February: Bishopston Mum

January 30 2017

I hope that you are having a good 2017 so far. This time of year is the Chinese New Year and 2017 will be the year of the Rooster. Bristol Museum will be marking the event with some fantastic Chinese New Year Celebrations on the weekend of 4th and 5th February with fun for all of the family.

I hope that you are having a good 2017 so far. This time of year is the Chinese New Year and 2017 will be the year of the Rooster. Bristol Museum will be marking the event with some fantastic Chinese New Year Celebrations on the weekend of 4th and 5th February with fun for all of the family. Activities include traditional lion dancing performances, Chinese dancing, music, martial arts demos, dressing-up and arts and crafts such as paper folding and mask making. The event is free (donations welcome) and no booking is required.   

Since Christmas time my family and I have been enjoying some wonderful Winter walks, both in Bristol and beyond. One of the new places we have explored, not far from Bishopston, is Stoke Park Estate. This offers amazing views, rolling green hills, fresh air and nature in abundance so I highly recommend visiting. What's more, there is a new Stoke Park Sculpture Trail comprising of carved creatures which have all been created from dead fallen wood so that no living trees have been damaged in the process. Sculptures waiting to be discovered include a snake, owls, mouse, a fox, a snail and more! 

My children and I recently did a little history walk around Horfield with the intention of learning a little about our local history. We weren't disappointed as there is history aplenty in the local area. We looked at the old tram lines at the doctors surgery on Church Road, discussed street names and their origins and we also popped in to Horfield Parish Church and lit candles. We intend to do more little local history walks throughout 2017.

If you are, like me, interested in local history then do pop along to one or more of the Bishopston, Horfield and Ashley Down Local History Society meetings in 2017. The group meets at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month (except January, August and December) at the Quaker Meeting House on Gloucester Road. There is a £3 visitors fee which includes refreshments. It's a friendly group and no pre-booking is required. To find out more visit www.bishopstonhistorysociety.wordpress.com. 

This month I wanted to write about Emmanuel Bishopston Toddlers, a toddler group for 0 – 4s and their parents/carers which meets 10 – 11.30am every Wednesday in term-time at Horfield Baptist Church. There is a short waiting list; to add your name phone Claire on 077833 458 985. The group offers great activities including singing and story time, musical instruments, a parachute, play dough, colouring, stickers, the Hokey Cokey, plus delicious home-made cake. Now you can't get better than that! 

 

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