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Tributes paid to community friend Howard There was sadness in the Filton community following the death of a very popular and long-time resident. Howard Bowker passed away suddenly over the weekend of 18 August. Howard will be remembered for many reasons - many years as Treasurer of Charborough Road Friends of School, a supporter of the Community Garden, a regular attendee at council meetings (where he often had wise words to say), an avid pub quizzer, a huge rugby fan and a former player. Not least, he was an enthusiastic, witty and intelligent contributor to debate on local issues, often bringing a sense of perspective when things threatened to get out of hand. Above all, he was a lovely, kind guy and a loyal friend who was interested in others and always had a kind word. The entire community will miss him.

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A controversial councillor from Filton, who was slammed for calling Bristol a ‘terribly awful’ city at night because of ‘perverts’, ‘disease riddled’ university students and ‘dangerous looking foreigners’, has spoken exclusively to the Filtonvoice about his tweet. The UKIP councillor for Almondsbury Town Council, Philip Winter, was commenting on Twitter about the case of Ben Stokes, the cricketer who was on trial for affray following a night out in Bristol. He wrote: “He was silly going into Bristol in the first place! “Its [sic] a terribly awful city from evening onwards, and full of perverts, disease riddled prostitutes from the local universities, brigands and dangerous looking foreigners! “I say this bloke is innocent and has been set up?” Speaking to Filtonvoice, Mr Winter said that although it was done in the heat of the moment, and he perhaps should have used different terminology, he stuck with his point.

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He said: "I am concerned about the levels of violence in this country. "Most people in their right mind would not go into Bristol at night." When asked about his remarks about students, he said: "Young people don't use contraceptives and if you go into Bristol in the early hours you see girls 'throwing it about'. "Bristol is the drugs capital of England and my remarks were

talking in general about Bristol - you'd be a fool to go there at night." Addressing the issue of 'dangerous looking foreigners', he said there was a problem of 'menacing people with hoods over their heads'. He added: "I am upset that a lot of crime has been imported and we don't discuss it and just seem to accept it. "I am not a racist but we have been suppressed by political

correctness. If we were able to discuss things, certain bad things would not happen. "It was only because of the persistence of a party like UKIP that grooming scandals (in the north of England) were uncovered. "UKIP is controversial because no one else is talking about it. Lots of things go unreported due to political correctness." Mr Winter said his Tweet had

not been removed by himself although he accepted he should have rephrased it. On Bristol Live website, Sally Patterson, the equality, liberation and access officer for the University of Bristol students’ union, said the union condemned the comments, not just for the bizarre and strangely specific allegations about Bristol’s sex workers, but about the ‘dangerous-looking foreigners’ comment too. “Bristol SU strongly condemns the recent tweets written by UKIP councillor Philip Winter,” she said. “His tweets are offensive on every level, and it’s shameful that views like this are held in the 21st century. It’s racist, xenophobic and reflect a dangerous narrative around immigration. “We are proud of our students’ contribution to Bristol, and proud to be a part of a city that is diverse and inclusive. Hate speech will not be tolerated here,” she added. This is not the first time that the UKIP councillor’s tweets have landed him in hot water. It was reported that Mr Winter was suspended from the party last year after a racist comment appeared on his Twitter. He was then cleared following investigation as it was not possible to prove that Mr Winter had sent the tweet. He added: "Tweets have got me into trouble in the past."

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Homebuilding on airfield could begin this winter Work is due to begin this winter on the residential phase of Filton Airfield, developers YTL have said. The Malaysian company, which is creating a new town with schools, leisure facilities, employment as well as nearly 2,700 homes, is submitting detailed planning applications this autumn. Representatives of the firm addressed Filton Town Council. Response to the plans was mixed, with some councillors saying it represented a great opportunity to develop Filton while others expressed fears about traffic and parking. Residents also said the new home could have a detrimental effect on existing services in Filton. There were also fears that the numbers of affordable homes was not enough but councillors were told the quotas referred to the wider housebuilding in the area, including Charlton Hayes.

Among the features of the new town will be: • Homes with smart technology • 62 acres of employment space • Recreational and leisure facilities • A new railway station • Metrobus route through site The new North Filton station

will have a direct connection to Temple Meads along with two platforms and bike parking. YTL said the residential phases would see 'architecturally distinctive' homes with private gardens and terraces. A commercial zone accessible from the A38 would see space

for employment. It is thought the first residents could be in their homes by Winter/Spring 2020. The YTL respresentatives said they were unable to comment on plans for an arena in the Brabazon Hangar. Mayor criticised over arena: Turn to Pages 8 and 9

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Sam takes on Tough Mudder for good cause

A young woman from Filton has taken part in the Tough Mudder challenge to raise funds for a local charity that provides support to survivors of sexual abuse, sexual violence and rape. Sam King, who has lived in Filton for four years and works as a probation officer, decided to raise funds for Kinergy by taking part in the extreme assault in Badminton on Saturday, August 18. She wanted to raise awareness of the charity, who are based in Kingswood and offer one to one and group counselling sessions free of charge, as well as coffee mornings for victims and their families. As most members of staff who work there are volunteers, Sam also wanted to raise funds to allow them to continue providing such an important service. Speaking of her decision to raise funds for Kinergy, Sam said: “I have used their services

Mike, Alice, Scott, Sam and Marie after the Tough Mudder event for the past year and can wholeheartedly say I would not be the person I am today without the support they have given me. I know I speak for many others too.” As part of her preparation for Tough Mudder, which involves

taking on 13 obstacles with elements such as monkey bars, mild electric shocks and plenty of mud and icy water over five miles, Sam underwent a rigorous training programme with five or six sessions a week at Boot Camps Bristol in Little Stoke.

During the challenge, Sam was also joined by her mum Marie King and friends Scott Curley, Alice Vikery and Mike Trevelyan. Overall, Sam and the rest of her team finished the obstacle course in just under two hours, and she said it was just as tough as she expected it to be. She added: “It definitely wasn’t easy but it was so fun! The camaraderie between everyone there was amazing and definitely restored our faith in humanity.” Sam was initially hoping to raise £300 by taking part in Tough Mudder and also organising a cake sale at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, but this target has now exceeded £600. To support Sam’s fundraising efforts, visit her Just Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/SamanthaKing. To find out more about Kinergy, visit their website: www.kinergy.org.uk.

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Mayor Marvin should step aside from decision on arena - George Ferguson by Paul Breeden Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has been accused of compromising himself so badly in the row over rival sites for Bristol’s arena that he should withdraw from making a decision on the venue, according to his opponents. Papers for a cabinet meeting to decide the fate of an arena at Temple Meads - with Filton Airfield the possible alternative are about to be released, shortly after the Voice is published. The mayor says he wants to follow the evidence on whether the city centre plot is a suitable site – but at every turn he seems to voice reasons why the arena shouldn’t go there. His opponents allege that he has already made his mind up to back the alternative, larger arena at Filton funded by Malaysian firm YTL.

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towards ruling out a Temple Meads site for the arena. Only with that proviso would a Filton arena have any sign of success, they say. The Mayor's response Marvin Rees has accused his critics of a “nonsense campaign” of “noise and attack” against his attempt to take a “sober look” at the viability of a city centre arena. In an interview with Emma Britton on BBC Radio Bristol, he denied his head had been turned by the hospitality he received from YTL in Malaysia. “It was a £120 a night hotel room and a breakfast,” he said. He rebuffed ex-mayor George Ferguson’s claim that he could have signed off the Temple Meads arena before he left office in May 2016. “This is so misleading, it was in no fit state,” said Mr Rees.

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as the beginning of last year. He called the affair “disgraceful – the worst decision making I have seen since I became a councillor.” Bristol Live has reported that the council was in talks with YTL about building an arena at Filton airport in April 2017 – six months earlier than previously disclosed. Council officers offered help with the YTL plans, and agreed to sign a statement of support for it in alliance with South Gloucestershire council.

Former Bristol mayor George Ferguson says several planning experts have told him that the plan by YTL for an arena at Filton Airport is unlikely to get planning permission. “It would be impossible for any self-respecting city planner to recommend approval for such a significant venue on the edge of the city when alternative sites exist in or near the centre, as they clearly do,” Mr Ferguson wrote in an open letter on August 8. “This is known as the Sequential Planning Test, an excellent piece of planning legislation, which was introduced in 2014 to ensure the vitality of our town centres.". This means that the planning system is supposed to support town and city centres, and only to approve out-of-town projects if no alternatives exist. Critics of Mr Rees say that his actions appear to be pointing

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Reduced weekend hours to make enquiries at nearest police station The police station at Patchway on the A38, the closest to Filton, will be open for enquiries for seven hours fewer at weekends starting this month. This follows a review of the service across Avon and Somerset, and will also affect Kingswood and Chipping Sodbury stations. The station enquiry desk hours will be unchanged Monday to Friday (8am-8pm) but on Saturdays and Sundays will open at 9am and close at 5pm A spokesman said: "Alongside improvements in the police estate and the need to make significant savings, the changes reflect the low footfall in some areas at certain times of the day. "Our priority is to have enquiry offices across the force

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Cribbs delay is a disappointment It has been a busy time over the past month right across the constituency. It was a pleasure to be a guest at the ‘Flying into the Future’ service on Filton Airfield. The service was to celebrate its history, as well as embrace its future, and the opportunities the new development would bring. It was great to be able to speak to representatives of developer YTN and constituents to discuss the plans. It was disappointing that a decision on the Cribbs Causeway expansion plan has been further delayed into October, two months later than previously planned. I had a meeting with Deborah Jones, the Cribbs Causeway Centre Director, to discuss developments and will continue to keep a close eye on developments regarding the

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Fly tipping in our alleyway is now intolerable by Rebecca Day Fly tipping in our alleyway is a “health hazard” and something needs to be done. This is the call from a Filton resident who says that their alleyway has become so littered with rubbish that rats have started coming into their garden. Items found in the alleyway, which runs from Nutfield Grove to Station Road, behind Filton Avenue and Mortimer Road, include car parts, mattresses, sofas, baths, washing machines, clothes, rubble, glass bottles and general waste. The resident, who prefers to

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months, it’s just become a dump ... it’s becoming more and more intolerable. There are always vans driving up and down the lane looking to drop off rubbish or pick up scraps. I don’t even feel safe parking my car down here anymore. “The people who come and dump their stuff down here don’t realise that this alleyway belongs to us. Rubbish attracts more rubbish – it’s just becoming a free-for-all. “No one is prepared to come and remove the rubbish because it’s a private lane … It just feels that the council doesn’t want to know.” The resident says that the idea of installing gates to prevent fly tipping has been discussed with the council, but this requires the majority of households to agree to the gates and provide a monetary contribution towards the installation and purchase of keys. Councillor Roger Hutchinson said: “I am certainly aware of the serious fly tipping problem that exists in the lane to the rear of Filton Avenue and the Mortimer Road cul-de-sac.

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A packed programme as visitors from France and Germany welcomed to Filton Visitors from Germany and France experienced life in Filton during their three-yearly twinning visit to the town. Organised by Filton Twinning Association, the trip saw around 125 people including coach drivers spend five days together and learn more about what life in Filton is really like. During the evening of Wednesday, July 25, 41 visitors from SaintVallier-sur-Rhône in France arrived first, with 33 visitors from Witzenhausen in Germany following on after some delays and a 17 hour journey. After a good night’s rest, the Filton group took their visitors out for the day to help everyone get to know each other. After a pub lunch, the group went on to Clevedon, where they enjoyed a short talk and a stroll along the pier, before having some free

time to explore the sea front and the town itself. On the Friday the hosts entertained their guests, with many taking them sightseeing around Bristol and further afield

to places such as Stourhead and Bath. On the Saturday the Germans and French went on their own pre-arranged visits with the Germans travelling up the River Avon by boat and the

French on a trip to Gloucester. One of the main highlights of the visit was a special service at St Andrew's Church on the Sunday, complete with a puppet show. Afterwards, the group enjoyed a hog roast and music from Thornbury Ukeaholics (who raised over £300 for Bristol’s Above and Beyond charity) in the badminton hall by the Ratepayers pub. There was also a meeting between the three twinning groups to report on what’s happening in their towns and to start making arrangements for the next visit to Witzenhausen on July 25 2019, which will mark the 40th anniversary of the Filton/StVallier/Witzenhausen tripartite twinning In addition to the daytime activities, in the evenings the group also took part in a couple

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one was shy about dancing which was fantastic. Language really was no barrier at all – everyone got involved and enjoyed themselves. I made friends with some other visitors too and everyone was so friendly – we all laughed at the same kind of things! “As a new member and host I felt very supported by the Filton group throughout which was lovely. Darryl Collins, Chair of Filton Town Council, also commented during the visit how important it is to maintain this wonderful bond between the three ‘twinned’ towns. “We really need to get more people involved in making future visits happen, and I would encourage any local residents to take part – I’m so glad that I did and I can’t wait for next year’s visit to Witzenhausen already!” To find out more about getting involved in next year’s twinning trip and become a member of Filton Twinning Association, get in touch with Carole Duckett by calling 0117 9865350 or visit Filton Twinning Association’s website: www.filtontwinning.uk.

of dances, where they enjoyed a range of live music, buffets, drinks, and plenty of time for chat. Helen Johnson, who only became a member of Filton Twinning Association last year, hosted four young women - a ‘Cherry Queen’ and three ‘Cherry Princesses’, who were representing Witzenhausen and the famous festival of cherries. Speaking to Filton Voice about her first twinning experience, she said: “I got on really well with them straight away. “They were really appreciative of everything that we did and a pleasure to spend time with. We had lots of fun and shared lots of jokes! “I really enjoyed taking the girls to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge, as well as having time to explore the harbourside and do some Wallace and Gromit hunting in the city centre. It was also lovely to sit and have some fish and chips and make the most of the really hot weather too. “Another highlight was the evening dances that we attended. People didn’t sit around, and no

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School improvements awarded funding South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet has approved more than £4.8 million in new and amended schemes that are funded through the capital programme, including a new school to be located at Charlton Hayes near Filton. The Charlton Wood Primary Academy is being built on the former Filton Airfield and will be run by Endeavour Academy Trust. The new school will open in September 2019 and is being funded from Section 106 developer contributions at a total cost of £6.25m. Councillors approved a number of other school improvements which will improve the teaching and learning environment for children across the school estate. Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, the Council has allocated £500,000 to convert

The Charlton Wood groundbreaking ceremony the College’s engineering centre to install professional grade kitchen facilities to create employment opportunities in the Catering and Hospitality industry for Post 16 children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The new facility called The

Chase, will focus on nurturing and developing young people requiring high needs support who have a passion for learning catering, hospitality and enterprise, while developing the skills required to succeed and contribute within society. The Chase will open in September

2018 and will provide 25 places for students with moderate to severe learning difficulties. Plans for the development of the new Watermore Primary School are also progressing with the Development Control (West) Committee due to review them on August 9. £1.74 million in developer funding will also go towards new all-weather pitch facilities for Patchway Community College. Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Toby Savage said: “We want our pupils have the best school facilities possible and this significant investment will help us to deliver that. Improvements will be made at a number of schools across the area and a new primary academy will be built to help ensure we are adequately prepared for the future.” The Cabinet meeting took place on Monday, July 2.

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No trains to run through Parkway for three weeks Residents attended a drop-in event in Stoke Gifford held by Network Rail to find out more about the final stages of electrification work of the line between London Paddington and Bristol Parkway. Network Rail representatives were on hand at the meeting – held at the St Michael Centre, The Green – to explain the plans and answer any questions. The railway through Bristol Parkway will be closed between September 15 and October 6 inclusive, and again on the weekend of October 13-14. No trains will run via Bristol Parkway during these periods. The upgrade includes the installation of the overhead line equipment (OLE) used to hold the wires for electrification, and masts will be put up and wires over those three weeks in the Bristol Parkway area, from Winterbourne viaduct, through Bristol Parkway station, up to Little Stoke, and then along the Filton East Curve. Over these three weeks the overhead line equipment already installed between Royal Wootton Bassett and Winterbourne viaduct will be fully tested. During these three weeks, trains will still be running using diversionary routes. Rail replacement bus and coach services will be in place for some journeys. The three-week closure follows similar upgrade work last year, which included building a fourth platform at Bristol Parkway, extending the existing three platforms, and upgrading the track layout in the Parkway area to improve reliability and increase capacity. The upgrades will enable passengers to experience the benefits of Great Western Railway’s (GWR) new fleet of electric trains, including more frequent services and reduced journey times. To find out more about the upgrade work in the Bristol area visit nr.co.uk/westernupgrade. Advert Page 38

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Legion seeks volunteers for Poppy Appeal The Royal British Legion, (RBL), is gearing up for the 2018/19 Poppy Appeal which starts on October 1. It needs to recruit many more volunteers to help raise funds for the RBL’s Welfare Fund which funds the welfare, support and guidance work that the RBL provides for current and ex service personnel from the Armed Forces, and their dependents. The Legion is trying to recruit across the whole local area from Almondsbury, through the Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Patchway, Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and Filton. This is a vital area for the RBL and raises somewhere in the region of £100,000 every year for the Poppy Appeal. Organisers arr making a concerted effort to recruit more volunteers to help raise this much needed money for the Poppy Appeal, particularly at

The local branch and many other branches of the RBL attended the Great Pilgrimage 90 in August. Both Tony Peters and Karen Falconer from Stoke Gifford Branch were Standard Bearers at the event. The Mall at Cribbs Causeway; Sainsbury's at Stoke Gifford, ASDA at Filton and the Willow Brook Shopping Centre in Bradley Stoke and other supermarkets. At the present time they will be unable to fully man their usual stands in the large local supermarkets and also at The Malldue to some of our regular

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The Legion currently spends £1.6 million every week helping them in a huge variety of ways – please see www.britishlegion.org. uk/get-support/ Please contact the Stoke Gifford Branch of the RBL at rblstokegifford@gmail.com. Billy Wilde, a student at the Bradley Stoke Community School and the youngest Poppy Appeal co-ordinator, said: “I have been volunteering for the British Legion since I was five years old and I have really enjoyed raising money for such a worthy cause, whilst making many new friends, of all ages, along the way. To be able to see how so many of our ex-service men and women are helped by the money we raise is incredibly moving. “Even if you can volunteer for just two hours of your time, your support will be really appreciated. Even if collecting isn't for you, we have many other volunteering opportunities, too.”

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Left to right, Master Rachel Woodford, Master M Khan (European Director and GB Chief Instructor), Grand Master Robert Beaudoin, Chris Woodford, Nick Davison, Jordan Chappell, and Tom Woodford

Students come away with golds A Filton martial arts Master has expressed nothing but pride for a group of students who have just returned from the Tang Soo Do World Championships in North Carolina. Master Rachel Woodford has congratulated her sons Tom, 24, and Chris, 18 – who both train at her club, Frome Valley Tang Soo Do (TSD) – and Nick Davison who trains at Bishopston TSD. Between the three students, they came away with four golds, one silver and a grand champion cup. They competed in three disciplines at the championships held in Greensboro, North Carolina: hyungs (a sequence of moves), weapons and free sparring.

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Chris, a 1st Dan black belt, won a gold medal in hyungs, and a silver medal for weapons. Nick, a black belt candidate (Cho Dan Bo), achieved gold in each of the categories and was awarded the Senior Male Gup (coloured belt) Grand Champion cup. Unfortunately, Tom, a 3rd Dan black belt, was not placed but performed extremely well against some tough competition. The group was also joined by

Jordan Chappell, the instructor at Bishopston TSD. Tom, Chris and Nick were the only three students from Bristol-based World Tang Soo Do Association clubs able to travel to the championships. The trip was self-funded, and they qualified by being placed at national and European competitions last year. Master Woodford, 52, who is a 4th Dan black belt and a retired Great British Grand

Champion, commented: “The students had been working towards this competition for over a year, taking part in regional championships in preparation, and working hard to identify areas they could improve and develop as well as maintaining health and fitness during this long lead-up. “Their success at the World Championships reflects the hard work and dedication that they have given.” Tang Soo Do is a traditional Korean martial art dating back over 2,000 years. Frome Valley TSD meets on a Friday night in Horfield and a Tuesday night in Yate, whilst Bishopston TSD meets on a Thursday evening. Call 07712 729726 or 07702 173791 for more information.

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by Keri Beckingham A Filton resident says a housing association has failed to take the views of local people on board for its plans for new housing units. As previously reported in Filton Voice, Merlin Housing Association wants to launch a £2.5m scheme on Rodney Crescent in Filton. The plans would see eight homes demolished and replaced with 17 affordable housing units, including one bedroom flats and two and three bedroom homes. The developer wants to demolish the boarded up post-war precast homes, which have ‘exceeded their shelf life’, and despite some objections by residents in regards to parking, the impact on a local green space, emergency services and refuse collection, plans have been submitted to South Gloucestershire Council for approval (with reference PT18/3038/F). Although the plans were

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subject to public consultation in July 2015, one resident says Merlin has failed to keep residents updated in regards to the development. John Heath contacted Filton Voice following the publication of our last edition. He said: “Where you stated in your last edition that Merlin have done extensive consultation with the residents, this is not correct. “When I first bought my house two and a half years ago, I spoke to a neighbour who explained that Merlin wanted to do this a couple of years ago, but since then all that has been received is one letter stating the plans for the proposed rebuilding. I have not been

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invited to any meetings with Merlin, and when I contacted them directly to express my concerns, I found them to be quite unhelpful. “I’m concerned about parking, which is already bad, and it’s only going to get worse as Merlin are taking away parking spaces by removing the grassed area and putting a new road in. In their plans they have stated that they will give all residents for the new properties their own parking spaces, however this doesn’t help residents who already live on Rodney Crescent. "When I wrote to Merlin, I asked what kind of compensation they give to residents, such as window cleaning in light of all Proposed Dwellings Plots 9 - 17

the dust that the building site will produce, but they just responded to say that they don’t do that as it’s not in their policy.” Responding to Mr Heath’s concerns, a Merlin spokesperson said: “Since announcing our plans we have held two public consultations, as well as private consultations with those directly affected. "We’ve also updated neighbours, most recently to let them know we were applying for planning permission. “As well as 5160/P/850 providing modern, affordable housing, our plans will retain large areas of the green space in the front of the site, have maximized the amount of on-site parking by providing 25 parking spaces and kept the existing disabled parking space on Rodney Crescent." The planning application will be decided on September 28. Residents can keep up to date with the planning application’at: https://bit.ly/2BAHjiz. No. 912 - No. 894 Filton Avenue

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Call for views on domestic violence and abuse People in Filton are being urged to give their views on a Domestic Violence and Abuse Strategy. The strategy is designed to set out the aims and priorities to tackle the problem in communities across South Gloucestershire. It focuses on Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA), which is defined as “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, or threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between those aged 16 years or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional. A spokesperson said: "We recognise that issues involving DVA are complex and

interlinked, but the purpose of this strategy is to focus on understanding DVA need. "Although this strategy does not include, for example, sexual violence, there will be strong links in the development of the action plan and work going forward with those key related issues and partner organisations. "In South Gloucestershire, we believe that domestic abuse is a fundamental infringement of an individual’s basic human rights and must never be tolerated. It is our collective responsibility to challenge and appropriately respond to domestic abuse." To give your views, collect a form from Filton Library, call 01454 862356, email consultation@southglos.gov. uk or complete the consultation online at consultations. southglos.gov.uk It closes on September 11.

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11th, 6pm Finance Committee Doug Daniels Pavilion NOTE TIME. Meeting being held earlier to take account of public meeting about Filton Community Association. See posters opposite

25th 7.30pm Full Council Doug Daniels Pavilion

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9th, 7pm Finance Committee Doug Daniels Pavilion 30th 7.30pm Full Council Bethany Hall, Conygre NOTE VENUE

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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.


Filton Town Council Activities at Filton Sports & Leisure Centre

Do you know we are more than just a swimming pool? We have fitness classes and bootcamp, swimfit, badminton, snooker, tennis courts and 5 side football courts all on offer. We also have sports fields, softplay, a skate and bmx park, children’s play area and outdoor gym. For any more information please give us a call on 01454-866686, or online at www. filtonleisurecentre. co.uk

Filton Town Council September Finance Meeting

ELM PARK | FILTON | SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE | BS34 7PS Town Clerk: Lesley Reuben | Web: www.filtontowncouncil.gov.uk E-mail:office@filtontowncouncil.gov.uk | Tel/Fax: 01454 866698

Will take place on: TUESDAY 11th September 2018 at 6:00pm – 7.00pm in:

The Doug Daniels Pavilion, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7PS. Press and Public are Welcome. Lesley Reuben, Town Clerk 14th August 2018

FILTON COMMUNITY CENTRE PUBLIC MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER 2018 FROM 7.30PM AT BADMINTON HALL, FILTON LEISURE CENTRE ELM PARK, BS34 7PS REGARDING CONCERNS RAISED OVER FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION OF FILTON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION PRESS AND PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND TO HAVE YOUR SAY OR ASK QUESTIONS

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n BRISTOL TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING ACADEMY GCSEs and A LEVELS

Future looking bright for students specialising in tech and engineering Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy is celebrating another set of excellent results at GCSE and A-level. The academy in Stoke Gifford saw 62% of Year 11 students achieve a 4 or above including English and Maths with a significant number achieving the top grades across their STEM specialist subjects. In Year 13 half of all students have secured high quality apprenticeships at organisations including Rolls Royce, British Airways and Network Rail with the remainder progressing to university. BTE Academy is one of the country’s University Technical Colleges (UTCs), which focus on the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UTCs are sponsored by a university and by local employers who provide work experience and relevant projects for their 14-to19-year-old intake. Principal Rhian Priest said: "I am extremely proud of the students and staff who have worked so hard to achieve these results. Yet again there have been some tremendous individual successes and we are particularly pleased with our Maths, English and Engineering results. In Engineering well over half of students achieved either a Distinction* or a Distinction with over 20% achieving a grade 7, 8 or 9 in English and Maths." “Part of the reason for our success is down to the specialist nature of our academy. We only offer A Levels in maths

and science subjects, along with diplomas in engineering, computing and applied science. "These are the disciplines which are more than ever in demand from employers, and which will increasingly come to shape the UK’s skills-driven, technology-based economy in the years to come." Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy is holding an open day from 10am-1pm on Saturday 22nd September and are currently accepting applications for year 10 and year 12 for a September 2019 start. If you would like to book a place and meet staff, students and sponsor employers, then please call 0117 983 8080, register on the website at www. bteacademy.co.uk or email admissions@bteaacademy.co.uk

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n ORCHARD SCHOOL BRISTOL GCSEs

Significant progress in GCSEs as secondary continues to improve New-style GCSE results at Orchard School Bristol have shown significant progress this year, and demonstrate the improvements the school is making. There were many personal success stories and the school was pleased to celebrate these with their hard-working students on results day. Headteacher Julia Hinchliffe said, “I would like to thank our committed staff who have helped our students make strong progress this year. “We are particularly proud of the number of students achieving grade 9s in Spanish, Geography and RE. Two students achieved 9-9-9 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and seven students achieved 9s in Maths GCSE. “Orchard students are leaving us to go onto exciting courses in sixth forms, colleges, independent schools and apprenticeships across Bristol and we wish them all the very best for their future.”

Case study Max Grant

Among the top performers at Orchard School was Max Grant from Horfield, a former pupil of Filton Avenue Primary. Max, who has been offered a scholarship to Bristol Grammar School, is also in the England Under 16 handball squad. He said his aim was to go on to university to study biochemistry or maths. He said: “I always had so much encouragement at Orchard for my sporting and academic ambitions. “My family have also been incredibly supportive and I am looking forward to the next chapter in my academic life.” This summer Max spent a week at Cambridge University, experiencing life as an undergraduate.

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Summer heatwave leads to surge in A&E visits by Ralph Blackburn, Data reporter Hundreds more people attended North Bristol NHS Trust’s A&E unit in Southmead Hospital this July, compared with 2017, which health bosses said was an "unprecedented summer surge" due to the heatwave. NHS England figures show that 8,086 people attended the trust’s emergency departments last month, 452 more than in July 2017. Attendances in June were also higher than usual, with 7,747 patients arriving at A&E. Nationally, record numbers of people flooded to emergency departments in July, with respiratory problems, dehydration and other illnesses associated with the hot weather. Across England almost 2.2 million patients attended A&E in July, 100,000 more patients than the same month in 2017, with

Filton Festival in July was held on one of the hottest days of the year

emergency admissions also rising by 6.3%. This included patients visiting minor injury units and walk in centres. An NHS England spokesman said: “As temperatures soared, the NHS saw an unprecedented summer surge last month with a record 2.2 million patients attending A&E. Nine in 10 people were seen, treated and admitted or discharged within four hours." At North Bristol NHS

Trust 75.5% of people were seen, treated and admitted or discharged within the four hour target period. That's slightly down on July 2017 when 75.7% were dealt with in four hours. Hospitals are supposed to admit or discharge 95% of patients within the target time. Three years ago 96.5% were seen within four hours. Southmead Hospital Emergency Department Lead

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Nurse Juliette Hughes said: “We have been busy in our emergency department over the summer with patients coming to us for a variety of reasons, some of which have been linked to the hot weather we experienced. “If your healthcare complaint is not an emergency another service such as your pharmacist, GP or out of hours service or NHS 111 could help and will usually see you much more quickly than A&E.” Emergency admissions have increased at North Bristol NHS Trust. Last month 2,993 patients were admitted after turning up at A&E, a 23% rise on 2017. Donna Kinnair, director of nursing policy and practice at the Royal College of Nursing, said: "With rising A&E attendance and admissions, hospitals are now seeing winter conditions in summer.”

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During the last four weeks or so, we have been targeting our local shoplifters in the Filton area after a large increase in thefts. We have increased our patrol, also conducting plain clothed operations. Posters have been put in shops and a new “Shop Watch” scheme has been set up at seven of our most targeted stores including the Spar shop on Filton Avenue, Tesco Express on Gloucester Road North, Farmfoods and Home Bargains at Shields retail, McColl’s on Filton Avenue, Asda and B&M Bargains at Abbeywood retail. The stores have set up a “WhatsApp” group between them to share information about offenders and suspects and this is working extremely well. To date we have arrested two females for linked offences and also banned a male from stores. If found offending in one of the stores, you get banned from all seven stores on the scheme.

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Railway upgrade work 15 September – 7 October 13 October – 14 October As part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, we are electrifying a section of railway through Winterbourne, Stoke Gifford, Little Stoke and along the Filton East Curve to bring passengers quieter, more frequent and more reliable train services. Our work may be noisy and can take place at night or during the day. To find out more, please visit nr.co.uk/westernupgrade or call our National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 Travelling by train? Trains won’t call at Bristol Parkway station from Saturday 15 September until Saturday 6 October 2018 inclusive, or over the weekend of 13-14 October. Services will be diverted or be replaced by buses. Please plan ahead before you travel at: gwr.com/bristol2018 or crosscountrytrains.co.uk/bristol2018 Thank you for bearing with us while we upgrade your railway.

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Alumni inspire students to aim high

Jane has sights set on victory

Secondary students at a local school are to be linked with volunteer former students who can act as relatable role models offering work skills as part of a scheme to boost their chances of achieving a fulfilling career. The Employability Skills Project funded through The Rothschild & Co Charitable Giving programme and run by the education charity Future First will equip current students at Orchard School with skills they need to succeed in work and help them overcome barriers to achieving their dream job. The young people in Year 10 will work with alumni from similar backgrounds who will coach them in building selfawareness, confidence and drive and help them increase their understanding of their future career options. The £45,000 initiative will focus on developing students’ verbal communication and written skills and help them make informed decision about their future. The proportion of students in the area not going onto education or employment after leaving school is higher than the OECD average. Future First research shows alumni acting as relatable role models have a powerful influence on the aspirations and confidence of young people. 85% of students say that alumni events help them to understand that ‘people like me’ can be successful. Julia Hinchliffe, Headteacher of Orchard School, said, “We

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are so excited to be working with Future First to develop our students’ aspirations. Orchard School students are determined and hard-working, and they are already building skills in leadership at school. The next step is to ensure that all our students feel confident they can excel in higher education, apprenticeships and employment in the future. We are thrilled that Rothschild are choosing to fund the Employability Skills Project, as part of their Charitable Giving Programme.” Matt Lent (pictured), Chief Executive of Future First, said, “When students see ‘people like them’ have succeeded, they are more likely to believe they can too. They work harder and have higher expectations of success. We want more schools to see the wide benefits of using their alumni as a powerful resource,

broadening the horizons and raising the aspiration of their current students.” Sophie Edgerley-Harris, Charitable Giving Coordinator at Rothschild said, “Rothschild & Co’s Community Investment programme aims to raise and realise the aspirations of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are proud to continue our longstanding support of Future First. We look forward to seeing the impact of the employablity skills project and are delighted that our employees will also have the opportunity to contribute, through our employee volunteering efforts.” For further information visit www.futurefirst.org.uk, contact Press Officer Sue Crabtree on sue@futurefirst.org.uk or contact the Future First team on 0207 239 8933.

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A Bristol woman has been chosen from thousands of proud glasses wearers as a regional finalist for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year. Originally from Preston, 48-year-old Horfield resident, Jane Gregory could follow in the footsteps of last year’s Award winner, Love Island hunk Alex Miller, winning £10,000 and the chance to mingle with the stars at the annual Spectacle Wearer of the Year Awards. Jane, who runs a vegan bakery business, was invited to her local Specsavers store in Filton to receive a bottle of champagne, a certificate and a £125 glasses voucher plus a free sight test. “I think wearing glasses can really boost your confidence,” says Jane. “I honestly find it liberating, especially with so many styles and frames now to suit everyone. Go big, go bold and embrace it! “When I heard the news that I was a regional finalist, it took a while to sink in and I still can't quite believe it now.” Specsavers Filton store manager Maria Matuszak said: “It was lovely to meet Jane and present her with the prizes. “She's a lovely person, looked fabulous in her specs and had a striking smile – the pictures looked great! We are all crossing our fingers that she can go one step further and make the final.” There are five age categories – 16-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-59 and over 60, plus a Facebook favourite voted for by the public. All age category winners will win a VIP makeover, with one overall winner taking home the ultimate accolade in specs wearing next month.

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Filton's young footballers win honours after another season of success

The annual St Vallier Presentation Evening was held recently. The venue for this year’s event was the BAWA Sports & Social Club. This was an opportunity for the players and parents from all the different age groups to get together and celebrate a season which has been one of the most successful in the club’s history. St Vallier currently caters for players across the ages from 6 to 15, and next season it will have an under 16 team as well. All of the teams were congratulated for their achievements at the event and every player received a trophy. There were also special awards for individual players within each year group as follows: Particular mention should be given to four of the teams who ended the season as either cup winners or league champions. The Under 9s, managed by Kevin O’Donnell, remained unbeaten all season and won a couple of the mini-league competitions

appropriate to their age group and organised by the Hanham Minor League. The Under 10s, who are managed by Rich Feltham, also won a Hanham Minor League mini-league competition. The Under 12s and Under 13s both won their divisions of the Avon Youth League. The former, led by their coaches Paul Holbrook and Steve Farr, left it to the last game of the season to clinch the Under 12 Division 3 title. Although they had the same points as St Nicholas, a better headto-head record meant that they were victorious. The Under 13s had their best ever season under the leadership of managers Lee Bailey, Reece Watkins and Liam Whelan, and romped to the Under 13 Division 4 title, losing only one league game all year Two additional awards were presented during the celebrations; The Ted Baker Shield for Outstanding Contribution went to Emma Tyler for her work as Club

Under 12 Colts Under 10s with their Hanham Minor League winners’ medals

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Secretary and was collected on her behalf by her partner. The Jon Counsel Shield for the Manager of the Year was awarded to Kevin O’Donnell for his stewardship of the Under 9s. Chairman Glenn Haynes declared the Presentation Evening to have been a great event and the perfect way to end a terrific season for the club. He said: “I am really proud of what all the players and teams have achieved this season. It’s fantastic that some teams have won trophies, but every team has been successful in some way and there have been improvements across Under 12s with Avon Youth League Division 3 trophy

the age groups. We remain a club that welcomes players of all abilities, which encourages an ethos of fair play and team work, and which promotes the enjoyment of the game.” The club looks forward to growing and achieving more success in 2018/19. If you are interested in joining St Vallier as a player, coach or any other capacity, please see the club’s Facebook page for more details as not every age group trains at the same time and in the same place. Individual winners, turn to Page 42

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n ST VALLIER AWARD WINNERS Under 8s Manager’s Player of the season – Sonny Lally, Ronnie Coggins Most Improved – Luca Stoate, Adam Williams Players’ Player of the season – Sam Cottuli de Cothi Parents’ Player of the season – Jayden Haynes Under 9s Manager’s Player of the season – Ciaran O’Donnell, Conner Hand Clubman – Will Martin Parents’ Player of the season – Ronnie Steele Most Improved – Tylo Lewis, Oliver Bowler Under 10s Manager’s Player of the season – Lucas Saviano Rodriguez Players’ Player of the season – Riley Lewis Clubman – Omar Saho Under 12s Manager’s Player of the season – Reagan Walker Players’ Player of the season –

Chairman Glenn Haynes (2nd from left) and, centre, Emma Tyler’s partner receiving the Ted Baker Shield on her behalf

Tyrees Coleman Most Improved – Johan Regy Under 12s Colts Manager’s Player of the season – Max Harris, Tyler Walker Clubman – Blaren Thaqi Most Improved – Sophie Knight Under 13s Manager’s Player of the season – Henry Smith Players’ Player of the season –

Jimmy Milton Parents’ Player of the season – Jimmy Milton Clubman – Dexter Durrant Golden Boot – Harrison Bailey, Harry Wales Under 15s Manager’s Player of the season – Alex Millman Players’ Player of the season – Anish Kataria Clubman – Ciaran Hally

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Coming up at Filton Library Story & Rhyme Time Every Wednesday

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

Lego Club Saturday 1st September & Saturday 13th October 11am – 12noon Come along for stories and theme based building fun! For primary aged children and above, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Memory Café Thursday 27th September

10.30am – 12.30pm Worried about your memory? Or care for someone with Dementia? Come along to a friendly group hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Macmillan Coffee Morning Thursday 18th October

11.15am – 12pm Join us here in the library for coffee, cake and conversation, as well as a performance by Northavon singers!

Open Access Inductions

Would you like to use the library during Open Access (unstaffed hours)? Please book your induction at www.eventbrite.co.uk or get in touch with us at Filton Library for more details. All events are FREE! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Is your child starting school September 2018? This year South Gloucestershire Libraries @sgloslibraries with the help of nurseries, pre-schools and childminders, have gifted over 3,000 #Bookstart Treasure Packs to children who are starting school this September. If you live in South Gloucestershire and your child is starting school in September 2018 and they haven’t received a Bookstart Treasure Pack please email us at Bookstart@southglos.gov.uk if you would like a pack. Let us know which is your most convenient South Gloucestershire Library and we will arrange for a Bookstart Pack to be sent there for you to collect. Please share this info so we can reach as many families as possible in South Gloucestershire. Bookstart is a national scheme which gifts free books to all children to help families read together every day and inspire children to develop a love of books and reading. Packs available whilst stocks last. @Southgloslibs

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n FILTON PLANNING APPLICATIONS AND DECISIONS, AUGUST Applications Former Filton Airfield Discharge of Condition 27 (Remediation) attached to planning permission PT14/3867/O Mixed use development on 143.73 hectares of land comprising: residential development for up to 2,675 dwellings and apartments (comprising 2,635 x Use Class C3 and 40 x Live Work Units - Sui Generis); 24ha of stand-alone employment land (comprising up to 12ha Use Class B1a and a minimum of 12ha Use Class B1b/c, B2 ); 120 Bed Hotel up to 3,800 sqm (Use Class C1); Rail Station (0.45ha Use Class Sui Generis); Education provision to include a Secondary School (8.31ha), 2 no. Primary Schools (total 5ha) and 2 no. Childrens Nurseries (total 0.8ha) (all Use Class D1); Community Centre incorporating Library, Built Sports facilities and Doctors surgery up to 3,400 sqm (Use Classes D1 & D2); Dental Surgery up to 800sqm; (Use Class D1); 70 Bed Extra Care Facility up to

12,500sqm (Use Class C2); Shops/ Financial Services/Food and Drink facilities up to 4,787sqm (Use Classes A1, A2, A3, A4 and A5) - comprising Retail Supermarket up to 2,787sqm gross maximum (Use Class A1); Business Offices up to 500sqm (Use Class B1) together with; supporting infrastructure and facilities including demolition, ground works and remediation, highways, utilities, landscaping, sustainable urban drainage system, wildlife water basins and public open space. Outline application including access, with all other matters reserved. 668 Filton Avenue The erection of a single storey rear extension, which would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 6m, for which the maximum height would be 3.6m, and for which the height of the eaves would be 3m. 104 Lower House Crescent Installation of rear dormer to facilitate loft conversion.

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168 Station Road Erection of two storey side extension to form 1 dwelling and associated works. 37 Eighth Avenue Demolition of existing garage. Erection of a single storey detached outbuilding to form residential annexe ancillary to the main dwelling. 58 Conygre Road Erection of a first floor side extension to form additional living accommodation.

Decisions 28 Conygre Grove Prior notification of the intention to demolish dwelling No Objection

Village Hotel Club, Bullfinch Close, Patchway Display of 1 internally illuminated totem sign and 9 internally illuminated fascia signs Approve 54 Cropthorne Road Continued use as self-contained bungalow (Class C3). Refusal KFC The Shield Retail Centre Link Road Filton Display of 2 non-illuminated fascia signs, 2no non-illuminated hanging signs and 1no. nonilluminated vehicle height restriction sign. Approve 25 Broncksea Road Erection of two storey side/rear extension to facilitate conversion of 1 dwelling into 5 flats with associated works. Withdrawn

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11 Braemar Avenue Erection of first floor side extension over existing garage to form additional living accommodation

Filton Library LEGO CLUB! Saturday 1st September 11 - 12

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Mondays Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9.30am-10.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £4.25 for 1 adults and up toMovement two children, Filton Exercise and Sports and Leisure Centre Dance class for ladies St. Peter’s Ladies Group (formerly Low Group) impact classes exerciseofand core Wives “Weoffer aredance, a group ladies, strengthening. muscles, raise energy who meet inStrengthen St. Peter’s Church Hall levels, at 7.30 pm onbalance the second and fourth improve and mobilise joints. Mondays of each month, except August at Fairlawn PrimaryOur School, for a6.25-7.30pm talk or social gathering. Fairlawn Road, Bristol, 5JL. programme canMontpelier, be seen on theBS6 church Tel: Rachael at FL Exercise on 07966 418 714 / website at www.stpeterschurchfilton. rachaelwilliams@talktalk.net . com. New members very welcome, just come on the oras ring Classes run along on 5-7 week basisnight - charged a block Jane on 0117(£8 9699987 on 0117 booking per class or -1stJanet Class Free) 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 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: itchyfeet49@hotmail.co.uk

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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

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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.

Wednesdays 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. 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." www.soundsofsongchoir.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 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

Top Flight Ballroom Dance Club EVERY WEDNESDAY BAWA, Southmead Rd, Filton Ballroom, Latin, Sequence £5 per person. New members welcome For more information, call 0117 919 2765 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, 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 ‘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, 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 Avon Harmony are a Ladies Barbershop 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

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n REGULAR EVENTS 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.

subscription on the evening which includes light refreshments. Ring 0117 9698523 for further details.

Saturdays 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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dance party Dancing Thru’ the Decades BAWA Club, Filton on the FIRST FRIDAY of every MONTH….. the ideal night out for the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s age range. Gents ... collared shirt required – no trainers.

For more info call 07860 578708 or www.mingles.co.uk FB Luv2mingle. 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 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

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. stteresasfilton.org.uk St Andrew’s Church, Filton, 10.30am, Morning Worship; 6pm, Evening Worship

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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Wednesdays: Youth club for 12-18s (Year 8+) 7.30-9.30pm, £1 Thursdays: Ignite Thursdays: (all sessions £1)

4.30-5.30pm: Sensory Sparklers group for people aged 11+ with complex sensory needs 6-7pm: Bright Sparks Youth club for age 11-15 with learning/social difficulties or ASD 7.30-9.30pm: Illuminators Transitions social club for age 16+ with learning/ social difficulties or ASD No 1-2-1 or personal care provided please bring support worker/carer. Fridays: 3.45-4.40pm: Street dance for 8-14year olds, £4 5-6pm: Youth club for School Years 3, 4 & 5, £1 6.30-8.30pm: Youth club for School Years 6,7&8, £1 We've extended the time and added a year group! New members always welcome to all groups. Based at: FACE, Elm Park, Filton, BS34 7PS, phone 0117 9691938, email info@facefilton.org.uk and website www.facefilton.org.uk Please follow us on Facebook: ‘FACE-Filton’ and Twitter: @FACEFilton to keep updated.

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 Ballroom Dancing (3rd & 5th Sat) 7:4510:45pm Sundays Karate 10:30 - 12:00

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Tuesday Bingo 7.30pm – 9.15pm 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 – 9.pm

www.facebook.com/ FiltonCommunityCentre Mondays Krav Maga martial arts 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

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n DIARY DATES Mondays Ukelele Filton We are an all ability group of ukulele players who meet every Monday at 7pm, at Filton Sports and Leisure Centre. (Back entrance; Ratepayers Arms.) No previous experience needed; we have spare ukuleles and songbooks to get you started. For details, tel Sue on 0117 979 0381: e-mail itchyfeet49@hotmail.co.uk Tuesdays Bristol United Walking Football - every Tuesday 10.3011.30 at Horfield Leisure Centre. The beautiful game played at a slower pace for the over 50's. First session free then £3. Contact Keith Gwilym on 07948383536 or e-mail buwfc2018@gmail.com Saturday, 8 September Open Day/Table top sale 10.30am Saturday 8 September 2018, SHE7, Braemar Crescent, Filton. tea/coffee and homemade cake will be on sale. To book a table please ring 969 5130 Wednesdays or Thursdays. Saturday, 8 September Sounds of Song in Concert. A Bristol choir for female voices, with Torridge Male Voice Choir. St Mary's Church, Fishponds, BS16 2JB. Tickets £5 on the door. In aid of MindSong, a charity for people with dementia.

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1st Filton Scouts, Cubs & Beavers Beavers, aged 6-8, two groups, Weds 5pm and 6.15pm Cubs, 8-101/2, Mon and Thurs 6.30-8pm Scouts, 101/2 - 14, Tues 7-9pm The group is based in Scout HQ, 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)

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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 For more information please contact : concordedivision@girlguidingbsg.org.uk or register at Girlguiding UK website. and follow the parent links to register your daughter.

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