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Est.2003 Issue 128 Sept 2013 Bedminster/Southville/Ashton/Ashton Vale/Windmill Hill & Totterdown


Best Of Bedminster Back In Town

The programme for the Best of Bedminster (BOB) Show is now confirmed for 2013, with music from The Bedminster Balkan Band, Sons of Sunday and DJ Kev. Side shows include Roy’s Wonky Tent, Puppet Shows, a Bunting Workshop, Badge Making, Face Painting, and the Book and Crop SWAP Table. The BOB show takes place on Saturday 21st September, from 12.00pm–4.00pm on North Street Green. The free show promotes the best of local ‘making, baking and growing’ with Best in Show competitions for; Best Cake, Best Jam, and more. There will also be children’s categories such as Best Mini contd on page 3

Greatest Dog Show On Earth

Visitors will be able to get one last look at the popular Gromit sculptures at Royal West of England’s exhibition The Greatest Dog

Show On Earth, which will be taking place from 18th 22nd September. This will be the only chance for the public to see the unique collection of Gromits contd on page 3

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Contd From Page 1 - Greatest Dog Show On Earth displayed together before all 80 sculptures are put up for auction in October. The funds raised will go towards Bristol Children’s Hospital charity Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal for their new £3.5 million campaign to provide new facilities for the hospital. The Greatest Dog Show On Earth exhibition will be open daily at 9.30am to 5.30pm from Wednesday to Friday, open late until 6.30pm on Saturday and from 11.00am to 5.00pm on the Sunday. Entry for adults will be £4.00 each, with a concession for 12 to 18-year-olds at £2.00 each. Children aged up to 11 can enter for free. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to place a sealed bid prior to the auction. For more information, on the exhibition, please visit the RWA website -

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Contd From Page 1 - Best Of Bedminster Back in Town Garden, Best Bug and Best Vegetable Monster. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments including tea, cakes and ice cream. To enter the Best of Bedminster Show, please bring your entries along before 1.00pm on the day. Entry forms for the show are available at the Southville Centre reception and from various shops on North Street, Southville. The Best of Bedminster Show is supported by local community groups such as Southville Community Development Association - who will be holding their annual general meeting at the event - and Greater Bedminster Community Partnership. If you would like further information, please visit www. projects/Best-of-Bedminster or contact Jim O’Shaughnessy by email -





Cycling Funding

Bristol has recently won £7.7 million of government funding to improve local cycling provision. It will be matched by £3.3 million of funding from West of England Local Enterprise Partnership members, creating an £11 million fund for projects around the region. In the centre of Bristol, a major scheme will see better links along the length of the River Avon from the Avon Bridge to the Temple Quay Enterprise Zone, making it easier for people to cross the river and cycle alongside it. Mayor George Ferguson said: “This funding will help make cycling a better and safer option, and in particular to improve connections between the south and north of the city. It’s an important part of our plans for transport over coming years as we aim to ease congestion, improve air quality and encourage people to live healthier lifestyles.”

Art On The Hill

On 5th and 6th October, Art On The Hill, the annual Windmill Hill and Victoria Park Arts Trail, will be taking place in the local area. This community event features over 100 artists who will be exhibiting their artwork in over 50 private houses and community venues. Visitors can expect to see painting, prints, photography, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, installations and more. This year, there is a new feature a performance marquee in Victoria

Park offering music, dance and poetry during the afternoons and on Saturday evening. There will also be a performance in the Community Orchard and other venues. Also this year, there is a wide ranging programme of participatory arts workshops. One of these will extend the balloon mosaic in the park. For more information, a free brochure and map will be available locally from mid-September. Full details are on www.artonthehill.

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Following the success of the LinkAge Walking Football Team, a second squad is being planned for later in 2013. The team is aimed at over 55s and players have to walk while playing - any running will result in a penalty being awarded to the opposition. Debbie Wills, C o m m u n i t y Development worker for LinkAge created the team when inspired by a similar scheme being run by Bury Football Club. Ms. Wills said: “I couldn’t find anything like it being run in Bristol, so I contacted Bristol City Community Trust who were very excited about the project. “The best thing is that the sessions are very inclusive, regardless of ability. Until recently, we had a

gentleman who was living with Alzheimer’s who would come along each week with his carer. His carer would guide him around the pitch and the others made sure that he kicked off the match and got lots of touches on the ball.” Debbie is keen to start a second team. She said: “We’d like to start a group for people who have never played before. There are some people, and women in particular, who never had the chance to play football when they were younger, but who might be quite keen to give it a try now they are retired.” Sessions take place every Tuesday at Ashton Gate Stadium from 11.00am - 12.00pm. For further details, please call LinkAge on 0117 305 2365.



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Giving Unleashed

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September, Avon Valley Railway is going to be holding a 1940s weekend, where Bitton will be taken back to the war years and visitors will be able to relive the sights and sounds of wartime life. Bitton Station will be taken back in time with period decoration, and rations from the railway buffet. For more information, please call 0117 932 5538.

A keen cyclist has raised over £10,000 for Bristol Children’s Hospital, by visiting all the Gromit Unleashed statues in 24 hours including the statue in London. Graham Wadsworth completed the feat earlier this year by running and cycling to each of the sculptures. Donations towards the hospital have been made to his justgiving page - www.justgiving. com/grahamunleashed.

Active Citizens

why not have a look at Windmill Hill City Farm’s Active Citizen workshops with the theme Going Green In The City? Workshop titles include Healthy Eating On A Budget, Christmas Chutney Making, and Innovative Up-Cycling. For more information, and to book a place, visit www. course/workshops.html.

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Painting Returned

A 15th Century painting has been returned to Tyntesfield, North Somerset, where it had been hung for more than a century. The Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist by Giovanni Bellini had been purchased in 1880 by the Gibbs family - the owners of the house. It was then given to the government before being displayed in Bristol City Art Museum and Gallery. Stephen Ponder of National Trust said: “It is a really rather beautiful painting. It’s good to have it back and to be able to put it back on display in the room where the Gibbs family put it on show. “Bellini was a leading Venetian artist of the Renaissance who had a major influence on the Venetian school of artists, notably his pupils Giorgione and Titian. “This painting has been well cared for at Bristol City Art Gallery but it is good to have it back.”

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New Choir

It has been medically proven that singing regularly in choirs can help with a number of very specific health complaints such as circulatory or respiratory illnesses, and COPD - and a new free choir in south Bristol has been set up to promote healthy activity. Starting on 26th September, the South Bristol Wellbeing Choir is a free community choir running at 7.00pm on Thursdays at St.


Paintworks Plans

Plans have been submitted to build the third part of the Paintworks scheme, with expansions due to double the size

Michael’s & All Angels Church Hall on Vivian St, Windmill Hill. The choir is all about singing for fun and singing for health and wellbeing. The South Bristol Wellbeing Choir has been funded by voluntary music organisations Making Music and Superact as a free project designed to enhance people’s wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, there are no auditions and no experience is needed - just show up on the day. of the development over the next two years. Developers Verve Properties and building firm Crest Nicholson have amalgamated to develop and expand The Paintworks scheme in south Bristol. The plans include over 220 new houses and flats. Benjamin Miller, development director for Crest Nicholson South West, said: “This is a really exciting development of new homes for Bristol.”

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Balloon Success

The popularity of Bristol Balloon Fiesta recently soared sky high with nearly half a million visitors going to the event. Over 250 hot air balloon flights took place, with ascents from new special shapes including Stuart, the Despicable Me 2 Minion. Chris Hathaway, chairman of the fiesta organising committee, said: “We were lucky with the weather with 6 out of 7 slots being flown and two spectacular nightglows. See you all at next year’s fiesta from 7th-10th August 2014!”

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta Jets Into Town Europe’s biggest hot air balloon festival celebrated a wonderful event in style this year – with crowds of half a million visiting Ashton Court Estate over the four days, and new balloon shapes including the William Hill Scottish Cup!

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta’s 35th year featured over 150 hot air balloons, and fortunately the mild weather meant that six out of the seven scheduled ascents took place. As well as the balloons, visitors enjoyed red arrows displays, the RAF Typhoon

jet, and plenty of stalls, while Jelli Records programmed brilliant local talent on the bandstand stage.

The event even included a record breaker – when 74 balloons landed in a single field on the Saturday morning at the old Cadbury Fry’s Factory in Keynsham. Balloonists traditionally make a donation to the landowners as a gesture, and Cadbury’s PLC has requested that the £740 raised should go to charity Help For Heroes. It will be a hard weekend to top, but for next year’s fiesta (taking place from 7th -10th August) the sky’s the limit!

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Continued photo coverage of Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2013

by Zoe Mack.

The crowd keep coming during the four day event at Ashton Court Estate (Above)

From very young children who had never before seen a hot air balloon to the serious aircraft enthusiast, this year’s Bristol Balloon Fiesta had something for everybody to enjoy. All eyes, however, were on the sky - particularly for the splendid mass ascents, where more balloons take to the skies at the same time than at any other event outside of Albuquerque, USA.

The magnificant dare devil display of the all female Breitling Wingwalkers (Below)


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is commonly caused by anxiety. Of course, worrying that you’re not sleeping only makes the problem worse. It’s not long before a vicious cycle sets in and the harder you try, the more elusive sleep becomes. It can be really debilitating and can seriously impair a person’s ability to function normally or enjoy life.” Hypnotherapy can help insomnia sufferers by addressing the underlying anxiety, which may be caused by work, relationships, health or financial worries. Ruminating on problems serves to amplify their significance and even small issues can get out of

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Absolute Beginners Can Do Yoga! If you have been wondering what yoga is all about, if you could benefit from it, or if you really do have to tie yourself up in knots*, wonder no more! A Complete Beginners Yoga workshop will be taking place at Faith Space on Stackpool Road in Southville on Saturday 28 September 2013, from 10.00am till 1.00pm. You will be able to learn basic yoga techniques for safe and effective movement and relaxation. This workshop will show you that yoga is suitable for absolutely anyone, because all postures can be adapted to suit the individual. You will be able to try out some of the postures, to look at how to make them suitable for you, to ask any questions about yoga and take part in a gentle relaxation session at the end. Other safe, informative and effective Yoga workshops at Faith Space include Yoga for Anxiety on 16 November and Yoga for Stronger Bones on 25 January 2014, If you would like to find out more you could go to the website or contact Suzi Griffin at Yogafriendly on 07776 321989 or email for more details or to book a place. *By the way – you don’t have to tie yourself up in knots… unless you want to!


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Relaxation for Mind, Body and Baby What is the best thing you can do for yourself when you’re pregnant and preparing to welcome your baby into the world? The answer, every time, is relax. Pregnancy is not just a time to prepare for your birth; it’s also an incredible opportunity to nurture yourself. A relaxed, calm, well-supported and well-nourished mum is the ultimate gift to a newborn baby and it will mean that mum – and the whole family – is more likely to thrive, not just grit their teeth and survive, during the magical early days of parenting. Relaxation can be as simple as letting go with your breath and allowing yourself to be wherever you are in the moment – even if we are in a challenging situation there is always the opportunity to relax into it. But, there are also many other things that can help women relax in pregnancy. For instance; - gaining an understanding of what supports the birthing body - exploring birthing choices of every kind - enjoying movement and feeling strong and healthy in pregnancy - allowing yourself to embrace the rich spectrum of emotional experiences during pregnancy from feelings of confidence and power to fear and vulnerability - practicing breathing and simple meditation techniques that

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Swim Britain Bristol Bath-based Olympic Silver 200m breast stroke winner, Michael Jamieson, is encouraging local residents to sign up to take part in SwimBritain Bristol. The advice comes after a recent survey that was commissioned by the British Gas SwimBritain Campaign revealed that 23% of people in Britain spend at least an average of 2.4 days of their working week sitting down. SwimBritain is a four-person relay for adults where each team member swims 250m four times around a specially-designed course. Little SwimBritain is designed for families with children in mind, in which team members use the same course, swimming half the distance - 125m. Taking place at Hengrove Park Leisure Centre’s Olympic-sized 50m pool, Swim Bristol is a great chance to try swimming in an Olympic sized pool. For more information or to sign up your team, please visit the website -

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Looking For Something New To Try With Your Pre-schooler? As the summer comes to an end, many parents with pre-school children are wondering how to keep their little ones stimulated and entertained during the coming term. Time with your young child is precious, so finding special activities that you can share together is important. Launchpad Classes, which originated in Southville, are fun, friendly and educational classes for two, three and four year olds to share with their parents or carers. Each 45 minute session has a practical approach to learning. Numeracy, literacy and science are explored through a variety of hands-on activities designed to stimulate young minds and to promote a love of learning. All the classes have access to café facilities before and after the

sessions, so you can stop for a drink and chat to other families with young children. The sessions are led by qualified teachers who are also experienced mums. Activities this term will include making bridges and testing them for strength, ordering numbers, shape recognition, sharing traditional stories, parachute games, art activities and many more! The Launchpad teachers use puppets to help teach each session and lots of fun and games encourage sharing and help develop essential communication skills. Launchpad Classes currently run four classes in the Bristol area. Mondays at The Southville Centre (2.05pm-2.50pm), Friday mornings at PlaySpace, St Philips (10.05am10.50am, 11.05am-11.50am) and

Friday afternoons at The Southville Centre (1.35pm-2.20pm). Free trial sessions are available. Sessions at PlaySpace include the opportunity to use the soft play after the Launchpad class at no extra cost. For more information, please call Emma or Adele on 07966 864696 or see the Launchpad website

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Playday Event

College Green was recently transformed into a massive children’s play space to mark Bristol Playday’s 10th birthday. The event - the largest of its kind in the South - celebrated its 10th anniversary with activities such as canoeing in front of city hall, building dens, riding bikes, circus skills, drawing, performances, and much more. The day also encourages public


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space designers to keep children’s play in mind and involve young people in planning the places and spaces where they play. George Ferguson, the mayor of Bristol, said: “It’s great for children and young people to be active, creative and out in the fresh air. I’m passionate about making Bristol a great place to live, work and play, and I thank our youth services who are central to this Playday.” only regular all-female comedy event in the South West - will be relaunching at the Mauretania Bar on Park Street due to the success of its shows. What The Frock! is one of only three all-female comedy events in the UK, with regular stand-up nights, improv theatre and more. For more information, please visit www.whatthefrockcomedy.

Festival Of Song

From Friday 11th until Sunday 20th October, the Bristol Festival of Song is going to be taking place across many local venues in the city, celebrating the power of the human voice. The 10-day event - which was first launched in 2010 - will include activities such as free early evening performances in the Colston Hall Foyer, workshops, and the Bristol Song Trail. For more information and the full timetable of events, please visit


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Hologram Receptionist

A special hologram has been ‘employed’ by Brent Council’s town hall as their new receptionist - but unfortunately the technology, which is played by actress Shanice Stewart Jones, is only able to answer a restricted number of questions, leading to some disappointment with customers. It is hoped that the hologram, which cost £12,000, will direct visitors to the correct part of the building and provide advice on the paperwork they need.

Loose Morals

A man has been put in prison for stealing £135,000 in loose change from parking meters in New York. James Bagarozzo, a parking meter repair man, worked for more than 30 years servicing Buffalo’s 1200 parking meters. The bank tellers didn’t question him because he said he had a friend in the vending machine business. Special agent Rob Gross of the FBI Buffalo division said: “He developed such a good relationship with the bank tellers that they eventually gave him boxes to use that held exactly $500-worth of quarters. He went to the bank several times a week with a $500 box of quarters and got cash in return.”


Power Cow

Llanddona, on the island of Anglesey, North Wales, has suffered power shortages for years - and engineers believe that cows rubbing themselves on electricity poles may be the problem. Carwyn Jones, county councillor for Seiriol ward, said: “I contacted ScottishPower and they got back to me saying they thought it was cows scratching against equipment, leading to a temporary cut as the equipment is moved.”

Inch Worm

Scientists have found a rare caterpillar that uses the sun to navigate as it jumps to safety. The larva wraps itself in a leaf before dropping to the floor - and experts found that the insect uses a piston like motion to jump away from strong sunlight. Mr. Kim Humphreys, who conducted the research, said: “[This] caterpillar is remarkable for its jumping, which no other insect does in this way. It also makes its own vehicle [or] shelter to jump in. It is also the only one I know of that jumps in an oriented way.”

Playstation 4

The launch dates for the Playstation 4 console have been announced by Sony - and the games machine is available in Europe from 29th November, while American customers will be able to purchase the product from 15th November. Microsoft, Sony’s rivals in the gaming world, has at the time of writing, only said that the Xbox One will go on sale some time the same month.

Pigeon Post

A special sheet of postage stamps has been created to commemorate the role of the pigeon during the First World War - and since news of the stamp issue broke pigeon enthusiasts from around the world have been placing orders by phone and Internet. The sheet features original images from World War I of how pigeons were used as a primary means of communication. The expected release date of these pigeons is 28th September 2013.

Musical Deodorant

An 11-year-old boy has become an Internet sensation after creating a musical deodorant. Quinn Sheeran enhanced a stick of Procter & Gamble’s Old Spice Pure Sport with a musical component that makes it play the theme from Rocky whenever used. Along with the help of his cousin Charlie May, he posted a video on the Internet explaining the deodorant where viewers have left messages of encouragement.

Noisy Knitters

A group of knitters has claimed that they are no longer allowed to knit in their local library, as their members are too noisy and their needles are potentially dangerous. The knit ‘n’ natter group, who make replica anatomical parts for trainee NHS midwives, used to meet at a library in Cramlington, Northumberland. Since the library moved to a new building however, the knitters say they have been banned!

Working Pub For Nursing Home

Humphry Repton House on Brentry Lane in Bristol has become one of the first nursing homes in the UK to have a working pub. Residents of the home can enjoy darts, cards, dominoes and other games, all while enjoying their favourite tipple. Mike Jessup, activities coordinator, came up with the idea along with his colleague Nicola Taylor, following the success of the home’s pub afternoons. Nicola said: “We’ve opened three times so far and each time it has been relatives, staff and residents socialising together; there were no lines. We wanted it to be a real pub and for you to feel like you could walk up to the bar and get a pint, just like you would in your local.”

That’s Not Right!

Workmen from Islington Council recently made a silly error when they painted a sign telling pedestrians to ‘look right’ – with an arrow pointing left. Council workers found there was no sign for pedestrians on one side of the crossing at the corner of Holloway Road and Tefnell Park Road, and the bizarre signage was erected. Local resident Gina Turner, who works in an electrical store nearby, said: ‘I went out and as I crossed I thought “oh they’ve repainted the road”, then I looked again and I couldn’t believe it – I thought I was seeing things!’

Canned Heat

A student has put together a 12-course dinner including ricotta ravioli, roast pork belly, rib-eye steak and french onion soup, in a can - to protest against food production methods. Mr. Godfrey said: “It’s part of my dissertation research into consumerism and the way large corporations work and how that often diminishes the product. Food loses its integrity and everything else about it.”

Spicy Story!

Researchers has recently found evidence for garlic and mustard on ancient pottery shards discovered in what is now Denmark and German - showing that prehistoric Europeans from 6,000 years ago spiced their food. The spice was found alongside fat residues from meat and fish. Dr. Hayley Saul, who lead the study, said: “This is the earliest evidence, as far as I know, of spice use in this region in the Western Baltic; something that has basically no nutritional value, but has this value in a taste sense.”

Not Enough Exercise For Kids...

A study has recently suggested that half of all UK seven-year-olds do not have enough exercise, with girls far less active than boys. University College London researchers found just 51% of the 6,500 children they monitored achieved the recommended hour of physical activity each day. For girls, the figure was 38%, compared with 63% for boys.

Jaw Dropping!

A woman from Ormskirk in Lancashire had to have her jaw reset after dislocating it while eating a tripledecker burger. Nicola Peate recently injured herself while eating at Liverpool’s Almost Famous restaurant. She said: “I didn’t think I’d dislocated it - you don’t expect it to happen eating a burger, but I tried to eat it with a knife and fork and couldn’t.” A spokeswoman for the restaurant said they would be happy to have her back to “enjoy a burger on us though we’d recommend something a bit more manageable.”


Beetle Juice

Edinburgh University researchers have found that burying beetles occasionally punish young who whinge for their food by eating those who pester them the most. The researchers found that doing this meant that the parent beetles encourage the larvae to plead more truthfully according to how hungry they are and not try to outdo their brothers and sisters by pestering their mother for food.

That Sinking Feeling...

A sinkhole near Assumption Parish near Bayou Corne, Louisiana has been swallowing up land and even trees since it first appeared. Video footage shows trees in a swamp area being sucked into the hole and the sinkhole swallows the trees in less than 30 seconds. A parish official filmed the extraordinary scene and posted on the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness blog.

3D Scanner

A desktop device that can scan various objects so they can be replicated using a 3D printer has recently been put on the market. The Makerbot Digitizer, which costs $1,400 (£900), will be shipped to the first buyers in October. The machine is designed to allow the replication of objects without any need for the user to learn any 3D modelling software or have any other special expertise.

Grown Up At 32

A parenting website has identified the age of 32 as the point at which people are most likely to have crossed the line from turbulent youth to being a younger copy of their own mother or father. Six out of seven of those polled by the Netmums website admitted that they had reason to fear they were already “turning into” their mother or father!

High Flyers!

Two nine-year-old schoolgirls from London have become the world’s youngest formation wingwalkers. Rose Powell and Flame Brewer reached speeds of up to 100mph - while flying only yards apart - in the skies. They had the experience on two of their grandfather’s vintage biplanes over Gloucestershire. Rose said: “It’s quite scary when you take off - but if you like mega funfair rides I think you’ll find the take-off really cool.” They became the third generation of their families to wingwalk on the Boeing Stearman aircraft when they took off from RFC Rendcomb airfield, near Cirencester.


Poochy Pals!

When a cat was gravely sick after ingesting rat poison and quickly needed a blood transfusion in New Zealand, it was up to man’s best friend to lend a hand. Labs had closed down for the weekend, and cats blood was unavailable - so Rory the cat’s vet in Tauranga, New Zealand then received a suggestion they should try dog’s blood - as cats don’t possess the antibodies to refuse it. Rory’s owner Kim Edwards said: “He was dying. We didn’t have time for the cat blood to arrive or be matched.” The feline eventually recovered from the incident.



Twilight Race


Bristol has been selected as the first city in the South West to host the initial Race For Life Twilight. The new race is going to be taking place on Saturday 19th October and women and girls are being encouraged to dig out their fairy lights, sparklers, glow sticks and shiny accessories ready to take on the challenge. The event takes place at 7.00pm at the amphitheatre on the Harbourside and follows a 5-kilometre course. Women and girls of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to take part in the event to raise money for Cancer Research. Lisa Sweeting, Cancer Research UK’s Bristol events manager, said: “We’re really excited about launching Race for Life Twilight in Bristol. We are holding this exhilarating new event for the first time in the South West and we’ve chosen Bristol as our first location because we believe our local supporters will really get behind it. “Race for Life Twilight is an amazing way to celebrate life but also remember those who have been lost to the disease.

Light is a powerful symbol of hope so we want to see everyone with fairy lights and glow sticks and as many sequinned, spangly outfits as possible. “Twilight promises all the fun and camaraderie of Race for Life but with the added excitement of a fundraising experience under the stars. Just like Race for Life, it’s not about being fit or fast. Instead it’s a celebration of unity in our fight against all cancers. Women can do the event at their own pace and walk, run or even dance their way around the course if they prefer.” “Twilight promises to be a lot of fun but there’s a very serious message. Thanks to research, hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved already. And with help from the people of Bristol, Cancer Research UK intends to make sure the sun sets on cancer for good.” It is hoped that 1000 women will take part in the race. To enter or for more information about the event, please visit the website - www.

Passing Phase

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The overall pass rate among Bristol students has remained high in 2013, with 100% achieving a Level 3 qualification in most Bristol schools. Assistant mayor for children and young people, Brenda Massey said: “The city is very proud of its young people. These results reflect the dedication of our teachers and how hard our young people work.” “In the current economic climate it is more important than ever that our young people have the best foundation possible.”

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Caraboo Group

On 14th September, the Architect Centre on the Harbourside is going to be hosting an Ask An Architect session. The service allows you to book a half-hour session between 12.00pm and 4.00pm with an architect. Whether you are planning an extension or hoping to build your own home, this service offers impartial advice from a RIBA registered architect. Booking is required - call 0117 922 1540. For more information, please visit www.

The Caraboo Community Group is working to create a quiet reflective space for local people - and they need help from anyone from the community and beyond. Every Saturday afternoon a group of people meet in the Hebron Burial Ground on Melville Terrace, with the aim of looking after one of the graves in the cemetery. The volunteers get involved in looking after the grave they have ‘adopted’ - it’s a great way to get involved in a little bit of gardening, all while helping your local community. It is also a great way to do your bit for the local environment. All people are welcome to join this group of volunteers. Although a lot of people do come for a few hours - it may be that you just want to spend 30-40 minutes on your little part of the burial ground, and that is fine. Just a few minutes spent tidying one grave will make a difference to the whole site - and the group would love to see you there. If you would like to take part, please come along between 2.00pm - 5.00pm on any Saturday afternoon to the entrance on Melville Terrace, which is off North Street. All you need are some tough shoes, some gloves and any gardening tools that you may have - and don’t worry if you don’t have anything to work with, because there is always some spare equipment to use. If you would like to find out more about taking part in the project, please give Clemence a call on 0117 963 6354.

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Yoga Trail

The city’s first ever Bristol Yoga Trail is going to be taking place on Saturday 14th September. The event is an opportunity to try yoga at six locations in Bristol, explore the yoga space in all of the venues and to meet the teachers. There will be tea and refreshments served at each stop on the trail. Stops on the trail include Yogawest and YogaFurie in Bishopston, YogaSpace on Park Row, Yogasara in Montpelier, Bristol City Yoga on Backfields Lane, and Wilder Studios on Wilder Street. The trail finishes with a film screening and some refreshments at Yogawest in Bishopston, when representatives from all the venues come together in one place for a sociable evening. A full programme of events and further information is available to view at www.

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Bristol Fashion Week - from 25th - 29th September - is back at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway for the Autumn/Winter 2013 season. TV fashion stylist Mark Heyes and celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton will be back in town for the event - and will present each show with their witty combination of style advice, celebrity gossip and insightful fashion knowledge. Models of all shapes and sizes are

Fashion Week

going to be taking to the catwalk to showcase the hottest trends. Visitors to Bristol Fashion Week (BFW) will be treated to complimentary M&S refreshments, a free stylish BFW goody bag with lots of things to sample; as well as a ‘check book’ packed with discount vouchers, fashion advice and prizes to win. For further information on Bristol Fashion Week, please visit www.

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GIGS Brisfest, Ashton


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Ashton Court, 21-22 September


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15 stages with bands, DJs, comedy, circus, street theatre and now...camping!


aving written pieces for this magazine on festivals in Bristol and how we deserve a proper festival loads of times, it’s nice to see that every time I write about one, it gets closer to actually happening. Brisfest has been going for a few years now, but this year marks the first one where there’s camping! What more do you need to achieve festival brilliance than a proper campsite!? The bigger deal here,



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however, is the addition of a proper huge headliner in the form of Primal Scream. That’s the same Primal Scream who played the Pyramid Stage this year before the Stones. And that’s just the headliners! At £35 a ticket, it would be ridiculous not to go. You’d pay more than that to see Primal Scream by themselves at some soulless arena, so you might as well pay it to go and sit in England’s most beautiful city’s most beautiful green space, right?


06: Ruth Royall Band 07: The Legendary DJ Derek 11: Beatle Mal 12: Silverspark 20: Jerry Dammers 25: Davey Arthur 26: Johnny Dowd 27: Andy Sheppard And The Pushy Doctors ADV TICKETS: www.bristolticketshop., tel: 0117 9299008


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or, like, a really long time the Manics were everyone’s favourite band. That’s quite a hard cross to bear when everyone associates them with their middleaged spread period in the late 90s/ early 00s. It’s super hard having to do the whole ‘no, but, The Holy Bible, you don’t understand, they were really good’ whenever you talk music with your friends. That image is slowly being rehabilitated, though, with 2009’s impeccably packaged Journal for Plague Lovers marking their second best album to date. What kind of band almost touches the high of their third album with their ninth!? That’s madness! Or, rather, it’s the Manics. Madness have never released a good album. The Colston Hall is a great place to see them as well – they’ve always done better in smaller venues, and have consistently played them all the way through their career. Y’know, apart from their huge ‘final’ gig at the 02.

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rom-com centred around timetravel would be a tough pitch perhaps - unless you happen to be the creator of Love Actually and Notting Hill. Domhnall Gleeson, ably supported by the ever brilliant Bill Nighy and ever beautiful Rachel McAdams, stars as Tim - an average 21-year-old who becomes entangled in the joys and pitfalls of being able to endlessly replay moments in his life, striving to construct the perfect outcome. Most likely lovely with a warm, gooey ending. SC

rom making women go weak at the knees to bringing a paramilitary group to its knees, Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) is John Cale, a policeman who does what all good men do - attempt to better themselves, fail, masquerade damaged pride as sensitivity toward others, take down a group of terrorists, and become a hero. Comparisons with Die Hard et al are so painfully predictable, with director Roland Emmerich (2012, Godzilla) in the chair, let’s cross our fingers that this blockbuster isn’t. SC

STARRING: Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson DIRECTOR: Richard Curtis

STARRING: Channing Tatum, Jamie Foxx, Maggie Gyllenhaal DIRECTOR: Roland Emmerich







ased on a true story and brought to the screen by director Ron Howard, the 1976 Formula One season plays backdrop to the fierce rivalry between charismatic British driver James Hunt and methodical Austrian Niki Lauda. Having suffered a near fatal crash at the German Grand Prix, which would leave him fighting for his life, Lauda would return to compete for the championship, which culminated at a rain sodden Fuji, Japan. High octane classiness, attention-grabbing. SC

here’s more than a faint air of the immortal Michael Douglas line ‘greed is good’ around this tale of youth seduced by luxury. We’ve all turned the air blue when the flop dangles flush against our pocket aces, but university grad Richie Furst (Justin Timberlake) takes online poker fury to new heights, heading to Costa Rica to confront entrepreneur Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Leonardo DiCaprio produces a handsome film that hopefully has brains as well as beauty. SC

STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde DIRECTOR: Ron Howard

STARRING: Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton DIRECTOR: Brad Furman



Riddick deciding not to rule the dark but to getting his head down for half an hour instead: (main) Vin Diesel (Riddick); (inset) Karl Urban (Vaako); (below) Katee Sackhoff (Dahl), Nolan Gerard Funk (Luna), Jordi Molla (Santana)

hough Vin Diesel has experienced success at the box-office with other films, there seems to be no clearer barometer for the fortunes of his career than that of the Riddick franchise. Pitch Black saw the actor become a movie star, while its underwhelming sequel just four years later seemed to signal the end of his tenure in the A-list. However,


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the success of the Fast & Furious movies has seen a surge in popularity for the actor, which has allowed him to return to the character that first brought him to prominence (on his Facebook page recently, Diesel even hinted that his long-rumoured return to the xXx franchise may be imminent). Promising a mix of the horror from Pitch Black with the overblown action of its sequel, this entry finds the eponymous anti-hero hunted by mercenaries on a desert planet inhabited by ferocious creatures who stalk them by night, forcing Riddick and his hunters to work together to survive. We’ll find out if it can deliver on that promise on 6th September. STARRING: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff DIRECTOR: David Twohy RELEASED: 06 September 2013



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IRON MAN 3 R: 09.09.13

21 AND OVER R: 09.09.13

FIRE WITH FIRE R: 16.09.13


FAST & FURIOUS 6 R: 16.09.13

BYZANTIUM R: 23.09.13

DEAD MAN DOWN R: 23.09.13



Shot on a modest budget of £15 million, Pitch Black went on to gross £34 million worldwide, and in the process created its own cult following, particularly around the antihero, Riddick...


Here, taking a lead from Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop, Diesel tries his hand at a more family friendly film. Unlike Schwarzenegger, though, Diesel can’t raise a laugh and can’t find a decent script!

xXx (2002)

Playing Xander Cage, an adrenaline junkie with no fear and a lousy attitude was supposed to propel Diesel into a modern day Bond-like franchise. Yeah, guess that didn’t work out.

FAST & FURIOUS 6 (2013) Playing Dominic Turetto has given Diesel his most successful franchise to date. Who’d have thought they’d get this many entries out of a film about street racing? Fast & Furious 6 is arguably the best, so expect plenty more.

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Bristol Old Vic

27 September - 02 November

The Bristol Old Vic breathes new life into the Dickens classic Great Expectations from 27th Sept to 2nd Nov. The story combines the magic ingredients of an orphan, a mysterious benefactor and the age old quest for love and has been adapted by the prolific international performer, writer,

director Neil Bartlett, noted for his work with Complicite, Improbable and Handspring Puppet Company. This production’s star appeal comes in the form of theatre, film and TV actress Adjoa Andoh (Maggie in Casualty, Invictus with Morgan Freeman) and Miltos Yerolemou (Bottom in Bristol Old Vic’s recent A Midsummer Night’s Dream).



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06 September

This September 6th grab a picnic and your friends to be fast tracked back to the age of Austen to enjoy Sense and Sensibility in the grounds of Tyntesfield House. Encounter a world where engagements are made and broken at the drop of a hanky and social acceptance and standing trumps all else. The production adapted by Laura Turner is performed by the touring innovative theatre company, Chapterhouse Theatre. BRISTOL OLD VIC

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Tobacco Factory

30 August - 08 September For those who love puppetry, those who don’t think they do and those who really don’t care, this is for all of you as The Bristol Festival of Puppetry takes over the Tobacco Factory and the streets of south Bristol from 30th August to 8th September. This is one festival that’s thought of everything; have a sneak peek into the Aardman archives, watch a carnival of creatures and performers parading down North Street, make a puppet, discuss puppetry, watch performances and embrace puppetry’s many forms; shadow, lantern, paper, models. With a puppet trail on North Street also planned for throughout the festival, this is sure to be an all ages week of fun. To make sure you don’t miss a thing visit:



06: Don’t Look Now 11-14: Missing 11-14: The Self Trilogy 19-21: Hold Everything Dear 25-28: Words By Alfred Fagon 27 Sep-02 Nov: Great Expectations


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Colston Hall, 06 October

Following two previous sell-out tours of the UK, a total sell-out season at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the release of his debut stand up DVD, Reginald D Hunter Live, Reginald will be arriving at the Colston Hall this October with his own unique blend of humour.

New Releases


Five of the best!’s finally here. FIFA 14! But that’s not all...

Total War Rome II Sega

Out Sept 03 (PC DVD)

Farming Simulator Giants Software

Out Sept 06 (PS3/Xbox 360)

How far will you go for Rome? The answer’s probably not that far, but maybe taking command of the world’s first major superpower of the ancient world might just change your mind. Total War Rome II is the ninth offering in the Total War series and a very significant one at that. It’s been almost a decade since the release of Total War Rome, and with the substantial evolution of gaming technology in that time, we should be in for a real treat. In the words of Maximus Decimus Meridius... ‘At my signal... unleash hell!’

Due to Farming Simulator’s surprise popularity on the PC, Giants Software have finally decided to make the leap to console. Speaking recently to Polygon, senior artist Marc Schwegler said: “Our core audience is kids, they’re starting [to play Farming Simulator] around age eight and play until they’re 14 or 15. But once they hit puberty, it’s not so cool anymore and they just want to shoot things.” Well, there’s certainly no shooting here. So if expanding your own in-game farm with numerous fields of barley and wheat is your thing, then start the combine harvester and let’s do this!

NHL 14

Grand Theft Auto V


Out 13 Sept (PS3/Xbox 360)

Out 17 Sept (PS3/Xbox 360)

Out Sept 27 (All Formats)

November 29...

Electronic Arts

The main question here has to be: what can NHL 14 offer that NHL 13 couldn’t? Well, NHL 14 promises to deliver hits with the cutting-edge NHL® Collision Physics, built from FIFA’s revolutionary Player Impact Engine. It also promises that you can drop the gloves with the new Enforcer Engine, powered by EA SPORTS™ Fight Night technology. But... dangling defenders with new one-touch dekes without an engine is probably what you’re after. So, is all that enough to replace NHL 13...? Probably.


All the classic hallmarks of the groundbreaking franchise return in this eagerly-awaited fifth instalment from the GTA series. Set in the fictional city of Los Santos, a city that’s struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty, three very different criminals are plotting their own chances of survival and success. Will there be any rules? Probably not. But you can guarantee that there’ll be lots of fast cars, lots of guns and lots of dangerous heists that will no doubt set these rouges up for life. Who said crime doesn’t pay?

Electronic Arts

Not only is FIFA 14 arriving this month but in November it’ll also be available on the brand new PS4! This Christmas really is going to be a treat for us gamers. So what’s new in FIFA 14? Well, there’s too many key features to mention here but the ones that stand out the most are shooting, which has been totally transformed - players can now find the back of the net even if they’re off balance or rushed! Dribbling has also been improved to allow for quick, explosive cuts and turns to beat even the toughest of defenders. Question is...will Gareth Bale be playing for Real Madrid or Spurs?


The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling When popular and socially conscious Barry Fairbrother drops dead of an aneurysm in the golf club car park, his position on the small West Country town of Pagford’s Parish Council becomes vacant. We are then introduced to a range of Pagford residents, almost all of whom are unpleasant and portrayed in an unfavourable light. While the middleaged men fancy themselves as the new town councillor, their wives bitch about them (or at least hold them in quiet contempt) and about each other. A set of teenage children have their own agendas. There’s plenty of subject matter to provoke the reader’s interest – snobbery, sex, drug taking, swearing, middle-aged frustrations, bullying, racial prejudice, self-harming but there’s such an overwhelming feeling of hatred and bitterness to the book, it doesn’t make an enjoyable read. It’s like a cross between Shameless and The League of Gentlemen, except without the humour. That said, it is well-written and several scenes stick in the mind – the self-harming scene made me wince and the social worker’s visits to the Weedon’s house were affecting.

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Kids finally back at school? Finding that you now have at least 30 minutes a day to yourself? Then kick back, relax and enjoy...

Single Woman Seeks Revenge by Tracy Bloom

Single Woman Seeks Revenge has a refreshingly heart-warming feel and full of genuine love and affection for its characters. There’s not much to explain regarding plot, as it is what it says on the tin. A single woman, Suzie, aged 36, is fed up after being dumped again, this time unceremoniously via text by an arrogant little bloke at work and decides to exact her revenge on him and all her previous boyfriends dating back to adolescence. She works for the Manchester Herald and sitting opposite her is her friend and colleague, a nice man called Drew. He’s been with his uptight solicitor girlfriend, Emily, for years and their wedding is imminent. Of course, Drew finds himself falling in love with the fun and carefree Suzie. Meanwhile, Suzie is finding revenge sweet and is also gaining a lot of success writing an Agony Aunt column. Other women are now being inspired to exact revenge on the badly behaved men in their lives. This rom-com is lots of fun, easy-to-read and genuinely funny at times.

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Doors Open Day

Half Marathon

Bristol Doors Open Day is back on Saturday 14th September offering visitors the chance to see significant contemporary and historic buildings. Booking is recommended. Most buildings taking part in the open day will be open from 10.00am-4.00pm and entry is free. For more information, please visit their website at www.

On Sunday 15th September, the Bristol Half Marathon will be taking place - and this year the event celebrates its 25th anniversary. Established as one of the UK’s leading road races, the course starts at the Harbourside and takes in Bristol’s old city, Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge. For more information, please visit

Blood Donors

donors who are O Rh negative (O-) and B Rh negative (B-). Anyone aged between 17 - 65, weighing more than 50 kg and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. If you would like to book an appointment, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit

As summer draws to a close, blood donors in south Bristol are now being asked to help keep stocks healthy ahead of autumn. NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is reminding blood donors and those thinking about giving blood for the first time in south Bristol to donate to continue to keep stocks healthy. This is especially important for those

New Light

From 7th until 28th September, an exhibition entitled New Light is going to be held at Grant Bradley Gallery in south Bristol. The work by Netherlands painter Daniel Douglas will be occupying the gallery for the whole of September. It owes itself to the traditions of the old masters like Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Vermeer, using the old style of these artists and combining it with the new light of technology such as tablets and smart phones. New Light will be Daniel’s debut exhibition in the UK. For more information, please visit

Events From Bedminster Energy Group

FREE Energy Efficiency Workshops Saturday 5th October between 1.30-4.20pm Windmill Hill City Farm, Bedminster

Hoping to keep your home warm and save money this Winter? Why not join us at the farm for one, two or all three sessions? No previous knowledge required. Session 1: 1.30-2.20pm Energy basics - easy, low-cost, practical tips for your home Session 2: 2.30-3.20pm Next steps - more detail including draughtproofing techniques and understanding bills Session 3: 3.30-4.20pm Community energy strategy - getting involved in BS3 To book, please visit: workshops.html

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Bedminster Energy Group Sixth FREE Film Night:

A Crude Awakening Thursday 12th September at 7.30pm

The Green Room, Tobacco Factory North Street, Bedminster As promised, the next film night from the Bedminster Energy Group is coming up soon. A Crude Awakening is a shocking, must-see documentary about that substance we’re all addicted to...oil. The film provides a useful insight into the history of oil exploration and consumption across the globe and highlights the critical need for sustainable alternatives as the age of abundant oil ends.



Property Advice Opportunity On the 3rd of October we will be holding an advice evening at our Clifton office on Whiteladies Road. The event will provide an opportunity to discuss the property market, talk to the experts and gain a better understanding of the buying and selling minefield. At Ocean we have in house services for the whole buying and selling process and representatives from all parts of the business will be available to talk to in a light hearted, low pressure environment. Talking to our friendly staff will be a perfect opportunity to get some first-hand advice or have any questions answered promptly by a local expert. Whether you are a First Time Buyer, Landlord, Seller, Purchaser, Developer, or Buy to Let Investor

you will definitely gain some valuable insights from attending this event. It is also going to be a great way of mingling with others and discussing any views, queries, or concerns you may have relating to the property market, getting both a second opinion and a different perspective on the matter. The event will be held from 5:30 – 7:30pm and there will be a nice glass of bubbly to greet you on arrival as well as nibbles throughout the evening. There is also going to be an opportunity to win £150 worth of John Lewis vouchers. If you would like to attend this event then please RSVP to quoting the code NETWORK01 so we can make a record of your name and email you further information about the event along with how you could have the opportunity to win £150 worth of John Lewis vouchers. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ocean Estate Agents but we also have Ocean Letting & Management, Ocean Financial Services, Ocean Property Lawyers, Ocean Surveyors & Wills & Probate

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Winter Lanterns

With summer drawing to a close, Bedminster Winter Lanterns (BWL) are now preparing for the next Winter Lantern Parade. The parade of illuminated lanterns will be made by local school children and members of groups and businesses. It will take place on Saturday December 7th, starting from Compass Point in South Street. Over the coming months, Bedminster Winter Lanterns will be constructing the lanterns with the help of artists. There will also be lantern-making sessions for organisations and individuals. Donations towards the lantern parade have been received from Bristol City Council, Greater Bedminster Community Partnership, Area Preventions South Bristol, Compass Point

E: PTFA, Parson Street PTFA, plus Paper Village, Kwikmove, East Street Fruit Market, Watkins Solicitors, and John Ginster Catering. The target of £10,000 however is yet to be reached and donations are welcome. Malcolm Brammar, joint chair of BWL, said: “We’re very grateful to those initial contributors but we do need other local businesses now to help fund the event. The parade brings visitors to the district and a great deal of pleasure to young and old, whether they’re parading or simply watching.” For more information, why not go along to the next Bedminster Winter Lantern’s meeting? It will be held at Compass Point School and Children’s Centre at 7.00pm on 19th September. Alternatively, email

Green Flag

Eleven parks in Bristol including Greville Smyth Park and Redcatch Park in south Bristol have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag standard. The green flag is the gold standard of park care, management and community engagement - and was awarded to Ashton Court Estate, Blaise Castle Estate, Canford Park, St. Andrews Park, Queen Square, Netham Park, The Downs, Troopers Hill Nature Reserve, Greville Smyth Park, St. Paul’s Park and Redcatch Park. Councillor Guy Hoyt said: “This is excellent news for Bristol’s parks and I want to congratulate everyone involved.”

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Katie Hughes, solicitor with AMD Solicitors considers the tricky area of break clauses and the importance of getting it right. A break clause entitles the benefitting party to terminate the lease term early without penalty and can provide welcome relief to the tenant who wants out of their premises early or the landlord who wants to develop. As a consequence of the economic climate over the past few years, break clauses have become increasingly vital for the tenant looking to rent their first commercial premises or expand into bigger premises or, the tenant who took on a lease when the rental market was at its peak and now cannot afford to pay the costly rent. With the commercial rental market not as buoyant and tenants harder to find, landlords have been reluctant to let good tenants walk away from the lease early. A break date can either be a specific date within the term or at any time during the term on a rolling basis. Break clauses are generally conditional but beware some conditions are more complicated than they first seem. For the party with the benefit of the break clause, it does not pay to be complacent, as the consequence for not strictly complying with the break clause conditions is lost opportunity and the associated financial implications. A recent High Court case highlighted the need to be vigilant when exercising a break clause. In that case the lease entitled the tenant to terminate its lease on 11 October 2010 upon giving 6 month’s notice, vacant possession

and paying “the rents reserved and demanded by this lease up to the termination date”. The annual rent was payable by the tenant in four equal instalments. The tenant served a break notice on the landlord and paid the rent up to 12 October 2010. The landlord argued that the break notice was ineffective as the full quarter’s rent should have been paid and not just to the break date. The High Court ruled in favour of the landlord and held that the tenant had failed to comply with the conditions of its break clause! Where a break clause is exercised successfully, the lease will come to an end and any future liabilities will cease. The parties to the lease will generally not be released from liability for any breaches of covenant which occurred prior to the break date and in these circumstances damages can be claimed. For more information about break clauses, please contact Katie or one of her colleagues in the commercial team. The commercial team offer advice and information upon legal issues for businesses (including a free first half hour consultation). E-mail or telephone 0117 973 3989. AMD have offices at Henleaze, Shirehampton and Clifton. For a full list of our services, visit Copyright AMD Solicitors

Advice Making a Difference Tel: 0117 9621 205 or visit

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Raleigh Road, Southville To hire the dance studio email: dancestudio@


FLAMENCO 6.00pm-7.00pm contact ...............07766 562990

3yrs-14yrs contact ..............0117 9646195


DANCEBLAST 1.30pm-4.30pm - Students aged 14yrs-18yrs contact................0117 9646195 ZUMBA FITNESS 6.45pm - 7.45pm, for details, contact................07593 278934 _________________________


Stackpool Road, Southville, BS3 1NW. Tel: 0117 963 6194




FUNKY STREET DANCE 5.10pm-6.00pm, children 5-8yrs E: funky_street_classes@ ZUMBA 6.15pm-7.15pm E: BELLYDANCE 7.30pm-9.30pm (from Oct 8th) contact................07812 984167


FUNKY STREET DANCE 5.45pm-6.40pm, children 9-13yrs E: funky_street_classes@ BALLET 6.45pm-7.45pm, adults. contact................07727 240048 YOGA BRISTOL 7.45pm-8.45pm contact................07533 732035


RHYMETIME 9.30am-11.30am. Informal sing along for babies and toddlers, contact................07751 022902 BRISTOL RUSSIAN BALLET SCHOOL 4.00pm-6.00pm - Ages 4 years upwards contact................07887 943577 YOGA WITH KAY 6.30pm-7.45pm contact...............0117 985 6051 WING CHUN KUNG FU 8.00pm-9.30pm - beginners welcome, contact.................07900 063822


LES PETITS ZOUZOUS 9.30am-11.00am - French nursery rhymes and storytime. contact................07816 590609 BALLET 11.30am-12.30pm - adults. No experience necessary, contact................07727 240048


DANCEBLAST 9.30am-4.30pm - Students aged

LES PETITS ZOUZOUS 10.30am-11.30am - Babies & Toddlers, for details, contact ...............07816 590609 PIANO LESSONS Variable times, for details, contact ................07732202802


BOOGIE BOP 9.30am-11.30am Toddlers Dance contact................07989 596454 YOGA 10.30am-11.30am contact................0789 9034645 FIRST STEPS SOCCER 3.45-4.45pm contact................ 07825994671 COMMUNITY PRAYERS 7.00pm-8.00pm, contact...............0117 963 6194 YOGA 7.30pm-8.30pm contact ...............07967 623392 WESTERN OPERA PLAYERS 7.45pm-10.15pm contact...............0117 966 5767


SILK PAINTING 9.30am-11.30pm contact ...............0117 9390786 YOGA 10.30am-11.30am contact................0789 9034645 COMMUNITY PRAYER 1.00pm- 2.00pm contact ..............0117 963 6194 FAT BURNING AEROBICS 6.30-7.30pm contact................07920 408013 HATHA YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07851 728773


SING AND SIGN 9.45am-12.45pm

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contact................0117 3308121 HAPPY TIMES TODDLERS 10.30am-12.30pm (starts 5 Sept) contact................0117 9637607

FIRST STEPS SOCCER 3.45pm-4.45pm, for details, contact................07825 994671 KI-AIKIDO 7.00pm-9.00pm, for details, contact................0117 9021464 AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP 3rd Thursday 7.30pm-10.00pm contact................07825 616094


FIRST STEPS SOCCER 9.15am-10.10am, for details, contact............... 07825 994671 BRISTOL DANCE SCHOOL 4.00pm-7.00pm, for details, contact................0117 9737932 DRAMA DUDES FOR CHILDREN 4.30pm-5.30pm contact................07929 872126 ZEN MEDITATION 6.30pm-8.30pm, for details, contact................079696 30284 _________________________


Community Centre Vivian St, Windmill Hill, Bristol, BS3 4LW Tel: 0117 963 4159


HATHA YOGA 6.00pm-7.15pm, for details, contact................07977 134607 FAT BURNING HIIT 6.15pm-6.45pm contact................07920 408013 ZUMBA 7.30pm-8.30pm contact................07866 107856 BOOK GROUP 8.30pm Monday 16th Sept, for more details, contact................07759 559557


YOGA FOR TODDLER AND YOU 10.15am-11.00am contact................07402 753537 YOGA IN PREGNANCY 6.00pm-7.15pm, for details, contact ...............07977 134607 PILATES 6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07920 408013 YOGA FOR WOMEN 7.20pm-8.20pm, for details, contact ...............07977 134607


POST NATAL FITNESS 10.30am-11.30am

contact................07920 408013 CHOIR 7.00pm-8.30pm, for details, contact................07843 433311


YOUTH GROUP 6.00pm-8.00pm contact...............0117 963 4159 BOXERCISE 6.00pm-6.50pm contact................07920 408013 PILATES 7.00pm-8.00pm, for details, contact................07920 408013 QUIZ NIGHT 8.30pm-11.00pm. Teams of four, £10 (incl food), 27th Sept


FAT BURNING HIIT 8.30am-9.00am, for details, contact................07920 408013 BALLROOM & SEQUENCE DANCING 8.00pm-11pm, 14th & 28th Sept CRAFT WORKSHOP 2.00pm-5.00pm Sept 21st contact................07816 560240


NINJUTSU 11.00am-12.00noon contact................07872 693464 JAZZ NIGHT 8.30pm, 15th Sept with Swingtet ___________________________

DANCE@ Southbank

The Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB Tel: 0117 9665552


ZUMBA 5.45pm-6.45pm & 6.50pm7.50pm KRAV MAGA 7.00pm-9.00pm


PILATES 6.00pm-7.00pm, 7.15pm8.15pm BALLROOM & LATIN 7.00pm-8.10pm (Beginners), 8.15pm-9.30pm (Intermediate)


YOGA 6.30-7.30pm SWING DANCE 8.30pm-11.00pm (Swing Dance Social Nite)


KRAV MAGA 7.30pm-9.00pm SWING DANCE 7.00pm-10.00pm (Various levels)


BALLET 10.15am-10.45am, 3-5yrs 11.00am-11.45am, 6-7yrs


Community Centre Risdale Road, Bristol, BS3 2QY Tel: 01275 830791


SEQUENCE LESSONS 2.00pm-4.00pm - Dance for Experienced Dancers


BINGO twice a month. 7.00pm for 7.30pm start (non members welcome).

contact..............07970 678 872 PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 3.30pm-7.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 TAEKWON-DO 4.30pm-5.30pm, for children, 5.50pm-7.15pm, for adults, contact...............0117 339 0069 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


YOGA 9.15am-10.30am, for details, contact..............07584 374 515 FIRST STEPS SOCCER 10.45am-11.45am contact..............07825 994 671 POST-NATAL YOGA 11.00am-12.00pm contact..............07584 374 515

LAUNCHPAD CLASSES 1.35pm-2.20pm contact...............07966 864696 TAEKWON-DO 5.00pm-6.00pm for children, 6.10pm-7.30pm for adults. Beginners always welcome. Korean Kickboxing and Karate contact.............0117 339 0069


PARENT & TODDLER GROUP 9.00am-11.30am contact..............0117 963 9283 POLICE SURGERY 12.00pm-4.00pm (alternative Thursdays). OVER 60s CLUB 1.30pm (non members welcome).


B/S DANCE ASSOCIATION Members only, 1st, 3rd & 5th of month. ASHTON VALE HERITAGE GROUP Meets monthly. _________________________


Community Centre Beauley Road, Bristol, BS3 1QG. Tel: 0117 923 1039.


LAUNCHPAD CLASSES 2.05pm-2.50pm contact...............07966 864696 PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 3.30pm-6.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 YOGA 5.45pm-7.15pm & 7.30pm9.00pm contact..............0117 907 8995 CIRCUIT TRAINING 7.00pm-8.15pm contact..............07871 108 105 KUNDALINI YOGA 7.00pm-8.30pm, contact..............07968 493 452


JOLLY TOTS! 10.00am-10.45am parent & child classes

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 (intermediate) 7.30pm-8.30pm, drop-in class, contact..............07759 583 688 TAI CHI (first form) 8.30pm-9.30pm, drop-in class, contact..............07759 583 688 TAI CHI (new beginner’s class) 8.30pm-9.30pm contact..............07759 583 688

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Southville Community Development Association Trustee Recruitment Do you have some time to spare, professional skills you can offer on a voluntary basis and a belief in and a commitment to community development? Then come and speak to the current trustees of the SCDA who will be at the Tobacco Factory Sunday market on 15th September. Annual General Meeting The Southville Community Development Association’s AGM will be held at the Best of Bedminster Show on North Street Green this 21st September. As part of the AGM we will be celebrating great community ideas. There will be face-painting, refreshments and Gromit will be attending too. For more information, contact SCDA Development Have your say about plans to develop the Southville Centre. Visit to see the proposals and to give your opinions by filling in the survey. The plans are on display in the Southville Centre and paper copies of the survey are available. Social Tea Dance Taking place for older people on 23rd September 3.00pm-5.00pm at the centre. For information ring 0117 9231039 or email Holiday Playscheme SCDA has a Holiday Playscheme from 28th October –1st November. For information, please email family. Parent And Toddler Group Every Wednesday morning, there is a Parent and Toddler Group. For more information, please email



PARENT & CHILD PLAY GROUP (term time only) 9.30am-11.30am contact familyservices@ 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|43

GBCP NEWS Contact:

BS3 Wildlife Group

This group is one of our partners. Over the six months from October to March, the group monitors birds that appear in their gardens. Last year the group claimed 35 species, and 21 was the top individual recording. The most common birds were blackbird, sparrow and blue tit - no surprise there! BS3 is one of the weakest areas for wildlife in Bristol and monitoring it and talking about how to encourage it is useful. You don’t need to be a great expert. You will soon learn to spot the more common species. I do most of mine while eating breakfast. Contact us for more info.



Alphaville Residents’ Association is another partner organisation. Alphaville represent people near St. Paul’s Church and includes streets like Acramans Road and, of

course, Alpha Road.

Luckwell Project

This partner is one of our many green spaces support groups. They all have great names, but Luckwell is my favourite with LImP. They have just secured a great piece of play equipment for local kids. Why not pop down and see it sometime?


South Bristol Child Contact Centre: It offers opportunities for children and parents to meet and keep in touch, often after very unpleasant divorce battles, where perhaps, mum and dad can’t bear to be in the same room together. Windmill Hill City Farm: One of our founding partners and a great local institution. Where else can you see a goat and have a cup of tea in Bedminster? Friends of Marksbury Road Library: The library friends help by organising events and

raising the profile of their library. Bristol Blue Glass, Bedminster: This is one of an increasing number of private companies that have become partners in GBCP and the most prestigious glass maker in the city. There are also sports groups like the Community Bowls Club in Greville Smyth Park and arts groups... But, I better stop there. The Pigeon (a great Bedminster asset itself) won’t let me list them all (but I’ll just squeeze in Ashton Vale School PTA, Gaywood House GP Surgery, the Sea Scouts and Bedminster Winter Lanterns). Contact us for a chat if you would like to become a partner.

Community Chest

There’s about £4000 left in this year’s Better Bedminster Community Chest. Closing date for applications is the end of October. Contact us for more information.

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NEWS Garden Waste

Eastwood Farm

Eastwood Farm, on Wyndham Crescent in Broom Hill has launched a new pamphlet and announced new events for 2013. Friends of Eastwood Farm have together launched this brand new leaflet to help people plan and enjoy a visit to the site, with the help of Bristol City Council. The leaflet shows how you can explore the wide variety of habitats on offer. Events for 2013 include an Owl Prowl on 25th September at 7.30pm. For more information, visit

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or at one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in St Philips or Avonmouth. The green bin service is collected weekly at the kerbside on your normal collection day. There is a one off charge, £21, and then a yearly charge of £32 or £29 if you pay by Direct Debit. Official council brown waste garden sacks can also be used for people who have a small garden or struggle to store a wheelie bin. It is a pay as you go service. Sacks can be purchased for £1 from specific stockists and once people want their sacks collected they can ring 0117 922 2100 for a collection. The sacks must be official Bristol City Council sacks otherwise they will not be collected. Compost bins are an inexpensive, natural process to recycle garden waste. These are subsidised by the council and come in two sizes and as one off payments of £12 for a 220 litre bin and £15 for a 330 litre bin. To find out more, please call 0117 922 2100 or visit www.

New Pavilion

The County Cricket Ground, home to Gloucestershire Cricket Club, has recently unveiled its new pavilion. The building work has taken 10 months to complete - as part of a series of works to ensure international cricket continues to be played in Bristol. An opening ceremony was recently held to mark the club’s heritage, and England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke was invited to officially open the pavilion.

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A local resident has been picked to take part in the freestyle kayaking World Championships. Freestyle kayaking is a form of whitewater kayaking or canoeing where the paddler performs various technical moves in one place. The moves and tricks are often similar to those performed by snowboarders, surfers or skaters. Jake Norman, 15, from Windmill Hill is going to be part of a team representing Great Britain in the championships, which will be held in North Carolina, USA, this September. Jake began kayaking when he was aged just six - and he was taught by his parents who are both keen on the sport and will be accompanying him to the competition. Jake, who is a pupil of Ashton Vale School, said: “My friends think it’s really unusual. They hadn’t heard of freestyle kayaking before, but have been wishing me the best of luck.” “I still can’t believe it. It will be a really good learning experience and I’m keen to see the competition. I’ve never been in a really big competition before. “I’d like to make the GB team again for the next two years while I’m still a junior, and I’d love to get in the top five in the 2015 World Championships. The Senior team would be a big step up, but I hope that I will have improved enough by then.” The championships will be taking place on September 2nd.


Bristol residents are being reminded about the garden waste service offered to them on their doorstep. As residents began trimming hedges and clearing out summer plants over the recent bank holiday weekend, Bristol City Council and waste contractor Kier (formally May Gurney) took the opportunity to advise people about what can be recycled and how they can do it. Claire Pring, Bristol contracts manager for Kier Services, said: “The bank holiday weekend is a great opportunity for people to start getting their garden ready for autumn. We want to remind residents that so much of their garden can be recycled either using the council’s green bin and garden sack service or by composting themselves.” Garden waste accounts for more than 15% of all household waste and there are a variety of services available to residents; weekly green bins, brown paper sacks, and composting at home


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Question Time

On Tuesday 17th September, mayor George Ferguson will host the next mayor’s Question Time at City Hall - formerly known as the Council House. The event is part of a range of initiatives for the mayor to listen to the views of Bristol citizens. He will also respond to questions given to him on a range of issues. The event is going to be taking

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E: outstanding customer service. Judges have already finished their first round of decisions in order to find the winner of these categories. The winners will be announced in October. Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “These awards mean so much to the officers, staff and volunteers who receive them because the nominations come from people in the communities they serve.” place at 7.00pm with doors opening at 6.30pm. Due to demand for these free events and to know the numbers attending, the events are ticketed and booking is required. If you would like to book a place or for more information, visit Those without Internet access who would like to enquire about tickets can call 0117 922 2848.

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Three free solar-powered outdoor short film screenings are going to be taking place in local parks on 7th, 14th, and 21st September. Encounters Film Festival is an annual celebration of short films and all things animated. The festival will be presenting a unique opportunity to see a special, familyfriendly programme of short films and animations on Saturday 7th September at St. George’s Park, Saturday 14th September at Victoria Park and Saturday 21st September at Greville Smyth Park. For more details, please visit the encounters website - www. take part in Read for RNIB Day, the charity’s annual fund-raising appeal on Friday 11th October. All funds raised will help provide important reading services such as Braille, talking books and giant print for the estimated 2 million adults and children with sight loss in the UK. If you are interested in taking part, please visit the website

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On 13th September, a bat walk is going to be taking place at Arnos Vale Cemetery. Led by an expert from Avon Bat Group using detection equipment, visitors will be able to learn about our fellow mammals and how we can help them. Warm clothing is recommended, and the event takes place at 7.30pm. For more information, please call 0117 971 9117.

Simple Things Festival 2013 is a unique and diverse musical event in the heart of Bristol, taking place on 12th October. This one-day festival in the city features ten stages, 16 hours of music and over 60 acts. Acts so far announced include, headliner Moderat, These New Purtians, Darkstar and Craig Richards. To find out more, visit


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Castle Estate on Saturday 28th September at 11.00am. The Bristol Memory Walk will be held in partnership with Bupa Care Homes. Alzheimer’s Society and Bupa together aim to support more and more people living with dementia through the vital funds that are raised. To register or for more information, please visit

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Farm Adventurers starts on Tuesday 10th September at Windmill Hill City Farm, and is an opportunity for children aged two to five years to learn about farming and nature in south Bristol. Taking place from Tuesdays to Friday mornings, activities at Farm Adventurers include animal care, growing vegetables, cooking, a mud kitchen, nature play pond dipping, bug hunting, music, art and much more. Sessions take place from 9.15am until 12.15pm. For more information, please contact the farm’s Children and Family Services on 0117 963 3299.

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Dawn Primarolo Parliament’s summer recess provides me with an excellent opportunity to catch up on all the local meetings and the visits that can’t always be fitted into the diary when the House of Commons is sitting. It’s essential to spend some time in the office on casework - but I love to get out and about across Bristol South and thought I would use my Pigeon column this month to show a different side of the work of an MP. In July, I met with Ablaze, a charity working in Bristol to build partnerships between businesses and schools. Ablaze’s volunteer programmes enable people from our business community to work with children on projects designed to raise young people’s aspiration, attainment and achievement. These impressive projects clearly benefit both businesses and school pupils. I also met Guy Price of Bristol City Football Club to discuss the Club’s plans for a redeveloped stadium at Ashton Gate. I was interested to hear about the proposals for increasing capacity and sharing the stadium with Bristol Rugby. The club’s plans for a new stadium at Ashton Vale are currently on hold, awaiting the outcome of a public inquiry. I also arranged and attended a meeting with Lloyds Bank and Bristol Federation of Small Businesses to discuss the need for banks to lend to small firms requiring extra finance to expand. In order for our economy to grow again it’s vital that loans are

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available to successful businesses needing extra funds. At the end of July, I met with George Ferguson, Bristol’s mayor, to raise a range of issues on behalf of local residents including transport, residents’ parking, and the need for more affordable homes in south Bristol and how this might be achieved. Planning permission has now been granted for over 1,500 new homes in the Bristol South constituency but unfortunately most sites remain empty. I also recently visited South Bristol Advice Service (SBAS), an excellent organisation providing free support to local residents needing help with debt and welfare benefits. SBAS runs a number of dropin sessions and, unsurprisingly, their services are currently in high demand due to government welfare cuts. We discussed the challenges faced and how we could continue to work together. At the time of writing I have several more visits lined up, including a meeting with the Police & Crime Commissioner and visits to the Women’s Hostel in Bedminster, St. Peter’s Hospice, Great Western Air Ambulance, and the New Earth waste-to-energy facility in Avonmouth where the majority of Bristol’s non-recyclable waste is processed. I hope this gives you a flavour of what I have been up to over the past few weeks - and I hope all Pigeon readers have had an enjoyable summer too!

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dents without them demonstrating their clear support. I have made it clear that I want there to be extensive, and genuine, consultation in Southville which properly takes account of all views. More information as I have it.”

Ashton Gate

Several people have contacted Sean about the proposed redevelopment of Ashton Gate. He said: “If you have any views on this significant development for our area, please do get in touch and I can pass them onto the planners. Personally, I continue to support the club in their wish to move to a new stadium at Ashton Vale. However, with continuing legal wrangles, I do understand why they are considering all their options. As a local resident, and a Bristol City supporter, I value the contribution the club has made to our area for more than a century, and it continues to be an important part of the community. Any redevelopment at Ashton Gate does, however, need to properly consider the views of residents who will be most affected, as well as the wider community.”

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Thanks to everyone who continues to get in touch regarding residents’ parking. While timings remain subject to change, it appears as though the consultation for the proposed zone in Southville will be in early 2014. Sean said: “It does feel like we’re in a bit of a limbo period at the moment, but it appears that we will move towards consultation events early in 2014. My view remains the same – that I don’t believe these zones should be imposed on resi-

Applications have opened for this year’s Greater Bedminster Community Chest. This fund, administered by the Community Partnership offers (generally relatively small) grants to local organisations who are contributing to our community. Sean said: “The community chest has supported many local initiatives over the past few years. For more information, please get in touch, and I can arrange for you to be sent an application pack.”

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Several residents have contacted me about the possibility of fracking in Bristol. A voluntary group is already exploring the potential of extracting heat from this source. If the methane in the old coal seams were to be exploited in a method like fracking, this would be very different as it involves pumping pressurised water and chemicals underground to force the gas to the surface. The possibility of contaminating the water or causing tremors are a cause for concern, as are the movement of heavy vehicles and equipment in a built up area. To date, there have been no applications for this type of gas extraction.

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I hope that many of you will have had a chance to view and comment on the plans for the redeveloped stadium. The developers seem to have taken on the suggestions about travel plans, the public realm including Colliters Brook and the sustainability of the new building.


Sean recently met with the mayor to discuss issues of importance to Southville and Ashton. He raised a number of issues, including school places, residents’ parking and local planning issues. After the meeting, Sean said: “I am grateful for the mayor for making the time to meet with me. It’s important that he knows about local concerns all over the city, although, of course, he has particular local knowledge here in BS3! I wanted to make sure, primarily, that the issue of school places remains at the top of the mayor’s agenda. “Things are progressing well, but this is such a crucial issue for the whole community that we need to continue to keep pushing. I also had the opportunity to ask the mayor about the consultation for residents’ parking, and discussed concerns residents have about work on the Granby House site. The mayor has offered to look into some of the issues I raised with him, and I look forward to continuing to work constructively with him.”

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The South Bristol Link road and Metrobus proposals are much too expensive and will not serve the areas they pass through well. I am disappointed that our mayor did not insist on a total reworking of plans put forward before his election. We continue to suffer poor bus services and lack access to rail services and it would be better to invest in these transport improvements.


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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 (and neighbours), This is a slightly embarrassing note to have to write but during his travels throughout the neighbourhood our cat Norris has brought back an assortment of items. Unlike most cats, Norris isn’t too interested in the local wildlife but has taken to straight up theft. In some cases he’s literally been there and got the T-shirt. At first, when it was the odd dish cloth it was fairly amusing but recently his habit has intensified and we now have a growing pile of stolen goods which need returning to all you good people of Bedminster.

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local residents will be able to tell you. Very few of the drivers keep under the 20 MPH speed limit. It is no different in North Street, and other parts with the scheme either. I have family on Whitehall Road in Redfield who have assured me of that. It seems to me that the council are ignoring the results that the scheme has had in the test areas, and just giving the zones a go anyway. Bristol City Council - please don’t waste money without spending some time in the pilot areas and seeing for yourself what a ‘success’ these zones really are. Name and address withheld Dear Editor, Just to say I gave the Bedminster Parade (BP) section on the BRT3 consultation a grumbly personal thumbs down at close of consultation yesterday. Like the Whiteladies Road first round bus proposals a few years ago, not enough focus on the locality and damaging to


E: cyclists passing us by). Plus the removal of certain pavements and build-outs making the pedestrian experience more claustrophobic. For example, the outer pavement is shaved away at Imperial Arcade. Crossing this free flowing traffic on foot being more difficult, pedestrians will presumably all be funnelled to the ASDA crossing to Natwest. To the motorist (forced into ASDA to park for max. 90mins) the problem becomes crossing the Parade west to east subsequently, without crossing the river. For reasons the exhibition presenters seemed very confused about (including a view of local traffic queues I fail to recognise) the Rupert Street exit to the Parade becomes a no right turn, closing any realistic hope of accessing Philip Street and Whitehouse Lane from the Southville centre side of the street. This is because they predict a right-lane tailback in New Charlotte St - which I don’t.

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contd from page 38 cross-route communication. In my view this levers open the east-west divide a further notch or two. On the positive side, having a stop on the Southbound Route may be a good thing for the Parade - but doesn’t help one-way East Street, both streets now have stops on the Northbound arm. (The BP stops are a new alternative to knocking down Barclay’s bank and crawling past the west side of ASDA to access the centre more directly - the abandoned proposal). However living where I do, it’s unlikely I’ll ever ride the service to these BP destinations should it come about. And the micro consultation is only really about BP as everything further north is in the AVTM BRT2 diversion proposal (or contradicts same). I found this round offered BP the place nothing; just a dark hint of banning all parking and loading in the interests of making north/ south traffic flow (including longer haul


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Kite Festival 31 August - 01 September Taking place as usual at Ashton Court Estate, the next Kite Festival is going to be featuring flying displays, kite-fighting battles and synchronised routines to music. The Kite Festival was named by the Guardian as one of its top ‘50 Family Freebies for the Summer Holidays’. Entry is free to the festival but there is a charge for parking. 11.00am - 5.00pm Ashton Court Estate Toddler Group 05 September FaithSpace’s Happy Times Toddler Group is going to be restarting on Thursday 5th September for autumn. All parents and toddlers are welcome to go along - just call the number below. 10.30am - 12.30pm. FaithSpace, Stackpool Road 0117 963 6194 Quiz Night 06 September St Paul’s Church is holding a Quiz Night on 6th September. Teams of up to four people are welcome bring your own drink, but food is provided. Entry is £5.00. 7.30pm St Paul’s Church, Southville Big Friendly Choir 12 September The members of the Big Friendly Choir are holding a free taster session at Bedminster Family Practice on 12th September in order to try to recruit more members. The group has meetings on Thursdays in term time and to keep going they ask for a donation of up to £6 a session, which includes tea or coffee and a biscuit. For more information, please call Carol on the number below. 10.00am - 11.15am Bedminster Family Practice 0777 965 2306

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Producers Market 15 September The next Producers’ Market at Ashton Court Estate includes 25 stalls of locally made food, drinks, crafts and more. Entry is free, parking costs £1.00. 10.30am - 3.30pm Ashton Court Estate Southville Centre AGM 21 September The next Southville Centre annual general meeting is going to be taking place as part of the Best of Bedminster Show. The meeting will be taking place in the BED tent, where residents will be sharing ideas to improve Bedminster. 5.00pm BED tent at BOB Show Malago WI 25 September The next Malago Women’s Institute meeting is going to be taking place at Bedminster Methodist Church on British Road. All women from the local area are welcome to join the group. 8.00pm Bedminster Methodist Church Bristol Flea Market 25 September The next Bristol Flea Market will feature over 100 stalls selling goods from vintage clothing to quality furnishings. 9.00am - 3.30pm Ashton Gate Stadium 07730 283632 Wellbeing Choir 26 September On Thursday 26th September, a new choir is going to be starting at St. Michael and All Angels Church, Vivan Street, Windmill Hill. No experience needed, no auditions and no need to read music. 7.00pm - 8.30pm St. Michael and All Angels Church

Wine Tasting 28 September A multi-media wine tasting event is going to be taking place on 28th September, which includes a short introduction to the Alpha Course that begins on Sunday 13th October. Italian wine will be explained through the medium of Goodfellas; which is more mellow: Rioja or The Big Lebowski? Tickets cost £7.50. 8.00pm St Paul’s Church, Southville 07969 647665. Big Prints Day 29 September Big Prints Day features making a huge print by wrapping, big monoprints, printing a map of North Street, toys, learning how to print make for free and much more. The day takes place at Paper Village in Southville. 1.00pm - 5.00pm Paper Village, North Street 0117 963 9452 Coffee Morning 05 October St Paul’s Church in Southville is going to be hosting a coffee morning on Saturday 5th October. As well as the chance to enjoy some refreshments there will also be an excellent range of Christmas cards to order. 10.00am - 12.00pm St. Paul’s Church, Southville

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Mark Bruce Company Fri 25 – Sat 28 September

Tobacco Factory Theatre’s Associate Dance Artist, Mark Bruce Company has built up a formidable reputation for critically acclaimed, uncompromising dance-theatre. Dracula sees the company of ten exceptional performers bring Bram Stoker’s 1897 haunting, erotic tale to life in a heart wrenching and magical production. With an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to contemporary classical composers György Ligeti and Fred Frith, Bruce explores choreographic styles which range from the subtlety of classical etiquette to visceral contemporary dance.




Every Week 10am - 2.30pm The Sunday market offers a fantastic choice of local produce, with fresh farm food, home made cakes, pies, chutneys and cheese. Plus flowers, books, arts & crafts, kids craft making... and much more. The first Sunday of the month features Retroville ~ our Vintage and Retro market, with clothing, jewellery, homeware, furniture and records.


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CAFE/BAR Live Music

Every Sunday we showcase a selection of some of the regions finest musicians during the afternoon, from 1.30pm and also in the evening at 8pm.

Highlights this month include:

Sunday 8 Sept, 8pm Leonie Evans (pictured)

“Leonie Evans’ distinctive vocals were magical. An astonishingly good simulated trumpet sound in her understated stride she kept the audience in her thrall.” (The Bristol Post)

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The Pigeon Extended Online Edition Sept 2013  

South Bristol community micro newspaper

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