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Pet shop closes after 34 years of trading in Filton by Jess Monk

Rogers Pets has closed after 34 years of trading in Filton. The pet shop, which specialised in birds, closed its doors on Gloucester Road on the 23rd of December. Customers have been saying how sad it is and have praised owner Robert Rogers for his years of service. Diane Vowles, who worked at the shop, said: “The shop is closing due to a rent increase which ties in with retirement.

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Decrease in numbers who identify as Christian

by Niamh McIntyre Most people will have enjoyed Christmas, but how many are Christian? The Office of National Statistics has the answer in a mass survey that asked people about their religious beliefs, and published the results for each parliamentary constituency in England, Scotland and Wales. In Filton and Bradley Stoke, 58 per cent of people identified as Christian, according to the ONS, which is in line with the national average. Christianity has been steadily declining in our area in recent years. The latest figures were gathered in 2015 and they show the number of people who described themselves as Christian has dropped from 65 per cent in 2011, a decrease of 7 percentage points. Meanwhile, the number of people who say they have no religion has increased to 32 per cent, up from 29 per

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Christmas ... but how many of say we identify as Christian? From Page 1 cent in 2011. Some 3 per cent of respondents said they were Muslim, while 7 per cent told the ONS they belonged to "other religions", such as Judaism, Hinduism and Sikhism. Christianity is in decline throughout the UK, according to the ONS, which reported that the number of Christians in England, Scotland and Wales has dropped from 63 per cent in 2011 to 57 per cent. However, the number of people who regularly attend church services is much smaller. According to the Church of England, the country's established church, just 930,000 people in England attended an Anglican service once a week in 2016 - slightly less than two

per cent of the total population. Church attendance increases significantly around Christmas time, and 2.6 million people attended a Church of England service last Christmas, but this still represents just over five per cent of people in England. The constituency with the highest proportion of Christians was South Holland and the Deepings in Lincolnshire - where 85 per cent of the population said they were a Christian in 2015. Leicester South had the lowest, where just over one in four people said they were Christians, closely followed by Bethnal Green and Bow in East London. Both areas have Muslim populations which are much larger than average.

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n NEWS From Page 1 "We want to thank the customers for their custom over the years. A fair few have become good friends and will be missed.” The shop's loyal customers say they will truly miss Rogers Pets and took to Facebook to comment on the closure. Kelly Mills said: “Rogers was a place I visited regularly and they were always so kind and helpful. It’s a shame they have gone and will be a blow to the community. They will be missed.” Mike Waines said: “I will have to find a new supplier for the budgie seed. No one else near sells it. Sad to see him go.” Ken Hoare said: “This was a great shop, sad to see it go.” However customers may still be able to get their specialist bird supplies after the closure. R&D Birds Bristol Facebook page said: “Rogers Pets has now shut down. Thank you for your custom over the many years. This page will continue with R&D Birds… more information in the new year. “



Customers' thanks to Robert for years of service to community And pet owners may have a new option in Filton. ‘Everyday Pet and Aquatic’ has just opened on Filton Avenue. The shop will sell small pet goods including bird feed for parrots, budgies, parakeets and wild birds. A variety of tropical and cold water fish will also be sold along with fish tanks, filters and accessories. Owner Wayne said: “I used to have an aquatics shop in Patchway and loved running it, so when I had the opportunity to change my previous shop in Filton into an aquatic shop I took it. Filton has always had a pet shop, so I think it will fit in well in the community. “Requests will be taken for small pets and stock in the future, and live food will be available soon” The shop is located at 369 Filton Avenue. Problems with rent rates were reported last month with residents in Cheswick Village saying high costs were putting shop owners off from opening in The Square

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Solid base for new Airbus facility The creation of the new £40million Airbus centre in Filton reached a crucial stage last month. The centre's floor was installed, which required 3,500 tonnes of concrete to be poured over a 24-hour period – one of the single biggest pours in Britain this year. The job required 240 lorry loads of concrete, which was sourced from three batch plants around Filton, and poured from each vehicle every six minutes. The floor is the base of the new Airbus Wing Integration Centre, which will house aircraft wings for structural testing and aerospace engineers who will work on early-stage research and in-service aircraft improvements. The state-of-the-art centre will be large enough to house a full-size wing test, covering more than 10,000 square metres of internal floor space

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n NEWS Aerospace Bristol - the newlyopened museum and home of the last Concorde ever to fly - has announced that it is expecting a very unusual New Year surprise: one of only eleven Bristol Freighters remaining in the world today, and the only one of its kind in Europe. The historic Bristol Freighter has been shipped around the world from New Zealand and was due to arrive into Bristol shortly after Christmas. An appeal has been launched by the Bristol Aero Collection Trust, the registered charity behind the museum, for donations to support the Freighter Project and a web page where you can track the aircraft’s progress has been set up at Designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, the Bristol Type 170 was used both as a freighter and as a passenger airliner, known as the Wayfarer. The innovatively-designed Freighter had a 108ft wingspan and featured distinctive clamshell doors that allowed



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board a Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) vessel and has recently passed through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Sea. As the museum’s preferred shipping partner, WWL initially transported the unusual cargo from New Zealand to Singapore, where it transferred from the company’s ‘Talisman’ to ‘Tiger’ vessel, before setting out for Bristol’s Royal Portbury Docks. David Maggs, Break-Bulk and Liner Sales Manager at WWL. Carine, said “Whenever WWL are involved with the logistics of such bespoke cargo as the Bristol Freighter, the key to it going smoothly is thorough planning and open communication. WWL are extremely proud to play a small part in returning this piece of aviation history back to its birthplace in Bristol.”

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Swimmers compete in memory of Judith Last month, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre held the first of of what is planned as the annual Bush Memorial Gala in memory of Judith Bush, a long serving swimming coach for the centre who passed away in May 2017. Swimmers of all abilities competed in a multitude of races, from young learn-to-swim students to competition level swimmers. A total of £108.83 was raised for Southmead Hospital ICU Department in Judith and her family’s name. Participants and members of Judith's family were eager to say how much they enjoyed the event. George (Judith’s son) said: “The family would like to say a big thank you to John and Claire for all their hard work along with everyone else that helped to make the gala happen. Our Mum was passionate about swimming and

getting children to feel confident and happy in the water. She would have been very proud of all the children that took part and would have been one of the first to thank everyone involved.” Lucy (mum to Nina) said: "I just wanted to say thanks for such a lovely afternoon yesterday. My daughter Nina swam in some of the beginners' races. She'd been a bit nervous, but ended up with a load of medals and was


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New sports complex will be ready early this month A NEW sports complex near Filton will become fully operational early this month and will transform community activities during Bristol’s year as European City of Sport. Bristol & District Rugby Football Combination has joined forces with Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England to develop a new modern two-storey clubhouse and two all-weather pitches for rugby and football, replacing 1950s changing rooms and underutilised, out-of-date playing fields. The funds for this £6million project have come from the sale for housing development of part of the Combination’s land. The University of the West of England has recently joined the

project bringing further capital and they will use the facility for student sport mid-week. Work began on the Lockleaze Sports Centre at the end of 2016 on the council’s playing fields off Bonnington Walk, which is home to Bishopston RFC, and the adjacent fields owned by Bristol & District Rugby Football Combination, which are home to Ashley Down Old Boys RFC and Lockleaze Community Football Club. The first phase has created the new clubhouse with improved changing facilities, a social area and two all-weather pitches. The existing grass pitches, three rugby and one football, have been refurbished and there will be an outdoor Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA),

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chairman of the Bristol & District Rugby Football Combination, said: “This new sports facility will have huge benefits for the local community by widening the range of activities available. “It will be much more socially inclusive and bring both significant health and employment benefits. This scheme will provide rugby, sport in general and the local community with a facility which will become a home for sport and community activities in Lockleaze and the surrounding area for many years to come. “The Bristol & District Rugby Football Combination are pleased that they are able to build on the foresight of those members of the organisation, who nearly 70 years ago purchased land in Lockleaze for the physical well-being of the people of Bristol and the surrounding area.” The sale of part of the Bristol & District Rugby Football Combination’s land to Redrow Homes for a housing development and capital from the University of the West of England has funded Phase 1 of the project and further funds are being sought for the full scheme. Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council have approved the joint planning application for both phases of the sports facility and the housing development.

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n LETTERS Councillors just 'point scoring' I refer to the article on page 19 the December issue of Filton Voice following a discussion at a council meeting which was supposedly about litter problems in Conygre ward. Far from trying to solve the problem, it seemed instead to be more of a political point scoring exercise with one councillor accusing another of, and I quote, ‘racially profiling’ litter droppers. Instead of fighting each other, our elected councillors should be working together to improve Filton for the benefit of all its residents irrespective of which political party they represent. If Councillor Briffett said in his statement that he saw students dropping litter then I am sure he did, as have I on many occasions. Whether he said black, white or any other colour – so what, I am sure he was using the term as

Last month we reported Filton councillors will be taking an equalities 'refresher' course after a debate on litter problems led to a discussion about 'profiling' certain groups. Now residents have had their say a means of identification rather than it being racially motivated and for the record, I have seen white students drop litter on the green too! How does he know they are students – they were wearing identification tags – simples! Instead of spending tax payers' money keeping the PC brigade happy by sending councillors on an unnecessary refresher course, perhaps it would be better spent on monitoring the problem and taking the appropriate steps to rectify it. Whatever has happened to ‘free speech’? The world has gone mad when something like this gets blown out of all proportion! The title of Filthy Filton is one title that I think our

councillors should be working together to rid us of! Fran Read

Failure to discuss the real issue - litter Following the article ‘Councillors warned over race terminology.’ in the Filton Voice, I wish to a raise a few points. I feel that the councillor's aim was to discredit Mr Briffett! The attitude of the councillors was to berate Mr Briffett and forget the problem that was under discussion. Reminder - the area that was under discussion is a constant problem, litter and waste, usually scattered by students. Mr Briffett is a long serving councillor and a credit to Filton.


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His one aim of concern is the community and Filton. It was an absolute disgrace that he was asked to leave the room. He was treated like a child. Mr Briffett would never ‘racially profile’ anyone. Why are councillors unable to behave like a group of adults, when discussing ways to deal with problems? Now instead of dealing with the problem in hand, councillors will have to take ‘a refresher course on equalities'. It never ceases to amaze me that councillors are unable to discuss ‘like adults’ problems locally without turning it into an ethnic or political problem! They then completely forget the problem under discussion identified by Mr Briffett. Jenny Cleaves


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'Phenomenal' district nurse scoops award A DISTRICT nurse from Filton has been described as ‘phenomenal’ as she scooped a top award at the annual staff celebration held by Sirona Care & Health. Sirona Care & health provides community health and care services in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and residential homes and Extra Care facilities in Bath and North East Somerset. Filton’s Tracey Lewis had her citation read by HR director Liz Richards, who said: “Tracey was described by her team as a ‘phenomenal manager’. “She embodies the Sirona way and takes everything she does personally – not only reflected in the way she cares for our patients but also in the way she cares for her team.” Tracey – who was Highly Commended in the Leadership Award section – was presented with her award at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, as the ceremony recognised those who have gone above and beyond their duties time and time again with winners nominated by the public, their colleagues or Sirona’s Board and Senior

Leadership Team. The event was held to coincide with Sirona’s birthday. The awards presented were based on the chandelier at the Science Park created by Bristol artist Luke Jerram which features Crookes Radiometers. Jenny Theed, director of operations and nursing for Sirona, told staff: “When the CQC inspectors visited Sirona they were looking for good as the standard, what they found was outstanding care across the board. “I want to say thank you to each and every one of you for the enormous contribution you make to Sirona and for the difference you make to the lives of so many people.” Janet Rowse, Sirona’s chief executive, told staff: “I cannot begin to describe how much I love this annual event. It demonstrates everything that is core to Sirona – kinship, support, recognition and saying thank you. In the midst of our really busy day-to-day work it is all too easy to take each other for granted and to not notice those extra little, and sometimes not

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n NEWS Special education needs/ disability (SEND) services across South Glos have shown 'significant areas of weakness' according to inspectors. Ofsted has now called for the council and the area’s clinical commissioning group to create a written plan of action to demonstrate how improvements will be made. Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out the joint inspection in November and looked at how effectively services provided by the council, education settings and the NHS identify and meet the needs of children and young people with SEND, and how their outcomes can be improved. Among their concerns were: l Senior leaders have been too slow to implement the disability and SEN reforms. l Young people have to wait for lengthy periods of time to have their needs assessed, and met, by clinicians and specialist health and social care practitioners. For example, families continue to experience unacceptably long waits for the assessment and diagnosis of young people with autistic spectrum disorder. l A significant proportion of parents and carers express dissatisfaction and a lack of confidence in the local area’s ability to have their child’s needs assessed quickly and effectively. Among the positive aspects of the reports are: l In recent months, the pace of change to improve services for children and young people with SEND has improved. l Overall, the outcomes for children who have SEND in early years, and by the end of key stage 1 are positive and improving. Cllr Jon Hunt, Cabinet Member responsible for Children and Young People, said: “We fully accept the overall findings of the report, which highlights many strengths to build on and recognises the progress made in improving services and outcomes for children and young people with SEND, particularly in recent months. “To better meet the needs of these children, we set up an Improvement Board to drive positive change because we recognised from an early stage

Council under fire by inspectors over special education provision that more needed to be done to plan and deliver high-quality services. Director of Nursing and Quality for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) Anne Morris said: “The CCG has

already taken action in many of these areas including targeting waiting times in key therapeutic services, and investment in a waiting list initiative to reduce waiting times for assessment of children who may have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We are also working with South

Gloucestershire Council’s public health team to conduct an ASD needs assessment and help us to better understand the individual requirements of the local community. The letter and the report are available online at www.

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Skittle teams raise £440 in annual match in memory of Duncan Henbury and Laings skittle teams held their annual charity skittle match with £440 was raised for Headway Charity in memory of Duncan Edwards, a Filton resident, who was a member of both teams. The organisers, including Duncan's dad Ray and mum Janice, would like to thank the Civil Service Club for the use of their facilities. Headway provides support services for brain injured adults and their families. Duncan was involved in a traffic accident in which he suffered severe head injuries towards the end of 2011. He passed away in Frenchay Hospital in January 2012. After Duncan’s untimely death, aged just in his early 30s, both teams agreed that as a memorial to Duncan, they would make Headway the charitable cause. Both his father and younger brother play for both teams. So, every year, they play skittles for the Duncan Edwards Memorial Cup.

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A wonderful celebration of our community Local people, communities, families and organisations across South Gloucestershire celebrated working together for achieving fair, equal and thriving communities, thanks to Southern Brooks Community Partnerships. Southern Brooks held its Annual Celebration event at Abbeywood Community School in Filton, a fantastic venue with great learning facilities. It was a red-carpet affair, which celebrated launching an anti-bullying film and song by our Anti-Hate Crime Ambassador students at Patchway College and Abbeywood Community School. The charity’s friends and partners filled the venue by chatting, catching-up, networking and hosting stalls. This year Southern Brooks gave young people the stage for showcasing their Anti-Hate Crime Ambassador work, a programme which Southern Brooks facilitates with Home

Office funding. Before seeing the live performances, we browsed information stalls while enjoying canapes cooked and supplied by the charity’s Brooks Café from Patchway and Kingswood. The stalls included Survive, CVS South Gloucestershire,

DHI (Developing Health and Independence), the Diversity Trust and Sports Pound South Gloucestershire. Southern Brooks also had many stalls showcasing their community development work. Please contact Southern Brooks, if you

would like more information about these important and life changing charities. After networking, chatting, browsing stalls and enjoying some light refreshments we were called into the theatre where David Howe, Head Teacher at Abbeywood School, welcomed us. David then introduced Julie Close, Director at Southern Brooks Community Partnerships. Julie gave her welcoming speech, which celebrated the charities achievements and impact across South Gloucestershire. Julie said: "When times get tough it’s more important to support people to achieve. By supporting local people into work, learning and volunteering we give people

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hope, a sense of purpose and structure in their lives. We work with our partners to tackle drug and substance misuse, domestic violence, mental health issues, social isolation and so on, so everyone is happy, healthy and more connected in their community. "We also help people to realise their potential within their communities and family, which supports fair and equal communities with better community cohesion across South Gloucestershire. Thank you to all our funders for making our work possible. We have and will continue building thriving communities powered by people.” After Julie’s speech, Mr Howe, introduced the AntiHate Crime Ambassadors at Abbeywood Community School. The young people stepped on stage and took turns to introduce their anti-bullying film. The film had fun characters representing bullying and anti-bullying, while highlighting its terrible impact. the Ambassadors asked everyone in the audience to shut their eyes and raise their hand if they had ever been bullied. When the audience opened their eyes nearly all the audience had their hands up, a poignant reminder of why this work is so important. We then welcomed Sue Mountstevens, our elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset. Sue was elected in 2012 and 2016. She reflected on the film we watched by saying “it’s an important message about bullying. We just

saw many of you have suffered. Intervening early, as long as you feel safe, is so important before the bullying gets worse.” Sue then said: “Young people often get bad press. "However, lets rejoice our creative and brilliant young people, who will become great leaders.” Sue spoke about the police and crime plan, saying “I’m a fan of Southern Brooks. It creates strong and robust communities where people look after each other, and bad people don’t pick on weak communities. "Our diversity and uniqueness are what makes us great! So, we should challenge prejudice and hate. Looking and feeling different is not an invitation for normalising hate crime in our lives.” Meadowbrook and Charborough Road Primary School children performed a number of scenarios addressing the language they use and how they treat people, for example, excluding a class mate because they have two mums, wear a head scarf or come from the Chinese community. They paused and then repeated each scenario by behaving and using language which was inclusive, inquisitive and embracing diversity. We heard other amazing speeches about creating safe communities through partnership working from Cllr Heather Goddard, Lead Member for Communities and Tourism at South Gloucestershire Council. As a first for Southern Brooks,

the celebration was part of the Ambassadors’ social media #riseup campaign. The campaign aims to spread the message from the video and song to as many people as possible. So far, their online video achieved over 3000 views!

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Filton Town Council Swimming lessons at Filton We offer a large swimming programme, with more than 60 hours of group lessons and a variety of aquatic based activities taking place throughout the week. We accommodate any ability from complete beginner, all the way up to the competitive swimmer. Our swimming teachers are recognised as some of the best in Bristol and will work with you to reach your goals, at whatever level. Ensure that your children grow up to be strong and confident swimmers – get them swimming early! We offer a fantastic range of quality children’s swimming lessons throughout the year. Our children’s swimming lessons follow the Swim England (formerly ASA) Learn to Swim Framework. The programme is

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Need to run an event or want to hold a meeting somewhere different? We offer flexible, affordable and accessible meeting rooms with WIFI available. For more information or to make a booking please contact us 01454-866686. Last year we were pleased to announce that the refurbishment work is now completed in the Doug Daniels Pavilion and skittle alley. We are extremely happy with the results and we are looking forward to the future in a much more modern atmosphere.  The pavilion works comprised of new glazed windows to replace the aging metal doors, with new flooring and toilets and kitchen. There are all new electrics, lighting and new suspended ceiling as well as being re-decorated.  The skittle alley now has a modern feel with a new seating area, suspended ceiling and a brand new skittle alley and viewing area. There is now access to a coffee machine so you can now sit and enjoy a coffee overlooking the pools.  Both the pavilion and skittle alley are now available to hire. For more information or to view our facilities please call us on 01454-866686. 

A warm welcome to the Ratepayers Arms Bar where we have BT Sports showing a wide range of events. We have a good selection of Beers, Lagers ,ciders,wines, spirits,soft drinks, tea and coffee available. We also offer a range of Real Ales and Guest Ales on a regular basis. If you feel a bit peckish then we have a range of hot bar snacks and freshly prepared rolls on offer. We hold a monthly Quiz every third sunday of the month to support local charities so grab some friends and come join us for a fun night. Are you a Darts Team looking for a new venue? Or do you like to play socially if so we would like to hear from you. Are you a skittle team looking for a new venue? We have a brand new skittle alley available for you just ring 01454 866697 for more details. Free wifi to connect to internet,big screen for watching sport. Full accessibility for those with mobile constraints, and big function hall available for hire ring 01454 866697 for more details.



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Relief hope as new transport link opens

Hope is now firmly in sight for people living and working around Bristol’s north fringe, with the opening of the Stoke Gifford Transport Link to traffic. With the prospect of a huge quantity of additional housebuilding, primarily on the Filton Airfield site, the new road was built as part of the new MetroBus project and forms an essential part of the MetroBus route between Cribbs Causeway and Hengrove. The new 1.6 km road is called Rosedown Avenue and connects the A4174 ring road at Harry Stoke with Great Stoke Way. The new road will speed up journey times in and around Stoke Gifford and help reduce congestion around Abbey Wood.

Councillor Matthew Riddle (leader of South Gloucestershire Council) planted a tree alongside the road to commemorate the opening. “This is a very exciting day for the region,” said Councillor Riddle. “MetroBus has built a road that will bring significant improvements to the region. “It will take traffic away from unsuitable residential areas and provide local businesses with a long awaited direct route from Aztec West to the M32 and the city centre. “The planting of a tree is highly symbolic. The MetroBus project is about sustainable transport for the future. “It’s about tackling congestion, improving air quality

and making the region a better place for us, our children and grandchildren to live. “The planting of trees along the road is a daily visible reminder of our environmental responsibilities.” MetroBus is a rapid public transport system being brought to the region by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils. It will quickly transport

large numbers of people using segregated busways, bus lanes, priority at junctions and off-bus ticketing. MetroBus will be a smarter way of travelling that will be reliable, reduce congestion and cut levels of pollution. The 50km MetroBus network will provide direct routes to key destinations around the area, enabling thousands of people to access employment, education and leisure opportunities.

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Cllr Matthew Riddle’s speech

Thank you all for attending today. We are here this morning to plant a tree to commemorate the opening of the Stoke Gifford Transport Link, which will be officially known as Rosedown Avenue. The road proposals date back to the mid-1980s when a Winterbourne bypass was identified and again mentioned in the Avon County Structure Plan of 1994 to provide a strategic route between Yate and Bristol. A first section of the bypass (Great Stoke Way) was constructed and opened several years ago. The new Stoke Gifford Transport Link now completes the link between Great Stoke Way and the A4174 Avon Ring Road. The Stoke Gifford Bypass Study in 2006, tested four route options linking Bristol Parkway Railway Station to the A4174 Ring Road. The current alignment was

chosen and included in a bid to the Department for Transport as part of the MetroBus project in 2011. The road has now been delivered as part of the MetroBus Project, with funding from DfT, South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council which was announced in 2015. The design was undertaken by SGC and CH2M and Contract Management by Faithful and Gould. The main roadway has been built by Alun Griffiths Construction, with Network Rail building the bridge over the railway and Dawnus Construction building the bridge over the Ham-Brook. I’d like to thank everyone involved for bringing this important new link to fruition and once everything is ready, it will be opened to traffic later this afternoon.

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‘Pay as you go’ offer at Robins Nursery A new childcare service in Filton says it is offering parents the highest standards - while not forcing them to commit to longterm bookings. Kerri Robbins, who runs Robins Nursery, Preschool, Crèche and Holiday Club, says her ‘pay as you go’ system gives total freedom to busy parents who may have variable work patterns. She said: “Families are not required to pay a deposit, or any top-up fees for snacks and refreshments. Parents also have the option to pay as their child attends or in advance - whatever works best for each individual family. “Many parents have jobs which vary from week to week, or have seasonal jobs, so they find it hard to say exactly when they

need help. With our model, parents can choose when they need childcare but suffer no penalty when they do not.” Robins is based at Filton Community Centre. It accommodates up to 30 children, aged 6 months to four, and will be open 50 weeks of the year, 8am to 6pm. The setting is Ofsted registered and offers places to families who are eligible for free childcare, including the new 30 hours free childcare scheme, and the tax-free childcare scheme. It is open every half term and inset day, except the Christmas holidays, offering a crèche and holiday club to children up to the age of 11. For more information about Robins Preschool crèche and

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With PC Sean White of Filton Beat Team

Get on top of your home security There has been a small increase in burglary on the beat over the autumn-winter but I’d like to thank local residents who have been looking out for one another and reporting suspicious incidents as they happen. One call about a suspected burglary in progress in Mackie Road led to the arrest and conviction of two teenagers. Both admitted burglary. A 16-year-old boy of no fixed abode was given a 12-month referral to the youth offender panel, while a 19-yearold man from Stoke Gifford was due for sentence. You can improve your home security by: n Locking up and setting the alarm at night as well as when you go out n Turning the key – some doors might seem to be locked by lifting the handle, but can still be opened from outside by burglars

n Never leaving the key in the lock or in sight of the letterbox n Keeping high value jewellery with a secure storage company and cash in the bank, not at home n Fitting motion-sensing security lights around your property n Keeping tools locked up in a

secure shed or garage n Making sure garden furniture and wheelie bins can’t be moved to gain access to upstairs windows n Joining Neighbourhood Watch Remember, if someone’s obviously breaking in, ring 999, otherwise call 101. We’ve been dealing with ongoing issues with anti-social behaviour in areas of Filton, and also parking problems near Filton College. We’ve seen the levels of nuisance reduce, but continue to target our patrols. We’re also supporting local housing providers to deal with tenants connected with these issues, and this has led to at least one person being rehoused.

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n HEALTH Blood donor plea North Bristol NHS Trust is urging people to give blood this winter to ensure blood stocks stay healthy. The Trust is supporting NHS Blood and Transplant’s call to blood donors in Bristol to make and keep a date to donate. Donors who need to cancel are asked to give three days’ notice so the slot can be opened up to someone else. Demand for lifesaving blood doesn’t stop for Christmas. Last year patients at Southmead Hospital, run by North Bristol NHS Trust, received 725 units of lifesaving blood during December. Deputy Medical Director at North Bristol NHS Trust, Dr Monica Baird said: “Many of our patients depend on lifesaving blood." l Make and keep your appointment to donate in Bristol by calling the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.

A Domestic Assistant at North Bristol NHS Trust has been brightening patients’ days through his artistry. Edwin Andaya, who lives in Lockleaze, has been drawing portraits and writing in calligraphy since he worked part-time in a factory alongside selling his art at a bookshop in the Philippines. In 2007, Edwin started working at Southmead Hospital as a Domestic Assistant, and over the past ten years has been adding sparkle to the hospital’s whiteboards through drawings and cheerful messages. Ward Sister Emerline Albano said: “His artwork brings smiles to our patients’ faces.”

Local healthcare professionals the face of new 'right care' campaign Healthcare professionals, including a Filton pharmacist, are taking to social media to help patients get the right care first time and relieve pressure on busy NHS services this winter. A wide range of NHS services were open throughout the Christmas and New Year period including minor injuries units, emergency pharmacists and outof-hours GPs. The new campaign uses short videos of local doctors, nurses and pharmacists explaining what each service offers, and when to use it. They include community pharmacist Hilary Collyer, from Filton, who explains: “At the first sign of a winter illness speak to a pharmacist. “They are your healthcare professionals on the high street. You can ask to speak to a pharmacist in their private consultation room and they will advise on the appropriate course of action to make you feel better.” Karen Fayers, Senior Emergency Nurse Practitioner at the Urgent Care Centre at South Bristol Community Hospital

said: “We treat various minor injuries such as broken bones, cuts and minor head injuries – we can save you a trip to A&E where the waiting times are often longer.” Bristol GP and CCGs clinical leader for urgent care Dr Peter Goyder said: “Winter is always a busy time but there are lots of services available to help you stay well and out of hospital. “However, we do know that many people are unaware of what all of the services offer, so as well as all the information on our websites, local health professionals have come together to help you understand what is available. “By choosing the most appropriate service to fit your need you will not only save yourself time, but also make sure that other services are available to those who need them. And remember, NHS 111 is always available around the clock for immediate medical advice.” Detailed information about local services is also available at www.southgloucestershireccg.









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Redrow development in Cheswick opens its doors to the public Redrow Homes has opened the doors of its Lawrence Green development in Cheswick to the public for the first time. Visitors can now drop in to view the newly unveiled beautiful three and four-bedroom show homes. The development is open every day from 10am to 5.30pm with Redrow staff on hand to answer queries. Conveniently located, Lawrence Green will be made up of 152 two, three and four-bedroom houses when completed, close to Cheswick Village. Hannah Pollard, sales director for Redrow South West, said: “Lawrence Green is a beautiful development so we’re


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Coming up at Filton Library Story & Rhyme Time Every Wednesday

10.30 – 11am Rhymes & stories for pre-school children with bubbles and musical instruments!

Community Learning Enrolment Thursday 4th January

10am – 12noon Enrolment session for people interested in gaining new skills, ran by the Community Learning team.

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11am – 12noon Come along for stories and theme based building fun! For primary aged children and above, children must be accompanied by an adult. *Special Lego Club Announcement*

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Memory Café Thursday 25th January

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10am – 12noon Worried about your memory? Or care for someone with Dementia? Come along to a friendly group hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society.


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n NOTES FROM OUR MP, JACK LOPRESTI The last 12 months have proven to be busy in and around Filton, with our favourite events going from strength to strength. It has been fantastic to see the large levels of support for community activities, such as the Autumn Fair at Shields Road Primary School, and I look forward to seeing them return in 2018 even bigger and better. This year I was honoured to be re-elected to serve as your Member of Parliament. I am overwhelmed by your support having received nearly fifty per cent of the votes cast and more votes than ever before. I looking forward to continuing to represent our community in Westminster in 2018 and to address any issues locally in Filton. In June, I joined the Princess Royal at the launch event of Bristol Aerospace and to welcome Concorde back home to Filton. It is great to see our local aerospace history being celebrated and inspiring a new

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generation of scientists and engineers. Since summer, I have been working with the Filton Community Garden Committee to help protect Elm Park from future development. I supported their petition to South Gloucestershire Council as it is vital we protect our community

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Village streets compete for festive prize Christmas came early for Cheswick Village last month. The Cheswick events committee put on day of events on Saturday December 16 with the aim of celebrating the festive season together as a community. The day started with the annual Cheswick Christmas Trail ... 50 houses in the local area volunteered to display Christmas items in their windows alongside an allocated letter for the children of Cheswick to find and write down on their trail sheet. The trail spans nearly every road in the estate and the children were rewarded for their long walk looking for letters with a gift from the committee. The first three families to return their trail sheets to the committee won prizes donated by businesses in the Bristol area such as bouncing at Freedog, a family woodland photo shoot courtesy of Ruth Bennett Photography and other prizes funded by the events committee. In the afternoon there was a colouring competition hosted by Boston Tea Party, with arty prizes from the events committee for the best entries from different age groups. The children had lots of fun winding down from the trail with a bit of colouring while the parents refreshed themselves with a coffee and a cake. After the winners from the day's competitions were announced, the day culminated in the annual pub quiz at Boston Tea Party. For the second year in a

row Horse Leaze won the best decorated street ... the events committee was wowed by the wonderfully lit row of houses which looked like Santa’s Grotto ...their prize was kindly donated by Boston Tea Party. Great Copsie Way was a very close second with their fantastic coordinated decorations and Christmas window displays. For the best decorated houses, hampers were provided by Redrow Homes, Happy Days nursery and the Co-op, along with vouchers donated by local chip shop Cod & Caper and Nando’s in Abbey Wood retail park. The houses were voted for by residents on the Cheswick Village Facebook group. The Christmas themed quiz

was hosted by Boston Tea Party who extended their opening hours to 11pm to support the community event. Quizmaster Phil Baines quizzed residents in five rounds of questions and a picture round before announcing the winners, as well as the winners of the coveted Cheswick wooden spoon competition. Prizes and funds for the quiz were donated by local housing associations Solon, Curo and Sovereign, discounts for participants were given by local Chinese restaurant Hao Wei as well as more prizes from All Angles CCTV and Boston Tea Party themselves. It was a busy day which involved weeks of planning from Holly Stowell, Kirsty Edwards,

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Carly Dawson, Natalie Jones, Devon Meadows, Helen Benfield and Alex Williams who make up the Cheswick Events Committee. Holly remarked: "It’s been a great day and a lovely end to the year for us, lots to learn from this year to take forward into our planned events for next year. We’re particularly looking forward to working closely with Boston Tea Party to provide more regular, later opening nights in their establishment for adults as well as the seasonal events aimed at families. "It’s been fantastic to see the new addition of Cod & Caper to The Square and we hope that over the next year there will be more businesses coming to Cheswick for us to help support in addition to Boston Tea Party and the popular ladies nights we already organise with Hao Wei." If anyone would like to get involved with the events committee next year, email or message 'Cheswick Comm' on Facebook.


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DEATH OF A GIANT: 60 YEARS SINCE Left, Richard Randall, who experienced the air crash as a schoolboy, wrote a book about it, entitled Death of a Giant

Author and historian Maurice Fells looks back at the tragedy that struck near Filton 60 years ago DISASTER struck shortly before noon on November 6 1957 when a Bristol Britannia aircraft crashed into a wooded area just four miles from Filton runway, killing all 15 people on board. A row of houses was damaged, but fortunately no one on the ground was killed. Two women were taken to hospital for treatment, one of them being hurt by the impact of the blast when what seemed to be a battered engine bay landed next to her home. It happened while she was hanging washing on her line. This piece of wreckage landed on the spot where normally a baby would be asleep in a pram outside the house. Luckily that day the child was not there. The Britannia blew up immediately it struck the ground, hurling debris up to a quarter of a mile away, tearing large holes in the roofs of houses and shattering walls and windows. The plane fell almost into the gardens of a row of newly-built houses on Overndale Road, Downend. A farmhouse and stables at nearby Lincombe Farm were also damaged. It was a scene of indescribable confusion at the rear of the damaged houses. One of the largest pieces of wreckage was

the engine bay which lay between numbers 45-47 Overndale Road. Scores of people in various parts of Bristol had earlier seen the plane in distress. There were reports that it was “wobbling” and “banking steeply”. The prototype Britannia crashed on its landing approach to Filton Airfield after an apparently normal test flight lasting 1 hour 40 minutes. It hit the ground just four miles from the runway. The aircraft was piloted by Hugh Statham, aged 47, Assistant Chief Test Pilot with the Bristol Aircraft Company (BAC). This was a man who had logged up more than 5,000 flying hours, mostly with the Bristol Britannia. The radio operator was William James Todd, from Ashton. Other BAC employees on board included Nigel Thorne, 27, a photographer from

Beryl Statham unveiling the memorial ten years ago Mangotsfield, Philip Hewitt, also 27, from Bishopston, a senior technical engineer, Donald Cameron, 26, from Brentry, a flight engineer, John Parry-Jones, 40, from Clifton, a systems engineer, and Frederick

Mycroft, 24, also from Clifton, a junior technical engineer. Also among the victims were staff from the De Havilland aircraft firm, who were doing work connected with Britannia’s propellers, and officials from the Air Ministry. Two weeks after the crash about 400 people attended a memorial service at Bristol Cathedral for the victims. At an inquest the coroner heard that all 15 men on board died instantly when the plane hit the ground. He recorded that they died from multiple injuries. A plaque commemorating the dead was unveiled in what is now known as Britannia Woods by Beryl Statham, the widow of the pilot, in 2007 on the 50th anniversary of the crash. An investigation into the accident was quickly started by the Air Ministry. Within 24 hours

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THE BRITANNIA AIR CRASH TRAGEDY The scene of devastation after the crash in November 1957

The first production Bristol Britannia (similar to the one involved in the crash) flying over the Gloucester Road

that “the accident was the result of the aircraft developing a very steep descending turn to the right which the pilot was unable to control. The reason for this could not be determined, but the possibility that it occurred as the result of malfunctioning of the autopilot cannot be dismissed". The makers of the autopilot system were quick to respond claiming that the crash was not due to their autopilot system. an unusual appeal was made by the government inspector leading the inquiry. He wanted ‘souvenir hunters’ who had visited the crash site to return any pieces of aircraft they may have taken. In a press statement he said that “certain fragments which might be of vital importance were being sought”. In a statement BAC said: “From many eyewitness accounts it seems that the aircraft, after making a turn to port in a position to the south-east of the airfield at about 1,500 feet, swung away to starboard, went into a deep turn, lost height and struck the ground. So far as anything may be stated with certainty at this stage, the aircraft was not on fire in the air.” Despite a lengthy investigation the cause of the crash was never found. A government report concluded

Crash on the mudflats The Downend crash happened three years after another proto-type Britannia was crashlanded on the Littleton-onSevern mudflats of the Severn Estuary. The plane was on a routine flight in February 1954 heading for Herefordshire with BAC’s Chief Test Pilot, Mr A J “Bill” Pegg, at the controls. At 10,000 feet an engine suddenly exploded. Shrapnel missed the fuselage but pierced the engine oil tank, which burst into flames. Two other engines shut down. However, speedy work of two engineers on board got them working again. With flames engulfing the starboard wing, Bill Pegg decided to crash-land on the mudflats, not being able to find a strip of land elsewhere to land. With the

flaps and wheels up, and only the two port engines running, Pegg expertly belly-landed on the mud flats not far from Aust. The Britannia slid for 400 yards, sending plumes of mud in the air before coming to rest facing out from the shore, with one engine ripped from the nacelle. Mr Pegg and nine others on board, including technicians and observers from BAC clambered out unhurt. BAC engineers managed to salvage vital instruments from the cockpit the next day but the plane was declared a write-off being “economically beyond repair”.

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Five reasons why Frankfurt should be o More than just a financial hub and home of the Frankfurter sausage, Germany’s fifth largest city offers a unique and enjoyable weekend city break, easily reachable from Bristol. Rebecca Day gives you her top five reasons why you should visit Frankfurt this year ... 1. Exceptional views Whether you’re surveying Frankfurt’s skyline from the dizzying heights of the Main Tower, or enjoying the sweeping vistas from the comfort of the Main river boat tour, Frankfurt is not short of exceptional views. Home to a national bank, the Main Tower is Frankfurt’s only skyscraper open to the public all year round. Ascend 56 storeys to its observation deck (don’t worry, there is a lift!) and soak up outstanding views across the city. Once back down to earth, hop aboard the Primus Linie boat tour and watch the seasons unfold as you sail past the beautiful tree-clad banks of the river Main. 2. A wealth of history Home to the first European Central Bank, Frankfurt is recognised as being a major financial hub at the heart of the continent. But beyond the city slickers and Euro signs, Frankfurt possesses a wealth of intriguing stories and a rich history – from its prominent role in the Holy Roman Empire to being severely bombed during the Second World War. Walking tours of the city provide an intriguing insight into

Frankfurt’s history, and how it has become the city that it is today. It is also the birthplace of Jewish diarist Anne Frank and wordsmith Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 3. Awe-inspiring architecture Instagram-worthy architecture lurks around every corner in Frankfurt. A perfect starting point is the Frankfurter Dom, a neo-Gothic church originally built to serve as the official electoral site for kings of the Holy Roman Empire in 1356. A stone’s throw away is the Romerberg, Frankfurt’s main market square. Obliterated during the Second World War, its buildings have been meticulously rebuilt to resemble their authentic, former timber-framed structure. Cast your eyes over Frankfurt’s more contemporary structures at the MyZeil shopping centre, which has a curved glass roof resembling something of a vortex. 4. Arts and culture If you are after a heavy dose of arts and culture, Frankfurt will not disappoint. Spend the day ambling between its many museums … the internationally

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n PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS DECEMBER Applications 61 Mortimer Road Erection of single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5.6 metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.7 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.7 metres. East Works Site, Gloucester Road North Variation of condition 5 attached to planning permission PT16/5502/ RVC to add revised landscaping plans 6 New Road Erection of two storey side extension to form 2 semi-detached dwellings and associated works. 77 Northville Road Installation of 1 rear dormer and removal of chimney to facilitate loft conversion.

Decisions 520A Filton Avenue Installation of rear dormer to provide enlargement to existing loft conversion. East Works Site, Gloucester Road North Discharge of condition 26 (BREEM) attached to planning permission PT15/1634/RVC. Redevelopment of site for mixed use development comprising Use Classes: B1(a) Offices, B1(c) Light Industry, B2 General Industry, B8 Storage and Distribution, C1 Hotel including ancillary leisure and food and drink. St Andrew's Methodist Church, Elm Park Discharge of condition 2 (Materials) attached to planning permission PT16/4814/F. Two storey extension, new canopy and ramped access with internal modification of existing accommodation for counselling and training premises.

35 Braemar Avenue Sub-division of existing dwelling into 2 no. dwellings with new access and associated works 85 Mortimer Road Demolition of existing garage. Erection of replacement garage with new access onto Nutfield Grove 30 Conygre Grove Extensions and alterations to existing dwelling to form 3 flats with access and associated works. Filton Avenue Post Office Shop, 550 Filton Avenue Change of use from Post Office and dwellinghouse (Sui Generis) to separate flexible use (Class A1) retail, (Class A2) financial and (Class B1a) Offices unit and (Class C4) HMO. As defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Act 1987 (as amended).


Charity needs daffodil volunteers Marie Curie is appealing for people in Filton to ‘get behind the daffodil’, by volunteering to collect donations for the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal this February and March. The charity needs volunteers to encourage people in the local community to give a donation and wear a daffodil pin. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones at home. The appeal is now in its 32nd year and has raised more than £74 million since 1986. It’s easy to sign up, whether you have taken part before or you’re doing it for the first time - and families, friends and workmates can sign up to volunteer together. To support the Great Daffodil Appeal call Helen on 0117 9247275 or visit www.

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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 website at www.stpeterschurchfilton. com. New members very welcome, just come along on the night or ring Jane on 0117 9699987 or Janet 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

Pre-School story and Rhyme time 10.30-11am, Filton Library, Shield Centre 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 Northavon Singers are looking for new members in our four-part all age choir. We sing in Filton and South Gloucestershire at many local venues,supporting local causes and events with two public concerts each year. We do not need you to have a formal audition but will help you to find your voice group. We sing a wide variety

Tuesdays 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. Keep fit with dance moves 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. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. For further information contact Eileen Scott, (qualified instructor), on 07969929733, and visit the website for more info about our organisation. Westerly Showband welcomes able adult wind band musicians to its weekly rehearsals every Tuesday at Horfield CEVC Primary School Bishop Manor Rd, Bristol BS10 5BD 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. Facing Forwards is an educational and social group for adults with learning disabilities meeting term-time Tuesdays 10am-2.30pm at FACE, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS. With ASDAN awards in the mornings and social time in the afternoons these days are about fun, development and independence; £3 half day or £5 full day. More details contact

of music from light Classics to country, folk, modern, musicals and more. We are a friendly group and would be glad to help you settle in ! Come to rehearsals at St.Peter’s church hall Filton, each Wednesday at 7.30 pm (Opp.Airbus) or phone Margaret 0117 9699206 or visit website publicity@northavonsingers. 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 Lisa 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

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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. 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 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.We meet every Friday 7.30pm – 9.30pm at the Doug Daniels Pavilion, Filton Leisure Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS. Our Conductor Keith Williams is a well known Teacher and Performer in Bristol, we play a wide range of music, so if you would like to get back to playing again, look no further. Contact Jayne 07880724948 / jaynerentonharper@ Or come along with your instrument and have a play. 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 Over 30s dance party at the superb BAWA club, Filton, on the first Friday of every month (except for june when we meet on the first Saturday)..……. It’s the ideal night out for the 30 * 40 * 50 plus age range. Come and dance amongst a friendly lively crowd. Enjoy a good mix of music dancing thru’ the decades including some motown and soul favourites. Club times are 9 ‘til 1 - last entry 11pm - very smart casual – gents are required to wear collared shirts – no tee shirts or trainers. Dance adm £8 plus Bawa guest m’ship – come early & party the night away at this For more info call 07860 578708 St Andrew's Methodist Wesley Guild meets in the Church lounge every other Friday evening at 7.30 p.m commencing September 8th. We are a small, friendly group with a wide variety of speakers and members evenings and would welcome your company. There is no membership fee, just a small subscription on the evening which includes light refreshments. Ring 0117 9698523 for further details.

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. 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

To advertise, contact or Richard on 0777 555 0607, Mark on 07927 370 937 or Emma on 0771 577 0448.

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n REGULAR EVENTS 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


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 6.30-8.30pm: Youth club for School Years 6,7&8, £1 We've extended the time and added a year group!New members always welcome to all groups. Based at: FACE, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS, phone 0117 9691938, email info@facefilton. and website uk Please follow us on Facebook: ‘FACEFilton’ and Twitter: @FACEFilton to keep updated with our news!

Filton Community Centre 983 6500 FiltonCommunityCentre Mondays Tea Dance 1:45 - 4:00  Tel: 07527 808206 Krav Maga 8:00 - 9:30pm Tuesdays 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


n DIARY DATES Pilates 7:30 - 8:30pm with Nicola Fry 07500 962 821 Yoga with Rashmi 7 - 8pm 07789 747834 Wednesdays Pilates 9.30-10.30am with Nicola Fry 07500 962 821 Dawn James Art 1.30 - 3.30 Tel. 0117 975 9683 Jumpfit 5.40 - 6.40pm Tai Kwan Do  6:30 - 7:30 Tel: 07971 684912 Krav Maga 8:00 - 9:30pm Thursdays Lift Employ ability 9:30 – 12:00 Short Mat Bowls 2:00 - 4:00pm Flower Arranging 7:30 - 9:30pm Kumon Maths and English classes 4pm - 6pm Tel: 01454 281 037 Karate 6:00 - 9:00pm Fridays Karate 6:00 - 8:00pm Saturdays Little Kickers Junior Football 08:45 - 11:45 Ballroom Dancing (3rd & 5th Sat) 7:4510:45pm Sundays Karate 10:30 - 12:00

SHE7, Braemar Crescent, Filton Tuesday 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 –

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 (, Phone 0798 605 3005)

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Tuesdays Brownies - ages 7 - 10 years Guides - ages 10 - 14 years Rangers - ages 14 + Wednesdays 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.


Saturday 13th Jan 2018 4.00pm-6.00pm

Crafts, fun and food for all the family Come and join us. Entry is FREE! ** Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times**


"Did you get a ukulele for Christmas? Then why not come along to your friendly local group? Ukulele Filton meets on Monday evenings at Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, from 7.00 to 8.30 pm. If you have never picked up a ukulele before, then this is the best place to start! We welcome all ages, and we have loads of fun. Details from Sue, on 0750 4561 831; e-mail: itchyfeet49@"


PARK, FILTON Finding waysELM to live better with heart failure. Do you know anyone with heart failure? This is a condition when the heart doesn’t pump strongly enough. It often happens after a heart attack or because of high blood pressure. Unlike some heart conditions, it can’t be cured. So, people with heart failure have to find ways to deal with it as best they can. Saturday 13th Jan 2018 4.00pm-6.00pm On Wednesday 24th January 2018 from 2 – 5pm there is an open afternoon on living with heart failure at the Vassall Centre in Bristol. A team of doctors and nurses from Bristol Community Health have fun arranged a programme to Crafts, and food for all the family support people living with heart Come and join us. failure and those supporting them. Dr Yasmin Ismail, a Consultant Cardiologist at the Entry is FREE! Bristol Heart Institute, has put together ** Children be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times** a team ofmust experts to answer questions and give practical advice. This will include sessions on managing your own medications, what exercise is safe, tips on the best diets, dealing with anxiety and stress (especially for carers) and new treatments. Come along to the Vassall Centre on Gill Avenue, BS16 2QQ on Wednesday 24th January from 2pm. All are welcome. No booking required. Any enquiries call 0117 342 6691.

DigiLocal Clubs for 8 -14 year olds *NEW* weekly coding club at

Filton Library Mondays 6-7pm

*Starts Monday 15th January*

For more information and to book a place email Places must be booked. There is a restriction on the number of children we can accommodate at DigiLocal, so places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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