Horfield & Lockleaze Voice turns one!

August 11 2017
Horfield & Lockleaze Voice turns one!

Welcome to the latest edition of the Horfield and Lockleaze Voice, the anniversary issue. Can it really be a whole year since the first fledgling issue was pushed through your letter box.

Welcome to the latest edition of the Horfield and Lockleaze Voice, the anniversary issue. Can it really be a whole year since the first fledgling issue was pushed through your letter box.

Its mission was to provide you, the reader, with all the latest news from your community as well as providing local companies and traders with a platform to advertise their goods and services.

In that time we have reported on the excavation and removal of the roman ruins at Dings, the new sports centre in Lockleaze, two Love Lockleaze Festivals, the removal of the MUGA in Manor Farm, Horfield Leisure Centre’s Energise scheme, the remarkable rise of the Old Library project, the Friends of Stoke Park’s work, the ongoing efforts to secure a community hub in Manor Farm, the Christmas Tree appeal, a General Election, the installation of the new pitches at Horfield Leisure Centre, Lee Haskins successful defence and eventual loss of his World Boxing title, Dings Crusaders new stadium, Old Vic’s production of Junkyard, the potential loss of our libraries, the fantastic work being done by North Bristol Foodbank and many more. We have highlighted the wonderful work being done at The Hub, Buzz Lockleaze, North Bristol Advice Centre and Upper Horfield Community Trust. We have reported on local residents climbing Kilimanjaro and leaping out of aeroplanes for charity.

Have we been successful ? This is what the local community has to say:

Starting with Angela Thomas who says, “The seed had been planted in David's mind for a very long time of whether he could produce a community magazine, and as his wife,  he confided in me from the very beginning.  He had  questions that needed answering, fears and doubts and had to tick quite a few boxes before he ventured forward taking this planted seed into fruition and onto  the success his magazine has become today. One year on and it is an established community magazine proving it was sorely needed,  and I am proud of all his hard work, and also privileged to play a small part offering advice when he asks for it ...... here's to the next 12 months”.

Ashley Metcalfe at Horfield Leisure Centre adds, “ I can speak on behalf of the Energise Scheme and some about the centre. The Voice has helped us engage with the local community and encouraged them to come and use our facilities. We have something for everyone at the centre and over the past few years the Voice has helped us portray this message. Specifically we have had many Energise participants read our article in the magazine and then contact the centre for more information. This has been a great resource as some population in the area are hard to reach. The Voice has supported our scheme since its inception in November 2016 and has continuing support from David. At the centre we feel the Voice brings together what’s great about the local community and keeps everyone informed with great news articles”.

Suzanne Wilson, CEO at Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust comments, “The H&L voice is a great source of local news and the main way that local residents find out what's going on in the area. We're really grateful to David and his team for making this happen”.

Gill Kirk, Councillor for Lockleaze says, “This is the 'first birthday' edition of the Horfield and and Lockleaze Voice and what a difference it has made in it's first year...how did we ever manage without it! This door to door magazine has really helped to update residents on local news and 'what's on' in the area, and has celebrated the many achievements and talents of local residents and community organizations. A big thank you to its (recently award-winning) publisher David Thomas who is such a vital part of our community and fount of all local knowledge! Thanks also to the many deliverers who get the magazine out so promptly every month”.

Jenny Godden at Monks Park Doctors Surgery adds, “We have found that contributing to The Voice has been and continues to be an effective way for our team at Monks Park Surgery to communicate information to our patient population to help guide people in being proactive in looking after their own health and wellbeing. In our efforts to help patients to adopt a more collaborative approach to their health, contributing to Horfield and Lockleaze Voice has proved to be an accessible way of helping our patients on their path to better health and wellbeing.

We have really enjoyed sharing our column with our practice population through Horfield and Lockleaze Voice – remember if you don't have a copy, we always have the most up to date copy in the surgery waiting room although they do fly off the waiting room shelves as it’s clearly a great publication much appreciated by the local community. We are very proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of that and as well as it being a great platform to give information directly to patients, we, as a team, have been able to make some great community links with other local organisations through our connection this magazine. That in turn helps us as a surgery to help our patients become aware of activities and services that they may not have known about previously that could help with their health and wellbeing. With this added local knowledge, we have been able to signpost patients to local organisations best placed to help them with their needs. Many thanks Horfield and Lockleaze Voice on being a great community resource and a way of linking us all together into a cohesive whole!  Happy, happy birthday!

North Bristol Advice Centre comment, “Sally Gapper, CEO at NBAC: “It has been great having

the local VOICE this last year not only to publicise the services NBAC has to offer but also to find out about all the amazing things that are happening in the local Lockleaze and Horfield area. We certainly know through Janie and her Community Support at Home project how much older people appreciate it – and, of course, not everyone is computer savvy so having a paper edition is a great way of promoting local activities and services (although of course we do run IT courses for the over 55’s so lots of opportunities for people to learn new skills to get on-line!)’

Helen, Volunteer Coordinator at NBAC: ‘I really look forward to the new edition arriving at NBAC to read up about what is happening locally and where we might be able to make new contacts. And The Voice has been a great way to promote our volunteers and volunteering across the local area – and to publicise local opportunities for people to get involved. The Volunteers

Week celebration in June had great coverage - a very big ‘Thank you’ to The Voice!’

Anna George from the campaign for a community hub in Manor Farm says, “Congratulations on the Horfield and Lockleaze Voice’s First Birthday ! cannot believe how this first year has flown by, we here in Manor Farm really enjoy the publication coming through the door every month and keeping us informed of developments, stories and  activities over our area. The mag is an invaluable tool for Manor Farm Community Hub to publicise the work it is doing as we have to be mindful of the fact that in the area we serve not everyone has internet access for various reasons and the mag is a perfect way to redress this inequality and ensures nobody is left out or misses out on event info”

The Voice is not just David though. It would not have been the success it has without the wonderful engagement from so many people throughout the community and we thank you all. Four people are going to be singled out: Gill Kirk, Suzanne Wilson, Emily Shimell and Anna George are pestered and nagged (almost daily) and always have the time to help. Thanks too to Rich Coulter and Jayne Bennett at Voice HQ, without their efforts nobody would have anything to read. Thanks also to our army of deliverers: Jordan Tarling (he delivers 3,000 every month), Jo Harris and her family, Rick and Di Hounsome, Zac, Jack Bryant, Joanne Kenson, Barry Smith, Robin Kirk, Dylan Williams, Elizabeth and Lucy Eddy, the Hub volunteers and of course Angela Thomas.