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Police in Cheswick are urging residents to report all crime and anti-social behaviour to help police take action to reduce offending. The plea was made after officers and staff from the South Gloucestershire Neighbourhood Policing Team arrested an 18 year old man from the village, following numerous reports of motorcycle and pedal cycle thefts across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. And one resident has urged local people to not simply flag up issues on social media but to actually inform officers. Tyreece Ancel of Danby Street was subsequently charged with Turn to Page 2

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Residents are urged to report crime to police From Page 1 38 theft and vehicle-related offences, and is now awaiting an appearance at Bristol Crown Court in December. Chief Inspector Ben Moseley of the South Glos Neighbourhoods and Partnerships team, said: "This case has demonstrated the importance of victims reporting all crime to the police, including all pedal cycle and motorcycle thefts, and all sightings of suspicious behaviour. In any series of crime or anti-social behaviour, once the police have a full and accurate picture of the problem, effective action can then be taken to address it. "Motorcycle theft is an issue of particular concern for us across both Bristol and South Gloucestershire." Crime, anti-social behaviour and suspicious activity can be reported to the police in the following ways: · You may call 999 when a crime is in progress, there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened · You may call 101 to report non-urgent incidents, or you may use the online reporting form on our website at www. contact

· You may also provide information to the police through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, or on their website at Crimestoppers provide a 100% guarantee of anonymity all of the time. One Cheswick resident, who asked not to be identified, said: " Living at Cheswick one thing that’s very apparent is more people need to be reporting Crime they witness first hand whether it’s ASB or an actual crime in progress "Too many are posting about it on Facebook and leaving it on there to what they think is raising awareness which does help but they have to log it and report to the police "This is how the police figure out where to patrol, where to deploy resources and get a true idea of what’s happening in the area "Without this accurate reporting it is leaving the area open to being abused by opportunists and people causing ASB as they can get away with it more easily "We have to be more vigilant and report what we see without fear of retaliation or the attitude that it’s someone else’s issue to report it."

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Key roundabout to be closed overnight for more than two weeks Filton's already harassed motorists are set for more closures this month when the Abbeywood roundabout will be closed from the evening until early morning for more than two weeks, creating 'significant noise'. The closure is for 'essential roadworks' and will last from September 9-24, 8pm-6am. A new surface is being laid on the road and council says the work will create a 'significant amount of noise with traffic diverted round the area while closures are in place'. In a letter to residents, highways engineer Jo Perry said they will try to ensure all nearby

residents have access to their properties and local amenities but at times this may not be possible. She said: "Although alternative routes will be signposted while the works are in progress, it is possible delays may occur on the surrounding network."

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Months later, our lane is still a rubbish tip by Keri Beckingham A couple from Filton have told Filtonvoice that South Gloucestershire Council have failed to meet their promise of removing rubbish from a lane behind their house. As previously reported in the October 2018 edition, a resident got in contact to say that although fly tipping in the alleyway (which runs from Nutfield Grove to Station Road, behind Filton Avenue and the Mortimer Road cul-de-sac) has been problematic since they moved to the area over 30 years ago, the issue had got progressively worse. 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. The idea of installing gates to prevent fly tipping in the lane had been discussed with South

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n NEWS Gloucestershire Council, but as this road is currently unadopted, this required the majority of households to agree to the gates and provide a monetary contribution towards the installation and purchase of keys. Following our previous report, local councillors and residents have raised the funds for the gates to be erected at either end of the lane, which were installed in May. Prior to this, the council had agreed that their enforcement team would then remove the fly tipping as a one off, however the couple (who wish to remain anonymous) have told The Voice that despite numerous calls and emails they haven’t received a response or update in regards to this. One of the residents told us: “It was full of rubbish a few years ago, and once we had raised the money to have gates installed at both ends, the council told us that they would clear the rubbish for us as a one off clearance. We’ve contacted them countless times by email and calls since then but not had any response

whatsoever, which is a little bit annoying. “We just want a response from the council and for them to make good on their promise to us, as it’s just rude and they haven’t completed their part of the bargain. They seem to be dragging their heels, and we just want some communication to know what they are going to do about it.” Commenting on the couple’s concerns, Councillor Chris Wood, pictured, said: “"The fly tipping dumped down this lane was a disgrace. I hugely commend the effort by local residents to install these gates and will chase council officers to get the existing waste removed.” In response, a spokesman for South Gloucestershire Council said: “We attempted to clear the accumulated waste recently but were unable to gain access due to work taking place on a local development. We have since been in touch with the developers and have arranged to access the site to clear as much of the waste as possible."


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Preschool chair hits back over South Glos handling of closure The chair of threatened Filton Park Preschool Playgroup has hit back over South Gloucestershire's approach to the likely closure of the facility. Adrian Reed, who has been chair for five years, said the council has been 'disinclined' to put discussions and meetings in writing. He also said that previous claims, by Cllr Erica Williams, Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Employment, over council help with 'alternative' sites amounted to just two suggestions, both of which were unsuitable. The preschool is facing closure at the end of the academic year 2019/20. It is understood the site will be sold by South Glos for development and the council has said they will be seeking to create preschool places within adjoining Charborough Road Primary, part of the Olympus Trust. Local parents have said the loss of the preschool, one of just two similar in Filton, represented a serious loss of facilities for youngsters. Earlier this summer parents and local councillors and activists turned out in force, pictured opposite, to support the preschool, which has said it would like to rebuild the 50-year-old building on the site. Mr Reed said: "My position is that S Glos have been disingenuous throughout the period. "There has been a disinclination to put anything discussed and agreed at meetings into print and this has been so for all of the 5 years of my chairing of the setting. We have had no written lease. I believe we have never had written notice of rental charges in advance of the following academic year. Generally the rental increases have been in the form of a retrospective notification well into the academic year. "I inherited an understanding that land would be gifted to the setting in recognition of its 50

years on site but that it would be responsible for rebuilding when the time for demolition came "It had never been put in writing to us but even at the latest meeting, the officer with whom we met agreed that she had seen this in the council’s records, even though she had to say that they were going to renege on it. "We were only been able to continue beyond July 2018 as a result of an ultimatum from me that we would be closing at the end of that academic year unless we had an agreement to allow us to continue, and the same ultimatum had to be repeated to get a further extension for 2019/20. "The council preferred not to put anything in writing but eventually it was passed further up the hierarchy until someone with enough ‘clout’ was able and willing to do so. "On another front it has often been conceded in meetings that failure to put a proper heating system into the preschool building was a serious mistake as continued use of the site boiler that used to service three buildings in total, has cost the council a huge amount in running costs and should not have happened. "Eventually it was agreed to put a new boiler into our building even though it would only have a couple of years at most of useful life, but this was never in writing. It was, in any case, a ridiculous state of affairs. There were the appropriate engineering visits and surveys but the outcome was that a collection of electrical heaters were installed, some in unsafe (for children) locations and not in conformity with the installation instructions. There were also not enough to provide the heat necessary for the forthcoming winter session and so a further installation exercise has been agreed to by the council. That is a fight still to be had, no doubt." On the issue of alternative

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accommodation, Mr Reed said one suggestion was both unlikely and too far away while a local councillor had advised them to avoid the other. He said: " At meetings early on in the process a member of staff no longer with the council suggested verbally two alternative sites. "The first was Filton Hill Primary School site. However, owners Olympus Trust had already asked two preschools in the previous 3 years to leave for whatever reasons and were not prepared to have a third on site. In their veiw they were not sure that it was what they wanted to use their facilities for and if they did, they would be providing the facility themselves. "For all of that, there is a walking distance of 1.20 miles in each direction for parents, a route crossing two main commuter routes and a near impossibility to use a car due to traffic in rush hours and one-way systems. "It would be a ‘solution’ almost impossible for Filton Park


residents to take up. "The second was Filton Community Centre. "This had housed a preschool which had had to leave in very complex circumstances. "The Centre would not have been available for the whole of the preschool week. " Cllr Adam Monk strongly advised me not to even consider seeking a lease to operate at this site under these circumstances." Cllr Williams was approached for a comment. A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “The Council advised the preschool regarding alternative accommodation, making the suggestion on a number of sites. In particular, the Council suggested the preschool to

consider the Community Centre as, given the facts available to the Council at the time, it was deemed to be the most suitable option. “Our efforts in finding suitable spaces that were available can only be successful if followed up by the preschool going to look at sites, but unfortunately in this instance it was made clear they would not be considered.” Last month Cllr Williams


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At a meeting of its primary care commissioning committee on July 30, it emerged that the CCG considered three options before deciding to close the Bishopston and Northville surgeries. Those options included keeping both surgeries open, merging them with other practices, or closing them and sending patients elsewhere. Following extensive consultation with patients, the CCG concluded that closing them would have “on balance, a neutral impact” on most patients. Patients might also benefit from “improved provision of care” from practices offering a wider range of services, CCG papers show. David Moss, head of primary care contracts at the CCG, said his team estimated where most patients would likely go and whether the surgeries could safely take them. The six surgeries identified were Horfield Health Centre, Monks Park, Stoke Gifford, Fallodon Way, Montpelier Health Centre, and Gloucester Road Medical Centre. “We feel very assured that those services are fit to take these patients,” he told the committee. All six surgeries were rated “Good” by the Care Quality Commission at their last inspection and will be increasing their workforce to cater for the extra patients. Northville Family Practice has a “Good” rating, but Bishopston Medical Practice was told it “Requires improvement” in June of this year. So far, more than 3,000 patients have signed up with a new practice, Mr Moss said.




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Family raises £2,500 after their by Keri Beckingham The family of a little boy with a rare form of muscular dystrophy have completed a walk to raise funds for a charity that is funding research into finding a cure. As previously reported in Filtonvoice, six-year old Tommy Mikkelson lives in Patchway with his parents Richard and Sharon, and eight-year old sister Susie. Just before his third birthday, Tommy was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an X chromosome-linked muscle wasting condition with no known cure. Most boys are confined to a wheelchair before they reach their teens, and unfortunately the condition leads to an average life expectancy of around 27. Some sufferers have been known to live into their 30s and 40s, however in some cases children won’t make it into their teens. Tommy attends Callicroft Primary School, and although he has physical difficulties, Richard

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had the backing of Muscular Dystrophy UK, who supplied them with t-shirts, and they had planned to raise £1000 in total. However, at the time of going to print they had raised nearer to £2,500 from online and offline donations, smashing their fundraising target. Commenting on the walk, Richard said: “It was tough at times as we expected, but we really enjoyed it. It was very hot, and the main problem that

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the way, and were able to explain why we were doing the walk and spread awareness of Tommy’s condition. We also kept our family and friends updated with our progress on Facebook, as that is where most of our donations came from, and we had lots of congratulatory messages at the end when we finished. Sharon told me that Tommy kept telling her that he missed daddy while I was away, and he had a million questions about what we had seen when we got home. “We beat our fundraising target about a week before we left, which we were really pleased about, and it was also great for morale. We are really grateful to everyone that donated and helped to support us.” Richard and his family have also told The Voice that they are planning another fundraising event for next year, and more details about this will be announced shortly. To find

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Chair Dennis Rogers and guest of honour Shirley Holloway cutting the cake Four Transport charities, with Vale Link Community Transport scheme being one of them. This enabled them to hire staff. They were fortunate then to be gifted, a bus by another community transport company. Their fleet began to grow from one bus to three. Soon after there were talks to merge. They then eventually

amalgamated with Four Towns who were based in Patchway to become Four Towns and Vale Link Community Transport. Shirley then went on to become Chair of the charity for 7 years from 2005-2012 and been a great support to the charity ever since. Dennis then went on to explain about the more current

history behind the charity and the many ups and downs they have faced over the years. The event then continued with both Dennis and Shirley cutting the cake, which was especially made for the occasion. There was also a chance for guests to learn more on the history of Four Towns with a display featuring many key moments and interesting facts captured throughout the years, as well as learning more about the many great people who have contributed their work within the organisation over time and became part of the history that has helped create what Four Towns is today. A spokesperson said: "It was lovely to celebrate the achievements of the charity and share great memories and experiences from everyone involved. "We would like to say a massive thank you not only to our guest of Honour Shirley Holloway and Chair Dennis Rogers, who presented such wonderful speeches but also to South Gloucestershire Council for all their continuous support. "We would also like to say a very special thank you to Win Williams (the very first ever Coordinator of Four Towns) who attended the event." Four Towns provide friendly, affordable and accessible transport for people in the community who have an access need. For further information regarding the services please call 01454 250 500 or you can visit the website:

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Twenty years after it all began in Filton, a wonderful day was had by all who attended the Four Towns and Vale Link Anniversary celebrations in August. Over 70 guests attended including members of the charity, local councillors, local community groups as well as Four Towns employees both past and present, who all came along to help celebrate 20 years of the charity having been in operation. Four Towns started in 1999 in a small office in St Peters Church, Filton. Volunteer car drivers used their own cars to help transport people to clubs, medical appointments and on shopping trips. They eventually got enough funding to be able to purchase their first ever minibus. Four Towns has flourished ever since, now being based in Frampton Cotterell with 28 vehicles now in their current fleet and a work force of over 30 employees including many drivers, PA assistants, management, office staff, volunteers and trustees. Dennis Rogers chair of Four Towns and guest of honour Shirley Holloway opened the celebrations with a speech on their own time spent working within the organisation over the years. Shirley Holloway spoke of the early days. She described how Vale Link came into being in late 1997 as an idea that came into the minds of four people. They were successful with their bid and funding became available. This was distributed between


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n MEET YOUR COUNCILLORS Adam Monk, Labour, Filton

Member Allocated Funding (MAF): In this financial year each South Glos Councillor has access to £3,000 to support local groups. I am looking for applications from groups that offer support to residents of Filton. Groups that I have supported in the past include The Community Garden, Face, Filton Twinning Association, Filton Ladies, Pentangue, 1st Filton Scouts and Filton Guides & Rangers. If your group would like to approach me for funding initially please email adam.monk@

southglos, . The number of councillors was reduced by the recent boundary changes however the funding per councillor for this activity hasn’t changed. The consequence of this is there is less funding being provided to groups across the district. Care Leavers: For the last two years the authority has raised money to provide Christmas Lunch to Care Leavers (an adult who has spent time in foster or residential care), who otherwise may well spend Christmas on their own. This has been hugely successful and something I am very proud to have had a small involvement in. This group is now forming as a charity and I have been asked to be a Trustee. I will provide further updates on this as things develop. I hold regular a councillor surgery the 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month in Filton Library, no appointment is required.

James Arrowsmith, Lib Dem, Cheswick and Stoke Park The Stoke Gifford Retirement Village was hailed by the council as a great success with cooperation for Bristol City Council and residents from across South Gloucestershire and Bristol moving into brand new apartments and facilities. Residents have a shop, a gym, a salon and barbers and even a café-cum-bar ... you could argue it’s got more in the way of facilities than our very own Square! I’d recommend local people do pop up. Inside is stunning, they have facilities that can be rented out and a very reasonably priced café. However, when myself and parish councillors Beesley and Waters visited the residents for a Q&A session there was a huge turnout, with lots of residents willing to engage. We were told about inaccessible road surfaces (that were only partially completed for the official opening), huge and unexpected council tax increases draining bank accounts and a poorly designed road network, amongst a whole host of other issues. Clearly the council, Taylor Wimpey and the Valuation Office Agency have some questions to answer. If you want to meet me to discuss any issues, I have an advice Surgery at 10am on Sunday, September 8 at the Boston Tea Party and I’m hosting a Macmillan Coffee morning on Friday 28th September – go to my Facebook Page Cllr James Arrowsmith for the details.


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Chris Wood, Conservative, Filton

Our leisure centre has been a focal point for our community for decades. It is in need of some tender loving care and a long term financial plan to ensure it remains sustainable, vibrant and available for future generations to enjoy. I'm really pleased that Filton's Town Councillors have agreed to investigate other management structures, such as a Charitable Trust or Cooperative model, to potentially unlock grants or tax relief that are unavailable to council maintained sites. The town council's officers will present their report this financial year and I'm sure all will be interested in their findings to see how we can best make

sure this centre continues to be enjoyed by local residents. I personally object to continued council tax increases to maintain the centre's £400,000 annual losses so I will pay close attention to the report's suggestions. I'm sure that together we can find a way forward."




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Nursery in FCA dispute closes after inspection A nursery which was at the centre of a controversial dispute with Filton Community Association has closed after a damning Ofsted report. Robins, which moved to Upper Horfield Community Association after leaving FCA at Elm Park, was rated 'Inadequate' in leadership; teaching and learning; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and outcomes. After the inspection, the nursery closed. Robins Nursery had originally been based in Filton Community Association, looking after nearly 40 children. Owner Kerri Robins told Filtonvoice last year she was forced out due to her rental bill being increased by the association. She said had received an invoice one month for £2,470.73 – an increase of nearly £800

on the previous month when the charge was £1,675. Filton Community Association treasurer David Gillard said Ms Robins had ‘changed her hours’ from six hours per day to 10 hours. Ms Robins said she accepted the hours had gone up but her estimate was the bill should be around £2,000 and that she was willing to speak to the association trustees to negotiate. After leaving FCA, Robins relocated to Upper Horfield Community Association but a series of concerns, prompted by complaints, led to Ofsted visiting the site. In September 2018, Ofsted received concerns that Robins was not meeting some legal requirements. Inspectors suspended the nursery's registration because they 'believed children may be at risk of harm'.

They also served a welfare requirements notice requiring the provider to take action within a timescale. Actions were taken and the suspension lifted in October last year but a full Ofsted inspection in November led to a rating of 'Inadequate'. Among the concerns were: • The quality of teaching was inadequate. • Staff did not accurately assess children's abilities and they did not plan activities that meet the needs of all children and, as a result, children did not make expected progress. • Staff were unable to identify potential risks and hazards. After this, a welfare notice was served, again asking Robins to take action including 'ensuring that children take part in daily planned outdoor activities.' A subsequent inspection in February returned the same

'Inadequate' rating and the nursery closed. Concerns included: • Recruitment checks are not robust. This places children at risk of harm. • Staff do not meet children's needs or communicate with parents about how their child is developing or what their child needs to learn next. • The provider, who is also the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), does not take steps to ensure children, who require additional support, make good progress. • Staff do not promote children's well-being by keeping them safe from other children's germs. • The overall quality of teaching remains poor. Ms Robins told Filtonvoice she took the decision herself to close the nursery after the second inspection


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Church group planning to walk and cycle for funds A group of cyclists and walkers from St Andrew’s Methodist Church will take part, for the first time, in the annual fund raising event for Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust (GHCT). This is a sponsored event in which hundreds of people travel from church to church in their area either by bicycle, horse or on foot, they tick off each church visited and in many are welcomed with a cuppa. The money raised is shared between the home church and GHCT. St Andrew’s has been lucky in obtaining a grant from GHCT towards our refurbishment project. The event takes place in the whole area on Saturday, September 14. We plan to start at St Andrew’s at 9.30 a.m. and to visit Tockington, Olveston, Alveston and Thornbury Methodist Churches along with the Anglican Churches in those places. Then we will return to St Andrew’s in time to greet the children attending our Messy Church from 4.00pm that afternoon. Our refurbishment project is on the point of going to tender and we hope to have all the work completed during 2020. We have been successful in fund raising. The National Methodist Church has shown faith in our plans and backed us with £50,000, plus a further £20,000 grant from the Bristol Methodist District

and £50,000 Bristol Methodist Circuit . We have raised over £20,000 ourselves with various activities and donations. Grants have also come from Garfield Weston Foundation, Bernard Sunley, Methodist Insurance, Congregational & General and All Churches Trust. What is St Andrew’s refurbishment project? In July 2017 part of our premises were sold to Network Counselling, a charity which provides professional counselling to people on an affordable basis. They opened their new offices and counselling and training rooms in January 2018 and their work has expanded as a result. The sale has released capital towards the redevelopment of St Andrew’s church. We aim to create a multipurpose, energy efficient space for use by the church and the local community. When the project is complete, our current activities will move into this new area. These include Toddler Group, Messy Church and Filton Ladies. Visit our website to see what else happens each week. Pauline Emmett


Are you looking for a new interest? Why don’t you give us a try? We are a friendly and enthusiastic group of ukulele players who meet every Monday evening at Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, from 7.00 to 8.30 pm. You are welcome to join us, even if you have never picked up a ukulele before. There will always be a spare one for you to try. Contact Sue on 0117 979 0381; e mail, or look us up on Facebook.

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have recently been in touch with our new Prime Minister and new government ministers to update them on the progress we’re making and what we can do to deliver more for the West of England. I am always championing our region and I’m confident the government will see that we’re making a real difference, investing to improve where we live, with ambitious schemes such as our MetroWest rail plans which include seven new train stations. I have long been a supporter of devolution because I believe local people who live and work in the region are best placed to understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities that we face. I am pleased the new Prime Minister has signalled that he would like to give more powers and investment for local towns, cities and regions to spend on their priorities. I look forward

to exploring how this can benefit the West of England. In July, I was delighted to join regional business, academia and council leaders for the launch of the West of England’s Local Industrial Strategy. The Strategy sets out how we will work towards raising productivity levels and create high-quality, well paid jobs across the West of England.

This Strategy is a blueprint for the region which will enable us to showcase our strengths and ambitions with both the government and businesses looking to invest in the region. To boost productivity and strengthen our economy, I am determined to ensure that everybody can get around the region with good transport connections, and that people

have the skills that businesses need. This, coupled with building enough well designed and affordable homes, will help ensure that we continue to be one of the country’s most attractive and prosperous regions. At the heart of our Local Industrial Strategy, we are connecting businesses, researchers and residents to drive innovation and test new ideas which will improve peoples’ lives every day. I want to ensure that the innovation, ingenuity and creativity that the West of England is world-famous for can be harnessed for everyone. I am working hard to deliver in this agenda by prioritising investment in transport infrastructure and skills. I look forward to using our Industrial Strategy to secure investment from government and businesses to create new, well paid jobs which benefits everybody working and living in the region.

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Helen cycles 710 miles to Germany to help youngsters enjoy twinning experience by Keri Beckingham Super cyclist Helen Johnson has gone the extra mile for the latest Filton twinning visit to Germany. Helen , from Filton, joined Filton Twinning Association ahead of the 2018 twinning visit to Filton, which saw around 125 people (including 41 visitors from Saint-Vallier-sur-RhĂ´ne in France, 33 visitors from Witzenhausen in Germany and coach drivers) spend five days together in July and learn about what life in Filton is really like. Ahead of the 2019 visit (which would also mark the 40th anniversary of the Filton/StVallier/Witzenhausen tripartite twinning), Helen decided to look into how far the distance from Filton to Witzenhausen was. She thought it might be a good opportunity to cycle and raise funds for FACE, a local charity that would be taking a number of young people on the visit to experience a different culture and make friends, and after looking into it she decided that she would set off on Monday, July 8 and meet the rest of the group when they arrived by coach on Thursday, July 25. Speaking about the journey, Helen said: “I enjoy cycling anyway and although it would be a long distance, it did make me think that I could cycle and take longer to do it. I told the Filton twinning group that I would not go on the coach with

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them, but would cycle there instead and then get the coach back. I started my training about two months before, and went out a few times a week on my bike in preparation. I cycled to Gloucester and got the train back, to Newport and also went along the canal to Trowbridge and back.” “Overall I cycled about 50 miles a day and covered 710 miles from Filton to Witzenhausen. I set off from the new Pod in The Park in Filton, before travelling over six days to get the ferry from Harwich. "I then crossed through the Netherlands, before arriving in Witzenhausen. I slowed down the ride towards end, as it coincided with the hottest day on record in Germany, with temperatures reaching 39 degrees. I stayed in youth hostels on route, and also stayed with people who put up cyclists in order to keep costs down. “Safety-wise, I wasn’t worried as they have really good cycle paths in mainland Europe, and the only danger I really experienced was on the British roads. The most impressive things that I saw were the gardens and flowers along the way, and in Germany I also stayed near a huge limestone monument. I was also amazed by the kindness and welcome I received from the hosts I stayed with, which was just wonderful. “Towards the end knew I was really looking forward to arriving and just wanted to get there, and Debbie from FACE had been tracking me along the way to see

where I was. I met the coach at a school in Witzenhausen and received a lovely welcome – I even wore a Union Jack like an Olympian! I was also interviewed by local press too which was a fantastic experience.” Commenting on Helen’s achievement, Debbie Teml,

FACE Charity Director said: “The fundraising Helen has done has not only enabled this group of young people to go on an awesome trip away to learn vital life skills, but also she’s been inspirational to them. They were encouraging each other to do things all week, saying things

like ‘come on, if Helen can cycle all those miles, you can get up this hill’ "She really has inspired them to think anything is possible, she’s an amazing woman!” During the trip, Helen stayed with a family, who she said were really lovely and welcoming – “We talked and laughed for the whole week”, she added. As part of the trip the group visited a large war memorial, went to an art gallery, enjoyed walks and lunches, visited a wildlife park and lots of pretty towns, and also watched some international folk dancers perform in the town’s market square. Speaking about the twinning visit, Helen said: “Twinning is such good fun, especially as all ages want to enjoy themselves, and it’s great to see people getting up to dance and sing along, - we had a ball! Twinning really is like a family, and I’d encourage any residents from Filton to get involved.” 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. To date Helen has raised £1,300 for FACE, including a donation of €500 that was raised during the twinning visit. To find out more about Helen’s journey and fundraising, visit: fundraising/germanyride

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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

Fin2Fit - swimming and fitness fun for children Fin2Fit builds children’s strength and confidence in the water whilst having fun. It is a Swim England accredited swimming programme which teaches participants to swim feet-together with a specialist mono-fin, just like a mermaid or shark! As well as improving their swimming, fitness and overall strength, mermaids and sharks can work towards bronze, silver and gold awards, plus the ‘life-saving mermaid’ award.

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placed in top 2% of students nationwide Abbeywood Community School students are celebrating their GCSE results, which show a strong trend of improvement for the school in all key performance measures. Overall, students have achieved better progress than the national average, with over two-thirds achieving a standard (grade 4) pass in both English and Maths. There are many individual stand-out performances, with some of the top performers as follows: • Jasmine Ajaz – 9 x Grade 9, A* Distinction (an outcome shared by only 2% of all students nationally) • Charlie Dell – 3 x Grade 9, 2 x 8, 4 x 7 • William Lambern – 6 x Grade 9, 1 x 8, 2 x 7, 1 x A* • Bahira Malak – 8 x Grade 9, 1 x 8, 1 x A* • William March – 3 x Grade 9, 4 x7, 1 x A

• Michaela Stutt – 7 x Grade 9, 1 x 8, 1 x 7 • Daniella Sakota – 7 x Grade 9, 2x8 • Samaram Mansfield-Njie – 4 x Grade 9, 2 x 8, 3 x 7, 1 x A* • Aditya Putravu – 4 x Grade 9, A*, 3 x 8, 2 x 7, A* Distinction • Natalie Williams – 6 x Grade 9, 2 x 8, 1 x 7 In addition to the exceptionally high-achieving students, many others have made very significant progress (measured in comparison to progress made since Year 6 SATs) and are worthy of particular mention, including: • Lies Dunn • Arielle Toko-Yaleu • Brad Pickford • Annabelle Thomas • Safira Taplin • Anish Kataria • Freddie Collins • Megan Eyres

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• Ella Goodman • Rosie Henson Headteacher Dave Howe said: “We are absolutely delighted with these GCSE results and extremely proud of our students. "Central to our school values is equipping our students with the belief that there is no limit to what they can achieve and this is reflected in these excellent results. "These strong exam outcomes represent a huge amount of hard work and I pay tribute to our amazing staff and wonderful students. I would also like to sincerely thank all our parents and carers for their belief and support, as the relationship between home and school is key to the success we are all celebrating today.” Richard Bendry, Key Stage 4 Leader, said: “I am very proud of our students who have risen to


the challenge of being resilient and highly engaged learners. "These results reflect the hard work by students, staff and parents and they set our students up for a successful future where they can begin to turn their aspirations into reality.” Dave Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Olympus Academy Trust, said: “It’s great to see so many of this Abbeywood cohort achieve so well. Many have achieved the higher new number grades, which sets them up very well for their future study and work next year and beyond. "Well done to the colleagues across the Trust who have collaborated to support each other and our students.”

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Bright future as every student accepted for their Year 13 students at Abbeywood Community School are once again celebrating another great set of A-Level results. As always, many of the Abbeywood students are off to study a wide range of undergraduate courses, many being at the top Russell Group universities including; Medicine, Law, Philosophy, Criminology, Geography, Journalism, Nursing, Engineering, Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Dentistry, Computing, and Business. Other Abbeywood students have taken up high-quality apprenticeships, moved directly into employment, or are undertaking voluntary work or traveling the world during a gap-year. A school spokesperson said they were thrilled that all

students applying to higher education were accepted at their first choice of university. Gemma Shafto, Director of Post 16 said, “We are delighted so many of our students have been so successful. It has been a very exciting morning sharing the results with our students and confirming their destinations. Our students now embark on a wide range of exciting courses, apprentices, employment or a gap year. "We are extremely proud of the achievements of our Year 13 students and we wish them all the very best for their future.� Almost one third of all grades awarded were at A*-B grades, with 15% attaining the top A and A*grades. The overall pass rate was 96%. Bursary students, in receipt of financial support,

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chosen university achieved an entire grade higher than last year. All students on the IT course and the Business course achieved the top grade. Additionally, Art, Photography, Media, Physics and the EPQ all achieved above national expectation for every single student on these courses. Top performers included Olivia Jadeja who achieved 4 grade As in A Level Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and the Extended Project Qualification, and she goes on to study Medicine at Exeter University; Lauren Brenton who achieved 3 grade As in Art, English Language and Sociology; and Ella Beaven who achieved A grades in Chemistry, Geography and the EPQ and a grade B in Maths, and she is going on to Durham University to study Geography.

Headteacher, David Howe added: “We are all delighted for our students who have achieved another excellent set of Post 16 results. "We always encourage our students to be resilient and ambitious and they have done us and themselves proud. "These excellent results are a springboard to a great future and I wish all of our students the very best wherever they are headed. These exam outcomes are the culmination of a huge amount of hard work undertaken by both students and staff.”


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Improved outcomes in 2019

2019 has been another very successful year for schools in South Gloucestershire. A spokesman said: "Improving educational standards in South Gloucestershire is the council’s number one priority. We are very pleased to see that the overall outcomes in South Gloucestershire schools and academies are suggesting a two per cent average point score improvement per A-level entry compared to 2018. "We are delighted with the overall performance and the majority of schools in the area are showing improved results on last year. All schools have highlighted some special achievements and success for individual students. "We are also pleased to see that a number of schools and academies are showing improved outcomes from previous years, of particular note are Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy near Filton." Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Employment Councillor Erica Williams said: “It has been another great results day for many of our A-level students across South Gloucestershire and it was a pleasure to be able to join some of them as they collected their results. “We would remind students and parents that if they are still unsure about their next steps, Post 16 advice and guidance is available through their school, at College, from UCAS, via Careerpilot online or via the National Careers Service Helpline for Teenagers on 0800 100 900.

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Impressive results across all subjects follow good Orchard School Bristol continues to go from strength to strength with impressive GCSE results. There were 122 top grades achieved across all subjects, representing a significant improvement on the results last year. Students at the school in Filton Road, Horfield, did especially well in English, Science, Geography and Languages. Headteacher Julia Hinchliffe said: “Our pupils have demonstrated real commitment and resilience, working so hard for their GCSE results. “There are many personal triumphs within these results, with some pupils reaching multiple top grades and others achieving passes beyond their wildest dreams.” They included Maryam Tariq from Horfield who is heading for Colston’s School sixth form after

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rating for school by Ofsted passing eight GCSEs with top grades. She said: “If you want something you have to work hard." Fellow student Alfie RylattGreen passed all nine of his GCSEs with grade 8s in Biology and History. Alfie from Lockleaze said: “I’m just so happy. I did work hard and everything has come out so well.” Yasmin Lasku from Horfield excelled in English Literature, History and Chemistry amongst her eight GCSEs. She is also going on to Colston’s Sixth Form to take A levels and is aiming for a career in politics. Yasmin said: “I worked hard but I wasn’t expecting such amazing results.” And Cade Maxwell is also celebrating after strong grades in all eight GCSEs. He did especially

well in Maths, History, English and Chemistry. Cade, from Horfield, will be taking Maths, Science and Economics at St Mary Redcliffe sixth form. Orchard School’s impressive results come just two months after an Ofsted report confirmed its “Good” status. The 900-place school continues to attract more students with Year 7 again oversubscribed for this coming September for the second year running. Mrs Hinchliffe said: “Every single one of our pupils can walk away feeling proud of their achievements and the progress they have made. “I also want to thank our inspirational teachers who have enabled our learners to achieve these great results. We are incredibly proud of them all. She said she was really proud

of the school’s progress. “The school has moved on such a long way. We are on an ambitious path of improvement. Everyone here works hard and thoroughly deserves to be successful,” she said. Mark Davies, CEO of Trust in Learning Academies of which Orchard School is part, referenced the tremendous improvement that the school has seen over recent years saying that "these results come on the back of a judgement from Ofsted in May that said how 'good' Orchard School is. “I am absolutely delighted for the students, parents and staff at the school and I send my congratulations to each and every one of them. “It is very clear that the school, under the leadership of Mrs Hinchliffe, is really going places and is a great place to be educated and to work."


Case studies Zulaikha Naveed has her sights set on a career in medicine after passing eight GCSEs with strong grades. The 16-year-old from Horfield did especially well in Biology, Chemistry and English Literature. She said: “I did a lot of hard work and sacrificed a lot of time but it’s been worth it.” Zulaikha is now going on to take her A levels and then hopes to study medicine at university. Alfie Rylatt-Green was thrilled with his results as he passed nine GCSEs. He said: “I’m really happy, I passed everything.” Alfie from Lockleaze is now going onto St Mary Redcliffe sixth form to take A levels in Geography, Psychology and Biology. He said: “In the future I’m hoping to work in crime investigations possibly forensics.”

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Bright future awaits Students at the Bristol Technology and Engineering Academy near Filton have celebrated outstanding individual results. In Year 13 all students have secured high quality progression into the science or engineering sectors through Apprenticeships and University. Notable achievers include: • Edric Bulan: AAA, D* (University of Bath) • Matthew Bultitude: D*D*D* (Higher Apprenticeship Seamtech Limited) • Joseph Cogram: D*D*D* (Queen’s University Belfast) • Joseph Dight: AAB (University of Bristol) • Isaac Neale: D*D*D* (University of Aberystwyth) • Tabitha Read: ABC, D* (Higher Apprenticeship Dyson) Alexander Sayers: D*DD

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South Gloucestershire GCSE success Students in South Gloucestershire are celebrating success in their GCSE results with many positive stories from individual schools and multiacademy trusts. A spokesperson said: "The results represent a huge amount of hard work and commitment by students, staff and school leaders across all seventeen secondary schools. Our thanks also go to parents for supporting their children throughout the examination period to ensure they secure success. "We are delighted with Abbeywood Community School, Sir Bernard Lovell Academy and Chipping Sodbury School which have all made real improvements in students achieving Grades 4-9 and Grades 5-9 alongside improved progress scores." Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Employment Councillor Erica Williams and Leader of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Toby Savage joined students as they collected their results. Cllr Williams said: “I want to congratulate all our students who are collecting their results today. “It is always a nervous moment to open that envelope but we know that they have worked extremely hard to achieve these grades and should be very proud of their individual successes. Our thanks go out to all pupils and school staff for their hard work and dedication to achieve these excellent results. “Going forward is a big step for students after their GCSEs, whether they are moving on to sixth form, college, apprenticeships or employment and I want to wish them all the best of luck whatever they go on to do.” She added: “Improving school standards is the Council’s number one priority and it is important to learn from what our more successful schools like Yate are doing. We have the answers in South Gloucestershire and we need to get better at spreading that best practice across the district.” "We would remind students and parents that if they are still unsure about their next steps, Post 16 advice and guidance is available through their school, at College, via Careerpilot online or via the National Careers Service Helpline for Teenagers on 0800 100 900."

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Retirement development strikes gold at UK awards Concorde Lodge in Filton has won a Gold Award at the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards 2019. The Churchill Retirement Living development, managed by Millstream Management Services (MMS), received a top prize out of the almost 25,000 retirement housing developments nationwide. The EAC Awards, now in their 8th year, celebrate the best specialist housing for older people, and aim to help shape the future of housing in later life through engaging some 19,000 owners, colleagues, visitors and volunteers who were all able to vote for their favourite development out of the 1,220 nominated between November 2018 and February 2019. Dean Marlow, managing director of MMS, said: “Our philosophy is to put our customers at the heart of everything we do, and we’re

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n COMMUNITY GARDEN FETE Many thanks to Filton Community Garden Committee who worked so hard arranging our annual fete and to all those who came up on the day to support us, hopefully you all had a good time. The weather was a little changeable but, thankfully, apart from a few small showers the rain held off. As always our aim is to provide a family friendly event which doesn't break the bank and provides something for everyone. The children were entertained with free tractor rides on Rosie and the ever popular Punch and Judy show as well as treasure hunts and other games. For Mums and Dads there was time to sit and relax with a nice cup of tea and one of the many lovely cakes. The plants went well this year and lots of raffle tickets sold. The money we make from the Fete, this year £760, all goes back into improving the garden. Again as in previous years we were supported by FACE, Twinning and GKR Karate all raising money for their organisations. Our special guests this year were the Air

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Calling all local people interested in family history Family history enthusiasts and those thinking about starting on their research are urged to put Saturday, September 28 in their diary. The Bristol & Avon Family History Society will be holding its Family History Fair at BAWA on Southmead Road, Filton. The day will be an opportunity for anyone who needs help or advice on family history matters to have face-to-face sessions with local experts and representatives

of Bristol & Avon FHS and other societies including Devon, Gloucestershire, Gwent, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset & Dorset, Weston-super-Mare & District, and Wiltshire. More than 30 exhibitors have signed up to attend and representatives from Bath and Bristol Archives will be on hand to give information and advice. A number of local history societies and museums will also be attending to allow visitors

to gather more information on the work and living conditions that their ancestors may have experienced. New and second-hand books, postcards, maps, family history CDs, software and accessories will be available from a range of commercial exhibitors. Bristol & Avon FHS itself will be launching its new CD of transcriptions and indexes of Bristol Apprentices Books in Bristol Archives covering the

period 1532 to 1724. There will be free introductory talks on ‘Starting your FH Research’ and ’Using the Internet’. These will start at 10.30am. Doors open at 10.00 am and admission is £2, children FREE. This gives access to the fair, entrance to all talks and the free raffle. The fair closes at 4.00 p.m. There is ample free parking. Visit the B&A FHS website:


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Long-serving Roger honoured by South Glos Former South Gloucestershire Councillor Roger Hutchinson has been made an honorary Alderman at a special ceremony held before the meeting of South Gloucestershire Council in July. Roger was presented with the title by Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Brian Allinson, in recognition of his eminent service as a past member of the council. The Alderman role is ceremonial, but is a title which celebrates and recognises individuals who have supported the work of the council over a number of years. Labour group leader Cllr Pat Rooney said: "Roger became involved in local government back in 1969 at Buckinghamshire County, standing in a by-election and beating the local vicar who was the Tory candidate. "Roger was later appointed to Southern Regional Office as

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t took half a lifetime, but I have now experienced the joys of flying Business Class (thank you Ethiad Airlines). I write this, not to cause jealousy, but to highlight the binary opposites of my two - leg journey from Heathrow to Nairobi. I lucked up on the first leg of the journey and was upgraded to Business Class; I worked through my imposter syndrome by exuding immense gratitude. Travelling out to catch up with a party of school students volunteering in Kenya, I felt a tad underdressed in my trip hoodie and leggings - I’m guessing that Check-In decided that my jaded demeanour was a pale comparison to my passport photo. For the first hour of my golden business class leg, I played with the button that extended my chair into a reclining bed - distraction came in the form of a 4 course menu served with real cutlery and good wine. I was too giddy to sleep, but endeared myself to the cabin crew by being extremely humble and grateful. My fellow business travellers seemed immune to the delights of business travel and made it clear that they did not want to be sociable. I felt strangely lonely in my sleep booth. When my Willy Wonka golden ticket ran out on the Abu Dubai to Nairobi leg, I spent the next 7 hours sitting besides a delightful - and extremely large - lady from the United Emirates. There were only two of us in our row, and although she had the aisle seat, she did not intend to move for the duration of the trip. I am still troubled by the etiquette I abandoned each time I straddled her lap in order to reach the toilets. We shared no common language, and I was relieved (literally) to discover that she seemed to find the situation comical. I tried both a forward facing and a backward facing straddle, but still found myself troubled by our enforced intimacy. We bonded through the vagaries of visa forms and I reflected that there was none of this camaraderie in Business Class; Economy has wings.

Royal visitor at Southmead Hospital North Bristol NHS Trust welcomed HRH the Duke of Gloucester to Southmead Hospital to meet the Move Makers who recently were given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The popular Move Maker volunteers were initially recruited for a month to help patients and visitors find their way around Southmead Hospital’s new Brunel building during the move into the new hospital in May 2014. But the Move Makers – who were inspired by the Games Makers of the London 2012 Olympics – proved to be so popular with people coming into the new building it was decided to keep them on indefinitely. During the visit the Duke of Gloucester was taken on a tour of the hospital, met a number of the Move Makers and was treated to a performance by the Move Makers Choir.

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n YOUR MP writes for the Voice


sa Conservative MP, I am a great supporter of tradition. For me, tradition is accepting that the society we are all privileged to live in did not just spring out of the ground, fully formed. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and we have them to thank for bequeathing us the functioning democracy and economy that we enjoy today. The way we treat our elder generation is a clear signal of how grateful we are for our social inheritances and whilst life expectancy is happily around 81 years on average in the UK, our senior citizens are faced with a number of issues that we should all be mindful of. According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in the UK live alone, and of those more than a million say that they go

for longer than a month at a time without speaking to a friend, neighbour, or family member. This is a quiet emergency and it is unfolding in living rooms right here in our own communities. The medical impact of loneliness is devastating, both physically and mentally, and can be the equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. In October the Government published its first ever strategy for tackling loneliness. The strategy includes supporting all local health and


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care systems to implement social prescribing connector schemes across the country by 2023, building a network of employers to take action on loneliness, increasing the number of spaces for community use, and an additional £1.8m of funding to test how community spaces can support social connections As we age, many people find themselves increasingly reliant on public transport to shop, go to medical appointments, and see family. In our local area the MetroBus and the immensely popular T1 service have greatly improved connectivity in our area and when the MetroBus extension is completed, bringing the Mall at Cribbs Causeway and Bristol Parkway into the system this will improve still further. However, there is still more to do and in particular I am concerned that public transport links to GP’s surgeries and to Southmead hospital are maintained and, where possible, enhanced. I am profoundly disappointed at the BBC’s decision to restrict

free over-75s TV licences to only those on Pension Credit. There is a sizeable group of pensioners not quite eligible for Pension Credit for whom the decision to remove their free TV licence imposes an unexpected financial burden that they may find difficult to meet. I believe there is a compromise to be made here and have written to the newly appointed Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan to express my concerns and call for action. I am wanting to connect with our older residents to help understand their concerns and also to put them in touch with a range of groups and services to help offer support and good company. To do this I have organised another Senior Citizens’ Fair after the success of last year, pictured. This will be taking place on Friday 13th September at Lincombe Barn, Downend 1.30pm – 4pm. Do please come along and recommend it to friends and loved ones, as it is expected to be a fantastic event.

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Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9.30am-10.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £4.25 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre 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, 9.45 – 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 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 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 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." 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

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

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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.

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 www.

SHE7, Braemar Crescent, Filton Monday Phoenix Spiritual Centre 1pm-4pm 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 – 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 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.

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n PROPERTY OF THE MONTH WITH OCEAN Ferndale Road, Filton Guide price £460,000

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Located on a corner plot in a popular street in Filton and backing on to Elm Park Playing fields and by Shield Road Primary School, this property is likely to suit larger families, buy-to-let investors or developers. An extended 3-bedroom semi-detached property with the benefit of a converted garage offering separate bedroom/lounge, bathroom and kitchen. Extended to rear to offer large kitchen and a loungediner, with a separate downstairs bathroom. Upstairs there are three ample bedrooms and a further shower room. The house is well presented and offers a large amount of living space. Externally, the large garden offers potential to any developer and has previous planning agreed which has now lapsed. There is an abundance of parking and the property is secured by electric gates. We are expecting high interest in this property so please call us on 0117 904 4000 to view.


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