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Frustration as five in 14 shops stand empty in village

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by Rebecca Day ‘Bring your business to the Square in Cheswick Village and reap the benefits of a thriving community’. This is the call from residents who are frustrated that there are still vacant retail units almost two years after they were built. The Square, developed by Balfour Beatty and Harvard Estates in early 2015, still has five out of 14 units unoccupied. Property consultant Alder King is responsible for renting out the units on behalf of the developers. Businesses currently operating within the Square include the Co-operative, Boston Tea Party cafe, Happy Days Nursery, Hao Wei Chinese takeaway, World Foods grocery store and a Barnardo’s charity shop. Residents say they would like to see a doctor’s surgery, pharmacist, dentist, estate agent, library, gym and family pub – some of which they say were “promised” by the developers when they moved to the area almost a decade ago. Turn to Page 2

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Holly Stowell, who leads the Cheswick Events Committee, told Filtonvoice: “When we moved in nearly eight years ago we were all told that there would be a GP, pharmacy and fitness suite, to name but a few. “I think people are bitterly disappointed about the GP not appearing because it would be so handy to have one here given that the local surgeries are often maligned for being very busy and there being a lack of appointments.” She added: “We would love to see more businesses arriving and would welcome their involvement in our community events and, in turn, helping to get people through their door and supporting that business.” Resident Wendy Llewellyn commented: “When I moved in seven years ago, we were promised a pub, restaurant, school, nursery, doctor’s surgery, among others. I guess it was all talk to entice us to buy the

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properties with no commitment to fulfil their promise to provide the services needed for a thriving village to survive.” A business owner from the Square, who would prefer to remain anonymous, told Filtonvoice: “Our business has

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definitely suffered due to these empty units. As a result there is not a lot of footfall in the area. Apart from the other issues which have been raised, South Gloucestershire Council doesn’t give any incentives to the new business. “We have been struggling since we have started and they have refused to give us a penny relief in business rates.” The high cost to rent the units is one of the reasons why the units remain vacant, residents say. Filtonvoice understands that it is approximately £30 per square foot, per year to rent a unit – a similar price to renting in Broadmead in Bristol’s city centre. Units start from 1,300 square foot. Resident Paul Randall said: “From what I’ve been told, the price of the units is comparable to those in the city centre, which seems very high considering this is a new development and should be looking to attract businesses and encourage them to move in. “The units have been empty for several years now and the residents are getting fed up. We were promised certain business when we bought houses and mostly this has not materialised. “The Chinese restaurant, Hao Wei, is fantastic and a prime example of how a business can thrive here. “It is providing a service that the local community wants and is doing it very well. “The village is a great place to

live with amazing local activities. There’s a great community spirit, and we wish more businesses recognised this and moved in here.” A spokesperson from Hao Wei Chinese restaurant and takeaway said it was a pleasure to be part of the community. They said: “The people in the area make it a joy to be serving great food and running a business in the area. “They are so supportive and have helped us improve our business by giving valued and important feedback, not to mention their continued custom. “We are a very sociable and close community and regularly arrange events to get to know each other. “This great community spirit along with the right type of businesses with lower rents will definitely thrive. “The rents are high and we definitely would like to see the landlord consider lowering the rent as most units have been empty for two years.” Another resident stated: “I think the reason why Alder King are standing their ground on the prices is because if the [UWE] stadium actually gets built, then the rents will be justified.” Rebecca Harries, agency negotiator at Alder King, said: “I confirm we have Unit 8 and Unit 6 currently under offer due to complete mid-end January. “We have strong interest in Unit 14, and are currently in negotiation with an interested party for Units 1, 2 and 3. “Our instructions from our client, Balfour Beatty, are to maximise rents and as we have interest at this level we will continue to do so.” Balfour Beatty declined to comment. Filtonvoice understands that Unit 6, below the Co-operative, is earmarked for a fish and chip shop, and Unit 8, a hair and beauty salon. The Square was developed by Balfour Beatty in a joint venture with Havard Estates early 2015 to provide a community focus for the 1,000-home development at Cheswick Village. The first occupier was the Co-operative, which moved into the Square in October 2015.

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n NEWS Do you remember exactly where you were on 26th November 2003 when Concorde graced the skies for the final time? Were you at the Clifton Suspension Bridge as our most famous and iconic aircraft soared over head or did you see her touch down for the last time on that rather damp Wednesday afternoon at Filton? Ahead of the new home of Concorde opening in the summer at Filton Airfield, Aerospace Bristol are asking the people of Bristol to share their memories of that historic day and continue their proud support of Concorde towards her new home. Filton Voice is delighted to be championing the building of the new home for Concorde, and backers of the museum are urging local people to record their memories. Iain Gray, Chairman of Aerospace Bristol, said: “Like many Bristolians, I have always been proud of Concorde and the achievements of all those that have worked, often their

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learning and activity programme and to consider careers in our aviation industry. “Creating a fitting new home for Concorde can only happen with the support of Concorde friends and admirers. We are asking everyone who

remembers Concorde’s final flight, and shares our aim of keeping the spirit of Concorde alive, to please come on board by making a donation today. Your contribution will truly make a difference.” The supersonic jet has been parked on a runway in Filton since its farewell flight over its home city of Bristol. The museum, which will be built around a listed World War One hangar, will feature a purpose-built exhibition hall for the jet. To play your part in creating a new home for Concorde, and to share your memories of Concorde’s final flight, visit www. aerospacebristol.org/support. Give £10 or more and you will receive a small thank you gift.

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Timothy, 75, living out of suitcase after big cracks appear in apartment block A 75-year-old man is living out of a suitcase on a sofa bed after cracks appeared in his Filton flat. As reported last month, a block operated by housing association provider Merlin in Shellard Road had to be evacuated when the significant cracks were found inside and outside the property. Resident Timothy Maggs is now living with his daughter in Brentry after he claimed he was unable to be rehoused elsewhere and he is still having to return to the flat to collect any belongings. Merlin say they have offered three properties to Mr Maggs and that he is on the priority list for rehousing. A spokeswoman for Merlin said one of the properties offered was in the same road and that having originally been offered it, Mr Maggs changed his mind. Mr Maggs, a former RollsRoyce engineer, says he first reported the cracks in February which got worse over the next few months until he was moved out on October 28. He said plaster had fallen on his head when he was in his bathroom and he believed there was asbestos exposed as well. Since the end of October, Mr

Maggs has been living with his daughter Karen in Brentry, an arrangement both say is not ideal due to overcrowding.

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Mr Maggs said: “In February a neighbour noticed the cracks and we informed Merlin. “Over the year it got worse

and I couldn’t close the doors properly. On the last day plaster fell on my head and eventually Merlin told us to get out.” Mr Maggs said he had struggled to be rehoused because of his dog and added that it was difficult to find properties as the system is online and he does not have computer access. His daughter Karen said her dad was keen to stay around the Filton area near to friends and activities and that although she wants to help, space is tight in her house and long-term, her dad can’t be on a sofa. She said: “He wants to be in or around Filton yet he’s 75 years-old aand living out of a suitcase.” Last month Filtonvoice reported that some people were moved to hotels after the cracks appeared. Merlin said it was a combination of foundations dug originally, trees and the dry summer we had. It is understood other blocks in Shellard Road are not affected after engineers carried out a survey. A Merlin spokesman said: “At the start of November, customers at the block of flats in 66-72 Above, Mr Maggs at the rear of his property; below and opposite, the cracks; and opposite top, Mr Maggs with daughter Karen

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n NEWS Shellard Rd reported significant cracks developing over the course of a day. “We went on site the same day and arranged for the residents in the block of four flats – two Merlin customers and two leaseholders to move out while we investigated further. “We secured the building and had structural engineers come out to dig inspection pits and investigate. They said the movement was caused by a combination of shallow foundations used when the building was initially built, the treeline at the back of the house and the exceptionally dry summer that we had. “They did not think the building would move any more, so we allowed the residents in the two least affected properties to return home. “We deemed it too risky for one customer and one leaseholder to return as the movement has affected the plaster in their properties, which could fall off the walls in quite

large sheets and cause injury. We have provided them with hard hats if they need to go into their properties to collect items. “We also have regular contact with the leaseholders in the other property to discuss compensation for loss of rent. “All the affected customers have been given compensation to cover loss of food and some other vouchers. “Our surveyors have inspected all the other blocks in the area and we have gone through the repairs history to see if any other properties at risk can be identified. A few reports of cracks have occurred over the years but on inspection, we have not found anything significant. We have asked residents on the road to let us know if any other cracks develop. We will be doing structural work on the block, removing some of the trees on our land and speaking to the Council about the trees that are on their land. We’re waiting for further test results before we can schedule this work.”

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Happy new year! I hope all you Voice readers enjoyed the festive season. As we welcome 2017, do spare a thought for elderly neighbours who may be particularly lonely as the winter stretches ahead. We know when vulnerable people feel isolated they can be more likely to fall victim to crime – rogue trading and doorstep crime in particular. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple “hello” to an elderly neighbour, to make them feel safer and part of the community. Look out for them – perhaps offer to do their shopping if it’s icy – and please report any suspicious activity to us, in particular unfamiliar people going door to door. If you do worry about doorstep crime, setting up a No Cold Calling Zone can help to tackle the problem.

Find out more from South Gloucestershire Council’s website, www.southglos.gov. uk/documents/2013-NCCZinformation-leaflet.pdf, or visit our website for more doorstep crime prevention advice www. avonandsomerset.police.uk/ advice/crime-prevention-advice/ protecting-your-home-andproperty/know-the-signs-ofdoorstep-crime/ You may have seen us out and about on the A38 stopping drivers who were using their mobile phones behind the wheel. Using a mobile while driving can have fatal consequences. Road safety, especially around schools, is a priority and we’ll continue to carry out these operations in the new year, when the penalty increases to a £200 fine and six points on your licence. We’ll also be tackling a problem of drivers ignoring the temporary “no entry” sign in Kenmore Drive, which has been raised with us by residents. Although the prohibition is

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PC Matt Griffin in front of the ‘no entry’ signs in Kenmore Drive only in place between 3.45pm and 5.30pm Monday to Friday, you could still face a fine of £100 and three points if you ignore it. Did you know that the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, is putting your questions to Chief Constable Andy Marsh in live video chats every other month? The last one, held on November 30, included questions from residents about domestic abuse and driving offences and you can still see it online at www.avonandsomersetpcc.gov.uk

If you have a question for the next live Facebook video, on January 31 at 3.15pm, email pcc@avonandsomerset.police.uk or call 01275 816377. The PCC is also seeking nominations for the Be Proud Awards, recognising police officers, staff, special constables and volunteers. To find out more and nominate someone, visit www.beproudawards.com. The closing date is January 27. Nomination forms are also available in police stations, local community buildings, libraries and from 01275 816377.

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Residents demand action on drivers flouting ‘no entry’ by Rebecca Day Police have vowed to prioritise the monitoring of a “no entry” sign in Filton following complaints from residents that it is repeatedly ignored by motorists. The part-time sign, which is in operation from 3.45pm to 5.30pm and situated at the entrance of Kenmore Drive at the junction of Kenmore Crescent, has been in operation for more than 18 years. It was installed to prevent the road becoming a rat run during rush hour. However, residents say that the rule is always being flouted, causing Kenmore Drive to become congested. One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told Filtonvoice: “I have seen drivers approach the sign and then turn around, but a lot of people do ignore it. “It causes a lot of congestion and I’m sure it’s got worse over the last couple of years – something needs to be done. “Ideally, the sign needs to be made full-time and monitored regularly by police. But the real answer to the problem would be to install a camera.” Police have assured residents that they will monitor the junction to make drivers aware of the regulation and enforce penalties for any offenders. Filton neighbourhood PC Matt Griffin said: “Contravention of the part-time no entry sign on Kenmore Drive has been raised as a priority at the local Community Engagement Forum. “We’re planning to carry out an exercise to make sure drivers are aware of the regulation and the penalty and will continue to carry out occasional enforcement action. “We’re also working with the council’s highways department to find a more permanent solution to this long-term issue. “We’ll report back on our progress to the Community Engagement Forum and through the Filton beat pages on our website.”

Councillor Roger Hutchinson said: “This has been ‘investigated’ on several occasions by Highways Officers on the request of councillors and nothing has ever been resolved because some people think that it should become a permanent no entry, others think that it should be taken away and a third group think that the police should put more resources into stopping abuse. “The council, in consultation with the police, are looking at all possible options and I am expecting to know soon what options might be included in his report. “After that, decisions would need to be taken depending on the cost and/or the effectiveness of the proposals, so currently we are at the wait and see stage, but hopefully the investigation will be complete soon.” A number of Filton residents have taken to the Filton News and Views page on Facebook to express their frustration over motorists disobeying the sign. Jo Freeth said: “This situation has been going on for years. I used to live there and despite endless complaints to the police and the council nothing was done. “Maybe a couple of times a month a police officer would position himself in the lane that leads to the park and fine people.” Nikki Bradley commented: “Many times I've been coming the correct way down the road during the allotted time and been faced by cars racing towards me. If you raise hands in a ‘what are you doing?’ way, I've often been met with ruder hand signals.” Linda Keeble said: “We walk the dog regularly in the early evening and just watch driver after driver ignore the sign – it’s like a mass rally sometimes.” Shez Bubb stated: “[It] needs to be turned into a permanent no entry or done away with as [it’s] very difficult to police. Numerous consultations and half the residents want it, half don’t.”

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Cubs end their centenary year on a high It’s been a busy term at the 1st Filton Scout Group with plenty going on for all ages, writes secretary Hazel Boyes. The Cubs ended a year of national events to celebrate 100 years of Cub-scouting by taking part in a district-wide trip to the Helicopter Museum near Weston. Around 800 young people took part in the visit with 14 Cubs from 1st Filton making up a part of the group. Activities were arranged throughout the day, including the opportunity to complete the Air Activities 2 badge, which all of our Cubs successfully did. “It was amazing that there were so many helicopters,” said Fintan, with Reilly adding: “You could even sit in some.” The afternoon ended with photographs, a celebration cake and the children renewing their Cub Promise. Meanwhile the Scouts have been braving the cold as part of the Advent Sleepout Challenge. Thirteen Scouts, along with their leaders, constructed shelters out of cardboard and camped out overnight in the grounds of the Scout HQ to raise money and awareness of those without a place to sleep. The young people were very creative in their constructions, some making shared shelters while others opted to brave the cold alone. Before settling down for the night, the Scouts made a campfire “to keep everyone warm, cook camp doughnuts but largely because we’re Scouts and we like lighting fires” (in the words of leader Martin). The group raised just over £600 for the Church Urban Fund’s work helping the homeless. Earlier in the term, the Scouts took part in Jamboree on the Airwaves. This is an international event where Scouts around the world get the chance to communicate and find out about Scouting in other countries. With the help of North Bristol Amateur Radio Club, the young people managed to speak to people from various countries across Europe. On the internet, the communication was much more widespread with Scouts contacting others in places as far afield as Canada, Indonesia, Trinidad and Tokyo, to name but a few. David said: “It was

Members of 1st FIlton Scout Group braved the cold for the Advent Sleepout Challenge great fun talking to people on the radio. I can’t wait to do it again next year.” A great time was had by all at the group’s first ever Christmas Funday on December 10. There were stalls, games, a fantastic raffle and a bouncy castle. The group would like to thank all the local businesses that donated prizes and helped make the event such a success. As well as having lots of fun, just over £260 was raised, which will go towards activities to celebrate 1st Filton’s 70th anniversary next year.

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New testing regime results for primaries Test facts... from bbc.co.uk Why do we have new national tests? The tests sat by primary school children this year are new because they are the first to test the new national primary curriculum. Department for Education officials are keen to stress that these new tests are not comparable to those taken in previous years. Are standards higher? The new primary curriculum was drawn up to be deliberately tougher than the old one, and is described as a “knowledge-based curriculum”. Ministers seeking to raise standards argued that the standards expected of pupils at the end of primary school had not been high enough. How is success measured? Previously, attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 was measured in Levels - Level 4c being the expected standard. In the new tests, the expected standard is measured completely differently. The expected level is set at 100, but scores can range between 80 and 120. Effectively, anything at 100 or over is a pass. Ultimately, the results of the tests will be used to hold schools to account for the attainment of their pupils and the progress that they make. Progress is measured by the distance of travel between the tests taken at the end of Key Stage 1, sat by seven-year-olds, and the results of those taken at age 11.

Key Stage 2 results for primary schools in Filton have been published. The results reflect the new, tougher testing regime with children given a score between 80 and 120 - with 100 the effective ‘pass’ park. As with many league table systems, some of the headline figures do not accurately reflect school intake and prior educational achievement. Some schools which have higher than average numbers of children whos first language is not English, for example, may have results lower than expected. In Filton, both Filton Hill and Charborough Road say they have had results which reflect their higher number of children who may have special educational needs. Overall, the highest performing primary serving Filton was St Teresa’s where 73% of children met the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. Shield Road had similar results, with 71% of pupils acheiving this grade. Head teacher Jim Mepham said: “We were delighted by our performance. Our year 6 children were highly motivated and had a dedicated teaching team to support and challenge them. “Shield Road is the top performing Primary School in South Glos for the progress of disadvantaged pupils.” Filton Hill Primary head Kirsten Lemming said: “Filton Hill was rated GOOD in all areas in its most recent Ofsted

inspection, with inspectors commenting “Pupils make good progress regardless of their starting point.” “At Filton Hill we teach a broad and balanced curriculum, rather than focussing solely on a narrow set of government set assessment criteria that do not accurately reflect the high quality teaching delivered for our young people. “25% of pupils in our 2016 Year 6 cohort were classed as vulnerable and needed additional support with their learning through a range of intervention programmes and support such as drama therapy and mentoring. “This, combined with increased numbers of children joining school from abroad with limited understanding of English, meant that our focus, for these children, needed to be ensuring that we provide them with the basic skills to succeed as they move to secondary school. “We joined the Olympus Academy Trust in September

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2016 and are already seeing the benefits of this collaboration which is further enhancing the provision at Filton Hill.” Charborough Road head teacher Nicola Bailey said: “In October 2016 Charborough Road Primary School celebrated being awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark that recognises us as a centre of excellence in this area. Charborough Road is home to a specialist Resource Base that caters for children who have speech, language and communication needs. These children join our school with significant barriers to learning. We are proud of all our pupils and believe that our unique school community enhances the educational experience of all our pupils. “49% of pupils in our 2016 Year 6 cohort had a recognised Special Educational Need or Disability. “Whilst these children may not meet ‘expected standards’ set nationally, they are nonetheless

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n FILTON PRIMARY SCHOOL PERFORMANCE bright and capable young people who have flourished in our school community and made exceptional progress during their time with us. “71% of pupils in our Reception class attained a Good Level of Development (GLD) which is significantly above the national average of 69%. In addition, our results were on or above the national average in all areas (Reading, Writing and Maths) in our Key Stage One results. “Charborough Road was rated GOOD in all areas in its most recent Ofsted inspection.” In Bristol, some 54 per cent of pupils on average achieved the expected standards in reading, writing and maths. Another seven per cent hit high scores in all three. For South Gloucestershire, 53 per cent reached the expected standards, and five per cent reached top scores. The new system means results from this year cannot be properly compared with previous years.

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Filton MP backs Cribbs expansion plans Filton’s MP has given his backing to a huge expansion plan for The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, last month visited the site to meet Centre Manager Deb Jones and discuss the owners’ major investment plans. The meeting follows South Gloucestershire councillors’ decision to approve the expansion plans Mr Lopresti said: “I am very excited about the planned extension to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway and welcome the vision set out by the owners. The significant investment of over £300 million proposed is a huge vote of confidence in this part of the South West. “The provision of such a wide range of local benefits at the heart of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood – from thousands of jobs, public space, affordable housing and much

else besides – is something that I would like to see delivered as soon as possible. I know very many people from across the region feel exactly the same way and I look forward to a thriving and revitalised Cribbs acting as a catalyst for further growth and economic dynamism.” Mr Lopresti was briefed about some of the benefits the plans are set to bring to the area,

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A new bus station is also included in the plans which will cater for local and MetroBus services. These services will help connect the new communities being built at the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood with major retail, employment and education hubs in the region. As well as the bus station, a new footbridge will be built over Merlin Road for the use of pedestrians and cyclists along with new roads and enhanced pedestrian and cycle links which will be provided throughout the development. Cllr Trevor Jones, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s DC West Committee, said: “This application contains significant new provision for shopping at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway which will bring up to 3,000 more jobs to South Gloucestershire and continue to generate economic prosperity across the region.”

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n NEWS Filton charity FACE organised a family Christmas party following a successful £1,000 grant application to the ASDA Foundation. More than 60 people of all ages joined together for a fun afternoon including Santa visit, face painting, disco, cookie decorating, games, buffet, soft play and much more! The party was for families who hadn’t had a great year (for many different reasons) and families were referred from local schools and organisations. During the afternoon Anne Maddox, community champion for ASDA Filton, also presented two surprise ‘Hidden Heroes’ awards to Debbie Teml, manager of FACE, and also to Enid Hunt, who has volunteered at St Andrews Church for many years, including running the Wednesday Pop-in lunch club. FACE is a registered Youth and Community charity based in Filton, South Gloucestershire.

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Debbie Teml said: “We’re so pleased that ASDA supported our application for this family party to take place. It was wonderful to see everyone having so much fun. “One young man was asked what he wants for Christmas and expecting the response to be the latest gadget or a life-time supply of sweets, his answer was that all he wanted for Christmas is ‘a happy family’. It was a truly touching afternoon spreading joy and cheer to the families who so deserved it!” To find out more about the work of FACE, please contact Debbie Teml on debbie@ facefilton.org.uk or at 0117 9691938 or visit www.facefilton. org.uk Party picture on Page 1

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Pro footballer drops in at his old college A Chinese footballer who laid the foundations for his career at a Filton-based college has made a nostalgic return to England and the place he once studied and trained. Cai Jing Yuan now plays for second-tier Shenzhen FC, under former England coach Sven Goran Erickson, finally realising his dream to play professionally after many challenges on the way. He recently brought his parents and fiancée to England and visited South Gloucestershire College’s WISE Campus to show them where his journey began and to meet up with the people who have supported him from the outset. Back in 2002, the college’s then principal Kevin Hamblin, director of sport Simon Panes and head coach Tony Ricketts travelled to Guangzhou, in China, with a group of Football Academy students as part of the Bristol-China partnership. The aim was to create an exchange programme as well as to play in a tournament that was screened live on Chinese TV. The college was also offering two boys from the Guangzhou FA the opportunity to come to England to study and play in the Academy programme for two years. During the recruitment process in China, Simon selected Cai Jing Yuan. So, at the tender age of 16, Jing Yuan, with his team colleague Chang Bing, made the long journey from Guangzhou to Bristol.

After the two years, Bing returned to China but Jing Yuan stayed and completed the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport. He worked for the college in the gym and his reputation as a footballer was growing as Bristol Rovers FC wanted to offer him a contract – but they couldn’t gain a work permit for him. Jing Yuan ended up staying in England for nearly six years, living with Simon and his family. He continued to train and got a job as an interpreter back in China working in both the Asian games and the World University games held in Shenzhen. Then his break finally came as he secured a job with Guangzhou Sunny Cave FC as their interpreter. After a string of injuries the club allowed Jing Yuan to train with them and, at the age of 28, he made his debut in front of 15,000 spectators and scored in a 1-1 draw. His story went viral across China, and Jing Yuan’s face was seen everywhere. From then on he has not looked back, and is a year into a three-year contract with Shenzhen FC playing in the second tier of the Chinese League. Jing Yuan’s dream was also to pay his parents back for getting him to England in the first place and he recently paid for them and his fiancée to leave China for the very first time. They visited London, Paris and Switzerland and then went to watch Manchester United play West Ham at Old Trafford before arriving at the WISE Campus so

Cai Jing Yuan, second from right, with Simon Panes, centre, his parents and fiancee at the WISE Campus Jing Yuan could show his parents where he studied and lived for all those years. While in Bristol, Simon took the family to watch Bristol City play Ipswich Town. Simon said: “This is an incredible story which just proves that it is never too late. In all my years in my role I

have never come across a student with such dedication, work ethic and respect as Jing Yuan. You will not meet a nicer lad. To see how much the trip meant to his family and how much they appreciated what the college had done for Jing Yuan is something I will never forget.”

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Crowds turn out in Filton for Carol Bus

Filton people turned out in numbers to support the 2016 Carol Bus which brought festive cheer to all parts of the town just before Christmas. Money raised will also help local charity FACE and Macmillan Cancer. Santa was board and local people enjoyed the spectacle at the various stops. A spokesperson said: “The grand total for the Carol Bus collection came to £520, so that’s £260 for FACE Filton and £260

for Macmillan Cancer Support, plus any online donations given on Justgiving.com. “We would like to thank everyone for their kind donations, which will help so many people!” The bus was provided like last year by Collywobbles Fun Bus who gave up their time to support the venture. Pictures courtesy of Filton Carol Bus Facebook page. Visit the website. www. filtoncarolbus.co.uk.

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A ‘baseball cage’ for Filton took a step closer after town councillors agreed to investigate the practical implications. This follows the proposal by a group of baseball enthusiasts who want to install the facility which would offer practice sessions with players hitting balls propelled by automatic pitching machines. The facility would be enclosed within a wire mesh and the group behind the scheme would pay rent to the town council to site the cage. At a meeting of the council, Luke Allen from the The Bristol Batting Cage Management team said they were looking for a twoyear lease and that he hoped the facility could lead to baseball or softball being played locally in

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leagues. He also said the facility could double up as an automatic cricket ‘net’. Councillors said there were concerns over rental levels and asked the town clerk to investigate the technical aspects. Councillors also said they were worried about parking at weekends and the impact on other users of the leisure centre. Last year a spokesman for Bristol Batting Cage Management said: “The land seems perfectly suited for our purpose.”

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Brexit minister seeks to reassure firms Bristol businesses Airbus and Rolls-Royce were visited by David Jones, in his first visit to the South West as a Minister for the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU). The Minister is travelling across the country to meet with companies and understand their priorities for trade and business, as the Government prepares for negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union. As well as seeing a windtunnel facility at the £70 million Airbus Aerospace Park, which is used to test new aircraft before they fly, the Minister was given a tour of the state-of-the-art defence aerospace operations at Rolls-Royce where helicopters and combat jets are produced. He also chaired a roundtable at Rolls-Royce with senior leaders from the aerospace industry, to listen to their

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“As we act on the historic referendum result, we are the same outward-looking, globallyminded, flexible and dynamic country we have always been.” The aerospace roundtable discussion was attended by senior leaders from the following businesses: Rolls Royce, Airbus, National Composites Centre, ADS Group, AVPE, Aerostructures Europe and GKN.

Blood and transplant apprentice scheme SGS College has announced a new apprenticeship scheme for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). The scheme aims to create up to 130 apprenticeship opportunities nationwide over the next 12 months. The apprenticeship scheme will allow employees to achieve nationally accredited qualifications. As NHSBT’s workforce is under represented by 16-18 year olds, the new apprenticeship scheme welcomes applications from this age group. Patrick Mcleod, Director of Work-based Learning at SGS College added: “This will offer a fantastic career-start for many young people in an absolutely vital part of the NHS.”

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Joint venture partners and commercial property developers and investors, St Francis Group and iSec have confirmed details of the first of two deals with separate occupiers at its prestigious Horizon 38 development, a 1 million sq ft mixed use scheme near Filton announced last year. In the first deal, detailed planning consent has been granted by South Gloucestershire Council for the development of a new 35,000 sq ft Trade Centre for Selco on 2.45 acres. The deal will see Selco take a 15-year lease at an undisclosed rent. Building work is set to begin in March and be completed by October 2017. Chris Cunliffe CEO Selco said: “Selco are pleased to confirm our deal with St Francis Group and iSec which will see Selco open their second branch in Bristol. This is a great opportunity for Selco as we continue our expansion in the UK and strengthen our position in the Bristol marketplace. This opportunity will see more than 50 jobs created to support the local community and will also offer genuine career opportunities.

Double deal announced for A38 development near Filton “We first opened in Bristol in 1995 servicing Bristol builders from our Sheene Way Bedminster branch. Over the years we have developed a strong business and this development is seen as an important strategic move in supplying the building trades and customers both new and old all their products and services under one roof from our branches” In the second deal, St Francis Group and iSec have confirmed a deal with Village Urban Resorts for the development of a new 153-bedroom hotel occupying the prominent plot on the corner of the A38 and Gypsy Patch Lane. Work on the hotel is due to commence in August 2017 following completion of the internal site infrastructure works and estate road construction. The hotel is expected to be open by summer 2018. The new Village Hotel Club will deliver a business class hotel

with a business and events HUB and a state-of-the-art health and fitness club including swimming pool, bar and restaurant. The new Village Hotel Club – which will create 100 new jobs – will act as a catalyst for the wider Horizon 38 scheme and represents an investment of £21m. Iain Stackhouse, Head of Property at Village Hotel Club, said: “We’re growing the Village Hotel Club network by investing into quality new locations and Horizon 38 will be our 30th site.With plans to double the size of our portfolio within the next 5 years, we’re targeting premier locations like this and building outstanding facilities with a premium business and leisure offer. Here we’ll be ideally placed to serve a significant and expanding catchment and play a key role in the successful build out of the impressive Horizon 38 scheme.”

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Both deals constitute a major milestone on this landmark new development, representing the first occupiers signed since work commenced on the scheme in the summer. Horizon 38 is a strategic development site, directing fronting onto the A38 in Filton near the former Filton airfield, Airbus and Rolls-Royce Engines manufacturing plants. It sits within the Filton Enterprise Area; the largest and most significant regeneration and inward investment project in the south west and just 3 miles from Bristol city centre and less than 2 miles from the M5. Commenting on the announcement, Gareth Williams, Development Director at St Francis Group, said “We are delighted to announce today the double signing of both Selco and Village Urban Resorts and welcome both occupiers onto Horizon 38.


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New Year, New You, New Us! We would like to wish all of our lovely clients a very Happy and Prosperous 2017. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyal custom throughout 2016. As a small family business this means the world to us. We love to see our returning clients as it makes all of our hard work worth it and we love to see our salon busy with lots of local residents. It has a real community feel, especially a Tuesday when we offer our over 60’s Club a Wash, Cut and Blow dry for just £20.50! (We also now offer a Perming special offer on these days with our expert Deb). From Wednesday 11th January we will be offering an NHS and Student discount of 10% off any Hair or Beauty Service (every Wednesday only) Ts&Cs . We have a lot of exciting things in store for 2017 along with ALL NEW stylists (none that you have seen before). Our stylists are Kerri, Deb and Danielle. All are extremely professional, knowledgeable and friendly. There is a range of personalities and ages so somebody to suit everyone, all with at least 10

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n NEWS By Rebecca Day A masterclass in learning how to achieve flawless looking makeup is coming to Cheswick Village next month. Hosted by professional makeup artist Rajnee Jannoo, the event will cover creating the perfect eyebrow and lips, and mastering the art of contouring – a technique used to enhance facial features. The event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 7.30-10pm at Boston Tea Party in Cheswick Village. Tickets are £8 each. Rajnee will demonstrate her makeup tips and tricks using a model from the audience, explaining her methods in detail while recommending various products. She will also be teaching her signature techniques, which she has tried and tested during her 10 years of doing bridal makeup. Rajnee has a wealth of experience under her belt, from training with the famous Pixiwoo sisters – the creators of the Real Techniques makeup brushes in Boots and Superdrug – to

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Rajnee will help you achieve flawless-looking make-up working with renowned makeup artist Laura Mercier for three years. Rajnee also has her own YouTube channel ‘Beauty by RJ’, where she demonstrates her techniques. She told the Filtonvoice: “I aim to guide those wanting to learn how to apply makeup with simple techniques. “I want ladies and men to be confident and not scared of experimenting with makeup and presenting makeup as a way to embrace each person’s uniqueness.” For more information, search ‘Makeup Masterclass with Beauty by RJ’ on Facebook. Tickets for the event are available on the evening. You can also follow follow Rajnee on Instagram at ‘beautybyrajneejan’.

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n FILTON PLANNING APPLICATIONS DECEMBER Applications n 130 To 132 Gloucester Road North Change of use of part ground floor from Solicitors Office (Class A2) to Retail (Class A1), erection of two storey rear extension, installation of rear dormer and change of use of first floor from solicitor's office (Class A2) to form 1 no. residential unit as HMO (Class C4) n 29 Kenmore Crescent Erection of a two storey side extension and single storey rear extension to provide additional living accommodation. Erection of rear dormer including balcony to facilitate loft conversion. Erection of front porch. Demolition and erection of 1no. detached garage. (Amendment to previously approved... 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 n 701 Southmead Road Alterations to roofline on existing rear elevation and alterations to roof line and erection of 1no rear dormer to facilitate loft conversion.

n 105 Conygre Grove Erection of two storey side and single storey rear extensions, front porch and installation of rear dormer to facilitate conversion of 1no. existing dwelling into 4no. flats. Resiting of existing garage. n 9 Meadowsweet Avenue Erection of two storey rear extension to provide additional living accommodation. 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). Decisions n 7 Stanley Crescent Erection of two storey side extension to include rear dormer window and rear balcony area to form 2 no flats with associated works. Refused n 31 Bridgman Grove Erection of single storey side extension to form additional living accommodation. Approved with conditions n 138 Gloucester Road North Change of use of vacant retail unit

(Class A1) to hot food takeaway (Class A5) as defined in Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). Installation of extraction/ ventilation equipment. Approved with conditions n East Works Site Gloucester Road North Erection of a Trade Warehouse (Class B8) with associated service yard, loading bay and parking. Approved with conditions n 544 Filton Avenue Change of use from Restaurant (Class A3) to a mixed use of Restaurant and Takeaway (Class A3 and A5) as defined in Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). (Retrospective). Approved with conditions

For more information on planning applications in Filton and across South Gloucestershire, visit the planning section of South Gloucestershire Council’s website at www.southglos.gov.uk/ planning/

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n NEWS ‘Residents can help ease strain on A&E’ A surge in people seeking emergency care over the new year at has prompted health leaders to urge residents to visit A&E departments for serious and life-threatening issues only. Severe pressure on emergency services across South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset means the region’s NHS has been placed on system-wide “escalation status”, requiring decisive action across the system to maintain safe, clinical services. Emergency departments at Southmead Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Weston General Hospital have been particularly affected by the rise in demand. Extra staff have been deployed to emergency departments, while extra beds will be opened where possible, non-urgent routine hospital appointments and operations may be rescheduled and community and primary healthcare capacity will be increased. Clinical commissioning group clinical lead for urgent care and local GP Dr Peter Goyder said: “Like many parts of the country, we are experiencing particularly high levels of demand for urgent and emergency care following the Christmas and new year holiday. “We have robust plans in place to manage this demand and on the whole we are coping well but A&E departments in particular are under considerable pressure. “Members of the public can help us manage this demand by using the most appropriate service for their needs and most importantly, only using A&E for genuine life-threatening emergencies. “There is some evidence that a significant number of people are continuing to use A&E for minor or non-emergency conditions but it’s important to remember that if you’re feeling under the weather or have a minor injury, A&E is not necessarily the answer. In these cases I urge people to seek advice from their pharmacist first, contact their GP or call 111 for advice.”

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STEPS TO FITNESS Have you been given an activity monitor eg. Fitbit for Christmas or do you already have one and want to reach your daily step target? Join us Wednesday mornings outside the entrance to Filton Leisure Centre 9.30am with your activity tracker and your SportsPound vouchers to start your day with a social walk aiming for around 3000-5000 steps!

Great Western Air Ambulance has been based at Filton airfield since 2008 – but will soon be moving to Almondsbury

Air ambulance set to leave its Filton base by end of year by Rebecca Day Filton will be bidding a fond farewell to the Great Western Air Ambulance this year, after the charity secures a new base in Almondsbury. GWAAC’s helicopter has been based at Filton airfield since 2008. However, plans to redevelop the site left the charity seeking a new home. Four years later, having surveyed hundreds of locations, the charity has now gained planning permission for the Almondsbury site. Within the same week in December, GWAAC also received a £1million grant from the Libor fund – a pot of money accumulated from banking fines, allocated to emergency services and the military. GWAAC will be using the money to go towards the charity’s running costs. Work is set to begin on the new base early this year, and the charity hopes to be operational from the site by the end of 2017. According to the charity, the building will be a significant upgrade from the current hangar, which was built during the First World War and is one of the

oldest surviving examples in the UK. GWAAC chief executive John Christensen said: “It was a fantastic week for the charity and a great way for us to end the year. Finding a new base has been a long journey for us, and I am glad that it is now finally over, and we can begin work. “Our main focus has been to find a site that is easily accessible both by the helicopter and our two critical care cars, and the Almondsbury site was the only viable option. “I am pleased that we will have a modern base that will ensure that we can continue to provide this life-saving service.” He added: “This news was made even better by the fact that we were awarded money from the Libor fund. “However, it is imperative that we continue our fundraising efforts.” The news that GWAAC is to receive £1million was announced by Chancellor Phillip Hammond. GWAAC says that it is a welcome financial boost and will help to secure the long-term future of the charity.

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Santa and By Charlotte Rooney The annual Charborough Road Primary School Christmas Fair was once again a resounding success, say organisers. Children, families and carers and the surrounding community had a great time sampling hot turkey rolls, taking part in the tombolas and having a seasonal flutter on the raffles with a magnificent 13 hampers up for grabs. Visitors were entertained by live Christmas carols played on the piano by Paul Davies, dad of Year 4 pupil Evie, and of course there was a visit from a certain red-suited, bearded someone for the younger visitors. Charlotte Truckle, 10, fulfilled a long-standing ambition to be a Year 6 Elf Helper and said: “Helping Father Christmas with the little children was the highlight of the fair.” We also saw the return of the

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much-loved Mother Christmas. A new booking slot system improved the queues this year, and the usual games and traders’ stalls saw a steady stream of custom. Mr Hunt, grandparent and local resident, said: “Once again the FOS and teachers

have surpassed themselves and produced a classic Christmas fair. It had everything. I was tempted to join in the disco room but I thought my walking stick would get in the way!” Polly Kirby, mum of Lily in Year 4, summed it up by saying: “Huge thank you to organisers

Jennie Maggs, Samantha Radford, Joanna Knight, Claire Gibbens and to all volunteers and helpers who made a fantastic Christmas fair. Well done for a fantastic, much-loved day.” In addition to all this fun, the fair raised a massive, recordbreaking £4,500 for the school.

At the group’s Christmas fair, members of Filton Chest & Heart Committee presented Gavin Richards, practice manager at Conygre Medical Centre, with three electronic asthma monitors and five blood pressure monitors

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n NEWS Spring clean time for neighbourhood Filton residents can help give their neighbourhoods a spring clean by teaming up to tidy streets and parks. The South Gloucestershire Spring Clean is taking place from February 18 to May 14, during which individuals and groups are invited to organise a litter pick. Litter picking equipment is available to borrow from South Gloucestershire Council, along with free gloves and refuse bags, and rubbish collected can be picked up by the council’s street cleansing team or taken to a Sort It Centre. Last year, 55 groups took part in organised spring clean events across South Gloucestershire with more than 500 bags of litter collected, and the street cleansing team hopes even more litter picking events will be held this year. For further information, call Street Care on 01454 868000 or email streetcleansing@southglos. gov.uk.

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The Tanner family boarding the aircraft for a Christmas party in the sky

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aboard for a Christmas party in the sky A group of youngsters took to the skies on a very special flight, joining Santa for a Christmas party on board. Airbus teamed up with Bristol Airport to organise the celebration for children and families supported by Children’s Hospice South West and the charity Reach, which works with youngsters with upper limb differences. The day was designed to generate special memories for the children and their families, with a party in the airport featuring a choir and a magician, then a flight with Santa on board, and plenty of games and entertainment on the way. It was a special surprise for Ben Bayliss from Abbeymead, Gloucester, who turned seven on Christmas Eve. He is a plane and train fan and did not know he would be flying with Santa until the morning of the trip. Ben said: “I liked meeting Santa and going into the cockpit of the plane but I was sad to miss a day of school.” Elizabeth Tanner, from Stockwood, in Bristol is two years and seven months old and has a life-limiting condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The Tanner family visit CHSW’s Charlton Farm for respite care, and Elizabeth brought her mum, dad, twin sister Emily and little brother Ben along for the day. Elizabeth’s mum Jo Tanner said: “The girls loved it, especially the snow ball fight and meeting Santa. They have always wanted to go on a plane and now they have. The organisers did a brilliant job.”

Dawn, Ben and Neil Bayliss on board the flight with Santa Airbus employees volunteered on the day, meeting the families and the charities that they have been fundraising for through

Airbus’ partnership with Hospice UK. The event was also supported by ACC Charter and Eastern

Airways, whch run the charter flights for Airbus employees to connect them to other Airbus facilities.

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MEDIA MANIA St Andrews Methodist Church Filton January 25th 2017 7:30 – 9:30pm Admission Free donations for the St Andrews Future Church Fund

The Topic What is the role the Media in contemporary society? What are the strengths and weaknesses, the opportunities and threats? How has social media changed the way humans communicate and what does it say about being human and being society now and in the future? How is religion portrayed in the Media and what has religion to say to the Media? The Speakers Methodist ministers Mandy Briggs, our guest speaker, is currently Education Officer at the New Room Bristol who previously worked in journalism, and John Emmett is a theology tutor and author. CaFE is part of the ST ANDREWS: FUTURE CHURCH Project

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Family fun day at Christmas in village Cheswick Village celebrated Christmas in style with a whole host of fun and festive events. Families gathered on December 17 for a day full of activities including a Christmas trail, colouring competition and pub quiz. Many prizes were also handed out, donated by local businesses. The day began with the Christmas trail, where families had to discover the festive phrase ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ by piecing together letters displayed across residents’ windows. Children then had the opportunity to take part in a colouring competition, where art-related prizes were awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for four different age categories. The day culminated with prizes being handed out to the best decorated houses and streets, and a Christmas quiz. The winner for the best decorated house was determined by the photo of their house receiving the most ‘likes’ on Facebook. The winning street was Horse Leaze.

Prizes handed out for the different activities included coffee machines, gift vouchers to spend with local businesses, sweets, hampers, and meals at local restaurants. Holly Stowell, from the Cheswick Events Committee – the organisers behind the event – said: “Feedback has been brilliant – everyone enjoyed themselves. Residents always comment to the Cheswick Committee about the lasting effect of our events and how they help bring the community together. “It gives the committee a great sense of pride – we are so proud to be assisting our relatively new community grow closer and stronger.” Holly added: “It wouldn’t be possible to run our yearly programme without the continued generosity of the local businesses and organisations. We’d like to extend our sincerest thanks for the donations and we hope to continue to work together with you to keep the Cheswick community spirit ever stronger.”

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Woodcarver to bring tree back to life

A cherry tree in the Filton Community Garden which is ‘dead’ will be resurrected as a fabulous wood carving. The tree has been cut back since it was identified as dead and members of the Community Garden committee now want to call on expert wood carver Andy O’Neill to create some animal carvings. The cost will be split between the Community Garden committee and Filton Town Council, which agreed to pay half of the £720 fee at a recent full council meeeting. It is hoped the carving will have real visual impact and possibly include an owl at the top, and mice and a hedgehog at the bottom. In a report to the council, Communty Garden chairman Dave Mikkelson said the carving would be a ‘fabulous addition to the garden and a real focal point’.

He said: “During a tree survey in 2015, the large cherry tree was identified as being dead. “Neil Palmer, the council’s ground services manager, suggested it could be used to create a sculpture and it was cut down to about eight ft high, leaving the trunk and some lower branches. “Mark and Billy, who reduced the height of th tree, did a really professional job. “Neil made contact with Andy O’Neill and he came along to give us some ideas. “Andy charges £360 per day and the carving owuld take two days. “Our proposal was that the cost could be shared with the council. As with everything in the garden, it is the people of Filton who benefit.” Councillors agreed to fund half of the costs and it is hoped the work will start soon.

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n BOOK REVIEW WITH FILTON LIBRARY The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen Reviewed by a Filton Library Reader Recently made into a big budget film, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax is a teasing, clever, disturbing and very, very funny novel, pitched somewhere between a Freudian Hitchcock film and a postmodern whodunit. The novel has two narrators. The odd chapters are narrated by Louis – bright, disturbed, accident-prone, as obsessed with diseases and vampire bats and giant squids as you’d expect a precocious nine-year-old to be. Louis, though, is narrating his story from within a coma following a mysterious accident, swimming through the murk of his memories, kept company by a shambling figure wrapped in bandages that, though terrifying in its appearance, appears to be offering some sage (if gnomic) advice. The even chapters are narrated by Dr Pascal Dannachet, the coma specialist trying to bring Louis back from his injuries. He is committed

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to his work, charming, selfdeceiving and callow, waxing lyrical about his devotion to his patients and his family even as he is allowing himself to be drawn into an affair with Louis’s mother, Natalie. The reader is left to piece together what is going on from these fragmentary accounts. In Jensen’s sure hands, the results are as hot as the forest fires that rage outside the exclusive Provençal hospital in which Louis is being treated: a disturbing but beautiful novel, one designed to tease and shock but at the same time very humane in its treatment of human frailties, always ready to undercut the reader’s expectations with a revelation half-glimpsed, a truth in plain sight but exquisitely disguised. A copy is available at Filton Library.

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Chatterbooks Saturday 21 January

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

Craft Club Saturday 28 January

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

Filton Bookworms Monday 6 February

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Christmas comes early for home charity There was an early Christmas present for the staff, trustees and volunteers of Home-Start Bristol when they received news that their application for a Big Lottery grant of £373,000 had been successful. The money will enable the charity to continue its vital work supporting disadvantaged Bristol families over the next five years. Home-Start Bristol trains volunteers so they can befriend struggling families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire while children are still small, making regular home visits. All volunteers are parents – they are the people who really understand how challenging it can be to give children the best possible start in life. Scheme Manager Beverley Symonds said: “We are delighted to receive this generous funding from the Big Lottery – the second grant in a row for our service in

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Bristol. We have worked so hard to achieve our goals, working with families in real need of help. “This gives us the security to plan even more support for local families and children.”

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In 2017 the charity will celebrate its 30th birthday. “We can now really look forward to a special year of events,” continued Beverley. “ If you would like to find out

more about the charity, make a donation or become a HomeStart Bristol volunteer, visit the website: www.homestartbristol. org.uk or phone 0117 950 1170. n Home-Start Bristol (HSB) is an independent registered charity supporting struggling families, with at least one child under five, living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. n HSB’s small team recruits and trains local volunteers and carefully matches them with local families who need help. n Volunteer courses are 3 times per year: 36 hours over 9 weeks and lead to a CERTA Level 2 qualification. n Volunteers visit homes for a few hours every week, providing practical help and emotional support which is ‘tailor-made’ to the fulfil the needs of each family. n Most referrals come from health visitors

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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@ blueyonder.co.uk. New members very welcome, just come along on the night or ring Cynthia Clark on 0117-9695144 for more information” 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 secretary@bafhs.org.uk

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 dorothy.bryant@btinternet.com. or look at our web site on www.thefiltones. weebly.com. 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 www.nhlcbristol.co.uk or our secretary Angela nhlc@talktalk.com 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 www.ipmsavon.org.uk 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 www.bristolmvc.org.uk 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, www.avon-andbristol-woodturners.org.uk/fortnightly, North Bristol Creative writing group. Meets fortnightly. 07535111294 northbristolwriting@gmail.com 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. gov.uk 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@ diddidance.com

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. stteresasfilton.org.uk 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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olds, £4 5-6pm: Youth club for School Years 3, 4 & 5, £1 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 info@facefilton.org.uk and website www.facefilton.org.uk Please follow us on Facebook: ‘FACE-Filton’ and Twitter: @FACEFilton to keep updated with our news!

SHE7, Braemar Crescent, Filton 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 – 9.pm

1st Filton Scouts, Cubs & Beavers 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, BS34 7LH. All sections are open to boys and girls. Contact for all sections is John Cahill (jcahill@blueyonder.co.uk), Phone 0798 605 3005)

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides 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 : d.wilkey@btinternet.com or register at Girlguiding UK website and follow the parent links to register your daughter.

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

Filton Community Garden meetings Every second Saturday of the month at 10am-12noon in meeting room

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Keep fit with dance moves – at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, Tuesday afternoon, from 2pm – 3pm. Improve your mobility and general wellbeing, have fun, challenge yourself and feel more confident, keeping fit to music. The class also includes some body conditioning. Working at your own pace, the class is suitable for everyone. Come along and make new friends at this very social and friendly class. Pay as you go at £4 per session. Class re-commences on 10th January 2017. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. For further information contact Eileen Scott, (qualified instructor), on 07969929733, and visit the website http://www.keepfit.org.uk for more info about our organisation.

Saturday, January 21

There will be a TABLE TOP SALE at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol - 10 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. in aid of Church funds. Bookings or enquiries please telephone 0117 9872143

Tuesday, January 24

n Circle Dancing Workshop at the Old (Eastville) Library. A light-exercise community dance session, suitable for all abilities & a great fun way to meet new people! 7.30-9.30pm

Saturday, February 4

n Stoke Park Litter Pick. Meet at the Cameron Centre in Lockleaze at 10am. All equipment provided. Join us in turning the Old Library community garden into a beautiful, productive, social place. No experience necessary, all welcome. Brings tools and gloves if you have them. 10am-12pm

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Clearing Out Sale! Saturday January 14th 2017, 10.30am - 12.30pm In preparation for our down-sizing of the church premises over the coming year, we will be having a sale of a number of items which we no longer need. Please come and have a browse, offer a donation for any of our unwanted items, see our plans for refurbishment, and grab a cuppa with us!

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