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Lynne Fernandes Winter Clearance Sale – up to 50%

Lynne Fernandes Winter Clearance Sale – up to 50% Our Winter Clearance is on!  We’ve got some amazing designer frames at Lynne Fernandes on offer with up to 50% off.* It’s the perfect time to…
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Photography Exhibition Celebrates the Contribution of the Harbourside’s Older Volunteers

‘Something for Nothing’ is a photography exhibition by Sarah Robbins, UWE Photography Student, celebrating older people in their active volunteer roles in and around Bristol Harbour. Age UK Bristol and Boston Tea Party - Gloucester…
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North Bristol Art Trail 24th - 25th November

The ever-popular North Bristol Art Trail takes place over the weekend of 24–25 November this year, with a preview night on Friday 23, when you can relax with a mulled wine and chat to artists…
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Free dementia conversation cards to help keep families and friends close after diagnosis

Award-winning older people’s charity, Alive, has launched a free resource that offers conversation ideas and advice to help family members and friends to feel close to a loved one following a diagnosis of dementia. Alzheimer’s…
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Great waves and winding roads: Iconic Japanese prints showcased in a series of exhibitions in Bristol

Masters of Japanese prints: Hokusai and Hiroshige landscapes 22 September 2018 – 6 January 2019 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery     A series of three exhibitions will showcase Bristol’s collection of Japanese woodblock prints…
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Gloucester Rd BID area – Finalist in this Years search for the Best British High Street

Bishopston Matters is delighted to report that Gloucester Road Bristol's Independent District has been named a Finalist in this years search for the Best British High Street. I hope you will join me in supporting their…
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Bristol theatre company Kelvin Players explores The Effect

Award-winning theatre company tackles challenging modern material from Lucy Prebble Local theatre company, The Kelvin Players, are presenting The Effect next month. Written by Lucy Prebble (Secret Diary of a Call Girl and ENRON), this…
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Lynne Fernandes Optometrists gets a makeover in time for National Eye Health Week!

It's exciting times at Gloucester Road as Lynne Fernandes have been closed for a few weeks for a makeover.  Their boutique style opticians has been created around styling and finding the perfect glasses for you…
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Cooking for the Over 50s at the City Farms!

Local Bristol charity LinkAge Network, is delighted to launch new cooking sessions for people aged 50+ at three of Bristol’s city farms; St Werburghs City Farm, Windmill Hill City Farm and Lawrence Weston Community Farm. …
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Carers Week 11-17 June 2018

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.    Carers don’t choose to become…
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Mum's on the run with puns just for fun

St Andrews mum, Louise Leigh has taken the idea of a mid-life crisis and run with it, by becoming a stand-up comedian. Since 2015, she has eschewed salsa classes, book club and stitch and bitch…
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ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is coming to Aerospace Bristol on Thursday 17 May

  What story will you bring? BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow will be filming at Aerospace Bristol on Thursday 17 May. Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts will be waiting to welcome you,…
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Enjoy VEGFEST Bristol 2018

One of the UK's biggest vegan festivals VegfestUK Bristol moves into the new venue of Ashton Gate stadium with a bang on May Bank Holiday Weekend May 26-27, with a whole host of features to…
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Lynne Fernandes Opticians Awarded for Vision and Family Values

Lynne Fernandes Optometrists in Bristol beat country-wide competition after scooping Family Opticians of the year at the national Opticians Awards. The family-run Knowle practice, established on Wells Road for over 80 years, was recognised for…
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The Dolphin School Secures ‘Good’ Ofsted Rating

The Dolphin School in Bristol has retained its Ofsted rating of Good, a clean sweep across every category. Head Teacher, Shelley Dixon, who took over the school’s leadership in January of last year, has introduced…
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Mirror, mirror on the wall, is this the fairest Kelvin play of all?

  Think you know Snow White? Think again.   Howard Barker’s dark fairytale, ‘Knowledge and a Girl (The Snow White Case)’ comes to Kelvin Players Studio Theatre this April. An intriguing twist on a familiar…
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Bristol Charity Launches Project To Help Perinatal Mental Health

Home Start Bristol has been awarded funding by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs to work with families who are experiencing perinatal mental health issues. This comes as welcome news for those affected by…
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EyeStyle – exclusively yours

EyeStyle is our new members club created with you in mind. It’s free, easy to join and gives you access to exclusive offers, eye care advice, and money off your glasses, plus more! Benefits at…
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Put your best foot forward.... Bristol Walk Fest is back

The city’s hugely popular, annual walking festival - Bristol Walk Fest, a celebration of walking and walks throughout the city is set to take place from May 1 to May 31, 2018.   Bristol’s month-long…
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Bristol Ageing Better funds new services tackling social isolation

From intergenerational boat-building projects to services offering counselling and support, Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) has funded a wide range of new projects. Bristol Ageing Better is part of the national Ageing Better programme made possible…
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VEGFESTUK BRISTOL 2018 – Get your discounted tickets now!

Fantastic day out for families at plant-based food festival at Ashton Gate stadium on 26–27 May. Families in Bristol and beyond will enjoy an amazing weekend at the upcoming VegfestUK Bristol plant-based food and lifestyle…
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Bishopston still very much - Matters!

Wow, it is fantastic to say that Bishopston Matters, incorporating Ashley Down, St Andrews and Horfield, has now been serving the community for 10 years! And what a decade it has been! From humble beginnings…
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Christmas Tree at Bishopston Library

Bishopston Library is celebrating their first Christmas in their new location in the old renovated swimming pool on Gloucester Road, with an amazing real Christmas tree. It is adorned with fantastic decorations made by local…
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New York City cool at Gloucester Road – Friday 24 November 2017

You’re invited to a special Open Day at our Gloucester Road practice as we showcase MOSCOT eyewear – a New York City institution since 1915 and, the epitome of cool! MOSCOT is renowned worldwide for…
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Enjoy the creativity of the 2017 North Bristol Art Trail, 25–26 November

The ever-popular North Bristol Art Trail takes place over the weekend of 25–26 November this year, with a preview night on Friday 24, when you can relax with a mulled wine and chat to artists…
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Carers Rights Day 2017

Carers Rights Day is a national celebration of carers. This year it falls on Friday 24 November. The day helps carers in their local community know their rights and find out how to get the…
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The Bristol Santa run is back!

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is excited to announce the return of its popular Santas on the Run event on 10th December! The 2k festive run will be returning to Bristol Harbourside and CHSW is…
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Dice Tales, the improvised story show for children, launches in Bristol this Autumn

Dice Tales – The Improvised Story Show, will take children aged 5 to 12 on an adventure made not only for them but by them as well. How will they do this? How will these…
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Apple loving and learning in Horfield Organic Community Orchard

Since it’s creation in 1998, Horfield Organic Community Orchard (HOCO) has welcomed the local community to celebrate Apple Day.  To mark next year’s 20th anniversary, and the maturing of this pioneering urban orchard, HOCO is…
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Save the Prince of Wales

This local watering hole in the Bristol Indie District is fighting hard to remain independent and thereby keep it's lovely unique character. Anna and her team have rented this pub from Enterprise Inns for the…
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North Bristol is getting its First Forest-based Pre-School!

“Where Nurture Meets Nature” It was a pleasure to take time out this month to meet Lizzie Staite and Janie Ankers – local mums and two of the co-founders of North Bristol’s first forest-based Pre-School…
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New Eyewear Collection and Eye Care App at Lynne Fernandes!

There’s a lot going on at our local, Lynne Fernandes Optometrists; their winter eyewear collection is now in and they're delighted to tell you they now have an App for all your eye care needs!…
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Kelvin Players offers a timeless tale of emotion and conflict

Arthur Miller's modern classic A View from the Bridge comes to Kelvin Players Studio Theatre for a two week run beginning 11 October.  An emotional and shocking piece of theatre, it is as powerful now…
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Enjoy Ale and Art at Henleaze Charity Festival

The ‘Ale and Arty’ Festival is returning to Henleaze on Saturday 30 September raising money for two local charities as well as for work in Bristol and Africa. Organised by St Peter’s Church, the second…
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The Colour Fun Run is coming back to Bristol in 2017!

          After the success of last year’s Colour Fun Run, we’re raring to go for more laughs and messy fun in 2017. Put Sunday 1st October in your diary if you…
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Ground-breaking foreign-language films about dementia launched by Bristol-based partnership

A Bristol-based partnership has launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. The Dementia Wellbeing Service, a partnership between Alzheimer’s Society…
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5 years of tackling food poverty at North Bristol Foodbank

15,036 three day emergency food supplies have been given out by the North Bristol Foodbank since opening in July 2012, of which 6,441 were for local children. North Bristol foodbank provides three days’ non-perishable emergency…
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Is your child's school looking out for young carers?

Young Carers in Schools has just launched in Bristol and South Gloucestershire making it easier for schools to identify young carers and provide them with vital support.  It is provided by local charity Carers Support Centre and 37 schools are already signed up to this way of working. The…
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Sumer events with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Summer events at Bristol Museums for young people and teenagers Do you know a budding artist, want-to-be performer or young archaeologist?  This summer, Bristol Museums are hosting a new and inspiring range of creative courses…
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Double Ofsted Outstanding For Family-run Bristol Nurseries

Long established Archfield House Nursery, based in the Cotham area of Bristol, is delighted to have been awarded ‘Outstanding’ in every aspect of their recent Ofsted inspection. Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, said: “Overall…
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Travel back in time this autumn with Monkey Trousers Theatre!

Tick-tock, tick-tock – time is running out for the Gotalot Shop… Mr Gotalot’s famous shop has mysteriously disappeared! Where did it go? Or when did it go? Only the cunning Time Master seems to know……
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Angus Management helps bring the Bristol Libraries Summer Reading Scheme to life

 To mark this year’s National Reading Challenge – Animal Agents – Bristol Libraries have invited local author Kirsten Hemingway to visit libraries across the region and share her stories about an animal detective called Angus…
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New Walking Football Initiative for people over 50 at Horfield Leisure Centre

Everyone Active at Horfield Leisure Centre are launching a new Walking Football Initiative for people over 50. Walking football has taken off in Britain and whatever your ability or age it has something to offer…
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Hobbs House Bakery comes to Gloucester Road

Hobbs House Bakery are really looking forward to opening two new shops and coming home to Bristol. They are delighted to have got the keys for their Gloucester Road shop last week and are aiming…
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Public events announced for council’s Your Neighbourhood and Supporting People consultations

A series of eight public events have been announced as Bristol City Council continues to consult the public on a range of savings proposals, with bookings open from 9am on Thursday 22 June. Due to…
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Baby Bank Network celebrates 2 years of helping babies in need with big birthday party fundraiser

A Bristol charity launched by a team of local mums celebrates its second birthday this month, having helped almost 700 babies in the city.  Baby Bank Network is inviting supporters along to a Family Fun…
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Vincenzo & Sons Barbering Emporium Celebrating 50 Years on Gloucester Road

There have been many changes in the last 50 years, but one thing has stayed the same – the presence of Vincenzo & Son Barbershop holding a prominent position on Gloucester Road. Vincenzo brought his…
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Bishopston’s Brunel House transformed by new development

Scheme to be launched to the market at July event An exciting new development of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, duplexes and houses in the beautifully restored and converted historic Grade II listed building,…
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QUILTFEST - An exhibition by Bristol Quilters

Bristol Quilters will be returning to the beautiful setting of Badminton School on Durdham Downs in Bristol for a three-day summer exhibition of quilts at the beginning of June. One of the largest quilt shows…
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Community Project seeks local Entrepreneurs

North Bristol Community Project (NBCP) is a registered charity delivering a range of education, training and leisure activities for local people. We are seeking enterprising, self-motivated entrepreneurs  interested in running  a small community cafe on…
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The Stepford Singers’ upcoming Bishopston concert in May

The fabulous Stepford Singers will be serenading the good people of Bishopston again at their annual concert taking place this year on Friday May 12th 2017. It will be a relaxed evening, with the audience…
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St Peter’s Hospice fires up foamy fundraiser

The Bristol sky filled with bubbles rather than balloons last week as St Peter’s Hospice launched its first ever Bubble Rush event. Fundraisers from Bristol’s only adult hospice launched the family fun run in front…
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Glos Rd Central Mayfest 6 May, 10 am – 5 pm

Its May and that means it’s time for the Glos Rd Central Mayfest! This year's Mayfest takes place on 6 May, 10 am – 5 pm. As usual the day will be a celebration of our community,…
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New contact lens to slow down myopia (short-sight) in children

Lynne Fernandes and Corrina McElduff (pictured left to right) are the only optometrists in the South West to have undergone the detailed training required to prescribe the new, ground-breaking CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lens.…
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Bristol Walk Fest 2017 is here

One of the country’s largest urban walking festivals is set to return this May as the Bristol Walk Fest gears up for another year of strolling, scrambling and hiking with something for all ages and…
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Bishopston Library Opens on Wednesday 3 May, 11am

Christine Brown, Library Group Manager – East Bristol Group of libraries shared with us the following good news on the opening of the new Bishopston Library... After many delays, Bishopston Library will open its doors…
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Community Navigators to combat social isolation in North Bristol

A consortium of community organisations have been awarded £250k of Big Lottery money to deliver a three year Community Navigators project combating social isolation among over 50s in North Bristol.  Community Navigators North will provide…
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Horfield and District Allotments Association Celebrating 100 years – community history project

Horfield and District Allotments Association (Bristol) is pleased to announce further details of our community history project to celebrate our 100th Anniversary. Two initial events have been planned:  Launch event: Saturday 22 April – 3pm…
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Kelvin Players present a wild comedy of love, loathing, lust and looting

Archer: "Instead of riveting your eyes to a beauty, try to fix ‘em upon a fortune – that’s our business!” Aimwell: “No woman can be a beauty without a fortune [and] I am a marksman!”…
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Tour De Bristol for Tam

The sold-out and much-anticipated Tour de Bristol returns on 8 April with over 700 participants taking on a 35km, 50km or 100km sponsored cycle in aid of Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice. One…
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24 hour coaching session to raise money for Cricket Without Boundaries

GCB community coach Pete Lamb is going to run a 24 hour coaching session to raise money for Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) over the weekend of 7-8 April. The Coalpit Heath CC player is heading…
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Beard TO-GO to raise funds for LEGO at Bristol Children's Hospital

This month, St Andrews resident Simon Davis got in touch with the below request. Please do dig deep and support this local family with their fundraising efforts. My fantastically brave 13-year-old daughter Tatiana has been…
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Expert views on air quality to feature at public meeting

How does air pollution affect our lives in Bishopston? What’s the Council doing to monitor air quality? What can we do in our community to improve things? These questions and lots more are set for…
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Jessie May Bowled Over by Gloucestershire Cricket Support

Gloucestershire Cricket is delighted to announce that local charity, Jessie May, which provides hospice at home services to children with terminal illnesses in Bristol and surrounding areas, has been appointed as the Club’s new “charity…
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Spring Events at the Golden Hill Community Garden

Community Project worker, Lucy Mitchell shares with us the forthcoming fun events planned at the local community garden.... Our Sunday Club for families who have a child/ren with a special educational need or disability starts…
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BCRNP Forum 16 March 2017

With over £500,000 of cuts to Neighbourhood Partnership Schemes, it is sadly inevitable that the BRCNP will cease to run.  This valued community partnership has been the link between our communities and local government.  It…
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Good News from Bristol Inner City Football Academy

BRISTOL INNER CITY FOOTBALL ACADEMY  (in association with Horfield Leisure Centre ‘Everyone Active’) have been selected as The FA KEY PARTNER ORGANISATION to deliver the SSEWildcats Mini Soccer Programme in Bristol. click here to book your place – BOOK NOW Purpose…
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Bishopston & Bristol Riff Raff Choir pulls out all the stops for Red Nose Day

BRISTOL, 24 March 2017 – Riff Raff, Bristol’s leading a cappella pop and rock choir, and The Raff Pack, Bristol’s fabulous new all-male a cappella group, love to use their voices to raise money for…
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News from Golden Hill Community Garden

Attention all parents/carers with a child with special educational needs or a disability! We're really happy to announce that our new Sunday Adventure Club is coming! Starting on 2 April and running on the first Sunday every month,…
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Free Macmillan Wellbeing Day for the over 55’s

LinkAge’s Macmillan Prevention and Re-enablement project is hosting a free Wellbeing day for people affected by cancer on Wednesday 8th March at Burges Salmon, 1 Glass Wharf, (close to Temple Meads station, and bus stops). The Wellbeing day titled 'Discover…
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Life Cycle’s Summer Season of Saturday Sales

Life Cycle will be opening their doors to the public at their workshop in the grounds of Horfield prison on Sat 18th March to kick off their summer season of Saturday sales. The Bike Back…
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Sunday Volunteers Needed at Horfield Hospice Shop

Our local hospice charity is appealing for volunteers to help out at its shop in Horfield on Sundays. The St Peter’s Hospice shop on Gloucester Road is looking for people able to give up a…
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Can you support the future of Bishopston Cotham & Redland Neighbourhood Partnership?

As many of you know, Bristol Council is implementing massive cuts across the city. One of the consequences is that our local Neighbourhood Partnership will not be able to continue beyond 31 March. The Neighbourhood…
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Bristol charity anticipates government thinking of Mental Health

As the government announces plans to transform attitudes to mental health, Home-Start Bristol’s new project aims to improve the emotional health of parents and children. Last year 83% of Bristol parents who felt isolated told…
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Help shape the future of the Stoke Park Estate

People in Bristol are being asked to help develop the long term future of Stoke Park. A consultation is currently underway to create a plan that will protect the park’s important historic and ecological features…
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Smiles all round at Clyde House Nursery

Local Bishopston day nursery Clyde House is celebrating after a gaining a glowing report from Ofsted following their recent visit. The nursery maintained its ‘Good’ rating and went on to achieve ‘Outstanding’ in the area…
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Window Wanderland 2017 is nearly here!

Window Wanderland takes place in just a few days, on Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 February. Bishopston and the surrounding area will once again be a feast for the eyes when the dazzling Window Wanderland returns…
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Yogafurie celebrates first year of being green

A local eco-friendly hot yoga studio based in Ashley Down has celebrated one year of opening having seen more than 15,000 class places being booked and a number of green credentials having been reached. Yogafurie, opened…
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HOSPICE GIVES BACK TO FESTIVE SUPPORTER

            One Bishopston resident enjoyed a very Merry Christmas after winning £5000 on a local charity raffle.   Helen Williams, an admin assistant for a physiotherapy clinic in Bishopston ,…
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Celebrate local fruit growing and Wassail the Orchard on Saturday 14 January

Home Orchard Plot takes shape at Horfield Organic Community Orchard Three years of planning and fundraising will soon come to fruit at Horfield Organic Community Orchard (HOCO). The Home Orchard Plot (HOP) project is a…
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Welcoming Anne-Louise to the Bishopston Matters family!

Since the birth of young Henry, it has been extremely helpful to have a fellow worker, passionate about our community, to call upon when needed. Many of you may recognise the smiley face of Anne-Louise…
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New Art in St Andrews Park

Just when you think our park can't get any more beautiful, further gems appear – this time in the form of fantastic tree sculptures, created by Andy O'Neil, with the help of pupils from Sefton…
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Back of the Net for Brunel Bantams FC!

The Brunel Bantams are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a grant of £1,966 by the FA, as part of the ‘66 for 66’ initiative. The grant is part of the FA’s celebration…
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Christmas Celebrations on the Gloucester Road this weekend!

You are in for a treat on Gloucester Road this weekend! The main spots to enjoy the festive fun will be The Parlour, Sainsburys Local, Maplins, Cancer Research, Tesco Express and Nailsea Electrical.  Here are…
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Volunteers celebrated for giving a combined 1500 years of service!

An astonishing 1500 years of service has been celebrated by Bristol’s only adult hospice as it honoured over 150 of its long standing volunteers who have dedicated hours of their time to help support those…
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Parents Donate £4K to Build Climbing Wall at Brunel Field

A generous couple with children at Brunel Field Primary School in Bishopston donated an amazing £4K to their PSA to build a four-panel horizontal climbing wall in the playground. Klare and Tim Percival, who have…
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The North Bristol Art Trail 26-27th November 10am - 6pm

The North Bristol Art Trail 26-27th November 10am - 6pm. Preview Night in some venues, 25th Friday 7-9pm. The North Bristol Art Trail is now in its 14th year and still going strong. As always,…
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Volunteers needed at Bristol Libraries

              Volunteers have been hard at work across Bristol, giving a helping hand at their local libraries. At Avonmouth Library volunteers helped us to give one to one support…
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Bristol freelance parents join forces for flexible childcare scheme

            A group of freelance parents in Bristol are working with parenting community hub KudaCan in a bid to solve a huge childcare challenge.   One of the biggest obstacles…
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Making a splash for Baby Bank

Most people can at least walk and talk when they do their first sponsored swim. But not Bristol, Bath and North Somerset’s Water Babies! Babies as young as 8 weeks old will be taking part…
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Bishop Road Fireworks Extravaganza 2016

Saturday 5th November 2016, School field, Bishop Road (by One Way Garage) Celebrate fireworks night and help support Bishop Road Primary School The fantastic Bishop Road Fireworks Extravaganza is back and is bigger and better than…
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A precious baby memento and perfect Christmas gift!

If you are looking for a beautiful, bespoke gift this festive season, why not consider getting your child's hand or foot print set in silver to be kept forever or your favourite pet's paw print?…
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The Bristol Best & Brilliant FREE Treasure Hunt

Throughout the whole of the October half term, Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 October 2016, 12 ‘treasures’ of Bristol, designed by 12 of our local primary schools will be hidden in 12 shop windows along …
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Santas on the Run is back!

The annual Santas on the Run 2k fun run is back in Bristol on Sunday 11th December 2016. Grab your family, friends and colleagues (and dog!) and take part in this extraordinary dash across the…
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Free Picture Book Trail on Gloucester Road - win £60 book vouchers!

Not long until half-term break! Are you still looking for fun activities to keep your children occupied? Local children’s publisher Book Island might have the right thing for you. Join their picture book trail and…
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Bristol Healthy City Week 15 - 22 October

Bristol Healthy City Week 15 - 22 October - Some local picks to keep you healthy! Brought to you by Bristol Green Capital Partnership, Healthy City Week is the product of contributions from local organisations…
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Avon Riding Centre Open Day

Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled is opening its doors to the wider community in a celebration of what people with disabilities CAN do! They are planning: Riding demonstrations, falconry, wheelchair-friendly woodland walks, 4 x…
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Redland church celebrates completion of new church and community halls

The exciting redevelopment of Redland Parish Church halls is almost complete. Local builders, Kitto Construction, are due to hand over the keys to the new halls this month and a number of launch events have…
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The Colour Fun Run … is back!

After the success of last year’s first ever Colour Fun Run at Oldbury Court Estate we are delighted to announce this fun-filled event will return again on Sunday 2nd October 2016. Participants can look forward to…
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Wish Bristol Pound a Happy Fourth Birthday and get a Bristol Tenner

  When: 11am – 4:30pm, Sunday 18 September Where: Corn Street, Bristol Bristol Pound will be celebrating their fourth birthday at the Make Sunday Special event outside St Nicholas Market on Sunday 18 September with…
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BS7 Gym members ride to London on National Fitness Day!

                What better way to celebrate a National Day of Fitness than to cycle the distance between Bristol and London!  That was the challenge set by the fitness…
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Popular Bristol Fancy Dress Shop Closing Down Next Month

  A popular independent Fancy Dress shop in the Gloucester Road area of Bristol is to close down in the next few weeks, and move their business to an online only offering. Fancy Dress Fanatics,…
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Children’s publisher of the year moves HQ to Bishopston!

The Arnolfini Bookshop was recently filled to the brim with picture book enthusiasts and members of the local Bristol community, all celebrating the arrival of internationally-acclaimed publishing house Book Island. Publisher Greet Pauwelijn and her family…
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Local community project reaches the finals of the National Lottery Good Causes Award

Staff and volunteers at Life Cycle’s bike recycling scheme at Horfield prison are delighted to be recognised for their efforts.  Their Bike Back project has made it through to the finals of the environment category…
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Window Wanderland could get funding

                               A community project transforming homeowners’ front windows into works of art has made it to the finals of a national funding competition – and is calling for people to vote. Artist Lucy Reeves set up…
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Sparks Super Summer Holiday Club - book in now!

Locally based Sparks Play and Care are very excited about the array of fun activities and trips they have planned for holiday club this summer.They will be holding their holiday club from Monday 27th July…
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Turtle Bay brings Caribbean sunshine to Cheltenham Road!

Bristol is to get a second helping of rum, reggae and jerk as Caribbean restaurant and bar Turtle Bay are set to open a brand new venue on Cheltenham Road. Turtle Bay’s jerk revolution has…
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Help local carers

Over 4,500 carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire carry a Carers Emergency Card. The card is used in the event of the carer having an accident or emergency. This ensures that the person they look…
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Local barbering salon celebrates 30 years in business with a new move

              Local men’s hairdressing salon Franco’s Barbering Lounge has celebrated 30 years in business this week, with the announcement of a move to bigger commercial premises on Gloucester Road. Franco Lombardi, who set up the barbering…
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Bishopston Garden Charity Plant sale at Room 212, Saturday 25 June

Following the success of Bishopston Open Gardens, The Bishopston Garden Society will be selling plants outside Room 212 this Saturday morning from 10am. Proceeds will go to the Bristol Refugees and Golden Hill Community Garden.The…
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Redland High Students Join David Cameron at Bristol Vote Remain Event

Yesterday morning Prime Minister David Cameron was joined in Bristol by former PM John Major and Labour MP Harriet Harmon to urge voters to remain in the European Union (EU) ahead of today’s referendum.The Prime…
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St Peter's Hospice Launches New Summer Party Fundraiser

Bristol’s only adult hospice has launched a brand new fundraising initiative at a special Summer Party hosted by Miss Bristol International, Gabriella Papp. Fundraisers, supporters and staff of St Peter’s Hospice gathered at the charity’s Gloucester…
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Yogafurie asks Bristol to 'Turn Up the Heat on Your Health' with wellbeing open day

Yogafurie, Bristol’s leading hot yoga studio, is hosting a free 'Turn Up the Heat on Your Health' open day this Saturday to help people find out more about a variety of holistic health and fitness…
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Riff Raff's Grand Night Out

               The resplendent Riff Raff Choir will rock Colston Hall with a riot of pop songs from across the decades. The majority of the songs are original arrangements and performed a cappella with a huge amount…
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Bishopston Resident’s Dunleavy Vineyards has triple announcement

Bristol and Somerset based Dunleavy Vineyards have a triple announcement: the release of their new wine, an exciting collaboration with a world-famous artist and the start of vineyard tour bookings! Dunleavy are about to release their…
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Cinderella … but not as you know it

                     On Sunday 19th June touring opera company Tessitoura will perform a fresh take on one of Rossini’s most beloved operas - La Cenerentola, set against a picturesque outdoor backdrop.Witness a new retelling of old favourite…
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Mr Gotalot and Monkey Trousers Theatre perform at the Bristol Old Vic – and it’s FREE!

In celebration of the Bristol Old Vic's 250th Anniversary, Monkey Trousers Theatre are bringing a specially modified version of their latest hilarious family adventure, Mr Gotalot's Gotalot Shop: The Great British Cheese Off! to the…
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Bishop Road are getting Green Fingered!

Bishop Road Primary School are embarking on ambitious plans to improve their outdoor spaces by creating a nature garden, allotment classroom, orchard and wildflower area. The school is one of the largest in the south…
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It’s May and time for the Glos Rd Central Mayfest on Saturday 7 May

This extremely popular free community event is part of the Neighbourhood Partnership Festival Week and is a big day on our social calendar. Traders will be offering a range of activities and special sales outside…
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Lynne Fernandes Optometrist Wins Major Award

Local Optometrist, Lynne Fernandes, has been awarded with one of her industry’s biggest accolades. Lynne was presented with the ‘Optometrist of the Year’ trophy in the annual Optician Awards in the presence of over 500…
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Boston Tea Party shortlisted for Food Made Good Awards 2016

Boston Tea Party (BTP) is vying with some of the UK’s best known restaurant and hospitality names to be a winner at the Food Made Good Awards 2016 – which reward the unsung heroes of…
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2016 BS9 Arts Trail

Make a date in mid-May with the BS9 Arts Trail and surprise your eyes seeing the work of 75 artists in 18 venues in Stoke Bishop, Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym.Entry is free to each individual and…
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Celebrating Age Festival seeks work from local artists with happiness theme

It’s time for creative over 50s to shine - Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival which starts this autumn is calling for entries for its annual art competition.This year’s festival which runs from 25 September - 10…
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Free training for carers

Carers Support Centre, a local charity, is offering a variety of FREE tailored training courses and workshops for 2016. The charity helps people who care for someone, whether it is a friend or family member.…
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Bristol Walk Fest 2016 – Walk This Way!

It’s back! Bristol Walk Fest is the UK’s largest urban celebration of walking, and they are coming to a neighbourhood near you!From 1st – 31st May 2016, Walk Fest’s packed programme will offer you  a…
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Let the Countdown begin !

The West of England MS Therapy Centre recently held its launch party for their first annual Players Sprint Triathlon that takes place on Sunday 2nd October 2016.Jane Leslie, mother of MP Charlotte Leslie and British…
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Monkey Trousers Theatre nominated in The Regional Awards!

Almost a year on from their début performance, family favourites Monkey Trousers Theatre are celebrating a double nomination in The Regional Awards, ahead of their fifth spectacular Mr Gotalot show, The Great British Cheese Off! Hoping…
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Clifton High School Junior Pupils make a splash!

Clifton High School Junior pupils made an impact this Spring with their performance of the Craig Hawes musical ‘Splash!’. A comic retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark, the play was superbly performed by Year…
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The Head Girl Teams from Redland High & The Red Maids’ School plan for the future of Redmaids’ High School.

The Head Girl Teams from Redland High School and the Red Maids’ School recently came together to discuss the ways in which they can lead in joint activities between the two schools, which are set…
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‘My First Glasses’ with Lynne Fernandes Optometrists on CBeebies 24th March

Lynne Fernandes Optometrists is to feature in a new CBeebies series called ‘My First…Glasses.

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Open Doors and Dogs Home Tours Sunday 20th March

The return of Open Doors and Dogs Home Tours! One of the most important days in the RSPCA Bristol and District Branch’s yearly calendar takes place on Sunday 20th March. On this special Sunday, the…
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Easter Message from Rev Patrick Stonehewer

'We are going to see things that never existed'Recent headlines included the news that scientists have confirmed the existence of 'gravitational waves', something predicted by the well-known scientist Albert Einstein in the early part of…
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Window Wanderland Fun!

 Window Wanderland is fun, simple, easy to join in with and is a great way to see your neighbourhood in a new light!  Created in Bristol in 2015 by Lucy Reeves Khan; as a way…
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Local estate agent: why selling your home is a piece of cake!

If any healthy eating intentions for the New Year haven’t yet been thrown out of the window, you may want to cover your eyes now. Throughout February, elephant estate agents on Gloucester Road is inviting home…
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Get involved with 'North Bristol's Got Talent'

Dale the local Dalek is not having a winter display in his garden this year. Instead a stage has been erected, so it is up to all you local performers to come and have a…
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Kellaway Building Supplies Acquires WTBS

Kellaway Building Supplies has bought Bridgwater based company Western Timber and Building Supplies Ltd in an acquisition that sees the companies branch network increase to 13 locations across Bristol and the South West.The acquisition includes…
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Baby Bank Network six months in & almost 100 families helped in Bristol

As the year draws to a close and it prepares to help its 100th family, one of Bristol’s newest charitable organisations looks back at an amazing six months. What started as a conversation between two Bristol…
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Sporting Memories at GCCC

Former Gloucestershire stars Mark Alleyne and David “Syd” Lawrence returned to the Bristol County Ground to share memories of their playing careers at a special event to combat isolation among the elderly.The ex-England pair joined…
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The 2015 North Bristol Art Trail is here!

The North Bristol Art Trail, the 28th – 29th November, has now been running for 13 years. Our artists recognise that the enthusiasm and encouragement of the local community towards the Trail has been an…
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Topping out celebrated for BGS's new Performing Arts Centre

Bristol Grammar School has celebrated an important stage in the construction of its Performing Arts Centre with a traditional 'topping out' ceremony. The ceremony is a long standing tradition in the construction industry and marks…
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Limen a solo exhibition by Esther Cooper-Gittins

Recent Falmouth University graduate Esther Cooper-Gittins embarks on her first solo exhibition, with her drawings installed in response to the beautiful and unconventional space that is the Edwardian Cloakroom. The Latin word Līmen (meaning threshold)…
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Help Baby Bank Network support more families in need with Grow Your Tenner campaign

Since it launched in the summer, Bristol Baby Bank has supported more than 30 local families with essential items for their babies and now it needs your help. Baby Bank Network is taking part in…
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Volunteers trained as Community Advice Champions to help tackle poverty

Volunteers at foodbank outlets in North Bristol are to receive special training to help foodbank customers sort out their financial difficulties. The Community Advice Champions scheme will see foodbank volunteers in Lockleaze, Filton, Horfield and…
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Big Lottery win for St Werburghs City Farm

St Werburghs City Farm in Bristol has this recently been awarded 285,539 pounds, from the Big Lottery to run a three year project called 'Enclude'. The project aims to increase the well being and community…
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Golden Hill Community scoop Best in the South West!

Best in the South West! RHS Its's Your Neighbourhood Gordon Ford Trophy awarded to Golden Hill Community Gardens at the Britain in Bloom - Garden for Bristol Awards 2015 www.southwestinbloom.org.uk October 1st 2015 South West in…
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Best in the South West!

Best in the South West! RHS Its's Your Neighbourhood Gordon Ford Trophy awarded to Golden Hill Community Gardens at the Britain in Bloom - Garden for Bristol Awards 2015 www.southwestinbloom.org.ukOctober 1st 2015 South West in Bloom…
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Ever wondered about Car Club Bristol?

Ever wondered what the Car Club bay along the street from you is all about? Bristol’scar club network is expanding with three operators, City Car Club, Co-wheels and Zipcar working with Bristol City Council to…
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Shakespeare’s lost play - Cardenio

This Autumn, Kelvin Players Theatre Company becomes the first UK non-professional company to take on Cardenio. It has been dubbed Shakespeare’s lost play and hasn’t long been released by the Royal Shakespeare Company for outside…
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Bishopston school to host a special Meet the Parents event.

On Thursday 8th October at 6.30 pm, a new event is being held at Bishop Road School which aims to help parents of year five and six children discover what three local secondary schools in…
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Bristol Yoga Trail

Bristol Yoga Trail – Saturday, September 12th 2015. Free classes in 8 studios across Bristol…try something new!Bristol Yoga Trail is a day to sample different yoga styles in 8 locations in Bristol for FREE. Whether…
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Get involved with our Community Fair

Residents of Bishopston, Cotham and Redland are being given the chance to get involved in local neighbourhood organisations and projects at an upcoming Community Fair.The Neighbourhood Partnership event will also include a live vote to…
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Votes could win St Werburghs City Farm Solar Panels!

One of Bristol's City Farms has been shortlisted in the running to win a share of 400,000 pounds from the M&S Community Energy Fund. If the Bristol charity gets enough public votes online before the…
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Call for local dads to take part in university study

I received the below request from Bristol University's Jez Zahra, can you help please? Are you a dad with a child in primary school? If so we want to talk to you! We are looking…
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Local Artists take over Temple Meads platforms

Four North Bristol Artists are among the 13 artists adorning the platforms at Temple Meads station as part of Art on the Platform. Laura Cramer, Cath Read, Jenny Urquhart and Nick Gerolemou. Passengers at Temple…
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The Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Green Treasure Hunt

1 August to 13 September 2015This summer sees the launch of the 'Green Treasure Hunt' around Bishopston, Cotham and Redland as part of the Bristol 2015 Neighbourhood Arts Programme. Starting on Saturday 1 August and…
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2015 Record Breakers - Summer Reading Challenge

Young readers across Bristol are being encouraged to take part in this year's Summer Reading Challenge.The free annual event, which begins in Bristol libraries today, challenges children aged four to 11 to read six books…
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Second Cycle Sunday on the Downs

Bristol Downs is set to be taken over by thousands of family cyclists, young and old, in the second of this year's Cycle Sundays, on Sunday 12 July from 9 am to 12 pm. Following…
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5 top tips on how to sell your home for the best price, and swiftly, from Alexander May

If you want to sell your house successfully then you will need to present it in its best possible light. Here at Alexander May estate agents we have been involved in selling property for many…
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Fabulous relaunch party at Ablectrics

Gloucester Road Ablectrics enjoyed a fantastic relaunch party last week. Over 250 people from Bristol's elite visited the refurbished venue, even The Lord Mayor was impressed with the work the team had done. Some fantastic new…
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Shaun the Sheep on Horfield Common!

Brunelcare are proud to be one of the sponsors of the Shaun in the City trail. The sculpture Brunelcare are sponsoring can be seen during the Bristol 'Shaun in the City' trail from Monday 6th…
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How to effectively show a prospective purchaser round your home

Here at Alexander May estate agents we do try to handle as many viewing appointments on behalf of our clients as we possibly can, whether in Bishopston, Clifton or Long Ashton. However there will be…
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Fairfield High School students in an episode of an education reality show!

The King and Queens of speech series on Sky 1focuses on the work of the charity Debate Mate, which encourages state school students from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop debating skills. A camera crew from production…
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Nepal Fundraiser Festival

If you didn't get tickets to Glasto this year but still need to scratch that music itch maybe the Nepal Fundraiser Festival might do the job! This 8 hour long event is being held in…
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Join in Ablectrics celebratory re-launch on Sat 27 June!

Get along to the re-launch of Gloucester Road favourite Ablectrics on Saturday 27th June. Join in the celebrations of their fantastic, newly refurbished showroom. There will be a VW bar, cakes, snacks, wine and beer.…
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Monkey Trousers Theatre new show The Snot Rocket!

After their sell out opening run with their first show, The Pants of Power, Monkey Trousers Theatre returns to Bishopston this summer with another sensational children's show. Want something? Need anything? Need it from outer…
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Consultation invites views on a new access project for Bristol

Disabled people, the parents of disabled children, older people and carers are being invited to shape a new access project at a series of consultation events being held in June. The DisabledGo project, a partnership…
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St Werburghs Farm Summer Fair: Saturday 13 June, 12 to 8pm

Signs of summer are in the air and round St Werburghs that can only mean one thing - the Farm Summer Fair is on its way! As an annual community festival, the Fair celebrates the very…
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Bloggs Hair Design Wins Through to Finals of Prestigious L'Oreal Colour Trophy Award

Bristol salon Bloggs Hair Design is set to represent Bristol in the finals of one of the hair industry's most prestigious awards in June, after three members of its team won finalist places during the…
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Qi in the Park, All Green and Bristol Fashion Summer 2015

Come and try a new and healthy activity in some of Bristol favorite parks! Free tasters of the ancient art of Qi Gong - a form of gentle exercise and moving meditation closely related to…
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BIG Green Week Announces its 2015 Programme

BIG Green Week, Bristol's international festival of better living and big ideas has announced its initial line up. Events include a live link up to the global Live Earth Road to Paris concert and the…
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Big Bike Revival Open Day and Sale

Life Cycle UK is hosting five fantastic Open Days in their Horfield Prison workshop as part of CTC's Big Bike Revival - a fortnight-long festival of events to encourage people to get out and about…
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FRANK Water celebrates 10 years!

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Bristol's Water Charity, FRANK Water hosted a fun and fabulous fundraising event at Southville's Thali Cafe last Thursday 14th May. Among the guests were Bristol-based companies BART Ingredients, Salt Media,…
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The Chelsea Fringe in Bristol - The alternative garden festival

The Chelsea Fringe in Bristol is an alternative garden festival that celebrates everything from guerrilla gardening and community projects to large-scale installations, performance art, street happenings and much more in between. It’s an open-access fringe…
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An account of the recent austerity march

I was recently contacted by Megan, a passionate Bishopston resident who would like to share with you her account of the recent austerity march she was involved in organising, that took place in Bristol town…
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Local Mascot featured in World Record attempt at Wetherby

The Worlds largest mascot race took place at Wetherby Races, West Yorkshire on Sunday 26th April and local Mascot Fred the First Steps Soccer Mascot was Going For Gold. The Mascot Gold Cup, sponsored by…
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The English Tailoress now in Bishopston

Charlotte Appleby, The English Tailoress has recently moved to Bristol and brings with her years of dressmaking experience. After training years ago at London College of Fashion in Handcraft tailoring, Charlotte soon carved out a…
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The return of Mr Gotalot!

Still want something? Still need anything? Well, you're in luck - Mr Gotalot's Gotalot Shop is opening once more! Step inside the magical Gotalot Shop where you can buy anything and everything you could ever…
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Celebrating Age Festival seeks work from local artists with a 'green' theme

It is time for creative over 50s to shine! Bristol's Celebrating Age Festival which starts this autumn is calling for entries for its annual art competition. This year's festival which runs from 27 September to…
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Golden Hill Community Garden Spring Fair!

Join the Golden Hill Community Garden for their Big Spring Fair on Saturday 9 May 1 to 4 pm. Organiser Lucy Mitchell told me, "This year we're going bigger and better than ever as it…
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FOHC Walking/Running Map & Cafe Launch event! Saturday 9 May

Horfield Common Walking / Running Routes: Launch and Sponsored Walk If you are involved in or run a local community group, you are invited to join the Friends of Horfield Common to raise some funds,…
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Our Neighbourhood Community Festival

Following on from the success of the previous two years, our Neighbourhood Community Festival is back for the third time! On offer will be a wide range of cultural and fun events, meetings, workshops and…
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Children's Classes at Yogawest

Alongside their usual weekly timetabled classes, Yogawest also run specialised classes for all ages of children. Children really enjoy doing yoga and it is a lovely discipline to learn when young. Teenagers (11-16s) The popular…
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Join Glos Rd Central to celebrate Mayfest!

Glos Rd Central's second Mayfest is taking place Saturday 2 May, 10 am to 5 pm. The many Mayfest events will culminate with the arrival of the Jack on the Green at 3.45 pm. This…
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Get involved with The Noise this bank holiday!

This year, a thousand Bristol people will be using their May bank holiday weekend to give something back to the city. The Noise is an enormous volunteering event run every year by Bristol churches since…
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Fairfield High School in Horfield is planning to open a sixth form next year

If it gets the go-ahead, it will run A-level courses initially. In future it aims to become the only state school in Bristol to offer the International Baccalaureate career-related programme. FHS, which recently became an…
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Local Woman Pulls the Trump Card

20 year old Nadia Achha from Bristol is in the running to represent Great Britain at Donald Trump's Miss Universe pageant. Nadia is a university student and will be one of around 40 women to…
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Relaxation Centre joins The Family Practice

Massage Therapists Form New Hub as Bristol's Relaxation Centre Closes - Practitioners open Relax at The Family Practice in Bishopston - Massage practitioners from The Relaxation Centre have come together to form a new centre…
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Bristol Walking Festival 2015

Bristol Walking Festival is the UK's largest urban celebration of walking, and it is back for a third year from 1 to 31 May 2015. The programme of events features over 170 walks from 80…
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Home Start Bristol seeking new volunteers

Local charity Home-Start Bristol is looking forward to helping even more families in the Bristol area as it has been awarded £145,000 by the Big Lottery to support families with young children. This 5 year…
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Experience am amazing charity paint run!

Registration is open for Children's Hospice South West's Rainbow Run, which will take place at Clifton Downs on Saturday 20th June. The 5K event is the only paint run in Bristol that solely supports the…
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Huge sale at Ablectrics in preparation for major refurbishment!

Gloucester Road Ablectrics is gearing up to undergo a major refit for the benefit of their customers. During this time, the front half of their shop, accessed via the Gloucester Road will be closed from…
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Lots to celebrate at St Katherine's

There has been lots of exciting activities taking place at St Katherine's Rotary Chef of the Year 2015 - St Katherine's student wins Regional Final St Katherine's student, Samantha Rides, has won the Rotary Young…
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Local artists take part in Paint & Clay exhibition

Three painters and two potters present an exciting exhibition of new work. Paint and Clay is the first joint exhibition from three painters and two ceramists who have all studied at Bristol School of Art.…
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Win tickets to see Monkey Trousers Theatre on the Gloucester Road

An exciting new local theatre company launches this month, focused on bringing theatre for children to Bristol and the South West. Monkey Trousers Theatre's premier performances welcome you to Mr. Gotalot's shop, and take children…
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Best-selling Travel Writer returns to Redland High School

Best-selling Travel Writer and former Writer in Residence at the South Pole, Sara Wheeler, returns to her former school for a public event, where she will talk about her career to date, on Friday 6…
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Support Team Honk!

Local resident Kath Bremer recently got in touch with Bishopston Matters with the below request, to help her raise funds for Comic Relief, please can you support Team Honk! Dear Residents, Team Honk was set…
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Book in for the MS Charity Quiz Night

Many of you know that my dear, late father suffered with multiple sclerosis (MS). To celebrate his life and love of people, we organise a community fundraiser for the Bristol MS Society each year. Many…
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Music for a Spring Evening

Music for a Spring Evening, May 15, 7.30 pm, St Bartholomew's Church, Maurice Road. Following the huge success of the concert in 2013, the Friends of St. Andrews Park are organising another evening of sublime…
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Ocean Help Break Poverty Cycle

ESTATE AGENT'S PLEDGE TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS IN NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH CHARITY DEKI Ocean Estate Agents have pledged to give 10 pounds from every house sold or managed property they let to…
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Boston Tea Party scoop Best Cafe award

Boston Tea Party Cafes (BTP) is pleased to have been named Food Magazines Best Cafe Award winners for 2015. The awards are voted for by the public and highlight the operators that are leading the…
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Support our Great Western Air Ambulance please

Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams with clothes that you don't wear anymore? Are you thinking about having a clear out, and finally getting rid of that dress you wore once in 2008? Great…
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Do you own a Staffie or Staffie-cross dog or know someone that does?

Despite the misconceptions about Staffordshire Bull Terriers and their rough and tough reputation, Staffies can be wonderfully behaved, affectionate and highly intelligent dogs. Sadly though, due to irresponsible overbreeding and bad press, 60% of the…
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The Bishopston Matters, MS Charity Quiz Evening 2015!

Question: What are you doing on Saturday 14 March 2015? Answer: Taking part in a fabulous MS Charity quiz! Many of you know that my dear, late father suffered with multiple sclerosis (MS). To celebrate…
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Retinitis Pigmentosa charity would like your used stamps please

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a disease of the eye that leads to loss of vision and blindness. The Charity RP Fighting Blindness works hard to stimulate and fund cutting edge research to find a treatment…
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Clifton High come together to 'Stomp' in memory of friend

Clifton High School Teachers and Mums join together to 'Stomp' in memory of friend Jennifer Russell and to raise funds for Bristol based Cancer Charity On Sunday 25th January mothers and teachers from Clifton High…
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The Filtones Choir bid a sad farewell to their conductor

The Filtones Choir members have bid a sad farewell to their Conductor, Mike Watson, who decided to retire in December 2014. He was presented with a Bristol Blue Glass plate inscribed with a dedication for…
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New theatre experience shaping up nicely

An exciting combination of experimental theatre, new writing and forgotten works of art is coming to Kelvin Players this February. Performed on simple sets in an enclosed space, the theatre will be bringing to life…
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Local ladies create the Little Wedding Space!

Engaged? Looking for planning inspiration? Can't find the right suppliers? If the answer to these 3 questions is 'Yes', then you need to come over to the Little Wedding Space next month and let us…
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Crazy Sale at our local Ablectrics!

Gloucester Road favourites, Ablectrics are having a new shop fit this May and need to clear stocks and displays. This means customers can take advantage of huge discounts! You can get 20% off in January,…
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Exclusive tour with Sarod Master Amjad Ali Khan

The sixth generation of an illustrious Bangash lineage, Amjad Ali Khan is a renowned maestro in classical Indian music. Asian Arts Agency are proud to offer audiences the opportunity to see this master of the…
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What is Homeshare?

Homeshare is a scheme designed to help older people and adults with disabilities to remain living in their own homes. A householder with a spare bedroom offers accommodation to a trustworthy adult, “the homesharer”, in…
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Bristol Young Hero Awards!

    10 DAYS LEFT TO NOMINATE - Closing date 1 February 2015. There are now only 10 days left to nominate a Young Hero for an award at the second Bristol Young Heroes Awards,…
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Would you like to see a Basketball court in Bishopston?

I have been contacted by a local resident Bill Golden, to ask for our support in bringing new sporting facilities to our area. Bill told me.... "There are a lack of basketball facilities in the…
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You are invited to join the Bishopston Society

The Bishopston Society - 'working for Bishopston's heritage and its future' -is looking for new committee members. While their core areas of concern are monitoring and responding to local planning and licensing applications, and working…
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Get involved with the Neighbourhood Arts Programme!

As part of next year's European Green Capital award, Bristol 2015 Ltd will have various exciting programmes to get involved with - so register your interest today. The Neighbourhood Arts Programme will see unique arts…
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Gurt Western Concert

Yet another evening of a cappella delights presented by the ever-popular Gurt Lush Choir. Special guests this time are eight time British Barbershop Champions, The Great Western Chorus of Bristol. Expect a fine selection of fantastic popular…
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Wind band for seniors

In January 2015 a local wind group will be restructured to cater for the needs of retired people. Its aim will be to enable them to improve their playing skills in a group-friendly atmosphere. Stage…
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New draft electoral boundaries for Bristol City Council, have your say

People in Bristol are invited to have their say on proposed changes to the boundaries of Bristol City Council's electoral wards. The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has drafted plans to change…
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North by Southwest Anthology

North Bristol Writing Group (NBWG) have Created an Exciting and Eclectic Anthology and Now Need Your Help to get it Published. North by Southwest is an anthology of 15 stories by 10 North Bristol Writers…
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Abida wins Shaun the Sheep design competition at Fairfield High

Hundreds of students from Fairfield High School flocked to take part in a competition to design a sculpture for next summer's Shaun the Sheep extravaganza. The youngsters were challenged to come up with meaningful ideas…
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Raffle to raise funds for Filton Community Centre

The Filton Community Association have arranged a raffle to raise funds for the community centre. All money raised will go towards repairs needed to the centre. The building was first built in 1966, and apart…
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Gurt Western Concert

Yet another evening of a cappella delights presented by the ever-popular Gurt Lush Choir. Special guests this time are eight-time British Barbershop Champions, The Great Chorus of Bristol. Expect a fine selection of fantastic popular songs from…
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New Park Project Plans for St Andrew's Park Wildlife Group

The Wildlife group of Friends of St Andrews Park has plans for a new park project. Bristol has been awarded the title of European Green Capital for 2015. As part of this award, a funding…
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Drawn to the Gloucester Road?

Drawn as a celebration of the independent shops on the Gloucester Road, local resident Tim Foster has produced a limited edition print of the road to raise money for charity. Tim explained the idea, “I…
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You could win Christmas on the Gloucester Road!

'Twas the month before Christmas - and all through the town - Shoppers were struggling - their faces a frown But oh! How different upon Gloucester road....! People so chilled out, their faces aglow Loving…
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London to Paris Charity Bike Ride

Balaji Krishnamoorthy, a previous Bishopston resident who is now residing in Clifton has the below request for charity. I am working for NTT DATA UK as an Analyst Programmer and contracted to EE , living…
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100 Yard Dash for Zazu's

The original Zazu's Kitchen restaurant has now closed! And re-opens this Friday - all of 100 yards down the road. It's a few short steps for the neighbourhood operation but a big stride forward in…
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Local brass band seeks new home

The highly successful City of Bristol Brass Band is on the lookout for a new rehearsal venue. For many years this local music group had a bandroom at St Bonaventure's primary school but the completion…
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Successful charity music gig in St Andrews!

A charity music gig with Bristol Glam Rock Band FAB 208 was held on Saturday 22nd November at Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club in Bishopston which helped raise 300 pounds. The money raised will go…
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The Big Sing comes to Bristol!

Join Concern Universal on Saturday 29th November for a magical, festive concert guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! The Concern Universal 'Big Sing' event is coming to Bristol for one night only and…
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Get into the Christmas spirit with Glos Rd Central!

Celebrate Independent shopping this Christmas with Glos Rd Central! Based at the mid section of Gloucester Road in (known locally as Pigsty Hill), Glos Rd Central was set up earlier this year to support independent…
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Bristol City Council launch library consultation

Bristol City Council has launched a city-wide consultation to allow the people of Bristol to have their say on the future of the city's libraries. They really want and need everyone to get involved and…
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Bishopston artist is commissioned by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to create garden light installation

Bristol artist Emily Knight is commissioned by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to create garden light installation Bishopston-based spatial designer and artisan maker Emily Knight is busy this month preparing her first commissioned piece for public display.…
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Call into Life Cycle during the North Bristol Art Trail

Local charity Life Cycle UK is opening up its bike recycling workspace at Horfield Prison as part of the North Bristol Arts Trail, 10am to 5pm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November, offering the…
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Enjoy North Bristol Art Trail 2014

The North Bristol Art Trail takes place on 29 - 30 November with preview evenings at selected venues on Friday 28. One the most established in Bristol, the trail shows work by over 100 artists…
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Cricket's loss is the Gloucester Road's gain!

The Royal London One-Day International between England and India at the Bristol County Ground on Monday 25 August 2014 may have been a washout, but the dark clouds had a silver lining for local traders.…
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Another Light bulb Moment from ABLECTRICS

New Light Fitting Repair Service Ablectrics is now pleased to be able to offer their customers a light fitting repair service, from 12 pounds + VAT. Simply bring in your lamp and they will have…
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Fox & Feather and a.k.a Hairdressing put on a charity fashion show

An "amazing" time was had by all on the first Fox & Feather and a.k.a Hairdressing collaborative fashion show. The two family run businesses had been planning the event for over 3 months, using the twitter…
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Royal Representative Opens Early Years Building

Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant, Mary Prior MBE JP, has officially opened the new Early Years building at Redland High Infants with QEH. Staff and governors from both Redland High and QEH attended the opening ceremony on…
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Local Christmas events/services for your diary

Thursday 27 November Bishopston Christmas Market - Bishop Road Primary School, 7.15 - 10 pm. Enjoy a wonderful selection of festive stalls from some of the best local businesses and artisans selling cards, gifts, jewellery,…
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South West Adoption Agencies Highlight Urgent Need for Adopters for Siblings

Bristol City Council, Action for Children, Clifton Children's Society and four other local authorities in the South West recently joined forces to celebrate National Adoption Week (3-9 November) with their open information event in Bridgwater…
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Redland High Orienteers Secure Silver at the British Schools' Championship

Six months after becoming the Avon Schools' Orienteering Champions, the Redland High School Orienteering Team has been awarded Silver Medals at the British Schools' Score Championship. Orienteering is a sport that combines cross-country running with…
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Council launches multi-million pound drive to improve Bristol homes

Bristol City Council has launched a new multi-million pound initiative designed to make homes across the city warmer and healthier places to live. Warm Up Bristol is one of the most ambitious energy efficiency schemes…
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Fairfield High School makes a good impression

HUNDREDS of families from across Bristol have visited Fairfield High School since the start of the academic year. About 300 families attended the open evening while others have been along to open mornings or have…
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Yogawest takes part in "Give it a Go" for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Throughout November people are being invited to "Give it a Go" for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. Dubbed YESvember, the campaign will give people the chance to try out a new thing in the name…
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Bristol Opticians Lunar Optical Wins National Award

Lunar Optical has been announced the winner of a prestigious national award in recognition of its services to optics. Run by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) and sponsored by CooperVision, the awards recognise the highest…
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Sponsored riders cycle from Pier to Port for Life Cycle UK

Thirty cyclists - some of them blind and cycling on the back of tandems - recently completed a 32 mile sponsored cycle ride from Weston Super Mare Pier to Bristol Suspension Bridge, to raise money…
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Civic Society Annual "Big Event" - Making Bristol's Streets Special

The quality and vitality of our streets is crucial to a big city like Bristol. But are our streetscape and public spaces as good as they could be, and how could we make them better?…
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Local Artist exhibits her collection "Painting Our Local Past" at Fresh Ground Cafe

Horfield Baptist Church's Fresh Ground Cafe is currently hosting a local artist/illustrator's collection of paintings, prints and personal studies in an exhibition entitled 'Painting Our Local Past'. Christine Molan's collection brings Bristol's early history vividly…
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Fairfield High School's next step to achieve Outstanding

In June 2013 Fairfield High School achieved an Ofsted judgement of "Good with Outstanding features" and its ambition is to be outstanding in all areas at its next inspection. To achieve this in the diverse…
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Colleagues raise more than ten thousand pounds in memory of Emma

A group of colleagues from a Bristol financial services company have raised more than ten thousand pounds in memory of a much loved friend who passed away in March following a battle with cancer. Emma…
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Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Neighbourhood Partnership Street Scene Action Day

After their last successful day in September, the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership Street Scene group are holding another day of action on SATURDAY 25th October as part of the Keep Britain Tidy "Jubilee Big…
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Window Wanderland: Gracing the Streets of Bishopston in early 2015

Bishopston Matters is pleased to announce the exciting news that "Window Wanderland" will be gracing the streets of Bishopston early next year. Please read on to find out all about it. What is 'Window Wanderland'?…
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Bishopston's Angelhair & JDJB Productions present Arnold Ridley's "The Ghost Train"

Today Bishopston Matters is pleased to introduce readers to "The Ghost Train", an exciting production by professional Bishopston theatre company Angelhair and JDJB Productions. Angelhair and JDJB Productions always use local actors with productions which…
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Genius Welsh Writer Dylan Thomas Painting Comes To Bristol

A painting depicting the famous Swansea 'Kardomah Boys' is coming to Bristol and can be seen for a short time from 17th October - 2nd November at the fabulous Artemis Designer Jewellery and Gift shop…
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The Hairforce: Fighting Head Lice on National Bug Busting Day & Beyond

Friday 31st October is National Bug Busting Day, an NHS driven day all about creating a focal point for parents to check and/or clear their children of head lice and some schools are seeing this…
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New Amalgam Modelmaking Ltd exhibition at Bristol's Architecture Centre

There is a major new exhibition on contemporary bridge design at Bristol's Architecture Centre, where the scale models are built and supplied by local innovators, Amalgam Modelmaking Limited (Amalgam). The exhibition, entitled Desire Lines: Romance…
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Fairfield High School Launches Film Club

A BRISTOL school that boasts one of Hollywood's greatest stars among its best ex-pupils has launched a cinema club. Archibald Leach - aka Cary Grant - attended Fairfield Grammar School until he was expelled in…
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Horfield Theatre Company presents latest production 'Stages of War'

In remembrance of the start of "the war to end all wars" one hundred years ago, Horfield Theatre Company will soon present three one-act plays offering a glimpse into those dark times and the people…
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The North Bristol Art Trail 2014

Artists in our community are once again preparing for the wonderful North Bristol Art Trail. The art trail will take place in our area from 10am until 6pm on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November…
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A Bumper Harvest 2014 for Dunleavy Vineyards

Bristol based Dunleavy Vineyards are celebrating after completing a bumper harvest of their Pinot noir and Seyval grapes. On a beautiful warm Saturday morning in the Chew Valley, over thirty friends and family joined Dunleavy…
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Pier to Port cycling fundraising ride - Saturday 4th October

This Saturday, Life Cycle is holding a 'Pier to Port' fundraising ride from Weston-Super-Mare pier to Bristol in support of three of their inclusive cycling groups: Bike Minded - their mental well-being group, Two’s Company…
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Bristol Cooking School: Why it is so important for Children to learn how to cook

Today Bishopston Matters shares an article by Bristol Cooking School, a cookery school which offers after-school clubs, workshops and weekend activities with the aim of providing children and adults with the basics of affordable and…
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Social Enterprise and The Honesty Pot

The Social Enterprise and The Honesty Pot is a free Bristol Festival of Ideas event which explores the achievements and potential of Social Enterprise on Thursday 2nd October. The work of the pioneering Pierian Centre,…
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Bristol 2015 launches New Grant Fund

Bristol 2015 has launched a second wave of funding to help make Bristol a 'happier, healthier city'. Bristol 2015, the organisation set up to facilitate Bristol's year as European Green Capital in 2015, is has…
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Green Grants for Local Projects

As part of Bristol 2015 - the year that we celebrate being European Green Capital - grants are being awarded to projects that help change attitudes and behaviour towards sustainable living. In our area, the…
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Night Market in the Old City to Celebrate Bristol Pound's Second Birthday

To celebrate the second birthday of Bristol Pound, St Nicholas' Market will host a special Night Market with live music, fire throwers, magicians and street food on Friday 19th September from 5.30pm to 9.30pm. Old…
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New Self Injury Support Helpline for Women launched by South West Charity

Self Injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) has launched a ground breaking helpline for women affected by self injury. It is the only self injury and self-harm specific helpline to be offered on…
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Bristol set to become city of Age Friendly Streets

A new campaign to encourage small acts of neighbourliness between residents of different ages has been launched in Bristol. Run by national street party and neighbours' charity Streets Alive, Age Friendly Streets is asking Bristol…
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Henleaze, Central & Junction 3 libraries support campaign to get children reading

Last week Henleaze, Central and Junction 3 libraries announced their support of Good Morning Britain's 'Just Read' campaign, to encourage parents and carers to spend ten minutes reading with their children every day. The campaign…
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Wake up to Caring with Britain's Best Breakfast 17th - 19th October!

Wake up to caring! There are over 40,000 unpaid carers in Bristol, and some of them are primary age children, looking after someone who is ill at home. To encourage people to wake up to…
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Support for Carers at Carers Support Centre, Fishponds

The Carers Support Centre in Fishponds, Bristol works locally to support unpaid family carers. They are running a free 'Caring with Confidence' training course starting in November 2014. This course will give carers the knowledge…
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Celebrating Sour Dough September with Joe's Bakery

As always Joe's Bakery is working hard to ensure they bring their customers more. It was inspiring to sit down with owners Martin and Jane who shared news on their celebratory, baking plans for all…
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Party in the Park 2014 - Saturday 13th September at Golden Hill Sports Ground

This Saturday at the Golden Hill Sports Ground from 12 noon onwards, Party in the Park 2014 will commence! Party in the Park is a well established community event that brings together over 3,500 members…
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Bristol Green Doors Open Homes Weekend: 13th & 14th September

Twenty energy smart homes across Bristol will be opening their doors to the public on 13-14th September for Bristol Green Doors Open Homes Weekend 2014 to share their top tips and know-how on how to…
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Banksy's Mobile Lovers sold to benefit Broad Plain

Banksy's Mobile Lovers has been sold to a private collector. All the proceeds will go to benefit Broad Plain Working With Young People. Mary McCarthy of MM Contemporary Arts Ltd is the UK’s leading street…
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Abelectrics launch brand new website

Today Bishopston Matters is pleased to feature an article from the team at Ablectrics who are excited to launch their brand new website! Ablectrics is a family-run electrical wholesalers and lighting showroom on 131 Gloucester…
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Celebrating Age Festival to be held at M Shed on 27th September

The Celebrating Age Festival is being held at M Shed this year with a whole host of stands, activities and music. This year's theme is 'Bristol Ageing Better' - the motto of the city's bid…
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Free Taster Sessions for the musically-minded with Out There Orchestra!

Bishopston Matters is pleased to announce the following two FREE taster sessions for the musically-minded which are being held at Westbury Park School Hall in September. Tuesday September 23rd 2014 Out There Music - Come…
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Brighten up your Autumn-Winter wardrobe with hidden designer gems at Horfield shop

Winterwear doesn't need to be boring as proven by a much loved Horfield shop whose hidden designer gems on the racks are providing people with an exciting new-season wardrobe. Stocking the latest trends, colour palettes…
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Enjoy special Wine on Wheels September offers!

Enjoy wine delivered to your door! Please get in touch with Rachael to take advantage of these very special offers throughout September! Call 0117 908 3827 E-mail-info@wineonwheels.biz Visit-http://wineonwheels.biz/ A locally based business. Mixed Red, White…
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Clifton High School - Offering excellent education for boys & girls aged 3 - 18 years

Clifton High School is an independent school based in the heart of Clifton educating boys and girls from 3-18. Not to be confused with the larger, neighbouring school, Clifton College (which is on the same…
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Fairfield High School celebrates GCSE success across a broad range of subjects

FAIRFIELD High School is celebrating GCSE success across a broad range of subjects. Performance was exceptional in Maths this year with two thirds of students gaining C grades or above. The entire year group took…
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Help with local families childcare needs from LIKEMYMUM

"There has been a big jump in unemployment among older women age 50-64; in contrast unemployment among younger women went up." LIKEMYMUM 'bucks the trend' by recognising the importance of finding the 'right' person to…
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Redland High School celebrates another excellent set of A Level Results

Pupils at Redland High School are celebrating after another excellent set of A Level results. The School has excelled across the curriculum with a 100% pass rate in all subjects and the girls have once…
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Bristol Yoga Trail on Saturday 13th September - Open Day in 8 Studios!

Bristol Yoga Trail is a day to sample different yoga styles in 8 locations in Bristol for FREE. Whether you are interested in starting yoga this Autumn or you are already a committed practitioner, this…
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Ashtanga Yoga Programme to begin in Bishopston

Ashtanga is a tradition of yoga known for its physically challenging nature which creates a strong and healthy body and mind. On 1st September the first teacher in Bristol who is Authorised to teach Ashtanga…
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Gloucestershire Cricket team up with Gloucester Road Traders

With just a week to go until 16,000 cricket fans head to the Bristol County Ground in the first of the Royal London One-Day International series, traders along Britain's longest high street of independent shops…
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Sainsbury's submit appeal against Bristol City Council

Sainsbury's have applied to the Secretary of State to challenge Bristol City Council's refusal to extend the delivery times of their proposed store on the Memorial Ground. Sainsbury's want to supply the store using 44…
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Holly Hedge Fun Day & Fun Dog Show 2014

On Sunday 7th September, the local animal charity Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary will be holding their annual Fun Day and Dog Show. To be held at Ashton Court from 11am - 4pm, the event has…
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The Friends of Horfield Common's Summer Picnic - Sunday 17th August

This Sunday the wonderful annual Friends of Horfield Common Summer picnic will be held! All of the local community are invited to attend the event which starts from 12pm on Horfield Common and which then…
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Free Training for Carers

Carers Support Centre is running free training for carers this autumn. Three out of five of us will be a carer at some point in our lives, but how many of us know what support…
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Bristol Bright Night brings Science to the City

Friday 26th September will see Bristol's streets come to life as Bristol Bright Night sweeps through the city for the first time with a programme of free activities, giving the public the chance to discover…
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M Shed launch Moved by Conflict exhibition commemorating the centenary of WW1

Moved by Conflict, developed by Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives, is a new exhibition that will open at M Shed this Autumn to mark the centenary of the First World War and forms a major…
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The Sue Ryder Dragon Boat Festival 2014 - 'Bringing Charities Together'

Sue Ryder, the national charity providing incredible hospice and neurological care in local communities, is currently recruiting teams for the Sue Ryder Dragon Boat Festival. For the second year running, this event is kindly sponsored…
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Council urges people to give their views on local ward boundaries

Bristol City Council is urging local people to have their say on the boundaries of local wards as a major project to review the democratic representation of local communities continues. The independent Local Government Boundary…
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Former Student relishes World Cup Opportunity

A former student from SGS College has relished the opportunity of a lifetime by working with the current England squad in Brazil as a sport analyst for the World Cup. Alec Scott aged 26 from…
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Party in the Park: Coming Soon!

Party in the Park is a well established community event which brings together over 3,500 members of our local community for a fun filled afternoon and evening of entertainment. Bishopston Matters is pleased to continue…
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Call for Volunteer Marshals to help at Bristol Half Marathon

Bristol's only adult hospice is appealing for volunteers to sign up as marshals on their behalf for the upcoming Bristol Half Marathon. As the local chosen charity for the event, St Peter's Hospice needs to…
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Volunteers needed by Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Volunteers are the unsung heroes in many charities, helping out on events, fundraising and admin tasks. Great Western Air Ambulance Charity relies on its army of volunteers to ensure that we can attend events and…
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Archie gets back on his bike to become Redland Green's 100 Bikeability trainee

Archie Brooks, aged 12, has become Redland Green School's 100th Bikeability trainee and joins fellow pupils who have all completed their Bikeability Level 3 training since the school started the courses in April 2012. What…
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Out There Music Summer Show - A Reader's Review

On Saturday 12th July, Out There Music staged their annual Summer music concert at St. Alban's Church in Westbury Park. Today on Bishopston Matters a local resident named Holly Brown shares her positive experience of…
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A Chance to Dance with Pigsty Morris - Two Taster Sessions

Today on Bishopston Matters, our local Morris Dancers, the Pigsty Morris, share some history about themselves and tell you about two taster sessions that they will be running soon. *   *   * Pigsty…
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Redland High to return to The Fringe

16 students from Redland High School are preparing to take to the stage once more at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, held in August. The cast, made up of pupils from Years 10 to 13, will…
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Over 100 changes made as Clifton Village Residents' Parking Scheme is approved

Over 100 changes - including longer pay and display times, extra permits for businesses and additional permits for hotels and conference venues - have been made as part of a formal decision to proceed with…
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Exciting News from Friends of Horfield Common

The Friends of Horfield Common would like to share the following exciting news with Bishopston Matters readers... FOHC Annual Summer Picnic - Sunday 17th August, 12 - 5pm on Horfield Common We are really pleased…
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Bristol Pound launches Tourist Map to bring visitors & traders together

When in Bristol, do as the Bristolians do! Bristol Pound recently launched the Bristol Pound Tourist Map. This free pocket-sized map aims to show summer visitors some of the best independent businesses the city has…
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Celebrating Age Festival seeks 'Super Citizens'

IF you know a 'super citizen' who is a shining example of what can be achieved in later life - it's time to nominate them for an award. Winners will be announced at this year's…
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A Parent's letter of thanks to Fairfield High School

Bishopston Matters is pleased to share the following letter which is written by a local parent to Catriona Mangham, the head teacher of Fairfield High School. Fairfield High is a mixed-gender community school for 11…
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'The Juice Party': Bristol mum's book success

When a Bristolian mother of two decided to embark upon a career in nutrition little did she know that her quest to help others would take her on a roller coaster of a journey, resulting…
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Can you help teenagers produce their prizewinning sauce?

A SPICY sauce created by Bristol teenagers is proving such a hot success that a commercial partner is being sought. Students at Fairfield High School in Horfield developed their Amaliso sauce for the Young Enterprise…
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Lee-Anne & her ladies take on hospice walk for husband Richard

A Bristol woman whose husband has been diagnosed with terminal cancer is taking part in the upcoming St Peter's Hospice Midnight Walk to raise money for the charity providing support to her family. Lee-Anne Masters,…
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St Peter's Hospice Garden Room open for patients to enjoy

A much-anticipated extension of St Peter's Hospice in Brentry has been officially opened at a special event attended by local dignitaries, staff, supporters and patients. The newly built Garden Rooms will be home to the…
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The latest news from French Club

The following article is written by Alice Watson, the local mum behind French Club, which offers after-school French lessons for primary school aged children. Here, Alice updates Bishopston Matters readers with French Club's latest news.…
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New format for Mayor's Question Time this month

Bristol's mayor, George Ferguson, will host his next public question time on Wednesday 16th July from 7pm at City Hall. The event is a regular opportunity for the public to ask direct questions to Bristol's…
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Roll up, Roll up for the Refurbished Bike Sale!

Local cycling charity Life Cycle UK will be holding another of its extremely popular refurbished bike sales on Wednesday 9th July, offering anyone without a bike but wanting to get involved with this year’s Bristol…
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International cookery on the menu at Colston's Girls' School

Colston's Girls' School, which specialises in languages and has students from ethnically diverse backgrounds, now has an even stronger international flavour thanks to a pioneering cookery project. Chefs and owners of restaurants close to the…
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Energy-saving homes on show for Bristol Green Doors 2014

Over the Bristol Green Doors Open Homes Weekend (13-14th September 2014), householders in Bristol will be opening their doors to the public at the start of national Community Energy Fortnight, to show how energy smart…
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Bristol Cycle Festival hooks up with Make Sunday Special this weekend

City centre locations will be helping to demonstrate why Bristol is 'the best place to live' in the UK with the third Make Sunday Special of 2014 on Sunday 6th July. Corn Street, Small Street,…
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Holidays for Carers

The charity, Carers Support Centre, has some great discounts on their holiday homes in Torbay. To be eligible for one of their holidays you must be a carer, looking after someone at home who could…
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Playing Out Launches New Blog

Today, Bishopston Matters is pleased to share Playing Out's first blog post with readers. A range of subjects will be covered on the Playing Out blog, including looking closely at planning organised playing out sessions…
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DCMS uphold EH's decision not to list Memorial Ground: A Reader's Letter

Today Bishopston Matters is pleased to feature a letter from reader Jamie Carstairs regarding the Department of Culture, Media & Sport upholding English Heritage's decision not to list the Memorial Ground. *    *  …
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The Big Bang comes to Fairfield High School

PARENTS and children were given the chance at an event at Fairfield High School last week to learn how science, technology and maths can lead to fulfilling careers. The Big Bang open evening included hands-on…
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Accidental drowning is the third highest cause of death in children in the UK

BRISTOL SWIM SCHOOL 'LITTLE SWIM COMPANY' OFFERS TOP TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN WATER SAFE THIS SUMMER With the school holidays upon us, thousands of families across the South West are planning on…
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Meet Gloucestershire legend Mike Procter at the Bristol County Ground this Friday

Gloucestershire Cricket are dedicating Friday's NatWest T20 Blast match against Kent to raise awareness for The Mike Procter Foundation, a charity set up by the Gloucestershire legend to help uplift and empower disadvantaged people and…
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Local mum wins Venus Award for Bishopston Mum and Bristol Mum websites

Local mum and business woman, Hilary Douglas-Smith, recently won an award for her websites Bishopston Mum and Bristol Mum. The mum of two was the winner of the Online and Technology Category in the Bristol…
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Fun Doggy Day & Dog Show Fair to Raise Money for Friends of South Glos Strays

A FUN DOGGY DAY & DOG SHOW & FAIR will be held on Sunday 17th August in aid of Friends of South Glos Strays at Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled in Henbury. This year's…
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Business Feature - Achievable Dream Kitchens from The Green Kitchen Company

Today Bishopston Matters features an article from The Green Kitchen Company, a local company renowned for fantastic kitchens at affordable prices. The article describes how Lee Gibbard, the man behind the The Green Kitchen Co,…
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Play examines London bombings & asks where were you in 2005?

For six days in July 2005, London seemed to be the centre of the world. Almost a decade on, Kelvin Players take a look at how ordinary peoples lives were affected by the events that…
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Celebrate the best of British with Sue Ryder's Summer Gala in the Gardens

Healthcare charity Sue Ryder is currently selling tickets to its 'Gala in the Gardens' Summer event, to be held on Saturday 28th June at The Camers Gardens in Old Sudbury. Camers is a listed Elizabethan farmhouse…
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GB Stars launch scheme to find local heros

A host of Olympians and Paralympians recently launched a nationwide Instant Hero Auction, enabling people to take part in unique experiences whilst raising money for their chosen good causes. The Opening Ceremony of the Harbourside…
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The Big Push - A charity buggy push up through Ashton Court on 5th July

CALLING ALL MUMS TO JOIN "THE BRISTOL BIG PUSH". Any mum will know how precarious, daunting and hazardous childbirth can be. Luckily, in this country we have trained midwives, decent facilities, consultants, ambulances and emergency…
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Call for volunteer marshals to help at hospice walk

Bristol's only adult hospice is appealing for volunteers to sign up as marshals for its upcoming Midnight Walk. The charity needs to find 150 volunteer marshals to help out at the popular annual event, which…
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Bristol's Stokes Croft traders launch new visitor website & leaflet

Traders and businesses in Bristol's popular Stokes Croft have launched a new website and leaflet to help boost the experience of visitors exploring the area which is best known for its street art, independent retail…
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Chemistry Success for Fairfield High School

A TEAM from Fairfield High School is celebrating success in a science event at Bristol University. The four Year 8 boys won the university challenge contest at The Salters Festival of Chemistry, which was attended…
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Families & carers affected by loved ones' substance misuse: John Taylor speaks out

FOR EVERY PERSON grappling with drug and alcohol misuse, it's estimated that at least five others are affected - husbands, wives and partners, mothers, fathers, siblings, children, grandchildren, friends, employers – each of these has…
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Three weeks to Raise Money for Progressio Charity

This summer Natalie Bennett will be going to Malawi to work as a group leader for a government funded project called ICS (International Citizen Service). The particular project she will be working on is with…
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Celebrating Age Festival seeks creative older talent for art & craft competition

BRISTOL's Celebrating Age Festival is calling for entries from creative people aged 50 plus for its annual art and craft competition. This year's festival which runs from 27 September -12 October will be themed Bristol…
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Will You Take the Plunge?

The West of England MS Therapy Centre is looking for people to Take the Plunge into Portishead Marina and be rescued by Newfoundland Dogs. The event will take place on 13th September in Portishead Marina between…
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Explore the "Get Growing Trail" by bike!

Local cycling charity Life Cycle UK is holding a series of led rides around this year's "Get Growing Garden Trail" over the weekend of 7th and 8th June. Five guided rides, each exploring a selection…
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Volunteers Needed to Help Raise Funds for Hospitals at the Balloon Fiesta

Bristol hospital's charity Above & Beyond is looking for volunteers to share the fun of Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta (7-11 August) while raising money for a good cause. Groups or individuals are all welcome and…
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A Night at the Movies: Morricone & Friends

On Saturday 5th July, Gurt Lush Choir will present A Night at the Movies: Morricone & Friends, a celebration of film music from over half a century, featuring music from Frozen, The Mission, The Good,…
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Little Readers' Day Out - Free Event for Families

A Bristol company education umbrella have launched 'Routes to Reading', a new reading scheme and are holding a free event for families called Little Readers' Day Out. Little Readers' Day Out is a free event…
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Memorial Ground - English Heritage decision

Jamie Carstairs recently got in touch with Bishopston Matters with details of his bid to have the war memorial listed. The following article is a recent account from Jamie with the latest details. *  …
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Boston Tea Party's Three Star Success

Boston Tea Party has been recognised as being among the most sustainable restaurant groups in the UK. The 14-strong independent cafe group has been awarded a Three Star rating, the highest possible, by the Sustainable…
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Will Todd returns to perform on 28th June at The Victoria Rooms

Will Todd's Mass in Blue has performed to sell-out audiences across the globe since its premiere in 2003. Bristol Bach Choir will be performing this upb eat setting of the mass at the Victoria Rooms…
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Life Cycle wants your unwanted bikes!

Local cycling charity Life Cycle wants people to give them their unwanted bikes. They have been attending markets on Whiteladies Road and in Westbury on Trym in May - and are asking people to bring…
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Carers Week 9 - 15th June 2014

Carers don't choose to become carers. Many feel they are just doing what anyone else would in the same situation; looking after a relative or friend and just getting on with it. But taking on…
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Dunleavy Vineyards - 2013 Pinot Noir wins award

Dunleavy Vineyards are celebrating after winning best local wine' at the Bristol Good Food Awards. Dunleavy Vineyards were planted in 2008 by owner and manager Ingrid Bates. Ingrid has a background in biology and, after…
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The Noise 2014 - 850 volunteers, 7840 hours and a sunny weekend in Bristol

  The Noise team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave up their Bank Holiday weekend and got involved in The Noise 2014. It was great to see people from…
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Bishopston Blogger is nominated for a National Blogging Award

A local craft blogger has been nominated for a national award. Kath Bremer, who lives in Bishopston, has been nominated for the BiBs (Brilliance in Blogging) which is an award run by Britmums. Kath explains:…
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Fairtrade Campaigner in top 40 in 'You Make Bristol' Exhibition

A new exhibition celebrating the contributions of Bristol citizens, past and present, to the character and status of the city at home and abroad opens today, and Jenny Foster, Bristol's Fairtrade Co-ordinator, who lives in…
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St Andrews Local Raises Money for Water Project in India

A couple of years ago, Bishopston Matters featured local man Andy Persson's seven day, seven marathon run down the Thames for charity, in which he raised money for a water project in the village of…
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Young Local Swimmer Gains 17 Gold Medals

A YOUNG Bristol swimmer gained an astonishing 17 gold medals from two events. Anna Soteriou, 11, from Eastville, a member of Soundwell Swimming Club, won every race she entered in the
 Gloucester City Gala and…
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YourStreet Gift Cards win two Bristol & Bath Women in Business Awards categories

Anne-Louise Perez and Imogen McIntosh, the two women behind YourStreet Gift Cards have recently won two categories in the Bristol & Bath Women in Business Awards. The categories were New Business and Innovation and both…
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Little wedding Space is coming to Cabot Circus!

Little Wedding Space is coming to Cabot Circus. May 12th sees the return of the hugely successful Little Wedding Space. Part pop-up shop, part wedding fair, the temporary boutique offers couples the opportunity to meet…
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Planning Permission Granted for Dolphin Primary School

The South and East Development Control Committee (Planning) yesterday resolved to grant planning permission for a new 2 Form Entry 420 place primary school on the site of the Fowler's Engineering Works, located at 25a…
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Squadron Open Day - Saturday 21st June

Are you up for fun, adventure and incredible experiences? The Air Cadets is a UK-wide cadet force made up of the Air Training Corps and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF) sponsored by the Royal Air…
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Holiday Chic at a Fraction of the Price at St Peter's Hospice

With reports that 2014 is set to be a scorcher, now is the perfect time to give your wardrobe a spring clean and update with some of the latest summer trends. A wardrobe re-haul does not…
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Harbourside Games Fun in June

Several GB Olympic Stars have joined forces to solve a lot of present giving dilemmas for those with active sports lovers in their family. Bristol finds itself in the unique position to be hosting a series…
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Wallace & Gromit from the drawing board: New Summer Exhibition at M Shed

A cracking new summer exhibition at M Shed marking the 25th anniversary of the first-ever Wallace & Gromit film which was released in 1989, starts on Saturday 24th May and runs until Sunday 7th September.…
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Superforum to take place this Saturday in Bishopston

On Saturday 10th May at St Michael's Church Hall on Pigsty Hill (160a Gloucester Road, BS7 8NT), the Superforum event will take place. The venue open from noon with stalls, displays and refreshments; right next…
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More attractions confirmed for MayFest this Saturday 3rd May!

Lou Gray who makes the beautiful lights on sale at Room 212 is kindly loaning four maypoles to be used during the Gloucester Road Central MayFest event this Saturday. The amazing Ape Project will also…
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Bristol Pound Launches New 'Real Economy' Project to Address Bristol's Food Deserts

Bristol Pound will be launching its latest initiative 'Real Economy' on Saturday 3rd May 214, during Bristol Food Connections. The initiative supports people to form food 'buying group' that will purchase food directly from producers,…
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New School Playground at Brunel Field

Children at Ashley Down School's Federation, Brunelfield site, Bishopston, were thrilled to try out new playground equipment when they returned for the summer term - thanks to a donation from Linden Homes and its parent…
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Young Rock Guitarist To Benefit from Legacy of One of Bristol's Much Loved Musicians

The musical talent and potential of an eleven-year old Rock Project student from St George, Bristol, has been recognised by the Charlie Derrick Music Foundation. Funding has been awarded to Mahazo Soandro-Jones to enable him…
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Work to begin on Gainsborough Pavilion Project in Lockleaze

Work begins this month on an exciting new art commission in Lockleaze, to design and build a pavilion for Gainsborough Green through a collaboration between local young people, artists, architects, designers and engineers. The project…
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Chelsea Fringe Comes to Bishopston

As part of the Chelsea Fringe - the alternative garden festival - and the Get Growing Trail, allotments and community gardens across Bristol will be opening their gates to the public. On June 7th and…
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What's that Noise? Bristol Volunteers make an Impact

The Noise is an enormous volunteering event run every year by Bristol churches since 2001. Each May Bank Holiday, rain or shine, local people roll up their sleeves, put on a blue T-shirt and get…
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Exciting events to be held at Horfield Common this Summer!

This Summer there are two exciting events to be held on Horfield Common. The first event is the Friends of Horfield Common's Annual Summer Picnic which is to be held on Sunday 17th August 12…
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A Report of The Bishopston Society's Public Meeting on 7th April by Simon Randolph

There was a shared focus on 'liveability' at The Bishopston Society public meeting held on 7 April 2014. The common theme running through each of our four guest presentations was how the neighbourhood quality of…
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Latest on North Bristol Baths: Statement from Bristol City Council

Since October 2012, Chatsworth Homes has been working on a conversion of the former pool into a community Health Centre, pharmacy and hydrotherapy suite together with new housing and a new Bishopston Library. The council…
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MS Community Cake Bake 2014!

Saturday 17 May, 10 am to 2 pm Horfield Baptist Church, 279 Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NY (disabled access on Brynland Avenue) Yes, it is that time of year again, when I ask the community to…
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Assets of Community Value: The New Church, Cranbrook Road

Bristol City Council recently listed The New Church, Cranbrook Road, Bristol BS6 7BU as an Asset of Community Value. They have now received a notice of intent to dispose of the asset from the owner.…
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MAYFEST on Gloucester Road - Saturday 3rd May!

Local shops, businesses and other community groups around the central part of Gloucester Road are working together to promote the area in which they work and live. They have chosen the name Glos Rd Central…
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Sustainable Bishopston Hosts Bishopston Candidates Question Time 2014

Most people don't vote in local elections. Many of those who do will decide based on party allegiance, leaflet campaigns or the local press but there is no substitute for meeting the candidates and hearing…
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The Bristol Walking Festival 2014

The Bristol Walking Festival returns this year and it's bigger and better than ever. Bristol Walking Festival 2014 is the UK's biggest urban walking festival with over 150 guided walks and events taking place, from…
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"New Employer Welcomes my Bipolar!"

Sarah Defrates's life has been turned around, thanks to a local business. In January 2011, whilst employed as a receptionist, Sarah was diagnosed with Bipolar. Sadly, even though they were aware of her mental condition,…
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Successful Information Evening at Fairfield High School

Today on Bishopston Matters is a local parent's view on the recent Information Evening held at Fairfield High School in Horfield. Fairfield High has recently made strong academic progress and received a very favourable Ofsted…
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Spring Time Art Extravaganza

This year the Art Trail season in Bristol will be starting with a fresh, new, lively trail. Extending from Stoke Bishop through Henleaze to Westbury-on-Trym, nearly seventy artists will be showing their work in a…
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Award for Avon Harmony Ladies Choir

Avon Harmony, the ladies acappella chorus from Horfield, were awarded a "Choir of the Day" certificate at the Bristol auditions for the BBC Choir of the Year competition. The auditions are taking place around the…
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National "Share the Care Week"

National Share the Care Week - focus on more disabled children getting short breaks From 22-29 March 2014 Bristol City Council joined together with Short Breaks Network - The Short Breaks Charity and hundreds of…
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Kelvin Players Presents James & the Giant Peach

MARVELLOUS THINGS WILL HAPPEN! James and the Giant Peach at Kelvin Players Studio on Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th April. After his mum and dad were killed by an escaped rhinoceros, poor little James Trotter…
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Our Neighbourhood - Fit for the Future?

An event looking at changes in the area is planned for the Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership's 'Our Neighbourhood week' in May. It's in two parts and includes a guided walk, and a guided…
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Gloucestershire Cricket's Search for Cricketeers Begins

Today, Gloucestershire Cricket have started the search for Cricketeers - the volunteers who are going to help make the new Friday night NatWest T20 Blast cricket fixtures go off - well, like a rocket. What’s…
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Bishopston Society Public Meeting

The BISHOPSTON SOCIETY PUBLIC MEETING will take place on Monday 7th April at 7.30pm at St Michael & All Angels on Pigsty Hill. We have two main guest speakers for the evening. Firstly, Duncan Laird, Group Manager, Transportation…
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Fairfield Students Help to Launch a UK-wide Child Road Safety Campaign

BBC Points West have visited Fairfield to film our students making their own 'Horace', a new road safety mascot to front a major Child Road Safety Campaign launched by the RAC and in conjunction with…
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Older People with Dementia in Bristol feel less isolated after talking about Sport

Older people with dementia in Bristol say they feel less isolated - after talking about sport. It's only been three months since Sporting Memories Network launched their unique project at professional sports clubs across the…
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Bishopston Society Announce their Public Meeting on 7th April

The Bishopston Society are holding a public meeting at St Michael's Church Hall, Pigsty Hill, Gloucester Road on 7th April at 7.30 - 9.30pm to which members and non-members alike are invited. There will be…
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New Class Launched at BS7 Gym Due to Success of Pioneering Project to Support MS Patients

The 'Batting for BrAMS' MS physiotherapy scheme, which launched at BS7 Gym in Bristol last September, has made such an impact on many of those that have attended the course it has enabled patients to…
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Bristol Quilters 'Quiltfest' 2014

Bristol Quilters is a thriving local quilt group with more than 120 members from all around the area. Every three years we hold a major exhibition and, at the end of May this year, we…
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Your Money & Your Life: Free Drop-In Event on Saturday 15th March

Have you ever thought about the quality of your money rather than its quantity? Tim Malnick, a sustainability educator, wants people to start thinking about money in a different way. He is organising ‘Your Money…
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'Night in the Library' Competition

Help celebrate the opening of the new Bishopston Library by taking part in a competition! The theme will be 'A Night in the Library' and can be a short story or a picture of what…
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Bristol Bach Choir to Perform Concert at Bristol Cathedral in March

Bristol Cathedral is the venue for a concert full of atmosphere, special lighting effects and of course, fabulous music. Rachmaninov and John Tavener have both written works of great beauty, intensity and spirituality. On 22nd…
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Reflections VI: Renewal: A Mixed Art Exhibition from the Reflections Group

The Guild Gallery, 68 Park Street, Clifton, Bristol March 22nd until April 12th 2014 "Reflections VI: Renewal" is the sixth exhibition from the ever popular Reflections Group of Bristol artists. Although the work of each…
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How Anyone in Bishopston Can Find their Soul Mate within 90 Days or Less

With the prospect of Spring being with us within a few weeks, thoughts are once again turning to romance and finding the perfect partner, and just in time there's a free digital report that spells…
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North Bristol Artists in 2014

The North Bristol Artists have a busy year ahead. Although the main focus is the Art Trail at the end of November the NBA are always and 2014 is looking to be a fantastic year.…
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UK's First Project for Trafficked Children Poised to Open in Bristol

Bristol-based anti-trafficking charity Unseen is preparing to open the UK's first care and accommodation centre for child victims of trafficking. It already runs a 24-hour safe-house for women survivors but is now responding to the…
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ABC Launches Change of Heart Campaign to Tackle Eating Disorder Stigma

A Bristol-based eating disorder charity has launched a new campaign with hopes to tackle the stigma that surrounds the illness. Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) is encouraging people to get involved with its ‘Change of…
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Tickets Available Now for Mayor's Next Public Question Time

People with a burning question for Bristol's Mayor or simply an active interest in city life are being encouraged to come along to a public Question Time this March. As part of his regular programme…
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Fancy Dress Fanatics add Children's Costumes ready for World Book Day

It is very unusual to find hire costumes for children, and one local fancy dress shop has decided to change that in the lead up to World Book Day. World Book day is a huge…
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"Effortlessly Green": An Article by Alex Newick from Green Woods Furniture

Here is an article by local man Alex Newick who works at Green Woods Furniture, a business renowned for its Green business ethos. Alex hopes to inspire other local businesses to take on such an…
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Help the Fight to Protect our High Street & Win Great Prizes!

TRASHorfield are still fundraising ! The judicial review is on the 13th and 14th March and we still have a few thousand more to raise to ensure we can cover our costs. We have raised…
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Local Businesswoman Joins Prison Campaign

  A REDLAND businesswoman has visited a prison with a team of women from a voluntary organisation as part of a campaign to reduce women's custodial sentences. Helen Davies (left in the photo), who runs…
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Missing Local Dog - Please can you help!

I have been contacted by an extremely worried local resident who would like to give this appeal re their missing family pet. Please can you get in touch if you spot our dog Buster? He…
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Ablectrics are 40!

In 1974 at the start of the 3 day week, Andy Besant started Ablectrics Electrical Contractors. In 1986, he opened this very shop, and it has been going strong ever since. To celebrate their Birthday…
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Please do your bit with recycling

Bishopston Matters has been contacted by Year 11 student Ashleigh Thomson with the request to publish the below article as part of her studies. Please read her feature on recycling below. It may seem that…
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Off To Wed Wedding Fair

Off To Wed is running its first Bristol based wedding fair at the Paintworks Event Space on Sunday 23 February. With its modern, stylish approach to a wedding fair, Off To Wed will advise and…
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Gardeners' World would like to hear from you

Are you new to gardening and planning to get to grips with your garden for the first time this year? Have you recently moved house and inherited an overgrown jungle or unpromising patch? If you…
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Bristol's oldest opticians practice celebrates 80 years!

One of Bristol's oldest opticians' practices situated on Wells Road, Knowle has celebrated being in business for 80 years and helping the sight of thousands of Bristolians. The practice is currently owned by Lynne Fernandes…
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Local French teacher bringing renewed energy to language learning

Local French teacher Alice Watson shares with us some thoughts on language below. Have you ever felt demoralised on holiday when a waiter has effortlessly slipped into perfect English to rescue your valiant but ineffective…
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Award winning play investigates the nature of genius

A modern Pullitzer prize winning play which examines the nature of genius, is the latest production from Bristol theatre company the Kelvin Players. Written by David Auburn, Proof looks at one woman's struggles to reach…
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Exercise and ME/CFS - the evidence

'Exercise and ME/CFS - the evidence' at Watershed, Bristol. February 5th 6.30pm. Tickets are 10pounds - must be bought in advance from http://voicesfromtheshadowsfilm.co.uk/shop-dvds/ The role of exercise and activity management in ME and CFS, and…
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Creative Bristol in One!

Creative Bristol, a website that helps people find out about classes, clubs and events in art, craft and design in Bristol, is celebrating its first birthday in January 2014. The website was set up in…
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John James Tools of the Trade Award

Redland High School is delighted to announce that Rachel Brierley-Ambrose, a Sixth Form student, has been awarded the Tools of the Trade Award by the John James Foundation. The award, which is worth 1500 pounds,…
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David Constantine Exhibition at Room 212

North Bristol Artist David Constantine is currently showing some of his wonderful travel photographs at Room 212, Gloucester Road. The exhibition is on until January 31st.Please find more about this great artist below. "I was…
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Fairfield High School hand over books to CLIC Sargent

Hundreds of surplus books from the library at a local school have been handed over to a children's cancer charity. Fairfield High School made the donation to CLIC Sargent to support children diagnosed with the…
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Be Happy - the launch of Upbeat Streets

What a fabulous way to start a Monday morning, singing along with fellow happy people! Today I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Upbeat Streets at the Lord Mayor's Mansion House in Clifton.…
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Could you be a governor of Fairfield High School?

Fairfield High School recently got in touch with the below request re recruiting new Governors. Can you help please? The Governing Body of Fairfield High School is recruiting additional Governors. We are keen that our…
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Your input please on the Secondary School Provision in BS7, BS9 and BS10

A group of local parents would like to find out your views on secondary school provision in the area surrounding Horfield Common encompassing Horfield, Bishopston, Westbury on Trym and Manor Farm. Please take a minute…
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Notice of Tower Crane removal at GCCC

Please be advised that the Tower Crane, which is situated at the City of Bristol College End of the Residential Building will be dismantled on Saturday 25 January 2014.As we understand, the works should take…
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20mph speed limit coming to our local streets soon

Formal public notice has been served for a Traffic Regulation Order to introduce 20mph speed limits on roads in Cabot, Cotham, Clifton, Clifton East, Bishopston and Redland wards. After carefully considering objections and comments the…
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Unique star studded games set to benefit Bristol charities

A group of local charities have joined forces with the nation's sporting heroes to deliver a unique event for Bristol this summer. The Harbourside Games running throughout June 2014 will see the charities and participating…
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Secret Dealers

Do you have a treasure lurking in your living room? The hit TV show Secret Dealers is returning to ITV and is on the hunt for people to take part. Turn your unwanted antiques into…
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Upbeat Streets to put the happiness back into Blue Monday

I am delighted to be a Happiness Champion! Please read news of their latest event that I look forward to taking part in below. We are told that January 20 will be the worst day…
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Get on your bike in 2014!

If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight, save money or be kinder to the environment, what better way to start than by having a cycle session with Life Cycle UK? Life Cycle can…
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A fabulous festive evening in our community!

Kicking off with Carols in the Park                                                        …
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Join in the Gloucester Road Festive Fun!

Support your local traders this Thursday evening and join in with their late night opening. There will be carol singing, live music, Irish set dancing and a general jam! Boston Tea Party will be supplying…
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Gloucester Road Traders invite you to Air your Views with Chris Leslie MP

'Air your Views!' The Gloucester Road Traders Association is delighted to announce that they have secured a personal visit to this area by the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie MP. He wants…
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Spot Gordon on the Gloucester Road this Christmas!

Gordon the Gloucester Road Goblin & Best Christmas Window Display Competition Following the incredible success of the Gromit trail across Bristol over the summer. The traders of Gloucester Road have produced their own homegrown creature,…
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Give generously to the North Bristol Foodbank this Christmas Please!

Many of you lovely local people have previously given food donations to support our North Bristol Foodbank based at Revive Charity Shop, 555/557 Filton Avenue and linked with Ebenezer Church, 286 Filton Avenue. For those…
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Local building merchant triumphs at national award ceremony

Kellaway Building Supplies has reached the final of the prestigious Builders' Merchants Awards for Excellence 2013 in two categories: Best Customer Service and Best Training Initiative. Held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, the…
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Talented Fairfield High School pupil set to perform with English National Ballet

BALANCING hobbies and revision is a challenge for many a teenager but Caitlin Anstis is determined to make it work for the sake of her future career. Caitlin, who will sit her GCSEs at Fairfield…
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The Royal Oak has had a makeover for Christmas!

Come and check out the new restaurant area at The Oak, new layout and table service so no more waiting at the bar when it's busy! Book your Christmas party now. Christmas Party info. The…
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The next Neighbourhood Forum Meetings

The next Neighbourhood Forum meetings in Bishopston, Cotham and Redland are open to all residents, groups and people who work or use schools in the area. The Forum meetings are your opportunity to raise local…
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Photos from the fabulous North Bristol Art Trail 2013!

It is always a pleasure to take part in the North Bristol Art's Trail and this year did not disappoint! I hope you enjoy a snap-shot of the weekend's event below. There will a more…
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Find your perfect festive frock and raise funds for local hospice

St Peter's Hospice is holding a festive-themed evening at one of its local shops, giving people the chance to find the perfect Christmas party outfit. The Festive Frocks Evening will be held at the award-winning…
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2013 North Bristol Art Trail 23rd & 24th November (preview night on Friday 22nd)

Now in its 12th year, the North Bristol Art Trail will once again be offering a spectacular array of artwork from over 100 artists in more than 50 venues across the north of Bristol. The…
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Growing pains in an older people's home

Bristol theatre company the Kelvin Players take a look at life in an older people's home in their latest production. A Month of Sundays follows two elderly male residents living out their days in a…
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Gloucester Road Cookery School named as one of best in the country

102 Cookery School in Bristol's Gloucester Road has been named one of the best in the country. It was runner up in the Best Day Course/Food Learning Experience Award 2013 in the UK Cookery School…
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An invitation from KudaCan to their 1st Birthday Celebrations!

Dear Friends! KudaCan celebrates it's 1st birthday on Sunday 24th November and boy, do we have some treats in store for you! The day will be jam packed with FREE taster sessions, to give you…
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Bike Recycling at Bristol Prison showcased on North Bristol Arts Trail

Local charity Life Cycle UK is opening up its bike recycling workspace at Horfield Prison as part of the North Bristol Arts Trail, 10am to 6pm on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November, offering the…
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Horfield author celebrates book launch with free event for kids!

Woodland Adventure! If you go up to Leigh Woods on Saturday 30th November (2 to 4.30pm), you'll be sure of a Cuddliest Monster surprise. Vala Publishing Co-operative, based in Bedminster, are launching a new children’s…
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Bishopston family share their experiences with adoption during National Adoption Week

CCS Adoption has been finding homes for children since 1904, however the need now is greater than ever before, with a record number of children waiting including very young children. During and after National Adoption…
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Invitation To Join The Woodcraft Folk

We are always looking for ways to get our children off technology and engaging with the natural world. The woodcraft folk organisation offers the ideal opportunity. The Soaring Eagles Woodcraft Folk group meets every Monday,…
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The Bristol Kitchen Radio Kitchen Dance Party

Seeking Kitchen Radio Dancers. Bristol Kitchen Radio (BKR) is an arts and culture podcast recorded around a kitchen table in Bristol. It is has regular listeners in 39 countries. 'The Bristol Kitchen Radio Kitchen Party’…
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Gathering voices - and confidence

Once again Redland Green Community Chorus was delighted to contribute towards the success of Bristol's 'Gathering Voices Festival of Song'. The 10-day festival, with its rich diversity of music and performance, strengthened Bristol’s claim to…
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Gurt Magnificent People

Gurt Magnificient People event takes place on Saturday 8th February 2013 and sees three of the south west's best community choirs join forces for a night that promises to be eclectic, enchanting and exciting! Don’t…
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BFI Film Academy Bristol - get involved!

After the hugely successful pilot programme, Watershed and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School have again received funding from the BFI to deliver the BFI Film Academy Bristol. BFI Film Academy Bristol (FAB) are looking for…
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Rugby League World Cup 2013 - Bristol's pre-match entertainment programme revealed

Bristol is ready to show off its cultural credentials when the eyes of the world will focus on the Memorial Stadium for Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) on Wednesday, October 30. A busy programme…
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Join Bristol Cabot Choir for a Christmas Fanfare!

Join in the Christmas spirit on Monday 16th December 2013 with Bristol Cabot Choir when they return to Bristol Cathedral for their annual Christmas Concert. Conducted by Musical Director Rebecca Holdeman, the choir is delighted…
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Day of the Dead Activities at Room 212

Room 212, is a new gallery and shop on Gloucester Road exhibiting work from over 40 local artists. This October the artists will be collaborating to create a Day of the Dead theme. There will be…
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Local Church help people become savvy with their cash

Church to help people become savvy with their cash as households feel income squeeze. A church is set to run free sessions to help people in North Bristol get on top of their household finances.…
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The launch of the new Bishopston Beanstalks

As Other Pre-Schools Close, Bishopston Beanstalks Grows...! On Monday November 4th, Pied Piper Playgroup becomes Bishopston Beanstalks Pre-School. With an emphasis on learning through play, children at Bishopston Beanstalks will flourish in the care of…
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Knutty Knitters Launch Xmas Cards for Charity

Knutty Knitters Launch Christmas Cards for St Peter's Hospice Last year Bristol was taken by storm by a group of self-proclaimed 'Knutty Knitters' who delighted the city with a tour of their life-sized ‘Knitivity’ scene.…
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Bumper Harvest for local Dunleavy Vineyards

This year's hot summer has led to a bumper Pinot Noir crop for Dunleavy Vineyards. The Somerset grown grapes were picked on a beautiful sunny morning, loaded into a van and driven straight to the…
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Vets4Pets Bishopston wins Gold!

A local veterinary surgery is delighted to have been granted Gold Standard Cat Friendly Clinic status. Vets4Pets Bishopston is the first veterinary surgery in Bristol to be recognised with the award. Vets4Pets in Bishopston have…
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The Little Wedding Space

Something special is happening in the heart of Clifton... From now until October 28th 2013, The Little Wedding Space will bring unique suppliers to discerning couples in the South West. It was wonderful to attend…
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danceroom Spectroscopy Festival

University of Bristol and Watershed launch the first danceroom Spectroscopy Festival led by David Glowacki, the scientist who makes invisible atoms visible through the power of art and dance. The event will take place on…
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Looking for Snow Wardens Please!

Bristol City Council (BCC) are looking for community spirited people to volunteer as snow wardens to help out in the event of snow this winter. The major routes are prioritised for gritting, but the gritting…
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WI launches community cookbook to celebrate Bristol's Gloucester Road

A cookbook containing 50 recipes from cafes, restaurants and traders along Bristol's famous Gloucester Road will be launched on Thursday 17 October. Created by the Gloucester Road WI (Women's Institute), with members amongst those contributing…
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Celebratory Community Event at Clifton High School!

Clifton High School is presenting a series of 19 inspirational events to celebrate the work of its pupils and wider school community. The week long programme, between 10 -15th October, showcases a broad spectrum of…
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Have your say on the new Play Ground on Horfield Common

Bristol City Council is supporting the refurbishment of the existing play area on Horfield Common under the Capital Stimulus Programme, which is providing funding for improving parks and green spaces across the city. Information and…
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Fancy Dress Fanatics at Downing Street!

Local entrepreneur Fran Gore was recently invited to 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister David Cameron to celebrate the success of her thriving business, Fancy Dress Fanatics. Fran started the business based at 212 Cheltenham…
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Bus stop brings love for Gloucester Road couple

A very ordinary bus stop on Bristol's Gloucester Road has a very special meaning for Aly and Michala Hussien. When their friend, Tat Mersy, realised that the stop on the Promenade was due to be…
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Rugby World Cup Ticket Competition!

Rugby League World Cup 2013 is the global sporting event of the year and it's happening right on our doorstep! The USA and the Cook Islands will go head to head in a battle to…
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Success for boys at QEH ranges far beyond the academic

QEH is widely accepted as the school of choice for boys in Bristol wanting to achieve entry into the country's best universities and medical schools. Headmaster Stephen Holliday explains: "Academic commitment at QEH is mostly…
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Redland High Geography Department celebrates Centre of Excellence Award

The Geography Department at Redland High School was delighted to celebrate being awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark by The Geographical Association, and has become the only school in Bristol to achieve ‘Centre of Excellence’…
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Sartre Returns to Bristol in October

For the first time in more than 10 years Jean-Paul Sartre's classic play 'Huis Clos' returns to Bristol in an updated translation by the noted director Frank Hauser entitled 'No Way Out'. Award-winning non-professional theatre…
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The Bishopston Society AGM

The Bishopston Society AGM takes place on Monday 30th September 2013, 7.30 pm at St Michael's and All Angels, Pigsty Hill, Bishopston. Below is the AGM agenda. Welcome by Chairman and apologies for absence. Election…
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Strictly Come Dancing...Bristol Style!

St Peter's Hospice is calling on Bristolians to put their best foot forward and support its brand new fundraising initiative - Strictly Come Dancing Bristol! The charity is looking for willing couples to sign up…
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Local BS7 Gym launch project to assist MS Charity BrAMS

MS Charity BrAMS, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and BS7 Gym have announced a charity partnership ahead of launching a unique project - thought to be the only one of its kind in the country, later…
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News from Fairfield High School

New students recently enjoyed planting trees to mark their start at Fairfield High School in Bristol. Each tutor group have been given a fruit tree that they can watch growing over their five years at…
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Horfield Theatre Company present Nunsense the Mega Musical

From getting down to the bare essentials in Calendar Girls last year, Horfield Theatre Company are doing a full 360 degree circle this year as they put on their habits – don’t worry, they’re all…
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Yoga West in the Bristol Yoga Trail

Yoga West was excited to tell me about the first year of the brand new Bristol Yoga Trail that tales place on Saturday 14th September 2013. It is an opportunity to try yoga at 6…
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Golden Hill Community Garden Harvest Fair!

The Golden Hill Community Garden would like to invite you to celebrate their Harvest Fair on the 14th September 1 - 4pm. There will be Morris dancing, music, facepainting, free kids activities, cake and pizzas…
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Do you have an interest in repairing and maintaining bikes?

Do you have an interest in repairing and maintaining bikes? Would you like to volunteer with a fantastic bike recycling project based at Horfield Prison? If so Life Cycle Uk would love to hear form…
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Free Family Film in St Andrews Park

I am delighted to bring you the news that thanks to Phoenix Films there will be Slapstick Screening in the Park on Saturday 14th September 2013, 7.30pm. Inspired by finding out that in the 1920s…
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Join in the fun of Party in the Park 2013!

Party in the Park is a well established community event which brings together over 3,500 members of our local community for a fun filled afternoon and evening of entertainment. Bishopston Matters is pleased to continue…
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Art with a Heart - Local Art for Local People

There is a long tradition of artists using their talent to benefit good causes and from 1 -6 October work from members of the North Bristol Art Trails will sold along with other work at…
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Profile: Jamesboy Records

Jamie Reid-Sinclair's home-based Bristol business, Jamesboy Records, sells rare and collectible vinyl records. He has been trading since 2005 How did your business get started? "I was working full-time, getting frustrated, and I kept thinking…
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Community Wellbeing Grants - Deadline!

Are you helping make Bishopston a better place? Could you do with a helping hand to get your community project off the ground? If so, don't forget about Neighbourhood Partnership wellbeing grants, which support a…
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Leap of Faith for the MS Centre

The West of England MS Therapy Centre (Reg. Charity No. 801155) is looking for willing volunteers to jump into Portishead Marina on September 14th, to be rescued by a Newfoundland Dog. The event, now in…
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Rediscover the joy of cycling

Silver Cyclists you are invited to rediscover the joy of cycling! Julie Hare from Life Cycle Uk tells us how. Silver Cyclists is a cycling project for people in Bristol who are over fifty five…
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Did you know about Cossham Birth Centre?

Since opening in late January 2013, over 200 babies have been born at Cossham Birth Centre - the area's first free standing birth centre, situated in the redeveloped Cossham Hospital. Gina Augarde, lead midwife at…
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Raise funds for MS and have lots of fun!

A massive charity absiel to help support the MS society is being held at The Eclipse Tower Cabot Circus in Bristol on Saturday 31 August. A huge 44m drop from the tallest building that a…
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Bristol Drama students take to the stage at The Fringe

12 Drama students from Redland High School are putting the final touches to the two all-girl productions that they will be showcasing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, held in August. The Sixth Form pupils are…
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Second of Bristol's Make Sundays Special

The second of five monthly 'Make Sundays Special' days is set to take place this Sunday, July 21. And thanks to the success of Bristol's first Make Sunday Special and the huge national attention, the…
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Fun Family Companion Dog Show & Fair

Friends of South Glos Strays was set up in 2010 by local dog warden Celia Bourne, to help support the local stray dogs in the pounds. They are a voluntary group whose members help by…
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New Fancy Dress Shop opens in Gloucester Road area!

New Fancy Dress Shop opens in Gloucester Road area after securing start up loan through Government backed School For Start-ups Scheme. At a time when retail is struggling, and young entrepreneurs are being encouraged to…
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Thank you for helping make the 2013 MS Cake Break the best yet!

Wow, what a fantastic turnout from local people to the 2013 MS Community Cake Break. The event took place at the Horfield Baptist Church, the perfect venue for eating, drinking and having fun! A big…
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The sealing of the Old Bristol North Baths Time Capsule

Yesterday started well with an invite to take part in the Ashley Down Infants school assembly. It was a special day as local historian David Cemlyn was visiting the school to show the children the…
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Chance for local businesses to get free advice on growing their business

A free event to help businesses to thrive in a difficult retail environment will be taking place at City Hall on Tuesday 16thJuly. The event will focus on the key challenges and opportunities facing the…
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Enjoy all the fun of the fayre at the Canterbury Tales festival

Bristol theatre company the Kelvin Players are offering a saucy mix of an outdoor performance combined with a medieval festival to bring Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to life this summer. Based on Phil Woods and Michael…
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Equalling the fun and excitement of the tennis in St Andrews Park!

A huge thank you to the Friends of St Andrews Park for organising another fantastic community event this weekend. Reveal in the park showcased a line up of theatre happenings and music roaming the slopes…
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Bishopston Film Company's New Documentary

Galliard Films, an independent film company run by Bishopston resident, Theresa Roche, have created a new documentary that casts light upon the intriguing men and women who lived at Bristol's Red Lodge at various periods…
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Gromit Unleashed on the Gloucester Road!

Monday this week saw the beginning of an exciting summer of art with streets and landmarks in and around Bristol decorated with 80 customised Gromit sculptures as part of Gromit Unleashed, a project aiming to…
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Shine Holiday Club - BIGGEST EVER Summer Programme

Shine Holiday Club - BIGGEST EVER Summer Programme - Starts 8th July 2013 Throughout the summer holidays well known local sports provider Shine Sports Coaching are offering a range of sporting and creative activities for…
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The Gurt Lush Choir present a Romany Journey

The Gurt Lush Choir present a Romany Journey on Saturday 6 July 2013, 7.30pm at the Colston Hall. The soundtrack to love and despair, to camaraderie and genocide, Romany music is as warm as it…
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The Spectacular launch of YourStreet Gift Cards!

I am delighted to report YourStreet gift card launched on Saturday 22nd June and what a fantastic day it was! The unique, multi-store gift card redeemable only at independent retailers is now available to buy!…
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Local charity goes over the edge to raise funds!

Home-Start Bristol - a local charity which provides support for families with young children has organised a sponsored abseil down the Avon Gorge on Saturday 29th June. Up to 50 supporters ranging from age 12…
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Can you help find a missing hippo?

Missing: One large hippo made of wood. Disappeared after 16th birthday party on Sat 15th June. Can't walk far! Information to kerry@bishopstonmatters.co.uk who will forward details to the local resident that requested this notice. Thank…
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Join in the Gloucester Road WI Spring Fayre!

Come on down to Gloucester Road WI's Spring Fayre this Saturday 8th June. The event will run from 11am until 5pm in the front hall of St Michael And All Angels Church and aims to…
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Would you like to volunteer for Bike Back Project?

The Bike Back Project run by the Bristol based cycling charity Life Cycle UK, takes in donated bikes from the public, which are then fully stripped down and rebuilt by prisoners in their workshop situated…
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Felting Fun at Brunel Field School!

The reception class at Brunel Field School enjoyed a fantastic felting workshop last week. Each child learnt to felt and they created a brilliant farm yard inspired collage. Reception's topic this term has been about…
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Binky Bristol & Bristol Riverford, team up for a fantastic competition!

Design and wear your own organically reared kids T-shirt! Carrot, pumpkin or apple? Turn your favourite fruit or veg into a character. Bishopston-based Binky Bristol, the quirky t-shirt designers, have teamed up with another local…
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Lockleaze Community Fc U13s are recruiting

Lockleaze Community Fc U13s are recruiting for the new season starting in September 2013. They are looking for boys with experience who have played league football before. They play and train at Ashley Down Rugby…
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The spectacular launch of YourStreet Gift Card

Saturday June 22nd 2013 brings you the exciting launch of the new and innovative YourStreet gift card. It is the unique, multi-store gift card redeemable only at independent retailers and services, developed by Anne-Louise Perez…
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Free! Quiz & Trail at The Gloucestershire County Cricket Club!

Free! Quiz and Trail at The Bristol County Ground Gloucestershire Cricket Club, Wednesday 29th May. Trail open from 10am - 2pm (it takes about an hour). Bring the whole family for a fun time exploring…
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A great season for Bishopston United Football Club

Bishopston United Football have enjoyed a fantastic season. Bishopston Matters is pleased to publish the match report kindly provided below by the team. Another great season for the Bishopston United under 14’s A and B…
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Local family appeals for support in Brain Tumour research

I have been contacted by a local family to ask for support with their petition that closes on 25th June, so please take action soon. The Lewis family have asked me to publish the following…
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Bristol charity defeat TV Eggheads to scoop £26,000 prize

A team of volunteers, trustees and staff from Bristol-based charity Life Cycle UK appearing on the BBC2 Quiz show Eggheads this week claimed a stunning victory which has left the charity £26,000 better off. The…
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Our Neighbourhood Festival, Saturday 4th - Saturday 11th May 2013

The "Our Neighbourhood" Community Festival has been coordinated by the Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Neighbourhood Partnership, and will take place 4th -11th May 2013. The aims of the festival are to promote the Neighbourhood Partnership…
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'Nourish' The Cancer Care Cookbook Launch

Bristol based cancer charity Penny Brohn Cancer Care has launched its first cookbook Nourish - The Cancer Care Cookbook. Written by Dr Catherine Zollman, Lead Doctor and Wendy Burley, Lead Nutritional Therapist at Penny Brohn…
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Exciting news from Golden Hill Community Garden Spring Fair

The Golden Hill Community Garden is holding a raffle at its Spring Fair on Saturday 11th May. The raffle draw will be at 3.15pm. We are hoping to raise £2000 from the raffle to go…
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Celebrating Age Festival 'Brilliant in Bristol' calls for art entries

It's time to get creative - Bristol's Celebrating Age Festival which starts this summer is calling for entries for its annual art competition. This year's festival which runs from June 24 to July 6 will…
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The May Garden

We are continuing a theme! Picking up where April finished. Spring began on the 15th of April leaving our gardens and countryside quite bare of foliage on deciduous shrubs and trees. Water tables are still…
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Make Sundays Special!

Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson is Making Sundays Special from 23rd June. He is closing city centre streets to motor traffic and is calling for community groups, activity leaders, artists and street performers to come and…
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Sports Jam 2013 - sporting fun for youngsters

Bristol's popular Sports Jam event returns with an afternoon of free taster sessions for young sports enthusiasts aged from six to 19, who would like to have a go at a new sport, develop skills…
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'The Noise' 2013 - Working Together in Bristol

It has been well reported that this city, like many others in the UK, is suffering because of cuts made in the provision of services to young people, and to the elderly – some of…
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Buy a Refurbished Bike - Wednesday 8th May

Local based charity Life Cycle UK is encouraging anyone thinking about starting to cycle this Spring to come to their latest refurbished bike sale on Wednesday 8th May. The sale will offer a range of…
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A Happy Week at Bishopston Matters!

I have enjoyed a fantastic week with two great reasons to celebrate! The first becoming Mrs Allen, when marrying James at St Bart's Church in St Andrews. Rev James Stevenson conducted a beautiful service. The…
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St Andrews composer and pianist launches new album

Following on from the article on Sam who is St Andrews born and bred that featured in Bishopston Matters we are pleased to bring you news of the release of his latest album. Towards the…
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Bristol City Council gives the go ahead for street food night markets

The StrEAT Food Collective will be hosting a series of three street food night markets on Corn Street in the Old City area starting on Wednesday 1st May between 5pm and 9pm. StrEAT is a…
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Forget Beer Goggles Have You Got Beer Ears?

The Parish of Bishopston & St Andrews are holding a Good News and Real Ale evening on April 24th 7.30pm at St Michael's Church. The evening is an introduction to Beer Tasting from The Bristol…
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Celebrate mythology and broken Britain this St George's Day!

Bristol theatre group the Kelvin Players are presenting a premiere of the West-Country based play Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth this April. A production that has an unrivalled reputation in contemporary play writing since it first …
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Helpful advice for your April Garden

This April garden is really a March garden with the lights on. The position of the sun at this time of the year whether overcast or clear will stimulate and wake our dormant plants to…
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Bristol Mayor to join Foodbank Trolley Push to help feed local people in crisis

On Tuesday 9th April 'Phil the trolley' will visit North Bristol as part of the first ever UK-wide 'Trolley Push' to help stop UK hunger. As growing numbers of people turn to foodbanks for emergency…
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Gloucester Rd WI Tea Party

Gloucester Rd WI are holding a secret tea party in Bishopston to raise money for their cookbook! Monday April 1st (Easter Monday) will see them open the doors to their pop up tea room for…
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Art boards on the Gloucester Road

Chatsworth Homes have worked in collaboration with the City of Bristol College Art & Design Department, Sefton Park Junior School and Fairfield High School in the production of decorative display boards that will mask the…
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Bishopston Society Public Meeting with Bristol Mayor

Our Mayor George Ferguson has agreed to speak at the Bishopston Society Public Meeting which starts at 7.30 pm on Monday 25th March at The Church Halls, St Michaels Church on Pigsty Hill, Gloucester Road.…
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Family Cycling Event at St Pauls Adventure Playground

Local charity Life Cycle UK will be running its second 'Family Cycling Event' at St Pauls Adventure Playground on Saturday 23rd March, midday to 4pm. The event aims to support families to cycle with their…
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Bristol Tree Forum - Next Meeting

The Chair of the Bristol Tree Forum invites you to a talk called 'Do the utilities still hate trees?' by Nol Vincent and Patric Bulmer of Bristol Water plc. It starts at 6pm in City…
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Plant a tree at St Andrews Park

Join TreeBristol on Wednesday 13th March 2013 at St Andrews Park. Everyone is welcome to join in this community planting event. Trees will start to be planted from 10am to approx 2pm. Please wear weatherproof…
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Introducing The Greener Gloucester Road Campaign

Ablectrics, one of Gloucester Road's longest established independent businesses, is spearheading a campaign to try and get every independent business on the road to convert their lighting to low-energy/LED by the end of 2013 -…
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Rise and Dance - Charity Dance Event

The Rise and Dance Charity Event takes place on Thursday 7th March 2013, 6pm to 8pm. You are invited to join in with two hours of soul-lifting dance performances and workshops with leading Bristol dancers…
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Next Tree Forum Meeting

The Chair of the Bristol TreeForum invites you to a talk called "Do the utilities still hate trees?" by Nol Vincent and Patric Bulmer of Bristol Water plc. It starts at 18.00 hrs. in City…
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Free Service Offer for Bishopston Matters readers!

Stairlifts can mean the difference between staying at home or moving into residential care for people with infirmity or disability. So, if you are looking to buy a stairlift for yourself or a loved one,…
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Bristol's Harbour Festival 2013

Bristol's Harbour Festival 2013 - summer's on its way Bristol announces festival dates and festival organisers. Anyone looking forward to the summer can now put the weekend of July 26-28 in their diaries, as that’s…
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Community Recycling Project seeks keen Bicycle Mechanics

Local charity Life Cycle UK is looking for volunteers with a keen interest in bike mechanics to help out on their bicycle recycling project, based at Horfield Prison. BikeBack is a community bicycle recycling project…
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The Filtones Choir's Greatest Fundraising Effort in 30 years!

The Filtones Choir has celebrated its 30th Anniversary Year by raising the grand sum of £2,800 for charities from three concerts which took place in 2012. Those who have benefited have been Eden Grove Methodist…
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Local Opticians Shortlisted for National Award

Lynne Fernandes Optometrists have been shortlisted for the 2013 Optician Awards. Gerard Fernandes, Practice owner, comments: " I am so pleased for the team at Lynne Fernandes Optometrists to be shortlisted for this award. It’s…
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A Neighbourhood Festival, coming soon!

A Neighbourhood Festival, coming soon! Saturday 4th - Saturday 11th May 2013 In Bishopston, Cotham and Redland we're getting ready for an exciting week of community activities to run from 4th - 11th May.  On…
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BBC One's Countryfile comes to Bristol!

Bristol's otters and Avon Gorge goats set to be stars on BBC One's Countryfile! Viewers of the BBC One's hugely popular Countryfile programme will be treated to some local Bristol stars when they tune in…
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Local Boogie Bop encourages community to join in One Billion Rising!

Local choreographer Michelle Luckes is well known for her work with young children. Her company Boogie Bop run creative dance workshops for children all over Bristol. On Valentines Day Michelle and her team of associate…
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Help our local foodbank please!

In January I had the pleasure of meeting with Stewart North and Tony Matthews founders of the Bristol North Foodbank. The pair are both church leaders in the Horfield and Filton area. In these hard…
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Pitch perfect? Join Avon Harmony

Pitch perfect? Join the 'Sing Acappella' workshop by Avon Harmony. An opportunity to experience singing four part harmony, acappella style, in a one-day workshop for all female singers and would be singers. If you enjoy…
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Join in the fun and celebrate National Libraries Day!

Bristol Libraries will be celebrating National Libraries Day on Saturday, February 9th with a blockbuster storytelling session! All 28 libraries in the city will be holding a simultaneous story time to celebrate the big day…
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Get on the Gloucester Road Story Trail this month!

The Gloucester Road Story Trail got off to a great start yesterday afternoon at Bubalu. The event was well attended and the family show was enjoyed by all. Local resident Paula Brown (pictured right) has…
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Happy Mondays headline VegfestUK Bristol's tenth birthday

The original Happy Mondays are on course to headline a 5,000 capacity outdoor gig in the heart of Bristol next May as they take centre stage at VegfestUK Bristol's tenth birthday party on Saturday May…
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New talent meets an all time great

In a double bill of one act plays to be staged in February, a long-standing Kelvin Players member takes the helm as director of the first of his own plays ever to be brought to…
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Oasys Property Solutions receives Houzz's 2013 'Best of Remodelling' Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated UK Professionals Bishopston based Oasys Property Solutions has been awarded 'Best Of Remodelling' 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodelling and…
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Cross-party working group to reconsider council funding for PCSOs

Proposed cuts to council funding for Bristol's PCSOs are to be re-considered, it has been announced. A cross-party working group chaired by Councillor Gus Hoyt, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and the Environment is to look…
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Bristol Bach Choir perform Bach's B Minor Mass

Bristol Bach Choir will be performing Bach's B Minor Mass with the accomplished period ensemble Canzona and a superb collection of vocal soloists who all perform frequently with illustrious ensembles such as The Sixteen, Polyphony…
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News from Gloucester Road - Kindle

Husband and wife team, Clare and Guy Collins established their first wood burning stove showroom in 2008 in the heart of Bishopston, on the Gloucester Road. Shortly afterwards they opened their second showroom in Bath…
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Local charity bike donation & sale event

Do you have an unused, unwanted or unloved bicycle you don't need anymore? Local charity Life Cycle UK is holding a Bicycle Donation Day at Horfield Prison this Tuesday 29th January, to collect unwanted bikes…
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Raised Bed Building Workshop

Raised Bed Building Workshop takes place on Saturday 9th February, 10am - 1pm for only £5! Last year at the Golden Hill Community Garden they had a great growing season despite a waterlogged site thanks…
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A Winter Warmer from Charlotte Hussey

Winter has clasped its icy fingers around us with freezing temperatures. This extreme cold leaves most of us heading for the warm shelters of our homes and not wanting to leave until spring arrives. The…
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Clifton Am Dram presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society presents Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society, critically acclaimed Edinburgh Festival veterans, are offering Bristol theatre lovers the chance to enjoy this rarely performed tragi-comedy that…
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Adult Cycle Training now free!

Local charity Life Cycle UK's highly successful cycle training programme for adults and children is now free. Thanks to extra funding from Bristol City Council, a one-to-one session with one of Life Cycle’s professional urban…
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Playing Out Workshop

Are you interested in your street becoming a traffic-free 'play street' for a couple of hours a week or month? If so, go along to an informal workshop run by 'Playing Out' at Westbury Park…
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Local Snow Shots!

I hope you enjoy this selection of snow shots in our community! If you have any more you would like added do send them through. Glad to see kids of all ages having such fun!
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A Wonderful White Wassail!

A bit of cold frosty weather did not put off many local people joining in the fun of Wassailing the Horfield Organic Community Orchard this afternoon. Songs were sung around the trees, beautifully led by…
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Planning permission for Sainsbury's at Memorial Ground is Passed

Last night the planning application for a new Sainsbury's at the Memorial Ground was granted (unless the Secretary of State changes ruling in the next 21 days). The council meeting was well represented by those…
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Call to Action - Help your Gloucester Road Traders Please!

The planning meeting to determine the Sainsbury's application on the Memorial Ground Bristol is set for 16th January 2013 (planning committee meeting 6pm Council House). Traders & Residents Against Sainsbury's Horfield (TRASH) believe that the…
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Get January off to a healthy start with the Stadium Dash!

A local charity is urging Bristolians to get fit for the New Year while taking part in a new fundraising challenge. The Stadium Dash Challenge, set by St Peter's Hospice, is due to take place…
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Bishopston Matters is pleased to support the Gloucester Road Story Trail

Organiser and local resident Paula Brown tells us all about this exciting forthcoming event below. Many years ago my husband and I moved to Horfield from Newcastle. Knowing no one but armed with an A-Z…
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A message from your local BS7 Gym

BS7 gym at Gloucestershire Cricket boasts one of the finest training facilities in the area, but it's not just the players that train here. We are open to the public for membership and "everyBODY" is…
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Gurt Lush Choir perform Mega Mikado!

The Gurt Lush Choir will be performing a full version of Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado at the Colston Hall in February. The production, in collaboration with Bristol Schools Philharmonia, Opera Anywhere and singers from local…
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Welly Toddlers Remember the True Spirit of Christmas

This is a lovely story. I was contacted in early December by a parent whose child attends the Welly Pre-School (based at Horfield Parish Church Hall), with news of a Christmas Giving event that the…
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ASuARE Happy Christmas studio special

ASuARE Happy Christmas studio special Share your shoot, £45 per family* 15 minutes, 15 images, Shoot & Disc. Portraits by artist/photographer Alessandra Sormani To book contact 07921 652 744 Studio based just off the Gloucester…
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Bristol Home Energy Upgrade scheme

In October it was announced that Bristol City Council had been successful in obtaining central government funding for a Green Deal trial in Bristol. This programme is now officially launched and householders keen to participate…
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Redland High School meet up with their Paint Pals

Eight pupils from Redland High School for Girls visited Westbury Fields Residential Home for the Elderly recently as part of the Paint Pals initiative. The Paint Pals scheme encourages communication through art between the elderly…
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The Gloucester Road Traders Need YOU!

The Gloucester Road Traders ask for your support in relation to the proposed Sainsbury's at the Memorial Ground. For those of you that do not already know the proposed development would be one the largest…
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Britain's Biggest Walking Festival

Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks: 22 December 2012- 6 January 2013 The Ramblers hugely popular Festival of Winter Walks starts before Christmas, giving you a fortnight of free, festive, fun-filled walking adventures. Whether you fancy…
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Local business has a cracking Movember!

Well, the moustache was king at Kellaway during November, as the 'Mo Bro's' and 'Mo Sista's' raise over 1,700 pounds in support of Movember and Sons' prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. The Kellaway team would…
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Redland High raise money for diabetes charities

Redland High School pupil, 11 year old Emily Finnimore was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes just over a year ago. Emily's mum also has diabetes and so has been able to support her by drawing…
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Shop at Bristol Independents this Christmas. Collect stamps. Win prizes!

The Bristol Independents Christmas loyalty card allows you to collect stamps while you do your Christmas shopping one stamp per purchase, plus a bonus stamp if you pay in Bristol Pounds. When you've collected 5…
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Local Pre-School help with Christmas Salvation Army Appeal

Horfield Welly Pre-School is taking part in the Salvation Army Christmas Present appeal. I was delighted to be contacted by a local parent who told me the purpose of the group’s involvement is two fold.…
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Goblin Silver Production

Have you ever wondered what makes things happen in the way that they do? In Meg's village, the extraordinary is ordinary. Everything is controlled by the silver pen of destiny, but who controls the pen?…
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Sefton Park Scorpions secure sweetest signing

Sefton Park Primary School's under 7s football team has secured the sweetest deal with Gloucester Road confectionary shop Scrumptiously Sweet sponsoring their match kit. The Year 2 school team, who play at the Kellaway Avenue…
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Join in with the Bristol Pound!

Sign up Evening at Poco! Stokes Croft on Thursday 29th November 2012, 5- 7.30pm. To make it easier for you all, the Bristol Pound team will be holding regular sign up evenings across the city,…
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Come and pay a visit to The Hothouse this December

The latest production from Bristol-based group Kelvin Players tackles subjects which have perhaps never been more in the public spotlight than they seem to be at present. With allegations of institutional abuse and mismanagement hitting…
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2012 North Bristol Art Trail on 24th & 25th November

Now in its 11th year, the North Bristol Art Trail will once again be offering a spectacular array of artwork from over 100 artists displaying in more than 50 venues across the north of Bristol.…
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Horfield Common Ardagh - Play Area Project

Public Consultation Meeting Bristol City Council intends to rebuild the existing play area at Horfield Common Ardagh under the cities capital stimulus programme, which is providing funding for improving parks and green spaces across the…
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International End Violence Against Women Week in Bristol

There is a packed programme for End Violence Against Women week to be held later this month in Bristol. The main activities in the week beginning Saturday 24 November include support by men, including a…
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Horfield Common Big Gardening Day

Bristol City Council has provided the Friends with more than 1000 bulbs to plant out on the common so that it will look beautiful in the Spring time. There is a limited time scale to…
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Bristol hot air Balloons by Clive Minnitt

Bishopston resident, Clive Minnitt has launched a new book. His latest publication presents a wonderful visual insight into the high flying world of ballooning through stunning, colourful photographs. Each page is full of interest, exploring…
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Bristol Libraries celebrate 20 years of Bookstart

Libraries across Bristol will be celebrating 20 years of a national campaign to promote early years reading, starting today Monday 5th November 2012. Bookstart, which is run by the reading charity Booktrust, gives free book…
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Local business supports Movember!

The moustache is king at local Kellaway business this November, as some of the team are becoming 'Mo Bro's' and growing real moustaches for the month in support of Movember and Sons' prostate and testicular cancer…
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Food Couriers

Say hello to Bristol's newest restaurant food ordering and delivery platform - and one with a green focus. After a successful pre-launch trial in August 2012, the new online platform that facilitates the delivery of…
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The Future's Bright for the 63rd Scouts!

As the 63rd Bristol Scout group approaches its centenary year, having been started in 1913, the future looks good. The numbers of boys and girls in Beavers, Cubs Scouts and Explorer Scouts is now over…
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It's not rocket science!

Nearly 70 people, including a splash of mayoral candidates of various hues, participated in the second of Bristol's biannual TreeForum talks. Silole Menezes of world renowned ARUP gave us a glimpse of best practice in…
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Have your say on plans for school places

A consultation launched this week is asking people to give their views on planning for new school places in Bristol. Bristol City Council has a statutory duty to ensure there are enough school places within…
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Costa award winning author visits Henleaze Library

Acclaimed children's author Moira Young will be visiting Henleaze Library on Tuesday, October 9 at 7.30pm. The 2011 winner of the prestigious Costa Children's Book Award will be talking about her new novel Rebel Heart…
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MS Therapy Centre to be opened by HRH The Princess Royal

The members, staff and Committee of the West of England MS Therapy Centre are thrilled to announce that their new therapy centre will be officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on October 31st 2012.…
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Old Vic Alumnus Comes Home to Bristol

Bristol's leading non-professional theatre company, Kelvin Players, are to stage one of the most popular and critically acclaimed works from a playwright with old ties to the city. Originally performed in 1993 and revived in…
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Gloucester Road Elephant set to run in the Bristol Half Marathon

Alec Jupp and Matt Bailey, both 34, owners of Bristol based elephant estate agency are taking on the Bristol Half Marathon, in support of local charity Penny Brohn Cancer Care, as a way of giving…
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Gloucester Road WI Three Peaks Challenge Success

The Gloucester Road WI group are resting their weary legs after completing the three peaks challenge to raise money for Julian Trust, in what is their first major charity challenge since they formed in November last…
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Have your say on 20mph

From this week, the people of Bristol have an opportunity to have their say on the proposed 20mph speed limit, due to be introduced in phases to the city from next July. Manned exhibitions in…
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Political Debate in Bristol!

Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner Question Time, Thursday 18 October, 7 - 9pm The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR Candidates for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election will take…
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Talented Bishopston Resident Prepares for Prestigious Performing Arts College

A former student from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College is preparing to depart from Bristol and embark on a new journey in Liverpool; to study at the prestigious Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). After…
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Treasurer of the Shirehampton Sailing Club and organiser of the 'Try Sailing Day' shares with us his experiences of the event

If you are interested in dinghy sailing the closest place to sail is Shirehampton Sailing Club. On Sunday 12th August the Sailing Club welcomed over 70 guests to a 'Try Sailing and BBQ Day'. Although…
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Anniversary Celebrations Mark a Magical Two Years for BLOGGS

An award-winning young hairdresser, who launched his Bristol salon promising hair design with a difference, has been celebrating the salon's two year anniversary and success with clients. Joe Hemmings, aged 29, opened Bloggs Hair Design…
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Work begins on new Gloucester Road Library and Community Health Centre

Yesterday at the entrance to the old Bristol North Baths building, I witnessed the official handover of keys to the developers following legal exchange of contracts, which means that work can now start on the…
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A fantastic new playground has been delivered to Horfield - local Cllr Cheryl Ann shares with us her delight!

Horfield's latest park is proudly situated opposite our Leisure Centre outside the Territorial Army Centre. Long awaited as finance was awarded back in 2009; location, anti social behaviour, water pipes, resident concerns and group objections…
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Lockleaze & Horfield Community FC Now Recruiting

After the massive success of their past two seasons Lockleaze and Horfield Community Football Club are recruiting players for our U12s teams. Boys need to be 10 and a half up to 11 and a…
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Leap of Faith for the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre

Canine heroes are ready and waiting to rescue you from Portishead Marina on Saturday 15 September to raise money for The West of England MS Therapy Centre. The Centre is looking for 30 brave men…
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Jamaican flag ceremony in celebration of 50 years of independence

Councillor Peter Main, Lord Mayor of Bristol, will be joining the city's Jamaican community leaders for a flag-raising ceremony in front of The Council House on College Green later today to mark 50 years of…
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Amnesty Bristol celebrates 30 years of the Goldney Garden Party

Amnesty Bristol is hosting its 30th Goldney Garden Party, with high hopes for its biggest and best yet. With live music, tombolas, children's entertainers and the ultimate tea party, it's an event not to be…
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Reflections V - Mixed Art Exhibition from the Reflections Group

Reflections V is the fifth annual exhibition from the ever popular Reflections Group of Bristol-based artists. This year three new artists are joining four original members, and this latest show will present a strong, eclectic…
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Little Steps arrive on Zetland Road

This morning I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the new charity shop Little Steps. Young Rhia Flaherty (4 years) cut the ribbon to open the new venue at 15 to 17 Zetland…
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Performance Assembly at Ashley Down Infants

Yesterday I was invited to attend the final assembly of the term at Ashley Down Infant School. I had a lovely time watching the talented children share their performances with the rest of the school.…
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Bristol Trio tackles the Welsh Coastal Path for Alzheimer's Society

Naomi Pullin (pictured right), along with her father Simon and fiance Peter Westbury (21, 52 and 39) from Filton, Bristol are taking the fight against dementia to the Welsh Coastal Path as part of a…
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A Grand Day Out for Charity

The best family dog walk of the summer is back! A Grand Day Out returns for its second year, and this time, it starts in Bristol. On July 29th, dog walkers will descend on Tyntesfield…
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Summer reading scheme gets into the 'Story lab'

Young readers are invited to get into the 'Story Lab' this summer and discover a world of books, imagination, suspense and surprise. As part of a national campaign, Bristol Libraries will be promoting the 2012…
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Call for more Research into MS after Jack Osbourne highlights

More research into Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is needed following the news that Jack Osbourne has the incurable illness, says Bristol charity MS Research. Dr. Rosie Jones, chairman of the organisation, says that Jack’s diagnosis at…
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Redland High School girls perform Romeo and Juliet at The Fringe

A group of 28 Redland High School students are preparing to take their girl only production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August. The performance, set in a 21st century…
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Family Service delivers free fun day!

Bristol's Family Information Service are holding their annual fun day at St Andrew's Park on Thursday 21st June. Free to all parents, carers, childminders and groups for the under-fives, all sorts of activities will be…
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Gurt Lush Choir reaches 300 members!

Bristol's Gurt Lush Choir is proud to announce that it has reached a new milestone - 300 members! They think this makes them Britain's biggest community choir (any challengers get in touch!) – no mean…
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St Andrews now has its own Brewery!

Yes it is true! Tucked away in a garage a stones throw from the park is the Ashley Down Brewery where Vince Crocker brews 1000 pints every two weeks. He supplies the Prince of Wales…
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Get Growing Garden Trail!

We enjoyed visiting the 'Get Growing Garden Trail' on Saturday 9th June on a rare bright, sunny day! We started at the top entrance to the Horfield Organic Orchard where I bought some wild rocket…
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A fabulous FOHC Jubilee Picnic

The Friends of Horfield Common 'Jubilee Summer Picnic' took place on the bank holiday Monday 4th June from 12-4pm on Horfield Common and the Ardagh Sports Pavilion. Hundreds of local families took part in the…
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Jubilee celebrations at Redland High

Everyone at Redland High School got into the spirit of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The Junior School made a huge quilt (each girl designing a square) for Her Majesty The Queen, they had a 'party…
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The Great 60 hour Jubilee Meditate-a-thon!

The Great 60 hour Jubilee Meditate-a-thon will take place on Friday 1st June to Monday 4th June 2012 at Aro Ling Buddhist Art & Meditation Centre, 127 Gloucester Rd (next to the Co-op super market…
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Bristol's Got Talent: Your chance to back Bristol's Green Capital Bid!

If you ask people why they love Bristol, you can be fairly sure the phrases 'community' and 'local' will feature in their answer. Across the city, it's a sense of belonging, and getting things done…
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A better way to divorce?

No one finds separation and divorce a happy subject, but increasing numbers of people are finding that using Family Mediation to help them resolve their conflicts over children and money takes some of the agony…
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Inner city cricket scheme aims to bowl over social divisions

An inner-city cricket initiative, which aims to break down barriers between young people from areas affected by anti-social behaviour and the wider community, has secured funding to allow it to run for a second year…
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A Fantastic 2012 Cake Break

I am pleased to report the 2012 Cake Break in aid of the Bristol MS Society was a great success. The community event was well attended and enjoyed by all. Thanks to the Brownies that…
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The West of England Therapy Centre Now Open in North Bristol

Bishopston Matters is pleased to bring you news that near by Bradley Stoke is now home to The West of England MS Centre, a 1.13million pound project! The Centre on Wheatfield Drive will eventually provide…
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2012 MS Community Cake Break!

Join us for the 2012 Community Cake Break on Saturday 5th May, 10am to 2pm at the Horfield Baptist Church to raise funds for the Bristol MS Society Yes it is that time of year…
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Locally Run Course Designed to Help You Change for the Better!

I was invited to have a cup of tea and chat with Ashley Down resident Sue Weekes who along with Lucy Prentice-Miller has established Lusu Training. This is a small company which delivers self-development courses…
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Big Bike Ride for Breast Cancer

Local resident and Gloucester Road trader Nick Hennessy (pictured right with wife and fellow traders) embarks on a London to Paris bike ride in aid of Breast Cancer Nick Hennesy who many of us know…
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Bishopston Quaker sets off to Kenya to offer Greetings from Bristol

Bristol Quaker Judi Brill has recently departed for Kenya, taking with her a quilt made by the Quakers of Britain right here in Bristol to offer greetings at The World Conference of Friends. Only held…
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The Gurt Gasworks Concert

Fresh from the hugely successful Gurt Winter Concert in February, the Gurt Lush Choir is pleased to announce a second outing to the Colston Hall, this time in collaboration with the fantastic Gasworks Choir. The…
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Know Your Place

Know Your Place at Bristol's Record Office Tuesday, May 1 to Friday, June 29, 2012 Anyone who wants to know more about the historical growth of the community where they live or how the city…
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Lottery success for Life Cycle UK

Local cycling charity Life Cycle has successfully secured over 300,000 pounds from the Big Lottery Fund to enable it to continue running Bike Back, its bicycle refurbishment project in partnership with HMP Bristol. Bike Back…
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102 Cookery School Launches

Last night we very much enjoyed attending the launch of locally based 102 Cookery School on the Gloucester Road. We were welcomed to a fantastic Taittinger Champagne reception. Bristol chefs Josh Eggleton (from the Pony…
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Update on the Neighbourhood Partnership

The proposed extension to St John's Primary School on the site of the old police station in Redland Rd is welcome news to families with younger children. To ensure it progresses smoothly the Partnership has…
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Celebrate 2012 World Book Night at Bristol's Central Library

Book lovers and keen readers across the city are invited to join in national celebrations marking 2012 World Book Night on Monday, April 23 at a special event at Bristol's Central Library. Evening visitors to…
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Free Easter family fun with Toy Story 3 (U) on the big screen

Families are invited to enjoy big screen fun when Toy Story 3 (U) comes to Millennium Square this Easter. There will be free, alfresco screenings of this classic Disney Pixar film on Saturday, April 7…
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Bristol in Bloom - Painting competition for young artists

Young artists in Bristol are being invited to get out their brightest crayons and colourful paint boxes and have a go at creating an amazing imaginative picture for the 2012 Bristol Bloom painting competition. “Budding…
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Easter message from Rev James Stevenson

Whatever the weather or time of year, I love walking down the Gloucester Road. It buzzes with life and energy. On a mild December night last year, my wife and I went out to dinner…
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Could your community group benefit from a grant?

Calling all community groups in Bishopston, Redland and Cotham! Do you have a fantastic project that will make a difference to local people but need funding to help it along? Well the Neighbourhood Partnership wellbeing…
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Diamond Jubilee Downs Day

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations are coming to The Downs on Monday 4th June 2012 for what is set to be a Bank Holiday full of fun this summer. Head over to The Downs from 3pm…
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Exciting exhibition at Hamilton House

Luke is a local Bristol artist born in 1978. He comes from a creative family where his mother, father and sister are all artist/crafts people. Luke studied for his foundation year at Bristol’s Queens Road…
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Community Cafe at Horfield Lodge

Horfield Lodge Bistro, part of the non profit making charity Methodist Homes opened its doors to the public in October 2011 and are pleased to have received excellent feedback from all their visitors so far.…
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Singing for Rett Syndrome

Henbury Singers are singing for research into Rett Syndrome this year. Very few people have heard of this severe neurological disorder and yet it has nearly the same frequency as Cystic Fibrosis, affecting about 1…
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Volunteer teachers needed to rescue charity education programme

An education and community development charity is making an urgent appeal for volunteer teachers to keep its vital education programme going. One in Eight on Gloucester Road, Bristol, which has been serving people from some…
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Spring playing out opportunities for Bristol children

Lighter evenings could mean more Bristol children can play out after school in their own streets this spring says Playing Out, a Bristol-based organisation promoting street play. Playing Out supports residents to organise temporary street…
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GCCC Launches New Planning Application

I have received the below press release from the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club relating to their new planning application for the Nevil Road based club. It is important the local community get to have their…
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Bristol Green Doors in Association with Sustainable Bishopston

Bristol Green Doors in Association with Sustainable Bishopston welcome you to attend a community event: 'Tackling the Terrace: Multi-property solid wall insulation.' The event takes place on Thursday 8th March 2012 at Bubalu, 79-81 Gloucester…
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Planning our future - The Localism Act and neighbourhood planning

Planning our future - The Localism Act and neighbourhood planning Saturday 24th March 2012, 9.30am to 4.30pm Armada House, Telephone Avenue, Bristol BS1 4BQ Free but booking is required The Localism Act is intended to…
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Gloucester Road Traders Plan International Flag Display

The Gloucester Road Traders Association have asked me to spread the word that they are planning a display of international flags along Gloucester Road in Bishopston and Horfield (below Filton Avenue) to take place through…
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Its Official - Trees are good for your health and we can tell you!

Both Mars and Guinness famously had to withdraw their health claims for their products, but the record number who came to the Bristol Tree Forum last week (February 7th 2012) heard Bishopston resident, Marcus Grant…
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Bristol Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society Celebrate their 50th anniversary

Bristol Gilbert & Sullivan Operatic Society in their 50th anniversary performance of 'Iolanthe'. In this very special Jubilee season at BGSOS, they are delighted to launch their 50th annual production with the winning combination of…
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Charity Art Auction

St Andrews resident Lizzie Coles founded the charity NEMO after her god-daughter was diagnosed with the rare but devastating genetic disorder known as Incontinentia Pigmenti (IP) throughout the UK and internationally. Lizzie has organised several…
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Proposed Sainsbury's at the Memorial Ground - Visit our Public Exhibition

Click here to download the full document (pdf) Sainsbury's is proposing to build a store, commercial space and homes at the Memorial Stadium as part of an agreement that would provide funding for significant investment…
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St Peter's Hospice Launches Annual Midnight Walk

Women from across Greater Bristol are being urged to 'Love Your Hospice' by enrolling on a fun, night time walk around the city. Called the St Peter's Hospice Midnight Walk the event is being organised…
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Neighbourhood Forum Meetings

The next Neighbourhood Forum meetings in Bishopston, Cotham and Redland are open to all residents, groups and people who live, work or use schools in the area, the Forum meetings are your opportunity to raise…
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Raising Funds for East African Playgrounds

I was recently contacted by local resident Megan Thomas who is raising funds for the charity East African Playgrounds, she asked if I would post the following appeal... Dear Neighbours, I was first introduced to…
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News from the Gloucester Road Traders Association

Gloucester Road is famous for the huge variety of shops and businesses on this unique mile of high street between Cheltenham Road and Filton Avenue. There are probably about 250 independent businesses trading there and…
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Lockleaze & Horfield Community Football Club Now Recruiting!

The Lockleaze and Horfield Community Football Club will be playing in The Bristol Suburban League in September 2012. Their current team are in their final season in the Avon Youth League at U16s level. The…
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Your Help Requested to Secure New Bus Link

A Bishopston resident recently contacted me with news that she had started a petition to try and get First buses to run a direct bus between Gloucester Road, The Triangle and Clifton Village. If you…
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Kill Yourself Laughing this February with Natural Causes!

Bristol theatre group The Kelvin Players are excited to present one of the later plays from one of Britain's most well-loved and successful tv sitcom writer's and playwright Eric Chappell. Originally performed in 1984 with…
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Jenny Starts as New Community Safety Officer for North Bristol

Jenny Dean is the new Safer Bristol community safety officer working in north Bristol, with colleague Cheryl Cole, alongside police and council officers to improve the safety and quality of the environment for local people. Jenny will…
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A Play in a Day!

Horfield Quakers Children's Group invites you to take part in A Play in a Day. A drama event for 7 to 14 year olds that will take place on Saturday 28 January 2012, 10 to…
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MS Firewalking Challenge

Can you stand the heat? Then join the MS Society fire walk and help raise funds for our local people affected by multiple sclerosis by walking 20ft over 1,200 degree Fahrenheit glowing embers at Cabot…
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Planning Proposal for 233 Gloucester Road

I was recently contacted by a local resident concerned about an updated planning application for 233 Gloucester Road 11/02989/P. This application is for 4 two bedroom flats on two storeys on a small backland site…
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Bishopston Author offers books at special price for Bishopston Matters!

Bishopston-based publishing company, Bristol Folk Publications is exclusively offering "Bishopston Matters" readers its books at exclusive special low prices for a strictly limited time. "Bristol Folk" (RRP £18.99), "The Saydisc & Village Thing Discography" (RRP…
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Bristol Snow Clearing Advice

With snow forecast if only for a light shower, the council is highlighting its snow plan - designed to help the city function with as little disruption as possible if heavy snow is forecast. The…
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A Horsey Nativity!

Come and enjoy the festive fun of the Avon Riding Centre's Nativity and Carol Service. The much look forward to event takes place on Thursday 8th December, 6.30pm at Avon Riding Centre, Kings Weston Road…
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Celebrate the works of Shakespeare with drama, song and food

As Hollywood brings the question of Shakespearean authorship into the mainstream conscious with Roland Emmerich's film Anonymous, now is the time for Bristol to honour the playwright with a series of sketches and songs which…
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£1,000 prize for artists to illustrate Bristol's Green Capital bid

An open call with a 1,000 pound prize has gone out to artists, photographers, film-makers and even musicians to submit their ideas for showing Bristol as a green capital. The Bristol Green Capital Partnership wants…
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FREE 8 week course for parents!

The small, friendly group will look at practical ideas to help children to be happy and healthy and covers topics such as communicating feelings, developing self-esteem, and encouraging activity. Morning courses Monday’s, 9.30am to 11.30am.…
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Have yourself a handcrafted Christmas at Bishop Road Primary School

Bishopston Christmas Market, December 1st 2011, 7pm to 10pm & Bishop Road Christmas Fair, December 10th 2011, 2pm to 4.30pm. There are two important Christmas events you should enshrine in the diary each year: the…
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A Fantastic 10th North Bristol Art's Trail

A favourite weekend in many people's calendar is the North Bristol Art's Trail that takes place over the last weekend in November. The trail that was started 10 years ago by just a few local…
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Ten things you didn't know about North Bristol Artists!

This year is our tenth anniversary! It seems like only yesterday that a handful of artists opened their homes in St Andrews for the first time. There are 110 artists displaying their work at various…
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Bursting at the seams!

Kelvin Players Theatre Company, Bishopston's own drama company is rapidly running out of room. The non-professional company, which produces at least five quality dramatic productions each year at its own studio theatre on Gloucester Road,…
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Supporting women in Bristol - 25 years landmark for Womankind a local charity

On 25th November Womankind, Bristol Women's Therapy Centre will celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The charity was set up in 1986 and since that time has helped hundreds of women in Bristol to improve their mental…
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Community Ceilidh

Another fantastic Ceilidh at St Bart's church hall in St Andrews took place last Friday. I had the pleasure of attending this delightful community event. The evening was organised by local Friends of St Andrews…
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The British Red Cross 50s Pop Up Swap Shop!

The Bristol Red Cross 50s Pop Up Swap Shop come to Bristol! Vintage clothes, 50s makeovers and a knicker-making workshop are just some of the exciting treats on offer at a Pop Up Swap Shop…
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Henleaze Library Event

Booze for Free - Andy Hamilton talk and tasting The Friends of Henleaze Library and Bristol Libraries invite you to join Andy Hamilton, local wild food expert and brewing aficionado, for a mouthwatering talk, tasting…
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Team Play! Free 8 week course for local parents

TeamPlay is free courses for parents, organised as part of a research project run by the University of Bristol. The sessions will run over 8 weeks and are designed to reduce stress and enable you…
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Bishopston Forum Review by Clive Stevens

Chair Clive Stevens kindly shares with us his notes taken from the recent Bishopston Forum on Thursday 29th Sept 2011. The key priorities for the area: Lower vehicle speeds. The results of 20 mph trials…
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Bristol leads the way in supporting street play

Bristol City Council has become the first in the country to introduce a new, easier way of arranging temporary road closures, in a bid to encourage more children to play outside their homes. By introducing…
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Vincent in Bristol one starry, starry night this October

The mysterious early life of artist Vincent van Gogh is the subject of the latest play from multi award-winning Bristol theatre group, the Kelvin Players. Premiered at the National Theatre in 2002, ‘Vincent in Brixton’…
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Gloucester Road Task Force - Toilet Trouble!

Our Gloucester Road Surveys show that many people feel we should have more than one public toilet along the "longest shopping street in Europe" but many like me will not have realised that Local Authorities…
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Unputdownable: Bristol's First Ever Literature Festival

The programme for Bristol's first ever literature festival which begins next month has now been launched. The festival, 'Unputdownable', which will run from the October 14-23, will feature homegrown writing talent, as well as visiting…
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Sunshine & Showers at the 2011 Party in the Park!

The popular community event Party in the Park took place last Saturday 17th September at the Golden Hill Sports Ground. The event, now in its fifth year was a great day out for all the…
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Filton Avenue Infant School is outstanding for all

Filton Avenue Infant School is an outstanding school where children of all abilities reach or exceed national expectations in reading, writing and mathematics. That is the finding of Ofsted inspectors, in their most recent report…
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Bristol Independents Day & the Gloucester Road

Try something local, from somewhere local on Bristol Independents Day! On the 17th September 2011, the Bristol Independents campaign will launch a pilot project highlighting 8 of Bristol's local shopping areas on recipe postcards featuring…
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Fabulous First 4 months for Filton Matters!

For those of you who don't already know we have been delighted to welcome Becky Hodson to the Matters Magazines family. Becky is now working on her fifth edition of the popular community magazine Filton…
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Let's Not be Bound by Chains!

Bishopston resident Richard Leonard is leading 'The Let's Not be Bound by Chains' campaign and has kindly supplied the below article. 'The Let's Not be Bound by Chains' campaign was triggered by the news that…
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The Natural Health Clinic - 30 Year Anniversary Re-Launch

The Natural Health Clinic on Cotham Hill is the UK's first Multi-Disciplinary Complementary and Alternative Therapy Clinic and is celebrating 30 Years or success on 24thSeptember 2011. The clinic has always been a ‘not for…
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Can you help a NEW local Toddler Group?

The new Ardagh Toddler Group is launching on September 5th 2011 thanks to the Friends of Horfield Common (FOHC) and Ardagh Sports Club. This group has been set up in response to a lack of…
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Celebrating Age Festival 2011

This year's Celebrating Age Festival is taking the theme 'Coming Together' - exploring what different generations have in common and ways people can live together without perceived barriers of age getting in the way. Organised…
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Crowds Brave Rain to Raise Money for Human Rights

The 29th Amnesty International Garden Party at Goldney Hall in Clifton recently took place. Despite forcasts of heavy rain, over 600 people attended the event, which celebrated Amnesty international's 50th Birthday. Performances from Feral Beryl,…
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Red Tape Cut to Encourage Playing Out!

A campaign to enable more children and young people to play out safely on residential streets is being backed by the city council. The green light has been given for more frequent road closures for…
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NEW healthy start for FAMILIES this Autumn

Let us take the effort out of being healthy! A choice of healthy lifestyle programmes are coming your way this September. The MEND and Family, Food & Fun programmes are FREE and at a venue…
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Gorillas on the Gloucester Road!

The placement of 61 life size gorilla models across Bristol has been well publicised in recent weeks. The arrival of the decorative Wow! Gorillas are part of Bristol Zoo's 175th Anniversary celebrations! You can take part…
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A Royal Visit for a Gloucester Road Trader!

I was recently contacted by local trader Peter Gurgul of Timeout Travel Ltd based at 196 Gloucester Road. He would like to share his experiences of a trip to Buckingham Palace with the good residents…
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Please Donate Your Old Furniture

Moving house is often the time when you need to get rid of some furniture and now people in the Bishopston area can help other local people with incurable illnesses by donating their unwanted items…
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Jump to it in Bristol & Raise Funds for the MS Society

On the 8 & 9th of October 2011 there will be an opportunity to take part in a Bungee jump whilst raising funds for the MS Society. The 160ft jump will take place over Bristol’s…
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A plea from the Gloucester Road Traders Association

At an open meeting of the Gloucester Road Traders Association on July 6th 2011 there was a discussion about the latest proposal for yet another high street chain to move onto the Gloucester Road. Traders…
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St Werburghs City Farm benefit from the recent Give & Gain Day

Wholesale HR and Commercial Products's Bristol teams went down to St Werburghs City Farm, a green oasis for all the city, in the eco part of town as part of Business in the Community’s Give…
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Park Arts11 - A Triumph!

I am delighted to report that the recent ParkArts11 held in St Andrews Park was a fantastic success. We were blessed with gorgeous weather and hundreds attended to experience the wonderful live music, visual arts,…
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Summer Reading 'Circus Stars' with your local Library

Children and young people in Bristol are invited to become 'Circus Stars' this summer as part of a national reading campaign to encourage a love of books and to promote the joy of reading for…
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School's Out(side) for Summer!

Well known local sports coaching company Shine Sports Coaching are holding a series of summer courses at Golden Hill Sports & Social Club over the school holidays. Children, aged between 5 - 13, can chose…
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Park Arts11 Programme of Events

I am busy completing items for the MS Charity Craft & Food Stall that I will be running at Sunday's event. There are lots of other last minute preparations being made by the dedicated Park Arts11…
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Gurt Lush Choir's Summer Concert

The Gurt Lush Choir return to St Mary Redcliffe Church for their Summer Concerton Saturday 6th July at 7.30pm. Tickets are now on sale from the Choir website, and from Providence Music, Bristol. Following a…
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'More Art' Installation Project in St Andrews Park

As part of the forthcoming 'ParkArts11' festival on July 10th, The Friends of St Andrews Park have commissioned three Bristol-based artists to create individual site specific installations that will be located in St Andrews Park…
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Multi Sports Fun Day For Boys & Girls

Shine Sports Coaching are offering a fun-filled day of sporting activities on Thursday 30th June in the safe and pleasant surroundings of Golden Hill Sports & Social Club in Henleaze. The multi-sports programme will offer…
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The Summer Hero Academy

Sign up for a holiday club for 5-11 year olds (those just finished reception year through to those just finished year 6). It will include three action packed mornings of heroic games, craft and activities.…
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New Writers the Order of the Day at Kelvin Players this Summer

Two new one act plays by local writers is the exciting premise of the latest production from Bishopston based Kelvin Players this summer. 'Chicken Shed Reunited' by Craig Malpass and ‘TV Times’ by Chris Adams…
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Top marks for Bishop Road Primary School

Bishop Road Primary School has received the highest grading possible from government inspectors, Ofsted, in their report published today. Awarding the 720-pupil north Bristol school an overall 'outstanding' judgement, during their visit last month, inspectors…
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Goldney Garden Party Celebrates Amnesty International's 50th Birthday!

On Sunday August 7th, Bristol Amnesty International will be hosting it's popular annual garden party at Goldney Hall in Clifton. 2011 sees not only 29 years of the local Amnesty group’s garden parties at Goldney…
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Bristol Youth Theatre Welcoming New Members Now!

The Bristol Youth Theatre Studio (established over 50 years ago) is looking for new members to join their successful group. There are spaces available in both the junior and senior groups. The junior class meets…
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BBC Radio visits Matters Magazines

The popularity of the local Matters Magazines and the 2 community websites, www.bradleystokematters.co.uk and www.bishopstonmatters.co.uk seems to be spreading fast! Hot on the heels of Points West presenter, Chris Vacher, who interviewed Jaci and Alison…
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Bristol's First 'Department Store' Style Charity Shop Opens on the Gloucester Road

Bristol's first 'department store' style charity shop has opened its doors with circus performers marking the occasion. The St. Peter's Hospice shop on Gloucester Road is being billed as the city’s first mini ‘department store’…
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NEMO charity organising Community Carnival

Local resident Lizze has recently established the charity NEMO. The charity works with the families and suffers of the rare genetic disorder Incontinentia Pigmenti (IP) throughout the UK and internationally. Our aim is to promote…
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Icing on the Cake - Successful Charity Cake Break!

My first charity fundraiser took place at the Horfield Baptist Church on Saturday 21st May 2011. The Cake Break was in aid of the Bristol MS Society (my dad suffers with this illness).  I was…
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Please Join Me in a Scrumptious Cake Break to Help Raise Funds For MS

This month I hope you don't mind me using my role as editor of Bishopston Matters to share with you part of my family life, in particular relating to my father and his ongoing battle…
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Horfield Organic Community Orchard to host Summer Orchard Open Day

Horfield Organic Community Orchard are delighted to host a Summer Orchard Open Day as part of Bristol's first ever community food trail. 'Get Growing Open Garden Day' is being organised by Bristol Food Network (for…
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The Downs' 150th anniversary celebration picnic

Everyone in the city is invited to join in celebrations marking The Downs' 150th anniversary on Sunday 22nd May 2011. A special Victorian-themed picnic event has been organised by the city council, The Downs Committee…
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Parks Arts 11 - Call for Stall Holders

Parkarts is a biennial one day arts festival celebrating the visual arts and culture of Bristol, taking place on the 10th July in the ever popular St Andrews Park (near the Gloucester Road, BS6) and…
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MakeyourhomeEco - Free Taster session for home energy saving course

Residents in an around Bishopston and Redland are being invited to sign up now for a free taster workshop session on May 9th, which promises to get them started on cutting energy bills, saving money…
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Bishopston Matters goes to the Movies!

Last night I had the exciting experience of attending my first film premiere and the opportunity to interview a British film star! The launch of ELIMINATE: Archie Cookson took place at the Cinema Deluxe in…
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Jack is back in town

If you have ever met Bristol's Jack in the Green, you are likely to remember him. At nine feet tall, with burgeoning foliage and dancing to the beat of drums, he weaves his way through…
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Tennis club is back in the black

Twelve years after taking on a £25,000 loan to develop its clubhouse and courts, St Andrews-based Bristol Central Tennis Club has made the final repayment to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). Members past and present…
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Gloucester Road Cafe Tart Holds Auction For Bust Charity

In March, Jennie and Ellen Bashforth, owners of Gloucester Road based, Tart Cafe and Foodstore, presented Simon Cawthorn, breast care surgeon from Frenchay Hospital, with a cheque for £1500. The money was raised back in…
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Park Arts11 - Be a part out it!

On Thursday 24th March the first meeting to discuss the summer event Park Arts11 took place. The evening was well attended by enthusiastic people full of ideas for what already promises to be a great,…
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Brand New Buildings Opened at Ashley Down Primary School

Ashley Down Primary School celebrated the opening of its brand new buildings on the Brunel Field on Tuesday 22nd March. Children and families joined Leader of Bristol City Council, Councillor Barbara Janke, as she cut…
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Relax, you're pregnant. Enjoy the journey

When you discover you're pregnant, it's only natural that you will feel some uncertainty or anxiety about what lies ahead. That's why Relaxed Birth and Parenting is here to help. Our antenatal classes are designed…
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The race is on. Can you help?

Local St Andrews resident Claire Bush has been offered a place in the London Marathon. When I met with her recently she explained she has run three half marathons in the past three years so…
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Bristol Green Doors Launches 2011 Programme

Bristol Green Doors, the innovative scheme launched last year to encourage people to make their homes more energy efficient, has announced a series of new events for 2011, starting with an Insulation Celebration on Sunday…
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The Ardagh Spruce-Up! 2011

The Friends of Horfield Common are appealing to you to join them and the Ardagh Bowling and Sports Club for - The Ardagh Spruce-Up! 2011! It will take place on Sunday 20th March 2011 from…
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Big Brew - a Big Success!

Fairtrade Fortnight got off with a flying start at the Kings's Tennis Club in Bishopston on 28th February. Sustainable Bishopston's 'Big Brew' attracted over 50 people who enjoyed a cuppa, a cake and a chat,…
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Local Resident Launches NEMO Charity on the Gloucester Road

On Saturday 12th February, newly established charity NEMO launched their art exhibition on the Gloucester Road, to raise awareness of a rare but devastating genetic disorder known as Incontinentia Pigmenti (IP) throughout the UK and…
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Family Fun Day to be opened by Kid's TV presenter!

Horfield Baptist Church are excited to announce that children's television presenter Naomi Wilkinson will launch their Fun Day on Saturday 19th March at Horfield Baptist Church on the Gloucester Road. Known to millions of children…
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Carols in the Park raises excellent amount for charity

St Andrews Park was magical as it boasted it's beautiful white coat of snow. We wondered "would anyone venture out on an evening like this?" To our great delight a huge crowd of all ages…
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The Gurt Lush Choir comes to St Werburghs!

Fresh from a sell-out concert at St Mary Redcliffe Church, the Gurt Lush Choir just don't stop! The latest addition to the Gurt Lush family will be the St Werburgh Voices, who will be learning…
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Pianist needed at St Bartholomews Church Choir

St Bartholomew's Church choir is seeking a pianist to play for its fortnightly choir practices, held on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8pm. The first part of the session is a joint practice of junior…
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New book published by local History Society

The Research Group of Bishopston, Horfield & Ashley Down Local History Society, have published their latest book Bishopston - The Early Years by Denis Wright and John Hyde.  For years Bishopston residents and Horfield residents…
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Green Flag Status at St Andrews Park?

Our favourite local park has started the process of applying for Green Flag Status. Bristol City Council with the assistance of the Friends of St Andrews Park are working towards this award that will recognise…
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Community Grants available but not for long!

The Bishopston, Cotham and Redland Neighbourhood Partnership have money available that could benefit your community groups and organisations - but you need to hurry, the deadline to apply for a grant is February 18th 2011.…
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Chance to win two places on local Football course for kids!

Shine Sports Coaching are working in partnership with Golden Hill Sports charity to provide children from the local community with a three day football coaching course that will focus on 'learning through fun in a…
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New Noticeboards at St Andrews Park!

New Noticeboards in St Andrews ParkJanuary marked the arrival of the first two informative notice boards and the excellent finger post in St Andrews Park. Friend of St Andrews Park Martin Weitz (pictured right) with…
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Friends of Horfield Common Proud to be YIMBY's!

This isn't NIMBY-ism; this is "YIMBY-ISM" - "Yes! In My Back Yard" - access to green and open spaces which can be enjoyed by all members of the local and wider community. An application to…
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A successful Wassail at the Horfield Organic Community Orchard

Image courtesy of Jamie CarstairsHorfield Organic Community Orchard was well Wassailed by over 130 local people, on Saturday 15th January. "We were delighted to offer delicious mulled juice pressed from our own apples. This is…
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Welcome To Our New Space

It was lovely to be invited to view the new hugely improved community space at Horfield Baptist Church. I had a guided tour by ministers Rachel Haig and Tim Parkman. Both were delighted with the…
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Enjoying the Fruits of our Labour!

A few months ago I was contacted by Ian Baker of Sustainable Bishopston with an article encouraging people not to waste the fruits found on many trees situated in the gardens of our local area.…
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Ashley Down Infants achieve reading Gold Standard

It was fantastic to hear from acting head Susie Weaver that Ashley Down Infants were one of six Bristol schools to be awarded reading 'gold standard' in the recently published, European Centre for Reading Recovery's…
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Power to the people: Why Bristol Council made a U-turn in St Andrews Park

Never before has an issue in St Andrews Park generated so much anger - and that includes the short-lived proposal to put dogs on leads! This time Bristol Council tried to attack some of the…
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Community comes together to Show Strength of Feeling

The Friends of Horfield Common have led a powerful campaign with fellow local groups to try and prevent the sale of the Wellington Hill Playing Field (WHPF) and potential loss of the bowling green and…
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