Theatre Review: The Barbershop Chronicles

Review of the Barbershop Chronicles Playing at The Bristol Old Vic until May 18th Lydia Latham MacQueen   I have known most of my life that the men’s barber is a sacred place….rather like a secret society.  Occasionally though, I would forget, like the time when I walked into the St Marks Road barbershop in Easton with my nine year old son to get his hair cut. This iconic barber

Vocalise Survey

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In My View by Lydia Latham MacQueen A Review of WE HAVE OVERCOME, THE MALCOLM X ELDERS have returned this year with a delightful revision of their original 2012 production of WE HAVE OVERCOME. As we know there’s been a lot of controversy about the situation of some Afro-Caribbean people being deported, and having their citizenship denied in spite of the fact they have been living in the UK for

The National School Breakfast Programme Launches at The Dolphin School

Schoolchildren and their parents were welcomed to the Dolphin School with a free bagel last Monday morning. The day saw the launch of the National School Breakfast Programme at the academy, which offers a free nutritious breakfast to every child before they start their day. Funded by the Department of Education and delivered by the charities ‘Magic Breakfast’ and  ‘Family Action’, the 18 month scheme at the academy aims to

Help The Bristol Bike Project find a home!

Bristol’s award winning community bike project, a ‘lifeline’ for many, calls for help in finding new home The Bristol Bike Project, a much loved community project in the heart of St Pauls, is launching a public campaign to help them secure new premises as their future at Hamilton House becomes uncertain. The Project, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, is one of the UK’s most successful and comprehensive community

Welcome to the Bristol Reggae Orchestra!

Written by Tina Brown Welcome to the Bristol Reggae Orchestra! A collective of around 25 local musicians who all love reggae! The musicians come from various musical backgrounds and experiences, bringingus a unique, inspiring and uplifting project that has the community at its heart. In early 2010, Chris Williams, a local Jamaican resident spoke to Stella Quinlivan (former co-ordinator of the St. Pauls Learning Centre). ‘What St. Paul’s needs’, he

Support available for Carers over Christmas from Carers Support Centre

The Christmas period is a time for celebration, but if you are looking after someone with an illness or disability it can mean added demands on top of an already stressful day-to-day life.  Did you know there is a local charity dedicated to supporting unpaid carers? Carers Support Centre offer a range of services for carers of all ages living in Bristol & South Gloucestershire.   If you help look after family or friends who could not manage without this help, you

Fairlawn Primary School Winter Fair

There is some great community project work for display, art work from Michele Curtis and some of M Shed’s ‘Somalis in Bristol’ exhibits have been loaned for display too. Plenty to see as well as the usual mince pie and a glass of mulled wine! Including: Shining Lights Community Arts Project, Choir & Singing, Christmas Wreaths, Cakes & Mince Pies, Hot Food, Mulled Wine & Local Ale, Christmas Stalls and Games! 1st

Bristol Old Vic Christmas Choir Competition

Bristol Old Vic are marking the final moment in there Year of Change with a major competition open to all songbirds in the city! They’re extending the invite to schools and youth choirs across Bristol to participate in the Christmas Choir Competition and hopefully win tickets for the entire year group to come along and see their Christmas shows, A Christmas Carol or Chloe and the Colour Catcher. The winning