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filtonvoice September 2012 Issue 12
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BUSINESS DIRECTORY P2 | LETTERS P8&9 | WEDDINGS P35-38 | WHAT’S ON P45-46
Call for Filton speed monitors
Bristol’s best bowlers come to Filton ... while charging row means Filton boules team is now ‘Les Exiles’ - Pages 7 and 21
Filton pool - What your 35 closures councillors in 2012 cost you Page 3
Filton’s Facebook followers give their suggestions for Ratepayers pub P8
Police are appealing for people living in Filton to help keep local roads safe. They need volunteers to set up a Community Speed Watch (CSW) scheme. Local Inspector Bob Evely said: “Filton is the only part of my neighbourhood area not to have a CSW in place, although speeding is regularly raised as an issue at Safer Stronger Community Group meetings across the area.” He said in Filton people were concerned about speeding along Northville Road and around the Shield Retail Centre. Police officers do run speed checks and target persistent offenders and can issue £60 fines or report drivers for summons to court, but they can’t be there all the time. CSW volunteers are trained to use speed detection equipment at problem locations. Volunteers don’t issue tickets, but note down the details of speeding vehicles so that a warning letter can be written to the registered keeper. South Gloucestershire Council provides equipment including speed detection devices and high visibility jackets. To get involved call Filton police station on 101 or South Glous Council on 01454 868009.
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I have used FiltonVoice from the very first issue to advertise our FACS (Friends of Abbeywood Community School) events. At our car boot sale on 19th May we asked people coming through the door how they had heard of the event and the vast majority said it was because they’d seen it in FiltonVoice. They also commented on what a great magazine it is. I shall continue using the magazine to advertise our fundraising events. Many thanks. Jeanne Clements (FACS)
Recently I had a problem with my double glazed front door. The lock had jammed, and I was unable to open it. I contacted a local locksmith and was told that it would be impossible to repair the lock, and the only solution would be a new door, costing in the region of £600 – 700, and would take at least a week as the door would have to be made. Not convinced that this was the only solution, I contacted DGR Windows, as advertised in your magazine. The gentleman visited the same day and was sure the problem could be fixed. He returned the following day with the necessary parts, and the problem was solved at a cost of £250. The work was carried out in a friendly and professional manner, and I cannot praise
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We decided to advertise with Filtonvoice as we felt it was the most professional looking local magazine. I feel we have proved to be right and the costs have been well worth it, we now have bookings months in advance. Ashley & Sarah Porter Porters catering
I decided to put an ad in filtonvoice and I was delighted to pick up work well into next year, and not just a one-off job but a number of jobs. Gardener Graham Cook
At Dream Doors we have been so impressed with filtonvoice. We have had several enquiries in the short period we have been advertising. But in addition, we are happy and proud to be associated with such a high quality publication – it is well written, well designed and it is probably the best local magazine we have seen. The monthly distribution through letterboxes means that the customers we are trying to reach will read our message and the fact that the magazine is so good means we know people will not throw it away. Keep up the good work! Loretta, Dream Doors
Just received the copy of Filton Voice. It looks very good. A good mixture of local news, advertising and top class promotions! Phil Merry, Focus Media Please support local firms who advertise and when you do, please mention filtonvoice Opinions are not necessarily those of the editor. Filtonvoice is distributed each month to all Filton residents. If for some reason you do not get a copy, please get in touch or collect one from Filton Library. Feedback is welcomed, call editor Richard Coulter on 0777 555 0607 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We’re fixing pool closure problem The swimming pools at Filton Sports and Leisure Centre have been closed on 35 occasions since January 1 - an average of once a week, figures obtained by Filtonvoice show. Managers now say action over staffing levels has been taken to resolve around half of the closures, while continuing public education should help the rest. On most occasions, it was either the large pool or the small pool, but on three occasions, both pools were closed. Staff shortages in April and May accounted for 15 closures while the majority of the remaining shutdowns were due to young children being sick or having an accident. Other reasons include water clarity, chemical levels and a boiler problem. In a report to the town’s finance committee in
March, annual revenue from the pool was £272,173, the majority being swimming lessons and
public use. Lost revenue due to closures is likely to be well into five figures, although keeping one
pool open would reduce this to some extent. Monthly revenue varies due to fluctuations from swimming lessons income. Leisure centre manager Lisa Timbrell, pictured left, said: “The staff issues have now been resolved. “On the issue of children being sick and having accidents, we are monitoring the situation and we can clarify it is not the same person each time. “Families are being asked to ensure they use swim nappies and we are looking at better signs.” Ms Timbrell said that when children are sick or have accidents, staff have no choice but to close the pool until the situation has been cleaned up. This is the case for all public swimming pools.
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Filton news in brief Dance marathon
St Andrew’s Methodist Youth Centre is encouraging Filton residents to dance for five hours to help children survive their first five years. On Saturday, October 20th in Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS, the team at the centre wants people from Filton to take on the first-ever Ultimate Dance Challenge to raise money for Save the Children. Debbie Teml, youth worker for Filton, said: “We hope Filton residents will join us in their dancing shoes and boogy for five hours, raising lots of money to help children around the world survive their vulnerable first five years. Five hours is a long time to keep dancing, but everyone here is hoping for a fantastic day, and knowing that we’ll be making a difference to children around the world makes it all worthwhile.” To register for the event people should contact Debbie on 07789947506 or at email@example.com
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A Filton resident has an 8ftx6ft aluminium-framed greenhouse to give away. It will need dismantling and collecting. His tel no. is: 0117 9694740.
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Filton Garden Club are having a coach trip to the National Botanic Garden of Wales on 10th October. For further information please contact 0117 975 9126.
Elaine Corp of St Andrew’s Methodist Church is holding a Coffee Morning as part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Elm Park, Filton on Friday 28th September from 10am - noon and donations of coffee and cake are invited.
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St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Elm Park are holding their Harvest Festival on Sunday 30th September at 10.30pm. This is also ‘Back to Church Sunday’ where people are invited to ask friends and neighbours to come to church.
An operation by South Gloucestershire Trading Standards has revealed that tobacco can easily be obtained by underage young people. During a recent test purchase check across the district, which took place on Saturday 18 August, four out of 11 retailers visited sold hand rolling tobacco to the volunteers, who were aged 16 and 17. Cllr Claire Young, chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee, said: “I am disappointed to see that over one-third of the retailers failed the test purchase. “The health of our young is of great importance and South Gloucestershire Council will not tolerate the sale of tobacco to minors.”
In last month’s Filtonvoice, a letter was printed regarding a vote of confidence in, and the re-election of, Cllr Bill Moore as chair of the finance committee at Filton Town Council. It was suggested that Cllrs
Brian Mead and Bill Moore voted against Cllr Moore on the chairmanship vote. Cllr Mead has asked to clarify that he and Cllr Chubb in fact abstained. The minutes of the meeting are quoted here: 674. VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: Cllr Moore requested a vote of confidence in his role as Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee. A vote was taken on the proposal. The result was 1 vote in favour plus 4 abstentions. 685. ELECTION OF CHAIR: Cllr Moore was nominated by Cllr Collins, seconded by Cllr Hyde and was elected unopposed with 7 votes in favour and 3 abstentions. In a joint statement, Cllrs Mead and Chubb said: “Re the correction in the August edition about the above votes. “Please note that Cllrs Mead and Chubb abstained from both votes, and in neither vote, first at Finance, second at Full Council were any votes against made or recorded. “In the interests of accuracy we feel the minutes should be reprinted with the correction.”
Filton Hill Primary is holding two open days for parents considering a primary school for their child next year. They will be held on Wednesday 7th November at 9:30am and Tuesday 13th November at 1:30pm.
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News Allowances will save authority thousands, says Filton councillor The scrapping of South Gloucestershire’s executive cabinet system will save the council nearly £45,000 from the bill for councillors’ allowances, according to one Filton councillor. This comes as watchdog the Taxpayers’ Alliance revealed “huge” discrepancies between authorities across the country. The Filton members of South Gloucestershire - Cllrs Ian Scott, Roger Hutchinson and Adam Monk - all receive a basic allowance of £10,835 as ‘pay’ for their council duties. Each also receives £7,584 For additional responsibilities on committees, known as the special responsibility allowance (SRA). Councillors are also able to claim expenses for their work. South Gloucestershire, a unitary authority (meaning it deals with all services) said allowances had been frozen since 2010 in line with the council tax freeze. The council’s allowance is below the highest-paying unitary council - Durham, at £13,300 - but well above the lowest, Rutland, at £3,860. Cllr Scott said: “Labour councillors in South Gloucestershire feel vindicated by the Independent Remuneration Panel’s confirmation that the Council’s decision to scrap the Executive Cabinet system will save the authority thousands of pounds. “The Panel has allocated allowances appropriate to the new Committee system and has concluded that £44,400 should be saved by the move to collective decision making which would involve all 70 councillors. “The decision to make this change was proposed by the Labour Group and agreed by a small majority at the Council on 21 March. In the run-up to the vote, which was opposed by Conservative councillors, Labour pointed out that the additional
allowances that the 7 Executive Councillors currently receive for their ‘special responsibilities’ would be a saving for the cashstrapped council, were it to make the change. “ Cllr Hutchinson said that the allowances and SRA are fixed payments and there is no sense of the money being claimed. He said that many councillors give up jobs to take on their roles and this might be their only income. He added that the allowances are paid from South Gloucestershire funds, not from Filton Town Council. Town councillors are effectively volunteers and receive no payment for their position. A South Gloucestershire spokesman said: “All councillors get the basic allowance of £10,835 and each Filton councillor also receives an SRA of £7,584 reflecting their additional responsibilities – Cllr Hutchinson is lead member on PT&SE committee; Cllr Monk is lead on Resources Sub Committee; and Cllr Scott is Chair of Public Health and Health Scrutiny.” A spokesperson for the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “While many councillors receive modest allowances entirely appropriate for a role representing their local community, in some local authorities rising pay and pensions suggest councillors are increasingly being treated as professional politicians. “This latest research reveals huge disparities in the basic allowance paid by councils across the country.”
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Adam Monk 2012-13
Allowance, £10,835 SRA, £7,584 Expenses, n/avail Allowance, £10,835 SRA, £6,256 Expenses, £1,445
Allowance, £10,835 SRA, £17,336*** Expenses, £1,915.60
Allowance, £10,835 SRA, £7,584 Expenses, n/avail Allowance, £9,699* SRA, £3,693 Expenses, £537
Allowance, £10,835 SRA, £7,584 Expenses, n/avail Allowance, £9,699* SRA, £0 Expenses, £0
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* In 2011-12, Cllrs Scott and Monk received a smaller allowance because they were elected in May after the beginning of the financial year. **In 2010-11, Cllr Brian Freeguard was paid £10,835 allowance with £801.12 expenses and no SRA. Cllr David Bell was also paid £10,835 with £93.56 expenses and no SRA. Both councillors were voted out in May 2011. In 2011-12, Cllrs Bell and Freeguard were paid £1,135 each with no SRA for the period between the end of the financial year and the election. Cllr Freeguard claimed £169.45 expenses while Cllr Bell claimed £3.90. *** Cllr Hutchinson received a larger SRA due to his role as Labour group leader.
There are huge disparities in the basic allowance paid by councils across the country. Taxpayers’ Alliance
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News Filton boules team now ‘Les Exiles’ after row over charging Filton’s boules team have ‘relocated’ to Alveston after the town council introduced charging for use of their ‘piste’. The team, now know as Les Exiles Filton, no longer uses the £10,000 facility at Elm Park. Charging was brought in earlier this year, bringing boules - and cycle speedway - into line with other sports. Some residents and councillors said it was only fair to have charging for all sports. Boules players argued that in many other venues, especially pubs, players play for free but bring revenue to the bar. Boules player and Filton district councillor Roger Hutchinson said: “We believe that we could negotiate and agree something that would bring people back playing and using the Piste and the centre, given the opportunity. “People can’t be happy to see a facility being allowed to decay that could be used and the use expanded, when there are acres of other space not used for anything other than casual play and dog walking. “What they surely need is more people using the whole centre and the fields rather than driving those who are there away. “As a town council they should be supplying as much and as varied as possible leisure and sport opportunities that they can at fair prices which can only be fixed by comparison with other like facilities and be at a level
which will attract people to use them. In the case of boules, not only is it seen as the best terrain in the area, it is the only one in the north and central part of Bristol and its use at whatever price should be encouraged, not discouraged, and with Airbus coming closer to Filton the possible use is increased and thereby the use of other facilities at Elm Park available now and in the future.” In April, leisure centre manager Lisa Timbrell said that the boules court charges would be in line with those for the tennis or five-a-side courts at £15.40 per hour, but that people pay per player. It means that two players would be charged £4.20 each, four players charged £4 each and six players charged £3.80 each. The full town council ratified the decision of the finance committee with just Councillor Andy Chubb opposing the proposals. Last month it was discovered that the locks to the boules pistes had been broken on more than one occasion. In a letter to Filtonvoice, one resident said: “The club, run by a serving Filton SGlos councillor and a town councillor member, is letting us down by failing to contribute to the upkeep of the leisure centre when everyone else has to pay. “If we all had the attitude of the likes of Filton Petanque team, “Les Exiles”, then the leisure centre would close.
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Letters and opinions
This month, we have a special debate on Filton’s Ratepayers Arms, the town council-run facility at Elm Park. In the past few years, discussion has taken place among both residents and councillors about the venue’s future direction. Filtonvoice launched a debate on the Facebook page Filton Town News asking residents to give their views in a constructive manner. Here’s what they had to say.
Cafe the answer Margaret Ellis: The council seem to be wasting thousands a year just propping it up, when I would prefer the money spent on the park or a cafe. Horfield leisure centre has just opened a new park, yet we have an outdated pub hardly anyone uses. I think it should be closed.
Dan Gleebles: Filton council have ignored this problem for years. Back in 2008 they promised to give people value for money but they still subsidise it today. In a motion agreed by the council in 2008, Labour town Cllr Monk said: “Any spend by the council of taxpayers’ money should be on the basis that it will be of benefit to the large majority of Filton residents, achieving a greater good and not for a chosen few”.
Samantha Louise Radford: I have never been inside the Ratepayers despite living in Filton for nearly 9 years & only down the road in Stoke Gifford for the 12 years before that. I would love for us to have a pub with a large garden with play equipment but with the additional insurance costs on top of already high brewery costs I can understand why more pubs are removing play equipment. If the playground side of the road could be made pedestrianised the pub could reopen as a cafe with outdoor seating encouraging customers to use the outdoor lesuire centre facilities. We have the space there to make it a successful community area serving ALL of the community.
Gary Rowe My experience of the Ratepayers is a very positive one. John and his staff have always been very welcoming to us
for many years. The beer in there is in my opinion the best in the surrounding area. As a member of Filton Athletic FC it is essential to our needs and we really enjoy the fact that sport is always available to watch in there. I always judge something by saying if it no longer exists, would you miss it? I would definitely miss it!
Sean Walsh: First point I am teetotal. This could be a fabulous asset if refocused. There is clearly a market for post football on a Saturday/ Sunday and perhaps a night or two midweek. However there is also a gap in the market midweek for a cafe bar set up for the mums and modern dads doing the childcare thing midweek daytime. BUT there needs to be a serious enhancement and age appropriate reshape of the
playground to act as a hook to create demand. Not the other way around. Look at Vassels or Canford park et al. There is the model and we are potentially half way there with a refocused facility. It’s not about cutting. Anyone can do that. It’s about focused expenditure and providing a service
Pete Holcombe: Didn’t they try to do tea and coffee during the daytime within the last year? It would seem that its used mainly at the weekends Saturday tea time after onwards and Sunday lunch time depending on what football is played on the field. It would seem logical that in times of low usage it should be restricted in opening to the weekend that being Friday through to Sunday night.
Anthony Mannings I do not use the Ratepayers but rarely use any public house in Filton unless itss for a meal. However, the fact that the entrance is hidden around the side, away from the majority of passing public must have something to do with customer numbers. The view you do get of the outside is not tempting either. It’s dark and narrow, looking nothing like a bar entrance at all. Perhaps investment in the outside appearance of the place would help. There is little doubt that there are good facilities there, and I read lots of good feedback about the quality of the products served. Perhaps if it didn’t feel like a members only club more locals would use it.
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Letters and opinions pub business model is outdated as is the concept of a council funded pub that doesn’t get the customer numbers to sustain its overheads. Filton council need to review what Filton people would use and are also happy to subsidise, as part of their annual tax precept. A cafe bar would be for more successful, however you could not retain a council run pub as well. A better location over looking the field or near the swimming pool is vital, together with enhanced park facilities. The Ratepayers area could be transformed into a gym or alternative and money saved as a result could be redirected into the modern day cafe/bar. Sadly there are councillors who automatically link reviewing the Ratepayers with job losses, but done properly and with staff retraining, this could be avoided. To ignore the problem is to fail.
Used by few
Lisa Portlock Speaking as someone who has little knowledge of council/party issues, my view is very simple. Why is the Ratepayers being so heavily subsidized when it is in fact used by such a minority of Filton residents?
Helen Johnson: The Ratepayers is my closest pub and I will take ‘out of Filton’ friends along there. The general consensus is that it’s lacking atmosphere, harsh lighting, no music, smells of stale chip fat. So if it is trying for the sporting theme there need to be more and interesting (to all) wall decorations which change. It is good for beer and if you want a very quiet chat or if you want to watch a footy match, but definitely has no thrills and will only appeal to a minority of the Filton public so in my mind (apart from the fact that it is running at a loss!) it is a white elephant.
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Elizabeth Jane Clark: I like the Ratepayers, I just don’t like how it’s run and we all know it. Filton needs to bring their target groups together, the old and young. Yes we know it’s going to take time and money .... redo the
Have you got strong views about what’s happening in Filton? Or you might want to take the opportunity to praise a friend, neighbour or family member for an act of kindness or to mark an achievement. Whatever you want to say, write to us and we’ll make sure everyone in Filton knows about it. Send your letter by email to email@example.com, by post to Letters, Filtonvoice, 49 Dunkeld Avenue, Filton BS34 7RQ or call us on 0777 555 0607. You can also comment on stories at www.filtonvoice.co.uk. Please keep letters short.The editor reserves the right to edit your letter. park so families won’t go seeking better ones outside where they live. Give them somewhere for young and old to chat and buy food and drink, link the bar with soft play, there is so much you could do with the place. It’s a shame they didn’t think about the future before spending our money on white elephants.
Jenny Ponter: It’s good to see that I’m not the only person who thinks that what Filton really needs is a modern park/ cafe facility to cater for the vast amounts of families living here. As mentioned in other posts the park needs updating and we need a family friendly cafe overlooking the park with comfy sofas, newspapers, highchairs, microwaves to warm baby bottles/food, noticeboards for local advertisements, access to the Fun Hanger....I could write a very long list! I often take my children to parks such as Vassells, Canford, St Andrew’s, Redland, Stoke Gifford etc as they have so much more to offer than Filton. I do like the Ratepayers, however I agree with other people about its opening times being cut, rather than it closing altogether.
Other views ‘Les Exiles’
Filton Petanque club turned their back on using the courts right on their doorstep at Elm Park because of the council’s fair charging policy. The court cost taxpayers in Filton over £10,000 to build with its own floodlights! Now because they have to pay the same as football teams they are going to pubs in Alveston to avoid paying their way!
The club, run by a serving Filton Labour SGlos councillor and has a Labour town councillor member are letting us down by failing to contribute to the upkeep of the leisure centre when everyone else has to pay. If we all had the attitude of the likes of Filton Petanque team, “Les Exiles”, then the leisure centre would close. It’s no joke when Labour adult councillors throw their toys (or boules) out of the pram just because they have to contribute. We are at fault for voting them into power in Filton. It must cost them the same in petrol to get to Alveston and back, all done out of spite. Janet
Re the Springfield bus shelter, are we supposed to believe the 30 month wait is down to the manufacturer alone? This is simply not true. It was only recently the change of manufacturer happened. What about the other 22 months? What happened during this time? To accept this excuse is a disrespectful to the intelligence of Filton people. Anne
Now that ‘Slug Summer’ has finally come to an end in gardens across Filton, I am fearful that we are in for another ‘Spider September! Marty Ferguson
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News Action plan welcomed by councillor after care scandal A Filton councillor has welcomed
an action plan to protect vulnerable adults in the wake of the review of the Winterbourne View scandal. South Gloucestershire councillors approved the detailed plan which sets out measures to strengthen the council’s adult safeguarding service. The plan builds on the urgent review and improvement action taken when events at Winterbourne View Hospital in Bradley Stoke came to light. A BBC documentary first revealed serious abuse of 11 patients at the home, owned by Castlebeck Care Ltd. The Panorama programme, aired in May last year, showed patients being slapped and restrained under chairs, having their hair pulled, and being held down as medication was forced into their mouths. It was reported that residents were charged £3,500 a week to stay at the hospital. The council action plan also describes the range of actions that the council will take, both individually and in partnership with other members of the Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB), in response to the report’s recommendations. Cllr Ian Scott (Filton), who chairs the Public Health and Health Scrutiny Committee, said: “The council will continue to work closely with partners in other agencies to take forward the work outlined in the action plan to address the findings of the Serious Case Review.
Healthy progress as new hospital exterior begins to take shape
Construction of the external new hospital building at Southmead is complete as North Bristol NHS Trust mark two years since building work began. Work on the interior of the building will soon begin following the completion of construction including fitting out theatres, wards and outpatient areas. Since developer Carillion started work on the site in August 2010 the new hospital has quickly taken shape with the site’s seven cranes being visible
from across Bristol. Most of the ensuite shower and toilet rooms have been installed in the single inpatient rooms. The new £430m hospital will be open to admit patients in Spring 2014. Some of the main benefits of the new hospital include: • Greater privacy and dignity for patients with 75 percent of beds in single rooms with en-suite toilet and shower rooms • 25% of beds in four-bed bays • 2,700 car parking spaces in
addition to improved transport links that include bus stops at the main entrance • All medical services and expertise under one roof The new hospital will be one of the most environmentally friendly of its size in the country. Marie-Noelle Orzel, Chief Executive at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “It is amazing to see the new hospital take shape before our eyes to become a beacon of modern healthcare for the future.
“With less than two years to go until the new hospital opens we are entering into an exciting period of change that will enable us to provide improved in healthcare for our patients. “Patients will benefit from greater privacy and dignity, and have access to clinical services under one roof. “The project is on time and on budget, and the hard work of the project team has meant that we have been able to continue to provide healthcare with the
old and the new buildings side by side.” Keith Hutton, Project Director for Carillion Building, said: “Work has been progressing well on the new hospital which has provided jobs for hundreds of workers and contractors from across the region. “We are proud with what we have achieved over the past two years and look forward to continuing this progress inside the building over the next two years.”
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Second drugs raid in Filton
Police seized 40 plants believed to be cannabis after searching a house in Filton as part of Operation Viscount. Officers searched the house on August 22 and found the plants growing in two bedrooms of the property in The Sidings, above. A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis and released on police bail pending forensic tests of the plants. Filton neighbourhood PC Jenna Mead said: “It is information from the community
which is so important in helping us tackle drug crime. We always take such reports very seriously and act on them when we can. “Anyone with any information about crime in our community can contact us through www.avonandsomerset. police.uk/contact or by calling 101. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.” Earlier in August, a man was charged after cannabis plants were found in a house in Mortimer Road.
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Exam celebration at Abbeywood
Abbeywood Community School has followed up its A-Level success with strong progress in GCSEs. The school, which was in special measures just nine months ago, recorded 78% of students reaching A*-C and 46% A*-C including English and maths, both jumps on last year. The improvement in A*-C represented a leap of 20 per cent from the previous best. Executive head teacher Dave Baker said: “All eyes have been on Year 11 at Abbeywood Community School since the school was judged to need special measures by Ofsted when it inspected in December 2011. “The school is on a journey of rapid improvement as shown by another strong set of A level results last week (100% A-E and 49% A*-B grades – the school’s best ever) and this week’s GCSE results provide a further indication of the progress.
The A-Level group, left and GCSE students, right. GCSE picture with thanks to Filtonjournal.co.uk “Headline figures have jumped from last year with 78% of students achieving 5A*-C grades (previous best 58%) and 46% of students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and Maths (previous best 41%). There were some amazing individual performances giving cause for celebration. “The rapid rate of improvement is set to continue
with 56% of Year 10 having already achieved a grade A*-C in GCSE English Language as they start Year 11.” Students at Abbeywood School also celebrated after receiving their A-Level results, with most achieving the necessary grades to go on to university or further education. The overall pass mark for the A2 (Year 13) exams was 49% A*-
B, a rise from last year. Head of Post 16 Sean Peacock said he was delighted with the performance of this year group. Luke Gibbons, 19, from Filton said: “It’s been a great experience at Abbeywood and I’m sad to be leaving.” Taylor Ayling, also from Filton, said: “The teachers were very supportive and they really care about the students.”
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Another rise in passes for Orchard School
Orchard School Bristol, in Filton Road, is celebrating after another year of improvement which saw A*-C passes rise to nearly 80 per cent – an increase of six per cent from last year’s 72 per cent. For A*-C including English and maths there was also a small
increase to 38 per cent, bucking national trends which saw drops in many schools. The school in Horfield has now seen consistent rises over the past four years. Head teacher Dr Helen Holman said she was incredibly
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proud of all students but insisted staff would continue to push for even greater improvements next year. She said: “Our results did show an improvement although frustratingly, we had a large number of students, especially in English, who achieved a D grade but who were incredibly close to a C. In other years, it is likely they would have achieved a C.” Among the success stories at Orchard were Kevin Agordorku, 16, from Horfield, who achieved 15.5 passes, including seven A*s. He will now go to the North Bristol Sixth Form Centre at Cotham to study Maths, Physics,
Mechanics, ICT and DT with an aim of going on to university to study mechanics. He said: “I am so sad to be leaving Orchard – the teachers here did such a good job helping me achieve these grades.” Another Orchard 16-year-old who did well was Asmita Dhakal, who wants to study medicine at university. Asmita, also from Horfield, had five A*s and she will now do A-levels at Colston’s Girls’ School. She said: “I have really enjoyed my four years at Orchard and I know my family are very proud of my achievements.”
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Exam successes to celebrate Itâ€™s been another good year for Redland High School for Girls this year with a 100 per cent pass rate for our A level students and 30 per cent of students achieving three A*/A grades. There was also plenty to celebrate on GCSE results day as well. 100 per cent of the students achieved five A*C grades, including Maths and English at GCSE. Redland High School is a caring and purposeful community that offers a fine academic education with a strong track record of excellent examination results and a wide range of extra curricular opportunities. Here students can discover their talents and strengths, developing good relationships with others within a secure environment with excellent pastoral care. Our experienced teachers inspire girls to think independently and discover their
potential. We foster a sense of belonging that creates the security for girls to develop selfesteem and a strong work ethic rooted in high achievement. In the Junior School (age 3-11), we ensure that the girls acquire excellent core skills but also devote time to many extras that are not part of the national curriculum. Class sizes are small to ensure each girl gets optimum attention and to enable the girls to express their individuality. Scholarships (academic, music, sport and art) are available for entry at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Means-tested fee assistance is available for girls of ability to enter Years 5, 6 and all years of the Senior School. l Visiting Morning: Tuesday September 25, 9.30 am. Open Morning: Saturday, October 20, 9.15 am. Visit the website at www.redlandhigh.com. Telephone: 0117 924 5796.
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If you are anything like me, you are more than ready for your children to return back to school! But how ready are they? The 6 or 7 week break is a long one, and it is a known phenomenon that children slip back academically during this time. My own children, and the students who attend my class don’t experience this. They have continued with a daily study routine. How can this be achieved? You could go to your local stationers and arm your self with all the curriculum study books, with the good intention of using them every day, or you
could enroll your children on the Kumon study programme, and they will be set daily work, with clear goals and expectations established. This is not an easy solution. Studying Kumon takes commitment from parents, and students. Before starting you must know what you are getting into! All children are offered a free maths or English assessment to see how they will benefit from Kumon. Sarah Nutchey, Kumon Instructor, Bradley Stoke 0117 9081992 See advert on Page 14
Analysis of GCSE results for South Gloucestershire showed that 82% of students achieved 5+ A*-C overall. Around 57% of students achieved 5+ A*-C including
English and Maths. In a year in which the national pass rate has fallen, this represents an improvement of 1% point for 5+ A*-C including English and Maths, the key measure.
If you are thinking ahead to September 2013 and the choice of school for your son or daughter, put this date in your diary: Saturday, September 29. That’s when we have our annual Open Morning at Colston’s School. You are most welcome to join hundreds of parents drawn by our theatrical presentation by pupils from Reception to Sixth Form as well as our guided tours and the chance to visit all of our academic departments. I guarantee that our Year 7 pupils will show visitors around with complete confidence, happy to answer questions and talk openly about their new school and their experience of Colston’s. One of the big surprises for
newcomers is our superb 30-acre site. No other school in Bristol has as much green recreational space as Colston’s, with all our facilities and sports on site. We’re at Stapleton, to the north of the city, which means that parents and pupils have no need to grapple with Bristol city centre traffic.
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Confidence to reach higher Laughter, chatter and, quite often, singing, fill the classrooms and corridors of our warm, friendly and welcoming school environment. The Royal High School Bath isn’t a foundation for life, it is life, filled with fun and friendship and excitement, but also with risks and challenges that take courage and determination to overcome. But that’s the essence of the learning process, aspiring to great heights, wanting to discover more, occasionally stumbling, but ultimately using that experience to become better and stronger and more confident to then reach higher than before. Academic rigour and a strong
work ethic underpin ambition and achievement in our school and Sixth Form College. Girls and young women discover what they can do well and learn to do it better than they ever thought possible – this year’s glittering exam results certainly prove that. Talents are nurtured by dedicated teaching staff and celebrated by their friends, their peers and the school community as a whole. If you would like your unique strengths be recognised, developed and rewarded, do please come and see us. Rebecca Dougall MA, Head, The Royal High School Bath
A-Level joy at Filton’s college Excited staff and students at SGS College celebrated multiple successes at the College’s A-Level Centre for results day. The college’s pass rates remain in line with the national average. A high proportion, 90%, of students applied for University. One successful student, Ross McGovern, from Severn Beach, Bristol, studied at SGS College for three years. In his first year Ross studied for an NVQ Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification. He then went on to study A-Level maths, further maths and Psychology. Having previously attempted A-Levels at the age of 17 Ross found the thought of starting A-Levels again at the age of 24 a little daunting. When Ross was 17 his enthusiasm for education had diminished and he quit his
studies to get a job. By the time Ross was 23 he enrolled at SGS College to pursue his interest in maths and with the hope of one day becoming a teacher. Ross has now discovered he has secured a place at Bristol University to study for a Degree in Maths. Ross said: “I have found studying A-Levels inspirational. I received lots of much needed support from my mum and staff at College. “They gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my goals. To top it all of it has been great fun and I’ve made many friends.” Amanda Chinn, Deputy Head of Sixth Form said: “I’m so happy for the students. “They are all great people and have done very well. Students here speak very positively about their experience and the beneficial impact the College has had on their lives.”
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Academic excellence and much more at QEH “Boys’ success in outdoor activities builds confidence and encourages them to feel good about themselves both outside and in the classroom.” As well as just receiving some its best A-level results ever with 10% of boys also winning places to Oxford and Cambridge, QEH is placed 1st in Bristol in the current Value Added Tables and amongst the ‘Top 10’ independent schools in the country. It is also firmly alongside leading academic schools in the current national League Tables. Headmaster Stephen Holliday insists: “Academic excellence at QEH directly benefits from momentum and enthusiasm created in broader areas of school life. “The majority of QEH boys
Pyrenees, following successful trips over the last three years trekking in Slovenia, climbing the Matterhorn and reaching Base Camp on Everest”. These are just some of the extensive holiday trips on offer. Mr Holliday concludes: “Boys’ success in outdoor activities builds confidence and encourages them to feel good about themselves both outside and in the classroom. There has never been a better time to be a pupil at QEH.”
are involved in sport (where we have introduced new Sports Scholarships) and outdoor pursuits, as well as extensive trips during the holidays. It is considered cool to join in, to
develop your own interests and to be an individual. “ Steve Cook, Head of Outdoor Pursuits, adds: “Boys have recently returned from an adventure holiday in the
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Legion branch set for record
The Royal British Legion branch which covers Filton is heading for another record breaking year of fundraising for the Legion’s Poppy Appeal. For the current year which runs from 1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012 the branch has raised over £36,500, an increase of £6,000 on last year’s branch record of £30,500. For the 2010/11 year the branch won the county’s Marling Cup for most improved branch, and the branch’s Poppy Appeal organiser Terry Webber won third place in the Williams Cup. The Stoke Gifford Branch covers Bradley Stoke, Filton, Stoke Gifford, and Little Stoke. Branch spokesman David Bell said “ We are very grateful to the public for their great generosity in helping to raise so much for the Poppy Appeal which goes to help fund the legion’s welfare work. “Our success is also due to the many venues which allow us to collect for the appeal and our great team of volunteers. “The media also do a great job helping us to publicise our work which helps the Legion’s efforts.” If you would like to volunteer to help the Legion in its work please contact the branch’s Poppy Appeal organiser Terry Webber on 0117 909 1486 or Branch Chairman Brian Hewitt on 01454 775632.
Our gold medal effort to get Tom’s signature
Two sisters from Filton were among the lucky ones who met Tom Daley when he visited The Mall just days after his dramatic medal-winning performance in The Olympics. The 18-year-old diver was signing copies of his new book My Story at WH Smith, with fans queuing all night to meet their hero. The event attracted huge media interest and fans, many of whom were unlikely to meet Daley, formed a long line inside the shop and outside, with estimates of around 1,000 people present.
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Among them were Melissa Mannings, above right, 15, and Courtney Mannings, 14. The girls, who waited for nearly five hours in wet conditions, finally got to meet Tom and had their copy signed. They said: “Even after such a long wait it was really worth it when we saw him, to meet a bronze medallist. “We will treasure his signature and the book. “He made us so proud to be British! “He was lovely and polite and has a great smile!”
Becky Sholu from Nailsea, who was also lucky to get a signature, said: “He is a great role model.” Speaking before the signing, Tom said: “It’s crazy ... about a thousand people are here today and they’ve had to shut the queue because there were too many people turning up.” Tom, who won a bronze medal at the London Olympics, also has had the difficulty of being a young athlete coping with the death of his father whilst under the glare of the world’s media spotlight.
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Students at a Filton school and the fomer Filton College will be going back to lessons on a loan bike thanks to an innovative scheme supported by South Gloucestershire Council. ‘Cyked’ launched last year with the aim of giving students the chance to hire one of 50 bikes to help them travel between the campuses of Patchway Community College, Bradley Stoke Community School, Abbeywood Community School and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in Filton, who together form the Concorde Partnership. The unique partnership between the four establishments means that some students attend lessons at more than one site, and the Cyked scheme helps them get to the classroom on time using a network of purposebuilt cycle routes between the schools. The scheme is open to teachers and teaching assistants as well. Ryan O’Shea, 18, right, who attended Patchway Community College, used a loan bike to get to his drama classes held at Abbeywood School.
Students get on their loan bike for classes He said: “Cyked is a free, green way of getting from school to school and I also like the independence and using the bike for social activities.” Rosa Eaton, from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, said: “If you can feel better, be thinner, be fitter and save money whilst getting places faster then why wouldn’t you?” Bikes are available to hire for an entire academic year for just £30, with a helmet, lock and lights included in the fee. Students are encouraged to buy their own bikes following the loan period. Cyked is part of the Cycling City project led by Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils, who are working with Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset councils to promote cycling. More information about Cyked is available on www. betterbybike.info/cyked
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Filton Town Council recently had a public meeting encouraging people to offer their suggestions for not only cost cutting measures but also income generation. A number of suggestions have already been received but we still want to hear from residents in Filton with their ideas for the council.
Please note our next full council meeting will be at Bethany Gospel Hall, 838 Filton Avenue, BS34 7DR on Tuesday ,25th September 2012 at 7:30pm. Members of the public are welcome to this meeting which will consider many matters of interest to residents living in Filton and we are pleased to be holding it in Conygre ward.
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Cycle Speedway at Elm Park We were delighted to host a national cycle speedway event at Elm Park in late August, watched by a large crowd who gathered at the track. Hopefully this exciting event will inspire others to use the track in the future and, with our plans at various stages for the MUGA and community garden, we hope the whole Elm Park complex can become a hub for families to enjoy all sorts of activities. Photographs by Cllr Rikki Teml
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Boost for community garden project Our planned community garden has taken a step forward after councillors met staff at B&Q in Filton, pictured. Our grounds maintenance manager Neil Palmer organised the meeting, at which we outlined our plans for the garden, which would be sited next to the tennis courts. B&Q indicated they would be keen to work with us on this exciting community project and we are hoping that we may be able to obtain materials free of charge to get the project off to a great start. We hope to be able to report back next month with further updates.
MUGA consultation This is how Filton’s proposed ‘MUGA’ (Multi-Use Games Area) and Astroturf court could look. We have chosen our preferred contractor - SMP Playgrounds - who have created this vision for the facility at Elm Park, to replace the existing tennis courts.
It would consist of a MUGA, seen here as the black court, which could be free for community use and also for hire for tennis. The Astroturf court, in green, would be for hire for such as football and there would be a ‘Panna’, or practice court, at the bottom.
We hope to fund this entirely with grant money and public meetings will follow this consultation. Now we want your views on this exciting plan. Please fill out the form below BY SEPTEMBER 30 and return to the council offices or visit www.filtontowncouncil.gov.uk
I/we support the MUGA/astroturf Would you or family members use it? What sports would you like it to cater for? Filton Town Council are pleased to announce the launch of their brand new website which went live in June 2012. The new website boasts a completely new look and feel and gives residents access to details on The Filton Leisure Centre, The Ratepayers Arms and, of course, the council itself. There’s also a latest news and events section as well as a calendar of up and coming council
meetings for your diary. For your convenience we’ve also included live feeds from BBC Local News & Weather, South Glos Consultations, Avon & Somerset Police and of course filtonvoice. list inmonths box below OverPlease the coming we plan to build on the content we already offer through the website in the hope it will become a valued resource for communicating with the residents of Filton.
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Feature A cup of coffee is good for the soul at Filton Church cafe Amid the hustle and bustle of Filton life, there is a place which offers tranquillity ... and a cracking cup of coffee. The cafe at Filton church, just off the A38 in a converted historic chapel, is open for business Monday to Friday, attracting a loyal clientele which is growing by the month. The idea for the cafe came from Rev Elspeth Desmond as a way for the church to reach out to the community in a more effective way. It appeals to those looking for a bit of peace and quiet, a place where you can go and sit quietly without being judged or enjoy the company of others. Volunteers serve tea and coffee, along with homemade cakes, and visitors are asked for a contribution, not a payment. Among the volunteers are Mary Arnold and Jean Pearce, pictured below. The ambience is calm, with classical music playing gently in the background and the day’s papers are available to read including, of course, Filtonvoice! Among the regulars are Georgina Allen, 76, and Sean Hinksman, 46, pictured right with Rev Desmond. They both say they enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the opportunity to get together with friends for conversation. Georgina said: “It’s a meeting place, a gathering place where the community comes together to get to know each other.”
Sean said: “I moved here to work at Rolls-Royce from Pilning and I didn’t know anyone. People come together here - it’s like an old-fashioned community.” Rev Desmond said: “We originally thought we would get
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the lunchtime trade but although we get a few, it’s mainly the local community. People here are accepted for who they are and although we try to have a Christian message, we don’t preach in any way. “We have all ages, some people come to study the graveyard records, some people just like to be on their own and it is especially helpful for the recently bereaved. “We try to offer good quality coffee in china cups with fresh flowers on the table.” The cafe was originally known as the St George Chapel between the 1800s and the 1960s before it because a storeroom. The cafe has been opened for just over three years now and there are plans to develop games afternoons and arts and crafts. The cafe is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am-1.30pm, excluding Bank Holidays.
Local history Former pupils and staff expected at school celebration An article in Filtonvoice has helped to generate big interest in an exhibition to mark 85 years of Charborough Road School. A birthday event on Saturday, September 22, will bring together former pupils and staff from the early days in the 1920s to the present day. Head teacher Nicola Bailey said: “Following the Filtonvoice article on the Charborough Road research in the April edition, and the follow-up photograph in the May edition, considerable new information has been gleaned to provide the basis for an exciting Birthday Celebration at the Open Day at Charborough Primary (Junior) school on 22 September 2012. “They say ‘mums never forget’ 811_A5L_EDGE_Refurb_234099.ai – and lots of mums have been
quizzed in the last few months by their grown up children on their school life and asked, “‘is that really me” in the photograph? 1 08/03/2012 15:36 Mum always knows!
“Many former pupils who were at the school during the research period 1927-1977 are responding to the celebration invitation and booking their
place, with the numbers growing every day. “Together with pupils and teachers from 1977 to 2012, a very busy afternoon is expected. “Many pupils who were at the school from the early 1950s onwards will remember the two tarmac playgrounds, in what was a sloping grassfield until then, and the view towards the old canteen.” The picture, left, taken around 1956, shows pupils being put through their paces. Any ex-pupils or friends of the school are very welcome to attend the Open Day on 22nd September, from 2–5pm. Please let the school know if you like to come along: charboroughroadprimary. email@example.com
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Scorpions claim new world record A Filton-based wheelchair basketball club, the South West Scorpions, are claiming the Guinness World Record for the longest ever wheelchair basketball match after playing continuously for 30 hours. The match was held at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE Campus on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August, and involved 24 players. Witness statements were taken by spectators to help verify the record. The previous record was held by university students in Nebraska in the US who played for 26 hours in 2004. The club, which was set up back in 2010, is for children aged 6-18 years old, from Bristol and the surrounding region. It caters for both able bodied children, and children with a wide range of disabilities. Olympic torch bearer Ben Fox, aged 16, from Swindon is joint captain for the Scorpions
team along with Jack Davey; they both captained a team for the event and both are part of the Great Britain Wheelchair Development squad.
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Organiser Carol Hearn said: “I am very proud of club for even taking on the challenge. “The support so far has been amazing.
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Twinning visit Au Revoir, Auf Weidersehen Farewell, after the best twinning visit in years Doug Daniels reflects on a successful visit to Filton by our friends from France and Germany
The link between Filton and French town St Vallier – joined later by Witzenhausen, Germany - was formed some 38 years ago. It lingers long in people’s memories. Now, what has been described as one of the most successful twinning visits ever to take place between the partner towns has established yet again the importance the town places on its twinning links. With almost 80 guests from the two towns arriving in two super coaches at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Filton on Saturday, August 4th, it was the climax of almost 12 months detailed planning by twinning chair Bernard Duckett and his
wife, Carole, and their dedicated team of helpers. Arranging visits and accommodation was a marathon to the moment of our guests’ arrival. Met enthusiastically by their welcoming hosts it was heartening to see so many happy faces eagerly awaiting to display the best of our town and its surroundings to their longstanding friends. With planned visits to “Oakham Treasures” at Portbury – an insight into English country life – followed by lunch at Weston-super-Mare it gave the guests what they really miss the most ... the seaside! It is heartening to see the
Twinning visit friendship that exists between the twinned towns. Engineers working on Concorde met with their counterparts at Filton. Roy Isaacs and the late Alderman Eric Smith MBE were linked directly with the creation of the partnership in those far off years. A meeting with town and twinning officials during the visit reflected on the absence of school visits to the twin towns. St Andrew’s Church youth leader Debbie Teml suggested that a support scheme might eventually be considered to focus more on this aspect in the hope that school visits could be revived. It was considered a vital educational component in understanding each other’s way of life. An ecumenical service at St Andrew’s Church was followed by a Sunday lunch sponsored by Filton Town Council in the Badminton Hall. Then we had the Twinlympic Games” scheduled for Elm Park. Inclement weather conditions intervened and the event was held indoors. Organised by Debbie Teml, coloured armbands identified the teams, who picked up medals presented by Council Chair, Adam Monk. Visits with their hosts along with a lively evening Barn Dance at the Community Centre contributed to a thoroughly happy occasion. But the pinnacle of enjoyment for the guests must surely have been at Minehead, with a splendid meal in the skittle alley of “The Quay Inn” - a typical seafront pub – and a trip back in time to Bishops Lydeard on a GWR steam train – with eight coaches. The chuff, chuff, chuff of the engine and the “ticket inspector” - not clipping the tickets this time but ... collecting litter ... a stark comparison with good old days. This really was a look back in time for many. Truly enjoyable. “And finally, at the end of it all -” always a true measure of the success of a twinning visit – a display of each town’s talents along with a flourishing round of Scottish Country Dancing. A mimed sketch by the Germans with the song “Das Deuche Haus” etc – “The German House” – and a rendition by the French, “La Montagne” “The Mountain” by Jean Errat coupled with Filton’s
Twinning Choir with Brian at the piano in “Any dream will do.” The verdict? Olympic medals for all concerned! To everyone ... the Filton host families ... the guests from twin towns St Vallier and Witzenhausen with their cherry princesses, Jennifer Schtader and Julia Junghard – they added glamour to most of our events – we all look forward to meeting them all again in Witzenhausen next year (August 21st to 27th 2013). An occasion not to be missed. “Au Revoir,” Farewell, Auf Weidersehen! Long may our friendships flourish.
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September: Scams It is one of the more unpleasant sides of computing that people try to get money from you illegally. There is a scam which has been around for a few years that still catches people out. Someone calls you on your home phone number out of the blue, claiming to be from a large computer company. They say they are aware you have a virus on your computer. They ask you to give them access to your machine to fix the problem in return for a fee. This can range from £50 to £200 and of course they then have your card details. If you get a call like this, do not give them access to your PC as you are most likely to end up the victim of a scam. If you are unsure, please call us and we can help you decide if it is a scam or not. Contact us on 0117 969 8767 or visit us in our shop on the corner of Filton Ave and the A4174.
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A Filton choir has raised £2,000 for two charities after a concert in July. The Filtones divided the money between Alzheimer’s “Singing for the Brain” and SHINE - a charity for people with spina bifida and hydrochephalus. The presentation was made at Eden Grove Methodist Church, which is where the choir rehearse. Spokeswoman Dorothy Bryant said: “This is the choir’s
30th anniversary year and this is the most money we have raised so far from any of our charity concerts. We have already raised £12,000 from previous annual concerts. “We are extremely grateful to Julia Hwang (virtuoso violinist) and her accompanist for their wonderful contribution to the evening’s entertainment, which was thoroughly enjoyed by more than a 300 strong audience at St Gregory the Great Church.
Pictured from left to right are Roger Guck, the choir’s chairman, Graham Capstick and his father Richard Capstick receiving the cheque on behalf of SHINE, Adrian Williams from Alzheimer’s and on the far right, Mike Watson, our Musical Director. The choir’s next major event will be the “Christmas Crackers Concert” at Eden Grove Methodist Church on Friday, December 7.
College success for new adult learning partnership Filton’s South Gloucestershire and Stroud College has recently been given the go-ahead to develop a new way of learning. A new one-year pilot will see the launch of the West of England Community Learning
Partnership to deliver new ways of learning for adults who might want to boost their skills. Out of 78 applications, only 15 national pilots were approved. The college, along with Bristol City Council, North
Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council, City of Bristol College, Weston College, and the Workers Educational Association are joining up with more than 100 other partners to improve community learning.
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l Filton Chest and Heart charity has helped three local surgeries in its latest round of equipment purchase. The charity handed over more than £1,700 of equipment to Conygre Medical Centre, Concord Medical Centre and Northville Family Practice. At a recent meeting of charity members and supporters, committee member Geoff Franklin passed over a blood
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pressure monitor and an oxygen probe to Senior Practice nurse Carol Whitfield from Conygre Medical Centre. Concord received a 24-hour blood pressure monitor and Northville received four oxygen probes. Carol told members of Filton Chest and Heart how grateful medical staff and patients were for the continued efforts of the group.
The flu season is approaching and a lot of people will soon receive a letter inviting then to attend for their annual flu jab. In healthy people, flu is unpleasant and you can feel really ill for a few days, but it’s not usually serious. Occasionally, important complications such as pneumonia develop and these can be life-threatening. People particularly at risk include everyone aged over 65, pregnant women, those with certain chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart and lung disease and kidney disease, and some children whose immunity is low. Everyone in these groups will be invited for a free flu jab. Some other people, for example those who care for someone who is sick or
disabled, may also be invited. Anyone else who wants one will have to pay for it either from their GP surgery or local pharmacy at around £20 a dose. The flu jab does not definitely prevent you from catching flu but it reduces the chances. I certainly have one every year. See our advert on Page 3
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Filton Business of the Month September: We meet Liesel Freitag of Danceworks Name, age and how long you have been working in dance/ fitness world. Liesel Freitag, aged 35. I have been involved in the industry my whole life, starting with ballet and gymnastics at 6 years old and progressing to Modern, Jazz, Contemporary and Street Dance in my teens. I competed internationally in Dance, Gymnastics and Sport Aerobics and represented South Africa at the 10th World Gymnaestrada in Germany 1995 and at the Planet Dance 2000 World Championship in Singapore. Since living in Bristol, I competed as a Crusaders Cheerleader and have been teaching for over 16 years. Where are you from? Port Elizabeth, known as the Friendly City of South Africa. I emigrated to Bristol in 2005, sadly leaving behind my studio
with hundreds of dancers but I was excited for the prospects in the UK. What’s the best bit about the job?
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It is very rewarding to watch dancers progress and grow as individuals. I get to meet people from all walks of life, keep fit while listening to great music and do what I love most.…DANCE! Tell us what you offer to set yourselves apart from others. As a teacher, it is important to keep abreast of the changing trends of dance and to be versatile so I constantly strive to improve and still compete at the International Dance and Cheer Championships. With experience and knowledge in a variety of dance genres and as a qualified ZUMBA, Aerobics, Step & Fitness Instructor and currently training in Ballroom and LatinAmerican. I wish to offer the best opportunity possible to my pupils. What do you think about the people of Filton? I have had a really warm response from people in the area, they are friendly with a
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definite sense of community and people are willing to get involved. My Monday evening ZUMBA class at St Andrews Methodist is one of my favourite classes of the week as the locals bring so much energy and enthusiasm. What are your plans for the future of the business? I would love the studio to grow in Bristol. Danceworks performed at the Filton, Patchway and Fusion festivals during the Summer and will be offering classes in Winterbourne from January 2013. I hope to encourage more adults to try Street dance classes. Anything else? Danceworks focuses on offering the general public, fun and exciting classes to the latest chart hits which is a great way to burn calories, build confidence and make friends. Being affiliated with DanceCor, an International association, we offer the more serious dancer the opportunity to take exams and ultimately qualify as a teacher. Our DanceCor Medal day is on December 1, 2012 so it is not too late to register. Check out our website to find a class to suit you! Details Telephone: 07871436600 Website: www.danceworks. uk.com Email: liesel@danceworks. uk.com See advert on Page 5
Weddings For couples thinking about getting married, there is the inevitable buzz of excitement ... plus the realisation that there is an awful lot to organise. This month, Filtonvoice aims to remove some of the strain with some handy tips on getting ready for the big day along with services offered by local businesses to make the occasion go as smoothly as possible. And we’re not forgetting the guests. We’ve got a fashion special aimed at ensuring everyone looks a million dollars on the day. Pictures by First Avenue Photography
Creating special memories for a lifetime At the Holiday Inn Bristol Filton, we specialise in hosting wedding celebrations. From your first meeting with our dedicated wedding coordinator, to the time your last guest leaves, you will be in very experienced hands. The most romantic day of your life will come alive with our special touches to meet your individual needs and to make your wedding day perfect. Our wedding packages have all the ingredients for the perfect, romantic wedding - just the way
you want it and this is our vow to you. Book your wedding and reception now on selected dates at the Holiday Inn Bristol Filton and you could find yourself with a bill significantly smaller than you expected. We are offering amazing wedding packages from just £999 for selected dates in 2012 and 2013. With a number of rooms licensed for civil ceremonies and with 16 acres of landscaped grounds perfect for your photographs, we can promise you a beautiful day.
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Creating special memories for a lifetime At First Avenue Photography we know how important your wedding day is to you. We capture those special moments to continue the memories of your day for a long time to come. We have a team of professional photographers who have many years’ experience between them and who all produce high quality and emotive images. With an experienced team in the office, everyone provides a friendly and personalised service from the moment they meet you. The most important thing to us is about creating beautiful images that will evoke the
emotion and special memories of your wedding whenever they are seen. We are based in beautiful offices in the heart of Bristol’s city centre. Within our offices we have a full range of framing and album options on display. Come and see us, where we can discuss your day and arrange a package suited just for you. Contact information – www.firstavenuephotography. com 0117 929 3225 Email: Rachel@ firstavenuephotography.com Twitter - @FirstAvenueUK Facebook – www.facebook. com/FirstAvenuePhotography
Romantic Italy is favourite for honeymooners Wherever you take your honeymoon, the trip is sure to create memories that last a lifetime. Many couples take the chance to book the holiday they have always dreamed of, whether it’s relaxing far away from it all on a tropical beach, going on safari or seeing the sights in a world-famous destination. Exotic escapes probably top the list for many, but European gems are holding their own in this Top 10 list compiled from research carried out by Honeymoons.com. Where will you choose? 1. Italy 2. Mexico 3. Fiji 4. Greece 5. Hawaii 6. Bora Bora, French Polynesia 7. Aruba 8. Jamaica 9. Bahamas 10. Florida
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Before you can marry in a register office, approved premises, church or chapel in England or Wales (other than within the Church of England where you may have banns called), you must give notice
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they can see and hear you make your marriage vows. They will be asked to sign the marriage register to confirm that they have witnessed your marriage (not just your signature). Before the ceremony the registrar will want to speak to both the bride and groom. If you would prefer not to see one another before the ceremony we can arrange for the registrar to see you separately. It is traditional, but not necessary, for couples to exchange wedding rings as part of the ceremony. The rings may be placed on a cushion or tray before the start of the ceremony or may be held by a pageboy or best man and presented as part of the Two of your guests will need ceremony. to act as witnesses for your Video cameras may be used marriage. They should sit at provided that the superintendent the front of the room so that registrar has agreed. AZ Wedding Ad 1112_Layout 1 24/08/2012 11:34 Page 1 It is possible to personalise your ceremony. For example you can include music or readings. It is important to note that, because the ceremony is a civil one, you cannot include any religious content or connection. If you are getting married at the register office these additions must be agreed with the superintendent register at least two weeks before the ceremony. If you are getting married at an approved premises we suggest you make an appointment with the superintendent registrar to discuss your ceremony eight weeks before the ceremony.
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Petcare with Michael Parry of Vets4Pets in Filton Firework fear
Fireworks? I know the 5th November seems a long way off when we are still hoping that we might get some summer but it is not that many weeks away. It is best to think and act ahead, for example ADAPTIL and FELIWAY are particularly effective if used for several weeks beforehand. There are several steps pet owners can take to minimise stress during firework season:
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hiding place to ensure they feel as safe and secure as possible. Plugging in a Feliway diffuser for cats can help them cope with changes to the environment as it releases a copy of the facial pheromone cats deposit when they rub their head on items in the home – marking them as safe. Cats can become upset if access to outside is restricted during fireworks.
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Filton planning applications and decisions, August Applications l Works to 1 Horsechestnut tree to reduce crown by 20% and lift by 20% covered by Tree Preservation Order 17 Charlton Avenue l Demolition of existing garage. Erection of single storey side and rear extension to provide additional living accommodation. 11 Lomond Road l Erection of first floor rear extension to provide additional living accommodation. 736 Filton Avenue l Erection of rear conservatory 44 Northville Road l Erection of two storey side extension to form additional living accommodation (Re submission of PT12/1574/F) 25 Rannoch Road l Erection of two storey side and single storey rear extension to form garage and additional living accommodation. 10 Ferndale Road
l Erection of single storey rear extension to provide additional living accommodation. 63 Northville Road l Erection of rear conservatory and extension of raised rear decking area. 39 Branksome Drive
Decisions l Conversion of 2 existing attached dwellings to form 4 flats with new access, parking spaces and associated works to include two storey rear extension and alteration to roofline of existing single storey rear extension. 26 and 28 Tenth Avenue Approve with Conditions l Erection of 1 detached bungalow, new pedestrian access and associated works. 2 Gayner Road Filton Approve with Conditions
l Erection of single storey rear extension to enlarge existing garage. 32 Gloucester Road North Approve with Conditions l Display of 1 internally illuminated fascia sign, 1 internally illuminated gantry sign, 5 externally illuminated fascia signs, 1 internally illuminated sign and vinyls. Tesco Express, 73 - 75 Gloucester Road North Approved l Installation of 2 porta cabins to provide changing facilities and club building (Retrospective)
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l Conversion of existing dwelling to form 2 flats, including the erection of a single storey rear extension and associated works 736 Filton Avenue Approve with Conditions Erection of a two storey rear and single storey side extension to form additional living accommodation 43 Bridgman Grove Approve with Conditions
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Well, that’s it; summer is over. If you’re a sun worshipper, you will be now feeling very let down by it! But despite the rain, what a summer it has been! My memories of this summer will be of a Diamond Jubilee, where we rejoiced as a nation at the remarkable reign of Queen Elizabeth II. My memories will be of the Olympic Torch going through Filton, accompanied by the excited screams and cheers of the thousands of onlookers. My memories will be of the fantastic Olympic Games, which made the nation so proud and then the tremendous bravery and professionalism of those who athletes who participated in the Paralympics.
They were and are a truly example of how to overcome personal challenges and obstacles. I also have great memories of two weeks in the summer spent with many young people who gathered to explore their faith in the beautiful surroundings of a Convent in the Cotswolds. In the midst of our discussions, we looked at the way young people today face many uncertainties. This generation of young people may not have the same certainties that previous generations had. There are great concerns over the state of the environment. We are experiencing one of the greatest financial crisis in modern history. The hope of securing permanent employment is not as certain as it was in previous years. With these concerns and many others, young people face an uncertain future. Yet despite these uncertainties, the young people that I was working with had great enthusiasm, and they exuded confidence even in the midst of doubt and concern. Now that summer is over and we face a winter long and maybe cold, let us trust that the future is bright for the young people in our midst.
Filton couple say move to Concorde Lodge development was “the best thing we ever did” Bernard and Irene Taylor, plus spaniel Bonnie, find that Concorde Lodge suits them down to the ground At the Concorde Lodge Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Bernard and Irene said that their move to the development was “the best thing we ever did”, and although they are still quite new owners, they are settling in happily and finding great satisfaction with their new ground floor apartment. Mr and Mrs Taylor celebrated their own Diamond Jubilee earlier this year, as in February they reached the milestone of sixty years of marriage. Their move to Concorde Lodge in Bristol’s Filton area marks a new phase of life that suits their current circumstances admirably. But they haven’t, in fact, moved far. “We’re Filton people, and we know lots of people living in this area,” says Irene, adding that she has been able to keep “the same doctor, the same dentist, the same everything really.” Bernard can still easily get to his golf at Filton Golf Club, and their beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Bonnie, has his regular walks in Elm Park. Irene, for her part, has her church nearby, and while she’s out and about, often bumps into people she knows. Their previous home, where they had lived for almost sixty years and raised their family, as Irene recounts: “had got rather too much for us, and the garden was too much for my husband. It was right for us to go, but it was still a big step.” Bernard saw Concorde Lodge first. “I had a look at the building, and I liked the architecture and the way it was designed,” he says. As he was in the building industry during his working life, he could assess it with an expert eye. He then took Irene along for a look at the interior. “We walked in and just fell in love with it.” Irene continues: “We’re very happy with the apartment. It’s on the ground floor, which is lovely for the dog, and the lounge is nice and big, certainly big enough for a couple.” They moved in at the beginning of June and are
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looking forward to getting to know the other owners better. “We’re both sociable people, and this will suit us both,” Irene says. Concorde Lodge is located on Southmead Road in Filton and offers 65 one and two bedroom apartments for retired Owners. Benefits for owners include a video-entry system, a 24-hour emergency call system, Lodge Manager, Owners’ Lounge, a Guest Suite and landscaped gardens.
It is close to Elm Park and Filton Park, and within easy reach of Filton’s two main shopping areas; the Shield Centre and Abbey Wood Retail Park. The Show Complex is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information please call the sales team on 01179 698442. For more information on Churchill Retirement Living please visit www. churchillretirement.co.uk See advert on Page 6
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Filton beat with Sgt Steve Ives We need your help. We the police are out and about in Filton, doing our job and trying to catch those up to no good. But we can’t be everywhere at once. I’m appealing to everyone living in Filton to help us – and help themselves – by making the area even safer. How? By joining or setting up a Neighbourhood Watch. It’s a scheme helping communities pull together and feel more secure. We send information to members about current issues, pass on security tips and ask if they witnessed any local incidents. I know Neighbourhood Watch works – areas in the scheme have lower levels of crime and disorder and people feel safer. Neighbourhood Watch is just really a step on from
crimes too – we seized 40 suspected cannabis plants from a house in Filton and arrested a man thanks to community information. If you can work with us to make Filton an even better place to live, please get in touch with the team through www. avonandsomerset.police.uk/ contact or by calling 101 and we can help you get started.
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Windows and doors needing some attention? The Spar in Filton held an Olympic Lottery Competition in which customers wrote their name in a square which had an Olympic theme. A square was pulled out of a hat and the winner, regular customer Shelley from Sixth Avenue, won the top prize of £30. Overall they raised an amazing £78 for NSPCC. Shop bosses said they wished to thank all customers for their support.
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Cycling challenge for Filton residents Fresh on the success of Team GB’s Olympic cycling glory, Filton residents are being invited to get out and about by bike. The council has invested just over £2 million in new cycle routes and improved off-road and on-road lanes during the last three years, with funding from the Cycling City Project and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. Details of the routes and infrastructure already built are online at www.betterbybike. info/completed-schemes. Three new LSTF routes, all close to or passing through Filton, representing a combined investment of £900,000, are also scheduled for completion in 2013 linking Lockleaze with Bristol Parkway and Cribbs Causeway, and Bristol Parkway with Cribbs Causeway.
Chair of the council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, Cllr Brian Allinson, said: “As a council we are committed to promoting sustainable transport like cycling and walking as a healthy and environmentally friendly means of travel. Our investment in the district’s walking and cycling infrastructure is testament to that commitment.” Council figures show that more than half of South Gloucestershire households own a bicycle and 45 per cent of these cycle on a regular basis. Onethird of people say they would cycle more often if there were more on-and off-road cycle lanes. Further cycle information is available from www.travelwest. info/cycle
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What’s on in Filton on a regular basis Mondays
Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 9.30am10.30am. These sessions are first come, first served. £3.50 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre Tea Dance, Filton Folk Centre, 1.45pm-3.45pm 0117 302 6981
Filton Library, Shields Centre, free one to one IT tuition with our Computer Support Volunteers on Tuesday afternoons. Contact the library to book a session. 9.30am - 1.30pm NOTE TIME CHANGE Pre-School story and Rhyme time Tuesdays 9.30am, Filton Library, Shields Centre, Aqua fit Tuesdays, 9.45 – 10.30am & 8.30 - 9.15pm, cost £4 a session, class suitable for non swimmers, participants must be 16 yrs and over, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre Keep Fit Association classes, all welcome, Filton Community Centre 2-3pm Call 0117 969 3326
Filton Garden Club, St Teresa’s Social Club, 7.30pm. 1st Wednesday of every month, 0117 975 9126. Not January. Filton Camera Club, 7.30 p.m, on alternate Wednesdays (except June, July and August) at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park. Contact Brian Frost on 0117 9651242, Brnf3335@aol.com,
Goldies meets in Filton “Singing for Fun”, songs from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. Every Thursday 10.30am-11.30am In Sinclair House community room (next to the police station). £1 donation to the Goldies charity. For further information contact abby@ golden-oldies.org.uk or call 01761-470006 Bristol Male Voice Choir, weekly practice at South Gloucestershire > and Stroud College, Filton Avenue, 7.15 pm. Potential new members very welcome. Call 0117 9424378.” Filton WI, monthly meetings, 1st Thursday of every month, Newleaze House, Filton, call 0117 330 6071
Knitting Group 5.45 pm – 6.45pm Thursdays, Filton Library, Shields Centre Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 10am11am. These sessions are first come, first served. £3.50 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, term time only Tiddlers and toddlers playgroup, St Peter’s Church Hall, 10amnoon, term time only Filton Ladies, St Andrew’s Church, 2pm-4pm, new members welcome, call 0117 969 1825 Keep Fit Association classes, all welcome, Filton Community Centre, 8-9pm Call 0117 969 3326 Silver surfers drop-in. Free for over 55s, learn more about computers. Call 0117 969 1938 or just show up. St Andrews Youth Centre
Dinky Dolphins, baby and pre-school swimming session, games music and play, 10am11am. These sessions are first come, f irst served. £3.50 for 1 adults and up to two children, Filton Sports and Leisure Centre, term time only, term time only Bingo, Filton Community Centre, 7.30pm
Filton Library, Shields Centre, free one to one IT tuition with our Computer Support Volunteers on Saturday mornings. Contact the library to book a session. A monthly Teen Reading group for those in years 7 – 9. Meets on a Saturday morning, Filton Library, Shields Centre. Monthly Chatterbooks reading group for children in years 5 – 6. Meets on a Saturday afternoon, Filton Library, Shields Centre, Filton, January 28 St Teresa’s Catholic Church, Vigil Mass, 6pm
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 Kids street dance classes(5 - 16 years of age), every Sunday @ Charborough Road Primary School, Filton, 5.15 - 6pm or 6 7pm (depending on age/ability), £3.50/£4.00 per session (pay as you go). Lots of fun, make new friends and very good exercise too!! Please phone Emma on 07725 612088 or email her at email@example.com for more information and to book your place.
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NOTE UPDATED SCHEDULE For young people: Mondays 6-9pm Towards Independence Awards for 16-25 year olds with mild learning difficulties and autistic spectrum disorder. A range of accreditted awards to improve their independence skills and also make new friends! Various modules available as 6-12 week courses, £10 for one course or £15 for two. Contact the office for information! Tuesdays 7-9pm Youth club for Secondary School Year 7 and 8s (11-13yrs) £1 entry - a range of fun activities on offer Wednesdays 5.45-6.30pm (term-time) at the Methodist Church Hall (next door to youth club) Street dance sessions! £2 per session for 11-18year olds! Bring a drink as you’ll get hot and sweaty!! Wednesdays 7-9.30pm Youth club for Secondary School Year 9-13 (13-19yrs) £1 entry - a range of fun activities on offer! Thursdays 7-9.30pm Youth club for Secondary School Years 10+ (14yrs - up to 25yrs for those with learning difficulties). £1 entry - a range of activities on offer! NEW!! Fridays 6.30-8.30pm Girls’ Night! For Secondary School Years 7-13 (11-19yrs) £1 entry - a range of fun and interesting activities on offer just for young women!
FOOTBALL PROJECT ALSO COMING SOON ON FRIDAY NIGHTS! The youth club programme has a range of activities including sports, arts/ crafts, roller skating, quizzes, computers, games, Wii, karaoke, and cooking. We’re also a C-card access point for condoms! Also tuck shop and pool tables available at subsidised rates! We also do lots of trips and weekends away! Contact the office for holiday times as we usually change the programme during holidays to do more trips! Contact us at 0117 9691938 or firstname.lastname@example.org For the wider community: Wednesdays 2-5pm Work Club: Drop-in session, Open to all who want some advice / guidance looking for work! Get support with CV writing, filling in job aplications, job searching, interview techniques/ practise, volunteering placements, and finding local courses to get more qualifications! Thursdays 10am-noon : Silver Surfers (note we’ve changed from Fridays!) 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 with Lisa at the helm, this supportive group is just as much a social session as it is about learning! Come and join us! Free to come along anytime, just 50p for a tea/coffee (and sometimes a biscuit!) This group does not run during August
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Mondays: 6.30-8pm: Inters 1012 yrs. activities include football, basketball and other sports, pool, table tennis, computers, cookery and craft, tuck shop 8pm-10pm: Seniors 13+, activities include circuit training, football, basketball and other sports, pool, table tennis, computers, cookery and craft, tuck shop, Subs £1 (50p members) Tuesdays: 6.30-7.30: Junior Judo 5-12 yrs; 7.30-9pm: Senior Judo 13+, £2.50 children/students, £3 adults Wednesday: Occasional
events in or out of Club. Thursdays: 6.30-7.45: Juniors 5-9 yrs, activities include games, computers, cookery, tuck shop.
3326; Flower arranging, 2-4pm, 01454 412 087; Dog training, 7-9pm, 01454 616630; Pilates, 7-9pm, 502 2411; AA, 7.30-9.30; Cacti club (3rd Tues), call 950 3604
2-4pm, 969 2025; Line dancing, 7.30-9.30, 07792 456988; Flower arranging, 7.30-9.30, 01454 412087; AA, 07831 338085; Keep fit, 8-9pm, 969 3326
Friday: 7.30-10pm: Seniors 13+, activities include music (drums, guitar, keyboard), football, basketball and other sports, pool,
Mondays: Tea dance, 1.45-3.45, call 302 6981. Zumba fitness class, 6.30-7.30
Wednesdays: Pilates, 10-12; Dawn James Art, 962 2982; Camera Club, 7.30-9.30, alternate weeks, call 965 1242 for details; Strictly Ballroom, 907 6960; Historical Club (4th Wed), 7.30-9.30, 969 2025
Saturdays: Kung Fu, 07759 583688;
Tuesdays: Keep fit, 2-4pm, 969
Thursdays: Short mat bowls,
Sundays: Karate, 10.30-noon, 07982 720 158; New Pastures Ministry, 07786 271 33
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Car Boot Sale, Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Gifford BS3 48S, 9.30 am 12.30 pm, Cars £6, vans £8. Hot dogs, bacon butties and burgers available as well as hot and cold drinks so come along for a browse and grab some bargains. For further information please email facs@abbeywoodschool. com or call 07866 392912
Night with horse, dog and pig racing. Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8SF Doors open at 7.00 pm, first race at 7.30 pm. Licensed bar available so come along and have a fun evening! All are welcome but only over 18s will be able to place a bet (50p). For further information please email email@example.com or call 07866 392912
Egyptian crafts and stories, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
October. For further information please contact 0117 9759126.
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Sun, 14th Oct
Filton Library: Chatterbooks: children’s reading group, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Wed, 17th Oct
Fri, 28 Sept
Sat, 29th Sept
8pm-10pm: Seniors 13+, activities include DJing, football, basketball and other sports, pool, table tennis, computers, cookery and craft, tuck shop, Subs £1 (50p members)
table tennis, computers, cookery and craft, tuck shop. Subs £1 (50p members). Including DJing music mixing, vocal skills Based at 470 Filton Avenue, contact Margaret Morris 0117 9691315
Filton Community Centre 983 6500
What’s coming up in Filton
Social evening including a Race
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Filton Library: Meet Ruth Johnson, local author and join us for a coffee morning, 10am – 11am
Sat, 13th Oct
Filton Library: Baked Teenz: Teen reading group, 10.30am 11.30am Filton Library: Tai Chi Taster Session, 2.30pm-3.30pm, booking required
Wed, 10th Oct
Filton Garden Club are having a coach trip to the National Botanic Garden of Wales on 10th
Fridays: Bingo, 7.30-9.30, 9690311; Karate, 6-8pm, 07982 720158
Indoor Quality As New Sale, Abbeywood Community School, New Road, Stoke Gifford, BS34 8SF, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm Filton Library: Talk on the Life of Harry Stoke Colliery, 7.30pm9pm, booking required
Sat, 20th Oct
Filton Library: Family History 1:1. Find out more about researching family tree. Booking required
Coffee shop, 9am – 12:30pm, St Peter’s Church, Filton
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Courses to support Filton people looking for work
Avon Harmony a cappella chorus, which regularly entertains local groups and competes in national competitions, has members from all over Bristol, and beyond. A new Musical Director, Alex de Bruin, has recently been appointed, and the chorus is now ready to welcome new members. If you enjoy singing along to the radio or your MP3 player, and would like to sing in a group, but are not sure where to go, or you once sang in a choir, but feel
a bit out of practice, this friendly and welcoming group could be the place to start. There is no need to be able to read music. Women of all ages, who would like to learn to sing unaccompanied four part harmony, are very welcome at rehearsals, which take place on Thursday evenings at Fairfield High School in Horfield. See www.avonharmony. co.uk, email enquiries@ avonharmony.co.uk or call Mandy on 07934384573.
A number of courses are available to Filton people through the job club, run by N-Gaged training, in conjunction with Unite the Union at St Andrew’s Methodist Youth Centre, Elm Park, BS34 7PS. Also running at the Youth centre, are courses provided by N-Gaged Training, that are FREE to people on benefits such as JSA, Income Support, Housing benefit, and also to young people aged 16-19yrs who are not in education, employment or training. At this venue we can offer nationally recognised courses in IT, Customer Service, and Food Hygiene, and we can also arrange access to other training such as
Forklift licences, CSCS cards, Hospitality, Hotel & Catering, and Warehousing. Courses at St Andrew’s are run Monday-Wednesday each week. The IT Course is Mon & Tues 9:30-15:00, Weds 09:30-15:00 (1-6 weeks dependent upon experience), and the Customer Services is Mon & Weds 09:3015:00 (3 sessions total). Food Hygiene dates are arranged as required, but take one whole day. The contact number for the N-Gaged courses is 0800 0433623, or people can pop along to see Lisa Smith MondayWednesday.
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Sport Jordan fulfills gridiron dream A student at college in Filton has been offered an opportunity of a lifetime, and a chance to fulfill a childhood dream, playing American Football in the States. Jordan Crouch, 19, studied at SGS College (Filton College) and has been a member of the College’s American Football Academy, Bristol Academy PRIDE, since its birth in 2009. Jordan was captain for the club’s game against Kent Prep School from the USA and for a victory over the GB team.
His dedication meant that while most players his age in Britain were still learning the fundamentals of the sport, Jordan had three offers to play in America. After much consideration Crouch opted to join the Vikings of Augustana College in Illinois on Scholarship. Head Coach of Bristol Academy PRIDE, Ben Herod, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his tireless effort at the PRIDE.”
Arts focus with Deborah Harvey We are very fortunate to live on the outskirts of a culturally vibrant city, but if you want to ascend to the summit of Mount Olympus, odds are you’ll have to leave Bristol, and so it proved when my neighbour and I travelled to Wembley Arena to see a gig by veteran Canadian singersongwriter and poet, Leonard Cohen. You might think I’m exaggerating, but Mr Cohen has been something of a god to me since I was 14 and this was the first – and quite possibly the last – chance I’d had of seeing him, so it certainly felt like a momentous occasion. Ably supported by his illustrious band and, of course, his backing singers who are always so much more than mere backing singers, Cohen treated us to almost three hours of songs, interspersed with his trademark witty and selfdeprecating observations, only stopping when ‘the powers that be’ informed him that he wasn’t to continue beyond 11.30pm. In addition to songs from his latest album, Old Ideas, Cohen played what he knows his audience wants to hear – those truly standards songs which span the last 45 years, including ‘Suzanne’, ‘Bird on a Wire’, ‘Hallelujah’, ‘I’m Your Man’. For me one of the most moving moments was hearing
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September: Blackberry and Apple Crumble Mrs Dawson says, “We’ve been out picking blackberries this month and what better way to use them than in this delicious crumble!” the capacity crowd join in with his rendition of ‘So Long, Marianne’ during one of the encores. For so many of us, these songs have been the soundtrack to our lives. And certainly Cohen seemed as energised by his audience as we were enthralled by him, regularly dropping to his knees to sing certain passages and skipping on and off the stage between sets, more like Puck than a 78 year old. ‘I didn’t expect him to be so good,’ I heard one woman say to her partner as we battled our way through the crowds to buy a programme during the break. I did, and when expectations run so very high, it is perilously easy to come away feeling disappointed but instead we left feeling renewed. Deborah Harvey is a Filton poet and author.
Ingredients For the filling • 900g/2lb bramley apples • 350-400g/12oz-1lb blackberries • 175g/6oz demerara sugar • 2 lemons For the topping • 225g/8oz plain flour • 175g/6oz butter • 55g/2oz demerara sugar • 125g/4oz muesli or a mixture of oats, seeds and chopped nuts Preparation method 1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. 2. Peel, core and chop the apples into small chunks. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice over the apple and mix well. This not only adds flavour but prevents the freshly peeled apples from discolouring. 3. Layer the apples, blackberries, and sugar in a large pie dish (a lasagne dish is ideal). 4. Place the flour in a large bowl and then rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs - leave a few lumps of butter so that the topping is not too fine. Add the muesli or oat/seed/nut mixture and the sugar and mix through. 5. Use a spoon to sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the fruit. Bake for 45 minutes or until the fruit is cooked and bubbling juices seep through the topping. 6 Cool for a few minutes and then serve with either custard or fresh cream.
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