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Police seeking man after Filton robbery Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to following a robbery in Filton. The incident happened at Eden Stores on Gloucester Road North between 12.20pm and 12.45pm on Tuesday, February 7. A man spent approximately 10 minutes in the store as he waited for other customers to leave before threatening a member of staff. He then took a quantity of cash from the till and made off along Northville Road in the direction of Filton Avenue.

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n NEWS A Filton-based parish councillor – who sits on neighbouring Almondsbury Parish Council – has been asked to stand down after a tweet which contained a racist term. Philip Winter, a UKIP councillor, told his council leader that his account had been hacked after the message on social media platform Twitter, which used the term ‘d*****s’, was published. The tweet appeared to be part of a discussion about the decision of American Ivy League university Yale to disassociate itself with a former slave trader. The tweet from Mr Winter’s account read: “We had same organised Communism by d*****s former Empire at Oxford! Cecil Rhodes statue is still their (sic)!! I would deport b*****s." It has since been removed although the account is still active. After the matter came to light, the council received more than 100 complaints, and no


Councillor is asked to stand down after offensive tweet communications supporting Mr Winter. Almondsbury Parish councillors held a special full council meeting at which there was unanimous condemnation of Mr Winter and a second motion was passed asking him to step down. The council cannot ‘sack’ him and to date Mr Winter has not offered his resignation. If he fails to attend a meeting in the next six months, the council can force him to stand down under local government rules. Almondsbury Parish Council chairman Phil Hall said: “Mr Winter claimed his account was hacked but we had more than 100 complaints over this matter. “People were saying that

Almondsbury must be an awful place to live. “The council was unanimous in its condemnation but we cannot ‘sack’ him and he has not resigned so far.” The motions by Almondsbury councillor John Calver (Vice Chairman of Council) read: "This council finds comments made by Councillor Winter totally disgraceful, and wishes to make it clear that Almondsbury Parish Council strongly deplores discriminatory behaviour in any shape or form. I "In the light of this behaviour, we request that Philip Winter

stands down as a Councillor for this Parish.” Filtonvoice made attempts to speak to Mr Winter but he did not respond. A UKIP spokesman said the party had suspended Mr Winter and, after a complaint, Avon and Somerset Police recorded the matter as a hate incident, but not a crime.

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'Crisis for all schools - but we will thrive' The executive head of Abbeywood School says the academy will ‘thrive for the long term’ after a media storm over funding. Dave Baker originally wrote to parents last month warning them that the Government’s funding formula was set to have a serious impact on budgets. He outlined what he called ‘unthinkables’ as possible or part solutions, including the possibility of asking parents to ‘make regular financial contributions to supplement school funding’. In his most recent letter, Mr Baker stresses that the problems faced by schools in the Olympus Academy Trust chain are not unique to them and that all local schools will suffer. He said: “Please be assured that our focus remains on providing the very best education for all the young people within

The Olympus Academy Trust. "Our schools are thriving, purposeful places to learn and we fully expect this to continue for the long-term.” Meanwhile a petition set up urging the Government to think again over its funding formula for South Glos schools has already attracted more than 1,800 signatures. Mr Baker’s letter to parents last month said: “It is always tricky telling people that there is not enough money to provide the services that have been taken for granted for a long time but we have reached crisis point along with most other schools in South Gloucestershire. “As academies, we receive the same money as local authority maintained schools but our funding comes via the Education Funding Agency rather than South Gloucestershire Council. "South Gloucestershire has been in the 5 (out of 150+) worst funded authorities for years which has meant that we have had less money to run our schools on an ongoing basis and we have also had less money in reserves as a result. “As a multi-academy trust with one bank account and one set of accounts (although each school has its own money within that), we are not allowed to go into debt (unlike local authority maintained schools) so we have to run the Trust and the schools on the money we are allocated

via the formula for South Gloucestershire schools. We have had to make cuts year on year for several years now because of the government’s “austerity” policy which has meant “flat” budgets for education. “Our secondary schools are going to have to reduce spending by over 8% by September which equates to over £400,000 less in each school – this cannot be achieved by trimming around the edges and is going to require new ways of working. “Although we knew that next year would be hard, we were holding out hope for the much lauded “National Fairer Funding” formula which, over a period of time, should see schools being funded equally, regardless of where they are in the country.” Among the other ‘unthinkables’ outlined by Mr Baker are: • Reduce leadership time and roles • Reduce support roles across the school e.g. pastoral support, family support, counsellor, administration and finance, technician, lunchtime supervisor, teaching assistant, cover supervisor… • Increase class sizes and reduce the number of teachers employed • Reduce planning time and increase teaching time for teachers • Reduce the curriculum which will reduce choice for learners based on affordable class sizes • Have some classes (and PPA cover

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“The funding formula that has been in place for South Gloucestershire is completely unfair” Richard & Louise Bowen “I am disgusted that our children in South Gloucestershire are not receiving equal funding to those elsewhere. I understand that these are times of hardship where money is concerned but what did our children do to deserve being discriminated against!” Angela Peregreen “My kids go to school in South Gloucestershire. There are a few things that the Government should invest in. Emergency Services, NHS, and Education. We need to invest in this country’s future not make cuts. There are plenty of other areas that cuts can be made. NOT EDUCATION.” Nick Birchall “My children attend Downend School. I thought this problem was due to academy management issues. Now I realise it’s the Government allocation per pupil to all schools in South Glos.” Helen Barnett in primaries) taught by nonspecialist teachers • Shorten the school day because we cannot afford to staff lessons for the whole week • Reduce funding for purchasing, printing and resources inc. IT equipment • Reduce enrichment and extracurricular activity • Charge parents/carers for activities we currently provide for free • Ask parents/carers to make regular financial contributions to supplement school funding Mr Baker has met with Filton and Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti who will be writing to Education Secretary Justine Greening. Mr Lopresti told Filtonvoice: “I am grateful that Mr Baker, CEO of Olympus Academy Trust, took the trouble to come and see me two weeks ago so that we could have a detailed conversation about the challenges he says he is facing in relation to schools funding. "I have written to the Secretary of State for Education,

the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, for reassurance and help on this matter and look forward to a speedy response from the Department of Education. “However from what I understand under the new fairer funding formula for schools, which the Government is currently consulting on, South Gloucestershire schools would actually get a 2.4% increase in funding.” Abbeywood School is a member of The Olympus Academy Trust (OAT), a partnership of schools currently comprising seven South Gloucestershire schools: one allthrough, one secondary and five primary academies. The Trust is responsible and accountable for the education of in excess of 4,100 students between the ages of 4 and 19 and for the employment and support of more than 550 staff. For the petition visit www. and type in ‘unfair funding South Gloucestershire’.

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Building on Filton Airfield is planned to begin at the end of 2018 with nearly 2,700 homes being earmarked for the site. Malaysian developers YTL told Filton Town Council that their vision for the 350 acre site will also see three schools being built as well as 62 acres being earmarked for high tech employment. The site, which was bought by YTL from BAE in 2015, will be a 'society of the future' with just four access points for cars but 40 entry points for cycles and other transport and the new ‘town’ will be a hub for the metrobus. A rail station will be a feature, with 218,000 rail journeys being expected to be undertaken by 2032. Homes will be built with the most sophisticated wifi and digital specifications. In addition there will be two primary schools and a secondary school, and a mixed use centre, including leisure facilities. Filton town councilors were addressed by Colin Skellett and Davin Eversett of YTL for the second time in six months and they were told that the company saw itself as a ‘ creator of communities’ which wanted a vision which worked with surrounding areas like Filton. The new town would have extensive parklands running the length of the site and YTL are considering a landmark feature for the new community, on a

scale similar to the famous ‘Angel of the North’. They said they had also bought the huge and historic Brabazon hangars and were currently considering the best use for them, possibly as a conference centre or university campus. Part of the airfield site will be used by the new Bristol Aerospace Centre, which will house a Concorde museum. Mr Skellett said: “We are now undergoing consultation with communities and we hope to have detailed plans by 2018 with building starting at the end of next year and Phase 1 being built by the end of 2019. “We envisage a 15-year plan to complete the entire site. “We hope this will lock the aerospace industry to the are for the long term.” The new town will form part of the Cribbs Patchway new Neighbourhood with a similar number of homes already being built surrounding the airfield and the extension of the Cribbs shopping area being planned. Town councillors praised the vision but expressed concerns that places like Filton, already gridlocked during rush hours, would be further affected by this new development. 0Mr Eversett said that a lot of work was going in to create a sustainable public transport system. Concorde moves in: Pages 32 and 33

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Veteran councillor stands down Veteran Filton town councillor Stan Sims is standing down due to ill health, the town council heard. Mr Sims, a Labour councillor, was elected to the council in 2015 having been a councillor previously. The council is now seeking nominations for the vacancy. See Page 20. Meanwhile Cllr Bill Moore, who has also suffered ill health, wishes to continue until the next election, the council was told. Cllr Moore, an Independent, has missed several meetings but has been given dispensation due to his health. Councillors are normally asked to stand down if they miss six successive meetings. n The 2017 Filton Festival is

back. Following the success of the community festival last year, Filton Town Council has annouced a date has been set for 2017. Keep Sunday 9th July free in your schedule and join the fun at Elm Parkfor more live music, community stalls, rides and entertainment. If you would like to get involved at this years festival then contact the office on 01454 8666698 or by email at office@ n The town council has agreed to contact neighbouring parish councils to write to education secretary Justine Greening over the funding issues at Abbeywood School. Cllr Adam Monk told the council that as a parent of children entering Year 6, he felt choices had been made based on presentations by the school but said ‘people in the playground felt misled’. See pages 4 and 5

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by Rebecca Day Elderly residents are “fearing for their lives” every time they attempt to cross the roads connected to Filton Roundabout. People who live at Concorde Lodge retirement village in Southmead Road say that the roads are “terrifying” to cross and they have experienced at least four near misses in the past month. It has also been reported that a pedestrian was injured at the crossing near Springfields at the end of last year after a driver failed to stop at the red light. Residents say cars often race through the lights and the green man signal does not stay on long enough to give elderly

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Retirement home residents call for crossings on ‘dangerous’ route by Rebecca Day Elderly residents from Concorde Lodge say that more adequate crossings are needed at Filton Roundabout. Many from the retirement flats on Southmead Road say they are either risking their lives to dart across the junction, or having to walk at least 100 yards for a safe crossing – all in order to reach the shops located diagonally opposite the village. The only safe crossing available at the roundabout is at Link Road, by the Filton Community Garden. Sheila Pope, 78, a resident at Concorde Lodge, said: “I’m still quite agile, so I risk crossing the road near the roundabout using the islands – there’s no way I’m walking up and down hills with bags of shopping. But for older residents it’s not as easy. “I’ve seen some residents in

their 80s and 90s having to walk all the way down to Springfields, or down to Golf Course Lane, and all the way back up again, with their walking frames and sticks. “It’s extremely difficult for them – we need better crossings.” Another resident living at Concorde Lodge, who prefers to remain anonymous, said: “Having to walk all the way to a safe crossing is a lot of effort. I find it hard, and I’m quite fit.

“I’ve also seen a lot of people trying to cross at the roundabout, but it’s so dangerous.” They added: “It also doesn’t help that they are planning to make Gloucester Road North wider to improve traffic flow. While I fully understand why the council is doing this, it’s going to make crossing even more difficult. “I’ve asked the council many times to do something about the roundabout, but they always

tell me that nothing can be done.” Filton councillor Roger Hutchinson said: “This has been looked into extensively by me with officers, and I am currently arranging to visit the residents with an officer to discuss the issue again.” A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “We are currently working on a scheme to improve traffic flow and increase capacity at the Filton roundabout by extending the three-lane westbound approach and widening the carriageway. “We are aware of residents’ concerns regarding the difficulties crossing at this location, and our transport engineers will be attending a meeting with a Filton councillor and local residents to discuss and consider these concerns.”

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Shared space will put pedestrians at risk, say residents calling for rethink A new shared road surface being built in Cheswick Village is “an accident waiting to happen”, residents say. The design, which levels the road and pavement and removes kerbs, traffic lights, signs and road markings, aims to reduce drivers’ speed and minimise the segregation between pedestrians and vehicles. However, residents feel that the shared space, which will run through the Square, and will be close to a primary school, nursery, care home and retirement flats, will put pedestrians at risk. The work on Long Down Avenue, from Lawn Close to Wallscourt Farm Academy, began in November last year and is due to be completed by the end of March. South Gloucestershire Council’s street care team is carrying out the work, funded by developer Redrow Homes and designed by Balfour Beatty. Resident Sejal Hampson said: “I have huge concerns on the total lack of regard given to pedestrians and vulnerable parties in this shared surface design. “When this was designed did no one think this is right next to a nursery, school, retirement flats and care home? “The safety of residents is at risk here. It’s an accident waiting to happen and the block paving is not the brightest material to use as this will be costly for the council to upkeep. “Central Bristol is also a classic example of block paved roads failing.” Gemma Hunt, another local resident, said: “It's a bit of a silly design especially knowing that the path is used by parents and children going to nursery and school. “You only have to take your eye off them for one second. If they cannot tell where the path ends and road begins then it could be fatal.” Residents have called for barriers to be installed or for the developers to rethink the design. The design to develop the shared space was submitted to

the council early in 2012, as part of the overall plan to develop the Square. However, according to local councillor Trevor Jones, no concerns were raised during the planning process over the developer’s choice of shared space design. Sejal Hampson says that this is due to plans for the shared space not being highlighted clearly enough in the planning documents. Councillor Jones said: “Local councillors are aware of discussion between residents and council officers with reference to the completion of the shared road surface within the Square. The scheme of completion was defined within the planning permission granted in 2012, no resident concerns having been raised at that time. “Highway experts assure us that the shared space will provide, through design, a simple mechanism for placing a respectful relationship between pedestrians and drivers at its heart. In addition it will form a strong visual hub for transport links. “Checking the site earlier in the week I noted the clear definition of pedestrian crossing points and ongoing work on other features, as detailed in the officers’ final designs which were shared with residents last year. “Once completed, the scheme will be monitored by officers for the period prescribed before any decision is made on adoption of the highway element. “I will request that user behaviour and traffic speed is monitored and documented on a regular basis.” A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “The development is currently under construction and has been designed specifically to provide a high quality shared space for the residents of Cheswick. “It has been subject to the full planning process as well as a stage 1 and 2 safety audit and is being constructed in accordance with the plans as approved.” Kris Wadley, operations director for Balfour Beatty, said the firm has “no accountability

Work is under way on the new ‘shared space’ in Cheswick Village for the works” and it is the council’s street care team that is responsible. The only remaining works to be completed by Balfour Beatty are related to the tree pit areas. These works will be commencing

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n NEWS Rogue traders were foiled by HSBC bank staff after rogue traders took an elderly woman to the Filton branch to withdraw cash. Police and Trading Standards officers have praised the staff for acting to safeguard the vulnerable woman. The lady was known to staff at the bank in Filton who became concerned after discovering that she had been told to pay cash for some work on her home. Staff called police on Thursday, February 23, while the pensioner was still at the branch. Officers responded promptly and arrested three men, one at the bank and two at the lady’s Stoke Gifford home. The officers, working with South Gloucestershire Council Trading Standards officers, established that work had been carried out at the woman’s home, but that no ‘cooling off’ period had been given before it started – which is an offence. The three men were released on bail pending further enquiries



Bank staff foiled rogue traders who took elderly woman to bank into the Trading Standards offence. No money was paid to them. Neighbourhood Sergeant Steve Ives said: “We’re very grateful to the bank staff for alerting us to this incident. We work closely with cashiers to help them identify the signs which could mean their more vulnerable clients are being taken advantage of. "I would urge anyone with vulnerable elderly relatives, friends or neighbours to help them get quotes from reputable tradespeople for any work needed on their homes and gardens.” Councillor Heather Goddard, Chair of the Environment and Community Services Committee at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Our Trading Standards officers work closely with

police colleagues to combat the activities of rogue traders. Rogue traders put pressure on people to have unnecessary work done on their homes, often overcharging them or carrying out the work to a poor standard. "I’d like to extend my thanks to the bank staff whose swift action prevented any money from exchanging hands in this particular case. Legitimate tradespeople are aware of the regulations around consumers’ rights and would not put their customers under this type of pressure.” Doorstep crime such as rogue trading can be prevented. Police advice is: n It’s your doorstep, your decision. Don’t let any unknown and unexpected visitor inside. Deal with them through a window or use a door chain;

n If you’re not sure, don’t open the door; n Lock your doors while you’re in your garden; n Keep cash in the bank, not at home; n If you feel threatened or intimidated, close the door and call 999 straight away. If you or someone you know has been targeted by rogue traders, report it to Trading Standards through Citizens’ Advice on 03453 04 05 06. For further advice on how to avoid falling victim to a doorstep con visit the South Gloucestershire Council website PS Ives added: “If you believe you or someone you know is the victim of a crime and the offenders are still in the area call 999. If you’ve had a caller you’re suspicious of then let us know on 101 straight away.”

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Family fun as Easter Egg trail marks youth centre birthday

Families in Filton are being invited to join Filton charity FACE in celebrating the 50th birthday of their base at St Andrews Methodist Youth Centre in Elm Park this spring by taking part in a Golden Egg Trail and a Celebration weekend. The Golden Egg Trail sees 50 Golden Eggs placed at locations across Filton during the month leading up to the celebration weekend. The trail is running March 8th – April 8th and sees local shops, schools, surgeries, and community venues getting involved and displaying the eggs. Trail maps will be distributed

through Filton Schools and Churches. You can also pick up a Trail Map at Filton Library, Filton Town Council Office, or St Andrews Youth Centre. Everyone who completes the trail can get a small prize, and those who bring their completed map to the celebration event will be entered into the grand draw for a great Easter Prize Hamper! You can also keep up with all

the fun by following FACEFilton on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #FACE50goldeneggs or looking at the website www. On Saturday April 8th the whole community are invited to the celebration event at the youth centre 12-3pm, which will include a mobile climbing wall, bouncy castle, face painting, raffle, tombolas, refreshments


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and much more! Star Wars characters from the UK Garrison will also be coming along to enjoy the afternoon! There will be music and displays from each of the past 6 decades and the history of the youth centre. On Sunday April 9th the community are invited to a special church service at St Andrew's Methodist Church at 10.30am followed by a bring & share lunch and conclusion at the youth centre. These great community events would not have been possible without support from local South Gloucestershire councillors funding through the Members Awards Funding, and the very kind sponsorship of Filton Veterinary Centre and Rolls-Royce. The youth centre was originally built as a memorial to local people who were killed in a minibus crash in October 1962. The charity FACE is now carrying on the legacy of great work amongst young people and families in Filton. FACE is a fast-developing Youth & Community charity working with all members of the community, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. FACE runs activities and provides services to improve the lives of the local community. Debs Williams, Children & Families Development Worker, said: “I can’t wait to get cracking on the Eggs-cellent Golden Egg Trail! What an innovative idea to get us all exploring our community, being active and having fun! It’s great that we have had the resource of St Andrews Methodist Youth Centre for the past 50 years and I’m eggs-cited to see what the next 50 will bring!” To find out more about the Golden Egg Trail or celebration weekend, please contact Debbie Teml on uk or at 0117 9691938 or visit Pictured, Hayley & Jayde are excited to launch the Golden Egg Trail; and Star Wars characters from UK Garrison will be making an appearance.

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49 St Andrews Methodist Church, Elm Park, BS34 7PS

48 FACE, Elm Park, BS34 7PS

47 Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS

46 Filton Sports & Leisure Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS

45 FTC notice board, Elm Park, BS34 7PS

44 The Hatch, Elm Park, BS34 7PS

43 Filton Community Garden, Elm Park, BS34 7PS

42 Filton Dental Practice, 114 Gloucester Road North, BS34 7PF

41 Filton Veterinary Centre, 26 Station Road, BS34 7QJ

40 FTC notice board, Shield Retail Park, BS34 7BR

39 Filton Library, Shield Retail Park, BS34 7BR

38 Vets 4 Pets, Shield Retail Park, BS34 7BQ

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36 FTC notice board, Church Road, BS34 7BL

35 Filton Post Office, Church View, BS34 7BT

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33 Conygre Medical Centre, Conygre Road, BS34 7DA

32 Abbeywood Tots, College Way, Filton, BS34 7BH

31 Filton Hill School, Blenheim Drive, BS34 7AX

30 Bethany Gospel Hall Church, Meadowsweet Avenue, BS34 7AL

29 FTC notice board, Conygre Road, BS34 7AP

28 Filton Children’s Centre, 75 Conygre Road, BS34 7DD

27 Filton District & Social Club, Conygre Grove, BS34 7HZ

26 Abbeywood Tots, 97 Station Road, Filton, BS34 7JT

25 Pets At Home, Abbey Wood Retail Park, BS34 7JW

24 Costa’s, Abbey Wood Retail Park, BS34 7JT

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Read all about it! School wins award Wallscourt Farm Academy has won praise for its success in supporting children’s reading. The school in Cheswick Village, which - like many others - took part in World Book Day this month, has been awarded the Bristol Every Child a Reader (ECaR) Standard. Lead reading teacher Amy Culverwell was presented with the award by the Lord Mayor of Bristol Councillor Jeff Lovell at the Mansion House alongside other successful schools. She said: “Reading is a key part of life and learning at Wallscourt Farm Academy, and we are determined to ensure all children benefit from the opportunities and joy that reading brings. We are so pleased that this has been recognised

through the ECAR award. “ The programme identifies children struggling to get to grips with reading and offers intensive one-to-one support with a specialist Reading Recovery teacher to help them get back on track. Books are carefully ‘banded’ to ensure children are reading at exactly the right level to help them improve. Reading partners are trained to understand the skills children need to be good readers. About 2,500 children in Bristol primary schools benefited from the scheme last year. Of these children, more than eight out of 10 were successfully helped to achieve the reading level appropriate for their age. Tracking of children who

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150 new jobs created at rail depot Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE), the company building and maintaining the new InterCity Express Trains to run on the Great Western route, is recruiting for 150 new roles at their depot near Filton The recently built Stoke Gifford depot is hiring ahead of a new ‘bullet train inspired’ fleet entering service later this year. HRE say they will build upon the area’s engineering legacy, which includes transportation achievements such as Concorde, to develop a new long-term hub for skilled work. The newly built £80m facility is located near to Bristol Parkway station and offers a clean, light and modern environment to work in. Recruitment for the 150 jobs is to ensure the facility is ready ahead of the new trains, which will connect London to Wales and the South West of England, entering service later this year. Work carried out at the Stoke Gifford depot will include readying trains for passenger services. Whilst housed at the depot, trains will be serviced to ensure they are in good condition, safe and clean. Day to day tasks will include engine tests, changing wheel sets and running thorough inspections of the trains. The new trains offer a step change in passenger experience with more seats available and modern technology. The first wave of the new trains to be introduced on passenger services is being built

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training to ensure new employees meet the high standards long associated with the Hitachi brand. HRE’s contract to maintain trains at Stoke Gifford for the next 27 ½ years has ensured the creation of sustainable jobs in the area. The ambition to make the site a long-term centre of excellence has placed an importance on educating the next generation about the merits of working in rail. Links are being forged with local schools and colleges where HRE will demonstrate the widerange of opportunities available in rail industry as well as promoting participation in STEM subjects. Stoke Gifford will recruit four

new apprentices every year once the site is fully operational. Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP said: “This is great news as it shows how our long-term investment in the modernisation of the rail network is creating new skills and new jobs. More people than ever before are using trains and this government remains committed to providing a modern, state-of-the-art fleet.” Gary Martin, Stoke Gifford Depot Manager said: “The Stoke Gifford depot will soon become a source of great local pride where new trains carrying millions of passengers will be serviced to the highest of standards. “As well as building new trains, we are also investing in a new generation of rail workers.”

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



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

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Firm helps Lorraine say thank you to hospital for care during cancer battle by Rebecca Day Lorraine Barry was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago – now, with the help of a Filton business, she is giving back to the hospital ward that cared for her. More than £1,000 is being donated to the Haemotology and Oncology Centre at Bristol Royal Infirmary. The funds have been raised by local business Prestige Property Developments on Lorraine’s behalf, with half of the money collected at the company’s Christmas meal. Lorraine, 53, said: “My husband does contract work for the company and is also a good friend of the company director, Jay Franklin. “They asked me where I wanted the money to go, so I said that I wanted it to be donated to the ward that looked after me during my cancer treatment – they were truly amazing.” Jay Franklin, director of Prestige Property Developments, said: “I am proud to give this money to the hospital and would like to thank all the lads who gave so very generously.” Lorraine is now in remission after initially being diagnosed in August 2015 with nonHodgkinson lymphoma – an uncommon cancer that develops in the body’s vessels and glands. The cancer was detected after Lorraine discovered a lump in her back, and she was referred to the BRI for treatment.

Lorraine Barry, Prestige Property Developments’ director Jay Franklin, ward sister Sheryll Cabusora, Prestige’s contracts manager Luke Smith, and Lorraine’s husband Anthony Barry outside ward D703, which cared for Lorraine during her treatement In February 2016, the cancer returned and Lorraine underwent a stem cell transplant, where she was given high doses of chemotherapy to help the body develop new blood cells. Lorraine is now in remission for the next two years. However, according to Lorraine, there is a 50 per cent chance that the cancer could return. “Nobody ever wants to hear those words, that you have cancer,” she said. “You always think it’s something that’s never

going to happen to you. But I’ve made it through the last year – I'm still here to tell the tale.” Catherine Harris, corporate partnerships fundraising officer at Above and Beyond – the charity which raises funds for Bristol’s hospitals, including the BRI’s Haemotology and Oncology Centre – said: “The BHOC is an incredibly busy hospital which sees approximately 1,000 patients every day from across Bristol and the South West.

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Watch sculptor at work creating art for the community Filton residents will be able to watch a sculptor in action as he transforms a dead tree into a work of art for the community. Andy O’Neill, of Wild Wood Carving, will get to work at Filton’s Community Garden over two days from Monday, March 27. He will be carving an owl at the top of the trunk of an old cherry tree and mice, hedgehogs and squirrels at its base. Visitors to the garden will be able to watch the carvings take shape as Andy works on the tree, which will be roped off but clearly visible to onlookers. For anyone who can’t visit the garden over the two days, SGS College is making a timelapse video of the carving, which will

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IS SHOPPING THE NEW RELIGION? St Andrews Methodist Church Filton Wednesday March 22nd 2017 7:30 – 9:30pm Admission Free donations for the St Andrews Future Church Fund

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The Topic How does our retail service work and how has it and will it develop? Do we buy more than we need in a needy world? Are goods the new gods? What is the so-called ‘shopping experience’? Why do supermarkets look like churches on the outside and malls like cathedrals on the inside? Is shopping the new religion? The Speaker Our guest speaker is Rev Patrick Stonehewer a local Methodist minister who used to work for a major retail organisation. CaFE is part of the ST ANDREWS FUTURE CHURCH Project

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A warm welcome to the Ratepayers Arms bar and lounge, we have BT Sports showing a range of sporting activities. We have a good selection of beers, lagers, wines, spirits, soft drinks, and hot drinks available. We also offer a range of real ales and guest beers on a regular basis,we now have Thatchers Haze on draught If you feel a bit peckish, then we have a range of hot bar snacks or freshly prepared rolls on offer. We hold monthly quiz nights to support local charities, so grab some friends and come and join us for a fun night and bring the old grey matter! Monday nights are bingo night, cash prizes for our winners!.Once a month we will be having live music. Watch this space for details. Are you a darts team looking for a new venue? Do you just like to play socially? If so we would like to hear from you. We have a full skittle alley that is being refurbished which will be available in the next few months call now to book your team. If you are interested or would just like some more information then please get in touch on 01454-866697. There is free wi-fi to connect to the Internet, and a big screen for watching the sport. And we have full accessibility for those with mobility constraints. A function hall is available for events please ring for details.

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Calling local contractors! Filton Town Council have a number of up and coming maintenance projects. If you are a local roofing, plastering or flooring contractor and would like to be included in the tender process please contact :- Lesley Reuben, Town Clerk via email lesley. reuben@filtontowncouncil. or in writing to Filton Town Council, Elm Park, Filton BS34 7PS.



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March, 2017


Wing centre work gets off the ground Work has begun on a new test centre at Airbus’s Filton site and 200 employees gathered to mark the occasion. The new facility will be an advanced testing centre for large structural components, enabling Airbus and its partners to develop new ideas for wings. Airbus UK HR director and general manager Mark Stewart said: “Creating the wing of the future will be no easy task. The teams will explore the best materials, manufacturing and assembly techniques available, as well as new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture. The Airbus Wing Integration Centre will provide the team with the latest equipment to perform a range of diverse and extensive testing.” Among those at the ceremony were representatives from contractors Galliford Try, the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK.

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n NEWS Rising to challenge to raise £192,000

Airbus staff have swam, cycled and even baked their way to a staggering £192,000 raised to help people with terminal and life-limiting illnesses. The company, which employs thousands at its Filton base, has been fundraising for Hospice UK as part of a two-year Charity Challenge Partnership. The sum raised will now benefit Children’s Hospice South West, the Jessie May Trust and St Peter’s Hospice. Staff organised bake sales, a Christmas market and colour runs while one group even completed a 1,000-mile triathlon inspired by Paralympian and fellow Airbus employee Andy Lewis. Trevor Higgs, UK head of engineering at Airbus, said: “This fantastic partnership, which is entirely employee driven, has shown employees putting in a huge amount of time and energy into organising or getting involved in a variety of fundraising events. In the past

two years, the level of support shown by our employees not only makes us incredibly proud as a company, but demonstrates how invaluable it is in relation to our ongoing commitment to supporting the wider

community.” Tracy Bleakley, CEO Hospice UK, said: “On behalf of everyone at Hospice UK, I would like to thank everyone at Airbus for their support of hospice care over the past two years.

"By working closely together, we have been able to ensure that people who are living with terminal and life-limiting conditions, their families, friends and carers have the best possible care at the end of their life.”

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not just computing products, as Sonos, which makes a range of home audio products, have been affected too. So what does this mean? Well if you can, like us, remember the days when a laptop was £1,500 and an average PC was about £1,000, you will see that it is still much cheaper today than it was 10 to 15 years ago. And of course computers these days do much more for you than they used to. However, it might also mean

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Council ‘will improve’ children’s services South Gloucestershire Council is determined to improve services for children, following publication of an Ofsted inspection report that rated the authority’s services inadequate. A four-week inspection carried out in November and December into provision for children in need of help and protection, looked after children and care leavers found that while adoption provision was good, the area’s services overall were inadequate. Ofsted called for an urgent review of all cases currently or recently allocated to managers within the 0 to 25 service, which has now been carried out. The authority also says work has begun on strengthening practices in identifying, assessing and reducing the risk of child sexual exploitation. Peter Murphy, director of Children, Adults and Health at the council, said: “Naturally we

are deeply disappointed with the outcome but we are determined to improve services for children and young people. What I can assure you of is that we are already taking steps to bring about rapid improvement, which is acknowledged by Ofsted in the report. “We have set up an improvement board specifically looking at our 0 to 25 disability

service to ensure the needs of our most vulnerable children and young people are being met. This remains a top priority for the council and a robust improvement plan is being developed to address all the recommendations in the report. “We are reviewing how we identify children who may be at risk of sexual exploitation and strengthening the child protection arrangements we have in place within the council and together with partner organisations. “And we are also looking at how care plans for looked after children should adapt to better meet a child’s changing needs or circumstances. The report does acknowledge that looked after children at key stage 4 make successful transitions to further education or training. “We are also reviewing social work practice across the service and reviewing the training needs

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of support staff, social workers and managers to ensure they are fully equipped with the right skills to help children to the best of their ability. “As well as adoption performance being rated good, Ofsted recognises that the work of the turnaround board, set up in 2014, has driven a number of positive and much-needed changes in children’s services. However, we accept these have not been quick enough for some families.” Councillor Jon Hunt, chair of the Children, Adults and Health Committee, added: “I wholeheartedly take on board the recommendations made by the inspectors who recognise that work is already under way on many areas for development. I am very clear that our aspiration is to see services for children and young people move to a good rating at the earliest opportunity.”


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Council ‘optimistic’ after Mall call-in

Applications n 47 Wallscourt Road Change of use from a 6no. HMO (Class C4) to a 7no. HMO (Sui Generis) retrospective, as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended)

South Gloucestershire Council says it remains “optimistic” that the planned expansion of The Mall Cribbs Causeway will go ahead, despite the fact it has been “called-in” for consideration by the Communities Secretary. The scheme, which includes more than 35,000 square metres of retail floor space, leisure, hotel and restaurant facilities, up to 150 apartments, a new multi-storey car park, an events plaza and a new bus station, have been approved by the council. But now the £300 million scheme will be the subject of a public inquiry, after which the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid will make the final decision. Following the announcement, South Gloucestershire Council said in a statement: “We have been notified by the Department for Communities and Local Government that the Secretary of State has called-in the expansion plans for The Mall. “The decision will now be made by the Secretary of State at a planning inquiry. “While we are extremely disappointed, we remain optimistic that the £300 million investment, which would create 3,000 jobs and generate economic prosperity across the region, could still go ahead.”

n 65 Wallscourt Road The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 4.5m, for which the maximum height would be 3.65m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.7m. n 48 Gayner Road Application for a Certificate of Lawfulness for the installation of rear dormer to facilitate loft conversion n 85 Mortimer Road Erection of single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 4.5 metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.9 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.5 metres n 917 Filton Avenue Erection of single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 4.5 metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.60 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.5 metres n 152 Gloucester Road North Change of use from Retail (Class A1) to Hot Food Takeaway (Class A5) as defined in Town and Country

Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). (Retrospective). Decisions n 678 Filton Avenue The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 6.0m, for which the maximum height would be 3.6m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.4m. Refusal n 90 Conygre Road The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5m, for which the maximum height would be 3.5m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.5m. No objection n 49 Mackie Grove Erection of single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 3.28 metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.4 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.4 metres. No objection n National Blood Centre Filton Erection of two storey extension to existing National Blood Centre, alteration to car parking, replacement and relocation of car parking barriers, landscaping and associated works Approve with conditions n 130 To 132 Gloucester Road North Change of use of part ground floor

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from Solicitors Office (Class A2) to Retail (Class A1), erection of two storey rear extension, installation of rear dormer and change of use of first floor from solicitor's office (Class A2) to form 1 no. residential unit as HMO (Class C4) as defined in Town and Country Planning (Use Classes Order) 1987 Approve with conditions n 105 Conygre Grove Erection of two storey side and single storey rear extensions, front porch and installation of rear dormer to facilitate conversion of 1no. existing dwelling into 4no. flats. Resiting of existing garage. Withdrawn n 9 Meadowsweet Avenue Erection of two storey rear extension to provide additional living accommodation. Approve with conditions n The Old Post Office, Braemar Crescent Change of use from hairdressers (use class A1) to MOT for motorcycles (use class B2) Refusal

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Local firm signs pledge to support armed forces community Filton’s MP says he is delighted that local manufacturer Revision Military UK has co-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge of support for the local armed forces community. Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, arranged the meeting with Minister for Defence Procurement, Harriet Baldwin MP, in the House of Commons. Mr Lopresti helped officially open Revision Military’s UK headquarters at Bristol Business Park, in Stoke Gifford, in the autumn of 2015. Revision Military is a manufacturer of military and law enforcement protective equipment and supplies the

British Army, Metropolitan Police and other UK police forces. Around 75 per cent of Revision’s UK-based personnel are veterans of all three services,

serving reservists or special constables, or spouses of veterans. Mr Lopresti said: “I am delighted that Revision Military

UK have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which ensures that our serving armed forces personnel and our veterans suffer no disadvantage as a result of their service to our country. In my view, every business in the UK should sign it. “I met with the CEO of Revision Military, Jonathan Blanshay, in June 2015 and I suggested Revision Military UK base their UK operation in my constituency; and I was thrilled to help open their new office in Bristol Business Park in April last year. Revision Military’s headwear and eye protection does protect a large number of our armed forces and some of the UK police forces.”

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We can save you money on energy bills A free event is being held in Filton to help people switch energy providers and save money. North Bristol Advice Centre’s new MoneySmart Energy project are running a free and impartial energy advice event at Filton Library in March to help residents save money on energy bills. Using tablets and smartphones, they can help people to check their energy tariffs, switch providers, identify simple ways to reduce energy costs and access comparison sites. “It’s estimated that 14 million people could save up to £200 a year by switching their energy provider,” said Emmanuelle Claverie, MoneySmart Energy adviser. “Unless you’ve changed tariff or provider in the last 12 months, it’s likely you’re paying too much. “We can help people to check their existing energy deal and work out if they could benefit from a change, even if they’d rather stay with their current supplier.” The MoneySmart Energy Advice session will be held at Filton Library on Thursday March 16th , from 5-7pm.

Residents can just drop-in for a chat, or bring along their latest energy bill or annual statement to find out if they could save. For information and other session dates visit http://www., tel: 0117 9515751 or email moneysmart@

n Six young people who have been working tirelessly over the last four months on a preapprenticeship course, are now preparing to be employed as fully fledged Apprentices. The pioneering Future Builders project has been

designed to support young people who have faced homelessness. Participants have been taking part in the programme held at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College which has helped learners secure apprenticeships in the construction industry.

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nSCHOOLS Orchard School Bristol are incredibly proud of Year 8 students Mohamed Aidid and Evie Lane, pictured right, who have been elected onto the Bristol City Youth Council. Mohamed and Evie will be representing the views of young people from North Bristol for the next two years. They will be campaigning on issues such as racial inequality and funding for youth clubs and community trips. Thirty eight students from across the city, aged 11-18, ran for the youth council, however only 28 were elected. Members of the youth council were voted for in the Big Youth Vote. The total of ballots cast from Orchard School Bristol was 522. As part of the election process, students produced campaign videos, explaining why they should be elected, and attended various meetings. Orchard School had six students standing for the youth council. Candidates were informed

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whether they had been successful on February 10 at City Hall. Mohamed said that he is “proud” to represent young people from across North Bristol. He said: “It was a very stressful process, both physically and mentally. But I felt a lot of

pride and happiness, as not only will I be representing my school but also my family name.” Evie said that her family was “ecstatic” when they found out the news that she had been elected. She said: "All of my family

members were texting me constantly [on election night]. "Once I told them, they were ecstatic.” Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Congratulations to Mohamed and Evie for successfully being elected on to our Youth Council. Your work will help Bristol’s young people to have a say in how this city is run. Through your discussions with me and my officers you will be helping to make sure the decisions we make reflect the interests of your friends and other young people. I look forward to working with both of you directly in the months ahead.”

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Since the beginning of the year we’ve seen an increase in the number of sheds and garages which have been broken into in Filton and neighbouring Horfield. We’re working closely with our colleagues on the Horfield beat to identify those responsible and increase our patrols, but we want to make sure you know how you can help to keep your property safe. Bicycles seem to be the main target for these thieves, but they are also taking gardening equipment, tools and even food and drink. The incidents mostly happen after dark, with locks being forced or windows smashed to gain entry. In some cases damage has been caused but nothing stolen. Please keep an eye out for anyone behaving suspiciously around sheds and garages and call 999 immediately if you think someone is breaking in.

If you spot any other suspicious activity, call 101. Thieves are opportunists and go for the easy option, so having a sturdy outbuilding with good quality locks and fittings will help to deter them. Check out www. to find security products which have been tested and approved. We know that the Neighbourhood Watch scheme also makes burglars think twice, as they know people will look out for their community and report suspicious incidents. We also recommend: l Making sure your boundary is

secure, with sturdy fences and locked gates l Installing motion-sensing security lighting l Planting thorny shrubs next to walls and fencing l Making sure you have a hasp and staple closure on your shed door, with concealed hinges fitted using tamper-proof screws or coach bolts l Fitting a low-cost shed alarm, available from most DIY stores l Using a good quality lock l Fitting metal mesh over windows l Fitting a ground anchor inside and locking bikes and other higher value items to it l Permanently marking your property with your postcode and recording any serial numbers – you can also register items with There’s more home security information, and details of how to join Neighbourhood Watch, on our website, www.

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Get baking and buying for hospice Filton’s bakers and cake makers are being asked to whip up some sweet treats in aid of St Peter’s Hospice. Throughout March, the charity is holding its Ready, Steady, Bake campaign, which will see supporters hosting tea parties, cake sales and coffee mornings to raise vital funds. Last year’s campaign raised £10,000 with more than 100 events across the city, and fundraisers at the charity are hoping to top this total. St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser Petra Littlefair said: “Whatever you bake or buy, whether you use your best vintage china or paper plates, all the money raised will help local families living with terminal illness.” Visit www.stpetershospice. 2017/03/01/ready-steady-bake for more information and to register your event.

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Guests made up by Rajnee’s masterclass A Makeup Masterclass was held in Cheswick Village on Saturday 4th of February. There was a really good turnout with a good range of all ages attending. It was a relaxed gathering held at the Boston Tea Party, in the village. Rajnee’s team, Dan, Prya and Claire were on hand to not only to model but meet and greet guests and talk through the evening. The event was filmed by Prya and will be available on Youtube shortly. Rajnee covered the art of contouring, creating the perfect brow and a glamorous lip in detail with a live demonstration.  The ladies asked lots of questions throughout and we discussed lots of different techniques and products!  Some of the ladies came away with some very large shopping lists!  Rajnee stopped to ask what people were really struggling with to be able to give advice on this.  The event was an absolute success! Rajnee has been a makeup artist for nine years so when she talks makeup, she knows exactly what she’s talking about!  Rajnee specializes in bridal and events and trained with the massive Youtube sensations Pixiwoo, creators of the Real Techniques Brushes.  She started her own Youtube channel and has produced high quality tutorials, ranging from her foundation routine to a Kim Kardashian inspired look. What makes Rajnee’s videos

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Filton’s Concorde makes one final The last Concorde ever to fly has made another momentous – if short – journey. Engineers have carefully towed Concorde 216 across Filton runway to her new home in Aerospace Bristol, a new £19 million museum due to open this summer. The iconic aircraft’s final journey was conducted with the greatest care by teams from British Airways and Airbus as she was towed across the runway and up a ramp into the new purposebuilt hangar. The hangar, constructed by Kier, had a wall removed to allow the aircraft to enter the building and, with less than a metre between each wing tip and the building, Concorde was slowly and carefully winched into her exhibition position. Iain Gray, chairman of Aerospace Bristol, said: “We couldn’t be more delighted to welcome Concorde 216 into her new purpose-built home at Aerospace Bristol. With such enthusiasm for Concorde in this country, and particularly in Bristol where she was designed, built and landed for the final time, it is only fitting that this magnificent aircraft should have a permanent home at Filton. I would like to thank all of our donors for helping to make Aerospace Bristol a reality and look forward to welcoming our first visitors on board this summer.” British Airways’ Concorde 216 – also known as Alpha Foxtrot – was the last Concorde to be built and the last to fly. She made her maiden flight on April 20, 1979 and touched down on her last flight to Filton on November 26, 2003. Since then, Alpha Foxtrot has stood alongside the Filton runway. Mark Stewart, general manager and HR director at Airbus, said: “Airbus has been the proud custodian for Alpha Foxtrot since 2003 and has been keen that we could find a permanent location for such a fantastic historical exhibit of Filton engineering skills. After 13 years of caring for the aircraft we are pleased to deliver her to Aerospace Bristol so that people can visit and admire her for years to come.”

From left Alan Parker, from Airbus, Captain Les Brodie, British Airways Concorde captain, and Lloyd Burnell, from Aerospace Bristol, with Concorde in the museum

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Concorde moves down the runway, left, and above into the new hangar, which will be part of the new Aerospace Bristol museum due to open this summer David Hart, British Airways’ head of fleet planning, added: “It is with great pride that we have helped to deliver our iconic Alpha Foxtrot to her new home. This move will allow thousands more people to be inspired by her sleek, innovative design and supersonic statistics.” The new Aerospace Bristol museum aims to take visitors on a journey starting in the earliest days of flight, when

Bristol Boxkite biplanes flew over Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge. It will continue through two world wars, exploring the role of aircraft in the conflicts, to the technological advances of the space race to the latest technologies of today. Fundraising for the museum continues, with a further £2 million needed to finalise the project. The development of Aerospace Bristol to date, and

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the construction of the new Concorde hangar, has been made possible by the support of Founding Partners BAE Systems, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, South Gloucestershire Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. In addition, the project has attracted support from Bristol City Council, West of England LEP, the Libor Fines Fund as well as GKN, Renishaw and the John James Foundation.


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News gatherers debate today’s challenges An event in central Bristol will look at the challenges facing the city’s media in an age of declining revenues and “fake news” – and the Voice will be there. Representatives from across the city’s media, including the Bristol Post, the BBC, ITV, Bristol 24/7 and media cooperative Bristol Cable, will be present on Friday, March 24. The event is organised by the Bristol branch of the National Union of Journalists, which is chaired by Paul Breeden, editor of South Bristol Voice. The debate will ask how well the city is being served by its news organisations, and look at the many challenges they face. Many people now expect their news to be provided for free – leaving news organisations the problem of how to pay for it. The Voice series, founded in 2011, has 13 monthly magazines across the Bristol area and expects to add several more titles this year. It was born out of a sense that there

was an opportunity to provide local communities with their own magazines which seek advertising from local businesses in order to pay for a quality local news service. Richard Coulter, co-founder of the Local Voice network and Filtonvoice editor, will be taking part in the debate. The Bristol Cable is a cooperative that is owned by its 1,500 members, and supported by their monthly subscriptions. It has covered stories which have been taken up by the national media – such as the recent revelation that Avon & Somerset Police has bought surveillance equipment that can intercept mobile phone calls within an area of several kilometres. Bristol 24/7 is another independent publisher, producing daily news emails and a monthly magazine including coverage of the city’s arts and food sectors. For tickets to the Local News Matters event (£6, or £4 concessions and NUJ members) go to

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n BOOK REVIEW WITH FILTON LIBRARY The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley Reviewed by a Filton Library Reader A child’s decomposed body is discovered in the ruins of a house called Thessaly on the remote and desolate stretch of Lancashire coast that gives this novel its name. This discovery sends the narrator of The Loney – a fortysomething man named Smith– tumbling back into memories of the bleak Easter pilgrimage he and his devoutly old-fashioned Catholic family undertook to the area, some thirty-odd years ago. The family have returned again and again to this lonely coast in search of a miracle: Hanny, Smith’s younger brother, is mute, and their increasingly desperate mother drives the family onward, seeking both a cure and redemption, as the rain falls down and the other pilgrims start to crack. But is it the bleak landscape, the threatening locals or something else – something darker – that drives these people apart?

Originally published by the independent Tartarus Press, in a run of just 300 copies, The Loney was picked up by a major publisher following a handful of glowing reviews in major newspapers. Upon republication, it was awarded the 2016 Costa First Novel Prize. The Loney ratchets up the unease, building to an almost palpable air of grim tension as Hurley delivers a haunting meditation on illness, religion, family and the thin lines between faith and madness, revelation and delusion. This is not a horror novel that, say, Stephen King (who provides glowing testimony on the cover) might write, but is rather a lingering, creeping tale of unease that will get under your skin and stay with you, long after the final page. A copy is available via Filton Library’s reservation service.

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

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

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5.45-6.45pm Welcoming adult reading group

Hoppy Holidays 10 April

2.30-3.30pm Join us for Easter-themed craft and story fun! Suitable for ages 4-11. All children must be accompanied by an adult

This course will teach you -how to use and create spreadsheets -how this can be used in the workplace. VOLUNTEER CENTRE DROP IN Thursday 9th March 10am-12pm

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

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Golfers raise game to collect £10,000 for city’s hospice

Golfers have handed an impressive £10,000 to a Bristol charity following a year filled with fundraising activities. Led by 2016 captain Tim Parsons, members and staff at Filton Golf Club teamed up to organise a series of activities in aid of St Peter’s Hospice. The funds will go towards caring for adults with lifelimiting illnesses in Bristol and surrounding areas, as well as providing vital support to their families. St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser Esther Hall said: “Everyone at Filton Golf Club has done an incredible job with their


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fundraising; to raise a whopping £10,000 is no easy task and just shows how much everyone got behind the cause. “Funds raised will go towards continuing to support families both at the hospice and in the community and will make a real difference. Thank you.” The hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients every year free of charge, which costs around £19,000 a day. This sum comes from donations and from money generated by the charity’s 50 shops. To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice, visit www.

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

Tuesdays Pre-School story and Rhyme time 9.30am, Filton Library, Shields Centre, Aqua fit Tuesdays, 9.45 – 10.30am, cost £4.75 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure Keep Fit Association classes, all welcome, Filton Community Centre 2-3pm. Call 0117 969 3326 Filton Library, Shields Centre, free one to one IT tuition with our Computer Support Volunteers on Tuesday afternoons. Contact the library to book a session. 10am - 1pm Westerly Showband welcomes able adult wind band musicians to its weekly rehearsals every Tuesday at 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

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

Filton Community Centre 983 6500 FiltonCommunityCentre Mondays Gymtastics 9:00 - 3:30 Tel: 07513909786

To advertise, contact or Richard on 0777 555 0607 or Emma on 0771 577 0448.

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


Fridays Gymtastics 9:00 - 3:30 Karate 6:00 - 8:00 Saturdays Ballroom Dancing (3rd & 5th Sat) 7:45-10:45 Sundays Karate 10:30 - 12:00


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

n DIARY DATES Saturday, March 11

Filton Library STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Funfair


BS34 7PS, phone 0117 9691938, email and website Please follow us on Facebook: ‘FACE-Filton’ and Twitter: @FACEFilton to keep updated with our news!

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

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

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

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

1st Filton Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

Filton Community Garden meetings

Beavers, aged 6-8, two groups, Weds 5pm and 6.15pm Cubs, 8-101/2, Mon and Thurs 6.30-8pm Scouts, 101/2 - 14, Tues 7-9pm The group is based in Scout Headquarters, Nutfield Grove, Filton, BS34 7LH. All sections are open to boys and girls. Contact for all sections is John Cahill (, Phone 0798

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



Active Science Displays 10.30am - 2.30pm There will be games and side shows for all ages, try your luck to see if you can be a winner and unravel the mysteries of everyday science Code Your Own Games in Minecraft 10.30am - 12.30pm Working on the Raspberry Pi and coding in Python, you will take over Minecraft to create your own games! Recommended for ages 14+, please register in advance at or speak to staff Special Science Lego Club 2.30 - 3.30pm Drop in for an hour full of creative thinking and build your own airpropelled vehicle! Admission free

Saturday 8th Apr 2017 4.00pm-6.00pm


Saturday, March 18

There will be a TABLE TOP SALE at St. Andrew's Methodist Church Hall, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol - 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in aid of Church funds. Bookings or enquiries please telephone 0117 9872143.

Monday, March 27

Filton Chest & Heart Committee are having a Spring Fair, on Monday March 27th from 2-4pm at the Doug Daniel's Pavilion, Elm Park. Admission £1, which includes tea or coffee & a hot-cross bun. Everybody is welcome.

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

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**

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

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Rare to the market, this threebedroom detached property is located in a lovely quiet cul-de-sac in Filton Park within the Charborough Road Primary School catchment area. The property has been cared for and improved by the current occupiers, who have owned it since new. Internally the property offers an entrance hallway, sitting room with a feature coal-effect gas fire, dining room, fitted kitchen, utility and downstairs WC. Patio doors lead to a beautifully low-maintenance rear garden with a “sun house” with workshop. Upstairs can be found three well-proportioned bedrooms and three-piece family bathroom. The property benefits from an integral garage with potential to extend over (subject to local authority planning consent) with ample parking to the front. This is a fabulous property with an early viewing highly recommended.

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Singers’ show of support for music charity

New Harmony Ladies’ Choir meet Julie Dunn from MusicSpace

A group of singers have made a donation to a Bristol-based music charity – to the tune of £265. New Harmony Ladies’ Choir, which meets every week at Horfield United Reform Church, in Muller Road, have handed a cheque to Julie Dunn from MusicSpace after choosing the music therapy service as their charity for the year and holding collections at two concerts last year. The charity’s team of stateregistered music therapists works with more than 400 children, young people and adults each week at its centres in Southville and Fishponds and in Children’s Centres, special and mainstream schools and residential homes, as well as at Bristol’s Children’s Hospital.

MusicSpace works with people with a wide range of disabilities and additional needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, head injuries, sensory impairments and life-limiting conditions and more information is available at For more about New Harmony Ladies’ Choir and joining in, visit www.nhlcbristol.

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