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Going batty for lanterns! As dusk falls over this year’s Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade, crowds can expect something spectacular to

PREHISTORIC emerge onto the streets. A large ‘Bemmy Bat’ lantern will be leading hundreds on the parade through BS3 and organisers are asking families in the area to name the incredible creature. Those suggesting the winning name will get the chance to walk alongside the glowing mammal. The idea was inspired by a piece created by local artist Andy Council and organisers thought that a bat would be the

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Eye in the sky could be used by police after muggings in park by Rebecca Day The use of drones could be enforced by police to monitor Victoria Park following a spate of muggings and attacks in the local amenity. This was one of the possible measures that police officers put forward to dozens of residents at a Victoria Park Action Group (VPAG) meeting to combat the anti-social behaviour and criminal activities which have recently been reported in the area. Greater Bedminster police officers Ben Jefferies and Colin Hitt attended the meeting to reassure residents that action was being taken and advised that a bid has been submitted to deploy a drone to monitor the park. Drones have recently been introduced across the constabulary to police public order at events. However, this drone could be used as a “possible tactic” to track the assailants – believed to be a “very small group of youths”, involving up to five males – moving fast from the scene. Police said that they are also carrying out high visibility patrols and plain clothes operations in the park. Residents heard that there had been four reported incidents in the park between November 2224 – the first incident involved a knife being brandished and a wallet and phone taken.

A second victim had their wallet stolen; another was threatened. The fourth incident, a park user was attacked with a strip of metal and then punched, but no injuries were caused. At the meeting, residents also reported seeing youths on bikes kicking wing mirrors off cars parked in the surrounding streets. The police confirmed that they were also aware of this problem and urged residents to call 999 if they witness a crime in progress, as a more immediate response can be given. They advised to call 101 if the incident has already happened. Roger Whiter, a local Scout leader, attended the meeting. He said that he had experienced three separate incidents involving teens in and around the park. On one occasion, he confronted a group of about four youths who were scaling the lodge in the park. “They hurled all sorts of abuse and then swirled around me like dogs,” Mr Whiter recalled. He said that they then proceeded to run away and “bare their bottoms”. He reported that one youth had tried to take his bicycle at Bedminster station, and he had also had his pannier bag on his bike grabbed and shook when riding through the park. Mr Whiter, who has been

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involved with VPAG for around 20 years, said: “We had this about 10 years ago. It’s important that we don’t make the park a no-go zone. I’m not going to not walk through the park, which I’ve helped make a nice place.” Police said that they require specific details of those committing an offence, such as details of clothing, bicycles and other identifying features. CCTV footage or photo evidence is particularly useful if it can be obtained safely. The police officers said:

“These incidents are unusual for Victoria Park. Traditionally, the area has been very crime free.” Residents were urged “not to lose faith” in the police as they have had some “positive lines of enquiry”. At the meeting, VPAG chair Shaun Hennessy suggested to restart the Parkwatch group, which was in operation 10 years ago, where there would be a presence of volunteers in the park who would wear high-vis tabards and report any incidents. Those in attendance agreed that this would be a good idea.

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The south Bristol streets affected by city diesel By Amanda Cameron, Local Democracy Reporter Bristol City Council has finally revealed the exact streets it wants to ban diesel cars from and charge polluting buses and taxis to enter. Many of the details are still to be finalised, such as charges and penalties, exemptions for certain groups, and other ways to alleviate the worst effects of the scheme on individuals and businesses. But at this stage, the quirks of the proposed boundaries would see homes and businesses in dozens of roads affected differently depending on which end or side of the street they live on. For example, the northern end of Greenway Bush Lane in Southville, and one side of the street in particular, would be affected by the diesel car ban while the rest of the road would

escape it. Other parts of south Bristol the diesel ban on private vehicles would affect include: • Coronation Road and York Road • A3029 as far as Ashton Vale Road opposite Ashton Gate • Bath Road just past the Bath

Road Bridge roundabout • Bedminster Bridge roundabout and a short stretch of Bedminster Parade The ban zone means that people who live in south Bristol and want to drive a diesel car into north Bristol between 7am and 3pm must cross the river at

the Clifton Suspension Bridge or Totterdown Bridge. They could not drive through the city without incurring a hefty fine. The Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which expands beyond the diesel ban boundary and would see older, more polluting commercial

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Up to 70 people die each year in Bristol South due to exposure to air pollution, a recent report has revealed. The study was carried out by King’s College London and looks at the combined impact of nitrogen dioxide and PM2.5 – the particulate mainly generated by wood and coal burning – on life expectancy. It revealed that across Bristol, five people die prematurely each week as a result of high exposure to these pollutants and also, a child born in 2011 could die up to six months early if exposed to air pollution over their lifetime. According to the research, the health impacts of air pollution in Bristol cost the NHS £170m a year. The report was released by UK100 – a network of local government leaders – as Bristol mayor Marvin Rees was due to host a Clean Air Summit at City Hall on November 18. It comes just weeks after the council approved plans to ban private diesel vehicles in central Bristol. The mayor said: “We have a moral, ecological and legal duty to clean up the air we breathe. This research emphasises how vital it is that we act quickly to improve health and save lives in Bristol. “Our proposed plans for a combination of a small area diesel ban and medium sized Clean Air Zone gets us to legal air quality levels in the shortest possible time minimising the adverse impact on our lowest income households.”

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A map published by Bristol City Council showing the exact roads where the diesel ban and clean air zone could be enforced. To view the map in full, visit our website: vehicles charged a daily fee, encompasses large parts of south Bristol. From Totterdown Bridge, the southern boundary of the CAZ runs southwest along the A4 Bath Road and follows the railway line north of Windmill Hill as far as Bedminster station. It continues southwest, cutting across Bedminster Road, Parson Street, and Hartcliffe Way before heading west along South Liberty Lane and turning north towards Cumberland Basin.

On its way north, the CAZ takes in Ashton Vale and follows the North Somerset border for a short stretch before following the A370 towards the Cumberland Basin system. Plans for an inner-city diesel car ban and wider clean air zone (CAZ) were submitted to the government on November 6. They are still subject to refinement, public consultation and government approval, so the details could change before they are implemented by March 2021.

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which would raise funds to afford the pub through community shares. The idea was inspired by a group which used the model to save Bristol Ferry Boats in 2013. Speaking to the Voice following the meeting, Mr Cranney said: “We’ve been doing our best to try and sell it, and if that’s not possible, then we only have redeveloping it as an option. “Ultimately, people would like to save it and I understand the emotion, but we need to be realistic. “I can’t just close it and wait for a buyer.” At the time the Voice went to print, Mr Cranney was due to submit an application to the council to redevelop the pub into flats. If interested in supporting the campaign to save the pub, email: savethewindy@gmail. com and join the page: facebook. com/savethewindmillbristol

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Countdown begins for Bedminster lantern parade Continued from page 1 get involved and to also gain a sneak preview of some of the lanterns. On January 5, volunteers will be at the Tobacco Factory Sunday Market giving information about how to take part. The day before the parade (January 10) in East Street over lunchtime, there will be a showcase of some of the lanterns, which local schoolchildren and community groups have been creating over the last three months. Parade day is scheduled for January 11. At 5pm the parade of lanterns and bands will leave Mark’s Bread before making its way along North Street, Cannon Street, British Road and South Street. The event finishes at Compass Point School with a short but spectacular firework display in South Street Park. Streets will be closed to traffic from 3pm onwards with some temporary disruption to local bus services. Street performers will be keeping the crowds entertained along the route from 4pm. If you would like to suggest a name for the ‘Bemmy Bat’ – entries suggesting Batty McBatface will be immediately rejected! – email with contact details by 5pm on January 8. The winner will be announced on the Bedminster Winter Lanterns Facebook page and Twitter account by midday on January 10.

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Local plans must include 'Bedminster' and 'green' By Marcus Stone A packed meeting at Windmill Hill City Farm (WHCF) discussed ideas for a community manifesto that can be presented to developers and all those involved in the Bedminster Green development. An ‘urban Eden project’, a new library and wildlife spaces were just some of the many ideas floated. Around 60 people attended the meeting on the December 5 at Windmill Hill City Farm. Steve Sayers, WHCF Chief Executive, explained at the meeting: “The City Farm is acting as a facilitator to allow better discussions, as the development is nearby and some plans have not included much ‘Bedminster’ or ‘Green’.” Ellie Freeman from Action Greater Bedminster outlined how a community manifesto would set out residents wishes in a single framework that could then be presented to developers

and other stakeholders. As well as speakers, the main format for the evening was six table-based

discussions around different themes including: a place to live, an integrated community,

a place to work, a place for wildlife, a place for learning arts and culture and a place of regeneration. The discussions were organised by Paul Hassan from Locality and led to many different ideas ranging from a new library, wildlife spaces through to inclusion of urban art by extending the Upfest vibe. Simon Green, from the Circle Project said: “We’d like to see an ‘urban Eden project’ that involves food production and sustainable living in some way such as vertical growing.” Concerns were not forgotten about the development and mainly centred around the scale of proposed developments and the influx of a large number of students. A strong aim for many residents was that the history and spirit of Bedminster should be highlighted and preserved, rather than being lost and forgotten.


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new year presents the perfect time to make a fresh start, especially after the excesses of the festive celebrations. The most common resolutions involve eliminating harmful habits, establishing new routines or pursuing new interests that will bring benefits financially, socially and physically alongside intellectual and emotional joy. Sadly, resolutions are much easier to make than to keep. By the end of January, many of us have abandoned our resolve and settled back into our old patterns. The evidence of such failed attempts include ongoing direct debit payments to gyms never visited, waistlines and dress sizes continue to increase, failure to give up smoking and reduce alcohol consumption.

Relationships can also come under strain as promises like reducing social media use or managing time better so it can be spent together become broken. Is it even worth making a resolution? A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that those who set New Year's resolutions are 10 times more likely to actually change their behaviour than people who don't make these yearly goals! So what are the success secrets to keeping them? • Avoid making non-specific resolutions like: "lose weight", "get in shape". Set realistic and measurable goals to focus on. For example, commit to lose 20kg, run a mini-marathon or park-run, take 10,000 steps or walk a mile daily, spend less than one hour online daily after work or do at least one activity together as a family weekly. • Pick only one or two things to focus on. Taking on too much sets you up to fail! We know that establishing new behavioural patterns takes time and can be

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difficult. Focusing your efforts on one or two specific goals makes keeping a resolution much more achievable. • Avoid repeat failure. Don’t just keep setting the same goals that you keep failing to meet. Failure reinforces self-doubt just as success will build self-belief. For a goal such as giving up smoking spend some time evaluating your previous results. What worked and what did not? Seek help and support to help you devise a new approach. By changing your strategy, you will get better results this year. • Renew and protect your motivation. The enthusiasm,

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n NEWS Our new directory offers a whole host of volunteering opportunities By Marcus Stone Local organisation BS3 Helping Others is looking for new members to help with a wide range of local community projects and charities and has compiled a special directory with around 100 different opportunities to get involved with. Volunteering provides two-

way benefits and helps many volunteers become more active if they have some time to spare. It also helps them use their existing skills or even learn new ones, as well as making new friends in the process. The organisation is launching their new Volunteer Opportunities Directory at the Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road,

Bristol, BS3 1TF on two days in January: Monday 6 at 6.30pm and Tuesday 7 at 10.30am for a chat, coffee and a copy of the new directory. The Tobacco Factory is an active supporter of BS3 Helping Others. Catherine Wescott, founder of BS3 Helping Others, explained: "I have been a volunteer for most of my life and it has been extremely satisfying, participating in numerous projects over the course of many years. "When I first came to Bristol

some years ago, my first foray into volunteering was with a project which aimed to reduce loneliness and isolation in BS3. "In turn, being a volunteer in my new local area and meeting other volunteers, helped reduce my own loneliness and I soon made a whole new friendship group." If you can’t attend on January 6 or 7 at the Tobacco Factory or would like more information contact bs3helpingothers@ or phone: 077330 68680.


Residents urged to share their views on parking Postcards should now be landing on the doorsteps of homes and businesses in parts of Bedminster and Southville encouraging people to share their views on parking in the area. The survey has been launched by the council in response to a number of parking concerns reported by local people and to find out whether their views are shared by others in the area. An independent parking survey, carried out in early 2019 across BS3, gathered 1,200 responses from residents – the majority experiencing problems most or all of the time. The council's survey hopes to gauge what the concerns are with parking and if anything needs to

change. Residents in Ashton Vale can expect to receive a survey, as well as homes and businesses within and around the boundary defined by Ashton Road, North Street, Sheene Road, Bedminster Road and Winterstoke Road. The council says that the survey area does not indicate the boundary of any currently proposed new parking measures. If you have not received your postcard, contact consultation@ or write to Consultation and Engagement, Bristol City Council, City Hall, College Green BS1 5TR. The closing date to share your views is January 6.

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n THE MAYOR Our tree ambition is good for everyone

January 2020

MARVIN REES Mayor of Bristol


write this month’s column in the final days of the General Election campaign. When this edition reaches your doorstep, we will have a new government, who will face a host of urgent challenges at a local and national level as a result of a decade of austerity and previous governments’ paralysis over Brexit. Whoever is in power, we will continue to lobby government to give Bristol the sovereignty and resources we need to build the affordable homes our city need, to transform our transport system, and deliver on our commitment to becoming a carbonneutral and carbon-resilient city by 2030. One of the notable features of the election campaign was that the need to meet the challenge of the climate emergency occupied a central position in the political debate. One of the most discussed pledges was Labour’s commitment to plant 2 billion trees by 2040. While this sounds like an ambitious pledge, Bristol is already stepping up to this challenge, through our collective commitment in the One City Plan to double the size of our tree canopy by 2046. Increasing the number of trees in our city

is an important step in our fight against air pollution and climate change. Bristol’s trees remove an estimated 100 tonnes of pollutants from our air every year, and remove up to 14,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. That’s equivalent to the annual emissions of 9,000 cars. Trees also soak up 90,000 cubic meters of water each year.


Author Katharine shares her first book with school pupils Children at Compass Point Primary are getting the chance to learn about being an author from a member of the school community. Katharine Orton, whose sixyear-old son Isaac is a pupil at the Bedminster school, has just seen her first book Nevertell brought out by leading children’s publishers Walker Books. She signed copies at a book fair at the school on November 28 and plans to return to run some writing workshops with the children. Nevertell is a fantasy adventure aimed at 9-12 year-olds and is described as a tale of friendship, survival, sorcery and courage. Its central character, Lina, was born in a Soviet prison camp and had never seen

the outside world until she escaped into the snowy wastes with her friend Bogdan. Katharine said it was after hearing that children in the Soviet Union were not allowed to listen to fairytales that she decided to write the story that had been brewing inside her for years. “I started writing it after my son was born and it took about five years to get to this point. It is completely thrilling to see it published and on sale,” she said. “The whole journey to publication has been fascinating.” Katharine, who has worked for a book firm as a copywriter and at a stained glass workshop previously, is now working on her second book alongside promoting Nevertell. The book was launched at Storysmith in North Street following a Russian tea party in London hosted by Walker Books where Katharine was able to meet Sandra Dieckmann, who illustrated the cover.

They are crucial to maintaining and improving our city’s biodiversity, helping us create natural wildlife corridors across the city. That’s why I recently joined Deputy Mayor Asher Craig, over 60 pupils from Begbrook Primary Academy and volunteers from Plastic Pollution Awareness and Action Projects to plant 210 trees in one of Bristol’s well-loved local parks. This event was part of our Replant Bristol campaign, which follows on from our One Tree per Child project. We are encouraging employers and partners to donate land and provide volunteers so we can plant One Tree per Employee. In the last four years, we have already planted over 57,000 trees across Bristol. The trees we plant today will have benefits to Bristol beyond their ecological impact. They will enrich our natural environment, making our city a greener and more pleasant place to live. The children I met all shared their excitement about making a difference to their local area, how much they enjoy having green space on their doorstep, and how much they were looking forward to one day climbing and playing around the trees they planted. I want every child in the city, wherever they live in Bristol, to share in that experience.


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Karin continues Labour's 85 year reign in Bristol South

Karin Smyth has been re-elected as the Labour MP for Bristol South. Against a backdrop of national defeat for Labour, Ms Smyth, who has been MP for the constituency since 2015, claimed victory over Conservative candidate Richard Morgan, who she beat by 9,859 votes. The former NHS manager received 27,895 votes in total – just over half of the ballots cast. However, her 2017 majority was slashed by 6,128 votes. The voter turnout was 65.9 per cent for Bristol South – a constituency held by the Labour party since 1935. The other parliamentary candidates contesting for the seat were Andrew Brown (Liberal Democrat), Tony Dyer (Green) and Robert de Vito Boutin

(Brexit Party). It is the third occasion that Mr Dyer has stood as parliamentary candidate for Bristol South since 2015. Ms Smyth was the first of the four successful Labour candidates standing in Bristol’s inner-city constituencies to retain their seat on December 13. However, Labour’s success throughout central Bristol was not reflected nationally as the party suffered a dramatic loss against the Conservatives who secured a majority government. In her monthly column submitted to the Voice following her election, Ms Smyth said that she was “disappointed” that the Conservatives remain in government but thanked Bristol South constituents for re-electing her as MP.

Ms Smyth wrote: “I’d like to thank you for re-electing me as your Member of Parliament. Since I first became MP for Bristol South in 2015, I’ve tried to work hard to address the issues that matter to you. “I am, of course, disappointed that the Tories remain in government. But the election campaign provided a good opportunity to talk directly with people and confirmed the focus I have here in Bristol South – on education and job opportunities, health services and transport.” In her acceptance speech at the Action Indoor Sports centre in Bamfield, where the Bristol South count was held, Ms Smyth said that despite plans for the party to reinvest in schools, the NHS and a greener economy, Labour had not “gained the trust of people across the country”. She added: “Since 1935 people in Bristol South have wanted a Labour government and have supported a Labour MP to make it happen. “Two-thirds of this time

BRISTOL SOUTH ELECTION RESULTS: • Karin Smyth, Labour: 27,895 (50.5%) • Richard Morgan, Conservative: 18,036 (32.7%) • Andrew Brown, Liberal Democrat: 4,227 (7.7%) • Tony Dyer, Green: 2,713 (4.9%) • Robert de Vito Boutin, Brexit Party: 2,325 (4.2%) Labour has been in opposition and that limits what labour can achieve and doesn’t give Bristol South the progressive government that they have sought, and we are in for a very hard five years. “I will continue to speak up for Bristol South on the regional and national stage and I will work hard.” Karin Smyth MP 's January column can be read in full on pg. 21.

Share your love of reading with others Two new shared reading sessions are due to launch in Bedminster and Knowle this January. The groups, which will meet at The Park, in Daventry Road, and Monica Wills House, in Cromwell Street, give people the chance to meet others and read stories and poems together. It is all part of a reading revolution called Shared Reading, and in Bristol the groups are run in association with the city’s libraries and funded by Bristol Ageing Better. Those wishing to attend the free group can just drop in and there is no pressure to read out loud. The groups will meet every Friday, 10-11.30am at The Park, Daventry Road and Monica Wills House, Cromwell Street on the first and third Mondays of the month, 2-3.30pm. To find out about other groups in south Bristol, contact

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Candle vigil lights the way for future events Hundreds of people gathered in St Paul’s churchyard to remember lost loved ones as part of a new event which honours family and friends passed. Light the Night, which saw thousands of candles light up the church graveyard on November 16, was so well received that organiser George Grace plans to make it an annual experience and hopes to launch it in other locations next year. George took inspiration from other countries, such as Poland and Mexico, where each year, families celebrate the departed as part of traditions such as All Saints’ Day and Day of the Dead. George Grace, who organised the event, said: “It was heartwarming to see and feel the warmth and positivity of everyone who came along to our first Light the Night. “I think we had around 400500 people on the evening over a four-hour period which was

just right as people did feel the unique sense of calm and peace I recall from attending similar events abroad. Everyone without exception gave us the most positive feedback. “We hope to do this again next year in several locations - so if anyone is interested in helping to host an event such as this - we would encourage them to get in touch and read the info-pack on the website.” Reverend Nick Hay, the priestin-charge at St Paul’s Church, said: “What I loved about this event was the space people had to remember and give thanks in their own way. “The evening was really awe inspiring and I have had an incredible amount of positive feedback from those who visited.” For more information about Light the Night, visit: www.



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South Bristol school nativity photos. Clockwise, from left, Reception with Years 1 and 2 at Wandsdyke Primary School; children at Oasis Academy Connaught in Knowle West; Luckwell Primary School’s nativity scene, Bedminster; Mary, Joseph and Wise Men at Cleve House School, Wells Road; Reception class at Bridge Learning Campus, Hartcliffe; Christmas nativity at Ashton Vale Primary; Jesus’ Christmas party at Cleve House School

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A nursery with the community at its heart North Street Nursery

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orth Street Nursery has just celebrated its first birthday, having opened its doors to children for the first time in November 2018, with an ambition to fill some of the childcare gap that exists in the area and build a community focused setting that people would welcome at the heart of North Street. Receiving massive community support in their first year, the children and their staff team have become regular fixtures in bright hi viz jackets up and down North Street, as the nursery delivers on its ethos and promise to ensure the children are aware of and engaged in everything their community has to offer. The nursery team believe, “Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right.” Towards those experiences, the children of all ages enjoy a busy and exciting outdoor

programme that takes in all local parks as well as bus trips to places like Bristol Zoo or Windmill Hill City Farm on a regular basis. This is all on top of what they call their “secret garden” on their large secure dedicated roof terrace. OFSTED rated North Street Nursery as Good in 2019 and went on to say, “babies and children develop a close bond with their key person. This has a positive impact on building children’s confidence to help them explore, be curious and feel safe.” It’s not a big surprise then that the 93 place nursery has continued to welcome new children and their families, with some spaces now full until September 2020, with parents taking advantage of the nursery’s unique transparent, simple pricing and an exciting, engaging approach to every element of their childcare experience. That’s not all either. The team continue to push developments and improvements that can benefit their community and environment, having achieved more than 75% recycling of all waste with nappy waste now used for energy recycling and solar panels which will hopefully be their next addition in 2020.

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Why we are challenging perceptions of old age

Age Proud Bristol is an awareness campaign that challenges perceptions of older people in Bristol and encourages people to feel proud of their age. The World Health Organisation has described ageism as “the last form of acceptable discrimination” and according to research carried out by SunLife in 2019, 68% of over 50s in the UK say that ageism in everyday life has made them feel less valued. Age Proud Bristol aims to challenge this and encourage everyone over 50 to feel Age Proud. The campaign is run by Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) and has gathered the views of a variety of inspirational people from across Bristol about their experiences and advice regarding later life. For this article, we spoke to Judith Brown (81), Bristol Older People Forum’s Ambassador. Judith has always had an interest in campaigning, including for women’s rights, disability rights, gay rights, and more, so it is perhaps not surprising that her

Judith Brown, 81, shares her experience of old age as part of a campaign to challenge perceptions of older people

latest volunteer role is all about promoting the rights of Bristol’s older people. “You’re still the same person you always were,” says Judith. “Later life is just a new phase of the adventure and old age is a time when you can really fulfil your potential.” Judith says that when she was growing

up there were expectations placed on what women could and couldn’t do, but now she can follow her interests fully. Judith’s advice for people of any age is to “Be yourself. Don’t let anybody put you down. If there is something you feel you want to say, you should say it.” Women are often socialised to be more self-conscious of their age and physical appearance.

Whilst a man might be described as a ‘silver fox’ when his hair turns grey, women are described in less appealing terms, suggesting that a woman’s worth is measured by her age and appearance. Judith argues that people shouldn’t feel limited by stereotypes. “You hear older women say, ‘Oh I can’t wear that dress, it’s too young.’ Rubbish! We should accept people as they are and demonstrate how wrong the stereotypes are.” Many people have outdated perceptions of what later life will look like, whereas the reality is that we are all individuals with different experiences and knowledge and that doesn’t change when we reach our 50s and beyond. This is the first in a series of three articles inspired by older people based in Bristol. Find out more about the Age Proud Bristol campaign by visiting or search #AgeProudBristol on Twitter and take part in the conversation about ageism in Bristol.

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n PLANNING APPLICATIONS Bedminster and Southville Bedminster ward: Awaiting decision 33 Silbury Road, BS3 2QB Part Single-storey/part double-storey rear and side extension. Reconfiguration to the existing ground floor layout. 29-31 North Street, BS3 1EN Demolition of existing buildings and erection of four-storey building with additional set back floor containing 99m2 of office space on the ground floor, plus 21 co-living apartments above. Bedminster ward: Decision

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24 Langton Park, BS3 1EG Proposed replacement single storey rear extension. Southville ward: Decision 7A & 7B Dean Street & 30 Cannon Street, BS3 1BB Change of use of the existing commercial premises from use as a play cafe to a shop or office

77 Allington Road, BS3 1PT Proposed two rear storey alterations/extension and single storey extension. Proposed rear 'dormer' roof extension. Refused 145 - 147 East Street, BS3 4EJ Proposed roof extension,

with linking external enclosed staircase from the first floor. Refused Holy Cross Primary, BS3 1DB Increase height of 8 perimeter walls to 1.8 meters. (Retrospective). Granted subject to condition(s) 94 York Road, BS3 4AL Proposed internal alterations to convert top floor room to a shower room, including secondary glazing. Granted subject to condition(s) • The status of these applications may have changed since we went to press. Check for updates at

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n RESIDENTS and businesses across BS3 are invited to dress up their windows and wander the streets to marvel at other displays as part of this year’s 2020 Window Wanderland trail. This community

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'Nothing Meaner' skate park film has lift-off By Marcus Stone Dean Lane skate park in Bedminster, or the 'Deaner' as it is known to locals and skateboarding fans around the world, is the focus of a new film launched at the end of last year. 'Nothing Meaner', produced by Bristol-based Clockwise, traces the iconic skate park from its origins in 1978 through to its popularity today. Over the years the small skate park has built a formidable reputation throughout the country and further afield. The aim of the film is to share the spirit of the skateboarding community with a wider audience. Over the years Dean Lane has been referenced as an inspiration for many renowned DJs, filmmakers and artists, who all spent time there. Getting its title from a saying “There’s nothing meaner than the Deaner” the film was created by Dan Higginson, creative director at Easton-based Clockwise. Built-in 1978 the skate park is

Photo, Alistair Kerr one of the oldest and most iconic in the country. Its most unique feature is that it is built on a hill making going fast mandatory, not optional. The cracks and imperfections make it much tougher to skate than modernday parks, but this has helped create its reputation. Dan told the Voice: "I have wanted to make a film about the Deaner since I moved to Bristol

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that became evident was the sense of community across the generations and the passion and enthusiasm people hold for the park despite no longer skating there. "I would love it if the film helped generate some momentum behind getting the park improved as the upkeep is currently left to the locals." The film is 43 minutes long and took nine months to make and includes interviews with 12 different skaters from different eras of the park. There is also archive content dating back to the opening day in 1978. The film can be purchased on DVD at: It is also due to be available at and a trailer can be watched at nothing-meaner-trailer

n NEWS Music festival moves to Ashton Court By Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporter Love Saves The Day has secured a licence to bring nearly 40,000 revellers to Ashton Court in 2021. Festival organisers say planning is still in the early stages, but they at least have North Somerset Council’s backing. As owner of the estate, Bristol City Council will also have to give its permission if it is to go ahead.  Love Saves The Day has been in the 23,000-capacity Eastville Park since 2015 but organisers have confirmed 2020 will be their last year there.  North Somerset Council’s environmental health officers had voiced concerns but they were resolved before a hearing was due to be held this week.  The meeting was cancelled

and the licence was granted. It allows festivals for up to 39,999 people to be held at Ashton Court estate during the late May bank holiday in 2021, 2022 and 2023.  The event will be able to open from 11am to 11pm on the Saturday and Sunday each time with 10 to 12 live bands a day.  In a recent statement, Tom Paine, one of the directors of Love Saves The Day, said: “We’re looking at all options for 2021 onwards, but who knows where the Love Saves The Day adventure will take us next!  “All our focus right now is on Eastville Park for 2020 and making sure that next year’s show is the best one yet.”  Love Saves the Day will be back in Eastville Park on May 23 and 24, 2020.

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write this on 6th December – a few days before the general election. I write with supreme confidence that Charlie the Greens will be Bolton swept into power. Green For the first time Southville ever we will have a government committed to tackling climate change, rather than just talking about it. The first legislation will already be before parliament – to ensure that all existing housing has the maximum energy efficiency levels. It will rapidly be followed by money to allow a significant and desperately needed expansion for renewables. Legislation for a second referendum on the EU will have been introduced. Greens remaining committed to ‘Remain’. Work will also be under way to reform our food system to maximise levels of sustainable, local, chemical-free, plant based food.

It will be a long haul, but at least it has started. At the same time, the bill paving the way for a citizens income scheme is also on its way. This will be the most radical redistribution of wealth the country has ever seen, and, at a stroke, give working people far more control over their lives. The basic income, covering their basic needs will allow them to choose the work they want, rather than be forced into work they can get. On the off chance, that my prediction is wrong, and we get a different government, all I can say is ‘best of luck with it’. I think we are going to need it.

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y inbox has been bulging with emails about one issue recently; the proposed Clean Air Zone in Stephen Bristol. Readers may Clarke know by now that Green what has been Southville proposed (and now approved by the Mayor and his Cabinet) is effectively a combination of two zones. There is a wider area of the City, which includes Southville, Ashton and Bedminster, where buses, HGVs and taxis would be charged to enter if they were ‘non-compliant’ (in other words had polluting engines). We are told that most buses are already compliant. In the central area of Bristol there is a more drastic regime where all private diesel cars (yes all of them; even that brand new low-emitting Euro 6 that you bought two months ago) are banned between 7.00 am and 3.00pm. On our side of the river this ‘central’ area includes Coronation

Rd and most of the Cumberland Basin. This is all scheduled to happen in 2021 so quite soon. We certainly need to have action taken on this issue urgently but once again (and this seems to be a developing theme of the current administration - think arena for example) the needs of the people in South Bristol seem to have been not very carefully considered. Local people have been writing to me asking how they are supposed to get to the M32, the M4 or the M5 if they live in our area but have diesel cars? I’m not sure ... go via Bath? What about visiting the hospitals? Now I’m pretty sure at least some of these issues will be sorted out when the detail is decided but meanwhile it is causing huge worries. To my mind, the problem seems to have been that there was no meaningful discussion with affected residents before a decision was taken. There absolutely needs to be a drastic action to address this serious problem but it needs to be properly discussed with those it most impacts.







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wish you all a Happy New Year at the start of 2020. At the time of writing, the outcome of the General Election is Celia unknown, but I Phipps hope that this year Labour will see change and Bedminster positive action to improve lives across the city. I hope that this year will see an early response to the Clean Air proposals, including the publication of the full business case and the continuing work to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030. The carbon footprint across all departments has been reduced, in line with the legal duty to improve air quality as quickly as possible but is not without challenges. The upgrade of vehicles began in April 2018, six months before the climate emergency declaration, with 135 new vehicles introduced so far. To date, 19 of these vehicles are electric, 52 Euro 6 petrol and 64 of these vehicles are Euro 6 diesel, but

these were purchased before suitable equivalents were available. Further roll-out of new vehicles has been put on hold until clarification can be sought from manufacturers on new models being released this year. The team will also be undertaking some upgrades of the electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure at council depots. Revive, a new council owned public EV charging network in the West of England was launched in November with a brand new charging hub in Eastville park. Revive will serve EV drivers in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Glos and North Somerset. We have changed the date of our councillor surgery and will now meet on the last Saturday of the month at Mezzaluna on West Street. We will be available between 11-12pm on January 25th and happy to meet anyone wishing to discuss issues which affect them. We are also happy to receive email, phone call and please leave a message.


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RIP valiant stump

It would appear that symbols of triumph over adversity are sadly lost on some people, even when said symbols are quite literally flourishing right in front of them. I’m lucky in that the housing development I live in is built on the edge of what was once a churchyard. The church is long gone, but the grounds remain, and so what is now a lovely little park actually sits on my doorstep. Sadly, in the four years that I’ve lived here several trees have been lost to the storms. One such tree was literally split in two by a particular violent episode about two years back. One half of it fell to the floor and one half remained. However, the remnants of its once proud boughs and trunk were, for safety’s sake, quickly chain sawed down to a mere stump that stood a little over waist height. Undaunted by the spate of adversity it had faced, the tree stump decided to carry on regardless. The following spring, tiny shoots poked their way out from the reduced trunk and quickly grew into small branches.

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Each branch sprouted buds that blossomed and became leaves. For two whole summers, it wore those branches and leaves like a verdant, pagan crown. I loved that tree stump; it was like a glorious “bring it on!” to the challenges that life can chuck your way. Sadly, as of today, that stump is no more. Bristol City Council in its infinite wisdom, or lack thereof, decided to butcher it, to take a chainsaw to that glorious symbol of fortitude and reduce it to a mere plinth. It will neither bud nor blossom again. If asked for a comment, I’m sure some official at the council would say something bland and officious about health and safety. You can survive any predicament in life, except for the things that kill you, and while that tree survived the storms, it could not survive officialdom. Goodbye valiant little stump, I will always value the life lessons you taught me even if Bristol City Council will not. Daniel Fryer, Bedminster Editor's note: Since this letter was submitted, the stump has been removed and replaced with a baby fir tree

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n HISTORY Dinosaurs PART 1

Trampling on established wisdom The discovery that dinosaurs once roamed in a tropical Bristol helped upend the beliefs of Victorian England, writes Paul Breeden. But the daring doctor and geologist who made the find famous were not intending to disturb the social order – far from it


HE STORY of evolution is well known and widely accepted. A couple of hundred years ago, we started digging up the fossils of creatures unlike any we see today: we called them dinosaurs. The more recent fossils looked more and more like the animals of the current era, making it seem as though animals slowly changed their forms over time. Then Charles Darwin came along and in 1859 he tied all the evidence up in a neat theory, in his book On the Origin of Species, Darwin said that the pressures of life caused creatures to evolve in different ways. This process he called natural selection: it is the idea that a creature that is better suited to its environment is more likely to survive, and so will breed more like itself, while the less fit creatures will die before they can breed. It’s a simple idea, all right, but it’s not a simple story. Darwin’s big idea didn’t just burst on the world in 1859. Sure, it caused cultural shockwaves, and even now isn’t accepted in parts of

the world where rigid religious viewpoints prevail. The story of the evolution debate in Bristol is fascinating. It shows that for a century before Darwin’s book, people had been debating the evidence that was being dug up from the earth. But far from this fossil evidence being seen as revolutionary, it was promoted as being proof for the most literal interpretation of the Bible. The advancement of this new science in Bristol was for the most part a very cosy process – conducted by people with money and status, talking to each other. They didn’t want to rock any boats – they wanted to prove that God was in charge of the natural order, and there was no cause for the lower classes to challenge their betters. In short, if you were well off, it was because God wanted it that way. And so, fittingly, the Bristol story of the revolution of evolution begins with the middle classes’ desire for new housing.

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N THE 1830s, much of Clifton was nothing but a glint in a speculator’s eye. A map of the period shows Clifton Village, Cotham and Redland as scattered settlements. There were just a few houses at the upper end of Whiteladies Road, and a small number facing the Downs. The long-overdue construction of the Floating Harbour, finished in 1809, had created a problem: it caused an almighty stink by trapping sewage and silt which would otherwise have flowed out with the tide. Clifton, safe atop a windy hill, was more or less odour-free, and became the place to live for those who could afford it. But the wealthy didn’t want their homes built with cheap bricks, though nearby Bedminster produced plenty: they wanted to ape their fashionable cousins in Bath, where Georgian builders were throwing up terraces fronted with honey-coloured Bath stone (though they were often made of bare brick at the back). In Bristol, there were handy sources of stone exposed all over Durdham Downs. In 1834, stone was being cut in a deep quarry just to the south of the Downs, behind Belgrave Terrace and off today’s Worrall Road. The quarrymen dug up some bones – but they didn’t look like any animal they could recognise. Who would know what they were? Luckily, Bristol had the very man. Just down the hill, at the bottom of Park Street, was the Bristol Institution for

Iguanadon: The second dinosaur to be discovered, named after Samuel Stutchbury realised that its fossil teeth were just like a modern iguana’s – only 20 times as large. This 19th C drawing by Jan Smit is now thought inaccurate – iguanodon doesn’t have a ‘thumb’. Picture:, Creative Commons the Advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts. Opened in 1823, it was also home to the city’s only museum, which was one of a handful in the country. Both the Institution and the museum were attempts to put Bristol on the map, to show that the city could match the cultural and scientific achievements of London and Edinburgh – but especially upstart rivals like the manufacturing cities of the North of England. The curator at Bristol’s museum was Samuel Stutchbury. He recognised that the bones told an important story. He was far from ignorant in the field: he was the son of a London instrument maker who had himself begun to trade in natural history specimens. At the age of 22 Samuel became an assistant in the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in London. In those days, both surgeons and natural historians showed a lively interest in the new pastime of examining fossil specimens, which had become a fashionable pursuit for the learned classes in the 18th C. At the museum, Stutchbury learned about zoology

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n HISTORY Dinosaurs PART 1 and botany as well as practical anatomy. He began to study the bones of extinct creatures – the new field called paleontology. It was the French zoologist Baron Georges Cuvier (born 1769), who was trying to classify all living things into groups, or phyla, who first decided that some fossils should be in the same classification as living species. Cuvier proposed that some fossil creatures could still be found alive – but some couldn’t. Therefore, some races of creatures once on this earth had become extinct – they were no longer to be found living anywhere. The idea of extinction rapidly caught on, but it was controversial. Hadn’t the Bible said that God created Heaven and Earth, and every living thing? As it says in Genesis chapter 1 verse 25: “And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and God saw that it was good.” In one of the most famous of all Bible stories, God told Noah to build a great ship – an

ark – and to bring onto it two “of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.” Then God brought his Great Flood, and only Noah and his family, and the living things they had brought on the Ark, survived. Therefore – if you take the Bible at face value – fossils that appear to reveal creatures never before seen by humans are a big problem. Cuvier had his own solution to this problem. The account in Genesis was true, but it wasn’t the whole truth. There hadn’t been one Flood, but several catastrophes of different kinds, which had wiped out one species after another. To a young man like Samuel Stutchbury the 1820s were an exciting time. Like many young scientists, he wanted to discover the wonders of the natural world, probably without worrying too much whether a bishop would approve of his conclusions. While he was living in London, before his move to Bristol, he began to meet ships landing from afar, to see if they had specimens for the surgeons’

museum. He was astute at recognising creatures that scientists had not seen before. When Gideon Mantell, a doctor and geologist, brought in some fossilised teeth which he was convinced were from an long extinct creature, but other scientists had said were from a fish or a rhinoceros, it was Stutchbury who recognised that they were similar to the teeth of the modern iguana – just 20 times larger. Following Stutchbury’s vital input, Mantell named his discovery Iguanodon. Eventually, other scientists were to accept that it wasn’t a fish, or a mammal, or a rhino. It was, in fact, the second dinosaur, after Megalosaurus had been discovered the previous year. The dinosaur that Stutchbury was to identify in Bristol in 1834 was the fourth. But that name was still years from being coined. In 1825, Samuel Stutchbury’s

curiosity took him to the other side of the world when he won a place as ship’s zoologist on an expedition to the South Seas (see below). On his return in 1827 he made a reputation by naming almost 200 new species – then came the chance to take over in 1831 as curator at the Bristol Philosophical Institution. He grabbed it. So, back to the bones. When in 1834 the Durdham Downs quarrymen brought in their fossils, did Stutchbury confidently identify them and take the glory for himself? No, he did not. Like a true scientist, he decided he needed expertise that he did not himself possess. But who did he call? A bodysnatcher. NEXT MONTH: The bodysnatcher of Brislington, with his daring Parisian waistcoat, makes his contribution to the story of the Bristol dinosaur


SAMUEL Stutchbury sailed for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands in 1825 – six years before Charles Darwin made his famous voyage around the world in the Beagle in 1831. Both were employed as natural scientists, and were eager to make all the observations they could of new animals, birds, and fish. Neither ignored the humble species like coral and snails; both, too, looked for evidence of how the world changed over time, as shown in the rise and fall of volcanoes and the movement of rock strata. There was one major difference, however. The Beagle was on a mission of scientific discovery, and was captained by a scientist, Robert Fitzroy, who was later to more or less invent the weather forecast. Stutchbury’s voyage, though, was a money-making one – hunting for pearls. Investors willingly put their money into a well-funded voyage utilising two ships, the Sir George Osborne and the Rollo, and the latest equipment, including a diving bell. Stutchbury was appointed zoologist and surgeon to the expedition. He was told to look out for unknown species, mainly those that might be traded, such as cuttlefish “of immense size … whose tentacles are of of enormous extent”. Unlike Darwin, Stutchbury paid his way. He advised on the pearl harvest, on acquiring cargoes of arrowroot, coconut and valuable shells. But like Darwin, he also managed to gather a lifetime’s worth of experiences that would influence him for the rest of his life. His observations of corals, for example, were later quoted by Darwin himself – Stutchbury observed that coral could thrive at a much greater MAINTENANCE depth than had been thought,PROPERTY 130ft (40m) instead of 30ft (9m). Like Darwin, he spent years collating and drawing conclusions INTERIOR & EXTERIOR PAINTINGfrom the samples he collected. His collection of barnacles, which is still in Bristol FENCING • PATIOS • LANDSCAPING museum, was used by Darwin in his studies. Unlike Darwin, Stutchbury was to return to the South Pacific. the reputation he acquired in Sydney LOG But STORES • GUTTERING • FASCIAS was, sadly, not what he deserved – as we will find out next month.


Samuel Stutchbury, curator of Bristol’s first museum and co-discoverer of the Bristol dinosaur. Picture courtesy Bristol Dinosaur Project

Georges Cuvier: The French naturalist was the first to declare that some animals had become extinct – a shocking idea to Biblical literalists. Engraving by A Tardieu, 1826, Wellcome Collection.

Gideon Mantell: The man who found the very first dinosaur – though it wasn’t called that at the time. Mezzotint by WT Davey, Wellcome Collection


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n WHAT’S ON Monday January 6 & 20 n Housing drop-in sessions, Bristol City Council housing officers will be running regular drop-in sessions at Bedminster Library, 1-3pm. This is an opportunity to raise any concerns, ask any questions and get advice about your tenancy. Saturday January 11 n Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade, marvel at the many wonderful communitymade lanterns and join in the fun at this annual parade event which covers North Street, Cannon Street, British Road and South Street, 5-7pm. Tuesday January 14 n Ashton Vale Together meeting at the Young Persons Club on Silbury Road, 6.30-8pm. Facebook: Ashton Vale Together 07840680516. Thursday January 16 n Ashton Vale Together litter pick meet at Parsons Bakery, 10am. Finishing, 12 noon. Everyone is most welcome. Facebook: Ashton Vale Together 07840680516. Saturday January 18 n The Patchwork Community Gardening Group is having its annual Wassail, 2-4pm at our Myrtle Street Orchard (behind the Tesco on North Street). There

An enjoyable panto to kick off Christmas Review Dick Whittington at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre As a first time pantomime goer, I was unsure whether it would be for me, but it was enjoyable! The storyline was a bit thin and it sometimes felt as if they had to add extra bits, like a 10-minute acrobatic session performed by four sailors and a sea-bed version of 12 Days of Christmas to make it up to two hours, but these moments were enjoyable for sure. All of the actors were great, especially Captain Captain from CBeebies' Swashbuckle (Jennie Dale) who played the Rat Queen. There was fantastic singing from everyone and the choreography was highly entertaining. All around us we could see


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will be music, poetry and mulled cider and we will be blessing the trees for the new year and for a good crop of apples in the autumn. For more details contact Wednesday January 22 n Greater Bedminster Older People's Forum, 10am-12noon in the conference room at St Monica Wills House in West Street. Guest speakers are Ewan Doswell from Bristol Waste Company and Paul Singfield, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Bedminster. There will also be a raffle to help towards costs of our newsletter. For more info, phone St Monica Trust 0117 305 2365. PARACISE - STARTING JANUARY! A low-impact fitness class set to fabulous music, designed to improve posture, balance, mobility. Gentle on joints, no floor work. Fun and friendly class. 11.15am Tuesdays at the Southville Centre and 10.30am Fridays at The Park, Knowle. First class free! T: 07434 964490. Paracise with Helen

Regular events n Shared Reading group Drop in to read and listen to a great story and poem and talk happy children loving every minute of the show. My kids loved to see other children in the play dancing and being rats, giving them inspiration for the future! The costumes and scenes were fantastic and really well thought out. Some of the jokes were crude but they went over most younger children's heads. Although I wasn’t overwhelmed by the story, the look on mine and the younger audience members'

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about it. Free, no pressure to read. No prep required. Monica Wills House, Cromwell Street off West Street. 2-3.30pm 1st and 3rd Monday of the month & every Friday at The Park, Daventry Road, 10-11.30am. n Bedminster sight-loss clinic at Bedminster Library, 2-4pm every 2nd Friday of the month. Appointments can be made between 10am and 1pm. Sight loss advice, signposting, equipment demonstrations, tech training and more. We are here for all your sight loss needs. For more information, call 01173224885. n BS3 Helping Others volunteer meet-ups at the Tobacco Factory cafe/ bar, Raleigh Road. Mondays, 6.30pm & Tuesdays, 10.30am. No meet ups Dec 23, 24, 30, 31. More information, visit: www. n Lunchtime Live every Friday 1.10-1.50pm at St Francis’ Church, Ashton Gate, nr. Tobacco Factory. Weekly performances in a variety of genres. 3/1 Jazz duo; 10/1 Recorders; 17/1 Cellos; 24/1 Film music; 31/1 Voice and Violin. Tea and coffee available before each performance. Free entry, retiring collection. n BS3 Repair Cafe Repairs for a donation plus cream teas and homemade cakes. 1.30-4.30pm, faces made the whole evening a lovely start to the countdown to Christmas. If you get opportunity to go and see this lively family show this season, do it. You won’t regret it! Dick Whittington is live at Bristol Hippodrome until January 5 2020. For tickets, visit: www.atgtickets. com/shows/dick-whittington/ bristol-hippodrome/ Review by Britt Andreasen Ryan

NIA DANCE FITNESS An energising mix of dance, martial arts and yoga, with simple steps to follow and brilliant tunes. No dance experience needed, all fitness levels and complete beginners welcome. Tuesdays 7.45-8.45pm, Southbank Club, Dean Lane (term time). £7 drop-in/ MoveGB. T: 07434 964490. Nia with Helen last Saturday of every month at the United Reformed Church Hall, West Street, Bedminster. Facebook: BS3 Repair Cafe n BS3 Community runs and hosts regular activities for those aged 50+ at the Southville Centre. Zumba Gold (chairbased), every fortnight on Weds 1.30-2.30 (Ruth 0117 9231039). Yoga, 5.45-7.15pm every Mon (Caroline 07570507494). Pilates, 6.30-7.30pm every Mon (Rose 07748735200). Learn French, 7.30-9.30pm on Tues (Audrey 07903821655). Choir, 7.30-9.30 on Tuesday evenings (Nickomo 01749850474).

Library events Bedminster Library n Storytime, Monday, 10.30am (term time) n Baby Bounce & Rhyme, Wednesday, 10.30am-11am and 11.15am-11.45am and Friday, 10.30-11am. Term time only. n IT support, Wednesday, 3.30pm-5pm. Booking essential. n Natterbooks, third Saturday of the month, 10.30-11.30am. A reading group for children. Please speak to the library before attending. Marksbury Road Library n Knit and Natter, Tuesday, 3pm n Storytime, Tuesday, 10.30am n Baby Bounce and Ryme, Thursday, 10.30am (term time) n Reading group, third Thursday of the month, 2.30pm. Please speak to the library before attending. n Chess Club for adults and children, Saturday, 12.301.30pm.

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My priorities for Bristol South Firstly, I’d like to thank you for re-electing me as your Member of Parliament. Since I first became MP for Bristol South in 2015, I’ve tried to work hard to address the issues that matter to you. I am, of course, disappointed that the Tories remain in government. But the election campaign provided a good opportunity to talk directly with people and confirmed the focus I have here in Bristol South – on education and job opportunities, health services and transport. None of these challenges are going away. And neither is climate change.

Parliament declared a climate emergency last year (2019), which followed Bristol’s climate emergency declaration in 2018. Climate change is not a standalone issue, but runs through all areas of life. The Labour Party recognises this and outlined a range of measures in the manifesto designed not only to tackle climate change, but to transform the way we live - covering housing, jobs and education as well as the environment. While we’re not in government to deliver these, we can and should take some of these elements forward locally. My focus on apprenticeships continues this year with another Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair at City of Bristol College’s South Bristol Skills Academy in Hengrove on 27 February 2020. We’re particularly interested in exploring apprenticeships in greener industries such as renewable energy and hope to have some local employers who offer opportunities in this area. Work starts soon on the new Advanced Construction Skills Centre in Hengrove and there’s an opportunity to weave an environmental focus into this new training hub. Local schoolchildren have been campaigning

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for free bus travel for young people. Children in London have this thanks to a Labour move, Bristol children currently do not. The Tory Metro Mayor Tim Bowles has powers which can pave the way for this and while Manchester’s Labour Metro Mayor Andy Burnham has set the ball rolling to use these powers, our Metro Mayor has not. I will continue to push for this – along with the promised Hengrove to Long Ashton leg of the Metrobus, which disappeared off the route map until I pressed for it to be reinstated. We now need to see the buses on the road. Public transport has a key role to play in reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality, and I’m pleased to see Bristol City Council moving forward with plans to improve air quality in the city. I know that some of you are concerned around the implementation of this and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts - you can reach me using the contact details below. Twitter: @karinsmyth Facebook: KarinSmythMP Website:

n NEWS Volunteers praised for £13k cash boost to Guide Dogs charity An outstanding £13,000 has been raised by a group of south Bristol volunteers for the charity Guide Dogs. The fundraisers raised the sum - which will fund a working partnership between Oboe the dog (pictured, right) and a person with sight loss - by organising supermarket collections and events. Volunteer group coordinator David Nash said: “We started in

2012 with a few volunteers and since then have raised well over £150k for Guide Dogs. There are currently 13 members of the south Bristol group. “So far this year we have held in excess of 50 events, including a well-supported Tenpin fundraiser which was great fun! Next year we hope for continued growth to help us to increase our support for this amazing charity.” Community fundraising


development officer at Guide Dogs, Tracey Wellingham said: “We are so proud of our volunteers and would like to thank them for everything they do. We also wish to recognise the fantastic support that the group receives from individuals and businesses within the local community.” To find out about volunteering for Guide Dogs, visit www.

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from Tim Wickstead, Bedminster Quaker Meeting

n tables in every Quaker Meeting House sit copies of Quaker Faith and Practice. This book is an attempt to express truth through the vital personal and corporate experience of Friends. Largely composed of extracts from Friends’ writings, it is described by former BBC religious affairs correspondent, Rosemary Harthill, as ‘a treasure-chest of psychological and spiritual wisdom’. Now, once in a generation, its 10th

revision since 1738 is underway. It is a bold challenge to take a hard look at ourselves, to springclean outdated clutter and listen deeply for new leadings and growing points, seeking insights from younger and more diverse people. Are we a faith fit for the 21st Century? We’ve seen growth recently at Bedminster Meeting, where adults have been led in a workshop by our children’s group to

consider responses to the climate emergency. How can we support each other tenderly in potentially difficult conversations when we’ve all made different life choices based on differing incomes and circumstances? It gives huge cause for hope in 2020 to witness the direct simplicity of young people when discussing sustainability, without needing complicated language or witty asides. ‘Every new age

is inconceivable beforehand, afterwards, inevitable,’ said the poet Marge Piercy.

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n St Aldhelm’s Church Chessel Street, Bedminster BS3 3TT Minister Rev Nick Hay 07534 249338 Sunday 10am Morning service, informal with mix of traditional and contemporary songs. Creche, Sunday school, refreshments; House groups meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 7.30pm.

Sunday 10.30am Worship is a mix of contemporary and traditional with groups for children and young people. Also: 1st Sunday 9am Traditional Communion Service; 2nd Sunday 7.30pm Praise and Prayer.

0117 977 2484 Sunday 10.30am Interactive service with all ages together (Communion every 3rd Sunday). Friday 10.30am Coffee morning and food bank for those in food poverty. See website for all other groups and hall hire bookings.

n Bedminster Church of Christ 298 St John’s Lane, BS3 5AY Minister Jason Snethen 07795 560990 Sunday 10am Bible Hour for all ages; 11am worship; 5pm worship; Tuesday 7.30pm Bible study; Thursday 10am Coffee morning; Friday 3.45-5pm After-school; 7-9.30pm youth group. n Bedminster Quaker Meeting House Wedmore Vale BS3 5HX Clerk Gillian Smith 0117963 4712 Sunday Worship 10.45am; 2nd & 4th Sunday Children’s meeting; 2nd Sunday Shared lunch.

n St Paul’s Church 2 Southville Road, Southville BS3 1DG Rev Nick Hay 07534 249338

n St Francis Church 279 North Street, Ashton Gate BS3 1JP Priest-in-charge Rev Andrew Doarks 0117 963 9121 Sunday 10am Communion or Morning Worship; 1st Saturday 10am Open church; Thursday 10am Eucharist. n Victoria Park Baptist Church Sylvia Avenue BS3 5DA

Christmas at your local churches Bedminster Church of Christ 298 St John’s Lane, BS3 5AY SUNDAY DECEMBER 22 Carol service, 5pm TUESDAY DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve family devotional, 7.30pm WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1 New Year's Day service, 10.30am with refreshments to follow

Bedminster Methodist Church British Road, BS3 3BW SUNDAY DECEMBER 22 Candlelit carol service, 4pm led by Rev Sally Spencer

St Aldhelm’s Church Chessel Street, BS3 3TT CHRISTMAS EVE Midnight Mass, 11.30pm CHRISTMAS DAY Morning worship, 10am

SUNDAY DECEMBER 22 Carols by Candlelight, 7.30pm CHRISTMAS EVE Midnight Mass, 11.30pm CHRISTMAS DAY Present service, 10am

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n Salvation Army Padstow Road, Bristol, BS4 1EN Lieutenants Clare and Matthew Kinsey Sunday 10.30am Morning Worship

Carols by candlelight, 6.307.30pm MONDAY DECEMBER 24 Time for friendship and calm before the big day, 2-4pm TUESDAY DECEMBER 25 Christmas morning service (bring your favourite gift) SUNDAY DECEMBER 29 Christmas communion service, 10.30am

n NEWS Developing skills to save lives St John's Ambulance is recruiting young cadets to join their south Bristol unit. Young people join St John Ambulance to gain relevant experience before pursuing a career as a paramedic or health care professional. The cadets welcome young people aged 10 to 17 and the group meets every Thursday, 7pm in Bedminster. There are many different activities to get involved with, including learning and teaching others first aid, volunteering at events, engaging in social action and helping the local community, developing confidence and communication skills through the cadet leadership courses, and taking part in residential camps. If interested in joining St John's Ambulance's South Bristol Cadets, contact Victoria Smith on 07814 299 259 or email victoria.

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When selection logic leaves fans baffled MARTIN POWELL says good performances against Huddersfield and Fulham should have been a pointer to more success ... but Millwall proved everyone wrong


o relax, when I don’t have much else to do, I like to play a bit of “football manager”. I’m not talking here about anything involving a screen or a games console. That version seems to involve a lot of thumb twiddling in front of some graphs and charts. Pretty soon you can buy the Real Madrid front line, put them in the Bristol City team and next thing you know you can beat Accrington Stanley 9-0 at Wembley Stadium. No, my version dates back to the 1970s before the internet was invented. It involves sitting quietly thinking about the last few Bristol City games, the players available in the squad and picking the side for the next game. Sometimes it is tough. But when the team put in a great performance against Huddersfield - who just last season were in the Premier League - scoring five goals, it was easy to just pick the same players. When those players then put in a fantastic performance at third placed

Fulham, also in the Premier League last year, to clinch three points it was a no-brainer to stick with them again. A rainy night against Millwall, who are a competent but pretty average Championship team proved me, and the real football manager Lee Johnson, wrong. Many Bristol City fans probably thought that after those two great performances City had finally found a side that can romp through the Championship. Sadly, it is more complicated than that. After 80 minutes of lacklustre passing the team suddenly remembered what they had been doing for the last couple of games and there was an exciting finale, but too little too late and the game was lost 1-2. Hopefully, lessons will be learned. In my view this team play best when there is a lot more movement. They are speedy and skilful but you don’t do that standing still. Also, they need to remember that the object is to score goals. When we have a free kick just inside the opposition

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The Millwall game was a disappointment for City fans half it should always be played unlike those who do this for forward – not sideways to a a living, nobody fires you for player in no better position. Millwall’s second goal proved getting it wrong in my version. the point. They basically just lumped it into the box for their Martin’s shorts tall centre-half Jake Cooper to City’s FA Cup game against get his head on it. City had half a Shrewsbury will kick off at dozen free kicks where they could 12.31 on Saturday January 4. have done the same – instead That is the oddest time ever they passed it around causing no for a kick off and it is part of a danger. campaign by charity Heads Up Thankfully the fans aren’t to get us all to “take a minute” required to pick the team and to think about our mental everyone will have an opinion. health. A worthy campaign, In January the calculation will I’m sure, but let’s not think too inevitably change again as there long about the sanity of going are likely to be new signings and out in the bitter chill of January maybe a player or two will leave. to watch a game involving That is the fun of the old Shrewsbury in a competition version of football manager. It City haven’t got to the final in is constantly changing and you for more than 100 years. never quite master it. Thankfully,

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Can you run a kitty-themed fundraiser? Can you believe it, we’ve been rescuing and rehoming local cats in need for 100 years, that’s some hiss-tory! Could you help us mark this pawsome milestone? We are looking for pawtastic people to join our Purr-fect Paws Club – to run a kitty-themed fundraiser! Whether a cat-themed bake sale at work, a cat dress up ‘purr-ty’ at school to a group of ‘radi-claw fur-ends’, taking on a sponsored skydive – the possibilities to get stuck in and create your own fundraising tail are endless – all aimed at raising funds for the animals in our care, now and in the future. If you’d like to join our Purr-fect Paws Club 2020, or would just like to know a bit more, please get in touch with our fundraising team today – contact or call us on 01179 803 906, we’d love to hear from you!


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All Garden Works Undertaken All Foliage Removed – Roots Destroyed Patios Laid – Slabbing – Decking Block Paving – Graveling – Wood Chippings Fencing – All Clearance Jobs Undertaken General Building – Garden Walls etc Drives & Patios Jetwashed & Resealed

Wide range of finishes All colours available Trade & private enquiries welcome Collection & return service available

Advance Pest Control

07771 503107


Professional furniture spraying




Wigs Bristol


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

Please book an appointment on:

0117 956 6556

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CJ Hole Southville invite you to accept our offer of a free sales or lettings valuation. To arrange an appointment, please telephone the office or call in personally. If you have instructed another agent on a sole agency and/or sole selling rights basis, the terms of those instructions must be considered to avoid a possible liability to pay two commissions.


268 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JA

t: 0117 963 4373 With 17 offices covering Bristol, Gloucester and Somerset

OPENING HOURS Monday - Friday 9am - 7pm Saturday 9am - 5pm



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