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Design a character for a computer game with Complete Control – P8

Cooking with Hotcha, P21 | Shopping for Valentine’s, P25

Inside Support for bid to save city PCSOs from cuts P3

Behind scenes at the North Baths site P5

The forecast is for fun at this year’s fair P13

A winter wassail Celebration at orchard P10

Head teacher urges parents to look beyond ‘headlines’ P8 Revamp planned for entrances to park P26

Campaigners: Fight Plus... over store goes on Go-ahead for Sainsbury’s – See P2

On the Beat p11 Bishopston Mum... p15 What’s On.. p18 Puzzles... p20

Property... p27 Business of the month.. p29 Sport... p30 Classifieds p31


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Campaigners on to oppose By Rebecca Day

The fight is not yet over for a local campaign group, as they call for a re-assessment on the decision made on proposals for a new supermarket. Traders and Residents Against Sainsbury's Horfield (TRASH) acquired 6,550 signatures against the development during the build-up to the council meeting on January 16, where the scheme was approved. The group argue that the implementation of a Sainsbury's supermarket – which is to be built in place of Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium at the bottom of Filton Avenue – will have a detrimental impact on the UK's longest independent high street. TRASH said: “We’re extremely disappointed by Bristol City Council's (BCC) decision to approve the planning application of the largest supermarket in north Bristol. “It directly conflicts with policy in terms of the location and its size, which is one of the reasons we will be urging the Secretary of State to call the application in. “If the case doesn’t get called in, then we will be exploring all the avenues open to us to support the views of a majority of local people for whom this large retail development on this site is unacceptable.” Consequences which will arise from the development require more scrutiny, the group believe. Concerns about the impact on

air pollution and traffic congestion were also raised at the council meeting. Approval of the application was voted in by six councillors to three. However, the decision still has to be passed by the Secretary of State, who has three weeks from the date of the decision to respond. It was argued by those in support of Sainsbury's that without the approval of the development, Bristol Rovers would be unable to build their stadium on the land owned by the University of the West of England in Frenchay. South Gloucestershire Council approved the 21,700-seater stadium last year. It is expected that it will bring £150 million worth of investment to the area. Nick Higgs, Rovers chairman, stated: “While we are delighted that Sainsbury’s have secured planning permission on the Memorial Stadium site, clearing

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the way for us to build the new UWE Stadium, we do understand the concerns of local traders and residents. “We are hopeful that over the coming months, everyone will be able to work together to allay these fears. I truly believe that the car parking facilities Sainsbury’s will bring can help to rejuvenate the top end of Gloucester Road.” It is estimated the store will be around 4,850 square metres in size – larger than Tesco at Eastgate. It will contain 572 car parking spaces and 65 new homes. Work on Sainsbury's is to commence once the club has moved into their new home ground. Local trader and owner of Pearce’s Hardware Michel Kahn said that similar developments had had a damaging effect in other parts of the country. “The Gloucester Road Trading Association made its objections clear to the council and everyone is disappointed with their reaction. You cannot mitigate against losses, which the GVA (commercial property consultants) report clearly defined. Retailers can’t recover from it – once you are gone you’re gone." The report, commissioned by Bristol City Council, says that 18.5 percent of existing shops’ trade on Gloucester Road will divert to the new supermarket. Commitment from Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson, to support Gloucester Road has been secured by Bishopston’s Liberal

Democrat councillors Bev Knott and David Willingham, who said they have felt from the start the store is too big for the area. Dr Willingham – who branded the development as “car-centric” and has raised strong concerns about air pollution from traffic around the site – has gained the Mayor's agreement to require Sainsbury’s to provide sound barriers against traffic noise for local residents. George Ferguson also agreed for a senior council officer to meet and support the traders. Mr Knott said: “Sadly, planners have decided to support a fourth division football club rather than the nationally renowned Gloucester Road. “Rovers deserve a new stadium, but not at the expense of Gloucester Road. The development will harm local traders and clog up traffic.” Horfield’s Liberal Democrat councillor Pete Levy spoke in favour at the meeting, saying that residents in the ward showed overwhelming support. Local resident Andrew Parker set up an e-petition in support of the development, which received 5,500 signatures. Ben Littman, Sainsbury's regional development manager, said: “We would like to thank the thousands of people who provided feedback on the scheme and helped shape the application that was approved. We also look forward to working with local people and traders on how we can work with Gloucester Road.”

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News in brief Support for call to save PCSOs Bishopston’s councillors are backing a bid to save 32 of the city’s police community support officers. The roles, which are funded by the council, are under threat in the proposed £35 million budget cuts revealed by mayor George Ferguson. Bristol has another 80 PCSOs who are funded by the police. Bristol Lib Dem leader Councillor Tim Kent is now urging the mayor to consider seeking support from police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens to fund 12 of the roles while the city council continues to fund 20. This would mean the authority would have to find £300,000, which the Lib Dems suggest could come from the Housing Revenue Account, to recognise the positive contribution PCSOs make to life in the city’s homes, as well as savings on energy use for street lighting and a service

review in the council’s neighbourhood and communities team. Bishopston Liberal Democrat councillors Bev Knott and David Willingham said they support Mr Kent’s proposal, adding that the party had supported the PCSO project from the beginning. Mr Knott said: “At present we have just the one police officer for the whole of Bishopston, in population the size of a small town, but he is ably assisted by PCSO David Said, who is frequently to be seen on our streets and public areas.” An online petition to save the PCSOs’ roles has been created at www.saveourpcsos.com.

January winner The winner of our competition to

win a £50 voucher to spend on a cookery class at 102 Cookery School is Stephen Browne from Bishopston. He correctly told us that Maxine Golbourne is the teacher of the children’s cookery classes.

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I read your article on page 4 of Bishopstonvoice about dangerous cyclists with interest. While I wholeheartedly agree that a small minority of cyclists are inconsiderate, rude and stupid, that is all they are. The following figures from the Department of Transport indicate where the real danger to pedestrians comes from. Note that these figures are for the whole of Great Britain for the years 2001-2009: Pedestrian casualties 2001-09  Killed by cycles: 18  Seriously injured by cycles: 434  Killed by cars: 3,495  Seriously injured by cars: 46,245 A significant proportion of the deaths and injuries from cars come from driving on the pavement. If Councillor Willingham wants to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the roads and pavements of Bristol he should be asking the police and crime commissioner to ensure that local police crackdown on dangerous driving. A start would be to introduce a zero tolerance on pavement parking. Additionally, the police do not currently accept that parking on the pavement indicates that the car has been driven on the pavement: driving on the pavement is both illegal and extremely dangerous. Dominic Betts The figures quoted above come from www.bbc.co.uk/news/ magazine-13040607

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News Smashed glass in cycle lane

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Regarding your article “Call for crackdown on danger cyclists” in January’s Bishopstonvoice. As a cyclist who commutes down Gloucester Road into the city centre every day, in my experience it seems the vast majority of cyclists stick to the cycle lane rather than using the pavements. However, I’m sure I’m not the only one using this route who is fed up of having to repair punctures after cycling over the smashed glass regularly left in the cycle lane along the stretch from the Arches to Stokes Croft. If the city wants to encourage more people out of their cars and on to bikes – and to keep them cycling – then keeping the cycle lanes clear should be made a priority. Bishopston cyclist

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Act to keep burglars out A recent spike in burglaries in the Bishopston area has prompted local officers to urge residents to check their home’s security. Reports of burglaries have fallen across the wider Clifton and Cotham Neighbourhood area. Since December, the beat team have been carrying out door-to-door visits, offering crime reduction advice to residents in Hatherly Road, Melborne Road, Monk Road and Cornwall Road. Now crime statistics for the period have revealed that reports of burglaries are down by 15.2 per cent across the beat area as a whole compared to the year before. Police say the small rise locally in Bishopston, however, means they are calling on householders to ensure they have good door and window locks and to seek crime prevention tips from the police if required. Sergeant Sean Underwood said: “We know there was a spike in Bishopston recently. As mentioned in my news piece in this

month’s Bishopstonvoice (p11) burglaries overall are down in the area but we are always saddened to hear of a victim and of course would love to be at a point where no burglaries occur. When they do I can assure you we carry out a very thorough and professional investigation to try and catch those responsible, bring them to justice and return the owners’ property. “Please make sure your house is secure with good window and door locks. One of my team will be happy to attend and talk through crime prevention advice with you. Mark all your property and record it on the free independent website www.immobolise.com – this will help us return your property if the worst does happen.” The Avon and Somerset website www.avonandsomerset. police.uk offers crime prevention advice from securing your home to dealing with bogus callers. Residents can speak to their local crime reduction officer on 101.

Case study After living in Bishopston for a number of years, this was the first time I had experienced a burglary. I came home fairly early in the evening, but after dark, to hear someone rushing down the stairs and into the back of the house. It was quite a shock to discover it was a burglar who had broken a window to get in. Luckily, the burglar must have been disturbed fairly soon after gaining entry as little had been

taken or moved. However, it was unnerving to be faced with the realisation that someone had been able to get into my home and we immediately looked at our security. The police arrived soon after the incident, followed by a crime scene investigator, CID and follow-up calls from Victim Support and a police officer offering crime prevention advice – advice we have learnt it is definitely worth following.

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Behind scenes at the Baths

Features like the pillars around the pool, above, and the flooring, right, will be preserved

Despite the recent plunge in temperatures, work has continued to progress at the Bristol North Baths site, as Bishopstonvoice found out on a tour behind the scenes at the development. Residents will soon see the beginnings of what will become Bishopston’s new library taking shape next to the former swimming pool. Developer Chatsworth Homes has completed the demolition of the public toilets – opening new facilities at 6 Sommerville Road – clearing the way for the new library with 10 apartments above. Work on a frame for the library and apartment building is expected to begin in the next few weeks. In the North Baths building itself, which will become the health and community centre, the developer has covered the pool, which will become a room for community use, and created a new first floor. Part of the pool

has been retained for use as a hydrotherapy pool, run by KJP Clinics. With the site’s listed status, many of its old features will be retained, such as the pillars around the pool area and the tiled flooring in the lobby, which will be restored. Chatsworth Homes managing director Kevin Batt said: “It’s a great honour to be able to work with such a prestigious building and preserve it for the future.”

The health centre will include consulting and treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, physiotherapy suite, meeting room, pharmacy and minor surgery room. It is expected the development will be complete by autumn.

The pool has been covered to create a room for use by the community

The original walkway above the reception area and the window that forms part of the familiar facade

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Traders get online link By Lauren Winney

Microchips for all! Microchips have now been available for pet identification for over 25 years. Microchipping the new family pet has become a routine part of the veterinary consultation for puppies and kittens. Is your pet microchipped? How would you feel if your pet went missing and was not identifiable? A microchip is a small implant injected into the scruff of the neck in a routine consultation. The microchip has a unique 15-digit identification number, this is linked to a national database giving information on the animal as well as the owner’s personal details. When a lost pet is found it can be scanned to read the number. All vets have scanners as well as rescue centres, dog wardens and local authorities. A telephone call to the 24-hour database gives all the information needed to contact the owner and reunite them with their pet. A microchip is an alterna-

tive to collars that cannot be lost or removed. Other reasons microchips are used include providing identification for pet passports, enabling microchipoperated cat and dog flaps and newly available microchip -operated feeding bowls, especially useful if your pet is on a special diet. So is your pet chipped? Animal Health Centre is offering all pets microchipping for £10, half the usual price, during February and March, please call us for an appointment. At the Animal Health Centre we also stock microchip-operated cat flaps so come and ask for a demonstration.

A Facebook page has been set up by a local shop owner for the Gloucester Road community. Eva Fernandes is a member of the Gloucester Road Traders’ Committee, and also owns and runs Gloucester Road shop Born, which sells ethically-sourced products for babies. The Facebook page – Gloucester Road Bristol – currently has just over 130 “likes” and is used regularly to update the community on news and issues happen-

ing on Gloucester Road. Eva has invited Gloucester Road’s traders to participate in the Facebook page, allowing them to keep in touch with their shoppers. She said: “Facebook is an open place for people to share and talk about things. Gloucester Road is a community-focused area, so Facebook is an ideal platform for people who want to interact and talk." To become part of Gloucester Road’s interaction page head to www.facebook.com/Gloucesterroadbristol.

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Keeping eye health in focus Last month’s “free risk assessment for your macular” was a great success. Becky Carter conducted the sessions with our macular pigment detector giving advice on protective measures to interested patients. In fact, it was so popular we’ve decided to run it again! Can I remind you about some facts about Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)?  AMD is Britain’s leading cause of blindness in those aged over 65.  AMD affects some 500,000 people in the UK today, principally those aged 65 years of age or older.  Risk factors include poor diet, smoking, any family history of AMD and age.  There are two distinct types of AMD - wet and dry.  Dry AMD cannot be treated – but it is possible to reduce your chance of developing it. Please do use this opportunity to make an appointment. Here’s what we will do:  We will advise you about your macular pigment levels.  We will explain what you can do to minimise risk.  We will explain how Lynne Fernandes Optometrists offer unique services to monitor macular pigment levels.  If you ask, we will explain our other clinical services. What else is happening at Lynne Fernandes Optometrists this month? February sees the launch of “Lens Club”. This is a free service

for our patients to offer “free” standard lenses or the equivalent discount on the high quality lenses. There is no minimum term commitment, no direct debit, no fee. Just sign up and every time spectacles are purchased you get “free” lenses. We’re hoping this will allow you to buy gorgeous glasses for every outfit, but even if you just want one pair, that’s fine. To find out more about Lens Club, please phone our team or pop in and book an appointment.

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Say cheese! With development of our brand new HTML5 cheese-rolling‚ game in full swing at Complete Control, we thought now would be a great time to share some early concept designs and hopefully get a little input too from the Bishopstonvoice readers. In the game, our hero Chester Cheese will liberate a fellow cheese character in every level. With such a variety of amusing cheese names to plunder – Black Eyed Susan, Stinking Bishop and Red Devil, to name just a few – there is a wealth of possibilities for new characters to feature in the game. We would love some suggestions! If you send us a sketch/image of your cheese character with accompanying name, the winning design will

be chosen and the winner will work up the character in the studio with our game artists – and your cheese character will feature in the final game! Have a fun and the deadline for entry is Friday, February 22. The winning design will also be featured in Bishopstonvoice. Please email entries to glynn@completecontrol. co.uk  Complete Control is a children’s interactive production company creating content for some of the best-loved children’s brands. It is based at Corston, near Bristol.

Lots of creative flair at spring fair Handmade goodies from jewellery and art to edible treats will be available at Sefton Park School PTA’s Spring Craft Fair, which is raising funds for the school. The event will be bringing together local craftspeople and artists who will be offering a wide range of items for sale, including

homewares, accessories, clothes and food – plenty for unique gifts or to treat yourself. Organisers are also hoping to have a helpdesk for sewing and knitting queries. There will also be a café, bar and a raffle on the evening of Thursday, March 21, with the fair opening 7pm until 10pm at the school, off Ashley Down Road.

‘Look beyond headline for secondaries’ League tables for secondary schools are at best over-simplistic and at worst seriously misleading for parents, a Bristol head teacher has said. As a result, the exodus in recent years to schools outside Bristol and to the independent sector may not have been necessary for many families, it is claimed. Dr Helen Holman, head of Orchard School Bristol, right, said the performance figures released in January for schools only paint a clear picture if parents dig well beyond the “headline” figure. The “headline” figure highlights how many students achieve five or more “good” passes at GCSE, including English and maths. However, evidence on the department for education’s own website shows that children of similar ability in Year 7 often achieve similar academic outcomes with choice of school not always a significant factor. The pattern continues for middle and lower-achieving children. In the Bristol area, schools at opposite ends of the league tables can point to upwards of 90 per cent success for children who were high achievers at primary school. The explanation for the wide gap in the “headline” figure is due to some schools having higher numbers of high achievers incoming from Year 6. Dr Holman said that parents needed to look closely at the likely outcome for their own child, not for an entire year group. She said: “We want to stress to parents that the figures they should look at are those which relate to their own child, not a whole year group. Parents are looking at the stark contrasts in the headline figure when the reality is that their individual child will likely do just as well wherever he or she goes. “For example, for high achiev-

ing children, the vast majority will get five or more good passes at virtually all local schools. “Yet in Bristol we see families bussing their children to semirural schools to achieve no better an outcome than if they had stayed at a Bristol school.” She added: “As a result, we have fine teachers in city schools who are being told they are doing a poor job when in reality, they are doing as well as, if not better, than their counterparts elsewhere.” Dr Holman said while she welcomed the inclusion of “prior attainment” figures, the Government needed to look at a better measure for its headline figure – or drop it. She said: “The headline figure only makes sense if all schools have identical intakes – which clearly they don’t.” Sarah Baker, head teacher of Redland Green School, said: “I agree that headlines are simplistic and only tell part of the story about students’ performance in a school. Although our intake is different, we have a very high proportion of higher achieving pupils, like Orchard we analyse our students’ results carefully to find out which groups of students have done well. Furthermore, like all headteachers, we continue to focus on where we need to narrow the gap in performance between groups of students.” Bristol University professor Simon Burgess, who was instrumental in persuading the Government to include prior attainment in the published figures, said: “The new information compares the performance of schools for children of different abilities and has the potential to be much more useful to parents than the simple average.” Bristol North West MP Charlotte Leslie, who sits on the Education Select Committee, said: “These things take time to bed down, but already this new measure is uncovering the excellent teaching that is going on in our schools.”

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Students put skills to work Students can take away some valuable experience after working on an advertising campaign for fast food chain Miss Millie’s. A group studying graphic design with interactive multimedia at City of Bristol College worked with Bristol-based advertising agency STUFF to come up with concepts. The 18 students were split into teams of two to come up with campaigns that focused on elements including brand and character development for the takeaway chain, which has an outlet on Gloucester Road. Student Kiri Rogers said: “It was an amazing experience meeting people from the industry out in the real world, and getting such fantastic feedback from professionals. It’s great to work with a realistic scenario to prepare us for future job opportunities.”

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Redland High School for Girls pupils with dresses they made from pillow cases to send to girls living in India

Girls to donate dresses to cause The winning students Andrew Robinson and Charlotte Ross, whose campaign idea is pictured above, will now have the opportunity to complete an internship with STUFF. Richard Spruce, creative director at STUFF, said: “The work created for the final presentation was of a really high standard and they should all be proud of the final pieces.” For more information about courses at City of Bristol College visit www.cityofbristol.ac.uk.

Bristol pupils have been fashioning dresses out of unwanted pillow cases to give as gifts to girls living in India. Youngsters from Redland High School are supporting the charity Dress a Girl Around the World, which says that owning a dress can make a big difference to girls in developing countries. The dresses made by the Sustainable Craft and Textiles clubs will be taken to India in March by pupils and staff, after which the girls will continue to send dresses to other countries. Headmistress Caroline Bateson said: “The pu-

pils at Redland High School have enjoyed helping girls in different parts of the world and learning new skills in the process.” Donations of pillow cases and other materials for the project are welcome and anyone who wishes to make a dress to donate to can email theschool@redland high.com for the pattern.  Youngsters at Redland High Juniors are collecting winter clothes and blankets for Syrian refugees. Donations of clean items can be brought to the junior school office before Tuesday, February 22.

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News MP in call for action on buses Bus fares in Bristol are the subject of an early day motion tabled by Bristol West’s MP in a bid to make them more affordable and services more reliable. Stephen Williams is hoping to put pressure on the Government with the motion, which is similar to a public petition and which other MPs can sign up to. Mr Williams, who has previously called for the Government and First Bus to tackle these issues, said: “Bristol’s economy and environment suffers from poor public transport; we have high bus fares from a monopoly provider and far too few passenger trains on our local rail network. First Bristol set bus routes according to their needs and not the needs of local Bristol constituents. Bus services should suit the needs of those who might otherwise use their cars for short journeys and not benefit the service providers.”

From left, snow-covered trees at the orchard; Pigsty Morris perform; and, below, serving up refreshments

Volunteers host a wintery wassail Volunteers who tend an organic orchard joined a traditional celebration, raising a toast to the trees to ensure a good crop later this year. Horfield Organic Community Orchard hosted a snow-covered wassail, inviting residents to join them as they performed ceremonies such as decorating the trees with ribbon and “waking” them

after their hibernation. There were performances from Bristol Voices choir and Pigsty Morris, as well as homemade cakes and warm mulled apple juice and cider to keep the cold at bay. To find out more about the orchard and events held during the year, visit www.communityorchard.org.uk.

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On the Beat News from the local policing team with Sergeant Sean Underwood Hello from the Clifton and Cotham Neighbourhood Team. I’m hoping this will become a regular feature each month to keep everyone (who wants to be) informed of what the police are doing in your area. In this first article let me introduce the team. We cover Bishopston, Redland, Cotham Clifton and Clifton East, we have five police constables and four police community support officers and one sergeant. Currently we have various priorities for the area, the main ones being to reduce vehicle crime, reduce burglary and also shoplifting on

“We as a team and partnership strive to bring crime down further” Gloucester Road. With spring coming upon us quickly we will also be starting to tackle anti-social behaviour and in particular any issues that we see around St Andrew’s Park. I would like to show just how well the team have done this past year, working hard as a team but also with our partner agencies to make your area safe and for you to feel safe. Currently this year (April 2012 to the present) compared to the same period last year

overall crime across our area is down 9.1 per cent, with burglary down 15.2 per cent, theft of motor vehicle down 25.9 per cent. This shows that what we are doing is making a difference to the community and we as a team and partnership strive to continue with this success and bring crime down further. Over the coming month we will be looking at operations to tackle burglary and shop theft around the Gloucester Road

corridor. If you would like to receive a visit from one of our team to talk about issues you are experiencing or you would like us to give you some crime prevention advice please don’t hesitate to call 101 and ask to speak to the team or look on the Avon and Somerset website, type in your postcode and send us a message. If you are interested in anything specific in the next article then please get in contact and we will do our best to address this. We are committed to working hard in your community and wish you all safe and crime-free February.

Champion cleaner, safer streets Residents of Bishopston and Redland can become “Street Champions” and help to keep their neighbourhoods clean and safe. Volunteers are needed to join the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland street scene group, which began two years ago as the Gloucester Road Task Group, tackling rubbish, flyposting and grafitti. The group now covers the whole neighbourhood partnership area.

Street Champions can get involved in a number of ways, keeping an eye on their street or area and reporting street scene, highways, environmental and community safety issues to the council so they can be tackled quickly. The next Street Champions meeting is on March 7 at Redland Library at 6.30pm. Email lynn.parfitt@bristol. gov.uk or call 0117 9036978 for more details.

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Local scenes have a place in Jenny’s heart – and her art Jenny Urquhart’s simple philosophy is to paint places that she loves! She uses a variety of mediums to create pictures that capture the appeal of some of the South West’s most popular coastal resorts, as well as well-known views in and around Bristol and Bath. All of her favourite holiday haunts feature in her work, so if you are a fan of Salcombe, Croyde, and St Ives, to name a few, then her vibrant paintings are worth a look. Jenny, left, has just moved into a new gallery/studio space at 56 Colston Street, where all of her current paintings, prints and cards are on view. Jenny’s background is a scientific one. Although she was always drawing animals and plants as a child, art wasn’t offered at her school, so she decided to study natural history instead. She graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) degree in Biological Sciences, and then taught biology for ten years in Bristol. With the increasing demands of a growing young family, Jenny decided to give up teaching in 2010 and began painting from her living room floor. She first started selling her paintings at school fairs, and was overwhelmed by the response to her work. “I absolutely love what I do, and it’s great that so many Bristol people seem to share my passion for the South West coast. This year I hope to extend my portfolio to parts of South Wales and beyond.” Jenny’s work can already be bought from several galleries in the South West, including Bristol’s Coldharbour Gallery. Her work has also recently been exhibited in the Royal West of

England Academy Autumn Open Exhibition, where it proved very popular with buyers. Last year, Jenny was chosen from thousands of entries to present one of her paintings on BBC2’s Show me The Monet, with Chris Hollins, aired in the summer of 2012. She said: “It was a fantastic experience and filming was great fun, if not a little nervewracking. They chose not to pick my painting of St Ives for their art exhibition, but gave me some positive feedback, and described my painting as having real commercial appeal.” Jenny’s style is extremely eclectic but all of her paintings are colourful, contemporary and unique. “I often don’t know what a painting will end up looking like, when I start a fresh canvas. I don’t follow any rules and often apply paint with fingers, toothbrushes, or anything I can lay my hands on at the time. My more recent work features a lot of collage and texture, and I am always experimenting with new techniques. I work predominantly with acrylic paint, but some paintings may also feature ink, buttons, crayon and gel pen. “My top tip is, if something works then use it, and sometimes the best results are by complete chance – one of my favourite paintings, entitled ‘A grey day St Ives”, was greatly improved by accidentally spilling a cup of tea on it and trying to mop it up with bits of newspaper!” Jenny can be seen working at her new studio, but almost all of her work can be viewed on her website and Facebook page. She does commissioned painting, and her personalised Bristol landscapes are particularly popular.

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Louisa James, Tom Parkes, hospice mascot Lenny the Bear and Oliver Norburn at the Memorial Stadium

by Karina Hall In 2012, for the first time in its history, the Redland May Fair had to be cancelled because of waterlogged conditions on Redland Green. The fair’s organisers are hoping for a sun-soaked rather than rain-sodden May Fair in 2013, and preparations are already well under way. All of last year’s disappointed stallholders were offered a guaranteed pitch, and entertainers who missed out on performing for the crowds last year will be given a warm welcome at this year’s event. The nominated charity also stays the same and a collection will be made for St Peter’s Hospice – Bristol’s only adult hospice caring for people with life-limiting illnesses. The generosity of visitors to

the 2011 May Fair can be seen in the children’s playground on Redland Green in the shape of a cone-shaped climbing frame. The cone-climber was bought using funds raised at the fair, and its installation was paid for by the Redland and Cotham Amenities Society. If you can spare an hour or two to help on the day, or if you would like to get involved with organising the entertainment for the fair, then email mayfairinfo@ rcas.org.uk and you can be a part of making it all happen.

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Stadium hosts ‘Dash’ for hospice Fundraisers will be stepping up to support St Peter’s Hospice. The Stadium Dash is taking place on Sunday, February 3, and will challenge people to race up and down the 415 steps at Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium to raise funds. Also supporting the fundraising initiative is 1990s pop sensation Steps. The group heard about the cause during their visit to Bristol to turn on Yate's Christmas lights. The band have since publicised their support for St Peter's Hospice on Twitter to

their 46,000 followers. Louisa James, event fundraiser for the hospice, said: “The lovely thing about the Stadium Dash Challenge is that anybody can take part; you don’t need any specialist skills, just lots of enthusiasm. It will be a fun day out for the whole family." A record time of 3 minutes 15 seconds has already been set by those at Bristol Rovers, so those feeling competitive on the day can try to beat it. Visit www. stpetershospice.org for more information. RD

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The Lover will be staged by the Kelvin Players this month

Original play paired up with Pinter Bishopston’s Kelvin Players are taking to the stage this month to perform a double bill of two very different one-act plays. The amateur theatre group will first tackle Harold Pinter’s The Lover, a look at the dynamics of a ten-year bourgeois marriage in the 1960s. It is directed by Bob Havard, who terms the play a “comedy of mild menace” and has been keen to stage it since first reading it in 1968. The second part of the double

bill is written and directed by a long-standing member of the Players. The comical Better the Devil, by Alex Needham, sees angels and demons forced to cooperate to save themselves, the universe and Runcorn. The Lover and Better the Devil will be performed at the Kelvin Studios from Tuesday, February 12, to Saturday, February 16, at 7.30pm.  See our What’s On listings, p18, for booking information.

Plea to repair tennis courts Tennis players have called for improvements to be made to the courts at The Ardagh in Horfield, from new nets to resurfacing. “On every single court, there is something wrong,” one regular visitor told January’s meeting of the Friends of Horfield Common. She added that having just half of the 10 courts in “good working order” would be an improvement at the council-owned site. Others at the meeting said if there was a flat piece of resurfaced ground, it could be used by skaters and those on bikes or for other sports such as netball and basketball. Bristol City Council, however, said while there are plans for some improvements, resurfacing is not on the list. A spokesperson said: “Bristol Parks have no plans to resurface the tennis courts. The painting of the lines will

be carried out for the coming spring/summer season once the ambient air temperature is plus-12 degrees and the area has been dry for at least a week – this is to allow the paint to successfully adhere to the surface.” The spokesperson added that four new sets of nets were installed in 2011 and the condition of the others would be evaluated before the coming season and replaced if necessary. Visit friendsofhorfieldcommon.weebly.com for more on the group and its regular public meetings.

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Bishopston Mum Hello and welcome to February's column from Bishopston Mum! Although my family and I had a good Christmas and New Year, I am enjoying being back in the swing of things and into our regular routine again. Last month I completed my application for our first choice of primary school for my little boy. Despite the pressure of primary school places easing in the last year, what with the extra class at Bishop Road Primary and the new Brunel Fields School opening, along with the fact that we live only a very short distance from our first choice of primary school, it will be good to receive confirmation later this year that we have been granted our first choice. I can't help feeling a little sad at the thought of my son going to primary school in September. Our first choice of school has been rated by Ofsted as outstanding and I was impressed

when I visited the school on an open day. I know that he will be ready for school when the time comes. I have also been telling myself that his starting school will make my life a little easier as a mum and give me more time to write. But his going to “Big School” makes me all too aware of how precious time is and how fast it is going. Hopefully I will be more ready for his starting school when September comes. This month I wanted to tell you about the NCT Cafes in and around Bishopston. NCT Cafes are aimed not just at mums, but at dads, grandparents, parentsto-be and child carers. And did you know that you don't need to be an NCT member to come along? I host the NCT Cafe at the fantastic KudaCan, the new community hub, at 6 Dongola Avenue, Bishopston. I am there on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 10.15-

11.30am. It would be great to see more faces there, so please do join me! There are also regular NCT Cafes at Portico Play and at Rimando’s. I was given some advice by another local mum recently which I wanted to pass on to the readers of Bishopstonvoice who have young children. This advice concerned the long waiting lists for Beavers, Rainbows, Cubs, etc in and around Bishopston. Despite my son only just turning four in January, I was advised to put his name on the waiting list now if I wanted him to start Beavers when he turns six. The mum I was speaking to had unfortunately left it a little too late to secure her daughter a place at Rainbows. So, if you have young children, it would be wise to put names on waiting lists early. I thought I would write and tell you about Little Fishes Toddler Group. This playgroup

is held at Horfield Methodist Church on Fridays at 1011.30am. Until last month, I had been taking my kids there since it first opened. But there is an age limit at Little Fishes and because my son has exceeded this limit, it has made it tricky for me to continue taking my daughter. It is one of the friendliest playgroups we have been to, probably due to the volunteers’ warmth which feeds through to everyone who goes there and I will miss going. However, I have my daughter's name on the waiting list to start again in September when my son starts school so I look forward to having our weekly trip to Little Fishes back in our routine! I hope you enjoyed reading Bishopston Mum's February's column for Bishopstonvoice. Have a great month! Bishopston Mum x www.bishopstonmum.com

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The day of your dreams... Congratulations, the wedding date is set and now you are planning your perfect day. Did you know that wearing your wedding ring on your left ring finger stems from an old belief that it contained a vein that connected to the heart, an edict that King Edward VI made official during the 16th century?

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While tradition plays a huge part in weddings, from the ceremony to the outfits, it’s also your day and there are so many ways to make it unique and a true reflection of you as a couple. Here are a few ideas to help you on your journey to the day of your dreams. The countdown begins...

Enjoy planning your celebrations Choosing the right venue can be daunting, with so much to think about and prepare for, organising your big day can sometimes sweep you off your feet. Whether you want traditional – or decidedly not – you need to choose the right venue for you. Here at the Aztec Hotel and Spa you can be sure that our meticulous attention to detail will ensure the smoothest of celebrations – from the moment you decide to tie the knot until

after the very last dance. The main thing to remember during the planning stages of your wedding is to enjoy it. If you would like to view the Aztec Hotel and Spa you are welcome to call in to the hotel at any time – but we do recommend you give us a call so we can make sure there'll be one of our wedding coordinators on hand to show you around. Call 01454 201090 or email aztec.events@shirehotels.com.

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A world of ideas for your wedding The wedding fair at the Novotel Bristol Centre on Sunday, February 17, is the perfect venue for your wedding or civil partnership and is situated on Victoria Street in the heart of the city, just 200 metres from Temple Meads Station. You will be able to browse the superb variety of over 60 exhibition stands all on ground floor level, while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine or squash.

You also have the opportunity to explore the hotel and its facilities and will discover that it is ideal for both your wedding and reception. Prize draws will be taking place throughout the day. Admission to the fair is free and some of Bristol’s best wedding professionals will be on hand to help you plan your special day. The fair is open from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, February 17.

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What’s On February February 2 Nearly new sale for children and babies at Horfield Parish Church Hall, Wellington Hill, BS7 8ST at 10am. Good quality toys, books, nursery equipment, baby clothes and older children’s clothes. Come and grab a bargain. £1 entry to adults, children free (donation to African Child Trust). Refreshments available. Inquiries: Bryony Williams on 07800 551 213 or Bryony Spooner on 07971 861 707. Email: bryonyandbryony@yahoo.co.uk

February 4 Parenting course at Ebenezer Church for six weeks, at 7.30pm. This course is not necessarily for parents who are struggling but it will help you. It is not necessarily for those who are excellent parents but we could do with your help. It is for the rest of us! If you would like to come, please let Derek and Angela know. Visit www.ebe.org.uk/parenting for more information.

Have you got an event you would like to publicise? Or do you run a club or society in the Bishopston or Redland area? Send details of your events and activities to emma@bishopstonvoice.co.uk or call us on 07715 770448 and we will make sure thousands of people in the area know about them. February 7 Friends Meeting House, Champion Square, BS2 9DB, adjacent to Cabot Circus car park, at 7.30pm, World Ship Society – Bristol branch. A talk and picture presentation entitled “Cornish Ports and Harbours” by Krispen Atkinson. £2 entry. Light refreshments will be available. For further details call 0117 951 3168.

February 9 The Golden Hill Community Garden, Monk Road, BS7 8NE. Take part in a raised bed building workshop, from 10am-1pm. £5. For more information look at the website www.thegoldenhillcommunitygarden.com or to book your space at the workshop,

please call Lucy on 07506 903394 or email ghcgarden@ gmail.com.

February 12 Bishopston Neighbourhood Forum, Ashley Down Primary School, Downend Road, BS7 9PD, 7pm-9pm. Discussions about your neighbourhood. Visit myneighbourhoodbristol. com.

February 12-16 The Kelvin Players will perform a double bill of very different one-act plays. The Lover: written by Harold Pinter, directed by Bob Havard. Better the Devil: written and directed by Alex Needham. The Kelvin Studios, 253b Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7

8NY, 7:30pm. Tickets: £8 (Tuesday)/£10. Box Office: 0117 959 3636. Visit www.kelvinplayers. co.uk.

February 14-16 Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society presents Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Performing at the Redland Park United Reformed Church at 7pm. Visit www.bristolcads.org. uk for more details and to book your tickets. Reserve tickets online, call 07813 673361 or email bookingenquiries@bristolcads. org.uk.

February 19 Bishopston, Horfield and Ashley Down Local History Society. Friends Meeting House, Gloucester Road. Glynn Duggan will present “Curiosities” at 7.30pm.

February 21 Redland Neighbourhood Forum, Redland Green Bowling Club, Redland Green, Redland, BS6 7HE, 7pm-9pm. Discussions about your neighbourhood.

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lowed by coffee and fellowship. Transport can be arranged. Call 0117 942 5669.

February 22 Join the Bristol Spanish Circle at Horfield Quaker Meeting, 300 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8PD for film night. The film to be screened is Yo, también, an unusual love story, concerning a man with Down’s syndrome and a woman he meets in his place of work.

What’s on on a regular basis Mondays The Flyer Quiz night. 96 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8BN. Tel: 0117 9441658.

Tuesdays Food and Friends at Cairns Road Baptist Church, 12-2pm. A monthly meeting point for senior citizens. The first Tuesday of every month. Lunch will be served at a cost of £2.50 fol-

KudaCan, 7 Dongola Avenue, Bishopston, BS7 9HG. Join the Bishopston Mum for an NCT Cafe every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 10.1511.30am, you can drop in any time during this slot. Bristol Ladies’ Hockey Club. A friendly club based at Orchard School, Filton Road. Training on Tuesday, from 7.30-9pm, play on Saturdays. All ages welcome. If you would like to join us contact Michelle on 07980 598761 or at michesaunders@hotmail.com. Gloucester Road WI has a great mix of interesting women who make one of Bristol’s most exciting women’s institutes. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 8.30pm, in St Michael’s Church Hall on Gloucester Road (doors at 8.15pm). Why not come along to one of our meetings and see what we’re all about? Membership for the year costs £33 or

you can visit up to three times for just £4 per meeting. Activities this year include sugarcraft, photography, home brewing and street dancing! For more info, visit www.gloucesterrdwi.tumblr. com or email gloucesterrdwi@ yahoo.com.

Wednesdays Knit & Stitch Club, 9.30-11.30am, at Heart Space Studios textile workshop, 4 Harcourt Road (just off Coldharbour Road). Call 0117 923 2391. A friendly group offering a chance to swap creative ideas and inspiration. Cost is £35 per term including tea and coffee.

Thursdays Bristol Ladies’ Choir sings a wide range of music from classical to light. The choir rehearses weekly and gives two main concerts each year. The choir also participates in around nine to 10 other concerts in the Bristol area each year. Meet at 2.15pm -3.45pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Road, Bishopston, BS7 8NA. New members welcome. For more information, contact

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Hazel on 0117 924 6587 or visit www.bristolladieschoir.org.uk. Knit & Stitch Club, 7.30-9.30pm, at Heart Space Studios textile workshop, 4 Harcourt Road (just off Coldharbour Road). Call 0117 923 2391. A friendly group offering a chance to swap creative ideas and inspiration. Cost is £35 per term including tea and coffee. Avon Harmony Ladies’ Acappella Chorus meets for rehearsals on Thursdays, 7.30-10pm, at Fairfield High School, Allfoxton Road. Visitors are made welcome, and we are actively recruiting. There is no need to be able to read music; we provide teaching tracks for learning by ear. See our website for details or contact Mandy on 0117 965 2693, Barbara on 07717 424421 or email enquiries@avonharmony.co.uk. Visit www.avonharmony.co.uk.

Sundays The Cambridge Arms. Love a good quiz? Check out our test of trivia every Sunday at 8.30pm at Coldharbour Road, Redland.

Toddler and baby groups Mondays Ardagh Toddlers 10-11.30am, Ardagh Club House, Horfield Common. £2.50, no additional charges for extra children.

Tuesdays Piglets Carers and Toddler Group 9.45-11.15am (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) St Michael’s Church, Gloucester Road, Bishopston. £2. Tel. Kay 0117 9241187 if you would like to attend

City celebrations mark the Year of the Snake Welcome the Year of the Snake with a packed programme of celebrations to mark Chinese New Year. Events including lion dances, martial arts performances, dragon boats, arts and craft activities and family trails will take place at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on February 9 and M Shed on February 10, from 10am-5pm. Bristol indie rock band Transition will be returning

from their new home in Taiwan to perform, after moving to the Far East three years ago. They have toured extensively in Asia and wrote and performed the official song for the Taiwanese Olympic team for London 2012. The celebrations are being sponsored by UWE Bristol and supported by the Bristol China Partnership. Find out more at www. bristol.gov.uk/museums.

Baby Clinic Drop-in breastfeeding support and sensory play. 10.30am-12.30pm. Horfield Baptist Church, Brynland Ave, Bishopston BS7 8NY. Crawlers (Babies between 8 and 15 months). 1.30-3pm. St Michaels and All Angels Church, 160a Gloucester Road, Bishopston BS7 8NT.

Toddler Tunes, 10am-10.45 or 11-11.45am, Brynland Avenue Baptist church, Bishopston. £3 per child.

Wednesdays Toddler Tunes, 10-10.45am or 11- 11.45am, Brynland Avenue Baptist Church. £3 per child Rocket Tots (children 2-5 years). 1.30-2.45pm. Church of the Good Shepherd, Bishop Road, BS7 8LS. Tel. Joy Bray 0744 602 1516. St Bon’s Baby and Toddler Group 1.30-3pm, St Bonaventure’s Church, Egerton Road, Bishopston. £1 per child.

Thursdays & Fridays Chatterbox Playgroup, 1- 3pm, Brynland Avenue Baptist Church, Bishopston. £1.50.

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Bishopston Crafts Profile: Kate Tarling at Fig, felting and machine embroidery My love of making things started at playschool when I would spend hours cutting up egg boxes and gluing things. As I grew up I was always happiest doing some kind of craft and I discovered embroidery when I was about eight years old. I have never had any formal training, in fact I studied geography at university and went on to work as a journalist. But since having children (I’ve got two – Will aged 10 and Jeanne aged seven), I have found the time to take up my needle again and start making. At first I just made pictures to decorate their walls, but then I joined the North Bristol Artists,

took part in a trail and discovered that other people liked my work, too. Now working at Fig I am surrounded by five other very talented artists who all inspire me and provide brilliant and honest feedback. But I just try to design and make things that I love and hope other people will love too.  Fig, 206 Gloucester Road. katytarling@googlemail.com, 07929 643377.

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The weekly Knit and Stitch Club at Heart Space Studios; below, work by Kerry Day

Artists team up for pop-up display A knitting teacher has teamed up with three other artists to display a variety of crafts to shoppers on Gloucester Road. Sarah Thorp, who runs a weekly Knit and Stitch Club at Heart Space Studios, in Redland, will be exhibiting her knitware designs, which include pure wool knitted skirts, and

will also be selling a range of wools and yarns. She will be joined at Room 212 by painter, printmaker and knitter Kerry Day, printmaker Catherine Volk and Caroline Caswell, who will be displaying jewellery. The four artists’ pop-up exhibition will run until Saturday, February 9.

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Serves 4 Ingredients 2 green peppers 2 red peppers Vegetable oil Tin of pineapple 300g battered chicken pieces To make the sweet and sour sauce 52g Ketchup 36g HP sauce 6g OK sauce 24g sugar 10g vinegar 20ml water Method Slice up the green pepper and a red pepper and place into boiling water for one minute. Heat up a pan with vegetable oil, place the pre-boiled green pepper and red pepper into the hot pan and add the tin of pineapple. Set up a new pan with hot oil and deep fry the battered chicken breast for one minute 30 seconds.

Mix the battered chicken breast together with the pan-fried mixed veg and add the sweet and sour sauce and stir fry for 30 seconds. Serve with rice

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To make the sweet and sour sauce, throughly mix together the ketchup, HP sauce, OK sauce, sugar, vinegar and water.

High School is inviting women to enjoy the health benefits of singing. Avon Harmony welcomes women of all ages, both experienced and novice singers, to their rehearsals on Thursday evenings. The group is also offering an opportunity to experience singing four-part harmony, acappella style, in a one-day workshop for female singers and would-be singers at Alma Church in Clifton on March 9 or April 6. Find out more at www.avon harmony.co.uk or email enquiries@avonharmony.co.uk. ď Ź The Filtones Choir is calling for residents to nominate a charity to benefit from the proceeds of its annual summer concert. The group, which meets at Eden Grove Methodist Church in Horfield every Wednesday afternoon, last year raised ÂŁ2,800. Email dorothy.bryant@btinternet.com or call 0117 9690654 by the end of February to nominate a cause.

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Black beauties Clockwise from right: Isla is a sweet, friendly and confident cat who loves people, curling up on your lap and she’s very playful; Milo is an adult male who is quietly friendly, gentle, handsome, dignified and great with other cats; Barcode loves people, laps, playtime, cuddles and other cats. They are among the many black cats waiting for a “forever home” at The Moggery. Call the centre on 0117 924 3128 to find out more about adopting.

Love it or hate it, the first sprinkling of snow can turn most scenes into a winter wonderland. Here is Horfield Parish Church looking particularly picturesque with snow covering its roof and the surrounding churchyard. If you've taken a picture in the area that you're proud of, share it with our readers. Email your photo to news@bishopstonvoice.co.uk.

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Feeling at home in city haven The Sakya Buddhist Centre is unique in its teachings, special in its community and surreal in its aura, Safia Yallaoui finds out as she drops by for a chant and a cup of tea. While many would assume Bristol’s oldest Buddhist Centre would be an elaborate temple, its homely appearance suggests something quite different – perhaps somewhere you would go for a cup of tea, rather than an hour of meditation. However, upon entrance, the uniqueness of the Sakya Centre becomes apparent – it is clear that all efforts have been made to make it feel like a Buddhist temple in the middle of Tibet. The meditation room – which looks like it once could have been a living room – is adorned with ornate statues and tapestries of Buddha. The overwhelming sense of

homeliness makes the attendees feel instantly at ease, as they grab a red cushion and make themselves comfortable on the floor. Situated next to St Andrew’s Park on Sommerville Road, the centre's peaceful surroundings make it an idyllic spot to meditate in peace and quiet. After the session, attendees

often gather in the kitchen for tea and biscuits, and a catch-up. Miranda Moore, one of the administrators for the centre, says that it attracts a variety of people. “We have the meditation sessions on Saturday and Wednesday, so people can come and learn how to meditate and count their breaths,” says Miranda, “and on

Tuesdays we have the people who want to learn a little bit about Buddhist teachings.” Miranda explains that people don't have to become a Buddhist if they attend the centre; they can just come out of interest. “We have people that come for all sorts of reasons: some want to become a Buddhist, some want to de-stress their lives.” Pat, who has been attending the centre for over 27 years, advises: “It’s just finding the tradition or centre that suits you. It’s not an escape from the world – it’s an engagement with the world." The centre, which is run by volunteers, provides several sessions throughout the week. The drop-in classes on Wednesday and Saturday are free, while the classes on Tuesday are £4. For more information visit www.dechen.org. Alternatively, you can email the centre at bristol@dechen.org or telephone 0117 924 4424.

Library news Adult Fiction – Read and recommended by the Library Reading Group  The Inheritance of Loss by Anita Desai. The blurb: “In the foothills of the Himalayas sits a once grand, now crumbling house - home to three people p p and a dog. There is the retired judge dreaming of colonial yesterdays; his orphaned granddaughter Sai who has fallen for her clever maths tutor; the cook, whose son Biju writes untruthful letters home from New York City; and Mutt, the judge’s beloved dog. Around the house swirls mountain mist – but also the forces of revolution and change. For a new world is clashing with the old, and the future offers both hope and betrayal...” Review: Brilliant observations

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of the natural world sparkled triumphant, even when events were unsettling. A gripping expose of the disappearance of a charmed way of life, and a bleak expose of the effects of upbringing on adult behaviours and its effects down the generations. Child Fiction – Read and enjoyed by Daniel  Mr Stink by David Walliams. The second novel for children from David Walliams. The blurb: “It all starts when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide

him in the garden shed. Now Chloe’s got to make sure no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye… or the nose. “Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well…”. Review: From the opening line of this book I knew I was going to enjoy it. Why? Because of my love of all things disgust-ing in children’s stories (for I read a lott in the course of my preparation for Storytime)? Maybe. Because I’m childish and immature, and love the playful language?! Perhaps. Or because I chose to listen to the audiobook version read by David Walliams and the brilliant Matt Lucas? Whatever the reason, I loved this book,

the characters of Mr Stink the gentile “vagabond”, Chloe the innocent, lonely girl, and Raj the local shopkeeper and his “special offers”, who crops up in all of David Walliams’ books. I highly recommend this book to and for children, and indeed all of David Walliams’ books, particularly the audiobooks… No, it isn’t cheating to listen!

Pay us a visit For these books and many, many more titles we could recommend, come along to Cheltenham Road Library and let us point you in the right direction. And if you’re a parent with young children, come and join us for Storytime on Mondays at 11am, and/or Baby Bounce & Rhyme on Wednesdays at 11am as well (term-time only). Opening Hours: Monday: 10-1pm, 2-5pm Wednesday: 10-1pm, 2-5pm Friday: 10-1pm, 2-5pm Saturday: 10-1pm, 2-5pm

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The Gardening Year

Members keen for club to grow Filton Garden Club wants to grow and is now seeking new members from the Bishopston and Horfield areas. The club is not a gardening club as such. On club nights we have speakers and slideshows, on a variety of garden-themed subjects. We also enjoy day trips by coach to some of the country’s

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finest gardens and estates. The club meets at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month, (except January) at St Teresa’s Social Club in Filton – on the A38, nearly opposite Filton police station. New members will be made very welcome. For more information, contact Brian Smith on 0117 975 9126.

with Pete from All Gardens Happy new gardening year. February is a much misunderstood month! It stands with one foot in winter and the other in spring. It’s the time when the bulbs start to push their bladed leaves through the earth and the rooks get ready for their nesting. It’s a critical month for us gardeners, for what we do now will cause great effect later in the year. This year’s February stands on a very wet legacy. Lawns – Don’t be tempted to mow yet. If it’s not pouring with rain take a small border fork and dig the tines into the turf to aerate. This will help drain the first 100mm (4in) of saturated turf, allowing air to get to the grass roots and encourage the symbiotic wildlife that helps our lawns, such as worms and the breakdown of subterraneous compost. Pruning shrubs – Buddleia, cornus (dogwoods), and hardy fuchsias can be cut down to 50mm to ground level at the later part of this month. Grapevines – It’s important to get this right to avoid bleeding. Prune this month. An established grapevine should have its lateral growth cut back to two buds from the main stem. The same applies to wisteria. Summer flowering clematis – These should be pruned right down to two buds from base then remove last year’s dead foliage. To protect emerging new clematis growth from hungry slugs and snails, take an empty plastic bottle and cut the top and bottom off it, split it down one side then surround the plant and put slug bait in the top. This will protect the birds and mammals from eating poisoned dead slugs and preserve young shoots. All prunings should be burnt or mulched for compost bins. Mixed borders and perennial areas – Remove dead stems before the new growth

h borders b d shows. Fork over the aerating the soil which will help drainage. Divide old, more established plants and add new plants to border. Bulbs – this is a good time to divide and replant snow drops. Fruit trees – prune apples and pear trees for convenience and balance and scale to the garden. Try not to cut back last year’s growth although it’s unavoidable in some cases. Pots and growing containers – All the nutrients of old compost would have been watered out. Empty old growing mediums out and trim roots of pot-bound acers, camellias, azaleas and rodos and repot with ericaceous compost with additional feed of blood, fish and bone. As spring warms up these plants will excel with health. Veg plot – There is a connection between the amount of flavour, vitamins and minerals we get from fruit and vegetables and the soil they were grown in. So let’s bring health and vitality to our veg plots. February is a great time to do this. The potato and brassica areas should have had a lot of over-wintering frost. It’s time to break open the compost bins and add additional manure. Fork in and cover with an old carpet or black plastic. This will keep the plot warm for next month’s planting. Now it’s time to order potatoes and seed for the growing season. Plant of the season – Garrya Elliptica, a wonderful climbing shrub with sustained catkin flowers which can grow to 20cm long. A total star in a drab February/March border and looks great as a backdrop to a water feature. Work tip – small bursts, don’t make it a chore and have fun, followed by lunch. Happy gardening from Pete at All Gardens. www.allgardens.co.uk

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air on Gloucester Road, where you’ll find plenty of gifts to spoil that special someone – or to treat yourself!

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1. Say it with flowers… beautiful bouquets from £20. The Flower Shop, 145 Gloucester Road. 2. Limited edition cut-outs by Jane Ormes. Top: Dove from Above. Bottom: Westbound Warbler. Framed £120, unframed £80. Fig, artists’ cooperative, handmade gifts, jewellery and cards, 206 Gloucester Road. 3. Try something pink and fizzy… Moscato 375ml £6.95, Deutz Champagne 75cl £22.99, Prosecco 75cl £12.99. Grape & Grind, 101 Gloucester Road. 4. Sweetie Necklace and Bracelet set, created using hundreds of tiny sterling silver links and handcrafted Thai silver hearts. All pieces can be customised to suit individual tastes. Necklace from £125, bracelet from £55. Artemis designer jewellery and gifts, 214 Gloucester Road. 5. For your big softie - Large teddy bear with heart that says “Head over heels”, £19.99; cuddly dog with heart, £12.99; wrapping paper, 99p; Jan Constantine biscuit barrel, £14.99; notebook, £7.99; heart-shaped tins, £1.99; “Love Like Crazy” wall plaque, £9.95. Romantica, 309 and 139 Gloucester Road. 6. Various decorative hearts. From £3 to £10, Artemis designer jewellery and gifts, 214 Gloucester Road. 7. For an original and saucy gift – Flo-Jo’s Knicker-Making Kit, £15, or readymade knickers with bow-tie sides, £22. Flo-Jo Boutique Fabrics, haberdashery, gifts and workshops, 36b Gloucester Road.

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Developer is on lookout for land The firm behind a new mews development in Bishopston is now on the lookout for more land in the area. Jonathan Amos, of Clifton Homes, has commissioned four new properties to be built at the Arundel Mews site, within the Redland Green School catchment area. The new homes will be ready for occupation by June, and now the company is looking for new sites to develop. Contact Clifton Homes on 0117 3730077.

Join the Circle The Bristol Spanish Circle has released its programme of events until June, which will include talks in English and Spanish on topics from Galicia and its culture to novelist and poet Vázquez Montalbán. The group will next meet on February 22 for a film night at Horfield Quaker Meeting House, 300 Gloucester Road. Visit circuloespanol.org.

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Park entrance work to improve safety By Natasha Russell

Work is due to start on entrances to a local park amid concerns about health and safety for visitors. Friends of St Andrew’s Park are the committee behind calls for the improvements. The group is made up of local residents, holding regular meetings to discuss any issues or debates that may arise about the park. One of the ongoing debates within the committee is about health and safety issues regarding the entrances on Effingham Road and Leopold Road. There have been anecdotal reports of near-misses on the roads, where some on bikes and scooters have overshot the entrance and ended up in the road. Paul Bullivant, 65, a member of the Friends committee, said: “The issue of the lack of gates on

the bottom entrance to the park has been a concern for some time. We are worried about the safety of the public and particularly children who come down the main path at high speed on bikes and scooters.” Finance has become available though a Section 106 agreement, whereby the developer of the new flats on Pigsty Hill has provided a financial contribution to the provision. Funding is also coming from the council's £3.5 million Capital Stimulus fund for parks. Bristol City Council has made proposals to the committee for a hooped steel chicane barrier

to be installed at the entrance at Leopold Road. There will also be “bow top” fences and a pair of self-closing gates along the edges of the tarmac area near the park depot. Concerns were raised by the committee that the proposed gate for the main entrance at Effingham Road would not fit with the history of the park. However, the committee has decided that in time a hedge could be planted to soften the visual impact. With all the work that is to be carried out, the committee is positive that this will end their concerns about the safety of visitors, especially young children. All work was due to start before the end of January 2013. For more information on Friends of St Andrew’s Park and the proposed design for the park, visit http://friendsofstandrewspark.ning.com.

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This is a superb Victorian semidetached home in the ever-popular location of St Andrew’s. It offers great access to all the local individual shops that the Gloucester Road has to offer and the beautiful St Andrew’s Park. The property has charm and character while offering the ideal layout for family living, with five bedrooms, family bathroom, three good reception rooms, a downstairs shower room and utility and a stunning kitchen/ dining room with snug. Call Andrews at 80-82 Gloucester Road on 0117 944 4400 to arrange your viewing.

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Support helps us to help more – charity By Rebecca Day One in Eight is a grass-roots community project, established around 25 years ago by locals wanting to help the unemployed find work. The building, located in the midst of independent high street Gloucester Road is thought to have been renovated as part of the Youth Training Scheme, which came into operation in 1983. Since its inception, the North Bristol Community Project has helped many people, including drug users, alcoholics, and those with mental health issues and disabilities. However, limited funding has caused difficulties for One in Eight; the project is now only able to sustain itself at a very basic level, such as through its

Ted Hall with fellow volunteers at One in Eight much-loved charity shop. External funding is essential for the project to continue the work it prides itself on.

Over the years, One in Eight has hosted a variety of classes in language, music, creative writing, yoga, meditation and crafts. “Although these were well attended,” says Ted Hall, voluntary co-ordinator, “they were run by volunteers - and there seems to be few around to offer their services at the moment.” When available, the project provides advice and guidance services, including free counseling sessions and help with housing, health and education, given by experienced voluntary workers. “We helped a recovering alcoholic who came to us for almost two years,” says Ted. “Then we didn't see him for a while, but he came in not so long ago and thanked us for helping him

through his recovery.” The initiative is still managing to maintain its computer classes, which have been running now for around 17 years – since the emergence of PCs. “Although most people know how to use them now,” exclaims Ted, “we still do classes for the older generation that haven’t caught up yet!” The project's latest Digital Citizenship Course aims to improve digital literacy by teaching learners how to use popular digital devices – for free. The project has received funding in the past from the National Lottery for a paid team coordinator. Also, Bristol City Council has provided pay for tutors of educational classes. However, the project has struggled to secure funding for the last five years. “Funding is very difficult to get,” explains Ted, “as most of it is tied to a criteria that we cannot and do not meet.” Whilst the project is run solely by volunteers, Ted confirms that they have very little chance of securing funding. “We try to help any one who comes in,” he explains, “but without funding we cannot help as many people as we would like to.” If you would like to find out about what you can do to help One in Eight, visit www.one ineight.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk.

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For February, we meet Jacky Norman, owner of Calico Blinds Tell us about your company. I started Calico Blinds in 2000 having no formal training. I learnt how to make blinds from a book and developed my own way of making each blind using rulers I had made specially to ensure the blinds are square, straight and the folds are perfect. I work on my own and everything is hand sewn apart from machine stitching the lining and joining the fabric. What service do you provide to the people of Bishopston and Redland? I handmake Roman blinds using my clients’ own fabric. The majority of my business is by mail order although I have a number of clients who are local and drop in their fabric and measurements and if necessary we have a look at the fabric together and discuss the best placement for the design. As a lot of my orders are via my website I don’t measure or fit in person so I have an online brochure with information on measuring and the amount of fabric needed for their blinds. However, I am always available to give advice by phone, email or in person. What is the best part of running your business and working in the Bishopston area? I am very lucky to be able to run my business from home in such a lovely area. It also means I can work all hours if working on a tight deadline. This area is full of talented people and I am always interested in working with new curtain makers and interior designers.

could do that for you. Once your new blind is finished, bring me the track and I can do it for you free of charge. You can also take it with you if you move and as long as it’s for a smaller window it can be cut down and a new blind made to fit.

What makes your service different from other companies? I love what I do and take care in each blind I make, whether it’s pattern matching the fabric on a large blind or straightening an off-grain fabric to get the best effect for each blind. My blinds are made to last and I provide a friendly, personal and efficient service you won’t get from larger companies. The tracks I use are guaran-

teed for 10 years and, although expensive, once you have your blind the track can be used again so you can easily change your blind with some new fabric. If you had a blind made for winter measuring 107cm x 198cm, which would cost £215 and would like to change the look for a summer blind the cost would be £169. You could alternate your blinds with the seasons because you can fit the blind yourself. However, being local I

What are your plans for the future of the business? I would like to broaden my client base and form new relationships with budding interior designers and curtain makers in Bristol. One area I am keen to develop is to showcase, with the help of Youtube, a video showing clients how easy it is to change their Roman blinds themselves. As most of my clients are based all over the country I would love to see more of my bespoke Roman blinds in homes in Bishopston and Redland. Calico Blinds is also offering 10 per cent off in February (see advert on P21). Contact: Jacky Norman on 0117 908 3162 or visit www.jacky norman.co.uk

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Sport

Cricket club chief to leave after 12 years Swing by to see activities on offer Kings Lawn Tennis Club has been at the heart of Bishopston since 1894. The club is run by the members and there are two fully qualified coaches on site. Kings produced Jo Durie, who was world-ranked fifth in Ladies Singles and won Grand Slam mixed doubles titles at Wimbledon and the Australian Open. A number of our juniors have gained tennis scholarships at American universities. Although our juniors have done well, Kings has always been a family club. Many Bristolians started tennis at the junior sessions on Saturday morning. The club prides itself on taking adults from complete beginners to club and competitive standard. The coaches offer free taster sessions to those wishing to take up the game, a “Rusty Rackets” programme for those who have played in the past and wish to

come back, group and individual tuition. There is club play three times a week and match practice for team members. Kings fields eight teams in the Avon Summer League. The club offers a modern furnished clubhouse, bar and social events. Social events take place monthly in the winter with meals on match nights weekly in the league season. A quiz night will take place on February 22, an Iberian wine and tapas night in March and an open day with tennis attractions, bouncy castle and barbecue on April 13. Kings welcomes newcomers and offers a variety of memberships. Details of activities and how to join are on the website – www. kingstennis.co.uk – or call in and ask.

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club will be bidding farewell to the chief executive who has overseen the start of the £10 million development that will transfrom the County Ground. Tom Richardson will be leaving the club at the beginning of September after 12 years in the post, saying there is plenty to do between now and then to prepare for the new season and the opening of the ground’s new pavilion. Mr Richardson said: “It is a logical break point as we aim to have completed the development of the pavilion and media centre at the end of July. I have hugely enjoyed my time at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and feel privileged to have been involved for so long. “Clearly getting started on the development has been a major lift for the club and I am really pleased to have played a full part in that. There is a real buzz about the place at the moment and whilst in some ways it will be sad not to be involved next year it is time for me to move on.

“However, all that said, there is a lot to achieve in order to be ready for both the season and the opening of the pavilion and I am really looking forward to doing all of that.” Rex Body, chairman of GCCC, said he was sad to see Mr Richardson leave but pleased he would remain associated with the club by taking in a role in Youth Trust activities. He said: “We are very sorry to see Tom go and greatly appreciate everything he has done for us during his time with the club. “We do, however, fully understand his reasons for going at this time. “Tom’s value to GCCC cannot be overestimated, particularly the work he has done on our ground development programme, in at times extremely difficult circumstances.” Work began in October at the Nevil Road site to create a new pavilion, media centre and members’ facilities. The development will also see the creation of 147 apartments.

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