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Southmead News & What’s On



urtain up, cross-dressing, popcorn stuck in your teeth – it can only mean one thing: �s the season for pantomime – oh yes it is! And so, it begins . . . “hello boys and girls!” – a friendly, painted face welcomes us into the land of the musical rags to riches tale. Panto fully immerses us. We root for the underdog, boo the baddie, help the hero, and hope upon hope for a happy ending. We experience a roller-coaster of joy and pain, tears

and laughter, love and bravery – does all this sound familiar? Yes, pantomime is an exaggerated playing out of being human. An elabora�on of our most familiar emo�ons – even Daisy the cow mimes an excellent ‘sad’! It reminds us of our worst and our best. It brings down our barriers and opens our hearts. Both the audience and the pink cheeked, polka-do�ed cast quickly become our new family; we laugh, sing, and clap along as we embark on a journey of highs and lows. And regardless of who we are, we all go together. con�nued on page 3 . .

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Seasonal Rubbish! Vote for your Hero Energy Champions More ‘Hole’ News! Community Diary Weekly Events Dawn’s Xmas Poem Trym Team-Work New Year New Stuff


FESTIVEWASTE COLLECTIONS Over the festive period your waste collection dates will change slightly to allow for bank holidays.Check what dateswe will be coming to you on the calendar below. Thank you and happy holidays!

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Christmas tree collection You can take trees to your nearest Household Waste & Recycling Centre. We will also be collecting real trees from 7 January 2020. Put your tree out on your collection day with the tree symbol. Don’t forget our garden and bulky waste services pause over the Christmas period.

Fri 10 Jan Sat 11 Jan

Normal collections from Mon 13Jan

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THE MEAD 3 con�nued from front page . . .

Once again, this year, the Southmead Development Trust will make it possible for 800 guests to experience this wonder. On the stage in the Old School Hall, the Greenway Centre presents the tale of Dick Whi�ngton - the poor boy made good. For local families more memories will be made at what has now become, for many, a Southmead Community Christmas tradi�on. Our suppliers, customers and supporters join us with dona�ons and sponsorship so we can keep the price very low. Each �cket includes a bag of popcorn and a so� drink to give parents and carers a break from ‘pester power’. We receive cash dona�ons at the Greenway Centre and via our online Crowdfunder page ‘Panto for the people’. Our donors, sponsors and supporters feature in our adver�sing, but it’s usually reward enough for them to see the smiling faces of family Christmases made. We invite you to come and see, join in, bring your family and friends, offer sponsorship, donate funds, or give your �me (we always need volunteer elves!). Our staff teams, Trustees, friends and families go all out to help put the show on and to ensure that every visitor has a fantas�c �me. We are all delighted to play our part to make sure everyone in our community can experience the magic (oh yes we are!). Please visit the Greenway Centre to buy your �cket, or telephone: 0117 950 3335 to reserve and pay.

TICKET PRICES: £2.50 for age 16 & under £3.50 for Adults (includes drink & fresh popcorn) 1st performance: 11:00 AM (doors open 10:45) 2nd performance: 13:30 PM (doors open 13:15) Unreserved seating Please call for accessible seating reservations tel: 0117 950 3335 Greenhouse Cafe: OPEN


LOCAL HERO From Trymview Hall


new care home in Southmead is asking the Bristol community to nominate ‘local heroes’ for the chance to win a £500 cash prize. Care UK’s Trymview Hall, on Southmead Road, is searching for local people or organisa�ons who go above and beyond for their community, friends or family, and have a posi�ve impact on the local area. The winner of the ‘local heroes’ compe��on will receive £500 and be invited to the opening of the suburb’s newest care home at its grand launch event in January 2020. There will also be two runners-up, who will win £200 for second place and £100 for third. Pamela Arnsmeyer, home manager at Trymview Hall, said: “We all know that one person who organises everything, is always there for others and never shies away from offering a helping hand

– so here at Trymview Hall, we want to say thank you. Whether they’re a volunteer at a local charity, a community group that really makes a difference to the area, or simply someone who goes that extra mile for others – share your story with us so we can reward them with the treat they deserve.” To nominate your ‘local hero’, visit website h�p:// before Friday 13th December explain in 100-400 words why your ‘local hero’ deserves to be rewarded. For more informa�on on Trymview Hall, please email customer rela�ons manager, Evonne Burch:, or call 0117 911 6989. For general informa�on, please visit website:

THE MEAD COMMENT: Where do we begin with our local heroes - there’s SO many Southmead Champions!




nergy Champions are local residents who are passionate about energy and tackling climate change. They live near you and talk to their friends and neighbours, helping them save energy and money. Energy Champions are new to Southmead and will be helping out with the WHAM project (Warm Homes Advice & Money). This project helps people who are struggling with their energy bills or who may have a cold, damp house. So, if you love talking to people and would like to join the Energy Champions please get in touch: Caroline Ennion tel: 07871 791 679 email: coordinator@bristolenerg

WHAM | Warmer Homes, Advice & Money

We can help you lower your gas and electricity bills, and make your home safe, secureand warm. We offer ...

•Advice on howuseless energy and how to switch supplier. •Ways to make your homewarmer and lessdamp. •Help with budgetingandgetting out of debt. •Benefit advice. •Access to grants and discounts. For free and impartial advicecall 0800 082 2234 WHAM is funded by Bristol City Council, Warm Homes Fund and Bristol Energy.

Centre for Sustainable Energy,St JamesCourt, St JamesParade,Bristol BS1 3LH


COMMUNITY DIARY: The What’s On weekly calendar is on the next page, or online at Please go to the website to add your own listing notice - we’d love to print it here . . .

BS10 PARKS & PLANNING MEETINGS Monday 13 Jan 6:00pm Greenway Centre Monday 10 Feb 6:00pm Henbury & Brentry CC Info, tel: 07875 126 321

INCLUSION SOUTHMEAD MEETINGS Tuesday 14 Jan 11:00am Tuesday 11th Feb 11:00am NORTH BRISTOL LINKS (aka Lancercost Centre) Info, tel: 07867 690 422


Tuesday 28 Jan 11:00am Tuesday 25 Feb 11.00am

SOUTHMEAD LIBRARY Info, tel: 07790 426609

TABLE TOP SALES Saturday 11 Jan 10:00am Saturday 15 Feb 10:00am GREENWAY CENTRE Info, tel: 0117 950 3335


By Anthea Mustard reathing . . . we all do it, all the �me and only think about it when something goes wrong! Surprisingly singing can help us all, regardless of whether we have a star voice or not. One of the secrets is learning when and how to take a breath. Imagine - this is free and on hand in the Greenway Centre Ac�vity Studio, every Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm. All you need is yourself and possibly a sense of humour! We sing a range of songs - whatever the group chooses - Beatles, Disney, Sea Shan�es, folk songs . . . it changes all the �me. Led by Jules, a professional singer, we learn where to breathe and how to extend a breath, plus Jules checks our si�ng posture and away we go with tuneful fun songs. Come along and try it in an informal happy environment - you might enjoy it!







Taekwondo World Tan Soo Do Myofascial Release

Badminton Club Fitness Yoga

Piloexercise Badminton Club

Tai Chi Qigong Staying Steady Predators Cheerleaders

Insane X (High Intensity) Zumba Boxercise TNT Gym (Circuit Training)

STRONG by Zumba Walk for Health (Gentle Walking through Badock’s Wood) Play Your Cards Right - Games Club

Be�er Breathing Crea�ve Writers Group Intermediate Pilates Singing for Lung Health (Breath of Life)

Reach A�er School Club Music Course for 11-16s Legs, Bums & Tums

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11.00 AM 12.30 PM 14.00 PM 16:00 PM

18.00 PM 18.30 PM 19.00 PM 19.30 PM

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10.30 AM 10.30 AM 11.45 AM 13.00 PM

15.30 PM 17.00 PM 18.00 PM




Forever Ac�ve Staying Steady Circuits Predators Cheerleaders

10.30 AM 14.00 PM 18.00 PM 16:00 PM 16:00 PM 18:00 PM 19.00 PM


STRONG by Zumba Keep Fit

09.15 AM 10:15 AM

GREENWAY CENTRE - tel: 0117 950 3335

09.30 AM 12.30 PM 14.00 PM 14.00 PM 17.30 PM 19.15 PM 10.30 AM 10.30 AM 13.30 PM 14.00 PM 16.15 PM 17.30 PM 18.30 PM 18:30 PM 19.30 PM 09.15 AM 10.00 AM 10.30 AM 13.30 PM 13.30 PM 17.00 PM 19.15 PM 19.30 PM 09.00 AM 10.30 AM 16.15 PM 09.00 AM

PLEASE PHONE VENUES TO CHECK LISTINGS DURING THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SCHOOL HOLIDAYS (they might be taking a break) SCC Bingo Precision Dance Bristol Alexander School Bristol Rugby Community Founda�on Walking Rugby Distrac�on Dance Bristol Alexander School

Cubatone Brandon Trust Music Group SCC Knit & Na�er Harmony Bingo SCC Sensory Session Precision Dance

Fran�c Fitness Christ Embassy Group SCC Sequence Dance

SCC Tai Chi Distrac�on Dance Bristol Keralites Associa�on

SCC Sensory Session

SCC Bingo Slimming World SCC Bingo SCC Coffee Morning & Bingo Southmead Young Mums

Line Dancing GC Lunch Club (eat at 13.00) Ladies Club

SOUTHMEAD COMMUNITY CENTRE - tel: 0117 950 1187 Slimming World 09.30 AM 3 Trees Ski�les 10.30 AM Art & Sensory 13.30 PM Slimming World 05.30 PM




Tai Chi (Improvers) Boxercise Staying Steady

Cubatone Be�er Breathing Southmead Knit & Na�er

Skip Box Westbury Art Club Support for Mental Wellbeing TNT Gym (Circuit Training)

Forever Ac�ve Myofascial Release Predators Cheerleaders Insane X (high intensity)

18.30 PM

10.00 AM

10.30 AM 09.30 AM 13.00 PM

10.30 AM




Bristol Credit Union Job Club Stop Smoking Advisor Bristol Credit Union also same �me on FRIDAYS

LPW Friendship (ages 13-24) SCART SHOP - tel: 0117 950 6823 Benefits Advice (Appointment Only)

Baby & Toddler Group 09.30 AM C of E Communion 09.30 AM SOUTHMEAD YOUTH CENTRE - tel: 0117 377 3605 Open and all welcome 17.00 PM Open and all welcome 17.00 PM

Pilates Fitness Yoga Forever Ac�ve 09:15 AM Circuit Training 11.30 AM ST STEPHEN’S CHURCH - tel: 0117 950 7164

14.00 PM 18.00 PM 19.00 PM

10.30 AM 11.00 AM 12.00 PM

09.00 AM 10.00 AM

18.00 PM 19.00 PM 19.00 PM 19.00 PM 19.30 PM

09.45 AM 10.30 AM 12:30 PM 16:00 PM

Fitness Pilates North Bristol Wellbeing Choir Boxercise Imps Toddler Group

19.00 PM 19:00 PM 09.15 AM






Legs, Bums & Tums

18.00 PM





Keep Fit for Living (also 09.45 AM at Scout Hut, Tranmere Ave, Brentry) Aadra Kalaa Dance Southmead History Group Girls Brigade - 3rd Bristol Aadra Kalaa Dance ACTIVITIES AT OTHER VENUES Ac�vi�es for 60+ at Westbury Fields, tel: 0117 377 3700 Coffee Morning at Pentecostal Church, tel: 0117 987 1327 Wicketz - ages 8-11 at Bristol Free School, tel: 07398 211 598

11.30 AM 18.00 PM 10.00 AM 18.00 PM 18.00 PM 10.00 AM 10.30 AM 17.00 PM 09.20 AM 09.30 AM 09:25 AM 18.15 PM

09.00 AM 10.00 AM 10.30 AM 11.00 AM 10.00 AM 10.00 AM 14.00 PM 18.30 PM

11.15 AM 11.15 AM 14.00 PM 12.00 PM 02.00 PM

OPEN: 11.30 AM

Bristol Alexander School Southmead Somali Associa�on SCC Bingo Irish Dancing NEW BRUNSWICK URC - tel: 0117 950 7776

09.00 AM 10.00 AM 18.00 PM 19.30 PM

Pentecostal Holiness Church

Junior Art Club Saturday S�tch (Adults) SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES Catholic Mass at St Vincent’s Church C of E Service at St Stephen’s Church Community Church at Greenway Centre New Brunswick United Reformed Church Southmead Somali Associa�on at Southmead Community Centre Christ Embassy Group at Southmead Community Centre Senegambian Cultural Group at Southmead Community Centre

Story & Rhyme - Baby Bounce Art Club on the Mezzanine (Adults) Southmead Shares Reading

Story �me Takeover

BS10 Community Bingo, The Woodnook, tel: 07968 277 787 SOUTHMEAD LIBRARY - tel: 0117 903 8583 Tues 11-5 pm | Wed 11-5pm | Fri 1-5pm | Sat 11-5pm

Westbury Walkers - meets in W-o-T, tel: 0117 330 1194 Debt Advice appts - Greenway GP Surgery, tel: 0117 924 1930 Henbury Walking Group - meets at Crow Lane Flats, tel: 0117 377 6247

Please leave a message for The Mead at Greenway Recep�on tel: 0117 950 3335











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IN THE COMMUNITY 1999 - 2019




ast January some of the Team Southmead volunteers met a dedicated team of Trym Li�er Pickers who, despite the cold, turned out to li�er pick the banks of the Trym and from Doncaster Road up to the source of the Trym. We admired their spirits on this very cold January day and learnt how to do a professional li�er picking job. As good Meaders we promised to keep their good work in ‘Trym’ all year, so it was with much enthusiasm that a small band of us, including lots of enthusias�c children and our two Councillors Helen Godwin and Brenda Massey, turned out in November to use the new Team Southmead Li�er Picking kit and got going. Two supermarket trolleys later, a pile of electricals, some china, and this �me only one syringe (unlike last �me) were carefully disposed off in the correct place and lots of grubby gloves later we cleaned the banks of the Trym. If you love the Mead please please don't let our lovely green spaces be plagued by fly �pping - we deserve and want be�er.

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Before and After, the grid on the Trym - what a difference!


NEW YEAR NEW THINGS TO TRY CHILDREN’S SATURDAY GROUP at SOUTHMEAD LIBRARY Southmead Somali Association has been working with children for over three years and we have now engaged thirty children in activities including sports and education. We are now based at Southmead Library on Saturdays from 11:15am till 1:00pm. To find out more about how you can get involved please email us: or telephone: 07931 125 143 to speak to Dalal or Matan.

VOlunteer with us and help BristOl waste nOthing! are you passionateabout waste, recycling and reuse? would you like to help saveusable items from the scrap heap? do you want to learn new skills in Bristol waste’s first ever reuse shop?

We’re looking for energetic volunteers who are interested in helping create a friendly and exciting Reuseshop. Opening soon at the redeveloped Avonmouth Household Reuse& Recycling Centre.

Find out more: or call 0117 304 9590





PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT! …..Meet new people and play new games

Everyone welcome…….! Greenhouse Café, Greenway Centre Wednesday mornings 10.00-11.30 Starts 13th November Contact: Laura or Letty on 0117 9503335




�er the contractor had finished the soil sampling ‘holes’ on Glencoyne Square (see last month`s edi�on), “let’s plant some bulbs” she said, and like an idiot I said I would try to source both bulbs and plants. So far so good. I arranged for the Blaise Nursery to supply 800 tulip bulbs and 1600 mixed polyanthus plants, these to be delivered on Saturday morning, 9th November, to Glencoyne Square. Come the day, not only was it absolutely pouring with rain but freezing cold with it. Now when you have that many bulbs and plants they have to be planted then and there. So, some 10 hardy volunteers including representa�ves from the Regenera�on team, local residents, the Architects, and United Communi�es, together with trowels at the ready, in the pouring rain, started what in ‘normal’ weather would have been a ‘doddle’. At the end of just over two hours, freezing cold, soaked to the skin, and I do mean soaked to the skin, covered in mud, we looked on with pride at what had been achieved - no we didn’t! We all couldn’t wait to go home to ‘dry out’. For my part, my hands were so cold I couldn’t undo the laces of my trainers, I shed my soaking clothes and spent half an hour under a hot shower. So, when you pass by Glencoyne and see those floral ‘masterpieces’ remember the ‘Extreme Hole Gardeners’. p.s. at least they didn’t need watering in!! Mike Murch – Head Gardener!

the Glencoyne Extreme ‘Hole’ Gardeners!



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The Mead BS10 Issue 66 December 2019 / January 2020  

The Mead BS10 Issue 66 December 2019 / January 2020