February, 2017 Issue 51
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I am a Dalek, I will illuminate the Winter Wonderland 2017 That's another story, says Huw Bristol-born sci-fi author Huw Powell launched The Pirate King, the latest book in his popular Spacejackers series, on a visit to Fairfield High School. PAGE 20
Traffic queues after road change Residents say that changes to a road junction in St Andrews are continuing to cause long traffic tailbacks. PAGE 2
A WEEKEND of wonder and magic is planned for Bishopston this month when the windows of local streets and shops will be illuminated with dazzling displays. Veteran fundraiser
Keith Walker, is preparing to tee off for Window Wanderland on February 4-5 with the help of his trusty caddy Carol and Dale the Dalek. A two-night charity auction of generous prizes
donated by local companies will be held at his homemade crazy golf course in Thornleigh Road on the Saturday and Sunday nights. See Page 4
Katy gets set for TV challenge Former Red Maid Katy Parrott is set to appear on BBC television in Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week. PAGE 15
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Congestion continues in St Andrews following road ‘improvements’ TRAFFIC woes in St Andrews are continuing following the introduction of new road markings. Long queues are building up back to Gloucester Road at rush hour since changes were made to the junction of North Road with Cromwell Road in the autumn. Despite the city council
promising last year that centre line markings would be added and the road would be widened, action is yet to be taken and many drivers are feeling frustrated. A single lane exit from North Road, which now has priority over Cromwell Road, has caused tailbacks on both roads.
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Ashley ward councillor Mike Davies said he was in touch with the highways office to see what could be done, but that recent changes to the highways team had slowed down capacity to deal with the issue. He said: “The main problem seems to be that the highways blueprint shows this junction as having two lanes of traffic, but it doesn’t seem wide enough to hold this. “They are looking at widening it by 50cm which should allow two lanes of traffic side by side. That should be enough to stop the traffic building up. “But at the moment there’s no date for the work to be carried out.” He added that the problem was being exacerbated by cars using the central traffic island as a place to park. He said: “There was a plan to put a tree on the traffic island but this hasn’t happened and now people are actually driving onto it and leaving their cars there. “I’ve made the highways office aware of this, and am keeping an eye on it. It definitely needs something planting there, and hopefully this will happen in the
next couple of months.” Following our report on the ongoing issues in last month’s Bishopston Voice, Martin Laker from Belmont Road got in touch. He said that during the original consultation period for the changes he flagged up to the council that the new junction was only wide enough for one lane of traffic, which would cause congestion. But the official response was that the new road would be wide enough for two lanes of traffic, and there was no need for an island to split up the lanes. Mr Laker said: “In a time of big cuts at Bristol City Council, one wonders how much money was allowed to be wasted on such a scheme in the first place when it was obvious to everyone except the officers designing the scheme that it wouldn’t work. “[My] ideas were dismissed, to the extent that segregating the traffic into two lanes by an island was described as confusing to the public because it might make them look the wrong way.” A council spokesman was unable to give a date for when any further improvements would be made.
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Greens challenge proposed citywide budget cuts BRISTOL City Council’s attempt to produce a balanced budget continue following a three month city wide consultation process on proposals to save £101 million over the next five years. The updated Draft Corporate Strategy will be considered by the Cabinet on January 30th before the Mayor’s recommendation to Full Council on February 21st. Bristol City Council expects to produce proposals for a balanced budget next year, taking account of widespread agreement about its top priorities which include increasing the number of school places and building 2,000 new homes a year by 2020. With relatively few options available and its original draft proposals not completely closing the budget gap, the council has reviewed the feedback from the consultation and the impact of savings. However with the current financial position nearly all previously announced savings will go ahead if approved. New proposals have been
incorporated and the total value of savings has increased from £51m to £64m. The council needs to make permanent ongoing savings of over £40m from April 2017 – April 2018 with its total required savings over the next five financial years now expected to be just over £100m. The Greens are challenging these cuts – both politically and by seeking ways to protect the most vulnerable. Redland councillor, Martin Fodor said: “The proposals to cut £101m would affect every discretionary service and facility provided by the council and also put severe strains on the statutory duties safeguarding older people, families and others as well. Cuts clearly affect staff working for the council too, who are already under pressure due previous budget reductions and restructuring in the system. “Among the proposals affecting our area are threats to libraries, parks, and the
Neighbourhood Partnership that contributes to the management of the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland wards, including the small grants, streetscene work, tree planting, and locally led highway projects. “Without a new body to coordinate many issues and a mechanism to channel work to the council we are unclear how
priorities will be managed or collaboration with agencies like the police and community groups either.” A meeting to discuss the future of the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership will be held at 7pm, March 16th, at the Claremont Room, Redland Green School. See page 21 for more details.
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n NEWS WINDOW Wanderland returns to Bishopston on the weekend of February 4-5 when a dazzling display of light, colour and fun will light up the winter darkness and spread cheer among the crowds of visitors. It is the third year that the residents, local businesses and community groups will light up their windows and gardens with colourful, and often amusing, illuminations. People living in properties from Kellaway Avenue, along Bishop Road, over to Ashley Hill, up to Muller Road and many of the roads either side of Gloucester Road have all signed up to join in. The event was started by set designer Lucy Reeves Khan in 2015 who imagined the streets being alive with people looking at different displays showing snapshots of life. The seed was sown for Window Wanderland so she created one in Bristol when people were getting stir crazy from Winter. It is an event that lifts people’s spirits at a time of darkness and shows that everyone has a level of creativity to share. Keith Walker has been raising money for Children’s Hospice South West since November inviting people to play his 12 hole, homemade, crazy golf course that he’s built in his front garden. In previous years he’s hosted Dale the Dalek, the all year beach, and an impromptu garden stage at Window Wanderland. His crazy golf course will be open for the Window Wanderland weekend
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when visitors can experience a 6 hole ‘half-course’ for a donation. Keith said: “I’ve had some really good donations from people who came round at Christmas and hopefully more will come and give lots of money. Last year we raised £800 and the year before £1,000, and it would be nice to get around that figure again. Thornleigh Road is closed to cars this year so it should be easier to move around here - I’m hoping for big crowds. “My favourite hole has to be the one that Dr Lenz from UWE’s
robotics department has helped me with - it’s the funny one with balls running around tubes and with buzzers flashing. I like hole number 3 which has seven tubes and nobody really knows where the ball is going to go. Keith will be auctioning off a number of prizes that have been donated to him from local businesses on both evenings of Window Wanderland, from 7.30pm. He said: “I went to the shops dressed in my funny golf outfit and all the shops I went to on the Gloucester Road said that they were only too happy to help. A meal for two at the Royal Oak with a bottle of wine and the £40 that Planet Pizza have donated for a family meal are just some of the great prizes that I have.” In all, Keith has collected up to 30 prizes, some of which will be awarded following a ‘play off’ at the end of February between the top five adult golfers and the top three children. There is a leader board outside the house and the top score goes to: “Dale has the best score as he’s done a hole in one on all the
holes and if a Dalek tells you that he’s the top scorer - believe me you accept it!” added Keith. To contact Keith to play a round, call 0117 907 8448 or drop by at 48 Thornleigh Road in Bishopston. Maps showing the venues taking part in Window Wanderland will be available to pick up from the end of January at various venues on Gloucester Road including Room 212, Boston Tea Party, Café Grounded and Totally Toys.
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Quick! Time to send in your Art Banner designs BRISTOL artists and creative have been busy signing up to submit artwork for the Gloucester Road Art Banners installation. Thirty double-sided banners, of approximately two metres tall are planned, inspired by Gloucester Road and all that it offers, showcasing this wonderful independent High Street. The initiative is funded jointly by the Gloucester Road Traders, the Bishopston, Cotham & Redland (BCR) Neighbourhood Partnership and North Bristol Artists. However, Council spending cuts have meant that the whole road cannot be covered at this present time. The local business group have therefore decided to start with the Gloucester Road Central area with the hope of expanding up and down the road in the future. Each banner will be attached to a lamppost, and can be in place for up to five years. The plan is that the banners will be like an open air Art Gallery
up Gloucester Road creating a fantastic, visual impact to the street scene. The deadline for submitting artwork is Feb 20th. Sarah Thorp from Gloucester Road Central said: “We would love images with themes such as 'Bike' 'Love' 'Art' 'Colourful' 'Welcome' 'Eat' 'Drink' 'Relax' 'Fresh Food' 'Shop' etc. “Not only will artists have the chance to see their artwork up on banners but they could
Calling all photographers: Instagram wants your pics IF you are a photographer, love the Gloucester Road area and want to show off your images to the rest of Bristol then now’s your chance. Igers Bristol, Bristol’s official Instagrammers network, are promoting Gloucester Road throughout February. After realising that the BS7 area isn’t covered enough by their 13.5k strong community of amateur photographers/phonesnappers, they’ll be encouraging them all to get out & about around Gloucester Road, with daily features of the best shots from the #igersbristol hashtag. Contributors may also have a chance for their images to be featured further or perhaps you could get your best ones printed and sold! Window Wanderland would also love you to take photos during the trail so remember to put when you upload onto social media #windowwanderland.
be printed in different ways - on Glos Rd Central bags, postcards and even giant wheelie bin stickers!” Schools are taking part too. Bishop Road school children are being set projects by their teachers to create artwork for Gloucester Road community themes. Room 212 owner Sarah Thorp is always looking for Gloucester Road inspired images to sell in her gallery so if you want to take
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Hospice gives back Wetherspoons give to festive supporter up on third bid for Gloucester Road pub PUB chain JD Wetherspoon has withdrawn its application 16/03139/F to build a new pub on the site of the run down building at 349-353 Gloucester Road. This was the third time the giants of the pub industry had tried to convince the council that developing the site, which has long been left abandoned, would ONE Bishopston resident enjoyed a very Merry Christmas after winning £5,000 on a local charity raffle. Helen Williams, an admin assistant for a physiotherapy clinic in Bishopston, won the top prize on the St Peter’s Hospice annual Grand Christmas Raffle after buying just one £1 ticket at the charity’s Gloucester Road coffee shop Nonesuch Cup. Funds raised from the raffle go towards supporting patients with life-limiting illnesses both at the hospice and within their own homes. This year the raffle has generated a whopping £56,757 for the charity. Helen said: “I still can’t quite believe it’s true - it’s such a nice surprise to receive at Christmas time! “When I bought the ticket, I didn’t even check what the prizes were, it was a spur of the moment thing! I go into Nonesuch Cup a couple of times a week and on this occasion I was treating my friend to coffee and cake for her birthday and I thought why not! I’ve bought the St Peter’s Hospice Local Lotto tickets before but never a Christmas Raffle ticket. “As a family we like to support St Peter’s Hospice as much as possible because it’s such a great community cause. We often shop there and donate items and my daughter has also enquired about volunteering at our local shop, so hopefully we’ll be able to give something back for this lovely prize. “I have two teenagers, 18 and 15, so I will probably give each of them a little bit and treat us to a nice family holiday with my husband next year.” St Peter’s Hospice lottery
manager, Edd Smith, said: “Huge congratulations to Helen our 2016 first prize winner! We’re thrilled to have made her family’s Christmas a little bit more special. “The Grand Christmas Raffle is a great fundraiser to get involved in. There are some fab prizes up for grabs including the £5,000 grand prize, which is just lovely to give to people at Christmas time. “Thanks to the generosity of those buying tickets, this year we raised an incredible £56,757 for the hospice and these vital funds will help make the lives of our patients much more comfortable as well as helping support their family members. “If you missed out on the Grand Raffle this time, don’t worry. We run a weekly Local Lotto scheme which costs just £1 and gives a top prize of £1,000 every month as well as other cash prizes. You can buy a oneoff ticket or sign up to a monthly subscription. Again, all funds go to the hospice.” As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts. To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice please visit www. stpetershospice.org
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Spend those Pounds the Bristol way LOOK out for the Bristol Pound team in February and March as they will be up and down the Gloucester Road helping people to make the most of this special local money. The Bristol Pound is an alternative local currency – payments are made using paper notes, through online payments and by text payments. Members hold a personal or a business account and make transactions in Bristol Pounds rather than in sterling. Over 800 businesses accept the Bristol Pound and over £B2.5million Bristol Pounds have been issued so far. The first event will be a meetup with businesses at La Ruca Café on the 7th February, open to businesses from the Arches to the Rovers’ ground. There’ll be a workshop at the Amitabha Buddhist Centre on how to use Bristol Pound more, pop up stalls at local businesses to sign up and learn more, including Room 212 on the 25th
February, and it will all end in a party in the Gallimaufry on the 9th March. Bristol Pound’s Community Liaison Manager, Laurie King explained the importance of using the local currency: “This month the Bristol Pound will be celebrating the best thing about Gloucester Road – the vast amount of independent local shops and businesses. We will also be celebrating the fact that by spending Bristol Pounds on Gloucester Road you are making it thrive. “That’s because, each Bristol Pound is a commitment for you to spend locally, support the vibrant local business community and keep money in the area. But, what’s more, unlike when you spend sterling in a local business, when you pass on that Bristol Pound at the till, you are passing on that commitment to re-spend locally again and again,” she said. The team will also be
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n NEWS BISHOPSTON resident Naomi Gillingham has been involved in co-housing groups in Bristol, Frome, Dorset and Somerset for over a decade. The GP and teacher is now keen to find out the level of interest in a small urban co-housing scheme in Bristol for active people aged around 50-70 years old. Naomi said: “Choose before you are chosen for - this is often a motto for co-housers. This a friendly, supportive, community based way of living which is good for the individuals, their descendents and for society as people can significantly reduce their carbon footprint by sharing space. “Usually communities eat together once or twice a week in a common larger space sharing communal tasks by offering 4-6 hours work per week. There is a democratic ethos of sharing cars, a workshop, guest rooms and laundry whilst each having a private flat of your own, so it is not a commune.” Noami would like to find a core group of 4-10 compatible active people who share this
Anyone fancy co-housing? common goal and who have some funds to pool in order to be able to buy a larger property to divide into flats, preferably with some outdoor space. Co-housing is a way of living in a shared community but keeping your own private front door. Communities are created and the house is run by all residents democratically sharing the community tasks, decisions, and giving 4-8 hours a week to communal jobs. In Holland, Scandinavia and the USA this idea was around four decades ago and has been popular especially with retirees who generally have the energy, and funds from downsizing, and wish to live out their later years without the usual isolation and loneliness many experience today. In the UK there are many successful co-housing communities such as the Threshold Centre in Dorset where about 20 individuals, aged between 40-70 years, live in
cottages on a shared community site. The UK Cohousing Network’s website cohousing. org.uk gives a good explanation of schemes nationwide and how to set up your own. Naomi added: “Many schemes have struggled in the early years to find suitable land or properties to develop. This often comes down to having enough pooled funds to be able to move fast when a suitable
project arises, especially in an active urban housing market. I am hoping to find out if there is significant interest in looking for such a property within urban Bristol.” If you are interested in this idea join Naomi at a meeting to find out more about co-housing on Wednesday, February 8 at 7pm. Call 0117 908 2552 or email naomi.gillingham@blueyonder. co.uk for further details.
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We'll all benefit if we break down barriers in our society
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AS we start a new year, I’m continuing to meet as many people and organisations in Bristol West as possible. People in a residential home for older people have told me what they like and what they want changing about their area – popular topics include buses, access to doctors, and how the NHS is coping this winter – and shown me lovely photos of their families. Teenagers in central and east Bristol have told me they like the variety of our city but don’t like feeling there are some parts of the city better looked after than others; and they want to see more help for homeless people. Some of you have let me know how upset you feel about some of the big things happening in the world, like climate change, or the refugee crisis, or the rise in fear and hatred between people.
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In Bristol I meet people every day who are treating each other with kindness, trying to fix problems locally, or work out ways to make life better for people beyond their own family and friends. This inspires me. Trying our best to help each other will get us through times of great difficulty. Those instincts help us to get beyond just surviving and towards finding out more about how to live together and with the world around us. We need to hang on to beliefs that we do this better when we give every person a solid chance of being healthy, educated and able to fulfil their potential and contribute their skills and knowledge. In times of stress there’s self-preservation as well as self-interest in deciding to value ‘me and mine only’ over everyone and everything else. But we all lose
out when someone else’s potential is denied by lack of opportunity, illhealth or discrimination. Building higher walls just keeps people from sharing what they know, have and can do, to everyone’s benefit. So I urge us all, no matter what our strategies might be for coping with the world around us, whether we avoid or immerse ourselves in the news, to treasure this sense of how we are contributing to making Bishopston, Bristol and the world a better place. Thank you for everything you do. Happy New Year! If you have a problem you need Thangam’s help with, or a question, you can contact her by email on Thangam.debbonaire.mp@ parliament.uk, search her website www.debbonaire.co.uk, or call the office on 0117 379 0980.
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MP Thangam pays a visit to Abbeyfield Redland RESIDENTS and team members at Abbeyfield on Redland Road, Bristol, were delighted to receive a visit from Thangam Debonnaire MP in January. Taking time out of her busy schedule, Thangam enjoyed coffee and cakes and talked about how she became an MP and some of her experiences in the role. Only two days before, the Bristol West MP had given a speech on loneliness in older people, talking about subsequent health consequences and the impact of this on the healthcare system. She focused on an Age UK report that cited results from a survey of 1,000 GP's, which suggested that 90% of older people visit their surgery because they are lonely. The report also provides evidence to suggest that loneliness can lead to serious illnesses such as depression, diabetes, stroke and dementia; which in turn, often prevent people from living healthily, with balanced diets and exercise.
In her speech Thangam said: "I pay tribute today to all the people across the country who give their time as volunteers, staff and fundraisers for charities such as Age UK nationally and locally, and in Bristol, for Bristol Ageing Better, which does so much to combat loneliness in older people." Bristol Ageing Better provides
support for older people in Bristol, as do other groups and charities such as Bristol Older People's Forum, LinkAge Bristol; Age UK Bristol; and WellAware. The Abbeyfield Society itself was set up in the 1950's to alleviate loneliness among older people, and establish communities to provide support and companionship.
Frances Stretton, Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham’s Chief Executive, said: “It's a subject very close to our hearts and we are excited that such a prominent Bristol MP is taking this cause under her wing. We are looking forward to following Ms Debonnaire's campaign and wish her every success.”
European City of Sport is Bristol's new title SPORTING organisations across Bristol have come together to find the best way to mark being a European City of Sport this year. Bristol is one of 12 cities across Europe selected to hold the title in 2017, to celebrate the part that sport and active recreation plays in local communities. The title was awarded by ACES Europe, a Brussels-based group which promotes sport across the continent, based on the city’s sporting facilities, residents’ participation, and the success of local sports teams. It follows on from Bristol’s
year as European Green Capital in 2015, which focussed on citywide environmental issues and has been described as a success by an independent review published last month. Redland ward councillor Fi Hance, who is Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing on the city council, said: “Exercise and physical activity play a vital role in living a healthy lifestyle, and we want to encourage everyone to get out there and be more active. “We hope that being European City of Sport will help to showcase all the different classes, sports and activities available across the city, and inspire more people to take up a new active hobby.” Community sports teams, sports organizations and representatives from professional sports clubs met last month to discuss how to improve participation in sport across the city. Sporting events will take place in the city throughout the year, with the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup already confirmed.
The county ground in Bishopston will be one of five venues to host the global competition. Outgoing mayor George Ferguson also committed £5,000 towards black and ethnic minority sports groups in the city to support the 2017 programme. The city is in a good position to organise the year’s events, because its time as European Green Capital 2015 greatly enhanced Bristol’s reputation according to an independent review commissioned by Bristol city council. Steve Bundred, the former chief executive of the Audit Commission who carried out the review, said that despite some controversies being a Green Capital had been an undoubted success. He said: “The year was hugely successful, popular and rewarding, with positive outcomes that are likely to last for many years. “Bristol has made a huge contribution to advancing understanding and concern about environmental matters within the UK and beyond.”
Highlights of the year included a trebling of the number of Wildlife Trust volunteers, which has been maintained; the highest ever number of applications for Bristol University’s Environmental Sciences course; and a schools’ programme involving more than 14,000 children across the city which has since been rolled out to schools nationally. Redland ward councillor Martin Fodor, part of the council’s Green Capital working group, said: “I am delighted that this independent review has highlighted the many creative and economically valuable projects which captured the imagination of people throughout the city. “Bristol’s year as European Green Capital led to many Bristolians being involved in green issues for the first time. Many of the partnerships developed over the year are continuing to flourish and deliver benefits to both the people of Bristol and the wider environment.”
Cafe Grounded opens a new branch GROUNDED, well known in the area for their busy cafe bar on the Gloucester Road, opened a new branch on Northumbria Drive on January 24. Grounded Henleaze, sited next to the Orpheus Cinema and Waitrose, is the 9th addition in the portfolio of this independent Bristol company which already has six premises in Bristol and two in Wiltshire. Marketing Manager, Katie Taylor, is looking forward to welcoming all the new customers to Grounded Henleaze. Katie said: “The conversion of the building that many refer to as
‘the old sweet shop’ has gone really well. “Our small team of skilled local craftsmen have converted the two former shops into our trademark welcoming interior. We have used recycled materials where possible, including reclaimed floorboards and vintage tables and chairs. “The industrial style light fittings add a contemporary edge to the interior, which is offset by the comforting deep red and mustard yellow walls. Leather wingback chairs add to the intimate living room feel, despite the cafe bar having room for over seventy customers.” The founder of Grounded, property developer Tobie Holbrook, has been on site for a number of weeks project managing the conversion into the more intimate vibe of a living room for the cafe bar and creating an outdoor seating area. Tobie said: “We’ve had our eye on the Henleaze area for a while - it has the perfect mix of
an engaged local community and a dynamic food scene that we’re excited to be part of. Being next to the cinema, Grounded will be the perfect place for a pre-movie meal or post-movie drink.” Grounded Henleaze will be open from dawn until dusk every day of the week, serving coffee and food from 8am right through until 10pm. Their menu will feature a frequently changing selection of freshly-made chef’s specials, alongside a selection of small plates, burgers, pasta,
and stone-baked pizzas in the evening. The cafe bar aims to sit alongside the existing businesses, offering something unique to the Henleaze and Westbury Park area. They plan to exhibit the work of local artists on their walls and will be inviting local musicians to play at their monthly acoustic music nights. Grounded also host fundraising events for charities, and sponsors community arts and music festivals.
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Appeal for volunteers to help local families PARENTS and grandparents are needed for a new training course run by family-support charity Home Start Bristol, writes Jackie Novels. It supports struggling families by assigning them a weekly visit from a volunteer, and is looking to train a new group of volunteers from April thanks to a £373,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund awarded in December. The nine-week course runs
from 10am-2pm at Ilminster Avenue children’s centre in Knowle on Thursdays from April 27 2017, is free to attend, and leads to a qualification. After completing the course, attendees will be added to the charity’s existing bank of more than 80 volunteers matched with families across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to provide practical and emotional support. Since the Southmead-based charity launched 30 years ago,
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it has helped thousands of local families where a parent or child has a physical or mental health aissue, those facing bereavement or relationship breakdown, and families dealing with multiple births. Parents are usually referred to Home Start by health visitors, GPs, and other health and social care professionals. Once trained, volunteers commit to a two- to three-hour visit to a family each week, plus volunteer support meetings, for at least a year. The charity covers the cost of travel. Volunteer work can include support on outings such as to the supermarket or park, helping around the house, looking after children or simply being someone to listen. Bristol mother Charlotte said support from Home Start Bristol was invaluable to her family. She said: “My world crashed when I fell pregnant with twins just two months after giving birth to my baby son, who was born with disabilities. “From the moment I met my
volunteer, I knew she was perfect for us. I had someone to talk to and my son bonded with her right away.She gave me chance to relax and focus on the twins.” Former volunteer Rachel found that the experience led to other opportunities including a job as a family support worker and being accepted on to a foundation degree course. She said: “After seeing a close friend go through postnatal depression I felt I wanted to help other mums.The course exceeded my expectations. It wasn’t always easy but the support was, and still is, fantastic.” Home Start’s spokesperson said that all their volunteers are parents so they understand the demands of family life. She said: “When you volunteer for Home Start Bristol, you’ll be a lifeline for a family, helping them get back on their feet and develop the skills they need to cope in the future.” To apply for the course visit www.homestartbristol.org.uk or call 0117 950 1170.
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HOME Start Bristol received a wonderful start to the New Year when they were presented with a cheque for £4,000 from Bristol estate agent and auctioneer, Hollis Morgan. During 2016 Home Start Bristol was the company’s ‘Charity of the Year’ and the cheque was the result of staff fundraising activities. Beverley Symonds, Home Start Bristol scheme manager, said: “We are so grateful to Hollis Morgan for all their support over the year. It’s a fantastic amount that will help us to continue supporting struggling families during 2017.”
Children enjoy night skies on a woodland walk YEAR 5 children from Glenfrome Primary School went on an exciting night walk to the woods on Purdown on a clear and frosty night in January. They had to navigate some slippery slopes, deep ditches and a lot of branches. The skies were clear so they got to view Venus as well as many stars which link in with their current topic which is to learn and understand the solar system.
They also tried their best to be still and listen for any nocturnal animals. Head teacher Inger O’Callaghan said: "Glenfrome Primary School sits opposite the entrance to South Purdown and our staff plan a range of exciting activities using our extensive school grounds and unique location to ensure the children have a really rich learning experience."
Kate's dream of creating a world without slavery puts her in line for national award KATE Garbers, managing director and co-founder of anti-trafficking charity Unseen has been recognised by the Directory of Social Change and shortlisted for a national award, for the success she has had in influencing the UK’s agenda on tackling slavery. Not only is Kate responsible for opening the first safe-house for female victims of trafficking in the South West of England in 2011, she was also heavily involved in working with government to introduce the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and is now working to ensure it is implemented on the ground. Kate has developed processes to assist Police on operations to apprehend traffickers and ensure survivors are well looked after following their rescue. She has since gone on to manage the opening of the South West’s first 24-hour safe-house for
Free cycle stands THE Take A Stand free cycle parking scheme funded by Bristol City Council is coming to an end in Bristol. This means small businesses, charities and not-for-profits in the area have only a few months to take advantage of up to 4 free Sheffield bike stands. They will be delivered and have to be sited off the highway by the organization requesting them. Contact Lifecycle for details on 0117 3534580.
male victims of slavery. In 2015, Kate presented a paper to the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy to help shape the Pope’s contribution to the world leaders’ 2015 Sustainability Development Goals – one of which is to end human trafficking. Closer to home, Kate played a major role in bringing together Avon & Somerset Police and Bristol City Council to form an Anti-Slavery Partnership. The aim of this group is to ensure information and intelligence is shared so that slavery is at the heart of statutory decisionmaking. This partnership has now grown to include the five police regions across the South West (Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire), and there are plans to share the model further afield. As with all Kate’s work, her aim to create real and lasting change for survivors. Kate said: “I believe strongly in a world without slavery and that it can be achieved. I’m motivated by a huge sense of injustice and inequality in the world around me, and a desire to challenge this wherever I find it. I’m really chuffed to have been shortlisted along with two other fantastic women in this category, and even more delighted that all three nominees are women!” In just five years, Unseen has grown from a charity with an income of £250k to one with a turnover of over £1m. In REDLAND councillors have long been pressing for safety work to be done where Zetland Rd meets Elton Road and Gloucester Rd, as this is a known dangerous junction. The promised remodelling work a couple of years ago to reduce hazards never took place but now, due to a new, externally funded, cycle link to Southmead Hospital under development - the ‘Southmead Quietway’' - there are funds to make some safety changes. Cllr Martin Fodor said: “This is welcome and we hope suitable plans can be drawn up and delivered. It's a complex junction with many pedestrian, cycle, and motor vehicle flows in various
October 2016, Unseen launched a national Modern Slavery Helpline. In its first four weeks had received over 200 calls, 25% of which related directly to victims – others were from members of the public, frontline staff or businesses seeking advice. The women’s safe-house has now welcomed nearly 140 women through its doors from 34 different countries, which helps demonstrate the nature and scale of trafficking not only in the UK but worldwide. It is the only safe-house in the South West of England and is one of only three services in the country offering 24/7 support to female victims of human trafficking.
Unseen also offers a resettlement service to help survivors continue their journey of recovery within their chosen community. The men’s safe-house has only been operating for six months, but already is seeing positive results – with four of the 12 survivors already securing jobs and living independently in the community. Kate was awarded a Citizenship Award by the McWhirter Foundation in 2012 and Unseen was given the Charity Times Award for Best Charity under £1million in 2015. Voting closes in the final week of January and the result of the public vote will be announced in early February.
Southmead Quietway directions and not all have been catered for safely up to now.” A new cycle and pedestrian ‘tiger’ design of dual crossing is also planned at Coldharbour Road with a cycle contraflow from Cairns Rd to reach the hospital more readily by cycle and reduce traffic and pollution with active travel.
TV's Ultimate Hell Week challenge is all in a day's work for former Red Maid Katy FORMER Redmaids’ High School Deputy Head Girl, Katy Parrott shows the world what she’s made of when she appears on our television screens in Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week. The six-part BBC2 series is aimed at pushing “some of the UK's fittest men and women beyond their mental and physical limits.” Personal fitness, exploration and adventure have always played a part in Katy’s life. Having left Redmaids’ High School in 2010, she achieved a first class honours degree in Biology from Bath University, before travelling the world – covering 17 countries in 11 months. Her interest in film-making and the natural world then led her to an MA in Wildlife Filmmaking at the University
of the West of England, part of which involved making a short film. Never one to take the easy option, Katy and two fellow student scientists set out to be the first to trek the entire length of the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains. Their completed film was shown at the Everyman Theatre, Bristol to friends, family and professionals from the TV industry. Katy has since secured a job working alongside Monty Halls, Steve Backshall and Helen Glover, developing wildlife and expedition film ideas for Seadog Productions. She is also part of the Army Reserves and is currently training as a Combat Medic for an infantry unit. Speaking of her adventurous career choices, Katy said: “My filmmaking and Army careers
complement each other perfectly. I find it difficult to sit still so it’s great that I’m often off on filming adventures or military training. “I barely know where I’m going to be from month to month, so can’t wait to see where the next few years take me. "It may be a television presenting career, or operations with the Army? "The world is my oyster!’’ Headmistress Isabel Tobias said: “Drive, determination and an inquiring mind are qualities we value highly. Katy embodies all of these and more. "I can’t wait to see how she will tacklethis gruelling challenge.” The first episode of “Special Forces – Ultimate Hell Week” airs on BBC2 on Sunday January 29 at 9pm.
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Sefton Park’s new library weaves its magic SEFTON Park School have opened a new School Library which has been part funded by PTA fundraising and provides a magical environment for children to learn and study. Deputy Headteacher Dan Simson said: “The theme of the library was decided by the children - it is 'Potter and Magic'. The library is adorned with broomsticks, wizards and fairies and the creative design using astroturf makes it feel like a magical outdoors world. “The children are thrilled to be using it. One excited Year 6 pupil declared: “It's the most amazing library ever.” The Year 6's have formed a committee and the library will be used for borrowing books and hosting book club events. “We are very grateful to our school PTA for funding it and for the wonderful Stephen Fowey for his creative design and expert carpentry.” Stephen Forrey provides bespoke carpentry through his
company, Forrey Woodworks, www.forreywoodworks.com. He explained the process: “We developed a design which has different levels for the kids to work at as well as areas for group and solo reading. The brief was for plenty of storage but with something a little extra. They showed me some of the classrooms which have different themes to suit parts of the curriculum such as an air raid shelter, and I was encouraged to think out of the box. “The design will lend itself to different themes throughout its life. Initially the theme that the kids suggested was ‘magic and potter’ so some of the inspiration has come from that, such as the story pod which the kids call the hamster wheel which could be a quiddich goal. However the school were also keen to make sure it wasn’t something that would go out of fashion over time so we didn’t zero in on the theme too much.” Stephen was keen to make
Lost in the wonderful world of books at Sefton Park school library sure the shelves and furniture would be strong enough to last up to the rigours of school lifethere is no chipboard used in the construction and the shelves are all melamine faced plywood which is far stronger than mdf and will be much better at holding the weight of all those
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support to help children settle and move to their next room. Children know where to find the extremely well-organised resources to extend their play." The staff at the nursery were praised by Ofsted: "Staff are highly effective at helping children develop a safe and healthy lifestyle. For example, older children help themselves to fresh drinking water from a dispenser and babies know to turn around and go feet-first down steps." Clyde House’s sister nursery cited on Ashgrove Road was inspected in March 2016 and was also rated Good. To read the Ofsted report in full see.https://reports.ofsted. gov.uk/inspection-reports/findinspection-report/provider/ CARE/106936 To find out more about the nurseries see http://www. ashgroveandclydenurseries.com
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Sci-fi adventure author visits Fairfield PRIMARY school pupils were invited into Fairfield High School to meet a visitor from the world of children’s fiction. On the official launch of his new book, part of the Spacejackers series ‘The Pirate King’, Bristol-born author Huw Powell wowed his audience with an interactive talk to an audience of young people which included students from FHS’s Year 7, as well as signing copies of his new book.
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Neighbourhood Mayor Marvin meets Partnership - the future Gloucester Road traders invaluable community work can continue and wish to create a temporary steering group probably to be known as BCR Community Partnership. A spokesperson from BCRNP said: “We can then negotiate with the council for any resources or money available and attract starter funds to sustain a developing network of voluntary groups and social enterprises in our area. This group would also be in a good position to ensure the the new Bishopston Library on Gloucester Road actually happens, or at least becomes a social asset for our community, and help the Redland library in developing its future. “We cannot do this on our own. We want to draw in as many people as we can so we are holding a Public Forum on March 16, 7pm, at the Claremont Room, Redland Green School.
THE Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees met traders from along Gloucester Road in January. The well attended meeting saw the Mayor, traders, councillors, members of the Neighbourhood Partnership and the Council’s economic development team discuss matters important to our famous high street. Among other things, the meeting discussed the parking and transport situation, including how to best manage traffic on the road whilst facilitating customers being able to access the shops. The meeting also discussed the punitive levels of business rates that traders are having to pay, how to better promote Gloucester Road as a destination for tourists and visitors to the city, and the maintenance of the
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BRISTOL City Council is implementing massive cuts across the city and one of the consequences is that the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership (BCRNP) will not be able to continue beyond March 31 this year. The Neighbourhood Partnership's role has been to devolve council power back to residents for very local issues like street scene, parks, trees and road safety. Small funds were granted to enable local groups to start up community projects such as Window Wanderland and the Living Room Project and the creation of the planters at Glos Rd Central and public forums were held to discuss local issues and inform residents. Councillors and representatives of the Neighbourhood Partnership have been discussing how this
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every time. Back on the Gloucester Road you will find Soul Fish, one of the latest additions to the street. Soul Fish prides itself on being an independent and ethical ‘fish and chip shop and soul fish café’. Their menu obviously includes fish and chips but with a fresh twist. So if you fancy a spiced crab chowder or a ‘soul fish platter’ in a relaxed and informal setting this is the place to come. Soul Food will be offering a Soul Food plater for two and two cans of Quello sparkling wine for £20 as a special offer for Valentines.. Along the promenade, amongst others, you will be find The Blue Lagoon which has a set menu package running from February 11-14 inclusively, offering two courses for £20.00 or three courses for £26.95. Both packages include a complimentary glass of prosecco or a special house cocktail, 'The love-berry Martini'. A few doors along The Gallimaufry is a bar, restaurant, live music venue and art gallery, all in one. The restaurant has a full menu including ‘Galli Plates’ a tapas style selection of foods perfect for sharing. Heading further up Gloucester Road you are then spoilt for choice with an array of cafes, pubs and restaurant including The Grace
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n NEWS In Bishopston this month... AT the moment, we are very occupied with thought of the council budget, and the cuts it contains. As you can imagine, between the people who are facing redundancy, and the people who are having to sit down with valued colleagues and tell them they are being made redundant, and the people who know they will be left to do the work with less resources, the mood in City Hall can at times be grim. We would urge anyone who has dealings with council officers over the next few weeks to be as patient and as understanding as they can. Amazingly though, there is still a real spirit of determination to provide the best service possible despite the cuts. And sometimes, it is possible to both save money and improve the service you offer by working in
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a different way. One example of this is the changes that are taking place in adult social care, under the heading of "The Three Tier Model". This involves giving more professional trust to social workers and asking that instead of starting from a list of what the council offers, and working out eligibility, they start from the individual, and what they need and want, with the clear aim to keep them independent as long as possible, or to help them regain independence. This approach has been trialled in parts of the city, and no user receiving the new service gave the experience a negative rating. It is now being rolled out across the city, and is expected to save over a million pounds from the adult social care budget. The cuts are going to affect us locally too, with cuts to library spending meaning that it is uncertain whether the planned Bishopston library at Bristol North Baths will open as a council-run library. The plans for libraries are not yet finalised
and there's a strong case to be made (and that we will make) for the Bishopston library to open as planned. But we should start to prepare for all likelihoods and consider what we as a community want to do about it for ourselves. At the same time Council support will no longer be provided for the Neighbourhood Partnership. Since becoming councillors we have both been so impressed by the achievements of the partnership, and proud to take an active role in it. We are determined to support our communities across Bishopston, Ashley Down, Cotham and Redland to develop a new network and a new relationship with the council so that the amazing work across our area can continue.
(the residents’ group) and of course the Club itself. The aim was to discuss and coordinate various match day-related issues in advance of the coming season. We covered traffic, parking, litter, noise, stewarding and anti-social behaviour, ensuring all stakeholders are on the same page. A public residents’ meeting is being organised for mid-late March and we’ll let residents know when a date and time is set.
Cricket Club Stakeholders’ Meeting In January we attended a very productive meeting at the Cricket Club that included the Police, the security provider, Howzat?
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Wetherspoon’s The planning application to turn 349-353 Gloucester Road into a Wetherspoon's has been withdrawn. We don’t know at this time whether a renewed application will be made, but we will monitor the situation and let residents know if a new application is submitted.
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n NEWS In Cotham this month... THE last few weeks have been less about outcomes to report to you than serious changes to all our lives that are under discussion. Principal among these is the corporate strategy and the painful budget. The fallout for everyone will be very serious and i have been scouring the documentation to understand and to suggest alternatives to service reductions and unforeseen consequences. I chair the neighbourhoods scrutiny commission and have confronted some of the heavier savings. So i’ve also attended many meetings of osmb, the principal scrutiny commission with five hours of savings debate recently broken only by a coffee and a comfort break. I engaged in this as an informed individual – for while there are choices to be made this is not the time for politics, but city-wide cooperation. In addition to neighbourhood scrutiny, i serve on a working group on severe savings to our parks and libraries. I believe
these will cripple our community base into the future. If these are to be operated by volunteers then the dismemberment of the neighbourhood partnerships, (more meetings on saving our local one which is very effective) will clobber our ability to mobilise. Finally this week has also opened up the consultation about two rpzs (cm+zn) for councillors’ comments. The response has been smaller than on previous occasions (maybe because of the lack of publicity locally. The general response supports their continuation, with some local suggestions and some general points. High amongst the challenges are capacity outside operating hours and balance between residents and other users. This judgement, in more meetings, is due to be completed by 31st january and sadly cannot satisfy everyone! Cllr Anthony Negus Cllr.Anthony.Negus@bristol. Gov.Uk
Unity in diversity for challenging times The Council's latest budget and strategic plan has been released following consultation. The overwhelming reason that the council must change the way it operates is because of cuts to our budget from central government. There are particular concerns regarding social care especially when combined with the Sustainability and Transformation Plan which aims to streamline health provision with the Government requiring savings of at least £2.5bn nationally this year, and £22bn within the next five years. All these factors along with a change of leadership in the US and uncertainty over Brexit, can make for a sense helplessness. We are in uncertain times here in Bristol regarding our service delivery and it is in challenging times that may give rise to tensions and divisions. What is important is to work
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n NEWS In Redland this month... Proposed demise of Neighbourhood Partnerships Budget proposals have been published on the council website and will be discussed at the Council’s February budget meeting. The Greens are challenging these cuts – both politically and by seeking ways to protect the most vulnerable but the proposals to cut £101m would affect every discretionary service and facility provided by the council. We’re very concerned about all of this, and support the proposed new Community Partnership for the area which is now forming a steering group that will be discussed at the forthcoming meeting on March 16th. Look out for details of this on the http://www.bcrnp.org. uk website and please come, take part and help discuss what approach can be taken to create a new organisation that will support local facilities, services and groups. This means the proposed NP decisions are currently in limbo. We’ll work hard to retain local input into road safety projects like the one requested at
Cranbrook Road (which now has evidence of rush hour traffic flows and even a preliminary crossing proposal received from officers), and to ensure some funds or support for local initiatives that create so much benefit. Bristol North Baths redevelopment This redevelopment project has progressed, with scaffolding and hoardings due to come down in February. The sale of the existing local library site at Cheltenham Rd is progressing, and redevelopment of this site is essential. We’re working hard to establish the steps being taken to fit out the long awaited new library now the structure is ready and we believe it can be one of the most viable libraries in the city with excellent bus links, and in a modern building with much other community potential.. Parking issues Work is progressing towards the long delayed RPZ extension schemes in north Redland. We’re aware this has caused some issues for some residents within the new scheme areas (as many asked for a different approach) and also
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Horfield orchard ‘wakes up’ with wassailing MORE than 200 people crowded into a Horfield orchard to wake up the trees ready for the new year in a traditional wassail celebration. The Horfield Organic Community Orchard, situated at the edge of the allotments off Kings Drive, was filled with crowds gathering around the old apple tree to celebrate last year’s crop and make a huge amount of noise to wake up the trees for the year to come. Wassailing is a West Country tradition to scare off evil spirits and ensure a good crop to make cider. Visitors were entertained by Bishopston’s Pigsty Morris dancers and Bristol Folk Singers while they enjoyed mulled orchard juice and cakes made from the orchard’s fruit. A second tree was also decorated with ribbons and traditional strips of cloth known as clouties as part of the ceremony. The annual ceremony is one of the few times the community orchard opens its gates to the public so they can see the more than 100 different types of fruit trees, bushes and vines that have been added to the orchard since it was first established 19 years ago. The newest part of the orchard is the Home Orchard Plot, which has been partfunded by a Well Being grant from Bishopston, Cotham
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n NEWS SMALL employers in Bristol are to get a helping hand from Bishopston Voice, a city MP and the Pensions Regulator as they prepare for major pension reforms that will see most workers enrolled into a workplace pension scheme. Charlotte Leslie, MP for Bristol North West, will be hosting an event - sponsored by the Bishopston Voice parent company Local Voice Network - for small employers in the area on April 10, 2017 to get the message out that automatic enrolment into workplace pensions applies to them and to help them get to grips with what they need to do. An expert from The Pensions Regulator will be attending to provide specialist guidance for local employers. Whether you're a shopkeeper, a plumber or employ someone in the home, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties. Employers are invited to come along to Orchard School Bristol in Horfield, BS7 0XZ at 1pm on Monday, April 10th to learn more about preparing for automatic enrolment and to pose questions to pensions experts. The event is FREE and there will be refreshments provided. A CARER is anyone who helps look after someone in their family or a friend. They could be ill, disabled, have mental health problems or be misusing drugs or alcohol. Bristol and South Gloucestershire charity, Carers Support Centre, provides specialist support to carers, including children aged eight to 18. This includes one-to-one and family support, carers’ groups, respite activities, short breaks and training. Carers Support Centre works with 32 local schools through its Young Carers in Education programme. To mark the national Young Carers Awareness Day on January 26, Carers Support Centre has worked with young carers to make a short film, available on YouTube which is being sent to local primary and secondary schools in the area, including those in Bishopston and Redland. The film aims to raise awareness amongst teachers and pupils, and has been part funded by Carers Trust. In the film, young carer Ellie
Voice magazines helping small firms to get to grips with pensions rules Failing to comply with the new duties could lead to a fine, so it’s important that each employer understands what they have to do and when. This event will help small employers understand what’s required of them and get automatic enrolment right for their workers. There will also be information on what to consider when choosing a pension scheme, making the most of payroll software and how to tell your staff about workplace pensions. Charlotte Leslie said: “The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, which includes putting certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. Six million workers have already been put into a scheme by the UK’s large and medium employers. And it is now the turn of small employers, who have to date enrolled half a million workers – giving them
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Bristolians! Did you study art at school in the 60s or 70s? ground-breaking pieces from some of the leading potters of the time, including curious shapes by Hans Coper and Lucy Rie as well as enormous thrown vases and jars by Janet Leach and others. The collection was rich in texture and animal decoration. The collection was used in secondary schools, particularly by students studying ‘O’ and ‘A’ level pottery, as well as in primary schools. It was provided by the Schools Art Service, based at Bower Ashton. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery wants to hear from anyone who has memories of the pots and of making pottery in Bristol schools during this time, including anyone who remembers teaching using the pottery loan service. Memories of the collection from Bishopston, Cotham and Redland residents may end up
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Embroiderers' Guild exhibition THE Bristol Branch Embroiderers Guild Exhibition is being held on February 17-18 at Stoke Lodge Adult Education Centre, Shirehampton Road BS9 1BN. The Embroiderers Guild meet regularly at All Saints’ Church Hall in Alma Vale Road for evening meetings and lectures and hold meet and stitch events at the Guide HQ on Westmoreland Road in Redland on the first Wednesday of each
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and things like that whereas now, there are so many more fabrics available, with sparkles and threads, and all sorts of people do different things." The exhibition will be pen on Friday from 10am-4.30pm and Saturday from 10am - 4pm. There will be light refreshments and a sales table. Admission costs £3.00. For further details contact EmbroiderersGuildBristol@ googlemail.com
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More sport, less sugar is a smart idea By now many Voice readers will have had the chance to review the Council’s new budget proposals and updates to the draft corporate strategy launched in January. These documents outline how we propose funding top priorities for the city including my seven key commitments and vital services. I’m grateful for all the thoughts and ideas that were given to us during the initial consultation at the end of last year and I understand that some of the savings ideas aren’t popular. Many other places made these hard decisions a long time ago. Bristol is being forced to catch up and if we don’t do it now we will lose any chance of making savings in a planned, controlled way which can take into account of the needs of local people. A new round of detailed consultation is planned from late January looking at how the Council will implement some of the latest savings proposals, if they are approved. You can also submit questions to be answered at next month’s special budget-focused full Council
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meeting on Tuesday February 21. In order to be considered, please get your questions to us by 5pm on February 15 by emailing democratic. firstname.lastname@example.org. Elsewhere, we are also working hard to support those in Bristol aiming to improve their own health and fitness during 2017. Not only has Bristol got a wealth of active health groups
which aim to make sport and health more accessible, but this is also the city’s year as a European City of Sport. In January I met 150 key individuals from sporting organisations across the city to discuss the vision for the year ahead and how to develop sporting opportunities for Bristol. • bristol.gov.uk/cityofsport2017 Staying fit and healthy is not just about exercise. What we eat and drink also has a big impact. Last month was the launch of Bristol’s bid to become a Sugar Smart City. Alongside the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Bristol Sport Foundation and UWE, we want to raise awareness of where sugar is hidden in food so that we can all make more informed choices. Current data shows that 57% of adults and over a third of 10-11 year olds are now overweight in the city – and a quarter of fiveyear-olds in Bristol have tooth decay. Not only this, but the number of cases of life threatening diseases related to a poor diet, such as Type 2 diabetes, is increasing. Many of these conditions can be traced to eating too much sugar. While it can be easy to point out some foods to avoid, some are much harder to spot. If you would like to take action for yourself and your family I would encourage you to head to the website below to discover how we can all eat smarter in the year ahead. sugarsmartbristol.co.uk
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Halt - conserve that energy one, with new cars, bigger TV sets, electronic gadgetry, foreign holidays and food from around the world. Who doesn't like the choice, price and convenience of supermarkets? But when we shop in them do we factor in the damage of motorways, juggernauts and aircraft that cart our food around the world, and the loss of small independent suppliers? Most of us are concerned about climate change and know that the way we live is unsustainable. The trouble is we are not clear in our heads about the role of energy in our standard of living. We're afraid that with less of it the latter would tumble, and that makes us afraid to
consider other possibilities. But there are others that improve, not detract, from our standard of living. For example instead of flying somewhere, we should rediscover Britain. It's got everything - wild beauty, a limitless choice of seaside destinations, sun, solitude, busy or historical places and nature reserves galore. It's all there. Or we could take a fast train to somewhere in Europe where the choice of places to go is limitless. We could put our hard earned wages into making our house's energy needs as near to zero as possible and consider what long car drives to work to pay for our energy intensive lifestyles does to our health. Cycling to somewhere local is miles cheaper, makes us
Valentine fundraiser for cat charity The Moggery LONGMEAD Avenue cat rescue and rehoming centre, The Moggery, is holding a Valentine themed fundraiser - Girly Guilty Pleasures - on Saturday February 11. A selection of handbags, toiletries and Yankee candles will be available to buy plus a variety of other girly pleasures such as hair braiding, neck massage and dry trims. It will be an event to get ladies in the mood for love with gooey chocolate cakes and tasty hot chocolate served by handsome hunks! Christine Bayka, from The Moggery, said: “Everybody who comes along will enjoy the treats on offer. Every penny is going towards the care of the cats and kittens.” The Valentines' Fair will be held at St Michael’s and All Angels Church Hall, Pigsty Hill, Gloucester Road from 1pm-4pm. The one-of-a-kind Bishopston cat shelter is appealing for donations of any unwanted Christmas presents such as gift sets, jewellery, handbags and scarves, etc, to resell at the
event. Christine has asked that if you have anything you could donate to bring it to the Moggery at 65 Longmead Avenue, ring the doorbell but if no one is in please leave your items in the large green donation bin outside the front door. The Moggery was opened in 1997 by Christine and the charity is run out of her former home and staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. Christine and her dedicated team work tirelessly to rehome approximately 250 cats per year, and also provide neutering services. The Moggery aims to provide an all-round solution for local cat problems. This may involve actions as diverse as finding a new home for the loved pet of an elderly local resident entering a nursing home, trapping and neutering a feral colony, bottle feeding abandoned kittens, or caring for the many cats left behind by tenants each year in the Bristol area.
fitter, decongests the roads and does not pollute the air. It might be convenient getting all our food from supermarkets, but I mentioned above how unsustainable that is. Instead we could try growing our own and buying as much locally grown as we can manage. It'll be better quality and we'll know what's gone into it. So I would argue that if we stop using the narrow economic tool we use at the moment to measure our standard of living and broadened it to include health, environmental quality and sustainability we would find a higher standard also means a lower energy one. Hamish Wills Sustainable Redland
Turfing over the playground HORFIELD CE Primary School are fundraising to buy artificial turf to lay over two areas of the school playground, making these areas accessible throughout the year for safe, fun learning and active play. The school are trying a few different funding avenues to reach the £30,000 needed but with budgets being tight the money is largely coming from fundraising efforts led by the School Association. Karen White, chair of the Horfield School Association, said: “One of our ideas is opening up the space for sponsorship, selling 1m2 sections to individuals for £5 each, or 10m2 for £50 to local businesses. Each square sold can be dedicated to a particular person or group. Some have been named after the buyer's family, some as gifts for the person who has everything and some businesses have purchased them in their company name.”
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How to protect garden birds from your cat IT’S heading into spring and there is soon to be the delightful sound of birds tweeting to their young in nests in the trees and hedges. Cats in the UK are estimated to catch up to 55 million birds each year. During the breeding season, how can you prevent your cat from doing what’s natural and stalking
these defenseless baby birds and bringing them back as presents just for you? The first thing you can do is give birds advance warning that your cat is on the way. Attaching a small bell to your cat’s collar is thought to reduce birds caught by more than 40%. Any cat collars should be quick release in case they become caught; they should be fitted firmly enough not to fall off, but you should also be able to easily fit two fingers between your cat’s collar and neck to ensure that the collar is not too tight. Keeping your cat indoors around dawn and dusk can help as birds are most vulnerable during this time particularly between March and July and also between December and January. Offering them their meals at these times can encourage them to stay indoors, although they will still catch birds even when they are not hungry. Any bird feeders in your garden should be placed high up off the ground and not close to a surface
that a cat could jump from. Placing a spiky plant underneath the bird feeder or an uncomfortable or difficult surface to sit on can be useful to prevent cats sitting and waiting below the feeder. Any nesting boxes for birds should also follow similar precautions. Playing more with cats indoors can help keep them entertained, chasing and pouncing games particularly. Laser light toys for them to chase or toys attached to long strings for them to pounce on can burn off some of their energy and prey drive. The populations of some species of birds in the UK have been seriously declining; much of this is thought to be due to the loss of habitat rather than predation
Sophie McGill. Veterinary Surgeon by pet cats. However helping to reduce the number of birds your cat catches seems like a worthwhile endeavour even if only to reduce the numbers of presents you receive.
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Flexibility will come naturally if we let it NEW training, sport or fitness class? Chances are you will be doing some stretches! Stretching forms a part of most sports and fitness workouts. People often ask why hamstrings in particular are so resistant to change. Despite even well-taught and regular stretching, hamstring tightness will be an ongoing issue if your everyday posture puts your pelvis and tail in a tucked under position. This shortens the distance and therefore the length of the muscles all the way down to their insertions around the knee. You then regularly stretch in a vain effort to correct this imbalance, without ever addressing its underlying cause. If stretching really was a solution, should we have to keep repeating it?
The woman in the picture shows how stretching with a tucked and fixed pelvis results in over-stretching her back and compressing the back of her neck. Better posture would allow her pelvis to rotate forward around her hip joints and straighten her spine. She would develop better hip mobility (and healthy,
spacious joints), and also regain hamstring length. She would then also achieve this just by healthier everyday sitting and bending! Notice too how this way of rounding forward bypasses the deep abdominal activation you get with good alignment, hunches the upper back and compresses the back of the neck.
Stretching should never mean poor positioning, straining and pulling. We can learn how best to release our muscles from watching animals, babies and young children – they stretch, but in an organic, natural way that helps to awaken muscles and deepen the breath, perhaps dispelling tension with a delicious yawn, too! When we do what is right for our bodies, muscle length and flexibility will start to come naturally. Next Free Workshop, Weds 1st March 4-5.30pm Spicer+Cole, Glos. Rd, Sign-up: www.gokhalemethod.com Foundation Course: Saturday 18th and 25th February Yoga class: Thursdays, 9.30am Further info: 07982 231317