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SEPT 2005

YOUR NEWSLETTER 2005 Whilst many in the UK are still celebrating England’s finest hour over the Aussies, here in Knowle West, many people are lamenting the loss of the Walk-In Centre at the Health Parksee centre pages for this story.

If you have a story or event you would like to see covered, then give us a ring; we want this newsletter to reflect what’s happening throughout the community and we need your help to make sure we do this.

Elsewhere, it seems to have been a successful summer for the various play schemes and holiday clubs with young people enjoying a huge range of activities. Read about the successful Ofstead report on one local nursery, the changes ahead for childcare provision in this area, and latest news on developments at Hengrove School.

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Please contact the editorial group through: Eleanor Simmons, NR Steering Group, 37 Filwood Broadway, Knowle West Tel: 0117 908 4248 Front cover: top: As time goes by (see opposite page). Bottom: Pickled Image puppet company at Ilminster Avenue School. (see page 11).



DIG IT! Inmates from Ley Hill Prison Community Action Team joined members of the Northern Slopes Initiative to help clear the allotments at the Healthy Living Centre. This is in preparation for a new course for local residents, which explains practical gardening techniques and information on “going organic”.

Saturday 6th August was the date for Eagle House’s Annual Children’s Outing. Five coaches took Knowle West families to Weymouth. All the children went free and received a ‘goody bag’ on the coach full of snacks, sweets, drinks and fruit. The weather stayed fine and everyone had a great time. Trudy Jones who went with her 4 children said “It’s brilliant, we all look forward to it every year - the kids really enjoy themselves, they love it.” This was the 14th annual outing organised by the committee of Eagle House for members and their families to enjoy a day at the seaside.

The CAT Team are allocated to Knowle West for three months as part of a Safer Bristol Partnership Initiative to tackle practical projects. To date, they have cleared the Black Path in Inns Court and erected a fence at the Surestart Wildlife Garden at the Park. Next on the agenda are footpath improvements at Glyn Vale and security fencing alongside BCC contractors at various roads in Knowle West. For more details contact Heather Barham on 377 2653.

Photos taken by Abby Tovey (age 13)

IN THIS ISSUE Building Communities update p4 Catch up on all the school news p5 Walk-In Centre closure p6 & p7 Archimedia update p8 Sure Start changes p9


Ofstead praise for nursery and crèche p9 New service for patients, at the Park Gym p9 Round-up of summer activities p10 & p11 New Faces and Notice Board p12

Walk-In Centre at Knowle West Health Park to go – full story on pages 6 & 7 PAYP FUN AT THE PARK

Fairies, butterflies and a few Spidermen greeted us as we arrived for the PAYP fun day on 26 August. Yes, the face painting was as popular as ever on this creative and fun filled day. A mixed bag of weather meant that cover had to be taken on more than one occasion as the heavens opened, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 300 or so local people who turned up for the day or the sausages sizzling on the bbq!

Cover Story!

With funding from Connexions to provide a one-off summer event, co-ordinator Su Hopkins worked with youth workers and young people from across the estate to ensure the day was a success. As one local youngster put it “It’s brill.” JJ aa cc kk iiee LLii d dd d ll e e

In the morning, archery and trampolining were the big hits, with children of all ages trying out their skills, whilst in the afternoon Circomedia had plenty of kids trying out the ‘mermaid’ and ‘lamp post’ positions on the trapeze. Pottery creations, v-jaying, graffiti work and reflexology were just some of the activities on offer for local people to try.

SPOTLIGHT ON KW TEENAGER Knowle West teenager, David Shoare has been awarded the Spotlight Award from the Deutsche Bank, for services to his community. David received the award in recognition of his work with the Urban Partnership Group – an organisation made up of young people, who decide how a pot of money from the European Union and Central Government is used to benefit community projects around S Bristol. David has chaired the committee for the past 2 years and been involved in decision making affecting projects such as the new Withywood centre and the Archimedia Project. David said “I have learnt some great new skills, built confidence and learnt how community projects evolve.” He added, “It’s good to look at a successful project and think I was part of that”. Well Done David! JJ aacc kk ii ee LL iid dd d ll e e


Building Communities Working together for the future of Filwood Broadway

Building Communities Update

A specialist team led by architects Architype has been appointed by the Filwood Broadway Board to carry out detailed investigations as part of the Building Communities Project. It will be looking at the problems and opportunities of the shopping parade and the surrounding neighbourhood.

Aim of the work

The Filwood ward has been the subject of several previous studies over the last decade culminating in the Filwood Broadway Regeneration Framework Plan in the summer of 2003. Working closely with the City Council and the Regional Development Agency, the new team will be taking the results of these earlier investigations forward by proposing a range of ideas for improving the public spaces, finding new uses for redundant sites and buildings and revitalising the shopping parade. A new master plan for the area will be

developed by exploring the viability of possible new projects, particularly a potential new community building and local service hub.

Consulting local people

Members of the Architype team, including specialists in planning, housing, transport, sustainable design and community buildings, will be meeting local residents and traders along with staff from organisations that provide local services in Filwood, like the Council and the Primary Care Trust. They will also be working with Knowle West Development Trust staff and local groups. New project proposals will go before the Filwood Broadway Board by Christmas and will be displayed locally for your comments and reactions.

How to have your say

If you have ideas about what Filwood needs, you can contact the study team by phoning the Community Regeneration Team (Ariaf Hussain, 903 9755)

NOT JUST A LOAD OF OLD RUBBISH Bristol City Council want to say a huge THANK YOU to all the residents of Knowle West for their support and patience during the recent changes to the refuse and recycling services. We have seen a real increase in recycling but there’s still a long way to go. Wh W h aa tt ’’ ss gg o o ii n n gg o on n ?? Since June 27th, wheeled bins and recycling boxes in Bristol have been collected on the same day. The Council now collect only one wheeled bin (or equivalent), plus your black recycling box(es) and any extra, untied carrier bags of recycling, from each household. Everything must be left out before 7am on the day of collection. Wh W h yy h ha as s t th h ii s s h ha ap pp pe en ne ed d? ? Every day, Bristol residents throw away over 500 tonnes of rubbish. A special train is used to transport this to landfill sites. This is wasteful, expensive, and bad for the environment and people’s health. It is also costing us more and

BACK TO SCHOOL Cover Story! Reception year pupils at Connaught Primary School quickly got stuck into their new routines – cutting, sticking, playing, and generally having a great time. Head teacher, Mr Michael Keeling is also starting his first term at the school and is looking forward to the challenge ahead. He said: “Connaught Primary is a school with enormous potential that needs to be unleashed. I hope to offer the school strong leadership and structure to unleash that potential for the good of the children.”


more money – the more we throw away, the more Council Tax we will have to pay because of government charges and fines – up to an extra £158 per household per year. Ho H ow w cc aan n w we e f fii t t a all ll o ou ur r w wa as st te e ii n nt to o o on ne e b bii n n? ? Most of what we are throwing away could be reused or made into something new. Many types of recyclable waste can be collected by the Council, in a black recycling box. If you don’t have a recycling box, call 922 3838 or email to get one delivered for free. Please also call if you’re not sure of your new collection day, need extra boxes, or if you live in a block of flats and don’t have space to put out a black box (you may be able to have communal recycling bins installed in your block of flats instead). For further information on what you can put in your black box and any other queries please call Da an nn ny y C Ch h ii v ve er rs s Bristol City Council 922 3838. D

SCHOOL NEWS ACADEMY FOR HENGROVE Hengrove College looks likely to become an Academy, with sponsorship from a Christian charity called the Oasis Trust. Under the plans being developed, the new Academy will be built next to the existing school, which will later be demolished. The Academy is due to open in September 2009. The aim of academies is to improve standards in disadvantaged areas. The Oasis Academy Hengrove would be Bristol’s third, after City Academy built on the St George’s site, and Withywood’s. Oasis Trust and Bristol LEA will be consulting residents over the autumn about what kind of an education they think young people need. Your ideas are welcome whether you have children at the school or not. Your

suggestions could influence the plans for the type of school and the type of building. Knowle West resident Marguerite Jordan urged people to look out for more details. “This is our kids’ and our grandkids’ future. We won’t have another school in Knowle West - this is the closest one, so we should put a bit more effort into making it a part of Knowle West. Don’t just talk about it - do something about it!” If you want to be kept informed then e-mail: or call her on: 377 2800 Oasis Trust and Hengrove Community Arts College are committed to keeping all staff, students, parents and the community fully informed at all stages in the process.

ON THE WAY UP GCSE results at Hengrove School are the best ever since 2000. Students getting 5A* - C grades was up 5% to around 19% (bucking the trend in Bristol), a large number of students have post-16 college places and the number of students getting 5A*- G grades was also up again.

the students make compared with their levels when they join us - we have an A/B grade which puts us in the top 5% nationally when compared with similar schools.

The KS3 SATs are the best ever since SATs first started in 1996. Particularly pleasing was the 51% of students gaining a level 5 or higher in English (our target agreed with LEA was 45%).

LL ii zz RR oo w w bb oo tt hh aa m m FSES Manager Hengrove Community Arts College

Maths was up again with 47% getting a level 5 or higher, though there is still more work to do on Science. Over the last 2.5 years the school has moved from about 25% of students getting level 5 or higher in English and Maths to around 50%. In terms of value added ie. the improvement

LINK WORKER STAYS There’s good news for parents and students at Hengrove College. School-Family Link Worker Karen Jones has been such a success that Hengrove has decided to take over funding her post. Karen began work in March 2004, when her job was paid for by Knowle West Neighbourhood Renewal. That funding had been due to run out. But now Karen will be able to continue helping Knowle West young people do well at Hengrove. Part of her job is helping new students settle in. She arranges ‘Welcome’ events for children in their last year at primary school, and for their parents. That means the children are used to Hengrove by the time they begin. Karen also helps students who are having problems. If they are not attending, or not doing as well as they could, she chats to them and their parents. Then she can help the family talk to teachers, so they can work out solutions together.

Knowle West NR Manager Keith Houghton said: “This is a great example of a successful bit of NR work. “Local people decided to fund this work as an experiment. It works, and the school has taken it on from their own funding so benefits stay for Knowle West young people and their families. “Hengrove College and the Knowle West community are building a great partnership and it’s beginning to pay off in improved results, attendance and pride.” If you would like to chat to Karen about your son or daughter at Hengrove, then give her a ring on 07977 458183. You can meet her at Hengrove, or she is happy to come to you. There are also Open Mornings on the 5th, 12th and 19th October – no need to make an appointment, just drop in and see the school in action. EE llee aa n n oorr SS iim mm m oonn ss NR


COMMUNITY NEWS WALK-IN CENTRE TO GO When the South Bristol Community Hospital is built, the Walk-In Centre at the Knowle West Health Park will move there. Many Knowle West residents are angry that they will lose this service. So Neighbourhood Renewal and South Bristol Primary Care Trust arranged a meeting between Ben Bennett, the Director of Development for the new hospital, and three Knowle West residents - Rose Manning, is on the Health Park Action Group; Lila Tomasi, who doesn’t have a car but can take her children to the Walk-In Centre; and Hyacinth Johnson, a retired nurse who has taken her grandchildren there.

This is an edited version of their conversation: Rose Manning: What are the benefits for Knowle West residents of moving the Walk-In Centre? Ben Bennett: We’re going to build on all the things that are good about it. At the moment, if you come into the Walk-In Centre with something they can’t handle you’re going to end up in the BRI. But nurses could do more for people if they had the equipment and space. As for the existing Knowle West Health Park, the other services are staying there. And we want to get the right replacement services there, and we also want to do more. RM: The Health Park was supposed to be this flagship of health, it was going to turn around people’s lives in this area of deprivation, and you’re taking the Walk-In Centre away. Hyacinth Johnson: This was the first thing we’ve seen in Knowle West that I feel very strongly about – it gave us something to look at and say: We’ve got this, other people are proud of it, and so are we. BB: I’m very conscious that I draw up plans and I can’t know what you feel about what you stand to lose. But the belief in the PCT is that the gain overall is worth that loss. The hospital will do outpatients, and GPs will be able to send people there directly for tests, so the machinery and the equipment will get proper use. We are putting together the minor injuries with the rehab beds, with the diagnostic capability, the outpatients and the day surgery. And the idea is


that people in South Bristol can get a lot of the care they would previously have got from the BRI. RM: So how did you consult people about the new hospital? People still don’t know the WalkIn Centre is going. BB: We did a consultation exercise lasting three months. We worked with the Evening Post and the local newspapers to get publicity. There was a telephone survey which was done as part of the bigger Bristol health services plan, I did some radio interviews, there was some stuff on the TV. We had three fixed public meetings and we did our best to go to community groups’ meetings. And we had thousands of letters and emails and phone calls. We didn’t do door-todoor leaflets, because the feedback we’d had previously is that many of them just get put in the bin. Then we had to demonstrate that the consultation was valid: to the PCT board, the scrutiny committee of the local authority, and the health authority itself. Lila Tomasi: Supposing I was to present the PCT with a petition with several thousand signatures from KW saying we wanted the Walk-In Centre to stay? BB: The response is likely to be that there was a public consultation, and we can’t roll back the clock and unmake the decision. RM: But we’re going to finish up with less beds when the General Hospital closes. BB: Yes, there are approximately 80 beds now and we’re planning 60 for the new hospital. The money from that is moved into the community budget so there will be more district nurses and staff in the community including physios and others. We’ve been working with a group of clinical staff, and the view is that if we get the right services in place out in the community we won’t need as many beds. RM: So why is it viable for the Knowle West Walk-In Centre to close, but not the City Gate one? BB: The plan for City Gate is to move it to a new location, and to bring it together with the Milne Clinic which does sexual health services, and to bring in some community dental services. LT: Would this move affect the amount of money you put into the Mede Sprint? BB: It might need to go up. We’d like to talk to the Mede Sprint about getting it to take in the new hospital. And the planning permission we’ve got requires us to pay towards some of the public transport bus routes being changed. Obviously we will build a car park, but not everyone’s got a car. continued opposite top


RM: It’s not just physical access to health. People in Knowle West see the Walk-In Centre there on the doorstep, so they’ll use it. But if people don’t know what’s there, they fear what’s behind the doors. BB: We want people like yourselves to help us design the building, design the services and figure out how to stop that happening. We’re going to ask local people what they think would be good replacement services for the Walk-In Centre, and make some designs by next April. If we got our consultation wrong last time, maybe we’ll get it right this time.

RM: What do you think of the consultation last time? BB: Listening to what you’ve said I think we’ve let you down. We thought we were doing a thorough consultation and we didn’t. But was the decision the right decision? I don’t think you’ve changed my mind – I think we’ve made the right decision. RM: I think that people are now angry again. They think it’s some kind of cover up. We’ve lost our school, we could lose our pool, and now we’re losing our Walk-In Centre.

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE CHANGES The new South Bristol Community Hospital is due to open at Hengrove Park in 2008. The South Bristol Walk-In Centre at the Knowle West Health Park will be moved to the South Bristol Community Hospital. It will be expanded, and called a Minor Injuries Unit. Bristol General Hospital will close. Services like outpatient clinics, rehabilitation, diagnostics (like x-rays) and day case surgery will transfer to the South Bristol Community Hospital from the BGH and the Bristol Royal Infirmary. The BRI will stay open, and will focus on more serious cases. The Knowle West Health Park will stay. This includes the William Budd Health Centre, the Healthy Living Centre, and the dialysis unit. One or more new health services will move to

the Walk-In Centre building at the Knowle West Health Park. The South Bristol Rehabilitation Centre at Inns Court will stay. Bristol City Council has been allocated £30m for leisure facilities at Hengrove, including a swimming pool and sports hall. They would be physically linked to the hospital. There will be a public event to discuss what services should replace the Walk-In Centre on Thursday 20th October 2005 from after lunch till evening – just drop in. There will be presentations and workshops and a crèche. Celebration and Planning Event on the future on the Health Park and the Knowle West Healthy Living Centre, Saturday 12 November, 10.00am – 3.00pm at the Health Park.


COMMUNITY NEWS ARCHIMEDIA PROJECT - ARTISTS IMPRESSION Local young people from Knowle West have been working closely with architects White Design to develop a plan to provide the Knowle West Media Centre with a new home on its current site of Leinster House. Plans for the new building would include dark room facilities, production suites and a screening room. Space would also be made available to accommodate other organisations in the building. This extra space will provide the Media Centre with an income stream that will ensure that this successful project will be able to build on its record of community involvement and expand its work with more people in Knowle West in cutting edge media projects. Much work is being done to attract new money into Knowle West to fund this project and to ensure that more opportunity, more facilities and more collaborative work with other projects in Knowle West and across the city can continue. These pictures represent an artist’s impression of what the new building would look like . For more information contact Miles Ford on 0117 377 3161

ANGELA’S COLUMN Hi again, hope you had a good summer! I’ve been busy over the holiday with the kids at home but now they are all back at school, I’m looking forward to getting the group off the ground. I feel quite nervous about how it will work out and hope that people will give it a go, there’s no pressure to ‘do’ anything, I just want it to be a relaxed, informal time when we can have a laugh, give each other a bit of support and plan some activities that we can all enjoy. We’re starting off with a taster session in jewellery making so I’ll let you know how that goes in the next newsletter. Don’t forget there’s a free crèche run by sure start staff, so you can relax, knowing the kids are having fun as well! Come and join me every Thursday 9.3011.30am at the Mede.

Want to know what really matters to kids? Then check out a great new interactive website,, created by children and parents from Knowle West primary schools and the Knowle Edge Speech and Language project, with the help of the KW Media Centre. Rosalind Owen, Laura Wren & Karen O’Donnell are speech and language therapists, giving specialist support to children, their teachers and families in 8 schools in the Knowle area of Bristol. They developed the website as part of the wider project which aims to encourage children’s speaking and listening skills, because good communication is the basis for getting on well in all aspects of life.

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If you would like to find out more about the project, or if you attend one of the project schools and would like to add to the website, contact Rosalind Owen at: Knowle Edge Speech and Language Project, c/o Connaught Primary School, Melvin Square, Bristol BS4 1NH, Tel: 914 4303.

CHILDREN’S CENTRES - THE FACTS As part of the government’s ‘Every Child Matters programme’, Knowle West Sure Start is re-forming to become the ‘Footprints Children’s Centre’. Wh W h aa tt ddoo ee ss tt hh aa tt m m ee aa nn ff oo rr ff uu nn ddii nn gg ?? As a Sure Start local programme, our funding is due to end in a few years time. By becoming a Children’s Centre we can stick around for the long term! However the funding we receive will be less generous than before, and we will have to review what services we can afford in future years. Wh W h aatt ss ee rrvvii ccee ss dd oo C Chh ii ll ddrree nn ’’ ss C C eenn tt rree ss ooff ffee rr?? The service will welcome all families in the area, although some specialist or referred services will remain limited, such as support for children with speech and language delay.

AA ll ll C C hh ii ll dd rr ee nn ’’ ss C C ee nn tt rr ee ss w w ii ll ll oo ff ff ee rr :: Information, advice and support to parents/carers Early Years provision Health services Family support Parental outreach (like our Parent Link scheme) Employment advice Some services (such as the Midwife) might be spread across a cluster of Children’s Centres, or be provided in partnership with other agencies. The short term should see little change, however, as more Children’s Centres open, some changes may have to be made. Watch this space! For more info on Footprints Children’s Centre, call Sara on 903 9781 LL ii ll B B oow w ee rrss Sure Start

OFSTEAD PRAISE The Nursery and Creche at The Park has achieved a ‘good’ overall rating in its first Ofsted inspection with facilities at the crèche being described as “excellent” and the nursery praised for its “welcoming, secure and safe environment.” The quality of the curriculum was also identified as a key factor to the Centre’s success, and the staff team described as “knowledgeable, attentive, and interested, friendly and caring”. The Provision’s partnership working with parents was described as “outstanding”, and the emphasis placed on helping children to be

healthy, was also praised. Lil Bowers, Sure Start programme manager, said “Our success in this, our first inspection, is down to the dedication of the parents, professionals and staff team who have worked together over the last few years to develop the nursery and crèche.” There are currently places for three year-olds available in the Nursery. For more details ring Kirsten or Laura on 0117 3773610. LL ii ll B B oo w w eerr ss Sure Start

HEALTH - GP REFERRALS A fantastic new service is on offer at the Park gym which aims to get people with health difficulties back on their feet. The GP referral scheme provides patients with an opportunity to exercise in a safe and controlled environment to individual health-related goals under the guidance of a practise GP, nurse or physio. With a current age range of 19 to 96, many of the patients have never set foot in a gym before but are now enjoying the benefits of gentle exercise, under carefully controlled conditions, with supportive and friendly staff to guide their way. The scheme covers a huge range of medical areas including cardiac patients, some mental health areas, physiotherapy patients and conditions

such as asthma, diabetes, weight problems and M.E. Helen, a local part-time nurse, suffers from back pain and depression. She never felt confident enough to join a gym before, but enjoys her weekly sessions at the Park gym “It’s fun and we motivate each other, I’ve made some new friends and have a lot more energy.” Marcus Wooldrige, the qualified instructor who runs the sessions says “It’s really important that local people are aware of these facilities and make full use of this great scheme which is right on their doorstep.” Sessions operate on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and cost only £1.00. To find out more please ring 377 3382


SUMMER NEWS THE SOUND OF SILENCE The Sense Walk around the historic streets of Bristol on 29 July was very different from the normal weekly walk – to walk with 130 or more people, all being quiet was very thought provoking. The surrounding everyday sounds were different because you take more notice. The sound of car tyres on cobbles; walkers’ trousers brushing against their legs and seagulls screeching overhead, with the odd mobile reminding us of what we’ve cast aside for this walk. We were alone in our thoughts but together as a unit. I found people outside our group looking confused and it was very funny trying to mime what we were doing when asked. The Knowle West Healthy Walking Group intends to add quiet times during walks where appropriate. I think it is a very good idea as it makes you aware of your surroundings and allows you to use more of your senses.

This was Richard Layzell’s first venture as lead artist in Bristol City Council’s Creative Neighbourhoods Project. Richard will be working alongside people in 8 neighbourhoods, including Knowle West – developing weird and wonderful works and experiences that celebrate community creativity and bring people together.

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AWARDS PRESENTATION Well done to all the young people whose efforts were recognised and celebrated at the Positive Futures awards night in July. The night was a great success with a number of parents, young people and grandparents talking about the benefits they had gained from working with the project. If you would like get involved in this project call 903 9766 Local lads show off their certificates

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EXMOOR RESIDENTIAL Project X and the Inns Court youth project took a group of 26 young people on a joint residential to the Pinkery Centre in Exmoor. The groups took part in a variety of experiences including a 24 hour survival event, climbing and gorge walking, football games and a trip to Woolacoombe beach. The young people all had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we look forward to being able to take more groups away in the future.

tell a short story about an aspect of their life that they had chosen. They will premier soon alongside the film ‘Strength of Belief ’ that tells the story of the Positive Futures Under 14s football season last year.

PROJECT X ROADSHOW Staff from Project X (School & Family Link Workers, Connexions, YISP keyworkers, Positive Futures and other workers) again ran a roadshow of sports, arts, outdoor pursuits and other events for young people from across the estate at The Park and Hengrove School this summer.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING Seven young people from Project X worked with staff from the Knowle West Media Centre to create their own short stories. These stories used multi-media technology to


We had an average of 60+ young people each day all of whom enjoyed the activities on offer. We look forward to developing this work in the future – any feedback from parents or young people on how we could improve the sessions, please call the office on 903 9766.

AVON GORGE TRIP On Tuesday 16th August, 83 people from the Healthy Walking Group, Health Park Lunch Club, local residents and workers took a trip on the Tower Belle. We sailed through the floating harbour, under two swing bridges and into the Cumberland lock, then under the Suspension Bridge down towards Sea Mills and Pill. The skipper gave a commentary on the history of the gorge, Ed Drewitt (Bristol University) on birds and wildlife, whilst Mike Johnson (RSPB) was on hand to point out and identify the birds seen from the boat.

We went under the Avonmouth Bridge, onto the River Severn, where Wales, the Severn Bridges and Portishead could clearly be seen. I believe 99% of us had never been down the Avon Gorge before; the Skipper was really pleased to be taking out a large group of Bristolians as these trips are normally taken up by tourists. It was a much appreciated trip; some are still talking about it long after the day ended! Ch C he er ry y ll M Ma ar rt t ii n n KW Health Walks

BROAD PLAIN SUMMER FUN and religions happily playing together, and the other was an educational walk around Bristol Downs. The young people bonded very well on this day; many had never had the opportunity to walk in the woods, hunting out the wildlife, naming the different trees, flowers, bugs and spiders.

Broad Plain Youth Club ran a summer scheme with 39 young people regularly attending. Most of the scheme was centre based, with activities such as arts/crafts, cookery, computer IT, indoor and outdoor sports, with a very keen bunch playing strategic board games. Trips were organised to Felix Road adventure playground, where it was good to see all races

Bristol City Football Club visited and arranged coaching and friendly matches for the young people and on the final day of the scheme, we ran some competitions, with a small presentation of trophies for the winners. Lois won the Air Hockey, Daniel won the Pool and Mitchell won the Nets - for all these lads it was the first trophy they had ever received. This was a disappointing year for numbers and for future schemes, Broad Plain will be looking for its own 3 year funding for 2006/7/8 when plans can be set well in advance for all holiday periods. Ca C at th h F Fii s sh he er r BPYC

SURE START FAMILY FUN Families of sure start enjoyed a jam packed summer holiday programme full of fun activities and events and trips, with over 103 families attending. We visited Berkeley Cattle Country Park and Animal Farm Adventure Park where children enjoyed feeding and touching animals as well as burning off lots of energy in the huge play areas. We visited Bristol Zoo, and ran a Forest School twilight session at Leigh Woods where families enjoyed many craft activities such as making name tags, smiley tree faces, toasting marshmallows, and making hot drinks. Fancy dress picnics, swim tot sessions, visits to the Bristol Playbus and the BPAC fun Day were some of the other activities enjoyed. This year we also ran a playscheme for older siblings. The playworkers were absolutely brilliant

in occupying the children with treasure hunts, parachute games, sports and craft activities and supporting them on our trips. Many thanks to the Bristol Children’s Fund who helped finance the playscheme. II aa n n P Po ow we e ll ll Sure Start Activity Worker



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Nominations for your favourite Volunteer and/or Good Neighbour to be made by 14 October. Look out for nomination forms around the estate. Come and help celebrate the giving of the Awards on 19th November at Filwood Community Centre. Tickets - £7 to include buffet and entertainment. Call Denise on 373 8404 for more info or tickets.

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D AAN D NCCIIN NG G FFO OR R AALLLL Sequence and Ballroom Dance at Novers Park Community Centre, every 1st Saturday of the month. 8.00 – 11.30 pm, £2.00 per person. Drinks and food are Cheap! Come and join us and have a good night out.

NE N EIIG GH HB BO OU UR RH HO OO OD DR REEN NEEW W AALL TTR RA A IIN NIIN NG G Stress Management, Friday 7th October, 9.30am-3pm at the Healthy Living Centre. Child care and refreshments are included. Open to active residents/volunteers in Knowle West. Tel: Denise on 908 4229 to book a place.

PAAR P REEN NTTLLII N NEE PPLLU US S A family support service that works with parents and carers of children, has moved to the Park. You can contact them on 971 4837 email:, or ring their free phone no. 080 800 2222 to speak to an advisor.

CR C REECCH HEE AA TT TTH HEE H HEEAALLTTH H PPAA R RKK Come and try out the new crèche at the Health Park. £2.50 per hour, per child, Wed – 9.30-11.30am Thurs 9.30am – 1pm. Bookings can be made up to 6 days in advance. Tel: 377 2664 II n n tt h h ee n ne ex xt t ii s ss su ue e… … Meet the stars from our very own Awards Night, NR community walkabout results, and of course, the Christmas lights! Next issue out mid December.

THANKS TO................ The Bristol Objective 2 programme is part financed by European Community (ERDF)


The Neighbourhood Renewal Newsletter Group: Anita Pearce, Margaret Jordan, Denise Britt, Joyce Jenkins, Ann Smith and Rose Manning. NR Manager Keith Houghton. Kerry Froom for photos All at KWMC, who facilitate the production of this newsletter Editor: Jackie Liddle Design: Rowena Dugdale All articles express the views of individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Neighbourhood Renewal Steering Group.

Knowle West newsletter - Issue 19 Sep 2005  

Knowle West newsletter - Issue 19 Sep 2005

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