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For the residents of Filwood, and parts of

Knowle & Windmill Hill

KNOWL DGE ISSUE 58 JULY - September 2013

Building a better community The Mayor meets residents and organisations working to improve our area


New plans unveiled

An update on changes to the Kingswear, Torpoint and Haldon Close area

Celebrating success!

League promotions, marathons and medals

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A word from your Editor Rachel Clarke Summer is upon us and, as ever, it brings lots to look forward to: from imminent exam results and holidays to the redevelopment of certain areas of our community (p.2) and a new play park for our children (p.3). As I write we’re fresh from Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory and on the way to seeing another British winner of the Tour de France, the famous cycling race and the highlight of my summer! As our cover story - ‘Building a better community’ suggests, it’s important to look to the future - to aspire to make things better by working together and working hard. However, I also think it’s important to make the most of the here and now, and I hope our articles detailing local campaigns and celebrating your successes do just that (p.5&6). 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 and writing about the things - big or small - that affect your community. We look forward to hearing from you!

Last month hundreds of tributes covered the pavements and hedgerows of a Knowle West street following the tragic death of teenager Jake Milton, who was stabbed on 14 June. Bunches of flowers, candles and football shirts were left on the corner of Newquay Road and Cossington Road. In the weeks following seventeen-year-old Jake’s death, a walk around Knowle West was also organised in his memory. His parents Nicholas Milton and Tracey Grant issued a statement through the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, part of which is reproduced here: “To lose a child in any circumstances is too much to bear. To lose a child in these circumstances makes it even more difficult. Jake was on the threshold with the whole of his adult life to look forward to … All of those close to Jake are grateful for the support and encouragement that has been shown by all those that knew him, and indeed the wider community.” Two men – aged 18 and 19 – were arrested on suspicion of murder and have appeared before Bristol Crown Court. Legal proceedings are ongoing.

Corrections Last issue we made two errors in listing telephone numbers. On page 12 we listed the Friendship Club: Bingo, refreshments and company for over 40s (Tuesdays 10.30am-12 noon, Filwood Community Centre). Their telephone number should’ve read 0117 963 9569. The telephone number for Knowle West Children’s Centre was missed off their advert. Their contact details are Knowle West Children’s Centre, Leinster Avenue, Bristol, BS4 1NN. Telephone: 0117 903 0214.

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Hundreds of floral tributes laid on the corner of Cossington Road.

Health Park becomes Living Wage Employer

Redevelopment of the Kingswear, Torpoint and Haldon Close area By Stride Treglown Ltd.

Bristol City Council and Knightstone Housing are working together on plans to improve public open space and provide a new residential development within the Kingswear Road, Torpoint Road and Haldon Close areas. Public consultation events were held earlier this year to get the community’s views on proposals. The project team would like to thank everybody who attended and provided comments. The feedback received has been very helpful in developing the plans in more detail. A planning application will be submitted in summer 2013. This will seek 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 will also be sought for 50-60 new homes split between land to the west of Haldon Close and land uphill of Kingswear Road. You can find out more about the proposals by visiting www. or calling 0117 974 3271.

The Knowle West Health Park Company (KWHPC) recently announced its new status as a Living Wage employer, one of only two Bristol-based organisations to belong to the scheme. The Living Wage is an hourly rate that is set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living and working in the UK. Vicki Morris, Chief Executive of KWHPC said: “I’m thrilled that we have become an initiator of what is a immensely important issue and to hopefully lead the way in many more Bristol companies signing up to the Living Wage scheme.” To learn more contact Vicki on 0117 377 2255.


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News CSV Play Rangers Project gets Lottery boost CSV Play Rangers has been delivering outdoor play and learning across Bristol for six years and they’ve just received a £250,000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund for the next three years. This new funding will allow them to continue the activity sessions and improve access to outdoor play in areas including Knowle West, Hartcliffe and Withywood. The grant will fund four play sessions a week, as well as bringing together local children, young volunteers and adult volunteers to form a project steering group. Nicky Jones, CSV Play Manager in Bristol said: “CSV is delighted to have received this funding from the Big Lottery to continue working outdoors in the heart of the community with the children that really need interesting and challenging play opportunities.” During term time CSV Play Rangers are at Newquay Road park on Mondays and at the Knowle West Health Park Pod on Wednesdays, 3.15-5.30pm. In the summer holidays they will be offering Playdays every Thursday afternoon at Knowle West Health Park Pod.

Community Updates The new Play Park on Newquay Road will be installed on 2nd September 2013. Filwood Community Centre would like to thank Lloyds bank for redecorating the main hall. Several groups and organisations in Filwood have benefited from the Neighbourhood Partnership Small Grants. They are: • KW Arts Promotion: tap shoes and costumes • The Fitness Regiment: Fitness equipment • Knowle West Children’s Centre: cookery and gardening • Broadwalk Community Football Club: summer activities • Youth Moves / Community Spaces: a re-vamp of Novers Park • Community In Partnership Knowle West: lawn mower/strimmer • Bramble Farm: compost and wood

Mayor visits Filwood By Kurt James, Area Coordinator


he Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, visited Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill in April. Although the itinerary for his visit was packed, it did start and finish on time without missing anything out. Highlights of his visit included unveiling the plaque awarding the title of Centre of Excellence to Knowle West Children’s Centre, being asked questions by pupils of Christ the King Primary School, opening the new garden at Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School and Children’s Centre, visiting the site proposed for the new primary school on Marksbury Road, visiting Victoria Park in Windmill Hill, and seeing the improvements to Redcatch Park in Knowle.

The Mayor meets local children. Photo and cover photo by Kurt James

Activities for children and young people in our area By Bristol Youth Links

This summer children and young people can enjoy a series of free activities through Bristol Youth Links (BYL). 13-16 year olds can meet up at Eagle House, Newquay Road, on Thursday nights between 6.30-9pm. There will be activities for 8-12 year olds on the green opposite Eagle House every Friday from 3-5.30pm including games, sports and cooking. During the summer holidays there will be activities for 8-12 year olds at Hengrove Park every Thursday from 12.30–5.30pm, followed by a barbeque and evening activities for teenagers. Parents/carers of 8-12 year olds must provide emergency contact details if leaving their children. For information contact Nikki Garrett on 0117 915 0585 or 07717 892708. The BYL specialist team also provide support for young people who are experiencing problems with drug and alcohol use, needing support to make healthy choices around sexual relationships, experiencing emotional difficulties or are at risk of becoming homeless. Services are available for young deaf people and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) young people. Contact Karen Black on 0117 987 6021.

Campaign to take over local Youth Centre A group of local residents, Eagle House Community Association, the Neighbourhood Partnership and Ilminster E-Act Academy have met to discuss a Community Asset Transfer of Eagle House Youth Centre. This would involve taking over and managing the building for community use, giving priority to children and young people. Learning Partnership West (LPW) have confirmed they would be happy to carry on running sessions from Eagle House as and when a Community Asset transfer takes place. Anyone who would like to get involved can contact Pat Filer on 0117 963 6009 or the Neighbourhood Partnership Office 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.

Tributes pour in for local teenager


Fire up the BBQ not your home

Safe and sound

What would Wallace do?

By Lloyd Allen

Dog fouling is still a problem in the area. Irresponsible dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs leave a mess on the street and a health risk for everyone. If you spot someone not clearing up after their dog please report it to the Dog Warden Service on 0117 922 2500 or email Make sure you have a description of the owner and the dog, as well as where and when you saw them. If you spot dog mess that has not been cleared up please report it by calling 0117 922 2100. The more pressure put on irresponsible dog owners the better. If you would like an anti-dog fouling poster please contact me on 0117 914 2205 / 07825 315628 or e-mail Lloyd.allen@bristol. Would Wallace leave Gromit’s mess on the pavement?


s the temperature rises firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are urging people to enjoy the weather safely. As hundreds of families plan outdoor activities, crews are asking them to make sure their barbecues are safe and happy events. Safety tips: • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby. • Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues. • Never use a barbecue indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. • Never leave a barbecue unattended. • Make sure your barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste. • Use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue, but not more (normally around 5cm or 2 inches). • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area. • After cooking, make sure the barbecue is cool before moving it. • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and cause a fire. • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of the barbecue.

No drinking zone update – working with you By Lloyd Allen

Share your views on council tax support National council tax benefit ended this year and has been replaced by local council tax reduction. This gives low-income households support with their council tax payments. Bristol’s council tax reduction scheme may be changing and some low-income households may have to pay more. Have your say at counciltaxreduction or pick up a copy of the information booklet and questionnaire at your local library or customer service point. The consultation runs until 28th September.


Thank you to all who have reported street drinking since the no public drinking zone went live on 1st April. In the first three months drinkers have been stopped about 70 times by your the local Police. This means that the chances of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour happening have been reduced.

• Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; use only recognised lighters or starter fuels. Gas barbecues: • Never store gas cylinders in the home. Store them outside, away from direct sunlight and frost. • Take care when turning bottled gas barbecues on and off. • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder. • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the barbecue control. This will stop any gas from leaking. • If you suspect a leak, turn off the gas cylinder and try brushing soapy water around all joints, watching for bubbles. • Make sure all joints are tightened, safe and secure. • Change gas cylinders outdoors in a well-ventilated area. AF&RS Station Manager for Community Safety, John Rides, said: “If you do have a barbecue which gets out of control, don’t try to tackle it yourself as you risk getting burnt or scalded. Dial 999 and ask for the fire service. We have the right equipment and training to deal with emergencies of this kind.”

If you see someone drinking in public in the zone call your local Police on 101 as soon as you see it happening so that something can be done about it. The Police need to have a description of the drinker, as well as where and when. For further information on the zone go to

Thank you to those of you who responded to the last issue of the Knowledge and got in touch to say you would like to put stickers on lampposts in your street to reinforce the zone. We are now planning where they will go. If you didn’t get in touch before but would like to, please call me on 0117 914 2205 / 07825 315628 or e-mail Lloyd.allen@ @SuMountstevens: Off to the Park in Knowle West to meet young people from Youth Moves Important to hear their voices after last week’s tragedy

Help save Kwads!

A helping hand

By Jennifer Stevenson

Popular librarian retires after 30 years By Community Reporter Rebeca Castineira

Popular librarian Pat O’Hara stamped her last book at Filwood Library in April – retiring after 30 years serving the community. Pat has spent most of her career in Filwood and in the past four years has also been a familiar face at Knowle Library. Although she doesn’t live in the area, after such a long time working here she feels like ‘just one more neighbour’. She says: “I’ve loved working here. I’ve got a lovely team and we are more like a family. That’s why I feel both happy and sad about retiring.” For Pat, the best part of her job has been meeting people in the community and getting to know them. She explains: “They come when they are babies, and you see them growing up…I feel very happy when they come back after a few years and still recognise me.” When she looks back, she feels especially proud about all the activities they have arranged for local children in the holidays and after school. She says one of the most satisfying things about working in the library is ‘keeping the kids together, enjoying their free time and learning’. Pat has seen a lot of changes in the past 30 years - with the Ebook, Internet and videogames stealing the space that belonged to the traditional book. She says: “Although I think that people read less now than some years ago, I’m sure that there will always be a place for the book.”

Pat organizes the shelves at Filwood Library Photo by Rebeca Castineira


arlier this month, Kwads, Knowle West’s community-based drug and alcohol family support charity, heard that its government funding via Safer Bristol will not be renewed. Unless the charity can find alternative funding they may not be able to continue their work beyond the end of the year. “We know that this is a story that the people of Knowle West may feel they’ve heard before,” says Carolyn Purcell, current Chief Executive Officer of Kwads. “The sad truth is that the organisation has had to mobilise support on a number of occasions to fight for its survival, and the community has rallied round.” The organisation started back in 1994 as Knowle West Alcohol and Drugs Service - set up by a group of mothers campaigning to get help for their drugaddicted children, and for the families trying to care for them. Over the years, many local people have given their time and energy to support the organisation. Kwads still works out of the same offices but it now supports clients all across Bristol, specialising in providing support services to the families and carers of drug and alcohol users. “It would be an incredible waste to lose Kwads’ 19 years’ experience as a grass-roots organisation,” says Carolyn Purcell. If you can help Kwads in any way, please contact them on 0117 953 3870 or via

Award for local hero after 60 years of volunteering By Community Reporter Kasia Guzowska

as being ‘just as much hers’ and says although she is not here to share it, ‘it is part of her too.’ And he says of his achievement: “Looks like it’s not only the Queen who’ll be celebrating her 60 years of activity this year!”

Local hero Graham Blacker has been presented with the Lord Mayor’s Medal for his 60 years of voluntary work across Knowle West. Mr Blacker (77) has been Secretary of Knowle West Baptist Church for over 40 years as well as governor of two schools. He is also a trustee of Filwood Hope and Community in Partnership Knowle West - and was nominated for his work as a director of Knowle West Health Association. But after receiving a nomination letter in April this year, he had no idea he would be successful, explaining: “Lots of people get a nomination but only 13 or so actually win it.” The award was presented to Mr Blacker and 14 others in May by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Peter Main. Mr Blacker, who volunteered with his wife until she passed away last February, describes the award

Graham with his certificate and medal Photo by Kurt James

@SocialMirrorApp: Today I linked a local woman to cooking classes and an elderly couple to a film club


Runner Chris raises over £3,000 for charity

Success and support

By Community Reporter Rebeca Castineira

By Graham Pring

Broad Plain House football club have been trying for many years to progress into the Somerset County League - and this was finally achieved by the first team this year! It was made possible with the help of the Filwood Playing Fields Trust and a grant from the Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership Grants Fund so we could improve our facilities to the necessary standard to meet the league requirements. The team is managed by local entrepreneur Jimmy White, who inspired the team to win their last thirteen games. Our first team player of the year Aaron Selby scored an amazing forty three goals this season. Our reserves team player of the year was Brandon Marshall (18), and Neal Thomas (45) took the award for the A team, thus illustrating the diverse range of players our club consists of! It would be nice to see more local support for the club as we try to improve the standard of football in the area. We encourage local people to come along to Filwood Playing Fields. For more details and our fixtures contact me on 07910 868963.


The Broad Plain House first team with their Somerset County League Division 2 East trophy. Photo supplied by Graham Pring.


Knowle West fitness enthusiast has raised over £3,000 for charity this year after taking part in two major runs. Chris Copeland (53) recently completed the London Marathon followed by the Bristol 10k in May – and now plans to run the Bristol Half Marathon in September. He says: “Running is a passion and keeps me fit and slim… I don’t want to sit and watch TV”. That’s why he has been training up to five days a week since 2006, when he ran his first Half Marathon in Bristol. Since then he has never looked back – running to work at Asda in Bedminster in only 15 minutes – and then training for a further hour every night. His training has paid off and he ran the London Marathon in 3 hours, 37 minutes and 52 seconds – coming 5,975th out of 35,000 participants. Chris says he ‘feels proud’ he can use his hobby to help others – raising sponsorship for charity since he started and for Breast Cancer since

2012. He explains: “After work I spend two hours at Asda collecting money for the charity.” He intends to keep running and says his regime includes pasta before a race and a bowl of cereal every night. “I watch what I eat, I never drink or smoke and don’t have a car so walk everywhere. I would say to others wanting to do it to train gradually and run with somebody else – or with me if you could keep up with me!”

Rising star Ellie spotted by Bristol Old Vic

Community rallies round local family

A pupil from Christ the King Primary School has been awarded a bursary to the Bristol Old Vic Company - after being talent-spotted by representatives. Ten-year-old Ellie Lovell from Knowle West was the only pupil to be invited to the theatre, after doing a presentation with class members for the Company project, which works with local schools. After being told that she ‘had something that stood out’ by the Old Vic drama teachers, the year 6 pupil was offered a two month bursary to cover drama lesson costs. Ellie says: “I’ve always been a bit of a show-off and loved performing ever since I was four.” She has been involved in numerous performance classes - from street dance to musical theatre. But she always knew ‘it was acting she wanted to carry on’ after playing the part of Grandpa Joe in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at her school. Ellie is currently preparing herself for her upcoming theatre performance: “Playtime” at the Bristol Old Vic.

Knowle West neighbours rallied round a local family who recently lost their mother and held a fundraising event for them.

By Community Reporter Kasia Guzowska

As we reported last issue, local resident Charles Cooke – known to all as Joe – has been awarded an Arctic Star for his wartime service. He is delighted to have received his medal (third medal from left) after waiting for over 70 years. (Caption and photo by Knowle West Media Centre.)

By Community Reporter Rebeca Castineira

The event in memory of Julie Hodge was held at Filwood Community Centre to show the community’s affection for the family – and also give some economical help. Around 200 people came and raised £4,200 to support Julie’s children Candice (18) and Levi (16). Nicola Penny, one of Julie’s best friends, organised the charity auction and reggae night in May, with the help of some friends. She explains: “Julie was loved and really well-known in the area…The family had a lot to deal with in the last two years and I thought this event could be a good idea to help them… I didn’t expect to get that much money. All the hard work has paid off.”

@NForumFilwood: Broadwalk Football Club have their own website! BWFC Chartered Standard Club based at Filwood Playing Fields

The Treasure Seekers Holiday Club, hosted by ElimKidz over May half term, saw children from all over Knowle West helping us find the “Treasure of Greatest Worth”. With games, songs, stories, craft, and Aunty Pat’s now famous cupcakes everyone enjoyed themselves. Thank you to all who helped at the holiday club and those who came to the Family Fun Day in June. It was a great success with over 250 people coming. (Caption and photo by Pete Milward).


Promotion success for local football team




This turkey was the main attraction at Buried Treasure at The Park when they took part in the Get Growing Trail in June. Nearly 40 people came to visit the Polytunnel, buy plants and feed the chickens and ducks. But by far the most popular was the huge turkey - many people entered a competition to suggest a suitable name for him! (Caption and photo by Knowle West Media Centre)

@theParkKnowle: New arrival at the Buried Treasure Garden Centre...Any ideas for a name?? #kwnews


‘Do what you love’ with KWMC!

KnowleWest Media Centre


e think that lively, profitable communities are created when people make a living by doing what they love. As part of a new business programme, funded by the ERDF, we’re growing businesses by introducing new ideas to enterprising people.

What has Bristol been eating? Last month we spent ten days at the Parlour Showrooms on College Green with the Foodscapes exhibition. There was plenty of baking, chickenplucking, planting, talking and sharing: almost 900 people came through the space and talked to us about their experiences with food. We also baked bread with over 60 people and discovered what Bristol had been eating during Big Green Week – ranging from pasta, chips and toast to cherries, salad and ice cream! The partnership exhibition aimed to explore how using arts and performance in local food production initiatives can help to address challenges including food poverty and sustainability. For more information visit or contact Melissa:

The programme makes the most of new ‘green’ and digital technologies and aims to create jobs for the community. Would YOU like to make a living doing something you love? Would you like to run or be part of a business that makes a difference to your community and beyond? A great way to start is to come to the Knowle West Maker Fayre on Saturday 21st September: meet designers and other entrepreneurs and get some hands-on experience at making things. If you’d like to be part of a new kind of business or you have an idea for one that needs developing we’d love to hear from you. We can offer mentoring and support, introduce you to experts, match you with potential partners and help you research your market. Get in touch with Justin and Hazel to find out more: call 0117 903 0444 or e-mail

Latest news • We now have an electric car charging point at KWMC! Soon we will have an electric car, via the Go Low scheme, which will be available for use by KWMC and staff of local community groups. Contact Michaela for details:

• Young artists from KWMC have teamed up with their peers at the Instituto de Arts Visuales de Quito in Ecuador. The groups have been exchanging lyrics and beats to create a unique music track. What this space for the finished song and a music video... Contact Phoebe to get involved in the youth music programme: phoebe@ • We’re planning a range of activities for young people during the summer holidays. Details were still to be confirmed as we went to press but you can expect music, photography, website coding and lots of fun! Keep an eye on our website and find knowlewestmedia on Facebook, or contact Sandra on 0117 903 0444 to find out more.

Plucking a chicken at the Foodscapes exhibition during the Summer Solstice event.


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 Leinster Avenue, BS4 1NL Find knowlewestmedia on Facebook and Twitter.


KnowleWest Health Park

SMARTS SPORTS ACTIVITIES – fun play at the Knowle West Health Park

FAMILY SUMMER PICNICS – Come along, chill out and enjoy! Tuesday 30th July & Tuesday 20th August 2013 – 11am to 2.30pm Bring a picnic or buy one from our Whisk Cafe and enjoy the lovely park area of the Knowle West Health Park. Sporty activities for the family will be run throughout the picnic by our qualified sports leaders, plus there will be fun-filled play activities from Knowle West Children’s Centre. In case of wet weather we will move all activities indoors.

Young People’s Activities ffi: 0117 377 2255

Adult Activities and Services

Mondays 9am-5pm: Play Therapy/Family Therapy - counselling for families and children (free). 4-5.30pm: Afterschool club - fun, active play for 4-12 year olds (80p). Tuesdays 10-10.30am: Stretch-n-Grow - stories, songs and games for 2-5 year olds (80p). 4.30-5.30pm: Boxing - for 8-14 year olds (80p). Wednesdays 9am-1pm: Young People’s Counselling - part of Focus on Families (free). 1-5pm: Play Therapy/Family Therapy - counselling for families and children (free). 5.30-6.15pm: Beatz Street Dance brilliant and fun dance class for 6-10 year olds (£3.50 per session). Thursdays 4-5pm: Afterschool club - fun, active play for 4-12 year olds (80p). 4.30pm: Play Rangers in the Park (free). Fridays 9am- 12noon: Family Therapy/Play Therapy - for children and families (free).

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 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 tel. 0117 903 9781 or Knowle West Children’s Centre tel. 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: www.hodgehealthand or 07855 465872. Mondays 10-11am: Armchair Exercise - gentle exercise for people with limited mobility (£2). 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 Hearts Walking Group call 0117 377 2255 for info. 9.45-11.45am: Art-ease – art group for people with mild to moderate mental health issues (e.g. stress, mild depres-

SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN DAYS: for 5-11 year olds, every Wednesday and Friday in school holidays. Contact Barry on 07809 483191 (£5 for day). SUMMER HOLIDAY PICNICS: Free sports and activities for the family, Tuesday 30th July and Tuesday 20th August (free).



he long school holidays are approaching and keeping the children happy whilst staying sane and not breaking the bank is a difficult task. How about coming along to some of our brilliant school holiday activities? Run at the Health Park by SMARTS Sports Coaching, children between 5 and 11 will have a great day with fully qualified and CRB checked coaches, for only £5. Bring a packed lunch and a non-fizzy drink. EVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY in each school holiday except Christmas! To book your place or for more info call Barry on 07809 483191.

sion, 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, call 0117 377 2255 (£3 per week or £9 for a 4 week block). Thursdays 9.30-10am: Wii Fab - get fit while having fun. Dance and exercise to various Wii Fit activities (free). 9.30am: Two Hearts Walking Group call 0117 377 2255 for info. 10am-12noon: Fit and Fab - a support group for women wanting to make a change (free). 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 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). 10am-12noon: Lipreading class - for people who are beginning to lose their hearing, term time only (£1). 11am-12.30pm: Ear Acupuncture benefits include relaxation, de-stress, and better sleep (£4 per session). 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


The Park & Youth Moves

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

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

Local produce market at The Park every week The Park held its first market on Thursday 4th July. The market will run every week on Thursdays from 10am and will have stalls containing fruit and veg, bread, plants, ice cream, jewellery and more. The market is being run by Angie: please contact her on 07768 736003 for more details or if you want to have a stall.

Newly refurbished Community Gym is now open!

complete. The work was carried out after a successful funding application to The Medlock Charitable Trust. The new gym now has a dedicated CV room equipped with five treadmills, a boxing room, a heavy weights room, two further exercise rooms and a new consultation room. Monthly membership of the new gym starts from as little as £15 per month or you can have an individual session for only £3. Concessions are available for onsite tenants. Feel free to pop in and see the layout and equipment. If you like what you see why not sign up and become a member of Bristol’s best Community Gym?

Over the last couple of months you may have heard about our plans to extend our gym. Well, the wait is over and the extension and refurbishment of Bristol’s best community gym is now

PCC meets with local young people Youth Opinions hosted a visit from Sue Mountstevens, Police and Crime Commissioner, at Youth Moves office on 20th June. Young people from the young mums group, detached, Parkour and other projects talked about the groups they attend and their relationships with the police in the local area. Tilly, from Youth Opinions, said: “It was very positive that Sue was really interested in the views of young people, and was committed to listening to young people. Sue showed, from attending the meeting and her comments and talks with young people, that she is committed to involving young people, which is great for us.”

Youth Opinions seeks new members Youth Opinions has been running in South Bristol for almost six years, and during that time they’ve been involved in getting young people’s voices heard at all levels of decision-making. Youth Opinions are


now looking for new young people to get involved in their activities, which include: • Monitoring Youth Provision - going to different youth projects in South Bristol, interviewing staff and young people and observing the projects. You’ll give feedback to the projects about the positives and things that could be improved – a bit like a mini OFSTED inspection ;) • Training adults to enable them to listen to young people and get them involved in their projects. • Consultations - using social media, interviewing and doing surveys with young people about a range of issues. If you’re interested in getting involved you need only commit to meeting twice a month. Support and training will be available for all new members. This is a great thing to have on your CV and we will also get all involvement accredited. You don’t need any specific qualities: we want to represent ALL young people. If you’re 13 – 19 and want to get involved contact Denise: denise. or 0117 903 9796. Message us on Facebook:

A Ride in The Park – Cycle Challenge Do you need help finding the answer to a difficult problem, or maybe you just need a person who will listen to you?

Two of The Park’s tutors, John Bennett and Steve Winstanely, have taken up the daunting task of cycling from Land’s End to John O Groats. They ride off in August and are raising money to purchase inclusive bikes for a new cycle project they are launching later in the year. Any support for this great effort is appreciated: you can donate by visiting and searching “A Ride in The Park”. Also, working with Lifecycle UK, The Park is hosting a Family Fun Cycling Day on Wednesday 31st July between 11am and 3pm. The day will consist of bike demos, Dr Bike, bike swaps and more. Call Karen on 07734 335878 for details.

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.

Fallen out with your neighbour? Not being listened to? In the middle of an argument that won’t end? Find ‘Freerunning Park Knowle’ and ‘Community Space Challenge Bristol’

Looking for things to do this summer? Whilst the sun is (hopefully) shining, we stop running some of our indoor sessions - instead we head for the parks and work outside. If you’re 11-19 and interested in sports why not try out Street Games this summer? It’s free: just turn up and take part.

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

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

Monday South Bristol Sport Centre (4.30–6:30pm) and Filwood Broadway (7-8.30pm) Wednesday Withywood Park MUGA (Riverland Drive, 4-5.30pm) and St Annes Park (by tennis courts, 6-7.30pm) Friday Malago MUGA (4.30-5.30pm) and Redcatch Park MUGA (6-7.30pm) Enjoy the summer!


Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes or kidney disease. But these diseases can often be prevented, and NHS Health Check can help you by assessing your risk and giving you personalised advice on how to reduce it. If you receive an invitation letter to an NHS Health Check, go to your GP practice and get checked. For more information please contact your local practice or go on line to:

When you get the call: GO!


Alternatively, please call Bristol Mediation on 0117 9415379 talk it through is a partnership between



THINGS TO DO this summer

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.


Sessions for children (8-12) and young people (13-16) at Eagle House Youth Centre and Hengrove Park. See p. 2

ElimKidz & Skillz

Games, stories and more for 4-12 year olds: Sundays, 3.15-4.30pm at Filwood Community Centre. Football skills for children: Sundays, 3.30-4.30pm on the football pitch opposite Christ the King church. Contact Pete Millward: 07854 906038.

Arts & Media

A week of creative activities for young people at Knowle West Media Centre. From 12th August. Contact Sandra: 0117 903 0444.



Avon Gorge Cruise trip:

Broadwalk Community Football Club Fun Day

The Park and LinkAge are organizing a boat trip for people aged 55+. Thursday 15th August, boat departs from Wapping Wharf at 10.15am. Seniors £12, Adults £13.50. Contact Cheryl Martin on 07530 564332, or Joy Pollard on 0117 903 9770.

Wildlife Walks

Join the Northern Slopes Initiative for a series of walks. Dog Days: 24th August, bring socialised dogs on leads. Birds & Berries: 21st September. Autumn Folklore: 19th October. Walks all start at The Park, Daventry Road, at 10.30am. Led by Environmental Biologist Trudi Clarke.

Walks for Over 55s

LinkAge are leading a series of walks for over 55s on Summer Picnics Mondays throughout July and Join Ilminster Avenue SpecialAugust. Meet at 10am on at ist Nursery School for family The Park, Daventry Road picnics from 10-11.30am on: (9.45am for new walkers). 23rd July (Hengrove Park) Contact Cheryl Martin on 29th July (Redcatch Park) 07530 564332. 8th Aug (Mowbray Park) 12th Aug (Ilminster Avenue) Bar Opening 22nd Aug (Burnbush Friday 30th August, 3.30pm, Children’s Centre) Filwood Community Centre, 30th Aug (Redcatch Park) Barnstaple Road. Call 0117 903 9781.

Annual community fun day and tournament: Saturday 27th July at Filwood Playing Fields, Creswicke Road. Contact Andy Williams: 07980 432697.

Photo supplied by Julia Tutton Solstice event.

Green Gym

Enjoy time on the Northern Slopes doing effective conservation work at your own pace. Meet on Thursdays, 10.15am, on the green adjacent to 105 Wedmore Vale. All welcome.

‘Make Sundays Special’

Photo supplied by Pete Millwardtice event.

This summer some streets in the city centre will be closed to motor traffic and markets, music, street games and performers will take their place. Sunday 21st July and Sunday 18th August.

Family Fun Cycling Day

Photo supplied by Knowle West Media Centre

Bike demos, Dr Bike, bike swaps and more. The Park, Wednesday 31st July, 11am3pm. Contact Karen on 07734 335878 for details.

Photo supplied by Knowle West Media Centre

Lost & Found project Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is delighted to announce Lost & Found, a new project that will prototype a way-finding system for Knowle West. Using signs, digital tools and playful

events, local residents and artists will develop ways to encourage people to explore the delights of Knowle West by foot and bike.

about to start secondary school, please get in touch with Melissa Mean: e-mail or call 0117 903 0444.

KWMC is looking for people to help design Lost & Found. If you are a new parent, someone who has recently retired, or a young person

Lost & Found is funded by Bristol City Council’s Active Neighbourhood Transport Grants scheme and will begin in September 2013.

Printed on recycled paper with vegetable inks

Photo supplied by Knowle West Media Centre

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