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Dates Announced For Next SouthBank Arts Trail

The popular Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade is back in town on Saturday 7th December. The family-based event - which this year features Bristol Samba Band and the Ambling Band - starts from Compass Point on South Street at 4.30pm. It then travels via Pearl Street, Chessel Street, Luckwell Road, North Street, Cannon Street, East Street, Little Paradise, Church Lane, and British Road before returning to Compass Point for a winter fair. contd on page 3

The SouthBank Arts Trail has now announced the dates for the 2014 trail and they are now taking memberships from artists who are interested in taking part in the event. The arts trail is going to be held on 17th and 18th May, and the deadline for entries from artists is

Sing For Sue

On Saturday 7th December, a Sing For Sue concert will be taking place at St. Mary Redcliffe. All money raised will go directly to the Sue Ryder charity. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.00pm start.

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INSIDE THIS MONTH Community Feature 10-11 Health & Beauty 12-16 Loft pages 23-26 Classes 32-33 Your MP 36 Councillors’ News 37 Diary 40 Trade 41-46

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Footie Fundraiser

A football match in aid of charity was recently held in memory of George Jenkins, a well-known football player from the Bedminster area who sadly passed away this year. The match was held at Highridge United’s ground, Lakemead Grove in November, and all the proceeds went towards Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, which fundraises exclusively for the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and St. Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Winter Fair

St. Mary Redcliffe School’s winter fair will be taking place on 7th December in the school hall from 12.00pm until 3.00pm. The fair will feature games, an assault course, craft room activities, face painting, a raffle, a tombola, a lucky dip, and lots of stalls. Hot and cold food will be served, and there will be live entertainment.


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Contd From Page 1 - Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade There will be a wide range of homemade lanterns and amazing creations this year, all of which have been made by local residents, businesses, groups, and children from the area. The event will also feature a variety of hot food and drinks to serve all tastes, with stalls run by local producers including The Old Bookshop, Vee Double Moo and John Ginster’s veggie paella. Local schools will be taking part in the event - including Compass Point/South Street School, Parson Street, Ashton Gate School and Ashton Vale School. For all the latest information on the event, please visit the Way Out West website -




Ice Skating

A large ice rink has been put in place at the Millennium Square, where it will remain until Sunday 5th January. The 450 square-metre rink is now being enjoyed in its spot next to the planetarium at the Harbourside. To celebrate the opening of the rink, the Bristol Ice-Skating Club gave a demonstration on the ice in November - this was followed by a display of exploding hydrogen balloons by At-Bristol live science team and a night glow using flamers from burners provided by Cameron Balloons. The ice skating club will be holding rehearsal sessions on the rink on Monday evenings while it is open. The new rink is open every day from 10.00am until 7.00pm, with skating sessions starting on the hour and lasting 45 minutes. Skaters are advised to turn up to the rink 30-minutes before their skating time.

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Winter Preparation

With winter in full swing, preparations have been made to ensure that the city is ready for the seasonal weather. There are now an extra 100 grit bins in the city - and the mayor George Ferguson was on hand to help fill them. Mr. Ferguson said: “While winter weather, especially snow, is great fun for some, it can disrupt city life and be particularly difficult for some of our most vulnerable

residents. Council teams are more prepared than ever to keep Bristol moving and keep people safe during the winter but, as ever, it’s the little things that can make the most difference. “If you can, please help with snow clearance and please keep an eye on any neighbours who might need help. Clear their pavement or even knock on their door, make them a cuppa, do their shopping or lend them blankets or clothes to keep them warm.”

NEWS On 20th December, Carols in the Park is going to be taking place at Luckwell Park, Breach Road. Luckwell Primary School choir is taking part, as well as carol singers from St. Aldhelm’s church, who are joining in the event instead of singing door-to-door as they have done in previous years. The event has been organised by Luckwell Improvement Project, LImP, and comes at the end of

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in Bedminster where she could play safely indoors while I enjoyed a catch up with friends. In 2012, I saw that the council was looking to develop Bedminster with the help of the Mary Portas Pilot. I was inspired to create a family oriented amenity near East Street.” The Hungry Caterpillar Play Cafe, which is based on Cannon Street, opens on 30th November with a launch party at 11.00am.

Chief’s Visit

Children at St. Mary Redcliffe Primary School recently enjoyed a visit from the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police, Nick Gargan, who came to visit the school’s reception classes, and give a talk to years one to six in assembly. The Chief Constable told the children all about his work as a police officer, how he was inspired to join the police, and all about his favourite arrests during his 25 year career in the force. Mr. Gargan also answered questions about his car, his uniform, and the animals that work with him - such as police dogs and horses.

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A new play cafe in the Bedminster area is preparing to open its doors to offer play areas for children aged between 0-5 years. Melody Beard developed the play café with help from the Bedminster Town Team and enterprise charity BRAVE. She said: “When my daughter started walking, I struggled to find places

a year which has seen many improvements made to the park by this community group. Entry to the event is free and all are welcome. Councillor Mark Bradshaw said: “I really hope the community supports this event - Luckwell Park is being transformed into a better green space for Bedminster thanks to the hard work of the Luckwell Improvement Project team, supported by the school and us councillors.”

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Bristol will be witnessing a truly festive bit of magic on 12th December - when the star of the Coca-Cola ‘holidays are coming’ advertisement rolls into town. The Coca-Cola Christmas lorry will make 52 stops between Saturday 23rd November and Monday 23rd December - visiting the towns and cities that Coca-Cola found to be the kindest. Based on a survey of more than 2,500 people, the lorry will visit cities and towns where people go above and beyond to make the festive season special for their loved ones and neighbours. On 12th December, the lorry can be found at The Mall, where there will be celebrations, including a choir, and elves serving drinks. For more details and all the information on other tour locations, visit about-us/heritage/christmas/cocacola-christmas-truck.html.

Berlin Cycle

A cyclist from Bedminster and his friends completed a ride from London to Berlin to raise money for a local air ambulance. Ryan, 23, decided to raise money for the cause after witnessing an air ambulance crew give their best efforts to save his grandfather, Maurice Miller, after a cardiac arrest. Sadly, Mr. Miller could not be revived. Ryan said: “After arriving at the scene immediately after, I

was incredibly inspired by how informative, compassionate and professional the Great Western Air Ambulance team were and it gave me and my family comfort to know that everything that could be done for my granddad was done.” Alongside his four friends; George, James, Lisa and Maya, Ryan cycled from London to Berlin - a journey which covered a total distance of 1300km and took 16 days, raising £1370 for the air ambulance service.

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Nursery Places

It has recently been announced by Windmill Hill City Farm that the number of nursery places available for two year old children will be increased. The nursery first opened in April 2004 and it currently has 50 places - but an investment will allow the old play centre to be changed to a new nursery room, creating 22 extra full-day places. It will also create seven new jobs including some apprenticeships. Windmill Hill City Farm chief executive, Steve Sayers, said: “This funding is a fantastic endorsement of the really high quality childcare we offer and means we’ll be able to provide the best care to lots more families in our local community.” Work on the conversion will begin in the new year, and the additional 22 places will be available from April 2014. For more information, please visit

Wildlife Exhibition

From 30th November until 23rd February, M Shed is going to be hosting the popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum. This is the first year that the M Shed will be hosting the highly anticipated event, which is in its 49th year. The world-renowned exhibition features a wide range of outstanding images featuring animals and plants

from all over the world, captured by inspired photographers of all ages. The images in this year’s exhibition will be complemented by a display celebrating Bristol’s own diverse wildlife. This will be the chance to get up close to rarely seen natural history specimens and discover their secrets. Tickets cost £3.00, £2.00 for children and concessions. Under 5s visit for free. For more information, visit

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Bristol’s oldest Art Trail! Totterdown Arts Trail, the oldest in Bristol, lived up to expectations again this year and delivered a memorable weekend for all who attended. Glum weather couldn’t put a dampner on the Front Room Art Trail 2013, which recently took place in Totterdown for its 13th year. This year’s trail included

storytelling, children’s workshops, lightshows, a cinema on the green, live music, a superstitious treasure trail, and more. Those who went along received a friendly welcome

from around 180 artists at 60 homes and venues across the area. Live music filled the air throughout Totterdown’s bars and cafes, with each night ending in a big party!

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Christmas Beauty

With winter weather upon us, now is the time to treat your skin and beauty regime with some extra TLC in time for those Christmas parties! Deep cleansing before bedtime is always a good idea, but in the winter months, take a tip from the top facialists and double cleanse with a creamy cleanser to get the softest skin. After cleansing, skin loves to be treated with a good moisturiser. Hydration is really important for the skin in the winter, so make sure to put on an extra thick layer! Your nails and hands are often the first to show signs of the cold weather – and dry and chapped hands and nails are not a good look! Use a cuticle cream or oil to keep your hands soft and silky during the Christmas period. Above all, make sure to sleep when you can – with all the excitement and stress of Christmas, it can be easy to lose vital zzzs – which, as we all know, is important for beauty!

Winter Colour

The summer holidays (and the sunkissed glow of a week abroad) may seem like years rather than months ago, but that’s no reason not to shine in the winter - and a healthy glow is a great confidence booster, especially in cold weather. Fake tan has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, with more women - and men - opting for colour from a bottle over the heat of the sun. For a natural shine over the winter months, the best shade is only slightly darker than your current skin tone. This will even out overall skin tone and keep your winter glow looking natural. The people with the most natural and smooth looking tans know the importance of exfoliation when using tan from a bottle. Dry and rough patches of skin are an even tan’s worst nightmare! The tan will cling to these spots and create patches of unsightly colour. As with the case of most beauty regimes, the key to fake tan is to keep on practising. It might take a few goes to get that colour even and smooth. If you aren’t feeling brave enough for a full fake tan in the winter, a lick of bronzer on your cheekbones in light, even coats will give your face a warm glow that isn’t too adventurous, and will look great at the office Christmas party!

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Local produce, sustainably sourced is plentiful at the Tobacco Factory Sunday market. From good quality local meat, bread, cheese and veg to health care products, leather goods and jewellery, it’s all here.

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and the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, among others. Mayor George Ferguson said: “I am suggesting a three year budget, unlike any Bristol has seen before. It prioritises spending money where it can make the most difference, whilst also facing up to the harsh economic realities of government cuts and an increasing demand for services.” Residents have until 30th December to make their opinions on the budget known. Cabinet will then debate the budget on January 16th and councillors will vote on February 18th. A straight majority in favour is needed for the plans to be passed. Full details on the cuts can be found on the Bristol City Council website, where local residents can also make their opinions on the budget known. For more information, please visit council-and-democracy/budgetconsultation-2014-17-0.

Enchanted Xmas

Bristol Zoo is going to be hosting three festive evenings (one for members only) in its Enchanted Christmas 2013. The zoo is going to be filled with all things Christmas, from reindeers and seasonal entertainers to a market and carol singers. Santa will even be making a guest appearance on the stage. There will also be the chance to enjoy a festive event with all the animals at the zoo. Enchanted Christmas will be taking place on 18th (members only), 19th and 20th December. For more information, visit www.

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Badger Petition

A petition has recently been started to save Bristol’s badgers. The petition calls on Bristol

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Farm Fair

On Saturday 14th December Windmill Hill City Farm will be holding the grand opening of its new foyer and exciting outdoor play area. To celebrate the occasion, the farm will be holding a special Christmas market and fair. The event will include carols, live music and mulled wine. There will also be plenty for the youngsters to enjoy including storytelling, a craft space and Santa’s Grotto. The fair will be open from 12.00pm until 4.00pm. For more information, please visit www.

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Create Fair


Cycling Santas

On Friday 6th December at 6.00pm, a festive fair is going to be taking place at Create Centre, Smeaton Road. The event will feature beautiful craft gifts that have been sustainably sourced or made by local designers. There will also be entertainment, including live music, Santa Claus, craft workshops, and food and drink will be served at the cafe.

The Sustrans cycling santas event is going to be taking place on 8th December. Starting at M Shed, participants can choose a 2-10 mile route, all ending at Ashton Court for a Christmas celebration, with deer feeding, carols, competitions and more. For more information, please visit http://www.sustrans.

Street Market

cheer with a Christmas market The event, which will be taking place from 11.00am until 5.00pm, will be full of gifts, cards, produce and food. The market will be accompanied by music, dancing, and family activities for all. There will be funfair rides for the children including the East Street Eye and a music stage with great bands and local performers.

On Saturday 7th December, East Street in Bedminster is going to be bringing the festive

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Local Heroes

Do you know a local hero? If so, why not nominate them for a Lord Mayor’s medal to give them the recognition that they deserve? The 2014 Lord Mayor’s medals will be awarded in 2014 at a special ceremony on February 26th at the Mansion House. Anyone wishing to recognise someone for the award must hand their nomination in by Tuesday December 31st 2013. The Lord Mayor said: “There are so many people in Bristol’s communities who do amazing voluntary work, and the Lord Mayor’s medal is one way of recognising their considerable contribution to the life of our city. “I want to officially recognise and honour those men and women – and young people - who give so much to our city and local communities.” If you would like to nominate somebody for the award, please visit

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Martha Reeves And The Vandellas 21/22 December, The Fleece

artha Reeves and The Vandellas at the Fleece, I hear you cry. Yes, that’s right, the legendary songstress that brought us songs like ‘Heatwave’, ‘Dancing in the Streets’ and ‘Jimmy Mack’ will be performing two gigs in the city this Christmas - remarkably at the Fleece. I guess it’s not every day that one of Motown’s finest exports arrives in one of Bristol’s more intimate venues, but it’s happening and I for one will be there throwing down some shapes. Following their signing to Motown in 1962, it was The Vandellas’ second release, ‘Heat Wave’ that really gave them their break into the big time. The song became a phenomenal record for the group and eventually won them a Grammy Award nomination. Many hits followed - and appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand made The Vandellas one of the label’s most popular acts. You can catch them up close and personal at the Fleece on Dec 21st/22nd.

“ ” It’s not every day that one of Motown’s finest exports arrives in one of Bristol’s more intimate venues, but it’s happening... O2 ACADEMY




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esus Jones, The Wonderstuff and Pop Will Eat Itself. Now if this was 1990, that would be some line-up. But it’s not, it’s 2013. So if you can handle this wave of nostalgia gripping our music venues across the country, then Sleigh The UK is definitely for you. Make no bones about it, these bands were big news in the 90s. Incorporating elements of electronic music such as house and techno to indie rock, Jesus Jones, along with Pop Will Eat Itself, were the leading purveyors of the early 1990s indie dance scene. While The Wonderstuff were probably the more chart friendly of the three with hits like ‘Dizzy’ and ‘Size of a Cow’, Pop Will Eat Itself’s ‘Def Con One’ and ‘Can U Dig It?’ and Jesus Jones’ ‘Info Freako’ were some of the greatest anthems of that time. Can anyone remember The Whip at Bristol Studios? Well, if you can, you’ll know what I’m talking about. So, if you were an indie kid in the 90s or even the 00s or the 10s, these bands are here and near, so go see them. Now get me a Big Mac and fries to go... 21: Angelic Upstarts TICKETS: Tel: 0845 413 4444, online:


04: Deaf Havana 10: Georgie Fame 11: Deacon Blue 14: The Hide 17: The Waterboys 18: Bootleg Beatles TICKETS: Tel: 0844 887 1500


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06: Barb Wire Dolls 08: Frankie Cocozza 16: The Slumbertones 20: The Danans TICKETS:


Film & DVD Lonely Mountain: (main) Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins) wondering how much he had to drink last night; (below) Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman)

he Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug finds itself in a position that the franchise hasn’t seen since the release of the first Lord of the Rings: that of having to prove itself. After the almost universal acclaim that greeted the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit was met with great anticipation and much expectation upon its release last December. The film was unsurprisingly a great commercial success, earning $300 million dollars in the US alone, but critical reception was decidedly mixed with most complaining that the film, adapted from a book of 300 pages, had been stretched into an overlong chore of 150 minutes and even that only represented a third of Tolkien’s original novel.


With such things in mind, it is interesting to note just how The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been marketed to audiences, with an aggression that perhaps hasn’t been seen before. Smaug is present and centre stage, something which might have been held back in times past, as well as an emphasis on action, leaving no room for the ponderous ramblings which make up most films. The Desolaton of Smaug isn’t necessarily being marketed as the next instalment in the Rings series, but rather as an all-out fantasy action movie with familiar characteristics. It certainly looks exciting, with Bilbo and the dwarves completing the journey into the Lonely Mountain in order to take Smaug’s hoard of gold and the Arkenstone, so that Thorin may inherit the throne of the Dwarven kingdom. We’ll find out if it’s a worthy successor to the Rings franchise on the 13th December. STARRING: Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson RELEASED: 13 December 2013

FROZEN OUT 6 DECEMBER rom the creators of Tangled and Wreck It Ralph, Walt Disney Animation Studios delivers an aptly seasonal story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. When the city of Arendelle is engulfed by wintry conditions, robust and fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) must undergo a daring journey to find sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) in order to right that-whichis-wrong. Have a few mulled wines and take the kids - they’ll enjoy it. Probably. SC


STARRING: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Idina Menzel DIRECTOR: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES OUT 20 DECEMBER ews team, assemble! Fighting back both the urge to suggest that myself and Ron get an apartment together, or simply fill the word limit I’ve been provided with by a parade of titter inducing sound bytes - you know that guy you walk past on your way to work, unshaven, with the sleeping bag, by the cinema? Yeah, I’m quite keen to see this film. Say hi! Channel 4’s finest, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) have bottomed out


since panda watch gripped the world in 2004 - but it’s the 1980s now and 24-hour news networks are launching. Leaving both San Diego and the 70s behind, New York plays host to this latest chapter in which the likes of Nicole Kidman, Jim Carey, Liam Neeson and Harrison Ford - I could go on - have lined up for cameo appearances. Bark twice if you’re in Milwaukee! SC

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THE SMURFS 2 R: 02.12.13

STARRING: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Christina Applegate DIRECTOR: Adam McKay

MAN OF STEEL R: 02.12.13



THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY OUT 26 DECEMBER he second adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story, 1947 providing the other offering, Ben Stiller directs and stars in this cross genre comedy/fantasy/ drama. Everyday guy Walter Mitty (Stiller) is a straight-laced dreamer, routinely manning his desk of perfect right angles while his head wanders wondrously among the clouds. When both he and attractive co-worker Cheryl (Wiig) find their jobs under threat, Mitty embarks on a journey more varied and adventurous than any fantasy he could have conjured.


Beset with false starts and handled like the proverbial hot potato - Jim Carey could have led as far back as 1994 while more recently, Sacha Baron Cohen was reportedly penned. With Tropic Thunder and Zoolander as Stiller’s most recent work donning both sides of the camera, he’ll need every bit of that versatility to convey a constant rhetoric amid fantasy and reality fluctuations. SC

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STARRING: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott DIRECTOR: Ben Stiller


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Bristol Old Vic 27 Nov - 04 Jan

Get an inner glow this winter with a tantalising theatrical journey into the magic of the coldest place on earth, Antarctica, and the furthest you have to travel is the Bristol Old Vic Studio. Produced by the award winning national touring company, Little Bulb Theatre, (Orpheus, Operation Greenfield

Crocosmia) this physical theatre performance is for the young and the young at heart. Expect songs, instruments, puppets, wondrous creatures and snowy surprises but be warned, it is likely to awaken your inner explorer! Performances are from 27th November to 4th January. For further information visit: or call the box office on 0117 987 7877.


Bristol Hippodrome 06 Dec - 05 Jan

Yes, Cinderella, you will go to the ball - it’s at the Hippodrome...


Throw off the marigolds, you are invited to the ball! Cinderella is coming to Bristol’s Hippodrome this December armed with pantomime buffoonery, sparkle, stunning costumes, a live orchestra and even Shetland ponies. You may know the story but with Louie Spence (Pineapple Dance Studio’s hilarious artistic director) playing Prince Royal’s outrageous servant Dandini and comedian Andy Ford as Cinderella’s best friend Buttons anything can happen and probably will.

02 Dec - 07 Dec

One story that’s been terrifying people for 25 years is coming to Bath’s Theatre Royal to test your stamina; The Woman in Black will open on 2nd December for one heart stopping week.This two man play re-lives the ghostly experience of a junior solicitor (Julian Forsyth, A Touch of Frost) who is sent to the funeral of the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House. When the solicitor sees a young woman in black at the funeral, who the locals will not discuss, the solicitor is left to unravel who she is and to discover her blood chilling purpose. Years later, still haunted by his experience he hopes reliving those events with an actor (Anthony Eden, The Bill) will exorcise the ghosts of the past.

BRistol hippodrome 06 Dec-05 Jan: Cinderella

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27 Nov-12 Jan: The Last Voyage Of Sinbad The Sailor 14: Sinbad Saturday Workshop 17: Sheelanagig And Friends 21: Sinbad Saturday Show And Tell 28: Sinbad Saturday Fancy Dress

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27 Nov-04 Jan: Antarctica 28 Nov-18 Jan: The Little Mermaid 17-21: Sue: The Second Coming


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02-07: The Woman In Black 06 Dec-12 Jan: Moominland Midwinter (The Egg) 08: Handel’s Messiah By Candlelight 12 Dec-12 Jan: Peter Pan 19: Dinkies Story Time (The Egg)

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06: Trevor Noah 06: Ed Byrne 16: David Brent And Foregone Conclusion 17: Comedy Extravaganza At The Spiegeltent

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ED BYRNE Colston Hall, 06 December

Observational comedy master Ed Byrne returns to Bristol this December talking all things funny and annoying now that he’s in his forties. The star of Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You is back with brand new show the Roaring Forties.

available for those who like it really hot. There are vegetarian options available and also gluten-free dishes - much Mexican food is prepared with corn as opposed to wheat. There is a lively Latin ambiance and often a party atmosphere at weekends when music is provided. Viva La Mexicana has featured the only live mariachi band currently available in the South West on a number of occasions. Mexican and English karaoke is also on hand, which, we understand, is proving popular for parties and private hire.

Viva La Mexicana Bedminster has a growing reputation for its restaurants. Now increasing the choices on offer, Viva La Mexicana has opened on East Street. This is an ethnic Mexican restaurant offering truly authentic Mexican food, with exotic-sounding dishes such as enmolada and pozole, a far flung cry from the Tex Mex dishes such as fajitas, burritos, and chimichangas usually on offer at other Mexican restaurants. Not only is the food Mexican, but so are the wines, beers, Jarritos sodas, and the coffee too. The dishes are prepared by chefs with Mexican ancestry, while the waiting staff are eager to explain the different choices on offer to diners who may be unfamiliar with the dishes. The

dishes are always prepared fresh and are hand-crafted. You may be surprised to learn that non-spicy food is available - not all Mexican food is actually spicy, contrary to popular belief! However, very spicy food is

Provecho – or bon appetit!

For bookings, please visit or call 0117 963 2666. Viva La Mexicana, 149 East St, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4EJ

149 East Street, Bedminster, BS3 4EJ

Regional authentic Mexican dishes, with daily specials, a la carte, vegetarian & gluten free options We have Mexican wines, beers, tequilas, and Mexican sodas (Jarritos). Even our coffee is Mexican! Cocktails 2 for 1 until 7:00 pm. Free courtesy car pick up and return Mon to Thurs (subject to having meal). IDEAL FOR PARTIES AND SPECIAL EVENTS!

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Question Time

Tuesday 7th January a Filwood, Windmill Hill and Knowle Neighbourhood Partnership meeting will be taking place at Knowle Community Centre on Greenwood Road. Taking place from 7.00pm until 9.00pm, those who go to the meeting will be able to discuss local issues with representatives of the police, NHS Bristol and other key agencies.

The next Mayoral Question Time is going to be taking place on Tuesday 3rd December. Mayoral Question Time is a chance for citizens of the city to pose questions to the mayor, and it covers a range of subjects. The event takes place at 7.00pm at the Great Hall at the University of Bristol’s Wills Memorial Building. To find out about available tickets, please call 0117 922 2848.

Bath Marathon

Meningitis Now is encouraging Pigeon readers to take part in the event to beat the Christmas flab while raising money for charity. Full support will be given and everyone who participates will receive a free running vest or T-shirt, and a handy information pack with tips on how to prepare. To run the Bath Half Marathon for Meningitis Now, please call 01453 768 000.

The Bath Half Marathon is going to be taking place in March - and the Stroud-based charity


Short Film Comp

Bristol’s filmmakers are being encouraged to enter the Short Film Competition 2014, with the chance to win cash prizes and have their films appear on Channel 4. Filmmakers are being asked to create short films of any genre, around the theme of ‘family business’. Mark Rhodes, marketing director, said: “The Short Film Competition is now recognised as the fastest-growing shorts competition in the UK. “Our support for short film has always focused on giving talented, creative individuals an opportunity to showcase their work and, this year, we’re delighted to announce we will be screening the best of the Short Film Competition on Channel 4.” The deadline for entries is 22nd January 2014. Visit www.reed. for more information.


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20 MPH Zones

Most of Greater Bedminster has been part of a 20mph zone for some time. Early evidence suggests that traffic speeds have reduced in the zone. However, some residents are concerned that some drivers are ignoring the 20mph limit and so they are looking to set up a community speed watch to monitor vehicles using a hand held speed gun. Speed watch is supported by Avon and Somerset Police. Find out more at http://tinyurl. com/communityspeedwatch. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Mike Ginger by email at


Coming Up In 2014

January is a good time to look ahead to the new year. The Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (GBCP) will be supporting lots of events during

the year including the SouthBank Arts Trail (May), the Front Garden Awards (May-July) and scores of other community events - big and small. Are you planning a local event in 2014? If you are, let GBCP help you spread the word! Send details to benbarker@blueyonder. or phone 0117 963 3662.

Bridge Barriers

In October, GBCP gave support for a 12 month trial removal of the barriers (just the sticky-out ones!) on Gaol Ferry Bridge to improve movement on the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. During 2014, GBCP will be working with the council and other partners to develop a strategy to promote walking and cycling. We’d like to hear your ideas. Join in at or write to GBCP c/o Nick Christo, Bristol City Council, City Hall,

College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.

GBCP Meetings

The formal GBCP meetings for 2014 will take place at 7.00pm on 27 January and 24 March (other dates tbc). Details and papers for the meetings will be published on the council website 10 days before the meeting. For details visit http:// As well as formal meetings, GBCP is keen to involve new and existing groups in the partnership. If your group isn’t yet a member of the partnership then why not join? Becoming a member you can apply for GBCP Community Chest funds (the next round of grants will be in the spring) and more importantly contribute to making Greater Bedminster an even better place. To join, please contact Ben Barker - or phone 0117 963 3662.

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Join us at church this Christmas as we celebrate love, hope and peace. There will be favourite carols by candlelight, family friendly services, children’s nativity plays, and the chance to take time for some quiet reflection amid the hubbub of the season. A warm welcome awaits you.

St Aldhelm’s

St Francis’

St Paul’s

Advent services every Sunday at 9.15am and 11.00am plus

Advent services every Sunday at 10.15am plus

Advent services every Sunday at 8.00am and 10.30am plus

Fri 13th December 3.30pm Messy Christingle

Sun 1st December 2.00pm Christingle workshop 4.00pm Christingle service

Sun 15th December 4.30pm Christingle

Chessel Street

Weds 18th December 7.30pm Carols by Candelight Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service 11.30pm Midnight Service Christmas Day 10.30am Family Service

Ashton Gate

Thurs 19th December 6.30pm Carol service Christmas Eve 5.30pm Young St Francis Christmas Celebration 9.30pm Christmas Mass

Coronation Road

Sun 22th December 7.30pm Carols by Candlelight Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Mass Christmas Day 10.00am Christmas Day Present Service

Christmas Day 10.15am Communion around the Crib Sun 29th December 10.30am Joint Parish Service

Parish Office Telephone 0117 963 9121

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


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


DANCEBLAST 9.30am-4.30pm - Students aged 3yrs-14yrs contact ..............0117 9646195


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


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FUNKY STREET DANCE 5.10pm-6.00pm, children 5-8yrs E: funky_street_classes@ ZUMBA 6.15pm-7.15pm E: TAEKWONDO 6.30-7.30pm (Brewery Studio) contact................07930 489036 BELLYDANCE 7.30pm-9.30pm (from Oct 8th) contact................07812 984167


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


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


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


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


BOOGIE BOP 9.30am-11.30am Toddlers Dance contact................07989 596454 YOGA 10.30am-11.30am contact................0789 9034645 FIRST STEPS SOCCER 3.45-4.45pm contact................ 07825994671 SOUTHVILLE STRINGS 5.00pm - 6.30pm (fortnightly) Learn and play folk fiddle tunes. No experience necessary. contact................077298 25516 COMMUNITY PRAYERS 7.00pm-8.00pm, contact...............0117 963 6194 YOGA 7.30pm-8.30pm contact ...............07967 623392

WESTERN OPERA PLAYERS 7.45pm-10.15pm contact...............0117 966 5767


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

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HATHA YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07851 728773


SING AND SIGN 9.45am-12.45pm contact................0117 3308121 HAPPY TIMES TODDLERS 10.30am-12.30pm (starts 5 Sept) contact................0117 9637607 FIRST STEPS SOCCER 3.45pm-4.45pm, for details, contact................07825 994671 KI-AIKIDO 7.00pm-9.00pm, for details, contact................0117 9021464 AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP 3rd Thursday 7.30pm-10.00pm contact................07825 616094


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


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


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


YOGA IN PREGNANCY 6.00pm-7.15pm, for details, contact ...............07977 134607 PILATES 6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07920 408013 YOGA FOR WOMEN 7.20pm-8.20pm, for details, contact ...............07977 134607


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


WOODCRAFT FOLK 6.15pm – 7.30pm

contact...............0117 9859225


YOUTH GROUP 6.00pm-8.00pm contact...............0117 963 4159 BOXERCISE 6.15pm-6.45pm contact................07920 408013

PILATES 7.00pm-8.00pm, for details, contact................07920 408013 THE CAT’S PYJAMAS Vocal trio. Friday 6th Dec- 9.00pm contact...............0117 963 4159


NINJUTSU 11.00am-12.00noon contact................07872 693464 JAZZ NIGHT 8.30pm, 15th Dec with The Mark Randall Six ___________________________

DANCE@ Southbank

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


ZUMBA 5.45pm-6.45pm & 6.55pm-7.55pm contact.....................07766101790 KRAV MAGA 7.00pm-9.00pm contact.................07814353664


PILATES 6.00pm-7.00pm, 7.15pm8.15pm contact.................07980937726 BALLROOM & LATIN 7.30pm-8.30pm (Beginners), 8.30pm-9.30pm (Intermediate) contact.................07766101790 MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE 6.30pm- 8.00pm contact................0117 9633029


SWING DANCE 7.00pm-11.30pm contact...david@


KRAV MAGA 7.30pm-9.00pm contact.................07814353664


BALLET 10.15am-10.50am, 3-4yrs 11.00am-11.40am, 5-6yrs contact.................07854777848


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


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


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



OVER 60s CLUB 1.30pm (non members welcome).


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



JOLLY TOTS! 10.00am-10.45am parent & child classes contact..............07970 678 872 PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 3.30pm-7.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 TAEKWON-DO 4.30pm-5.30pm, for children, 5.50pm-7.15pm, for adults, contact...............0117 339 0069 PREGNANCY YOGA & BIRTH PREPARATION 7.15pm-9.00pm. Please note this is not a drop-in class, contact 0117 966 9324 or 07818 407 796. PEOPLE OF NOTE COMMUNITY CHOIR 7.30pm-9.30pm contact..............01749 850 474


PARENT & CHILD PLAY GROUP (term time only) 9.30am-11.30am contact familyservices@ PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 3.30pm-6.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 PREGNANCY YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm advanced booking necessary contact..............07964 979 436 AEROBICS 6.15pm-7.15pm (drop in class for all abilities) contact..............07866 918 683

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


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

KRAV MAGA 7.30pm-9.30pm. Israeli reality based self-defence for fitness, confidence & personal safety, contact.............07814 353 664


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Seed Day

Did you take part in the pumpkin project? If so, you may be interested in the Seed Day being held at the Southville Centre on Sunday 12th January which is being run by “Beans and Herbs” who kindly supplied us with pumpkin seeds for the project. They will be selling seeds, beans and potatoes for allotments and home growing and there will be talks and advice. For more info, email

Tea Dance

We are holding our new year tea dance on the 27th of January. Tickets cost £3.50, and this includes delicious afternoon tea courtesy of In The Pink Catering. For more information please email Elly.Winn@

Christmas Closure

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Letters to the editor

The editor of the Pigeon is always interested to hear the views of Pigeon readers on local or global issues. If you feel strongly about what is going on around you, then don’t be silent, WRITE TO THE EDITOR at Conker Publishing, P.O. Box 240, Bristol, BS10 5XG or email: Dear Editor, In reference to the 20mph driving zones across Bristol (Postbag; September and November issues), I agree that the road signs are too small and it is not clear enough that actually the whole of Bedminster and Southville is supposed to be a 20mph zone. If this was clearly advertised then drivers wouldn’t need to keep a lookout for road signs. But my response to drivers who complain about this new limit is ‘Slow down where’s the fire?’ and ‘Would it kill you to drive a bit slower?’

E: Bristol is an old city and the streets were not designed for the increasingly massive amount of vehicles using them. Driving under 30mph does not cause traffic congestion - each and every driver (yes, that’s you!) is the cause of traffic congestion. I would rather drivers drove more considerately and safely in residential narrow streets, instead of suddenly accelerating and roaring along when the chance arises and then suddenly braking, creating stop start traffic congestion. Why not drive at a slightly slower steady pace - this would not make journeys longer, on the contrary traffic would flow better. Many pavements are very narrow - and as a pedestrian, it is scary and noisy having traffic drive so fast and so close, especially buses, rubbish trucks, lorries and vans. No-one is saying don’t drive - but please let’s all try to be kinder, and more patient, especially now that

the wet winter weather is upon us. The massive puddles and flooding that often form may not effect drivers in your cosy vehicles but try to think of those who don’t have or can’t afford to run a car and have to walk - children and the elderly especially. Mr. Ferguson is only trying to make a nicer place for people and their communities. Mrs. Lee Dear Editor, Many local people complain about untidy streets, dog mess, fly tipping, inconsiderate car parking, bins cluttering pavements every day of the week and much else. But, of course, this is mostly the work of a minority of some thoughtless neighbours across Bedminster, Southville and Ashton. Rather than expecting the council to clear up all of the mess at great expense, several residents’ groups are stepping up their efforts

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E: neighbours on this.

Jo Hargreaves, Southville, BS3

Dear Editor, Mr. Povey’s comments in the letters page (Postbag, November issue) were too much. The 20mph zones will certainly not be more damaging for the children. It is much more likely that the zones will save the lives of the area’s youngsters than cause them any harm. Name and Address Withheld Dear Editor, I noted the strong views expressed by Phillip Pover in the Pigeon’s November letters with regard to 20mph speed limits and George Ferguson. I see that Mr. Pover was one of Mr. Ferguson’s 14 rival mayoral candidates. I would be interested to learn more about the evidence base for Mr. Pover’s assertions about

increased air pollution, congestion and decreased road safety. In the meantime, my young family continues to feel safer as a result of our local 20mph speed limit, introduced some years ago. Basil Hume

News Craft Sale

On 7th December, a Christmas tree and craft sale is going to be held at Ashton Gate Primary School between 10.00am and 2.00pm As well as Christmas trees and craft stalls, there will also be refreshments and activities for children. The event was very popular last year, and it promises to be a lot of fun for everyone in the community. Stalls are available at a cost of £15.00 - all of which goes towards Ashton Gate School PTA. For more information, email or call Sophie on 0777 150 1595.


contd from page 34 to persuade their members to be more public spirited. The council’s role will become increasingly that of a long stop enforcer, fining, as necessary, the stubbornly uncooperative. The Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (GBCP) is asking residents’ groups (where they exist) to talk among themselves about how their street can be improved. This includes continuing with positive developments, such as encouraging excellent front and community gardens of ‘waste’ sites as well as reducing negative features like rubbish. By the summer of 2014, GBCP will have identified the top ten residents’ groups that have made the most difference. There will be a push, too, to set up new groups, so get in touch with GBCP on gbcp@ or by phoning the Southville Centre (0117 9231039) if you would like to work with your

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From Your MP Dawn Primarolo


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Last month, I emailed hundreds of residents in the local area asking for their views and opinions about the local police and levels of crime in south Bristol. Official statistics show that crime is down 15% across the Avon and Somerset Police area since 2010, but while this is good news, it is no comfort to anyone who has been a victim of crime. More than 800 local residents took the time to respond to my survey, often describing their own personal experiences of crime and the police response. I was very encouraged by the supportive comments about the work of our local police in often very difficult circumstances. I have shared a summary of the replies with the Chief Superintendent responsible for policing in Bristol following a meeting with him at my Bedminster office. I have also followed up specific areas of concern with the local police, Bristol City Council and other agencies. Unfortunately some of the local residents described experiencing significant anti-social behaviour, often associated with the consumption of alcohol. I know that the local councillors in Bedminster and Southville have been working for some time to restrict the proliferation of licences to sell alcohol. I am also aware that the police have taken action recently against certain public houses. Clearly however more

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needs to be done, in particular on the enforcement of street drinking restrictions. The most common complaint I received was of what once might have been called “petty crime”: crimes such as dog fouling, minor damage to parked vehicles, cycling on the pavement, fly-tipping, graffiti, dangerous parking, excessively loud music at night time and similar crimes. But these are not “petty” issues they can have a significant impact on the people in our area. To someone that is struggling to make ends meet in recent hard times, a broken car wing mirror is not just simply an unnecessary irritant but it could mean they have to make a visit to a pay-day lender, and therefore find themselves in debt. To an elderly person, perhaps a little unsure on their feet, a cyclist hurtling thoughtlessly past them on the pavement may lead to a fall with potentially devastating consequences. What makes many of these crimes different is that they are often the result of careless or irresponsible action rather than deliberate intent. There’s always lots of talk about community spirit (not alcohol, of course!), so wouldn’t it be a good idea if we all tried just a little harder? A reduction in careless or irresponsible behaviour would make our communities much nicer places and in these times of scarce resources the local police and other agencies could focus their efforts where they are needed most.

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

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Colin Smith Bedminster

Council Cuts

The mayor has announced that 800 council posts will go in the latest round of cuts. At the time of writing, the mayor has not yet revealed his detailed budget plans, but the number of posts proposed to go is extremely worrying. Sean said: “There is no doubt that the mayor has a difficult job to balance the books and the reality is that, whoever had won the mayoral election, difficult decisions would have had to have been made. The question now is one of priorities.” A number of residents have been in touch about anti-social behaviour in recent weeks. St. John’s churchyard, East Street and parts of Coronation Road have all been flagged up as concerns, with significant levels of street drinking and/ or anti-social behaviour. Sean said: “The key here is not simply to move the problem on, but to find a permanent solution. I will keep you posted on progress.”

Road Safety

If you’ve got any concerns about road safety in your area, now’s the time to raise them. The community partnership administers a small budget for highways measures, and a decision will be made on priorities early in the new year. Money is tight - around £30,000 is available to cover Bedminster and Southville. Sean said: “The councillors for Bedminster and Southville decide, in conjunction with the community partnership, how to use our very small allocation of highways funds. The reality is that the budget we receive is much too small for all of

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the work. We can, and do, look for other sources of funding though, so if you’ve got any particular concerns around road safety, now is the time to put them forward.”


Mark has sparked renewed interest in a travelcard for Bristol by posting a photo of a pilot card on Twitter. He said: “A smart travelcard will help encourage more people to use buses and trains, particularly if they can top-up online. Being the assistant mayor for transport means I am closely involved in shaping this exciting work which will benefit Bristolians for years to come. I’ll keep pressure on First and others to deliver next year, following on from the bus fare reductions for many journeys.”

Local Traders

Local traders need all our support, particularly over the festive season. New investment in local shops, places to eat and drink are very welcome. Colin said: “The new greengrocer in West Street, the expanded Old Bookshop; the award-winning Hare; and the Redpoint Climbing Centre are all great examples of this confidence in Bedminster. Times remain tough despite what the government says, but backing local businesses is also good for the wider community.”

Next Month...

There’s a couple of issues where news is likely to break after this column is written, so look out for next month’s Pigeon. In the meantime, Mark, Sean and Colin wish all Pigeon readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tess Green Southville

Fairer Fares

FirstBus have responded to complaints about cost. They have introduced a 50% discount for children and a 30% discount for 16 -21 year olds and students, which I welcome. To find out more, pick up a leaflet on the bus, call in to the Travel Shop at the bus station or visit The Green Party bus survey is ongoing and it is clear already that many people are relieved that they can travel more cheaply now.

May Elections

One third of the city will elect councillors next year. I have decided to stand down in May after serving a four - year term. My time as a councillor has been fascinating and I am grateful to electors for their faith in me and for their support. The job of a councillor is demanding and it will be good to have an injection of fresh energy. The Green Party has held a ballot to select Charlie Bolton to stand in Southville next May and I hope that you will show him the same amazing support that you have given me.


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Residents’ Parking

We now expect consultation on the scheme for this area to start at the end of January 2014. Look out for notices of public meetings and forums so that you can give your ideas as well as getting information on progress and possibilities.

Street Surgery

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Farm Arrivals

Nativity Play

Windmill Hill City Farm has recently welcomed two male Friesian calves to their new home at the farm. The calves have settled in nicely, and visitors are welcome to go along to the farm and say hello to the new arrivals. The farm is open seven days a week from 9.00am until 5.00pm. For more information, visit www.

On Saturday 7th December, a festive nativity play is going to be held at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in North Somerset. The popular play, which will be taking place at the farm from 2.30pm at the ark arena, will feature live animals, and even a real baby! For more information, please visit the website - www.

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November and 14th December. Over the two dates, the foyer at the Colston Hall will be transformed into a giant market. Local makers will be showcasing a diverse selection of quality jewellery, ceramics, original artwork and more. There will be a focus on different makers taking part in the fair on the fair’s blog - visit http://

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Bristol Old Vic theatre will benefit from an extra £12m renovation, following its major revamp last year. Plans have been submitted for the theatre’s foyer, studio theatre, 18th Century Coopers’ Hall and entrance cafe and bars. The foyer will become a room in its own right, while the studio theatre will be made fully accessible and Coopers’ Hall will become a function hall for the city. Bristol Old Vic artistic director, Tom Morris, said: “We want to create a new public space for everyone in Bristol - whether or not you’re seeing a show. “You’ll be able to relax with a book, meet for a business lunch, or bring the kids. “There will be tables and sofas over three floors of nooks and open spaces - we hope everyone can find their own space here.”


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The MetroBus scheme, which will link Ashton Vale, Bristol Temple Meads and the centre of the city, has recently been given the go ahead by the government. The secretary of state for transport has give approval to the original BRT2 scheme (via Prince Street) saying that the benefits to the scheme outweighed any negative impact to local residents and heritage assets.

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Paul Wilson, chief executive of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is terrific news. I hope now that things gather momentum for these much needed MetroBus schemes.” The Stop BRT2 group were surprised at the decision. On the group’s website, the following statement was added: “We are astonished at this announcement, which appears to fly in the face of logic.” Chaplin’s City Lights with full orchestral accompaniment. This year’s festival is also going to be featuring classic comedy from the funniest comedians including Laurel & Hardy and Max Davidson. The special guest host will be comedian and actor Omid Djalili. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit the website

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On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December, Bristol Bach Choir is going to be holding an evening of festive music and poetry at St. George’s, Bristol. The events will feature new settings of traditional carols together with more familiar offerings such as Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium. There will also be a wide range of seasonal readings. Tickets are available online at or by calling 0117 214 0721.


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Christmas Craft Fayre 30 November On 30th November, why not enjoy Christmas carols from Southville School choir, festive food, and lots of stalls at the Southville Centre’s Christmas craft fair? Even Father Christmas will be stopping by! 10.00am - 4.00pm Southville Centre, Beauley Road Christmas Fair 01 December Arnos Vale Cemetery is holding a Christmas fair, and this year there will be stalls in the Speilman Centre and Anglican Chapel.There will also be Christmas trees for sale. 10.00am Arnos Vale Cemetery 0117 971 9117 Christmas Art Market 07 December Trinity Centre will be holding their Christmas art market, with arts, crafts, music and festive food. There will be a wide range of artists and styles, live acoustic music, and more. 11.00am - 5.00pm Trinity Centre, Trinity Road 0117 935 1200 Christmas Market 07 December A Christmas market is going to be taking place at the Victoria Park pub and kitchen. The event will feature live music, craft workshops, and various stalls. To book a stall, please email the address below. 12.00pm - 4.00pm The Victoria Park, Raymend Road

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Christingle Service & Nativity 15 December St. Paul’s Church, Southville, are holding their Christingle service and nativity play on Sunday 15th December at 4.30pm. All are welcome to go along. 4.30pm St. Paul’s Church, Coronation Road 0117 963 9121

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Charity Carol Evening 18 December Bedminster Methodist Church is going to be holding a charity carol evening to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. All are welcome to go along. 7.00pm Bedminster Methodist Church 0117 963 9399

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Handel’s Messiah 21 December Bristol Choral Society is going to be performing Handel’s Messiah at Bristol Colston Hall, sung complete from memory. There will also be a shorter performance of the Messiah called the Mini Messiah, held for children at 4.30pm. Entry for children is free. 4.30pm & 7.30pm Bristol Colston Hall, City Centre Candlelight Carols 22 December Reverend Henry Lewis will be leading a candlelight carol service at the church. 4.00pm Bedminster Methodist Church 0117 963 9399 To contact When and Where, What’s On, call Roxy on 01275 817418 or email:


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Every Week 10am - 2.30pm

Don’t miss out on our Christmas markets taking place on 1, 8, 15 & 22 December, alongside the regular Sunday market. With up to 60 stalls, there will be an amazing choice of gifts and Christmas food, plus Christmas craft making for children - all in a friendly, festive atmosphere. There will also be the chance to win a hamper full of gifts from the market stalls along with vouchers to spend at the Tobacco Factory café/bar and theatre. Café/Bar open from 10am for breakfast.


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CAFE/BAR Christmas

We have a great range of options for eating and drinking as the party season gets underway. If you’re coming to a theatre show, we have a pre-theatre quick dish, plus children’s portions are available on most main dishes and there’s also the kid’s mezze. You can drop in or if you’d prefer to be sure of a table, call to make a reservation.

New Year

Tickets are selling fast for our New Year’s Eve Vaudeville Circus Ball, so if you don’t want to miss one of Bristol’s best ways to welcome 2014 in, get your ticket now.

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The Pigeon Published Edition December 2013  

South Bristol community micro newspaper/magazine.

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