February 2018: Bishopston Mum

January 26 2018

I hope that 2018 has got off to a wonderful start for you all! As I write this the pale Winter sun is shining and it is good to know that Spring is not too far away.

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I hope that 2018 has got off to a wonderful start for you all! As I write this the pale Winter sun is shining and it is good to know that Spring is not too far away.

If you fancy getting out and about in the Winter sunshine with or without your kids this month, the wonderful Golden Hill Community Garden is open to all on Wednesdays 10am – 2pm. Lucy and her team of volunteers are always so friendly and cheerful and the garden is a fantastic place for your children to explore. There's a pond where children can do some pond dipping, a Balehouse to take shelter in should it rain or if you wish to sit down and have a snack, plenty of digging opportunities should your children fancy doing a spot of gardening, plus loads of space to roam and discover nature. Oh, and it's all absolutely free!

Now that my family have a little dog we have been out and about on a couple of great winter walks recently. One new place which we’ve explored is Abbots Pool and woodland in Abbots Leigh, BS8, which is wonderful for a walk at any time of the year. The pool was used by medieval monks who developed it to farm for fish and it is surrounded by beautiful trees and nature in abundance. Fantastic should you fancy some fresh air and peace for a couple of hours!

You may be aware that the film star, Cary Grant grew up in Horfield and attended Bishop Road Primary School. However, he was also a pupil at Fairlawn School in Montpelier, formerly Fairfield School, from 1915 – 1918, and until 2012, a British Film Institute plaque commemorating his time at the school was displayed on the outside of the building. However in 2006 Fairfield School moved to their new premises in Horfield and in 2012 the plaque went missing from the old premises. Fairlawn School would dearly like the plaque back and are asking for it to be returned anonymously if necessary as they are aware it has probably changed hands a few times and they don't wish to get anyone in trouble. If you are in possession of the plaque you can return it to the school at this address: Fairlawn Primary School, Fairlawn Road, Montpelier, BS6 5Jl.

I wanted to mention Bristol Rocks, a phenomenon that hit Bristol last year and which is a brilliant free creative activity for your child to enjoy whatever their age. Taking part is simple: decorate a pebble or rock, tagging it with #bristolrocks, and then hide it for someone else to discover! Then when a child has found the rock, their parent can post a photo on the Bristol Rocks Facebook group so you can see whose day has been brightened! Although Bristol Rocks started in South Bristol and has reached Bishopston and surrounding areas, it would be good to introduce the idea to even more local families so please get decorating! 

Until next month,

 

Bishopston Mum

 

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