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Going underground? AN underground link from the east of Bristol to the city centre has been put forward as a possible option to ease transport congestion. The idea is included in the draft West of England Joint Transport Study, which will be finalised this month. The report says the existing road network will not be able to cope with increased demand and a "mass transit system" might be needed. More immediately, the plans include another park and ride at Warmley, close to the ring road and the A420, as well as park and rides at Emersons Green and at the top of the M32. The West of England Combined Authority, made up of Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council and Bath & North East Somerset Council, is looking at the business case for a number of road improvements. Professor Steve West, interim chairman of the Local Enterprise Partnership, told a WECA meeting it would be vital to work together for the best solutions. “We can’t resolve 50 years of missed opportunities and poor thinking and planning across our city region all at once. We now have the opportunity to be very radical and ambitious about the future. This is the start,” he said.

Slimmers rally to help homeless Kate Hale and her Slimming World group in Hanham have been collecting items to help a Kingswood woman who is on a mission to help homeless people. PAGES 2 & 3

Watch out for meningitis signs A meningitis charity is warning families to be vigilant for signs of the disease following the deaths of two students at St Brendan's Sixth Form College. PAGE 11

Dean takes the helm at SBL

Yummy! Pupils Seren and Abel, both aged 5, show off wares sold at Samuel White's Infant School's coffee morning in aid of cancer charity Macmillan. Report: Page 8.

Sir Bernard Lovell Academy has a new principal. Dean Anderson, a former head at Broadlands Academy in Keynsham says he is thrilled to be in charge at the school in Oldland Common. PAGE 17

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Hayley and daughter Chelsea, 15, don hi-vis jackets ready to help the homeless on the streets of Bristol

' We saw people with no blankets and no sleeping bags. They were shivering, looking half dead' Hayley Jennings

A MUM of four is waging a war against Bristol's homelessness and the red tape she says is hindering men and women getting the support they need. Hayley Jennings, 34, has volunteered with various homelessness charities for the past five years after witnessing her father living rough on the streets. Left frustrated by rules and regulations which she sees as hindering getting effective help to the people who need it most, she has decided to take direct action. For the past few months, Hayley and a group of volunteers have been spending Saturday evenings travelling around Broadmead, the Bear Pit and the city centre handing out food, tents, sleeping bags, blankets and toiletries. The volunteers are all members of a Facebook group called Help Homeless Bristol which Hayley recently set up. She has been staggered to see its membership rise to more than 2,500 in a matter of weeks. "I didn't realise the group was going to take off as well it has and everyone has been fantastic. "As an individual, I don't have to adhere to any red tape. People

who are members of the group give donations such as food and clothes and these will go directly to the homeless. Members can also post shout outs for sleeping bags, tents and food when they see homeless people, which means the items go directly to the people who need them. "Someone posted that they saw a homeless guy with a dog by the Bristol Post building. My friend and I drove down there that evening and luckily he was still in the same place. We gave him a blanket, a tent and some food. He was so grateful. "Some of the volunteers may have felt quite scared to speak to a homeless person but by coming out and engaging with them, they realise they are human with stories to tell." Hayley has been inundated with items, which she has been keeping at her Kingswood home. "Recently we put together 30 care packs with items that had been donated by two women who own a gym. They each contained a new pair of socks, toothpaste and brush, shower gel and sanitary towels. We also made up 40 bags, each with a cereal bar, chocolate bars, biscuits and crisps as well as making up 50 sandwiches. We also went

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to secure a better deal for homeless out with flasks of hot water to make hot chocolate, tea, coffee, instant soups and pastas." Hayley's appeal has been boosted after her friend and Slimming World consultant Kate Hale put the word out at the classes she runs at Hanham Community Centre. Members have now been arriving at class laden with items such as blankets, sleeping bags, coats, socks, pants, hats, scarves and gloves. Hayley said: "There are other charities providing food and toiletries but it's very much line up, take your ticket and go. You can't be under the influence of alcohol when you attend but obviously a lot of people on the streets have got alcohol and drug addictions, which means they can't get help." Hayley said a typical Saturday evening would involve directly helping dozens of people sleeping rough on the streets of Bristol. "One Saturday we arrived in town at about 8pm and left at 11.30pm and during that time we engaged with 60 people. We saw people with no blankets and no sleeping bags. They were shivering, looking half dead. I met a girl on the streets who was just 18 so she was highly vulnerable. She was just wandering around town because she had nowhere to live." Since 2012 Hayley has been volunteering with various homelessness charities, her work including mentoring and helping sex street workers who have drug and alcohol addictions. Hayley said: "My dad is an alcoholic but has been in recovery for five years. At one point he was living in Newport in cardboard boxes and was eating out of bins. He stayed with me several times over the years and sometimes he'd come home covered in blood or I'd find him lying on my doorstop drunk. I'd take him to AA and hospital appointments but he'd go back drinking. "He contracted hepatitis C and was told if he didn't stop drinking he would be dead within a year. Luckily he then stopped drinking, went through his hep C treatment and hasn't had a drink for five years."

Hayley's friend Kate Hale (centre) is accruing donated items after spreading the word via her Slimming World group in Hanham. She is pictured with group members and supporters Mel Latchem and Kandie Monaghan Largely spurred on by what happened to her father, she is also motivated by what she describes as a system which is "set up to fail", saying high rents and changes to the benefits system is making it much easier for people to find themselves on the streets. "It's not difficult for someone to become homeless. If you're sharing the rent with someone and your relationship breaks down it can be difficult to afford to rent on your own. "There are also lots of people who are unable to work through mental health issues. The benefit system has been slashed and they can't afford the top up of their rent. "It's a vicious circle with people going off into rehab or prison and then being thrown back into the hostels in town where they could meet drug users. The system doesn't offer enough intense support for someone to try to turn their life around. The whole system is set up to fail. More focus should be on prevention rather than cure." Hayley claims the government's new and controversial Universal Credit - where people who are out of work or on low incomes are given money directly rather than it going to a landlord -

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will also lead to an increase in homelessness. "If you don't pay your rent you can be thrown out and the council will not be obliged to house you again. Why is the government giving money to a drug addict to pay their rent? It makes no sense." Hayley knows she is just scratching the surface of Bristol's homeless problem. Longer term solutions are needed to make a bigger impact on the scourge of homelessness. "A hostel that is completely free from alcohol and drugs would be good. I've met people who have found themselves out on the street but they don't

want to stay with people who are on alcohol and drugs. I imagine that would be quite daunting and could lead to people being coerced. Then you've got an even bigger problem. "There's only one womenonly hostel in Bristol and that only has 12 beds and is open just four days a week. What are the women doing for the other three days? "What would also be good is to have somewhere in Bristol that homeless people can use to store things. They have to lug sleeping bags and blankets around with them all day because if they leave them anywhere, they'll be gone by the time they've returned." Hayley said homelessness is an even bigger problem in the UK than statistics suggest. "A homeless officer told me the government does a national check of how many people are homeless each year and unless they are sat in the street, they aren't counted as homeless - not even if they are sat in a shop doorway. If I give out a tent, then that person is no longer classed as being homeless. The homeless figures are much, much worse than we are led to believe." A Just Giving page has recently been set up to fund a large shed to store donations, special high performance sleeping bags, flasks, insulated food bags and hi-vis jackets for volunteers. Visit the Facebook group helphomelessbristol to find out more about donating and volunteering. our 24 Hgency r e m E Out Call

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Steve smashes charity target A HOSPITAL worker from Cadbury Heath is celebrating after smashing his target to raise money for a charity close to his heart. Darren Wilshire wanted to support the work of the Stroke Association following the death of his brother Steve. Steve was 41 when he died last May, leaving his family devastated and bewildered as to how such a fit man could die at such a young age. Darren realised although there was plenty of information out there about cancer, there was much less about strokes and how they affect people's lives. After running the Bristol Half Marathon for the last four years, Darren set himself a new challenge to raise money for the Stroke Association. He embarked upon the Cheltenham Half Marathon on

October 1, beating his £200 target by £100. Darren, 35, who works in the catering department at the BRI, said: "I completed it in 1 hour 54 minutes, which I was pretty proud of as I was aiming to finish it in under 2 hours.It was a lovely flat course but running 13.1 miles is still tiring on the legs. I wore my brother Steve's ashes around my neck so he was running with me every step of the way." Darren was supported by his girlfriend Katie and stepdaughter Alisha who cheered him on while he was running. "Steve was a fit and healthy guy with no health problems or family history of strokes so it came as a huge shock to us all," Darren said. "It's really opened my eyes to the fact that no matter how fit and healthy you are, you can still have a stroke."

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Miles of meals ... THANKS to Hanham mum Paula Woodman, hundreds of children in Africa will get free school meals. Paula, 42, along with pals Elly Randall, 40, also from Hanham, and Lauren Alexander, 39, of St George, ran the Bristol Half Marathon to support a charity called Mary's Meals - a global movement which seeks to end child hunger. Paula was inspired to support the charity after working as a volunteer in Tanzania 20 years ago. Paula, who lives with husband Tom and children Danny, aged eight and five-year-old May, said: "Our wee team all crossed the finish line together! We're so pleased, if very achy! Paula's Just Giving page is still open if you would like to donate.


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Rogue trader preys on elderly man POLICE are hunting a rogue trader after a Hanham man in his 80s was persuaded to pay over the odds for having a single roof tile repaired. The gentleman had just returned to his home in Whittucks Road at around 1pm on Saturday September 9 when he was approached by a man who said that a roof tile needed repair. He was persuaded to have the work done there and then. After doing about 20 minutes’ work the man demanded immediate payment in cash. The gentleman was shocked by the amount charged and the incident was reported to police the following day. The man was described as white, aged 25 to 30, and about 5ft 9ins tall. He was driving a

white or silver van or estate car with two ladders on the roof. Neighbourhood beat manager PC Andy Cox said: “We’ve visited this gentleman and given him some crime prevention advice and our Bobby Van carpenter has made some improvements to his home security. "We’d like to hear from anyone with information which could help our enquiries into this incident." Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch online, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217208221. Police say this sort of doorstep crime, where householders are conned into having work done, often unnecessarily or at excessive cost, can be prevented and have

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intimidated, close the door and call 999 straight away • If you or someone you know has been targeted by scammers or rogue traders, report it to Trading Standards through Citizens’ Advice on 03453 04 05 06 • For more advice on how to avoid falling victim to a doorstep con, including setting up a No Cold Calling Zone, visit business/trading-standards/ consumer-advice/doorstepselling/ • If you or someone you know is the victim of a crime and the offenders are still in the area call 999. If you’ve had a caller you’re suspicious of then let police know on 101 straight away.

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n NEWS A HANHAM school tasted sweet success when they took part in the world's biggest coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mums, dads and teachers from Samuel White's Infant School brought in a variety of cakes - from elaborate creations to shop-bought treats - which were sold in the hall, along with tea and coffee. Any leftover cakes were bagged up and sold in the playground after school. The event, organised by the Friends of Samuel White's, raised £500 for the charity. Friends' chairwoman Bryony Davis said: "It was brilliant and everyone really rallied round. We had a huge variety of homemade cakes and shop bought ones. People who didn't have the time to bake donated money instead, which was fantastic. "Teachers came in to buy cakes and had their morning break with us, which was really lovely. The event had a real community feel about it. "We raised £300 in the

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n HISTORY SOCIETY ■ KINGSWOOD YOUTH AND EDUCATION FOR our September topic Tony Harcourt acquainted us with The Medieval Archer and in doing so gave us a thorough tour through the life and times of long bow archers in military service in the period following the devastating effects of the 14th century plagues. We learned of the poor living conditions for normal folk that motivated young men to become soldiers and of the compulsory archery training that began in earnest before their sixth birthday. In August we had a trip to Winchester to visit the impressive Guildhall and Cathedral and then went on to the picturesque, historic village of Bucklers Hard, where ships were built in the 18th century, its maritime museum and reconstructed shipwrights' cottages with the added benefit of a living history tour. We finished the visit with a boat cruise along the beautiful Beaulieu River. A fascinating commentary revealed its

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Hanham man charged with murder A HANHAM man is one of two men charged with murder following the death of a 47-year-old from Avonmouth. The body of Andy Groves was discovered following a fire at a property in Oakhanger Drive, Lawrence Weston, on Sep 29. A post mortem examination showed he died from multiple blows to the head. Russell Oakey, 41, of High Street, Hanham, and Michael Dommett, 38, of Oakhanger Drive, Lawrence Weston, were both charged with murder on October 3. A 31-year-old man has also been arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in police custody at the time Hanham and Longwell Green Voice went to print.

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A LEADING meningitis charity is calling on parents to make themselves aware of the signs and symptoms of the potentially deadly disease, saying not all mums and dads can afford private vaccinations. It comes in the wake of the deaths of two students from St Brendan's Sixth-Form College as well as recent reports of other cases of meningitis in Bristol. Vaccines against strains of the disease are available; however there is no vaccine to protect against all types. Isabel Gentry, 16, and George Zographou, 18, both students at St Brendan's, died from meningitis B, a very complex and aggressive strain of bacterial meningitis. Currently vaccines for meningitis B are given to babies as part of the childhood immunisation programme but if your child was born before May 1, 2015 they will not be offered it. The vaccine is, however, available privately, with Boots in Longwell Green being especially busy with requests from concerned parents.


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Public Health England (PHE) says the number of cases of meningitis B is what would be expected. In a letter to headteachers dated September 19 2017, Julie Yates of PHE, said: "There have been four cases of meningococcal disease in a social network of young people who have previous links to St Brendan’s College, Bristol. These cases have occurred over a 15 month period. All four cases were caused by a group B strain of the meningococcal bacteria (Men B). Ms Yates added that PHE is arranging Men B vaccinations for 150 people that have been identified as having had specific contact with the previous cases. She added: "These individuals are being personally contacted are being offered antibiotics and vaccination. We can confirm that there is no additional risk to other students attending St Brendan’s college or to the wider population."


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n NEWS A FULL-SIZE working model of Star Wars’s R2D2 visited students at King’s Oak Academy. Built by Paul Felski, the husband of Julie Felski, head of Hercules House at King’s Oak, R2D2 was a surprise visitor at an assembly for 170 students aged 11 to 16. It took Paul more than nine years to build the robot, with contributions from King’s Oak Design and Technology department Designed from scratch, the robot is made from wood, aluminium, acrylic, different types of plastic, is radio controlled and plays the Star Wars music. It is powered by rechargeable batteries installed in the head and body. This is not Paul’s first foray into robot building. Paul has also built B9 from Lost in Space; he is 7ft tall, is interactive and speaks. Paul and Julie exhibit him at Comic Cons around the country. Julie said, “This was a brilliant event for our students; it proves that if you set your mind on something you can achieve it with hard work and persistence. I hope our students will be inspired.”

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OCTOBER is a sad month for supporters of Hanham Library as it marks the start of reduced opening hours. Despite a massive campaign to keep the hours the same, South Gloucestershire Council has gone ahead with reductions in staffed hours across the district. Eight libraries, including Cadbury Heath, now have swipe card access from 7:30am - 8:30pm, seven days a week. The Hanham Library building was not considered suitable for the Open Access technology. The library is now open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5.30pm and Saturdays from 9,30am to 1pm.

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100 not out THIS year sees the centenary of part of the oldest uniformed voluntary organisation, The Boys’ Brigade. Although founded back in 1883 the Junior Section age group now celebrates its hundredth birthday. There are companies across The UK and the world and The Boys’ Brigade has organised special events over the year including sleep-overs, activity weeks and charity events. As the new year approaches Avon Battalion Boys’ Brigade would welcome any new members and helpers join them continue this work in what is a great organisation. The local Boys’ Brigade has groups across the Bristol area in Hanham, Kingswood, St.George, Bedminster and Hengrove as well as companies in Yate and Weston-super-Mare for ages 5-19. Although up till recently it has been a boys’ organisation our group in Windmill Hill now caters for both boys and girls. For more information on how to join one of our groups please call Mark Fuller on 07736 547680 or Find us on Facebook @ Avon Battalion Boys’ Brigade.

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Oh yes it is! Bristol School of Performing Arts proves a launchpad for pantomime stars DRAMATIC happenings in Brislington! The Bristol School of Performing Arts is currently enjoying one of the most successful periods in its 45-year history. Through its management and staff, the school has always enjoyed a very close association with the professional theatre, with its Artistic Director John Redgrave having directed productions in the West End and provinces for more than 40 years. The school’s teaching faculty carries a similar pedigree, with each and every member notching up many years of performing in both theatre and television. BSPA is also extremely proud of its student success rate, with many appearing in both the West End and provinces. In recent months

Santiago Weston has appeared as Gavroche in Les Miserables and in the national tour of Mary Poppins. Ex student Madeleine Smith has joined the London cast of Mamma Mia to cover the part of Sophie while her sister Emilie is playing Portia the otter in Wind in the Willows at the London Palladium. This year’s Christmas pantomime season sees ex student Lauren Hampton playing principal girl Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington opposite John Barrowman and The Krankies at Manchester’s Opera House Theatre. Congratulations also go to 32 lucky students chosen to represent BSPA when they support Collabro on Monday 13th November at Bristol’s Colston Hall.

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n NEWS Woman hurt in hit and run

SIR Bernard Lovell Academy welcomes its new principal, Dean Anderson, who has taken up his post at the start of the 2017-18 academic year. Mr Anderson knows the Wellsway trust area well. From 2012-16, he was Principal

of Broadlands Academy in Keynsham, where he was praised by Ofsted for fostering ‘a culture of high expectations and ambition’. Wellsway MAT chief executive Andrea Arlidge said: “We are delighted that Dean has

joined us. He is a strong and experienced school leader with a proven track record.” Mr Anderson says, "I am thrilled to be the Principal of SBL. We have had a very positive start to the year with students responding well to our high expectations."

A PENSIONER was left injured after a hit and run accident in Church Road, Redfield. The incident happened at about 12.50pm on Monday September 11. A 78-year-old woman was using a pedestrian crossing, near Gilbert Road, when she was hit by the motorbike. The rider failed to stop at the scene, making off on foot. The lady was taken to hospital where she was treated for a broken knee and shoulder. She underwent a shoulder replacement three weeks later. Officers are grateful to people who stopped to help.Police seized the motorcycle, a blue Suzuki SV650 K3, and their enquiries continue. Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch through the police website, www. contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217207819.


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Working together for sixth-form excellence SCHOOLS in the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust offer fantastic options for students aged 16 to 18. The sixth form at Wellsway School is one of the largest in the West of England and attracts an increasing number of entrants from other schools as well as welcoming back its own students after GCSEs. Its size means it can offer an extensive range of courses that enable young people to follow their aspirations and exceed expectations. Wellsway works in collaboration with the sixth forms at SBL Academy and the trust’s two smaller specialist schools, IKB Academy and The Bath Studio School. This enables it to provide a more exciting and comprehensive offer through a mix of broad-based and specialist pathways.. IKB, which has a science and engineering specialism, saw its

first group of students off to university this month after highly successful A-level and Btec results. Bath Studio, which has been open three years and specialises

in creative and digital media, has achieved similar success. The two specialist schools are building strong links within their sectors, providing real-world work experience for students.

This gives sixth-formers an advantage when competing for apprenticeships or employment as well as higher education places. Wellsway MAT is an inclusive trust and recognises that achievement can come in many forms, not simply exam results. The sixth forms offer a host of opportunities for students within and outside lessons, including sports, arts, music and volunteering. This enables young people to assume responsibility, build relationships and develop confidence for their next steps in life. A key feature is the extremely strong pastoral support and personalised career guidance for every individual. To find out more about Wellsway Multi Academy Trust and its schools and sixth forms, visit

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SIR Bernard Lovell Academy in Oldland Common is seeking a chair of governors. The popular local secondary school is part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust and has its own local governing body. The academy saw greatly improved exam results this summer and its new principal Dean Anderson has a proven track record. This puts SBL in a strong position to move forward with the support of the trust, governors, staff and families. Andrea Arlidge, chief executive of Wellsway MAT, said the role of chair would be hugely rewarding. “It is a chance to have a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of young people in our area,” she said. “We are a local trust, committed to working together for the benefit of everyone in our care. “Each school has unique characteristics and it is the job of the chairs to uphold those,

while also collaborating with the trust and the schools within it to ensure that we provide the very best education for all the young people and families we serve.” Malcolm Broad, chair of another governing body in the trust, added: “The trust takes care of finance, buildings and HR, which leaves the governors free to focus on education. We look at attendance, achievement and attainment and provide support and robust challenge to the head teacher. “Being a governor brings opportunities for personal and professional development, especially as chair, which is an important leadership role. It is very satisfying to help a school grow, and being part of a growing academy trust is exciting. Of course, training and coaching is provided for all aspects of the job.” To find out more about the school, visit www.slblearning.

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n FEATURE IT'S three o'clock on Sunday afternoon and the dance floor is starting to fill. The beat is unmistakable, or at least it is for people in the know. Because this is northern soul - and it's alive and kicking in the middle of Speedwell. The bi-monthly event, called Splash of Soul, takes place at Barton Hill Rugby Club in Speedwell and is the brainchild of three like-minded soulies keen to recapture the buzzing soul scene of the north of England. The pals - Martyn Johnson, Jimmy Manu and Malcolm Beedle - take it in turns to play 45-minute sets and also enlist the occasional guest DJ just to add a new dimension to the mix. Soul snobs might be disappointed but the music isn't exclusively played out on original vinyl. Ironically, this may well be the reason Splash of Soul is so successful. All that's required is that a tune has a good beat and makes you want to dance. The value of a record has no truck with this crowd. "It's what comes out of the speakers which counts," insists Martyn, a 61-year-old van driver. "Some parts of the scene are all about original vinyl but we don't care; we'll play off CD, although 70 per cent of the music we play is vinyl. We don't worry if a record doesn't cost £1,000 ." Martyn, who lives in Stapleton, is referring to the extortionate amounts of cash that some northern soul DJs will pay for original vinyl. And when he mentions £1k, he's not joking - the most expensive northern soul record sold was the Frank Wilson classic Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) which went for a staggering £25,742 in 2009. "We're not trying to be smart and clever and don't profess to know everything about northern soul, rare soul and R&B," says Jimmy, 58, a building site

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manager who lives in Kingswood. "I play vinyl but most people don't come up to look at whether we're playing original vinyl, represses or CDs - they're not bothered. They just want to have a good time. "Certain people look down their noses if you're not playing original vinyl but we don't care what people think. If they don't like that then they don't have to come." Malcolm - known affectionately on the soul circuit as Malc the Talc - has been DJing since the 1980s. He admits to spending a lot more on original vinyl than Martyn and Jimmy, shelling out £800 for Danny Owens' You're A Little Too Late. "I'm lucky enough to have a

WHAT IS NORTHERN SOUL? • Northern soul has its roots in obsure 60s and 70s black American dance music • The phrase northern soul was coined on this side of the Atlantic • It became popular in the north of England with young fans flocking to meccas such as Wigan Casio and Manchester's Twisted Wheel to dance at allnighters • Classic tunes include If This Is Love by The Precisions, Turning My Heartbeat Up by the MVPs and Dean Parrish's I'm On My Way • Northern soul is associated with a particular dance style. Some athletic dancers take inspiration from disco and break-dancing, performing spins, kicks and backdrops • The music is often distinguished by its fast and furious beat but it also yields some slower treasures, including If I Could Only Be Sure by Nolan Porter

lovely set of original vinyl which I've collected over the years but I've got no problem with others playing from CD or repressings," said the 57-year-old postman. "I don't show off about my collection; it's just something I'm passionate about. It's more fun waiting for originals to come up for sale. Sometimes I might have to wait a year but if I wanted to buy a repressing of the same song, I could probably look on the internet and find it straight away.I buy original vinyl because I enjoy them and want to play them to other people in the hope that they'll enjoy them as much as I do." The three met through the Bristol soul circuit, their passion for music and DJ-ing leading them to think about getting something off the ground themselves. Martyn said: "Up in the Midlands and the north the northern soul scene is thriving, you have a choice lots of venues where you can go to hear it. We travelled up to a few dos on Sunday afternoons and it just seemed to work. We thought 'Why not give it a go here?'" Splash of Soul has been running for nearly two years now, gradually gaining momentum as word spreads.

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The name was something Jimmy had been carrying around in his head, a nod to the Reggae Sunsplash events at Crystal Palace he used to attend in the 1980s. Visitors need only have one thing in common - a love of northern soul, or at the very least, a curiosity to find out more. "If a stranger turns up, it won't be long before someone starts talking to them and asking their name and where they're from. That's how friendly it is," Martyn says. Like most northern soul devotees, Martyn clearly remembers the day he discovered the musical genre which was to remain close to his heart for the rest of his life. "It was 1975 and I was in Jersey on holiday. There was a group of northern lads dancing to this brilliant music and I'd never seen dancing like it. It was nothing like the way people in Bristol danced. I wondered what the hell was going on but I was hooked." It was also 1975 when Jimmy, a lad of 16, discovered northern soul. From his home in Huntingdon, he travelled to various venues to catch top soul DJs. Later, he became a regular at the 100 Club in London and the Ritz in Manchester, moving down to Bristol 20 years ago. "Huntingdon was a hotbed for soul music. I loved it from the minute I heard it." It was a similar story for Malcolm, who was a mod in the 1970s and thought that meant listening to the Beatles. It wasn't until he and his girlfriend, now wife, Cath, chanced upon a club in Prince Street, Bristol called Steamers in the late 70s. "When I walked through the door and heard this music I'd never heard before, I was smitten. I knew then this would be the music I'd be listening to for the rest of my life." Jimmy's clubbing days took a bit of a back seat until about four years ago when he hosted a charity northern soul event at the Begbrook Club after his wife had

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been treated for breast cancer. He started to go looking for local soul events, meeting Martyn and Malcolm in the process. "We started up Splash of Soul and the rest is history, as they say," said Jimmy. Martyn dismisses the idea that northern soul is elitist: "The scene has been misinterpreted


as 'cliquey' because northern soul isn't as widely available as mainstream music but to me, it's friendly. No one takes any notice of how you dance, you just get into the music and the music takes you. It's all about the beat." Malcolm, who lives in Downend, agrees: "There's something about Splash of Soul

at the rugby club that makes people feel relaxed. They don't have to worry about whether they're the greatest dancer. Some places feel intimidating and people don't even feel they can ask the DJ for a particular record but that's not true of Splash of Soul. It just really, really works."

21 The trio have been branching out, holding occasional evening charity bashes at Lockleaze Community Centre and the Begbrook Club. More recently, Splash of Soul evenings at the Crafty Cow pub in Gloucester Road have been popular and look like becoming a regular fixture. Martyn has high hopes for the future of the local soul scene. "There's more northern soul in Bristol now than there was five years ago which bodes well for the future," he said. "A lot of people are in their 60s and 70s and can remember it from when it first began. But it's not just for older people who remember the original scene. The youngest person I ever saw at a northern soul night was a 10-year-old and he really knew the music! "I'd love Splash of Soul to be an event that is worthy of the scene in the north, but at the end of the day our aim is for people who like soul music to come along and enjoy themselves." The next Splash of Soul takes place at Barton Hill Rugby Club, Duncombe Road, Speedwell, on Sunday October 29 from 2-8pm. Entry is £3.

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA Sunday October 15 n 10.30am, 188th Church Anniversary Gift Day Celebrations, Rev J Jang, Hanham United Reformed Church, Tabernacle Road. 4.00pm Songs of Praise with Des & Hilary Colechin followed by anniversary tea, Hanham United Reformed Church, Tabernacle Road. Saturday October 21 n 7pm, 188th Church Anniversary Concert by Salvation Army South Western Divisional Fellowship Band. Hanham United Reformed Church, Tabernacle Road. Tickets £7 on sale now or call 0117 960 2077.

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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. n Low 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 Keep Fit enjoy yourself whilst keeping fit. Cadbury Heath Hall. 10-11am. Contact Linda 0770 7076281. n 10-11am, Mature Movers exercise class, suitable for beginners, £5. Longwell Green Community Centre, Shellards Road, BS30 9DU. Contact: Alison Jordan, 0117 932 3722/ n 11.15am-noon, low intensity exercise class for those with long term health conditions, £3. Longwell Green Community Centre, Shellards Road, BS30 9DU. Contact: Alison Jordan, 0117 932 3722/ n 6.30-7.30pm, Tae-KwonDo suitable for age 5 to 60 years. Cadbury Heath Hall. Contact Paul on 0777 9612632.


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

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information: Contact Janet, 0117 932 3643 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

Hanham Library What’s On Mondays 10:30-11:00 am (except Bank holidays) Bounce & Rhyme for babies and preschool children

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Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 am all year around Story & Rhyme Time 11:00-12:00 Adult Reading Group 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 5:00-6:30 pm Adult Craft Group

9th September 10:30-11:30 once a month Lego Club (children 4+ with grown-up; free drop-in)

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A new programme of free activities for children and young people is coming to Hanham library from 1st September 2017 and new faces are always welcome. We have a range of activities and new times so come and join us for fun and make friends. Let your

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imagination run wild at our Lego Club which is aimed at Primary school aged children and their grown-ups or learn new rhymes with your baby or toddler at our preschool bounce and rhyme session. If you are aged 11-16 you can come along to Bookwurms, our teenage book group. These are just a few of the exciting activities we have so check out the website http:// or contact your local library for more details.

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October, 2017 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 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. 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 - 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 Bath Approach Course Seniors Golf Club are looking for new members for the Winter season. If you enjoy golf, are in the 55+ age group please come and join us. No handicaps necessary, male and female members welcome. We are a small friendly amateur club and play on a Tuesday morning. If you would like to join us simply come along to the Bath Approach Course on a Tuesday morning at around 0900hrs and have a chat and find out further information.


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

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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 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,

23 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. n 6.30-7.30pm,Tae-Kwon-Do suitable for age 5 to 60 years. Cadbury Heath Hall. Contact Paul on 0777 9612632.


n Flower arranging at North Common Village Hall, 7.30pm. Twiglets Flower Club meets on the last Thursday evening of the month. Regular tutor, friendly group, new members and beginners welcome. Telephone 0117 932 5852. 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. n Badminton, Longwell Green Community Centre, Phipps Hall, 6.15pm-7.45pm, every week. For further information: Contact Brian at lwgbadminton@blueyonder. n Longwell Green Orchestra, Longwell Green Community

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n WHAT’S ON 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, 10am-

10.30am, 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 Community Centre, Avon Room, 7pm-9pm, cost £20 per term, contact Sandra Burnham on 07491835285. n Learn to Dance the Ballroom Way, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Suite, 7pm-7.30pm. Contact David Biggs on 01179782667. at 7:30pm n Modern Sequence Dance Club, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Room, 7.45pm-10pm, cost £3 per person, £12 per annum and HCC membership. Contact David Foote on 01179657110 or Robin on 01179563151.Modern ballroom, Latin and old time sequence dancing. All new sequences taught as well as old favourites with professional teacher David Biggs (IDTA). Some knowledge of dancing essential. n Slimming World, Hanham Community Centre, 5.30pm and 7.30pm, cost £4.95 per week and membership. Contact Sara Hayes on 07894670808. Lose weight with the best support and motivation, group ideas and sharing. n Big Knits, Hanham Community Centre, Wesley Room, 7.30pm10pm every 3rd Thursday of the month. Cost £3 per session. Contact Linda on 01179400232. Hints and tips on machine knitting. n Bouncing Bobbins, Hanham Community Centre, Wesley Room, 2nd Thursday of the month, cost £12 per annum, contact Kathy Smart on 01179477839 or email are a self help lace group that actively promotes lace through the making of traditional and contemporary




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n Short Mat Bowls, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10.30am3.30pm, every week. For further information please Contact Jane on 0117 932 3737 n Pilates Class. Longwell Green Community Centre, 10am10.55am, every week. Free 15 minute introductory session. Mats and equipment supplied. For further information please contact J Hennessy on 0117 986 4914 or 07837 302678. n Public Bar, Longwell Green Community Centre, Orton Room, 7.30pm -11pm, every week. n Members’ Bar & Quiz Night, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7.30pm-11pm, last Friday of the month. n Ballroom Dancing with Terry, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7pm-10pm, every week. For further information please contact Terry, on 0117 932 3071or email terrysdanceschool@blueyonder. n Short Mat Bowls Group, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Suite, 10.30am-12.30pm. Cost £2 per week and HCC membership. Contact Sheena on 01179674439. n Country Lines “A Line Dance Disco”, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Suite, Monthly 8pm11.45pm. Cost £5. Contac Clare on 01179677246 or email:clarelines@ A monthly get together and longer evening of fun and dance. n Chair Exercise - Zumba Gold, Hanham Community Centre, Elbrow Suite, 1pm-1.45pm, cost £per class. Contact Philomena on 07966373089 or visit www. 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

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October, 2017 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: Philomena 07966 373089. www. n Zumba GOLD, lower impact Zumba 10 - 10.45am @ Cadbury Heath Hall, School Road, BS30 8EN (next to co-op, Lamb pub and the library) £3.50 for everyone Contact Philomena on 07966 373089 n Crofts End Silver Band We are a small friendly brass band who meet in Hanham Tabernacle every Friday evening 7.30-9.00pm Contact: Denise 07944 887979 or Reg 0117 9652229 n Bingo, social enjoyment, Cadbury Heath Hall. Doors open 7pm for eyes down 8pm. Eightpage book, two fliers, raffle and refreshments. Contact Mike 0794 7845103.


n Senior Football: Longwell Green Sports, Longwell Green Community Centre, 3pm. n Public Bar, Longwell Green Community Centre, Orton Room, 4pm-11pm, every week. n The Pavilion Club Live Music & Bingo, Longwell Green Community Centre, 7.30pm-11.30pm.n Lounge Bar, Hanham Community Centre, 7.30PM-11.30PM, cost HCC membership. Contact Sheena on 0117 967 4439. n What If Minis, Orchard Rooms St Annes Chrurch, 10am-12. For more information find us on facebook or contact 07837181863.


n Junior Football, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10.30am. n Senior Football, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10.30am. n Mustard Tree Community Church, Longwell Green Community Centre, Calafornia Suite, 10.30am, every week. Ffi visit n Short Mat Bowls, Longwell Green Community Centre, 10.30am12.30pm, every week.Contact Rosa, on 0117 932 3737. n Junior Girls’ Football, Longwell Green Community Centre, 1pm. n Senior Football, Longwell Green Community Centre, 2.30pm n Bingo Night & Members’ Bar, Longwell Green Community Centre, 8pm-10pm, . Doors open at 8pm and bingo starts at 9pm. Bar open. n Lounge Bar, Hanham Community Centre, 12pm-2pm, cost HCC membership. Contact Jane on 0117 967 4439. n Solo Rendezvous walk every Sunday in the local area, 11am. For details: 01454 775508 / 01454 774984 / 0117 9850210.

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Look out for the next production

Emma Tarbuck as Pixie "I'll get my man" Potter

IF these photographs are anything to go by, the next production by the Kingswood Players looks set to be a real treat. Members of the am-dram group will present I'll Get My Man, a farce by comedy master Philip King. The show centres around TV series hero Peter Graham (Dave Munro) who is continually chased by fans, in particular Pixie Potter, who is played by Emma Tarbuck. Peter seeks refuge at his uncle Humphrey's country rectory but soon chaos ensues and peaceful village life is shattered. Performances take place at Glenis Noble as Mrs Carter and Kingswood Community Centre, BS15 4AB, on Friday and Saturday Sue Williams as Harriette October 20-21 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £8 for adults and £7 for concessions.

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Summer harvest autumn planting TRADITIONALLY the coldest month, February is the beginning of the excitement I always get when I start to see signs of the end of winter, and the first tempting indication of spring emerging from Our photo above indicates the ground. Since mid January Hallowe’en is just a couple of weeks there have been signs of the away and our clocks will soon go Autumn sown bulbs, and even the back one hour telling us summer is buds of a Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ that over! But it’s a greatabout. time toFrom reflect I’d almost forgotten on what we’vetoachieved over the that I’m going take some root last few months and lookitforward cuttings this week before get’s to autumn Overall ourit too large, if planting. I leave much longer summer has been wetisbut warm; will be too late. Winter a good together thisroot hascuttings helped produce time to take and get great harvests the new plants around growingthe forplot. Spring But we theare humidity not late helpby but gettingdid a little thoseBy growing as this now. the endtomatoes of the month we’ll is a perfect blight have the suncondition setting atfor around to occur some had 6pm, thatand willfor really lift itthe spirits devastating effects, outfor a of anyone who has awiping tendency cropWinter in a few days, but nothave so for the blues. I usually a Matt, one of our plotbut holders on positive disposition, this season Allotments. IHillside have found even myself suffering Although, Matt has a and dark from the prolonged damp conditions. greenhouse he prefers to grow It’s alsooutside a busy month tomatoes and ourwhen picture it to picking starting proves to sow why. seeds ofcomes just one for this years vegetables, annuals, Mountain Magic and Crimson and some perennials. To under Crush weremore grown from seed make suretransplanted that nothing into gets aleft glass and bed out, and any to manage of so without special sowing preparation many different plants, came up as he maintains there Ishould be with a simple but effective system. enough nutrients in reasonable soil Using little pots just using for tomatoes to or thrive. Likewise, elastic bands,cucumbers I group theBush seeds his outdoor Champion, grown the same way had an excellent crop of no less than ten excellent specimens picked at the same time as the tomatoes with more to follow. We mentioned autumn planting above, this includes garlic bulbs and spring cabbage plants which are hardy and will develop well throughout the winter, but protect the latter with netting otherwise pigeons will see them as a tasty meal. Broad Beans are an excellent crop to sow in the autumn for


early harvesting next spring with Aquadulce Claudia or Super Aquadulce being the favourites of many. But here’s a tip to get your beans off to an excellent start. Whilst Broad Beans can be sown directly into the ground, germination canthey sometimes into months that need to be be hit and miss. As an alternative, sown, this means that each week,use a plastic bag that excludes or simply when there’s spacelight; in the place a small amount of damp propagator, I just take the months multi-purpose compost into seeds and sow something newthe or a successional of one of this bag, addingsowing the beans whilst years vegetables. Thehave February ensuring the seeds a thinand March groups are by far largest coating of compost andthe leave in a and so it takesfor a bit of planning to warm place a few days. If you assure that enough space haven’t gotI have a suitable bag, use aat any one time. sowing shallow seedSuccessional tray, simply covering isthe onebeans of theinmost important compost. As the beans keys to to getting a long season out begin sprout, transfer them of vegetables, but annuals and perennial plants should really be sown according to the calendar, unless they’re growing under managed conditions. I did say that I’d report back on the grow lights that I acquired from Britain’s favourite (at least most popular) furniture store, and I’m glad to say that they are proving extremely useful. One of the issues that I have is that unless I move new individually into three inch pots seedlings into the greenhouse, or six-cell trays andcold, allow them which can get very and is to develop into seedlings. When they prone to severe slug damage are just few inches tall,only harden when it’saclement, I have a themthat off and plant themlit. into room is insufficiently Asyour it final growing bed. Rudbeckias, stands I have lettuce, Now, hands-up those who Chilli, Antirrhinum and various like parsnips! OK. Hands up those who other seedlings all growing nicely, like Turnip Chervil! until they areRooted big enough forYou’ll the be time, forgiven if you get notmoved familiar big or simply with thisofvegetable, not my many of because space. I make own us are. Turnipfrom Rooted seed compost leafChervil mould or Chaerophyllum bulbosum which from the allotment, perlite and a havecompost. short stubby roots have little The proportions

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a packet of Turnip Rooted Chervil, the packs contain a minimum of 200 seeds for just over a couple of pounds and although it will be next year before your results are known, we’ll be delighted if you let us have your feedback, perhaps together we can put this great vegetable back on the map. Apart from growing fresh vegetables, if you ask a group of plot holders why they have an allotment almost certainly everyone give a different yourself withwill some of you these. answer. This could rangebe from, • Force rhubarb as it should retired to and have time, unwinding starting grow quite nicely now from a stressful job or simply, • Sow early vegetables and ones its great exercise my own that have a longat season, likespeed leeks, with lots fresh air. So it’s no onions andofceleriac wonder that plot holders keep • Many annuals are sown this their ground years, but month so looksfor at many your seed that doesn’t mean to say packets and make sure youvacancies don’t never arise. Plots become vacant miss anything forback various reasons, perhaps the • Cut shrubs like Dogwood currentand holder needs to downsize (Cornus) Willow (Salix) down upsize, meet new everyone’s toortheir basewe to try getto a good needs and so availability is always growth a nice display at the end of the year changing. Please get in touch • This is the thatinterested you’ll with us iflast youchance could be get moveone anyofshrubs andand treestell in to taking our plots around us your requirements, we’ll be • Finish clearing up any winter delighted to hear from you. debris such as dead leaves and think about up old plants Email:tidying in preparationorforcall this0117-932-5852. years growth www.bristoleastallotments. • Pot on rooted cuttings that were com. taken last year Bristol East Allotments • Prune winter floweringNicholas shrubs Lane, Association, now that the colour has faded St George. BS5 8RU. * Get excited

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RABBITS are considered docile and passive creatures. However, it is not uncommon to see aggressive behaviour that can be surprising, or even alarming, to a new owner. Dominance is probably the most common cause of aggression. Rabbits can fight to establish dominance within a group or to keep newcomers out. Neutering can reduce this but may not be sufficient to completely eliminate the aggressive behaviour. Rabbits can also fight over resources like favourite snacks, food bowls and water bottles. A good rule of thumb is to provide extra – so provide for as many pets as you own, plus one more. Rabbits may also be aggressive

towards people. Again the rabbit may be trying to establish dominance, but it could also be the result of pain or illness, or even learned behaviour. For example, children can sometimes be over enthusiastic with pets and may inadvertently create a certain behaviour. Another cause of aggression towards people could be improper socialisation, or even a previous trauma that may create an aversive behaviour. Every rabbit is different and management of aggression can vary widely depending on its cause. It is important to try to read a rabbit’s body language as rabbits may try to communicate some

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October, 2017


Cleaner buses on their way

Chris Skidmore Kingswood MP writes for

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I WANTED to update local residents on some important announcements the Government recently made benefiting our area. The Government has given South Gloucestershire Council an extra £4.2 million for 110 new buses. This money will be used to purchase gas and electric busses to use on services around our area, and will be more comfortable, cost efficient and better for the environment. I hope this additional funding translates to a more efficient service for local residents. Our area is also benefiting from a recent Government investment of £3.9m million in a scheme to help improve the skills and opportunities of up to 3,000 adults. The new system will support some residents in low paid jobs to achieve in-work progression through tailored interventions

and actions such as diagnostic assessment, action planning, training, and support to move jobs. These announcements show the considerable investment the Government is making in to our area and, as the local MP, I will always fight to secure the investment that our area deserves. Finally, I wanted to inform residents that South Gloucestershire Council’s public consultation for a potential M4 Link Road is now live and will run until Monday October 16. This is something I have been campaigning for since I was first elected as the MP for the area in 2010, and having personally secured the money for this study from Government, I would urge all interested residents and businesses to give their views to the council regarding the two proposed

locations of any potential new junction. There is an opportunity for residents to contribute their thoughts online or to attend any one of the multiple public drop-in sessions planned. For drop-in session dates, and further information, including a link to the online questionnaire, please visit As ever, if there are any issues local residents have then please do get in contact with me on or 0117 908 1524. Alternatively, if constituents would like to keep up to date with local news stories then they can ‘like’ my Facebook page chrisskidmoreofficial/ With all best wishes, Chris

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n ADVERTISING FEATURE SPIRE Bristol Hospital is to host women’s health information evenings this coming October in a bid to dispel myths and enlighten individuals of treatment options available to them right here in Bristol. It’s the 21st Century and many people in the UK would consider themselves unshockable - so why are we all so reluctant to discuss health issues such as gynaecological cancers, breast cancer and ‘embarrassing’ issues such as incontinence? Here at Spire Bristol Hospital we recognise that talking about women’s health is the first step to changing and saving lives. Consultant Gynaecologist Miss Sanchita Sen and Consultant Breast Surgeon Mr Simon Cawthorn of Spire Bristol Hospital are calling on women to overcome any embarrassment about their breasts, gynaecological organs or other body parts and discuss any issues relating to them which otherwise are often seen as a taboo! National health campaigns including Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month in September, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October help to raise general awareness. However Mr Cawthorn spoke to us and explained why talking openly about women’s

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patient information evenings. Mr Simon Cawthorn and Specialist Breast Care Nurse, Jackie Skinner will be hosting a Breast Awareness evening on Wednesday 25th October from 7.00pm at Spire Oncology Centre, Aztec West. This will allow women to discuss breast care and gain a firsthand understanding on what signs and symptoms to look out for. In addition to this Miss Sen and Spire Bristol Hospital’s specialist women’s health Physiotherapist will be hosting an evening on Tuesday 31st October from 7.00pm at Spire Bristol Hospital to talk about issues surrounding a lady’s pelvic floor, which includes incontinence issues, prolapse and childbirth issues such as episiotomy breakdown. This second event will take place at the Spire Oncology Centre, Aztec West, Bristol. If you’re interested in attending either of these events then please do not hesitate to contact Spire Bristol Hospital’s patient treatment advisers on 0117 980 4080 or email the team on





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Secret gems in hometowns are often hidden beneath endless dreams of faraway lands, says travel blogger Justine Cross. She believes we lose the urgency to explore where we live, simply because we know our way around. We don't look up and admire the landmarks on our doorstep. This is her tale of uncovering some OF Bristol’s secrets, five years after moving here … MY journey begins at the Harbourside. In itself, many visitors to Bristol would have made the Harbourside one of their first destinations to see. Yet, how many of us can say we’ve really stopped to look and admire it? One wrong turning finds me gazing into the eyes of a Vermeer masterpiece: Girl with a Pearl Earring. But wait, this masterpiece isn’t made from oil paints. Her earring isn’t a pearl. Instead, I find myself drawn to a security alarm system as her earring. This is a street art version of Vermeer’s work, but a masterpiece all the same. I catch myself wondering:

Who’s the artist? How long has this been here waiting to be discovered? I continue to follow the River Avon. Along the way, I see major highlights including the SS Great Britain and the bright houses gazing down on Baltic Wharf. I stop to admire the rainbow-coloured windsurfers and the paddleboarders with dogs balancing on the front. By spending some time to walk the length of the harbour, I see so much beauty in my surroundings: the known and the unknown. And then I reach Perrett’s Park: a small park space near Wells

Road. At first glance, I notice the impressive views across Bristol’s skyline. My fingers inch towards my camera. Through it, I spot the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge in the distance. Quite simply, I’m now seeing a totally different angle of the City of Bristol. My journey ends along Bath Road. Facing me is a large silver treasure: The Tube Diner. As I make my food order, I spot the American school bus behind me. This time, I find myself wondering: What could possibly be in there? As I climb the steps onto the bus, I’m amazed. I’ve stumbled across one of the most spectacular secrets of Bristol:

a retro diner, complete with black and white chequered linoleum floor, red booths and Elvis playing in the background. After even just a few moments inside The Tube Diner bus, I find myself in a magical time warp. Throughout all my years of living in Bristol, if I'd only stopped racing around and instead, took the time to look at the city from a fresh pair of eyes - a tourist’s eyes - then I may just have uncovered these secrets sooner.H Justine Cross is a travel writer and blogger based in Emersons Green.

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n AROUND THE WIs HANHAM (EVENING) CHRISTMAS is coming was the clear message from the September meeting when speaker Angela Shaw told us about her collection of nativity scenes. Angela gave us an entertaining talk and it was clear that she was very enthusiastic about her subject. She told us about the history and development of nativity scenes explaining how Saint Francis of Assisi began the tradition because he wanted people to have a fresh sense of wonder about the miracles that the Bible describe from the first Christmas. For this he had to get the permission of the Pope. Angela has an extensive collection that contains scenes from all over the world from countries as far apart as South America, Europe and near and far eastern countries. Her favourite scene, understandably, is one that contains a figure of Saint Francis which she managed to buy on a holiday in Assisi. Following this talk the meeting was reminded that preparations are well underway for the annual autumn fayre. It will take place on November 11 at Hanham Community Centre from 10am-1pm and already all 30 stalls have been sold. They will be selling the usual mix of arts and crafts, Christmas gifts and traditional WI homemade cakes. So, make a note in your diaries. Dianna Coles

HANHAM (AFTERNOON) AFTER the usual formalities our September meeting was a particularly friendly, casual get-together for our harvest festival ploughman’s lunch with a lovely selection of desserts to follow and, of course, teas and coffees. It was also a great opportunity for everyone to chat and discuss the items on offer at our special harvest sale, and our committee would like to extend their grateful thanks to all the ladies who contributed and of course our members for making the afternoon a great success. Moira, our chairlady who had recently organised a Crafty

Day at the community centre, invited everyone to bring along their favourite craft works and share them with others. Our members demonstrated their skills in card making, painting and knitting, to mention just a few. The meeting proved an excellent success as it was an introduction for everyone to see and try what others do before deciding if they would like to take up the hobby themselves. We are once again supporting our friends of Hanham Evening WI who have organised an autumn fayre at Hanham Community Centre on Saturday November 11. Our sales table this year has a theme of ‘Recycled Gifts’ which is sure to offer a few surprises. Come along and see us and say hello, it’s always great fun and we’ll be delighted to meet you. • Hanham (Afternoon) Women’s Institute meets on the second

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MANGOTSFIELD SEPTEMBER'S was certainly a topical meeting. We are very lucky to have a diverse programme of events through the year - from dancing to saving lives we manage to cover all aspects of WI life and beyond. Being part of Mangotsfield WI is whatever you want it to be. You can put in as much as you choose, nothing is obligatory and you can turn up to any meeting throughout the year. From time to time you may be asked to help in the kitchen but otherwise you can take from it what you need. There are numerous clubs and groups that run, you may want to join the Craft Club, Book Club, Supper club… So here we are back to the October Annual Meeting. This meeting is a formal evening where we cover the ‘business’ of being in WI. We welcome our committee for the forthcoming year – some returners and some newbies. We welcome women of all ages and from any area, you don’t have to live in or around Mangotsfield to join us. Our meetings start at 7.30pm and we do not charge for our visitors. e: w: Twitter @mangotsfieldwi or our Facebook page Kate Tarr

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Watch out for doorstep tricksters I’D like to remind you to be alert to people going door-to-door offering to carry out work after a man in his 80s was overcharged for replacing a single roof tile at his home in Hanham. If you care for someone who is vulnerable, please help them to get quotes for any work which

needs doing, and make sure they keep their cash in the bank, not at home. If you have an unexpected caller, always use the door chain or talk to them through the letterbox or a window and if you’re not sure, don’t open the door – it’s your doorstep and it’s OK to say

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