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Issue one of nearfield celebrates new beginnings across the region. We get excited about the reopening of Bristol Beacon, meet the hardy dippers revelling in the cold waters of the restored Cleveland Pools, find out what the Bristol Old Vic's new artistic director has planned; and explore the vintage shops, upcycling workshops, and reclamation yards breathing fresh life into old. We also keep readers moving through winter with a guide to indoor and outdoor activities, and meet the Icebreakers in our first community takeover. Plus we round up all the best events, experiences, and food and drink in the southwest this winter.

Issue one of nearfield celebrates new beginnings across the region. We get excited about the reopening of Bristol Beacon, meet the hardy dippers revelling in the cold waters of the restored Cleveland Pools, find out what the Bristol Old Vic's new artistic director has planned; and explore the vintage shops, upcycling workshops, and reclamation yards breathing fresh life into old. We also keep readers moving through winter with a guide to indoor and outdoor activities, and meet the Icebreakers in our first community takeover. Plus we round up all the best events, experiences, and food and drink in the southwest this winter.

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FEATURES<br />

36 Carrying<br />

the Torch<br />

How the Bristol<br />

Beacon used its<br />

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radical past to inform<br />

its next chapter<br />

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45 Classic Frock<br />

The best vintage<br />

clothing shops<br />

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50 Cold Comfort<br />

Charm<br />

Meet the cold-water<br />

swimmers diving into<br />

the UK’s oldest lido<br />

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REGULARS<br />

THE LIST<br />

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07 Field Notes<br />

Love Saves the Day,<br />

spoken-word open<br />

mics, radio action<br />

with A For Alpha,<br />

mummers and more<br />

50<br />

15 Food and Drink<br />

Italian cuisine with<br />

a Bristol twist, dining<br />

done differently, and<br />

the cookery classes<br />

bringing change<br />

69 Your Field<br />

A quickfire guide to<br />

Lansdown in Stroud,<br />

The Cure play Moles,<br />

Field Trip #1, and film<br />

director Keith Kopp<br />

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Photo: Gareth Iwan Jones<br />

21 What’s on in the<br />

southwest through<br />

November and<br />

December, plus<br />

we meet Bristol’s<br />

outernational gig<br />

promoters Worm<br />

Disco Club and<br />

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sensory chocolate<br />

man Carlos Ayala<br />

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THIS ISSUE’S<br />

57 Learn the<br />

Yard Way<br />

A guide to the<br />

southwest’s<br />

reclamation yards<br />

61 Outside<br />

Influence:<br />

IceBreakers<br />

Our first community<br />

takeover comes from<br />

a group focusing on<br />

male wellbeing<br />

Writers: Hayley Joyes, Amanda Nicholls, Natalie Paris, Priyanka Raval<br />

Photographer: Gareth Iwan Jones<br />

Illustrator: Joe Waldron (front cover illustration)<br />

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FIELD NOTES<br />

Find more<br />

music, more<br />

exhibitions, more<br />

of everything at<br />

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LOVE SAVES THE DAY… AGAIN<br />

Team Love are Bristol’s busiest festival throwers right now. In<br />

2024, they’re bringing us the cross-venue eclecticism of Simple<br />

Things (23-29 February), Love Saves the Day (25-26 May) and<br />

Forwards. Co-founder Tom Paine explains what drives them<br />

We try to run the same ethos<br />

through all our festivals. And<br />

that’s sustainability, community<br />

and festivals for good. With<br />

Love Saves the Day we really<br />

focus on sustainability.<br />

The festival pushes the<br />

boundaries of what people<br />

expect from a day festival.<br />

We’re making some changes<br />

this year, including a new stage.<br />

There’s nothing else out there<br />

like Simple Things. In terms<br />

of bands alongside crazy<br />

electronic music, and a huge<br />

range of musical styles and<br />

production. It’s one where I see<br />

the most music, so selfishly<br />

I’m excited to bring it back.<br />

We’re close to confirming<br />

our Forwards headliners. The<br />

feedback we get from bands is<br />

that they love the crowds and<br />

feel aligned with its values.<br />

We love experimenting with<br />

how city centre festivals work.<br />

And how they might help<br />

facilitate positive change. It<br />

might sound grandiose, but it’s<br />

not meant to. It’s just a belief<br />

that doing very small things<br />

can elicit positive change.<br />

nfld.io/lovesavesday<br />

nfld.io/simplethings<br />

DOM-DA-DOM,<br />

DOM-DA-DOM<br />

If the sound of the Doctor<br />

Who theme doesn’t send<br />

you scurrying behind a sofa,<br />

then Weston Museum’s<br />

Adventures in Time and<br />

Space: 60 Years of Doctor<br />

Who Art (until 27 January) is<br />

the place for you. The largest<br />

exhibition of Doctor Who art,<br />

ever, features work spanning<br />

book and VHS tape covers,<br />

paintings, and illustrations<br />

from annuals, comics and<br />

graphic novels. Of course,<br />

the Timelord has visited<br />

Somerset before. Revenge<br />

of the Cybermen was filmed<br />

at Wookey Hole in 1975, and<br />

the exhibition takes place in<br />

the hometown of artist Ian<br />

Burgess, whose portfolio of<br />

200-plus design projects for<br />

Doctor Who includes his first<br />

ever job – painting the<br />

Wheel in Space book cover.<br />

nfld.io/drwho<br />

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8 Field Notes<br />

RADIO ACTION<br />

We showcase the local<br />

radio shows and DJs<br />

pepping up our airwaves.<br />

First up: A For Alpha.<br />

Where can we hear you?<br />

“SWU.FM, Friday 5-7pm.”<br />

What will we hear? “House,<br />

garage, jungle, hip-hop,<br />

neo-soul. Most tracks are<br />

from the 1990s and early<br />

2000s, but I play a few new<br />

and unreleased tracks. I do<br />

a club mix every show.”<br />

Control by Sally C<br />

A wicked techhouse<br />

groover<br />

Pep Talk by<br />

Bahamadia<br />

Cool drum ’n’<br />

bass from the<br />

Philadelphia<br />

rapper<br />

Keep Movin’ by<br />

Sunday Klubb<br />

A rare late 1990s<br />

garage track with<br />

the best groove<br />

Appletree by<br />

Erykah Badu<br />

The classiest<br />

beat, with her<br />

beautiful voice<br />

Rank by Artwork<br />

Original dubstep<br />

Pad & Pen by<br />

A Tribe Called<br />

Quest<br />

My favourite<br />

hip-hop group<br />

How long have you been<br />

on SWU.FM? “Since the<br />

relaunch in September.<br />

I was also a resident before<br />

it closed down. So pretty<br />

much its whole existence!”<br />

Who else should we check<br />

out? “Felix Joy’s breakfast<br />

show will give you the right<br />

energy to start your day.<br />

Milly On Air takes you on<br />

a euphoric proggy trip.<br />

Yemz seamlessly jumps<br />

from genre to genre. Lily<br />

Huu focuses on Bristol bass<br />

music. And Devil’s Work with<br />

Farrell – that’s Chris Farrell<br />

who used to run Idle Hands<br />

– is great for underground<br />

dance music.”<br />

Where will we find you at the<br />

weekend? “Strange Brew or<br />

The Love Inn. Both spaces<br />

are heavily focused on the<br />

music and the atmosphere.”<br />

rinse.fm/channels/swu<br />

A FOR ALPHA’S PLAYLIST<br />

Nassaur Bassed<br />

Party by Ron &<br />

Roland<br />

A fun acid track<br />

from 1996<br />

Locked 34 by<br />

Dylan Fogarty<br />

A hardgroove<br />

track I’ve been<br />

playing all<br />

summer<br />

HIGHER OR LOWER?<br />

Two regional beers. One<br />

boozy, the other not so much<br />

LOWTIDE<br />

The beer: Wild Juice<br />

Chase, DDH pale ale<br />

(0.5%)<br />

The inspiration:<br />

“We love those big,<br />

thiol-forward beers<br />

breweries such as Beak, Track<br />

and Verdant produce. This<br />

pairs very subtle additions of<br />

mango and passionfruit with<br />

talus and citra hops,” says<br />

Lowtide co-founder Rob.<br />

Where to drink it: “At Wiper<br />

& True’s tap events, where<br />

they serve phenomenal<br />

Japanese food. Take it easy<br />

by adding it between<br />

full-strength beers.”<br />

ELECTRIC BEAR<br />

The beer: Bowie<br />

or Bowie, pale ale<br />

(4.2%)<br />

The inspiration:<br />

“Bowie, of course!<br />

A lot of our inspiration comes<br />

from what we’re listening<br />

to in the brewery,” explains<br />

Electric Bear’s Libby. “This<br />

one derived from Flight of<br />

the Conchords’ Bowie. It<br />

also sparked a conversation<br />

around how you pronounce<br />

Bowie. Bowie or Bowie?”<br />

Where to drink it: “Our<br />

taproom regulars are<br />

particularly partial to a fourpint<br />

pitcher while watching<br />

sport on our big screen. It’s<br />

easy-drinking and juicy, with<br />

a crisp red grape finish on the<br />

back of your tongue.”<br />

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Field Notes 9<br />

FREE SPEECH<br />

CURIOSITY CORNER<br />

Add some ritual tradition to your<br />

Christmas. The Marshfield Mummers<br />

– or Old Time Paper Boys – have been<br />

performing their play every Boxing<br />

Day at 11am since reviving it in the<br />

1930s. Join them outside Marshfield’s<br />

Lord Nelson Inn.<br />

With LGBTQ+ poetry night Hear My Voice<br />

returning to Bath’s Rondo Theatre on<br />

23 November (nfld.io/myvoice), host, poet and<br />

slam champion Emma Taylor has some advice<br />

for anyone who wants to take the mic.<br />

“Just go for it. The spoken-word community is<br />

a space of acceptance. Everyone in the room<br />

is rooting for you. Absolutely, it’s scary! But ask<br />

anyone who’s felt the fear but got up anyway,<br />

and they’ll tell you the more you do it, the less<br />

you’ll feel like you might pass out.”<br />

Emma’s favourite poetry and<br />

spoken-word events<br />

Chimes<br />

The Bell Inn, Bath<br />

“A brand new night<br />

hosted by Hear My<br />

Voice regular, Ash<br />

Manganaro. It’s a small<br />

and intimate affair.”<br />

End of November<br />

The Poetry Spa<br />

Bath Spa<br />

University<br />

Student Union<br />

“Hear My Voice’s new<br />

sister event, run by<br />

poet extraordinaire<br />

Kathryn O’Driscoll.”<br />

14 November;<br />

16 January<br />

Satellite of Love<br />

John Sebastian<br />

Lightship, Bristol<br />

“Poetry? A boat?<br />

A bar? Cal Wensley,<br />

Aiysha Humphreys,<br />

Helen Sheppard,<br />

and Sophie Dumont<br />

hosting? I love it.”<br />

Last Wednesday<br />

of the month<br />

Want more<br />

poetry nights?<br />

Check out<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

Bath City and Chippenham Town continue<br />

their battle for regional supremacy in the<br />

National League South this Boxing Day and<br />

New Year’s Day – first at Hardenhuish Park,<br />

Chippenham, then at Twerton Park, Bath.<br />

Chippenham Town Bath City Draws<br />

6<br />

5<br />

LOCAL RIVALRIES<br />

Results<br />

Yellow cards<br />

1<br />

4<br />

3<br />

25<br />

Goals<br />

12<br />

1 1<br />

Red cards<br />

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Field Notes 11<br />

MEET<br />

THE<br />

MAKERS<br />

MAKERS’ YARD<br />

FROME<br />

Located in a Victorian tannery in Frome,<br />

Makers’ Yard is an artist-run creative hub with<br />

studios, an event space and an emphasis on<br />

local grassroots creativity. Co-founder Ryan<br />

Todd introduces four artists and creators who<br />

are part of the Yard’s growing network.<br />

Makers’ Yard’s<br />

Christmas Market<br />

takes place on<br />

2 December. For<br />

more info, visit<br />

nfld.io/makers<br />

OLIVER JUSTICE<br />

Oliver’s architecture<br />

practice is dedicated<br />

to low-carbon, ethical<br />

approaches. His team<br />

focus on crafting<br />

spaces that benefit the<br />

wellbeing of occupants,<br />

while challenging<br />

conventional, oil-based<br />

construction. He has<br />

a studio at Makers’ Yard.<br />

oliverjustice.com<br />

Photos: Emma Todd<br />

HOLLY BROWN<br />

After 15 years as a children’s book<br />

illustrator, Holly started to teach<br />

herself oil painting. She now<br />

exhibits her work throughout the<br />

year, drawing inspiration from the<br />

objects, stories and places she<br />

visits. She also runs oil-painting<br />

courses at Makers’ Yard.<br />

holly-brown.co.uk<br />

PETIT PRESS<br />

A new member<br />

of our creative<br />

network, Petit<br />

Press is a risograph<br />

studio in Bath. They<br />

collaborate with<br />

some of our favourite<br />

artists and we were<br />

lucky enough to have<br />

them selling their<br />

prints at Yard Sale –<br />

our pop-up market.<br />

petitpress.co.uk<br />

CHARLOTTE MACMILLAN-SCOTT<br />

As a relative newbie to working<br />

professionally as a visual artist,<br />

Charlotte is constantly pushing<br />

her work in exciting ways.<br />

Unconfined by a singular process<br />

or client base, it’s inspiring to<br />

see her develop work across<br />

typography, portraiture, murals<br />

and surface design.<br />

charlottemacscott.com<br />

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12 Field Notes<br />

GOING OUT<br />

FIND YOUR FEET<br />

Meet the Bath running club that’s more<br />

interested in participation than PBs<br />

“We started BathFitFam Run Club two years ago based on an<br />

ethos of inclusivity,” says co-founder Andy Watson. “We’ve<br />

had 1,500 runners this year, ranging from a seven-week-old in<br />

a pram to my dad, who’s 78. No distance is too short,<br />

no speed too slow.”<br />

Join BathFitFam Run Club in Victoria Park, Bath,<br />

on Sundays at 8.55am<br />

On Cloud X<br />

A low-profile<br />

running trainer<br />

perfect for gym<br />

workouts and<br />

short runs.<br />

Running Bath’s trainer picks<br />

Hoka Clifton 9<br />

This neutral shoe<br />

with rocker sole<br />

is suitable for<br />

anything from 5ks<br />

to ultras.<br />

runningbath.co.uk<br />

Asics Gel<br />

Trabuco 11<br />

Multi-terrain shoe<br />

for trail running on<br />

mixed surfaces,<br />

with superior grip.<br />

The Outdoor Swimmers’ Handbook<br />

Kate Rew Rider, £19<br />

Kate Rew brings the welcoming spirit of her<br />

Outdoor Swimming Society to the pages of<br />

this indispensable guide to getting started,<br />

staying safe and finding joy in wild swimming.<br />

STAY TOASTY<br />

Ed Bartlett, the founder of<br />

Bristol-based sustainable<br />

cycling brand Kostüme<br />

(kostume.cc), gives us his<br />

guide to technical layering<br />

Base layers<br />

It should be skin tight to move<br />

sweat away from your body. It<br />

needs to sit under at least one<br />

outer garment to evaporate<br />

moisture away. And synthetic<br />

fibres are lighter and more<br />

breathable than merino wool.<br />

Manchester’s Lusso make<br />

great technical apparel.<br />

Warmers<br />

Due to the speed cyclists<br />

move, arm, knee and neck<br />

warmers are arguably the<br />

most important items of<br />

clothing right now. Forget thin<br />

‘shields’ and go for thermal<br />

fabric. Our Kostüme Warmers<br />

are ultra-ergonomic and made<br />

from 100% recycled fibres.<br />

Gilets<br />

A gilet is designed as<br />

a thin outer layer to protect<br />

your core from the worst of<br />

the wind chill without you<br />

overheating. An ultra-thin layer<br />

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Field Notes 13<br />

STAYING IN<br />

BOOK SMARTS<br />

The booksellers that know recommend their favourite reads of 2023<br />

Discover book<br />

readings and<br />

author talks at<br />

nfld.io/booktalks<br />

The Whalebone Theatre<br />

Joanna Quinn<br />

Winstone’s Hunting Raven<br />

Books, Frome<br />

This perfect intergenerational country house<br />

novel sweeps readers from a makeshift theatre<br />

on the beach into the bloody theatre of war.<br />

Lucy By the Sea<br />

Elizabeth Strout<br />

Bailey Hill Bookshop, Castle Cary<br />

The story of Lucy and her ex as they<br />

share a house during lockdown. It brilliantly<br />

portrays the isolation we all felt.<br />

Matrescence<br />

Lucy Jones<br />

Bookhaus, Bristol<br />

Jones explores the physiological,<br />

psychological and sociological metamorphosis<br />

experienced in childbirth, and recognises it as<br />

one of our most extreme transformations.<br />

Ordinary Human Failings<br />

Megan Nolan<br />

Toppings, Bath<br />

An exploration of loneliness, lost hope,<br />

and the oversimplification of feelings and<br />

behaviours that, actually, we can learn from.<br />

CHRISTMAS DAY WINE FLIGHT<br />

Great Wine Co’s Tom Bleathman wants us to “drink less but drink better” this Christmas<br />

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LUNCHTIME<br />

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Organic Sparkling<br />

Vinter Tea<br />

Spiced chai and<br />

Earl Grey blend with<br />

Riesling wine for<br />

a drink that tastes of<br />

gingerbread, allspice<br />

and cardamom.<br />

Picpoul de Pinet<br />

Roquemolière<br />

A crisp white will help<br />

get the palette going,<br />

and this is the perfect<br />

aperitif. Zesty and<br />

fresh with flavours<br />

of tangy citrus and<br />

grapefruit.<br />

Saumaize-Michelin<br />

Pouilly-Fuissé<br />

This white Burgundy<br />

complements turkey<br />

or goose perfectly.<br />

For red, Varvaglione<br />

Papale Oro Primitivo<br />

(£33) is bursting<br />

with flavours.<br />

Peller’s Ice Cuvée<br />

Sparkling<br />

Made in Canada,<br />

this sparkling adds<br />

sweet icewine in<br />

the winemaking<br />

process for a touch<br />

of sweetness and<br />

complexity.<br />

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Food and Drink 15<br />

FOOD<br />

AND<br />

DRINK<br />

Not full? Find<br />

more foodie<br />

inspiration at<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

Italian cuisine with<br />

a Bristol twist; awardwinning<br />

dining experiences<br />

with a difference; and the<br />

community cookery classes<br />

empowering migrants to<br />

chase their dreams and<br />

pass on their culinary skills<br />

WORDS AMANDA NICHOLLS<br />

Photo: Ed Schofield<br />

Go for the cathedral,<br />

stay for the modern,<br />

veg-led sharing plates<br />

served at Root Wells<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

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16 Food and Drink<br />

FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH<br />

The team at Bianchis Group are<br />

energising their Italian cuisine with<br />

a city’s worth of dining influences<br />

PAZZO<br />

89 Whiteladies Road, Bristol<br />

Just round the corner from where their beloved<br />

first restaurant Pasta Loco recently stood is the<br />

biggest venture yet from hospitality don Dom<br />

Borel, chef brothers Ben and Joe Harvey, and<br />

their assorted crew. Together, they’re paying<br />

homage to their roots with a next-level evolution<br />

encapsulating everything the Bianchis Group<br />

has learned since day dot. The space previously<br />

housing Bar Humbug has undergone an 11-week<br />

transformation, and now comprises a series<br />

of warm, elegant dining rooms with flagstone<br />

floors, shelves lined with fine wine, and low-hung<br />

brown paper lanterns that cast you and your<br />

tablemates in a satisfyingly flattering light.<br />

Each room at Pazzo (‘crazy’ in Italian) is named<br />

after a town or village in Lake Como and dotted<br />

with monochrome photographs of friends –<br />

mostly chefs – from around Bristol, emphasising<br />

the sense of extended family, and the city’s<br />

diverse heritage. Their Italian fare is influenced<br />

by the many cultures that have settled here, with<br />

its open kitchen dealing in curried goat tortellini<br />

with jerk butter and parmesan dumpling; Cornish<br />

crab pappardelle; hogget with San Marzano<br />

tomatoes, potato aligot and chimichurri; and<br />

Delica pumpkin with sage and honey.<br />

Contained in its own breadcrumbed package in<br />

a shallow pool of spinach cream, with a couple<br />

of ears of romaine lettuce for fresh contrast<br />

and crunch, the perfectly portioned cacio<br />

e pepe lasagne is a contender for Bristol’s best;<br />

light enough to leave room for a few puffs of<br />

fried zeppole with lemon curd, blackberries<br />

and pistachio to finish. We recommend getting<br />

acquainted with the Bianchis Group’s new crazy.<br />

Mains £17-£24<br />

pazzobristol.co.uk<br />

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Food and Drink 17<br />

TOP-LEVEL DINING<br />

WITH A DIFFERENCE<br />

Want Michelin awards<br />

with none of the faff and<br />

fustiness? We’ve got you<br />

Photo: Ed Schofield<br />

ROOT<br />

12 Sadler Street, Wells<br />

The veg-led menu at Root’s Somerset<br />

outpost is, all by itself, worth the trip to<br />

this bijou city. Combine with a wander<br />

around Wells’ stately cathedral, spotting<br />

blue-robed choristers on cobbled<br />

streets, for a dreamy day out. Rob<br />

Howell has elevated his hometown’s<br />

culinary offering with the likes of<br />

burrata with blood nectarines, and<br />

Basque cheesecake with plum and<br />

orange, although a standout snack<br />

– fried cheddar and Marmite puffs –<br />

steals the show. Expect Tuesday night<br />

openings this season, a French-themed<br />

evening, and takeaway pizza for Wells<br />

Carnival (17 November).<br />

Small plates £9-£17<br />

rootwells.co.uk<br />

QUEEN OF CUPS<br />

10-12 Northload Street, Glastonbury<br />

Welsh-Jordanian chef Ayesha Kalaji doesn’t insist her<br />

distinctive dishes of laverbread falafel and lavenderbraised<br />

lamb are authentic. They’re an interpretation.<br />

“Food that feels true to myself, my area, my ideas.”<br />

Having read the semiotics of Middle Eastern food<br />

and spent summers with her grandma in Jordan,<br />

Ayesha set up in this 17th-century coaching inn in<br />

2021, introducing a quirky aesthetic and regular drag<br />

nights. She knows her stuff, and her suppliers, who<br />

grow Aleppo chillies and Syrian za’atar just for her.<br />

Hot dishes £7.25-£21.50<br />

queenofcups.co.uk<br />

OSIP<br />

1 High Street, Bruton<br />

Don’t expect anything so<br />

limiting as a menu at this<br />

Michelin-starred jewel,<br />

which promises an element<br />

of surprise. Merlin Labron-<br />

Johnson asks you to put your<br />

faith in his capacity to curate an<br />

experience that “celebrates a time and<br />

place in Somerset”, using whichever ingredients<br />

arrive from his nearby plots. Evenings involve<br />

preserved vegetables with fresh breads and broth,<br />

plus larger plates and sweets. Osip 2.0 is being built<br />

for spring at the foot of a forest in the Bruton hills.<br />

Full menu £120, shortened menu £69 (lunch only)<br />

osiprestaurant.com<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

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18 Food and Drink<br />

A CLASS ACT<br />

We visit the social enterprise giving migrants and<br />

displaced people the confidence to pass on their<br />

culinary traditions and find their own path<br />

Photos: Migrateful, Fede Rivas<br />

From asylum-seeker to head chef<br />

of a London Lebanese restaurant:<br />

that’s the kind of career path<br />

we love to see, and the kind that<br />

this social enterprise helps to<br />

make possible. Counting Yotam<br />

Ottolenghi, Jamie Oliver and<br />

Meghan Markle among its fans,<br />

Migrateful is a Bristol/London<br />

outfit supporting integration and<br />

independence for people who find<br />

themselves displaced. Chef Negla,<br />

for example, fled the war in Sudan<br />

ten years ago, while Mansura came<br />

from a northern Ghanaian town<br />

with the biggest slave market in<br />

West Africa, where women don’t<br />

have much of a voice. Dolores,<br />

meanwhile, made the trip to the UK<br />

from Jamaica alone in 20<strong>01</strong>, before<br />

having her immigration status<br />

taken away in 2005 and finding she<br />

was no longer allowed to work.<br />

“Migrateful brought joy into my life. They make<br />

me feel I can fulfil my dream of cooking”<br />

– Sereh, Migrateful’s Gambian chef<br />

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Food and Drink 19<br />

Left Sereh brings Gambian<br />

flavours to her Migrateful<br />

cookery lessons<br />

Right After fleeing war in<br />

Sudan, Negla is passing on<br />

her culinary skills<br />

Challenging stereotypes, with<br />

the aim of correcting and<br />

rewriting harmful narratives about<br />

immigration, Migrateful’s public<br />

cookery lessons and tailored<br />

socials take place at its cookery<br />

school, in people’s homes, or<br />

online. Migrant home cooks are<br />

trained to teach classes in their<br />

own traditional cuisine, be it Indian<br />

or Iranian, Nigerian or Nicaraguan,<br />

before hosting – head-of-thefamily<br />

style – a sit-down meal for<br />

their students.<br />

You might be serving up spiced<br />

potato dumplings in yoghurt,<br />

and deep-fried lamb and bulgur<br />

wheat with Syrian chef Sultana<br />

at Coexist Community Kitchen,<br />

or knocking up coconut plantain<br />

stew at St Werburghs Community<br />

Centre. Split into sub-groups,<br />

with each responsible for creating<br />

one of the dishes on your evening<br />

menu, you’re encouraged to move<br />

around and chat during class, to<br />

learn about the other dishes being<br />

prepared, while your teacher<br />

shares stories about their food<br />

and culture, and imparts cookery<br />

tips and tricks. It’s a good choice<br />

for a pre-Christmas get-together<br />

that gives something back and<br />

promotes a more understanding<br />

local community.<br />

Classes £45pp<br />

nfld.io/migcook<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

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americanmuseum.org<br />

December


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THE<br />

LIST<br />

For loads more<br />

performances,<br />

events and<br />

experiences, visit<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

A selection of events taking<br />

place across the region in<br />

November and December<br />

COMPILED BY<br />

CLEMMIE MILLBANK<br />

To promote<br />

your event on<br />

these pages,<br />

email simon@<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

Can’t get enough of<br />

chocolate? Check out<br />

Carlos Ayala’s sensory<br />

workshops on page 32<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

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NEARFIELD • NEARFIELD • NEARFIELD • NEARFIELD •<br />

22 The List<br />

WORM<br />

DISCO<br />

CLUB<br />

The Bristol-based<br />

purveyors of cosmic<br />

jazz and outernational<br />

sounds explain the<br />

thinking behind their<br />

eclectic DJ and<br />

gig nights<br />

We play the best records we can<br />

find from a mad mix of cultures,<br />

times and places. We book<br />

incredible bands and musicians<br />

we love from all over the world.<br />

We put out new releases by upand-coming<br />

artists we rate. And<br />

we give other DJs a platform,<br />

and generally try to bring people<br />

together to make them wriggle.<br />

Attention to detail and a sense of<br />

openness make our nights unique.<br />

There is no set music policy other<br />

than “does it groove, is it funky, is<br />

it good?”<br />

The southwest music scene<br />

is all about collaboration. It has<br />

become quite a melting pot. The<br />

creativity, festival crews and music<br />

brands Bristol is known for now is<br />

really impressive.<br />

An epic DJ set is when everyone is<br />

getting down properly, lost in the<br />

moment. The DJs are on top form,<br />

doing spontaneous things, playing<br />

a mix of music that’s both familiar<br />

and unknown. Not many places are<br />

set up right to allow for the magic<br />

to happen, especially for vinyl DJs,<br />

so when it does, it feels special.<br />

Worm Disco Club presents<br />

Anatolian psych-rockers Derya<br />

Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek at Strange<br />

Brew, Bristol, on 25 November;<br />

and Zamrockers W.I.T.C.H at Lost<br />

Horizon, Bristol, on 4 December.<br />

nfld.io/strangebrew<br />

nfld.io/losthorizon<br />

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GET A WRIGGLE ON<br />

Worm Disco Club’s<br />

music tips<br />

Best southwest<br />

record shops<br />

“Wanted, Friendly, Disk Frisk,<br />

and Centre For Better Grooves<br />

in Bristol. Regionally, we<br />

love Longwell in Keynsham,<br />

Resolution in Bath, Raves From<br />

the Grave in Frome, and Sound<br />

and Klang Tone in Stroud.”<br />

Best venues<br />

“La Bomba, The Jam Jar, Lost<br />

Horizon, The Love Inn and<br />

Strange Brew in Bristol. And<br />

SVA in Stroud. All these places<br />

have great stuff going on.”<br />

Best new artists<br />

“TC & the Groove Family, TLK,<br />

Marla Kether, Snazzback, Moses<br />

Yoofee Trio, corto.alto, GOkU.”<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

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24 The List<br />

PROMOTED<br />

Trip the Light Fantastic<br />

Bristol Beacon<br />

Witness a space reborn, as sound and light<br />

collide in this extraordinary show. Produced<br />

by Paraorchestra in collaboration with Bristol<br />

techno artist Surgeons Girl, conductor Charles<br />

Hazlewood, and light artists Limbic Cinema,<br />

this audio-visual experience has been specially<br />

commissioned to reopen Bristol Beacon.<br />

30 November bristolbeacon.org<br />

LIVE<br />

Hoptoberfest<br />

Propyard, Bristol<br />

Bring on the bratwurst,<br />

the lederhosen and<br />

the oompah band:<br />

Bristol’s best Bavarian<br />

celebration is back<br />

by hop-ular demand.<br />

Serving up steins<br />

full of locally brewed<br />

craft ales and ciders,<br />

and soundtracked by<br />

thumping headline<br />

DJ sets from house<br />

legend Norman Jay<br />

MBE on Friday and<br />

IDLES’ energetic<br />

frontman Joe Talbot<br />

on Saturday.<br />

10-11 November<br />

nfld.io/hoptober<br />

New Soundz<br />

Festival<br />

Arnolfini, Bristol<br />

Prepare for an<br />

auditory awakening<br />

at this celebration of<br />

South Asian music.<br />

Witness jaw-dropping<br />

performances from<br />

sound artist and<br />

beatboxer Jason<br />

Singh, and sitar player<br />

Roopa Panesar, plus<br />

a brand-new piece<br />

from sarod virtuoso<br />

Soumik Datta. The<br />

artists will also be<br />

discussing their<br />

creative journeys.<br />

10-12 November<br />

nfld.io/newsoundz<br />

Photos: Bristol Beacon<br />

Sound Records:<br />

Flamingods<br />

The Goods Shed,<br />

Stroud<br />

Sound Records have<br />

something special<br />

lined up for their fifth<br />

birthday celebration<br />

– and it arrives in<br />

the shape of genredefying<br />

psych-pop<br />

travellers Flamingods.<br />

They’ll be dropping<br />

by with a synapsefrying<br />

blend of musical<br />

influences that<br />

includes psychedelia,<br />

1970s rock ’n’ roll and<br />

ravey electronica…<br />

and that’s just the<br />

first song.<br />

18 November<br />

nfld.io/flamegod<br />

Gorilla Tactics<br />

Xmas Party<br />

Cheese & Grain,<br />

Frome<br />

Join Gorilla Tactics<br />

for a proper West<br />

Country dub session,<br />

with original reggae<br />

selector and legendary<br />

broadcaster David<br />

Rodigan MBE<br />

headlining the annual<br />

festive party. More<br />

than capable support<br />

comes in the bass<br />

bin-rattling shape<br />

of Prince Fatty<br />

& Horseman. Oh,<br />

and don’t miss the<br />

afterparty at 23 Bath<br />

St either.<br />

22 December<br />

nfld.io/gorillatacs<br />

The Women Who Gave No F*cks<br />

Front Room Theatre, Weston-Super-Mare<br />

Be inspired by Irish pirate queens, Japanese<br />

sun deities, Greek pig-wife belly goddesses, and<br />

Magyar domestic warriors on this whistle-stop<br />

tour of history’s most imperfect females, who use<br />

their wit, cunning, courage, righteous rage and<br />

(occasional) superpowers to reach greatness.<br />

A theatrical demonstration of exactly what can be<br />

achieved when women give absolutely zero fucks.<br />

1 December nfld.io/nofks<br />

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of<br />

the Baskervilles<br />

Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol<br />

Get lost on the moors with this eerie retelling<br />

of Conan Doyle’s spine-tingling mystery. The<br />

atmospheric Anglican Chapel at Arnos Vale will be<br />

transformed into 221B Baker Street, where Holmes<br />

and Watson will bang their heads together to solve<br />

the mystery of the diabolical supernatural hound.<br />

15 November to 1 December nfld.io/sherlock<br />

NF<strong>01</strong>


For all your festive Wines and Spirits<br />

The Great Wine Co.<br />

The finest wines and spirits since 1983<br />

The Great Wine Company,<br />

Wells Road, Bath BA2 3AP<br />

Shop - Open to public<br />

Customer car parking<br />

www.greatwine.co.uk


26 The List<br />

ART<br />

When Dreams Confront<br />

Reality: Surrealism<br />

in Britain<br />

Victoria Art Gallery,<br />

Bath<br />

Originating in Paris after<br />

the brutality of the First<br />

World War, the influence<br />

of surrealism stretched<br />

far beyond its birthplace.<br />

This exhibition delves deep<br />

into the origins of the<br />

movement and its impact<br />

on the British artscape, with<br />

paintings, collage, drawings,<br />

ceramics and sculpture<br />

by artists such as Max<br />

Ernst, Julian Trevelyan,<br />

FE McWilliam and Man Ray.<br />

Until 7 January<br />

nfld.io/dreamart<br />

Photos: The Sherwin Collection, Leeds, UK / Bridgeman Images<br />

Right John Banting<br />

(1902-72), The Couple,<br />

c.1932-33, oil on board<br />

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SOUTH WEST<br />

BUILDING OF THE YEAR<br />

Image: Accommodation pod 3 at sunset, credit Jesse Roth<br />

NOW SHOWING:<br />

Common Thread, works by Lyn Barlow and Grayson Perry<br />

16.09.2023-<strong>01</strong>.<strong>01</strong>.2024, daily 10am-5pm<br />

GALLERY & EXHIBITIONS<br />

UNIQUE PLACES TO STAY<br />

RESTAURANT & SHOP<br />

ARTISTS & PRINT STUDIO<br />

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eastquaywatchet.co.uk<br />

Watchet, Somerset


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ART<br />

Elias Sime:<br />

Eregata<br />

Arnolfini, Bristol<br />

A big one, this.<br />

The first major solo<br />

European jaunt for<br />

one of Ethiopia’s<br />

leading contemporary<br />

artists. Sime’s<br />

ethnographically<br />

inspired stitch, yarn<br />

and button series, and<br />

large-scale ceramic<br />

installations explore<br />

material topography<br />

and ideas of serenity,<br />

and the plausibility of<br />

such a thing.<br />

Until 18 February<br />

nfld.io/eregata<br />

Place Portrait<br />

Spike Island, Bristol<br />

An invitation to<br />

deeply connect with<br />

your immediate<br />

surroundings, this<br />

exhibition holds<br />

a magnifying glass<br />

to the Spike Island<br />

neighbourhood. It<br />

features a central<br />

wooden installation<br />

evoking the masts and<br />

cranes of its skyline,<br />

plus interviews with<br />

local characters,<br />

ambient sound, still<br />

and moving portraits,<br />

and found and newly<br />

created materials.<br />

Until 14 January<br />

nfld.io/spikeplace<br />

Gruppenausstellung<br />

Hauser & Wirth, Bruton<br />

A platform for discovery and interaction, this<br />

exhibition is inspired by the traditional pop-up<br />

art galleries called Kunsthalle, which brought<br />

groundbreaking art to broad audiences across<br />

German-speaking Europe. Gruppenausstellung<br />

features over 20 artists presenting playful,<br />

immersive installations, solo works and free<br />

fortnightly film screenings.<br />

Until 1 January nfld.io/kunst<br />

Albert Paley: Heavy Metal and the<br />

Art Nouveau<br />

Messum’s West, Tisbury<br />

Spanning 35 years’ worth of metal work, from<br />

tiny pieces of intricate jewellery to bold 30-foot<br />

sculptures the size of houses, this exhibition is<br />

a rare opportunity to see American artist Albert<br />

Paley’s work in the UK and learn more about his<br />

creative process.<br />

Until 14 January nfld.io/metalart<br />

Photo: Phoebe d_Heurle<br />

30th Anniversary Screening: Jurassic Park<br />

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery<br />

Join Bristol Film Festival as it hosts early evening<br />

and late-night screenings of Steven Spielberg’s<br />

dino thriller among the museum’s life-sized models<br />

and skeletons. Plus, enjoy a pre-show meet-andgreet<br />

with the movie’s main stars. No, not Jeff<br />

Goldblum or Laura Dern, but a slightly terrifying<br />

T-Rex and velicoraptor from Raptors World.<br />

14 November nfld.io/dinos<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

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30 The List<br />

SEASONAL<br />

PROMOTED<br />

Winter Solstice<br />

Dining Experience<br />

Horrell & Horrell,<br />

Sparkford<br />

PROMOTED<br />

Winter Wonderland<br />

American Museum & Gardens, Bath<br />

The clue is in the name for this one. If it’s<br />

a festive, handcrafted Christmas experience<br />

you’re after, look no further. The Georgian<br />

manor house will be festooned with<br />

decorations, plus a twinkling, 18-foot fir tree.<br />

Book in for one of the Christmas workshops,<br />

or treat yourself in the deli.<br />

1-31 December americanmuseum.org<br />

Treefest<br />

St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol<br />

Support local charities by taking a stroll through<br />

a festive display of Bristol creativity. Each of the<br />

Christmas trees has been supported and decorated<br />

by a variety of local people and organisations to<br />

create a magical forest inside the gothic beauty of<br />

St Mary Redcliffe Church.<br />

6-10 December nfld.io/treefest<br />

PROMOTED<br />

Beat the winter<br />

chill with a dining<br />

experience like no<br />

other. Hosted by Jules<br />

and Steve Horrell<br />

(previously of Roth<br />

Bar & Grill), guests<br />

will be greeted at<br />

the Old Apple Barn<br />

before enjoying four<br />

courses of gardengrown<br />

bounty, cooked<br />

over fire and served<br />

in the centre of a long<br />

sharing table.<br />

22 December<br />

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Joy! A Seasonal<br />

Celebration<br />

of Craft<br />

New Brewery Arts,<br />

Cirencester<br />

You can get in<br />

a fluster about<br />

Christmas shopping,<br />

or you can swing by<br />

New Brewery Arts for<br />

a selection of unique<br />

handcrafted gifts for<br />

family and friends.<br />

Find everything from<br />

homeware through<br />

to cards and prints<br />

from talented UK<br />

craftspeople.<br />

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24 December<br />

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Christmas<br />

Wreath-making<br />

Bath College, City<br />

Centre Campus<br />

Get into the spirit<br />

this December by<br />

making a Christmas<br />

wreath under the expert guidance of Bath<br />

College’s floristry tutor, Andrew Baker.<br />

Courses sell out fast, so don’t hang around.<br />

7, 8, 15 December bathcollege.ac.uk<br />

The Little Match Girl & Happier Tales<br />

The Lucky Chance, Frome<br />

Join Wise Children theatre company at its<br />

new home in Frome for 12 performances of<br />

this intriguing folk tale. Weaving in well-known<br />

stories such as The Princess and the Pea and<br />

The Emperor’s New Clothes, expect puppetry,<br />

mysticism and a generous sprinkling of dark festive<br />

magic. Cheesy panto? Oh no it isn’t.<br />

8-23 December nfld.io/matchgirl<br />

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Third-generation<br />

Italian-Ecuadorian<br />

chocolatier and founder<br />

of Bristol’s Vicolo Sei<br />

Chocolates Carlos Ayala<br />

has the lowdown<br />

Despite common<br />

misconceptions about<br />

chocolate negatively<br />

affecting dental health,<br />

recent studies have shown<br />

that dark chocolate may<br />

actually help prevent cavities.<br />

Which is very good news.<br />

Photo: Luca Tsouloulis<br />

THINGS<br />

YOU<br />

DIDN’T<br />

KNOW<br />

Cacao-based products<br />

like dark chocolate and<br />

cacao nibs are abundant<br />

in essential minerals and<br />

antioxidants, which can<br />

help support heart health<br />

and prevent other illnesses. It<br />

can also boost serotonin levels,<br />

contributing to improved mood.<br />

Raw organic cacao contains<br />

160mg of calcium per 100g,<br />

compared to 125mg per<br />

100ml in cow’s milk. Time<br />

to swap the flat white for<br />

a couple of squares of<br />

dairy-free raw chocolate?<br />

Cacao is a good<br />

source of easily<br />

absorbed iron,<br />

ABOUT<br />

which makes it<br />

a valuable addition<br />

to a vegetarian or<br />

vegan diet.<br />

CHOCOLATE<br />

Cacao is the purest<br />

and most natural<br />

form of chocolate.<br />

Although derived from<br />

cacao beans, cocoa is<br />

processed in a way that<br />

alters its health benefits.<br />

Join Carlos at TEDxBristol on<br />

18 November, or at one of his<br />

immersive sensory chocolate<br />

workshops<br />

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THE REST<br />

Beaver Moon<br />

Glow Swim<br />

Vobster Quay,<br />

Upper Vobster<br />

Lighting up this<br />

beloved open-water<br />

swimming spot like<br />

a trail of confused<br />

out-of-season fireflies,<br />

the hardiest cold-water<br />

bobbers will be coming<br />

together under the<br />

light of November’s<br />

full Beaver Moon<br />

before defrosting with<br />

a bowl of cassoulet<br />

around the roaring fire<br />

pit. Non-members<br />

are welcome.<br />

24 November<br />

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PROMOTED<br />

Feasting at Pennard Hill Farm<br />

East Pennard, Somerset<br />

Pennard Hill Farm is flinging open the doors<br />

of its brand-new feasting barn this winter.<br />

Expect a celebration of wild food, regenerative<br />

farming, cosy bonhomie and some of the most<br />

delicious produce Somerset has to offer.<br />

11 November, 2 & 9 December<br />

pennardhillfarm.co.uk<br />

Story Slam<br />

The Wardrobe<br />

Theatre, Bristol<br />

From the disgusting to<br />

the hilarious, the tragic<br />

to the heartbreaking –<br />

you’re never quite sure<br />

what you’re going to<br />

hear at Story Slam,<br />

where all the stories<br />

are offered up by<br />

members of the<br />

audience. Put your<br />

name in the hat for<br />

a chance to speak, or<br />

simply sit back and<br />

listen to everyone<br />

else’s tales.<br />

26 November,<br />

17 December<br />

nfld.io/storyslam<br />

Medicinal<br />

Mushrooms<br />

42 Acres, Frome<br />

Start your day with<br />

a forage through<br />

42 Acres’ on-site<br />

woodland and learn<br />

to identify various<br />

fungi while learning<br />

about their medicinal<br />

properties. After<br />

a tasty lunch from<br />

their ‘Soil to Gut’<br />

menu you’ll explore<br />

ways to preserve<br />

mushrooms and<br />

master the basics of<br />

drying, powdering,<br />

and making tinctures.<br />

16 November<br />

nfld.io/shroommed<br />

Tara Wigley: How to Butter Toast<br />

At the Chapel, Bruton<br />

TEDxBristol<br />

SS Great Britain,<br />

Bristol<br />

TEDxBristol is<br />

back for the first time<br />

in four years! Some<br />

of the southwest’s<br />

most innovative<br />

thinkers and bold<br />

idea generators are<br />

set to climb on board<br />

the SS Great Britain<br />

for three mindopening<br />

sessions.<br />

Hear from activists,<br />

artists, educators and<br />

adventurers on how<br />

they plan to change<br />

the world.<br />

18 November<br />

nfld.io/tedxbriz<br />

Food writer and Ottolenghi collaborator Wigley<br />

drops in to talk about her latest foodie tome, How<br />

to Butter Toast – a cookbook that doesn’t offer<br />

recipes, but answers common culinary conundrums.<br />

Like, how long should you boil an egg? What’s the<br />

best way to crush garlic? And how do you make the<br />

perfect cup of tea? All the essential questions Siri<br />

has been getting wrong for years.<br />

29 November nfld.io/taratoast<br />

The Churchill Lecture: David Olusoga<br />

American Museum & Gardens, Bath<br />

As part of The Churchill Lecture series, the<br />

American Museum marks the 60th anniversary of<br />

Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream”<br />

speech with a very special talk from British-<br />

Nigerian bestselling author, award-winning<br />

presenter, documentary maker and historian,<br />

Professor David Adetayo Olusoga OBE.<br />

24 November nfld.io/davido<br />

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NEW<br />

BEGINNINGS<br />

Looking back to move<br />

forward – how Bristol<br />

Beacon is tapping into its<br />

lesser-known past to find<br />

purpose; where to unearth<br />

the best vintage clobber;<br />

meet the cold-water<br />

dippers diving into the UK's<br />

oldest lido; and discover<br />

the joy of reclamation yards<br />

Photos: Gareth Iwan Jones<br />

Into the blue again:<br />

Cleveland Pools is all<br />

prepped for some<br />

winter sparkle<br />

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NEW BEGINNINGS • NEW BEGINNINGS • NEW BEGINNINGS •<br />

36 Bristol Beacon<br />

As Bristol Beacon gets ready to remove its dust<br />

sheets ahead of reopening, we find out how the<br />

venue is honouring its rich and radical history<br />

WORDS PRIYANKA RAVAL<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL BLAKEMORE<br />

CARRYING<br />

THE TORCH<br />

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Bristol Beacon’s much-publicised<br />

five-year revamp extends far<br />

beyond a £132 million rebrand<br />

and glitzy makeover. “More than<br />

a venue,” so it hails itself, Bristol<br />

Beacon is out to inspire and<br />

empower the city's creative minds,<br />

just as it has done throughout its<br />

156-year history.<br />

Nailing this mission to its wall is the<br />

Lantern Heritage Project, a fact-finding<br />

mission shedding light on the untold<br />

stories this transformed venue is aiming<br />

to take its cues from. Its findings have<br />

been illustrated by Northover&Brown,<br />

in collaboration with inclusion and<br />

diversity consultant Ngaio Anyia, on<br />

a 12-metre-long frieze adorning the<br />

Lantern Hall.<br />

Left Bristol Byzantineinfluenced<br />

artwork<br />

by Giles Round<br />

Above A flight of<br />

fancy: the new spiral<br />

staircase in the foyer<br />

of the Lantern Hall<br />

Much like the venue’s mix of original<br />

features with state-of-the-art acoustics,<br />

the frieze represents change through<br />

continuity. A thread that carries on, too,<br />

through community outreach projects<br />

inspired by the progressive role the<br />

venue has long played in the city.<br />

We sat down with the creator, producer<br />

and Deaf disability activist Cathy Mager,<br />

who led the Lantern Heritage Project,<br />

and Bristol Beacon artistic director Todd<br />

Wills, to understand how the venue’s<br />

illustrious past will inform its future.<br />

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38 Bristol Beacon<br />

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BOOKING AHEAD<br />

Don't miss these at nfld.io/beacon<br />

Lankum<br />

1 February<br />

Fall under the spell<br />

of these doom-folk<br />

purveyors.<br />

Fatoumata<br />

Diawara<br />

6 February<br />

Malian singersongwriter<br />

who<br />

reinvents traditional<br />

African music.<br />

Jonathan Pie:<br />

Heroes & Villains<br />

20-21 February<br />

Tom Walker's ranty<br />

correspondent<br />

gives his enemies<br />

both barrels.<br />

Fever Ray<br />

29 February<br />

Moody electro-pop<br />

from the Scandi<br />

experimentalist.<br />

Photo: Cathy Mager<br />

Above<br />

Creator,<br />

producer,<br />

Deaf activist<br />

and head of<br />

the Lantern<br />

Heritage<br />

Project,<br />

Cathy<br />

Mager;<br />

Bristol<br />

Beacon's<br />

Sound<br />

Lounge<br />

WALL STORIES<br />

In large bold letters emblazoned above<br />

the information desk, WELCOME is the<br />

first thing you see when walking into<br />

Bristol Beacon from Trenchard Street.<br />

“It wasn’t part of my brief, but I came up<br />

with the idea,” Cathy tells me, pointing to<br />

the sign. “With accessibility, small tweaks<br />

can make a difference. It’s about trying<br />

to make the space welcoming to people<br />

who might feel alienated from it.”<br />

Opposite is the Sound Lounge, a cosy<br />

cubby hole bedecked with vintage<br />

posters, a lyric wall, video screen and<br />

reference library. Cathy repurposed<br />

the space from an unused cupboard<br />

to better represent the city’s diversity,<br />

and “for people to occupy; a community<br />

artwork curated by people and artists”.<br />

The main chunk of the Herculean brief<br />

Cathy took on three years ago, though,<br />

was to unearth the venue’s lesser-known<br />

radical history. Trawling digital archives<br />

through the pandemic she discovered<br />

the stories that are now immortalised on<br />

the Lantern Hall's frieze wall.<br />

Over coffee she regales me with tales<br />

of flying monkeys, giant water tanks,<br />

a canine orchestra, and palm trees<br />

looming from the orchestra pit. When<br />

the circus came in 1933, the auditorium<br />

had to house elephants, kangaroos and<br />

bears. “And there was Doll Land – 3,200<br />

dolls handmade by local people, which<br />

sounds quite creepy,” laughs Cathy.<br />

She speaks of legendary characters, like<br />

Carlos Trower, the Black acrobat from<br />

the 1890s who’d walk over the audience<br />

on a tightrope, cooking a beefsteak.<br />

There were Bristol divas, Clara Buck,<br />

Elsie Griffin, and Eva Turner – “the<br />

Kardashians of their time!” And Alfred<br />

Hollins, the blind organist who would<br />

perform mashups of songs called out<br />

by the crowd.<br />

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ACCESS ALL AREAS<br />

Cathy Mager picks out a few of the region's<br />

accessible spaces<br />

Royal West of England<br />

Academy<br />

RWA offer sensory bags<br />

for neurodivergent visitors,<br />

accessible activities,<br />

special tours for adults with<br />

dementia, and the calming<br />

Youngwood Room.<br />

rwa.org.uk<br />

The Watershed<br />

They offer a range of<br />

options such as masked<br />

and socially distanced film<br />

screenings, and sessions<br />

for visitors with autism.<br />

watershed.co.uk<br />

Rondo Theatre<br />

The Stolen Winter Light<br />

(13-24 December) is a fully<br />

accessible festive show<br />

with BSL and captioned<br />

access, touch tours, and<br />

‘screaming’ performances<br />

for babies and children.<br />

nfld.io/stolenwinter<br />

The Wave<br />

Their adaptive surfing<br />

sessions are tailored to<br />

access requirements,<br />

whether physical, learning<br />

or sensory.<br />

thewave.com<br />

There have been more meaningful<br />

incidents, too: “I wanted to highlight<br />

the resistance and activism, without<br />

shying away from more uncomfortable<br />

episodes,” Cathy says. “In March 1934,<br />

the British Union of Fascists’ leader<br />

Oswald Mosley gave a talk here. But<br />

6,000 people demonstrated outside,<br />

and some hid in the stalls to disrupt<br />

the meeting.” Similarly, in May 1909,<br />

suffragettes Vera Holme and Elsie<br />

Howey waited in the grand pipe of the<br />

organ to interrupt a political speech by<br />

Augustine Birrell.<br />

More recently, of course, the venue's<br />

name has been a subject for debate.<br />

In 1998, Massive Attack announced<br />

they would boycott the venue as long<br />

as it bore the name of the slave trader<br />

Edward Colston. In 2<strong>01</strong>7, plans for<br />

a name change were under way, and<br />

expedited after the resurgence of the<br />

Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.<br />

“We’ve tried to communicate Black Lives<br />

Matter as a continuation of a long-<br />

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Left A revamped<br />

Beacon Hall prepares<br />

for a fresh start<br />

Below Illustrator Mel<br />

Northover working on<br />

the Lantern Hall's frieze<br />

running movement,” Cathy explains.<br />

“From the Bowie brothers, a Black<br />

banjo duo from the 1880s who would<br />

sing anti-slavery songs, to Akua Naru's<br />

performance in 2<strong>01</strong>5, talking about the<br />

need to do more than talk about racism.”<br />

“The final panel shows these<br />

shockwaves, the vibration of the<br />

activism, the explosion knocking Colston<br />

off his plinth, bringing us up to now. We<br />

have Vanessa Kisuule’s poem, Lady Nade,<br />

Big Jeff, the Bristol Reggae Orchestra…<br />

The idea is every time you walk past, you<br />

notice something new. I’ve learned it’s<br />

crucial to keep reinvestigating history.”<br />

As a Deaf creator, Cathy’s approach<br />

to accessibility, in collaboration with<br />

neurodivergent artists, has brought this<br />

history alive in a multi-sensory, almost<br />

synaesthetic way: “The intention is that<br />

it feels like a piece of visual music,” she<br />

tells me. The frieze is accompanied by<br />

an audio description guide for low-vision<br />

and Blind people, and a sign language<br />

film by Deaf hip-hop dancer Raffaella.<br />

Cathy is hopeful that this focus on<br />

accessibility will expand: “The mistake<br />

"I wanted to highlight<br />

the resistance and<br />

activism, without<br />

shying away from more<br />

uncomfortable episodes"<br />

people make is thinking access is<br />

fixed, that you bring in the expert and<br />

tick the boxes. To be inclusive is to be<br />

receptive to new ideas, new people, new<br />

disabilities, new ways of seeing.”<br />

HOMEGROWN TALENT<br />

New ideas are at the heart of artistic<br />

director Todd Wills's vision, too.<br />

Bristol Beacon is unusual as a concert<br />

hall. Instead of acting as a receiving<br />

house it programmes half of the content<br />

itself, allowing for a more curatorial and<br />

inclusive approach. “It’s a tough balance,<br />

hitting targets,” Todd says, “but we don’t<br />

want to be a stationary monolith in the<br />

centre of town.”<br />

“We want to nurture emerging talents,”<br />

Todd continues. Crucial to this are the<br />

education spaces, rehearsal rooms,<br />

recording equipment, and performance<br />

space in the renovated Cellars. “The<br />

ideal is to work with them in the Cellars,<br />

take them into the Lantern, which is our<br />

500-capacity space, then eventually into<br />

the main hall,” Todd says.<br />

Photo: Northover&Brown<br />

Bristol Beacon already has outreach<br />

projects in Filwood and Southmead, and<br />

has partnered with local radio station<br />

Ujima and youth-led creative collective,<br />

Rising Arts Agency. And from these<br />

grassroots, the stories of the venue’s<br />

next 150 years will doubtless emerge.<br />

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INTERVIEW • INTERVIEW • INTERVIEW • INTERVIEW •<br />

42 Bristol Beacon<br />

SWITCHED ON<br />

Paraorchestra conductor Charles Hazlewood and Bristol techno<br />

operator Surgeons Girl pull back the curtain on their Bristol<br />

Beacon-opening performance with light artists Limbic Cinema<br />

WORDS CHRIS PARKIN<br />

What does Bristol Beacon’s reopening mean to you?<br />

Charles: This is Bristol – and there couldn’t be a more<br />

musical city, right? For its cultural hub to have been<br />

missing all this time is a bit like a body operating<br />

without a heart. And for its heart to be reinstated, and<br />

for it to be world class, is so important.<br />

Photo: Plaster<br />

rom Goldie conducting the<br />

BBC Concert Orchestra to<br />

old-school ravers welling up to<br />

Haçienda Classical’s stringsladen<br />

reworks, the boundaries<br />

between classical and dance<br />

music aren’t always rigid. Even<br />

so, the coming together of<br />

Bristol’s ensemble of disabled<br />

and non-disabled musicians<br />

Paraorchestra with techno artist Sinead<br />

McMillan, AKA Surgeons Girl, and light<br />

artists Limbic Cinema, promises to defy<br />

all categorisation. Here we chat to<br />

Sinead and Paraorchestra’s artistic<br />

director Charles Hazlewood about<br />

rebooting Bristol Beacon’s rep for<br />

boundary pushing sounds with their<br />

Trip the Light Fantastic performance.<br />

How do the old and new halls compare?<br />

Charles: We loved the old one for lots of reasons,<br />

not least for big, banging amplified music. The<br />

sound had a thuggish kind of weight to it which was<br />

exciting. Although I have to say, if you were playing<br />

acoustically with an orchestra, it was less satisfying.<br />

But for big, banging amplified music, which Sinead’s<br />

piece absolutely is, it’ll be straight between the eyes<br />

in the new hall.<br />

Sinead: I’ve seen so many amazing concerts here,<br />

from piano concertos to people like Flying Lotus, but<br />

I’ve never played anywhere this big. I’m used to clubs<br />

and their sound, which is much flatter.<br />

What can people expect from the show?<br />

Charles: It’s going to be earth elemental, powerful,<br />

intricate, surprising, euphoric, bangingly good. It’s<br />

about that (hopefully) sublime interface between the<br />

worlds of techno and orchestras. I think the first myth<br />

to debunk is the idea that an orchestra is only one<br />

thing, that it’s just about violas and oboes. Of course<br />

“For its cultural hub to have been<br />

missing all this time is a bit like<br />

a body operating without a heart”<br />

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calling the responding composer, Oliver Vibrans, who<br />

takes Sinead’s core materials and explodes them out<br />

of the orchestra and then sends them back to Sinead.<br />

Like an endless echo loop.<br />

it can be just about those things. But it<br />

can also be something which reaches<br />

out and embraces worlds of music<br />

beyond the traditional orchestral.<br />

At Paraorchestra, we’ve always been<br />

excited to explore what you might<br />

call the sweet spot between where an<br />

acoustic instrument ends and Sinead<br />

walks into the frame.<br />

Sinead: There’s always a challenge<br />

when an orchestra meets techno, that<br />

it could sound a bit like ‘daddy at the<br />

disco’, which would be so lame, right?<br />

Nobody wants to see that.<br />

Charles: It’s all thanks to Sinead’s<br />

genius, but also the person we’re<br />

And you’re also bringing the piece to life visually…<br />

Charles: With Bristol’s Limbic Cinema. They’re leaders<br />

in projection mapping, and Sinead’s music is the<br />

perfect seedbed for it. In fact, they’re going to be<br />

taking feeds directly from your instrument.<br />

Sinead: We’re going to experiment with how we<br />

generate dynamics in the visuals, and make them<br />

completely at one with the music. But also fill the<br />

space with orchestral instruments as well.<br />

You said there isn't a more musical city than Bristol;<br />

what else should we check out?<br />

Sinead: Strange Brew. To be more specific, their Livity<br />

Sound, Psychotherapy Sessions (PTS), and Accidental<br />

Meetings club nights. There are also great festivals<br />

like Machina Bristronica, Simple Things and En Masse,<br />

and a cool new night from Dare to Club, which brings<br />

the spirit of Berlin to Bristol with big names in techno.<br />

Trip the Light Fantastic takes place on Thursday,<br />

30 November, in the Beacon Hall nfld.io/triplight<br />

Above Sinead<br />

McMillan, AKA<br />

Surgeons Girl,<br />

pushing buttons<br />

Right Fully kitted<br />

out for live R&D<br />

rehearsals<br />

Photo: Paraorchestra<br />

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CLASSIC<br />

Breathing new<br />

life into preloved<br />

clothing is<br />

better for your<br />

pocket, and the<br />

environment.<br />

Here’s where<br />

to find your<br />

vintage fits in the<br />

southwest…<br />

WORDS HAYLEY JOYES<br />

FROCK<br />

WORDS HAYLEY JOYES<br />

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46 Vintage Clothing<br />

NEW BEGINNINGS • NEW BEGINNINGS • NEW BEGINNINGS •<br />

thical brand directory<br />

and experts on<br />

sustainable fashion<br />

Good On You describe<br />

‘fast fashion’ as,<br />

“Cheap, trendy<br />

clothing that samples<br />

ideas from the<br />

catwalk or celebrity<br />

culture and turns<br />

them into garments<br />

at breakneck speed.”<br />

Sounds great! Affordable styles<br />

that keep you on trend.<br />

Unfortunately, this comes at<br />

a cost. Not to your bank balance,<br />

maybe, but for the environment<br />

it’s like going deep into an<br />

overdraft that’s already maxed<br />

out. Research from the Geneva<br />

Environment Network and the<br />

UN Economic Commission for<br />

Europe shows that the fashion<br />

industry is responsible for 10%<br />

of our carbon emissions, plus<br />

there’s all the water usage,<br />

pollution and exploitation of<br />

workers to factor in. Systemic<br />

issues that aren’t going away.<br />

Fashion Revolution’s 2023<br />

Fashion Transparency Index<br />

reported that “99% of fashion<br />

brands do not disclose<br />

a commitment to reduce the<br />

number of new items they<br />

produce.” They also explain that<br />

“just 12% of brands publish<br />

a responsible purchasing<br />

code of conduct”. So while the<br />

responsibility for fixing the<br />

fashion industry shouldn’t lie<br />

primarily with consumers, we<br />

can help influence supply and<br />

demand by shopping elsewhere,<br />

opting instead for vintage looks<br />

and re-edits of preloved and<br />

secondhand items.<br />

It’s something more and more<br />

people are choosing to do.<br />

There’s been a spike in popularity<br />

for reselling apps like Depop,<br />

Vestiaire Collective, Vinted and<br />

even Facebook Marketplace.<br />

TikTok search terms like<br />

#upcycledfashion, #thrifting<br />

and #secondhand are in their<br />

billions, and fashion influencers<br />

are including #thrifthaul and<br />

#charityshophaul in their posts<br />

to tap into the trend. IRL, in<br />

the southwest, we’re seeing<br />

an influx of events like Bristol<br />

Thrift Market, whose first market<br />

saw 1,000-plus people come<br />

through the doors at Document,<br />

Bristol, recently. Co-founder<br />

and organiser Hannah explains<br />

the importance of closing the<br />

loop and why thrifting is also<br />

important for the local economy.<br />

“Buying secondhand not only<br />

keeps clothes in circulation,”<br />

she tells us, “but it also supports<br />

local businesses and fellow<br />

thrifters in the process. There’s<br />

also not a lot that matches the<br />

thrill of sifting through countless<br />

rails of dreamy vintage clothes<br />

and finding the perfect one-off<br />

piece at a bargain price.”<br />

As the cost of living crisis drags<br />

on (and on), this bargain-seekers’<br />

thrill has gone up a few notches.<br />

And, as you’ll find in our handy<br />

guide, there’s nowhere better to<br />

find it than the southwest.<br />

GILMOURS GARMZ<br />

Warminster, BA12 9AN<br />

Harry Gilmour,<br />

owner: “I’ve always<br />

had a quirky passion<br />

for clothes; loving<br />

vintage and goodquality<br />

branded<br />

clothing. For me,<br />

sustainable fashion is<br />

the way forward, and<br />

I have a shop full of<br />

amazing handpicked<br />

clothing right in the<br />

heart of Warminster.”<br />

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Vintage Clothing 47<br />

SWAN VINTAGE<br />

Bruton, BA10 0AH<br />

OF THE<br />

BEST<br />

TIME AFTER TIME<br />

Stroud, GL5 1AJ<br />

THE REWORK ATELIER (IN SPARKS)<br />

Bristol, BS1 3DS<br />

Poppyella Oakey, co-founder: “We stock<br />

a range of indie designers from the West<br />

Country, like Material Response and Bees<br />

Knees. Our products are all expertly crafted<br />

from deadstock, offcuts, and secondhand<br />

and vintage fabrics. Our mission is to keep<br />

materials and clothing in the loop, reducing<br />

the need for more production.”<br />

VINTAGE ABS<br />

Bath, BA1 1RG<br />

Zoe Ford, owner:<br />

“I love to source<br />

pieces that<br />

are individually<br />

interesting and on<br />

trend, in excellent<br />

condition and<br />

wearable today.<br />

I focus on women’s<br />

fashion and my shop<br />

presents a feminine,<br />

comfortable and fun<br />

shopping experience.<br />

I’m passionate about<br />

items made using the<br />

best natural fabrics,<br />

and bringing quality<br />

luxury and glamour to<br />

the high street at an<br />

affordable price.”<br />

David Philip Ireland, co-owner:<br />

“With over four decades of<br />

experience in the vintage and<br />

antiques market, we offer an<br />

expertly curated selection<br />

spanning from the mid-1800s to<br />

pieces from designers like Ossie<br />

Clark, Biba, Chloe, Prada and YSL.”<br />

Abigail Ewles, director: “Our<br />

reworked clothing is something<br />

we’re really proud of. Each piece<br />

is made by a local seamstress<br />

who creates one-off items out of<br />

damaged garments that would<br />

have ended up in landfill.”<br />

LETHAL POSTMEN<br />

Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BE<br />

Claire Goodman, owner: “I sell<br />

men’s and women’s vintage clothing<br />

from the 1920s to the 1990s. I love<br />

colours and patterns, and have<br />

everything from 1940s wedding<br />

dresses to 1980s sportswear<br />

crammed into my tiny shop.”<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

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48 Vintage Clothing<br />

FIX UP,<br />

LOOK<br />

SHARP<br />

SWIFT THRIFTIN’<br />

A guide, from<br />

Sophie Saint, AKA<br />

@saint.thrifty<br />

CYANOTYPE ON FABRIC<br />

Bristol Folk House<br />

Upcycle an old tee<br />

with some cyanotype<br />

printing, and feel<br />

smug about splashing<br />

your creativity over<br />

something destined<br />

for the chazza.<br />

9 December<br />

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SEWING FOR BEGINNERS<br />

Sewing Shed, Stroud<br />

Repair your items or<br />

embark on creating<br />

something from<br />

scratch. Pick up<br />

tips on everything<br />

from dressmaking<br />

to operating an<br />

overlocker.<br />

DARNING WORKSHOP<br />

Berdoulat, Bath<br />

Add longevity to your favourite garms<br />

by learning how to repair them. From<br />

beloved knitwear, to moth-bitten socks.<br />

7 November nfld.io/darnwork<br />

MAKE:SHED MONTHLY WORKSHOPS<br />

Remakery, Frome<br />

Join the community powered Remakery<br />

team and learn valuable skills to breathe<br />

life into all your making projects.<br />

THE GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET<br />

Bath & West Showground<br />

Meet like-minded thrifters at this iconic<br />

and super-friendly flea market. Sellers<br />

from all over the region congregate to<br />

offer their best secondhand items.<br />

10 December nfld.io/shepflea<br />

VISIBLE MENDING MASTERCLASS<br />

Bristol Folk House<br />

Alterations that stand out. Repair wellloved<br />

clothes with hand embroidery,<br />

applique, darning and needle felting.<br />

26 November nfld.io/visimend<br />

“Online is convenient<br />

but there’s something<br />

special when it comes to<br />

physically rifling through<br />

a vintage shop. You get to<br />

feel the fabrics, inspect<br />

the quality, and see if<br />

and how it fits.”<br />

“The thrift hunt can take<br />

time and it’s easy to feel<br />

overwhelmed when faced<br />

with racks upon racks<br />

of clothing. My top tip is<br />

to pull together a list of<br />

items you’ve got in mind,<br />

and focus on hunting out<br />

those. It can stop you<br />

from making frivolous,<br />

unnecessary purchases.”<br />

“If something catches<br />

your eye, though, try it<br />

on. The magic of thrifting<br />

is that sometimes you’ll<br />

find a stunning item that<br />

will spark infinite joy and<br />

become an integral part<br />

of your wardrobe. And if<br />

it’s a quality piece, you<br />

can potentially pass it<br />

down the generations.”<br />

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50 Cleveland Pools<br />

COLD<br />

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What’s it like swimming in a pool in a wetsuit? Now the UK’s oldest<br />

lido is open for a winter of cold-water swimming, we can find out…<br />

WORDS CHRIS PARKIN<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY GARETH IWAN JONES<br />

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activities to<br />

get your heart<br />

pumping this<br />

winter, head to<br />

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COMFORT<br />

Above Swimmers<br />

acclimatising themselves in<br />

Cleveland Pools’ unheated<br />

water before winter<br />

temperatures plummet<br />

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52 Cleveland Pools<br />

ids skiving off school in the summer.<br />

Jehovah’s Witnesses baptising one<br />

another with a dunking. A baboonkeeping<br />

Victorian-era superintendent<br />

called ‘Captain’ William Evans performing<br />

daredevil diving stunts. Women and men<br />

segregated. Trout doing, err, trouty things.<br />

If the walls of Cleveland Pools’ crescented<br />

caretaker’s cottage could talk, they’d<br />

probably never stop yammering away, not<br />

with a history that goes all the way back<br />

to 1817. Yet, left abandoned after its brief<br />

stint as a fish farm in the 1980s, this Bath<br />

lido became a thing of myth, its memory<br />

vanishing almost entirely. But thanks to<br />

the determination of the Cleveland Pools<br />

Trust, a cast of volunteers numbering<br />

hundreds, and a restoration project 20<br />

years in the making, the UK’s oldest lido is<br />

back. And in a nod to its past when it was<br />

river-fed and chilly, the pools will remain<br />

unheated right through winter for anyone<br />

seeking a frosty endorphin rush. We<br />

decided to meet a few of those who are.<br />

“When the cold-water workshops came<br />

up at the pools, me and a friend decided<br />

to give one a go. It was interesting to hear<br />

about the kit you should have, and none<br />

of it costs a huge amount of money – like<br />

a hot water bottle. It was all about being<br />

sensible, and making sure your hat and socks<br />

are next to your hot water bottle. There’s<br />

nothing better than hot socks. There’s a lot<br />

of chocolate cake, too; what’s the point in<br />

doing this otherwise?”<br />

“I don’t like leisure centres. I don’t like the<br />

noise, the heat, the smell. You don’t get any<br />

of that here. You get in, you swim. It’s a lovely<br />

atmosphere, and even better if it’s raining.<br />

The air around you is so much nicer. I’m<br />

planning to swim all the way through winter.”<br />

Growing up, Megan Jones would spend<br />

countless hours every summer at Cleveland<br />

Pools – not that her parents or teachers always<br />

knew this. Now, like many others who remember<br />

the pools before its long period of disrepair,<br />

she’s back in its waters and has added it to the<br />

list of cold-water swimming spots she dips in<br />

with a friend every week.<br />

“I used to swim here as a child, so I was really<br />

pleased to see it open again. It was river-fed<br />

back then and the water was green! But it was<br />

a good place to skive-off school – and then it<br />

closed and they turned it into a trout farm.”<br />

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Peter Brown and his daughter Ellie, both from Bath, are<br />

at very different stages of their cold-water swimming<br />

journeys. Peter has been shivering in rivers and seas<br />

all his life, while Ellie is a complete newbie. Now they’re<br />

steeling themselves for a winter of icy dipping.<br />

Peter: “Whenever I get<br />

a chance, I go in. Rivers,<br />

seas, wherever. But this<br />

is just amazing. The<br />

stuff going into rivers<br />

isn’t nice, so this is<br />

transformational. There’s<br />

sunshine, trees, nature,<br />

all of that compared to<br />

being in an indoor pool. It<br />

is exercise, but for me it’s<br />

all about awakening your<br />

senses. I’ve got a hat and<br />

boots, I’ve got gloves, I’ve<br />

got a wetsuit, and as the<br />

winter comes along I’ll<br />

wear more of that.”<br />

“You can swim next to<br />

a complete stranger –<br />

like last week, when it<br />

was blowing a hoolie and<br />

pouring with rain – and<br />

you’re both grinning<br />

away because it’s so<br />

exhilarating. Other people<br />

are like, ‘What, they’re<br />

heating it in summer and<br />

not winter?’ You can see<br />

them thinking that makes<br />

no sense. My wife says to<br />

tell her when it’s switched<br />

on and she’ll join us; she’s<br />

not bothered by us saying<br />

how great it is.”<br />

Ellie: “This is only my<br />

second time here. Dad<br />

has been trying to get<br />

me to go cold-water<br />

swimming for years and<br />

now this is open I don’t<br />

have any excuse. When<br />

I put my head under for<br />

the first time I felt my<br />

body go into a kind of<br />

shock, but you get used<br />

to it and find a sense of<br />

calm. It’s about those<br />

happy hormones.”<br />

“It is exercise,<br />

but for me it’s all<br />

about awakening<br />

your senses”<br />

GET IN!<br />

A few other amazing<br />

places to dive in<br />

Portishead Open Air Pool<br />

Portishead, BS20 7HD<br />

With its striking mix of blue, white<br />

and orange, this iconic lido is open<br />

for cold-water swims all winter.<br />

portisheadopenairpool.org.uk<br />

Cromhall Quarry<br />

Cromhall, GL12 8AA<br />

A filled-in quarry just north of Bristol<br />

specialising in open-water swimming.<br />

You’ll need a wetsuit.<br />

cromhallquarry.com<br />

Weston Marine Lake<br />

Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 2BE<br />

A 200-metre-long infinity lake at the<br />

north end of town full of welcoming<br />

cold-water bobbers.<br />

westonmarinelake.co.uk<br />

Westbury Swimming Pool<br />

Westbury, BA13 3BY<br />

Prefer something warmer? Switch icy<br />

immersion for visual bedazzlement at<br />

Westbury’s incredible Victorian pool.<br />

wiltshire.gov.uk<br />

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54 Cleveland Pools<br />

A COOL HEAD<br />

Helen Webster is an open-water<br />

swimming coach and runs regular coldwater<br />

workshops in the region. Here are<br />

her top tips for staying safe.<br />

1<br />

“Gradually immerse yourself, and only<br />

start swimming once you are calm and<br />

your breathing is under control.”<br />

2<br />

“Exit the water while you still feel good;<br />

shivering or loss of motor function are<br />

signs you’ve been in too long.”<br />

Nat Johnson lives on a boat, and cruises<br />

back and forth between Devizes and Bath.<br />

And when she’s not navigating water or<br />

sleeping on it, she likes to be in it. Moored<br />

on the Kennet and Avon Canal, a few<br />

metres’ walk from Cleveland Pools, she’s<br />

making them an exception to her blanket<br />

ban on swimming pools.<br />

“I don’t do lane swimming or go to<br />

swimming pools, so this is the closest I’d<br />

get to that. It feels outdoorsy enough. I feel<br />

the same about indoor pools as I do about<br />

supermarkets – they make me feel cooped<br />

up. It’s different here, and it’s clean! Last<br />

year, I got into cold-water dipping. I’d go for<br />

a swim in the river, but wouldn’t want to put<br />

my head in the water. This year, I’ve started<br />

learning to swim properly, doing it for<br />

exercise and fitness as well, so coming here,<br />

or to Vobster Quay or Cromhall Quarry, is<br />

somewhere I can do more of that.”<br />

3<br />

“Neoprene gloves, boots and caps can<br />

make things much more comfortable.<br />

Put a wetsuit on, too, if you prefer.”<br />

4<br />

“Enjoy being in nature, share the experience<br />

with friends, and never swim alone.”<br />

5<br />

“Get dried and dressed quickly. Due to<br />

the ‘afterdrop’, we feel chilliest around ten<br />

minutes after swimming. So no faffing!”<br />

6<br />

“Eat cake after your swim. Always.”<br />

Find Helen on Instagram at<br />

@helenwebster_swimcoaching and<br />

helenwebsterswimcoaching.com<br />

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“Last year I didn’t swim in a wetsuit.<br />

I was more into the freezing-cold<br />

skin-burn and not being able to think<br />

about anything else. But I thought with<br />

proper swimming and longer distances,<br />

I probably couldn’t hack that.”<br />

Warleigh Weir, Farleigh Hungerford, the Irish<br />

Sea. Georgie Bassford prefers to be in the water<br />

and, for the most part, for it to be skin-prickly<br />

c-o-o-l-l-l-d. That’s why she’s pulling on her hat<br />

and gloves for Surfers Against Sewage’s Dip<br />

a Day in October fundraiser.<br />

“I don’t mind swimming in rivers, even when<br />

they’re dirty – I just don’t put my head under.<br />

But this is a great option. You’ve got a bit of<br />

both. In the middle of winter when the rivers<br />

are in flood and I can’t get to the sea because<br />

it’s too far away, this is great for a cold dip.”<br />

“I feel the<br />

same about<br />

indoor pools<br />

as I do about<br />

supermarkets<br />

– they make me<br />

feel cooped up”<br />

“It’s easy to say now in October, but the plan is<br />

to go right through. Last year I did a few cold<br />

dips, and I have cold<br />

showers, too. I’m keen,<br />

but it’s not easy. I’m<br />

a bit of a wimp, really.<br />

Anyone who does coldwater<br />

swimming, no one<br />

finds it easy do they?<br />

People who don’t do it<br />

are always like, ‘How do<br />

you do it? I’d find it so<br />

cold.’ I’m like, ‘But I find<br />

it cold!’”<br />

To book a cold-water<br />

swim at Cleveland Pools,<br />

download the Fusion<br />

Lifestyle app<br />

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NEW BEGINNINGS • NEW BEGINNINGS • NEW BEGINNINGS •<br />

Reclamation Yards 57<br />

LEARN<br />

THE<br />

YARD<br />

WAY<br />

Statues of patron<br />

saints, headstones<br />

and sturdy<br />

school furniture –<br />

reclamation yards<br />

have it all<br />

WORDS NATALIE PARIS<br />

A<br />

morning wander around a reclamation yard, past rows of<br />

dusty furniture, sifting through door knobs and inspecting<br />

garden ornaments, is a rite of passage for today’s doerupper.<br />

You may have a head full of plans or you could be<br />

short on inspiration, but at a rec yard you’ll find materials to<br />

suit every project and pieces to kickstart a design theme.<br />

Happily, the southwest is packed with yards whose ethos is to<br />

reuse, rather than chuck away.<br />

If you’re lucky, you may<br />

unearth some surprising<br />

treasures. Visit Frome<br />

Reclamation, for example, and<br />

you could leave with a statue<br />

of Joan of Arc or a model of<br />

a giant trainer which was once<br />

used in a roadside advert.<br />

“I export a lot of my stuff to<br />

the States,” Karl, who owns<br />

the yard, explains. “I supply<br />

Amazon, Netflix, movie sets.<br />

I’ve supplied Versace with a lot<br />

of stuff in New York. They built<br />

an English Georgian house in<br />

central New York.”<br />

If it’s good enough for Versace,<br />

then it’s got to be a good<br />

way to inject some character<br />

into your own home. Reusing<br />

items salvaged from other<br />

properties or businesses can<br />

reduce refurbishing costs<br />

too, as they’re generally more<br />

affordable than something<br />

brand new, and often more<br />

solid and dependable than<br />

modern, off-the-shelf items.<br />

It’s win-win-win, we reckon.<br />

So if you’re ready to join the<br />

southwest yard core, we’ve got<br />

you covered.<br />

the<strong>nearfield</strong>.com<br />

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58 Reclamation Yards<br />

FROME RECLAMATION<br />

Frome, BA11 1RE<br />

WELLS RECLAMATION<br />

Wells, BA5 1RQ<br />

One of the oldest yards in the UK. Its treasures sprawl across<br />

a vast five acres and currently include handsome pieces like<br />

a 17th-century chest of drawers, a Victorian rocking horse<br />

and a cream leather art deco sofa. It also stocks vintage and<br />

antique furniture, reclaimed building materials, fireplaces,<br />

flooring, enamel signs, and its own wooden, freestanding<br />

kitchen units. These traditional country-style units are sold<br />

alongside shelving made from crates and old bread oven<br />

doors. Particularly special finds are regularly posted on their<br />

Instagram and website, so you can browse online before<br />

making the trip. wellsreclamation.com<br />

The quality of stock here<br />

attracts customers from far<br />

and wide, including from<br />

Utah, in the US, where there’s<br />

a theme park complete with<br />

a whole graveyard supplied<br />

by Frome Reclamation. The<br />

yard specialises in reclaimed<br />

roof tiles and bricks, while<br />

the assortment of fireplaces<br />

and period doors – stored<br />

vertically so you can swing<br />

them and imagine them in situ<br />

– is particularly good.<br />

fromerec.co.uk<br />

BRISTOL WOOD RECYCLING PROJECT<br />

Bristol, BS2 0RG<br />

Restore your home<br />

sustainably with a visit to<br />

this social enterprise, which<br />

saves nearly two tonnes of<br />

waste wood from landfill<br />

every day and reuses it<br />

within the community. The<br />

centre trains volunteers to<br />

make furniture and accepts<br />

orders for bespoke products.<br />

Salvaged timber in boards of<br />

all sizes are sold in the wood<br />

shop, which offers a cutting<br />

and planing service. You can<br />

also buy pre-built storage<br />

boxes made from recycled<br />

planks – perfect for a log<br />

store or a wheelie bin cover.<br />

The centre is located next<br />

door to St Philips Reuse and<br />

Recycling Centre, too. Handy<br />

for anyone having a bit of<br />

a clear out first.<br />

bwrp.org.uk<br />

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Reclamation Yards 59<br />

“Anything to do with<br />

death sells. Coffins,<br />

that type of thing”<br />

– Karl from Frome<br />

Reclamation<br />

OLD JOY<br />

Jamie Graham, from interiors experts<br />

Graham & Green, explains the allure<br />

of reclamation yards<br />

“People are moving away from that cookiecutter<br />

aesthetic of wanting everything<br />

new. They’re open to finding furniture<br />

and homeware from all over – vintage and<br />

secondhand, antiques, items found on<br />

travels or in reclamation yards – and they’re<br />

conscious that these pieces stay with them<br />

and sit among each other. It’s what we stand<br />

for, too, and why we’re curating a collection of<br />

vintage pieces from India, built up over years<br />

of travelling and buying there, in our<br />

Elgin Crescent store next April to<br />

celebrate our 50th anniversary.”<br />

Jamie’s top tips for<br />

treasure hunting<br />

“Don’t be put off if you don’t find something<br />

every visit. Just walking around can provide<br />

inspiration and inform your next trip.”<br />

“Meet the owners. They’ll be your best<br />

source of advice and can help you source<br />

things, or offer restoration services.”<br />

“Rummage around. The best pieces<br />

aren’t always front and centre.”<br />

“Consider repurposing pieces for alternative<br />

uses. Could a sculpture become a lamp base?”<br />

GLASTONBURY RECLAMATION<br />

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Glastonbury’s reclamation yard has<br />

an orchard and makes its own cider<br />

– labelled Salvage Cider. You can also<br />

buy cheesemaking equipment to<br />

accompany it. With a tidy garden and<br />

polytunnels to stroll through, this is<br />

somewhere to consider for beams,<br />

wood flooring, bathroom fittings and<br />

country-style pine furniture. The<br />

majority of stock is sourced within<br />

Somerset, with schools offloading old<br />

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Outside Influence 61<br />

OUTSIDE INFLUENCE<br />

ICEBREAKERS<br />

Every issue, we give our pages over to a local community, group or<br />

organisation making things better in the region. First up, IceBreakers<br />

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62 Outside Influence<br />

W<br />

e’ve<br />

Still in the throes of the pandemic<br />

and all that social disconnection,<br />

we started weekly dips in the<br />

river. It was important to make it<br />

accessible and free, with as few<br />

barriers as possible. Now we have<br />

over 150 members in Bath, 70 in<br />

Brighton, and we launched a Bristol<br />

group in October.<br />

hosted various wellbeing retreats at Campwell Farm since<br />

2<strong>01</strong>7, but following the loss of a male friend to suicide, and<br />

hearing stories of other male friends who were suffering in<br />

silence, we came up with our Man Kind Day in October 2020, as<br />

an experiment in bringing men together for a day of connecting,<br />

reflecting and being in nature. This was the start of IceBreakers.<br />

It’s a magic formula of community,<br />

nature and immersion in cold<br />

water. While we keep our practice<br />

simple, the stories from men who<br />

have found this ritual critical for<br />

maintaining their mental wellbeing<br />

keep on coming. There is growing<br />

evidence to back up the various<br />

elements of our approach;<br />

from cold-water immersion to<br />

breathwork. Recently, Harvard’s<br />

longest study on human happiness<br />

showed that positive relationships<br />

and community are what make<br />

for a healthy life. And we’re often<br />

happiest when we’re out in nature;<br />

it can reduce stress, make us<br />

happier and inspire creativity.<br />

Our retreats can run for one,<br />

two or three days, and integrate<br />

open-fire cooking, walks, games<br />

and a lot of sitting around huge<br />

fires, sharing stories. Phones are<br />

checked into a box on arrival so<br />

the group is fully in the zone,<br />

without distractions.<br />

Written by IceBreakers co-founder<br />

Tim Bowles<br />

JAMES<br />

“I’ve done two retreats. The first,<br />

amid grief, legal issues, marital<br />

strife and growing a business, was<br />

a hard reset, and I left with a sense<br />

of calm and clarity. The second,<br />

this year, was a real detachment<br />

from a lot of stress. It’s an amazing<br />

community and I’d encourage<br />

anyone to get involved.”<br />

DINESH<br />

“I’ve learnt to share my fears and<br />

personal challenges, and as a result<br />

I have my mojo back. The impact<br />

has been so positive. It’s helped me<br />

reconnect with myself, my family<br />

and my friends, but also provided<br />

me with the opportunity to give<br />

back. I’m grateful for my amazing<br />

brothers at IceBreakers.”<br />

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Outside Influence 63<br />

“The stories from men who<br />

have found this ritual critical<br />

for maintaining their mental<br />

wellbeing keep on coming”<br />

Above An<br />

immersive<br />

experience:<br />

IceBreakers keep<br />

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below Dundas<br />

Aqueduct<br />

Left After the<br />

wet, the wild<br />

– breathwork<br />

and open-fire<br />

cooking in nature<br />

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Outside Influence 65<br />

THE ICEBREAKERS WAY<br />

Arron Collins-Thomas explains the group’s approach<br />

Over the past few years we’ve<br />

been developing an approach<br />

we call The IceBreakers Way. It<br />

had to be simple, something<br />

anyone can pick up, but also offer<br />

benefits and structure around our<br />

meetups and dips. I teach qigong,<br />

and many of the movements<br />

we use are drawn from this. We<br />

incorporate breathing techniques,<br />

too, and use both movement and<br />

control of breath to enable us<br />

to get into rivers, regardless of<br />

the temperature.<br />

There are three stages to our<br />

weekly river meets:<br />

1<br />

The Warm In<br />

We prepare for cold<br />

exposure by connecting<br />

our breath to our body,<br />

followed by a gentle<br />

movement specific to the<br />

season. We build in some<br />

movement and dynamic<br />

breathwork to lift energy<br />

levels and prepare us for<br />

the cold-water exposure.<br />

2<br />

The Dip<br />

We dip together with<br />

a focus on breath control<br />

and entering the water<br />

safely and under control.<br />

Depending on the weather,<br />

experience levels and water<br />

temperature, we spend<br />

between one and 15 minutes<br />

in the cold water.<br />

3<br />

The Warm Up<br />

Once we exit the water<br />

we perform specific<br />

movement patterns<br />

coordinated with breath<br />

to bring heat back into our<br />

bodies and warm us up from<br />

the core. We finish with a few<br />

qigong movements to boost<br />

our energy and leave us<br />

feeling amazing.<br />

Join IceBreakers<br />

Men of all ages<br />

are welcome.<br />

IceBreakers meet at<br />

Warleigh Weir every<br />

Wednesday morning at<br />

6.30am, and on Sundays at<br />

8am. Extended introductory<br />

sessions take place on the<br />

last Sunday of every month.<br />

IceBreakers are hosting<br />

a one-day retreat on<br />

12 January, followed by<br />

a weekend retreat on 5 April.<br />

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Your Field 69<br />

YOUR<br />

FIELD<br />

Klang Tone Records’ Sean Roe<br />

celebrates Lansdown in his<br />

hometown, Stroud<br />

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Sean describes Klang Tone as<br />

Stroud’s underground record<br />

shop. With a penchant for weird<br />

sounds and outsider musicians,<br />

the shop stocks a wild array of<br />

records alongside his partner<br />

Ritsuko Hidaka’s selection of<br />

mid-century ceramics, textiles<br />

and art. They recently moved<br />

into a new space in their<br />

spiritual home of Lansdown.<br />

“It’s the street I live on, so it’s<br />

a bit like coming home. It also<br />

has some of the best buildings<br />

in Stroud. It has a ‘downtown’<br />

vibe to it.”<br />

Here are a few of Sean’s favourite places<br />

RO Frames<br />

“They always show<br />

incredible attention to detail,<br />

despite the huge amount of<br />

work they take on. Though<br />

their space is small and<br />

compact, they make room for<br />

a mini exhibition.”<br />

Humphries & Begg<br />

“Our near neighbours.<br />

Their clothes have a unique<br />

handcrafted feel; loose and<br />

comfortable, with vibrant<br />

designs screen-printed onto<br />

100% natural fabrics by<br />

a small team in Jaipur, India.”<br />

Lansdown Hall<br />

& Gallery<br />

“This gallery is funded by<br />

artists who book the space<br />

for a week at a time to exhibit.<br />

They also host live events,<br />

screenings and workshops<br />

for adults and children.”<br />

Strangeness<br />

& Charm<br />

“A vintage clothing (and more)<br />

shop on Gloucester Road<br />

run by our friend, Rebecca.<br />

We often bump into her at<br />

antique fairs and flea markets<br />

at 6am in the morning when<br />

we’re out looking for records.”<br />

Sew & So<br />

“I’m always amazed by<br />

how early they open! They<br />

were really nice when we<br />

needed to get material for<br />

our old shop. It’s a great<br />

place to look for textiles,<br />

with so many styles and<br />

patterns for sale.”<br />

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70 Your Field<br />

FIELD TRIP<br />

FRIARY<br />

WOOD<br />

CIRCULAR<br />

The founder of<br />

Bath 5k Map, Annie<br />

Legge, leads us on<br />

a festive schlep<br />

from the Inn at<br />

Freshford, via Iford<br />

Manor and back<br />

again, to blow<br />

away the cobwebs<br />

1<br />

Starting with your back to the<br />

Inn at Freshford – pre-walk<br />

snifter optional – take a right<br />

through the gate to the top of<br />

the woods, taking the first left<br />

and trekking down towards<br />

the banks of the River Frome.<br />

2<br />

Pass through a gate on to<br />

Rosemary Lane, swing right<br />

and take the first lane on your<br />

left. After passing Dunkirk Mill<br />

Cottage on your right, veer<br />

left along the lower edges of<br />

Friary Wood, continuing to the<br />

hamlet. Re-up on local eggs<br />

and honey.<br />

3<br />

Head through Friary Wood<br />

until you come to a large field<br />

next to the riverbank – a great<br />

place to let dogs burn off<br />

any festive frustrations.<br />

4<br />

Turn left at the gate for a view<br />

of the Georgian-style Iford<br />

Manor, and cross Iford Bridge.<br />

Stop at Iford Manor Cafe &<br />

Kitchen for sourdough bread,<br />

tea, cake or cider. Check their<br />

website for seasonal hours.<br />

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Your Field 71<br />

Freshford Station<br />

Freshford<br />

The Inn at Freshford<br />

1<br />

The Tyning<br />

Freshford<br />

Mill<br />

Avoncliff Wood<br />

6<br />

Rosemary Lane<br />

2<br />

Iford Lane<br />

5<br />

Iford<br />

Manor<br />

Cafe &<br />

Kitchen<br />

Friary Wood<br />

River Frome<br />

Friary Wood Lane<br />

3<br />

Iford Bridge<br />

4<br />

5<br />

Head 600m along Iford Lane<br />

until you reach a stile tucked<br />

away in the hedgerow. Follow<br />

the well-trodden path along<br />

the edge of two fields until<br />

you’re just above the houses<br />

at Freshford Mill.<br />

6<br />

Follow Rosemary Lane to the<br />

entrance of Freshford Mill.<br />

Pass through the kissing gate<br />

on your right into the field<br />

next to the river, and follow<br />

the flow back to the Inn at<br />

Freshford. Bag a fireside seat.<br />

Get a round in. Relax.<br />

The Bath 5k Map was created<br />

by Annie Legge to promote<br />

ways to improve mental<br />

health wellbeing through<br />

accessing the outdoors<br />

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72 It Happened Here<br />

IT<br />

HAPPENED<br />

HERE<br />

The Cure headline Moles<br />

before conquering the world<br />

A few months after this photo of The Cure<br />

playing Moles was taken on 28 July 1983 – not<br />

a Friday, fact fans – things would go bananas<br />

for Crawley’s big-haired banshee-pop heroes.<br />

Absent from the setlist that night, as the band<br />

warmed up to play Cornwall’s Elephant Fayre<br />

alongside the likes of Roy Harper, Benjamin<br />

Zephaniah and Ivor Cutler, was a song they would<br />

release just three months later, and which they<br />

would never escape from again: The Lovecats.<br />

45 YEARS OF MOLES<br />

To mark its 45th anniversary, Moles recently<br />

received a grant from Arts Council England and<br />

the National Lottery to programme 45 artists over<br />

15 live events, with tickets set at £4.50 per show.<br />

Neat theme, right? You can still catch the following:<br />

Photos: Raven Cozens-Hardy<br />

Squidge<br />

3 November<br />

TSPSI<br />

10 November<br />

Seneca<br />

11 November<br />

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Snake Eyes<br />

18 November<br />

Sadface: Emo Drag<br />

29 November<br />

October Drift<br />

2 December<br />

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74 My <strong>nearfield</strong><br />

MY NEARFIELD<br />

Keith Kopp<br />

After recognising a few locations in his new film Translations,<br />

we asked the Bath-based filmmaker how the area inspires him<br />

Within ten miles you have a city with<br />

modern and quirky architecture from<br />

most time periods, and then a large town<br />

with Georgian structures. The people<br />

here also help create a tone and feel that<br />

transfers so well to screen.<br />

I<br />

moved<br />

to the UK 15 years ago and have spent most<br />

of that time in the West Country. My better half was<br />

born in Bath and, after a tour of service in the army,<br />

we fell in love and decided to make it our home.<br />

I found that between the southwest and<br />

Wales, you can film almost anything.<br />

There are so many different landscapes<br />

and tonal differences between urban<br />

spaces and rural areas. This is why half<br />

of my work has been filmed here. I spend<br />

a lot of time walking my collie dog in<br />

the hills and wood patches of northeast<br />

Somerset, and just outside Bristol. It<br />

helps me clear my head but it’s also<br />

been helpful for film locations. I’ve used<br />

spots in Lansdown and Leigh Woods that<br />

I’ve found hiking. It’s the same with the<br />

urban contrast between Bristol and Bath.<br />

“THE PEOPLE HERE HELP CREATE A TONE AND<br />

FEEL THAT TRANSFERS SO WELL TO SCREEN”<br />

I’m a bit of a history buff too, and find it<br />

important that a film location has some<br />

thematic connection with the material<br />

I develop. Sometimes this happens by<br />

accident. I’ve been developing a film<br />

with my screenwriter and he suggested<br />

a walk on the Somerset Levels to discuss<br />

the story. While we were walking we<br />

found a spot outside Athelney, perfect<br />

for a scene where our central character<br />

faces extreme odds. I didn’t realise it was<br />

also a place where King Alfred faced his<br />

greatest challenges against the Danes.<br />

I believe these textures are felt by an<br />

audience, even if they can’t consciously<br />

verbalise the feeling.<br />

Translations will be released on digital<br />

platforms in late autumn<br />

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