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AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY
The moving stage production of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse returns to Bristol
ON PARR A Bristol photographer’s new project at Paintworks
WILD THINGS M-Shed’s new natural history exhibition is a call to action
FROM ASDA BEMMY TO BBC COMEDY Jayde Adams’ homecoming show
ON SONG Book in an evening with one of Bristol’s finest choral ensembles
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Is it time to update the jewellery box?
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Georgette McCready delivers the verdict on The Bybrook’s autumn fare
Bristol comedian Jayde Adams plays Colston Hall this month (image by Stephanie Sian Smith)
Winter is coming – we’re stocking up
Five of the best things to do in the city this month
John Robinson’s Dear Diego
War Horse lead Thomas Dennis on being part of a such a special show
Rhian Tritton fills us in on the new developments at SS Great Britain
COMEDY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
BARTLEBY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Bristol comedian Jayde Adams takes five with us ahead of her homecoming show
...is coming round to the Great British art of queuing
PHOTOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
READ ALL ABOUT IT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
See eye-opening natural history at M Shed, and work from Bristol photojournalist Martin Parr at Paintworks
Charlotte Pope picks out her favourite new book releases
BRISTOL AT WORK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Meet local pilot David Baldwin
BRISTOL UPDATES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 News from local businesses and organisations
WALK THE WALK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
MOTORING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 The 2018 Range Rover Velar is possibly one of the best-looking SUVs ever – the epitome of a luxury British automobile, inside and out
FOOD & DRINK NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Tidbits from our local eateries and producers
Andrew Swift is Salisbury-bound, in search of ancient landscapes
RESTAURANT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
WHAT’S ON & HAPPENINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
WINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Get the diary out!
Tristan Darby talks us through his current favourite winter warmers
The verdict on the autumn menu at Castle Combe’s The Manor House
The time for festive cheer is near – why not kick-start the season with one Bristol’s finest choral groups?
HABITAT INTERIOR CRUSH
A look into the history of The Milk Thistle and how it got its style
What’s on at our local galleries this month?
HISTORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Elly West encourages us to get our spring bulbs down now; while Jane Moore shares her love for the gardens at Highgrove
The famous Bristol attraction you’ve probably never heard of
FAMILY DIARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 City fun for the younger ones
FEATURES JEWELLERY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 It’s time to shine, people
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ON THE COVER
Michael Morpurgo’s moving tale of young Albert and his horse, Joey, is currently being brought to life in the National Theatre’s stage production of War Horse at Bristol Hippodrome. Jessica Hope chats to Thomas Dennis, who plays Albert, on p28. Image by Brinkhoﬀ Mögenburg
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THIS MONTH WE’VE BEEN... Breezing...
...Up the city’s hills on an electric bike from Bristol Bicycles – the practical, hand-built hybrid has made the morning commute kind of dreamy!
“Where there’s life, there’s hope...”
ichael Morpurgo’s moving, harrowing and uplifting tale of one lad and his horse, set against the traumatic backdrop of the First World War, has returned to Bristol as part of the stage show’s UK tour; coinciding with the centenary of the conflict, commemorating lives lost and especially poignant as we head towards 11 November. So, this issue, we’re letting the story, capturing the strength and power of the human sprit, take centre stage as Jessica Hope chats to the play’s lead, Thomas Dennis, on p28, about what it’s like to be part of the National Theatre’s acclaimed production. There are other ways to mark Remembrance this month too – with Bristol Cathedral giving voice to the Bristol men who refused to fight, through its current exhibition on the conscientious objectors, and with several of the city’s finest choral ensembles seeking to set a tone of contemplation before they begin to move into the more festive frame of mind (see p44 for more on those). With Blue Planet II due to air imminently, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition having begun at M Shed, we’ve also been reflecting on our role in shaping a more sustainable planet, and admiring the skill and dedication of those behind the camera – our photography section from p52 features a few of the background stories to these awe-inspiring natural history images, and a look at the new space at Paintworks, opened by Bristol photojournalist Martin Parr. There’s levity elsewhere (namely p34) ahead of Bristolian comedian Jayde Adams’ bucket-list homecoming show at Colston Hall, and food and drink from p58 – with Georgette McCready reporting on the new autumn menu from Michelin-star chef Rob Potter at The Bybrook, and Tristan Darby advising on winter warmers to sip while snugly stationed fireside. Happy hibernation...
...As many of Anna Cake Couture’s delicious ‘cubicakes’ as we can cram into the old kisser. Whether you’re after an award-worthy wedding creation or a bit of tuition in the baking technique department, it’s well worth popping into their lovely cafe in Clifton to indulge. • thisisanna.co.uk
...And it’s all down to Dr Jackson in Bristol’s Hanover Place. The versatile ‘everyday oil’ can be used to condition hair and cuticles, or rehydrate skin after shaving; while the day cream – a light, nourishing mix of kigelia fruit, shea fruit butter, baobab and marula seeds – is a major treat for tired morning mugs.
AMANDA NICHOLLS EDITOR Editor’s image by Paolo Ferla; ferlapaolo.com
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things to do in NOVEMBER
TIME TO REMEMBER
FAR TOO FABULOUS Henry Cyril Paget was one of the world’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. The fifth Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on amazing plays that nobody went to, causing a very 19th-century scandal. Seiriol Davies’ award-winning new musical is a true story of being too weird for the world but desperately not wanting it to forget you. How to Win Against History is part of Tobacco Factory Theatres’ BEYOND season at the Wardrobe Theatre, taking place from Thursday 2 – Saturday 11 November. Tickets: £10/£12.
This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday 12 November. As the clock strikes 11am, many across the country will bow their heads and pay their respects to those who have given their lives in past wars. Bristol Cathedral is holding a special Remembrance service on the Sunday at 6pm, where the cathedral choir will sing Faure’s Requiem. The cathedral also currently has an exhibition on show, titled ‘Refusing To Kill – Bristol’s World War One Conscientious Objectors’, which explores the lives and experiences of more than 350 men from the Bristol area – who refused to fight in the First World War – through photographs, letters and artefacts. The Whiteford brothers from St George, featured in the exhibition at Bristol Cathedral
NEW IDEAS The Bristol Festival of Ideas brings a variety of topical talks and debates to Bristol throughout the year. The lectures on offer this month include an exploration of how virtual reality has developed so quickly from dream to reality, by computer scientist Jaron Lanier, and a debate about the distribution of wealth among society in Britain. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown will also be discussing his life in politics, and there will be debates around trade, Trump and Brexit. Events to take place at various locations around the city centre.
A DIFFERENT VIEWPOINT Mike Gunton, executive producer of the Natural History Unit’s incredibly successful Planet Earth II, will reveal the trials, the tribulations and innovative approach involved in the creation of this landmark series in a lecture on Monday 6 November, 8pm, at St George's Bristol. Tickets: VIP £50, standard £15, students/under 18s £5. Suitable for 14+. Proceeds from this event go to St George’s Building a Sound Future appeal.
Erina Takahashi as Juliet © Laurent Liotardo
O ROMEO, ROMEO!
The English National Ballet is bringing the world’s greatest love story to Bristol Hippodrome this month. To mark the production’s 40th anniversary year, the company will be performing Shakespeare’s heart-breaking tale of Romeo and Juliet from Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 November (times vary). Be transported to Renaissance Verona and experience the magic of the Capulet ball, where the star-crossed lovers meet for the first time. The exhilarating score will be performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. • atgtickets.com
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THE CITY THE BUZZ
BRISTOL Meet SS Great Britain’s Rhian Tritton
What initially brought you here to Bristol? I moved here with my daughter for the job at SS Great Britain in 2008. The new dressing rooms should look something like this!
The future’s bright Southville stalwart Tobacco Factory Theatres has announced a £1.5million building project to transform the current footprint of the building’s first floor and cleverly reconfigure the space. Alongside the existing Factory Theatre, a multi-purpose, 86-seat studio performance space with state-of-the-art retractable seating will be created, as well as refurbished backstage areas including three new dressing rooms, a kitchen area and technical storage; and extended front-ofhouse and bar spaces to improve the audience experience. Work will begin in January, with the new spaces open and functioning in time for a launch in October 2018. The transformation will enable an expanded programme and help to grow audiences – in the new studio theatre, 30,000 more people each year will be able to enjoy over 360 more performances by 50 additional companies – and the programme will include daring, innovative and eclectic, high-profile local, national and international work. The changes will also enable the team to inspire more local young people – the studio theatre providing a home for the organisation’s Children and Young People Programme and allowing for an expansion of activities – and support the local community via the Get Involved Programme. “This project is an enormously exciting step,” says artistic director Mike Tweddle. “It builds on the great success of the organisation to date and enables us to look ahead to a bright future.” Fundraising is going well and £1.2million of the £1.5million needed is already secured, but Tobacco Factory Theatres is now asking for the support of its audiences to help reach its target of £300,000. Visit the website below if you think you can help... • tobaccofactorytheatres.com/ reimagine-with-us
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Tell us briefly about what you do... I’m deputy CEO and director of interpretation, collections and education. That means I’m responsible for all the interpretation on the ship and dockyard, all the work we do with our collections and all the formal and informal education activities that happen on site. What’s to come for the rest of the year? We’ve got some great activities lined up for our Victorian Christmas Weekend (9 – 10 December). Festive treats include Christmas card-making, Victorian characters and even falling snow! Favourite little-known fact about Brunel or the ship itself? Brunel was terrifically good fun, a great practical joker, and the life and soul of the party. One of his friends said “there was no fun for which he was not ready.” What projects are you personally working on at the moment? SS Great Britain Trust is opening a new museum, called Being Brunel, on site in spring 2018. I’ve been working on the project for five years so it’s thrilling (and also slightly scary) that there is now only six months to go. Currently I’m finalising the interpretation text panels, making sure the case manufacture is going okay, and working with the contractors to make sure the interactives and audio visual bits are up to scratch. What are you reading? Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford. I read a lot of American fiction and Ford is my favourite – his writing is intelligent and moving and his characters completely plausible. What’s pumping out of your speakers right now? I’m a massive opera fan so am listening to my favourite, The Marriage of Figaro. I’ve also got a current unhealthy obsession with Run DMC, which I listen to while cooking.
Which local foodie spots are you enjoying? The Ethicurean at Wrington – I’ve been twice and had to stop myself from licking my plate. Also Source in St Nick’s Market for breakfast – the best breakfast in Bristol! Evening in or evening out? Out early then home. I’m always up early so I’m not good at staying up late. What will you be going to see this month? I’m excited to see Bladerunner 2049, the sequel to the original. What interests are you pursuing? I don’t have a lot of spare time but if I did I’d be doing some sashiko – it’s a form of Japanese quilting. I also love the gym and will be trying to fit in plenty of sessions. • ssgreatbritain.org
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More than Miyazaki...
See anime classic Perfect Blue this month
2017 marks 100 years since the birth of Japanese animation and to celebrate, Watershed is hosting a programme of anime screenings in November. Showcasing a selection of what the medium has to offer beyond the more wellknown Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli creations, there’ll be everything from wartime propaganda to science fiction; family-friendly fare to adult-oriented features. Japanese animation, or anime, has had something of a cult following for decades. However, this year has seen 2016 film Your Name gaining global recognition (as well as a recently announced Hollywood remake) and a wealth of titles released in UK cinemas, with more to come. Films showing during Watershed’s season include wartime propaganda Momotaro, Sacred Sailors – the first feature-length anime; the 20th anniversary re-release of psychological thriller Perfect Blue from the late, great Satoshi Kon; the recently remastered 1970s psychedelic animation Belladonna of Sadness; and Wolf Children, a gentle drama about a single mother raising two half-wolf children. Whether you’re familiar with anime, or just looking to enjoy some great examples of animated storytelling, there’ll be something for both family and mature audiences, with titles as diverse and engaging as anime itself. • watershed.co.uk
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Sunshine and showers A new BBC Four programme celebrating Eddie Braben, the comedy scriptwriter behind the success of Morecambe and Wise, Image © BBC, Objective has been filmed at The Fiction, Natalie Moore Bottle Yard Studios and on location in Bristol. Eric, Ernie & Me is written by Neil Forsyth (Bob Servant, Waiting for Andre) and produced by Objective Fiction. It explores the relationship between Morecambe (played by Mark Bonnar), Wise (Neil Maskell) and Braben (Stephen Tompkinson), who became known as The Golden Triangle. For over a decade, Braben penned Morecambe and Wise’s material, and reshaped the double act into the Eric and Ernie that the nation took to its heart. But it wasn’t all sunshine. This one-hour film celebrates Braben as the man behind Morecambe and Wise’s greatest successes, culminating in their iconic 1977 Christmas Show, while showing the pressure and pain he went through to help create the screen work of Britain’s most beloved double act. The two-week shoot took place at locations including Colston Hall, Mariners Drive in Stoke Bishop, Thingwall Park (Fishponds), The Wills Building (Bedminster), St Annes Board Mills Social Club (Redfield), Brislington United Reformed Church and Filwood Community Centre (Knowle West). “What could be more intriguing than a look at the relationship behind the success of the nation’s favourite double act?” asked Natalie Moore of Bristol Film Office. “We’ve helped line up a variety of locations for this shoot and it’s fantastic to see the many sides of Bristol, from residential Knowle West to the iconic Colston Hall, portraying a ’60s and ’70s period British setting for a story about one of the most popular comedy duos of all time.” • thebottleyard.com
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The most enjoyable art show queue, ever!
was taught from an early age that few things in life are worth queueing for. I vividly remember setting off to see Grease when it was first released, arriving to find people lined up around the block and altering course to Revenge of the Pink Panther at a rival cinema. Leaving aside our good fortune in being so blessed with classic family flicks, what I recall is my mother’s assurance that no film could be worth that kind of shuffling about on pavements. My father, meanwhile, was almost pathological in his determination to avoid standing in line. On trips abroad, he would risk missing the plane in order to whizz unimpeded through the various checks. A few years ago, I walked down to our local supermarket to discover a line of people that stretched from the entrance of the store all the way down the road. Apparently a celebrity was inside, signing copies of their new book/record and, seized with curiosity, I went to look for the end of the queue, following its twists and turns for more than half a mile before giving up. Raised in such a fervently non-queueing family, I was perplexed to see not only that so many people had lined up, but also that they seemed to be enjoying the experience. There was none of the muttering, glowering and looking pointedly at watches that I remembered from my youth. Instead people chatted and joked happily in the delicate Bristol drizzle. Was I, in so sedulously avoiding queues, missing something? Fast forward to last month, when I confounded all expectations by successfully acquiring tickets to the private view of Arnolfini’s autumn blockbuster, featuring works by a potter known, at least part of the time, as Mary. Once Ms B had accepted that we really did have tickets, we trotted down for opening time at 6pm only to discover – shock, horror! – that the show billed as the ‘Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever’ was actually quite, er, popular. Across the old dockside cobbles, the queue wound back and forth. Those immediately outside the door looked fairly smug as we made our way to the other end of the line, which was rapidly approaching Pero’s Bridge. I was all for giving up there and then; Ms B for sticking it out. Couldn’t we just say we went? I suggested. We do have the ticket after all. That suggestion received short shrift, so we took our place and began shuffling forward with the rest. I tried to estimate how many were ahead of us. Would there be enough room for everyone? Would we get in? To add a little more context, the news had all been fairly bleak that week. Tin-pot dictators were threatening to annihilate each other and even cricketers seemed to be infected by the macho malaise. Aggression. Frustration. Anger. Back in line outside Arnolfini, nothing was happening, but nobody seemed to mind. People moved from group to group, spotted friends, made new ones. A genial hubbub filled the air. Someone had thoughtfully set up a bar by the water, and gradually the conviviality levels increased. As the queue twisted this way and that, it brought new people into view. Here – hello! – was a couple we hadn’t seen in years. We chatted, were separated, met up again. And now, here was something weird. Those at the head of the queue had stopped moving forward, leaving a gap in front of the door. Staff were trying to get them moving, but they didn’t want to go. Something was going on over there and suddenly, through a gap, we saw what it was. A tall figure in a vivid yellow frock stood chatting and laughing, posing for selfies and generally joining in the fun. A human being like the rest of us, enjoying the party; helping us to remember what it means to be civilised. ■ 20 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
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Treat yourself or someone you love to a unique, beautifully designed, piece of jewellery to treasure... It’s time to shine.
This icy blue, 6mm aquamarine and 18ct yellow gold pendant is brand new to Diana Porter; 33 Park Street, Bristol. Tel: 0117 909 0225 Web: dianaporter.co.uk
THREE-STONE RING, £1,825
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A wintry vision in 18ct yellow, white and rose gold, with blue and white diamonds. Julie Anne Palmer; 129 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. Tel: 0117 962 1111 Visit: julieannepalmer.com
MANDARIN GARNET RING, £ 1,195 This unique ring is set in 9ct yellow gold is completely beautiful and oh-so voguish. Gold and Platinum Studio, 19 Northumberland Place, Bath. Tel: 01225 462300 Web: goldandplatinumstudio.co.uk
ROUND STUDS, £39
Handmade to order, these dome-shaped earrings come in various coloured cubic zirconias. Movement Boutique; 66 Alma Road, Bristol. Tel: 0117 373 7675 Visit: movementboutique.co.uk
CHUNKY HAMMERED BANGLE, £16
Go big or go home, right? John Lewis; johnlewis.com
SILVER SQUARES NECKLACE, £1,450
We’re so into this cool Danish design by Karl Gustav Hansen (import marks 1971), available from Cargo’s lovely new jeweller. John Kelly; Unit 4, Cargo 2, Wapping Wharf, Museum Street, Redcliff, Bristol. Tel: 0117 973 2656 Web: johnkelly1880.co.uk
TOURMALINE PENDANT, £1,700
Keen to go green? What about this 18ct yellow gold delight? Julie Ann Palmer; 129 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. Tel: 0117 962 1111 Visit: julieannepalmer.com
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SHOPPING | JEWELLERY
JANE KENNEY RINGS, £70 EACH
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We just love the matte finish on these gold hoop rings. Clifton Rocks; 31 The Mall Clifton, Bristol. Tel: 0117 973 1342 cliftonrocks.co.uk
Top tip: there’s 50% off the 1710 range in store in The Galleries... Parsons Jewellers; 42 Castle Gallery (Top Level), The Galleries, Bristol. Tel: 0117 927 3846 Web: 1710parsons.com
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18ct white gold, emerald and diamond – what more could we magpies want? Nicholas Wylde ; No 6 The Mall, Clifton, Bristol. Tel: 0117 974 3582 Visit: nicholaswylde.com
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Channel the ‘60s with these gorgeously angular half moon and nude glitter best-sellers. John Lewis; TheMall at Cribbs, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. Web: johnlewis.com
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We love creative Israeli designer Ayala Bar’s work. Amulet; 39a Cotham Hill Bristol. Tel: 0117 239 9932 amuletboutique.co.uk
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It’s a whopper; with 18ct white gold and a diamond 1.02cts. Kemps; 9 Carlton Court, Westbury on Trym, Bristol. Tel: 0117 950 5090 Web: kempsjewellers.com
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Ruifier’s new Pick Me collection invites the wearer to join the design process and customise their own luxurious leather chokers and bracelets with interchangeable charms. Ruifier; Web: ruifier.com
STERLING SILVER BELT BUCKLE, £400
A fine example of Native American jewellery by Anthony Honahnie – an elder of the Arizona desert’s Hopi tribe. Set with Kingman Arizona turquoise. Rainmaker; 123 Coldharbour Road, Westbury Park, Bristol. Tel: 0117 944 3101 Visit: rainmakerart.co.uk BELLA NECKLACE, £125
OPAL AND DIAMOND RING, £5,750
With its peacock freshwater pearls with silver bird T-bar, the Bella is a very pretty choice. Artemis; 214 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol. Tel: 0117 924 1003 Web: artemisbristol.co.uk
What a rock! Reckon we could see the future in that. Set in 18ct yellow and white gold. Julie Anne Palmer; 129 Stoke Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol. Tel: 0117 962 1111 Visit: julieannepalmer.com
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SHOPPING | SEASONAL TED BAKER BEDDING, £35-£115
WINTER IS COMING
Time to sink under some brand new covers. John Lewis; johnlewis.com
...So layer up, stock up, hunker down... VELVET TORI CUSHION, £60
Inspired by the rich examples of exotic pattern in the V&A Museum; opulently blending the soft with the graphic. John Lewis; johnlewis.com
Cosy lamb’s wool in samba yellow: yes, that’s what we want to be covered in, please. Fig 1; fig1.co.uk POLO RALPH LAUREN BEANIE, £40
Keeping the old noggin warm is a no-brainer... Harvey Nichols; harveynichols.com
JUG, £295; DISH, £145
Something for the house, as you’ll be spending more time in it! We love these Moorcroft Pottery pieces. Clifton Ceramics; cliftonceramics.co.uk
UNMADE COPENHAGEN HAIRY SCARF, £44.95
Like wearing a hug! Movement Boutique; movementboutique.co.uk
ONE.WORLD BOOKENDS, £45
We tend to do an awful lot of curling up with a good read in winter. Harvey Nichols; harveynichols.com
REUSABLE BAMBOO MUGS, £15-£25
KANTHA CUSHION, £15
A pop of colour for the bleakest days. Oriental Rugs of Bath; orientalrugsofbath.com
Less global warming, more winter warming... Mabboo; mabboo.com
BALLA BOOTS, £170
CIDER TASTING KIT, £39.95
We’re in love with this uber-autumnal brogue style – comfy and wellcrafted, with great grip, and coping very well with all the leaf-kicking we’ve been doing. Duo Boots; duoboots.com
Batten down the hatches and hold a real cider tasting from the comfort of the sofa. Bristol Cider Shop; bristolcidershop.co.uk
ROBERT WELCH HURRICANE LAMP, £60
Well, let’s hope the weather doesn’t get as bad as all that! John Lewis; johnlewis.com
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Pentti Sarpaneva, Finland, a silver ‘Pitsi’ pendant on original chain, 1972 import mark £275
Rare silver bangle designed by Rey Urban for Age Fausing, Denmark, import marks 1971. £895
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AN UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY
The stage production of War Horse has been watched by more than seven million people worldwide, with eight record-breaking years in London’s West End, and is now in the West Country. Jessica Hope finds out more, overleaf... Ú
The production feels even more poignant, with it being the centenary of the First World War, as the level of sacrifice is more at the forefront of people’s minds (image: Brinkhoﬀ Mögenburg)
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ased on Michael Morpurgo’s incredibly moving tale of young Albert and his horse Joey’s extraordinary experiences of the First World War, War Horse has arrived in Bristol, as part of its national tour, and runs at the Hippodrome, fittingly, until Remembrance Day on 11 November. Here, actor Thomas Dennis, who plays Albert, discusses what it’s been like to be part of this imaginative production... ￼ JH: Tell us about your character and the journey he embarks on... TD: At the beginning of the play, Albert is only 14 years old and works full time on his parents’ farm. He is very isolated and doesn’t have any friends. That is, until his father spends the mortgage money on a young foal they can’t afford. Albert is burdened with the responsibility of looking after the horse (who he names Joey). Joey becomes his best and only friend and Albert’s journey throughout the play is a constant battle to be with Joey. Along with his father’s desire to sell the horse, the Great War forces them apart and Albert makes a promise that he will find Joey. The most amazing thing about this character is his undying hope and belief that Joey is alive and that he will find him and they will be together forever. How have you been preparing for your role as Albert? Albert is definitely one of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face so far as an actor, alongside Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The first stages of preparation involved a lot of research. Fortunately, I ride horses in my spare time (in fact, one of my sports of choice is jousting), so I feel like I bring that experience and knowledge to the character and the show. I embarked on a research trip across northern France and the Western Front, following in the footsteps of Joey and Albert in the play. I believe this show to be a commemoration of all the men, women and horses that gave their lives in the Great War, so to see the landscapes and read the names on the gravestones allowed me to connect deeply to the subject matter of the piece. During my travels, I was able to pinpoint the regiment Albert would have fought for alongside his Devon comrades. There is a small, hidden cemetery just outside the village of Mametz, in the Somme Valley, where the casualties of the Devonshire Regiment were buried after the first day of the battle of the Somme. The men are buried together in what was the front line trench that The moment Albert jumps up onto Joey is the most exhilarating for actor Thomas (imagery on this page and opposite: Birgit & Ralf Brinkhoﬀ)
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they left from that very same morning on 1 July 1916. Lastly, it took me a solid 10 weeks of practicing every day to finally learn how to owl whistle, which is essential to the role of Albert! What has it been like to work with the incredible puppets and the production team? It is such a blessing to work with the puppets on this show, from the horses to the goose. They bring our world of animals and warfare to life and without them, the show would not be where it is today. I must admit, that since the first day I met Joey, I have never once, not believed him to be a horse. I am always aware of the puppeteers for health and safety reasons, however, for me they just become Joey and I forget they are even there. Our puppeteers on this show are so incredible. The detail of their work never ceases to amaze me and there is nothing more pleasurable for an actor than to work with puppets that respond as freely as animals do. ￼ How did horses play a part in the First World War? The Great War marked a huge change in the relationship between horses and men. It marked the end of the cavalry (on the Western Front) as trench warfare made the use of mobile cavalry units obsolete. As we depict in this show, the first cavalry charges of the war against machine guns were disastrous for the men riding and the horses. Horses never lost their significance though, as their role changed from a fighting role to a transportation role. It was horse power that provided the men on the front lines with supplies and ammunition. Although historians cannot specify the number of horse casualties in the war, it is believed that nearly as many horses died as men did. What is the transition like for Albert, moving from Devon to the trenches on the front line? The shift for Albert, having never left Devon to suddenly finding himself in the hell of the Western Front, is massive. Every experience he has is new and even more traumatising than the first. Although, interestingly enough, the young men who worked on farms and out in the countryside were, it could be argued, more adept at adapting to life in the trenches as they were not unused to the hard labouring conditions of farm work.
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THEATRE War Horse has won numerous awards and has had eight recordbreaking years in the West End. Why do you think the story resonates with audiences so much? I believe it resonates so well with audiences because it explores a topic that has affected every family in Britain in some way, and spreads across the entire world. At the heart of the story is a simple relationship of love between a man and his horse and their desire to be reunited. I believe stories of love between people and animals can always be related to by audiences all over the world.
The puppets – from Joey to the goose – respond as freely as real animals do
Have you felt that this production is even more poignant with it currently being the centenary of the First World War? Definitely, as the level of sacrifice is very much at the forefront of people’s minds. I am honoured to be able to tell this story at such an important time. I am passionate about history and I believe this to be a once-in-lifetime opportunity. Performing this show during the First World War centenary is an experience I will never forget. ￼ How do you feel about bringing the story of Albert and Joey to different audiences across the country on the UK tour? I have never toured the UK before, but I don’t think there is a better way to visit all four corners of the country than to be accompanied by such an awesome show. I hope that through touring this production, we can share our story with audiences who might not normally have access to this type of theatre. My focus is to make sure that all the horse lovers around the country can watch and believe the relationship I have with Joey. How has playing the part of Albert differed from your other parts on stage, such as with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime and Peter Pan? I consider Albert to be another step forward in my career, in terms of difficulty. The main difference between Albert and Christopher, who I played in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is the focus on the physicality. In Curious, I had to tackle front flips, back flips and walking on walls, whereas I feel I have to explore levels of trauma with Albert’s character much more. Everything he experiences builds up to the last scene of the show. Whereas Christopher, as a character, is very skilled at compartmentalising all of his emotions and suppressing them. However, the physicality of the shows I have done in the past, including Peter Pan where I got to fly, have helped me with Albert as I have one moment in the show where I have to jump onto the horse. Probably the most terrifying, yet most exciting part of the show for me.
Thomas has loved developing his relationship with Joey, and forgets the puppeteers are even there
Do you have a favourite character that you have played on stage? I have loved every character I have played in my career and feel very grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me. At the moment, I have a really special connection with Albert as I get to live his life every evening. I have personally had to say goodbye to my dog, who passed away recently, and when I connect with Joey, I often see my little boy in Joey’s personality and it just makes my heart sing. I feel like his spirit lives on in this show. ■ • atgtickets.com/war-horse/bristol-hippodrome
Thomas Dennis and Toyin Omari Kinch star in the show
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Jayded From Asda Bedminster to BBC drama, Bristol-girldone-good Jayde Adams has come a long way. Next stop: a dream-come-true homecoming show at Colston Hall
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n uncut gem; a force of nature; dangerous and unafraid; the future. Award-winning comedian and proud Bristolian Jayde Adams is all of these things, according to the national press, and one of the funniest women in the world, if you ask her hero Dawn French. If you like the sound of all that, you should probably see her new show at Colston Hall this month, and welcome her back as she returns home after a triumphant run at the Edinburgh Fringe. With themes including popularity and loneliness, the show weaves together outrageous humour with more tender moments, and music too: here’s more from the woman herself...
What can we expect from Jayded? Expect to laugh, hear me sing opera and a brand new song written by Richard Thomas (who wrote Jerry Springer the Opera with Stewart Lee and Anna Nicole the Musical), leotards made by my mother and hopefully an uplifting feeling at the end for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider. How would you describe your brand of comedy? I think I’m quite anarchic, I disagree before I agree and then work my way out from there. I’ve worked in all sorts of jobs, from Bedminster Asda to a windows and doors company near Temple Meads. I’m brutally honest about the way I feel about the world and how I fit into it and I’m always ready to be the biggest knob in the room. I don’t like to be too divisive, I think it’s always best to try and make someone like you before you tell them they are wrong about something. How do you usually find Bristol audiences? It’s so great to perform in Bristol because I have many references about my years of growing up here that a true Bristolian will appreciate. Also my accent is so strong and whenever I’m around other Bristolians, it gets even thicker – so it’ll be nice to gig without a teleprompter on stand by! Jokes... What’s the best thing about Bristolians? Bristolians seem to want an easy-going life. Going by the people I have met and the gigs I have done here, the audiences have the best sense of humour, and living in London for the last seven years has made me appreciate slow living. London is so competitive and fast moving that sometimes it’s just nice to sit on a bus stop, chat to someone you don’t know and find out something about someone else that you didn’t know before. Making people in London talk on bus stops isn’t always an easy task – they think you’re going to nick their wallet! Any favourite Bristol spots? Performing my own show at the Colston Hall is a huge dream of mine – another item on my bucket list ticked off! I’m so pleased I’ve been asked to do it. I love the Hippodrome as well. I know the day I do my own
Expect laughter, uplifting vibes and leotards made by Jayde’s mum
show there will mean so much to me. My sister Jenna, who died several years ago, used to be in a dance company that would perform there every now and again and as a child I would be so impressed. I saw Phantom of The Opera seven times at the Bristol Hippodrome. We hear your aunt had a dance school here? Yeah, she did! In Brentry, near where my dad’s family grew up. I never won anything, mind. All the girls who did it were so athletic and I was born 16 stone – I never knew that the reason I didn’t win was because of my size, I used to think it was because I had asthma. The new show I’m writing, with Richard Thomas, is all about my time in Freestyle Disco Dancing. My mum made me do it for 12 years, even though I failed so often – and it’s the reason why I’m so resilient to performing in comedy. I think kids should be rubbish at something when they are younger. It makes you a better at whatever you do when you have something to fight for. Favourite British comedy? Which have stood the test of time? Vicar of Dibley, Absolutely Fabulous, Fawlty Towers, Porridge. Classics, that will be funny forever because making a tit of yourself will always be funny. Hard-hitting political humour has a shelf life – I am only interested in making classic comedy that will last. Which comedian had the biggest influence on you, growing up? Dawn French, without a doubt. I’ve met her several times and she is a great support of mine. If you had told 12-year-old Jayde that she’d have Dawn French walk up to her one day, backstage, to say good luck and then give her a hug – she’d tell you to shut right up. What’s the best thing about being a comedian? I love making people happy. I’m a bit of an empath which is often to my detriment and can be quite exhausting. Doing it en masse makes it a whole lot easier. I love nothing better than a big group of people having a good time. Did you always know you were funny and wanted to go into comedy? I’ve always been funny; I think this job of mine isn’t a big shock to anyone. I think how well it has gone has surprised some people that I have fallen out with in the past, and all I have to say to them is ‘suck on them apples.’ Did you try many other lines of work first? Fishmonger, door woman, bar manager, pub landlady, waitress, cocktail maker, windows and doors salesman, contemporary dancer – there was a lot of getting up and down off the floor, which I’m not that into... What have been the highlights of 2017? I hate to be massively soppy, but falling in love with someone who doesn’t get jealous, always supports me and totally gets it all. I’ve never had a proper boyfriend before. Comedy is great, but intimate acceptance is bloody powerful. Someone once said to me; “nowt more powerful than a woman who is loved” and I am proud to say that he makes me feel very strong indeed. He’s also a bit of a knob like me, making mistakes and then trying to fix them. I hope he’s the one. What’s in the pipeline for next year? I’m in BBC’s Good Omens with David Tennant and Michael Sheen, Sky’s Sick Note with Nick Frost and Rupert Grint, and I’m hosting my TV show in December – Say What? – with the guys from Impractical Jokers for Comedy Central. Most of all, my new show with Richard Thomas; it’s going to be massive. I’m finally making a show that I want to make. I say all the time that I could be the next Bette Midler, so now I’m making a show that she could be in... ■ • Jayde plays Colston Hall on 19 November; jaydeadams.com THEBRISTOLMAG.CO.UK
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FAVOURITE FIVE Foyles bookshop’s Charlotte Pope picks out her top new releases for this month
MUNICH, BY ROBERT HARRIS
HOW NOT TO BE A BOY, BY ROBERT WEBB
Robert Webb didn’t feel like he was very good at being a boy when he was growing up. Boys were supposed to be tough and strong, they weren’t supposed to feel or express emotion. But for some time, Webb has wondered just how useful these rules really are and, with this book, challenges the concepts of toxic masculinity. How Not to Be a Boy documents his Lincolnshire upbringing with his mother, brothers and father who could fly into a temper at the slightest thing – including an early memory of being “thrashed” on the legs with a pair of his own Woody Woodpecker shorts. The book follows him as he grows, through his relationships with both girls and boys, to his becoming a father and one half of comedy duo Mitchell and Webb. Part-memoir part callto-arms, this book is both heartbreaking and hilarious.
FIVE GET GRAN ONLINE, BY BRUNO VINCENT
The hit Enid Blyton for Grownups series has brought Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy the dog into the present day with hilarious results. The Famous Five have tackled smugglers, thieves and all sorts of rogues but they may be facing their biggest challenge yet: getting Gran on the internet. They try to sort out her iTunes account but soon get into difficulty, and before long they’ve erased all of her audiobooks. While helpfully attempting to sort out Gran’s internet banking, they get her gas and electricity cut off and realise they’ve become much more of a hindrance than a help for poor Gran. At their wits’ end, the five are eventually forced to call in the toddler who lives next door – who sorts it all out in a jiffy, in exchange for ice cream. A few weeks later, Gran has somehow become a YouTube sensation and has gone viral, much to the astonishment of her grandchildren. A clever parody guaranteed to raise a chuckle. 36 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
Munich, 1938. What happens here will be forever remembered in history. The world stands on the brink of conflict. Hitler is determined to start a war, but British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain desperately tries to cling onto peace. The main characters of this novel are both diplomats standing on different sides of the negotiation table: Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain’s own private secretaries, whereas Paul Hartmann is a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The pair were once great friends at Oxford, and it is in Munich that their paths to cross once more. Hartmann realises he can use his connection to contact Chamberlain and his government directly: most importantly, he can stop Britain signing the Munich accord and tell the truth about what Hitler really has in mind for Europe. With hindsight, we know that attempts at appeasement will fail and that the world will be plunged into war, but the characters remain oblivious of the horrors that lie ahead. Yet another classic thriller from the mastermind author of such works as Fatherland, and a good choice for both fans of historical and spy fiction.
THE LOST WORDS, BY ROBERT MACRFARLANE & JACKIE MORRIS
Children nowadays are more likely to spend more time playing games on an iPad than exploring the wonders of nature – ask a youngster to describe a kingfisher, and they may well look at you as if you’ve started speaking gibberish. The language of the wild childhood is disappearing: but The Lost Words stands in defence of that, in an effort to teach adults and children nature words and beauty that they may have forgotten or have never truly explored. Accompanied by Jackie Morris’ stunning illustrations, this is a true joy. The book is filled with poems inspired by the natural world, creating a volume that is sure to become the treasure of any reader’s book collection. An enchanting must-have for all nature lovers, both young and old, to love and share.
THE MENSA QUIZ BOOK
Think you’re smart? Do you find Mastermind simple, and crosswords a breeze? Are you banned from your local pub quiz because you keep getting the answers right? If you are searching for the ultimate test of your intellect, look no further. The Mensa Quiz Book is designed to test your brainpower against the best and brightest minds in the country. Every year, Mensa hosts the Brain of Mensa event – a gruelling quiz only for the smartest quizzers – and this book is a compilation of these puzzles, questions and logic challenges, created for the first time. From general knowledge, to food, to European cities, and trains and railways, this is a book that is sure to have you scratching your head and exercising your brain. Test your partner, your parents, your neighbour: do you have what it takes to be the next Brain of Mensa?
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LOCAL | EVENTS
Discover Cary Grant’s Bristol on a walking tour. Film still from The Bishop’s Wife courtesy of Park Circus
The Welsh National Opera performs Die Fledermaus at Bristol Hippodrome this month. Image: Bill Cooper
FROM 30 OCTOBER 31 OCTOBER, 7PM
Undivided: Politics and the Church after Brexit and Trump, Bristol Cathedral The UK’s decision to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump as US president have sent shock waves through the political establishment. The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford will reflect on the political climate. £4 per person. Visit: bristolcathedral.co.uk 2 NOVEMBER, 1.15 – 1.45PM
Empire Through the Lens gallery tour, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery A lunchtime tour of the museum’s Empire Through the Lens exhibition, led by archivist Jayne Pucknell. The exhibition explores the Empire and Commonwealth through film and photography, and what it means now for people with a variety of links to the colonial and post-colonial periods. Drop in session. Visit: bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristolmuseum-and-art-gallery
container will become a Mexican party house. There will be special drinks, food, games and plenty of tequila and mezcal. Plus, if you show up in costume, you get a shot of tequila on the house. Visit: cargocantina.co.uk
8 – 18 NOVEMBER, TIMES VARY 4 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM
Romantic Masterworks, St George’s Bristol Romantic masterworks from four of the most influential composers of the 19th and early 20th century. The programme includes the Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor, performed by the internationally acclaimed pianist Nicola Meecham. Also featured is Delius’s Walk to the Paradise Garden, a masterpiece in orchestration, and Mahler’s Adagietto from his Symphony No. 5 – one of his best loved pieces of music. The concert concludes with the emotionally powerful Symphony No. 4 of Brahms, often called ‘the tragic symphony’ for its intense passion. Tickets £5 to £17; bristolsymphonyorchestra.com
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Day of the Dead Party, Cargo Cantina, Wapping Wharf
The Big Clifton Switch On, Clifton Village
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Christmas tree in the south west followed by the big light switch on at 6.30pm. Plus there will be a celebrity appearance. Organised by BID Clifton Village and in conjunction with Smiley Miley Events.
Get in the festive mood with carol singing around the biggest NOVEMBER 2017
Up Down Man, Tobacco Factory Theatres Funny, provocative and moving, this sequel to Up Down Boy invites audiences to look at the world in a new way as they follow Matty, who has Down’s syndrome, into adult life, using a combination of dialogue, original music and dance. Tickets: £16, £12 cons. Visit: tobaccofactorytheatres.com 9 NOVEMBER, 6.30 – 10PM
After hours: Humans, We The Curious Explore the newly-named science centre We The Curious without the little kids around. Adults can explore and engage in the hands-on exhibits while enjoying a drink. Expect activities centred around human behaviour and anatomy, as well as robotics. There will also be an autumn stargazing planetarium show, taking you through the night sky. Tickets from £7.95. Booking in advance advised as this will sell out quick. Visit: wethecurious.org
9 NOVEMBER, 7 – 9PM
Headlong & The Guardian Present: Brexit Shorts, Arnolfini, Narrow Quay Headlong and The Guardian have joined forces to explore the temperature of the country following the Brexit vote. In a series of short films, leading figures from the acting world – including Kristin Scott Thomas and Penelope Wilton – reveal individual stories in a divided Britain. The films will be followed by a conversation led by Guardian journalist Chris Wiegand. Tickets: £6, £4 cons. Visit: arnolfini.org.uk 10 – 12 NOVEMBER, TIMES VARY
Afrika Eye cinema classics, Watershed Afrika Eye presents a celebration of African cinema and culture featuring the best new Africafocused documentaries and short films, director Q&As, talks, music, family-friendly arts and crafts workshops and performances. Times and prices vary. Visit: afrikaeye.org.uk 11 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM
In Remembrance Concert, St Mary Redcliffe Join Bristol Bach Choir as they start the season with a concert of reflection and remembrance, featuring works by Bach, Vaughan Williams and Eleanor
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Daley, conducted by Christopher Finch. Tickets from £5 to £20. Visit: bristolbach.org.uk
by Dostoevsky to the city, plus two performances of Johan Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Visit: wno.org.uk, tel: 029 2063 5000.
11 NOVEMBER, 7.30PM
Bristol Phoenix Choir Concert, All Saints Church, Pembroke Road
15 NOVEMBER, 6.30 – 8.30PM
Bristol Phoenix Choir performs Beethoven Mass in C, Schubert Magnificat and Mozart Te Deum with soloists Elinor Cooper (soprano), Helen Vincent (alto), Mike Gormley (tenor) and Alexander Learmonth (bass), under conductor Paul Walton, accompanied by Matt Davies. Tickets: £12.50, £5 cons. Visit: bristolphoenixchoir.org.uk
What do we think we know about migration? Join this panel discussion to have your say on topics such as how migration affected the Brexit vote, how we deal with its impacts on communities and who counts as a Bristolian now? Part of Black History Month and Celebration of Migration. Free entry, donations welcome. Booking in advance advised. Visit: bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed to book.
FROM 13 NOVEMBER
The Truth about Migration, M Shed
14 – 25 NOVEMBER, TIMES VARY
16 NOVEMBER, 6PM
The Provoked Wife, Kings Weston House
Christmas Lights Switch On, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
Penned by Sir John Vanbrugh in 1697, this immersive performance of The Provoked Wife uses the magnificent Kings Weston House, which Vanbrugh went on to design when he turned his hand to architecture. Tickets: £12, £10 cons. On 18 November there will be a Restoration-style dinner for guests from 5.30pm, tickets: £30. Visit: steppingouttheatre.co.uk 15 – 18 NOVEMBER, TIMES VARY
Welsh National Opera Autumn Season, Bristol Hippodrome Welsh National Opera presents two Russian-themed operas to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution. The productions feature Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Janáček’s From the House of the Dead, based on the book
Pop-rock band The Vamps will be switching on The Mall’s Christmas lights this year and will be performing a charity concert supporting event partner Global’s charity Make Some Noise. Doors open at 4pm, event begins approx 6pm. Visit: mallcribbs.com 16 NOVEMBER, 6.30PM
Breast Cancer: Reducing Your Risk seminar, CNM Bristol, Ash Ridge Road Breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women in the UK. Join Dr Marilyn Glenville as she explains the risks and causes concerning nutritional and lifestyle factors. £15 per person. To book, visit: naturopathy-uk.com 18 NOVEMBER, 10.30AM – 3PM
St Peter’s Hospice
“Alco-demics” The Thinking Drinkers will be at Hen and Chicken
Nathan Bessell in Up Down Man at Tobacco Factory Theatres. Image: Richard Davenport
Christmas Market, Bristol Grammar School The perfect place for your Christmas shopping, St Peter’s Hospice’s annual Christmas Market returns to the magical Great Hall at BGS. Explore over 40 stalls offering beautiful handcrafted gifts and foodie treats. Father Christmas will also be making an appearance at 2pm. All money raised will go to St Peter’s Hospice. £1 entry, kids go free and wheelchair access is available. Visit: stpetershospice.org 18 – 19 NOVEMBER, 2 – 4PM
Looking for Archie: Cary Grant walking tour, starts at Bristol Cathedral
Hollywood’s most debonair star, Cary Grant was born in Bristol in 1904. The walking tour will retrace his hometown haunts and uncover Bristol’s hidden cinema history, in the places where it actually happened. Run by UWE’s Dr Charlotte Crofts, part of the UK’s Being Human 2017 festival. Free event, booking required. Visit: beinghumanfestival.org 18 NOVEMBER, 6.45PM
Bristol Poppy Ball, The City Marriott Hotel The Poppy Ball will begin with a sparkling reception featuring The Royal Air Force Association Band Ensemble, followed by a four-course dinner, an auction,
EDITOR’S PICK... 12 NOVEMBER, 7PM
Tim Pigott-Smith Memorial Celebration, Bristol Old Vic Celebrate the life and career of one of Bristol Old Vic’s best known and most respected company members. Tim Pigott-Smith trained at BOV before going on to make his name in The Jewel in the Crown and more recently the Olivier Award-winning King Charles III. Some of Tim’s many friends from stage and screen will share their stories, and there will be performances from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students who follow in Tim’s footsteps. £20 or £40 with donation per person. Tim Pigott-Smith in As You Like It at Bristol Old Vic 1969/70 season. Photo: Derek Balmer / University of Bristol Theatre Collection
• Tel: 0117 987 7877 or visit: bristololdvic.org.uk
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Grab a unique festive gift at the Smithson pop-up
Hear BETSY’s soulful voice at Thekla this month
Jools Holland is coming to Colston Hall in December. Photo: Mary McCartney
raffle and then dancing to a popular pop/rock band and a disco. Former member of the RAF and Paralympian Jon-Allan Butterworth is the guest speaker, and the guest of honour will be Johnny Johnson MBE, the last British member of The Dambusters. Tickets: £55 per person. Dress is black tie or mess dress. For tickets visit: bristolpoppyball.co.uk or call: 07773 913 738. 19 NOVEMBER, 8PM
Oh, Frig, I’m 50! Richard Herring, Bristol Old Vic Star of Radio 4’s Relativity, Richard Herring gets to half a century and looks at how his life has changed in the last decade – from irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen. Tickets: £17.50. Visit: bristololdvic.org.uk
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Gareth Malone, Colston Hall The nation’s favourite choirmaster returns for a unique performance of choral gems. Gareth will be joined by top guest choirs and singers as he takes you on a journey of discovery and showcases the music that inspires him. Tel: 0117 203 4040 or visit: colstonhall.org 24 NOVEMBER, 12.30 – 3PM
Much More Veg with Hugh
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Fearnley-Whittingstall, River Cottage, Bristol Hugh will be leading guests on a vegetarian adventure through a three-course lunch menu of his favourite dishes, taken from his new book Much More Veg. £35 per person. Copies of the book will be available to buy. Visit: rivercottage.net/restaurants 24 NOVEMBER, 8.30PM
A History of Alcohol, Hen and Chicken, North Street The Thinking Drinkers are a pair of “alco-demics” – drinks experts who put on entertainment lectures about the impact brewing has had on human civilisation. Like a TED talk with five free drinks. Visit: thinkingdrinkers.com
from jewellers to toy-makers, glass-makers to weavers – perfect for picking up a unique gift for Christmas. There will also be an outdoor food market. Free entry. Visit: colstonhall.org
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BETSY, Thekla Crossing elements of churchy soul, euphoric dance and soaring power ballads, BETSY’s early online music streams have surpassed 10 million. Following the launch of her debut album and new single Little White Lies, experience her powerhouse vocal range at Thekla. Visit: theklabristol.co.uk.
25 NOVEMBER, 12 – 4PM
Spoken word: Writers on Slavery, The Georgian House Museum Poets and writers respond to the history of the Georgian House, its links with the transatlantic slave trade, the price of sugar, and the black servants who worked there. Extracts of their work will be read in different rooms every hour from 12pm. Free drop in session, donations welcome. Limited spaces, arrive early to avoid disappointment. Visit: bristolmuseums.org.uk 25 NOVEMBER; 2, 9, 16 DECEMBER, 10AM – 4PM
The Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall Offering more than 200 stalls, the fair showcases the region’s most skilled designer-makers
30 NOVEMBER – 3 DECEMBER, OPENING TIMES VARY
Smithson Pop Up, The Forge, Colston Yard Smithson Gallery returns for another winter pop-up event, selling a collection of art from popular artists as well as quality products from independent designers including Red Bird Makes, Catherine Tough, Forbes and Lewis and Hannah Turner. Pick up a unique gift or artwork, ready for Christmas. Visit: theforgebristol.com / smithsongallery.co.uk 7 DECEMBER, 6 – 7.30PM
Challenging the Atlantic: Brunel’s First Steamship – The Great Western, M Shed The Great Western is the least
known of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s three ships. Launched in 1837 from Bristol, it was his first great success, confounding the critics to be the fastest ship to steam continuously across the Atlantic, and beginning the era of luxury transatlantic liners. In this talk, Dr Helen Doe looks at life on board this important wooden paddle steamer and considers its influence and legacy. Free entry, donations welcome. Visit: bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed 9 – 10 DECEMBER, 7.30PM
Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Colston Hall Beloved piano maestro and tastemaker Jools Holland returns to Bristol with his renowned Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. He’ll be joined by a clutch of sparkling guests, including Grammy Award winner José Feliciano. Jools will be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career. Visit: colstonhall.org 9 DECEMBER – 7 JANUARY 2018, TIMES VARY
Aladdin, Bristol Hippodrome Starring Joe Pasquale as Wishee Washee, Marti Pellow as evil sorcerer Abanazar and Hayley Tamaddon as princess Jasmine, Aladdin is a spectacular adventure featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, and a wish-granting genie. Don’t miss your flight aboard the magic carpet. Visit: atgtickets.com or tel: 0844 871 3012.
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Exultate Singers give a surround-sound experience in their concerts
A SONG FOR ALL OCCASIONS Whether you’re looking to mark Remembrance, or a sure-fire way to start feeling festive, book in an evening with one of Bristol’s finest musical ensembles
ristol isn’t short on good, strong sets of lungs – the volume (in both senses of the word) of choral ensembles in the city is testament to that. With the more established groups founded decades ago, and new ones popping up all the time – we’ve just received news of one called Womb Sisters that begins this month for pregnant women to come together and sing to their bumps – there’s plenty of variety too. Whether you’re into ancient works by the world’s best-known and most prolific composers, niche pieces by lesser-known geniuses or much more modern-day music, over the next few weeks there’s likely to be something going on, in one of our local venues, that’s up your street, and as the festive season approaches, we hope to see you, glass of vino in mitten-clad hand, singing along… Here are some ideas to get you started
Exultate Singers Founded in 2002, this group has given over 200 performances in the UK, Spain, Germany, Poland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro; and places its singers in different positions to envelope the audience with live surround sound. You might have seen them on Songs of Praise or heard them on Classic FM – but if you haven’t, get the full experience on 12 November at St George’s Bristol. A concert for Remembrance Sunday including British choral gems, it’ll also feature world premieres of new pieces by Sir James MacMillan and Toby Young. Otherwise, there’s Carols by Candlelight (13 & 16 December) or the Christmas Spectacular (21 December). • exultatesingers.org
City of Bristol Choir One of the South West’s finest large choirs celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, travelling from St George’s to the Colston Hall via a concert tour in Bruges. Regularly invited by professional orchestras to perform choral works, the group attracts the highest calibre of soloists for its concerts The next, (Saints Alive!) on 18 November at All Saints’ Clifton, features music inspired by the saints including works by Howells, Kodaly, Stanford, Finzi and Britten. Afterwards there’s the Christmas Spectacular on 20 December – get in the festive spirit with sparkling orchestral pieces and beautiful choral carols – or Festive Fiesta (22 December at St George’s Bristol). • cityofbristolchoir.org.uk Bristol Bach Choir, founded in 1966, is embarking on its 51st season 44 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
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Bristol Phoenix Choir has been part of the city’s classical music scene for over 50 years
Bristol Bach Choir perform the composer’s brilliant motets at St Mary Redcliﬀe on 11 November
Bristol Bach Choir
Bristol Phoenix Choir
Founded in 1966, this friendly group perform a challenging, varied repertoire with passion in a range of city venues. Concerts scheduled for its 51st season range from Rachmaninov’s Vespers in St James’ Priory in February, to Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert in the new hall at Redmaids’ High School in June. The next date for the diary is 11 November at St Mary Redcliffe – a Remembrance concert featuring two of Bach’s incomparable motets, to prompt reflection on mortality and spiritual journeying. Vaughan Williams’ beautiful large-scale work Mass in G Minor will also be performed; plus Toronto composer Eleanor Daley’s Requiem. The choir has toured internationally, recently to Iceland and Estonia; its members, says conductor Christopher Finch, “ambassadors for the life-affirming qualities of music”. • bristolbach.org.uk
Part of Bristol’s classical music scene for over 50 years, BPC gives at least three concerts a year with local soloists and orchestras. It embraces baroque, classical and modern, and the new season begins at All Saints Church on 11 November, with lesser-known works by Mozart – his hopeful Te Deum – Schubert – a celebratory setting of the Magnificat – and Beethoven – the surprisingly quiet yet emotional Mass in C. Looking towards spring, on 21 April they return to St George’s with a sumptuous programme of baroque faves, and Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Haydn’s Creation Mass providing a thrilling finale. • bristolphoenixchoir.org.uk
Bristol Choral Society has an auditioned membership of 170 singers (photo by Chris Cooper; shotaway.com)
The Riﬀ Raﬀ Choir sings everything from modern chart-toppers to classic rock
Riff Raff Choir
Bristol Choral Society
Bristol’s mixed homegrown pop-rock choir sings everything from chart-toppers by Jess Glynne to classic rock by Rainbow. Now seven years old, the group has five fun, sociable evening rehearsal groups to choose from in different suburbs – Southville, Clifton, Bishopston, Redland and Fishponds – with none requiring members to read music or audition. Everything is taught by ear in four or five-part harmony and, quite simply, it’s all about having fun! Christmas concerts take place on 9 December at Redland Parish Church Hall (featuring The Raff Pack), 11 December at the Hen & Chicken Comedy Box, and 13 December at St Michael’s & All Angels Church. • riffraffchoir.co.uk
One of the leading UK amateur choirs, with a diverse calendar of major symphonic performances, intimate ensemble concerts, and a vibrant outreach programme, the Choral Society has an auditioned membership of 170 singers. Its reputation as a powerful, emotive and dynamic chorus has led to engagements with the Philarmonia Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, no less. There’s a pretty eclectic series of concerts lined up, from the grandeur of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony to the no-holds-barred energy of Carmina Burana, and Bach’s invigorating Magnificat. Enthusiastic new singers welcome – visit the website if you’d like to get involved. • bristolchoral.co.uk
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Did you know Bristol Chamber Choir was founded in 1837 as Bristol Madrigal Society?
The Bristol Cabot Choir has raised over £100k for charity
Bristol Chamber Choir
Bristol Cabot Choir
Founded in 1837 as Bristol Madrigal Society, this is the oldest choir in Bristol, singing late medieval to modern, and works commissioned from local composers. The founding madrigal tradition is maintained in at least one concert a year and the ensemble is happy to receive new members, so pop down to rehearsals in Redland Park United Reformed Church on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. Upcoming performances include a programme for Remembrance Sunday on 12 November, with music from Ockeghem to Scarlatti in The Chapel at St Monica Trust – and Music for Christmas on 16 December at The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, including settings of Ave Maria and carols from various countries. • bristolchamberchoir.org.uk
Enjoy major classical and modern sacred, liturgical and secular music as well as an expanding range of renaissance to contemporary works? So does Bristol Cabot Choir – whose members develop their skills under motivational musical director Beccy Holdeman. What’s next? Bristol Cabot Choir will perform Marc Antoine Charpentier’s joyful Messe de Minuit pour Noël (and other lovely yuletide music) at their Christmas concert on 11 December in Bristol Cathedral, where the retiring collection will go to Bristol’s Off The Record charity.
The Raﬀ Pack perform mainly pop and rock, and practise in The Lansdown every fortnight
Community choir Bristol Voices welcomes anyone with a passion for singing
The Raff Pack
A well-established community choir with around 50 members, Bristol Voices welcomes anyone who wishes to join – no experience is necessary, just a love of singing. MD Jon Conway leads with skill and energy and there’s great fun to be had, learning gorgeous blended harmonies and singing from across the world’s musical genres. If you’re interested, they’d love you to see you one Wednesday in school term weeks at St Werburgh’s Primary School. Why not head down there for a free taster session? Just turn up on the night and sing!
Bristol’s all male, a cappella group teaches everything by ear – meaning members need only bring enthusiasm. The sociable Pack performs with Riff Raff on 9 December at Redland Parish Church Hall, singing pop and rock in glorious three or four-part harmony, with sea shanties and traditional songs thrown in. The men practise at The Lansdown pub every fortnight under the guidance of Douglas V. Watts – if you fancy a beer or cuppa and a bit of banter, while learning fabulous songs, this is the group for you.
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STATE OF THE ART North Bristol Art Trail, 25 & 26 November, various venues
Snowy City by Cath Read
The North Bristol Art Trail is one of the most established art trails in the city, and a chance to visit over 100 established and emerging artists in their homes, as well as studios and public venues. Covering a wide area – from Montpelier to St Andrews; Gloucester Road to Westbury Park – it offers the chance to spend the weekend chatting to artists and friends while choosing the perfect original piece of art in time for Christmas. Work ranges from ceramics, jewellery and prints to paintings, sculpture and textiles – you might well be inspired by the newly installed Gloucester Road art banners along the way, or Room 212 gallery owner Sarah Thorp’s eco house, tucked round the back of the gallery – open during the trail and featuring straw walls, a living roof and murals by Bristol artists. Sarah will be showing her upcycled decoupage artwork along with jewellery by Katie Johnston and mosaics by Toni Burrows, who created the Arches Fox for the art banner project.
• northbristolartists.org.uk; room212.co.uk
A Scottish Odyssey in Blue by David Smith RSW, Lime Tree Gallery, 28 October – 21 November
David’s Girvan Seafront
Black Swan Arts, in Frome, hosts its Annual Open show this month. With a reputation for attracting some of the very best contemporary artists and for selecting original artwork, Black Swan Arts will be selling all the work on display, from painting, printmaking and sculpture to ceramics, textiles and multimedia work.
David understands the coast and islands of Scotland like few others. Many years of hill walking, mountaineering and rock climbing have instilled a clear sense of the terrain and skies, which is recreated in his paintings. His distinctive landscapes have become widely collected, and he was elected RSW in 2011. Blue, turquoise and green are the primary colours that make up the palette for this exhibition – representing David’s travels, from the Firth of Clyde to Glen Elg in the West Highlands, the Hebrides to the Moray coast in the North East and down to the East Neuk of Fife.
• blackswan.org.uk Dear Diego by John Robinson
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Annual Open, Black Swan Arts, 2 – 29 November
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Autumn Show, Coldharbour Framery and Gallery, until 30 November This gallery’s autumn show is full of vibrant colour and natural themes, with enamellist Galiah Amit and glass artist Phaedra Politis joining regulars such as Abigail McDougall, Cath Read and Jenny Urquhart with their latest paintings and prints featuring fiery autumn shades and misty woodland scenes. You’ll also find a wide variety of decorative pieces made by local artists, ranging from coasters to calendars – perfect if you are searching for individual gifts this Christmas.
Pictured below: Severn Beach Line by Cath Read
Native Color, Rainmaker, 1 November – 25 February
Metamorphosis by Tony Tiger
Tony Tiger’s paintings, with bright hues of red, ochre, sky blue and grass green, are the focus of Rainmaker’s latest show. This palette reveals his appreciation of the “wonder of color” in nature, and is inspired by the distinctive use of colour in his tribe’s ribbon-work appliqué and the patchwork designs of the Seminole Nation. Other great colourists featured include Yatika Starr Fields; Chemehuevi fine art photographer Cara Romero; Debra Yepa-Pappan, whose printmaking delights and informs with witty juxtapositions of contemporary culture and Indigenous imagery; and Comanche painter Nocona Burgess, who has Stag by Carl Melegari perfected a method of applying vibrant pigments onto dark backgrounds that he describes as “painting outward”. • rainmakerart.co.uk
● 165 Annual Open Exhibition, RWA, until 3 December Artists from all over the world have submitted 2,750 artworks to this annual exhibition – the biggest open exhibition in the region, now in its 165th year. Entries include painting, drawing, film, photography, sculpture and mixed-media works by artists of all ages and backgrounds, both emerging and established – this year including renowned painter and president of the Royal Academy, Christopher Le Brun, and photographic artist Tom Hunter RA. • rwa.org.uk
● Deeper Surfaces, Clifton Contemporary, until 18 November Whether drawing you across the raw, exposed edge of Cornwall’s Atlantic coast, or into the innate character of a living subject; in this show, the painted surface is a dynamic, breathing space. Hannah Woodman uses oil on canvas or gesso, watercolour and charcoal on paper to invoke the sense of isolated engagement she feels while creating her potent landscapes, while Carl Melegari’s intense sculptural oil on canvas portraits and animal studies, muted yet teeming with colour, engage the viewer as layers, drips, gestures and marks combine to reveal the presence and personality of each figure. • cliftoncontemporaryart.co.uk
● Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever, Arnolfini, until 24 December This show tackles one of charismatic artist Grayson Perry’s primary concerns: how contemporary art can best address a diverse cross section of society. On show for the first time outside of London, the exhibition is central to a programme of events inspired by Perry’s irreverent take on contemporary culture. In the exhibition, Perry continues to explore many of the themes and concerns that recur in his practice, drawing from his own childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as wider social issues and his abiding interest in his audience. • arnolfini.org.uk
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A Scottish Odyssey in Blue: Oct 28 - Nov 21 Solo exhibition by David Smith RSW
Lime Tree Gallery, 84 Hotwell Road, Bristol BS8 4UB
Tel 0117 929 2527
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Image: Sergey Gorshkov/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year
STONE COLD FOX Snowy stories from the Arctic, sad tales from the sea and much more at Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017
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lue Planet II is due to begin, the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is now open at M Shed; life is pretty good for natural history lovers right now. However, sadly, it’s not so good for some of the subjects being documented and that’s one important running theme in the film and photography currently circulating at the moment. From frozen wastelands and peculiar species, to tropical paradises and fascinating animal behaviour, this year’s selection of 100 brand new images, showcasing the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights, is a call to action – a plea to band together and protect our increasingly fragile planet. As Laura Pye, head of culture at Bristol City Council, says: “Wildlife Photographer of the Year has become a staple of Bristol’s winter calendar. I am never disappointed with the calibre of images and how the photographers are able to capture such beautiful moments while communicating powerful messages of environmentalism and animal welfare.” Developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, the event provides a global platform on which to educate. Here are a few of our favourite background stories, from the thousands of entries, either showing the artistry and craftsmanship involved in nature photography, or raising questions about our role in shaping a sustainable future...
Image: Justin Hofman/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Arctic Treasure by Sergey Gorshkov (Russia) Category: Animal Portraits; finalist 2017 Camera: Nikon D300S + 600mm f4 lens; 1/1250 sec at f5; ISO 800; Gitzo tripod + Wimberley head Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest, an Arctic fox heads for a suitable burial spot. This is June and bonanza time for the foxes of Wrangel Island in the Russian Far East. Lemmings are the basic diet for Arctic foxes, but Wrangel suffers long, harsh winters and is icebound for much of the year, making it a permanent source of stored food for these opportunist animals. The food convoys arrive at the end of May. Over just a few days, vast flocks of snow geese descend on the tundra of this remote UNESCO World Heritage Site, travelling from wintering grounds some 4,800 kilometres (3,000 miles) away in British Columbia and California. Not only is this the biggest breeding colony of snow geese in the world, and the only remaining one in Asia, but it is also growing: from 160,000 geese in 2011 to about 300,000 by 2016. The Arctic foxes catch any weak or sick birds, but what they feast on are the goose eggs, laid in early June in open nests on the tundra. Though the pairs of snow geese actively defend their nests, a fox may still manage to steal up to 40 eggs a day, harassing the geese until there’s a chance to nip in and grab an egg. Most of the eggs are then cached, buried in shallow holes in the tundra, where the soil stays as cold as a refrigerator. These eggs will remain edible long after the brief Arctic summer is over and the geese have migrated south again. And when the new generation of young foxes begins to explore, they too will benefit from the hidden treasures.
Sewage Surfer by Justin Hofman (USA) Category: Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image, finalist 2017 Camera: Sony Alpha 7R II + 16–35mm f4 lens; 1/60 sec at f16; ISO 320; Nauticam housing + Zen 230mm Nauticam N120 Superdome; two Sea & Sea strobes with electronic sync Seahorses hitch rides on the currents by grabbing floating objects such
Image: Steve Winter/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year
as seaweed with their delicate prehensile tails. Justin watched with delight as this tiny estuary seahorse ‘almost hopped’ from one bit of bouncing natural debris to the next, bobbing around near the surface on a reef near Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. But as the tide started to come in, the mood changed. The water contained more and more decidedly unnatural objects – mainly bits of plastic – and a film of sewage sludge covered the surface, all sluicing towards the shore. The seahorse let go of a piece of seagrass and seized a long, wispy piece of clear plastic. As a brisk wind at the surface picked up, making conditions bumpier, the seahorse took advantage of something that offered a more stable raft: a waterlogged plastic cottonbud. Not having a macro lens for the shot ended up being fortuitous, both because of the strengthening current and because it meant that Justin decided to frame the whole scene, sewage bits and all. As Justin, the seahorse and the cottonbud spun through the ocean together, waves splashed into Justin’s snorkel. The next day, he fell ill. Indonesia has the world’s highest levels of marine biodiversity but is second only to China as a contributor to marine plastic debris – debris forecast to outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050. On the other hand, Indonesia has pledged to reduce by 70 per cent the amount of waste it discharges into the ocean.
Saved But Caged by Steve Winter (USA) Category: Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image, finalist 2017 Camera: Canon 5D Mark II + 24–105mm lens at 58mm; 1/45 sec at f5.6; ISO 400 A back leg of this six-month-old Sumatran tiger cub was so badly mangled by a snare that it had to be amputated. He was lucky to survive at all, having been trapped for four days before being discovered in a rainforest in Aceh Province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The likelihood is that the snare was set by oil-palm plantation workers to catch bushmeat (though tigers are also deliberately snared). The workers are migrants who have been given small plots to grow their own oil palms but who have to work on the big plantations for about five years until their own crops generate a return. To feed their families, they have to hunt, and this cub’s bones would have fetched a good price on the black market. The population of Sumatran tigers, a subspecies, is as low as 400-500 (the world population of all wild tigers is no more than than 3,200) – the result of poaching to fuel the illegal trade in tiger parts for the Chinese-medicine market. Anti-poaching forest patrols are helping to stem the killing, partly by locating and removing snares (now illegal), which is how this cub came to be rescued. The cub, however, will spend the rest of his life in a cage in a Javan zoo. Today, there are probably more Sumatran tigers in zoos than there are left in the wild. • Wildlife Photographer of the Year shows at M Shed until 8 April 2018. Entries for next year are now open; wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com
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PHOTOGRAPHY One of our favourite images; Atlanta USA, 2010 © Martin Parr
ON PARR A Bristol documentary photographer has opened an exciting new gallery and event space at Paintworks. We went to find out more about him and see what’s first on the agenda
e racked our brains to think of a major Bristol venue dedicated solely to photography, and were kind of surprised to conclude that we couldn’t really think of one. (Correct us if we’re being dim, because we want to go there!) So the opening of the Martin Parr Foundation last month – a centre celebrating British photography and the works of the photojournalist to which it owes its name – is kind of an exciting development for the city. Because while everyone’s a photographer these days – the rise of Instagram and the like, some feel, is devaluing the art form – actually, we think, there’s simply something special, and necessary, about a considered collection of photography and its ability to make a statement and tell a story. Comprising of a studio, gallery, library and research/archive centre, the Foundation aims to support and promote UK photography, share a growing collection of works by British photographers as well as images taken in the British Isles by international photographers, and hopes to host plenty of seminars, talks, book signings and more in the event space. Martin is regarded by many as one of the most significant documentary photographers of post-war Britain, with an international reputation for his innovative imagery, oblique approach to social documentary, and contribution to photographic culture in the UK and abroad – you might also have seen his short film work in BBC One’s idents. Known as an important collector of photobooks, he has shown great dedication, over the past 40 years, to discovering the overlooked and contributing to the way the history of the medium is understood and defined. Having lived in Bristol since 1987, now between Clifton and Hotwells, with another professional base in Bedminster, Martin travels frequently (his book on the American presidential election is well worth a gander) but loves this city (“who doesn’t?” he asks). He’s financed its 54 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
new centre himself, however, this month some extra funds are being made available through the studio event he’s hosting for both Bristolians and fans from further afield who will come down and have their portrait taken by him. With the space now open to the public on the regular, the inaugural exhibition by Martin himself is free – supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Sandwell Council and Arts Council England – and runs until 20 January. ‘Black Country Stories’ – a collection with a real, raw, sort of This is England feel about it – is the result of a four-year journey Martin undertook between 2010 and 2014 to photograph the four boroughs of the Black Country (Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley) and New Brighton, from ‘The Last Resort’ 1983-85 © Martin Parr
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The Royal Wedding, from ‘Black Country Stories’ © Martin Parr
Glasgow © Raymond Depardon/Magnum Photos – an image from the Foundation collection
capture the sense of community, diversity and spirit of the region. “I didn’t know much about the Black Country, other than its reputation as a densely populated, post-industrial area; a region in decline,” says Martin, who describes his love of photography as an obsession bordering on a medical condition. “I had passed it many times as I travelled up the M5, on my way north. My ignorance was one reason why I was keen to explore and to try and look beyond the stereotypes.” The traditional industries – coal-mining, steel mills and brick works – which made up the backbone of the Black Country during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, have declined, and in their place are thriving small factories and manufacturing industries. Martin’s body of work looks both to the past – to traditions such as chain making and confectionery production – and to the future, including the regeneration that energy immigration has brought to the region. Alongside places of work and worship, the collection has captured with humour the pigeon fanciers, onlookers at St George’s Day parades, weddings, hairdressers, nightclubs and giant leeks at county shows, to build a collective portrait of the area. “Perhaps the most striking feature of the Black Country, for me, was the friendliness and openness of the community,” continues Martin, once a regular at the Photographers Above The Rainbow dark room in Clifton. “Virtually no-one turned down a request for a portrait. People were so welcoming, and seemed only too glad to share their stories. One person would pass me onto someone else, or onto another story. In fact, I could have gone on forever…” During the project, Martin returned to the notion of being a community photographer, something he did last in the 1970s in Hebden Bridge. He gave prints back to his subjects and ensured the work was exhibited locally for the communities in which it was created, before being displayed further afield. He was also inspired to return to filmmaking to most effectively capture the stories unfolding in front of him. Black Country Stories will be followed by Niall McDiarmid’s ‘Town to Town’ from 31 January to 12 May next year – a show featuring images from across Britain and with a section devoted to towns around Bristol and shots from the city itself – and David Hurn’s ‘Swaps’ show in spring 2018.
The 2017 Bristol Poppy Ball is being held at The City Marriott Hotel, Bristol. The Poppy Ball will commence with a Sparkling Reception featuring The Royal Air Force Association Band Ensemble, followed by a 4 course Dinner, an Auction, Raffle and then Dancing to a popular Pop/Rock Band and a Disco. Jon-Allan Butterworth is our Guest Speaker; Jon formerly served with The RAF and is the first Member of the Armed Forces injured in the Iraq Conflict to not only participate in the Rio Paralympics but also to win Gold for Cycling! We are also proud to announce that our Guest of Honour will be Johnny Johnson MBE, the last British Member of The Dambusters. Tickets are £55 each and one ticket would be complimentary should you wish to book a table of 10. Dress is Black Tie or Mess Dress for Gentlemen and Long or Cocktail Dress for Ladies. For tickets please go to: www.bristolpoppyball.co.uk or Telephone Jon Taylor on 07773 913 738
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A NEW ERA The most famous Bristol attraction you’ve probably never heard of, and what’s changed there during 2017
ow much remains today of what went on in Bristol during the 18th century? Many of our best-known local institutions date back to that period: Colston’s School (founded 1710), Bristol Royal Infirmary (opened 1737), the Exchange in Corn Street (built 1743), the original glass-roofed St Nicholas Market (built 1745) and the Theatre Royal (opened 1766). In the middle of that list is The New Room in the Horsefair, established as the world’s first Methodist chapel in 1739. The New Room? It may well be the most famous historic Bristol attraction you’ve never heard of, quietly tucked away in the heart of Broadmead but internationally recognised as the starting point for a movement which today has over 75 million members across the globe. The New Room is the oldest Methodist chapel in the world. It receives over 25,000 visitors from all over the world every year, and has both a fascinating history and a profound resonance with challenging issues we still face in today’s modern world. Better known locally as John Wesley’s Chapel, the building was designated by Historic England in 1959 as a Grade I building and occupies the only piece of land in Broadmead whose freehold has not been bought by Bristol City Council. This has been a particularly significant year for the chapel, seeing the successful completion of an 18-month building project to create a brand new visitor centre, funded by a £2.6m National Lottery grant plus £1.4m from the Bristol Methodist District and other smaller trusts. The visitor centre was officially opened in July by HRH The Duke of Gloucester and features a state-of-the-art museum, an artisan café and gift shop, an education/conference room and a library and archive. Catering for all ages, the museum features eye56 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
catching exhibits and creative displays, with thoughtprovoking stories which may surprise many visitors. John Wesley, who was ranked at number 50 in the BBC’s Top 100 Britons poll, was – it turns out – a man ahead of his time: a pioneering 18th-century preacher and enlightened campaigner for causes like gender equality, abolition of slavery, healthcare, education, and the natural environment. His forthright condemnation of the slave trade earned him powerful enemies because – as we all know to our shame – Bristol was an important centre for the slave trade. Indeed it was the UK’s leading slaving port, accounting for possibly one fifth of all the lucrative trade in slaves between 1698, (when Bristol merchants were first granted the right to participate) and 1807 (when the slave trade was abolished in the UK). Wesley was undeterred, despite the unpopularity of his ideas among the ruling classes, and in 1774 he published his Thoughts Upon Slavery, the first really successful anti-slavery publication aimed at a mass audience, which was circulated for many years both in England and America. Because the slave trade brought tremendous wealth to Bristol-based investors and traders, they combined to try and silence Wesley’s opposition, most notably sparking the 1788 New Room Riot when men were paid to disrupt a service in the chapel at which Wesley was preaching against slavery. Re-enactment of the riot was possibly the highlight of the day for the first school group to experience the new visitor centre when it opened in the summer. Year Five pupils from Begbrook Academy visited as part of their study of aspects of slavery. “The association of Wesley’s name with opposition to the slave trade means that the New Room is a great resource for students looking at the topic, which can be explored as part of the local history section of the national curriculum,”
Above: The tranquil courtyard entrance Opposite page, clockwise from top: Get to know historic figures; school groups have been loving the interactive spaces; art works include a unique statue of a child made of chains; James Bradwell – the Bristol Old Vic trainee actor who voiced John Wesley for the museum’s audioguide – in the pulpit; the Horsefair entrance
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said Mandy Briggs, education officer for the New Room. “The exhibits we now have on display bring the entire story to life in such an engaging way that we’re attracting a higher level of interest than ever.” The museum’s exhibits challenge visitors to consider stories of slavery that may surprise, and stories they can relate to – such as that of the slave who was severely whipped for the ‘crime’ of overfilling a tea-cup. Unusual works of art include a unique statue of a child, made out of chains, and a ‘calligram’ or word portrait, showing Wesley preaching with his bible open on the pulpit, created by using almost 14,000 words and telling the story of his life. Three years in the making, this historically important work dates from 1850, and was created by artist Louis Gluck Rosenthal who also produced biographical sketches of William Shakespeare, the Duke of Wellington, and Queen Victoria. A newer and smaller artwork, The Wesley Chalk, measures in at just over 1cm, and defies the imagination by having carved into it a minute figure of John Wesley. It was created by a talented young Brazilian boy in 1998 to mark the 250th anniversary of the opening of the first Methodist school, Kingswood School, and is displayed in the room which is dedicated to Wesley and education. This room, like all the others in the museum, asks visitors to reflect on some of the moral and ethical dilemmas that confronted Wesley and still persist to this day. His inclusion on the Top 100 Britons poll reflects the breadth of the causes he espoused, which – as one exhibition board suggests – could actually be reflected in a 21st-century political manifesto. Living in a period when most workers were scarcely paid enough to live, with families enduring a hand-to-mouth existence, and rampant disease, crime, drunkenness and brutality commonplace, Wesley was unafraid to share his views on the wrongs of social inequality. So, alongside slavery and education, the museum addresses other issues such as how to reduce the gap between rich and poor, the importance of full employment, the promotion of tolerance, equal treatment for women and of taking a world view, and caring for the animals with whom we share our planet – plenty of thought-provoking stuff. Part of the new visitor centre, including a 40-seater café, occupies a light, airy atrium space which, along with the historic chapel itself, was used as the location for the first visiting art exhibition to grace the revamped New Room after its re-launch in the summer. Appropriately – since it ties in so well with the Wesleyan credo – the ‘I Am A Refugee’ exhibition celebrated the contributions of refugees past and present to life in the UK, and was opened to coincide with Refugee Week 2017. “This was a major art exhibition, previously on display in the Houses of Parliament, and its showing in the New Room was its first outside London, so we felt very honoured to host it,” Mandy continued. “It was a highly appropriate first display for our newly refurbished exhibition space, graphically illustrating the significant contributions, by refugees who have made the UK their home, to the arts, science, sports, commerce, industry and social care in this country, and bringing to life their own unique stories.” Developed by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and design agency Coley Porter Bell, the exhibition featured three giant screens telling the stories and celebrating the achievements of people who entered the UK as refugees, including such well-known names as singers Freddie Mercury and Rita Ora, writer Judith Kerr, comedian Shappi Khorsandi, computer pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley and 51 other famous and not-so-famous individuals. The historic chapel itself is often the venue for free lunchtime concerts, frequently featuring visiting musicians or choirs on tour, which are always worth keeping an eye open for. A new series of concerts – Folk at the New Room – is currently in the pipeline and the chapel also hosted a wellbeing day as part of Bristol’s recent Healthy City Week. The artisan café – run by Ewa Kozdeba, who spent the previous nine years in charge of the café in At-Bristol (as it was known then) – is also attracting positive reviews for its food, drink and tranquil ambience. So now you know – the New Room is not new at all, but a building which has been at the heart of Bristol’s history for nearly 300 years. And now it offers Bristolians unprecedented access to remarkable, but previously largely unknown, aspects of the city’s heritage, which are well worth investigating. • newroombristol.org.uk THEBRISTOLMAG.CO.UK
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TASTY TITBITS FROM THE CITY’S RESTAURANTS, CHEFS AND PRODUCERS
STAR QUALITY Bristol got itself a fourth Michelin-starred restaurant last month, after Andalusian-inspired eatery Paco Tapas, on Lower Guinea Street, was awarded the prestigious holy grail of culinary accolades by Michelin inspectors. “I was speechless when I got on stage at the ceremony and I’m still blown away to be honest,” said chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, whose first restaurant Casamia also retained its Michelin star, alongside fellow city eateries Wilks and The Pony and Trap. “To think we have two restaurants at The General in Bristol with a Michelin star is almost beyond anything we’ve dreamed of. With Paco Tapas, we want to show the personality and soul of the restaurant through our food and our service, and I’m just over the moon that the dedication and hours put into this focus by the team has been recognised and rewarded – it really is such an incredible honour.” The ever changing Paco Tapas menu combines traditional tapas with personal interpretations from Peter – while staying true to the vibrant, comforting flavours of his heritage – and a carefully crafted sherry list.
Photo by Nick Hook
IT MAKES US HAPPY... A tequila festival, celebrating the history, culture and tastes of the much-loved drink, is setting up at Motion in Bristol on 4 November – the sixth leg of its national tour. Event-goers will embark on a tasting journey with a complimentary shot on arrival, and a tequila bible to guide them through the 30 or more varieties on offer, while traditional Mexican dancers twirl, a Mariachi band plays, DJs spin house music with a Latin twist and performers entertain alongside colourful piñatas and processions. There’ll also be a cocktail bar, an Amigos beer bar, the Jose Cuervo truck and specialist Mexican food stalls. “Tequila is a drink that is associated with a great party all across the world, however, it is also now being recognised as a more sophisticated, crafted drink with a rich variety of flavours,” says organiser Nathan Reed. “Tequila has a very strong cultural identity, so we wanted to bring this to life and put on a festival that celebrates the remarkable diversity and history of this wonderful drink.”
SWEET DREAMS Local syrup experts Beyond the Bean and award-winning bartenders Danny Walker and Dee Davies have collaborated on a sweet new business. Having worked in speciality coffee for over 20 years, Jem Rogers – co-founder of Beyond the Bean – saw the popularity of syrups for the coffee industry soar and spotted a gap in the market for quality, cocktail-focussed syrups. Now, his Bristol Syrup Company has created a range of 14 cocktail syrups – from demerara, made with sugar from Barbados, to passionfruit, falernum, orgeat, pineapple and coconut, and cherry and vanilla – all focusing on authentic taste and consistency to ensure syrups bartenders would like to make themselves. “I've got such a strong conviction for these syrups,” said Dee Davies. “They're a huge component in cocktails and so often lack the love and respect they deserve. We’re all so excited to finally launch and get the syrups in the hands of great bartenders.” • bristolsyrupcompany.com
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THE BYBROOK AT THE MANOR HOUSE Georgette McCready joins executive chef Rob Potter for a memorable autumn evening spent sampling his new, seasonal tasting menu, in celebration of a Michelin star well-defended
can’t promise to take you to Narnia, but I can show you a place that’s like entering another, more wonderful, world. Where wild animals and birds roam freely in the woods, and inside the walls of a centuriesold country house, log fires burn and feasts of beautiful dishes are laid out before lucky guests. Leaving the cynical city behind, we drive out into the Wiltshire countryside, the low autumn sun gold over the fields. A lone deer stares as we drive past. The lane drops down through the woods; we glide into the village of Castle Combe and turn left, where the metal gates swing open, by unseen hands. If you’ve never visited The Manor House, do make a point, whether it’s for afternoon tea, a cracking Sunday lunch or a celebratory dinner – in our case it’s to join head chef Rob Potter as he marks his retention of a coveted Michelin star. It’s your proper authentic quintessentially English country house. The old manor is everything you’d wish to stumble upon in an adventure story, sitting in a natural bowl in the Bybrook valley, surrounded by woodland, the river flowing just beyond the manicured lawns. For me, one of the great assets of The Manor House hotel is its kitchen gardens and orchard. Head gardener, the Welsh wizard John Rowlands, raises all kinds of wonderful fruit, vegetables, micro leaves and herbs, which he brings – fresh as a daisy and with zero food miles – to Rob’s open kitchen door. We’re pleased to hear that John’s managed to pick the last of the sweet late-summer raspberries so Rob can create the dish that wowed the Michelin star judges – but more of that treat later... We’re here for a seasonal tasting menu of eight courses (£89) with a wine flight (an additional £55) which is perfectly designed to bring out the best in both food and drink. The service is as impeccable as you’d expect, executed with a nicely theatrical air as each dish is introduced and presented. Tiny little dollshouse canapes include exquisite crispy seaweed crackers with creamy cod roe, lemon and dill – flavours redolent of the seashore. These are followed by a basket of fresh bread – the best warm rolls with caramelised onions, like a hug from a friend. Careful not to scoff too fast, as we’ve the main attractions to come. Rob opens with a hand-rolled macaroni, with creamy white Cornish crabmeat shredded underneath, Exmoor caviar (the only English caviar, we learn) on top and, swirling round, a gentle pink shellfish foam. I could happily
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eat three of these. But then we move on to salmon with beetroot done four ways. As Rob talks us through each dish, our minds are blown, thinking about the time, the effort and the skills involved in each dish. It takes a very special kind of artist who can create three-dimensional masterpieces, only to see them demolished under fork or spoon, within minutes of their completion. The guest sitting next to me says she loathes beetroot. But, guess what, she’s a convert after tasting Rob’s treatment of this earthy vegetable. I feel the same about foie gras. It’s not something I’ve ever fancied trying but after a couple of mouthfuls of this rich, complex flavour, I begin to see why it’s prized as a delicacy. Our palates are lifted by the clean, fresh halibut served with sea purslane and the crispest, most delicious Chenin Blanc from the Loire valley. You might think all these courses would leave you feeling over-stuffed, but each is served with such a deft hand that even the slenderest guest is able to enjoy the gastronomic journey. I think the Herefordshire beef that follows is my favourite course, served tender and rare, with braised oxtail and mashed potato with Wiltshire truffle. Before puddings we have a pre-pudding – as indeed you would in any magical land – of fresh tasting whipped yogurt with iced muscat grapes. And then, after a suitable pause, we’re served a creamy slice of cheesecake on a beautiful plate, depicting a tree, onto which are figuratively hung tiny sweet-sharp blackberries and blackberry sorbet. Finally we reach the dish that the Michelin judges raved about – well worth keeping back for the grand finale. Only lemons from the Amalfi region of Italy taste this intensely lemony and here they appear in Rob’s signature lemon tart with English raspberries, topped with fresh basil leaves and accompanied by raspberry sorbet. Much later, we stroll out under a starry sky and agree this was a meal made under an English heaven; how fortunate we were to catch a talented chef at the top of his game.
Opposite page, clockwise from top: Clad in its verdant finery, The Manor House is a magical sight to behold, tucked away in picturesque Castle Combe just a short drive from Bristol; you might try the mackerel or the souﬄé – both on our hit list for our return visit; The Bybrook’s beautiful interior; we began to see why foie gras is prized as a delicacy by many, after trying Rob’s take on the rich, complex flavour
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Oeno-files Wine expert Tristan Darby hand-picks some favourite winter warmers Tristan’s favourite fireside quaﬀers range from oak-aged white wines to buxom reds perfect with bangers and mash
adore the frosty-white nights of winter. They offer a perfect excuse to don a woolly jumper, pop some logs on the fire and crack open a bottle of wine. So I’ve chosen some fireside quaffers with enough warmth, depth and palate-hugging satisfaction to help you relax and recover from a hard day’s grind. Oak-aged whites are ideal for the chillier months, with their extra texture and spice. The problem is when the oak dominates, rather than supports the wine. Enter, Vasse Felix ‘Filius’ Chardonnay 2016 (£12.99 at Majestic and Waitrose) with just the right balance of oak character to give a subtle, toasty depth, perfect for cosy sipping. An inviting citrus and caramel character on the nose is followed by a rich baked apple and cashew nut flavour in the mouth, which is nicely countered with refreshing lemony acidity to balance the wine and refresh. It’ll be a great partner for fish pies and wintry chicken stews, too. If oaked whites aren’t your bag, or you’re looking for something more unusual, then Coto de Gomariz, The Flower & The Bee 2016 (£13.99 at Corks of Cotham and Grape & Grind) is just the ticket – a complex, full-flavoured organic wine from north-west Spain made from the local Treixadura grape. It’s a quirky slurp that forgoes the bracing acidity of ‘summer sippers’ in exchange for more fruit intensity, depth and presence, but without ever being too heavy. Packed with spicy peach and pear fruit, a touch of honey and a delicious savoury herbal finish. Unique, delicious, and well worth seeking out. Some of France’s best value wines come from the Languedoc region in the south, and Cave de Roquebrun, Les Hauts de Saint Martin (£6.99 at Co-Op) is a keenly-priced winter staple to have in. It’s quite rich, but splendidly smooth, slightly spicy, subtly smoky and finishes with a refreshing herbal edge. The wine undergoes no oak-ageing, so the blueberry and dark cherry fruit flavours shine through. Another Languedoc red worth trying is Jeff Carrel’s excellent Puydeval 2015 (£12.99 at Avery’s). A buxom and seductive blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Merlot full of brooding dark fruits, liquorice and spice. Great with hearty stews, bangers and mash or a hunk of mature cheese,
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but also gloriously quaffable on its own. The perfect wine for a cosy night of nesting on the sofa. Pop another log on, grab a glass and hunker down. If you prefer new-world reds I urge you to try Montes Alpha, Syrah 2013 (£9.99 at Co-Op). It’s a deeper, thicker and more intense wine with rich blackberry jam, spicy pepper, and chocolate flavours kept in balance by a juicy, mouth-watering acidity. A brilliant Chilean take on the Syrah (aka Shiraz) based wines of the northern Rhone in France, which delivers loads of flavour and power for the money, and never fails to impress. This is drinking well now, but it’s also worth stocking up on a few extra bottles to sit on and enjoy over the next few years as it mellows and matures. • Tristan is owner and tutor of Bristol Wine School. You can learn more about wine with him at a fun, hands-on wine tasting course in Bristol or Bath; visit bristolwineschool.co.uk for details.
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BRISTOL @ WORK We like to shine a spotlight on the folk who make up the varied fabric of city life. Words by Jessamy Baldwin
here’s something somewhat mysterious about pilots. When they stride through airports – or any public place for that matter – people often stop and stare. It’s like they’re unofficial celebrities, of sorts. Sure, they get to wear some pretty suave uniforms, but it’s more than that; many of us are a little fascinated by these magicians of the sky. With the demand for travel ever increasing, pilots are in high demand, but getting to the top isn’t always easy. We sat down with one Bristol-based easyJet pilot who dreamed of becoming a pilot from a very early age. First officer David Baldwin, 28, lets us in on what it’s really like to be a pilot. Why did you want to be a pilot in the first place? When I was younger, I used to do quite a bit of travelling with my family, since I grew up in Hong Kong. I just caught the travel bug at a young age. When I was 11 years old, I remember being allowed into the cockpit a few times and was once able to sit on the jump seat for a landing; it all stemmed from there really. I felt a huge thrill just being able to see everything the pilots were doing and looking out front. This feeling hit me and I thought: “This is what I want to do.” How did you get to where you are now? I did a four-year masters degree in civil engineering, during which I was a member of the gliding club. After that I did my private pilot’s license and from there I went on to a company called L3 Airline Academy to start my official training (what used to be CTC Aviation). That took two years. So I spent six months in Southampton doing all the written exams and eight months in New Zealand where I did most of my flying training – visual training and getting into instrument flying too. I then spent another three months in Bournemouth where I passed my instrument rating. Up next was the airline qualification course, which lasts three weeks. That’s the final stage really, where you learn how to interact with cabin crew and cock-pit members. You also have 12 simulator sessions in a Boeing 737-300. I then applied for the job with easyJet! That sounds like a lot, but it goes by so fast. How did you find your training? It’s tough but there are amazing opportunities. Flying in New Zealand is something I’ll never forget. The scenery around there was absolutely phenomenal – huge mountains, lovely beaches. It was awe inspiring. The hardest part was the first six months when it’s all classroom-based and you don’t do any flying. It was very intense and there were exams every two months. A few people drop out at that early stage actually. You’ve got to keep your head down and put in the hours of study. Describe a typical day at work If it’s an early shift, I’ll start about 5 or 6am and work until 2pm, or if it’s late, I’ll start late afternoon and finish around midnight. But it depends, days can be longer or shorter depending on slots, delays or particularly long flights. I have to arrive at the airport an hour before my flight, go through the briefing pack (this includes weather and other information about the flight) and then decide on how much fuel we need to take. Then we head to the aircraft to get everything set up. One of the pilots does a walk around the plane to check everything is in order, before we power up, input the route and go through security
checks. Once the passengers are on board and any last minute calculations are done, we close up the doors, call the tower and we push back. Once we’re on the taxiway, we get the engines started and we prepare for take-off. Then it’s on to the best bit – flying! After work, I’ll be home within 30 minutes – that’s one of the great things about working out of Bristol Airport compared to somewhere like Gatwick. What else might we not know about pilots? Every six months we have to go for simulator checks which last two days. We’re under constant scrutiny, which is for the best. We are responsible for the safety of a lot of people every day, so it’s essential our knowledge and health is at its best at all times. What are the best things about being a pilot? Some of the sights we get to see! On lovely clear-blue days, you can see for miles and some of the views are just incredible. The other day, the Northern Lights were so far south that we could see them while over northern France. I also really like not having to work a standard nineto-five, Monday to Friday. My days are so varied. I’m never in the same place from one day to the next and I get to work with different people. I also get days off during the week which is great. What is it like to work to work as a pilot out of Bristol Airport? It’s a reasonably short runway which can be challenging. We have to go into low-visibility procedures a lot in Bristol as well, which is fairly uncommon unless there’s light wind, but in Bristol there is a lot of low cloud. The airport was built on a hill which creates the foggy atmosphere. But we get used to it. Our airline has over 60 routes from Bristol, so there’s huge variety in my schedule, but the Bristol base is small enough that you get to know people; it’s more of a family community. I love Bristol as a city too. It has the buzz of London, but you can actually get a table in a café! I love that I can walk my dog in the countryside before or after work. It has the best of everything really. Rolling hills, the sea nearby and a bustling city. What are your favourite places to fly to at the moment? One of my favourite places to fly to is Nice. You can see all the superyachts and multi-million euro mansions as you come in. Geneva is top of the list though. I love the view of the mountains and the lakes as you approach. It’s beautiful both in the winter and summer. What’s your advice to anyone aspiring to become a pilot? Even though it may sound cliché, I’d say: work really hard at school. For easyJet you need to have at least five GCSEs at grade C and above (including maths, English and science). Also, and most importantly, just never give up. The journey might not always be easy – mine wasn’t – but you’ll get there. If you want it badly enough, you can make it happen. I’d definitely get a few flying lessons when you can – even gliding will give you a taste for it and it’s much cheaper because there are no fuel costs. Go to your local aero club and find out as much information as you can. If you’re committing to being a pilot for the rest of your life, you’ve got to know you love flying, not just the idea of being a pilot. ■
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The Bristol Hotel was named Green Business of the Year recently at the Business Leader Awards 2017 which took place at Ashton Gate stadium. Four years ago, the hotel established a ‘Green Team’ to focus on reducing carbon footprint. New boilers and lifts were installed and general waste was reduced from 60% to 37%, with 100% diverted from landfill. In 2014, it became the first hotel in Bristol to secure TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Bronze status after it introduced a scheme encouraging staff to ride their bikes to get to work, as well as reducing energy, water and general wastage. It gained TripAdvisor Gold status in 2015 and a silver rating in the Green Tourism Business Scheme. “The Green Team have invested a great deal of time into making small but tangible gains for the property,” said general manager Mark Payne. “And through their efforts, reducing energy consumption has resulted in significant savings on our energy bills. It is great to see their hard work recognised by the business world.”
Hanover Housing Association has retained its RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint for the seventh year in a row. Hanover – which manages the likes of Blaise Weston Court in Lawrence Weston and Ash Lea Court in Horfield – looks to preserve the bond between people and pets as much as possible, recognising the benefits pets can bring to the health and wellbeing of owners and fellow residents alike. (Recent studies have found companion animals can help lower blood pressure and regulate a person’s heart rate during stressful situations.) Looking after an animal can also give older people a sense of purpose and reduce isolation. “Hanover is proud of the fact that around half of its estates have pets and over 1,200 of its residents are pet owners,” said Nick Sedgwick, director of service development. “We are committed to ensuring that, wherever possible, pets are welcome across each estate. Nobody wants to break up a relationship with someone’s beloved pet, which is why we take positive steps to encourage and ensure responsible pet ownership in all our properties.”
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Clevedon’s independent Curzon Cinema has been shortlisted for ‘Cinema of the Year’ in the Screen International awards. The Curzon was one of 13 cinemas across the UK to have made it through to the finals on 30 November. “It is an incredible honour for us to be shortlisted,” said Luke Doran, the general manager. “We have such a fantastic team at the Curzon, made up of staff and volunteers who all play a vital role in our success.” The Curzon Cinema was built in 1912 and is one of the oldest and continuously running in the country. As well as the latest releases, the Curzon screens classic films and holds regular live and immersive events. These include stand-up comedy and music, as well as Q&A sessions off the back of screenings, with those directly involved with the making of the film, or pertinent to the subject matter of the film. The programme champions local and independent cinema, plus foreign language films, and works closely with the British Film Industry to bring a selection of cult classics to the big screen. Autism friendly screenings are also held each month, along with a ‘Bring Your Own Baby’ weekly film for parents with children under three years. Another major factor in the Curzon’s recognition was the Front Room Cinema project – a mobile cinema that, so far, has delivered 25 screenings of 18 different films to 300 residents in 14 residential homes. “We are nothing without the continued support of our local community,” added Luke. “We regularly engage with them to determine what they would like to see at their cinema and we invariably receive a terrific and positive response.” Recently, audience polls were held to determine which films visitors would like to see around Halloween and Christmas. “When we announced on social media that we’d made it through to the finals of the Screen International Awards, the reaction was just wonderful. We love what we do and the encouragement we have from our audience members makes it all so very worthwhile.” • curzon.org.uk
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TIME, THE ONE THING WE CANNOT CREATE MORE OF BY JEFF DURANT OF OTIUM PARTNERS
very day in my business I meet and work with people who with busy lives, businesses and professions simply do not have the time to organise their affairs; be that financial matters or day to day lifestyle needs. Increasingly, people are looking to outsource elements of their lives to 3rd parties to free up more time. Cleaners, gardeners, car washers, dogwalkers etc., are increasingly being employed by many people – something that historically would only be for the privileged and wealthy few. Rising incomes in many countries have led to a new phenomenon; across the world, people report "time famine", where they get stressed over the daily demands on their time. Indeed, recent research from the University of British Columbia found that people who spend money to buy themselves more free time are happier in that they have higher life satisfaction. The researchers found that fewer than a third of individuals spent money to buy themselves time each month, but that those who did reported greater life satisfaction than the others. The research, published in the journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found time saving compared with material purchases increased happiness by reducing feelings of time stress. Of course, it’s not just household tasks that take up time and create stress that are easily freed up. At Otium Partners we work with clients across all aspects of their lives that they don’t have the time to sort, working with their lawyers, tax advisors, financial planners and banks to ensure that their financial plans and dreams are not only sorted but are providing the best value long term. I recently came across the following modern parable which neatly encapsulates the value of time. To realise the value of one year, ask a student who has failed their final exam. To realise the value of one month, ask the parent of a premature baby. To realise the value of one week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. To realise the value of one day, ask a zero-hours contract worker who has a large family to feed. To realise the value of one hour, ask lovers who are waiting to meet. To realise the value of one minute, ask a person who has missed the train, the bus, or a plane. To realise the value of one second, ask a person who has survived an accident. To realise the value of one millisecond, ask the person who has won a silver medal at the Olympics.
AMD SOLICITORS – PROPERTY EXPERTS IN NORTH BRISTOL SINCE 1953 Laura Wilkinson of AMD Solicitors explains how using our conveyancing specialists can assist you with your property transaction
uying a property is not simply a process of finding a house you like and paying for it. There are many legal issues involved and most of the considerations are legal rather than financial. AMD Solicitors have teams of experienced conveyancers based in our four offices with a wealth of experience in all aspects of buying and selling. Our Whiteladies Road conveyancing team of Laura Wilkinson, Laura Lynn and Amanda Coates are this year marking 15 years of working together as a team at AMD Solicitors. Our conveyancing specialists have seen many changes over the years that have taken place in the housing market and also in the legal process involved in property transactions. As part of the conveyancing process we carry out a full review of the title documentation and undertake searches and enquiries appropriate to the location and nature of the property and provide you with a full report in plain English on the property title. Buying a flat can be more complicated than buying a house and often errors are found within flat leases which may need amending or clarifying before the flat is bought. We will investigate the management of the flat and any service charges payable and provide you with clear advice on these points. Many buyer clients will require a mortgage to buy their property. We are on the panels of all major lending institutions which means that we can act for both buyer and mortgage lender helping to simplify the transaction. We can guide you through the conveyancing process from the acceptance of your offer to buy the property, through to the day of completion when you can collect the keys to your new home and start enjoying the next chapter of your life! We take pride in our commitment to excellence in providing a high quality professional conveyancing service to our clients. We can assist you with buying and selling leasehold or freehold properties, and flats and houses of all types. For a quote or to discuss your property sale or purchase contact Laura Wilkinson or one of her colleagues on 0117 9735647 or pop into one of our four Bristol offices or email email@example.com © AMD Solicitors
So, have a think… is the lack of time an issue for you? Is it causing you stress? Could you be putting your time to more productive and satisfactory use? There are people out there who might be able to help you. n Jeff Durant is Managing Director of Otium Partners, pictured here with Lifestyle Director, Katie Moss.
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UNMARRIED AND LIVING TOGETHER: SHOULD I MAKE A COHABITATION AGREEMENT? CHRIS MILLER
Cohabitating couples are on the rise – but so are costly legal disputes when they split up. Many cohabitees aren’t aware of their rights versus those who are married or in civil partnerships, leading to difficult separations and little protection for the weaker partner.
hris Miller, family law expert at Barcan+Kirby, tells us why a cohabitation agreement is so important for unmarried couples who choose to live together.
So what is a cohabitation agreement? For unmarried couples, a cohabitation agreement sets out who owns what in the relationship. It outlines how you’ll split your property, its contents and your possessions in the event that you separate. It can also deal with jointly held debts and outgoings, such as bank accounts and your mortgage, and details what contribution each party should make towards these. If you have children together, a cohabitation agreement can help ensure they’re protected – both legally and financially.
Why should I make a cohabitation agreement? With divorce or civil partnership dissolution, there are set rules that apply when you separate which provide some protection to the weaker party – but cohabitees aren’t given the same level of protection. In fact, the concept of common law marriage – where cohabitating couples earn the same rights as couples who are married – is a myth. Putting in place a formal agreement is probably the last thing on your mind when moving in together. But, if you own your home (or if you’re moving into your partner’s home), share a bank account, or if you’re jointly responsible for rent or mortgage payments, a cohabitation agreement is a sensible move. Yes, it might seem unromantic - but it will help provide clarity and certainty about your individual positions should your relationship come to an end. Ideally you should make a cohabitation agreement as soon as you move in together, but this isn’t essential. There’s no time limit on it and you can enter into one at any time during your relationship.
What shall I put in my agreement? This depends on your circumstances, but consider including things like your property and possessions and how they’ll be divided, as well as outlining you and your partner’s financial obligations. As with a Will, a cohabitation agreement is a living document and should be revisited – especially if your financial circumstances change, you have a child together or one of you becomes seriously ill.
Is a cohabitation agreement legally binding? Yes, but only when formally drawn up by a family solicitor as a deed. In most cases, a court will follow the agreement – assuming it’s fair and you were both honest and transparent about your financial situation when it was made. The main exception is if you have children, in which case a court might disregard your wishes entirely if they’re not adequately protected. That’s why it’s essential to get legal advice before entering into a cohabitation agreement. n If you have any questions around cohabitation agreements, or would like to speak to Chris Miller contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0117 325 2929. www.barcankirby.co.uk
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UNVEILING THE VELAR The 2018 Range Rover Velar is probably one of the best looking SUVs ever, and every inch the epitome of a luxury British automobile – inside and out. Words by Chris Lilly
esponding to car buying trends for tall, off-road biased models, just about every car manufacturer you can think of is bringing out new crossovers and SUVs to keep up with demand. If your business is built on off-road vehicles to start with though, it might seem as though there is nowhere else to go; no new areas to expand into. A company like Land Rover might seem a little bit stuck, then. But you’d be wrong. As everyone else is building road cars that look more like an SUV, Land Rover has decided to expand into SUVs that look more like road cars, which is how the Range Rover Velar has come into existence. The stylish Velar looks like a concept car, and is about as far away from a traditional Defender in terms of design as it’s possible to get while remaining recognisably a Land Rover. Aiming to fill in the gap between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the Velar is clearly aimed at the design conscious. Its headlights are flush with a clamshell bonnet and prominent grille, and while the large surfaces might look slab sided, they are in fact far more sculpted in the metal than they might seem from photos. And if you’re wondering where the door handles are, they’re hidden in the doors until someone might need them when they pop out; all very clever and sleek. The rising shoulder line hints at the car’s sportiness and gives the Velar a hunched forward stance, while the low roof line (for a Range Rover, that is) has been created to make the Velar appear squatter than it is. This visual trickery is aided by thin, wrap-around light clusters that help fool the onlooker too. The same design-led theme continues inside, with an interior that will set the tone for the next generation of Range Rover models. The centre console has plenty of touchscreen glass to it – two separate systems to be precise – creating comparisons with smartphones and tablets. The supporting graphics are crisp and smoothly rendered, while the functions are easy to use and find. The upper screen tilts forward from the dashboard when in use, and those physical controls that do exist – two larger dials and one small one to complement the rotary gear selector – feel beautifully made. It is one of the finest cabins in its class, and a modern, British interpretation of the excellent work Volvo is doing on its interiors at the moment. So the styling inside and out is some of the best around, but how does the new ‘road-focused’ Range Rover drive? Tested was the 2.0 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine, producing 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque. Those figures are good for a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 135 mph. It’s on the fast side of sprightly then, if not
shockingly quick. For those wanting more power, there are 3.0 V6 units available in both petrol and diesel versions, with up to 380hp on tap which brings the sprint time down to a rather rapid 5.7 seconds. Back to the engine tested. It’s not the most powerful in the range – there are lower powered units, however – but the benefit is that it does offer some decent economy figures. The official 49.7 mpg isn’t at all bad for a large SUV with a sporty focus and good performance times. The downside of the smaller engine is that it obviously lacks the power of its beefier bigger brothers. The 2.0 litre Ingenium engine has a decent amount of punch, but you can initially feel the Velar’s fairly significant weight when you stamp on the throttle. If you need a sharper throttle response though, there is a Dynamic mode to keep the engine on song. The smooth changing eight-speed automatic gearbox is very good and works nicely with the engine’s considerable torque. The combination provides a very refined driving experience at speed too, with the initial clatter from the diesel settling down nicely when warm for a quiet drive. The driving dynamics equal the engine’s performance. The Velar might look sporty but it can’t match the Porsche Macan as the bestdriver’s car in its class. That said, it’s a fine handling car with a comfortable ride when cruising, but with a poise and agility to it that makes things fun when driving. This multi-faceted ride quality has much to do with the air suspension which keeps things flat and level no matter if you’re barrelling along at motorway speeds, or thrashing the Velar down a B-road. The only real fly in the ointment is the cost, with prices coming in higher than a comparable Macan, or even the similarly-sized F-Pace from Land Rover’s stablemate Jaguar. Neither of those models can match the premium experience offered by the Velar though – an unusual thing to say about names such as Jaguar and Porsche. The Velar feels more like a sleeker and more agile Range Rover than a pumped-up Discovery, justifying its higher price tag a little. Plus, should you really want to head off road, you can rely on the fact that Land Rover simply doesn’t make a car that can’t tackle the rough stuff – and the Velar is no exception to that rule. The Velar might be a little more style over substance then, but only just. There is more than enough about the driving experience to appeal, while the design and interior are right at the top of its class. ■
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Bristol meningitis cases – a tragic coincidence The UK’s largest meningitis charity, Meningitis Now, is urging people in Bristol not to panic in response to the recent cases of meningitis in the city. Meningitis Now said: “Meningitis remains a rare disease, and these recent cases in the Bristol area are nothing more than a tragic coincidence.” “Vaccines remain the best way to protect against the disease but without vaccines for all strains we would urge everybody to also learn the signs and symptoms, so they can take that first step in protecting themselves and their loved ones. If you suspect meningitis seek urgent medical attention – the sooner it’s diagnosed and treated the better the outcome.” Since September 2015 babies have been routinely offered the Men B vaccine as part of the childhood immunisation programme. The vaccine is not available on the NHS for other age groups, but it is available privately.
ike most cities in the UK, Bristol has seen a number of confirmed cases of meningococcal group B (Men B) meningitis; with four cases confirmed in the last two months, which has understandably caused concern for local families.
In May 2016 Izzy Gentry contracted the disease while studying for her A-levels, and sadly passed away. Fifteen months later, fellow St Brendan’s College student George Zographou also died, after becoming ill at a festival in Cornwall. These tragedies were followed by a further case involving an individual who had social links to George, which prompted a Public Health England vaccination programme at the college, to vaccinate around 150 students from Men B. Most recently there has been a case of Men B at the University of Bristol, where a first year student became ill and was treated at Southmead hospital. She is now reported to be recovering well at home.
Vaccine available The Men ACWY vaccine is now available in schools for young people aged 14. However, the vaccine is also available from GPs for anyone aged up to 25 who was born on or after 1st September 1996, and missed their routine school vaccination in school years 9 and 10 or the catch-up Men ACWY programme. Commenting on the recent cases in Bristol, Public Health England stated that ‘the figures are not alarming’. Thara Raj, a
Not at increased risk Meningitis Now would like to reassure the people of Bristol that they are not at an increased risk of contracting meningitis compared to people living in any other city throughout the UK. Tom Nutt, CEO of
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consultant for PHE South West, said: "The number of confirmed cases of meningococcal infection since January 2017 is no greater than we'd expect to see across the city as a whole." Meningitis Now has been working with Public Health England, universities and students across the UK to increase awareness of meningitis amongst students. Our campaign has been supported by ‘a Life for a Cure’, a charity set up after Ryan Bresnahan died from Men B in 2010. ‘a Life for a Cure’ is a Bristol charity operated purely on a voluntary basis by Ryan’s family and has raised almost £450,000 to help fight meningitis. For full details visit www.ryanbresnahan.org. Meningitis Now is here to provide support and information to anyone who is concerned about meningitis. For more information call our helpline on 0808 80 10 388 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm), or visit our website www.meningitisnow.org
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FAMILY DIARY Ideas for things to do with the little ones in Bristol this month
Shakespeare Schools Festival Monday 20 – Friday 24 November, 7pm, Tobacco Factory Theatres Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival at Tobacco Factory Theatres. Expect five evenings of exhilarating theatre, with a series of unique Shakespeare productions staged by schools. 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools nationwide come together throughout the festival to put on performances across the country. Tickets: £9.50 adults, £7 concessions. Tel: 0117 902 0344. • tobaccofactorytheatres.com; shakespeareschools.org
Top pick... War Horse Until Saturday 11 November, times vary, Bristol Hippodrome Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse has been watched by more than seven million people worldwide. With the outbreak of the First World War, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France where he gets caught in enemy fire and goes on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides of the conflict. Albert embarks on a treacherous mission to try and find his beloved horse and bring him home to Devon. Suitable for ages 10 and above. Visit: atgtickets.com.
DON’T MISS... Toddler Takeover: Fantastic Feast Friday 3 November, 10am – 5pm, We The Curious, One Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol The popular science centre At-Bristol recently relaunched as We The Curious in Bristol. Toddlers and pre-schoolers will take over the centre at this special session for little ones, explore food textures in the pop-up toddler restaurant, create a delicious fruit and vegetable salad, go shopping in the toddler supermarket, enjoy story time, and visit the stars in the Space Explorers planetarium show. Pre-booking is highly recommended as places fill up fast. Suitable for families with children aged up to five years old. Tickets: £8.95 adults, £6.95 for children three and above, free for under twos. Visit: wethecurious.org or tel: 0117 915 1000 to book. Animal Zoo with Mini BSO Concert Saturday 4 November, 3pm, Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon A fun-packed interactive concert for all the family with musicians from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Go for a walk with Hairy McClary and get to know the big brown bear who lives in the wood, as Mini BSO uses animal stories to introduce plenty of tuneful and rhythmic fun that everyone can enjoy. The group offers a relaxed introduction to music and instruments for little musiclovers of the future. Tickets: £8 adults, £4 for under 18s. Visit: wiltshiremusic.org.uk or tel: 01225 860100. 76 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
The Snow Dragon Sunday 19 November, 2pm, Redgrave Theatre, Percival Road, Clifton, Bristol Billy has everything a young goat could need and more. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies... But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice? Tickets: £13. Visit: redgravetheatre.com or tel: 0117 3157 800.
Pliosaurus! Until Sunday 7 January, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol Travel back in time 150 million years, dive into Bristol’s Jurassic seas and come face to face with one very special creature – an eight-metre Pliosaurus called Doris. All the family can have fun investigating the science that helped the museum’s team to bring her back to life. Entrance is free, donations welcome. Suitable for ages three – 11. Visit: bristolmuseums.org.uk.
A Very Victorian Christmas From Saturday 25 November, Tyntesfield, Wraxall, Bristol Step back in time and experience a Victorian Christmas. Explore the country house and grounds as the festive fun begins, and get stuck into the storytelling, dancing and games. And don’t miss munching on a mince pie or reindeer cookie from the Cow Barn restaurant. Tickets: £14.80 adults, £7.50 children. Free for National Trust members. Pre-booking advised. Visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield or tel: 0344 249 1895 to book.
Dragonbird: Theatre sessions Friday 17 November, 10.30am and 1pm, Tobacco Factory Theatres A short play for little ones, followed by a workshop where everyone gets to explore the adventurous world of the show. Expect puppets, giant nets, silky rivers, running, bouncing, singing with gusto and finally going to sleep… Suitable for up to five year olds. Tickets: £3 for four months and above. Visit: tobaccofactorytheatres.com.
Santa’s Grotto Various dates from Sunday 26 November – Saturday 23 December, 10am – 4pm, Old Down Estate, Foxholes Lane, Tockington, Bristol Explore Santa’s grotto within the beautiful grounds of Old Down Estate where you will find and get to meet Santa in the enchanted, fairy-lit forest. £12.50 per adult/child pair. Booking required, visit: olddownestate.co.uk or tel: 01454 414081.
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Take It On: Delve Into Devising Monday 27 November, 4.30 – 5.30pm, Tobacco Factory Theatres Have you ever wondered how stories are made? At this workshop children can use their imagination and come up with wonderful, weird and interesting miniature plays, while building confidence and making new friends. Workshops are led by skilled theatre makers with backgrounds in creating work with and for young people. Suitable for six – nine year olds. Booking early is advised. Visit: tobaccofactorytheatres.com or tel: 0117 902 0344. The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales Thursday 30 November to Sunday 14 January, times vary, Bristol Old Vic Emma Rice’s wonderful production comes to Bristol this Christmas, following its critically acclaimed premiere at Shakespeare's Globe. Inspired by the beautiful Hans Christian Andersen tales, the audience follows the production’s heroine through the spellbinding stories of The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes and Thumbelina. Expect plenty of music, puppetry and magic. Suitable for eight years and above. Visit: bristololdvic.org.uk. Snow Globe From Friday 1 December – Sunday 7
Farm Adventurers Weekly on Tuesday – Friday, 9.15am – 12.15pm, and Tuesday – Thursday, 1 – 4pm, Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bedminster, Bristol Children can freely explore the farm while taking part in activities such as animal care, gardening, pond dipping, cooking, bug hunting, mud kitchen and more. Suitable for ages two – five. Tickets: £16.80 per child per session (minimum two sessions per week). Visit: windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk or tel: 0117 963 3252.
A Christmas Carol at 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol Grammar School
January, times vary, Colston Hall Once upon a lime… WAIT A MINUTE. That’s not right! A lizard – NO – a blizzard has blown through the storytellers’ snow globe, muddling up all their rhymes and stories, creating musical mix-ups and topsyturvy tales. Shaking together rickety tales and wonky songs into one hilarious adventure, join Kid Carpet this Christmas as he takes over The Lantern at Colston Hall with this signature blend of theatrical chaos perfect for ages three to seven and families. Tickets from £8.60 – £13.97. Visit: colstonhall.org.
A Christmas Carol Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 December, 7.30pm, 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Elton Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1SR “Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that.” – An extract from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. A rich man sits alone in his gilded tower and awaits the ghosts of his past and his future. Award-winning Proteus bring Dickens’ bestloved story to the stage in this fast, funny, highly physical and contemporary adaptation. With puppets from acclaimed puppet maker Nick Ash of Scratch Built Productions (Polka, The Globe, Little Angel), this is A Christmas Carol for our time. Suitable for ages six and above. Visit: bristolgrammarschool.co.uk/1532.aspx or tel: 0117 259 1532.
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By Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys
OUR SIXTH FORM IS BEST OF BOTH WORLDS We are excited to be launching co-educational teaching in the Sixth Form at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools from September 2018. Students from Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth School for Girls will be brought together at this vital stage in their educational and personal development. Both schools achieved the highest grade in every category of their last inspections and the foundations are set for our launch of co-educational Sixth Form teaching. We firmly believe the new structure will improve yet further the quality of the educational experience and classroom dynamic and give students greater flexibility and choice regarding their options. Co-education for Sixth Formers improves academic standards through boys and girls bringing complementary skills and ways of thinking to lessons. Our Sixth Form Taster Day is being held on Wednesday 8th November and has been designed to allow pupils and parents a valuable insight into all we have to offer. The day is full of opportunities to sample lessons and to attend presentations on all aspects of education in the Sixth Form, including life in boarding, university and careers advice. Students will benefit from a choice of more than 25 A level subjects taught at both sites in co-educational classes from next September. Pastoral care will continue to be delivered by the home school with careers advice and university preparation provided across the Sixth Form by expert staff at both schools. At Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, we remain committed to single gender teaching between the ages of 7 and 16, when maturity and pupil interests are different, and to co-education for our youngest pupils in the pre-prep and nursery. Our vision is to deliver an exceptional all-round education by providing the best balance of single-sex and co-education at the optimum stages of our pupils’ development. n *The Schools have an established bus route covering the Thornbury area. For more information, visit habsmonmouth.org, call 01600 710433 for Monmouth School for Boys or 01600 711104 for Monmouth School for Girls.
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Reducing the risk of breast cancer By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).
dopting a healthy diet and lifestyle can help most of us reduce our risk of disease. Here are some key natural health tips which can help keep in check our chances of breast cancer, which is the most common cancer in women in the UK. Watch your weight Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing breast cancer. Maintaining a sensible weight is protective against many forms of cancer. Intermittent fasting or the 5:2 diet is a good way to lose excess weight and keep it off. Nightly fasting of 13 hours without food, or longer, also appears to reduce the chance of breast cancer recurrence. Cruciferous vegetables Compounds found in members of the cruciferous vegetable family such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower and turnips, contain anti-cancer properties which are currently under investigation for breast cancer therapy. Keep cooking times to a minimum, preferring to steam or eat them raw. Aim to eat 2-3 cups daily in addition to other fresh fruit and veg, and chew well to release the bioactive compounds.
Iodine There are links between low iodine intake, poor thyroid health and breast cancer. Japanese women who eat seaweed daily (rich in natural iodine) have lower rates of both diseases. Low iodine levels in breast tissue is associated with breast disease; it is worthwhile adding a teaspoon of seaweed or sea vegetables to your daily diet for health promotion.
Thursday 16th November 2017, 6.30pm at CNM Bristol Dr Marilyn Glenville Phd Breast Cancer â€“ reducing your risk Find out more about risk factors, prevention strategies, and the impact of nutrition, alcohol, phytoestrogens, cosmetics, genetics, HRT, the Pill, and more.
Reduce alcohol Drinking alcohol is associated with increased risk of various cancers, including breast cancer. To minimise risk, no more than one standard drink is advised daily. Alcohol free nights also confer benefits. Risk increases with alcohol consumption in breast cancer, so try tart cherry juice or at least reduce intake by mixing your chosen tipple with soda water.
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Exercise and daylight Both are beneficial to overall health and recommended for breast cancer survivors and as a preventative measure. Aim for 40 minutes brisk walking five days a week, with some higher intensity sessions if you can. More physically active women and those with higher levels of vitamin D, which is made by the action of sunlight on skin, have lower rates of various cancers, including that of the breast, uterus and colon.
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Reduce toxic load Opt for a predominantly plant-based organic diet. Avoid processed foods, and cook from scratch. This helps reduce intake of potentially toxic residues from pesticides, additives and packaging. Look for organic personal care products with only natural ingredients.
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‘Cool’ new procedure eases arthritis pain without surgery
We all experience pain. It’s a part of being human. But persistent pain afflicts 1 in 6 adults. Left unmanaged, it impacts more and more on the sufferers’ overall quality of life. Social and professional activities are limited, and even the ability to perform the basic daily tasks of living becomes restricted. That is why Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield runs a dedicated pain management clinic to help with these kinds of problems.
ain is an all-encompassing term that covers anything from a mild discomfort to an intense or debilitating agony. Acute pain is short-term, begins suddenly and is usually sharp. It can be caused by broken bones, burns or cuts, surgery, dental work or childbirth, and can be mild and over within minutes, or more severe, lasting for weeks. In these instances, if it goes untreated, it may lead to chronic pain. Chronic pain is long-term, and lasts over 12 weeks. It may derive from an initial trauma, injury or infection, but it might also occur when no obvious cause can be found, when it is thought to be due to changes in the nervous system. It can affect any part of the body and people of any age, including children, and its physical effects may include tense muscles, limited mobility, lack of energy, and changes in appetite. Common chronic pain complaints include lower back pain, neck pain, joint pains, headaches, and neuropathic pain (pain from injured nerves). People who suffer with chronic pain are very often left with a sense of frustration and helplessness at the apparent lack of treatment options available, and a lack of information about their problem. They may also be suffering side effects from pain killers that could only have a 1 in 3 chance of providing effective relief. There is an alternative to this. At Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, our Pain Clinic gives access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists using proven treatments to combat the causes of a patient’s problem. Treatments can include injections to deliver medicine or, if suitable, radiofrequency therapy to the site of pain with a proven track record of success and safety for the particular problem.
Cooled radiofrequency denervation treatment One such radiofrequency therapy technique can offer hope to sufferers of arthritic joint pain in the hips or knees who, for whatever reason, are unable to undergo surgery. Not only are there associated risks to some older patients with major surgery such as a hip or knee replacement, some people simply prefer a non-surgical option, and radiofrequency treatment could prove to be a successful alternative in this instance. Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that affects the joints. It is estimated that over 4 million people in the UK have osteoarthritis of the knee, while a further 2.5 million suffer from osteoarthritis of the hip. Cooled radiofrequency denervation treatment – also known as cooled radiofrequency ablation – is a relatively new, non-invasive procedure which can be used to relieve pain in both cases, and successful treatment could result in pain relief lasting several months, maybe as long as a year. Marketed as “Coolief”, this treatment uses radiofrequency to target and mute the nerves responsible for sending pain signals from the arthritic joint to the brain. Coolief doesn’t repair the arthritis, but eases the pain, helping patients return to activities without discomfort and with less medication. One 2016 study compared Coolief to popular cortisone injections, with patients reporting greater, longer-lasting pain relief with the new treatment than with injections. The treatment is usually carried out on an outpatient basis, and is a two-step procedure. The first is a diagnostic injection of local anaesthetic to test the patient’s reaction. If this produces a 50% reduction in the pain they THEBRISTOLMAG.CO.UK
have been experiencing, the cooled radiofrequency treatment is offered as the second step. This involves creating a heat lesion around the articular nerves, carrying painful impulses from the joint. Dr Murli Krishna and Dr Gareth Greenslade, Consultants in Pain Medicine practicing at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield, have both been using radiofrequency denervation in the treatment of pain for a number of years. In addition to the treatments they give, they will offer advice on the most appropriate medication regimes (complete with a discussion of any possible side effects), and access to the most effective physical therapies, ultimately providing patients with the knowledge and tools for a self-management care plan. The Pain Clinic at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, The Chesterfield can help with problems including back pain, sciatica, neck pain, muscle and soft tissue pain, fibromyalgia, sports injuries, and postoperative pain, as well as those already described. For more information, or to book a consultation, call us on 0117 911 5339 or visit our website: www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/bristol
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SALISBURY TOWN TRAIL Andrew Swift introduces us to some of the delights of this ancient landscape
his month we take the train for a walk around one of England’s most historic cities. Salisbury – just over an hour’s journey from Temple Meads – was established in 1220, with the streets laid on a grid pattern. That grid pattern survives today, along with an astonishing number of 13th, 14th and 15thcentury timber-framed houses. Salisbury also has a fantastic array of 17th and 18th-century houses, built with local brick – but appearances can be deceptive, for behind many of their facades lurk older buildings. The key to Salisbury’s urban landscape is informality and lack of uniformity, with old buildings being adapted to suit later requirements. This walk is an introduction to its delights – and to some of its quirkier adaptations.
● Arriving at Salisbury by train, turn right out of the station. After 25m, turn left across the car park, cross the road and turn left. At the end, turn right and, by the turning to Fisherton Island, look right for an idyllic view of a row of riverside cottages. ● After another 50m, bear right along a path, turn right across a footbridge and follow a path through water meadows with a view of the cathedral. After 500m, you come to 15th-century Harnham Mill, now a hotel. ● Retrace your steps along the path and, after crossing the footbridge, bear right to follow a path through a park. Bear right across a footbridge and right again to follow a path winding along the river to 15th-century Crane Bridge. ● A right turn across the bridge leads to Crane Street. On your right is Church House, which started life as a 15th-century wool merchant’s. Cross to the north side of the street for a better view of the buildings on the south, with a 14th-century branch of Prezzo at the end. ● Turn left along High Street to find, on the right, the 14th-century Old George Inn, its ground floor converted to the entrance to a shopping mall. Waterstones, on the corner, occupies the old Assembly Rooms. ● Carry on to St Thomas’s church, where a painting of the Last Judgement, reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch, can be seen above the chancel arch. Follow the path past the church to emerge on a busy street. Bear right and cross two sets of traffic lights to a Market 84 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
Place of European dimensions, with the 18th-century Guildhall in the far corner. Bear right and go through an alley called Oatmeal Row to emerge by the 14th-century Poultry Cross, with Salisbury’s most traditional inn, the Haunch of Venison, behind. Opposite, the timber frame of Goldsmith’s, long covered by plaster, now stands gloriously revealed. Turn left along Butcher Row, and after passing the back of the Guildhall, look across to a house built for another wool merchant, John à Port, in the 15th century. Turn left along Queen Street to find another old inn – the Cross Keys – whose ground floor has made way for a shopping mall. Venture inside to see a Jacobean staircase which led to the galleries around the inn yard. Carry on into Endless Street, passing another 14th-century building – Nuggs – whose timber frame has recently been revealed. An old wooden window also survives at the side. Turn first right along Salt Lane, left by the 15th-century Pheasant Inn and right by Frowde’s Almshouses, built in 1750. After 60m, bear left through St Edmund’s churchyard. After passing the church – now an arts centre – carry on alongside a wall before bearing right and right again, then turn left along a track leading to an urn. The mound on your right is the only surviving section of the rampart once encircling the city. Follow the track as it curves through the grounds of Bourne House, passing through a porch removed from the cathedral in 1791. Just beyond it, follow steps up to the road, bear right, passing Bourne House – now the Council House – and take the second left along St Edmund’s Street. Take the third right along Milford Street, carry on at the next crossroads, and after passing the Red Lion – whose original 14th-century building lies hidden in the inn yard – you come to Catherine Street. Before turning left, carry on for 50m to the Odeon cinema – and Salisbury’s most bizarre adaptation, for the cinema foyer is the imposing hall of a 15th-century mansion. Head back and turn right along Catherine Street, where on the left, towards the end, the modern shopfront of a fabric store incorporates an old wooden frame. Turn left by the Cloisters, carry on past the Trinity Almshouses of 1702 and a 17th-century townhouse on the corner of Culver Street, before turning right, just before the dual carriageway, along a path.
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WALK | THE WALK ● Ahead is St Ann Street Surgery, a fitting introduction to Salisbury’s most fascinating street. Virtually every house in St Ann Street is a gem, but the highlight is Joiners Hall, the best timber-framed house in Salisbury, built around 1635, a little way along on the left. ● At the end, carry straight on through St Ann’s Gate into the Close – and another world. ‘Great stretches of grass and billowing trees lead your eye to the soaring immensity of the cathedral,’ wrote John Betjeman. ‘Never was so grand a building in so worthy a setting. The houses of the Close, stone, redbrick, flint, Georgian, Victorian, medieval, are a perfect informal group and they set off the vastness of the cathedral.’ ● After 300m, bear right to Matron’s College, established in 1682 and believed to be by Sir Christopher Wren. Instead of carrying on through the gate, turn left past Mompesson House, now owned by the National Trust. At the end is 14th-century Hemingsby House, with an eclectic range of building materials – flint, stone, herringbone tile and stone – and what looks like a blocked arch. Turn left to walk past a succession of extraordinary buildings, including an outstanding museum and, at the end, turn left along the south side of the Close and through a 14th-century gate. ● At the main road, look to your right to see De Vaux House, incorporating fragments of a college founded in 1261. Carry on alongside the wall of the Close, bear left along Exeter Street, and, after passing St Ann’s Gate, look across to the Chapter House pub – originally the 15th-century King’s Arms. To the left is another 15thcentury building whose first floor was rebuilt in the 18th century to create an assembly room for the inn. The building next to it, with exposed beams, gives an idea of what it originally looked like. ● After passing the 18th-century White Hart, turn left along New Street, looking out for the Old Forge and the timber-framed, flint and tile-hung New Inn. Carry on along Crane Street and turn right along a footpath before the bridge. After crossing a footbridge, carry on to a clock tower which stands on a corner of the old gaol and incorporates a carving of handcuffs. ● Turn left past the old infirmary of 1767 – now flats – and after 350m carry on up South Western Road to return to the station. ■
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The original wood panelling lent itself nicely to the gentleman’s club feel
INTERIOR CRUSH We love The Milk Thistle: its wonderful building, history and decor too
hen it comes to picking a gorgeous environment in which to spend some precious free time – unwinding and, yes, potentially sipping on decadent cocktails – we’re spoilt for choice in Bristol. The guys behind The Milk Thistle – the Prohibition-style watering hole on Colston Avenue – have certainly got an eye for design; we spoke to co-owner Jason Mead to find out how the place got its distinctive look. Built around 1850, Quay Head House (the building’s original name), was used as a meeting place and storage for merchant venturers. It was the furthest point that the boats could come up to on the river, before the floating harbour was built over the top – we’re told the river still runs up to the building below street level, where all the goods would be loaded in through the vault (now Milk Thistle’s basement bar). “We let the age and character of the building dictate the decor – we were conscious of not modernising it too much and ripping out the history,” says Jason, who had already developed something of an individual design style and character with fellow co-owners Nathan Lee and Kevin Stokes – having opened Hyde & Co off the Clifton Triangle – and set about evolving this within the larger building. The Milk Thistle team did the whole thing themselves, from coming up with the concept (imagine the Pinterest boards!) to sourcing everything in keeping with the theme from auctions and eBay, and getting down on all fours to paint the backs of the toilets (owning a bar isn’t always glitz and glamour...) “We were inspired by an article we’d seen in Elle Decoration titled ‘The New Antiquarians’ and the parlour is very much inspired by that,” says Jason. “The lounge was easy, as the panelled walls lent themselves to a gentleman’s club theme, and then the antiques were sourced from Rachel and Mike who had two shops on North Street (now the two new sites from the Old Bookshop), as well as eBay and Dreweatt Auctions in Ashton. We then got wall coverings from William Morris and Cole and Sons. I love the view out from the lounge onto the stairwell, where you have the ornate stairs, chandelier, leopard skin and William Morris wallpaper.” Amazingly, the magnificent stained glass window, that we admire whenever we visit, was completely intact and didn’t need any restoration at all. Before the boys took the place on, it was actually a squat, would you believe (one regular remembers a mud wrestling party there!) as well as offices and a Mexican restaurant in previous lives – 86 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
and rumour has it that the attic is rather haunted too... The enterprising trio enlisted an all-local team to help with the embellishments – graphic designer and signwriter Jamie Cross creating the honours board in the stairwell; Bristol’s Staple Sisters doing the upholstery, along with Russell Strange. You might think a beautiful interior like this would require a professional designer, yet everything else, in terms of design and decor, was done by the boys themselves – so it just goes to show what you can do. We’re impressed, and tempted to try recreating a slice of Milk Thistle chic for ourselves... ■ • milkthistlebristol.com
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SPRING AHEAD Get your bulbs down now and up they’ll pop next year, like forgotten friends – never failing to lift spirits – says Elly West
dmittedly, I do change my mind on a regular basis but, at the moment, spring bulbs are my absolute favourite plants. When my mail-order delivery arrives and I unpack the brown paper bags stuffed with these dried-up, nobbly delights, they’re like tiny parcels of expectation, full of promise when they go in the ground in autumn. It’s not too late to get planting; November and even December are actually the best month for tulips, which are more susceptible to disease if planted in the earlier, warmer autumn months. When planting bulbs, it’s important to be generous with numbers. Just a few dotted here and there will not pack nearly the same punch as a swathe of colour running through your borders. Single colours, rather than a mixture, will have the most impact, although it’s also fun to mix things up and choose colours that tone or contrast. They’re easy to grow – just put them in the ground and forget about them – and if you’re lucky and choose well, they’ll keep coming back year after year, usually increasing in number as they go. When you’re choosing and planting bulbs, make sure they look fresh and healthy. Avoid any that are damaged, shrivelled or feel soft, as they will rot and could spread disease in the soil. Try to plant them as soon as possible after you’ve bought them, or they’ll start to sprout, especially if they’re kept in a warm house. Aim to plant them at least two to three times their own depth, and around two bulb widths apart. It may sound obvious, but also make sure the top is pointing upwards. The fattest end is generally the bottom, but if it’s not obvious which way up they go, plant them on their side. If squirrels are a problem, cover the soil or your pots with chicken wire until the shoots start to show. And if you’re not sure where to put them right now, don’t miss the window of 90 THE BRISTOL MAGAZINE
opportunity. Dry bulbs are a fraction of the cost of those potted up in spring, so plant them in plastic containers and drop them into gaps in the border next year. Then you can sit back and look forward to a season that starts with snowdrops, crocuses, and Iris reticulata, followed by narcissi, hyacinths, fritillaries and tulips, then alliums and camassia. Bulbs offer so much variety in shape and colour, and every garden should have some hidden away under the soil. I love the fact that however hard I try to remember where I’ve put them, there are always surprises in spring when those green, pointed shoots pop up in clumps like forgotten friends, never failing to lift the heart with their promise of what’s to come. Bulbs are versatile, and can be planted in potted displays then moved into prominence as they start to flower, either by the front door or on a patio or terrace. Then they can be simply relegated to a corner of the garden when they start to look tatty, and forgotten about until the following spring. I love to plant up shallow bowls of Iris reticulata, packed in tightly and topped with a mulch of fine gravel or grit. This keeps the drainage sharp at the surface and also sets off their flowers nicely. They’re like little jewels when they burst into bloom, in intense shades of blue and purple. As I mentioned, November and December is exactly the right time to plant tulips, and you’re spoilt for choice with the range of colours – although, like the rose, there aren’t yet any true blue varieties on the market. Tulips are split into groups according to type, from the tough ‘species’ varieties, which are smaller and more delicate, but also more reliable, through to spectacular ‘parrot’ forms, with large blowsy petals on irregularly shaped flowers.
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Tulips also have a fascinating history, as described in Anna Pavord’s bestselling book The Tulip. It’s subtitle: The Story Of A Flower That Has Made Men Mad says it all, and when Tulipomania was at its height in the 17th century, single bulbs would change hands for as much as the price of a house. Colour ‘breaks’ caused by viruses made these tulips highly desirable, whereas today’s multi-coloured varieties that are available to buy are generally caused by stable genetic mutations rather than disease. Among my favourites is Carnaval de Nice, which has large, pure white double flowers, heavily striped with crimson. The flowers are long lasting and great for cutting.
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I also love lily-flowered Ballerina, with its elegant fluted goblets in vivid tangerine. Combine them with orange wallflowers and darkest purple Queen of Night tulips for an intense, sultry display. If you prefer a fresher look, Spring Green is another go-to variety, with creamy flowers streaked with green. It looks particularly beautiful pushing through the new spring growth of Alchemilla mollis. But for me, you can’t beat Tulipa acuminata, an old species variety with long, pointed, spidery petals in flame-red and yellow, which I first saw in an RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden about 12 years ago. I had never seen it before and it took my breath away because it was so unusual. It’s not cheap, but I’m going to treat myself to some bulbs this year. I’ll start with 10 and let you know how I go! • ellyswellies.co.uk
• Find the right spot: Check whether your bulbs like sun or shade, moist or well-drained soil and choose a spot accordingly • Leave the leaves to die back: Nutrients from the leaves go back into the bulb to bulk it up for next year, so resist temptation to cut the leaves back for at least six weeks after flowering. Wait until they are properly withered and yellow • Keep them well watered: If there are drought conditions while they are flowering, be sure to keep them watered, and make sure you water in well after planting as well to encourage them to start putting out roots as soon as possible • Cut back flowers: Deadhead flowers before they set seed by cutting them right back to the base. This prevents the bulb wasting energy in producing seeds, conserving resources for next year’s display • Add to your bulbs each year: You can never have too many, and even with the best care, some may disappear over winter
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A RIGHT ROYAL LABOUR OF LOVE A guided tour of Prince Charles’ gardens at Highgrove impresses Jane Moore
have been to Highgrove twice. The first time was remarkable only for a couple of stand-out moments. It was some 20 odd years ago, when HRH the Prince of Wales only opened the garden for special visits and I went there with a Britain in Bloom contingent in my previous life as a gardening journalist. At that time I was staggered at the sheer scale and expense of the place. It was quite early days then and the garden was only around 10 years in the making and I was more in wonder at the cash spent than the garden itself. Now it’s been 35 years since HRH began gardening at Highgrove. This spring when I next visited, I was bowled over once again by exactly the same things and I’ve seen a lot of very big, expensive gardens in the meantime. Highgrove is still a wildly expensive garden to create and keep, but this time I realised just what a labour of love it has been for Prince Charles. He’s a real gardener.
The Wow Factor Don’t be misled by that artful dishevelment; there’s some intricate and involved management going on here, fuelled by a top-notch head gardener and a veritable phalanx of gardeners all of outstanding calibre. No surprise then that everything looks in superb health, beautifully pruned and cultivated with neat hedges and lawns to set off the elegant planting. It’s everything one could wish for and all managed organically to boot. The real wowing parts of the garden are spectacular: the Stumpery, the glorious meadows and the Kitchen Garden are outstanding. Everywhere you look there are beautiful pots and statuary, interesting gates and architectural touches. There are gazebos, rustic cottages and even a ‘wall of gifts’ created from presents given to the Prince over the years by all sorts of people. He gets given stumps for the Stumpery too.
First Impressions Working at The Bath Priory, I am very familiar with the shabby chic ethos. Our owner likes things to look not new but not worn out, slightly lived in and dishevelled in a charming, artfully careless way. The whole of Highgrove is like this and it takes an awful lot of work. The Thyme Walk, with its golden yew topiaries, treads that line of sharp focus clipped shapes and interesting little thymes, primroses and dainty bulbs nestled between the paving underfoot. Not a weed in sight. Throughout whole sections of the garden there’s a delightfully intimate feel which contrasts with the grander avenues and sweeps of meadow. The Cottage Garden has just this cosiness with its soft clouds of golden philadelphus catching the dappled sunlight filtering through the majestic trees which predate the garden. Dotted here and there are benches in muted shades of blue, green and terracotta. These individual elements are everywhere, as well as odd little quirky items and objects which all go to remind you just how much a personal project this garden is.
Sense of Place When I visited before, I don’t remember really noting how well the garden sits in its landscape but then the garden wasn’t as complete as it is now and I was less experienced. These things really do matter, especially with a ‘nature perfected’ style such as Highgrove’s, where the garden needs to seep and permeate into the surrounding fields and trees. HRH has a light touch with his gardening and while any formal areas are always softened with gentler planting, it’s the natural style which abounds. There are gnarled fruit trees with hens pecking about happily beneath them and a couple of meadows. Drifts of acers and hydrangeas sprinkle through the Arboretum while the Stumpery is a dingle dell of damp ferns, mosses and shade loving plants. The fact that he loves to arrive at Highgrove along the drive with the meadow literally brushing against the car and the grass growing along the middle like a country lane says it all. He told his head gardener that he sees enough tarmac and concrete in his duties and wants Highgrove to feel like
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Above: Artlessly charming: The Carpet Garden at Highgrove, which is some 25 miles from Bristol Opposite page: a long border filled with delphiniums and, far right, the wildflower meadow
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GARDENS | EXTRA the countryside as soon as he arrives. We all know what he means. My Favourite Bits Highgrove is simply one of the best gardens I’ve visited in a long time and it’s hard to pick the stars of the show, especially as you don’t get a great deal of time in each garden as you are chaperoned around. The headline grabbing Stumpery is outstanding in every way, from its shady twisting paths bounded by the gnarled grotesques of stumps to the dripping water feature in its green pond, that looks like something from a lost civilisation. It’s very Alice in Wonderland meets Indiana Jones and I love it. Another eye-catching water feature lies in the Kitchen Garden, a centrepoint to the radiating paths lined with fruit trees and filled with vegetables. Highlights include the wall-trained fruit as well as the glorious apple tunnels. The Arboretum must have been on fire this autumn as there are so many acers and cherries there. In spring there are carpets of dainty daffodils underplanting the flowering cherries, as well as the scent of countless azaleas. Prince Charles has been planting specimen trees in
this area for 30 years, gradually building a collection – many of which he has planted himself. And doesn’t that strike a chord with all gardeners: that need to collect and hone our collection, to make our garden look and feel like a special place that we have crafted within the world. Highgrove Gift Experiences Why not spoil a loved one with a Highgrove gift experience, including vouchers for 2018 garden tours (£27.50) or a unique Champagne Tea Tour experience (from £79.95), boxed with the official Highgrove guidebook. All profits from the sale of Highgrove products, tours and events are donated to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, which was founded in 1979 as a grant-making body that supports a wide range of causes. Gift experiences can be purchased online at: highgrovegardens.com n Jane Moore is the award-winning gardening columnist and head gardener at The Bath Priory Hotel. Twitter: @janethegardener.
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BRISTOL PROPERTY | IN FOCUS
ise Two is a contemporary property constructed in 2002 and located in popular Harris Lane. Lovers of open plan living will appreciate the linear layout and overall flow of the house which has accommodation over two floors. On the ground floor just off the entrance hall is a cloakroom and separate WC and then the main living space opens up into a bright, sleek kitchen/dining room with integrated appliances and large island. Beyond this is the sitting room which blends a light and airy feeling with one of cosiness thanks to under floor heating, a beautiful Coltura wood burning stove and sliding full length double glazed doors. An open plan staircase leads to the first floor drawing room which also has a Coltura wood burner. The room has lovely view across the garden. Cherry wood flooring throughout the first floor gives a feeling of continuity and cohesion. There is a study landing with electrically operated skylight windows leading to the master bedroom with en suite shower room and separate dressing room. Three further bedrooms (one with en suite) and a family bathroom with high specification fitments complete the upstairs accommodation. Outside, the house is wrapped by terraces to the south and west and the gardens have been beautifully landscaped with beds, trees and a level lawn. A 16 metre heated swimming lane with motorised cover is a particularly inviting feature of the garden. The double garage and tarmac driveway provide ample parking. Rise Two is sure to appeal to those with an appreciation of modern contemporary design and full details are available from agents Knight Frank. Knight Frank, Regent House, 27A Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol. Tel: 0117 317 1999
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HARRIS LANE ABBOTS LEIGH • Sought after village location • Sleek contemporary design • 4 bedrooms • 2 en suite shower rooms & family bathroom • Well maintained gardens with heated swimming lane
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A RARE, LONG LEASEHOLD OPPORTUNITY
orton Property Consultants are pleased to bring a rare opportunity to purchase a long leasehold office in the heart of the city centre, close to local amenities, bars and restaurants.
8 Unity Street comprises an impressive period four storey terraced Georgian property with direct access off Unity Street, a basement and rear courtyard. Internally the property is arranged with various compartmentalised offices on each floor including male and female WCs and a kitchenette and is approximately 2,750 sq ft. Phil Morton, Director of Morton Property Consultants commented ‘This is an exciting rare opportunity to buy a commercial long leasehold in the city centre and we are already experiencing a high level of interest.’ For further information contact Phil Morton on 07921 061198 or 0117 973 63 99 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org www.mortonpc.co.uk
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Garden Flat, 27 Clarendon Road, Bristol, BS6 7EX £370,000
0117 405 7659
A well-proportioned two double bedroom garden flat on tree-lined Clarendon Road in Redland. This flat forms part of a handsome Victorian period property on this popular road. The living room benefits from period features and large sash windows overlooking the patio garden, while the master bedroom features a large bay with sash windows. This flat has a large kitchen and the added benefit of a separate utility room and large cellar storage area. Energy Eﬃciency Rating: D
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Belmont Road, St. Andrews, Bristol, BS6 5AU £650,000
A rare opportunity to own one of four impressive semi detached period residences on Belmont Road ideally situated within a short distance of Gloucester Road. This five bedroom property with additional loft rooms has many period features throughout and is in need of extensive refurbishment. Energy Eﬃciency Rating: E
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3 Bibury Crescent, It’s all about location! This semi-detached house is sure to attract a lot of attention, and is available with no onward chain. From the entrance hallway you have access to the bay window lounge (14’6 x 12’). Both dining Bristol, BS9 4PP room and kitchen/breakfast room have access to the garden. On the ﬁrst ﬂoor you have three bedrooms, with £499,950 the master measuring 14’10 x 11’ and a family bathroom. To compliment this family home you can enjoy a 57’ x 27’ rear garden. To the front of the property is driveway parking and a single garage. Energy Eﬃciency Rating: E
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Capital Edge, 100 Hotwell Road, Bristol, BS8 4UT £375,000
Make the most of Harbourside living with this generous sized southerly facing apartment with water views. The apartment oﬀers two double bedrooms; the master beneﬁting from an ensuite. You will ﬁnd an open plan style living area with a newly ﬁtted kitchen and breakfast bar. From the lounge area there is a door leading out to your own balcony giving views towards the water. The property also beneﬁts from secure allocated parking. Energy Eﬃciency Rating: C
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Discover your perfect city-centre home for less at Crest Nicholson’s Paintworks
re you on the hunt for the perfect one or two-bedroom apartment in Bristol’s city centre? With Help to Buy you don’t have to compromise on style or location to purchase your dream home at Crest Nicholson’s outstanding Paintworks development. Located in the heart of Bristol’s art scene, Paintworks is truly one of a kind. This eclectic development in Arnos Vale boasts a stylish selection of apartments and houses to suit all needs. Many of these contemporary homes overlook the River Avon just a short walk from Bristol’s city centre, and have been built to the highest specification. Elegant interior finishes and modern appliances lend these airy apartments an artistic look and feel. One and two bedroom apartments at Paintworks are available using the Help to Buy scheme, enabling you to take a bigger step up the property ladder. Under the initiative, you could be eligible for an interest free equity loan for up to 20% of the property value enabling you to secure your dream home with a 5% deposit. The remaining 75% is covered by a mortgage, allowing you to purchase your dream home for less. Available on new build homes worth up to £600,000, Help to Buy is not just for first time buyers and can also be used by second-steppers looking to trade up the property ladder. There is an established community at Paintworks, and the development is surrounded by galleries, restaurants and pubs with an urban feel. Crest Nicholson recently opened the Plaza at Paintworks, a thoughtfully designed community space that will house a host of public amenities. The development is just half a mile from Temple Mead station, which has direct train links to London and Cardiff.
Bristol town centre, home of the renowned Cabot Circus, is also under a mile away ensuring Bristol is not only a fantastic shopping destination, but also home to Michelin starred restaurants. Prices for a one-bedroom apartment at Paintworks start from £235,000, or just £188,000 using the Government’s Help to Buy scheme. n Why not visit our sales and marketing suite, open daily between 10am and 5pm, to discuss your options with one of our sales advisors? For more info, please call 0117 2444070, email Paintworks@crestnicholson.com or visit https://www.crestnicholson.com/paintworks/
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WESTBURY PARK, HENLEAZE Guide Price £900,000 Filled with character, a three-storey, seven bedroom Edwardian property with master bedroom and ensuite with original balcony, six additional bedrooms, modern bathroom with heated flooring and additional shower room. The ground floor has a welcoming marble polished original floor hallway, front reception with bay and cast iron open fire, sitting room with access to garden and kitchen/dining room with bespoke engineered solid birch flooring, Bath stone open fire and industrial free standing stainless steel finish kitchen units, dual aspect and access to a contemporary finished landscaped garden, downstairs cloakroom/WC, utility room and parking. Superbly presented throughout, including restored rear façade, and good decorative order, marketed with a complete or no onward chain. EPC F.
Westbury-on-Trym 25 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym
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GREAT BROCKERIDGE, WESTBURY-ON-TRYM Guide Price £900,000 Rare to the market and located in an enviable position is this characterful detached 1930’s four bedroom family home. The property is approached via a sweeping driveway leading to storm porch. The ground floor accommodation comprises central hallway with original style panelling and flooring, front to back lounge with French doors providing access to garden and open fireplace, separate dining room, kitchen breakfast room and downstairs WC. To the first floor there are four family sized bedrooms, bathroom and separate WC. The property boasts a generous front and rear garden, the rear boasting a variety of fruit trees. There are extensive views from both front and rear aspect. The property is situated within close proximity to Durdham Downs, an abundance of local schools including Elm Lea infant and junior, Bristol Free School, Badminton and Redmaids. Good access to the shops and amenities of Henleaze, Westbury-on-Trym and marketed with a potential complete onward chain. EPC E. Other offices also located across Bristol and Somerset
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www.cjhole.com CJ Hole is a very well known South West agent. Established in 1867 in Park Street, the business has grown into 20 thriving agencies. I own Clifton- the name being a bit of a misnomer because in reality we sell, let and manage homes in most of North Bristol and some of North Somerset. That includes: Clifton, Cliftonwood, Redland, Cotham, Kingsdown, Westbury Park, Stoke Bishop, Sneyd Park, City Centre, Harbourside and across into Abbots Leigh and Pill. It’s a balance: we are a big name across Bristol and further afield, yet importantly we are long established experts in our unique local suburbs. Our
hybrid business of Sales and Lettings services works beautifully allowing us to flex with our clients needs. The juxtaposition of well-respected brand and local independent team is also a key strength, and the best of both worlds for our client. Rightmove recently surveyed more than 20 thousand people for a Best Agent Guide - CJ Hole Clifton was named one of the top 100 agencies in the UK. We must be getting something right? Howard Davis M.N.A.E.A Managing Director - CJ Hole Clifton
PORTISHEAD Guide Price £599,950 This substantial detached home offers bright, versatile, chic family living in lovely surroundings, not far from the Marina and just a short commute from Bristol. The accommodation briefly comprises: three receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, four/five bedrooms, three bathrooms, integral garage, driveway, garden with lawn, patio and decked areas. EPC C
STOKE BISHOP Guide Price £605,000 This beautiful detached family home in Stoke Bishop is in a very popular area with Blaise Castle and Sneyd Park within close proximity. This stylish property is set over three floors and offers: two receptions, kitchen, six bedrooms, three bathrooms plus a garage, parking and a pretty walled garden. EPC B
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CLIFTON VILLAGE Guide Price £440,000
KINGSDOWN Guide Price £420,000
A delightful apartment in the heart of Clifton Village. The property offers an open plan lounge/diner/kitchen, two double bedrooms one with a spacious dressing area and en suite bathroom plus there is a separate shower room. This apartment is also offered with an allocated parking space. EPC C
A light and spacious house, offering an open plan living/dining room with floor to ceiling windows and door which open out to the SW facing walled garden. There are three bedrooms and a family bathroom plus a garage in a nearby separate block. EPC D
FAILAND Guide Price £625,000 - SSTC
CLIFTON Guide Price £435,000 - SSTC
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An exceptionally high quality garden apartment in one of Clifton’s most desirable addresses. The property opens into a lovely central hallway, then into the open plan lounge/kitchen/diner with door opening out to the private rear garden. The property has two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
REDLAND Guide Price £699,950 – SSTC
CITY CENTRE Guide Price £515,000 – SSTC
A most attractive and extensive Redland Maisonette which occupies rooms on three levels of this Victorian building. Situated in an excellent location within close proximity of Redland Park, Whiteladies Road, Gloucester Road and is within the Redland Green School catchment.
A stunning contemporary apartment offering circa 1200 sq feet of space with stunning views across south Bristol. Centrally located for the city centre, Park Street (with its large selection of independent shops), College Green and Bristol’s historic floating harbour.
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Three bedroom house An energy efficient townhouse arranged over 3 floors offering low maintenance living in a convenient location. The ground floor has a contemporary feel offering lounge with attractive hardwood shutters and kitchen/dining space with french doors to a landscaped decked garden that benefits from side access and enjoys afternoon sunshine. EPC - B
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Royal Victoria Park ÂŁ400,000 Three bedroom house
Ocean are delighted to present to the market this wonderful mews home, in the delightful Gainsborough Mews on the desirable Repton Hall development. Repton Hall was designed and built by father and son Humphrey and John Adey Repton in the Georgian era. EPC - C
Two bedroom garden flat A wonderfully spacious garden flat on a very popular street in Clifton. The flat is accessed via its own private entrance, has 2 great size double bedrooms, a stylish kitchen and a lovely bright living room which leads to a conservatory which in turn offers direct access out to a landscaped south facing private rear garden. EPC - C
Royal Victoria Park ÂŁ525,000 Four bedroom house
This beautifully presented four bedroom detached family home is positioned within a quiet cul-de-sac in the sought after John Repton Gardens. The ground floor accommodation offers welcoming hallway, downstairs w/c, and two reception rooms, with the dining area providing access to a conservatory. EPC - D
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The Manor House Barns | Almondsbury
Guide Price ÂŁ1,300,000
A beautifully proportioned converted barn, with five plus Bedrooms, many original and stunning features, presenting well-appointed and flexible accommodation including a two bedroom wing of the property and a detached barn with planning permission hidden away in a corner of South Gloucestershire just north of Bristol. EPC: TBC
Harbour Cottage | Bristol
Guide Price: ÂŁ810,000
A perfectly positioned modern mews house in the centre of Clifton, with a sheltered southerly facing garden, gated off-street parking and detached single garage. EPC: E
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Church Farm | North Somerset
Guide Price ÂŁ800,000
A stunning 17th century detached home in the village of Pucklechurch. Church Farm is a fine example of a former farm house which been restored over the years and is equidistant, just 10 miles, from both Bristol & Bath. EPC: E
Tuscany House | Bristol
Guide Price: ÂŁ375,000
Sitting at the top of Tuscany House, is this very light and bright apartment. The property and location offers any incoming purchaser the best of both worlds. A stylish home with easy access to all of Bristol, especially Whiteladies Road with the benefit of some simply stunning views. EPC: F
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CLIFTON, CLIFTON DOWN ROAD guide price range: £1,200,000 - £1,400,000
A big handsome mid terraced Edwardian period town house circa 5,000 sq. ft. with off street parking space and a 28ft x 15ft rear courtyard town garden in the heart of Clifton Village overlooking Christchurch Green. Has fine period features and flexible accommodation with 14 principal rooms over 4 main floors including excellent full height basement rooms with scope for self-contained flat etc. No chain.
Within the same ownership and in mixed use for more than 30 years as a homely Doctor’s Surgery with ancillary practice accommodation, the property has retained its integrity with many traditional period features in evidence and now has planning consent (BCC Planning Application Ref. 17/00913/F) to switch from its existing D1 planning use class to create a magnificent residential dwelling. Without question the property represents a once in a lifetime blank canvas opportunity for families or professionals alike to create one of Clifton’s most impressive, large and well-located townhouses. Alternatively it has obvious appeal for planning use class D1 occupiers such as a dental practice, therapy centre or individual health service providers, or, subject to obtaining any necessary consents the property could be converted into individual high quality luxury Clifton Village apartments. EPC: D
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Do you want to sell your home discreetly? CARNARVON ROAD, REDLAND Guide Price: £1,175,000
WEST SHRUBBERY, REDLAND Guide Price: £1,050,000
These four properties were sold with no traditional marketing for clients who did not want their homes publicly advertised prior to completion.
An extensive register of buyers together with the right kind of skills and experience are pre-requisites for success in this specialized marketplace. With these resources we are able to hand pick and introduce buyers whose circumstances and requirements match those of our vendor clients. The process tends to be more relaxed and invariably produces exceptional results.
If you are considering selling now or in 2018 please contact one of the partners on 0117 9466690 to discuss this strategy further.
JULIUS ROAD, BISHOPSTON Guide Price: £960,000
Professional, Reliable, Successful
LANCASHIRE ROAD, BISHOPSTON Guide Price: £800,000
0117 946 6690 www.richardharding.co.uk 124 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2RP
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TEL: 0117 974 1741 C .T.
6 1 A P S L E Y ROA D, C L I F TO N , B R I S TO L B S 8 2 S W
BISHOPSTON Guide price ÂŁ1,100,000 SOLD, SUBJECT TO CONTRACT. Similar properties required. Call for your Free Market Appraisal. Transformed from a doctors surgery into a wonderful five double bedroom family home of exceptional quality! Positioned in a highly desirable part of Bishopston with views, parking and good sized south west facing garden we anticipate this modern reincarnation of a Victorian semi to attract considerable interest. EPC - TBC
REDLAND Guide price ÂŁ675,000 Built by Cosby homes approximately 11 years ago this three storey townhouse offers modern, spacious accommodation arranged over three floors. Set in a desirable location just off Durdham Downs the house benefits from two balconies, enclosed garden, garage and an allocated parking space. EPC - C
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Here to accommodate TEL: 0117 962 2299
125 STOKE LANE, WESTBURY-ON-TRYM, BRISTOL BS9 3RW
WESTBURY ON TRYM £725,000 We are delighted to offer this fabulously presented 1930’s 4 bedroom detached family house located on this popular fairway. The house is conveniently a short walk from the centre of Westbury village, Canford Park, Blaise Castle Estate and Henbury Golf Club. EPC - E
WESTBURY ON TRYM £685,000 A wonderful opportunity to purchase a substantial 5 bedroom detached house with superb transport and motorway links. The house provides ample living space and would suit a range of buyers. EPC - D
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