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Residents warned after spate of break-ins Police have warned car-owners to be vigilant after a recent spate of vehicle break-ins were reported in Filton. One resident in particular, Kieran Bingham, took to the Filton News and Views Facebook group after his car was broken into during the night of April 11. When he and his wife Keri went to open the car the following morning, they noticed it was unlocked and that items from the glove box had been left all over the front passenger seat. Kieran decided to warn others about the incident and ask if anyone had experienced anything similar, and was surprised to hear from several other residents who had also had their cars broken into that night. Speaking to Filton Voice, he said: “The simple facts are that someone got into eight cars on the same night and rummaged around in them. “I think it’s important to remind residents to always lock your cars at night, don't leave valuables in your car and regardless of the value of items stolen (for me £1.50, though someone had bottles of alcohol for a party stolen), the point I want to make is that it’s important

to report incidents like this so that the police know if there is someone going around trying to loot cars or looking for high-value items left in cars.” At the time of the break-in, Kieran suspected that he might have been victim to what is known as a keyless hacking attack or relay attack. These kinds of attack are becoming more widespread,

and involve criminals using a pair of radio transmitters to trick the car into thinking a key is present by intercepting the signal from the remote car key inside the house. During the scam, one radio transmitter is positioned by the car and the other is held up to the front door to read the remote key’s signal, allowing the car to be opened without any damage occurring. To protect your car from the risk of a relay attack, a

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metal-lined key wallet called a ‘Faraday bag’ can be purchased from retailers like Amazon from around £5. By storing your remote car key inside, the signal is blocked from being released and therefore criminals cannot use this method to access your car. If you believe your car has been broken into, report it to Avon and Somerset police on their website: https://www. avonandsomerset.police.uk/ report.


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Filton Community Association reported to Charity Commission Filton Community Association has been reported to the Charity Commission over its organisational 'governance'. The association, a charity based in Elm Park, has been at the centre of a dispute involving its trustees and paid administrator Oliver Newbery. Mr Newbery told Filtonvoice he was currently suspended from duties after raising issues with the Charity Commission. A Charity Commission spokesperson told Filtonvoice: “The Commission is assessing how the trustees of Filton Community Association are managing the charity’s finances, after receiving a complaint which highlighted concerns about the governance of the charity. "We are in contact with the charity and have requested further information from them.” Filton Town Council, which owns the land of the association building, has been involved in mediation to resolve the problems and currently holds the association's accounts. Filton MP Jack Lopresti has also written to the town council about the matter following the concerns of a constituent. At the time of the last filing of accounts with the commission, in July 2107, trustees of the association were president Mrs Roz Kendall, chairperson Mrs Margaret Gillard, treasurer Mr

David Gillard and membership secretary Ms Allison Foote. Mr Gillard said that while both he and Mrs Gillard are signatories to the bank account, steps are being taken to remove Mrs Gillard as a signatory but the mandate from the bank is 'in the post'. The association building rents out several rooms at various rates. During the week the costs are £40/ hour and £144/ 4 hours.

At the weekend the prices rise to £50 and £180 for the same times. They also charge to open the bar and ask for a damage deposit of up to £500, according to the website. In 2016/17 the association had income of £101,700 and spending of £89,500 According to the Charity Commission website, FCA exists to: Promote the well being for the community residents in the

beneficial area by associating the local authorities, voluntary organisations and residents in a common effort to advance education to provide facilities for physical and mental training and recreation and social moral and intellectual development and to foster a community spirit for the achievement of these and other charitable objects. And (b) to establish or to secure the establishment of a community centre.

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Heathrow team visits Filton site in running to be construction centre are being considered in our region, including the Horizon 38 business park which is part of the Filton Enterprise Area, located off the A38 and Gipsy Patch Lane. As part of its expansion plan, Heathrow Airport has said it could deliver up to £13bn in economic benefits and 12,300 jobs across the South West. Speaking of the visit to Horizon 38, West of England Mayor Tim Bowles said: “I was keen to meet the team from Heathrow and explain to them why the West of England is the right place for a new hub, which would lead to hundreds of new jobs. Our region is at the forefront of innovation, with

access to a strong tech-based supply chain and we have the ambition and the skills to make an invaluable contribution to this development.” Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council said: “I am delighted that Heathrow Airport are considering the West of England and particularly that they visited Horizon 38. “The site lies in the heart of the Filton Enterprise Area which is already a nerve-centre for the aerospace sector and offers brand new logistics space with great connectivity.” Speaking of the visit, Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke said: “There’s been

impressive progress at Horizon 38 and the Heathrow Airport Logistics Hub which is delivering for Britain with new facilities in the Filton Enterprise Area. "I visited with West of England Combined Authority Mayor Tim Bowles, hosted by Carol Hui (Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel), to see investment in jobs for the future viability of our area." Heathrow Airport’s expansion team are visiting all long-listed sites during the first half of 2018, where their suitability will be assessed before successful bids are put through to the next round. Jack Lopresti MP pictured below with Carol Hui

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by Keri Beckingham HEATHROW Airport’s expansion team visited Filton on April 20 to view a site that is currently in the running to be an off-site construction centre. Heathrow is looking for four logistics hubs in the UK to pre-assemble components for the airport’s planned expansion. The components would then be delivered to site, making the £16bn project more affordable and spread investment outside the South East. From an initial 121 applications, 65 potential sites have been long-listed, and the West of England also put in a bid to host a logistics hub last year. Two sites for the project

There’s a ton of funLibraries waitingare forlooking you atfora South library this – get South Gloucestershire friendlyGloucestershire and enthusiastic volunteers to summer join the team ready for Mischief Makers, theReading Summer Reading Challenge 2018! running Mischief Makers, Summer Challenge 2018. Join Dennis, friends a huntdofortheBeanotown’s famous buried treasure! Read 6 Volunteers will Gnasher spend theirand time helpingon children Summer Reading Challenge, talking with them library thereading summer, collectatspecial and explore about thebooks books over they’re and helping a rangestickers of fun activities in the your library.map of Beanotown to find clues. But watch out – Dennis is usually up to all kinds of mischief. He’ll make sure

This is a great opportunity to develop skills in communication, team working and creative projects, whilst some of those stickers are extra stinky! Read all 6 books and you’ll get a medal and having fun and making new friends. Emily, age 17, who volunteered last summer said: “I really have certificate too!volunteering here at the library, it has helped build my confidence and is very rewarding.” enjoyed my time

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Encouraging young people to take part Max, Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer aged 17, said: until Saturday September FREE to “Being a volunteer8 has helped me–toit’sdevelop mytake socialpart. skills which has also made it easier to have conversations with people in general. Volunteering makes me feel like I am helping the local community, Please encourage your children to visit the library and sign up and see the difference the all for a good cause.”

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More than 6,000 children took part in Animal Agents last summer helped by 70 volunteers. The theme of this year’s challenge is Mischief Makers – Dennis, Gnasher and friends invite children to set off on a hunt “My son reallyburied improved hisasability to 6read. Every he was asking me to for Beanotown’s famous treasure they read library booksday to collect special stickers andtake explore the map ofhim Beanotown to find and clues.take out new books.” (Parent, Bradley Stoke) to the library

PLUS beatdate thefor boredom thisissummer! Find out about FizzForPop Science The closing applications 30 June. Volunteers must belibraries aged 13 FREE or over. more information ask aworkshops member of staff any South Gloucestershire emailatemma.fisher@southglos.gov.uk or visit andatMischief Makers fun craftlibrary, activities www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries. www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary. Like us www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries and follow us @southgloslibs for Mischief Makers updates.

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by Rebecca Day Filtonvoice. They said: “Sadly A car, which was shamed on yes, [I] posted the day before social media for reportedly and reported it to 101. As I work blocking in other vehicles, was nights [I] was not around when later found with a smashed this happened so couldn’t tell you window and splattered with eggs. much else.”­­­ The silver Ford Fiesta was A spokesperson from Avon parked in Great Copsie Way in and Somerset Police said: “Police Cheswick Village when the initial were called just before 7am photo appeared on the Cheswick to a car abandoned in Great Village Facebook group with the Copsie Way [on April 17]. The caption, “Great parking as always silver Ford Fiesta had a broken can’t get my van out so stuck in.” window. Eggs had also been The following morning, a thrown at it. snap of the same car was then “The vehicle's owner has been posted to social media, with identified and has recovered the the vehicle’s window smashed car. The vehicle had been moved and broken egg shells on the a short distance from where it windscreen and rooftop. was parked. Officers have carried The vehicle was abandoned out house-to-house enquiries metres down the road, on the but the owner has requested no pavement, where Great Copsie further action.” Way meets Wider Mead. It is not known whether the The person who posted the car owner is a local resident or original photo spoke to the commuter. Top, the original Facebook post and below, the aftermath. Filtonvoice has removed names and registration numbers

There’s a ton of fun waiting for you at a South Gloucestershire library this summer – get ready for Mischief Makers, the Summer Reading Challenge 2018! Join Dennis, Gnasher and friends on a hunt for Beanotown’s famous buried treasure! Read 6 library books over the summer, collect special stickers and explore your map of Beanotown to find clues. But watch out – Dennis is usually up to all kinds of mischief. He’ll make sure some of those stickers are extra stinky! Read all 6 books and you’ll get a medal and certificate too! Mischief Makers begins on Saturday 14 July and runs in all South Gloucestershire Libraries until Saturday 8 September – it’s FREE to take part. Please encourage your children to visit the library and sign up and see the difference the Summer Reading Challenge makes to their reading. “My son really improved his ability to read. Every day he was asking me to take him to the library and take out new books.” (Parent, Bradley Stoke) PLUS beat the boredom this summer! Find out about libraries FREE Fizz Pop Science workshops and Mischief Makers fun craft activities at www.southglos.gov.uk/childrenslibrary. Like us www.facebook.com/sgloslibraries and follow us @southgloslibs for the Mischief Makers updates.

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Councillor urges S Glos to protect Elm Park 'buffer'

Filton councillor Ian Scott has again urged South Glos Council to sort out the 'buffer' - a strip of land by the ring road which is part the award-winning community garden in Elm Park. Last year the council removed the strip from its green space designations for Filton. Officers said that failing to do so - to accommodate possible future road changes - would have put the whole Elm Park green space designation at risk. This led to a huge public protest with South Glos councillors - while not changing their original strategy - indicating the space could be protected as part of discussions over the Local Plan, which is now out for consultation. In a report to Filton Town Council, Cllr Scott, pictured, said: "The entire stretch of Elm

Park being considered is flanked by trees.. should this stretch lose its protection and be reduced in size, culling of trees would be necessary which seems to go against South Glo's environmental and green policies. There has been huge public objection and community resistance. "To use Elm Park as a buffer zone would be 'community vandalism'." Cllr Scott said that the threat of compulsory purchase as the council's only means of 'grabbing' the land would make a mockery of Elm Park being part of Fields in Trust.

He added that for future transport developments, the land beside the KFC at Shield Retail park should be utilised. The current phase of public consultation on the new South Gloucestershire Council Local Plan closed at the end of last month. The new Local Plan is a key planning document that will shape how and where development can take place in the district. It provides a guide and framework for residents and developers alike, against which the suitability of planning applications are judged. All Local Authorities need to have an up to date Local Plan in place. For South Gloucestershire, with our increasing need for housing and employment opportunities, for the next generations over the next 20

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Filton set to welcome European friends Filton Twinning Association will welcome around 80 visitors from St Vallier-sur-Rhone, France and Witzenhausen, in the very centre of Germany, in July with the members from both towns hosted fairly locally. This year it is Filton’s turn to give our guests a week of fun activities such as games, dancing, dinners and interesting trips around the area. The visit in July will be ‘full on’ for us, but in return when we visit the twin towns in France and Germany, our hosts are always very generous, giving us a wonderful time and apart from our travel costs we barely have to put our hands in our pockets. Twinning is particularly important with Brexit on the horizon. The annual exchanges enable us to share and understand each other's cultures but most of all we make long term friends. Of course we

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Could you add value BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow is coming to Filton on Thursday, May 17 – and its makers are looking for residents who may have a story of their own to bring. Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts will be waiting to welcome you at the Aerospace Bristol museum, so dust off your family heirlooms and dig out those car boot bargains and bring them along for free advice and valuations to visitors. The Roadshow will be filming at the home of Concorde. The new museum celebrates the city’s historic links to the birth of aviation and the development of supersonic travel. At the centre of this new attraction is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot - the last Concorde to be made and the last Concorde to fly. Last year, the programme celebrated four decades on the road

with some truly amazing finds, as presenter Fiona Bruce, left, explains: “Can this year be even better than our last? We’ll have to go some way to top the most valuable Faberge ever seen on the programme, a correction to Darwin’s theory of evolution by the great man himself and one of the best collections of showbusiness memorabilia ever seen by our experts.” Robert Murphy, series producer of Antiques Roadshow, said: “It’s a hometown show for many of the team and Aerospace Bristol is fast proving one of the most fascinating and entertain-

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Rise in emergency food supplies handed out to local families North Bristol Foodbank handed out more emergency supplies in the past 12 months than in the previous year. Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, 4,149 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by North Bristol Foodbank, compared to 3,740 in the previous year. Of this number, 1,664 went to children. North Bristol Foodbank, a member of The Trussell Trust’s network which has this week reported a UK-wide increase foodbank use, believes the local increase is due to people struggling with continued issues with benefit payments and low paid work As part of a national network campaigning for change, the

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Over 50? Come to forum AGM to have your say The South Gloucestershire Over 50s Forum has enabled some significant changes to statutory organisations thinking over the years. On Friday, May 18, the Forum is going to be holding its AGM and Conference at the Filton Community Centre, Elm Park Filton from 10am to 4pm, to which any resident of South Gloucestershire who is over 50 is welcome. The event is free but we are asking for a donation of at least £2 towards the buffet lunch. Booking is essential as we have a finite number of seats. We also hope to launch our consultation survey on the needs, issues, representation and voice that people of working age require. There will be a plethora of stalls giving information

about everything from keeping warm, various health care issues, keeping active, housing, volunteering, writing wills etc etc. Speakers include Chris Skidmore MP, James Freeman, Director of First Bus and many others. Come and hear what they have to share as well as ask questions. The conference will include our AGM. Anyone interested in playing a role on the Committee should contact us on 07967 102141. For more information and to book use the Eventbrite link on our website: southglosover50sforum. btck.co.uk. Our email is: southglosover50s@gmail.com. Telephone 07967 102141. We are grateful to South Gloucestershire Council for their financial support.

Choir’s £800 for charity Every year the Filtones Choir, wbased in Horfield, choose a charity to support, and during 2017/18 t has been the “Freewheelers” Blood Bikes. They recently presented Alex Jones, a volunteer rider from that charity, with a cheque for £800. Pictured presenting the cheque is chairman Michael

Hensman, and on the right is musical director Dr Fabian Huss. The choir’s new charity for the coming year is going to be BRACE – an independent charity committed to defeating dementia through scientific research – and their main concert supporting this charity will be held on Friday, June 15, at Eden Grove Methodist Church at 7.30pm.

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Driving ambition for Filton golfers Can you tell us your name and a bit about your professional background? I have been lucky to have been involved in sport all of my life. Firstly, as a professional football player aged 16 (Oldham Athletic and Rochdale, where I played 100 games before injuring a knee aged 21 and retiring soon afterwards), from there I went into sports administration and I worked in professional rugby and then in professional football with various teams. I was the CEO of Doncaster Rovers when I was approached by an organisation in the USA, so in 1999 I moved to the States and worked in football as a senior executive. In 2011 I worked in Hong Kong as the CEO of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union as well as the CEO of the Hong Kong Sevens, the largest event of its kind in the World. I did move back to Los Angeles in 2014 to head up

We speak to Ian McMahon, the recently appointed managing secretary of Filton Golf Club, about his plans in a transitional period, without a doubt there is a solid foundation of members and staff, and all are looking forward which is great news.

a large soccer organisation with over 600,000 players, but decided to move back to the UK with my partner in August 2017 as she is studying for her Professional Doctorate at UWE. What were your first impressions of the club? It is a great club and I have found the people to be very friendly and care about their club. Whilst it is

What is your role at Filton Golf Club? I am the Managing Secretary and head up the running of the club in a daily basis. This includes fiduciary responsibility as well as retaining and attracting new members, handling marketing, events and all of the aspects of running a successful golf club. There is also day to day administration, which you can imagine is a great deal, especially at this time of the year, the start of the golf season and renewal of memberships.

What are your plans for the development of the club? It is really two aspects. One is to improve on what we already do in and around the clubhouse, with such things as events, catering, the drinks you buy and we are also in the process of adding a new menu. We have recently redecorated the inside and given it a more homely feel. We have playing members and social members, so the club really does appeal to all people and ages and we have lots of new events planned for the year. On the course we are in the process of putting a plan together to improve what we already have, improving bunkers and the overall aesthetics of the course. The

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grounds crew do a great job, but we have to move forward and show that we really are one of the best in area, on the course primarily, but off it as well. What should a prospective golfer look for in a club? You are there to play golf, so it is no good spending half the year on winter greens or having the course closed because of the weather. Without doubt we are one of the best in the area and we really try to

make sure that we are on regular greens as much as possible. It is one of the benefits of being a member here. How important is it to attract younger players and how will you do it? I am very passionate about this and we have recently added ‘Free Golf’ for the children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren of members and also brand new members. This is from young ages

all the way up to 18 years old. There will be lots of coaching classes with our professional coaches and key volunteers and once they are ready they can progress to play on the course. This will be great fun and there are some great things lined up, and the beauty is that each player progresses at their own pace. What are the best features of Filton Golf Club? As above, we are a year round club.

We pride ourselves on being able to play on the regular greens as much as possible and on a course which is the go to course when others close. We are a progressive club. I think we have made great strides in the past six months and are looking to build on the legacy of previous members and some great people who have lead the club and got it to where it is today, but we understand that golf is changing and as such we need to adapt. With this we are encouraging everyone to try golf. It is not all about just hitting a ball around, it’s about developing lifelong friendships and being part of a community. Are you a golfer yourself? I do love my golf, but living overseas for many years, especially in Hong Kong, it was difficult to play regularly, but now I am back in the UK and working at a course, I plan on getting out and playing more often. It is a great way to see the course, meet members and get to know the course in fine detail.

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Can you help regenerate allotments?

If you have walked past Filton Town Council’s Station Road Allotments recently, you might have noticed that some of the plots are looking a bit neglected and are in need of an overhaul. The town council is in the process of trying to do just this! We have recently been granted permission from South Gloucestershire Council to drop the kerb between The Sidings and the entrance to the allotment site which will improve access, but we also have plans to allow for some parking, have a communal plot with a bench and shared shed, and also have some composting bins onsite. Whilst there is some money in the pot to pay for the dropped kerb, we need help with the additional work, such as clearing the overgrown plots, and cutting back the boundary line hedge, as this is too much for our Grounds Team to tackle alone.

The Station Road Allotments are a great asset to Filton, and could become an area of real beauty and tranquillity, as well as a space that attracts nature and wildlife. However, work needs to be carried out to get them back to a manageable state so that vacant plots can be reallocated and new life can be breathed into them. If you think you could donate any of your time getting involved with this community project by helping our Grounds Team with the task of clearing overgrown plots, please contact the Town Council Office via email: office@filtontowncouncil. gov.uk or by telephone: 01454 866 698. Equally, if you are a local business that would like to sponsor this project (and maybe contribute a garden shed or bench), get in touch! Naomi Bibi Filton Town Council

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Counselling service opens new centre in rooms bought from local church A counselling service charity has opened a new centre in Filton, using space formerly owned by St Andrew's Methodist Church at Elm Park Network Counselling and Training moved into Elm Park in January following the purchase of part the church. The team held a special launch party last month attended by supporters, staff and members of the community at which visitors were able to take a tour of the premises. Having received a number of very generous gifts and grants, Network have been able to renovate the old building and build a new extension which provides purpose built, modern and comfortable counselling rooms and a suite of training rooms.

Network Counselling and Training were established in 1986 and offers affordable counselling in a welcoming, safe and confidential space. As a small charity, Network are able to offer counselling at no fixed charge but do ask clients to contribute as much as they can reasonably afford. Every counselling session costs £31. Network is only able to offer these services due to the generous support of local Bristol Churches, individuals and organisations who kindly give gifts and grants. Network are very fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteer counsellors who work tirelessly to provide counselling to their clients. Network offers a range of Counselling and Listening

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n NEWS courses from Introductory level, through to Advanced Certificate and Diploma levels. Anne Duke, head of training, said: "We are so pleased to be able to join the Filton community. "We have already provided training for volunteers and staff at FACE and the St Peter's Church, Listening Ear Project, and hope to continue to work within the Community." The official opening saw over 50 people join with Network to celebrate their arrival in Filton and the completion of the building work. Nick Ruff, General Manager planted a tree in the garden to mark the occasion. Pictured opposite, Nick Ruff, General Manager, Louise Mill, Head of Counselling, Eileen Cahill, Chair of Trustees and Anne Duke, Head of Training. Right, Nick plants a tree to mark the opening, watched by supporters, staff and members of the community ST ANDREW’S METHODIST CHURCH, ELM PARK, FILTON

Coming up at Filton Library Story & Rhyme Time Every Wednesday

10.30 – 11am Rhymes & stories for pre-school children with bubbles and musical instruments! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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2 – 3pm Come along to make fantastic beasts and magical crafts including a very special letter and owl! This is a children’s activity for primary aged children and above, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Memory Café Thursday 24th May

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

4.00 - 6.00pm Crafts, fun and food for all the family Come and join us. Entry is FREE!

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Interested in local history? Come along and explore your local area with our interactive Know Your Place Exhibition. Starts 23rd May – late August. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Filton Town Council Meeting dates May

8th, 7pm Finance Committee Doug Daniels Pavilion 29th, 7pm (note time) Full Council and Annual Meeting Doug Daniels Pavilion

June

12th, 7pm Finance Committee Doug Daniels Pavilion 29th, 7.30pm Full Council Doug Daniels Pavilion Planning applications will now be discussed at the end of finance and full council meetings

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council office 01454 866 698; Leisure Centre 01454 866686; Web: filtontowncouncil. gov.uk Leisure reception hrs: Mondays 9am – 7.45pm Tuesdays 9am-8.15pm Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays 9am – 7.30pm Saturdays & Sundays 9am-5.30pm Pop in and see us or call 01454 866686 for information.

Lots of fun in our multi-level play area Come and try our multi-level play area, now includes slides and ball pit with a separate under 3’s section and submarine. Bring the kids along to play and explore while you sit back and relax. After the kids have run

out of steam you can take advantage of our new seating area to enjoy hot or cold drinks, or snacks available from our bar area. Our soft play is available to drop-in and also for pre-booked parties with our new dedicated party room included.

Residents can hire refurbished pavilion for meetings and events

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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, ciders,wines, spirits,soft drinks, tea and coffee available. We also offer a range Need to run an event or want to hold a meeting somewhere different? of Real Ales and Guest Ales on We offer flexible, affordable and accessible meeting rooms with WIFI a regular basis. If you feel a bit available. For more information or to make a booking please contact peckish then we have a range us 01454-866686. of hot bar snacks and freshly Last year we were pleased to announce that the refurbishment prepared rolls on offer. work is now completed in the Doug Daniels Pavilion and skittle alley. We hold a monthly Quiz every We are extremely happy with the results and we are looking forward third Sunday of the month to to the future in a much more modern atmosphere.  The pavilion works support local charities. comprised of new glazed windows to replace the aging metal doors, Are you a Darts Team looking with new flooring and toilets and kitchen. There are all new electrics, for a new venue? Or do you like lighting and new suspended ceiling as well as being re-decorated. to play socially if so we would like  The skittle alley now has a modern feel with a new seating area, to hear from you. suspended ceiling and a brand new skittle alley and viewing area. Are you a skittles team looking There is now access to a coffee machine so you can now sit and for a new venue? We have a enjoy a coffee overlooking the pools. brand new skittle alley available  Both the pavilion and skittle alley are now available to for you just ring 01454 866697 for hire. For more information or to view our facilities please call us more details. Free wifi and a big on 01454-866686.  screen for watching sport.


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Calling all mermaids!

We are excited to announce our served basis but spaces are very FILTON SPORTSlimited. & LEISURE CENTRE first FIN2FIT mermaid swimming sessions. l Weds 30th May: Fin2Fit is a new and exciting No matter what your– age, 11.30 everyone benefits from exercise. Getting children 10.15 active from an early age can instil healthy habits that will last into adulthood. swimming course developed and Older people and seniors also hugely benefit from keeping active. lJustoverweight Friday over 30 percent of children1st aged two to 15June: are now classed as either launched in the UK that builds or obese. So it's more important than ever to get children active. Physical activity in childhood has a number of benefits. children’s strength and 10.15 – 11.30 It stimulates the development of the muscles, bones and joints, as well as the heart and lungs. confidence in the water whilst Only £20 per child. It helps children maintain a healthy weight. It We gives themwill an opportunity interact with othermermaid/ people and make friends. having fun. be tooffering It can help children manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. Fin2Fit is an Swim England Whatever stage of life you're currently at,lessons there are plenty of different exercise shark parties and in the options to try. Exercise doesn't just mean going to the gym or heading out for a run. It future. may be as simple as walking to and from the shops instead of getting accredited swimming programme near in the car or getting off the bus a few stops earlier. If NOTE you don't currently do any exercise, or haven't for areason while, it needn't take which teaches participants **For safety much effort to get started. After all, doing some physical activity is better than none at all. Even doing a little more exercise than usual can help reduce to swim feet-together with a alldoing participants must be Swim your risk of certain long-term health conditions. And it doesn't have to be time-consuming. By becoming more active throughout your day, you can specialist mono-fin, just like a England 5activity orlevels. upwards to quite easily achieveStage the recommended "Sedentary lifestyles, jobs and long commutes have put us more at risk of mermaid! join in.** the dangers of inactivity compared with previous generations. Exercising between 30 and 60 minutes per day is enough to off-set those risks and keep As well as improving their awards coming us*Swimming healthy." swimming, fitness and overall soon 0:J)ZUIL1gl-t · ·t ess strength, mermaids can work towards bronze*, silver and gold awards*, plus the 'life-saving FOR MORE INFORMATION: mermaid*' award. • Tel. 01454 866686 • www.filtonleisurecentre.co.uk We have two trial days • reception@filtontowncouncil.gov.uk available on a first come first

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During May School holidays we will be offering a range of swimming lesson crash courses and workshops. These will be focussed on Pre-school and Stages 1 - 5. For more information or to book a place, please give us a call on 01454 866686.

May holiday weekends times l Saturday 5th May – Open 8.00am – 4.00*pm. (Public swim from 11.00am) l Sunday 6th May – Open 8.00am – 4.00*pm. l Monday 7th May – CLOSED ALL DAY. ------------------------------------------------l Saturday 26th May – Open 8.00am – 4.00*pm. (public swim from 11.00am) l Sunday 27th May – Open 8.00 -4.00*pm. l Monday 28th May – CLOSED ALL DAY. *Last entry at 3.30pm*


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Campaign to keep Charlton Boulevard open The launch of the ‘Keep Charlton Boulevard Open’ Campaign took place on Saturday, April 7. The campaign is in response to a growing concern of local residents against the proposed closure of their current entrance to the Charlton Boulevard on the Hayes Way, Concorde roundabout for car traffic. The change is due to take effect next year when Patchway Highwood Road and Chartlon Boulevard (Filton) will be connected. Under current plans, any resident who wishes to access their property, by car or van, along Charlton Boulevard (or surrounding roads) will have to travel much further via Highwood Road and Patchway roundabout. The net additional distance is expected to be about one mile. The petition urges that: “We, the citizens of the Charlton

and Cribbs ward, petition South Gloucestershire Council to keep Charlton Boulevard open to Hayes Way Concorde roundabout for car traffic. “The South Gloucestershire Council is planning to convert this into a bus-only lane, and

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direct the traffic via Patchway Highwood road. This will add over 1,500 car traffic to Patchway roundabout on top of existing 4,000+ car traffic, which is already heavily congested. “If it is allowed then it will aggravate the problem for existing Patchway residents as well as Charlton Hayes residents. “Therefore, I demand South Gloucestershire Council to stop the plan to convert Charlton Boulevard Hayes Way entrance into a bus-only lane, and provide a better traffic management solution.” The campaign has been built and led by resident Sanjay Shambhu and a team of local volunteers who would also be affected. Sanjay said: “This issue has been growing in my community for some time. “Whenever I speak to people locally, this is one of their key concerns. “Residents recognise and support the bus service, which

will help people move around a lot easier and will give us all more options for travel. However, we all believe that closure of the entrance is a step too far against the interests of over 1,500 residents in Charlton Hayes. “There are many other options for traffic calming which would not be detrimental to the Community, especially along Charlton Boulevard”. The campaign also includes a petition requesting to add a yellow box junction on the Hayes Way, Concorde roundabout. Sanjay organised the launch event to highlight the matter to South Gloucestershire Council. Speaking about the launch, Sanjay said: “I knew I had to take this to South Gloucestershire Council for them to reconsider their options. "I have sent around a petition which has a growing number of concerned Residents (both on paper and online). I raised this matter with my MP, Jack Lopresti. Mr Lopresti backed me and my neighbours in this campaign and agreed to attend the launch.” Sanjay added: “We had over 100 concerned local residents who attended the launch event in support of the petition. I was very pleased to see Jack Lopresti MP attend and even present a letter of support to the campaign. “I feel that with a growing number of residents and the MP behind this issue we can persuade South Gloucestershire Council to pursue a more suitable outcome”.

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Fundraisers desperately need volunteers at shop Hard-working fundraisers at a Filton charity shop are in desperate need of more volunteers. The Barnardo’s store on Gloucester Road North receives thousands of bags of donations every year. However, many of the older volunteers have retired and some of the younger volunteers have gone on to education or employment so the charity is keen to recruit more helpers of all ages and backgrounds. Barnardo’s manager David Hopes said: “We have a fantastic team but we know that we could achieve so much more with just a little extra help each week. “Volunteers can choose from a wide variety of roles,

including sorting the donations, steaming the clothes, arranging displays and serving the customers. “It’s a great way to meet new people, make new friends and learn new skills. It’s lots of fun, and every hour of support is always appreciated. “Working together, we can transform the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.” The Barnardo’s store is open from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm.The team always welcomes donations of good-quality clothes, books, toys, games, bric-a-brac and accessories, as well as offers of help from potential volunteers. Call 0117 931 1928.

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Primary wins NFL regional tournament Shield Road Primary has qualified for the American Football 'NFL Summer Bowl' after winning a prestigious regional tournament. The Filton school was one of a number of NFL Flag schools which congregated at SGS College Wise Campus. The pupils from Shield Road will now play in the NFL Summer Bowl on 18th July at King’s House Sports Ground in London. Tournament attendees included pupils from Bannerman Road Community Academy, Colston’s Primary School and St Michael’s Church of England Primary School. In partnership with the Subway® brand, the programme aims to bring the NFL (National Football League) closer to

everyone and encourage families to get fit and active. Running in London since 2014 and recently expanding regionally in 2017, more than 11,000 school children have been involved in the programme since its launch. The initiative aims to help primary school children develop their characters by focusing on the NFL core values of respect, integrity, responsibility, resilience plus the importance of getting active through NFL Flag. The first stage of UK expansion was rolled out to Leeds and Birmingham due to their established University American Football programme roots, and the programme has since expanded with Bristol and Manchester joining in January 2018. Ambassadors from The Pride

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Graham Cook Football Academy were also lead coaches for each school team at today’s launch activity. Osi Umenyiora, two-time Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants, said, “NFL Flag is a great way to introduce children to the game” Mr Adams, lead teacher at Shield Road Primary School, said, “We are absolutely delighted to win Bristol’s first

ever NFL Flag tournament. The whole day has been really enjoyable and I know the kids loved every minute of it. It’s added some real variety to their sports programmes and they’ve embraced it from the off. Since its introduction, NFL Flag has been hugely impactful in terms of encouraging positive behaviours and inspiring the children to get involved in various activities.”

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Live broadcast of Macbeth brings Shakespeare to life for students Students at Orchard School Bristol had the opportunity to see Macbeth brought to life this term, with a live broadcast from the Royal Shakespeare Company. Years 10 and 11 have been studying the tragedy as part of their English Literature GCSE. The live theatre performance, projected onto the screen in the assembly hall, was broken up into three parts with discussions around the plot at the start of each section. After the performance, students were then given the opportunity to submit questions to cast members and the creative team as part of a live Q&A. Known for the lines ‘Double, double, toil and trouble’ and ‘fair is foul, and foul is fair’, Macbeth is about one man’s lust for

power, and the dreadful deeds that he commits to achieve his ambition. Orchard School was one of many schools from across the county to watch the live performance, broadcast from Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. Jennifer Marsh, OSB Head of English, said: “It was an amazing opportunity for our students to experience live theatre, and see Macbeth being brought to life

with such high quality acting from the Royal Shakespeare Company. “The discussions and analysis around the plot were also really useful and a great opportunity for some revision ahead of their exams." Year 10 student Mallory Williams said: “I thought the performance was interesting - I liked how they put a modern twist on the play and changed some of the characters, for example, how the witches were represented as children. "Macbeth's character was played really well. “The use of modern language and the discussions about Macbeth were helpful as it allowed us all to gain a better understanding of the play ahead of our exams in a few weeks."

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Orchard news in brief l Orchard students experienced a day in the life of a university student last month. Year 9s visited the University of the West England on a Future Quest trip. It was a student experience day to help them prepare for life after school and understand what it is like to be a university student. This included a tour of the library, a study skills session and an academic taster session. They also enjoyed a sports and society taster where they played archery, tag and had a chance to tackle the university climbing wall. l Meanwhile the entire Year 8 cohort was able to get a flavour for a range of jobs following an employability day run by several top firms. They were able to ask the professionals about their jobs and how they got into their field of work. Boomsatsuma ran a workshop on marketing and branding, while Avon Wildlife Trust helped students design spaces for wildlife.

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Support the NHS on its 70th anniversary Southmead Hospital Charity is looking for people to get involved in celebrating the 70th birthday of the NHS this year. The National Health Service is 70 years old on July 5 and Southmead Hospital Charity has got lots planned to mark the occasion and say thank you to the NHS and its staff. Southmead Hospital Charity are asking people to think of simple ways that they can raise £70 in 70 days between April 26 and July 5 to help the charity to continue its work in funding specialist medical equipment, supporting pioneering medical research projects and improving the hospital environment for patients and their families. It could be something as simple as popping £1 in your donation pot every day for 70 days, or instead of buying your usual takeaway coffee save the money to reach £70. Perhaps you could walk to

work instead of catching the bus or driving and donate the saved fare/petrol/parking money? Or you could organise a cake sale or fancy dress day at school, nursery, work or in your community to raise £70. Maybe you could sell some of our special NHS70 raffle tickets to your friends, family or neighbours? Elizabeth Bond, Southmead Hospital Charity’s head of fundraising, said: “We’re so proud of the NHS services that we support and the staff that care for thousands of patients every day. “To celebrate the NHS’s big 70th anniversary, Southmead Hospital Charity is preparing to give a special 'birthday gift' to North Bristol NHS Trust on July 5.” Across the country people will be hosting a Big7tea tea party to raise money for hospital charities as a thank you to the NHS. And Southmead Hospital

Charity will be holding its own Big7tea to enable people to share a cup of tea and their stories of what the NHS means to them. Adrian Brown, Southmead Hospital Charity’s community appeals manager, said: “We’d love to see you at our Big7tea on July 5 in the atrium of Southmead Hospital to join us for a cuppa and cake for a

suggested donation. “Even better is if you'd like to host your own Big7tea at home, work, school or in your local community and raise money for Southmead Hosptial Charity please get in touch with the team for a free fundraising pack.” Find out more at www. southmeadhospitalcharity.org. uk/NHS70.

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Platform boost for local rail travellers A new era of train travel for Filton residents was ushered in last month when Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling officially opened a new platform at Bristol Parkway station, which will allow for a more frequent train servic. The official opening of the new platform was attended by representatives from train operating companies Great Western Railway (GWR) and CrossCountry, and train enthusiasts were treated to the rare sight of a brand new GWR Intercity Express Train standing nose-to-nose with a CrossCountry Voyager on the new platform. Local MP Jack Lopresti, who also attended, said: "The platform has been upgraded as part of the significant investment project by the Government and Network Rail into further expansion of services from

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Bristol to London. The result of this development means companies such as GWR and Cross Country UK can run more services with increased capacity." The installation of the new

platform is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan in the west of England, representing a multi-million pound investment and including its biggest ever signalling upgrade which took place earlier last month in

the Bristol area. The brand new platform 1 will allow for an increase in capacity on the network, enabling new services to be introduced and reducing delays. Unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening, Mr Grayling said: “We are investing in the biggest modernisation of the railways since the Victoria era, delivering better, more frequent and faster journeys for passengers.” Mark Langman, route managing director for Network Rail’s Western route said: “This region will continue to benefit from investment in the railway as later in the year we will be doubling the number of tracks into Bristol allowing more services to run to London and the west, as well as improving reliability and punctuality for services to the south west, Birmingham and the north.”

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Be sure to keep your shed as secure as you can Bikes, tools, sports kit, gardening equipment and even food are among the items we’ve had reported stolen from sheds and garages. We don’t always make sure they’re as secure as they should be. It might be better to have any lock rather than none: but think how much it would cost to replace all the items in your shed or garage. It’s worth investing in the best quality lock and door fittings that you can afford – check out www. soldsecure.com for ratings on security products independently tested by locksmiths. Thieves don’t like to draw attention and are generally looking for the easiest option. Install motion-sensing lights (solar-powered products are available) and fit a ‘shed alarm’ to make breaking in noisy and conspicuous.

If you’ve got an ‘up and over’ garage door, secure it with a padlock or bolt through the runners, or a custom lock. “Layered” security is a good idea – secure your boundaries using thorny plants, trellistopped fences and locked gates,

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make it difficult to get into your shed or garage, and then lock items such as bikes and ladders to a ground anchor and keep tools in a secure box bolted to the ground. Joining Neighbourhood Watch deters thieves because they know neighbours are looking out for one another and will report suspicious incidents.

If you hear sounds of intruders in a garden, or a shed alarm, look outside, if it’s safe to do so. If you see someone call 999 straight away. If you can see damage or other obvious signs of a break-in, ring 101 immediately. There’s more advice on our website, www.avonandsomerset. police.uk.

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Matthew to cross America for RBL Matthew Moran, from Stoke Gifford, is taking on another fundraising cycling trip for the Royal British Legion – and this time it’s a three-and-a-half-month journey across America. Matthew has previously undertaken fundraising cycling trips for the Royal British Legion, having cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats with his son in 2011, and more recently cycling the length of New Zealand in 2016 with both of his sons. He has always had the idea of cycling across the States firmly placed in his mind. Matthew’s affinity with the Legion comes primarily as a result of the work that the Legion did for his father-in-law, David Griffiths. David was suffering with lung fibrosis when the Legion gave support to David through numerous incentives such as get away breaks and supplying David with a mobility scooter. These gestures were the main reason why Matthew decided to originally begin fundraising for the Royal British Legion. David Bell, of the Stoke Gifford Branch of the RBL, said: “This is wonderful news. Matthew, and his family, are such great supporters of the Royal British Legion. “This is a great feat and we hope people will be generous in their support of Matthew’s efforts and the RBL. We would like to thank Matthew for his great work to support the Royal British Legion.”

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l Matthew Moran, 56, from Stoke Gifford, is heading for San Francisco on the 1 st April 2018, where he will begin his three-and-a-half-month cycling trip across the United States to New York. Matthew will then be flying to Madrid, where he will finish his trip with a trip to Pamplona and then Santander. l Matthew has decided he will not take the most direct route that he possibly can, and has decided to head south from San Francisco, to take in some of the Californian coastline and ‘become a surfer’ before heading East towards Fresno. l After Fresno, Matthew will conquer the aptly named Death Valley en route to Las Vegas. Once he has enjoyed the sights of Las Vegas, he will visit the Grand Canyon before slowly continuing on to the city of Denver through ‘Monument Valley’. l After Denver, Matthew will head South East towards Memphis. He will do so by passing through Kansas, but on arrival in Memphis will be able to take in all the Mississippi river has to offer. l Another slight detour will see Matthew head predominantly north as he aims for Chicago, before heading East towards Washington D.C via yet more famous cities such as Cleveland and Pittsburgh. l The final stretch of the long slog will see Matthew head North East towards his final destination of New York, where by the 26 th June he will have the strongest legs in all of the United States.


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n NEWS IN BRIEF Cancer target met More than 85% of cancer patients started their treatment within two months of GP referral, with South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group hitting the NHS target. During 2017, 821 total cancer patients were referred to hospital urgently by their doctors, and 122 did not start their treatment within 62 days, according to NHS figures. That means 85.1% were seen within two months, just clearing the government's operational target of 85%. The target aims to ensure almost all patients start treatment in two months. However, it does allow for a minority of patients who choose to delay their course of treatment, which may be chemotherapy, surgery or radiation therapy. South Gloucestershire CCG's figure has improved since 2016, when 82.7% of patients started

treatment two months after referral. Across England most CCGs are running below the operational target. The percentage of patients starting treatment within two months nationwide has dropped from 87.1% in 2012-2013, to 82.1% in the first three quarters of the current financial year. Nationally the target hasn't been hit since 2013.

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have their voices heard. We have a number of volunteering opportunities available across South Gloucestershire: • Mental Health Advocacy Volunteer – community or hospital based • Relevant Person’s Representative Volunteer • Generic Advocacy Volunteer • Chaperone Volunteer. Just a couple of hours a week can make a huge difference. For more information about volunteering opportunities within Swan Advocacy, please contact Naomi Pullin on 03333 447 928 or email naomi.pullin@ swanadvocacy.org.uk

Bierfest is back! Now when days get longer and the sun comes out again it’s time for the German Village Festival. Sit outside in our Garden, to the tones from our German live band and get the vibe together with friends or family and enjoy a bratwurst or maybe one of our 3 different

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Diabetes help Hundreds of residents in South Glos are to benefit from an NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme which is reaching out to people at risk of type 2 diabetes. The free personalised programme provides advice on eating healthily, being more active and losing weight. It is being coordinated jointly by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Councils and the Clinical Commissioning Group.Cllr Erica Williams, Cabinet Member responsible for Public Health at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Prevention is the key to good health. Programmes such as this will help our residents live longer and healthier lives.”

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Aerospace Bristol celebrates RAF’s centenary Bristol’s new aerospace museum, Aerospace Bristol, continued its celebrations of RAF100 ate last month as it hosted Filton’s leg of the RAF100 Centenary Baton Relay, which sees a specially designed baton visit 100 sites associated with the RAF in 100 days. Aerospace Bristol was chosen as one of the 100 locations due to Bristol’s long history of designing and manufacturing many aircraft and engines that entered service with the RAF over the last 100 years. The museum itself is located in a refurbished WWI grade-II listed hangar on the historic Filton Airfield and tells the story of Bristol’s aerospace heritage, from the formation of the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1910 through to the modern day. The centenary celebrations featured more than 50 Air Cadets marching outside the museum’s WW1 hangar, as proud families, visitors to the museum and Britain’s last surviving Dambuster, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson MBE, watched on as guest of honour. He later praised the “remarkable discipline” of the cadets who took part. Following the parade at Aerospace Bristol, runners from Airbus UK carried the baton from Aerospace Bristol to the next of its 100 sites: The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare. Having begun at the Royal Courts of Justice on April 1 this year, the relay will continue until July 10 when it reaches Horseguards Parade.

Aerospace Bristol welcomed the RAF100 Centenary Baton late last month, as it makes its way around the country. The baton was handed over during an Air Cadet parade at the new museum

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End of an era for history

Peggy Allen with Joanne Williams and Morris Preston at the launch of the book British Workmanship at its best Picture: Jane Tozer

The cake created in honour of 20 years of the Filton history group

Stan Sims at the launch

Picture: Jane Tozer

Filton Community History Group is winding up after 20 years of oral history and publication. Jackie and Stan Sims and Jane Tozer have been active members from the start, while Peggy Allen has put in 10 years of invaluable work. We started in the millennium with a Filton history project with schoolchildren. Since then our local history group has been collecting memories from older residents of Filton. We have published 11 books, all of which can be found at Filton Library. There are memories of work and play going back to the 1940s including several stories about working at ‘the BAC’ but there are accounts of the butcher, the baker, the dairy, the laundry and many other businesses in Filton. Accounts are given of the bombing in the 1940s, and how families managed at times of scarcity. Jackie Sims was instrumental in getting Pegasus House listed. She has been an enthusiastic driving force in the group. Stan Sims encouraged the promotion of heritage at many Filton Town Council and South Gloucestershire committee meetings, and is still collecting a photographic record of the changes which have occurred here in Filton. Jackie also published several articles on old Filton in Filton Voice. Some local families have passed on their photo collections. These, with others, are being archived at Gloucestershire

Archives for local and family historians. We have also given Gloucester copies of all our interviews, and other Filton material. In 2010 we published on behalf of St Peter’s Church a history of the 1940 Filton Air Raid ‘Remembering Filton’. Copies of all books are available at Filton Library. For the BAC Centenary in 2010 we did 65 interviews with workers which were locally published in 2011 in the book, British Workmanship at its Best. These interviews have also been made available to the archive at the new Aerospace Museum on Filton Airfield for their ‘listening posts’. Linda Coode, former Museums and Heritage Officer at SGC, and now Collections Manager at the new Aerospace

Jackie Sims attending as FCH held a display at Create Pic: Jane Tozer

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Outside Turner’s Bakery are Ted Turner (L) and his brother-in– law Herbert Matthews in the early 1900s. Left are (L to R) Freda Vowles, nee Turner (Ted’s eldest daughter), and Hilda Saunders, in their new shop at Filton Church

Linda Coode, Collections Manager at Aerospace Bristol, with Stan and Jackie Sims and Jane Tozer. Left, cutting the cake Pics: Bristol Aerospace Centre at Filton, said: “It is important to recognise how Filton Community History protected a very unique history of Filton.

“Members have championed the history of Filton and their hard work has provided the foundation for the exhibitions at Aerospace Bristol.”

Pictures: Peggy Allen

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Increasing complaints over dog fouling Filton Town Council has been getting an increasing number of complaints about the state of Elm Park in relation to dog fouling. It is a main cause of irritation to everybody, including dog owners. Everyone has to share the same recreational space and there is nothing worse than looking for dog poo to prevent you or your children stepping in it. The majority of dog owners do clear up, but some see it has unhygienic or not something they should have to do. The Law The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom The purpose of the Act was to create a criminal offence if a dog defecates at any time on designated land and a person who is in charge of the dog at that time fails to remove the dog waste from the land forthwith. It was replaced by Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 section 65, and replaced by similar legislation

in the same act. The Act applied only in England and Wales. It was not regulated in Scotland until the passing of the Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003. It is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog’s actions, the law or not to have the means available to remove the waste. This could result in a prosecution and a fine. Health Risks All faeces contains bacteria that causes stomach upsets if ingested, but the greatest risk to public health from dog faeces is toxocariasis. Toxocariasis It is the infection of the round worm, spread via dog waste. Young children are at particular risk due to their weaker immune system and they are more likely to expose themselves by ingesting the eggs. A puppy can pass as many as 15,000 eggs per gram of dog waste. Reduce the risk Pick up after your dog every

time your dog makes a mess. Keep a packet of bags next to the dog’s lead as a reminder to take them with you. Do not let your dog off the lead if they are likely to run out of sight. If you can’t see them how can you know if or where they have been to toilet? Bag it and bin it Filton Town Council have been provided with poo bags which are free to pick up from the office close to Elm Park. These bags are similar to a nappy sack, plastic with two handles at the top. A knot can be tied in the handles to seal them closed. The bag should then be carried home for safe disposal or placed in the dog bins provided. Patrols The council will be conducting patrols in the area. Dog fouling patrols are most effective when residents have been able to provide information on regular dog walkers who do not clear up after their dogs, rather than the

Enforcement Officers carrying out random patrols. Please do inform us of any further specific information regarding times witnessed, description of owner and dog, addresses if known, names of owners via the website or telephone number 01454 868000. We urge everyone who reports dog fouling offences to report this information if they know who is responsible. We encourage other residents within the community to also report any further information that can be useful to help combat this offence. If you do witness somebody not clearing up after their dog and the person is known to you, the council can prosecute should you be willing to provide a statement regarding this offence, the use of photographs or video evidence is also extremely valuable. Peter Wilson, Education & Enforcement Officer, Street Care, South Gloucestershire Council

n BEES Bee Helpful This Summer! With summer fast approaching the familiar sound of bees buzzing can be heard. Summer’s coming, and the bees Bees are key pollinators for 70% of flowering plants. The pollinated plants not only provide a beautiful landscape, but provide nutrition for small mammals and through production of seeds. are in desperate need of our help birds Sadly, the number of bees is declining, With summer fast approaching the familiar sound of bees buzzing can be heard. Bees are key pollinators for 70 per cent of flowering plants. The pollinated plants not only provide a beautiful landscape, but provide nutrition for small mammals and birds through production of seeds. Sadly, the number of bees is declining, especially in urban areas due to increasing urbanisation and decreasing number of areas left to grow as nature intended – and they need your help! So, what can you do? n Plant flowers that attract bees. Such as Sunflowers, Sweet pea, Lavender or Lupin. Mixed perennials can also be found at most garden centres. n Provide shelter. Insect hotels can be constructed using old wood from around the garden filled with sticks, bamboo and

especially in urban areas due to increasing urbanisation and decreasing number of areas left to grow as nature intended.

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other natural materials. Great project for keeping the kids occupied at the weekend. n Limit the use of insecticides. Even low doses of insecticides can alter bee’s orientation and navigation. Charlotte Carroll, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science undergraduate at The University of the West of England

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n PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS, APRIL

Applications 54 Gloucester Road North Erection of single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 8 metres, for which the maximum height would be 4 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 4 metres.

East Works Site Glos Road North Discharge of condition 18 (Ecology Plan) attached to planning permission PT15/1634/RVC. Redevelopment of site for mixed use development comprising Use Classes: B1(a) Offices, B1(c) Light Industry, B2 General Industry, B8 Storage and Distribution, C1 Hotel including ancillary leisure and food and, sui generis trade units and car dealerships, with associated infrastructure, access, parking (Outline) with access to be considered with all other matters to be reserved. 26 Gloucester Road North Change of use from mixed retail and residential (sui generis) to separate retail unit (Class A1) and residential unit (Class C3) as defined in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (As Amended). 138 Gloucester Road North Discharge of condition 2 (Extraction and Ventilation) attached to planning permission PT16/5522/F. Change of use

of vacant retail unit (Class A1) to hot food takeaway (Class A5) as defined in Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). Installation of extraction/ventilation equipment

806 Filton Avenue Change of use from a dwellinghouse (Class C3) to a house in multiple occupation (sui generis) with associated works as defined in Town and Country (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended). (Retrospective) 85 Gloucester Road North Erection of single storey rear extension to form additional living accommodation. 117 Northville Road Erection of single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 5.95 metres, for which the maximum height would be 2.6 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.6 metres. 58 Conygre Road Erection of single storey rear and side extension to form annex ancillary to main dwelling. 27 Conygre Road The erection of a single storey rear extension which would extend beyond

the rear wall of the original house by 3.5 metres, for which the maximum height would be 4 metres, and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.5 metres. Decisions 14 Canberra Grove Erection of single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 4.3 metres, for which the maximum height would be 3.86 metres and for which the height of the eaves would be 2.91 metres. No objection 41 Fourth Avenue Demolition of existing garage and erection of 1 detached dwelling and associated works (Outline) all matters reserved. Refusal Flat Filton Avenue Post Office Shop 550 Filton Avenue Non-material amendment to planning permission PT17/3732/F to demolish existing detached rear garage and install rear fencing. Alterations to internal layout to facilitate the creation of a sixth bedroom. No objection 54 Gloucester Road North Erection of first floor extension to form additional living accommodation. Approve with conditions

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

Pre-School story and Rhyme time 10.30-11am, Filton Library, Shield Centre Filton Garden Club, St Teresa’s Social Club, 7.30pm. 1st Wednesday of every month, 0117 975 9126. Not January. Filtones Choir. Don’t like going out in the evening? At a loose end on a Wednesday afternoon? Ever thought of joining a choir? Why not come along on and exercise your lungs and challenge your grey cells with our friendly group of people who are The Filtones. We are actively seeking to recruit altos, tenors (gents or ladies) and basses to join our happy band. We sing four part harmony but ability to read music, although useful, is not essential as we supply CDs and MP3 files as teaching aids. We give afternoon concerts to elderly people’s clubs and societies around Bristol and two evening concerts in June and December from which we donate much of our profit to charities. We are a very caring and sociable group of people who sing together with the aim of giving as good a performance as we can, but mainly to enjoy ourselves. For more information please ring Jilly on 0117 9232281 or Shirley on 0117 9654348 or e mail dorothy.bryant@btinternet.com. or look at our web site on www.thefiltones. weebly.com. Alternatively, just call in at Eden Grove Methodist Church Horfield BS7 0PQ between 1.30 and 3.45 pm on a Wednesday afternoon (not during August) for a listen and a chat. Men in Sheds in Filton is extending its hours to meet demand. The DIY group, which aims to tackle loneliness and isolation among men aged over 50, operates from the Scout hut in Nuffield Grove, providing a space to socialise, build, share skills and drink tea. Men in Sheds Filton is part of a national movement, initiated by Age Concern Cheshire in 2009 and sustained by the UK Men’s Sheds Association. There are now over 200 “sheds” across the country, with many more being developed. The group runs every Wednesday, from 9.30am-12.30pm. Horfield Townswomens Guild are a really friendly Guild that meet on the second Wednesday of every month at St. Gregory the Great Church Hall, Filton Road, Horfield at 2.30 pm. Ladies are welcome to just turn up or ring Edna on 0117 949 5413 for a chat about the Guild. New Harmony Ladies’ Choir Bristol …. an established choir since 1994 who offers a chance for ladies to get together and have a good old……sing! No auditions are necessary apart from placing you into the correct voice group - soprano, mezzo soprano or alto. We are a very socially minded group and often enjoy activities outside the singing role. We perform several concerts a year and sometimes travel to other parts of the country to sing with other choirs. Our repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs in fact, a wide variety. Everyone is welcome to Horfield URC church hall, Muller Rd on Wednesdays 7.30-9.30. We’d love to meet you. For more information contact our website www.nhlcbristol.co.uk or our secretary Angela nhlc@talktalk.com Northavon Singers Northavon Singers are looking for new members in our four-part all age choir. We sing in Filton and South Gloucestershire at many local venues,supporting local causes and events with two public concerts each year. We do not need you to have a formal audition but will help you to find your voice group. We sing a wide variety

Tuesdays Aqua fit Tuesdays, 9.45 – 10.30am, cost £4.75 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure Keep Fit Association classes, all welcome, Filton Community Centre 2-3pm. Keep fit with dance moves Improve your mobility and general wellbeing, have fun, challenge yourself and feel more confident, keeping fit to music. The class also includes some body conditioning. Working at your own pace, the class is suitable for everyone. Come along and make new friends at this very social and friendly class. Pay as you go at £4 per session. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. For further information contact Eileen Scott, (qualified instructor), on 07969929733, and visit the website http://www.keepfit.org.uk for more info about our organisation. Westerly Showband welcomes able adult wind band musicians to its weekly rehearsals every Tuesday at Horfield CEVC Primary School Bishop Manor Rd, Bristol BS10 5BD from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Under its experienced conductor Chris Harris players will be receive the coaching and support needed to achieve a satisfying performance. Band practices take place in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere and include nice biscuits. The repertoire includes a wide variety of genres especially chosen to please both band members and audiences alike. Prospective members can look at the website at www. westerlyshowband .com or ring 0117 9561950 for more information. Visitors to rehearsals are always welcome. See also Friday for training band. Facing Forwards is an educational and social group for adults with learning disabilities meeting term-time Tuesdays 10am-2.30pm at FACE, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS. With ASDAN awards in the mornings and social time in the afternoons these days are about fun, development and independence; £3 half day or £5 full day. More details contact lisa@facefilton.org.uk.

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of music from light Classics to country, folk, modern, musicals and more. We are a friendly group and would be glad to help you settle in ! Come to rehearsals at St.Peter’s church hall Filton, each Wednesday at 7.30 pm (Opp.Airbus) or phone Margaret 0117 9699206 or visit website publicity@northavonsingers. org.uk On the third Wednesday of each month the Avon branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS UK) meet at the Avon Suite BAWA Club. 7.45late. Over 18 please unless accompanied by an adult. All types of plastic modelling and one of the largest groups in the UK. For further information check out website www.ipmsavon.org.uk Filton Historical Group. meet at Pavilion, Elm Park, Filton. 7.30pm last Wed.of months. Sept. to April (not December) Interesting speakers. For further details: 0117 9695198.

Thursdays Bristol Male Voice Choir...If you are a follower of male voice choir music, or would like to sing in a male voice choir, then 2018 is a great year to pursue your interests, by tracking the concerts that Bristol Male Voice Choir will be performing in the course of 2018. Follow us on our website bristolmvc.org.uk. We warmly welcome new members. Come and join us as we rehearse every Thursday at SGSC at the end of Filton Avenue where it joins the A38. Find our website or ring 0117 329 3192 for more information. You will receive a very warm welcome.. Bristol Sugarcraft Guild meet every third Thursday in the month except August.We welcome all -from beginners to the more competent crafter Meetings start at 7.30-9.30 at St. Andrews church. For more information ring Bristol 9568737 or 9653568 Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9.30am-10.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £4.25 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, term time only, term time only. Filton Ladies, St Andrew’s Church Hall, 2pm-4pm, new members welcome, call 0117 904 1844 Silver surfers: FACE, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 10am-noon Drop-in for ‘silverhaired’ folk (over 50yrs) to get help with accessing computers, the internet, mobile phone technology, digital cameras, and much more! Run by a dedicated team of friendly volunteers with Lisa at the helm, this supportive group is just as much a social session as it is about learning! Come and join us! Come along anytime, just £2.50 per session with free refreshments. Does not run during August. Should you wish to take Flower Arranging lessons, there is a small, friendly group which meets at Filton Community Centre (formerly Filton Folk Centre) on Thursday evenings at 7-9pm from mid September. Catering for beginners and improvers we cover all aspects of flower arranging from traditional to contemporary including Church flowers and flowers for special occasions. More details from 01454 323610 or 01454 412087. The Avon & Bristol Woodturners meet every third Thursday at St Teresa’s Church Hall from 7pm to approximately 10pm. For details, www.avon-andbristol-woodturners.org.uk/fortnightly,

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North Bristol Creative writing group. Meets fortnightly. 07535111294 northbristolwriting@gmail.com St Peter’s MU (Mothers Union) 2nd Thursday of each month (except August), 2pm in the church hall. All ladies and Gentlemen invited. For more information look on St Peter’s Church web site or call 0117 9491833 or just turn up. Stop Smoking Sessions, 3-4pm. Appointments to be booked in advance. 01454 865502. smokefree@southglos. gov.uk Diddi dance, Preschool dance class for girls and boys ages 18 months to school! Thursdays 9:45-10:30am, St. Teresas Church Hall. Contact Emily for your free trial.07850983821. emily.norman@ diddidance.com

Fridays 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@ gmail.com. 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….. it’s the ideal night out For The 30 * 40 * 50 * 60 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 – no tee shirts or trainers & gents are required to wear collared shirts. Dance adm £8 plus BAWA guest m’ship. come early and party the night away at this popular party. For more info call 07860 578708 or www.mingles.co.uk FB Luv2mingle. St Andrew's Methodist Wesley Guild meets in the Church lounge every other Friday evening at 7.30 p.m commencing September 8th. We are a small, friendly group with a wide variety of speakers and members evenings and would welcome your company. There is no membership fee, just a small subscription on the evening which includes light refreshments. Ring 0117 9698523 for further details.

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

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Pyramid Youth Club Monday 6.30-8 p.m. Club aged 9+ Tuesday 6.30-7.40 Judo aged 6+ (no adult class) Thursday 6.30-7.45 Club aged 6-8 Friday 6.30-8 p.m. Club aged 9+ 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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New members always welcome to all groups. Based at: FACE, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS, phone 0117 9691938, email info@facefilton.org.uk and website www. facefilton.org.uk Please follow us on Facebook: ‘FACE-Filton’ and Twitter: @ FACEFilton to keep updated.

Filton Community Centre 983 6500 www.facebook.com/ 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 7:15 - 8:15pm with Nicola Fry 07500 962 821 truebalancepilatesbristol@gmail.com truebalancepilates.co.uk Yoga with Rashmi 7 - 8pm 07789 747834 Wednesdays Pilates 9.30-10.30am with Nicola Fry 07500 962 821 truebalancepilatesbristol@gmail.com truebalancepilates.co.uk Jumpfit 5.40 - 6.40pm  www.jumpfituk.com 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

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COMMUNITY LITTER PICK: Help tidy up our neighbourhood this spring by joining in our Filton Community Spring Clean. Anyone welcome, please bring gloves if possible. Saturday 19th May, 12-3pm. The meeting point is on the corner of Mackie Grove/Mackie Avenue. Contact details to confirm your interest; helen.allsebrook@gmail.com

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UKULELE FILTON: We are a friendly group of ukulele players who meet every Monday evening at Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, from 7.00 to 8.30pm. New members are always welcome. Don’t worry if you have never picked up a ukulele before, as there will always be a spare one for you to try. Contact Sue on 0117 979 0381; e mail itchyfeet49@hotmail.co.uk, or look us up on Facebook. ST ANDREW'S METHODIST CHURCH (ELM PARK) LUNCH CLUB: Meets Monday (except Bank Holidays) and Wednesday – serves hot lunches at 12.15pm, only £3 for 2 courses with tea or coffee. Dietary needs can usually be catered for. It provides the opportunity to meet, chat and socialise over lunch. For more information, or to book in for your first meal, please call: 0117 9872143.

Have you got an event you wish to advertise? Contact us on 07775550607 or richard@filtonvoice.co.uk Ballroom Dancing (3rd & 5th Sat) 7:4510:45pm Sundays Karate 10:30 - 12:00

SHE7, Braemar Crescent, Filton Tuesday Bingo 7.30pm – 9.15pm Wednesday Over 50’s 3 course lunch £3.50, 12.15pm, sit down at 12.30pm Thursday Over 50’s 3 course lunch £3.50, 12.15pm, sit down at 12.30pm Friday North Bristol Amateur Radio Club, Open to Public, 7pm - 10pm Saturday Bingo, 7.00pm – 9.pm

1st Filton Scouts, Cubs & Beavers Beavers, aged 6-8, two groups, Weds 5pm and 6.15pm Cubs, 8-101/2, Mon and Thurs 6.30-8pm

Bradley Stoke Lions, the branch covering Filton, would like to thank everyone who supported our Easter Collection at Willowbrook on Easter Saturday. Without your help, we would be unable to help anyone in the community who needs assistance. Not only did the rabbit appear again this year, but he brought along his Easter Egg, as seen in this photo. It was that time of the year again, when Parent Club, Bristol Brunel and Branch Club, Bradley Stoke Lions came together to share a social Pudding Night. What started out as an American Dinner, deteriorated (or maybe transcended) to become a Pudding Night as the ladies in the club thought that starters and mains merely got in the way of the main event, ie puddings! Bang goes another good intention set at the New Year! It was good also to welcome a couple of guests to enjoy the evening with us. If you would like to participate in our club activities and of course our social life, give us a ring for more information, or join us for a meeting held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Doubletree by Hilton at 7.30pm. Lion Ailsa Young Tel No: 07737 106836

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Scouts, 101/2 - 14, Tues 7-9pm The group is based in Scout Headquarters, Nutfield Grove, Filton, BS34 7LH. All sections are open to boys and girls. Contact for all sections is John Cahill (jcahill@blueyonder.co.uk), Phone 0798 605 3005)

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Tuesdays Brownies - ages 7 - 10 years Guides - ages 10 - 14 years Rangers - ages 14 + Wednesdays Brownies - ages 7 - 10 years Thursdays Rainbows - ages 5 - 7 years For more information please contact : concordedivision@girlguidingbsg.org.uk 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

Let’s Rock Bristol The Downs

Saturday June 2nd 2018 Contact: Femke.bekker@childbereavementuk.org 01494 568 932


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