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Big Step For Local MetroBus Scheme The Central Area Development Control committee of Bristol City Council has recently agreed to changes to the MetroBus route that were requested by mayor George Ferguson. The revised route means that the MetroBus can use Cumberland Road, Commercial Road and Redcliff Hill instead of Prince Street Bridge and the Harbourside, after the mayor argued that the original route would have ruined part of the Harbourside. The approval to the changes means that the planning stage of the scheme is now complete. Brian Allinson, chair of joint transport contd on page 4

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E: Contd From Page 1 - Big Step For Local MetroBus Scheme executive, said: “The Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus route will provide significant benefits to Bristol and our regional transport infrastructure. As part of the MetroBus network it will reduce congestion and encourage sustainable transport use. We’ll be working closely with local residents to make sure they’re informed and involved as the scheme is built.” Construction is now expected to start this summer. Contd From Page 1 - Win Two Tickets To VegfestUK! If you would like to be in with a chance of winning tickets to VegfestUK, please send your name, address and telephone number to or alternatively to P.O Box 240, Bristol, BS10 5XG.The closing date is Monday 14th April and the lucky winner will be notified after the closing date has passed.

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Charity Song

A song in memory of a local child who recently passed away after a tragic accident in Bedminster is aiming to reach 1,000 downloads on iTunes and Amazon. More than 600 copies of Freddie’s Song by Levi Valentino, which was written in memory of three-yearold Freddie Hussey, have been downloaded so far, and all proceeds from the sale will go towards the Wallace and Gromit Appeal for Bristol Children’s Hospital. Sales of the song have gone on to raise over £500 so far for the local children’s charity. Freddie’s song is available to be purchased by download for less than £1 on iTunes and Amazon, by searching for “Freddie’s Song” or “Levi Valentino.” For more information on the song, please visit Levi Valentino’s facebook page - www.facebook. com/Levivalentino.

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NEWS Gromit Sold!

Southville Centre’s recent Auction of Promises was a great success, with the star lot - a Gromit statue decorated by the children of the Southville Centre Nursery, After School and Holiday Clubs - going for an astonishing £3,000! The event was a fundraiser to support the Southville Community Development Association’s renovation of the community garden at the Southville Centre.

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The funds from the sale of Gromit will be split, with half supporting the garden renovation and the other half supporting Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal. The grand total raised by the evening was £4,100, and the audience were entertained by the Ambling Band. To find out more about the event, visit http://www.southvillecentre.

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High-speed electric trains are expected to be running between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington in the next five years, local councillors have recently been told. Electric express trains made by Hitachi have been ordered and will be built in Britain, and are expected to be working by December 2018. A half-hourly service is hoped to be running from Bristol Temple Meads, with only a few trains stopping at Bristol Parkway. The progress on electrification was outlined by Chris Aldridge, principal strategic planner for Network Rail. |5


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Bedminster and BS3 are full of interesting architectural and historic buildings - and while around 40 of these are on the UK list of protected buildings, most of them are not. Working with Bristol City Council and a student team from Bower Ashton, the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (GBCP) is compiling a Bristol list of non-listed buildings


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that need protection. The main criterion is ‘if somebody pulled it down, would you be upset?’ As part of this, there is going to be an exhibition of photographs of favourite Bedminster buildings by local people on Friday, (7.00pm9.00pm) and Saturday/Sunday (11.00am-3.00pm) April 11th - 13th at The Elephant House on Dean Street. Entry is free - why not go along and see if your favourite building is there? You competition, run by Britain’s biggest parenting site, Netmums. The Zumba class, which is held at Victoria Park School on Tuesdays, will now be honoured with a gold listing on the Netmums site. Class organiser Victoria said: “I am delighted to be one of the winners. Everybody in my classes is absolutely lovely - I have the best job!” For more information, please call 0792 987 2126.

Half Marathon

The launch of the Bristol Half Marathon recently took place marking the opening of registration and the 26th year of the event, which will take place in September. Race director, Georgette Van Hoof, said: “We are very excited about the 2014 Bristol Half Marathon. Runners of all abilities are welcome to enter, from elites to novices. Anyone new to running can take advantage of the online training programme and also come along to the regular Saturday ParkRun events in Ashton Court.” For more information, please visit

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The Southville Community Development Association (SCDA) recently invited a number of BS3 older residents to come along to the centre for a discussion about their experiences and thoughts around social isolation, as part of the Bristol Aging Better project. In a debate, which was attended by mayor George Ferguson, the

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The Festival of Nature 2014 is looking for volunteers to help with their programme of events, which are lined up for this year’s festival, taking place from 7th - 15th June. The festival is a free natural history event that will be taking place in the city and around the west of England. Each year, the Festival of Nature plays host to over a 100 volunteers and there are a wide range of roles to get involved in at the main event in Bristol Harbourside, regional events around the west of England and the festival’s outreach programme working with local communities in Bristol. Volunteers can get involved in a variety of roles in the festival, from wildlife recording to helping to set up exhibitions, and school activities to photography. If you would like to find out more, please call 0117 317 8751, or email



Arts Trail

The 12th annual Southbank Arts Trail is going to be taking place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May, giving visitors the chance to view artwork in homes, community centres, public houses and other buildings in the local area. The trail is also a great way to meet local artists in a relaxing environment, and pick up a piece of artwork without a gallery mark-up. Work on display this year will include illustrations from Hannah Broadway, stunning prints from sister Ruth and drawings from the father of this talented family, Steve. Steven Quick will be exhibiting his contemporary portraits in the Tobacco Factory and Emily Kettering will be showing her

E: colourful prints in the Southville Centre, while Angie Parker will be previewing a new collection of vibrant handwoven textiles on Upton Road. The theme for this year’s trail is robots - and local schools will also be embracing this theme with prizes awarded for the best designs. Work from all the schools taking part is going to be showcased at Southville Primary and Ashton Gate Primary School. The trail will also feature the one-off community oven at Mark’s Bread, microbrewing from Bristol Beer Factory and the chance to make your own robot in a special ‘let’s make art’ session. For more information, please visit

Poster Hunt

Organisers of this year’s Greater Bedminster Front Garden Awards are looking for a volunteer designer to come up with the design for this year’s posters that will be awarded. The awards are full colour A4 sized with the ‘award’ design on one side and a letter on the reverse. They have been given out for more than 10 years to local residents and businesses as a way of saying thank you for helping to make the local area look greener and more attractive. If you would like to design a poster for the awards, please email or call 07986 293 356. The deadline for submissions is 25th April.

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NEWS Blood Donation

People who have the blood types O and B are being encouraged by the NHS to donate blood, due to low stocks. Stocks of these two blood types are at the lowest they have been in four years. NHS Blood and Transplant said that blood group O in particular was vital, as it could be used for patients with other blood groups in an emergency. Only 4% of the population give

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E: blood - and without those blood donations, many people would not be alive. Over 25% of people will need blood at some point throughout their lives. Only 2% of Britain’s population were B negative, but hospitals had used 6% more of this blood type in the past four weeks than the same period last year. For more information, including blood donating sessions, please visit Show of Strength Theatre’s Why Don’t We Do It In The Road at no cost on Saturday 26th April. The walking show, which is created especially for Bedminster, will be starting at The Steam Crane, North Street at 11.00am, and at 2.00pm at The Masonic. Each walk covers approximately one mile. For more information, visit

Tributes To Tony

Labour MP for Bristol South Dawn Primarolo is among many who have sent their tributes for Tony Benn, former Labour MP for Bristol South East, after he sadly passed away in March. In a statement released recently, Ms. Primarolo said: “Tony will be remembered in Bristol as the Labour MP for Bristol South East for 30 years, a great campaigner for peace and a powerful advocate for equality. Politics in Britain has lost a great man.” Mr. Benn passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 88.




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What The Frock!

Victoria Park resident Jane Duffus, who runs the hugely successful and ground breaking all female What The Frock! Comedy brand, was announced as the winner of the Customer Service category in the NatWest Venus Awards 2014. Jane Duffus founded What The Frock! Comedy in January 2012 after growing frustrated at the way women are excluded from the comedy circuit. Meant to be a one-off event it has since grown into a full-time business that has put on 30 comedy events, as well as fundraisers for local women’s charities. The event has been on BBC TV, ITV and is often on BBC Radio. Jane Duffus said: “To have got so far in the Venus Awards is hugely rewarding, but to have won a category that was voted for by the public is even more gratifying. In an industry that’s overwhelmingly dominated by men, this is such a satisfying moment!”

Wild Outdoors Day

Windmill Hill City Farm is holding a Wild Outdoors Day on Sunday April 6th from 10.00am-4.00pm. It is a free family day to celebrate play in the natural environment. At 10.30am there will be an exclusive screening of Project Wild Thing. On 9th and 14th April from 9.00am-12noon there is A Morning with Farmer Tim. Children will help the farmer feed, muck out and groom the farm animals. They will also collect eggs from the hen house and deliver them to the café. As it’s mucky work, wear old clothes. The event is for children 8-12yrs and costs £10 per session.

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No Kite Festival

28 years, and has only missed two. “Kites will still feature in and around Bristol this year and we are looking to participate in other events over the summer by offering activities such as kite-making workshops and displays,” Avril added. The festival will now run every two years. The move comes in a bumper year for festivals in the city, with more than one per week planned this spring and summer.

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motivated to launch their own fundraising journey raising over £2,300 walking from North London to Cwmbran, in South Wales. For Sport Relief 2012, the couple completed a 250-mile mountain bike trail from Weston-super-Mare to Beachy Head, raising a further £2,300. As a thank you for their efforts, Comic Relief invited them to visit four projects in Zambia to see how some of their fundraising money was being spent.

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cultural and economic activities, needs a police station that is open all the time. The station covers an area of diversity and ethnic and social complexity. It patrols the East Bristol bus network and is close to the most sensitive routes. To lose this focus would raise concerns about the maintenance of community and neighbourhood policing in East Bristol, with implications for public safety throughout the district.

The Bristol International Kite Festival is taking a break this year. Avril Baker, one of the festival’s organisers, said: “Following a highly successful festival in 2013 the organising team has, after much consideration, decided to give this year a miss and instead to focus our efforts on planning for 2015, which will also mark Bristol’s year as European Green Capital City.” The festival has been running for

On Monday 17th March 2014, David Cameron applauded the hard work and commitment of some of Sport Relief’s top fundraisers from the West. Alex and Gary from Bristol joined some of Sport Relief’s dedicated fundraisers at a reception at Number 10 Downing Street. Inspired by Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons over 51 days for Sport Relief 2010, Alex and Gary were

A petition to Bristol City Council has been started to urge the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Chief Constable and the mayor to keep Trinity Road Police Station open. The petitioners believe that the closure of Trinity Road Police Station would damage the communities in the areas it serves. It is the city’s only 24-hour, sevendays-a-week police station and the area, with its wide range of social,

NEWS Cycling Records


Youth’s Record

A 16-year-old boy has been awarded the coveted Lord Mayor’s Youth Medal after becoming the youngest person ever to ski to the South Pole. Lewis Clarke, who is a Year 11 pupil at QEH School, Bristol, was recently presented with the award by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Faruk Choudhury. His achievements mean he now holds a Guinness World Record.

Easter Hunt

Easter holidays. The park will be holding an Easter treasure hunt everyday with all visitors having the chance to win an Easter egg. There will also be the chance to meet the park’s new Ruxton Rabbit mascot. The hunts are going to be taking place from Saturday 5th April until Sunday 20th April. For more information, please visit

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Chocolate Fest

On 5th and 6th April, the Chocolate Festival is going to be returning to Bristol. This year, it has a brand new venue at Brunel’s Old Station, and it will have a completely new range of indulgent chocolate activities in which all big kids can take part! Taking place from 10.00am until 6.00pm both days, the festival is going to be featuring a cocoa spa where you can purchase the best chocolate pampering products; a chocolate cafe; a tasting lounge; and the brownie trail where you can join the quest to hunt down the best ever chocolate brownie! The event will also have live music in the cafe and an Easter zone where you can find the best Easter eggs! Tickets cost £5.00 for general admission. For more information, please visit the website - www.


The number of Bristol residents who cycle to work has doubled in the last ten years, recent figures have revealed. The rise is the second highest in cycling in the UK outside London - and census figures show a 94 per cent increase. Bristol has the second highest number of cyclists in any city in the UK outside London, and is also the first Cycling City in the UK.|15



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Hillcrest Primary School is going to be bringing in school uniforms for infant-aged children in September - despite many parents being against the decision. The school says it made the decision as the proportion of those in favour rose from 48% to 52% when votes of the teaching staff were added. The majority of parents of infant-aged children were in favour of the decision.

First Great Western trains are going to be converting some of their first class carriages to standard class to boost network capacity. The converted carriages will be finished in June. The plan will deliver 3,000 extra standard seats on high-speed services into London during peak times. First revealed that the decision was made as the first class carriages are rarely more than 70% full.

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members are welcome to join. There is no dress code and the group operates on an open basis whenever the green is open - this means anyone who fancies a game can play if they want to have a go. Bowls is an enjoyable sport, which can be played by all of the family. To find out more, please send an email to grevillesmythbowls@hotmail.

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Charity Concert

On Saturday 12th April, a charity concert in aid of the Matthew Tree Project, which features singers from Holland and Britain, is going to be taking place at St. Paul’s Church on Coronation Road. The event will include Blue Moon, a choir from Haarlem who will be performing as part of an exchange visit with Bristol choir People of Note. Performances by a cappella ensemble Free Range, The Gasmen and The Bristol Gospel Choir will complete the entertainment for the afternoon, which hopes to raise funds for the charity, that among its other services provides a food bank facility throughout Bristol. The concert takes place at 2.30pm at the church with doors opening at 2.00pm and tickets cost £5.00/£2.00 concessions. Further information about the concert and how to get tickets can be found at

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All About Coconut Water Coconut water used to be a bit of a rare product - one to be found only at specialist food stores - but the tropical drink is all the rage for 2014, with many supermarkets and local stores selling the drink in abundance. But is it really worth the hype? Coconut water is the juice in the interior or endosperm of young coconut and has been popular as a beverage in countries such as India and Brazil for some time. This is probably because palm trees thrive in these areas, and the juice is great for hydrating in warm climates. The water is obtained by opening a healthy, and undamaged young coconut. To make the drink, young and slightly immature coconuts are harvested when they are about five-seven months.

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While almost half of parents in the South West believe the everyday meal is an opportunity for family bonding, research reveals that nearly a third of toddlers (29%) in the area use gadgets at the table. Over 40% of parents think that mealtime is a good time to talk to their children and share feelings and experiences but there is a growing number of young children using technology such as iPads at the dinner table. GrowingUpMilkInfo. com child psychologist, Dr Richard Woolfson, said: “The family meal can be such a wonderful time for parents and children alike. It allows them to share their feelings, thoughts, and ideas through face-to-face communication, while also giving parents the opportunity to encourage positive eating habits and provide good nutrition to support this amazing period of toddler growth and development. “Unfortunately, this research reveals that a fairly high percentage of parents allow their toddler to play with a gadget while munching at mealtimes, which is a cause for concern. “Although technology does add new and exciting dimensions to a toddler’s life, access to gadgets at the family dining table distracts children from eating what’s in front of them, r e d u c e s their desire to chat with others during d i n n e r , isolating them from the dynamic communication of the family meal. This is a lost opportunity and a solid reason why it’s best to make at least some family mealtimes a no-gadget zone. After a few initial protests, your toddler will soon adapt and everyone will experience the full psychological and nutritional benefits of an IT-free family meal.” The survey also found that one in five parents (20%) in the South West admits they are more familiar with the weekly TV schedule than their little ones’ daily vitamin D dietary requirement.|23




Road Works

Councils in the South West of England have recently received more than £46.7 million of government funding to help to repair local roads damaged by severe weather. The funding is a payment from £183.5 million of extra money the government has made available to help with much needed road repairs following the wettest winter on record. The funds should be enough to repair 3.3 million potholes. Bristol received £342,924 from the funding. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Damage to roads causes misery for drivers and local communities and the severe weather over the last few months has made the problem worse. “This extra money will help to make a real difference to the millions of road users and residents across the South West who rely on the local roads.”

Single In Southville

It has recently been announced that Southville is the fourth best place to live in the UK if you happen to be single. The announcement comes as part of The Times newspaper’s current listings, which named Bristol as the best place in the country to live. Southville is given praise for being a more affordable alternative to Clifton with great bars, delis and restaurants - and Tobacco Factory is given an honourable mention. The newspaper described local residents in the area as being “community-minded folk and young professionals.”

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said: “To receive a top award in this competition, judged against the finest brewers in the country, is the ultimate endorsement of the quality of our beer. We are delighted to have won such a high profile award’ SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock said: ‘To progress to the national finals is impressive in itself; to then come through to win a Gold award is a real achievement. Our hearty congratulations go to Bristol Beer Factory.”

No application for a judicial review has been received within the permitted time period on the proposed developments on Ashton Gate stadium, it has been revealed. Bristol Sport, the company that is managing the redevelopment of Ashton Gate, recently confirmed that no application had been received - meaning an important step has been taken towards the redevlopment of Ashton Gate. Martin Griffiths, chairman of Bristol Sport, said: “This is another important step in the overall plan to transform the facilities at Ashton Gate. The project remains on track to start work in May of this year, at the end of the current season. “During the entire course of the project we have taken feedback from many fans and the wider community and this feedback has made a positive difference to the scheme we now have.

Ashton Gate

“This is no “make-over” or second best alternative. Not only will we have two completely new stands, but the existing Dolman and Atyeo stands will also undergo major redevelopment. “With a completely new public landscape surrounding the ground itself and state of the art technology, Bristol is going to get a new stadium to be proud of. “We are continuing to put across our case to incorporate safe standing into the new stadium and will use all the means that we can to make this a reality.” Steve Lansdown, Bristol City Football Club’s majority shareholder, said: “It is a relief to reach this point and we can now look forward to developing the stadium. I commend the hard work, perseverance and tenacity of all those who have got us this far. I am now looking forward to seeing the new Ashton Gate emerge.”

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A Grand Exhibition

Wallace and Gromit are to get their own exhibition in the city this summer. After Gromit’s success last summer, the duo will be making a star appearance at the M Shed in an exhibition arranged to coincide with the 25th anniversary of their screen debut in A Grand Day Out. Wallace & Gromit from the Drawing Board, opens on May 24 and runs until September 7. It will feature drawings and objects that have never been on public display before. There will also be story boards, production notebooks, film archive, models, sets and clips, as well as a series of rooms from Wallace and Gromit’s home. Aardman will develop the exhibition with regular collaborators Cod Steaks, whose model ship from The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists was on display in M Shed’s foyer in 2012.

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HorseWorld has relocated its tack shop from its visitor centre in Whitchurch to Keynes Farm where the charity’s rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming work takes place. The shop selling both new and used tack, rugs and horse equipment was set up to raise funds for the charity’s rescued animals. Tack Shop manager, Deb Walsh said: “Our maintenance team have worked really hard to build the new

Tack Shop Opens

shop from sheds we’ve moved up from the visitor centre. “The tack shop is a really important resource for the charity. It raises funds for the horses from items donated. We are really grateful for donations of tack, rugs and horse equipment that we receive. Anything that we cannot use for our rescued horses goes into the tack shop to generate the funds to buy essentials like hay, feed and veterinary supplies.”


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By-laws Withdrawn

Several new by-laws, which would have restricted activities such as tree climbing, ball games, and skateboarding have recently been withdrawn. If imposed, these by-laws would have seen regulations such as “Climbing of trees, walls, fences and other structures banned without reasonable excuse” on 207 of the city’s open spaces. Mayor George Ferguson has removed the plans from the full council agenda but is still in favour of the by-laws saying that they stop the most extreme behaviour. He said: “I think this should be dealt with through scrutiny by a broad range of councillors who need to get a real understanding of getting the right balance. I am determined that we make our parks more enjoyable for all. Some parks are almost out of bounds in places because of the anti-social behaviour of some people.”

Folk Festival

The popular Bristol Folk Festival is going to be back in town on May Bank Holiday 2014. Taking place at two new venues that just happen to be neighbours, St. George’s Bristol and Bristol Folk House, the festival features some of the best British folk artists. This year’s line-up includes the winners of the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, Fairport Convention, the Lucy Ward Band,

BBC Folk Awards winners Spiers and Boden and the former Idlewild lead singer Roody Woomble, and his full live band. The festival is also going to include Morris dancers, mummers, Maypoles, Ceilidhs, a market and even posh toilets - a phenomenon at most music festivals! For more information or if you are interested in purchasing tickets, please visit the Bristol Folk Festival website

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Bon Voyage! Discover the magic of France this spring

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Many agree that France is a great place for a break. Close to home but with an abundance of natural splendours, a rich heritage and a relaxed way of life (or ‘art de vivre’), it ticks many boxes on the holiday checklist. From the unspoilt countryside and medieval heritage of Brittany and Normandy to the broad expanse of Atlantic beaches and coastal resorts; from elegant chateaux to bustling bistros, it’s crammed with magical contrasts. And there’s no better way to discover it all than on a self-drive holiday. Pack your car and go Forget no-frills-no-fun flying - it’s easier by sea. Take your own car, packed with everything you need and be free to explore at your own pace. Simply drive aboard

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and you’ll quickly discover your holiday has already started. Choose from cruise-ferry, économie, or high-speed sailings and you can get into the holiday mood as you head across the Channel. With sailings from Plymouth, Portsmouth and Poole to ports in Normandy and Brittany, you’ll save miles of driving, fuel, tolls and overnight stops. On arrival, you’ll find well sign-posted roads, quieter than those at home, that turn motoring into a pleasure again. Make 2014 the year you visit This year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and Battle of Normandy. Prepare to be moved by the wealth of museums and memorials, as well as special events planned for later this year;

all very close to the ports of Caen and Cherbourg. For most it will be best to avoid the state ceremonies around June 6th, and to visit earlier or later in the year to make the most of your trip. The historical links continue at Bayeux, with its world-famous tapestry depicting the battle of 1066. An easy drive south is Le Mans - famous for motorsport but a delightful place itself, with its medieval old town fringed with lofty Roman walls. And a little further along the Sarthe Valley you’ll find the vineyards and chateaux of the Loire, at Angers, Saumur and Chinon. Make time to sample wine direct from the vineyards and leave room in the boot for a few bottles! In Brittany, the list of provincial cities worth a visit could include

TRAVEL Rennes, Quimper, Dinan, Vitre, Fougeres or Vannes. Plus, of course, a seemingly endless rugged coastline

Colleville-Sur-Mer, War Cemetery

dotted with seaside resorts and fishing ports: Dinard, Val Andre, Tregastel, Douarnenez, Benodet, Carnac, the list goes on and on. So whatever kind of break you are thinking about this spring, there’s really only one destination to consider: France, a country where you can unwind and indulge your passions somewhere different for a few days. Photo: Château de Josselin by Pethrus (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (

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Reclusive Bristolian graffiti artist Banksy has recently reworked one of his most famous images to mark the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict - and the image was projected onto landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. Banksy gave a statement on his website, in which he referred to the children whose detention for writing pro-democracy graffiti triggered the first protests in 2011.

A fund-raising ceilidh to benefit cancer support charity CLIC Sargent is going to be taking place at St. Albans Church Hall, Westbury Park on 10th May from 7.30pm until 11.00pm. Tickets cost £8.00 in advance from event/260154 or are half price for under 16s. Under 5s go free. There is a soft drinks bar, or you can bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Bristol Race

runners have signed up to take part this year, making it one of the fastest growing events of its kind in the UK! The minimum age to take part is 15 years and the race will start from Bristol Harbourside at 9.30am. The closing date for entries is 14th April, and there is a limit of 12,000 participants. For more information, please visit

On Sunday 11th May, the 2014 Bristol 10K is going to be taking place in the city - and over 11,000

Album For Charity

Local singer-songwriter Sadie Fleming is releasing an album entitled Til The End in aid of the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel, after one of her close friends was diagnosed with cancer. The artwork for the album was designed by the same friend, and Sadie wrote and recorded the album over two years. From every CD that is sold, £1 will be donated to the charity. Ms. Fleming said: “Til The End is being released in support of CoppaFeel, who educate young people on the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.” For more information, please visit


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After many years of continued support, Microsoft will withdraw from supporting their Windows XP operating system on April 8th 2014. What does this mean for users of this operating system? Starting from April 8th 2014 no new security patches/updates for Windows XP will be produced. In other words, the monthly pop-up message stating, ‘there are X number of updates ready to be installed from Microsoft’ will no longer appear. The good news is that your Windows XP system will not suddenly stop functioning, but the bad news is that no new security patches will be produced. As Microsoft drops support for Windows XP so the IT industry will follow. Many of the software suppliers already do not necessarily test their software to work on Windows XP at all.

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Windows XP will become an outdated operating system with no official or third-party support and extremely vulnerable to virus infections. The best way forward would be to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8. The most economical way to upgrade would be to buy a new PC/laptop with an updated version of Windows already installed. PC PAL can help with advice on what replacement to buy, often supply new desktop computers or laptops and help with the setting up of new equipment. If you are experiencing problems with your computer or need advice please get in touch with me, Antony Swenson local PC PAL engineer in south Bristol on 0117 369 6900 and bristolsouth@pcpal.

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Harbour Festival


The organisers of Bristol Harbour Festival have recently announced that the event is going to be taking place in 2014 from Friday 18th - Sunday 20th July. Bristol Harbour Festival is now in its 42nd year - it was first launched in 1971. It is one of a number of events and festivals that are supported by Bristol City Council to help to promote the city’s cultural offering and help support tourism and the local economy. The city council also supports a broad programme of independently organised festivals and events to animate the city throughout the year, including the International Balloon Fiesta and St Paul’s Carnival. The Bristol Harbour Festival includes live music, dance, street theatre performance and circus displays and takes place over a two-mile site around Bristol’s picturesque Harbourside, which is celebrated by a visiting fleet of pleasure craft, working boats and

exciting ships. The festival also showcases more than 100 local music acts as well as bringing national stars to the city. Last year also saw the return of the Saturday night fireworks after a three-year break The event is estimated to attract around a quarter of a million visitors over the weekend - up from last year, where 200,000 people visited the site. Mike Richmond, the managing director of REM who produce and manage the festival on behalf of Bristol City Council, said: “We’re already securing traders and performers for the 2014 edition of Bristol Harbour Festival. We will continue to work closely with this city’s arts providers to bring visitors their old favourites, action on the water and a few new surprises.” For more information, please visit www.bristolharbourfestival. or if you would like to be considered as a performer, email

Jungle Jam

Rainbow Ramble

From Monday 14th till Wednesday 16th April, Jungle Jam is going to be taking place at The Park Centre in Knowle. Funded by Bristol Plays Music and delivered by local arts organisation Chango Music, Jungle Jam gives children between the ages of 5 and 11 the chance to explore their creativity through performing arts. At the end, families can enjoy a special performance. Places cost £34 for three days. For more information, please call 0117 204 7140.

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On Saturday 10th May, the Rainbow Riverside Ramble is going to be taking place as part of the Bristol Walking Festival, in aid of the Rainbow Centre. Starting at the centre in Knowle at 10.30am, the route takes you through Arnos Vale and along the river. The main route is 13km with a shorter 8km option. Refreshments will be sold at the centre to take away or to eat on your return. For more details, email uk or call 0117 9853354.

Robotic Animals

Local residents are being encouraged to take part in the Robotic Cats and Dogs Challenge, which has been set up by Paper Village in partnership with The Bubba Hub as part of the Southbank Arts Trail in May. The creative challenge is to create robotic cats and dogs using any materials available - and adults and children are all welcome to get involved with the project. Animals could be knitted or crocheted, sewn from felt or fabric, made from beads, wire, clay, paper, card or even foodstuffs! The dogs and cats will go on display in Paper Village and The Bubba Hub during the trail and for a period afterwards. Those who take part in the Robotic Cats and Dogs Challenge will receive their cats and dogs back for safekeeping after the trail. Prizes are going to be given for the silliest cat or dog, the best use of recycled materials, the cutest cat or dog, the best use of colour on a cat or dog, and many other categories. In each category there will be a rosette for an adult and a child. Please drop your exhibits off at Paper Village or The Bubba Hub where your details will be taken down by the staff. Please phone 0117 9639452 or email vic.harrison@blueyonder. if you have any questions about the challenge or if you need some creative advice! The deadline for the challenge is 1st May to give Paper Village a chance to put together the exhibit so please make sure that you have handed in your contribution by then.


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A rare orange lobster has now been homed at Bristol Aquarium for permanent display. David Waines from the aquarium said: “According to the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute, they estimate the odds of finding an orange-coloured lobster is around one in 10 million.” Fishermen contacted marine experts after hauling the lobster near the Isle of Coll in January.

Farm Quest, an outdoors adventure and activity trail, is going to be taking place at Windmill Hill City Farm on 8th and 15th April at 1.30pm. Children will learn about the natural environment, food growing and farming - clothes will get muddy, so outdoor wear is essential. For more information, please visit www.windmillhillcityfarm.

Easter At Farm

Southville Strings

Award For Theatre

took place over Christmas 2013. Ali Robertson, director at Tobacco Factory Theatre, said: “We’re delighted that our production of Cinderella: A Fairytale has been recognised by this Offie Award. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to say, on a stage in the middle of London, that Bristol is the best place in the UK to make theatre at the moment and this award is testament to that.”

An informal fiddle group for young people is starting up again after Easter, with sessions taking place fortnightly on Tuesdays. The first Southville Strings session takes place on 22nd April at FaithSpace on Stackpool Road. The entrance to the music room is around the back of the venue. The group is led by local musician Jane Dempsey, and the aim is to have fun learning and playing traditional fiddle tunes together in a relaxed atmosphere. No knowledge of traditional music is necessary. For more information, please call Jane on 0772 982 5516.

Tobacco Factory Theatre recently celebrated winning a prestigious Offie Award for their production of Cinderella: A Fairytale, which

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‘Ma Baker’, ‘Rasputin’ and ‘Daddy Cool’. Original member Maizie Williams still sings with her group, as does another 70s legend, Gwen Dickey’s Rose Royce, who will also be performing on the Friday, Gwen and Rose Royce were massively successful in the 70s,and with the support from leading tribute band Abba Gold playing all the Swedish pop sensation’s hits, central Bristol will be going pop crazy and decidedly glam on Friday. On Saturday May 24th, the show shifts to its punk roots with a headline performance from Peter



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ince they first formed 10 years ago, Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes have always been a band to see live, and when they play live, this indie rock two-piece sure know how to deliver! Now, to promote the release of their fourth album, the self-titled Blood Red Shoes, the band are back on the road again doing what they do best – gritty and raw rock. After the slightly more polished

sound of their third album In Time To Voices, the duo’s latest work sees them return to their more grungy back-to-basics sound – so you can expect to hear plenty of unabashed and aggressive power-chords from Laura-Mary punctuated with steady driving drums from Steve. Songs from the new album such as the raw ‘Everything All At Once’ and ‘An Animal’ show the two having fun and with their heavy guitar riffs should sound fantastic at the Trinity Centre on April 23rd. Oh, and if you didn’t already know, they just happen to look pretty good, too! Mike Summers

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highest placing solo album since 2001’s Read My Lips, and on anderlust is defined in the the back of a powerhouse sold out show in London to support dictionary as: ‘a strong the albums release, Sophie is desire to travel’. That satiating her wanderlust with a UK said, music fans out there may know it better as the title of English tour throughout April 2014. This includes a stop at our own O2 songstress Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Academy on Tuesday 15th - join fifth studio album. Released and her for what promises to be a debuting at Number 4 on the UK beautifully catchy journey of pop album chart with 10,884 copies sold in its first week, thus her and folk. Kerrie Nicholson


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DERREN BROWN: INFAMOUS Bristol Hippodrome 21 Apr - 26 Apr

Magician, hypnotist, conman and showman Derren Brown will be messing with our minds from 21st to 26th April at the Hippodrome in Infamous, his sixth show since 2003. Brewery Theatre You may have seen his TV shows and feel know- the 08you Apr 13formula Apr but Infamous promises something rather different. This show is personal – not only reaching into your personal space but also revealing more about the man himself. Derren has already won two Olivier Awards for Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006) and Svengali (2012) and speculation is that this show will bring him a third. Although touring since June, journalists and audiences have been spellbound enough to agree to keep his show a secret. Hopefully you will too.


Brewery Theatre 08 Apr - 13 Apr

An hour of sheer delight awaits the whole family at the Brewery Theare this Easter as a new version of the childhood favourite, Pinocchio, springs onto the stage. This is the familiar tale of a lonely carpenter, Geppetto, who creates his own puppet boy out of wood. Geppetto wishes for his boy to come to life and the granting of that wish begins an energetic adventure. Fast-paced and inventive this musical romp is produced by Hiccup Theatre Company (Rumpelstiltskin) who with a lively four strong cast are unlikely to disappoint in the theatre’s aim to encourage creativity and laughter. For further information visit: www.


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This Easter, indulge yourself in an evening of love, or at least the Things We Do For Love, one of the greatest plays of the 90s, at the Theatre Royal Bath from 16th to 26th April. Set on three floors of a converted south west London flat the four residents have conflicting agendas; Gilbert the postman loves his landlady Barbara but she enjoys a man-free life and when Barbara’s friend Nikki moves in with her fiance, Hamish, the hatred between Barbara and him is palpable, but not all is quite as it appears. Stunning popstar and actress Natalie Imbruglia (Neighbours, Johnny English) has her stage acting debut playing Nikki and is joined by Edward Bennett (War Horse), Claire Price (Fifty Words) and Simon Gregor (King Lear). This relationship wrangle is written by Alan Ayckbourn, who, in 1974, had the most plays running simultaneously in the West End. Direction is by Laurence Boswell (directed Madonna in Up For Grabs).


Film & DVD Putting out fires wherever he goes: (main) Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield); (inset) Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone); (below) Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx)

fter the successes of Spider-Man and SpiderMan 2, the critical disappointment of Spider-Man 3 signified that perhaps moviemakers had run out of ideas for the webslinger, especially after a fourth film was aborted due to differences between the filmmakers and a soaring budget. With Sony set to lose the rights to the character to Marvel, the release of The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012 seemed


no more than a desperate ploy by the studio to keep hold of the character. However, a reboot of the series was exactly what it needed, jettisoning the old continuity for a fresh start and injecting a new vitality into the franchise. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sees the titular character (Andrew Garfield) return once more, this time battling the combined might of Elektro (Jamie Foxx) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti, in a very large robot suit) all the while uncovering the mystery behind his father’s disappearance. With so many comic book movies out this year, The Amazing SpiderMan 2 will have to try harder than ever before to capture the interest of the public. We’ll find out if it’s successful or not on 18th April… STARRING: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx DIRECTOR: Marc Webb RELEASED: 18 April 2014






After several TV shows and a TV movie, playing Jules in Judd Apatow’s 2007 hit Superbad gave Emma her first big screen role. Jonah Hill and Michael Cera also starred in what was one of a string of hit films produced by Apatow.

Easy A sees clean-cut high school student Olive (Stone) rely on the school’s rumour mill to advance her social standing. The film more interestingly spelt the end of co-star Amanda Bynes’ acting career when she announced her retirement shortly after filming.

Starring alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson, Emma plays Wichita, a no-nonsense zombie-bashing con artist travelling across America with her kid sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). Bill Murray cameos.

The Help tells the tale of young white woman, Skeeter Phelan (Stone), and her relationship with two black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson during civil rights era America. The film went on to receive many awards including an Academy Award nomination.

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n a world in which your personality defines both you and that to which you belong, this sciencefiction novel conversion will delve deeply into the ‘young adult’ market that served The Hunger Games so well. With compulsory tests for all to establish ones path, Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) discovers that she is divergent, that she fails to possess any clear distinction of type. Forced into hiding, the divergents face eradication unless they can discover why they pose such a threat…SC

ell, no-one saw this one coming; a gritty retelling of the biblical, apocalyptic flood legend of Noah’s Ark. An initial struggle to engage on a serious level is weathered (sorry) by a talented cast - Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins all feature, and the darkened reinforcement of Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. If there needs to be more written here to outline the story then hang your head in shame, you should have spent more time listening in Sunday School. . .SC

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eturning for a second outing, animation goes colour crazy as this singing and dancing carnival experience bursts onto screens once more. Blu and Jewel, voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway respectively, the unlikely Macaw couple united in the 2011 predecessor, embark on an adventure deep into the Amazon with their three kids. Reunited with Eduardo, Jewel’s father brought to life by Andy Garcia, dodging the ill intention of Nigel the Cockatoo is once more order of the day. SC

ameron Diaz is the girlfriend, Leslie Mann is the wife, American model Kate Upton the eye-candy, coming together as one to reek their revenge on sly womaniser and cheater extraordinaire Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. With a humiliated and, albeit well-deserving, tortured man to accompany the trio of attractive ladies, ideal first-date movie is stamped across this feel-good flick. Rapper, singer, actress Nicki Minaj rolls out a few one-liners in support. SC

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Hermione Norris talks about The Crimson Field, the new First World War centenary drama from the BBC

The Crimson Field

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s the televised tributes to the Great War continue to pour out in a bid to mark the centenary year, BBC One is preparing to unveil its latest major drama series. Set in a field hospital on the frontline in France, The Crimson Field looks to highlight a forgotten chapter in the First World War. Here the star of the programme, Hermione Norris, who plays Matron Grace Carter, discusses the pressures of nursing amid falling shells and trenches filled with corpses. Can you tell me a little bit of what The Crimson Field is about? Sarah Phelps has written the most extraordinary script about a group of men and women in a field hospital in France in World War One. A time of great loss and suffering, it’s about people coming in and out of the hospital, and how the nurses and the men relate to each other. How would you describe Grace Carter? Grace Carter is Matron of the hospital. She’s a fierce disciplinarian, but she has a heart of gold, and is interested in the healing of the men, not just the military discipline - running a military hospital. She’s forward-

thinking as well, with the way she treats the men, and she also has a past which is quite hidden. In the first episode, we see the arrival of the Volunteer Aid Detachments. What is her opinion of them? The War started in the summer and everyone thought it would be over by Christmas, so I think a lot of the nurses felt that, in amongst such carnage, unskilled help would be no help at all - actually it would be a hindrance. So some of the nursing staff were against the Volunteer Aid Detachments (VADs) coming, but obviously as the War went on, they really needed all the help that they could get. As the young girls come in and prove themselves, obviously everyone is very grateful for their help. Did you have to do much research into the First World War for the role? When I got cast in it, I felt a huge sense of responsibility like nothing else I’ve ever done before. The First World War is such a huge subject; it affects people still - personally. I’ve read a huge amount but it’s just vast! You could read until you were 90 probably and still not feel qualified to talk about it.

Was there anything from the research that really stood out for you? I think what stands out most is the human suffering - all that human loss. Just that level of suffering without any anaesthetic, and attitudes then - now we have posttraumatic stress, combat stress. What those men went through and what that generation witnessed, and a generation of women losing a generation of husbands, boys and sons. Do you know if your family was involved in the First World War? Yes, my grandfather fought in the First World War and lost a lot of his brothers in the trenches, and I remember being four and he was very confused. He was sitting on the kitchen floor calling out to boys in the trenches. He asked me to come and sit with him, and being four, I thought I’ll go and sit with him and keep him company, and my grandma saying, “Oh he’s calling out to the boys again.” And that was sort of normal for him. Every year he’d have to go to hospital and have shrapnel removed from his leg - severe injuries from the First World War. What those people did in the name of duty, and then returning to normal civilian life. It’s just beyond imagining, really.

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Sarah Phelps’s gripping new drama presents one of the Great War’s untold stories. In a tented field hospital on the coast of France, a team of doctors, nurses and women volunteers work together to heal the bodies and souls of men wounded in the trenches. (below) Rosalie Berwick (Marianne Oldham), Kitty Trevelyan (Oona Chaplin), Flora Marshall (Alice St Clair); (below left) Captain Miles Hesketh-Thorne (Alex Wyndham), Lieutenant-Colonel Roland Brett (Kevin Doyle), Captain Thomas Gillan (Richard Rankin)

The set for The Crimson Field was incredible. Can you remember what it was like the first time you visited it? The set is amazing. I remember it was Kevin Doyle who said ‘come on we’ll show you round’. The set designer just did a beautiful job. You couldn’t not be moved, and that didn’t ever go away, every day you walked on set. It was like a huge active remembrance of the First World War every day really.

In terms of your costume, what was that like? Were you corseted? Yes my costume was corseted when women were doing that kind of labour, or looking after very ill men, bloodied and septic, in their corsets and cuffs and starch, they had to be immaculate because the uniform represents the Army. The nurses and the care, and having to maintain that discipline amongst that carnage – it all just makes me reflect what all those people went through.

Is there a big difference between doing costume drama and modern-day drama? Costume drama takes a lot longer, and it’s much more uncomfortable when you’re waiting around! It can take hours of preparation and everything just takes longer. It’s tougher because there’s a lot of time waiting around in a corset in the searing heat or the freezing cold. It’s not a comfortable experience.

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by John Williams Not the story of someone who likes to take recreational drugs on a regular basis, but the poignant tale of an ‘average’ man. Stoner is a sensitive academic, prone to depression who quietly and diligently goes through his life, accepting its many disappointments but also finding brief spells of joy. This novel became the mustread of 2013 although it was first published in 1965 when it was fairly well reviewed but never became a best-seller and went out of print. William Stoner is the son of taciturn and honest farming parents. He enters the University of Missouri at nineteen to study agriculture and a requirement of his course is to take a class in English literature. Something

awakens in him during this time and his lifelong love of literature begins. Later he becomes a teacher and the academy becomes his sanctuary. Stoner enjoys teaching but his career is constantly hampered by a malevolent head of department. He falls in love with and marries the wrong woman, and while he adores his daughter his wife turns her against him. He has an affair with the right woman but that has to end when the outside world interferes. All of this tests Stoner’s incredible patience and stoicism to its limits but he emerges a hero. Beautifully well written, honest and unpretentious, Stoner’s unremarkable life story is heart breaking and resonates long after one has read it.

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Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

Shine Shine Shine is Lydia Netzer’s debut novel telling the story of an extraordinary and yet very human family. Capable Sunny Mann has masterminded the perfect suburban life for herself and her family in Virginia. She has trained her genius astronaut husband, Maxon, to pass for normal and medicates and controls their autistic son Bubber’s behaviour as advised by the professionals. But then she has an accident and her blonde wig comes off, revealing her to be far from the Stepford wife she’s been pretending to be - Sunny has been bald all her life. We learn that Sunny and Maxon grew up together. Sunny’s mother took the neglected Maxon under

her wing along with Sunny, and the children formed a friendship which later blossomed into marriage. Now Sunny is pregnant with their second child and Maxon has departed for the moon to programme robots to build a fledgling colony. Struggling with pregnancy, a dying mother and caring for their autistic son, the couple have reached breaking point but Sunny’s car accident and an incident involving Maxon’s rocket jolts Sunny into an awareness of what matters. Although the plot seems far-fetched and is sometimes confusing, the feeling is of a beautiful, poetic story of love, loss, childhood, motherhood and marriage.



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The delay cost him one of his testicles. During his ordeal It’s in the Bag gave Mike invaluable support. “They were great,” he said, “I was able to go to them and ask questions, they have been really supportive.” Mike wants people to be aware of the illness and check for lumps. He and his family are planning to run another event during the summer and are looking for businesses to offer donations. To help email sarahyoung89@

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invited to attend the Wildscreen Festival, which this year takes place from Sunday 19th - Friday 24th October 2014 in Bristol. For more information and to download a bursary application form, visit and click on the Apply Here section on the ROAR Talent page. Application forms must be submitted to uk by July 5th. Winners will be announced by August 5th.

In March the family of Mike Young who at the age of 19 was diagnosed with testicular cancer, hosted a fun day at Victoria Park Baptist Church, Bedminster, raising more than £1,700. The money is for It’s in the Bag, a charity set up to raise awareness about testicular cancer and support sufferers. Mike was diagnosed with cancer months after first being told by a doctor he had nothing to worry about.

A bursary scheme has been set up by Bristol-based Wildscreen, the world’s leading wildlife and environmental film festival, to encourage aspiring young filmmakers to join the industry. Applicants aged between 17 and 24 who are passionate about a career in wildlife film production are particularly encouraged although the scheme is open to newcomers. Each bursary winner will be


The Bristol Eisteddfod Music Festival Grand Celebration Concert is to be held at St George’s this year. Founded in 1903 by William Fowler, it has run without a break for 112 years, this is, however, its first visit to St George’s! The concert is to be held on Tuesday 8th April 2014 and tickets will cost £5 for adults and £3 for under 16s. The festival will include a variety of instrumental, vocal and spoken word performances from invited participants. For further information visit

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Stadium Dash

The St Peter’s Hospice Stadium Dash is back for its second year with the support of Bristol Rovers Football Club. The event, which asks participants to run up and down all 415 steps at the Memorial Stadium, was launched by fundraisers from St Peter’s Hospice and families who have experienced the care provided by the charity, first-hand. The Stadium Dash is taking place this year on Saturday 7th June and fundraisers are encouraging people to sign up and beat last year’s record of 2 minutes 44 seconds. The man to beat is 33-year-old marine Robert Ladd from Thornbury, who completed the challenge with his sister Cheralyn in memory of their dad Colin Ladd. Robert said: “Both Cheralyn and I really enjoyed last year’s Stadium Dash so we signed up straight away for this year’s event. “Because I came joint first place as

fastest male and Cheralyn was named fastest woman it’s given us an extra bit of competitiveness and we both want to beat our times and come out on top again! “We began supporting the hospice in 2013 when our dad Colin Ladd was cared for there during his battle with prostate cancer. “In the last months of his life the hospice helped dad get his pain under control and managed his complicated symptoms. As soon as was possible dad was transferred back home to be with our mum and the Hospice at Home team stepped in to support mum and care for dad. A few days later dad passed away peacefully at home, with me, my sister and mum by his side. “The care the hospice provided really was second-to-none and I don’t know what we’d have done without the nurses there to help mum and always cheer everyone up. They really knew what they were doing, but it wasn’t just the medical care, it was the

whole support system they provided. “Anything my sister and I can do to raise money for the hospice we will do.” As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. Registration is just £10 and there is no minimum sponsorship amount. To request a form please contact Maria on Maria.MoonPark@ or visit www.

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Photo Competition

The Friends of Marksbury Road Library are inviting Pigeon readers to take photographs illustrating two themes “Fun in Malago Vale” and “Spring in Malago Vale” and enter them in the library’s new Malago Vale photography competition, which will be taking place this spring. The lucky winners will see their entry displayed for a week in Marksbury Road Library, at the heart of Malago Vale, and will also have their prize photo professionally mounted and framed. The competition is going to be judged by a panel which will be advised by Marten Röstel, who is the manager of the local Grant Bradley Gallery in Bedminster. The competition is going to have

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E: three age groups for each theme. The categories are as follows - up to 10 years of age; 11-16 years old; and adults. Entry is only £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children up to age 16. All are welcome to take part in the competition. Rules and conditions for the competition can be obtained from Marksbury Road Library, which is open all day Monday, We d n e s d a y, Friday, and Saturday morning. A l t e r n a t i v e l y, please visit The Friends of Marksbury Road Library on Facebook to find out more. The deadline for entries is Saturday May 24th 2014 and the winners will be displayed at Marksbury Road Library between Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th June 2014.

The new Oasis Academy Marksbury Road is expected to open in September, with places for up to 420 pupils. The school, which is being built on the former City of Bristol College site in Bedminster, is going to have two forms of entry and sixty reception year places will be offered each year. Prospective pupils and their families have been attending open evenings ahead of the opening of the school. The Academy is being built in response to the high demand for school places. For more information on schools in the local area, visit http://southbristolschoolscrisis.

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As the Children and Families Bill is reaching the final stages of its progress through Parliament, Alison Dukes Family Law Specialist with AMD Solicitors considers some of the important changes that are likely to be enacted. When I was first in practice in 1986 the important terms in children’s cases were “custody” – either sole or joint – “care and control” and “access”. Parents who had “joint” custody were expected to discuss important issues in a child’s life together. The child would live with the parent who had “care and control” and then have “access” to the other parent. With the advent of the Children Act 1989 came “parental responsibility”. All mothers have parental responsibility as, since December 2003, have all fathers registered on their children’s birth certificates. Parental responsibility can also be acquired if the mother and father are married or by entering into a Parental Responsibility Agreement or by court order. The other terms under the Children Act were “residence” – with whom a child lives – and “contact” which replaced the former “access”. Residence could be “shared” even in cases where the number of nights a child spent with each parent was unequal. The Children and Families Bill is expected to replace the terms “residence” and “contact” with a “Child Arrangement

Order” regulating with whom a child will live, spend time or otherwise have contact. The hope is that this will remove any appearance that there is one parent who has most of the involvement with a child while the other parent’s role is more peripheral. It should also mean the end of current arguments about whether “residence” should be “shared” or not. The intention behind the Bill is to underline a commitment to both parents being involved in a child’s life. A court will presume that involvement of a parent in a child’s life will further that child’s welfare unless, of course, there is evidence that a child would be at risk of suffering harm. This provision is significantly watered down from talk a few years ago of parents having a right to equal contact. For advice on family breakdown and children issues, Alison or other members of AMD’s family law team can be contacted on 0117 9621205 or by email to alisondukes@ Copyright AMD Solicitors

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Supermarket Win

Staff at ASDA Bedminster have recently been celebrating winning a national award for the best PR coverage of all the chain’s stores in the country. A special ceremony was held for winners in Leeds, and the store’s community champion received an award at the event. The store in Bedminster then held a celebration day for all the staff in recognition of the accolade.


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Nominations for the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s (CPRE) Award for a Beautiful and Litter

The award was given in recognition of the publicity that had been generated by the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of ASDA Bedminster’s opening, which took place at the store last year. ASDA Bedminster came top of 600 stores to win the award. ASDA’s 25th anniversary celebrations featured a muffin giveaway, a Zumba session, a singing choir, and a special visit from the Lord Mayor. Free Countryside are now open. The winners will be invited to receive their award and a £500 cash prize from the CPRE’s president Sir Andrew Motion in June. The deadline for entries this year is Friday 4th April. Inidividuals, groups, organisations and companies can all be nominated for the award by filling in the online form - For more information visit www.

Bristol Is Best

The Sunday Times newspaper has recently named Bristol the best city in the second part of its supplement, Best Places to Live in Britain. Bristol beat 63 cities to come top of the prestigious list, rising above rivals such as London, Birmingham, Brighton and Manchester. The supplement praised Bristol for its low unemployment rate, good schools, and its culture and night life. It was also commended for its plans to modernise the rail links between London and Cardiff. Bristol was also named as the most liveable city according to a survey by MoneySuperMarket.

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LAUNCHPAD CLASSES 2.05pm-2.50pm contact...............07966 864696 PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 3.30pm-6.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 ACTING OUT DRAMA CLASSES 4.00pm-5.00pm 4-6 years old 5.00pm-6.00pm 7-11 years old contact ..........07956962422 or 07823773179 YOGA 5.45pm-7.15pm & 7.30pm9.00pm contact..............0117 907 8995 KUNDALINI YOGA 7.00pm-8.30pm, contact..............07968 493 452

JOLLY TOTS! 10.00am-10.45am parent & child classes contact..............07970 678 872 DANCE LESSONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE 3.00pm-4.00pm from April 22nd in Main Hall, £3.00 per class, book with LinkAge contact.................01173052365 PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 4.30pm-7.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 TAEKWON-DO 4.30pm-5.30pm, for children, 5.50pm-7.15pm, for adults, contact...............0117 339 0069 YOGA & MINDFULNESS 6.30pm-7.45pm contact..............07938 889 028 PREGNANCY YOGA & BIRTH PREPARATION 7.15pm-9.00pm. Please note this is not a drop-in class, contact 0117 966 9324 or 07818 407 796. PEOPLE OF NOTE COMMUNITY CHOIR 7.30pm-9.30pm contact..............01749 850 474


PARENT & CHILD PLAY GROUP (term time only) 9.30am-11.30am contact familyservices@ PILATES 9.30am-10.30am or 07817 189474. PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 3.30pm-6.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 PREGNANCY YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm advanced booking necessary contact..............07964 979 436 AEROBICS 6.15pm-7.15pm (drop in class for all abilities) contact..............07866 918 683 KRAV MAGA 7.30pm-9.30pm. Israeli reality based self-defence for fitness, confidence & personal safety, contact.............07814 353 664


SPECIAL NEEDS JUDO 6.15pm-8.15pm contact..............01275 874 547 BEGINNERS YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm (drop in class for beginners) contact..............07808 295 159 RESTORATIVE YOGA 7.45pm-9.00pm - suitable for all levels contact..............07794 396 480 TAI CHI (improvers) 7.30pm-9.30pm

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FIRST STEPS SOCCER 9.55am-10.35am for 2½-3½ year olds. 11.00am-11.40am for 3½ years and upwards contact..............07825 994 671

LAUNCHPAD CLASSES Fun, friendly educational classes for pre school children. 1.35pm-2.20pm contact...............07966 864696 TAEKWON-DO 5.00pm-6.00pm for children, 6.10pm-7.30pm for adults. Beginners always welcome. First month training free. Korean Kickboxing and Karate contact.............0117 339 0069

Southville Community Development Association Dance Lessons

Dance lessons for older people will be starting on Tuesday 22nd April, as we introduce a new dance class in association with LinkAge. The classes are going to be held at the Southville Centre in the main hall on Tuesdays between 3.00pm4.00pm. There’s no partner needed for the classes. You will be learning steps from Latin-American, ballroom and fun party dances. So why not put on your comfortable clothes and shoes and get dancing?


PARENT & TODDLER GROUP 9.00am-11.30am contact..............0117 963 9283 POLICE SURGERY 12.00pm-4.00pm (alternative Thursdays).


Easter Playscheme

Book your place now for the Easter Playscheme at the Southville Centre. Runs 7th – 11th and 14th – 17th April 2014. The playscheme is open to all reception and primary school children. To book, please email or call the centre on 0117 9231039.

Temporary Closure

A note for your diaries: the Southville Centre is going to be closed from 9.30pm on Thursday 17th April. We will reopen again at 8.30am on Tuesday 22nd April.

Arts Trail

As you may know, the Southville Community Devlopment Association (SCDA) founded the Southbank Bristol Arts Trail and we remain its biggest fan and the largest venue on the trail. We are planning lots of fun activities for the up-coming robots themed weekend on 17th and 18th May. So keep an eye on our website for more information on the trail - visit and on our Southville Centre Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @SCDA.|55




Letters to the editor

The editor of the Pigeon is always interested to hear the views of Pigeon readers on local or global issues. If you feel strongly about what is going on around you, then don’t be silent, WRITE TO THE EDITOR at Conker Publishing, P.O. Box 240, Bristol, BS10 5XG or email: Dear Editor, Within the last few months several Southville streets have been included in the Bedminster Conservation Area. The council’s Character Appraisal document for this area (see link below) lists ‘utilitarian street furniture, particularly lighting’ amongst the negative features. This only goes to underline how utterly deplorable and lamentable the decision was in September 2007 to remove tens of original and beautiful lampposts for ‘heritage enhancement’ elsewhere in the city,

from Upper Perry Hill and the neighbouring streets. Whoever allowed this to happen should hang their heads in shame. Here’s the council’s document: uk/sites/default/files/documents/ planning_and_building_regulations/conservation/Bedminster. And here’s a picture of one of our lampposts being removed in September 2007. Ed Pitt, Southville Dear Editor, Are you aware that ‘sustainable’ Bristol developer Urbis has submitted a planning application that includes a 15-storey tower block in the centre of south Bristol?

The proposed scheme will change Bristol’s skyline forever, eroding the city’s character. The developer intends to replace an existing 7-storey block with a series of towers, the highest of which will be 15-storeys high. The tallest building will be the same height as Colston Tower. Even the lowest of the three blocks is the same height as the Bristol & West building at Temple Quay. This scheme is not appropriate for the city of Bristol. It will have a detrimental effect on the local community, local neighbourhoods and the city as a whole. The proposals ignore the existing local character and scale of south Bristol. Bristol’s character is defined by a backdrop of hills to the south and west. Block these views and Bristol loses an important part of its character. Parts of Bristol have already been blighted by poor planning decisions in the past. Let us ensure that Bristol City Council planners

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News Charity Bike Ride

A man from the local area along with four friends aims to cycle from Hampshire to Norrteljia in Sweden to raise money for three different charities. Thomas Hasler, originally a Hartcliffe resident, hopes to raise £10,000 to share between the three charities along with his four friends, Lee, AJ, Andy, and Craig.

He said: “We are keen to make a difference to our chosen charities. We are taking this challenge very seriously as we want to raise as much as possible for them. I don’t want to let any of my sponsors down. “I know I will have to be very fit so I am training as much as I can and am being helped by Terry Bees, a local sports therapist.” The bike ride, which is in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, R4FT (support for families struggling with the effects of a child’s trauma) and C-R-Y (awareness of conditions that can lead to SDS) will take place this month. The team are being supported by people at The Imp pub in Southville, The Hope And Anchor in Shirehampton, The Fire Engine in St George, The Queenshilling and The Pineapple on Frogmore Street and The Duke of York. To find out more, please visit

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contd from page 56 do not repeat the mistakes of the 60s and 70s. The scheme would be made up of one and two bedroom apartments and two bedroom duplex apartments. The lack of variation in accommodation types and the excessive height of the buildings would not add to south Bristol’s existing community spirit. The proposals are lazy and represent a missed opportunity for south Bristol. Appropriate development is to be encouraged but the scheme submitted for planning is not appropriate or right for this part of Bristol. What can you do to help prevent this proposal from happening? 1) You can make your concerns heard to Bristol City Council’s planning department. You can do this online. 2) Write directly to Bristol City Council’s planning department to object. Email regeneration@bris-


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Church Progress

St Augustine’s church in Whitchurch has recently been taken down to make room for 18 new homes and a combined church worship and community centre. Contractors started to demolish the landmark church following years of it standing boarded up on East Dundry Lane. Built in the early 1970s, the church had become increasingly d e r e l i c t , meaning that the congregation had to move over the road to worship at Bridge Farm School. Colliers International’s Chris Dawson said: “St Augustine’s church has been a south Bristol landmark for many years – for all the wrong reasons. Residents and churchgoers have waited patiently

E: for this scheme to come to fruition and can finally look forward to a smart new homes, church worship and community facility on this important site. “Although a standout building in its time, St Augustine’s was plagued with difficulties from the start. The striking angled roof proved particularly prone to problems. “The bell tower was taken down, lead was stolen from the roof and the church itself was finally closed in 2007 after fears as to the structural integrity of the building. “Work is now well on the way to complete the demolition and clear the development site ready for the next phase.” For more information on the development, call 0117 917 3000.

Holiday Workshop

Gardening Group

Bedminster Station Gardening Group is going to be meeting on May 3rd - and they welcome new volunteers who wish to go along to their meetings and find out what the group is all about. The group was formed in 2000 to transform the area at Parson Street station entrance but since then the area has extended into the Victoria Park pathway on Fraser Street in Windmill Hill. The group begins work at 9.30am and continues until about 11.00am but any time you can spare is fine. If you are interested in more information, please contact Phil on 07811 623136.

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Rugby Relief

As part of Sport Relief 2014, Bath Rugby recently hosted members of Bath Gateway Out and About for a session of tag rugby. Bath Gateway Out and About provides social and leisure activities for disabled and underprivileged adults. Becky Morgan, development officer at Bath Gateway Out and About, said: “We are so glad to have Bath Rugby show their support for us, it has been great for our members to be able to come down to meet some of their heroes.” Sport Relief recently raised over £53 million for charity.

Charity Event

On Monday 14th April, a Bubbletastic holiday workshop is going to be taking place at the Southville Centre, Beauley Road. Each child will be able to pick their own fragrances, petals, glitter and shapes to make their own set of bath treats to take home. The workshop costs £14.00 per child, and places can be booked by email: or by calling 07595 350 764.

Penny Brohn Cancer Care are looking for volunteers to help when it opens its gardens in Pill to the public on Sunday 22nd June. There are lots of ways in which people can get involved - from baking a cake or manning a stall to directing car parking and selling tickets. There will also be live music performances. If you would like to help, please email emma.

Expressions Show

From 25th April till 1st May, Bristol’s Paintworks Event Space is going to be holding an arts

festival with a difference. The week-long event features work from hundreds of people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and dementia, built into installation art. This year, the focus is on the creative journeys of the people who use Milestones’ services. For more information on the event, visit www.milestonestrust.

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A Word

From Your MP Dawn Primarolo


Care Bill

In last month’s Pigeon I wrote about the Lobbying Bill, a bad law forced through by the government. Regrettably the government have just done the same with Clause 119 of the Care Bill, what has become known as the “hospital closure clause”. In short, this will allow ministers to close hospitals with practically no local consultation simply because a nearby health trust is in financial difficulties. It will not matter how successful that hospital is in serving its community. Our National Health Service is changing all the time; in recent years we have seen the opening of the new South Bristol Hospital to replace the aging General Hospital in Redcliffe. That decision was based on clinical need, to provide outstanding new facilities and care closer to the homes of those who need it most. We have also seen the consolidation of Accident and Emergency departments in the north of Bristol, centralising expertise with the aim of dramatically improving survival rates. But this new power, which resulted from the government losing a Court of Appeal decision over their plans to close a hospital in south London, is about financial imperatives not clinical need. Readers may have been aware that there was an attempt to halt the government’s plans, but at the last minute the Lib Dem MP who tabled a key amendment was persuaded to back down with the offer of chairing a committee. In the final vote, one Lib Dem

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joined Labour in opposing the plan. Since 2010 this government has systematically undermined the NHS. Despite promising “no more top-down reorganisations” the government have undertaken the biggest reorganisation of the NHS in its history. Instead of putting doctors in control they have empowered lawyers and accountants, adding bureaucracy which has taken over £3billion from patient care. They have awarded contracts worth £1.36 billion to private health care companies with links to individuals who have given over £1.5 million to the Conservative Party. So those who funded the development of the reorganisation policy are now profiting from the sell-off of NHS services. I am pleased Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, has announced a future Labour government would reverse the exposure of the NHS to competition law. The NHS will be explicitly defined as a service designed to promote “social solidarity”, this would make it exempt from EU competition law. Our priority will be to integrate health and social care, a single care team – doctors, nurses, therapists – working together to meet a personalised plan. There will be a greater emphasis placed on prevention and keeping people away from unnecessary hospital stays. Older people and their families would benefit from a single point of contact to coordinate all their care needs This will mean an NHS genuinely fit for the 21st century.

How to contact your MP and councillors Dawn Primarolo MP Surgery:

Please ring 0117 909 0063 for an appointment.


Dawn Primarolo MP for Bristol South, Tel: 0117 909 0063, Write to P.O. Box 1002, Bristol BS99 1WH.


Mark Bradshaw: Bedminster Marksbury Road Library - fourth Saturday of each month, 10.30am12pm. Colin Smith: Bedminster Marksbury Road Library - fourth Saturday of each month, 10.30am12pm.

Sean Beynon: Southville Call Sean for him to arrange a suitable time to visit you at home. Tess Green: Southville North Street by the green flag. Dates announced each month.


Write to The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR Mark Bradshaw: tel: 0117 353 3160, email:mark. Colin Smith: tel: 0117 353 3380, email:colin. Sean Beynon: tel: 0117 353 3370, email:sean.

Tess Green: Write to 10 Fairfield Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1LG. Tel 0117 377 2070,


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Colin Smith Bedminster

Budget Update

Sean Beynon Southville

budget, and reversed a planned £500,000 cut to children’s centres. “This will ensure that all of the young children in the city will be able to continue to benefit from the important services they provide. The other parties also made amendments – everybody supported a Conservative plan to invest more in local rail services. “A Lib Dem proposal to freeze council tax was rejected by all the other parties and the mayor. This freeze would have been at the cost of services, and ignored the fact that the clear majority of those responding to the consultation into the budget (many more people than usual responded this year) did not support a freeze. The Greens did not put a single amendment forward for debate.” Mark Bradshaw concluded: “While there may be some who might be tempted to sit back and blame the mayor for all of these cuts, that would not be fair. The government is forcing unprecedented cuts on Bristol, and it is the responsibility of the mayor, as well as all of the councillors, to respond to this. Legally, we must set a budget – refusal to do so would have simply led to government bureaucrats imposing a far worse budget on the city of Bristol. “The changes that we have made do not, by any means, solve all of Bristol City Council’s problems and the cuts are going to be extremely difficult for Bristolians in the coming years. But we are very pleased to have made some constructive changes to improve the council’s budget.”

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Tess Green Southville

Benefits Briefing

Most households have received a welfare reform briefing. This gives clear guidelines about changes to benefits and where to get help. If you did not get a copy then contact The Welfare Rights and Money Advice Service, Freepost BS4341, PO Box 595, Bristol BS99 2BR, ring 0117 352 1888 or email

Bus Changes

FirstBus have announced changes to bus services. This includes extending service 24 to Southmead Hospital, which you told us in our survey, was what you wanted. Unfortunately there is no service planned to go from here to Temple Meads station, the extra destination people wished for, and so Charlie Bolton and I are asking for signatures on a petition. Contact Charlie or myself or visit www.southville


Labour councillors supported the council’s budget recently, after securing concessions of over £2million from the mayor to help protect services in Bristol. Sean Beynon said: “Labour councillors wanted to play an active and positive role in the budget process. It’s no good complaining from the sidelines and leaving all the difficult decisions to the mayor. “Pressure from residents and the councillors from all parties had already convinced the mayor to back off some of his more unpopular proposals – like ending supervision at Hengrove Play Park which could have led to the closure of parts of the park. “We also secured an agreement from the mayor to introduce a living wage for all council staff. This is fundamentally the right thing to do – nobody who works should be paid a wage below this level. “By making this gesture for the local council staff, we are hoping that the mayor will now work to make Bristol a truly living wage city so that everyone – whether they work in the private sector or the public sector - receives decent pay for a hard day’s work.” Colin Smith said: “We wanted to protect the services that people particularly value from Bristol City Council. Other changes that we managed to make to the budget included reversing a planned cut to voluntary groups in Bristol, and maintaining some services to ensure parks and grass verges will be properly cut. We have managed to preserve the sports development

Green Councillor

Residents’ Parking

Thank you to all of you who responded to the consultation with your comments. I have transferred any feedback to the traffic team, which included a plea for cheaper permit prices, more visitor permits for households with special needs, especially as carers and more permits for small businesses such as guest houses. I have also commented that full explanation is required for people to understand why the mayor is imposing the scheme.

Street Surgeries

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Cider Spectacular


Charity Collection

On 3rd and 4th May 2014, the Bank Holiday Cider Spectacular is going to be taking place at Southbank Club, Dean Lane. The event is Bristol Cider Shop’s annual cider festival, and will be celebrating the best in local drink, food and music. For more information on the event, please visit the Bristol Cider Shop website - www.

Local resident Paul Bennett recently handed a cheque for £2450.00 to the Avon Riding School for the Disabled, which was the result of his Christmas collections for 2013. Mr. Bennett collected for the charity on North Street, Hanham High Street, and Pill High Street. He also collected at St. Aldhelm’s Christmas Fayre, Sainsbury’s petrol station and other functions.

Tennis Club

be starting in April. Greville Smyth Tennis Club is a friendly community club, which is based at the courts in Greville Smyth Park and they would like to invite players of all ages and abilities to join the group, and get playing tennis! The club also has a thriving junior section. For more information, please visit the website - www.

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Sale Trail

On Sunday 6th April, residents of Totterdown and Knowle are going to be hosting Bristol’s first sales trail, with the aim to get rid of clutter. Householders throughout the areas of Totterdown and Knowle will be setting up stalls in their gardens or front rooms to clear out unwanted items and give visitors the chance to pick up a bargain. Sam Hearn of Somerset Road said: “We’re all being encouraged to reduce the amount of waste we create and to spend our hard-earned money more wisely. Sale trails are not only a simple way to do this but also add to community spirit, by bringing people together to strike bargains over stuff that might otherwise become landfill.” The trail is going to be taking place from 10.00am until 2.00pm. For more information, please visit

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Local Projects

GBCP has been involved in some interesting projects, which aim to improve community services and facilities and the local environment. Bedminster Skills Week, Grey Pride, the Bristol Aging Better, Southville Green Walkway, and Know-Your-Bristol-on-the-Move projects are all connected and you can find out more about them on 31st May in Dame Emily Park. As part of Grey Pride there will be a brass band, deck-chairs, an ice-cream seller and much more designed to get older people out of their homes and enjoy using our shared space. While people are spending time in the park there will be the chance to try new experiences and activities as part of Bedminster Skills Week. There will also be an opportunity for people to suggest how as a community we can reduce

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loneliness of older people and those suggestions will be used to inform the work of the Bristol Aging Better project. Bristol University’s KnowYour-Bristol-on-the-Move bus will be there to capture the rich history of the park and surrounding areas. Those memories and the history of the area will be used to create a trail for the Southville Green Walkway project. The Green Walkway is a route that starts on the Coronation Road/ Beauley Road junction, follows Beauley Road up the hill past the Southville Centre, over Stackpool Road and along Merrywood Road past Southville Primary School and down to Dame Emily Park, across Dean Lane, down Warden Road, across East Street and ends at St. John’s graveyard, the medieval centre of Bedminster.

The idea behind the walkway is to improve both the visual aspect and the feel and experience of being in and around the area. There will be a range of planting in shared spaces to brighten up the street view and the project hopes to encourage people to present their outdoor space nicely by keeping pathways and pavements clear of obstacles and by planting attractive flowers and shrubs in their gardens and in window boxes. Street lamp banners will mark the route of the walkway with various pieces of community artwork to enjoy along the way. The Southville Green Walkway will be one of several routes being developed in the south Bristol area over the next year and we hope that once these are established the option to walk rather than drive short distances, will be a more pleasant experience.

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WHEN and WHERE, What’s On Southville Gardening Club 01 April Southville Gardening Club is meeting at St Paul’s Church, Southville, when the theme of the talk will be Compost in One Month. The talk will be given by Michael Poultney, Midland’s Branch chairman of the National Vegetable Society, tea and cake will be served after the event. All are welcome to go along and join the group. 7.30pm St Paul’s Church, Coronation Road 07752 341 340

Wild Outdoors Day 06 April Windmill Hill City Farm is going to be holding a Wild Outdoors Day. There will be information and activities from Windmill Hill City Farm, The National Trust, Parents4Play and Playing Out about getting out this summer. There’s no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day. 10.00am - 4.00pm Windmill Hill City Farm Ageing Gracefully 11 April As part of the Bristol Spring Poetry Festival, the Bard of Windmill Hill, David C. Johnson and John Christopher Wood will be getting together for musings on the ageing process. Tickets cost £5.00 in advance, or £6.00 on the door. 8.00pm The Lansdown, Clifton 07954 147 464

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Easter Eggstravaganza 19 April On Saturday 19th April, an Easter Eggstravaganza is going to be taking place at Royal National Institute of Blind People in Bedminster. There will be a bouncy castle, craft tent, Easter bonnet making, and more. 11.00am - 3.00pm 10 Stillhouse Lane, Bedminster 0117 934 1727 Easter Family Fun Day 19 April St Paul’s Church is going to be holding an Easter family fun day on 19th April. The event will feature a bouncy castle, ball pool, crafts, face painting, entertainment and much more. Refreshments will be served. 10.30am St Paul’s Church, Coronation Road The Toy Sale 26 April A biannual second hand toy sale is going to be taking place on 26th April at Hotwells Primary. There will be quality goods for sale and the event is open to the public. 11.00am Hotwells Primary School Bristol Walking Festival 26th April - 26th May Bristol Walking Festival is going to be taking place across Bristol with the aim to get people moving in the city. Last year’s festival saw 30 organisations getting involved. Various Times Various Locations

Ladies Fashion Show 28 April Friends of Parson Street Primary School will be holding a Travelling Trends fashion show on 28th April. There will be high street ladies’ clothing for sale at bargain prices. Clothes are available to try, buy and take home on the night.Tickets cost £5.00 including a welcome drink and raffle ticket. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start Parson Street Primary School 07779 234 144 Cider Spectacular 03 - 04 May Southbank Club on Dean Lane, Southville is going to be playing host to Bristol Cider Shop’s cider spectacular. The annual festival will feature all the best in local cider, food and music. More details can be found on the website below. All Day Southbank Club, Dean Lane Rotary Club Thursday Evenings The Rotary Club of Bristol South meet every Thursday at the Dovecote Inn - and new members both male and female are always welcome to join the group. The rotary club aims to give back to communities in the area, as well as nationally and abroad. Please call Phillip on the number below to find out more about the group. 7.30pm The Dovecote Inn, Long Ashton 0781 0435 925


Quiz Night 04 April A quiz night is going to be taking place at St Paul’s Church, Coronation Road on 4th April. Teams of up to four people are welcome, and there is a cost of £5.00, which includes supper. All are welcome to go along - please bring your own drinks. 7.30pm St Paul’s Church, Coronation Road

Easter Egg Trail 18 April A Good Friday Easter Egg Hunt is going to be held at Leigh Woods. The event promises to be an enjoyable day out searching for eggs in the woodlands while learning about the animals that live in the area. 10.00am - 2.00pm Leigh Woods leighwoodsevents@nationaltrust.

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The Grand National, April 5th, 4.15pm. Aintree Aintree has been the home of the Grand National since it started officially in 1839 and was won by a horse called Lottery. Horses taking part in the Grand National today are required to do two laps of the track, jumping over all but two of the 16 fences twice, making a total of 30 fences that they must clear on their way to the finish line. Given the difficulty of, and variation between, the fences, it is the hardest track in the world to complete, and jockeys will celebrate for simply finishing. The race is four miles and three-and-a-half furlongs long.


The Grand National by Stephen Coombes

An event that draws differing emotions, whether you believe the Grand National is sport at its finest or tantamount to animal cruelty, as the cavalry of horses congregate to undertake the jump seasons most daunting venture it is impossible to deny the spectacle that unfolds. With an estimated 600 million television viewers glued to their screens, not to mention betting slips, breath will be held as notorious fences such as ‘The Chair’ and ‘Becher’s Brook’ loom large along the famous Aintree course. A race renowned for its unpredictability (since the turn of the millennium only one outright favourite, Hedgehunter in 2005, has triumphed) last season’s outing saw a stunning victory for the Sue Smith trained, Ryan Mania rode 66/1 shot Auroras Encore. The year before saw Neptune Collonges bring home a 33/1 punt, and in 2009 Mon Mome defied its 100/1 starting price. While the cluttered field ensures that even the favourite will see a starting price just shy of 10/1, if you manage to pick the winner on Saturday 5th April, it might be worth nipping out to grab yourself a lottery ticket. There are some familiar names lining up to make headlines this time around, Paul Nicholls’ stable offers two prospective hopefuls in Tidal Bay, with Sam Twiston-Davies on board and Rocky Creek, who recently missed out on a run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup due to a bout of ringworm. Sunnyhillboy, cruelly reined in by the aforementioned Neptune Collonges in 2012, looks to go one better than his then runner-up status while Teaforthree, who jumped well in 2013 but failed to show a race defining turn of pace, is favourably handicapped to stake his claim. Having finished eighth during his Gold Cup run, a result that far from phased trainer Rebecca Curtis whose sights were firmly set on Aintree, concerns over the going have been dispelled. “Everybody thinks he (Teaforthree) needs heavy but he doesn’t” Curtis asserts, reassuring that the gelding has a preference for the ‘softer side of good’. Below: Auroras Encore, 2013 winner

Of course, in reality the form book can so frequently fall at the first in this often hectic stage, and thus picking a winner is akin to tossing a loosely aimed dart at a rotating dart board. But often, and with the absolute caveat and hope that all the horses and their jockeys return in good health, therein lies the true attraction of this most unique of races. Memories abound of the family gathering to see how their randomly chosen ride will do, whether they have been chosen by name or from a hastily organised tombola. Trying to make sense of a sea of colour jumping as one, the disappointment as your horse fades away, the anticipation a it remains in the mix entering the home straight. One thing is absolutely for sure, if you stake a total of anymore than a whimsical tenner, you’re a much, much braver person than me.




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A giant water slide designed by local artist Luke Jerram is expected to be installed on Park Street for a Sunday in May. Mr. Jerram plans to install a temporary slide using plastic sheeting and hay bales, which Bristol residents would be able to use for free. Mr. Jerram said: “Its steep incline and prominent location makes it perfect for the slide site. This massive urban slide will allow people to slide down Park Street and experience their city in a completely new way.” The aptly named Park and Slide project is expected to cost £5,621 and currently money is being raised on the crowdfunding website Spacehive. It will be presented as part of Bristol City Council’s ‘Make Sundays Special’ programme. If you would like to donate towards the project, please visit

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On Saturday 31st May, Bedminster will be hosting Grey Pride, which will kick off the BS3T for Skills events. Grey Pride is going to be a full day of events for older people, which is headlined by a walking football contest in St John’s churchyard hosted by Bristol City Football Club and Linkage. The event will see teams walking their way to victory - no running allowed - when

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Paper Village is going to be running its Decorate Your Garden Gate competition again for 2014, as part of the Southbank Arts Trail. All are welcome to enter this year’s competition, where rosettes are going to be awarded for categories such as best use of colour, brightest gate, funniest gate and much more. T h o s e without gates can decorate their front doors instead, or decorate a neighbour’s gate, or even make their own gate! Paper Village have plenty of suggestions for your creation - such as weaving the gate with ribbons, or hanging small toys and trinkets from the gate, or threading beads,

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More Than Just a Plant Pot

There are over five million redundant plant pots gathering dust in the sheds of the UK that are yet to reach their potential. As part of the plant pot revival the HTA want to see pots and containers spruced up and creating inspirational garden spaces in homes, offices, hospital and schools across the UK. A plant pot doesn’t have to be just that, it can add a sense of style to an environment, be a part of every day cooking, attract the local wildlife or even be created from an old watering can.


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• Recycled – You don’t need a traditional plant pot to start growing, which is proven by UK growers who initially used old tin cans. HTA invite you to source a variety of potential pots and upcycle them into plant pots; they might be bags,

tea cups, paint pots, or an old pair of wellington boots.

• Recipe – Grow you own herbs, fruit or vegetables to use at home while you cook. The following are good starter pots: Chef - Basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, oregano Cocktail - Mint, strawberry, cucu-melons, lime basil Salad - Lettuces, rocket, coriander, cress, spinach

• Style – Design your own plant pot to liven up and complement an area in need. Paint a pot, knit it a cover, design one to fit a brand, give it a vintage or shabby chic look. For example, find an old plant pot or promising container like a mini-bucket, plus some strong glue, scissors and brushes. Collect some decorative items like buttons, waterproof paint, fabric, felt shapes, ribbons, etc. Then decorate your pot to a

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• Wildlife – Pots don’t have to be solely for plants and people enjoyment. You can use them as squirrel feeders, bird baths, pollinators to attract bees, and homes for wildlife like worms and hedgehogs. For example, plant a pot with seeds such as: bird’s foot trefoil, clarkia or echinacea to attract bees into your garden.

• Children’s – There’s no age limit when it comes to gardening, so get the younger ones involved with easy to grow plants in colourful pots like cress, tomatoes, potatoes, sun flowers and sweet peas.

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• Sensory – Explore plants to develop the senses through colour, shape and smell, and turn your garden space into a place of stimulation. Dianthus, geraniums, chocolate cosmos and jasmine can be combined to make a scented pot.

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• You enjoy better sleep somewhere other than your own bed • Your mattress shows signs of visible wear and tear. A new bed may not be a wonder cure to all life’s stresses and strains, but it certainly should help you get a better night’s sleep, leaving you refreshed and ready to face the world. There are literally thousands of beds from which to choose and there’s no such thing as the perfect type of bed for a particular condition or situation (e.g. one ideal bed for a back pain sufferer). Although a good

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