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h&cca Massage Parlour Campaign Success
The owners of ‘Va Va Voom’ that opened up in Hotwell Road in November last year, have finally been told to go, following their unsuccessful appeal against the Council’s decision to refuse retrospective planning permission for the business. About a dozen residents attended the public hearing in the Council House on July 5th to give their support to the Council’s fight and a number were given the opportunity by the inspector to speak. Jim Brown from Ambrose Road presented the main arguments for local people, which included noise and disturbance caused by 24 hour opening, the loss of a retail site and the appearance of the premises which has lost the former shop window and acquired a bright neon sign. As well as holding a demonstration in December, more than 30 people had written letters objecting to the massage parlour. The Inspector referred to this local opposition specifically in his report so it seems clear that all the local pressure made an important contribution to the final outcome. Congratulations to all concerned! The owners of ‘Va Va Voom’ now have 90 days to comply with the decision to close the business. If they fail to do so by October 15th then they can be prosecuted through the courts. This case highlights the plight of local retail business. A vigorous retail and leisure environment in Hotwell Road seems the best defence against this kind of unwanted intrusion. All ideas on how we might encourage this are welcome. With a growing affluent population, it shouldn’t be difficult to sustain some decent shops, should it? Ray Smith Accident blights Granby Green site
Work on the new Edward Ware Homes site on Granby Green got off to a bad start in July when an excavator slipped off the side of a low loader while being delivered to the site on Granby Hill. As well as damaging a road sign, demolishing part of a retaining wall and blocking the road for most of the day, traffic had to be diverted on the busy Hotwell Road while heavy lifting gear was brought in. Residents, now beginning to feel the impact of the closure of through traffic on Granby Hill for at least 18 months seemed mainly stoical in the face of this latest disruption.
Published by Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association, Hope Chapel, Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4ND


In this edition: Community News 2 Recycling feature 3 Community Forum 4 Meet Your Neighbour 5 Events & Activities 6 Transport 7 Contacts 8



Community News
New Administrator
We now have a paid administrator to help the CA with some of the projects that we are due to deliver this year. Her name is Camilla Kesterton and she lives locally in Clifton Vale. Camilla will be working from the office in Hope Chapel, mainly on Wednesdays and Thursdays. (see back page for contact details)

Land at Cliftonwood Terrace
The Council are proposing to offer the upper portion of their site below Cliftonwood Terrace site on the open market on the basis of a 999 year lease, subject to a covenant restricting the use to open space purposes. The adjoining site, currently used as an Esso petrol filling station, will not be marketed at this stage. The property will be advertised, inviting bids for the site, by a specified date – probably not before November. The Council cannot give us any indication as to price but ask us to bear in mind that they are not obliged to accept the highest, nor indeed any, bid received. For more information contact Emma Peddie (see back page )

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Pool closure threatened

Argyle Place Park
A Prize Draw is being organized by the Argyle Place Park Fundraising group to raise money for new play equipment. Prizes include a free interior design service, a portrait photography session, personalised stationery, Bristol Zoo tickets, a meal for two at The Lion pub, wine boxes, and various cash prizes. The draw will be held at the Hope Chapel Market on Saturday 17th December. To buy tickets contact Kate Strange on 927 6973.

Pub Licensing Hours

There is a lot of confusion about how the new licensing laws will operate and in particular, disquiet concerning the application by The Pump House to extend their opening hours to 1 am on weekdays and 12 on Sundays. Many people, especially in Rownham Mead, think it is too close to a residential area. We hope to carry out a survey of all the pubs in the area to find out their intentions later in the year but meanwhile, If you want to comment on any application you should e-mail: ' uk'

The ageing portfolio of nineteenth century swimming facilities in Bristol needed to be rationalised. However, there was a firm understanding in the Council’s own Swimming Strategy report that a Central area pool would be created, or failing that the site of Bristol South pool would be refurbished as the best alternative candidate within a kilometre of the City Centre. Now the Council has reneged on that undertaking and we face the closure of our nearest neighbourhood pool. It is saddening that a great City such as ours has such poor swimming provision in the central area; the natural transport and leisure hub and that decision-makers seem blind to this obvious anomaly. If you feel strongly about this there is an e-petition you can sign at epetition.html. The full council meets to discuss this proposal on Sept. 29th

Sue Stops writes..
“Hotwells is feeling the loss of the Post Office in many ways. It had become, with Brenda’s the greengrocer, the meeting place for many local people. This social side of Hotwells has almost disappeared and local people are being forced into cars to go to do their shopping elsewhere. It is a sad reflection on society today and on planning”.

Danger on the Portway

August was a very wet month, with the south west receiving 50% more rain than the average, and less sunshine than usual. However, that didn’t stop the wildlife in Cliftonwood and Hotwells from making an appearance! A Hobby was spotted flying over Cliftonwood Terrace – this quite rare swift-like falcon has a penchant for swallows, swifts and house martins. Flying things have been much in abundance, with Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, and Orange Tip butterflies all spotted. A male Broad Bodied Chaser dragonfly rested a while in our garden, providing an excellent photo opportunity. These beautiful insects are eight centimetres long with a broad bright blue back (brown/yellow in females). Usually they are found near still water, so he must have been lost! If you see any interesting wildlife out and about, please email Markas

Following representations to the Council by the CA, things have improved slightly on the Hotwell Road where work is being undertaken by Wessex Water. Poor old Plimsoll is still entombed in the middle of the work and no decision has yet been made about re-siting.


Think it through before you throw it out
On June 27th, there was an important change to waste collections for houses in Bristol – refuse and recycling is now collected on the same day. The aim is to give you just one day to remember for putting out all your refuse. Make sure that it is put out somewhere clearly visible at the front of your property. The Council has also changed the total amount of rubbish that will be collected from each house. You are allowed only one wheeled bin (or equivalent), plus your black recycling box(es) and any extra, untied carrier bags of recycling, from each household. There are some very good reasons for these changes. Every day, Bristol residents throw away over 500 tonnes of rubbish. A special train is used to transport this to landfill sites. This is wasteful, expensive, and bad for the environment and people’s health. We are running out of space for landfill sites, and the gases they produce are a cause of climate change. It is also costing us more and more money – the more we throw away, the more Council Tax we will have to pay because of government charges and fines. Most of what we are throwing away could be re-used or made into something new. The changes to the service have been introduced to encourage residents to produce less rubbish and to recycle more. If you live in a house (or a flat with space at the front to put out recycling) and don’t have a black recycling box, call 922 3838 or email to get one delivered for free. Please also call if you’re not sure of your new collection day, or need extra boxes. If you live in a block of flats and don’t have space to put out a black box, then you may be able to have communal recycling bins installed. Please contact the Council on the number above. You can find everything you need to know about recycling, including a comprehensive AZ guide for recycling a wide range of materials at, or you can call the helpline on 922 3838, or email
Danny Chivers, Environmental Campaigns Co-ordinator, Bristol City Council


New dental surgery in Hotwells

The Natural Smile is due to open at the site of what was Brenda’s Fruit and Veg. Shop; it is hoped before Christmas, following the completion of refurbishment of the building. Initially there will be one dentist Dr Nicola Bone, and a hygienist, with room for expansion to two fully operating surgeries soon after. Nicola has had 14 years experience in dental practice, both here and in Australia and is accomplished in a wide range of dental treatment from basic dental care and prevention to a full range of more complex restorative and cosmetic work. The practice will be private, with a very modern feel. It will be built with strong ethical and environmental principals in mind A waiting list is available at the premises and information will soon be available on the website

Frequently recycled questions
What can I put into my black recycling box? – Paper, newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, junk mail, rinsed glass bottles and jars, kitchen foil, metal takeaway containers, rinsed metal food and drink cans, aerosol cans, engine oil (in a sealed container), batteries (in a labelled bag), spectacles, clothes and shoes (in a plastic bag to keep dry), car batteries (place next to box on a dry day). Can I get any extra help to reduce or store my rubbish? – Yes, you can arrange a visit from a Waste Doctor, who can visit your house and give you advice on how to reduce your rubbish. If you live in a very large household, you may be eligible for a larger wheeled bin. If you have physical difficulty in moving your wheeled bin and / or black box out to the kerbside, the Council can make extra arrangements for you. If you have a garden, then discount compost bins, for kitchen and garden waste, are available for £17 (including delivery). Free lids for black boxes are also available. For any of the above, please call the helpline (922 3838). What about furniture and large items? - The Sofa Project (954 3567) will collect re-usable or repairable items if they are suitable for resale. Alternatively, try Emmaus (954 0886 – they also sell second hand goods to the public), Sue Ryder (924 4910), the Missing Persons Charity (944 4648), SPACE (955 5755), or the Kingswood Project (961 6226). If it is not suitable for re-use, call the City Council on 922 3838 to arrange a disposal collection (they will take up to three items, there is a £15 charge except for people on benefits).

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Community Forum - How to support your
community (even if you haven’t got the time!)
Hotwells & Cliftonwood has an enviable reputation for being a friendly and caring community but, like people in any urban neighbourhood we can each probably think of a dozen things, small or large, that could be done to improve the quality of life for everyone living here. Your Community Association has worked for many years to represent the interests of local people to the City Council and other agencies but the area is changing rapidly with much new housing, new people and new challenges. Some residents may feel they have no way of expressing their views on local problems and annoyances. Some may feel they are not being adequately consulted by the CA or the City Council about changes that affect them. Some newcomers may be unaware of the excellent work that is already going on through organisations like Community Links to try and resolve problems in our area. To try and improve this, the CA is setting up a new body Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Forum. We believe that a new, active and more representative body will help us to strengthen our arguments for more resources for our neighbourhood.

Losses and gains in Hotwells
Left—the closure of the post office Right—new paving in Dowry Parade How will Community Forum operate? There will be three or four meetings a year, each with a major topic of local There is no substitute for a faceinterest (for example: traffic, pollution, open spaces). Wherever possible, we to-face debate and we would like will aim to invite officers from the Council or other professionals to contribto encourage as many people as ute to the debate. Meetings may also be convened at short notice in repossible to participate in this way. However, we recognise many of sponse to a topic of widespread concern. The aim will be to reach agreeyou are too busy to attend regument on a local policy which will then become the responsibility of the CA lar meetings so Community Fomanagement committee to progress. In other words, the Community Forum rum will also operate as an elecwill not be just a ‘talking shop’ but part of the machinery of local democracy. tronic network with its own bulleThe next step tin board and e-mail group. Proposals will be sent to all members The CA management committee needs to agree terms of reference for prior to discussion. Comments Community Forum, set up the supporting structures and set a time and from all sources will be circulated topic for an inaugral and made available to members Who can be a member? meeting. For the at the meetings. This will be open to representatives of any local organisation or time being we are individuals representing local people in some way. Eg: Residents or inviting any organisations operating in Hotwells & Tenants Associations, Street representatives, Schools, Churches, Cliftonwood to nominate a contact. If you are inTraders, Health professionals, Local clubs or Political parties. terested but haven’t heard from us, please ring or We are not aiming to exclude anyone with a particular skill that might benefit the Forum. The aim of inviting representatives from e-mail for a questionnaire so you can be regislocal organisations is a practical one of creating an efficient nettered as a member of the Community Forum. Communication
work but keep running costs low.


Maggie Flanagan
Maggie lives in Cliftonwood where she brought up her son Will who now lives in Canada. When I interviewed her she was shortly going to join him on a canoeing holiday on the Great Lakes. This will seem quite tame in contrast to her VSO work in West Bengal, India. Maggie trained as a teacher and retired at 60 after her last job which had been fifteen years at Hengrove Primary school. Retirement didn’t mean sitting back and relaxing as she continued as a volunteer both at Hotwells Primary and Brandon Hill schools. This didn’t pose enough challenge however so she took up a two year VSO placement in rural West Bengal, from 2002, working for projects to improve the lives of the mostly low caste community. This included an education programme set up to provide training for teachers for ten pre-primary centres for village children. Each centre had an average of forty children aged 3-6 years, with two teachers and an assistant. The children attended for three hours a day from 6.30am to avoid the heat. VSO had been asked to send a teacher trainer (Maggie) to work with the teachers, encouraging them to introduce a child centred way of working, eg. to use low cost materials to make teaching aids and resources and aim to raise the attendance at the schools especially amongst girls. Maggie had found the teachers working with the children on forming letters only, in formal classroom style, so she encouraged seating in circles rather than straight lines and praise for achievement, introducing simple creative work using natural materials found around them in the village. Not surprisingly attendance figures went up. Maggie herself wore local costume, lived in a brick building which was a NGO campus, so had her own ( not very private) room and could cook for herself. She did get fed up with the constant rice diet and lost 2 stone in weight but otherwise enjoyed the variety of tropical fruit. There were excavated ponds which were used as fish farms as well as the local baths, for people and cows! Mosquitoes were an all year round risk of malaria and her electric fan was unreliable in humid temperatures of 40 degrees. Phones and electricity were erratic so Maggie would visit Calcutta once a month to phone or e-mail. Nevertheless Maggie wants to go back! She plans to go this autumn for three months and would appreciate donations from the Hotwells and Cliftonwood community to sustain the schools as they rely on charity. Currently they exist on small contributions from the children’s guardians, and the teachers never receive a regular monthly wage. (which is just £5 when they do get paid) It is mainly through their goodwill and dedication to their communities that the centres remain open. Maggie gives the following reasons for trying to ensure that these educational centres remain open: They give a positive experience to young children especially girls and low caste children, ensuring that they continue in education. This means the literacy and numeracy levels are raised. Their parents are able to work in the fields and gardens where they supplement their food and income with crops such as rice, vegetables, chickens and a cow. Village women are trained to be teachers giving them employment and status and the centres also provide a meeting place for the community. If you would like to help, send cheques to Maggie at 27 Ambrose Road, payable to the Bristol based ‘Youth Education Service’, Charity reg. No: 289848 which will act as a banker. Helen Smith



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Book Clubs
Hope Centre Club
This is a very flexible book club (one might say it has soft covers) and the only 'rule' is that we meet on the third Wednesday of every month in the Meeting Room at Hope Chapel at 8.00 pm. Titles to be read are selected by consensus at each meeting and we normally choose contemporary fiction but sometimes also revisit previous decades. We welcome new members; men or women. The current book is advertised on HCCA notice boards. Any further details if needed from Paul, tel: 926 4921.

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Sat OCT 15th 2-5pm Sat NOV 19th 2-5pm Sat DEC 17th 2-5pm
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Next year marks the bicentennial of Brunel’s birth and Bristol Cultural Development Partnership has a fund for promoting arts events in Bristol to mark the occasion. We now know that, thanks to Sue Stops, we have obtained some of this money for our own local celebrations. This will probably include an Art Exhibition at CREATE and a repeat of the popular ‘Art on the Railings’ event that was held a couple of years ago. Sue hopes we will round it off with a massive street party. Sounds great, so ideas or offers of help are welcome and watch out for more details nearer the date.


Cliftonwood Club
There's a new book group based in Clifton Wood - all are welcome. We meet on once a month on Fridays at 8:30pm in each others homes. We take our novels seriously but not ourselves. Currently we are reading "Housekeeping" by Marilynne Robinson. Contact Stephen Perry 0117 904 0287

Kick Off Youth Theatre
Since it started, 7 years ago, dozens of young people have enjoyed taking part in its informal weekly sessions. We don’t audition our members; all we ask is that they are enthusiastic about making theatre! The sessions combine drama games with skill-based exercises, script work with improvisation, and music with movement and dance. We stage at least one production per age group each year, when friends and family are invited to come and watch everything from contemporary plays or modern versions of Shakespeare, to devised pieces. Kick Off’s participants enjoy being able to create their own material; learning how to dramatise a script; and working towards a production for performance. Above all, they enjoy being able to relax and express themselves in a friendly and supportive environment. If you think you would enjoy these things, too, then come along Monday nights at the Hope Chapel, Hotwells from September 12th.

Fun games and activities at Hotwells and Neighbourhood Daycare Scheme
Open daily from 24 october to 1 November 2005 from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm at Hotwells Primary School. £16.00 per day
Tel:0117 926 8372 for more information or to book a place for your child

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This is a very simple idea. If you feel like enjoying a meal and a few drinks and meeting local people, just turn up at a restaurant at a prearranged time. The tables will be put together and you pay only for what you eat and drink. It’s called ‘Tables Together’ and if people like the idea it will happen at different local eateries, The first is booked for the new restaurant at the ‘Rose of Denmark’ at 7:30pm on October 28th. The menu is called ‘The Best of English’. Why not join us there? FFI: ring Mark or Marian on 9294646

Tables Together

Hotwells Primary School Christmas Fair
Come along to Hotwells Primary School, Albermarle Row, on Saturday 10th December from 2 to 4pm to buy all your Christmas gifts. Presents to suit all purses and ages – including stocking fillers, plants and bulbs, jewelry and crafts. Lots of fun activities to entertain the kids, too. And don’t forget to buy your Christmas tree here – on sale in the playground.



LRT is dead, long live BER!
Some of you may remember the little electric train that ran up and down the quay at Wapping Wharf between 1998 and 2000. This was the experimental Bristol Electric Railbus and now the Light Rail Transit scheme has priced itself out of existence the promoters of this more modest enterprise are hoping their hour has come. It is claimed BER will cost only £2.4 million to provide a 15 minute service between Wapping Wharf and Ashton on existing track with 6 stops and only £4 million for the full route to the City Centre. There is talk of hydrogen power in the proposal but none about market research. If it were there, would you use it? All comments welcome.

...and another form of transport re-appears in Clifton
Seeing the Rocks Railway opened for inspection on Transport Weekend in May for the first time was a revelation. The volunteers who have worked to make it safe and clean enough for public access have performed miracles and were rewarded with a terrific turnout. So much survives from its chequered history that it must surely be worth creating a small museum on the site to add to the visitor attractions around the suspension bridge, even if complete restoration proves impractical.
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These are current members of the CA management committee with their main areas of responsibility

Dennis Gornall (Secretary) 0117 930 0389 ( Youth Club Rachel McNally 0117 922 0724 ( Events Stella Bland 0117 9237576 ( Communications Emma Peddie 0117 9230343 ( School Liaison Camilla Kesterton 0117 9291883 ( Administration


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