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Front Room Art Trail Back For November Totterdown’s popular Front Room Art Trail is back in south Bristol this month - and organisers have recently announced this year’s line-up of arts, performance and events. Taking place from Friday 15th until Sunday 17th November, the theme for this year’s event is Superstition, as the Front Room Art Trail is now 13 years old. Featured artists include Mark Blower who enjoys bright, quirky imagery; the Art for Well Being Group who meet at Arnos Vale Cemetery to create all kinds of art; and Sophie Walker who creates hand-carved wooden sculptures. contd on page 3

Renovation Show Ticket Giveaway

The Pigeon and the South West Homebuilding and Renovating Show have teamed up to give away three pairs of tickets to

lucky Pigeon readers. The exhibition, which takes place on 16th and 17th November at the Bath & West Showground, provides visitors with the latest information on contd on page 3

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E: Contd From Page 1 - Renovation Show Ticket Giveaway homebuilding technologies and open plan extensions. There will also be the chance to seek expert advice from property professionals, such as Michael Holmes, at one of the free daily seminars and masterclasses. Visitors can also book free individual appointments with the specialists from Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. Tickets to the event are worth £24 per pair, but we have three pairs to give away to three lucky readers. If you would like to be in with a chance to win one of the pairs of tickets, please email editor@the-pigeon. com with your name, address and telephone number by Tuesday 5th November. Alternatively, send the information by post to P.O. Box 240, BS10 5XG. The winners will be drawn at random on 5th November and informed as soon as possible. For more about the show, visit www.

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Contd From Page 1 - Front Room Art Trail Back For November The trail also features an abundance of musical talent at The Oxford and The Shakespeare and other events including a pretrail showcase exhibition, which is taking place on 13th November. There is also going to be a closing party at the Shakespeare pub, where The Lewis Creaven Band will be performing at 9.00pm. Angie Belcher, marketing contact for the Front Room Art Trail, is looking forward to this year’s trail - she said: “We’ve got a shed load of exciting things to see and do again this year so make Totterdown your destination art trail and join in our weekend party of everything arty. Get ready to avoid that ladder, throw some salt and get superstitious at Front Room 2013.” For more information, visit www. or email Angie at



Solar Partnership

A solar partnership of £2.8million means that 30 council homes, an office and a number of schools in the city are set to benefit from a more efficient energy system. This is part of a new project called SoLa Bristol, which will benefit from the solar photovoltaic panels, which were previously installed as part of the SMART City Programme in Knowle West. The panels are linked to battery storage, which will enable the use of the solar generated energy at times when the sun does not shine. The homes will also be fitted with Direct Current (DC) lighting systems that will be powered directly from the batteries. Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund has grant-funded the scheme,

E: which has been running for two months in two test homes in Knowle West. The scheme is expected to reduce carbon emissions and the energy bills of the people taking part, something that will be closely measured by academic partner the University of Bath, who will analyse and report on the project findings in 2015. G e o r g e Ferguson, mayor of Bristol, said: “As we gear up for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital in 2015 I’ve said that the city should be acting as a laboratory for change, becoming a test bed for innovative projects. “Here we have a perfect example of the living lab, with Knowle West trying out a new and different approach to solar energy.”

Holiday Schedule

The UK’s largest airline, easyJet, has announced its summer holiday schedule for 2014 with 42 routes available from Bristol Airport. Summer routes include Alicante, Malaga and Palma, which are expected to be the most popular destinations in next year’s schedule. Newly introduced services to Marrakech and Reykjavik are also proving to be popular. Ali Gayward, easyJet’s commercial manager, said: “We’re pleased to be launching easyJet’s summer 2014 schedule from Bristol Airport, which is our largest operation outside London. With well over one million seats available, we’re offering a great choice of destinations on our easy and affordable flights spanning the UK and beyond.” Travellers looking to book their flights or for more information please visit the easyJet website

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Although a little hidden behind new housing next to the Brunel pub on St. John’s Lane, Broad Plain RFC’s brand new facilities - including flat, floodlit pitches continue to attract new players to their family friendly club. The junior section is one of the biggest in Bristol with nine squads catering for kids aged from 4 to 16, training Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm, and training or matches on

Sundays from 11.00am. Kids come from schools all over south Bristol and beyond to play. The club’s seniors play in Gloucester League 2 and train from 6.45pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. With plenty of social activity as well, the rugby club is a great place to get fit, make friends and have a lot of fun! If you would like more details, call 0117 923 1937, visit www. - or just turn up and try out on a training night! |5


A derelict building on North Street has recently been given a new makeover by a local graffiti artist. The Gala Bingo Hall in Ashton which has been an unsightly spot in the local area for a decade - has recently been decorated with a bright new design by the Bristolian street artist Cheo. The building is eventually going to be replaced by a new housing development but in the meantime, residents can enjoy the new design. Cheo said: “I have really enjoyed going to work on these hoardings - it is a big canvas to work with, which is just what I like. It should make a difference to people while the site is under wraps.” Ben Barker, secretary of Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (GBCP), said: “This is great news for the eastern end of North Street. The Gala building has been derelict for many years. This scheme is just what was needed.”

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The 2015 International Fairtrade Towns Conference is going to be hosted by Bristol. The conference, which will be taking place over a weekend in July 2015, will involve approximately 300 delegates from around the world. It is expected that hosting the conference will boost Bristol’s reputation as a green and ethical city. 2015 will also mark a decade since the city


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E: became a Fairtrade City. Mayor George Ferguson, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Bristol has been chosen to host the International Fairtrade Towns Conference in 2015. The city has a long history of supporting ethical and sustainable trade; something I am very proud of. Our continued support for social enterprise and ethical business means we lead the way when it comes to working for more than just financial gain.” events, over £150 million would be injected in to the regional economy. The arena is expected to create 274 permanent jobs in Bristol, rising to 387 across the region. George Ferguson, mayor of Bristol, said: “It is crystal clear that Bristol needs an arena - and I welcome the findings of the business case, which matches my ambition.”

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A computer tuition and support company, At Home With IT, has recently launched in south Bristol - and to celebrate, the company is offering free drop-in sessions for computer users aged 50 plus. The sessions will take place on Mondays from 12.15pm until 1.15pm at the Southville Centre cafe, and are run by Elena Hensinger, the company’s founder and a personal IT coach for all skill levels. The offer is valid until midDecember 2013 with limited spaces - to book a space, please call Elena on 0117 911 0493.

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Schools Campaign

Applications are now open for reception places for 2014 - and the forecast number of children from BS3 starting school in September 2014 has risen by over 30 from last year’s intake. Since September 2011, adequate numbers of reception places in BS3 have been made possible by local schools taking on extra classes. Three years of eleventhhour solutions have led to bulge classes being created at Compass Point, Ashton Gate, Southville and Luckwell primary schools. While Ashton Gate now has a new early years site, South Bristol Schools Campaign believe the other local schools can no longer accommodate additional bulge classes at their existing sites. Bristol City Council have told the South Bristol Schools Campaign that there are plans in place to provide for the shortfall in places locally. However, the additional

places have yet to be confirmed by the schools. A new primary school on Marksbury Road (with two reception classes) is due to open in September 2014, which should help to relieve pressure on schools in Bedminster. The council have stated that they hope to be able to confirm the extra classes by the time that applications close on Wednesday 15th January 2014, and applications can be altered after submission up until the final deadline. South Bristol Schools Campaign is a community-led group which aims to raise awareness of the lack of local primary school provision, to liaise with Bristol City Council and to share information. For more information or to subscribe to the group’s mailing list, visit www. southbristolschoolscrisis.blogspot., email southbristolsc@gmail. com or follow them on Twitter @ BS3_Schools.

Fundraising Group

A new volunteer fundraising group recently celebrated their formal launch at the Northern Slopes in Bedminster. The group, based in Greater Bedminster and Knowle, aims to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care through supporting Marie Curie’s major fundraising campaigns - such as the Great Daffodil Appeal and Blooming Great Tea Party. The funds will be used to provide free care to people with terminal illnesses. If you would like to join the group, please email GBKMariecurie@

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Open Door Arts Trail

Windmill Hill Arts Trail welcomed people of all ages to its seventh trail, which took part recently at various venues across the area.

Over 90 artists took part in the event, throwing open the doors of their homes to the public or showcasing their work at community venues - and visitors were able to liaise with the artists and were given the opportunity to buy pieces. Green and yellow windmills and cheerful lemon bunting were prominent features at this year’s festival - and visitors also enjoyed learning how to create an outdoor mosaic in Victoria Park. The results were added to the balloon wall at the park.

The event also included performances from poets and musicians, such as Windmill Hill Bard Trevor Carter who entertained all at the Victoria Park Performance Marquee. Nearby Mrs. Brown’s Cafe, provided tasty treats.

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Ashton Park Sports Centre

As Christmas approaches, the thought of getting to the local gym seems a harder task than normal. But by keeping to a good regular routine of visiting the gym for exercise, then it will be easier to maintain it through the festive season. Make sure to allow yourself days off in between visits - and if you are thinking of waiting until the New Year to join a gym, then why not give the Ashton Park Sports Centre a try? At Ashton Park Sports Centre there is a friendly gym available for members of the community. They have exceptionally cheap daytime memberships, so if you are looking for a new place to exercise then it could be the place for you. The registration fee is £10 and this includes your induction and a personal programme for you to follow whilst in the gym. Payment is by Direct Debit at £15.00 per month. Ashton Park Sports Centre prides itself on affordability, a clean, professional, friendly facility and motivated staff who can help at all times. The website has all the information you need to find out what is on offer for you and your family and you can register your email address if you would like to receive a monthly newsletter. Please visit or email the centre on or simply give them a call on 0117 377 3300.

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Skills Week

Are you able to show someone how to play the banjo, pluck a chicken, change a tyre, or play a game of chess? If so, next June the first Bedminster Skills Week is going to be taking place, and will be an opportunity for everyone to learn something new. The week will feature an exciting programme of hundreds of people demonstrating all kinds of skills to other local people. There will be opportunities for taster sessions in all sorts of activities, from watercolours and other arts, through to kung fu, tennis, and even conversational German. The sessions are going to be held in local community buildings, schools, churches, cafes and pubs,

as well as in the local parks and on the streets. The festival already has support from a range of local organisations and individuals, but more are wanted. Detailed planning for Bedminster Skills Week will start in January, but the festival would like to identify interested people well before then. The festival is being sponsored by Greater Bedminster Community Partnership and the Bedminster Town Team. If you are interested in being put on the Bedminster Skills Week circulation list for future information, send an email to info@oneplanetbristol. com. Please also email the sort of skills that you or your organisation might have to offer and any skills that you might like to achieve.

Choral Society

On Saturday 23rd November, Bristol Choral Society’s 125th concert season will be opening with a major performance of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. The season continues with the choir’s renowned rendition of Handel’s Messiah (plus afternoon Mini Messiah family concert) on Saturday 21st December, with lots more to come in 2014 - including a Valentine’s Day Opera Gala. Full details on the season can be found at the website, - or alternatively, call the Colston Hall on 0844 887 1500.

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Higgs Boson

Bristol educated scientist Peter Higgs - along with Francois Englert from Belgium - recently won the Nobel Prize for physics for his work on the theory of the Higgs boson. The two scientists were among several physicists who proposed a mechanism to explain why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass. The mechanism predicted a particle, named the Higgs boson, which was finally discovered in 2012. Peter Higgs, emeritus professor of theoretical physics, University of Edinburgh, said: “I am overwhelmed to receive this award.”

Guided Tour

On Sunday 15th December, SouthBank Club on Dean Lane is going to be holding a Christmas market, from 12.00pm - 4.00pm. The market will feature arts and crafts, speciality foods, unique gifts, children’s entertainment, mulled wine and a cafe and bar. Tables are available at £15 each. If you would like more information, email the centre

On 9th November, a War Graves Guided Tour is going to be taking place at Arnos Vale Cemetery. Visitors can discover the individual stories and sacrifices of wartime and visit the memorials at the Cross of Sacrifice, Sailors’ Corner, and the Crematorium Cloister. The event is going to be taking place at 1.30pm. For more information, please visit www.

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Councillor Gus Hoyt, said: “We’ll be helping out our tenants and so combating fuel poverty. “The estimated costs and savings for our tenants would be about £130 to £260 a year - and we [Bristol City Council] will be making a profit once we pay off the initial costs.” Work on the buildings is expected to begin in January next year.

Bristol City Council has recently been given permission for solar panels to be installed on 7,000 buildings in Bristol. Social housing and public buildings will benefit from the solar panels, which will be funded by £6m from the Public Work Loan Board. Mayor George Ferguson approved of the plans. At a recent cabinet meeting,

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From Monday 11th until Thursday 14th November, Tobacco Factory Theatre is going to be hosting the Shakespeare Schools Festival - the largest theatre event of its kind in the UK. The festival works with schools from across the country to make it possible for children to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre. The festival has grown from 8

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schools when it took place at the Millennium to 1000 schools across the UK for 2013. When Tobacco Factory hosts the festival, there will be performances from children across the local area, including pupils from Ashton Gate Primary School, Bristol Grammar High School, and many more. For more information or for tickets, please visit www. or www.|21


A unique book hive is going to be taking place at Bristol Central Library this December - and book lovers from across the city are being invited to take part in this special event. Around 400 hardback books will be assembled by Bristol artists Rusty Squid to form the ‘living’ sculpture using animatronics, which will cover the walls, pillars and arches of the Holden entrance hall to the library. The project will be taking place to mark 400 years of public libraries in Bristol. Details of the launch of the book hive in December will soon follow and work is already under way at Rusty Squid’s Spike Island workshop where the artists have been developing prototypes for public testing. To find out more about the project, contact Andrew Cox, library reading manager, Bristol Central Library 0117 922 2180.




Karate Classes

Southville Primary School holds Shotokan Karate classes for adults and children aged eight and over on Monday evenings. At the lessons, pupils will learn traditional Shotokan Karate from the Japan Karate Association - founders of modern karate established Tokyo 1939 and ‘keepers of karate’s highest traditions’. The classes are taught by local instructors Debbie and Michael, who are black-belt standard qualified coaches. They are both first aid trained and DBS (CRB) checked. Both are national medal winners, and Michael has won medals internationally. Lessons also take place in the city centre on Thursdays. If you would like more information on classes at Southville Primary School or in Bristol, please visit or see the Facebook Group Bristol, JKA Shotokan Karate.

Christmas Lights

Pop superstars The Saturdays will be headlining The Mall’s Christmas Charity Concert and lights switch on, in aid of Help For Heroes. Bryn and Emma Parry, cofounders of Help for Heroes said: “Help for Heroes (H4H) is all about doing your bit and we are delighted to have the support of this fantastic charity concert at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.” Maria Crayton, head of marketing at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway,

said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming The Saturdays to The Mall and we are hoping to raise £20,000 for the charity. We’ve been lucky to draw some big names to Bristol during the last couple of years with JLS raising over £20,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Appeal last Christmas.” The switch on will be taking place on Thursday 7th November at 6.00pm. For more information, please visit the website - www.


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The Naked and Famous

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o2 Academy, November 29

STEALING BRISTOL HEARTS Kiwi synth-pop act proving that everybody wants to be naked and famous


or ages I thought this band was named after a Norman Mailer book. I love Norman Mailer, so I was ashamed that I never noticed that they’re called The Naked and Famous, not The Naked and the Dead. The Naked and the Dead is about the Second World War, and has absolutely nothing to do with the New Zealand based shoegaze synth-pop act, The Naked and Famous - just to clear that up. This will interest you all, though, as Bristolians – they’re named after a line in Tricky’s song



‘Tricky Kid’, and Tricky is, of course, one of Bristol’s proudest exports. It’s always nice when someone on the other side of the world acknowledges this city. Cheers guys! So go see The Naked and Famous at the o2 Academy so that they can continue to do what they love most – visiting Bristol – and make sure to listen out for the instantly recognisable synth sound of ‘Young Blood’ and the excellent ‘Punching In A Dream’ as well as their latest single ‘Hearts Like Ours’.

04: Lucy Spraggan 07: Gary Numan 08: Gabrielle Aplin 10: Volcano Choir 11: Editors 13: Mutya Keisha Siobhan 14: Reef 23: Stornoway 27: Sparks 28: The Damned 29: The Naked And Famous TICKETS:


07: The Toy Dolls 09: The Doors Alive 12: The Queen Extravaganza 13: The Sunshine Underground 17: King Prawn 23: Jaguar 25: Deez Nuts 30: UK Subs TICKETS:


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Anson Rooms,November 26


ands that do cool and exciting new things with electronic music are always of some interest to me. Aside from clever sonics, electronic music rarely lives up to the art form that Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Volatire, et al. made it in the seventies and eighties. The endless opportunities to cut, rearrange and generally mess around that come with electronic music makes the really out-there stuff audible art more than mere music - and this is what London’s Public Service Broadcasting do. The pseudonymous duo of Willgoose and Wrigglesworth take various archive material, from public service broadcasts to propaganda pieces, and cleverly arrange them into songs; creating the type of history lesson that doesn’t make you want to cut your own hands off with a textbook. Expect atmospheric weirdness in a live setting at the recently refurbished Anson Rooms.

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Peeta and Katniss taking their invite to Prince Harry’s fancy dress party a little too seriously: (main) Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket); (below) Liam Hemsworth (Gail Hawthorne)


lasting its way to the top of the charts faster than a falling apple (to be fair that clearly isn’t true) and despite opening weekend dominance, will likely be less remembered, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock go isolationist survivalist for this sci-fi nerve jangler. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is on her first space mission while Matt Kowalski (Clooney) is on his last. Cue explosion, peril et al as the two drift less purposefully than a falling apple. Note to self learn other gravity reference. SC

on Martello dedicates his life to his family, friends, church, and, of course, women. His ability to pull ‘10s’ every weekend earns him the nickname Don Jon. Yet flings with beautiful women aren’t enough for our Don. They simply can’t compare to the time he spends alone in front of his computer watching porn. Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes a leaf out of Dennis Waterman’s book and writes, directs and stars in it…not sure whether he sings the theme tune, though? SP

STARRING: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Ed Harris DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron

STARRING: Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt DIRECTOR: Joseph Gordon-Levitt



The Hung Catching erhaps the trickiest movie-going audience to cater successfully to is the teen girl. It may not seem that way after the enormous reception that the Twilight movies received, but for every one of those, there are a plethora of also-rans that no one went to see. It may be that the perceived audience for Twilight has been sated by that series and so those, at least superficially similar, films are left by the wayside. The Hunger Games, a success-






irector Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) and Cormac McCarthy, the pen behind No Country For Old Men, team up for this seductive, alluring outing which threatens to be greater than skin deep despite the evident beauty of Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and Brad Pitt. Having everything he could possibly want, Michael Fassbender unwisely dips his greedy toe into the world of drug trafficking. Granted the matter doesn’t court positive press attention, but it’s a wonder anyone bothers. SC

epicting the ‘untold true story’ revolving around the production of iconic Disney film Mary Poppins, Emma Thompson stars as author P. L. Travers who seeks to defend the integrity of her piece in the persistent face of Tom Hanks’ (Walt Disney) suave and persuasive charm. Exploring the background to the film, Travers’ arduous childhood takes centre stage as she battles the temptation of Disney’s magnitude. Hollywood heavyweights Thompson and Hanks look set to leave a sprinkling of fairy dust. SC

STARRING: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Natalie Dormer DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott

STARRING: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock



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THIS IS THE END R: 04.11.13



ger Games: Fire ful trilogy of books in its own right, brings something far different to the table, perhaps even novel, with the first movie carrying a muscular air of tension and threat within its running time, a far cry from the ethereal, supernatural, and sometimes anaemic, glamour of Twilight. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second in the trilogy, looks set to carry on where the first one left off, with Katniss and Peeta once again fighting for their lives in a new, even deadlier, arena. However, their controversial victory in the first Hunger Games has left the politics of Panem unstable, ready for rebellion against the tyranny of the Capitol and its leader President Snow. After a disappointing summer of blockbusters, Catching Fire may just be the film that everyone, not just teen girls, was waiting for. STARRING: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson DIRECTOR: Francis Lawrence RELEASED: 21 November 2013

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Earning Lawrence her first nomination for Best Actress at the 2010 Academy Awards, Winter’s Bone received widespread critical acclaim. Lawrence’s performance was later described as starmaking.

Playing Raven/Mystique in the X-Men prequel saw Lawrence firmly establish herself as a Hollywood A-lister. The best X-Men film by far also saw Lawrence meet current boyfriend Nicholas Hoult.



After the success of the books, The Hunger Games was sure to be a hit and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of all time. Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, who replaces her younger sister in a televised fight to the death...

The Silver Linings Playbook earned Lawrence her first Academy Award for Best Actress. The film also won numerous awards all over the world and was one of the biggest films of 2012.

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Bristol Old Vic 28 Nov - 18 Jan

Take one of history’s best story tellers, Hans Christian Anderson, add award winning director Simon Godwin and sprinkle with groundbreaking music from world record holding beatboxer Shlomo and you have a unique production of the classic tale The Little Mermaid, reborn for the festive season at the Bristol Old Vic. This is the moving story of a mermaid who falls in love with a handsome prince and unknown to him, saves his life in a storm. Her only chance to be with him is to do a deal with the Sea Witch who offers her human legs for her tongue. If the prince falls in love and kisses her she will live a normal human life but if he marries another she will disintegrate into sea foam...


Bristol Hippodrome 19-23 November

The Christmas spirit is getting into gear early this year with White Christmas The Musical performing at Bristol’s Hippodrome this November. With a score by Irving Berlin, one of America’s greatest songwriters, the story is based on the original film in which Bob and Phil, a post war song and dance act, follow two beautiful sisters to perform at a ski lodge, only to discover things are not quite as they expected... For further information, visit www. BRISTOL OLD VIC

Tobacco Factory 27 Nov - 12 Jan

Be immersed in an action packed world of swashbuckling, shipwrecks and shanty songs as the intimate space in the Tobacco Factory hosts a fresh take on The Last Voyage of Sinbad The Sailor, from 27th November. Handsome, lucky and rich Sinbad’s seemingly charmed life falls under scrutiny when a crew of fishermen find him on their boat and a secret side to Sinbad is revealed. Following the Olivier Award nominated Cinderella: A Fairytale the Tobacco Factory and Travelling Light have reunited to bring Sinbad to life. Directed by Craig Edwards (Adolf and Winston) this is a fun, warm hearted production crafted by Bristol’s finest. For further information, visit


06-07: Shlomo: Human Geekbox 12-16: The Events 19-23: Beauty And The Beast 27-04 Jan: Antartica 28-18 Jan: The Little Mermaid

26-30: The Eye Of The Hare


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04-10: The Shop Of Little Horrors 10: Josh Widdicombe: Incidentally... 11-14: Shakespeare Schools Festival 15-16: The Fitzrovia Radio Hour 18-19: Stephen K Amos: The Spokesman 27-12 Jan: The Last Voyage Of Sinbad The Sailor

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12: That’ll Be The Day 19-23: White Christmas The Musical 26-30: English National Ballet


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Theatre For Kids

Rainbow Centre

The Rainbow Centre in Knowle would like to thank all those who supported their recent collection at ASDA Bedminster. The collection raised £375.50, which along with the GASD scheme totals £470 for the centre. The centre helps children and their families suffering from the effects of a life threatening illness or death. For more information, visit

German Market

is going to be open at Bristol Shopping Quarter in Broadmead. There will be 40 wooden chalets all selling food, crafts, Christmas decoration, and even German beer! As well as being the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping, the market is a great place to enjoy the festive spirit, socialise and meet up with friends and family. For more information, visit

From Friday 8th November until Sunday 22nd December, the popular German Christmas Market

Gromit Unleashed

Statues of the cartoon dog Gromit recently raised over £2.3 million for Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, when they were auctioned at the beginning of October. Pixar’s Gromit Lightyear – which was based on the popular Toy Story character – raised the most money for the charity, reaching a staggering £65,000. Nick Park, the creator of Wallace and Gromit, said: “I couldn’t wait to see the Pixar Gromit Lightyear go because obviously that was a top runner. When the first few started climbing, I started tingling. It was double the target.”

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A new theatre group for children in years 3 and 4 is now taking place at acta community theatre on Wednesdays from 3.45pm until 5.00pm, term time only. The new group offers children a fun and free opportunity to create their own piece of original theatre with the acta team. For more information, please visit or give them a call on 0117 953 2448.|27

Motaman in Bedminster Winter is approaching and, as the nights draw in, it is a good idea to check that our vehicles are ready for the earlier lighting-up times. We seldom give a thought to our headlights in the summer months - especially this year. As well as making sure all lights are functioning - headlights, side lights, brake and tail lights, etc. - have you considered upgrading the power of your lamps? A few more meters of visibility can be a real advantage, especially on faster roads or when the weather is wet or foggy. Motaman in Bedminster can supply both PIAA and Osram replacement bulbs for many vehicles. Why not call in and ask about the availability for your vehicle?

offer advice on replacing or upgrading your blades. We will fit all the above items for a small charge, if you are unsure about doing it yourself. Please ask when you visit Motaman. MOTAMAN 94-96 Bedminster Parade, Bedminster, BS3 4HL. Tel: 0117 9666142 or visit


While checking your bulbs, don’t forget your battery may be in need of renewal. Many drivers forget that batteries don’t last forever and with the increasing demand on a car’s electrical system with more sophisticated equipment such as Sat Navs and hands-free phones, the battery may be on its last legs. Motaman can help you with this, too. Another essential winter check is to ensure windscreen wiper blades are up to the job of keeping vision clear. Motaman carries a wide range of wiper blades and our helpful staff can

Windmill Hill Bike Doctor “From punctures to rebuilds” *Subject to availability

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for all your property needs For 30 Years Ocean have built an enviable reputation for hard work and for providing a first class estate agency service. To add to the current sales and lettings team in Southville we have now brought an all new property lawyers branch to the area offering a truly unique “all under one roof� service to BS3. Whether you are looking to sell, let, rent, get financial or legal services or just some advice, the North St team are happy to help.

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Bedminster Xmas

The first major investments planned by Bedminster’s BID to improve our retails streets have been agreed. These include Christmas lights for North, East and West Streets, an East Street Christmas Fair on Saturday 7th December, and support for Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade - also on 7th December. More details can be found at


GBCP Priorities

Bristol City Council has been piloting a new approach to neighbourhood working in the central and east areas of Bristol. A Neighbourhood Working Coordinator (NWC) has now been appointed to cover the south area, which includes the GBCP. A priority shortlist for action has been produced, based on extensive

door to door interviews: this was presented for final agreement at the GBCP board meeting on Monday 21st October - it’s probably no surprise that high on the list are crime and fear of crime, ASB, litter and rubbish, speeding, and the need to green up our area.

Cumulative Impact

At the last full council meeting on 10th September, the council supported the recommendation from the Licensing Policy Scrutiny Board to support GBCP’s application for an introduction of a Cumulative Impact Area (CIA), which means that it is much more difficult for premises to apply for an alcohol licence. The CIA policy will come into force from January. The full document can be seen at www.bristol. g o v. u k / c o m m i t t e e / 2 0 1 3 / t a / agenda/0910_1800_ta000.html.

Local Area Plan

A great deal of local decisionmaking is now the responsibility of the GBCP. We need an agreed, inclusive plan for how we want to live and work in Bedminster in future years. Consultation and writing are well under way, with several local groups producing their own plans for incorporation into a GBCP-wide plan. Those that are beginning to appear above the parapet are: Southville / Dame Emily Park, West Street (WOW), Bower Ashton, Marksbury, Bedminster BID, Malago and Luckwell. An open meeting to share completed and draft plans and to agree further action took place on 15th October, 7.30pm at Windmill Hill City Farm. Progress will be reported regularly in the GBCP and other newsletters: we aim to have a first draft of the GBCP master plan by spring.

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The Mysterious World of Trusts By Shelley Faulkner Solicitor with AMD Solicitors

Setting up a trust, but why?

Before I began working in the field of private client law, I found it difficult to see why anyone, in the 21st century world of regulation and bureaucracy, would want or need to set up a trust. The concept of giving money away to somebody (or bodies) to hold on behalf of somebody else, seemed to me to be both creating complexity now and potentially storing up costs and trouble for the future. I now appreciate that there are many situations in which setting up a trust is the logical and sensible decision to take. Here are a couple of examples to show why. Say you are married for the second time, with children from the first marriage. You understandably want your current spouse to be able to continue living in your home after your death. However you also want your children to eventually receive the funds you have built up in your lifetime; you do not want them to lose out because you have chosen to remarry. The way to achieve this is to set up a trust in your will. The trust can provide your wife with a home for life, and your children with the funds on your wife’s death. Here is a second example of a logical reason for creating a trust. Say you have suffered an injury in a car accident and (since the fault was another driver’s) been awarded compensation. If you simply bank the compensation, the funds will be

taken into account if you apply for state benefits, and you may lose out on income as a result. If you set up a ‘personal injury trust’, and put the compensation you have received into the trust, the funds will be ignored in the calculation of most benefits. Setting up a personal injury trust is not in any way unethical, since the legislation has been set up with the stated aim of allowing those who have received compensation for an injury to preserve it to meet their future needs, by means of setting up a trust.

Funds for children

There are many other examples of sensible reasons for setting up a trust. Where money is to be held for children, or for an adult who is suffering from a mental illness, for example, the creation of a trust is vital. The world of trusts is, contrary to my former belief, in fact very much a practical and indispensible aspect of modern-day life.

For advice on trusts, probate, wills and all private client issues, contact Shelley and the other members of our team of specialist private client lawyers telephone 0117 9621205 or email or call in at 15 The Mall, Clifton or 100 Henleaze Road, Henleaze. Copyright AMD Solicitors

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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 _________________________


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



FUNKY STREET DANCE 5.10pm-6.00pm, children 5-8yrs E: funky_street_classes@ ZUMBA 6.15pm-7.15pm E: 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 HATHA YOGA 6.30pm-7.30pm contact................07851 728773



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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 _________________________


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MUSIC WITH TODDLERS 10.00am-12.00pm contact................07866 107856 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 18th Nov, for more details, contact................07759 559557


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


WOODCRAFT FOLK 6.15 – 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 QUIZ NIGHT 8.30pm-11.00pm. Teams of four, £2.50 (incl food), 29th Nov


FAT BURNING HIIT 8.30am-9.00am, for details, contact................07920 408013 TAI CHI 9.15am-10.15pm from12th Oct contact.................07718747815 BALLROOM & SEQUENCE DANCING 8.00pm-11pm, 9th & 23rd Nov


NINJUTSU 11.00am-12.00noon contact................07872 693464 JAZZ NIGHT 8.30pm, 17th Nov with Swingtet ___________________________

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


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



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Southville Community Development Association The Southville Centre Bell Tower

You may have noticed over the summer our beautiful bell tower has been clad in scaffolding. We are pleased to say that renovation of the tower is now complete. This was an expensive project and proved challenging at times, as the centre has around 2000 people using it every week! With dedication from staff and tolerance from residents, we have helped to maintain this grade II listed landmark for the future.

SCDA Membership

Lots of new members joined the SCDA at our AGM this year and some have already been enjoying their coffee loyalty card included in their membership packs! If you missed out, don’t worry, you can still join. To find out more, call 0117 923 1039.


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Rooms at the centre can be rented by the hour and we currently have spaces available - so if you are thinking of starting up an exercise or evening class, please call to arrange a viewing on 0117 923 1039.

Bye-Bye Gromit

Missed out on the big auction? Then why not bid for an Emily Ketteringham Gromit at our Auction of Promises on 22nd March 2014? There will also be many other amazing lots up for sale.

Street Parties

Thank you to Hamilton Road residents who chose the SCDA as their charity of choice during their street party. They raised an amazing £115! We are hugely grateful and will use the money raised for the Older People’s Monday Club. Do you want to find out more about fundraising on behalf of your local community centre? Contact Celia Willet on 0117 923 1039.|33



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, The mayor has added a fairly random smattering of 20mph zones to our city. Obviously, this will cause more congestion as traffic is slowed even further. Journeys will take longer. Slower, in a lower gear, will obviously waste more fuel and cost everybody more. It will also create a lot more pollution, damaging you, your children and everybody in Bristol. It seems complete hypocrisy for Bristol to be named ‘Green Capital’ with its ever-increasing

E: air pollution. More motorists are likely to get fined for accidentally ‘speeding’ with all these new zones – another needless attack on drivers and surely not an unplanned side effect. Moreover, while you’re desperately trying to find signs on poles or markings on the road to work out what on earth is the current speed limit, your eyes will be diverted from their main task – that of driving safely. I will be sad but not be too surprised when the first accidents happen because of this sort of distraction – when that happens, perhaps all the victims (including the blamed driver) should sue the mayor personally, not the city, for deliberately creating such a dangerous driving environment. He’s renamed the Council House to City Hall; perhaps he should buy a plot of land somewhere - preferably outside the UK - so he can try his daft and

costly experiments on his own ‘Fergusonville’ instead of on us. Here is another thought - since he’s continually reducing any possibility of our getting ourselves around Bristol in a safe, timely and cost-effective way (the damage being paid for with our tax money!), perhaps he should create a small army of battery-powered rickshaws to move residents around (under cover and with room for tools and equipment) funded out of his own pocket? And how about a referendum to ask Bristolians if Mr Ferguson’s future is the one they want - with an offer to resign if the majority reject it? If he’d been open during the mayoral elections he might have had some sort of mandate to wreck Bristol… but he wasn’t. Phillip Pover Dear Editor, I have read recently that a lot of people are unhappy with the 20mph


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News Art At Atlas

Two local artists are exhibiting some of their popular pieces at the Atlas Cafe in Bedminster this month. Sarah Langford Art will be displaying her animalistic inspired acrylics and floral designs, while Nice Guy Designs will exhibit their spray paint treasures and pop art inspired collage. On 23rd November, originals, prints and cards will be available to buy at the cafe. Food and drinks are available from 7.00pm onwards. To find out more, visit


contd from page 34 speed limit that has recently been introduced locally. In a recent issue of the Pigeon, someone wrote in to complain that the speed limits have made no difference at all. Well, they have made a difference. I, for one, have slowed right down in the car to under the 20mph limit. But it’s true that many drivers impatiently sit close up behind you and many do just ignore the limit, especially in North Street. However, what the council highway department didn’t see coming and continue to ignore is the problem with/for cyclists. 20mph is quite easily achievable on these streets on a bicycle and it is becoming quite dangerous. In my car I am regularly overtaken and undertaken on Dean Lane by cyclists when I am doing 20mph or just under. As a cyclist myself, I am aware of the dangers of overtaking and


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A Word

From Your MP Dawn Primarolo


Bristol City FC

In a couple of weeks time, councillors in Bristol will be meeting to discuss Bristol City Football Club’s plans to redevelop Ashton Gate Stadium. The club have decided to pursue this option following years of complex legal wrangles over the proposed brand new stadium in Ashton Vale. I am on record as supporting a new stadium for Bristol City and I firmly believe that the stadium would provide the best opportunity to bring jobs and investment to Bristol South. However, I fully understand the club’s desire to press ahead with the alternative and I have written to planners at the council in support of the redevelopment option. It is my hope that we can now see progress on this issue and Bristol City can have the 21st Century facilities they need. It is also my hope that there will be no more expensive legal challenges to any lawful decision taken by local councillors.

Energy Prices

With yet more price hikes announced by big energy companies, it has never been more expensive to heat and power our homes. I welcome Ed Miliband’s recent proposal to freeze prices until 2017 as a simple practical step, which would help us all. However the entire energy market needs fixing, and during the price freeze a Labour government would break up the “Big Six”, which would mean splitting energy gen-

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erators from suppliers. At present, most of the energy we use is bought by one part of a “Big Six” company from another, with no transparency in pricing or profits. This will change. Government can take responsibility for ensuring a fair energy market, but we all also have a responsibility to use less energy, simple steps like not using the standby button, which we all know but somehow often forget. More than a third of all homes in Bristol do not have sufficient insulation and I welcome the present government’s decision to ensure that all privately rented homes meet minimum insulation standards - but it is very disappointing that tenants in these homes will have to wait until 2018 for this decision to come into force.


Last month in my column in the Pigeon, I wrote about the Bristol housing crisis and so I was dismayed to hear George Ferguson, the mayor of Bristol, give up on his modest plans to build 1000 affordable homes a year by 2016. This must have come as devastating news to young couples seeking to buy their first home and get on the property ladder - and also to anyone that wants to find an affordable home to rent. I have recently called on the mayor to be more ambitious for Bristol and asked that he join me in lobbying ministers to change the rules so that we can build many more council homes.

How to contact your MP and councillors Dawn Primarolo MP Surgery:

Please ring 0117 909 0063 for an appointment.


Dawn Primarolo MP for Bristol South, Tel: 0117 909 0063, 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.


Write to The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR Mark Bradshaw: tel: 0117 353 3160, email:mark. Colin Smith: tel: 0117 353 3380, email:colin. Sean Beynon: tel: 0117 353 3370, email:sean.

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Housing Crisis

There’s worrying news on affordable housing, with the mayor suggesting that just 600 affordable homes a year will be built in Bristol by the end of his term of office. Sean said: “To put this in context, there are 14,000 people on the housing waiting list in Bristol. Many more are living in unsuitable accommodation. The bedroom tax is hitting social housing tenants, while private renting is out of reach for many. “Dealing with this crisis will demand much of the mayor’s time, and a greater rate of building than he is currently anticipating. Six hundred homes a year will barely scratch the surface. The mayor should be vigorously lobbying government on the importance of this issue.”

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Ashton Vale

It was good to see so many residents at a recent community meeting in Ashton Vale. There was some positive news about money to improve the area - funding is available from the Bovis development for highways, pavement and bus stop improvements. Council officers and the community partnership were there to listen to local ideas about how the funds should be spent and other priority concerns. Mark said: “The turnout was impressive and there’s a real desire to see improvements in the area. Whether the money is spent on roads and public transport or providing new children’s play, Colin and I are keen to see this happen.”

20 MPH Zones

Drivers need to slow down - the 20 mph limit has been in place for a while now, but still some drivers are going too fast. Mark said: “I’ll be speaking with the police about targeting enforcement, and also how we can make drivers more aware of the risks from speeding.”

South Street Park

Thanks to the efforts of a small group of community volunteers, the park is showing real signs of improvement – the new path and gates went in this year and children’s play is the next priority. Watch out for some new equipment in the very near future. Colin and Mark are actively supporting this work. Mark said: “South Street Park has come a long way in recent years and now there are exciting plans for play equipment, which is much needed as so many young families live in the area.”

Tess Green Southville

Council Budget

I shall be making suggestions to the mayor about the services that need protection. Cutbacks in senior management have started but there will be further staff cuts. The mayor has not published a draft budget yet but I will try to keep you updated as information is released.


The mayor now has firm plans for an arena south of Temple Meads. However it will be important that residents are protected from noise, litter and parking problems. We can cover potential parking problems in the Residents Parking Scheme plans, which we think will be up for consultation in the spring.

Bus Survey

First Bus seem to be listening to the cry for cheaper bus fares, particularly for young people. I have started a bus survey to find out what local people think and will be visiting a street near you with this. Please e-mail me if you would like to do the survey on-line.


Many parents in BS3 will currently be considering primary school places for children starting school. Already an anxious time, this has been made worse in recent times by the shortage of school places in our area, although temporary solutions have been put in place. For 2014, more additional places will be required, with more again needed in 2015. At the time of writing, Sean has just met with the assistant mayor for education to discuss the issue, and should have met again with the BS3 Schools Campaign by the time you receive your copy of the Pigeon. Sean said: “School places is one of the biggest issues facing us, and I will continue to keep in touch with the mayor, council and local parents on this important issue.”

Sean Beynon Southville

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Fuel Poverty

Many people struggle to heat their homes, and cold homes damage health and cost the NHS dearly. We could have warm homes, reduce our fuel bills and cut carbon emissions if the government used money it gets from carbon taxes to make homes super-energy efficient. This could end fuel poverty, cut carbon emissions and create jobs. Lobby your MP if you agree.

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Rugby Fixtures

Vintage Market

Broad Plain Rugby Football Club currently play in Gloucester Division 2 - and all are welcome to go and support local rugby. The next home fixtures are on 2nd November versus Westburyon-Severn; on 9th November versus Cheltenham Civil Service; and on 30th November versus Gloucester All Blues. The matches take place at Bristol South End, off St. John’s Lane, and entry is free.

On Saturday 23rd November, a vintage and handmade Christmas market is going to be taking place at the Bristol Pavilion, County Cricket Ground, BS7 9EJ. Items for sale will include vintage clothing, jewellery, retro items, antiques, toys, and handmade gifts. There will also be a cafe selling refreshments. Entry is £1.00 for adults, and there is free car parking on site.

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A new fiddle group is currently taking place at FaithSpace on Tuesday evenings from 5.00pm until 6.30pm every fortnight,

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Local Library

Marksbury Road Library will soon be celebrating the one-year anniversary of its refit, which has brought more space and comfort, and since the changes, visitor numbers and book loans are holding up healthily. As well as offering a range of services and local information, the library is now planning to extend its programme of successful activities and events. On Thursday 7th November, there will be a special talk on the history of Tyntesfield House in North Somerset - please see page 40 for more information. Bob Malkin, chair of the library’s friends, said: “We’ve had really positive feedback on the new-look library and are looking forward to good things ahead.” To find out more, call in or phone the library on 0117 9038574 (all day) Monday, Wednesday, Friday or on Saturday mornings.


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Fireworks Party

The Trinity Centre, Trinity Road is going to be holding a fireworks party, featuring hot food and cider, great music acts, a bonfire and fireworks. Taking place from 6.00pm until 10.00pm on Sunday 3rd November, you can collect a free flyer from the centre as an entry ticket. If you would like more information, please call the centre on 0117 935 1200.

Human Library

them involves sitting down for a conversation - is going to be taking place at The Parlour Showrooms, College Green between 11.00am and 5.00pm. Everybody is welcome to take part so get yourself out of the cold, pick up your library card, choose a book and strike up a conversation! For more information, visit

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Cuddliest Monster

If you go to Leigh Woods on 30th November, you’ll be sure of a Cuddliest Monster surprise! Vala Publishing Co-operative, which is based in Bedminster, is going to be launching a new children’s book, The Crystal Mirror. Taking place at Green Wood Barn, the free afternoon event includes den-building, painting, story telling, and refreshments, including tea and cakes. Please bring some warm clothes and a drawing of a monster to give to the Cuddliest Monster. For more information, email sarah.


St. Aldhelm’s Church, on Chessel Street in Bedminster, recently held a harvest auction, which raised £182 for the Julian Trust night shelter charity. The Julian Trust is a volunteerrun charity located in premises on Little Bishop Street, which provides a night shelter for the homeless in Bristol. More information can be found at the website -|39

WHEN and WHERE, What’s On


Gas Girls Research Group Thursdays (Term Time) Are you interested in local history during World War One? If so, acta theatre needs help gathering information for an upcoming show. The show will be focussing on the lives of the ‘Gas Girls’ who worked in Avonmouth mustard gas factory. Please do get in touch if you have any information. 10.00am - 12.00pm ACTA Theatre, Bedminster 0117 953 2448 Fireworks Display 05 November A firework display will be held at Compass Point South Street Primary School. Tickets cost £3.00 for adults, £2.00 for children and £10.00 for a family ticket - purchase at the school’s reception. 5.00pm for 6.00pm start Compass Point Primary School Southville Gardening Club 05 November Southville Gardening Club will welcome Marian Mako to talk on the history of Somerset gardens. Ms Mako is a renowned historian and author and the group invites any visitors who may like to attend, at a charge of £3.50 at the door, including refreshments and a raffle. 7.30pm St Paul’s Church, Coronation Road 0117 985 7401 Tyntesfield Talk 07 November As the latest in a range of events at Marksbury Road Library in Bedminster, Jennie and Terry Stevens will be giving a fully illustrated talk about Tyntesfield House: the house, its history, the family who lived there and plans for its future. Entrance is £2.50 and includes light refreshments. Please make sure to phone ahead if you can to ensure a seat! 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start Marksbury Road Library 0117 903 8574

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Afrika Eye Festival 08 - 10 November From Friday 8th - Sunday 10th November, the Afrika Eye film festival is going to be taking place at the Watershed on the Harbourside for its eighth year. All Day Watershed, Harbourside Quiz Night 08 November A quiz night is going to be held at St. Paul’s Church, Southville. Teams of up to four people are welcome. Entry is £5.00 each with food provided - bring your own drinks. 7.30pm St. Paul’s Church, Southville Christmas Fair 16th November On Saturday 16th November, a Christmas fair will be taking place in aid of Action For Children. There will be plenty of stalls, a chance to win a hamper and Father Christmas may just pop by! 2.15pm Bedminster Methodist Church Malago WI 27 November The next Malago WI meeting is going to be taking place on 27th November - all women welcome. 8.00pm Bedminster Methodist Church Church Christmas Fair 30 November St Aldhelm’s will be holding their Christmas fair at the church on Chessel Street. On sale will be crafts, cakes, books, jams and chutneys and there will be games and toys for the children, as well as a visit from Father Christmas! Entry will be £1.00 for adults and 50p for children and this will entitle you to a soft drink and a raffle ticket. 11.00am - 3.00pm St Aldhelm’s, Chessel Street 0117 963 9121

Christmas Craft Fair 30 November Ashton Vale Primary School’s Christmas craft fair is going to be taking place on 30 November. There will be plenty for the children to do and make, and Father Christmas will be paying a visit! 1.00pm - 4.00pm Ashton Vale Primary School Christmas Fair 30 November The St Paul’s Church Christmas fair is going to be taking place on Saturday 30th November, and will feature stalls, a bouncy castle, a ball pool, refreshments, and even a visit from Father Christmas. 12.00pm St Paul’s Church Christmas Food and Craft Fair 30 November Ashton Court Estate will be holding a Christmas food and craft fayre on 30th November. The event is going to be featuring plenty of festive gifts. Entry is free. 10.30am - 4.00pm Ashton Court Estate 0117 963 9174 Christmas Fayre 14th December A Christmas fayre is going to be held at the farm, which will include quality trees, live music, mulled wine, and local gift stalls. 12.00pm - 4.00pm Windmill Hill City Farm 0117 963 3252 To contact When and Where, What’s On, call Roxy on 01275 817418 or email:


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• Energy efficient heating systems and controls • Combi boiler installations & upgrades • Central heating & bathroom installations • Boiler servicing & maintenance • Landlord gas safety certificates Register 552112 Call Simon on 07912 626342 / 0117 9633097 E-mail: |

CK ROOFING I R A K Fascias, Soffits, Guttering, Storm Damage Free Quotes

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Tel: 0117 3301041 Mobile: 07775755624 Ask for Rick



GAS SAFE REGISTERED PLUMBER & HEATING ENGINEER All aspects of plumbing & heating from tap washer to full central heating Bathrooms created from concept to completion

Telephone: 0117 964 6852 Mobile: 07703 468 984



Tel: 0117 9634153 TILERS 

Steve Matthews Plumbing and Heating HEATING/ GAS/ BATHROOMS/ SERVICING

Tel: 07977 626255

Scott Pearce Tiling Services All Types Of Tiling Work Undertaken, including

- mosaics - natural stones - porcelain - wet rooms - under tile heating ‘85% of work from recommendations’

Tel: 0117 9028241

Mob: 0777 3760789




Helen Perry


 Built up flat roofing  Tiling  Slates  Leadwork  Plastics  Storm Damage  Chimney Repairs

Tel: 0117 9780378 Mob: 0773 2981931

01179857685 / 07905175748

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Wed 27 November ’13 – Sun 12 January ‘14 For centuries, stories have been told of Sinbad the Sailor and his incredible adventures; stories of catastrophic shipwrecks, far-off lands and mythical beasts. Sinbad is the ultimate hero. But every hero has a secret story…Tobacco Factory Theatre and Travelling Light reunite this Christmas to bring you a warm-hearted telling of Sinbad’s most fantastical adventures, plus a dangerous, heart breaking and hysterical new tale that’s never been told. For ages 6+

Tickets £8 - £17 (NB booking fee may apply) BOX OFFICE - 0117 902 0344




Every Week 10am - 2.30pm

Make a note that our Christmas markets will be 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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Christmas & New Year

We’re starting to feel seasonal at the Tobacco Factory... Our Christmas menu is ready, so if you’re looking for a great place to hold a work or social Christmas meal we’re taking bookings now. This year our legendary New Year’s Eve party will be a Vaudeville Circus Ball - so think feathers, corsets and bustles, or bowler hats, waistcoats and waxed moustaches... See our website for help with planning your costume. We’ve exciting new plans for this year, so don’t miss out - tickets on sale from November.

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The Pigeon Published Edition Nov 2013  

South Bristol micro newspaper/magazine

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