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Banksy artwork removed from side of house

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Primary says a huge 'welcome back' to pupils Hillcrest Primary School was delighted to welcome all children back for the first time since the Christmas holidays on March 8. “It’s been a tough time for the children - missing their friends, teachers and school routine; for parents - struggling to combine home schooling with work commitments; and for school staff - providing daily home learning alongside classroom teaching,“ said Juliet Fleming, administrator at the school. The school was fully cleaned and ‘fogged’ ready for the reopening, and staff continued to sanitise surfaces and touch points both in classrooms and around the school throughout the day. Welcoming the full remit of pupils back was a joyful occasion, says Juliet, and staff got involved with festivities.

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Incredible to do all that extra when they must have been coping with getting back to full school themselves." Just when I think Hillcrest can't get more amazing, we arrive to balloons."

“The staff team all pitched in to blow up hundreds of balloons and create balloon arches for every entrance,” she explained. “Children in reception classes were also greeted by clouds of bubbles which magically dispelled any back-to-school wobbles!” Headteacher Bridget Norman

said: “There is a lot of talk about ‘catch up’ and ‘closing the gaps’. "At Hillcrest we will be ensuring that the children catch up with their friends, teachers and all the fantastic members of staff here at Hillcrest first. We will of course make sure our curriculum remains broad and ambitious for all of our children

but our number one priority is re-establishing our school routines, making sure our children feel safe and happy and getting the basics right.” The school didn’t fully close over lockdown, remaining open for children of key workers and others. “Over a third of children continued attending,” said Juliet. New regulations include staggered play times, and lunches are being served ‘airline style’ in classrooms.

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Former Argos to become flats and retail units Developer Firmstone's proposals for new homes and a large retail space to replace the former Argos store on East Street in Bedminster have been approved by Bristol City Council. The plans will deliver 50 one and two-bedroom apartments and a 400 sq metre newly refurbished retail unit on the ground floor, fronting East Street. Together with the recentlyapproved proposals for the redevelopment of St Catherine's Place opposite, backers of the scheme say it will help propel the revival of East Street, bringing new people to live in the area and attracting new retailers. Designed by Bristol architects Stride Treglown, the scheme on 60-66 East Street consists of three buildings across the former Argos store site and the car park which lies behind it, maximizing the use of this brownfield site for much-needed new homes. The building fronting East

Street will be three-storeys high, rising to four and five storeys towards the rear. Many of the homes will have balconies and all will

benefit from sustainable energy provision through individual air-source heat pumps. Around 80 secure cycle parking spaces will be provided to support

sustainable travel and limit car use. Work is set to start on the development in the next few months. Commenting on the decision, Francis Firmstone, director of developers Firmstone said: "The combined impact of the redevelopment of the former Argos store and St Catherine's Place will make a major contribution to the revival of the East Street area and inject significant investment into this part of Bedminster. "It has taken some time but now we've been given the goahead, we're keen to get moving on delivering our plans. "We've been developing homes and shops in Bedminster for over 15 years, are very committed to the area and are looking forward to playing our role in creating the next chapter in its regeneration." CSJ Planning acted for Firmstone as planning advisors.

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The mural hoping to save lives

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A new mural painted onto the Bristol Beer Factory taproom in Southville is hoping to spark conversations about mental health in passers-by. 'How are you out of 10?' has been painted by Bristol artist Inkie onto the front of the brewery and is dedicated to Talk Club, a men's mental health discussion group which has been regularly meeting at the venue for two years. Each Talk Club session begins with the question, which prompts attendees to start talking about how they are feeling, and Talk Club says that it is saving lives. Its founders hope the artwork will help more men and their families, and prevent mental ill health by simply asking the question. Talk Club was born in the back room of the Bristol Beer Factory taproom in March 2019 and now has almost 2,000 male members and 50 clubs around

Talk Club co-founder Gavin Thorpe (right) with artist Inkie in front of the 'How are you out of 10?' mural at the Bristol Beer Factory in Southville

the world. “We all love Inkie's work,” says Talk Club co-founder Gavin Thorpe. “In particular he has such a beautiful way with words. “So we thought we’d ask him to inspire other men to use their words and talk about their worries. “And with 'Clear Head', the colab alcohol free beer by the

Bristol Beer Factory, created in the building, is there a better place to call home?” Clear Head launched earlier in the year with 5 per cent of sales donated to Talk Club to help keep men mentally fit, and prevent mental ill health. For more information about Talk Club, visit: wetalkclub.com or facebook.com/wetalkclubUK

East Street is set to be one of nine high streets to initially benefit from a £5million pot of funding. The recovery package is being launched to help Bristol's high streets and the city centre recover from the devastating impact of the pandemic. Forty-seven high streets across Bristol are set to receive the cash boost, which will be used to improve the look and feel of the street, reduce number of vacant premises and boost footfall. In total, £2million of funding has been earmarked from the Mayor’s Capital Recovery Fund, with the remaining £3 million coming from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The funding will be finalised by both the city council’s cabinet and WECA as part of a full business case this summer. bristol.gov.uk/business-supportadvice/high-streets/recovery

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Author Lindsey has quite the 'tail' to tell! Mermaid and environmental campaigner based book on her experiences by Charley Rogers South Bristol local Lindsey Cole has been “doing adventures” for years, often dressed as a mermaid. And now she’s written a book about it. “The mermaid theme started on a trip to Indonesia,” said Lindsey. “I was learning to free dive and I cut my hand on a piece of plastic – when I got back to the surface I realised just how much plastic was in the ocean, and it was really upsetting.” Lindsey had been taking on challenges – such as cycling across Africa – and presenting workshops about them since 2010, and decided it was her duty to raise awareness of plastic pollution. So, in the winter of 2018, she swam the length of the Thames – with full mermaid tail – to show “how we’re choking rivers and oceans with plastic”.

But the incredible story doesn’t stop there. During the Thames swim, Lindsey came across a cow that had fallen in the river, and helped save her. “I called the RSPCA and police, and they sent six firemen along to haul her out,” she says. “The next day the story was on page three of The Sun newspaper – they weren’t really interested in why I was swimming dressed as a mermaid, but they loved the cow story!” After appearing in the national press, Lindsey got a call from a children’s summer camp in Wembley, who asked if they could use her story as inspiration for their summer play. She said: “I was invited to the performance, and it was the sweetest thing. I also got a lot of questions from the children, and it really made me realise how important it is to talk about

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serious issues like climate change in a fun and engaging way.” The whole experience inspired Lindsey to put her mermaid adventure down on paper. She said: “I’ve written a children’s book called The Mermaid and the Cow, about a mermaid who goes on a quest to clean her river from plastic pollution and makes an unlikely friend along the way.” Lindsey also puts extra effort into her local deliveries. “If someone in Bristol orders the book, I deliver it by hand in my mermaid tail. And if it’s someone’s birthday, I’ll even serenade them with my ukulele!” Lindsey is currently planning a series of mermaid adventure

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Bedminster Green

High-rise development wins council approval CGI of new residential blocks planned for Dalby Avenue in Bedminster. Source: Firmstone

By Amanda Cameron, LDRS reporter for South Bristol Voice Plans to build high-rise apartments with no affordable flats in Bedminster have been approved in the hope it will “revitalise” the area. The revised plans to redevelop St Catherine’s Place shopping centre got the go-ahead on March 4 after a larger project with 17 per cent affordable housing failed to get past city planners. Bristol City Council rejected the developer’s original proposal for 205 homes in five blocks,

along with shops, offices and a cinema, in East Street, in January last year. That decision was upheld at appeal, with a planning inspector agreeing the scheme was poorly designed and would have an adverse impact on the area. Now a planning committee has approved Firmstone’s scaledback plans for 180 homes, fewer shops and no cinema, despite continued concerns from dozens of residents and councillors’ own reticence over a number of aspects of the plan. The new plans mean the tallest residential block is now 14 storeys instead of 17 storeys, but there is no affordable housing promised any more. Committee members shared residents’ concerns over a

complete lack of affordable housing and the height of the tallest building, but were keen to revive the East Street shopping district and voted by a majority to approve the scheme as recommended by officers. Firmstone says it is not “viable” to provide any affordable housing as part of its Section 106 planning obligations. The council has a 30 per cent affordable homes target for developments of more than 14 homes, but an independent assessment found it was not possible to promise any on the site at this time, according to an officer. The council received 59 objections and 43 people wrote in support of the scheme. Nick Townsend, chair of the Windmill Hill and Malago Planning Group (WHaM) said the preponderance of small flats and lack of green spaces meant there was “no place for children” in the development. But traders welcomed the scheme, saying it would reverse the fortunes of East Street, which had long been in decline. Amandine Tchou, a cafe

owner in East Street, said it was like a “ghost town” at times and needed more people living and shopping there. Simon Dicken, chair of the Bedminster BID, said: “I cannot overstate how much we need this development to turn around the fortunes of what at times can seem like a forgotten part of Bedminster.” Committee members said they thought the proposal was a “big improvement” on the previous one, but were disappointed at the loss of the cinema and the affordable housing. Seven were happy to approve the plans, knowing the developer must review the provision of affordable housing twice during construction. Green councillor Stephen Clarke, who abstained, said: “I’m desperate to support the shops in East Street but I’m still very concerned about the height, scale and massing of the main block.” Outline planning permission was also granted to develop three more plots of the land in the immediate area for residential and commercial use.

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Bedminster Green

Plot 5 could be 'nail in the coffin' for Bedminster The developers behind what is being regarded as the 'centrepiece' of the Bedminster Green development have unveiled their plans to the public. Dandara is proposing 350 new homes, including 30 per cent affordable, for the land between Malago Road, Whitehouse Lane and Hereford Street. Known as 'plot 5', the development's largest building would be triangular and up to 10 storeys, with two adjacent buildings. All three buildings would overlook Bedminster Green and would include a number of three-bedroom town houses. On the ground floor, the developers are proposing spaces for community use. Car parking spaces would be limited and would mostly be reserved for blue badge holders. According to Dandara, the charity Social Farms and Gardens (SFG), which is based in the Hereford Street carpark, will be relocated to somewhere in the

Main scheme image for plot 5. Source: Dandara

immediate vicinity. The proposals have come under scrutiny by the Windmill Hill and Malago Community planning group (WHaM), who say that it will be the "final nail in the coffin" for Bedminster if plans go through. Chair of WHaM, Nick Townsend, said: "In a few years’ time, people will be scratching their heads as to how we could let it happen. Bedminster will look more like a Moscow satellite town. The green is an oasis for wildlife, with even badgers spotted there at night. The

council and Dandara’s plans will demolish the muchloved wooden house [where SFG is currently based] and the green will be overshadowed on all four sides by tower blocks. "Windmill Hill will be faced with a wall of glass. Bedminster will soon become one of the most densely populated areas in the whole of Bristol, so it is surely essential that the area is kept intact as a green lung." Dandara says that its plans "fully align" with the Bedminster Green framework, which sets out the guidelines for the overall development. A spokesperson for Dandara said: “Working with the

council, our proposals for plot 5 will totally change the underused green into a community oasis. The green has always been the focal point for the Bedminster Green plans. So, we are looking to invest significantly into improving the green itself, retaining trees, planting more trees, and installing a children’s play area, so the green itself becomes a really lovely place to be. “We are also proposing welllit, well-designed pedestrian and cycle routes through and around the green, to support the council’s plans to improve walking and cycling connections." Dandara has launched a sixweek virtual consultation until April 30. They plan to submit an application to the council early this summer. Details can be found at bedminstergreen. info. Those without internet can call 0800 193 9403 to request a paper version of the plans and a paper feedback form.

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'Banksy brought joy during these gloomy times' Residents have been left devastated after Banksy's 'Aachoo!!' artwork was removed from its home in Vale Street earlier last month. The mural, which depicts a woman sneezing out her false teeth and gives the illusion of the sneeze blowing down a row of houses, arrived in December on what is believed to be one of UK's steepest streets. Banksy claimed the artwork on his Instagram account shortly after its discovery. But, its existence on the street was short lived as by February, it was boarded up and on March 12, the wall with Banksy's work was removed by crane from the side of the demi-detached house. Wendy Coe, who lives local to Vale Street, said that she was "gutted" Banksy's artwork had been removed. She added: "It brought so much pleasure and excitement to our community during very gloomy times. My feeling is that Banksy’s street art


'Aachoo!!' being removed by crane - much to residents' disappointment. Photo courtesy of Chris Bianchi

should remain on the street for everyone to enjoy, not sold for private profit. At least we had it for a short while and were able to enjoy his gift to the Totterdown community." Vale Street resident and artist Benji Appleby-Tyler - who stood on a 'soap box' outside his home with a sign saying 'I'm protesting this s*** here' while the street art was being taken away - said that the removal was a "source of devastation and personal insult". He added: "I am appalled that

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a piece of public street art can be claimed as being owned by one person. During these challenging times, it was a source of joy having an original Banksy appear on our street overnight. "However, this has now turned into a source of devastation and personal insult as our "Aachoo!!" sneezing lady has been stolen from our street. "In the early days of enjoying our gifted artwork, a friend and I dressed up as 'Banksy angels' and collected donations for a


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local homeless charity. People were making an almost pilgrimlike journey to pay tribute at a much-needed site of pleasure and reflection. "The location is key for the understanding the work. Without this, it has lost all significance. "The whole procedure was painful to watch, both in terms of lack of any visible safety measures and the heartwrenching thought that a crane would be lifting away our gift. We had no say in it happening." It is not known whether the artwork is being prepared for auction, but news reports claim it was offered to gallery owner John Brandler of Brandler Galleries in Brentwood but he turned it down. The South Bristol Voice contacted the council for comment regarding planning permission being sought for the removal of the artwork. The council responded that permission was not required.

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Artist's glass tribute to teams who created vaccine To mark the ten millionth vaccination in the UK, South Bristol-based international artist Luke Jerram has now made and released a sculpture of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in glass. The artwork, which is 34cm across, is 1 million times larger than the actual nanoparticle. Created from borosilicate glass, it is made from the same materials and techniques used in medical scientific glassware for test tubes and distilleries. With five limited editions of this artwork being made, all profits from the sale of this new artwork are going to the global charity Médecins Sans Frontières to help communities heavily impacted by the pandemic. Having tested positive for Covid-19 in November, Luke says he's still feeling the effects of the virus. "When I created a sculpture of Covid-19 back in March, little did I know I'd later be among those to contract the virus. It's an awful

disease and two months on, my sense of smell is shot, I have tinnitus and still feel tired at times. During my recovery, it became clear to me that my next artwork should focus on the vaccine, our way out of this global crisis, as a tribute to the scientists and medical teams who have been working across the world to fight the virus. "It's brilliant that such

effective vaccines have been created in such a short space of time and that here in the UK we've been able to role them out so quickly. However, the fight against the disease is a global one, which is why I wanted to support Médecins Sans Frontières, through the sale of these sculptures." This new model of the vaccine is just the latest in Luke's Glass

Microbiology series of virus sculptures, and was one of the most complicated to make, taking a month to complete with his team at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. From the sale of these sculptures to private collectors, including a global rock superstar, and museums around the world over, £17,500 was raised for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who have been assisting developing countries deal with the fallout of the coronavirus epidemic. Photos of the artwork have also been used by academics and journalists across the world for science communication. The Glass Microbiology sculptures are in museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, the Wellcome Collection in London and the Museum of Glass, Shanghai. They also featured in The Lancet, Scientific American, British Medical Journal (BMJ) and on the front cover of Nature Magazine.

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Pool to be kept afloat 'until at least March 2022' by BBC LDRS staff for South Bristol Voice The city council has promised nearly £65,000 to keep Jubilee Pool afloat until March next year, as users look forward to their first post-lockdown plunge next month. The public swimming pool in Knowle has been shut since the first coronavirus lockdown nearly a year ago. It will reopen on April 12 if the prime minister’s four-stage ‘roadmap’ for lifting coronavirus restrictions goes to plan, and will stay open until March 2022 with just over £64,800 of cash from Bristol City Council. The financial support will mean operator Parkwood Leisure can keep running the pool until its contract ends in 12 months’ time. The future of the much-loved pool is uncertain beyond that point, but the council has promised to work with the community to find a long-term solution for its survival.

Protesters last August outside the pool

It released plans to permanently close the pool in August last year, saying it could not afford to reopen it when coronavirus restrictions allowed. But it backtracked on those plans following passionate public opposition, and now says it will make a decision on the long-term future of the pool following a public consultation on its strategy for leisure centres.

The developing strategy, which came before the ruling Labour cabinet in March, sets out the council’s intention to focus public investment in the local authority’s “flagship” centres in Hengrove, Horfield and Easton. Mayor Marvin Rees said: “In addition, Bristol South and Henbury have good levels of use and crucially also support areas of deprivation. We’re going to

look to invest in these centres and look at the future of other sites too, including the possibility of community-led leisure centres where there is support.” The council plans to consult on the strategy in 2021/22. A cabinet report said: “While community-based options on the future of the pool are explored, it has been agreed with Parkwood Leisure that financial support not exceeding £64,824 net will be provided to enable the pool to reopen until the end of its current contract. “This will keep the pool viable to enable the outcome of engagement with the community on a longer-term solution. “With the above in mind a decision on the longer-term future of Jubilee Pool will form part of the wider strategic approach.” Ninety-six per cent of people who responded to last year’s consultation on the pool disagreed with the proposed closure, according to papers.


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Creative talent set to blossom with new degrees Bristol educator boomsatsuma is expanding, teaming up with George Ferguson by developing new studios in the Tobacco Factory, to host four creative BA (Hons) degrees. Work is underway installing the purpose-built education facility, which will welcome students in September 2021. It will comprise two new film studios, a screening lecture space, computer suite, games lab, darkroom and specially designed creative space, where students can develop and discuss ideas in an 'inspiring' environment. Mark Curtis, boomsatsuma director, said: “We’re very excited to be located at the Tobacco Factory. What a great place to live, learn and tap into the opportunities afforded by the Bristol Creative industries. This is a significant investment for the future, bringing higher education into this part of the city, which we expect will enrich opportunity

in the area to fuel the next creative generation, for film production with a progressive crossover into virtual production and the games industry.” The new degrees have all been accredited by Bath Spa University, whose Head of School of Creative Industries, Dr Susan McMillan, who is also a board member of Bristol Creative Industries, said: “I am a huge supporter of boomsatsuma: they are reaching parts that universities and other colleges cannot reach, as well as developing future creative talent in new and exciting ways. “The creative industries deliver significant economic, social and reputational value to Bristol, the region, and the UK's economy. The pandemic has had a negative effect on education and severely compromised the future for young people. boomsatsuma and their move to the Tobacco Factory creates

a real opportunity to lead on rebuilding our creative sector by nurturing and developing the socially diverse, creative young talent, creative employers will need, post-pandemic.” Freya Billington, newly appointed course director of boomsatsuma’s two new BA (Hons) Filmmaking degrees – production and post-production – said: “In keeping with boomsatsuma’s ethos, this degree has been designed alongside our industry partners to specifically address where the skill shortages are and help develop graduates that are completely prepared and ready for employment. The two pathways, Production and PostProduction, allow for students to engage with and develop an understanding of the whole filmmaking process but also specialise up to a professional level in their chosen field. Whilst the studios will be equipped with current Industry-standard

equipment and software, capping the intake also enables a focus on each student’s individual career and personal development.” Alongside the Film degree, the Tobacco Factory will house boomsatsuma’s Games Art VFX BA (Hons) and Documentary Photography BA (Hons) degrees, in addition to the Bristol School of Acting’s new partnership, located in Tobacco Factory Theatres, with its Acting for Screen BA (Hons) and accelerated Acting for Stage & Screen BA (Hons). Freya added: “We will be limiting spaces to 20 per pathway to ensure personalised teaching, attracting students nationally, but are also making sure there are opportunities for local communities. “We are going to proactively collaborate between the degree courses. The mutual benefits for filmmakers, actors, games VR & VFX developers and

Two local people to stand for Labour in Knowle Our Priorities Represent every part of Knowle, listening to residents, community groups and local businesses; standing up for Knowle on all the issues that matter. Campaign for clean air and better public transport; make sure residents’ views are fully taken into account on future plans for the number 2 Bus. Protect our library, parks and green spaces as valued and accessible places that improve our well-being; campaign for Michele Tedder and Brandon Gage proper funding to secure these assets for future generations. Michele has lived in Knowle for 30 years and Brandon grew up in the area. Support plans for the new Secondary School at Daventry has experience working in housing Road ensuring it becomes a successful school that the whole Michele and homelessness prevention. She Is a community can be proud of. founder member of the Friends of Knowle Library and was a member of the Knowle/ Support the Save Jubilee campaign and work together to Totterdown COVID support group. find a long-term community-led future for the pool, Brandon became interested in local politics, contributing to physical and mental health. particularly transport, housing and community

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Pictured left to right, George Ferguson, Mark Curtis and Freya Billington

photographers to work together under one roof is a fabulous plus for these students. I’m sure the fact that there’s a ground floor café and bar will also be appreciated!”

Building on 13 years of successfully delivering post16 level 3 diplomas in digital and creative qualifications, the new location strengthens boomsatsuma’s partnerships,

adding to course locations with Bristol creative companies at The Royal Photographic Society, The Bottle Yard Studios, Films @ 59, Ashton Gate Stadium and the Engine Shed.

The South Bristol location is an important link for education opportunities for the diverse, often overlooked communities of Bristol, into creative industries within the region. This is an ethos close to the heart of George Ferguson CBE, the city’s first independent Mayor, architect and creator of the Tobacco Factory mixed use project. He said: “Education and the creative arts are such strong drivers for positive change and the social and environmental benefits that follow, which is more important than ever as we fight our way out of the dire time that we have all been through. “We are delighted to be part of what we see as a sustainable recovery from this culturally and economically bruising pandemic. We could not have a better start than giving our young people the chance to grow and meet their full potential.” Applications are open for courses at https://www. boomsatsuma.education

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Completion of mural will mark reopening of shops North Street is set to be home to the UK's - and possibly the world's - largest permanent mural project designed and painted by female street artists. Dubbed the 'Six Sisters', the project, which began in 2016, is expected to be finished this month (April) to mark the anticipated reopening of North Street's shops and salons. The plan to complete the mural was unveiled by Upfest and the Bedminster Business Improvement District (BID) team on March 8, International Women's Day. Currently, neighbouring shops Like Sew Amazing, Zara's Chocolates, Upfest and South West Upholstery feature four stunning murals by female artists Bex Glover, Zoe Power, Gemma Compton and Sophie Long. Now this spring, the row will be completed with two huge new

murals above Oowee Diner and Peter Borrows & Co Solicitors by esteemed Bristol artists Lucas Antics and Ejit. Its title 'Six Sisters' is inspired by San Francisco's famed Painted Ladies - a terrace of colourful Victorian and Edwardian houses which have been drawing attention since the 60s. Simon Dicken, chair of the Bedminster BID said: “Bedminster is world renowned for its street art [and] we’re lucky to have some of the biggest and best artists and artwork right here on our doorstep. “It seems fitting to celebrate the reopening of our high streets with the completion of this series, which will have been five years in the making.” Known for their quirky illustrations inspired by American animation and Japanese character design, Ejits’s

Artist Ejit outside the row of shops where the Six Sisters is being completed to mark the reopening of North Street's shop work brightens up any wall with cute and brightly coloured space animals, zombies and ghosts. Lucas Antics’ work can be found peppered throughout Stokes Croft, Montpelier and Bedminster and is distinctly recognisable by its ode to graphic novels and brightly coloured whimsical designs. Stephen Hayles, founder of Upfest and lead on the Six

Sisters series said: “This will be the largest series of permanent street art by female artists in the UK, maybe even the world and this just goes to show how lucky we are in Bristol to have these incredible artists and to have a scene that supports female artists.” At the time of printing, painting was due to commence to complete the mural.


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Coffee by day, cocktails by night at new cafe-bar A coffee-come-cocktail bar is set to breathe new life into Totterdown’s former Banco Lounge. Coffee expert, and food and drink enthusiast, Dan O’Regan, 27, is behind the new Wells Road establishment, Bank, which is anticipated to open this June. By day, Bank will serve up a variety of speciality coffees plus an exciting brunch menu, which Dan says will be “creative, with an air of familiarity”. Come evening, Bank will offer a casual bar service, with an array of craft beers, natural and traditional wines, seasonal cocktails, and small plates. All food served will be sustainably sourced, says Dan. Customers can enjoy specially selected house beverages, including coffee by Origin Coffee – a B Corp certified roasters, based in Cornwall. Accompanying the house coffee will be a variety of guest coffees.

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Dan O'Regan, the owner of Bank, which will be opening in place of the old Banco Lounge (pictured, right). Photo by Umair Arshad Different styles of beers and wines will feature on the evening menu, sourced from local, national and international producers. The former Banco Lounge has been vacant since last summer

when its owners, café-bar chain Loungers, announced it would not be reopening the south Bristol venue after its closure during the first lockdown. Dan, who has worked in the coffee industry for over six years,

said: “I was looking for spaces [for Bank] and thought Banco Lounge was spot on. “It was somewhere I could incorporate everything I love – food and drink. It’s just the sort of business I’d want to go to. “I’m really excited to meet everyone.” At the time of printing, the refurbishment to transform the old cafe-bar into Bank was getting underway. For updates on Bank, follow @bankbristol on Instagram

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ocal Bristol businessman Lance Cross was one of the lucky candidates chosen by the popular American media organisation, TED to take part in their #MysteryExperiment an experiment where selected candidates receive up to $10,000 to spend however they wish: on personal needs or dreams, or by paying some or all of it to others. All they have to do is report back to TED on how and when they spend the money over the next 3 months. As a dog lover and a big advocate of adopting through rescue centres, Lance Cross chose us to be the first recipient


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Walk Fest returns - and it's Covid-secure Bristol Walk Fest is returning this May, after it was postponed last spring due to Covid. From May 1-31, the festival will be offering digital excursions, signposts to a variety of walking routes and activities, step-counting incentives and hopefully a choice of themed walks for all ages. The full line-up is due to be announced mid-April. For more information, visit: bristolwalkfest.com or Bristol Walk Fest on Facebook.

By Charley Rogers After ten years as a south Bristol staple, The Old Bookshop in North Street is up for sale. The bookshop-turnedbar became a city landmark during its decade of trading, promoting local breweries and winning awards for its food. The Old Bookshop was also a popular venue for both local and international bands, comedians, and other entertainers. In an Instagram post on March 8, the team said: “The time has now come for Tony and Kath to retire. Ben will be continuing with our other current businesses, Patina Vintage and Dockyard Studios, and has other exciting plans for the future. The Old Bookshop has been a huge part of our lives for the past ten years. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for the overwhelming

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support we’ve received from our customers, neighbours, local businesses and the wider BS3 and Bristol community. We couldn’t have done it without you! We’re excited to see the next chapter of The Old Bookshop’s journey, and we look forward to joining you there for a drink as customers.” The fate of the beloved site is yet to be revealed, but the South Bristol Voice will keep you updated as we hear more.

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pril marks the start of the butterfly season and the BS3 Wildlife Group will be undertaking its fifth survey of butterflies across Greater Bedminster. We’ll be looking in gardens, parks, allotments, school grounds and more. There are around 60 butterflies on the UK list and, surprisingly perhaps, between 15 and 20 species can be seen each year in BS3, some almost everywhere and others only in particular places. A key feature for butterfly populations is the presence or absence of food for caterpillars. At this important stage the baby butterfly is very fussy about its food. For example, the holly blue caterpillar eats only holly and ivy, caterpillars such as red admirals and commas go for nettles. If these ‘weeds’ are not available, there will be no caterpillars and thus no adult butterflies. A key feature of the butterfly

observers is that several people who couldn’t tell their brimstone from their ringlet a few years ago are now confident ‘citizen scientists’. The group will also be monitoring moths and dragonflies/ damselflies. Our hedgehog group will continue to develop ‘hedgehog streets’ and map the distribution of this endangered mammal, while our newly emerging bat group gets to grips with our new bat detector. Lots of our members will be taking photographs of frogs, foxes and birds of all kind to share on our Facebook and Instagram and in our newsletter. For more information on how to join in, email mywildbedminster@ virginmedia.com.

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City farm set for revival Windmill Hill City Farm is partnering with a Hartcliffe organisation to revive a popular community farm in south Bristol. South Bristol residents will soon be able to visit Hartcliffe City Farm again thanks to a partnership between the Bedminster farm and Heart of BS13, an organisation which has been working on health and environmental related projects for over 30 years in Hartcliffe. Windmill Hill City Farm teamed up with Heart of BS13 to regenerate the site following an open invitation by the council for expressions of interest to take over management of the farm. The site, which closed its doors to the public at the end of February 2020, will keep its roots as a farm, remain free to the public and host many activities for the local community to get involved in. The revival of the farm will also create jobs, plus training and enterprise

opportunities. Steve Sayers, chief executive at Windmill Hill City Farm, said: “We are delighted to partner with Heart of BS13 and look forward to helping bring the site back to life. “There is a long way to go and a lot of work to be done before Hartcliffe City Farm can re-open to the public. We are confident that with the support of the local community, we will be able to make Hartcliffe City Farm a real asset to families in BS13 and beyond.” Plans for the farm will be shared with local residents this summer for feedback, before the site reopens. Some animals are still being cared for on site and will be transported to a new home when it is safe to do so. The council says the welfare of the animals is paramount, and that it is working towards a managed handover of the site.

Connecting through food By Charley Rogers Bristol Bites Back Better, a campaign based on building resilience through food, has released the results of its latest survey, with a particularly strong response from South Bristol. Initial survey findings by Bristol Bites Back Better, which aims to empower Bristolians to build a fairer, healthier and more sustainable food system in the city, show that 47 per cent of respondents would like to see more opportunities for communities to come together

through food. This could include shared community meals, group cooking, local food markets and local events, allowing people to share and learn about different cultures. The campaign is supporting the bid to make Bristol a Gold Sustainable Food City this year, and has received a particularly strong response from South Bristol. Find out more and join the conversation at www. goingforgoldbristol.co.uk/ jointheconversation/

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Action Greater Bedminster

Citizens to go to the polls in four elections this May South Bristol residents will be going to the polls next month (May) to vote in four elections. Elections will be held on Thursday, May 6 for the Mayor of Bristol, the Combined Authority Mayor (for the West of England), the Police and Crime Commissioner and the local elections. In the local elections, which were due to take place last May but were delayed because of Covid, will see 70 councillors elected across 34 wards, including Southville, Bedminster, Knowle and Windmill Hill. Citizens will be able to vote three different ways: • Polling station – citizens will be able to vote in person at the polling station on their poll card from 7am to 10pm. Staff are taking precautions to make sure that polling stations are Covid-secure, including one-way systems, social distancing, face coverings and sanitising. Voters will also be invited to bring their own pencil if they prefer. • Postal – voters can apply for a postal vote from now until 5pm on Tuesday 20 April • Proxy – where you can ask someone to vote on your behalf either at a polling station or by post. Returning officer for Bristol elections, Tim O’Gara, said: “The council have been preparing


to make these elections Covidsecure so that all electors can take part safely and confidently. I would urge citizens to make sure they’re registered to vote at their current address and decide which method of voting they prefer early on, all of which will be safe.” The deadline to register to vote is midnight on April 19 April 2021. You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you're unable to register online, you can apply by post. You can download the relevant forms by visiting: www. electoralcommission.org.uk/iam-a/voter/register-vote-andupdate-your-details You should not attend the polling station if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have been asked to self-isolate. If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, you will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote – where someone you trust can vote on your behalf. If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you do not need to take any action. If in doubt, you can check with Electoral Services on 0117 922 3400. Read the next issue of the South Bristol Voice to see which candidates are standing in your area in each of the elections.

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ction Greater Bedminster (AGB) has been working with the community development team at Bristol City Council, as well as Windmill Hill City Farm, Fun 4 Families and the Sanctuary, to reach as many people in Bedminster and Southville as possible to help create a community manifesto for the Whitehouse Street neighbourhood. Writing the manifesto is the first stage of plans to bring new homes, jobs and community spaces to the area, which lies between the railway line and the New Cut. So far, over 120 community surveys have been completed and nearly 100 comments have been left on an interactive map of the area. Local people are also signing up to an email newsletter that will bring them the latest news on the project as it progresses. Two public meetings have been held with the community, alongside meetings with local groups and organisations.

Ellie Freeman, chair of AGB, said: "We want a cross section of local people to have a say in this development from the start. "We'll be collating all the feedback during April to reflect the community’s thoughts and ideas before producing the manifesto. Please keep checking the website for the latest news and how to be involved as the project progresses." Check whitehousestreet.com for the latest information.




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A south Bristol vaccination story By Charley Rogers If 2020 was ‘The Year the World Stood Still’, then hopes are that 2021 will be ‘The Year the World Got Vaccinated’. I was lucky enough to receive my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine in February at Knowle West Healthy Living Centre. It was a smooth and easy experience, from the moment my partner and I arrived at the centre, to the moment we left. Approaching the centre, signage was clear and frequent, telling us where we could park, and the evident barriers outside the entrance to the centre itself meant it was easy to see where to go. I barely had to queue to get inside; there were a couple of people ahead of me – we were all masked of course – but the line moved quickly and within a couple of minutes a volunteer at the door had taken my name,

given me my vaccine card (which became important later) and directed me to the registration table. The inside of the centre was set up to allow for multiple vaccination stands, all spaced at least two metres apart. A very friendly British Red Cross volunteer directed me to my station, where again, the staff were incredibly nice and relaxed. I was also pleased to learn that one of the staff members was actually from my own GP practice. A lovely coincidence, and a great opportunity to make a connection – something that’s been severely lacking over the last year! The vaccination itself was quick and painless. I am not a fan of needles, I must say, but this one genuinely did not hurt. The nurse administering the dose was quick and skilled, and it was over in seconds.

The overwhelming memory from the day, aside from the monumental feeling of being part of a defining moment in history, was the sense of community and togetherness. I was lucky enough to speak with British Red Cross Covid delivery manager for the South and Channel Islands, Lucy Hays, who happened to be volunteering at Knowle West on the day. “Each vaccination centre is different,” said Lucy, “and that’s a really lovely reflection on how each of the centres has been set up to best serve their local community”. The British Red Cross has volunteers stationed at vaccination centres around the country, not only to help direct people to where they need to go, but also to offer a friendly face, says Lucy. “We’re there to help put people at ease – you never know how someone feels about

Charley outside the vaccination centre in Knowle West the vaccine. It’s a true privilege to be able to help those people who perhaps need a bit of support to overcome their worries or anxieties to make sure they can get in and be safe.” The whole process – including the 15-minute wait after the vaccination – took less than half an hour. It really was a pleasant experience, and I was reminded both that a community coming together can achieve great things, and that a smile really does travel beyond a mask.

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Local History

Life as a junior shipping clerk, continued ... We continue our serialisation of Memories of a Bristol Boyhood by Knowle resident John Fletcher. John delves into more detail about employment as a junior shipping clerk and how paying crew members after their voyages was a particularly risky aspect of the job!


s a junior clerk, I was expected to help out in all sorts of situations which would not occur these days. One of these was to assist the cashier in ‘paying off’ crews at the end of the voyage. A typical voyage of a New Zealand shipping company vessel in the 1940s to 1960s could last as long as seven or eight months. It would commence loading at Newport and Swansea with the heavy steel/tinplate cargoes and then proceed to take general cargoes of all types at Glasgow and Liverpool. The sea voyage of about 12,000 miles would require one stop for refuelling. The cargoes would be discharged at Fremantle (Perth), Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and finally Brisbane. The empty ship would then cross to New Zealand to load mainly frozen produce, at Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and other smaller ports and then return to discharge at Glasgow, Liverpool and finally Avonmouth. The three senior officers controlling the ship were the Captain (Master), the Chief Officer (Mate), and the Chief Engineer. These three were the only people paid by the ship owner directly to their banks. Other officers and ratings (between 40 or 50) were paid off in cash as very few, if any, would have a bank account. Before leaving the last port before Avonmouth, the Purser/ Chief Steward would phone our office with the rough estimate of cash required, and the number of crew to be paid. We would then work out a breakdown of the cash to ensure we had sufficient change and then arrange for the bank to supply the cash as required. The total was usually between £7,500 to £8,000 which today would be nearly three hundred thousand pounds. These days, health and safety requirements would call for all sorts of security to accompany cash of this nature to be picked up in central Bristol and transported to a ship in

Avonmouth dock, but in the late 1940s, our cashier supported by me, a teenager, would use a taxi from the rank, ride to the bank and pick up the pre-ordered cash in a leather suitcase and instruct the taxi driver to take the 8 miles to Avonmouth dock. If that part of the job appears hazardous, the next part was sometimes even more fraught with possible disaster. Because the crews were anxious to get away as quickly as possible, we would be required to join the ship in the port entrance and not wait for it to be taken to the berth, secured and the gangway put in place, which could take more than an hour. Boarding a ship in the Locks may not seem much of a chore but these vessels are quite large and as most of the cargoes had been discharged at previous ports, the ships were very high in the water. So to climb up a dangling rope ladder with wooden slats swinging against the sheer iron side of a ship in an exposed

location with a winter wind blowing is not that easy. Especially as the case with not all that secure locks containing a vast sum of money is being hauled up on a rope with just a simple knot and is banging against the ships side.

The 'pay-off' ritual

The ‘pay off’ itself followed quite a formal ritual. As the Master had total control of discipline, he was able to apply sanctions for misbehaviour, usually loss of pay or fines. If the seaman considered he had been wrongly or harshly treated by the deduction from wages, he was able to consult the representative of the National Union of Seamen who came on board before the payoff took place. There were several other officials present at a payoff; one was the representative of the Shipping Federation who was able to issue travel warrants, but the main man was the Official of the Board of Trade. He was in charge of the ‘Articles of

Agreement’, a legal and official document which covered all aspects of contracts between ship-owner and seaman, which included minimum standards of accommodation, food, working time and conditions, and many other items. The officer or seaman signed on the Articles as soon as he joined the ship and signed off when he received and agreed his pay slip and received his cash from us. The only difficulty in counting out the cash was that the highest denomination note was five pounds. These were large white notes three times as big as our current ten pound note. The problem was that the quality of the paper used for these notes varied tremendously. Some were as fine as silk and others were almost as thick as cardboard, so one had to be very careful not to

The five-pound notes in use until 1956 were printed in black (on one side only) on white paper. They were rarely owned by ordinary people and it was usual for a trader to ask for name and address to be written on the blank reverse side

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Local History count two very thin notes as one. The five pound note was not in everyday use with the general public and it was quite common for shopkeepers or traders to ask the person paying with it to write their name and address on the back of the note, a practice which led to some notes looking very worn and tatty.

Lascar seaman

A junior clerk was expected to turn his hand to almost any odd job that came about. One of these was to look after the transportation of Asian seamen who had been hospitalised but whose ship had sailed by the time of discharge. A number of ship owners who traded with Asia, particularly India, made up their crews (apart from officers) with these seamen (called Lascars) that could number between 50/60 per ship. When a lascar came out of hospital, it was quite usual for his ship to still be in the UK, most often either Manchester or Liverpool. My jobs would entail buying a rail ticket, going to the hospital by taxi, arranging a pack of sandwiches for him (ensuring the filling complied with his religious requirements), tying a label to his coat giving his name, the name of the ship he was joining, and the rail station at which he would be met. The next step was to get him to the station and on to the correct train. Quite often the same train served both Liverpool and Manchester with the front carriages for Liverpool and the rear ones for Manchester. These were separated at Crewe. It was essential to get the seaman into the correct seat and then locate the guard, give him a small tip and ask him to check that the seaman stayed where he was seated. Usually the Lascar had little or no English, but I well remember one older man who could communicate quite well. I had taken him to Temple Meads station and was expecting him to be impressed by the magnificence of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s masterpiece. He was not at all impressed and told me how much bigger and more splendid were the rail stations of Bombay and Calcutta. It is only in recent times when I have seen several television travel programmes on the subject of Indian railways that I can appreciate how right he was.

News in Brief A great escape

One more light-hearted incident I will relate, although it did not involve a ship for which we were agents, was in respect of a cargo of Eastern African animals which were sent over to replenish the stocks of various UK zoos. A variety of animals had to be transported in large cages and stowed on deck during the voyage. There were a wide range of antelopes, impalas etc. plus rhinos, young giraffes and a dozen or so monkeys. Quarantine regulations were very strict and none of the animals were allowed to ‘put foot’ down on the dock. Unfortunately somehow half a dozen monkeys managed to escape from their cage in the dockside cargo shed. These sheds were very large with high steel gables near the ceiling. All the large sliding doors were immediately closed and more than a dozen dockworkers tried in vain with nets and poles to knock the monkeys down from the overhead rafters. The monkeys made the most of their freedom, having been caged in the voyage of three or more weeks. Eventually sense prevailed and a supply of fresh fruit was placed in an open space on the floor with a large cargo net suspended above, which was released as they gathered to eat.

Basic equipment

It is hard to imagine how basic an office was in the late 1940s with no mechanical or electrical equipment (apart from the telephone). There were some ready reckoner books but they were all but useless for the type of calculations required in a shipping office in the pre-metric era. A table of sterling weights and money, together with a typical calculation is included as an appendix in the last pages. Each facet of shipping entailed differing types of calculations. The freight (cost of transportation) levied by the ship owner to the cargo owner, besides being expressed per ton weight for heavy items, would change to cubic measurements on lightweight cargo, based as 40 cubic feet to equal 1 ton weight. The measurements for cases and cartons with standard length, height and width measurements were easy to calculate, but adjustments were needed for casks/drums and a different allowance for barrels. Luckily there were ready reckoner books

to cover these calculations. H.M. Customs & Excise called for duty to be paid on importations and this was levied in one of two ways. One was ‘ad valorum’, or a percentage of the value. The second was ‘specific’ which was based on either the weight or quantity of gallons for liquids. The Port of Bristol Authority employed a collector of dues (Gerry Shipton during my time) whose full time job was manually checking calculations. NEXT MONTH: Leisure time, boys' club and night school, 1946-1951

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Poetry festival returns with reconnection at its heart A poetry festival, featuring Windmill Hill resident Beth Calverley as Festival Poet, is set to return this month, but in digital format. Lyra - Bristol Poetry Festival has been able to go ahead after receiving funding from Arts Council England and will take place from April 14 to 25. Themed around reconnection, the festival will include readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, a lecture, a film screening, and a poetry slam, and will feature local, national and international poets, such as Dizraeli, Malika Booker, Phil Kaye, Travis Alabanza, Caroline Bird, Edson Burton, Vanessa Kisuule, Will Harris, Bristol’s City Poet Caleb Parkin, and many more. Almost half of the events are free to watch on Crowdcast, with workshops being held on Zoom. Beth Calverley, who is the founder of The Poetry Machine - where Beth works with people to put their thoughts and feelings into poetry - is this year's festival poet. Beth has a long track record of using her poetry to address vulnerability and loneliness and, over the past year, has been able to bring help and comfort to others. She will engage in further outreach

Windmill Hill poet and founder of The Poetry Machine Beth Calverley is Lyra's Festival Poet for 2021. Photo by Tamsin Elliott work throughout April with Bristol’s local community groups, writing in response to their local parks and green spaces. There will also be a public call-out for poems about local parks and green spaces, so be sure to follow Lyra’s social media platforms to stay updated. Co-directors of Lyra, Dr Lucy English and Danny ‘Craft-D’ Pandolfi, said: “We’re

delighted to be able to offer this digital festival at this particular time. Many people have missed that feeling of sharing in the enjoyment of live art, but at the same time the influx of digital events has, in many ways, connected us more so than ever before. “It has also made live poetry accessible to those who once faced barriers to this experience, and accessibility, inclusivity and representation are at the heart of what we believe poetry should be about. “This year’s festival theme is Reconnection, exploring ideas of community, collaboration and inclusion, as we find ways to reconnect to each other, to our shared histories, our local communities and our environment. “Lyra aims to present and promote poetry in as many formats as possible, and this year’s programme of 16 events includes live readings, spoken word, poetry slams, writing workshops, panel discussions and a film screening, as well as a special workshop exclusively for NHS workers.” For more information about Lyra Festival 2021, visit: www.lyrafest.com. You can also follow the festival on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @lyrabristol.

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Carol teams up with Chihuahua for charity walk A local care home worker and her pet Chihuahua are due to complete a 100km walk, in aid of Dementia UK. Residents at Four Seasons' Osborne Court care home in Bedminster have been getting behind activity coordinator, Carol Ellis, who is taking part in Dementia UK’s March Dog Walking Challenge. At the time of printing, Carol had already completed half of the challenge with her four-legged friend Boo, and hopes to raise funds for the charity which is very close to her heart. Carol said: “My nanny has dementia and I work closely with a resident here at Osborne Court who is living with dementia so raising money and awareness for Dementia UK means such a lot to me. “The charity trains Admiral Nurses who give specialist support for families and help

them to live more positively despite the challenges that a diagnosis of dementia can bring.” On March 20, the home held a fundraising tea party to mark Carol and Boo’s first 50km and local companies including Avon, The Body Shop, FM Fragrances, Makes and Bakes by Rachel, Ken’s Kitchen and Usborne Books donated raffle prizes. Domino’s kindly delivered pizzas for everyone at the home and Carol baked lots of cakes to help raise even more funds. Resident, Joyce Wood, said: “We are all so proud of Carol and Boo for taking part in this challenge and are delighted to support them to hopefully help raise lots of money for this fantastic charity. Carol has been telling us all how much Boo is enjoying all her walks and how excited she gets when she says ‘walkies’! Once the pandemic is over we’re all looking forward

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Covid risk greater than for blood clot


ome commonly used health phrases really do not always convey the message intended very well. One phrase in particular, Benefit Outweighs Risk – especially when used in a blanket way to explain emotive or conflicting information - can be most unhelpful. Some countries suspended using the OxfordAstraZeneca vaccine as a precaution following reports of a few people suffering blood clots after recently receiving the jab. About 17 million people in the EU and the UK have received a dose of the OxfordAstraZeneca vaccine. With less than 50 cases blood clot cases reported, none of them reported in the UK; this is why the World Health Organization and UK drugs regulators have all said there is no evidence of a link between the vaccine and the cases. They all believe that the risk posed by a COVID infection is definitely much greater. According to Thrombosis and Haemostasis’s journal, blood clots of this sort will typically occur 192 times weekly in the general population.



Ade Williams of Bedminster Pharmacy discusses how pharmacies can help people with a variety of health conditions, and ease pressure on the NHS This is much higher than these suspected vaccine-related cases. AstraZeneca said its review of data had found no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia, in any defined age group, gender, batch or in any particular country. As a health care professional, like other NHS colleagues, we are all ever mindful of our responsibility to never harm but always make sure that any actions we take are safe and guided by sound evidence.

We can never be mandated by the Government or any vested interest to carry out any action we believe to be unsafe or flawed. So to be clear, we continue to encourage everyone eligible to book their COVID vaccination appointment quickly; rest assured that we are not just service providers doing as told. Your health and wellbeing are always paramount across all NHS settings. This last year has shown just how far we are all willing to go to protect you. The reason Bedminster pharmacy set up a Vaccination Clinic, with the support of our community, was to help navigate us all out of this crisis. We will immediately stop offering the vaccinations if we believe anything is unsafe or untoward. So if you have any questions about the COVID vaccinations, please give us a ring on 0117 9853388. We are constantly updating our knowledge, and our professional insight is always available.

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In witch I go on an adventure

s there is nothing much to do, I decided to clear my accumulated junk and make the dreaded trip down to St Philips Recycling Centre. This meant I could legitimately leave the house and venture further than Tesco, how exciting. It was early on a Sunday morning, I was confident it would be queue free. I smugly and quietly stuffed my car with rubbish and set off. Oh dear. The queue snaked around the block and some. I settled down for the wait. Turning off my engine like a good green person does. Three hours later and I was within sight of the Centre. The cars in front shuffled up and I turned the key to join them. An ominous clicking greeted me. Oh. My. God. I had left my lights on full beam whilst singing along to the radio and the dashcam had been recording the chap in front preening (it had made me chuckle).

I was not THE WICKED laughing now. The WITCH OF battery was KNOWLE drained and the colour from my face joined it. I called Himself. He was in the middle of a critical beer brewing process and could not rescue me so he sent eldest boy child. I waited, watching Preening Boy disappear around the corner and avoiding the curious stares of my fellow tippers edging past. Every now and then I crossed my fingers, scrunched up my eyes and turned the key, pumping my foot on the accelerator. If I willed with all my might it would produce a spark. Of course, the engine stayed dead. A woman got out of her car and asked if I was ok. That was nice. She pulled alongside and

told me that she had some jump leads but no idea how to use them. I replied that I, too, was clueless but it couldn’t be that hard. She opened her boot and then wrinkled her nose. “Ahh,” she said, looking pained, “they are under all the junk I’ve brought”. We had a little laugh and marvelled at how long the queue was. She told me that she had turned up the previous day and had just reached the gate when they shut them. Ouch. On a positive note, she had started reading War and Peace on her first trip then finished it on the second – happy days. Eldest tootled up and squidged onto the pavement. We connected the wires. He started his car and I stood watching. He looked at me. I

looked back. He frowned. I smiled. Ohhh, I needed to start the engine. How was I supposed to know that? It immediately fired up, he shook his head and shot off. I kept the engine running, ignoring the signs screaming not to and reached ‘Hello My Friend’. This chap is always working and I love him. He is full of cheer and everyone is his friend, even the angry ones. Hello My Friend told me that people started queuing at 6.30am. Wow. He also said that some people turn up with just one bag of rubbish. Another wow. Although I don’t think they are mad. A trip to the tip is a welcome adventure in these mad times. fdsfa

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BS3 Community News New defibrillators for south Bristol


S3 is now a safer place to live and work, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a local man and the charity BS3 Community. Over the past few months BS3 Community has been working with local volunteer, Simon Brookes to fundraise for two new defibrillators. Simon Brookes who is passionate about making sure every community has access to a defibrillator set up a Just Giving fundraising page for the charity to encourage donations from local people and businesses. They have now reached their target of £3,700 thanks to online donations and very generous cheques given by Bristol Charities, Beauley Motors, Northwood Letting Agency, and the Rotary Club of Bristol South. The defibrillators have now been installed on the outside of the two community centres that the charity runs, the Southville Centre on Beauley Road in Southville and the Chessel Centre

on Chessel Street in Bedminster. BS3 Community is now planning some free training for community members on how to access and use the machines in an emergency. Simon Brookes said: “We want to say thank you to everyone who donated to this fundraiser and shared information about the campaign, literally you are all lifesavers.”

Magic! Club creates show for children


embers of the BS3 Community’s Monday Club for older people have been partnering with Tessa Bide Productions, a theatre company based in south Bristol, to create a new show for children called ‘The Magic Snow Globe’. When it is safe to do so, the finished show will be premiered for the pupils of Headley Park and the children will enjoy the story about how a magical snow globe whisks a young girl off to a snowy land for an amazing adventure.


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Review by Ruth Drury Funny Bums, Freaky Beaks and Other Incredible Creature Features by Alex Morss and Sean Taylor is simply brilliant. The information, the illustrations (by Sarah Edmonds) and the animal choices are wonderful, showing a wide array of animals from the largest to the smallest of creatures. What is so fantastic about this book is that not only are there so many creatures mentioned which are often overlooked in animal books, but your children will be able to wow their friends with plenty of fart, poo and bottom facts about the creatures they already know about! Our favourite page was the one where we learned that wombats poo in cube shapes so their poo doesn’t roll off their territory as easily!

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World champion shares her story in running book A runner from Southville has featured in a new book showcasing remarkable stories about people who run. Anne Dockery, who is in her early 70s, is one of 88 to participate in the book and share her story about taking up running at the age of 55. Anne began running after being diagnosed with the lung condition bronchiectasis and at 70, she became the World Duathlon Champion. The book called 'Running Stories' has been created by authors Jerry Lockspeiser and Andrew Roberts and includes fascinating and moving experiences of runners of all ages, speeds and backgrounds. Each participant has used running to overcome adverisity, prove a point or achieve wellbeing. Revenue from sales of the book will be donated to The Running Charity in support of their work with homeless young people. Anne said: “We must stop

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age being an artificial barrier that inhibits the desire to become fitter, stronger, more adventurous. I am probably more willing to have a go at things now than I was in my 40s, and I have never been happier.” The book also includes a useful section for people considering taking up the sport. Jerry Lockspeiser commented: “We created this

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Sanctuary status for Oasis Connaught

n VICTORIA Park's community garden volunteers, who are working on the community flower bed opposite the park's play area, are calling on members of the public to donate plants and paving slabs. They can be left on the path at the back of the bed, with labels if necessary, or brought to the community garden on a Thursday between 2.30-4pm.

A primary school in the heart of Knowle West has received an abundance of praise this week after they were accredited with the School of Sanctuary status, and will hold this title for the next four years. Schools of Sanctuary is a growing network with more than 300 primary and secondary schools all committed to supporting the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK, creating a culture of welcome, and raising awareness of the issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers. During the application process the academy had to show and highlight how they would engage and work with sanctuary seekers. Oasis Academy Connaught model and set high aspirations and expectations for every child and young person and member of staff, including striving for personal as well as academic success and achieving outcomes that drive social mobility, and

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give everyone freedom of choice through their lives. Zak Willis, Teacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding at Oasis Academy Connaught, said: “We are very pleased to have been presented with a place of safety award by the City of Sanctuary movement for our ongoing commitment for each and every child in our care, which is at the heart of the Oasis Academy Connaught ethos.” To achieve the ‘School of Sanctuary’ status you must

visibly demonstrate that you provide an inclusive space for children while also establishing an environment that celebrates cultural diversity, and Oasis Academy Connaught has done just that. The academy supports its pupils, staff and the wider community to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary and to extend a welcome to everyone as equal, valued members of the school community.

n ASHTON Vale Primary School is looking for governors who can bring new skills and expertise to their governing board. The school is particularly keen to hear from anyone with a background in education. If interested in becoming a governor at Ashton Vale Primary, email the clerk to governors at: LGBClerk@ashtonvale.bristol. sch.uk or visit the school website and governors’ page for further information: www.ashtonvale. bristol.sch.uk/

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