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For the residents of Filwood, and parts of

Knowle & Windmill Hill


Major changes at The Mede Centre unveils its new name – with more to come


New primary school announced

The former City of Bristol College site on Marksbury Road will be redeveloped this year

Youth project targeted in fire attack The future of free-running at The Park is in jeopardy

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Rachel Clarke This issue marks the end of my third year as your Editor - how fast time flies! As I look back over the last fifteen editions of the Knowledge I’m struck by how much has changed for the better. Issue 44 - my first - had a giant advert for the Knowle West Regeneration Plan consultations plastered across the back - just a few issues later we’re seeing those plans being realised. Issue 44 also contained an article about the problem of street drinking on Melvin Square - we’re now in the sixth month of the ‘No Public Drinking Zone’ for Filwood. It’s also encouraging to see how many good things have continued. We’ve seen The Park celebrate its 10th anniversary (Issue 44) and go on to become an independent organisation, turn-out improve between the mayoral referendum and election (Issues 53 and 54), new volunteers join the Knowledge team as reporters, and crime statistics reduce (see p.4). September saw the first meeting of the Knowle West Together group - a regular gathering of local organisations. The group will be exploring ways to work together to achieve the aims of the regeneration plan for Knowle West. I’m really looking forward to our next meeting and keeping you all up to date with what’s happening. Do keep attending the Neighbourhood Forums too - let us know how we can all help to improve the area! As always, you can send your articles and letters to me by e-mail ( or by calling 0117 903 0444. Contact Sue Mackinnon if you’re interested in becoming a community reporter (sue@ Keep in touch!

By Stride Treglown

Bristol City Council and Knightstone Housing have submitted a planning application to the Council to improve public open space and provide a new residential development within the Kingswear Road, Torpoint Road and Haldon Close areas. The planning application seeks full planning permission for 71 new homes at Torpoint Road, to be built by Knightstone Housing, as well as permission for improvements to the central public open space, to be carried out by Bristol City Council. Plans for the public open space include new areas of play for children, seating, an accessible picnic area, new and improved pathways, and a general tidy of the flora and fauna, with new wildflower planting and fruit trees. Outline planning permission is sought for 60 new homes split between land to the west of Haldon Close and land uphill of Kingswear Road. You can view and comment on the proposals on the Council’s website at planning-and-building-regulations. The application number to search for is 13/04196/F. Knightstone Housing has also notified the Council of the intention to demolish the five vacant blocks of flats on Torpoint Road at the start of November, ready for redevelopment to begin at the start of 2014.

The newly named and refurbished Inns Court Centre will be launched in December – and is looking for volunteers to help take it forward. Formerly known as The Mede Community and Learning Centre, the building was first opened in July 1998. Surviving the threat of closure after its annual funding was withdrawn in 2011 – the centre is an example of what can be achieved if the community is behind it. Former Chair of Trustees for five years and Vicar of Holy Cross and St Barnabas Churches, the Rev Alister Palmer says: “The issue is, how do you reinvent yourself without mainstream funding…We are shifting from a reliance on staff to a reliance on volunteers…” A new Day Nursery and playground will accommodate 48 children aged two to three. There will also be a refurbished café complete with Internet access open six days a week. The Centre is currently in talks with a Dance and Performing Arts School to provide classes for under 15s on Saturday afternoons. Other improvements will include an increased number of meeting rooms and a new ‘welcome desk’ as people enter the building. Mr Palmer says of the new Centre: “I think it’s got a rosy future… We want people to engage with it, there are lots of opportunities. It’s dependent on the community to make it happen.” Anyone who would like to get involved and volunteer should pop in to the Inns Court Centre in Marshall Walk or ring 0117 904 1220. For the full story visit

Next issue Copy deadline: 18th November Newsletter delivered from 9th December

Artist’s impression of new homes along Torpoint Road, overlooking a public open space. Image: Stride Treglown


The Inns Court Centre. Photo and cover photo: Carrie Pickford. Cover shows Ted, Bernie, Lord Mayor of Bristol Faruk Choudhury, and Karron.

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News Neighbourhood rallies to save Kwads By Jennifer Stevenson

The community response to the threat of closure to Kwads, which looked possible at the beginning of summer, has been overwhelming. Past and present clients of Knowle West’s support service for families of drug and alcohol users have been contributing to a fighting fund. By the beginning of September the total of donations was £1,426. “We’ve always been aware how much our clients value our services,” says Senior Support Worker Darren McEvoy. “The fact that they’ve given us £10 or £20, or sometimes as much as £250, is a fantastic demonstration of how important they feel Kwads has been to them.”


By Community Reporter Kasia Guzowska

second arson attack this summer at The Park centre in Knowle has caused damage to outdoor equipment worth £60,000. Firefighters were called to the blaze in Daventry Road on Sunday 18 August, after a teenager noticed thick smoke rising from the grounds around 5.15pm. ‘Free running’ equipment installed last year was destroyed - with the incident coming a month after an attack to the same facility. Deputy Director of Operations at The Park, Emma Hinton, said: “Total costs of damage are still up in the air, so we are still waiting for an amount, but at the moment we know it’ll be significant. Staff at the centre are absolutely devastated that a minority is ruining something so well used by the community. We had young people travelling from as far as London to use it, as it is the biggest in the South West…” She said they were currently waiting on replies from funders, as claiming damage off their insurers would raise their premium. Ms Hinton added: “We are trying to find other ways of raising the money as we want this fantastic resource to be up and running as soon as possible.” A spokesperson from Avon and Somerset Police said enquiries had established ‘the fire was started deliberately using an accelerant’. He said: “… So far no one has been arrested in connection with the fire and we would appeal to anyone with information about the fire to contact us on 101 quoting 81631/13.”

At the same time charitable trusts and other supporters have committed substantial sums - more than £20,000 in the first instance. And the leaders of Kwads are looking at strategic partnerships with other organisations which could help secure the future of the kind of personal, long-term support that Kwads can offer. If you need support from Kwads, or if you can help the organisation in any way, contact 0117 953 3870 or

Could you welcome a child into your home?

Primary school to be built on former college site

Bristol City Council is urgently looking for more foster carers and adopters, as there are increased numbers of children in care in the city. Can you help? They are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who can care for older children, disabled children, siblings and black and mixed heritage children. Fostering is caring for someone else’s child in your own home. Adoption is a way of providing a new permanent family for children who cannot be brought up by their own family members. The Council welcomes applicants from all walks of life: you don’t need to be married, own your own home or be under 40 to adopt or foster. To find out more contact the Council on 0117 353 4200 or visit

Plans for a new 420-pupil school to serve the Windmill Hill area were unveiled last month. The primary school will be run as a new academy on the site of the former City of Bristol College, Marksbury Road, and is part of a local regeneration project being led in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The project includes a new health centre, mix of homes and employment space. The former college will be completely replaced to allow for a landmark building for the area. The planning application can be found at

Small grant support for local groups The Filwood Small Grants panel met in September and awarded grants to the following groups and organisations:

• Broad Plain: safety barriers • Knowle West Area Development Forum: events publicity materials • Filwood Dance Club: Christmas meal/celebrations • Wednesday Club: Christmas meal/ celebrations • The Mede Centre: reception desk and decorating materials • Kids Company: PC and software For more details contact Anita Pearce on 0117 908 4248.

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Thanks to: the Newsletter Steering Group (Ann Smith, Ken Jones, Denise Britt), Neighbourhood Partnership (Anita Pearce, Kurt James) and Knowle West Media Centre (Rachel Clarke - Editor, Bart Blazejewski Designer, Sue Mackinnon - Community Journalism). All articles express the views of individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Neighbourhood Management, Steering Group or KWMC.

An editor’s anniversary

Inn’s Court Centre to launch in December

Plans submitted for Torpoint Road redevelopment

Arson attack at The Park causes thousands in damage


Safe and sound

Local crime - do you really know your neighbourhood? How much do you know about crime and community safety in Knowle West? Try the quiz, based on figures from April 2012 to March 2013:

2) How many vehicles were reported stolen? a) 30 b) 50 c) 70

1) a – 1. Less than one house burglary was reported per week over the year, a reduction of more than a third on the previous year. You and your neighbours are making houses more secure and protecting belongings. Make sure your valuables are registered with Immobilise (www. If your belongings are stolen they can be traced back to you.

3) How many vehicles had property reported stolen from them each week? a) 1 b) 10 c) 21

2) a – 30. Roughly 30 vehicles were reported stolen, a reduction of one third on the previous year. This is about the same as Knowle and less than Windmill Hill.

4) On average, how many incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) such as noise nuisance and rowdy behaviour were reported each day? a) 2 b) 3 c) 11

3) a – 1. Less than one vehicle per week had property reported stolen per week over the year, a reduction of more than a third on the previous year in an area where over 12,000 people live. The number of deliberate vehicle fires in the area has also continued to fall over the last few years.

1) How many house burglaries were reported each week (on average)? a) 1 b) 5 c) 10

5) In the last three years has crime gone up or down in the policing area (Filwood, Knowle, Windmill Hill, Hengrove, Stockwood, Brislington & St Annes)? a) up b) down c) stayed the same

4) b – less than three calls were made per day to report ASB, a reduction of 11% from last year. Although not recorded as crime, these include anything that causes alarm, harassment or distress to the public. Overall levels of reported ASB in this area are falling.

Report crime and ASB • to report an emergency always call 999 (e.g. if someone is acting in a violent or threatening way towards you or your property) • for all non-emergencies call 101 or report using the Police website • to report noise nuisance call Bristol City Council on 0117 922 2500 or report anti-social behaviour online at To contact your local Neighbourhood Police team call 101 or go to the Police website. To contact Safer Bristol and speak to Lloyd Allen call 0117 914 2205 / 07825 315628 or email:

German photojournalists visit Knowle West By Community Reporter George Hassan Nine photojournalists from Hannover in Germany visited Knowle West in July to take pictures for an exhibition celebrating 65 years of twinning with Bristol. The visit to the area was part of a week-long trip to photograph and experience Bristol. Their pictures will be used in exhibitions in both cities next year. Staff from Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) showed the group around the area. Highlights included visting the bread-makers at Knowle West Health Park café and Andy’s Little Haven at The Park in Daventry Road, where the visitors saw local produce being grown and some of the livestock – including Kurk the turkey. Group member Eva Burcherd said of the area: “There is a vivid cultural scene in Knowle West. We especially loved photographing Andy’s Haven nursery.” She said Bristol was ‘far more multicultural than Hannover’ – they had found people ‘very friendly and openminded’ and loved the contrast between the old and new buildings. Further information on the Bristol/ Hannover twinning is available at:

5) b - overall crime has gone down. There are roughly 25% fewer crimes than three years ago. In Bristol as a whole, crime levels are at their lowest for 12 years and half the level of 2001-2002. Whilst levels of crime and disorder continue to fall in your area, please remember to report, and keep your property safe. Have you been a victim of crime or anti-social behaviour? Don’t tolerate it, report it! Data taken from live Police systems, the 2013 Safer Bristol strategic assessment and the 2012 Bristol Quality of Life survey.

@knowlewestmedia: Knowle West singer @makalacheung has released ‘Bristol Beat’ - a song all about our city

By Pippa Robinson

Visitors from Hannover and staff from Knowle West Media Centre.


Mums invited to share their stories

Arts and sport

Local arts project ‘The Mother in the Mother’ launched its website on 8th October with an event at Knowle West Media Centre. Mothers from across Knowle West attended with their young children and took part in creative activities and discussions. The project explores how behaviours, values and other aspects of our human experience are passed down – or challenged – through the generations. Read the stories and upload your own at www. We’re keen to hear from local mums who would like to share their stories. Was your mother present or absent as you were growing up? Do you think things were easier for mothers of your mum’s generation than they are today? Do you feel that the way you were brought up affects the way you mother your own children? Why not write 150 words on ‘My mother, me, my children’ and send it to me by 18th November. E-mail or post it to Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, and I’ll collect it from there. You could see your story published in the next edition of The Knowledge!

Sports organisation wins international recognition By Community Reporter Rebeca Castineira A Knowle West company that uses sports to increase job opportunities has won a string of awards in the past few months – as well as international acclaim. Staff from 2nd Chance Project, based at The Park in Daventry Road, have just returned from Philadelphia in America where they were a finalist for the Beyond Sports Awards. This award is international recognition for companies working for social change through sport. Director James Mapstone explains: “We were a finalist in the category of ‘Sports for Conflict Resolution’ for our work in prisons. It seems that we are getting recognition for the hard work we’ve done.” The company also launched their ‘Beyond the Bars’ initiative in America and are now trying to expand this model in 100 prisons worldwide.

@NForumFilwood: Keep the banner flying Knowle West says NO to dog fouling!

In July the company also won Bristol Post ‘Training Provider of the Year’ Award which Mr Mapstone feels is ‘because as a small training provider we are passionate about the progression of young people.’ And he says: “We are also proud that one of our employers, Access Sport, won Small Employer of the Year and one of our apprentices, Montell Ferguson, was a finalist for Apprentice of the Year.” The team has been working since 2008 with offenders and isolated communities, people who Mr Mapstone explains ‘may not traditionally have been seen as employable’. He says: “But we are helping them to find an opportunity and our progression rate into employment is higher than the national rate. This is one of the things that helped us to win the Training Provider award.”

At the Bristol Post awards. L-R: Montell Ferguson, Becca Owen (Access Sport), Maggy Blagrove and James Mapstone. Photo: James Mapstone.


Community bids farewell to local vicar

Success stories


By Sue Mackinnon

Knowle West wildlife haven filmed by BBC By Community Reporter Kasia Guzowska

Knowle West’s Andy Moseley was recently the star of the BBC’s “Urban Jungle” programme for his work in the nature garden at The Park. The programme, which aired in August, was part of the channel’s “Summer of Wildlife” and explored ‘the wilder side’ of towns and cities in the West, looking at the nature on your doorstep. Andy (59) has been working at The Park in Daventry Road for over four years. When he first arrived the piece of land he now calls “Andy’s Little Haven” was empty – but slowly he started planting seeds and creating a wildlife garden. He says of the programme: “Hopefully the show will encourage people to allow wildlife into their gardens and encourage them to see how easy it is to have your own nature garden and grow your own produce.” Highlights of the show included the wildlife pond on the site and finding out how Andy built his beehive, where the swarm is to help fertilise the crops, not for honey. The nature garden is also home to hens, geese and ducks as well as the infamous turkey Kurk. Andy grows a range of vegetables such as tomatoes and squash completely without chemicals – relying solely on wildlife. The produce and eggs are available for sale at The Park reception. He says of the peaceful spot: “Hopefully I’ll die here. I’ve always been interested in wildlife and gardening is a passion. It’s not work for me.”

Local residents and organisations gathered at Knowle West Health Park this summer to create pieces of furniture out of wooden pallets. The event was organised by Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) and re:work as part of the ‘Do What You Love’ business programme, which is inspired by the belief that, with a little technology, people can generate a sustainable living making things locally as a co-operative. Contact KWMC for more details. Photo: Knowle West Media Centre.


opular vicar Alister Palmer is retiring and leaving the area after ten years spent helping the Knowle West community. Vicar of St Barnabas and Holy Cross Churches, the Rev Palmer is also known for his work at The Mede (now Inns Court Centre) where he was Chair of Trustees for five years. He says of his time in Knowle West: “It’s been a fantastic experience and a great place to end one’s work and ministry. It is a very exciting place to be and the people are wonderful... There are lots of major movers and shakers in the area who continue to make contributions.” As a former Chair of the Regeneration Planning Group, Mr Palmer says he has always felt it important for ‘the community to be heard’. And he says one of his highlights is helping to save the Inns Court Centre and a large number of homes from demolition in 2010: “It would have been devastating if it had happened. People would have been dispersed. I’m now looking forward to it being a thriving centre.” Another achievement Mr Palmer has seen in his time is the establishment

of a Food Store in Inns Court in July 2012 - which he says was a response to a great need as ‘there are a lot of people in desperate circumstances due to benefit cuts’. He explains: “We do more than give food, we will always journey with people and try and address underlying issues.” Mr Palmer will be moving to Whitchurch but will be back in December to see his dream fulfilled at the launch of the new Inns Court Centre, which will include a Day Nursery and refurbished café. He says modestly: “My role in all these things is minor. It has been good to be part of it and work with great people over these years.”

The Deputy Lord Mayor opened a new playground on Marksbury Road in August. Photo: Anita Pearce.

This summer the Knowle Slimming World group ran the Race for Life, raising over £1800 for Cancer Research. The members that completed the race have a combined weight loss of over 20 stone. Congratulations! Photo: Kim James.



The Mede Sprint urgently needs

Volunteer Drivers Do you have any spare time? The Would you like work with and for the local community? Mede Sprint urgently needs Drivers Are you over 21Volunteer with a D1 entitlement on your licence? Do you have any spare time? Would you like work with and for the local community?

If the answer is yes, we will offer you MIDAS training and options of other training opportunities

If you are interested please contact Suzanne Jones or Lisa on 0117 904 1220

Andy being interviewed on camera by the BBC. Photo: Magret Sauter-Krieger.


@NForumFilwood: Andy Williams Broadwalk Community FC awarded Somerset FA disability coach of season 2012/13


If you are interested please contact Suzanne Jones or Lisa on 0117 904 1220

The Park is hoping to round up the year with a Christmas Market. Pictured here is Meike Eiting from Helga Yummy Cakes, who had a stall at the summer market. Contact The Park if you’re interested in having a stall. Photo: Knowle West Media Centre.

@theParkKnowle: Check out @BBCBristol Urban Jungle filmed @theparkknowle feat. Andy/Buried Treasure!


If the answer is yes, we willAre offer you MIDAS training and options of other training opportunities you over 21 with a D1 entitlement on your licence?


Having a cracking time with code…

KnowleWest Media Centre

T Find out more! Have you walked past our building and wondered what we do? Come along to Knowle West Media Centre on Tuesday 12th November, 5pm, and find out more about us. At our AGM (Annual General Meeting) you’ll meet our friendly team, find out what we got up to last year and discover what we’re up to at the moment, including our business programme, energy projects and forthcoming exhibitions. We hope to see you there...

Make, Create, Produce – activities for ages 10-19 We’ve made some changes to our weekly activities for young people – check out the full timetable below and come and get involved! If you’re aged 10-19 you can come along after school and experiment with digital media: make films, produce music, programme robots, create animations, and more. You can work towards an Arts Award qualification too. MONDAY Young Producers (ages 14-19) Time: 4-6pm Young Producers lead and deliver their own creative projects, with support from us. TUESDAY Young Makers Ages 10-13, time: 4-6pm Ages 14-19, time: 6.30-8.30pm Five-week introductory courses in a range of media arts including: photography, film, animation, Photoshop, music production and radio. For complete beginners and those wanting to brush up their skills. WEDNESDAY Code Club (ages 9-11) Time: 4-5pm Learn to programme computer games, animations and websites.


his summer 30 young people came to KWMC to develop their coding skills as part of a national challenge to create websites, applications and games that solve real-life problems. The Festival of Code was run by Young Rewired State, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support young people who are teaching themselves how to code. Students from the University of Bristol’s Department of Computer Science and members of the South West region of the British Computer Society (BCS) acted as mentors to the group. Ben (12), from Knowle West, came along and enjoyed it. He said: ‘I’m one of the youngest here and wanted to learn more about code. This is stuff I don’t get the chance to do at home and I want to get out there and see what I can do. Coding is the start - once you know the basics you can go far in the world of technology. There are loads of exciting jobs out there.’

Code Jams (age 11+) Time: 5.30–7pm Take your programming skills to the next level. Learn HTML, CSS & Javascript, work together, and take part in our monthly hackathons. Beginners welcome.


f you have been thinking about making some positive changes to your health and lifestyle, there is no better time than now as we are offering FREE health and wellbeing sessions right up until Christmas. We have a range of activities on offer and there is something to suit everyone. Kids can come along and try boxing or perhaps have a go at an after school activity club. For even smaller ones, stretch ‘n’ grow and Blue Rainbow group offer a chance

Young People’s Activities ffi: 0117 377 2255 Mondays 4-5.30pm: Afterschool club - fun, active play for 4-12 year olds (free). Tuesdays 10-10.30am: Stretch-n-Grow - stories, songs and games for 2-5 year olds (free). 4.30-5.30pm: Boxing for 8-14 year olds (free).

Thursdays 4-5pm: Afterschool club - fun, active play for 4-12 year olds (free). 4.30pm: Play Rangers in the Park (free).

The Creative Hub Time: 5-7pm Use our facilities to work with others or on your own projects.

FRIDAY Young Producers (ages 14-19) Time: 4-6pm See Monday for more details.

Wednesdays 9am-1pm: Young People’s Counselling, part of Focus on Families (free). 5.30-6.15pm: Beatz Street Dance brilliant and fun dance class for 6-10 year olds (£3.50 per session).

Drop in for newcomers Time: 4-5pm Want to find out more about what we offer? Come and have a chat!

THURSDAY Young Creators Ages 10-13, time: 4-6pm Aged 14-19, time: 6.30-8.30pm Young Creators co-design their own projects with support from us. Work on commissions, enter film festivals and competitions, take part in masterclasses, perform live and learn from artists and industry leaders.

KnowleWest Health Park

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN DAYS for 5-11 year olds, every Wednesday and Friday in school holidays (£5 for the day). Contact Barry 07809 483191.

Adult Activities and Services ffi: 0117 377 2255 Who are we? We’ve been based here since 1996, supporting people to get the most out of digital technologies and the arts. Contact us: 0117 903 0444 or come to Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL. Visit and find knowlewestmedia on Facebook and Twitter.


Daily Activities Smoking cessation - it’s easier with support! (free). Pathways to Health - support to help you change your lifestyle and be happier (free). Day to day living - courses providing skills and information for improving


FREE Autumn Sessions at Knowle West Health Park for children to experience music and movement, rhymes and stories. For adults who would like some help learning to relax then perhaps ear acupuncture or Tai Chi may help. Or perhaps if you would like to get more active, then a health walk or Fit and Fab group may be what you need. Whatever your healthy goal is, take the opportunity to try something new and turn over a new leaf.

mental and emotional health (free). Counselling for men and women who are struggling with life and want support (free). Parenting Courses for parents with at least one child under 5 years old (free). Contact Ilminster Avenue Nursery (0117 903 9781) or Knowle West Children’s Centre (0117 903 0214). Part of Focus on Families project. Bootcamp - the way to get fit is now on daily at various times, with Jason Hodge. Ffi: or 07855 465872. Family Therapy/Play Therapy for children and families. Call 0117 377 2255 to book an appointment (free). Mondays 10-11am: Armchair Exercise - gentle exercise for people with limited mobility (free). 11am-12noon: One Heart Walking Group - meets in the café for a guided walk of one or two miles (free), also provides information on joining the Two & Three Heart Groups. 9.30-10.30am and 4-5pm: Waist Watchers - support to lose weight. 6.30pm: Diabetes UK - meet the last Monday of the month. Tuesdays 9.30am: Three Heart Walking Group, call 0117 377 2256 for info. 9.45- 11.45am: Art-ease – art group for people with mild to moderate mental health issues (e.g. stress, mild depression, recent bereavement, low selfesteem, long term health condition). Call 0117 377 2252 (free). 6pm & 7pm: Hips, bums & tums - fat burning exercise for people who want to be trimmer (£3).

Wednesdays 10.30-11.45am: Tai Chi for Wellbeing - with Andrea Bailey (free). Call 0117 377 2255. 12.45- 2.45am: Art-ease – art group for people with mild to moderate mental health issues (e.g. stress, mild depression, recent bereavement, low self-esteem, long term health condition). Call 0117 377 2252 (free). Thursdays 9.30am: Two Heart Walking Group call 0117 377 2256 for info. 9.30-10am: Wii Fab - get fit while having fun. Dance and exercise to various Wii Fit activities (free). 10am-12noon: Fit and Fab - a support group for women wanting to make a change (free). Call 0117 377 2253 to book a place. 6-7pm: Step Aerobics - improve strength, stamina and flexibility (£3). 7-8pm: Absolute beginners - exercise class, a good place to start getting active (£2). Fridays 10am-12noon: Lipreading class for people who are beginning to lose their hearing, term time only (free). 11am-12.30pm: Ear Acupuncture benefits include relaxation, de-stress, and better sleep (£2 donation to cover cost of materials). 11am-12.30pm: Thyroid Support Group - first Friday of the month (free).

Find out more about the full range of Health Park activities at our website or call 0117 377 2255


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Advertise here! Community rates from only £25 per box Contact Rachel on 0117 903 0444

Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1DQ 0117 903 9770

The Park is recruiting for courses in BTEC Construction, Animal Care, CACHE Childcare and CYQ Gym Instructing. These are run in partnership with Weston College. Please contact Louise Hunt on 0117 377 3669 for more information.

The Park held a very successful coffee morning in aid of Macmillan. Over £500 has been raised - huge thanks to everyone who supported this.

• Belly Dance classes, Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm. Contact Zooey Aleeza on 07584 672397 for info. • Retired Gentleman’s Woodwork Group. These gentlemen meet every Tuesday between 10am and 2pm. They make simple things from wood such as bird boxes and various garden items. They are always looking for new members. Call 0117 964 5303. • Weightwatchers. This well-known weight loss group is back every Wednesday 6-8pm. More details at

Do you need help finding the answer to a difficult problem, or maybe you just need a person who will listen to you? Whatever the issue, we are here to help. We will work with you to resolve your problem or refer you to where you can receive the correct advice. We are open every weekday morning from 9.30am – 1pm plus some afternoons, check our display boards or give us a call for more information.

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Fallen out with your neighbour? Not being listened to? In the middle of an argument that won’t end?

Raising money for Youth Support in South Bristol Thursday 14th November, 2013. Travel the equivalent of 12,500km in a day, the perimeter of the UK, and help to raise £12,500 to fund a Youth Worker.

For full details go to:

confidential advice on drugs, alcohol, relationships and much, much more.

The NCS team after their community clear-up and fun day.

Winter Programme for 2013 Our open access programme for the winter includes the following activities, all at The Park: Monday: Boys’ night, 7-9pm (13+) Wednesday: Seniors’ night, 6.308.30pm (13+) Thursday: Juniors, 4-5.30pm (8-13) Sessions will include music production and DJing, sports, learning new skills such as survival skills, a place to chill out and relax with friends or to access


‘Around the UK in a Day’ The Park is taking part in a huge fundraising initiative to raise money for a youth worker. The challenge is to travel the perimeter of the UK in one day! That’s 12,500 kilometres! This is happening on 14th November. For details visit:

Fun and Fitne55 activities Every Thursday The Park, working with Link Age, is hosting a number of weekly activities aimed at people aged 55 and over. Weekly activities will include PING (table tennis), Zumba dance class, archery, walking football, gym and fitness sessions and Let’s Get Cooking classes in the Square

Summer of fun for young people on NCS programme This summer 16 young people aged 16+ enjoyed a fun-packed four-week programme as a part of the National Citizen Service (NCS). They spent the first week in Weymouth camping and trying out a variety of watersports at the Olympic sailing venue. During week two they stayed in halls at the University of the West Of England, learnt more about their local community in South Bristol and decided upon a project to benefit their community. Then in weeks three and four they planned and delivered the project, which was a community clear-up and fun day at the Novers Play Park. If you’re in Year 11 or above and are interested in attending a programme in 2014 then visit or call us on 0117 903 9796.

Food Kitchen. For more info contact Cheryl Martin on 07530 564332.

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Education at The Park

All in a safe space with local youth workers. We are also running a Girls’ night at the Platform 51 building on the Knowle West Health Park on a Tuesday from 5-7pm.

To talk to us about a dispute you are having and to find out more about our mediation service drop in to:

For more info or to find out more come along to a session, speak to one of the team, or call us on 0117 903 9796.

Filwood Hope 11 & 13 Filwood Broadway, BS4 1JL Every Wednesday between 1-3pm Or call 0117 9634566


Alternatively, please call Bristol Mediation on 0117 9415379

Don’t forget Wildfest 2013 ends with the spectacular Saturday celebration Saturday 12th October, 2-6pm, on the Northern Slopes (access from Cavan Walk or Kenmare Road). Celebrating all things environmental, with naturerelated activities for all the family, plus live music, cooking up locally made produce and lots of fun for all!


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There’s lots of great stuff happening in our community, including many regular groups and activities. Your community website has an events calendar: To add your organisation or event contact Rachel, Knowledge Editor, on 0117 903 0444.

Volunteering opportunities


South Bristol Community Hospital


Seeking volunteers, particularly from the areas surrounding the hospital. Contact Judith Reed for more details: 0117 342 1530.

‘Learn to Grow’

CSV is working with food growing clubs in 10 schools. Volunteers are needed to support children to complete the gardening tasks. No prior knowledge is needed but an interest in gardening is key. Contact Emma Whitaker: or 0117 978 2187.

Sporting Memories Group

Knowle West Media Centre is looking for volunteers to support a new reminiscence group, sharing stories of sport with people with dementia and memory loss. Contact Elena D’Orso: or 0117 989 7734.


The Friendship

Sports Coaching

Over 40s are invited to a lively weekly bingo session, every Tuesday,10am–12pm, at Filwood Community Centre. Contact Knowle West Health Association on 0117 963 9569.

Fun & Fitne55+ activities

Exercise classes, walks, archery, walking football, and more for ages 55+ at various times on Mondays and Thursdays. Prices up to £5 per activity. Contact Cheryl Martin (LinkAge) on 07530 564332 or Ally Bigwood (The Park) on 0117 903 9770.

FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN Wildfest 2013 Celebration

Activities for all ages, live music, cooking, and more. Saturday 12th October, 2-6pm, on the Northern Slopes (access from Cavan Walk or Kenmare Road).

The Inns Court Children’s Centre (formerly The Mede) cooking workshops Help is needed with gardening, maintenance, plumbing, cooking, cleaning and driving. Call 0117 904 1220, e-mail or drop in to 1 Marshall Walk.

New bus services You may have noticed that the buses serving our area have changed. The old route of the 20 has effectively been split in half, with Service 20 operating between Southmead and the city centre, and new Service

Saturday workshops for children ages 7-14. 16th Nov, 23rd Nov, 14th Dec, 10am -12.30pm. £20 per class or £55 for three. Call 0117 904 6679.

50 covering the city centre to Hengrove. The 50 will run every 20 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, every half hour on Sundays and at least hourly in the evenings. Buses will start and terminate at Colston Avenue in the city centre and will follow this route towards Hengrove:

Free introductory coaching sessions for adults aged 16+. Tuesday 15th October, 10am4pm, Hengrove Park Leisure Centre, Hengrove Promenade, BS14 0JZ. For details contact Beverley Green: bev. or 0117 922 2696.

‘Get Into Hospitality’

The Prince’s Trust is running a free training course from October 21st – November 15th for 16-25 year olds who are unemployed but ready for work and interested in a career in Hospitality. Taster day on 16th October. For details or to register your interest contact Louise Hawkes: Louise.Hawkes@princes-trust. or 07415 611 643.

Back in the Kitchen - for over 55s

Every Monday morning from 10.30am - 12.30pm at the Square Food Foundation at The Park, Daventry Road. Designed to bring skills and great recipes to adults who haven’t had the time or need to cook before. £2.50 per session. Call 0117 904 6679.

Colston Avenue, Quay Street, Nelson Street, The Horsefair, Penn Street, Wine Street, Victoria Street, Temple Gate, Bath Road, St Johns Lane, Salcombe Road, Throgmorton Road, Bamfield, Fortfield Road, Whitchurch Lane, Halfacre Lane, Stoneberry Road, Holbeach Way, Long Acre Road, Tanorth Road, Court

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News in Brief • Thanks to the Community Payback team for cleaning up the community allotments behind Eagle House and the football pitches on the site of the old swimming pool on Filwood Broadway. • We reported in Issue 56 that Bristol City Council had voted to bring in a 20mph speed limit throughout the city. The following roads have been included in a proposal to be excluded from the Speed Limit Order for our area: - A3029 Winterstoke Road - A37 Wells Road - A4 Bath Road - A4 Bristol Hill - A4174 Hartcliffe Way - A4174 Hengrove Way - A4174 Airport Road - A4174 Callington Road - A370 York Road - A38 Bedminster Road / Parson Street Gyratory - B3122 Bedminster Road - B3122 St Johns Lane (except in the location of school and shops) - B3122 Redcatch Road to Axbridge Road - Clarence Road We’ll keep you informed!

Farm Road, Whitchurch Lane, Hengrove Way. All Service 50 buses will call at the South Bristol Community Hospital. To access the Bristol Royal Infirmary connect with service 20 buses at Colston Avenue. More details at www.firstgroup. com/ukbus/bristol_bath

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