Bower News Live: Friday 30 November, 2018

Bower News Live: Friday 30 November, 2018

14:20 ‘Bristol Big Give’ donations could raise up to £358,960

Students involved in this year’s city-wide recycling scheme ‘Bristol Big Give’ have helped to save 205 tonnes of unwanted items from landfill waste, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation and other local charities.

University of Bristol students alongside volunteers from the University of the West of England helped to collect, sort and distribute donations, from kitchenware, bedding and clothes to sports equipment and books – the vast majority being collected from students living in halls of residence.

Student volunteer Hollie Armstrong said: “It’s amazing to see what gets donated that might otherwise be thrown away. Bristol Big Give is a really efficient way of recycling these unwanted items.”

Paul Roberts, Sustainability Operations Manager at UWE Bristol, said: “It is wonderful to see this fantastic multi-agency partnership go from strength to strength, helping students manage their unwanted belongings responsibly and sustainably.  Each year we divert more material to local charity shops, saving it from going to waste or littering the streets.”


13:30 Train fares are set to rise by 3.1%


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Average ticket prices to rise by 3.1%

Bristol commuters are set to pay more for their train journeys in the new year, as industry body the Rail Delivery Group announced an average increase of 3.1 per cent this morning.  The increase will take effect from 2 January 2019.

The price rise follows another year of disruption for rail customers across the South West, particularly with the closure of Bristol Parkway station for three weeks.

Paul Plummer, Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group, which brings together train companies and Network Rail, said: “Nobody wants to pay more to travel, especially those who experienced significant disruption earlier this year.

“Money from fares is underpinning the improvements to the railway that passengers want and which ultimately help boost the wider economy. That means more seats, extra services and better connections right across the country.”


11:15  £12 million extension proposed for Watershed

The Watershed has revealed ambitions plans to further develop the creative complex in a pre-planning application submitted  to Bristol City Council.

Since it was created in 1982, the Watershed has continually grown, with an annual cinema audience of 170,000 people and a staff of 100.

The plans include a six story extension the space behind the current building increasing the space from 4,400 sqm to 6,360 sqm which will accommodate 100 people in the four floors above the rear of the existing building.

“It is about fulfilling increasing demand from people who want to visit, work and co-locate with us. A bigger shed is a bigger home for creativity and will be a powerful celebration of Bristol’s flourishing cluster,” said Clare Reddington, Creative Director and CEO, Watershed.

The Watershed will be hosting a number of open meetings to discuss the plans with interested groups and stakeholders.  The first open meeting will be on 10 January 2019 at 6pm in Pervasive Media Studio and is open to all.


10:55 Finalists in warts and all postcards of proper Bristol revealed

#14 ‘Hoochy Cooch’ by Arvind Howarth
“We don’t know if these men are homeless or how much they’ve had to drink. We only know what we see: they are cuddling up on the pavement in the rain by a piano in Stokes Croft while a dispassionate pigeon passes by. The ghost legs of dryness make eight (not counting the piano’s) legs.”

The 15 finalists in a competition organised by The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) have been revealed.

The competition challenged people to find images that reflect ‘Proper Bristol’ and give a view of the city seen by it’s people.  Balloons and suspension bridge images were actively discouraged and Bristolians are now being asked vote for their favourite image.

PRSC received hundreds of entries to the competition and the collection includes quirky images, angry images and details that celebrate a personal experience of Bristol.

Images are on display at the PRSC  from December 7th to 16th at 17-25 Jamaica Street, Stokes Croft and you can vote for your favorite image at the exhibition or by casting your vote in one of the ballot boxes located the city.

You can also vote on the official competition website here, or by clicking here to the voting form.


09:40 First UK estimates of impact of drinking in pregnancy

One in five children may have life-long health problems that affect learning and behaviour due to drinking alcohol in pregnancy.

New findings from Children of the 90’s study by Bristol University surveyed more than 13,000 children born in Bristol.

The UK has the fourth highest level of prenatal alcohol use in the world, but no estimates existed from a population-based study on how many people may have been affected.

The Chief Medical Officer states that if you are pregnant or think you could become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all.

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