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filtonvoice January 2014 Issue 28

Local man revives cafe, Page 9


Council wants your views on street lights switch-off, Pages 3 & 21 Major consultation exercise could have an impact on council tax for all Filton residents Popular vet’s 10th anniversary, Page 11

Filton people give their New Year resolutions, Page 4 Filton Labour accused of backing ‘vanity’ airport scheme, Pages 6&7 Head teacher’s unusual outfit for charity run, Page 27

We take a trip on the Filton Flyer as residents are urged to use service - Pages 8&9


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Editor’s note


It’s a new year and it feels like there are a lot of positive things happening in Filton. While some of the best economic minds in the country are crunching numbers and deciding whether things really are getting better for the country, sometimes it’s better to use the barometer of gut feeling. In Filton, in the past year, we have seen several indicators that perhaps we are climbing again rather than falling. Certainly the opening of the Abbeywood Retail Park was the biggest ‘economic’ event of 2013 and several hundred people, many local, are now in work at Asda and the restaurants. Last month we described how Mike Guerin and his team at McDonald’s had taken on new staff, some of whom will go forward in management training. Just before Christmas, the Home Bargains shop opened at the Shield Retail Park. Shop owners on and around Church View have expressed optimism with the opening of the new Airbus offices and the new trade this brings.

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At the boundary of Filton Park and Northville, we have seen the Maniks Restaurant opening for business along with other businesses and there area indicators that the former Blockbusters and Motaman premises may not be shut for too long. This does not mean there should be complacency but new businesses mean new jobs and improved confidence. Filton now has its own bus service - the 555 Filton Flyer - a product of much campaigning by a group of councillors and public servants. Our schools are improving all the time, both in the eyes of Ofsted and in the perception of parents. Last month we reported the Elm Park playpark is to get a much needed £60,000 revamp. This will complement the superb community garden, built by volunteers with business support last year. Police are reporting crime being down in the majority of categories. Filton has had its share of problems, and some are far from being solved, but perhaps a corner has been turned. It is now up to all of us to ensure we keep moving in the right direction.


Closing date looms for primary places

Parents in Filton with children due to start infant or primary school in September 2014 are being reminded to submit their school places application by 15 January 2014. Children born between 1 Sept 2009 and 31 August 2010 can start infant or primary school from September 2014.The national deadline for application forms for admission to all infant and primary schools in England is 15 January 2014. South Gloucestershire residents can apply for a school place online at www. Advice on how the admission process works and how to apply is given in the council’s Primary School Places booklet, which is available online at www. or by telephoning 01454 868 008. Applications submitted after the closing date of 15 January 2014 will be treated as late and will be considered only after all on-time applicants have been considered. This may mean that late applicants are disadvantaged in gaining a place at their preferred school. Residents of other areas should apply directly to their local authority.


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Make your views count, town urged Filton Town Council has launched a wide-ranging consultation on a series of major issues affecting the town. Councillors want residents to give their views on ‘houses of multiple occupancy (HMO)’, street lighting and streetcare sevices such as grass cutting. The results could influence what level of service residents could expect in the future - and also affect the level of council tax which each household pays. Street lighting has attracted much local attention after South Glos Council decided to switch off many lights in the town during the night as part of measures to save money and reduce carbon emissions. It has been revealed that individual parish and town councils can elect to ‘buy back’ the lighting service but this would mean an increase in the ‘precept’ - the part of council

tax which funds town council activities. Last year, Filtonvoice reported that to turn on all the lights in Filton would result in a charge of approximately £7 per household per year. Streetcare services have also seen cutbacks and again, the town council has the option to ‘buy back’ the services such as grass cutting, hanging baskets and dog bin collections. Together, this would mean a charge of £4.33 per year to each household. HMOs were in the news last spring when concerns were raised that too many houses in Filton were being used for student accommodation with both tenants and landlords failing to take responsibility for bins and parking. The town council is asking residents if they would be willing to fund a survey to assess the level of HMOs in

the town. This would mean an extra £12.55 per household on the precept. Town council chairman Darryl Collins, pictured, said: “This is your opportunity to let us know what you think about these three important issues raised through our council meetings by residents. The issue of Multiple Occupancy Housing has been raised as a cause for concern by a number of residents both in regard to parking and general housing maintenance issues.


“Should you agree and this proposed survey prove successful there is the probability for us to recoup any initial costs. “Street lighting has been raised on a number of occasions. “Lastly we have the issue of ‘Streetcare’, where we need to look at things like the cutting of grass verges, our hanging baskets and Christmas lighting? “Please get involved in this consultation where we fully value your feedback to help us make the right decisions.” l A consultation will also take place on the future of the Elm Park playpark. Last month it was reported that £70,000 grant funding has been secured to improve the playpark and now families are being invited to the Elm Park Pavilion on Saturday, January 18 at 11.30am to give their views.

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Filton’s New Year Resolutions As we begin 2014, Filtonvoice has asked local people what their resolutions will be for the year ahead

The same resolution each year: to stay curious and questioning, to keep the mind open to new ideas and experiences. In the words of the late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney, to ‘credit marvels’. Filtonvoice arts writer Deborah Harvey To keep on supporting the local area and the community Ken Hoare We hope to see more families making a local secondary school their school of first choice in 2014. We hope to be allowed to


do what we believe is best for the education of the young people for whom we are responsible rather than having freedom curtailed by constant changes to the way student outcomes are measured and reported by the current government. We are concerned that progress we have made in our schools will be jeopardised by an emerging 2-tier education system with high academic expectations being placed on all students which are not realistically going to be achievable for some - there appears to be little value being placed on

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“We must meet up in the New Year!” to February “Great to catch up with you!”. And enjoy what we have and what we do not have but want take positive steps to achieve.” Howard Bowker To continue to work hard with my fellow Labour councillors on behalf of the residents of Filton, particularly in view of more cuts in funding and the planning of the massive development that will be occurring on our doorstep. Cllr Roger Hutchinson

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Is Filton on the up?



Although times are still not easy, 2013 saw considerable positive change in Filton. The big event in the local economy was the regeneration of the Abbey Wood Retail Park with the flagship Asda store opening. In other parts of Filton, although there have been businesses closing, others have sprung up. In 2013 the town saw the new community garden built by local people and backed by business. Local schools were inspected by Ofsted with favourable outcomes. Filton residents fought to keep the Shield Road health clinic and although the police station is to go, moves are afoot to keep a presence in the town. 2013 saw Filton get its own bus, the Flyer, and another significant event was the re-opening of Airbus’s Pegasus House, with the firm securing several big international deals which should safeguard local jobs. There are fears, however, that the sell-off of the airfield could lead to congestion if the infrastructure and jobs are not in place. Filtonvoice invited local figures for their views on the state of the town. There is little doubt that the new retail facilities’ that are suddenly growing up in and around Filton are to be welcomed and it is to be hoped that existing empty retail units will also benefit from this apparent boom in the economic growth taking place. However this is clearly happening because of the major developments that are going to happen in and around the airfield and on other sites close to Filton with obvious problems associated with it, which as South Glos Councillors we have to face to limit the effects, particularly of increased traffic. Some of the other gains that have been made have been achieved by local action: By us as councillors recognising need and persuading the Area Forum to allocate £60k from the council’s allocation of New Homes Bonus (again development related) for improvements to the play area in Elm Park for instance; By the action of local people together with councillors in raising issues like the clinic and persuading the authorities that there is a need where that wasn’t being appreciated; And by recognising other funding opportunities, like the Local Sustainable Transport Fund community allocation, which enabled the purchase

of the Filton Flyer community bus and working together on parking restrictions to deal with commuter parking and other measures that affect our community as a whole. Cllrs Roger Hutchinson, Adam Monk and Ian Scott I believe strongly that things are on the up in the local area and, clearly, young people gaining better qualifications than previously is a part of the picture. It is very positive for the local community that The Olympus Academy Trust has enabled local schools to work together in Bradley Stoke and Stoke Gifford/ Filton as this has boosted confidence and morale as well as providing the impetus for change and improvement. Last summer’s results have given a new confidence to the community about Abbeywood Community School. 2014 promises to be an exciting year for education locally. Abbeywood School head Dave Baker I feel very positive about the future of Filton. I am very proud of Filton Hill School and how well our pupils are achieving. Filton Hill Primary head Kirsten Lemming



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Filton Labour accused of backing ‘vanity’ airport scheme


Filton councillors who voted against South Gloucestershire’s planning blueprint have been accused of backing a “vanity airport scheme”. Cllrs Ian Scott and Adam Monk rejected the South Glos core strategy after Labour gave their members a free vote on the scheme. However the blueprint, which will dictate infrastucture projects in the area until 2027, was overwhelmingly supported by councillors, including Filton’s Roger Hutchinson. Conservatives said that any moves to reopen Filton Airfield would “smash the quality of life of the thousands of residents who live under the airfield’s flight path.” Stoke Gifford Conservative Councillor Keith Cranney said: “I’m hugely relieved, on behalf of the community that I represent, that a majority of councillors have supported the planning inspector’s rejection of the vanity scheme put forward by Labour councillors to reopen the airfield to passenger flights as part of a new Filton International Airport. “Filton Labour councillors were all over the place at the council meeting. One of them voted in favour of adopting the Core Strategy while the other two



voted against adopting it. One of them seems to have realised that you cannot safeguard the local aerospace industry by burying your head in the sand, but the other two still haven’t got it.” The decision follows last year’s approval of the strategy by independent Government Planning Inspector Paul Crysell, who concluded that the strategy was ‘sound’ and suitable for adoption subject to a number of final modifications. As South Gloucestershire’s main planning document the strategy sets out the area’s agreed overarching development vision until 2027, helping the council to guide delivery of the new jobs, homes and infrastructure that will be needed in the future while protecting the area from “inappropriate or undesirable development”. Economic measures set out in the strategy include the creation of three new Enterprise Areas in Filton, Severnside and Emersons Green, with the potential to deliver thousands of new jobs by 2027. The strategy also makes provision for a total of 28,355 new homes, including affordable housing, of which the majority will be located near major employment sites in the North










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Planning blueprint will create “thousands of new homes and jobs along with enterprise area

Fringe areas of Filton, Patchway/ Cribbs Causeway and Harry Stoke. Housing development will be accompanied by new public transport infrastructure and community facilities such as schools, community centres and open spaces, to enable the

new and existing communities of South Gloucestershire to prosper. The decision to adopt the strategy follows public consultation over a number of years, as well as a full independent public examination. The final approved version of

the strategy, including all agreed modifications, will be published by the council after Christmas. Labour Group Leader Andy Perkins said that whilst some councillors felt it was best to have a plan in place to regulate future development, for others the

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Airfield was a ‘line in the sand’ and they could not vote to accept its closure. Cllr Scott told the South Glos Labour website: “Local people strongly oppose the closure and this is not just a sentimental reaction. Filton Airfield could have a future as it is a key component of the unique hub of high-tech industry in the Filton/ Patchway area, strategically located close to the M4-M5 motorway and rail interchanges. South Gloucestershire Council should have continued to designate it as an airfield even if the current owners did not want to run it. “5,000 additional houses on Filton Airfield will only worsen the environmental and transport problems of our area. The road network can hardly cope as it is.”

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Fares please! Taking a trip on the Filton Flyer

The Filton Flyer - the town’s very own bus service - is up and running and Filtonvoice has taken a complete round trip to try it out. On a grey, overcast day at the end of the Christmas holidays we hailed the red bus at the bottom of Braemer Avenue. It was right on time, according to the timetable on the special Filton Flyer pens which were distributed with Filtonvoice last month. As the doors opened we were greeted by friendly and courteous driver Tony Ward who took the £1.50 fare and asked where we were heading. “A complete circuit please” ... and we were off. 1 08/03/2012 15:36 We got chatting to Margaret Braemar Avenue Hooper who was heading to Southmead Hospital to visit a friend. up at Parkway Station, where she She told us how she had had originally planned to catch a recently moved to Patchway from regulation service. Filton and didn’t know about She said: “I will certainly be the Flyer but was pleasantly looking out for this again - it’s a surprised when she saw it pulling friendly service with such a nice 1 08/03/2012 15:36

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Driver Tony Ward Abbeywood station. This gave us time, at stops, to chat to Tony Ward who told us that the bus was consistently running on time despite some sticky spots at Gypsy Patch Lane, Filton Avenue and Southmead Road. He said that while people were getting used to the service, he was keeping a close eye on


people waiting at the pavement to make sure they didn’t miss the bus. After Abbeywood Station the bus went to the retail park and Asda, then to Sainsbury’s and on to Parkway Station. The final stretch for us took the bus back past SGS College into Conygre, the area of the town which has suffered most without a bus service. We were joined by another passenger who wanted to share her views but who didn’t want to be identified. She said that the service was “wonderful” but she wondered if the circuit was too big. She said: “It’s great but I think the route is too wide. “If people want to go to the Shield Centre from Conygre that works fine but it takes too long for the bus to come back.” She said the route should focus on the bits of the town without a service and link up to other services. After the leg of the journey

Abbey Wood Retail Park to the Church View shops, the bus went on to Elm Park and the Leisure Centre before returning down Braemar Avenue where we got off. It was a pleasant hour on a comfortable bus with a fantastic driver, one of two who work the route at the moment. The Flyer runs during the day Monday to Friday, costing £1.50 for a journey of any length with


Shield Retail Park the fare free for Diamond Pass holders. But organisers have warned that Filton people, who had made calls for the service, need to use it to make it viable. Have you tried the Flyer? Write to or write to Filtonvoice at the address on the letters page.


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Countdown to new beginning for Southmead Hospital The countdown has begun to the new Brunel building at Southmead Hospital Bristol. North Bristol NHS Trust takes ownership of the building from the developers, Carillion, in March 2014. The first patients will be moved into the state-of-the-art new building in mid-May with all other patients, teams and departments moving across during the following two weeks. By May 28 2014 the hospital will be fully open. Andrea Young, Chief Executive, said: “May 28 2014 marks a new beginning for Southmead Hospital Bristol. “For the first time together on one site, our services will be delivering exceptional healthcare for our local residents and for those patients travelling from further afield to visit one our regional centres of excellence, such as neurosurgery. “In the Brunel building, the region will have one of Europe’s leading hospitals and with the redevelopment of the maternity and breast care centre buildings, Southmead Hospital Bristol will truly have first class services treating patients in facilities that reflect a modern healthcare system.” The building work is progressing on time and some of the latest developments include: • Glass being added to

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10 years of caring for Filton pets A Filton vets’ practice has celebrated 10 years of service to the town. Vets4Pets on Gloucester Road North held a special party before Christmas at which owners - and some animals - came along to say thanks and take a tour of the surgery. Owner Michael Parry - a Filtonvoice columnist - told pet owners how proud he was of his team in Filton before cutting a birthday cake. Along with his team, he gave visitors a look ‘behind the scenes’ at the operating theatre, x-ray room, cattery, pharmacy and consulting rooms. Anne Curtis from Henbury, a regular with her dog Millie, said she was delighted to join in the celebrations. She said: “I love it here. If Millie feels happy then I feel happy and that’s how we feel

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here. I’ve been coming here for eight years and they always look after us. If there’s any little problem, I just have to mention it to Michael.”

Michael said: “We are very grateful to all our clients for their support over the past 10 years they really are wonderful. “It was great to see so many

at the anniversary party. We are looking forward to helping their pets over the next 10 years and more.” Column: Page 34

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Sat 18th January

A consultation will take place on the future of the Elm Park playpark. Last month it was reported that £70,000 grant funding has been secured to improve the playpark and now families are being invited to the Elm Park Pavilion on Saturday, January 18 at 11.30am to give their views.

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There will be a TABLE TOP SALE on Saturday, 18th January, 2014 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall, 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 31st Jan

Race Night (school fundraiser!) Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8SF. Doors open at 7.00 pm, first race at 7.30 pm prompt Dog, horse and pig racing shown on the big screen - all are welcome but only over 18s are allowed to place a 50p bet Licensed bar, soft drinks, adult & children’s raffles - a real fun and inexpensive night! Free admission so just turn up! We are looking for local businesses to sponsor a race for £10. In return your company details will appear in the programme next to the race you’ve sponsored and before the race is played your details will also appear on the big screen. If you’re interested please email as soon as possible.

Tues 4th Feb

The next meeting of Safer Stronger Filton will be on Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 7pm, at the BAWA club.

Sat 8th Feb

John O’Neill author of the recently published book, “Mum is in Charge” has been invited and will give a talk at the Filton Library on Saturday 8th February, which happens to be National Library DAY. The story is of family life in Filton during World War2, where Mum ran a Guest House, with the


help of her four children.The date of the Talk is Saturday 8th February at 10.30 until 11.45. Venue is Filton Library. Coffee will be served. Complimentary tickets can be obtained by phoning John on 01242 821671, or e-mail, Alternatively, contact can be with the Library on 01454 868006

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.

New events

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

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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

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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 youth’s 2014 plan Filton’s Youth Council has outlined its priorities for the year ahead. The group, which was set up last year, aims to give young people a greater say in town issues. In 2014, they plan to make an anti-bullying video and help the town council with its plans for a multi-use sports area (MUGA). At a recent meeting of the town council, eight youngsters described the work they have been doing and their plans for the future. They told councillors that they meet every two weeks at st Andrew’s Youth Centre and that they have already appointed a number of members to ‘official’ positions, ranging from event organiser and treasurer to publicity designers. Meetings involve planning future projects as well as time for socialising and getting to

know other members. The group members told the council that their aims for 2014 included: l Promoting the youth council and getting more members l Making an anti-bullying video as we think lots of children are affected by bullying in Filton l Getting involved in the

community garden project l Running more activities for children in the school holidays l Researching and writing an article for Filton Voice about foxes in Filton because we think there are lots of foxes and we are interested in finding out more about them. l Fundraising for a trip abroad l Getting more boys onto youth council because “we don’t have enough!” l Helping Filton Town Council planning for the MUGA and other projects. The group has also made a funding application of £2,000 to make the anti-bullying video and to produce leaflets.

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Local Democracy Week!

Local Democracy Week is a national campaign in October when people get involved in their local area and have a say about things that matter to them. We wrote a survey for children aged 9-14 years old and we sent it to all schools, youth clubs and uniformed organisations in Filton. Charborough Road School invited us in to Year 5 and 6 classrooms to complete it.

Wild About Gardens!

Wild About Gardens is a national campaign which aims to get more people to get involved in garden projects. The Filton Youth Council and Filton Community Garden committee came together to run a Wild About Garden event at Elm Park in October. We made flyers to take to local schools. We had a lot of activities going on such as making bird houses and bird feeders.

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I agree with the lights switch-off

For the past few months all I have heard about is people’s complaints regarding the Lights being switched off. It would be useful if we can have some positive outlooks on this subject ... it feels as if the editor holds a biased opinion, joining those who are opposed. (Editor’s note ... Filtonvoice has no view one way or the other) As for me, as resident of Filton whose lights are off at night, I am in agreement over the council’s action. My opinion to agree has come from an open


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view but also experience. I am sleeping better but am more aware of what is happening outside; for instance i know when a car is driving up and down the road. Ironically I don’t even notice the fact they are off regarding the level of light when visiting my 1930s downstairs loo at night, but I would question the 2,500 other signatures and ask how often they look outside at 2am. The times I do arrive home late, I quite enjoy the reminder that stars do exist and I have no problems navigating the roads. The road I live on was notable for drunk students wandering up and down early in the morning

and also social disturbances, but since the lights were dropped off I have noticed a drop in incidents. Our street has more of a problem with commuters than with the lights. I would ask Filtoners to at least give it a year before trying to stop it, then you can gauge your opinion on actual crime figures. If it goes up then you have a just cause. If it goes down or stays the same, then maybe it has hardly affected the way you live at all and will save a large chunk of money at the same time. Of course my view is against the majority, and sadly my

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Bad experience in new parking zone Here is a letter to warn those who live with the new parking restrictions: don’t forget to give visitors your parking permit for even in extenuating circumstances appeals are refused. After 30 years living in Kenmore Crescent I’ve had no complaints about any of S.Glos services. However, with the new parking restrictions I found

IT’S 2014: TIME FOR A WELL EARNED REST Do you find Christmas restful and relaxing? Or is it a non-stop mix of family and friends, entertaining and being entertained, refereeing rows over toys and TV viewing, and somehow in amongst all of this, cooking, cleaning, tidying up and making beds? Would you say you actually feel a bit guilty if you make time for yourself? If your life is a whirlwind from early morning to late at night, it’s time for a change! Your New Year’s resolution for 2014 should be a bit of time out! This may sound selfish and you might say you can’t possibly find space in your busy schedule ... BUT ... your body can only operate at a high level of stress for so long before it starts to give up on you. You don’t sleep, your energy levels drop, your mood swings, you put on weight(!) and maybe you get ill and struggle to fight it – allowing things to get to this stage isn’t good for you or your loved ones. Wouldn’t it make more sense to allow a regular bit of ‘me time’ and keep yourself calm and healthy? You could take a bath with bubbles and candles; you could have a lunch with a friend (no kids allowed); you could even do some exercise! Physical activity can make the world go away for a while, and has the added bonus of keeping you fit and healthy, releasing mood enhancing endorphins and aiding a good nights sleep. So make time for yourself in 2014 and you might just find a whole new you!

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myself at odds with those in authority who took no notice of my plea when a friend of mine parked in the road without realizing the new regulations. They said she parked by the post giving the times, but distressed, with three wooden posts being in the grass verge for about five years it was unlikely she’d see one was now metal with a notice on! She thought was the road marked out looked nice, but her mind was centred on her problems. For me, I welcomed her in, forgetting about the parking restrictions that had only been in place for 31 days. I rang up S Glos Council, and I wrote to appeal against the £35 fine.


I explained as my friend hadn’t the money to pay, so I would have to. I hoped my being a long-term resident, an upright citizen and pensioner they would listen to my appeal, because on that day I had two spaces empty on my drive, two parking permits and my friend a disabled badge (a copy sent to the council) all of which could have been used if I’d remembered the new restrictions. Two weeks later my friend had a letter saying the appeal hadn’t been accepted and she had two weeks to pay. About to go away I rang the Council again, and was told if I appealed further and it wasn’t upheld I’d have to pay £70. I wrote to the head of parking regulations at S.Glos, enclosed a cheque for £35.00 as a goodwill gesture, asking for my reasoning to be taken into account and heard nothing. Two months later I’ve received a letter from a member of the department saying once a fine has been paid, the case is closed, and no appeal can be made. Ruth Johnson Kenmore Crescent

Fed up with all the food litter

As a responsible dog owner I clear up my dog’s mess but I accept that notices reminding all dog owners to do likewise are necessary because dog mess is unsightly, unhealthy and hazardous. So too is fast food litter, a lot of which can be seen around the local area. This too is unsightly, unhealthy and hazardous, especially chicken bones which are dangerous to dogs as they splinter easily and can cause internal damage. Dogs naturally tend to scavenge and however closely you watch them on the lead they will pick these up and try to eat them. On more than one occasion I have had to retrieve chicken bones from my dog’s mouth as they were about to be swallowed. From what I see on my

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walks around the area there seems to be as much food litter as there is dog mess. However, there is a marked absence of official notices pointing out that dropping litter is an offence. Therefore, can we also have some notices for inconsiderate fast food consumers, please? Name and address supplied

Why won’t dog owners bin mess? Walking the dogs in Monks Park recently I’m disgusted by how much dog mess there is lying around in the grass again. Much of it is very close to the foot path. Why isn’t it picked up and binned? It’s been really annoying me lately. It’s the ease of shedding your responsibility under cover of morning and evening darkness isn’t it? How awfully convenient at

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this time of year! I (and others I know) take a long-beamed torch, I shine it on the dog and keep it focussed on the spot as I walk to it to bag it and bin it. Numerous times I have then found that somewhere in the grass I have trodden in someone else’s dog’s crap – today’s inspection in daylight reveals that’s not at all surprising! It’s also possible my dogs are bringing it home in their paws. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE?! Has their sense of social responsibility gone into seasonal shut down until the sun breaches the horizon again at these times?! They must surely wonder why some dog-owners are carrying torches and picking it up in the dark? I’m certainly wondering how they do it without a light perhaps Rudolf didn’t eat all the carrots they left, they’ve had to overdose on carotine and now possess night vision? If so, well use it then and clean up! I’m amazed at how brazenly they stride around at this time of year with clearly no intention of making the slightest effort to clean up after their dogs. You walk your dog in the dark in the park off the lead and without a light it’s obvious to everyone what you’re doing. You’re bringing it out to do its business in the park, leave it

there and expect everyone else to put up with it. Well here’s a flash, you have options! For example, keep the dogs on a lead at least until they’ve done one and clean up; bring a long–beam torch and clean up or…keep doing what you’re doing but…watch your step, eh! Name and address supplied

Money available for youth groups

As the readers may well be aware earlier this year there was a change to how Youth Services within South Gloucestershire are funded, the youth centres are now supported by grants. The budgets for these monies is called

Positive Youth Activity Grant and is administered through local area forums and in Filton this is called Southern Brooks Area Forum which covers Filton, Little Stoke, Patchway, Winterbourne & Frenchay. At the last are forum meeting Pyramid Youth Club secured additional revenue funding for 2 years and St Andrews have secured funding through this source as well in the past, being supported by Labour Councillors. There are still unallocated monies available from the Positive Youth Activity Grant which is open to local youth groups to apply for via www. of around £37k. Initially grants were only being accepted for revenue

purposes however at the next meeting of Southern Brooks Area Forum on 25th February at 7.00pm in Abbeywood School, applications will be considered for Capital projects. If any of the readers are involved in a youth group that falls within the Southern Brooks area and are undertaking a capital project there is a chance of funding available. The last area forum not only did Pyramid Youth Club secured funding, there was a successful application for funding for improvements to the Play Area in Elm Park from another funding source and finally road improvements in Northville Ward were identified as a road repair priority from a budget


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held specifically at this meeting opposed to the normal highways budget all of these schemes were pushed by Labour Councillors representing Filton. Cllr Adam Monk Filton Ward

Long route to get to supermarket

Regarding the Filton Flyer 555 new bus service and its proposed route, I fail to see how this will be of any use to the people living on Filton Avenue near to Conygre Road shops unless you frequently go back and forth to Southmead Hospital. To make a journey to Sainsburys or Parkway you would need to get on the bus at Conygre Road and go all the way to Southmead Hospital, stay on the bus and come back again on a winding route before finally arriving at Sainsburys etc. I would think this would take at least 3/4 hr or longer. People living between the Bulldog and the George already have many buses on that route but there are none on the part of Filton Avenue between Conygre shops and the George. Name supplied Editor’s note: As a result of this letter, we contacted Katie Donovan of Southern Brooks

who has been instrumental in getting the Filton Flyer project up and running. This is her response: Thank you for your input. We will certainly consider your concerns during the 6 month review of this pilot service. All Filton residents were invited to a consultation back in June that was widely advertised. This consultation took place at the Bethany Hall and

stakeholders were asked to plot potential routes. All information was considered during the formation of this route along with a petition containing 600 signatures and data gathered at Filton library ‘Drop In’ all of which was treated as supporting evidence. Unfortunately we were only able to secure the funding to operate one bus so the route on which it runs may seem longer

then if we had multiple buses running simultaneously. I would like to extend a big thank you to all the partners and residents who have supported getting this bus service up and running. Remember Filton residents please use it or we run the risk of losing it. Katie Donovan, Business Development Manager Southern Brooks Community Partnership

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Now we can Feast in Filton

A landmark Filton cafe has reopened with a new look and the promise of a new menu which will appeal to all. Neil Thomas, pictured, launched the Filton Feast just before Christmas, several months after the Munchies business closed down. The prominent cafe, at the junction of the Ring Road and Filton Avenue, had a reputation as a ‘greasy spoon’ attracting working men. But Neil says he wants to offer something different throughout the day in addition to the early morning cafe trade. The cafe has been completely refurbished with framed images of old Filton adorning one of the walls. He said: “I am a local man and my wife’s family was

involved with the Anchor pub so I approached the existing owners who were wanting to sell up. “We want to bring a varied menu, including lunches and we want to attract more than just the working men. “The look of the cafe is totally different.” Neil is running the cafe along with local woman Sally


Anderson and believes that with the recession over, now is a great time to open his new business. Already Filton people have been praising the cafe on social media. One Facebook user said: “Home-made bubble & squeak highly recommended and brilliant prices with friendly and welcoming staff.”

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Upbeat about jazz in Filton

If you “Get your kicks on Route 66” then how about Filton on the A38? That’s the opportunity for jazz lovers if current plans come to fruition. A leisurely Sunday afternoon listening to good quality jazz in the comfort of the “Leslie Harris Room” of Filton Community Centre could soon be available. The idea originated on a visit to Bristol’s” Brunswick Club” in the Square of that name. As you approach the entry door the sounds of “Ellington,” “Oscar Peterson” and “Fats Waller” etc drift pleasantly to your ears. Occasionally professional jazz “stars” travelling through Bristol pop in to ‘lend a hand.’ If it ‘goes down a bomb’ at Brunswick, it could go equally well here at Filton on alternative Sundays. I was surprised to see so many “locals” at the Brunswick. Jazz has a big following. The Filton Community Centre is making every effort to bring in new ideas and ventures appealing to all ages and preferences. Along with the recreational facilities provided by Filton Council at their Leisure Centre, it aims to make Elm Park an “Entertainment Mecca. Filton Community Centre was intended to become Filton’s hub of recreational activities serving most tastes. Tickets will be available at alternative locations in Filton besides the Centre itself. Look out for further details. Douglas Daniels

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Filton Town Council Get Fit in 2014 in Filton Military Boot Camp The 6 week Boot Camp courses are run back to back and continuously run throughout the year. However you are invited to stay on the Boot Camp after your initial course for continued results! The Boot Camp system is open to all fitness levels as no one can come first and no one comes last! - Everyone exercises together and are encouraged to do what they can and rest when they need 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

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Feb half term swimming lessons (17th Feb – 21st Feb 2014) Pre-school (3-4 year olds) Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February: 09.00 – 09.30 cost £22.50 per child ASA National stage one (tadpoles) Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February: 09.30 – 10.00, 10.00 – 10.30, 10.30 – 11.00 £22.50 per child

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Tang soo do Filton Sports & Leisure centre Get Fit, Learn Self Defence and Have Fun Our experienced Instructors are fully insured and CRB checked. We cater for people with a wide range of abilities and ages (7 years and above). Dragon Tang Soo Do guides people to live a healthy and harmonious life and our martial art develops skills such as: - Respect - Flexibility

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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.

January 14th, 7.30pm – Finance Committee Pavilion 21st, 7pm – Planning Committee Small Meeting Room 28th, 7.30pm – Full Council Pavilion

February 4th, 7pm – Staffing Committee Small Meeting Room* 11th, 7.30pm Finance Committee – Pavilion 18th, 7pm – Planning Committee Small Meeting Room 25th, 7.30pm – Full Council Meeting Pavilion *Not open to public

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Filton Town Council would like to consult with the public on opinions on the way forward with current issues that could affect the precept ie. Your Council Tax. Please circle your preference. 1. Financial implications of ‘Discretionary Licensing’ on Houses of Multiple Occupancy Do you have issues with Houses of Multiple Occupancy in your area?

Yes or No

Are you happy for your Council Tax to be spent on a survey to gauge the volume of HMOs in Filton (estimate of £30k) Yes or No Approx cost per household per year :


2. Street Lighting Yes or No

Are you concerned that lights are being switched off

Would you want the Town Council to buy back the service and fund via the Council Tax Yes or No £16.5K(approx £30 per light per year)

Approx cost per household per year: £7

3. Streetcare services ie. Amenity grass cutting, Hanging Baskets, emptying of Dog Bins Following the Localism Act a number of street care services are being charged back to Town and Parish councils. Please state whether or not you would like the Town Council to provide the following services :Grass cutting Shrubs approx Hanging baskets



cost per household per year





Dog Bins £3,000 yes/no (Dog waste can now be put in litter bins)

£1.60 40p £1.08


(Personal details will be kept confidential but must be completed to be valid) Name …………………………………………………………… Address ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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It’s not only the year that’s out, but large handbags too! Wave goodbye to your oversized shoppers and giant totes, for the clutch is predicted to be the best selling accessory for 2014. Whether it’s for hitting the dance floor, family wedding or a quick dash to the shops, a smaller bag could be the final flourish your outfit requires. Clutches are both fashionable and functional as they are widely available in assorted prints, colours, shapes, sizes, textures and all manner of embellishments. This means they can be matched with any outfit or occasion as well as forcing you into only bringing out the essentials, especially on a night out! Nobody wants another ton

weight on their arm to distract them from a good time! Here are some of my favourites available at The Mall Cribbs Causeway: 1. Black and White Raffia Clutch, £18, from Next 2. Burgundy Snake Skin Metal Tab Clutch, £15.99, from New Look 3. Leopard Print Cut Out Handle Clutch, £69, from Dune 4. Black Hard Mini Wrist Clutch, £30, from Warehouse 5. Heavy Gem Pink Envelope Clutch, £39, from Accessorize 6. Perforated Blue Clutch, £18, from Topshop 7. Metallic Pouch Clutch, £45, from Coast 8. Limited Edition Gold Crystal Encrusted Clutch, £200, from Karen Millen

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Mary must surely be the patron saint of all women who have to face unplanned pregnancies! For, from then on, life will be turned upside down - and full of surprises. But we have to face some surprises too, and perhaps the biggest surprise of all is to be called on to see something of God in the form of a baby. For when we hear that familiar story, as we have been hearing at this time every year, it calls out of us a reaction of sheer love, because we adore babies. We feel a tenderness and a protectiveness towards them. And every Christmas we are invited to join in what has been called the universal conspiracy of baby-worship. God becomes the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay. So we keep him passive and docile. When we see him represented for us in the crib or in the nativity scene, we almost feel that we have to Shush! so that we don’t wake him up, for then he might make demands, he might interfere in what we want to do.


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with The Revd Nigel Young Methodist Minister St Andrew’s, Filton, Eden Grove, & St Chad’s, Patchway

But that is not what babies are like. They do wake up. And they make demands. And when we describe the infant Jesus, it’s easy to forget that this is a real human child that we are talking about. If God is with us as a baby, he is not with us as a silently sleeping one. He may call out from us the qualities of love and devotion and compassion. But he does so by his insistent presence and his demanding cries. A baby teaches us the need to employ time and patience in order to learn to communicate with him. And time and patience are needed to enable us to learn to communicate with God. He will not give us immediate answers to the questions we want to ask. He

Dementia services ‘better than UK average’ Services for people with dementia in Filton are better than the national average, according to a new report from the Department of Health. The report shows that, in South Gloucestershire in the past two years:

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won’t tell us instantly why people suffer, or how to cope with death, or how to overcome loneliness or pain or poverty, or any of the many things that afflict us. He won’t immediately help us to solve the problems of international conflict or global warming or the poverty of what we call the developing world. For he is a God who gives us no ready-made answers. Instead, he offers us a human life begun as an infant. And if we want to find an answer, it means learning to be patient and attentive, and learning over time how to talk to him, and to listen to him, and to understand what it is that he is trying to say to us. The persistent crying and the

sometimes incomprehensible laughter of a baby can waken us from our sleep, and then we have to learn what these things mean in order to respond. Sometimes there are no easy answers, and so we have to begin a time of patient and loving attention. A lot of learning needs to be done when a newly-born baby comes into our lives. And a lot of learning needs to be done when the Christ-child is born among us. For then we must try to understand more fully what it is that he wishes to say to us and to our world, and then strive to do all we can to ensure that his insistent demands are met. With every blessing for the New Year.

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Catching Fire Reading Competition Students from Years 10 and 11 have been taking part in Orchard School’s first Reading Challenge. Students were challenged to read the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins in their own time and then to complete a quiz on the novel which entered them into a prize draw. Winners from each House received a copy of the book and a cinema gift card enabling them to watch the movie version of the book for free. Paige Smith, the Yellow House winner, commented: “It was great that I had a chance to get involved in the competition and it was amazing going to see the movie with my friend Kyanna.” The other winners (pictured) were: Adam Sambrook (Blue),

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the new community building in Gainsborough Square, part of the major redevelopment in Lockleaze. The first stage involves making giant stencils that will be used when the designs are spray-painted on site.

Godwin Mattia (Green), and Duane Heavens (Scarlet). Get Set to Make a Change Twelve students were selected to represent Orchard School at the British Olympic Association’s “Get Set To Make A Change” Roadshow in Cardiff. The two teams met Olympic Gold medallist Tim Ballie and Olympic Bronze medallist Nicola Williams. Orchard students joined in playing blindfold football, street dance and handball, before getting

involved in workshops on running community events. Orchard School has pledged to run 4 events in the next year so look out for Get Set to Make a Change events coming soon. Emily Mortimer in Year 9 said: ’Altogether the day was a great experience and helped us develop new skills that will help us plan sport leadership events.” Community Art Orchard students have been invited to design and decorate a hoarding which surrounds

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Alien Invasion Year 5 children from Filton Avenue Juniors have been creating alien life forms as shadow puppets as part of their topic ‘Space.’ Using poems as a starting point to trigger their imaginations, weird and wonderful extra-terrestrials were brought to life and filmed. Dead Poets Hiphop poetry duo, Mark and Mixy, the Dead Poets, performed their unique brand of improvised poetry to students across the school. Mixy did an impromptu poem about the Tudors for Year 5 children from Ashley Down who were making shadow puppets about the Spanish Armada.

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KS3 Reward trip to Old Trafford A group of 35 very excited KS3 students visited Old Trafford for Manchester United’s final Champions League Group game versus Shaktar Donetsk. The students all thoroughly enjoyed the experience, which was obviously made even better by the fact an out-of-(League) form Manchester United side won 1-0. It was worth the very late night!! This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to be rewarded for their good attitude to learning and attendance averages. We hope to be able to offer our students at Abbeywood this opportunity again in the future. Deki Tenner Tournament Year 8 students were given the opportunity to participate in an entrepreneurial programme run

by a charity called Deki which lends money to individuals in poorer countries to start up their own businesses. The programme was called The Deki Tenner Tournament, and students would develop their own ‘business’ in order to raise money for Deki from an initial £10 loan they were given. Firstly, the Year 8 students attended an ‘ideas generator’ session led by a Deki representative, in order to stimulate ideas and get themselves into teams. Secondly,

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they were asked to plan their event: What would they need? When would it be held? Who would be involved? Thirdly, they were asked to advertise their event; we had everything from cakes sales, to creative writing clubs, two stalls at the Christmas Pamper Evening and even Christmas cards and decorations being sold! The entire month was a huge success; students were engaged, motivated and above all, so keen to get their businesses going! Mrs Lock’s door did not stop


receiving students with ideas for a whole month! At the end of November, it was time to collect all profits…the final total raised by the 28 students was a magnificent £744.42! On Monday 9th December, we held a mini ‘Awards Ceremony’ for all students involved. A representative from Deki came and awarded certificates to all students who participated. During the Awards Ceremony, we received some amazing news. Of the fifteen schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire that took part in The Deki Tenner Tournament, we won! This gave everyone involved an even bigger sense of achievement! Christmas Showcase A warm, welcoming and entertaining evening was had by all on Thursday 12th December at the Creative Arts Christmas Festival Showcase. An array of performances from solo singing to full ensembles were presented to a supportive audience.

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Amanda dons donkey suit for nativity-themed race A Filton head teacher taking part in a charity fun run took inspiration from the event’s nativity theme – and joined the race dressed as a donkey. Amanda Pritchard, from St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, in Luckington Road, wore the costume to complete a 5km run in aid of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD). Mrs Pritchard said: “I wanted to make sure it was fun because it was for a really worthwhile cause. Normally at Christmas, there are lots of Santa fun runs, so the theme of nativity was different and really fitting for the work that CAFOD does. “Mary came to Bethlehem on a donkey so the character is pivotal to the nativity story. It was a brilliant first event, and I hope in the future more people will come forward to take part. It was a great family event too. “My daughter and some of her friends took part, and it was really nice to see families together.” The fun run took place at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Brislington, on Saturday, December 7, and was organised by the Clifton Diocese, which covers Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Bristol. The event is expected to raise hundreds of pounds for CAFOD’s work abroad, once all the teams have collected their sponsorship funds. There was a 5km route for adults and those over the age of 12, 800m for under-12s, and a

Amanda Pritchard, head teacher at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, takes part in CAFOD’s fundraising fun run short toddle for pre-schoolers. CAFOD is currently providing emergency relief in the devastated Philippines islands. Diocesan manager David Brinn said: “This is the first nativity run CAFOD has held outside London and it’s been a great success. The laughter and



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Drivers warned over drink/drug driving

Drivers in Filton have been reminded to avoid drinking and driving after there were 120 arrests for drink/drug driving offences in Avon and Somerset Police force area under Operation Tonic during December. In the period December 1-23, there were 93 arrests, followed by four arrests on Christmas Eve. There were a further four arrests on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.Between Friday and Monday a further 13 arrests were made. Of the 120 arrested since the beginning of the month, 71 have been charged and bailed to appear in court. Drivers caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs risk a fine of up to £5000, a minimum 12-month driving ban, a criminal record, could end up behind bars and could then find difficulty finding insurance or could lose their job. In 2011 in Avon and Somerset 231 drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while 7000 drivers were arrested nationally. Last year 136 people were charged with during the Operation Tonic anti drink and drugs campaign. Operation Tonic was launched nationally on December 1 and in Avon and Somerset officers from the roads policing unit have been acting on intelligence to target known "hot-spots," as well as reacting to public information. The operation has this year been targeting motorists who put lives at risk by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

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City of Bristol College has five main campuses across the city, offering over 1,000 courses – the widest choice in the area. We now offer a wide range of courses for people of all ages. AEC at Parkway is where our aeronautical, manufacturing and automotive students make use of our state-of-the-art equipment, including: l A vehicle brake testing station l An on-site commercial jet aircraft l 3D printing The centre is geared towards equipping learners with the skills and experience they need for employment in the engineering sector. Our AEC at Parkway campus plays an important role in the surrounding community with direct links with local employers. With small classes and one-to-

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Dancers take on the world in contest Dancers from Filton are among those preparing to compete in the World Irish Dance Championships. Pupils will be proudly representing the O’Malley School of Irish Dance at the competition in London this April, after qualifying in the regional championships. School founder Kate O’Malley says training for the solo dancers and five teams who are entered will begin in earnest in the new year. She said: “Learning to dance builds confidence, which

you see when they get up on stage. They recently performed at the Colston Hall in front of 1,500 people. “It's also nice getting children from different schools and backgrounds together.” The O’Malley School of Irish Dance has branches in Filton, Emersons Green and Frenchay. Dancers range from around five and up and there are classes for adults, too. Visit www., email omalleyirishdance@hotmail. or call 07934 444877.

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And as if that wasn’t enough, there were reels, jigs and a Lullaby for the Dead from that most influential of Irish folk bands, the Chieftains, interspersed with the mesmeric sound of the uilleann pipes, played by master piper Liam O’Flynn of Planxty, with Neil Martin on cello. In conclusion, Andrew O’Hagan conjectured that Heaney would have been “embarrassed but secretly pleased” by the evening’s proceedings, adding that he might once again have quoted Hugh MacDiarmid – “it was excessive, but not enough”. I could have listened for hours longer, but it was time to head home through the London traffic and along the rain-dark M4, cupping the flame that is Seamus Heaney’s legacy.


discovery in a peat bog of the body of a woman murdered in prehistoric times for (it is thought) the crime of adultery with the tarring and feathering of women in Northern Ireland by the IRA for consorting with the enemy, reading it with breathtaking tenderness. She followed this with At the Wellhead and finally the muchloved Postscript, the beauty of which belies its almost playful title.


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Impossible, really, to select highlights from an evening featuring such luminaries as Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage, Paula Meehan, Michael Longley, Tom Paulin, Christopher Reid, Paul Muldoon and the indefatigable Edna O’Brien, but I was moved to tears by Bernard O’Donoghue’s rendition of Mid-Term Break, the early poem about the death of Heaney’s four-year-old brother. Giving an object lesson in how to read poetry was the indefatigable Edna O’Brien, now an astonishing








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Enterprising students raise over £1,200 Students in Filton rose to an Apprentice-style challenge to bring in as much cash as they could – but all in the name of charity rather than profit. Four groups of young people took part in the SGS College initiative over six weeks, during which they organised sponsored walks, cake and Christmas sales, a showcase of local bands and much more, all in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital. The childcare and health and social care students had responsibility for everything from marketing to finance and management as part of the employability and enrichment (E&E) sessions. Their hard work paid off when they proudly presented

a cheque for £1,244.42 to Amy Ryder from the Bristol Children’s Hospital fundraising team. She said: “I would like to thank all the students. This will make a huge difference to our fundraising target of £3.5 million. I really loved the variety of the fundraising activities from cake sales to wearing your onesies. Getting the outside community involved was very impressive as it helps us get our message out there.” Tutor Emma Griffiths said: “This is the first year that we have embraced E&E in this way and we are noticing change among our students in terms of personal development, maturity, managing change and dealing with complex issues in teams.”

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Housing estate or car park? The recent visit by the Secretary of State for Defence to the MOD at Abbey Wood, Filton, gave abundant praise for the area becoming a world-renowned centre for Aerospace. Recognising the importance of the area to the aircraft industry he fully acknowledged the contribution it has provided to the world of aviation in the past. But while he lavished praise on its past creations – predominantly Concorde – he observed that we were perhaps concentrating too much on the past rather than acknowledging what it could provide for the future. BAe’s eagerness to sell off the airfield to a private developer for much-needed housing seems to be following a predetermined plan. Selling it off on the presumption that it was of no further use for operational purposes was blatantly in advance of decisions by the Government in assessing future runway requirements for the UK. The mechanisms of house building are slowly advancing towards the runway’s proximity. Its tear-up is becoming more and more of a possible reality. Surely would-be developers must know that a “buffer zone” has to be provided between industry and housing as declared by the Secretary of State. The major part of the airfield lies within that zone. The Secretary of State for Defence needs to be made fully aware that the village of Charlton was demolished to increase the length of the runway – one of the longest in the UK. If it reverts to housing it would blatantly disregard legalities that establish its future use and maintaining it as a runway. The mention of the area becoming a housing estate accommodating upwards of 5,000 houses simply beggars belief. A perception that the area could provide affordable housing for an anticipated influx of employees to the industry is purely presumptive. If walking to work is an incentive the opposite is more likely. The current perception is that employees prefer to reside away from their place of work rather than on its doorstep. One possible use of this airfield is to convert it to an extensive Park and Ride serviced regularly by both bus and rail


Councillor, former senior Rolls-Royce designer and twinning supporter Douglas Daniels shares his news from the past month with a clearway to principal routes, such as motorways. Phased timings of arrival and departure for employees would need to be undertaken by local industries to reduce road congestion which is becoming totally unacceptable, particularly at peak morning and evening periods. The car park would also assist the current parking provision at the Mall. Its current capacity of 5,000 spaces is becoming inadequate for the Mall’s popularity. It would enable the extension of this popular shopping area. South Gloucestershire Council will need to progress the use of this airfield site very carefully indeed. Should it ever be necessary to revive the airfield and put its runway back in use it could be far easier and much less costly to close a car park than demolish a housing estate. No one can predict the future with any certainty. Neither does anyone wish to see the mass destruction of housing in the event of any emergency requiring adequate runway capacity. “Housing or car park” ... This could quite easily be on the table for South Gloucestershire Council’s Planning Committee to decide. It will be one of the most important decisions the council will ever take.

Sausage, mash and the double booking The mere mention of “sausage and mash with onion gravy” proved irresistible to Filton Twinning Association members even though they had to queue for it. Meeting up at a church hall in Horfield in November, the event clashed with an Indian party at prayer. The hall had been double booked. Regardless of the mix-up and the inevitable wait in the cold, the evening event was a success. It was not just the delectable taste of the sausages but the demonstration of how sausages are made that proved to be the attraction. Complete with his “sausage machine” and ingredients and wearing his blue and white striped apron, butcher Michael Perry of Alveston set about making sausages like the ones they were all about to eat.


He described that when he first entered the trade as a butcher he started at 6am and didn’t finish until 3pm. Such was the daily demand for sausages. “Do we need to prick sausages before frying to stop them ‘exploding’?” I asked. “No! If they are made properly,” he replied, “they won’t spill out.” This was indeed an interesting demonstration. A speech before the meal is an innovative approach, especially where food is described. Otherwise speeches afterwards are more customary. All in all it was a most enjoyable evening. A credit to all those who helped to put it together. The Twinning Association will be making its visit to French town St Vallier this year from May 6-13. Membership of the Association is welcomed. Contact membership secretary Terry Rushent for details on 01454 260 808.

Filtonvoice goes international The October copies of Filtonvoice were forwarded to both twin towns – Witzenhausen and St Vallier. They have requested copies of future monthly issues. Witzenhausen Burgermeister Angela Fischer writes: “Many thanks for your friendly letter and magazine. I look forward to our next meeting in Filton (2015).”

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Applications 60 Mortimer Road Installation of side dormer to facilitate loft conversion. Unit 5C (Nandos Restaurant) Abbey Wood Retail Park Non-material amendment to PT13/3112/F to re-locate timber panel and install external timber lattice manifestation to shop front on side elevation. 23 Conygre Road Erection of single storey and two storey rear extension to provide addtional living accommodation. Erection of side dormer to facilitate loft conversion. T J Hughes PLC Abbey Wood Retail Park Display of 1no. non-illuminated fascia sign (item 1), 1no. internally illuminated fascia sign (item2), non-illuminated door vinyls (item3, 5), 8no. nonilluminated poster signs (item4), 2no. non-illuminated developer sign (item6) and 1no. nonilluminated goal post type panel sign (item7). Decisions Unit 5C (Nandos Restaurant) Abbey Wood Retail Park Non-material amendment to PT13/3112/F to re-locate timber panel and install external timber lattice manifestation to shop front on side elevation. Objection Cabot Court Gloucester Road North Filton Variation of condition 4 attached to planning permission PT06/2045/F to read, The parking for the approved scheme will be laid out and maintained to the satisfaction of the council clear of obstruction at all times for the parking and manoeuvring of motor vehicles in accordance with plan reference 1. Approve with Conditions Cabot Court Gloucester Road North Filton Variation of condition 5 attached to planning permission P93/2567 to read, The parking for the approved scheme will be laid out and maintained to the satisfaction of the council clear of obstruction at all times for the parking and manoeuvring of motor vehicles in accordance with plan reference 1304. Approve with Conditions

Cabot Court Gloucester Road North Filton Variation of condition 6 attached to planning permission PT10/3420/EXT to read, The parking for the approved scheme will be laid out and maintained to the satisfaction of the council clear of obstruction at all times for the parking and manoeuvring of motor vehicles in accordance with plan reference. Approve with Conditions 61 Northville Road Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 1no. bungalow with associated works. (Re Submission of PT13/2668/F) Approve with Conditions 1 Kipling Road Alteration to roofline. (Retrospective) Withdrawn Abbey Wood Shopping Park Display of 6no. internally illuminated flex face fascia signs. Approved 124 Gloucester Road North Change of use of premises from Class A1 to Cafe (Class A3) as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). Approve with Conditions Land Adj. To 1 Dunkeld Avenue Erection of 1no. detached dwelling with access and associated works. Approve with Conditions 32 Station Road Erection of detached single storey annexe ancillary to main dwelling. Approve with Conditions Unit 1 And 2 Abbey Wood Retail Park Station Road Variation of condition 11 attached to planning permission PT11/2290/F to allow the amalgamation of units 1 and 2, and the use of the subsequently amalgamated unit of 1,858m2 in total shall be used only for comparison goods, except that up 281m2 shall be permitted to be used for the sale of food and drink products and for the sale of pet foods. Further that units 1 and 2 as approved by PT11//2290/F will still at no point be amalgamated with unit 3 (foodstore). Approve with Conditions

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Members of the Filton community are being urged to put their talents to good use and help the local churches stage a play this Easter. Church leaders Andrew Dixon, Lesley Parker and the Rev Nigel Young have confirmed there are plans to stage Filton’s very own Passion Play on Elm Park playing fields on Good Friday, which falls on April 3 this year. 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. Roles including producer, director, musical director, stage manager, sound and lighting, costume and make-up, publicity, secretary, treasurer and outreach co-ordinator need to be filled. 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 standrewsfilton@live. or call Lesley on 0117 969 6821.



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Author to offer insight into wartime tale with a talk The author of a book that tells of wartime life in Filton will be giving a talk at the community's library. John O'Neill recently published his book Mum Is In Charge and will be speaking to an audience at Filton Library on Saturday, February 8, which is also National Library Day. His story focuses on family life during World War II, when Mum ran a guest house with the help of her four children. This true account by the youngest child of the family includes a close brush with death during the German daylight raid on Filton Aero Works in September 1940, evacuation to the Forest of Dean and an encounter with a ghost.



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He also revisits his childhood days at Chipping Sodbury Grammar School, young romances, the serious illness

of a close friend, the loss of his father in 1941 and his mother’s disciplined principles which kept the family secure and showed truly that Mum was “in charge”. John said: “Time will be given for questions, as this has been of great interest and requests from readers merit answers to what happened to the family after the war.” His talk will take place at Filton Library on February 8, from 10.30-11.45am, and coffee will be served. Complimentary tickets can be obtained by phoning John on 01242 821671, or email Alternatively, contact the library on 01454 868006.

We discussed this in October, but thought you might like more information on how to share your music and pictures with all the laptops, PCs, tablets and even televisions in your house. If all your computers are connected through a home network, all you need to do is choose one location for all your files. This could be an existing PC, but of course it has to be permanently installed. No point in putting all your files on a laptop which will be out of the house half of the time. If all your computers are mobile you could consider a Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive. This has the benefit of being cheaper than a computer and is permanently in your house. They start from as little as £100. You can even set them up so you can access your files when you are away from home. They have another benefit as well. You can buy NAS drives with two hard drives, which are the parts that store your files. It is set up so the drives are exact copies. If one drive fails, the other drive has a copy of all your information. It can even email you if there is a problem so you can replace the damaged drive with no loss of information. These cost from £250 upwards. On top of this, we would always recommend an additional back-up for extra protection. Of course if you would like to have a chat about this or need any help with choosing the right NAS drive for you, 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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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

Bingo, Filton Community Centre, 7.30pm


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.


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

St Andrews Youth Centre

For young people: Mondays 5.30-7.30pm Duke of Edinburgh’s award groups Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm Youth

To advertise, contact Richard on 0777 555 0607 or Emma on 0771 577 0448. Email:


January, 2014

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

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@

Fridays 8.30-9.30pm Tea & Toastie drop-in (tea, toasties, and information, advice / contraception drop-in for 13-20s)

Juniors 5-9 yrs Thursdays 6.30 - 7.45 p.m.

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

Pyramid Youth Club 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.


more information. There are vacancies in all age groups. Based at 470 Filton Avenue, contact Margaret Morris 0117 9691315

Filton Community Centre 983 6500

Mondays: Tea dance, 1.453.45, call 302 6981. Zumba fitness class, 6.30-7.30 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

Inters and Seniors have football, basketball, dodgeball etc. plus pool and table tennis, computer games, cookery and music.

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

New members are welcome. Please ring 9691315 if you want

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; 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 (, Phone 0798 605 3005)

Coming up in Filton in the next month, P12 Volunteer Speed Matching Discover local volunteering opportunities in a speed matching event to find your perfect match! Tuesday 18th February between 5.30—7pm Coniston Community Centre in Patchway.

(School fundraising event!)

to be held at Abbeywood Community School, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8SF on

Friday 31 January 2014

Doors open at 7.00 pm, first race starts at 7.30 pm prompt! Free admission! Adult & Children’s Raffle!

Licensed bar available! Prizes and lots of fun guaranteed!!!!! Open to anyone

but only over 18s will be allowed to bet

Share Your Skills Meet With Local Charities

Hear About Volunteering Opportunities Everyone Welcome 01454 868 986

Just come along and join in the fun!

Got a story/something you would like everyone in Filton to know about? Call Richard on 0777 555 0607 or email



T: 0777 555 0607

January, 2014

Filton Property of the Month, with 17 Charborough Road, Filton Park


Ocean is proud to present this extended, three-bedroom, semi-detached property located in Charborough Road in Filton Park. Accommodation briefly comprises porch, lounge, dining room, downstairs W/C and extended kitchen of more than 20ft. Upstairs viewers will find three bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property benefits from gas central heating, double glazing, rear garden, garage and

off-street parking for two cars. This property is offered with no onward chain. Call the office direct on 0117 904 4000 for an early viewing.

Contact us: Ocean, 8 Gloucester Road North, Filton, BS7 0SF. 0117 904 4000.

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- free admission and everyone will be most welcome Aztec Hotel & Spa, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4TS tel: 01454 201090

To advertise, contact Richard on 0777 555 0607 or Emma on 0771 577 0448. Email:

Trade services

To advertise in our trade services section from as little as £15 per month contact Richard on 07775 550607 or Emma on 0117 9082121.



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Call Jon for a free, no obligation quote Tel 0117 9790575 / 07800 939148 PLUMBER

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