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Strawberries, cake ... and facepainting - it must be summer! These girls at Samuel White's Infants' fair are enjoying the seasonal fun. More pictures: Pages 4 & 5

Homes plan provokes traffic fears

RESIDENTS have given a mixed reaction to plans to build 77 homes on open space at Greenbank Road in Hanham. They gave their views at an exhibition of the proposals ahead of a planning application being submitted to South Gloucestershire Council. Although some thought the scheme was more sympathetic

than they had expected, others said Greenbank Road was too narrow to take the extra traffic and would make the road more hazardous. There were also concerns about the pressure on local

schools and GP practices. The land - in between the Church of Ascension and AEK Boco Football Club - had been owned by the House of Faith but was sold to land developer Turn to Page 2

Barbershop ladies follow their dream Mary Williams, 42, of Longwell Green, and three friends have formed a barbershop group, Daydream Quartet, which has made it to the finals of a national competition. PAGE 23

Medals success for Majestics Two teams from Majestics Gymnastics in Longwell Green have returned from the British championships in Liverpool with medals. PAGE 9

Archer Anna hits the target Hanham teenager Anna Perkins, who attends John Cabot Academy, has represented England in the sport of archery against rival home nations Scotland and Wales. PAGE 26

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Woman flees after grab bid A WOMAN in her 20s fled after a man tried to grab her as she walked along the path at Hanham Mount. Police are appealing for witnesses to what they describe as a "suspcious incident" which took place at around 12.45am on Saturday July 29 near to Gunning Close. As the man attempted to grab hold of the woman, she ran off and sought shelter in a house nearby. The Hanham Mount path runs between Quarry Road in Kingswood and Mount Hill Road, Hanham. The man is described as white, around 6ft, of generally slim build but with a large stomach and aged in his 30s or 40s. He was clean shaven and wore a dark coloured tracksuit. Anyone who saw anything suspicious, or who recognises the description, is asked to call 101 with the reference 5217172873.

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From Page 1 Square Bay, which has teamed up with Bellway Homes to put forward the plans. Under the proposals, around 77 one, two and three-bedroom homes would be built, including 27 affordable homes which would be transferred to a registered social landlord. Included would be 192 parking spaces, which averages 2.5 per dwelling. Greenbank Road would be widened in places and traffic calming measures introduced. The sloping corner between Hollyguest Road and Greenbank

The play area could be revamped

The site of the proposed development Aerial view

WELCOME TO OUR EXHIBITION POLICY CONTEXT Road would be made more open space. There's also talk pronounced inBellway a bidHomes to deter Square Bay and are in the processabout of building on the Hanham The Government has set a preparing a planning application be submittedHills to South drivers taking the bend tootofast. national target to become significantly so will Hanham a Gloucestershire Council in the coming weeks. We are here boost housing supply across As part of the deal, the sea of concrete and England. Thererooftops? is also significant today to present our proposal for a residential development for suitable housing developers revamp the "Wildlife requirement including badgers, on land off would Greenbank Road, Hanham. sites to be brought forward in South Gloucestershire in order to outdated and neglected play area foxes, squirrels and make good themagpies short term local have We want to hear your views on the proposed scheme and housing deficit as identified by beside the football answer any questions been to the site since would be more than happy thatattracted the Council. you may have. were given Residents it's been fenced so well building The siteoff performs against national and local opportunity to view the draft work would affect the area's planning objectives in terms of being within a defined BACKGROUND proposals at a public drop-in biodiversity."settlement boundary and within a sustainable location exhibition held at the Church of Woodyleaze Drive resident with excellent access to Square Bay acquired the site in August 2016 and has engaged in early consultation local services, facilities and the with Ascension in Hollyguest Road neighbouring residents living directly adjacent to the site. Pre-application Janet Summers saidopportunities. Greenbank employment advice has also been sought from South Gloucestershire Council. back in July. Road was notDeveloping suitable for the vacant siteextra at On-site survey work has been undertaken to assess the opportunities and Greenbank Road will assist More 140development residents and constraintsthan for residential which has helped shape traffic. the proposals South Gloucestershire Council on display today. Secure fencing was installed on the site boundary in order to in achieving its target for new community stakeholders turned "The whole of Greenbank protect it from anti-social behaviour and other forms of misuse. homes, in addition to providing muchbe needed affordable housing up and known Bellway made Homes was their appointedviews as Square Bay’s development partner for this site Road needs to widened but within the Hanham area. May 2017. Bellway Homes will develop the site should planning permission be via ingranted feedback forms. Council. the developers aren't widening by South Gloucestershire Resident Keith Plummer, who all of it, only sections. There's lives in a flat in Risdale House nowhere for pedestrians to cross which backs on to the play area, safely either. There's no island, said: "My major concern is that no pedestrian lights and no zebra Hanham will lose another green crossing yet there will be a lot

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mixed reaction more children needing to cross the road. "Greenbank Road is already hazardous and extra homes will just make it worse. I don't mind them building homes but they've got to sort the road out." Carol Bryant, also of Woodyleaze Drive, said: "77 homes will mean at least 77 extra cars using Greenbank Road and that's a lot more traffic. I really don't think they've thought this through properly. They need to do a lot more thinking." Mum-of-two Louise Hartree, of nearby Kelston Grove, said she was concerned about pressure on school places. "I'm worried about school spaces as it could affect my daughter getting into our local secondary school. Schools in the area are already oversubcribed and 77 family homes will mean a lot of extra children needing

places at local schools." But Jennifer Summers, who grew up on Greenbank Road but now lives in nearby Court Road, was supportive of the proposals: "I was expecting the homes to look cramped but I was pleasantly surprised to see they weren't cramming them in like some other schemes. "Cars come speeding from Hollyguest Road down into Greenbank Road so it's good they are including provisions to try to stop that."


Water main burst affects 35,000 PEOPLE living in Hanham, Longwell Green, Bitton and Willsbrige were among those affected when a burst water main left thousands of households without water. Bristol Water described it as "one of the biggest incidents in our history". The water main burst in Willsbridge at about midnight on Tuesday July 18, causing chaos with an estimated 35,000 homes left without water. Schools were forced to close and community organisations were turned away from their usual venues. Most schools reopened on July 20, although some in Keynsham remained closed the following day. Bristol Water set up a bowser in Longwell Green after complaints of the lack of emergency water supplies in the area. Other bowsers were set up in Ashton Way and Waitrose car park in Keynsham. Supply was returned on July 20 with Bristol Water saying customers may experience cloudy water or discolouration but this would clear if taps were left running for a couple of minutes. A Bristol Water spokesman said: "This has been one of the biggest incidents in our history. "Thank you to everyone in the community who rallied around supporting each other to get water to those who needed it. We appreciate this was a difficult situation and we know how important water is to your everyday life."


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Park and ride now open at Lyde Green

Sophie, 10 and five-yearold Lily toast marshmallows with Samuel White's forest school leader Lorraine Griffin, left

A PARK and ride at Lyde Green has opened to help ring-road commuters. Drivers from the Kingswood area who are travelling to Bristol's so-called northern fringe are being encouraged to park and share cars, park and cycle or park and take the 18 bus, which goes around the including UWE, Parkway, Filton and Southmead Hospital. Daytime services have been increased from hourly to half-hourly on this route at peak times. From September, the 18 will be replaced by a No 10 service along the same route to Southmead Hospital. Other bus routes from the site are X48, 462 and 86. Work began on repairs to the Bromley Heath viaduct on July 24, reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. It is expected to last 33 weeks.

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All the fun of the fair PUPILS at Samuel White's Infant School were blessed with good weather when they held their summer fair. Boasting numerous attractions, including bouncy castle, stalls, face-painting, games and raffle, the annual

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at Samuel White's school run stalls, set up and even pack it all away. We were inundated with donations from children, parents, staff and businesses." Sally Britton, who was chair of Friends of Samuel White's Infant School until the end of the school year, said: "It went really

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n NEWS A PROJECT in Cadbury Heath is succeeding in making sure children don’t go hungry in the school holidays. Fit and Fed provides free lunch and sporting activities three days a week - and its popularity is growing. It started in the Easter holidays, then ran at the May half term and is now operating three days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) for the six-week summer break. Deb Wright, who runs the scheme for the Juice Project at Cadbury Heath Hall with the help of volunteers, said numbers are increasing as word gets round about the provision. “We made 49 meals in the first week of the summer holidays and were at capacity on the first day of the second week - we made meals for 25 children and ten helpers,” she said. “Many of our volunteers are teenagers who have come through the StreetGames initiative; they have proved to be exceptional and we couldn’t manage without them. “I started as a volunteer but have now been taken on one day a week to oversee this and other wellbeing projects in Cadbury Heath.” After a sit-down meal, the children and volunteers take part in a variety of games and sports in the park including football, swingball, badminton and rounders. StreetGames coach Emily Rose, 18, said the project was rewarding for both volunteers and children. “It can be boring if your parents are at work so this gives them something to do,” she said. Fellow volunteer Jemima Suffolk also welcomes the opportunity to provide holiday activities for children. Her day job is a Police Community Support Officer.

Team are totally devoted to ending holiday hunger “It is important to give children positive things to do when they are young; it can help them keep out of trouble. This project gives them a focus.” Community members have come forward to volunteer with Fit and Fed but Deb would still like to hear from more people who would be able to help prepare food for the children. Parents can book their children (aged eight and above) on to Fit and Fed by calling in to the Juice Project on Mondays or Fridays or the hall on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The need for the project is emphasised by the latest figures from the Trussell Trust charity, which runs more than 420 food banks across the UK. It says families with children of primary school age are the most likely to need emergency food help, especially in the summer. Samantha Stapley, of the trust, said: "We welcome the government's decision to maintain free school lunches for children during term time - the next step must be to help families during the holidays. "Food banks are doing more than ever before, but voluntary organisations alone cannot stop primary school children facing hunger." There were 4 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2014-15, an increase of 200,000 on the previous year. This means 30% of children, or nine pupils in every classroom of 30 pupils, are officially poor.

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Church supports Grenfell PEOPLE from St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Downend have rallied to support victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Led by Simon Pomphrey from Keynsham, they collected donations of women’s toiletries and drove them to London, dropping the haul at Notting Hill Methodist church in the shadow of the tower. Simon said:“The vicar and parishioners were lovely and send their love and thanks and are going to write to us. The church was filled to the gills and couldn't take any more.” People from Grenfell Tower have had the chance to choose whatever products they need from the selection, then the church will sell the remaining toiletries with all the money raised being given to a fund for the residents.

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Community pulls together A COMMUNITY centre Happy day which helped a man with for Jason and terminal cancer marry his partner is now pulling out all Louise the stops so he can achieve his bucket list. Staff at Longwell Green Community Centre stepped in so Jason Pimm could tie the knot with Louise Holbrook before he became too ill. They set up a Just Giving page and were inundated with offers of money, help and support, which meant the Kingswood couple's wedding could go ahead on July 22. Now the centre is organising a family fundraising day and evening event so the family can use the money to make the most "The community centre of their last moments together. pulled out all the stops and it was Community centre manager a fantastic day but we don't want Alison Jordan said: "We've made that to be the end of it for them. a special friendship over the "We want to continue our last few weeks and became very support for Jason and Louise close to Jason, Louise and their and continue fundraising." families. The fundraiser takes place

on Saturday August 12 from 11am and will feature stalls, inflatables, arts, crafts, face painting and much more. An evening event on the same day will feature all-round entertainer and charity stalwart Daz Sims and will run from 7.30pm. Alison: "The wedding was amazing and was a huge success as well as being a very emotional day. We touched base with the family a couple of days after when they came in to thank us. They told us that another scan following the removal of a second tumour wasn't showing very positive signs for Jason. "So we decided to do a family fundraising day as the time scale is now shorter rather than longer. It's about raising funds for those bucket list things that Jason wants to do like take the children on day trips and spend time together as a family." Jason, 46, and Louise, 37, had

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to make dreams come true originally visited the community centre to look at rooms for his 46th birthday party. "They wanted to get all the family together for what would probably be his last birthday celebrations," Alison said. "They went home and within a few hours they rang back to say they had decided to get married and could we accommodate it." Although the centre wasn't an approved venue for the actual marriage, Alison said she would look into it to see what could be done. It was arranged that the couple could have the wedding blessed at the centre but would need to do the formalities at Kingswood Civic Centre a few days later. Alison said: "The family explained that all Jason's treatment had been funded by themselves and they didn't have a big budget for the wedding. I became a wedding organiser overnight! I started looking at wedding sites to get ideas

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Farm shop owner hangs up her apron after 42 years

Jean, aged 19, outside the cowsheds in 1962, left, and right, behind the counter in the farm shop TURNER'S Farm Shop in Siston Common is closing its doors for the last time, marking the end of an era for owner Jean Turner and her family, who have been at the heart of the local community for 42 years. Opened in 1975 by Jean, her husband Robert and brother Mervin Bennett, a local baker, Turner’s has become known for its range of local produce, cakes, cheesecakes and pickles, which Jean and her family make themselves. Looking back at the history of the Turner family farm and farm shop, Jean’s daughter Caroline says: “Bridge House Farm has been in our family for 76 years, after my grandad, Jack Turner, purchased it in 1941. When Grandad retired in 1975, my Dad started selling potatoes to chip shops across Bristol, before he started the farm shop with Mum and Mervin, where they sold just a box of apples and oranges to start with. As each week passed they starting selling a little bit more, more fruit and more vegetables, and it just grew and grew from there. “Back then, there weren’t huge supermarkets around, and so the farm shop became a key part of the local community –

everyone knew each other. I have fond memories of my brother, sister and I as children going to help in the shop on Saturday mornings, lifting crates and topping up the shelves – a strong work ethic was certainly instilled in us from a young age and we are definitely a family of grafters! As Mum always used to say, ‘don’t put off 'til tomorrow what you could do today’, which is a lesson that we have certainly all lived by.” Following Robert’s death in August 2014, Jean’s children encouraged her to take time to reflect and think about the future of the farm shop, which she has carried on running with the support of Mervin, who is now 80. After some careful consideration, it was announced on Facebook on Friday July 21 that Turner’s would be closing, and Jean and her family have since been inundated with well wishes from customers, many who have shopped there for years. On Saturday July 29, the farm shop invited customers to celebrate the last 42 years at a final ‘sale of produce’, giving them their last opportunity to take home some of their favourites before the gates

close for good. Following her retirement, Jean plans to enjoy some well deserved rest and relaxation, and spend time with her Jack Russell alongside baking, reading and catching up with friends. Caroline says: “Since announcing the closure of the farm shop, we have received so many lovely comments from our customers, both recent ones and those from years gone by. A lot of people have emigrated, but still have lots of lovely memories of Mum and Merv talking to them in the shop – the sense of community spirit and having a

conversation with people was so important to them while running it. “The closure of the farm shop has had a huge emotional effect on Mum and our family as a whole, and we are so grateful for people’s support. At 74 years old and having worked for most of her life, it’s been really hard for her to think about retiring, but after serving the community for so many years now is the time for her to potter, have some time to herself and do what she wants to do – I think she certainly deserves it!”

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HANHAM (AFTERNOON) WI OUR July meeting started as always with Moira our chairwoman ringing her bell in her usual attempt to bring members to order. Sometimes this works quickly, others well…, however we swiftly got on to matters of the day which included a lively discussion of those with mobility issues and their problems of using public transport and coach services. It appears that some companies react and respond quite differently when approached on the subject and we would be pleased to hear from those operators who take the matter seriously! We continued with making arrangements for our forthcoming Harvest Lunch on Monday September 11 at 1.30pm. Everyone contributes with most things being homemade, but when a volunteer was needed for soup making one member said it was not her strong point, so a few cans was suggested as an option perhaps, which everyone thought hilarious, if not in the spirit of things. If you would like to join us as a guest for the day please give us a call or drop in, you’ll be most welcome. Sadly, one of our valued members June is leaving us and moving to be near her family in Chippenham. We gave her a very tuneful send off and wished her well for the future. A loss for us but as we learnt, her links with the WI will remain with her joining a club near her new home.

This month we invited a musical speaker who played the piano and added amusing poems and songs which was enjoyed by all. Our meeting for August will be somewhat different as we are visiting the WI headquarters of Denman College, near Oxford. This will no doubt prove very interesting for everyone as there are always lots of activities going on there, so please look out for our report next month of how our day unfolds. Being a member of any WI brings lots of ideas for various workshops and organised visits, not only in the local area but further afield too. If you would like to know more about us please drop into one of our monthly meetings, you’ll be made very welcome or give us a call on 0117 904 9994 for a chat. Hanham (Afternoon) Women’s Institute meet on the second Monday of every month at Hanham Community Centre from 1.30-4pm.

HANHAM (EVENING) WI The July meeting had to be cancelled because a burst water main forced the closure of Hanham Community Centre.

A HANHAM charity-run pre school is looking for a "fantastic and friendly" volunteer chair or co-chairs. Christ Church Pre School is run by a committee who are also responsible for arranging fun events such as Christmas and summer fairs. They are looking for a special person or persons who could lead them. Katie Gingell, pre school secretary, said: "We are a lovely bunch and would love to chat further about the role." For more details email or call Kate on 07912 601787.

Kingswood History Society THE July topic was ‘Tyntesfield’, the Victorian Gothic Revival house and estate near Wraxall, North Somerset. Terry Stevens told us the long history of the house and estate and the many changes that have occurred over the years. The house is a Grade I listed building named after the Tynte baronets, who had owned estates in the area since about 1500. The human story of the owners, staff and occupants was also revealed. On August 1, Mike Horler spoke on ‘My Life With Shire Horses’ and on September 5, Tony Harcourt will acquaint us with ‘The Medieval Archer’. Kingswood History Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month (March – Dec), at 7.30pm, in Room 4 at the Park Centre, Kingswood High Street, (opposite the Civic Centre BS15 9TR, parking in Hollow Road opposite the Civic Centre). Anyone interested in joining us should visit or come along to a meeting. Cost is £2.50 per visit including tea/coffee and biscuits. Annual subscription £20. Paul Hanmore

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WE'VE recently seen an increase in tool thefts from vans across South Gloucestershire. Please tell us if you see anyone acting suspiciously. This crime really does impact on tradespeople’s livelihoods. We know it’s not always possible to empty a work van overnight, but we’d recommend it if you can. Otherwise: • Permanently mark tools with your business name or postcode to make them identifiable • Keep them inside an anchored, secure storage cage or box within the vehicle • Set the alarm as well as locking the van • Park it in a secure garage or with the doors against a wall or another vehicle to make access more difficult If you see anyone trying to break into a van, call 999

immediately. If you see something suspicious but aren’t sure, then ring 101. Don’t help to create a market for stolen goods – we want to hear from you if you see tools offered for sale, online or in person, at a suspiciously cheap price. n n n PCSO Cath Boyce recently visited Longwell Green Primary School to teach the Year 3 children how to stay safe. She talked about using social media and playing online on games consoles, explaining how to make accounts private and how important it is to tell a grown-up if they see something online which worries them. PCSO Boyce also reminded the children not to share any personal information, or any pictures or

video which might show where they live or go to school. She explained that staying together and never going anywhere with strangers would help them stay safe when playing out. Children should always make sure a parent or carer knows where they are and who they are with. If a child is worried by someone, they should always run away home and tell an adult straight away. PCSO Boyce held a competition to see who could design a police car with the most striking safety message. PCSO Andrew LaganaForbes came to choose the winners, Louie and Amelia, who were given a colouring gift bag. We think all the children’s designs were fantastic! PC Lee Humphreys

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Monday August 14 n A free 1 hour session on Dementia Awareness, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Society. at 7.30pm at the Mustard Tree in Watson's Road, Longwell Green. Please text Jane Cox on 07877796872 to book spaces.

Regular events Mondays n Longwell Green Netball, Longwell Green Community Centre, 6.15pm - 8.45pm, every week. Training times: Juniors (under 14s approx) 6.15pm 7.15pm; Seniors 7.15pm - 8.45pm For further information: Contact Sandra (Secretary) 0117 957 2588 or Sara 0117 947 7963 n Jazzercise Class, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7pm, every week For further information contact Carole Loughlin n Longwell Green Music Society, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Fortnightly. The club meet every fortnight on a Monday evening to listen to a range of good recorded music from Bach to Gershwin. Contact Sheila Hufford Telephone 0117 932 3141. n Short Mat Bowls Group, Hanham Community Hall, Elbrow Suite, 10.30am-12.30pm. Cost £2.00 and HCC Membership. contact Jane 0117 967-4439 We have three mats each with two teams of four players, and we play ‘just for fun’ so come along and join in. Also Mon pm, Tues eve and Friday am. n Pilates, Hanham Community Centre, Avon Room, 10am-10.55 and 11.15am to 12.15, £5.50 per class, contact:John Hennessy on 07837 302 678. Classes 10-10.55 and 11.15 - 12.15. n Hanham WI (Afternoon) meets second Monday every month at Hanham Community Centre from

1.30 to 4pm. New members always welcome. 0117 904 9994. n Tai Chi , Hanham Community Centre, Wessex Suite, 10-11am and 11am-12pm, cost £4.50 per session. Contact Vicki Siggens on 01454 616624 or email: vickisiggens@ n “In stitches”, Hanham Community Centre, Ridgeway Room, 1-3pm, cost £2. Contact Sonja Sillay on 0117 983-2805or email: sonja. We are a group who love to stitch! We make cross stitch, tat, knit, bobbin lace, crochet, embroider n Short Mat Bowls Group, Hanham Community Centre, Elbow Suite, 2-4pm, every Monday. Cost £2 and HCC membership. Please contact Jane on 0117 967-4439 n Zumba Fitness, Hanham Community Centre, Wessex Suite, 7pm-8pm, cost £5 per class. Contact Celena Lewis 07525 214755 or email: celena45lewis@ n Kingswood Breastfeeding Group, Kingswood Children’s Centre, 10.30-12pm, every week. Peer Supporters available each week. Free tea and cake. Everybody welcome n 10.30 -11.15am, Zumba Gold, low impact, St Aidan's Church Hall, Fir Tree Lane, BS5 8BJ £3.50 per class. Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. nlow Impact Zumba Fitness, 6.15 - 7.15pm St Aidans Church Hall, Fir Tree Lane, BS5 8BJ Cost: £3.50 (over 60's) £5 adults (or buy 5 classes for the price of 4) Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www.


n Art Class, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10am-12, every week in the coffee Lounge. Watercolour & Drawing with Fran McGarry. Have fun in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. All abilities very welcome. Just come along to one of our sessions or call for

further information. Materials are supplied for the first two classes. Free tea, coffee & biscuits. £8 per session (10% discount when booking 4+ sessions) n Handprints Mother and Toddler Group, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10am-12, every week in Orton Room. Contact Jodie Simms on 07976 093004. n Badminton, Longwell Green Community Centre, 2pm4pm, every week. For further information: Contact Janet, 0117 932 3643 n The Tuesday Club, Longwell Green Community Centre, 2pm-4pm, every week. £3 and refreshments are available. For further information contact Pauline, 0117 932 2553. n Tuesday Stroke Club, Longwell Green Community Centre, 2-4pm every week. The Stroke Club is a mixed group - everyone is welcome. For further information: Contact John Harris on 0117 967 1186 n 50+ keep fit , 11am-noon, (something different every week) £4, KES Club (old legion building next to Lloyds bank on Kingswood High Street) 07736 309272 n Pilates Class, Longwell Green Community Centre, 6.45-7.40pm, every week. Free 15 minute introductory session for beginners, Mats and equipment supplied. Pilates improves: body shape; posture (which will help with back pain); muscle strength; flexibility; coordination and much more. Your instructor is J Hennessy (qualified personal trainer and pilates instructor). For further information please contact J Hennessy, on 0117 986 4914 or 07837 302678. n Hanham Abbots Parish Council, Hanham Hall, Monthly. n Oldland Parish Council, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7pm, n Ballroom Dancing with Terry, Longwell Green Community

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Centre, 7pm-10pm, every week. For further information: Contact Terry, on 0117 932 3071 or email: terrysdanceschool@blueyonder. n Slimming World, Longwell Green Community Centre, 9.3011am, every week. For further information: Contact Sara on 07841195725. n Real Fitness, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Suite, 9.30am-11am every week, cost £6.80 per class. Contact: Sarah Buscemi on 0117 9327533 Diet and fitness classes. Aerobic exercise suitable for all levels and abilities. n Tuesday Coffee Morning, Hanham Community Centre Coffee Lounge, 10.30am-12.30. A social group - so come along for a coffee and a chat - all welcome! n Yoga, Hanham Community Centre, Wessex Suite, 10.15am11.30am, cost £4.50. Contact: Vivien Tallis on 07801550842. Gentle stretches to improve flexibility, relaxation and well being - Drop in sessions. Suitable for beginners n Palette Art Club, Hanham Community Centre Avon Room, 2-4pm, cost £7.50 per month plus HCC Membership.

Hanham Library What’s On Hanham Library July Events Mondays 9:30-10:00 am all year around (except Bank holidays) Bounce & Rhyme - 11:00-11:30am (except July 24th – 28th August) Tuesdays 9:30-10:00am - Story & Rhyme Time 5:00-6:30 - Adult Craft Group

Thursdays 9:30-10:00 - Childminders’ Session Thursdays 2:15-2:45pm (term time only) Storytime - 2:00-3:00 (school holidays only) Free craft drop in most suitable for 4-10s Fridays and Saturdays 10:00-12:00 - Coffee Morning

• Saturday 8th July 2:00-3:00 Chatterbooks (children aged 7-11) • Saturday 8th July 10:00-11:00 Bookwurms (teens aged 11-16) • Saturday 15th July 2:00-3:00 Lego Club (for children 4+ with grown-up; drop-in) • Saturday15th July 9:30 onwards Summer Reading Challenge launch day • Wednesday 2nd August Bristol Zoo workshop-Meet

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August, 2017 n Craft Buddies, Hanham Community Centre, Wesley Room, 1.30pm-3.30pm, every week. Cost £5 per week. Contact 07946231796. Do you have lots of craft items that you are not sure what to do with? Bring them along to our craft group, you will be able to share ideas, get hints and tips, and make the most amazing things. n Slimming World, Hanham Community Centre, Wessex Suite. 3.30pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Cost £4.95 per week plus membership. Please contact Kate on 07979 494 964. Lose weight with the best support and motivation, group ideas and sharing. Warm friendly group - everyone welcome. n Zumba Fitness, 6 - 7pm, Elbrow Suite, Hanham Community Centre Cost : £3.50 (over 60's) £5 adults (or buy 5 classes for the price of 4) Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups. Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www. n Chess Club, Hanham Community Centre, Somerset Room, 7.30pm10.30pm, cost £27 per annum plus HCC Membership. For more information please contact info@ The Chess club meets weekly for a game, and has players of all levels. n Weight Watchers, Hanham Tabernacle United Reform Church, 9.30-10.30am, every week Contact Alice on 07904745331. n Zest Tone Deaf Choir, Longwell Green UFC Church, Bath Rd, Term Time 10.30-12pm. Suitable for anyone who wants to join a fun happy community choir. Contact Mary 07954 170532 or visit www. n Cadbury Heath Breastfeeding Group, Cadbury Heath Children’s Centre, 10-11.30am, every week. Supporters available each week. Come along for tea and cake and support. All welcome. n Fitness class with Sarah, every Tuesday, 9.45-10.45am, Hanham Community Centre. Everyone welcome. For more information, contact sarah. n Grange Badminton Club, Grange School, Warmley, 7.15-10pm. Friendly play badminton club. Age 18 upwards. New members welcome. Call more details call Mike on 07785 375713 or Lynne on 07968 046212. n Tuesday Club - every week Longwell Green Community Centre - 1:45-3:45pm Entertainments and outings. Further information contact Pauline 01179 322553 n Carers Support Group (run by Carers Support Centre) Hanham Community Centre First Tuesday of every month, 1.303.30pm. For further info contact Laura 07752312769


n Dementia Group, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10.3012pm, Every week. n Longwell Green Probus Club, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10am. 1st Wednesday of each month. Fully and semi retired men welcome for fellowship and activities and coffee. Contact Brian on 0117 9604 124. n Longwell Green Probus Club, Longwell Green Community Centre, 12pm. 3rd Wednesday of each month. Fully and semi retired men welcome for fellowship and activities and lunch. Contact Brian on 0117 9604 124. n Short Mat Bowls, Longwell Green Community Centre, 12.30-4.30pm, Every Week. For further information please contact Rosa on 0117 932 373 n Slimming World, Longwell Green Community Centre, 5pm-8pm, every week. n Bingo Night, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7.30-10.30pm, every week. n Public Bar, Longwell Green Community Centre, Orton Room, 7.30-11pm, every week. n Little Folk Toddler Group, Hanham Community Centre, Wessex Suite, 9.15-11.15am, cost £2 a week (£1 second child) plus HCC membership. Please contact Tracie 07887 871274 or email: tracie@ Friendly mother and toddler group meeting weekly. n Over 50s - Light & Easy Aerobics, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Suite, 10-11am, cost £4.50 per session. Please contact Jenny Greenslade on 0117 9613327 bor email greensladejenny@yahoo. com. Light and easy aerobics for +50’s or the less fit. Mats provided but please bring a drink of water. n Tea Dance, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Suite, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 4pm. Cost £3 per person including tea/coffee. Contact HCC Office on 01179674439. n Hanham History, Hanham Community Centre, Wessex Suite, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Cost £1.50 per week. Contact Roy Crew on 07813827822 or email hanhamhistory@gmail. com n Flower Club, Hanham Community Centre, Ridgeway Room, 1.15-3.15pm, cost £20 per 12 week session, per person. Contact Ann Reed on 01179374157 or Shelagh on 01179679255. Flower arranging classes for all ages and abilities. Demonstrate one week and make the next – it’s fun, addictive and social - tea/ coffee and biscuits supplied. n Hanham Players - Drama Club, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Suite, 8pm-10pm. Cost £12 per year and HCC membership. Contact John Blackwood on 07745134248. n Bridge Club, Hanham

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Community Centre, Avon Room, 7.15-10.15pm. Cost £2 per session plus HCC membership. Contact Graham on 07790491564 or email: Very friendly & relaxed club, but some knowledge of Bridge will be needed - not suitable for complete beginners. n Hanham Detachment - Bristol Army Cadet Force, Hanham Community Centre, Ridgeway Room, 7pm-9.30pm. Contact SI Kim Duddridge on 07970690393 or email: kimduddridge@blueyonder. n Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), United Church, Bath Road, Longwell Green, 8pm-9pm, Contact: Bill 07799628252 or visit A fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other - such that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. n Weight Watchers, Longwell Green Scout Hut, Longwell Green Comunity Centre, 6.15-7.15pm. Contact Alice on 07904745331. n Bingo at Hanham Community Centre, 7pm start for 7.30pm Eyes Down. Suitable for all ages and abilities, just bring a pen. For more information call 0117 9674439 n Zumba Fitness, 6 - 7pm, Elbrow Suite, Hanham Community Centre Aimed at lower impact with the option to do higher impact Cost : £3.50 (over 60's) £5 adults (or buy 5 classes for the price of 4) Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www. n 8-9.15pm, Fitness class with Sarah every Wednesday at Longwell Green Primary School. Everyone welcome. For more information, contact sarah. n 8pm, Jive Fusion: Dance classes for beginners upwards mixing LeRoc, ballroom, latin, salsa and stroll. Community Centre, The Arch, High Street, Kingswood, BS15 4AB. Tutor Derek Knapman 07549 590269. £6 on the door or six sessions for £20.

Thursdays n Stroke Conversation Group, Longwell Green Community Centre, 1.30-3pm, every week. n Handprints Mother and Toddler Group, Longwell Green Community Centre, Orton Room, 10-12pm, every week. For further information: Please contact Jodie Simms, on 07976 093004. n Fitness Pilates class with Real Fitness with Sarah, every Thursday, 10-11am at Longwell Green Community Centre. Everyone welcome! For more information, contact sarah.

17 n Badminton, Longwell Green Community Centre, Phipps Hall, 6.15pm-7.45pm, every week. For further information: Contact Brian or Bill at lwgbadminton@ n Longwell Green Orchestra, Longwell Green Community Centre, Ellacombe Room, 7.30pm, every week. This community based orchestra plays mainly light classical music for many local groups, senior citizens clubs and charities in the South West. For further information: Contact Graham on 07972 844073, or email contact@longwellgreenorchestra. net n Avon Scale Model Club, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7.3010.30pm, every third Thursday of the month. n Public Bar, Longwell Green Community Centre, Orton Room, 7.30-11pm, every week, n Line Dancing, Longwell Green Community Centre, 8pm-10.30pm, every week. For further information please Contact Claire, on 0117 967 7246. n Coffee Morning, Hanham Community Centre, Coffee Lounge, 10am -11am, cost 50p for coffee and biscuit. Contact Mrs Woodman on 07879458899. Pop in for a friendly chat; as well as coffee and a Biscuit. n Slimming World, Hanham Community Centre, Wessex Suite, 9.30am and 11.30am. Cost £4.95 per week plus membership. Contact Sara Hayes on 07894670808 or email:rog.suz@ Lose weight with the best support and motivation, group ideas and sharing. n Zumba Fitness, 9.30 - 10.30am, Elbrow Suite, Hanham Community Centre Cost : £3.50 (over 60's) £5 adults (or buy 5 classes for the price of 4) Suitable for all fitness levels and age groups Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www. n Zumba GOLD - lower impact zumba, Elbrow Suite, Hanham Community Centre Cost : £3.50 for everyone. Contact Philomena on 07966 373089. www. n Tiny Tutus, Hanham Community Centre, Ridgeway Room, 10am10.30am, cost £15 for 5 classes and first class is free. Contact Andrea Spearing on 07969265115 or email: Royal Ballet Registered Teacher. n Young at Heart, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Room, 1.30pm-3.30pm, cost £2 per week. Contact the centre office on 01179674439. Come along for a cup of tea, a piece of cake and an afternoon of entertainment. Contact the office for more details. n Hanham Art Club, Hanham

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female singers who can hold a tune. Ordinary people singing extraordinarily. Contact Mary on 07954 170532 or visit www. n 7-9pm Kingswood Choir at United Church Kingswood, Regent Street, all abilities welcome. Patsy Holdsworth 0117 907 8994

Fridays n Longwell Green Women’s Institute, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7.30-10.00pm, every third Friday of the month. Ffi WI House Tel: 0117 9864782 n Zumba Gold in the chair. Ideal class for those who are unable to stand for a long time whilst exercising. At the class, we exercise to Zumba music and incorporate moves using legs, arms, waist, etc. . 1- 1.45pm @ Wessex Suite, Hanham Community Centre. Give it a go - you will be pleasantly surprised! £3.50 per class (includes a hot drink and cake/biscuit afterwards) Contact: are not an exact science, but as Philomena 07966 373089. www. seedlings contain all of the energy and nutrients thatlower they need to n Zumba GOLD, impact get going, don’t want to give Zumba 10 you - 10.45am @ Cadbury Heathanything Hall, School Road,This BS30 8EN them too rich. is why (next tomould co-op,makes Lamb pub andbase the the leaf a good library) £3.50 forforeveryone and something the roots to get Contactin, Philomena 07966to started the perliteon is there 373089 add drainage and prevent water n Crofts IEnd Band We are logging. tendSilver to use something a small friendly brassofband who in the region of 2:2:1 leaf mould, meet inand Hanham Tabernacle perlite compost but equal every Fridaywould evening proportions be7.30-9.00pm fine, most Contact: Denise 887979 or plants aren’t too 07944 fussy. Some seeds Regcourgette 0117 9652229 like and and pumpkin are prone to rotting so especially need the drainage. If you’re Saturdays not making it though, I highly recommend gettingLongwell a commercial n Senior Football: mix forSports, the job,Longwell the rate of success Green Green will be muchCentre, higher than Community 3pm.just sticking seeds in aGreen pot of all n Publicsome Bar, Longwell Community Centre, Orton Room, purpose compost. 4pm-11pm, the Now thatevery the Wassail n The Pavilion Live Music & orchard is over, Club we can really Bingo, Green Community start toLongwell look forward to another Centre, 7.30pm-11.30pm.n bountiful harvest and a year of joy Lounge Bar, Hanham in the company of theCommunity plants that Centre, 7.30PM-11.30PM, HCC hopefully most of us enjoy.cost If you membership. Sheena haven’t got theContact space or time toon 0117 your 967 4439. tend own then remember to n What If Minis, Orchard Rooms St stop once it a while and appreciate Annes Chrurch, 10am-12. For more the trees, and even the humble information find us on weeds that surround us.facebook or contact This is07837181863. the last chance before the garden will require more Sundaysfor you to get some of the attention more menial tasks over and done with, so wrap up warm and employ n Junior Football, Longwell Green


n Short Mat Bowls, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10.30am3.30pm, every week. For further information please Contact Jane on 0117 932 3737 ninto Pilates Class. Longwell Green months that they need to be Community Centre, 10amsown, this means that each week, 10.55am, every week. Free 15 or simply when there’s space in the minute introductory session. Mats propagator, I just take the months and equipment supplied. seeds and sow something new or a For further information please successional sowing of one of this contact J Hennessy on 0117 986 yearsorvegetables. The February and 4914 07837 302678. are by farGreen the largest nMarch Publicgroups Bar, Longwell and so it takes a bit of planning Community Centre, Orton Room,to assure that I have enough 7.30pm -11pm, every at one time. Successional sowing nany Members’ Bar & Quiz Night, is one of the most important Longwell Green Community keys to7.30pm-11pm, getting a long season out of Centre, last Friday of vegetables, but annuals and the month. should nperennial Ballroomplants Dancing withreally Terry,be sown according to the calendar, Longwell Green Community unless they’re growing under Centre, 7pm-10pm, every week. For managed conditions. I did say further information please contact that I’d back3071or on the email grow Terry, onreport 0117 932 lights that I acquired from Britain’s terrysdanceschool@blueyonder. favourite (at least most popular) nfurniture Short Mat Bowls Hanham store, andGroup, I’m glad to say Community Elbrow Suite, that they areCentre, proving extremely 10.30am-12.30pm. Cost £2 perI useful. One of the issues that week HCC membership. have and is that unless I move new Contact Sheena ongreenhouse, 01179674439. seedlings into the nwhich Country “A Line can Lines get very cold,Dance and is Disco”, prone Hanham to severeCommunity slug damage Centre, Elbrow Suite, Monthly when it’s clement, I have only a8pm11.45pm. £5. Contac Clare room thatCost is insufficiently lit. As on it 01179677246 or email:clarelines@ stands I have lettuce, Rudbeckias, A monthly get Chilli, Antirrhinum and various together and longer eveningnicely, of fun other seedlings all growing and untildance. they are big enough for the nbig Chair Exercise - Zumba Gold, time, or simply get moved Hanham Community Centre, because of space. I make my own Elbrow Suite, 1pm-1.45pm, seed compost from leaf mould cost £per class. Contact Philomena from the allotment, perlite and a on 07966373089 or visit www. little compost. The proportions

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Medicines assistant wins award Dealer told A LONGWELL Green pharmacy worker known for her "caring and fun" nature has received a national award. Mary Warner, medicines counter assistant at Ellacombe Pharmacy, was highly commended at the Recognition of Excellence Awards which took place during a gala lunch at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Hosted by Training Matters, the awards celebrate the best of medicines counter assistants, dispensing assistants and pharmacy technicians. Mary, who lives in Longwell Green and has worked at the pharmacy for 14 years, was named highly commended for the Counter Intelligence Award. Judges were impressed at how Mary uses her training and knowledge to tailor products to her community and how she reacts to local information, such as the time she made sure the pharmacy team was well-versed

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hanham&longwellgreenvoice just five seeds of each. We had sampled Vivaldi a week or so earlier which was an excellent cropper all-round with a superb taste. We’ve never weighed our potatoes before but felt we had to for the results of this trial at least and found that Charlotte produced just over 5 kilos. Accord was a larger tuber but less of them with 4.5 kilos. But our best to date has been Picola Star which produced 6.4 kilos. Not including the Vivaldi which was not weighed, our plot has so far produced well in excess of 30 pounds of potatoes for those of us that prefer the old weight measurements from just 15 seeds and we still have our main crops of King Edward and Majestic to come. Our trial concludes that it is easier and more beneficial to make compost than digging, hope you agree. Additionally, as the beds

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a bit daunting for them as they had little gardening experience but lots of determination as our pictures show of just what has been achieved. From a near wilderness they turned their plot around as it now has a superb shed, water butts and raised beds which have produced an excellent mix of crops. Well done both of you! Needless to say, they already have plans for next year as they will also be tackling an adjacent plot as well. If like us you sow seed in multi cell or single trays you’ll know the importance of adding a label to remind us with what we’ve planted. We offered our neighbour on the allotment a tray of six pumpkins to fill a spare bed. Delighted he was,” I’ll make some soup with those in the winter,” as I handed them over. Unfortunately, the tray did not have a label, a golden rule was broken, but I was sure they were pumpkins as I happily watched him plant them a few weeks ago. The plants matured quickly with several flowers forming. But oh, oh in the last few days those pumpkins are rather long and green my neighbour tells me. “It must be the variety” as I tried to convince him, but he was not having it. “They are Courgettes” he said without doubt and I had to agree. Sorry mate, no soup for you! Think I had better pop into our allotment shop in Nicholas Lane, St. George and stock up on more labels. Do you have any spare

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IT has been a busy period lately so I just wanted to start by saying thank you to all of the local residents who took the time to sign my petition opposing any development on Hanham Hills Green Belt, Hanham Sports Ground and Hanham Nature Reserve. There were over 1000 signatures by the time I submitted it to South Gloucestershire Council’s Policies, Sites and Places Plan consultation. I know how much our green spaces are treasured by all local residents, so it is important we continue to show our community’s strength of feeling against unwanted development. n n n The good news for parents is the introduction from Government of the new Extended Free Entitlement funding from this September. This initiative will extend the free childcare available to many parents from 15 hours to 30 hours. I recently visited a local nursery in Hanham to meet with parents and staff ahead of the introduction of this new Extended

Free Entitlement funding scheme, and the initiative is something I greatly welcome. In addition to this, parents can now apply for the new Tax-Free Childcare top-up. This scheme allows working parents of children, who will be aged under four on 31 August 2017, to apply through the new digital childcare service for Tax-Free Childcare and receive a government top-up of £2 for every £8 that they pay into their Tax-Free Childcare account. This will cut childcare costs by up to £2,000 per year for each child under 12 years old, or £4,000 per year for disabled children under 17 years old. As a father of two young children myself, I know how important these measures will be for parents. To submit an application for these schemes, residents can visit https://childcare-support. source=childcarechoices&utm_ medium=microsite n n n I also had the opportunity to visit Hanham Woods Academy

to answer questions from pupils and to discuss the role of our democracy and my role as their local MP. It was a great discussion with excellent questions on a range of national and local issues. Some students from the school were then able to visit Parliament the following week where they were given a tour and shown the process of law making. If any local schools or residents are interested in visiting Parliament then please do get in touch with my office and I can help arrange that for you. n n n I will be holding a host of surgeries and local events throughout the summer to meet with local residents to discuss any issues they have that they would like my help with. If you would be interested in attending one of these events then please do contact me on chris@ or 0117 908 1524. If you would like to pop-in to my office then, as usual, no appointment is necessary, my office is at 60 Hanham High Street, BS15 3DR.

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Barbershop singing is not just for the boys! WHEN four pals decided to enter a singing contest, they expected to have a good laugh and a fun day out. But to their astonishment, the barbershop singers found themselves qualifying for a highly sought after place in the national finals, which take place this autumn. The ladies - who call themselves DayDream Quartet - came together from various a cappella groups, including ones in Coalpit Heath and Longwell Green, but had only been practising as a foursome since March. As soon as they started singing as a quartet, they knew they had something special so decided they would set themselves a challenge. The next thing they knew they had signed up for the preliminary round of the LABBS (Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers) national competition, which was recently held in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire. But they were amazed to hear their names called out as finalists, especially as they were up against more more established quartets. DayDream is made up of baritenor Mary Williams, 42, of Longwell Green, tenor Ali Jack, 61, of Coalpit Heath, bass Claire Bevan, 35, of Frampton Cotterell and lead Jane Crook-Taylor, 51, who recently moved to Wales from Bristol. They got together through their love of music, all regulars on the a cappella choir circuit, Ali, Jane and Mary performing with Planet 24 in

From left to right: Ali, Jane, Claire and Mary aka DayDream Quartet Coalpit Heath and Claire and Ali with the Frampton Cotterellbased Fascinating Rhythm. Mary said: "We formed as local singers who have met due to the friendships and connections with various Bristol local barbershop choruses. " The ladies felt they needed to set themselves a goal so entered the competition just to get some experience. Mary said: "We wanted to have something to aim for but only had 13 weeks before the competition. We were the only ones entering who hadn't been an established quartet for many years so we knew we had a lot of work to do." They were lucky enough to enlist the help of an international coach for a few sessions which set them on the right road. Mary said: "We were just

happy to take part and put on some nice frocks! On the day, we were incredibly nervous but we were as prepared as we could be in the time allowed. "We performed two songs and after we came off stage our hearts were racing but people were coming up to us to say we had done a good job. We had to wait all day for the results as there were 28 quartets in total competing for a handful of places. When our name was called out hours later as a finalist, we couldn't believe it! We jumped in the air and whooped a lot!" The ladies, who rehearse weekly in each other's front rooms, are now looking to up the ante in preparation for the national finals. "It's a bit quiet at the moment because of holidays but we will

really click into action later in August," said Mary. They have even purchased their outfits for the nationals, spotted in a department store sale by eagle-eyed Mary. Although she's not giving too much away, Mary will admit they feature quite a lot of sequins. "They're gorgeous. They just happened to have four of them in the right sizes so I took the risk and bought them. Luckily, when I showed them to the others, they loved them!" Their dedication knows no bounds and in mid-August, the ladies will head - families and dogs in tow - to a 'harmony camp' in Staffordshire where they will give their vocal cords a good blast. Mary, who is the assistant director of Cadbury Heathbased Black Sheep Harmony Ladies Chorus as well as running Longwell Green's Zest Tone Deaf Choir, admits music is in her blood. "Barbershop isn't just old music, which a lot of people seem to think it is. "It's everything - right up to modern day music." The ladies will now need to perfect six songs - two for the semi-finals, two if they get to the finals, and two more if they qualify for the Europeans, which all take place from October 26-29 at the Bournemouth International Centre. Mary said: "We have the start of an exciting journey ahead of us and we are aiming for excellence.We're a bunch of middle-aged women but we've already come a long way."

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Special day for bowling club FRYS Bowling Club celebrated their centenary with a game against the Somerset Bowls Association executive. The longest serving member of the club of 59 years, Brian Hill, captained the team for the day. After the game, which Somerset won, Frys chairman Andy Kendall gave a speech and Somerset president Ken Leamon congratulated

Frys on reaching 100 years and presented them with a shield to mark the occasion. The day finished with a presentation from the secretary on behalf of the family of former life member of the club, John Clothier. The family gave the club John Clothier’s collection of lapel badges and other items he had collected over the years he was playing bowls.

FOOTBALL club Longwell Green Sports are appealing for two volunteers to help run their Shellards Road-based club. The club need of a secretary for the Reserve and A teams who play in the Bristol Premier and Bristol District League. The job involves running the administration side of the two teams for about four hours a week from home and representing the club at meetings (three per season). Volunteers would also be welcome to attend matches on Saturdays although this is not a necessity. A further volunteer is required to run the club's social media and website. If you are interested in either position, call vice chairman Brad Vickerman on 0778 9902503. The club, which also run a first team in the Toolstation Western League, boasts one of the largest junior sections in the South West.

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