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Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade moves back a month

The Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade known as ‘Bemmie Lanterns’ was postponed from January and is now rescheduled for Saturday 12th February. Mindful of the Omicron variant disrupting those who take part and watch the parade the organisers made the decision to put it back a month.
On the day local roads are closed to traffic from 3-7pm. The parade sets off along North Street, Cannon Street, British Road and part of South Street with the parade beginning at 4pm near St Francis Church.
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Call to complete a consultation in Bristol before Friday, January 28th, 2022

South Bristol Voice reader Alex Lingham who cycles in the city has asked residents in Bristol to complete a Consultation on the Number Two Bus serving Knowle and Wells Road.

He writes: There is currently a consultation on the no.2 bus route (, specifically about the travel corridor (Wells Road…) and this represents our chance to ask for proper cycling infrastructure. However, the council are being very tentative and the plan is not fit for purpose. South Bristol is pretty badly served by safe cycling routes. In Knowle, where I live, I don’t think there currently are any safe routes (protected from traffic)!

This is going to be the only chance to make meaningful changes for a generation, so it’s important that people are aware of the key points:

• Cycling on the Wells Road through Knowle and Totterdown isn’t very safe. On average once cyclist a year is seriously injured or killed (Wells road, Broadwalk to Bath Bridge). Another 3-4 have less serious incidents with pedestrians suffering the same fate.

• You might expect cyclists to argue in favour of the proposal but they are largely disappointed with what’s on offer for South Bristol – see this article from Bristol Cycling (

• In the early engagement survey undertaken by the council about the number 2 bus route changes, 87% of people agreed that the so-called ‘transport corridor’ should be a place to walk and cycle, however the current proposal does not provide for this.

• The proposal is patchy. Particular flaws include:o There is no proposed change at all between Bath Bridge and Three Lamps, an area that could very easily be improvedo An indirect and confusing cycle route off the travel corridor through to Redcatch Park (where it seems to end)o A rejig of the Airport Road junction which doesn’t appear to change much (no new cycling facilities, and pedestrian routes which could still include six separate crossings!).

• If the solution they build is confusing and indirect, existing cyclists will stay on the main road and it won’t encourage would-be cyclists to get going. This would be a waste of money and a wasted opportunity.

Please take a little time before Jan 28th to respond to the consultation and tell the council to do what we already asked for – create continuous, high-quality cycling and walking routes on the travel corridor which are safe for everyone, from children to experienced cyclists.South Bristol Voice is committed to reflecting the concerns of those south of the river and so completing the consultation will hopefully help make Bristol better.

South Bristol Monthly News Magazine is free. Thousands of copies are delivered door to door in Bedminster, Knowle, Southville, Totterdown and Ashton every month – and to shops, libraries and super markets in Bristol. More at and and…Harry Mottram is the news editor of South Bristol Voice monthly magazine and a freelance journalist. Visit


The pub is now empty

The Windmill Hill pub’s future remains in doubt after victory

By Harry Mottram. Last November planners turned down plans by the owners Bar Wars to convert the empty Windmill Hill pub into flats.
It led to a bad tempered outburst by Mike Cranney of Bar Wars who suggested the decision by council planners was bordering on ‘the corrupt’ according to a report in Bristol Live and he claimed councillors had already made up their minds about the plans.
Cllr Lisa Stone said because the application for change of use had been turned down it didn’t follow that he had to turn it back into a pub.
She told South Bristol Voice in an exclusive interview: “There’s no law to say he has to do anything. He could just sit on that land for another five or ten years and let it go into rot and ruin.
“The local community got together and fought against the plans to turn it into flats so the planning was turned down unanimously by the council’s planning committee.”
The landlord of the pub also didn’t pull his punches over the decision with the locals who had objected to the plans and persuaded the council to reject the change of use.
In an article on Bristol Live he said the locals felt they were ‘entitled’ to keep the pub.
Windmill Hill Green Party Cllr Lisa Stone said she had a conversation with the community group campaigning to keep the pub.
She said: “I explained that just because the plans were rejected doesn’t necessarily mean he has to sell it to the locals as a community pub.
“They seemed to think though that the owners would be fair and come up with some compromise.
“There are people in the background who are negotiating with Mike Cranney but we have to wait and watch this space.”
The planning decision is another chapter in a long running battle to retain the pub on Windmill Hill and in broader terms it fits into a picture of pub closures across the country prompting locals to challenge the decision of the owners to throw in the towel and redevelop the often highly valuable properties into accommodation.
Writing for the website Graham Phelps said the fact the pub is up for sale is a likely indication that it is not profitable.
He said: ” However, it is worth finding out why a particular pub is up for sale or ceased trading.”
He lists issues with the brewery, high overheads and simply the wrong landlord. But he continued: “However, if the pub was popular but not profitable, this is easier to fix. Clean the place up, define your market and rent or lease to a suitable ‘personality’ landlord with a low rent and profit share. A change of personality can really make a difference.”
Around the corner from the Windmill pub is the Rising Sun community pub which perhaps shows one potential future should the Windmill ever return to being a hostelry.
An online fundraising campaign to raise cash to buy the pub ultimately failed to raise anywhere near the £500,000 asking price, while earlier last year a landlord of pubs in Wells and Chew Magna wanted to buy it for around £400,000 had his bid turned down according to Bristol Live.
“Nothing is guaranteed,” said Cllr Stone, “it doesn’t now follow it will become a pub again. It was turned down for change of use but it will probably go to appeal.”
She thought it could still be sold as a pub or leased as a pub – possibly by the local community if the price was right.

South Bristol Monthly News Magazine is free. Thousands of copies are delivered door to door in Bedminster, Knowle, Southville, Totterdown and Ashton every month – and to shops, libraries and super markets in Bristol. More at and and…Harry Mottram is the news editor of South Bristol Voice monthly magazine and a freelance journalist. Visit


The Lloyds building in Bristol. Pic: BBC

Goldfish ban, swimming pool campaign and the Lloyds Building on Bristol’s Harbourside goes up for sale

Funfair fish ban: Funfairs and carnivals are being banned from giving goldfish as prizes on Bristol City Council land reported the BBC.
In a news report they said: “The city’s mayor has told officers to rewrite events contracts, after being informed about a campaign by the RSPCA. Giving live animals as prizes is illegal in Scotland but in the rest of the UK it is up to local councils.
“Entertainment involving live animals is already banned at all events on Bristol City Council land.”
Jubilee Pool: The campaign to save the Jubilee Pool from closure has moved on with plans to allow the community to take on its running as a Community Asset.
This would mean seeing the pool transferred from Bristol City Council to a community group who would take charge of its operation.
It would be a voluntary run pool with residents taking on the role of administrators, accountants, supervisors and fund raisers as well as maintaining the pool.
Under current plans Bristol City Council is set to cease funding the pool in preference to investing in Bristol South Pool which would see a ‘basic refurbishment which would provide some upgrades to machinery and general cosmetic and condition improvements to customer facing areas.’
The consultation ends on November 7. If you would like this consultation as a paper copy or in another language, braille, audio, large print, easy English, BSL video or CD rom or plain text, please contact us by emailing or calling 0117 92 23320.
To support the campaign to make the Jubilee Pool a community asset visit the Facebook site and message the organisers.
Lloyds Building: Canons House on overlooking the Lloyds Amphitheatre is up for sale. Built in 1990 for the bank’s 2,300 staff, the landmark building has hosted concerts and festivals as well as enhancing the area as a public space.
The Lloyds Banking Group said their staff will move to an office next to Canons House, with the company expecting the majority of their workforce to work partly from home.


South Bristol Voice: SPORTS NEWS IN BRIEF

Bristol City Women Footballers: The team have a number of fixtures this month in the FA Championship with an away game on on the 28th when they face Watford. At home they square up to Blackburn Rovers on Sunday, November 14, at 3pm at the Robins High Performance Centre, Clevedon Road at Failand near Bristol, in the FA Championship and on Wednesday, November 17th they entertain Lewes FC Womenin the FA Continental Cup.

Bristol Rugby: The Bristol Bears will be looking to re-establish last season’s form with victories over arch rivals Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park on Saturday, November 13th in the Premiership Rugby Cup as well as taking the spoils at Worcester on the 20th in the same competition. They have two tough home fixtures this month in the Gallagher Premiership at Ashton Gate as they welcome Worcestershire Warriors on Saturday, November 6th and Northampton Saints on Friday, November 26th in the evening.

Bristol City FC: The Robins are at home at Ashton Gate on Saturday, November 20th when they entertain Blackburn Rovers. And they enjoy home support again on Wednesday, November 24th when they play Stoke City in their push up the table in the Sky Bet Championship. Finally this month on Sunday, November 28th, they have a lunch time kick-off against Sheffield United. Let’s hope they take all three points and approach December in good order in the division.

Cricket: Bedminster Cricket Club (pictured) is based in the heart of South Bristol and is one of the premier clubs in the South West. And although the season is now over until next spring it’s worth reminding everyone of this successful and friendly cricket club. They offer both senior and youth cricket with five Saturday senior teams, with the first XI in the West of England Premier League Division, right down to the C XI in the Bristol & District League Division 13, we can truly offer cricket for all. The youth section has been one of the most successful in the area over the last five years, with three County champions and countless local trophies. The club states: “We can offer a fun, competitive and safe environment for young players of ages from five to 18 to learn and improve their cricket skills. “We are always welcoming new players to the club as well as those who want to enjoy the social side and contribute off the field.””Women are also very much at the heart of the club reflecting the success of the national team in internationals screened on TV.”The club said: “After a successful first season of ladies cricket in 2019, Bedminster Belles are continuing to grow.”

Hockey: Firebrands Hockey Club is the home of hockey in Bristol. Since 1947 the club has not only been hugely successful on a national and local level, but is also highly inclusive, family friendly and fun.The club says: “We pride ourselves on offering quality hockey to anyone, regardless of age and experience. From our high-performance men’s and ladies hockey teams throughout our adult teams right to our under 10s, you will find a club that offers the level of performance, commitment and fun you want.”

Tennis: South Bristol is blessed with a number of tennis clubs. These include the Greville Smyth Park Tennis Club, Knowle Lawn Tennis Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club and the David Lloyd Centre in Ashton. With the success of Emma Raducanu in the USA Open there is an expectation the sport will get a boost. With hard courts tennis can be played all year round. Greville Smyth Park has a thriving junior section with prices frozen at the 2018 level meaning for an adult the fee is less than £1 a week – a lot less than a gym. Bristol born Katie Swan is currently the most high profile tennis professional the city has produced while those with long memories will recall Jo Durie who in 1983 reached both semifinals of the French Open and USA Opens.

Broad Plain Rugby Club: the first team play in the Gloucester Second Division South with a match against Cleve II on November 6. The second XV play in the Wadworth 6X Bristol & District Second Division. The teams train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm. New players always welcome.

South Bristol Monthly News Magazine is free. Thousands of copies are delivered door to door in Bedminster, Knowle, Southville, Totterdown and Ashton every month – and to shops, libraries and super markets in Bristol. More at and and…Harry Mottram is the news editor of South Bristol Voice monthly magazine and a freelance journalist. Visit


What’s on in November

Wed 27 Oct-Sat 6 Nov. Hamlet. Kelvin Players Studio, Gloucester Road Shakespeare’s tragedy set in Denmark directed by Kris Hallett.

Thu 28 Oct – Sat 6 Nov. Theatre Royal Bath: Private Lives. A new production of Private Lives, the inaugural show from Nigel Havers’ new theatre company which will be touring the country with a line-up of theatrical gems. Launching the company, Coward’s dazzling comic masterpiece is both a scintillatingly witty and scathingly vitriolic study of the rich and reckless in love. Nigel Havers, ever suave and thoroughly charming, plays Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930.

Mon 1 – Sat 6 Nov. Bristol Hippodrome. White Christmas. A new production of Irving Berlin’s musical about a group of young people, army memories and a resort where it’s stopped snowing.

Tue 2-Sat 12 Nov. Tobacco Factory Theatre. Living Spit – Frankenstein The Musical. Howard and Stu’s comic take on Mary Shelley’s gruesome gothic novel. With original music, preposterous puppets, grotesque gags and diabolically desperate dance-moves, this rib-ticklingly raucous monster of a show will leave you in stitches.

Wed 3 Nov. The Egg Theatre Bath. Jekyll and Hyde. Students stage Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella in all its horror. This is a world in which relationships are governed by secrecy, suspicion and doubt; a world of internal and external conflict as one man’s struggles with the duality of his nature threaten to destroy himself and his relationships with those around him.

Thu 4 Nov. Hen and Chicken, Bedminster. Henrik Jensen’s plus By Thirteen. Part of the B-Bop Club in the Chicken Shed. Henrik Jensen’s quartet has toured the world from Tokyo to Moscow with various modern jazz projects and also as part of the band for close harmony group The Puppini Sisters.

Thu 4 Nov. Mission Theatre Bath: Kate Bush Stripped. Bristol based Lisa-Marie Walters together with ‘stripped back’ piano arrangements by Mark Feven celebrate the music of Kate Bush.

Thu 4 Nov. Arnos Vale Cemetery. Bristol Film Festival. At Bristol’s very own necropolis, for two nights of screenings dedicated to two of the great directors of dark fantasy, Guillermo Del Toro and Henry Selick! Enter this fascinating space after hours, get a drink from the pop-up bar, then make your way to the beautiful Anglican Chapel to take your seat, and enjoy the show in this unique venue. Next up is Selick’s wonderfully creepy adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novella Coraline. 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Fri 5 Nov. Arnolfini. Sutapas Biwas exhibition. The British Indian artist engages with questions of identity, race and gender in relation to time, space and history. Her works are inspired by oral histories, literature and art history. She is particularly interested in the ways in which larger historical narratives collide with personal narratives.

Fri 5- Sat 6 Nov. Alma Tavern Theatre. For Queen and Country. Actor Neil Summerville brings to life the true story of Major Denis Rake who worked as British spy in WW2 in Paris with a cover of a drag artist entertaining the Nazis.

Fri 5-Thu 23 Dec. Bristol’s Christmas Market. Broadmead. Wooden chalets offering a selection of gifts as well as festive food and drink.

Sat 6 Nov. Whitchurch. Car Boot Sale. From 11am. Every Saturday at Hengrove Park.

Sat 6 Nov. Andrew Bird at the Hen and Chicken. The Bedminster venue hosts Stand Up For The Weekend with Andrew Bird featuring Garrett Millerick plus compere Clint Edwards.

Mon 8 Nov. Hen and Chicken, Bedminster. Open Mic Night. Chicken Shed. Monthly open mic (2nd Monday of every month) in the custom built music room inside the Hen and Chicken pub. Hosted by James Slater, Elliot Hall and Sarah Larkham.

Tue 9 Nov. Bristol. Bristol Poppy collection day all in aid of the Poppy Appeal for the Royal British Legion.

Thu 11-Sat 20 Nov. Bristol Old Vic Studio. Macbeth. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School perform Shakespeare’s tragic Scottish saga with ghosts, witches and gruesome murder.

Sat-Sun, 13-14. Totterdown. Front Room Arts Trail. The oldest arts trail in Bristol, and one of the most biggest too. Around 200 artists will showcase their work in homes and venues across Totterdown, with this year having the theme of ‘Fairytales, Myths and Legends’.

Sat 13 Nov. Egg Theatre Bath: Puss In Boots. Your cat might turn you from a pauper to a prince just like the hero of this story. Using smoke and mirrors and hidden trapdoors we’ll show you how this sure-footed feline fools both the King and the Ogre to take his master all the way to the top. With a host of puppets, a working windmill and an avalanche of fruit and nuts come and see this classic furry tail, it’s the cat’s whiskers!

Sun 14 Nov. Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Course. Windmill Hill City Farm. Any expectant parents (first-timers or otherwise) who are looking for a complete birth preparation course that will transform their worries and fears of the unknown into calm and confidence.

Sun 14 Nov. Hen and Chicken Bedminster. Sarah Larkham. Songs from her new EP with support from beautifully ethereal folk singer-songwriter Sue Harding.

Mon 15 Nov. Redgrave Theatre Clifton. Happy Days Are Here Again. Songs of the 1940s and a celebration of the wartime era and VE Day.

Tue 16 Nov. The Forum Bath. The James Haskell Show. Top rugby talk from the former England played who knows his rucks from his scrums.

Wed 17 Nov. The Cube Cinema. Baby Cinema. 11am most Wednesdays for parents/carers with young babies (up to 1 year) to enjoy a movie in the company of other parents and their offspring.

Thu 18 Nov. Arnolfini. Music from Leifur James. At the core of James’ distinct sound is an impressive harmony between his intricate avant-garde production and rich, emotive vocals.

Mon 22 – Sat 27 Nov. Alma Tavern Theatre, Clifton. Doodlebugs and Bogeymen. Bedminster’s Kate McNab and Ross Harvey take a fond look at the lives of Jen and Brian Milton, two evacuees from London who are sent to Somerset with songs and stories of wartime Bristol

Tue 23-Sat 27 Nov. Theatre Royal Bath: The Midnight Bell. Matthew Bourne’s story of 1930s London life where ordinary people emerge from cheap boarding houses nightly to pour out their passions, hopes and dreams in the pubs and bars of fog-bound Soho and Fitzrovia. English Patrick Hamilton’s novel Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky..

Fri 26 Nov- Sat 8 Jan. Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Robin Hood and the Legend of the Forgotten Forest. The Wardrobe Ensemble team up with Bristol Old Vic for a fresh spin on the swashbuckling legend.

Thu 2 Dec-Fri 10 Dec. The Redgrave Theatre. Romeo and Juliet. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present Shakespeare’s tragedy of the star crossed lovers in fair Verona.

Fri 3-Sat 4 Dec. Totterdown Baptist Church. Baptist Community Players are staging The Magnificent Prince written by Martin Warren. It’s a family panto, with lots of audience participation. Friday 3rd December 7pm and Saturday 4th December at 3pm. Tickets are £5 adults (over 16) and £3 children (3-15) Under 3’s free. At Totterdown Baptish Church on Wells road, Knowle. To buy tickets online go to Totterdown Baptist are also hosting artists for the Front Room Art Trail (20-21st November) and Totterdown Tots have restarted on Mondays 9.30-11am.

Sat 4 Dec-Sun 5 Dec. Redgrave Theatre. While Shepherds Watched. Retelling of the Nativity story by the drama students of the Old Vic. Not to be missed.

Wed 15 Dec. St Michael’s Without Bath: Passamezzo – Old Christmas Returned. Christmas celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England. A seasonal programme following the calendar from Advent to Candlemas and showing how Christmas was celebrated, banned and restored in 17th Century England. Carols, ballads, consort music, lutesongs, dance melodies and readings. Includes music by Gibbons, Locke, Peerson and Purcell; readings by Breton, Herrick and Shakespeare. Performed in Period costume by Passamezzo.

Thu 16 Dec-Sun 9 Jan. Theatre Royal Bath: Cinderella. John Monie returns as Buttons in a classic seasonal pantomime and is joined by mum-to-be Dani Harmer as the Fairy Godmother.

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Harry Mottram is the news editor of South Bristol Voice monthly magazine and a freelance journalist. Visit