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March, 2018 Issue 41


4.99% on council tax bills HOUSEHOLDS in Henleaze and Westbury will see an average rise of £90 a year in council tax bills from April. Residents face a 4.99 per cent increase in the tax they pay to Bristol City Council, bringing in an extra £9.7 million. Bills will also rise to provide funding for police and fire services. The Labour-run council’s budget was set on February 20, despite a lack of support from all three opposition parties. Measures voted through include the reintroduction of Sunday parking charges, an end to policy community support officer funding, higher wedding fees and removal of the discount for unoccupied properties. The authority says that in spite of the rise, which includes a two per cent levy ringfenced for adult social care, it has been forced by the Government to make swingeing cuts - but it is determined to minimise the impact on frontline services. Full story: Page 2

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Revamped pub is really buzzing The owners have undertaken a huge restoration at The Beehive Inn on Wellington Hill West, and look forward to reopening. PAGE 9

Volunteers keep folk in the swim The Conservation Volunteers have been doing a sterling job making sure that Henleaze Lake is fit for winter swimming. PAGES 10 & 11

Schoolgirl, 9, helps homeless Esther and Rachel, selling cakes for the Tenner Challenge at the St Peter’s Hospice shop on Henleaze High Street. The charity, which is building a new inpatient unit in Westbury-on-Trym, is urging people to bake to raise funds. More details: Page 4

Amaarah Mian-Cudmorem, nine, collected enough provisions to fill 30 backpacks for homeless people in Bristol. PAGE 15

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n NEWS BRISTOL City Council has set its 2018/19 budget which focuses on limiting the impact of necessary savings on frontline public services. The council made drastic cuts to library services, parks, public toilet and school crossing patrol budgets in its first budget last year in an attempt to avoid a £108 million deficit by 2023. This year the authority needs to save £34 million, which will come from internal efficiencies including the council’s senior management restructure and backroom services. The full council meeting on February 20 agreed a revenue budget of £355.8m with overall £1.2bn expenditure on council services and capital investment. The council agreed an overall council tax increase of 4.99 per cent, which includes a two per cent levy ring fenced for essential adult social care services. For council tax payers, that works out at an overall rise of £7.61 per month for a Band D property. A number of budget amendments were submitted this year, in an attempt to get the Labour-run authority to reconsider cuts proposed to key frontline services such as libraries, parks and adult social care. There has been much disappointment among many councillors that a proposal to save £50 million by cutting

Council tax up 4.99% but services will be cut contingency funds was voted down. Henleaze and Westbury Lib Dem Councillor Clare CampionSmith said: “In my speech, I argued that the money we collect from Bristol residents and businesses is to be used for services, not squirreled away in a contingency fund. “Instead of paying interest on borrowing, we should be using council tax money to invest in people and improve services.” The Lib Dem group’s proposal was to put money back into vital frontline services by cutting contingency funds which it says is ‘doubled up’ in the council’s reserves. Support by all Lib Dem, Conservative and Green Councillors (bar one) was not enough to pass the amendment, which was voted against by all the Labour Party councillors. The Conservative group proposed a saving of £1 million through a number of cuts to the council’s Brussels office, press officers and the City Poet. This was rejected by 56 votes against and 11 votes for, with one

abstention. Following the meeting Councillor Geoff Gollop (Henleaze and Westbury Conservative Party) said: “Balancing the council’s budget is always going to be a challenge, but it is disappointing that the public relations budget still goes up, when council services are being cut. “It is frustrating that when the Mayor and his cabinet are presented with an alternative option to closing most of our libraries, they prefer to stick with cuts rather than consider the alternative. “At the budget meeting, the Labour majority were presented with two proposals that could help maintain our parks and libraries and they rejected both. It is easy to blame central government for austerity, but it is harder to listen to alternative suggestions that could save services and still balance the books." Having already made over £200m of savings since 2010, the council needs to save a

further £108m by April 2023 due to projected reductions in government funding while balancing the needs of Bristol’s growing population and addressing social and economic inequality in the city. Councillor Craig Cheney, Bristol city council’s Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance and Performance said: “Despite the government continuing to force up council tax and hit local people for its own failings in dealing with the social care crisis, we have worked incredibly hard this year to limit its impact on Bristol. Instead we have focused on how the council does things, how we work with the city and how we can generate more income to spend on services, as well using our capital programme to foster inclusive economic growth. “I am pleased full council has approved a budget that focuses on minimising the impact on essential frontline services. At the same time we have avoided the maximum council tax rise option


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n NEWS so we can leave around £2 million in local people's’ pockets.” The Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, also accepted several amendments to the budget proposals which were voted for at the meeting: • Allocating £800,000 to create two small specialist children's’ homes to help the most vulnerable. • Increase skip and scaffolding charges and directing the anticipated £100,000 raised to the ‘Local Crisis Prevention Fund’ which provides one-off emergency payments to people in desperate need. • Allocating £25,000 specialist planning support to look at the impact of student housing on other city communities.

Petition campaign gathers pace CAMPAIGNER Graham Donald has been going door-to-door in Westbury and Henleaze with a petition calling for a full independent inquiry to be held into the recruitment for and departure of Anna Klonowski, the former chief executive of Bristol City Council, who left in September.

Graham said: “We are aiming to have 3,500 signatures to myPetition. This would guarantee a debate at the full Council meeting on March 20. We have several hundred signatures to go. I would encourage anyone who has signed my Petition to share it with friends and neighbours, including via social media.

“I think that, especially when finances are tight and cuts are being made, we should be extra careful about how public money is spent and the reasons for making any special payment should be totally transparent. This is why my Petition calls for an independent inquiry.”

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Hospice revamp starts to take shape WORK on the new Inpatient Unit at St Peter’s Hospice in Westbury-on-Trym is well under way and on target for use by patients later this year. All the foundations are in, the timber is up, and a tour around the site revealed that rooms are

beginning to take shape. The Room to Care Appeal was launched by actress and patron Caroline Quentin in October 2017 to raise £6.5 million pounds to build a 21st-century hospice for Bristol. Work is largely on plan to

provide 15 enlarged, en-suite, single bedrooms with a sofa bed for visitors and access to a private garden terrace for each patient. This will address the need for a more homely environment, offering enhanced patient privacy and dignity, where visitors can

stay overnight and patients can welcome more visitors at any one time. Over the next 20 years the redeveloped Inpatient Unit is expected to support 6,250 patients with life-limiting illnesses and around 18,500 relatives and friends. It is the only adult hospice to service Bristol and the surrounding area. Some of the finance for the project is already in place but the remaining £1.5 million is being raised by donations from trusts and individuals. The John James Bristol Foundation Trust has donated £600,000 to the Hospice and another £300,000 has already been raised from individual donations or sponsored activities. Sarah Allan Gunn, Head of Fundraising, said: “We set a target of £1.5m target in October and now have £635,000 left to raise. “The generosity of people has

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The design for one of the 15 individual terrace bedrooms been amazing. One donor walked into the Westbury-on-Trym shop and donated £1,000 in cash. People have been putting on events and have raised £40,000 for us that way so far. And, we’ve had lovely support from the Henleaze and Westbury Voice readers. Thank you all for your donations. “We’ve finished the foundations and now need to cover the cost of fixtures and fittings. We are asking people whether they would consider donating to buy the specialised

furniture that we need - the beds, chairs or guest sofa beds? “This is a once in a generation opportunity to get behind this project for everyone. If people want to be part of doing something incredible - by October - this is the year to do it.” To make a donation to the Room to Care Appeal and to help build a 21st Century Hospice for Bristol, visit, call: 01275 391400 or go to one of the St Peter’s Hospice charity shops.

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Canford Lane - one crossing or two? THE campaign for a Canford Lane crossing on this very busy stretch of road has continued for many months now and the next step is a visit by Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, Cabinet member for Transport. The visit is scheduled for the morning of 19 March and the campaigners have asked Councillor Threlfall to bring a roads engineer with her so they can discuss the options. Their aim is an outline scheme so that, if and when funds become available, there is a clear proposal. Up till now, everyone had assumed that any Canford Lane crossing would be somewhere near Canford Park or the cemetery nearby. This was in line with a sketch provided by the council’s roads engineer for the former Neighbourhood Partnership. But there are now hints from the city council about

another possibility. Would it be practicable to provide two crossings for Canford Lane? One could be in the Canford Park area but with a second one at the other end of the road. A second crossing would help residents of roads to the side of Canford Lane, making it easier

for them to access the Dingle or walk to Blaise. Realistically, both crossings would then have to be central refuges for reasons of cost. The Crossing Campaigners are relaxed about this alternative approach. Leading campaigner Nicola Hawkes says: “A lot

of people at the Dingle end of Canford Lane signed our petitions. I am all in favour of a second crossing if that would help more people and can be provided safely. “Of course, cars don’t have to stop for a pedestrian refuge as they do for a zebra crossing, so the onus would be on people crossing the road to take care. But providing refuges would mean that the road could be crossed in two stages. At present, you have to wait for a gap in the traffic on both sides of the road which is difficult for everyone but especially for families or older people.” The campaigners are keen to hear residents’ preferences before meeting Cllr Threlfall. Contact Nicola Hawkes (email nicola_hawkes@hotmail. or mobile 07791 387618) with your views. The crossing campaign can be followed on Facebook.

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Improvement work to Old Quarry Park begins ENHANCEMENTS to Old Quarry Park on Henleaze Road are underway and work is set to complete by Easter. A new bench will be installed at the top end of the Park, nearest to Amelia Lodge retirement home. One of three benches that were placed side by side in a row has been removed, along with a bin. Other improvements include the installation of a picnic table, sited just outside the enclosed children’s play area, a curved snake bench by the main entrance and bird boxes in trees. Two curved paved areas off the main path are going to be created, each with a bench and bulbs planted nearby (in the Autumn). Finance for the work was approved a year ago and comes from funds paid by developers.

In addition to this, the Aerial runway piece of play equipment will have works taking place from 26 February to update the safety surfacing and boards surrounding the play facility. Helen Furber, Chair of The Henleaze Society, commented: "Bristol City Parks Department Officers, especially Sarah Blazier, have been very helpful. Sarah worked with the former Neighbourhood Partnership representatives and Councillors to make suggestions about the most appropriate use

of the funds available. "The Henleaze Society has worked closely with Bristol City Council over a number of years to help improve the facilities in Old Quarry Park. The aim is to ensure that the Park attracts local residents and visitors of all ages."

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n NEWS SUSTAINABLE Westbury-onTrym (SusWoT) are encouraging residents to "Get Growing" this spring and are after a little help from the local community. The sustainable living group help local people to grow their own vegetables by offering them cheap "starter" plants which the group has grown. This year SusWoT would like to involve more people in starting off the plants from seed and are appealing for help to look after the many seedlings and trays produced. Chair, Alex Dunn said: “If you have a greenhouse and could spare a little space for our seedlings that would be fantastic. “We’ve succeeded in getting people to take plants grown from seed but have found that people have lost the growing skills. However, many people do want to learn how to do it. “We try to get people started by providing plants that are ready to be grown on. We started with tomatoes about 1,500 of them! And have since moved on to about a dozen different

Get Growing vegetables, of different varieties, that can be grown outside.” SusWoT is an environmental organisation, set up by Andy O’Brien from Bristol Energy, to do more for less - reducing energy consumption and helping people grow their own. The Stoke Lane Community Garden, on land behind the Stoke Lane shops, was set up as a project to do just that - grow local and sell local plants - enhancing growing skills and reducing transport costs. To promote ‘grow your own’ SusWoT produces and distributes hundreds of vegetable and herb plants in Westbury-on-Trym each spring. The aim is to show people who would not normally grow any of their own food that it is possible. All the plants are chosen for growing outside and advice and fertilisers are also available. As SusWoT starts so many


plants the seeds are much cheaper than those bought in normal seed packets - about a quarter the cost. They buy tomato food in bulk which is many times cheaper than the liquid fertilizer in the shops and use their own compost and recycled pots to produce plants for sale. “We have been doing this for some years now and selling plants at various local fairs and events like the Bristol-wide "Get Growing" Trail. We have found that when people have been successful they return the following year for more plants. “We grow pumpkins, squashes and raise pots of leeks, runner and borlotti beans and brassicas,” added Alex. There will be a special potting on event in April where people can learn this valuable skill. The plants will then be ready for SusWoT’s big sale event at the May Fair in Westbury village.

If you have an event in April, May or June where you think visitors would be interested in SusWoT plants and seeds please be in touch. If you can help with raising hundreds of plants from seed in March, April and May, have spare space in your greenhouse, or 8-10cm plastic pots then contact Alex Dunn at suswot2050@ or tel 0117 985 6640.

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Pub’s refurbishment is the bee’s knees! by Keri Beckingham THE owners of a popular pub in Henleaze are excited for locals to experience the results of an impressive refurbishment project. The Beehive pub on Wellington Hill West has been closed for a makeover since the end of 2017. The pub, which has been based on the site since at least 1871 and in its current building since 1936, has been renovated throughout thanks to investment from its owners. Highlights of the refurbishment project include a major uplift to the entrance of the pub, with floor to ceiling glass and improved disabled access. Inside there is a new open plan bar, as well as new toilets and baby changing facilities. The glass has also been replaced in the pub’s roof atrium, and the popular conservatory dining area now has bi-folding doors which lead through to the sunny garden. In addition, all the furniture has been replaced in the pub’s lounge area, which now has a more contemporary feel to it, and quirky light fittings will also add to the new modern feel of the pub. The old 1960s seats in the bar have also been redone by Bristol Upholstery, and all blinds and curtains have been produced by a company based in Keynsham.


Guests will also benefit from refurbishment to the pub’s kitchen, which has been moved to the space that was previously used as a skittle alley. When it reopens, the pub plans to serve traditional pub grub classics such as fish and chips and Sunday roasts, with all fresh ingredients coming from local suppliers within a two mile radius such as M.J. Dalton butchers and Joe’s Bakery on Gloucester Road. In the long term, the pub also plans to reintroduce offer nights, theme nights and a quiz night. They will still be able to host


and cater for functions such as wakes and meetings, and Sky sports will still be shown in the bar too. Owners Rufus and Dawn Roberts first took over the running of the pub in September 2014. Having travelled the world for 16 years as part of his career in telecoms, Rufus says he knows how to be treated well when dining out and is passionate about offering guests a warm and welcoming experience when they visit the pub. Speaking of the refurbishment project, Rufus said: “Everything about running a pub is about people, and our problem for three years has been that although people feel safe and welcomed when they visit us, the look of the pub has been holding us back. “The Beehive has had lots of landlords over last 15 years, and we don’t want people to think that it’s changed hands again, because it’s still us in charge - same owners, same welcome, same hospitality, just in a much nicer environment. We think that the pub now has the wow factor and we can’t wait to welcome people for a drink or a meal when we reopen at the end of February.” To find out more about The Beehive’s refurbishment and to keep up to date with its re-opening plans, visit their Facebook page:

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n NEWS A GROUP of volunteers have been working hard to make sure that members of Henleaze Swimming Club can continue to get out for a swim during the winter months, writes Keri Beckingham. The swimming club operates as a charity, and is responsible for the upkeep of Henleaze Lake. Four years ago they started offering members the option to swim during the winter, and required the support of working groups to help maintain the grounds during these months. Unfortunately, these initial groups were disbanded, and so the swimming club turned to The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to help them six months ago. Since then, TCV (a charity that works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone) have been maintaining the lake’s grounds using volunteers once a month, working all through the winter to help with tasks such as scrub and bramble clearance. Speaking of the work that TCV have been doing at Henleaze Lake, Mark Thompson, a


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trustee of Henleaze Lake said: “It’s a great team that have been working here. They are so cheerful and motivated, and have an appreciation of the natural aspect of the lake and understand

that it’s really important to maintain it for wildlife. “They don’t stop for rain either and just carry on whatever the weather - they really enjoy it which is great to see.”

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otter! Speaking about their suspicions, Mark Thompson added: “We have carp at the lake, and usually we may lose one or two during the winter months. However, over the last six weeks we have lost half a dozen, and all have been eaten in a very particular way which makes us think that we may have an otter. They have been sighted on the Trym by Blaise Castle and males can have a territory of 20 miles, so it is certainly possible. “Although our carp anglers aren’t so keen on our suspicions, if we do have one then we’d be very pleased to sacrifice carp to it, as they are such a protected species. It would also be a great addition to the badgers, foxes and kingfishers that we have here, so watch this space!” The swimming club has got in touch with Bristol Otter Survey group, and are currently arranging for them to come to the lake to look for signs of an

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n EDUCATION PUPILS from Redland Green School have talked their way into the Regional Finals of the Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition, designed to help young people develop effective communication skills. Success in the Local Heats of the competition led the Redland Green School Intermediate Public Speaking Team to the District Heats in Maisemore, Gloucester in February where they beat teams from Oxfordshire, Wales and Worcestershire. The team taking part were Bruno Kay (Chairperson), Amelie Falber (Speaker), and Proposer of the Vote of Thanks, Zara Parvaz. The team’s topic: “Is there be a solution to the housing crisis?” developed detailed and thoughtprovoking ideas into a strong argument, offering the solution of micro homes and where to put them. The choice of subject was based on the personal experience of team member, Amelie, whose family struggled to find a suitable and affordable home when they

It's good to talk - and to win! moved to Bristol. She argued that if more people like her were willing to live in smaller homes, they would be cheaper to build and homes would be more affordable. The judges praised the teenagers on their highly supportive teamwork, thorough preparation, excellent delivery and said they were the clear winners. English teacher, Miranda Pinder, has been a great help coaching them through the process, giving them lots of encouragement and tips. Bruno says: “It was really nerve wracking performing in front of people you don’t know. But it’s made me feel more confident in public situations. And helped me understand how to deal with nerves. “For the regional finals, we’re making a few tweaks to the speeches and going to give it everything we’ve got to represent

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Junior School girl campaigns for Bristol’s homeless AN initiative started by nineyear-old Amaarah MianCudmore has led to the collection of enough socks, gloves, toothbrushes and other toiletries to make up 30 backpacks for homeless people in Bristol. Amaarah came up with the idea after a pre-Christmas shopping trip in central Bristol with her mother where they saw people living rough on the street. Concerned by what she saw, she wanted to do more. So her mother Safoora contacted the Feed The Homeless Bristol charity and took Amaarah and her brothers one Saturday night to distribute food to the homeless. Amaarah spoke to a number of people and found out that a few basic items would make an improvement to their lives. She immediately set about persuading her friends at Redmaids’ High Junior School to help her produce the backpacks

in time to help the rough sleepers at the coldest time of year. Amaarah said: “I thought about it and worked out that each year group could contribute different things to the packs and with a little effort we could make a big impact.” In addition, she put out a plea for any adult shoes, hats, backpacks and sleeping bags that were unwanted but in good condition. Her fellow pupils responded generously and Amaarah busily filled up the packs before joining volunteers from Feed The Homeless Bristol to hand them out. Safoora commented: “The initiative was entirely Amaarah’s own doing and I am so proud of her and grateful to her

classmates and teachers for supporting it so willingly.” Naseem Talukdar, Trustee and CEO of Feed the Homeless Bristol, said: “We are always pleased to work with young people. While they represent 20% of our population, they are 100% of our future, so it is

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very important to allow them to explore and learn about issues surrounding homelessness which are complex and challenging. “We thank Amaarah for taking the initiative and hope she can set a positive example for others to follow.”

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Share your memories COLSTON’S Primary School in Cotham has launched a timeline project as part of the school’s celebrations of its 70th academic year as a state primary. Ex-pupils, staff, governors and parents are invited to take part in the celebratory projects to mark this milestone. Chair of governors, Kate Swainson Price said: “Current pupils and staff are keen to hear your stories. As part of these projects we are hoping to get in touch with as many alumni as possible. Could this be you? Please do be in touch if so.” The children are creating a timeline of the school’s history since its beginning in 1947 and working on a project funded by Heritage Schools. The collection of memorabilia will form part of an exhibition timeline around the walls of the school hall as well as a digital timeline displayed on the school website. These timelines will evolve over the year and form a key exhibit during the anniversary festival in the summer term.

Sixth formers Harry Gleeson and Charlie Condell with the Earl of Wessex THE Earl of Wessex visited Clifton College in Bristol on February 21 as part of a campaign to generate support for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) Charity. Through a combination of engagements, Real Tennis events and fundraising activities,Prince Edward aims to enable a new generation of young people to start their DofE journey in the UK and abroad. During his visit to Clifton College, HRH met head teachers and DofE managers from schools across Bristol, as well as students from the College who are

doing their Gold DofE programme. He then played Real Tennis at Clifton’s 90acre sports complex. Clifton College has been running the DofE for decades and places a high value on the opportunities it gives pupils in terms of independence, personal and social development. Dr Tim Greene, Head of College, said: “The DofE is hugely important to Clifton College so it was a pleasure to welcome HRH The Earl of Wessex, and fellow schools engaged in the programme. We hope that HRH’s visit to Bristol will inspire more young people.”

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Brooke’s blazing a trail to Oxbridge the top universities. If you want it enough, and you work hard, you deserve to be offered a place just as much as anyone else.” Brooke, who lives in Lawrence Weston, spent time on work experience in legal offices while at Henbury and at St Bede's and decided to apply to study law. “I am interested in history and politics. I'd like to use my critical analysis skills in a real world environment,” she said. Brooke has taken advantage of support programmes such as the University of Bristol's Access to Bristol and has also valued help from staff at Arete, the sixth form at St Bede's, some of whom went to Cambridge themselves, and also a former Arete student who is already studying law at Oxford. Clare Bradford, head of Henbury School, said: “Brooke is a very impressive young woman who made a fantastic contribution throughout her time at Henbury School. It is typical of her that she gave up her time to return to inspire our students. “I am so pleased and proud that she has been offered a place at Oxford and I wish her every success.”

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A TEENAGER from north Bristol is heading for Oxford University to study law. Brooke Bindon has received a conditional open offer and will take up the place as long as she achieves the required grades in her A-levels in English Literature, History and Religious Studies. She will be the first in her family to enter higher education, to the delight and pride of her parents Jon and Victoria. Brooke, 17, a sixth-former at St Bede's Catholic College, is a role model for her four younger sisters, whose ages range from 16 to two, and for pupils at her previous schools, Shield Road Primary and Henbury School. She recently returned to Henbury School, where she studied for five years and became head girl, to talk to current students about her success. “I loved being at Henbury School,” she said. “It felt like a community and the teachers were really good. It was because of the GCSEs I got there, and my predicted A-level grades, that I was able to apply to Oxford. I was very lucky. “I told the students not to think that only posh people and rich people went to

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n EDUCATION COINCIDING with the year of their 160th anniversary, members of the Badminton School community including the Headmistress, Chair of Governors and sports scholars, gathered recently to bury a time capsule underneath their new sports centre. The time capsule, which is submerged 29.5cm below the concrete floor of the School’s new development, is made of a tough, durable, waterproof material and weighs 3.86kg. The life span of the time capsule is said to be 500


What lies beneath Badminton School’s new sports centre? years, meaning that any items that were buried will still look exactly the same hundreds of years from now. Placed in the time capsule are current Badminton School sports team photos, Badminton merchandise, a Sports Award

2017 programme, a netball signed by the 1st team and a site map of the school amongst other items. “We are incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to bury our very own time capsule to mark the construction of our

new Sports Centre,” said Sarah Gomersall, Director of Sport at Badminton. “It’s exciting to think that in years from now, the time capsule could be discovered and the finders will gain an insight into life at Badminton as it is today”.

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n NEWS To celebrate 100 years since women were granted the vote, Jane Duffus has written a book commemorating 250 wonderful women from Bristol’s past. IN Bristol, you can’t move for references to the men who helped to shape our city…but what about the women? When all but one of the statues in the city feature men (and the solitary female statue is of a goddess, not even a human woman!) and

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Fighting for our rights there are some history books about Bristol that barely even mention women, you would be forgiven for thinking there were no notable females in Bristol’s past. But you’d be wrong! “Which is why in ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’, I have compiled a compendium of 250 wonderful women who helped to shape the city we know and love today,” said Jane. “From the better known names such as reformer Mary Carpenter and suffragette Annie Kenney, to the more obscure such as fruit seller Jane Martin and haematologist Janet Vaughan…I’ve tried to leave no stone unturned in my quest to represent women from all walks of life who contributed something - no matter how small - to the Bristol we live in today.” Explorer, Amelia Blanford Edwards (1831-1892) was a successful journalist and a novelist whose book Lord

Brackenbury went to 15 editions. When her parents died in 1864, Amelia moved from London to Westbury-on-Trym and by this time she was living from her income as a writer. In 1873 Amelia and some friends embarked on a voyage down the Nile during which they excavated an Egyptian burial chamber. Amelia learned to read hieroglyphics and became an advocate for the ancient monuments and artefacts by cofounding the Egypt Exploration Fund (now Society) in 1882. She later wrote and illustrated a book, A Thousand Miles up the Nile, which was an immediate success. Amelia became Vice President of the Society for Promoting Women’s Suffrage. She never married but travelled and lived with a female friend who accompanied her on an American lecture tour from 1889-1890 leading to honorary degrees from

US colleges. A sculpture honouring Amelia Edwards was unveiled in 2016 at Amelia Lodge in Henleaze, after whom the retirement home is named. For the full story on Amelia, and all 250 women profiled in the book, snap up a copy of ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’ from bristolwomensvoice.bigcartel. com

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n NEWS A LOCAL community interest company that supports disabled people through sport is looking for new members from Henleaze and Westbury to join them at their sessions in Henleaze. Adaptive Martial Arts (AMA) run sessions that help to increase self-confidence and self-esteem and provide disabled people with an opportunity to exercise and play sport. Established in September 2016, they also build on the mental health benefits of exercise in addition to the physical benefits. AMA ’s Board of Directors consists of two disabled people (one with a Masters of Sport Science) and two ‘able-bodied’ people who have a business background, a combined passion for Martial Arts and the respective benefits to the lives of others. Their unique team is well equipped to cope with a wide range of conditions in order to give the best experience to the participants. Speaking of the sessions that AMA run, CEO Gina Hopkin, who also suffers from a rare neuromuscular condition called Dystonia that causes


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uncontrollable muscle spasms, said: “With some current clients, we have already seen have been people being able to sit up unaided for the first time, improved concentration as well as improved confidence, health and fitness. “Through AMA classes, students will learn a mixture of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, self defence,

mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling and striking arts to suit the student and the class. Everything is done on mats to ensure that the environment is safe too.” Some current reviews from students who attend AMA’s sessions include: "For those with injuries or who are disabled, this is a great organisation to help you to acquire knowledge, skills, confidence.” Another student said: "Even though we’re fighting, it’s a safe environment and they’re a bunch of lovely people. I’ve slowly made

friends and feel more confident in defending myself. If anyone ever attacks me, I now have the skill to defend myself.” AMA run classes every Saturday from 4pm – 5pm at the Shine Community Sports Hall on Brecon Road in Henleaze. Students’ first class is always free and the charge is £7.50 per week thereafter or £10 for two people. The only prerequisite for attending classes is that the client can transfer to a mat. However, if a client is wheelchair bound and cannot transfer, there are still self defence and striking options available to them and working on mats can enable them to explore options if they were to find themselves on the floor. To find out more about the sessions that AMA run, visit or call 07468 608018.

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n NEWS ELI Greenacre (nee Bishop), originally from Westbury Park and the daughter of local author Jeff Bishop (Bristol Through Maps), is one of just 60 people from all across the UK selected for Ordnance Survey’s exciting new project to help make Great Britain a more outdoorsy and adventurous nation. Eli and her fellow OS GetOutside champions were unveiled at an event in the New Forest where they were joined by TV presenter and adventurer Ben Fogle and endurance adventurer Sean Conway. The champions, chosen for their ability to communicate their love of being outside, include journalists, bloggers and authors who all write about their adventures in Britain. Eli, who this year plans to complete the Great North Run for the mental health charity Mind, among many other challenges, says: “Getting outside is the perfect remedy for everyday life; the stress and anxieties it brings. Being outside really can help you achieve good physical and mental health.”


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Westbury Park adventurer champions the Great Outdoors Growing up locally, Eli attended Westbury Park School and then Henbury School and now lives in the Wye Valley where she gets to hike in the Brecon Beacons, paddle the river, walk in the Forest of Dean and climb the cliffs along the valley. An Outdoor Instructor (at Malvern Outdoor Elements) and blogger, she believes that everyone has their own personal mountain to climb and every step towards that is an achievement. Her career previously was the polar opposite and the pressure of running a Textile Design Degree and working in the fashion/textile industry resulted in ‘burn out’. Having been diagnosed with anxiety Eli turned to the outdoors and the rest, as she says, is history. OS has selected its Champions to promote the

many benefits of an active outdoor lifestyle. Nick Giles, Ordnance Survey, says: “The GetOutside initiative is core to OS’s aims to help more people to GetOutside more often, it is about inspiring adventures, enabling experiences and helping make memories. It’s already encouraging people to re-engage with the outdoors and showing that it is enjoyable, accessible and safe for all ages and abilities.” OS Champion, Ben Fogle, says: “There are some truly remarkable and inspirational people in this group, and it is an honour and delight to be joining them for what I think is an important campaign, making the outdoors enjoyable, accessible and safe.

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Council to review 20mph limits across the city A REVIEW of 20mph speed limits in Bristol will be carried out this spring in order to look at the effectiveness of the lower limits in each area. The review, which will take place over an eight week period, will involve consulting with local residents and councillors to look at how well 20mph is working in each area (including Henleaze and Westbury), and assess whether there is anything that can be done better. In addition, the review will also use the findings of a recent report by the University of the West of England (UWE). The Bristol Twenty Miles Per Hour PEOPLE living in Henleaze, Westbury Park and Westburyon-Trym are being asked for their views on the future of the South West region’s electric vehicle charging network and to identify where new charge points are most needed locally. Bristol City Council has tasked Cenex and the Energy Saving Trust to run an online

Limit Evaluation (BRITE) study found that, on average, speeds on more than 100 surveyed roads have reduced since the 20mph speed limits were implemented, with average speeds of between 19mph and 26mph on 20mph roads. In Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym, the average speed was found to be 23.26mph along the 20mph roads in our area. Further to this, the report also analysed data from casualties of road traffic collisions in the city before and after the 20mph speed limits were introduced. It found that as a result of the reductions of 2.7mph in

average traffic speeds, there is an estimated cost saving of over £15m per year from the fatal, serious and slight injuries that are avoided, and that over four people per year (who would otherwise have died without slower speed limits) are still alive today. Speaking of the review, Councillor Mhairi Threlfall, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Connectivity, said: “It is still early days in terms of assessing the impact of 20mph, but the results from this report are a positive indication that lower speeds are making it safer to get

around in Bristol. “What we need to establish is where 20mph appears to be working and where it may not be as effective, and the statistics from this report give us a good indication of that.” No decisions have yet been made on which roads will be included within the review. Local councillors will be involved in making this decision, which will also seek the contribution of local communities, and the council will issue information about how people can get involved in due course.

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Work to start on Wellington Hill West crossing WORK is due to start on upgrading the Wellington Hill West pedestrian crossing in the first week of March and should take 6-8 weeks. Part of the Southmead Quietway cycling route, this project is funded by the Department of Transport’s Cycling Ambition Fund. It should provide a safer crossing for children and families travelling to and from school and for local neighbours and cyclists.

managed and supported in the future. Anyone who currently uses the charging points, as well as people who would like to use electric vehicles in the future, are encouraged to respond by Friday 9 March. Two years ago the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced that the four West of England authorities had been awarded £7.1million of funding over five years to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, across the region. OLEV’s ambition is to have virtually zero emissions on Britain’s roads by 2050. Three new charging points in Bristol are being installed later in March in Bruswick Square, the

Counterslip near Victoria Street and on Stuart Street. A full map of Bristol’s electric charge point network can be found on the Go Ultra Low West website. Luke Redfern, Business Development and Projects Manager at Cenex, said: “We recognise that more charge points are needed to reduce charging and range anxiety. This is an excellent opportunity, for both existing and potential new low emission vehicle drivers, to input into the future of this network, and help us identify locations that will help electric vehicle driver numbers increase, and ultimately improve air quality across the West of England.”



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HE thriving independent high street of North View on the Westbury Park and Henleaze borders can be found just off the Downs from the Whitetree roundabout.

THIS treasure trove of around 30 businesses provide almost everything needed for the home, for living, health and for the community. Many of the businesses have been here for a number of years providing expertise and a knowledgeable and friendly service. In more recent years the area has become a hub for independent eateries and food suppliers. Popular Italian restaurant Prego uses locally sourced produce and top quality ingredients for its meals. It’s sister bar opposite, Mesa, serves a delicious tapas menu and

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n NORTH VIEW FEATURE Turn the corner on to Northumbria Avenue and visitors will discover Westbury Park Pub and Kitchen. Now a firm favourite on the local scene, it and offers a contemporary look and quality Sunday lunch. Local cafe group Grounded sited next to the Orpheus Cinema has attracted much attention for its range of burgers, hotdogs and pizza, plus a wide selection of cakes and drinks. North View serves up quality produce for home cooks too. Traditional family business Smith Fish, run by Matthew and David Smith, has been in the trade for nearly 30 years, selling a wide range of fresh fish and shellfish. Succulent meats are available from Gales Farm Meats who specialise in home-made pies and pasties, specialty award winning sausages, and home cured bacon. Owners Andrew Gale and his brother Stuart are 4th Generation farmers and butchers providing meat locally sourced within a 10 mile radius and game supplied by Badminton Estate and Deerstalkers. Come and sample the delights of North View - a warm welcome awaits you.

Toni Barber Shop Toni Barber Shop celebrates its 30th year in business this year since it opened on North View in 1988. The barber shop began with just Toni, until his son Antonio joined him six years ago to carry on the family business and to continue the high standards offered to their customers. “We would like to thank all our customers for their continued support! We offer a professional service in a friendly environment, where men and boys of all ages can have a completely new look or a simple trim,” said Toni. Styles and services range from a simple hair cut to either a beard trim or a smooth cut throat razor shave. An extensive range of hair products is available to purchase, no appointment is needed. Toni and Antonio look forward to welcoming customers, old and new, to Toni Barber Shop. Fish With Feet Fish with feet has been trading in North View for 18 years. Each year we go to the north of Italy to buy extraordinary ceramics from the Morlin family. Many raku vases, dishes and jewellery also from Italy. We have local ceramics including my own work, heavy stoneware pots and animals for the garden. The paintings and prints are all local to Bristol, many from Westbury Park. The bags, scarves etc. I make myself and the cards are prints from the artist’s work and local handmade work. It is very hard to tell you all of the items we have. Please just come into the shop and see for yourself the diversity of objects including garden things such as roof tiles, 150 years old, painted by yet another Italian artist, totally frost proof.

fish with feet Ceramics from the north of Italy not sold anywhere else in England. Local pottery and paintings, cards by local artists, paper, gifts and garden pottery. Tuesday to FridayTimes: 9.30am - 1pm Opening - 5.30pm Tuesday2.15pm to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm Saturday 9.30am - 1pm

Up & Running If you have just started out on the road to a fitter, healthier life-style or just looking for your next pair of trainers then Up & Running is the place to visit. For the past ten years

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n NORTH VIEW FEATURE and accessories to keep you relaxed, warm and dry and also very stylish including GPS watches, waist belts, hats, gloves and nutrition. Visit Up & Running – your first step to fitness. 38 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol BS6 7QA Tel: 0117 9739092 The Carpet Shop We supply only the finest carpet quality carpets. Offering an extensive range of carpet styles and colours to suit any home. Call or e-mail today for more information or for some free advice. Services include a free measuring service, fitting included in the carpet price, a wide selection of carpet styles and colours, carpet fitters with over 20 years experience and professional, friendly and prompt service. Call today on 0117 9734912 or email for free advice. Gales Farm Meats

Treat Mum this Mother’s Day with our Locally sourced • Beef • Chicken • Lamb • Pork

Local wild Venison available as joints, diced & steaks Homemade sausages in various varieties plus much more • Cooked Meats • Homemade Pies & Pasties Opening Times: Mon 8.00am - 1.00pm Tues - Fri 8.00am – 5.00pm Sat 7.00am – 5.00pm

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The butcher on Northview specialising in home-made pies and pasties, specialty sausages, home cured bacon and cooked meats. All the meat is soured from the family farm in Gloucester and surrounding local farms. The beef and lamb is hung on the bone for minimum 21 days to develop tasty, tender meat with full flavour and the local game is supplied by Badminton Estate or local shoots. Many local restaurants are supplied with the quality meat and as an old fashioned friendly butcher, all cuts of meat are offered. For Andrew Gale, providing quality products and good service is the number one priority.

recovery. You will find the leading brands of running shoes, clothing and accessories at North View. Getting the correct shoes is so important to avoid injury and to enjoy the freedom of running. Up & Running assess your running gait and recommend shoes which will suit your running style, comfort and budget. For ladies a supportive and well fitting sports bra is a vital piece of kit to maintain shape and comfort. Up & Running stock leading brands in a range of colours. You want to feel comfortable when you run so Up & Running stock the latest technical clothing

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n NEWS FRIENDS of Badock's Wood and Southmead Development Trust (Greenway Centre) are encouraging local shoppers and their family and friends - to vote for their Community Routes project. The Friends of Badock's Wood (FOBW) have a joint project with the Southmead Development Trust at the Greenway Centre. This project - Community Routes - aims to improve walking usage of Badock’s Wood and of the Greenway Community Centre facilities such as the Greenway Community Café and toilets. The main ways to improve these routes are by better signage to, from and within the wood, notice boards and stile improvements between the Centre, GP Surgery and the Wood. The project has been chosen by the Co-op to receive a share of the Local Community Fund but the amount the project will receive depends on how much is raised by Co-op members in local Co-op shops and by how many Co-op Members vote for this Project. Every time a Co-op member shops, 1% spent on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Local Community Fund. Frances Robertson from FOBW said: “If people choose to do their Co-op shopping in the Westbury stores more money will be available for this and

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View of stile from Badock's Wood to Greenway Centre : Community Routes project proposal includes an upgrade of stile and access other local projects. Most of us shop in the Co-op at some point so if you can choose these branches it will help us and others get more funding.” The money raised by from this 1%, plus money from the sale of shopping bags, from our local Co-op stores

Stoke Bishop and Sea Mills Community Forum THE next meeting of the Stoke Bishop and Sea Mills Community Forum will be held on Monday 12 March at St Mary's Church, Mariners Drive, Stoke Bishop, BS9 1QJ. All residents are welcome to come along to find out what is happening locally and hear an update from Stoke Bishop Ward Councillors Peter Abraham and John Goulandris. There will be an input from the police covering the area and you will have the opportunity to raise any

concerns and discuss ideas and solutions with other local residents. This forum covers the Stoke Bishop Ward which includes Sea Mills, South of Sylvan Way. A final agenda will be available closer to the date. Minutes of the last meeting on 28 November are available on the website Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments - the meeting starts at 7pm. Come along and share your views!

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(Westbury-on-Trym and Stoke Lane branches) and the Co-op Funeralcare in Westbury-onTrym will be given to local projects such as this one. The share out is decided by members' votes. If you are a Coop member you need to log into your account or telephone and

vote for this project. The project is here: https://membership. If you are not a member and want to be a member you can join by paying £1 - more details from your local coop or online

Ideas sought for vacant bookshop premises DURDHAM Down Bookshop served the local community for many years until it closed in May 2016 due to the death of its owner, Kathryn Atkins. A notice has been placed in the window of the former bookshop inviting people to post ideas and suggestions for the future use of the shop. The notice says that rent will be negotiated on the basis of “how interesting the idea is”. Kevin Chigley, Chair of the Westbury Park Community Association said: “It is important that we maintain North View as a vibrant shopping centre and it would be unfortunate if we start to lose shops to other uses. If you have any ideas about the future use of the former bookshop please pop them through the letterbox at 39 North View.”

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News and views from our city councillors Geoff Gollop (Westbury-on-Trym & Henleaze) 12 Southover Close in for A new Planning Application has gone hseven flats to go on the site of 12 Sout access over Close, ref 18/00317/F. You can or call us information on the planning portal h to for more details. You have until 6 Marc express your view. Council budget cil The Mayor should have set the Coun budget at the Council meeting on 20 p are February. The majority Labour Grou of Tax cil Coun in ase incre an proposing ces. 5% and a significant reduction in servi et goes Meanwhile the public relations budg ulting up yet again, and the Mayor is cons afford ot cann he n whe zone ph on the 20m air felt any new road signs! I share the desp by residents. Keeping in Touch is on The next Westbury-on-Trym Forum Sports Tuesday 17 April at Coombe Dingle

meet Centre at 7pm. This is the chance to ss lodiscu and s cillor coun local with all your phone cal issues of concern. Please email or if you want to know more. Local Plan ted The Council is consulting on the upda where local plan until 13 April. This shows homes the Council is suggesting 33,500 new more , years 18 next the in built should be details are available at www.bristol.go doculocalplanreview . Accompanying this ntary ment is the Urban Living Suppleme ht heig the rding rega t men Docu Planning ings. If and intensity of new these new build ent of you have an interest in the developm two these at look to time take e pleas ol, Brist ts. documen Underground and Arena two Last month I asked for views on these . nses respo any get not did I and projects, ents I presume this means that local resid vable don’t believe the underground is achie e let and have given up on an arena. Pleas me know what you are thinking. Roads, Drains and Gutters h After many months of requests, Nort

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transparency! Some wo rkshops have been responsibility for held with staff, councillor s and representahealth and adult tive of libraries groups but the social care in York, restricted to a few and app y have been ear to have a quoted an examdeadening effect on the participants rather ple of a widow, than giving a sense of visi on and possibility. Forgive the rant but I am who had become And it need not be so. I feeling really contacted a frustrated about the Cou trapped in her fellow councillor from Yor ncil and its apk and she was proach to libraries own home, first really excited about wh at their libraries were After Full Council in Novem coming to a cofachieving. In July 2013, ber when three liYork brary petitions were deb fee morning, then to transfer its Libraries and Council agreed ated (petitions must Archives service reach over 3,500 signatu joining a walking to a social enterprise und res to be debated) er a five year fundand a motion based on group based at ing and service contrac the conclusions of t. It was believed to the cross-party Task and the library and be the best way to make Finish group was the required budget passed, many of us felt then becoming a volunt savings, maintain curren delighted. The city eer. Every day, now t ser vices and decouncil appeared to hav she has something to wa velop new forms of service e a change of heart ke up for. My friend delivery. The new about closing so many had similar exciting sto service had to provide fou of our libraries, or at ries about the learnr core offers: - a least they appeared ope ing that took place in libr health and social care offe n to argument about aries. r, a universal readdifferent options. We bel ing offer, a universal info Surely this could happen ieved they were lisrmation offer and in Bristol. tening to residents and Rec a universal digital offer. ent events have shown willing to look wider An additional offer that libraries have and more imaginatively great support; there are that caught my eye was at possible models many retired people the Toy Library workto keep more libraries ope with the work skills to sha ing with local Children’s n whilst still makre with others and Centres. They have ing the required saving young people who can paid staff and a host of s. guide us ‘oldies’ in a volunteers who are The Council is working tec trained to help with the hnological world. Step with consultants core offers as well as up, Bristol! Step from the Department for up with some imaginativ tidying up and shelving Digital, Culture, Mee leadership! books. dia and Sport but counci llors have not been I believe strongly that libr aries (and parks) allowed to see the projec should be seen as an ess t brief. So much for ential part of public health infrastructure. My Clare Campion Smith friend, who has 0117 353 3165

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Bristol charities create £100k fund to transform older people’s services SIX leading charitable trusts have joined forces to create a £100,000 fund that will benefit the lives of older people living in Henleaze, Westbury-on-Trym and across the city. The Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance will award transformation grants of up to £15,000 to organisations that deliver vital services to older people in the local area, such as those that tackle loneliness and isolation. The alliance will be chaired by the Dean of Bristol, Dr David Hoyle and is made up of the Quartet Community Foundation, The St Monica Trust (who have properties in Westbury-onTrym), The Anchor Society, John James Bristol Foundation, The Dolphin Society and the Society of Merchant Venturers. The Dean of Bristol, Dr David Hoyle, said: “This is a historic moment for Bristol and marks the first time ever that six of the city’s leading charitable trust’s have linked arms to create an alliance of this kind. “With cuts to traditional sources of funding for organisations that support older people, we hope that forming the Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance will give them the breathing space to continue to provide their much needed services in the future.” The Bristol Older People’s Funding Alliance aims to help organisations change and adapt to meet the challenges posed by

cuts to their traditional sources of funding. The St Monica Trust’s Director of Development and Research, Sara Naylor-Wild, said: “It’s a similar principle to Dragon’s Den where each member of the alliance can choose which project they would like to fund and they will then be responsible for that particular project’s delivery. “Like Dragon’s Den, members can also jointly fund a project and there is a huge amount of expertise in our individual charities, both in terms of running successful ventures and providing services for older people, that we can share.” The fund will help organisations become sustainable, improve existing services or develop innovations that will have a positive effect on the quality of life for older people. The type of projects that can be supported by the fund, include setting up social enterprises, gaining skills to enhance fundraising activities, setting up mergers and using technology to improve their efficiency and reach. John Haworth, Vice Chairman of the John James Bristol Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be part of this transformational Alliance to enable charitable organisations to adjust to meet the changing needs of the elderly in the City of Bristol.”

Sara Naylor-Wild, Director of Development and Research, The St Monica Trust The fund will be managed by Bristol Ageing Better, a Big Lottery funded programme that is working with individuals and organisations to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Bristol..

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n NEWS A SOUTHMEAD Hospital consultant has been named Emergency Medicine Principal Investigator of the Year (2018). Dr Jason Kendall leads research in the hospital’s Emergency Department and received the honour from the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) and Royal College of Emergency Medicine. It was presented in recognition of his contribution to research in the field of emergency medicine throughout his career. Jason is in his 20th year at North Bristol NHS Trust, having worked for the organisation as a consultant since 1998. He said his greatest achievement is a research project to develop an analgesic (painkiller) – intranasal diamorphine – which is used for children suffering with acute pain, such as that associated with a broken bone or abdominal problem. Jason first started working on the project to deliver the pain relief through the nose in 1997 and in 2016 it was finally licensed for use in paediatric patients. SOUTHMEAD Hospital Charity have set a running challenge with a difference – to run a marathon in 31 days. Whether you are a regular runner or prefer an afternoon stroll, Marathon in March enables people to run a marathon in their own time and in their own way – after work, at the weekend, at the gym, in the park or by pounding the streets of Bristol. Runners will be clocking up the marathon distance of 26.2 miles over the 31 days in March and raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity’s Prostate


Southmead consultant's research earns emergency medicine award “It has been a career-long “labour of love”, but now intranasal diamorphine is used in most Emergency Departments in the UK,” Jason said. “It is probably the research project that I am most proud of.” Jason has a particular clinical interest in acute cardiovascular and stroke care and, having been involved in research in these areas for many years, is currently the Chair of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) Guideline Committee on the Management of Stroke and Transient Ischaemic Attack. Jason said that seeing the results of research in Emergency Medicine is particularly satisfying as it often involves patients who are very unwell, such as those who have suffered a heart attack, stroke or trauma. “Although research in the Emergency Department can be

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ARLIAMENT had a short recess during February (which meant I was able to be in Bristol for an entire week for a change!) before returning to business in the House. Your Voice in Parliament In early February I signed up to two environmental campaigns – to push all of the major supermarkets to reduce their plastic waste, and supporting Surfers Against Sewage in their call to reduce plastic waste in Parliament. Bristol has been at the forefront of this campaign for a few years now, with the City to Sea campaign – led by Natalie Fee – making national news in recent weeks. Energy generation is also a key part of protecting our environment, and I’ve been having further conversations in Westminster on the potential for piping heat out of Avonmouth to warm our public buildings and homes instead of burning gas. We have onshore wind, waste to energy, solar and battery based technologies in Bristol North West, we now need to make sure we use the heat we create and the tidal power

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available in the Channel. A stubborn cause of wasted energy is the quality of our housing too – from simple draughts which can be filled in to local people living in very poor quality housing. That’s why I stayed in Westminster on a “Sitting Friday” instead of being in Bristol so that I could support the Human Habitation Bill, which will make it law that homes should be fit for human habitation. This will force bad landlords (the key word there being bad for any landlords reading!) to make sure homes are dry and warm and well maintained. As part of my work on the Science and Technology Committee, I also recently visited CERN for the day in Geneva. CERN is an international science project that smashes atoms together to try to discover how our universe came into being. And it was great to meet constituents who work there too from Bristol University students right through to CERN project leaders. The good news is that there’s lots of opportunities for local students and teachers to visit too, including apprenticeships that local young people can apply for. I’m writing to every school in my constituency to let them know how they can get involved. Your Champion in Bristol I've been continuing to champion the rights of workers and protection of jobs here in Bristol: including the hostile takeover of GKN by Melrose. Melrose are open about their plans to buy, split up and sell off GKN within a short period of time. GKN is a major local employer with good quality apprenticeships, and is a major supplier to other local businesses such as Airbus. You can support Bristol-based GKN workers by emailing the Business Secretary via my I’ve also written to Asda’s CEO voicing my concerns about their plans to pay non-salaried staff the bare minimum pension contribution and

decimate the death-in-service benefit. Hundreds of people across Bristol North West will be affected by these changes. And I backed the Protect Our NHS’s successful campaign to stop North Bristol NHS Trust transferring support staff to a private company and highlighted the unfair working practises at local restaurant chain, Aqua (where the company has been charging waiting staff a percentage of their table’s bills which they then use to pay the same employee’s wages). Legal or not, this is immoral and I’m seeing whether we need to get a change in the law to stop this happening in the future. Lastly, thanks to everyone who came along to my Henleaze and Westbury Park Café Politics event in early February. We packed out Café Arabica, who were great hosts. We had a wideranging discussion on housing, Brexit, the unfair pensions decisions for women born in the 1950s (the so-called WASPI Women), the immigration system, the NHS and lots more! My next coffee morning is at Stoke Bishop Village Hall on 3 March. You can find out more and sign-up at As ever, if you’d like to keep in touch with what I’m up to please sign up to my newsletter at or check out my Facebook Page (www.facebook. com/darrenjonesmp) or Twitter (www.twitter. com/darrenpjones). You can also tune in on Wednesday nights at 19:30 for my weekly Facebook Live from Westminster. And if you’d like to book an appointment at my local surgery, or want me to come to a local event, then please get in touch with my office.

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Start at last on campus site EXCITING news now that work has started on the demolition of the former Royal Mail sorting office next to Temple Meads, which has long been an eyesore at the gateway of our city. Contractors will spend the next three or four months making the site ready for demolition in early summer. This is to make way for the new University of Bristol Enterprise Campus, which will be one of the landmark developments in the regeneration of the Temple Quarter district. I also welcomed the announcement in February that we had been successful in two bids for funding for housing delivery in Southmead and Lockleaze, as part of the Government’s housing infrastructure fund. Bristol faces a huge demand for homes, so I am delighted that the Government has recognised this. The funding will play a part in helping us meet our ambitious target to deliver 2,000 new homes, including 800 affordable homes, per year by 2020. This £9.686 million investment will facilitate more than 1,000 new homes. We’ve managed to secure funding of £6.686m for the Unlocking Lockleaze Development project. This investment in sustainable transport infrastructure will support the delivery of more than 800 new

homes, helping us to create communities and not just houses. A further £3m will go to proposed Arnside and Glencoyne Square Regeneration. This funding will help build 300 new homes and provide improvements to the shopping area, green spaces and drainage systems. Bristol is benefiting from significant investment in its landscape and infrastructure. Even though in the long run this will have a positive impact on our communities, these ambitious plans can cause short term inconvenience. Unfortunately it is inevitable we will need roadworks to make these changes, so we have launched a new campaign to help ease the frustrations across the city.

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Baby Bank Network proves its worth IN just three years since the idea was born, the Baby Bank Network team of volunteers are helping over 50 families a month in Bristol with baby essentials they otherwise could not afford - and have celebrated their 1,000th referral. It was just weeks after its launch in the summer of 2015 that the group of volunteers had helped their first family with baby essentials, operating in a similar style to a foodbank. The 100% volunteer-run charity collects pre-loved baby essentials and gives them to families in need - this includes victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, refugees and homeless people as well as low income families. In order to reach those babies, the charity works with a range of referral partners including NextLink, Shelter and Home Start as well as midwives and health visitors across the city. Volunteers put in hundreds of hours a month at the Fishponds warehouse to check, clean and prepare packages which include cots, prams, baby clothes, toiletries and books ready for collection by referral partners, which then deliver them to families in need across the city. Baby Bank Network was started by mums Becky Gilbert and Eva Fernandes who noticed that there was nowhere in Bristol which offered this service. They quickly pulled together a team of volunteers - mostly mums on maternity leave - and set about gathering, preparing and

handing out baby essentials. At first it was helping a few families a month, quickly rising to the equivalent of one a day and is now exceeding that. Co-founder and Trustee Dr Becky Gilbert said: "It’s a humbling moment to step back and realise that what started as an idea has very quickly evolved into tangible support for families in need. It’s entirely thanks to the dedication and generosity of our volunteers and supporters that we’re able to help people in the way we do and for that we’re eternally grateful. Referral partner Amanda Bryant, from Unseen, a charity that helps victims of human trafficking, says that the packages that Baby Bank Network gives to the families they help are gratefully received. She said: "Most of our service users are single women with young children who are predominantly living in asylum seeking accommodation. “They're not in a position to work so are unable to improve their financial situation so it's been a real lifeline to find a charity that has such good quality second hand baby items that we are able to give the women at no cost to them." Baby Bank Network currently helps babies under the age of one but has ambitions to extend this to all under 5s. It is also exploring options to get its own van and volunteer driver so it can deliver the items to referral partners and help even more families.

Dr Gilbert added: “If there’s anyone out there who can help us with a van or delivery service, we’d love to hear from you. We’ve got plenty of families needing our help, plenty of items in the warehouse to give them

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Westerly Showband seeks community help WESTERLY Showband has started the year on a high note by issuing an exciting plan to increase its community involvement. Musical Director Chris Harris said: “The plan’s starting point was the general realisation that music has a beneficial effect on a range of physical, mental and social disorders. This applies particularly, but not exclusively to those experienced by older people. Another related major problem, probably due to the way that society has changed, is that of loneliness and isolation and it is mainly with this problem that the Band recognised it could play a part.” The plan is to stage a series of free concerts throughout the local area. At these concerts the Band will provide a programme of much loved musical favourites from days gone by that everyone will know and can quietly join in with. There will even be a HENLEAZE and Westbury Voice Interior’s columnist Zoe Hewitt is running a series of day-long Interior Design Masterclass at Harvey Nichols private dining room, starting on April 28. Local interior designer Zoe, from Stylemongers of Bristol, wants to share the design process to take the stress out of renovating for those doing it themselves. The sessions will encompass mind-mapping with marker pens on large sheets of paper, and playing with artists’ colour wheels and card game quizzes to learn about colour rules. After a three course lunch from award winning chef Louise McCrimmon,

few sing-along specials, not to mention a few “action” numbers where audience could sway, wave their arms, clap their hands and even perhaps dance a few steps! The singing will be led, as always, by the Band’s resident singer, Alexandra Denman, well

known for her contribution to light-opera, opera and musical comedy in the Bristol area. To make all this happen the band’s board is seeking help from local charities and community organisations to organise audience parties and get

them to the concerts. They are asking for help with providing or organising a church, hall or other suitable venue, free or at a reduced rent if possible, transport facilities, help with setting up the hall, ushering, providing or selling refreshments and fundraising. “You may be able to help in ways we haven’t thought of! If this is so we’d like to hear from you. Naturally an invitation is open to musicians or musical groups who wish to take part in some way,” added Chris. “We do know that there are people out there who recognise the needs of this particular group of people and would like to help in some way.” For further details see the website www.westerlyshowband. com To contact Chris Harris call 0117 956 1950, email

Harvey Nichols will host first interior design masterclass in April workshoppers will be able to browse paint, paper and fabric swatches, and cut images out of magazines to glue down to create a moodboard for their dream home. Zoe said: “I’ve been running interior design workshops for over a year now and every time I am blown away by the standard of mood boards produced, often by people who say they have no creative flair at all! It’s good fun getting hands on with the scissors

and glue sticks and we usually have quite a lot of laughter, especially when people find they have really opposing tastes. “A restaurant is probably not an obvious choice of venue for this but I’m really looking forward to doing it in such a glamorous setting.” For more information contact Zoë Hewett on 07974 544734 or email zoe@zoehewettinteriors.

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1 home. However, if you haven’t been taught this in class, then repeat last October’s pose (Urdvha Prasarita Padasana) with your legs up the wall. 1. Stack three or four (if you need more lift) blankets on top of your sticky mat. Place a bolster (or block) at the foot end of your blanket stack. Lie back on the blankets, placing your shoulders a couple of inches in from the edge of the blanket stack. Touch your fingers to the blanket edge and make sure there is an inch or two between your shoulders and the edge. 2. Then place your hands beside your hips along the blankets. If you are using a bolster, touch your hands to the bolster. 3. Roll your chest and torso off the floor. Swing your pelvis up over your shoulders. Bend your knees over your head. 4. Catch your back with your hands. Lift your trunk to vertical. Place your toes on the floor behind you. If your feet don't reach the floor (without bending your legs or

bending your spine), support them on a chair. Pull the elbows in toward each other (shoulder width apart). Pull your back up with your hands and straighten it. Work to absorb your spine into your back. Broaden the chest — roll your outer shoulders down and under. To align your upper arms and elbows level with your shoulders, loop a strap around your upper arms, just above your elbows. 5. Come into the pose one leg at a time, maintaining the lift of your rib cage as you do so. As you lift each leg toward the ceiling, extend them toward the ceiling to pull your torso up. To prevent your spine from sinking continue walking your hands down your back toward the shoulder blades so that you come up high on your shoulders. To come out, bend your knees, release your hands and roll slowly down to the floor; rest with your head on the same level as your shoulders. Drawings and posture text reproduced by kind permission of Bobby Clennell, a senior Iyengar teacher in New York who teaches biennial workshops at Yogawest.





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n NEWS BUSINESS people from all over the South West converged on Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol to celebrate Trailblazing Women. The brainchild of networking guru Philippa Constable, Trailblazing Women showcased the past 100 years of achievement, vision, and inspiration since women won the right to vote. “We are a local networking firm based in Bristol and we are celebrating our 10th anniversary,” said Philippa. Philippa runs two organisations - Women Mean Biz and We Mean Biz, which is for both men and women as she explained: “I was really frustrated with networking when I was doing it 10 years ago and I felt there wasn’t the right kind of support. It was male dominated, often at times of day that didn’t suit women, and I just started wishing about what I would want from a networking group. I set up in Weston initially and 40 people came to the first meeting. Since then networking groups have been set up in Whiteladies Road, Ashton Gate,


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Trailblazing Women: event marks 100 years of female achievement South Gloucestershire and the Bristol Central group meet at The Riverstation. “I think that today it is really important to honour where women have really come in the last 100 years. I think there’s something to celebrate and time to reflect on where we go from here in the world and the struggles we still face. “I’m hoping that the audience will come away feeling inspired, empowered, motivated and with a belief that if they can do it, so can I.” In the mid-19th century, women who wanted to watch proceedings in the House of Commons had to climb into a ventilation shaft in the ceiling and peer through the bars. The momentous events of 1918 changed that. A group of pioneers – driven by passion, vision and an

Philippa Constable and Helen Jay from Women Mean Biz unwavering commitment to equal rights – transformed the future of women in the UK. They sparked a wave of progress that continues today. Among the speakers at the event last month were historian Lucienne Boyce, CEO of Penny Brohn Laura Kerby, UWE’s Myra

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n ADVERTISING FEATURE APPROXIMATELY 3 million people in the UK have Type 2 Diabetes. More than one hundred thousand people are diagnosed with the condition each year and it is likely another million patients have yet to be discovered. Surgeons at Spire Bristol Hospital are stressing that surgery is a more effective treatment for Type II diabetes than conventional weight loss drugs or lifestyle changes. Consultant weight loss surgeons Mr Alan Osborne and Mr James Hewes share a weight loss clinic at Spire Bristol Hospital. We talked to them and its clear weight loss surgery is not just for people who have exhausted other means of losing unwanted weight. Mr Osborne, who was appointed as the first Hunterian Professor in diabetic surgery in 2012 by the Royal College of Surgeons and now practices at the South West’s largest private facility says, “I have been treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes through the NHS for years, but the rise in demand for weight loss surgery as a treatment for those diagnosed has seen me open up a private clinic here at Spire Bristol Hospital.” Diabetic surgery involves either a gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, which are all carried out within Bristol, with no need to travel any further. Each method assists patients by


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Start living life rather than just surviving it reducing their food intake. The procedures leave the patient feel full a lot quicker than normal and therefore lessening the food intake, but also beneficially it affects how your body uses insulin. Mr Hewes, who also practices at North Bristol NHS Trust based at Southmead Hospital, continues “…studies show that patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo weight loss surgery will have better blood glucose control than those treated with conventional diabetes management.” The criteria for this surgery is different to those seeking the common weight loss treatment and patients with type 2 diabetes, a BMI of at least 30kg/m2 and with risk factors for development of complications are suggested to go ahead with surgery. The operations were originally designed as

restrictive procedures but are now understood to alter the signalling mechanisms controlling appetite, satiety and glycaemic control. By tailoring their service specifically to the needs of the patient, the consultants working at Spire Bristol offer the best possible chance of success within a safe and clean private hospital. This month the hospital is hosting a weight loss and diabetes surgery information evening at the hospital. If you are considering weight loss surgery or believe you may benefit for diabetes surgery then please book onto the event. There will be a presentation from the surgeons on how weight loss surgery can help as well as input from the clinic’s dietician Mr Dafydd Wilson-Evans. You’ll have the chance to meet the specialists, ask questions and even book a complimentary mini consultation. To book your place on this even call 0117 980 4080 or email

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When New Wave Cinema came to Bristol: festival rewinds to the 1960s DO you remember when you shrank your jeans to fit by sitting in the bath, dreamed of being in a pop group, rode motorbikes, joined a youth club, caught Bristol’s green buses or danced to a local band called The Eagles playing ‘Bristol Express’? Some People, filmed entirely in Bristol and released in 1962, shows all these things and more. It’s a little-known case of how the ‘New Wave’ of British cinema, normally associated with black-and-white, gritty social realist films in northern settings, came westwards, and was defiantly filmed in Eastmancolor. Some People was about the work of the then new Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme in giving bored, restless teenagers constructive activities. But it defied expectations by being full of energy, with great music, fast action, and effortlessly good playing. The film’s director, Clive Donner, came from a background in film editing and in the early 1960s he worked for the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency and made commercials for television. This influence shows in Some People, particularly its punchy opening montage accompanied by a blousy, jazz theme. As well as the fresh outlook of the director, the film’s qualities can be attributed to the excellent performances of its young actors, particularly early roles for Ray Brooks (Johnnie),

David Hemmings (Bert), David Andrews (Bill), Angela Douglas (Terry) and Anneke Wills (Anne). Kenneth More plays Mr Smith, an enlightened volunteer choirmaster who allows them to practise as a would-be pop group in the church hall after they’ve been banned from riding their motorbikes. The film features many well-known Bristol locations including Christmas Steps, the Catholic Cathedral in Clifton, the Suspension Bridge and many others. We’re delighted that Anneke Wills will join us to celebrate Some People with a number of experts on fashion, music and the film’s locations. We’ll also hear from film a restorer who about what’s involved in preserving films like Some People that are in danger of deteriorating. As Bristol celebrates its recent UNESCO City of Film success, this event at Bristol Watershed on Saturday 24 March, 1pm 5pm, explores the ‘swinging’ city on screen in a day packed with sixties fun, fashion, music and colour. Tickets cost £4.50 which includes the film screening, panel discussion and refreshments. For further details and to register visit the Watershed website The screening and workshop are supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the University of Bristol in partnership with the Watershed.

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Pop-up cinema A DAY of Pop-up Cinema is planned for Saturday March 3 at St Alban’s Church Hall in Westbury Park, BS6 7NU. Singalong Frozen is screened at 4pm where the audience is invited to put your princess frock on and sing along at the top of your voice - "Let it go, let it go". Frozen is a film suitable for children and adults and tells of a prophecy that traps a kingdom in eternal winter. Anna must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find her sister Elsa, put an end to the icy spell and save the kingdom from destruction. There will be lots of yummy refreshments for adults and children during the event. Following on at 7.30pm, and fun for the over 15s, is legendary musical comedy, The Blues Brothers. We're on a mission from God! There are 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses. Join Jake and Elwood in St Alban's Church. Bring your friends and get ready for a fantastic ride. Plenty of posh popcorn and prosecco too! Tickets for Frozen (£5) and The Blues Brothers (£10) are available in Roundabout, North View and Flowers by Toogood's, Coldharbour Road or via Eventbrite.




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Horse trials challenge sets a target of £10,000 for Avon Riding Centre EVERY year a group of 50 ordinary riders get the experience of a lifetime when they are able to hack round the Badminton Estate immediately after the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials. It’s a chance to get close to the massive obstacles that have been challenging the world’s best Eventers just days before, realise how huge they are and be grateful they’re not allowed to jump them! The “happy hackers” ride on the beautiful estate, get a selfie in the iconic lake and have a fantastic day out with friends. Costing £50 per rider, in the past the event has raised around £2,500 for the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled in Henbury. That’s enough to pay for ten weeks of lessons for a group of 4 four disabled riders. However, the centre costs £365,000 to run each year, and receives no government funding, so this year, the event’s organisers are hoping to quadruple that target, and raise enough to fund an entire year’s lessons for a group of disabled riders: £10,000. The centre is asking everyone who comes on the ride to help, by fundraising £200 on its behalf in the months before and after

the ride. Suppliers such as NAF and Toggi have donated some brilliant equestrian prizes for the person who raises the largest amount, so everyone’s a winner! “We’re really grateful to our President, His Grace the Duke of Beaufort for his support and for allowing us to give people this amazing opportunity,” said

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n NEWS A MUSIC and auction night to raise money to build a new classroom for pupils in Zimbabwe will take place on Saturday March 10 at Redland Parish Halls. The star attraction is the Zimbabwean mbira player Chartwell Dutiro – who is a favourite at World music festivals across the globe – check him out on YouTube for instance watch?v=AZlfsm5yrJk. The event is jointly organised by Trevor Thompson and Simon Bright, a Zimbabwean with longstanding links to the area. Trevor Thompson says: “Come and share the love in the amazing new space at Redland Parish Halls. “It’s a time of hope for Zimbabwe after decades of heart-breaking underinvestment. In partnership with Rotary Club (here and in Zim) we are building a new classroom for Boroma Primary School in beautiful Masvingo Province. Boroma educates 800 pupils on less than $1 a day per person,

Playing a song of hope for Zimbabwe with one computer and too few classrooms.” Simon Bright made a return visit with his wife Ingrid and friends Trevor and Liz Thompson to Boroma school last year. He found the teachers still being creative by making teaching aids out of cardboard, plus an active parent teacher committee who asked for help with materials to complete a classroom and bring in computers. The numbers of children at the school have exploded because Boroma is one of the few primary schools in the area and now teachers are taking turns to teach outside because there are not enough classrooms. Simon says: “Encouraged by Mugabe’s removal from power in Zimbabwe, we wish to invest in the future by helping with education. Our plan is to raise at least £5,000 to support the community to build their own classroom and we have found a charity that will install

Writer Will Self to host fundraiser and auction in aid of addiction rehab centre HENLEAZE and Westbury residents are invited to a fundraiser and auction that will make a difference to the lives of real men, right here in Bristol. Chandos House in Redland, a residential treatment centre for addiction, is on a critical fundraising mission in order to continue saving the lives of men suffering from substance and alcohol addiction. In support of this, the centre is organising a fundraising event on Wednesday 28 March at Boston Tea Party on Park Street, from 6:30 – 9:30pm. During the evening, writer and comic Will Self will be reading and discussing his writings, which relate to the subject of addiction and recovery. There will also be the opportunity to meet Will and former Chandos House residents will share their stories of how

their time at Chandos changed their lives as well. An auction will take place during the evening which will include signed artworks from some of Bristol’s most cherished artists, such as Nick Park, Inkie and Alex Lucas and signed books from Stephen Fry, Grayson Perry and Eric Clapton. Chandos House Art Therapist Kate Guscott said: “Let’s come together and support people at their most needy moment, and in turn transform their lives, our communities and, the very fabric of our society.” All ticket sales and funds raised will go to Chandos House, which is Bristol’s last remaining rehab centre. For tickets see Eventbrite: https://

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reconditioned computers into this rural school, (including software and training) for £50 per computer. We are also looking into a cultural programme to stimulate the playing of the traditional Mbira thumb piano, starting them young at Boroma Primary.” The event will have live Jazz with Round Midnight, a Mbira performance with Zimbabwean, Chartwell Dutiro, dancing to African Grooves, plus a cash bar and snacks. You can view and bid here on some very funky promises for the auction online and on the night (e.g. silver ringmaking workshop, dinner for two at Lido, Twitter lessons, Pembrokeshire cottage, architect visit to your house, socks knitted to measure). If you have an auction idea, contact Trevor as soon as possible at trevor. There is no formal charge,

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ORGANISERS of local walking groups and walking events are invited to step forward and sign up to the city’s hugely popular, annual walking festival - the Bristol Walk Fest, a celebration of walking and walks throughout the city in May. “We’d like to see anyone involved in local walking groups,

events and initiatives to come forward and join this year’s Walk Fest.” says Karen Lloyd, Active Ageing Bristol Manager. “It would be fantastic if together, we could offer a full programme of walks every day of the festival, from early-bird morning dawn chorus walks to lunchtime power walks for city

centre workers and afternoon hikes across The Downs and even, evening rambles.” One local walk is ‘Ups and Downs in the Avon Gorge’ on Sunday 6 May, 9.45am 12.45pm. It’s an epic stroll to discover the wildlife, history and geology of the Avon Gorge and Downs starting at Seawalls,

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Music for Lent BRISTOL Chamber Choir, conducted by Gordon Pullin, present The Resurrection and the Life. English Music for Lent from the 17th to the 20th centuries, featuring Robert Lucas Pearsall: Requiem, William Croft and Henry Purcell: The Burial Sentences, John Sanders: The Reproaches. Sunday 18 March, 3pm at Christ Church, Broad Street, Bristol BS1 2EJ. Tickets £10, students and children free. www.bristolchamberchoir. / 07342 954249

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n WHAT’S ON IN OUR AREA March 3 n A Come and Sing Workshop of Faure's Requiem will be held at Redland Hall, Redmaids' High School on Saturday 03 March. The Workshop will be followed by an informal performance with a collection for charity at the end. Matthew Bale will be the Musical Director with Nigel Davies providing organ accompaniment. For details on how to participate please contact Sarah Hunter by email : or mobile 07870 208789. March 7 n Henleaze Garden Club – Spectacular Containers Sue Fisher. Sue will describe a wealth of plants that can be used to create beautiful containers for every season. Main Hall, St Monica’s Trust, Cote Lane. 7pm for 7.30 start. Visitors welcome (£5, inc refreshments). Details: www. March 8 n All Saints Clifton, Thursday, March 8 at 7pm, world premiere of major new choral work celebrating the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the original Victorian church. The River of Life

is a new cantata by Anglican priest Julie Nicholson and John Marsh, director of music at Bristol’s Lord Mayor’s Chapel. Admission free by ticket from Parish Office at All Saints Church, Pembroke Road, open Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 2pm, or call 0117 974 1355. March 10 n Bristol Choral Society, joined by the Bristol Youth Choir will perform Carl Orff's well known Carmina Burana cantata at the Colston Hall, 7.30pm. Also Bob Chilcott's Songs and Cries of London Town. An evening of Medieval and Metropolitan merrymaking. More details at http://www.bristolchoral. March 12 n Suffragettes of Bristol and Bath: re thinking militancy" a Talk by Professor June Hannam of UWE will be given for the Westbury on Trym Society Open meeting on Monday March 12th at Westbury Village Hall. Doors open 7.15 pm Talk starts at approx 7.45 pm £3.00 members and £4.00 guests March 13 n Great Western Society Bristol

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Group Meeting, March 13: 'The Great Way Round – Paddington to Penzance via Bristol & Plymouth Millbay’ presented by Terry Nicholls. BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL, BS34 7RG, 7:30 for 7:45 pm. Open to all and there is no admission charge, suggested donation of £3 for expenses is appreciated. Contact: Dave Winter 01454 324230. March 17 n Bristol Cathedral Choir School Choral Society Concert on Saturday 17 March 2018 at 7.30pm at Henleaze URC (Waterford Road). Programme includes Haydn 'Spring' from 'The Seasons' and Schubert 'Mass in G'. 17 March at 19:3021:00. Contact Christina May at March 17 n Pastel art day at the New Brunswick United Reform Church BS10 6DY, 17th March, 10-30 am - 4-30 pm. Home cooked lunch, wine, tea-coffee, demo + workshop, friendly guidance all levels welcome, price £39. Contact Chris, or tel 01173294416.


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March 22 n Avon Organic Group. The local group for everyone interested in organic growing and organic foods. This month local expert Tim Foster joins us to talk about growing under glass and in polytunnels. Thursday, 22nd March 2018, 7pm – 9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street,

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED Bristol. BS1 2AG. All welcome. Visitors £5 / AOG Members £2. / March 24 n Henbury Singers Spring Concert - 7.30pm on 24th March 2018 in support of Crohns and Colitis Bristol at Trinity-Henleaze URC. Programme includes SCHUBERT’S MASS IN C & PERGOLESI’S MAGNIFICAT. Tickets £10/8/5 tel: 0117 973 4794 or on the door. March 24 n The next meeting of the South Western Branch of the Elgar Society will be held on Sat. 24th March at 2.15pm at the Bristol Music Club, 76, St. Paul's Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LP. The speaker will be Dr. Donald Hunt, the distinguished Elgar scholar who will be talking about the influence the composer has had on his life. Visitors pay £3.00 which include refreshments. For more information please contact Doug Smith - Tel. 0117 9673480 or email April 14 n Bristol Cabot Choir Concert – Clifton Cathedral - Gabriel Fauré Requiem & JS Bach Jesu meine Freude. Conductor: Rebecca Holdeman. Tickets: £15/£5 NUS card/under 18s from www.opus13. ✆ 0117 9230164/0117 9626521. Supporting Bristol Off the Record.


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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 7.15pmthese 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@gmail. com




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 is for those who enjoy the arts and welcomes new members. Activities include monthly lectures by specialists in their field, at 8pm in University of Bristol School of Chemistry, BS8 1TS . More information on our website www. 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@ n The Arts Society Bristol is for those who enjoy the arts and welcomes new members. Activities include monthly lectures by specialists in their field, at 8pm in University of Bristol School of Chemistry, BS8 1TS . More information on our website www. n Bristol Bridge Club - Come and play, there are daily bridge sessions for experienced and less experienced players. Try a free taster session on a Monday afternoon or evening and Wednesday afternoon. Phone the club before coming, Tel.0117 929 1846 or www.

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.

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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED 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. n We are Westbury Folk – Folk/ Country Dancing. We meet at The College in College Road, Westbury on Trym. We meet on Tuesdays, 1 – 3 pm to have fun, get some exercise and, of course, stop for a cup of tea. All dances are called first. Ffi call Christine on 0117 9622223.

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 In Step Widows and Widowers Club meets weekly from 8-10pm at Stoke Bishop Village Hall. Call

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9628895 orDonna on 01275 832676 for details. n St Peter's Ladies Guild meets in the hall, The Drive, Henleaze at 2pm on the third Wednesday of the month. Speakers, refreshments, outings. Contact 9628895 for more information. n Physio Yoga at Avon Riding Centre opposite Blaise Castle, Wednesdays 7-8pm, £10-12. Email for more information. 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 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 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

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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. January 3rd meeting will be looking at this year's resolutions shortlist, plus there will be a quiz. February meeting has Jackie Franklin coming to speak on being a Foster Carer for over 30 years, fostering over 100 children, plus was on the Adoption Panel. It’s sure to be a very interesting meeting. Email or see website www.westburyparkwi.



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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


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n WHAT'S ON CONTINUED 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 Shared Reading Westbury Library. We read aloud a short story and a poem pausing for discussion. You sit back, relax, enjoy or you can read or share your ideas. Thursday 11 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. It's free, all welcome. Drop in or contact Christine Betts 07967 332821 for more information. 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 (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 Does local history give you a buzz? West Bristol History Group have some fantastic talks coming up in the next few months: Thurs Jan 11, Helen Thomas on Bedminster tobacco women Thurs Feb 8, Abbie Edbrooke on the 148 year history of Clevedon Pier Thurs Mar 8, Garry Atterton on the causes and consequences of the Bristol Riots 1831 Where? The Friends’ Meeting House, Hampton Road, BS6 6JE at 7.30pm. Non-members £2. Membership only £10 a year. A warm welcome awaits. Contact: Pat Walker 07790 172451 or 0117 962


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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 :

n The Bristol Astronomical Society host astronomical talks and activities each week. We provide free Saturday observing at our observatory in Failand and often hold Star Parties in and around Bristol. Friday evening talks are held at 7pm at Bristol Photographic Society, Montpelier, BS6 5EE. See website for details: www. February events: 2nd - Talks from members, 9th - Talk: The Herschels (the West's most famous astronomers), 16th Telescope building and engineering, 23rd - AGM and Member talks.

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.

Become an important member of our sociable and friendly local cricket club this summer BRISTOL YMCA Cricket Club based in Golden Hill Sports & Social Club on Wimbledon Road in Henleaze are seeking a local person to assist with the important groundman’s duties in the lead up to and during the summer ahead. As one of the Bristol’s biggest cricket clubs, the ‘YM’ boasts a massive community based membership that would make any newcomer feel very welcome and ensure they would enjoy a sociable, friendly and rewarding experience. The volunteer will work in partnership with Tom, the club’s senior groundsman, to help with the vital task of preparing the cricket squares and outfield in readiness for the adult and junior season that take place on evenings/weekends between AprilSeptember. Whoever accepts the role is under no obligation and can contribute to as many hours as he/she chooses. However, being available for the majority of Saturdays during the season would be a major bonus. No formal qualification or experience is necessary although an interest in gardening and machinery maintenance and a love of fresh air would be very useful. Contact Tom on 0117 3160200 or email tjmilsom60@hotmail. com for further details.

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n HEALTH ADVICE dust mites, fur, certain foods and other environmental triggers can all make it worse.

ONE in five children in the UK suffer from the misery of eczema, a chronic itchy skin condition which can get worse in cold weather. Bristol Community Health’s Dermatology team leader Lynne Skrine gives some advice to help you soothe your little one’s skin. Eczema is a long-term condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. Childhood eczema affects around one in five children and the most common type is atopic eczema. This can run in families and often occurs alongside other conditions, such as asthma and hay fever. Allergies to

Treatment Atopic eczema tends to clear up as a child grows older. In just over half of cases, atopic eczema clears up by the time a child reaches 11 years of age. The most common treatments are: • Topical emollients – special moisturisers which come as ointments, creams, lotions, gels and sprays to be left on the skin. • Topical steroid treatments to reduce the redness and soreness. Seek advice from your pharmacist or GP on the safest way to use these medicines. •Avoidance of allergens, including dust, fur and food. Foods should not be excluded without advice from your doctor or a dietician. Supporting a child with eczema • Treat eczema early. The more severe it becomes, the more difficult it is to control. • Moisturise your child’s skin two to three times daily. • Wash with a soap substitute instead of soap and avoid bubble

baths, shower gels, wet wipes and shampooing hair in the bath. • Try to discourage your child from scratching as this can make the eczema worse, Make sure your child’s fingernails are kept clean and short. •D  ress your child in comfortable clothes made of cotton and avoid wool next to the skin. • Wash bedding at 60 degrees to kill house dust mites and always rinse well. •A  void pets where there is an obvious allergy. • S eek advice from a GP if you suspect a food allergy. •U  se non-bio washing powder or liquid, and avoid fabric conditioner because of the perfume which can irritate the skin. •Wash fluffy toys regularly or put in a freezer bag and put in the freezer

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Travellers In The Third Reich: The Rise of Fascism Through The Eyes Of Everyday People julia Boyd (2017) This fascinating book is a real eyeopener. It challenges many latent myths about the rise of fascism in Germany, through the letters and diaries of tourists, artists, manual labourers, businessmen, sports people, diplomats and students. It may surprise younger readers to know that tourism continued into Germany up until the very eve of war, such was the depth of affection foreign visitors held for German culture, its landscapes and its people. Visitors kept arriving, especially from Britain and America, and they were overwhelmingly welcomed with open arms regardless of the colour of their skin.

This expertly researched book demolishes the idea that German people were hell-bent on war: in fact, they were just as fearful of it as was the rest of Europe, and as time has told, had just as much to lose. Boyd skilfully unpicks the years of Hitler’s ascent, conveying a highly relatable picture of not just a wounded country intoxicated by both new found hope and numbing denial, but also of European leaders at great pains to reinforce this by believing Hitler’s claims of being a man of peace, and trusting that the Nazis would ‘calm down’ once they had reclaimed their lost lands. The wholesale re-organisation of Germany; from its laws, institutions and workplaces right down party-organised holidays and compulsory social and charitable activities, appeared at the time to have an ‘up side’; keeping Bolshevism at bay. The latent anti-Semitism which existed across Europe allowed many to be blinded to the growing warning signs of the true cost of this apparent security. The book shows how Hitler manipulated and exploited this existing prejudice against Jews and expand it to apply to many others – food for thought today. While this is the history with a big ‘H’ behind this book, the book itself moves chronologically, telling a multitude of small personal stories and anecdotes that fill in the history; overhearing a hushed conversation here, a University lecturer vanishing there, a neighbour coming home beaten, a creeping sense of isolation from the world, the compulsory flag waving at ever more

theatrical and intoxicating parades. Every area of life was affected, and this book presents the very human difficulty that many ordinary Germans faced: starving and humiliated after the First World War, they were desperate to believe in some of the undeniable improvements of the Reich. To read this book is to experience a slow-motion heartbreak, but it is also very enlightening and human. It is easy for the ‘victors’ to create history to their liking, to distance themselves and put any horrors down to ‘them’ and ‘what they are like’. But this book shows in a new and deeply personal light just how deep a wound the inevitable war has created. The resulting long-lasting divisions and false perceptions of ‘difference’ haunt us still. It is very moving to reflect on how, still just tangibly within living memory, a warm mutual affection bloomed, and was only eventually, unwillingly, wrenched away.

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

Clearing the fog WELL we cannot actually clear fog, that requires divine intervention. However if the ‘fog’ is coming from your glasses lenses needing a jolly good clean then we can help! So to our tips for cleaning your glasses, or indeed other high performance optics such as cameras and even mobile phone screens. Using a tissue, paper towel or other paper based product is really not recommended. These are not a kind or gentle way to treat your sophisticated optics. Why you may ask… but tissues are everywhere, particularly this time of year! Well, would you use a piece of wood to clean your optical devices? Paper tissues are after all made from wood pulp, which is I agree a refined, broken down and

chemically treated form of wood, but it’s still wood. Of sorts. The European Tissue Symposium has previously noted (yes they really exist, and have a fascinating website if you want to read more about paper based tissues) that each of us uses around 200 paper tissues per year for extras including wound cleaning, hand or face wiping and cleaning spectacles! At Turners Opticians our latest lenses are clearer from the inside out. Using sophisticated materials we provide you lenses with a special surface that is designed to be non stick. Particles cannot easily cling to this super slippery surface

on your glasses so they form mini spots which in turn makes them easier to wipe away. Quite clever really and something you do not often see! So having admonished the use of trees for cleaning your glasses just what can you use? Well for more years than I can remember we have given you a free high tech microfibre cleaning cloth with your new glasses. This is not just because the colour nicely matches your case, but because the technology is very effective. Your Turners microfibre cloths is, as the name suggests, made of many, many small fibres. This means that rather than using a

cotton shirt (not recommended either by the way) with large fibres your super fine cloth does much more cleaning with each wipe. The micro fibres mean that there's no escape for even the smallest particles on your glasses or optical devices. It really is many hands (fibres) making light work. Just go easy if you have medium to heavy soiling on your glasses - carefully rinse with water before wiping please! Of course to get the best from your new glasses you also need an accurate prescription. To book an extended eye exam for yourself or your family, please call 0117 962 2474 or 0117 965 4434. You can also book an appointment via our website, or you are very welcome to pop in to our practices in Henleaze or Fishponds and say Hi! We look forward to seeing you soon!


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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A fabulous 4-bedroom 1930's detached family home with a centrepiece spacious open plan kitchen/breakfast room with uPVC aluminium bi-fold double patio doors that open onto a good size rear garden. The very tastefully modernised and extended house provides nearly 1700 sq/ft of family orientated accommodation and enjoys a central location in Stoke Bishop village area. EPC – D

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We are very pleased to offer this stunning, 3 bedroom character cottage set in a row of six, on a quiet backroad in the heart of Westbury-On-Trym. The property is unique with accommodation over three floors and stunning elevated views. The property is accessed down a lane with an historic listed wall to your right-hand side and 3 Bellevue Cottages is to your left. EPC – E


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Westbury on Trym £695,000

Attractive, spacious and sympathetically refurbished in a contemporary style this three double-bedroom 1930's semi-detached house with West facing garden is situated in a convenient location within a few minutes’ walk of Westbury village and Henleaze High Street. Offering a fantastic balance of accommodation with a layout completely different to typical 1930's semis the house is ideally suited to young families wishing to locate in this highly desirable position. EPC - D

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We are delighted to offer this fabulously presented 1930’s 4 bedroom detached family house located on this popular fairway and is very centrally positioned for many local shops and extensive amenities. The house is conveniently a short walk from the centre of Westbury village, Canford Park, Blaise Castle Estate and Henbury Golf Club. The house is also well positioned for local schools including Westbury on Trym Academy, St Ursula's Academy for Primary education and then The Bristol Free School for Secondary Education. EPC – E

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n PROPERTY OF THE MONTH Farrier Cottage 4 College Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3EH £340,000 Set in the heart of Westbury-on-Trym is this attractive two bedroom cottage, positioned approximately 0.1 miles from the prestigious and well regarded Westbury-on-Trym Academy School. To the ground floor is a spacious, open plan sitting/dining room with dual aspect windows leading to the fitted kitchen with side access to the front of the property.

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IF you are not a regular user of Bristol’s Redland railway station, chances are you will have no idea that the old ticket building on the platform is the unexpected home of upholstery duo Hamilton & Hodson. Nicky and Erica, as they are also known, have created a delightful studio inside the old waiting room where they lay out rolls of material along the original bench seats. The long, narrow building lends itself very well to the different stages of upholstery work, as simply by closing the doors between each section of the space, sawdust and varnish are safely isolated from their beautiful selection of finishing-touch fabrics and trims. There is something appropriate about the train building that suits the hands-on activities going on inside, of making and repairing tangible things with a variety of tools. Upholstery is an old skill, and a great way to prolong the life of an item of furniture, so it is almost unsurprising that Nicky once reupholstered a Queen Anne wing arm chair from 1710. If you have an heirloom piece that needs reviving, or fancy giving upholstery a try, Hamilton & Hodson can help as alongside their services they run evening classes and one day workshops. Check out their site for more details: http://


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Henleaze & Westbury Voice March 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.

Henleaze & Westbury Voice March 2018  

Local newspaper filled with news, views and advertising for local people and businesses in Henleaze & Westbury-On-Trym.