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Southmead News & What’s On

TALKING ‘BOUT

OUR GENERATION! From: The 1970s Southmead Facebook Group n early December 2019, former Southmead lad Bradley Lane was looking through some old snaps and came across one from around 1978, taken at Portsmouth Docks. It was a Fonthill School Camp Group photo taken outside of the HMS Victory. Bradley says, “I got to thinking how much I had enjoyed the first ten years of my life when I was living in Southmead and started reliving some of my memories. That’s when I decided to start the 1970s Southmead Group on Facebook and see what other people remembered about the area at that �me. I could not believe how fast it took off and how many

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great stories and pictures were posted. We currently have 3074 members! The Group has been really successful in reconnec�ng people who have lost touch over the years and I have had many people thanking me for helping them to revive old friendships”. Early on, Bradley picked up that the members would like to do something to help the community and that’s when the idea of a fundraiser for the Youth Club and The Ranch came into existence. The members have been very generous to date, dona�ng £850 and that figure is s�ll growing. The next thing that became apparent was that having some sort of 1970s get-together would prove to be con�nued on page 3 . . .

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Half-term Play Trail Thanks to 1970s The Soap is back! Things to do? Meeting reminders Weekly What’s On Church up-date New Places Regeneration Talk Inclusion Update Marion’s Memories


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HALF-TERM PLAY TRAIL MONDAY 17th FEB

TUESDAY 18th FEB

AM: Play & Make Lunch at St Stephen’s, FREE: please see below *

AM: 10:30 - 12:00 ROCKET KIDS at the Greenhouse Café, FREE *

AM: Play & Make Lunch at St Stephen’s, FREE: please see below *

PM: 12:30 - 4:00 PLAY at The Ranch FREE (Southmead Adventure Playground, Doncaster Road)

PM: 12:30 - 4:00 PLAY at The Ranch FREE (Southmead Adventure Playground, Doncaster Road)

PM: How about taking the Greenhouse Café Half-term Prize Trail through Badock’s Wood? FREE Available every day during Café hours below

THURSDAY 20th FEB AM: 10:30 - 12:00 BUTTERFLIES, BEES & BUGS at the Greenhouse Café * PM: 12:30 - 4:00 Play at The Ranch FREE (Southmead Adventure Playgroud, Doncaster Road) including

FRIDAY 21st FEB Last day to enter the Greenhouse Café Half-term Prize Trail through Badock’s Wood. Available every day during Café hours - 8:30am - 3:00pm

Learn to Ride with Life Cycle, Bikes & Balance Bikes available to borrow * MAKE LUNCH AT ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH (Ullswater Road) Make Lunch provides fun ac�vi�es and a free hot meal during school holidays for primary school aged children. It is poten�ally running on Monday 17th February and Wednesday 19th February. These dates are s�ll to be confirmed, pending volunteer availability, but if you would like to book a space please email Rachel at:

enquiriesststephenssouthme ad@gmail.com or send a text to 07825 689 336

* ROCKET KIDS with James (Play Team) Tuesday 18th February Come and have some fun with James to make and then launch home-made rockets . . . igni�on sequence start! All materials provided FREE Venue: Greenhouse Café, Date: Tuesday 18th February Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

WEDNESDAY 19th FEB

KIDS LUNCHES at the GREENHOUSE CAFÉ MON - FRI THIS WEEK All things chips & cheesy, healthy stuff too (lovely salads for grown-ups), Pie Day on Tuesday, filled jacket potatoes, bague�es, paninis, sandwiches, snacks, crisps, cakes, ice cream . . . Open 8:30am - 3:00pm Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, BS10 5PY tel: 0117 950 3335

* BUTTERFLIES, BEES & BUGS with Lucy Thursday 20th February Plant flower seeds so our beau�ful local insects will have food growing for spring�me. Lucy will teach you how to plant your seeds, how to protect them, and what to do when spring comes. Each person will take home their pot with planted seeds, FREE Venue: Greenhouse Café, Date: Thursday 20th February, Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm


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very popular as it was being men�oned a lot by the members in their comments. Bradley got in touch with Chris Balson, one of the first members to join up and a driving force within the group, and between the two of them ‘The 1970s Southmead Facebook Bash’, as it’s been named, was born! The night should be a lot of fun with DJ Andy Gee spinning some 60s, 70s and 80s tunes, a raffle with some really great prizes, and an auc�on of former WBA super-middleweight boxing champion George Groves’ signed memorabilia, including gloves. Also, if you fancy digging around in your wardrobe, 1970s fancy dress is op�onal! All the proceeds from the event will be going to the Southmead Development Trust to help with the running and upkeep of the Youth Club and The Ranch. TICKETS ON SALE NOW for The 1970s Southmead Facebook Group Bash - venue: Greenway Centre on: Saturday 2nd May at: 7.30 pm – Midnight �cket price: £7.50 each buy at: Greenway Centre & Nezcafé on Southmead Road.

funds to keep the site open. Luckily, it was the charity Playbus’s responsibility to staff and run the play sessions, and so we were delighted that they would con�nue while we looked at ways to fund the site’s bills and upkeep. Sadly, Playbus, a well-loved charity in Bristol for 50 years, then closed. We were then le� with both the costs for opera�ng the building and for the play sessions, including paying staff. The first thing we did was to employ the experienced Playbus staff who already worked at The Ranch, so they could By James Creed, Team Leader, con�nue to run the same number of Children and Young People, sessions. Unfortunately, the costs SOUTHMEAD DEVELOPMENT TRUST involved quickly became too much for e’re really blown away by the us and so we had to take the difficult fundraising from 1970s decision that, in order to raise money, Southmead; this sort of kindness will we needed to move the Saturday make a huge difference over the sessions to Tuesdays so we could earn coming year. We plan to spend it on revenue from hiring out The Ranch as a our Easter holiday events programme Saturday private party space. and on some much needed repairs to A play session involves the running play equipment. It’s fantas�c to see a costs of the site itself including past genera�on of Southmead kids get insurance, the wages of fully qualified behind the current genera�on to help staff, and the price of materials needed to make sure that opportuni�es for the session. The Ranch cannot be con�nue at well-loved places like The open without fully qualified staff as it is Ranch. not a public park. The good news is The Ranch is owned by the Council that we’re s�ll open for three sessions who licence it to tenants to operate. a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and At the beginning of last year the Thursdays, from 3:00pm un�l 5:00pm. tenants who were running it could not All our sessions are fun and welcoming. carry on and the Council asked the Do come and join us and let us know Southmead Development Trust to what you think! become the new licensees. We knew it We are also the licensees of the was extremely important to our Southmead Youth Centre on Arnside. It community for The Ranch not to close is open on Mondays and Tuesdays to and there was no-one else to take it everyone between the age of 11 and on. But taking it on was a huge risk as 18, from 5:00pm un�l 7:00pm. Again, we knew we would have to find the this building is owned by the Council;

A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE RANCH & SYC

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a�er it was at risk of closure in 2014 the Southmead Development Trust agreed to take on the licence to run it. In order to meet the costs of keeping the building open we rent out its rooms and spaces to other organisa�ons, and this rent helps to pay for the bills and towards our staff and session costs there. Raising funds to keep buildings running is a full-�me job and, as men�oned, we have recently been working on offering our spaces for par�es and events - you may have seen our banners up. If you’d like to hire a space for an event or party, please do get in touch with me. The 1970s Southmead group are hiring the Old School Hall at our other site, the Greenway Centre, to have a great big party and to con�nue to raise funds for Southmead’s young people. Remember to get your �cket as soon as possible because it’s going to be busy! In the coming weeks we’ll be sending out an invita�on to our Volunteer Forum so that everyone can come and find out more about what we’re doing and how to help – keep a look out for posters and on social media for the date. Meanwhile, a massive thanks to 1970s Southmead for all their efforts; we’re delighted that the community is helping to support our kids and young people – I firmly believe they are not just the future, they are also the solu�on. Contact: James Creed, telephone: 0117 950 3335, email: jamescreed@southmead.org


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We are currently taking on new patients to join our friendly GP practice. We are proud to have been voted two times in the

GP survey and Bristol Post as ‘Best Bristol Practice’. Our GPs operate with personal patient lists and we have excellent appointment availability for both same day appointments and routine. We have one of the best patient recommendation scores on NHS choices with 93.9% of patients recommending our service. Our Practice is dedicated to providing quality, patient-centred health care by helping individuals achieve a sense of well-being, whatever their particular needs,working in partnership with our local community.

For more details on how to register as a patient with

please visit our website www.greenwaycommunitypractice.nhs.uk visit the surgery to pick up a registration pack or call 0117 959 8939 to speak to one of our friendly receptionists. Greenway Community Practice, Greystoke Avenue, Bristol BS10 6AF


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MEADOWS TO MEADERS IS BACK! From the archives: Mike & Jeanne Murch, 21st February 1959 (Southmead Baptist Church) - “Bloody freezing!!” said Mike

By Ruth Myers MYERS-INSOLE LOCAL LEARNING

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eadows to Meaders is Southmead's own community soap opera based on the true stories and events of those who have lived, worked and grown up here. Partners Myers-Local Learning CIC and Southmead Development Trust are delighted to have again secured funding from ARTS Council England and Bristol City Council, to work with Bristol Old Vic. This third episode will again be wri�en and performed by Southmead Residents. But this �me the play features a wedding on the estate, it’s called ‘Love On The Mead’, and there will also be an accompanying exhibi�on to celebrate weddings and unions from different cultures. We feel lucky that Director Craig Edwards has agreed to join us again. Craig works with the Bristol Old Vic, Travelling Light Theatre Company, and the Tobacco Factory, and said, "I’m so happy to be working with such a talented group of Southmead Residents. Most of them have never acted before but are so passionate about recrea�ng their local stories". This �me the scene will be set in the 1970s, but we’ll be popping back

to visit 1940s and 50s Southmead to hang out with American G.I.s, prac�ce our dance moves at Gloria’s School of Dance, and enjoy a bit of friendly rivalry between Rovers and City! Romance will be in the air with Valerie Meadows and Mark Meader tying the knot; we're all invited to this very special occasion so please be sure to wear your best wedding finery! Details: There are two performances on Saturday 28th March 2020 - at 1:00pm and 3:30pm. Tickets will be on sale at the Greenway Centre from Monday 2nd March, price: £2.00, u16s 50p. We want to make sure that everyone can a�end the show so if you have any access requirements please contact Stephen Haddow at the Greenway Centre so we can plan to meet your needs. For more info about the project please contact Ruth Myers. e: ruth@locallearning.org.uk or leave a message at the Greenway Centre t: 0117 950 3335

RETRO WEDDING EXPO!

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ou don’t need to act to be involved in Meaders to Meaders. How about sharing your memorabilia for the Retro Southmead Wedding Exhibi�on at the Greenway Centre. We’d love to display your stories, memories, photos and artefacts from weddings and special occasions in Southmead. From wedding dresses and cake toppers, to the music for a first dance or the menu, we want to show the lot! Whether you �ed the knot last summer or back in the 1950s, tell us all about it and all the different ways you celebrated it. We’d like stories from partnerships and marriages from all cultures and genders, and we want all the details like the food, the fashion, the music and the mood! Bertel Mar�n is a Bristol historian working with the project and will be taking copies of your precious items to create the exhibi�on. He will also chat through your memories with you, to include in the exhibi�on, if you don’t want to write them down. For more info please email: bert@bertelmar�n.com


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THINGS TO DO LIST?

WRITE FOR PLEASURE? Christmas has been and gone and we have made it through dismal January. Two years on and Southmead Crea�ve Writers Group have restarted their weekly workshops, mee�ng on Wednesdays, 10.30am, at the Greenway Centre. Our first publica�on is out there, and we have a core membership of loyal trusted friends and those who come and go; when and if, but they are never the less valued for their individual contribu�ons. Our workshops are crea�ve, informal, but above all honest and friendly, and you are so welcome to join us. For more informa�on, do contact Kath Horseman on 0117 950 0587

HELP TO CONNECT NEIGHBOURS? Our volunteer Linda visits Ricky and Sylvia in their home every Thursday. Sylvia has limited mobility and needs a hoist to move about. Ricky is her husband and carer. They have enjoyed spending �me together with Linda and ge�ng to know about each others’ lives. “It’s nice to talk to somebody as some�mes I don’t see a soul” - Sylvia Could you spend �me with a neighbour? Help us tackle the loneliness and isola�on on your doorstep. Get in touch with Le�y, tel: 0117 950 3335 or email: le�yanderton@southmead.org

DABBLE IN LOCAL HISTORY? GET FIND A JOB HELP? Job Club at the Greenway Centre is a place for FREE support, advice and guidance. Come and join us each Friday from 09:30am to 12:30pm. We offer help with CV wri�ng, computer skills, interview techniques, job applica�ons, employability, referrals for debt & advice, and job searches. Loca�on: CMT Service, Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5PY. Tel: 0117 950 3335 Greenway Job Club is run by partners CMT, Southmead Development Trust and West of England Works.

One resident’s passion for local history has resulted in A Short History of The Holmwood Estate which includes previously unpublished photos, and features Southmead Manor House, Henleaze Lake, Westbury Wildlife Park and Badock's Wood (including the prefab homes and the burial mound), as well as the original planning 'ba�le' of the Holmwood Gardens development. You can buy a copy at the Greenway Centre at the special price of £3.00, just telephone their recep�on desk (0117 950 3335) to reserve your copy or call in. If you have an interest in local history, planning and development, then this could be just the book for you! For further info email: Alan aburrowpub@gmail.com


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MEETINGS & HELP BS10 PARKS & PLANNING

INCLUSION SOUTHMEAD

TEAM SOUTHMEAD

time - 6:00pm - 8:00pm • Monday 10th February

time - 11:00am - 1:00pm • Tuesday 11th February • Tuesday 10th March • Tuesday 14th April

time - 11:00am - 1:00pm • Tuesday 25th February • Tuesday 31st March • Tuesday 28th April

at: NORTH BRISTOL LINKS (aka Lancercost Centre)

at: SOUTHMEAD LIBRARY

Info, contact Anthea tel: 07867 690 422 online info page: http://themead.org.uk/ inclusion-southmead

Info, contact Deana tel: 07790 426 609 online info page: http://themead.org.uk/ team-southmead

SOUTHMEAD QUIZ NIGHTS: • Friday 21st Feb • Friday 27th March • Friday 24th April • Friday 29th May • Friday 26th June

* IMPORTANT NEWS * These SCART Shop services are moving to Southmead Library later this month SCART SHOP IN THE LIBRARY

at Henbury & Brentry CC

• Monday 9th March at Greenway Centre

• Monday 6th April

Henbury & Brentry CC Info, contact Mike tel: 07875 126 321 online info page: http://themead.org.uk/ bs10-parks-planning

All held at the URC, Wigton Crescent, from 7pm - 9pm Entry is £3 per person, with all proceeds going to the Festival. Free unlimited tea, coffee and nibbles. Feel free to bring your own alcohol.

THE MEAD PRE-QUIZ BONUS PRIZE DRAW To enter: Answers on a postcard/paper only, emails will not be entered. 1. What was Bristol Rovers originally called? (keep it clean!) 2. Who was Bristol’s most famous real pirate? 3. How deep is Pen Park Hole? 4. What was Henleaze Lake originally called? 5. How may residents are there in Southmead? 6. What was Bristol City originally called? (keep it clean!) 7. Tell us a way to improve The Mead

Thursdays, 11:00 - 3:00pm • Bristol Credit Union • Foodbank Vouchers • Support & Access help This should be available from 13th February, but please check in the Library for details.

We’re sure you’ll join The Mead in saying a huge thank you to Karen Green and her team of Volunteers, including Lou, Vee, Jason and many others. They have run the Shop on Arnisde, for the community, since 2009. It’s great that some services will continue at the Library and we look forward to calling in to say hello to the new ‘SCART Shop in the Library’!


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YOU HAVE ASKED US TO ADD THE FINISH TIMES & PRICES TO EACH EVENT - THANK YOU FOR THE FEEDBACK, WE ARE WORKING ON IT . . . GREENWAY CENTRE - tel: 0117 950 3335 MON

TUES

WED

THURS

FRI

SAT

09.15 AM - 10:00 AM

STRONG by Zumba - £3.00

10:15 AM -

Keep Fit

10.30 AM - 11:30 AM 11:30 AM - 14:30 PM

Forever Ac�ve (Seniors class) - £3.00 Escape Pain (Referrals only, 6 week course)

14.00 PM - 15:00 PM

Staying Steady (falls preven�on class - health consulta�on required before a�ending) - £3.50

18.00 PM - 18:45 PM

Circuit Training - £3.50

16:00 PM -

Predators Cheerleaders

16:00 PM -

Taekwondo

18:00 PM -

World Tan Soo Do

19.00 PM - 20:00 PM

Myofascial Release - £3.50

19.00 PM -

Badminton Club

09.15 AM - 10:00 AM

Piloexercise (high energy dance) - £3.00

10:15 AM -

Badminton Club

11.00 AM -

Tai Chi

12.30 PM - 13:15 PM

Qigong - £3.00

14.00 PM - 15:00 PM

Staying Steady (falls preven�on class - health consulta�on required before a�ending) - £3.50

16:00 PM -

Predators Cheerleaders

18.00 PM - 18:45 PM

Insane X (High Intensity) - £3.50

18.30 PM - 19:15 PM

Zumba - £3.50

19.00 PM - 20:00 PM

Boxercise - £3.50

19.30 PM -

TNT Gym (Circuit Training)

09.15 AM - 10:00 PM

STRONG by Zumba - £3.00

10.00 AM - 11:00 AM

Walk for Health (Gentle Walking through Badock’s Wood) - FREE (all welcome)

10.00 AM - 11:30 AM

Play Your Cards Right - Games Club - FREE (all welcome to drop in)

10.30 AM - 11:30 AM

Be�er Breathing (specialist class for those with health condi�ons) - £3.00

10.30 AM - 12:00 AM

Crea�ve Writers Group FREE (all welcome)

11.45 AM - 12:30 PM

Intermediate Pilates - £4.00

13.00 PM -

Singing for Lung Health (Breath of Life) FREE (all welcome)

15.30 PM -

Reach A�er School Club

18.00 PM - 18:45 PM

Legs, Bums & Tums - £3.50

19.00 PM - 20:00 PM

Fitness Pilates - £5.00

19:00 PM -

North Bristol Wellbeing Choir

09.15 AM - 10:00 AM

Soca Step - £5.00

09.45 AM -

Imps Toddler Group

10.30 AM - 11:30 AM 13:30 PM - 14:30 PM

Forever Ac�ve - £3.00 Escape Pain (Referrals only, 6 week course)

16:00 PM -

Predators Cheerleaders

18.00 PM - 18:45 PM

Insane X (high intensity) - £3.50

19.00 PM - 20:00 PM

Skip Box - £3.50

19.00 PM -

Westbury Art Club

19.00 PM -

Support for Mental Wellbeing

19.30 PM -

TNT Gym (Circuit Training)

09.15 AM - 10:00 AM

Cubatone (high energy dance) - £3.00

10.00 AM - 11:00 AM

Be�er Breathing (specialist class for those with health condi�ons) - £3.00

10.30 AM -

Southmead Knit & Na�er

11.00 AM -

Tai Chi (Improvers)

12.00 PM - 12:50 PM

Boxercise (women only) - £3.00

14.00 PM - 15:00 PM

Staying Steady (falls preven�on class - health consulta�on required before a�ending) - £3.50

18.00 PM - 19:00 PM

Pilates

19.00 PM - 19:45 PM

Fitness Yoga

09:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Forever Ac�ve (Seniors class) - £3.50

11.30 AM - 12:30 PM

Circuit Training - £3.50 SOUTHMEAD YOUTH CENTRE - enquiries: James Creed tel: 0117 950 3335

MON

17.00 PM - 19:00 PM

TUES

17.00 PM - 19:00 PM

Open to ages 11 - 18 Open to ages 11 - 18 SOUTHMEAD ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND - THE RANCH - enquiries: James Creed tel: 0117 950 3335

TUES

15:00 PM - 17:00 PM

Open to children & families

WED

15:00 PM - 17:00 PM

Open to children & families

THURS

15:00 PM - 17:00 PM

Open to children & families


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SOUTHMEAD COMMUNITY CENTRE - tel: 0117 950 1187 MON

09.30 AM +

Slimming World also 11:30 PM | 17:30 PM | 19:30 PM

TUES

09.30 AM - 10:30 AM

Line Dancing

12.30 PM - 14:00 PM

Good Companions Lunch Club (eat at 13.00)

14.00 PM - 16:00 PM

Ladies Club

14.00 PM - 16:00 PM

SCC Bingo

17.30 PM +

Slimming World also 19:30 PM

19.15 PM - 21:45 PM

SCC Bingo

10.30 AM - 13:00 PM

SCC Coffee Morning & Bingo

10.30 AM - 12:0 PM

Southmead Young Mums

14.00 PM - 15:00 PM

SCC Tai Chi

16.15 PM - 17:15 PM

Distrac�on Dance

17.30 PM - 20:00 PM

Bristol Keralites Associa�on

17:30 PM - 19:30 PM

MF Mar�al Arts

18.30 PM - 19:15 PM

Fran�c Fitness

18:30 PM - 20:00 PM

Christ Embassy Group

19.30 PM - 22:00 PM

SCC Sequence Dance

09.15 AM - 10:00 PM

SCC Cubatone

10.30 AM - 12:30 PM

SCC Knit & Na�er

13.30 PM - 16:00 PM

SCC Harmony Bingo

17.00 PM - 19:00 PM

Precision Dance

19.15 PM - 21:45 PM

SCC Bingo

WED

THURS

IMPORTANT NEWS See SCART Shop services update on page 7

19.30 PM - 21:00 PM

Precision Dance

FRI

16.15 PM - 17:15 PM

Distrac�on Dance

SAT

10.00 AM -

Southmead Somali Associa�on

SUN

18.00 PM - 21:00 PM

SCC Bingo

19.30 PM - 23:00 PM

Irish Dancing

MON

09.30 AM -

Baby & Toddler Group

WED

09.30 AM -

C of E Communion

MON

11.30 AM -

Keep Fit for Living (also 09.45 AM at Scout Hut, Tranmere Ave, Brentry)

18.00 PM -

Aadra Kalaa Dance

10.00 AM -

Southmead History Group

18.00 PM -

Girls Brigade - 3rd Bristol

18.00 PM -

Aadra Kalaa Dance

ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH - tel: 0117 950 7164

NEW BRUNSWICK URC - tel: 0117 950 7776

WED THURS

ACTIVITIES AT OTHER VENUES M-F

10.00 AM -

Ac�vi�es for 60+ at Westbury Fields, tel: 0117 377 3700

MON

10.30 AM -

Coffee Morning at Pentecostal Church, tel: 0117 987 1327

17.00 PM -

Wicketz - ages 8-11 at Bristol Free School, tel: 07398 211 598

09.20 AM -

Westbury Walkers - meets in W-o-T, tel: 0117 330 1194

TUES

09.30 AM -

Debt Advice appts - Greenway GP Surgery, tel: 0117 924 1930

THURS

09:25 AM -

Henbury Walking Group - meets at Crow Lane Flats, tel: 0117 377 6247

WED

18.15 PM -

BS10 Community Bingo, The Woodnook, tel: 07968 277 787

SOUTHMEAD LIBRARY - tel: 0117 903 8583 OPEN: Tues 11:00 AM - 17:00 PM | Wed 11:00 AM - 17:00 PM | Fri 13:00 PM - 17:00 PM | SAT 11:00 AM - 17:00 PM TUE

11.30 AM -

Story �me Takeover

WED

11.15 AM -

Story & Rhyme - Baby Bounce

11.15 AM -

Art Club on the Mezzanine (Adults)

14.00 PM -

Southmead Shares Reading

12.00 PM -

Junior Art Club

02.00 PM -

Saturday S�tch (Adults)

SAT

SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES & FAITH GROUPS 09.00 AM -

Catholic Mass at St Vincent’s Church

10:00 AM -

Christ Embassy Group at Southmead Community Centre

10.00 AM -

C of E Service at St Stephen’s Church

10:00 AM -

Southmead Somali Group at Southmead Community Centre

10.30 AM -

Community Church at Greenway Centre

11.00 AM -

New Brunswick United Reformed Church

10.00 AM -

Southmead Somali Associa�on at Southmead Community Centre

10.00 AM -

Christ Embassy Group at Southmead Community Centre

14.00 PM -

Senegalian Cultural Group at Southmead Community Centre

18.30 PM -

Pentecostal Holiness Church


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MORE THINGS TO DO?

BE PART OF A BIGGER STORY AT SOUTHMEAD LIBRARY IN 2020

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hared Reading brings people together to read, listen and talk about stories and poems. More than 500 groups meet across the UK, with dozens in Bristol, and now there’s a vibrant group running at Southmead Library. Recently we’ve looked at stories about marriage, Christmas and even trips to the pub! Shared Reading isn’t about how much you know about books or literature – it’s a chance to read and listen. Group members offered these thoughts about what Shared Reading does for them: “Reading out loud gave me the confidence to read in front of people, it is great mee�ng everyone and reading short stories.” “Be�er than a book club. No homework! We read a passage chosen by the leader and discuss, o�en a very lively discussion!” “It’s good for my well-being, it’s good to talk and laugh”. “I thoroughly enjoy it, why not come and join us!” All the groups are free and are drop-in, with no pressure to read out loud, and new people are always given a warm welcome. Trained volunteers run the groups and choose what the group reads. In Bristol, shared reading groups are run in associa�on with Bristol Libraries and funded by Bristol Ageing Be�er. If you would like to try it out, drop-in to Southmead Library on Wednesdays, 2:00pm-3.30pm, or find out about other groups near you, email: michaelprior@thereader.org.uk

We’re a friendly group who meet for an hour every Wednesday, at 1pm, in the Activity Room at the Greenway Centre - and often before in the Café for a quick lunch. So if you have a spare hour and can come and say "hello", we'd love to meet you, and you'd have a warm welcome!

MONDAY 9:30am, 11:30am, 5:30pm, 7:30pm TUESDAY 5:30pm, 7:30pm at Southmead Community Centre, Greystoke Avenue, Southmead, BS10 6BQ Call Nicola on : 07873 818 193


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SOUTHMEAD’S FAITHS & CHURCHES NEW BRUNSWICK URC: UPDDATE By Gill Waines wenty years ago, a devasta�ng fire destroyed the main hall of our church resul�ng in it being completely renovated. This gave us a mul�-use building and we were thankful that we s�ll had a place to call our church home; it became our aim to open it up so that our local community could share it with us. Over the years we have seen it used by many groups for many different purposes, from mee�ngs to play spaces. We meet every Sunday at 11am, and our Girls Brigade has been on this site for 70 years this year, something we intend to celebrate. Community groups that use us are the Local History Group, a gentle exercise class, the Southmead Project, and groups teaching keyboards and tradi�onal Indian dance, as well as support groups for medical issues. We have a weekly sewing class and a monthly cra� group. Another church group also make good use of our premises for their services, having no building of their own. Informa�on about the ac�vi�es can be found in the centre pages of The Mead. We host the Southmead Quiz every month and all monies raised from this are used to support the annual Southmead Fes�val. This is such a fun evening, enjoyed by all who a�end. Future dates are on page 6. A warm welcome awaits you if should care to join us.

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The Mead was fascinated by Gill’s reference to the URC’s fire and so we looked it up - it made national news at the time. If you’re interested too, this is an internet link to the story printed in The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/ news/vandals-test-a-churchsfaith-1157097.html

Luckily those days are far behind us now.

ST STEPHEN’S: ‘TOKEN’ GESTURES TO HELP OUR KIDS By Rachel Healy e are very excited to announce that Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) Make Lunch Southmead has been selected for Tesco's community token scheme. During January, February and March, when shopping in store at many local Tesco stores (including the Tesco Expresses in Southmead, Westburyon-Trym and Horfield, as well as many larger stores such as the ones in Henleaze and Bradley Stoke), shoppers who take tokens can choose Make Lunch as their choice of charity for Tesco to donate to. At the end of the quarter, TLG will then get either £500, £1,000 or £2,000 depending on how many tokens are put into their pot. Half of this will come directly to Make Lunch in Southmead, run by St Stephen's Church. Please remember to request a token whenever you shop in-store to drop in the TLG pot. This will raise vital funds towards suppor�ng Make Lunch. Holiday hunger is very real and affects many families in our community. Make Lunch provides much needed hot meals during the school holidays

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as well as various fun ac�vi�es for school children. Many children look forward to a�ending Make Lunch and we've seen them form friendships with each other as well, with Make Lunch being the only opportunity for them to see each other.

Dear Reader, I hope you all had a Happy Christmas, and Santa brought you all the things you wanted, and not forgetting the meaning of Christmas when Jesus was born. I wish all the best for the New Year, may you all have showers of blessings and new beginnings. God bless you all, love, Dawn Payne


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ristol’s newest care home has been officially opened by the Bristol Bears’ mascot, Brizzley Bear. Residents, team members, and the local community joined the well-known mascot at the grand launch of Trymview Hall, on Southmead Road, at a party that was also a�ended by children from Manor House Nursery. It was an a�ernoon of celebra�on, complete with entertainment from the Cover Girlz, who sang a variety of vintage hits. The opening ceremony included the announcement of local hero winners, a compe��on which ran in the lead up to the home opening to reward local people who go above and beyond for their community. Deserving winner, Rose Pope, was crowned the local hero and presented with a prize by Care UK regional director Omar Taylor. Rose was nominated for her work as a carer and for ensuring the people she looks a�er have ac�ve lives, this includes organising an annual group trip to Minehead for the past 21 years. Second and third place runners up, Suzanne Daggar and Mike Murch, were also honoured in the ceremony for their hard work in the local community. The celebra�on saw Brizzley Bear, alongside one of the first residents, Tom Fitzpatrick, and local hero winner, Rose Pope, cut the ribbon to officially open the care home. Fun and games followed the official proceedings, with cupcake decora�ng

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t our January mee�ng Charlo�e Hanna and Russell Nunn from YTL Developments both a�ended. Charlo�e gave a very comprehensive video presenta�on of their plans and aspira�ons for the new arena to be sited in the exis�ng central Brabazon Hangar, together with a Fes�val Hall and Community Hub located in the two smaller side hangars. Russell then explained their plans for the Charlton Rd/West Way applica�on, emphasising that there will be no access to the new arena from Charlton Road. Vehicles needing

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gaining much a�en�on from visitors, while residents and guests enjoyed a keep fit ac�vity session led by the Bristol Bear Community Founda�on. There was also the opportunity to have a go on the home’s interac�ve table, which featured games, including chess, as well as the opportunity to have a caricature drawn by The Arty One. Pamela Arnsmeyer, home manager at Trymview Hall, said: “Our grand launch party was a wonderful success and the perfect way to mark such an important moment for Trymview Hall. The local schools,

businesses and neighbours have been so warm and welcoming; we feel like we are already part of the community. “We were delighted to have such honourable guests among us, and it was fantas�c to see residents, team members, friends, family and locals all joining in the fun. It was truly a day to remember.” For more informa�on call Customer Rela�ons Manager Evonne Burch on: 0333 321 8351, or email evonne.burch@careuk.com

to access the arena site will be able to use West Way only a�er crossing the ‘airfield’ from the North. There will be two separate bus gate cameras installed, one before the junc�on with Charlton Road which will allow Airbus and other regular users through to the Airbus site. The other will be on the airfield side of the junc�on with a similar purpose. As long as drivers enter and leave in the same direc�on no sanc�on will be triggered, but if they ac�vate both North and South cameras then a fine will follow. The opera�on of these cameras will be the responsibility of South

Gloucestershire Council. Russell then explained how sound proofing was measured and will be used in and around the Arena to minimise the impact on residents. Everyone is welcome at the BS10 Parks & Planning mee�ngs on the second Monday of every month at either the Greenway Centre or Henbury Community Centre, 18.00 – 20.00 pm. For more info email: mike.murch@sky.com or telephone: 0117 950 3719. You can read our mee�ng minutes online: h�p://www.themead.org.uk/bs10parks-planning/


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TALKING ABOUT REGENERATION From Arnside & Glencoyne Regenera�on Project Team e came runners up in the recent Royal Town Planning Ins�tute Southwest Branch - Awards for Planning Excellence. The awards celebrate excep�onal examples of planning which will make valuable contribu�ons to society through aiming to transform economies, environments and communi�es. These quali�es have been recognised by the Ins�tute in the plans for Glencoyne Square. Led by Southmead Resident Mike Murch, the planners and architects from Nash Partnership and Streets Reimagined a�ended the ceremony at the new Somerdale/Chocolate Quarter development in Keynsham. Somerdale was the overall winner, but as ‘Highly Commended’ the Southmead plans came second, being celebrated in par�cular for the quality and extent of the work led by, and alongside, Southmead Residents to prepare the masterplan and planning applica�on for the development of Glencoyne Square. All the award entries were of an extremely high standard and included plans for Bedminster Green in Bristol, a regenera�on project in Taunton, the regenera�on of quarries in Dorset, and the renova�on of the Grade 11-listed Swanage Pier. However, as runners up, the Southmead plans beat them all! loved clothes Mike said, “we are absolutely delighted with this recogni�on for the way the community has worked with the professionals to make sure that the regenera�on in Southmead is going to be how residents want it and that it will benefit genera�ons to come”.

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Phone 0117 950 3335 to book a FREE seller table

Greenhouse Café OPEN from 9:00 AM for sweet & savoury treats, teas & coffees.

For more info contact Hannah Walker, tel: 0117 950 3335, email: hannahwalker@southmead.org

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INCLUSION SOUTHMEAD level of the doors, where a gap makes access difficult for wheelchair-users. This plan was also ‘pulled’ by the Council because the regenera�on of Arnside will include making the pavements level. In the mean�me, McColls have put a bell by the entrance so that people can call for assistance. Although this is not the solu�on, it is helpful in the short term. Richard Baggo�, McColls area manager, has been regularly a�ending our Inclusion Southmead mee�ngs and he told us that as a result of the campaign by Southmead Residents, all McColls branches in Bristol have now been fi�ed with help bells at the entrances. He also updated us that McColls have now completed a survey of access inside of the Arnside shop and results are to follow (so watch this space!).

ACCESS FOR ALL WITH BELLS ON!

Pictured above: Inclusion’s Linda taking ac�on on Arnside.

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s you might know, the Inclusion Southmead group has been campaigning to improve access for disabled and older people to local shops, parks and transport in our community. At the top of our list has been the McColls shop and Post Office at Arnside. Although the shop has double doors, for a long �me these were locked, so the only way to get in was through a single heavy door with a step. As a result, some disabled and older residents have been le� outside. Since the closure of Southmead House, the Post Office at McColls is now more important than ever for residents who need to pay rent and bills there. However, due to the lack of access, some disabled residents have been forced to ask family or friends to make payments for them. Following our ‘Access For All’ campaign, McColls made plans for a new entrance with a ramp. But on reviewing the plans, Bristol City Council rejected them on safety grounds. McColls also unlocked the double-doors and planned to build a small slope from the pavement to the

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ne of the group recently had first-hand experience of a wheelchair user wai�ng in the cold and rain to board a First Bus bus. He had already been refused access to two buses because the disabled space had been taken up by two children’s buggies. The bus le� the wheelchair user si�ng in the cold rain. Please help us to form a balanced view of issues on the buses by le�ng us know about your experiences of travelling on First Bus, good and bad. We plan to meet First Bus to discuss the service at our next mee�ng. Thank you.

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e work �relessly to improve issues for everyone in Southmead regardless of personal limita�ons. In the last five years we have worked on a number of key issues, one being the need for computer courses for beginners. We are delighted to announce the first six-week course will begin on Thursday 13th February. The pace of this weekly course is designed to suit all par�cipants during which it will be easy to ask ques�ons if you’re stuck. It is held in the fully accessible North Bristol Links building (formerly Lanercost Centre) which has a wonderful and affordable caféserving delicious homemade cakes, sandwiches and hot meals. Thank you to Zoe Tingle at the Southmead Development Trust’s Employment and Training Team for suppor�ng us to set up the course. Everyone is welcome and the course is free. Details: 6 weeks, Thursdays, from 13th February, 12:30pm to 2:30pm. At the �me of wri�ng we s�ll have five spaces available – please book your place, contacts below.

CONTACT & MEETINGS To find out more about Inclusion Southmead why not come along to our next mee�ng on: Tuesday 11th February, in the café at Bristol North Links (formerly the Lanercost Centre), Lanercost Road, Southmead, BS10 6HZ – from 11am to 1pm. For further info contact: Chair: Anthea Mustard email: antheamustard@gmail.com Secretary: Deana Perry tel: 07790 426 609.


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MARION’S MEMORIES FOUND & LOST DOWN McMAFIA LANE!

MEANWHILE BACK ON PEN PARK ROAD By Marion Garland few months ago I got on a bus and picked up a free Metro paper. When I got home and started to read it I opened a page and there in front of me was a photo of the street I was born in! The street is Cranley Mews. It was being used for a television drama called McMafia. Obviously the street

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T has altered since I was born but the address is the same. Friends didn’t believe that I was born in London but the proof of the pudding is on my birth cer�ficate! While I was brought up in Southmead my London connec�on is s�ll there. My grandparents and aunts were loving and kind and I had a happy upbringing here.

Did you know that 11 arrests are made across the UK daily because of reports to Crimestoppers? Do you know something about a crime or a criminal but don’t want to go directly to the police? We know that it can some�mes be difficult to come forward with informa�on. You might have seen or heard something about a crime but don't know what to do or are scared to come forward. It's easy to think there is nothing you can do, but we offer you a safe way to do this. Crimestoppers is a charity and our service is unique and designed to protect your identity, whether you call us on 0800 555 111 or submit online at h�ps://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-informa�on/give-informa�on-online/ We will listen to you about any crime that you have informa�on about. We don’t record any personal details about you. We pass informa�on to the relevant authority without revealing your identity. All of our call agents are trained to support you through the process.

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In the 30 years that we have been running, no one has ever been identified after giving informa�on. It is vital that we guarantee your anonymity because if your iden�ty became known, our reputa�on would be seriously damaged. Crimestoppers is not an emergency service and if you see a crime taking place you should ring 999 to report it immediately. Please follow us locally on Facebook.com - /CrimestoppersintheWestCountry

he photo above is of Marion wearing a much treasured locket given to her by her husband. She recently lost the locket during quite a bad fall on the pavement on Pen Park Road. Marion was walking down from Charlton Road, and fell just opposite the Lanercost Road bus stop; a kind person just ge�ng off the bus helped Marion up. The locket is gold, oval, and might not be worth too much to you and me, but it's worth the world to Marion. She has been wearing it for more than 60 years. Inside it has a photo of her late husband Ray on one side (he died 40 years ago this Valen�ne's day), and on the other side a picture of Marion. Marion s�ll has the chain, but not the actual locket. Please can you help by spreading the word to see if we can get Marion’s keepsake back to her? Contact The Mead, details on back page.

The Mead put on Facebook to ask the community for help - it reached 16,000 people! Marion received some nice messages of support, a few are printed here:


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CONTACT THE MEAD Everyone can publish in The Mead - here’s how to do it: 1. If you don’t use a computer yourself, just ask someone you know to type up your item or notice for you and to submit it online at: www.themead.org.uk (remember to add a photo). 2. All items are published online and many are included in the next available printed edition; we print 2000 so info and stories reach offline readers. NEXT EDITION: April/May 2020 submissions by deadline: Friday 20th March No one is paid to work on the editions, but we need to raise funds to cover the cost of printing. Thank you to our advertisers this month: ▶Greenway Community Practice ▶Meadows to Meaders ▶Slimming World ▶Crime Stoppers and for their kind donations thank you to: ▶Southmead Development Trust ▶Sami Chugg ▶Generous Anonymous CONTACT THE MEAD website: www.themead.org.uk email: editor@themead.org.uk telephone: leave a message at Greenway Centre Reception tel: 0117 950 3335 we will return your call asap (we are volunteers so please bear with us) postal address: The Mead, c/o Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, Southmead, BS10 5PY Pick up your copy at: Greenway Centre, Southmead Community Centre, Southmead Library, Greenway Community Practice, Southmead Health Centre, plus several schools and churches VOLUNTEER to deliver copies in your street, or to help in a way that suits you - we’d love it! Just get in touch,thanks

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