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Town councillor helps to deliver baby at work Page 13


Tributes paid to a popular Filton couple Page 3

It’s a century for Peg! Turn to Page 7 Ratepayers backed to break even Pages 4&5

Vision of new home for Concorde ... opening date hoped to be 2017 Pages 10&11


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Editor’s note

We hear the expression ‘use it or lose it’ a lot and for Filton, it really is vital at the moment. On the one had we have our Filton Flyer 555 bus service which was secured due to the sterling work of local councillors and staff from various agencies. There have been grumbles about the route but the organisers are listening and it is undoubtedly in their interests to get it right. Numbers are increasing but the fact is, this trend needs to continue to make the service sustainable. The we have the Ratepayers

Arms at Elm Park, the councilrun bar and cafe which has suffered financial losses in recent years. At a stormy - and sometimes unpleasant - council meeting, a vote was taken to support the new team to bring the pub to a break even position in 12 months. Again, they will need support from Filton people. Clearly, both the 555 and the Ratepayers need our support where possible. In both cases, feedback is also crucial to help make improvements. Thriving services will help the town to thrive. Let’s all do our bit.

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near the Tesco Express/Esso petrol station on Gloucester Road North in Filton in the early hours of Friday January 31. Officers are especially keen to trace two pedestrians who they were told needed to jump out of the way of the same vehicle shortly before the crash which happened just after midnight this morning. Police are also keen to hear from anyone else who was in the area at the time and may have seen the incident. If you can help, please call PC 4435 Helen Bennett at Staple Hill police station on 101. The 43-year-old male cyclist was fortunately not hurt in the crash but his bicycle was driven over and damaged beyond repair. A 60-year-old woman was arrested in connection with the collision and later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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In the January edition of Filtonvoice, we said that local churches were planning a Passion Play at Elm Park this Easter. In fact, the play will be held in 2015. We apologise for the error. Members of the Filton community have been urged to put their talents to good use and help the local churches stage the play. The play will be The Day They Killed The Son Of God by Meg Harper, which has been performed in Warwick and Leicester town centres, as well as in community groups and schools. Now the community can get behind the event by joining the production team, which is being put together now. Anyone who is interested in any of these roles and in getting involved in this community project can find out more at filtonpassionplay.wordpress. com, email or call Lesley Parker on 0117 969 6821.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Filtonvoice is independent. We cannot take responsibility for content or accuracy of adverts, and it is advertisers’ responsibility to conform to all relevant legislation. We cannot vouch for any services offered although we have used some of the services. Opinions are not necessarily those of the editor. Filtonvoice is distributed each month to all Filton residents. If for some reason you do not get a copy, please get in touch or collect one from Filton Library. Feedback is welcomed, call editor Richard Coulter on 0777 555 0607 or

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Couple died within a day of each other By Doug Daniels

Those who knew Albert and Shelagh Latham of Gloucester Road North, Filton were saddened at their recent deaths, within one day of each other. It was a truly heartfelt occasion at St Peter’s Church, Filton on Tuesday, January 7th and thence on to Canford Crematorium. Albert, age 91, formerly a draughtsman and later an engineer at Bristol Siddeley Engines ... now Rolls Royce... met his wife, Shelagh, at London’s Charing Cross Hospital. Albert was a patient there whilst Shelagh was a nurse charged with his care. Both played an active role in community affairs, particularly the Community Centre, Elm Park where Albert was a former chair. Shelagh, a nursing professional – also an accomplished cook – was for several years assistant matron at Berkeley Hospital, Gloucester. Albert will long be remembered for his “Old Village Shop” that he hand-made in sections for conveyance and erection at fund-raising events in the town. Never idle, always willing to help, they leave behind their daughter, Kaye who with husband, Dave, lives locally in Bristol.

Their granddaughter, Kim and husband Darryn, reside in far-away New Zealand with sons Quinn and Myles and Robyn. She flew back to be present at her grandparents’ funeral. Albert and Shelagh ... sharing their lives together at the beginning departing together at the very end. A loss to the community ... they will be truly missed.

Three arrests follow community concern about cannabis in Filton Neighbourhood police have responded to community concerns about cannabis use in Filton, leading to the arrest of three people. Neighbourhood PC Claire Deacon said: “We’ve had a number of reports of young people gathering and using cannabis in College Way. “As a result, we’ve stepped up our patrols of the area and regularly visit local people and businesses to offer support.” At about 10.30am on Monday February 3 2014, PCSO Soandro was visiting the local nursery when he saw seven young people smoking what he believed to be cannabis. He called local PC Rachel

Pretlove who stopped the youths. A search of neighbouring gardens led to the seizure of three cannabis ‘joints’ and five small bags of the drug. Two 16-year-old boys and a young man aged 18 were arrested on suspicion of possessing cannabis. The 18-year-old later admitted possessing one joint and was given a cannabis warning. The two 16-year-olds have both been released on bail pending a decision on the appropriate course of action by the Youth Panel, following assessment by the Youth Offending Team.

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News Ratepayers’ new team backed to Filton town councillors have given their backing to staff at the Ratepayers to turn round the loss-making pub in the next 12 months. At a stormy meeting of the council, interim manager Julie Francis handed councillors a petition of 280 names who have said they want the bar to stay open. Doubts over its future had been raised at finance committee meeting when the town council accountant said the pub was looking at losses of £20,000 in the forthcoming financial year. This follows losses of £14,000 this year and £12,500 last year. Ms Francis said that plans to work more closely with the leisure centre, establish a cafe bar and secure cheaper suppliers would lead to a break even position by April 2015. Council chairman Darryl


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Residents representing football clubs and other societies which use the facilities said that having the Ratepayers “makes a real difference” and that it was well supported by players after matches. Fears were expressed that if the Ratepayers shut down, other facilities such as the badminton hall and snooker rooms could be put at risk. However Cllr Anne Kenyon said it was “not viable to keep it open”. She said that the council should seek an entrepreneur to run the bar and added that the authority was “not qualified” to run a pub. She noted that any losses would be shouldered by council tax payers through the local precept charge. Cllr Kenyon said that a motion put forward by Cllr Adam

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News revive loss-making pub Monk to review the situation in a year’s time should be altered to six months but this was voted down and councillors agreed to the 12-month period. In a series of hostile exchanges, members of the public said Cllr Kenyon should give the staff support. Cllr Rikki Teml said: “Let’s move forward with Julie’s enthusiastic team.” In recent months, the Ratepayers has offered a wider range of food and cafe-style offerings. In the panel right, Ms Francis outlines some of the plans in coming weeks, including ongoing coverage of Six Nations rugby and quiz nights. Julie Francis behnd the bar of the Ratepayers, left, and the entrance to the pub, right

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Lots on offer at Ratepayers The staff at the Ratepayers Arms welcome the residents of Filton to join us for a relaxing drink in a friendly environment. We offer an extensive range of real ales, lagers and ciders at competitive prices plus a variety of soft drinks. If you are feeling hungry then why not try our snack bar which is open Monday - Saturday 10am-9pm and Sundays 12-7pm, We offer a 20% discount off food to customers who have used the leisure centre facilities or the Filton flyer bus service. All you need to do is present your receipt or bus ticket. We welcome people to join us for our bingo night every Thursday, 8pm start or you could join in the quiz night on the 16th February, £1 entry per person with all proceeds going to the Great Western Air Ambulance. We will be showing all the Rugby 6 nations games in HD plus all live games on Sky Sports again in HD. On Saturday from 4-7pm all beers, lagers and ciders are just £2.50 per pint. If you are looking for a venue to hold your party this year remember we can offer you a free function room for hire, just call 01454 866697 . Also we have the skittle alley for hire at just £15.95 per session.



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At work in their onesies for cause by Rebecca Day

Supermarket staff recently donned their pyjamas and onesies in a bid to raise funds for Bristol-based charity St Peter’s Hospice. The team at Asda in Filton wore brightly-coloured nightwear as part of a 24-hour fundraising event for the charity, which provides care and support for patients, families and carers in the community living with lifelimiting illnesses. Bristol singer and songwriter George Ray performed his latest charity single, Time Goes By Too Quickly, with all proceeds from the song going to St Peter’s Hospice where his mother was cared for. Anne Maddox, community life champion at Asda Filton and organiser of the event, said: “Colleagues and customers

wanted to acknowledge the amazing work of the hospice and the support it provides to families in our local community. “George joined us for the opening of Asda Filton back in December, so he was only too keen to help us with our ongoing fundraising activity for the worthy cause.” Edd Smith, corporate fundraiser and lottery manager at the hospice, added: “We’re overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of Asda Filton’s colleagues and customers. “The hospice is solely reliant upon the funding of its supporters and the money raised will help us do our very best to care for our patients and their loved ones. “We’re really grateful to everyone for their support.”


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Filton town councillor Keith Briffett, pictured far right, will stand for UKIP in Filton in the 2015 South Gloucestershire Council elections, alongside former town council chairman Alan Tink. The party has also announced that South Gloucestershire Councillor Ben Walker has been selected by the UKIP Filton and Bradley Stoke branch to stand as their parliamentary candidate in the 2015 General Election. Speaking after the selection, Cllr Walker, also pictured, said: “I’m honoured to have been selected as the Filton & Bradley

Stoke UKIP candidate and will continue to work for people across the constituency and South Gloucestershire. “Our branch continues to grow from strength to strength as does our public support and we look to contest as many South Gloucestershire Council seats as possible.”

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Heather Gray, better known as ‘Peg’, cuts her cake presented in honour of her 100th birthday by the St Peter’s Mothers’ Union, also below; right, Heather and Lewis on their wedding day in 1939

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Lewis was an art teacher for all of his working life – except during the Second World War. When he was o ucalled up to the army, Heather Jack, their C rand e L i f e Mto o rlive son, moved to Yorkshire with Lewis’s family. They returned to London in 1945 where Lewis continued


In the year Europe was rocked by the outbreak of the First World War, Heather Gray was born in Glasgow – and this January she celebrated her 100th birthday. Mrs Gray, better known as “Peg”, turned 100 on January 13. As a member of St Peter’s Mothers’ Union in Filton, she was presented with an arrangement of flowers at a recent meeting to celebrate her milestone. Peg was the youngest of three siblings. Her family moved to London when she was two, and she left school at 16 to work in a stationery office as a typist. Peg met her husband, Lewis, in her early 20s at St Michael’s Church in Camden, where they then exchanged vows in 1939.

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Rail campaigners have welcomed new figures showing dramatic increases in the use of local train services – with a 21.3 per cent increase at Filton Abbey Wood. South Gloucestershire Council has published figures from the annual count carried out at stations across the region on one day in November. The figures show that passengers boarding and alighting at Abbey Wood have increased since 2011, with 4,412 passengers counted. Severn Beach, Councillors Patchway Robert Griffin and and Bristol Brian Allinson Parkway have all seen increases and the news was welcomed by Cllr Brian Allinson (Con, Stoke Gifford), Conservative lead member on South Gloucestershire Council’s Transport Committee. He said: “The figures for Parkway, Patchway, Abbey Wood and Severn Beach highlight the increasing use of train services from our local stations, which has come after many years of working closely with industry and the community to make travelling by train as attractive as possible. And through the future MetroWest rail scheme, we are planning a step change in the frequency and quality of rail services across the region.”



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News Make play park a ‘destination’ Seated areas, facilities for the disabled and a ‘destination’ feel were among the ideas put forward by parents and children to improve the Elm Park playpark. Before Christmas, it was revealed that the park is set to get a £70,000 overhaul after money was released to pay for the rebuild. The money, which includes £10,000 from town council coffers, was paid to South Glos Council by developers as a condition of house building in the local area. The town council money 1 08/03/2012 15:36 is ‘106 money’ left in the coffers from the development of the Combination Ground, Gloucester Road North. the facilities at parks like Canford The consultation was held and St Andrew’s which offer at the Elm Park Pavilion and exciting and safe play equipment attracted a large number of along with a pleasant atmosphere parents and children. for adults to have a cup of coffee said that they enjoyed they keep their eye on 1while 08/03/2012 15:36

the children. It is understood the popular and modern playpark at Canford Park cost around £50,000 so councillors are optimistic Filton will get something special. 1 08/03/2012 15:36


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Discussion also centred on creating an ‘integrated’ play area with facilities for the youngest children in a special area, creating a ‘park within a park’. It was also noted that plans are still on the table for a MUGA (multi use sports area) for older children and families heard that another option is to create an outdoor gym on the cycle speedway area. One resident said that while the plans were exciting, there was no point in getting rid of some of the existing play equipment as this would not make the most of the money on offer. Others said there should be proper seating for mums who breast feed along with facilities for disabled users. Everyone agreed the park should remain dog free and it was hoped local schools would now take part in further consultation.






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Concorde to get new home at the by Rebecca Day

Filton Airfield will be home to a new heritage centre, encompassing Bristol’s Concorde. The Bristol Aerospace Centre will be located on the site of the former RAF base, which closed at the end of 2012 after a century of operation. Not only will the multimillion pound centre display Alpha Foxtrot – the last Concorde to fly – but also restored, Grade-II listed hangars from the First World War, as well as other significant collections and artefacts which pay homage to the aerospace industry. The Concorde has been preserved at Filton since its final flight in November 2003. Aircraft production began at there in 1910, when the British and Colonial Aeroplane company started building the Bristol biplane. The Bristol Aero Collection Trust, set up in 1988 to preserve the history of aeronautical development in the Filton area, hopes that the aviation heritage museum and learning centre will inspire future generations. Architect firm Purcell has been appointed to design the new hangar to house Concorde, and Nottingham-based consultants Focus has been appointed as project manager, cost consultant, and funding and business planning adviser. Steven Fletcher, partner at Focus, said: “Bristol Aerospace Centre will tell the story of the South West’s world-class

Artist’s impressions of the new aerospace heritage centre at Filton

aerospace industry, and Focus Consultants is proud to be playing a part in that. “Concorde has been beside the runway at Filton since landing there after its last flight ten years ago, but this project will give the world’s first supersonic passenger plane a permanent

indoor home. He added: “This is an inspiring project to work on, and follows other major museum and heritage centre schemes that the Focus team has been involved in.” Award-winning architects Purcell has studios throughout the UK and will lead this project

from its Bristol design studio. Niall Phillips, head of design at Purcell, said: “Filton airfield has two historically important Grade-II listed hangars which were built around 1918. They are currently in poor condition, but can easily be repaired and carefully converted into museum space, showing off many of the treasures from the Bristol Aerospace Collection. “Our new hangar concept does not just contain Concorde, it frames it with a full-height glazed curtain. Though Concorde is a considerable size, our concept has a minimum footprint so that it does not impose on the surrounding airfield and its contemporary design will complement the existing hangars on the site." The centre is set to open in 2017. It is estimated it will cost £13 million to complete, and will be funded by corporate partners and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The remainder will be raised from private donations and other charitable sources, the trust says. Aerospace companies which have pledged to support the development include BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Airbus. The centre’s floorspace will be around 3,200 square metres and will include a technology learning centre, conference facilities and a lecture room. Remaining space surrounding the site will encompass a children’s play area, picnic facilities, space for outdoor events and parking.


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Coming up in Filton 19th Feb - 22nd Feb

St Andrew’s Players will be performing “Trouble in Pantoland” on 19th to 22nd February 2014. The show has all the usual ingredients, bringing together goodies and baddies from several of the well known panto’s. Evening performances start at 7.30 pm and the Saturday matinee at 2.30 pm. Tickets are priced at £7.00 for adults and £3.50 for children. To book your seats, either ‘phone: 0845 154 0950 or visit the Players website on: www. Alternatively, you can visit St Andrew’s church hall on Sunday afternoons between 2.30 and 3.30 pm commencing 5th January, or Thursday evenings between 7.30 and 8.30 pm commencing on 9th January, when ticket sales will be available.

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Join us for a story and craft session at Filton Library. 10.30— 12 noon. Free drop-in session Children must be ages 4-11 accompanied by adults

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Brand new monthly reading group for adults starting at Filton Library on Monday 3rd March 5.45pm. If you are interested in joining please ask inside the library or phone 01454 868006 or email

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Indoor As New Sale at Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Gifford BS34 8SF. 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Register as a seller, label and price your items and drop off at school. We do the rest, no need to man a pitch! We keep 20% of sales for our fundraising. Baby and children’s clothes (0 - 11 years), baby equipment, books, cds, dvds, toys, games, household and garden items, prams, bikes, scooters and much more. Limited seller spaces so please register asap by emailing Or just come along for a browse. Entry 50p adults, children free! Refreshments available.

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8.30’til 1am (last adm 10.30) strictly over 30’s – very smart casual * no tee shirts or trainers for more info. call 07860 578708 or go to www. tamlamotownsoulpartynights. Horfield Townswomens Guild are a really friendly Guild that meet on the second Wednesday of every month at St. Gregory the Great Church Hall, Filton Road, Horfield at 2.30 pm. Ladies are welcome to just turn up or ring Edna on 0117 949 5413 for a chat about the Guild. Thursdays - Rainbows, girls aged 5 - 7 years Wednesdays - Brownies, girls aged 7 - 10 years Tuesdays - Brownies, girls aged 7 - 10 years Guides, girls aged 10 - 14 years. For more information please contact : d.wilkey@ or register at Girlguiding UK website and follow the parent links to register your daughter. We also need a Division Treasurer for our new Concorde Division. New Harmony Ladies Choir Bristol, an established choir of 19 years and are looking for ladies to come and join us. We rehearse every Wednesday evening 7-30 - 9-30 at Horfield URC church hall, everyone welcome. Telephone Margaret on 01179698619 or Joan on 01275791566 NEW DAY AND TIME: Friendly and supportive Work Club in Filton, Thursdays 12.30pm-3.30pm, St Andrew’s Youth Centre, Elm Park

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Filton Library prize offer On March 6 it will be World Book Day (www.worldbookday. com) and to celebrate we would like to offer a prize exclusively for readers of Filton Voice of a £10 book token plus 10 vouchers for free DVD, Audio book or CD hire to one reader. There are some new initiatives at the library and we particularly want to let people know about the new reading group as we’re aware there’s a shortage of such groups in Filton.

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Reading Group Do you have a passion for reading and enjoy talking about books? Joining a reading group is a fun way to meet other book lovers, discover new books and rediscover old classics. Filton Library is starting a new group that will meet monthly in the library. To register your interest and to find out more please call 01454 868006 or email filton.

Encouraging children to read for pleasure Our children’s book group ‘Chatterbooks’ now has vacancies so if you are aged between 8 and 11, love reading, playing games and crafts and would like the opportunity to meet children’s authors please join us. We meet once a month on a Saturday. The next meeting is on Saturday 1st March at 2.30pm Keep busy during half term and join us for ‘Dinosaur Roar!’ stories and crafts for 3 – 10 year olds on Friday 21st February 10.30am – 12pm. Over half term we continue our regular story and rhyme times for 0-5 year olds on Tuesdays at 9.30am and Fridays at 2.30pm. For preschool children we’ll also be having a special Makaton storytime on Friday 28th February.

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Interested in tracing your family tree? Online access to Ancestry is free in the library and if you need help getting started we now offer 1:1 sessions by appointment with our family history volunteer.

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Councillor helps deliver baby Keir in a car park by Rebecca Day

It’s not everyone who can say helping to deliver a stranger’s baby in an emergency is all in a day’s work. But that’s just what happened to Filton councillor Rikki Teml when Alice Marshment from Hotwells went into labour at Clifton Down Shopping Centre, where Mr Teml is the manager. Mr Teml, 35, was in the office at the centre on January 14 when he was called to the car park by staff. He told Filtonvoice: “I heard from the control room that something was going on in the car park – all that the person said on the phone was ‘grab some blankets and be quick’. “When I arrived, there was already a paramedic there and Ms Marshment had started giving birth between two parked cars, so I put the blanket down on the tarmac for the baby. I also brought some silver foil blankets as well, so we wrapped the baby up in that.” Just 20 minutes after going into labour Ms Marshment, a mum of two, gave birth to healthy baby boy Keir Jory Fenham, weighing 7lbs 8oz. Mr Teml, who was also helped by the shopping centre’s security manager Chris Collinson, added: “We then arranged for the mother to get taken to hospital, and later on that evening we heard that all was good with

Filton councillor Rikki Teml at Clifton Down Shopping Centre the baby. Everyone was really pleased, and on a real high.” Ms Marshment had felt pains earlier that morning, she told the Bristol Post, and had gone to St Michael’s Hospital. But after being told there was nothing to worry about she went to Sainsbury’s in Clifton before going back to her car. She told the Post: “I drove about 20 metres and then I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore’. I had to get out of the car.

“This blocked the lady behind me from exiting, she got out and realised I’d gone into labour and then called 999.” Mr Teml has been working at Clifton Shopping Centre for a year and a half, and has also previously worked at Cabot Circus in Bristol city centre, and Westfield in London. He said: “Having a birth [at the shopping centre] was something I'd never experienced before.”


Plan to give local families priority

Families in Filton could soon be given priority when it comes to securing a place for their child at local primary schools. Parents are being asked for their views on a new “area of prime responsibility” (APR), which would mean local children would get first refusal on places at Filton Hill, Charborough Road and Shield Road primaries. The move, by South Gloucestershire Council, comes amid increasing demand for places, including from families outside the council boundary in Bristol. Councillor Ian Scott asked council officers to look into the APR in July. He said: “During the summer, I supported a Filton resident at a school appeal. Currently Filton pupils can lose out on school places to pupils from Bristol because our schools are so close to the Bristol boundary. I researched other wards close to the Bristol boundary and found that one way to ensure that local pupils are given priority was to establish an ‘area of prime responsibility’.” Families can comment until February 28. A questionnaire can be found at admissionconsultation1516 and should be returned to Planning and Development Manager, Department for Children, Adults and Health, South Gloucestershire Council PO Box 298, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 9DQ or emailed to tanya.smith@


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Lanes to be secured by gates after council vote Residents in a number of streets in Filton should feel more secure in their homes after a decision that will pave the way to installing gates across back lanes. South Gloucestershire Council’s communities committee has agreed to make the gating order required to close off lanes behind Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Councillor Roger Hutchinson, who submitted a statement to the committee urging members to vote in favour of the order, said he was pleased with the outcome. Councillor Hutchinson said: “As a local councillor I support the gating order for these Filton roads’ back lanes. There are a number of lanes in Filton that are already gated or where residents are still working towards getting

Councillor Roger Hutchinson in front of a gated lane in Filton them and I have been involved in supporting most of them. Where they are in existence they have made a difference. "The lanes off these roads have historically been easy targets for fly-tippers, speedy car drivers, or even as getaway lanes for people up to no good, and


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a focus for general anti-social behaviour. “Residents have campaigned for the gates and waited for many months to obtain some relief as it involves a lengthy legal process. I am very pleased the order has now been made and I pay tribute to their patience and hard work.”


College launches new department

SGS College’s state-of-the-art Preparation for Work and Life department has been officially opened by Peter Little OBE. The new centre offers an independent living kitchen, sensory room and digital media and art facilities. Mr Little unveiled a plaque in front of staff and students and said: “I am delighted to be able to support the opening of this exciting and innovative new learning environment at the college. Preparing for work and independent living is a central activity for all young people, and it is especially important to have a supportive setting for those young people who have additional needs or disabilities.” Head of Preparation for Work and Life, Bob Rose, said: “We wanted the students to be fully part of this process and they have done a tremendous job from start to finish.”

keep up the good work this month! It’s February and your New Year health kick is starting to feel a bit too much like hard work. Every year people give up healthy eating and stop exercising at the end of January and before you can blink they’ve regained all the weight and feel just as lethargic and sluggish they did before. Please don’t give up now. Don’t waste a month of effort. February is the time to consolidate, motivate and turn this health kick into a habit. Think about what you’ve been doing and how it’s working for you. If you’ve been eating a healthy, natural diet and cutting out processed foods, how do you feel now? Are you sleeping better, and how do your clothes feel? If you see changes and improvements don’t stop now, keep up the good work! Then there’s that gym membership. You attended regularly for a few weeks but it’s already started to drop off and if you give up now you’ll never achieve the active lifestyle you wanted. To keep your motivation, freshen up your routine – ask one of the gym staff to write you a new programme or suggest new exercises, or you could try out a new class, or exercise outdoors. Run, cycle or walk different routes, distances and speeds to keep your body guessing and adapting. The message is that if it’s working for you don’t stop now. You can do it. Keep up the effort and reap the rewards.

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We’re all paying for town council

I was not surprised to see Filton council carrying out surveys on additional spending without all the facts Why don’t they publish how much its costing us to fund them and what they spend money on now? Its always hidden because it suits the councillors who seem to lack the backbone to close facilities that are only used by a few. The staff alone costs an enormous amount and no reductions in spending have been made. The Ratepayers (widely regarded as a drinking hole for

councillors) is a standing joke costing thousands a year, the cycle track lays dormant and Filton council never publish how much its costing us all. I say this parish “spend happy” council should be abolished. Your precept should be what we want to spend it on and I say not Filton council! In addition the survey costs of £30k is scaremongering at its worst. Who is going to vote yes? All this shows is that the council don’t have to vision to use free survey routes. The wording is is misleading. This tiny parish council continues to spend at all our expense without an ounce of an idea about addressing costly issues. They answer to no financial regulatory authority whatsoever, it’s a licence to print money in my opinion. I would like to see a survey which asks the following question: “Are you happy to continue to fund a parish council which costs the area over one million pound a year?” Thomas Stevens, Filton Park

Consistency call on parking zone

Regarding the letter about the parking appeal. Firstly I’m surprised there was anyone about enforcing the restrictions(!), but secondly, having successfully secured them, it can’t be asking too much that you now live by the rules? Some of the displaced people now park in Dunkeld, so close to the edge of my drive at times that I can hardly turn out into Dunkeld when others are parked opposite too. Other than that I don’t mind. They need to work, they need to park somewhere and it’s a public highway. I doubt there’d be much sympathy if it was one of the displaced drivers who was late for something important at work, forgot all about the restrictions

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and had their mind on their problems? The council will have a duty to treat everyone consistently whether you were a friend of a resident, late for work or from out of town and up to no good. There isn’t much room to make special allowance for friends of residents who break the rules I think otherwise any enforcement policy starts to unravel because of all the various reasons people might come up with. It then becomes very difficult to be consistent and fair to all in my view. H Thomas, Dunkeld Avenue

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Shrove Tuesday – March 4th and to toss yourself a pancake. Even more so when it is made for you by an experienced Chef in convivial surroundings with all the accompanying trimmings. We don’t ask you to brave the cold and partake in a pancake race tossing your pancake in the air as you race across the playing fields. We will leave that to the more hardy in the community. This is just another of the exciting new attractions emerging from your Community Centre making it a truly valid part of the “Elm Park Partnership.” You will hear about these events later in your “Filton Voice.” Come along up to the Community Centre and enjoy your pancakes in comfort. All this comes about through an enjoyable “Pancake Day” held at Newleaze House when it was “up and running.” “Come back again!” they told the Chef ... so here he is with more. Be there from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm (approximately). Enjoy the age-old tradition in the most comfortable way... tea, coffee ...and all the trimmings that go along with it. Look out for other events at the ‘new look’ Community Centre. Doug Daniels Chair, Filton Community Association

Lights switch-off works for me

Re streetlighting, I think that the streetlights being turned off at around midnight is one of the best things the council have ever done. I am sleeping much more soundly, and the stars look fantastic.


It will be interesting to see how the night sky looks in the summer months. Dave Parfitt

Park becoming a dumping ground

Around December, I found a busted workbench, rather like a Black and Decker collapsible workbench, lobbed over the wall at the main Kenmore Crescent entrance to Monks Park. I retrieved it several times over the ensuing days, returning it to the roadside verge to shame whoever put it there in the first place. Some idiot obviously kept thinking the best place for it was out of sight, out of mind over the wall. Eventually it disappeared. In mid-January one evening, I noticed two sets of what looked like sturdy metallic stool legs in the grass, over the wall. On closer inspection I found two heavy metallic base plates (presumably for the seat parts) embedded vertically in the grass. From this your honour, I deduced they had clearly been thrown over the wall into the park. So some twit or twits have obviously decided in the last couple of months or so that this is a good place to dump your unwanted hardware. From humble beginnings and all that….hence I will place everything on full view on the verge until whoever put it there disposes of it properly. I’m not about to see the park start to become a dumping ground. I’d welcome those people living opposite keeping an eye out in case this is the start of a bigger trend? Dog Walker

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WI group closes after 30 years Owing to fallen membership and failure to recruit new members, it was decided to close Filton WI. It was started nearly 30 years ago with just four members, rising to 35 at its height. Despite the jam and Jerusalem image, Filton ladies did much more than this by competing in everything from skittle matches to quizzes, crafting and much more, including outings to places of interest and having very good speakers. Filton has supported many charities over the years and I have been president for many years aided by a very supportive

committee. The last meeting was attended by Reverend Elspeth Desmond as a fitting tribute to all concerned. Edna Shopland


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Trouble in Pantoland spells fun for families at traditional show Characters from all your favourite pantomimes will unite in St Andrew’s Players’ latest production this February. Trouble in Pantoland is coming to St Andrew’s Church Hall from February 19-22 with plenty of goodies, baddies and family fun. A spokeswoman said: “This is a pantomime like no other. St Andrew’s Players invite you to come and find out who saves the day. “There’s something wrong with the Wicked Queen’s magic mirror and Cinderella has been left standing at the altar, waiting

in vain for her Prince Charming. A seriously evil wizard has invaded Pantoland and all the heroes have disappeared. “What will the Wicked Queen do with no hero to save the day? Who can help the queen? Her obsessive, compulsive stepdaughter Snow White, jilted Cinderella, a property developer, Sleeping Beauty, or even, perhaps, a frog?” Billed as a family pantomime to suit all ages, the show this year is supporting St Peter’s Hospice. Details for booking, are in the What’s On section, P12.

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Passengers ‘fear Flyer bus service will be lost if numbers don’t rise’ by Rebecca Day

Transport providers of a new bus service operating across Filton say there has been an increase in passengers but local people must continue to use it to secure its long term future. Travellers using the Filton Flyer since it launched in December have doubled, Severnside Transport has said. However, numbers need to continue increasing in order for the 555 service to sustain itself. Joy Oxenham, Severnside Transport spokesperson, said: “Week on week there is a steady increase in numbers, though there is still a way to go before the future of the service is secure. “At the moment Southmead Hospital is the most frequented destination with locals taking advantage of the service during visiting hours, to avoid parking costs.”

Ms Oxenham added: “The weather over the last month or so has not been great so Severnside would like thank all the residents

who have braved the elements to give it a try, as well as Filton Town Council for their support.” Severnside Transport

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provides a “hail and ride” service, where users do not need to be stood at a designated stop to flag down the Flyer – people can hail the bus at any point along the route. The Filton Flyer stops at Southmead Hospital, Bristol Parkway, Asda and the Shields Retail Centre, as well as other amenities en route. Single fares cost £1.50 or are free for diamond pass holders. Tony, one of the two drivers on the route, claims to know his regular passengers by name. He said: “555 is considered a vital bus route by regular passengers needing local amenities and services in and around Filton. “Their fear is it will be lost if numbers do not increase. We need local people to support our efforts now if we are to secure this facility for the community long term.”

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Filton Town Council Swimming and fitness at Filton Leisure Centre, Elm Park We currently have vacancies in some of our swimming classes. We cater for all ages from young to old and all abilities. If you feel you would like for your little ones to learn, or if you would like some help with your strokes then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our swim team.


Come along and try our Swimfit classes. If you are seeking to push the pace or train for a race then you need the Get Fit programme from our Motivate collection. Designed by the experts at the ASA for people who like to stick to the programme and bring back gold, Get Fit has 30 progressive sessions for you to work through in sequence. Swimfit runs every Tuesday night from 7pm to 8pm only £4.

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Bootcamp The Boot Camp system is open to all fitness levels as no one can come first and no one came come last! - Everyone exercises together and are encouraged to do what they can and rest when they have to! But remember the more effort you put in - the more results you’ll get out! There is a steady progression from week 1 through to week 6 of the type of exercises we do and also the way the sessions are constructed. So there will be various levels of intensity as your fitness improves. You don’t have to wait until the next course to start, just book your first session and have fun. For more information please contact Jason Hodge: M: 07855465782 E: Find out more at www.

Aqua Aerobics classes offer you something different to a traditional gym workout and you’ll really see a difference in your overall health and fitness. Typical Aqua Aerobics classes will involve all the exercises you would expect in a ‘dry’ class but with added bonuses you can only get from exercising in water. Water supports the body, putting less stress on your joints and muscles • This support is great if you’re older, have suffered an injury or are recovering from illness • Water pressure helps the heart move blood around the body, putting less strain on it • The impact of gravity is less in the water allowing a greater range of motion • Working out in water can also prevent overheating, helping you exercise for longer. • And... it’s fun! It is not often you can say that about a workout. Please call if you would like any more information on 01454 866686, or email

Activities Do you know we are more than just a swimming pool. We have badminton, squash, snooker, tennis courts and a 5 side football court all on offer. We have a skate and bmx park, a children’s play area and also a cycle speedway track! For any more information please give us a call on 01454-866686 or email reception@

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Staying Alive – Get Active Festival Saturday, 17th May 2014 1pm – 4pm Elm Park Filton.



The With One Voice Partnership - a collaboration of Orchard School and its partner primaries - along with Filton Working Together are taking over the Community Centre, Filton Leisure Centre and facilities on Elm Park to bring a Festival of sport to Filton. The event aims to get help our community find out about sports on offer in the local area and giving people the opportunity to have a go. Local clubs will be demonstrating their sports and offering tasters sessions. All ages will be catered for from Pre School to Golden Oldies. Examples of activities: Rugby, Walking Football, synchronised swimming, BMX cycling, archery, Gymtastic to name a few. There will also be info on health and wellbeing. Once you have had burnt of a few calories join us in the Multi Cultural food tasting area to try your hand at cooking foods from around the world. The organisers are interested to hear from you if you are part of a local sports club who would be interested in being part of the event or perhaps if you would be interested in helping out on the day as a steward. For more information please get in contact with Helen Howard on 0117 353 4698 or by e-mail


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Voucher for one free ride on the Filton Flyer PLUS Bring your bus ticket to Filton Sports and Leisure Centre to get 50% discount on Swimming or Soft Play @Filton Sports and Leisure Centre (one discount per bus ticket) PLUS Bring the same bus ticket to get 20% off one drink @ Ratepayers Arms Offer valid only on production of bus ticket for this trip

Town Council meetings Filton Town Council is going on tour, to a venue near you! Watch this space for dates and venues. We want to hold our full council meetings in different parts of Filton following a number of meetings at the Bethany Hall in Conygre in recent months. The first Full Council meeting in a different venue should be in March.

February 18th, 7pm, Planning Committee Small Meeting Room 25th, 7.30pm, Full Council Meeting Pavilion

March 11th, 7.30pm, Finance Committee Pavilion 18th, 7pm, Planning Committee Small Meeting Room 25th, 7.30pm, Full Council Meeting The Scout Hut NOTE VENUE CHANGE

April 8th, 7.30pm, Finance Committee Pavilion 15th, 7.00pm, Planning Committee Small Meeting Room 29th, 7.30pm, Full Council Meeting Pavilion

Get in touch • Contact the town council office Tel: 01454 866 698; Leisure Centre Tel: 01454 866686; or our website www. • 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.



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Fashion ... with Amy McQueen

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Saint Valentine’s Day: A day for the exchange of tokens of affection and the most romantic night of the year celebrated worldwide. There are plenty of ways of broadcasting one’s love from the carving of initials inside a heart on a tree trunk to writing “I love you” in the sky. However, for the less extravagant and those couples past the “secret admirer” stage, going out for an intimate candlelit dinner with that special someone is more than enough – but what should you wear? Although February may herald the dawning of spring, it’s still pretty chilly outside so you’ll want to mix pretty, delicate fabrics like satin, chiffon and lace, embellished with intricate embroidery, frills and minimalistic sparkle, with a warm cosy coat and scarf. Since


pink is the colour affiliated with Valentine’s Day and all things love, stick to a palette of reds, raspberry, rose, blush, cherry and blossom when choosing your perfect outfit and jewellery. Here are some of my favourite pieces for the night available at The Mall Cribbs Causeway: 1. Cropped Lace Shirt, £45 from Warehouse 2. Maisy Pom Pom Scarf, £29 from Phase Eight 3. Red Lace Baby Doll, £40 from LaSenza 4. Red Pointed Toe Heels, £250 from Kurt Geiger in John Lewis 5. Light Pink Wool-Drawn Oversized Coat, £80 from River Island 6. Delicate Heart Rings, £35 each from Pandora 7. Satin Bow Back Pink Dress, £75 from Topshop 8. Asymmetric Red Dress, £50 from Lipsy

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Filton facing new gridlock misery Roadworks planned this year for Filton roundabout could lead to gridlock in the town. The schemes are part of an £8m South Glos investment in a series of major road and cycle route improvements in the North Fringe areas of Filton, Patchway, Aztec West and Hambrook from this April. Three schemes will be delivered on the A38 and A4174 to help minimise the impacts of the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood development and ensure that sufficient road capacity is available in advance of the development. A4174, Filton Roundabout: A £0.8m scheme to extend the three-lane westbound approach to Filton Roundabout. Construction May-September 2014 A38 Gloucester Road North: A £2m scheme to extend the two-lane northbound approach

to Filton Roundabout by widening the carriageway on the east side. Construction October 2014-February 2015 Gipsy Patch Lane, Patchway: A £0.9m scheme to extend the two-lane westbound approach to the A38. Construction April-May 2014

The package of eight major schemes will help to tackle traffic congestion and increase the capacity and quality of the local road network and sustainable travel options such as cycle and pedestrian routes, ahead of the development of. As part of the work, key junctions on the A38 and A4174 will be widened and improvements will be made to the local road network at the M5 Junctions 16 and 17 with funding from the Government’s ‘Pinch Point’ road improvements programme. Two cycle and pedestrian crossings on the A4174 – at Hambrook and the M32 Junction 1 -- will also be substantially improved, to increase safety and help promote sustainable travel in the North Fringe area. This work is being funded from the Government’s Cycle Ambition Fund following a successful

funding bid by the council last year. Government support for the schemes requires that the works be completed by March 2015 and for this reason some projects will run simultaneously during the works period. However the schemes have been scheduled to minimise travel disruption where possible and road users are being encouraged to plan ahead to avoid delays, including considering alternative routes or other modes of transport where possible. Up-to-date information on the schemes including details of consultations on individual projects and links to travel planning advice are available on the council’s website at www. Updates will also be posted on the council’s Twitter account @sgloscouncil

We would like to invite you to our public consultation on the redevelopment of Filton Airfield. The scheme provides a massive opportunity for the local area in terms of jobs, housing, transport improvements and economic development. Over 9,000 jobs could be created on the airfield, with a strong focus on attracting aerospace engineering firms to the site. Members of the development team will be available at these events to answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

The drop-in consultation events will be held at: Saracens Rugby Club, Station Rd, Bristol BS10 7TT. 19th February (Wednesday) - 3.00 - 7.00pm Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol. BS10 5RY. 20th Febraury (Thursday) - 3.00 - 7.00pm BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG. 21st February (Friday) - 3.00 - 7.00pm Coniston Community Centre, Coniston Road, Patchway, BS34 5LP. 22 February (Saturday) - 11.00 - 4.00pm Bradley Stoke Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road,Bradley Stoke, BS32 8HL. 27 February (Thursday) - 3.00 - 7.00pm

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School news

Orchard School Bristol

Creative writing trip to North Devon: Arvon Writing Residential A group of 16 Year 8 students from 8X1, 8X2 and 8X3 went to North Devon for a week to develop their creative writing skills. The course was run by the Arvon Foundation at their Totleigh Barton site - a 16th century manor house with a converted barn, pigsties and beautiful surrounding countryside. The course tutors were published authors Christopher Wakling and Anjali Joseph. These authors delivered creative writing workshops to the students every morning and then held 1:1 tutorials where students received expert advice on how to improve their stories. On Wednesday evening Jacob SamLa Rose visited us to read some

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the students having an anthology of work to be published soon. Fairtrade Fairtrade at Orchard is being highlighted at The South West Schools Fairtrade Conference on 26 February. We are being held up as an example of a ‘Best Practice School’ and a group of Year 7 & 8s will be presenting the highlights of our year. We are due to have a Fairtrade Valentine’s Friday, selling cakes to raise awareness of Fairtrade and to give a taste of the yummy creations from the Term 3 Enrichment Group. of his poetry and to answer lots of questions from our students. This was a real highlight of the week and the students were captivated by his poetry. He has even inspired a few of them to try their hand at writing more poetry! As well as attending

creative writing workshops our students had to live together for a week and to cook for each other. Every evening a different team would take over the kitchen to cook fresh and healthy food from scratch. The week was a great success overall and will result in

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Skills Day A group of Year 10 students spent a day at the offices of Burgess Salmon, a leading law firm in the centre of Bristol. The day involved working with professionals in problem solving, communication and presentation skills workshops.

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“Most improved in South Glos” Head teacher Dave Baker, pictured right, has praised students and staff after the school was named as the most improved in South Glos for last year’s GCSEs. The news follows a difficult two years for the school which has seen wholesale change in the way it operates after being placed in special measures in 2011. Mr Baker, who was appointed in Autumn 2011 and is now executive head of Abbeywood and Bradley Stoke School, has put in place new rules on behaviour and practices which has seen a “changing culture” in the school. He told parents: “It is a proud day for everyone associated with Abbeywood Community School with the final 2013 GCSE performance tables published,

confirming our position as the most improved school in South Gloucestershire. We join Bradley Stoke Community School in the top five schools in the local authority. This is a fantastic achievement in the short time since Ofsted decided that the school required Special Measures in December 2011. “Behind the figures, of course, is a story of a changing culture and a massive amount of hard

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work from students, staff and governors in school with great support from parents and carers out of school. “Our challenge now is to ensure further improvement by maintaining high expectations and giving our students the very best chance for success. We continue to value the support of parents working with us in partnership towards this aim. “It is gratifying to report that a forensic and relentless focus on attendance since September has led to improvement in time spent in school for many students which means that our overall attendance since September currently stands at 94% against a target of 96%.” Focus Day Year 7: The Living rainforest! On 16th January, Abbeywood Y7 went to Berkshire to visit the Living Rainforest. We left school at 9:00 a.m. a quarter of an hour later than we should have but we made up


time. We took two coaches for all of the year and it took roughly an hour and a half to get there. When we got there we were told what we would be doing for the whole day. My group (group c) had a guided tour of the first section; we learned about different Plants which were used for medicines. There were poisonous plants, coffee plants and cocoa plants too! We also saw the Goeldi Monkeys and Dwarf Crocodiles and Giant Millipedes and a Sloth called Cinnamon escaped! There was a Toucan and a Snake too. Abbie Pitt After-school football club At the moment there are about 50 students doing football after school on a Monday. It is a club for all abilities and so everybody is welcome. There are some 6th formers and Y11 students helping in the coaching. In the future we also hope to have some Bristol City coaches.

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Photographer Rikki Teml has been out and about following local sporting action – here are some of his shots from matches played by Bristol Academy Under-18s and Aretians RFC. See more of his photos at

Aretians’ Ben Smith scores one of his five tries in the 78-0 win against Cheltenham Civil Service

Bristol Academy U18s players celebrate James Floyd’s try in their 29-12 victory over London Irish U18s

Aretians RFC team photo following their 25-3 win against Spartans in the Level 10 Gloucestershire Cup on December 21; below right, Aretians’ Joe Parfitt breaks away to score a try in the match against Cheltenham Civil Service

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Free breakfasts for a good cause

More than 150 people attended a free charity breakfast hosted by the team at Frankie & Benny’s in Filton. The restaurant, at Abbey Wood Retail Park, was the venue for a fundraising event in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research at the end of January. Among the guests who enjoyed a free breakfast in return for a donation was South Gloucestershire Council chairman Councillor Ian Boulton. The event raised £800 for the cause, which aims to fund research into blood cancers, prevent them and improve the lives of those diagnosed with the illnesses. Find out more about the charity at leukaemialymphoma

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Dog owners reminded to ‘bag and bin’ their pets’ waste in campaign Dog owners in Filton are being reminded to dispose of their dog’s waste responsibly as part of a new campaign launching this month. The “Bag It and Bin It” message aims to remind dog owners that they can dispose of dog waste in their black household waste bins as well as in any available litter bin – and that waste should never be left behind. Chair of the council’s

communities committee Councillor Claire Young said: “Lots of our residents enjoy keeping a dog and most of them accept that responsible ownership includes the chore of cleaning up after them. “However we’ve all seen occasions when people either don’t clear up at all, or bag the waste but leave it hanging on a nearby fence or hedge. “As well as being unsightly this is a nuisance for other


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Filton residents have had their first look at detailed plans for the Cribbs/Patchway New Neighbourhood and now have the chance to have their say. The proposals could see up to 5,700 new homes on the site that includes Filton airfield. In South Gloucestershire Council’s blueprint for the area more than 120 acres would be set aside for employment as part of a new Filton Economic Area, focused on aerospace and advanced manufacturing with the potential to create up to 6,000 new jobs. A series of consultation events were held earlier this year and members of the public can comment on the plans until February 28. Send comments to cribbs or by post to PO Box 299, Major Sites Team, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 0DR. See the plans at www.south

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and gurning as if their lives depended on the result. Yes, it’s pantomime, but after a while I found myself longing for at least marginally nuanced performances and the doubleentendres that once attempted to obscure adult humour for the benefit of the children in the audience. Liz Robertson as the Fairy Godmother and David Roper as Baron Brizzle (trying not to cavil here, but it’s Brisstaw, me lovers, not Brizzle) provided some relief, and Andy Ford was definitely at his best when interacting with young members of the audience who’d been invited up onto the stage. I left, however, longing for the laddered tights, wobbly sets and sheer warmth of pantomimes at the local church hall – a far more enjoyable way to spend an evening.



because the Ugly Sisters wouldn’t allow her to go to the ball? Buttons sick with love when Cinders turns down his proposal? Blink and you’d miss it. Even the more melancholy songs were belted out at full volume. As for camp and innuendo, well, the competition was ferocious, with the Ugly Sisters, Miley and Tulisa, Buttons played by Andy Ford, and the aforementioned Mr Spence as Dandini mugging

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True enough, the following two and a half hours didn’t drag, but only because the proceedings were conducted at such a frenetic pace that there was barely time to draw breath. From the blaring music and adverts on the big screen before it even started to the high-octane sprint through Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary at the end, the show never wavered in its assault. Cinderella distraught




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“You must know who Louis Spence is, at least!” protested my partner, when I admitted I had no idea who any of the stars were in this year’s pantomime Cinderella at the Hippodrome. “He’s on that ice-skating show. But you can’t miss him – he’ll be the one in pink who’s very, very camp.” Well, what’s a panto without a bit of innuendo and crossdressing, I thought as I slipped into my seat in the Grand Circle. It’ll be fun.





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Flu vaccines offered for toddlers GP practices in Filton will be contacting families to offer flu vaccinations to all two and three-year-olds for the first time. The vaccination is given to youngsters via a nasal spray, with no need for an injection, which health chiefs say has been thoroughly tested for safety and has proven to be more effective in preventing flu in children than other flu vaccines. It is the first time the vaccine has been offered to all children aged two or three on September 1, as it was previously only given to youngsters with conditions that might make them more vulnerable to the effects of flu. Dr Mark Pietroni, director of public health at South Gloucestershire Council, said:

“Most healthy people recover from flu within a week but it can still be a highly unpleasant and disruptive experience for those affected. For children, a bout of flu can lead to time off school with knock-on effects for parents who may need to take time off work to care for their child. “Children who contract flu can also spread it among other children and teachers or nursery staff, so it is in everyone’s interest for parents to ensure that their youngsters receive the vaccination which is now being offered to all two and three-yearolds.” GP surgeries are currently contacting families – parents are encouraged to get in touch with their surgery if they do not receive an appointment.

Flying start to the year for Airbus The new year has got off to a good start for Filton aircraft manufacturer Airbus. A total of 39 aircraft were delivered by Airbus in January – including A320, A330 and A380 – compared to 35 recorded in the same period of last year. Airbus began 2014 with 10 orders for its A320 and A350 XWB families. Among January’s new businesses were American Airlines purchasing seven A321 current engine option

(CEO) aircraft, and Tibet Airlines purchasing one A319 CEO. According to the firm, this highlights the continued popularity of Airbus’s single-aisle jetliners. Libyan Airlines also placed a repeat booking for the new A350 XWB – a long-range, twoengined, wide body jet airliner. Despite there being five cancellations recorded in January, Airbus completed the month with a positive balance of five net orders.

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City’s £430m new hospital just months away from opening doors by Rebecca Day

A new hospital, which is set to be one of Europe’s leading facilities, is to open its doors at the end of May. Southmead and Frenchay have teamed up to create Southmead Hospital Bristol, with the new Brunel building being at the centre of the redevelopment. The building will house 802 beds, with 75 per cent being single rooms with showers, an emergency department, major trauma services, renal services, orthopaedics, pathology centre, a women and children’s centre, a MacMillan well-being centre, and facilities for research. The Brunel building will also encompass the plastic surgery and burns department, which is currently based at Frenchay Hospital. With around 8,500 inpatient each year, the department is recognised as one of the largest in England. It offers services including hand surgery, lower limb, breast reconstruction and soft tissue sarcoma. Simon Lee, speciality director for plastics and burns, said: “The facilities in the Brunel building are world-class – patients will benefit from having single rooms and the large atrium full of light is stunning. “Our work has moved on considerably in the last five years

Work in its final stages in the atrium of the Brunel building as we have opened a number of clinics to allow patients to be safely discharged earlier.” He added: “It is our dynamic team of young, motivated and capable staff who have brought significant changes to plastic surgery in Bristol in the last five to ten years.” The neurosciences department will also be moving over from Frenchay Hospital. Pearl Griffiths, head of nursing, said: “There have been a number of medical advancements within the department and our strong neuroscience nursing team at ward level have supported the

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team amidst these changes.” The department – which has links with the University of Bristol – has led groundbreaking research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis and dementia, as well as pain management and depression. A neurosurgical nursing team operates across 67 beds over four individual wards, and a neurological and stroke nursing team across 44 beds over three wards.

Ms Griffiths added: “Patients value the continuity of care they receive – the fact that they are greeted with a familiar face, and the closeness of all the amenities. “It’s also important that we will be under one roof in the Brunel building – we are able to call upon our nurse practitioner colleagues and specialist nurses to work with us at short notice. “Although will be working in a brand new hospital, the standard of care and the same familiar faces will move with us to what will be an important milestone in the history of this worldrenowned department.” The hospital, which is set to open on May 28, will be one of Europe’s leading hospital sites, enabling teams to provide “exceptional healthcare”. There will be one main entrance, allowing for easy navigation around the site, with the emergency department at a separate entrance, a light and airy atrium with seating and refreshments, and colourful spaces with views of landscaped gardens and artwork to create a pleasant, healing environment.

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The importance of giving your pet a healthy diet At Vets4Pets Filton we like to work with local pet owners to promote the advantages of a healthy diet. Feeding a good-quality, balanced diet will reflect in your pet’s condition and appearance. A healthy dog or cat will be bright and energetic, with a well-muscled body and a soft, shiny coat. A dull, matted coat, low energy or poorly-formed stools may be signs of an inappropriate or poor-quality diet. Michael Parry, Veterinary Surgeon and Practice Partner at Vets4Pets Filton said: “When feeding our pets, the key is to feed them a healthy, well balanced diet, according to

their weight, age, lifestyle and state of health.” Michael suggests: “When purchasing pet food check it is a “complete” diet. Foods labelled as “complementary” are not nutritionally complete and so, if fed on their own, vital nutrients may be missing.” A complete diet, like Royal Canin is a food made from carefully selected ingredients which, when fed on its own, will provide all the nutrients that your pet needs in the correct balance. Why not start the New Year off with a healthy diet for your cat or dog and save 25% off any 1.5kg or larger bag of Royal Canin Lifestage food up until the end of February at your Vets4Pets Filton. Pop into the surgery or call 0117 969 8400 to find out more.

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1 Kipling Road Alterations to roofline to facilitate installation or rear dormer window Unit 5C (Nandos Restaurant) Abbey Wood Retail Park Installation of shopfront (Retrospective amendment to previously approved scheme PT13/3112/F). 18 Gayner Road Erection of detached double garage with store and play room over and erection of rear conservatory Lanes Dairy, Rectory Lane Change of use of ground floor from sui generis to Class B2 (as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1985 (as amended) 11 Blenheim Drive Demolition of existing garage. Erection of two storey side

extension to form 1 no. semi detached dwelling with new access and associated works. Unit A ,The Shield Retail Centre, Link Road Display of 2no. illuminated fascia signs Decisions

Unit 5, Abbey Wood Business Park, Emma-Chris Way Display of 2no. fascia signs, 1no. projecting sign and 1no. menu box sign all internally illuminated. Approved S And J Mini Market, 546 Filton Avenue Installation of ATM machine (Retrospective). Approved S And J Mini Market, 546 Filton Avenue Display of 1 no. internally illuminated static sign. (Retrospective) Approved

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MP up to speed on Bloodhound Filton’s MP Jack Lopresti used a visit to the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car project to call for more youngsters to consider a career in engineering and technology. Mr Lopresti, who represents the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency, was given a tour of the team’s Bristol-based technical centre by Major Oli Morgan, the team leader for the Army’s involvement in the project. He then met with Richard Noble, director of Bloodhound. The talks centred on increasing local engagement with the project, particularly through Bloodhound's education scheme. Mr Lopresti said: “It was a fantastic tour. I was fascinated

by Bloodhound’s state-of-theart technology. I watched the carbon fibre body of the car being specially designed to fit the driver, Andy Green.  “Bloodhound is great example of British innovation and technology. “Bloodhound’s management is keen as I am to get children interested in STEM subjects and the project is an inspiration to the younger generation to engage in engineering and technology.  I want all young adults in my constituency to be involved and see the great example that Bloodhound is setting.” Find out more about the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car project at www.bloodhoundssc. com.

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What’s on in Filton on a regular basis Mondays

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


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


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,, 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


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 or call 01761-470006 Bristol Male Voice Choir, weekly practice at South Gloucestershire andd Stroud College, Filton Avenue, 7.15 pm. Potential new members very welcome. Call 0117 979 3208 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, 10am-noon, 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, 7.15-8.15pm 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. 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. The Avon & Bristol Woodturners meet every thrid Thursday at St Teresa’s Church Hall from 7pm to approximately 10pm. For details, Fortnightly, North Bristol Creative writing group. Meets fortnightly. 07535111294 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. Work club: St Andrews Methodist Youth Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 12.30-3.30: Drop-in 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! 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 Filton Library, Shields Centre, Stop Smoking Sessions, 3-4pm. Appointments must be booked in advance. 01454 865502.


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

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


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 St Andrew’s Church, Filton, 10.30am, Morning Worship; 6pm, Evening Worship 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 for more information.


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Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm Youth club / transitions for young people aged 16-25 with learning difficulties Fridays 6.30-8.30pm Girls 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@

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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. 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

Filton Community Centre 983 6500 FiltonCommunityCentre LIST OF CLASSES: Gymtastic Pre-School Gymnastics Club Classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday during term time. We welcome ALL children regardless of their needs and offer a FREE trial session. Classes are for children who are crawling until they go to school Contact Sharon Todd on 0117 9109820 or for more info.

Tea Dance Monday 1.45pm-3.45pm Call 07527 808206 Keep Fit Tuesday 2Pm-4Pm Thursday 7.30Pm-8.30Pm Call 0117 9693326 Bingo Friday 7.30pm-9.30pm Call 0117 9690311 Zumba Monday 7.30Pm-8.30Pm Call 07813 958673 Flower Arranging Tuesday 2pm-4pm Thursday 7.30Pm-9.30Pm Call 01454 412087 Dog Training Tuesday 7pm-9pm Call 01454 616630 Pilates Tuesday 7pm-9pm. Wednesday 10Am-12Pm Call 0117 5022411 Cacti Club Tuesday (3rd Tues Of the month) Call 0117 9503604 AA Tuesday 7.30pm-9.30pm Thursday 7.30pm-9.30pm Call 07831 338085


Camera Club Wednesday 7.30pm-9.30pm (Alternate Weeks) Call 0117 9651242 Dawn James Art Club Wednesday Call 01454 616001 Short Mat Bowls Thursday 2pm-4pm Call 0117 9692025 Line Dancing Thursday 7.30pm-9.30pm Call 07792 456988 Karate Friday 6pm-8pm Sunday 10.30am-noon Call 07951 947280 Historical Club Wednesday (Last Wednesday of the month) 7.30pm-9.30pm Call 0117 9692025

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 (, Phone 0798 605 3005)

Coming up in Filton in the next month, P12 In brief North Bristol Amateur Radio Club

The NBARC has been in existence since 1977. It is located at the top of Braemar Avenue in the SHE 7 club premises and members meet on a Friday evening when everyone is welcome. There are over 50 members of all ages and abilities, from teenagers to people in their 80s. The training officers are constantly achieving a good pass rate for members who are taking their amateur radio examinations to gain a licence and a registered call sign. The meetings on a club night consists of guest speakers, updates on regulations,

discussion on the latest gadgets and operating procedures. The club is affiliated to the Radio Society of Great Britain. Other Amateur Radio clubs are located at Thornbury, Shirehampton and Whitchurch. Some members are registered with the Raynet emergency communication system for use in emergencies when other forms of communication fail. They also assist with on the ground communication for events such as carnival processions and the Bristol Docks Run. The club is involved in a number of Radio Rallies in the area such as the West of England Rally, The South Gloucestershire Rally and attend the Bitton Railway open day.

Members also meet on the air in ‘nets’ with a controller to discuss all sorts of things. They are also active worldwide using Morse and speech. Currently much interest is concerned with developing digital modes of communication and the associated changes to equipment. Further information can be found on the club web site

App for health

A new smartphone app, designed to help residents in South Gloucestershire find the right local health services, has been launched. The app also supports the

Got a story or any other inquiry? Call Richard on 0777 555 0607 or email

local NHS campaign ‘Think ABC before A&E’ which aims to curb unnecessary attendance at A&E. Designed for iPhones, with an android version in the pipeline, the South Gloucestershire Service Finder app enables residents to quickly find their nearest health service. At the touch of a button, residents can quickly locate and contact nearby GP practices, pharmacies, minor injury units, hospitals and A&E departments. Residents can download the app from their iPhone app store or iTunes account, using search term ‘southglos’ or ‘south gloucestershire service finder’. It will soon be available for android phones and tablets.




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February: What are all those files?

On your computer there are tens of thousands of files which make the PC work. There are also many more which are your personal documents. Have you noticed that each different file type has a different picture? For example a Microsoft Word document has a W on the icon. How does the computer know this? Well, after each name there is a full stop followed by a few letters, for example thankyouletter.doc. This means the name of the file is called “thankyouletter” and the .doc tells the computer what kind of file it is. In this case a Word document. Usually this part, known as an extension, is hidden so you can’t see it. There are many different type of files. Here is a short list of a few you might come across. .doc or .docx - Microsoft Word - letters. .xls or .xlsx - Microsoft Excel - spreadsheets. .pdf - Adobe Portable Document Format - many online documents are saved like this as Adobe viewer is free to download. .zip - compressed file - this can house one or many files and shrinks the file size so it can be emailed more easily. .jpg, .gif or .tiff - image files - there are many ways to save pictures. .htm or .html - internet files - this is how internet pages are stored. Of course if you would like to have a chat about this please contact us on 0117 969 8767 or visit us in our shop on the corner of Filton Ave and the A4174. Advert, Page 25

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A citywide property group with a branch in Filton has taken triple honours at the Estate Agents of the Year Awards. Ocean has been awarded gold for the second consecutive year as the “best medium-sized estate agent in the South West”,

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Filtonvoice February 2014 edition  

Filtonvoice February 2014 edition