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The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Jack Lopresti MP visit the new Rolls-Royce jet engine factory. Picture by Edward Massey / CCHQ

Rishi's flying visit to Filton

It was no ordinary day for employees at Rolls-Royce in Filton in March.

They were joined by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who opened the company’s FutureWorks initiative – a showcase of the aerospace industry’s future.

The PM visited the jet engine factory with Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti, who said that Mr Sunak particularly enjoyed meeting the firm’s young apprentices and found them “inspirational”.

Employees at Rolls-Royce showed Mr Sunak some of the exciting, world-leading technologies they have been developing and the contribution

Appeal after Filton knife attack P5

Council seeks to sell former playing field

South Gloucestershire Council is consulting on seeking Secretary of State consent for the disposal of the former playing field area for a Filton primary school.

This is the final part of a process which has been started with the provision of a new playing field for Charborough Road School of a better quality.

This new field is joined to the school, to give easy access and ensure safeguarding for pupils. It is now proposed that the council seek consent for the sale of land on which the original playing field stood. The capital receipt to be used towards the cost of providing the new playing field and relandscaped school site.

The consultation runs until April 29. Visit www.consultations.

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Primary school 'thrilled' with latest Ofsted inspection

A Filton primary school has received high praise from Ofsted for its dedication to creating an inclusive and enjoyable learning environment.

Shield Road Primary School in Filton, which has just over 200 pupils on roll, has retained its 'Good' rating and the school says that it is "thrilled" with the report.

In the report, staff were commended for their consistent approach to behaviour, and creating an environment where pupils feel listened to and valued. Pupils were noted as feeling happy and safe, as a result of the strong relationships with staff,

and they enjoy learning at school.

Shield Road's welcoming attitude towards pupils from other countries was also applauded by Ofsted.

Inspectors praised the curriculum, saying that it was thoughtfully planned, and that it has been adapted to support the different needs of its pupils.

A strong emphasis is also placed on reading across the school.

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"We want to strive for the very best for our children and school community, providing an environment for our children to become life-long learners."

Shield Road Primary School is led by headteacher Rhodri Hopkins.

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Decision due on former Filton pub

Image, left: A CGI of how the flats will look by AWW Architects.

Image, right: The Concorde Brewers Fayre pub in Filton

A decision is due imminently on plans to replace a former pub in Filton with five storeys of students flats.

Developers want to demolish the Concorde Brewers Fayre pub next to the Premier Inn hotel, and build 99 student beds to serve the University of the West of England.

The recently shut down pub is located at the Shield retail centre next to the roundabout joining Gloucester Road and the Link Road.

Each flat would have either five or six bedrooms, according to the plans put forward by the developers, Eagle One Retail Ltd.

No car parking spaces would be available for students living in the new building.

At the time Filtonvoice went to print, planning officers at South Gloucestershire Council were recommending the development management committee approves permission for the student flats.

In planning documents, architects said: “The site is well located to travel to and from the university as well as having good connections to the city centre.

“Its proximity to public transport and on-site and local facilities including shops, restaurants and bars will further encourage students to walk or cycle.

“These factors will mitigate reliance on individually owned cars, as the proposal aims to increase the use of sustainable transport and no car spaces are provided for students.”

The building is a 25-minute walk to UWE’s Frenchay Campus, or an eight-minute bike ride.

However, only 20 spaces will be provided for students to lock up bicycles outside the flats.

Two retail units would be included on the ground floor of the building, although it’s unclear what these will be used for.

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Appeal after Filton knife attack on teen

Includes reporting by Alex Seabrook, LDRS reporter Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was threatened with a knife and robbed in Filton.

The 15-year-old boy was walking along Gloucester Road North on March 3 when his coat, AirPods and bank card were stolen by three people, believed to be teenagers.

The victim did not sustain any injuries from the incident.

The offenders are all described as white and were wearing black tracksuits and balaclavas at the time.

One is described as slim build and about 5ft10ins, another was

larger build and around 5ft7ins, and the third was medium build and about 5ft10ins.

The incident follows the stabbing of a teenage boy at Little Stoke playing fields in February.

The victim – who reportedly had his bike and phone stolen – was taken to hospital but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Three teenagers were arrested following the attack – a 13-yearold, a 14-year-old and a 15-yearold.

According to a report on the BBC, the teenagers were released on conditional bail.

The boy has since been discharged from hospital.

These are two of a series of knife crime incidents which have occurred in the wider Bristol area this past year.

And two “urban street gangs” in Bristol have been linked to at

least some of the incidents seen, a police chief has said.

It is not known if the incidents in Filton and Stoke Gifford involved these gangs.

The gangs have not been named but Superintendent Mark Runacres from Avon and Somerset Police said the National Crime Agency is aware of the two organised crime groups.

Data showing the hotspots for serious knife crime suggest they are operating mainly in the east Bristol area.

The recent alleged doublemurder in Knowle West is not thought to be linked to the same two gangs.

Mr Runacres said: “There’s recently been some work we’ve done with the National Crime Agency. People sometimes shy away from using the word ‘gangs’, but we have two urban street gangs in Bristol that have been confirmed by the National Crime Agency.

“Young people who are involved in those gangs present a very high level of risk around serious violence. I’m fairly sure that their existence will be behind the very stark increase that we’ve had in serious violence involving knives in the last 12 to 18 months.”

But the problem of knife crime can’t be solved by the police alone, according to Christina Gray, director of public health and communities at the council. She said young people were sometimes carrying knives due to fear.

Ms Gray said: “It’s really important that we’re working with and for the communities, with and for those young people, so it’s a communities-first approach.”

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Recycle more, and waste less – council

Recycling and waste collections are changing in Filton, in a bid to recycle more and waste less.

There will be more recycling at kerbsides, which South Gloucestershire Council hopes will lead to less waste in the household black bins.

According to the council, currently around a third of the contents in the average black bin in the district are recyclable materials.

There will also be new opportunities to recycle flexible plastics, and this will soon be rolled out to more homes in South Gloucestershire.

Black bin collections will initially remain the same, but the council is exploring costs for fortnightly as well as threeweekly collections.

Moving to three-weekly black bin collections is expected to save at least £1 million per year.

Changes to the frequency of collections for black bins will

only be made after steps have been taken to recycle more materials from the kerbside, and to reduce the amount of waste in

people’s black bins.

These were just some of key features that were agreed, as part of the new contract for waste

management, at a council cabinet meeting on March 11.

Final bids are expected in the summer before a decision is made in October to appoint the successful contractor.

The new contractor will take up the collections service from August 2025.

Other features include Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) – known as Sort It Centres – will come inhouse and be council operated.

And more homes will benefit from kerbside recycling, including the expansion of the collection of food waste from flats.

South Glos Cabinet Member with responsibility for waste and recycling services, Cllr Leigh Ingham, said: “South Gloucester can be cleaner and greener.

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Putting women in the picture

Inspirational women in community rail are being celebrated after two new portraits were unveiled at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

The drawings – revealed on International Women’s Day on March 8 – are the latest addition to the popular Pioneers of the Railways gallery, which can be found on platform 4 at the station.

Valentina Paz Huxley, a member of Rising Arts Agency and known for her vivid and eye-catching work, is the artist behind the portraits.

Councillor Marion Atkinson (pictured above right) is the subject of one of the portraits.

A champion of Women in Community Rail (WiCR), Marion was the first female leader of Sefton Council, chair of two Community Rail Partnerships, vice chair and board member of Community Rail Network, chair of Women in Community

Rail and rail support officer for Merseytravel.

The other portrait is of Marjorie Birch who was instrumental in establishing the education programme for Community Rail Lancashire and is greatly missed as a deputy chair of Women in Community Rail.

The launch took place with a celebration event held at Lockleaze Sports Centre

and included a screening of a women’s walking football tournament, organised by Women in Community Rail earlier this year.

The project was kindly supported by Community Rail Network, Great Western Railway, Cross Country Trains and Women in Community Rail.

Faye Keane, Community Development Officer for Severnside Community Rail

Partnership said: “It should come as no surprise to those in Community Rail that Marion and Marjorie’s portraits were a welcome addition to the Pioneers’ gallery.

“Both women have worked with communities to develop a more inclusive and representative voice in rail and have had to be resilient and determined over their careers to do so. It is our pleasure to highlight all they achieved and bring this to the attention of others to educate and inspire!”

Great Western Railway Station Manager, Marcus Deegan said: “The gallery has brightened up platform 4, allowing station users to learn more about people from marginalised communities who have brought great value to the rail industry.

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Brabazon development

A “historic decision” has been taken to approve plans for the giant housing development on the former Filton Airfield.

YTL Developments now has planning permission to build 6,500 homes on the old airport, more than twice the size of its original plan for the site.

The plans also include new schools, a research campus, office spaces, laboratories, cafes and restaurants.

Developers won’t be allowed

to build some of the new homes until they can prove public transport has been improved, to prevent clogging up the nearby road network with cars.

Councillors on the strategic sites delivery committee at South Gloucestershire Council voted to approve planning permission on Thursday, February 29.

Developers previously had permission to build 2,675 homes, but the new Brabazon development will now be much more dense.

Speaking to the committee, Simon Fitton, technical planning director at YTL, said: “Today hopefully represents a huge milestone in the evolution of Brabazon. This consent will allow for review to ensure the transport strategy is working, and the right amount of education, community and health facilities are available and meeting everyone’s needs.

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“There’s probably no other site outside of London that can minimise the need to travel by car, plan around new public transport and create a thriving walking and cycling neighbourhood.”

Construction is already taking place on the first phase of homes, as well as the main spine road through the area. Over 150 homes have already been finished and are occupied.

Councillor Sanjay Shambhu, representing Charlton and Cribbs, said: “The former Filton Airfield site is brownfield and perfectly suited for a development of this size and

scope. This development will bring significant benefits to my ward and to the wider district with a boost to economic activity and enhanced public services. There’s a great deal of support for this locally.”

The development will be split into phases, to ensure there’s not an adverse impact on the local road network. This means YTL won’t be allowed to build all of the homes planned, unless critical upgrades to buses and trains take place. As part of the development, several new bike lanes and bus routes are planned, and there will be few car parking spaces for residents.

Cllr Adrian Rush said: “We’re looking here to change people’s attitudes away from cars and into buses and trains, where it’s never happened before in this county that we’ve been able to do this. I’m worried it’s not going to happen, and I’m hopeful that if we get to the stage where they

review it and it’s not working quite as well as they’d thought, we can go back and start thinking again.”

Another concern was service charges which future residents will have to pay.

These will go towards a management company responsible for running the public open spaces and parks.

Some councillors suggested these should be handed over to the local parish councils instead.

Brabazon, in numbers:

• 6,500 new homes, including 1,724 affordable homes

• 3 hotels

• 600 extra care units

• 270,000 square metres of offices

• 55,000 square metres for industrial uses

• 25,000 square metres of town centre uses

• 1,514 student beds

• 2 primary schools

• 1 high school

• 1 health and sports provision

• 1 arena

• 1 train station

• 1 train station

• Potential to create over 30,000 jobs

• 3,500 trees planted

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Brabazon - four page special Behind the scenes at Brabazon site

Driving along the A38, it’s difficult to see the sheer scale of work taking place on the Filton Airfield. But inside the development, workers are busy diverting an underground stream and recycling materials from the old runway, while the first of several thousand new residents are moving in.

Late last month YTL were given planning permission to more than double the number of homes planned for the former airport (read more, P8-9).

6,500 houses and apartments will eventually be built alongside new schools, hotels, a train station and a giant new park the same size as Castle Park.

Meanwhile the developers are still designing the arena planned

for three enormous hangars, and couldn’t confirm if the opening date was still late 2025 or early 2026. But a formal press announcement is expected to be made “within the next month”, with the latest arena updates. However, the Local Democracy Reporting Service has been given a behind-the-scenes look.

The name of the development, Brabazon, comes from a giant plane manufactured on the site, which the three massive hangars that will become the arena were specially built for in the 1940s. Each hangar is 30 metres tall, and between 80 and 120 metres deep. All 10 of the Concorde planes built in the UK were also made in the hangars, in the late 1960s and early 70s.

Leading the delivery of the

new 19,000-capacity arena is Andrew Billingham, CEO of YTL Arena LTD. He previously worked for Bristol Sport and oversaw the rebuild of Ashton Gate between 2014 and 2016

As well as hosting 180 live music shows each year, the arena will also be able to host sport events, such as tennis or athletics.

The majority of food and drink served will be from the region, with a “Gloucester Road

feel”, and the latest technology such as self-pour beer walls.

An ongoing concern about the arena plans is its location on the very edge of Bristol. But a new train station is planned to open in 2026, while a Metrobus route will run through the site.

Crucially, the housing development will be phased, relying on upgrades to public transport happening before proceeding to building the next phase of new homes.

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Seb Loyn, YTL planning and development director, said: “It’s not obvious to everybody just how much work we’ve been getting on with.

“It’s probably about 80 acres of infrastructure that we’re putting in at the moment.”

Mr Billingham added: “I think the general public feels that this is just an arena build, but it isn’t. This is a huge infrastructure project before it even becomes an arena build.”

Community hub underway

New life is being breathed into an old hangar on the former Filton Airfield site.

Construction work is underway to convert Hangar 16U – an historic listed hangar – into a new community hub at Brabazon.

It is being transformed by YTL Developments, who are expecting to open the space to the public after the summer in 2025.

Hangar 16U was once a hive of activity, assembling and maintaining aircraft in the Airfield’s aviation heyday.

Now this brick-built structure will have a new lease of life as a local, sociable community hub that will serve residents from across North Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Downstairs there will be an open-plan café as well as quiet spots for studying, activity rooms and a communityfocused fitness centre.

Upstairs will feature dedicated youth spaces, more activity rooms and a large social space.

It is designed by Bristolbased architects Ferguson Mann, and the restoration plans ensure the preservation of the hangar's unique features, including its Belfast trusses and red brickwork.

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Council given £3,200 for planting in shopping areas

Sustainable planting projects that help high streets burst with life and support the environment have received a share of more than £32,000 in grant funding from South Gloucestershire Council.

In Filton, the town council is being given £3,200 to introduce sustainable planting to locations in the Filton Avenue shopping areas, both opposite the Bulldog and at the shops in Conygre ward, near the new Morrisons Daily.

The funding will help multiple projects from across the district to ‘Green the High Street’ in a way that responds to the changing climate, increases biodiversity and creates spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Greening the High Street grants were open to applications from organisations with environmentally friendly ways to brighten up

areas in or near our high streets. Successful applicants include community-led projects with plans to install planters instead of hanging baskets, proposals to nurture climate-resilient plants and planting more trees.

The project was funded by the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund and a total of 12 community-led projects have benefited.

Councillor Leigh Ingham, Cabinet Member for Communities and Local Place, said: “We are delighted to support so many community groups and town and parish councils to help our high streets buzz with life. ”

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This month, I have been delighted to meet so many people in our local area who are doing fantastic work in their communities.

I had the pleasure of visiting Snack Attacks at the Park in Norman Scott Park run by Patchway Town Councillor Denise Lansdown and her family.

I am so pleased to see that the Brightwell Centre in Bradley Stoke is going from strength to strength. From sustainability to the excellent work to help those with neurological diseases access services and get into work, I am so very proud of the work being done here.

The Aerospace Bristol Museum is a marvellous institution which showcases the past and our area’s aerospace heritage and combines it with optimism for the future of the industry.

I was given a tour by Amy

Seadon and Sally Cordwell who showed me some of the new exhibits such as Britannia, as well as showing me the archives. With so many aerospace and defence manufacturers nearby, many of which are featured in exhibitions and displays, I have written to some of them on Aerospace Bristol’s behalf to request funds for the museum to hire an archivist.

A good quality education for our young people is crucial for their future. That’s why I was so pleased to have recently visited Holy Trinity Primary School in Bradley Stoke to see how their

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excellent teaching standards and to discuss school funding which is improving.

I feel encouraged by the news that South Gloucestershire Council have agreed to continue funding the 84/85 and 918 bus services, but it is vital that previously cut bus services are reinstated so that pupils can get to school safely and on time.

I recently returned from my sixth visit to Ukraine. While in Kyiv, I attended the Yalta European Strategy (YES) conference. I had a series of meetings with defence manufacturers in Ukraine and I am working to build better means of cooperation between defence manufacturing companies, as well as defence ministries in our two countries.

In addition to good international cooperation in the defence of our allies, I was delighted to meet with so many young apprentices

in the aerospace and defence manufacturing sector who are based in our area with companies such as Rolls-Royce and GKN Aerospace. I met them at an event in Parliament which showcased the excellent work apprentices do in these strategically important sectors.

We have all seen the terrible news of knife crime in the Bristol area. I have met with Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Shelford and Chief Inspector Dan Forster to discuss the terrible incident which took place in Little Stoke Park. We discussed the investigation, in addition to how we can get knives off our streets and protect our young people from being lured into as life of violence, crime and thuggery.

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Rolls-Royce factory welcome for PM

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Following the visit, the PM said: “It was brilliant to visit Roll-Royce in Filton with Jack Lopresti MP who has been a tireless champion of the defence and aerospace manufacturing sector both locally and in Westminster.

“It was great to meet with so many at the facility who have worked so hard to bring new technologies like the new Tempest fighter jet to market, and it was particularly great to see so many young, firstclass apprentices who are at

the beginning of their exciting careers in this innovative sector.

“I know that Jack has been a strong advocate for apprenticeships throughout the defence and aerospace industry and throughout the rest of our economy and will continue to campaign hard for more investment in the wider Filton and Bradley Stoke area.”

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Tom Kerridge’s Fish & Chips


(serves 4)

• 4 halibut fillets, about 180g each

• sea salt flakes, to taste

• table salt, to taste

• lemon wedges, to serve

For the chips

• 4 large potatoes for chipping, such as Maris piper

• vegetable oil for deep-frying

For the tartare sauce

• 3 egg yolks

• 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

• 4 tsp white wine vinegar

• 500ml vegetable oil

• 2 hard-boiled eggs, shelled and grated

• 1 shallot, finely chopped

• 2 tbsp finely chopped gherkins

• 2 tbsp capers in brine, drained and finely chopped

For the beer batter

• 2 egg whites

• 240ml beer or sparkling water

• 350g self-raising white flour

• large pinch of bicarbonate of soda

For the pea purée:

• 25g butter

• 1 shallot, finely chopped

• ½ tsp sea salt flakes

• 100ml chicken stock

• 1 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves

• 350g frozen peas, defrosted

• 4 tsp caster sugar


1. To make thick chips, top and tail each potato, then use an apple corer to cut out the centres. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil, adding the potatoes, before returning the water to the boil and cook for about 5 minutes until tender, but still holding their shapes. Remove from the water and leave to drain, then dry well on a wire rack.

2. Now heat enough oil for deepfrying in a heavy-based saucepan until it reaches 140°C. Add the potatoes and fry for 8–10 minutes until the oil stops bubbling. Remove the potatoes and return them to the wire rack to cool completely.

3. For the tartare sauce, place the egg yolks, Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar in a food processor and blend until smooth. Now add the oil until the mixture emulsifies and thickens. Stir in the remaining ingredients and season, then cover and keep in the fridge until needed.

4. For the pea purée, melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Add the shallots and sea salt and fry for at least 5 minutes until softened, but not coloured. Add the chicken stock and mint and bring to the boil. Add the peas and sugar, return the stock to the

boil and boil for 5–6 minutes until the peas are tender. Strain the peas and shallots over a bowl to catch the liquid, then transfer to a blender. Add 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid and blend until smooth, and season.

5. To make the batter, mix the egg whites and beer together until fluffy. Mix the flour and bicarbonate of soda together in a large bowl and add the mix.

6. Fry the potatoes for a second time (2-3 minutes), reheating the oil to 180°C, draining on kitchen paper, then keep hot in a low oven. Reheat the oil to 180°C, if necessary, dipping the fish into the batter, then add to the oil and fry for 3–5 minutes until crispy and golden brown. Drain on kitchen paper.

7. Finally, sprinkle with sea salt flakes and serve immediately with the chips, pea purée, tartare sauce and lemon wedges for squeezing over.

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A mixture of fact, fiction and famous films dominate our April previews. Do you prefer Rebel or rebels?

You Are Here by David Nicholls (April 23rd)

Written with Nicholls’ trademark wit and empathy, this affecting love story from the author of One Day finds two lost souls thrown together on an epic walk back home.

When a persistent mutual friend and some very English weather conspire to bring them together, Marnie and Michael suddenly find themselves alone on the most epic of walks and on the precipice of a new friendship. But can it survive the journey?

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Scientists believe that all humanity originated from Africa and this book is therefore for everyone.

Zeinab Badawi guides us through Africa’s spectacular history, from the origins of humanity, through ancient civilisations and medieval empires with powerful queens and kings, to the miseries of conquest and the elation of independence.

Rebel Rising by Rebel Wilson (April 18th)

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Green ngers… the Alan Titchmarsh column

He’s a magnificent broadcaster, gifted gardener, brilliant author and all-round horticultural visionary. This month, Alan Titchmarsh talks about how to make your garden a social hub.

In the world of gardening, we often see our green spaces as personal sanctuaries, reflections of our innermost selves. Yet amongst the greenery, there lies a hidden potential – the chance to turn these private retreats into vibrant social hubs, where relationships blossom and communities thrive.

Imagine a plot where the simple act of sitting down invites conversation. Seating, thoughtfully arranged under the shade of a tree or around the inviting warmth of a fire pit, becomes more than just a place to rest; it’s a setting for interaction.

A garden bench or a collection of movable chairs can transform a solitary

corner into a bustling social spot, encouraging discussions that range from the mundane to the profound. In this space, the traditional barriers of fences and hedges take on a new role as subtle invitations for neighbourly chats.

As the sun moves across the sky during the daytime, the garden will reveal its various moods and states and can look different in various settings. With the gentle morning light illuminating the lawn and its flowery cousins, that invites early risers to a nice tranquil start.

By the time we get to midmorning and early afternoon, that’s when the garden really begins to buzz with life – quite literally. With bees humming, birds singing and the soft rustle of leaves in the breeze.

Then, as evening gradually finds its way into proceedings, the garden dons its nocturnal robe. As the sun begins to disappear, it generates a soft lighting and that can sometimes cast something of a magical glow.

Transforming pathways into golden trails and flowerbeds into pools of light, this gentle illumination isn’t just a

functional one, it also sets a mood and an ambiance that encourages guests to linger, converse and stay longer under the stars.

With this social oasis created, any dining area will become more than solely just a place to eat, but also a communal gathering spot. A large table – maybe with a nearby grill or pizza oven – stands ready for shared meals, laughter and stories. This can attract repeat company.

Each season brings its own charm, its own reason for gathering, and its own story to tell. Let your garden be a demonstration to the power of shared spaces, where every leaf and bloom is a testament to the enduring beauty of human connection.

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St Peter’s Church: Services

Sunday 24 March 8.30am and 10am

Eucharist with Church Parade to celebrate Palm Sunday

Sunday 31 March Easter Day 10am

Eucharist and 6pm Evensong with Benediction

Holy Week Services

Monday 25 March 7pm Taizé

Tuesday 26 March 7pm Stations of the Cross

Wednesday 27 March 7pm Eucharist

Maundy Thursday 28 March 7pm Liturgy of the Last Supper with foot washing

Good Friday 29 March 2pm Liturgy of the Last Hour

Easter Eve Saturday 30 March 8pm Easter Vigil service

April’s Services

Sunday 7 April 10am Eucharist and 5pm Youth of God

Sunday 14 April 8.30am and 10am

Eucharist. 6pm Taizé * in the Lady Chapel

Sunday 21 April 8.30am and 10am

Family Eucharist

Sunday 28 April 8.30am and 10am


Midweek Said Eucharists are on Wednesdays at 7pm and Thursdays at 11am.

Taizé service

Based on the calm, contemplative practice of prayer from the Taizé community in France, this is a beautiful, quiet service of reflection on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6pm. It is a great way to carve out an hour for yourself in the busyness of the week, spending time together in quiet, candlelit prayer.

Social and Church Groups

Our Mothers' Union meets on 2nd Thursday at 2pm in the Coffee Shop. Again, full details on the website. Brabazon Belles (a social group for women) meet on the first Monday of the month at 7pm in the church hall. Our Open House group meets every Tuesday in the church hall from 9.3011am for tea, toast, and companionship. Our friendly choir meets for rehearsals every Friday at 7pm in the church.

Time to Grieve. Grieving the loss of a loved one? Time to Grieve offers you a space to talk about your loved one with a trained bereavement counsellor and to meet others in a similar situation. 10.30 - 11am on the first Wednesday of every month.

Community Coffee Shop

Our friendly, welcoming coffee shop is open from Monday to Friday, 10am1pm for hot and cold drinks, homemade cake and hot snacks and soup. Suggested donation £1.50 per item.

We have a wonderful hairdresser in the coffee shop who is happy to cut people's

OVER 30s DANCE PARTY at the superb BAWA Club, Filton

on the FIRST Friday of every MONTH (NO dance in August or January)

It’s the ideal night out for the 30-60 age range. Come dance and socialise amongst a friendly, lively crowd. Dancing Thru’ the Decades includes Motown, Soul, Club Classics… Music you can relate to. Club times are 9 ‘til 1. Last entry 11pm – very smart casual. No t-shirts or trainers and gents required to wear collared shirts. Entry: £8. Facebook: @Luv2mingle

hair in return for a donation to the church. She is usually in the coffee shop on Wednesday mornings if you would like a quick trim. We also offer free soup and a roll to anyone in need of a hot meal. Thursdays from 10am. Why not join us on Toasty Tuesdays from 10am for a hot drink and some toast.

You can find more information about all of this, and read our weekly news sheet, by going to www.stpeterschurchfilton. com and if you have any queries, please contact the Rector, or the administrator, who will be only too happy to help. and

St Andrew's Methodist Church Regular Services


Morning Service 10.30 am. Little Lights (for children whose parents are attending worship). Please join us and you will receive a warm welcome. Tuesdays

Wesley Guild, alternate Tuesdays, 2.15 pm.


Rainbows (Term-time) 5.00pm


(Term-time) St Andrew's Baby and Toddler Group, 10.00 am – 11.45 am, £2 per family, includes refreshments. Play, crafts, chat and singing time.


Outside groups also regularly hire our newly refurbished multi-use church.

Easter Services

Maundy Thursday (with the Bristol Male Voice Choir) 7.30 pm

Good Friday 10.00 am

Easter Sunday 10.30 am

Sip 'n' Chat Coffee morning Thursday 11 April 10.00 am - 12.00. Enjoy a cuppa, a cake and a chat - all welcome.

Messy Church 13 April 3.30 pm - 5.15

pm. Crafts, fun and food for all the family. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.



12.30-1.30pm Tai Chi, £3 entry

7-9pm The Hangout youth club for young people aged 13-25, with social or learning disabilities, £2 entry


10am-12pm Coffee Club (tea & coffee morning for older folk), donations welcomed

5.30-6.30pm Rise youth club for School Years 3 & 4, £2 entry

7-8.30pm Shine youth club for School

Years 5 & 6, £2 entry


2.30-3.30pm first Wednesday of each month, Goldies Sing & Smile sing-a-long sessions. £3 donation to Goldies.

7-9pm Outbreak youth club for School

Years 7-13, £2 entry

Thursdays: Silver Surfers (over 50s IT support drop-in) 10am-12pm, £3 including refreshments.

1.30-2.30pm Low Impact Fitness session, £3 entry

7-9pm Illuminators social club for adults aged 20+ with social or learning disabilities, £2 entry


10am-12pm “Coffee & Chat” coffee morning for anyone who would like to come for refreshments, conversations and join in crafts and games together. Donations welcomed.

1–3pm Creative Writing, Donations welcomed.

Contact: FACE, Youth Centre, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS. 0117 9691938 /

Girl Guiding

Rainbows – age 4 - 7 years - Tuesday 16:45-17:45 & Thursday 17:15 – 18:15

Brownies - age 7 - 10 years - Tuesday 17:45-19:15

Guides - age 10 - 14 years - Tuesday 19:30 – 21:00

Rangers - age 14 - 18 years - Tuesday 19:30 – 21:00

To register your daughter, go to Girlguiding UK website and follow the link 'Register my daughter'

1st Filton Scouts

Beavers age 6-8, Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 & Wednesday 5:45 – 6:45

Cubs age 8-10, Monday and Thursday 6:30 – 8pm

Scouts age 10 -14, Tues 7 – 8:45pm

The group is based in Scout HQ, Nutfield Grove, Filton, BS34 7LJ. All sections are open to boys and girls.

Men In Sheds Filton

The DIY group, which aims to tackle loneliness and isolation among men aged over 50, operates from the Scout hut in Nutfield Grove, providing a space to socialise, build, share skills and drink tea. Men in Sheds Filton is part of a national movement, initiated by Age Concern Cheshire in 2009 and sustained by the UK Men’s Sheds Association. The group runs every Wednesday, from 9.30am-12.30pm. Call John Cahill 07986053005


Tuesday: Bingo 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Wednesday: Over 50s lunch, Cooked lunch, pudding and tea/coffee for just £3.50. Please ring 0117 969 5130 to book and arrive by 12.15pm.


Bristol Taiko - Japanese Drumming 7.00pm - 8:30pm, £5 per session

International Plastic Modellers Society Avon

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday in the month from 7:30pm for 8.00pm at: BAWA Healthcare & Leisure, 589 Southmead Rd, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG. Contact the club at:

Ukulele Filton

We are an enthusiastic group of ukulele players, who meet to strum along and sing on Monday evenings, at 7.30 pm. We will be at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Elm Park. New members are very welcome to join us there. No previous experience needed. We have spare ukes for you to try, and plenty of help in getting you started. For further details, phone Sue on: 07504561 831

Bristol Scrabble Club

Bristol Scrabble Club meets every Wednesday evening from 7pm until 10pm at the Filton Community Centre. Elm Park Filton BS347PS. New members are welcome and first visit is free so come along and give us a try. For more information ring Sheila Hinett 01179570792 or 07435316458. Alternatively email shinett@blueyonder.

Bristol Sugarcraft Guild

We are a small friendly group who meet every third Saturday of the month 2pm to 4pm at St Andrews Church, Elm Park, Filton. If you would like to learn to make sugar flowers and models we hold April, 2024 T: 0777 555 0607 To advertise, contact and on 0770 674 1200 or Richard on 0777 555 0607
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Zumba Fitness

Zumba fitness class

@St Andrews Methodist Church on Fridays 7pm.

Term time only, £6 per session, booking required. For more info please contact Anna, 07513398547 www.zumba. com/p/Anna-Reade/2308790

demonstrations and also workshops with instruction. Beginners are very welcome. Please call Jean Kington on 01454 314178 or Carole Hyams on 0117 956 8037 for more information.


Townswomen’s Guild

We will be meeting at St Andrew's Church Hall on the 2nd Wednesday afternoon of each month (except August) at 2pm to 4pm. We welcome new members. For more information, please contact Edna on 9495413.

Community Garden

Gardening Get-togethers continue on alternate Saturdays 11am to 1pm

Join the friendly volunteers and help keep the garden looking great for all to enjoy. All abilities welcome, just turn up on the day wearing suitable clothing and bring your own gloves. Tools and guidance provided.

April 13th, 27th

May 11th, 25th

For updates and more info visit or email communitygarden@

Filtones Afternoon Choir

Our long-established mixed voice choir is looking to recruit new members in 2024.

Adults of all ages, and all voice ranges are welcome from soprano to bass. We meet every Wednesday afternoon from 1.45-3.45 p.m. at the St Teresa’s Community Rooms, (behind the church) at 71 Gloucester Rd North BS34 7PL Come along and try us out for four weeks free, with no audition and no commitment.

*OPEN REHEARSAL* As a one- off event we are holding a choir open rehearsal on the 24 April at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Elm Park between 1.45 and 3.45. It is FREE for all to drop in and listen to how we prepare for our concerts, and you can even join in if you feel inclined. Meet the choir for free tea and biscuits during their break. You are assured of a very warm welcome. We are a very friendly bunch so please give us a try – what’s there to lose and you might find yourself with an absorbing new hobby and lots of new friends in the process. For further information please ring Dot on 07870 984760 or go to our website www. We look forward to meeting you.

Ebenezer Church

Sundays Sunday Service 10.30AM – 12PM Wednesdays

Footprints – Senior Citizens Community Group 2PM – 3.30PM Thursdays

Taste Café 10.30AM – 12.30PM (Term time only)

Foodbank Outlet 1PM – 3PM If you are at crisis point and struggling with food, then please contact the foodbank about getting support. Call 0117 472 5172


Community Breakfast 9AM – 10.30AM

Simple breakfast of bacon butty, cereal toast and hot drinks for £1.50 Toys available for pre-school children.

After School Hangout 3.30PM – 5PM (Every two weeks during term time) Different zones with crafts, games books, homework space and a free meal.) For families with primary school aged children.

One Off Events

Friday 19th April: Peace Feast 7PM-9PM

A Peace Feast brings people from different cultures and faiths together around a meal, to build understanding & friendship. Organised by local Bristol charity‘Bridges for Communities’. Full details and sign up

Saturday 4th May – Monday 6th May: The Noise 2024

A weekend of practical projects and community events across the city.

For more information about Ebenezer Church visit or call the church office on 0117 9791399

Concord Wind Band

We are a friendly, mixed ability band, playing music for fun. We rehearse at the Beechwood Club, Beechwood Rd, Fishponds, Bristol. BS16 3T every Friday 7.30pm to 9.30pm, with a tea break. We welcome new members. Contact Jayne on 07880724948

Filton Bookworms

Are you interested in joining a reading group? Come along to the Bookworms monthly reading group at Filton Library! 1st Friday of each month at 2:00pm If you are interested in Joining, please as inside the library.

If you are interested in Joining, please as inside the library. Phone: 01454 868006 or Email:

North Avon Speakers Club

We are a public speaking group associated with Toastmasters International. We usually meet every first and third Thursday of the

month at BAWA Filton, 7:15pm to 9:30pm.

We have prepared speeches, but also Table Topics, which are a fun way to help members and guests practice impromptu speaking. Our speeches and table topics, usually get evaluated afterwards by members of the club, in the meeting itself, so that we can all improve at our public speaking skills! After our meetings some members and guests usually also go to the nearby lounge/bar at BAWA. Please email for more information.

Filton Garden Club

We meet at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month, (except January). We are a very friendly club & welcome new members. If you enjoy interesting talks and slideshows on various aspects of gardens, plants etc., and day trips to gardens of interest, please come along & join us. We meet at St. Andrew's Church, BS34 7PS

Dance Moves Keep Fit

Tuesday, 2-3pm at St Peter's Church Filton. Have fun whilst improving your general wellbeing. Suitable for all ages. For further information, contact Eileen Scott, Tel. 07969929733/ email

Short Mat Bowls

We are a friendly group that meets Thursdays 1:45pm to 4pm at the Filton Community centre, Elm Park Filton, BS34 7PS. New members are welcome, and the first visit is free, then each session £3. Contact Alan Riley on 07957295287 or email

Keep Fit Class @ St Teresa’s Social Centre

Want to stay active and improve your well-being? Why not try your local exercise class at St Teresa's Social Centre in Filton on Mondays 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Work at your own level. All abilities welcome.

Filton Historical Group

Programme of Talks – Autumn 2023 to Spring 2024

Wednesday 27 March - 7.30 pm

'From Brunel to HST and Beyond' - Roy Ackerill

Wednesday 24 April – 7.30 pm

'The Victorian Fight Against Filth' - John Stennard

These talks will be held in St. Andrews Church, Elm Park, Filton. All talks will start at 7.30 pm. There is plenty of free parking available in the adjacent Church car park. Those who wish only to come to selected talks will be asked to pay £5 per session.

Please pass the information on these talks to anyone you feel might be

interested. We welcome all comers, especially new members.

Tel: 0117-9424378


Royal Air Forces Association – Bristol Branch

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month we run Veterans lunch at our club, The lunch is for veterans of all services and widows of Service men.

Come and meet like-minded others for companionship and make new friends. If help is needed we can point you in the right direction.

Open from 12pm, lunch is at 1pm until 3pm. The price is £7 for two courses.

Address 38 Eastfield, Westbury On Trym, BS9 4BE

Please ring 0117 0470775 to book.

Filton Pétanque Club

Come and try a game of Pétanque - the French game of boules. No equipment needed initially, just wear flat, trainertype shoes, and dress for the weather. Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm. Sunday mornings at 10.30am.

Venue: the boule piste, Elm Park, next to the community garden. website

Northavon Singers

Northavon Singers would like to welcome more singers to their four-part all-age (18+) choir.

Rehearsals are weekly at St Peter’s Church Hall, Filton, every Wednesday at 7.30 pm –9.30 pm

We sing concerts in local churches and visit South Gloucestershire care homes during the year with all sorts of music from swing to classical. We would love to see Bassists and / or Tenors (willing to have a rehearsal) come along and see if they like us! Come and join us! or phone 0117 9699206

Functional Skills Maths Course

Free maths course for over 19’s who do not hold a level 2 maths qualification.

Silent Movies accompanied by Byron Jones “The Welsh Wizard”

St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Filton BS34 7PS

Saturday, 4 May 2.30 – 4.00 pm

(Doors open at 2.00 pm) £6 – ( tea & cake included) pay on entry (cash only)

To book call 0777 363 6042

Mondays 9:30am to 11:30am at FACE

Please contact Louise Gillett, South Glos. Community Development Worker on 07720 143 891 or email: louise.gillett@ April, 2024 filtonvoice E: 21 Got a story or any other inquiry? Call Richard on 0777 555 0607 or email

Imaginations to take flight at Aerospace's history event

Aerospace Bristol in Filton is bringing the aviation industry's remarkable history to life over the Easter holidays.

Actors will portray historical characters and real-life experts will share their aerospace achievements as part of the museum's 'Meet History' event, which runs over two weekends, March 29 to April 1, and April 5 to April 8.

Among the characters being played are George Henry Challenger, the designer of the Bristol Boxkite, and Olga Lehmann, an artist who painted incredible murals in underground factories.

Visitors can also step into Olga's shoes

and contribute to a new, exciting mural for the museum's school lunch space.

Remarkable professionals in the field of aerospace, such as Concorde engineers and rocket scientists, will also share their fascinating stories about their work.

And younger visitors and budding pilots will be kept entertained by a squadron of pedal planes for under-5s, which are landing at Aerospace Bristol on the April 2-4.

All activities are included with admission and Aerospace Bristol tickets include free return visits for a year.

Visit to find out more.

With NHS dentists hard to find, local people are rightly concerned about their mouth health. But there might be an alternative. In her regular series of columns, Sarah-Joy Lendon, the 'Virtual Hygienist', offers tips on how you can take steps yourself to reduce your need to visit the dentist

Why brushing baby teeth is important News

TIt can be tempting to think that because baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth that they are not important.

But in actual fact these Primary Teeth (so called because they are of primary importance), have many essential roles to play:

• The ability to eat a varied diet

• Speech development

• Social interaction, eg: smiling, talking

• Space saver for the adult teeth

• Guidance of the adult teeth into the correct position in the mouth

So, looking after these precious little teeth is essential to the well-being of our children, here are some tips for keeping the smiles going:

1. Brush their teeth twice a day – once before bed and at least one other time in the day, I would recommend before breakfast

2. Use a fluoride toothpaste – just a smear for anyone under 3 years old, and a pea sized amount for everybody else

3. Keep all sugary foods and drinks to meal times only

4. Avoid eating or drinking for approximately one hour before sleeping and during the night – if your baby is still weaning and needs milk at night this is okay, but as soon as possible once your baby can consume all their nutrition during the day, avoid anything other than water at night

5. Have regular dental check-ups – take your baby along with you when you visit the dentist and as soon as their first tooth comes through you can book them in for a check up

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