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My family’s terror as robbers stole gold from our home

Filton Town Council has rejected plans to build a state-of-the art baseball and cricket batting cage at Elm Park. Backers of the plan said they wanted to site the large structure on the field as a business venture to promote the sport. Users would have been able to practise their technique with balls contained by a large net structure. Councillors said that while they were keen on the project, issues around vandalism, lack of power supply and rental levels were all stumbling blocks which made the project unfeasible.

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My family don’t want to live here any more after robbery terror He only popped out of his Filton Park house for a few minutes but in that time a gang of armed robbers subjected Jackson Joseph’s family to an ordeal which they fear will never be wiped from their minds. The gang broke in after Mr Joseph left the house, threatened his wife and children with sharp objects and a screwdriver - and stole all their valuables and gold a haul of around £40,000. The robbery was one of three in Filton on the same day as well as others in Bradley Stoke in the past few months with Asian families being targeted. In one incident, around £250,000 was stolen.

Police say they now have no option - to prevent future incidents - other than to strongly advise families to put valuables in safe storage. Mr Joseph went out to meet a friend on January 17 at around 7.15. He said he saw three men loitering in his cul-de-sac but thought nothing more of it, assuming they were local youths. As soon as he left, his wife Shinu heard a noise at the door and assumed Mr Joseph had returned. As she opened the door, three men broke in, demanding cash and valuables. Mr Joseph said: “They


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rushed through, broke the glass and showed my wife they had screwdrivers and sharp objects. “My wife tried to call 999 on her iphone but they took it from her and smashed it on the floor. “She said we had nothing valuable but they threatened my son with one of the sharp objects so she was forced to hand over the valuables.” The gang - an older man and two younger men with non-local accents - also took an iPad and laptop which were in boxes and threatened the family not to call the police. Mr Joseph said the whole ordeal took just over 10 minutes and the gang left in a hurry, throwing the valuables into the back of their waiting car. It has been confirmed that the car was stolen in Reading.

Mr Joseph, an HNS worker who only moved to Bristol six months ago from Dubai, said the ordeal has left his son and daughter, aged 12 and 17, terrified of living in the house. Shinu said: “We are now paranoid if we even hear a noise. “My daughter has been traumatised and cannot sleep now. “In fact none of us can sleep properly and my son des not want to be here at all.” The family spent some time out of the house living with friends in the first few days after the robbery. Jackson said that while he is grateful no one was physically injured, the mental scars may take a long time to heal. And the family’s nightmare did not stop there because small filtonvoice and on Twitter

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n GOLD ROBBERIES SPECIAL REPORT print on their insurance policy revealed they only had £10,000 of cover, leaving them out of pocket and also without items of sentimental value, many of which had been passed down the generations. Jackson said he was angry that there is so much emphasis on the ‘human rights’ of the perpetrators but his family are left without their valuables and with the mental scars. He said: “Where are our rights? Everything we had is gone. “The police need more powers to deal with these people.” He said that families should not have to put their items in safety lock boxes and that such facilities are often not available in banks anyway. He added that his neighbours have been very supportive and kind. A police spokesperson said: “There were three linked offences on the same day in the Filton area including one where the victims were at home at the

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time of the offence and were detained by the suspects and had jewellery stolen from their persons as well. Four white males are suspected of being involved in all three of the offences. “Can we ask people to remove gold and jewellery that’s not being worn daily to a place of safety either inside or preferably away from your home address. It’s only when these offences stop paying the criminals as well as they do that interest in committing these offences will wane. “In the incident in Filton Park, they threatened the homeowner with violence before stealing a number of valuables. “The men have been described as white, wearing dark clothing and with hats and scarves covering their faces.” CCTV images of men police are looking for have been published, see above. It is thought they left the area in a dark coloured saloon-type car.



Then, at 7.30pm, another burglary took place at a home on Bourton Close, Patchway. Police are linking these offences to an attempted burglary at a property on Filton Avenue at 5.45pm the same day. DS John Underhill said: “These incidents will appear alarming, but I want to reassure

the community that a robust investigation is well under way.” Anyone with information should contact police now on 101 and quote crime reference number 5217012011. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111

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Families urged to remove gold and valuables from houses to deter gangs Police in Avon and Somerset say around 140 Asian families have been targeted by gangs seeking gold since June last year. They revealed the figures at a public meeting in Bradley Stoke focusing on recent incidents in the area as well as in Filton. In once case, a family lost more than £250,000 worth of valuables while three more were in excess of £100,000. DCI Dom Graham told the meeting that police had decided they needed to strongly emphasise to families that the way to stop these crimes - many of which have involved threats of violence - was to keep gold and valuables out of the house in safe deposit boxes.

He said many of the gangs were from as far afield as Yorkshire and parts of Wales but that a dedicated team was working hard to make arrests and bring the situation under control. He said: “Families of Asian origin in particular are being targeted because there is a thought that gold is kept in their homes. “This is a problem which is happening nationwide “We do have some good news in that 38 arrests have been made for burglary with 10 individuals charged.” DCI Graham said that there was a joint responsibility between the police and residents


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to ensure that everything is done to prevent the robbers carrying out such crimes. People at the meeting, organised by Bradley Stoke councillor Tom Aditya, asked DCI Graham what constituted ‘reasonable force’ if trying to tackle a robber. DCI Graham said the definition was hard to make with precision. A series of speakers described the impact of the robberies on their families. One said: “The problem is the mental trauma all this causes. “And the victims need immunity if they retaliate. At the moment, the law protects the burglars.” DCI Graham said that he was in discussions with safety deposit box firms who may visit the area to offer their services to families. In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: “We are calling on everyone across Avon and Somerset to take extra

care of their jewellery and their valuables. “There have been a number of burglaries across Bristol and South Gloucestershire in the past month, where thieves have targeted homes because they believe there is valuable jewellery or high value gold inside. “On several occasions, witnesses have described how people have ‘canvassed’ the area in advance, offering services such as driveway cleaning or gardening, as a way of choosing a property to target.” Bristol Community Liaison Officer PC Keith Openshaw, QPM, said: “Many people have precious jewellery and gold items in their homes, some of which are family heirlooms, handed down through generations. “Unfortunately, burglars are aware of cultural traditions and they do not hold them sacred. “They know that they can sell on high quality gold for large


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Precept set for lower increase in 2017/18 Filton Town’s cash reserves are returning to ‘safe’ levels after some story years financially which saw the authority with as little as £21,000 for emergencies at one point. Two years of greater than normal precepts (the part of council tax which funds the town council) and rigorous cost savings have seen the reserves rise - with accountant Derek Kemp recommending an eventual level of £165,000. This means the precept this year will be just below a 2% rise - after a 10% rise last year and rises of nearly 5% in the previous years. The average household will see a rise in their precept bill of about £4 per year (alongside any rises by South Glos). Councillors accepted the proposed 1.961% increase but Clr Darryl Collins said more was needed to be raised to preserve services.

Chair of Finance Cllr Ian Scott said it was important to get reserves back to normal and until that happened, spending increases would be limited. He added: “In terms of reserves we are still below the minimum recommended but at this rate we will reach the minimum recommended by the end of the current council in 2019.” Cllr Adam Monk said the council needed to look at ways to generate revenue in addition to the current activities. Mr Kemp had told a meeting of the council that the authority was in a ‘more comfortable

position than it had been at the same time in the previous year’. In 2015, Filton Town Council suffered a ‘double whammy’ of salaries not matching budgets while income did not meet expectation. The result was that reserves were reduced to just £21,000. The council had ended up with a deficit of £98,000, which led to the hit on reserves. At the time, Mr Kemp warned that the council came close to ‘running out of money’. Filton has the highest council tax bill in South Glos, largely due to the town council precept which funds the swimming pool at Elm Park. This year, the Government has announced that councils such as South Glos can set the council tax increase at up to 3 per cent, so long as the cumulative increase is no more than 6 per cent over the next three financial years.

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Village ‘is a car park for UWE and MoD’ by Rebecca Day “Stop using our streets as a car park”. This is the call from Cheswick Village residents who say that their roads have become overrun with students and MoD staff. Costly and limited parking at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus, located next to the village, and restrictive parking measures at the MoD are causing the problem, residents claim. Locals have called on the council to implement parking restrictions in the area. However, nothing has come to fruition, they say. South Glos Council has told the Filtonvoice that they are working alongside the MoD and UWE to encourage people to use alternative methods of transport, including cycling. A formal consultation to implement waiting restrictions at the Bowery end of Cheswick Village, next to the university, is also due to be carried out. Sian Clarke, who lives in Little Stony Leas, has deemed parking in the area as “horrendous”. She said: “95% of the cars parked here are students’ because it all goes quiet over the holidays. “When UWE increased the parking charges a few years ago, the problem got worse. Now the halls have been built, it is constant gridlock. “When my parents come to look after my two sons, they can never find anywhere to park. “I, along with others around here, have been campaigning

for something to be done about this since before the roads were adopted. “When the council finally agreed to do something and started the consultation process last year, the rules regarding residents’ parking schemes changed meaning that it could no longer be implemented. “In my opinion a parking scheme is the only thing that will really work here.” Kirsty Edwards, who has lived in Cheswick Village for over seven years, also feels that the parking has got worse. She says that students, MoD staff, and some residents are the causes behind the issue. Kirsty told Filtonvoice:


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“There’s not enough free parking for the students on campus and they can’t or won’t use public transport. We also have house shares in the village that have four to six students in each house, each with a car. “MOD staff can’t or won’t use public transport either, so drive here and park on the streets. “People are also buying homes knowing full well that they only have one or two allocated parking spaces, but they have at least three cars.” Another resident, who prefers to remain anonymous, said: “Thanks to the MoD restricting parking for anyone living within three miles, a huge number of contractors on site and a large


number of visitors per day, Cheswick has become an MoD car park. “They used to park in Asda but now there is a four-hour limit with 90 min no return policy. Staff park there for half a day and places like Cheswick and Filton Avenue for the other half. “The other day I had to drive around Asda no less than seven times before I was able to park.” The resident claims that they know of MoD visitors who have been told to park in Cheswick. They added: “The MoD has been very poor in taking any responsibility – not their fault that a village was built next to them – or engaging the community to address the stress

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n NEWS that it causes residents. Many people believe that more yellow lines and residents’ parking schemes are the answer but I don’t. It just means no one can have any visitors or will have to pay. As a two-car household, we would suffer. “If the MoD expanded their car parks then Cheswick and Asda would both have the pressure alleviated as well as helping their own staff.” A council spokesperson told the Filtonvoice: “Our current policy on resident parking (introduced in 2014) does not apply in Cheswick, as areas where more than 50 per cent of the households have access to private parking are not eligible for resident parking in South Gloucestershire. “A waiting restriction consultation was recently carried out in ‘The Bowery’ area, and the formal legal consultation proposing these restrictions will begin shortly. This work has been undertaken alongside UWE. “Our sustainable travel team has been working with both MoD and UWE on various initiatives to reduce the level of single occupancy vehicle commuting. “We have been working with the MoD to improve the sustainable travel information offered to all new starters. At UWE, we have provided match funded grants to improve cycle parking, shower and locker facilities for students and staff. “UWE have also registered with Join My Journey carsharing service, which is open to students and staff.” A spokesperson from UWE said: “We are aware and concerned about the impact of students. “The village was designed for families not landlords who have created multiple occupancy homes. “We have worked hard with the council to put in place all day parking restrictions, improved bus services, and dramatically improved cycle routes and provision. There have been three consultations with residents over the past year or so and also with Trevor Jones, the local councillor. “Our new halls of residences are designed to relieve the pressure on students moving into housing in the local area and Bristol as a whole. “Whilst we have been

Shoppers can’t find spaces Meanwhile, Filton residents have taken to Facebook to complain about MoD staff clogging up the Abbeywood Retail Park car park. Some residents say that by 9am on weekdays the car park is often full, making it difficult for people to go shopping. Among the comments are: “Went past the exit of the retail park on my push bike the other day at just after 5pm. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who conclude their shopping at 5pm on weekdays and are trying to leave!” Another said: “I cannot believe what I saw this morning at Abbeywood Retail Park! Two people arguing over a parking space! This was around 9.30am and the car park was already full and it nearly came to blows except for the intervention of a passing shopper who told them both “to get a life and stop arguing” . They both parked and went to the MoD and walked in to go to work. Something needs to be done pretty soon. I went conscious of not increasing the student population at UWE, the city has seen an expansion in students. “Car parking on campus

in to Asda and there was hardly anyone in there so it only proves a point that the car park is not for the shoppers but the MoD to use has their car park.” The owners of the site recently implemented a four-hour waiting time but it is thought MoD staff use the car park in the morning then move to residential roads in the afternoon to avoid a fine.” Property managers Workman LLP said: “We understand from tenants that MoD staff continue to park at the park in the mornings before parking in either Sainsbury’s or residential roads in the afternoon. “The only way to stop this is to reduce the allocated time on the park again to less than four hours, which is a consideration but we must test the results of the recent changes over a period of 4-6 weeks. “I would also question whether customers would be happy with this reduced time. “ An MoD spokesperson

said: “We are aware of issues surrounding parking at Abbey Wood and have a range of measures in place to try and alleviate the impact on our neighbours. “We encourage staff to find different ways to travel into work, and have expanded our car share priority parking and improved facilities for cyclists. We continue to explore options, both to reduce the number of cars coming on to site and to increase parking space, and we meet regularly with local authorities, transport companies and other major employers in the area. “We welcome 1000+ cyclists a day on average and within the past six months have installed a further four cycle racks to encourage more staff to adopt this method of travelling to work. “We continue to ask our staff to show consideration to our neighbours and notices are published on our internal Travel to Work and Car Sharing web pages.

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“He wanted to find a princess who was beautiful, kind, witty, charming, and, most important of all, sensitive.” “We’re very excited to work with HTC”, says Lennon Rich, spokesperson for the St Andrew’s Players. “Due to the renovations at St Andrew’s Church we had to find a temporary home for the year, and are delighted to be working with HTC on this collaborative venture, letting us bring you our annual pantomime. “The cast and crew have been working on the production since October and it promises to be a show you won’t want to miss!” Tickets are priced at £9 for adults and £4.50 for children and are available by calling the box office on 0117 969 5716 or online at

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n NEWS Small employers in the greater Bristol area are to get a helping hand from FiltonVoice, and the Pensions Regulator as they prepare for major pension reforms that will see most workers enrolled into a workplace pension scheme. A free information event on April 10 in Horfield is being sponsored by FiltonVoice parent company Local Voice Network and run by Charlotte Leslie, MP for Bristol North West. It is aimed at small employers in the area to get the message out that automatic enrolment into workplace pensions applies to them and to help them get to grips with what they need to do. An expert from The Pensions Regulator will be attending to provide specialist guidance for local employers. Whether you’re a shopkeeper, a plumber or employ someone in the home, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties. Employers are invited to come along to Orchard School Bristol in Horfield, BS7 0XZ at 1pm on Monday, April 10th to learn more about preparing for automatic enrolment and to pose questions to pensions experts. The event is FREE and there will be refreshments provided Failing to comply with the new duties could lead to a fine, so it’s important that each employer understands what they have to do and when. This event will help small employers understand what’s required of them and get automatic enrolment right for their workers. There will also be information on what to consider when choosing a pension scheme, making the most of payroll



Calling small businesses - new pensions rules will affect YOU software and how to tell your staff about workplace pensions. Ms Leslie said: “The law on workplace pensions has changed. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties, which includes putting certain staff into a workplace pension scheme and contributing towards it. Six million workers have already been put into a scheme by the UKs large and medium employers. And it is now the turn of small employers, who have to date enrolled half a million workers – giving them the opportunity to save for their retirement through a workplace pension. “Over the next year, small businesses in the Bristol area will need to enrol their staff into a workplace pension and make contributions to it. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a shopkeeper, a plumber or if you employ somebody in your home – if you employ at least one person then you’re an employer and will have new duties. Failing to get it right could lead to a fine, so it’s important that every small business understands that automatic enrolment applies to them, what they need to do and by when. “I’m keen to help small businesses get automatic enrolment right, so I will be holding this event for local employers on April 10 where you’ll have the chance to find out what you need to do, and

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Work and play in local woodlands as spring is on its way Families enjoyed a day of activities at a local woodland that is maintained for the community by local volunteers. Wallscourt Farm Academy and the Forest of Avon Trust teamed up to organise the community day at Splatts Abbey Wood, hosting crafts for pupils, parents and school staff. Head teacher Susie Weaver was joined by David Bell and Fred Hillberg from the Splatts Abbey Wood Conservation Group. David, chairman of the group, said he was looking forward to working with the trust on more projects in the future and added: “It’s great to see the woodland

being used and enjoyed by the local community.” Meanwhile, workdays have begun once more at Splatts Abbey Wood and Sims Hill Community Woodland, with volunteers joined by members of the UWE GreenSpace team, who help maintain both areas, which are close to the UWE Frenchay campus. David said: “The UWE student volunteers are keen, enthusiastic and hard-working and are making such a great difference to the woodlands.” Now work is under way once again, with tasks such as cutting back brambles, clearing pathways and coppicing trees being carried

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A warm welcome at the Ratepayers A warm welcome to the Ratepayers Arms bar and lounge where we have BT Sports showing a range of events. We have a good selection of beers, lagers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, and hot drinks available. We also offer a range of real ales and guest beers on a regular basis,we now have Thatchers Haze on draught. If you feel a bit peckish, then we have a range of hot bar snacks or freshly prepared rolls on offer. We hold monthly quiz nights to support local charities, so grab some friends and come and join us for a fun night and bring the old grey matter! Monday nights is bingo night, with cash prizes for our winners! Once a month we will be having live music starting with Royal Blue on Friday 10th february 8.30pm til late. Are you a darts team looking for a new venue? Do you just like to play socially? If so we would like to hear from you. We have a full skittle alley and darts area available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and the weekend*. If you are interested or would just like some more information then please get in touch on 01454-866697. Free wi-fi to connect to the Internet, big screen for watching the sport. Food and snacks available. Full accessibility for those with mobility constraints.



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n FOCUS Filton Chest and Heart charity celebrates a landmark

In the community, for the community for 70 years and still going strong A look back at work of Filton charity which celebrated landmark anniversary in 2016

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Our organisation started with a strong connection with the ladies from Filton Townswomen’s Guild in 1945. One year later, in January 1946, they agreed to become affiliated to a National Movement which helped to raise funds with whist drives, dances, drama displays, etc., and various other things like basket weaving and leatherwork, thus providing patients with occupational therapy for TB aftercare. After the war, many things were hard to come by and ration books had to be used to purchase nourishing food, andcoupons were required to buy clothes, bed linen etc. The committee helped by contacting the Board of Trade to get extra coupons for bed linen for families suffering with TB. At that time TB was a rampant killer disease which had a stigma attached, so many people with relatives suffering from it would often sweep it under the carpet, afraid to

mention it. So the committee decided to meet with some of the families to talk about how to deal with it. Prior to the formation of the NHS, oxygen cylinders & wheelchairs were also supplied to patients in need. In 1970 it became Chest, Heart & Stroke Association, but as a separate stroke club was formed at the Civil Service Club, it was decided to remove ‘Stroke’ from their remit and title. These Filton residents decided to help others less fortunate than themselves, & would still be continuing with the good work many years later. The title changed to Filton Chest and Heart Association in 1980, and Filton Chest & Heart Committee in 1994 and was registered with The Charity Commission. Since then, the committee have carried on fund-raising, putting the patients first with coach trips taking them out to lunch three time a year,

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Founder member and long standing committee member Doreen MacDonald cutting the cake with former president Dr John Harvey at the 70th anniversary dinner last year at the BAWA Club organising coffee mornings, afternoon teas etc. We also have skittles evenings twice a year which raises more money. This enables us to help our local doctors’ surgeries by paying

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n FOCUS on North Bristol Food Bank

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Back in August 2012, North Bristol Foodbank was established when people from Ebenezer Church (on Filton Avenue in Horfield) and Filton Community Church (who run Revive Charity Shop on Filton) continued to see a huge need in the local community with people they were working with long term. People were struggling to feed themselves and their families when a crisis came along. This could be an unexpected bill, benefits sanction, funeral costs, sudden loss of employment or numerous other reasons. North Bristol Foodbank provides emergency food and support to people in crisis in Lockleaze, Horfield, Southmead and into South Gloucestershire.

They receive clients referred by frontline professionals such as social workers, health visitors, tenant support officers from housing associations, family support teams in schools, and many others. Once referred, the person in need comes along to one of four outlets (including St James Church, Lockleaze and Ebenezer Church, Horfield) to receive bags of food providing nutritionally balanced food for three meals a day for a three day period. They also signpost people on to other useful local services. This includes support giving locally by close partnerships like North Bristol Advice Centre and the many services they provide. There is still a noticeable

demand for Foodbank use in the UK for people in need receiving emergency food parcels. Our local Foodbank (which is one of three Trussell Trust foodbanks in Bristol along with other independent foodbanks) is still seeing a high demand as we have given three day food supplies out 2,397 times from April 2016 – November 2016, compared with 2,189 times during the previous year. Stewart North (founder and chairman of North Bristol Foodbank) said: “It is all too easy when you look at figures to forget the real people behind the statistics. Very often, our volunteers listen to stories from those referred to the foodbank that are heart-breaking to hear and have provide emotional support and encouragement, during really tough times. That’s why the foodbank is so vital. We are very grateful for the ongoing support of the community, and hope that one day there will be no need for us in Bristol. But until that day comes, we will continue to offer the best possible service to help local people facing a crisis.” Recently North Bristol Foodbank were able to hold a three day supermarket collection at Tesco Lime Trees Rd in Horfield where 1,895kg of food was donated by generous customers. It was great to have local corporate volunteer teams (from TSB Bank) and volunteers from the community

to help make this happen. Many of these donations were used to make up 160 Christmas hampers for people nominated by the Foodbank’s voucher referral agencies who because of difficult circumstances would not otherwise have been able to afford any nice treats at Christmas time. Jon Dobson (Foodbank manager) says– “It has been amazing to see the generous response from the local community wanting to help those who have been struggling at Christmas time. “From people donating food through our supermarket collections, or through their schools and businesses; to teams from Merlin Housing Society and Co-op helping pack our hampers, it has been great to see the community come together to help those on the margins. We have already been hearing about the impact our Christmas hampers are having so we are sincerely grateful to all those that have supported us throughout the year.” In 2017 the North Bristol Foodbank will be exploring further ways in which people at risk of food poverty can be supported, through cooking and budgeting courses and additional help around saving money on energy bills. The Foodbank is looking to provide ‘More than food’ in their approach to tackling food poverty in North Bristol.

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n NEWS You’ve watched “The Choir” with Gareth Malone – you know that singing is good for you, good for your brain, and your health – now make it a reality this year! Join local choir The Filtones and experience the joy of singing with a group of like minded, sociable people who will welcome you with open arms. We are looking to recruit new voices. Age is of no importance – many of our members are in their eighties – just shows you how it does you good! We do, however, rehearse on Wednesday afternoons from 1.45 to 3.45 p.m. at Eden Grove Methodist Church, Eden Grove, Horfield , so you would need to be available then, but it’s much nicer than having to go out in the dark evenings, isn’t it! The ability to read music is not essential as we can supply special CDs which will help you learn by listening, but you will be surprised at how much knowledge of music you can pick up in the process and how good that is for making new

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have you to lose? Our current membership comes from all parts of Bristol and even Yate, so there’s a chance that, if you would find it difficult to reach us by public transport, one of us might be able to give you a lift. If you would like to know more just pick up the telephone and ring one of these numbers 0117 9654348 Shirley, 0117 9655368 Michael, or e mail Dot on Dorothy.bryant@btinternet. com, or look at our web site on or even just come along on a Wednesday afternoon, meet us, and have a listen! You will be made very welcome. Meanwhile, pictured, the choir presented a cheque for £500 to Adrian Williams of Arthritis Research UK (centre) by Chairman of The Filtones, Michael Hensman (right) with our Musical Director, Dr Fabian Huss (left). Dorothy Bryant



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Applications n 17 Station Road Single storey side and rear extension

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n 90 Conygre Road The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5m, for which the maximum height would be 3.5m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.5m. n 678 Filton Avenue The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 6.0m, for which the maximum height would be 3.6m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.4m. n 18 Gayner Road Erection of detached rear double garage (Retrospective) n 18 Gayner Road Application for a certificate of lawfulness for existing 2.3m to 2.4m high boundary fence. n 49 Mackie Grove Erection of single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 3.28 metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.4 metres and for which the

n 885 Filton Avenue Erection of a two storey front extension to provide additional living accommodation. (Resubmission of PT16/4773/F). n National Blood Centre Filton Erection of two storey extension to existing National Blood Centre, alteration to car parking, replacement and relocation of car parking barriers, landscaping and associated works. Decisions n HSBC 27 Gloucester Road North Display of 1 no. internally illuminated fascia sign, 1 no. internally illuminated projecting sign and 2 no. non-illuminated nameplate signs Approve n 34 Braemar Crescent Erection of single storey side and rear extension to form additional living accommodation Withdrawn n 3 Branksome Drive Erection of two storey side extension and single storey rear extension to provide additional living accommodation Approve with conditions

n Unit 4 Fairway Industrial Centre Golf Course Lane Change of use from storage unit (Class B8) to vehicle repairs (Class B2) as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) Approve with conditions n 20 Wades Road Conversion of existing ground floor store room to form 2 no. additional bedrooms with shower room Approve with conditions n 18 Conygre Grove Demolition of existing garage and erection of a single storey side and rear and a two storey side extension to form annexe Approve with conditions

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A group of local fundraisers has presented much-needed funding to three local causes – from supporting homeless people at Christmas to helping a young cerebral palsy patient purchase a vital walker. Bradley Stoke Lions, whose group also covers the Filton area, recently presented a cheque for £300 to the Bristol Interstitial Lung Support Group following a visit from Heather Lamb who, along with colleagues from Southmead Hospital, holds meetings every three months for patients on a voluntary basis, hiring a church hall. The cash will help fund the cost of hiring the venue for the next year. The Caring at Christmas initiative, based at the Julian Trust’s premises in St Paul’s in Bristol over Christmas and the new year, received a cheque for £200. The organisation provided 60 beds for homeless people each night over the festive period, as well as serving up meals, food to take away, drinks and more for people who dropped in. Some of the Lions also joined volunteers working at the premises, who included a hairdresser, chiropodist, arts and crafts specialist and more. The third recipient was Noah, a young boy who was born with a bleed on the brain and now has cerebral palsy and visual impairment. His family have been raising £11,000 to purchase a walker to help him walk and strengthen his muscles and the Lions have provided the final £300 needed. The Lions meet every second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel in Bradley Stoke and will be holding a social night on March 8, combining a meeting with a Pancake Day celebration. Anyone who would like to know more about the Lions can come along to the social night to meet members – contact president Robin Young on 07712 046644.

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n SCHOOLS Head teacher Dr Helen Holman has announced she will be retiring after 11 years at Orchard School Bristol. In a message to parents and students she said: “There is absolutely no doubt that the past 11 years have been the most remarkable and rewarding of my career in education. “Thousands of young people – many of whom are now young adults – have passed through our doors in that time and are now making their way in the world. “It has been a privilege to get to know each and every one of them and of course their families too. “Now, however, it is time for me to make a move of my own. I have decided to retire as a head teacher and at the end of the summer term this year, I will be leaving Orchard School Bristol. “This was not a decision

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Both Orchard School Bristol’s Under 13s and Under 15s boys’ handball teams have been crowned Bristol champions and will be going through to the South England finals in Devon. The boys beat off stiff

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n SCHOOLS Winter Games - Girls Football The Year 9/10 team had only to travel next door to the SGS College for their football competition on Tuesday 24 January (which made a nice change from the usual two hour journey for the national cup!). This time, however, the girls were competing in a 7-a-side competition as part of the Sainsbury’s Winter Games. This brought together the best ten teams in South Gloucestershire and Bristol to battle it out for the title. Our girls started very well in a tough pool and won 3 out of the 4 games they played. The fourth was a draw and although Abbeywood dominated they couldn’t find the back of the net. Nevertheless it was enough for our girls to take the top spot in their group and progress to the semi- finals along with Redland Green, Mangotsfield and Bradley Stoke, who won the other pools. In the semi-final, our girls played Mangotsfield and

although they had a lot of shots on target, the Mangotsfield keeper saved them all. This led the girls to their first ever penalty shoot-out, the best of 3. Mangotsfield went first but our keeper Annabelle Thomas made a great save. Keira Beck from Abbeywood then had her penalty saved. Mangotsfield’s second strike was also saved by Annabelle. Next, Zoe Jones fired a low shot past the keeper and into the net. In the third round the Mangotsfield keeper took the next penalty and scored. Lastly, Captain Daisy Ackerman quickly took her shot and scored but she hadn’t waited for the whistle and had to retake her penalty.

However, Daisy held her nerve and fired another past the keeper to secure a place in the final. In the final they played Redland Green who they had already beaten in the group stages. Our girls remained motivated after the penalty shoot-out, dominating play and beating the girls 2-0 to win the competition. Final result: Bradley Stoke 3rd, Redland Green 2nd and Abbeywood 1st. Cross Country On Saturday 21 January, three Abbeywood Community School students braved the freezing cold to run in the Avon Cross Country Championships. Logan Brand (pictured front) came in 10th place which means he is first reserve for the South West Championships, an amazing achievement. Oli Jenkins (pictured behind) came in 18th place


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People living in the Elm Park area have set up a new Neighbourhood Watch to help us keep the neighbourhood safe. We held a ‘street briefing’, or outdoor meeting for residents after the theft of a bike from a shed in November and two burglaries in January in which a purse and tablet computers were taken, in one case while the family was at home. At the meeting three residents offered to run a Neighbourhood Watch for the street and a special Facebook page has been set up so people can keep each other informed about incidents and events. We also delivered crime prevention information to every household, so that everyone can take steps to keep their home secure. We’ll keep the new Neighbourhood Watch informed about any incidents or appeals in the area. Neighbourhood Watch schemes do help to deter criminals because

they know people will look out for each other and call us to report any suspicious incidents. If you’re interested in joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch in your street, you can find out more on our website, www., or by contacting us on 101. The website also has lots of information about simple things you can do to deter burglars. Our top tips are: n Fit motion-sensing security lights around your property

n Keep tools locked up in a secure shed or garage n Make sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs windows n Lock up and set the alarm, if you have one, at night as well as when you go out n Hide your keys and handbag or wallet safely out of sight n Never leave keys in the back of the door or window n Keep photographs and a description of items with sentimental value n Use a traceable asset marking liquid on items like jewellery or antiques n Use timer light switches to make it look like there’s someone home on dark evenings Remember, if you see someone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property, call us straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in or have just made off, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101, our operators are on hand 24/7.

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P0lice are also offering top tips for elderly / vulnerable people to keep them safe: n Think about the time of day you are going out – earlier in the day, there are usually more people about and therefore less opportunity for a vulnerable person to find themselves alone on a quiet street. n If you tend to carry cash with you, keep the amount you carry to a minimum – just carry what you absolutely need for this trip. n Stay aware of your surroundings – it’s easy to become lost in your thoughts if your trip is routine and familiar. It’s important to be aware of whether someone is acting suspiciously. n Consider carrying a personal attack alarm – these are available for a few pounds from most hardware shops or online. If you think someone needs it, your neighbourhood policing team would be more than happy to pop round to speak to any elderly or vulnerable person. Pop into your local police station or telephone 101.

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College cheers on ‘old boy’ Jordan as he competes with world’s best golfers A former South Gloucestershire and Stroud College student who honed his skills on the golf course in Filton has gone on to tee off with the world’s best, competing in the European Tour. Jordan L Smith, who left the SGS College Golf Academy just five years ago, finished third in the South African Open playing alongside arguably the best player on the planet, Rory Mcllroy. While looking every bit the seasoned professional, Jordan admited to feeling nervous at the start of the round but missed out on a play-off by a single stroke. His last round of 68, matching Mcllroy, was well rewarded with a cheque just short of £70,000 and a great start to maintaining his playing rights for the 2018 tour. Jordan was understandably delighted with his performance and when interviewed said: “That was insane. Like nothing I have experienced in my life and I absolutely loved it. I just can’t wait to play in front of crowds like that again.” Jordan’s skill was demonstrated many times during his two years at SGS College where he won the Intercollegiate Tour twice and gained a Full England Elite spot after winning the Brabazon Trophy. He won a scholarship at Bowood Golf Club and went on to play in the Walker Cup and, having achieved a handicap of

Jordan L Smith in action at Glendower GC +5, turned pro. His meteoric rise to the top has included winning both the Europro and Challenge Tour titles, earning his spot on the tour this year. SGS golf coach Kelvin Aitken, who taught Jordan at Chippenham Golf Centre from the age of 12, said: “I realised very quickly that Jordan had an

incredible talent for hitting a golf ball, but that is just one aspect of a great player. Jordan has gone on to show he is the complete golfer.” “It is fantastic to see one of our old boys not only make it on to the tour, but perform to such a high level in just his third event on tour. I have no doubt Jordan

will go on to even greater heights and would not be surprised to see him win in his rookie year,” said head of golf at SGS, Peter Langford. “We shall be watching Jordan with great interest and with a certain amount of pride, having played just a small part in the success story of Jordan Smith.”

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Filton’s Mario faces cut-throat rivalry in battle of barbers A Filton barber is battling to be crowned the best wet shaving barber in Great Britain. Mario Parrinello, who works at The Filton Barbers on Gloucester Road North, will face razor-sharp competition from fellow craftsmen near and far in the South West regional final in March. If he secures the top spot in the regional heat, Mario will face the most crucial shave of his life at the national final, which will take place inside a boxing ring at Barber UK at the Birmingham NEC on May 21. Mario, 43, reckons his wellhoned skills are a cut above the rest because he is constantly improving and updating his

technique. He said: “I got into barbering 23 years ago as a parttime thing, before deciding it was the career for me. “Back then, I had plenty of hair and was always interested in styling and keeping it looking good. Since then, the hair has disappeared but the passion for the trade remains.” And despite more than two decades of experience wet shaving, Mario says modern technology has enabled him to stay current. “I started shaving as soon as I opened my first shop and I’m self-taught. But even now, I’m always watching others on video, or nowadays on social-media, to improve my shave,” he added.

World War I Exhibition and Talk Saturday 4th March 2-4pm Filton Library

Free admission

2.30pm “Sisters of the Somme” Author talk with Dr Penny Starns 2-4pm Family history drop-in sessions Tea, coffee & cakes Local history book sale WWI exhibition

Now in its fourth year, the contest’s finalists must impress judges on a number of criteria, including shave preparation, razor technique, post-shave routine, health and safety and overall efficiency. The title carries with it great kudos – 2015 winner Luigi Caterino has since gone on to become the official barber of his beloved football team, Rangers FC. Wet shaving is currently

enjoying a remarkable renaissance, with the latest figures showing the number of barbers performing traditional cut-throat shaves in Britain has jumped by more than 60 per cent in the past four years. More information on the competition, run by male grooming brand The Bluebeards Revenge and industry watchdog the British Barbers’ Association, can be found at

Funding up for grabs from local councillors Community groups and the people behind projects that will benefit Filton resident still have time to apply for a share of thousands of pounds of funding. South Gloucestershire Council launched its Member Awarded Funding (MAF) scheme last year, in which all 70 of its ward councillors are allocated £3,000 each to fund initiatives in their areas. So, for example, sea cadets in Thornbury will be purchasing a rowing boat to help with training exercises, Mangotsfield Village Festival has been given a helping hand towards the cost of security at this year’s event and Bradley Stoke’s Young at Heart group has been given funding for summer coach trips for the community’s older people.

Groups in Filton still have plenty of time to apply to their local councillors – Roger Hutchinson, Adam Monk and Ian Scott – by Friday, March 31. Further information on how to apply is available online at www. Councillors have the option to award all of their annual funding to a single organisation or initiative, or divide it among a number of groups. They are also able to combine their individual fund with other councillors in order to provide greater support to a particular scheme. Funding can be used to make a contribution to a community project or as a grant to voluntary, community or social enterprise groups or town and parish councils.

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Airbus aims to provide life-saving skills

With fewer than one in ten people surviving a cardiac arrest outside hospital, Airbus employees are aiming to raise thousands of pounds towards life-saving first aid training across the country. The company, which employs thousands of people at its Filton base, has announced its charity partner for the next two years will be the British Heart Foundation and has set a fundraising target of £200,000. The money will enable the charity, which was chosen by employees, to donate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training kits to secondary schools. As well as its fundraising target, Airbus is also aiming to get all 10,000 UK staff trained in CPR and launched the charity partnership with a training session for senior management. Mark Stewart, UK general manager and HR director, said: “Less than one in ten people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, which really does put into perspective just how important knowing how to administer CPR is. During the first year of our partnership the focus is on training up as many employees as possible across our two UK sites with this life skill. “During the second year we will focus on getting local schools around the Filton and Broughton site to sign up to receive CPR

Members of Airbus’ senior management team are given cardiopulmonary resuscitation training training kits and hopefully train thousands of school children.” Hannah Lloyd, BHF partnership manager, said: “Thousands of lives are being lost each year because people lack the confidence and the skills to step in and save a life when someone collapses with a cardiac arrest. Knowing how to perform CPR when you’re faced with this ultimate medical emergency could literally mean the difference between life and death. “By training their staff in Broughton and Filton in how to perform CPR, Airbus is playing

a crucial role in helping us create a nation of lifesavers and dramatically improving survival rates from cardiac arrest. “We are really excited to

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work with Airbus to get all 10,000 employees trained in this lifesaving skill.” Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer, and every year in the UK more than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrest away from a hospital setting. Dialling 999 and performing CPR immediately helps to give someone the best possible chance of survival. Airbus recently concluded a two-year partnership with Hospice UK, with the total sum fundraised due to be announced to employees and the charity in the coming weeks.

Coming up at Filton Library Lego Club Saturday 11 February and 25 February

2.30-3.30pm Theme-based creative building fun for primary school aged children and their parents and carers

Dinosaur Roar! Monday 13 February

10.30-11.30am Stomping stories, crafts and fun for 4-11 year-olds

Memory Café Friday 17 February

10am-12pm Worried about your memory? Living with dementia? Come to the Alzheimer’s Society friendly social – everyone welcome

Chatterbooks Saturday 18 February

2.30-3.30pm Free fun reading group for children aged 8-12

Craft Club Saturday 25 February

10-11.30am Join us for a morning of crafts. Suitable for adults (14+), please sign up at reception

WW1 Exhibition & Talk Saturday 4 March

2-4pm Join us for tea and cake and meet acclaimed local author Dr Penny Starns. Explore your family history and find out more about the First World War.

STEM’s Amazing Family Fun Fair Saturday 11 March

10am-3.30pm Tease your brain with our amazing hands-on science experiments and build your own invention at our special STEM Lego Club! Free drop in event for the whole family VOLUNTEER CENTRE DROP IN Thursday 9th February 10am-12pm

STORY RHYME TIME Every Tuesday at 9.30am and every Friday at 2.30pm

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n BOOK REVIEW WITH FILTON LIBRARY The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney Reviewed by a Filton Library Reader The winner of both 2016’s Bailey’s Women’s Prize for fiction and the Desmond Elliot bauble, Cork-set The Glorious Heresies reads like the sort of gangster caper that fans of Carl Hiaasen or the films of Quentin Tarantino might enjoy, tempered with a savage social conscience and a razor-sharp sense of comic timing. To even begin to unpick the twists, turns and sudden jolting lurches that form the plot of this novel would take more space than is available to me here, but suffice to say that it involves mobsters with maternal problems, the horrific legacy of the “Magdalene Laundry” system, a surprisingly affecting teenage love story, a former sexworker turned amateur sleuth,

an alcoholic’s dramatic long-term feud with the neighbour from hell, the finer points of secondary school drug-dealing and a brutal murder committed with a religious icon. A rapid-fire, take-no-prisoners novel, then, with a gaze unflinching yet limned with a certain generosity of spirit. The breakneck plot falters a little towards the end, and occasionally McInerney’s hyperkinetic prose overreaches and wobbles into awkwardness, but it is still a more realistic, unflinching look at Ireland’s austerity-devastated social landscape than many more “literary” novels of the last five years. A copy is available on the shelf at Filton Library, and I can’t recommend it enough.








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Plea over roadworks

At the AGM in January, St Peter’s Ladies’ Group presented a cheque for £696.05 to Melanie McHugh, Community Ambassador for Meningitis Research Foundation. This was the result of their charity collection for 2016. St Peter’s Ladies’ new leaders are Jen Deeks & Sheils Vickers. This group meet in St Peter’s church hall 2nd & 4th Mondays, 7.30pm, each month, and would welcome new people to join them. n Pictured, Cynthia Clark, Sandra Lewis, Melaine McHugh and Jan Edwards.

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Repairs to the Bromley Heath viaduct - which are set to cause tailbacks on the Avon Ring Road as far as Filton - are due to start in June. South Gloucestershire councillors have voted to go ahead with the essential maintenance works on the 1960s southern viaduct, closing both lanes on the westbound carriageway. All traffic in both directions will use the northern viaduct. If the Government could come up with another £3.7 million, the works could be accelerated and completed in 22 weeks rather than 52. Councillor Jon Hunt (Downend) said this would be the best possible solution. “Now that people know this needs to be done, they want it started and finished in the shortest possible time. “We must write to our MPs and to the Government urging them to ask for this extra money,” he said.


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n REGULAR EVENTS Mondays Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9.30am-10.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £4.25 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre Tea Dance, Filton Community Centre, 1.45pm-3.45pm. 07527 808206 St. Peter’s Ladies Group (formerly Wives Group) “We are a group of ladies, who meet in St. Peter’s Church Hall at 7.30 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, except August for a talk or social gathering. Our programme can be seen on the church web site at www.filtonchurch.pwp@ New members very welcome, just come along on the night or ring Jane Curtis on 0117 9699987 or Janet Porter on 0117 9696958. Bristol & Avon Family History Society. We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month, except JUNE which is the 3rd Monday. We do not meet in JULY or AUGUST. VENUE BAWA Southmead Road FILTON at 7.30pm. There is a varied programme of family history related topics and speakers, for beginners and more experienced researchers. Help, books and more always available at each meeting. Further information from

Tuesdays Pre-School story and Rhyme time 9.30am, Filton Library, Shields Centre, Aqua fit Tuesdays, 9.45 – 10.30am, cost £4.75 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure Keep Fit Association classes, all welcome, Filton Community Centre 2-3pm. Call 0117 969 3326 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 Westerly Showband welcomes able adult wind band musicians to its weekly rehearsals every Tuesday at Filton Library from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Under its experienced conductor Chris Harris players will be receive the coaching and support needed to achieve a satisfying performance. Band practices take place in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere and include nice biscuits. The repertoire includes a wide variety of genres especially chosen to please both band members and audiences alike. Prospective members can look at the website at www.westerlyshowband .com or ring 0117 9561950 for more information. Visitors to rehearsals are always welcome. See also Friday for training band.

Wednesdays Filton Garden Club, St Teresa’s Social Club, 7.30pm. 1st Wednesday of every month, 0117 975 9126. Not January. Filtones Choir. Don’t like going out in the evening? At a loose end on a Wednesday afternoon? Ever thought of joining a choir? Why not come along on and exercise your lungs and challenge your grey cells with our friendly group of people who are The Filtones. We are actively seeking to recruit altos, tenors (gents or ladies) and basses to join our happy band. We sing four part harmony but ability to read music, although useful, is not essential as we supply CDs

and MP3 files as teaching aids. We give afternoon concerts to elderly people’s clubs and societies around Bristol and two evening concerts in June and December from which we donate much of our profit to charities. We are a very caring and sociable group of people who sing together with the aim of giving as good a performance as we can, but mainly to enjoy ourselves. For more information please ring Jilly on 0117 9232281 or Shirley on 0117 9654348 or e mail or look at our web site on www.thefiltones. Alternatively, just call in at Eden Grove Methodist Church Horfield BS7 0PQ between 1.30 and 3.45 pm on a Wednesday afternoon (not during August) for a listen and a chat. Men in Sheds in Filton is extending its hours to meet demand. The DIY group, which aims to tackle loneliness and isolation among men aged over 50, operates from the Scout hut in Nuffield 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. There are now over 200 “sheds” across the country, with many more being developed. The group runs every Wednesday, from 9.30am-12.30pm. 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. New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol …. an established choir since 1994 who offers a chance for ladies to get together and have a good old……sing! No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group - soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. We are a very socially minded group and often enjoy activities outside the singing role. We perform several concerts a year and sometimes travel to other parts of the country to sing with other choirs. Our repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs in fact, a wide variety. Everyone is welcome to Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd on Wednesdays 7.30-9.30. We’d love to meet you. For more information contact our website or our secretary Angela Northavon Singers would welcome new members especially sopranos to our mixed choir of 20-singing all kinds of music. Rehearsals at St Peter’s Church Filton every Wed at 7.30pm - not August. On the third Wednesday of each month the Avon branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS UK) meet at the Avon Suite BAWA Club. 7.45late. Over 18 please unless accompanied by an adult. All types of plastic modelling and one of the largest groups in the UK. For further information check out website Filton Historical Group. meet at Pavilion, Elm Park, Filton. 7.30pm last Wed.of months. Sept. to April (not December) Interesting speakers. For further details: 0117 9695198.

Thursdays Bristol Male Voice Choir...if you enjoy singing, even if only in the shower/bath, then this is the place to come! We have fun every Thursday evening from 7.15 in

the company of like-minded gentlemen. The choir practises every week at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (formerly Filton College) on Gloucester Road, Filton. For more information look at our website or telephone our secretary Alan Snook on 0117 9424378. Bristol Sugarcraft Guild meet every third Thursday in the month except August.We welcome all -from beginners to the more competent crafter Meetings start at 7.30-9.30 at St. Andrews church. For more information ring Bristol 9568737 or 9653568 Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9.30am-10.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £4.25 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, term time only, term time only. Filton Ladies, St Andrew’s Church Hall, 2pm-4pm, new members welcome, call 0117 904 1844 Silver surfers: FACE, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 10am-noon 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 Ken at the helm, this supportive group is just as much a social session as it is about learning! Come and join us! Come along anytime, just £2.50 per session with free refreshments. 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 third Thursday at St Teresa’s Church Hall from 7pm to approximately 10pm. For details,, 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: FACE, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 12.30-3pm: 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! Stop Smoking Sessions, 3-4pm. Appointments to be booked in advance. 01454 865502. smokefree@southglos. Diddi dance, Preschool dance class for girls and boys ages 18 months to school! Thursdays 9:45-10:30am, St. Teresas Church Hall. Contact Emily for your free trial.07850983821. emily.norman@

Fridays Pre-School story and Rhyme time 2.30pm, Filton Library, Shields Centre Toddler Group, meets term time only at St Andrew’s Methodist Church from 10 to 11.45. A warm welcome to all toddlers and their carers. Concord band is Westerly Showband’s training band. It also meets in Filton Library but on Fridays at 7.30 pm. Its tutor/conductor is Keith Williams is well known as a teacher and performer in the Bristol area. His qualifications and experience make him the ideal person to coach mid-level adult players. The pace of his rehearsals are gauged to suit of people who wish to progress. The biscuits are equal in quality to those of Westerly Showband; in fact they come out of the same tin! This newly formed group is filling fast so interested musicians should not delay in getting in touch; either via www. westerlyshowband .com or by ringing Jayne on 0117 9708160. Visitors to rehearsals are always welcome. Aqua fit, 9.30 – 10.15am, cost £4.75 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure

Saturdays 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

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

Pyramid Youth Club Juniors 5-9 yrs Thursdays 6.30 - 7.45 p.m. Inters 10-12 yrs Mondays and Fridays 6.30 - 8.00 p.m. Seniors 13+ Mondays and Fridays 8.00 - 10.00 p.m. Judo Tuesdays Juniors under 13 yrs 6.30 - 7.30 p.m. and 13+ - adults 7.30 9.00 p.m. New members are welcome. Please ring 9691315 if you want more information. There are vacancies in all age groups. Based at 470 Filton Avenue, contact Margaret 0117 9691315

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FiltonCommunityCentre Mondays Gymtastics 9:00 - 3:30 Tel: 07513909786 Survive Drop-In 10:00 - 12:00 Tel: 0117 9612999 Tea Dance 1:45 - 4:00 Tel: 07527 808206 Alzheimers support 2 - 4 pm Tuesdays Gymtastics 9:00 - 3:30 Tel: 07513909786 Keep Fit 2:00 - 4:00 Tel: 0117 9693326 Flower Arranging 2:00-4:00 Dog Training 7:00 - 9:15 01454 616630 Cacti Club 7:30 - 9:30 (3rd Tues) Tel: 0117 9503604 Kumon Maths and English Classes 3.30pm - 5.30pm Tel: 01454 281 037 Wednesdays Pilates 10:00 - 11:00 Tel: Maree 0117 9502411 Tai Kwan Do 6:30 - 7:30 Tel: 07971 684912 Dawn James Art 1.30 - 3.30 Tel. 0117 975 9683 Jumpfit 5.40 - 6.40pm Thursdays Gymtastics 9:00 - 3:30 Tel: 07513909786 Lift Employability 9:30 – 12:00 Short Mat Bowls 2:00 - 4:00 Flower Arranging 7:30 - 9:30


Kumon Maths and English classes 4pm - 6pm Tel: 01454 281 037 Fridays Gymtastics 9:00 - 3:30 Karate 6:00 - 8:00 Saturdays Ballroom Dancing (3rd & 5th Sat) 7:45-10:45 Sundays Karate 10:30 - 12:00


Mondays: Duke of Edinburgh’s awards 6-7pm Youth club for 12-18s (Year 8+) 7.309.30pm, £1 Wednesdays: Youth club for 12-18s (Year 8+) 7.30-9.30pm, £1 Thursdays: Ignite Thursdays: (all sessions £1) 4.30-5.30pm: Sensory Sparklers group for people aged 11+ with complex sensory needs 6-7pm: Bright Sparks Youth club for age 11-15 with learning/social difficulties or ASD 7.30-9.30pm: Illuminators Transitions social club for age 16+ with learning/ social difficulties or ASD No 1-2-1 or personal care provided please bring support worker/carer. Fridays: 3.45-4.40pm: Street dance for 8-14year olds, £4 5-6pm: Youth club for School Years 3, 4 & 5, £1

n DIARY DATES Wednesday-Saturday February 15-18

n St Andrews Players & Horfield Theatre Company present The Princess and the Pea, a pantomime written by Peter Bond at Horfield Parish Hall, Wellington Hill at 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets online from or from the Box Office on 01179 695716. Adults £9, Children £4.50


6.30-8pm: Youth club for School Years 6 & 7, £1 New members always welcome to all groups. Based at: FACE, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS, phone 0117 9691938, email and website Please follow us on Facebook: ‘FACE-Filton’ and Twitter: @FACEFilton to keep updated with our news!

BS34 7LH. All sections are open to boys and girls. Contact for all sections is John Cahill (, Phone 0798 605 3005)

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Tuesdays Brownies - ages 7 - 10 years Guides - ages 10 - 14 years Rangers - ages 14 + Wednesdays Rainbows - ages 5 - 7 years Brownies - ages 7 - 10 years Thursdays Rainbows - ages 5 - 7 years For more information please contact : or register at Girlguiding UK website and follow the parent links to register your daughter.

Tuesday Coffee Morning 10am – 12pm Computer drop Club 2pm – 4pm Bingo 7.30pm – 9.15pm Wednesday Over 50’s 3 course lunch £3.50, 12.15pm, sit down at 12.30pm Thursday Over 50’s 3 course lunch £3.50, 12.15pm, sit down at 12.30pm Friday North Bristol Amateur Radio Club, Open to Public, 7pm - 10pm Saturday Bingo, 7.00pm –

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

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

1st Filton Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Filton Community Garden meetings

Beavers, aged 6-8, two groups, Weds 5pm and 6.15pm Cubs, 8-101/2, Mon and Thurs 6.30-8pm Scouts, 101/2 - 14, Tues 7-9pm The group is based in Scout Headquarters, Nutfield Grove, Filton,

Every second Saturday of the month at 10am-12noon in meeting room next to the Soft Play, entry via the Ratepayers.



Saturday 11th Feb 2017


Crafts, fun and food for all the family Come and join us.


Wednesday February 15

n Filton Avenue Nursery School and Children’s Centre: Forest School Activities, for families with pre-school children, have fun building dens and making mud pies. Come dressed for all weathers! Meet in front of the Ardagh Sports Club, Horfield Common 1.30-2.30pm

Saturday, February 18

There will be a TABLE TOP SALE 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. Bookings and enquiries please telephone 0117 9872143

Monday, February 20


11am-1pm Filton Residents Network Meeting, The Pavillion, Elm Park. Join us for a free lunch, meet your new Priority Neighbourhood Coordinator, and think about ‘What Next’ for Filton. All welcome. To book your place call Ali on 01454 868428 or email

Thursday, February 23

Avon Organic Group. The local group for everyone interested in organic gardening and organic foods. Next Meeting is on Thursday, 23rd February 7pm – 9pm at The Station (in the Dance Studio), Silver Street, Bristol. BS1 2AG. A varied Social evening with our Seed Swap, AGM and a Talk by Soil Association horticulturalist Tom Hartley – in his leisure time, often to be found experimenting with unusual vegetable varieties down on his allotment. All welcome. Visitors £3/Members £1. (

Have you got an event you wish to share with Filton people. Email with details

Entry is FREE! ** Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times**

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

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Youth charity to celebrate a golden year A Filton charity that has been providing support and activities to young people in the area for 50 years is marking the milestone with celebrations for the whole community in April. St Andrew’s Methodist Youth Centre in Elm Park, now the charity FACE, is organising a Golden Egg trail throughout March before a birthday party on April 8. The trail will see 50 golden egg plaques placed in community buildings, shop windows, schools, churches, organisations, on notice boards and more. Children and families can follow a trail map to find all the eggs, each of which will have a word printed on it that together form a short story about the history of Filton and the youth centre – and there is a small prize for those who complete the challenge. Then on Saturday, April 8, the centre will host a community celebration, from noon to 3pm,

with displays, stalls, games, a raffle and tombola.The following day, on Sunday, April 9, from 10am there will be a church service, shared lunch and rededication event, looking ahead to the next 50 years. Young people from the group

will also be working on a history project over the coming weeks and will be making banners to represent each of the decades from the Sixties to today. The youth centre was built as a memorial to 11 members of Filton Youth Club, who died in a

minibus crash in 1962, a tragedy that is still remembered by many residents today. A spokesperson for FACE said: “There is a long history through the decades since then of the youth centre providing support for young people and families in the local community of Filton. “FACE is the new charity which has taken on the legacy of providing youth and community work, hiring the premises from the church, but the church is still very involved in and supportive of the charity’s work.” The charity is calling on local businesses to support the 50th anniversary activities, from sponsoring an egg in the egg trail or providing a place to display an egg to offering raffle or tombola prizes. Anyone who can help can contact Debbie Teml, youth and community work manager, on 0117 9691938 or 07511 985130 or at

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