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Issue 206 Mar 2020 Bedminster/Southville/Ashton/Ashton Vale/Windmill Hill/ Totterdown & Knowle

Designs for stadium’s new centre revealed The latest designs for the proposed 4000-capacity Sports and Convention Centre next to Ashton Gate Stadium have recently been revealed - and residents can have a look at the designs in a public exhibition taking place at the stadium on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March. The plans involve giving the Bristol Flyers Basketball team a permanent home at Ashton Gate. There are also plans to include a 230-bedroom hotel, a 30,000 sq ft office building, a 165-unit residential development, a 550-space car park, a gym and a museum for all the different clubs. contd on page 4

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Having delighted our audience last season, Mary Thorneloe flute, Sara Temple clarinet and Jo Shewan bassoon return with an eclectic mix of light classical music to include Mozart, Rossini and Gershwin.

Swing band comprising guitar, piano and bass, clarinet and singer, return to Lunchtime Live to play music mainly from the 20s and 30s by composers such as Gershwin, Cole Porter and Ellington.

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contd from front page - Designs for stadium’s new centre revealed There will also be a ‘supercrossing’ on Winterstoke Road and a revitalised walkway along Marina Dolman Way. The designs were officially released by Martin Griffiths, chairman of Ashton Gate, in February. Mr Griffiths said: “It’s really exciting to be able to show the digital fly-through to everyone today. We’ve talked a lot about creating a Sporting Quarter for the city where our football, rugby and basketball teams will all play. “Since first announcing plans back in September 2018 we’ve been busy consulting with as many stakeholders as possible. The reaction and interaction that we’ve had has been really positive and has brought us to the designs we are showing today. There is now more open space and public realm areas along with a reduction in the height of the tallest buildings. “We think that these latest designs

are a great step forward and next month on March 24th and 25th, we will hold a public exhibition at the stadium to outline the plans with more detail. This public exhibition will give everyone a chance to view and comment on the plans, which we hope to submit for planning at the end of the summer.” The new proposals are expected to be submitted to Bristol City Council at the end of September and, if the council approve, work is expected to start on the site in the spring or summer of 2021. For more information on the plans, please visit the public exhibition at Ashton Gate Stadium on 24th and 25th March.

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Secret Gardens

Lantern parade’s AGM and treasurer, skills, enthusiasm and experience are needed for fundraising, logistics, volunteer management and more. Anyone interested in joining the team will need to attend a monthly evening meeting and offer a little more time when the project kicks off in the autumn. If you want to help, please contact info@bwlp.org.uk, or go along to the meeting on Thursday 12th March.

Monica Wills House Set in the heart of Bedminster, stylish one and two bedroom apartments offer all the advantages of independent living with a vibrant community scene. From the panoramic roof garden vistas, to delicious dining, discover why the St Monica Trust offers the very best in retirement living.

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For three months every autumn in BS3’s schools and community centres, artists support teachers, children and local people to make the lanterns for Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade. The volunteer management team are elected at an AGM - scheduled this year for 7.00pm - 8.00pm on Thursday 12th March at the URC Hall on West Street. As well as a chair, secretary

One of BS3’s best-shared secrets is returning to the area this summer. The Bedminster’s Secret Gardens open weekend is going to be taking place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June. The open weekend in 2019 was enjoyed by hundreds of visitors and has helped raise thousands of pounds to support local community gardening and environmental projects. Dozens of private gardens were opened last year in the areas of Bedminster, Southville and Windmill Hill and inspired many visitors. Anyone who’d like to take part in Bedminster’s Secret Gardens by opening their garden this year can contact matthewsymonds@me.com before Tuesday 31st March. The free guide with details of the gardens opening this year will be published in May. Please visit bloomingbedminster.org.uk for more details.


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Esteemed educational establishment Stagebox are going to be holding auditions for both primary and secondary aged children in Bristol at The Old Vic on 8th March. Stagebox auditions thousands of children each year in theatres across the country and trains company members during the school holidays to a professional level. Just some of the company’s talent have starred in Rocketman, CATS, Holmes and Watson and Annie

St Aldhelm’s Church on Chessel Street, Bedminster will be hosting its popular annual barn dance on Saturday 14th March. This year will mark the 37th annual barn dance at St Aldhelm’s Church - and The Bridgwater Country Dance Band have performed the entertainment at every one. The event will take place from 7.30pm - 10.30pm. Tickets cost £8.00 for adults and £6.00 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available to purchase for £25.00. The ticket price includes a ploughman’s supper but the organisers do ask guests to bring their own drinks along on the night. Tickets are available from Lion Stores, North Street, or from St Aldhelm’s Church on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10.00am - 11.30am. Alternatively, please contact Carol on 0117 9025236 to reserve tickets.


NEWS Older People’s Forum meeting The next Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum is on Wednesday 18th March from 10.00am - 12 noon in the Conference Room, on the ground floor at Monica Wills House, West Street, Bedminster. This meeting will also include the AGM, and afterwards Paul Singfield, neighbourhood beat manager for Bedminster, will tell the group about his job and also be able to answer any questions or concerns. He has

very kindly offered to attend the Older People’s Forum meeting again as unfortunately at the last meeting he was only able to quickly introduce himself after being called on duty. Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum is a friendly group and all are welcome to go along. For details, call St Monica Trust on 0117 305 2365 or email gtrbedminsterolderpeoplesforum@ gmail.com.

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Lloyds Amphitheatre will be welcoming the Bristol Craft Beer Festival once again on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June - and this year will mark its fifth year. The festival will be well represented by Bristol’s own breweries, as well as To ØL and Amundsen from Europe, Australia’s Stone and Wood, and Sierra Nevada from the USA, among many others at the event.

There will also be some of Bristol’s best street food traders including Murray May’s, Asado and Eatchu. Tickets for Bristol Craft Beer Festival 2020 include entry to the event for five hours, festival pours of any beer from any brewer, a full music lineup, a free beer tasting glass and a programme. For more information and tickets, visit bristolcraftbeerfestival.co.uk/ tickets.

Developers a2Dominion have revised and resubmitted their ‘plot one’ application for Malago Road, Bedminster. The developers have appealed against the refusal of the original application. Planning officers recommended refusal because of density, design and potential flood risks. The developers have now reduced the height of the four blocks to nine storeys with 542 student bed spaces, opened up the Malago, allowed for a road widening scheme, and created a garden. Completion is scheduled for the 2021 student intake. The revised application will go to committee again in March 2020.

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Totterdown Residents Association (TRESA) are looking for infrastructure project ideas for the Totterdown area - and local organisations and groups with ideas to take forward are being invited to get in touch with the group. On their website, TRESA said: “We are asking organisations and communities and council departments to put forward proposals for potential projects for the area committee to consider by mid-March. “Ward councillors will make sure the outline proposal forms (stage one) are completed, ask for more information if required and then confirm their ‘in principle’ support for the idea and submit it. The deadline for final outline proposal forms (agreed in principle with ward councillors) is Monday 6th April 2020.” For more information on putting forward a proposal, please visit the website tresa.org.uk.

Love Saves The Day

The lineup for Love Saves The Day’s last ever festival in Eastville Park on 23rd and 24th May has recently been announced - with Orbital, Kano, Goldie, Skream, Little Simz, Shy FX, Peggy Gou (pictured), My Nu Leng, Andy C and Roni Size all on the bill. Tom Paine, co-founder of Love Saves The Day, said: “We’ll be making a big announcement about the future of Love Saves very soon but in the meantime, we’re busy producing a festival Bristol will never forget.”

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Friends Ageing Better’s free tai chi This May, Friends Ageing Better is offering free training to over 50s, to learn a basic sequence of Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi to then teach to others in the community. Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi is designed to help to improve mental health and physical wellbeing. Qigong means ‘energy exercise’ and shibashi means 18 movements. This exercise can be done both sitting or standing, which makes it very accessible. This form of tai chi is found to improve health and wellbeing and is a discipline that involves the mind, breath and movement to create a calm, natural balance of energy. It can improve balance and aid with pain management. Tai chi is recommended by the NHS for helping to improve balance and

coordination. The training involves attending a taster session and weekly home practice before attending a weekend workshop, and is likely to start in May 2020 at a central Bristol venue to be confirmed. Mary Kroeber trained in 2019 with FAB. She said: “I love teaching tai chi, it makes me feel good and I know people are enjoying themselves because they keep coming back.” Friends Ageing Better is a project by Age UK Bristol providing opportunities for over 50s to get together, meet other people and enjoy discounts and special events from local shops and venues in the city. To become a FAB member, please visit ageukbristol.org.uk or call 0117 440 4301.

Become a governor at Ashton Vale Primary Ashton Vale Primary School are looking for governors who can bring new skills and expertise to their local governing body. The school is proud to be part of the Gatehouse Green Learning Trust. Ideal candidates should have an enthusiasm to learn and be interested in children’s education. They are particularly keen to hear from anyone with a background in education. Becoming a governor

is a voluntary role; it can be a rewarding experience and provides an opportunity to learn new skills, while making a difference to children’s education. Please note that all governors appointed are subject to identity and enhanced DBS checks. If you’re interested in becoming a governor, please email LGBClerk@ ashtonvale.bristol.sch.uk or visit ashtonvaleprimary.weebly.com.

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NEWS Bristol Meets The World festival On Friday 6th March, Bristol Meets The World is hosting a multicultural food festival to celebrate two years of the project. The festival will see cultures from all over the world come together in the form of interactive activities in order to help raise awareness about the effects of loneliness in Bristol. This event will encourage people to connect with one

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another with the aim of forming a better understanding of different communities. It will feature African Drums, Bollywood Dancing and Workshop, Traditional Chinese Opera and more. Bristol Meets The World is a free event from 11.00am - 4.00pm at Cabot Circus. For more information, visit bristolageingbetter.org.uk/ bristol-meets-the-world.

Local mayoral hustings in Totterdown

of the city. So far, those candidates attending include Samuel Williams, Conservative; Sandy HoreRuthven, Green; Mary Page, Liberal Democrat; and Christine Townsend, Independent. At the time of writing, the current mayor, Marvin Rees (Labour) has been invited to the event, but has not yet confirmed whether or not he will be attending. For more information on the event, please visit tresa.org.uk.

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TRESA, Totterdown’s residents association, is going to be holding a mayoral hustings at Hillcrest Primary School, Cemetery Road, Totterdown, Bristol on Wednesday 18th March. Taking place from 7.30pm 9.30pm, (visitors are advised to arrive at the school by 7.20pm for a prompt start) residents are invited to go along to meet several of the candidates who are all hoping to become the next mayor

Bristol Wing Fest

The first ever Bristol Wing Fest is going to be taking place from Friday 8th - Saturday 9th May at Lloyds Amphitheatre. The event will feature two days of entertainment including axe throwing, fair ground rides, fair ground games, bourbon master classes, BBQ cooking demos, hot sauce making demos, live bands, musicians, DJs and more. There will also be eating challenges for hungrier people. These include Dr Sweetsmoke’s Lava Wing Challenge to see who can eat the most spicy wings in a set amount of time! For more information, please visit wingfest.co.uk.

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NEWS Community projects in libraries

Thirty new community projects will be set up in libraries across the city in 2020 after benefitting from funding from Bristol City Council. The Library Innovation Fund was set up to enable communities to develop new and exciting ideas for their local library. Up to £3,000 was made available for each library, and where the funding was not fully allocated, groups connected to each library will have another opportunity to apply for funding later this year. Those applicants who were not successful will receive feedback and advice from the library team to help shape any future bids. Deputy mayor, Cllr Asher Craig, cabinet member with responsibility for libraries, said: “I would like to thank all the community groups and individuals who submitted a bid for funding, we were very impressed with the variety and quality of the proposals.

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“By funding these projects we are looking to create stronger links between the library service and the local community. “We hope these projects will help us to make greater use of our library spaces, and encourage more people through the doors.” The council’s cabinet have approved a new city-wide library strategy which aims to modernise the service and take it forward. The strategy sets out the priorities for the next five years, ensuring that the service remains sustainable and relevant to people across Bristol. The strategy has been shaped by very thorough and informative conversations with residents and city partners, and taken into consideration all the feedback from the 2017 Your Neighbourhood consultation and the community engagement meetings that took place last year. For details on the new projects, visit bristol.gov.uk.

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March, Bristol Women’s Literature Festival returns for a fourth programme to bring together the best and brightest women writers, thinkers, journalists and academics for a weekend of fascinating conversation, debate, and reflection. The festival is the oldest of its kind to be celebrating women’s history, writing, and cultural heritage. The 2020 programme promises to be their biggest event yet, with a weekend of panels and talks that will inspire, challenge, and introduce new writers. For more information, please visit watershed.co.uk.

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Outstanding Onions – There’s Nothing To Cry About!

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ith more than 40 million tonnes of onions eaten around the world, the humble onion now ranks in first place as the top vegetable. The UK itself produces nearly half a million tonnes, and when you begin to peel back the layers and look at its health benefits, it’s no wonder this brawny bulb is so popular. They are steeped in history - the Egyptians used them in mummification as they saw the onion’s circles as a symbol of eternal life, and in the late Middle Ages onions were cut in half and placed around the house in an attempt to protect against the bubonic plague. Obviously, the humble root vegetable couldn’t really ward off the Black Death with its distinct smell, but it does have some other wonderful properties. Simon Bandy, general manager of Health Plus, gets

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under the skin of onions and reveals what really lies beneath the layers of this member of the allium family. Prebiotics – most people understand antibiotics and probiotics, but not prebiotics. Onions contain a water-soluble fibre, a prebiotic, which helps feed the good bacteria in the gut, known as probiotics. If you maintain healthy gut flora it can help support the immune system and ease bloating. Vitamin B – Onions contain both vitamin B6 and B9 which support the metabolism, red blood cell production and nerve function. Another way of getting a daily dose of these is to opt for a multi-vitamin. Vitamin C – When we think of this vitamin we normally think of fruits like oranges, lemons, and strawberries. Surprisingly, it is found in many vegetables like broccoli, sprouts and onions.

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, promotes healthy skin and is an antioxidant. As it is water soluble, the body doesn’t store this vitamin, so we need to top it up on a daily basis. Quercetin – You may not have heard of this but it is found in many fruits and vegetables, and is an antioxidant which may help eliminate free radicals that could damage cells in the body. It is also known for boosting immunity and reducing inflammation, so can be beneficial for those who exercise. Potassium – The body doesn’t naturally produce this mineral but it is essential for many bodily functions including heart health, blood pressure and water retention. Both too little and too much can be dangerous, so getting an even balance is essential. For more information on vitamins, please visit healthplus. co.uk.

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experience extreme breathing difficulties. More severe symptoms occur in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. What are the available vaccinations or treatment? You can recover from it, but there are no specific treatments or vaccines presently. This explains the unusual and extreme precautions now in place. Foreign nationals continue to be evacuated from China, with subsequent quarantine procedures in place upon their return home. Travelling to China? Check the regularly updated advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The critical advice is that if you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK, or have developed symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath after returning to

the UK from another part of China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau all in the last 14 days, you should immediately: • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people • Do not visit A&E, your GP or local pharmacy • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area A vital part of our defence is remembering the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ message: • Always carry tissues to catch coughs and sneezes and bin them immediately. • Wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs. As your accessible local NHS outpost, Bedminster Pharmacy offers up-to-date advice; and with our Bristol Travel Clinic Service, we protect your health wherever you are travelling. Come in or call us on 0800 772 35 75 for more advice.

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With Age Comes Happiness People seem to dread getting older, despite evidence that shows we tend to become happier at this stage of life. This comes from a variety of studies looking at the ‘U-Shaped Curve of Happiness’, which found that self-reported happiness levels are often highest in early childhood and later life. As a part of the Age Proud Bristol campaign, which challenges negative perceptions of older people, Bristol Ageing Better spoke to Ben Barker (81), a BS3 community activist, about his experience of later life. “There’s time to do things. You control your own timetable,” says Ben. For Ben, retirement meant he had more time to get involved in his community and follow his interests. “When you work,” says Ben, “your timetable is controlled by someone else, but I have no such influence now and if I want to set up a hedgehog street for example, or some other community venture, I can.” There is a common saying that ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’, however this saying has been disproved time and time again as many people try new hobbies or follow new interests when they retire. Ben has been involved in a vast array

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of community activities since his retirement, from running wildlife groups to social clubs. “I retired early because I wanted to do something else. I enrolled in the Open University - I didn’t last very long but I gave it a go!” So many stereotypes about older people are taken for granted and if not challenged run the risk of becoming internalised by people as they age, as they believe there are things that they can’t or shouldn’t do because of how old they are. “Stereotypes are almost always wrong,” says Ben.

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Best foot forward: Bristol Walk Fest Bristol Walk Fest is going to be taking place in May, with a programme of events being announced in April. Once the programme is complete, it will be shared via the Bristol Walk Fest website – bristolwalkfest.com – and via printed brochures, flyers and posters. News will also be available from the Bristol Walk Fest page on Facebook and via @ briswalkfest20 on Twitter. Bristol Walk Fest 2020 is being

coordinated by Active Ageing Bristol in collaboration with The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, with Age UK Bristol. It is a not-for-profit venture, seeking to showcase and nurture opportunities to walk in Bristol; encourage more people to explore the city and its surrounds on foot and highlight the many benefits of walking. For more information, please visit bristolwalkfest.com.

Community organisations in Bristol are being given an opportunity to benefit from a community fund, which has been launched by a local law firm. The Barcan+Kirby Community Fund is a new initiative, which has recently been launched to give local groups and individuals working for the benefit of the communities in BS1, BS3, BS7, BS8, BS15 and BS35 a chance to be awarded monetary support from the firm. Community groups and individuals can apply for up to £300 in support of their projects or to kick start new community programmes. The next deadline to apply for funding from the scheme will be in June. Applications can be made via the website where there is further information on the project - please visit barcankirby.co.uk/about-us/ charitable-support if you would like to find out more.

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The Gert Lush vintage bike festival, and one of the UK’s premier retro road rides, returns to Bristol on Sunday 3rd May. To mark 75 years of peace in Europe, this year’s festival has a VE Day theme and organisers are encouraging riders to bring their vintage bikes and wear period 1940s costume. Gert Lush is also celebrating the collective joy of riding bicycles

through the Somerset countryside. They would love people to embrace the theme but are very happy for riders to turn up in whatever era bike and kit they prefer. Their only condition is no full carbon bikes! As well as a route that takes in the best of Bristol’s countryside, there will be a family-friendly VE Day street party finale and period treats along the way for riders. For details, visit thegertlush.com.

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BS3 Energy Group BS3 Energy Group (previously Bedminster Energy Group) are a small group of volunteers who want to help BS3 residents and businesses be part of Bristol’s journey to zero carbon. A spokeperson for the group said: “Tackling climate change can feel overwhelming but luckily there are ways to take action whilst reducing your bills and improving your health and wellbeing. Take

one step at a time and do what is manageable for you, seek support, learn and keep going.” Upcoming events in the Snug at the Tobacco Factory will take place on Tuesday 31st March at 7.30pm, and Wednesday 29th April at 7.30pm on the theme of nature. If you would like to find out more, become a volunteer or are part of a community group, email bedminsterenergy@hotmail.com.

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On Saturday 7th March, Zion is holding an open morning aimed at ages 55+ to find out what’s happening for senior residents. Taking place from 10.00am 1.00pm, Zion will host information stalls from Zion History Group, Memories Cafe, St Oswalds Church, Townswomen Guild, Royal British Legion, Severn Vale Bowls Club, Bedminster Down and Uplands Society, and more. So why not have a cup of tea and find out what is going on for over 55s locally? For more information, please call 0117 9231212 or email info@ zionbristol.co.uk.

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As part of the plans to regenerate Bedminster Green, Bristol City Council is working on a number of projects to improve the area. The council is seeking feedback from the community on initial ideas for improving the River Malago and the green, and improving travel around and through the area with better routes for public transport, walking and cycling. Drop-in events are being held on 2nd March at Bedminster Library, from 4.30pm - 6.45pm; on 5th March at Windmill Hill City Farm, Example 2 and on 19th from 2.30pm - 6.00pm; March - Windmill Hill City Farm from 2.30pm - 6.00pm. On 5th and 19th March, walkabouts are being held to visit the areas. These will start from Windmill Hill City Farm at 3.45pm. Further information and a survey will be online from 24th February until 23th March at bristol.gov.uk/ bedminstersurvey.

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is back from Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th March 2020 for its eighth festival. This year, the festival will be hosting gigs at St George’s Bristol, Bristol Folk House, Fiddlers, O2 Academy Bristol and Bambalan. Along with the vast array of music, the festival will also host music workshops at Bristol Folk House, free stages at Bambalan and Colston Hall, films at the

Watershed, and the famous late night jam sessions at Bambalan. There will also be a Shaken, Not Stirred Cocktail event at the Milk Thistle before the anticipated James Bond - In Concert hits the stage at O2 Academy. This year’s lineup includes Paul Jones Big Band Blues Bash, Pee Wee Ellis, Ronnie Scotts All-Stars and much more. For more information, please visit bristoljazzandbluesfest.com.

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RICHARD DAWSON Following the release of 2020, his highly-anticipated sixth solo album, celebrated Northumbrian songsmith Richard Dawson brings his blend of traditional English and jazzy psych folk to the Trinity Centre. Fearless in his research and willingness to follow his inspiration, Dawson has created an impressive catalogue of music and storytelling steeped in both ancient myths and contemporary dread. 2017’s feted Peasant - it was listed as Album of the Year by The Quietus - transposed modern issues onto the mythical, medieval kingdom of Bryneich but 2020 is a more

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explicit ‘state of the nation’ address focussed on the divided nation that he loves. He strived to make the songs anthemic and, “some sort of slightly skewed version of what might be coming out of someone’s radio, for the songs to seem quite glorious, but once you start digesting them a bit, they get stuck in your throat.”

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23 MAR. O2 ACADEMY. Ethereal, ambient indie maestros Cigarettes After Sex bring their dream-like sound to Bristol. Accompanied by Greg Gonzalez’s haunting, androgynous vocal stylings, the band hit the big time

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15 MAR. SWX. One of the most recognisable faces in pop in the late ‘90s, Louise plays SWX to promote her first studio album in 18 years, Heavy Love. Louise had 18 consecutive Top 20 singles, six with the band Eternal followed by twelve solo. Her debut solo

album Naked sold over one million copies and overall she has sold over five million records in the UK. The new album has been making waves in pop circles and was made in collaboration with artists such as Clean Bandit and Sinéad Harnett. She says: “Making this new album has been a real emotional and honest process for me. I love performing live and touring and I can’t wait to take the new album on tour and perform all these new songs for everyone.” Louise plays SWX on Sunday 15th March.

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with the release of their self-titled debut album in 2017. First reaching wider public consciousness through an inordinate number of TV shows and movies licencing their music, including ‘Nothing’s Going to Hurt You Baby’, being chosen to close a first season episode of the hit series The Handmaid’s Tale, the band have continued to climb the ranks of indie stardom ever since. Their well-received sophomore effort Cry released in late 2019 after a stretched out recording process that saw the band relocate to Mallorca will be the focus of sets on this eagerly anticipated tour.


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MULAN Dir: Niki Caro Cast: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee Out: March 27

A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her ailing father from serving in the army.

In 2019, there were three major remakes of classic animated Disney movies: Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King. While there were arguments on the relative merits of those films, the box office figures for all three told a clear cut story: that the public wanted them. A combined gross of over 3 billion dollars meant that Disney had not only succeeded with the exploitation of their back catalogue, but the go-ahead to capitalise on it further. Mulan was a decent hit in 1998 and followed the standard Disney formula of the time, with a determined lead character, wacky sidekicks, and a formidable villain that they must overcome. What perhaps sets it out from other Disney films is that the determined lead is a woman, and the film very much examines gender roles in a patriarchal society, even when that society is in danger of collapse, in a way that was both mature and relatable. Thrown in for good

measure were terrific songs. Disney’s newest version of Mulan looks suitably different from its own animated film that it seems that this live-action version is a different film altogether rather than a straight remake. While it continues to explore gender roles, both the songs and the sidekicks have been removed in favour of a serious, almost important tone that emphasises the danger of war and its “Disney’s newest version of Mulan looks suitably different from its own animated film...” consequence. It’s certainly an ambitious adaptation, which attempts to strive for more than the remakes of the previous year, but one has to wonder, if it’s significantly different from the original that had so much success, will that audience who loved it the first time round appear for this one? We’ll find out on its release on 27th March. LC

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March 27 Once upon a time, in a room, somewhere, a group of well-to-do people sat down and pondered who best could represent a much beloved children’s character. An English institution. After presumably relatively little deliberation, James Corden would be entrusted. What could go wrong? Well, it would seem, somewhat unpredictably, not a great deal. Though 2018’s Peter Rabbit would not be without its bumps - a first trailer panned by critics and a scene prompting complaints of ‘allergy bullying’ - it would ultimately surpass Pixar’s Coco to become the biggest family film of the year in the UK. And so the classical bunny voiced by the transatlantic man returns, wounded by his rebellious persona, going on the run after Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) and Bea (Rose Byrne) depart for their honeymoon. Margot Robbie and Daisy Ridley sign up for a second slice of Easter mischief. SC


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March 20 Sure, there were questions. Lots of questions. Why didn’t they just live by the sound masking waterfall? How did no-one, let alone any scientist, figure high frequency noise would harm something with supersonic hearing? But, on the whole, 2018’s A Quiet Place was thoroughly enjoyable. So, predictably, part two is here. And, predictably, the creatures aren’t the only threat. Cillian Murphy joins the returning Emily Blunt. SC

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March 06 Disney Pixar’s sure-fire production line introduces Ian and Barley Lightfoot, teenage elf brothers gifted a magical staff by their late father, a present which will enable them to reanimate the parent they never knew. Casting the necessary spell, the inevitable zany adventure filled with quirky characters ensues when wizardry withers at the waist, leaving only a pair of legs for their much-sought reunion. Tom Holland, Chris Pratt and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) lend voices. SC

FINDING THE WAY BACK D: Gavin O’Connor C: Ben Affleck, Janina Gavankar, Lukas Gage

March 13 Director Gavin O’Connor reunites with Ben Affleck, as a former high school basketball star, battling alcohol addiction, is offered the opportunity to coach his alma mater. Achieving redemption goes far beyond opportunity, however, as Jack Cunningham’s (Affleck) personal struggles continue despite a turnaround in the failing team’s fortunes. Comedian Al Madrigal leaves his material at home as this sombre sports drama searches for a happy ending. SC

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STREAMING - MARCH 2020 Popular crime-drama following Marty Byrde and his family who are forced to move to the Ozarks and clean dirty money for the cartel returns to Netflix from 27th March in Ozark (Season 3). // A group of designers compete in New York, Paris and Tokyo to bring their brands to a new level in Making The Cut (right) streaming on Prime Video from 27th March. // New documentary Apollo 11

- the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the moon in 1969 lands on Netflix from 4th March. // After a long wait, Brooklyn NineNine (Season 6) shows up on Netflix from 28th March. // Netflix Original Series Dirty Money returns for a second season on 11th March documenting stories about greed, corruption, and crime spreading through the global economy.

SPENSER CONFIDENTIAL D: Peter Berg C: Mark Wahlberg, Iliza Shlesinger, Post Malone

March 06 Musician Post Malone and UFC star Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone are recognisable faces as Mark Wahlberg (Daddy’s Home, Ted) headlines as Spenser, an ex-cop/ con dragged into a world he was trying to escape when two former colleagues are murdered. Comedy-thriller playing to its lead’s strengths. SC

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THE KING AND I In the 1860s, the newly widowed Anna Leonowens and her son set sail from their native England to the shores of Bangkok, Siam. Still grieving and eager to forge a new life, Anna takes a position as the teacher for the King’s offspring. Known for being a tyrannical ruler, the King seeks Anna’s advice in a bid to change his image while learning more about her homeland. As the King and Anna discover more about each other’s values, their turbulent relationship

begins to take an unexpected turn. This classic mix of East meets West has proven to be a huge hit for its legendary producers Rodgers and Hammerstein, having scooped four Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical Revival, and performed to a string of sell-out performances in London. This lavish new production pulls out all the stops, featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, a full-scale orchestra and direction from the Tony Award-winning Bartlett Sher. With pedigree like this, it’s no wonder The Wall Street Journal has proclaimed “I doubt I’ll ever see a better production in my lifetime”. JL

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In the world of semi-pro football, an ailing team are in need of a miracle to reverse their fortunes. In comes Jordan, a player of immense talent who brings inspiration and hope back to the

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Band Of Gold comes to Theatre Royal, Bath this spring with the stage production of Kay Mellor’s multi-award winning TV series. Band of Gold’s gritty and witty

fading team but their ambitious manager Kidd has his own plans and like the tagline says, ‘When winning means everything, loyalty means nothing’. After a citywide callout to cast the role of Jordan, young actor Thomas McGee landed the part to play alongside Joe Simms (ITV’s Broadchurch) making this a decidedly home-grown Bristol product, which the Evening Standard has described as “Gorgeously crafted”. The Red Lion runs from 11th - 28th March in The Weston Studio. JL story revolves around a group of women – Carol, Rose, Anita and Gina. At times both heartbreaking and humorous, this production tells the tale of how a young mother is drawn into the notorious red-light district - and with a killer on the loose, it’s a battle to simply survive! The star-studded cast includes Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale), Laurie Brett (EastEnders), Shayne Ward (Coronation Street), Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks) and exciting newcomer Emma Osman.

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Bristol City’s 125th anniversary! also wear a limited edition commemorative shirt, which is available to fans for pre-order on the club’s website. The game will also feature a souvenir programme. Club chairman Jon Lansdown said: “Earlier this season, we were 125 years old - and this will be a day for all City fans to celebrate the club that means so much to us.” For more information on the celebrations and for tickets, please visit bcfc.co.uk.

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Bristol City Football Club’s 125year anniversary season will be marked with a day of celebration at the Fulham game at Ashton Gate on Saturday 7th March. To help register this landmark in the Robins’ history - founded in 1894 - there will be discounted entry, including a special £12.50 Mates Rates offer for friends and family members of Bristol City season card holders. The Bristol City players will

Gardening and growing will be the focus for this month’s repair cafe on Saturday 28th March. Taking place from 1.30pm 4.30pm in the URC Hall, at the corner of West Street/Stanley Street, Bedminster, Blooming Bedminster will be selling plants, seedlings, and seeds. Bristol Seed Swap will be offering advice on how to save and store seeds, plus organisers are appealing for surplus garden tools, pots, ornaments and furniture to sell. Knife grinder Paddy will be on hand to sharpen shears - and you’ll be able to browse information about BS3’s Patchwork group, the South Bristol Gardening Club, BS3 Wildlife, and the Community Orchard. The repairers will also rise to the challenge of mending broken toasters, toys, and anything else that arrives. There will also be homemade cakes and cream teas. For further information, email stef.brammar@way-out-west.org.

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Community DIARY Volunteer Meet Ups Mondays and Tuesdays 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 to go along.

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Drop-in Cafes 6th and 20th March Drop-in cafes take place at Tobacco Factory from 10.15am - 12 noon, for over 55s in south Bristol who would like some help and advice with a mobile phone, tablet or laptop computer. There will be free tea and coffee. All welcome to go along. Coffee Morning 7th March A coffee morning will be held at Bedminster Methodist Church from 10.30am - 12 noon, with a cake stall, bric a brac, and books. Tea and coffee will be served. All welcome to go along.

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AVT Walkabout 12th March This month’s AVT walkabout/ litter pick is Area 6, meeting at 10.00am on the corner of Risdale Road and South Liberty Lane, to clear Risdale Road, Atyeo Close and Vale Foundry Lane. Call 07840 680516 for details.

Spring Fair 28th March A spring food festival fair will take place from 11.00am - 3.00pm at Redcliffe Nursery. Lots of food from around the world, music, games, competitions, a huge raffle - and fun! For details, see social media @redcliffeptfa.

Church Quiz 13th March St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedminster is holding a quiz from 7.00pm. The quiz is suitable for all ages, with teams of up to six members. Entry is £3.00 per person, which includes soup and a roll.

BS3 Repair Cafe 28th March Taking place from 1.30pm 4.30pm, expert volunteers offer free help with repairing faulty or broken appliances, toys, bikes, and clothing or textiles.

AVT Meeting 17th March Ashton Vale Together will be holding a meeting with James Freeman MD of First Bus. He will be answering questions on the services 24/24A at Ashton Vale Primary School from 6.30pm 8.00pm. All welcome to attend.

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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 of music. (6/3 No event); 13/3 Baroque ensemble; 20/3 Wind trio; 27/3 Swing band. Tea and coffee available. Free entry, retiring collection.

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Junior Street Art Spray Sessions

Running multiple times each month on Saturdays from 2.00pm - 3.00pm, “Introducing Stencil Art” spray sessions will take place at Hamilton House in Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3QY. These sessions introduce stencil art from the very beginnings of recorded-human history, to the modern day with Banksy art. For more information, please visit wherethewall.com.

Forest School A free Forest School will take place at Dame Emily Park on Tuesday 3rd March from 10.00am - 11.30am. There will also be After School Gardening on Thursday 12th March from 3.30pm - 4.30pm. Meet by the community garden. Suitable for 2-8 years old. For details, call Yvette on 07948 450597.

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Led by artist Éilis Kirby, monthly Baby Art Hour sessions take place at Spike Island Café from 10.00am - 11.00am. At the sessions, under fives and their carers can play with colour, shape, texture and learn easy ways to create, using simple methods and materials. For further information, please visit spikeisland.org.uk.

Award-winning family rave crew Big Fish Little Fish return to Bristol’s Basement 45, Frogmore Street, on 21st March for the first Bristol rave up of the year. For this event, the team are biggin’ up the mums as it’s Mother’s Day weekend! Headline DJ TBC, plus residents Little My & High Eight who’ll all be playing (grown up) dance music on the multisensory dancefloor with glitter cannons, bubbles, balloons and giant parachute dance. Also at the rave will be craft tables, a giant colouring mural, a Playdoh table, a play area with tents and tunnels, and a baby chillout space with mats and a small ball pool. The rave will start at 1.30pm. For more information, please visit bigfishlittlefishevents.co.uk.

Gecko Kids’ Club Little visitors to The Galleries Shopping Centre in Bristol, will now be able to get creative with a range of exciting and stimulating arts and crafts, as the centre opens its free kids’ club. Taking place every second Saturday of the month until September, youngsters will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of interesting and fun activities with each one being themed. Whether it’s making memories for mum to celebrate Mother’s Day or an egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt, there will be a huge variety of tasks on offer. Each kids’ club will be from 10.00am - 4.00pm and located on the ground floor.


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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. SPACE EXPLORERS (2D) Ongoing, regular daily shows. Suitable for children under 6 years old. SPRING STARGAZING (2D or 3D) Regular daily 3D shows for families. Not suitable for children under 6 years old. Target audience 8 years upwards. 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

Monday BEMI BABY - LITTLE TREASURES 11.00am-11.45am Jasper Room at the Chessel Centre. E: bemibabyuk@gmail.com LAUNCHPAD CLASSES * 2.00pm-2.50pm Tel: 07966 864696 ACTING OUT DRAMA CLASSES * 4.00pm-5.00pm, 4-11yrs Tel: 07956 962422 or 07823 773179 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, 5th March. 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 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March. 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) 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th March. 10.00am-11.00am. Art, craft and messy play. HAPPYMESS (after-school) 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th March. 3.30pm-4.20pm. Art, craft and messy play.


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Meet Peppa Pig!

Bring your little piggies to meet and greet Peppa Pig at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park at intervals on 21st and 22nd March. Everyone loves jumping in muddy puddles and you can make your Mother’s Day a splash with everyone’s favourite pig! The event is included in park admissions and you can save £1 per person by booking online in advance. For more information, please visit avonvalley.co.uk.

Science at Zion

Mother’s Day Craft

On Saturday 28th March, Bill Bailey is going to be bringing education and fun to science at Zion Community Art Space. Taking place from 10.30am, Bill will be taking on hands-on experiments such as whizzing rockets and flaming hands. For more information, please visit zionbristol.co.uk.

This Mother’s Day, make your very own Woollen Heart with Kids Cre8! This is a drop-in workshop and will be held outdoors at the Tobacco Factory Market on Sunday 22nd March at 11.30am. The event is suitable for children 3+ (children to be accompanied by an adult).

Mother’s Day Express Join Avon Valley Railway this Mother’s Day and treat mum to a three course Pines Express. Dining trains aim to recreate the glory days of the railway dining car. The Pines Express was the Manchester to Bournemouth long-distance service that ran daily through Bitton between 1910 and 1967. Join Avon Valley Railway and re-live this experience with their

two and three course Sunday dining trains. The journey sets off from Bitton Station and consists of a number of six mile round trips and lasts approximately three hours. These trains are usually steam hauled and will be departing at 12.15pm on Sunday 22nd March. For more information, please visit avonvalleyrailway.org.


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Puddle Ducks Spring News

Pool Focus: Parson Street Primary School Spring is on the way, and it’s the perfect time to get your children ready for summer swimming. This month, we’re telling you all about one of our most popular local venues, Parson Street School, where we have taught since 2008! On Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings we have exclusive use of this school pool, located on Bedminster Road, where we run our gentle and fun baby and pre-school

swimming lessons. There’s a lovely vibe at the pool as it’s small, warm and cosy, making it perfect for little ones. Classes are led by our expert teachers Hannah and Carly, with our friendly poolside assistants on hand to help with the logistics of getting baby into the pool! Babies are welcome at this venue right from birth. Our lessons give both parents and little ones confidence in the water, and a chance for

some precious bonding time together. Families also tell us they love the opportunity to meet others with children a similar age during their swimming lessons. As well as Parson Street School, we offer local baby and pre-school lessons at DW Fitness First (Imperial Park), St Mary Redcliffe School and The Grand Hotel. These are all on different days of the week to help you find a class to suit your schedule.

The Puddle Ducks difference • Free taster session • Stay with us from baby to age 10 • Courtesy classes if you need to miss a lesson • Pay monthly and track your child’s progress with your online MyPuddleDucks account

Contact us now to secure your child’s place! Call 0117 971 7165, or check out www.puddleducks.com/bb


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ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Family theatre & entertainment BRISTOL OLD VIC

6th - 12th April

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

THE THREE MUSKETEERS

6th - 8th March 7.00pm (Fri), 2.00pm & 7.00pm (Sat), 4.00pm (Sun) Following its sell-out run last summer, Le Navet Bete are back with their smash-hit comedy adventure that will have you rolling with laughter from here to the French countryside. Suitable for children aged 8 and up.

THE WARDROBE THEATRE 25 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF Tickets: tobaccofactorytheatres.com

ONE DUCK DOWN

8th March 11.00am & 2.00pm An unlikely but lovable hero Billy is prepared to venture to the ends of the earth to win the affections of his sweetheart. Little did he know he’d be set the tremendous task of finding the elusive nautical treasure… rubber ducks?! Aged 2 and under go free.

THEATRE ROYAL, BATH (The Egg) Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET Tickets: theatreroyal.org.uk

ADRIFT

6th - 7th March Fri 10.00am & 1.00pm; Sat 11.30am & 3.00pm Two children are in a boat. They play. They laugh. They argue. They dream of catching a fish so big it will capsize the boat. Of encountering a mermaid who will sing them the most beautiful melodies. Of lassoing a whale who will pull them to shore, to a new land of thick green grass and endless blue skies. A safe land. Adrift is a brand new play from Beverley Hancock-Smith, developed by children’s theatre company Action Transport Theatre. Suitable for aged 7+.

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

14th - 15th March 11.30am & 3.00pm Before anything new is made, it must be dreamed. From a moon-base in the Sea of Tranquility we get a great view of the earth and it’s time to make a new one just like we do every night! Suitable for children aged 2 and up.

THE DEEP SEA SEEKERS THE WARDROBE THEATRE Tickets: tobaccofactorytheatres.com 11.00am & 2.00pm (ages 2 and under go free)

Following on from the stellar success of The Star Seekers and The Time Seekers, comes a brand new mission: The Deep Sea Seekers! Join Alph, Betty and Gammo for an exhilarating, warm, audience driven children’s show that journeys through our oceans meeting incredible creatures, exploring unmapped shores and tackling unwelcome plastic. Pack your snorkel and flippers and get ready to explore the deep with songs, humour and lots of audience interaction. Alph, Betty and Gammo need Bristol’s Deep Sea Seekers to help them complete their latest mission and answer one of the greatest questions of all time – what is a humpback whale’s favourite song? An underwater adventure suitable for ages 3-8 and their families - aged 2 and under go free.

Cosmos and Friends Join Cosmos Children’s Community Choir and Westbury on Trym Academy Primary School for a live choir performance at St George’s Bristol. Cosmos Choir runs in Knowle West, Bristol and is St George’s flagship long-term education project. Cosmos and Friends will be taking place at St George’s Bristol on Monday 30th March. The performance starts at 6.00pm and is free for under 18s.


Calendar of ADULT CLASSES & COMMUNITY EVENTS

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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GROUP SINGING LESSONS for women 6.00pm-7.00pm contact................07970 748640

BRISTOL SHOW CHOIR 7.00pm-9.00pm. Musical theatre choir. contact................07837 441308

WEDNESDAY

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

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

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

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

MONDAY

WEDNESDAY

10.00am. New members welcome. contact...............0117 9372280

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

YOGA

THURSDAY

OVER 50s KEEP FIT

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

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

TUESDAY

JUMPFIT

11.30am contact...............07727 240048

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

BOOK GROUP

ADULT BALLET

TAI CHI

7.30pm contact................07813 006569

WEDNESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY BINGO

BOXERCISE

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

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

JEET KUNE DO

THURSDAY DOG TRAINING

10.30am-11.30am contact................07920 408013

9.30am for babies and toddlers. contact...............07816 590609

THURSDAY

ADULT BALLET

STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR PERFORMERS

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

ZUMBA DANCE FITNESS

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

RAVEFIT

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

PILATES FOR PERFORMERS 7.30pm-8.30pm contact................07970 748640

POST NATAL FITNESS

WOODCRAFT FOLK

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

FRIDAY

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

FITNESS PILATES

LES PETITS ZOUZOUS

11.30am contact...............07727 240048

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

MONDAY

DANCEBLAST

TAI CHI

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

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

SUNDAY

ZUMBA

SWINGDANCE

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

QUIZ NIGHT & SUPPER

ZUMBA DANCE FITNESS

Friday, 8.30pm, 27th March. Good fun. All welcome.

6.45pm-7.45pm, all ages and abilities. contact................07593 278934

8.00pm, 15th March.

IT SUPPORT

SATURDAY

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

JAZZ IN THE BAR

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

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

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

SUNDAY

BABY BOUNCE AND RHYME

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

SUNDAY

THE ACTORS’ WORKSHOP

BEDMINSTER LIBRARY

FITNESS PILATES

FRIDAY

SOULROOTS ACAPPELLA

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

KUNG FU

WEDNESDAY

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

ZUMBA TONING

TUESDAY

6.30pm contact................07813 006569

7.00pm contact...............0117 9073887

GROUP SINGING LESSONS

ZUMBA GOLD

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

8.00pm, 16th March. contact................07901 874375

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

THURSDAY

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH

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

TUESDAY

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

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


Calendar of ADULT CLASSES & COMMUNITY EVENTS

BS3 COMMUNITY CLASSES ASHTON VALE Community Centre

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

POST NATAL MUM AND BABY YOGA

PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES

11.00am-12.15pm contact................07815 325260

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

PARACISE

ADAPTIVE JUDO

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

THURSDAY

SOUTHVILLE RUNNING CLUB

MONDAY

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

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

5.30pm-6.30pm clarehughesyoga@gmail.com

PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES

TAI CHI

AFRICAN DANCE

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

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

FRIDAY

FRIDAY

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

7.30pm contact................0117 3052365 _________________________

CLARE HUGHES YOGA

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

WEDNESDAY

WANNA B FITNESS 7.00pm-8.00pm contact................07432 151114

THURSDAY

POLICE BEAT SURGERY

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

BS3 COMMUNITY

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

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

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

PEOPLE OF NOTE COMMUNITY CHOIR

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

WEDNESDAY ZUMBA

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

5.45pm-7.15pm & 7.30pm-9.00pm contact................07570 507494

PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES

HATHA YOGA

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

6.00pm-7.00pm (Chessel Centre) contact............... 07584 413336

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

MONDAY

ALLIANCE FRANCAISE DE BRISTOL

MONDAY

YOGA FOR EVERYONE

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

CINEMA CLUB over 55s

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

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

SOUTHBANK CLUB

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

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

PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES

TAEKWONDO

PREGNANCY YOGA WITH PURELY PREGNANT

2.00pm 6.15pm-7.15pm E: luke@3rdstagedance.com

DANCE NIGHT

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)

7.00pm-9.00pm contact................07814 353664

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

SALSA DANCE CLASS

TUESDAY

KRAV MAGA

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

TUESDAY PILATES

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

SOUTHVILLE RUNNING CLUB 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start southvillerunningclub.co.uk

ZUMBA FITNESS

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

THURSDAY

FRENCH FOR OVER 55s 10.45am-11.45am (beginners). contact...............0117 3052365

ZUMBA GOLD IN THE CHAIR 4.30pm-5.30pm contact...............0117 305 2365

6.00pm-7.00pm and 7.15pm8.15pm. Advanced booking. E: info@purelypregnant.co.uk

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

FRIDAY

AIKIDO

NIA DANCE FITNESS 7.45pm-8.45pm (TTO) contact................07434 964490

10.00am-12 noon contact...............0117 305 2365 _________________________

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

KATHERINE’S RETROBICS AND CONDITIONING 6.15pm-7.15pm contact................07866 918683

THURSDAY QI JONG

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

HORROR FILM CLUB 8.00pm, 1st Tuesday of month

ART CLASS FOR OVER 55s

MARKSBURY ROAD LIBRARY

10.00am-11.00am

Marksbury Road, Bedminster BS3 5LG Tel: 0117 9038574

KUNG FU

WEDNESDAY

WEDNESDAY

LOW MOBILITY TAI CHI

7.00pm-10.00pm contact................07759 583688

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

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

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

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


TAI CHI

FLOW YOGA

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

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

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

MIXED ABILITY HATHA YOGA

acta COMMUNITY THEATRE

7.20pm-8.20pm contact................07977 134607

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

WEDNESDAY

MONDAY

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

POST NATAL PILATES (mums and babies) 11.00am-12 noon contact................07772 713498

MUSIC WITH MUMMY 1.45pm-3.45pm E: katiemusicwithmummy@ gmail.com

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

VINYASSA YOGA

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

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

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

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RISING SUN SINGERS – COMMUNITY CHOIR 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st March 11.30am-12.30pm. No singing experience is necessary and every voice is welcome.

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

Great art We’re thrilled that the Southville Centre will be the largest community venue on the South Bristol Arts Trail this year and the Chessel Centre will be one of the newest venues taking part in the event, which takes place on the 16th and 17th May. The trail started here at BS3 Community all those years ago and once again we are excited to welcome artists and makers, new acquaintances and old friends to exhibit with us over the weekend. We want to thank those who chose BS3 Community as their venue; the commission we receive from any sales made will be reinvested into our local community.

Youth club goes wild! Ben Barker (MBE), local community activist and founder of BS3 Wildlife Group visited Bedminster Youth Club recently to talk about bugs, birds, moths and hedgehogs in the area. He kindly donated a voucher for the young people to purchase materials to make some bird feeders, too. Can you offer some time to share an interest with the young people attending Bedminster Youth Club? If so, please contact simon. green@bs3community.org.uk.

Volunteering young people BS3 Community are currently supporting 13 young people by providing them volunteering opportunities. Several of them are volunteering at Bedminster Youth Club at the juniors’ night running the ‘Snack Stop’ while others enjoy a weekly session in one of our Early Education and Childcare rooms, reading and playing with our nursery children. If you are a young person who would like to volunteer, then please sign up at bs3community. volunteermakers.org/ where we can help you match your skills with current opportunities. 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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From Your MP KARIN SMYTH Labour

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Plans for bus travel in Bristol South

Celia Phipps Bedminster Labour @celiaphipps

Mark Bradshaw Bedminster Labour @mark_bradshaw

I’ve written about buses before in The Pigeon and it’s something a lot of constituents write to me about now the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), which has the ultimate say over public transport in your area, wants to hear your thoughts on its plans for bus travel in Bristol South and beyond. It relates to a transport strategy which aims to double bus passenger numbers in the region by 2036. Bus travel is hugely important for people here in Bristol South. With some of the lowest levels of car ownership in the city, more people in Bristol South rely on a reliable and affordable bus network to get around. The citywide aim to reduce air pollution will never be achieved if we can’t get people out of cars and onto public transport. Children from Hareclive E-Act Academy in Hartcliffe have been campaigning for free bus travel and this is something I support. Bristol South has huge issues with educational attainment and we need to remove barriers to this, one of which is issues around transport. Some children need to take two buses to get to school or college. We need to do better for these children. Metro Mayor Tim Bowles says that ‘getting the West of England moving’ has been one of his key objectives since he was elected as mayor three years ago. Indeed, one of the aims of having a regional

mayor was to help improve infrastructure such as transport but we’re yet to see this in action. Last month, the government pledged an extra £5 billion to improve bus and cycling services across England. It is up to Tim Bowles and WECA to secure a chunk of this funding for the region. This might go a small way to redressing the decade of cuts which have seen many routes disappear. Here in Bristol South we’ve seen a reduced service with some buses no longer running on Sundays. And we are still waiting to see metrobuses running on the Hengrove to Ashton leg of the m4. I convinced WECA to reinstate it on the route map after it disappeared, but it’s not yet translated into actual buses on the road. If you look at what other regional mayors such as Andy Burnham in Greater Manchester are doing, you’ll see the foundations being laid to create a more effective bus network using bus franchising, where a regional authority controls the frequency, fares and routes of buses. This is much like Transport for London, and something I have long called for. What do you think? Have your say as part of the consultation, which closes on Sunday 15th March. Please visit travelwest.info/ transportconsultations or call 0117 428 6210 to request a paper copy.

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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Ecological emergency

Last month, the mayor called an ecological emergency in response to increasing threats to wildlife and ecosystems and builds on the climate emergency. The declaration was made jointly with Avon Wildlife Trust and is supported by six city partners, including Bristol University and Bristol Zoo. The City Environment and Sustainability Board will work with the council and other partners to plan priorities needed, looking at ways to stop habitats being destroyed, managing land in a way that is sustainable to wildlife and by taking a responsible approach to building new developments. Last year, The Friends of Greville Smyth Park, FroGs for short, submitted a statement with regard to the risk to biodiversity from any potential development in Western Harbour. As chair of FroGS, I [Celia] met with the mayor to discuss the challenge between the high need for housing and the potential damage to wildlife habitats in our area. I have now been invited to be part of the ecological action planning. There are many ways the community can take action and our local parks are important places to support vulnerable ecosystems. We are very fortunate to have My Wild Bedminster already active in BS3 and by working with the parks team, One Tree Per Child

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

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programme and Bristol Tree Forum, we should be welcoming additional trees to Bedminster soon. We know that there are streets where trees need to be replaced but please let us know if you feel there is a suitable tree planting site near you.

Air quality

First has introduced new biomethane buses and they are on route in East Bristol. They cut the greenhouse gas emissions by 85% and will go some way to improving air quality in Bristol. Let’s hope they come to south Bristol very soon.

Surgery

Your

Charlie Bolton Southville Green @charlieBGP

Southville Councillors

Stephen Clarke Southville Green @southvillesteve

Chocolate Path

Stephen Clarke raised questions in full council some two years ago about the state of the Chocolate Path, and both he and Charlie Bolton were sadly unsurprised to see part of it collapse into the river in January. It has been closed as a route for some considerable time, and the council’s dealing with it has been incredibly slow. Charlie said: “It’s really dispiriting

Airport expansion

Greens have celebrated the rejection of the proposal to expand Bristol Airport. Stephen Clarke who was heavily involved in the campaign said: “This is a fantastic result of hard work and real cooperation among campaigners and residents. It is a real ‘David and Goliath’ story as, on the one side is a £200 billion Canadian pension fund who own the airport, and on the other is a crowd-funded campaign and lots of hard work by ordinary but committed people.” Cllr Clarke pointed out that expanding an airport is quite incompatible with combatting climate change.

Citizens’ assemblies

Green councillors in Bristol have pushed through a motion through Bristol City Council putting decision making on some major issues in the hands of ordinary Bristolians through ‘Citizens’ assemblies’ and other forms of participatory democracy. Citizens’ assemblies are a way of empowering a representative group of citizens to come together and make decisions on important issues.

Your

Jon Wellington Windmill Hill Labour @johnnywelly

Windmill Hill Councillors

Lucy Whittle Windmill Hill Labour @redrose_lucy

Charlie Bolton: Southville

Jon Wellington: Windmill Hill

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Stephen Clarke: Southville

Lucy Whittle: Windmill Hill

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Victoria Park

Following the reports of crime in Victoria Park and the public meeting with police held in December, the local police beat team attended the Victoria Park Action Group’s monthly meeting in early February. There has been a huge amount of police activity in the park but no further incidents since November. Furthermore, the perpetrators have been identified and taken in for questioning and behaviour orders issued. 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. Police have said that Victoria Park is totally safe for use day and night, and people should not feel worried about going to the park and should continue to use it as normal.

Standing down

Both of us Windmill Hill councillors are not seeking reelection and are standing down at the local elections in May, mainly for family reasons as both of us have had new children in the last couple of years and the workload of a councillor in a ward like Windmill Hill on top of a normal job and family life is incompatible. This means that following the local elections on 8th May you will definitely have two new councillors. Obviously as Labour Party members we hope our colleagues and Labour candidates Aileen McLoughlin and Ted Powell will win your vote to represent the ward. Both live locally, are involved with the community and are passionate about local issues. They will be knocking on your door in the coming weeks and months to listen to your views on how they can help to improve the area.

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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 28th March and are happy to meet anyone wishing to discuss local issues. We are also happy to receive email, and phone calls but please leave a message.

to see such a part of Bristol being completely ignored and allowed to decay in this way. Sadly, I think the administration has shown no real interest in maintaining it in a way which I find totally unacceptable.”

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Saturday 07

With a shared love of alternative US bands from the 90s such as Sonic Youth and Pixies, as well as pioneering filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, The Orielles bring their alternative sound to SWX this spring. Where: SWX, 15 Nelson St, Bristol BS1 2JY When: 7.00pm W: swxbristol.com

A completely free event at City Hall to celebrate International Women's Day with thousands of women from across Bristol. Expect a day packed with performances, activities, discussions and workshops. Where: City Hall, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TR When: 11.00am W: bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

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Sunday 08

RUGBY MARCH

Thursday 05 - Saturday 07

BOAR

Lewis Doherty presents Boar, a one-man fantasy adventure tale. Prepare for arrows to roll and heads to fly in this actionpacked comedy of swords, sorcery and swill! Where: Tobacco Factory Theatre, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1TF When: 8.00pm W: tobaccofactorytheatres.com

Friday 06

GLOW BRISTOL

Memory Walk's GLOW event will be shining a light on dementia, with an after dark walk around Bristol. Take in the atmosphere, grab your glowsticks, and get ready to walk alongside hundreds of others in a 4.5km loop around Bristol's historic harbourside. Where: Millennium Square, Explore Ln, Bristol BS1 5SZ When: Arrive from 6.30pm, walk starts at 7.30pm W: memorywalk.org.uk

Join St Peter’s Hospice for a sponsored walk that starts at Ashton Gate and heads straight out of the city and back again. After receiving a hero’s welcome back at Ashton Gate, head on in to the stadium to watch Bristol Bears vs Harlequins live! Where: Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Road, Bristol BS3 2EJ When: 10.00am W: rugbymarch.co.uk

Friday 13

GIN TASTING

A candle-lit gin tasting event takes place at Arnos Vale, journeying through Victoriana London's addiction to Madame Genever's pacifying poison. Where: The Spielman Centre, Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW When: 7.00pm W: arnosvale.org.uk

Friday 13 - Sunday 22

LYRA: BRISTOL POETRY FESTIVAL

Lyra's second poetry festival in Bristol will include confirmed performances from former poet laureate Simon Armitage and Danez Smithe. Where: Various When: Various W: lyrafest.com

Sunday 15

BATH HALF MARATHON Renowned as a fast flat course perfect for personal best seekers, the popular Bath Half Marathon is a two-lap course through the Georgian boulevards and crowd-lined streets of the city centre. Where: Runners Village, Bath Sports Centre, North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4ET When: Race starts at 11.00am W: bathhalf.co.uk

Monday 16 - Saturday 21

WE WILL ROCK YOU!

With 24 of Queen’s biggest hits and Ben Elton’s hilarious futuristic comedy writing combined, comes a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances. Where: Bristol Hippodrome St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ When: 7.30pm W: atgtickets.com

Saturday 21

THE WESTERN STARS ALL-DAYER

This fun all-day event will feature six of the Western Star label's finest rockabilly acts including Bob Butfoy and his Band, The Bullets, Rusti Steel and the Star Tones, and The Deadshots. Where: Paintworks Event Space, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EH When: 12 noon - 12 midnight W: paintworksbristol.co.uk


Saturday 21 - Tuesday 31

Thursday 26 - Friday 27

The British Dal Festival is a nationwide celebration of the magic of dal and pulses. There will be a dal trail of pulse dishes in eateries across the UK, and on the evening of 27th March St Nick's Night Market will be running a special Dal Edition with food stalls and demos. Where: Various When: Various W: britishdalfestival.com

Each year, Be Festival packages up three favourite dance and physical shows from its international festival for a tour of the UK. This year, an all-female lineup of companies from Belgium, Switzerland and Hungary will showcase snapshots of storytelling, dance and physical theatre. Where: Circomedia, St. Pauls, Portland Square, Bristol BS2 8SJ When: 7.30pm W: tobaccofactorytheatres.com

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Wednesday 25

ALEXEI SAYLE

Following the huge success of his popular Radio 4 show Imaginary Sandwich Bar, alternative comedy legend Alexei Sayle is returning to stages across the UK in 2020 with his first standup tour in seven years. Where: Redgrave Theatre Percival Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3LE When: 8.00pm W: redgravetheatre.com

Thursday 26 - Sunday 29

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival will be back at venues in Bristol including St George’s, The Folk House, O2 Academy, Fiddlers, and Bambalan with an exciting programme of jazz and blues with musicians from Europe, the US and the UK. Where: Various When: Various W: bristoljazzandbluesfest.com

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EXHIBITIONS 04 February - 01 May

DOCUMENTING DEATH

Through documents and images held in Bristol Archives, this exhibition explores how death has been represented in different ways across the centuries, from official documents to personal commemorations. Where: Bristol Archives, B Bond Warehouse (via Create Centre), Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN When: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Tuesday - Friday W: bristolmuseums.org.uk

14 March - 24 May

WILHELMINA BARNS-GRAHAM: INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29

BRISTOL WOMEN'S LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival returns for a fourth programme to bring together the best and brightest women writers, thinkers, journalists and academics for a weekend of fascinating conversation, debate, and reflection. Where: Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Bristol BS1 5TX When: Various W: watershed.co.uk

Saturday 28

FESTIVAL OF SOUND

A fun-filled day packed with free live music including jazz, gospel, hip hop, blues and a cappella, plus interactive music installations and exhibits including a DJing station. Where: Colston Hall Foyer, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR When: 6.00pm W: colstonhall.org

This art exhibition explores the work of Wilhelmina BarnsGraham, a prominent member of the St Ives group and one of Britain's most significant 20th century artists. Where: RWA, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1PX When: 10.00am - 5.30pm, Tuesday - Saturday; 11.00am 5.00pm, Sunday W: rwa.org.uk

19 March - 19 August

21ST CENTURY KIDS: BRISTOL THROUGH OUR EYES

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