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Revealed: The Park plans Proposals to redevelop The Park in Knowle have now been revealed and members of the public are being encouraged to give their feedback before final plans are submitted to the council.

The 15-acre site in Daventry Road will see a new, purposebuilt community centre, costing £6.5m, with the Department for Education acquiring the current building for £4.5m for a new secondary school to be built.


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by Adam Postans, BBC LDRS reporter A controversial 15-storey tower block has been granted permission despite claims it breached Bristol City Council’s own planning policies. Development control committee members approved the 152-home development at the derelict former Esso garage in Bath Road, Totterdown Bridge, by eight votes to two. More than 100 objections were received, while residents and Bristol Civic Society voiced concerns that the high-rise had only one stairwell escape route, two years after the Grenfell disaster. But committee member Cllr Richard Eddy, who voted in favour, called that a “red herring”. The developers, Hadley Property Group subsidiary Bath Road Developments, insisted the buildings conformed to stringent fire safety standards and that the housing scheme was the result of two years’ negotiations with council officers, who

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Have your say on plans Continued from page 1 demand for school places in Bristol. The school will be headed by executive principal for Oasis Academy John Williams, Victoria Boomer-Clark, who will oversee both provisions. Students will join on a phased entry, starting in Year 7. It will be built on the site currently occupied by The Park – previously Merrywood School, which closed at the turn of the century. The cost of building the academy will be published “once projects are complete and costs are no longer commercially sensitive”. Through striking a deal with the DfE, The Park – a registered charity – can part fund a new and improved building and is currently fundraising to cover the remaining £2m. It is anticipated that work will start on the new community

building in 2020 and will be ready by May 2021. There is no current timeline for when the school will be developed. The current cost of maintaining the building, which is home to around 40 organisations and sees 6,000 visitors each month, is around £100k per year, due to the age and ‘decaying’ condition of the building. But a spokesperson for The Park says that through a sustainable building design these costs will be significantly reduced at the new centre. South Bristol Voice understands that the organisations currently using The Park will be accommodated in the new facility. The initial phase of the development will see the construction of the new community centre. Once built, The Park users can move in and the old building will be demolished.

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for new community hub Following consultation with the public, The Park and OCL will submit a joint proposal to the council – the application will provide detailed plans for The Park and an outline proposal for the new school, showing a suggested layout. A spokesperson from The Park said: “This is a unique opportunity for us to build a sustainable community centre and secure The Park’s future. “We are very excited about the development and the opportunities it presents for us as a charity. We are delighted that the site will also be home to a new secondary school.” Ms Boomer-Clark said: “We are really excited about the proposed new Oasis Academy for South Bristol. “Oasis Community Learning is committed to serving the communities in South Bristol. “The Park’s Consultation event was well attended and we enjoyed speaking with people and listening to their views about the redevelopment of the site. “We look forward to

consulting further with schools, charities and community groups to ensure we build a secondary academy everyone wants and so richly deserves.” The consultation period, which started on June 12, will last until mid-August with a series of drop-in sessions taking place over the summer to view the plans. The next drop-in session is July 11. If residents are unable to make the sessions, there is a temporary display of the plans at The Park and further information and a survey is available online at www. For a hard copy version of the survey, contact Avril Baker Consultancy on 0117 977 2002 or email

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to planning applications and achieving better community involvement in planning decisions. There are 45 neighbourhood planning groups operating across the city. A date for the next meeting is to be confirmed, but if you would like further information about the group, contact Michele on or 07799 866131, Aileen on or 07906 568994.

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Proposals unveiled for city’s largest recycling centre 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 ADVERTISEMENT

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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 through the site and new bridges will be built to improve access.


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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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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

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.

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Tower blocks approved - despite criticisms Continued from page 1

recommended approval. The complex, which one person branded a “monstrosity”, will also include seven, six and three-storey blocks, plus office space and two basement floors for parking beneath the tallest tower. Windmill Hill ward councillor Jon Wellington told the committee that the application breached the latest council planning policies, which members voted on just seven months ago following public consultation, because it exceeded the number of acceptable homes per hectare. He said: “This proposal is for twice the recommended level, the central tower is 12 storeys higher than any of the local buildings and comes with significant opposition from the community because of the poor design and impact on the local environment.

“This is the first time this policy has been tested and it has been overruled.” Cllr Mark Wright said the proposal “violated” the planning policy and would ruin views of the area. But Jason Cornish, of architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said: “The scheme was developed working closely with planning officers and statutory consultees. “In terms of fire safety, all the main fire consultants have formed a key part of the design team.” Members heard the buildings would be made from noncombustible materials and include sprinklers, and that the development would have to comply with building regulations on fire safety. Planning officers told councillors the additional vehicles from the new residents

could be “absorbed into the existing traffic” on the A4 Bath Road. Cllr Eddy said: “It is difficult to think of a much more sustainable site in transport terms.” Referring to fears of a repeat of Grenfell, he added: “The fact Avon Fire and Rescue Service has given this a clean bill of health should give us reassurance.” Cllr Paul Goggin said he was “extremely concerned over the seeming disregard” for the recently agreed planning policy. He said: “It is difficult to get democratic engagement, and when we do get it, we ignore it.” But Cllr Goggin added: “I cannot find a planning reason to object to this.” Cllr Mike Davies said more children’s play areas should have been provided and the high-rise was more prominent than others nearby. “But we all know there

is a housing crisis in the city and if we want to change that, we need to get homes built and start approving high-density builds like this,” he said. The development will include 20 per cent affordable housing, 40 car parking space and 288 cycle racks. Bath Road Developments will be required to invest almost £140,000 on local infrastructure.

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Tenants wanted for Totterdown’s ‘iconic corner’ The owner of an historic Totterdown building, formerly home to Thali Café, is calling on local people and businesses to offer suggestions on how the building can best meet the needs of the local community. Peter Croft acquired 1 William Street in 2015 after it came under threat from developers and was almost converted in residential flats. Mr Croft has since invested time and energy into bringing the building back to life, by restoring its Bath stone exterior to look like it did when originally built as the King William pub in the 1860s. There are big plans afoot for the building, which has been vacant since the Thali Café moved from Totterdown in April, including installing solar electric panels on the roof and renewable technology to heat the building’s hot water. Now its owner, alongside

property agents Maggs and Allen, are looking for the next business to breath life back into the “iconic corner” of Totterdown. The rental cost per annum is £22k.




The building has had many uses since it was built – it has been a radio station, upholsters, a business making clogs for operating theatres, and before Thali, it was home to the famous Glasnost bistro.

Mr Croft said: “These original Victorian buildings, which were once public houses or shops, still have a relevant role to play in our communities. “Social media platforms have become the social norm, however people still have that intrinsic human drive to meet others face to face to socialise, just like our Victorian ancestors. “Losing them now could be even more detrimental to our communities than we will ever imagine in years to come. “We want this building to continue its long history of serving the community and are open to suggestions as to what would best meet the needs of the local community and willing to work with anyone who shares our vision.” If you are a business or organisation interested in leasing the building, telephone 0117 973 4940 or email admin@

Cemetery’s good work recognised Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust is one of thirteen charities from across the region to receive £1,000 for its contribution to the local community. Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their heart as part of the Movement for Good awards, set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical. Ellie Collier, Arnos Vale CEO,

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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

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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t is difficult to imagine our city not that long ago, when many hundreds died because of diseases spread Gary because of dirty Hopkins water and poor Lib Dem sanitation. Knowle Can you imagine the public outcry now if we failed to deal with the problem? Well amazingly, pollution is killing hundreds of people in Bristol (disproportionally the very young and old) every year now and nothing has been done about it. The fact that it is air pollution that is not easily visible has reduced the public pressure, but the deaths are real and there are solutions available. The primary cause is vehicle emissions and in particular diesel, old, and larger vehicles. This of course includes cars, and until we tackle the pollution, people will continue to die. One of the unfortunate aspects of the problem is that older, higher


polluting cars tend to be owned by those with less money. Whilst that cannot stop us charging a levy for polluting vehicles to enter central areas, we must use the levy money to provide for cheap upgrade loans for those who need them. Often quoted is the complaint that motorists were encouraged years ago to buy diesel vehicles as they were better for the environment. Of course it is still true that CO2 emissions are less for diesel than the petrol equivalent, and it will be many years before remoter parts have the infrastructure for electric or hydrogen vehicles, so we should not do mass scrapping but resell the vehicles taken in part exchange. It is shameful that the Bristol mayor has failed to bring forward a clean air plan. There is a rumour now of a half-hearted effort to be published later this year and of course NOTHING will be actually done until after next year’s mayoral election.

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here was recently a public meeting to discuss forming a Neighbourhood Planning Chris Group, which Davies unfortunately I was Lib Dem unable to attend at Knowle short notice. Following the meeting we welcome any feedback which we can include in our consultation programme on the possibility of creating a Knowle Parish Council. This consultation is currently under way with a survey to every house in Knowle. A Parish Council will represent all residents, with elected members from the community, and would hold responsibility for Area Planning Decisions and would have access to planning levy funds, and in addition could boost protection to local facilities like our park, swimming pool, library etc. Creation of a Parish Council was first proposed last year at

one of our informal public forum meetings, and people felt this would be the most democratic way to represent and make decisions for local residents, and be a strong voice for concerns and issues. It should be noted that the development of The Park Community Centre and new secondary school falls outside the remit of any Knowle Neighbourhood Planning Group, as it is within the area covered by the existing Knowle West Regeneration Planning Group. Forming any official local body, planning group, or Parish Council does unfortunately take some time. Full community consultation is required plus a number of regulatory procedures have to be undertaken. We hope to have the results of the consultation as soon as we can visit every house and your responses have been received.

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ummer is upon us and most of us start heading to the brilliant parks and green spaces we have Jon in our local Wellington neighbourhood. Labour In particular Windmill Hill Victoria Park and Perrett’s Park are becoming ever more popular with people from across the city and they get very busy when there is good weather. They attract people of all ages ... families with children, older people and younger people having a few drinks or a barbecue with friends. All this is to be encouraged and the mix of people make them brilliant places to be on a summer day. This brings with it challenges for the council in keeping the place clean and tidy. Every year I receive complaints about bins overflowing or rubbish left around the bins. The council have been working hard to try to ensure that bins are collected


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regularly enough to cope with demand and the council’s parks team have promised to have more weekend collections to meet this. Both parks receive lots of visits from people further afield, which is great: our parks belong to everyone in the city. However, as local people we can do our bit to help by taking rubbish home rather than adding to an overflowing bin. If you are considering taking a barbecue, this is allowed in all parks in our area (but not across the whole city) but please ensure that you raise it from the grass to avoid burning it and take it home with you. I also receive a lot of correspondence about grass cutting. The council’s current policy is to allow certain areas of the parks to grow long to encourage biodiversity. I know that some people think this looks untidy, so it is about finding a balance. But as ever if you have any suggestions for the parks or green spaces in the ward, please get in touch.


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am pleased to be back from maternity leave and look forward to meeting residents at Lucy Whittle up-coming events, Labour community Windmill Hill meetings and action groups. I would like to thank my cocouncillor Jon Wellington for his solid support, and for taking on more than his fair share of case work and working so hard for the residents of Windmill Hill. I was very pleased to see that two options for air quality improvement were presented to Cabinet in June. It is disappointing that it has taken so long given the high priority of the issue but understand that this was to ensure proposals do not disproportionately impact those on lower incomes. Please give the council your views on the two options for the Traffic Clean Air Zone plan: • Option 1, Clean Air Zone

(private cars not charged) – this includes a local scrappage scheme, improvements to buses and taxis to compliant standards, bus and local traffic interventions in the most polluting areas, incorporating a bus lane on the M32, a targeted diesel ban on the highway past the Bristol Royal Infirmary and a charging scheme for polluting buses, taxis, light goods and heavy goods vehicles • Option 2, Diesel car ban – all diesel cars are banned from entering a specific central area for an eight-hour period (from 7am-3pm). Both options would be accompanied by a package of non-charging measures, such as bans on highly polluted routes for heavy goods vehicles and bus priority measures, alongside a city-wide scrappage scheme and improvements to buses and taxis to ensure they are all within compliant emission standards. The public will be able to give their views on the two options as part of a six-week public consultation launching on 1 July.

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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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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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East St summer fayre returns 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

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 ever-growing 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.

More than just a local pub The Rising Sun has now been open for a few months offering a refreshing, alternative watering hole on Windmill Hill. Serving hot drinks and delicious homemade cakes during the day, with a wide range of childrens toys and high chairs available, as well as an array of child orientated snacks. But as important is the eclectic guest beer program and acclaimed live music in the evenings. A true modern day pub. As part of the ‘community programme’ run during the week, the Rising Sun offers a growing range of parent and toddler events, with morning and afternoon slot and an after school art club on Fridays. There is also an adult choir

on Tuesday mornings, who are now practicing for an appearance at the weekly Open Mic on Thursday evening. There is also a monthly over 55s computer café and social morning. There are also slots from 11am till 1pm on weekends for children’s party bookings. Music wise, there is a monthly Jazz and Funk Jam, a very popular weekly Open Mic as well as live music every weekend, occasionally on Friday and Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Rising Sun is still looking for more daytime events, so get in touch! To keep up to date with what is going on follow them on Facebook or pop in. Facebook: @TheRisingSunWindmillHill

RISEN AGAIN Windmill Hill community pub reopened under new management l Extensive refit, including brand new cellar and rear terrace. l Now serving Angelo Poretti and San Miguel, plus three ciders, Mortimers, Stans Big Apple and Thatchers Gold on draught l A great line-up of guest beer l A wide range of events for parents and pre schoolers during the day, as well as an afterschool club l A line up of live bands at the weekend, and a monthly Jazz/Blues jam and a very popular Open Mic l Open all day from 9.30am during the week, offering a range of coffees and teas etc to have in or takeaway with a range of homemade cakes and savouries. l Keep an eye on our Facebook page

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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 19 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 1930s. 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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Are you a dog groomer? We need you! B.A.R.C. Clifton – Bristol Animal Rescue Centre’s brand new, luxury grooming salon and pet store - is seeking several Grooming Stylists to join its small and friendly team in the heart of Clifton Village, Bristol.

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boutiques to boot. B.A.R.C. Clifton is Bristol Animal Rescue Centre’s new pet and lifestyle store – run by and for the charity. You will be responsible for delivering a high standard of service to every customer, the dayto-day running and presentation of the grooming salon area and maintaining a high level of salon cleanliness. There are numerous roles available (including a Senior Grooming Stylist role), with options for full and part-time working, with a competitive salary, dependent on experience. Our Manager and Assistant manager are happy to discuss the roles on: 0117 9735389. Further info including job descriptions: about/work-for-us/ Or why not drop us a line with your CV? We would love to hear from you. Email cliftonshop@bristolarc.

LETTERS Pricey kiosks 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 Got something to say? Write to or to 111 Broadfield Rd, Knowle, Bristol BS4 2UX

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n WHAT’S ON The Rising Sun live music listings - July Windmill Hill, BS3 4LU Tues, 2: Jive Bristol, 7pm • Thurs, 4: Open Mic, 8.30-11pm Fri, 5: Bandeoke, 8-10pm • Sat, 6: Contraband Breaks Ensemble, 9pm-11pm • Sun, 7: Sam Whitlock, 4-6pm • Thurs, 11: Open Mic, 8.30-11pm • Fri, 12: Ruby Jazz Band, 9-11pm • Tues, 16: Jive Bristol, 7pm • Thurs, 18: Open Mic, 8.30-11pm • Fri, 19: Bleuenn Shaw & The Acoustic Road Show, 9-11pm • Thurs, 25: Open Mic Night, 8.30-11pm • Fri, 26: Los Gusanos, 9-11pm Sat, 27: Will Killeen, 9-11pm Tues, 30: Jam On The Hill, 9-11pm For daytime events, follow The Rising Sun on Facebook 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

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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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, 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, 2pm-4.30pm. Refreshments, licensed bar, live music, fun & games and bouncy castle. All proceeds go straight back into funding school projects. Wednesdays, 10.30-11.30am The Pavilion, Redcatch Park Outdoor art, craft & messy play, 1-4 years (or 1-8 years in holidays) with an adult. £4 per child, £2 siblings. Fridays, 10-11am The Rising Sun, Windmill Hill Art, craft & playdoh, 2-4 years and a parent/carer. £4 per child, £2 siblings (term time only) Fridays, 3.30-4.20pm The Rising Sun, Windmill Hill After-school art club, 5-10 years with an adult. £2 per child. Drop in (term time only) To book, email hello@

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

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

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 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, 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

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

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. 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.

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). 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 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

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).

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Photo: Richard Davenport 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 THE WICKED WITCH OF KNOWLE In witch I fly away


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flung open the door of Tui up at Broadwalk, plonked myself down opposite a boy child employee and demanded that he find me a holiday as I was in a very, very bad mood. I’m not sure why I was so furious, but everything was irritating me, from the effort of opening my eyes that morning to waiting for the kettle to boil. Even a cute little puppy stopping to sniff my shoe made me growl. I was raging. Boy Child rubbed his hands gleefully, stating that he would make me happy again. I was celebrating a big birthday and wanted to treat myself and my girls to a sunny trip abroad, something we had not experienced before. Himself was going away on a boys’ fishing holiday to Norway so I called my ‘always up for a holiday’ girlfriend to join us. Boy Child turned his monitor around. This looks perfect he stated proudly. A villa in Corfu with a pool, a hire car and stunning

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views. I handed over the credit card and felt my mood lift. I passed my driving test in Bristol, therefore I can drive anywhere with confidence, or so I thought. Driving in Corfu is terrifying. Not only is everything around the wrong way but the roads are tiny and the Greeks are nutters. On arrival, the rep showed us a video on how to find the villa, “just keep an eye out for the abandoned car and turn a sharp left”. Abandoned car? What had I booked? We jumped into the large, wrong-way-round, car and with me at the wheel drove from the airport to our villa pretty much screaming in terror the whole way – we fell out of the car and kissed the ground.

The villa was stunning. The view was vast. From the mountains of Albania across a sun-soaked sea peppered with cruise ships, the distant buildings of Corfu town shone against lush green rolling hills. Swallows swooped in crazy acrobatic twists over the crystal clear pool and two feral cats meowed and hissed respectively. We felt like the Queens of Corfu. We grew to love our two feral cats naming them Tiddles, an adorable girl who was very pregnant and Beast, obviously the daddy and a nasty wife beater. He was toothless apart for one sharp fang, he had a squinty eye, was covered in scabs and meowed like he smoked 40 a day. If you were going to have a baddy in a Disney film, Beast would tick all the boxes. I was removed as designated driver and my friend, now named ‘Stig’, stepped in. She was as crazy as the Greeks but managed to keep us on the right side of the road and avoided killing anyone. We shopped at Lidl for wine and

cat food, swam with the swooping swallows, sunbathed, laughed and totally relaxed. Then, as quick as a swipe from Beast’s vicious claws, the holiday was over. We were back in Bristol, fighting to retrieve our cases. Three planes had landed, and the airport thought it would be fun to chuck the luggage of all these flights onto one carousel – it was getting ugly. There was a man in front of me with two small girls. These girls were having a fine time playing with the moving suitcases and getting in my way. The man was oblivious. I was starting to feel the rage seep back into my soul. I took a deep breath and was about to lift one of the tiny tots onto the speeding carousel, wondering if Daddy Oblivious would notice, when Stig shouted that she had all the cases and we could escape. I patted the youngster on the head and whispered ‘you were lucky’ before I disappeared into the masses.




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Schoolchildren help prepare baby eels for the wild Eel tanks have been set up in a local primary school as part of a conservation project called Spawn to be Wild, led by Bristol and Avon Rivers Trust (BART). Although these squirming slithers of steely muscle are still encountered by local anglers, the European eel is now a globally very rare, declining and critically endangered species - and legally protected. That means they are classed as only one step away from extinction in the wild. A population clings on here in south Bristol, and their incredible life cycles have been intriguing local school children involved in a unique project to learn about them and help raise their young, known as elvers. Children from Cleve House primary school and nursery on Wells Road cared for 50 elvers and later released them into a local river. Here, hopefully, some of them will survive and grow into adults, and in the years ahead weave their extraordinary

5,000km journey back to the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic Ocean. Headmaster Craig Wardle, told the Voice: “The children thoroughly enjoyed caring for elvers in preparation for their release into a local stream. We learned about why they need help to survive. Bristol and Avon River Trust (BART) organised this wonderful project to increase awareness of the difficulties our wildlife faces.” He said the children were intrigued to learn that female eels can each lay one million eggs and live to be at around 70 years old. “We hope all the elvers survive and produce millions of eggs!” he added. The project has run with schools across the River Avon region since 2016. The young eels are captured locally and reared for four weeks before release. A spokesperson for BART said: “Hopefully this project will inspire the children to take

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action for rivers in the future, not just for the survival of eels, but for the health of all wildlife which depends on the river and marine environment.” The species has declined by around 95 per cent in the last 50 years through human causes such as hydropower turbines,

weirs, tidal gates, pollution, damns, overfishing and habitat loss. It is now illegal to export eels, and if caught at sea they must be released. There are regional bans on catching eels in some areas, and a licence is required to do so. Find out more:

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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

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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

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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 per cent voted to stay and 47 per cent 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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