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• FAMILY DAYS OUT SPECIAL FEATURE P15-21 Anita Rani and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall with local people in North Street launching ‘Our Plastic Feedback’ as part of BBC One series ‘War on Plastic’ Ditch single use plastic! This was the ‘feedback’ that local residents had for supermarkets when presenters of BBC One’s War on Plastic, Anita Rani and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, came to film on North Street last month. The TV hosts were filming for the final sequence of the last episode of the three-part documentary series, which aired at the time of South Bristol Voice

going to print on Monday, June 24. The segment of the show, which is set to star dozens of local people and traders, coincides with the launch of the show’s ‘Our Plastic Feedback’ initiative which encourages people to feed their single use plastic back to the supermarkets. People were filmed, with Anita and Hugh at the forefront,

marching up North Street from the Tobacco Factory, wielding their pieces of plastic, inscribed with messages to the supermarkets. Anita and Hugh’s message to the cameras was clear: “It’s time for a plastic revolution, it’s time for a real change. It’s time to show the supermarkets how


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‘Residents’ parking woes are North Street joins BBC hosts being ignored’ - councillor in crusade against plastic


Continued from page 1 we feel. Over the next seven days, let’s give them our plastic feedback.” It has been widely reported that every year, thousands of tonnes of single use plastic waste are produced by supermarkets. Also, around a third of the plastic purchased in the UK is from supermarkets. Speaking to the South Bristol Voice, Anita said: “We wanted [to film on] a street that reflected an average British street with lots of shops and a nice community feel to it. “Anyone can join ‘Our Plastic Feedback’. Supermarkets say ‘give us your feedback’ but does anybody really do it? So, we’re saying to people, take a piece of single use plastic that has come from your supermarket, write on it what you think they should be doing with plastic and give it back to them.”

Hugh told the South Bristol Voice: “It was a fantastic turnout and brilliant to see so many people out on the streets supporting ‘Our Plastic Feedback.” Lidia Rueda Losada, one of the founders of the zero-waste shop, Zero Green in North Street, attended the filming. She said: “Supermarkets have the power to change people’s behaviours. If they are going to sell products in plastic, people will buy them.” Veronica Pollard, from Southville, said: “It’s just so bizarre that food has to be wrapped in plastic. I just wish supermarkets would stop using it.” Bill Roberts, from Long Ashton, said: “Supermarkets need to stop and think, ‘what are we doing?’. I wish we could just do away with all plastic.” Photos of the filming can be found online at

A Southville councillor has criticised the council for its delay in responding to residents’ despair over parking in the area. The results of a survey, which indicated that 72 per cent of residents living in BS3 have parking issues most, or all of the time, were presented to the council in March. However, a response to residents’ woes has still not been received. Cllr Stephen Clarke says that the council needs to act urgently as “people’s lives are being impacted” by match day parking and displaced parking, as a result of Southville’s existing parking scheme, which operates north of North Street. More than 1,200 shared their views as part of the survey, carried out between November 7, 2018 and February 1, 2019 by market researcher Matt Gibbs of rateBS3 – a local independent research organisation. Match day parking is particularly problematic for residents, with 70 per cent saying that it is an issue. Several people surveyed also said that parking is so bad that

they are selling their home or considering moving out of the area. Overall, 56 per cent of residents would support a parking scheme, with 82 per cent calling for the scheme in some parts of Ashton. Cllr Clarke said: “There is still no response from the Labour administration about the increasingly desperate pleas from residents at the edges of the Southville parking scheme for help with their situation around parking and road safety. “It’s not acceptable that 82% of residents in the area south of North St said they desperately needed a parking scheme to protect them from overflow from the Southville scheme but they are being ignored. “We do not understand this delay; it is clear that something needs to be done urgently as people’s lives are being impacted.” South Bristol Voice contacted the council for a comment, however, we were informed that ward councillors would be able to advise further. A statement was not forthcoming.

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Argos site earmarked for apartment blocks

by Amanda Cameron BBC LDRS reporter Plans for three apartment blocks in the middle of Bedminster have been revealed, but there are questions over how many of the homes will be affordable. Local developer Firmstone has submitted plans for 49 apartments on the site where Argos used to be. But the company says it cannot make as many of them affordable as the city council expects, because that would “severely impact” profits. The development, which would also contain a shop with living quarters and a business unit, would contain a mixture of one and two bedroom flats spread over three blocks. The tallest block would replace the old Argos building on East Street and the warehouse to the rear. It would be three storeys high on East Street, up to four and

five storeys towards the rear, and contain the shop and business unit on the ground floor. The other two blocks would reach four storeys and occupy the car park further back on Herbert Street. These two blocks would contain most of the 28 twobedroom apartments in the development and share a garden area. Bristol City Council requires 30 per cent – or 15 – of the units to be affordable. But a viability assessment found that “the inclusion of affordable housing would have a severe impact on the viability of the development”, according to the application. “The provision of policy compliant affordable housing is therefore not possible.” The proposed development has around 80 secure cycle parking spaces and space on the ground floor of each block for the

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storage of recycling and rubbish. Only six car parking spaces are provided, and these are at ground level of the block on East Street which contains mostly one-bedroom apartments. The planning application describes the location as being “highly walkable” and boasts that the limited number of car parking spaces will “limit the amount of journeys made by car”. Solar panels will be installed on the roofs of all the blocks and the energy stored in batteries on site. The proposals will create “desirable living and retail accommodation within a highly sustainable location”, the application states. “The design has been developed with input from the local community, Bristol Urban Design Forum and Bristol City Council officers to fit in with

the urban scale and character of this part of Bristol and make a positive contribution to the immediate area,” the application states. The applicant is David Piell, a director of 66 East Street Limited, which was set up in 2016 to buy and develop the site. 66 East Street Limited is a holding company for Firmstone, the local family development firm that is already converting the former DSS office block above St Catherine’s Place shopping centre, on the other side of East Street. That conversion, into ‘Catherine House’, a development of 52 flats, looks set to kickstart the much-vaunted and controversial regeneration of the area around St Catherine’s Place and Malago Road, with a series of different developments on a number of different sites either side of the main road.

The winter lantern parade is coming - and your help in needed It may be summer now, but the group behind Bedminster’s annual lantern parade is already preparing for winter. Organisers say however, the three month project can only go ahead if sufficient funds are raised by the end of July. This year they have set up a brand new Community Lanterns Fund and people can donate by PayPal - every £1 counts! Volunteers from the group will also be visiting local businesses along the parade route for donations and sponsorship. Already Andrews estate agents, Barcan Kirby solicitors and Mark’s Bread have pledged their support as well as the Bedminster Business Improvement District. BWL chair Malcolm Brammar said: “Our message is clear, BS3 it’s down to you. If you want another spectacular community event this winter please make it happen by making a donation into our online bucket before the end of July.” Organisers are hoping to start the project in local schools and community centres this autumn with a parade date still to be finalised. Details about how to donate are online at

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East Street set to undergo major facelift Illustrations depicting a new vision for East Street are set to be unveiled this month. The designs, drawn up by architects Purcell, who are based in Bedminster Parade, are a result of various consultation events and surveys carried out with local people and an identified need to revitalise the area, which is said to have suffered a “progressive post-war decline”. Among the feedback, there was strong support for an active night-time economy, a child-friendly environment, a community hub, high street essentials, independent retailers and good transport links. In a report by Purcell, compiled in response to feedback, it states changing retail patterns and “ill-judged” planning decisions in East Street have resulted in reduced footfall, loss of big stores such as Argos, high levels of shop vacancies, a “crippling” lack of investment and a rise in anti-social behaviour, among other issues. The high street will also have to meet the needs of the many new residents who will be accommodated in the impending local developments, such as Bedminster Green. At the time South Bristol Voice went to print, the proposals for East Street were being finalised with the Bedminster Business Improvement District (BID) team. But the ideas that can be shared include integrating street art along the high street, extending opening hours, widening pavements to include market stalls, external seating

East Street in its current state. It could soon be looking much different and play spaces, creating space for street trees, raised beds and ‘pocket parks’, creative workspaces and event spaces, additional storeys to allow for new residential accommodation, and bin shelters. A cost has not been confirmed for the project, but the BID team says that it could be funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) – money paid by developers to support the development of the area – or through the government’s Future High Streets Fund initiative, which is worth £675m. Residents will be able to view the illustrations at the East Street Fair on Saturday, July 13 and will be published in the next issue of South Bristol Voice. Simon Dicken, BID chair, said: “The BID has been going for six years and from the beginning, one of the highest priority projects and biggest investment for us was to find a way to upgrade East Street without losing the essence and DNA of

what it is. “We need to put the pedestrians first on a street where buses are managed better to make it much more attractive for shoppers and walkers to move around and encourage them to stop and relax. “We want to make it a more vibrant and attractive street; in particular, more relevant to younger people who complain the street doesn’t appeal to them. “We wish to bring a bit more colour to the place through street art and a comprehensive tree planting scheme that would see every bollard replaced with a tree ideally. “This is early days but with a clear vision in place Bedminster will be much better placed to attract some of the increased funding that is being invested for high streets either as a result of new developments in the vicinity

or national funding. “We hope to share some of our exciting ideas of possible ‘before and after’ images of the street with you in these pages next month and will be hosting a consultation event on East Street in July.” BID manager, George Grace, said: “I think people are a bit jaded hearing about fading high streets. “But I’m afraid things are likely to get worse rather than better for places that don’t work really hard to improve and stay relevant. “The rate of closures on high streets is increasing whilst the rate of openings is slowing down – it doesn’t take a genius to realise that this is doubly bad news for places like East Street. “Next sectors to go are banks and travel agencies followed by fashion and even restaurants where the likes of Deliveroo are opening centralised kitchens on industrial estates for multiple restaurant brands in order to cut out visits to the high street entirely. “But we can respond - not through price or choice even as the internet will always be more efficient. We can respond by creating a really good shopping, leisure and community experience. “We need to freshen the place up and start to appeal to a wider range of businesses and customers who will hopefully come more often and stay longer.”

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by Amanda Cameron BBC LDRS reporter Bristol’s ruling Labour administration have admitted that they are putting their latest clean air proposals out to consultation without fully understanding their impact. The local authority has been ordered by the government to submit plans to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants in the city’s atmosphere as quickly as possible. Bristol City Council has already missed two deadlines and risks a hefty financial penalty if it misses a third. So it is starting a public consultation in just over a week’s time despite not having all of the evidence it would like around the effects of its proposals on pollutant levels and public health. Mayor Marvin Rees told a packed cabinet meeting on June 18: “We are all bound by the government’s directive that we have to reach compliance in the shortest possible time. More details will come as we begin to

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Clean air plan criticised do more detailed work. Our aim is to get going as quick as we can.” The public will have six weeks from July 1 to comment on two options for reducing the city’s dangerously high nitrogen dioxide levels to legal limits. The options – an eight-hour ban on diesel cars in the city centre, or a “medium sized” charging zone for all polluting vehicles except cars – were revealed by Bristol City Council in June. But questions from campaigners and opposition councillors exposed gaps in the council’s understanding of the theoretical impact of their clean air proposals. Lib Dem mayoral candidate Mary Page called the onsultation a “tick-box exercise” while Knowle ward councillor Gary Hopkins called it “a bit of a sham”. The council has promised the government it will identify its “preferred option” and submit its outline plan business case by the end of September and its full business case in December.

Disappointment as maze is vandalised for tenth time A community project has been heartened by the generosity of local people after its treasured berry maze was vandalised – for the tenth time. Around 20 of the posts used to support the maze’s raspberry plants were broken, leaving the Malago Greenway Project, the initiative behind ‘Berry Maze’, feeling “frustrated and disappointed”. However, when a post was shared on social media about the damage, the local community were quick to respond and at the time South Bristol Voice went to print, more than £330 had been donated in just five days towards repairing Berry Maze. It was due to be restored in time for the Get Growing Trail on June 22, where the project hoped to give tours of the maze and allow the public to pick its berries.

It is the tenth time that the maze, made from 250 berry plants, has been vandalised since it was planted in November 2017. Much time and effort has gone into transforming the 850sqm piece of land, and it has since become a natural hub for local school children. Jackie Smith, the chair of the Malago Greenway project said: “The vandalism at the Berry Maze is so frustrating and disappointing, not only for the volunteers but also for the local schools who have been supporting this project.”

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Have your say on council plans to make parks ‘cost neutral’ by Keri Beckingham A consultation has been launched by Bristol City Council in regards to the future management of sports facilities in the city’s parks. Following a previous public consultation on options to make savings from the parks budget, in May 2018 the council made the decision that in the future, sporting activities taking place in parks must be cost neutral. As part of the new six-week consultation, residents are being asked to share their views, as new ways of covering the maintenance costs of cricket, bowls and football facilities hired from the authority on a pay and play basis or per season, are explored. The options that people will be asked to consider include whether the council should invite interested third parties (such as sports clubs) to operate and

maintain facilities, or continue to manage facilities with an increase in hiring and charging fees to cover costs. The opportunity to suggest alternative ideas on how to operate facilities at no cost to the council will also be available in the consultation. Within our area, the three local parks affected by the consultation are Ashton Vale playing fields (football pitches only) in South Liberty Lane, Greville Smyth Park (football pitches) and Redcatch Park (football pitches). Commenting on the consultation, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am very committed to supporting sport in Bristol. We have ensured that the provision of sport in Bristol’s parks is sustainable but the current situation of it being heavily subsidised by the council while a reduction to parks budget

Help is at hand for people in debt by Keri Beckingham A local church has set up a debt centre in South Bristol to support people in crisis. The CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Debt Centre has been set up by Severn Vineyard Church and covers four postcodes in South Bristol: BS3, BS4, BS13, BS14. CAP is a charity that was set up in 1996 by John Kirby, who had also struggled with homelessness and debt, and helps tens of thousands of people in hardship across the

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Greville Smyth park playing fields is required is no longer a tenable position. “This is not only an issue facing Bristol, but councils nationwide and I would encourage everyone to contribute to the consultation with their feedback.’’ For full details on the

UK each year. Rachel Goodchild has been employed by Severn Vineyard Church to set up the service. She said: “I have been trained by CAP as a Debt Manager and Debt Coach and to help support people in crisis. “The CAP debt service is completely free, a plan is worked out to suit each client and a contract is signed to allow CAP to communicate with creditors etc. We find a lot of people have no feeling of hope in their situation and often contemplate taking their own life. Thirty-five per cent of people who contact CAP, seeking help, are suicidal and have completely withdrawn from society.” The centre is currently operating out

consultation and specific details about the three options the council is proposing, visit: BristolParksSports. Comments should be submitted by Tuesday July 9.

of Severn Vineyard Church offices, the Powerhouse, on Feeder Road, but they are looking to move to Bishopsworth, above the Job Centre in the near future. In order to use the service, clients needs to self refer, and CAP are keen to reinforce that although they are a Christian organisation, they are open to anyone from any faith background or people who have no faith at all. If you would like more information or would like help out of debt, please call the friendly CAP new client enquiries team: 0800 328 0006 or visit: www.

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Postcards could hold the key Two postcards could have a “significant bearing” on a police investigation into the murder of Shelley Morgan, who disappeared 35 years ago. Shelley (pictured, below), who was born in America but lived in Dunkerry Road, Windmill Hill, was reported missing on June 11, 1984. A passionate artist, Shelley, 33, had planned to spend the day sketching and taking photographs in Leigh Woods after dropping her children off at school. But she was reported missing when she failed to pick

her children up or return home. Several months later, on October 14, her body was discovered at Backwell Hill. The Major Crime Review Team (MCRT) has now released new information relating to Shelley’s death, including images of two postcards (pictured, right) and the camera used by Shelley that has never been found. Shelley’s large, patchwork shoulder bag, carrying her camera and equipment, has never been found. Neither has her clothing and red-framed glasses she was wearing that day. The tear-off postcards are from a calendar sold by the local Bristol Hospice charity in the 80s or 90s and are linked to the areas where Shelley was heading on the day she disappeared and where her body was later discovered. Police would like to speak to anyone who may have bought the calendar or kept the tear-off postcards with these specific images. DS Sarah Barnston, of the

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MCRT, said: “We remain of the belief that Shelley’s killer must have had access to a vehicle and may have had links through work or other associations to Backwell and possibly the Leigh Woods or Clifton areas of Bristol. “Our latest re-investigation has identified new material of interest which may have forensic potential, utilising the latest scientific techniques. We’re keeping Shelley’s family updated on any progress. Her sister recently flew over from the USA to meet some of our team and we’re as committed as ever to solving Shelley’s murder and bringing the person or people responsible to justice.

“It’s impossible to imagine the pain and anguish Shelley’s family have felt over the years and understand the impact her murder has had on her two children, who’ve been left without a mother for the majority of their lives.” If you have information relevant to this investigation, call 101 or visit: www. contact-us

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Cash for street party ... with hopes event will be annual An Ashton Vale street party is set to go ahead again this year ... and will receive a £1,470 cash boost. Grassroot Communities, based in South Bristol, is one of 12 organisations to receive the money from the Wessex Water Community Fund, managed by Quartet Community Foundation. The community interest company will be using the funds – which aim to bring communities together across the West of England – to support residents of Silbury Road with organising their second ‘Growing Streets Together’ street party. A spokesperson from Grassroot Communities said: “We cannot wait to support our core group of local Silbury Road residents to organise and deliver another show stopping community-led street party. “This year’s event will again involve some fun and wacky warm up activities to bring local people together and help get their ideas for the main event.

“Also, in our second year we are supporting the core group to suggest and connect with other local businesses such as Wessex Water who may want to volunteer and support the event. “Growing Streets Together - Silbury Rd could become an annual, action-packed event firmly cemented on the Ashton Vale calendar bringing people together.” This year’s Silbury Road street party is set to go ahead on Monday, August 19, from 6pm. If you are an interested local business, Ashton Vale resident or community group, contact Grassroot Communities via email: info@ or on Facebook: @GrassrootCommunitiesCIC The Wessex Water Community Fund opens for applications once a year and will re-open this autumn. For more information visit www.

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Bedminster’s newest ‘zero carbon’ homes Three super low-energy homes have been unveiled in Bedminster and the organisation behind the development hopes that it will be a ‘model for future social housing in Bristol’. The timber frame homes in Philips Street were unveiled by Somewhere Cooperative Housing Association on June 6, and members of the public were invited to a special talk and a tour around the properties. Bristol City Council’s cabinet member for housing, Cllr Paul Smith, also attended and cut the ribbon to the new development, launched in the year that the tenant-run co-op celebrates its 40th anniversary. The three properties are now rented by co-op members – rent is affordable with low running costs. A 10-kW solar roof will power the homes and an airsourced heat pump will provide hot water. With the help of its residents, the development was designed by architect Taus Larsen, who specialises in low-energy housing, and built by Earthwise Construction. It has taken five years for the development to come to fruition, with work starting on the site last year. The three residents will be sharing a communal bike store, laundry room, visitor’s bedroom and the heating and ventilation system. The development adjoins 101 Philip Street, which, during the 1980s, received an eco-makeover to create ‘The Future City Home’ – a demonstration home run by

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the co-op that has since become the Centre for Sustainable Energy. At the launch event, Trevor Houghton, a tenant of one of the new homes, said: “These homes have been a long-time in gestation – it’s remarkable to be standing here after all this time.” Another tenant, Marian Connolly, said: “This is a demonstration of ordinary people working together to create truly affordable, decent homes for themselves. “We have been involved in design and management of the project and even done some of the unskilled building work. “This development is a model for the future of social housing in Bristol; housing that is low rent, cheap to run and controlled by the tenants.” Taus commented: “By designing and building in such a way we have virtually eliminated the need for space heating to keep the homes comfortable. The PV roof should generate enough green electricity over the

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Council cabinet member for housing Cllr Paul Smith cutting the ribbon to the new eco-homes, pictured with architect Taus Larsen, Ben East from Earthwise Construction and new tenants course of the year – meaning the building should effectively run as ‘zero carbon’. “This not only contributes to the necessary decarbonising of our communities, but also provides energy security and very low energy bills for the residents.” The tenants thanked Cllr Paul Smith, who has supported the co-op with securing a low-cost lease to build the homes. The development has been financed through the co-op’s own reserves and a mortgage from Triodos Bank. Somewhere Housing Coop has 14 housing units in South Bristol, providing homes for over 20 members, making it the oldest and largest housing co-op in Bristol.

Draft plans to develop the city’s largest household reuse and recycling centre in South Bristol were revealed last month. The centre is earmarked as an extension of the existing Hartcliffe Way street cleansing depot and will cost £4million to build. It is being built as part of the mayor’s commitment to develop a third recycling centre in Bristol and will be funded by the council. Bristol Waste’s reserves will afford improvements to the office facilities for the street cleansing team. A pre-planning event was held on June 11 at the facility where locals were able to view the draft plans and provide feedback. The centre is proposed to open seven days a week, with pedestrian access to a reuse facility where members of the public can acquire unwanted, reusable items. A third lane is proposed to improve flow throughout the site and new bridges will be built to improve access. South Bristol Voice was unable to obtain the visual plans, but these will be available to view when the final proposals are submitted to the council at the end of July. More details can be found at: whats-happening/pre-planningevent-hartcliffe-way-reuse-andrecycling-centre

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Excuse us, foxes ... we’d like our garden back now Left: Zoe and her daughters, Millie and Amber by the tunnel (pictured, right) dug by the family of foxes. Below, right: a cub poking its head out of the tunnel

An Ashton family’s hopes of being able to enjoy their garden this summer have been scuppered after the arrival of some unexpected guests. A family of foxes moved in under the Hunt family’s composite decking over a month ago and have been causing quite a nuisance in the garden ever since. Zoe and husband Dan renovated the garden last year, installing new decking, artificial grass and play equipment for their two daughters.

But the foxes have dug a tunnel out from under the decking, destroying a section of their new grass in the process. They have also been excreting on the grass, which Zoe says smells awful and has put her family off using the garden. Zoe says there were originally eight foxes – six cubs and two adults – but one of the cubs sadly drowned in the paddling pool, leaving the children traumatised and not wanting to use the garden. The other adult has not been seen in some weeks.

After seeking advice about the problem, Zoe was informed that the family are likely to stay until the cubs are old enough to move on. Zoe said: “I came home late one night and there was lots of noise in the garden. I looked out the window and there was a whole family of foxes, and our garden ornaments and the children’s toys were scattered everywhere. “It was all well and good for a little while – they were very cute and fascinating to watch. But

we’re all just a bit over it now. They’re wrecking the garden and we want to go and sit outside without it smelling of poo, quite frankly.” Zoe says that two of the cubs are very inquisitive and often come close to the conservatory windows. This is not the first time that foxes have taken up residency in the Hunt family’s garden, and Zoe suspects that the adults could possibly be the cubs from three years ago.


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The power of flowers Flowers are our medium of communication and healing. They are all of the light and the dark, and everything in between. They help us hold and capture the immeasurable, the untouchable, the things we feel but can’t see, the things we know but can’t express. They create a home, and we hope you find a bit of home at Floriography by Vera Fallacy. We do everything flowers, and connection. We are open 6 days a week you are always welcome. We do all the usual flowery stuff and more. You’d have to explore to find out a bit more . Contact Floriography by Vera Fallacy on Facebook, Instagram, phone 01173292720 or email vera@

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Malago Rd developer in bid to quash fears by Amanda Cameron, BBC LDRS reporter A property developer behind a London block of flats labelled a “death trap” has plans to build and manage seven tower blocks in Bristol. A2Dominion applied for permission to construct the high-rise development in Malago Road, Bedminster, in January. Its application, still to be decided by Bristol City Council, promises “high quality” social housing and student accommodation. But in February it publicly apologised to residents of one of its buildings in south west London after they posted photographs on Twitter of watersoaked electrics, black mould and severe damp. One resident of the social housing Clyde House in Wandsworth labelled it a “death trap” and expressed her fears that it would become “the next Grenfell”. She claimed the problems at the six-year-old building – which reportedly included vermin, repeated lift breakdowns, flooding from cracked water pipes, and exposed and sparking electrical wires – stemmed from leaks that began three to four years ago. A2Dominion promised to fix the problems after local Conservative MP Justine Greening called the conditions “totally unacceptable”. The company’s director of residential services, Steve Michaux, told the Local Democracy Reporting Service,

An artist’s impression of the the Malago Road development that Clyde House was an “isolated incident”. “We are taking urgent steps to rectify the issues to ensure this does not happen again,” he said in a written statement. “Our proposals for Malago Road are to create high quality student accommodation and affordable homes which will be both built and managed directly by A2Dominion. “We will have full management responsibility in regards to the repairs and maintenance of the buildings, ensuring we are able to provide a responsive service to our residents.” More than 100 people have objected to the company’s plans for the site of the former Pring and St Hill factory on Malago Road. The proposals for the seven tower blocks, which would stand

between eight and 12-storeys high and contain a total of 49 social housing units and 550 student beds, have been branded “brutal and ugly” and “oppressive”. The plans are part of an extensive redevelopment scheme at five key sites in Bedminster Green. Local councillor Charlie Bolton, Green representatives for Southville, said he does not support the Malago Road development, although he has not formally objected to the application. Cllr Bolton said he has objected to the scale of the overall development in the area, however, and was “deeply frustrated by the way Bedminster Green seems to be panning out”. Fellow Green councillor for Southville Stephen Clarke, who sits on a council planning

committee, said he may have to vote on a decision about the application so has a duty not to make a decision in advance. A Bristol City Council spokesman said A2Dominion’s application for the Malago Road site was still being considered by officers who would make a recommendation before it goes before a planning committee. “All relevant planning issues are considered before the officer report is published and before the development control committee makes a decision on the application,’’ he said. A2Dominion worked with the council and the University of Bristol to develop the housing scheme before submitting a planning application in January. The company already owns and manages 557 student homes for the university at Deans Court, St George’s Road, and Woodland Court, Clifton. Mr Michaux said: “We have worked with the university over the last 16 years and we will be looking to continue this long standing relationship once Malago Road comes into management. “As a residential property group, we are committed to improving people’s lives through high quality homes and services. “We reinvest our profits into building new homes and supporting the communities where we work.” Information submitted along with A2Dominion’s application shows it manages a total of 831 homes in Bristol and has another 118 in development.



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his year is the 100th anniversary of the Act of Parliament which made housing by local authorities a national responsibility. Bristol is proud to be the only major city commemorating this landmark by celebrating our oldest estates built following the Act and the people who live in them. This is also an opportunity to look at the future of council housing across the city. The 1919 Housing & Town Planning Act, known as the “Addison Act” after the Minister for Housing and Health Dr Christopher Addison, resulted in the first significant period of council house building in the UK. This was in a response to the housing crisis experienced in the country after the First World War and an aspiration to build a country fit for returning heroes. Sea Mills saw the launch of the Homes for Heroes 100 project, a unique collaborative programme of events and activities taking place across the city. The suburb hosted a birthday party for the Addison oak tree that

was planted on 4 June 1919 by Dr Addison and the Lady Mayoress. The following weekend saw a community-led festival and the unveiling of a heritage trail around the estate. The very first houses constructed under the Act are in Hillfields. The events here have a uniquely architectural focus on the types

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and styles of home built. The local community, including pupils at Minerva Primary School, will be part of a varied programme of events showcasing the variety of houses and to raise awareness of the significance of the suburb in the creation of modern housing for all citizens in Bristol. Knowle West Media Centre and the Architecture Centre are also participating in the programme. But we are not just looking to the past; we have made house building in the city a key commitment, aiming to build 2000 new homes a year – 800 affordable – by 2020. In a ceremony to mirror that which took place in 1919, an oak sapling was planted in Ashton, south Bristol at a new housing development. This will provide 133 new homes, 40% affordable, for a new generation through social rented council houses. The sapling was kindly donated by a family in Knowle and marked the centenary of the Addison Act and to celebrate the future communities which will soon be living on the new site. For more information on all the groups involved and their projects go to the Festival of Ideas website


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Harbour fest line-up revealed

On Saturday, July 13, 10am – 5pm, East Street will host to a wide array of food and entertainment for all the family, as the East Street Summer Fayre returns for a fun day celebrating everything that Bedminster has to offer. The East Street Summer Fayre will feature a selection of local food and drink traders serving up some of the tastiest snacks and refreshing drinks to keep you going throughout the day. Expect to see food stalls from Stan Butt Butchers, Bubble Play Café, Viva La Mexicana and many more, while local pub, The Assembly will be setting up a mini bar. Lots of local businesses are set to get involved, including St Peter’s Hospice who will be out in force celebrating their birthday, giving visitors the chance to grab a slice of cake from their stall. Other additions

Bristol’s flagship event, the Bristol Harbour Festival returns to the city on July 19 to 21 featuring familiar favourites, new attractions and filling the harbour with three and a half miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers. Showcasing the city’s incredible maritime heritage, the historic floating harbour takes pride of place during the weekend, celebrating its rich history with free, family-friendly activities programmed on the water’s edge. Leading Bristol into the biggest weekend of the summer, Colston Hall will present two one-off gigs on Bristol’s Harbourside. On Thursday, July 18, legendary British band New Order will take the stage while ska pioneers The Specials kick off the weekend on Friday, July 19 as part of their 40th anniversary tour. Stretching from Underfall Yard on Cumberland Road to the city centre and Queen Square, there will be something for everyone from dance, food markets, live

East St summer fayre returns include Pets Palace, who will be selling all their wonderful handmade products, and local favourite, Trylla will be setting up for a day of community fun with a lucky dip and all your in store favourites. There will be plenty to keep the children busy, with a bouncy castle, didi car racetrack and face painting, while visitors can sit back, relax and enjoy the perfect family day-out atmosphere. With food stalls and entertainment announcements still to be made, the line-up is evergrowing and shaping up to be the perfect family day out. If you are interested in getting involved then get in touch with Olivia from Bubble Play Café on 079834568663.

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bands, demonstrations, family entertainment and daredevil stunts. For 2019 the West of England Combined Authority has announced that it’s extending its 5G Smart Tourism project, kicking off at this year’s Harbour Festival. Details are still to be announced. Bristol Harbour Festival is the city’s free flagship family and cultural event, has grown to become Bristol City Council’s largest event. It showcases the city’s talent and heritage, promotes the city as an attractive place to live or visit, boosts the local economy and is accessible to diverse communities as well as being economically and environmentally sustainable. For more information see www.bristolharbourfestival., or visit @Bristolharbfest on Twitter, @BristolHarbourFest on Instagram and www.facebook. com/bristolharbourfestival


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Summer in the Stone Age

Experience the Stone Age for yourself from July 20 to September 1 in the prehistoric landscape of Cheddar Gorge & Caves. Walk in the footsteps of your ancestors and learn about Cheddar Man, Britain’s oldest, most complete skeleton was discovered in Gough’s Cave. Watch the story of early man unfold with the caves walls as a canvas for the multimedia experience Dreamhunters at Cox’s Cave. Get into the cave man spirit with Stone Age dress-up, make your own thumb clay pot and brass rubbings of prehistoric creatures such as the woolly mammoth. Visit the Museum of Prehistory to view artefacts discovered in the Cheddar area, meet a hunter-gatherer in the Museum's Garden and see demonstrations and much more. All of this is included with your Day Ticket. Book online at and save up to 15%.


Spectacular shows on board Set sail with Brunel’s SS Great Britain this summer to catch breath-taking performances from The Invisible Circus, every day from Saturday 20th July to Sunday 1st September. Witness exhilarating stunts and aerial displays as performers fling themselves from the rigging and passengers juggle luggage, telling the story of life-changing voyages on board the world’s first great ocean liner. For the entire holiday, The Invisible Circus will commandeer Brunel's SS Great Britain, taking over the historic dockyard. With five shows a day (11am - 3pm), the Summer Spectacular will bring the ship to life like never before. Spanning a breath-taking spectrum of performers, spectacles, stagecraft, storytelling and dreamscapes, The Invisible Circus have produced shows everywhere from regency theatres, festivals and circus big tops to old fire stations and industrial facilities. During summer, while exploring one of the most important ships

in the world, families can meet Mr. Brunel, get up close to objects from the archive and for those who are brave enough, climb the rigging 15 metres above the deck with Go Aloft! Tickets to Brunel’s SS Great Britain cost £17 per adult, £10 per child (5-16 years old) and under 4s go free - buy online at for a 5% discount. Tickets are valid for unlimited return visits for 12 months.

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Climate action at We The Curious It’s all about action to limit climate change at Bristol’s science centre this summer, with a packed programme of workshops, storytelling, poetry and art activities exploring how we can protect our precious home. Families can be transported to some of our planet’s most breath-taking but at-risk habitats in augmented reality experience REWILD Our Planet, create fantastical machines to harness renewable energy in the Tinkering Space and take their taste buds on a journey to discover the stories behind some of our favourite foods in the Kitchen. Artists Ella Good and Nicki Kent continue their quest to build a Martian house in The Box gallery, prompting conversations about how we can live more sustainably in the here and now, and throughout August, poetry trailblazers Apples and Snakes will be inspiring visitors of all ages with some adventures in spoken word. The full summer programme begins 24 July. Visit for more information, details of Planetarium shows and to book tickets. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm during Bristol school holidays.

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n FAMILY DAYS OUT SPECIAL FEATURE Wind and rain but lots of laughs for kids Review Gangsta Granny Compass Point School by Ruth Drury In the middle of Compass Point school field, on a drizzly Bristol evening, sat well over 200 happy people, watching a Heartbreak Productions performance of Gangsta Granny. Putting the field to great use, the PTA organised this treat for the locals while raising funds with a bbq and Bar. The children of all ages sat captivated at the cast who performed with music, song, electric scooters and plastic piping. The cast encouraged audience participation and the nearby audience definitely enjoyed the bowl of cabbage soup thrown at them, not to mention the many dance lessons taught by the fabulous Flávio, played by Danny

Milwain, who was ‘amazing’ . The frequent windy moments from Gran, played by Gina George, kept the children smiling from the very start with a lovely relationship between ‘Ben’, played by Darryl

Hughes and his Granny. The many roles played by Rachel Dussek were all memorable and individual - a great talent. Similarly with Edna and Granny played by Gina George - my

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Start your summer with a bang There’s a whole world of science discovery waiting to be explored at Mad Science Camp! Join us for one of the best school holiday experiences available, with awesome venues across Bristol this summer – including our purpose built, kids’ science lab, MadLab in BS11. Each camp day provides an immersive experience for kids aged 5-11 to get stuck into our unique, interactive experiments. With different topics and themes to explore daily, no two days are the same! Mad Science Camps guarantee to excite and engage your little ones, they have so much fun they forget they’re learning! Building catapults and having fun with forces. Become inventors, junior engineers, architects and archaeologists. We give them full access to our crazy chemistry lab as they create reactive concoctions and gooey slime with our certified Mad Scientists.



n Passionate about the arts in South Bristol? BS3 Community They’re sure to have an absolute has been working with South blast! Inspire them with a summer Bristol Arts to help take forward full of science at Mad Science Camp. the much-loved SBA art trail For more info, visit - and they are looking for an or call enthusiastic individual to project 01792 348205. manage next year’s event. To express an interest in the position, send a proposal (no longer than one side of A4) setting out what you could bring to the role, ideas for increasing the trail’s financial sustainability, as well as your proposed project management fee to info@ The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday, July 12, 12pm.

Special parties for your little ones The Milk Shed in North Street provides a cosy environment for parties, toys for little people, coffee for the big people, ideal for all celebrations. Various party options available, we will be flexible to meet your needs and make your party individual and special. Contact us to discuss your requirements and make the party you've been planning a reality.

n The Southville Centre is looking for artists to display their work in the café at the community centre, run by Kate’s Kitchen. They have a 2-month slot available starting in September 2019. The charity charges a very modest 20% commission and that goes towards its invaluable community development projects. Contact nadine.bright@ for more information. n If you provide unpaid care to a family member or friend with an illness or disability, you could be entitled to a Carers Emergency Card. It is free to apply and not only does the card ensure the safety of the person you care for, but it also gives you access to free or reduced entry and discounts at lots of local attractions, leisure facilities and local businesses including: Southville Deli, East Street Fruit Market, Mack

Daddy’s hairdressers and Hennesseys Coffee Lounge. Darren Jones, who sells fruit, veg and flowers at East Street Fruit Market said: “We want to give back to the community and hope our 10% discount can make a real difference for local carers.” To find out more visit Carers Support Centre website www. n BS3 Wildlife Group is encouraging local people to keep an eye out for slow worms. The group is collating information on the protected species’ whereabouts and how widespread they are, and encourages anyone who spots them, to make a note of time, place, numbers and any other useful or interesting information. Your sightings can be reported to the BS3 Wildlife Group via their Facebook group, by email mywildbedminster@virginmedia. com or via the Southville Centre. n Gurt Lush Choir is celebrating its 10th birthday with a series of concerts this summer - one of which is right here in South Bristol. The popular choir, founded by Bristol musical legend Sam Burns, will be supported by its younger sibling Bristol MAN Chorus and will be playing at St Paul’s Church in Southville Road on July 13, 7.30pm. The choir is best known for its fearless and enthusiastic embracing of different musical styles and genres from a kaleidoscope of cultural origins. To order tickets, visit: gurtlushchoir/275005

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n LIFELONG LEARNING FEATURE Tea, biscuits and Spanish!

Rosana Jacks Teira set up Bristol Spanish in Brislington in September 2009. Now in its tenth year, Rosana teaches Spanish to people all over Bristol, of all ages and abilities in her big, bright kitchen. Her dream was always to have a little language school in ‘posh’ premises, but students rave about how lovely it is to have class in somebody’s home, where you get a cup of tea and as many biscuits as you like! Rosana believes in building a solid grammar foundation so in her classes you will get the necessary grammar and essential conversation practice, in a friendly, fun and supportive environment – she has a knack for making grammar fun! Rosana has taught people from ages 15 – 70 and can say from experience that age has nothing to do with a person’s ability to learn! A celebration of Bristol Spanish’s ten years will be taking place on Saturday, 21 September 2019 at St Cuthbert’s Church, Brislington. Details will be posted on the Bristol Spanish website! Bristol Spanish | 07746387674 |

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LETTERS and provide your postal address.

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A lot less clutter BS3 Street Wardens would like to thank traders on North Street for a significant reduction in street clutter. Every month or so we undertake a Clutter Patrol in stretches of BS3 as part of the Let’s Walk Bedminster project. We are sometimes accompanied by a police officer and representatives of BCC or Bristol Waste Co. Our group itself is composed of local people, including some with poor or no sight, wheelchair users and buggy pushers. Our last two Clutter Patrols were along different parts of North Street. There were a few issues, but it was much improved compared to a year or so ago. We spoke with several traders and all were very friendly and keen to make it safe, easy and pleasant for everyone to move along the street. Keep it up! I’m sure traders in other routes such as West Street, East Street and Bedminster Parade

are also doing their best to make our shopping area accessible to all. Bedminster’s residential streets are also improving, but some are still blocked with cars on pavements, overhanging bushes and badly stored recycling bins. We’ll see as we undertake more Clutter Patrols. For more information about Let’s Walk Bedminster and the BS3 Street Wardens, contact, meanwhile, please check that the footway outside your house or shop is easy to pass along. Dorothy Greaves

It’s getting worse I would like to support the comments of Rachel Hall in the letters section in your most recent edition. More people are being squeezed in to Ashton, Bedminster and the surrounding vicinity. The area is already becoming a worse place to live and is only set to get worse. It is time the

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I am wondering how this nonsense of advertising the proposed new development at the Old Brewery, Ashton Gate as being the gateway to Southville can be allowed! The site is in Ashton Gate, the football ground (Ashton Gate Stadium) is within view, the local primary school is Ashton Gate Primary. The new development will be in Ashton Gate, not Southville. If it is so easy to change boundary lines, for what I can only imagine is financially beneficial to the developers, then my address is no longer Bedminster, I will be in Clifton, Stoke Park or even Westminster! North Street, from Hen and Chicken down towards Greville Smyth Park, used to be known as the village in Ashton Gate. Bristol City Council, planners

I was interested to read in the mayor’s column of the proposal to provide “35 new portable kiosks and other supporting hardware” for Bristol libraries. I support all initiatives to promote the use of communal facilities. With my engineering background, I undertook some complicated mathematics and worked out after extensive effort that the kiosks are just over £20,000 a pop. Are they goldplated? The mayor, at the end of his column, suggests contacting “your local councillor” and The Voice provides details of how to do so. If you were to provide details of how to contact the mayor directly on his views, I would have a much higher regard for him rather than his hiding behind councillors. Dr Peter G Hale, address supplied

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Concerts set to return next summer at Ashton Gate Whether you went to see Rod Stewart, Take That, Muse or Spice Girls ... or maybe you were lucky enough to see all four ... it’s fair to say that these pop and rock legends put on spectacular shows. So much so, organisers at Ashton Gate have confirmed that they are looking to put on another series of summer concerts next year ... bingo! No names have yet been announced, but the stadium says that it is currently in talks with a number of promoters and that next year’s line-up will be announced over the coming months. More than 100k fans flocked through the turnstiles of Ashton Gate across the four dates, putting BS3 solidly on the map as a destination for big international artists. Rod Stewart was the first to kick-off the series on May 22 with everyone’s favourite classics, followed less than a week later by Take That who blew away an audience of 30,000-strong with their greatest hits. Next up was

Muse with their show-stopping performance on June 5, and finally Spice Girls, who, despite torrential rain, spiced up the lives of every single fan in the stadium. A spokesperson from Ashton Gate Stadium said: “We are looking to hold another Summer Series of concerts next year. “We are currently in talks with a number of promoters and hope to reveal another great line-up for in the coming months.” So, while we wait with bated breath over who will entertain South Bristol at Ashton Gate next year, South Bristol Voice readers have been sharing who they would like to see take to the stage (see page 25).

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Above, Left: Rod Stewart looking the part in his leopard print jacket. Above, right: Jess Glynne supporting Spice Girls. Right: Take That wowing the crowds with their notsalgic 90s dance moves

‘Having a good time’ with the Spice Girls Review Spice Girls - Spice World Tour Ashton Gate by Ruth Drury Wow - what a performance! Despite the puddles, the wind, the constant rain, the Spice Girls gave us all a real show. The tour, which ended on June 15, was supported by the amazing Jess Glynne who worked the crowd well and sang brilliantly in her vibrant costume - a great solo performer. The Spice Girls opened with a solid favourite, Spice Up Your Life, and closed with the crowd pleaser Wannabe. Baby, Ginger, Scary and Sporty gave us a fabulous mix of their greatest hits, spread throughout the evening to keep us on our feet, dancing in the rain. A couple of sound issues did nothing to ruin the excitement and the love shown between the Spice Girls and their loyal fans.

Beautifully choreographed backing dancers filled time while costumes were changed, delighting the crowd with stunning costumes, strong moves and a lot of fun. The crowd particularly enjoyed the Argentine

tango, showing a love story between two male dancers. There was great banter between the girls and swearing aside, it was reassuring to see their personalities and relationship shining through.

All in all, a great end to a series of concerts at Ashton Gate, showcasing the facilities in South Bristol at their very best. The stadium is definitely worth a visit if you want a great evening to remember.

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Aimee Owen: Absolutely loved them! I went to 2 of the 4 concerts and each were amazing, well organised and quick and easy to get to and in to the ground. It was big enough to attract the big names but small enough to be close. Looking forward to it coming back next year, I’ll definitely go to them. Naomi Rogalska: We went to see Muse! The show was brilliant - getting home afterwards not so great and ended up relying on a very kind friend. Kylie would be amazing [to see] ... or some rock bands maybe. Acts you would like to see: • Coldplay • Robbie Williams • Elton John • Ed Sheeran • Jess Glynne • Kylie • AC/DC • Queen tribute band • Arctic Monkeys

Top, left: Muse and their impressive set. Below, right: Spice Girls in one of their many spectacular costumes, dancing in the rain

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nyway, I got a job at the BRI recently (on something called ‘bank’). It means that I have been both walking Charlie and cycling to the Bolton hospital from Green Southville on a daily Southville basis. Both methods of travel cause me problems. If I walk, I find I cross the cycle lane in 4 places. First, on Prince St - the pavement just grinds to a halt as you turn into the centre. Second, as you approach the road across the middle (connecting to Baldwin St). Third, immediately over this road - I turn left (to cross to the bottome of Colston St), and fourth - going up Colston St. I’d add that - as a pedestrian, I also find the wait at whatever that new bit of road is, and at the bit at the top where you cross to the BRI excessively long (plenty of fume inhalation there!). If I cycle, the new bit of lane down Prince St - well, there are two

places where cars can turn right (across you). Then you have the melee in the centre, the indistinctiveness of the cycle lanes and the waits at the two roads. You also have a slightly odd route which sends you across the centre, down the side and then back down to the middle. I did ask the mayor about making the cycle routes more distinctive, but - as usual, he took no notice. If they were it would help people know which bit is for which group (but wouldn’t help with the need for the two to cross each other’s bit). But I am aware that there is a maintenance cost. I don’t have a solution to this both groups need to be tolerant of each other’s needs, but the cyclists need to understand that it can be intimidating especially for older pedestrians or those who are more vulnerable). Go slow please! (Most do, btw). Pedestrians might try to work out where the cycle lanes are, and keep out of them, unless they have no alternative. Beyond that, all ideas willingly listened to!


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ime to tackle the tricky question of airport expansion. For those of you who don’t know, Bristol Airport has Stephen submitted a planning Clarke application to Green expand the airport Southville passenger numbers by an extra 23,600 flights a year and has plans to double in size in the medium term. To my mind this is a terrible idea. Bristol has declared a Climate Emergency and set a target to be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2030 so we should certainly not be giving support to a massive increase in flights. In addition, there are problems around toxic air pollution, increased car traffic, huge increase of car parking on Green Belt land, and additional night flights. All these issues will cause huge disturbance to local residents as well as the people of South Bristol (many of whom live under the flight path). The local people in North Somerset are very much against the

expansion; over 2000 people registered individual planning objections and many of the local Town and Parish Councils have also objected. Unfortunately, our Mayor in Bristol is very much in favour and has said so on numerous occasions. He talks about the ‘jobs issue’ which he thinks ‘trumps’ everything else. It is true that there will be some extra jobs across the whole of the region from the expansion but in my view, this just is not worth it. Instead, let’s get more sustainable ‘green’ jobs and take forward the great reputation we have for this in the UK and beyond. Just to be clear; I am not asking to close the airport or stop families having their holidays, this is about opposing a massive increase in air travel; mostly by frequent flyers. The airport already has existing permission to expand by nearly 1.5m extra passengers a year. Enough is enough! Come and meet me on the first Saturday of the month at 10.30-12 outside Southville Deli. It would be great to see you and chat about any council matters that concern you.

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n YOUR COUNCILLORS Bedminster Business rates The government has announced some changes to the way business rates are calculated which will be of Mark interest to the many Bradshaw small businesses Labour in our area. More Bedminster details can be found at: Bedminster’s High Streets Our local shopping streets are constantly challenged by changes in how people shop and the increased costs faced by business. It is important that these centres continue to support local needs. There is also a sense that the council and combined authority could be doing more to promote and enhance these streets. Obviously, there are limits to how national policy (such as on business taxes) can be changed by local councils, but more focus is needed, particularly where the council is itself a landowner or has a direct influence on services. Watch this space!


Metrobus Metrobus (M3) recently had its first anniversary, confounding many critics who said hardly anyone would use the new services. Some underestimated that the combination of brandnew routes, better ticketing, new buses and interchanges would be attractive to people using public transport, some for the first time. The Bedminster area is served by both M1 and M2 routes. There is more work to do in expanding the network. A big step will be when, and if, the combined authority (Weca) takes over responsibility for all Metrobus services as part of its integrated travel remit. I’ve also urged the Metro-mayor to hold meetings of his new Transport Board in public, just as its predecessor body did until 2017. Tory leadership It is hard to believe the remaining contenders when they all claim to want to invest in public services. They all had a part, together with Lib Dem ministers, in pushing ahead with austerity. The devastating cuts to public services has left a lasting impact on our community and city.


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ast month a scrutiny planning meeting was held to explore the topics for scrutiny over the coming Celia year. As vice chair Phipps and a member of Labour People Scrutiny, Bedminster we have a key role in delivering local accountability, transparency and involvement in decision making and improved outcomes for service users and residents. Scrutiny acts as a ‘critical friend’, providing support to make sure decisions are carried out correctly and sometimes recommending alternative or additional courses of action. Scrutiny has been a statutory requirement since the Local Government Act 2000. Scrutiny can be covered in a number of ways including meetings with officers, inquiry days, task and finish groups or conferences, often involving inter-agency working and partners from across the city and are held in public.

One of the areas People’s Scrutiny will review over the coming months will be the provision of services for children with Special Educational Needs. This will include scrutiny of the recent Ofsted inspection and associate improvement plan with a view to examining what can be achieved within a limited and inadequate budget. The council website has information, including Bristol’s SEND local offer, which explains which services are available and is an opportunity to give your view about services and suggest improvements. All councils must publish a local offer. Talking of children, the new fence has, at last, been erected at Ashton Vale Community Centre so the planning for the new play equipment can begin. We plan to meet with local families soon so that the early designs for the multi-use equipment for the under 5s can be shared. Some car parking will be retained and resurfaced. Drop in to see us on the first Saturday each month, at Mezzaluna on West St, 11-12pm or contact us via mobile or phone.

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ADVICE FROM A PHARMACIST Summer festivals are go - let’s get you ready for a great time


he weather may be unpredictable and the ticket prices eye watering but the line-up of festivals and performing acts this 2019 summer is really swell. Whether it’s Isle of Wight, Latitude, Reading, Leeds, or Wireless - attending a summer music festival is now a cultural rite of passage especially for many late teens and young adults. It is viewed as the ultimate status of independence; heading off to join fellow music lovers to enjoy your favourite bands live with time spent bonding with new people. So what are the top tips our pharmacy team of music lovers can offer those heading off to pulsating enjoyment and dancing:

Take care of your back: Make sure you get a sturdy and suitably weather shielded bag for your trip. How much you are carrying may vary but packing your clothes and larger items in a larger bag and having a sack for smaller items is a good thing. Consider the walking distances and commuting plans when choosing what to take and also think how heavy you want your pack to be.


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Take care of your feet: If the weather disappoints you may find yourself standing soaked in a muddy dirt-laden field. Your tent may also not have provided as much protection as promised. While it may not dampen the sway, or groove - the risk of nail and foot infections makes the trusty wellie boot not only a festival fashion item but a wise footwear choice. Comfortable and dry must win the day.

Cleaning wipes are a godsend, (preferably recyclable ones). With restrooms and washrooms shared by hundreds, you will find them excellent for time and convenience. Sun protection creams for skin are a must in dry and bright weather, likewise UV protecting sunshades. If you suffer from hayfever get effective symptom relief.

Take care of your skin, eyes and nose: Sun protection, moisturisers and sunglasses that protect against the sun rays are important.

Take care of your stomach: Eating away from home can be tricky.

Festival food can be a shock to your system so be prepared. Take probiotics ahead and during your trip to protect your tummy. Antidiarrhoea and oral rehydration tablets are great to carry along just in case. Increasingly festivals have also been associated with outbreaks of meningitis and cases of measles. Why not take a few minutes to check your vaccinations are all up to date? We can help, just ask or call us on 08007723575.

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with Revd Nick Hay, vicar of St Paul’s and St Aldhelm’s

s I write this the world seems a slightly scary place. Donald Trump is doing his thing, Brexit is rumbling on, Theresa May has resigned and we don’t seem to have a functioning government. Climate change carries on, despite the best efforts of extinction rebellion, rough sleeping and homelessness seems to be getting more of an issue Regular services

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

n Bedminster Church of Christ 298 St John’s Lane, BS3 5AY Minister Jason Snethen 07795 560990 Sunday 10am Bible Hour for all ages; 11am worship; 5pm worship; Tuesday 7.30pm Bible study; Thursday 10am Coffee morning; Friday 3.45-5pm After-school; 7-9.30pm youth group. n Bedminster Quaker Meeting House Wedmore Vale BS3 5HX Clerk Chrissie Williams 0117 923 0020 Sunday Worship 10.45am; 2nd & 4th Sunday Children’s meeting; 2nd Sunday Shared lunch.

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and by the time you read this there will probably be loads more to add to the list. I don’t know about you, but sometimes, if I’m honest, I feel pretty depressed by all this stuff. Being a follower of Jesus really connects with this though. For me it means at least two things. 1) As a follower of Jesus I don’t need to panic. I can place

my future in his hands, no matter how crazy the world is, he is my security, my hope and my rock. 2) As a follower of Jesus, I am called to do my best to make this messed up world more like heaven. Whether it’s prayer or action, I believe we are all called to engage and to be peacemakers, healers and hope givers. So... God bless you.... and stay positive! Lotsa love, Nick

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CELEBRATING 210 YEARS OF THE NEW CUT, PART 2 Success - but not always plain sailing n HISTORY

Last month we told how for almost 100 years, Bristol had been losing out to other ports because its huge tides made using the city harbour too difficult. Almost exactly 210 years ago, work was finished on the New Cut and the creation of the Floating Harbour. But the story was far from over, writes Paul Breeden


HE FIRST spade was dug in at 5am on May 1, 1804 to begin the construction of the New Cut. This vast channel, stretching 1.8 miles from Totterdown to the Cumberland Basin, was necessary to divert the enormous tides of the River Avon, which were proving such a problem to ships using the city’s harbour. Bristol had been England’s busiest port after London for much of the 18th century, but now it was losing out to Liverpool. Bristol’s quays were just too crowded, and ships had to wait too long to unload, which was only possible at high tide.

The New Cut would not solve all those problems. But it would make Bristol harbour into the largest area of safe, enclosed water for shipping in the world. The plan by famous engineer William Jessop was accepted by the city corporation and the Merchant Venturers, the city’s influential traders’ association, in 1803. An Act of Parliament authorised a new company, the Bristol Docks Company, to raise £300,000 (about £2 billion today). Then the hard work began. The bulk of the labour was done with pick, shovel and barrow, by upwards of 1,000 men, many Irish and Scots.

A RIOT? WHAT FUN! THE WORKERS on the New Cut often entertained themselves at the Bull pub in North Street, Bedminster (now the Steam Crane). There were frequent fights here between locals and the Irish. Nevertheless a huge, booze-fuelled party was prepared to celebrate the completion of the work. In a field between the Floating Dock and the New Cut, “about 1,000 workmen sat down to dinner, amidst a vast concourse of spectators,” reported the Bristol Mirror on May 13, 1809. The paper listed the menu as “two whole oxen, six hundredweight of plumb pudding, one thousand gallons of stingo, and other things in proportion. The beef and pudding were dug out in the New Cut style, and the ale flowed in canals.” “Stingo” was a heavy beer, twice as strong as the average ale today, at nine per cent alcohol or more. And the 1,000 workers were provided with a gallon each – that’s eight pints – just for starters. When a cart laden with more beer arrived, the

Loxton drawing of lock gates: Totterdown lock provided a shortcut for smaller vessels to access the Feeder canal from the tidal River Avon, and onwards to Bath, the Kennet and Avon Canal and London. It was closed and filled in during WW2 to avoid the possibility of bomb damage which might cause water loss from the Floating Harbour system. This view looks up the Feeder towards Netham the tall chimney is the Netham monster, a 300 foot chimney, part of the Netham Chemical Works. A 90 degree turn to the left takes the waterway towards the city, where a narrow stop lock was once used to drain water for maintenance. © Bristol Reference Library It wasn’t much different from when Bristol’s first New Cut (the channel between the Watershed and Arnolfini) was dug in the 1340s. In 1804, however, there was gunpowder available for when the workmen struck rock. And steam engines were used to lift carts full of rubble out of the trench.

Irish commandeered it. But this upset the English workmen, and a major fight ensued. “At four o’clock the sons of Erin repaired to Marsh Street, and each providing himself with a sprig of shillela, sallied forth,” said the Mirror, treating what was turning into a full-blown riot with some levity. A shillela, or shillelagh, is an Irish cudgel, and Marsh Street in Bristol city centre was where many poor Irish lived. “At the bottom of Prince’s Street, the parties came in contact, and a furious encounter ensued,” the Mirror reported. “John Bull with his fists, and Paddy with his shillela, dealt and parried many a dreadful blow. What Paddy wanted in number, he made up in ferocity. “The conflict became serious, and even dreadful. It was, however, at last terminated by the interference of the police and the press gang.” “One man was taken to the Infirmary severely wounded, but we learn that he is likely to recover.” The press gang was usually found rounding up recruits for the Royal Navy. On this occasion, they were used as a riot squad.

The work was expected to take up to six years, but by the end of the first year more than a third of the budget had been spent – £120,000. A new Act of Parliament doubled the budget to £600,000. The investors of Bristol were approached again. Reluctantly, they stumped up the cash. The work continued, despite sniping from critics. On January 2, 1808, a defender of the project wrote to the Bristol Mirror, denying that the Docks Company was composed of councillors and other worthies seeking easy money. In fact, he said, some subscribers had thought the investment so risky they had pulled out, losing their deposit. Neither had the directors of the company laid off workers in order to invest in valuable land around the harbour for their own benefit. Perhaps it is not surprising that some believed that such a massive project provided ample opportunity for the great and good of the city to line their own pockets. Suspicion of the sometimes secretive Merchant Venturers, whose hand was always behind the city’s largest Continued overleaf

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n 1805, before the New Cut was finished, two innovative cast iron bridges were built by the Coalbrookdale Company at Bath Road (Hill’s Bridge) and Bedminster (Harford’s Bridge). Hill’s Bridge collapsed before it was finished, in 1806, killing two men. It was rebuilt in the same pattern, even though a fault was suspected. All was well, though, until in 1855 a runaway coal barge, the John, collided with Bath Road bridge. It crumpled immediately, throwing pedestrians, carriages and horses into the river. At least two people were killed – but it may have been more, as the tide was running fast. Police Inspector Alexander saw the barge sweeping “wildly” down the river, broadside on, threatening to demolish Bedminster bridge too. The crew did not appear to have much control over the barge, and didn’t have a rope out until he called out to them. A woman had been seen in the river but she sank before a rope could be thrown to her. But a “gentleman”, and a horse which had fallen in, escaped. Continued from page 31 trading enterprises, has been a frequent occurrence. Critics of the Floating Harbour feared it would never be built, and it would have been better to build a smaller harbour at Canon’s Marsh. Their criticism was undermined, though, in 1809, when, on time if over budget, the harbour was declared complete.



HE completion of the New Cut allowed Bristol to acquire the country’s largest tide-free harbour. But the next 210 years were not all plain sailing. The harbour fulfilled its purpose – it allowed hugely increased quantities of goods to flow in and out of Bristol, boosting the city’s existing industries and creating new ones. Sugar, tobacco and wine were among the most profitable imports, while coal, chocolate, paper, soap and leather were among the valuable exports. Bedminster’s coalfields were one of the fastest-growing industries. Bedminster was still a town in its own right, part of Somerset, and mining helped it grow from 3,278 inhabitants

Photograph of the remains of the bridge in the river, subtitle ‘Destroyed March 20th 1855’. Photograph by Victorian photographer Fred Little

in 1801 to more than 70,000 by 1901. Soon one of the harbour’s big failings became apparent. Sewage which had previously been carried out to sea now caused a mighty stink. When George III’s wife Queen Charlotte visited Bristol in 1817, she was trapped in her coach by the smell. The problem was worst in Bedminster, and when cholera struck in 1831 and 1832, this was the worst affected area of the city with hundreds of deaths. It took the genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel to solve the problem, in the 1830s designing the Underfall – a system of both deep and shallow sluices, still in use today, which flushed the silt out on the tide. Still, Brunel could do nothing

about the stench and dirt that South Bristol folk suffered from the new industries which now lined the New Cut – all of them, from mines to tanneries to potteries and glassworks, causing fumes, stinks and piles of animal waste. One tannery, Thomas Ware, is still there on Coronation Road, producing high quality leather in much the same way as 200 years ago (though without causing a public health hazard). But there was prosperity for some. In the 1820s Southville was christened, as grand houses were built on the banks of the Cut. The imposing St Paul’s Church was supported by the Merchant Venturers and Bristol’s wealthy. In 1873 Alderman Proctor Loxton drawing of lock keepr’s cottage © Bristol Reference Library

created Proctor’s Walk along Coronation Road, a grand promenade with ornamental trees and stone outlook points – which can still be seen through the undergrowth but are too dangerous to use. Where the river bent at Ashton was Clift House, part of the Smyth family’s Ashton Court estate (Riverside garden centre is there now). A railway line to serve the wharves was built along Cumberland Road in 1896, and in 1906 was extended to Ashton across the unique, double-deck Ashton swing bridge – which now carries the Metrobus. The harbour was flourishing, its entrances enlarged several times by Brunel and others to accept larger ships. But vessels also used the New Cut, braving the tides. Steamers such as the Marchioness took trippers from the river next to Bathurst Basin to Cardiff and Devon (The Bathurst basin itself was on the spot of Treen Mills, which had been Bedminster’s mill ponds, fed by the River Malago). Bollards and landing stages are still visible up and down the New Cut, evidence of how busy it was. The lock entrance at Totterdown allowed craft to enter the far end of the harbour, and also connect to the canal towards Bath.

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n HISTORY The docks and the New Cut were to remain active until after World War II – but change began long before. Bristol was hampered by the difficult approach up the Avon. Larger ships often went aground and in 1877 a new dock at Avonmouth was opened to cater for the biggest vessels.



ristol harbour didn’t stop bustling with shipping until the 1970s, although navigation of the New Cut had by then almost petered out. The Payne’s shipyard next to Ware’s tannery at Ashton closed in 1924, though the Brown family kept their boatyard at Totterdown bridge open until the 1960s. By the 1930s there was so little traffic on the New Cut that the Ashton and Vauxhall swing bridges were fixed shut. At the outbreak of war in 1939 it was decided that a direct hit on the locks at Totterdown or Bathurst could drain the harbour, so the gates were sealed shut. Now, the New Cut is scarcely used as a waterway, except for the odd brave canoer. But it’s not forgotten. The Friends of the Avon New Cut, or Franc, regularly muster volunteers to clear its banks of rubbish and look out for its wildlife. The lack of use has seen plants, birds and animals flourish. Herons and cormorants hunt for fish, and the mud isn’t as dead as it looks – in fact, it is a fertile home to marine plants and micro-organisms which support the bird and fish life. Higher up the banks are 90 species of flowering plants, including the rare ivy broomrape, which is found hardly anywhere else. Its creamy flowers, visible only in June – go and look! – are the symbol of Franc. The 30 kinds of tree include two fig trees, probably grown from fruit tossed aside by sailors, as well as planes, lime and wild apple. And at Butterfly Junction, a cut-off triangle at the Ashton end, more than 19 species of butterfly have been seen. So what of the future? Well, just like the Victorians, we like living near water. Plans are already afloat for homes on the former Payne’s shipyard. Expect more at some point at Thomas

HC2681 Vaughan Postcards: The Marchioness was the last Bristol to Cardiff packet steamer and was a steel built paddler plying the Cardiff to Bristol all year round service. Originally sporting just one funnel, not long after she was built a second funnel and boiler were added. The Marchioness was a reliable boat but was sold in 1913 to Dutch owners when her Cardiff & Bristol Channel Steamships owners went into liquidation. She carried on in service on the River Maas for some years. A regular service of packet boats to Cardiff & Swansea was operated from Bathurst Basin until the 193os. Credit: Bristol Archives 43207/34/1/86 Ware’s tannery (though the firm has shown no sign of moving). Across the water, mayor Marvin Rees is trying to find investors for Western Harbour – a £2 billion scheme for thousands of homes and a new bridge or road tunnel to replace the swing bridge at the mouth of the harbour. The former General Hospital next to Bathurst basin has become exclusive waterside homes. Expect many more homes at St Philip’s, and the revival of Totterdown lock – set to become an active waterfront once again as part of the new university campus. Arena Island – sorry, we should call it Temple Island now – is earmarked for offices and homes. But the developers won’t be able to forget two other inhabitants of the New Cut. Rare lesser horseshoe bats use the dark, deserted New Cut as a route from their roosts in Arnos Vale to feeding grounds elsewhere. And otters too are little-seen denizens of the Cut’s mud banks. Both bats and otters are heavily protected. Any development of the river must take them and other wildlife into account. Might they just restrict the headlong development of the tidal River Avon?

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n WHAT’S ON Monday July 1 n Memories of Bedminster every Monday, 1.30pm at South Bristol Christian Centre, Churchlands Rd (off West Street). 1st July – Bob Giles returns with a new programme of photos to jog the memory with musical accompaniment. 8th July – Don the Whistler entertains with a mixture of sounds and humour. 15thJuly – Frauds and Scams: Information and advice from the Coventry Building Society. 22nd July – Quiz Afternoon with Chairlady Chris Hurn testing member’s knowledge. 29th July – Members End of Term Party. Note: Memories of Bedminster closes for the summer period after July 29 and reopens in September. Tuesday July 2 n Volunteering opportunities in BS3 at the Tobacco Factory Cafe/Bar,

Wimbledon screening Cabot Circus, BS1 3BX From 1st-14th July, guests can sit and watch the matches on the big screen whilst lounging on deck chairs, sipping on cocktails and dining on takeaway food from some of the centre’s food establishments. For more information visit wimbledon-on-the-big-screen

Jazz duo hit all the right notes at Den launch Review James Morton & Pee Wee Ellis at The Den Dockside May 31


’ve been a big fan of Bristol saxophonist James Morton since I watched him play at the Golden Lion in Gloucester Road some years ago. I saw him with my mum, who loves jazz and reminisces fondly on the days of the funk and soul “all-dayers” – and Morton was right up her street. She even follows him now on Instagram! We’ve since seen him play several times, including once at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club in London – and every time, he just gets better and better, like a maturing wine. So, we were rather excited when we heard he was playing at

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every Tuesday, 10.30am-12pm. Our new, updated Volunteer Directory will be available. On July 9, ss Great Britain will be coming along to talk about their volunteering needs, especially their ‘costume’ volunteering requirements. Facebook: BS3 Helping Others Thursday July 4 n Dame Emily Park Project’s annual free family event at Dame Emily Park, 2-4pm - lots of fun and nature related activities are taking place in the picnic area. Come along and celebrate with us why parks and green spaces are so special to our communities. n Qui Gong for 50+ on the first Thursday of every month at the Southville Centre, 10.1511.15am. Contact Ruth, BS3 Community, on 0117 9231039. Friday July 5 - Saturday 6 n Bristol Book Fair at The Passenger Shed, Station Approach, 1-7pm (Sat) & 10am4.30pm (Sun). Over 90 dealers from around the country gather in the city for two days to sell rare, antiquarian, and secondhand books, prints, maps and ephemera. Tickets: £2 on the door with FREE tickets available at Saturday July 6 n Victoria Park Summer Fayre at Victoria Park Primary, the launch night of Bristol’s newest and hippest hangout, The Den Dockside, in Princes Street. And he was set to perform alongside legendary American saxophonist, Pee Wee Ellis, who we later found out played in James Brown’s band in the 60s. Cool, huh? Morton kick-started the gig, consistently hitting every note on his sax and pleasing the audience with his improvisation and charm. The crowd grooved on down, while Morton’s band accompanied his funky melodies with equal brilliance. An hour or so later, Ellis entered the building. He sat unassumingly at the side-lines, watching, before it was his cue to join Morton on stage. And it was an impressive collaboration to say the least. Ellis, 78, proved that age is no barrier to performing as he jammed effortlessly away on the sax and occasionally sang in his gruff voice. At one point, through the power of song, he ordered the crowd to get off their phones. “Put

2pm-4.30pm. Refreshments, licensed bar, live music, fun & games and bouncy castle. All proceeds go straight back into funding school projects. n ECO Open Day at Lynne Fernandes opticians, 9am-5pm at 182a Wells Road, Knowle. Come along and see the full ECO sustainable eyewear collection, including sunglasses. Plus, there’s a special offer on the day and a chance to win in our FREE prize draw. For further details visit

Sunday July 7 - Wednesday 10 n Bristol Shakespeare Festival at the ss Great Britain, daily at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Ticket price: £15 (£12 concessions) whats-on Tuesday July 9 n The Royal Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro broadcast live at Millennium Square, 6.30pm. Mozart’s greatest comedy, features a stunning score that includes ingenious ensembles, ravishing duets and emotionally potent arias. Free to attend. Wednesday July 17 n Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum (GBOPF) at Monica Wills House, Cromwell Street, 10am-12pm. It is held in the Conference Room, on the ground floor. If you are walking come in behind Tesco by the side of Mezzaluna. If you are driving come in at Cromwell Street. Learn something new from our two speakers who are Natalie Campbell, Community Access Support Service (CASS) Networker and community activist Ben Barker. Thursday July 18 n Ashton Vale Together walkabout/litter pick meet at Langley Crescent at 10am to do Risdale Road, Atyeo Close,

the phones down, put the phones down”, he chimed to the tune of James Brown’s ‘Make it Funky’. Any mobiles or cameras he did see, he’d confiscate. The audience sheepishly hid their phones away. It was a successful launch night for The Den Dockside, which culminated in Morton and Ellis exiting the stage and the crowd continuing to groove along to the DJ’s funk and soul beats until the early hours.

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n WHAT’S ON A spectacle not to be missed Review The Rocky Horror Show Bristol Hippodrome


here was a sea of enthusiasm with well-practised audience participation from the outset. This cult musical clearly had repeating fans in the audience ... one lady I met was on her 100th live show! As a RHPS virgin I expected The Time Warp, the suspenders and the phenomenal songs but the enjoyment from the public blew me away. Constant innuendos, heckles and dancing were perfectly timed by well-practised fans who even brought along their own fairy lights! The enjoyment all around me was infectious and it made the night fly by. I was sad when the evening ended. All heckles from the audience were well-received and met their Trevenna & Tregarth Roads, finishing about 12pm. Anyone who wishes to join is most welcome. Saturday July 20 n Summer Garden Fete from 2 pm. Strawberries and cream, teas and cakes, games, bric-a-brac, toys and plants. St Martin’s Church and gardens, Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2ND n Coffee morning at Bedminster Methodist Church, British Rd, 10.30am-12pm. There are cake, books and bric-abrac stalls plus teas and coffees.

Children’s drama workshops Thurs, July 25, 9.30-15.30 at Southville Centre, BS3 1QG Discover the exciting story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, with improvisation, imaginative play, storytelling and craft, all in the fun Acting Out way. For ages 5-11. Cost: £20/£15 Children’s University. Bring your own packed lunch. To book, visit bristolshakespeare or




match in the narrator played by Dom Joly. His dry wit was met with great humour and a marvellous set of legs in those heels as well. Riff Raff was played by the enigmatic Kristian Lavercombe, whose creepy portrayal of this unfortunately shaped character was simply brilliant. So rousing was his rendition of The Time Warp that it has been playing on repeat in my car ever since. James Darch and Joanne Clifton made a sugary sweet pair in their roles as Brad and Janet with good vocals and exuberant dancing shown off to the max in the final numbers. Magenta and Columbia played by Laura Harrison and Miracle Chance were fun with great voices and tremendous stage presence - perfect companions to Riff Raff and Frank-N-Furter. Rocky, the godlike creation of Frank-N-Furter, played by Callum Evans certainly impressed with his acrobatic skills and flexing muscles,

which were only outdone by his strong voice. A strong chorus and a brilliant orchestra all contributed to the musicality with a punch. But truly the star of the night was Duncan James with his mind blowing performance as Frank-NFurter. He exceeded all my prejudiced boy band quality expectations and blew the roof off. Amazing sound, fabulous moves and phenomenal stage presence. He looked incredible in his costume and performed manoeuvres and high kicks with ease, despite the heels he wore! The plot line was unexpected and although I am not entirely sure I like the ending, I would return again to thoroughly enjoy the spectacle that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Ruth Drury

Monday July 22 n Volunteering opportunities in BS3 meetup at the Tobacco Factory Cafe/Bar, 6.30-8pm. Our new, updated Volunteer Directory will be available. Facebook: BS3 Helping Others Tuesday July 30 n Ashton Vale Together committee meeting meet at Silbury Road youth club, 6.308pm. Anyone who wishes to join is most welcome.

n Time to Move every Wednesday, seated and standing gentle exercises for older people with instructor Michelle Kusniere, 2-3.30pm at Knowle Methodist Church hall. Just £4. Contact: 07981 756965 or email

Regular events n Acting Out drama classes for everyone aged 4-11, every Monday, 4-5pm at Southville Centre. £5 per class. Contact us Jacqui, 07956 962 422 or Angela, 07823 773 179 for a free trial. n BS3 Community runs and hosts regular activities for those aged 50+ at the Southville Centre. Zumba Gold (chairbased), every fortnight on Weds 1.30-2.30 (Ruth 0117 9231039). Yoga, 5.45-7.15pm every Mon (Caroline 07570507494). Pilates, 6.30-7.30pm every Mon (Rose 07748735200). Learn French, 7.30-9.30pm on Tues (Audrey 07903821655). Choir, 7.30-9.30pm on Tues (Nickomo 01749850474).

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n Lunchtime Live every Friday at St Francis’ Church, Ashton Gate, nr. Tobacco Factory, 1.10-1.50pm. Performances in a variety of genres. 5th July - classic musicals of 50s-60s. 12th July - lullabies, chants, folk songs. 19th July jazz duo. 26th July - acoustic guitar classics of 60s-70s. Tea and coffee available before each performance. Free entry, retiring collection. n Baby Sensory is a learning development programme for babies 0-13 months. Classes at the Victoria Park Baptist Church Hall, Sylvia Avenue BS3 5DA on Tuesdays. For details email Sian at bristolsouth@babysensory. or visit n Folks & Bairns parent and baby choir at The Milk Shed, Southville. Tuesday, 2.15-3.15pm & Wednesday, 1-2. Free taster/pay termly. Email or visit 

n Arnos Vocale every Tuesday, 7.30-9pm at Paintworks, Bath Rd, BS4 3AS. For singers who love classical vocal music, great jazz standards and beautiful international folk songs and more all in 4-part arrangements and above. Experience of choral singing and reasonable sight-reading ability preferable but come for a free trial session where we can all see if it’s a fit! £5 each thereafter. For more details Contact Anya Szreter / 07720390275 n Nightingale Valley Community Choir every Monday (except 4th Monday of the month), 7.30-9pm at St Anne’s Church, Salisbury Road, BS4 4EL. No experience necessary, no need to read music. Come and join our friendly choir and learn to sing better than you ever knew you could. Taster session free then £5 each. Contact Anya Szreter szreter. / 07720390275 n BS3 Repair Cafe Repairs for a donation plus cream teas and homemade cakes. 1.304.30pm, last Saturday of every month at the United Reformed Church Hall, West Street, Bedminster. Facebook: BS3 Repair Cafe

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n PLANNING APPLICATIONS Bedminster ward: Awaiting decision 53 Garnet Street, BS3 3JU 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 4.37 metres, have a maximum height of 2.6 metres and have eaves that are 2.6 metres high.

physiotherapy treatment facility, and ancillary juice bar for hot and cold drink and merchandise sales, including alterations to West Street facade, and installation of external air conditioning condenser.

1 Upper Perry Hill, BS3 1NH Proposed new bay window and changes to roof.

47 Langley Crescent, BS3 2RE Proposed garage extension with disabled access.

11 Upton Road, BS3 1LW Single storey infill extension and associated works.

7 Greenhill Grove, BS3 2LS 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 3.1 metres, have a maximum height of 3.8 metres and have eaves that are 2.8 metres high.

Bedminster ward: Decision 102 Aubrey Road, BS3 3EU Single storey extension. Granted subj to condition(s)

18 St Catherines Place, BS3 4HG External Alterations.

Friendly Records Bar, 57 North Street, BS3 1ES Change of Use of existing retail use to a mixed use shop/cafe/bar with associated external alterations. 88 - 94 West Street, BS3 3LL Change of use from shop to gymnasium, with ancillary

The Old Tabernacle, Palmyra Road, BS3 3JQ Notification for prior approval for proposed change of use of a building from office use to 10 self contained flats. Prior approval given 93 Ashton Drive, BS3 2PR New build dwelling house - 2 bedroom. Refused Southville ward: Awaiting decision

57 Stackpool Road, BS3 1NL Twin dormer loft extension to rear of existing roofscape.

3 Osborne Road, BS3 1PR Proposed rear single storey ground floor extension to rear/ side and rear ‘dormer’ roof extension. Garage roof replaced with a lean-too pitch roof.

floor flat in to a single dwelling. Top floor flat is to remain as a separate unit. Convert rear ground floor window to a set of bi-fold doors. Add a high letter box window to the rear of the property. Granted subject to condition(s) Asda Stores Ltd, BS3 4JY Crown reduce the line of 18 trees to 2m above the historic pollard points. 1 Acer in this group with significant decay at 1.3meters to remove. Alianthis to crown raise to 5m and reduce by up to 1.5meters by cutting second and third order branches. Granted 28 Stackpool Road, BS3 1NQ Loft conversion. Refused

Southville ward: Decision 10 Osborne Road, BS3 1PR Proposed infill extension and associated works. Granted subject to condition(s)

204 North Street, BS3 1JF Creation of 1 no. new dwelling to rear of site. With raised terrace. Rear/Side extension to existing commercial unit. Withdrawn • The status of these applications may have changed since we went to press. Check for updates at

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Walk this way for a new style of tennis

Bristol is set to become the birth place of walking tennis - and Greville Smyth is one of the parks where the sport is expected to take off. The slowed down version of the game was showcased as part of Bristol Walkfest in May and it proved popular, with 103 attendances over 21 sessions. Creators of walking tennis, Pete Coniglio and Helen Abbott both Bristol based - are working to promote and develop the game. Rules are the same as tennis but a double bounce is permitted and slower balls are used, making it easier to play than the

traditional game. Aside from the physical health gains, players benefit from the boost of being outdoors, interacting with others and developing new skils and a sense of achievement. It can also act as a stepping stone to help people progress into full tennis. Helen, a regular participant, said: “I find this seemingly gentle game of tennis to be both fun and sociable. I’ve noticed an improvement in my level of fitness and have become surprisingly more agile.” More details can be found online at


Poppy brightens everyone’s day Poppy is the loveable cocker spaniel who is proving to be lifting spirits at Victoria Park Primary. The 17-month-year-old puppy belongs to the school’s special needs coordinator, Sue, and visits the school twice a week. In the mornings, she can be spotted welcoming children at the gate and during break times, she is accompanied by children and staff for walk and play in Victoria Park. During the day, Poppy enjoys listening to children read and is always on hand (or paw!) if

children, or staff, need some cheering up. Sue told the South Bristol Voice: “Poppy is a real presence within the school – as soon as the children see her, their faces light up. When a child is upset, they can sit with Poppy and stroke her – she is always so loving towards the children.” Poppy is risk assessed and stays on a lead when visiting different classrooms, but she has a special space within the school, away from the children, where she can roam free.

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We need to heal the Euro divide


eople regularly stop me to say what an interesting time it is to be in politics. As a Labour activist for over 30 years, I agree; but sometimes I wish it was a little less ‘interesting’! The years of uncertainty since the referendum have been made much worse by the resignation of Theresa May and the next few months will undoubtedly be difficult. It is making people very anxious. The country is divided and people are worried about the future. We must find a way through this impasse. The conversations I had with people ahead of May’s European election revealed a significant desire from many to remain in the European Union.

But I’ve also been contacted by people in Bristol South who want Brexit delivered immediately – deal or no deal. I’ve heard a lot of inaccurate figures shared. People have told me that 80+ per cent of Bristol South voted leave and I’m misrepresenting my constituency by not delivering Brexit; others have told me that over 70 per cent of Bristol South wants to remain and I should be representing those views and voting to revoke Article 50. Neither of these figures is correct. Like the country, Bristol South was divided in how it voted in the 2016 referendum - 53% voted to stay and 47% voted to leave the European Union. People continue to be divided on the best route forward. Like many of you, this increasingly polarised nature of politics at the moment concerns me, in particular the threat from the far right. Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party believe that the answer is simple: we leave the EU with no deal. Some of the smaller parties believe it’s also simple: we revoke Article 50 and remain

in the EU. It is not simple. The last few years have damaged the UK’s reputation both politically and as a destination for investment. We need the debate to be much more honest. Back in 2017, the Labour Party said it could not accept a ‘no deal’ Brexit as an option as part of our commitment to protect jobs, rights and living standards and our position remains the same today. The government has presented a deal which does not protect this, which is why I voted against it. As it stands, there is no ‘good’ Brexit for people in Bristol South. I believe that, in order to get through this and heal the division, any deal needs a confirmatory vote; and that any confirmatory vote must have the option to remain in the European Union.. Twitter: @karinsmyth Facebook: KarinSmythMP Website:

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