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Councillor attacked as he tried to help woman A Filton town councillor was attacked in his own home after he intervened in a violent domestic argument. Adam Monk, who is also a South Glos councillor, was walking his dog late at night near the BAWA fields when he heard a commotion. A man and woman were involved in an argument after attending a function at the BAWA club, with the man dragging the woman by the hair along Southmead Road. Mr Monk stepped in and asked him to let go but the man, understood to be in the armed forces, became agitated and turned on Mr Monk. Mr Monk said: “He then hit me in the head and I think I may have passed out briefly. Turn to Page 3

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Morrisons eyeing up Filton Filton could get a Morrisons M local store after the firm made a licence application for the vacant former Motaman store on Gloucester Road North. The Morrisons M local stores are “convenience stores that offer more fresh food – as opposed to just tins and toiletries - to enable customers to cook a meal from scratch or buy a high quality ready meal.

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Primary English Councillor attacked exams released but maths tests are annulled Pupils’ transition to secondary ‘will not be affected’ An investigation into SATS tests at Charborough Road Primary has concluded with what the school has described as a “disappointing outcome”. The Standards and Testing Agency investigation means that while English results have now been released to Year 6 pupils’ families, the maths results have been annulled (made void). The school has stressed that the matter will have no impact on the pupils’ ongoing transition to secondary school In a statement released by the school and South Glos Council, head teacher Nicola Bailey and chair of governors Laura Thompson said: “As you know from our previous letter, the results of the school’s Year 6 Standard Assessment Tests (SATs), carried out in May this year, were withheld by the Standards and Testing Agency pending an investigation

into apparent administrative irregularities. The Standards and Testing Agency have concluded their investigation and, while English results have now been released and issued to parents, the Agency has annulled this year’s Maths results. “This is a very disappointing outcome both for the school and the children who worked so hard on their SATs this year and I have written separately to all Year 6 parents and carers to explain the outcomes of the Agency’s investigation in more detail and reassure them that their children’s transition to secondary education will not be affected. “We are also working with the local authority on our own internal investigation into the matter and will ensure that all recommendations from this investigation are implemented in full.”

From Page 1 “I had told the woman to go to my house for safety and the next thing I knew they were in my house where he started to hit me again. “It was alarming because my daughter was also at home and saw some of the attack. “They then left in the direction of the main Filton roundabout and we called the police “Shortly after, they said they had apprehended a suspect and they asked me to come in the patrol car to identify him.

“The man arrested was my attacker and police subsequently charged him with ABH and also a charge related to domestic violence. “It was alarming but you don’t think about it, you just act on instinct.” Mr Monk has been told by police that the attacker has pled guilty to the charges and will be sentenced this month. The woman has since written to Mr Monk thanking him for helping her. Mr Monk suffered painful head and chest injuries which left his face puffed up.

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Consultation has now ended on plans which could see Filton’s grass verges cut by the council just twice a year. Residents have been giving their views on South Glos Council’s ‘street scene’ proposals. Under the proposals, the council will continue to maintain roads, footways, streetlights and highway structures as part of a consistent ‘core’ service across the whole district. But in addition to this, communities will also be able to add extra street scene services such as additional grass cutting on highway verges, floral displays, hanging baskets and dog waste bins. Earlier this year, Filton Town Council was told this would mean a reduction in these services unless the community agreed to fund it through local or parish organisations. Plans for each community are expected to be agreed by the end of 2013.

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Airfield campaigners call The fight to save Filton Airfield can be won - but it needs ‘people power’, a public meeting heard. Around 40 people gathered at Filton Community Centre, pictured opposite, to hear a passionate case put forward to keep the airfield, which has been sold by BAE Systems to property company Bridgehouse Capital. The site closed to air traffic last December. There are fears that a major campaign of housebuilding will turn the area into “another Bradley Stoke” with no facilities and major transport issues. Campaigners, who signed a petition pledging their support to keep the site open, were also told that the focus of their campaign should be South Glos Council which controls planning aspects of the site. A panel consisting Filton town councillor Doug Daniels,

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Alison Devonshire of the BS10 Parks and Planning Group, and Patchway town councillor Dave Tiley outlined their views on the airfield’s future before taking questions from members of the public. Cllr Daniels, right, a former Rolls-Royce chief engineer, said the decision to close the airfield had been “heartbreaking”. “If we build houses on this site, we’ll regret it in years to come,” he said. “When you look at Concorde sitting on the side of the runway, have we any thought for what we have done. We are losing a national asset.” Cllr Daniels said that in letters from transport minister Simon Burns, he was told that planning decisions would be in the hands of South Glos Council. Ms Devonshire said her group was worried about the impact in parts of north Bristol which fringe the airfield and highlighted the potential problems as the roads try to cope with many more cars. “We’ll have another Bradley Stoke on our hands if we’re not careful,”she said. Cllr Tiley, an aerospace shop steward, said that the campaign should draw inspiration from the ongoing battle to re-open Highwood Road in Patchway, citing the recent meeting on that subject which wa abandoned by South Glos due to the sheer volume of people who attended. He said a relentless campaign of pressure and media attention would make South Glos notice. Campaigner Barry Cash said

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that the decision to sell was purely down to money and that “the people in power are not listening”. He said that those concerned about the airfield needed to express their views at election time. Campaigners also heard that there were concerns over possible flooding on the site and also that any proposals which mixed industrial use and homes would not work. Campaigners were asked if they wanted to have more meetings and organiser Alan Tink, a former Filton councillor, said they would take all the comments on board as they planned the next stage.

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What a wonderful sight it was seeing people streaming into the garden on the official opening day. We were so grateful for the positive comments and compliments we received which has made the venture so worthwhile, everyday we see new faces in the garden enjoying the tranquillity of a little corner of the field which was previously a soulless area. However our work is far from finished. Arrangements are at an advanced stage to create a ramp in order to open the entrance to Springfields, soon traditional benches will be ordered and also others to wrap around some of the trees, these will be supplemented by picnic benches. We are also looking to install signage and also a Community Garden notice board where will

advertise future events we hope to hold in the garden. Planting of spring bedding will start soon and we will be developing plans for input from schools and a meadow area. We are a small friendly group and whilst we have many ideas we would welcome input from other members of the community, and would love other like minded residents to come and join the group. There is no age limit we want the garden to cater for all of the Community. We are due to meet again on 14 September at 10.00 in the pavilion, and on other dates in the future. Come along and join us - you will receive a warm welcome. To get in touch, email us at communitygarden@ filtontowncouncil.gov.uk Filton Community Garden Committee

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Work on Merlin’s ‘non-traditional’ homes could take up to three years Residents of nearly 50 houses in Filton will be moved out next winter as Merlin Housing Society redevelops their stock of ‘nontraditional’ homes. The scheme is part of a South Glos-wide project which should be completed by 2022. Filton residents will be away from their homes for at least 12 months and up to 24 months, with the first people moving out in December 2014. The entire Filton project will take about three years. Merlin said they would ensure residents were re-housed in locations which minimised disruption and that if they liked their temporary home, they could possibly stay there. Across the district, 450 homes are being demolished with 650 taking their place. Residents have previously expressed fears that they could lose garden space as a result of the plans. Most of the homes affected in Filton are in the Conygre ward. A Merlin spokesperson said: “We have now published our draft programme for the multimillion pound redevelopment of 450 non-traditional homes. “All of the homes were built in the 1940s and 50s but are now

suffering from a number of issues including damp and draughts and are expensive to heat. “Merlin has identified 48 of its properties in Filton for redevelopment. These properties are due to be redeveloped in the second phase of the project. “The entire project will see Merlin redevelop 450 nontraditional properties at locations across South Gloucestershire, making it one of the biggest programmes of its kind in recent years.” Project Manager Sally Gilbert said: “This is a really exciting project that will see us replacing 450 old, damp, draughty properties with 650 modern, energy efficient homes over the next few years. We’re already pressing ahead with the design work on the first site and will be applying for planning permission for this in the autumn, so we can start work on site next year.” As well as redeveloping 450 properties, Merlin is also carrying out external improvements to another 1,000 of its non-traditional homes, many in Filton. All of the work forms part of a promise made to residents when it took over South Gloucestershire Council’s housing stock in 2007.

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Merlin has confirmed it plans to build new homes on the site of Newleaze House in Roycroft Road, Filton. The housing society was holding a consultation event this month to discuss the future of the site. A spokesperson said: “We’re looking to develop a number of new homes on the site and we want to talk to the local community, and other stakeholders, about our plans. If people were unable to attend the consultation event earlier this month but would like to find out more, they can email enquiries@merlinhs.co.uk,

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Jobs galore at new Asda in Filton

Applications are now open for 220 jobs at the new Asda Filton store, which will be located at Abbey Wood Retail Park. Asda’s first store in Filton opens on November 25. It is part of a wholesale redevelopment of the site which will see several new stores including Costa and restaurant Frankie and Benny. Asda’s new store manager, Dave Rolph, said: “At Asda we recruit for attitude and train for skill. “We always believe that our colleagues make the store what it is and I’m looking to recruit hard working colleagues who can deliver great customer service 1 08/03/2012 15:36 with a smile on811_A5L_EDGE_Refurb_234099.ai their face. “Asda is popular within shop-floor colleagues, bakery and Bristol but many people in Filton checkout. have had to drive a long way to The 30,000 square foot shop with us, so I’m proud to be store will feature a host of able to open our newest store in ranges such as fresh counters, a this famous community.” George clothing department and Job positions are available customer restaurant. throughout the store, including 811_A5L_EDGE_Refurb_234099.ai

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filtonvoice Education Special 2013 Students have been making local schools and colleges proud this summer, with A level and GCSE results rewarding hard work put in during the year. We take a closer look to help parents of children about to make their first step into secondary education

Marta Benedek, left, and Francesca Long collect their A level results from Abbeywood School

Abbeywood Community School and Bradley Stoke Community School A levels

Schools build on their successes for A level results to celebrate Students and staff are celebrating positive A level outcomes at both Abbeywood Community School and Bradley Stoke Community School. Abbeywood has made further progress to consolidate last year’s status as one of the top two Post-16 centres in South Gloucestershire based on average point score per entry with an increase to 216 points per entry (213 last year). Average points per student has been maintained as a

strength (728 compared with 733 last year) and once again all students passed in every subject and 52 per cent of all grades were A*-B – a huge achievement in a relatively small Post 16 Centre, with 46 students in Year 13. As ever, there were some individual successes which deserve to be mentioned: A2 Anna Knowles-Smith A*AA Emily Stephens A*AA Marta Benedek AAA Matthew Barrett A*AB Nokuthaba Moyo AAB

Alec Gear A*AB Francesca Long AAB Maria Patsia AAB Jan Pataj D*D*D AS George Harrison AAB James Hampson ABBB Laura Barnett ABB Scott Cousins ABB Bradley Mead ABB Nadia Restall ABB Bradley Stoke Community School has built on last year’s first set of A level outcomes and has seen an increase to 208 in the points per entry

(197 last year) and 33 per cent of all grades were A*-B. Both schools are members of The Concorde Partnership along with Patchway Community College and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, with whom the schools have a shared timetable with transport provided for students to travel to other centres. The partnership adds value to each of the schools and the college and is key to the successes of each centre.


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Results are testament to a ‘remarkable turnaround’ Smiles, laughter and jubilation were the order of the day for students and staff at both Abbeywood Community School and Bradley Stoke Community School this summer as the GCSE results were a great success with big improvements from last year and some amazing individual performances. At Abbeywood Community School there has been an increase of almost 20 per cent in the number of students achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths in the last two years with 60 per cent of students hitting or exceeding this important benchmark (up from 41 per cent in 2011 and 47 per cent in 2012) and an increase in the number of top grades achieved. Executive headteacher Dave Baker said: “This is a remarkable turnaround for Abbeywood and validates the approach we have taken to ensure that there is a relentless focus on teaching and learning and a positive ethos in school. These results confirm the findings from recent Ofsted monitoring visits

Distinction* Kaya Baber – 6 A* and 3 A Paul George – 1 A*, 4 A, 2 Distinction* Adrian Swilonek – 8 A Hiten Barot – 2 A*, 5 A

From left, Emily Johnston-Stuart, Freya Restall, Nivedita Prasad, Mrs Judith Mee (Associate Headteacher) which identified good progress. Students deserve praise for the way in which they have applied themselves during a period of transition in the school in order to achieve these results. They have been given strong support and guidance by Judith Mee, associate headteacher, and her staff team.” Associate headteacher Ms Mee said: “These results show a significant improvement on last year and are a reflection of the tremendous efforts of students and staff with support from parents and governors. They are

further evidence of the fantastic progress made since the school was placed in special measures in December 2011. I couldn’t be more proud.” There are some remarkable individual performances, including some students who could barely speak English when they started their GCSEs. The highest performers were as follows: Nivedita Prasad – 11 A*, 1 Distinction Hope Falconer – 2 A*, 4 A, 2 Distinction*, 1 Distinction Zuzanna Calkosz – 4 A*, 4 A, 1

At Bradley Stoke, the story is different but is also one of improvement. Following a dip in maths results which affected the overall headline figure last year, the number of students achieving 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and maths has bounced back to 66 per cent this year (57 per cent last year) with strong input from a new maths teaching team. Executive headteacher Dave Baker said: “It was very important that we made a strong recovery after last year’s disappointing results and these improved outcomes are hopefully a stepping stone to new “best ever” figures for Bradley Stoke students next year and beyond. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of the students with significant support and challenge from Jenny Sutton Kirby, associate headteacher, and her staff team.”

Head’s view: The key things to consider when choosing a secondary Choosing a secondary school for your son or daughter is a major decision and should not be left until October in Year 6 to start thinking about! It is easy to be swayed by local rumours and the opinion of others but it is important to go and visit more than one school in order to be able to compare, to involve your son/daughter in the decision making and also to visit during a school day in order to get a feel for what the school is like during “normal” school hours. Here are some of the aspects to consider beyond exam results: l Leadership – is the school well led and does it have a strong ethos and sense of direction? l Curriculum – is it a broad curriculum that caters for the needs of a wide range of students?

l Inclusion – does provision support students with additional needs as well as stretching the most able? l Staff – do the teachers and support staff seem friendly, knowledgeable and positive? l Students – are they engaged and ready to learn (uniform, punctuality, equipment, corridor conduct, eye contact and conversation…)? l Partnerships – does the school work closely with partner primaries, neighbouring secondaries and the wider community or is it introspective? l Enrichment – does the school provide a range of outof-hours activities including sport, performing arts, fixtures, academic support and catch-up as well as a programme of visits? l Homework – does the school

provide structured extension activities to reinforce classroom learning? l Pastoral support – how does tutoring work and what arrangements are in place to follow up issues and difficulties? l Behaviour – look at the policy and ask about exclusions and arrangements for managing bullying, disruptive behaviour etc – does the school seem happy and positive? l Building and resources – does the building look well cared for (even if it is old), does it have good facilities and resources (e.g. books and ICT) and is there evidence that students’ work is valued (displays etc)? l Parents and carers – does the school place value on involving parents and carers e.g. website, prospectus, newsletters, email,

text, Twitter, opportunities for feedback? This is not an exhaustive list but more a checklist of some things to consider. The key thing is to decide whether you think your son/daughter will be safe, happy and encouraged and enabled to be successful. Good luck if you are involved in these decisions this autumn. I look forward to meeting you and being asked some challenging questions when you visit! Dave Baker, executive headteacher, The Olympus Academy Trust (Abbeywood Community School and Bradley Stoke Community School)

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Education Special Colston’s School

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As the new Academic Year starts, parents with boys and girls in Year 6 will already be considering their choice of secondary school for September 2014. This is probably the most important decision any parent will make, and the obvious thing to say is that you need to know your children well, though I take it for granted that most parents do! Find out as much as you can about the school from as many sources as possible. There will always be a great deal of printed material, and you can of course can find out much online, but my advice to any parent is to make a personal visit. Go and see the school and take your time when you look. Like many other schools, Colston’s has an Open Morning coming up – on Saturday, September 28. If past years are anything to go by, hundreds of parents and children from Bristol and South Gloucestershire will converge on our 30-acre site at Stapleton. They will be able to see

around the Upper and Lower Schools, accompanied by confident and articulate Year 8 and Year 6 guides. Our Sixth Form Open Evening comes soon after – on Thursday, October 10. For Year 7 entry we offer Taster Days for much of the autumn term, enabling boys and girls in Year 6 at other primary schools to experience Colston’s for real. They join a Year 7 class for the whole day, and in my experience there is no more effective way of finding out about the school and to meet our pupils. Peter Fraser, Headmaster, Colston’s School, Bristol

District’s results are the ‘best ever’ Provisional figures for GCSE results in South Gloucestershire have now been collated, and indicate that the area has achieved the best ever performance for attaining five or more A*-C grades including English and maths. Despite reports of an overall decline in A*-C grades nationally, the provisional figure for South Gloucestershire is 57 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths, the Government’s key measure. This is an increase of one percentage point on last year and represents our best ever performance. The highest performing schools in the district are Castle School, John Cabot

Academy, Winterbourne International Academy and Bradley Stoke Community School. The most improved schools from last year are Abbeywood Community School, Bradley Stoke Community School, Chipping Sodbury Secondary School, Yate International Academy and Mangotsfield Secondary School. South Gloucestershire councillor Ian Blair, chair of the children and young people committee, said: “This reflects the hard work and dedication of not only students, but also their teachers, non-teaching staff, school governors, parents, carers and all the other people who support them.”

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‘No limits to our ambition’ At Orchard School Bristol, our ambitions for our children have no limits, whether a child aspires to reaching our best universities or aims to develop their skills in the world of work. However, a secondary education is not just about what happens in the future. What happens now is vital and we invest a lot of energy in making sure that we help all of our students become well-rounded, confident and courteous young people who are a credit to their families, community and school. Most schools have aims and ambitions for their students and we’ve just had another set of record-breaking exam results - but at Orchard we are trying to provide that little bit extra. How do we achieve this? Fantastic facilities: We have the very best of technology, modern classroom facilities and extensive playing fields.

Thriving house system: We have four houses with all five years in mixed tutor groups. Our house system involves all adults in school working with students, either as tutors or mentors. Personalised curriculum: Personalised learning and exam preparation based on detailed and precise knowledge of students’ progress has led to a great improvement in results. A safe and happy environment which encourages learning: In surveys of student opinion they say they feel safe in Orchard School. Student views are sought through an active student council. Social and emotional understanding is encouraged and given real relevance through the Restorative Justice approach for which the school has become nationally recognised. A wide range of extracurricular activities which broaden the experiences of our students:

At Orchard School we offer a wealth of enrichment activities which are tailored to the students’ needs. We work with the Outward Bound Trust to offer week-long residential activities at the Aberdovey Outward Bound Centre, North Wales. In fact, we have changed our school day with the aim of enhancing this programme. A school at the heart of the community: The school works to support the aspirations of the community it serves with young people and their families at the centre of all we do. In March we held our first community awards night. Partnership with primaries: The school works closely with its local primary schools and children’s centres, sharing staff, resources and policies. Parent Council: We have a strong Parent Council which meets every term to discuss a

range of issues brought to the council by parents. Transition: We work closely with our local primary schools to support children making the move from Year 6 to Year 7. In March we invite all Year 6 children and their parents to a tea party. Over the following months we work with Year 6 teachers in ensuring that all children have the right support in making the move to Orchard School. Unlimited ambition and aspiration for our students: If a child has a dream, we will be there to help him or her fulfil it. Please come along to our open events and find out more.

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Megan Cassim Hunter from Stoke Gifford

‘Right place to reach my goals’ A Level Results Day saw South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) packed to the rafters with anxious and excited students and staff eager to discover the outcome of two years’ hard work. This year saw the college achieve a 98 per cent A2 pass rate overall, above the national average and a slight improvement for the college on last year. 74 per cent of students achieved A*- C grades at A2, with the college performing above the current published Sixth Form College benchmark for high grades. 77 per cent of A2 courses achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, including accounting, English language, business, physical education and psychology as well as Russell Group-facilitating – and more traditional – subjects English literature, geography, ancient and modern history, physics, biology and further maths. Students who study at SGS College continue to achieve better at A level than expected, based on added value scores, which predicts their achievement based on their prior attainment at GCSE. SGS students have performed significantly above their A level predictions in English language, law, mathematics, physics and psychology. The average UCAS points achieved per individual A2 subject was 88.5 this year, compared to 76.2 last year.

Nearly 80 per cent of the college’s A2 students have applied for university, with the other 20 per cent choosing to apply for a local apprenticeship scheme or further study at the college. Delighted student Megan Cassim Hunter from Stoke Gifford has been a student at SGS College for two years and hopes to continue with A level studies at college for another two years before studying medicine. This year, Megan has studied GCSE Core Science, GCSE Additional Science, A2 Law and A2 Psychology. She received B grades in both A level subjects. Megan’s college life has not been without difficulties, and this year she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Speaking about how college helped her achieve her goals the 18-year-old said: “My A Level teachers are the most amazing people you could find, not only to help with studies but as people I could talk to. I literally couldn’t have got through this year without them. “I would also highly recommend college over sixth form. I think it is a very different environment and in my experience so much better. It allows you to be independent and find maturity before university.” For further information and advice on the courses available at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College call 0117 931 2121 or visit www.sgscol.ac.uk.

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Damon gets in trim for UK final

A hairdressing student from Filton has successfully made it through to the final of the Hairdressing Council Student of the Year competition in association with L’Oréal Professional and VTCT. Damon Evans, who has just completed Level Two Hairdressing at Filton’s South Gloucestershire and Stroud (SGS) College, showed his skill and stunning styling to be selected as one of just eight people across the U.K to compete the final, which takes place October 13 at the L’Oréal studios in London. To enter the competition, contestants were asked to create a ‘red carpet’ glamour look worthy of any red carpet event, taking inspiration from celebrities at the Oscars, BAFTA’s and film premiere’s. The 18 year old is now practising day and night in preparation for the prestigious

Damon Evans and right, the glamour look which he created for the contest competition, where he will have to recreate his styling on model Frankie Barnes, within 50 minutes. The winners will be announced later that day at Salon International, live on stage. The two overall winners will receive fantastic prizes including a trophy, an iPad 2, a day with Andrew Barton, Tea at the House of Commons and vouchers for a course with L’Oreal and Wella. Alongside his studies, Damon works part time at A Cut Above in Bedminster. Salon Manager Catherine Stevens said: “Staff at the salon

are all very excited for Damon. “He is very enthusiastic and demonstrates great potential. We wish him luck for the final.” Damon said: “I am delighted to be have been selected for the final. I was really pleased with the style I submitted and I’m confident and can recreate it perfectly in the Final. “I really enjoy studying hairdressing - college has been a great learning environment. After college I hope to get a job as a hairdresser.” Sally Hathway, course leader of Level Two hairdressing at SGS College, comments: “I am extremely proud of Damon’s achievement in reaching the final of such a prestigious competition. “Damon has a natural flair and has consistently produced outstanding work all year. The Hairdressing Department would like to wish him very best of luck for the final.”

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Jaye Cook needs an operation to enable him to walk unaided; his family, right, raising funds towards the £30,000 cost of the operation at Shield Road Primary School’s car boot sale last month

Working for Jaye

My husband and I would like to say a really big thank you for the brilliant write up in the Filton Voice magazine regarding our fundraising efforts to help our grandson Jaye Cook, who needs a £30,000 operation to help him walk unaided. It has brought our fundraising to the attention of so many more people. We have just reached our first £1,000, a big milestone for us and our family. Still a long way to go but people have been so very kind, it certainly makes us realize just how many really good people there are out there. Once again a very big thank you Diane and Roger Cook

We’re confused

We are somewhat confused by the U-turn taken by Cllr Andy Chubb. In July’s issue of Filton Voice it was reported that he was resigning from Council, & he intended to be an ex-councillor. Now apparently he has changed

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Road rage

Can Filton Voice enable Andrew to Voice his sincere regret. Recently, I was driving on motorway from Cribbs Causeway towards Bath. A brown coloured Mazda MPV came behind me, and the driver did a manoeuvre which I did not like because it was a similar action taken by road bullies in the past. Going along motorway, a girl sitting on front passenger seat peered from the vehicle and shouted towards me. Wrongly, as I found out when I got home, I thought girl was shouting abuse. Sadly I got very angry and did things I should not have done, until the driver drove her vehicle onto M32, Kingswood etc junction. When I got home, I found out what the driver and young lady were trying to tell me. My vehicle’s petrol cap was blowing around in the breeze. I had abused an act of human kindness, scared innocent people, and allowed my disdain for bullying roadusers, be they car, van, lorry, bus drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists, to get the better of me. Through Filton Voice and any associated communication methods, pass on my sincere apologies to fantastic lady driver and young lady, ask for forgiveness; I have already asked “The Boss” for forgiveness and say a very big thankyou. Andrew D

Legion appeal

Many thanks for covering the Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion’s Tri Services Event in the August Filton Voice, it is greatly appreciated by all concerned. It should help us raise more money for the Legion’s Poppy Appeal/Welfare Fund. Many Thanks, David Bell Press officer

Run for cause

Bristol-based charity Meningitis UK is urging people in Filton to be a part of Bristol’s history while raising vital funds to fight the disease by taking on the 25th Bristol Half Marathon. Full support will be given for the silver anniversary run on Sunday, September 15. Our runners receive a free running vest or T-shirt and information pack on how to prepare. We have several Golden Bond places, which guarantee people a place for the charity, and any independent runners can choose to run for Meningitis UK. We would love for participants to become part of our Meningitis Musketeers team. Tragically, meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia continue to affect thousands of people in the UK every year and kill more children under five than any other infectious disease. Meningitis can strike with incredible speed and the symptoms are notoriously difficult to detect, often being confused with flu. We are fighting back on all fronts by funding research to eradicate the disease alongside

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Seeking hoarders I am working on the new series of Channel 4’s The Hoarder Next Door and looking for new case studies of people in Filton whose collecting and buying has got out of hand, and hoped that you may be able to send out some information in the paper in order to reach anyone who could benefit from the counselling,

therapy and decluttering service we offer in the programme? In previous series we have found this very beneficial in reaching those who may not see our notices elsewhere but are loyal readers of their local newspapers and magazines. The critically acclaimed first series was an overwhelmingly positive experience for those who took part and we would now like to find some more people to help. We take pride in the help and support we provide for our contributors who take part in our series. Many people are at their wits end, and do not have the money or the support to deal with their situation which is what we want to provide. We are incredibly sensitive with our contributors

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Our long wait I refer to the Filtonvoice August edition and column from ‘Man of the People’. I am sure he has the good will of the people of Filton at heart. We have waited a long time to get the pavements improved. Ken Dunn

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Many stories to share after When members of Filton Twinning Association paid a visit to Witzenhausen in Germany last month, the Brothers Grimm, castles, parades and a very warm welcome all added up to a magical trip. Doug Daniels reports.

When Filton twinned with Witzenhausen little was known of this historical German town. Yet through an involvement with engineers working on Concorde at Filton it brought about a long-lasting friendship that has stood the test of time. Commencing 34 years ago it continues to flourish still. Age held no barriers in making the first visit. It was arduous travelling the distance but the welcome received at the end of it exceeded all expectations. Even to this day it is looked upon with pride. We are lucky to have twinned with such a delightful town. It was an early morning start for 37 members, embarking on this twin town visit. A Dover ferry crossing diverted via Dunkerque (France) it included an overnight stop-over at Aachen (Germany) both outward and on return. If memories were in any need of jolting then the unscheduled halt at Mohnesee to walk over the Mohner Dam – dramatically

breached in the “Dambusters’” raid provided it. Powerfully impressive yet placid to the extreme, it has a delightful setting.

Predictably our arrival at Witzenhausen High School was a sea of hugs and kisses. Friends created now seem attached to our families, so endearing had they become. Comprised as we were of varying age groups it was a delight to have with us 11 young people with their leader, Debbie Teml, of St Andrew’s Youth Club. Preferring to camp rather than stay with families they are no doubt our future and I am sure family links will be formed. A meeting with twinning officials emphasised the presence of these young people on our visit. While all travelling were individually self-funded it is hoped that whenever necessary acquired funding could be used to assist them.

The whole essence of “twinning” is linking up with families. It is of value, educationally as well as enlightening, and a pleasure. The pre-eminenent factor on this visit comes from displaying the virtues of this delightful German town and its surrounding district. It was emphasised by a visit to the Berlepsch Castle – a look back in time followed by a hog roast: food for body and mind. The visit coincided with Witzenhausen’s Erntefest – a parade through the town is a delight to watch. Filton joined in dressed as “Tennis Stars”, highlighting the UK’s eminence in that field. The presence of Witzenhausen’s Mayor Angela

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Fischer at most events was especially welcome. She portrays considerable enthusiasm in all she undertakes. Accompanied by a varied presentation of bands and considerable crowds the festival had a delightful opening. It was delightful to greet the Mayor and accompanying officials in the Town Hall (the Rathaus) later. The evening of entertainments in the Festival Tent, a huge marquee, is a feast to behold. Delightful entertainment. It was a “command performance” where the whole town virtually attends. A weather vane, superimposed with Concorde, was Filton‘s gift to Witzenhausen in their delightful park while

St Vallier (France) rolled out a selection of “cobble stones”. It drew instant humour. Yet it was symbolic derived from St Vallier’s river bed – the Rhone – it complimented a delightful garden. A little bit of France on German soil. For most who accompanied the visit to the twinned town, the excursion to the birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, in nearby Kassel, was a wonderful experience in their famed museum Brothers Wilhelm and Jacobe owe their famous “fairy tales” to an aunt who inspired them in their earlier years. They later became masterpieces in their own right.

The story of their influence on Germany’s literary eminence was expertly described by our knowledgeable guide. Believe it or not, he spent some of his university training ... in Bristol!! A truly heartening ecumenical service at their open-air church on the hill characterised the togetherness of this excellent visit. Bands playing traditional music, in particular Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory, made me feel quite at home. German tunes also were delightful and I am aiming to acquire them. And at the end of it all was a lovely meal in a Bavarian restaurant on Kassel’s outskirts. This twin town visit had the “hallmark of excellence” And as we said good bye in outstanding surroundings it had the semblance of “togetherness”. It has continued for a

considerable time and will remain with us always. And finally, I need to say thank you on behalf of Filton for Witzenhausen’s hospitality. To my own hosts, Maria and Renate Kulle and their family along with Goldie the goose. She quacked appreciatively at my presence (I interpreted it that way). Also to Mayor Angela Fischer and councillors for their special welcome, along with all the other kind hosts. You made it a really special occasion. Also to Carole and Bernard Duckett of Filton Twinning Association and Debbie Teml of St Andrew’s Youth Club for all their really hard work in getting our trip together. “Auf Wiedersehen” to everyone! A truly wonderful twin town visit. We will meet again I hope... soon.

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Thinking of Selling? Contact Bristol’s Local Expert On October 3, Ocean will be holding an advice evening at our Clifton office on Whiteladies Road. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the property market, talk to the experts and gain a better understanding of the buying and selling minefield. At Ocean we have in house services for the whole buying and selling process and representatives from all parts of the business will be available to talk to in a light-hearted,

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concerns you may have relating to the property market, getting both a second opinion and a different perspective on the matter. The event will be held from 5:30 – 7:30pm and there will be a nice glass of bubbly to greet

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News Club to pass on 1,000 trees to local schools A Lions club will distribute 1,000 trees to schools and community organisations across Filton and north Bristol. The Bristol Brunel Lions Club wants to promote education and consideration for the environment, and the trees will be distributed at a launch event in the autumn at Westbury-onTrym Primary School. Children from schools across north Bristol and Filton will be invited to the launch event and Lions members will transport trees to schools which cannot attend. The club, which consists entirely of volunteers with a mission to improve the local community, will fund the trees themselves. Bristol Brunel Lions chairman

Tom Tippetts said: “Bristol Brunel Lions are proud this Autumn to support our local schools as part of Lions Club International aim to plant 100,000,000 trees around the world by 2017, to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the formation of Lions Clubs International.”

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The club said it wished to thank the tree supplier, Cheviot Trees and a warm thank you to Westbury-On-Trym Church of England Academy school, who have agreed to support the event. Bristol Brunel Lions Club has been operating in north Bristol for more than 40 years with a philosophy of “helping those less fortunate than ourselves”. The club is part of Lions Club International, which has 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members worldwide, making Lions the world's largest service club organization. The Bristol Brunel Lions meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm at the Shirehampton Park Golf Club. For more information, visit www.bristolbrunellions.org.uk

Discover the best of South Glos

Following the success of last year’s festival, Discover 2013 is the second festival of more than 200 events being held throughout South Gloucestershire from September 12 to 1st November 1. Organisers hope it will help people discover why South Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work! At Filton Library there are many exciting events planned, including: • ‘Cavemen and Polar Bears how to keep yourself happy’; • Ruhanga Photography Exhibition - A Ugandan view of life in rural south west Uganda. • Enjoy songs and music with Northavon Singers; • Join us for a MacMillan Big Coffee Morning; • Family History Advice Sessions. Details of all events can be found on the South Gloucestershire website site at www.southglos.gov.uk/discover.

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Real contrast in care taken over our lanes A recent post on the Filton News & Views page on Facebook inspired me to take a walk down some of Filton’s back lanes with camera in hand, to see for myself what state they are in. The original comment from a local resident highlighted the issue of rubbish being dumped in these lanes, backed up with photographic evidence, which showed areas where piles of refuse had been left at the rear of properties in the Mackie Road/ Mackie Grove area for some weeks.

The discussion went on to the benefits of gating these routes, which had been implemented on various other lanes in the area over the past few years. My walk took me to the area of complaint, and it was immediately evident what the fuss was all about. The top end (near Shellard Road) certainly has problems, not only with waste but also with overgrowth, the latter narrowing the lane to just 5 feet in places. In contrast the next area I visited was well maintained and clean. Once you cross Mackie Grove the remainder of the lane has been gated off, giving added security to the properties it borders. Nettles, grass and weeds looked to be under control leaving a passage plenty wide enough to drive a large vehicle down, and there was no waste in sight. From there I checked another un-gated lane, running from the King George Public house through to Nutfield Grove. Initially the lane appeared to be in good order, but just a few metres along, piles of household waste could be seen outside a couple of properties. Mackie Road/Station Road fared no better. Again numerous residents seemed to be using the lane to dump all their unwanted

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Local photographer Rikki Teml is keen to put the focus on our Filton sports. Here are images from the Bristol North East bowls competition. If you would like your club featured, contact Rikki.You can find his contact details and see more of his photography at www. rmtphotos.co.uk

Bowlers end season on high BAC (BAWA) Bowls Club hosted the Bristol North East competition finals at their Southmead Road green on Sunday, September 1. Chairman Brian Smith said: “We were very pleased to organise this in the year our club finished as the north-east second division champions. “We look forward to the first division next year. “We are looking for new members, bowlers and non-bowlers, men and ladies for season 2014. Free coaching is available for people interested in joining our club.” For further information on joining the club, contact Brian Smith on 0117 975 9126.

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• The leisure centre reception is open Monday to Friday 9am – 7.30pm and weekends 9am – 5.30pm. Pop in and see us or ring on 01454 866686 for information. Town Council meetings September 17th 7.00pm Planning Committee Small Meeting Room 24th 7.30pm Full Council Bethany Hall, Filton NOTE VENUE CHANGE October 1st 7.00pm Consultative Ctte Small Meeting Room 8th 7.30pm Finance Committee Pavilion 15th 7.00pm Planning Committee Small Meeting Room 29th 7.30pm Full Council Pavilion November 5th 7.00pm Consultative Ctte Small Meeting Room 12th 7.30pm Finance Committee Pavilion 19th 7.00pm Planning Committee Small Meeting Room 26th 7.30pm Full Council Pavilion

September full town council meeting note venue This month’s Full Council Meeting will be on the 24th September 2013 and is being held at Bethany Hall, 838 Filton Avenue. The meeting will start at 7.30pm. Public and Press are welcome to attend.

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Adam Monk (Lab) Telephone: 01454 864056 Mobile: 07801 999699 adam.monk@filtontowncouncil.gov.uk Brian Freeguard (Indep) Telephone: 0117 969 5198 Mobile: 07930 515090 brian.freeguard@filtontowncouncil. gov.uk Kieran Hyde (Indep) Mobile: 07527 542783 kieran.hyde@filtontowncouncil.gov.uk

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Douglas Daniels (Cons) Telephone: 01454 201987 douglas.daniels@filtontowncouncil. gov.uk Darryl Collins (Lab) Telephone: 0117 975 9170 darryl.collins@filtontowncouncil.gov. uk Melanie Drewitt (Indep Lab) Telephone: 0117 983 3877 melanie.drewitt@filtontowncouncil. gov.uk

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Ken Brock (Indep) Telephone: 0117 330 4968 ken.brock@filtontowncouncil.gov.uk Rikki Teml (Indep) Mobile: 07586 328995 rikki.teml@filtontowncouncil.gov.uk Andrew Chubb (Lab) Mobile: 07857003243 andrew.chubb@filtontowncouncil. gov.uk Anne Kenyon (Cons) Mobile: 07826 317146 Email: anne.kenyon@ filtontowncouncil.gov.uk Keith Briffet (UKIP) Telephone: 0117 9691504


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Learning to swim is a fantastic experience – and it’s a skill for life. Here at Filton Sport Centre we offers specialised adult lessons, an all-inclusive programme which takes the non-swimmer from first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water, whatever your age. Lessons are highly adaptable to suit the needs of each individual, whether you are a beginner, an improver or a more advanced swimmer looking to refine swimming technique. We offer adult lessons in a friendly and supportive environment. Learn to Swim: Mondays 7pm - 7.45pm Tuesdays 11.15am - Noon Thursdays 11.30am Noon Advance learn: Mondays 6.30-7pm See Reception for Special Offers. Book now for September 2013.

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The annual charity skittles match held between 'Laings' from the Civil Service Club on Filton Avenue and 'Henbury Gents' raised a magnificent £350. A cheque for this amount has been given to the charity 'Headway Bristol' in memory of Duncan Edwards who played for both teams. 'Headway Bristol' is based at Frenchay Hospital and is an independent charity which provides social and cognitive rehabilitation for adults with a brain injury and support and respite for their families. Services are provided across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North & North East Somerset.

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New health provider for Filton in ‘care and compassion’ pledge Care, compassion and innovation will be at the heart of services to be provided in Filton and South Gloucestershire by Sirona Care & Health, its chief executive said today. Janet Rowse was speaking after it was announced that from April 1 2014, the majority of community health care services in South Gloucestershire would be provided by the not-for-profit social enterprise. Sirona already provides services to children with life limiting illnesses in the district and from October 1 will be providing specialist health services for people with a learning difficulty. This latest announcement extends provision further to include the majority of community health services, including district nursing,

community therapy services and a range of local services provided in clinics and health centres across South Gloucestershire and on Henderson Ward at Thornbury Hospital. Sirona is publicly funded by the NHS and, in some areas, local authorities. As a community interest company which does not have shareholders, any surplus is reinvested into services for local people. It currently employs 1,700 staff, most of whom transferred

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to them from either the NHS or the Council in Bath & North East Somerset. A further 450 NHS staff will transfer to Sirona as part of the five-year contract that has been awarded. Ms Rowse said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to expand the range of health care services we provide within South Gloucestershire. “Community health services support some of the most vulnerable people in our local communities and we are committed to working with individuals to help them remain as independent as they can and to achieve the goals that are important to them. “This will mean us working with people at an early stage to minimise the extent to which their health impacts on their daily lives. We will be putting

in place new style services to support, in particular, our elderly frail population by working closely with our GP colleagues who are at the centre of local healthcare.” Jonathan Hayes, chairman of South Gloucestershire CCG said “The service provide by SGCHS is of high standard. However, the quality of the bidders was incredibly high and we are convinced that Sirona Care and Health will be able to build upon the existing services and improve them. “We want to reassure patients that there will be a continuous service as we move over to the new provider. Staff from the current teams will be moving across to work for Sirona Care and Health and it will, of course, continue to be a free NHS funded service.”

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with The Revd Nigel Young Methodist Minister St Andrew’s, Filton, Eden Grove, & St Chad’s, Patchway I’ve served in five Methodist Circuits and, for six years, I was Cornwall Methodist District Ecumenical Officer, and have always felt it very important for Christians of all denominations to work and witness together. I believe that growth and spiritual development through small all-age open groups, change management and strategic planning, community involvement and outreach, and developing new technology for worship and mission, are key themes for our journey together. Among my personal interests are: family life, art, books, trivia, exotic foods, gardening, pilgrimage and travel.

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After ten years with Central Telford Ecumenical Partnership (Anglican/Methodist) - where I’ve served as Methodist Minister and Team Vicar we already feel wonderfully welcomed to Bristol and we are certain that our time here will be a great blessing for all of us. Thanks to everyone in the Churches and Circuit who have already offered us such warm friendship and many kindnesses. Finally, a word of tribute to my predecessor, The Revd Yemi Oluyemisi. We give thanks for his ministry here and wish him all the best for his new appointment in Barnsley.

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Touched by community’s kindness Filton resident Kate Sidwell describes how a charity event which grew from personal sadness has helped to raise more than £20,000 over the years for good causes We recently held our annual charity event in memory of my Dad and Brother and yet again the community pulled together to support this wonderful cause. The event originally started in 2001, following the sudden death of my brother Kevin at the age of just 24. It was then with even greater sadness in 2007, I suddenly lost my dad to cancer. Despite the years since their passing, my family, our friends, colleagues and more importantly, myself, keep their memories alive each and every year, with this special charity day. I am very proud to say that over the years we have raised in excess of £20,000 for our chosen charity Children’s Hospice South West. As a group we feel this is a very fitting cause as both my dad and brother, loved children and supported the much needed work this wonderful charity undertakes. This year’s event was another huge success, culminating in us raising the fantastic amount of £3,438.93! We presented a cheque to the Children’s Hospice South West in early September in the Bulldog pub on Filton Avenue as this is where both my family members drank and where we finish the charity day each year. I wanted to say a huge thank you to the community who came and supported us to make this a reality.

Tamara Downes (green shirt) from Children’s Hospice South West receives the cheque from organisers, from left, Gail Jones, Darren Jones, Pete Burge, Kate Sidwell and Pat Burge with Bulldog landlord John Darcy pictured back right. Emily Burge and Nathan Burge were unavailable for the photograph. Below, images from the fundraising day

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I am a Sixth Form student at Abbeywood Community School currently studying my final year of A levels, a budding journalist and – pardon the cliché – have a real “passion for fashion”! I hope you enjoy reading my articles, and are inspired by my spin on the latest and upcoming trends in the world of fashion. Amy McQueen

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It’s that time of year again, the winter months are rapidly approaching, drawing the dull, gloomy British weather with them, but why let that drain the colour from your wardrobe? This season’s fashion imperative is to jazz up your usual dark fall/winter colour pallet by introducing it to cobalt blue. It may not be “the new black”, but this colour can be worked into almost any winter outfit, whether it be the primary base piece of clothing or the electrifying statement accessories to energize your ensemble. Here are some of my favourite cobalt blue pieces available at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, to liven up those drab fall outfits we’re all culprits of wearing!

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such as controlling the Mars Rover but for the general population the idea flopped. Well it’s back! The new technology is the Occulus Rift. The images are far superior in full HD and the image is smooth. Initial tests suggest it is everything you would want it to be! Even when you take off the goggles, it takes your brain a while to work out which reality you are in – they are that good (or does that sound scary?). The price is about £200 for the developer kit, but we don’t know when it will be available to the general public – all I can say is keep ‘em peeled! Of course if you would like to have a chat about new technology, please contact us on 0117 969 8767 or visit us in our shop on the corner of Filton Ave and the A4174. Advert, Page 6


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Knitters in Filton have been showing their creative side in the latest competition run by Through the Buttonhole on Filton Avenue. The regular themed knitting competition asked participants to come up with novel ideas for draft excluders or doorstops. The winners are now on display in the shop, which sells wool and other items as well as offering a garment repair service. Owner Marion Payne said the standard was again very high. The next competition will ask knitters to come up with a wool character of themselves or a family member, and in a separate competition, Marion is seeking Christmas mobiles. The deadline for the next competition is the end of October and those interested should register at the shop. It costs ÂŁ1 to enter. The winner of the doorstop competition was Judith and for the draft excluder, it was Margaret.

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Weddings Romantic Italy is favourite for honeymooners Wherever you take your honeymoon, the trip is sure to create memories that last a lifetime. Many couples take the chance to book the holiday they have always dreamed of, whether it’s relaxing far away from it all on a tropical beach, going on safari or seeing the sights in a world-famous destination. Exotic escapes probably top the list for many, but European gems are holding their own in this Top 10 list compiled from research carried out by Honeymoons.com. Where will you choose? 1. Italy 2. Mexico

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It is possible to personalise your ceremony. For example you can include music or readings. It is important to note that, because the ceremony is a civil one, you cannot include any religious content or connection. If you are getting married at the register office these additions must be agreed with the superintendent register at least two weeks before the ceremony. If you are getting married at an

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Two of your guests will need to act as witnesses for your marriage. They should sit at the front of the room so that they can see and hear you make your marriage vows. They will be asked to sign the marriage

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Wedding facts courtesy of South Gloucestershire Council register to confirm that they have witnessed your marriage (not just your signature). Before the ceremony the registrar will want to speak to both the bride and groom. If you would prefer not to see one another before the ceremony we can arrange for the registrar to see you separately.

It is traditional, but not necessary, for couples to exchange wedding rings as part of the ceremony. The rings may be placed on a cushion or tray before the start of the ceremony or may be held by a pageboy or best man and presented as part of the ceremony.

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The importance of looking after your pet’s teeth At Filton Vets4Pets we like to work with local pet owners to encourage preventative dental care. Taking care of our teeth is important and your pet’s teeth are no different. Dental disease affects 70% of cats and dogs and can result in pain and tooth loss. Gum disease is one of the most common problems. The problems begin when plaque and tartar build up on your pet’s teeth. Plaque harbours bacteria, which can infect gum tissue and the roots of teeth, making the mouth sore, causing disease and tooth loss. The bacteria

can also enter the blood stream and may cause damage to internal organs. If you are concerned about your pet’s teeth why not pop in for a free dental check. Vet and Practice Partner Michael Parry along with his friendly team at Filton Vets4Pets can offer expert advice on preventative dental care for your pet. Michael says: “A scale and polish will greatly reduce the chances of your cat or dog developing dental issues which can have a significant impact on their health. We are always happy to help to ensure that your pet has the best possible care.”

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Terms and conditions: Valid for cats and dogs only. Available at Vets4Pets Filton only on presentation of this advert. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other dental offer. Any further treatment will be charged at normal price. Offer ends 31st October 2013.

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Filton planning, August Applications Unit 3A, Abbey Wood Retail Park, Northern Terrace Variation of condition 3 attached to (part of) previously approved application P95/0056/38 to read ‘No unit shall have a net retail floorspace of less than 929sq m (10000sq ft) except that Unit 3A shall be permitted to be subdivided so that each subdivided unit shall have an area of not less than 663 sqm 47 Bude Road Erection of 1 detached dwelling with access and associated works.

Asda, Abbey Wood Retail Park Erection of 3 metre high fence and gate 580 Filton Avenue Erection of single storey rear extension which will extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 3.25 m the maximum height would be 3.5 m and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.9 m. 22 Eleventh Avenue Erection of two storey and single storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation Filton Bristol South

Unit 5C (Nandos Restaurant), Abbey Wood Retail Park Installation of new shopfront with associated works

Decisions 11 Branksome Crescent Erection of a single storey rear extension which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 4 metres, for which the maximum height would be 2.75 metres, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.48 metres No Objection

Unit 5C (Nandos Restaurant) Abbey Wood Retail Park Display of 2no. fascia signs, 1no. projecting sign and 1no. menu box sign all internally illuminated.

31 Charles Road Erection of first floor rear extension to provide additional living accommodation Approve with Conditions

Unit 5C Abbey Wood Retail Park Siting of external seating area comprising of 6 tables, 24 chairs, 6 benches, 12 two-seater benches and five planters

31 - 39 Gloucester Road North Demolition of existing petrol station to facilitate the erection of 5no retail units with parking and associated works. Creation of new vehicular access Withdrawn Good Viewing 7-11 Gloucester Road North Change of use from Retail (Class A1) to mixed use Retail (Class A1) and Cafe/Restaurant (Class A3) as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). Installation of new extraction system. Installation of new entrance doors to front of building. Approve with Conditions 47 Wallscourt Road Erection of two storey side and single storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation. Approve with Conditions 8 Charborough Road Certificate of lawfulness for the proposed erection of single storey rear extension Approve with Conditions

39 Wades Road Erection of two-storey rear extension to facilitate conversion of dwelling to 2 flats. Approve with Conditions 29 Glebelands Road Erection of two storey and single storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation. (Resubmission of PT13/1459/F). Approve with Conditions Block A 1D Elm Park Erection of two storey rear extension to accommodate a new office with garden store below Approve with Conditions Bluebells Pre School, Shield Road Primary School, Shields Avenue Installation of access ramps to east and west elevations, and installation of 2no. doors to east elevation. Approve with Conditions For more on planning, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/

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News Members of the Filton Slimming World group went on a Gromit hunt last month around Bristol city centre and docks, finding 25 of the loveable character. Proceeds from sponsorship and money collected in buckets (£178) will be given to Cancer Research UK and The Bristol Childrens Hospital. Filton and Horfield Slimming World consultant Carolyn Collier said: “Members from Slimming World groups in Horfield and Filton were sponsored by friends and family, and therefore a lot more money has been rolling in.” Led by Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal and Aardman Animations, Gromit Unleashed is a public art exhibition in which giant sculptures of Gromit, decorated by invited artists, have been unleashed on the streets of Bristol and the surrounding area.

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Slimmers on the hunt for Gromits

At the end of the trail, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise funds for Wallace &

Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

Members of Slimming World with a Gromit See advert on Page 3

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Children co-operate to push the It was 1932 before the parish considered the matter again. When some fields belonging to DT Newton Wade became available the parish council resolved to rent three fields, Cherland, (Field 213) and Gill Land (Field 214), adjacent fields east of Shellard Road roughly

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roundabout where Roycroft Road, Brabazon Road and nearly up to the Brimbles area, and Duckbrook (Field 240), roughly the middle section of Station Road and Mackie Road, on a short-term lease from Newton Wade with the proviso that Wade could have the fields back should he sell them. By 1934 Wade had sold Duckbrook to the local builder Jennings, who began building houses a year later. The other two fields were sold to Bristol Corporation. In the meantime, Gloucestershire County Council had designated part of Church Farm, still owned by Bristol Corporation, as Open Space in their Town Plan. Following protracted negotiations Filton Parish Council agreed a seven-year lease with Bristol Corporation, on approximately 30 acres of Church Farm. Bristol agreed to grub up hedgerows and demolish the WW2 anti-aircraft gun tower and living quarters. In June 1955 Filton Parish Council raised a mortgage of

Picture: Colin Pulsford, March 1978

nearly £6,000, repayable over 60 years, to acquire the site from Bristol Corporation. The mortgage has been paid off so Filton now owns its playing field. There were many elm trees around the field when they became a recreation ground in 1950. Unfortunately Dutch Elm disease had its way. The A4174 cutting across the northern part of the fields caused lost recreation space and trees. In 1964 Filton Parish Council opened the Sports Pavilion with a meeting room and changing facilities for the many teams who played on the field. The Dolphin Swimming Pool opened in 1971. North of the swimming pool the council provided a well laid out children’s play area, mainly grass with small areas of concrete or asphalt to fix the equipment to the ground. It was a traditional play area, with three different roundabouts, a very high slide and lots of swings. A visit to the swimming pool, then time to play in the play area north of the swimming pool before tea at Gran’s house was a

The proposed recreation areas from the 1825 Parish Map (WL Harris’s book Filton, Gloucestershire).The three fields are red, Shellard Road is blue, Station Road is green/black and Cothay is the yellow in the top right corner. Gloucester Road, before the bends were straightened out, runs across top of map

The third roundabout Picture: Colin Pulsford, March 1978

popular treat for my children in school holidays in the 1970s. Jackie Sims, Filton Community History, with thanks to the Pulsford family for Colin’s photos Reference: Filton, Gloucestershire by Lesley Harris

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Swings with a witch’s hat roundabout in the background, left; right, a residential caravan can be seen behind the hedge. The caravans were replaced by the Knightstone Housing complex beside the Telephone Exchange, Delphine on Gloucester Road, next to the playing field Picture: Colin Pulsford, March 1978

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The Filtones Choir raised the princely sum of £1,000 from their concert on the 29 June 2013 for the charity "Parkinson's UK" Bristol Branch. This was presented by Filtones' musical director, Mike Watson on the left and the chairman, Roger Guck on the right to Richard Tazewell, chair of the local Parkinson's UK Group. The choir recessed for the month of August, but recommenced rehearsals on Wednesday 4th September at Eden Grove Methodist Church between 1.45 and 3.45 p.m. The Filtones welcome new members, particularly gentlemen tenors and basses and ladies who can sing alto, so if you would like to join this active group, please come along then, or ring Mike Watson on 0117 9083778.

DJ backing air ambulance appeal Filton-based Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) is encouraging people to support their cause this month as part of ‘National Air Ambulance Week’ (NAAW). The charity provides an air ambulance service for the 2.1m people of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire. NAAW is an initiative put together by the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), the trade body which unites not only Air Ambulance charities from across the country, but also operators and ambulance services. From Monday 23rd –

Sunday 29th September 2013, local businesses, schools and community groups are being encouraged to support their local air ambulance by organising a dress down day or by holding a raffle, a coffee morning or a cake sale to raise funds. Fundraising packs are available on request which contain ideas for activities and materials to promote your involvement in the week. In the first six months of 2013, GWAAC attended 331 incidents in the Bristol area. On May Day 2011, Bristol Heart FM DJ Paulina Gillespie, above, was riding in Failand when her horse reared up at a gate.

Paulina landed badly and broke a large bone in her lower back, as well as sustaining pelvic nerve damage. She was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital by GWAAC for treatment before starting the painful journey towards recovery. Paulina said: “They got me

to Frenchay in eight minutes – they are like knights in shining armour. I feel quite emotional when I see the helicopter take off as I know somebody somewhere is really waiting for it.” John Christensen, Chief Executive of GWAAC, said: “Our charity relies on the support of the people that we serve as we receive no Government or National Lottery funding.” For more information about National Air Ambulance Week and to get involved with fundraising, contact Emma Carter on 0117 9699344, email emma@gwaac.com or visit www.gwaac.com

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Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9.30am10.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £3.70 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre Tea Dance, Filton Folk Centre, 1.45pm-3.45pm 0117 302 6981

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Filton Library, Shields Centre, free one to one IT tuition with our Computer Support Volunteers on Tuesday afternoons. Contact the library to book a session. 10am 1pm NOTE TIME CHANGE Pre-School story and Rhyme time 9.30am, Filton Library, Shields Centre, Unity Coffee morning takes place every Tuesday (term time) starting 10-11.30 at PYRAMID Youth Club, 470 Filton Avenue, Bristol, BS7 0LW. Aqua fit Tuesdays, 9.45 – 10.30am & 8.30 - 9.15pm, cost £4 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre Keep Fit Association classes, all welcome, Filton Community Centre 2-3pm Call 0117 969 3326

Wednesdays

Filton Garden Club, St Teresa’s Social Club, 7.30pm. 1st Wednesday of every month, 0117 975 9126. Not January. Filton Camera Club, 7.30 p.m, on alternate Wednesdays (except June, July and August) at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park. For details, contact Brian Frost on 0117 9651242, Brnf3335@ aol.com, Work club: St Andrews Methodist Youth Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 2-4.30pm: Dropin session, Open to all who want some advice / guidance looking for work! Get support with CV writing, filling in job aplications, job searching, interview techniques/practise, volunteering placements, and finding local courses to get more qualifications! Filtones Choir. We rehearse every Wednesday afternoon

from 1.45 to 3.45 p.m. at Eden Grove Methodist Church. “We are a non auditioning four part harmony choir of mainly retired ladies and gentleman who enjoy the sociability of singing together. We give afternoon concerts to organisations, such as pensioners’ clubs, all over Bristol, and at least two main evening concerts every year, one of which is in summer (our main charity fund raising event) and at Christmas. We have sufficient sopranos at present but are actively seeking tenors, basses and ladies who can sing alto. If you would like to come along and try us out please ring our Musical Director, Mike Watson on 0117 9083778 for a chat or just come along one Wednesday afternoon and have a listen to us. You will be made very welcome.” For more information please see our web site www.filtones.co.uk

Thursdays

Goldies meets in Filton “Singing for Fun”, songs from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. Every Thursday 10.30am-11.30am In Sinclair House community room (next to the police station). £1 donation to the Goldies charity. For further information contact abby@golden-oldies.org.uk or call 01761-470006 Bristol Male Voice Choir, weekly practice at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Filton Avenue, 7.15 pm. Potential new members very welcome. Call 0117 9424378.” Filton WI, monthly meetings, 1st Thursday of every month, Newleaze House, Filton, call 0117 330 6071 Knitting Group 5.45 pm – 6.45pm Thursdays, Filton Library, Shields Centre Aqua circuits 10am - 11am £4.00 Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, term time only Tiddlers and toddlers playgroup, St Peter’s Church Hall, 10amnoon, term time only Filton Ladies, St Andrew’s Church, 2pm-4pm, new members welcome, call 0117 969 1825 Keep Fit Association classes, all welcome, Filton Community Centre, 8-9pm 0117 969 3326 Silver surfers: St Andrew’s

Methodist Youth Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 10am-noon (note we’ve changed from Fridays!) Drop-in for ‘silverhaired’ folk (over 50yrs) to get help with accessing computers, the internet, mobile phone technology, digital cameras, and much more! Run by a dedicated team of friendly volunteers with Lisa at the helm, this supportive group is just as much a social session as it is about learning! Come and join us! Free to come along anytime, just £2.50 per session with free refreshments. This group does not run during August.

Kids street dance classes(5 - 16 years of age), every Sunday @ Charborough Road Primary School, Filton, 5.15 - 6pm or 6 7pm (depending on age/ability), £3.50/£4.00 per session (pay as you go). Lots of fun, make new friends and very good exercise too!! Please phone Emma on 07725 612088 or email her at emmacwyatt@hotmail.com for more information.

Fridays

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Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 10am11am. These sessions are first come, first served. £3.70 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, term time only, term time only. Pre-School story and Rhyme time 2.30pm, Filton Library, Shields Centre Bingo, Filton Community Centre, 7.30pm

Saturdays

Filton Library, Shields Centre, free one to one IT tuition with our Computer Support Volunteers on Saturday mornings. Contact the library to book a session. Monthly Chatterbooks reading group for children in years 5 – 6. Meets on a Saturday afternoon, Filton Library, Shields Centre. St Teresa’s Catholic Church, Vigil Mass, 6pm

Sundays

St Peter’s Church, 8.00am Holy Eucharist; 10.00am Parish Eucharist with crèche and Sunday Club; Noon, Baptism (by appointment); 6.00pm Evening Worship (Choral Evensong on the 1st Sunday of each month)’. St Teresa’s Catholic Church, Morning Mass, 10.30am. Other masses visit www.stteresasfilton. org.uk St Andrew’s Church, Filton, 10.30am, Morning Worship; 6pm, Evening Worship

Weekdays

Coffee shop, 9am – 12:30pm, St Peter’s Church, Filton

For young people: Mondays 5.30-7.30pm Duke of Edinburgh’s award groups Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm Youth Club for Years 8-14 (13-19yrs) Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm Youth Club for Years 8-14 (1319yrs) Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm Youth club / transitions for young people aged 16-25 with learning difficulties Fridays 6.30-8.30pm Girl’s Only youth club Fridays 8.30-9.30pm Tea & Toastie drop-in (tea, toasties, and information, advice / contraception drop-in for 13-20s) PLUS: Tuesdays 5.30-7pm Youth club for Years 5, 6 and 7 (9-12yrs) Wednesdays 5-7pm Youth Council Thursdays 5.30-7pm Youth club for 11-15year olds with learning difficultiesThe youth club programme has a range of activities including sports, arts/ crafts, roller skating, quizzes, computers, games, Wii, karaoke, and cooking. We’re also a C-card access point for condoms! Also tuck shop and pool tables available at subsidised rates! We also do lots of trips and weekends away! Contact the office for holiday times as we usually change the programme to do more trips! Contact us at 0117 9691938 or standrewsmyc@hotmail.co.uk

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Pyramid Youth Club

After the withdrawal of South Glos. funding to the Club we are fortunate to have been offered funding from Young Bristol and Filton Town Council which together with various other smaller donations, will help us to keep the Club open. Thanks to all organisations concerned. We are now open almost as usual:Juniors 5-9 yrs Thursdays 6.30 - 7.45 p.m. Inters 10-12 yrs Mondays and Fridays 6.30 - 8.00 p.m. Seniors 13+ Mondays and Fridays 8.00 - 10.00 p.m. Judo Tuesdays Juniors under 13 yrs 6.30 - 7.30 p.m. and 13+ adults 7.30 - 9.00 p.m.

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Juniors have a rotating programme of crafts, games, cookery and computers working in small teams. Inters and Seniors have football, basketball, dodgeball etc. plus pool and table tennis, computer games, cookery and music. New members are welcome. Please ring 9691315 if you want more information. There are vacancies in all age groups. Based at 470 Filton Avenue, contact Margaret Morris 0117 9691315

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Mondays: Tea dance, 1.45-3.45, call 302 6981. Zumba fitness class, 6.30-7.30

Coming up in Filton Fri, 20th Sept

Charity Line Dance Fundraiser in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) at Eden Grove Methodist Church Filton BS7 0PQ on Friday September 20th 2013 from 7pm to 10pm. Admission £5.00. Raffle. Light refreshments available. Please come along and support us. Contact Monica: 01173290983/07871105866 Darryl: 07974762040 Patchway Dementia Action Alliance Launch, 10am – 1.30pm, 20th September 2013, Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Coniston Road, Patchway, South Glos, BS34 5LP. Please book now to avoid disappointment - go to http:// patchwaydementiaactionalliance. eventbrite.co.uk. Patchway Dementia Action Alliance will lead the way in dementia friendly community work in South Gloucestershire, helping the fight against the biggest challenge for health and social care provision in the coming decades. This launch offers an opportunity to play a part in this key work, to network with others who are involved, and to learn more about the ideas and concepts involved.

Sat 21st Sept

Car Boot Sale, Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8SF. 9.30 am - 12.30 pm, access to sellers from 8.30 am - strictly no buyers until 9.00 am, £6 car, £8 van, no need to book

a pitch. For information call 07866 392912 or email facs@ abbeywoodschool.com. Sorry, no dogs are allowed A table top sale on at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in aid of church funds. Enquiries or bookings tel. 0117 9799233

Fri 27th Sept

MacMillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Elm Park, 10.30am - 12 noon.

Sat 12th Oct

The WEA, the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education, has a branch in Thornbury run by local volunteers. On Saturday, 12th October at The Chantry, 52, Castle Street, the branch will be running a day’s introduction to Egyptology entitled “Pyramids, Pharaohs and Mummies”. The tutor will be Jane Hack. All adults welcome – no need for any prior knowledge. For further information, please ring 01454 415165 or e mail james.ball9@ talktalk.net

Sun 13th Oct

Indoor As New Sale, Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Giffford, BS34 8SF, 10.30 am 12.30 pm. Adults 50p, children free. To register as a seller email facs@abbeywoodschool. com. You will be given a seller number to label and price your

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Tuesdays: Keep fit, 2-4pm, 969 3326; Flower arranging, 2-4pm, 01454 412 087; Dog training, 7-9pm, 01454 616630; Pilates, 7-9pm, 502 2411; AA, 7.30-9.30; Cacti club (3rd Tues), call 950 3604 Wednesdays: Pilates, 10-12; Dawn James Art, 962 2982; Camera Club, 7.30-9.30, alternate weeks, call 965 1242 for details; Strictly Ballroom, 907 6960; Historical Club (4th Wed), 7.30-9.30, 969 2025 Thursdays: Short mat bowls, 2-4pm, 969 2025; Line dancing, 7.30-9.30, 07792 456988; Flower arranging, 7.30-9.30, 01454 412087; AA, 07831 338085; Keep fit, 8-9pm, 969 3326 Fridays: Bingo, 7.30-9.30, 9690311;

goods. Drop off at school and we do the rest - no need to man a pitch! We keep 20% of sales for our fundraising

Sun 19th Oct

Ladies’ Fashion Show, Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Giffford, BS34 8SF. Doors open at 1.30 pm, the actual show starts at 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm followed by the chance to try on and buy high street and designer brands at hugely discounted prices (Autumn and Winter ranges). There will also be a bar, refreshments, stalls and a raffle - event closes at 5.30 pm. Only £2.00 for adults (16 and over) and just £1.00 for School Years 6 - 13 (Years 6 - 9 must be accompanied by an adult) This is a ticket only event and our last one sold out so get your tickets early by emailing facs@ abbeywoodschool.com

Sep 12th- Nov 1st

Following the success of last year’s festival, Discover 2013 is our second festival of over 200 events being held throughout South Gloucestershire from 12th September to 1st November. Discover why South Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work! At Filton Library there are some exciting events planned. Most events are free. Events which require booking can be booked on line at http:// www.southglosevents.eventbrite. co.uk/ unless otherwise stated in the event entry. More details, page 21

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Karate, 6-8pm, 07982 720158 Saturdays: Kung Fu, 07759 583688; Sundays: Karate, 10.30-noon, 07982 720 158; New Pastures Ministry, 07786 271 33

1st Filton Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Beavers, aged 6-8, Weds 6-7pm Cubs, 8-101/2, Thurs 6.30-8.30 Scouts, 101/2 - 14, Tues 7-9pm The group is based in Scout Headquarters, Nutfield Grove, Filton, BS34 7LH. All sections are open to boys and girls. Contact for all sections is John Cahill (jcahill@blueyonder.co.uk, Phone 0798 605 3005)

New events Thursdays

St Peter’s MU (Mothers Union) 2nd Thursday of each month (except August), 2pm in the church hall. All ladies and Gentlemen invited. For more information look on St Peter’s Church web site or call 0117 9491833 or just turn up.

Thursdays

Should you wish to take Flower Arranging lessons, there is a small, friendly group which meets at Filton Community Centre (formerly Filton Folk Centre) on Thursday evenings at 7-9pm from mid September. Catering for beginners and improvers we cover all aspects of flower arranging from traditional to contemporary including Church flowers and flowers for special occasions. More details from 01454 323610 or 01454 412087.

Third Thursday

The Avon & Bristol Woodturners meet at St Teresa’s Church Hall from 7pm to approximately 10pm. For details, www.avon-and-bristolwoodturners.org.uk/

Thursdays (fortnightly) North Bristol Creative writing group. Meets fortnightly. 07535111294 northbristolwriting@gmail.com

Saturdays

9.30am – 10.30am, Filton District Councillors’ Surgery, Filton Library.

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Meeting dates, P24

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Backing charity Churchill Retirement Living is pleased to announce another successful year fundraising for its corporate charity – Macmillan Cancer Support - raising almost £70,000, which is a fantastic achievement for such a worthy cause. This is the sixth year that the Retirement Lifestyle specialist has supported Macmillan as its nominated charity, and involves individual staff members as well as corporate contributions. The company is aiming to beat that target this year, starting with the now famous and very successful ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. Across the country, every Churchill Retirement Living development has pledged to donate £5 for every visitor attending the Macmillan coffee mornings they are holding. Details and terms and conditions can be found on their website www.churchillretirement.co.uk

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or by calling free on 0800 458 1857. With a site locally in Filton, Bristol, Churchill are encouraging as many retirees (over 60) as possible to visit the site and help make this event a success. The coffee morning at Concorde Lodge will be held on Thursday 26th September from 10.30 am to 12.30pm in their beautifully furnished Owners’ Lounge.

book, which is a response to the overwhelming public demand for a cookbook about exciting food that doesn’t ‘break the bank’, should be made accessible to everyone, not just to the people who can afford to buy it. South Gloucestershire library users will now have the chance to learn recession busting cooking skills for free.

Jamie donates book

There is still time to comment on proposals for a new local council tax reduction scheme to be introduced in South Gloucestershire from April 2014. The consultation, which closes on September 16, features three main options regarding entitlements to council tax reductions in South Gloucestershire. Everyone is welcome to comment, not just those currently receiving the reduction. Comments on the proposals will help inform a decision on which type of scheme will be introduced in South Gloucestershire from April 2014. People can find out more and tell us their views by completing the online survey at www.southglos.gov.uk/ counciltaxchanges or sending comments by email to: consultation@southglos.gov.uk

Star chef Jamie Oliver has donated copies of his new cook book Save with Jamie to 13 libraries in South Gloucestershire. The books were donated by Penguin Random House and Jamie Oliver, in partnership with the national charity The Reading Agency. South Gloucestershire Council’s library service will dispatch a copy of the book to the 13 libraries across the district. It is Jamie’s mission that the

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Lifeguards wanted NPLQ qualified lifeguards wanted to work at Filton Sports & Leisure Centre. Good rates of

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pay and flexible hours available, along with a chance to progress your career in the leisure industry. Will include weekends and evening working on a shift basis. If interested please call 01454-866686 for a brief conversation with the Assistant management team. Looking to start ASAP.

Car seat for sale Britax Renaissance De-Luxe Car Seat for sale. Excellent condition/As New (Only occasional use by grandchild). Dark Grey / Forward facing / Reclining / Universal / suitable for 9-18 kg.

Cost over £150 new, will accept £50. Filton / collect or can deliver. Tel No 0117 9759126

Please Help Us Fight Motor Neurone Disease

Come and Have a Great Evening of Line Dancing. Open to all Abilities and Help Raise Funds and Awareness to Help Fight this Horrible Disease. Never Line Danced Before? No Worries! Come On In! Friday 20th September 2013 – 7 pm to 10 pm Eden Grove Methodist Church Hall, Eden Grove. Raffle - Light Refreshments – Admission £5

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