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Our medal marvel! Redland para athlete Simran Kaur raced to the finishing line to win a silver and bronze medal in the 100m and 200m at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Switzerland. The youngest person chosen to join the GB team for the event, Simran shares her experience with the Bishopston Voice. Full story: Page 4
Celebrations as teens pick up A-levels results AUGUST 17 was a special day for the thousands of students from Bishopston, Cotham and Redland receiving their A-Level grades. The results show a strong performance from Bristol’s state and private schools, with 96 per cent of students achieving at least three A-levels with grades between A* and E in Bristol, despite the new tougher final exams.
Across the UK, the overall pass rate has fallen slightly, and the gender gap is closing as boys received a larger share of A and A* grades than girls for the first time. However, the top A-level grades are up with the proportion of A* grades rising to its highest level (8.3 per cent) since the top grade was introduced in 2010. Education special: Pages 17-29
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Plans for revamped Memorial Stadium BRISTOL Rovers will look to develop their current ground at their Memorial Stadium in Horfield, owner Wael al-Qadi confirmed in early August, after failing to agree on plans for a new 21,000 capacity stadium at the University of West of England. Despite many planning disputes over the land during the last decade, including a lengthy high court battle with Sainsbury’s after it pulled out of a deal to build a supermarket on the land, there is support locally for a sensitive development of the
ground, which is similar in size to Everton’s stadium. The club was purchased by Jordanian Football Association member Al-Qadi's family in February 2016, shortly before the club won promotion to the third tier of English football. Wael Al-Qadi has declared that he’s keen to include a safe standing area as part of a revamped Memorial Stadium. The UWE proposal would have involved the sale of the Memorial Stadium, where Rovers have played since 1996 but Al-Qadi
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says that redevelopment was always an alternative if the club failed to agree terms with UWE. Campaigner Jamie Carstairs raeacted to the decision by asking what a fitting and proportionate redevelopment would be and emphasising the importance of creative solutions to match day transport and parking issues. He called for constructive dialogue to help bring about a successful planning application. Jamie said: “Friends of the Memorial Ground (FOMG) broadly welcome the recent
proposal to rebuild Bristol’s famous sports ground. “It is heartening that a revitalisation of this very special war memorial sports ground will herald its centenary in 2021, granting a new lease of sporting life for the coming decades. “The Memorial Stadium is embedded in the local community: around it are people’s homes and gardens; nearby pubs, cafes and food outlets sustain visiting football fans. The sports ground gives character and historical
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gates and their professional restoration. "Dwane Sports Limited, being the owners of the gates, could apply for a grant for this work (http://www.warmemorials.org/ grants/). “The revamped sport ground could once again proudly be Bristol’s great war memorial, actively honouring the war dead through sport, as intended by its founders.”
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Para-athlete Simran Kaur wins silver and bronze at Junior World Championships RUNNER Simran Kaur enjoyed great success in her first experience of global competition at the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. Simran, a 14-year-old pupil at Redland Green School, competed in the 100m and 200m sprints in the T46* category (arm amputee or impairment). She was the youngest person chosen to join the GB para-athletics team at the championships which took place on August 3-6. Finishing just over a tenth of second behind the winner, Beatriz Hatz of the USA, Simran took silver in the 100 metres in the T42 to T47 category clocking 13.58 seconds. In the 200 metres she took bronze in 28.83 seconds for a personal best at 200 metres. Simran said: “It did feel amazing and emotional standing
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I’d never met but who all had a disability. “I’ve made some really good friends with athletes from Germany, Australia and the USA too.” Simran has always been a sporty child. She’s played for the super-successful Westbury Park Foxes Girls Football team which won all their games last season to become Bristol Girls League under 14 Champions 2016-17. But, to avoid any risk of future ankle or knee injury she is going to concentrate her sporting efforts on athletics now. The 100m is her preferred event but she set a personal best in the 200m at the Juniors. To improve she needs to work on her balance as she sometimes leans to one side when she runs. Simran explained: “I have to work harder on my core to
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and archery. She was spotted by the British Athletics coaches on the athletics track and told that with the right training she could go far. Mum Gita Sawhney said: “It’s all happened very quickly. We always knew that she was a fast runner and she’s definitely got the ability to keep going. “The world record holder in Simran’s category has a very similar arm disability, so it can be overcome with training. “We now need to start saving
for all the competitions that she might qualify for. The World Games is on the Gold Coast and the Paralympics is in Tokyo.” The family are also keen to find some help with sponsorship, to help with the cost of training, attending local competitions and overnight stays. SportsAid have a scheme where individuals can be sponsored by partners to build a lasting relationship with a promising athlete. Nick Harris, UK Athletics trainer for Bristol & West Athletics Club and Simran’s trainer said: “Well done to Simran – a great start to her career as an International Para Athlete. “I am so proud of all our international athletes and look forward to helping them become the next generation of Bristol’s sporting stars.” Before the para team set out they met up for a training event with Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees who said: “As part of our work as European City of Sport we want to start recognising Bristol’s own local sporting talent. We want to take a stand on this issue to improve our offer as a global sporting city. “These amazing young people are the future of Bristol’s sporting ambition. " “It’s been a pleasure to meet these inspiring youngsters and watch them get in shape for the world class competition. “I hope they and their stories will prove to be inspiration to Bristolians of all ages to get out and try something new.”
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n NEWS ELEVEN years after the team at Golden Hill Sports Ground first set up the annual Party in the Park (PITP), this year’s event means that they are set to make a final repayment on the ground purchase loan of the community owned YMCA field. One of the organisers, Chris Drew said: “Everyone at Golden Hill Sports would like to say a big thank to all those people that have come along and supported PITP over the years and making it such a success. We would like to invite them all back again this year along with anyone who has never been before.” This year’s event promises a whole host of fun for all the family on Saturday 16 September from 1pm, finishing with a firework display at 8pm. During the day there will be Tethered Hot Air Balloon ride (weather permitting), Gryoscope (a ride for 4 people), Neuron Racer, Tractor Rides and a Demolition Zone - a chance to Bash the Car! It’s a chance to test your skills at Crazy Golf, a Zombie Shootout, Sports Zone and a Flight Simulator. Some great local acts will be performing on stage, plus displays from Japanese
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Claudia Fragapane champions Bristol charity OLYMPIAN, Commonwealth champion and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Claudia Fragapane, has been announced as a Charity Champion for Above & Beyond, Bristol Hospital’s charity. Each year Above & Beyond raises £3m for projects that make a real difference to the care and experience of over 800,000 patients and the 9,000 hospital staff at all nine city centre hospital sites. Fragapane, who trains at Bristol Hawks Gymnastics, will work with the charity to help raise awareness about fundraising events and the difference donations to a local charity can make. On a recent visit, Claudia met some of the charity’s volunteers and saw the difference donations have already made in the hospitals, from funding state-of-the-art equipment in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children to funding groundbreaking research in Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre. She said: “I’m so excited to be working with Above & Beyond as a charity champion. It means a lot to me to work with a charity that supports a cause in my hometown of Bristol, where I live and train. “As a gymnast, I know how important it is to stay fit and healthy – a small injury could mean the end of my career – and I wanted to help raise awareness about the need to provide our hospitals with things above and beyond what the NHS has the means to do.”
playing fields. PITP has raised well over £80,000 in the 10 events held so far with close to £15,000 being raised at PITP 2016 alone when over 4,200 people attended during the course of the day. Chris Drew said: “Our slogan for PITP is "Bringing the community together" and we truly believe that this event does just that. It’s a great event with a variety of stalls and
entertainment on offer for all the family. We print 10,000 programmes that are hand delivered to homes in the local area and thousands of people come along and enjoy the day which is open to everyone. “We are so grateful for our PITP organising team, many of which have been with us since the start and give up countless hours to make this event the success it is. “The funds from all future events will now be put towards the next project - the renovation and re-development of the pavilion.” All funds from PITP go to the registered charity ‘Golden Hill Sports’ who’s charitable objectives are the protection and well being of the sports field & provision of sport for the membership which is open to everyone. For more details on the event a visit www.goldenhillsports.com or their facebook page.
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Bowls Club prepares for major refurb AS the summer season draws to a close, the historic St Andrews Bowling Club is preparing for a six-month refurbishment. The club, just off Derby Road, received a £50,000 grant from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB) to help fund the improvements. Mogford Prescott, from Westbury-On-Trym, has been chosen to carry out the revamp. Glen Wintle, project manager and club member, said: "Time has flown by since the initial application stage and preapplication to CETB in October 2016. We are looking forward to working with CETB and Mogford Prescott in transforming the club for our members and community group users. "We will be publishing regular updates throughout the project
on our website and social media pages." Angela Haymonds, CETB trust secretary, said: "The CETB trustees are delighted to have been able to offer funding for the much-needed improvement
works at the club. “These will help to create a much safer environment for members of the Bowling Club as well as the local community. We hope the refurbishment works will create a fantastic social space
for users, and can't wait to see the finished results." CETB funding is available for a range of projects that bring benefit to local communities. This may include refurbishment of churches or buildings of architectural or historical significance, or general amenity projects, such as improving disabled access or improvements to parks and nature reserves. Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club is located just over five miles from CEL’s Shortwood Quarry Landfill Site. For more information, or to see if your project would qualify for funding, visit www.cetb.org.uk. For updates on the Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club refurbishments visit www. facebook.com/bristolstandrews or www.twitter.com/bristolstabc.
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Residents' parking: Where have all the cars gone now? covered by the formally adopted road traffic regulation orders.” However, there are still problems over parking in the streets near the residents parking areas, due to commuter parking moving to the roads nearby, causing fresh obstruction. Fi Hance added: “We're still pressing the Mayor to make clear how new areas where people want obstructive parking to be managed can be created. “This was subject to a
question Martin put to the Mayor in July, and he's following up with a request to meet the new Cabinet member for transport to get clear the basis for testing how much support is needed for any new project to be started. “This was meant to be developed in March but the Cabinet was reshuffled then and the Mayor took on the issue himself for a while. “More recently a meeting of a group of residents on both
sides of Gloucester Rd (in St. Andrews and Bishopston) took place where similar problems caused by commuters and retail pressures were discussed. “Councillors from both Ashley and Redland wards are supporting residents so that they can demonstrate the problems and get action to create solutions. Do let us know if you’d like to be put in touch with other residents, as working together is a key to getting action.”
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n NEWS SOUTHMEAD Hospital Charity has funded new drug boxes to help parents of babies in neonatal intensive care prepare for their discharge home. The pin-controlled secure boxes are wall-mounted next to each baby’s cot, which allows medicines to be safely stored so parents can access the medication to learn how to administer the drugs themselves to their babies. Two weeks before discharge parents will be shown how to use the medications that their baby needs and will be expected to prepare and administer them so that they are used to doing this unaided before they go home. Until now parents are shown how to use medications on the day they leave hospital, which can add to the anxiety and fear that many parents feel when taking their babies home for the first time after a long spell in NICU - often many months. It is hoped that by allowing parents a longer time to get used to drug routines and giving them a sense of ownership it will make the transition from hospital to
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Top line-up for the Chandos Road Festival THE Chandos Road Festival, now in its fourth year, has become a firm favourite on the local festival scene. The standard of the acts it attracts to its main stage sponsored this year by ‘Bristol Property Centre’, the University of Bristol and UWE - sets this free event apart from other street parties in the area. The festival returns on Sunday 24 September with a terrific local band headlining at 6pm - Gee Baby I Love You - this is a gig you shouldn’t miss! The rest of the afternoon’s superb line up includes The Open Secrets, Lost Eleven Gypsy’s Kiss, Kevin Figes Quartet, Ponchartain and The Harrisons Trio. Visitors can expect an amazing, feel-good afternoon, along with tasty food, good drinks, interesting stalls and community information. The Lord Mayor of Bristol
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BRISTOL City Council has been given additional funding to target criminal landlords and help protect tenants in Redland and Cotham and across the city. The Home Office has given the council £321,750 from the Controlling Migration Fund to help drive up standards in the private rented sector over the next two years. Migrants are over-represented in the private rented sector in Bristol, particularly in properties in poor condition. The council now plans to use the government funding to conduct intelligence work to identify and target rogue landlords in the city, and to take enforcement action where necessary. The council investigates unsafe houses and flats every day, but usually it relies upon tenants reporting poor conditions. The council is now actively encouraging tenants to come forward if they have concerns
about the conditions of their rented properties, which they have not been able to resolve with their landlord. Councillor Paul Smith, Cabinet Member for Homes, said: “Across the city people are finding it increasingly difficult to access decent, affordable homes. “In Bristol we are working hard to tackle criminal landlords and through this extra funding, we expect to see a reduction in the number of these criminal landlords letting out poor quality accommodation and exploiting tenants.” The officers will work to identify properties where there are likely to be high levels of exploitation and trafficking and carry out proactive inspections of these premises, using powers of entry to gain access to all dwellings. To report a landlord or rented property, call in confidence: 0117 352 5010 during office hours.
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n NEWS BRISTOL welcomed two Drag Queen Story Time events in August at Bishopston and Bishopsworth libraries. Parents and children were invited to two different session to listen to the stories being read in a way they may not have seen or heard before. Bristol is believed to be the first city in the UK to host a Drag Queen Story Time in a library and is hoped that this could become a more regular event in the city’s libraries during the holidays. The inventor of the story time, Tom Canham, was inspired by Drag Queen Story Hour, which is a similar programme which originated in San Francisco, America. The aim of the programme is to teach children from an early age the importance of selfacceptance. Tom said: “Drag queens and children don’t usually encounter each other, which we believe is a shame and one of the many reasons why we host this event, which has so far been really well received. We believe it is fundamental that children are taught the value of accepting
Bishopston Library hosts Drag Queen Story Time themselves and others and this is a useful way of introducing children to people who may be different to them.” Drag Queen Story Time is designed to engage young children with the joys of reading with theatrical recitals of children’s favourite books. Cllr Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for communities, including libraries and equalities said: “Bristol is a Learning City and also an inclusive city. The idea of drag queens engaging with children in an educational manner is very beneficial as it teaches them about accepting themselves and others, which is essential in this day and age. “We know that good reading skills can help set children up for life and reduce inequalities so this event was designed to be a fun learning activity for the summer holiday. I hope
that it will play some part in encouraging children to continuing reading outside of school." A parent who attended one of the events, said: “It was
something a bit different and the children were all so engaged. We loved how flamboyant it was and it was also great to have something that worked so well for children of different ages.”
Redland May Fair raises more than £1,500 THE Redland May Fair is a free, not-for-profit community event, organised by the Redland & Cotham Amenities Society each year. Abigail Shepherd said: “Overall it was a lovely day (particularly given last year’s drenching) and the bucket collection came to £1,543.27 which, plus Gift Aid will be given to this year's nominated
charity, Caring in Bristol – a small, local charity which helps homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol.” The Ambling Band got things started at 1pm on Redland Green and the May Fair was soon busy with fairgoers coming to explore the stalls, meet friends and enjoy everything the May Fair has to offer.
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In the main arena there was Morris dancing from Rag Morris dancers complete with hankies, bells and a hobby horse, and maypole dancing by pupils from the Steiner School. There were fun-fuelled games for kids, including the team from Sharky & George, and Mr Brown's Pig's puppet show, Fez the Jester and storytelling with Cassandra.
The church halls, bowling club and tennis club were kept busy providing refreshments and a chance for fair-goers to recharge before Bristol Samba performed, drawing an appreciative audience to watch their dancing and drumming. Abigail added: “We’re grateful to all the volunteers who make the fair possible and we can never have too many.”
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n NEWS CONFETTI and bunting were the order of the day at the Ardagh Bowling and Sports Club when Bryony Enright and Darren Roberts tied the knot at the community venue at the heart of Horfield Common on Saturday August 19. The couple, who met at university in 2009, wanted their special day to be as close to home as possible and found somewhere virtually on their doorstep. Darren is from a large family, the 10th of 12 children, who grew up on Logan Road. He said: “We asked how local could we make our wedding? “You can see the trees on the Common from our front door on Beloe Road and it meant things were nearby and we could relax on the day.” Bryony added: “We wanted an informal wedding and one that was not too traditional. “The Ardagh is low key and has a real charm and we could really imagine it as a wedding venue. It’s really pretty with the lawns outside. “The Common, cafe, and Ardagh make this area what it is, and we love it!” Kay Thomson, manager of the Ardagh, is used to catering for the bowls team and informal events but was delighted to be of help when the couple approached her about using the location for their wedding celebrations. Kay said: “It is an honour for the Ardagh Bowling Club to be the venue chosen for the wedding blessing. A lovely building set in a beautiful part of Horfield Common close to home for Briony and Darren. “The bowls club ensured that the day went smoothly and was enjoyed by all.”
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One big happy family at the wedding of Darren Roberts aand Bryony Enright, right, at The Ardagh on Horfield Common, below left The Ardagh isn’t licensed as a wedding venue so the couple married formally at Corn Street the day before and Humanist celebrant, Karen Partridge, carried out a special ceremony on the Saturday in front of Bryony and Darren’s friends and family. Not surprisingly, Darren’s immediate family took up 54 of the invited guests! He is the last in the family to get married and has 27 nieces and nephews. A UK wedding doesn’t come cheap these days - with £27,000 the average cost last year. Bristol University careers adviser Bryony and Bristol Museum researcher Darren were keen to make the most of their budget
but to design the wedding in their own informal style. “We wanted to put together the wedding as cheaply as possible - our budget all in was £4,000. My dress was from ASOS and we borrowed bunting from friends and picnic blankets from the University to give it a village fete feel. There were lots of fun and games, with quoits and bubbles for the children. “Keen to save money, we entered a competition to have a Yeo Valley ice-cream bike at the wedding and won!” added Bryony. Lots of their friends have been involved, from making the cake (Lovely Cakes by Laura on Facebook) to helping decorate
the venue. They couple made a pagoda for the end of the aisle by wrapping white lace around a structure. Much of the budget was spent on the food which came locally too, from pizza company, Pizza Rova who made the pizzas onsite from their Land Rover. Darren added: “Nothing is from the ‘official’ wedding organisers - we avoided anything that said ‘wedding’ on it. Our photographers, Lucas Cookson and Luke Mundy, are both just starting out in the wedding photography business and trying to build a name for themselves." "The day was everything we hoped for and more. Seeing all our friends and family in one place all wishing us well was so heartwarming, the perfect start to our marriage. We're so grateful to everyone who helped make the day what it was, and now we're ready for our honeymoon - Italy, here we come!"
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n NEWS A BRISTOL-based partnership has launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. The Dementia Wellbeing Service, a partnership between Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust, commissioned the six short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and Englishlanguage - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for the culturally diverse communities across the city. Community Development Co-ordinator for the Dementia Wellbeing Service and the films' producer Trish Caverly says: “The latest census says there are 6,907 people of Black African people living in the Bristol West constituency. “Alongside other BME communities, Somali has no word for dementia. This can make it even more difficult for family members to discuss a dementia diagnosis and contribute to a stigma in many of these communities.” A dementia All Party Parliamentary report in 2013 suggested that nationally people from BME communities are under-represented in dementia services; they are often diagnosed at a later stage of the illness or not at all. A recent research report, overseen by the University of the West of England, shows Bristol reflects the national picture with nearly half of all people with dementia from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Bristol not accessing the services available to them.
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Research conducted by Alzheimer’s Society has concluded that this can lead to a far greater risk of late diagnosis and not being prescribed appropriate medication and medical interventions for dementia. Mrs Kwan, who is originally from China, has lived in Bristol with her husband for 45 years and raised their family here. She is now carer to her husband, who has dementia. “Life changes significantly for someone with dementia, and for their carer and family too. It’s really important to get help. In our community, a lot of people don’t know what dementia is, we don’t even have a word for it. This means that lots of people with the disease run the risk of being forgotten,” she said. There are an estimated 25,000 BME people with dementia in the UK. While the number of white, British people with dementia is expected to double by 2051, the numbers of people from BME communities
is expected to increase sevenfold within the same timeframe. Trish Caverly explains: “At the Dementia Wellbeing Service we work closely with people with dementia and their carers to support them to lead as full a life as possible, offering therapeutic and clinical interventions as well as signposting them to information about groups, activities and support available to them. “During community consultations one common finding was the lack of culturally appropriate, accessible information about dementia and the support available, for people for whom English is not their first language. “In many of the communities that we work with, we’ve found that there is a lack of knowledge about what dementia is. This is backed up by recent research overseen by the University of the West of England which has found that many people fail to understand that dementia is a health condition. It’s often
thought of as a ‘normal’ part of ageing, and for many there is stigma attached. This stops people from seeking out the help available to them. We know that language barriers can compound this situation, which is why it was vital to make this series of short films.” Within each of the films, medical experts, people affected by dementia and members of the relevant communities explain what dementia is, outline how people can gain a diagnosis and access the free support available from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.. Khadra Abdi, who cares for her mother with dementia and is active in the Somali community in Bristol, says: “Many older people within our community have limited English language, and when they don’t understand what dementia is it can be very scary. “These films explain about the disease and the help available in a simple, clear way, and most importantly in their native language, making it far easier for them to gain a genuine understanding of dementia, get a diagnosis from their GP and to get support from the Dementia Wellbeing Service”. The films are available to view via the Dementia Wellbeing Service website www. bristoldementiawellbeing.org and limited DVDs can be ordered from via the Dementia Wellbeing Service Access Line 0117 904 5151.
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Another year of excellent A-level and BTEC results for North Bristol Post 16 Centre STUDENTS from the North Bristol Post 16 Centre celebrated a 99 per cent pass rate for their A-levels and BTEC exams. Staff at the sixth form, where pupils are taught at both Cotham and Redland Green learning communities, were delighted and offered “congratulations to all our students on another set of outstanding results.” Marian Curran, director of the North Bristol Post 16 Centre, commented: “Our students have achieved exceptionally well in a reformed A-level landscape. We have enjoyed scenes of elation and happiness as students received their results. We are very pleased to see the percentage of students achieving the highest grades has increased this year and is above the national average; we are especially pleased with our 99 per cent pass rate. “We are particularly proud of our students who have overcome personal adversity to achieve great success. Their hard work, commitment and determination has paid off and the vast majority of students have gained places at their first choice university. "I am proud and humbled
by our students’ achievements and also delighted for their parents who’ve supported them throughout their Post 16 journey and staff at the centre who have worked tirelessly to make these achievements a reality. I would like to thank all the students, parents and teachers at both learning communities for their hard work and dedication over the past two years. We support a very broad range of students, including those with modest starting points, making these outcomes all the more impressive.” In over 26 subjects there was a 100 per cent pass rate, with 42 students achieving A*-As in three or more of their A-levels. Five students will be taking up offers of places at Oxford and Cambridge and six students, some of whom are from partner schools, will begin courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. A large proportion of students have successfully secured Russell Group university places and the school has been particularly pleased this year with the number of students who have secured places on
competitive vocational degree courses such as midwifery, as well as higher-level apprenticeships. Students were also highly successful in their BTEC courses; over three quarters of grades equivalent to C or above at A-level.
Marian Curran added: “These results demonstrate that the centre is continuously providing high quality education, especially in a reformed A-level and BTEC landscape to all students in the wider Bristol area and more importantly that students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best. We are particularly pleased that students from partner schools (Fairfield, Henbury, Orchard School and Oasis Brightstowe) have done so well this year.” In further maths, mathematics, chemistry, classic civilisation, ancient history, English Literature, English, fine art, French, German and Spanish results were outstanding with over 65 per cent of students gaining A*-B grades. Mathematics and science
represent half of all entries. The results in these subjects were a real strength of the centre, reflecting the specialisms of the two schools. Sarah Baker, headteacher of Redland Green School, said: “It is excellent to see how our students thrive in our Post 16 partnership. It clearly offers excellent teaching and provides a wider choice and greater flexibility of courses than would be possible if we delivered on our own.” Jo Butler, headteacher of Cotham School, said: “Working together means staff share resources and expertise. Every student can experience great teaching here. This is leading to consistently strong outcomes and constantly improving standards for the Centre's students. North Bristol Post 16 Centre will have over 850 students next year, at the comprehensive sixth form. Students attending Cotham, Fairfield, Henbury, Orchard School and Redland Green are guaranteed places however, applications from the wider Bristol area are welcome. For further information see the website www.nbp16c.org.uk
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COLSTON’S Girls’ School is celebrating a fantastic set of A level results with many exceptional individual performances. Three CGS students who all achieved perfect A/A* grades will be studying at Exeter University: Emma Hilton (A*A*A*A) will read Mathematics; Ellis Deeny (A*A*A and A in the Extended Project Qualification) will read Liberal Arts with study abroad; whilst Emily Craner (A*A*A) will read English. They praised the help they had been given at CGS. Ellis said: “CGS has always been a school that I have loved and the teachers will never be forgotten.” Emma added: “Having been here since Year 7 I have known some of my teachers for years and they have all been really supportive and have helped me to achieve my best.” Almost one quarter of all results were A/A*, 58% were A*B, 79% A*-C and 96% A*-D. Head of Sixth Form, Kerry McCullagh, said: “I am so delighted with this outstanding set of results. The hard work and talent of the students, with the support of our fantastic teachers, has led to wonderful
grades. Whilst I am so impressed by the exceptional individual achievements of those with perfect A/A*s, we are very proud of all our students and especially those who have made significant amounts of progress over the last two academic years. For example, Hania Rasool and Rahma Duale smashed their target grades, both achieving A*BB.” Other achievements include Emilie Farrow (A*AB and B in the Extended Project Qualification), who will read Fine Art at De Montfort University; Mawadah Mohammed Odeh (A*AB), who will read Law at Bristol; Hanna Paul (A*AB) who will read Architecture at UWE; Monika Sandhu (AAA), who will read Forensic Computing and Security at UWE; Jodie Miller (AAB) will read Russian with Czech at the University of Sheffield. Jodie said: “Colston’s Girls’ has set me up for life. I’m going to miss everything about the school after seven years! The Languages Department is fantastic - Miss Phillips has inspired me and made me so excited and optimistic about the future.”
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Citywide celebration of exam successes THOUSANDS of Bristol students collected their A-level results on August 17 after having studied for two years in preparation. This is the first year of results for the new A-level qualifications, which means that AS levels no longer count towards the final grade and assessment is mainly by exam. The content of the exams has also been refreshed, with greater input from universities. The grading standards and scale of A*- E remains the same. The provisional results show a strong performance from Bristol schools with 96 per cent of students achieving at least three A-levels at grade A*- E. Some key successes this year include St Bede’s Catholic College, which saw all its pupils achieve at least three A-level grades A*- E. St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School saw 32 per cent of students getting the very highest grades of A*- A, which is a rise of five percentage points on last year. Nine students from the school are heading to Oxford and Cambridge universities and 45 pupils achieved three A*- A grades or better. Bristol Cathedral Choir School is also celebrating as a third of all results were A* or A grades, 65 per centA*- B, 82 per cent A*- C and 100 per cent A*-E. At City of Bristol College 85
per cent achieved at least three A-levels grade A*- E. Lee Probert, Principal and Chief Executive said: "These results, combined with our recently improved Ofsted grade, reflect the general positive direction of travel for the college. Everyone at the college is very proud of this achievement. Each year we continue to equip students with the skills they need to successfully progress on to further study or to launch their intended career. "We are extremely proud of each of our students and I wish them every success for the future." St Brendan’s College saw 97 per cent of students pass. Mr Jaffrain said: “I am thrilled with how our teachers and students have handled the dramatic change to the more rigorous linear style.” Councillor Claire Hiscott, Bristol's Cabinet Member for Education, added: “Collecting your A-level results can be a nerve wracking time, and the first year of changes to exams is always challenging. It’s important to celebrate the success of students today, but to those who haven’t done as well as they’d hoped I would say that there is support available. It’s helpful to keep an open mind and talk to your teachers about the different options available.”
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Redmaids’ High sees Five go to Oxbridge! REDMAIDS’ High School is celebrating the success of its Year 13 students’ A Level and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results including a total of five girls who are heading off to Oxford or Cambridge. Lily Bickers who gained three A*s and an A, and Isla Waring who gained 43 points in the IB Diploma are off to Cambridge. Starting at Oxford are Romilly Leech, also an IB student with 38 points, and Georgia Watts and Tilly Guthrie who gained three A*s, and an A*AA respectively at A Level. Tilly, who will be reading history at Oxford, says she owes her place to her teachers: “The support I’ve received couldn’t have been any better. I don’t think I would have made it without their belief in me.” Aisha Adelopo, who earned an A*and two As, securing her place at the University of Liverpool to study Medicine echoed Tilly’s sentiments. “The teachers give you some
serious tough love! When I felt like giving up or didn’t think I could do it, they never stopped telling me that I could. Their encouragement and support goes above and beyond.” As well as these successes, Redmaids’ High is celebrating students going off to study a diverse range of subjects at top UK and overseas universities,
starting the next exciting chapter in their lives. Christie-Carol Beauchamp, A*AAB is going to LSE to study economics Georgia Scott who got straight A*s is going to Manchester to study philosophy and criminology Lily Huang who got A*BB is starting a film practice
course at the University of Arts LondonRosanna Boxall, ABB, is heading to Birmingham to study biological sciences Isabella Harrison-Wan got A*AA to secure her place at the University of Bath studying psychology Eleni Psarros is reading geography at Edinburgh after gaining 37 points in the IB The school is also delighted for Ellie Wallace, who achieved A*AA. She continues her higher education at the University of San Francisco where she has been awarded a full Athletics Scholarship, and has plans to study Marketing. Headmistress, Isabel Tobias said: “I am delighted for our girls who have done tremendously well today. It is testament to their individual hard work and the wonderful, supportive relationships with their teachers, who have been equally excited to see them opening their envelopes this morning.”
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WE pride ourselves here at Torwood House School in knowing every child personally therefore no child is ever unnoticed or invisible. Every child’s aspirations are wholeheartedly supported, whatever direction they wish to take. Our Independent School’s Association (ISA) Junior and Prep School Award for Excellence and Innovation clearly demonstrates our passion for our children’s learning and our commitment to providing a cutting edge curriculum. Our award winning education coupled with a nurturing environment means each child receives a tailored teaching style to suit them, allowing them to truly flourish. Our pupils learn a modern foreign language, which gives pupils a wider world view and an appreciation of cultures other than English at an earlier age than
many. Other provision includes, unlike many other schools, weekly swimming lessons and Forest School for Reception children, which sees them exploring the natural world in nearby woodland. Clearly, our children are at the heart of everything we do! Why not come and meet our children, our greatest ambassadors! Open Morning Event is being held on Friday October 6 from 9.30 am until noon. We offer primary education for boys and girls between the ages of 4 -11 years and are based in Redland.
DAISYCHAIN nurseries are proud to have two vibrant, safe and happy environments to offer in Westbury Park and Clifton Village. We are fortunate to be based in beautiful settings close to the Downs. Both of our nurseries have newly renovated play areas which allows babies, toddlers and children’s imaginations to run wild! We pride ourselves on being able to offer age appropriate activities and our children are actively encouraged to express themselves. Self-initiated play, messy play, forest school and trips ensure that your child will experience a varied and fun-filled day. We offer wrap-around care from 7.30 am until 5.50 pm every day, a balanced diet as well as a stimulating day for your little ones! We offer childcare for babies, toddlers and children aged between 0 – 5 years.
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Impressive performances from BGS students STUDENTS at Bristol Grammar School are celebrating another impressive set of A-level results across the board. Sixty per cent of all grades were awarded A*–As, including those achieving distinctions in their Pre-U English Literature, with 26 per cent of these grades being A*s. Fifty six students – the same number as last year – achieved three or more A*/A grades. Sixty six students achieved at least one A* grade, with 17 of them gaining three or more A*s. Eighty three per cent of all grades were A*–B, with a 100 per cent success rate of A*–B in ten courses: creative writing, design & technology: systems & control, drama & theatre studies, French, German, Greek, Latin, music, philosophy, and Russian. Other highlights include 67 per cent of all mathematics grades at A/A* while English Literature students excelled at
the demanding Pre-U course, with 77% achieving the top Distinction grades, D1 to D3, equivalent to A* and A grades. Seventy five per cent of all Science grades were A*/As. BGS headmaster Roderick MacKinnon said: “These results are a tremendous credit to the hard work of our students and staff. Our Upper Sixth have dealt with the rigorous new linear curriculum very well, while taking advantage of the full breadth of subjects and activities offered at BGS, including our A- level and Pre-U courses, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and Extended Project Qualification.” EPQ results were also extremely strong with 100 per cent being awarded A*–B grades, and 77 per cent of these being A*–A. Director of Sixth Form Justin Harford said: “I am delighted with this fantastic set of results. Our students are moving on
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to study an exciting range of courses at universities across the UK and beyond. It comes down to the students making the right choices for their futures, coupled with the support of our careers department, tutors and dedicated teaching staff, who have inspired them into choosing the right subjects.” Alex Conway joined BGS Sixth Form in 2015 from St Bede’s Catholic College on a scholarship and was delighted to achieve maths A, chemistry A*, physics A*, biology A*. “I am really pleased with my results, and am now heading to Imperial College London to study medicine, which I am looking forward to. I am not sure what I want to specialise in yet, but will see what happens,” he said. Talented mathematician, Elise Evans is going to study physics at Exeter University after achieving A*s in maths, further maths and physics, and an A in
chemistry. Elise said: “My plan afterwards is to research into astrophysics. I have really enjoyed the environment at BGS: it is such a lovely place and everyone is supportive.”
Results day: student Alex Conway
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COLSTON’S students have again done very well in their Sixth Form studies and have secured impressive A-level and BTEC results. Thirty eight per cent of grades were A*/A and 71 per cent A*/B. Twenty two per cent of students achieved AAA or better and 42 per cent ABB or better. The majority of Colston’s students have secured places on their first or second choice university courses . The school says that, importantly, through the innovative Future Leaders employability programme and via their study for Extended Project Qualifications, the young people will be in strong positions to make the most of their next steps.
A number of highperforming students have decided to follow higher level apprenticeships and the school is delighted that Colstonians will be joining Rolls-Royce, Dyson and Grant Thornton. Jeremy McCullough, headmaster, said: “While it is inevitable that some of the headlines will be grabbed by the very high scoring candidates, we take great pleasure in each student’s grades being the best that they can be for that individual. It is also very important to us that these young people will have learned so much more at school than how to pass exams. We wish them all the very best for the future.”
ALMOST two-thirds of this year’s A-level students at Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy achieved passes of A*-C with 30 per cent at A* or A. Based in Stoke Gifford, BTE Academy is one of the UK’s University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the socalled STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Over half of all A-level grades at BTE Academy in maths/ further maths were at A* or A while 76 per cent of grades in maths and science were A*-C, with a 100 per cent pass rate. Engineering grades were excellent too with 76% at Distinction* or Distinction, with 14 students achieving maximum marks across all units.
Rhian Priest, Principal at BTE Academy, said: “I am incredibly proud of our Year 13 students, many of whom are among our first four-year cohort. There are some wonderful individual successes which are richly deserved. “Every single university applicant has gained their first choice place, with a significant number taking up their first choice apprenticeship. This group of young people and their teachers are the most conscientious and talented I have ever had the privilege to work with.” Meanwhile many of BTE Academy’s Year 13 cohort are taking the apprenticeship route, training at Renishaw and Universal Balancing.
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n EDUCATION PUPILS at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital (QEH) are celebrating another set of outstanding A-level results. In a year which has seen national grades in the new linear A-levels fall, QEH students have bucked the trend by continuing to achieve the top grades. One third of students achieved straight A*/A grades, with the top grades making up over half of all results awarded. For the 12th year running the pass rate at the school is 100 per cent. This success has extended right across the curriculum. The mathematics department has much to celebrate – nearly threequarters of all grades awarded were A*/A grades – while 100 per cent of students studying art and music achieved the very top grade of A*. Stephen Holliday, headmaster at QEH, says: “I am delighted to see our students celebrating. These superb results highlight the quality of education provided at QEH, putting students on a sound footing for higher education and successful future careers.
Outstanding! Lads at QEH notch up some top grades “In September we look forward to opening the doors of our Sixth Form to girls for the first time and allowing girls to also benefit from a first class QEH education.” All Oxbridge students successfully achieved the required grades to take up their places in September. Lukha Aggarwal, who is celebrating straight A* grades in maths, economics and geography, will take up his place studying economics at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University. Andreas Richardson will be beginning his degree course in chemical engineering at Imperial College London next term, having achieved straight 4 A*s in chemistry, maths, further maths and advanced physics (engineering). Joe White is also celebrating straight A* grades. Joe, who
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n EDUCATION BRISTOL Steiner School is opening its doors in September 2017 as a newly rejuvenated Kindergarten and Primary School. School trustee Daniel Black said: “We are focusing on the school’s exceptional strengths in nurturing children from three to 11 years old. We feel that the wonderful education and environment that this school offers is unique in Bristol and highly desirable.
Take a look at Steiner School “The school already has a fantastic reputation as a highly supportive community with an ability to inspire creative thought and a love of learning. Alongside this, the school is committed to enabling children to work closely with the natural world and an informed and balanced application of technology.” An Open Evening is being held on September 20 at the school’s site on Redland Hill, and will be an opportunity to meet interim headteacher, James Wetz. James was head of Cotham School, the first director of Human Scale Education, and is a passionate advocate for the small schools movement, an adviser to Government, a visiting researcher at University of Bristol as well as a trustee of Colston Hall. Keen to demystify Steiner education, at a meeting in June James described the benefits of this system: “For mainstream schools it’s about hitting targets,
getting from A to B. But what about personal development and personal care of the child? Steiner brings a sense of community to children where children can be known, and well known.” Alongside a comprehensive review of the school’s governance, led by Mr Wetz, the school are refurbishing and upgrading of the Grade II Listed manor house with its spectacular and inspiring garden and
views over the city at the top of Whiteladies Road on the Downs. Daniel Black added: “We very much look forward to seeing prospective parents and interested others at our open evening or hearing from them. “If any parents are interested, please get in touch with James directly at: jameswetz3@gmail. com. We look forward to seeing you there or hearing from you soon so we can share our exciting plans for the future.”
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Golden Hill Garden's all set for harvest AUTUMN seems to have come early this year and although it brought with it the rain, it also brought an early harvest of delicious fruit and vegetables grown by the volunteers at Golden Hill Community Garden. To celebrate the coming of autumn the garden will host its annual Harvest Fair Saturday September 9 from 1-4pm. This is a fabulous local community event with traditional fair games, free family activities, treasure hunts, pond dipping, music and pizza from a frog clay oven! This year, with the support of Barcan+Kirby, organisers aim to make the event as accessible as possible to people and families with disabilities or special educational needs; this will include a sensory trail and play area for children. Another exciting development in the garden this month is that it intends to open to the public on Sundays, from September 10, and then fortnightly. Sessions will run from 10am until noon.
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n NEWS In Bishopston this month... Clean Air Zone Plans A preliminary report has been released on the feasibility study into a Clean Air Zone for Bristol. Two of the four possibilities being taken forward could have the Zone include parts of Bishopston & Ashley Down. Both of us have campaigned on the issue of air quality and we are very excited to see the progress made so far. On a related note, the city’s first double decker Biogas Bus was launched in August – hopefully the first of many! Community Partnership The new Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Community Partnership is looking for volunteers. Do you have experience of community engagement? Are you skilled at graphic design and website building? Or maybe you just have some time you want to spend helping the local area. Whatever you can offer, we would be happy to have you involved – you can
either get in touch with one of us or find out more on the website: http://www.bcrnp.org.uk/ Community SpeedWatch Is speeding traffic making your street a dangerous and unpleasant place? Community SpeedWatch could be a solution to tackle this. Using volunteers to monitor speeds and report them to the Police gives your local Police the evidence they need to allocate their resources to address this anti-social behaviour. Volunteers are needed for new Community SpeedWatch in our area. If you are interested in helping out please get in touch with us. Here’s the link to further information about the scheme: www.avonandsomerset.police. uk/csw Council Tax Reduction Consultation The council is consulting on its Council Tax Reduction scheme.
This is a discount provided to support low income households with the cost of their council tax. The consultation proposes changes to this and offers some options. You can find out more and take part here: www.bristol. gov.uk/counciltaxreduction Muller Road Recreation Ground Just outside our ward, there is work on Muller Road Rec to improve the changing facilities and the top field playing surface so that pupils at Fairfield High School can use the field for sport. This will hopefully result in a better facility for all users, and the school assure us they plan to protect community access to the fields; however while the works are ongoing the Muller Road gate will be closed and the upper field fenced off. There is still access via Downend Park or Dovercourt Road to the lower field, which is unaffected. More details of the
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n NEWS In Cotham this month... Summer thoughts... It’s been council business as usual over the summer to catch up many weeks lost during the recent elections – but there is little good news apart from a few snippets, e.g. we have forced some realism over maintaining our street trees and tackling Bristol’s air quality. Long overdue minor variations to CN RPZ are finishing and I have completed my sixth meeting on more serious changes to KN and CM where I have won the battle for proper consultation. The BigGive, student moving-out waste collection produced 101 tonnes, saving landfill and raising up to £177,100 for charity, up from last year. The Harbour festival and Balloon fiesta were great – but are up against raised charges from BCC. But, politics is driving the proposed closure of more libraries than needed and crushing the Neighbourhood Partnerships that have been such a locally-run force for good, particularly for our area. This is going to be a period, short I hope, when our lives are going to
be run from the centre just when organised local groups might have been more able or willing to raise funds for communities. We will have fewer public buildings and little venue-hiring allowance for local forums. I have been developing some Cotham-trialled initiatives such as a contact service between supermarkets and collectors of leftover food and a community improvement project (more later) to bind together agencies and all residents. Also, I would love to hear from anyone in this area who is willing to, or already helping with supporting people of all ages who feel isolated. Please don’t forget to respond before 5th September to the consultation on cuts to libraries, neighbourhood partnerships, school crossings and public conveniences at: www.bristol.gov.uk/councilspending-performance/ your-neighbourhoodconsultation-2017 (paper copies available at libraries). Cllr. Anthony Negus cllr.anthony.negus@bristol. gov.uk /07833 484344
Congratulations to the community weeding folks Deemed as probably causing cancer by the World Health Organisation and thus banned in many countries, the non use of glyphosate trial continues in Cotham and as a result there has been a noticeable increase in weed growth on the highways. Although the trial commenced before Bristol Waste were contracted, weed management is their responsibility. Bristol Waste intends to use Pelargonic Acid but have yet to be granted the licence so in the meantime they are digging out weeds by hand, which is far more time consuming - so please bear with them as they make their way around the ward. Many community teams and individuals have organised action days to take the weeds into their own hands and clear overgrown areas. Whilst I understand that this won't be possible for many people and that we would normally expect this service to be
delivered under our council tax payments, I think this proactive and self determined citizens approach is to be applauded. There is also an increase in epicormic growth which is where tree foliage grows out towards the base of the tree particularly from trees that have been copped. Such trees may be blocking pavements. BCC will come and cut these back if there is a health and safety risk. Please report this via 'fix my street' on the BCC website which is a good way of adding pictures which helps getthings done. https://www.fixmystreet.com/ reports/Bristol.
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n NEWS In Redland this month... Current consultations Several important consultations are currently under way so please do take part if you can. The Council is asking for input into its reviews of services in your neighbourhoods (eg libraries) with a deadline of September 5th. We're encouraging everyone to respond as soon as possible to a set of up to five consultations covering cuts and changes to vital local services. Please read and respond to any or all of the documents, either on paper or on line. Remember that there’s no need to make a choice of the ‘options’ that are presented – any tick for one of these will be taken as support, whereas putting your own written comments in the text boxes available allow you to say ‘none of the above’ or that you’d rather see things done differently. On paper the boxes are small, but online you can add as much as you want, making alternative proposals. The council is open to suggestions for rethinking
services despite only offering a few specific choices, for fewer libraries or fewer school crossing patrols. We’d rather the options do not encourage areas to be played off against each other to save their local facilities. There is also a review into Council tax benefit taking place which would see a reduction in the benefit available to some residents. The deadline for this is September 26th and details are here: https://bristol.citizenspace. com/neighbourhoods/ council-tax-reduction-schemefor-2018-19/ Public toilets We are disappointed to see that the council decided to pull the plug on completing our new local toilet facilities in the Baths complex on Gloucester Rd. A consultation is under way right now about the future of all council run toilets that front on to streets (not ones within parks for now). If you have views on this make sure you read and respond to the consultation that
covers this (see above). There are however toilets available inside the library, although obviously only during opening hours. Students, fly-tipping, and waste The end of term was, as usual, marked with a surge of flytipping around the city where students vacated their houses. We’re probably all familiar with the heaps of rubbish left behind in gardens and streets. While this may be from students themselves some is undoubtedly deposited by landlords or agents – who may have kept the forfeited deposits for non cleaning of the house but then failed to make legal arrangements to remove the waste. Other waste is from refurbishment which they then undertake. Fi is asking officers to look into how we can try to learn from the practice of some other councils in increasing enforcement on rogue landlords. Ready for the new term the BCR community partnership
have guidance for student houses to make sure they know about the days and ways recycling and waste are dealt with here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org asking for student house waste leaflets if you can deliver helpful information to students moving in near you. New community partnership and Library – get involved Please get in touch with our temporary steering group to offer help the new Community Partnership get going. There are lots of ways to help with practical arrangements, projects and publicity. Please contact info@ bcrnp.org.uk Don’t forget to get involved in the new Friends of Bishopston Library as well! Martin Fodor cllrmartin.fodor@bristol. gov.uk 07884736101 Fi Hance email@example.com 0117 3534720
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n NEWS In St Andrews this month... WE hope you’ve been able to have a relaxing and enjoyable summer, despite the unpredictable weather. Recently councillors were briefed on the Council’s ‘Medium-Term Financial Plan’, and it demonstrated the continuing challenges the authority is facing in delivering services and balancing its budget within a shrinking financial envelope. The council is having to look at a wide range of options to reduce expenditure, and one area it is currently consulting on concerns the Council Tax Reduction Scheme. This is a discount scheme that supports low income households with the cost of their council tax. Bristol is one of a very small number of local authorities that have continued to offer a full discount to some households. The consultation presents options for introducing a ‘minimum payment’, which would mean that all working-age households would have to make a contribution (for example
of 25%) toward their council tax liability. The consultation closes on 24 September and you can share your views by visiting www.bristol.gov.uk/ counciltaxreduction However, even with all the savings proposals and incomegeneration measures that have been announced and are planned, Bristol may still be on course for a financial deficit. The government needs to understand that not only has it placed councils in extremely difficult positions, having to make cuts that cause hardship for many people, but that these cuts are damaging the country’s economy more widely. Bristol has teamed up with the other Core Cities (Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield) to deliver a ‘Green Paper’ to the government this month arguing that our major cities – which account for 26.5% of the UK economy – need investment not cuts, and greater autonomy over their affairs.
This will help to stimulate growth that will benefit the whole UK economy. We hope the government will listen and be responsive to these concerns, particularly as we move into a period of economic uncertainty brought about by Brexit. The application for a student accommodation development at 147-149 Gloucester Road (above and behind the Peacocks store) has now been submitted, and you can look at the plans by searching for application reference 17/03949/F. The proposal involves 58 bedrooms, and Cllr Davies will be meeting with the planning officer assigned to this case to discuss objections raised by local residents. More widely, applications like this will become more commonplace in Bristol as the two universities engage in a significant expansion in student numbers. This is causing concern in terms of the effect this stands to have on the character and amenity of neighbourhoods, demand for housing in the city,
and the provision of council services (since students are exempt from paying council tax). At the last Full Council meeting there was cross-party support for investigating approaches to addressing these impacts, engaging with central government and working with the two universities. We are now into the busy autumn period but we are still always available to deal with any issues you would like to raise. If you’d like to speak to us in person we are continuing to run our surgeries on the first Friday of the month, 1-2pm, in the library at St Paul's Learning Centre (94 Grosvenor Rd, BS2 8XJ). Mike Davies, firstname.lastname@example.org 07584 370 413 Jude English email@example.com 07584 151 099 Carole Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org 07584 370 414
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Last few days to have your say TO take part in the Your Neighbourhood and Supporting People consultations you can do so online at www.bristol.gov.uk/ YourNeighbourhood or paper copies are available at your local library. Your views are sought on future funding for libraries, public toilets, school crossing patrols, Community links and Adult Day centres. The survey remains open until Tuesday September 5
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Bikes ‘n’ Backs HOW can you ensure that cycling is not only healthy for your back, but will also train your core and torso muscles to engage better, retain length in your hamstrings, and lighten pressure on your hands, neck and shoulders? The racing cyclist below is an example of compromising healthy posture for performance gain. His tail is tucked under, placing the spine in a flexed position, over-stretching his back muscles and ligaments and compressing the front of the discs. At the neck the effect is reversed, compressing the back of the cervical spine. Though he is crouched like this for aerodynamic advantage, even recreational and commuter cyclists often round their backs simply because they are used to sitting in a slumped, curved position.
This cyclist takes stress off her spine and maintains an open front-of-body by sitting more forward on her sitting bones. Tilting the saddle down a little can help keep the pelvis well positioned and the behind behind. Unlike rounding over, it invites the long back muscles to work in harmony with the core muscles to maintain the length and strength of the whole torso. Pressure on the shoulders, neck, arms and hands is also reduced as she no longer rests as much weight on the handlebars. Engaging the torso muscles means no twisting shoulder girdle or pelvic movement dissipating energy that needs to go down to the pedals - far more efficient. This is extra effort at first if you are not used to hip-hinging in this way, but it is the same muscle recruitment you want to use when bending over for daily tasks such as making a bed, washing at the sink, or picking something up. Good posture trains you for life, including cycling! To find out more about how posture can support your activities and leave back pain behind, come to a free workshop: Sunday 10th September, 3pm, Spicer+Cole, Gloucester Rd Sunday 15th October, 3pm, Bakesmiths, Whiteladies Rd Please book at: www.gokhalemethod.com Further information: 07982 231317
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ONE of the highlights of vet Nicky Bromhall’s summer was completing the Bristol to Bordeaux bike ride. Nicky took leave from her role as veterinary surgeon at Animal Health Centre on Gloucester Road and joined a team of 68 riders on July 5 that set off from Temple Quay to cycle to Bordeaux. This was the ninth annual Bristol to Bordeaux ride organised by PROPS (Providing Opportunities and Support for those with Special needs), a Bristol-based charity raising money to support learning disabled adults in Bristol based at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds. There were two ride options, the ‘Classic' 300-mile route and the ‘Epic’ 500-mile route. All set out to cover the distance in four days: that’s 125 miles a day for the epic riders. Four students from The Vassall Centre rode with the team, together with a huge entourage of volunteer support crew and vehicles. Nicky’s ride flew by as she explained: “Fabulous company,
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Mukha Virasana (downward facing hero pose) Practice time: 1 â€“ 3 minutes. Benefits: Prepares you for practice. Stretches out the shoulder joints and relieves back pain. Breathe consciously throughout this pose. Continually bringing your awareness back to your breath will help relax your mind and body even further, preparing your body for a deep, renewed state of health and wellbeing. Here begins a new academic year of yoga asanas (poses) drawn and described by the wonderful Bobby
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the floor in front of you. Allow your sit bones to nestle down onto your heels.
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4. To come up, slide your hands back toward you and pressing them into the floor, inhale, and then swing your torso back up to a sitting position. Pivot your legs out to the sides and then extend them out in front of you.
2. Release your thumbs and stretching your arms forward oneby-one, extend your torso further forward and down between your thighs, the left side of the torso resting along the inner left thigh and the right side along the right inner thigh. Place your hands on
3. Rest your forehead on the floor. Without lifting your hips, walk your arms even further out in front of you. Press the index finger and base of the thumb down. Lengthen through the fingers. Draw the upper arm muscles back back onto your shoulder-blades.
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Telebuddies: what happened next ... IT’S a minor brush with fame, but taking part in Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds - broadcast at the start of August - has led to some of the elderly participants who captured the hearts of the nation being greeted warmly by strangers and staff in Waitrose. More than 2.2 million viewers tuned in to watch eleven St Monica Trust residents and ten children from Bristol preschools share daily activities designed by three experts – a gerontologist, a geriatrician and a physiotherapist. Filming took place over six weeks at the Trust’s Cote Lane retirement community on Durdham Downs when the older group's physical and mental progress was measured and analysed throughout to see whether bringing the two groups together would transform the lives of the older volunteers for the better. Mary Evans, aged 86, who spent many years working with children who were unable to hear or speak, said: “I went shopping in Waitrose and was greeted with ‘Hello Mary’ by the staff. It was a bit embarrassing but also heartening. “We became very fond of the children. They arrived hand-inhand, singing and would all jump in and climb all over us. They were dear little children and were ever so excited. “I could cope with them because of my teaching experience plus I’m a great aunt
with a lot of nieces and nephews. “As an experiment we sat round on a ring of children’s balloons. I enjoyed that a lot. Some of them would find a book and ask me to read it to them. “Nelson was very lively and bright. He organised the other boys and built a really good garage out of Lego.” Retired professor of geology at Bristol University, David Dineley, worked all over the world, including the Arctic, before moving to St Monica’s when his wife was in the final stages of Parkinson’s disease, five years ago. David said: “The whole thing was unexpectedly pleasant. I got to know Hamish and Michael well and became
good friends with little Eva, who came to visit yesterday with her grandma. “We all found the children were keen to talk to us. The TV team were understanding and sympathetic to our needs and I was impressed with the treatment that we received. “They tended to think that older people would be depressed and some were slow to respond at the beginning.” The programme saw a number of improvements in the residents’ mental and physical health, including 80-year-old, Linda whose mobility is affected by osteoporosis. Described as “very down” when she first joined the experiment, Linda’s friendship with four-year-old Amiya saw the two of them running across the croquet lawn hand-in-hand during a sports day. Meanwhile, viewers saw 77-year Zina, whose tests revealed a high depression score, laughing with delight as she hit a Pinata and the children swooped to collect the sweets that fall out of the papier-mache donkey. David added: “The experiment was conducted well and I think if we did this once a year it would be grand. “I think something has been reawakened in us. The young folks have so much to learn and explore and it’s great to see the mystery through their eyes. I’d like to think that the kids got as much out of it as we did.”
Lively 88-year-old Hamish Hall, who lost a leg when he was aged 14, was doubtful about the benefits of appearing in the show, but by the end of the first episode he was seen lying on the floor playing dead lions with the children – much to their delight! Hamish said: “They all regarded my artificial leg as part of me – just Hamish. There he is – poor old chap who walks with a stick, doesn’t walk very fast and hobbles about. However, one is thankful that one is still healthy and at all ages one should be thankful for one’s health.” Chief executive of the St Monica Trust, David Williams, confirmed that they will continue to nurture the wonderful relationships established between residents and the children of the preschools. He said: “The St Monica Trust will create a lasting legacy to the ground-breaking social experiment by establishing a nursery at one of its sites. “We will also be installing children’s playgrounds at all of our sites, including an indoor play area at our newest development in Keynsham, the Chocolate Quarter. “Seeing the benefits of this ground breaking project has only strengthened the Trust’s desire to create open communities that actively encourage contact across different generations.” Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds can still seen on catch up TV, All 4.
Making a healthy school term start for all IT’S that time of the year again! After weeks of summer fun, it’s time to go back to school - and your local pharmacy is at hand to help make a healthy start and also deal with any health questions and worries.
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