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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 [email protected] 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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£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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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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