November, 2023 Issue 107
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Artists from Henleaze and Horfield are among more than 100 taking part in the 2023 North Bristol Art Trail later this month. Among the new exhibitors this year is Fiona Grace, pictured perusing the trail map.
Petition calls for fence removal
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'Say No to bus lanes' PLANS for new bus lanes and wider pavements along the Portway could increase congestion and pollution, opponents fear. Bristol City Council is consulting the public on possible changes to the road to allow buses to drive more quickly through traffic, as well as making walking and cycling safer. The plans include 24-hour bus lanes on both sides of the road along most of the route between the M5 and the city centre. But opposition councillors say less road space for drivers could mean lengthy queues and longer
journey times. Councillor Mark Weston, leader of the Conservative group, said: “The prerequisite for any capital investment in transport must be to improve travel around the city. As things stand, these proposals will result in vehicular movements simply being made even more difficult. “This redesign is an appalling waste of public money. There are some elements, like the resurfacing of the shared footway, which we could support. But the idea that widening these areas, at the expense of road capacity, to encourage large
numbers of people to choose active travel is quite frankly fanciful and wishful thinking. “As in all such exercises, silence will be taken as consent. So as many people as possible must air opposing views, if we are to have any chance of avoiding the potentially dire consequences of this poorly conceived plan.” The council has not yet responded to a request for comment on the concerns. Comment at www.bristol. gov.uk/A4Portway23 by Nov 12. By Alex Seabrook, Local Democracy Reporting Service
We Love Stoke Lane campaigners have started a petition and held a demo demanding the removal of the fence round the village green. PAGES 2 & 3
Our Ukraine help continues Fifty host families in the Westbury area have helpoed more than 100 refugees from Ukraine since the war began PAGE 5
Tony's book about dementia Bristol Dementia Action Alliance founder Tony Hall has written a book called A Bucketful of Patience. PAGE 7
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Petition demands removal of fence round village green CAMPAIGNERS are continuing to battle for removal of the fence at Stoke Lodge playing field. The land was registered as a Village Green in August, but Cotham School, which leases the site from Bristol City Council, says it is still considering challenging the decision by submitting a judicial review. Meanwhile Bristol Boys FC say they have been told by Cotham School they can no longer use the playing field for matches from this month. On the club’s profile on social media site X (formerly Twitter) they are appealing for alternative grounds: Their post says: “Are there any teams out there that have a pitch to rent out to our team for the rest the season. Unfortunately Stoke Lodge have lost the ability for us to use their pitch. If there are any pitches or anyone hears of them going. Please let us know.” Cotham School does not have its own playing fields, so pupils are bussed elsewhere – the school says games lessons cannot continue at Stoke Lodge now that the gates have to be left open, and so it is now using the Shine Sports ground at Golden Hill. In a legal letter to the two main campaigners, Emma Burgess and Katherine Welham, solicitors acting for the school claim the fence installed by
the school in 2019 is not on the land designated as a Village Green. And they say that as the gates are now open, it does not obstruct use of the fields by the public. Campaigners for the We Love Stoke Lodge group are asking the council to enforce the removal of the fence, as they say it breaks a 150-year-old law that says it is illegal to fence a village green. They have collected 2,742 signatures on an online petition. The school’s lawyers say prosecution of the school is not in the public interest while they are considering a legal challenge to the Village Green designation. They have warned that the fence has been damaged in some places, and evidence of damage will be reported to the police. WLSL called on the school to work with the local community over future use of the playing fields. They also called on local people to join an event at Stoke Lodge to take part in a series of activities to produce a video to show the council how the fence is having an impact on public use of the playing field. Cotham School did not respond to a request for comment.
Fake gun incident: man jailed A MAN has been jailed for 18 months after using an imitation firearm to cause fear of violence against people in a takeaway. Sam Norfolk, 31, of Florence Park, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to three offences in relation to an incident on Sunday 7 May at a business on the Clifton Triangle.He was a customer who ordered food and subsequently became verbally aggressive to the business owner. Two other customers intervened and he punched one and grabbed the second by the legs. Norfolk turned back to the business owner and lifted his T-shirt to show the handle of what appeared to be a firearm, before launching a chair at him.He was later identified by police and arrested. During a search of his property, two imitation firearms were found and seized.
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Victory in 'Airbnb party house' battle RESIDENTS whose lives were made a misery by an “Airbnb party house” have won a victory after a planning inspector threw out the landlords’ appeal. Property owners Hassan and Maryam Khaleghi asked the government-appointed official to intervene when the council failed to make a decision in time over external alterations they wanted to make after the property in a quiet Henleaze street was built to the approved designs. The new end-of-terrace building at 30 Hobhouse Close had consent as either a twobedroom family home or a house in multiple occupation (HMO) for no more than five tenants. But the three-storey property was then advertised on Airbnb for up to 10 people and neighbours told councillors last December that it had created a “revolving door” of unwanted short-stay guests drinking, shouting, fighting and playing loud music late at night. Mr and Mrs Khaleghi said at the time it was never their
intention for the house to be an Airbnb and promised to cease its unauthorised use and turn it into the permitted HMO on a 12-month tenancy agreement, which they are understood to have since done. But the couple also appealed to the Planning Inspectorate after the council missed a deadline to make a decision on their retrospective application to make changes to appearance of the building. Because of the appeal, the local authority no longer had the power to grant or refuse permission. But in January, Bristol City Council development management committee voted unanimously that it would have rejected the proposals because they would make the house look out of keeping with the area – the use of the property as a “party house” could not be considered as a ground for refusal in planning, although the authority was considering separate enforcement action. Now the inspector has thrown
out the couple’s appeal. Their report said: “The main issue is the effect of the proposal on the character and appearance of the area. The appeal property has been added to the end of an existing terrace and unlike other properties it does not have a rounded bow window. “Rather it has a flat fronted bay window harmfully at odds with the appearance of other windows in the area. Although the submitted plans indicate that pillars would be added to the front of the property, these would be shorter than the others in the same terrace which when taken with the deeper rendered horizontal band would look harmfully out of place. “The external black downpipe on the front elevation is a discordant feature which unacceptably harms the character and appearance of the area particularly given that other downpipes on the terrace are concealed. The existing window, the deeper horizontal band, the proposed pillars and the black
downpipe would also disrupt the balanced appearance of the terrace and unacceptably break up the uniform appearance and rhythm of this part of Hobhouse Close. As a result, the development (both as existing and proposed) is, or would be, discordant and alien features in the street scene. I therefore conclude that the development both as existing and proposed unacceptably harms or would harm the character and appearance of the area. Planning permission is refused.” Ward councillor Steve Smith (Conservative, Westburyon-Trym & Henleaze), who has backed residents in their campaign against the property, said: “This case isn’t over yet, and we don’t know where it will end up. The decision by the Planning Inspectorate was the right one, and I hope it sends a strong signal that you can’t just build whatever you want and hope to get away with it.” By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporting Service
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Stories from refugees HERE are some stories from families who have used the Westbury hub. One refugee told how their flat near Dnipro shook with explosions when the airport was bombed in February last year. They went on: “The Westburyon-Trym Church Hub gave me English conversation practice, a place for my children to play. I learned English with Community Learning West, and my children enjoyed scouts. I found Ukrainian mums with children with the same problems as mine.
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A PROJECT in Westbury on Trym to host families fleeing the war in Ukraine has welcomed extra funding for longer term housing. Organisers have also asked local landlords to consider offering a reduced rent to a Ukrainian family. Fifty host families in the Westbury area have helped more than 100 refugees since the Westbury hub, run by volunteers from three churches: Holy Trinity, Westbury Baptist and Westbury Methodist, started 18 months ago. Bristol City Council has announced that £1 million of support has been promised by the Government to help Homes for Ukraine schemes in the city. One of the Westbury Hub founders, Bernice Gollop, said the money will not come directly to the hub, but will help BCC find longer term homes. She said:” The money is important to enable the council to have the Resettlement Team. And more landlords are needed for the people still living with hosts who will need to move on at some stage.” Bernice said the hub continues to see new arrivals, but not on the same scale as last summer. “What we provide is a safe space where they can meet other
Ukrainians to form friendships that replace the support network they have left behind.” The Homes for Ukraine scheme launched in March last year. An approved sponsor can enable a visa for a Ukrainian to enter Britain, host them in their own home, and get paid by the council to cover the extra costs for household bills. Labour City Councillor Tom Renhard, cabinet member for housing, said: “Bristol City Council’s excellent refugee resettlement team has been coordinating the Homes for Ukraine scheme in Bristol. They’ve done a really amazing job preventing homelessness by supporting clients and hosts, and finding alternative accommodation in the private rental sector. According to a cabinet report, out of the 816 arrivals, 296 people are still living with hosts; 268 have moved into rented accommodation in Bristol; 28 have made their own arrangements; 10 are staying in temporary accommodation; 79 have moved elsewhere in the country; and 133 have left the country, with some going back to Ukraine. Volunteers in Bristol are continuing to send donations to Ukraine, with vans leaving regularly full of supplies.
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Labour Cllr Brenda Massey said: “Our local group, From Bristol with Love for Ukraine, continues to send van loads of provisions including food and medical equipment to Ukraine.” Bristol mayor Marvin Rees added: “It has been amazing watching the city step up on so many occasions to support people who are among the most negatively impacted by events in the world at the moment.” The Westbury on Trym Hub offers English lessons and helps some of the Ukrainians to move on to college courses and work. Bernice Gollop said: “What is still needed is accommodation. Many Ukrainians have been living with their hosts for over a year and would like to live independently. “One family: a mother, father, two teenage daughters and a pre-school son were living with three wonderful hosts in three separate properties. They now live together thanks to an understanding landlord who has accepted that they cannot afford a full rent. “Perhaps there are some more landlords who could accept a reduced rent to help a family?” • If you would like to help, you can email wotukrainianhub@ gmail.com and speak to a volunteer about hosting or renting out a room or property.
ANOTHER SAID: I came every week to the hub to see Ukranian people and lovely British friends. There I improved my English and felt like a home. Also, I had support from the job centre and Seetec, these organisations helped me to find a job. I see a huge difference between me today and me one year ago, and I am grateful for this to all the people who were around me during this way. A THIRD SAID: Thanks to our host family, we were able to complete all the necessary documents, register with a school, a bank, a GP and a dentist quite quickly. We constantly feel real support from them, readiness to help with advice or deeds. It should be said that our hosts' dog became an important part of our life in Bristol. Wilson became a true friend to us. And, probably, he turned out to be a psychological support. It`s like an example of unconditional trust and loyalty. As soon as we arrived in Bristol, we were gladly welcomed at the Ukrainian hub of Westbury on Trym Methodist Church. The entire friendly community of this hub provide us with constant support and assistance at every stage we go through in our adaptation to life in Britain. These include English language courses,informational support, different activities and weekly friendly communication, delicious treats and warm smiles of wonderful people.
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Dementia campaigner Tony launches book THIS autumn has marked a milestone for dementia campaigner Tony Hall. It’s been a decade since he and his wife Barbara launched Bristol Dementia Action Alliance at Westbury Baptist Church and in September he launched his book at the charity’s second annual awards event. Tony cared for Barbara, who lived with dementia for over 20 years before sadly dying last year. His book: A Bucketful of Patience, living with dementia describes the highs and lows of that life. All profits from the book go to BDAA. The annual awards celebrate and showcase the achievements of businesses and organisations across Bristol. With an estimated 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK and around 5,000 in Bristol – a number predicted to rise substantially over the coming years, BDAA’s work is vitally important. Tony said: “BDAA is a small local charity aiming to make Bristol a dementia aware city – something it can’t do without the support of so many others. These awards are a way of recognising and celebrating all the good work that
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Norris calls for action METRO Mayor Dan Norris, on a visit to the Royal West of England Academy art gallery 'Teatime Tours' for people with dementia and their carers, said: “Bravo to the RWA for all that they do to support Bristol’s dementia patients, and, vitally, their families and carers as well. Teatime Tours and other like projects are absolutely vital. “But we cannot rely on the goodwill of the brilliant firms and organisations we have in the West of England. "We must do more to help patients and their families, and that means a redoubling of efforts from central government to deliver on their pledges, and deliver for patients.”
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NOW in its fifth year, the Ale and Arty Charity Festival on Saturday November 18 at St Peter’s Church Henleaze offers a unique opportunity to bring people together across North West Bristol to enjoy a wonderful combination of art stalls, raffle, tea and cake, a great range of craft ale, cider, prosecco and wine and soft drinks throughout the day. Come into the church area and you’ll see craft ale and prosecco bars ready to tempt your taste buds with fermentations galore - light and hoppy, golden and intriguing and fun and fizzy. The bars will be serving non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks from 2-10.30pm. Starting at 2pm, browse the wonderful range of craft and art stalls supplied mainly by Bristol artists’ co-operative We Make Bristol to find unique and locally made birthday and Christmas presents. Tea and cake will be served in the hall throughout the afternoon and raffle tickets will be on sale.. Local male voice choir The Raff Pack will kick off the evening’s music with some rock and pop, sea shanties, barbershop and folk songs thrown in for good measure! This will be followed by a fantastic ceilidh with the wonderful Jig Mad Wolf Band and their caller. The price is £10 per person and that includes a Cornish pasty! Tickets are available through Eventbrite or by emailing: info@ stpetershenleaze.org Money donated by attenders, provided by stall holders and collected through food and drink sales will go, after the covering of costs, to local charities One25 and Bridges for Communities. The last Festival in 2019 raised £3,000. This year we aim to increase this amount. We are enormously grateful to all those who are supporting this year's festival. Rev Mark Pilgrim
Finishing touches are being made to the performance space and viewing area as the £132 million revamp of the Bristol Beacon nears completion
Nearly there ... Bristol Beacon's set to reopen after £132m revamp AFTER five years of work, costing tens of millions of pounds more than expected, the Bristol Beacon will reopen at the end of this month. The venue, which first opened in 1867 as the Colston Hall, will host up to 800 events a year and is set to generate £13 million for the local economy in its first year. As well as concert halls, the Bristol Beacon, run by the charitable Bristol Music Trust, now has a fully accessible music education hub. Its opening event, on November 30, will feature a new commission from the Bristol based Paraorchestra, who are working with celebrated electronic composer Surgeons Girl and audiovisual experts Limbic Cinema. Everyone is invited to The House Warming event on December 2, which is billed as ‘a huge free day-to-night party, created by Bristol, for Bristol’. It runs from 11am to 2am. Bristol Beacon chief executive, Louise Mitchell, said: “The transformation of Bristol Beacon has been an epic project that has involved hundreds of highly skilled and n The Bristol Beacon’s transformation is designed by Levitt Bernstein and carried out by Willmott Dixon, who estimate that more than one milllion hours have been spent on construction over the five years. n In July alone, over 40,500 hours were worked, with 28 different sub-contracting firms on the site and a total headcount of
talented people and a truly determined team to overcome the many unforeseen challenges this complex, historic building has thrown up over the last five years. “We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome back audiences, partners and friends for the start of this next chapter in the illustrious 155-year history. The Beacon will be one of the best concert facilities in Europe, with extraordinary new performance spaces to present every kind of music and a dynamic education centre for young musicians to develop and grow.” Mayor Bristol Marvin Rees said: “We now stand on the edge of delivering a world class venue for our city. Our drive to complete this work is fuelled by the knowledge that the completed venue will support over 270 jobs, generate over a quarter of a billion pounds of economic benefit for our local economy, and spearhead a social investment in our city’s communities through a high-quality music education centre and programme. “The 30-year lease agreed with Bristol Music Trust to run the venue on behalf of the city will ensure the Bristol Beacon will
operate both as one of our city’s premier music and entertainment venues and as a major new hub for music education and community engagement.” The lease has been renegotiated after original cost of £48million for the renovation rose several times because of unforeseen issues with the fabric of the Victorian building, including hollow pillars that were supposed to support roofs and unknown Elizabethan well shafts. The final bill came in at £132million.That includes £84million from the city council, instead of its initial £10million commitment, with other funders including Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the West of England Combined Authority. Under the new deal, which has been backed by Arts Council England, Bristol Music Trust will hand part of its profits from the Beacon back to the council. External auditors Grant Thornton criticised the council for its handling of the finances of the revamp. A "lessons learned" report is being prepared and is set to be published in February 2024.
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n Public art is being installed across the building, with Linda Brothwell’s balustrade going up outside the historic Lantern foyer in the next few weeks
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n Seat capacity in the new venue will increase from 2,400 to 2,920, with audience numbers expected
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n Beacon Hall features a new, adjustable stage, increased
standing capacity from 1,900 to 2,154 and two levels of balcony rather than one n Vaulted lower cellars are opened for the first time to provide a club-style performance space, recording and practice rooms, support for young talent, meeting and conference spaces Backstage areas and access have been greatly improved.
Ops centre will open in 2025 to help cut waiting lists PLANS have been approved for a new £49.9 million Elective Centre at Southmead Hospital, which will provide capacity for an additional 6,500 operations a year to be carried out. The state-of-the-art centre will benefit patients across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) and is planned to open in spring 2025. The plans have received approval from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England. It will provide additional capacity for North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) and University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) to support each trust’s elective (planned care) recovery plans. The two Bristol hospitals will work in harmony to provide high quality, safe and effective treatment and care. The standalone facility will feature four surgical theatres and 40 beds for patients to recover, as well as 12 medirooms (where patients prepare for, and recover from, surgery) and x-ray facilities, and will mainly be used for orthopaedic procedures. The additional capacity will also enable more patients to be seen in existing theatres sooner for a range of other specialties.
The centre will bring together the skills and expertise of staff under one roof, reducing waiting times for some of the most common procedures such as hip and knee replacements. As the centre will be separated from emergency services, surgical beds will be kept free for patients waiting for planned operations, reducing the risk of short-notice cancellations. Professor Tim Whittlestone, chief medical officer at NBT, said: “We’re delighted that our Elective Centre plans have received approval, and we look forward to work starting.
“The centre will provide capacity for an additional 6,500 operations a year to be carried out, benefiting patients across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.” Stuart Walker, chief medical officer and deputy chief executive at UHBW, said: “Our organisations are working together to develop plans to ensure there are mutual benefits for both Trusts' services, so that more people can be cared for as quickly as possible. The Elective Centre will support both Trusts to reduce waiting times for elective procedures.” There are 94 established elective surgical hubs across the NHS in England. In addition, 37 new hubs have been approved for development through the national Targeted Investment Fund (TIF) process, including the Elective Centre in Bristol. NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board (ICB) director of performance and delivery, Lisa Manson, said: “Tackling the planned care backlog that built up during the pandemic remains a high priority for our health and care system and we are working hard to reduce the number of people who experience longer waits for treatment. ”
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Curry and quiz night's success
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CLIFTON Village will be transformed when the lights on a giant Christmas Tree are switched on this month. The 50 ft tree will be covered in 5,000 LED lights, 100 baubles and wrapped boxes of Christmas presents. “A well-known celebrity will be joining us to switch on the lights,”said Tony Miles who organises the event each year. “But we are not identifying the personality until nearer the date” The lights will be switched on at 6.30 pm on November 8. Just before the switch-on a member of the clergy team at nearby Christ Church will bless the tree. A group of singers from the church will be leading carol singing from 6pm. The tree and lights are paid for by local traders through Clifton Bid. Shops in the village will be staying open later for Christmas shopping that night.
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A GROUP of parents from Westbury on Trym Academy held a curry and quiz night that raised more than £2,000 for the Pahar Trust in Nepal. The school has a long-standing relationship entering its 25th year – with the trust. Over that time it has helped build schools, supply equipment and train teachers in some of the most isolated communities in Nepal.
The fundraising event included a Nepalese curry provided by Nepali Nosh and was supported by local businesses including Goldfinch Create and Play, Crossfit Hen-leaze, CJ Hole, The Wave and Xylem. A trip to the remote region of Sindgi is planned for March 2024.
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Adam takes the helm at Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham ABBEYFIELD Bristol & Keynsham is delighted to announce the appointment of Adam Rees, formerly Director of Charitable Impact at St Monica Trust, as its new Chief Executive Officer. For the past 18 years, Adam has worked with communitybased charities and is passionate about encouraging others to know their neighbours and contribute to local surroundings. In his new role, he hopes to further strengthen Abbeyfield’s relationships around its retirement houses and create a living experience that helps the charity’s elderly residents to flourish. “Throughout my career, I have worked hard to develop local
services and improve wellbeing for our older population,” says Adam. “The Abbeyfield Society was established to help alleviate loneliness and isolation among elderly people. An essential part of my new remit will be to help our residents feel connected and involved in their local communities.” Adam takes the helm at Abbeyfield Bristol & Keynsham on Monday 13th November. If you would like to know more about Abbeyfield’s independent living houses in the Bristol area, call 0117 973 6997 or visit the website www.abbeyfield-bristol. co.uk.
THE next Henleaze Community Forum will be held in the Leonard Hall, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road on Monday 27 November (7pm to 8.30pm). Bristol City Council encourages local communities to meet at least twice a year. Given the size of Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze ward (which includes part of Westbury Park), Forums are held in both Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze. A local organisation, in this case The Henleaze Society, facilitates the meetings. The Forum is an opportunity for residents and those working in the Henleaze area to come together to exchange views on local issues and to meet our Ward Councillors, the Police and members of local community organisations. There is no need to book places in advance. For further details, see https://www.henleazesociety.co.uk/ henleaze-forum/
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LABOUR councillor Steve Pearce has been made Acting Lord Mayor while the Lord Mayor, Councillor Paul Goggin, recovers from health problems. Councillor Pearce, who represents St George West, will serve for three months. He has resigned from his position as leader of the Labour Group of councillors and has been replaced by Councillor Tom Renhard, who represents Horfield and is cabinet member for housing. Councillor Pearce, who is standing down at next year’s local elections, said: “As people know, the Lord Mayor has been seriously ill over the summer. He’s eager to fulfil as many of his duties as possible when he’s out from hospital but his top priority needs to be his recovery - his return to work will need to be
phased, so not to rush him. “As such, following discussions with the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, and Party Group Leaders, councillors have appointed me as Acting Lord Mayor for a term of three months. This will allow the Lord Mayor to take up as many events as he feels able to do, with myself available to cover other events. “Being the First Citizen of Bristol is a huge honour. It’s a position steeped in a rich history and I’m humbled that I’m able to do it, even if only on a temporary basis. I’m looking forward to meeting members of the public and attending all manner of events as Lord Mayor - but even more so, I’m looking forward to Paul being able to that again himself. I know how much he’s missed being Lord Mayor and
Councillor Steve Pearce how much he wants to return to his duties. “I would like to thank the Deputy Lord Mayor, former Lord Mayors and aldermen for stepping in to help during his absence. The Lord Mayor and I are very grateful for everything they’ve done over the last few months.” The role of Lord Mayor is
largely ceremonial but also involves chairing full council meetings. Councillor Goggin, who represents Hartcliffe and Withywood, developed pleurisy – inflammation of the lining of the lung – following a bout of pneumonia in June and had to be placed into a medically induced coma for a month.
Robin Hood, Prince of Henleaze ROBIN Hood,Prince of Henleaze, is the title of the 22nd annual Guide Panto in Henleaze. The matinee is already sold out but the group still has spaces for the 7pm show on Saturday 9 December at St Peter's Church Hall. Doors open 30 minutes beforehand and tickets can be booked at https://guidepanto. wixsite.com/guidepanto Tickets cost £5 adults, £3 children (14 and under). For more info or if you have questions please email email@example.com The director Amy founded the panto 22 years ago and it's still going strong with around £25K raised for charities over the years. The cast is made up of Guides from Henleaze, Westbury and the surrounding areas. This year there is a fight scene, an archery competition and the Dame dressed as a tree!
Plaque unveiled A COMMEMORATIVE plaque has been unveiled outside the former home in Clifton of a doctor who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the third Burmese War. Ferdinand Simeon Le Quesne served in the Army Medical Service and fought in the Burmese, Boer and First World Wars. The VC recognised his “exceptional bravery” on 4 May when Surgeon Le Quesne was dressing the wounds of an officer. He remained for about ten minutes within five yards of a loopholed stockade from which the enemy was firing. The Clifton and Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS) plaque was dedicated outside the house in Victoria Square, by the Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding.
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n FROM OUR MP
Dentistry reform ideas to sink my teeth into "SHOULD I be eating a Bourbon chocolate biscuit", I asked a member of my team, "right before greeting the dentists?" It's funny how we all get a bit nervous and more aware of our oral hygiene before seeing the dentist. Earlier this month, I wasn't just seeing one dentist, but a dozen of them for my dental summit! Seven dental practices were represented at the meeting from across the constituency, so it was dubbed the D7 Summit. We convened at a meeting room in the Greenway Centre in Southmead – after surgery hours, of course – and were joined by NHS managers and local health leaders from Bristol City Council. The aim of the meeting was clear: what can we do locally to improve access to NHS dentistry? Yes, everyone in the room wants the Government to get on with fixing the dental contract that is preventing dentists from taking on more NHS work – it's an issue that I raise, rinse and repeat in Parliament. But rather than play the waiting game with the seemingly anaesthetised Tory Government, I wanted to gather the dentists and local health professionals around a table to hear their ideas on other ways of improving access to NHS dentistry for the people of Bristol North West today. So, what were the outcomes? The Bristol North West dentists and local health leaders were clear on what is needed:
access to NHS dentistry. I have had recent successes in unblocking contractual issues for dental practices in Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Southmead that has enabled them to take on more NHS patients, and I encourage other dental practices to reach out to me if they are facing difficulties.
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•More funding for urgent care, with deeper discussions about how expanding 'stabilisation clinics' for people without a dentist can prevent the need for repeat urgent care appointments by stabilising the oral health of patients over a couple of months rather than a one-off pit stop – and we all know that prevention is better than cure. In addition to accessing stabilisation clinics by phoning NHS 111, which isn't widely known, there were interesting discussions on how van-based mobile clinics in community settings, such as outside a GP practice, could be useful for more stabilisation clinic work. • Even the playing field by paying all dentists the same rate for a unit of NHS work. Currently, this varies across the country – and even from dental practice to dental practice within a city. Those on a lower rate may find it more difficult to retain administrative staff when other dental practices can afford to pay higher salaries. There were also calls for more flexibility on treatment targets so that dentists can provide the best patient care.
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Darren Jones writes for the Voice Speaking Competition. I hope to see the teams in the regional final in March, and to cheer them on from the audience! I helped to bring the regional final of this competition to Bristol North West following talks with ESU. The aim was to encourage more of our local schools to take part, so talking to the students in my first masterclass who are grabbing this opportunity filled me with a sense of pride. In fact, I think I deserve another Bourbon biscuit. As always, if you need my help or have a question, you can get in touch with me on e-mail at darren.jones.mp@ parliament.uk, by calling my office on 0117 959 6545 or by writing to me at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.
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Milestone event for Children of the 90s HUNDREDS of Children of the 90s participants from across Bristol visited the M Shed to learn directly from the researchers behind the renowned study. The Discovery Day event in October, which marked the study moving into its fourth decade, welcomed three generations to share study findings and hear from participants about their experiences of taking part and what it means to them. The study, based within the University of Bristol, began in 1991 ands its research findings have made an impact woprldwide. An early example was when, following a rise in cot deaths in the UK, Children of the 90s researched baby sleeping positions. The findings led to the government launching the ‘Back to Sleep’ campaign which, to date, has prevented an estimated 10,000+ deaths in the UK and 100,000+ around the globe. More recently, Children of the 90s data fed directly into government policy for Covid-19, and helped researchers to understand the prevalence of the disease, including asymptomatic cases, immunity, its effects on physical and mental health, and its long-term impact. The study, now in its 33rd year, is currently researching topics from childhood eating patterns to fatty liver disease and from mental health to the menopause. Speaker Professor Anna Murray, from the University of Exeter, presented her findings on ‘Menopause and your genes’ and discussed how Children of the 90s data is helping her to learn more about the role of our genes in controlling the timing of menopause. Children of the 90s is now looking for participants to come forward for their @30 clinic. So
Project founder Professor Jean Golding with Children of the 90s and their children far over 7,000 participants have attended for a three-hour visit (including parents, children and partners). Children of the 90s lead, Professor Nic Timpson said: “We would love our participants to book their @30 clinic appointment - it's our biggest ever clinic, with all three generations involved and it must finish next year. Anyone eligible can come along, even if they’ve never taken part. "If you were born in Bristol or Weston between April 1991 and December 1992 simply text your name and date of birth to 07772 909090 or visit www. childrenofthe90s.ac.uk for eligibility details. "Each appointment really does make a difference.” The study, also known as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC),started when midwives in Weston, Bristol and South Gloucestershire invited all pregnant women due to give birth between April 1991 and December 1992 to take part. Researchers aimed to follow the newborn babies’ health and development via regular questionnaires and clinics, to understand how environment, genes and lifestyle impacted future health and development. The majority said ‘yes’ and in due course 14,700 babies were born and routinely contributed to a biobank of scientific
research. These babies are now adults and many of them, with their parents and children, still complete health questionnaires and visit the study to be
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THE North Bristol Art Trail takes place over the last weekend of November, 25th - 26th. This popular trail has been taking place in our area for over 20 years. More than 100 local artists, crafters and makers show their original artwork in homes, studios and public spaces so just pop in. There will be everything including: original paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and glassware. Artists love this chance to meet people and talk about their creative process so don't be shy
about going up to them, or just have a browse as you would in a public gallery. Many new members are joining the trail this year so there'll be lots of interesting and different work to see and artists to talk to. The trail stretches over
Redland, Bishopston, Henleaze, St Andrews, Ashley and Horfield, subdivided into smaller areas on the trail map to make it easier to plan your route. You can find the NBA map online or pick up a physical copy in many venues around Bristol including Future Leap and Room 212 on Gloucester Road, Coldharbour Gallery & Waitrose in Westbury Park and at the Royal West of England Academy. The art trail is a really fun and relaxed event. It’s a fantastic chance to bump into your friends
and neighbours, buy yourself a treat or find reasonably priced original artworks in time for Christmas! Some of the artists will hold a preview evening on Friday 24th November and many will offer mulled wine or refreshments during the trail. Just look for the North Bristol Art Trail signs, sponsored by Elephant Estate Agents, that go up outside each of the venues and check out https:// northbristolartists.org.uk for further information
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n LETTERS Distress for Ukraine refugee I’M concerned about the message you’re sending out with regards to BGS's Refugee Admissions Programme (Mayor of Kyiv sends thanks, October Voice). Last May we hosted a mother and child from Ukraine (and still do). It was justified that we contact BGS initially for a place for the 14-year old Ukrainian boy we were looking after, as our children were at this school. X and Y arrived in May 2022 and even though we contacted BGS that month, it took them a long time to finally ask to meet X (late August 2022). Meanwhile, thankfully, he had been offered a place at Redland Green School. He was asked to come to BGS for a meeting and to be shown around the school. Myself, him and his mother attended the tour which was quite impressive, as are the buildings of BGS. It was nothing like they’d seen before and Y was extremely excited that her son would be attending such a school. X was beside himself. X and his mother had fled
Ukraine in February 2022. They had to hide underground in Ukraine and managed finally to flee to Poland. It had taken months for their UK visa to become available and in the meantime they were living in Poland sleeping in a dormitory with other Ukrainian refugees. X's father was left to fight on the frontline and they were both extremely traumatised and turning up in the UK we wanted to give them some stability for as long as they needed. You can imagine how stunned they were looking around BGS. We were told to leave X to do a test (to find out his academic level). X's English was very basic at this point so it was a very difficult test for a newly arrived and extremely traumatised child. We were told by BGS we would be called in a few days with an update. We presumed he would be starting in September 2022. We then received a letter to say that his level was not academically high enough to be accepted at BGS and he was not being offered a place. I am therefore extremely concerned that you praise Bristol Grammar School, a school that can
selectively pick the students they want, there is no goodwill here, they select the children that have had a good education in Ukraine and speak good English. A child that would sit nicely in the BGS classroom and make them look good. It certainly is not, as you wrote ‘open to any child refugee newly arriving in the UK’. BGS selected their few students on academic ability and any child that wasn’t suitable was sent to the state system (needless to say state schools were given no choice about this). Redland Green took X and he’s taking his GCSEs next year and he’s doing well but no thanks to a huge rejection from BGS. On top of that, I never knew that Bristol Grammar School actually received government funding in order to provide the odd place (I think I heard it was one student per year group/maybe two) for the selected refugees. Being rejected from Bristol Grammar School had a profound effect on X and his mother. Thank goodness for RGS coming to his rescue. Voice reader
In response, a Bristol Grammar school spokesperson said: "Our Refugee Admissions Programme is open to applications from all newly arrived refugees and is adapted from our standard entrance process, with offers subject to the entry criteria, and the availability of places and funding. "It is in the best interests of the child that they possess a minimum level of English to support their integration into school life and to enable them to keep pace with teaching and learning. At the time the scheme was initiated, part funding was offered to all schools, state and independent, under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. This funding has since ended and fees of current and future pupils entering BGS under the Refugee Admissions Programme are funded philanthropically. Details of our Refugee Admissions Programme can be found on our website: https:// www.bristolgrammarschool. co.uk/admissions/how-toapply/how-to-apply-refugeeadmissions-programme
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Redmaids' High expands A-levels offering REDMAIDS’ High School is changing its sixth-form offer from next September. The school is extending its range of A-level subjects and dropping the International Baccalaureate Diploma, which it has been running for 15 years. All students will still have the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and will be able to choose from a number of additional qualifications known as Electives. These have been introduced in response to demand from students. A Redmaids’ High spokesperson said: “We will no longer be offering the IB as a single qualification to new Year 12 students, but we will continue to offer elements of it that we know are enjoyed. The change has come after much discussion with students and listening to what they would want from their academic journey. Flexibility was a key part of that and so we decided to revise our curriculum, offering a broader range of A Level subjects that can be mix and matched with additional qualifications.” The Elective options will include Marine Science IGCSE, courses such as AFA Creative Writing and certificates such as TEFL online, Higher Sports Leader and food hygiene.
Sixth-form students will have access to higher education and career guidance such as one-on-one guidance mentoring and UCAS conventions as well as specialised support for candidates applying for Oxbridge, health professions such as medicine and dentistry, degree apprenticeships and overseas applications. Throughout the two years, students will receive education on independent living, professional networking, interview preparation, and work experience opportunities. All students will engage with weekly volunteering and activities. Director of Redmaids’ High Sixth Form Lisa Moyle says, "As a Sixth Form, we are constantly evolving to support our ongoing aim to offer an education that is personal, challenging and has a global outlook. “We know that no two students are the same and we firmly believe that by providing our new programme, our students will be able to enjoy a Sixth Form that best suits them. We promise to not only guide them through their final two years of school, but broaden their horizons and enable them to feel astute and ready to meet the demands of universities and workplaces in today’s
world.” Mrs Moyle said every student would be able to apply for a grant of up to £250, designed to support a passion for learning or furthering personal development. Such examples could be a public speaking course, a sport coaching qualification or a professional musician’s master class. “We are incredibly proud to offer these transformative grants to our Sixth Form community. They will be very personal to our students, and help us go that extra mile to enable them to take charge of their own development and future”, she said Redmaids’ High School has, this summer, refurbished its Sixth Form Centre. The renovated space offers extensive library resources, private study pods, living wall décor and its own café. “With our new and flexible academic offering, enhanced Futures Programme and our refurbished space, it couldn’t be a more exciting time to join our Sixth Form,” said Mrs Moyle. “We are incredibly excited about the future and warmly invite prospective students and their families to come and explore the new and pioneering opportunities that we can offer them.”
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It’s time to switch back to public transport HAVE you caught a bus recently? Perhaps atrain? Or maybe got on a bike? If not, please do give them a try. If just some of our car journeys were instead made by bus, train, WESTlink minibuses, e-scooters or the new WESTbikes then, despite what some would have us believe, it could help deal with the climate emergency, reduce pollution and boost our health to reduce the burden on the NHS, and cut congestion to aid our economy. Post pandemic, our travel habits have changed. Our trains had a 50-50 commuting to leisure split - now it’s only a third of passengers who are commuters. On buses, most passengers are now back, but they are travelling less often. Luckily there is no shortage of potential passengers out there, with one in nine regional commutes currently made by public transport. So if you can, do consider switching.
This is the main reason for Birthday Buses. For those of you who don’t know about Birthday Buses, it’s a simple idea. Throughout the whole month of your birthday, you get unlimited free bus travel. You can apply at www. birthdaybus.co.uk/register. The whole point of Birthday Buses is to encourage people to try the bus - and then stick with it to bring in more fares to invest in better local transport. So far, 52% of people who have used Birthday Buses say it has made them more likely to use public transport in the future. Of course, the proof is really if people keep using buses long term - but scientists tell us that a month is the minimum duration to create lasting behaviour change. So far, the early signs are positive. Once we’ve got new passengers, that cuts carbon and pollution
(helping reduce the shocking 300 premature deaths locally every year from poor air quality), and cuts congestion (which costs our regional economy £300 million a year). It also brings in vital cash, for buses don’t run on kindness and fresh air. They cost money. Increasingly more money, as fuel costs have soared, and bus driver wages increased. The only way to have a growing and sustainable bus network in the future is to bring in more fare income. That’s especially the case for the buses that are subsidised by you, the hard-pressed taxpayer, through your council tax. Every extra passenger helps reduce the pressure to spend taxpayer money on bus subsidies. We have to try new things. Just throwing taxpayers’ money at subsidising buses forever doesn’t work. You spend it. It runs out. Instead, I’m determined we do things differently here. Whether it’s
writes for the Voice Birthday Buses, WESTlink, where people share journeys, scooters, the new WESTbikes, or WESTlocal for innovative transport solutions, I’m determined we do things in a new way in the West. That’s why I’m driving through changes. So please give our public transport a go, to help create lasting improvements.
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n BIRDS ON YOUR DOORSTEP Merlin
THE days are shortening, the weather is getting wetter and colder, we might as well stay indoors and hope to survive until spring. Not quite so bleak if you are a birder. Autumn is a time of migration when all kinds of birds can turn up. Winter is also a time of influx from more northern and even colder regions. Many bird species are short distance migrants; the robins and blackbirds in your garden or park may well head down to Devon and be replaced by birds from further north. Even tiny birds like wrens and goldcrests will fly over from Northern Europe to winter in the milder climate here. But the stars of winter migrations are waders, ducks and geese. Not in your garden, sadly, but not far away. A short journey to Severn Beach and New Passage will reward you with large flocks feeding on the mud in the estuary. We don’t get many geese in our region, Norfolk and Scotland are the places to go for them. However,
the wintering waders and ducks on the estuary also attract northern breeding predators like merlin and short-eared owl. If we are very lucky, and the weather in Scandinavia is particularly harsh, we may get an influx of waxwings – a particularly splendid looking bird. They seem to favour supermarket carparks where there may be berryladen rowan trees. Keep your eyes on the BOC daily blog for the latest news. Your local finches and tits will make good use of your feeders now but actually they are not short of food this side of Christmas. The lean months of the New Year can be a desperate time for our birds and feeding during that period will be of most benefit to them. Don’t forget to put out water in the frosty months.
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n NEWS FROM SusWoT Trout in the Trym - The Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle section of the river has been checked to see if there is more rubbish to remove, it was first cleaned five years ago. The rest of the river will all be checked in time. Five years’ learning how to clean rivers means progress is quicker and cleaning more thorough. Very little fresh rubbish was found but lots of old stuff previously missed or buried was. The green space around the river has also been cleaned more thoroughly; asbestos was found and reported but again most of the rubbish was old, although a new unopened bottle of vodka was found. Trout in the Trym/SusWoT have applied for a grant for kit for volunteers to use to keep the Trym and Hazel Brook and their surrounding green spaces litter free. The plan is to recruit about 20 people, to keep the land and the streets near these areas clean. This should reduce how much rubbish gets into the river and discourage people from dropping litter. There was great news during a recent Sunday cleaning of the Southmead section of the Trym when a shoal of fish, probably sticklebacks was seen near Trowbridge Road. This may be the first fish seen there in years and shows that the cleaning work is effective. If you see a problem with the river, reporting it fast is vital so that the source can be
Some of the team cleaning the Trym identified. If you see Sewage or sewage debris in or near the river call Wessex Water 0345 6004600. Other pollution (like oil, paint), dead fish/fish gasping for air, call the Environment Agency 0800 807060. If you visit the river regularly why not put these numbers on your phone? The Library Garden has produced, tomatoes, onions, broad beans, courgettes, garlic and various herbs this year. But there is a problem, the soil is not very deep and below about 20cm there are bricks, rubble, and lots of stones. This November the plan is to dig out some more of this rubble and add some manure. Then at the end of November plant overwintering broad beans, shallots, and onions. Broad beans like all legumes contains
bacteria that fixes atmospheric nitrogen for plants to use and so improves the soil. Get Growing work is now being planned. In the past we have gown about a thousand plants, mostly tomatoes, for people to buy and plant to grow their own food. For next Spring we are looking to grow more seedlings of different kinds of vegetable and a lot fewer tomatoes. We will sell the seedlings from April to June as usual at events such as the Community Fair in May. If you would like to have a go at trying to raise seedling of various vegetables, there are lots to try from Aubergines to Zucchini, contact details below. Air Source Heat Pumps – SusWoT is working with the Centre for Sustainable Energy to contact households in Westbury that are eligible for the Bristol Heat Pump Ready program. Even if you are not eligible you can express interest at www.cse.org.uk/is-your-home-heatpump-ready/. SusWoT and CSE are committed to helping people wish to install an ASHP. A Government Grant of £7,500 is available to all homeowners in England email SusWoT to learn more. SusWoT monthly Meeting - This is in the Village Hall on the last Thursday of the month at 7:30. Interested in helping? Email suswot2050@ gmail.com to find out more.
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We're building high quality homes We live in a rapidly growing city. On 5 October, we confirmed that in the last year Bristol built 1,599 new homes, 309 of which were affordable, with more than 86% of these homes built on previously developed ‘brownfield’ land. In addition, 3,040 new homes are currently under construction as of 1 April 2023. The Mayor’s administration has got Bristol building, with 12,534 new homes built in the city since 2016, exceeding that of previous administrations. We have set an ambitious target for building 1,000 affordable homes a year, with over 3,000 homes planned by the city’s council-owned housing delivery company, Goram Homes, and some 1,750 new council homes over the next five years as part of a total investment of £1.8 billion in building new council homes. Our landmark Hengrove Park development on the site of the former Whitchurch Airfield in South
Bristol will create 1,435 high-quality new homes – making it the single largest housing development in Bristol. Half of these homes will be council owned ‘affordable housing’ – a mix of social rented properties that will be available at around 50% of current market rent levels for people in the greatest housing need and shared-ownership homes providing an affordable route to home ownership. This means we are making more genuinely affordable housing available for people who cannot afford to pay market rents or would otherwise be unable to buy their own homes in Bristol’s expensive housing market. The new homes at Hengrove Park will be highly energy efficient, helping reduce energy bills for residents. An on-site Energy Centre will connect to a district heating network, providing low carbon heating and hot water to the new homes and local businesses. At the centre of the new neighbourhood will be a high-
quality new public park. We will be retaining and improving around 22 hectares of parkland and ecofriendly space, equivalent to the size of around 30 football pitches, linking to other local habitats like the Hengrove Mounds by a network of walking and cycling routes. The council’s masterplan for the development also includes new community space, sports pavilion, new playing fields, and commercial or office space. Our housing company Goram Homes is leading the redevelopment of Hengrove Park and will bring forward the new homes in a number of phases over the next five to ten years. The first phase is known as the ‘Bookends’ plot, and work on one of the buildings has started. It will deliver 53 high-quality new council homes, a mix of social rent and shared ownership apartments, with space for shops, and potentially a cafe or community uses on the ground floor. We have been on site
Marvin Rees shares his views with the Voice for four months now, carrying out infrastructure work, and we expect to start laying the foundations by the time this goes to print. This early phase also includes upgrading and enhancing the landscaping and public realm on Hengrove Boulevard, to help create a more vibrant centre at the heart of the emerging new neighbourhood.
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Many people have enjoyed a ceilidh, perhaps at a wedding, and would like to learn more. Are you one of them? Try Scottish Country Dancing (SCD), as a social, fun and friendly way to take exercise SCD has proven health benefits for body and mind, and can reduce a person’s future risk for dementia. You don’t need any special kit or partner; just wear comfy clothes, soft shoes and a smile ! Each dance usually involves six, eight or 10 people dancing together in a jig, reel or graceful strathspey, set to iconic Scottish music. As one dancer says: ‘the music has always been an inspiration, driving me to want to dance’; while from a newcomer: ‘everyone mixes, it’s a fun way to meet new people and keep fit, the “no partner required” was important for me’. The emphasis for beginners and all dancers is on having fun, whether at weekly classes (using recorded music), or at organised dance events with a live music band. For dancers more familiar with the steps and dance ‘geography’, SCD can be enjoyed across the UK, and Worldwide. One dancer speaks for many in saying ‘the SCD community has been a tremendous support at difficult times’. There are two SCD groups locally: All are welcome; do come and have a go! Bristol Westbury SCD Club (BWSCDC) meets weekly on Tuesdays, 7.30pm at St.Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. Your first night is free; then £6 per night for non-members; £5 for members (after £10 p.a. subscription). See: www.westburyscottish.org.uk , or email Maggie: firstname.lastname@example.org or Cheryl: email@example.com or phone 0117 401 2416. BWSCDC members also support a local charity each year, raising £1720 in 2022-3 for Bristol NW Foodbank; the charity for 2023/4 is Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled. Bristol RSCDS (Royal SCD Society), meets weekly on Thursday evenings at Oatley Hall, St.Monica’s Trust, Cote Lane, Westbury-onTrym, BS9 3UN (see www.rscdsbristol.info)
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n WHAT'S ON 4th November n BRISTOL FIREWORKS FIESTA, Canford Park, in Westbury-on-Trym, organised by the Bristol Round Table and The Rotary Club of Clifton. Gates open at 5.30pm, display starts at 7pm. Tickets £10, under threes free. 12th November n BRISTOL CHAMBER CHOIR - MUSIC FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Palestrina, Parry, Rachmaninov, Tavener, Purcell and others. Sunday 12th November 2023 at 5.00pm. The Chapel, St Monice Trust, Cote Lane Bristol, BS9 3UN. Admission Free. Retiring Collection. firstname.lastname@example.org 14th November n SENTINEL 7109 JOYCE - HER RESTORATION AND SIBLINGS’ presented by Andy Chapman. BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL, BS34 7RF.Tuesday 14th November 7:30 for 7:45 pm. 18th November n THE ALE AND ARTY CHARITY FESTIVAL at St Peter's Church, The Drive, Henleaze BS9 4LD. It runs from 2.00pm to 10.30pm. We Make Bristol and other Craft stalls and refreshments available 2 - 5.30pm. Choir and Ceilidh 7-10pm. Craft Ale and Prosecco Bars 2-10.30pm. Ceilidh tickets via Eventbrite. Further information: email@example.com 26th November n CHRISTMAS ARTISAN CRAFT FAIR
10am-4pm. Ashton Court Mansion Bristol BS41 9JN. Bristol Makers and crafters with 40 stalls indoors. Handmade gifts cards artwork, jewellery, soaps candles, knits crochets, textiles, Christmas wreaths and decorations, craft beer, preserves and much more. Café serving teas coffees and cakes £2 entry – under 16s free 27th November n HENLEAZE SENIOR FILM CLUB Book Club: The Next Chapter (12A) 2pm. Four best friends take their book club to Italy. A relaxed vacation soon turns into an adventure. Starring Daine Keaton and Jane Fonda.
Various days n WEST OF ENGLAND BRIDGE CLUB meet at the RAFA Club, 38 Eastfield, Henleaze. Thursday afternoon is for improvers, and Monday and Friday afternoons, are for more capable players. These are EBU recognised sessions. You may come alone to any afternoon session or Wednesday evening when a partner will be found. The two evening sessions are Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information go to our website at www.woebridgeclub.co.uk or contact our Secretary Alan on 0117 4526947. Monday n PLAY BOWLS at Canford Park in a friendly, social atmosphere. Qualified coaches and equipment provided.
Contact: Les on 07305695579 n WESTBURY SINGERS: if you enjoy singing, we invite you to join our friendly, non-auditioned, 4 part choir, in term-time on Monday evenings 7.30p.m. - 9.30p.m.at Reedley Road Baptist Church. Please email the Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org. n DICKENS SOCIETY. 7pm, at Leonard Hall, Henleaze URC, Waterford Rd, Bristol BS9 4BT. Talks, costumed readings, book club and social events. New members welcome. See www. dickens-society.org.uk or phone Roma on 0117 9279875 for further details. n WESTBURY AND CLIFTON AREA DISCUSSION GROUP meet at Westbury on Trym Baptist Church every Monday 9.45am to challenge ourselves with topical debate on what’s happening in the world. If you would like to help to solve some of today's challenging issues with good company, tea and biscuits - contact James Ball 01454 415165 or Ian Viney 0117 9501628. n WESTBURY ON TRYM WOMEN'S INSTITUTE meets on the third Monday of the month in the Westbury Village Hall, Eastfield Road, BS9 4AG, from 2.00 4.00 pm. We have interesting speakers, and extra activities of crafts, lunch club, skittles and outings. Our lively, friendly and inclusive group welcomes visitors at any meeting. For more information call Sascha on 07961619806 or Traci on 07766073917 Tuesday n WESTBURY PARK WOMEN’S INSTITUTE meets on the first Tuesday of every month in the Girl Guide Hut on Westmorland Road from 7.00 9.30pm. We are an active and friendly group with a varied programme plus extra sessions for craft, coffee, book clubs, walks etc. Visitors are always welcome and for more information do call Sue on 07813795936 or email email@example.com
n SCOTTISH DANCING TO GET FIT AND HAVE FUN with Bristol Westbury Scottish Country Dance Club. Classes for beginners (Email: maggiekirkup@ gmail.com) and more advanced dancers (Tel: Cheryl 0117 4012416) at St.Peter's Church Hall, Henleaze, Tuesdays 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Details at www. westburyscottish.org.uk n COMPANION VOICES BRISTOL is recruiting new members We are a 'threshold choir' actively looking for new people to join us. We meet in Easton on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 pm to learn soothing and uplifting songs by ear and build skills in sensitivity/compassion/ loving presence to sing at the bedsides of people nearing the end of life. To join or support us in this work, contact Valerie on bristol@companionvoices. org. Visit www.facebook.com/CompanionVoicesBristol and www.companionvoices.org. n WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP meet on
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Tuesday mornings at Westbury-onTrym Methodist Church, 10.30amnoon. An interesting programme of speakers; come along to make friends. For more details, ring Kate 07905 064720.
n BRISTOL HARMONY WEST GALLERY CHOIR AND BAND sing and play lively church and village music from the 18thcentury. St Edyth’s Church Hall, St Edyth’s Road, Sea Mills, 7.30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month. All voices (SATB), string, wind and reed instruments welcome. No auditions but ability to read music helpful. www. bristolharmony.wordpress.com or call Fritjof 0117 924 3440. Contact before attending. Wednesday n BCCS (BRISTOL CATHEDRALCHOIR SCHOOL) CHORAL SOCIETY meets at Henleaze Bowling Club, Grange Court Road, Wednesdays 7.30 to 9pm. A small, unauditioned choir singing varied music. New members welcome. For info, contact Kathy, 0117 949362 www.bccschoralsociety.org.uk/ n BLAISE COMMUNITY GARDEN, behind Blaise Museum, open Wednesday and Saturday 10-2. Originally a walled kitchen garden. Free to enter. We’re looking for new volunteers. Special Event: 18 November (10-3) Winter Market with Café (Homemade cakes etc) n KNITNATTERSTITCH meet on Wednesdays (term time only) 10-12 @ Henleaze United Reform Church’s coffee bar. For more information contact Paula at knitnatterstitch @gmail.com n COME AND ENJOY free tea and cake in a friendly atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, Church Rd, Westburyon-Trym every Wednesday 10.30-12. Call 0117 9508644 (mornings) for more information n WELCOME WEDNESDAY Friendly and free coffee afternoon on the last Wednesday of the month, 2-3.30pm at The Beehive Pub, Wellington Hill West, BS9 4QY. Meet new people, have fun, and find out what’s happening in your local area. Call 0117 435 0063 for more information.
n BRISTOL SCRABBLE CLUB meets every Wednesday evening at 7pm until 10pm at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, Filton BS34 7PS. New members welcome- first visit free so come along and give us a try. For further information contact Tania by email at firstname.lastname@example.org n WELCOME WEDNESDAY Friendly and free coffee afternoon on the last Wednesday of the month, 2-3.30pm at The Beehive Pub, Wellington Hill West, BS9 4QY. Meet new people, have fun, and find out what’s happening in your local area. Call 0117 435 0063 for more information.
Thursday n LOCAL CHOIR ACTIVELY RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS. We meet at Stoke Bishop CE Primary School, BS9 1BW on Thursday, 7.45 - 9.15pm. We are a well-established mixed choir performing both sacred and secular
music. See website www.henburysingers.org contact secretary at secretary@ henburysingers.org.
n LITTLE BEATS – NEW UNDER 5'S MUSIC CLASS. Thursdays 9.30am (term time), Westbury Methodist Church. Run by Sarah, a professional singer. Songs both kids and adults will love! £8/ session, payable each half term. LittleBeatsHQ@gmail.com 07748 677716
n HENLEAZE FLOWER CLUB welcomes new members for the start of their exciting 22/23 Programme of floral design demonstrations. Annual membership £52. Demonstration meetings on 2nd Thursday of the month 2pm Bradbury Hall,Waterford Road, Henleaze and begin at 2pm. Plus optional Practice Classes on 4th Thursday. Visitors welcome. We meet every month except December and August. Please contact Jenny York, Club Chair email@example.com or phone/text 07880 700270. n HIGHBURY BADMINTON CLUB: Pete Stables 0117 950 1524 or www. pete4458.wixsite.com/highburybadminton Thurs 7:30pm mid September to End April, Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall n HENLEAZE LADIES’ CHOIR Come and join us as we fill St Peter’s Church Hall in Henleaze with a diverse selection of music. We are a friendly choir and meet on Thursday afternoons in term time from 1.45 to 3.45. There are no auditions, and the ability to read music is not necessary. Contact Jeanette on 9685409 or Jane on 07752 332278. n OPEN DEVELOPMENT CIRCLE For those interested in developing their spiritual awareness and mediumistic ability. 7.15 for 7.30pm start at Westbury Park Spiritualist Church, Cairns Road BS6 7TH. Just turn up, contact Marian Bishop 0117 9771629 or visit www.westburyparkspiritualistchurch. org n FOLK NIGHT every third Wednesday of the month at the Victoria inn Chock lane, Westbury on Trym 7.30-10.30pm. All musicians and singers welcome or just pop in and listen. Call 0117 959 0834 Friday n HENLEAZE BOWLING CLUB. Come along at 5.45pm on Fridays to see if bowling could be the sport for you. Coaching available. Experienced bowlers welcome. Situated in Grange Court Road, by Newman Hall. This is a friendly Club with good bowling facilities and social events throughout the year. Phone, Tom Logan, on 0117 962 1669 or email hbcsec@henleazebowlingclub. org.uk for further details. n U3A SCRABBLE GROUP meets at the Beehive pub , Wellington Hill West, on Fridays from 2 to 4pm. For more information, contact Heddy 07534717254
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The over-running gas ma in replacement works on Westbury Roa d by St Monica’s finally finished at the end of September. Unfortunately Wales and West Utilities then immediately launched into more works which have meant that there have been lane closures along the main road ever since. We’ve had several meetin gs with Council Highways officers to und erstand exactly what Wales and West are planning, and to try and deal with the worst of the impacts. It turns out their planne d wo seven phases moving slow rks are in ly north from the original road closur e tow The work will also go dow ards Westbury. n Westbury Hill past Red Maids. The orig inal planned end date for those seven pha ses of work was mid-January 2024, althoug h as I write this in mid-October they app ear to be ahead of schedule. We believe tha t there will be some further phases of work to come in the new year, although we haven’ t seen any detail of those yet.
Our fear is that the most disruptive phase of the work will be “phase 5”, which includes lane closures at the “Ma jestic” junction at the top of Westbury Hill, as well as a full closure of Downs Road and div ersion of all of the pedestrian crossings aro und that junction. That is likely to be under way by the time you read this issue. We have asked whether the works could be done without a full closur e of Downs Road, which Wales and West tell us isn’t possible. We’ve also asked Counci l officers to use their legal powers to push the work back to a school holiday to reduce the impact, but at the time of writing this has not been done. Stay in Touch We hold regular month ly community meetings via Zoom, wh ich are an opportunity for you to hea r a little about what we’ve been doing, but more importantly to ask questio ns, raise any concerns and share local information. The next one will be on the 7th Novemner. Please visit http://tiny.cc/W andHNov23
to register in advance. We will also be at the Henleaze Forum, kindly run by the Henleaze Society, which will take place at the Leonard Hall at the Trinity Henleaze United Reformed Church at 7:00pm on Monday 27th November. You can contact me by email on cllr. firstname.lastname@example.org , or phone on 07769 285266. I also try to post regular updates on my Facebook page at fb.com/ CouncillorSteveSmith. We publish regular email updates – please contact me if you’d
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maintained the area and put in planters and that the memorial is a path. The public also use this area to cut looking its best for through to Golden Hill. A Public Right of the remembrance Way was applied for in 200 6, but it seems service. I’m hoping this has just been sitting in a pile ever that as you read this since. Residents submit ted an application the work has been for a Town Village Green Status last year in carried out and the November in order to pro tect it for public memorial is back to use in the future. Finally , the owner of the its former glory! piece of land has recent ly put in a planning application. That means there are currently Staying in touch three issues that we are awaiting outcomes for on this piece of land in Ridgehill. Our next online zoom foru Geoff, Steve and I will con m is to be held tinue to support on 7th November at 7pm residents who have app . If you would lied for this green like to atte nd please go to http://ti space known as the pic ny.cc/ nic area to become WandHNov23 to book in. a Town Village Green. We will keep you If you need any help on updated on this matter. a matter to do with Bristol City Council, you can contact me by em ail on cllr.sharon.scott@bris Westbury War Memorial tol.gov.uk – I also have a facebook pag e where I post reg ula r upd ate s: www.facebook.com/CllrAt the time of writing, I have just received Sharon-Scott-10433537 confirmation that the wa 851413 r memorial in Westbury on Trym will be cleaned and repaired. They are aiming to get this work done before Remembra nce Sunday so
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Together we can reduce hate crime I WANT to start by acknowledging the terrible crisis and conflict situation in the Middle East. I strongly condemn any acts of terrorism. I recognise that there will be communities in Avon and Somerset who feel concerned and have been impacted by these events. I want to reassure you that the Chief Constable is ensuring that Avon & Somerset Police is actively engaging with all communities affected, and other agencies, to monitor the situation. Every month I hold a performance and accountability board meeting, to hold the Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Police to account in delivering policing that is efficient, effective and legitimate, by scrutinising and asking questions about police performance and priorities. October’s topics were hate crime, anti-social behaviour and PEEL disclosure schemes.
Hate crime and ASB is unacceptable any time of year, but National Hate Crime Week, which took place between October 14 and 21, provided an opportunity to reinforce that Avon and Somerset is no place for hate. Reducing and preventing these crimes, which is priority one of four in my Police and Crime Plan, requires us to all work together, encourage reporting and ensure any victims receive support. Together we can reduce hate crime. Chief Constable Sarah Crew assured me that Avon and Somerset Police will be doing ongoing engagement with schools, communities and retailers to encourage and support the reporting of hate crime. If you are a victim or see hate crime or ASB take place, I would urge you to report it online or via 101. I also questioned the Chief
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Poppy cross could hold a clue ... IN the month of Remembrance, I look at a road outside the Gloucestershire Regiment’s former Horfield Barracks which is named Dorian. This can be assumed to be an example of careless misnaming; I say this advisedly because every November someone, very poignantly, places a Royal British Legion wooden poppy cross overmarked ‘Doiran’ beneath the road sign. This name relates to First World War Balkan Battles that took place near Lake Doiran. It is important, firstly, that this mourner’s ancestor's sacrifice is recognised. Secondly, I hope that publicity in this and other publications might lead Bristol
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the Glosters would support them … At 02:00 on the 9th May, the Glosters, along with the Royal Scots Fusiliers, were ordered over the top.” Subsequently to my noticing the RBL Poppy Cross I have been told that others have also noticed a cross placed there in previous years. I am hoping that readers will be able to help solve the mystery and perhaps give the annual placer of the cross some solace by letting them realise that others also care. (Perhaps the article may come to the attention of the placer of the cross, who may then get in touch).
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