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Memories, challenges and the future of St Pauls Carnival

The Cable talks to some of the organisers about St Pauls carnivals' past and what’s new this year

Edition 16 OUT NOW

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Banjo Island: the close-knit community behind the reputation

Despite its fearsome reputation, we found a warm community and good living on Banjo Island estate in Cadbury Heath.

Cable members continue to shape a new media for Bristol

One hundred Bristol Cable members crammed in to the co-operative’s annual general meeting, proving once again that media in the public interest must be led...

Another blow for Filwood, as 80-year-old community centre fights for survival

Will the 80-year-old Filwood Community Centre cling on? And what can be done to revive the Broadway?

Community action around the city

Funding cut, services cancelled, staff laid off, but it’s not all bad news. We look at positive community stories from all corners of Bristol.

Meet the volunteers easing pressure on the NHS

With NHS staff overworked and overstretched, hundreds of volunteers are helping reduce the load.

Mental health: weighing up the options

As social factors play a role in mental illhealth, why is it so often treated with medication alone?

Photo essay: Different sides of Southmead

A few photos show the vibrancy of the often-maligned neighbourhood of Southmead.

Bristol’s vibrant urban farming scene

Urban goats, mushrooms and Bristolian salad: how local city farmers are taking food production into their own hands.

From drugs to Jiu Jitsu

With Filwood Community Centre threatened with closure, Knowle West residents reflect on the neighbourhood’s past, present and future.

Member spotlight: the Bristol activist battling Big Pharma

The Just Treatment campaign challenges the pharmaceutical companies charging the NHS rip-off prices for vital drugs.

Co-op note: investing in what?

Much has been made recently about encouraging investment in Bristol – generally, for big headline-grabbing infrastructure projects. At the Cable we’ll be investing in the city in a different way over 2018, and we’re not talking about an underground network.

The cared-for become carers

Elm Tree Farm is a working farm in Stapleton providing support and training to adults with learning disabilities and autism. Photographer Esther May Campbell spent a year documenting it.

Opinion: Bristol Pound ‘looks like Monopoly money’, but is quite the opposite

It may not solve everything but it is a great start.

Edition 12 OUT NOW

It couldn’t be clearer that the media landscape in the UK is seriously broken. Throughout the election period the rightwing press gave a glaring demonstration of their attitude towards fair and accurate reporting.

Shining a light on Bristol’s lonely

How local groups are bringing people out of this ‘silent epidemic’.

St Pauls Carnival to return next year...but not all is well

St Pauls Carnival organisers has announced the return of Carnival for its 50th anniversary in 2018. But not all is well.

The community razed to the ground for a road that was never built

In the 1960s the council demolished most of Totterdown, in a planning disaster still remembered by Bristolians today.

The next stages of gentrification are upon Bristol

But can we take inspiration from cities that are rebelling against it with creative solutions?

Discontent, despair and anger: responses to the Tasering of Ras Judah Adunbi

Desmond Brown encountered strong feelings when he asked local people to respond to the Tasering of Ras Judah, a 63-year-old black race relations adviser in Easton.

“This plan empowers and gives us a stronger voice”

Lawrence Weston’s Neighbourhood Development Plan shows what reclaiming local power can look like.

Photoessay: keeping printing press alive

The Cable spent a morning at the Letterpress Collective to catch a glimpse of a near vanished industry…

Off the streets and into the ring

Bristol’s inner-city boxing clubs are teaching lessons that reach beyond fitness and footwork

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