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Discover Festival events at Filton Library

Posted on Wednesday 24th September 2014 at 9:38 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Discover Festival 2014.

The Discover Festival is back for its third year, with an exciting programme of over 200 events to help you discover something new in South Gloucestershire. The festival runs from 11th September to 31st October. Activities include nature walks, heritage open days, advice sessions, concerts and crafts – there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The festival is organised by South Gloucestershire Council, local residents, community groups and businesses.

Events taking place at Filton Library (BS34 7BR) include:

Monday 29th September 10.30am – 12pm
Party for St Peter’s Hospice
Try your hand at making jewellery, cards and a book sculpture whilst helping us to raise funds for St Peter’s Hospice. Drinks and cakes will be served. No booking required just turn up!

Thursday 2nd October 7.30pm
The Luftwaffe’s Attacks on the Aircraft Industry in South Gloucestershire 1940-42 (A talk by John Penny)
On the anniversary of the Luftwaffe’s attacks on the aircraft industry in South Gloucestershire join us for a talk by John Penny. Tickets are free and available from any library or online via Eventbrite. Refreshments will be available.

Thursday 16th October 7.30pm
Wartime Radio Broadcasting (A talk by John Penny)
Join us for a nostalgic trip down radio memory lane! Tickets are free and available from any library or online via Eventbrite. Refreshments will be available.

Saturday 25th October 10.30am
Concert with Northavon Singers
Join us for a selection of songs performed by the popular Northavon Singers. No need to book just turn up! Refreshments will be available from 10.15am.

For further information, ring 01454 868006 or email

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Sing yourself fit in the New year

Posted on Friday 4th January 2013 at 11:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon Harmony Ladies Acappella Chorus with their Musical Director Alex de Bruin.

If you feel the need to take up a new fitness regime in the new year, why not start singing, as part of your campaign, suggests Jackie Boffin of the local ladies’ acappella chorus ‘Avon Harmony’.

Singing tones the tummy muscles, improves posture, releases the same ‘feel good’ endorphins as chocolate, improves breathing, increases oxygen levels in the blood, and reduces stress levels!

All this from a hobby which is sociable, enjoyable, does not require special clothes, does not make you sweat,or mess your hair, and takes place mostly indoors. It’s also good for the brain!

What are you waiting for? Avon Harmony is a small and friendly chorus, which welcomes women of all ages to come and try this great way of feeling good, in a group who sing together, and laugh a lot. As a bonus, our Musical Director is young and energetic, and he laughs as much as we do.

Both experienced singers, who would like to try acappella harmony, and novices, are welcome. No music reading is required, just the ability to listen and sing in tune. Come along to Fairfield High School in Horfield one Thursday evening, join in a rehearsal if you wish, and find out more.

For more information, visit the group’s website at or call Mandy on 01179 652693.

More: Group was established in 1975 and competes across the UK »

Good turnout for Filton Festival

Posted on Monday 2nd July 2012 at 8:42 am by SH (Editor)

Filton Festival 2012.

The crowds turned out in force yesterday afternoon (Sunday 1st July) for the annual Filton Festival in Elm Park. Despite a damp start to the day, the sun came out mid-afternoon, helping to make it a great day for the people of Filton.

A programme of musical entertainment provided by six bands was complemented with displays from local dance and gymnastics groups.

A fun fair, community stalls, dog show and ‘Chuffy’ the train were amongst the other attractions on offer.

Refreshment facilities included a beer tent, hog roast and a burger bar.

The entertainment continued late into the evening, with the fun fair remaining open until 9pm and a disco being held in the function hall next to the Ratepayers Arms.

More festival photos on PicasaWeb.

Council to hear results of tennis courts consultation

Posted on Monday 25th June 2012 at 3:39 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of the tennis courts in Elm Park, Filton, Bristol.

This week’s meeting of Filton Town Council is set to receive a report on the public consultation meeting held on 12th May to discuss options for the future of the two Council-owned tennis courts in Elm Park [pictured above, in centre of image].

The possibility of converting the tennis courts into a MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) and a modern 3G AstroTurf pitch was was first discussed by Councillors last year. The idea behind the project is to convert the existing tennis courts into two new sports courts: one court would be for community use and the other converted into a 3G AstroTurf pitch which would be available for commercial hire.

The consultation meeting heard that a number of companies had been approached to provide quotes for the work and a shortlist of three had been selected and invited to attend the consultation event. Two companies, GB Sport & Leisure Ltd and SMP Playgrounds, accepted the invitation and gave presentations to the meeting.

GB Sport & Leisure Ltd said it would remove the existing fencing around court 1 (destined to accommodate the AstroTurf pitch), make good the capping on the wall and install a new 2m high fence. The existing walls and fencing around court 2 (MUGA) would be removed and replaced with a new 3m high fence.

SMP proposed the removal of all existing walls, as they are not load-bearing, and suggested that an additional practice area for youngsters could be added on, within the existing footprint.

More: "Project will provide greatly needed extra sports facilities" »


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