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Filton Town Council's finances have improved dramatically after cash reserves had dropped to dangerously low levels two years ago. The reserve position has improved by £67,395 during the last financial year, from £27,844 to £95,279 currently. It is thought the council will reach its target reserves of £147,000 in two years. Cllr Ian Scott, Chair of Finance, said: "I am delighted that there has been a dramatic improvement in the General Reserve Fund by staff to maximising income and minimising expenditure."

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Mental health and schools funding on the agenda as PM visits local school Prime Minister Theresa May visited one of our local secondary schools to promote important work on mental health - but also heard how government funding is affecting all schools in the frgion. Mrs May's visit coincided with the launch of Orchard School Bristol's new Youth Mental Health First Aid Training course. The school is one of the first schools in the country to host the government-funded, one-day programme, which aims to train teachers in mental health first aid and improve mental health support in schools. In meetings with head teacher Dr Helen Holman, Mrs May was also told that schools across the city are being forced to make job cuts. Schools funding was a big issue on the recent General Election with unions and parents' groups saying that the funding formula, even with a pledged rise in the Conservative manifesto, is nowhere near enough to

cope with pupil numbers and requirements asked of schools. As Filtonvoice went to press, there were indications that the Government may look again at schools funding. During Mrs May's visit there was a real buzz in school with some students and staff having the opportunity to speak with the PM. Staff and students were able to discuss mental health with Mrs May and the issues and challenges our young people are facing. Headteacher Dr Holman said: "At Orchard School Bristol, we never attempt to blur the lines around party politics. For our students, we set out the facts and encourage them to think for themselves. However yesterday was an important day for two reasons. "First, it brought attention to what is a crucial development in schools across the city and further afield tackling mental health issues. This is an area of concern for all head teachers and

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n NEWS Prime Minister Theresa May with Orchard head teacher Dr Helen Holman and students Mya Herbert, left, and Katie Davies. Below left, the Prime Minister's signature in the school's visitor book.

we are keen to be proactive in understanding the many issues - including social media - which can have an adverse effect on our students. "Secondly, it is no secret that all schools are having to look closely at budgets. "So far from the visit being a publicity stunt, it was a very real opportunity to make clear to the Prime Minister that schools funding is leading to cuts and job losses. "I would always rather take the opportunity to put our case rather than to turn away politicians of any party who might influence what happens in education in the future."


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Man jailed for using stolen cards as A FILTON man was jailed for 12 weeks after using contactless bank cards which had been stolen from a house in the town on June 15. The 25-year-old was charged with two counts of fraud by false representation – using contactless bank cards belonging to another in shops in Filton and Horfield on Friday 16 June. The court appearance followed a month in which several residents reported breakins and suspicious activity in the area. Enquiries were continuing into this and two attempted burglaries, in Third Avenue and Gayner Road, and a burglary in Cropthorne Road, in which two laptops and a watch were taken. These incidents all happened on the same Thursday. Between 4pm and 4.30pm a householder in Third Avenue was

disturbed by a suspicious noise and saw a man in her neighbour’s garden who made off when he saw her. The neighbour’s door was found to have been damaged, but no entry was gained. At about 4.30pm on Thursday a family were in their garden in Gayner Road when they spotted a man leaving their house. He ran off and they have not yet reported anything missing. Later that evening, between 7pm and 7.30pm, two laptops and a watch were stolen from a house in Cropthorne Road, Filton, while the householder was watching television. Overnight Thursday 15 to Friday 16 June a handbag containing cash and bank cards was stolen from a house in Sixth Avenue. The ‘contactless’ cards were later used to buy items in a shop. In separate incidents, police

urged residents to be aware after four burglaries in South Gloucestershire on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 7: • The first happened in the Kings Drive area of Stoke Gifford, between 12.30pm and 1.50pm, when police were called after a postal worker spotted that a window had been smashed. Officers attended and found that the window was smashed using a spade which did not belong to the household. A purse containing cash and cards was stolen • Between 2.30pm and 5.30pm thieves used a plant pot to smash the patio door of a house near Shield Road Primary School in Northville. They stole cash, bank cards and a laptop. A witness has said they saw a man acting suspiciously in the area just after 3pm. This man was described as white, in his

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area is hit by a spate of burglaries as being in his late 20s, about 5ft 10ins tall, of slim and athletic with black hair and wearing a white T-shirt • During the same day thieves gained entry to a house in Sherbourne Avenue, Bradley Stoke and stole cash and keys. The burglary was discovered when the householders came home. House-to-house enquiries found that a witness had seen a man in a neighbouring garden at about 3.30pm. This man was described as white, about 6ft tall, of slight, athletic build with short, light-coloured hair. He was wearing shorts and a white vest. At a meeting of the Filton and Patchway Community Forum, police the community had a vital role to play in reporting suspicious activity. They were asked to look into whether any recent burglaries can be linked to one.

Resident Louise Davies, who has been gathering residents’ views on social media, said: “I felt that the Filton police officer that attended, PC Paula Manos, took our concerns very seriously and has already been in contact with me already.” Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Ives said: “It’s great that people in Filton are prepared to look out for each other and report suspicious incidents like this – it’s a good deterrent to thieves. "While you’re enjoying the sun, do please remember to make sure your doors and windows are secure if you’re in another room or outside. It only takes an opportunist thief a moment to walk away with a handbag, wallet, or other portable valuables.” Remember, if you see someone acting suspiciously

around a neighbour’s property, call police straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101: operators are on hand 24/7. Anyone with information which could help officers' enquiries into these burglaries is asked to get in touch through the police website, www. contact, or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217135148. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call, and you could qualify for a reward. If you’re interested in joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch, there’s more information on the police website, www., or call 101 for advice.

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Jack Lopresti re-elected as Filton MP but majority slashed amidst Labour revival Jack Lopresti has been elected MP for Filton and Bradley for a third time - but with a vastly reduced majority. He saw off gthe challenge of Labour's Naomi Rylatt with a majority of 4,182 - down from 9,838 in 2015. Mr Lopresti had faced calls to stand down from some local activists before he election. His candidacy was left in doubt after calls were made in a letter written by an anonymous sender for Conservative members to deselect him. But he was readopted to stand as the Conservative candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke at a local association selection meeting of party members. At the time, he called the campaign a 'vicious smear'. After the election, Mr Lopresti said: "Thank you for re electing me and giving me the great honour of serving as your MP for a third Parliament. It is a huge privilege to serve. I am very pleased that I gained an increased number of votes and a higher vote share than in previous elections. All of this only encourages me to work even harder for you making sure your voice is heard in Westminster. "I have always enjoyed

elections. Campaigning is a great opportunity to discuss your views on you doorstep right across the constituency and learn from people what matters most and what sort of things they would like me to raise over the next

few years. If you live within our constituency I will represent and serve you all regardless of how you voted. "I have a lot planned for this Parliament. I will make sure that we get the best Brexit deal for our

area, using my voice to champion our excellent globally renowned Defence and Aerospace industries. Ms Rylatt said: "I am extremely proud of what my campaign team were able to

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achieve in such a short period of time. "Since the election it has become apparent that a lot of the country are unhappy with the austerity agenda that is being forced upon us. "The fact that it has cost Theresa May £1 billion to buy the votes of the 10 DUP MPs in order to get the simplest of votes through parliament shows that the UK has had enough with the penny pinching and misery tactics. "We desperately need investment in our front line services, schools and care sectors I doubt this will come in this parliament. "I want to thank everyone who voted for me, you voted for an alternative, you voted for hope, I am sorry I can't call myself your MP this time but there is always next time." Lib Dem candidate Eva


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Fielding said: " As a young candidate standing for the first time a general election, I am honoured that three thousand people came out on Election Day to vote for myself and the Liberal Democrat party. "It was such a privilege to


Pictured, left to right, Naomi Rylatt, Eva Fielding and Diana Warner. Opposite page, Jack Lopresti MP represent my party in my home county of South Gloucestershire. "Record numbers of young people in the area came out to vote and across the country our turn out was brilliant on polling day. It is fantastic to see more people actively engaging in political discussions with friends and family. "I hope to continue campaigning and be a part of future general election campaigns." Green Party candidate Dr Diana Warner said: "Strong support for social change came out in the election, with a popular move towards the reforms urged for by the Greens and by the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn.

Fidget spinners and health help JS to victory Congratulations to JS who was elected as Prime Minister of Shield Road on June 9th . The Star Party achieved a successful majority beating rival parties - The Red Shields, The Red Roses party and the Beastie Party. JS was congratulated by Headteacher Jim Mepham in assembly. Amongst the Star Party’s policies were more money for hospitals, more sport and fitness opportunities for children and the reintroduction of fidget spinners!!!! JS, from Willow Class, is one of the youngest politicians in the school but achieved a magnificent victory and captured the younger voters. The election was well organised by a group of Year 6 children. The votes were all accurately counted. All the parties delivered excellent manifesto’s and fought very fair campaigns. There were some persuasive speeches in assembly. The Prime Minister is looking to create a strong and stable school that strives to be outstanding!

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"There is potential for great hope for the future. "However, the election also revealed how the first past the post system fails to provide democracy in the UK. "The Greens have almost twice the number of votes compared with the DUP and one MP to the DUP’s nine. The DUP is set to have enormous influence in a conservative government. This is not democratic. "Around 500,000 voted Green, for the essential laws that will protect environment and planet for present and future generations. "However I was told by many local voters that they wanted to vote Green, but didn’t because of our first past the post system.



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We're fed up with rail work lorries rumbling down our street all day Residents in a Filton cul-de-sac say their lives are being made a misery by lorries rumbling down the street all day as part of work to improve the local railway line. People living in Wallscourt Road South say the normally quiet road now sees up to eight large lorries every 20 minutes passing through the narrow street. They say: • Their road now has potholes and damage to the pavement; • The dust and fumes are unbearable; • The road is no longer safe for children wanting to play; • Contractors have gone back on their promise of just three or

four lorries an hour; • Residents cannot get out of the road at certain times when the lorries back up all the way to the top of the street • One resident who needs care support was affected when her carer could not get to the house • Another resident says his back fence is no longer standing upright due to the work. And now Network Rail says the work will go on until September, four months more than originally expected. Network Rail told Filtonvoice contractors have been told not to 'stack' lorries and that average lorry appearances are within the agreed framework.

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n NEWS Network Rail Infrastructure handed Taylor Woodrow a £33m contract to increase rail capacity in Bristol in 2014. This included work to increase capacity from two tracks to four between Dr Day's Junction, near Lawrence Hill, and Filton Abbey Wood Station. This will mean the Bristol rail network will be able to carry extra capacity. The working arrangement means lorries need access to the trackside. They enter through Wallscourt Road South and exit in Lockleaze. At a meeting of Filton Town Council, Wallscourt Road South resident Barbara Davis said: "They come down fast in their big lorries and it's a danger for kids. "The road is in a right state and the lorries even park on the pavement sometimes." She said some mornings they arrive at 7.30am, well before the access gate is opened at 8am, meaning the lorries are stacked up the street making it impossible for residents to leave in their cars. She added: "There is one lady who is disabled and her carers could not get access to the street. "First of all they do not follow their guidelines of having three or four an hour, now we are told the work will go on until September rather than July." A single yellow line put in place for the duration of the work means residents cannot park on one side of the street and they said parking wardens have been ticketing residents at the weekend when no work takes place. Residents say they want an urgent meeting with the project team to avoid any more problems. A spokesperson for Network Rail said: "At the outset of the works, we gave an indication of vehicle movements to South Gloucestershire Council and our

Residents of Wallscourt Road South are unhappy with lorries which have been pictured 'stacked up', far left. Bottom, a pothole in the road

records show that the average daily vehicle movements for the past two weeks have fallen within this and we are reviewing the data prior to this. Lorry movements are more frequent in the morning to prepare for the day and we have reminded the contractor that no stacking is permitted on the road. The spokesperson said no concerns had been raised regarding residents with care issues and that they carried out door knocking in September last year which involved discussing the works with vulnerable residents and where their community care team could park. Network Rail said they had also had no feedback regarding dangers for children who might be playing, with the construction vehicles restricted to 10mph. The spokesperson added: "We have reached an agreement with SGC whereby Network Rail will contribute a significant sum to the resurfacing of Wallscourt Road South once the gate is reinstated and Wallscourt Road South is no longer used as access. "We require more time on site due to unforeseen cables when we were breaking out the platform at historic Horfield station. "The works in September are anticipated to involve minimal vehicle movements."

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Bristol councillor: Filton perfect for arena Long-serving Bristol councillor Peter Abraham, far right, is calling on city Mayor Marvin Rees to consider moving the planned 12,000-capacity indoor Arena from its current cramped site next to Temple Meads railway station and put it on the edge of Filton Airfield instead. The move follows the decision taken at the Cabinet meeting in April to commission a comprehensive ‘value-for-money’ review into the project which would also consider such options as to what type, size and shape of arena could be procured. Critics of the present location within the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone have reiterated their concerns over the poor public transport provision to the venue, a lack of parking (which the Conservatives have argued undermines its business case and economic viability) and the harmful impact such a venue will

have on nearby residential areas. Now, Cllr Abraham is urging the Mayor to look again at bringing back into meaningful use the iconic Brabazon Hangar which lies within Bristol’s boundaries in Brentry on the edge of the old Filton airfield.

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Used formerly as a massive assembly hall in the construction of Concorde, BAE ceased to maintain or repair aircraft there in 2009. Since 2012, the building has been used for storage and distribution. Cllr Abraham (Con. Stoke Bishop) said:  “I have always been a strong advocate for saving this heritage structure from such an ignominious ending and bringing it back into more productive use. “This huge site on the border with South Glos already has excellent rail and road links.  Importantly, there is plenty of land there for designated parking to be provided for the public.   “The three-bay hangar there has great untapped potential which, with the right innovative design, could become a very attractive leisure and tourist destination.  This would also help supplement the draw of the nearby Aerospace Museum due

to open shortly. Transport links in this part of the city could be further improved with a new Park & Ride as part of any new planning application. “The arguments in favour of this alternative site are, I believe, extremely persuasive – in an area which is set to be transformed by thousands of new homes in the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood. "Many of these people would welcome the  job opportunities offered by a major leisure development. “I am sure colleagues in our neighbouring authority and the Metro Mayor Tim Bowles would be receptive to the idea of working up a new planning brief for a multi-purpose, entertainment and cultural centre. “Delivery of the Bristol Arena remains one of the Mayor’s strategic priorities and commitments.  At a time when doubts and uncertainty surround this ambition, it is vital we use this opportunity to not only save this project but re-imagine its conception and location.”  

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IT has been several years since St Vallier AFC has hosted a football tournament. However, since taking over the role of chairman last year, Glenn Haynes has been determined to prove that the club was capable of doing so once again. His plans were finally realised on Saturday, May 27, when a Festival of Football for Under 7s, Under 8s and Under 9s was held in the grounds of Filton Hill Primary School. The format was simple; one group of six teams at every age level with each team playing at least five matches and everyone going home with a medal. Although the day was breezy and the sun failed to shine, the event was a massive success with

visiting teams congratulating St Vallier on the format, facilities and terrific range of food and refreshments available all day. “It has been a great day! I am so proud of what we have all achieved here,” declared a delighted Glenn Haynes. “ I want to thank our main sponsor, Dan Barnes of Northville Access Scaffolds; Farm Foods at Filton, Tesco Eastville and Macro for their continued support and donations; and all our fabulous volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make today such a success and without whom such events could not happen. “We now look forward to next year when we hope we can host a bigger tournament for more ages and teams.”

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Ronnie’s coffee house dream RONNIE’S Coffee House offers more than just a caffeine fix – delicious sarnies and the warmest of welcomes are also on the menu. Local man Ronnie Arathoon swapped his career in construction to pursue his dream of running his very own coffee shop. Since opening on June 17, the café – located at the heart of Filton in Gloucester Road North – has been receiving rave reviews and five-star ratings on Facebook. Besides serving excellent coffee – sourced from South West coffee roasters, Freehand – Ronnie’s offers a variety of baguettes and sandwiches, including classics such as coronation chicken, BLT, tuna mayo and mature cheddar. Snacks are also available, including crisps, cakes and cookies. Ronnie has put a lot of thought into the shop’s detail, from coffee beanthemed wallpaper to ‘Ronnie’s Coffee House’ stickers on condiment jars and candles. With the help of some friends,

and utilising his skills in construction, Ronnie has kitted the café out himself – he has installed copper pipes, exposed the shop’s original brickwork and built a bar table from old scaffolding boards. Ronnie told the Filton Voice: “I wanted to create an atmosphere that’s rustic, warm and welcoming – somewhere that people can come and relax.” “I was working in the construction industry for a while, but had my heart set on opening my own coffee shop, so I went for it. Since opening, it’s been really nice and steady, with some busy moments. I’ve had great feedback, and I’m already getting regular customers.” To place an order, call 07747 429809, or pop in to 4 Gloucester Road North, BS7 0SF. Like Ronnie’s Coffee House on Facebook: ronniescoffeehouse.

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X Factor winner to appear at BAWA X FACTOR winner, platinum selling artist and star of 'Chicago' Sam Bailey is to appear at BAWA, Filton, for a one night only evening of performance. The event will take place on Saturday, September 9 at 8pm. Event producer and compere James Murden told Filton Voice, "Sam is an incredible vocalist and I'm so excited to introduce her on stage in Filton. "She was outstanding on The X Factor and to bring her to BAWA is a real treat." Before she stole the hearts of the nation by winning the tenth series of The X Factor at Christmas 2013, Sam worked as a prison officer at HM Prison Gartree as well as performing on cruise ships, in clubs and at music festivals for several years. Filton Voice.qxp_Layout 1 22/05/2017

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Festival fun for all the family PATCHWAY'S annual festival will be proudly adopting an aeronautical theme this year, to celebrate the opening of the Concorde Museum this summer. In its 24th year, the festival (running from July 8-23) will also celebrate the area’s contribution to the aerospace industry over the last century. Patchway Festival’s Community Fair will kick-start the fortnight of events on Saturday July 8, from 1pm to 5pm at Scott Park. It will open with the popular parade by local school children, starting in Coniston Parade at 12.45pm. The Patchway community will also be dedicating two memorial benches to local people who lost their lives in the First World War. There will be live bands, entertainment, circus acts,

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Activities for all the family at town's annual festival From Page 17 fairground rides, stalls and refreshments. Patchway Sports and Social Club will also be hosting a cider festival from 2pm onwards. The festival offers a jampacked programme with a wide variety of activities taking place each day over the two weeks. There is something to suit everyone – an aerospace presentation, historical walks, a comedy night, two quiz nights, BMX events, watercolour painting, wellbeing sessions, choir concerts, and coffee mornings. Sporting and fitness sessions are aplenty during the festival fortnight, including yoga, martial arts, youth basketball, cricket, bowls, ballroom dancing, Zumba and fencing.

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Patchway Flower and Garden Show will take place on July 22, 2pm to 4.30pm at the

Community Centre in Rodway Road. There will be more than 100 classes, as well as lots of

prizes to be won. At 4pm, the winners of the Patchway in Bloom competition and Best Allotment will be announced. The festival programme has been distributed to houses across the area, but paper copies are available in Patchway and Coniston Community Centre, Patchway Library and Patchway Town Council offices. All events will also be listed online at www.patchwayfestival. and on the ‘Patchway Festival’ Facebook page. For further information, or to find out how you can get involved, email contact@ or call 01454 86 85 30.

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Patchway Fact File • Patchway is a town in South Gloucestershire, with a population of 9,071 (according to the 2011 census). • Major developments in the area started in the 1930s with the building of Callicroft Estate. Building work then recommenced after the Second World War, with the development of houses in Bradley Road, and then Coniston Road in the 60s to accommodate the Bristol overspill. • Patchway is one of 44 parish and town councils in South Gloucestershire. It was established as a civil parish in 1953, after separating from neighbouring parish, Almondsbury, and then became a town council in 1997. • The area comprises six primary schools, seven nurseries and pre-schools, and one secondary school and sixth form, Patchway Community College. • Patchway has a library, which


opened in 2011, and offers a whole host of events for the local community. More information can be found at: www.southglos. • The area has just celebrated 15 years of twinning with Gauting, Germany. Patchway is also twinned with Clermont l'Herault in France. • Patchway’s boundary extends to the M5 and includes Aztec West business park and Stoke Lodge. • The area has just seen the development of Charlton Hayes, a new estate which comprising of over 2,000 homes, a school, local shops, and leisure and sports facilities. It was named after the original village of Charlton, which was demolished to make way for Filton Airfield. The new estate also has its own residents’ association (www.charltonhayes. For further information about Patchway, log on to the website


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A warm welcome at the Ratepayers 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 ,wines spirits and ciders ,soft drinks tea and coffee. We also offer a range of real ales and guest beers on a regular basis. if you feel a bit peckish,then we have a range of hot bar snacks or freshly prepared rolls on offer. We hold a monthly quiz to support local charities,so grab some friends and come and join us for a fun night and bring the old grey matter! Are you a Darts team looking for a new venue? Do you like to play socially ? if so we would like to here from you. We have a full skittle alley which is having a refurb which should be ready to use in the next few months if you are interested or would like some more information then please get in touch on 01454866697 free wifi to connect to the internet,big screen for watching sport. Full accessibility for those with mobility constraints.Function Room available for hire. Bingo Thursday nights from 9pm with cash prizes for our winners! So come along and enjoy a nice drink and friendly atmosphere with the family at the Ratepayers Arms.

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Come and try our multi-level play area, now including slides and ball pit with a separate under 3’s section and submarine. Our soft play is available to drop-in and also for pre-booked parties with our new dedicated party room included. Open daily from 9.00am till 5.30pm. Bring your little sea monsters for some fun. Only £3.50 per child. (residents' rates available)

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n BOOK REVIEW WITH FILTON LIBRARY The Complete Maus, by Art Spiegelman

Reviewed by a Filton Library user When is a memoir not a memoir? When is a comic not a comic? Is a work of historical fiction that is based on (and indeed, consists almost soley of) a series of interviews of an aged relative about their recollections of true events strictly fiction at all, or should it be classed as oral history? Summarising Maus is problematic not only for those reasons, but because it also exists somewhere between a Holocaust autobiography and that strain of not-quite science fiction where real-world traumas are approached from a speculative viewpoint. In Maus’s case, this conceit is—on the surface—a simple one: all the Nazis are depicted as cats, and all the Jews are depicted as mice. This might give some readers pause, and the tactic certainly leaves Spiegelman open to questions of essentialism at first glance (cats kill mice because they are cats but, after all, that’s not why human beings kill other human beings). The text itself has its own answers to this, as—during one of the narrator’s interviews with his father — Speigelman undercuts the very trick which he has used to bring the tale to life, reminding you that all the characters herein are terribly, fallibly human. The book is presented as a memoir in which a character named Art conducts a series of interviews with his father Vladek, a survivor of Auschwitz. For all the horror of its subject matter, for all the possible pitfalls of its central conceit, for all its lofty themes of memory and family, Maus is a dark, funny, and beautiful work of art, and I could not recommend it more. A copy is available on the shelf at Filton Library.

Sirona Awards for Excellence

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The Sirona Awards for Excellence 2017 are now open for nominations. We want you to tell us who you think deserves an award. We have hundreds of staff working across South Gloucestershire, parts of Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset; they are based in a range of places from GP surgeries to hospitals or from clinics to extra care facilities or residential homes. Quite often they will visit you in your own home.

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Coming up at Filton Library Craft Club Saturday 8 July

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

Animal Agents Afternoon Saturday 8 July

2-4pm Be the first to find out what this year's Summer Reading Challenge is all about with our exclusive preview! Lots of fun arts & crafts, stories and a very special LEGO Club!

LEGO Club Saturday 22 July

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

I Spy Monday 7 August

10.30-11.30am Make your own detective deer stalker hat and solve the mystery code-word treasure hunt! 1:1 IT SUPPORT 1:1 ANCESTRY SESSIONS (Please ask staff for details)

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

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Town council welcomes latest member Rob by Rebecca Day Meet Rob Taylor … the new Labour councillor for Northville ward. Elected on May 4, Rob, a videographer, pledges to actively support the local community and ensure funds are put to good use for everyone. The chair of Filton Town Council, councillor Darryl Collins, says that Rob will be an “asset” to the town council, and it will benefit from his “youth, fresh perspective and enthusiasm”. Rob, a small business owner who has lived in the area for three years, told the Filtonvoice that he feels privileged to be elected onto the town council. He said: “It's in more recent years that I've become more politically aware of the direct impact that some political decisions have on the community. "It was the desire to see our community continue to improve in as many ways as possible that drew me to the role. “Taking part in decisions and issues at a local level is an amazing opportunity, which I'm privileged to have been elected to. "As a small business owner, I have a good insight into the challenges facing businesses, as well as residents.

"With so many urgent issues facing the local area, I’m passionate about encouraging local discussion to help bring new ideas and solutions to issues.” Cllr Collins said: “Our town council will greatly benefit from Rob’s youth, fresh perspective, enthusiasm and experience as a small business owner. "He is committed to seeking improvements to services in Filton and is keen to contribute as part of the team of Labour councillors who are working with our community to create a plan which outlines the aspirations of our community.” Rob was elected in with 430 votes, beating Liberal Democrat candidate Martin Joinson who received 370. The turnout was 25.4%. The election was triggered by the retirement of long-serving councillor Stan Sims, who stepped down on the grounds of ill health. A councillor vacancy is still available in the Northville ward after Bill Moore, who has been battling cancer, was forced to step down from the town council.

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PARISH OF FILTON TOWN PARISH COUNCIL OF FILTON TOWN COUNCIL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN That a casual vacancies have arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish in the Northville Ward of Filton That a casual vacancies have arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish expressing inAnyone the Northville Wardan ofinterest Filton to be co-opted onto the Council until the next election should contact the Town Clerk via letter, email or telephone or in – closing date 14th onto July 2017. Anyone expressing person an interest to be co-opted the Council until the next If youshould are interested youTown will be asked give email a short minuteor in election contact the Clerk via to letter, or5/10 telephone presentation atperson the Town Council meeting about yourself and your th – closing date 14 July 2017. background and possibly answer question from Councillors If you are interested you will be asked to give a short 5/10 minute onmeeting about yourself and your presentation that the Town Council Tuesday 25 July at 7.30p.m. in the Pavilion, Elm Park, Filton. background and possibly answer question from Councillors on Tuesday 25th July at 7.30p.m. in the Pavilion, Elm Park, Filton.

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n FILTON PLANNING JUNE Applications n 54 Gloucester Road North The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 7m, for which the maximum height would be 3.5m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 3.5m. n 116 Mortimer Road The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5.075m, for which the maximum height would be 3.176m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.896m. n Former Fire Station On Land South Of Royal Mail Sorting Centre (alonside A38) Former Filton Airfield Prior notification of the intention to demolish former Fire Station. n Building 49 Former Filton Airfield Prior notification of the intention to demolish Building 49. n Land Adjacent To 219 - 221 Gloucester Road North Replacement of existing non-illuminated freestanding sign with 1no. internally illuminated free standing sign. n 65 Wallscourt Road The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5.1m, for which the maximum height

would be 3.65m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.7m. n 38 Warren Road Erection of a single storey front, side and rear extension to form additional living accommodation. n 114 Lower House Crescent Demolition of existing rear lean-to extension and erection of single storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation. n 816A Filton Avenue Removal of conditions 4 and 5 attached to planning permission PT09/5959/F in relation to access and parking n 43 Conygre Grove Erection of two storey side and single rear extension to provide additional living accommodation. Decisions n 67 Wallscourt Road Erection of rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5 metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.575 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 3 metres. No objection n 586 Filton Avenue The erection of a single storey rear extension which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 6.2

metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.1 metres, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.75m. No objection n 35 Charles Road Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of single storey side and rear extension to form additional living accommodation. Approve with Conditions n 89 Gloucester Road North Change of use from a 6no. HMO (Class C4) to an 8no. HMO (Sui Generis) as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) order 1987 (as amended) Approve with Conditions n 66 Kenmore Crescent Erection of single storey side and rear elevation to form additional living accommodation. Erection of detached single garage to rear. Approve with Conditions n 6 Kipling Road The erection of a single storey rear extension which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 3.8 metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.8 metres, and for which the height of the eaves would be 3 metres. No Objection n 875 Filton Avenue Discharge of Conditions 4 (material

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samples) and 5 (landscaping) attached to PT15/2888/F. Erection of 1 attached dwelling and erection of detached building to form 2 self contained flats with access, parking and assoc works Discharge of Conditions Decided n 722 Southmead Road Erection of single storey side and rear extensions to provide additional living accommodation. Conversion of garage to form games room. Approve with Conditions n 41 Northville Road The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5m, for which the maximum height would be 3.4m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.6m. No objection n The Gloucester 83 Gloucester Road North Change of use from Elderly Care Home (Class C2) to 6no. self contained apartments (Class C3) as defined by the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) with associated works. Approve with conditions n 79 Wallscourt Road Erection of two storey side extension to provide additional living accommodation. Approve with Conditions

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Flats in Filton 'are safe' as checks carried out after London tragedy Social housing providers in Filton say their buildings are as safe as possible as scrutiny falls on apartment blocks in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London. At least 80 people are known to have died in the blaze, with concerns raised about cladding on the building which may have contributed to the ferocity of the blaze. Social housing firms Merlin and Knightstone, who maintain Church View flats, pictured, and Springfields in Filton among other developments, say they have been taking steps to reassure residents. Staff have carried out checks to ensure signage is up to date and residents were reminded that their doors are highly fire proof and alarms connect directly to the fire service. At a meeting of the Filton and Patchway community engagement forum, fire officers said that while something had gone tragically wrong at Grenfell, in buildings with a 'stay put' policy, this should be adhered to. The meeting was told that most individual flats should be self-contained in terms of fire. In some blocks where the ‘stay put’ policy is in place, this means that any people in the flat of fire origin or close to fire in communal areas will need to evacuate, but that other residents should not need to evacuate and will remain safe. A Merlin spokesperson said: "We carry out an annual fire risk assessment of all communal areas in our blocks of flats and sheltered schemes and deal with any issues following this. Annual fire certification for all our blocks is up-to- date, and blocks and schemes are also regularly inspected by our housing officers who check that hallways and stairwells are clear. "In the aftermath of Grenfell, we had staff out making sure that there was enough fire safety signage in communal blocks and schemes, and reassuring people there that their fire alarm automatically connects to the fire brigade and their front doors are fire-rated to a minimum of 30 minutes.

"We urge everyone to follow the advice of Avon Fire and Rescue and have a plan of what to do in the event of a fire – making sure that everyone in your household knows this. "Check your smoke alarm regularly and let us know if there are an issues with blocked corridors or stairwells." A Knightsone spokesperson said: "In light of the tragic event at Grenfell Tower in London, we want to reassure residents that fire safety is a priority for us. "We work closely with local fire authorities and other specialist services to ensure that all our communal buildings meet all fire regulations: "Where fitted, our qualified contractors service and maintain the communal fire alarm system and specialist fire safety equipment "Our scheme staff and compliance officers test and check all our fire alarm systems weekly, and inspect all of the communal spaces. Specialist company FCS Live carry out fire risk assessments annually. We ensure all homes in our blocks of flats have mains operated smoke alarms which we service annually. It’s important residents test these regularly and let us know if they are not working."


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Traditional summer fun at school fete ON Saturday June 24 Charborough Road Primary School held its annual and ever-popular Summer Fete which saw pupils, parents, staff and local residents come together for some traditional summer fun. As well as the usual favourites this year saw some great new features such as the Assault Course led by Jason Hodge from Military Bootcamp Fitness, a live performance from talented local singer/guitarist Connor Knapp, a dance display from Diddi Dance, a Lego card stall to grab those all-important missing cards and the return of the Greasy Pole pillowfight! Katy Sparks (Reception) said "I liked the Lego cards the best and I saw all my friends. I liked the games like Hook A Duck and because I got 2 presents I gave one to Ryley." Aisha Hussein (Year 3) "had an amazing time with my friends. I liked the Greasy Pole, the hair feathering and the tattoos!" The weather stayed on side to help make for another truly memorable fair, and it was a hit with parents as well as the kids. Jo Clayton said "Yet another fantastic few hours spent at a well-organised event. The children will have so many lovely memories." Liz Philips said "I loved the addition of acoustic music, it gave it a lovely relaxed feel. I still have George Ezra going round my head!" The Summer Fete is organised and run voluntarily by a hard-

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working and dedicated Friends Of School (FOS) team, led by Cath Gregory. FOS work throughout the year to raise funds for the school, providing money for school trips, seasonal treats for the pupils and other large resources such as the Scrapstore Play Pod and much more. The final amount raised is still

being counted but the FOS team estimates they will have raised around ÂŁ4,000 for Charborough Road this year. Nicola Bailey, Head of Charborough Road, said "We can't thank everyone enough for their support at the Summer Fete, not just to the volunteers, parents and children that make it happen but also to our wonderful local Photos left and right by Chris Reynolds

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businesses that have either sponsored stalls or donated prizes for our bidding wall. "This year for the first time ever, due to the well-publicised education funding cuts, we are having to use money raised by FOS for essential school supplies so we are even more appreciative of people's generosity - it really does count."


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Scout group celebrates 70th anniversary THE sun shone down as leaders past and present, parents, grandparents and young people gathered to celebrate 70 years of 1st Filton Scout group. It was a perfect afternoon to spend at the scout hut in Nutfield Grove enjoying the sunshine. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts alike wore themselves out on the inflatable obstacle course while others enjoyed less energetic games. On display in the hut was a selection of photographs and history from times gone by. Dan Williams was delighted to spot pictures of his father and brother amongst them. He said, “It was really nice being able to show my son, who is himself a Cub, his grandad and uncle being a part of 1st Filton nearly 35 years ago.” Group Scout Leader John Cahill and secretary Hazel Boyes have been busy researching the history of the group. Through appeals for information in the Filton Voice and local church and school newsletters, several people previously involved with the group got in touch. It was a delight to welcome them back to join the celebration. Leaders reminisced and passed on their stories to the next generation. Many of the fondest memories were of times spent on camp, a pastime still enjoyed by the young people today. Sheelagh Duncan said “It was excellent and those of us there

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Ex-leaders Dave Shaw, Marjory George, Ken George and Del Miles with current Group Scout Leader John Cahill cutting the cake

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enjoyed it and it brought back many happy times.” The afternoon ended with some short speeches, a raffle and of course the cake. Cub parent Lou of Lou’s Heavenly Bakes had made two cakes to celebrate the event, both of which were very aptly decorated. Earlier in the term, a competition was

held to design a special badge to commemorate the anniversary year. Beaver Adam Williams was the lucky winner who will see his design on every Beaver, Cub and Scout uniform within the group. 1st Filton Scout group was officially registered in 1947 as the 80th Bristol. When the county of Avon was created in 1974, the group became 1st Filton. It met at St Peter’s Church until 1983 when, after much fundraising and hard work, the group moved into their newly-built headquarters. Numbers have ebbed and flowed over the years but the group has kept going. The group is planning to display the history that has been gathered so far at the Filton Festival. If you have ever been involved with the group in any way, please come along to say hello and share your memories. There are still many gaps in our knowledge of the group and the search for information is an ongoing project. If you can’t make it but would like to contribute information, please email

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nFOCUS ON FILTON COMMUNITY CENTRE Filton Community Centre has been making constant improvements, some small and some more significant. There were new doors fitted, as well as some windows replaced with double glazing, which have combined with some improvement to the heating system to provide a more comfortable environment more consistently. The postcode lottery grant enabled us to install a 15kw/H solar power system onto the roof of the main hall in October, which has been generating a good deal of our power, certainly since spring we have noticed a great reduction in our bills which is really helping. We are looking forward to try and enhance this benefit with a battery system to store electricity for night time use, extending the benefit of the solar panels into the dark hours. After the bad roof leaks were resolved in December 2015 we looked toward replacing the suspended ceilings that had taken the brunt of the damage. Saving for this was not easy, and we had to tackle the job in two stages.

The upstairs Leslie Harris Suite was completed around Easter, leaving just the small upstairs kitchen to do, but having completed the upstairs and downstairs foyers and the upstairs hall has made a tremendous difference to the outlook at the centre, as well as improving the lighting and the general efficiency, with more insulation and modern LED style lights providing a pleasing ambience. We are raising money hard and looking forward to refurbishing our downstairs toilet facilities next, as they date from 1967 unchanged. It is hoped this work will be at least complete for the Gents before our big celebrations come in September: Filton Community Centre reaches 50 years old this year and we are celebrating with a concert by Filton Concert Brass community band on the 9th September. Tickets for this are on sale now at ÂŁ5, see poster.

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Primary among best in UK for safety CHARBOROUGH Road Primary School has been recognised by The National Safety Certification Scheme for Schools, known as SafetyMARK, as having ‘excellent’ safety standards. The SafetyMARK scheme aims to provide guidance for schools and to recognise and reward those schools that have gone the extra mile to create a safe environment for staff, pupils, visitors and contractors. After a rigorous independent audit the school was able to demonstrate that it has first-class levels of safety management and compliance and, in doing so, achieved the SafetyMARK award for excellence. Justin Smith, of SafetyMARK stated, “Charborough Road has a really positive attitude with regard to health and safety and it is clear to see that safety is taken extremely seriously and that it is

very well managed. “The staff have established a robust health and safety system and culture that is among the best in the country and we are delighted to recognise that fact with this prestigious award.” Stewart Biggs, site manager,

commented, “We are delighted to be recognised with the SafetyMARK award. We take the safety of our staff and pupils extremely seriously and it’s wonderful to have this recognition for our efforts to make our school such a safe place to work in and learn.”

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BIG award for anti-bullying CHARBOROUGH Charborough Road Primary is also celebrating an award for excellence in the prevention of and intervention in bullying. The BIG award stands for the Bullying Intervention Group and is a social enterprise. It was set up to promote excellence in bullying intervention. Headteacher Nicola Bailey said, “This award confirms our commitment to ensure that every child at Charborough Road fulfils their educational potential, and enjoys school life feeling happy and secure. “In our most recent Ofsted visit inspectors commented on our strong and cohesive school community and we take great pride in continuing to nurture this culture in our school.”

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With PC Paula Manos of Filton Beat Team

Burglar handed three months in jail LAST month a 25-year-old man was jailed for 12 weeks following his conviction on two counts of fraud for using contactless bank cards which were stolen in a burglary in Filton. It was one of two burglaries and two attempted break-ins in the town on one June day. Enquiries continue into all four incidents. What was heartening was that one of the attempted burglaries was reported by a resident who spotted a man behaving suspiciously in a neighbour’s garden. Having people prepared to look out for each other like this and report incidents does help to deter thieves. It’s really important to keep windows and doors secure if you’re not in the room. It only takes a moment for an opportunist thief to walk away

with a handbag or wallet and we’ve had burglars walk in and out while people have been in the garden or even watching television. Remember, if you see someone acting suspiciously around a neighbour’s property,

call us straight away. If they’re obviously breaking in, ring 999. Otherwise, call the non-emergency number 101: operators are on hand 24/7. If you’re interested in joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch, there’s more information on our website, www., or call 101 for advice. If you’re concerned about crime or disorder, we’re happy to come and speak to groups, organisations and businesses to offer advice. You can contact us through our website, by putting your postcode in the ‘your area’ section and clicking the green ‘contact the team’ button. Do you know about hate crime? There are several offences, including threatening behaviour,

assault, damage and harassment, which can be classed as hate crime if it is motivated by your disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We want to hear from you if you are affected by or witness a hate crime. You can tell us by calling 999 in an emergency, by calling 101 or through our website. If you don’t want to talk to us directly, you can pass on information by contacting a local support charity or organisation such as the local authority or housing provider, or online through the True Vision website PC Paula Manos

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Boys from Orchard School with stories to tell Ever wondered what it feels like to be trapped in a fridge? Fallen in love with your bike or speculated on the real reason your teacher is absent from school? Working with Writer In Residence Angie Belcher, 18 of Orchard School’s Year 10 boys have been writing about their life and loves with the aim of collating their efforts into an anthology. A Lie Inside consists of stories, poetry and rap about what it’s like to be a teenager in Bristol, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant and always with the honesty of youth, this collection shows the trials and tribulations of growing up in the city. The anthology was launched at Orchard School last month, alongside live readings and a chance to purchase this unique publication.   The project is supported by

the charity First Story, which helps raise students' aspirations, build their skills and confidence, and allows them to find their voices through intensive, fun programmes.  Angie is an award winning stand-up comedian, writer and performance poet. She wrote and directed the touring flash theatre show What Has Shakespeare Ever Done for Us? and her fourpart comedy drama My Funny Valentine was featured on Radio


4. Her latest play Waiting For Pedro recently premiered in Bristol. Angie said: "I’ve had such a blast mentoring the boys through the creative writing process. The main challenge for me was getting these gifted writers to trust in their own brilliance." Headteacher Dr Helen Holman, said: "Having a Writer in Residence has enriched the offer we give to young people and we never tire of seeking out new

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ways to encourage our pupil’s creativity through programmes such as these. This project has also confirmed our ethos; we’re not just a school but a community. It has demonstrated that writing together is a great way to create group aspiration."

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

Tuesdays Pre-School story and Rhyme time 9.30am, Filton Library, Shields Centre, Aqua fit Tuesdays, 9.45 – 10.30am, cost £4.75 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure Keep Fit Association classes, all welcome, Filton Community Centre 2-3pm. Call 0117 969 3326 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.

Wednesdays Filton Garden Club, St Teresa’s Social Club, 7.30pm. 1st Wednesday of every month, 0117 975 9126. Not January. Filtones Choir. Don’t like going out in the evening? At a loose end on a Wednesday afternoon? Ever thought of joining a choir? Why not come along on and exercise your lungs and challenge your grey cells with our friendly group of people who are The Filtones. We are actively seeking to recruit altos, tenors (gents or ladies) and basses to join our happy band. We sing four part harmony but ability to read music, although useful, is not essential as we supply CDs and MP3 files as teaching aids. We give afternoon concerts to elderly people’s clubs and societies around Bristol and two evening concerts in June and

December from which we donate much of our profit to charities. We are a very caring and sociable group of people who sing together with the aim of giving as good a performance as we can, but mainly to enjoy ourselves. For more information please ring Jilly on 0117 9232281 or Shirley on 0117 9654348 or e mail or look at our web site on www.thefiltones. Alternatively, just call in at Eden Grove Methodist Church Horfield BS7 0PQ between 1.30 and 3.45 pm on a Wednesday afternoon (not during August) for a listen and a chat. Men in Sheds in Filton is extending its hours to meet demand. The DIY group, which aims to tackle loneliness and isolation among men aged over 50, operates from the Scout hut in Nuffield Grove, providing a space to socialise, build, share skills and drink tea. Men in Sheds Filton is part of a national movement, initiated by Age Concern Cheshire in 2009 and sustained by the UK Men’s Sheds Association. There are now over 200 “sheds” across the country, with many more being developed. The group runs every Wednesday, from 9.30am-12.30pm. Horfield Townswomens Guild are a really friendly Guild that meet on the second Wednesday of every month at St. Gregory the Great Church Hall, Filton Road, Horfield at 2.30 pm. Ladies are welcome to just turn up or ring Edna on 0117 949 5413 for a chat about the Guild. New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol …. an established choir since 1994 who offers a chance for ladies to get together and have a good old……sing! No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group - soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. We are a very socially minded group and often enjoy activities outside the singing role. We perform several concerts a year and sometimes travel to other parts of the country to sing with other choirs. Our repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs in fact, a wide variety. Everyone is welcome to Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd on Wednesdays 7.30-9.30. We’d love to meet you. For more information contact our website or our secretary Angela Northavon Singers would welcome new members especially sopranos to our mixed choir of 20-singing all kinds of music. Rehearsals at St Peter’s Church Filton every Wed at 7.30pm - not August. On the third Wednesday of each month the Avon branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS UK) meet at the Avon Suite BAWA Club. 7.45late. Over 18 please unless accompanied by an adult. All types of plastic modelling and one of the largest groups in the UK. For further information check out website Filton Historical Group. meet at Pavilion, Elm Park, Filton. 7.30pm last Wed.of months. Sept. to April (not December) Interesting speakers. For further details: 0117 9695198.

Thursdays Bristol Male Voice Choir...if you enjoy singing, even if only in the shower/bath, then this is the place to come! We have fun every Thursday evening from 7.15 in the company of like-minded gentlemen. The choir practises every week at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (formerly Filton College) on Gloucester

Road, Filton. For more information look at our website or telephone our secretary Alan Snook on 0117 9424378. Bristol Sugarcraft Guild meet every third Thursday in the month except August.We welcome all -from beginners to the more competent crafter Meetings start at 7.30-9.30 at St. Andrews church. For more information ring Bristol 9568737 or 9653568 Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9.30am-10.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £4.25 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, term time only, term time only. Filton Ladies, St Andrew’s Church Hall, 2pm-4pm, new members welcome, call 0117 904 1844 Silver surfers: FACE, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 10am-noon Drop-in for ‘silverhaired’ folk (over 50yrs) to get help with accessing computers, the internet, mobile phone technology, digital cameras, and much more! Run by a dedicated team of friendly volunteers with Ken at the helm, this supportive group is just as much a social session as it is about learning! Come and join us! Come along anytime, just £2.50 per session with free refreshments. Does not run during August. Should you wish to take Flower Arranging lessons, there is a small, friendly group which meets at Filton Community Centre (formerly Filton Folk Centre) on Thursday evenings at 7-9pm from mid September. Catering for beginners and improvers we cover all aspects of flower arranging from traditional to contemporary including Church flowers and flowers for special occasions. More details from 01454 323610 or 01454 412087. The Avon & Bristol Woodturners meet every third Thursday at St Teresa’s Church Hall from 7pm to approximately 10pm. For details,, North Bristol Creative writing group. Meets fortnightly. 07535111294 St Peter’s MU (Mothers Union) 2nd Thursday of each month (except August), 2pm in the church hall. All ladies and Gentlemen invited. For more information look on St Peter’s Church web site or call 0117 9491833 or just turn up. Work club: FACE, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 12.30-3pm: Drop-in session, Open to all who want some advice / guidance looking for work! Get support with CV writing, filling in job aplications, job searching, interview techniques/ practise, volunteering placements, and finding local courses to get more qualifications! Stop Smoking Sessions, 3-4pm. Appointments to be booked in advance. 01454 865502. smokefree@southglos. Diddi dance, Preschool dance class for girls and boys ages 18 months to school! Thursdays 9:45-10:30am, St. Teresas Church Hall. Contact Emily for your free trial.07850983821. emily.norman@

Fridays Pre-School story and Rhyme time 2.30pm, Filton Library, Shields Centre

Toddler Group, meets term time only at St Andrew’s Methodist Church from 10 to 11.45. A warm welcome to all toddlers and their carers. Concord band is Westerly Showband’s training band.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

Saturdays 9.30am – 10.30am, Filton District Councillors’ Surgery, Filton Library. Filton Library, Shields Centre, free one to one IT tuition with our Computer Support Volunteers on Saturday mornings. Contact the library to book a session. Monthly Chatterbooks reading group for children in years 5 – 6. Meets on a Saturday afternoon, Filton Library, Shields Centre. St Teresa’s Catholic Church, Vigil Mass, 6pm

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

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

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Mondays: Duke of Edinburgh’s awards 6-7pm Youth club for 12-18s (Year 8+) 7.309.30pm, £1 Wednesdays: Youth club for 12-18s (Year 8+) 7.30-9.30pm, £1 Thursdays: Ignite Thursdays: (all sessions £1) 4.30-5.30pm: Sensory Sparklers group for people aged 11+ with complex sensory needs 6-7pm: Bright Sparks Youth club for age 11-15 with learning/social difficulties or ASD 7.30-9.30pm: Illuminators Transitions social club for age 16+ with learning/ social difficulties or ASD No 1-2-1 or personal care provided please bring support worker/carer. Fridays: 3.45-4.40pm: Street dance for 8-14year olds, £4 5-6pm: Youth club for School Years 3, 4 & 5, £1 6.30-8pm: Youth club for School Years 6 & 7, £1 New members always welcome to all groups. Based at: FACE, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS, phone 0117 9691938, email and website Please follow us on Facebook: ‘FACE-Filton’ and Twitter: @FACEFilton to keep updated with our news!

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 Pilates 7:30 - 8:30pm   Tel: Maree 0117 9502411 Yoga with Rashmi 7 - 8 07789 747834 Wednesdays Pilates 10:00 - 11:00   Tel: Maree 0117 9502411 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 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 –

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.

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 next to the Soft Play, entry via the Ratepayers.


Welcome to an Evening of Self-Development

Filton Community Garden

SUMMER FETE Sunday 16 July 12 noon to 4pm

Top corner of Elm Park, BS34 7PS Something for everybody including lots of free activities for children Punch and Judy Plant sale Raffle Bug hunt Cakes Refreshments Traditional games ...and much more!

Come along and enjoy the afternoon

What's on offer here, is an opportunity for you to experience rapid personal changes.  Perhaps you overthink certain thoughts, and you would like to focus your mind, on other things.  You may have an unhappy or negative past experience that you need to distance yourself from?  How about simply, feeling more positive about yourself and boost your self esteem. The aim of this session is to guide you through four simple easy to use techniques,

 EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)  EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)  NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)  Mindfulness Session NLP has already taken the USA by storm due to how effective and easy it is to use. Russel Brand refers to NLP as a life saver, after turning Him from a junkie in to a Movie Star.

The Venue: Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, The William Slater Room , BS34 7PS Time: 7:30pm Til 8:30pm Tuesday 11th July £10 per person Applicants must be over 18 Bookings for this event via Tel or Text to: 07975 798749 Name & contact details for conformation of booking or Email: or Facebook/shapeNLP

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42 Kenmore Drive, Filton Park £275,000

Three-bed home in a super area A WELL-presented 3 bedroom semi-detached property located in the ever popular Kenmore Drive close to local shops and amenities and Southmead Hospital. The accommodation boasts spacious welcoming entrance, living room, separate dining room with WC and kitchen to the rear overlooking the beautiful rear garden. To the first floor are the wellproportioned bedrooms and family bathroom. Externally the property features some outbuilding storage and side access with ample off-street parking to the front. A lovely family home with an early viewing highly recommended.

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Will Writing & Estate Planning


We are a new ukulele group, and we would love to welcome more members at Filton. No experience necessary. We will always have a

A Will lets you protect your family’s inheritance and decide how your assets are shared out –

if you don’t make a Will, the law says who gets what. We have a Bristol-based team of trained will writing consultants who provide a home visiting service and can take your instructions in the comfort of your own home.

Standard single or pair of mirrored Wills £99

spare uke for you to try! So, if you have Monday evenings free, come and join us. For further

Please feel free to call us during office hours on 0800 019 4557 or email us at info@elm-online.

info, contact Sue Lonsdale: Tel: 0117 979 0381; mobile: 07949 409 861; e mail:

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