24/12/2016 Points West


24/12/2016

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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Final preparations are taking place at Bristol Cathedral ahead of a very

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The Cathedral will be the venue for the BBC's annual

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Millions of people are expected to tune in.

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A lucky few people have managed to get their hands on the free

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tickets for the service, which will be on BBC One

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We're really thrilled to have been asked to do this.

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It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it's a wonderful

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opportunity to showcase Bristol Cathedral to

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A Bristol artist who paints using her mouth is part

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of a campaign calling on people not to forget the tradition

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Venessa Haaroff say the advent of modern technology is threatening

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For the artists designing them, even longer to paint.

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When I was 19, I had a spinal-cord injury, quite high level,

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which left me without the use of my arms and legs,

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so one of the creative avenues that were available to me was painting,

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so I got into it that way in my rehabilitation centre

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and I was hanging around able-bodied artists and mouth painting

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artists and just realised, didn't really matter about the lack

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of movement, it was just how you got the paint to the paper.

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Now, Vanessa is a student artist, with an association called the Mouth

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For their members, making Christmas cards is one

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And that's why she features in a new video, calling

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on the public to remember the joy of sending and receiving one.

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One single card says more than 100 megabytes.

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We are really worried about the sale of Christmas cards.

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It helps the development of our art and for some members

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And for Vanessa, it's also a passion.

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Rugby and Bath have been taking on title rivals,

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Despite tries by Dave Attwood and this one by Ross Batty,

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third-placed Bath weren't able to get past Wasps.

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Visiting Bath lost the game 40 points to 26.

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Residents in a Cheltenham street have been counting down to Christmas

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by using their homes as an advent calendar.

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Each night special window displays have been unveiled

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Here's our Gloucestershire reporter, Steve Knibbs.

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It was a simple idea that's captured the imagination here.

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Familes up and down the street revealing a different

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It's meant a lot of mulled wine, a lot of mulled cider,

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What started off as something quite small suddenly grew so people

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were socialising and we had big reveals where bin bags over

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Just generally getting together and, yeah, having a good time.

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There are four calling birds, at number four, of course,

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Christmas kisses nearby and a winter wonderland for the tenth day.

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I'm not sure I can say there's much inspiration apart from winter

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time and having fun, but it's been a great time and we've

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Our street's got a really strong feeling of community.

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It's just a great way to bring us all together

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-- There was some confusion for the postman as the house numbers

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got changed for the different days of advent but, with 23 houses down,

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And the last reveal was, of course, at the pub.

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So at a time when people often rue the loss of community,

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this simple idea of some Christmas creativity has brought

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Steve Knibbs, BBC Points West, Cheltenham.

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Let's get the weather now and Holly Green has our forecast.

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It's a mild Christmas Day but it's also a windy one and those winds

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They're drawing in more low clouds, some patchy rain and drizzle,

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some hill fog perhaps but also that mild air.

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So we're looking at lows of 7 or 8 Celsius and it's a mild but a murky

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Now, we tend to see a lot of cloud through the day tomorrow.

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You might see a few bright spells but they'll be

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Patchy rain and drizzle at times through the day.

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Despite that strong, blustery wind, it's looking

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like being one of the mildest Christmas Days on record.

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We see brighter skies emerging on Boxing Day but it

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There's more news on the BBC website and your local BBC Radio stations.

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But, for now, from all of here at Points West,

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Hello. Nice and toasty both inside and out. It even struggling to snow

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across the Scottish hills, it's so mild outside, whether you like it or

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not. It's all thanks to this storm, big windstorm in the North Atlantic.

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It is drawing up warm air from the southern climes. You can see the

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Azores, warm air moving in our direction. It's here to

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