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Awareness For All The Silent Child & Elmfield Our Children Sing of Africa Events in Badock’s Wood What’s On guide Your Creative Writing Your letters & views

By Cllr Helen Godwin COUNCILLOR FOR SOUTHMEAD

People power won the day when First Bus agreed to reinstate the number 76 to go as far as Henbury School. By Suzanne Daggar EDITOR Southmead’s beloved community couple Mr and Mrs Thornley were invited to the Lord Mayor’s house so that Ian could be presented with a medal for his long-standing service to the Southmead Community. Ian was one of the ‘Unsung Heroes’ across Bristol celebrated for their efforts to support those in need at the ceremony in the Mansion House on Thursday 22nd March. Medals were awarded to 21 people who have dedicated their time to charity fundraising, supporting the elderly and young people, promoting the city, supporting their community, and tackling issues such as the housing crisis, unemployment and inequality. Lord Mayor Cllr Lesley Alexander presented the awards and said: “It is

Earlier this year, as part of a review of inspiring to hear about the good work services in North Bristol, First Bus took the decision to start and terminate the that these selfless individuals have done to support people in need across 76 at Crow Lane. The impact on Southmead residents was immediate. the city. They are truly dedicated to helping others and their work provides Many of our young people go to an absolute lifeline to so many people. Henbury School and the changes meant This event is a way of celebrating that that children as young as 11 were having to walk across unused and saying thank you for everything wasteland to get to the bus stop, often they have done.” in the dark. The issue was causing real The Master of Ceremonies, Civic concern for parents, Affairs Officer Peter Watts, read: “With continued on page 2 . . . the support of his wife Irene, Ian dedicated many years of his life to serving the community of Southmead. For 30 years he was the Baptist Church pastor, regularly taking isolated residents to services, lunches and friendship clubs. Ian has held the posts of Chair of Southmead Neighbourhood Trust, Treasurer for the Southmead Festival, Trustee for the Southmead Neighbourhood Trust, and Chair for continued on page 3 . . .


THE MEAD 2 But whatever our needs as disabled people, we all sometimes need a little extra help or assistance to do things. Inclusion By Anthea Mustard INCLUSION SOUTHMEAD & Southmead is a resident-led group of volunteers working Mike Steel BRISTOL DISABILITY EQUALITY FORUM in Southmead to gain improvements for everyone. Some residents have been silently We are currently working struggling with the problems of on several projects. The first everyday life, often getting older and is to gain better access to less mobile, perhaps also with a McColl’s and the Post Office disability which may or may not be obvious. Simple tasks like popping into in Arnside. Wheelchair and mobility-scooter users have McColl’s and to the Post Office has been unable to access the been a difficult and frustrating shop due to the heavy doors challenge. We, the members of a and the displays of group called Inclusion Southmead, merchandise blocking have been meeting to find out what could be done to help and understand doors. When it rains, Restricted access at McColl’s on Arnside disabled people are left these challenges. These issues often lead to people becoming isolated and sitting outside as their lonely, and we are working with them, family or carers go into the To find out the date of the next and other groups, to address some of shop on their behalf. the barriers faced by residents in In 2018, with equality law placing Inclusion Southmead meeting, accessing places in Southmead. duties on businesses, this is not please contact Mike by e-mail at acceptable. So Inclusion wrote to mike.bristoldef@gmail.com Inclusion Southmead is working with McColl’s asking for something to be or call 0117 914 0528 the Bristol Disability Equality Forum, done. At first it felt like we weren’t and The Care Forum, to support being listened to. Being polite people, residents to increase inclusion and Back on the bus - continued from page 1 we wrote to McColl’s and asked them equality in Southmead, with a focus . . . many of whom had resorted to to consider our points and to support on learning about life from the driving to drop off and pick up their the community. Progress was slow perspective of a disabled or elderly children. person. Sometimes disability is clearly but eventually, in response to our Your local Labour team in Southmead visible, other times not so visible, and letters, a sign and bell were fixed to and Henbury decided to take action. I the outside of the shop so that, in this can make things harder for the set up a petition online, and within theory, a disabled person could ring person and for other people to days we had over 500 signatures and the bell to be served. However, the understand. For example, for people a meeting set up with the Managing bell is too high for a wheelchair user to living with epilepsy the impact on Director of First Bus, James Freeman. reach! We all agreed that this their lives is often due to negative situation had become intolerable. At the meeting he agreed to reinstate attitudes, the lack of support the service beyond Henbury School, available, and incorrect treatment. Inclusion Southmead decided to hold an Access For All Day outside McColl’s so that it will now start and finish at Tormarton Road. This will be a great on Saturday 21st April. At the time of relief for many parents. writing, we are approaching the big Unfortunately, because of the time day and spreading the word. With tabling deadline, the change won’t help from our Councillors Brenda and come into effect until September, Helen, and BBC Radio Bristol, the appetite for change is growing. There however this will be in time for the new school year and before the dark is a buzz from the press, with interviews happening in the media and nights are back! the BBC speaking to McColl’s to gain a The 76 will continue to go all the way to Cribbs Causeway in the evenings, picture of the issue from both sides. and the number 2 route remains Next month’s edition of The Mead will unaffected. have photos of the event and a Cllr Helen Godwin, tel: 07342 031 892 progress update. Email: llr.Helen.Godwin@bristol.gov.uk


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the Southmead Community Association. He was actively involved with the community newspaper, The Mead, and supported the development of the Southmead Community Plan, and Long Live Southmead - a public health strategy.” After driving down from Worcestershire, where Ian and Irene have retired to be closer to their family, and before going to Mansion House, they lunched at their favourite Café at the Greenway Centre. They were accompanied for the ceremony by Judith Taylor, who lead the Long Live Southmead project for Public Health, and Heidi Attwell, Manager of the Greenway Café.

Judith, Heidi, Ian, Irene, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress

Dressing the part a future vision?

Ian said, “It would not have been possible except for the help and support of all our friends and colleagues, thank you to you all.” We know that you’ll all join us in our heart-felt thanks and congratulations to Ian and Irene for their unwavering support of our Community. A pre-award lunch at Ian’s favourite café

OUR LIBRARY INSPIRES By Oliver Fortune ME AND MY LIBRARY Following the announcement last year that Bristol city council intended to reduce the budget allocated for libraries to £1.4 million from its budget of £365 million, I have been involved in local campaigns to save our network of public libraries.

Although there is currently no plan to close Southmead library, 14 of us met there at 2 pm on Saturday March 24th to discuss ways to save our libraries. We were joined by Labour Councillor Brenda Massey.

conduct a study and hold workshops with library staff and campaigners on running libraries with less funding. It is April and we remain blanketed in ambiguity, uncertain what the future holds for Bristol’s libraries.

The hour-long meeting was lively and at times heated, with people expressing disappointment in the Council for slow progress in delivering a verdict on the future of our libraries. The neighbourhood consultation of September 2017, completed by 3750 people, indicated that 17 libraries would be closed; leaving us with ten.

During our meeting someone said that the purpose of public libraries needs to be redefined to get people through the door. Southmead library has succeeded in this. A knitting group nattered merrily as a live band performed opposite them.

The Liberal-Democrat’s ‘mutualsmodel’ (volunteer-led) motion being passed at the November full council meeting, as well as strong public condemnation of cuts to the library budget, resulted in the final decision on library closures being postponed. Money from the Department of Culture was found for consultants to

Children played, coloured in and played chess while others read quietly to themselves. It is a lively, inspiring and inclusive space at the heart of its community. I strongly believe that all 27 Bristol libraries can have a bright future if we invest in them. Let’s look to Southmead library for inspiration! Me and my library tel: 07934 277 846 email: oliver_fortune@hotmail.com


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HAPP Y BIR THDA Y

By Brenda Massey COUNCILLOR FOR SOUTHMEAD

I was privileged to be invited to attend Elmfield School for Deaf Children’s 70th birthday celebration at a private screening of the Oscarwinning film The Silent Child, at the Watershed. It was an emotional ending to the film, and really brought home the difficulties deaf children face in trying to be understood by the hearing majority. If you haven't seen it already, I would urge you to do so, as although it is very short it packs a lot into the 20 minutes or so of screen time.

Maisie Sly as Libby in The Silent Child by Slick Films

It was great to see so many of the staff and children had dressed up for the 'red carpet' entrance to the screening. I felt very under-dressed without my tiara and glittery dress, unlike Babs Day, the Headteacher, who was wearing the full outfit! Elmfield is an amazing school with children travelling there from quite some distance outside of Bristol. There has been a school for deaf children in Bristol since early Victorian times, and we are lucky to have Emfield School right here in Southmead. I really want to thank all the staff and children for inviting us to the event and to wish you many congratulations for your 70th birthday on the current site. Cllr Brenda Massey, tel: 07887 451 718 email: cllr.brenda.massey@bristol.gov.uk

Elmfield School pupils & staff


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By Sharon Crawford BRISTOL CHORAL SOCIETY

In two terrific concerts at Orchard School, members of the Bristol Choral Society joined more than 300 local children to perform Alexander L’Estrange’s Zimbe! They were accompanied by a jazz quintet made up of players from Bristol Plays Music who are based at Fonthill School. Zimbe! is a sequence of traditional songs from all over Africa in a jazz style. This is a work which forges links between adult choirs and massed childrens' choirs, placing singing at the heart of the community as it always has been in Africa. Zimbe! is at times touching and moving, at other times funky and grooving, and all of the time incredibly uplifting both for performers and audiences alike. I was at the Wednesday evening performance and was impressed not only by the quality of the singing by the children, but also by the slick management of the children by their teachers and Hilary Campbell, the conductor. The children certainly stole the show. Joining Orchard pupils were children from Southmead primary schools Fonthill and Little Mead, along with St Teresas RC, Stoke Park, Filton Avenue, Glenfrome, Upper Horfield, and Horfield CofE. As Orchard School’s Partnership Manager said, "It just couldn’t have happened without all the hard work of the teachers in these schools and Caro Barrett, Chair of BCS, who went to each school rehearsing with them and then bringing them to a final rehearsal, en masse.

Southmead primary children join other North Bristol schools to perform Zimbe! More photos at www.themead.org.uk

LOCAL FUN FOR FREE By Karen White CHILDREN’S EDITOR

If the children in your life are anything like mine then they need to let off steam and use up some of the large stores of energy they have racing around inside. We are lucky to live in an area and a city where there are hundreds of places to go, a lot of them for FREE! I would love to hear about the things that you do as well, please contact me: Karen@themead.org.uk. Badocks Wood is lovely at all times of the year and there is a tarmac path which is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs and also a marked 1 km round route which is great to walk or jog. There are tree carvings to find and at the right time of the year the search for conkers can easily while away an afternoon. We have floated boats in the Trym and donned wellies to splash around, looked

for wildlife and heard owls hooting at dusk; we are yet to spot the bats that have made the woods their home but I live in hope. My children like to explore off the main path, discovering little walkways, climbing up banks, swinging on one of the rope swings that often appear or playing pooh sticks on the bridge. There is a large field where you can play football or fly a kite, and if you fancy a rest there is direct access to the Greenway Centre Cafe for tea and ice-cream! There’s a mound that we could be found sledging down in the recent snow which is actually a 3500 year old bronze age burial ground! The Friends of Badock’s Wood care for the woods and offer walks and talks throughout the year - check over the page for their next events.


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What’s On in Badock’s Wood in May Fri 11th May - 11.00 a.m. Community Routes walk - Westbury-on-Trym to Greenway Cafe via a circuit of Badock's Wood (and back to WoT for those who want to be escorted back after a break). Please remember to bring some money to buy your refreshments. Meet outside Co-op Food, Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym.

Sun 13th May - 10.00 - 11.30 a.m. Join Friends of Badock’s Wood’s Bird Group for a bird watching stroll around Badock’s Wood. The Group monitors which birds live in or visit Badock’s Wood. We are a group of enthusiastic amateurs willing to share our knowledge with visitors to Badock’s Wood. Meet at Northern Gateway.

Sun 20th May - 2.00 - 3.30 p.m. Badock’s Wood’s Hidden Treasures Led by Frances Robertson, from FOBW A general introduction to the wood and its wildlife and visit our sculptures. Meet at Northern Gateway.

Sun 27th May - 2.00 - 3.30 p.m. Bugs & Butterflies Guided Walk Led by the Bristol Naturalists’ Society Activity will be on the meadows in longish grass. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Meet at Northern Gateway.

Please book your free place on these walks Either book online at www.fobw.org.uk/events.php or contact 07939 143785


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A pop-up group is looking out for entertainers who would share their skills in the week leading up to the Southmead Festival. Where? Southmead Library, Southmead Community Centre, Greenway CafĂŠ Community Corner When? Saturday 7 to Saturday 14 July 2018. What? We hope to make a link with people in Southmead from the US with the spirit of Independence Day. Who are we? Anthea, Toni, Dawn and Julie Email: Julie@jboston.plus.com tel: 01179 428637

next meeting Tuesday 22nd May 11 am - 1 pm at Southmead Library


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To add or amend events please email deborah@themead.org.uk, and they’ll be added to the online calendar and printed here . Thank you for sharing your events with the Community.

12.00 10.00 14.00 10.30 11.00 10.00 18.00 10.30 14.00 09.15 09.30 09.30 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 11.30 13.30 14.00 17.00 17.00 17.30 18.00 18.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 09.15 09.20 09.30 09.30 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 11.00 11.00 12.00 14.00 14.00 14.00 17.30 18.00 18.30 19.00 19.15 19.30 09.15 09.30 10.00 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 11.00 11.15 11.45 13.30 14.00 14.00 15.30 16.15 17.00 17.00 17.30 17.30 18.00 18.00 18.15 18.30 18.30 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.30

MONTHLY & SPECIAL EVENTS Over 50s Forum & Lunch FOBW Bluebell Work Party WECIL’S Singing & Music Group Disability Navigation Group Community Routes Walk FOBW Birdwatch Stroll BS10 Parks & Planning Mtg Bike Minded Group Cycle Ride FOBW Hidden Treasures Walk

Fri 4th May, Community Centre Sat 5th May, see page.7 Tues 8th May, Greenway Centre Tues 8th May, Community Centre Fri 11th May, Greenway Cafe Sun 13th May, see p.6 Mon 14th May, Greenway Centre Weds 16th May, from Greenway Sun 20th May, see p.6

MONDAY weekly STRONG by Zumba Baby & Toddler Group Slimming World Activities for 60+ Three Trees Skittles Forever Active Coffee Morning Exercise to Music 60+ Art & Sensory Staying Steady Wicketz ages 8-11 OPEN & all welcome Slimming World Aadra Kalaa Dance Circuits Cycle Burn Southmead Girls Group Badminton Club TUESDAY weekly Piloexercise Westbury Walkers Line Dancing Debt Advice by Appt Activities for 60+ Creative Writers Group Art Group Bristol Credit Union Tai Chi Southmead Library GC Lunch Club (eat at 13.00) Ladies Club Staying Steady SCC Bingo Slimming World Insane X (High Intensity) Zumba Boxercise SCC Bingo Make Things with String WEDNESDAY weekly STRONG by Zumba C of E Communion Southmead History Group Activities for 60+ Southmead Young Mums SCC Coffee Morning & Bingo Better Breathing Southmead Library Story & Rhyme Lunchtime Pilates SCC Sensory Session Southmead Shared Reading SCC Tai Chi Reach After School Club Distraction Dance Printmaking for 11 - 16s Music Course for 11-16s Bristol Keralites Association Greenway Pool Club

Greenway Centre St Stephen’s Church New Brunswick URC Westbury Fields The Meeting Rooms Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre OPEN Southmead Library Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Library Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre

Girls Brigade - 3rd Bristol Legs, Bums & Tums

New Brunswick URC Greenway Centre

BS10 Community Bingo LPW Friendship (ages 13-24) Christ Embassy Group Southmead Men’s Shed Core & Stretch North Bristol Wellbeing Choir SCC Sequence Dance

The Woodnook Southmead Youth Centre Southmead Community Centre St Stephen’s Church Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre

Greenway Centre St Stephen’s Church Southmead Community Centre Westbury Fields Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Pentecostal Church New Brunswick URC Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Bristol Free School Southmead Youth Centre Southmead Community Centre New Brunswick URC Greenway Centre Greenway Centre St Stephen’s Church Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Meet in W-o-T Southmead Community Centre NBAC at Greenway GP Surgery Westbury Fields Cafe, Greenway Centre St Stephen’s Church SCART Shop Greenway Centre OPEN Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre St Stephen’s Church

14.00 Second Step Wellbeing Courses: Assertive Communication 17.00 SCC K-Klub 11.00 Team Southmead Mtg 14.00 FOBW Bugs & Butterflies Walk 12.00 WECIL’S Mealtime Meet-up 10.30 Bike Minded Group Cycle Ride 19.00 Abbie’s Pony Prom SOUTHMEAD FESTIVAL 2018 09.15 09.15 09.45 10.00 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 12.00 13.30 13.30 13.30 13.30 16.30 17.00 17.00 18.00 18.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.15 19.30 09.00 09.00 10.00 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 10.30 11.00 13.00 14.00 16.15 18.00 09.00 09.00 09.30 10.00 11.00 11.30 09.00 09.00 10.00 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.45 11.00 14.00 18.00 18.30 19.30

THURSDAY weekly Women’s Fitness Cubatone Imps Toddler Group Brandon Trust Music Group Activities for 60+ Forever Active Bristol Credit Union SCC Knit & Natter Chill & Chat Harmony Bingo SCC Sensory Session SCC Harmony Bingo Gardening Group Youth Fitness Precision Dance Bristol Alexander School Insane X (high intensity) Aadra Kalaa Dance Skip Box Westbury Art Club Support for Mental Wellbeing SCC Bingo Precision Dance FRIDAY weekly Bristol Alexander School Cubatone Better Breathing Activities for 60+ Knit & Natter Three Treees Walking Basketball Silvacare Skittles Bristol Credit Union Tai Chi Southmead Library Staying Steady Distraction Dance Pilates SATURDAY weekly Bristol Alexander School Fitness & Events Forever Active Southmead Somali Association Southmead Library Circuits SUNDAY weekly Fitness & Events Catholic Mass C of E Service Southmead Somali Association Christ Embassy Group Community Church Service Baptist Church Service United Reformed Service Senegambian Cultural Group Bingo Pentecostal Church Service Irish Dancing

USEFUL NUMBERS FOR LISTINGS BAWA 0117 976 8064 Bethany Baptist 0117 969 5672 Bike Minded 0117 353 4580 Friends Badock’s Wood 07939 143785 Greenway Centre 0117 950 3335 Greenway GP Surgery 0117 924 1930 Southmead History Grp 0117 950 8832 New Brunswick URC 0117 950 7776 Pentecostal Church 0117 987 1327 SCART Shop 0117 903 1623

Mon 21st May, Greenway Centre Monday 21st May, Community Centre Tues 22ⁿd May, Southmead Lib Sun 27th May, see p.6 Tues 29th May, Greenway Cafe Tues 5th June, from Greenway Sat 9th June, BAWA, Southmead Road Saturday 14th July, Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Westbury Fields Greenway Centre SCART Shop The Meeting Rooms Bethany Baptist Church Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre New Brunswick URC Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Westbury Fields Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre SCART Shop Southmead Community Centre OPEN Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre OPEN Greenway Centre Greenway Centre St Vincent’s Church St Stephen’s Church Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Bethany Baptist Church New Brunswick URC Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Pentecostal Holiness Church Southmead Community Centre

Second Step Wellbeing Southmead Comm Southmead Library Southmead Youth St Stephen’s Church WECIL Westbury Fields Westbury Walkers Wicketz Southmead Woonook (The)

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To add or amend events please email deborah@themead.org.uk, and they’ll be added to the online calendar and printed here . Thank you for sharing your events with the Community.

12.00 10.00 14.00 10.30 11.00 10.00 18.00 10.30 14.00 09.15 09.30 09.30 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 11.30 13.30 14.00 17.00 17.00 17.30 18.00 18.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 09.15 09.20 09.30 09.30 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 11.00 11.00 12.00 14.00 14.00 14.00 17.30 18.00 18.30 19.00 19.15 19.30 09.15 09.30 10.00 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 11.00 11.15 11.45 13.30 14.00 14.00 15.30 16.15 17.00 17.00 17.30 17.30 18.00 18.00 18.15 18.30 18.30 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.30

MONTHLY & SPECIAL EVENTS Over 50s Forum & Lunch FOBW Bluebell Work Party WECIL’S Singing & Music Group Disability Navigation Group Community Routes Walk FOBW Birdwatch Stroll BS10 Parks & Planning Mtg Bike Minded Group Cycle Ride FOBW Hidden Treasures Walk

Fri 4th May, Community Centre Sat 5th May, see page.7 Tues 8th May, Greenway Centre Tues 8th May, Community Centre Fri 11th May, Greenway Cafe Sun 13th May, see p.6 Mon 14th May, Greenway Centre Weds 16th May, from Greenway Sun 20th May, see p.6

MONDAY weekly STRONG by Zumba Baby & Toddler Group Slimming World Activities for 60+ Three Trees Skittles Forever Active Coffee Morning Exercise to Music 60+ Art & Sensory Staying Steady Wicketz ages 8-11 OPEN & all welcome Slimming World Aadra Kalaa Dance Circuits Cycle Burn Southmead Girls Group Badminton Club TUESDAY weekly Piloexercise Westbury Walkers Line Dancing Debt Advice by Appt Activities for 60+ Creative Writers Group Art Group Bristol Credit Union Tai Chi Southmead Library GC Lunch Club (eat at 13.00) Ladies Club Staying Steady SCC Bingo Slimming World Insane X (High Intensity) Zumba Boxercise SCC Bingo Make Things with String WEDNESDAY weekly STRONG by Zumba C of E Communion Southmead History Group Activities for 60+ Southmead Young Mums SCC Coffee Morning & Bingo Better Breathing Southmead Library Story & Rhyme Lunchtime Pilates SCC Sensory Session Southmead Shared Reading SCC Tai Chi Reach After School Club Distraction Dance Printmaking for 11 - 16s Music Course for 11-16s Bristol Keralites Association Greenway Pool Club

Greenway Centre St Stephen’s Church New Brunswick URC Westbury Fields The Meeting Rooms Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre OPEN Southmead Library Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Library Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre

Girls Brigade - 3rd Bristol Legs, Bums & Tums

New Brunswick URC Greenway Centre

BS10 Community Bingo LPW Friendship (ages 13-24) Christ Embassy Group Southmead Men’s Shed Core & Stretch North Bristol Wellbeing Choir SCC Sequence Dance

The Woodnook Southmead Youth Centre Southmead Community Centre St Stephen’s Church Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre

Greenway Centre St Stephen’s Church Southmead Community Centre Westbury Fields Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Pentecostal Church New Brunswick URC Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Bristol Free School Southmead Youth Centre Southmead Community Centre New Brunswick URC Greenway Centre Greenway Centre St Stephen’s Church Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Meet in W-o-T Southmead Community Centre NBAC at Greenway GP Surgery Westbury Fields Cafe, Greenway Centre St Stephen’s Church SCART Shop Greenway Centre OPEN Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre St Stephen’s Church

14.00 Second Step Wellbeing Courses: Assertive Communication 17.00 SCC K-Klub 11.00 Team Southmead Mtg 14.00 FOBW Bugs & Butterflies Walk 12.00 WECIL’S Mealtime Meet-up 10.30 Bike Minded Group Cycle Ride 19.00 Abbie’s Pony Prom SOUTHMEAD FESTIVAL 2018 09.15 09.15 09.45 10.00 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 12.00 13.30 13.30 13.30 13.30 16.30 17.00 17.00 18.00 18.00 19.00 19.00 19.00 19.15 19.30 09.00 09.00 10.00 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.30 10.30 11.00 13.00 14.00 16.15 18.00 09.00 09.00 09.30 10.00 11.00 11.30 09.00 09.00 10.00 10.00 10.30 10.30 10.45 11.00 14.00 18.00 18.30 19.30

THURSDAY weekly Women’s Fitness Cubatone Imps Toddler Group Brandon Trust Music Group Activities for 60+ Forever Active Bristol Credit Union SCC Knit & Natter Chill & Chat Harmony Bingo SCC Sensory Session SCC Harmony Bingo Gardening Group Youth Fitness Precision Dance Bristol Alexander School Insane X (high intensity) Aadra Kalaa Dance Skip Box Westbury Art Club Support for Mental Wellbeing SCC Bingo Precision Dance FRIDAY weekly Bristol Alexander School Cubatone Better Breathing Activities for 60+ Knit & Natter Three Treees Walking Basketball Silvacare Skittles Bristol Credit Union Tai Chi Southmead Library Staying Steady Distraction Dance Pilates SATURDAY weekly Bristol Alexander School Fitness & Events Forever Active Southmead Somali Association Southmead Library Circuits SUNDAY weekly Fitness & Events Catholic Mass C of E Service Southmead Somali Association Christ Embassy Group Community Church Service Baptist Church Service United Reformed Service Senegambian Cultural Group Bingo Pentecostal Church Service Irish Dancing

USEFUL NUMBERS FOR LISTINGS BAWA 0117 976 8064 Bethany Baptist 0117 969 5672 Bike Minded 0117 353 4580 Friends Badock’s Wood 07939 143785 Greenway Centre 0117 950 3335 Greenway GP Surgery 0117 924 1930 Southmead History Grp 0117 950 8832 New Brunswick URC 0117 950 7776 Pentecostal Church 0117 987 1327 SCART Shop 0117 903 1623

Mon 21st May, Greenway Centre Monday 21st May, Community Centre Tues 22ⁿd May, Southmead Lib Sun 27th May, see p.6 Tues 29th May, Greenway Cafe Tues 5th June, from Greenway Sat 9th June, BAWA, Southmead Road Saturday 14th July, Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Westbury Fields Greenway Centre SCART Shop The Meeting Rooms Bethany Baptist Church Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre New Brunswick URC Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Westbury Fields Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre SCART Shop Southmead Community Centre OPEN Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Greenway Centre Southmead Community Centre OPEN Greenway Centre Greenway Centre St Vincent’s Church St Stephen’s Church Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Greenway Centre Bethany Baptist Church New Brunswick URC Southmead Community Centre Southmead Community Centre Pentecostal Holiness Church Southmead Community Centre

Second Step Wellbeing Southmead Comm Southmead Library Southmead Youth St Stephen’s Church WECIL Westbury Fields Westbury Walkers Wicketz Southmead Woonook (The)

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Whether it’s coming for a social visit with other members of the community, using our 3G facilities, playing in a pool competition, or for our darts teams, there are lots of reasons for people to join our friendly little club. We have social events such as quiz/games nights, discos, and kid’s parties. We have country league football going on most Saturdays of the season, and there is always a reason to pop in for a very reasonably priced drink from our bar. Kids are welcome until 8.30 pm Membership is £10 a year per adult and £8 for over 65s. We have a sign-in system at £1 for the day so please feel free to come along and try our club out. OPENING HOURS Mon 3 - 11 pm Tue 3 - 11 pm Wed 3 - 11 pm Thur 12 - 11 pm Fri 12 - 12 pm Sat 12 - 12 pm Sun 12 - 11 pm

We’re back running free and friendly group bike rides. Enjoy gentle exercise, fresh air and good company. You can also have a free 1:1 cycle lesson if you haven’t cycled for a while and would like to improve your confidence. There’ll be monthly rides from May to November, and a free bike maintenance course in July. All rides set off from the Greenway Centre and there are bikes available to borrow. We are looking for volunteers to help on the rides; if you are a keen cyclist and would like to support others to get on their bike, please get in touch. To find out more contact Viv at bikeminded@lifecycleuk.org.uk, call 0117 353 4580 or online at www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/wellbeing

Space is also available to hire for small meetings or group events Mon - Wed until 3 pm Please contact us for more details on 0117 950 8362 Pen Park Sports Ground, Jarratts Road, Southmead, BS10 6WE

Top Tips from CASS: Looking After Yourself At Work ● Ask for help – if you’re finding your work load too much it’s fine to ask for help; we’re not superhuman! ● Take time off – take breaks from work. A long weekend away or even just time off to potter at home can be the welcome break we need. ● Stay Active – exercise is not only good for the body, but also for the mind. ● Use your journey home to wind down from work – listen to music, read a book on the bus, or practice some mindfulness techniques. Anything to move your mind away from your day at work. ● Put yourself before work - it may pay the bills, but your health is more important than work. If work is causing you too much stress in your life, maybe a change is needed. Need more help? If you’re struggling with your mental health at work you can get support from the Mental Health Employment Service. For more information call 0117 923 2741 or email enquiry.bmhemployment@richmondfellowship.org.uk


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difference riding and horses can make to disabled people’s lives.” The Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled gives around 200 disabled people a week therapeutic riding lessons, and Abbie’s Pony Prom will help raise much-needed funds. The ball will take place at Bristol BAWA Club in Filton, which, as well as being a long-standing supporter of the charity’s work, has kindly donated the venue. Says Abbie, “When you spend all day in muddy boots and covered in horse hair, it’s great to have the Abbie Moorlen (pictured above chance to get into a dress and hit with ‘Ruby’), who is Stable the dance-floor.” Manager at the Avon Riding With a 3 course meal, live band, Centre for the Disabled, is so comedy, and an auction, it passionate about her place of ‘prom’-ises to be brilliant fun! work she’s decided to organise a Tickets are priced at £35 and sold in charity ball to support it. She tables of 10 – so bring friends and says, “Working at the Centre make a celebration of it. means I see first-hand the Call 0117 959 0266 to book.

Bristol A.R.C. offers free cat microchipping to help reduce stray cat numbers in the city. Every year, over a quarter of a million animals are lost. Microchipping gives a pet the best chance of being identified and reunited with its owners. Recent RSPCA National figures revealed that 87% of cats taken into care in 2017 were not chipped – making reuniting cats with their owners almost impossible. Unlike dogs where the law states that they must be chipped, it is entirely optional in cats – although highly encouraged by vets and animal charities. To help increase the likelihood of happy family reunions, Bristol A.R.C. is launching an initiative offering free cat microchipping throughout 2018, and to try to encourage as many cat owners to take part as possible each cat chipped could be in with the chance of winning a goodie bag! The free offer is open to any Bristol cat from 4 months of age. Owners are invited to call 0117 972 4567 to arrange a free appointment.


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Ground-Breaking Partnership Deal Completed for New Homes in Southmead By United Communities United Communities, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital (BBRC), the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund (Cheyne) and HAB Housing announce today a new funding partnership to deliver 161 mixed-tenure homes in the Southmead area of the City. The Elderberry Walk project is set to transform the former Dunmail Primary School site into much needed housing in North Bristol. It will provide 161 houses and apartments with a wide range of tenures available. The Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund and BBRC, will offer 61 homes including ethically rented homes, key worker rented properties and a unique rent-to-buy offer. United Communities will deliver 77 homes that include affordable rented homes, and shared ownership homes. The Cheyne Social Property Fund will also offer 23 homes for sale.

Future: Elderberry Walk

partners is to set the standard for new housing by creating beautiful homes that create a strong sense of community and belonging, and are affordable for local people to rent, buy and manage. Work will start on the development in the coming weeks.

in the area will be offered first refusal to rent or purchase the new homes. The first homes will ready for occupation in 2019 with final completion in 2020. Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, commented: “This is positive news for Bristol and Southmead. My administration is already working hard to tackle the housing crisis, and this new sustainable housing scheme will play a vital role in this. Built with the local community and environment at its heart, this new development will also help create quality new jobs in the local economy”.

HAB Housing successfully promoted the development and has led on the design which reflects the HAB ethos of creating beautifully designed and This agreement is a turning point highly sustainable homes, and for UK housing. Not only is it the places where people and first time that a housing association, communities can flourish. They will a community investment company, also provide sales and marketing and a private investor have come services to the project. ENGIE together to create an inclusive Regeneration have been appointed housing scheme, it also marks the as the main contractor for the FURTHER INFO & CONTACT: introduction of the UK’s first private scheme. sector rent-to-buy model. The Dunmail Partnership combines www.unitedcommunities.org.uk tel: 0117 942 4600 The project is being funded by United Communities’ strong track United Communities and Cheyne record in affordable housing www.bab-rc.uk which will offer six different tenure provision and deep roots in the tel: 07971 283 604 types to support community local community, with Cheyne’s www.cheynecapital.com members’ needs and offer nearly expertise in creating balanced 70% of the homes at sub-market neighbourhoods and construction. tel: 020 7968 7450 rents. In line with this ethos, United www.habhousing.co.uk Communities and BBRC will ensure tel: 0117 403 0717 Designed by Stirling Prize winners existing residents and key workers AHMM architects, the aim of the


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By Lindy Morgan

We would like to thank Louisa (pictured here, with Sam from the Southmead Development Trust) for playing a major role in looking after the planting.

SOUTHMEAD DEVELOPMENT TRUST

Louisa works at Southmead Glass The Juneberry trees in the Pen Park and Glazing who are celebrating their 30th anniversary in business Pocket Park are thriving and in serving Southmead and the wider blossom.

community. Find them on the corner of Pen Park and Southmead Roads or at www.southmeadglass.co.uk If you can volunteer to help with the Pocket Park please contact me: lindymorgan@southmead.org or phone 0117 950 3335.

Work Placements at the Greenway Café, Southmead The Greenway Cafe is offering an opportunity to people who are looking for work experience in the food service Industry. You could gain confidence and valuable experience in:

Customer serviCe - HealtH & Hygiene - Barista skills Food preparation - team work The Greenway Café team are looking for friendly people to join the team on work placements for three to six months on a part time basis. This is a work placement and no experience is required, but an interest in food and customer service is a must. Completed placements will receive a reference. Transport costs can be arranged.. Placements will receive a free meal for shifts over 4 hours. Salary: volunteer basis Hours: part time shifts available, Mon – Fri, between 8 am – 3 pm How to apply: Please drop-in to the Café for a chat with Manager Heidi Attwell, or contact Heidi to express your interest, email: heidiattwell@southmead.org or telephone 0117 950 3335. An informal chat and introductory session will be arranged for all people who are interested in the placement. More information about work placements and voluntary opportunities can be found on our website www.southmead.org


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The Sense of Smell By Pam Fowler Oh, the smells that are all around us Sometimes bringing us pleasure And occasionally bringing us pain. The perfume from the flowers After a shower of rain The sweet fragrance of wallflowers My Mother’s favourite, and mine too. In the summer on an evening I sit in my garden and drink in, The scent of lilies and sweet peas, The ‘special’ plants planted in May To mark the passing of my husband and son So many years now the garden is overflowing I light a citronella candle to keep the bugs at bay Another useful aroma that will keep them away The smell of a baby newly bathed, The smell of the sea carried on the breeze, And the reek of fish and chips devoured with ease On that first seaside trip when winter has ceased. Without our sense of smell where would we be? The smell of smoke can alert us to danger The ‘pong’ of burnt toast that will always linger But the smell of roast dinner cooking Bread being baked, the aroma of coffee. The beautiful smells far outweigh the bad Such simple pleasures make my heart glad.

A Writer’s Group in Southmead We all have stories to tell, we all have dreams – come and explore them together in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Meeting every Tuesday Greenway Centre Café 10.30 am - 12.30 pm

Time By Dawn Payne Hands of time move so fast We are all hoping things will last If we could only hold on to the simplest of pleasures And moving on through life’s hidden treasures To our first born what a happy time, But before we know They are saying their first nursery rhyme Special moments we hold them near

I had never written poetry before, until I joined the Creative Writer’s Group. With the help and advice I have had from Kath this has been my third attempt, I believe I am making good progress. Pam

Before we know it we can’t understand They are off to school sometimes not wanting to hold our hand. Then before you know it’s their first love – All take time feelings from the heart Walking down the aisle to brand new start Once again the hands of time have moved on So be thankful for time It’s like grains of sand measured with you in mind


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Downstairs we had wooden sash-windows and upstairs metal windows, which let in the draught so bad. Of course, we didn't have central heating then, but we bought two oil heaters, which helped a lot. One winter in the 1970s it was a really bad blizzard. This picture shows some of our neighbours helping to clear the snow from the front of the By Marion Garland houses. The snow went on SOUTHMEAD RESIDENT through the evening and all We moved in to our house in Pen Park night. When I woke up in the morning, I looked down in 1955. It was the coldest house I towards the windows, we had had ever known. We had a lovely three in the bedroom, and I couldn't outlook. First there was a big field, then the golf links. We could even see believe my eyes. The snow was them playing golf. But we were open halfway up the windows, over the to the elements. When it was blowing ledge and down on to the floor. We both got up pretty quick and started it used to howl between our house to shovel up the snow, which we put and next door. It was so bad my in the bath to thaw and drain away. husband put on a second back door, Then my husband went into the attic, which made a lot of difference.

A mountain of snow to clear!

which took much longer to clear. In the picture towards the righthand side is Lanercost Centre, and in the background Dunmail School. Homeleaze was started in the 1980s and we lost our lovely view, but that is progress!

Do you have a memory to write along with a picture from the past? Email it to us or leave it in our pigeon-hole at the Greenway Centre. If you want to meet up for a chat, please email Suzanne at suzanne@themead.org.uk, or leave a message with Greenway reception on 0117 950 3335.


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THANK YOU

I am a person who has gone through domestic violence. My Ex had a go at me all the time as well as physical abuse. I could not do anything and could not even go out. I had to do what he wanted. That made me isolated all the time. I have had no domestic violence now for a year but it is not easy as every day feels like a mission to deal with what happened to me. I am willing to help others having a bad time. It is not right to hit women, we are people not weapons. We need a Community group where we can work together, and get support, and help when we are dealing with the police and the courts.

Toni Thank you Toni, we really value you speaking out. Toni would like to connect with other victims of domestic abuse , if you’d like to get in touch with her please email editor@themead.org.uk and we will forward your message.

Like many people I was frustrated when the NHS Dentist closed in February. I've lived here 17 years, and there has always been a NHS dentist in the local health centre. It appears to be yet another service that is being cut from our community. So I decided to make a complaint to the NHS - still waiting to hear back from them. If anyone else wishes to inform the NHS of how they feel about there being NO NHS Dentist in Southmead here's the address: england.contactus@nhs.net

Bev

Can we remind people that here in Southmead we live close together, we need to respect each other and the place we live. Playing loud music affects everybody in the community, as does littering, and not picking up after your dog. Lets make Southmead a better place to be for everyone.

Anon Thank you , yes, we hope we would all agree that we want to live in a respectful community. Don’t forget everyone that Team Southmead and the Neighbourhood Forum groups are continuously working to make Southmead a great place to live for us all, everyone is welcome at the meetings.

Thank you for all your contributions for the April and May editions. We do apologise that we could not go to print in April; this was due to me being ill. We are not yet at the stage where we have a back-up layoutvolunteer to take over the reigns at very short notice. Would you like to develop your newspaper/letter layout skills? We set out the edition proofs on a format called PagePlus (version 9) to send to the printers. It’s quite a simple format but takes time to learn. We can supply you with the PagePlus system if you have a good computer - you would require a PC with a large screen as it’s very hard to do on a laptop due to the small screen size. If you can volunteer your time and skills please get in touch. Thank you, Suzanne

To our small team of Volunteers who bring you the printed version of The Mead (we are also online). Getting The Mead around the community requires time, cars, and very often footpower! Residents such as Deana & Colin Perry, Mike Murch, Pat Newport, Marion Garland, Colin & Kath Stringer, Alan Piper, and Kathy Glover, all collect and deliver bundles. But, as ever, there’s not enough of us. We need more help to deliver to schools, churches, community centres, GP surgeries and many other places. If you can commit to pick up and drop off a bundle on a monthly basis please get in touch. If you would like us to print issues for your street please let us know, we can do this if we know you will collect from Greenway, and deliver to every house on your road without exception; we want to include everyone.

editor@themead.org.uk 0117 950 3335 c/o Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road BS10 5PY

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The Mead BS10 Issue 52/53 April-May 2018 (Fixed)  
The Mead BS10 Issue 52/53 April-May 2018 (Fixed)  
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