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December, 2017 Issue 38


Dads rise to ballet challenge

Starting life’s adventure Scholarships and bursaries are available.

Library battle set for final stage Campaigners for Westbury and Henleaze libraries, who made their case to a full council meeting, are awaiting the final proposals for the service. PAGES 2 & 3

'Telebuddies' get out the tinsel Residents of St Monica's in Westbury will feature in a televised Christmas reunion with their infant pals in Old People's Home for 4-Year-Olds. PAGE 5

Struggle to solve parking woes Dads from across Bristol were kept on their toes by their children at a fundraiser for inclusive ballet school Flamingo Chicks. Fifty-two fathers gamely conquered their two left feet and pirouetted for the Dad Dancing: Ballet Challenge at the Bradbury Hall in Henleaze, raising £3,500. Full story: Page 18

Redmaids' High School has explained how it is trying to tackle parking and traffic problems, but is finding some solutions are thwarted. PAGES 6 & 7

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n NEWS LOUD cheers were heard at a packed meeting held at the Council Chamber on November 14 to discuss ways to save Bristol’s libraries. A motion, developed by the cross-party scrutiny committee to reconsider proposals to save £1.4 million and protect the future of Bristol’s libraries, was passed by just one vote. Petitions were presented by three library groups, who raised 12,958 signatures between them, protesting at proposals to cut the city’s library provision from 27 to 10. Jill Kempshall, of Westburyon-Trym, presented a petition on behalf of Love Bristol Libraries, the city wide campaign group. She spoke about a flawed public consultation where the highest response was to write “none of the above” in the options to keep designated libraries open. Reflecting on the meeting, Jill said: "It would be wonderful if the level of passionate and well argued support for all Bristol libraries which was shown by both campaigners and councillors at the Council meeting were enough to persuade the Mayor that there are alternatives to summarily closing 17 libraries or to relying on local communities somehow to provide a library service on their own. “He surely can't be in any doubt by now about the irreversible damage which such swinging cuts could cause to an

Libraries: Let’s look at some new ideas essential service." Organiser of ‘Save Redland Library’ petition, Merche Clark said: “The proposals are drastic, far reaching and the consultation clipped the wings of many possible solutions. “We need to make sure libraries are maintained to still give everyone the possibility to wonder, learn and imagine.” Stoke Bishop councillor John Goulandris made the quip of the night, raising laughs when he said that the Mayor would go down in history as the “book butcher of Bristol” if he goes ahead with the cuts. An impassioned plea from councillor Anthony Negus, chair of the cross party community scrutiny group, to his Labour colleagues, recommended the authority implement the plan for at least two years and keep ownership of the buildings before making any decisions on the city’s library provision. After the motion was narrowly passed Councillor Negus said: “The scrutiny group that I chaired showed there was a way of reorganising an

all-Bristol library service. Despite this solution working successfully in other councils, Bristol’s administration did not grasp this opportunity. We have shown how this can work and how we can keep going during the two-year transition period necessary to put the new public organisation in place.” “There were two common themes in the debates about the library service,” said Councillor Geoff Gollop: “The lack of imagination in the proposals, and the flawed nature of the consultation. “Backbench councillors have submitted a proposal to help maintain a library presence rather than close 17 branches, recognising how important all libraries are across the whole of

the city. The proposal had the support of all three Westbury and Henleaze councillors, and whilst Labour councillors were instructed to vote against, not all of them did as they were told!"


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n NEWS “Given the strength of feeling from councillors, and the many thousands of residents signing the petitions, I hope the Mayor will take note and reconsider.” Westbury-on-Trym Library has been earmarked for closure under all options selected by the Council’s Consultation. There is hope however, that investment in the recently fitted extended access system may help to keep it open. Councillor Clare CampionSmith added: “Government funding to local authorities is being steadily reduced until it almost disappears in 2020. It is difficult balancing priorities to keep local services going and many people are concerned that if libraries are closed and buildings sold, they will never come back. Learning, enjoyment of reading, searching for information will always be with us and we need to have a service that serves the whole city, is imaginative and responsive to changing needs

and channels of communication and is quick and nimble in exploiting other funding streams. “I genuinely hope the

Mayor listens to residents and councillors, uses short term measure of volunteers supporting paid staff and provides a proper long term future. Libraries, parks are the soft infrastructure of a city and very important. It is interesting to note that some primary schools are converting computer rooms back to libraries. Technology changes and books still hold a fascination.”

Bristol City Council Cabinet makes a final decision on December 4 about any changes to the library service. Deputy Mayor Asher Craig said: “Barring the end of austerity, some libraries will have to adapt. I have been quite surprised at the extent and range of proposals from councillors and individuals. No decisions have yet been made.”

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n NEWS THE Canford Lane campaigners once more made their case to the city council meeting on November 14. The show-stealer was 88-year-old Canford Lane resident Kevin Gummett who underlined yet again how difficult it is for older people and young families to cross in safety and comfort. He challenged the city council to send a roads engineer along to see the situation at first hand. Kevin followed up by emailing the mayor next day. He told Marvin Rees: “We campaigners would be greatly encouraged if, as a first step, you arranged for a roads engineer to meet us on Canford Lane between 07.30 hrs and 08.30 hrs on any week day, when the traffic is heaviest and children are trying to cross the road on their way to school.” A roads engineer, said Kevin, “would see immediately how passionate we are, and will continue to be until we see at least one safe crossing point in place!” Canford Lane resident Nicola Hawkes reminded the mayor and

Canford Lane campaigners make their case to the city council councillors of the vehicle count back in September revealing that 1,000 cars passed up and down every hour of the day – one vehicle every 4 seconds, when it takes a fit person 7 seconds to cross the road. Nicola stressed that it wasn’t just residents who were affected: “During our campaign, we spoke to one lady who regularly visits Canford Cemetery, which is across Canford Lane from me. Her late husband is buried there. On her journey there, she comes by bus which stops right outside the cemetery. To go home, however, she takes a taxi because she simply doesn’t feel safe crossing Canford Lane. We should not be making life so difficult for grieving relatives.” Campaigner Graham Donald asked how much the city council expected by way of a contribution to mitigate the effects on north

Bristol when Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood is built. Mayor Rees said that more than £7 million should be received from South Gloucestershire Council. Graham then asked if the mayor would commit to spending half a percent of this on a safe crossing for Canford Lane. The mayor

wouldn’t commit himself, but said he would consider it. The campaigners will battle on until Canford Lane can be crossed in safety. Their petition is at or you can sign a paper copy. Please call 07791 387618 or 07980 191933 to sign the petition or help gather signatures.

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CHANNEL 4 is making a festive return to the Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds this Christmas. The one-hour special features a trip back to St Monica Trust’s Cote Lane retirement community on Durdham Downs and reunites the residents including Hamish, Zina, Pat and David, with some of their young friends from Bristol nurseries, including The Southville Centre, among them Solomon, Nelson, Millie and Eva. The aim is to find out how taking part in the series has impacted their lives. Social isolation is one of the biggest problems for the elderly and never more so than during the Christmas period. Loneliness can impact hugely on our health with a recent report saying it can be as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. The two-part series which aired in August was inspired by a revolutionary American scheme which brought together a group of older people and a group of four year olds for a six week period to attempt to prove scientifically that these two generations can transform the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of the old volunteers


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his reindeers may also make a cameo appearance. The three geriatric specialists – Professor Malcolm Johnson, Dr Zoe Wyrko and Dr Melrose Stewart – all return to give their insight into the continued progress of the older group as well as focussing on loneliness and its impact on the elderly paying particular attention to why Christmas is such a tough time for older people.

Chief executive of St Monica Trust, David Williams said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to welcome CPL and the children back to the Trust to film the Christmas Special. The Trust has worked in partnership with Age UK on a number of community initiatives in Bristol and we’re excited to be helping them spearhead this national campaign to highlight social isolation among the older population.”

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n NEWS A NUMBER of concerns have been raised by neighbours living near the Redmaids’ High site on Westbury Road about the amount of traffic and parking issues during the main hours of drop-off and pick-up at the school. Senior staff from Redmaids’ High School are keen that the local community is aware of the steps the school has taken to rectify the problem and of initiatives that have been proposed to Bristol City Council. Deputy Head of School, Kate Doarks, the Bursar, Peter Taylor and the Head of the Junior School, Lisa Brown have been holding meetings with Councillors Geoff Gollop and Clare Campion-Smith outlining plans to minimise traffic disturbances since February. The school have had consultations with the council highways department and have put a number of proposals forward, including a plan for increased parking on site which was unfortunately refused. Kate Doarks said: “Neighbours would like us to

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Redmaids’ High: We're trying to tackle parking

park more cars on site; however the planning department at the council’s policy is to reduce the feasibility of driving to work and so they have refused our request. “We were awaiting a response from the highways department about our proposal to have a

single yellow line painted on the road next to the bus stop on Westbury Road. This would stop parking there during peak times to make it into a safe droppingoff zone and allow space for about ten parents’ cars. "We have offered to fund the

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n NEWS the grounds that it is against policy to encourage parents to drive to school. “Whilst we endorse this sentiment and are doing our very best to encourage alternative options to driving, we still need the council’s support to help us manage the roads safely.” In the meantime, parents can drop off on site before 8am, pick up after 5pm and have all received letters from Redmaids’ High reminding them of the importance of road safety, asking them to consider dropping their daughters off further away from school. The school has joined the ‘Living Streets’ initiative that encourages children to actively travel to school, earning monthly badges for each target met. Temporary parking spaces have been rented out for staff at Henleaze Bowls Club and Bikeability training offered to encourage more cycling by pupils and teachers. The school has also put in a request to the council for investment in safer cycling and walking pathways. Staff explored bringing coaches on to site, but the key companies feel it is too dangerous to do so. However, minibuses do drop off within the grounds. At the school’s request, the council has repainted the ‘no parking’ zone outside the Junior School. Meetings have been held jointly with nearby St

Ursula’s E-ACT Academy to create links and form a united strategy. “Like the neighbours, we are very concerned that Bristol City Council have not fully appreciated the serious concerns we have and whilst turning down many of our proposals, have not offered any other feasible solutions,” said Kate Doarks. Headmistress Isabel Tobias said: "As well as our meetings with the Councillors and the highways department, we have written to the local MP, Darren Jones, to ask for support in addressing this issue. “As a school we have always been concerned about traffic safety and take our part in this very seriously. We are keen to do anything to improve safety but we are presently waiting for the council and highways to help us to do more.” Councillor Geoff Gollop said: "We now have a situation where both residents and the school are unhappy. The school is now very much aware of the traffic pressures and I am keen to work with them in trying to persuade the council to help mitigate. "Given that the school is prepared to fund the changes, it is frustrating that the council is reluctant to engage in finding a solution."

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Magical opera to raise funds for charity LOCAL mezzo-soprano Rebecca Chellappah is organising a charity production of Menotti's Christmas opera in one act at St Alban’s Church. The production, called Amahl and the Night Visitors, will take place on Saturday 9 December from 5- 6pm. It tells the story of the magical journey that the three Kings and a little boy called Amahl take to visit “the Child” who has just been born, and also features parrots, treasure, dancing and, of course, wonderful music. In order to bring the opera to the stage, a host of residents have donated their time, among them local artist Lara Saxby, who has created the masks that will be worn during the performance. Speaking of the opera, Rebecca Chellappah said: “I am a mezzo-soprano and local Westbury resident and have been organising our Westbury Park Christmas show for the last four years. It grew from

carols in our front room to a full charity concert, which had now blossomed into an opera with singers, an orchestra and dancers. “Together with Ed Davies, Director of Music for St Albans Church, we are excited to bring our community a professional standard of show which is full of the Christmas spirit, to raise funds for an amazing cause. I'm thrilled that so many from our community and beyond are all donating their time and talents to put on this fabulous show!” Tickets on the door cost £10 for adults, £5 for children or £20 for a family (two adults and two children), with all profits split between St Albans Church and MIND. There will also be refreshments available after the performance, including mince pies donated by Waitrose, cupcakes and hot drinks. To find out more about the show, visit http://www.


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Make your voice heard on future of our local parks

by Keri Beckingham TWO local councillors and a Friends group have reacted after Bristol City Council’s latest plans for parks and green spaces were in the spotlight at a full council meeting. Following the news that the budget for parks would be cut in February next year, the council announced it was launching a consultation to review potential cost-saving measures such as reducing park maintenance, grass cutting, planting as well as toilet opening hours. The packed meeting on November 14 included public statements and debates on the Bristol Parks Forum petition. In addition, a vote to reduce the proposed £2.8million cuts did not pass and so a motion for a rethink has now been put forward. Despite Deputy Mayor for Communities Asher Craig stating that the council would not sell off any parks or green spaces and it was committed to keeping them free and available to all city residents, there are many concerns among community groups in regard to the impact that the cuts will have on their beloved green spaces. Speaking about what the cuts could mean for parks in our area, Clare Campion-Smith, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Westbury & Henleaze, said: “Canford Park is on the list as one of the parks that will be a money generator, as because of its size and position it is a good place for events to be held.

Similarly, the Downs will be asked to take on more events in the future too. “However, the core purpose of parks (which is open space for enjoyment and recreation) must remain and the balance between events and good quality green environments must be carefully and continually reviewed. “I think local community groups will step up and become more involved in running parks but they need basic infrastructure to be dealt with by the council.” Geoff Gollop, Conservative Councillor for Westbury & Henleaze said: “Whilst I welcome the recognition that the council has to be commercial in the way it operates, I am concerned that the Downs will be seen as the easiest option to exploit for income. The Downs has been starved of financial resources for years, and I fear it will now be expected to generate income for the rest of the parks estate across Bristol, when in reality it should be raising funds to keep the public toilets open and to improving the footpaths and jogging tracks around the Downs. “Similarly, Canford Park is a major community asset used by residents from all over North Bristol. The grass needs cutting, and the play equipment needs maintaining, as well as proper provision of toilet refreshment and changing facilities. The community cannot suddenly be made responsible for fundraising and income generation. I believe it could take five years to progress to a sound financial position for the park, but much

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Photo courtesy of Friends of Badock's Wood longer if income raised is to be “taken” for other parks.” Graham Donald, secretary of Friends of Canford Park, said: “We’re delighted that making Bristol parks “cost neutral” has been abandoned. But the proposals still contain severe cuts and ambitious plans to increase income, with Canford being one of the parks from which the city council hope to raise more money. “The city council have not spelled out the implications for individual parks, and we’d welcome dialogue with them on Canford and how it is likely to be affected. It’s encouraging that they’re working on a volunteering strategy; this has great potential in these difficult times. We’re keen to engage residents of all ages in putting together a response to the council proposals and are planning a public meeting. Please email us if you’d like to be involved at friendsofcanfordpark@gmail. com” Friends of Badock’s Wood have welcomed the partial reprieve for council funding for parks. Explaining their concerns regarding the parks consultation and how Badock’s Wood could be affected, Frances Robertson, secretary, said: “Free access to well cared for public open spaces, such as Badock’s Wood, is vital to the health and well-being of local

residents as well as the wildlife of the area. “Many local residents will remember that Badock’s Wood had become somewhat neglected in the past and thanks to local residents‘ efforts, working closely with the Parks Department and other local groups, the wood today is a pleasant, safe environment to walk, rest, and enjoy the wildlife that thrives there. “Friends of Badock’s Wood volunteers can only do so much themselves, such as some enhancement to the wood by additional meadow work, pond maintenance and litter picking, but the wood needs proper, professional management using heavy machinery. Whilst we can do a lot to enhance Badock’s Wood, we cannot manage it. “We hope very much that the discussions between the Friends groups (via Bristol Parks Forum) and Bristol City Council will see a solution that will continue to maintain Badock’s Wood and other parks and open spaces with no deterioration from the position we have today.” The parks and green spaces consultation is open until January 29. Residents wishing to comment can complete the survey by visiting https:// neighbourhoods/parks-andgreen-spaces/





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Failures at care home led to fatal fall BUPA Care Homes (ANS) Ltd has been fined over ÂŁ350,000 following the death of 90-yearold resident at its care home in Stoke Bishop. The case followed an incident on June 6, 2014 when Ivy Davies was fatally injured after falling on a flight of stairs at the Druid Stoke Residential Care Home and hitting her head. She died in hospital the following day. A Bristol City Council investigation found that Mrs Davies, who had lived at the home for just over a year, had a diagnosis of dementia and after suffering a broken hip in an earlier fall at the home had been assessed as needing to be accompanied whenever she moved around with her Zimmer frame. The investigation showed that on the morning of 6 June 2014 Mrs Davies was having her breakfast in the dining room downstairs while the care worker responsible for that area was

also taking trays upstairs for other residents. While the care worker was upstairs Mrs Davies walked alone along the ground floor corridor and then through a fire exit door on to a staircase. When the care worker came back a short while afterwards she saw the Zimmer frame at the end of the corridor, and then found Mrs Davies lying on the staircase. It appeared that Mrs Davies had started walking up the staircase, possibly in an attempt to find her room which was on the first floor, but had fallen backwards and hit her head on the wall of the stairwell. Staff looked after her until the ambulance arrived and she was taken to the BRI where she died the following day. Further investigation showed that assessments had been carried out and recorded in Mrs Davies’ care plan but had not been put into place. There was no indication of how the limited number of staff at work would

be able to ensure that she was accompanied whenever she moved. Her bedroom was on the first floor and she was known to occasionally set off up or down stairs by herself, with or without her Zimmer frame. The fire exit staircase on which she fell was not intended for use by residents except in an emergency, but there were no controls over access to it,

and its design was not suitable for elderly and frail residents who may have poor sight. The handrails were hard to grasp and the edges of the steps were not highlighted in a bright colour. Following the incident a council Health and Safety Inspector carried out a full inspection and then served an Improvement Notice requiring works to remedy the range of

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n NEWS slip and trip risks she found at the site, both indoors and in the garden. This was done in October 2014 and a keypad control was put on the doors to all staircases not intended for general use by residents. Bupa Care Homes (ANS) Ltd admitted breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and also Regulation 6 (1) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, which requires such injuries to be reported immediately. This accident was only reported to the council on 4 July 2014 after a CQC inspector had visited and advised that this was required. The company was fined a total of £333,333 and ordered to pay costs of £17,576. Councillor Helen Holland, Cabinet Member for adult social care, said: “This was a very sad incident and one that we hope will never be repeated. On behalf of the council we send again our deepest condolences to Mrs Davies’ family. “I am glad that this case is concluded, although it cannot

undo what has been done. People deserve to be safe and receive a high quality of care wherever they’re looked after, and every care provider needs to do all they can to meet - and exceed - the standards set out by the Care Quality Commission. Our Quality Assurance team work with care providers to advise them, and I understand that they have worked closely with Druid Stoke Care Home following the death of Mrs Davies.” Since the accident in June 2014, the company has delivered extra training and made a number of changes to improve the residents’ care. These improvements have been recognised in the latest CQC inspection, which found the care provided by the team to be good. Kay Cox, managing director of Bupa Care Services in the South West, said: “We are sorry and Mrs Davies’ family and friends are in our thoughts. This was a tragic accident and we have made a number of improvements at the home.Mrs Davies was a wonderful woman and she is greatly missed at the home.”


Gold award again WESTBURY-ON-TRYM won Bristol in Bloom Best Shopping Area Large, Gold Award and Overall Category winner for the 12th successive year. WOTSOC chair Hilary Long said: “Thanks to the hard work of all our team and generosity of local sponsors, our village has again won a gold award for its flowers and was top of its section: ‘Best Shopping Centre’. “A magnificent array of mixed flowers, with speckled purple

and white petunias dominant, to harmonize with the ‘Westbury 1300’ colour theme, lasted in our pots and baskets from June until October! We have led the field, with a final triumph at its end.” Unfortunately, due to Bristol City Council’s cuts this may be the last year that the competition will be run in Bristol. However, the Westbury- on-Trym Society will continue to provide floral displays in the village in spring and summer each year.

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Val steps All set for Christmas festival down at society THE Henleaze Festival is all set for Wednesday December 6 with a wide range of stalls selling a huge variety of items from jewellery, ceramics, sweets, cakes and festive gifts. Stalls will be spread out along Waterford Road, Dublin Crescent, Cardigan Road and the section of Henleaze Road by the Tenovus shop. Many of the local shops and cafes will remain open for late night shopping, mulled wine, hot drinks and snacks too. The fun begins at 4pm and entertainment from local choirs and bands goes on all evening until 8pm. Father Christmas arrives at 4.30pm at the Open Area before he sets up in his grotto in the Lloyds Car Park in Cardigan Road. Children`s Entertainment is also in Cardigan Road - expect to see the stilt-walkers making a call there as they tour the festival - as well as Hands-On Christmas Activities in St Peter's Church. The Prize Draw is an essential part of the festival, raising funds this year for local charities including Time Is Precious, A Life for a Cure, Avon Riding School For The Disabled and Ronald McDonald House. Tickets can be bought at local shops and will also be available on the night at £1 each. The top prize is a luxury festive hamper. There's also a balloon flight donated by First Flight and a variety of other prizes including more hampers, meal vouchers for local restaurants/pubs, Spa Vouchers and lots more. It is thanks to the generosity of the local traders who donate the prizes for the raffle that the festival organisers are able to give away a substantial amount each year.

AFTER 14 years as chair of the Henleaze Society, Valerie Bishop stood down from her role at the Society’s AGM in November. Valerie received an award at the Celebrating Age Festival 2016 for her community work. She is succeeded by Helen Furber, who said: “"Val has been, and I am sure will continue to be, a stalwart of the community. She has given her time and effort selflessly over a long period to many local causes."

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Landmark property is re-thatched by Keri Beckingham A LANDMARK property in the heart of Henleaze has been rethatched for the first time in 23 years. 166 Henleaze Road is the epitome of Henleaze for many people, and has become a focal point for the community as the area’s only thatched cottage and for its position on the main thoroughfare. The property was built in about 1810 as one of two lodges for Henleaze Park House. Although it has not been possible to attribute the architecture to John Nash (who in 1809 was responsible for the creation of nine cottages in Blaise Hamlet), the architecture of the cottage in Henleaze is very similar. A special feature of the house is the spy window on the ground floor, which allowed the lodgekeeper to view the coach and callers returning from Henleaze Park House from either the sitting or dining rooms. Henleaze Park House was sold to St Margaret’s School in 1924 and later demolished in the 1960s for new builds in the form of chalet bungalows. The other former lodge is also now a private home known as 12 The Drive. The United Reformed Church in Waterford Road rented 166 Henleaze Road as their manse from 1920 to 1927 for their new minister Eric McNeill. Following its last thatching in 1994, the property (which is currently owned by Duncan Ogilvie) has been undergoing

The re-thatching of 166 Henleaze Road has attracted a lot of attention from local people re-thatching by J.H Harman Master Thatchers since October 25. Speaking of the work, John Harman said: “The current thatching work will take place up until Christmas, and as wheat straw is being used it should last between 20 – 25 years before re-thatching needs to take place again.” Helen Furber, chair of the Henleaze Society, said: "Many visitors to Henleaze comment favourably on The Old Lodge.

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It was built about 200 years ago and is a notable landmark for those living in and visiting Henleaze. It brings character to our area. "We are delighted that the present owners are having the property re-thatched." Speaking of the importance of the property for the people of Henleaze, local historian Veronica Bowerman, author of The Henleaze Book said: “This extremely attractive and unique

property is a Grade 11 listed building and is believed to be the only thatched private residence in Bristol. “When the thatch of the cottage roof started to deteriorate in recent years, many residents expressed concern as they were proud of this unique property. The new thatching that is taking place has created a lot of interest, not just in Henleaze but in many other parts of the area too.”

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A night to remember as Westbury school choir sing for Children in Need CHILDREN from the Westburyon-Trym CE Academy School Choir joined six other schools on November 17 at the Concorde museum to perform a rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’ for Children in Need. Pupils attended a workshop led by choir master David Ogden, as well as spending a considerable time in school to learn the song and its harmonies. The excitement on the day itself began at 2pm when the children had their first full rehearsal with all the other schools taking part too. Filled with determination, the children perfected their pronunciation and managed to hit the notes with a great deal of accuracy. Then came that moment of awe, the Concorde! Not only were the children able to see this super jet up close but the stage they were to perform on was directly underneath it. At 6.30pm that evening, after an intense afternoon of practises and a well-deserved tea break, their first big moment arrived. Presented by David Garmston and Alex Lovell the choir went out on live television during BBC Points West, as well as three more times during the course of the evening. The main event happened at 8.24pm when the Bristol choir joined other children from ten different locations across the UK to sing in unison to raise money for Children in Need. Year 5 pupil Amaya said: “I was amazed to be on TV.”

Miriam, Year 5, said: “I felt proud of myself because my parents were watching and I have never done anything like this before.” “It was really exciting because you were being filmed so many times,” added Year 6 pupil, Sam. Tom, Year 6, explained: “It was thrilling because we were on proper television with all the lights and cameras too.” Alongside the serious tone of the rehearsals the children also had fun with the BBC staff present on the day, encouraging a number of them, including Alex Lovell and even Pudsey himself, to do the ‘dab’ dance.

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Local school supports international charity

WESTBURY based girls’ school, Redmaids’ High, is supporting an international charity with a very personal connection. Concern Worldwide, provide food and education to help poverty stricken communities across the world, including in the African nation of Burundi; home country to the school’s Head Girl. Anjali Mehta, moved from Burundi to Bristol in 2014 with her parents and sister Khushi when she was 15 years old. Khushi and her cousin Niki also attend the school, and another cousin, Neha, left last year to study Dentistry at Birmingham. Burundi is one of the world’s poorest nations. The country has suffered vast amounts of political instability, a civil war, military coups and genocide resulting in the loss of approximately 300,000 lives. Although a peace agreement was reached in 2006 the country remains in a fragile state of political unrest and since then hundreds more people have

been killed. Last year, the school that Anjali and her sister had attended in Burundi was shut down for three months because of how unsafe it had become. “We are very fortunate to have moved to Bristol to continue our education at Redmaids’ High. Our friends in Burundi have started moving to neighbouring countries to find a

safe place to stay,” says Anjali. “When we went back last summer to visit our family, a lot had changed. So many people are living in poverty and over half the children under the age of five are severely malnourished.” After speaking to Anjali about the situation in Burundi, the Head Almoners at Redmaids’ High, Arabella and Yasmin, decided to support the charity Concern Worldwide. They help

by building kitchen gardens in the poorest communities across the world enabling people to grow their own fruit and vegetables. Nearly 1000 families across Burundi have benefitted from these gardens, each costing just £75 to build. So far Redmaids’ High has raised around £500 to send to Concern Worldwide. That means that a further six communities will be provided with new gardens as well as training in agriculture and nutrition. “As Head Girl of Redmaids’ High, I’m so proud of my friends and fellow students for helping the communities in my home country,” said Anjali. “Thank you to everyone who donated.” You can make a donation to Concern Worldwide by visiting their website Any donations to the charity made before Monday 18 December will be doubled by the UK government.

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n EDUCATION COLSTON’S Girls’ School in Bristol is set to expand its sixth form from September 2018 and for the first time in over 100 years, it will be co-educational. Venturers Sixth will open alongside the state girls’ school in Cheltenham Road. It will welcome ambitious 16 to 18-year-olds and aims to have a focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and maths (STEAM) as well as on developing skills for the workplace. Like CGS, it will be part of Venturers Trust, which is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol. Sixth-form girls and boys will have a dedicated base in the Georgian building next to CGS, although they will also have access to the specialist science, music and other facilities in the main school. The post-16 students will continue to play important leadership roles in the school. Principal John Whitehead said the time was right to give teenage boys the same opportunities that are open to CGS girls. “Our sixth form is a unique provision, combining high standards, specialist teaching and individual support. Our students follow a range of high quality pathways to future success. The school has a strong emphasis on community action and our students have developed and delivered a number of impressive projects in recent years. “CGS is an inner-city school with students from across the city and beyond. We pride ourselves on our ethnic and social diversity - now we will have a gender mix too.” Mr Whitehead said that while research showed that girls aged 11-16 perform more strongly in single-sex schools, mixed sixth forms were the most successful. He said: “We already have a good proportion of students moving on to Russell Group universities and by expanding our numbers we will be able to increase the availability of quality alternative routes, including high-level engineering apprenticeships.” The governors and sponsors of the school, which was founded in 1891 and became a statefunded academy in 2008, have

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Head girl Zainab Adelopo, vice principal and head of sixth form Kerry McCullagh, with head girl team members Olivia Wright and Charanjeet Kaur been considering the future direction for the sixth form for some years. In creating this exciting initiative, CGS will build on and develop the relationships formed during that journey to ensure that collaboration offers the greatest range of opportunities. “We have talked extensively with students and with the wider school community, and they welcome this move,” said Mr Whitehead. "It will offer greater opportunities for social interaction, helping all students to prepare for life beyond school, whether at university, volunteering or in the workplace.” Members of the CGS head girl team said the change would prepare them for studying alongside boys at university as well as for later life. Olivia Wright, who hopes to do a maths degree, said: “Sixth form is a perfect time to change the learning environment. Boys will bring in different opinions and ideas.” Yasmin Rees-Khan, who hopes to study medicine at university, added: “It will be interesting to get a male perspective in lessons.” Head girl Zainab Adelopo said having boys in the sixth form would make the school even more diverse, and everyone’s views would be treated with respect. Kerry McCullagh, vice

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principal and head of sixth form, said: “The boys who choose to join us will share our values, ambition and work ethic. We are proud that already our students go on to a wide range

of destinations, and progress to careers that in the past have been dominated by men. “Our new sixth form will be a unique provision with its own identity but also at the heart of the school.” Venturers Sixth will continue to be selective, offering A-level courses in academic subjects, including modern foreign languages, which is the CGS specialism. When numbers increase, appropriate and challenging Level 3 vocational courses will be added to the curriculum. Anthony Brown, Chair of Governors for Colston’s Girls’ School, said: “We believe this development will be a strong addition to the post-16 provision in Bristol. Young people will have the opportunity to belong to a sixth form that has a proven track record as well as a strategic forward-looking vision, based in a vibrant, diverse inner-city location.”

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CHILDREN across Bristol were given the chance to keep their dads on their toes - quite literally - as inclusive ballet school Flamingo Chicks launched its first ‘Dad Dancing: Ballet Challenge’, at Bradbury Hall in Henleaze. Fifty-two fathers turned out on October 28 to undergo a crash course in ballet, teaching them how to channel their inner Darcey Bussell. Would-be ballerinos included firefighter dads, farmer dads and chef dads who all tried their hands (or rather feet) at arabesques and assemblés. The dads raised £3,500 to support Flamingo Chicks’ mission to give children with disabilities and long-term illnesses the chance to enjoy dance alongside their friends. The Dad Dancing: Ballet Challenge event is part of Flamingo Chicks’ wider ‘Dad & Me’ campaign, which highlights the issues facing fathers of disabled children. Local resident Katie Sparkes is the Founder of Flamingo Chicks. She said: “Our Dads Dancing event was quite a spectacle with a brilliant turnout! It was fantastic to see the community come together and Dads supporting each other, making new friends and swapping tips for caring for a disabled child. Peer-to-peer support is so important.” “Flamingo Chicks provides a supportive and inclusive community and we focus heavily on dads as they often get overlooked. We organise regular evening activities and we find often that physical activities have the biggest impact in breaking

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down barriers and encouraging dads to communicate. The Flamingo Chicks community for dads is strong but we also want to help shape the wider community too – for example, how our dads can be better supported at work.” There are 770,000 fathers in the UK who have a disabled child and frequently, they feel they are not getting the support they require. A Flamingo Chicks survey of 250 dads found that 96 per cent of fathers of disabled children agree that there is no emotional or mental support at work, which leads to why less

than 10 per cent have told their boss they have a disabled child for fear of impacting their career development. A third said they did not feel confident in their role as carer to a disabled child and 98 per cent said they would like to access more support for them and their child. Phil Maclean, father of Poppy, aged 11 who has cerebral palsy, said: “Since Flamingo Chicks I have taken up a more positive and sociable attitude. I have been able to handle stress and the pressures associated with caring for a disabled child better – it has

enabled me to make new friends with other Dads going through the same thing.” Gareth Jones, Dad to Mary, aged eight, added: “For many parents, Flamingo Chicks is their first opportunity to be part of a community that really values them and considers all of their needs. For me, Flamingo Chicks has redefined inclusion and the care, support and affection for the Flamingo Chicks and their families is truly amazing.” For more information see flamingochicks

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A new pathway to preventing and recovering from homelessness

A NEW partnership aimed at providing better and more consistent support services for homeless people in Bristol launched on November 14 at Bristol City Council. Partners from St Mungo’s, Second Step, The Salvation Army, ARA and other agencies who work with the homeless came together to mark the start of new way of working called the Bristol Pathway. These are services for people who need support to help them recover from homelessness and whichever factors contributed to them becoming homeless. For many people this may include past trauma, poverty, mental ill health, addiction, offending and sex work. Most people become homeless following eviction from private rented accommodation or following a relationship breakdown with family. The £5.3 million per year service commissioned by Bristol City Council will consist of four pathways to recovery. There is men only accommodation led by The Salvation Army, mixed accommodation led by Second Step, women only accommodation led by St Mungo’s and substance misuse Housing led by ARA. Helen Denyer, St Mungo’s regional head, said: “We are excited to be working together

with our partners to provide high quality services to women. It important that we offer our women a service that recognises the unique experience of women who are homeless, and supports them to rebuild their lives, overcoming the challenges they face to be successful in their recovery.” These services are divided into levels of support, Left to right are Graham England, of ARA, Sarah Minns, of Second Step, Councillor ranging from L1 – Paul Smith, Tom Rhodes, of Bristol City Council, Mark Banfield, of Salvation Army, high support with 24 hour staffing to and Helen Denyer, of St Mungo’s L4 – low support difficult to access, it is vital that independence for residents, for people preparing to live services are better matched to enabling them to move more independently. people's needs and that we are quickly into mainstream housing Referrals are made into the doing all we can to encourage as their support needs are met.” accommodation appropriate to the needs of the individual. As people recover from homelessness they move down to the appropriate level(s) before moving out to settled accommodation, with a period of support to help make this successful. As someone enters the pathway, there will be a robust, strengths based assessment of that person’s needs and aspirations, with every person having a tailored plan for their ‘journey’ of recovery away from homelessness. Strength based means looking at the positive tools a client may have to help their recovery instead of focusing on their risks. Moving from one service to another will be fluid, a decision taken by the pathway partnership together rather than by individual providers, giving a much smoother transition for the person. Councillor Paul Smith said: “We have taken a new approach to funding these services, building on the relationships between organisations and asking them to share responsibility for helping people to achieve their aspirations and recover from homelessness. “At a time when affordable housing in Bristol is very

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Make 2018 your most amazing year yet AT this time of year, we start to think about our New Year resolutions. It’s often something personal, like kicking a bad habit, or vowing to see someone more often. But will you do something truly amazing this year, and make 2018 a year to be proud of? Home Start Bristol is a local charity, recruiting and training volunteers to support struggling families in the Bristol, and South Gloucestershire area. The charity runs three popular volunteer preparation courses each year: the next one starting on January 18. The training is interactive and fun, and many volunteers go on to achieve a CERTA Level 2 qualification. Upon completion of the course, volunteers are carefully matched with a family that they are expected to visit for two-three hours each week. Scheme manager, Beverley Symonds, says: “We work alongside families, encouraging

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Jessie May adds new specialist nurse to care team LOCAL charity Jessie May is celebrating after receiving a grant of £30,000 from the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation to recruit a new senior nurse to its growing team. The charity, which provides specialist nursing and respite support to children with terminal illnesses and their families in the South West, says the appointment of the band 6 nurse will allow the nursing teams to provide the personally tailored care so valued by the families on their caseload. The funding was granted after the charity appealed to the Matchroom Sport Charitable Foundation which was set up a year ago by World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn, who is a Patron of Jessie May. He said: “I am delighted that we have been able to help Jessie May fund a new member of their nursing team, which will help provide the crucial assistance to families which they provide.

I have seen first-hand the outstanding work that Jessie May does for so many people in the Bristol area.” Jessie May head of fundraising, Julian Withers, said: “In recent years we have seen a growth in the number of children we are caring for, the length of time we are caring for that child and an expansion of the geographical area we cover. “As such we recently restructured the our care team in order to be able to respond to these changes and to ensure that we continue to provide the high quality and individualised care to the children already on our caseload while having the flexibility to be able to accept new referrals. “We now have three care teams in place led by a Senior Nurse Team leader. Two of these team leaders were in place and now we are able to recruit a third thanks to the kind support of the Matchroom Sport Charitable

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“The impact that this new senior nurse will have on the families we care is astonishing and we are very grateful for the wonderful donation. We can't change the prognosis of the terminally ill children in our care but we can help more families to make the most of their short but precious lives, as well as cope with the unending pressures of caring for their child at home.”

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A momentous and historic day

STUDENTS from Redmaids’ High School stopped the traffic to process through Bristol on 17 November to mark their Founders’ Commemoration Day. This is the first time the newly-formed school has marched, following in the footsteps of many generations of alumnae. The school community made a striking sight as they left Welsh Back to walk in line to Bristol Cathedral for a special service marking the founding fathers of this historic girls’ school.

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Your chance to sponsor a daffodil! A GROUP of Westbury-on-Trym Society (WOTSOC) volunteers have been busy with their trowels, planting more than half of the projected 3,000 daffodil bulbs in Canford Park in celebration of Westbury-on-Trym’s 1300th anniversary this year. The bulbs are in place beyond the gateway under the trees and will shortly be completed along both fenced sides of the park. WOTSOC chair, Hilary Long, said: “We were a little late with planting because of a few hitches within the city's insurance department as to insurance of volunteers under 'Health and Safety' rules. These, I am glad to say, have now been ironed out. “Next spring will bring the first blooming and after that we hope they will multiply and provide a spectacle each year. We will most likely add more next year.” Most of the bulbs so far have been sponsored from Society funds but there have been some individual offers. “One in particular stands out, “ said Hilary, “from the Burrell family of Westbury, especially their grandmother, who loves daffodils. Three generations have loved and enjoyed the park and there are 29 of them in all. They would like to name a bulb for each

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Big vote for segregated cycle lanes THE UK’s biggest assessment on cycling in cities has found that three out of four people in Bristol (77%) want more protected bike routes built to make cycling safer, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic. Bike Life, a report produced by walking and cycling charity Sustrans and Bristol City Council, reveals that out of 1,100 residents surveyed, over twothirds (71%) say more cycling would make their city a better place to live and work. Overall, residents in Bristol think more space for walking, cycling or buses, as opposed to additional space for cars, is the best way to keep their city moving, improve people’s health and air quality. Currently, a quarter of Bristolians cycle at least five times a week. 65% of those surveyed say they would cycle more if on-road cycle lanes were physically separated from both traffic and pedestrians. Bike Life found that people riding a bike currently take up to 24,515 cars off Bristol’s roads each day, and if these cars were lined up this would equate to a 73 mile tailback – a space of over five Castle Parks. Nick Davies, Space4Cycling Officer at Bristol Cycling Campaign: "Gloucester Road is one of Bristol's busiest cycle routes and numbers of people cycling on it have boomed. Surprisingly, however, it has virtually no safe space for cycling, just a bit of mostly faded paint! "Bike Life 2017 shows 77% of

Bristolians want more protected space for cycling even when it can mean less room for other road traffic. Marvin Rees says he "wants to make cycling an ordinary part of life that everyone can feel safe doing". So come on Bristol City Council we call on you to engage with us and the local community to explore making Gloucester Road a truly inclusive, safe environment for people to travel by bike." Our part of the city, and in particular the Gloucester Road, provides a key cycling route for many commuters into the centre

of Bristol, with the number of cyclists doubling at peak times between 2000 and 2013 according to an annual census that was produced by the Office for National Statistics. Speaking of the Bike Life report, James Cleeton, England Director South for Sustrans said: “Bike Life shows that people in Bristol think cycling is a good thing and are supportive of bold and ambitious plans for cycling. They want dedicated space for people on bicycles even when this means taking space away from cars.

“In Bristol, we have a higher proportion of women who cycle than in the other Bike Life cities (40%), which indicates the growing culture and improved infrastructure to support cycling. However, there is more work to be done. We call on governments at all levels to work together to meet people’s needs by investing in segregated routes that make cycling across our cities attractive, safe and convenient.” For more information and to read the Bike Life report, visit

Local apprentice wins Achievement of the Year award A LOCAL plumbing company is celebrating after one of its apprentices won an award at Bristol City Council’s On Site Bristol Apprentice Awards. Jack Bryan works for Plumbtec, who are based on Gloucester Road. He was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the event at Ashton Court on 15 November, alongside 18 other winners from companies across the area. On Site is a Bristol City Council led provider of construction apprenticeships,

and they work with a range of partners including local schools, the Construction Industry Training Board, local employers and local training centres and colleges. They aim to ensure that construction businesses are able to find people with the right skills locally, from large and small employers in the Bristol area to national companies. Speaking of the importance of apprenticeships to their company and Jack’s award win, a spokesman for Plumbtec said: “We feel apprenticeships

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are important due to the lack of young people going into the construction industry over the past 10 years. Jack has been with us for four years, and he was taken on to encourage young people in the sector and to also assist with the Warm Up Bristol scheme. “At its peak, we installed approximately 170 gas fired boilers as part of this scheme and Jack and our other apprentice Callum gained a lot of experience. Unfortunately, our contract came to an end,

however we persisted through this difficult period to ensure that Jack was able to complete his apprenticeship and we hope that he remains with Plumbtec for the foreseeable future. “We are proud of Jack, as he has had to work particularly hard throughout his apprenticeship and winning the Special Achievement of the Year award has been a fantastic accomplishment for him.” To find out more about On Site Bristol, visit their website:




n NEWS DIABETES UK wants to raise awareness of the local support groups it runs in Bristol, after new research found that 64 per cent of people living with diabetes in the South West experience emotional or mental health problems. In the survey, Diabetes UK heard from 861 people of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds from across the south west, who shared their experiences of living with diabetes today, and what their hopes and fears were for the future. Within the survey, how diabetes affects emotional wellbeing stood out as a major factor for respondents, with nearly two thirds (64.4 per cent) saying that they often or sometimes feel down because of their diabetes. In addition, a third (33.1 per cent) said that diabetes got in the way of them or a family member doing things they wanted to do, and only a third (32.9 per cent) said they definitely felt in control of their diabetes.

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Support group offers help to people living with diabetes The research also found that 23 per cent of respondents would like a local support group to help them manage their condition, and Diabetes UK has set up groups across the country to offer members the chance to meet others and share their experiences of living with the condition. Sandra Tweddell, who has Type 1 diabetes, coordinates the Bristol Diabetes Support Network which runs four groups across the city. The West group provides support for people with Type 2 diabetes and meets four times a year on Thursdays between 2pm and 4pm at the Eastfield Inn on Henleaze Road. Speaking of the work that the group does, she commented: “Living with a condition that requires 24/7

management in order to stay healthy or even alive causes stress and anxiety. Local groups enable these people to meet others with the condition and to learn from the peer support and the health professionals who give talks about living with diabetes. “One of our members joined one of our groups and following a meeting about managing anxiety took the advice that was offered by the health professional and sought counselling. She said it was the best thing she ever did.” To find out more about the Bristol Diabetes Support Network and the dates for the West group’s upcoming meetings, contact Anne Ploss by calling 0117 962 1311 or emailing sec.wb.diabetes@


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n NEWS THE inaugural meeting of the Westbury Community Forum was held on 11 October at Venue 35 and replaced the previous quarterly Neighbourhood Forums, held under the Council’s recently disbanded Neighbourhood Partnerships. More than 50 residents attended, to debate local issues with all three councillors. Issues included an update on the options available for keeping Westbury Library open following the Council’s proposals for its


Westbury Community Forum launches closure. Options for the future maintenance of Canford Park were also highlighted in the light of the Council’s proposals for their parks’ budget. Residents were reminded that if they needed to report issues about footways being obstructed by shrubs they can do so directly via “FixMyStreet” (www.

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The maintenance and replacement of street trees under the reduced Budget proposals was raised as there are no plans for routine pollarding or removal of epicormic growth. The next Forum will be held on Tuesday 9 January, at Coombe Dingle Sports Centre, starting at 7pm.

Budget opportunity LOCAL people in Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym are invited to join in the consultation on the corporate plan and the 18/19 budget proposals, now on the council website www.bristol-city-council/ corporate-strategy-and-budget-consultation/ Included in this is a saving proposal of £257K, which is what could be available to spend on small grants and community projects. These grants would have been available for local councillors and members of the community to allocate jointly to local projects – for example, to fund sports equipment or community events. However, this proposal is now being reviewed in the context of the need for further savings. The consultation is open until 17 December and invites all local citizens to take part and make their views known.

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News and views from our city councillors Geoff Gollop (Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze) Drains and Gutters ked gutThe city council will respond to bloc rted. ters or drains, but they need to be repo il or Either go on to “Fix my Street” or ema need to phone me and I will report it. You do to close ber num e hous or give the postcode the problem to help locate it. Library consultation pubThe library proposals are due to be decided lished in late November and will be and at Cabinet on 4 December. Westbury ng a Henleaze Library users have been putti in both ry libra a ng taini main for case g stron ment locations, but I am reluctant to com further until I see the proposals. Canford Park and the Downs proposThe Mayor has now produced the have, s ague colle his and He . Parks als for ers aign camp Parks the to ed at least, listen ral who say the Parks cannot be cost neut are such and, indeed, should not be as they

the an important public service. However, parks proposal is still to cut £2.9m off the too much budget. I am concerned that this is the and is being done too quickly to allow ion. solut e viabl a lop deve to ity commun I know we are all fed up responding to consultations, but please share your our thoughts and register how important is e spac green igh /conbourhoods/parks-and-green-spaces sult_view/ Keeping in Touch g the All three local councillors are supportin raise local “Forums”. This is your chance to s. The concerns with us about any local issue Tuesday on is m Foru rym -on-T bury West next ts 9 January 2018 at Coombe Dingle Spor eaze centre starting at 7pm. (The last Henl Forum was on 30 November) Please email or phone me if you want future to be on the contact list for this and Forum meetings. Parking and Traffic issues ance Councillors have received general guid nity mu com a for ired requ be may on what . Some to request a Residents Parking Zone

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News and views from our city councillors Clare Campion-Sm ith (Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze) Libraries and Parks Two important motions on the future of libraries and on Bristol par ks and green spaces were debated at Full Council in November. The motion on libraries proposed, by the Liberal Democrat gro up, was to keep open all libraries for two years, some on reduced hours, run by pro librarians and community fessional volunteers. This would deliver the require d savings and give time to pursue an alte rnative model of service such as public sec tor mutualisation. The mutualisation model is not privatisation; it has the support of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and has been implemented in sev authorities and would allo eral other w the service to be innovative and seek additional funding from external sources. After three debates on petitions in support of libraries (they

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n NEWS FROM THE MAYOR THIS month, the waste enforcement campaign that I launched during my State of the City speech has really started to take effect. The city’s new enforcement team will be giving out fines of up to £75 to anyone caught dropping litter. This is part of the serious steps we are taking to get to grips with Bristol’s litter problem. I launched my Clean Streets campaign last year and whilst we have had a great response from children, community organisations and individuals it is not right that these people should have to sort out the city’s rubbish problems alone. Our team have been out on the street trying to change Bristol’s littering habit. In the team’s first week of operating they have handed out over 500 fines, which shows the extent of the problem we are dealing with. By cracking down on the minority who are spoiling the city for the rest of us we will be able to make Bristol the clean city that it should be. You can find more information about the campaign at the Clean Streets pages of the council website. Meanwhile the value for money review into Bristol’s arena continues and I have asked for it

Arena: look at all angles to be widened to consider all possibilities. We must consider every avenue when looking at this project. This includes raising private investment, thinking about other sites and considering designs which could be delivered within budget. Nothing is off the table because, one way or another, this city is going to get an arena it can afford. We have also launched a council wide consultation on our draft five year plan for the council. This consultation, called ‘Tough Times, High Hopes’, will set out our priorities for the direction of the city and will also include some of our proposals to make the savings of £52million. This follows on from our ‘Your Neighbourhood’ consultation earlier this year where we laid out plans for wide-reaching proposals. The results of this are due to be considered soon by me and my cabinet. To have your say on our plans and review our savings proposals please head to our website at

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There’s a literally breathtaking ascent to the top of the Cabot Tower and an eyeopening visit to St Mary Redcliffe Church where he meets up with his alter ego, Baldrick’s “old friend Queenie”. The film also recaptures the highly moving occasion when The Matthew, the Bristol-built replica of John Cabot’s tiny ship that discovered Newfoundland, sails down the River Avon, out into the open sea for the very first time. In this revealing investigation of Bristol’s history, Tony Robinson also delves into the Slave Trade when he visits Henbury Churchyard, in search of the grave of Scipio Africanus, a young slave brought to the city. This unique film is also crammed full of entertaining nuggets of history, including

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Christmas Tree Festival THE Westbury-on-Trym Christmas Tree Festival takes place from 19-22 December at Holy Trinity Church. Those taking part need to provide and decorate their tree (size 3.5’ – 4’) to reflect the nature of their group or business. Traditional garden, artificial or trees created with suitable materials are all options for those taking part. There will be no supply of electricity but battery powered lights can be used. Once the display has finished, trees must be removed by the sponsors on the afternoon of

22 December between 4.30 and 6.30pm. Contact Joy Bradley-Roake or Lyn Horscroft on 0117 950 8644 or if you would like to take part.

Bellringers branch out EACH year the Bellringers at Holy Trinity Church, Westburyon-Trym, hold a popular Christmas tree sale. This year’s sale takes place in the churchyard on Saturday 9 December between 9am and 2pm. There will be the usual selection of cut Nordman Firs (reduced needle drop) and Norway Spruce and each tree will be netted on site. Cast iron tree stands are also on sale.

With some notice given, (and a small donation on the day), it may also be possible to have your tree delivered. The prices will largely be the same as last year, ranging from £15 for a Norwegian Spruce to £50 for the 7½ ft Nordman. Holly and mistletoe for sale too. If you would like to pre-order your tree for this year, please contact Keith Yeandel, Westbury Ringers, 0117 950 8665.

Organ Elevenses at Westbury Parish Church ORGAN Elevenses is a monthly organ recital series that has run at Holy Trinity for nearly 10 years. The recitals take place at 11am on a Saturday morning, preceded by coffee and cakes from about 10.30am. A big screen is provided so that everyone can see the action at the console. The recitals are very popular and there are usually 40 to 50 people in the audience. The ability to socialise over coffee and attend a recital during the daytime seem to be winning combination. The recital on December 23 will be given by Richard Johnson who is the Assistant Director of Music at Holy Trinity. Richard combines a busy professional life as a patent attorney, with his musical commitments: he sings with the choir Exultate and accompanies the City of Bristol Choir. He is also the organiser of the Organ Elevenses recitals. “We have been lucky to

welcome many excellent organists from around Bristol and beyond, and the reputation of the recitals seems now to be extending even wider, as we occasionally receive requests to play from organists from the Continent,” said Richard. His December 23 recital will include music with Advent and Christmas themes. Richard will also give the premiere of a new work written for him by Huw Morgan, October's soloist, called Hymn Prelude on 'Quem Pastores Laudavere'.

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Seasonal services in Westbury Park Sunday December 17 6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Alban’s Church, Bayswater Ave. Wednesday December 20 7.30pm The Longest Night - Carols by Candlelight. A meditative service especially for those who find Christmas difficult at Westbury Park Methodist Church, North View. Christmas Eve 4pm Children's service for Christmas. Come dressed as a character from the Nativity. at St Alban’s Church, Bayswater Ave. 11.15pm Midnight Communion at St Alban’s Church, Bayswater Ave. Christmas Day 8am Holy Communion at St Alban’s Church, Bayswater Ave. 9.30am All Age Christmas Communion at St Alban’s Church, Bayswater Ave.


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StokeGiffordVillage Charges will apply. Details of any costs associated with your home, care and village services will be provided as part of your application. The ExtraCare Charitable Trust, registered charity number 327816, is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales as company number 2205136. Its registered office is at 7 Harry Weston Road, Binley Business Park, Binley, Coventry, CV3 2SN. Copyright Š 2017 - The ExtraCare Charitable Trust


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T’S been another busy month with time split between Westminster and Bristol. After the few days of November Recess, I’ve been back in Westminster and finally getting stuck in with the EU bill before Christmas. Your Voice in Parliament I’ve spoken in several debates over the past few weeks, including raising awareness of Modern Slavery, supporting lowering the voting age to 16 and 17 alongside piloting online voting, and speaking about the rise in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and its potential impact on jobs in Bristol. I also spoke about the unacceptable sexual harassment issues in Westminster; calling out MPs who seemed to find it funny, and asking the Leader of the House to ensure victims receive legal support where needed. The issue seems to be the lack of enforceable accountability in environments where patriarchal power still runs riot. I am clear: MPs should be sacked if they don’t conduct

I will do whatever it takes to prevent a hard Brexit themselves in the professional manner that everyone else should. And men and women regardless of age or seniority work alongside each other as equals. It’s really quite simple. We’ve also now started the committee stage of the EU Withdrawal Bill. I am supporting many amendments (having signed thirty so far), seeking to prevent a hard Brexit and to protect important European derived laws around workers’ rights, gender equality, the environment and consumer rights. The Government was many weeks behind bringing the Bill to the House for debate – thankfully that process has finally started, albeit with many late nights ahead! I will continue to fight against a hard Brexit and the impact it will have on our economy – even if that means having to break my party whip (which I’ve had to do on this issue twice now!). I have also attended several Science and Technology Select Committee meetings, discussing the regulation of algorithms and the use of genetics in the NHS. “Genomics” is the process of using information about an individual’s DNA in their healthcare, including to make diagnosis and treatment decisions. We have a great genomics centre at Southmead Hospital that I’ll be visiting soon. And last but certainly not least, I have agreed to join a second select committee: the European Scrutiny Committee. This committee makes sure that new EU laws get scrutinised and apply correctly in the UK. For as long as we continue as a member of the EU, I’ll make sure we continue to apply these important laws properly. Your Champion in Bristol I recently spoke at a South West Rail debate to continue to champion our local transport system and the need for both the Henbury Spur and Loop to be brought forward. With hundreds of

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new homes being built on the northern fringe we need action now to stop total gridlock. Keep an eye out for a gridlock conference I’ll be hosting in Bristol in the spring. I’ve been continuing to meet many organisations and businesses to find out more about their work; this included a trip to Kellaway Pharmacy in Westbury Park to meet the team, hear about the impact of NHS cuts and to promote the flu jab campaign. It takes about five minutes, but up to two weeks to fully work, so make sure you get yours done before Christmas! I also hosted my second ‘Pub Politics’ in the White Lion at Westbury-on-Trym a few weeks ago, thanks to everyone who came along and chatted over local and national policy issues. The next ‘Pub Politics’ will be after the Christmas festivities, in mid-January in Henbury. On that note, I would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year. I’ll hopefully see many of you at festive events (including Westbury Christmas Fair on 16th December) over the coming weeks. Want to find out more? Alongside surgeries, I host events in local venues for informal discussions about policy. Details are available on my website or on You can also sign-up to receive regular newsletters online and remember to tune in on my Facebook Page every Wednesday at 19:30 for “Live with Darren Jones MP”. Darren Jones MP Member of Parliament Bristol North West "Your voice in Parliament. Your champion in Bristol."




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From Southmead Hospital to Afghanistan INTENSIVE Care Unit senior nurse at North Bristol NHS Trust, Flora Robertson from Bishopston, is a reservist in the Armed Forces. Flora signed up to be an Armed Forces reservist in 2008, when she was a newly qualified nurse. She had been part of the cadets when she was young, and joined the Officers' Training Corps in University. When Flora heard about the opportunity to become an Armed Forces reservist, she jumped at the chance. Flora explained: “I thought it would be a good option, allowing me to work in the NHS but also in different environments. I like the outdoors, taking part in adventure training, travelling and meeting people with similar interests. I was also interested in the deployment opportunity, as this was the time of the Afghanistan war.” Flora is part of 243 Field Hospital, based in Keynsham.

As a sergeant, Flora runs the Intensive Care Unit and oversees soldiers. In 2012, Flora had her first deployment to Afghanistan. North Bristol NHS Trust supported this and Flora was able to take military leave, working in Afghanistan for over three months. Flora said: “Being deployed is a rewarding experience. You are really making a difference and it’s nice to be appreciated by the general public. North Bristol NHS Trust was really supportive and allowed reserves to take time off to attend Remembrance Day.” Flora is encouraging other medical staff to consider the Armed Forces Reserves: “If you’re prepared to dedicate the time and effort, I would recommend joining. You get so many rewards out of it, such as friendship and different ways of keeping fit.” As an Armed Forces reservist, you have to meet a

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n NEWS by Keri Beckingham READERS of the Henleaze and Westbury Voice are being asked to support North Bristol Foodbank’s Christmas appeal. The charity said that 1,898 three-day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis between 1 April and 30 September 2017, compared to 1,735 the same period in the previous year. The foodbank, a member of The Trussell Trust network, believes the local increase is due to people struggling with continued issues with benefit payments, low wages, insecure work and people having difficulties with debt. In the months leading up to Christmas, the Trussell Trust’s foodbank network traditionally sees a spike in foodbank use due to factors such as cold weather, high energy bills, and referral agencies ensuring that people who are likely to hit crisis have food ahead of Christmas Day. As a result North Bristol Foodbank, whose office is based at Ebenezer Church in Horfield, is asking the community to help them prepare


Residents urged to support North Bristol Foodbank’s Christmas appeal

for their busiest time of year by donating urgently needed food items at one of its supermarket collection points across the area. Speaking of the support that North Bristol Foodbank needs at this time of year, Jon Dobson, foodbank manager said: “It’s really worrying that we are still seeing an increase in the need for emergency food across North Bristol. "We are in particular need of

some items that we might be able to pass on to people at Christmas time who might struggle to afford anything special, such as selection boxes, Christmas puddings or sponge puddings, boxes of chocolates, biscuits, and so on. We are also in need of general non-perishable items to cope with what could be a busier season as the weather gets colder and heating costs can stretch people's budgets.

“We heard that from last year's Christmas appeal, one individual was really worried about going to see their family on Christmas Day and having nothing to bring along to contribute or to give as a gift. But in a package that they received from the foodbank there was a box of chocolates that their support worker encouraged them to take along. The support worker told us that simple box of chocolates really helped them get across the door to see their family, and it made a massive difference to how they spent last Christmas.” To find the location of your nearest North Bristol Foodbank food collection point and make a donation to their Christmas appeal, visit their website: https://northbristol.foodbank.

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Pensioner wing-walks to raise £1,000 for Southmead Hospital Charity A 73-YEAR-OLD completed a daring 130mph wing-walk to raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity’s Prostate Cancer Care Appeal. Bill Quinn, 73, soared through the air at 2,000 feet above sea level as part of his charity challenge to raise 1,000 for the appeal. Mr Quinn chose the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal as a thank you for the radical neo-bladder surgery he had 19 years ago to treat his bladder cancer. Surgeons at Southmead Hospital removed his bladder and created an artificial bladder from a section of bowel.

Mr Quinn said: “The doctors gave me three years to live and now almost 20 years later here I am! “I’ve always wanted to give something back and after having a chat in the pub with friends the wing-walking idea came up.” Mr Quinn, from Fishponds, did the wing-walk in Dorset in September and has now presented Southmead Hospital Charity with a cheque for £1,000. “I was really excited to do it, there was a little apprehension but I wasn’t scared. “It was only 15 minutes from take-off to landing but it felt like longer, it was cold and loud but I

really enjoyed it. “I hope to do a skydive for my 80th birthday.” Southmead Hospital is the largest urological centre in the country, treating thousands of prostate cancer patients a year. It is also one of only 5 centres in the UK to specialise in robotic surgery to treat the disease. Robotic surgery is more accurate, less invasive, causes less blood loss, and reduces the length of stay in hospital than traditional surgical methods. Men also Photo credit to Southmead Hospital Charity have much better story is an amazing example of long term prospects the extraordinary lengths our for a full recovery. fundraisers will go to – he is a Southmead Hospital Charity’s real inspiration and we are so Prostate Cancer Care Appeal grateful. aims to raise funding to purchase “The Prostate Cancer Care two new surgical robots to Appeal will ensuring that replace the current, ageing Southmead Hospital and model. Bristol will continue to be at the The second surgical robot forefront of urological cancer would enable the team to care and can treat more men treat even more men as well like Bill who can go on to do as provide robotic surgery for remarkable things.” other types of cancer like kidney, To find out more about bladder and gynaecological. the Prostate Cancer Care Adrian Brown, community Appeal see www. southmead appeals manager for Southmead hospitalcharity/prostate Hospital Charity, said: “Bill’s

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Interest rate rise: can savers now sleep easy? Trym Lodge, 1 Henbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3HQ A rise in interest rates isTelephone: generally 0117will 966reduce 5699 over time. This is a received as good news for savers. particular risk for retired savers However, November’s Bank of who are holding cash that they England base rate rise increased want to be able to depend on later rates from a historic low of 0.25% in their retirement. to just 0.5%. Beating inflation in retirement Interest rates are still lower Those keeping cash aside in than inflation case it’s needed in later life, for At the time of writing, the best example in case long term care savings accounts are only offering is required, will see the value of around 1.3%. With inflation their savings eroded by inflation currently at 2.8%, interest rates are over the long term. To combat still well below the rate of inflation. this ‘inflation risk’ it is necessary Cash is perceived as a ‘safe’ to invest some money in assets option for savings as it is not that have the potential to beat possible to lose your money like inflation, such as stocks and on the stock market. However, if shares or peer to peer lending. your money does not keep pace This will help avoid a shortfall in with inflation its buying power later years, although inevitably it

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Practice time: 20–30 seconds. Benefits: Develops strength and flexibility through the legs, arms, spine, and chest. 1. Stand up straight and tall. With an inhalation, jump your feet three and a half to four feet apart and swing your arms out to the sides. Fully stretch your arms and legs and raise your chest. Feel what alertness comes to your spine and organic body when you lift the inner ankles. 2. Turn your right foot out. At the same time, turn your right leg from the root of the thigh out. Roll your right outer thigh toward your left thigh. Take a few breaths. Exhale and bend sideways over your right leg. 3. Take hold of your right shin, and as you do so, firm both legs: press the outer edge




of your left foot down and pull up your kneecaps. 4. Make sure that your right side hip and right armpit are level with each other. Press your pelvis forward and roll your left hip and torso back. With a circular action, move your right buttock closer to the bone. Cut your right shoulder-blade forward toward your right breast; release your right shoulder back. Breathing normally, raise your left arm and look up. Move the shoulder-blades into the body.


5. Try touching your right hand to the floor, keeping your pelvis pressed forward, aligned over your right foot as you do so. Hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side. Eyes passive. Allow the brain to come down into the body. Practice note: To help keep your shoulders, feet and hips in alignment, and for a less strenuous way of practicing, do this pose with your shoulders and buttocks against the wall and your hand on a block. Do not allow your body weight to come down too much onto your front leg hand.



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n NEWS YOUNG Bristol athlete Abdi Hasan proved age is no barrier to success in Wales. The Cotham School pupil is not even old enough to drive but that didn’t stop him going through the gears in the second Gwent League meeting in Brecon. In the combined Under-17 and U-20 men’s race, the Westbury Harriers runner, who is in the youngest year of a

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Harriers star gives his elders a run for their money five-year age band, swept past more senior rivals to record a stunning win. The 15-year-old showed timing is everything as he saved his best till last to produce a spectacular finish that clinched victory – and acclaim from his coaches. “Abdi has been leading by example in more ways than one and he’d give anyone a run for their money,” said Harriers coach Neil Miller. “He really had to dig deep on this occasion because he left himself a lot of ground to make up but this win showed he’s got determination to go with natural talent.” All looked lost midway through the race but he came from behind to overhaul a 30yard advantage held by U-20 runner Oliver Dickinson, and win the race outright.

And leader of the pack Abdi also led a very strong Westbury Harrier team, which consolidated its position at the top of the league. He wasn’t the only one who caught the eye in rain-drenched Wales. Seamus Robinson confidently cruised to a second consecutive win the U-13 boys’ race while James Harrod, who moved up from 11th place in Cardiff to finish second in the U-15 event. “We’re doing really well on the youth front which is really great,” Neil added. “But we’re a family friendly club and if any youngsters fancy trying out running then they should get down to Coombe Dingle on a Monday night to join us and see what we’re about.”

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New City Poet sought

Bristol Chamber Choir seeks singers COME and join Bristol’s oldest choir (founded in 1837) and visit parts of the repertoire that larger choirs can’t reach! The music we have sung recently ranges from Ockeghem and Palestrina, through Schütz to Bruckner and Rachmaninov and many others. We invite experienced singers who enjoy a capella singing to join us at the start of 2018. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at Redland Park United Reformed Church at 7.30pm. In March we will be performing Pearsall’s


Requiem with string quartet accompaniment and music by Croft/Purcell and John Sanders. Our July concert will include In the Beginning by Aaron Copland and part songs by Cyril Rootham. Further details can be found at www.bristolchamberchoir. If you are interested please contact: our Secretary, Rae Ford, on 0117 939 1685 or Rod Coomber on 01275 843900 or rodcoomber@aol.

POETS, spoken word fans and performers in Bristol are invited to apply to become the new City Poet. The winner will be required to compose 10 poems for specific events or projects and will take part in public performances and community engagement activities during Mayor Marvin Rees’ second half of his term in office (May 2018 – May 2020). Some of the events that the current City Poet, Miles Chambers, has performed at include the Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address, the council’s annual meeting and a twinning celebration. Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees said: “Miles’ gift with words has enriched several important events in the city and I’m thankful to him for sharing his distinctive voice with us.” Andrew Kelly, director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas, said: “We're delighted

to be supporting the Bristol City Poet for another two years. Poetry has always been strong in Bristol - we're the birthplace of the romantic poetry movement after all - and remains a critical part of the cultural life of the city.” Applicants should be experienced poets living in Bristol who have published work in print and/or online. The application deadline is Friday 1 December. To apply visit about/news/

Music for Christmas BRISTOL Chamber Choir are singing Music for Christmas at the The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, College Green on Saturday 16 December at 2.15pm. They are performing Settings of the Ave Maria by Biebl, Bruckner, Despres, Liszt, Parsons, Rachmaninov and Victoria with carols from each composer’s country. Tickets £10.00 (students and children free) from: https:// Opus 13, 14 St Michael’s Hill, 01179 230164 or at the door.

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Men B: your questions answered • IS IT necessary for me/my child to have this? • I have had some vaccination done when I travelled abroad last year am I covered?

0117 9246579 18 Kellaway Avenue, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7XR www.kellawaypharmacy. This column by Jess Williams of Kellaway Pharmacy aims to help educate patients on a range of conditions and provide information to help maintain their well being while also easing pressure on GP surgeries by promoting self care.

• Does my child need both the Men ACWY and Men B Vaccine? •Are there any side effects in having this vaccine? •How much does it cost? No doubt that these are some of the common questions that many are asking with the recent cases of Meningitis B among young people in Bristol. Meningococcal group B bacteria is a serious cause of lifethreatening infections, including meningitis and blood poisoning worldwide. There are 12 known groups of meningococcal bacteria,


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Burglars brought to justice IN this month’s article, I would like to spend some time talking about burglary, robbery and theft from vehicles, as I know these are issues which the community are rightly concerned about. We have had some good results recently which I want to share with you. Firstly, we have charged two people in connection with the robbery at the Co-op on Henleaze Road in October. A 26-year-old man from Brentry was charged with robbery and remanded in custody and a 22-year-old man from Manor Farm was charged with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. He was also remanded in custody and his trial is due to take place this month. We arrested a third man in connection with this incident who has been released under investigation. The next is in regard to a burglary which took place at a house at Southdown Road in

Westbury-on-Trym. The house was broken into overnight and the resident’s car keys, handbag and laptop were stolen, along with their car. We have arrested a 43-year-old man from Lawrence Weston and a 40-year-old woman from Bedminster on suspicion of burglary and they have now been released under investigation. Lastly, we have charged an 18-year-old man from Bishopston with a number of theft from motor vehicle offences, after officers attended reports on the morning of the 27 October that a car was being broken into on Dirac Road in Ashley Down. The man was found with a sat nav on him and in interview admitted this offence, as well as ten other thefts from motor vehicle offences in the surrounding area. He has been dealt with by Bristol Magistrates Court and now has a curfew in place which prevents him from going out

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between 11pm and 7am. These examples demonstrate that we are listening to residents’ concerns and are cracking down on the thieves who think they can take what they want when they want. Please continue to lock your doors and windows before you go out and when you go to bed, ensuring that you lock paddle and stub handle doors with a key, rather than just lifting the handle until it clicks. It’s also a good idea to hide car keys, handbags, laptops and other items of value out of sight from doors, windows and cat flaps so that opportunist thieves cannot easily access them. On a separate note, we have been taking action to tackle the parking issues on Elmlea Avenue. We have had a number of complaints about people parking on the pavement and have recently put signs up on lamp posts which has made a huge difference and



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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA December 2 n New Harmony Ladies Choir and Bristol Male Voice Choir invite you to A Seasonal Concert also featuring Oldland Brass. Saturday 2 December 2017 at 7.30. At Horfield United Reform Church Muller Road. Tickets £10 from choir members or at the door. Two great choirs and a Brass Band to get you in the seasons mood.There will be a retiring collection for our charity G.O.S.H. (Gastro Oesophageal Support and Help Visit our websites www. , www.bristolmvc. December 9 n The Redland Green Choir’s Christmas concert will take place at St Matthew’s, Kingsdown, at 7.30pm on Saturday 9th December. The programme will range from the sixteenth century (William Byrd’s O Magnum Mysterium) to the twentyfirst century (Ave Maris Stella by James MacMillan), with some carols for everyone to sing. Tickets are £8 (concessions £6). For more details, see December 9 n Amahl and the Night Visitors, 5pm. A magical Christmas Opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, in one

act by Gian Carlo Menotti. Semistaged with soloists, dances and St Alban’s Church choir and orchestra. At St Alban’s Church, BS6 7NU, 5pm, hot drinks, cakes and mince pies to follow. Children welcome. Profits to be shared between The Church in Westbury Park and MIND. Tickets £10 adults £5 child, £20 family (2+2) December 11 n Bristol Cabot Choir Christmas Concert – Monday. 11 December 2017 – 7.30 pm – Bristol Cathedral – a performance of the Messe pour la Nuit de Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and other lovely Christmas music for choir and audience. Conducted by Rebecca Holdeman, with Andrew Kirk, Organ, Charity No. 116260. Tickets: Reserved £15 - Unreserved £10/£5 (NUS card/under 18s) – On line: - Ticket Line: 0117 923 0164/0117 9626521. Supporting Bristol Off the Record Charity. December 14-16 n Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society presents Sleeping Beauty at Newman Hall, Grange Ct Rd, Westbury-on-Trym.

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Evening shows at 7.30 pm on 14-16 December with an additional 2pm Saturday matinee. Tickets £8 adults/£6 concessions, available from https://bristolcads. December 15 n The Filtones present a Christmas Crackers Concert at Eden Grove Methodist Church, Eden Grove, Bristol BS7 0PQ at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £7.50 available in advance from Dot Bryant 0117 9690654, from Members of the Choir, or at the Door on the day. We are having a retiring collection for our charity of the year, which is "Freewheelers" (Blood Bikes). December 16 n 7.30 pm, A Gurt Lush Christmas at St Alban's Church, Westbury Park BS6 7NU A Festive Extravaganza from Gurt Lush Choir and Bristol Man Chorus. Behold a gurt and glorious throng of Lushness! Joined by our Bristol Man Chorus chums, we’re sporting our tasteless Christmas jumpers and sparkly antlers for a feast of music spanning five centuries, from classic delights to wassails and even a pop favourite or two. There’ll be liberal helpings


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of favourite carols so don’t miss your chance for a joyful seasonal singalong. Tickets £10 (adults) under 18s £2. December 18 n Our Christmas Party including a short film - A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) followed by fun with local performers Tim Lewis and Sheila Furneaux. 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze.

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED Refreshments: £3.00 Easy access, carers welcome. December 18 n Senior Film Club Christmas Party including a short film - A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) followed by fun with local performers Tim Lewis and Sheila Furneaux At St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze. Refreshments: £3.00 Easy access, carers welcome. january 8 n Tai Chi Classes for beginners Join us in the New Year and fit the Chinese way. Always wanted to try Tai Chi? For centuries the Chinese have practised Tai Chi as simple but powerful form of exercise for strength, balance and mindfulness. Always want to give it a try, now you don't have to go to China. The Bristol School of Tai Chi has lots of daytime and evening classes in Henleaze and Bishopston starting from the 8 January. Any questions contact Ben Milton 0117 9493955. taichi@bristoltaichi. com.

REGULAR EVENTS IN OUR AREA Monday n Westbury on Trym Women’s Institute meet at WOT Methodist Church, Portland Lounge on the third Monday of the Month (not Aug.) from 2.00 – 4.00pm. Visitors Welcome. For more information call Sue on 01179502826. n Canford Bowling Club, Canford Park, Westbury On Trym. All welcome on Monday’s at 5.45pm. Flat-soled shoes please. Further information call 01179 69 4532. n Redland Wind Band rehearses at the Quakers Meeting Room on Gloucester Road at 7.30pm. We sometimes have vacancies, currently mainly for bass instruments, horns and percussionists. Contact Andy Brown at redlandwindband@ or on 07594240269 or via our website www. Get in touch to be put on our mailing list or would like to book us for events or fundraisers. n Redland Green Choir meets for rehearsals every Monday 7.30pm9.30pm at Redland Green School. We sing a wide variety of music. New members welcome: no auditions. For more information, visit www.rgscommunitychoir. or phone 0117 9443042. n City Voices Bristol welcomes new members. A friendly mixed voice local choir singing a wide range of music rehearses at 7.30pm-9.30pm at Red Maids School. No previous experience and no auditions, just come along for a trial rehearsal. For more details contact the Secretary

at or visit n RAFA, City of Bristol branch and club Eastfield Westbury on Trym for ex-RAF and associate members. Skittle Ally, parties and functions. Live entertainment on Saturday evenings. Open Monday to Saturday lunchtimes and evenings. Sundays noon till 5pm. All enquiries telephone 0117 3291913. n Trinity Henleaze Ladies Guild meet fortnightly on Mondays at 7.30 pm in the Leonard Hall, Waterford Road. All welcome. For more information call Jenny Rich on 01179620108 n Senior Film Club, every third Monday in the month at 2pm in St Peter's Hall, The Drive, Henleaze, BS9 4LD. All Welcome. Refreshments £3. Dial-a-ride transport possible by personal arrangement ; 0845 130 1875. n Bristol Good Afternoon Choir At Trinity-Henleaze URC. Every Monday 2-4pm (not in school holidays). 01761 472468 n Redland Green Bowls Club welcomes new members, come along to our club on Redland green any Monday after 4pm , or book a free taster session with one of our qualified coaches. Jean or Gerry :Tel 9624466 . HALF price membership for the first year (£50) n Henleaze Bowling Club welcomes new Members. Come along to our free Coaching sessions at 6pm on Monday evenings (excluding Bank Holidays) to see if the sport is for you. Phone the Secretary, Tom Logan, on 01179621669 for further details. n The Arts Society Bristol (formerly BDFAS) is for those who enjoy the arts and welcomes new members. Activities include monthly lectures at 8pm in School of Chemistry, BS8 1TS by specialists in their field. More information on our new website n Discussion Group: we are a small, convivial group who meet locally at 10am - 12 noon every Monday to discuss a wide range of topics of mutual interest. We are currently looking for new members - if you are interested please call Bob Broomfield on 0117 962 1061, or Alan Routledge on 0117 968 2246 for more information. n Morris dance class for Fitness and Fun. Small friendly group, live music. No performance element. No partner or experience needed. Horfield URC Muller Road 7.158.15pm £5 per session ffi Kim 07813346819 email dancword2@

Tuesday n Bristol Brunel Lions Club – We meet at Shirehampton Golf Club on the first Tuesday of every at 7 for 7.30 on the 3rd Tuesday

of each month we have a social gathering normally with food. We raise money for charity both locally and beyond through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Lots of fun and fellowship raising and spending money for good causes. For more details of how to apply for assistance with charitable activities in Bristol or to become involved in our activities see Bristol Brunel Lions Club on line or contact our Club Secretary Bill O’Neill at lion.bill@ n Westbury Walkers- Meet at Meet outside the Co-op in Westbury @ 9.20am on a Tuesday morning. New Walkers welcome! Please contact for further details: Jean Maish on 0117 3301194/07789741892, email or Mary Ford mobile 07779448090 home 0117 9824623 n Alcoholics Anonymous meet at the Methodist Church in WoT every Tuesday @ 7.30pm n Ladies badminton at Westburyon-Trym Village Hall, 9.45 to 12 noon. Tel 0117 909 1714. n Scottish Country Dancing. Get fit and have fun with Westbury Scottish Club. Classes for beginners at Leonard Hall, Trinity-Henleaze URC, Waterford Road, Henleaze, (Tel: Maggie 01934 838175). Classes for more advanced dancers at St Peter's Church Hall, Henleaze, (Tel: Cheryl 0117 4012416). 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Details at n The Mosaic Singers are a compact group but would like to grow our line-up with an additional Soprano, Alto,Tenor and Bass. One of each would be great. We rehearse in Stoke Bishop on Tuesday evenings, where a warm and friendly welcome is assured. This need not be as heavy a commitment as with some choirs. In you would like to find out more, please phone David Vicary on 0797 346 0994. n Melody Makers Baby Friendly Choir. A fun and friendly daytime choir for ladies with babies and toddlers. Tuesday 10:30-11:30am during term time at The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze Road. Membership only. Book a FREE taster - www. n St Peters of Henleaze Keep fit group would like to invite you to attend their weekly sessions every Tuesday at 9.30am. This is a men only group of 60+ year olds who enjoy regular exercise taken by fitness Professional Natasha Johnson for only £4 per session. Please contact Keith Bonham on 01179684972 or just turn up. We run the sessions all year round. n Dance Fit, Tuesdays 12-1pm at St Peters Church Hall, The Drive, Henleaze. A fun fitness class with dance steps from salsa, cha cha, swing etc. Variety of music, 60's-80's, Latin, Pop, Big Band, World & more! No experience needed. Wear fitness

clothes/trainers. FFI tel Cressida 0117 9391672/07808 581739. n Ladies Badminton group, Tuesday afternoons, at Stoke Bishop Villiage Hall 2pm - 4pm. Friendly group all ages, and ability ( men welcome) Just turn up or contact Pat 0117 9149511 n River of Life Christian Centre, Trym Road, WoT every Tuesday from 2-4 pm we have a tea, coffee and cake with a few games thrown in for retired age people. Free of charge.

Wednesday n Henleaze Townswomen’s Guild meet at St Peter’s Church Hall, Henleaze on the first Wednesday of the month (except Aug) from 7.15pm. Call Shirley Phillips on 0117 962 2243 for further details. n Local Winemaking & Social Club meets at the Common Room, Studland Court Elderly peoples residents on Henleaze Road from 8pm to 10pm on the second Wednesday of each month. They are a small and friendly group looking for new members. Evening include wine making, tasting and social events. Call Paul Johnson for further details on 0117 9508370. n Zumba Gold/Light (lower impact class) at Westbury-onTrym Village Hall, 5.30pm. www. n Bristol Cabot Probus Club for retired and semi-retired professional and business men to maintain contact and fellowship with people of similar interests. Group meets third Wednesday of each month at BAWA Club in Southmead Rd. Lunch is followed by a guest speaking on a wide range of interesting subjects. In June and December ladies join us for the lunch. Extensive programme of social events including holidays, day trips, Sunday lunches and skittles to which ladies are welcomed. We are principally a social meeting place and not based on charitable activities. Contact John Howard-Cairns for more details: 0117 968 3134. n In Step Widows and Widowers Club meets weekly from 8-10pm at Stoke Bishop Village Hall. Call 9628895 orDonna on 01275 832676 for details. n Henleaze Garden Club meet on the first Wednesday of each month in the Main Hall, St. Monica’s Trust, Cote Lane. Doors open 7pm for 7.30 start. Visitors are welcome: entry £5 (inc. refreshments). Details: www. n Knitnatterstitch. Term time, Wednesdays 9.30 -11.30@the Coffee Bar, Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church, Waterford Road, Henleaze. Please contact Paula at for details. n North West Bristol Camera Club are an enthusiastic group of

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED amateur photographers who meet each Wednesday at 7:45pm at Westbury Fields, Greystoke Avenue. New members of any level of ability are most welcome. For details contact Pete on 07870589555. n Why not join Welsh National Opera friends? We support this world class company and everyone is very Welcome to join. We offer:monthly evening meetings at redmaids high school. Monthly on wednesdays at 7.15pm-these are talks with music. Costs- £7.00 (friends £5.00) students £1.00 There are many other benefits. For further information contact: Margaret borkowski:borkmail@ n Melody Makers Pop Choir. An evening choir for men and women singing popular songs. Wednesday's term time 7:30-9:00pm The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze. Book a FREE taster n Clifton Women’s Institute We meet at 7.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Alma Church, Alma Road, Clifton BS8 2ES. Contact by email: thecliftonwi@ or visit www.cliftonwi. Take advantage of our guest visits which are just £4 (max.three per year). Full membership details available. Lorna Tarr 07702 453827 n Tai Chi for health and happiness. Local beginners classes starting in September - Tuesdays 11-12 and Wednesdays 2-3pm. For details contact: Karen on 0117 9424167 or see n Nature Cafe for over 55s and friends First Weds of the month 2-4pm. Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Saltmarsh Drive BS11 0NJ. Gentle walk around the farm, craft activity and tea and cake! n Westbury Park WI is the local WI for Westbury Park, Henleaze and Bishopston. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm in Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Road, BS6 7HE. Guest fees are £4 per meeting – Glass of wine £2, tea, coffee, soft drinks 50p, other refreshment options available, biscuits/cake free. December 6th - Christmas Meeting - bring along a sample of your favourite Christmas recipe for people to taste. There will also be mulled wine, mince pies and carol singing. Fun for all ages. All welcome. n St Peter's Ladies Guild meets in the hall, The Drive, Henleaze at 2.15 pm on the third Wednesday of the month. Speakers, refreshments, outings.


n Henleaze Carers Group - A place to share experiences and make new friends. Meeting on the second and fourth Thursday morning of each month from 10am to 12 noon


@ Bradbury Hall, Waterford Road, Henleaze. Call Mrs M Rudston on 0117 9426095 for further details. n Henleaze Townswoman’s Guild (Mornings) meet at The Eastfield Inn, Henleaze Road on the third Thursday of every month from 10am to 12noon. Call Elaine Anderson on 0117 9075279 for further information. n Embroidery Club at Westbury-onTrym Village Hall, 7.30pm. Tel: 0117 9501743 n Henleaze & District Flower Club meet on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at Bradbury Hall, Waterford Road, Henleaze. New members are always welcome. The second Thursdays are Flower demonstrations and the fourth are practise classes. n The Friendly Club meets every Thursday from 2-4pm (except August and major holidays) in the Methodist Church Hall, Westbury on Trym. We are a lively group of older people who meet to chat, play Scrabble and card games. Regular trips out and entertainments are arranged plus we have delicious tea and biscuits for only £1! Do come and make some new friends. Transport can be sometimes arranged. Contact 0117 9508644. n Drop-In Healing Centre at The Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Redland, BS6 6JE. Thursdays from 5.00pm to 6.30pm. Run by Bristol Healing Group on a donation basis and supported by members of NFSH The Healing Trust. Healing is beneficial for well-being and health, helping you to relax and feel better. Come along and try a healing session, everyone is welcome. For more information phone 0117 9466434 or 0117 9082061. n Flowers by arrangement Is a new informal supper group, meeting the first Thursday of each month, 6.159.00pm Kondi Braserrie Henleaze. Enjoy good food & company whilst creating your own floral arrangement. Contact Jane Voke for more info 0117 9622440 n Reading group at Westbury Library. Every Thursday 11am12.30pm. Contact Emma Crago for more information on 07970247410 or email emmacrago@thereader. n Stoke Lodge Ramblers welcomes new members. Small, friendly groups walk 8-10 miles on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month; 4-7 miles on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Please look at our website www.stokelodgeramblers. or contact Secretary 0117 9684140 for more information. Please come and try a walk or two before joining. n Scottish Country Dancing

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(RSCDS) Singles and couples get fit and enjoy the company of experienced and not-so experienced dancers in the beautiful surroundings of the St. Monica's Trust theatre on The Downs. Expert tuition and Beginners' class on site. St. Monica's, Cote Lane, Westburyon-Trym BS9 3UN 7.30 - 10.00pm. Phone Martin (07786-609940) or visit n West Bristol Orchestra meet at the United Reformed Church, Muller Road, from 7.15 - 9.15pm and play a wide range of classical music arranged for our small friendly orchestra. String players of Grade 5 and above are particularly welcome. For further information please ring 0117 968 3998 n Henleaze Ladies Choir is a friendly welcoming group which meets in St Peters Church Hall, Henleaze on Thursdays between September and May from 1.30 – 3.30 pm (with a short break for tea). We give 2 charity concerts a year in December and May and from time to time are invited to entertain community groups around the city. There are also occasional social events organised. We are always pleased to see new members. Please come and try a rehearsal without obligation. To find out more contact Jane English (07752 332278) or Jean Wickham (0117 9624466). n Ladies Keep Fit, Thursdays 10:00 - 11:00 am, at St Peter's Church Hall, Henleaze. This friendly session, which has a dance element to it, is suitable for all ages, levels, and abilities, including the older adult or young mum, who wants to maintain their general fitness, mobility, range of movement, and well being. New members are always welcome. £5:00 per class, pay as you go which includes refreshments. Ring 01454 618488, or email laili@tiscali., or look up the website www. for full information; or just turn up.

53 Friday n Badminton (Ladies) at Westburyon-Trym Village Hall, 10am. Tel: 0117 9681759 n Bridge at Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall, 9.30am. Tel: 0117 9687140 n Country Market - Baked goods, garden produce and crafts. 10.30 11.30am at the Westbury On Trym Methodist Church Hall Tel : 0117 9628306 n Coffee and refreshments in the coffee bar at Trinity-Henleaze United Reformed Church, Waterford Road. 10am-12pm. n Bristol University of the third age (u3a) scrabble group would welcome new members. We play very friendly and informal games every Friday at the Beehive, Wellington Hill West, BS9 4QY from 2 to 4pm. For further info please contact Heddy SARA on 0117 9241318 and indicate when asked to give your name that you are phoning about scrabble in order not to be blocked. also email :

Saturday n Whiteladies Farmers’ and Fair Trading Market is now held every Saturday, from 8.30am-2pm. Takes place at the junction of Whiteladies/ Apsley/Burlington Roads. Stalls cover bread, cheese, local lamb and chicken, fish, preserves, cakes, sushi, local fruit and veg, wild food larder, and recycled tools, wooden items and much more. n The Bristol and District branch of Parkinson’s UK meet every first Saturday of the month at Oatley House, St Monica Trust, Cote Lane, BS9 3UN from 10.30am -12.30. Carers, relatives, spouses, and people with Parkinson’s - all are welcome for a social and informative get-together, with a variety of speakers.

Spanish Storytime at Westbury Library SPANISH Storytime began last month at Westbury Library. It's for any parent or carer who wants to explore the Spanish language with their pre-school child and all are welcome. The session is run in English and teacher Ann includes some children’s Spanish songs and teaches some basic Spanish words and phrases. Ann is one of Westbury

Library’s volunteers and already runs a Storytime session at Westbury Library on a Monday afternoon at 2.15pm. The library staff are really excited to be working with Ann on this new project and encourage people to come and give it a go with their little ones. Each session last about 30 minutes, Tuesdays 11.15am.




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Movember man talk could save your life Make time for man talk! That’s the advice being given to men as part of the national Movember campaign – the month that spotlights men’s health issues. A Movember survey showed that while 70% of men say their friends could rely on them for support only 48% say that they would rely on their friends! In other words men are happy to listen to other people’s problems but not so happy to talk about their own. Professor Hashim Hashim a world-renowned Consultant Urological Surgeon at Spire Bristol Hospital said: “The key to successful treatment is down to men facing up to the fact that they might have a problem and seeking medical help as soon as possible.” “It is well known that men tend to keep things bottled up when it comes to medical issues but that really is the worst thing they can do. Growing a moustache in support of Movember is great but it’s when the talking starts that we

know we are getting somewhere.” Prostate cancer is the commonest type of cancer in men with over 41,000 new cases diagnosed in the UK every year, claiming approximately 10,500 lives. However it’s not just cancer related conditions that affect a man’s prostate. Despite thousands of men suffering from it on a daily basis, an enlarged prostate isn’t exactly the usual choice of conversation over a pint at your local pub. The condition known as benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) and hypertrophy (BPH) does not occur because of the presence of cancer, but due to the fact the prostate continues to grow throughout most of a man’s adult life. The condition itself is not a threat to a man’s health, but it can have dramatic impacts on their quality of life. As the prostate enlarges it can cause pressure on the bladder causing a variety of symptoms

including; having difficulty when starting to urinate; a weak urine flow (stopping and starting); a sensation of not fully emptying your bladder leading to having to urinate more frequently (especially at night), subsequently disrupting your sleeping patterns and likewise that of your partner. A midnight trip to the bathroom is never warmly welcomed by anyone. “Surgery can be fraught with side-effects - bleeding, incontinence and sexual problems - whilst tablets may be ineffective or cause sexual function problems,” said Consultant Urologist, Professor Hashim. There is, however, a revolutionary day-case technique available which is suitable for most men, bringing relief to help them empty their bladders better with improved quality of life and minimal side-effects. “A new treatment called UroLift avoids the invasiveness of surgery and the unwanted side effects of

tablets. It involves no blood loss or 'cutting' and takes 10-15 minutes for implants to be inserted into the prostate, opening the prostatic urethra, restoring urinary flow and satisfactory bladder function.” explained Prof. Hashim “'It is being hailed the new minimally invasive treatment of the future for the majority of those with troublesome symptoms due to BPE(H) - only in rare cases with atypical prostate anatomy is Urolift unsuitable” He continued. UroLift is available at Spire Bristol Hospital and patients can usually be in and out of hospital within the same day. To find out more information about men’s prostate health and the treatment options available please book onto our complimentary patient information evening with Professor Hashim Hashim on Thursday 30 November at 7.00pm. Call 0117 980 4080 or email info@spirebristol. com to book your place.

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THE annual Horseback Nativity and Carol Service will take place at the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled on December 6. It’s one of Bristol more unusual Christmas events where staff and volunteers spend hours transforming the Centre’s indoor arena into the traditional Bethlehem scene and disabled riders play most of the roles. The Centre’s patient ponies take part as mounts for the Three Kings, Mary and the Angel Gabriel. Yvette Whiffen, Centre

Nativity play rides again Manager said: “It’s a chance for our riders to shine, like the stars that they are! I always shed a little tear when I watch it.” If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Christmas this year, bundle up nice and warm and join the Avon Riding Centre. Arrive early to get good seats for the 6.30pm start. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the festivities

with music provided by St Stephen’s Choir from Soundwell Church. There will be a collection at the end of the event to support the work of the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled which has helped people with disabilities for over 30 years to access the unique therapy, sense of achievement and fun

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No Middle Name by Lee Child ‘No Middle Name’ is the complete collection of short stories about Jack Reacher, taking its name from the line “No middle name, which was unusual in America” in ‘Everyone Talks’. There are 12 stories in all, some written in the first person, some in the third, and some from another person’s point of view, but they are all about the life of the enigmatic Reacher, and most of them are not particularly short. There is one story from his childhood as the son of a Marine (which is not, as you might expect, at the start of the book), but most take place after his career in a special unit of the Military Police, as he moves from place to place, unused to being in one place for any length of time. With him we travel around the USA as far as Canada; to

Japan and England, slowly getting to know him, and always right into the middle of a situation with any number of unpredictable (for the reader) outcomes. Each story is gripping right from the start everything appears to be one thing but (we discover) is something else altogether… and all the mysteries have satisfyingly plausible endings, correctly deduced by our hero, of course.

This book is an exciting read, well written and well-paced throughout, with all the characters, both good and bad, clearly defined and the situations described with enough detail that when the final secrets are revealed, we want to shout “of course!” – but not a moment before. There’s no second guessing Reacher. And no spoilers here to ruin a good read. Already read this? Well there are

other authors who write in a similar style – Jeff Abbott, David Baldacci or Vince Flynn – why not pop along to your local library and look for one of these. Book ordering in Bristol Libraries is free so if you have your borrower number and pin number you can order on the Libraries West website from the comfort of your own home. Go to for more details.

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n PETER'S VISION Peter Turner is the lead Optometrist at Turners Opticians

Conference time again This month’s certainly been a busy one for us. Combining an ever growing clinic workload (always a delight) with looking after the admin side of running the practices (not always a delight) as well as attending an Eye Conference has kept us on our toes this month. This Eye Conference was a fascinating one for two reasons. The first the predictions for the future of Optometry (our profession of eye care & vision) were actually quite gloomy. If you ask me, someone needs to clean their glasses! I was reminded of a slogan, which adapted to our logo colour scheme would say “ the future’s bright, the future is blue”.

Our principals of care, trust & integrity are at the heart of all we do. Our focus is on enhancing the lives of our patients with thorough and in-depth eye care and providing you the clearest vision. Adding the personal touch to this experience helps us build lasting relationships with our patients who we genuinely care for. Why wouldn’t we? You trust us to look after your eyes & vision - and it’s our absolute pleasure to continue to do so. I see a bright future for our patients as we continue to develop the eye care & vision services you can benefit from. We are always

evaluating new technologies and products to see which will provide true value to our patients lives. Not all that you may read about in certain newspapers is going to be available or helpful for you, but we are always happy to discuss them anyway! The most pleasing thing to gather from the conference was that one of the largest community service software providers has decided that rather than set the programs to suit the developers they will now focus on making the software suit the needs of you - our patients. What a hallelujah moment it

was to hear this! I cannot tell you how exciting it is, or maybe this just shows my quiet techie side? I have from time to time been noted to enjoy my toys (high tech instruments) quite a lot, and when they enhance the care we provide our patients then why not! It’s often a time of year when watery, sore or gritty eyes return - if this is you, well come on in and see us, the Bristol Dry & Watery Eye Clinic runs in our practices just for you! To discuss the eye care and vision services we offer or to book an extended eye exam, for yourself or your family, please call 0117 962 2474 or 0117 965 4434, book via our website, or you are very welcome to pop in to our practices in Henleaze or Fishponds and say Hi! I hope you all have a super Christmas & Happy New Year!

Peter Peter Turner is the Lead Optometrist at Turners Opticians in Bristol and also works part time as a Senior Optometrist at the Bristol Eye Hospital.

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Early birds flock to Frenchay Christmas Tree Farm FOR a couple of months now, hundreds of Christmas Trees have been awaiting harvest at Frenchay Christmas Tree Farm. Peter and Simon Maughan, the proprietors of the farm, are encouraging eager customers to reserve their trees instead of cutting too soon. Early birds are visiting in increasing numbers to “Choose and Cut” their own Christmas Tree before the big rush in December. “The benefit of reserving a tree in November means that you don’t have to cut it too early, which results in an inferior tree on the big day,” say Simon. “You can come back a bit closer to Christmas and cut it then. We only cut when the customer is ready, and this is what makes our trees special. It’s how we can guarantee that our trees stay fresh and beautiful until January.”

Here are Simon’s top tips for reserving a Christmas Tree: H Bring lots of things to tie to the tree to make it uniquely yours. Ribbons and cable ties are ideal. H Make a name sign to fix securely to the tree so you can find it again when you come back. H Check that the tree has a straight trunk, so it is easy to stand upright when you get it home. H Measure the space at home before you visit, so you can be sure the tree will fit.

Trees always seem a lot bigger when you get them indoors.

Already this year our trees have been hand-picked for McDonald’s Christmas TV campaign (filmed in various locations in Bristol) and for the concourse at Temple Meads Station. One Norwegian Spruce will appear on BBC’s Victorian Christmas, and two Serbian Spruces on Philip Schofield’s How to Spend It Well At Christmas. Frenchay trees also made a recent appearance at the Winterbourne Musical Theatre’s production of The Christmas Schooner. “I always get asked which are the best trees, which are the longest lasting. It’s really hard to answer, because so much depends on personal taste, and so much on how well it will be looked after in the home. I always send early customers in the direction of the ‘non-drop’ firs, such as the Nordmann and

the Fraser. Later customers will be safe with any tree, but I always recommend the traditional spruces, because these are the trees I really love.” Frenchay Christmas Tree Farm is open until Christmas Eve, 9am-5pm every day. “Choose and Cut” runs just as long as stocks last. Prices start from £20.

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Gloucestershire Cricket to host World Cup winners in Bristol next summer AS the women’s Ashes builds towards an exciting climax, the England and Wales Cricket Board today announced the summer 2018 international fixtures for the England women’s team. There’s good news for the The Brightside Ground as the World Cup winners will play at Gloucestershire County Cricket’s site in Bishopston on Thursday 28 June, as part of an IT20 TriSeries. One year on from lifting the trophy on an historic day in front of a packed house at Lord’s, England will face World Cup semi-finalists South Africa before taking on long-time rivals New Zealand. For the IT20 Tri-Series, The Brightside Ground and The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, will host double-header match-days with South Africa facing New Zealand then England on June 20, England against South Africa and New Zealand on June 23, and New Zealand against South Africa and England on June 28. Both ODI series will see crucial ICC Women’s Championship points up for grabs while the IT20 Tri-Series takes on extra importance ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20, to be played in the West Indies in November 2018. Those not in attendance will still be able to follow the team over the summer with every ball of every game broadcast live on Sky

Sports and via BBC Radio. Players from all three sides will then turn their attentions to the expanded Kia Super League which will wrap up the summer in August. The tournament is doubling in length after the success of the first two years. Looking ahead to the summer Clare Connor, ECB Director of Women’s Cricket said: “We are very excited to be staging two different series against high class opposition

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next summer with an expanded fixture list reflecting increased spectator interest in watching the England women’s team in action. “Last summer’s World Cup success must be the watershed moment for our game that everyone is saying it could be. We will measure that through on-pitch performances, ticket sales, numbers of viewers and listeners and our ability to attract new fans and participants. “The 2018 schedule is an

exciting one across both white ball formats and will ensure that more people around the country have the chance to watch the team. “Both South Africa and New Zealand will be tough tests for England and we can expect a competitive and exciting summer of cricket ahead in both formats.” Tickets for international games and KSL Finals Day will be on sale from Tuesday 12 December.

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