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For the residents of Filwood and parts of

THANKS TO: the Newsletter Steering Group and Knowle West Media Centre (Sue Mackinnon - Editor and Community Journalism Tutor, Bart Blazejewski - Designer). All articles express the views of individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Steering Group or KWMC.

A word from us We’re celebrating our 80th edition - and the fact for nearly 17 years the people of Knowle West have had their own newsletter to keep them informed. The Knowledge has survived, despite funding cuts, and we’re continuing to look at ways to keep it going. This has coincided with the 80th anniversary of Filwood Community Centre and Broadway (p9) – with celebrations going on this year at the centre, including, at time of going to press, a party on 18 May and photographic exhibition. This summer the old Broadway cinema is due for demolition which has fond memories for so many people in the area – but lay empty for over 20 years. It’s now been deemed unsafe due to asbestos – but there are plans to capture memories in an arts project to at least take something into the next decade (p3). It’s good to see a new café on Filwood Broadway (p7) and mobility shop (p11) - that shows local businesses are investing here to help rejuvenate the area. Amidst this has been deep sadness in the community at the tragic death of 14-year-old Chris Marsh. The Knowledge sends condolences to the family and has featured a tribute to Chris with permission from his father John, highlighting the incredible community spirit at this time. (p5). Thanks to everyone who has supported The Knowledge over the years - from volunteering to advertising to ensure the local area is kept in touch with what’s happening. Sue Mackinnon Editor Get in touch: Call: 117 903 0444 Email: Write to us at KWMC, Leinster Avenue, Bristol BS4 1 NL

Money Entitlement Event A free event is taking place this June at The Park to give local people the chance to talk to financial experts about the help they are entitled to. Organised by Karin Smyth, MP for Bristol South, there will be representatives from Bristol advice services to answer any questions. Ms Smyth says: “Most people I talk with agree with me it’s only fair that if you work hard and contribute to society, through taxes and other means, the system is then there for you when you need it”. The event is at The Park Community Centre, Daventry Road on Friday 22 June from 1 to 3 pm. No need to book – just turn up.

Cuts to youth services By Community Reporter Ian Watt Youth services across Bristol are being cut by 30 per cent – with less money going towards activities for eight to thirteen-year-olds There have been fears from youth groups across the city about the long-term effects of the cuts. But Bristol City Council says providing support for vulnerable young people remains an important part of the council’s changing role in the city – with around £3m a year invested in “supporting those who need it most”. The contract was previously run by Bristol Youth Links but has been taken over by Creative Youth Network. Youth groups in Knowle West say the cuts will not affect their services - as both Youth Moves at The Park and StreetSpace in Filwood Broadway say “they have funding from varied sources”. Alistair Dale from Youth Moves – a charity which works with young people aged eight to 25 - says they have widened their support base in recent years. “We’ve been a little more robust.” A council consultation on the future design of youth services closed on 27 April with feedback expected on 9 June.

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Work is well underway to deliver new homes at Filwood Park – with the first ones available to reserve this summer.


The entire development of 150 homes – consisting of two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom apartments is expected to be completed in 2022. The work is part of the Knowle West regeneration framework - which consists of “a series of proposed improvements to the area” taking place over a 20-year period to “promote growth in this part of the city.”

A spokeperson for Barratt Homes said: “Construction of the roads is advancing and the foundations for several homes have been laid. The superstructure of one of the apartment blocks is advancing well and our construction teams are continuing to progress development. “For the safety of potential park users, our neighbours and our construction team we are legally obliged to close off the footpath during construction. This land will be reopened as we are required to under our planning permission.” For more information visit: and search for Filwood Park.

Delay on arena location decision By Community Reporter Charlie Watts A decision on whether the long-awaited 12,000-seat Bristol Arena is to be built at Temple Meads or Filton has been delayed again. At time of going to press, at a Bristol, City Council cabinet meeting on 1 May it was decided to allow the council’s scrutiny committee to review a ‘value for money’ assessment. In November, Malaysian investment firm YTL offered to privately build the venue inside the Brabazon hangar on Filton Airfield. Most councillors voted in favour of building the arena at Temple Meads at a council meeting on 20 March - including Filwood Councillor Chris Jackson. Cllr Jackson said the former Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership had backed an arena at Temple Meads. He said this would “regenerate that area” of the city and be of “easy access from South Bristol, from Filwood.’ Despite the council’s vote, the final decision on the location of the arena lies with the Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees.

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Old cinema to be demolished

News First MetroBus to run in May – but other routes delayed The first MetroBus will be running at the end of May from Emersons Green – but there are currently no dates for the other routes. The £230 million rapid transit service is designed to speed up travel and reduce congestion - with a dedicated route and off bus ticketing. It also aims to provide better connections for south Bristol with the city centre. The M2 route from Long Ashton through Ashton Gate to the city centre was originally due to open this Easter – but now the M3 route from Emersons Green to the city centre will be first – with free rides until 9 June. The M1 route from Hengrove to Cribbs Causeway via Filwood will now be run by Bedminster-based Bristol Community Transport using zero carbon buses fuelled by biogas. But there is currently no start date.

And a South Bristol Link service from Hengrove, through Hartcliffe and Bishopsworth to Long Ashton has disappeared off the map. MP for Bristol South, Karin Smyth, has written to MetroBus and demanded that Bristiol City Council reinstate the link on the route map. She said “…This crucial route, designed to properly connect communities currently poorly served by public transport, was a central part of the MetroBus offer. It is also essential to the success of South Bristol Community Hospital…” A MetroBus spokesperson said the route between Hengrove and the city centre via the South Bristol Link was “a core part of the MetroBus network”. “…Bus operators have so far agreed to commercially run three of the originally proposed five MetroBus routes … much of which will connect south Bristol residents with jobs in the city centre and north Bristol. “The remaining two routes,


he former cinema and bingo hall on Filwood Broadway which has been empty for over 20 years is scheduled for demolition this summer. A Bristol City Council leaflet delivered to residents read: “...Detailed surveys have found the building is unsafe and has asbestos throughout making it a hazard to the community. “It’s no longer practical to refurbish the building and bring it back into use. The building has had several break-ins and is a site for anti-social behaviour and has had costly emergency repairs.” The cinema has fond memories for many residents, first opening its doors in 1938. Seating 1,160 people - over the years it was also host to concerts and boxing matches. It was sold in the 1980s to become a full-time bingo hall and finally closed in 1994 - but some of the original seats and projectors can be seen in M Shed museum. Recent plans from local councillors Chris Jackson and Jeff Lovell hoped to bring the building into use as storage for a proposed pop-up factory on the old petrol station site – but it was found to be too unsafe. Demolition by specialist contractors is expected to take around 26 weeks, with dust managed by “water mist suppression and plastic sheeting”. The site will then be used to “support the regeneration of Filwood Broadway”. The council held a drop-in at Filwood Coffee House in April for residents to ask questions about the plans. Cllr Chris Jackson said: “We’ve had four or five people interested in redeveloping the cinema over the past five years, but as soon as they see how bad it is they walk away… It would be too hard because of the asbestos. “It’s a shame as I used to go on Saturday mornings for the Penny Club and my mum used to use it for bingo. Jeff and I tried everything to keep it, but it’s in such a bad state…” Philip Bulejko (59) who attended the drop-in said: “I’ll be glad to see the back of it. It’s a monstrosity. You look at it and it makes you feel depressed like we are in the Bronx in New York…” With this year the 80th anniversary of Filwood Community Centre and Broadway an arts project is planned to capture people’s memories of the building. The council has commissioned an Independent Heritage Assessment to create a record of the building, to be kept in the Bristol Archives in Filwood Library and on the council’s website. For information about the demolition email:

including Hengrove to the city centre via the South Bristol Link, haven’t been removed from the network but haven’t yet generated a commercial offer from bus operators…” He said MetroBus was a “long-term investment in Bristol’s public transport infrastructure” designed to meet passenger demand as the city region grew. He added: “The South Bristol Link is doing what it was designed to do. It has removed traffic from unsuitable residential roads, reduced journey times and improved transport links for residents and businesses in south Bristol…” Full story

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Dates not finalised for new schools Opening dates have not been finalised for two new secondary schools given approval last spring for Hengrove and Temple Quarter. Oasis South Bristol was supposed to open in September 2019, and Oasis Temple Quarter in September 2018 - but no permanent site has been found for it. Oasis Community Learning said: “We are determined that we provide our students with an exceptional learning environment from the very first day. To that end, we will only open a new school once a permanent site has been secured…” Full story


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PCSO Gary Mason Knowle and Filwood Neighbourhood Team Broadbury Road In February, officers from the Knowle and Filwood Neighbourhood Police Team took part in an operation targeting the scourge of fly tipping and illegal waste carrying in the local community. In partnership with Bristol City Council enforcement officers, several check points were arranged where flatbed trucks and vans were stopped and their waste carrier licences checked to ensure the appropriate documents were in order. By law, vehicles that carry business waste must be registered with the local authority and hold the appropriate licence to comply. If the licence was not present, the enforcement officers were able to issue on-the-spot fines to drivers and take their details for future reference and monitoring. The operation was a success, with several different stop checks being conducted across south Bristol and a number of vehicles were dealt with for a variety of offences. These days of action will continue moving forward, as we aim to reduce the harm fly tipping causes to local communities and to ensure that vehicles carrying waste are appropriately regulated.

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ith Universal Credit rollout kick-starting in south Bristol this June – residents are being urged to seek any help, advice or digital skills support offered by Knowle West organisations. It is important claimants understand the changes to the benefit system and where they can get support so they can be better prepared. Earlier in May – as a result of collaboration between local organisations – members of staff were out into the community to promote awareness of the changes. HERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU CAN GET HELP Access to online services - these include training, free WIFI, drop-in support. • The Park - 0117 9039770 • Filwood Community Centre - 0117 971 0883 • Knowle West Media Centre - 0117 903 0444 • Filwood Library - 0117 903 8581 • • • •

Debt and finance advice Filwood Hope - 0117 963 4566 Christians Against Poverty @ Victoria Baptist Church - 0117 9772484 Citizens Advice Bureau - 08001383422 or email Visit for more information.

New Neighbourhood Group for Filwood By Community Reporter Ian Watt Filwood has a new neighbourhood meeting working to tackle anti-social behaviour and parking problems – as well as issues like drug crime and domestic violence. The group, set up in Melvin Square in March, is run by PC Ben Blackmore, assisted by Independent Advisory Group member for Avon and Somerset Police, Carol Casey. Carol says: “In the first month we have achieved two of the outcomes already.” Members have been helping to tackle parking on Leinster Avenue and took part in the Bristol Noise clean-up of the area in April. A residents’ group was set up in Inns Court a year ago and is now running independently - and there are plans for more groups across the area. Knowle West is leading the way in south Bristol with some of its community policing developments – such as the mini-police cadets which started at Oasis Academy Connaught school last year. The new Melvin Square group needs local people to bring their experience of the area. The next meetings are Monday 21 May and 18 June from 12-1pm at the Community Hub, Connaught School. All welcome.

Cuts to PCSO funding By Community Reporter Ian Watt Although funding for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) has been completely scaled back in Bristol City Council’s budget cuts – it will not mean a reduction in numbers. A spokesperson from Avon and Somerset Police confirmed Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens had committed to “protecting neighbourhood policing numbers.” She said: “Bristol City Council and PCC Sue Mountstevens are looking at how a community safety grant might be redirected to support the continuation of funding for PCSOs.” But an increasing proportion of policing costs will have to be met by local council tax payers . Ms Mountstevens said: “Neighbourhood policing is at the heart of our communities and is essential to ensuring Avon and Somerset remains a safe place to live and work.”

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he community has been shocked by the tragic passing of fourteen-yearold Chris Marsh – and rallied round to support his family and raise money for his funeral. Chris who was well-loved in the area was hit by a car on Novers Lane on 17 February and died of his injuries in hospital three days later. On 6 April hundreds of mourners dressed in pink and wearing odd socks in his memory packed South Bristol Crematorium to say their goodbyes to the “helpful and kind” teenager. Family tributes came from his father John who read lines from a touching poem: “It’s not ever goodbye son, it’s see you again soon”, and his sister Kelly and brother Dean talked about their fond memories of their youngest sibling who loved to make people laugh. Pupils and staff from Merchants Academy which Chris attended were also present with staff remembering him as a “selfless, polite and caring young man” who spoke in assemblies against bullying. After the ceremony the family released three doves for John’s grandsons who were unable to come to the funeral. There has been a incredible response both within Knowle West and across Bristol - with tributes pouring in and heartfelt messages posted on social media. Across the community - from local groups and individuals to schools and scout patrols - events were held to raise money to help the family pay for Chris’ send off. These included cake sales, raffles and donation tins in venues as well as a fundraiser organised by musician Darren Sims at the Kings Head pub on Bedminster Down. Hundreds of people turned up for an afternoon of live music, auctions, raffles and children’s activities - which went on into the evening.

The strength of support and community spirit from all these activities raised 'a phenomenal amount of money’.

Community rallies after tragic passing of Chris Marsh

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“You will be sadly missed. Always in our hearts. Never forgotten.” A Crowdfunding page set up by Darren also raised £4,675 – showing the outstanding compassion from local people. John said: “I just want to say thank you to everybody who made things possible. It just proves at a time like this how everyone pulled together. “Chris was a loving and caring son, brother and uncle. He had so many interests - rugby and the army cadets at school, looking after his lizard and taking the neighbour’s dog and his dog Rex for a walk and he loved to tell jokes… "He did karate in Filwood, we were both brown belts but on his passing they made him an honorary black belt…” Flowers and cards were placed near the bus stop where the collision happened. One message says: “You were an amazing young man, always smiling and always polite. Despite I am writing this with great sadness, you will be missed still so much. Can’t get my head around it. Why such a lovely and loving young man and a good friend to many.”

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A decade on Bramble Farm is thriving

t’s hard to believe just over ten years ago Bramble Farm on the Northern Slopes was an overgrown piece of land. But in April 2008, six local families with the help of celebrity chef and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, began to completely transform the plot - cutting down the mass of brambles which gave the farm its name. They were part of the River Cottage Spring and Autumn television series which followed their journey. Today the urban smallholding is run by a collective of eight families - and Mandy and Bob Swainger are from the only original family to have stayed the course. The 2.4 acre site now has flocks of chickens and ducks as well as three pigs, two goats and vegetable plots - and the members have worked hard to keep it going.

Mandy (47) says: “We’re like a little community, we share everything. We have a crop rotation sheet so we don’t all plant the same things, a week’s rota for feeding the animals and watering and a Facebook page… “Ten years ago I had no experience at all… I wasn’t interested in growing or farming. I didn’t even know who Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was!” After the film crews left, they were down to three families and the couple considered “jacking it in” but they felt guilty – so carried on and found others to join them. Bramble Farm received a level 4 last year in the Royal Horticultural Society It’s Your Neighbourhood awards – a Thriving. With sheer determination the collective has

Spring Fair celebrates a year for Redcatch

included food from home grown produce, children’s activities and 16 stalls from local craftspeople. With a new Wendy House on site the team plans to make a children’s garden and safe area for youngsters to play. Anna Willow who brought her oneyear-old son Gabriel to the event said: “...I love this place. It seems to be going from strength to strength and I hope it carries on. Anything that is family-friendly is a good idea…” Visit Facebook @redcatchcommunitygarden

One year to the day it started – Redcatch Community Garden celebrated with a spring fair in April. From a seed of an idea of a fruit farm for the community on a disused bowling ground in Knowle – the project is now thriving. Last April Knowle West initiator and local gardener Steve Griffiths was just starting to plant his runner beans in the garden which now has a team of community volunteers, a container for education courses, two polytunnels and a café. Steve says: “It’s hard to believe it was just a bare site, it seems to have worked with all the support we have had from local people.

The Shameena dancers performed at the fair. L to r Amanda Brett and Alison Knight. “We’ve got plans to get funding and continue to sell produce all year round, with the café and a lot of things such as courses.” The next round of courses will start in August/September and the Community Garden will be working with Learning Communities at The Park. Over 500 people came to the fair - which


“Let’s Grow” needs volunteers Let’s Grow Community Allotment is on the look out for volunteers to help the project with a variety of roles from garden maintenance to marketing. Run by Knowle West Health Association (KWHA) the project is based at Springfield Allotments in Andover Road. Volunteers could get involved in anything from digging and planting to stewarding at events or supporting people attending workshops. Let’s Grow will also be selling produce in the summer months available to purchase. For volunteering contact Jess at allotment@knowlewesthealthassoc. or for garden produce call Fleur on 07940 954 568 or check their Facebook page.

made it a successful enterprise. Mandy says: “It’s been hard work but I’ve enjoyed it…It has stood the test of time…The veg and meat tastes different from the shops – it really does…” See Get Growing Trail 2018 p.20 for details of Bramble Farm’s Open Weekend in June. Facebook: Bramble Farm Bristol.

Hearts and Stars volunteer awards The Hearts and Stars Award ceremony will be back in Knowle West this June - honouring the achievements of local volunteers. Held in the same month as Volunteers’ Week – the popular evening, which is modelled on the Oscars, will take place at Filwood Community Centre on 22 June and there is still time to nominate someone. Centre Manager June McNeill says: “The Hearts and Stars Awards extravaganza is recognising the hard work of volunteers within the community. It will be free and we will have a buffet and disco...

Nominees for last year’s Group Award won by Knowle West Arts Promotion. “We will have boxes for nominations across the area and people can also nominate online.” Categories are: Lifetime Achievement, Young Person, Older Person, Group, Newcomer, People’s Choice and Outstanding Contribution. Nominations must be in by Friday 8 June. Look out for boxes round local venues or Facebook @filwoodcom munitycentre. For more information contact June on 0117 914 9216.

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A new cafe run by a local family opened its doors on Filwood Broadway in March – specialising in milk shakes and “real coffee”. Filwood Park Coffee House and Confectionary also sells old fashioned sweets in jars, from pear drops to lemon bonbons, and its ice creams have proved a best seller – even in the recent cold weather. Owned by Knowle Wester Robin Cornick it’s very much a family enterprise, with daughters Kerrie and Lisa and wife Debra all working there. Robin says: “I used to have a café up in Broadwalk 12 years ago and I could have gone back there but my heart ruled my head… “We’ve come back here because we want the Broadway to take off.

Family-run café opens on Broadway I remember when you had two cafes here, two supermarkets, a cinema and a butchers…” Popular times are breakfast, serving bacon baguettes, lunch times when people can have a toasted sandwich or panini and after school when the shop is full of children wanting milkshakes. Robin is keen for the café to feel a bit upmarket because “there are people here who want a proper coffee.” He is hoping to bring in “designer shakes” such as fruit, Mars Bar and Snickers and to start making waffles. He has already established a children’s playroom so parents can have a coffee and feel more relaxed. For his business to be a success, Robin feels the key is the regeneration of Filwood Broadway. And so far

Denise steps down as Chair of CIP – and Tim takes over Denise Britt was given a warm send off as she stepped down as Chair of Community in Partnership Knowle West after nine years. She said: I’ve enjoyed the time I was working here, at times it was quite hard and stressful and we all pitched together, with a lot of people working together you can succeed… Thanks to the Board and staff for all the nine years…” Denise (64) was Chair of the Development Trust for six years before it became Community in Partnership (CIP) and on the Neighbourhood Renewal for eight years before as Chair. She continued on the Neighbourhood Partnership representing the community until it finished in 2017. Denise says: “I do it because I am trying to make the community a better place to live in, not only for me and my family but for other people as well… My favourite part is knowing what is going on… and I’ve met so many lovely people over the years…It’s been a real experience.” But although stepping down as Chair for health reasons – Denise still wants to continue some of her work in the community. New Chair Tim Jones said: “Denise’s work has laid the foundation – she has been keeping the place going.

L to r: Kerrie and Debra Cornick outside the new café. there has been really positive response to the new venture. “Although we’ve only just opened this place the feedback so far has been amazing.” Filwood Park Coffee House and Confectionary is at 37 Filwood Broadway and open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. placement training to be a teacher. Her grandmother Sheila Thorne and great-grandmother Ivy May Durston, who have since passed away, were at the school in the 1970s - at the same time Alison was a pupil. Alison remembers: “My nan was strict but my mum wasn’t… We used to go up for second helpings and the ones who looked hungry she would give extra!”

CIPKW board members at the presentation for Denise. “This is the time now when a lot more will be happening – there are things you can help us with because of your experience. There will be a lot more going on that will involve a lot more people in the community…” Full stories:

Four generations of dinner ladies Dinner ladies have been the mainstay of the school dining room for years – now a local family has seen four generations working at the same place since the 1970s. Mum of three Charlotte Brine (27), a past pupil herself of Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School is the latest member. She says “I sit down with the children and help them cut up food – because some can’t eat big pieces….” She remembers when at school in the 90s how mum Alison (50) was a dinner lady helping out while on

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L to r: Charlotte with mum Alison and pictures of relatives Ivy-May and Sheila. Charlotte and and Alison say lunch times have definitely changed over the years – and the food is healthier. Alison as a pupil especially liked the school stew - but has been put off vegetables for life “because of the boiled cabbage”. They both think the reason they have all worked at the school is the “lovely atmosphere” - and the fact they have all come from big families and are used to being around children. Alison says: “There’s satisfaction you’ve done something to help.” Full story


News from schools

Pupils read aloud at library Six pupils from School of Christ the King visited Filwood Library to read a book of their choice as part of Read Aloud month. The event was in association with the Save the Children 'Read On, Get On' campaign - which aims to provide every child with access to books and support to become competent readers. Read Aloud is a national month of events to increase awareness of children who struggle to read and to make sure they get the attention they need. The Key Stage 1 children, who have benefitted from Reading Recovery at the school all enjoyed the experience of reading to Library Assistant Sarah Miles.

Debbie reads to Library Assistant Sarah Miles watched by the rest of the Reading Recovery group. (Picture Dee Higgins). Reading Teacher at School of Christ the King, Dee Higgins says: “For some children, reading aloud in front of someone they don't know well, or in front of a group, can be very challenging. “All of the children rose amazingly well to the challenge and arrived back at school buzzing with excitement and keen to tell everyone about their achievement. In addition, they were each given a book to keep by the librarian and were excited to show and share these…” Sarah Miles said: “…I am so very impressed with them, and their bravery when reading to the rest of the group and me. They should be very proud of themselves!"

New acting heads for “well-loved nursery” Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School has two new acting heads following an agreement between Knowle West Children’s Centre and New Fosseway Special School. Appointed in February, after a period of uncertainty, the heads Trish French from New Fosseway and Matt Caldwell from the Children’s Centre were appointed to ensure the future running of the school.


KnowleDGE shortlisted for Tes Award

KnowleDGE has been shortlisted for a Tes Schools Award in the category “Alternative Provision School of the Year”. The awards celebrate the “extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK”.

There are 16 categories and winners of each will be chosen by a panel of education experts and announced at a ceremony on Friday 22 June at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. This year will mark 10 years since the event was first launched and Tes says “being shortlisted for an award is an achievement in itself”. Head teacher Darren Ewins says: “We’re delighted that KnowleDGE Academy has be shortlisted for the prestigious Tes award... It’s great for our school community to be acknowledged in this way and we’re looking forward to the awards night in June”. The pair say they have been working closely with staff, governors and families of Ilminster Avenue Nursery this academic year. In a statement they say: “…We were really pleased the school kept it’s ‘Good’ Ofsted grade and we have been all working hard to raise outcomes for all the children who come here.

“We both love working at this place and have been so impressed with how hard the staff work for a nursery that is regarded so positively in the community. We are also proud to be part of one of only twelve nursery schools in the whole of Bristol and know what a difference we make. “Some of the children will be moving over to New Fosseway School with Trish in September which will signal the end of one era, but the beginning of another for this well-loved nursery.”

Opening of new Children’s Centre site Outbursts of torrential rain didn’t dampen spirits at the opening celebration of the newly refurbished Knowle West Children’s Centre site. The building in Leinster Avenue has been extended with improved facilities – while the garden has

been completely landscaped to include features such as a reclaimed canal barge, bridges and a tree house as well as an outside cookery area. Staff and pupils spent a year at Inns Court Community and Family Centre while the refurbishment took place, returning in January. The cutting of the ribbon was performed by Deputy Lord Mayor Jeff Lovell and one of the first governors, resident 87-year-old Mildred Ford who has had grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending the Children’s Centre. Cllr Lovell said: “…When you build something like this you can see the kids love it and when they love it, they want to come to school and they will learn…”

L to r: Head teacher Sarah Salmon with Mildred Ford and Deputy Lord Mayor Jeff Lovell. Anna Garland (30) has a daughter Bella who used to attend Knowle West Children’s Centre (KWCC) and son Sidney (two) who has started at the new site. She says: “It was amazing beforehand but it’s even better now, you can’t fault it, I don’t know if you can get this anywhere else in Bristol… you feel honoured your children can have this space.” Full story and pictures

@knowlewestcc We had an amazing official re-opening! Lots of friends and families, old and new came to see the new Centre and...

Filwood Community Centre is 80

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ilwood Community Centre has survived the second world war and been used as a school and a clinic in its time - serving the community for eight decades. Over the years residents have come there for their ration books, for classes, dances and Sunday school - and the surrounding Broadway also evokes fond memories as a bustling centre where you could ‘buy anything “. Filwood Social Centre as it was then called was opened on Saturday 23 April 1938 by Alderman Frank Sheppard – it had cost £17,000 to build. Two years before Bristol City Council had approved the scheme for the centre and Broadway “the counterpart of a village high street around which would be grouped public buildings, shops and places of entertainment as well as houses for doctors, dentists and others…” The opening day information says: “The Centre is intended to be a homely club in which every member of the community, either individually or in groups may share opportunities for the fuller enjoyment of leisure and for making friends.” The building included central lawns for entertainments, hall with stage and dressing rooms, fully equipped gym, four club rooms, a games room, and workshop. There was also a Common and Reading Room, meeting room and skittle alley as well as a canteen. During the day the main hall and rooms next to it were to be used “for a subsidiary Health Centre.” The main health centre for the district was in St John’s Lane and Wedmore Vale. Aerial view of Filwood Broadway.

The council formed the Knowle West Community Association with representatives “from organisations operating on the estate” and later to include “individual residents.” Graham Blacker (82) has been a trustee at Filwood Community Centre since 1992. He says:

“I came the first day the community centre opened with my mum and dad holding their hands …and we thought it was marvellous…" And Ken Jones (85) recalls of the centre: “For many people it was similar to a hotel, with electric lights.” Boys school at Filwood Community Centre in the early 1950s.

After Connaught Road School was bombed in 1940, the community centre was used as a school for girls, with boys arriving later and taught separately. The boys went up to the new Merrywood Comprehensive School at The Park in 1972, soon to be followed by the girls. Former pupil Kay White remembers: “I went to school here and left at 14… we learnt to sew and had PE and a cookery teacher and gardening with Miss Roberts.” Other residents recall Saturday night dances and parties at the centre – and getting involved in the carnival in 1984 along the Broadway to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Knowle West estate. Recently there were fears for the future of the building - if the money from Bristol City Council was cut. Now with funding still in place, Chair of Community in Partnership Knowle West (CIPKW) board which runs the

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Carnival for the golden anniversary of Knowle West estate 1984.

centre, Tim Jones, feels the future is looking brighter. He says: “We are grateful the council has maintained the level of funding and that two years ago they put in place a Development Manager who began the work of revitalising the centre. “Now we have local resident Makala Cheung - with 15 years’ experience of working in the community at KWMC – who has joined the team to continue this work …” Makala says:

“…I see Filwood Community Centre as a hub for the community and the whole of south Bristol to have fun, make friends and experience fantastic opportunities…”

Carnival 1984, Filwood Park.

(Picture Gloria Tucker).

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The first play performed by Knowle West Art Promotion Group in 1983.


practice the new skills they’ve learnt in a competition. Young adults between the ages 15 and 17 years will be able to apply their cooking skills for the Young Apprentice Award. Winners from both competitions will be announced during Food Connections week from June 11-17.


Teaching a city to cook A new scheme where Bristol schoolchildren are being taught to cook by professional chefs is running across the city to encourage young people to eat more healthily. Teaching a City to Cook started in February alongside a competition to find the city’s Young Cook of the Year. Bristol has the highest level of tooth decay in the South West and higher than average levels of childhood obesity. The programme has been developed by Bristol City Council with the help of local professional chefs including Barny Haughton from Knowle’s Square Food Foundation, Adrian Kirikmaa from St Monica’s Trust and Josh Eggleton from Pony and Trap. It is aimed at inspiring young people to cook for themselves using nutritious, seasonal food. Adrian said: ‘I’m really proud to be a part of this exceptional project, food brings so many different positives to our lives, whether it be eating, well-being or a career in hospitality… “We are also launching The School of Food

Chef Adrian Kirkimaa demonstrates to a group of pupils. and hope to encourage as many young people as possible into a vibrant and exciting career.” Barny said: “We are in the process of linking up with a number of local-toThe Park and South Bristol schools…” He said Square Food would also be launching its own ten-week cookery and food knowledge programme in the autumn for 16 to 25 year-olds How to Chop an Onion - to help get young people into food jobs who might not “manage an apprenticeship.” Teaching a City to Cook is linked to Sugar Smart Bristol, a campaign to educate about the dangers of sugary food, in partnership with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. The new scheme will lead up to the Young Cook Awards – when children in years 6, 7 and 8 can put into

Everyday Healthy Options Redcatch Community Garden will be running a free six-week course offering an introduction to healthy eating in September. For more information call Jacky on 0787 251 4604 or check Facebook.

Over 50s cooking There are two groups in Knowle West giving over 50s the chance to become more confident about cooking and to socialise. Square Food Foundation runs Back in the Kitchen sessions on Mondays during term-time from 9.30am-12pm. Call 0117 904 6679. Knowle West Health Association holds Friendship Cooking Classes on Tuesdays 12.30- 2.30pm. Call 0117 963 9569.

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3. Cut the pastry into squares (it is up to you how big you make them). 4. Spoon the mixture into the pastry squares.

Ingredients: ˜ 1 x 320g package puff pastry ˜ 1 egg ˜ 115g feta cheese ˜ 1 tbsp milk (or egg) to brush parcels ˜ Spinach and sesame seeds (optional)

5. Fold over each square to make a small parcel, score the top. 6. Brush tops of puff pastry with egg or milk and scatter with sesame seeds (optional).

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7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden and cooked through.


8. Transfer to a cooling rack and let it cool for 10 minutes.

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9. Eat with salad. Feta is low fat and contains oodles of minerals.. Supplied by Filwood Community Centre Café

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1. Toddlers exploring nature on the Northern

5. A tea party for the over 80s was a swinging success – helping to mark Filwood Community Centre’s 80th birthday and share happy memories. 2. Park Fest – an arts festival held at The Park (Picture KWMC). this April attracted people from across the community. Members of StreetSpace spray6. Hundreds of volunteers for charity painted a mural. (Picture Lewis Campbell). Bristol Noise helped clear Knowle West in April. In one day tonnes of waste was collected from parks, streets and houses. 3. International Women’s Day celebrations Seen here: volunteers at Inns Court. took place at Filwood Community Centre with Jess and Fiona from KWMC: The Factory (Picture Bristol Noise). offering jewellery making workshops. (Picture KWMC). 7. Taking a tea cocktail at Redcatch Community Garden’s fair. L to R: Neia, 4. Budding young cricketers at The Park had Gemma, and Paige. (Picture Jan Perry). a visit from Gloucestershire County Cricketer Will Tavare who came to run a batting master- 8. South Bristol MP Karin Smyth officially class at Wicketz Bristol. Seen here with Kaiya. opened Filwood Broadway’s first mobility (Picture Wicketz Bristol). owned by Badham Pharmacy at the end Slopes as part of the My Wild Child sessions. (Picture © Barbara Evripidou).

of April. Pictured with owner Peter Badham (left) and Pharmacy Manager Hamed Ahmin. (Picture KWMC).

9. Four-year-old Lexi Royall was delighted to win a teddy bear in the raffle at Filwood Community Centre’s Easter Fair. (Picture Lucy Harris).

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Fit and Fab celebrates nine years in community



drop-in group which supports Knowle West women with ‘healthy living and self-empowerment’ is celebrating nine years in the community. Sally Clements (56), a Pathways to Health Co-ordinator started Fit and Fab at Knowle West Healthy Living Centre in 2009. She says: “…With the economic downturn we thought we would celebrate what we have achieved over nine years which is continuing to support women in the community of all ages….” The group aims to increase the women’s confidence and self-esteem and combat social isolation – providing a welcoming sanctuary on Thursday mornings to chat and make friends. Sally explains: “We offer support and advice and opportunities for women to grow and develop and we encourage women to fulfil their potential and move on into other avenues of life. “Some have got jobs some have become volunteers and some have stayed because of health problems. It’s a nice social group that welcomes all women.” Over the years there have been regular speakers on topics from nutrition to debt

advice - as well as string of activities from belly dancing and therapies to cooking to craft. Jackie Lafferty (50) has been attending since the group started.

She says: “It gets people involved and gets you out meeting people… coming here is like family.” At 76, Frances White is the oldest member and started attending the group in 2010 after retirement. She says: “… I don’t know what I’d do without it, it’s opened doors for me. I’m now a Health Champion and have gone on to further

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learning and health activities…” Fit and Fab meets on Thursdays from 10am to midday at Knowle West Healthy Living Centre in Downton Road with a free crèche. Call Sally on 0117 903 0024.

A party at Knowle West Health Park celebrates the group’s ninth birthday.

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Health Free counselling for older people in Knowle West A new project is starting in Knowle West this May offering six sessions of free counselling for older people. Oasis-Talk, a non-profit provider of counselling and therapy will be offering face to face counselling sessions at Knowle West Media Centre in Leinster Avenue. It has also teamed up with Carers Support Centre which can provide telephone counselling for older people who care for a friend or relative. The project is funded by Bristol Ageing Better and is open to anyone aged 50 plus living in Bristol - with sessions also being run in St Pauls. Deputy CEO of Oasis-Talk, Ruth Richardson says: "…Bereavement, retirement and poor physical health can all contribute to feelings of loneliness and depression. Through this project we hope to make counselling more widely available to any older person in Bristol who may benefit from having someone to talk to.” The free project will run until November 2019. Sessions will take place at Knowle West Media Centre on Fridays and in St Pauls on Thursdays. For more information or to take part contact Zuleika Gregory on 0117 927 7577 or email zuleika.

Men’s Health Week Men’s Health Week runs from 11-17 June 2018 and is organised by the Men’s Health Forum. The aim is to raise awareness of preventable health issues and encourage men and boys to seek professional advice for healthrelated problems. This year the focus is on diabetes – with one man in 10 now having the condition. —The Diabetes UK Support Group meets at Knowle West Healthy Living Centre (KWHLC) on the last Monday of every month from 6.30-8.30pm.

Howzat! Walking Cricket launched at The Park The first ever walking cricket initiative is being launched in Knowle West this May – providing a less physically demanding alternative to the traditional game. Sessions aimed at over 55s will take place at The Park in Daventry Road - run by the Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB). The new scheme was unveiled on 23 April at the launch of Bristol Walk Fest 2018 – with a demonstration match in which Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees took part. The specially adapted game is played with a soft ball and designed to appeal to older players. GCB Chief Executive Steve Silk said: “…Walking sports are an accessible way for anyone to get involved with competitive sports and be more physically active. It’s inclusive, social and fun, and a great way to meet new people.” Weekly sessions will then take place at The Park Centre in Daventry Road from 11.30am-12.30pm every Tuesday starting 29 May. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Email or call him on 0795 827 1414. Bristol Walk Fest features over 150 walks and will run until 31 May. Visit

So much more than a knitting group… A weekly knitting group which started over two years ago with just a handful of people has grown in popularity and is helping to combat isolation in Knowle West. Knit and Natter regularly has around 10 people of all ages coming to the group which meets on Wednesday afternoons at Filwood Library - and has become a regular social hub for many. Claire McNeil from Public Health Bristol South runs the group and says it is ‘so much more than just a knitting group’. She explains: “They share their talents of knitting, crochet, lace making, embroidery as well as the ups and downs of their daily lives, in a friendly relaxed environment… “Whether you are a knitter, or not,

this is a great place to make new friends, over a cup tea.” Melanie Taylor (36) who is a regular attendee says: “It is nice not feeling isolated as I don’t see a lot of people in the week. There’s no judgement and you can do what you like. It’s nice having a laugh…” And 86-year-old June Mitchell says: “It gives me joy to help others here and fills me with happiness.” Knit and Natter meets every Wednesday at Filwood Library from 1-3pm. Just turn up, email or call 0787 681 4604.

Other health and wellbeing groups include: —Man Alive! meets on the first Friday of the month at the Roundhouse on Springfield Allotments at 10am. Call KWHLC on 0117 377 2255. —The Male Room - a programme running at KWMC for young men aged 14-19 that deals with the ideas around masculinity and its effect on young men's wellbeing. Starting September 2018. Visit for more info —Milk for Tea - 'Modern Masculinity' workshop series. Starts June 2018. Visit

@BrisActiveCity Congratulations to all those participants who completed the 4 week Run4Life Walk to Jog programme last night at The Netham and Knowle West Health Park.

—Man Up Man Down - mental health support community. Creates a space for men of all ages and backgrounds to talk openly about things that matter to them. —Bristol Mind - support_type/men/ —Bristol Mental Health: —The Green House – Rape and sexual abuse counselling for men, women and children - 0117 935 1707. —Off the Record - Young people’s counselling - 0808 808 9120.



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y name is Ben Blackmore and I have been working in the police force for the past 17 years. My current role is a local police officer for the Filwood area of Bristol. The working day of any officer can change in a moment - as an emergency can happen at any point. But as part of the neighbourhood team I am able to plan my day in a little more detail. My shift starts with checking the previous day’s incidents on my area. I will then follow these incidents up with any enquires which can range from evidence-gathering to victim reassurance. Once this has been completed, I will

Opinion MetroBus delayed – again! By Community Reporter Charlie Watts (19) Metrobus. It’s supposed to benefit us all; reducing boarding times, speeding up bus journeys and connecting unconnected parts of the city. But so far it hasn’t been much more than a headache for the city, having seen delay after delay.

Get involved in Knowle West Fest The popular Knowle West Fest is back on 22 September – and looking for local people to get involved Now in its fourth year, the festival was started to celebrate different cultures, ages and local talent. It is run by Knowle West Together, a group of organisations working to improve the area. The theme this year is ‘Proud of Knowle West’ and the event will be led by Makala Cheung of Filwood Community Centre. Activities will take place throughout the Centre to mark its 80th year – with live music in the main hall and acoustic music in the garden. Makala says: “It’s going to be a true festival style, with live music, tents,

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speak with residents whom I work with to aid the community. This can range from groups of Neighbourhood Watch to local residents’ groups. At the present time we are starting a new residents’ group in Melvin Square which meets one Monday a month in the community hub next to Connaught School. This gives local residents a say about issues affecting them. The problems which appear to come up time and time again are fly tipping, antisocial behaviour in various forms and parking issues Following these meetings, I respond to telephone calls made to the police by the public. These calls range greatly as to what

actions I do when I attend the caller’s address. Sometimes it can be a matter of words of advice or it can be an incident which will take me to the end of my shift or beyond to finalise. I want to finish this article by saying how much I enjoy my role within the police force. Working as a local police officer gives me the opportunity to engage with the local residents providing a service to the community.

One much-needed MetroBus route was set to connect south Bristol to Ashton. However, MetroBus have said that this route will not be served by buses anytime soon – an announcement which has rightfully drawn outrage. Some people, myself included, need buses to be running along the route now. I was hoping the bus route would help me get to Bower Ashton, where I study. It takes me 90 minutes to walk to university. There’s no local bus that goes there, nor anywhere to park. So you can see why I need a bus that goes from south Bristol to Ashton. When – or should I say, if – the route begins service, it will

undeniably benefit local communities, such as ours. We’d be able to catch a bus along the route to, for example, watch a match at Ashton Gate. It would help us get to the balloon fiesta at Ashton Court. People could use it to travel to work. Wouldn’t that be great? What bothers me is that all these unwanted houses are being built here, while a much-wanted bus route seems to have – as Karin Smyth, the MP for Bristol South, puts it – ‘fallen by the wayside.’ Give the people what they want, I say. To be fair, MetroBus has said that the route will be serviced in the future, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

barbecue, activities, workshops and we’re having a small local market... “We really want people from Knowle West of all ages to come along and have fun on the day…” The line-up at time of going to press includes DJ Bunjy from Laid Black, Makala Cheung and live band and 3 Culture from the former Phresh Boiz. There will also be appearances from X Factor star Daniel Quick and Pablo Ceejay who trained with Tricky. Other attractions will include a steel pan workshop, circus performance and pop-up cinema showing local films. People who live, work or have connections in the area are invited to come along to the Knowle West

Together meetings to help plan the event. They take place on the second Wednesday of the month from 2-3pm at Filwood Community Centre. The next one is 13 June – but check with Makala at the office first. The festival will run from 1pm until late with tickets costing £1 and under-fives free. More information will be available on Facebook – Knowle West Fest 2018, from Filwood Community Centre office (0117 914 9216) or posters in the area nearer the time.

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Living, Working and Making Together This summer we’ll be exploring how local people could work with artists to make new things and create the change they want to see in their neighbourhood. Four artists will be based in Filwood Community Centre from May 2018 – and they’d love to hear from you! - Like craft? Ellie Shipman will be creating a collection of Knowle West souvenirs. - Got a story to tell or an event to cover? Marc Blazel will be creating a shared TV experience by livestreaming in the area. - Love food? Myah Antoniou is mixing drawing, food and making to showcase the tastes of Knowle West. - Feeling musical? Gill Simmons is transforming our memories and moments into a Knowle West song to be performed this year. If you’re interested in any of these ideas please contact Martha on 0117 903 0444 or uk and she’ll put you in touch with the artists. You can follow knowlewest media on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates too.

Regular activities Control Alt Delete Mondays, 4.30-6pm (term time only, ages 10-16, free) Jump into technology! Explore robots, Virtual Reality, 3D printing, Microbits, drones and coding. Creative Hub Wednesdays, 5-7pm (term time, ages 10-19, free) Jump into creativity! Explore filmmaking, technology, gaming, animation and music as you develop your own creative projects and ideas. Getting To Know Computers Tuesdays, 10 - 11.30am (term time only, free for six weeks then £3 per week) A friendly and informal drop-in class for adults to learn more about computers and the internet. Learn at your own pace and bring any technology you’re having trouble with! Community Journalism Tuesdays, 2 – 3.30pm (term time only, free) Learn how to research and write your own articles and see your work

2018 marks 100 years since the right to vote was extended to some women in Britain. Earlier this year we started gathering stories about amazing Knowle West women for a special collection at – and there’s still time to get involved! We attended an International Women’s Day event at Filwood Community Centre in March to gather stories and were overwhelmed by the response. So far we’ve received 104! They recognise friends and family who’ve overcome tough times, workers and volunteers who devote their time to local causes, caring neighbours, and women who have passed away but who continue to inspire today. - Lisa is “an amazing lady, who volunteers her time to help build this community...Never complains about her time, she gives it willingly.” (shared by Shirley) - Glenis was “a fantastic neighbour for over 46 years: she would pick my youngest daughter up from school when I worked nights and make sure she was alright…We still miss her - she

was more like family.” (shared by Pat) If you’d like to share a story, please send us your name and contact details, the name of the woman or group you’re inspired by, and why they’re special to you. You can text 07520 634144, call 0117 903 0444 or email uk (The text number is a text-only number and calls will not be connected. You will be charged your standard network rate.) Everyone who shares at least one story before 31st May 2018 will receive a free photoshoot session later this year! For more details visit womenofknowlewest

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published in the Knowledge. No journalism experience necessary. For details about any of these activities call 0117 903 0444. Tech-Maker Mondays Mondays, 10am – 1pm (excl.Bank Holidays), The Hub, Filwood Green Business Park (women only, free) KWMC: The Factory has teamed up with Women’s Tech Hub to offer a free co-working session for women in South Bristol. Enjoy coffee and networking and find out more about our making technology. Technician Tuesdays Tuesdays, 9.30 – 11.30am, KWMC: The Factory, Unit 24, Filwood Green Business Park. A drop-in session open to anyone who has attended a training course at KWMC: The Factory and wants to continue developing their ideas. Use our computers, test out designs on the laser cutter, and chat to other makers. A technician will be on hand.

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sensors. What data is being collected around us and from us? Who controls it? Is it used for good? Step into an interactive exhibition that explores these questions and invites you to respond. Make It & Market: Jewellery Design Course 7, 8, 14, 15 June, 10am – 3pm (ages 18-30, free) Learn how to design and make laser-cut jewellery at our making space KWMC: The Factory. Learn key aspects of starting your own creative business and sell your work at a central location in Bristol. Register your interest at Jump into...Summer 2018 Music: 24, 25 & 26 July (ages 10-16, free) Technology: 31 July, 1 & 2 August (ages 10–16, free) Photography: 7, 8 & 9 August (ages 14-19, free) Our popular holiday activities foryoung people are back for 2018: join us for three weeks of fun and creativity as we jump into music, tech and photography! Reserve your place at jumpintosummer18. or call 0117 903 0444.

@VocaliseBristol Calling artists, makers and creatives....@knowlewestmedia are looking to commission an artist to make a mobile 'future home' to envision a home full of tech, eco-friendly and equipped with smart appliances!


Knowle West Healthy Living Centre For more information call: 0117 377 2255 email: Knowle West Health Park, Downton Road, Bristol, BS4 1WH

Keeping Active (for adults) Gentle Exercise Class For people with reduced mobility who want to stay fit. Monday 9.45 - 10.45 am | £3.50 Hips, Bums and Tums Two friendly groups to help you tone up. All sizes, all abilities, no experience needed. Tuesday 6 - 7 pm & 7 - 8pm | £3.50 Tai Chi Movement for Wellbeing Give yourself the gift of relaxation and let your mind and body release tension and stress Wednesday 10.30 -11.45am | £4 Step Aerobics Meet new friends and burn those calories Thursday 6 - 7pm | £3.50 Stretch & Roll Workout Womens exercise class with an introduction to Jiu Jitsu & Ginastica Yoga. Call: Adrienne 07962 914002 Thursday 7.30 - 8.30pm | £3 Boot Camp—Military Style Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday (mornings and evening) Call: Jason 07855 465872. Walking Groups Friendly, regular walking groups to suit your level of walking. From short, very gentle walks through to whole morning walks and monthly social walks. Supported by our welcoming, trained volunteer Walk Leaders. Bike Rides Starting at the Health Park from April 2018. See website for ride dates and times

Healthy Eating Waist Watchers Mon 9.30 - 10.30am & 4 - 5pm FREE Drop In: Weekly weigh-in, plus advice and support on how to lose weight and keep it up.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Art Ease Group (Tue and Wed morning). Are you feeling stressed, experiencing low mood or depression, coping with change, feeling lonely or caring for someone else. Our art group is aimed at people with mild to moderate mental health needs. Improve your self confidence, learn new skills and make new friends. No experience needed. £1 a session (call for referral).


Ear Acupuncture (11 - 12 pm Friday) Gentle and relaxing therapy which can relieve a range of health issues, from general aches and pains to stress and anxiety. £5 Man Alive Breakfast (first Friday of the month) A welcoming group for men where you can meet and make new friends, find out what is going on in the area, learn a new skill ,or join in with others to get a little fitter. Lip Reading Class (10 - 12pm Friday) Supportive, friendly weekly class £4.00 a session. Fit & Fab (10 - 12pm Thursday). A women's only support group: Encouragement from others to help you build self-esteem, confidence and improve your health. Call Sally 0117 903 0024 to find out more. Women of Worth (6.30 - 8.30pm Wednesday) Friendly support group for local women with a range of activities Community Access Support Service CASS works with community, equalities and faith groups (big & small) in Bristol. If you’d like information about how to support the emotional wellbeing of your group members and local communities email

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Children’s Activities Drop in and Play with Stretch ‘n’ Grow Lots of fun and games for pre-schoolers Age 2-5 years (term time only) Tuesday 9.30 - 11.30am. £1 FREE Play Session - open access A wide range of activities games, arts and crafts, camp fire cooking (with Learning Partnership West). Age 8 -12 years. Wednesday 3 - 5pm Outside at the Play Pod Inferno Beatz Dance Class Regardless of age or ability, come and try street dancing. Age 4-11 years (term time only) Wednesday 5.30 - 6.30pm | £4

One to One Advice Social Prescribing (SPEAR) Social Prescribing is an approach that seeks to improve your health by looking at social, physical and emotional wellbeing. We offer a free, confidential 1 to 1 service. The support will enable you to access social or community activities and resources in your local area. Working alongside your GP we will support you to address social and practical issues to improve your health. Self referrals welcome.

Other services The Green House Rape and sexual abuse counselling for men & children (under 18 yrs). 0117 935 1707 Diabetes UK Support Group for anyone affected by diabetes. 07494 849739 Thyroid Support Group Last Friday of each month. 0117 377 2255 Bristol Tranquilliser Project 0117 950 0058


The Park & Youth Moves New courses starting in September Courses starting at The Park this September include Land-Based Studies Level 1 (Animal Care), Childcare Level 1 and 2, Personal and Social Development Level 1 or 2 (LifeSkills), Construction Level 1, Health and Social Care Level 2 and Art & Design Level 1. If you are ready to learn, in a supportive environment, and want to achieve qualifications that will help get you into employment - then please get in touch with Angela Cornick on 0117 903 9770 for further information.

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Staying Steady As part of a new city council initiative to help people in the community keep strong, walk steadily and lower their risk of falling, we are holding strength and balance classes every Monday afternoon. The classes aim to keep people mobile and healthy and to have some fun. They cost £3.50 and last for an hour. After that we will be providing tea and coffee and some social time. There is no need to book - but if you would like more information please call us.

New menu We have a new menu in our café which includes a kids’ menu and a “meal deal”. Food can be eaten in or taken away and is served between 8am and 4pm. We also do catering for meetings on site and we serve great coffee and home-made cakes! Why not pop in?

The hens, ducks and geese are laying. Pop in to reception to buy fresh eggs.

Venue hire If you are planning a party or a gettogether this summer, we have a wide range of rooms for hire. We can also provide food and we have a licensed bar on site.

Break Free launches During the Easter holidays Youth Moves - working in partnership with Community of Purpose, The Park, Wicketz Cricket and the Tobacco Factory - launched a new highquality, low-cost holiday programme called Break Free. The aim of the programme was to provide young people aged 8-12 with the chance to get involved in a range of great holiday activities and to Break Free from their screens and boredom over the school holidays. We also provided free food for everyone who attended across the week given by local businesses and partners. The week was a great success and 50 young people attended - enjoying sports, arts, dance, drama, team games and much more, making new friends and having fun across the week.


We are looking for sponsors to help expand this programme, so if you know someone who might be able to help please contact us. Do look out for more Break Free weeks coming across South Bristol during future holiday periods - we are back at The Park on the week starting 20th August. To find out more and check out all the other great things we've been up to please like Youth Moves on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @InfoYouthMoves

Bristol Young Heroes Award Night Youth Moves had another great night at the annual Bristol Young Heroes Awards night - both of the young people who had been shortlisted won their categories.

Keanon Frost was named Action Hero for his volunteering in 2017 with us, and Lily Papworth won the Education Hero award.

Not only that but our very own Denise Clifford was recognised with the High Sheriff's Award for Youth Work for her 30+ years of dedication to youth work in the city, and changing the lives of countless young people along the way. We were all really proud to share the evening with the young people and Den! Well done all!



Mede Sprint trips

Visit:www.theinnscourtcommunity or call Lisa on 0117 904 8218.

Money Entitlement event Fri 22 June, 1-3pm at The Park. Free.

Get Growing Garden Trail – throughout June

— KWHA at Springfield Allotments: Tues 10am – 1pm and Thurs 11am - 2pm. — Malago Berry Maze (between Marksbury Road and Parson Street): Wed 13 June, 10am - 2pm. — Bramble Farm (Northern Slopes): weekend 23/ 24 June, 11am - 5pm. — Redcatch Community Garden: Sun 24 June, 10am – 3pm. Visit:

Hearts and Stars (Free)

Fri 22 June, 7pm until late at Filwood Community Centre. Awards ceremony for volunteers. uk

St Pauls Carnival Sat 7 July.

UK Let’s Ride

Sun 8 July, city centre. Free biking event and British Cycling Grand Prix races Registration advisable: –

Fun Day

Sat 14 July, (afternoon time tbc) Inns Court Community and Family Centre. For a table call Bernie on 0117 904 1220

Bristol Harbour Festival Fri 20 - Sun 22 July.

Balloon Fiesta event

Fri 10 August, afternoon at Springfield Allotments, organised by KWHA. Food and produce for sale and activities. Bring a picnic if you wish. More info nearer the time.

Trip to Weymouth

Sat 11 August, 7.30am from Melvin Square. Must pre-book at Conoisseur Café.

Knowle West Fest

Sat 22 September at Filwood Community Centre, 1pmlate. Facebook – Knowle West Fest 2018 ADULTS

Melvin Square Neighbourhood Group

Next dates Mon 21 May and 18 June 12-1pm at the Hub, Connaught School. All welcome.

Group Cycle Rides

Next dates: Weds 30 May and Thurs 14 June starting 11.30am from Knowle West Health Park. Free. Visit wellbeing.

Learn Something New Free local courses for ages 19 plus. Visit www.communi or contact Lucy Fieldhouse, 0117 903 9763/0778 835 3446. Facebook Page - The Learning Community Team.

Bristol Credit Union Fri 10-11am at re:work, 16 Filwood Broadway.

Adult Volunteer Group

There are lots of great things happening in our community - to add your organisation or event contact Sue, on 0117 903 0444.

Free Counselling

Mon, Tues and Thurs, one-hour sessions by appointment at Knowle West Health Association, Filwood Broadway. Contact Tricia Horne, 0734 079316 or email

Coffee Morning

Last Sat of the month at Filwood Library, 10am.

Sew Clever

Tues 1-3pm and Fri 10am12pm at 4 Filwood Broadway. Bring your own project or start one.

Over 50s Film club

Silver Screen meets monthly on Tuesdays from 1.15pm at Novers Community Centre. Next dates: 12 June, 17 July and 14 August. Call Karron on 07760 849 371. FAMILIES

Parenting Groups

Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School and Children’s Centre has lots of groups running. “Like” them on Facebook to see timetables.

Tues 11am-3pm for over 18s at the Roundhouse, Springfield Allotments. Learn about gardening, cooking and bushcraft. Call 0117 903 9796 or email ben.carpenter

Breathing Space

Tea, chat and stories

Cook and Play

Fri, 11.30am-1pm at Filwood Library. Free drop-in. Contact samantha or call 07812 238 532.

Filwood Chase History Society

Tues and Wed 1-4.30 pm at The Park, Daventry Road. Contact Ivor Grimsted on 0785 676 9285 or email

Green Gym

Thurs 10.15am on the Northern Slopes - meet next to 105 Wedmore Vale. Just turn up.

Issue 81 (August - November). Copy deadline Friday 6 July. Delivered to your door from Monday 13 August.

Mon 1-2.30pm at Inns Court Centre. Time out for parents. Crèche available. Term-time only. Call Jen from ACE on 0783 417 7485. Fri 9.30-11am at Knowle West Children’s Centre. (Term time only).

My Wild Child

Wed 1-2.30pm (term time only) on the Northern Slopes (meet Bommie entrance,105 Wedmore Vale). Outdoor activities for 2-4 year-olds. Visit child

Little Beacon Parents and Toddler Group

Fri (term times only) 9.30-11am at Salvation Army Hall, Padstow Road. For 0-3s but older siblings welcome. Contact Charlotte on 0117 966 1369.

New Pastures Ministry

Sun 10.30am-12.30pm at Knowle Community Centre. With Lighthouse Kids activities. Just turn up or call Pastor Frank on 0778 627 1338. CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Filwood Library

July and August, Summer Reading Challenge for children 4-11. Free. Pop in to sign up. Visit Watch out for special activities and events with Beano Comics.

KWMC has holiday activities see p17. Destiny Knowles Pentecostal Church

in Leinster Avenue will be running holiday activities in July and August. Contact Robert Hurter on 0739 978 1282.

Knowle West Health Association will be

running summer holiday cooking activities (TBC). Visit website:

Free cricket sessions

Toy Library Sessions

Tues 4.30– at The Park, Daventry Road. Run by Wicketz Bristol for girls and boys aged 8-11. Contact Crispin Shingler on 0739 8211596 or email crispin.shingler@

Filwood Library

- regular groups running. See p 14.

Fri 2-4pm at Oasis Academy, Marksbury Road. Visit www.southbristoltoylibrary.

Term time only — Baby Bounce and Rhyme Wed 11.30am. — Pre-school Story Times and Craft - Fri 11.30am.

Printed on recycled paper with vegetable inks by Doveton Press

Filwood Community Centre Girlguiding Groups

Tues 5.45pm at Connaught Oasis Community Hub. For Rainbows contact Sophie at or for Brownies, 1stconnaught All dates are subject to change – keep an eye on the Knowledge website for definite dates.

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