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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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