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Local Plans Need ‘Wider Consultation’
Proposals have been criticised that would mean a reduction of vehicle traffic lanes on a commuter route to the city centre from Totterdown and Windmill Hill. Local residents and a member of the Victoria Park Action Group have criticised the plans, saying that the proposals will mean that vehicles will only be able to pass one direction at a time under the bridge on St. Luke’s Road. They are asking for a more thorough consultation process on the new proposals. Contd on page 4
MetroBus Criticised By Bristol Civic Society The south Bristol part of the controversial MetroBus scheme has recently been criticised by the Bristol Civic Society - which has been supporting the scheme overall. The group has called for planners to redesign part of the latest stage of the project, asking that the
Green councillor for Southville, Tess Green, has written her last column for the Pigeon as a councillor - we wish her all the best in the future. To read her final column, please turn to page 37.
council’s urban designers take a more imaginative approach. Contd on page 4
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Contd From Page 1 - Local Plans Need ‘Wider Consultation’ Andrew Campbell from Victoria Park Action Group said: “There should be a much wider consultation, beginning with some research to determine whether the scheme is needed. “The proposed shuttle system will increase traffic congestion because, at peak times, cars travelling from York Road towards Victoria Park will be stopped by the lights, potentially tailing back onto York Road and affecting traffic as far back as Bath Bridge. The Fowlers junction is already very busy at peak times.” Local resident Tom Wakefield said: “If this proposal goes ahead, I fear it will cause even more stress to the motorists. The council’s public consultation has been inadequate and rushed. A more wide-ranging consultation including a public meeting is needed.”
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Contd From Page 1 - MetroBus Scheme Criticised By BCS. The group said: “The society has substantial objections to the route through East Street and Bedminster Parade, which lies in the Bedminster Conservation Area. “The council has a once in a lifetime opportunity to fund a place-making development in a social and economically important part of the city. East Street/ Bedminster Parade is as important to south Bristol as the Centre Promenade is to the city. A more imaginative approach is required. “Both the visual and functional aspects of the proposed scheme would fall short of the standards that the council has achieved in Whiteladies Road and will achieve in the Centre Promenade.” To have your say on the MetroBus scheme, please visit planningonline. bristol.gov.uk before the deadline on Monday 2nd June.
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On 23rd June, a Latin fever themed tea dance will be taking place at the Southville Centre, in assocation with LinkAge. The afternoon will feature a live band, a dance instructor and a delicious afternoon tea courtesy of In The Pink Catering. Tickets cost £4.00. To book and for more information please contact the Southville Centre on 0117 923 1039.
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Bristol Museum and Art Gallery will be hosting tea with Jeremy Deller, the artist behind the popular English Magic exhibition, on 10th June. The event will be a chance to meet Mr. Deller, and find out about his work, and how it felt to represent Great Britain at the Venice Biennale 2013. Places must be booked, and the cost is £7.00 for adults, £5.00 for children. Visitors to the event can enjoy time-honoured oompah music with traditional drinking songs and dance. There will also be some stunning sizzling foods and good entertainment to make the evening go with a bang! Oktoberfest takes place at the Passenger Shed from 5.00pm until 11.00pm. For more information on the event, please visit www. beerfestuk.com.
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On Saturday 21st June, Ashton Park School is going to be holding the Ashton Park Festival. This family festival will be a fun event for all ages and will include a dog show, stalls, live music, delicious food, sport, art and drama activities and much more. It’s also a great way for families with younger children to have a look around the building, and meet some of the staff and students that go to the school in a relaxed and informal way. The festival was created last year after a group of year 9 students worked on a project to create a fun event for younger children to enjoy.
The popular German beer festival Oktoberfest is going to be taking place in the city centre on Saturday 14th June.
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On 3rd June, Bristol will be holding a host of celebrations for the XX Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay, which is the curtain-raiser for the Commonwealth Games. The baton will be coming to the city on 3rd June, and as part of this, a come-and-try sports park is going to be held at Millenium Square
and the harbourside. This has been organised by West of England Sport Trust and Bristol City Council. At the park, visitors will be able to try athletics, gymnastics, hockey, handball, rugby, sailing and more. The park will be open from 3.00pm until 7.00pm. To find out more about the celebrations, visit www.wesport. org.uk/queensbatonrelay.
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displays and the opportunity to find gifts and goodies for all ages from a range of stalls. The fete is also going to feature plenty of food to eat, with tea and cake, a barbecue, and a bar. Further entertainment will include pony rides, a pets’ corner and loads of games and activities to keep children busy! All the proceeds of the day will go towards Ashton Gate PTA fundraising for the school. with programmes full of the events now out and about in the area. BS3T for Skills is a creative event involving the sharing of skills highlights include bread making with Mark’s Bread, gardening with Carabou and photography with Jefferson Studios. The event closes with a summer barbecue festival at Hungry Caterpillar cafe. For more information, please visit www.bedminster.org.uk.
The Wallace and Gromit Wrong Trousers Day is going to be taking place on 27th June. Participants in Wrong Trousers Day help sick children across the UK simply by wearing the wrong trousers. It’s up to you - an entire football kit, sports shorts, skirts, hot pants, board shorts, and sarongs are all welcome. Simply wear them to work, school or nursery this Wrong Trousers Day and donate £1.00 for the right to look wrong! For more information, visit www. wallaceandgromitfoundation.org/ wrong-trousers-day.
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A scheme could soon be introduced that would mean Bristol could have cycle streets in the future. The government initiative means that cycling cities - including Bristol - could have streets that are more friendly to cyclists. These streets would have a 15mph speed limit, ban drivers from overtaking cyclists and give police the authority to hand out fines of £100 to motorists who break the ban. Richard Shopland from Bristol CTC, the cycling charity, said: “We welcome the idea in principal because anything that makes roads safer for cyclists has got to be a good thing.”
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At the time of going to press, a schools facilities manager from Bedminster is preparing to take on the UK’s biggest mountain to raise funds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), which supports her son Ethan, aged 12, who suffers from Ring 14 syndrome. Lisa, along with 37 colleagues from Ashton Park School, will trek the 1,344 metres up Ben Nevis, with the help of colleague and experienced climber Mark Bessell. The group are planning to raise as much sponsorship as possible for CHSW’s Charlton Farm hospice where Lisa, and her husband Andrew, make regular respite visits with Ethan and his sister Maddison. Lisa said: “Because Ethan’s body
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Thousands of people gathered on Park Street on Sunday May 4th to watch the huge water slide in action. It was there as part of the returning event, Make Sundays Special.
Lucky participants were selected from nearly 100,000 applications and hurtled on lilos down a slide made with plastic sheets, hay bales, water and washing-up liquid.
Make Sundays Special is an event that aims to allow people to enjoy part of Bristol in a traffic-free environment. Entertainment was also available from community groups, artists and street performers.
More traffic-free Sundays will be taking place throughout the year on June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd and September 7th.
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Between Saturday 7th June and Saturday 14th June, a display of the winners of Markbury Road Library’s Malago photography competition is going to be taking place at the library. All are welcome to go along to the library and see if their photo has made it to the display. Marksbury Road Library is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and also on Saturday mornings.
On Friday 6th June, Windmill Hill City Farm is going to be holding an open day as part of National Volunteer Week.
Celebrations will be held for Ashton Football Club at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday 7th June, when the club’s end of season party will be taking place. The club is based in south Bristol and boast age groups from U6s to U18s at Ashton Boys and U12s to U16s at Ashton Girls, as well as Ashton and Backwell United FC. Lots of awards are expected to be handed out at the event. The event will give potential volunteers the chance to have a go at volunteering activities. Volunteers will help to prepare the farm for the get growing trail, which is taking place on 7th June. There will also be the opportunity to meet current volunteers and hear about their vital work. For more information on the event, email lizzie.spencer@ windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk.
St Paul’s Carnival
The popular St Paul’s Carnival is going to be back in town on Saturday 5th July - although this year the festival will be finishing two hours earlier to try to make the event financially sustainable. The event will finish at midnight for 2014, and will run its own festival bar in an attempt to sustain the festival financially, as the costs for police and ambulance services take their toll. Chair of the carnival, Cleo Lake, said: “We are looking at various options to save money and make money. This year, we will be running our own bar which should bring in much needed revenue.”
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The Stockwood, Hengrove and Whitchurch Neighbourhood Partnership have recently agreed to award more than £20,000 worth of funding for holiday and after school activities. Organisations that received the funding included Counterslip Baptist Church, Oasis John Williams Academy, Oasis New Oak Academy, Christ the Servant Church and CSV Play Rangers.
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Judging for this year’s Good Garden Awards is going to be taking place from Saturday 14th June until Sunday 20th July - and all efforts will be appreciated, from a hanging basket or a window box to a full front garden. Gardens in Ashton, Ashton Vale, Bedminster, Bower Ashton, Southville and parts of Windmill Hill will all be considered for a prize. This year’s award has been designed by local designer Rachel Chapman - and winners are encouraged to hang their award with pride!
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hen they first appeared on the London music scene back in 1994 in Camden, Menswear’s very first performance was described by NME alike to films from director Quentin Tarantino, namely: ‘totally derivative, but totally brilliant’. Their debut album, Nuisance, released in 1995 was hailed as “the perfect product from a band that is better known for being seen than being heard.” The band celebrated the Mod era: tight suits, Britpop and all. Following a tumultuous history including a major line up change, Menswear have returned, performing a sell-out gig in London where they debuted their new single ‘Crash’ earlier this year. So, get yourselves down to the Louisiana on June 5th to celebrate the return of the Britpop invasion. KN
ans of Brian Jonestown Massacre, pencil July 3rd in your diaries: the band are performing at the Anson Rooms, Bristol. First formed in 1988 in San Francisco, California, the band’s extensive catalogue of work spans genres from: folk rock, blues rock, acid rock, shoegazing, electronica and experimental rock, to later settling into a broader fit of the psychedelic genre. To date, the band have released an impressive thirteen studio albums, seven EPs, two live albums, four compilation albums, fifteen singles, a ‘rockumentary’ and a DVD release of their music videos entitled Book of Days, as well as a number of releases by other artists and soundtracks. They have also seen some 40 different members during their time, with singer / guitarist Anton Newcombe remaining constant. Not content with all that, the band who are named after Rolling Stones founder and guitarist, Brian Jones, and an infamous cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, are ready to release their latest offering Revelation to the masses. Their 2014 European tour plays throughout May all the way through to July 12th and also includes their first appearances in places like Warsaw, Prague and Athens. Catch them while you can! KN
06: Beyond Recall 20: Winger 25: Jurassic 5 05: Jemima Surrender 13: Hazel Winter 20: Zen Hussies 27: Northern Fogue TICKETS: www.o2academybristol.co.uk ADV TICKETS: www.bristolticketshop.co.uk, THE FLEECE tel: 0117 9299008 05: The Magic Band 06: Godflesh THE THEKLA 13: The Mouse Outfit 14: Whole Lotta Led 03: Smoke Fairies 04: East India Youth 17: Acid King 18: Spirit Caravan 21: Small 11: Fujiya & Miyagi 13: Pylo Fakers 24: Bl’ast! 27: The Destroyers TICKETS: Tel: 0845 413 4444, 29: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart TICKETS: www.thefleece.co.uk
04: UATM 5 05: Menswe@r 06: English Dogs 08: Little Barrie 09: Spark The Sail 11: The Sneak Eazies 12: The Cadbury Sisters 13: The Darlingtons 14: She Makes War 18: Dead Royalties 20: The Danans 24: Olas 28: One Last Score TICKETS: www.ents24.com
06: Flying Lotus And Thundercat 06: EMA 07: Steely Dan By Nearly Dan TICKETS: Tel: 0844 887 1500
10: The Polyphonic Spree 14: The Flaming Feathers Vintage Cabaret TICKETS: www.bristolticketshop.co.uk
Film & DVD
A MILLION WAYS To DIE IN THE WEST OUT 30 MAY
GRACE OF MONACO OUT 06 JUNE
roduced, directed, acted and a little bit written by Family Guy, American Dad and Ted extraordinaire Seth MacFarlane, this Wild West comedy shoots from the hip with the main man’s archetypal crassness. When a beautiful stranger moseys into town a heart-broken sheep farmer must summon all of his, or anyone else’s, bravery and courage to woo the new maiden. Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris and Amanda Seyfried co-star. Liam Neeson is the notorious, gunslinging, disgruntled spouse. SC
f debatably accurate biopics are your thing, then you, my friend, are in luck. Nicole Kidman stars as Hollywood actress turned princess, Grace Kelly, who, at the age of 26, turned her back on the glitz and glamour of movie-dom for, well, the glitz and glamour of royalty-dom. Focusing primarily on both the struggle with herself and her marriage to Rainier III (Tim Roth), international unease plays catalyst as building tension with France and its premier Charles De Gaulle impart a strenuous divide between the pair. SC
STARRING: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson DIRECTOR: Seth MacFarlane
STARRING: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Andre Penvern DIRECTOR: Olivier Dahan
hen 21 Jump Street was announced, almost everyone in the UK didn’t care. It looked to be a stereotypical cash-in of an American television programme that no-one saw here and whose only real claim to fame was that it starred a teenaged Johnny Depp in the lead role. The reboot, however, starred Jonah Hill, who varies wildly in likeability, and Channing Tatum, mainly known at that time for his abdominal muscles. When it was released, audiences were delighted
THE FAULT IN OUR STARs OUT 19 JUNE
MRS. BROWN’S BOYS OUT 27 JUNE
ased on the New York Times best seller, a love story with a twist threatens to leave you wiping away watery eyes in this teen tear-jerker. Terminal cancer patient Hazel (Shailene Woodley) yearns to be defined by something other than her condition, a task made increasingly difficult by her ever-present oxygen tank. But when the handsome and quick-witted Gus (Ansel Elgort) appears at a cancer support group, a tentative love blossoms from the depths of normality. SC
h gosh, impartiality truly can be quite the troublesome hurdle to overcome. But let us not allow my overriding confusion at how comedy comes in the word ‘fecking’ whimsically tossed by a man dressed as an old woman deter you from seeing this grand (see, I am trying) outing. Mrs. Brown’s fruit and veg stall faces closure. Genuinely. That’s the plot in its entirety. Keith Duffy co-stars along with all the regulars. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but then, who gives a ‘feck’. SC
STARRING: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Defoe DIRECTOR: Josh Boone
STARRING: Brendan O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Keith Duffy DIRECTOR: Ben Kellett
theLOFT with Stephen Coombes and Lee Callaway Unashamedly pitching for the next Time Lord: (main/ inset) Schmidt (Jonah Hill) Jenko (Channing Tatum); (below left) Captain Dickson (Ice Cube)
to discover that 21 Jump Street was a funny, dumb, and surprisingly sweet buddy cop comedy that showcased everyone’s talents, including the untapped comedic ability of Channing Tatum. The film went on to gross $200 million dollars worldwide and set the stage for this inevitable sequel, named quite suitably, 22 Jump Street. This time, the plot sees Hill and Tatum partner up and go undercover as college students to take down another drug ring, but their friendship is tested when they discover people much more like themselves there as they try to infiltrate the ranks of the criminal faction on campus. This sequel looks to continue in the same vein of awkward, funny and ultimately winning comedy - but we’ll find out when it’s released here on the 6th June. LC STARRING: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Dave Franco DIRECTOR: Phil Lord/Chris Miller RELEASED: 06 June 2014
OUT OF THE FURNACE R: 02.06.14
JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT R: 02.06.14
GRUDGE MATCH R: 02.06.14
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JoNAH HILL moVIES
Jonah plays Seth, a collegebound teenager looking to score enough booze to inebriate a girl so that he can kick-start his sex life. Well, we’ve all been there I guess haven’t we?
21 JUMP STREET
Based on the 1987 television series of the same name, Tatum and Hill relive high school as undercover cops preventing the outbreak of a new synthetic drug. The film gave Columbia Pictures a surprise hit and spurned the sequel 22 Jump Street.
Playing Yale economics graduate, Peter Brand, Jonah gets to star alongside 90s heartthrob Brad Pitt - in a film that was essentially about money and balls. Moneyball went on to receive significant critical acclaim.
THIS IS THE END
Playing alongside Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson, all playing fictional versions of themselves, Jonah stars in a comedy about the aftermath of a global apocalypse. Lookout for cameo roles by Michael Cera and Emma Watson.
Words: Zoe Mack
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS
Bristol Hippodrome 09-14 June
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WORLD CUP FINAL 1966 Bristol Old Vic 12 Jun-12 Jul
Football fever spills into the Bristol Old Vic with the guarantee of glory in World Cup Final 1966 and, what’s more, the timing is pitch perfect as it’s on from 12th June to 12th July, coinciding beautifully with this year’s battle in Brazil. Love or hate football, this play recreates an unforgettable moment in history when generations united to watch Bobby Moore, Nobby Stiles and the Charlton Brothers celebrate victory. Last seen in London in 2004, the play by actor, writer, director Carl Heap and Bristol Old Vic’s artistic director Tom Morris has been re-written ready for this year’s big tournament. Direction is also by Tom Morris (War Horse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and the design is by Katie Sykes (Treasure Island).
Barry from Eastenders plays Charlie ‘the duck’ Clench in this awardwinning comedy from the National Theatre
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It’s a happy Hippodrome this June as comedic confusion is unleashed in the National Theatre’s award-winning comedy One Man, Two Guvnors. Set in Brighton in the 1960s, minder Francis Henshall loves his food and in order to eat more he takes a second minding job with his minder’s lover. The only problem is he doesn’t want his employees to know that he is working for both of them. This twist on Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 comedy The Servant of Two Masters is written by comedian Richard Bean. The impressive cast includes three fomrer Eastenders stars; Shaun Williamson (Barry), Emma Barton (Honey) and Jasmyn Banks (Alice).
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An emotional roller coaster awaits you at the Tobacco Factory, as the moving story of Private Peaceful comes to life from 25th June to 12th July. It’s the First World War and Devonshire-born Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful is preparing to face the firing squad in Belgium. During his final night he reminisces about his short life - the highs, the lows and his one true love. Based on the award-winning book by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and subsequently made into a film in 2012, this adaptation by Simon Reade is re-released now to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. In this one-man show, the role of Private Tommo Peaceful will be shared by Paul Chequer (Tommo in the original production and the corporal in the film version) and Andy Daniel. Having already been performed at the Bristol Old Vic in 2004 and sold-out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and London’s West End, it is likely that this play will prove popular - so book early!
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A local author is celebrating the publication of her latest book, a collection of short stories entitled The View From Endless Street. The book by Rebecca Lloyd, who resides on North Street, is a collection of short stories from the south of England and beyond, featuring themes such as murder, ghosts, delusion, arson and much more. Ms Lloyd channels Roald Dahl’s wit and flair for the unexpected, and the book will appeal to readers’ quirky side. Rebecca Lloyd has had previous success with her short stories - she won the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2008 for her tale, The River. Her novel Under the Exquisite Gaze was shortlisted in the Dundee
International Book Prize 2010 and she was a semi-finalist for her short story collection Don’t Drink the Water in the Hudson Prize 2010. For BS3T For Skills, Ms. Lloyd is going to be holding several workshops, where it is hoped there will be plenty of lively discussion and interesting exercises. Wo r k s h o p s will be taking place on Sunday 1st June at Viva La Mexicana; on Tuesday 3rd June at Tobacco Factory Green Room; and on Friday 6th June at Southville Centre on Beauley Road. The events all take place from 1.00pm until 5.30pm. For more information or to book a place on one of the workshops, please send an email to skills@ bedminster.org.uk.
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The MetroBus scheme has recently been criticised by Lockleaze councillor Sean Emmett, who has called for part of the project to be discarded, with the money saved used to re-open Ashley Hill and Horfield/Lockleaze stations instead. Speaking of the scheme, Mr. Emmett said: “The M32 bus-only junction, including a new bridge north of Stoke Lane, makes no sense at all without the park-andride. It will only save an estimated 200-210 seconds for inbound journeys from UWE during the rush hour, and even less at other times. Local residents are seething that millions [of pounds] is now to be spent in shaving a few seconds off bus journeys for seemingly more important people elsewhere, while they struggle to walk further to get a bus at all.” The deadline for comments on MetroBus has now been extended to Monday 2nd June.
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10K Race Success
Bristol’s popular 10K race recently took place in the city centre - and this year nearly 12,000 people took part in the event. The winner of the race was Scott Overall, an Olympic athlete who managed to complete the scenic course in just 30 minutes and 20 seconds. Rebecca Robinson was the winner of the women’s category - she was able to complete the event in 34 minutes and 14 seconds. The winner of the wheelchair category was Dave Cook, who finished 10K with a time of 36 minutes and 56 seconds. Mr. Cook said: “This is my fourth or fifth time in Bristol, but it’s my favourite place to race. The crowds are so supportive and as you come down the Portway you get so many cheers from runners coming the other way. It’s lovely.” The event also included plenty of runners in fancy dress costumes, including a giant baby, bananas and even an ostrich!
Do you remember Churchman’s Factory in Redcliffe Street? The factory closed down in 1974 - and the front of the building now looks like this. It is called the Atrium. If you can remember Churchman’s Factory, writer Anna Pollert would like to get in touch with you. Ms. Pollert first came to the factory in 1972 as a student, where she
interviewed the employees, mainly women, at the factory as they worked. As a result of this, her book Girls, Wives, Factory Lives was released by Macmillan. Anna Pollert is keen to write a follow-up to her book and to find out what happened to those who worked there. To get in touch, please email Anna.Pollert@gmail. com or call 07930 543 370.
WINDMILL HILL BIKE DOCTOR A locally based, Velotech trained and qualiﬁed mechanic with a passion for getting bicycles working to their full potential • Quality, friendly service at a fair price • Collection and delivery service • Flexible collection and drop off times • Bikes can be booked in by email • Standard service £25+parts • More details on my website www.windmillhillbikedoctor.com Tel: 07587 223364 (mobile) 0117 9669050 (landline) E-mail: email@example.com
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Weâ€™ve been too successful at letting our properties The last three months have just been unbelievably busy, so much so that we desperately need more flats and houses for all the lovely professional tenants we have on our waiting lists. Do you have a house or flat you need to let? Contact Caroline, Rachel, Ciya or Trevor today on 0117 944 2051, we may just have the right professional tenant for you.
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COMMUNITY CLASSES DANCEStudio@ Tobacco Factory,
Raleigh Road, Southville To hire the dance studio email: dancestudio@ tobaccofactory.com
FLAMENCO 6.00pm-7.00pm contact ...............07766 562990
FUNKY STREET DANCE 5.10pm-6.00pm, children 5-8yrs E: funky_street_classes@ hotmail.co.uk ZUMBA 6.15pm-7.15pm E: email@example.com 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@ hotmail.co.uk BALLET 6.45pm-7.45pm, adults. contact................07727 240048 YOGA BRISTOL 7.45pm-8.45pm contact................07533 732035
RHYMETIME 9.30am-11.30am. Informal sing along for babies and toddlers, contact................07751 022902 BRISTOL RUSSIAN BALLET SCHOOL 4.00pm-6.00pm - Ages 4 years upwards contact................07887 943577 YOGA WITH KAY 6.30pm-7.45pm contact...............0117 985 6051 WING CHUN KUNG FU 8.00pm-9.30pm - beginners welcome, contact.................07900 063822
LES PETITS ZOUZOUS 9.30am-11.00am - French nursery rhymes and storytime. contact................07816 590609 BALLET 11.30am-12.30pm - adults. No experience necessary, contact................07727 240048
DANCEBLAST 9.30am-4.30pm - Students aged 3yrs-14yrs contact .............0117 964 6195
DANCEBLAST 1.30pm-4.30pm - Students aged 14yrs-18yrs
contact................0117 9646195 ZUMBA FITNESS 6.45pm - 7.45pm, for details, contact................07593 278934 _________________________
Stackpool Road, Southville, BS3 1NW. Tel: 0117 963 6194
LES PETITS ZOUZOUS 10.30am-11.30am - Babies & Toddlers, for details, contact ...............07816 590609
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................07825 994671 SOUTHVILLE STRINGS 5.00pm - 6.30pm (fortnightly) Learn and play folk fiddle tunes. No experience necessary. contact................077298 25516 FITNESS CLASS 6.30pm-7.30pm contact..................07739 18142 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
CITY BALLET- TAP DANCE 3.45pm-4.45pm & 4.45pm-5.45pm contact................07780 479660 COMMUNITY PRAYER 1.00pm- 2.00pm contact ..............0117 963 6194 FAT BURNING AEROBICS 6.30-7.30pm contact................07920 408013 HATHA YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07851 728773
SING AND SIGN 9.45am-12.45pm contact...............0117 330 8121 HAPPY TIMES TODDLERS 10.30am-12.30pm contact...............0117 963 7607 FIRST STEPS SOCCER 3.45pm-4.45pm, for details,
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contact................07825 994671 KI-AIKIDO 7.00pm-9.00pm, for details, contact...............0117 902 1464 AUTISM SUPPORT GROUP 3rd Thursday 7.30pm-10.00pm contact................07825 616094
FIRST STEPS SOCCER 9.15am-10.10am, for details, contact............... 07825 994671 PUPPY TRAINING CLASS 11am-12.00pm, for more details, contact................07810 839986 BRISTOL DANCE SCHOOL 4.00pm-7.00pm, for details, contact...............0117 973 7932 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
QUIZ NIGHT Friday 30th June - 8.30pm £2.50 (includes food) contact...............0117 963 4159
GIG NIGHT Carl Morgan – singer, guitarist. 7th June 8.30pm. All welcome. contact................07872 693464 BALLROOM & SEQUENCE DANCING 8.00pm-11.00pm, Saturday 14th June
NINJUTSU 11.00am-12.00noon contact................07872 693464 JAZZ NIGHT 8.30pm, Sunday 15th June with The Mark Randall Six and Kas ___________________________
The Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB Tel: 0117 9665552 southbankbristol.biz
AGE WELL FITNESS 1.30pm-2.30pm YOGA IN PREGNANCY contact...............0117 305 2365 6.00pm-7.15pm, for details, ZUMBA FITNESS contact................07977 134607 6.15pm-7.15pm FAT BURNING HIIT contact....................07766 101790 6.15pm-6.45pm KRAV MAGA contact................07920 408013 7.00pm-9.00pm POSTNATAL/WOMEN’S YOGA contact................07814 353664 7.20pm-8.20pm TUESDAY contact................07977 134607 PILATES BOOK GROUP 6.00pm-7.00pm, 7.15pm8.30pm Monday 16th June, for 8.15pm (Intermediate) more details 8.30pm-9.30pm (Beginners) contact................07759 559557 contact................07980 937726
PILATES 6.00pm-6.50pm contact................07920 408013 BOXERCISE 7.00pm-7.45pm, for details, contact ...............07920 408013
POST NATAL FITNESS 10.30am-11.30am contact................07920 408013
PLAY ON THE HILL 10.00am New toddler group contact.................07557749880 WOODCRAFT FOLK 6.15pm – 7.30pm 5th June contact...............0117 985 9225
YOUTH GROUP 6.00pm-8.00pm contact...............0117 963 4159 PILATES 7.00pm-8.00pm, for details, contact................07920 408013
BALLROOM & LATIN 7.30pm-8.30pm (Beginners), 8.30pm-9.30pm (Intermediate) contact................07766 101790
SWING DANCE/LINDYHOP 7.00pm-8.00pm (beginners) 8.00pm-9.00pm (intermediate) contact...david@ swingdancebristol.com
FITSTEPS 6.00pm-7.00pm contact................07855 406733 KRAV MAGA 7.30pm-9.00pm contact................07814 353664 BUDO WARRIOR SCHOOLS - NINJUTSU 8.00pm-9.30pm contact................07776 202011
BALLET 10.15am-10.50am, 3-4yrs 11.00am-11.40am, 5-6yrs contact................07854 777848
COMMUNITY CLASSES ASHTON Vale
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. _________________________
Community Centre Beauley Road, Bristol, BS3 1QG. Tel: 0117 923 1039.
LES PETITS ZOUZOUS 10.30am-11.30am contact....................................... Audrey: infopetitszouzous.com 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
JOLLY TOTS! 10.00am-10.45am parent & child classes contact..............07970 678 872 DANCE LESSONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE 3.00pm-4.00pm Main Hall, £3.00 per class, book with LinkAge contact.................01173052365 PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 4.30pm-7.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 TAEKWON-DO 4.30pm-5.30pm, for children, 5.50pm-7.15pm, for adults, contact...............0117 339 0069 YOGA & MINDFULNESS 6.30pm-7.45pm contact..............07938 889 028 PREGNANCY YOGA & BIRTH PREPARATION 7.15pm-9.00pm. Please note this is not a drop-in class, contact 0117 966 9324 or 07818 407 796. PEOPLE OF NOTE COMMUNITY CHOIR 7.30pm-9.30pm contact..............01749 850 474
PARENT & CHILD PLAY GROUP (term time only) 9.30am-11.30am contact familyservices@ southvillecentre.org.uk PIANO, CELLO & THEORY CLASSES 3.30pm-6.30pm contact..............01275 472 097 PREGNANCY YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm advanced booking necessary contact..............07964 979 436 AEROBICS 6.15pm-7.15pm (drop in class for all abilities) contact..............07866 918 683 KRAV MAGA 7.30pm-9.30pm. Israeli reality based self-defence for fitness, confidence & personal safety, contact.............07814 353 664
SPECIAL NEEDS JUDO 6.15pm-8.15pm contact..............01275 874 547 BEGINNERS YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm (drop in class for beginners) contact..............07808 295 159 RESTORATIVE YOGA 7.45pm-9.00pm - suitable for all levels contact..............07794 396 480 TAI CHI (improvers) 7.30pm-9.30pm contact..............07759 583 688
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TAI CHI (new beginner’s class) 8.30pm-9.30pm contact..............07759 583 688
FIRST STEPS SOCCER 9.55am-10.35am for 2½-3½ year olds. 11.00am-11.40am for 3½ years and upwards contact..............07825 994 671
LAUNCHPAD CLASSES 1.35pm-2.20pm Fun, friendly educational classes for pre school children. contact...............07966 864696 TAEKWON-DO 5.00pm-6.00pm for children, 6.10pm-7.30pm for adults. Beginners always welcome. First month training free. Korean Kickboxing and Karate contact.............0117 339 0069
Southville Community Development Association About SCDA...
The SCDA was founded by local residents wishing to save the Southville Centre as an iconic building for community use to improve the lives of people living in BS3. Much of our work is based within the centre, but we also partner with other organisations to maintain the local area and to improve the surrounding environment. Here are some examples of our work:
We are working with research students from Bath Spa University and UWE to map travel habits of staff and users of the Southville Centre. Once we have the results, we can understand how people travel to work and why people use the method of transport they do, with the aim of encouraging and possibly incentivising the use of transport other than sole car usage.
PARENT & TODDLER GROUP 9.00am-11.30am contact..............0117 963 9283 POLICE SURGERY 12.00pm-4.00pm (alternative Thursdays).
KUNDALINI YOGA 7.00pm-8.30pm, contact..............07968 493 452
Big Sunflower Project
The SCDA is taking part in the Big Sunflower Project which raises awareness of centronuclear and myotubular myopathy by asking people to grow sunflowers. Members of our Monday Club and children from our pre-school will be planting seeds, which will brighten up the outside of the Southville Centre, as well as giving a visible sign of support for the campaign.
The SCDA, with the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership, has marked the start of the Southville Green Walkway project with a parade along the route accompanied by the Ambling Band. Improvement groups are being set up in each street along the walkway with neighbours working together to remove obstacles. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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lower the floor of the bus for me to get on, but he still left too much of a gap between the entrance of the bus and the kerb for me to get in safely. When myself, my carer and a kind passenger pointed this out to him, he just looked at us blankly and said: ‘You’ll have to get the next bus.’ After a second went by, which we weren’t able to get on because of buggies using the space (completely fair and understandable), a third stopped out in the middle of the road waiting there for the two buses stationary at the stop to move on. My carer ran across to him to explain our situation and asked if he’d mind pulling over by the higher kerb as soon as he was able. I know he saw me waiting there because he looked at me and I waved. The driver simply shrugged and drove off. This isn’t the first time we’ve had issues – just one other memorable incident earlier this year included
E: email@example.com health and safety, but I physically can’t face rearways, the space is too small for me to turn around in’ for the umpteenth time, a little more empathy and consideration and courtesy wouldn’t go amiss and would be greatly appreciated. I was always raised to ‘treat others as I would like to be treated’, so my suggestion to First would be an improvement in the training of staff re Disability Awareness and a look at policy, because quite frankly the attitude of a good majority of First drivers is appalling and I’m quite keen as it stands never to get on one of their buses again. Nobody, able-bodied or disabled like myself, should have to stand for behaviour like this. K. Nicholson Dear Editor, I am writing as I firmly agree with the two letters (postbag, May issue of the Pigeon) that were strongly
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Victoria Park Action Group (VPAG) are hoping to hold a dog show at the park in Bedminster on 29th June. More information on this event and other activities taking place in the park this summer will soon be available on the group’s website - just google Victoria Park Action Group.
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contd from page 34 a driver who told me I actually needed a special licence as it would ‘teach me to drive properly’ and therefore I could use the bus. Never have I felt more patronised and insulted by such flippancy, even if it was intended as a joke. It’s behaviour like this that really makes my blood boil; yes I have a disability, but I’m also twenty three years old and have a BA and an MA degree; my eyes and ears work fine and as such I can hear and see how I’m being treated, and except in the case of a minority of First drivers who are wonderful, it disappoints and disgusts me. I’m not saying they need to treat me like a queen and leap to my aid. But when they sit watching my carer and me struggle to get off the bus without so much as an: ‘are you all right there?’, or when they continue to insist ‘you need to face the back with your brakes on’ after you say ‘Yes, I’m aware of
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I have written often in my monthly Pigeon column about the growing housing crisis in Bristol, in particular the high number of undeveloped sites in Bedminster and the dreadful lack of genuinely affordable homes to rent. With rents and house prices rising sharply, and little sign of significant new building, it is likely that there will continue to be huge pressure on those renting or seeking to buy a home in Bristol. For many, the dream of home ownership is further away than ever, they simply can’t afford to buy a home in the community where they go to work or where their children have always gone to school. It is essential action is taken to force developers to build, and to build a mix of new homes.
Private renting is however currently the only option, not just for students and young people, but for hundreds of families in south Bristol. The number of families with children renting properties has increased by 86% in the last five years alone. But tenancies can last as little as six months with a risk of being thrown out with just two months’ notice. Some unscrupulous landlords demand huge rent rises with the threat of eviction. The result is that there has been a 60% rise in working people claiming housing benefit. This constant instability is bad for tenants, bad for families, bad for landlords, and bad for our society.
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In order to provide long term stability, Labour have recently announced plans to make three year tenancies the standard in the British private rented sector. There will also be limits on rent rises during this period - landlords will know their income and tenants will know their outgoings. Landlords would still be able to terminate tenancies for good reason, such as antisocial behaviour or non-payment of rent. Labour would also ban letting agents’ fees to tenants, which can be as much as £500, with £350 being the average. Of course, there are many very good landlords in Bristol who already offer their tenants long term stability - so these plans would simply ensure that every tenant has that security.
This is part of a wider package of housing reforms, including giving local councils “use it or lose it” powers over developers, designated land for self or custom build and most importantly, the resumption of building council houses. Forty years ago, most of the public spending on housing was spent building new homes while just a fifth was paid out in housing benefit. But in the current four-year spending period, less than £5bn will be spent building homes and £95bn will go to private landlords in housing benefit. This must change.
How to contact your MP and councillors Dawn Primarolo MP Surgery:
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Dawn Primarolo MP for Bristol South, Tel: 0117 909 0063, email:dawn.primarolo.mp@ parliament.uk. Write to P.O. Box 1002, Bristol BS99 1WH.
Mark Bradshaw: Bedminster Marksbury Road Library - fourth Saturday of each month, 10.30am12pm. Colin Smith: Bedminster Marksbury Road Library - fourth Saturday of each month, 10.30am12pm. Sean Beynon: Southville Call Sean for him to arrange a suitable time to visit you at home. Tess Green: Southville North Street by the green flag. Dates announced each month.
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from Bedminster) will help people get to work earlier. They will also provide a useful link for people who need to be in London, Birmingham or beyond for an early meeting. “Our local train stations are already well used, and I look forward to even more services in the near future.”
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There’s good news for train travellers locally, with extra services planned from Parson Street and Bedminster stations. A new ‘early-bird’ service is going to be providing an important link to Temple Meads and beyond. Colin said: “Our local train services are really important, but we’ve been pressing for more services to stop at our local stations, to help ease congestion and provide a better service for commuters. There’s still plenty of room for improvement, but the new early service to Temple Meads (6.13am from Parson Street and 6.16am
Many thanks to the dozens of people who have been in touch to express their support of the Space for Cycling campaign. The national campaign calls for better street design to encourage more people to cycle. Commenting, Sean said: “Dozens of Southville residents have been in touch about this important campaign, which I absolutely support. Many people in our local area already cycle frequently – both as commuters and for pleasure – and there have been significant improvements over recent years. But there is still much more to do, particularly to support and encourage nervous cyclists. “Designing our roads in a way which properly takes cyclists and their vulnerability into account is incredibly important. I’ve been in touch with Mark Bradshaw – who is the assistant mayor for transport as well as our local councillor in Bedminster – and I know he is supportive of the campaign too. I will continue to call on the mayor to advance schemes which support vulnerable road users – I know this is an issue of concern to him too so am sure he will be supportive.” For more information, please visit spaceforcycling.org.
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Tess Green Southville
This will be my last piece as Southville’s councillor. It was an amazing four years of hard, fascinating work and many opportunities to make a difference to Bristol and this area. I enjoyed the contact with the public and ward members particularly. When College Green was occupied, I was able to contribute to effective management of the occupation as Green leader due to the sound ideas from residents. People have continuously told me what needed doing to improve the area and also what they liked about it. Of course there are divided opinions and it is difficult to steer through these for the benefit of the majority, but I enjoyed trying. The high standard of training by the council was crucial to understand the complexities of the way the council works. I was able to get the resolution on bulk buying energy agreed by the council. It was important to understand licensing in order for me to push for the Cumulative Impact Area, which helps us to resist inappropriate applications for alcohol licences. I am proud that I was elected to represent such a dynamic and thoughtful group of residents. You responded with constructive criticism and huge support. Thank you.
This month’s Pigeon column is being written ahead of the local elections in Bedminster and Southville but, by the time you’re reading your copy, the votes will have been counted. Whichever way the vote went in this election, Sean wanted to thank Tess Green, his co-councillor in Southville for the last four years, who retired following the elections. Sean said: “I have enjoyed working with Tess over the last four years. While we are not in the same political party, we never let any political differences we may have get in the way of work here in Southville. Tess worked incredibly hard as one of our councillors, and we worked together on a number of local issues. I wish Tess Green all the best for her retirement, and am sure that she will stay involved in the community through all the local groups she has been a member of for many years.”
Sean Beynon Southville
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NEWS Author’s Talk
On 19th June, Spike Island is going to be hosting an evening with local author Nathan Filer. Mr. Filer will be discussing his debut novel, The Shock of the Fall, which was the winner of the Costa Book Award last year. The event takes place at 6.30pm and tickets cost £5.00, or £3.00 with concessions. For more information, visit www. spikeisland.org.uk.
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St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School has recently been selected to become a national teaching school.
On Saturday 14th June, the Compass Point South Street School summer fayre is going to be taking place, with plenty of activities and stalls. The fayre, which is organised by the school and children’s centre, will feature a raffle with lots of prizes. The event is free, and will be taking place from 11.00am until 2.00pm. All are welcome to go along. The school is one of just 500 across the country with a national teaching status, and it means that the school will play a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the teaching profession. Elisabeth Gilpin, head teacher at St. Mary Redcliffe, said: “We are committed to helping teachers develop throughout their careers both within our school and in Bristol as a whole.”
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On 22nd June, Bristol’s Biggest Bike Ride is going to be taking place at the harbourside. The ride is one of the UK’s largest free non-competitive cycling events and this year promises to be bigger than ever, as the event celebrates its 21st birthday. With the ride taking place at Canon’s Way, participants have the choice of four different routes ranging from 9 to 38 miles. Last year, there were over 5000 participants in the bike ride, so it is essential to register to take part. For more information on the event, please visit www.betterbybike.info/ bikeride.
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North Street Summer Fayre 14 June A summer fayre is being planned that will take place on North Street. Planned by North Street Traders Association, the event will feature stalls, entertainment, and tasty food. 10.00am - 4.00pm North Street, Ashton Burnbush Summer Fayre 14 June Burnbush School is going to be holding its summer fayre on Saturday 14th June. If you would like to have a stall at the event, please get in touch. 12.00pm - 3.00pm Burnbush School, Stockwood 0792 018 1721 Strawberry Afternoon Tea 21 June On Saturday 21 June, a strawberry afternoon tea is going to be held at St Paul’s Church. There will be fun and games for all ages including a strawberry tea. All are welcome to go along to the event - entry is free. 2.30pm St Paul’s Church, Coronation Road firstname.lastname@example.org Armed Forces Day 29 June
Big Lunch Street Party! 01 June A street party for all Totterdown residents is going to be taking place at the community orchard on Park Street, Totterdown. There will be plenty of activities for children, a chance to meet your neighbours, and lots of food. 1.00pm - 4.30pm Park Street, Totterdown www.thebiglunch.com Quilt Making (Skills Week) 03 June A group of local BS3 quilters will exhibit some of their work and demonstrate basic skills at The Lounge. There will be materials to make a small item. 10.30am – 3.30pm The Lounge, North Street email@example.com
Bristol’s Armed Forces Day event is being held in the city’s historic Queen Square. The family event is going to include military charity and information stalls, children’s games, sports, music and more. 12.00pm - 6.00pm Queen’s Square, City Centre www.armedforcesday.org.uk To contact When and Where, What’s On, call Roxy on 01275 817418 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This will be on June 11th. This is a business meeting for the GBCP board, but anyone is welcome to turn up and take part. The board itself is composed of local people nominated by one or more of the hundred or so local organisations that make up the partnership. Some of the items will be standard ones like electing officers, but other business will include looking at projects that GBCP should support with its devolved budgets. We are expecting two reports from working groups. One of these relates to £250K that we have to spend on green spaces. It’s expected that the working group will recommend an initial expenditure of about half the money on two local projects. Allocation of the balance will come later. The second group will recommend expenditure from
our Better Bedminster Community Chest. This is a small grant pot of £20,000 p.a. for ‘minor’ projects. The main discussion will be on transport and traffic. There will be a report from Bristol City Council (BCC) outlining the various projects that they intend to undertake in the next year or so, plus ideas that have been put forward by local people in the two wards of Southville and Bedminster. We can be fairly sure that the cost of implementing all of these suggestions will be very much greater than the money available or BCC’s capacity to respond. The debate will therefore be about the priorities. We probably won’t make any hard decisions in June, but hopefully we will have a clearer idea where we want to go. It’s been suggested that we might propose (probably for the July or September meeting) a three year programme of improvements.
Our many partners collaborate on all sorts of projects. Here’s three: 1. GBCP, LinkAge and Bedminster Town Team have published a Bedminster Toilet Map showing three public toilets and 22 others in cafes, pubs, stores and community centres. Pick up a copy of the map from your GP surgery or visit www. bedminster.org.uk. 2. Many neighbourhood groups are developing their community plans including the improvement of green spaces and ‘Green Walk Ways’. See southvilleblog. wordpress.com for ideas around Dame Emily Park. 3. Some local groups are getting together to develop a Bedminster history trail. What do you think are the top three (10? 50?) historical events/places in BS3 that should get a plaque?
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Extended beer garden
Come and check out our new extended beer garden, throughout the long summer days, with additional tables and canopies for shade as well. Plus, our outside bar will be open on sunny evenings and weekends.
Sample our new summer menu
Changing daily dishes will be available, to compliment the warmer air, such as scallops & seafood in a creamy white wine sauce, served in a choux pastry cup or smoked bacon & beef roulade. Specials also available evenings and weekends.
For more information, visit our website, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Every Week 10am - 2.30pm
The Sunday market offers a fantastic choice of local produce, with fresh farm food, home made cakes, pies, chutneys and cheese. Plus flowers, books, arts & crafts, kids craft making... and much more. The first Sunday of the month features Retroville ~ our Vintage and Retro market, with clothing, jewellery, homeware, furniture and records ~ alongside the regular market stalls.
Join us on ‘Facebook.com/tobaccofactorymarket’ for regular updates
Wed 25 June – Sat 12 July Poonamallee Productions’ 10th anniversary production of Michael Morpurgo’s most affecting story about a young soldier awaiting the firing squad, commemorating 100 years since the start of the First World War. “As moving as the poetry of Wilfred Owen and as painfully memorable as white-hot shrapnel” * * * * * Sunday Herald Age recommendation 8+
TICKETS £7 - £13 (family tickets available)
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