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Issue 205 Feb 2020 Bedminster/Southville/Ashton/Ashton Vale/Windmill Hill/ Totterdown & Knowle

Swimming pool set to make a splash! Extensive repairs have been completed at Bristol South swimming pool - and the pool is poised to reopen in early February following the completion of a ÂŁ200,000 programme of improvements. The community pool in Dean Lane, Bedminster, was closed in November while work to replace leaking pipework and upgrade the ceiling of the facility got under way. During that scheduled four-week closure, contractors uncovered further areas that had deteriorated over time, including the pool walls, which were contributing to leaks and inefficiency at the site. contd on page 4

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Nicola Woodward flute A fascinating and informative journey across several centuries via bamboo and baroque flutes, flute, alto flute and piccolo. Works by Telemann, CPE Bach, Debussy, and some lesser-known gems by Koechlin.

A Murmuration of Starlings Sandie Middleton performs a recital of solo piano works, including her own compositions evocative of birds, water, and natural and emotional landscapes, together with favourites by Débussy and Ravel.

Dan Phelps piano Award winning pianist and established composer, whose works have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and described as “utterly beautiful”, performs a selection of light, romantic piano works.

Avellana jazz duo Following on from their successful Lunchtime Live debut last summer, Simon Greening saxophones and John Lambert piano return to play a relaxed programme of jazz standards and originals.

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contd from front page - Swimming pool set to make a splash! The additional work pushed the reopening date back by a few weeks, while the essential repairs were completed, and it is now hoped the pool will be reopened in the second week of February. The 30.5m Bristol South pool, which is set within a Grade 2 listed building, is one of the city’s most historically significant pools. Cllr Asher Craig, deputy mayor and cabinet member for communities, said: “The Bristol South pool is a much loved community facility with nearly 100,000 visits each year and this work was vital to ensure that it is maintained and remains fit for purpose. While the extra time needed for the work is understandably frustrating, these improvements were necessary to ensure the pool can continue to be enjoyed by so many people.’’ For more information, please visit everyoneactive.com/centre/bristolsouth-swimming-pool.

Ashton Gate Stadium Ltd has released four images of its proposed sports and conference centre - after feedback lead to the club adjusting its plans for its Sporting Quarter. The Sporting Quarter will include a conference and entertainments centre as well as hotels and flats. After feedback from local residents found the blocks of flats to be too tall, Ashton Gate has scaled back its proposals. The revised plans are expected to be released by Ashton Gate Stadium Ltd in mid-February, and a formal planning application is expected to be submitted in the summer.

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Bristol Light Festival to illuminate the city through the city centre. The Light Festival includes some unexpected locations as well as some of the city’s well-trodden paths including Castle Bridge, Cascade Steps, Queen Square, Park Street and Trinity Steps on College Green. At each location, visitors will be able to see, experience and enjoy light art installations that are visiting the South West for the first time. For more information on the new festival, visit bristollightfestival.org.

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At a time of year when dark nights are set in and the twinkle of Christmas lights are a distant memory, there is a new bright light about to shine as the first Bristol Light Festival takes place in the city. From Friday 28th February - Sunday 1st March, between 5.00pm - 11.00pm, the Bristol Light Festival will showcase renowned international light artists alongside Bristol talent across six carefully selected locations to create a trail

A campaign has recently been launched to create a new warm-up and beginners’ area at Dean Lane skatepark in Bedminster. The local project aims to raise enough money to create an additional section of the park where the derelict basketball court is located. Campaigners have anticipated that the resurfacing will cost in the region of £6,000 and an additional £6,000 will go towards creating small, moveable skate objects for the area. The resurfacing has not been tendered yet but the organisers are partnered with local skatepark designers, Canvas, who are willing to provide the skateable forms at minimal cost for this project. Funds can be donated to the campaign by visiting gofundme. com/f/dean-lane-skateparkfundraiser, where further information and a promotional video can also be viewed.


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NEWS Stroke support group need volunteers The South Bristol Stroke Support Group is run by Bristol After Stroke - an independent local charity helping people rebuild their lives after stroke. Their services offer a unique combination of practical, social, emotional and psychological support to people affected by stroke and their carers and loved ones. They currently hold a weekly group, which takes place on Thursday mornings between 10.30am -

12.30pm at St Monica Will’s House in Bedminster - and the group is currently looking for a volunteer to help out every other week. For more information about Bristol After Stroke or volunteering with the South Bristol Support Group, please contact volunteer coordinator Lucy Stockall on 0117 9647657 or alternatively, email lucy.stockall@bristolafterstroke. org.uk.

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Households in Bristol could be fined for not sorting their bins correctly, a waste company has warned. Bristol Waste said that the proposed scheme could be introduced if efforts to educate people about recycling their waste correctly are unsuccessful. Speaking at a council meeting, managing director Tony Lawless said: “We need some way to enforce residents who continually flout the

rules. There will be two types of people - ones that will never bother, and maybe those are the ones we look to enforce, and those that are not sure, so those are the ones we need to educate a little bit more. “It’s a bit of a way to go before we get to the point where people cannot be educated any more and we need to enforce and fine. It’s a road we may have to go down, but we will reluctantly go down it.”

On Friday 14th February, a gin tasting event is going to be held at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. During the course of this fun and informal event, visitors will receive a five-course full size gin and tonic tasting menu, allowing guests to enjoy the spectrum of flavours that gin has to offer. Each course has been designed with the aim of introducing guests to an array of gins that they may not have encountered before. This event is strictly for over 18s only. For more information, please email The Gin To My Tonic at enquiries@thegintomytonic.com who will be happy to help.

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South Bristol’s Barclays branch is going to be closing this spring - and customers of the bank are being invited to take part in sessions to learn how to use online banking. Barclays customers are being directed to use the branches in Clifton and Broadmead and also to switch to online banking. A spokesperson for Barclays said: “At Barclays Bedminster branch, customer usage has continued to fall by over a third and 89 per cent of our customers now use telephone and online banking, which is why we have taken the difficult decision to close it. “We hope that the availability of our nearby Barclays branches at 55 Broadmead and Clifton Queens Road, Bristol, along with our range of digital channels, will help to ease the transition for our customers.” Barclays will soon be hosting ‘tea and teach’ sessions at the Bedminster branch for customers to learn all about the world of digital banking.

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TAP for Bristol is a way of giving money to help solve homelessness in Bristol - and since its launch in September, it’s raised £150 a day! TA P f o r B r i s t o l d o n a t i o n points located in the windows of businesses and on contactless devices around the city centre, allow you to make a donation of £3 per tap using your contactless credit or debit card. The funds will be divided equally between Caring in Bristol and local front line services, facilitated by the Quartet Community Foundation.

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Let’s Chalk Bedminster! Let’s Walk Bedminster will become ‘Let’s Chalk Bedminster’ for 2020 as they invite people to pledge to keep their bit of pavement as clear as possible in an effort to keep local pathways clear of obstacles such as cars parked on the pavement and overhanging vegetation. Ben Barker is one of the coordinators of Let’s Walk Bedminster. He has written in chalk on the pavement that he and his wife Jo will keep their few yards of footway as clear as possible during 2020 and beyond. Ben said: “It’s a New Year’s resolution that should be easy to keep despite the bad spelling. “Most people are very good at keeping their bit of pavement clear, so thanks to them. A few people find real difficulty in cutting their

hedges, perhaps because they lack the right tools or are ill or disabled. Neighbours can assist here, so don’t be shy in offering to help.” As well as putting your pledge on the pavement in chalk, there are lots of ways in which you can help to keep BS3 walkable. The Let’s Walk Bedminster project collaborates with local groups that are keen to add flowers, art work and seating to the local environment. There are several groups working to convert bits of waste ground into community gardens and orchards, the Front Garden Awards stimulate a pleasant environment and Bedminster Business Improvement District is keen to make our high streets more attractive. For more information, contact benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk.

Social and computer cafes in BS3 ILOP (Improving the Lives of Older People) group runs free drop-in social and computer cafes for over 55s in the BS3 area. People are encouraged to drop in for free coffee, and gain help and assistance with using their mobile phones, tablets or laptop computers from one of the friendly volunteers. Anyone who wants to go along just for coffee and a chat is also welcome at the cafes.

Meetings take place at Tobacco Factory on Fridays 7th and 21st Feburary from 10.15am - 12 noon. There are also meetings at Mezzaluna on Mondays 3rd and 17th February from 1.15pm - 3.00pm and at The Rising Sun, Windmill Hill on the first Wednesday of each month. This month’s meeting is on 5th February from 10.15am - 12 noon. Volunteers who would like to get involved are also very welcome.

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Local Valentine’s Day talk

Join Arnos Vale on Thursday 13th February for a Valentine’s talk with a twist and hear about some of the Bristol women who were embedded in truly remarkable love stories in days gone by. The talk, entitled Unlikely Love Stories: The Women Who Fell in Love (or Lust) will be led by Jane Duffus, local author of two volumes of The Women Who Built Bristol

series. Books will be available to buy on the night. The evening doesn’t guarantee any happy endings - but visitors will find a lot of scandal and surprises. The bar will be open from 6.00pm, and the talk will take place between 7.00pm - 8.00pm. For more information on the event or to book tickets, please visit arnosvale.org.uk.

Bristol to Paris cycle challenge

This year’s event is taking place from Wednesday 9th - Sunday 13th September, with the four days of cycling ending with a triumphant arrival at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Saturday 12th September. The challenge is open to anyone and all cycling abilities. People can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. For more information, please visit aboveandbeyond.org.uk/bristol-toparis-cycle-challenge-2020.

Channel 4 officially marked the opening of its new Creative Hub at an event in Bristol recently. At the event, Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol, said: “I’d like to warmly and formally welcome Channel 4 to Bristol at the official launch of their new Creative Hub. Bristol is an ideal partner for Channel 4, as a thriving, diverse and innovative city. It’s also a hotbed of creative talent which is developed and sustained by a wealth of industry partners and experts, many of whom supported our bid for the hub.” Bristol was selected to be one of two Creative Hubs from more than 30 cities across the UK which pitched to become a new base for the national broadcaster.

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On Monday 16th February, Horses! Horses! a free touring pub play for 2020, will be taking place at The Tap Room, Bristol Beer Factory, on North Street. All are welcome to go along to the play, which is a co-production by Theatre Orchard and Somerset’s flagship Wassail Theatre Company, in association with Bristol Old Vic. Written by Rina Vergano, and shortlisted for the Tobacco

Factory Theatre’s ScriptSpace Award, Horses! Horses! was first developed through Bristol Old Vic Ferment. The play is a darkly comical tale of a stolen horse, wild west-country soul and the mess we make of relationships. There is no need to book a place - donate what you can on the night. For more information on this production or the tour, please visit theatreorchard.org.uk.

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for one weekend only. The South Bristol Arts Trail gives the public an opportunity to meet artists, purchase artwork and admire talent within the community. Whether you’re a painter, performer, printmaker or poet, the South Bristol Arts Trail would now like to hear from you. You can apply to exhibit online. For more information, please visit southbankbristolarts.co.uk.

Asda’s much-loved community champion Brenda is celebrating 30 years service at Asda Bedminster. Brenda Wright expected to work at Asda Bedminster store for just a few months when she joined on a temporary contract, but 30 years later she’s still there and making a big difference to the local community. Brenda, who has been married to Bob for 50 years, also volunteers regularly at Redcliffe Lunch Club where she serves lunch and calls out the bingo numbers. Asda Bedminster store manager Stuart Goldspink said: “Brenda is an inspiration to everyone at our store. She is very proud of what she does and is always helping out in the heart of the community.”

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South Bristol Arts Trail’s call for artists Applications are now open for the South Bristol Arts Trail, which will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May 2020. This year will see the streets of BS3 filled to the brim with colourful creativity, and Bristol artists are invited to take part. From churches to cafés, kitchens to back gardens, the homes and community venues of Bedminster, Ashton and Southville will be open

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Building a Healthy Community - Lessons from the Bemmy Lantern Parade Events like the Bedminster Lantern Parade are aweinspiring. Young and old, working in partnership to organise, participate and support, is the unique “Bemmy Spirit”. The World Health Organization says health is not just the absence of sickness but is physical, mental and social wellbeing. Here are some healthy community takeaways from the day: Increasing physical activity is good for us. No matter how tired you felt after grooving your way along the stretch of the parade, walking or cheering, you can rest assured your participation has helped make you healthier. Walking is the best and cheapest form of activity. Healthy communities provide opportunities for walks, with safe environments for children to run around, ride bikes, and enjoy

protected play areas, too. Increasing community social engagement. Mental and emotional aspects of health are just as important as the physical. When people are involved in their community, forming friendships and participating in communitywide events, they feel valued and welcomed. This togetherness makes us all healthier. It’s also the social fabric that clothes us with dignity and value building resilience. Championing inclusion and diversity. Just look at all the beautiful colourful lanterns! Brexit is just another face of the biggest challenge in the UK today widening gaps. We know health is linked to income and social status of people. A sad fact is that many people are excluded – having limited access to the resources, opportunities and knowledge that

can help them attain excellent health and wellbeing. The efforts of the lantern parade steering committee to include every part of the community to ‘‘own’’ the event, is a message that we all need to embrace. The lantern parade is an example of how we can all play a part in making our BS3 locality a healthier one. At Bedminster Pharmacy, Cannon St, as the local health and wellbeing hub, we are always ready to play a significant role in this vibrant community.

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Bristol Sounds hits classic note Amphitheatre and has fast become a popular favourite in Bristol’s summer calendar. This year, for the first time at Bristol Sounds, there will be an all-day Saturday show, which will run from midday until 11.00pm, curated by the Levellers. For more information on the concert series, please search Bristol Sounds on Facebook.

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The lineup for 2020’s Bristol Sounds includes classic rock artists such as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Supergrass, A Beautiful Day Out curated by The Levellers, and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. Jack Savoretti is due to close the series of summer performances. Taking place between 24th 28th June, the concert series is based at Bristol’s Harbourside

As part of the plans to regenerate Bedminster Green, Bristol City Council is working on an exciting project to significantly improve the River Malago and improve highway infrastructure. They are currently seeking feedback from the local community on initial ideas to improve the highway, the park and the river; this will ensure that the area can be designed to better meet the needs of the community. Bristol City Council will therefore be hosting community engagement events on Monday 2nd March from 4.30pm - 6.45pm at Bedminster Library, and on Thursday 5th March and Thursday 19th March from 2.30pm - 6.00pm at Windmill Hill City Farm in the John James Room, Philip St, Bedminster. Please go along to find out more and discuss the council’s initial ideas. A survey will also be online from Monday 24th February at bristol. gov.uk/bedminstersurvey.

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#Age Proud Bristol

Catherine Wescott

The Contribution of Older People in Bristol Age Proud Bristol is an awareness campaign run by Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) that challenges perceptions of older people in Bristol and encourages people to feel proud of their age and experiences. A common misconception about older people is that they do not contribute to society. However, far from being a ‘burden’ or a ‘drain’ on society, older people contribute more resources than they use. Research carried out by the Royal Voluntary Service identified that nearly half of people aged 55-74 volunteer, while figures from the Office of National Statistics show that over 50s make up nearly onethird of the entire UK workforce. As a part of the Age Proud Bristol campaign, BAB has gathered the views of a variety of inspirational people from across Bristol about their experiences and advice regarding later life. This article

features Catherine Wescott, (65), creator of BS3 Helping Others. “The average 65-year-old still has an awful lot to offer in terms of wisdom, passion, love, care and, most of all, time.” says Catherine, who set up BS3 Helping Others after asking in a neighbourhood Facebook group whether anyone needed any help. Within 24 hours, she’d received 350 likes and 60 comments. “We must learn to befriend all those whom we meet in our daily lives and never assume that they are ‘OK’. You can do this no matter how old or young you are and no matter where you are - at the bus stop, in a cafe, in a store,” says Catherine. “You’ve got something that someone else needs.” Many older people develop close, supportive relationships with younger generations; from grandparents who look after their grandchildren, to older

people who volunteer through community groups. Catherine has formed bonds with younger people volunteering as a part of BS3 Helping Others. “Lots of youngsters are looking for the company and knowledge of adults - and lots of adults are looking for the company of youngsters. We can help each other,” says Catherine. As well as the contributions older people make in the workplace and volunteering, it is also important to recognise the unpaid caring roles that many older people undertake. Research from the national charity, Age UK, has shown that one in three people aged over 80 provide vital unpaid care for loved ones in the UK. Find out more about the Age Proud Bristol campaign by visiting www.agefriendlybristol. org.uk or search #AgeProudBristol on Twitter and take part in the conversation about ageism in Bristol.


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NEWS Helping others group meetings

BS3 Helping Others Group is meeting every Monday and Tuesday at Tobacco Factory cafe bar this February, except for Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th February (half term). On Tuesday 4th February, find out about the Royal Voluntary Service, which offers a home from hospital scheme for over 55s to offer support around the home. On Monday 10th and Tuesday

11th February, learn about Carers Support Centre, a local charity supporting unpaid carers in Bristol. On Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th, find out about volunteering for Read Easy Bristol. BS3 Helping Others meetings take place at 6.30pm on Mondays and 10.30am on Tuesdays. For more information, please visit the BS3 Helping Others Group page on Facebook.

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Rugby march for St Peter’s Hospice On Sunday 8th March, local residents are invited to join St Peter’s Hospice in association with the Bristol Bears for a sponsored walk that starts at Ashton Gate and heads straight out of the city. The six-mile circular route passes under the Clifton Suspension Bridge, through Leigh Woods and across the grounds of Ashton Court past the mansion house. After receiving a hero’s welcome

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back at Ashton Gate, walkers can then head on in to the stadium to watch the action at the Bristol Bears vs Harlequins live game! The walk is going to start at 11.00am, with the match taking place at 3.00pm. Participants must be aged 10 years and older. If you would like to sign up or find out more, please visit rugbymarch.co.uk or call Clemi on 01275 391404.

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Winter tea dance

On Thursday 20th February, BS3 Community’s winter tea dance is going to be taking place from 2.30pm - 5.00pm at the Southville Centre. All are invited to join the centre for an afternoon of dancing. There will be music by DJ Derek, a dance teacher, a hamper raffle, and tea and cake will be served. Tickets cost £6.50 on the door or £5.50 in advance and can be purchased by card on 0117 9231039 or bought in person at the Southville Centre reception. For more information, please visit bs3community.org.uk.

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ANGEL OLSEN Angel Olsen has built her career on reinvention and genre hopping with her music evolving from lamp-lit folk to boisterous rock‘n’roll through to ritzy synthpop. After a difficult breakup in 2016, she decided to take a step back and focus on bare bones songwriting. Some intervening appearances gave an indication of the result, including a standout performance on Alex Cameron’s break out hit ‘Stranger’s Kiss’, and 2019’s fourth studio album All Mirrors is a lush soundscape littered with show-stopping string arrangements. Always a critical darling, the album has

10 FEB. SWX. garnered the best reviews of her career, with Pitchfork calling it, “breathtaking” and the Guardian calling it, “mesmerising” while naming it as their sixth best album of 2019. This year is set to be the year she explodes into the mainstream and, backed by a well-deserved reputation for excellent live shows, nothing is going to stop her.

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“This year is set to be the year she explodes into the mainstream...”

02: Kano O2 Academy; £30 -04: Fatoumata Diawara Trinity; £18.50 -05: Steel Panther Heavy Metal Rules Tour O2 Academy; £32 -09: Julian Cope The Fleece; £25 -12: Black Midi Motion; £13 -14: Rudimental + Friends Motion; £16.50 -18: Daddy Long Legs The Louisiana; £11.50 -29: The Doors Alive The Fleece; £13

THE RIFLES UNPLUGGED

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Chingford’s own charming indie heroes The Rifles bring their unplugged tour to Bristol. Forming in 2003 over a shared love of Oasis, and memories of attending their famous Knebworth show

LENNON STELLA 29 FEB. ANSON ROOMS.

Growing up in a musical family on a secluded farm in Ontario, Canada, Lennon Stella (and her sister Maisy) shot to fame in 2012 at the age of 13 when she was cast in a prominent role in the hit country music TV show Nashville.

Prior to Nashville airing, they had their first taste of stardom when their cover of Robyn’s ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ went viral on their YouTube channel with over 30 million views. Now, with the show and subsequent tours behind her, Lennon is forging a path of her own. Recently touring with 5 Seconds of Summer and the Chainsmokers, she’s rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with in pop circles and her debut album is set to make waves later this year. Lennon Stella plays the Anson Rooms this February.

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in 1996, they quickly became a tight outfit and climbed the ranks of indie stardom. After five storming, successful albums including 2014’s well-reviewed None the Wiser, the band spent a day at Abbey Road in 2017, accompanied by a string quartet and thirty strong fan choir, recording an Unplugged record. The band said that they had, “wanted to nail some recordings of our songs acoustically with strings for a long time, and feel this album has really raised the bar”, and they enjoyed it so much they’ve decided to take it on the road.


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BIRDS OF PREY Dir: Cathy Yan Cast: Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Out: February 07

After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl.

When Suicide Squad was released in 2016, the film garnered decidedly mixed reviews. A confusing, chopped up narrative and some awful performances made sure that the public, already used to seeing very good superhero films on the big screen, would ultimately end up being disappointed by it. Among all the criticisms of the film however, there was one thing that almost everybody who saw it praised: the depiction of Harley Quinn by actress Margot Robbie. A confused and dangerous whirlwind of charisma, Robbie as Quinn made both the actress and the character she played a star. The problem was that for Harley Quinn to return to cinema screens, there would most likely have to be a sequel to a film that not many people liked (there is a sequel to Suicide Squad due for release in 2021, but this Harley Quinn film that serves as a buffer is much more likely to garner excitement for that film than the

first Suicide Squad release). The clever idea was to spin-off Harley Quinn for her own series, but as people have seen, Quinn works very effectively within a group, where her own quirks can bounce off other, less crazy people. Enter the Birds of Prey. An all-female group of comic characters that were also based in the Batman world, but who display a ruthlessness that has them walk a fine line between “...there was one thing that almost everybody who saw it praised: the depiction of Harley Quinn...”

good and evil, and who seem to make a perfect foil for Quinn and her not-quite attempts at redemption. Hopefully, with this refocusing on the best elements of Suicide Squad, while leaving the rest behind, Birds of Prey will give us and Harley Quinn the film that we’ve all deserved. We’ll find out for sure on 7th February. LC

DOLITTLE D: Stephen Gaghan C: Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Jessie Buckley

February 07 It’s been over 20 years since Eddie Murphy’s Dr Dolittle first spoke to the animals, the big question is, has it been long enough. Aligning the forces Universal Pictures believe, or perhaps rather hope, that it has. An all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. John Dolittle brings voices of Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, Ralph Fiennes, John Cena, Selena Gomez and, accompanying his lead from the Avengers universe, Tom Holland. Danny Elfman of The Simpsons theme fame is on music, the producers of Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent help bring it all together. Set in Victorian England, when the Queen falls gravely ill, the Dr, having become a hermit since his wife’s death, must undertake a perilous adventure in pursuit of a cure accompanied by the friends only he can hear. Michael Sheen, Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose) and Antonio Banderas feature as human people. SC


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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG D: Jeff Fowler C: Jim Carrey, Adam Pally, James Marsden

February 14 Having revisited the design studio after fan backlash postponed its 2019 release, Sega’s flagship hero speeds onto screens this month. With a decent cast anchored by an Ace Ventura- esque Jim Carrey as Dr Robotnik, Sonic must evade government capture aided by local cop Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Bigger eyes and teeth befitting a cartoon hedgehog may not be enough to conquer the notoriously tricky computer game cross over. SC

FANTASY ISLAND D: Jeff Wadlow C: Lucy Hale, Michael Pena, Maggie Q

February 14 Based on the 70s ABC television series of the same name, Michael Peña (American Hustle), Maggie Q (Die Hard 4.0) and Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) front the twisted tale of desire gone awry. Hosting a clutch of lucky guests, Mr Roarke’s (Peña) tropical paradise plays host to fantasy, however, when those fantasies contort in unexpected and troubling ways, the guests must unravel the mysteries that drive the island in order to survive. Westworld meets Cabin in the Woods. SC

THE INVISIBLE MAN D: Leigh Whannell C: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid

February 28 A relatively loose take on the H.G. Wells novel, horror aficionados Blumhouse Productions, whose stable, along with 2017 Best Picture nominee Get Out includes the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises, bring credibility to a project for which Johnny Depp was originally touted. When Elisabeth Moss’ (The Handmaid’s Tale) abusive ex commits suicide, leaving her a healthy inheritance, she must prove her sanity in the face of a seemingly unseen pursuer. SC

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STREAMING - FEBRUARY 2020 Based on the comic book series of the same name, and one of the most anticipated shows this year, Locke & Key streams on Netflix from 7th February. // New drama series Hunters comes to Prime Video on 21st February. The story follows a band of Nazi hunters living in New York City in 1977, who set out to prevent a fascist uprising. // The fifth and final season of Better Call Saul (above)

releases on Netflix on Monday 24th February. // Witness the birth of the Mexican drug war in the 1980s as the new “Narcos” saga continues in Narcos: Mexico (Season 2) (below) streaming on Netflix from 13th February. // Claire and Jamie attempt to build their new life together in prerevolutionary America in Outlander (Series 5) coming to Prime Video on 17th February.

DOWNHILL D: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash C: Will Ferrell, Julia Louis-Dreyfus

February 28 From the Oscar-winning cowriters of The Descendants and based on 2014’s multinational Force Majeure, husband (Ferrell) and wife (Louis-Dreyfus) are forced to evaluate their lives after being spooked by an avalanche during a family holiday. With its inspiration roundly well-received and a world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, expectation is high for this black comedy. SC


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19 FEB - 21 MAR. TOBACCO FACTORY.

New England University campus, husband and wife George and Martha invite new friends Nick and Honey into their home for an afterparty drink. But what begins as a pleasant nightcap descends

into nightmare when the cracks in George and Martha’s seemingly perfect marriage begin to show. As the night wears on, the embittered couple begin using their guests as pawns in a toxic psychological war in which all present will bare their souls. Edward Albee’s famous, multi-award winning play was a sensation after its first

Broadway run in 1962, perfectly encapsulating the disillusionment of the 60s and providing an enduring critique of American idealism and family values. David Mercatali (Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle) helms this exhilarating new production with stage design by Anisha Fields. The talented ensemble cast from theatre and television features Mark Meadows and Pooky Quesnel as George and Martha with Joseph Tweedale and Francesca Henry as the unwitting Nick and Honey. The production will enjoy its initial run at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory before moving to its co-producers, Wiltshire Creative, in Salisbury. JL

“Edward Albee’s famous, multi-award winning play was a sensation after its first Broadway run in 1962...”

PUCCINI’S MADAM BUTTERFLY 14 FEB - 15 FEB. BRISTOL OLD VIC.

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Fresh off the success of 2019’s sell-out debut La Bohème, the Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose bring their new English version of Madam Butterfly

THE CAT AND THE CANARY 24 - 29 FEB. THEATRE ROYAL, BATH. Twenty years after the death of a rich eccentric, descendants gather at his remote mansion to learn who will inherit his vast

to the Bristol Old Vic this month. Puccini’s celebrated opera tells the story of a young woman who sacrifices everything for the man she loves only to be abandoned by him. This radical new version features a complete re-orchestration of Puccini’s original score, performed by the cast and accompanied by live music. With the action transposed to 1980s Japan, the story now has a contemporary new edge, promising to give the timeless themes greater relevance than ever before. JL fortune and hidden jewels. At midnight, the old family lawyer opens the will - and the heir is named with the stipulation that they can only inherit if proved to be of sound mind. But spending the night in this terrifying place is enough to turn anyone insane… Following the success of Rehearsal For Murder and The Lady Vanishes, The Classic Thriller Company returns with this creepy comedy thriller from 1922 by John Willard. Silver screen and Bond girl legend Britt Ekland stars.

CALENDAR 14 Jan-22 Feb: The Book of Mormon Hippodrome; £13 and up -30 Jan-09 Feb: Living Spit’s Swan Lake Tobacco Factory; £12 and up -01-08: Macbeth Redgrave Theatre; £8 -09: Sing-A-Long-A Bohemian Rhapsody Theatre Royal, Bath; £17.50 -11-15: Dial M For Murder Theatre Royal, Bath; £28 and up -19-20: Drip Drip Drip Wardrobe Theatre; £10 -25-29: Beautiful The Carole King Musical Hippodrome; £13 and up


NEWS Lifeskills

Food festival expands to two-day event Expanding into Bristol’s central Castle Park for a two-day celebration of Bristol’s incredibly diverse food culture, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion returns on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2020. The event will build on the original pop-ups held in Queen Square from 2011 - 2015, and will be a celebration of Bristol’s food and drink culture. Festival goers can expect an exciting 48 hours of food and

feasting, as well as musical performances from some of the city’s best live acts and DJs. The event promises to be a great mix of talks, street food, bars, producers’ stalls, School of Food workshops, kids’ activities, DJs, local bands and a banqueting tent with some very special collaborations. For more information, please visit the website: eatdrinkbristolfashion. co.uk.

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Lifeskills Safety Education Centre recently presented three volunteer guides from Southville and Ashton with an award for completing over 100 sessions at the centre. Jo Surridge, Elizabeth Stenner and Janet Hancock all joined Lifeskills two years ago and between them have taught over 500 Year 6 (10 and 11-year-old) school children how to stay safe and live healthy lives. Based in The Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Lifeskills is an interactive village - a huge film set with 19 different “scenarios” which includes practising emergency 999 calls, discovering and reacting to a house fire, carrying out first aid and experiencing the consequences of trespassing on a railway line. Lifeskills urgently needs more volunteers and are running an hourlong “taster session” at the Centre on 12th February at 10.30am. If you would like to book a place, please call 0117 922 4511 or email sam@lifeskills-bristol.org.uk.

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Community DIARY Friends of Avon New Cut 1st & 22nd February Friends of Avon New Cut aim to clear rubbish from both sides of the river, stretching from Bath Bridge to the Ashton Swing Bridge. The group welcome ‘pickers’ of all ages. Sessions take place from 10.00am - 12 noon.

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Volunteer Meet Ups 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 24th and 25th February BS3 Helping Others meet at the Tobacco Factory cafe bar on Monday evenings (6.30pm 8.00pm) and Tuesday mornings (10.30am - 12 noon). All welcome. Memories of Bedminster Mondays 3rd Feb - Tony Wade 10th Feb - Bingo 17th Feb - Tony Wade 24th Feb - TBC All meetings are held at South Bristol Christian Centre at 1.30pm. New members welcome.

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Walkabout/Litter Pick 6th February The next Ashton Vale Together walkabout/litter pick will be meeting on the corner of Swiss Rd and South Liberty Lane at 10.00am to clear South Liberty Lane.

WI Meeting 26th February A Malago WI meeting is going to be taking place at 8.00pm at Bedminster Methodist Church. All women are welcome to join the WI. Please visit malagowi.co.uk.

Fun Quiz 7th February A fun quiz is taking place at St. Paul’s Church, in Southville. Starting at 7.30pm, entry is £5 per person, which will include a light supper. All welcome.

BS3 Repair Cafe 29th February Taking place from 1.30pm 4.30pm, expert volunteers offer free help with repairing faulty or broken appliances, toys, bikes, and clothing or textiles.

Book Group 17th February This friendly book group meets at Windmill Hill Community Centre at 8.00pm. Please visit whca.org.uk. Winter Tea Dance 20th February Enjoy an afternoon of dancing at the Southville Centre, Beauley Road starting at 2.30pm. Tea, cake and dance coaching available.

Lunchtime Live Every Friday Lunchtime Live takes place from 1.10pm - 1.50pm at St Francis’ Church, Ashton Gate. Weekly performances in a variety of genres. 7/2 Flute music; 14/2 Piano solo; 21/2 Piano solo; 28/2 Jazz duo. Tea and coffee available before each performance. Free entry, retiring collection.

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Junior 6th Form College Open Day On Thursday 6th February, St Brendan’s Sixth Form College will be holding an open day – find out more about life and learning at the popular college off Bath Road. With over 70 different A-levels, Applied General and Level 2 options available, there’s a lot to discover. There will also be the chance to explore the facilities, meet the teachers, and chat to current students to discover what it is like to study at St Brendan’s. The event will take place from 5.00pm - 8.00pm.

Amazing Bubble Man The Amazing Bubble Man, Louis Pearl, will be at the Redgrave Theatre, Percival Road on Monday 17th February to thrill young audiences with art, magic, science and fun with bubbles. Performances take place at 11.30am and 2.00pm and are suitable for children of all ages. To book tickets, please visit redgravetheatre.com.

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Woodland Tribe will be taking place at Windmill Hill City Farm on Tuesday 18th February. This free half term event, for children aged 6 years and up, takes the best ideas from adventure playgrounds around the world and lets children use hammers, nails and saws to build dens, be creative with natural materials and play freely with nature! Sessions take place from 9.30am - 11.30am, 12 noon 2.00pm and 2.00pm - 4.00pm. There is no need to book in advance, just drop in, but please be aware that spaces are limited so it’s on a first come basis. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Library Activities Free fun events for primary aged children are planned for libraries in the local area this February half term, with stories and animal crafts. The events will be taking place at Marksbury Road Library on Tuesday 18th February, and at Bedminster Library on Thursday 20th February; both from 2:30pm 3.30pm. Activities are most suitable for children aged between 4 - 9 years old. There is no need to book - just drop in on the day.

Fun with Physics Professor Julie from Mini Professors will be hosting science classes this half term at The Helicopter Museum, Locking Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare. Professor Julie has loads of fun activities planned and once you’re clued up on how helicopters work, visitors can climb inside the cockpits and be taken through the controls! The event takes place on Sunday 16th February. For further information, please visit helicoptermuseum.co.uk.


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WE THE CURIOUS Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB TEL: 0117 915 1000 www.wethecurious.org

BS3 COMMUNITY Beauley Road, BS3 1QG Tel: 0117 923 1039

SOLAR SYSTEM ODYSSEY (2D and 3D) Regular daily shows taking a closer look at the Earth, Sun and Moon. Suitable for ages 6 years up.

Monday NEW BEMI BABY - LITTLE TREASURES 11.00am-11.45am starts 24th Feb Jasper Room at the Chessel Centre. E: bemibabyuk@gmail.com

SPACE EXPLORERS (2D) Ongoing, regular daily shows. Suitable for children under 6 years old.

LAUNCHPAD CLASSES * 2.00pm-2.50pm Tel: 07966 864696

WINTER STARGAZING (2D or 3D) Regular daily 3D shows for families. Not suitable for children under 6 years old. Target audience 8 years upwards.

ACTING OUT DRAMA CLASSES * 4.00pm-5.00pm, 4-11yrs Tel: 07956 962422 or 07823 773179

ROCKETSHIP ADVENTURE (2D) Regular daily shows on weekends and school holidays. Suitable for children aged 4-6 years old. AIR DETECTIVES AND PALM OIL DEBATE Ongoing and free with standard admission. Drop-in sessions but check times on arrival. Suitable for children 7 years upwards and their families. REWILD OUR PLANET Ongoing, drop-in sessions running on weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. Suitable for families. WINDMILL HILL CITY FARM Philip Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4EA www.windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk Monday to Friday FARM ADVENTURERS (2-5 yrs old) Morning session, 9.00am-12 noon. Afternoon session, 1.00pm-4.00pm. Wednesday POCO DROM SINGALONG 10.45am-11.15am. All ages welcome. No need to book, just drop in. Thursdays AFTER SCHOOL CLUB Children aged 6yrs-9yrs old. 3.45pm-5.15pm. Lots of outdoor fun and fresh air, doing fun stuff such as pizza making, feeding and putting the animals to bed, crafts, shelter and fire building. Tel: 0117 963 3252 * Note: Term time only

Tuesday JOLLY TOTS! * 10.00am-10.45am Tel: 07970 678872 GRANDPARENT & TODDLER GROUP * 10.30am-12 noon. Weekly term time drop-in for children aged 2+ accompanied by their grandparent. Jasper Room at the Chessel Centre. FREE to attend. Tel: 0117 9231039 TAEKWONDO 4.30pm-5.30pm, children Tel: 0117 339 0069 CHILDREN’S GENTLE MEDITATION * 5.00pm-5.30pm, 5-12 yrs Tel: 07717 725958 Wednesday PARENT AND CHILD PLAY GROUP * 9.30am-11.30am E: info@bs3community.org.uk FIRST STEPS SOCCER * 4.10pm-5.00pm, Reception to Year 1. 5.10pm–6pm, Year 2 to Year 4. Tel: 07825 994671 Thursday BABY SENSORY * 10.00am–2.00pm (three classes). Multi-sensory sessions from birth. Tel: Sian 07306 665623 bristolsouth@babysensory.co.uk FIRST STEPS SOCCER * 4.10pm-5.00pm. Reception and Year 1. Tel: 07825 994671 Friday TODDLER & PARENT DANCE CLASS 9.45am-10.45am (Chessel Centre). Tel: 07794 111608

FIRST STEPS SOCCER 9.55am-10.35am, 11.00am-11.40am (pre-school children). Tel: 07825 994671 TAEKWONDO 5.00pm-6.00pm (children). Tel: 0117 339 0069 ASHTON VALE COMMUNITY CENTRE Risdale Road, Bristol BS3 2QY Tel: 07849 018403 Tuesday JUDO 7.00pm-8.30pm (children aged 5-16yrs). First session free. Tel: 07538 280512 E: bedminsterjudo@gmail.com Wednesday FUNKY MONKEYS PLAYGROUP 9.30am-11.00am Tel: 07928 797843 SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS 5.30pm-6.30pm Tel: 07943 529980 REDCLIFFE AND COMPASS POINT CHILDREN’S CENTRES Redcliffe BS1 6RR Tel: 0117 3772340 Monday CHILDMINDER GROUP 9.30am-11.00am COMPASS POINT Tuesday CHILDMINDING GROUP 9.30am-11.00am FREELING HOUSE STAY AND PLAY 9.45am-11.00am ST. MICHAELS & ALL ANGELS Wednesday SWIMMING 9.00am-10.00am Meet at REDCLIFFE CHILDREN’S CENTRE GYM TOTS 9.15am-10.30am FAITH SPACE COMMUNITY HALL BABY GROUP 1.30pm-2.30pm COMPASS POINT Thursday STAY AND PLAY 9.30am-11.00am COMPASS POINT


Pigeon J u n ior BABY GROUP 1.30pm-2.30pm FREELING HOUSE WINDMILL HILL Community Centre Vivian St, Windmill Hill, Bristol BS3 4LW Tel: 0117 963 4159 Monday BRASS DISCIPLES YOUTH BAND 4.45pm-5.30pm. For brass, woodwind and percussion players aged 8-16yrs. Youngsters will need to be familiar with the notes on their instrument. Tel: 07812 024396 Wednesday CHILDMINDERS PLAYGROUP 9.15am-11.30am. Tel: 07977 249664 Thursday DRAGON BIRD THEATRE 10.00am & 11.15am, 6th February. Children’s theatre and play. Tickets: dragonbirdtheatre.co.uk REDCATCH COMMUNITY CENTRE Knowle, Bristol BS4 2EP www.redcatchcc.com Wednesday CHILDREN’S DRAMA WORKSHOP 4.30pm-5.15pm (4-7 yrs old). 5.15pm-6.00pm (8-11 yrs old). Tel: 0117 3825303/07960 467742 WINDMILL HILL junior parkrun www.parkrun.org.uk/ windmillhill-juniors/ Sunday (all year round) WINDMILL HILL junior parkrun 9.00am (Victoria Park 2km run for children aged 4-14 yrs old). Tel: 07960 467742 SOUTHBANK CLUB Dean Lane, BS3 1DB Tel: 0117 9665552 Thursday ROCK THE TOTS 10.30am-11.30am (1st Thursday of month). Friday BALLET FOR CHILDREN * 3.00pm-7.30pm E: info@thebristolschoolofdancing.co.uk BEDMINSTER METHODIST CHURCH British Road, Bristol BS3 3BW Tel: 0117 966 3671 Monday ESTHER’S RHYMETIME * 10.00am (toddler session). 10.45am (baby session). Tel: 07751 022902 E: info@rhymetime.com

Wednesday ESTHER’S RHYMETIME * 9.30am (toddler session). 10.15am and 11.00am (pre-schooler sessions). Tel: 07751 022902 Thursday ESTHER’S RHYMETIME * 10.30am toddler sessions. 11.15am baby sessions. Tel: 07751 022902 info@rhymetime.com ELEPHANT HOUSE 1 Dean Street, Bedminster, BS3 1BQ info@theelephanthouse.net Tuesday ADVENTURE BABIES 12 noon-12.45pm & 1.00pm-1.45pm T: 07807 000529 Wednesday MUSIC WITH MUMMY 1.45pm-3.45pm E: katiemusicwithmummy@gmail.com FACTORY 8 Upton Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1QZ www.gatheringvoices.org.uk Tuesday NEWROOTS 5.00pm-6.00pm. Choir for children aged 8-11 yrs old. Tel: 07980 765947 WORLDROOTS ACAPPELLA 6.30pm-8.30pm. Harmony choir for teenagers aged 12-18 yrs old. Tel: 07980 765947 Saturday BLACKBIRD EARLY YEARS MUSIC 9.30pm-11.00am. Musical foundation course for children 3½-7 yrs old. Tel: 07931 931603 BLACKBIRD EARLY YEARS CHOIR 11.15am-12 noon. Singing for children aged 4-8 yrs old. Tel: 07931 931603 Sunday THE ACTORS’ WORKSHOP 3.00pm-6.00pm. Teenage classes, 11-18 yrs. Tel: 07970 748640 URC HALL Stanley St South, Bristol BS3 3PG Tel: 0117 964 9405 Monday BEDMINSTER YOUTH CLUB 6.00pm-8.00pm (8-11years). Drop-in.

Tuesday BEDMINSTER YOUTH CLUB 7.00pm-9.00pm (12-16yrs). Drop-in. AXIS TRAMPOLINE CLUB Unit 14 Liberty Industrial Park, South Liberty Lane, BS3 2SU Tel: 0117 9661878 www.axistrampolineclub.co.uk TRAMPOLINE CLASSES Axis Trampoline Club hold weekly classes for children and adults at their unit in South Liberty Lane. For class start times, please visit the website axistrampolineclub.co.uk. PUDDLE DUCKS AND SWIM ACADEMY www.puddleducks.com Swimming classes from newborn to age 10. Weekly lessons take place locally at Parson Street School, Bedminster Road, Bristol BS3 5NR and St Mary Redcliffe School, Somerset Square, Bristol BS1 6RT. You can join at any time: please visit the website for timetable or call 0117 971 7165. WATER BABIES Tel: 0117 9466919 www.waterbabies.co.uk BABY SWIMMING Classes take place regularly at Oasis Academy, Hungerford Close, Bristol BS4 5EY and Freeways, Leigh Court Day Centre, Pill Road, Abbots Leigh, Bristol BS8 3RA. For course start times and for further information, please visit the website waterbabies.co.uk. THE RISING SUN Alfred Road, Windmill Hill, BS3 4LU www.facebook.com/The Rising SunWindmillHill Thursday STORY & CRAFT WORKSHOP 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th February. 10.30am-11.30am. Arts, crafts, baking and science activity ideas and workshops for little (and big!) kids. Friday HAPPYMESS (pre-school, ages 1-4) 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th February. 10.00am-11.00am. Art, craft and messy play. HAPPYMESS (after-school) 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th February. 3.30pm-4.20pm. Art, craft and messy play.


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Zoo Farm Activities This February half term, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Wraxall will be open for children to get up close to some of their favourite animals as well as enjoy a fun fete with coconut shy and mini house of mirrors. And from Monday 17th - Friday 21st February, get up close to giant African snails, stick insects and cockroaches in a ‘Love Bug with handling’ session from 2.00pm - 2.30pm. To find out more about Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, please visit noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk.

Rats, Tales & Trails During the half term break, SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard will be going rat crazy! From Saturday 15th - Sunday 23rd February, the historic ship will be offering visitors a chance to take part in daily activities all featuring rats! Activities will include Rat Mask Making (11.00am-

4.00pm), Hide and Squeak (10.00am - 4.00pm), Rat’s Tales (12 noon, 1.00pm and 2.00pm), and the Rodent Roadshow (11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm starting 16th February). Activities are included in the normal admission price. The SS Great Britain is open to visitors from 10.00am - 4.30pm.

Storytelling Sessions An outdoor storytelling session is taking place at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road on Monday 17th February where children can enjoy the muchloved story about two Nutbrown Hares: Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare. This classic story Guess How Much I Love You explores the ways the hares find to explain how much they love each other.

Three 45-minute sessions take place at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1.00pm and are suitable for children 3 years and up. Tickets cost £6 per child, babies and under 3s go free with a paying sibling. Parents do not need to purchase tickets. For more information on events at Arnos Vale and to book tickets, please visit arnosvale.org.uk.


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Family theatre & entertainment BRISTOL OLD VIC

King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED Tickets: bristololdvic.org.uk

March

6th - 8th

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR SHOW

18th - 21st February 10.30am & 1.30pm. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Suitable for children of all ages and their families.

SHLOMO’S BEATBOX ADVENTURE

22nd - 23rd February 1.30pm & 3.30pm (22nd) 11.30am & 2.30pm (23rd) Following a host of performances across the UK, including a live set on BBC’s Blue Peter, become one of this sonic superhero’s very own sidekicks in a world of funny sounds, brilliant noises and cool music – perfect for anyone between the ages of 1 and 101!

TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRE Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF Tickets: tobaccofactorytheatres.com

LIVING SPIT’S SWAN LAKE

30th January - 9th February 8.00pm, matinee Sat 2.00pm The most famous water-based avian ballet ever performed reaches unimaginable heights with Living Spit and two real-life ballet dancers. This performance is suitable for anyone aged between 6 - 106 years old and promises to be the funniest, danciest, water-foulest microballet the world has ever seen!

ARTHUR’S DREAM BOAT

20th - 22nd February 11.00am & 2.00pm A magical playful children’s show about a little boy who has a dream. With breathtaking puppets so enchanting, that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat! One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a beautiful pink and green boat with a stripy mast. He can’t wait to tell everyone about it but no one (not even his dog!) is interested... Suitable for children aged 2 years upwards and their families.

The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure BRISTOL OLD VIC Tickets: bristololdvic.org.uk Fri: 7.00pm; Sat: 2.00pm & 7.00pm signed; Sun: 4.00pm

Following its sell-out run last summer, Le Navet Bete are back in March with their smash-hit comedy adventure that will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside. Armed only with a baguette and his questionable steed, join hot-headed D’Artagnan as he travels to become a Musketeer. Will things go to plan? It’s unlikely. Featuring hilarious heroics, raucous romances and some bonkers fun with BMX bikes, Le Navet Bete condense Dumnas’ 700-page classic into two hours of nonstop comedy gold. Supported by a top-notch band of brothers including long-time co-conspirator John Nicholson (The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary) internationally renowned choreographer Lea Anderson MBE (The Cholmondeleys) and critically acclaimed set designer Ti Green (Touching the Void), Le Navet Bete join Bristol Old Vic once again for the company’s biggest and most riotous show to date.

MiniBeats: Super Strings! Join marvellous musicians from the Bristol Ensemble and presenter Laura Tanner to learn about the string section of the orchestra, then have a go on instruments after the show! MiniBeats: Super Strings! will be taking place at St George’s Bristol on Sunday 23rd February. Shows start at 10.15am (ages 3-5yrs), 12 noon (ages 5-8yrs) and 2.00pm (relaxed performance, suitable for all ages). To book tickets, please visit stgeorgesbristol. co.uk.


Calendar of ADULT CLASSES & COMMUNITY EVENTS

BS3 COMMUNITY CLASSES ASHTON VALE Community Centre

Risdale Road, Ashton Vale, BS3 2QY Tel: 07849 018403

MONDAY

CLARE HUGHES YOGA 5.30pm-6.30pm clarehughesyoga@gmail.com

DANCE 4 FITNESS 7.00pm-8.00pm contact...............07790 108795

WEDNESDAY

WANNA B FITNESS

NEW PARACISE

ADAPTIVE JUDO

11.15am-12noon contact................07434 964490

6.15pm-8.15pm contact................07463 115517

PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES

TAI CHI

4.30pm-7.30pm contact................07896 747499

TAEKWONDO 5.50pm-7.15pm (adults). contact................0117 3390069

PILATES 6.00pm-7.00pm, mixed abilities Pilates (Chessel Centre). contact................07544 482775

PREGNANCY YOGA

7.00pm-8.00pm contact................07432 151114

7.15pm-8.45pm contact................07815 325260

THURSDAY

PEOPLE OF NOTE COMMUNITY CHOIR

POLICE BEAT SURGERY

DANCE 4 FITNESS 6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07790 108795 _________________________

BS3 COMMUNITY Beauley Road, Bristol BS3 1QG Tel: 0117 923 1039

MONDAY

PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 3.30pm-6.30pm contact................07896 747499

YOGA FOR EVERYONE 5.45pm-7.15pm & 7.30pm-9.00pm contact................07570 507494

BAREFOOT4LIFE PILATES 6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07772 713498

PERFORMANCE & THEATRE SKILLS 7.45pm-9.30pm contact................01225 469131

TUESDAY

GRANDPARENT & TODDLER GROUP 10.30am-12 noon. Jasper Room at the Chessel Centre. Drop-in for children aged 2+ accompanied by their grandparent. FREE to attend. contact................0117 9231039

POST NATAL MUM AND BABY YOGA 11.00am-12.15pm contact................07815 325260

FRIDAY

TAEKWONDO 6.10pm-7.30pm (adults). Beginners always welcome. First month’s training free. contact..............0117 3390069 _________________________

SOUTHBANK CLUB Dean Lane, BS3 1DB Tel: 0117 9665552 southbankbristol.biz

MONDAY

CINEMA CLUB over 55s 2.00pm

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BRISTOL

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

7.30pm-9.30pm. French tuition with Alliance Francaise de Bristol. contact...............07903 821655

KRAV MAGA

WEDNESDAY ZUMBA

6.15pm-7.15pm E: luke@3rdstagedance.com 7.00pm-9.00pm contact................07814 353664

SALSA DANCE CLASS

1.30pm-2.30pm (fortnightly). Free for over 55s. E: ruth.green@bs3community. org.uk

7.30pm-10.00pm contact................07779 850608

PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES

6.00pm-8.00pm contact................07980 937726

3.30pm-6.30pm contact................07896 747499

PREGNANCY YOGA WITH PURELY PREGNANT 6.00pm-7.00pm and 7.15pm8.15pm. Advanced booking. E: info@purelypregnant.co.uk

AIKIDO

TUESDAY PILATES

SOUTHVILLE RUNNING CLUB

FRIDAY

DANCE NIGHT 7.30pm contact................0117 3052365 _________________________

DANCE STUDIO @ WORKOUT Baynton Rd, Ashton, BS3 2EB

MONDAY

EXERCISE & DANCE CLASS 11.30am-12.25pm. Qualified dance teacher. All ages and abilities. contact............... 07896 346486 _________________________

MONICA WILLS HOUSE (No Parking)

Cromwell Street, off West Street, BS3 3NH Tel: 0117 3052365

TUESDAY

TAI CHI FOR OVER 55s 2.00pm-3.00pm contact...............0117 3052365

THURSDAY

FRENCH FOR OVER 55s

ZUMBA GOLD IN THE CHAIR

6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07766 101790

NIA DANCE FITNESS

HORROR FILM CLUB

6.15pm-7.15pm contact................07866 918683

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

10.00am-11.00am

4.30pm-7.30pm contact................07896 747499

6.45pm-7.45pm contact...mundidance.com

ZUMBA FITNESS

KATHERINE’S RETROBICS AND CONDITIONING

PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES

AFRICAN DANCE

10.45am-11.45am (beginners). contact...............0117 3052365

7.45pm-8.45pm (TTO) contact................07434 964490

10.15am-11.15am. Free for over 55s on first Thursday of the month. E: ruth.green@bs3community. org.uk

6.00pm for a 6.30pm start southvillerunningclub.co.uk

6.00pm for a 6.30pm start southvillerunningclub.co.uk

7.30pm-9.00pm contact................07814 809304

QI JONG

SOUTHVILLE RUNNING CLUB

8.00pm, 1st Tuesday of month

LOW MOBILITY TAI CHI KUNG FU 7.00pm-10.00pm contact................07759 583688

SWING DANCE 7.00pm-10.00pm (classes). swingdancebristol.com

SWING SOCIAL 8.00pm-11.00pm contact................0117 9665552

4.30pm-5.30pm contact...............0117 305 2365

FRIDAY

ART CLASS FOR OVER 55s 10.00am-12 noon contact...............0117 305 2365 _________________________

MARKSBURY ROAD LIBRARY Marksbury Road, Bedminster BS3 5LG Tel: 0117 9038574

WEDNESDAY

BABY BOUNCE AND RHYME 10.30am-11.00am and 11.15am-11:45am (term time). contact................0117 9038574 PTO for more classes >>>

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(1st Thursday every month only) 1.00pm-3.00pm contact................07889 658262

7.30pm-9.30pm contact................01749 850474

8.30pm-9.30pm contact...............07759 583688

THURSDAY


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BS3 COMMUNITY CLASSES contd FACTORY 8

Upton Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1QZ gatheringvoices.org.uk

MONDAY

DANCE CLASSES 6.00pm-6.45pm. Beginners jazz for 16 years upwards. 7.00pm-7.30pm. Body conditioning for 16 years upwards. 7.30pm-8.30pm. Advanced jazz for 16 years upwards. contact...............07970 748640

TUESDAY

GROUP SINGING LESSONS for men 5.00pm-6.00pm contact................07970 748640

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

MONDAY

POST NATAL PILATES 10.30am-11.30am contact................07920 408013

30 MIN FAT BURNING HIIT 6.15pm-6.45pm contact................07920 408013

BOLLYWOOD WORKOUT 6.30pm-7.15pm contact................07800 597718

SOUTH BRISTOL WELLBEING CHOIR 7.30pm (term time only). contact................07488 339172

JUMPFIT

for women 6.00pm-7.00pm contact................07970 748640

7.30pm-8.30pm contact....info@jumpfituk.com

BRISTOL SHOW CHOIR

8.00pm, 17th February. contact................07901 874375

7.00pm-9.00pm. Musical theatre choir. contact................07837 441308

WEDNESDAY

THE ACTORS’ WORKSHOP 4.30pm-10.00pm. College foundation course. contact................07970 748640

THURSDAY

GROUP SINGING LESSONS 5.00pm-6.00pm. For teenagers aged 14 upwards. contact................07970 748640

STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR PERFORMERS

BOOK GROUP

TUESDAY

FITNESS PILATES

St Francis Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JP Tel: 07443 452448

MONDAY

OVER 50s KEEP FIT 10.00am. New members welcome. contact...............0117 9372280

YOGA 6.45pm-8.15pm contact...............0117 9661346

TUESDAY

ADULT BALLET 11.30am contact...............07727 240048

TAI CHI 6.30pm contact................07813 006569

KUNG FU 7.30pm contact................07813 006569

1.15pm contact...............07776 235435

7.00pm-7.45pm. For details contact ...............07920 408013

JEET KUNE DO 8.00pm-9.30pm. For details E: southville@backoff.club

WEDNESDAY

POST NATAL FITNESS 10.30am-11.30am contact................07920 408013

6.15pm-7.30pm E: cebathurst@yahoo.com

WOODCRAFT FOLK

RAVEFIT 8.00pm-9.00pm. HiiT dance in the dark! contact................07800 597718

FRIDAY

SUNDAY

FAT BURNING HIIT

11.00am-2.00pm. College foundation course. contact................07970 748640

FITNESS PILATES

THE ACTORS’ WORKSHOP

ST FRANCIS CENTRE

BOXERCISE

SOULROOTS ACAPPELLA

7.30pm-8.30pm contact................07970 748640

8.00pm, 16th February. ________________________

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

PILATES FOR PERFORMERS

JAZZ IN THE BAR

6.00pm-6.50pm contact................07920 408013

6.00pm-7.00pm contact................07970 748640 7.00pm-9.00pm. Adult female a cappella choir. contact................07980 765947

SUNDAY

6.15pm-6.45pm contact................07920 408013 7.00pm-8.00pm. For details contact................07920 408013

QUIZ NIGHT & SUPPER Friday, 8.30pm, 28th February. Good fun. All welcome.

BINGO

THURSDAY DOG TRAINING 7.00pm contact...............0117 9073887

FRIDAY

LES PETITS ZOUZOUS 9.30am for babies and toddlers. contact...............07816 590609

ADULT BALLET 11.30am contact...............07727 240048

ZUMBA DANCE FITNESS

ZUMBA DANCE FITNESS 6.45pm-7.45pm, all ages and abilities. contact................07593 278934 _________________________

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH Corner of West Street, Bedminster, BS3 3PG Tel: 0117 3052365

WEDNESDAY ZUMBA GOLD

11.00am-11.45am. Low impact dance fitness. contact................0117 9634104

THURSDAY

ZUMBA TONING 10.30am-11.15am. Fun resistance for all. contact...............0117 9634104 _________________________

BEDMINSTER LIBRARY

St Peter’s Court, Bedminster BS3 4AQ Tel: 0117 903 8529

WEDNESDAY

BABY BOUNCE AND RHYME 10.30am-11.00am and 11.15am11.45am (term time). contact................0117 9038529

IT SUPPORT 4.00pm-5.00pm. Booking essential. contact................0117 9038529

FRIDAY

BABY BOUNCE AND RHYME 10.30am-11.00am (term time). contact................0117 9038529

SIGHT LOSS CLINIC 2.00pm-4.00pm contact................0117 9038529 _________________________

ELEPHANT HOUSE

6.30pm-7.30pm, all ages and abilities. contact................07593 278934

1 Dean Street, Bedminster, BS3 1BQ info@theelephanthouse.net

SATURDAY

MONDAY

(call for details) contact...............07984 069485

3.00pm-4.00pm E: vowlesmel@gmail.com

SUNDAY

ZUMBA

4.00pm contact...............07549 590269

TUESDAY

DANCEBLAST

SWINGDANCE

TAI CHI

6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07786 365616

BYO BABY CHOIR 9.30am-11.00am contact................07984 532535


ADVENTURE BABIES

BALBOA DANCING

12noon-12.45pm & 1.00pm1.45pm contact................07807 000529

1.45pm-5.45pm. 2nd of month. E: danceclubbalboa@ gmail.com

TAI CHI 3.00pm-4.00pm E: vowlesmel@gmail.com

BEGINNERS’ YOGA 6.15pm-7.15pm contact................07977 134607

MIXED ABILITY HATHA YOGA 7.20pm-8.20pm contact................07977 134607

WEDNESDAY

MIXED ABILITY HATHA YOGA 9.30am-10.30am contact................07977 134607

POST NATAL PILATES (mums and babies) 11.00am-12 noon contact................07772 713498 1.45pm-3.45pm E: katiemusicwithmummy@ gmail.com

PREGNANCY YOGA 6.15pm-7.30pm contact................07977 134607

VINYASSA YOGA 8.00pm-9.00pm contact................07523 680428

6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07519 419438 _________________________

acta COMMUNITY THEATRE Gladstone Street, BS3 3AY Tel: 0117 953 2448 www.acta-bristol.com

MONDAY

YOUTH THEATRE 5.00pm-6.30pm. Children aged 10-12 years old. contact................0117 9532448

TUESDAY

MAKING TIME WORKSHOP 1.00pm-2.30pm. Workshop on arts-based projects over a cup of tea. contact................0117 9532448

YOUTH THEATRE 5.00pm-7.00pm. Teenagers aged 12-18 years old. contact................0117 9532448

WEDNESDAY

BEDMINSTER CHOIR

THURSDAY

6.00pm-7.30pm. Local people of all ages welcome. contact...............0117 9532448

10.30am-11.30am contact................07794 111608

THURSDAY

BYO BABY CHOIR

5.00pm-6.30pm. For young carers between the ages 10-18 yrs. Term time only. contact................0117 9532448

DANCE MUMS

2.30pm-3.45pm. Adult choir, no experience required. contact................07984 532535

HATHA YOGA & MEDITATION 5.30pm-6.30pm ellariggs@hotmail.co.uk

LIFE DRAWING 7.00pm-9.00pm contact................0117 9631085

FRIDAY

MIXED ABILITY HATHA YOGA 9.30am-10.30am contact................07977 134607

YOUNG CARERS’ THEATRE

PHOENIX THEATRE 6.30pm-8.30pm, young adults aged 16-25 years. contact................0117 9532448

THE RISING SUN

Alfred Road, Windmill Hill, Bristol BS3 4LU www.facebook.com/The Rising SunWindmillHill

TUESDAY

BABY MASSAGE

RISING SUN SINGERS – COMMUNITY CHOIR

1.00pm-2.00pm contact.......................07525 194486

4th, 11th, 18th & 25th Feb 11.30am-12.30pm.

SUNDAY

No singing experience is necessary and every voice is welcome.

KUNDALINI YOGA 10.00am-11.30am contact................07814 305787

News from the charity that runs the Southville Centre and the Chessel Centre.

Volunteers needed We are looking for volunteers for a few hours on a Monday or Tuesday evening to support the hugely popular Bedminster Youth Club. We would love to hear from you if you think you can spare some time and expertise for this much needed local provision. Get in touch with our volunteer coordinator kate.kings@ bs3community.org.uk or register directly at bs3community.volunteermakers.org.

Tea dance Spend the afternoon dancing with us at our Valentine-themed tea dance. Great music from DJ Derek, plus dance tuition and tea and cake all included in the price. The dance takes place on Thursday 20th February from 2.00pm - 5.00pm. Tickets can be purchased from the Southville Centre (£5.50 in advance, £6.50 on the door) or you can telephone on 0117 9231039.

Diary dates Arts Trail: 16th and 17th May The trail is back and we are delighted to now be part of the organisational steering group for the event. As ever, we will be welcoming applications from artists who wish to be considered as an exhibitor with us. Please visit southbankbristolarts.co.uk. BS3 Community 30th birthday party and AGM: 26th September. Our charity is turning 30 this autumn and what an amazing three decades it has been. Join us to celebrate this milestone at the Southville Centre on 26th September. Christmas Market: 5th December This year’s Christmas Market will take place at the Southville Centre and will have all the usual family-friendly activities, festive cheer and wonderful gifts on sale. The contents of this publication are the copyright of The Pigeon and may not be reproduced in any form what-so-ever without prior written permission. Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy in the information contained in this magazine, The Pigeon or its publisher cannot be held liable for any errors or inaccuracies that may occur. Any opinions expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. The Pigeon and its publisher can not guarantee the validity of goods or services advertised in these pages and can not be held responsible for any situations that may occur between readers and advertisers. All studio images and content is used for the purpose of publicity and no copyright infringement is intended.

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Last month (Jan) I met with the new principal of City of Bristol College, Andy Forbes. I’ve worked very closely with the college over the past few years and will continue to do so as Andy takes charge. As regular readers of the Pigeon will know, post-16 education is one of the areas I focus on here in Bristol South. It has a crucial role in helping young people go on to secure quality jobs and fruitful careers and the college and apprenticeships have a key role to play in this. Andy and I talked about a number of issues, including the need for a wider range of options, such as A Levels, for students in South Bristol and the importance of further education in terms of social mobility. We talked about the work shortly due to start on the Advanced Construction Skills Centre in Hengrove and what it will mean for people in Bristol South. More on that in a future column. Later this month, will see the fourth instalment of the South Bristol Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair which I run with the City of Bristol College and Bristol City Council. I first started it when it became clear none of these type of events happened in south Bristol - again raising barriers to participation by expecting young people to travel. We have lots of challenges around education here in Bristol South. As I write this column, we’re awaiting

the latest UCAS figures on how many 18-year-olds from Bristol South went onto university last year (2019). In previous years, this constituency has been bottom of the table in terms of how many school leavers go onto university. As well as looking at why this is and helping more young people access higher education, we also need to explore alternatives. Quality apprenticeships have a significant role to play in this. They are a great way to earn while you learn – combining paid work experience with vital classroombased learning – and can lead to degree level qualifications. I’ve spoken to many apprentices over the years at my apprenticeship fairs, each speaking very highly of the scheme they’re on and the path it’s led them down. Always great to hear. The 2020 South Bristol Jobs & Apprenticeship Fair, which takes place at the South Bristol Skills Academy in Hengrove from 11.00am - 3.00pm on Thursday 27th February, brings together some of the area’s biggest employers, training providers and other organisations which support people into work and apprenticeships. It’s free to attend and there’s no need to book so please do come along and find out more. All welcome – students, parents, grandparents and older people looking to re-enter the workplace or re-train. I hope to see you there!

Karin Smyth MP

Contact:

Mark Bradshaw: Bedminster

Karin Smyth for Bristol South,

Tel: 0117 353 3160, email: cllr.mark. bradshaw@bristol.gov.uk

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Tel: 0117 953 3575, email: karin.smyth. mp@parliament.uk. Write to House of Commons, London SW1A OAA @karinsmyth

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Thanks!

We want to start this column with a couple of big thank yous from us both. Firstly, to the organisers and all the people taking part in the Bedminster lantern parade in January. It is such a fantastic local event, and just shows what a great community we have here in BS3. The amount of work the organisers must put in is phenomenal, so this is just to say how grateful we are as a community. So many excited faces of children glowing in the light of the lanterns! Secondly; not such a big event but also very vital for the community. Another big thank you to all those helping to clear up the New Cut on a regular basis. Friends of Avon New Cut have worked for over a decade now to help clean up the banks of the River Avon, and some 40 volunteers turned up to help out on a cold January Saturday morning. The New Cut might not look very pretty at times, but those of us who cross it over the bridge most days often see a beautiful vista or some bird or animal life that lifts our spirits. This is largely possible because of the dedication of folk who pull all the rubbish out of it.

Roadworks

The works on the corner of Dean Lane and Coronation Road have been causing some chaos in the area. We are told that they are to sort out

Celia Phipps: Bedminster Tel: 07469 413312, email: cllr.celia. phipps@bristol.gov.uk

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the water mains and that the works are vital. Please be especially aware of other road users and the fast traffic if you are crossing the main road near here; there have been a few near accidents and some confusion between pedestrians, cyclists and cars.

Bristol South pool

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Windmill Hill Councillors

Jon Wellington Windmill Hill Labour @johnnywelly

Lucy Whittle Windmill Hill Labour @redrose_lucy

Ideas for projects

With the new year upon us, we are asking local groups of individuals to submit ideas for funding for infrastructure projects. Examples from previous years include traffic calming measures or improvements to parks or public buildings. More information can be found at bristol.gov.uk/peoplecommunities/funding-localprojects. The question I get asked

Victoria Park

Following the reports of crime in Victoria Park and the public meeting with police held in December, police have been very active and there have been no further reports in the park and the perpetrators have been identified. However, I know that there are still several incidents of vandalism outside the park in the nearby area, particularly to vehicles. I would urge all people who have been affected to call 101 to report any crime, and if you see a crime being committed to call 999 so that resources can be deployed. Victoria Park should be a safe area day and night, and we need to keep it this way. Members of Victoria Park Action Group are also setting up a park watch scheme. Get in touch with VPAG via their website if you are interested in getting involved or contact either of us.

Your

Celia Phipps Bedminster Labour @celiaphipps

Bedminster Councillors

Mark Bradshaw Bedminster Labour @mark_bradshaw

Charlie Bolton: Southville

Jon Wellington: Windmill Hill

Tel: 07884 736111, email: cllr.charlie. bolton@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 07392 108804, email: cllr.jon. wellington@bristol.gov.uk

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Homelessness

Many of you have raised concerns about the rising number of homeless people on our streets and action to reduce this is a key priority for the city as a whole. A new campaign has been launched, which encourages those who are homeless to take the first step towards turning their lives around with the key message being the importance of seeking help early. A set of posters is available which highlights personal stories under the title ‘I was homeless, I was you’. The toolkit is available on bristol.gov.uk/homeless. If you want to help someone who is homeless or rough sleeping, you can make a report to the charity Streetlink. Alternatively, volunteers are needed to support a homeless shelter on a regular basis. Contact St Mungo’s by email volunteerservices@mungos.org or call 020 3856 6160, or email Julian Trust - volunteers@juliantrust.org.

SEND Evidence Day

The People Scrutiny Commission at the council are holding a SEND Evidence Day at City Hall on 3rd February, in order to explore the changes required following the Ofsted report. Clearly there is work to be done to improve both the speed and quality of the assessment process. The report indicated that these changes are being actioned but there continues to be an increased demand on the service. You can read the report on the council website.

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The delay in Bristol South pool being reopened after maintenance works is frustrating but (as with the water mains in Dean Lane), eventually these older structures need refurbishment. This much-loved building was opened in 1931 and is Grade 2 listed. The council originally planned to spend £200k on pipe and roof works but will end up spending over £300k as new problems have been uncovered. Hopefully it will be open again soon and will be good for another 89 years…

most is: how much money is available? Unfortunately we won’t know exactly until nearer the time, but realistically we would be looking at projects that cost up to £25,000. Get in touch if you have any ideas on how such a sum of money could improve your area and I will get back to you. Please consider how it would benefit the wider community - for example, we would want to propose something that benefits most people in the ward or area of the ward rather than just a single street.

Surgery

We have changed the date of our surgery and will now meet on the last Saturday of the month at Mezzaluna on West Street. We will be available between 11.00am - 12 noon on Saturday 29th February and are happy to meet anyone wishing to discuss issues. We are also happy to receive emails and phone calls but please leave a message. Surgeries: Various venues - please contact your councillor for surgery times and dates or see above. Contact all councillors by email or telephone.

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Friday 14

Celebrate Chinese New Year in style at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Stalls throughout the museum will feature elements of Chinese culture, there will be a delicious Chinese menu in the café and beautiful Chinese goods for sale. Where: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL When: 11.00am - 4.00pm W: bristolmuseums.org.uk

Treat your loved one to a special after-dark viewing of the headline exhibition Do you believe in magic? and a romantic delicious homemade twocourse sharing platter for two. Where: Winterstoke Hall, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL When: 6.00pm - 11.00pm W: bristolmuseums.org.uk

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Sunday 02

KANO

Due to overwhelming demand, British rapper Kano has extended his Hoodies All Summer headline tour to take in more cities across the UK. One of Britain's more interesting artists in recent years, the dates will see him perform his most ambitious and personal work to date. Where: O2 Academy, Frogmore Street, Bristol BS1 5NA When: 7.00pm W: academymusicgroup.com

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Thursday 06

FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS

For 30 years, the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt on the harbour in their native Port Isaac to sing the songs of the sea. Their incredible true story is told in the hit feel good movie Fisherman’s Friends which came out in 2019. Now they sing their songs live to fans from the Bristol area. Where: St. George’s Bristol, Great George Street, BS1 5RR When: 7.00pm W: stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

Saturday 08

FAMILY HISTORY SHOW

Beginner or expert, this event is organised by family historians for family historians, with free talks all day and experts on hand to help guide you on how to research your family tree. Everyone is welcome. Where: UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre, Filton Rd, Bristol BS16 1ZG When: 10.00am - 4.30pm W: thefamilyhistoryshow.com

Thursday 06

Sunday 09

The Fleece hosts an electric Thursday evening full of live art! Come watch the paint fly before your eyes and help vote to determine the winner as artists battle the clock and each other across three rounds. Where: The Fleece, 12 St Thomas St, Bristol BS1 6JJ When: 7.00pm W: artbattle.com/tag/bristol

Join Bristol Seed Swap at Trinity for what is going to be the biggest seed swap event yet. All seeds at the event are either kindly donated by companies or by individuals who have saved spare seeds. Where: Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol BS2 ONW When: 12 noon - 4.00pm W: 3ca.org.uk/whats-on

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Friday 14 - Saturday 15

MADAM BUTTERFLY

Olivier Award-winning OperaUpClose return following their sell-out debut with La Bohème last year, with a new English version of Puccini's Madam Butterfly. A young woman abandoned by the man for whom she sacrificed everything. But she is stronger than anyone ever imagined… Where: Bristol Old Vic, 38 King St, Bristol BS1 4ED When: 7.30pm W: bristololdvic.org.uk

Saturday 15

INNOVATION, AVIATION AND CELEBRATION

Join Aerospace Bristol for a musical extravaganza that celebrates more than 100 years of aerospace engineering in Bristol. For the first time, Liz Lane's Innovation 216 will be performed under the wings of Concorde. Where: Aerospace Bristol, Hayes Way, Bristol BS34 5BZ When: 7.30pm - 9.30pm W: aerospacebristol.org


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Saturday 22

Five tonnes of retro fashion will be coming to The Paintworks, laid out on rails and in rummage boxes. You simply select whatever you like, take it to the weigh station and pay at £15 per kilo - around 4-5 items. Where: Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH When: 12 noon - 4.00pm W: paintworksbristol.co.uk

The UK's first and biggest Prosecco Festival, now featuring gin, is returning to Bristol. The ultimate festival for Prosecco lovers, this festival will feature a wide range of the popular sparkling wine. Where: The Passenger Shed, Bristol, BS1 6QH When: 12.30pm and 6.30pm W: proseccofestival.co.uk

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Friday 21

BRISTOL CAREERS FAIR

The Bristol Careers Fair offers candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education level the opportunity to speak to an abundance of local employers, all in one place. Where: Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre, Bond Street, Bristol BS1 3LE When: 10.00am - 2.00pm W: eventbrite.co.uk

Friday 21 - Sunday 23

BRISTOL HI-FI SHOW

The Bristol Hi-Fi Show is the UK's largest and longest running Hi-Fi Show now celebrating its 33rd year. Visitors to the event can experience the very latest Hi-Fi, Home Cinema, Vinyl and Headphones and talk directly to the manufacturers and suppliers. Experience some of the best home audio equipment around. Where: Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol BS1 3AD When: 10.00am - 5.00pm W: bristolshow.co.uk

EXHIBITIONS 23 November 2019 - 4 May 2020

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

The immensely popular and world renowned wildlife photography exhibition is back in Bristol until May with 100 new images showcasing arresting images of our natural world. Where: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Bristol BS1 4RN When: 10.00am - 5.00pm, Tuesday - Sunday W: bristolmuseums.org.uk

18 January - 5th April

LIFE IN THE MARGINS Sunday 23

CHOSEN WEDDING FAIR

The award-winning Chosen Wedding Fair is the home of fresh, contemporary wedding shows for discerning and style-savvy couples. Chosen celebrates the bride and groom and their creativity with the aim to bring the fun back to ye olde wedding fair! This fair will see 50 local exhibitors - with entertainment, fantastic live music and much more. Where: Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH When: 11.00am W: paintworksbristol.co.uk

Friday 28

DER GOLEM

This 1920s silent film tells the story of a rabbi who creates a clay creature - the mythical Golem of the title - in order to save the Jews of medieval Prague from persecution. Where: Arnolifini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA When: 7.30pm W: arnolfini.org.uk

This is the first exhibition in the UK by artist Pacita Abad (1946– 2004). Curated in collaboration with London-based artist Pio Abad, the exhibition includes over 20 large-scale ‘trapunto’ paintings and other works on fabric made between 1983 and 2003. Where: Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, BS1 6UX When: 12 noon - 5.00pm W: spikeisland.org.uk

5 February - 8 March

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Drawing Europe Together is an exhibition of artworks created by 45 children’s book illustrators from across Europe who have shared their powerful visions of the European Union's shared past and its unsure future. From Brexit bees to wall-jumping bulls, Drawing Europe Together is a unique portrayal of the European community... with or without Britain. Where: RWA, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1PX When: 10.00am - 5.30pm W: rwa.org.uk To contact When and Where, What’s On, call 0117 3224939 or email: diary@the-pigeon.com


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