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On Monday 12th December, Hotwells Primary School had a special visitor –
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales came to see the school’s organic
kitchen garden, which staff, children and parents have been developing dur-
ing the last year.

The Prince was shown around the

Published by Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association, Hope Chapel, Hope Chapel Hill, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4ND
Spring 2006
school by head teacher Jenny Tay-
lor. In the kitchen garden he met
Reception teacher Jeremy Leices-
ter, whose idea it was to convert
an underused corner of the play-
ground into food production. The
Prince also met several children -
Lula Ososki, Finley Wilks,
Frederica Bullough and Tom Dunn,
who explained their experiment
comparing onion grown with and
without cloches. Tom Krause, Fin-
bar Tillotson and Ella Torkildsen,
showed The Prince the beetroot
they were harvesting. The Prince Prince Charles talks to children at Hotwells School
also planted a cherry tree.
Other activities during the visit included observing Class 2 experiencing a vegetable
quiz run by the Duchy of Cornwall’s Garden for Life Project; hearing Class 5 explain
the importance of eating locally grown food and listening to GP parent Dr Catherine
Zollman teaching Class 6 pupils about health and nutrition. The Prince also made a
surprise visit to the kitchen where he met school chef Annette Morgan and tried his
hand at stirring the custard!
The Prince also joined in a tasting session, sampling green tomato chutney made from
vegetables grown in the garden. Daisy Dymond, from Class 2, presented the Prince
with a jar of the chutney, which was made using her grandmother’s recipe. Various
other gifts were presented during the visit, including a hand made ceramic sunflower
sign, a poem about the organic garden, the Reception children’s book about HRH
(which made him laugh a good deal!) and a copy of the school’s cookbook Truly
Scrumptious, produced by the PTA. This contains recipes from chefs Barny Haughton
and Mitchell Tonks, and others contributed by local food producers, parents and pu-
pils. The cookbook is being sold as a fundraiser – for a copy contact the school office

or The Clifton Bookshop or Fresh and Wild, cost £6.50.
Meanwhile work in the organic garden continues. All Hotwells pupils have practical
gardening sessions during the year and the
In this edition:
food we harvest is eaten, both in class
Community News - 2 room activities and sometimes in school
Open Spaces - 3 dinners. The school is currently in discus-
Community Forum - 4 sions with the LEA about upgrading the
Meet Your Neighbour - 5 kitchen so that they will be able to pre-
Events & Activities - 6 pare all meals from fresh, raw ingredients
SS Great Britain - 7 rather than having to use some pre-
Contacts - 8 prepared food products.
Emma Peddie 1
Community News
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION The bad news is that it seems likely that we
O117 9291883 will have more difficulty in meeting the Thanks to all those of you who spared the
new criteria for financial support so will
time to come to the Community Associa-
need to be prepared to move rapidly to-
NEW FACES! tion Annual General Meeting in Novem-
wards financial self-sufficiency in the worst
ber. Attendance at such events is often
case. Without a building base of our own,
If you are new to the area, seen as duty rather than a pleasure but it is
it is hard to see how we could ever gener-
we wish you a very warm encouraging that 60 people are prepared
ate enough revenue to maintain a paid
welcome from all at the Hot- to make the effort. We had an interesting
worker for example. You can help by join-
wells & Cliftonwood Com- discussion on local gardens and open
ing the 500 Club lottery. Ring or e-mail
munity Association. spaces, since these seem to be in the news
the office for an application form. If you al-
The H&CCA was founded in at the moment (see page 3 ) and the scene
ready subscribe; buy another for a friend!
1972, and is one of was set for this by a lively presentation by
the longest established and Mike Dilger a presenter on the BBC
Springwatch series of wildlife programmes.
Bristol South Pool
best-known community or-
Faruk Choudhury, Sandra Fryer and Andy Since possible closure of our nearest swim-
ganisations in the area. It is
Curtis were elected as new members of ming poll was mentioned in our last edition,
run on a voluntary basis,
the management committee (At the back there has been a growing campaign to defer
and is a registered charity
of Hotwells News you will find a complete any drastic action until a proper review of
and limited company. The
list). We lost the services of Stella Bland, all the alternatives has been carried out.
objectives of the H&CCA are
who is now working in London. We wish This has now been agreed by the cabinet
to improve the quality of life
her well and thank her for her work for and I, with about 50 others, attended an
for those that live and work
the Association. inaugural meeting of a ‘Friends of Bristol
in Hotwells and Cliftonwood
South Pool’ group at the Southville Centre
and for this we rely on the
in November. There seems to be a new
many local volunteers who Bulletin Board
determination to make it work and a new
are active in running our Trevor George has now created a message
various groups and projects. busy schedule of sessions, clubs and
board, associated with our website at
classes –partly due, I suspect to the closure
If you would like to find out
of Speedwell and Bristol North Pools.
more about the work of the forums/ . This is a more dynamic and en-
H&CCA, or would like to get tertaining way of keeping in touch with
local news and events than the newsgroup Plastics Recycling
involved, please do get in It may or may not have been a complete
touch. We would be really e-mail system. which we have been using.
Give it a try. Anyone can post a message coincidence but shortly after the appear-
delighted to hear from you. ance of the City’s Recycling Action team at
For further information, visit or comment on an existing topic. The
more people that view and contribute, the a community links meeting, a plastic bottle
our (soon to be updated!) re-cycling bin appeared in the group of con-
website at www. more useful (and fun!) it becomes.
tainers in the car park by the Rose of Den- mark. Apparently, there is a new special-
or contact our Administrator, Funding
ised vehicle which shreds the plastic as it is
Camilla Kesterton, at Hope We were delighted to learn that our an-
loaded to save space and make the whole
Chapel (see contact details nual grant from Bristol City Council will be
process more viable. Only plastic milk bot-
above) . extended until at least September this year
tles are acceptable. No lids, caps or marga-
We look forward to meeting while the regeneration team sorts out a
rine pots etc.
you! new strategy for allocating grants.
Ray Smith
Andy Curtis

Lockside Café has been With the destruction of Granby Green, birds have lost both winter shelter and a well-
awarded a plaque by the stocked larder. Please do what you can to help them survive the Winter and find nesting
Bristol Civic Society in rec- places. If you were contemplating pruning trees or bushes you might bear in mind that
ognition of their success in birds may be using that ‘untidy’ patch for roosting at night. Perhaps you could be less dras-
regenerating the space un- tic in your tidying, or even leave it for now –and think of planting more bushes and provid-
der the Flyover. Lockside ing nesting boxes. Some people don’t like ivy but it does little or no harm to trees and
has done much to transform gives good cover for birds, plus winter berries and can provide flowers for bees and other
the aspect of this area from insects right into the Winter. I wonder whether anyone living near Granby Green has
being neglected and vandal-
found any ‘refugees’. In September a large frog appeared in our wa-
ised to a desirable destina-
ter butt and we were pleased that it had escaped the massacre last
tion for eating and relaxing.
Spring when the breeding frogs were buried under piles of rubble.
Many congratulations for
I have several little native trees, mostly grown from seed including
their well-deserved achieve-
hazel, bay, holly and a horse chestnut. Ring me on 9291804 if you
2 can find a good home for them. Lynda Stahl
Open Spaces
Cliftonwood Terrace Green COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
As previously reported, the Council will be selling off this land below Cliftonwood O117 9291883
Terrace in the Spring of 2006.
The future of the site is still uncertain although we have been assured it will be sold subject
to a covenant restricting its use to open space purposes. The sale will be announced in the Works on the Portway
press in early February and bids will invited by a closing date of mid March. The Council say In case you were wondering
that they will be evaluating bids not only on an exclusively financial basis but also taking into why it all seems to have
account proposals for future use and gone very quiet at the Wes-
maintenance of the site. sex Water construction site,
The Council seems committed to resist- we are told that they ‘have
ing any building development on the site run into some difficulties
but, following a number of public meet- with the design of the tem-
ings last year, local people are united in porary works related to the
wanting to ensure it is retained with ground conditions’. Wessex
public access. Cliftonwood Terrace resi- hope this will be resolved
dents are therefore considering putting and construction will start in
in a bid with the full support of the March after the Council has
HCCA. Hopefully, this united approach approved the changes. As
will strengthen the case we can put to for poor old Samuel Plim-
the Council and give local people access soll, we have been in-
to and involvement in a much-needed formed - ‘following discus-
wild park /nature reserve which might The overgrown site below Cliftonwood Terrace sions with Bristol City Coun-
otherwise become a private residents’ cil and having established a
garden. As a legally constituted body, and a registered charity, the HCCA could be eligible possible new site there is a
for grant funding for long term maintenance of this site. Grants would almost certainly need possibility that it can be relo-
to be match funded, so some fund raising work would be required in order that there is no cated. However this has to
direct cost to the CA’s current limited financial resources. have approval from English
Heritage etc’
Butterfly Junction
This is the name being given to the wild area between
A and B Bonds and the area to the north of A bond Tables Together
(by Create Centre). It seems that this area is officially This is a very simple idea.
protected as a butterfly sanctuary. There is good au- Enjoy a meal and a few
thority that states nearly a quarter of the total butter- drinks in the company of
fly species found in the UK breed here. Southville local people at a local eat-
Community Development Association have been ery. You may know some
awarded a grant to draw up a Management Plan for of the people already, but
Butterfly Junction, and a meeting of SCDA, HCCA, BCC Parks Department, BCC if you don't, you soon will.
Sustainable city team, Avon wildlife, and the railway section of the museum was held Everybody is welcome.
on 10 January. The aim is to set up a communication and information group to repre- The tables will be put to-
sent the interests of, and oversee the management plan for, the Junction. If anyone gether and you pay only
would like to be kept informed of the outcomes and/or join in future activities, please for what you eat and
let me know . Mike Timmins drink. It's called "Tables
Together" and if people
like the idea it will happen
Argyle Place Park from time to time at differ-
ent local eateries, all
The Council’s Park Department are meeting with local residents in January to finalise plans within walking distance of
for replacing the play equipment in the Argyle Place Park, which the Council has agreed to where you live.
pay for. Fundraising and donations during 2005 have raised a total of £1400 which will also The next date is set for
be put towards the project. The hope is to put in equipment suitable for under 5s, to re- 8pm on Friday 24th Feb-
place the current slide with a tower/slide that is accessible to children of all ages and to put ruary.
in additional seating. Moving the existing gates will also improve safety and make better use If you would like to join
of the space. There is no intention to encroach on the popular footballing area or ‘overfill’ us, simply phone Mark or
the small park with play equipment – we all like it pretty much the way it is, but with a few Marian on 9294646 so we
improvements. Rubber crumb was added to the football area in the autumn to improve have an idea of the num-
drainage and give the grass a better chance. bers and we can let you
know where it will be.
For more details contact Emma Peddie on 923 0343 or email at 3
Reader’s Rant
Community Forum This slot is for anyone who wants to let off
steam about problems affecting our local area.
Views expressed do not necessarily represent
those of the Community Association.
The idea of a broad network of organisations active in Hotwells &
Cliftonwood was floated in the last newsletter. Now we have identi-
fied the state of business, particularly the retail sector as a major Where’s Barbara?
concern which will form the first topic for Community Forum to I have been very disappointed over the
explore.. last year in the total lack of interest
It is obvious to anyone walking shown in any of our activities by our local
down Hotwell Road that some councillor Barbara Janke.
businesses are doing well and We have had no support or indeed any
others are struggling. The comment on the concerns and issues
trend over the last few years raised on traffic, parking and environ-
has been for ‘utility’ shops that mental issues. A recent submission con-
might tempt people to visit cerning increased central area parking and
regularly to disappear so that park and ride charges (Cabinet 13th Octo-
local people are forced to go ber 2005) that would increase the com-
further afield for necessities muter parking problems of our area elic-
like groceries, vegetables, a ited “many thanks. We took note of your
newspaper or –dare we men- comments at last evening's Cabinet meet-
tion, a book of stamps. ing.” The document was, however, passed
We want to stem this deterio- in its original form.
ration if possible and help the One can only envy our friends in South-
businesses we still have to ville whose councillors are actively sup-
work together to make the porting them in their efforts to deal with
whole area a more attractive similar problems. Their representations
destination for shopping, eat- were similarly ignored by the Bristol
ing and drinking. We are all Cabinet but at least they tried!
responsible for this –do you In efforts to safeguard the open space be-
Hotwells Road shops use your local pharmacy for low Cliftonwood Terrace it has been im-
dispensing prescriptions, for possible to get even a meeting with our
example! Other areas of the City like St. Marks Road and Christmas Steps councillor to request help, let alone re-
have demonstrated that change is possible. There is a good possibility we ceive any active support.
can get some financial help to employ a consultant to advise local traders on I believe Individuals elected to the council
how they might help themselves and how we can help them. to represent local interests should at least
If you have an interest in this subject, you should sign up for Community Fo- make themselves available to hear what
rum membership. You will then automatically be invited to any discussions their constituents are thinking – and not
that take place. E-mail the office or phone (contact details on back page of just in the run up to elections.
this newsletter). We hope to be able to convene a meeting sometime in James Smith
February or early March.

Peter Ware, architect 1929 – 1999
The work of a much-loved and respected local resident, Peter Ware is soon, it is hoped, to gain more recognition. The
Peter Ware Memorial Committee was formed with the aim of creating a permanent visual memorial to a man whose life
and work was of great significance to the architecture of the West of England. The committee’s Honorary Chairman is Bris-
tol-based George Ferguson, President of the Royal Institute of British
Architects, and most of its members are residents of Hotwells, par-
ticularly of Dowry Square, where Peter Ware lived most of his life. It
is for this reason that the planned memorial is a brass and steel
plaque, part of which is intertwined with the historic iron railings at
the foot of the Square gardens. The memorial has been designed by
Janet Margrie, a local artist and particular friend of Peter.
If you would like to support this project e-mail the HCCA office at or send a SAE for a leaflet giving
details of the project. You can also contact the Architecture Cen-
tre, , Narrow Quay. Bristol, BS1 4QA

SHOOTS FLOATING The restaurant is closed tempo-
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Meet Your Neighbour
Trinity Day Centre

Visiting Hotwells’ own Day Centre is a joy. Everyone I have spoken
to expresses such enthusiasm for the meals, the company and the en-
Its purpose is to help older people main-
tain independence, and as well as offering a
meal cooked on the premises by Rachel —
beef stew with apple crumble for pudding
or a proper roast with all the trimmings,
for just £2.90, there is entertainment or an
opportunity to get taken shopping at one
of the supermarkets or have clothes ma-
chine washed and dried on the premises,
for £1.50 per load.
Manager, Mark Griffiths told me that al-
though the Centre uses part of Trinity
Rachel (left) and Mark (right) planning the day
Church it has no religious affinity. Bristol
City Council Social Services and Health
provides core funding and refer people assessed by them or by nurses at clinics. Friends
or families can refer via Social Services older people with “substantial or critical needs”.
These new, more rigorous criteria mean clients may be less active and less able to par-
ticipate in future, making it more difficult for the service to help people to keep active
and remain in their own homes. They have raised funds for hearing loops, a wireless
microphone for use by entertainers, a new computer and a large cinema screen which
can be linked to DVDs, videos or
slides. Volunteer helpers are also
highly valued.
Afternoon entertainment and activi-
ties, organised currently by Sarah Grif-
fiths, include armchair exercises, bingo,
talks from invited speakers, entertain-
ment, games, discussions and on
Thursdays, Councillor Brian Price is
the regular question master for a quiz
devised by Margo Price!
Some people come every weekday
(except Mondays) others a day or two
Brian Price conducts the weekly quiz or three and arrive in the minibus or
taxi. Albert Twigg comes for three
days and enjoys the meals. He used to go to watch Bristol City football club but once
wasn’t allowed in because of his walking stick- it was thought he could use it as a
weapon! So now he watches it on television. Edie, a regular user, remembers seeing a
bomb dropping on Trinity Church from the top floor flat in Hillsborough- and having to
run down all the stairs to a shelter. Stella Street, 83, and Pam Stradling, 73, come every
Thursday for the company, the entertainment and the food. Sheila Kirsh, 71, originally
from Nottingham, wouldn’t have known what
to do when her husband died, with no rela- Specialist in Floor Maintenance,
tives here, enjoys lunches on Thursdays and Carpets, Windows and Daily
Fridays, “can’t fault the staff” the transport-“ Office Cleaning.
the driver who makes sure we’re all safe” and Fully Insured
the entertainment - the nurse who does talks
on health, the police about security and the
fireman. Also she likes the fact that people G. J. TREASURE
come to sell cards and soap etc. Dora Hann, CLEANING CONTRACTORS
nearly 85, comes all four days for the com-
pany and the dinners. 5 Britannia Buildings
We owe a massive thanks to all the dedicated Merchants Road
staff and volunteers at Trinity. They perform Bristol BS8 4QD
an invaluable service that any of us might be
grateful for sooner or later! Tel: (0117) 9290578 Fax: 9144316
Helen Smith 5
CARDS * SCULPTURE Events and Activities
Hats off to Hotwells Pantomime
Brunel An everyday tale of good triumphing over
evil as poor boy makes good. Sound fa-
miliar? This year, Dick Whittington fea-
The Exhibition tures in the latest, spectacular , no ex-
pense, block buster from the team that
Hotwells &
84– 86 HOTWELL ROAD BRISTOL BS8 4UB brought you ...last year’s pantomime. Yes,
TELEPHONE 0117 929 2527 Cliftonwood will be celebrating
TUES-FRI 10AM—4.45PM Sat. 10AM—5PM it’s time to boo and hiss, laugh and cry
Brunel 200 with a mixed media exhi-
CLOSED MON. (and not always for the right reasons).
bition of work produced by local art-
This durable antidote to Winter blues is
ists round a Brunel theme at
always bursting with enthusiasm and sur-
Tuesday 4th April 2006 until
Thursday 27th April 2006
Open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm

The Great Stove-Pipe Hat
Entrants are asked to design and
make an alternative, innovative use
for Brunel's stove-pipe hat. This will
demand ingenuity, lateral thinking and
although some standard joke shop
hats are available for use as a base it A scene from the 2004 pantomime
Tel: 0117 9292118
Email: is hoped that a wide range of materi-
als from fabric to clay and everything The Panto is at Hope Chapel from
in between will be used. Above all, Wednesday Mar 8th—Sat. Mar
this exhibition should be great fun. 11th.
There is a prize of £250 for the out- Tickets £7 adults, £6 concs, £5
right winner. child obtainable from 1st February
More details, application forms and by telephoning Carol Arnold 01275
bargain price hats at £2.50 (not abso- 461 262
lutely necessary) are available by tele-
phoning 0117 927 7157
Entries for this competition will be Bristol Old Vic and Southwest
displayed at the CREATE Centre dur- Scriptwriters are set to co-produce
ing April alongside the Art Exhibition a new play by local writer Peter
Sarah Guppy ‘Air Guitar’, was the winning entry in
A small exhibition about Sarah the 2005 Southwest Scriptwriters Play-
Guppy, a Victorian lady interested in writing Competition. This is his first full-
engineering will all be on display, and length stage production.
a performance about her presented The play is set in the wilds of the West
by Kim Hicks from "Show of Country outside an old caravan in a
JULIA NORMAN Strength" will take place in the lec- field. When urbane TV producer Mike
M.S.T.A.T ture theatre at CREATE Centre visits his estranged and isolated brother
on Wednesday 27th April at Edward, they struggle to find any com-
7.30pm mon ground. Playing air guitar one night
Alexander Technique is a reminder of happier days, but be-
For further information contact Sue neath such youthful games, Mike begins
Teacher Stops, tel: 0117 927 7157 to suspect there lies something more
email sinister.
by appointment On at Bristol Old Vic Studio from
Brunel 200 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Devel- January 25th – February 11th. To
Telephone 0117 9277005 opment Partnership, Arts Council England South book tickets please phone the box
West, Bristol City Council and Business South West
office – 0117 987 7877

SS Great Britain; star of Hotwells’ heritage
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is steaming ahead with an action-
packed 2006.
A major highlight for the museum ship attraction is 'Brunel 200' - the
200th anniversary of the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel's birth.
Brunel's ss Great Britain, in Bristol, is holding a number of special
events including a nationally important exhibition for Brunel 200 and
the official turning on of a full-scale working model of Brunel's 1845
engine, inside the ship.
It follows completion of the £11.3 million programme of works, in
July 2005, to save Brunel's ss Great Britain and make her one of the
world's most exciting historic ships. The steamship is playing a major
part in the Brunel 200 celebrations. They include the exciting new
exhibition, entitled 'The Nine Lives of I.K. Brunel', from April 1 to
October 31, in the SS Great Britain Trust's Maritime Heritage Cen-
tre. The exhibition, which focuses on Brunel's roller-coaster personal
and professional life, is twinned with nearby visitor attraction At Bris-
tol's 'The Forces that Made I.K. Brunel'. Exhibits on show in the
Maritime Heritage Centre include many loaned from museums and
collections across the UK. The biggest is a 50-tonne replica broad
gauge locomotive, the 'Iron Duke', which has to be transported from
the National Railway Museum in York. A full-scale turning model of
Brunel's original 1845 engine, with sounds and smells, will be in place
in Spring. Visitors will have the chance to find out what life was really
Copyright SS Great Britain Trust
like for the Victorian stokers and engineers, who were responsible for
ensuring the ship would steam safely and to a timetable to New York.
Visitor facilities are due to be improved with a new waterside ticket office and café bar, due to open in time for
the 2006 Easter holiday.
See for information about further events and activities.

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Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4ND council run but they keep records and this can be
tel: 0117 9291883 used by the Police to take action – 0845 605 2222
Web site: Nick Shaw is our local Police Constable based at
Bulletin board: Redland Police Station 0117 945 4453.
e mail –
Hope Market – to book a stall
0777 337 0698/ 07840 290225 Bobby Van Scheme – Free police security assess-
Hope Chapel – to book the hall for meetings par- ments for the over 65s
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H&CCA Management Committee Transport
Ray Smith (Chair) Newsletter & web site Bristol Ferry Boat Company – 0117 927 3416
Dennis Gornall (Secretary) Personnel E mail :
Brenda McLennan (Treasurer) Projects Website :
Mike Timmins Open spaces
Rachel McNally Events Bristol Dial-A-Ride – door to door bus service for any
James Smith CHASE person for whom for whatever reason public transport
Faruk Choudhury (elected Nov 2005) is not accessible. The cost is about the same as pub-
Emma Peddie School Liaison lic transport. If you have a concessionary pass you
Pauline Barnes Community Links can use this to travel at half fare.
Sandra Fryer Planning (elected Nov 2005) 0117 939 5525 Minicom 0117 9395525 .
Trevor George Bulletin Board E mail:
Andrew Curtis (elected Nov 2005) website –
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