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Judge commends 'brave' Polly www.stpetersvoice.co.uk Polly Shaw with DC Mark Humphrey, CI Leanne Pook and colleagues

A local woman’s ‘bravery and fortitude’ has been commended by a Crown Court judge after a shop that she works in was robbed last summer. Polly Shaw, 23, was working at the Co-operative in Avon Way when she and a female colleague were threatened by 25-year-old Luke Golding, of Portishead, who claimed to have a weapon. The court heard how he then jumped over the counter to steal cigarettes. Golding was soon arrested by police. His Honour Judge Michael Longman made the comments about Ms Shaw ...

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Pub-goers' shock at 'unjust' parking fines P3

'A cycle accident changed my life ... for the better' P15

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HOW DO I GET IN TOUCH WITH ... My MP? Dr Liam Fox Email: ione.douglas@parliament.uk Tel: 020 7219 4198 Post: The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, House of Commons, SW1A 0AA My district councillor? Portishead West Con, Felicity Baker Email: felicity.baker@n-somerset. gov.uk Tel: 01275 840 232 Con, David Jolley Email: david.jolley@n-somerset. gov.uk Tel: 01934 641 186 Portishead East Con, David Oyns Email: david.oyns@n-somerset. gov.uk Tel: 01275 818 416 Con, David Pasley Email: david.pasley@n-somerset. gov.uk

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Woman's bravery praised following shop robbery Continued from front page ... after jailing Golding on January 7 for the incident that took place at around 6am on Sunday, June 17. Ms Shaw was described by HHJ Longman as ‘entirely professional and selfless’ and said that she demonstrated ‘bravery and fortitude’. Officer in the case DC Mark Humphrey said the prosecuting barrister had written a letter to Ms Shaw passing on the judge’s comments. North Somerset Police Commander Chief Inspector Leanne Pook presented Ms Shaw with a copy of the letter and her own personal letter of thanks. DC Humphrey said: “This young woman described herself as being ‘panicked’ during the incident and nervous about giving evidence in court. “Her responses in the stand were confident and helped to secure this conviction. We are very grateful to her and her colleagues, family and friends should be proud of her.”

More than 800 library members sign up to extended access Sunday opening hours have doubled at Portishead Library, following the success of its new self-service scheme. More than 800 people have signed up to the library’s extended access swipe card system since it was introduced last year. The scheme allows library members, who have signed up, to access the facility during unstaffed hours, either earlier in the mornings, in the evenings or for additional hours at the weekend. In response to customer feedback, Portishead Library’s Sunday extended access opening hours are now 8am-8pm – an increase of six hours on the previous Sunday times. For library members wishing to sign up to the scheme, a short induction session enables users

to access their chosen library to borrow and return books and use the computers and photocopying facilities at a more suitable time. West ward councillor Felicity Baker, who has responsibility for library services on the council’s executive, said: “We have had a lot of positive feedback about Extended Access. “Convenience is so important to today’s users and increasing the hours on a Sunday will give them even greater flexibility in how and when they use the library.” To book an induction go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and search ‘Portishead Library’ or visit the library and ask a member of staff. For more information visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/ extendedaccess.

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'Pub must take more responsibility for parking fines'

Customers, who have faced hefty fines after using a local J D Wetherspoon’s car parking facility, say they have been unfairly targeted, and more must be done to advise drivers of the potential penalties. The car park, in Harbour Road, is managed by national firm Parking Eye and enforces a two-hour limit for drivers using the onsite retailers, which include a Lidl supermarket and Home Bargains. However, given the nature of public houses, customers of The Posset Cup Wetherspoon pub can park beyond the two hours by registering their number plate at the bar. The Portisheadvoice understands that this has been in place now for over a year. But, Portisheadvoice has spoken with a number of customers – the majority of whom were using the pub in the evening – who say that were unaware of the restrictions or that they could extend their stay – and have faced fines of at least £60 as a result. They are now calling on the pub chain to take more responsibility of making driving customers aware that they can extend their stay. Local resident and co-owner of a local skate shop, Stuart Walsh, who has received two fines from Parking Eye when using Wetherspoon but has contested them and won, said that the system is “unjust” and “exploits people that do not want to fight authority”. After putting a post on social media about the charges, he says he was “bombarded” with

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messages from people who have also received parking penalties at the same car park. He said most of the people getting in contact were customers of Wetherspoon and were either unaware or forgot to enter their car registrations at the bar. In the post, Mr Walsh said: “One message I received was relating to a young lady who could barely afford to get her children anything for Christmas. Then she was hit with a fine that ruined it for her. “Now, is the penalty for parking or for not being aware or remembering to enter your reg?” Speaking to Portisheadvoice, he said: “I do not have a problem with managed carparks, but this one is just unreasonable. “There’s no ticket machine or barrier, so you’ve got to be fully aware of what time you enter into the car park. “The people who have got fined were just going out to enjoy themselves for a few hours – they weren’t going to work and leaving their cars for hours on end. “They’re being extorted for something that just isn’t fair.” Portisheadvoice spoke to the mother of a woman who received a £60 fine on Christmas eve. According to the mother, who is a local resident but prefers to remain anonymous, staff input her daughter’s car registration details at the bar to extend the stay beyond two hours. However, her daughter still received a fine two weeks later. “We rang up Wetherspoon, but they said it was nothing to do with them and advised that we contacted Parking Eye, which we did – and now have to wait 28 days for a response. “In the meantime, we’ve received another letter, saying that we now have to pay £100. “This has caused my daughter, who is pregnant, a lot of stress.” Another customer used the restaurant last summer and exceeded the two-hour limit by 12 minutes. She told the Portisheadvoice: “I parked in the Home Bargains car park and because it was after 7pm, I thought the two-hour limit must not apply. If I thought it still applied, I wouldn’t have gone over the two hours.

The Posset Cup Wetherspoon pub, in Harbour Road “I wasn’t aware of any signs in the pub and the signs in the car park weren’t very clear and full of lots of jargon. “I’m currently going through a separation and couldn’t deal with the additional stress, so I just paid the fine. “I think it’s unacceptable and Wetherspoon should take some responsibility and perhaps offer a goodwill gesture to customers who have faced these fines.” Portisheadvoice also spoke with a woman who received their fine between Christmas and New Year after having a meal out with friends – she says that she was penalised for being 15 minutes late to her car. She said: “I never noticed any signs and I didn’t go to the bar because I ordered from the Wetherspoon app, so I was really rather shocked when I got the letter from Parking Eye. “I very rarely go out – I’m a single parent, over 50. I certainly don’t feel inclined to go back there again.” In a response to the Portisheadvoice, a spokesman for J D Wetherspoon said: "Customers at The Posset Cup have been made aware, for the past 12 months, that they are able to extend their car parking stay from two to five hours, whilst visiting the pub. "Signage around the pub, including at the bar, above the

coffee station and condiments table, as well as in the toilets, conveys this message. "On occasion, staff have also kindly assisted customers, by supplying duplicate receipts, to help with appeals against subsequent fines." A Parking Eye spokesperson said: “Customers can park for up to 2 hours, however if additional time is required, the signage located on site has further instructions on how to register. “We also operate a British Parking Association (BPA) audited appeals process and urge motorists to appeal if they feel there are mitigating circumstances.” When speaking directly to Portisheadvoice, the spokesperson said that if customers can prove that they were using The Posset Cup – for example, with a receipt – they are entitled to lodge an appeal. The spokesperson said that each case will be treated individually.

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Bridal shop applauded for wheelchair window display When the owners of a Portishead bridal boutique placed a wheelchair using mannequin in their shop window, they never thought that it would make headlines across the world. A photo of The White Collection’s shop window, in Portishead High Street, went viral after local artist Beth Wilson took to Twitter to share her surprise of seeing the wheelchair. Beth, who is disabled and has used a wheelchair for five years, tweeted: “The new wedding shop in town has a wheelchair using mannequin and it shouldn’t be exciting but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen disability portrayed in a shop window.” The Portishead bridal store, which only opened in October last year as an extension of its original shop in Clevedon, is owned by sisters Sarah Parker and Laura Allen. Speaking to the Portisheadvoice, Sarah said: “The response has been absolutely crazy, we’re just a small shop in a small town, but it just highlights

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what a surprise this has been to a lot of people. “It does makes you wonder why there’s not permanent displays of wheelchair using mannequins in big shopping streets such as Oxford Street. “What we did was in no way a publicity stunt, but we’re pleased that it’s received the attention it has and we’re really hoping that

others follow suit.” Sarah says that the shop has received lots of messages from engaged wheelchair users, saying how pleased they were to see a bridal mannequin in a wheelchair. Sarah added: “Many have said that they can never envision what clothes would look like on them, because all mannequins

are stood up.” Beth, who lives in Portishead, said that the display made her feel ‘represented’. She said: “So often disabled people feel invisible because we don’t see ourselves in the media much and especially not modelling beautiful clothes. “Twenty percent of the population is disabled in some way, it’s about time we see that reflected in media, advertising, everything!” Beth also commended the shop for decorating the chair. She added: “Mobility aids are often portrayed as negative things that people want to hide when actual mobility aids like wheelchairs give us freedom. It’s great that they decorated the chair rather than try and hide it away. “I don’t need a wedding dress (already married and don’t wear dresses) but if I did, I’d definitely be far happier about going to a shop where I knew that I’d be accepted, wheelchair and all.”

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With Beat Manager Gary Marriott from the Portishead Beat Team

Why the public is so important in helping us tackle crime our work and we encourage anyone who may be interested in establishing a Neighbourhood Watch in their area to get in touch. You can do this by calling 101 and asking to speak to your local beat officer or by visiting avonandsomerset.police.uk/nhw.

Beat manager, Gary Marriott n Neighbourhood Watch We have been working with Portishead residents to establish a team of Neighbourhood Watch coordinators and volunteers in the area. These people play a vital role in our local community and are in place to report on any matters or concerns. We can’t emphasise enough how important the public are to us in helping us carry out

n Anti-social behaviour We have been made aware of large group of youths gathering in Paper Mill Gardens, off Harbour Road, after school and early hours of the morning, playing loud music and littering. In response to the reports from concerned residents, we have increased patrols during these times, and we encourage the public to continue reporting any anti-social behaviour by calling 101. It is important that the local community does not live in fear and they feel confident in coming forward to share any matters of concern with us. n Vehicle crime Vehicle related crimes are on the

rise again. We experienced a dip in incidents before Christmas, but there has been another spike in reported incidents of property being stolen from cars and garages. The group or groups committing these crimes are opportunists – as we have seen on CCTV footage, they are trying car and garage door handles to see if they open, rather than breaking in. We encourage the public to double check that they are locking their car and garage doors and ensure that they leave nothing of value in their cars which could attract these criminals. It is also important that people with keyless cars leave the fobs as far away from their car as possible and, if possible, in a tin – these fobs can sometimes be hacked or if at a close enough distance to the car, can automatically unlock your vehicle. We are continuing to patrol in plain clothing, during the day and overnight and we are regularly deploying our Community Contact

Vehicle to assist the public with registering valuable property. n Come and say hello! We have had some complaints from the public for being on our phones or laptops. These are not personal devices but technology we have been provided with to allow us to work more efficiently and effectively across the beat. We are still approachable and welcome members of the public to come and speak with us.

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n NEWS Bus service rerouted - despite attempts to improve parking A bus service has been rerouted from two roads in Portishead marina due to 'ongoing issues' with 'badly parked cars'. This is despite recent attempts from North Somerset Council to curb inconsiderate parking by installing yellow lines along Phoenix Way and Newfoundland Way. Instead of serving these roads, the First bus X3A, which only runs in the evening, now operates along Harbour Road. The X3 remains in operation along the two roads. The changes, which have been heavily criticised by East ward councillors David Pasley and David Oyns, have been in place since January 6. Concerns were previously raised by First following reports from its bus drivers that they were struggling to access the streets.

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In response to this – and worries that other larger vehicles such as ambulances, fire engines and waste collection lorries were also having difficulties – yellow lines were installed for a trial period of six months to tackle the parking issues. Cllr Oyns said: “I do find it galling that First has not let the experimental double yellow lines initiative run its course. “The lines were installed primarily to enable buses to navigate the area and to provide what is a vital service to residents. The changes will affect commuters and staff coming in to Portishead.” Cllr Pasley added that there was ‘scant regard’ from First for its customers – and in particular, the residents of the Marina and Village Quarter. He said: “We have requested that discrete traffic monitoring

cameras be put in place to monitor bus movements along Phoenix Way and Newfoundland Way. We hope this will provide evidence of precisely why buses are experiencing the problems they claim are disrupting their service. “Secondly, I can confirm that patrols will be stepped up with immediate effect so that enforcement will be increased on illegally parked vehicles. “Perhaps it is time [First] started purchasing some [smaller buses] for circumstances like this?” Head of operations for First West of England, Chris Hanson, said: “Last year, there were ongoing issues with our X3A service being diverted out of Portishead Marina due to the route being blocked by badly parked cars. “Despite working closely with North Somerset Council to find a solution, it became clear that operating the service in a safe and timely manner at the

times of day when the parking issues were at their worst, was no longer possible. “We regret having to make this change as of course it has a negative impact on the service we can provide to our customers around the marina. "However, the previous route around the marina was no longer tenable at certain times of day, and unfortunately, we had no choice but to make this change." Have you been affected by the bus service in Portishead marina? Portisheadvoice would like to hear from you. Contact Becky at becky@ portisheadvoice.co.uk.

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Gordano School leads the way in first aid training for students

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Marvellous! Young photographers qualify for district competition A local schoolgirl has made it through to the district stage of a young photographer competition after winning the local heats. Hali Shapcott, 10, from Trinity Primary School in Portishead wowed judges with her interpretation on this year’s theme, Beauty of Nature. The Young Photographer Competition is well-established and promoted by Rotary International in Britain and Ireland. The competition aims to encourage young people to experiment and express their ideas with photography, using digital or traditional methods. Portishead Rotary Club, who organised the competition locally, received 21 entrants from Trinity School and St Katherine’s School in Pill. The competition is organised into three age categories – junior

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(7 to 10 years old), intermediate (11 to 13) and senior (14 to 17). Brandon Chadwick, 15, from St Katherine’s, was selected to go forward to the district stage for the senior age category. If successful in the district stage, Hali and Brandon will go through to the national finals. The local competition was judged by secretary of the Royal Photographic Society Western Region group, Suzanne Johnson LRPS (Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society). Commenting on Mushroom Marvel (pictured, below), Hali said: "I think this picture relates to the topic 'beauty of nature' because the mushrooms were clusterd neatly at the foot of a colossal tree surrounded by luscious green grass. "I find the fried-egg like shape of them truly unique and out-ofthis-world."

Mushroom Marvel, taken by Hali Shapcott, 10, as part of the Young Photographer Competition

Duke of Edinburgh students at Gordano School learning the important skill of First Aid Students at Gordano School have been learning allimportant lifesaving skills after the Portishead secondary was selected as a pilot in the Somerset First Aid in Schools scheme. The school’s Gold Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) students spent an exciting afternoon filming with BBC Points West as they trained Bronze students in first aid skills. Gordano School is one of three pilot schools chosen to take part in the scheme. The aim of the project is to spread knowledge of first aid, including CPR, as widely as possible among Somerset’s young people. The scheme has been launched in conjunction with the DofE. Taking the lead on First Aid training at Gordano School is Lord-Lieutenant Charlie Gazzard, who commented: "To be able to

provide a wider audience, aside from cadets at my unit, with lifesaving First Aid skills at the same time as helping them complete their Duke of Edinburgh Awards is an absolute privilege of mine. “The Gold DofE students and I have had four separate 3-hour sessions of First Aid so that they are ready to pass on their knowledge to the younger years, studying for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, as part of their ‘volunteering’ section of the award. "The Bronze students also benefit from this as the First Aid will contribute to their ‘Skill’ section. I really hope that the scheme continues to grow and attract interest so we can spread such important skills as far as we can." Lifesaving first aid is set to be included in the national school curriculum in all schools in England from 2020.

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'Hazardous' jet fuel is approved - eight years after being stored Consent has been approved for 'hazardous' fuel to carry on being stored in two fuel tanks, only yards away from homes in Portishead. Kerosene – a refined aviation fuel – has been stored in tanks 14 and 15 in Redcliffe Bay Fuel Depot, next to Waterside Park, since 2011 – without planning permission. Portisheadvoice understands that this was because the tanks were omitted from the original proposals and therefore never formally received consent. More than 40 objections were submitted in response to the application, highlighting ‘unacceptable risk’ to the safety of residents of Waterside Park and contamination of the Severn Estuary, which the bay looks out towards. Portishead Town Council also objected to the application, citing that the use of the tanks is ‘incompatible’ with the safety of neighbours, should a leak occur. The application was originally considered by North Somerset Council’s Planning and Regulatory committee in September 2018 but the Health and Safety Executive advised that a number of works were required before permission could be granted. This included alterations to the service tunnel and new access to tanks 14 and 15,

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closure of the existing access to the two tanks, increasing the bund – the retaining wall around the tanks – and reprofiling the road. Redcliffe Bay Fuel Depot also assured objectors that there would be a 50 percent limit on the amount of fuel that could be held in each tank and that both tanks should not exceed 608 metric tonnes of kerosene in total. The kerosene stored also requires a minimum flash point – the lowest temperature that a liquid will produce vapours that will ignite – of 38 degrees Celsius. Both Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency supported the application. West ward councillor and resident of Waterside Park, Marilyn Koops, had been campaigning – alongside another resident – against the lack of consent on the two tanks since discovering they did not have permission in 2011. She told the Portisheadvoice: “I feel that this situation should have been resolved many years ago – it has been going on for far too long. “Consent should have been received in 2011 but it is a relief that it has now been sorted.”

Portishead Players have requested the pleasure of your company to watch their latest performance, ‘Perfect Wedding’, at Somerset Hall this month. Written by Robin Hawdon and directed by Rich MacPherson, the show is set to be a combination of riotous comedy with a touching love story, set in the bridal suite of a boutique hotel on the morning of the big day. Performances run from February 7-9 at Somerset Hall, Portishead High Street. Evening shows start at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2pm. Doors open 30 minutes beforehand. Tickets, £10 adults/£8 children (under 18) and can be purchased from Portishead Motorcare, located in the Precinct. You can also buy online via Ticketsource www.ticketsource.co.uk/ portisheadplayers or telephone 0333 666 3366 (a small charge is made for online and telephone bookings).

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seek advice. Once you have clarity, you no longer have confusion. 3. Reclaim your power - take back control where you can. You hold the remote control to your brain, and you can control your own emotions, reactions, behaviour and actions, and this can have a huge knock-on effect. Look for how you can change things to give yourself more power – shop differently, change the furniture around, try a new haircut, start a new hobby. 4. Focus on moving forward positively – notice how often you talk about your break up and notice how it makes you feel. The trick is to stop telling your sad story, as that will keep you emotionally tied to your pain. Instead, look forward, and focus on creating the future you want to live. You don’t have to do this all at once – baby steps taken over time are all it takes. Wherever you are on your break up journey, I can help you to take care of you, move positively towards healing and recovery, and when you are ready, to remap your world to suit you.

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id Santa deliver your child's first tablet or even their first mobile phone this Christmas? Does your child love using tech? If so, I’d like to share some great sources of information to help you manage their time online. I’ve found a really useful four-step plan from the NSPCC to help you get started. You can then re-visit these steps as things change and their interests move from Peppa Pig to social media platforms (hopefully not that quickly). Here they are: 1. Talk about staying safe online 2. Explore their online world

Their first tablet When they’re little, the main focus is on finding them educational and fun games they can play, or you can play together. You can download loads of free games, but the main problem is avoiding games with those pesky adverts popping up, as with most of the free apps. CBeebies however, has some great games to play and there won’t be any adverts. It’s worth exploring your home internet parental controls too. Talk to your provider about how to set them up. Games Once at school, they hear about the latest games and of course they want them too.

A great hub of information on games is Common Sense Media. They rate games themselves, plus they allow parents and children to rate them too, so you can see what others say. You can then make up your own mind based on a bit more information. By this stage you’ll be looking out for the ability for them to chat online with others. Most games are age rated by PEGI, but incase you didn’t know, this is based on the game contents only (violence, language etc), not on the fact that they can be used to chat with others. For example, the popular Roblox game is PEGI 7+, but this does not take into account the social media aspect of the game. They actually advise parents that the online chat aspect be restricted for under 13s. Their first phone As parents we experienced our school years without the smart

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'Thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous, I now have a choice in life' “Staying sober has been like winning the lottery for me,” a member of Portishead’s Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) told the group at their weekly meeting. Steve* was celebrating seven years of sobriety – something he never could have envisioned when alcohol was causing his life to spiral out of control. He lost numerous jobs, experienced marital breakdown – and he says that it was all because he had lost control of his drinking. Steve owed the success of reaching seven years sober to AA and the ongoing support from fellow members. “Everyone has been so helpful and friendly,” he said. “Without this group, I would have nothing. “Alcohol took away my ability to make choices, but now, I’m able to make decisions again. I’m able to choose whether I can be happy or sad. I can choose whether to pick up a drink or not. “I want those struggling with alcoholism to know there is a solution.” And many of the other members sat around the circle, some of whom have been part of AA for more than two decades, felt the same – that they now have a choice in life.

One member said that without AA, they would still be a ‘slave’ to alcohol and felt lucky to have found the fellowship. Others said that through continuing to attend the weekly group sessions, it has allowed them to remain focused and that returning to ‘normal drinking’ is not an option. Since the organisation’s inception in 1935, millions of people from across the globe have sought the help of AA, whose primary purpose is to ‘stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety’. It is through following AA’s 12-step spiritual programme that members can work towards recovery and help others do the same. “Every morning, I pray that I won’t drink today and so far, it’s worked,” said Steve, speaking about how his morning prayer and meditation help focus his mind for the day. God or Higher Power is referenced throughout the 12 steps and traditions, but AA says that it welcomes people from all beliefs and non-belief. It is self-supporting, so members offer a donation at the end of each meeting, and the organisation does not affiliate itself with any sect, religious

group or politics. “Alcoholism is such a destructive illness,” another member, Chris* told the Portisheadvoice. “It doesn’t just affect the drinker but affects their family, work, friendships and can impact on a whole community especially when draining time and resources from doctors, hospitals and the police. “Fortunately, there is help and a solution that works. It’s amazing to watch people get well and become useful members of society, and that’s what AA does – help people get well who then

freely give it away to others.” There are two groups that run in Portishead – Tuesday, 8pm at the Folk Hall (Reynolds Room 2st floor), High Street BS20 6RP and Wednesday, 8pm at Portishead Methodist Church, High Street BS20 6EN. Anyone is welcome if they have a desire to stop drinking. For more information, contact the 24-hour service helpline on 01179265520 or visit: www. alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/ *Names have been changed to protect anonymity.

n NEWS IN BRIEF n A Christmas piano concert raised over £260 for the Clevedon and District Foodbank. The event took place at St Peter's Church on December 17, with performances from piano pupils taught by Will Stubbs, Julie Foxall and Janet Davey.

n The Barnacle Buoys (pictured, right) will be bringing their sea shanty singing to Portishead this month. They will be performing at Portishead Methodist Church on February 9, 7.30pm. Tickets are available at £5 from

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Ecobrick initiative aims to improve town's awareness of plastic use

Buildings and furniture made from plastic waste could become a thing of the future in Portishead, after a new local ‘ecobricking’ initiative launches in the town. Wellbeing Project Portishead has joined forces with anti-litter campaign group Turn the Tide to encourage residents to keep their plastic waste from landfill by filling plastic bottles. The idea came to founder of the project, Liese Stanley, after she was researching for initiatives that were free and accessible, but also supported the group’s mission to build links between personal wellbeing and community wellbeing. Workshops on how to create the ecobricks will be launching soon, but Liesa says that they can be made at home by cleaning, drying and cutting up plastic waste and stuffing the small pieces into plastic bottles. The project has also

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registered to become a collection and drop-off point and has aims to start developing a community build after Easter. Speaking to the Portisheadvoice, Leise said: “Ecobricking is a great thing because it makes you realise how much plastic waste we consume. “It’s an education process that anyone can take part in, but it’s important that we keep in mind that recycling our plastic waste should be a final resort – we first need to refuse, reduce, reuse and then recycle. “We’ve had such a huge interest in our workshops and we encourage people that are interested to keep an eye on our Facebook page for details on when they will be starting." For more information visit www.facebook.com/ WellbeingProjectPortishead. To find out how to make an ecobrick, visit: ecobricks.org

Portishead Rotary Club has announced details for its 23rd Swimathon and is calling on local people to sign up. The event – which has raised over £207k since its inception – will take place on Saturday, March 30 at Parish Wharf leisure centre. In previous years, money raised from Swimathon goes to local charities, schools and groups. The club’s main charities this year are Portishead Youth Centre and

Alive, which supports those with dementia. Teams of six swimmers are invited to take part and swim in relay at their own pace for 35 minutes. For more details and entry forms, contact Mollie Young on 07788 590371 or email mollieyoung@ talktalk.net. Alternatively you can pick up a pack from the reception desk at Parish Wharf.

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Shona sees the positives out of life-changing accident

A new direction: Shona Hirons says that her accident made her reassess her career Two years ago, Shona Hirons was cycling to work when her front wheel gave way and she landed head first onto the pavement. She suffered catastrophic injuries to her face, including multiple broken bones and fractures, loss of hearing and moderate brain injury, and was given a 20 per cent chance of survival. As a result of her injuries, Shona, 44, had to undergo major facial reconstructive surgery and she was signed off work for five months.

“On the positive side I did get a free face-lift,” joked Shona, “which isn't so bad when you're in your mid-40s.” The accident was lifechanging for the Portishead resident – but as she likes to see it, it was life-changing in a positive way. Since her recovery, Shona has not only launched her own business – Mindset in Motion – but has also completed a half Ironman – a long-distance triathlon consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and

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a 13.1-mile run – and has plans to run an ultra-marathon this summer. Shona, who was working as a legal adviser at the time of accident, said: “When I was told how close I had come to death, or to being severely brain damaged I looked at the positives and was determined to use this further chance at life to enjoy every day as if it was my last.” Shona was only nine months into her new job and when she returned five months later, she was experiencing cognitive issues affecting her memory. She was also experiencing a flare-up of fibromyalgia – a long-term condition that causes widespread chronic pain and fatigue – which was originally triggered by stress caused at her previous job. “I realised that I didn’t want to work in employment law anymore,” she said, “so I retrained as a life coach and mindfulness practitioner and now focus my attention on

helping people struggling with a range of issues, such as stress, panic attacks, problems at work. “I have worked with several clients and it is proving to be a great success.” Since Shona has changed direction with her career, she says that she has not suffered one fibromyalgia attack. “I know it sounds cliché, but life is too short to do something you’re unhappy with. It’s about taking a brave pill and stepping out your comfort zone. “Sometimes I feel my accident was meant to happen, because I truly feel this is what I was always supposed to do.” Shona is also planning to offer businesses mindfulness workshops as she feels that there is still a lot of stigma around mental health in the workplace. In addition, she hopes to visit local schools this year to educate children and young people on the importance of cycle safety and cycling with a helmet.

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'Action for Happiness' course explores what matters in life A course in happiness is returning to Portishead this month. Hosted at Portishead Library, the eight-week course will give residents the opportunity to explore ways to live a happier and more meaningful life. ‘Exploring What Matters’ – founded by national charity Action for Happiness – will be running from February 13. Following its initial success,

the course is being organised for a second time by locals Ness and John. Ness said: “Many people struggle with stress, anxiety, being busy and feeling there’s simply not enough time to stop and make life more satisfying and contented. “This course brings techniques and ideas to help us consider what choices each of us really have. Expect laughter as

well as meaningful discussion and ideas. Together we explore ways to build a happier, healthier, self and community.” John commented: “The whole process of life and what is important in life seems mixed up these days with people bombarded by social expectations and promotions on TV saying buy stuff, get stuff, be in a great career and so on. “We really need to prioritise

exploring what really matters for our own inner happiness over reacting impulsively to material stuff that does not actually deliver long lasting happiness.” Beginning February 13, the course will take place every Wednesday at 7-9pm. For further details contact Ness or John at nesschurn@ yahoo.co.uk or john.cato121@ gmail.com, or to sign up visit, bit. ly/HappinessPortishead2019

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Float raises £4k to support those in need

Portishead Lions has thanked the public for it generosity after its Santa Claus float raised over £4,000. David Colston of Portishead Lions has expressed the club’s thanks to local residents who came out and supported the float. Money raised will go towards helping organisations and individuals in the area who need support. On the evening, the club were supported by Avon and Somerset Police Cadets and Portishead Army Cadets. Anyone interested in joining Portishead Lions can find out more by calling 01275 281415, emailing info@portisheadlions. club or visiting www. portisheadlions.club.

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The position of the litter tray is important. It should be located in a discreet corner, away from food and water and full-length windows, where the cats don’t feel vulnerable. A regular clean is essential; at least once a day. Tip: Some cats find tray liners and litter deodorants unpleasant. You may find your cat prefers a well maintained tray without any added fragrance. n One-on-one contact It is important to have one-on-one play time with your companion. This can be grooming, playing with toys or simply available for a cuddle. Vets4Pets Portishead T 01275 815 470 E portishead@vets4pets.com Inside Pets at Home, Wyndham Retail Park, Old Mill Road, Portishead, BS20 7BX

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’ve long been an admirer of the American philosophers Calvin and Hobbes. They are cartoon characters created by Bill Watterson. Calvin is a precocious 6 year old boy with blond spike hair and Hobbes is his stuffed toy tiger who comes to life when they are alone. They tackle both the mundane and also deep issues of life. A few weeks ago I came across these words from the wise boy and his toy tiger … “We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.” So

true Calvin! We are so often planning ahead even by a couple of hours that we forget to be in the present. It’s interesting to see how many people walk around looking at their mobile phones and not at their surroundings. Where I used to live in Preston there was a lady who constantly walked the streets reading a book (very old school!). We don't have to be looking at screens or books for us not to be present. Our minds can be constantly taking us to the next thing and then the next thing instead of placing us where we are at that precise moment. A friend and colleague of mine passed away a couple of weeks ago from cancer. He was 52. He had children who were moving out and moving on but were looking to their dad for guidance. He held his first grandchild 9 days before he passed away in a hospice. Even though he was ill he was a prolific on Facebook. He would send out messages

of hope and encouragement to anyone and everyone. In one of his last posts he put up a picture of him and his wonderful family sat round his hospice bed eating Christmas dinner with Christmas cracker hats on. He didn't look like the large imposing man I had known for 20 years. His message to the world was ‘Cherish those around you, stop and enjoy life, it’s a gift.’ Life is a gift. I believe it’s a gift from God. Let’s not let it pass us by, by always rushing off to the

next thing. And as Peter told the social media world… ‘Cherish those around you, stop and enjoy life, it’s a gift.’

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Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church, Queens Road n Sunday worship - 10.30am n Coffee morning - every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 10.30-11.30am open to all n Bacon Butty Club - first Thursday of the month 10-11.30am - open to all men. Come along for a butty and a chat.

Portishead Methodist Church, High Street n Sunday morning worship 10.30am with groups for children & young people n Coffee and chat - a drop in coffee morning every Tuesday and Saturday mornings 10am-12pm

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Trolley dash winner Sarah bags £200 worth of groceries

Christmas food shopping can be stressful. But for one local resident, it couldn’t have been a more enjoyable experience. Sarah Regan was delighted to have won three minutes to fill a shopping trolley with up to £200 of groceries at Portishead’s Sainsbury’s store, as part of the Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club’s pre-Christmas trolley dash. It is the third year that the event has taken place, with the public generously buying raffle tickets in a bid to win. Gordano Breakfast Rotary Club raised over £700 this year for charities the Jessie May Trust, which provides hospice at home care for sick children, and Ebenezer clinic, an outreach medical clinic in Swaziland. A spokesman for the club said: “We are always thinking up new ideas for our fundraising events and this one has brought a lot of fun in the run up to Christmas. We certainly will repeat it next year.” Sarah said: “I am absolutely astonished and delighted. I don't recall ever winning anything like this before. Thank you Rotary and for all of your good work.” For more information, visit: www.gordanobreakfastrotary.org

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n LIBRARY BLOG

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February, 2019

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What's on at Portishead Library this February Family activities day Come and join in the half-term fun at Portishead Library on Thursday 21 February with our make and explore events. Get creative with 3D printing pens, meet the Codea-pillar TM, listen to stories at our pre-school story time and get crafty at our drop-in craft session. See below for times of each of the activities: n Get creative with 3D printing pens. 10.30-11.30am. Ages 7-12 (Places limited, please book in advance) n Pre-school story time 2.152.45pm n Meet the Code-a-pillar TM: get started with coding through play and stories. 2.45 to 3.15pm. Ages 3-5 n Drop in craft activities 2-4pm

Unlock Portishead Library Come to an information session to find out how you can use Portishead library for longer with Extended Access membership. The sessions are hosted by library staff and they will walk you through

a safety briefing and give you information about the service. Briefing sessions are held regularly to demonstrate the service to customers. Book online at www. eventbrite.co.uk (search for ‘Portishead Library’) or through library staff. Get online Join our free computer course for over 50s. Our friendly volunteers are offering free one to one assistance for over 50s looking to get online or improve their computer skills. Six week courses are held on Wednesday mornings offering help with a variety of queries including searching the internet, sending emails, using Word, printing photos and keeping in touch with friends and family online. Customers can be assured of a warm welcome and can bring in their own laptops and tablets or use the library computers. We also have one to one computer buddy appointments available for all ages on Tuesdays, Thursdays and

Fridays at various times.

Free family history sessions Would you like to discover more about your family history? With free access to Ancestry.com and knowledgeable family history volunteers, Portishead Library is a great place to research your ancestors. Bring some basic information about your family and our friendly volunteers will assist you to find out more. The sessions are relaxed and informal and will be tailored to individual needs. Bookable appointments are available between 10am and 1pm every Friday. Are you scamwise? Are you worried you might have been scammed? Come along to a drop in at Portishead Library to find out more about how to protect you, your family and neighbours from criminals. • Weds 13 Feb 9:30 – 11am • Tues 12 March 9:30am – 11am

DVD hire Did you know you can borrow DVDs at Portishead Library? You can rent DVDs for 1 week at a time for a small charge of £2 for older titles and £2.50 for brand new titles. Pop into the library to see our selection! Story times Come along to fun, free sessions sharing stories and rhymes at Portishead Library. Story times are held every Thursday during term time 2.15-2.45pm with a different theme every week. Rhyme times Come along to fun, free sessions sharing nursery rhymes, action rhymes and musical instruments at Portishead Library every Friday during term time 10-10.30am and 10.45-11.15am. Please book in 15 minutes before the start time due to limited spaces. For more library activities, visit www.portisheadvoice.co.uk/ whats-on/

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n THE DRAGONFLY JAR

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ary Poppins has returned and she comes in the form of a practically perfect (in every way) antidote to Brexit and a dry January. I love the fact that fond memories of the original make it a spoonful of sugar to ensure I am accompanied by my adult ‘children’

when I go to see the film – even if a payday loan is needed to sweeten the cost of their confectionary rider. We leave the cinema feeling like we have listened to the original ‘Mary Poppins’ sound track, when in fact, all the music is new. Reflecting on the film the next day we decide that just like Batman and The Jedi, Mary Poppins was ripe for return – and clearly very patient, having waited since 1964 to pay homage to the original Disney classic. Mary is the role model needed to fly us playfully into 2019. Two hours in the company of her lyrics remind us that some people like to splash and play (can you imagine that?); nothing’s gone forever (it’s only out of place) and that life can be full of stuff and nonsense but

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everything is possible, even the impossible. We can face February with Mary’s wisdom, surely. While I wait impatiently for spring, she also reminds me that a splash of red lipstick and a neatly powdered nose mean I will never have to explain anything. I see the price of these three cinema tickets as a long-term investment in my bank of positivity, however, in the future, I will smuggle snacks into the cinema; my newly purchased carpetbag can be my partner in crime. Spit Spot. The Dragonfly Jar thedragonflyjar.com

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New drop-off point for plastic waste

Moving towards its ambition of a zero waste Portishead, anti-litter campaign group Turn The Tide is teaming up with Conductive Education Bristol (CEB) to promote the introduction of collection boxes for packaging that is not usually recycled. Moose Hall, in Portishead High Street, is now a collection point for biscuit wrappers, oral products such as toothpaste tubes, cleaning product packaging and crisp packets. CEB - which supports local disabled children - receives points and money towards theirnot for-profit organisation based on the weight of waste collected. This waste will be sent to Terracycle, an innovative recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically hard to recycle waste. For more information about Turn the Tide, visit: www. turnthetideportishead.co.uk/

n PROPERTY OF THE MONTH

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odern upper floor apartment situated in the heart of the popular Marina development. Estuary House offers ease of access to the bars, shops and restaurants situated along the quayside, great for the young professional client looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life, first time buyers, or indeed buy to let investors. The accommodation is well planned, comprising two double bedrooms, living room, kitchen/diner, bathroom and off street parking. For further details on this property, contact Hunters on 01275 840600 or visit them at 46 High Street, Portishead, BS20 6EL.

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n Barnacle Buoys will be performing their sea shanties at Portishead Methodist Church, 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and are available from the church office (01275 844917) or Motorcare (Portishead Precinct). Money raised will go to Children’s Hospice South West & Portishead Methodist Church Building Redevelopment Fund.

Sat February 9 - Sun 10

n Window Wanderland is returning to the streets of Portishead this month when residents and businesses will be invited to dress their windows for the public to enjoy. The event will be running from 5.30pm on Saturday 9th - 9pm on Sunday 10th. For more information visit www.windowwanderland.com

Wednesday February 13

n Gordano Probus Club is meeting at Clarence House Portishead, 12.30pm. Abbie Edbrooke will talk on “Clevedon Pier”. Gordano Probus is a meeting place for retired men who want contact and fellowship with similar persons. New members are always welcome. Interested men please call John Hewett on 01275 398706 for details or see our Facebook.

Wednesday February 20

n Probus 73 meets on the third Wednesday of each month at Clarence House in Portishead’s High Street. On 20th February 2019 we shall meet from 12 noon and be ready for a splendid two course lunch at 1pm, followed by a talk from Dave Herbert on the Bloodhound Car record attempt. If you would like to find out more about the Probus movement contact any Club Member or phone

February, 2019

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n WHAT'S ON Saturday February 9

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Saturday February 23

n Portishead Vegan Fair at Somerset Hall. 10am - 3pm. Browse a wide variety of stalls showcasing some of the best vegan products from the local area, as well a hand picked selection of ethical brands and businesses from across the South West. Entry £2 (includes all talks, demos and workshops). Accompanied children under 14, FREE.

Sunday February 24

n Turn the Tide beach clean event at Sugar Loaf Bay, 1.30-3pm. Meet at the Sailing Club. Gloves, hi-viz, bags and pickers will be provided. Just bring drinks and wrap up warm!

Town council meeting dates Members of the public are welcome at of the below meetings at Portishead Folk Hall. There is an opportunity to address the town council for up to four minutes in the public speaking section at the beginning of the meeting. WednesdayFebruary 6 n Planning & Regulatory Committee, 7.30pm, the Folk Hall Wednesday February 13 n Town Council Meeting, 7.30pm at the Folk Hall Wednesday February 27 n Recreation and Works Committee, 7.30pm at the Folk Hall Minutes and agendas are available at portishead.gov.uk.

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n Coffee and chat at Portishead Methodist Church, drop in for coffee every Tuesday and Saturday, 10am-12pm

n Coffee and chat at Portishead Methodist Church, drop in for coffee every Tuesday and Saturday, 10am-12pm

n Coffee morning at Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church - every 2nd and 4th Tuesday 10.30-11.30am open to all

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Thursday n Bacon Butty Club at Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church. First Thursday of the month 10-11.30am - open to all men. Come along for a butty and a chat

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n Sunday morning worship at Portishead Methodist Church, 10.30am with groups for children & young people. n Sunday worship at Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church, 10.30am n Sunday gathering with Vintage Church at Somerset Hall, the Precinct, 10.30am-12pm. For more infomation, visit: Vintage Church: vintagechurch. co.uk/portishead Portishead Methodist Church: portisheadmethodistchurch.co.uk/

n REGULAR EVENTS Tuesday Exercise Movement and n Portishead LeRoc, 7.45Dance class for ladies

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10.30pm at Portishead Primary Low impact classes offer dance, exercise and core School, Station Road, 7DB. strengthening. Strengthen muscles,BS20 raise energy levels, We teach modern in joints. a relaxed improve balance andjive mobilise atmosphere. your own or 6.25-7.30pm atCome Fairlawnon Primary School, with friends. first Fairlawn Road, £7/eve Montpelier,but Bristol, BS6class 5JL. is Tel: www.portisheadleroc.com Rachael at FL Exercise on 07966 418 714 / free.

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run on 5-7 weekRotary basis - charged as a block nClasses Portishead Club, booking (£8 per class -1st Class Free) weekly meeting at Clarence House, 7pm for a meal and an interesting speaker. More info: portisheadrotary.org.uk

Wednesday n Portishead Spiritualist Association. We meet at Brampton Way Playgroup Hall for a Clairvoyant Evening with an attending Medium starting at 7.30pm and cost £4 at the door. Free tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards.

Thursday n Lighthouse Dementia Carers' Group, we meet on the fourth Thursday of the month from 10.30am-12.30pm at St. Nicholas Church in Nore Road, Portishead.

We are unlike a Memory Cafe (where couples stay together) as we give carers caring for people with dementia a two hour break, to talk to each other and also to receive advice and information from those of us running the group. The cared for people are entertained by skilled staff and volunteers - we do many activities but are best known for our lively games of skittles played down the aisle of St.Nicholas Church. n Macular Support Group meets on the last Thursday of the month in the Folk Hall Portishead from 2-4pm. For more details please phone Hazel 01275 845238 or Jeff 01275 219657. For regular events at Portishead Library, see page 20.

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