us a good indication of that.” No decisions have yet been made on which roads will be

included within the review. Local councillors will be involved in making this decision, which will also seek the contribution of local communities, and the council will issue information about how people can get involved in due course.

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What has the Large Hadron Collider ever done for us? I STUDIED Maths at university, but when I read Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time most of it went over my head. Since then, I read New Scientist regularly and my microbiologist niece briefs me regularly on science she thinks an MP should know. Bristol’s scientists also keep in touch with me brilliantly. Only about thirty MPs, including me, studied a STEM subject (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), though when I ask scientists if they would like to be MPs, they say: ‘Of course not! I love science.’ Quite! But, considering the importance of science, it’s vital that policy and science meet and learn from each other. CERN – Centre for European Nuclear Research, in Geneva, where the Large Hadron Collider is

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The actual LHC tunnel (LHC) – invited interested MPs to visit last week. But what is CERN, and why does it matter? I discovered more than I expected. Put as simply as I can, CERN brings scientists from across the world together to develop knowledge about what the universe is made of and how. One of the scientists there, physicist Pippa Wells, said: “We use enormous machines producing massive amounts of data about tiny objects and events which took place at the start of the universe.” Tiny particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. This gives physicists clues about how particles interact and fundamental laws of nature. The LHC itself, in which some of

these collisions take place, is in a 27km circumference tunnel below Geneva. It was an awe-inspiring sight, a feat of engineering as well as physics. There are many different research projects there – I was taken on arrival to the ‘Antimatter factory’! As if discovering the origins of the universe is not enough, we have CERN to thank for the internet, MRI scanners and touchscreens! I was thrilled to be in the same room as the data storage where CERN scientists said: ‘We need a way to connect these billions of pieces of data between computers.’ I was moved to learn that the banging magnets which scan you when you have an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

scan is technology developed to find out what happened just after the ‘Big Bang’. CERN has partnerships with academic institutions across the world, including Bristol University. The Bristol connection goes beyond this – Peter Higgs, who predicted the existence of the Higgs-Boson Particle, discovered at CERN in 2013 after decades of research, went to Cotham School. He won the Nobel Prize for his work, and he had been inspired by another former Cotham pupil and Nobel Physics Prize winner, Paul Dirac! CERN runs school visits and other outreach as well as opportunities for technician apprentices and university students – Pippa first started out her career at CERN at a summer school. If you’re studying science, have a look at the CERN website. Perhaps you could be the next Bristolian Nobel Prize winner!

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Writer Will Self to host auction in aid of addiction rehab centre

BISHOPSTON and Redland residents are being invited to a fundraiser and auction that will make a difference to the lives of men, here in Bristol. Chandos House in Redland, a residential treatment centre for addiction, is on a critical fundraising mission in order to continue saving the lives of men suffering from substance and alcohol addiction. In support of this, the centre is organising a fundraising event on Wednesday 28 March at Boston Tea Party on Park Street, from 6:30 – 9:30pm. During the evening, writer Will Self (who has appeared on Have I Got News For You and Question Time) will be reading and discussing his writings, which relate to the subject of addiction and recovery. There will also be the opportunity to meet Will and get your hands on a signed copy of his most recent book for a donation, and former Chandos House residents will share their stories of how their time at Chandos changed their lives as well. In addition, there will also be an auction which will include signed artworks from some of Bristol’s most cherished artists, such as Nick Park, Inkie and Alex Lucas and signed books from Stephen Fry, Grayson Perry and Eric Clapton, as well as some exciting luxury items too. All ticket sales and funds raised will go to Chandos House, which is Bristol’s last A MUSIC and auction night to raise money to build a new classroom for pupils in Zimbabwe will take place on Saturday March 10 at Redland Parish Halls. The star attraction is the Zimbabwean mbira player Chartwell Dutiro – who is a favourite at World music festivals across the globe – check him out on YouTube for instance watch?v=AZlfsm5yrJk. The event is jointly organised by Trevor Thompson and Simon Bright, a Zimbabwean with longstanding links to the area. Trevor Thompson says: “Come and share the love in the amazing new space at Redland Parish Halls. “It’s a time of hope for Zimbabwe after decades of heart-breaking underinvestment. In partnership with Rotary Club (here and in Zim) we are building a new classroom for Boroma Primary School in beautiful Masvingo Province. Boroma educates 800 pupils on less than $1 a day per person, with one computer and too few classrooms.” Simon Bright made a return visit with his wife Ingrid and

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remaining rehab centre and offers men the opportunity for transformation, from the ravages of trauma and addiction to being able to lead healthy, full and connected lives. Chandos House art therapist Kate Guscott said: “How we treat our most vulnerable members of society is a reflection on ourselves. Men who are left homeless, demonized, incarcerated and destitute only have drugs and alcohol to turn to. “By helping these individuals, we help ourselves. No man is an island. Let’s come together and support people at their most needy moment, and in turn transform their lives, our communities and, the very fabric of our society.” Will Self commented: “I am very much looking forward to being a part of this creative and inclusive fundraising event for Chandos House and supporting such a progressive approach to treatment for addiction.” Tickets for the event are by donation from £10 - £500 and are available to purchase on Eventbrite: https://willselfchandos. To support Chandos House’s fundraising campaign, visit: https://


Playing a song of hope for Zimbabwe friends Trevor and Liz Thompson to Boroma school last year. He found the teachers still being creative by making teaching aids out of cardboard, plus an active parent teacher committee who asked for help with materials to complete a classroom and bring in computers. The numbers of children at the school have exploded because Boroma is one of the few primary schools in the area and now teachers are taking turns to teach outside because there are not enough classrooms. Simon says: “Encouraged by Mugabe’s removal from power in Zimbabwe, we wish to invest in the future by helping with education. Our plan is to raise at least £5,000 to support the community to build their own classroom and we have found a charity that will install reconditioned computers into this rural school, (including software and training) for £50 per computer. We are also looking into a cultural programme to stimulate the playing of the traditional Mbira thumb piano, starting them

young at Boroma Primary.” The event will have live Jazz with Round Midnight, a Mbira performance with Zimbabwean, Chartwell Dutiro, dancing to African Grooves, plus a cash bar and snacks. You can view and bid here on some very funky promises for the auction online and on the night (e.g. silver ringmaking workshop, dinner for

two at Lido, Twitter lessons, Pembrokeshire cottage, architect visit to your house, socks knitted to measure). If you have an auction idea, contact Trevor as soon as possible at trevor. There is no formal charge, but a donation of £12pp would be appreciated. Tables can be reserved for groups of 4 - 8 people. Book via Eventbrite.

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n NEWS MICHAEL Manson, local author and historian, will be speaking about pre-Victorian St Andrews and how the present Victorian suburb came to be laid out and built. The public event is organised by Friends of Bishopston Library and takes place on Thursday March 1 at Bishopston Library on Gloucester Road. Michael has lived in St Andrews for thirty years, but it was during a wet August and a golden September that he took a daily early morning walk round St Andrews to see what he could uncover. He was surprised at how much he found, revealing a history dating back hundreds of years. His talk will appeal to people

Author set to lift the lid on the secrets of St Andrews living locally who want to find out more about where they live, but also to anyone interested in history and how Bristol developed. His book The Hidden History of St Andrews will be on sale. He is also the author of several other books on Bristol – including: Bristol Beyond the Bridge; Riot! and (with co-author Edson Burton) Vice and Virtue – A History of Old Market. His cult novel Where’s My Money? was chosen by BBC TV as one of their ‘Books that Made Britain’. Tickets cost £3 at the library or online: www. There will be a cash bar with fruit juices, coffee, and tea. Doors open at 7pm.

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Library hosts children's Maths and English workshops A SERIES of free workshops will be running at Bishopston Library on Thursday April 5. The first workshop, called Telling the Time, is for 5 to 7 year olds and will run from 2pm – 3pm. The second workshop - Put a Spring in Your Step - is suitable for seven to nine-year-olds and will run from 3.30 to 4.30pm. Eloise Wyke, from Explore Learning, said: “Our workshops are a fun way for children to practise tricky areas and skills

that they have already covered at school. They get their own workbook to complete and take home to show their parents.” Telling the Time: This workshop revises how to tell the time. The next step is then practising telling the time with analogue clocks. The children learn to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour, draw the hands on a clock face to show these times and compare and


sequence intervals of time. The group will also learn to tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter to/past the hour and draw the hands on the clock face to show these times. Put a spring in your step: This workshop has been designed to work on the most common areas of difficulty in English comprehension – learning to draw inferences. The mythical stories are intended to make the workshop

to be fun and energetic, but still focus on these main skills. It draws on inferences such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justifying inferences with evidence. The children will look at predicting what might happen from details stated and implied. To find out more call 0117 934 9499 | cabotcircus

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n EDUCATION FAIRFIELD High School (FHS) students are urging Bristol: "don't mess with my future" in a poster campaign unveiled with Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor. He gave a team of young people from the school the opportunity to design the poster to help tackle Bristol's litter problem when announcing them as winners of the CommunityApprentice competition in Bristol last June. The campaign aligned to the Mayor's Clean

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FHS competition winners create new city-wide poster Streets campaign which launched in November 2016, with a pledge that Bristol will be measurably cleaner by 2020. Mr Rees said: “The young people really inspired me with their commitment during this project, and I want to harness that passion to inspire others.” The students were among 21 teams from ten Bristol schools who took part inthe annual Community-Apprentice competition in 2017. The competition, which is loosely based on the TV show The Apprentice, requires young people, working in teams, to develop and crucially demonstrate personal qualities whilst competing to see who can make the biggest positive impact on their community. Team Regen, from Fairfield High School, originally sought to inspire others through their

own actions by getting out on the streets and collecting litter. The positive response they got from the public inspired them to do more. They took the initiative to renovate an area of underpass by the skate park at the M32 which is near where many of them live. Off their own backs, they got a primary school involved and ran a competition to come up with the designs and help with the painting.

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n EDUCATION STUDENTS from Fairfield High School (FHS) took part in the official opening of the new changing rooms at Muller Road recreation ground on February 5. FHS students are among those to benefit from the new facility as will local community groups and sports teams. Jordan Goodchild, Head of PE and Performing Arts at FHS said: “Two years ago we didn’t have a site to play outside sports on. We identified this as a site that we’d like to use but the changing facilities couldn’t accommodate our needs and the fields were full of undulations because they were built on rubble from the World War.” All the site at Muller Road has now been levelled to meet FA standards for youth football. There were nine changing rooms, all of different sizes, before the work began. Now, there are four changing rooms, each with a toilet and shower room, two referee changing rooms and a kitchenette to provide drinks when the youth teams are playing. “It’s going to make a massive

New changing rooms open at Muller Road recreation ground difference to the school,” added Jordan Goodchild. “ We can now park the coach outside and have the pupils come straight in to get changed, leave all our equipment here on site, and we can host visiting teams. “The fields will be the best in Bristol because they are fully developed and with good drainage so they will always be playable.” The project is a joint venture with Bristol City Council and has taken two years in total from start to finish. The plan is for FHS to use the facilities during weekdays and for the local community to use it on evenings and weekends. Eleanor Combley, councillor for Bishopston and Ashley Down said: “These fields have been used casually by the community who live around them for many years. “When the school first

suggested using them as school fields there were a number of people who were nervous about losing free open green space but the way the project’s been done they’ve been very careful to make sure that there is access to the

fields while the work has been going on. “People have still been able to walk their dogs on the lower fields and the kids have still been able to come out and play throughout the works.”

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Share your memories of Colston’s Primary COLSTON’S Primary School in Cotham have launched a timeline project as part of the school’s celebrations of its 70th academic year as a state primary. Ex-pupils, staff, governors and parents are warmly invited to take part in the celebratory projects to mark this milestone. Were you a pupil during the last 70 years? Did you teach here? Were you a member of staff in any capacity? A parent or grandparent? Chair of Governors, Kate Swainson Price said: “You are the people who have made up the rich fabric of the school's history over the past 70 years. Current pupils and staff are keen to hear your stories. “As part of these projects we are hoping to get in touch with as many alumni as possible. Could this be you? Please do be in

touch if so.” The children are creating a timeline of the school’s history since its beginning in 1947. And they’d like to illustrate it with memories from ex-pupils, staff, governors and parents. There is now a Heritage Schools funded project to help

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Tech academy tops the league table BRISTOL Technology and Engineering Academy is officially the best state school in the former Avon area for 16 to18year-olds, according to the latest government statistics. The academy in Stoke Gifford, which takes in teenagers from across the area, saw 44 per cent of its students score AAB or higher in at least two of the so-called facilitating subjects in their A-levels last summer. BTE Academy has also achieved an outstanding Progress score in the latest tables from the Department for Education. BTE Academy achieved a score of 0.28 in the 16 to 18 age bracket – higher than any other state school across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset. BTE Academy is one of the country’s few University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the STEM subjects –

science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UTCs are sponsored by a university and by local employers who provide work experience and relevant projects for their 14-to-19-yearold intake. Principal Rhian Priest said: “This is only our third year of results and our first for students who have spent four years with us, so I am incredibly proud. “Part of the reason for our success is down to the specialist nature of our academy. We only offer A-levels in maths and science subjects, along with diplomas in engineering, computing and applied science. These are the disciplines which are more than ever in demand from employers, and which will increasingly come to shape the UK’s skills-driven, technologybased economy in the years to come. “Last summer well over half of our sixth form students

achieved either an A* or an A in maths or further maths and every student progressed on to their first-choice university or apprenticeship. “We also had a positive set of GCSE results with students making on average two grades’ progress per subject over the two-year period in which they are with us. This amazing achievement is down to the hard work and commitment shown by our students and staff.” Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy is holding an open evening from 6.308.30pm on Thursday March 15 and is accepting applications for Year 10 and Year 12 for September 2018. If you would like to book a place and meet its staff, students and sponsor employers in person, then please call 0117 983 8080, register on the website at or email

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n EDUCATION PUPILS from Redland Green School have talked their way into the Regional Finals of the Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition, designed to help young people develop effective communication skills. Success in the Local Heats of the competition led the Redland Green School Intermediate Public Speaking Team to the District Heats in Maisemore, Gloucester in February where they beat teams from Oxfordshire, Wales and Worcestershire. The team taking part were Bruno Kay (Chairperson), Amelie Falber (Speaker), and Proposer of the Vote of Thanks, Zara Parvaz. The team’s topic: “Is there be a solution to the housing crisis?” developed detailed and thoughtprovoking ideas into a strong argument, offering the solution of micro homes and where to put them. The choice of subject was based on the personal experience of team member, Amelie, whose family struggled to find a suitable and affordable home when they

It's good to talk - and to win! moved to Bristol. She argued that if more people like her were willing to live in smaller homes, they would be cheaper to build and homes would be more affordable. The judges praised the teenagers on their highly supportive teamwork, thorough preparation, excellent delivery and said they were the clear winners. English teacher, Miranda Pinder, has been a great help coaching them through the process, giving them lots of encouragement and tips. Bruno says: “It was really nerve wracking performing in front of people you don’t know. But it’s made me feel more confident in public situations. And helped me understand how to deal with nerves. “For the regional finals, we’re making a few tweaks to the speeches and going to give it everything we’ve got to represent

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n EDUCATION YEAR 12 students at Redmaids’ High School were invited to attend a Networking Dinner with professional people from across the region at the end of January. The purpose was to make some new and exciting connections and also to practise the interpersonal skills needed to make the most of every social and professional opportunity that comes their way. Mrs Geeson, Head of Careers said: “Making conversation in professional networking situations can be nerve-wracking for any of us. By hosting a Networking Dinner here, we give our students the chance to work on soft-skills, such as taking an interest in other people's occupational perspectives, and making introductions between people they do not know or have only recently met.” Guests from a wide range of professions gave up their time to attend, among them doctors, graphic designers, orthodontists, engineers, journalists, barristers, lecturers and Bishopston Voice columnist, Hilary DouglasSmith. They enjoyed welcome

Building networks at Redmaids’ High School drinks in the School’s recently opened auditorium, Redland Hall, followed by a two-course meal, seated alongside girls with career interests in their particular field. A former Head Girl (class of 2012) Hannah Willmott, was the keynote speaker for the evening. She spoke about how to be successful in meeting new people, forming relationships and seeking new opportunities; entertaining us with amusing anecdotes for her own experience at Oxford University and from time spent in Barcelona. She is now a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company. Year 12 student Clara, who attended the event said: “It was an amazing evening that really helped me to think about the opportunities that are out there for me to take.

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n BISHOPSTON MUM WELCOME to my Bishopston Mum column, hope you are enjoying a good 2018! My children have recently been making full use of the fantastic new accessible footpath on Horfield Common. My daughter got some roller boots for Christmas and my son was recently gifted a skateboard and the new footpath is ideal for practising both as it is flat and smooth and safely away from the road. I have also found it great for walking our dog as saves us getting really muddy! The new footpath will be useful to the many hundreds of people who regularly use Horfield Common to access local amenities, including older people and those with limited mobility. We are so lucky to have Horfield Common on our doorstep, it's a great place for people of all ages. If you would like to help keep our Common clean and pleasant you might like to get involved in an upcoming litter pick on Saturday 10 March, 10am – 12 noon. The event is suitable for both children and adults and all will meet at the Café on the Common and then spreading out over the Common.

The event will be the first of several litter picks planned on Horfield Common throughout the Summer months. Bring gloves and sturdy shoes! If you have a 2 - 4 year old and are looking forward to spending time on the Common as the weather gets warmer and brighter, you may be interested in My Wild Sessions which take place every Thursday afternoon between 1 – 2.30pm in term-time. These sessions are organised by the Avon

Wildlife Trusts and are completely free, with siblings under two welcome too. Children enjoy lots of fun activities including songs, stories, mud-painting, nature arts and crafts and more. No booking needed, just turn up! My children are aged 9 and 7 and books have always been an important part of our lives. I have come upon many wonderful children's books over the years and two we have particularly enjoyed recently are Shrek! by William Steig

and The Detective Dog by Julie Donaldson. As well as being an interesting story, Shrek! is brilliantly fully and uses unusual and interesting words. The Detective Dog is a wonderful story about a dog with an amazing sense of smell who goes on the hunt for a book thief, taking readers on a wonderful journey with him. Both of these are the kinds of books that you can read again and again, so I recommend! Finally, if you have a baby or child and like to find a great bargain, there's a Noah's Ark Pre-school Nearly New Sale on Saturday 17 March, 10am – 12 noon at Cairns Road Baptist Church, Westbury Park. There will be lots of quality pre-loved children's books, toys, equipment, maternity wear, and clothes for 0-8s. Enjoy bargain hunting! I hope you enjoy a wonderful March.

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n NEWS In Bishopston this month... 20mph Review Bristol City Council is about to start a review of 20mph speed limits in the city, to look at the effectiveness of the lower limits in each area. Details of the consultation have not yet been announced and we will keep residents updated when they are. Meanwhile, the University of the West of England have released an evaluation which has found that real vehicle speeds have reduced since 20mph limits were introduced in the city and the number of road collision deaths and serious injuries has gone down too. Our experience is that the reduced speed limits have improved safety and made the area generally nicer to be a road and pavement user of any description. Do you agree? We’d love to hear your thoughts in advance of the consultation. Bishopston Medical Practice Patients of Bishopston Medical Practice will be aware that the practice is now under new management. It has been taken over by BrisDoc after the previous partners decided to end their contract. BrisDoc are a local

company, founded by GPs, that already runs other services in the city. The NHS are emphasising that there should be no drop in service standard, but if any patients feel that this happens then let us know and we will hold the practice and NHS to account on it. Community Toilet Scheme Bristol City Council has closed its 18 public toilets and is investing instead in a ‘Community Toilet Scheme’ which, with the co-operation of participating organisations such as local businesses and the voluntary sector, will allow members of the public to access toilet facilities across the city. Similar schemes are already successful in other council areas. The scheme will involve private businesses and the voluntary sector offering their toilet facilities to members of the public during their normal opening hours. Currently a number of businesses and organisations have signed up (the list is here: uk/toilets), with double that number expressing an interest.

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Unfortunately though, none from BS7 have signed up so far. So if anyone reading this is part of a business or organisation that might be interested in being involved in the scheme then please let us know, we will be happy to give you more information. Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation The council is consulting on plans to license Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the city’s 12 central wards, including Bishopston and Ashley Down. HMOs are houses that are occupied by multiple people from different households, who share facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms. In Bristol HMOs have generally poorer conditions than other rented accommodation, and so the council wants to bring in licensing to increase standards, which will benefit tenants and neighbours alike, and will reward the majority of landlords who do provide good standards. Currently, HMOs with five or more residents have to be licensed by law, but the council’s proposal is to bring the limit down to three or more residents. This would bring around 6,200

properties under the licensing scheme. Our ward has among the highest number of HMOs in the city, so it makes sense that we are included in the proposal, and we are confident that it will induce a much-needed increase in standards. You can have your say on the proposals until May 13 at www.bristol.citizenspace. com, or contact us for alternative formats. Horfield Common Accessible Path The new accessible path on Horfield Common that we mentioned last month is now open! The path runs roughly from St Leonard’s Road to The Ardagh, and will make it much easier for everyone, especially those in wheelchairs or with buggies/pushchairs, to get across the Common. Congratulations again to the Friends of Horfield Common for winning this funding, which was provided by Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme. Please get in touch with us if you have any issues or feedback! Tom Brook – Cllr.Tom. Eleanor Combley – Cllr.

Playgroup where chat is not just about tots AN inclusive feminist playgroup that is stimulating for both adults and children, using play and discussion issues, is due to open at St Werburgh's Community Centre on March 26. Organiser Natalie Bennett said: “It's time that there was a playgroup where adults get to use their brains a bit and have stimulating conversation about things they

care about. I really needed that and there seems to be a major gap in our parenting world for this. “Even if parents can’t fully participate in discussion I will make sure I create a space that allows them to be involved on some level. This space also welcomes anyone who is new to feminism and wants to learn more!”

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n NEWS In Cotham this month... Local issues are greatly affected this month by the City’s Budget: Bristol Council Liberal Democrat group has submitted an amendment to the annual budget which I am seconding on 20th February. This has identified several million pounds of funding from development (CIL) forgotten within the Mayor's budget. It also proposes deleting a £50m capital contingency that the Mayor proposes to fund by borrowing money which would have to be repaid over 50 years at the cost of £2.5m a year. Instead, this would release £15m extra for investment in frontline services - parks, libraries, social care and new schools - over the next five years. The Mayor’s 5-year budget sees an extraordinary additional £390m of borrowing. To fund this around £20m is being cut from frontline services, including parks and libraries. This cut is on top of those by the Conservative Government. This debt represents a huge burden

to future generations, with our children and grandchildren left to cope with a 50-year repayment. The LibDem budget amendment will help us protect those services from the worst of the cuts. This amendment would see an extra £15m of funding for essential services over the next 5 years helping to stop cuts such as the 17 library closures still planned. It requires all councillors to put our people before party politics. At least 36 votes are needed for success and that would have to include some Labour members to accept that this alternative is in their control. If they fold and vote against as instructed by the Mayor they can no longer make “Austerity” their constant excuse for poor management. Feel free to contact me on: Cllr. Anthony Negus uk /07833 484344

Taking a dog for a walk Whilst we do not have an abundance of green spaces within the Cotham Ward, we do have a good number of dog owners who quite naturally walk their dogs locally. We have Cotham Gardens and of course just up in the neighbouring ward Redland Green Park. Unfortunately it has come to light that due to a bye law, Cotham Gardens does not feature on the exempt list of spaces where dogs may be let off the lead. This was discovered via penalty notices being issued a few weeks back by civil enforcement agency Kingdom. It appears that it may be with error that Cotham has been omitted from the exempt spaces list. In the interim I have been assured that fines given in January will be waived and that

no more fines will be issued because it is not an enforcement target area. However, dog owners must be aware that as it stands dogs being walked at Cotham Gardens should be on leads. I know this will be an inconvenience to some dog walkers and I think we need some signage explaining the situation at the very least. A full list of exempt areas can be found via the following link which includes Redland Green Park. museums-parks-sports-culture/ park-byelaws

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n NEWS In Redland this month... Dog Gate A number of distressed residents contacted us following incidents of dog walkers being fined by the council’s contractor Kingdom for walking dogs without leads on Redland Green. We immediately made inquiries to find out what was going on – we’ve not had complaints about individuals with dogs off leads on the Green so we were concerned and wanted to get an explanation. We also had no notice of the contractor working in the area, though we had been assured previously we would be told would happen before they started operations in the ward. After a period of confusion it transpired that these fines had definitely been issued in error, as Redland Green is exempt from a citywide Public Space Protection Order which now requires dogs to be on leads in most places. The next day an exemption map appeared on the council website. We also got a promise that fines would be cancelled/ refunded. We have also suggested signs need to be posted where the restrictions do apply. We have now met both the council and its contractor Kingdom to ensure better

liaison in future and asked for a regular update plus the chance for ward councillors to help set enforcement priorities in our area. Sadly since then we have had further reports of residents with dogs in their control being asked for details to enable fines to be made, even where dogs are sitting by owners at a cafe. Parking We continue to get contacted by residents with diverse views who have concerns about parking pressures in the neighbourhood. We have now met with a group of them to support them in finding a way forward. We’re working with Ashley councillors Mike Davies and Jude English to join up the common problems of residents around Gloucester Rd. To clarify various issues we have now met with the Cabinet member for transport and discussed the various ways we can best reflect residents views around this intractable problem. We anticipate that parking will be one issue raised with the Mayor when he attends the local Community Partnership AGM in February.

BUILDING work on the Inpatient Unit at St Peter’s Hospice in Brentry is well under way and is progressing well. All the foundations are in, the timber is up, and rooms are beginning to take shape. Work on the rebuild will cost just over £6.5 million and and is largely on plan to provide 15 enlarged, en-suite, single bedrooms, with space for a loved one to stay over and private garden terraces for all rooms. The Inpatient Unit provides shortterm care for the terminally ill for over 2,200 local patients with life-limiting illnesses and is the only adult hospice to service Bristol and the surrounding area. Some of the finance for the project is already in place but the remaining £1.5 million is being raised by donations from trusts and individuals. The John James Bristol Foundation Trust has donated £600,000 to the Hospice and another £300,000 has already been raised from individual donations or sponsored activities. Sarah Allan Gunn, Head of Fundraising said: “We set a target of £1.5m target in October and now have £635,000 left to raise. “The generosity of people has been amazing. One donor walked into the Westbury-on-Trym shop and donated £1,000 in cash. People have been putting on events

Former Bristol North Baths With the flats and Library now occupied we’re still chasing progress on the Old Baths Building part of the complex. We’ve met with officers who have been reviewing the options. In a recent update to us they said: “we are using the technical and cost advice we have just had to inform an option appraisal which we aim to complete by the end of next week [January] and this should give a clear steer as to recommendation for taking the project forward from the “do nothing and dispose as it is” option to the “finish off and fit out to office standard for speculative letting” option. We are continuing to pursue news of the options for this building to be put back top use. Libraries Whilst we are relieved that our own Bishopston Library appears to have escaped closure in the recent round of cuts, we’re concerned at reports that the study into mutualisation options that the Council has commissioned is only looking at retaining ten libraries in the city, rather than the existing network, as we had been led to believe in

public statement to councillors by the Mayor last year. This would of course be quite a blow to campaigners who have worked so tirelessly to retain their local libraries – we’ll keep you posted. New Community Toilet Scheme As of January the council has now closed the 18 street facing public toilets in the city. A new Community Toilet Scheme is now underway, and businesses are being asked if they would join the new scheme. Accessible toilets are particularly welcome. The council will provide further information and guidance and signage for places that join the scheme. Please do contact us as soon as possible if you have a business and think you have suitable toilets, or if you’re a resident who has spoken to businesses that would like further information. See / 

Martin Fodor 07884736101 Fi Hance 0117 3534720

21st century care for local people and have raised £40,000 for us that way so far. We’ve had lovely support from the Bishopston Voice readers. Thank you.” One such fundraiser is Caroline Mundy, a nurse who works at St Peter’s Education department, who is aiming to row 805km at Crossfit Avon on Merton Road on February 24. She will also be rowing a marathon outside of the St Peter’s Hospice shop on Gloucester Road in the morning of the 24th and is close to achieving her fundraising target of £3,000. Regular services at the Hospice still need fundraising, in addition to the building work. The St Peter’s Ready, Steady, Bake is on in March when people from across the Bristol area are invited to bake for Hospice and hold a cake sale, tea party or coffee morning to raise funds. To take part email community@ or call 01275 391 400. Sarah Allan Gunn added: “We have finished the foundations and now need to cover the cost of fixtures and fittings. We are asking people whether they would consider donating to buy the specialised furniture we need - the beds, chairs or guest sofa beds? “This is a once in a generation opportunity

to get behind this project for everyone. If people want to be part of doing something incredible - by October - this is the year to do it.”

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n NEWS In St Andrews this month... The Council is initiating a consultation on a proposed ‘additional licensing scheme’ for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in a number of central wards of the city, including Ashley ward. A licensing scheme involves landlords paying an annual fee which covers the cost of council officers inspecting properties to ensure they meet adequate standards (and the cost of legal action that may need to be taken if these standards are not met). A ‘mandatory licensing scheme’ already exists across the city for HMOs containing five or more people living as two or more households. The proposed additional licensing scheme will cover HMOs containing three or more people living as two or more households. The intention of this scheme is to tackle the high proportion of HMOs that do not meet minimum housing standards. The consultation will run until 13 May and can be accessed on the Bristol City

Council website. We share concerns that have been expressed by park users and the Friends of St Andrews Park regarding an ‘invitation to tender’ by the Council Parks Department for the park’s Tea Garden, run by Fay Aldridge since 2006. Such is the strength of feeling about the possible loss of the Tea Garden that a petition has been set up on the Council’s petition portal, which you can sign by visiting http:// Over the past few months a number of councillors (including ourselves) have been making representations to the Council over the issue of lived-in vans and caravans on public highways, which has prompted a draft policy and action plan to be drawn up. This will be consulted on in the spring, and we will provide a further update once we have more information about how you can take part. Businesses in the city are

being asked to sign up to the Council’s ‘Community Toilet Scheme’, which intends to help compensate for the loss of Council-run public toilets, which were all closed on 31 January (aside from toilets in parks, which remain open). Perhaps you are or know of a business in Gloucester Road which may want to help support this initiative – to find out more visit bristol. or email communitytoilets@bristol. Mike, along with Redland councillors Fi and Martin, met with the Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Mhairi Threlfall, about how to address the parking issues in St Andrews and Bishopston, specifically about the possibility of initiating a consultation to measure support for a new Residents’ Parking Scheme in the area. The Council’s Highways Department has produced a document outlining the (rather drawn-

out) process that would lead up to a new scheme, and the criteria that would need to be met around measuring the level of community support. We gained some useful clarification about how this project could be progressed, and we are regularly meeting with a local residents’ action group that has formed to campaign on these issues. If you would like to sign their petition, visit Mike Davies, 07584 370 413 Jude English 07584 151 099 Carole Johnson uk 07584 370 414

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n NORTH VIEW FEATURE Turn the corner on to Northumbria Avenue and visitors will discover Westbury Park Pub and Kitchen. Now a firm favourite on the local scene, it and offers a contemporary look and quality Sunday lunch. Local cafe group Grounded sited next to the Orpheus Cinema has attracted much attention for its range of burgers, hotdogs and pizza, plus a wide selection of cakes and drinks. North View serves up quality produce for home cooks too. Traditional family business Smith Fish, run by Matthew and David Smith, has been in the trade for nearly 30 years, selling a wide range of fresh fish and shellfish. Succulent meats are available from Gales Farm Meats who specialise in home-made pies and pasties, specialty award winning sausages, and home cured bacon. Owners Andrew Gale and his brother Stuart are 4th Generation farmers and butchers providing meat locally sourced within a 10 mile radius and game supplied by Badminton Estate and Deerstalkers. Come and sample the delights of North View - a warm welcome awaits you.

Toni Barber Shop Toni Barber Shop celebrates its 30th year in business this year since it opened on North View in 1988. The barber shop began with just Toni, until his son Antonio joined him six years ago to carry on the family business and to continue the high standards offered to their customers. “We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support! We offer a professional service in a friendly environment, where men and boys of all ages can have a completely new look or a simple trim,” said Toni. Styles and services range from a simple hair cut to either a beard trim or a smooth cut throat razor shave. An extensive range of hair products is available to purchase, no appointment is needed. Toni and Antonio look forward to welcoming customers, old and new, to Toni Barber Shop. Fish With Feet Fish with feet has been trading in North View for 18 years. Each year we go to the north of Italy to buy extraordinary ceramics from the Morlin family. Many raku vases, dishes and jewellery also from Italy. We have local ceramics including my own work, heavy stoneware pots and animals for the garden. The paintings and prints are all local to Bristol, many from Westbury Park. The bags, scarves etc. I make myself and the cards are prints from the artist’s work and local handmade work. It is very hard to tell you all of the items we have. Please just come into the shop and see for yourself the diversity of objects including garden things such as roof tiles, 150 years old, painted by yet another Italian artist, totally

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n NORTH VIEW FEATURE and accessories to keep you relaxed, warm and dry and also very stylish including GPS watches, waist belts, hats, gloves and nutrition. Visit Up & Running – your first step to fitness. 38 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol BS6 7QA Tel: 0117 9739092 The Carpet Shop We supply only the finest carpet quality carpets. Offering an extensive range of carpet styles and colours to suit any home. Call or e-mail today for more information or for some free advice. Services include a free measuring service, fitting included in the carpet price, a wide selection of carpet styles and colours, carpet fitters with over 20 years experience and professional, friendly and prompt service. Call today on 0117 9734912 or email for free advice. Gales Farm Meats

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recovery. You will find the leading brands of running shoes, clothing and accessories at North View. Getting the correct shoes is so important to avoid injury and to enjoy the freedom of running. Up & Running assess your running gait and recommend shoes which will suit your running style, comfort and budget. For ladies a supportive and well fitting sports bra is a vital piece of kit to maintain shape and comfort. Up & Running stock leading brands in a range of colours. You want to feel comfortable when you run so Up & Running stock the latest technical clothing

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Rental properties sought for low-income families THE private renting team at Bristol City Council are keen to reach out to landlords and tenants in Redland, Cotham and Bishopstonton help with the increasing numbers of families in Bristol faced with homelessness. Lettings Negotiation Team Leader, Kathryn Hunter, said: “We are there to procure properties to assist people who may otherwise struggle to find accommodation due to being on low incomes and housing benefits. “We look at moving people on from supported housing when they no longer need the support

and are able to run their own tenancy which then frees up a space for someone else in need. We also assist families who have been issued notice through no fault of their own, normally because a landlord is selling the property and maybe they are struggling due to being in receipt of housing benefit many landlords will not consider them as tenants. “We offer a bond scheme covering up to two months of deposit and will provide a tenancy agreement, inventory and assistance throughout the tenancy, all for free!”

A landlord who rents out a property through this scheme said: “I became aware of the team about a year ago and contacted Tony who was extremely helpful guiding me through the process. I hadn’t given much thought to the possibility of working with Bristol City Council because I had assumed it would mean a lot of 'paperwork' or endless red tape. “The service is extremely prompt. We contacted Tony after a few weeks to review the premises and take an inventory. At this stage we were lucky and a prospective tenant came with

him, liked the premises and the process for moving in began. “We’ve done this process twice now. The hardest part is having to choose who you rent to if more than one person is interested. “If we have had any queries we’ve not been 'fobbed off' by anyone. They have either dealt with the issue directly or directed us to the correct department.” To find out more contact 0117 352 6888 or email private.

Council aims to improve housing standards BRISTOL City Council is consulting on proposals to introduce additional licensing requirements to 12 wards in central Bristol to try and improve housing standards in the city. The Housing Act 2004 allows local authorities to require landlords of some privately rented accommodation to license their properties. Licensing can be applied to specific areas of the city where evidence suggests there is poor quality private rented housing. The proposed additional licensing scheme will apply to houses in multiple occupation (HMO) - houses or flats that are let to three or more people who aren’t related and who share or lack some facilities, like kitchens or bathrooms. These are HMO’s which are not covered by mandatory licensing. The wards that would be affected in the area covered by the Bishopston Voice are Clifton Down, Cotham, Ashley, Redland, Bishopston and Ashley Down. If the licensing goes ahead, landlords will be charged a fee for licensing their properties. A licence will normally last for five years and conditions would be attached to the licence to improve management practices and standards. Following the success of the licensing schemes in Stapleton Rd, Easton and in St George West and Eastville the council is looking to further improve both the accommodation conditions and management practices

in multiple occupied properties. A 12 week public consultation which will run from February 19, will be undertaken with local residents, tenants and landlords in these areas. Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes and Communities, said: “Ensuring that everyone in the city has access to decent housing remains one of our top priorities. “We know from experience that licensing is a good way to deal with issues of poor standards of accommodation and inefficient property management. “While we know that most landlords are providing quality rented accommodation, we are also aware that a significant number of HMOs not covered by mandatory licensing are being poorly managed and maintained in these areas we have identified. “Living in a property that is in poor condition, or being badly managed, can have a serious negative impact on the health and wellbeing of tenants. “As the private rented sector

continues to grow, it is vital that we continue to take steps to help protect vulnerable tenants and bring stability to many households. “It is important that we seek the views of local residents and businesses before we implement any further licensing, and I would like to encourage people living in these twelve wards to take part in this consultation and have their say.” Licensing places conditions on the landlord/agent to ensure that minimum property standards are met and that good management practice is delivered. Advice and guidance on the necessary improvements required to ensure the property

complies with licensing conditions is also offered. Where landlords do not meet the required condition standards, enforcement action may follow. People can find out more and have their say by filling in a survey available online at www. Alternative formats or paper copies of the information can be requested by emailing uk or calling 0117 922 2066 and leaving contact details. Paper copies will also be available from local libraries and the Customer Service Point at 100 Temple Street. The consultation closes on May 13, 2018.

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Tennis: You're never too old IT'S that time of year again and we are on our countdown to our FREE OPEN DAY, which is part of the LTA, The Great British Tennis Weekend on Saturday April 14, 11am- 2.30pm. At Kings we all love tennis. We would like to see as many people as possible coming down to play tennis and are encouraging anyone who has never played to try out this great sport. Here’s seven great reasons why you should play tennis. I) It keeps you fit 2) It’s fun and sociable 3) You are never too old to start 4) You never forget how to play 5) Great family game for all ages 6) It IS affordable 7) And Kings is just around the corner Tennis is a great participation sport for children. Parents really enjoy seeing their children learn a new sport and seeing the difference a new skill can make. Get your children out on the court and watch them enjoy learning to play, staying active, making friends and feeling challenged, both physically and mentally. The way your child learns and plays tennis today is different – equipment, courts and teaching techniques have changed to adapt

to age, skill and ability, which mean children and adults learn better, faster, and with greater success than before. Not to mention, it makes tennis more fun.  Physical Benefits The physical benefits of tennis go beyond great exercise.  Tennis also develops: • Hand-eye coordination • Balance and body coordination • Speed, strength, flexibility and agility Tennis also strengthens overall health by improving bone strength and density, and a healthy immune system. It’s also a non-contact sport, which makes it one of the safest to play. Skills For Life – On And Off Court Tennis isn’t just great exercise.  Tennis also helps children develop skills for life, both on and off the court. Players learn responsibility and sportsmanship from a young age. Tennis nurtures work ethic, discipline and enhances mental strength and problem solving skills. Tennis also can help improve their social skills. They will learn the importance of teamwork when playing doubles or being on a team. For adults it is great exercise, a

sport for life and provides a great opportunity to meet new people and build valuable friendships. How To Get Involved Tennis today is about fun, gaining new skills, being creative, building confidence, and helping people fall in love with a sport for a lifetime. To find out more about this wonderful sport join in or try tennis for the first time by coming along to Kings Open Day on 14th April. We have activities for all; young and old and even those in between. Coaching For Everyone Kings offer coaching at all levels. Players can get individual or group lessons from our certified tennis instructors to help learn or develop a specific aspect of their game. At Kings we pride ourselves on helping everyone on their tennis journey. For beginners through to advanced players, lessons are typically offered in a series of 6-10 classes. Most importantly we make it fun. For more details check out our website uk/KingsLawnTennisClub Junior Team Tennis Players who can serve, rally, and score can compete on a team alongside friends in the following age divisions:  8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, and 18 & under. We have lots of our juniors going on to play in tournaments and experience tennis at a competitive level.

something new! Family Time: book a session to play with your family. We will have all these and more; prizes, general coaching, as well as our all time favourite bouncy castle and outdoor games! Rackets and balls will be provided and absolutely anyone can get involved. Whether you've never picked up a racket before or are a seasoned regular – there is no excuse not to come down.  All ability levels are welcome so book your session online today at KingsLawnTennisClub/Events To tempt you even further on the day we will be offering new members 20% discount on family membership and 10% on all other categories plus the chance of our Taster Membership - only £70 per adult for a 4 month period including 2 free Adult coaching sessions. If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact or for specific coaching requirements contact info@elle Kings a great place to play tennis – Be part of it. Find us at: Maplemeade,  Kings Drive, Bishopston,Bristol, Avon

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n NEWS EVERYONE believes Alex is in a coma, unlikely to ever wake up. As his family debate withdrawing life support, and his friends talk about how his girlfriend Bea needs to move on, he can only listen. But Alex soon begins to suspect that the accident that put him here wasn’t really an accident. Even worse, the perpetrator is still out there and Alex is not the only one in danger. As he goes over a series of clues from his past, Alex must use his remaining senses to solve the mystery of who tried to kill him, and try to protect those he loves, before they decide to let him go. If I Die Before I Wake is a the debut novel written by awardwinning journalist, Emily Koch, who lives in Bishopston with her husband and 10-month-old daughter. The psychological thriller is set in Bristol - the accident which Alex has is a climbing accident, in the Avon Gorge, and during the course of the novel he is in Southmead Hospital. Emily’s inspiration for

Emily's debut novel success writing the book came from a news report, as she explained: "I was driving to work one day, listening to the radio, and there must have been a story about a man in a coma on the news. It got me thinking about his family, his girlfriend - how would his condition affect them? This was how the idea for the book first came about, but it changed a lot from that nugget of inspiration to the finished version of the novel." Emily, a graduate of the Bath Spa Creative Writing programme, was able to draw on her own experience of being immobilised in a serious car accident which left her with two broken legs and serious damage to ligaments in her knees. It took her three months to relearn how to walk and three years to gain enough physical strength to be able to run. "Finding out that I had an offer from a publisher was very

Author Emily Koch at her book launch at Waterstones, Broadmead surreal - by that point I had been working on the book for about 18 months. It is a cliche but it was a dream come true. A few days later, I got married, so it was a busy and very exciting week," she

added. If I Die Before I Wake is published by Harvill Secker, and available in hardcover and Kindle editions. It went straight into the bestseller charts at number 18.

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even, evening rambles.” One local walk is ‘Ups and Downs in the Avon Gorge’ on Sunday 6 May, 9.45am 12.45pm. It’s an epic stroll to discover the wildlife, history and geology of the Avon Gorge and Downs starting at Seawalls, down the zig-zag path, wander along the majestic gorge and back up through the goatbrowsed Gully to Seawalls. This walk is only suitable for folks who can manage very steep slopes and steps and is run in conjunction with Friends of the Downs and Avon Gorge. Booking is essential as places are limited - call 0117 903 0609 or email mleivers@ Local walking organisations are invited to submit a walk or event for the 2018 Bristol Walk Fest by close of day on Monday, 26 February. at www. bristolwalkfest. com

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When New Wave Cinema came to Bristol: festival rewinds to the 1960s DO you remember when you shrank your jeans to fit by sitting in the bath, dreamed of being in a pop group, rode motorbikes, joined a youth club, caught Bristol’s green buses or danced to a local band called The Eagles playing ‘Bristol Express’? Some People, filmed entirely in Bristol and released in 1962, shows all these things and more. It’s a little-known case of how the ‘New Wave’ of British cinema, normally associated with black-and-white, gritty social realist films in northern settings, came westwards, and was defiantly filmed in Eastmancolor. Some People was about the work of the then new Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in giving bored, restless teenagers constructive activities. But it defied expectations by being full of energy, with great music, fast action, and effortlessly good playing. The film’s director, Clive Donner, came from a background in film editing and in the early 1960s he worked for the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency and made commercials for television. This influence shows in Some People, particularly its punchy opening montage accompanied by a

blousy, jazz theme. As well as the fresh outlook of the director, the film’s qualities can be attributed to the excellent performances of its young actors, particularly early roles for Ray Brooks (Johnnie), David Hemmings (Bert), David Andrews (Bill), Angela Douglas (Terry) and Anneke Wills (Anne). Kenneth More plays Mr Smith, an enlightened volunteer choirmaster who allows them to practise as a would-be pop group in the church hall after they’ve been banned from riding their motorbikes. The film features many well-known Bristol locations including Christmas Steps, the Catholic Cathedral in Clifton, the Suspension Bridge and many others. We’re delighted that Anneke Wills will join us to celebrate Some People with a number of experts on fashion, music and the film’s locations. We’ll also hear from film a restorer who about what’s involved in preserving films like Some People that are in danger of deteriorating. As Bristol celebrates its recent UNESCO City of Film success, this event at Bristol Watershed on Saturday 24 March, 1pm 5pm, explores the ‘swinging’ city

LIFE Cycle are currently seeking more volunteers for the charity which runs the Bike Back Project at HMP Bristol, collecting donations of unwanted bicycles from the public and taking them into the prison. Here the prisoners, supported by volunteers, strip and refit donated bikes, while achieving a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Cycle Mechanics. The bikes are then taken to a workshop and are sold at affordable prices with the intention of helping local people on low incomes to get a bike and start cycling. SD decided to join Life Cycle’s Bike Back scheme, to give back to the community with small acts of kindness. SD volunteers teaching cycle mechanics to the prisoners refurbishing donated bikes, which then are sold at affordable prices to the local

Can you help prison bike team? community. He remembers the first time he met PW. He could immediately tell ‘he had an enthusiasm for bikes and was even hunting down books in the prison library’. Many prisoners ‘didn’t know one end of a bike from another.’ One prisoner admitted if he had not gained patience and resilience from Bike Back, he would have ‘smashed the bike up with a hammer and gone down the pub.’ Through hard work from volunteers like SD, prisoners have, ‘realised what I can do’ and ‘built up self-confidence, while learning skills.’ Besides technical help, SD builds good relationships with prisoners

Some People (Dir. Clive Donner, 1962) courtesy of Park Circus / StudioCanal on screen in a day packed with sixties fun, fashion, music and colour. Tickets cost £4.50 which includes the film screening, panel discussion and refreshments. For further details and to register

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n VINEYARD NEWS with INGRID BATES THE start to 2018 has been quite chilly so we’ve not really seen much Spring-like activity in the vineyard yet. Plants recognize the arrival of Spring using a combination of increasing temperature and day length so, despite the

cold weather, we can already see the primroses in the hedgerow and the new buds on the willow windbreak. Even though this signals an end to my nice quiet winter days, I still find it exhilarating to think of the change that’ll happen over the coming months. As usual we’ll get a small flock of ewes and lambs in the vineyard in the final few weeks before the vine buds break to nibble down the tough wintery grass that would otherwise clog up my little mower when I do my first mow of the season. Despite being rather messy, it’s always fun sharing the vineyard with the sheep, many of which have been hand-reared and are very tame and cuddly! I’m halfway through my pruning now but really need to hurry up if I’m going to get it all done by the end of March. There’s nothing like a deadline to get things moving though so I’m sure it’ll all come together at the last minute. On the wine front, we’ve just sold out of our 2016 Pinot noir rosé. It’ll still be available in the shops while their stocks last but it’s now a race for me to get the new rosé out in time for the warmer weather. As well as my new rosé, I’m also contemplating the look and label for our first sparkling wine which will be on sale around Autumn 2018. Exciting times ahead! Website: Twitter: @DYvineyards Facebook and Instagram: dunleavy vineyards

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA March 10 n Bristol Choral Society, joined by the Bristol Youth Choir will perform Carl Orff's well known Carmina Burana cantata at the Colston Hall, 7.30pm. Also Bob Chilcott's Songs and Cries of London Town. An evening of Medieval and Metropolitan merrymaking. More details at http://www. March 13 n Introduction to Japanese Swordsmanship, Aiki Bokudo. Using wooden swords, study basic postures, cutting techniques and individual and paired exercises to explore the essence and ethics of the Samurai Warrior. Sharpens the mind, strengthens the spirit. 4-week course starts on Tuesday 13th March in Redland. Full information from Robert Brinkhurst 0117 9241102 March 22 n Avon Organic Group The local group for everyone interested in organic growing and organic foods. This month local expert Tim Foster joins us to talk about growing under glass and in polytunnels. Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 7pm – 9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. All welcome. Visitors £5 / AOG Members £2. /

WHAT’S ON A REGULAR BASIS Monday n Toddler group at Ardagh Pavilion, Kellaway Avenue, Horfield Common. Ages 0-3, cost £2.50 per family includes refreshments and biscuits. All welcome. Friendly vibrant group just drop in. Contact Kay on 01179426580 for further details.

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6.25-7.30pm at Fairlawn Primary School, Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5JL. Tel: Rachael at FL Exercise on 07966 418 714 / . Classes run on 5-7 week basis - charged as a block booking (£8 per class -1st Class Free)

n FitSteps, Ashley Down Primary School, Olveston Road, 7-8pm. FitSteps® the new craze in dance fitness classes from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ very own Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and Mark Foster. n Morris for fitness and fun, 7.15pm – 8.15pm at Horfield URC, Muller Road, Horfield, BS7 9RE during term time only, no performance element, small groups. Sticks and hankies provided. Tel/text: Kim on 07813 346819 / 0117 9401566 n Redland Wind Band rehearses at the Quakers Meeting Room on Gloucester Road at 7.30pm. We sometimes have vacancies, currently mainly for bass instruments, horns and percussionists. Contact Andy Brown at redlandwindband@googlemail. com or on 07594240269 or via our website www.redlandwindband. . Get in touch if you would like to be put on our mailing list or would like to book us for events or fundraisers. n Redland Green Choir meets for rehearsals every Monday 7.30pm-9.30pm at Redland Green School. We sing a wide variety of music. New members welcome: no auditions. For more information, visit or phone 0117 9443042. n Beaufort Junior Badminton Club. Venue: Cotham School Sports Hall, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT. Date/Time: Mondays from 6-7pm, term time only. Age Group: 11 18 years. All standards. Coaching and club play but also progression to Avon County Teams and senior clubs. Coaches CRB checked and Badminton England qualified. Contact: Penny Shears 0794 101 3514. Email: pennyshears@ n RAFA, City of Bristol branch and club Eastfield Westbury on Trym for ex-RAF and associate members. Skittle Alley, parties and functions. Live entertainment on Saturday evenings. Open Monday to Saturday lunchtimes and evenings. Sundays noon till 5pm. All enquiries telephone 0117 3291913. n Exercise Movement and Dance class for ladies. Low impact classes offer dance, exercise and core strengthening. Strengthen muscles, raise energy levels, improve balance and mobilise joints. 6.25-7.30pm at Fairlawn Primary School, Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, Bristol, BS6 5JL. Tel: Rachael at FL Exercise on 07966 418 714 / rachaelwilliams@ .

Classes run on 5-7 week basis - charged as a block booking (£8 per class -1st Class Free). n Mondays 10:00am, 11:15am, 18:00pm. Yoga for everyone and all stages of life. Move, breathe, strengthen, calm at our beautiful YogaSpace Bishopston studio. Find out more at www.bristolyogaspace. or contact Clara hello@ / 07530 053 543. n Senior Film Club, every third Monday in the month at 2pm St Peter's Hall, The Drive, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. All Welcome. Refreshments £3. Dial-a-ride transport possible by personal arrangement ; 0845 130 1875. n Redland Green Bowls Club welcomes new members, come along to our club on Redland Green any Monday after 4pm , or book a free taster session with one of our qualified coaches. Jean or Gerry :Tel 9624466 . HALF price membership for the first year (£50) n 8pm Fun Quiz Night: Tv, Film, Music & more! at the Bristol Flyer, Gloucester Road, Bishopston Just £1 to enter n After school French Club for primary children at Gloucester Rd Quaker Meeting House. the new class times are: Monday: Level 2 – 5.10 – 5.50 All classes take place at The Quaker Meeting House, Gloucester rd. Website – www. n The Arts Society Bristol is for those who enjoy the arts and welcomes new members. Activities include monthly lectures by specialists in their field, at 8pm in University of Bristol School of Chemistry, BS8 1TS . More information on our website www. n Watercolour Painting Art Classes take place every Monday at Redland Library, between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Each half term course focusses on a new subject each half term. Suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, with some previous drawing experience recommended. For more information or to book, please visit: For queries or to add your name to the mailing list, contact Stella Shaw at or ‘phone 07791400362. n The Arts Society Bristol is for those who enjoy the arts and welcomes new members. Activities include monthly lectures by specialists in their field, at 8pm in University of Bristol School of Chemistry, BS8 1TS . More

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information on our website www. n Bristol Bridge Club - Come and play, there are daily bridge sessions for experienced and less experienced players. Try a free taster session on a Monday afternoon or evening and Wednesday afternoon. Phone the club before coming, Tel.0117 929 1846 or www.bristolbridgeclub. Tuesday n The Golden Buds is a group aimed at 18 months to 4 year olds and is a fabulous opportunity to be outside with your little ones, digging, playing, finding newts and frogs, watering, singing and making things all in the heart of urban Bristol! Sessions run from 9.30-11am and 11.30-1pm in school terms. We take booking on a term by term basis. Each session costs £5, a second sibling is £2.50 and under 12 months can come along free. For more info, visit: thegoldenhillcommunitygarden. com n After school French Club for primary children at Gloucester Rd Quaker Meeting House. KS1 class: Tuesday: Level 1 – 4.10 – 4.45, Level 2 – 4.50 – 5.30 Level 3 – 5.40 – 6.20 Playful practical classes full of games, songs and general silliness to inspire interest and confidence in French. Like French Club Bristol on Facebook or email: alice_m_ n Scottish Country Dancing Get fit with Westbury Scottish Club. Classes for beginners at Leonard Hall, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Henleaze, (Tel: Tina 0117 9075462). Classes for more advanced dancers at St Peter’s

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March, 2018 Church Hall, Henleaze, (Tel: Cheryl 0117 9590970). 7.30pm to 9.30pm n A weekly Music Appreciation class is running throughout the winter. Come and join us as we listen to and talk about a selection of mainly classical music. No prior knowledge needed. Tuesdays 11-1 at St Mary Magdalene Church Rooms, Stoke Bishop. Music in Britain 18901939 including Elgar Delius and Vaughan Williams. Cost £15 for a single taster session or £100 for the whole 8week term. To book email matthewhm@, or phone 0117 214 0418. For more info visit: n Melody Makers Baby Friendly Choir A fun and friendly daytime choir for ladies running Tuesdays during term time.9:30-11:00am, The Beehive Pub, BS9 4QY. £5 per session, discounts for members. Contact Natalie www.facebook. com/melodymakerschoir 07890393175. n Bristol Brunel Lions Club – We meet at Shirehampton Golf Club on the first Tuesday of every at 7 for 7.30 on the 3rd Tuesday of each month we have a social gathering normally with food. We raise money for charity both locally and beyond through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Lots of fun and fellowship raising and spending money for good causes. For more details of how to apply for assistance with charitable activities in Bristol or to become involved in our activities see Bristol Brunel Lions Club on line or contact our Club Secretary Bill O’Neill at lion. Wednesday n Golden Hill Community Garden. 10.00am – 4.00pm. Come and get involved in your local community garden! No experience necessary and kids welcome. Learn about growing and relax in our beautiful space with a cup of tea. No need to come every week or stay all day. Our site is wheelchair accessible including our toilet. For more information contact Lucy ghcgarden@gmail. com or 07506 905 394. We’re just through the gates at the end of Monk Rd BS7 8NE www. thegoldenhillcommunitygarden. com n Bristol Voices Community Choir are welcoming new members, £5 a week (£3 concs) payable at the start of each term. We meet during the school term from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in St Werburgh’s Primary School, James St, BS2 9US. The school is fully accessible and has free parking. No experience necessary, no auditions and you

bishopstonvoice don’t have to read music as all the songs are taught by ear. Our repertoire includes pop, folk, gospel, jazz, show tunes and world music. Find out more about the choir, at n New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol. Established choir since 1994, we offer a chance for ladies to get together and have a good old sing! No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. We perform several concerts a year and sometimes travel to other parts of the country to sing with other choirs. Our repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs. Everyone is welcome to Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd on Wednesdays 7.30-9.30. We’d love to meet you. For more information contact our website or our secretary, Angela nhlc@talktalk. com n Lazy Dog Film Club. A free, small, but perfectly formed community film club based at the Lazy Dog pub on Ashley Down Road. We run the club every other week (Wednesday) in the upstairs of the Pub on Ashley Hill. We screen from Sept - July every year. All showings start at 8pm but we do advise people to book free places via , as we only have 35 seats per showing. For more information on the upcoming films, visit: www. n Horfield Townswomen’s Guild. This friendly Townswomen’s Guild meets on the second Wednesday of each month at St Gregory the Great Church Hall, Filton Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0PD at 2.30pm. Why not come along and meet us? Just turn up, or ring Edna on 949 5413, and she will look out for you. n Squirrel Camp Forest School, Badock’s Wood, 9.45-11.15 and 1.00-2.30 (during term time). £6 per family. Contact: jennysanderson@ n Sing! with the Bristol Children’s Choir. Open to children aged 7-13 from any school in Bristol. If your child loves singing and would like to do more, Out There Music Children’s Choir could be what you are looking for. Meet every in term time from 4.45-6pm in the performing arts studio at Cotham School. More info, contact Holly Shannon on 07866587424, admin@ . n Spiritual Healing at Westbury Park Spiritualist church BS6 7TH Every Wednesday, 2pm - 3.30pm every week. No appointment necessary, animals welcome. Come along and feel the benefit. Also healing after Sunday evening

service@8pm. n Wednesdays 10:00am. Baby & Me post-natal yoga class, 10:00 11:00am plus tea and chat after. Supportive, friendly class with babies made very welcome. Move, breathe, meet and chat with other new mums at YogaSpace Bishopston. Find out more at www. or contact Clara / 07530 053 543. n Why not join welsh national opera Friends. We support this world class company and everyone is very welcome to join. We offer monthly evening meetings at Redmaids High School MONTHLY at 7.15pm. Talks with music. Costs-£7.00 or £1.00 for students (Friends £5.00). For further information contact: Margaret n Melody Makers Pop Choir. An evening choir for men and women singing popular songs. Wednesday's term time 7:30-9:00pm The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze. Book a FREE taster www. n Read together a short story and poem. Weekly drop-in adult group, shared reading. It's fun, sometimes surprising, moving and exciting. No preparation, just come along and listen. Bishopston Library, every Wednesday 11.30am to 1.00pm. We read and chat. Refreshments provided. Free. n Westbury Park WI is the local WI for Westbury Park, Henleaze and Bishopston. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm in Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Road, BS6 7HE. Guest fees are £4 per meeting – Glass of wine £2, tea, coffee, soft drinks 50p, other refreshment options available, biscuits/cake free. January 3rd meeting will be looking at this year's resolutions shortlist, plus there will be a quiz. February meeting has Jackie Franklin coming to speak on being a Foster Carer for over 30 years, fostering over 100 children, plus was on the Adoption Panel. It’s sure to be a very interesting meeting. Email westburyparkwi@ or see website www. Thursday n Bishop Road Community Choir. We are a mixed community choir, meeting at Bishop Road School from 7.45pm to 9pm. Everyone welcome to join, regardless of singing experience. There is no audition and the choir is open to anyone, not just parents of children at the school. We sing a variety of songs and perform locally. £3.00 per session. n Bristol Ladies Choir sings a wide


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range of music from classical to light. The choir rehearses weekly and gives two main concerts each year. The choir also participates in approximately 9 to 10 other concerts in the Bristol area each year. Meet at 2.15pm - 3.45pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NA. New members welcome. For more information contact Hazel on 0117 9246587 or visit www. n The Stepford Singers. Come and try Bishopston’s all female community choir. No need to read music and no auditions! We meet 1pm - 3pm so you can still be in time to pick up kids from school. For more info, email fran@ n West Bristol Orchestra meet at the United Reformed Church, Muller Road, from 7.15 - 9.15pm and play a wide range of classical music arranged for our small friendly orchestra. String players of Grade 5 and above are particularly welcome. For further information please ring 0117 968 3998. n Avon Harmony Ladies A Cappella

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Chorus meets for rehearsals every Thursday 7.30 -10pm at Fairfield High School, Allfoxton Road BS7 9NL. We are always made welcome, and we are actively recruiting new members. There is no need to be able to read music; we provide teaching tracks for learning by ear. See our website for more details or contact Mandy on 0117 652693 or Barbara on 07717 424421. n Horfield Quakers hold a halfhour meeting for worship to be held every Thursday Evening from 6.307pm, at Horfield Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8PD. All are welcome. n Pregnancy Yoga and Birth Preparation at Horfield Leisure Centre, 7.30-9.15pm. Classes offer you the time to celebrate your pregnancy, ask questions and meet other mumstobe in a safe and welcoming environment. For more information visit www.lymalnick. info, or contact Ly on 07843 377 718 / n Slimming World Bishopston. St Michael and All Angels Church (Pigsty Hill) Gloucester Road.

Groups at 9.30am and 7.30pm every Thursday. £9.95 to join and £4.95 per week after that. 6 and 12 week countdowns available. Just turn up or Call Sue on 0117 924 3556 or 07702 578 298 for a chat. n Kings Lawn Tennis Club Rusty Rackets, 19:30-21: 00. Want to get back into tennis? Come along to our fun and welcoming Rusty Rackets session every Thursday evening at Kings Lawn Tennis Club, Maplemeade ( just off Kings Drive) BS7 8JG. Nonmembers (£8) and members (£6) welcome! Contact Head Coach Elly Shearman only tennis for more details! n Bridge for Beginners and Improvers West of England Bridge Club now welcomes new/novice bridge players for weekly sessions held every Thursday afternoon. Cost £3. Doors open at 1.45pm and play is from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. No partner needed and we have experienced players to help and advice. Beginners lessons also offered email bridgeclassbristol @ or ring 0117 2302694 for more info. Venue: Golden Hill Sports Club, Wimbledon Road,

Bristol BS6 7YA. Full details at www. n Spiritualist church Westbury Park Cairns Road BS6 7TH Open development circle Thursday evening at 7.15 for 7.30 start All are welcome. n Sporting Memories Group at the Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground most Thursdays from 11am to 12.30pm. A group suitable for people that are isolated or lonely and may have memory difficulties. The group is particularly for those that are interested in sport. Please contact John Collis on 07757527634 or come along to the ground from 11am. n Henleaze Ladies Choir is a friendly welcoming group which meets in St Peters Church Hall, Henleaze on Thursdays between September and May from 1.30 – 3.30 pm (with a short break for tea). We give 2 charity concerts a year in December and May and from time to time are invited to entertain community groups around the city. There are also occasional social events organised. We are always pleased to see new members. Pease come and try a rehearsal without obligation. To find out more contact Jane English (07752 332278) or Jean Wickham (0117 9624466). n North Bristol Community Project Arts Fringe: Arts for Well-being, Thursdays 10am-12pm. Well-being Lunch Club, Thursdays 12.30-2pm. 10 week Sewing for Employability course, Mondays 10am -12pm; now taking bookings for the next sewing course starting on January 8 2018. The 10 week sewing course & the Lunch Club are FREE. For all other activities, there is a fee of £10 towards the cost of basic materials, tuition & refreshments. 160 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NT, Tel: 0774 237 7799 /0117 924 6228, www. northbristolcommunityproject. n Read together a short story and poem. Weekly drop-in adult group, shared reading. It's fun, sometimes surprising, moving and exciting. No preparation needed, just come along and listen. Bishopston Library every Thursday 11.30am - 1.00pm. We read and chat. Refreshments provided. Free Friday n Bristol University of the third age (u3a) scrabble group would welcome new members. We play very friendly and informal games every Friday at the Beehive, Wellington Hill West, BS9 4QY from 2 to 4pm. For further info please

contact Heddy SARA on 0117 9241318 and indicate when asked to give your name that you are phoning about scrabble in order not to be blocked. also email : n The Bristol Astronomical Society host astronomical talks and activities each week. We provide free Saturday observing at our observatory in Failand and often hold Star Parties in and around Bristol. Friday evening talks are held at 7pm at Bristol Photographic Society, Montpelier, BS6 5EE. See website for details: www. February events: 2nd - Talks from members, 9th - Talk: The Herschels (the West's most famous astronomers), 16th - Telescope building and engineering, 23rd AGM and Member talks. Saturday n Whiteladies Farmers’ and Fair Trading Market is now held EVERY Saturday, from 8.30am-2pm. Takes place at the junction of Whiteladies/Apsley/Burlington Roads. Stalls cover bread, cheese, local lamb and chicken, fish, preserves, cakes, sushi, local fruit and veg, wild food larder, and recycled tools, wooden items and much more. n Coffee, Tea and Refreshments served every Saturday from 10.30am to noon at Bishopston Methodist Church, 245 Gloucester Road. Join us for a rest and a chat. n The Clifton Garden Society are eager to attract new members from all parts of Bristol. The Society offer monthly visits by coach to country houses and gardens, a quarterly newsletter. and an annual holiday. If you would like to join this friendly group please call 0117 9737296 for full details.

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n NEWS Yoga for Health by Diana Penny

of Yogawest ( Here is the next pose in the sequence that started last September. If you have any questions, pop into Yogawest with this page and ask a teacher for some help.

Yoga Pose of the Month:

Sarvangasana shoulder stand Benefits: Stimulates the thyroid and parathyroid glands and normalizes their functions; Strengthens the arms and shoulders and mobilizes the neck; Calms the mind. NOTE: these instructions are to help you practice this yourself at



1 home. However, if you haven’t been taught this in class, then repeat last October’s pose (Urdvha Prasarita Padasana) with your legs up the wall. 1. Stack three or four (if you need more lift) blankets on top of your sticky mat. Place a bolster (or block) at the foot end of your blanket stack. Lie back on the blankets, placing your shoulders a couple of inches in from the edge of the blanket stack. Touch your fingers to the blanket edge and make sure there is an inch or two between your shoulders and the edge. 2. Then place your hands beside your hips along the blankets. If you are using a bolster, touch your hands to the bolster. 3. Roll your chest and torso off the floor. Swing your pelvis up over your shoulders. Bend your knees over your head. 4. Catch your back with your hands. Lift your trunk to vertical. Place your toes on the floor behind you. If your feet don't reach the floor (without bending your legs or

bending your spine), support them on a chair. Pull the elbows in toward each other (shoulder width apart). Pull your back up with your hands and straighten it. Work to absorb your spine into your back. Broaden the chest — roll your outer shoulders down and under. To align your upper arms and elbows level with your shoulders, loop a strap around your upper arms, just above your elbows. 5. Come into the pose one leg at a time, maintaining the lift of your rib cage as you do so. As you lift each leg toward the ceiling, extend them toward the ceiling to pull your torso up. To prevent your spine from sinking continue walking your hands down your back toward the shoulder blades so that you come up high on your shoulders. To come out, bend your knees, release your hands and roll slowly down to the floor; rest with your head on the same level as your shoulders. Drawings and posture text reproduced by kind permission of Bobby Clennell, a senior Iyengar teacher in New York who teaches biennial workshops at Yogawest.





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n NEWS A SOUTHMEAD Hospital consultant has been named Emergency Medicine Principal Investigator of the Year (2018). Dr Jason Kendall leads research in the hospital’s Emergency Department and received the honour from the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) and Royal College of Emergency Medicine. It was presented in recognition of his contribution to research in the field of emergency medicine throughout his career. Jason is in his 20th year at North Bristol NHS Trust, having worked for the organisation as a consultant since 1998. He said his greatest achievement is a research project to develop an analgesic (painkiller) – intranasal diamorphine – which is used for children suffering with acute pain, such as that associated with a broken bone or abdominal problem. Jason first started working on the project to deliver the pain relief through the nose in 1997 and in 2016 it was finally licensed for use in paediatric patients. SOUTHMEAD Hospital Charity has set a running challenge with a difference – to run a marathon in 31 days. Whether you are a regular runner or prefer an afternoon stroll, Marathon in March enables people to run a marathon in their own time and in their own way – after work, at the weekend, at the gym, in the park or by pounding the streets of Bristol. Runners will be clocking up the marathon distance of 26.2 miles over the 31 days in March and raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity’s Prostate Cancer Care Appeal or for a hospital department or unit of their choice. Last year, the first year of the event, 40 people took part in Marathon in March. Adrian Brown, Community Appeals Manager for Southmead Hospital Charity, said: “You choose your start line, finish line and everything in between. “Run in your local park, footpaths, favourite beach, up a mountain or even on the treadmill in the gym. “You can run a mile a day or over a few weekend sessions. The miles will soon add up over the month and you can take a break whenever you want. “For all those fit people out

Southmead consultant's research earns emergency medicine award “It has been a career-long “labour of love”, but now intranasal diamorphine is used in most Emergency Departments in the UK,” Jason said. “It is probably the research project that I am most proud of.” Jason has a particular clinical interest in acute cardiovascular and stroke care and, having been involved in research in these areas for many years, is currently the Chair of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Guideline Committee on the Management of Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack. Jason said that seeing the results of research in Emergency Medicine is particularly satisfying as it often involves patients who are very unwell, such as those who have suffered a heart attack, stroke or trauma. “Although research in the Emergency Department can be

challenging because patients present in crisis, the outcomes from this type of research are worth the effort because it can make an immediate positive impact on patient care,” Jason said. Rebecca Smith, Deputy Director of Research at North Bristol NHS Trust said: “We want to move the boundaries of emergency medicine forward and make patients better quicker by developing new drugs, new techniques and new processes of care. “There is clear evidence across a range of conditions that research activity in acute English NHS Trusts is associated with better outcomes. At North Bristol NHS Trust we are committed to leading medical research, especially where it can have a direct impact on the patients we see and we are delighted to

Dr Jason Kendall see Jason recognised for his outstanding contribution to research in an emergency setting. Well done Jason.”

Run a Marathon in March there who can run a marathon with your eyes closed, why not set the stakes higher and challenge yourself to do multiple marathons and see how many times you can run 26.2 miles in the month. “You could also add a competitive streak to the challenge and ask your team at work, school or local gym/club to be involved and create a team page. See who can raise the most money, reach the target distance first or run the furthest. “We’re also delighted to have the support of Bristol Rugby this year who will be holding a

special session for fundraisers to do their miles around the Ashton Gate pitch.” Becky Gardiner, who works for North Bristol NHS Trust, has signed up to do Marathon in March and is supporting the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal. She said: “I’ve been motivated to get fit after finding out about some ill-health among family and friends, and attempting to run a marathon in a month felt like a big enough challenge that could also be achievable. “A month is long enough for a routine to become a habit so I am hoping I can stick with it into

the summer and, who knows, perhaps run a full on marathon in one go next year!” Runners can choose to support Southmead Hospital’s Prostate Cancer Care Appeal to fund a new surgical robot to treat urological cancers. Or participants can choose another area of the hospital that is important to them. To sign up contact the Southmead Hospital Charity team on 0117 414 0170 or email hello@ Find out more www.

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Pop-up cinema A DAY of Pop-up Cinema is planned for Saturday March 3 at St Alban’s Church Hall in Westbury Park, BS6 7NU. Singalong Frozen is screened at 4pm where the audience is invited to put your princess frock on and sing along at the top of your voice - "Let it go, let it go". Frozen is a film suitable for children and adults and tells of a prophecy that traps a kingdom in eternal winter. Anna must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find her sister Elsa, put an end to the icy spell and save the kingdom from destruction. There will be lots of yummy refreshments for adults and children during the event. Following on at 7.30pm, and fun for the over 15s, is legendary musical comedy, The Blues Brothers. We're on a mission from God! There are 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses. Join Jake and Elwood in St Alban's Church. Bring your friends and get ready for a fantastic ride. Plenty of posh popcorn and prosecco too! Tickets for Frozen (£5) and The Blues Brothers (£10) are available in Roundabout, North View and Flowers by Toogood's, Coldharbour Road or via Eventbrite.

Gloucestershire sign Australia International Dan Worrall GLOUCESTERSHIRE Cricket has announced the signing of right-arm fast bowler and Australia International Dan Worrall. Worrall, who recently played for the Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash League, is available to play for Gloucestershire in the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup. The 26-year-old will join Gloucestershire at the start of the season and will be with the team until 2nd July 2018. Dan made his International debut for Australia against Ireland on 27 September 2016 and has featured in a further two One-Day Internationals for Australia. Dan Worrall said: “It has been a long held ambition of mine to play County Cricket and I am grateful to Gloucestershire for providing me with a chance to do that. I have heard only positive things about the

potential of the squad being developed at Bristol and look forward to contributing to a successful 2018. "I believe that I will be suited to bowling well in English conditions and I can’t wait to get started.” Gloucestershire Cricket, Head Coach, Richard Dawson added: "It’s great to have Dan joining us for the first part of the season. I’ve had some really positive feedback regarding his bowling, which should suit English conditions. He will add depth and experience to our bowling attack for the start of the season."

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Looking beyond the 'homeless' label ORGANISATIONS across the city are opening their doors this spring to encourage people to think about the community they live in, look out for family and friends and scoop people up before they fall. Bristol Homelessness Awareness Week (February 24 - March 3) aims to raise awareness of homelessness, those at risk of becoming homeless and the issues people face when rough sleeping highlighting the long process of recovery. There are many events taking place across the city to get people talking and thinking about how they can make a

difference to the community they live in. The week was due to kick off with two exhibitions at The Vestibules, City Hall. Art4Change will be in The Park Street Vestibule and this exhibition explores the connection between mental health and homelessness, open from 12-3pm Monday 26 Feb-Thursday 1 March. ‘Homeless People’ is an exhibition held in the Deanery Road Vestibule and uses art to delve beyond the ‘homeless’ label, in order to capture the diversity and individuality of the people behind the percentages - open Mon Feb 26 until Fri Mar 2 from 10am – 4pm.

David Ingerslev, Rough Sleeping Service Manager for St Mungo’s, said: “We have supported approximately 940 people from November 2016 to October 2017. The more time someone spends on the streets the longer it takes them to recover from homelessness. “Taking a bed in one of the city’s four night shelters can be just the start of a very long journey. Our specialist teams in The Homeless Pathway offer long term support for people. Each person’s situation is unique, often complex and people can relapse several times before making a full recovery.”

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n NEWS BUSINESS people from all over the South West converged on Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol to celebrate Trailblazing Women at the start of February. The brainchild of networking guru Philippa Constable, Trailblazing Women showcased the past 100 years of achievement, vision, and inspiration since women won the right to vote. “We are a local networking firm based in Bristol and we are celebrating our 10th anniversary,” said Philippa. Philippa runs two organisations - Women Mean Biz and We Mean Biz, which is for both men and women as she explained: “I was really frustrated with networking when I was doing it 10 years ago and I felt there wasn’t the right kind of support. It was male dominated, often at times of day that didn’t suit women, and I just started wishing about what I would want from a networking group. I set up in Weston initially and 40 people came to the first meeting. Since then networking groups have been set up in Whiteladies Road, Ashton Gate, South Gloucestershire and the

Trailblazing Women: event marks 100 years of female achievement Bristol Central group meet at The Riverstation. “I think that today it is really important to honour where women have really come in the last 100 years. I think there’s something to celebrate and time to reflect on where we go from here in the world and the struggles we still face. “I’m hoping that the audience will come away feeling inspired, empowered, motivated and with a belief that if they can do it, so can I.” In the mid-19th century, women who wanted to watch proceedings in the House of Commons had to climb into a ventilation shaft in the ceiling and peer through the bars. The momentous events of 1918 changed that. A group of pioneers – driven by passion, vision and an unwavering commitment to equal rights – transformed the future of women in the UK. They

Philippa Constable and Helen Jay from Women Mean Biz sparked a wave of progress that continues today. Among the speakers were historian Lucienne Boyce, CEO of Penny Brohn Laura Kerby, UWE’s Myra Conway, and Jaya Chakrabarti MBE

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to celebrate what has happened over the past 100 years, to be able to look to the future, and to inspire a new generation of leaders,” said Jaya Chakrabarti.

Westerly Showband seeks community help WESTERLY Showband has started the year on a high note by issuing an exciting plan to increase its community involvement. Musical Director Chris Harris said: “The plan’s starting point was the general realisation that music has a beneficial effect on a range of physical, mental and social disorders. This applies particularly, but not exclusively to those experienced by older people. Another related major problem, probably due to the way that society has changed, is that of loneliness and isolation and it is mainly with this problem that the Band recognised it could play a part.” The plan is to stage a series of free concerts throughout the local area. At these concerts the Band will provide a programme of much loved musical favourites from days gone by that everyone will know and can quietly join in with. There will even be a few sing-along specials, not to mention a few “action” numbers where audience could sway, wave

their arms, clap their hands and even perhaps dance a few steps! The singing will be led, as always, by the Band’s resident singer, Alexandra Denman, well

known for her contribution to light-opera, opera and musical comedy in the Bristol area. To make all this happen the band’s board is seeking

help from local charities and community organisations to organise audience parties and get them to the concerts. They are asking for help with providing or organising a church, hall or other suitable venue, free or at a reduced rent if possible, transport facilities, help with setting up the hall, ushering, providing or selling refreshments and fundraising. “You may be able to help in ways we haven’t thought of! If this is so we’d like to hear from you. Naturally an invitation is open to musicians or musical groups who wish to take part in some way,” added Chris. “We do know that there are people out there who recognise the needs of this particular group of people and would like to help in some way.” For further details see the website www.westerlyshowband. com To contact Chris Harris call 0117 956 1950, email

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New director for Avon Harmony MARY Williams has been appointed as the new Music Director for A Cappella group, Avon Harmony Chorus. The friendly team are encouraging adult women of all ages, from Redland and Bishopton and across the city, to join their vibrant and fulfilling vocal group and double their numbers as more voices make a bigger sound! The chorus sing a fresh and varied mix of contemporary, show, retro and barbershop music to audiences across the region and nationally. Mary is on a mission to infect the established chorus (choir) that has been in existence with her personal enthusiastic passion for the Barbershop genre. Her experience is of a variety of A Cappella music which has earned her a silver International Mixed Quartet medal in Ireland in 2017 with Dave And The Divas. She knows it’s important to teach singing in a healthy, happy and safe way. She took up this particular genre when

her children were very young as she needed something outside of the house that didn’t involve changing nappies and really felt she wanted to make friends that made her feel like more than “mum”. And, she hasn’t looked back since as Mary’s explained: “I would love to be able to share the love of our hobby with

women who haven’t discovered us yet. It has given me fabulous opportunities and it can change people’s lives. We are a non profit community group and the group was established in 1975 and I want to take them into the next 40 years!” Avon Harmony sing a variety of styles from Movies, West

Charity needs daffodil volunteers MARIE Curie is appealing for people in Cotham and Redland to ‘get behind the daffodil’, by volunteering to collect donations for the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal this March. The charity needs volunteers to encourage people in the local community to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones at home in Bristol. The appeal is now in its 32nd year and has raised more than £74 million since 1986. It’s easy to sign up, whether you have taken part before or you’re doing it for the first time - and families, friends and workmates can sign up to volunteer together. Helen Isbell, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie in

Bristol said: “The Great Daffodil Appeal is our biggest annual fundraising campaign, making it possible for Marie Curie Nurses to give care and support when people need it most. Every year millions of people across the UK show their support for our work

by simply giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin. To volunteer to collect for Marie Curie and support the Great Daffodil Appeal call Helen on 0117 9247275 or visit www.

End show, contemporary, retro, classic to barbershop music. From Adele to musicals to Swing, they are working towards having something for everyone. Mary said: “This is far more than a singing group with a place for every woman who can hold a tune. AH offer boundless enthusiasm, fun, friendship, room to grow, a family, escape from our normal lives and the chance to wear sequins! You don’t even need to be able to read music as we have learning tracks that you can sing along with. We are a non profit community organisation.” Come and join them as they need your voices on the risers and be part of the new 2018 Avon Harmony revolution going to Convention and beyond. Rehearsals are every Thursday evening at Fairfield High School, BS7 9NL from 7.30pm - 9.45pm. To find out more see www. or check out the facebook page.

Step up for Parkinson’s PARKINSON’S UK invites people of all ages and abilities to sign up to a walk near them. Walks include the South West Coastal Path in East Devon on Sunday 24 June and Ashton Court in Bristol on Sunday 30 September. Walking and other types of exercise is particularly important for people with Parkinson’s as research shows that two and half hours of exercise a week can help slow progression of symptoms. All money raised will be used to help find better treatments for the 145,000 people affected by Parkinson’s across the UK. For more see www.

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n NEWS BROADCASTER and author Stephen Fry has generously given his support to help pay for vital research by a University of Bristol PhD student to safeguard the future of Livingstone’s fruit bats. The 60-year-old personality tweeted: “What could be nobler than saving a beautiful bat from extinction?” His support helped the crowd funding campaign by Bristol Zoological Society student Sarah Richdon reach its target of £7,500. She will use the money to produce the genetic family tree of all the bats in captivity at Bristol Zoo and Jersey Zoo and by comparing their genetic fingerprints. Sarah, who works part-time as a volunteer co-ordinator at Bristol Zoo Gardens, said: “I am overwhelmed that Stephen would so enthusiastically and willingly support our cause by pledging and tweeting about it. “I can’t thank him enough. It means the world to us and could help secure the future of this campaign – and the future of Livingstone’s fruit bats. “Only with conservation in the field and in captivity can this

Stephen Fry backs Bristol student’s appeal to save fruit bats species survive and, thanks to the support of Stephen Fry and all the wonderful people who generously donated, I hope to be able provide essential research to this effect. “It is important that the information I find is in the public domain so that everyone can benefit.” Financier Simon Cavill, brother of Superman actor Henry Cavill, also donated to the appeal. The campaign finished with 104% of funding and Sarah can now go ahead with her research. At present there are fewer than 1,300 Livingstone’s fruit bats left in the wild. In captivity there are just 70 precious individuals, of which 11 are at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Sarah, who studied zoology at Cardiff University and is now working with Bristol University for her PhD, said it was possible to bring back species from low numbers.

Livingstone’s fruit bats are found in the wild on the Comoro islands in the Indian Ocean north-west of Madagascar. In recent years, more than 45 per cent of the Comoros islands have been transformed into agricultural land depriving the

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

NHS England has launched a National campaign to encourage parents of young children with minor illnesses to take them to pharmacies rather than GPs or A&E. It said each year there were about 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to A&E for conditions that a visit to the local community pharmacy first could help resolve – saving the NHS the equivalent of more than 220,000 hip replacements or 880,000 cataract operations. Four out of ten parents of children under five would go to a GP if their child had a minor illness, such as earache, diarrhoea or stomach ache, while five per cent would go directly to A&E. So when should you take a child to the pharmacy? Is this not just a way to save NHS money? We have been writing here for a while, making the case that Community Pharmacists are highly

trained NHS health professionals, completing five years initial training, able to offer clinical advice and effective treatments for a wide range of minor health concerns right there and then. The team have also completed accredited training for their roles. We can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance, for instance when a person with a minor illness will get better on their own with a few days rest. However, if symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need. Many pharmacists like us at Kellaway Pharmacy have also undertaken additional clinical training to be able to offer vaccinations such as Meningitis B and even prescribe medicines privately. We offer expert advice

on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines and give advice about a range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as sore throat, coughs, colds and flu, skin and scalp conditions. We also offer healthy lifestyle advice. In an emergency or a situation where we see potentially serious symptoms in the child, such as a very high temperature that doesn't respond to simple measures, signs of dehydration or loss of energy, we would advise you to see the GP or attend A & E immediately. Parenting and caring for a family comes with a lot of pressures. We want to assure you that at Kellaway Pharmacy our friendly team is here ready to patiently offer professional expert advice. As those that already visit us know, no effort too much, no query too small. Come in today to speak to us.

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n BOOKS OF THE MONTH Adult Fiction: Read by the Library Reading Group in January, now Book of the Month for March.

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood Hag-Seed by Canadian author Margaret Atwood is a re-telling of Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest. Felix is ousted from his long-standing role as director of the Makeshiweg Festival, on the eve of his production of The Tempest. He withdraws to a rural hovel to nurse his wounds,

mourn his lost daughter and plot his revenge. After twelve years his opportunity comes, directing prison inmates on a theatre course, to stage his ultimate Tempest and entrap the traitors who brought him down… This novel was a joy to read. Strongly rooted in the original text it is a rich, lively, accomplished tribute to Shakespeare. It remains true to the play’s themes of loss, revenge, love and redemption, all in a contemporary setting. It’s also a powerful exploration of the value of poetry and the arts in prisons. You need not be familiar with The Tempest to enjoy Hag-Seed. But you may well find yourself propelled back to Shakespeare’s own words, onwards to more of Atwood’s, and perhaps further still to the other titles and authors in this 400th Anniversary

series from Hogarth. Reviewed by Liz @ Bishopston Library Children’s Book review

13-storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths I borrowed this book from the Library. The book is part of a series and there are 7 more books to read if you like them. I really enjoyed the pictures throughout the book and spent a long time looking at them. The story is about Andy and Terry who live in an amazing treehouse. They are supposed to be writing a book but they get involved in lots of funny and crazy things- I would really recommend to other boys and girls who like funny books. There

are fun things to do at the end of the book Reviewed by Tom aged 7.5 years For this book and many more, visit us at Bishopston Library. If we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for, there are over 2 million items from which you can reserve across LibrariesWest and collect from any library of your choice. Opening Hours:

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On a mission to share love of choral music WHAT do these have in common? Bristol Choral Society is a charitable organisation with education at the core of its charitable objective. And Carl Orff was the founder of a new way of approaching musical education for young children. With the Choral Society performing Orff’s very popular

Carmina Burana in March, alongside the Bristol Youth Choir and also working with eight primary schools toward a joint performance of Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe , “come and sing the song of Africa” – choral music for the younger generations is still very much alive in Bristol.

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n SUSTAINABILITY with Hamish Mills, Sustainable Redland

The Whiteladies Farmers and Fair Trading Market DID you know we have our very own Farmers Market in Redland every Saturday morning at the junction of Whiteladies and Apsley Roads? Because it’s hard to miss, a lot of us know it’s there, but if you

don’t or haven’t used it, here’s its history and the importance of why you should give it a try. It was started eleven years ago by a group of people from Sustainable Redland. They were

looking for as many ways as possible to spread the message throughout the neighbourhood of sustainability and hit on the idea of setting up a Farmers Market, where all the food would be sourced

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within a radius of 50 miles. With the help of a marketing manager they settled on its present location, contacted potential stall holders and ran it on the first Saturday of the month. Kindly volunteers helped too, publicising through leafleting. It was a great success and soon started running every second Saturday and then every Saturday. Operating it has proved to be a complex business. It has to have good quality, local stall holders able to commit to coming once a week, a conscientious manager who can vet, encourage and keep the right balance of the stall holders, liaise with the landlord and find on the spot answers to challenges as they arise. It’s also important to keep everybody happy, collect fees, find the entertainers, get things ready before it starts and tidy up afterwards. For the majority of its existence, the market manager has been volunteer Robin Haward, one of Sustainable Redland’s founders, though because of its success, it is able to pay its present manager. The message of the market is that living sustainably means eating local seasonal food, and it provides a means of doing so. There are deeper stories too. While supermarkets are great inventions supplying us with more choice and convenience than we’ve ever had before, they come with a price. Pollution is the first one. Thankfully the effect of their plastic packaging on marine life has finally come to public knowledge, but not yet the carbon footprint of flying tropical or out of season food all around the world, or the massive transport infrastructure they need in our country alone, as they shift it from one side to the other and back again. The Farmers Market is all about fostering localism, diversity and healthy soils, quite the opposite to the effect our supermarkets have of watering these three down. It offers an important social function too as a good place to meet and chat with neighbours, strangers and stall holders. If you are looking for ways to live more sustainably and have yet to come to the market on Saturday morning come along and try it out. Tell your neighbours about it too or give them this article to read.

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Feline behaviour: why does my cat spray in the house? Cats are territorial animals. In the wild a cat establishes a home base (where they eat and sleep) and a home range (where they hunt and mate). The range radiates from the home base. It is important that the home base remains constant and is not breached in anyway. The home range or territory may be shared with other cats but there is often a ‘time share’. What is territory spraying? It is normal for a cat to mark its territory outside but abnormal to do this inside. The cat will often back up against a vertical surface, tread their hind legs and squirt urine. Both males and females can spray but not as much if they are neutered. Why? Cats spray during socially stressful situations. Therefore spraying indoors, or in their home base, indicates that it doesn’t feel secure. Stressors include:

conflict with other cats in household, lots of cats living in the surrounding area, invasion of your house by a strange cat or changes in the house or normal routine, such as a new baby or new furniture. What can you do? It’s a good idea for your cat to have a check up with a vet. It may be that a health problem could be the reason for urinating inside. • Clean sprayed areas with a 10% biological washing powder solution. • Try a pheromone diffuser. • Make sure strange cats are not peering in through the windows. • Move food stations and litter trays away from the windows and cat flap. • Increase the number of resources (litter trays and food bowls, etc). Ideally have one more than the number of Veterinary Surgeon cats in the house. Unfortunately, urine spraying is unpleasant and a Animal Health Centre difficult problem to solve because often the trigger is outside of your control. If you have any questions or want to discuss how to make Gloucester Road’s Independent your house more cat friendly then please Veterinary Practice come in to the practice 358 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 8TP for a chat.

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n ADVERTISING FEATURE APPROXIMATELY 3 million people in the UK have Type 2 Diabetes. More than one hundred thousand people are diagnosed with the condition each year and it is likely another million patients have yet to be discovered. Surgeons at Spire Bristol Hospital are stressing that surgery is a more effective treatment for Type II diabetes than conventional weight loss drugs or lifestyle changes. Consultant weight loss surgeons Mr Alan Osborne and Mr James Hewes share a weight loss clinic at Spire Bristol Hospital. We talked to them and its clear weight loss surgery is not just for people who have exhausted other means of losing unwanted weight. Mr Osborne, who was appointed as the first Hunterian Professor in diabetic surgery in 2012 by the Royal College of Surgeons and 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.” Diabetic surgery involves either a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, which are all carried out within Bristol, with no need to travel any further. Each method assists patients by


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Start living life rather than just surviving it reducing their food intake. The procedures leave the patient feel full a lot quicker than normal and therefore lessening the food intake, but also beneficially it affects how your body uses insulin. Mr Hewes, who also practices at North Bristol NHS Trust based at Southmead Hospital, continues “…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.” The criteria for this surgery is different to those seeking the common weight loss treatment and 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 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. This month the hospital is hosting a weight loss and diabetes surgery information evening at the hospital. If you are considering weight loss surgery or believe you may benefit for diabetes surgery then please book onto the event. There will be a presentation from the surgeons on how weight loss surgery can help as well as input from the clinic’s dietician Mr Dafydd Wilson-Evans. You’ll have the chance to meet the specialists, ask questions and even book a complimentary mini consultation. To book your place on this even call 0117 980 4080 or email

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n NATURE WATCH With Dawn Lawrence

ONE night in early February we were woken up by hooting. This time it was not an unseemly traffic incident but the genuine “Hooo... hoo-hoo-hoo hoooo!” of a tawny owl calling hopefully into the night. It is always exciting to encounter something associated with “real” countryside when you live in the city. But tawny owls do breed in Bristol, near the Downs for example; they simply require a reasonable number of good-sized trees. We’re still listening, hoping that they will breed in Bishopston this year. In fact gardens, even in the middle of the city, make a huge contribution to nature conservation. Tawny owls eat frogs and small birds as well as rats and mice - and gardens provide these prey items in good quantity. We love our urban blackbirds and robins but blackcaps and sparrowhawks have healthy

urban populations too and swifts completely rely on buildings for their breeding sites and are perfectly at home in the city. Butterflies such as the holly blue and the speckled wood are reliable members of our garden fauna but in the countryside you might have to cross acres of ground before you find them. Speckled and oak bush crickets thrive in our garden but not in intensive farmland. Even Mrs Tiggywinkle is struggling to manage in the countryside whereas in the town hedgehog numbers are remaining steady. The gardener’s liking for year-round colour provides valuable nectar for butterflies and bumblebees that overwinter. The sweetsmelling shrubs and climbers in our densely planted gardens are ideal for breeding birds. Structures such as sheds and log piles shelter foxes, hedgehogs and, of course, huge spiders (think of them as food for the birds!). Compost heaps provide breeding habitat for beetles and worms (again, food for the birds). Windfall fruit is a valuable supplement to the diet of many animals, including birds and insects. And ponds - well, I could go on all day! There was a time when these habitats were frequent in the countryside but major changes began after the Second World War: so dramatic are the losses that have resulted from modern farming that it is not unfair to say that a typical British cornfield or meadow is of about as much value

to wildlife as a car park or a football field. Heavy applications of modern chemicals mean that invertebrates are largely absent and the grass or wheat will be one single species where once 50 species of grassland flowers or cornfield weeds would have thrived. Of course, some parts of the countryside are still good for wildlife (and thank goodness the Avon Wildlife Trust are looking after many of the best bits in and around Bristol) but consider the view from your bedroom window and imagine instead that you gaze out upon a modern wheat-field, perhaps with one closely-shaven hedge in the distance. I think you will agree with a lot of wildlife – the urban dweller can have the better view!

Harvey Nichols will host first interior design masterclass in April BRISTOL Harvey Nichols Bristol’s Private Dining Room will for the first time be hosting day-long Interior Design Masterclasses from 28th April 2018. The sessions will encompass mind-mapping with marker pens on large sheets of paper, to help participants set their own design briefs, playing with artists’ colour wheels and card game quizzes to learn about colour rules. After a three course lunch from award winning chef Louise McCrimmon, workshoppers will be able to browse paint, paper and fabric swatches, and cut images out of magazines to glue down to create a moodboard for their dream home. The workshops are taught by local interior designer Zoe Hewett from Stylemongers of Bristol, who wants to share the design process to take the stress out of renovating for those doing it themselves. “I’ve been running interior design workshops for over a year now and every time I am blown

away by the standard of moodboards produced, often by people who say they have no creative flair at all! It’s good fun getting hands on with the scissors and glue sticks and we usually have quite a lot of laughter, especially when people find they have really opposing tastes. What is also really nice about it is that we chat about everybody’s home improvement projects throughout the day and often people who have never met before end up helping each other out which is just lovely. A restaurant is probably not an obvious choice of venue for this but I’m really looking forward to doing it in such a glamorous setting. Harvey Nichols is known for its designer fashion and style of course so it should be a great fit for interior design. I’d just better not wear

my gold vintage frock though or I might be camouflaged into the walls!” - Zoë Hewett The first Interior Design Masterclass at Harvey Nichols will take place in April 2018 For more information and images please contact Zoë Hewett on 07974544734 or email zoe@

Baritone to stage concert ANDREW Shore is acknowledged as one of the most outstanding singer/ actors currently working on the lyric stage. Friends of Welsh National Opera and all visitors are invited to attend an evening with the baritone singer who will talk about his operatic career both National and International, including the role of Alberich at the Bayreuth Festival. Illustrated with fascinating anecdotes and CD and DVD excerpts, the talk takes place at Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Road on Wednesday March 21st. Tickets available at the door: Friends £5, Guests £7. For further information contact Margaret Borkowski: Borkmail@

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n NEWS A LOCAL community interest company that supports disabled people through sport is looking for new members from Redland and Bishopston to join them at their sessions in Henleaze. Adaptive Martial Arts (AMA) run sessions that help to increase self-confidence and self-esteem and provide disabled people with an opportunity to exercise and play sport. Established in September 2016, they also build on the mental health benefits of exercise in addition to the physical benefits. AMA ’s Board of Directors consists of two disabled people (one with a Masters of Sport Science) and two ‘able-bodied’ people who have a business background, a combined passion for Martial Arts and the respective benefits to the lives of others. Their unique team is well equipped to cope with a wide range of conditions in order to give the best experience to the participants. Speaking of the sessions that AMA run, CEO Gina Hopkin, who also suffers from a rare neuromuscular condition called Dystonia that causes

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uncontrollable muscle spasms, said: “With some current clients, we have already seen have been people being able to sit up unaided for the first time, improved concentration as well as improved confidence, health and fitness. “Through AMA classes, students will learn a mixture of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, self defence,

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mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling and striking arts to suit the student and the class. Everything is done on mats to ensure that the environment is safe too.” Some current reviews from students who attend AMA’s sessions include: "For those with injuries or who are disabled, this is a great organisation to help you to acquire knowledge, skills, confidence.” Another student said: "Even though we’re fighting, it’s a safe environment and they’re a bunch of lovely people. I’ve slowly made

friends and feel more confident in defending myself. If anyone ever attacks me, I now have the skill to defend myself.” AMA run classes every Saturday from 4pm – 5pm at the Shine Community Sports Hall on Brecon Road in Henleaze. Students’ first class is always free and the charge is £7.50 per week thereafter or £10 for two people. The only prerequisite for attending classes is that the client can transfer to a mat. However, if a client is wheelchair bound and cannot transfer, there are still self defence and striking options available to them and working on mats can enable them to explore options if they were to find themselves on the floor. To find out more about the sessions that AMA run, visit or call 07468 608018.

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Start at last on campus site EXCITING news now that work has started on the demolition of the former Royal Mail sorting office next to Temple Meads, which has long been an eyesore at the gateway of our city. Contractors will spend the next three or four months making the site ready for demolition in early summer. This is to make way for the new University of Bristol Enterprise Campus, which will be one of the landmark developments in the regeneration of the Temple Quarter district. I also welcomed the announcement in February that we had been successful in two bids for funding for housing delivery in Southmead and Lockleaze, as part of the Government’s housing infrastructure fund. Bristol faces a huge demand for homes, so I am delighted that the Government has recognised this. The funding will play a part in helping us meet our ambitious target to deliver 2,000 new homes, including 800 affordable homes, per year by 2020. This £9.686 million investment will facilitate more than 1,000 new homes. We’ve managed to secure funding of £6.686m for the Unlocking Lockleaze Development project. This investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will support the delivery of more than 800 new

homes, helping us to create communities and not just houses. A further £3m will go to proposed Arnside and Glencoyne Square Regeneration. This funding will help build 300 new homes and provide improvements to the shopping area, green spaces and drainage systems. Bristol is benefiting from significant investment in its landscape and infrastructure. Even though in the long run this will have a positive impact on our communities, these ambitious plans can cause short term inconvenience. Unfortunately it is inevitable we will need roadworks to make these changes, so we have launched a new campaign to help ease the frustrations across the city. The Active Roadworks scheme will give people access to up-to-date information about roadworks. This new campaign is all about working together with utility companies to minimise disruption and frustration where we can. We want to make it easier to find more information about closures or roadworks on social media and elsewhere, so you know why you are diverted from your usual journeys.

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n INSIDE OUT IF you are not a regular user of Bristol’s Redland railway station, chances are you will have no idea that the old ticket building on the platform is the unexpected home of upholstery duo Hamilton & Hodson. Nicky and Erica, as they are also known, have created a delightful studio inside the old waiting room where they lay out rolls of material along the original bench seats. The long, narrow building lends itself very well to the different stages of upholstery work, as simply by closing the doors between each section of the space, sawdust and varnish are safely isolated from their beautiful selection of finishing-touch fabrics and trims. There is something appropriate about the train building that suits the hands-on activities going on inside, of making and repairing tangible things with a variety of tools. Upholstery is an old skill, and a great way to prolong the life of an item of furniture, so it is almost unsurprising that Nicky once reupholstered a Queen Anne wing arm chair from 1710. If you have an heirloom piece that needs reviving, or fancy giving upholstery a try, Hamilton & Hodson can help as alongside their services they run evening classes and one day workshops. Check out their site for more details: http://

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Bishopston Voice March 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Bishopston, Redland & St Andrews.

Bishopston Voice March 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Bishopston, Redland & St Andrews.