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Great news!

The Spark magazine is to relaunch in Bristol!


Be Part of the Spark's Great News Story

The Spark magazine will soon be back in print, in collaboration with B24/7 magazine: the essential, monthly events and culture guide for Bristol.

The Spark's upbeat editorial has always supported people taking life into their own hands through their health, personal, community and green choices. B24/7 will add a vibrant, new readership to many thousands of loyal Spark readers in Bristol.

B24/7 was created by a group of independent publishers as a CIC (Community Interest Company) to benefit Bristol, so it is an ideal match for The Spark. It's independent editorial style is proving a great success with educated, culturally active people of all ages interested in their city and their world.

Regular Quarterly Spark

The full Spark magazine will publish every three months - distributed with B24/7 to reduce costs - as well as extra copies to reach key traditional Spark sites such as complementary clinics and whole food shops, community centres and markets.


Putting The Spark into B24/7

For the months between quarterly magazines, a branded Spark section in B24/7 will cover local green and health news, services and products.


Distribution

A print-run of 20,000 free copies will be distributed via supermarkets, community centres, venues and independent outlets across Bristol - giving an estimated readership of 70,000.


How you can Get Involved

We'd love to hear from you.

Please send us your news, ideas, adverts (essential fuel for The Spark) and suggestions for the new Spark.

The first Spark Pages will be published in April and the full summer Spark quarterly in May.
* The first Spark Pages is out in April.
* The full Summer Spark Quarterly is out in May.

Please email Ann at: annspark@bristol247.com as soon as possible for a chance to appear in these issues or call Ann on 0117 230 9247

The Spark / B247
Unit 2.4 Paintworks
Bristol, BS4 3EN


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The Spark Events

May 2015
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Events for Friday 1st May 2015

may

may

National Walking Month.

Did you know that walking a mile in 15 minutes burns the same amount of calories as running a mile in eight and half minutes? The first National Walking Month was held in May 2011, in association with Walk England and Living Streets.

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk

happy birthday Spark


It’s the Spark’s birthday! We published our first edition in May 1993.

1 may


yes you may

May Day celebrations can be linked back to ancient rituals invoking springtime fertility and the famous Green Man. Popular Bank Holiday events include dancing around a Maypole, fetes and Morris Dancing, not forgetting that May Day is also International Workers’ Day - an international day celebrating workers’ rights.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Workers'_Day

may

may

feet on the ground

May is national walking month and the Bristol Walking Festival runs throughout May. Walk to Work Week is May 12-19, Walk to School Week, May 19-23.

http://www.bristol.gov.uk & search ‘walking’, http://www.walktoschool.co.uk, http://www.walktoworkweek.org.uk

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Events for Saturday 2nd May 2015

may

may

National Walking Month.

Did you know that walking a mile in 15 minutes burns the same amount of calories as running a mile in eight and half minutes? The first National Walking Month was held in May 2011, in association with Walk England and Living Streets.

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk

happy birthday Spark


It’s the Spark’s birthday! We published our first edition in May 1993.

may

may

feet on the ground

May is national walking month and the Bristol Walking Festival runs throughout May. Walk to Work Week is May 12-19, Walk to School Week, May 19-23.

http://www.bristol.gov.uk & search ‘walking’, http://www.walktoschool.co.uk, http://www.walktoworkweek.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 3rd May 2015

may

may

National Walking Month.

Did you know that walking a mile in 15 minutes burns the same amount of calories as running a mile in eight and half minutes? The first National Walking Month was held in May 2011, in association with Walk England and Living Streets.

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk

happy birthday Spark


It’s the Spark’s birthday! We published our first edition in May 1993.

3 may


World Press Freedom Day

Every year, on World Press Freedom Day, journalists who have lost their lives whilst working are remembered and freedom within the press is evaluated.

http://www.un.org/en/events/pressfreedomday/

may

may

feet on the ground

May is national walking month and the Bristol Walking Festival runs throughout May. Walk to Work Week is May 12-19, Walk to School Week, May 19-23.

http://www.bristol.gov.uk & search ‘walking’, http://www.walktoschool.co.uk, http://www.walktoworkweek.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 4th May 2015

may

may

National Walking Month.

Did you know that walking a mile in 15 minutes burns the same amount of calories as running a mile in eight and half minutes? The first National Walking Month was held in May 2011, in association with Walk England and Living Streets.

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk

happy birthday Spark


It’s the Spark’s birthday! We published our first edition in May 1993.

may

may

feet on the ground

May is national walking month and the Bristol Walking Festival runs throughout May. Walk to Work Week is May 12-19, Walk to School Week, May 19-23.

http://www.bristol.gov.uk & search ‘walking’, http://www.walktoschool.co.uk, http://www.walktoworkweek.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 5th May 2015

may

may

National Walking Month.

Did you know that walking a mile in 15 minutes burns the same amount of calories as running a mile in eight and half minutes? The first National Walking Month was held in May 2011, in association with Walk England and Living Streets.

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk

happy birthday Spark


It’s the Spark’s birthday! We published our first edition in May 1993.

5 may

5 may

International Permaculture Day

Permaculture is a design system for creating sustainable human environments. It is about designing households and communities that are productive, sustaining and largely self reliant and have minimal impact on the environment. International Permaculture Day – is a day where a range of Permaculture events occur across the globe. All activities are held on the first Sunday in May unless specified otherwise.

http://www.permacultureday.org/

may

may

feet on the ground

May is national walking month and the Bristol Walking Festival runs throughout May. Walk to Work Week is May 12-19, Walk to School Week, May 19-23.

http://www.bristol.gov.uk & search ‘walking’, http://www.walktoschool.co.uk, http://www.walktoworkweek.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 6th May 2015

may

may

National Walking Month.

Did you know that walking a mile in 15 minutes burns the same amount of calories as running a mile in eight and half minutes? The first National Walking Month was held in May 2011, in association with Walk England and Living Streets.

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk

happy birthday Spark


It’s the Spark’s birthday! We published our first edition in May 1993.

monday 6 - monday 13 may

monday 6 - monday 13 may

book your place

This year will be the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature! Festival Director Matt Holland says “Our twentieth Festival is something to get excited about. And we are! It promises to be both fantastic feast and fabulous frolic. We will have adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment. The Festival offers experiences that make life memorable, for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds will be able to have a good time. They’ll get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!”

http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

may

may

feet on the ground

May is national walking month and the Bristol Walking Festival runs throughout May. Walk to Work Week is May 12-19, Walk to School Week, May 19-23.

http://www.bristol.gov.uk & search ‘walking’, http://www.walktoschool.co.uk, http://www.walktoworkweek.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 7th May 2015

may

may

National Walking Month.

Did you know that walking a mile in 15 minutes burns the same amount of calories as running a mile in eight and half minutes? The first National Walking Month was held in May 2011, in association with Walk England and Living Streets.

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk

happy birthday Spark


It’s the Spark’s birthday! We published our first edition in May 1993.

monday 6 - monday 13 may

monday 6 - monday 13 may

book your place

This year will be the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature! Festival Director Matt Holland says “Our twentieth Festival is something to get excited about. And we are! It promises to be both fantastic feast and fabulous frolic. We will have adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment. The Festival offers experiences that make life memorable, for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds will be able to have a good time. They’ll get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!”

http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

may

may

feet on the ground

May is national walking month and the Bristol Walking Festival runs throughout May. Walk to Work Week is May 12-19, Walk to School Week, May 19-23.

http://www.bristol.gov.uk & search ‘walking’, http://www.walktoschool.co.uk, http://www.walktoworkweek.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 8th May 2015

monday 6 - monday 13 may

monday 6 - monday 13 may

book your place

This year will be the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature! Festival Director Matt Holland says “Our twentieth Festival is something to get excited about. And we are! It promises to be both fantastic feast and fabulous frolic. We will have adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment. The Festival offers experiences that make life memorable, for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds will be able to have a good time. They’ll get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!”

http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 9th May 2015

monday 6 - monday 13 may

monday 6 - monday 13 may

book your place

This year will be the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature! Festival Director Matt Holland says “Our twentieth Festival is something to get excited about. And we are! It promises to be both fantastic feast and fabulous frolic. We will have adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment. The Festival offers experiences that make life memorable, for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds will be able to have a good time. They’ll get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!”

http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 10th May 2015

monday 6 - monday 13 may

monday 6 - monday 13 may

book your place

This year will be the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature! Festival Director Matt Holland says “Our twentieth Festival is something to get excited about. And we are! It promises to be both fantastic feast and fabulous frolic. We will have adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment. The Festival offers experiences that make life memorable, for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds will be able to have a good time. They’ll get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!”

http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 11th May 2015

monday 6 - monday 13 may

monday 6 - monday 13 may

book your place

This year will be the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature! Festival Director Matt Holland says “Our twentieth Festival is something to get excited about. And we are! It promises to be both fantastic feast and fabulous frolic. We will have adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment. The Festival offers experiences that make life memorable, for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds will be able to have a good time. They’ll get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!”

http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

11 may


Fare’s fair

World Fair Trade Day, celebrated every year on the second Saturday in May, is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organisation, which represents more than 400 Fair Trade organisations from over 70 countries, across the world.

http://www.wftday.com/

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 12th May 2015

monday 6 - monday 13 may

monday 6 - monday 13 may

book your place

This year will be the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature! Festival Director Matt Holland says “Our twentieth Festival is something to get excited about. And we are! It promises to be both fantastic feast and fabulous frolic. We will have adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment. The Festival offers experiences that make life memorable, for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds will be able to have a good time. They’ll get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!”

http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 13th May 2015

monday 6 - monday 13 may

monday 6 - monday 13 may

book your place

This year will be the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature! Festival Director Matt Holland says “Our twentieth Festival is something to get excited about. And we are! It promises to be both fantastic feast and fabulous frolic. We will have adventurous authors, terrific talks, delightful discussion, wonderful workshops, and excellent entertainment. The Festival offers experiences that make life memorable, for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds will be able to have a good time. They’ll get together, meet authors, join in lively talk, explore new ideas, and even have a laugh. It is all very exciting!”

http://www.swindonfestivalofliterature.co.uk

may 13


May 13 is Garland Day:

celebrations have taken place in the Dorset village of Abbotsbury since the early 19th century. Garlands, which were originally made by the children of fishermen, were blessed in a church service and then taken out to sea to be tossed into the water, marking the start of the fishing season,. Children would then be given the day off to play on the beach. In more recent years the village school would give children a day's holiday to construct garlands of wild flowers and garden flowers which were held aloft on poles and paraded from house to house in the village with money often given to the children at these houses. In 1954 the village constable stopped the procession on the ground that it was "begging". This outraged the Chairman of the parish council who said that the village would take steps to preserve its ancient and custom. The village school closed in 1981 and local children no longer get the day off, but celebrations still take place, with the local community determined to ensure that this tradition survives..

*yellow entries are paid for ads

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Events for Saturday 16th May 2015

third week of may

third week of may

fostering change

Foster Care Fortnight highlights the skills required of foster carers as well as the number of children in need of foster homes. Over 54,000 children already live with foster families; the Fostering Network estimates that a further 10,000 foster carers are needed across the UK.

http://www.couldyoufoster.org.uk/fcf

second week of may


One small step...

Walk to School Week

http://www.walktoschool.org.uk

may 16


Puppeteer Jim Henson and pianist Liberace share May 16 as an anniversary: Liberace was born on that day in 1919, Muppets creator Jim sadly passed away on that day in 1990.

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Events for Sunday 17th May 2015

third week of may

third week of may

fostering change

Foster Care Fortnight highlights the skills required of foster carers as well as the number of children in need of foster homes. Over 54,000 children already live with foster families; the Fostering Network estimates that a further 10,000 foster carers are needed across the UK.

http://www.couldyoufoster.org.uk/fcf

second week of may


One small step...

Walk to School Week

http://www.walktoschool.org.uk

17 may


The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is celebrated each year on the 17th of May as this was the day that homophobia was taken off the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Diseases, in 1990.

http://www.dayagainsthomophobia.org/-IDAHO-english,41-

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 18th May 2015

third week of may

third week of may

fostering change

Foster Care Fortnight highlights the skills required of foster carers as well as the number of children in need of foster homes. Over 54,000 children already live with foster families; the Fostering Network estimates that a further 10,000 foster carers are needed across the UK.

http://www.couldyoufoster.org.uk/fcf

second week of may


One small step...

Walk to School Week

http://www.walktoschool.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 19th May 2015

third week of may

third week of may

fostering change

Foster Care Fortnight highlights the skills required of foster carers as well as the number of children in need of foster homes. Over 54,000 children already live with foster families; the Fostering Network estimates that a further 10,000 foster carers are needed across the UK.

http://www.couldyoufoster.org.uk/fcf

second week of may


One small step...

Walk to School Week

http://www.walktoschool.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 20th May 2015

third week of may

third week of may

fostering change

Foster Care Fortnight highlights the skills required of foster carers as well as the number of children in need of foster homes. Over 54,000 children already live with foster families; the Fostering Network estimates that a further 10,000 foster carers are needed across the UK.

http://www.couldyoufoster.org.uk/fcf

second week of may


One small step...

Walk to School Week

http://www.walktoschool.org.uk

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 21st May 2015

third week of may

third week of may

fostering change

Foster Care Fortnight highlights the skills required of foster carers as well as the number of children in need of foster homes. Over 54,000 children already live with foster families; the Fostering Network estimates that a further 10,000 foster carers are needed across the UK.

http://www.couldyoufoster.org.uk/fcf

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 22nd May 2015

third week of may

third week of may

fostering change

Foster Care Fortnight highlights the skills required of foster carers as well as the number of children in need of foster homes. Over 54,000 children already live with foster families; the Fostering Network estimates that a further 10,000 foster carers are needed across the UK.

http://www.couldyoufoster.org.uk/fcf

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Saturday 23rd May 2015

third week of may

third week of may

fostering change

Foster Care Fortnight highlights the skills required of foster carers as well as the number of children in need of foster homes. Over 54,000 children already live with foster families; the Fostering Network estimates that a further 10,000 foster carers are needed across the UK.

http://www.couldyoufoster.org.uk/fcf

last week of may

last week of may

veggie venture

National Vegetarian Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of flavoursome meat-free meals, inspiring more people to take up a vegetarian lifestyle. Lots of organisations are involved, from schools to businesses:

Find your nearest event by visiting

http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Sunday 24th May 2015

last week of may

last week of may

veggie venture

National Vegetarian Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of flavoursome meat-free meals, inspiring more people to take up a vegetarian lifestyle. Lots of organisations are involved, from schools to businesses:

Find your nearest event by visiting

http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Monday 25th May 2015

last week of may

last week of may

veggie venture

National Vegetarian Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of flavoursome meat-free meals, inspiring more people to take up a vegetarian lifestyle. Lots of organisations are involved, from schools to businesses:

Find your nearest event by visiting

http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Tuesday 26th May 2015

last week of may

last week of may

veggie venture

National Vegetarian Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of flavoursome meat-free meals, inspiring more people to take up a vegetarian lifestyle. Lots of organisations are involved, from schools to businesses:

Find your nearest event by visiting

http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Wednesday 27th May 2015

last week of may

last week of may

veggie venture

National Vegetarian Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of flavoursome meat-free meals, inspiring more people to take up a vegetarian lifestyle. Lots of organisations are involved, from schools to businesses:

Find your nearest event by visiting

http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Thursday 28th May 2015

last week of may

last week of may

veggie venture

National Vegetarian Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of flavoursome meat-free meals, inspiring more people to take up a vegetarian lifestyle. Lots of organisations are involved, from schools to businesses:

Find your nearest event by visiting

http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

Events for Friday 29th May 2015

last week of may

last week of may

veggie venture

National Vegetarian Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of flavoursome meat-free meals, inspiring more people to take up a vegetarian lifestyle. Lots of organisations are involved, from schools to businesses:

Find your nearest event by visiting

http://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

*yellow entries are paid for ads

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