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• Will not change the external façade of the extended surgery or the existing house. • Will exceed the minimum area per room for an HMO. A spokesman for Missiato said: "We wanted to recognise the concerns raised by the local residents. Unfortunately the circumstances surrounding the closure of the practice is something outside of our control. "Missiato Design and Build is not a large corporate developer but a Filton based local company so we appreciate what a great and diverse community it is. "At this stage Missiato Design and Build has been instructed to

design and manage this project. "We are more than happy to address any particular concerns as see this an opportunity to turn a negative set of circumstances into an opportunity to create affordable housing in this difficult climate for hard working professionals, like us, who will equally contribute to the community." The GP was scheduled to close on September 30, leaving 5,000 patients having to register at other local GPs. The local NHS body behind the closures has said extra capacity will be created at other surgeries to cope with the increased demand.

Last month, local residents gathered outside Northville Family Practice to voice their anger at the decision. Many elderly patients said moving to another surgery would involve very difficult transport arrangements, with just the Conygre Medical Centre now remaining in Filton. Other options are Monks Park and Horfield Medical Centre The decision to close the surgery was made in June by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG). It left the patients needing to sign up with another surgery within three months, and sparked concerns about whether any practices nearby would have the room to take them. The CCG said supporting patients to transfer to a neighbouring practice was the “best long-term solution”. To view the plans, visit www.

Residents' comments l How can you reduce the amount of vehicle traffic in the community by making two houses with seven bedrooms each? Are they not allowed to drive and only use bikes or public transport? The dedicated parking there is for 3/4 cars ... how are they supposed to build two, 7 bed houses, not change the outside yet provide more parking? l (Residents in HMOs) don't use off street parking, they never sort their recycling our or take the bins in, and the houses look a mess. You only have to look at the ones already here to see the state of the Filton area now. l No more HMOs ... my road has several and they are not maintained and look a right mess from the outside. It makes me embarrassed when I have friends to my house and the have to see the state of what I have to live opposite never mind the amount of cars they have. I am being forced into paying to have off street parking just so I can park near my own house!

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Filton primary on the road to 'Outstanding' An inspector has praised a ‘welcoming and caring’ primary school for its ‘positive atmosphere and consistently high expectations’. Education watchdog Ofsted visited Filton Hill Primary School in Filton in July for a one-day short inspection. The inspector, Michael Merchant, said the school, which already had a good rating from its previous inspections in 2009 and 2013, had improved significantly overall. Therefore, he recommended that the school’s next inspection should be a section 5 (two days) within the next two years as he thinks there is a chance that the school could be judged outstanding by then. In 2018, pupils’ progress in writing and mathematics was significantly above average and put the school in the top 10% of schools in the country. Early indications from the national tests in 2019 show that these standards have been exceeded. Nearly all pupils in Year 2 are reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths and nearly 20% are working at greater depth. The high proportion of disadvantaged pupils at the school now reach standards similar to, or higher then, those of their peers. Mr Merchant said despite strong gains of recent years, the school shows no sign of complacency. He said: "The leaders of the school, including governors, have a good understanding of what the school does well and what needs to improve further. The governors are far sighted and highly ambitious for the school.

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25 tonnes of rubbish finally cleared from lane A RESIDENT has told Filton Voice how happy they are after rubbish was finally removed from a lane behind their house by South Gloucestershire Council. As previously reported, a large amount of fly tipping had been left over the last few years in an alleyway which runs from Nutfield Grove to Station Road, behind Filton Avenue and the Mortimer Road cul-de-sac. In terms of the rubbish, items such as car parts, mattresses, baths, washing machines, clothes and rubble had been left, and residents had also experienced a number of rats in their gardens as a result. After residents raised concerns about the rubbish to the council, they were told that as the lane is unadopted the majority of households would need to agree to have gated installed and provide a monetary contribution towards the installation and purchase of keys. In addition, the council also agreed that their enforcement team would then remove the fly tipping as a one off.

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They only thought it would last until Christmas. When the late Revd Canon Elspeth Desmond had the idea of a coffee shop in St Peter's Church, it could not have been imagined how, 10 years on, it is both flourishing and becoming a Filton institution. The figures tell their own story - a team of 30 volunteers ... up to 30 amazing cakes baked every week ... and opening hours Monday to Friday, every week of the year. Since those early days in 2009, the cafe has become a must-go place for people in Filton. Young, old, professionals, those out of work, people who need some support - it is a place for everyone. Elspeth died last year but her legacy carries on. This is not just a cafe ... it is a place where friendships have flourished and where those who are struggling can find help and a kind word. Revd Lizzie Gregory, who was a parishioner in the days when the cafe was first suggested, said: "The Coffee Shop at St Peter’s was designed to be a place where the people of Filton could go during the day, for a good cup of coffee, a slice of homemade cake and a friendly face. It was never imagined that, 10 years on, it would still be going strong. "Over the years we have welcomed many people from all walks of life, sometimes in times of need, loneliness, or sadness, or as a lovely space of peace and quiet away from the busyness of the work day. Quite often, those that come to the Coffee Shop, have loved it so much they have gone on to become volunteers." Angela Thompson is the cafe manager and she is proud that her team of volunteers have kept the cafe going every day since it opened. She relies on around 30 people who bake cakes, serve tea, clear up and generally make the place so welcoming. She said: "The demand has kept up through the years. "We have seen people meet

here, become friends and even form friendship groups who go on coach trips and socialise outside the cafe." Among the groups who have benefited from the cafe are people who have lost their husband or wife. One of the volunteers is June Watkins, whose much-loved husband Tony died in the early days when the cafe was being set up. June has volunteered ever since - calling herself 'The Tuesday Girl' - as she helps regularly on that day each week as well as baking cakes. She said: "In the early days we didn't think it would last beyond Christmas. "But over time it became a place where friendships were made and we get a real mix of people here. "I lost my beloved husband shortly before the Coffee shop opened. We had both decided to help so I could see no reason to change my mind. I just feel that whatever I have put into the shop I have received twofold." June said a key factor in the cafe's success is the quality of the coffee and cakes. The volunteers do not accept a single penny for their baking money goes back to support the church and the cafe, with 10% of any profits going to charity. Donations are asked for, but if someone is a bit short then whatever they can offer is gladly accepted. The church doors are always open but the cafe team stress there is no 'hard religious sell' - if people want to benefit from some spiritual help, the offer is always there but equally if just being part of a friendly group of people is all they want then that is fine too. Lizzie added: "The social impact of the cafe has been huge. We are able to help when people need it and we do see all kinds of issues such as problems with housing where we can offer support. This is what Elspeth wanted. "We are fortunate to have

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A campaign has been launched to change all of Filton’s postcodes to BS34. Currently some areas of the town come under the Bristol BS7 postcode. Cllr Bill Moore, who fought a successful battle to have Filton recognised by the Post Office as a postal address, is now urging residents and South Gloucestershire Council to get behind the campaign. He said: “Among other things, a change could lead to lower insurance for Filton residents. What do you think? Write to

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What we were doing back then in Filton A look back in time as Filtonvoice approaches its 100th issue In January, Filtonvoice will reach 100 issues since we first launched in October, 2011. For the next four months we will be looking back on what we were reporting on in previous editions. And what better issue to start with than our very first one - just 16 pages - and with a front page mentioning two much-loved Filton characters, both of whom are sadly no longer with us. Doug Daniels wrote the first of his many articles for Filtonvoice, with a moving account of a visit to the WW1 graves. He described how his father was badly injured at Passchendale.

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FilTEEN life at 14 in Filton Returning to school. For most teenagers, this was the nightmare at the end of the summer, just thinking about going back to lessons with your annoying teacher who picks his nose, and shouts at you when you laugh at him! For me though, going back to school wasn’t all bad. I was starting my GCSE option courses, and getting told about work experience. It was great to catch up with friends and to learn that James’ mum has finally given him his Xbox back, after 6 months. (He said his ‘disagreement’ with his brother was only a bit of banter!) Also, it was fun to see the new Year 7s panic when we gave them the wrong directions. It was even funnier to see them getting told off for walking into an A-Level exam, while we Year 10s laughed from afar! The only downside was the lessons and the teachers!


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Do you recognise the people in the picture. These youngsters, queuing up for rides provided by a local farmer, were photographed in Mackie Road in the 1940s. Photo copyright: Filton Community History (loaned by R Hewett). Do you have any old pictures of Filton? Call Richard on 0777 555 0607, email richard@ or send to filtonvoice, 49 Dunkeld Ave, Filton Park, BS34 7RQ


ilton Community History is a local voluntary group. We are publishing books of people’s memories and collecting photos so that the personal history of Filton is not lost. These can be found at Filton Library. A picture has emerged of Filton dating from the 1930s onward. In those early days everyone knew everyone else. There are many interesting stories about farming,

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schooldays, children’s mischief, and the various shops. One reason why we feel it is so important to publish these memories is to encourage people, especially new residents, to feel that they belong to a community. It is strange to think that Filton began as a little Victorian parish of under 500 residents! • For more information, contact Filton Library, or Jane Tozer on 0117 969 4378.

Filtonvoice is delighted to welcome local mortgage expert Paul Els, of KPNE Mortgages, who will be writing each month on issues for people buying and selling their house in Filton. With a lot fewer lenders and mortgages available than when the market was at its peak, things have changed dramatically in a couple of years. “People need to know about these things and this is where good advice is important,” Paul said. “Otherwise they can overstretch themselves.”


Filton’s new Chamber of Trade will discuss social media at their next meeting, on October 18, 5.30pm for 6pm at the BAWA Club, Southmead Road. The chamber was formed in the summer and welcomes all local businesspeople. Call 0777 555 0607.

The Dawn James Art Club YOUR HOME MAYatBE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE We meet in the Filton Folk Centre Elm Parkon Wednesday afternoons, between 1.45 and 3.45 pm. We are a friendly, informal group of varied artistic abilities, and we have a resident artist to help, advise and encourage. The Club is designed specifically for elderly, retired persons - so, if you have any artistic tendencies or would just like to give it a go, why not give us a try ? You will be most welcome ! If you would like more details, please contact ......Ted Osborne on (0117) 9622982

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Filton Hill Primary Prospective parents have been visiting the school, looking ahead to their child beginning next year. Head Kirsten Lemming said: “We have high quality teaching of a creative curriculum that is challenging and accessible to all. “Filton Hill is a school where parents are very much welcome and encouraged to become involved with their child’s education and we have high expectations of behaviour.” Call 01454 86 6559 for more details.

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Children’s book The Way Back Home, St Teresa’s Primary by Oliver Jeffers Children and teachers at St This picture book is a delightful Teresa’s Primary School are story of a boy who flies into flushed with pride after winning space and runs out of fuel. He a national award for their toilets. lands on the moon and makes The nationwide awards friends with a martian who also scheme is run by Bog Standard, has a broken aeroplane. the campaigning arm of Together they come up with the children’s charity ERIC October, 2011 a plan to get them both safelyE: home to their different planets. The quirky illustrations add to the Orchard School Bristol appeal of this book and it will be Orchard School Bristol and loved by budding space explorers Filton Avenue Infants’ School are everywhere. uniting to create a new primary school for north Bristol. One for the adults The new school, which will A year on a dairy farm, by take its first pupils in September Filton Town Council Richard Cornock 2012, will begin with has a Reception repainted the parkingand bays for This is a real treat and a gem class for 30 children build disabled people at the sports and of a book. The photography is up over the succeeding years to leisure in Elm Park. excellent, providing a journalistic create acentre fully functioning primary Some view of life on the farm. What school upresidents to Year 6.had It is now more than a year since complained markings comes over work started on It will be the created on thewere construction not clear,School meaning centre particularly Orchard siteleisure in Horfield. North Bristol NHS Trust’s users without a disabled pass well hospital is the at Southmead Orchard School head teacher new were the spaces. feeling the Helenusing Holman said: “We will be and theof building is fast taking At a meeting of all-through the finance seasons. creating a unique, shape. You committee last month, it was school, offering innovation for Thefeel new £430m hospital coldbe reading agreed would be carried childrenthe of work all ages.” will open to patients in the winter out ‘as soon as possible’. Spring 2014. Ruth Brunt, Chief Abbeywood Community sections, while the ones inNHS the Mum Faith Tutton needs to Executive at North Bristol School middlesaid: of the yearSouthmead are evocative use the disabled parking bays Trust, “The site Over 150 and of long, lazy summer evenings. when she students, brings herparents daughters has changed beyond recognition staff at Abbeywood I think particularly Lucy and Sophie to Community the leisure in the pastwhat year is and we can now School celebrated multicultural special thishospital book is will that centre, pictured above. see howabout the new Bristol withrequires a dancethe anduse singing it will go down as a slice of real Sophie of look.” to promote the work history, and people who read it aevent wheelchair and Faith saysofit Love Music Hate Racism. in years to come will have a true makes life very difficult if the bay feeling of what life was like in the is not available. early years of this century in rural l Students at Abbeywood She said: “The bays there People in Filton, and across the Gloucestershire. Community School marked the were so badly painted that Avon and Somerset police area, comprehensive’s firstbadges year with people without blue were will be able to call the police What’s your favourite improved exam results. 41 per parking there.” with a new number - 101book? - from Contribute a 150-word review cent of students achieved five or Council chairman Adam September 19. and we will try to print it next more A* to C grades including Monk said: “We are pleased The number is part of an month. Send to richard@ English and with 58 per families like maths, Mrs Tutton’s will initiative to make it easier for or call 0777 cent getting five or more A* to C now find it easier to enjoy people to get in touch with police 555 0607. grades in all at subjects. the facilities the sports and for non-emergencies. leisure centre.” 101 will not replace 999,

(Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) to improve toilet facilities and access for pupils. Head teacher Amanda Pritchard said; “We are delighted to receive this award. “We place high importance on health and wellbeing.”


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summer. The event would run from June 2- June 5, with the possibility that it also serves as a charity fundraiser. Filton town councillor Andrew Chubb said the group has proposed several activities, including bands, sports, kite flying and comedy. survey carried out by Wonderful Big Band music the of Athe Miller andshown Ellington group has also that residents for era onwards for you to dance to, orwant justthe sit area backkept and recreational use or designated as enjoy all the atmosphere ofgreen. the evening. a town Remaining meetings this year Performed by the superb for 18-piece plus singers .. the group are on October 19, What they’re saying about November 23 and December 14, the car park online at at Elm Park pavilion. Cllr Chubb said “ Any and all Filton residents are not only The car park on the opposite welcome, but encouraged to join side is a mess and full of us” stones or hardcore. You need to beIn careful. Mark the spacious well-appointed ballroom.




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Full bar had andbeen bar foodResidents facilities. Raffle. If the new offices told a Safer Stronger completed as planned the Disabled access. Large free car that park. Filton meeting there were car park would have been real worries people with 8.30pm - 11.30pm. Doors openover 7.30pm. resurfaced! jrumpole ferocious dogs using Millennium Tickets in advance Green in£8.50 Northville. Have you got a view on this Andrew Robinson, from Pine On £9.50 issue? Comment at the night Grove, said that the dogs were For advance tickets and more information being encouraged to tear bits John on visit 0448Ring or Wendy on0117 0771971 5777852 0242.orEmail: off trees and that he had also collected some evidence of drugs use. It is understood ‘attacking’ your answer to Wendy Best, Filton the trees in this way can make Voice Santa competition, Avon Valley the dogs’ jaws stronger. Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, The meeting heard that Bitton, BS30 6HD. Please supply residents feared these dogs, name and address, and use the which were unmuzzled, could reference Santa Steam Special. attack a child. Q: In which month is Christmas? PCSO Sheryll Drewitt told a The first eligible entry drawn at random after the closing date of noon meeting of the town council that November 14 will win the prize as police had been looking into it stated. See for and that the situation appeared terms and conditions. to have calmed down.

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“We want to hear about the person who brightened up your day because of their welcoming smile or who made a difference to your care in the way they tailored the service to suit you or something else. “Last year, we had so many nominations we gave two awards, with the Hanham district nursing team scooping one and the staff at our extra care facility at St John's Court in Bath the other. People told us about the hard work and dedication of both teams, with the nurses described by one individual as her ‘safety net’, while the team at St John's were praised for making a difference to a tenant's life by encouraging her independence.” If you want to nominate someone, please send details to communications@sirona-cic. by August 1. Please include as much information about the person you are nominating as possible and include your details too. Registered office: Sirona care & health CIC, 2nd Floor, Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR. Company Number 07585003

Plans have been unveiled for a new supermarket, hotel, coffee shop and gym near Sainsbury's in Filton. Residents who live near the vacant site (which is located next to Sainsbury’s and between Fox Den Road and Great Stoke Way) are currently being consulted on the plans for a new Aldi, Premier Inn, Costa and gym (The Gym Group) to be built. The site is owned by Aviva Investors, who have said that the plans have been worked on for the last four years. Following the consultation, it is anticipated that a possible planning application will be submitted within the next month, and that the new facilities could be open by early 2021 (subject to receiving planning consent). Helen Rainsford, senior real estate director at Aviva Investors, said: “We are delighted to progress these proposals, which will help serve the growing community, existing employment and passing trade from Parkway. “We did explore a number

Join our team We look after adults and children at home, and at school and provide residential and nursing care. We are NHS and Local Authority funded with hundreds of our staff working across South Gloucestershire, parts of Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset. We are always on the lookout for great people and this is an opportunity for you to find out what is available, clinical and non-clinical. Flexible working patterns will always be considered (so long as our services can support your requests). Equally, we have a proactive Bank Team. We offer a wide range of benefits and Agenda for Change terms & conditions for some of our roles. Please submit a short supporting statement or CV as your application via, call us on 0300 124 5444 or take a look at our current vacancies here You can also find us on Facebook @SironaCIC or on Twitter @SironaJobs We look forward to hearing from you

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Knife crime advice With our knife crime initiative in full swing, we have spent the last few weeks visiting our stores with advice on checking ages before selling knives. All stores in Filton will now be subject to a test purchasing operation to see if we are happy on how they operate locally. Some tool hire stores are also cracking down on who they sell other items too, such as bolt croppers, with a view to preventing bike thefts and related crime in the area. If you need to report anything anonymous to police, you can do so via the crime stoppers number 0800 555111. and make the site accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.” Any residents that would like to submit feedback on the proposals should email: consultationevents.southwest@ or call agents JLL: 0117 927 6691.

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Chris Wood, Conservative, Filton I recognise that crossing Filton Avenue to get to Filton Abbey Wood station can be quite difficult, particularly at peak times. Following requests from residents for a crossing in this area I asked council officers to investigate whether we could place a traffic island at this location. Following an assessment I am pleased to confirm a scheme for a pedestrian island on Filton Avenue between the junctions of Stanley Avenue and Nutfield Grove shall be added to the Local Transport Priority List – Competing Implementation Schemes to compete for inclusion in the Capital Programme for 20202021. Whilst this isn’t guaranteed, I am hopeful to get it included and built in the next financial year. Many residents signed my petition back in May for the junction of Filton Avenue and Station Road to be opened up.

James Arrowsmith, Lib Dem, Cheswick and Stoke Park On Tuesday 10th September, I attended the Stoke Gifford Parish Council meeting at the Little Stoke Community centre, along with your parish councillors. As usual there was vibrant debate around a wide variety of local issues, but this was very much dominated by the problems and concerns of residents outside of Stoke Park and Cheswick. I believe there are several factors why this is the case, chiefly because of the size and population of our neighbouring ward (Stoke Gifford) but also because many residents aren’t aware of these meetings, and therefore don’t attend. Stoke Gifford residents always turn out in force and make their voices heard, whereas very few Cheswick, Stoke Park and Scholar’s Chase residents turn up in comparison.


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I personally find this the most frustrating junction in the whole of South Gloucestershire. It causes large queues of traffic and divides our community in two. This issue is something I have been pursuing with the council and am confident that we will have some good news soon. As promised, more rusted poles and damaged signs have been replaced across our area. Small changes will collectively make a larger difference as we work to fix up Filton. Now I’m not criticising anyone for not being there ... the Little Stoke Community Centre is closer to Cribbs Causeway than it is to Cheswick, but if a large contingent attended the next meeting. The Parish meets every second Tuesday of the month and if you want more details email the Parish Clerk at but if you can’t make it feel free to come along to my advice surgery on Sunday 6th October 10am, at the Boston Tea Party if you would like me to raise any issues on your behalf.

Since my last report I am sad to report that the Conservatives, not only in Westminster but in South Gloucestershire, have been acting against legal advice. At the AGM in May, South Gloucestershire Council voted to continue appointing Political Assistants for each of the political groups. Within the Council’s constitution any further amendments require a six-month period before they can made. The leader of the Conservatives has opted to remove Political Assistant support which is unconstitutional and against the legal advice he has been provided. Within the same week the Conservatives have opted to create three ‘advisory’ councillor roles and pay them an additional allowance out of council tax payer money. One of these due to receive this payment is Filton

Conservative Councillor Chris Wood. On a more positive note, following a request made at a Community Engagement Forum by Great Western Air Ambulance for volunteers to run Bristol Half Marathon, I am pleased to say I completed this in 2 hours and 13 minutes. Currently I have raised £ 635.

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Mike proves you're never too old for charity ride A Filton resident has completed a 50m cycle around Bristol in aid of a cause that is close to his heart. Mike Everett, who is 67, has lived on Mackie Avenue with his wife Sue for 40 years. After he started to attend a weekly diabetes class in Kingswood and found it difficult to park, he decided to start riding his bike there instead. As well as helping him to lose weight, he also thought that it could be a good way for him to do something for Parkinson's UK too. On Thursday August 22 Mike set off from Filton and went along the A4174 cycle path and the Bristol and Bath cycle path out to Warmley and Bitton, before heading to Saltford, Compton Dando, Publow, Pensford and Chew Valley Lake. He then made his way across

to Chew Magna, Dundry, Barrow Gurney, Long Ashton and Ashton Court, before heading over The Clifton Suspension Bridge and going on to Pill, Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston before arriving back in Filton seven hours later. Speaking about his cycle and the reason behind it, Mike said: “I used to ride a mountain bike and went mountain biking every weekend with my friends, but I’ve found it a bit more difficult as I’ve got older. I thought I should turn my weekly cycle into something useful for charity, and I started out by cycling once a week at the beginning, and then rode to Bath and Pensford a few times for practice. "My family thought I was mad, and one of my friends said I shouldn’t be doing it as I’m too old, but once I told her that I was doing it for charity she said that

was ok! In the end I covered 55 miles in total with an average speed of 10mph. “Now that I’ve finished I’d love to do another ride for a cancer charity or maybe the British Heart Foundation”

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FILTON FESTIVAL 2020 - GET INVOLVED Next year will be Filton Festival’s 20th Anniversary We are hoping that this event will be bigger and better than usual, therefore FTC is exploring the idea of creating a steering group to help organise the Festival which is traditionally in July. We would like to encourage local residents, businesses, schools and colleges to get in touch with the Town Clerk if you would like to be involved. Email : or telephone : 01454 866698

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The Ratepayers Arms is situated behind the Dolphin Swimming Pool at Filton Sports and Leisure Centre. It is owned and run by the Town Council on behalf of the council tax payers of Filton as part of the Filton Sports and Leisure Centre. The Ratepayers Arms is now a community/family bar showing sport on the big screen, with bar games, a newly renovated Skittle Alley and a good selection of beers, lagers, wines, soft drinks, tea & coffee available. We also sell hot food and a range of rotating guest ales on a regular basis. Opening Times Mon – Noon – 11.00pm Tues – Noon – 11pm Wed – Noon – 11pm Thus – Noon – 11.30pm Fri, Sat – Noon – 12.00pm Sundays – Noon – 11pm Contact Us Ratepayers Arms – 01454 866686 Bar Manager – Debbie Holman Hall Hire: If you are interested in hiring our badminton hall for a function, please contact us on: 01454 866686.

Filton Town Council Filton Sports and Leisure Centre Rookie Lifeguard award Rookie Lifeguard is aimed at children aged 8 to 12 years although most of the skills can be taught to people of all ages. Starting with Stage 1 of the Bronze Award and progressing through to Stage 3 of the Gold Award, Rookie Lifeguard begins at an ability level suitable for swimmers who have just learned to swim and progresses to the level of performing lifesaving tows. Rookie Lifeguard skills make Rookies aware of how to take care of themselves, their family and friends and give them the information they need to promote water safety in their day-to-day activities. The awards contain survival, rescue and sports skills as well as life support and water safety elements – all delivered in a fun and exciting way making it a great addition to swimming lessons or progression from them. Wednesdays from 6pm. For more information please call 01454 866686

Indoor cycling/spinning We have now launched our spinning sessions – every Wednesday evening from 7pm, only £5 per session. (booking is essential please) For more information please call 01454 866686

October half-term crash courses We will be covering pre school, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 and Stage 4. We are covering all aspects of the Swim England stages and it is really beneficial if you have a swimmer who may be struggling with their stages. For more information or to book a place please call us on 01454 866686

Aquafit Our Aquafit classes offer you something different to a traditional gym workout and you’ll really see a difference in your overall health and fitness. Typical Aqua Aerobics classes will involve all the exercises you would expect in a ‘dry’ class but with added bonuses you can only get from exercising in water. Water supports the body, putting less stress on your joints and muscles. • This support is great if you’re older, have suffered an injury or are recovering from illness • Water pressure helps the heart move blood around the body, putting less strain on it • The impact of gravity is less in the water allowing a greater range of motion • Working out in water can also prevent overheating, helping you exercise for longer. • And... it's fun! It is not often you can say that about a workout. *Tuesdays from 9.15 -10.00am* *Fridays from 9.30 -10.15am* *£5.00 per person on a first come first served basis.* Now available - Deep water aquafit. We will be running a Deep-Water aqua class as well as our trusty Aquafit to music. Deep-Water aqua provides a dynamic total body work out without any impact.*

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n NEWS first-hand experiences of people looking after soldiers following the evacuation of Dunkirk. The films will be a permanent legacy for the project, showing how ordinary lives were affected by extra-ordinary events, right on our doorstep. During the project, more than 60 sessions were completed to collect stories and quotes, visited 32 schools, held 18 community events, exhibited at 15 venues and supported the re-creation of two evacuation days with Avon Valley Railway. Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Brian Allinson said: “We are hugely grateful to all the volunteers who supported the project and those who have so



generously shared their stories with us. “Hearing from the people who lived through the War helps to bring history to life and enables younger generations to build an understanding of the hardships they endured, and the bravery they showed in the face of extreme adversity." All resources and stories from the project will be available on the South Gloucestershire Council website from October for use by schools, care homes and the general public. Further information on the project and details of additional exhibitions can be found by visiting the website: ww2stories







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business connections across the region. Along with ACH we have explored different ways to help entrepreneurs who come from our region’s migrant and refugee communities. Through collaboration, we are breaking down barriers which hold businesses back and we are helping them to grow and prosper. This is especially important to me because I know how important small and micro businesses are to ensuring

prosperity right across our region. The Growth Hub and ACH have been supporting a diverse mix of businesses from across many different sectors including food, tech and entertainment. This demonstrates the wide range of opportunities available across the West of England to explore your passion and start a business. We recently launched our Local Industrial Strategy, with Government, which draws

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We need your help for annual Poppy Appeal The Stoke Gifford Branch of the Royal British Legion, (RBL), are having another good year with the Poppy Appeal. This year, (2018/2019), to date they have raised more than ÂŁ50,000. They are now seeking people from Filton to volunteer for the branch as a collector during the "Poppy Fortnight" between 26th October and November 10th. The popular local Poppy Appeal Launch will be on Friday 25th October, 2019 in Bristol Parkway Station at 2pm with local uniformed groups and special guests. The Branch is also very keen to recruit more people to knit its famous knitted Poppies. The knitted Poppies are very popular and raise much money for the Poppy Appeal, and the Branch can't keep up with demand!! There is no pressure to knit a certain number, any amount you can do will greatly help.

A spokesman said: "The Branch would like to thank the public, branch members and volunteers, businesses and other organisations for their help and generosity throughout the Appeal. And of course thank you to the great local media who do so much to help us raise so much money and help us raise the profile of our welfare work so we can reach more people who need our help. "The branch would love


to repeat its success for the 2019/2020 Poppy Appeal year beginning on 1st October 2019. "The money raised for the Poppy Appeal goes to the RBL's Welfare Fund, which is used to give help and support to current and ex service personnel and their families." The branch puts Poppies and collecting tins around the area in Shops, Businesses and UWE. And it puts tables with poppies and collecting tins in


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Laura to bring wellbeing through music for patients Local musician and teacher Laura Tanner has been appointed music manager for the Fresh Arts programme at Southmead Hospital – the hospital where she was born 38 years ago and where she was cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Laura was born prematurely and spent several weeks in Southmead Hospital’s NICU. But she has now returned to take up a post funded by Southmead Hospital Charity. The post is for three years and is to manage all of the musicians who regularly entertain patients and visitors in the Hospital, as well as coordinating other music and arts projects across North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT). Describing herself as an ‘NHS superfan’ Laura, who lives in Coombe Dingle, is looking forward to developing the use

of music to enhance patients’ wellbeing. Laura said: “It’s great to be back at the place where I was born and cared for. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the musicians who perform here every week on various wards across Southmead and Cosham Hospitals, creating a brighter atmosphere for our patients and staff. We also have over 40 volunteer pianists who play the grand piano in our Brunel building. “I want to see how we can build on the great work already underway here at NBT. We’re becoming known as a Trust which values the power of music and arts in a healthcare setting and I want to develop this even further and be an advocate for the ability of music to help in the healing process.

“I’m extremely thankful to the donors to Southmead Hospital Charity who have made this possible.” Laura trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Royal Northern College of Music. She joins NBT from her previous post as education manager at St George’s Bristol, and continues to teach locally and perform professionally. Donna Barber, Fresh Arts manager, said: “We’re excited to welcome Laura to NBT with her expertise, experience and knowledge of local musicians. “We are delighted to have the support of Southmead Hospital Charity in helping us to develop our programme and extend our thanks to the donors who have supported Fresh Arts through the charity.”

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Foodbanks merge as demand continues to rise North Bristol Foodbank has merged with Yate & Chipping Sodbury Foodbank. The charities, which are part of the Trussell Trust network, agreed the move in order to ensure the provision of distributing emergency food to people experiencing poverty can continue in South Gloucestershire. The team at North Bristol Foodbank, which has an outlet at Revive Charity Shop on Filton Avenue, will now oversee the management of foodbank outlets in Yate, Mangotsfield and Thornbury after the project manager at Yate & Chipping Sodbury decided to retire earlier this year. The level of signposting support and access to emergency food will remain unchanged. Work is now under way to update referral agencies in the area of the merge and

name change but both charities have stressed support is still available to people in crisis, with the number of people needing emergency food increasing yearon-year. Between March 2018 to April 2019, the food banks combined handed out 7,402 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis. A total of 3,130 of these went to children.

Matt Dobson, North Bristol Foodbank Manager, said: “No one in North Bristol or South Gloucestershire should need a foodbank’s help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. "But more and more people are finding that their income simply won’t stretch to cover the basics like food. “In order to continue to meet this need most effectively, the decision has been made to merge Yate & Chipping Sodbury Foodbank with North Bristol to provide crucial support to people facing hunger. The decision was driven by the retirement of the project manager at Yate and the team struggling to find a replacement. Since then, the two foodbank teams have worked together closely to ensure that help will continue to be available and going forwards, we will continue collecting donations

and ensure emergency food continues to reach local people at risk of going hungry in South Gloucestershire. “We want to reassure people that the foodbank outlets will continue to be run by local people, for local people thanks to the generous support of our communities.” Stewart North, Chair of Trustees of North Bristol Foodbank, said: “Since we started in August 2012, we have been committed to partnership with local churches, schools and organisations to support those who are struggling in our communities. "This vision continues as we all work together in times of uncertainty. "Foodbank outlets will continue to be open in Southmead, Horfield, Lockleaze, Filton, Patchway, Yate, Thornbury and Mangotsfield.”

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sually I write my columns on the basis of a local issue, or how a national issue connects to our local community, but this month I want to address the critical national issue of leaving the European Union. Many are tired of hearing it, indeed I’m tired of saying it, but the referendum result must be honoured, no ifs or buts. I cannot understand why we have not yet left the European Union. Parliament voted to give voters the final say and to hold the referendum, with 83% of MPs returned in 2017 having stood on manifestos promising to faithfully implement the clear instruction given to them by the electorate to take the UK out of the EU, myself included. I personally support the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament, although of course the final decision on the lawfulness of the decision rests with the Supreme Court. Prorogation signifies the end of the parliamentary session.

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An ordinary parliamentary session would usually last no longer than 200 days. The 201012 session under the Coalition Government lasted 295 days and that was exceptional in its own right and virtually unprecedented, as records from the Parliamentary library show. This current parliamentary session has now run for more than 340 days, making it the longest session for nearly 500 years. The last time Parliament sat for this long was the Rump Parliament which ran until 1653 under Oliver Cromwell; it is truly extraordinary that the current parliamentary session should have run so long. As some readers might know, the Government sets out its priorities and what it hopes to deliver in the next parliamentary session through the Queen’s

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Speech. In order for a Queen’s Speech to take place, Parliament has to be prorogued to end the current session. When Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair in 2007, he also prorogued Parliament in order to hold a fresh Queen’s Speech to set out his Government’s priorities. Until he prorogued Parliament, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government was sitting in Theresa May’s Parliamentary session, under Theresa May’s Government’s Queen’s Speech, which is drastically different from what Mr Johnson is looking to achieve. I believe it would be wrong not to have prorogued Parliament at this point in order to allow Mr Johnson’s new Government the opportunity to set out their policy agenda and begin the process of enacting it in a new parliamentary session.

The Government has been clear in its desire to set out a new vision and priorities for addressing violent crime, investing in the NHS, and helping people with the cost of living. The Government has equally been clear that there will be time following the State Opening of Parliament to debate and discuss Brexit and other issues. Instead he has opted to allow Parliament time to discuss the matter and hopefully to agree a deal, should the European Union be willing to make a compromise prior to the 31st October deadline. The Government’s position – which I heartily endorse – is to leave the European Union by 31st October, with a deal if at all possible. However, getting a good deal also relies on our colleagues in the European Union being willing to offer one, and if they refuse to do that then they cannot be allowed to veto the clear instruction given to MPs by the largest democratic exercise in British history.

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A Filton opticians has raised £66 for a cancer charity after it invited customers to take part in a summer raffle. Customers were able to purchase raffle tickets for £1 a strip at Specsavers, 5 Church View. The winner, who bagged a children’s hamper filled with toys and summer games, was drawn last month. The money raised has been donated to CLIC Sargent, a charity which supports young people living with cancer. "We’d like to thank everyone who purchased a raffle ticket in support of this fantastic charity," said store director, Gaurav Patel. "We have been fundraising for CLIC Sargent for a while. In fact, last year we raised almost £7,000 for the charity as part of a joint fundraising initiative with the Specsavers stores in Bradley Stoke and Cribbs Causeway." CLIC Sargent provides practical, financial and emotional support for children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia. To make a donation, pop into Specsavers at 5 Church View, Filton.

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n THE DRAGONFLY JAR ... personal discoveries on my travels n NEWS Jeanne Fairs: Mid-life musings There is a risk that if I chronicle another holiday foray, you will think I haven’t found the stamina to return to the rat race. I have returned, but as we start shutting down daylight hours for the autumn run-up to Christmas, I will file my personal headlines of holiday self-discovery: • It is OK to be a motorway service station snob: if you have a preference for a barista-made flat white then nothing tops a service station disguised as a farm shop. After all, a grated carrot and hummus sour dough baguette (who knew) could make your ongoing journey bearable. • UK beaches just cannot be beaten. I have been known to eulogise about loch-side and coastal Scottish shores and am more than willing to add shingled promenades to this coastline of delights. • A hotel breakfast is a holiday highlight. Seaside air increases your appetite ten-fold and as we have not yet Brexited, it would be rude not to work through a whole Smorgasbord of cheese and pastries before tackling a full cooked English breakfast. (If you are camping, all the same applies, you will just need to appoint a Head Chef and source your own pastries/pasties)). • If the weather is kind, it is absolutely acceptable to sleep all day on the beach - perhaps surfacing for lunch - before sleeping another 8-10 hours at night. It is also perfectly acceptable to spend the next day remarking how tired you feel. 'It must be the change of air’. This consolidation of holiday findings comes after an intense summer run of travel (teachers and holidays, eh?), from hardcore foreign camping (mosquitos) through self-catered Scottish island-hopping (midges) to a last minute (almost) ready to return to work mini break of hotel/deckchair living (wasps). Back in the classroom, I find myself strangely excited by post-holiday routine. If I do need a mini break before Christmas, I’ll just pop up the M5 to a little rustic service station I found on Trip Advisor.

Airfield work to start YTL Developments has appointed Bristol-based contractors Vertase FLI to deliver enabling works for the first phase of new homes at Brabazon The first major construction contract to transform the historic former Filton Airfield into a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol has been awarded to Vertase FLI. The historic former Airfield - the birthplace of Concorde and supersonic travel – is set to become a new urban community, known as Brabazon. Vertase FLI will carry out the necessary enabling works so that construction can begin later this Autumn. The announcement of the first contract by YTL Developments comes almost exactly 70 years after the Brabazon aircraft first took off from Filton Airfield on 4th September 1949. YTL Developments anticipate that the first new homes at Brabazon will go on sale in late 2020.

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Filton community health to be delivered by Sirona Local NHS leaders have confirmed Sirona Care & Health as the provider of community health services for adults across Filton and beyond At its Governing Body meeting, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group signed a contract for more than £1bn over ten years. Sirona was announced as the high scoring bidder in July, and has secured the contract following a comprehensive period of due diligence. The organisation – a community interest company – has been delivering services in the local and surrounding area since 2011. Julia Ross, Chief Executive of NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG said: “We are delighted to be able to announce Sirona Care & Health as our single provider of adult community health services today.

"Sirona has a strong focus on quality and innovation, both of which were emphasised in an excellent bid. Their track record of working closely with people who use services was also really well demonstrated. We’ve been through a thorough due diligence process since July to test the plans, and we are really excited to be talking this long-term partnership forward. "Our vision, alongside Sirona’s, is to develop services that will give our skilled community workforce the opportunity to provide much more joined-up care for everyone using them. That means better experiences and better health outcomes for everyone in the future.” Janet Rowse, Chief Executive at Sirona Care & Health, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded the contract for adult community health services in Bristol, North Somerset and

South Gloucestershire. Everyone at Sirona is committed to developing the very best services alongside the people who use them, and ensuring that their views and experiences are at the heart of everything we do. "Involving staff and partner organisations in our decisionmaking is also a huge part of how we work, and we are keen to meet as many people as possible, listen to their views and plan together in the coming months. "There is a huge opportunity for improvement over the next decade, ensuring that community services are easier to access and offering much more proactive care to ensure that people remain independent and well in their communities. "Our first priority, working with the CCG, is to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for current service users and staff.” Community services already

support thousands of people in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to stay well, through services such as district nursing, therapy, rehabilitation and specialist support such as diabetes care. Sirona say they will build on this by introducing smarter ways for health professionals to work, and joining care up around people’s needs involving general practices, the voluntary sector and social services. This is in line with the vision set out in the NHS Long Term Plan, published earlier this year, which highlights the vital role that community health teams play in supporting people to stay well, closer to home. People will continue to use services as normal throughout 2019. From April 2020, services will have a single point of access for enquiries and teams of professionals working closely together around people’s needs.

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9.30 a.m. & 11.30 a.m, 5.30 p.m. & 7.30 p.m. Contact: Nicola - 07873 818193

The Doug Daniels Pavilion, Filton Leisure Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS 6.00 p.m. Contact: Carolyn - 07715 942226

TUESDAY Southmead Community Centre, Greystoke Ave, BS10 6QB

Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, BS34 6HR

WEDNESDAY Horfield Leisure Centre, Dorian Road, BS7 0XW

THURSDAY Little Stoke Community Hall, Little Stoke Lane, BS34 6HR

9.30 a.m, 5.00 p.m. & 7.00 p.m. Contact: Sharron - 07947 064711

5.30 p.m & 7.30 p.m. Contact: Nicola - 07873 818193

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Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9-10.30. These sessions are first come, first served. £5 for 1 adult and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre 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 Ukulele Filton continues to meet at 7.00 - 8.30 pm every Monday at Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, (Bank Holidays excepted,) and we would be delighted to welcome new members. No previous experience necessary; we always have spare ukuleles and songbooks to get you started. Contact Sue on 0117 979 0381; e mail: St. Andrew's Methodist Church Lunch Club: Hot lunches served - 12.00 for 12.15 p.m. Special dietary needs catered for. £3.50 for 2 courses with tea/coffee. If interested - please ring 0117 987 2143; you do not need to be a member of St. Andrew's Methodist Church to join. Messy Hands: A sensory messy playgroup at St Andrew's Church Hall, 10-1130am, £3. More details contact Ukulele Filton: We are a friendly and enthusiastic group who meet every Monday evening at Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, from 7.00 to 8.30 pm. Contact Sue on 01179790381; email, or look up “Ukulele Filton” on Facebook. Brabazon Belles: Community group for women. Make new friends, try different things, meet like-minded women. St Peter's Church Hall, first Monday of the month, 7.30pm-9pm.

Tuesdays Aqua fit Tuesdays, 9.15-10am, cost £5 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure Keep fit with dance moves – at Horfield Baptist Church, BS7 8NY, Tuesday mornings, from 10:15 – 11:15 am; and Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, Tuesday afternoons, from 2pm – 3pm. Suitable for all abilities, come and improve your mobility and general wellbeing, keeping fit to music at this very friendly class. Includes some seated body conditioning exercises. Pay as you go at £4 per session. Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear. For further information contact Eileen Scott, on 07969929733, or email,


Filton Community Centre, Elm Park Tuesdays Mixed ability, 7.30-8.30pm Wednesdays Intermediate, 9.30-10.30am with Nicola Fry

07500 962 821

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. 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.

Wednesdays Pre-School story and Rhyme time 10.30-11am, Filton Library, Shield Centre Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play,10.30-11.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £5 for 1 adult and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre Filton Garden Club, St Teresa’s Social Club, 7.30pm. 1st Wednesday of every month, 0117 975 9126. Not January. St. Andrew's Methodist Church Lunch Club: Hot lunches served - 12.00 for 12.15 p.m. Special dietary needs catered for. £3.50 for 2 courses with tea/coffee. If interested - please ring 0117 987 2143; you do not need to be a member of St. Andrew's Methodist Church to join. 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 UHCT Eden Grove Church, Eden Grove, Horfield BS7 0PQ at 2.30 pm. Ladies are welcome to just turn up or ring Edna on 0117 949 5413 for a chat about the Guild. Sound of Song ( a Choir for Female Voices) meet in Horfield URC, Church Hall, Muller Road on Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.30pm. Repertoire covers classical, choral, jazz, popular, folk, and show songs. No auditions necessary." 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 of music from light Classics to country, folk, modern, musicals and more. We are a friendly group and would be glad to help you settle in ! Come to rehearsals at St.Peter’s church hall Filton, each Wednesday at 7.30 pm (Opp.Airbus) or phone Margaret 0117 9699206 or visit website publicity@northavonsingers. On the third Wednesday of each month the Avon branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS UK) meet at the Avon Suite BAWA Club. 7.45late. Over 18 please unless accompanied by an adult. All types of plastic modelling and one of the largest groups in the UK. For further information check out website Filton Historical Group. meet at Pavilion, Elm Park, Filton. 7.30pm last Wed.of months. Sept. to April (not December) Interesting speakers. For further details: 0117 9695198.

Thursdays Bristol Male Voice Choir...If you 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 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,9-10am. These sessions are first come, first served. £5 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, term time only, term time only. Filton Ladies, We are Filton ladies group, who meet every Thursday, 2pm to 4pm at St Andrew's Church, for a chat and catch up with friends old and new, over a nice cup of tea or coffee and biscuits and would love new ladies to join us. Plus, every 3 rd Thursday we have very interesting speakers when we open up our meeting to nonmembers including men. Why not pop along and meet us, we are a very friendly club. We also do armchair exercises, hold raffles and table top sales. We also arrange various coach trips. Contact Margaret on 01179041844 or Jenny on 01179312822. Or just come along any Thursday to meet us. Silver surfers: FACE, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, 10am-noon Drop-in for ‘silver-haired’ 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, 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,, St Peter’s MU (Mothers Union) 2nd Thursday of each month (except August), 2pm in the church hall. All ladies and Gentlemen invited.Look on St Peter’s Church web site or call 0117 9491833 or just turn up. Stop Smoking Sessions, 3-4pm. Appointments to be booked in advance. 01454 865502. smokefree@southglos. Diddi dance, Preschool dance class for girls and boys ages 18 months to school! Thursdays 9:45-10:30am, St. Teresas Church Hall. Contact Emily for your free trial.07850983821. emily.norman@ Avon Harmony are a Ladies Barbershop

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n REGULAR EVENTS Chorus. We welcome visitors for a no obligation taster session. We rehearse at The Dance Studio, Fairfield High School, Allfoxton Road, Bristol BS7 9NL. Every Thursday evening 7.30pm - 9.45pm. Tel: Mary 07954170532

Fridays Toddler and Baby Group, meets term time only at St Andrew’s Methodist Church from 10 to 12 noon. A warm welcome to all toddlers, babies and carers. Aqua fit, 9.30 – 10.15am, cost £5 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure St Andrew's Methodist Wesley Guild meets in the Church lounge every other Friday evening at 7.30 p.m commencing September 14th. 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.

Over 30’s Dance Party Dancing Thru’ The Decades Club Classics * Motown * Soul

BAWA Club,

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Concord Band is a Wind Band. We meet every Friday from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at St Andrews Methodist Church Hall, Elm Park Road, Filton BS34 7PS. Our Conductor Keith Williams is a well know 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 or email: or come along with you instrument and have a play. Visitors to rehearsals are always welcome.


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


Wednesdays: Youth club for 12-18s (Year 8+) 6.30-8.30pm, £2 Thursdays: Ignite Thursdays: (all sessions £2) 5.30-7pm: Bright Sparks Youth club for age 11-15 with learning/social difficulties or ASD, 9-17yrs 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, £2 6.30-8.30pm: Youth club for School Years 6, 7&8, £2 New members always welcome to all groups. Based at: FACE, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS, phone 0117 9691938, email and website

Wednesday Over 50's 2 course lunch £3.50 12.15pm, lunch served at 12.30pm. Thursday Over 50's 2 course lunch £3.50 12.15pm, lunch served at 12.30pm. Friday North Bristol Amateur Radio Club, Open to Public, 7pm - 10pm Saturday Bingo, 7.00pm – Sunday Phoenix Spiritual Centre 6pm-9pm

1st Filton Scouts, Cubs & Beavers Beavers age 6-8, Wed 5:45 – 6:45pm Cubs age 8-10, Mon 6:30 – 8pm Scouts age 10-14, Tues 6:45 – 8:45pm The group is based in Scout HQ, Nutfield Grove, Filton, BS34 7LH. All sections are open to boys and girls. Contact

37 or phone John Cahill 0798 605 3005

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Tuesdays Rainbows - ages 5-7 years 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 Contact : concordedivision@ or register at Girlguiding UK website.

Filton Community Garden meetings Every second Saturday of the month at 10am-12noon in the Town Clerk's Meeting Room at 10am.

SHE7, Braemar Crescent, Filton Monday Phoenix Spiritual Centre 1pm-4pm Tuesday Bingo 7.30pm – 9.15pm

Present Live Music

Saturdays Councillors’ Surgery, Filton Library. 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 Bethany Church Filton, Meadowsweet Ave, Conygre 1st & 3rd Sunday 3pm 2nd & 4th Sunday 11am followed by lunch.

Bradley Stoke Library Mon 28th Oct 2.30-3.30pm Patchway Library Wed 30th Oct 10.30-11.30am Filton Library Thurs 31st Oct 2-3pm

Friday 18th Oct 8.30 PM - FREE ENTRY at

ELM PARK ,FILTON. BS34 7PS Follow us on facebook, bluesrockrevue & website for an up-to-date what’s on and a bio of the forthcoming bands. Please give us a like !!!!! Contact Brian Adams - 0759 0099564 LIMELIGHT- Band members: Martin, lead guitar/vocals/keyboards; Gemma, lead Guitar/vocals; Dave, bass guitar/vocals; Jason, Drums. Classic progressive rock from the 70’s 80’s 90’s played with great empathy in the manner of fantastic bands producing music of the era…the main influences being Pink Floyd, Marilion, Queen, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy to name a few.

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n PROPERTY OF THE MONTH WITH OCEAN Cropthorne Road, Filton Guide price £235,000

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An excellent location for major transport links - the M4/M5/M32, Abbey Wood, Parkway station. Good access to the city centre, Gloucester Road and many large retail outlets and local amenities. Major local employers include the MOD, Airbus and Southmead Hospital. The property benefits from a contemporary open plan design


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the would make an ideal first time buyer purchase. Accommodation comprises the following: entrance hallway, open plan lounge/diner, fitted kitchen leading to a wellappointed conservatory, 2 double bedrooms, both equally impressive in size and an upstairs bathroom. The property is brick built with parking for two cars and a low maintenance garden.


D Turner

Painting, Decorating & Property Maintenance Over 30 years experience • Tiling • PVC • Full Electrics • Fencing • Flooring Interior & Exterior Free Estimates Competitive Rates

Office: 0117 982 3930 or 0777 391 6802 ELECTRICIAN

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To advertise in our services section from as little as £15 per month contact Richard on 07775 550607 or Emma on 07513 0117 9082121. Ruth on 517 593 ROOFING

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Leaking taps l Blocked wastes l WC l Ball valves Overflows l Showers l Basins l Taps l Boilers l Heating & Plumbing

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For friendly and professional grass cutting services within Bristol. Fully insured for regular/one-off jobs, both domestic and commercial. For more information call 07867 484360 PAINTING AND DECORATING

Taps, Washers Toilets, Cisterns Leaks, Blockages Tanks, Overflows Lead Pipes, Stopcocks….etc… OAP DISCOUNTS and NO VAT


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DAVE TRIMBY ROOFING SERVICES l All Roofing Work Undertaken l Professional | Friendly | Local l Independent family business l Well established l Roof repairs and renewals l Fascia, soffit and guttering work

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Registered upper tier waste carrier licence no CBDU225074

We load and clear rubbish/junk from houses Flats, Sheds, Attics, Gardens etc etc No job too small - we even clear single items Cheaper than a skip and we load no VAT Contact Stuart or Sue

Freephone 0800 0234 995 Mobile 07770944727 anytime inc. weekends WIFI SERVICES

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David Coombs Services prides itself on offering a comprehensive service for all homeowners according to their individual needs. Not all properties are the same and not all homes require the same service, so our bespoke service is tailored to your individual needs.

• Maintenance • Kitchen & Bathroom • Roofing Services • Painting & Decorating • Plumbing & Heating • Electrical Services • Carpentry • Event Photography • Event Makeup

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Wigs Bristol


We have been supplying all types of wigs and hairpieces for fashion and medical purposes for 45 years. Wigs can be purchased off the peg or made to measure in hair or synthetic fibre. We stock many styles and makes.

Please book an appointment on:

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Childcare from 3 months to 5 years of age at Banana Moon Day Nursery Bristol.

Providing a safe, caring environment for children from three months to five years of age. •

Open 7.30am - 6.30pm, 51 weeks of the year

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Secure environment with extensive CCTV and biometric fingerprint entry system

Outdoor learning environment

Friendly and highly experienced staff.

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