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March 2020

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As South Bristol Voice went to press, it was understood eco activist Greta Thunberg was expected to make an appearance in South Bristol as part of her day of support for Bristol schoolchildren protesting over the environment. It was thought she would visit the giant mural at the Tobacco Factory featuring her image, Full story next month

Ashton Gate vision revised but concerns remain, P5


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Small business adds to Bristol’s eco credentials by Charley Rogers The people of Bristol now have a new way to access eco-friendly alternatives to household products. Green Alternatives, an online business specialising in eco-friendly housewares such as soaps, toothpaste, cleaning products and more, has opened up to offer local people an easyto-access opportunity to reduce their impact on the environment. South Bristol resident Andy Nash began Green Alternatives around two years ago out of a personal concern for the environment, especially the level of plastic pollution affecting the world’s climate. He said: “I’ve always been passionate about the environment, so [I thought] why can’t I make a business out of it? I started to see products coming out that were alternatives [to plastic], and then realised there were actually quite a lot of options, but people just don’t know about them.” For Andy, the business is not just about the products. He also delivers as much as he can by

bike or on foot to further reduce the carbon footprint. This also gives him the opportunity to meet his customers. “I get to meet most of my customers faceto-face, and they want to chat about what I’m doing and how it came about,” he says. But the real cherry on the (vegan) cake? Andy picks up litter while he does deliveries. “I started thinking if there was any way I could be even more eco,” he says. “And then I thought, every now and then I see the issue of litter and go and pick it up on my street. Then it sort of clicked: why don’t I offer this service to people when they buy things?” To get around the issue of not being able to carry a bin everywhere, Andy devised his ‘buggy bin’ by attaching a garden bin to an old pushchair he found in his garage, and the operation was born. It’s the community effort to reduce humans’ impact on the environment that really drives Andy. Through his social media channels he also posts daily eco tips, most of which don’t even mention his own products. He believes that an eco-friendly existence is about the small steps: “Start by looking at food options because it’s such an easy start,” he suggests. “In most supermarkets you can get fruit and veg loose, or in plastic, so buy them loose and take your own bags if you can.” You can find out more about Green Alternatives at greenalternatives.co.uk and via Instagram (@ greenalternativesuk) and Facebook (Green Alternatives).

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n NEWS Barcan+Kirby launches fund to benefit local community groups in Bristol

Local people urged to chalk pavements to encourage others to keep streets clear

Community organisations in Bristol are being given an opportunity to benefit from a Community Fund launched by local law firm, Barcan+Kirby. The Barcan+Kirby Community Fund is a new initiative launched this month to give groups and individuals working for the benefit of the communities in BS1, BS3, BS7, BS8, BS15 and BS35 a chance to be awarded financial support from the firm. Community groups and individuals can apply for up to £300 to help support their projects, or to kick-start new community programmes. There will be two opportunities to apply for funding, one in February and the next in June. The deadline for the first round of applications is Saturday, February 29. Commenting on the fund, Bill Willcocks, Managing Partner of Barcan+Kirby said: “We are

A colourful new campaign is inviting people in Bedminster to chalk their pavements as a way of encouraging everyone to keep them clear of obstacles. What may just be a nuisance for able-bodied pedestrians can become a real challenge for the elderly, people with disabilities and parents with buggies. Obstacles include cars parking on the kerb, bins being left out too long and overgrown hedges. The campaign Let’s Chalk Bedminster invites people to pledge to keep their bit of pavement as clear as possible. It comes from a wider initiative, Let’s Walk Bedminster, which began in 2015 and has gained support from many local people and groups. The campaigns were started by local resident Ben Barker, 81, who – with his wife Jo – has chalked their pavement and pledged to keep it clear of obstructions. Ben said: “Most people are

really excited to announce the launch of our latest initiative to give those who work tirelessly for the local communities around Bristol a helping hand. “Being an active supporter of the communities in which we operate is an important part of who we are as local high street solicitors. We strive to bring out the best in not only our staff, but also in the communities that we serve around Bristol. “We would like to encourage organisations and individuals actively working for the benefit of their communities to submit an application to the Barcan+Kirby Community Fund.” Applications can be made via the Barcan+Kirby website at barcankirby.co.uk/about-us/ charitable-support

very good at keeping their bit of pavement clear, so thanks to them. “A few people find real difficulty in cutting their hedges, perhaps because they lack the right tools or are ill or disabled. “Neighbours can assist here, so don’t be shy in offering to help.” For more information about Let’s Walk Bedminster and Let’s Chalk Bedminster contact benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk.

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Ashton Gate – revised plans, but local residents still worried about parking and traffic issues by Marcus Stone Following several months of consultation with local residents and other parties, Ashton Gate has revealed how it has changed its new sports and conference centre proposals to be more inline with people’s concerns. Among these concerns were the need for lower height of buildings, more open space, and addressing travel and transport plans, as well as environmental considerations. At a meeting to unveil the revised plans, many questions still came up around the impact on local traffic and parking issues. Speaking with South Bristol Voice, Martin Griffiths, Ashton Gate Chairman, said: “Things would be better with a nearer MetroBus stop, and also the use of the Long Ashton park and ride, however we are not in control of these and can only push for these things to happen.

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“What we are trying to do is provide and encourage alternatives to using cars to reach the stadium, and we have seen an increase in rail use and in cycling. The plans include bays

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junctions in the local area to discourage inconsiderate parking – this has been a big safety issue for pedestrians, and has also impacted on buses and other large vehicles using local roads on matchdays and when events are on.” The new proposals are due to be submitted to Bristol City Council at the end of September and, if approved, work is expected to start on the site in May or June 2021, according to Martin Griffiths. If it goes ahead as proposed, the massive new £100 million facility will include a 4,000-capacity indoor venue, a 230-bedroom hotel, a 30,000sq. ft office building, a 165-unit residential development, a 550-space car park, a gym and a museum for all the clubs.

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Paradise lost? Proposals for three-storey parking are 'backward step' - residents by Marcus Stone Windmill Hill and Bedminster residents have described as 'a backward step ' proposals for a three-storey car park to replace the existing Little Paradise ground-level facilities. The small existing car park is a bit of a hidden spot with just 50 spaces, offering two hours free parking just behind the shops in East Street. It is fairly low key and adjoins sheltered housing accommodation. Nick Townsend, Chair of Windmill Hill and Malago Community Planning Group (WHaM), said: “Building a new three-story car park seems a very 20th Century backwards step in these days of climate emergency. As well as adding to road congestion and pollution, the building itself would overshadow nearby houses and could be very upsetting for those living in sheltered housing. “We have been very concerned about the lack of information around these proposals, and the relatively late discovery of the car park idea in the overall scheme of Bedminster Green developments.” It is thought any new car park would be funded by Bedminster Green developers, but would still be run by Bristol City Council. It is not clear whether any parking would still be free. It would include electric car charging points. Councillor Charlie Bolton, Green, said: “As a Green, I am not in the business of supporting

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round this time of year, UCAS releases figures to show the percentage of 18-year-olds going to university. As we go to print, the constituency figures have yet to be released but Bristol South has been at the bottom end of this table with just 16 per cent of school leavers going to university. It’s not the only aspect of education where Bristol South fares badly. The latest GCSE figures reveal a shocking divide between GCSE attainment in the city and the country. In Bristol South, 49 per cent of students attending statefunded schools got maths and English GCSEs at grade 4 or above last summer, compared to 72 per cent in Bristol West. The England average is 69.4 per cent. When you look at the bigger picture for education, from early years through to further and higher education and Special Educational

Needs and Disability (SEND) provision, it’s clear that the problem is systemic. While it is important to tackle issues in each area, the overall picture will not change unless we look at education as a whole. My focus as an MP has been on post-16 education and apprenticeships as a way of helping people secure quality jobs and careers. Last month (Feb), I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for City of Bristol College's new Advanced Skills and Construction Centre near the South Bristol Skills Academy, the venue for my annual South Bristol Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair. Both have an important role to play in improving access to quality apprenticeships for people here in Bristol South. I started the apprenticeships fair four years ago after noticing a real gap in Bristol South for events like this: bringing key partners together

– City of Bristol College, Bristol City Council and the DWP – to link people up with the opportunities available locally. I will continue my work in this area, but apprenticeships alone cannot redress the balance. Years of chronic under-funding has left schools and colleges struggling. There are a range of identifiable issues around transport, how easy and affordable it is for young people to get to school or college, and the (lack of ) support available during the transition between school and college. Ultimately, it's far too fragmented responsibility for different areas sitting with different stakeholders - the regional schools commissioner, local council, the government and multi-academy trusts. No one person or authority owns this problem, and as such, it's not being properly addressed. This has to change. I will continue to raise the issue in parliament to shine a light on the problem. And my focus will be on bringing together all bodies to address this locally. As always, I’m interested to hear your thoughts about education, please contact me via the details below. Twitter: @karinsmyth Facebook: KarinSmythMP Website: www.karinsmyth.com


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Ashton Vale man’s wartime ‘great escapes’ by Marcus Stone When Chris Hunt, grandson of wartime hero Robert Henry Easterbrook, used tales of his grandfather’s wartime exploits to bring to life a computer tutoring session he was running in Ashton, it captured the interest of keen amateur wartime enthusiast Patrick Chaffey. Patrick contacted South Bristol Voice to share this amazing, yet relatively unknown story of wartime heroism. Robert, known to his army colleagues as Bobby, not only managed to escape as a prisoner of war on three occasions, but also organised a resistance force of around 150 men. When back in England he received a Distinguished Conduct Medal. When war broke out, Robert, who,lived in Swiss Drive, Ashton Vale, was called to France with his unit, and in 1940 was fighting the advancing German troops when they found themselves surrounded and captured. He

was rounded up, along with local civilians and placed in a civilian refugee camp where he managed to crawl out with another prisoner. They got over 80 miles away before being apprehended by a German patrol. They were then sent to a work camp in Cambrai, France. When he was out on a working party he persuaded the guard to look for wine in a cellar so he could escape once more. Sadly he was recaptured shortly afterwards. Sent on a train bound for Germany, Bobby and another prisoner managed to climb out of the window and jumped onto the track. They then went to Eindhoven where he asked for assistance, but instead was betrayed to the Germans, leading to him being sent to Thorn and the Stalag prisoner of war camp. At the start of May 1943, when he was waiting to be sentenced for striking a guard, he managed to exchange identities

with another prisoner and the next day volunteered for a working party on the railway. Accompanied by another PoW they escaped and were offered hospitality locally. Over the next eight months he played a key role in the resistance, helping organise a Polish group of around 150 men, and carrying out acts of sabotage. He became well-known in the villages, which led to the Germans offering a reward for information on his whereabouts. When one of his colleagues was shot, he travelled to Warsaw where he was unfortunately betrayed and arrested. In a struggle he broke away from the two armed guards and was wounded, but still managed to escape. His reputation preceded

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Thriving creative sector It’s an exciting time for the West of England’s creative industries, and this year there have already been important developments which will help further cement our global reputation as a leading creative cluster. In January, I was thrilled to join Channel 4 at the opening of its new Creative Hub. I know that our talented, diverse and innovative workforce is a big factor in bringing such big names to our area. Last month also saw the BBC announce that a further 150 jobs will be moving to Bristol, primarily in its natural history unit which produces nature documentaries loved by audiences all over the world, and is a core part of our region’s production activity. I want all our residents to benefit from the many opportunities being created in our thriving creative sector. TheWest of England Combined Authority is therefore making

important investments tosupport residents develop skills to begin careers in this flourishing sector. For example, our new Creative Workforce for the Future programme is supporting small and medium sized creative companies to draw and develop talent from people from less advantaged backgrounds. Creative Workforce for the Future will be delivered by Combined Authority creative partners such as Watershed and Knowle West Media Centre and offer participants work

experience placements and access to mentors and contacts within the industry. Schemes like this will ensure that not only the thriving creative sector will benefit all residents, but also that our wealth of creative businesses,large and small, will be able to access the skills that they need. I want the world to know that the West of England welcomes talented people and businesses with open arms, and help them grow into the big names of the future.


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n NEWS by Marcus Stone Compass Point Primary School has defended its aim to exclude dogs from the school playing fields at South St Park, following a small number of strong complaints from local dog owners, whose only option would be to exercise their dogs in the dedicated Bark Park that is separate to the main fields. South Street Park – owned by Gatehouse Green Learning Trust, which runs Compass Point Primary – is mainly used as a playing field by the school but is also used by the public, including dog walkers. While some owners are not happy to use the Bark Park, citing issues of being too close to other dogs and also a lack of space, the ban would return the playing fields to a dog-free space that was in place from around the 1930s up until two years ago. One complaint said the mess was not just from dogs, but blamed foxes and even human excrement. Many residents are not aware that the playing fields are owned by the trust, and is used


Barking up the wrong tree? Owners question school's aim to ban dogs by Compass Primary School as the school playing field, and that the school pays the upkeep costs including grass mowing. While the complaints mention issues around policing the dog ban, the school’s caretaker does a daily inspection of the playing fields with tidying up as needed and can report any issues to the Council, who can ultimately issue fines for any dog-owners still using the field. Sarah Ibertson, Business Manager for Compass Point Primary, said:” We are keen to keep the playing fields as a community space that can be used by as many different people as possible without restriction. "However, our main concern is always that the space can be used safely by the children as and when needed, hence the need for the dog ban which has been widely supported.”

Barclays no longer banking on Bedminster by Marcus Stone After nearly a century in Bedminster, Barclays has announced the closure of its East Street branch, which comes into effect on 3rd April. While the branch quotes declining branch visits and more and more customers using online services, this decision doesn’t consider the high number of elderly or disadvantaged customers in the area who

may not have the confidence or access to online services. It also overlooks a possible boost in customer numbers with the regeneration plans for Bedminster. However, the bank does say that customers can use local Post Office branches for ‘everyday transactions’. First opened in 1923, the closure of Barclays in East Street will leave the nearest available Barclays branches as either

Clifton or Broadmead, with no branches in South Bristol at all. The bank is running free ‘Tea and Teach’ sessions at the East Street branch for those wanting to make the move to online banking, and offers both group and one-to-one sessions. All staff are being offered positions in other branches. Rebecca Northey, Market Director for Barclays Bristol, said: “The way customers

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sometimes find myself wondering what Southville would look like under a changed climate. Indeed, I remember Charlie doing a talk about Bolton the impact of climate Green change some 14 Southville years ago. From what I remember, I mentioned things about ‘hotter, drier summers’, ‘warmer wetter winters’, and ‘more extreme weather events’. These combined will have effects on every aspect of life. Examples might be impact in sites of special scientific interest, eg places with important bits of nature. If these are special because of the local climate, and the climate moves - well, if the bit of nature can’t move with it, it is in trouble. Heatwaves - most notably in France in the 2000s - shortened the lives of 20,000 people, mainly elderly. Storms - well, we have all seen the flooding in recent years, and while - mercifully - we have

been largely unaffected here, you can still see increasing impacts on local infrastructure such as roads. You could ask yourself about the impact on local shops - what will acidified seas and hot summers do to fish and chips, for example? Local veg shops may well end up serving a significantly different set of veg. What will it mean for estate agents - will houses at the top of a hill be affected by extreme winds, while houses at the bottom by substantial rainfall? But of course, these are all relatively benign examples of impacts. At a global level, mass migration caused by a changed climate, the impact of rising sea levels on countries at or near sea level, combined with a massively increased global population, and climate making food supplies more unstable. Add in nuclear powers, and the seeming inability of the human race not to fight wars, well, the end could be bleak, but quick. So perhaps we need to get on sorting out the climate emergency, eh?


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have been spending quite a bit of time recently working on trying to help those resisting the expansion of Stephen Bristol Airport. Their Clarke expansion plans Green would mean two Southville million extra passengers, 10,000 extra car journeys a day and 4,000 unregulated night flights. ‘Ok’, you might say, ‘but how does this impact on Southville residents?’ Well, apart from the massive amounts of carbon that would be emitted which impact on us all, the 23,000 extra flights a year would largely have been flying into the airport over the head of south Bristol residents and I have been getting a number of complaints about the existing noise and possible aircraft related pollution. I am pleased to say that, partly as a result of a brilliantly well run local campaign that encouraged the posting of over 8,000 complaints on the planning

website, the councillors in North Somerset (where the airport is located) turned down the airport’s application to expand on Feb 10. The vote took place during a packed, noisy and very tense meeting. The local councillors accepted that, while there might be some economic benefits (although experts said that these were overstated by the airport), we simply cannot carry on with business-as-usual. By doing so, they went against the recommendation of their own planning officers and showed the strength of feeling against the expansion locally and in Bristol (where Marvin had supported the application). North Somerset has declared a Climate Emergency (following Bristol’s lead) and they decided to make a brave planning decision in line with that declaration. Bravo to them I say. Maybe all the other authorities in the region and the WECA mayor can now recognise the issue and act accordingly. Get in touch and let me know your opinion; either on these issues or any other council related issue.

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ast month, the mayor called an ecological emergency in response to increasing threats Celia to wildlife and Phipps ecosystems and Labour builds on the Bedminster climate emergency. The declaration was made jointly with Avon Wildlife Trust and is supported by six city partners, including Bristol University and the Zoo. The City Environment and Sustainability Board will work with the council and other partners to plan priorities needed, looking at ways to stop habitats being destroyed, managing land in a way that is sustainable to wildlife and by taking a responsible approach to building new developments. Last year, the Friends of Greville Smyth park (FroGS) for short, submitted a statement with regard to the risk to biodiversity from any potential development in Western Harbour. As chair of FroGS, I met

with the mayor to discuss the challenge between the high need for housing and the potential damage to wildlife habitats in our area. I have now been invited to be part of the ecological action planning. There are many ways the community can take action and our local parks are important places to support vulnerable ecosystems. We are very fortunate to have My Wild Bedminster already active in BS3 and by working with the parks team, One Tree Per Child programme and Bristol Tree Forum, we should be welcoming additional trees to Bedminster soon. We know that there are streets where trees need to be replaced but please let us know if you feel there is a suitable tree planting site near you. We have changed the date of our 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 March 28 to meet anyone wishing to discuss any issues. We are also happy to receive emails and calls but please leave a message.


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he opening of a new bus refuelling depot in Lawrence Hill now provides a second biogas facility in Bristol. Mark Bristol, BANES, South Bradshaw Glos and North Labour Somerset led the Bedminster way by insisting that the new Metrobuses should use more sustainable and less polluting fuels. I worked to secure investment for biogas buses when in cabinet, together with Cllr Mhairi Threlfall. Over the two years since Metrobus services started, a further 77 brand new biogas buses have joined the fleet serving routes in east Bristol. For Bedminster, the 75, 76 and 24 routes should be using biogas buses to cut diesel emissions. As these bus routes pass heavilypopulated residential areas and many schools, this should be a priority and Celia and I will continue to press for this. Some people ask why Bristol hasn’t gone fully electric with buses. It is up to the operator, First Bus, to

decide on the vehicles they need for the routes served. However, based on experience in Reading and elsewhere, biogas has proved a reliable fuel, derived from food waste and with fewer breakdowns than more complex vehicles. The buses are more expensive to build and purchase, but with Bristol’s complicated routes and hills, an electric-only fleet might struggle. Charging infrastructure is expensive and poorly developed (compared to other countries) and the durability of battery technology is still not where it should be. Many transport operators worry about the cost of replacing batteries (around £25,000 per bus) and how to reuse them. In time, more reliable, efficient and secure fuel sources may be available such as hydrogen and Bristol is a good place to adopt these. In the meantime, Bristol has one of the largest biogas bus fleets in the country and this will make a difference to air quality. It would be good to see businesses with fleets of vans and trucks moving from diesel to electric or biogas and for the government to encourage this.

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Proposal to expand Bristol Airport refused Bristol Airport’s controversial expansion plans have been thrown out. The Lulsgate Bottom transport hub wanted to increase its current capacity from 10 million to 12 million passengers per year, while adding thousands more parking spaces. Refusing planning permission by 18 votes to seven, North Somerset councillors said the environmental and societal impacts outweighed the economic benefits of the expansion. Because the committee went against officer advice, the decision will have to be ratified at a future meeting.   Bristol Airport chief executive Dave Lees said the decision risks “putting the brakes” on the future growth of the region when other areas are forging ahead. He said the firm will “reflect” and consider whether to appeal or submit fresh plans.   Councillor Peter Bryant had claimed the airport was likely to win an appeal and the costs to the council would be “astronomical” but authority leader Don Davies rejected those “fright tactics”.   He said Bristol Airport should come back with fresh plans which show how the two million extra passengers would get to the airport via public transport.  Calling for the application to be rejected at the special planning and regulatory committee meeting on February the 10th, Cllr Steve Hogg said: “This will fundamentally damage the relationship between this council and residents for years to come.  “I want to propose in the strongest possible terms

we vote against the officers’ recommendation and refuse permission.  This will either go to an appeal or a judicial review. Either way, public money will be spent. Would you rather spend public money defending the community or facilitating the expansion of a large single business?  We must weigh the benefits – which flow towards the airport, its shareholders, pension funds and those seeking a cheap holiday in the Med – against the unbearable burdens that will fall on the local community and the environment.”   Cllr Bridget Petty, North Somerset’s climate emergency champion, said the expansion would mean a million more cars on roads that could not cope. Bristol Airport had claimed its expansion would benefit the West of England’s economy to the tune of £210 million. North Somerset Council’s consultants were more conservative, putting the figure between £110 million and £167 million.   Supporting the application, Unite representative Mark

Hutchison said the expansion would create thousands of jobs and bring a huge boost to the region. Business owners said the expansion was necessary for them to thrive. David Worskett from the Campaign to Protect Rural England said the economic benefits for the region had been overstated by as much as 50 per cent – a claim strongly refuted by economist James Brass, who spoke in favour of the plans.   The application has been met with 8,800 objections and some 2,400 messages of support.  Cllr Peter Crew said many of the topics raised were not directly related to the planning application, adding: “I can see nothing wrong with the application in planning terms and I am certainly in favour of it.”   Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Davies said: “I know some people will be upset by this decision and I am sure that we can reconsider it in future when the airline industry has decarbonised and the public transport links to the airport are far stronger.” 

Campaigners delighted at result Green Councillor for Southville Steve Clarke was part of the campaign against the Airport's plans working with councillors and groups across the region. He said: “This is a fantastic result of hard work and real co-operation among campaigners and residents. It is a real ‘David and Goliath’ story, as on the one side is a £200 billion Canadian pension fund who own the airport, and on the other is a crowd-funded campaign and lots of hard work by ordinary but committed people." Environmental campaigners and local residents were delighted at the decision to turn down Bristol Airport’s plans to expand to 12 million passengers a year. This would have involved over 20,000 extra flights, severe road congestion, damaging noise pollution and massive extra amounts of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere. Many members of the local community spoke clearly and emotionally against the expansion plans and there were noisy celebrations at the end of the meeting and Tarisha Finnegan-Clarke, co-ordinator of Bristol Airport Action Network (BAAN), one of the key campaigning organisations in this campaign said: “I ask Bristol Airport to accept the result and not appeal against it. 83% of North Somerset residents who commented have objected to the expansion and the planning committee has thrown out the application. Be respectful of the democratic process and do not appeal."

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ast week saw the launch of the Year of Can Do 2020, a year of activity to inspire, motivate and support the citizens of Bristol to get involved in their community. It’s about sharing skills, knowledge and time, accessing volunteering opportunities and celebrating the huge positive impact social action has on our city. The Year of Can Do is being led by local Bristol community organisations including Knowle West Media Centre and Up Our Street, and will be packed with events, training and opportunities. Having spent time working in the voluntary and community sector, I know the vital role these organisations play in shaping the identity of a place. I’m proud of Bristol’s reputation for independent spirit and community action, and of the things we have achieved by collectively stepping up and demanding better. There are thousands of people in the city who give their time each year to helping others. Many volunteer with third sector

organisations or with other services such as hospitals, schools, parks and libraries. But there is also a groundswell of individuals who offer support or give their time for free to their friends, neighbours, local communities, faith and cultural groups. I want to thank all those who give their time to making our city a better place for everyone. We want to celebrate all these acts of kindness, large or small, during the Year of Can Do. Those that are already active in their community serve as inspiration to us all - and we want to encourage more people to get involved.

But it’s not just about what you can give. Volunteering can offer you skills, keep you active and allow you to connect with others. It can be a channel through which to empower those who may not typically get a seat at the table, and then there’s the sense of satisfaction that so many volunteers report. A great way to get involved is to connect with your neighbours and others Can Do Bristol (www.candobristol.co.uk), Bristol’s dedicated new web platform for enabling and celebrating community action in the city. It has been developed by partners across Bristol and is an easy way to find information on campaigns, events, training and volunteering opportunities throughout the year. You can use it to find out what’s happening near where you live, take part in local initiatives or create your own. There will also be a Can Do Festival running from 2-15 March. The festival will offer the opportunity to attend training, take part in events and activities, share your learning or discover something new. Bristol belongs to the people who live, work and study here. We want to empower more people to positively shape their communities through volunteering and neighbourly activity. Together, we can deliver a Bristol that works for everybody. If you are interested in hosting an event during the Can Do Festival or finding out more, please email Josephine@kwmc.org.uk.

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eople seem to dread getting Joyce Montague and older, despite evidence that Colin O’Brien shows we tend to become happier at this stage of life. This comes from a variety of studies experiences, she is looking at the ‘U-Shaped Curve grateful for. “I still have of Happiness’, which found that life. I have it really to self-reported happiness levels are the full. I just want to often highest in early childhood live it and live it, and do and later life. it and do it and enjoy it As a part of the Age Proud and enjoy it. In the club, Bristol campaign, which challenges retire early. Unfortunately, Joyce’s there is a lady in her negative perceptions of older condition worsened and she made 90s; I just hope I get there!” people, Bristol Ageing Better the decision to have her left leg Having a positive outlook (BAB) spoke to Joyce Montague amputated below the knee. But, on later life can affect how you (62), Coordinator of the Malcolm Joyce didn’t let the operation hold age. A 2014 review of multiple X Elders Group and Colin O’Brien her back. research studies found that people (71), Chairperson of Gaywest, about Joyce is out and about most who perceived later life in a more their experience of getting older. days of the week, enjoying her positive way tended to live longer “I don’t let anything stop me,” role as the Malcolm X Elders and experience better health. says Joyce. “There’s good and bad Coordinator. “I love talking, For Colin, later life hasn’t been about getting older, but if you’re meeting people and having a good what he expected. “I didn’t expect positive about life, you shouldn’t be laugh, it makes my day. You have to to be getting married and having a scared of getting older.” make the most of every day as you swell time,” Colin says. Colin came Joyce came to Bristol in every year Every day, counts. out as a gay man in his 60s. He fell 1971 and worked all her adult X Elderssee. I enjoy my life. Every day, every Joyce, Malcolm I am year an older citizen, and a counts.”person, a father, an active in love with his now husband, and life in a job sheCoordinator. loved, as a Age 62. I am proud things. Forand Joyce, getting olderof is all those together they run a social group for nurse supporting people with gay man, www.agefriendlybristol.org.uk celebration. Her mother died LGBT+ people of all ages. learning difficulties. Due to healthColin,aGayWest Chairperson. young and so every year Joyce Colin said that for him, later life conditions, Joyce needed to Age 71. STO

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Digital adverts plans deferred by BBC LDRS reporters for South Bristol Voice Councillors have sent plans for two digital advertising hoardings in Bath Road back to the drawing board amid road safety fears and concerns over brightness. Bristol City Council’s development control committee had been advised to grant permission for one electronic billboard and reject the other, near to the junction with Totterdown Bridge, but they voted to reject the recommendation following 68 objections, including three local councillors, and instead asked officers to either negotiate with the applicants to make the proposals acceptable, or come back with a report firming up their reasons to turn them down. Members were warned that refusing consent could cost the local authority money, following a previous successful appeal against a decision by city councillors to reject a similar digital advert at the site on grounds of visual impact. The derelict site currently has three paper-and-paste advertising boards which would be replaced by a pair of digital signs displaying a series of changing static images, set at 45 degrees to the road in either direction. Transport officers were concerned that eastbound drivers would be distracted by the digital advert facing them and that the consequences could be ‘severe’. Councillors said cyclists would be placed in peril.

Cllr Martin Fodor said: “This road is very dangerous in both directions. I am very concerned about the highway hazards on both sides of the road. “Changing-digital displays that are bright and deliberately distracting will make the road less safe.” Cllr Harriet Bradley said: “I am opposed to either of these boards going up. “I have had a lot of messages from cyclists and pedestrians who have stressed the dangerousness of Bath Road. People make mistakes because of the confusing nature of the bus lane.” Cllr Bradley said a 15-storey residential tower block was going up opposite the site, and the ads would have an impact on people who move in. Cllr Celia Phipps said: “We have just declared an ecological emergency and we are aware of the damage light pollution causes to insects, birds and bats. I cannot support either of these boards.” Cllr Tim Kent said the brightness should be well below that proposed for night-time hours and that the plans should be refused. Cllr Fi Hance said: “It is frustrating that we have declared a climate emergency and an ecological emergency but we have no means as a city of enforcing it when it comes to planning. None of us like this at all. We all think it’s a bad idea.

“I feel quite strongly that we need to send out a signal that we do not want these digital displays in a residential street. This is not the M32, it’s not Bond Street.” Cllr Mike Davies told the meeting on February 12: “These screens are a bad idea and a waste of that site. However, I realise in planning terms there are only certain things we can consider. “We do refuse a lot of them successfully but I understand the officers’ argument that one should be approved and the other refused.” Cllr Don Alexander said: “Given there is already planning permission for something

similar there, the officers’ recommendation is a very reasonable middle ground. There is a danger we’ll end up with something we do not really want if we don’t take that middle ground.” Six members voted against the officers’ recommendation to approve one sign and reject the other, with two voting in favour, and one abstention. Councillors then voted 8-1 for a motion to defer the decision with a view to refusing Brentford-based applicants JCDecauxUK permission. A new report will come back to committee at a later date.

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Bafta glory for South Bristol production team by Charley Rogers Bait, a film about the Cornish fishing industry, executive produced by South Bristolbased Linn Waite and Kate Byers, has won a Bafta award for Outstanding British Debut. The film, directed by Mark Jenkin, centres around two Cornish brothers – Martin, who continues a traditional way of life as a fisherman, but struggles to make ends meet, and Steven, who has left his fishing heritage behind to run boat cruises for Cornwall’s summer tourists. Filmed in black-and-white with 16mm film that Jenkin processed himself by hand, Bait has a distinctive aesthetic, and a score to match. Clockwork cameras were used for filming, which meant that the entire thing had to be captured without sound, and was dubbed as part of post-production. Jenkin also devised the original score. Touching on issues of smalltown community, family ties and gentrification, despite being a

Kate and Linn with director Mark Jenkin accepting their award

local film, Bait has international appeal. Linn said: “When Mark and Kate were over in New York with [the film], they had somebody who came up to them, who was from Barbados, and said ‘this is my dad’s story’, and I’ve got Croatian neighbours saying ‘yes, my mother lives in a fishing village. This is happening’.” Bait has also garnered high praise among a variety of wellknown film critics such as The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw, and The Observer’s Mark Kermode, who cited Bait as his favourite film of the year. Kate and Linn both attended

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box office came from the South West." And it’s not just individuals who have played a role in Bait’s success. Local cinemas and film clubs, say Kate and Linn, have supported the film, and in Bristol the Watershed has been a key partner: “Watershed – we love them. They have been remarkable. Mark Cosgrove as a programmer has allowed the film to grow, and it’s worked; I think Bait was their second most successful film last year.” Kate and Linn are currently working on more projects as part of their company, Early Day Films, including one that has been picked up by Film Four. Bait will also be released in the US later this year. Bait is still in cinemas, distributed by the BFI, and is also available online via the BFI Player at player.bfi.org. uk/subscription/film/watchbait-2018-online. It is also now available to purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Council must take initiative

Letter to councillor Paul Smith (Cabinet Member for Housing) In light of the recent planning decision to reject the application for St Catherine's Place, the development of Bedminster Green would appear to be at a log jam. We can agree that all parties want to see development in this area and I would suggest that it is time for the council to take the initiative. The local authority is in control of plot 5 (land adjacent to Dalby Avenue), the biggest and most important plot in the area.

It has the potential to transform the area. It is therefore vital that the treatment of this publicly owned area is well planned and is conducive to creating a successful sense of place, community and focus. If the present ad hoc approach of allowing developers to bring forward separate proposals is continued, the area will end up as a hotchpotch of unconnected and unrelated residential blocks. Plot 5 has the potential to be the saving grace. The latest plan for 18 and 10 storey blocks would probably not ever get planning permission. I strongly request that the local authority do not proceed

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with the development of this plot until alternative schemes have been examined. Plot 5 is vital to the green's successful development and the council are duty bound to do their utmost to provide for the health and wellbeing of its citizens. Howard Purse

A huge victory for community

The refusal by the council to the development of the St Catherine’s 17 story tower block represents a huge victory for Bedminster and its residents in the long term. Francis Firmstone and

councillor Bradshaw speak as if there were no alternative to huge tower block developments. That is simply not the case for land located so close to the city centre. I am sure that the redevelopment of Bedminster will come. Following this sensible democratic decision it seems more likely that any future development will have to take greater account of the community living here. Admittedly, this approach may be less immediately profitable for developers, but will surely be to the long term benefit of the whole community. James Wormell, Quantock Rd


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material,” says Stuart, who’s Comedian’s Comedian podcast explores the lives and creativity of comedians and has over 15 million downloads. “Watching some of the very best comics in the country sharpening their considerable wit will be an absolute treat for the people of Bedminster. “Tickets are £3 until the headliner is announced, before going to £6 once the name is revealed each week on our social media,” says host David Hoare, who is working with Stuart and Tony Chiotti to bring you the most exciting evening of weeknight comedy in Bristol. Tickets available from headfirst. co.uk and in-store at Friendly Records. Headliners will be announced via @ chopscomedy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



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n PLANNING APPLICATIONS Bedminster and Southville Bedminster ward: Awaiting decision

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41 Foxcote Road Bristol BS3 2DA Application for a Certificate of Proposed Development - Loft Conversion

30 Greenbank Road Southville Bristol BS3 1RJ Modification to front parapet wall. Raising height of front parapet wall by 200mm.

Bedminster ward: Decision 9 Rownham Close Bristol BS3 2JN T1 Weeping Willow - Dead. Preservation Order NOT REQUIRED 25 Breach Road Bristol BS3 2BD Application for a Certificate of Proposed Development Certificate - hip to gable loft conversion to facilitate new bedroom and bathroom space. Certificate of Lawfulness BE ISSUED 33 Silbury Road Bristol BS3 2QB Part single-storey/part doublestorey rear and side extension. Reconfiguration to the existing ground floor layout. GRANTED subject to condition(s) 47 Bedminster Down Road Bristol BS13 7AB Mixed-Use Development For no. Self-Contained Flats and 2no. Retail Units (resubmission of 17/03499/F). GRANTED subject to condition(s) 11 Beryl Road Bristol BS3 3DH Application for a Certificate of Proposed Development Proposed - loft conversion with a flat roof dormer roof extension to rear elevation. Certificate of Lawfulness BE ISSUED 23 Luckwell Road Bristol BS3 3EW Single storey rear extension. GRANTED subject to condition(s) 116 Chessel Street Bristol BS3 3DJ Single storey rear infill extension. GRANTED subject to condition(s)

174 Raleigh Road Bristol BS3 2AR Notification of prior approval for the erection of a single storey rear extension that would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 4 metres, have a maximum height of 4 metres and have eaves that are 2.6 metres high. 60 Gathorne Road Bristol BS3 1LU Notification of prior approval for the erection of a single storey rear extension that would extend beyond the rear wall of the original house by 3.2 metres, have a maximum height of 3.8 metres and have eaves that are 2.8 metres high. Lombard Service Station Brook Road Southville Bristol BS3 1AJ Erection of 2 buildings comprising 3 houses and 3 flats. 64 Bedminster Parade Bristol BS3 4HL Application to approve details reserved by condition no 3(Submission of samples ) attached to 19/02312/F, which approved the internal reconfiguration and rear extension of the existing two bed maisonette flat above the shop unit and erection of a single storey studio space above the store room at the rear boundary. Creation of terrace at second floor level and remodeling of the shopfront facing Bedminster Parade. The works have been co-ordinated with works to the adjoining No's 60 and 62 Bedminster Parade which form part of a separate planning application. 90 - 92 East Street Bedminster Bristol BS3 4EY An application to determine if prior approval is required for a proposed - Change of Use from Offices (Class B1(a)) to Dwellinghouses (Class C3). 14 flats

14 Beauley Road Bristol BS3 1PY Conversion of roof space to create additional accommodation, including a small dormer on the entrance elevation to create headroom for the new stairs. 16 Mill Lane Bristol BS3 4DG Application to approve details in relation to condition 1(samples) and 2(further details) of permission 19/05218/F 3 new flats vacant land, 2 new flats, 2 converted flats 1 retained flat. 41 Milford Street Bristol BS3 1EE Proposed two storey rear extension and refurbishment. Land At Norfolk Place Bristol Construction of new 2 storey, 2 bedroom, 4 person dwelling. 9 Carrington Road Bristol BS3 2AQ Application for a Certificate of Proposed Development - Loft conversion. Southville ward: Decision 44 Alpha Road Bristol BS3 1DH Single storey timber building to be used as a garden room. REFUSED Regent House, Consort House, Imperial Arcade And Land Rear Of 36-40 East Street Bristol 2 x Fascia/board signs. GRANTED subject to condition(s) 77 Allington Road Bristol BS3 1PT Proposed loft conversion with rear 'dormer' roof extension. Alterations/extensions to rear, at ground and first floor levels. GRANTED subject to condition(s) 54 - 56 Bedminster Parade Bristol BS3 4HS Retention of an automated teller machine and associated signage. GRANTED subject to condition(s) 54 - 56 Bedminster Parade Bristol BS3 4HS

Proposed installation of 1no illuminated top sign and 1no illuminated logo panel. GRANTED subject to condition(s) 24 Langton Park Bristol BS3 1EG Proposed replacement single storey rear extension. GRANTED subject to condition(s) 5 Ashville Road Bristol BS3 2AP Application for a Certificate of Proposed Development Conversion of front garden to single parking bay, with dropped kerb. Certificate of Lawfulness BE ISSUED 22A Islington Road Bristol BS3 1QB Application to approve details in relation to conidition 3(risk assessment) and 4 (remediation scheme) of permission 19/02349/F Demolition of existing buildings and construction of a single dwelling. Condition application decided 201 A & B North Street Bedminster Bristol BS3 1JH Demolition of existing semidetached buildings comprising HMO units (totalling 9no. bedrooms), and erection of replacement building containing 9no. residential flats; associated servicing facilities; and a revised entrance to the adjoining building. Application Withdrawn St Catherines Place Shopping Centre East Street Bedminster Bristol BS3 4HG Full planning application for comprehensive redevelopment of the site to provide mixed use development comprising 205 residential dwellings (Class C3), 1288sqm of new retail, leisure and commercial space including a cinema (Class A1, A3, D2), refurbishment of existing retail facilities together with parking and amenity space, vehicular access, servicing arrangements, public realm, landscaping and associated works. (Major). REFUSED

Turn those engines off when stationery, city motorists urged Drivers in Bristol are being asked to switch off their engines while parked or stopped for a minute or more to improve air quality. As part of a wider No Idling campaign aimed at changing drivers’ behaviour, volunteers led by Bristol City Council have been

speaking on the dangers of idling with drivers, pedestrians, and parents waiting to collect their children at Cathedral Primary School. Idling, or leaving your car’s engine running while not moving, produces toxic fumes

which can be harmful when breathed in. Car drivers who leave their engine running unnecessarily while waiting contribute to air pollution, to which 300 deaths are attributed to in the city each year.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “While we focus on improving Bristol’s transport network to reduce congestion and improve public transport, we need individuals to take small actions to make a big difference to the air in our city.”

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Enjoy great coffee at the Magnificent Sweven Bristol has been always the epicentre for Speciality coffee in the South West! Meet its latest addition Sweven Coffee on North Street in Bedminster. We are Sweven Coffee - Jimmy & Aga Dimitrov and we believe that great coffee doesn’t just happen overnight. We have both worked in the coffee industry for the past decade and gained experience in hospitality, management, training and education. Jimmy is a qualified Q Grader (coffee sommelier) and worked as the Head of Education for the local coffee company Clifton Coffee Roasters leading their Premier Training Campus and Aga was Head Trainer for Boston Tea Party Cafes. We had a dream to open a place where we can celebrate amazing coffee and share our passion, knowledge and skills with local consumers who share the same values and this is how Sweven was born! Sweven meaning in old English “A Dream” is a modern, minimalistic Speciality coffee bar on the corner of number 12 North Street (ex Zero Green). We source all of our coffees from some of the top coffee growers and roasters in the county and from around the world. You can taste a wide selection of beans from Central and

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Over the last 12 full months there have been 192 sales in Southville. This is a –10% change on the previous 12 month period. The average sales price was £323,551.

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Economy UK inflation unexpectedly fell to its lowest level in over 3 years in December. According to the ONS consumer prices rose just 1.3% in December, the smallest increase since November 2016. The fall is likely to fuel expectations that the Bank of England will cut interest rates.

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ADVICE FROM A PHARMACIST Face mask or hand sanitiser? How to beat coronavirus


veryone is talking about the coronavirus, called COVID-19 by the World Health Organization. Conspiracy theories about its origin, intertwined with apocalyptic predictions, are causing lots of anxiety. People are stocked up on antiseptic hand gels, disinfectants and are now desperately trying to get hold of face masks, which sadly do not offer much protection anyway. What exactly is going on and how can we stay safe and healthy? Firstly, coronavirus is a large group of viruses that are common among animals. This outbreak began in Wuhan, China—a city of 11 million people—in December 2019. Cases are now spreading across the world, including the UK. How does it spread? Although this coronavirus initially spread from animals to

humans, we now know anyone infected can pass it on to someone else. Like the common cold, the coronavirus is spread via droplets when a person coughs or sneezes. This means that coughs droplets on hands during food preparation and when sharing door handles can also spread it. What are the symptoms? Coronavirus and flu share many similar symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose without a test. The main symptoms to look out for are fever and a cough. People with coronavirus may experience extreme breathing difficulties. More severe symptoms occur in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. What are the available vaccinations or treatment? You can recover, although there are no specific treatments or vaccines presently. This is why unusual and extreme precautions are now so important. The lockdown of Hubei

with Ade Williams Ade Williams of Bedminster Pharmacy shows how pharmacies can help people with a variety of health conditions, and ease pressure on the NHS province where the outbreak originated and numerous transport restrictions have been put in place by the Chinese government. Foreign nationals continue to be evacuated, with subsequent quarantine procedures in place upon their return home. Are you travelling to China? Please check for regularly updated advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Our NHS is one of the first countries in the world to have developed a test for the new virus. The critical protection advice is that if you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK, or have developed symptoms

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n HISTORY Robert Southey PART 1 The country house that inspired a poet Bedminster has many secrets in its past but few so surprising as the stately country house that inspired a love of nature in Bristol’s only Poet Laureate. By Paul Breeden Image, left: Robert Southey, Bristol's only Poet Laureate. Source: Illustrirte Zeitung (1843)


iving in a bustling city can give you the impression that it has always been here. If there weren’t these packed-together houses, shops and offices, our mind seems to assume, there will have been others before them. It’s hard to imagine the open landscape, the fields and valleys, that formed most of South Bristol until little more than 150 years ago. Luckily we don’t have to rely on our imagination: we can enjoy the picture painted by the poet Robert Southey, whose favourite childhood home was in a quiet rural corner of what is today a bustling part of Bedminster. This Poet Laureate, one of the charmed circle with Wordsworth and Coleridge known as the Lake Poets, is remembered for his vivid word pictures of the beauty of the natural world. His poems are still read today; yet it would surprise many of his fans to learn that his love for landscapes, gardens and the natural world was born not in the wilds of the Lake District – but in humble Bedminster. Where now are rows of regimented inter-war council homes, in the 1770s was open fields. Today the Parson Street

gyratory system is one of the busiest roads in the city, and one of the worst for air pollution. But 250 years ago only a handful of houses surrounded the “great west road”, the ancient highway from Bristol to the south, the route probably founded by the Romans from West Street to the Bridgwater Road. Robert Southey was born in the city centre, at 9 Wine Street, above the draper’s shop run by his father. At the age of two, he went to live with his eccentric aunt, Elizabeth Tyler, in Bath. It’s unclear why, but Aunt Anne was “an imperious elder sister” according to Southey, and it’s been claimed she manipulated her sister and brother-in-law for her own ends. Young Robert did not enjoy his time in Bath. Aunt Anne often lay in bed until late morning, and would not allow him to get up until she did. He wasn’t allowed to play outside, for fear of getting dirty. Small wonder then that Southey much preferred his visits to his grandmother’s house in rural Bedminster. Though he never lived there, his fond memories of Lock’s Mill fill a chapter of his autobiography. Loyal Bedminster citizens may want to avert their eyes, however, to avoid Southey’s low opinion of their home. He called Bedminster “an ugly, dirty, poor, populous village”. It was in fact a town, but 130 years before had been razed to the ground in the English Civil War, and had never regained its prosperity.

ROBERT SOUTHEY: SOME FACTS • He remains the only Bristol-born Poet Laureate • The name Southey is a Somerset one – and it’s pronounced ‘Sowthey’, to rhyme with ‘mouthy’ • Southey popularised the term ‘autobiography’ • He took laughing gas in Bristol with the chemist Humphrey Davy: “It makes one strong, and so happy! So gloriously happy!” • He wrote (but did not invent) the Tale of the Three Bears; his version had an old woman in place of Goldilocks • He was born in Wine Street; attended several Bristol schools; lived as a young man in College Green, College Street and Kingsdown Parade (where there’s now a plaque) • Increasingly reactionary in later life, he told a young Charlotte Bronte: “Literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life.” Bronte said it encouraged her to write In the late 1720s coal began to be mined at Gores Marsh, Ashton, and later at South Liberty Lane in Ashton Vale and Dean Lane in Bedminster. This noisy and dirty new industry was repellent to the “better class” of citizens such as the Southeys, and the poet wrote with snobbish relief: “But the coal pits were in a different part of the parish, and the house was at a sufficient distance from all annoyances.” He went on: If there was no beauty of situation, there was complete retirement, and perfect comfort. The view was merely to a field and cottage on the other side of the lane. But the little world within was our own. And to me it was quite a different world from that in which I lived at other times. My father’s house was in one of the busiest and noisiest streets of Bristol, and of course had no outlets. At Bath I was under perpetual restraint. But here



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Continued from previous page Trin Mill, on the site of Bathurst Basin in the harbour). Also part of the estate was the windmill which gave Windmill Hill its name. The house Southey knew was relatively new, built between about 1740 and 1760 by his mother’s father, Edward Hill. Drawings by the Bristol artist Samuel Loxton from around 1917 show the house as a grand affair of three storeys, with a broad frontage on to Parson Street and the mill building to the right. Southey, who claimed to remember it well, described how “You ascended by several semicircular steps into what was called the fore-court, but was in fact a flower-garden, with a broad pavement from the gate to the porch.” He described the main room on the right of the house as the parlour, or smartest room, but to the left was “the best kitchen”, where most family life occurred. It had a stone floor, which I believe was the chief distinction between a best kitchen and a parlour. The furniture consisted of a clock, a large oval oak table with two flaps (over which two or three fowling-pieces had their place), a round tea-table of cherry wood, Windsor chairs of the same, and two large armed ones … in one of which my grandmother always sat. On one side of the fireplace the china was displayed in a buffet—that is, a cupboard with glass doors; on the other were closets for articles less ornamental, but more in use. The room was wainscotted and ornamented with some old maps, and with a long looking-glass over the chimney-piece, and a tall one between the windows,

Lock’s Mill house: A drawing by Thomas Loxton made in about 1917 © Bristol Reference Library both in white frames. The windows opened into the forecourt, and were as cheerful and fragrant in the season of flowers as roses and jessamine, which grew luxuriantly without, could make them. He painted pictures of the “green room”, his uncle Edward’s; the blue room, his grandmother’s; his late grandfather’s office, with its pigeonholes for papers; and the servants’ and the squire’s rooms in the attic. At the back was a “yard or barton of considerable size,” walled by the dairy, the laundry, seed-rooms, stable and hay-loft. There were coal houses, and a shed where his grandfather had kept a carriage, but now held a mere cart. The buildings were

THE BEAUTIFUL VALE OF ASHTON obert Southey could trace his South Bristol ancestry back a long way. His maternal grandfather, Edward Hill of Bedminster, was the seventh in his family to bear the name, and all his forebears “had lived and died respectably upon their own lands in the beautiful vale of Ashton,” according to Southey’s autobiography. There were few houses in what we call Ashton Vale at this time; Southey is referring to the village of Long Ashton, where generations of the Hill family are buried at St Saviour’s church. The vale he called “the place of all others which I remember with most feeling. You see it from Clifton, on the other side of the river Avon." On his father’s side, he could trace his great-grandfather, also Robert Southey, to Wellington, Somerset, where there were many other Southeys – indeed seven other Roberts bearing the surname in the 1690s. The family was mainly of middling yeoman farmers, but unusually they had their own coat of arms, which tempted Southey to think that “that one of my ancestors had served in the crusades, or made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.”


framed by vegetation: the horseblock “beautifully overhung with ivy”, and a gable-end “covered with fruit trees”, while another outhouse was “clothed in yew”. The large gates to the barton were framed by horse chestnut trees on either side. Beyond was a path from the court to the kitchen garden – “large, excellently stocked, and kept in admirable order”. Behind the outhouses were pear, plum and greengage trees; another wall was “well clothed with cherry, peach, and nectarine trees”. Behind all was an orchard. At the side of the house was an apricot tree, “so that every luxury of this kind which an English sun can ripen, was there in abundance.” Most dear to Southey’s memory was by the orchard gate – a spiky barberry bush whose “peculiar odour of its blossoms, which is supposed to injure the wheat within its reach, is still fresh in my remembrance”. Barberries are rarely cultivated now, though they have just been rediscovered as a “superfood”. But in Southey’s time their tart fruit was used instead of citrus. Three flowers, he said, always recalled Bedminster to him: “The Syringa or Roman Jessamine, which covered an arbour in the fore-court, and another at the bottom of the kitchen-garden; the everlasting pea, which grew

most luxuriantly under the best kitchen windows; and the evening primrose.” His grandmother loved to watch the opening of the evening primrose: “She called it mortality, because these beauties pass away so soon, and because in the briefness of its continuance (living only for a night) it reminded her of human life.” Southey’s uncles, Edward and William, reproached their nephew for preferring flowers and insects to boyish games. But they won him over with one schoolboy trick – making a “black witch” out of a marble. Southey confessed that he knew that if he put a marble in the fire, it “makes a good detonating ball. I have sacrificed many a one so, to frighten the cook.” But if the marble was wrapped in paper with suet or dripping, it wouldn’t explode, and came out completely blackened, and therefore lucky – to a small boy, at any rate. NEXT MONTH: More on Southey’s rural Bedminster idyll – and its unfortunate consequence for his little sister Sources • The Life and Correspondence of Robert Southey, Cuthbert Southey, 1849 • Robert Southey and Bristol, Basil Cottle, Bristol Branch of the Historical Association, 1980

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​​Saturday 7th March n ​There is a Coffee Morning at Bedminster Methodist Church, British Rd, Bedminster ​​10.30am to Noon. With Cake Stall, Bric a Brac & Books. ​​Tea/ Coffee also on sale. ​​


Thursday 12th March ​​n ​Ashton Vale Together. ​​AVT Walkabout/Litter pick is Area 6 meeting at 10am on the corner of Risdale Road and South Liberty Lane (Buttocks Rest), to do Risdale Road, Atyeo Close and Vale Foundry Lane. ​​PLUS Our next Meeting is a meeting with James Freeman MD of First Bus. He will be answering any questions that people have about the services 24/24A. The meeting is on Tuesday 17th March at Ashton Vale Primary School, Avebury Road, Ashton Vale, BS3 2QG from 6.30 - 8.00pm. ​​Anyone who would like to attend either event will be very welcome.​​ ashtonvaletogether@gmail.com. ​​ Facebook page: Ashton Vale Together. ​​Telephone number: 0784 068 0516 ​​​​Wednesday March 18th The next Greater Bedminster Older People's Forum is 10am -12 noon in the Conference Room, on the ground floor at Monica Wills House,West Street, Bedminster, BS3 3NH. ​​There will be a short meeting re, our AGM. Afterwards Paul Singfield, Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Bedminster will tell us about his job and also be able to answer your questions or concerns. He has very kindly offered to attend our meeting again as unfortunately at our last meeting due to time & being called on duty he was only able to quickly introduce himself. ​​We are a friendly group, why not drop in and join us & have a cuppa. For contact details please

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Saturday 28th March ​​Redcliffe PTFA are holding a Spring Food Festival Fair on from 11am - 3pm at Redcliffe Nursery, Ship Lane, BS1 6RR. Lots of food from around the world, music, games, competitions, huge raffle and lots of fun! Adult entry £1 and get a raffle ticket included, children go free. More info on social media @ redcliffeptfa

Regular events n Memories of Bedminster, every Monday at the South Bristol Christian Centre, Churchlands Road, 1.30pm. New members always welcome. n Organic fruit and vegetable box collection scheme, BS3 Community, Southville Centre, BS3 1QG. Pop in any Thursday from 4.30-6.30pm to discuss signing up. In association with Leigh Court Farm. n ​The South Bristol Stroke Support Group run by Bristol After Stroke is a weekly group held on Thursday mornings between 10.30 -12.30 at St Monica Will’s House in Bedminster. The group is looking for a Volunteers each week at the group. For more information about the group or volunteering please contact Volunteer Coordinator Lucy Stockall on 0117 9647657 or email lucy. stockall@bristolafterstroke.org. uk or website ​​www.bristolafterstroke.org.uk n Grandparent and Toddler Group, BS3 Community, Chessel Centre, BS3 3DN, every Tuesday 10.30am-12 noon. Free to attend and there are lots of activities to take part in with your grandchild; craft, singing, storytime and more. No need to book, just drop in. n Shared Reading group Drop in to read and listen to a great story and poem and talk 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 Repair Cafe Repairs for a donation plus cream teas and homemade cakes. 1.30-4.30pm, last Saturday of every month at the United Reformed Church Hall, West Street, Bedminster. Facebook: BS3 Repair Cafe n Withywood Singing for the Brain® brings people with dementia and their carers together in a fun, friendly and social environment. Tuesday afternoons at Withywood Centre, Queens Road, Withywood, BS13 8QA. Contact Alzheimer’s Society on 0117 9610 693 to book a place.

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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THE REDCATCH CLUB, Redcatch Community Centre, Redcatch Road, BS4 2EP. 14th March: 7.45 (open mic session then support act), main act starts around 9.00pm. £8 (£3 open mic performers) Headline Act: Si Barron For fans of traditional folk music in the south-west Si Barron needs little introduction. However, decorum demands that we fill some space on him. Here's what Mike Harding says "I think he’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs." PARACISE 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


February live listings 288 Wells Road, Knowle Sat 7th March – Junction 19 Sat 14th March – Neil Sartain Sat 21st – March – Kev Sheene Sat 28th March – Taylormade LUNCHTIME LIVE Every Friday, 1.10-1.50pm St Francis' Church, Ashton Gate (nr. Tobacco Factory) Weekly performances in a variety of genres. (6/3 No event); 13/3 Baroque ensemble; 20/3 Wind trio; 27/3 Swing band. Tea and coffee available before each performance. Free entry, retiring collection. lunchtimelive.co.uk TALK ON CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Saturday March 14 2.15 till 4.15. A talk by Laurence Freeman OSB, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, on the topic 'Sources of Wisdom in a World Gone Mad', 2.15-4.15pm at Clifton Cathedral BS8 3BX. Suggested donation £10; students welcome without donating. More information: roger.layet@btinternet.com

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Bristol’s first ever Learning Festival is set to launch with over 200 free learning activities taking place across the city, for people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities. The council is connecting more than 60 organisations to share the joy of learning, encourage people to try something new, and, most importantly, have fun. A range of events, activities, skills sessions and workshops will be available throughout the week including crime scene – finger printing, equine experiences and laughter yoga. Join a handful of organisations down at Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road, BS1 6XG on Monday 30 March between 11am and 2pm for the launch of the festival and to see what the festival has to offer! Learning Festival is taking place from 30 March to 5 April 2020 at various venues across Bristol. Find out more and view the full festival programme at: www.bristollearningcity.com/ @BristolLearning #LearningFestival2020 #LoveLearning

Blaise Castle Estate - a day out for lovers of the great outdoors Blaise Castle Estate is 650 acres of parkland featuring picturesque terrain, thick woodlands filled with wildlife as well as fascinating ancient monuments – a hidden gem for lovers of the great outdoors. The large estate play park has two different play zones, and the café is open 9am-4pm all week to keep you fuelled with drinks, lunches and snacks. Also sitting on the estate is Blaise Nursery, with 70 years of experience growing commercial quality bedding plants, pot plants and hanging baskets to local authorities and now the public. The plant shop is open from 10am – 4pm every day from the 16th March to the 19th June, and is a must-visit even when the weather outside isn’t so great. As if that wasn’t enough, you can also find Blaise Museum on the estate - see a house and gardens through time including toys, costumes, decorations and contraptions, open from 1st April.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN BS3 with BS3 Helping Others Tobacco Factory cafe/bar (on the big table by front door) We meet at the Tobacco Factory at the big table by the front door. Everyone is welcome, including charities that are interested in recruiting volunteers. Mon 2 Mar 6.30pm - 8pm/Main Bar LYNN PARFITT - listen to our Speaker All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive Tue 3 Mar, 10.30am - 12pm/Main Bar LYNN PARFITT - listen to our Speaker Lynn works for Bristol City CouNcil as a Community Development Practitioner. She has worked all over Bristol but currently, Bedminster is her ‘patch’. Her aim is to work in an asset based way in communities, which involves looking at the strengths of individuals and communities, supporting people who want to make a difference in their community. One of the key approaches is having community conversations. Lynn will be speaking about volunteering opportunities with local groups that she is currently working with. Mon 9 Mar, 6.30pm - 8pm/Main Bar HOME START BRISTOL - listen to our Speaker! Plus: All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive Tues 10 Mar, 10.30am - 12pm/Main Bar HOME START BRISTOL - listen to our Speaker! Plus: All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive Home Start Bristol supports families (with at least one child under five) that are struggling to cope with family life. Volunteers, who are parents or grandparents, visit a family at home once a week for 2-3 hours to offer practical and emotional support. All volunteers attend a 36 hour accredited course, one day a week for nine weeks, before being matched with a family. Mon 16 Mar EBENEZER POCKET PARK - listen to our Speaker! Plus: All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive Tues 17 Mar EBENEZER POCKET PARK - listen to our Speaker! Plus: All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive This forgotten space on North Street in Bedminster has been turned into a 'pocket park' - a little oasis of calm for the community to enjoy. Volunteers get involved in gardening, maintenance, fundraising, publicity, events, community engagement and social media. Mon 23 Mar, 6.30-8pm/Main Bar ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER - listen to our Speaker! Plus: All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive Tues 24 Mar, 10.30am - 12pm/Main Bar ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER - listen to our Speakers! Plus: All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive This group brings together residents, organisations, groups, charities, businesses and services such as police, NHS and councils to help improve the neighbourhood. Resources and ideas are combined to achieve these results. The group holds public meetings, workshops, and shares information via emails, the website and social media. It welcomes volunteers to help with organising events, social media, running consultations and more. Mon 30 Mar, 6.30-8pm/Main Bar VOLUNTEERING AT LOCAL FESTIVALS - listen to our Speakers! Plus: All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive Tues 31 Mar, 10.30am - 12pm/Main Bar VOLUNTEERING AT LOCAL FESTIVALS - listen to our Speaker! Plus: All BS3 CHARITIES - General volunteer recruitment drive Storytale festival is a citywide series of affordable, accessible and interactive events celebrating children’s stories with storytellers, writers, illustrators and more to inspire the next generation. The main festival will take place from 24th October to 1st November in various venues across the city. The organisers are looking for: a Media Lead (to lead on press and online coverage), Events Leads (planning, organising and managing events) and Evaluation Leads (to bring together feedback and evaluate the events afterwards). UPFEST - The format of the festival is changing for 2020 in order to deal with the increasing visitor numbers. The live festival will be happening over the weekend 30th - 31st May at the Tobacco Factory and Greville Smyth Park. VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED. BS3 Helping Others

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Sarah dedicates London Marathon to friend Sarah Bird, from Bedminster, is running this year’s London Marathon for leading cancer charity Penny Brohn UK, in memory of her friend, Chris, who died aged 48 of a brain tumour. Chris said that in her next life she would like to run a marathon. Sarah and Chris were both supported by the charity, as well as another close friend, Nicki. In 2015, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer just months after Chris died from a brain tumour. Sarah visited Penny Brohn UK for practical advice during her treatment. To raise sponsorship, Sarah is organising a party and tribute gig in memory of Chris. Chris’ friends will be offering music, poetry and storytelling performances, as well as having fun and raising a glass in her memory. There will also be a tombola and raffle to raise funds. Talking about taking on the London Marathon, Sarah said: “Chris inspired many people during her life, including me, so I will try to run these 26.2 miles in her memory. She was such good company, so I sincerely hope that she is going to be with me in spirit. “I was diagnosed with breast cancer just months after Chris’ death and we both enjoyed the invaluable support of Penny Brohn UK. The people and services offered by Penny Brohn are a lifeline to many people living with cancer and offer practical, emotional, social and

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spiritual support to improve quality of life and to manage the fear and uncertainty that a cancer diagnosis often brings.” Emma Gilmore, Head of Community and Challenge Events at Penny Brohn UK said: “We are delighted that Sarah is running the London Marathon in aid of Penny Brohn UK. Sarah is a fantastic member of our running team and we are touched that she is dedicating half the race to her friend, Chris. All the sponsorship money raised will help us support more people

affected by cancer to live as well as possible for as long as possible. A big thank you and good luck to Sarah!” With 40 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine. Its approach offers personalised care from the point of a cancer diagnosis into treatment and throughout survivorship. Exploring areas like diet, exercise, emotions, relationships and managing stress, their free courses, one-to-one therapies, and

group sessions, work alongside standard medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing by supporting the holistic needs – psychological, emotional, spiritual and physical – of people affected by cancer Sarah is hoping to raise £5,000 for Penny Brohn UK. To sponsor Sarah, visit www. justgiving.com/fundraising/ sarahandchrismarathon2020 For further information about Penny Brohn UK, visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk

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BS5 Secondary Education Forum on Wednesday (February 5th). The possibility of an earlier opening in temporary accommodation would not be until December 2021, Councillor Anna Keen, citing a letter from the Department for Education (DfE) dated January 29. That letter said: “The provision of a suitable temporary site by the council could potentially facilitate the opening of the school at the earliest in 2021 if the conditions set out … are met (ie planning), but unfortunately it would be later if they are not.”

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by Maureen Wright, Bristol Humanists

f you’re in the countryside this month, you may see hares ‘boxing’ – which is the origin of the phrase ‘mad March hares’. But observation shows this isn’t madness at all but a mating ritual where female hares choose their mates. We all make judgments about people from their appearance and behaviour without any knowledge of what lies beneath. In a busy city like ours, this often seems easier

than engaging with others. At the same time, loneliness is becoming more common. Even in company, it can be hard to be open to others. Yet engaging with those around us broadens experience, opens possibilities and wards off the emotional and physical ill effects of loneliness. Humanists believe that we can only be sure of the one life we have now, meaning we really need to make the most of it while we’re all

here on the planet. Because of the importance of human connections, this means ensuring that everyone has the opportunity for the best possible life. This is a huge undertaking, as no one can single-handedly change human well-being. But recognising everyone as a unique person and learning some little thing about them is a valuable beginning, whether it’s by a smile in passing or a shared joke.

Bristol Humanists meet at 7.30 on the first Monday of every month in the Unitarian Meeting Hall in Brunswick Square. March’s topic is ‘What’s the Most Good You Can do?’ with Dr. Alexander Dietz looking at ‘Effective Altruism’ – how to maximise the impact for good we can do.  There will be discussion afterwards, continuing in the pub after the meeting.

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n St Aldhelm’s Church Chessel Street, Bedminster BS3 3TT hello@staldhelms.org Minister Rev Nick Hay 07534 249338 staldhelms.org 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.

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n Bedminster Church of Christ 298 St John’s Lane, BS3 5AY Minister Jason Snethen 07795 560990 churchofchristbristol.org 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 bristolquakers.org.uk 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 stpsouthville@gmail.com Rev Nick Hay 07534 249338


n St Francis Church 279 North Street, Ashton Gate BS3 1JP staldhelmsandstfrancis.org.uk Priest-in-charge Rev Andrew Doarks 0117 963 9121 Sunday 10am Communion or Morning Worship; 1st Saturday 10am Open church; Thursday 10am Eucharist.

n Salvation Army Padstow Road, Bristol, BS4 1EN Lieutenants Clare and Matthew Kinsey salvationarmy.org.uk/bristolbedminster Sunday 10.30am Morning Worship

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Rooney is welcomed to Ashton Gate MARTIN POWELL is getting used to seeing the stars coming to Ashton Gate, but could we see even bigger and brighter ones heading our way next season?


he game against Derby County was yet to spark into life when it happened. City conceded a corner and wandering over to the corner flag came Wayne Rooney. He’d touched the ball a couple of times so far to some ritual boos. But as he strolled towards the City faithful a few people started to clap. Someone shouted “England’s biggest ever goalscorer” and more applauded. Rooney looked up slightly confused at the growing round of applause. He applauded back. More people joined in the little ovation. Then Rooney fizzed over a wicked corner that City’s defence did well to clear and the bond was broken. The incident showed just how far Bristol City have come

in the last few years. Now every week there is serious opposition and a parade of stars that were previously only seen on TV. Rooney eventually exited Ashton Gate on the losing side – although City went from holding a comfortable 3-0 lead to a nailbiting 3-2 victory. But that’s the top of the championship for you. Then it was on to Leeds United. Elland Road provided a bit of a football lesson. But still a 1-0 defeat is a narrow margin, and despite battling illness and injuries the squad showed they are close. The countdown to the end of the season is on, and Bristol City have a realistic chance of making the play-offs and an outside chance, if you are a rose-tinted optimist, of the top two. That is pretty good progress, and there

City took a three-goal lead against the visitors, Derby County Image by @jmpuk

is a feeling that even if it doesn’t happen this year the bright lights of the Premier League are not that far away. Combine this with the flythrough vision recently published of the future of the bottom end of Winterstoke Road. A new hotel, arena, fans zone and a couple of office blocks thrown in looks like an exciting future. Of course there are those who are feeling a tinge of nostalgia for the old days when you could click through a rusty turnstile, plonk your child on a spike, blow Woodbines at the people around you and hurl abuse at the linesman, safe in the knowledge that nobody would accuse you of being any kind of phobic.

There are probably also people who are concerned that the aforesaid arena and fan zone will mean they have to buy their rawl plugs and nylon carpets online from now on. Maybe some miss the sight of the Braby’s silos being moved or the current collection of brightly coloured cherry-pickers. But progress is being made, and South Bristol deserves to have all the benefits of a Premier League team on its doorstep. Of course some of the decisions around the club are annoying – bring back Red Red Robin by Al Jolson or the Wurzels to welcome the team – instead of the American-style razamataz that we now get, complete with puffing giant cigarette lighters. But I love the fact that the video countdown to the ‘big game’ starts with Ernie Hunt, a player as far away from the present day balletic Premier stars as you can get, but he played at the top level and would give them all a run for their money. Buckle up. It is going to be an exciting few months until May when City’s position in this closely fought season is decided. Rooney is on his way down in his career – City are on the up.

Martin’s shorts

Wayne Rooney got a warmer reception than he might have expected

So it is the 125th anniversary of Bristol City in March. To celebrate it the club have launched a ‘limited edition’ shirt. Having seen the bizarre patchwork of previous club shirts sewn together, I would call it a ‘limited appeal’ shirt.

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t: 0117 963 4373 southville@cjhole.co.uk With 17 offices covering Bristol, Gloucester and Somerset

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



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