Special NEWSLETTER on Walkability (49:16) – 13th October 2016

Bristol Walking Alliance

GBCP is a founder member of the Bristol Walking Alliance and is acknowledged across Bristol as a leading advocate of improvements in the walking environment.   Below, the BWA NEWSLETTER picks up some important issues, including the walking conference this Saturday, progress on the up-dating of Bristol’s 2011 Walking Strategy being led by Jess Read and the launch of an enquiry into disability and the built environment by the House of Commons Select Committee on Women and Equalities.

The last two are especially timely.    A lot of the motivation behind our Let’s Walk Bedminster project arose from an awareness that a walking environment that was unfriendly and obstacle strewn disadvantaged people with physical disabilities even more than the rest of the population.    For many it was an important contributor to social isolation.    Why should one leave the house if the outside world was difficult to deal with?

As well as our campaigns (on going) to keep pavements clear of obstacles, we are now recruiting for the Bedminster Access Group or BAG.    This has already started to form from local people with the everyday experience of negotiating BS3 in a wheelchair, behind a zimmer frame, with partial or no sight or other disability.   When we get a few more members, BAG will act as an advisory group to GBCP, BCC, the Bedminster Business Improvement District and others on improvements to the environment.    One of the things we hope to do is to establish a ‘Most Accessible Business Award’ rather like the well established and successful ‘Good Garden Award’.

At the moment, BAG is just an aspiration.   If you have experienced difficulties getting around Greater Bedminster, make BAG real by joining in.    Contact us via gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com .   Please spread the word among friends, on social media and in other ways so that BAG can become a strong force in Greater Bedminster.

Bristol Walking Alliance
campaigning to improve Bristol’s walking environment

Dear Bristol Walking Alliance supporter

Welcome to the October BWA ebulletin …

Walkable Neighbourhoods event – Saturday 15th October 2016
A reminder of the BWA “Walkable Neighbourhoods” event on the morning of Saturday 15th October 2016, part of Healthy City Week.  This is a chance for Neighbourhood Partnership groups and local community groups to consider ways to support and improve the pedestrian environment in Bristol. Guest speakers will share updates on walking projects that are taking place across the city and we will explore ways to make your neighbourhood more suited to pedestrians.  The event is FREE but booking is required through Eventbrite. Informal follow-up Neighbourhoods meeting – early November
We are planning an informal follow-up meeting in early November for those who would like their Neighbourhood Partnership to get involved with walking issues, and to share ideas on how to go about it. If you might be interested in attending, please email: enquiries@ bristolwalkingalliance.org.uk. “Shared use routes for people who walk or cycle” event – Tuesday 1st November
The SHINE healthy environment team is organising an event on “shared use routes” on the afternoon of Tuesday 1st November 2016. You are invited to a discussion about how to improve shared use routes, and resolve concerns about tension and conflict between people who walk and people who cycle. Booking via Eventbrite.

Walking Strategy
In the last ebulletin, it was reported that Jess Read has been reviewing BCC’s Walking Strategy. Jess has produced a “Walking for Transport Action Plan”, deliberately pushing to turn policy into action. The Walking Strategy/Action Plan sits below the Bristol Transport Plan (BTP), currently in development. A final draft of the Action Plan will be shared with BWA soon.

Funding has been secured from Bristol Ageing Better to enable Jess to extend her work into October/ November, during which time she will research the needs/asks of older people for walking infrastructure/environment. It is hoped to secure further funding to research the needs/asks of disabled people for walking infrastructure/environment. Jess’s work is an exceptional opportunity to further BWA’s aims of improving the environment for walking.
Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into Disability and the built environment
The Women and Equalities Committee – a parliamentary select committee – is conducting an inquiry into ‘Disability and the built environment’. This inquiry explores the extent to which the accessibility of our homes, buildings and public spaces responds to the needs of with reduced mobility, and whether more could be done to increase accessibility and inclusivity of both new and existing properties and spaces. You can send a written submission here. The closing date was Wednesday 12 October, but late submissions may still be considered.

About BWA
Meeting with Cabinet members
BWA has met with several Cabinet members over the summer, to introduce ourselves and raise awareness. We have met with Mark Bradshaw (Transport), Fi Hance (Public Health), Helen Holland (Place), Asher Craig (Equalities, now Neighbourhoods), Marg Hickman (was Neighbourhoods). New BWA members
BWA welcomes the following new members: Bristol Older People’s Forum. The full list of BWA members is here. More new members are due to be formally confirmed at the next BWA meeting.
Other Events
Healthy City Week
There are many interesting Healthy City Week events between Saturday 15th October and Saturday 22nd October. The programme is here.

For instance:

Equality Bristol presents Closing the Gap: screening of film ‘The Divide’ followed by discussion (Sat/Mon/Thurs)
Public Health, Bristol City Council: Putting health in all policies (Mon afternoon)
Architecture Centre: Developing Healthy Neighbourhoods – the economics of creating healthy places (Tues evening)
Sustrans: panel debate – should our transport system be considered a public health issue? (Wed afternoon)
Bristol Community Health CIC: Supporting Healthy Communities (Thurs – all day)

Thought piece: walkable cities
See this interesting article “50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets”. From 1: It helps people live longer, to 50: It supports cultural heritage. This is part of a report by Arup called “Cities Alive: Towards a walking world” – see here.

Alan Morris
Chair, Bristol Walking Alliance

NEWSLETTER – 48:16 11th October 2016


Bedminster Skills Week

Our third Skills Week will be in November.   See the attachment for more details.

The lead on this is being taken by the Bedminster Business Improvement District and many local businesses are already gearing up to display skills associated with their trade.   But, this is also an opportunity for residents and community organisations to share their talents and to promote their activities.   In the past, choirs, craft groups, sports clubs and many others have used Skills Week to recruit new members.    The deal is that the Skills Week organisers, working with the Bedminster-based PR company Plaster, will advertise your activity and may be able to help with a location.    Your job is to offer an introduction to your particular ‘skill’ to whoever comes along.

Simon@weareplaster.com will be pulling it all together, but if you want a preliminary chat about your idea, contact benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk .   But, don’t leave it too long.    Getting things sorted within a time frame is a skill.    Do you have it?

Creating Walkable Neighbourhoods

The Bristol Walking Alliance is hosting a meeting on Saturday, 15 October (10-12.30) at Triodos Bank Basement Space, Deanery Road, BS1 5AS, ie very close to the Council House/City Hall: a nice stroll from BS3.    See the BWA attachment.

The meeting will be looking at how Neighbourhood Partnerships and others are making their parts of the city more accessible and open to walkers, including those with mobility, vision and other issues.    Come along to this free meeting an find out what’s going on across the city.   If you can, contact kelly.theis@livingstreets.org.uk  and let her know you are coming.

VOTE Southville Centre

Our very own Southville Centre has been shortlisted for the Voscurs in the category Best Community Venue.    The other two are The Park Community Centre in Knowle and the Southmead Community Centre in…. you work it out.     To cast your vote go to http://www.voscur.org/contact/community-venue-year-2016 , but do it before 5pm on 21 October.   It’s that skill again!!

Could You Be a Steward?

People, including children in 10 local primary schools are preparing for the next Winter Lantern Parade on Saturday, December 10.   The lanterns will be amazing.    The parade gets bigger every year and last year roads were closed to traffic.   The same will happen in 2016.   This is a safety measure as we expect hundreds to join the parade and hundreds more to line the streets, BUT, to make it work, the organisers need c60 stewards to walk with the parade and also be at junctions to stop cars from entering the restricted area.

If you can help, please contact Malcolm on brammar.malcolm@gmail.com  asap.

Little Libraries

One of the projects funded through the Community Chest seeks to establish small, but attractive book exchanges at various sites across GBCP.   We understand that one will be going in somewhere in Ashton Vale and another is destined for Luckwell Park.   Negotiations about the other three (?) are underway.   The idea is that people will donate books, borrow ones that they find interesting and chat to each other in the process.   Borrow a book and meet a friend!!    Watch out to see if a little library comes to your neighbourhood.   More info when we know more.


The national body Butterfly Conservation reports a poor year for butterflies in 2016.   the weather has been quite good, so they aren’t sure why there’s been a dip in some species.   Of course, there’s been a long term decline since the ‘40s mainly due to loss of habitat.

Top 10 butterflies in the UK for 2016 are as follows with increase or decrease from 2015.   1.Large White (+2%).   2. Small White (+15%).   3. Meadow Brown (+1%).   4.Gatekeeper (-40%).   5.Ringlet (+32%).    6. Red Admiral (+70%).    7. Peacock (-42%).    8. Green-veined White (+58%).    9. Small Tortoishell (-47%).    10. Speckled Wood (+12%).

All of these and more should be in our gardens, parks and other green spaces in Greater Bedminster.   Like us, they need places to breed and feed.   Who’s up for a 2017 Butterfly Group that will start to look at what’s already here in BS3 and how we might make some of our area more butterfly friendly?    Contact gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com if you are interested.

Litter Pick in Luckwell Park

If you can spare an hour or so, pop along to Luckwell Park on Saturday, October 15 from 10.30am.   Pickers and gloves will be provided, or bring your own.

Wildlife Meeting

Anyone interested in wildlife in BS3 is welcome to come to the Elephant House (corner of Dean Lane and Dean Street) on Sunday, October 30 (5.00pm to 6.30pm).   The meeting will be an opportunity to catch up on Avon Wildlife Trust’s My Wild Bedminster project; review the hedgehog scene and talk about birds, bees, bugs, bats and butterflies.    What wildlife is there in our parks?   Should we sponsor a Wildlife Photography project and what about a few more trees?     Please contact gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com if you are coming so that we have some idea of numbers.    Bring a friend.

GBCP Transport & Mobility Group

GBCP has a sub group looking at transport issues within the GBCP area and how to get in and out.    Potentially, this covers walking, cycling, catching the bus or train and driving.    Linked issues are where to put zebra crossings, street lighting, dropped kerbs and much more.    The group act as advisors to GBCP and make recommendations on available funding.    The next meeting of the group will be on Monday, November 21 (7pm at ActaCentre).    New members are very welcome.   If you are likely to come, please contact stef.brammar@googlemail.com

Walking Rugby

LinkAge and Bristol Sport Foundation are offering walking rugby to men and women over 55.   See the attached poster for details.   Please pass it on.

Community Navigators

In the last week or so, there have been useful discussions between the five South Bristol Neighbourhood Partnerships about the establishment of an effective Community Navigator service across our third of Bristol.    There are lots of details still to be settled, but a key agreed principle is the need to build upon and support existing navigator systems (whatever they are called) rather than a replacement structure.   More details later.   This is a Bristol Ageing Better funded project.

EU Nationals

For a while at least we are all EU Nationals, but whatever the intention of the recent referendum, a few people have taken it as an opportunity to release their inner-nazi and be unpleasant to people that many of us regard as good neighbours, work mates, friends and lovers.   Certainly, many Bristolians from overseas have been made uncomfortable by the referendum result and the consequent ambivalence of the government.

Mayor Marvin Rees and others in the city are keen to reduce this anxiety and to ensure Bristolians from overseas that they are a valued and welcome part of the city community.    There will be a meeting to discuss this on 27 October.   See the attached leaflet.

Playing Out CIC Job Vacancy

Project Manager: growth and development of the national street play movement.

Based in Bristol (BS3):   4 days per week:   £24-26k  pro rata, 2 years initially.

Playing Out’s vision is that “Children across the UK can play out safely on the streets and estates where they live”. It all started in Bristol in 2009, when two neighbours first closed their street to cars after school one day. We are now a small but ambitious CIC supporting a growing grassroots movement for street play and finding innovative ways to shift thinking and culture about children’s right to play out where they live.

We are looking for an experienced Project Manager who shares our vision and is ready to take on the challenge of growing this movement of active residents further and establishing the ‘playing out’ model in many more towns and cities across the UK.

If you think you might fit the bill for this role, please go to our website for more details (http://playingout.net/5553-2/or contact alice@playingout.net/ phone 0117 9537167 if you have any questions.   Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 31st October.   Playing Out is an equal opportunities employer and we aim to have family-friendly, flexible working practices.

NEWSLETTER – 45:16 18th September 2016


Apple Day

The Patchwork Community Gardening Group is holding its annual apple day on Saturday 1st October from 11am-3pm at the Dean Lane Orchard (opposite the swimming pool). Bring along your apples and bottles, have a go on the apple press and help make some community juice. There will also be music and cakes. More info from bemmiepatchwork@gmail.com

Residents Parking Scheme Review

The Southville and Bedminster East RPS review is up and running (from 12th  September to 21st October. Please follow the link to complete it:


If you have comments which are not adequately covered by the questionnaire, you can email respark@bristol.gov.uk and you can also copy in Councillor Bolton Cllr.charlie.bolton@bristol.gov.uk

There is also going to be a drop-in on Thursday 6th October from 4-7pm at the Southville Centre where you can fill in the survey and talk to your councillor and neighbourhood officer about it.

Musicians on the Run

The next event will feature 15 musicians in 14 venues across Greater Bedminster.   It will be on Thursday, 22 September between 7 and 10pm and is presented by the Bedminster Business Improvement District’s ‘Town Team’.    You can move around or just stay in one place and the musicians will come to you.    Leaflets with details can be found in many local cafes and pubs.

LiMP Planters Work

The Luckwell Improvement Project will be refreshing the planters they put in on Duckmoor and Luckwell Roads on Sunday 25th September. If you’re able to help out, please meet at A1 Café on Duckmoor Road at 10am.

Dame Emily Garden

The Dame Emily volunteers, along with Incredible Edible, will be working on their garden on October 9th from 2-4pm. There will be a bit of harvesting, as well as planting and planning for the winter. Please do join them.

Handfuls of Harmony Choir

Handfuls of Harmony, the choir set up and supported by the Learning Co-operative is restarting very soon and are looking for new adult members.

The first session is FREE for new members: Thurs 29th Sept, 7-9pm at Ashton Park School.  Led by popular and experienced musical director Ali Orbaum,

rehearsals will then continue on Thursday evenings throughout the term. No

experience necessary, the choir is open to all.


Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) – Bristol

The Staff, Volunteers, Clients and Friends of THT would like to invite you to an open afternoon to learn about issues affecting Older People (50+) living with HIV.

Over 50s are now the fastest-growing group of people living with HIV in the UK.

Numbers are set to rise significantly over the next decade. Your organisation may need to support someone living with HIV in the near future.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about THT services for the over 50s living with HIV. You will also get an insight into other THT Bristol services.

THT 8-10 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH, 20 September, 12.00 – 15.00pm

Recession Fashion Show

Saturday October 1st, 8pm for 8.30 start.

The winner of the first ever Miss World competition in 1951 was Swedish Kiki Hakansson. She won wearing a Bikini which was condemned by the Pope and subsequently banned from the Miss World contest for some time! Whatever next?

Anyway this is recession’s autumn/winter collection so they’re more interested in selling coats. Not to be taken too seriously. A hilarious night out, that ends in a rush to the dressing room to grab the fabulous vintage clothes for sale, as the models try to protect their modesty.

At the Southbank Club, tickets £10 (VIP £18) from recession, 8 Jacobs Wells Road. Reserve: recessiongill@gmail.com

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Following a public vote, three projects in each of the 200 Tesco regions will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.

You will need to apply by following this link:


20 Years of the Architecture Centre

To celebrate their birthday the Architecture Centre on Narrow Quay, Harbourside have three days of exhibitions and events on Friday to Sunday (23 to 25 September, 12-4pm).   The Centre shares GBCP’s interest in fostering community led projects designed to make our neighbourhoods more congenial.   There exhibitions may well contain good ideas that we can import into BS3.   For more details, contact them on info@architecturecentre.co.uk

Bristol Impact Fund Grants

Bristol City Council has changed the way they give grants to voluntary and community sector organisations. The new grant application process opened on 1 September. There’s more information about it on Voscur’s website http://www.voscur.org/grants-prospectus

Looking to enjoy a good read and meet new people?  

Join in at 2pm-3:30pm on Friday 21st October at Monica Wills House, Cromwell Road for a free Shared Reading Taster Session for older people. A trained facilitator will read aloud great stories and poems – you can relax and listen as the literature creates a lively presence in the room.  Throughout the reading they will pause to share any thoughts and personal responses.  There’s no need to do any preparation beforehand or any pressure to take a turn to read.   All reading material is provided, as are tea and biscuits.

This taster session is part of Bristol Shares Reading – an exciting new project developed between the Reader and Bristol Ageing Better. Contact: Samantha Weaver 07812 238 532 / samanthaweaver@thereader.org.uk

Lord Mayor’s Event

We are celebrating 800 years of mayors in Bristol this year. To mark the event, jointly with the Guild of Guardians, a very special piece of wrought iron garden furniture has been commissioned for the Mansion House Rose Garden.

The Lord Mayor is holding a special ‘At Home’ event on Saturday 15 October, 3pm-4pm and would love to welcome Bristol residents to the Mansion House, both to take a look at the new installation, the house and enjoy a cup of tea. He would like to offer 6 places to local residents of each Neighbourhood Partnership. If you are interested, please get in touch with Charlie Bolton by Tuesday Cllr.charlie.bolton@bristol.gov.uk

Want to Set up a Repairs Café?

There are two in Bristol and there’s going to be a city-wide event on 1st October so that you can find out how to set one up. Poster attached.

Healthcare Change Makers Needed

This is a chance to collaborate on the health issues of today with professional training. Volunteers are needed who have experience of using community healthcare or hospitals. More details attached.

Walkable Neighbourhoods Event

Bristol Walking Alliance is holding a Walkable Neighbourhoods Event, 10am-12.30pm on Saturday 15th October 2016 in Triodos Bank, Basement Space (Formerly OpenSpace) – Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AS – The event is FREE but booking is required through Eventbrite.

This is a chance for Neighbourhood Partnership groups and local community groups to consider ways to support and improve the pedestrian environment in Bristol. Guest speakers will share updates on walking projects that are taking place across the city and we will explore ways to make your neighbourhood more suited to pedestrians.

Learning Mentors Needed

The University of Bristol is currently recruiting community based researchers to support their work in the Faculty of Education. More details are attached.

The Farm’s 40

Don’t forget (already advertised in previous newsletters) Windmill Hill City Farm’s 40th celebration day on Saturday 24th September from 11-5pm. Loads of things happening and it’s free entry.

My Wild Bedminster 

(this is a repeat from the last newsletter, so you might already have responded)

During 2015 and 16 we’ve been working with Avon Wildlife Trust to identify and encourage the wildlife of BS3.

Matt Collis, who has been our main contact with AWT, wants to collect information about ALL the projects and activities of a wildlife nature that have gone on in BS3 over the last few years, say, from 2011.   These don’t necessarily have to have been linked to AWT or GBCP.   Matt is interested in anything that’s happened recently.   This could include tree planting, creation of an orchard, planting for wildflowers, putting up bird boxes, taking wildlife pictures and much more.   If you’ve been part of such a project, please contact Matt on matt.collis@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk

He needs to know 1.Project Name;   2. Brief Description (Matt can always come back for more!);   3. Project postcode;   4. picture/map if you have one or two:   5. Your contact details.


The telephone number for CarersLine, the Carers Support Centre’s information and support line was incorrect in the last newsletter. It’s 0117 965 2200.

Please send anything you want to be included in the newsletter to this email address. Let us know if you want to be removed from the list.


NEWSLETTER – 39:16 6th August


Don’t forget Make Sunday Special!

Tomorrow on the lower half of North Street

Secret Gardens Small Grants

Some of you may have visited Bedminster’s Secret Gardens this spring and summer.  These open days raised a fantastic £1,200, which the organisers would like to go towards local projects. If you are a part of a group which wants to do something to make our community greener and more sustainable, you can apply for a grant of up to £200 to help. Perhaps you want to improve a green space near you, install a planter in your street or organise a workshop with your neighbours. Your group must be working in the Greater Bedminster Partnership area and the deadline for applications is 31st August. An application form is attached.

Patchwork Community Gardening

The Patchwork Group will next be going out for a gardening session next Wednesday 10th at 6.30pm. Meet at the Stackpool Road home zone (outside the primary school). The next session after that will be Thursday 25th at 6.30pm. For more info email bemmiepatchwork@gmail.com

Age-friendly City

You may know that it is one of Bristol’s aspirations to be recognised by the World Health Organisation as an Age-friendly City.   This project is being led by AgeUK Bristol as part of the Bristol Ageing Better Project.


In Greater Bedminster we are aiming for an all-age-friendly neighbourhood as part of the wider plan. To move this forward, there will be a focus group starting at 2pm on 11 August at the actaCentre in Bedminster.   Please spread the word through your networks. If you want to attend, please contact Carly Urbanski carlyurbanski@ageukbristol.org.uk


Tortilla Competition

There will be a tortilla de patata competition at Greville Smyth Bowls Club on Sunday 14th August. Bar open 12-8pm, lovely refreshments from Spain, music, flamenco and bowls. Tortilla entries must arrive by 3pm. Tickets are £4 and can be bought from El Rincon’s website http://www.elrinconbar.com/

GBCP Board Meeting

Notes from the June meeting are attached.


Dean Lane Sports and Youth Hut

The development of Bedminster Youth Hut and new sports facilities was a result of a partnership between Learning Partnership West, GBCP, Bristol City Council and Young Bristol. Young people from Ashton Youth Centre approached GBCP requesting a youth facility in Bedminster as the nearest one was in Ashton. At a similar time the Sport, Play and Funding Team from BCC were developing new sports facilities in Dame Emily Park, funded by the Football Foundation and GBCP. LPW approached the team to see if a youth hut could be added to the development and establish a long-term sustainable youth facility for the area. Bristol City Council provided additional funding to refurbish a shipping container.


Street Games and LPW have been running sports activities at the new venue since May half-term. Workers from Street Games, Young Bristol and LPW will be at the venue above the skate park offering a range of sports and activities for young people aged 11-19 every Thursday throughout the summer and into September from 6-7.30pm. Please spread the news.

LinkAge Open Bus Tour

When: Thursday 6th October

Where: Pick up from outside Tesco on West Street, Bedminster at 9.50am for a 10am departure.

Duration: 10am – 12pm

Cost: £3 per person

Booking: For more information or to book please contact Dan or Fiona at the LinkAge Bedminster & Stockwood office – 0117 3052365.

Information: The tour will take you around the varied sights of Bristol. Wheelchair accessible.


Active Communities funding programme is opening soon in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

To support eligible groups to complete their stage 1 application, Voscur is running two surgeries in August:

Workshop 1 – August 15th: 12pm – 2pm at Voscur, Royal Oak House

Workshop 2 – August 22nd: 12pm – 2pm at Voscur, Royal Oak House

Here’s the link if you want to register http://www.voscur.org/civicrm/event/info?id=3452&reset=1

If you would like to speak to someone at Voscur first, please contact them on info@voscur.org or call 0117 909 9949 and say you’re calling about the Active Communities Programme.


Bristol Pound System Update

Like any piece of equipment, the Bristol Pound’s online system occasionally needs a bit of essential maintenance. The system is used by Bristol Pound and Bristol Credit Union to look after all the Bristol Pound personal and business accounts, and text message payments. Next Tuesday night their technical teams will be making upgrades to the system.


From 7pm – 10pm on Tuesday 9 August you will not be able to make Bristol Pound payments by text message, online or mobile app. You’ll still be able use paper Bristol Pounds as normal.


Have you joined the Budget Conversation yet?

You are warmly invited to take part in a city conversation about the Council’s budget and the Mayor’s Vision for Bristol by using an interactive “budget simulator” and responding to a short survey.  From April 2017 to April 2020 the council needs to save at least £60 million from the budget for day-to-day services.


The new budget simulator allows you to balance Bristol’s anticipated budget gap by deciding where you would make savings over the next three years. People’s responses will be taken in to account by council officers, Cabinet Members and the Mayor as they make plans to meet the challenge.


Go to https://bristol.budgetsimulator.com/ before 20th August to have your say.

Acta News

Acta has received support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to extend their Foundation workplace learning initiative, to offer new participatory activities in communities across Bristol and to further diversify the workforce. Starting in September, acta will offer part-time mentored posts for new people to work in community theatre. They will further share learning and promote sector cohesion through a new series of seminars (Friday afternoons) and free drama worker training workshops (Wednesday afternoons). Find out more at https://www.acta-bristol.com/

Please send anything you want to be included in the newsletter to this email address. Let us know if you want to be removed from the list.


NEWSLETTER – 40:16 15th August 2016

Better Bedminster Community Chest
This year’s second round is now underway.   In the first round we awarded £14,424 to nine local projects.   That leaves £5,576 for the second round.   Application forms are available from andrew.mclean@bristol.gov.uk   Andrew, Lorena and others will be happy to advise on eligibility etc.   The closing date for this round is November 30.    An Awards Panel will be held in December and the final decision will be at the GBCP Board meeting in January.
Community Infrastructure Levy and S106
Income from local developments and a GBCP devolved budget, this is useful for larger sums to improve parks and the street scene.    The closing date for this is October 28.    Again, the final decision will be in January.   Contact andrew.mclean@bristol.gov.uk for an application form and details or look back to GBCP NEWSLETTER 38:16.
Intergenerational Activity Project Volunteers

Windmill Hill City Farm are looking for volunteers for a new intergenerational project.   The aim is for active over 50s to work with older more isolated people to run children’s activities.   The activities will be based on the skills of volunteers and older people, so they can share them with children, for example, cooking, gardening, or nature crafts.   If volunteers want to learn a new skill then training can be provided.   The project is for a year so it is a chance for people to get really involved.

This is an ideal role for an individual who has recently retired, has time to help develop a new exciting project, and would like to learn new practical and group facilitation skills.   For more information contact Julie Thorpe, 0117 963 3252, julie.thorpe@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk.     Poster attached but ignore closing date which is flexible.

People’s Health Trust ‘Active Community’ Fund

£5000 to £25,000 is available for local projects that seek to build strong connections between people and make better places for people to grow, live, work and age.   This is a two-stage process with the first simple form due in by 7 September.   Contact via enquiries@peopleshealthtrust.org.uk or 020 7697 4021.

Also, Voscur will be running two workshops on how to apply.   Ring Voscur on 0117 909 9949 or ed@voscur.org .

Crossing the Bridge

You will know that there is a debate going on about what arrangements should apply to Prince Street Bridge once the temporary structure is replaced.   Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are each staking their claim.   Alice has made a short film showing current usage.   See http://vimeo.com/178609153 .


Hedgehogs are as rare as hens’ teeth in BS3, although four were recently sighted in XXXXXXXXXXX (secret location!!).    Apparently, they have a soft spot for meal worms* and granola.   

In another part of Greater Bedminster, one group of neighbours is collaborating with a hedgehog rescue centre and each other to establish a Hog Reserve.   Pictured on the attachment is one of two hogs which recently moved in.    I’m not sure if it’s Theresa or Jeremy, but hopefully there will soon be the patter of tiny feet.

*People wishing to establish a Save Meal Worms from Being Eaten Alive Society (SMeWBEAS) should contact Bristol City Council.   For ‘Protect Granola’, a doctor would seem best.

Madame La Fou and the Bakers Dozen

This murder mystery together with a three-course vegetarian mediterranean-inspired supper will be presented by Recession Productions  at Mark’s Bakery (North Street) on September 7.    Come from 7pm and be ready by 7.30 for the meal and whatever else happens.    It’s £25 per person and booking is imperative as places are short.    More info and booking via recessiongill@gmail.com . 

Food Plus

The Matthew Tree Project is looking for volunteers.   Details on the attachment.   You’ll see that it’s nothing to do with trees.

Summer Games in Dame Emily Park

These will be on Thursday, 18 August between 11 and 2.   Lots of free fun for the whole family.   Have a wild time with RSPB and discover birds, bugs, bees and more; do some nature craft like seed bombs with My Wild Child; enjoy messy play, hula hoop, balls, face painting etc; create windstreamers together with SCDA and look for a visiting princess.   Bring your camera!    Also, there will be lots of cardboard boxes to hide and crawl in and some great toys at Toyville.   Bring Your Own Picnic.

Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum (GBOPF)

Next meeting is Monday, 12 September from 10 to 12 at Monica Wills House, West Street.   Just behind Tesco.    The speakers are Hannah (Macmillan Prevention and Re-enablement Manager) and Heather Banks and Sally Robinson (both from Action for Blind People).   lots of time for questions, discussions and tea/coffee.

Anyone over 55 is very welcome.    And why not bring a friend or two?   Suggestions for new speakers always welcomed.   Contact GBOPF via gtrbedminsterolderpeoplesforum@gmail.com or via LinkAge on 0117 305 2365.

Age-friendly City

Several local older people met on 11 August as part of a city-wide consultation on what makes an age-friendly city.   The discussion was led by Carly Urbanski from Bristol AgeUK.   The consultation will help to shape Bristol’s future policies as it seeks WHO recognition as age-friendly.   The bottom line view of the group was that although there already exist some positive features, there’s a long way still to go.   Carly’s report is due out in the autumn.

Bedminster Social Club

This is a new self-help group for 55s and upwards and has sprung out of the What’s On for Older People (WOOP) Group.    WOOP Group scoop!!

Basically, it’s an open invitation to spend an hour or two chatting in a local cafe.    This is pleasant enough in itself, but it’s also hoped that as friendships form, people will make joint excursions to the cinema, for a walk, to the local mud wrestling club or whatever.    It’s hoped that there will also be occasional trips outside Bristol and Slimbridge is a possibility on August 31.   Contact benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk if you would like to come.

The next tea/coffee and chat sessions will be at Mezzaluna Cafe (West Street) on Tuesday, 30 August (2pm); Wednesday, 14 September (10.30am) and Thursday, 29 September (2pm).   We’ve already got about 20 people on our contact list, but are happy for many more.   Please spread the word.

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NEWSLETTER – 38:16 1st August 2016

‘Accessible’ Play Equipment
At its meeting in September, the GBCP sub-group on Environment has been asked to look at ‘accessible’ play equipment.    The argument is that all, or at least most, of the play equipment in our parks are fine for most children, but cannot be used by children with various disabilities.     This is quite a complex issue to get your head around, let alone do anything about.   Therefore, it would be very useful if we could identify any community members with expertise and experience of this issue.    If you have ideas and knowledge to share, please contact us at gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com .
Older Heroes?
The Celebrating Age Festival is due in September.   You are invited to nominate people who are ‘exponents of what can be achieved in later life’.     See the attached nomination form.    
Neighbourhood Partnerships Together
You may already know about this electronic discussion group.   It seeks to link people from different parts of Bristol and provide them with a forum to exchange ideas and experiences related to the 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships.    Recent discussions have been about cycling, environmental improvements, socially isolated older people, young people and much more.    The only ‘rules’ are use your real name and, by all means, disagree, but do it politely and with respect.   So far, we have a 100% record on this.
Neighbourhood Partnerships Together is independent of BCC and most participants are ‘residents’, but mayors, councillors and BCC staff are very welcome to join in (and perhaps should do so more frequently) along with members of other agencies.    They are often ‘residents’ too.
All the 14 NPs are currently represented and Neighbourhood Partnerships Together is a very good way of identifying people that can collaborate together around a common interest, build cooperation between NPs and, possibly, help you find a solution to to a problem that’s been difficult for you and your NP. 
A recent success has been the establishment of the Bristol Walking Alliance which has raised ‘walkability’ as a top issue in the recent elections.    Seven NPs are currently affiliated to this new body and we expect other to join during 2016.   Neighbourhood Partnerships Together has been a very efficient and cheap way of finding out who is doing what about ‘walkability’ across the city.

Please encourage people in your area to become part of Neighbourhood Partnerships Together.    It’s free and very much ‘the more, the merrier.’    

What’s on at the Library?
The Big Friendly Read:   Summer reading challenge.    See http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ .   You can sign up at your local library.
Craft Activities:    Bedminster Library.   Thursday, 11 and 25 August.    Roald Dahl themed craft activities for the Summer Reading Challenge.   Under 5s from 10.30 to 11 and 6+ from 11.30 to 12.15.
Regular Reading Groups:   Bedminster Library.   
Chatterbooks: 3rd Saturday monthly 10.30-11.30: a reading group for children.   
Creative Writing Group, Wednesdays, 2-4.   
Storytime:  Friday, 2pm.    
Baby Bounce and Rhyme, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30.   
Please speak to the librarians for more information, either in person or on 0117 9038529.
Regular Reading Groups:   Marksbury Road Library.   
Reading Group on 3rd Thursday monthly from 2.30.   
Gardening Group:   Ask for more information.   
Storytime:   Tuesdays at 10.30.    
Baby Bounce and Rhyme:   Thursdays at 10.30.   
Please speak to the librarians for more information, either in person or on 0117 9038574.  
Good Idea or Not?
London is proposing a significant change in local government structures.   For details of this and how to comment on the proposal see the attachment: West of England Devolution. 
Make Sunday Special
Don’t forget to Make Sunday Special on August 7.   As last year, the lower end of North Street between Cannon Street and North Street Green will be closed to traffic and opened for fun and games.   See you there?
‘Street Recycling Champions’
In GBCP NEWSLETTER 38:16 we appealed for people willing to champion recycling in their street.   These would offer basic advice on what goes into what bin, perhaps arrange support for people who have difficulty storing their bins.    A useful, but not onerous set of tasks.    A brief ‘training’ session would be available to get you going along with links to advise from the professionals.    We had a few responses, but were not overwhelmed.    So, think about it.    Could YOU do this in your street?    Perhaps a couple of you would work together.    And, before you ask, no, it doesn’t come with a uniform and a gun.
Climbing the Wall
For the last few months we’ve been working on a mural to encourage motorists to travel at less than 20mph, ie within the law for most of Greater Bedminster.   The funding is from BCC Traffic Department who are looking for new ways of reaching the more recalcitrant drivers.
Several workshops have been held and lots of opinions sought.   We now have some very attractive initial designs (I think).    Sample attached.   The only fly in our ointment is that we can’t find an appropriate wall.   We’ve identified several that seem to be in the right place, ie overlooking a road with a reputation for speeding and other poor quality driving, but sometimes the surface is wrong or the wall is not accessible (we can’t afford special wall preparation or scaffolding) and at other times wall owners just say ‘no’.   Very frustrating!! 
If you know of a possible wall, please contact us at gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com .
2.5 billion coffee cups
Lots of us enjoy coffee in our local shops.   Sometimes that’s in cups made originally from trees.   Lots of trees!!    Of course, you can also see lots of these cups as litter along East, North and West Street.    Of course, some of the 2.5 billion cups used annually in the UK are recycled, but most aren’t.   Indeed, many are made so that they can’t be recycled.   Friends of the Earth are campaigning to get government to require coffee shops (often very big chains) to only use recyclable material and then to actually recycle.
When you next buy a coffee in a ‘cardboard’ cup ask if it’s recyclable and contact Friends of the Earth to sign their petition.
Next GBCP Board Meeting
This will be at the actaCentre on Gladstone Road from 7pm on Monday, 5 September.    The agenda is being prepared now, so contact gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com if you want to raise any particular issues.   Although it is a board meeting, it is open to anyone to come along and have their say.   
Money to Give Away?
GBCP administers several ‘devolved budgets’ on behalf of BCC.   Two of these arise from money paid by developers to mitigate stress on the community created by new houses and other buildings.    They are called S106 and CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy).    The rules are slightly different, but they can be used for improvements to parks, the street scene, installing zebra crossings and in other ways.   We are just starting a new round with a closing date of 28 October.   Applications will then be considered and recommendations will go to the GBCP Board meeting of January.   Information and an application form are attached.    
We’re still looking for people to join the GBCP NEWSLETTER Group.    You’d probably do about one NEWSLETTER a month: 2 hours, but not necessarily all at once.    It’s volunteering, but never in the rain.
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NEWSLETTER – 37:16 22nd July 2016

Bedminster Energy Group

Bedminster Energy Group’s next meeting to discuss their application for the Community Energy Fund is on Monday 1st August at 8pm at The Lounge on North Street. Subsequent meetings from September onwards will be on the SECOND Monday of each month, 8pm at The Lounge. See http://www.bedminsterenergy.org.uk/ or contact Katherine on 07866918683 if you require further information.

What We Need Is….

GBCP administers several budgets on behalf of BCC.   There is never enough money to do everything, but useful interventions have been made to improve green spaces, reduce traffic danger, enhance the street scene and much more.    If you have some proposals, please see the attached Neighbourhood Improvement Form and its accompanying briefing paper.

The closing date is 28 October 2016.   The ideas will be reviewed by relevant GBCP sub-groups and recommendations will be considered at the GBCP meeting of 16 January 2016.

Contact Lorena or Andrew or members of the GBCP Board if you want additional advice etc.

Exhibitions at Spike Island this Summer (Free entry)

British artist Stuart Whipps’ exhibition, ‘Isle of Slingers’ is inspired by three types of stone – Portland stone, slate and shale. It features archival information, photographs and objects that trace stories, with a film at the heart of the exhibition.

French artist Xavier Antin’s exhibition ‘The Eternal Network’ is inspired by the independent publishing and printing house Beau Geste Press (which operated a remote farmhouse in Devon from 1971 to 1976.) Antin’s project for Spike Island addresses this heritage by using archival material as a score for a speculative history of the printing press.

www.spikeisland.org.uk 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX (Exhibitions open Tuesday – Sunday, 12–5pm) 0117 929 2266

Next Patchwork Gardening Session

This will be next Thursday, 28th July. Meet at the Myrtle Street orchard (behind the Tesco on North Street) for some weeding and tidying at 6.30pm. For more info email bemmiepatchwork@gmail.com

Transport for Celebrating Age

The Celebrating Age Festival takes place on Sunday 18th September 2016 and is the start of a fortnight’s activities for older people across Bristol’s neighbourhoods.  To help local groups to attend the event, the CAF organising committee are offering special free bus services, as all buses do not run on Sundays.

If any resident groups want to use these free bus services, please contact Raquib and provide details of groups’ contact details and estimate of number of people wanting a lift by Thursday 29th July. Raquib Khandker, Community Development Officer –  raquib.khandker@bristol.gov.uk or Tel 0117 9223741

Northern Slopes Initiative Website

This website has been updated following a grant from their Neighbourhood Partnership towards publicity. Have a look and find out all the things that are going on on the Northern Slopes http://www.northern-slopes-initiative.co.uk/Skyline

BID Annual Report

The Bedminster Business Improvement District’s Annual Report for 2015-16 is now available. Please email us if you’d like to see it.

Mayoral Combined Authority

Voscur, in partnership with WERN (West of England Rural Network) and CVS South Gloucestershire are holding a briefing for the VCS Sector in Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire to share views and concerns, and to debate and discuss the consultation launched by the Secretary of State and the three councils for the creation of a new Mayoral Combined Authority.

Speakers include Dr Patricia Greer, Interim Chief Executive, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, Councillor Helen Holland (Bristol City Council), Councillor Matthew Riddle (South Gloucestershire Council) and Councillor Tim Warren (Bath and North East Somerset Council).

This briefing session will be held on Wednesday 3 August 2016, 10am – 12:30pm at The Engine Shed. To book a place, click here http://www.voscur.org/diary/voluntary-community-and-social-entreprise-sector-briefing-devolution-deal

Safeguarding Grants

The Department for Education has announced up to £2.25million in grant funding to VCS organisations over an 18 month period (October 2016- March 2018) to help address key priorities on safeguarding: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); radicalisation; domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol misuse.

The grant period will be for 18 months – 1 October 2016 – 31 March 2018. There is potential to extend for a further six months (April 2018 to October 2018) – subject to funding being available. The value of the grants will be between £100,000 – £250,000 pa (pro-rated for 2016-17) per grant award.

Deadline for bids Noon Friday 29 July 2016


Shakespeare at the Farm

As part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2016, the City Farm will be hosting The Barded Ladies in their adaptation of Henry VI Part III.

This is one of Shakespeare’s least performed plays, with only three major productions in the last 25 years. The Barded Ladies now revive this vibrant work – with a twist…

This is an outdoor performance and is suitable for adults and children aged 10+

Cost: adult £12 /concession £8/ child £5    Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-barded-ladies-henry-vi-part-iii-tickets-23106474086 Dates: Thursday 21st July 7pm, Friday 22nd July 2pm and 7pm, Saturday 23rd July 2pm and 7pm Sunday 24th July 6pm

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NEWSLETTER – 34:16 6th July 2016

New Board for GBCP
Several new people joined the GBCP Board (innovation?) on 27 June along with some long-termers (continuity?).    Many thanks to those who have retired to make way for the new.   The line-up for 2016-17 is attached along with statements about their priorities and what they hope to achieve (or at least edge towards) over the next 12 months.    Also, late nomination of Phil Manning by BS3 Churches Together.    This is the body that directs GBCP.    
The elected officers are Chair: Stef Brammar; Vice-chair: vacant; Secretary: vacant; Treasurer & Assistant Treasurer: Ben Barker and Mike McBeth.
Decisions about Money
At the last GBCP meeting, an allocation of £14,424 was made from the Community Chest following recommendations made by an Award Panel earlier in July.   This leaves £5,576 unallocated.   The awards were:
  • Bedminster Town Team    Make Sunday Special    £2000
  • Bedminster Winter Lanterns    WL Parade, 2016    £2500
  • Bristol Book Swap    Promotes literacy and reading    £1700
  • Life Cycle UK    Silver Cyclists/over 55s    £450
  • South Bristol Toy Library    Access to quality play resources    £2240
  • SCDA    BS3 Tea Dances and Intergenerational Bowls    £1991
  • SCDA    Outdoor activities for children    £1296
  • Way Out West    West Street Stories book    £1247
  • Windmill Hill City Farm    Human Sundial/40th birthday    £1000
£27,648 was agreed from GBCP’s S106 devolved budget upon the recommendation of the Environment Sub-committee.   This was allocated as follows
  • Gores Marsh Park    Accessible play equipment    £10,200
  • Windmill Hill City Farm    Fencing    £7680
  • South Street Park    Seating etc    £9768
GBCP has access to a further £62,198 of S106 funding and £67,946 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).   The allocation of this, and any additional funding that emerges, will be considered during the next 12 months.   This funding will not necessarily go to parks and green spaces.   It can also be used for street and traffic improvements.    Partners who are interested in accessing this money need to start thinking about how and why they might spend it.   Basically, it’s likely to go to people who can make a good case.    We can help you to make a good case, but if you sit there like a pudding, nobody’s going to notice you.
Additionally, £141K has been allocated to St John’s Churchyard and c£100K for play equipment in Ashton Vale.   It’s unclear when this work will be undertaken.
All Our Yesterdays
I’ve attached notes not from the recent AGM, but from the very first GBCP meeting which was held nearly 10 years ago on March 8, 2007.    We established our partnership a few months before BCC launched its own Neighbourhood Partnership scheme.    Interesting to see what seemed to be important then and how most of those issues are still important.   Interesting too to think about what progress has been made, and what’s left to do, despite changes of central and local government policies, economic collapses etc.
Make Sunday Special
Plans for this are underway.   As in 2015, lower North Street will be closed to traffic and opened for fun.   Put Sunday, August 7 in your diary.
Window Wanderland
Only 7 months to go to the next Window Wanderland.    A strong point of last year’s event, our first, was that some people got together with others in their street, thus making a stronger display.    Never too early to talk to the neighbours!!    We will probably need a little money to pay for maps printing etc.   Something like £500 should do it.    Any thoughts on how we might raise this?   Sponsorship?    Grant application?   Whip Round?     Look on www.windowwanderland.com for ideas from across the city.
I’m assuming that Windmill Hill will organise itself as before.    We need to identify an organising group for the main GBCP area.   Get back to gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com if you want to be part of this.   What about ‘outlying areas’ such as Ashton Vale and Marksbury?
Dame Emily Community Garden
There will be a weeding party in Dame Emily Park on July 17 starting at 2pm.    Why not join in for a little exercise and possibly some cake?
Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum
The next GBOPF meeting will be on Wednesday, 13 July in Monica Wills House, West Street.   It will run from 10am to noon.   Among the speakers are Agata Palmer who will discuss issues around access to mental health services and Lew Pedler who edits the Memories of Bedminster (MoB) magazine.   This is an open meeting, especially if you are over 55 years old, so come and join in the discussion.   For further information, please contact the GBOPF secretary on chris20515546@gmail.com
Bristol: Age-friendly City?
It is hoped that Bristol will be recognised by the World Health Organisation as an Age-friendly City, although this may be 5-10 years away.    Using their Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) funding from the Lottery, BristolAgeUK have very recently appointed Carly Urbanski to coordinate this project.   Carly visited Southville Centre on 1 July and met with some local people, including GBCP Board members, to talk about Greater Bedminster’s role in this.    Many GB organisations have been collaborating for some time on ways to make our area more age friendly, both for older and younger people, but there’s a long way to go.   An Age-friendly City must be made up of age-friendly neighbourhoods.
An initial assessment of Bristol’s Age-friendliness has already been made.   If you want to see what it says, Google How Age-friendly is Bristol?   Base line assessment.
We expect to be working closely with Carly and BAB over the next couple of years.
The Last Hedgehog?
We are happy to report further sightings of the Thanet Road hedgehog.    Apparently, he/she appears frequently to sample Helen’s meal worms, pumpkin seeds and granola, but turns her/his nose up at cat food.    Avon Wildlife Trust is on the case and suggesting making small holes in fences to offer a wider habitat.   Is this the only hedgehog in BS3? 
AWT are monitoring hedgehogs across the city and, I guess, there’ll be a report and map at some point.   Big hole in BS3?
Bristol Legible City project
You may have seen the directional signs that have been in the city centre for quite a few years.   This project is now looking at encouraging neighbourhood/community maps (hard copy and electronic).   They are looking for comments which you can give on www.bit.ly/mapbristol .   They need your ideas by 11 July. 
Langton Park Jumble Trail
Residents of Langton Park (just off lower North Street) will be putting out jumble for anyone to pick up between 10 and 1 on Saturday, 9 July.   Why not pop along and see if you can find something useful for free?
Macmillan Conference
Entitled ‘Living Beyond Cancer’ this free conference is for community based health staff and volunteers.   The aim is to increase understanding of how to support people both during and after cancer.   The venue is Ashton Gate Football Stadium and the date is Tuesday, September 27.   Contact catherine.neck@nbt.nhs.uk for more details.
Let’s Catch a Train
UWE are running a project to encourage people to use the train within the West of England.   Organisations, groups and charities may apply for Free Group Tickets for ‘ disadvantaged communities’.    More details are at http://www.severnside-rail.org.uk/daysout.php
Visit Hidcote and Kiftsgate Gardens
South Bristol Gardening Club are proposing a coach trip on Sunday, 17 July.   They have a few spare places.    Costs range from £7 if you are both a Club member and a National Trust member already to £26.45 if you are neither.   The idea is to leave from St Paul’s Church on Coronation Road at 9.30am and to get back about 5pm.   Contact wendy@growkids.co.uk or 07736 013 232.
Next Steps for Neighbourhood Partnerships?
Some of you may already be signed up for the all Bristol NPs meeting on 20 July.   This will be at the Central Library, College Green and run from 6.30 to 8.30pm.   We are promised further discussion about BCC and NP priorities (ahhh!!) and ‘considering the next steps for NPs’.   Abolition?   More devolution?   Rearrangement of the deckchairs?   Come along and find out.   If you haven’t booked already, contact hayley.ash@bristol.gov.uk  
Bedminster Harvest Fest and Market
Sunday, 2 October, 12 noon to 4pm at United Reformed Church Hall, West Street.
This will be a celebration of homegrown and home-made produce from all over the Greater Bedminster area.   The West Street Neighbourhood Group (WOW) is offering stalls at £5 each for organisations and individuals to sell allotment and garden produce, plants, jam and preserves, cakes and baking and crafts.   There will be children’s rides and games and locally produced food and drink being served throughout.   If you want to book a stall, participate in some way, or volunteer to help please get in touch at info@way-out-west.org .
Calendar of Events
A list of local events is attached covering the next few months.   Please check it for accuracy and omissions.   Come back to gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com with amendments.
SCDA Update
A new group has started at Southville Centre.   It’s a ‘sporting memories’ group, mainly for older people who would enjoy looking back with others on a life following sports.   The first meeting on June 21 started well, but there are still spaces for others.   Contact Tim Clark on ops.enquiries@southvillecentre.org.ukor 0117 9231039.
SCDA intends to open a second nursery at the former Brigade Centre  on the corner of Garnet and Chessel Street.    Construction work is hoped to start soon and SCDA will be letting people know the time-table when they know themselves.
Being Helpful
BS3 Helping Others Facebook Group has been set up as a volunteer recruitment group page to help others in the BS3 Community.   It is also there for you to request help.   If you have some free time to help other people in the area, whether it is just for companionship or physical help, or perhaps work in the garden, household chores or mending things, you can pass your offer of services on the group page.   If you feel that a little help from others will be of assistance to you, you can also post your request, detailing the assistance sought, on this page also.    For more details go to alex.fairhurst@hotmail.com or catherineliddle@yahoo.com .
Bristol Walking Alliance: Streets as Social Spaces rather than just Storage Spaces
GBCP was a founding member of this organisation along with bodies such as Sustrans, Bristol Civic Society, SHINE, the Ramblers and others.   Since starting towards the end of 2015, BWA now has 6 of the 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships as members.   More to come?
BWA is currently concentrating on the re-writing of BCC’s 2011 Walking Strategy.    GBCP NEWSLETTER will have more about this later.   BWA is also seeking meetings with organisations representing Equalities Groups, many of these, including older people and disability groups, are especially disadvantaged by a poor walking environment.    BWA has also arranged to meet four of the new Assistant Mayors responsible for issues such as Transport, Place, Health and Neighbourhoods.    This includes our own Mark Bradshaw who holds the Transport and Traffic brief on behalf of Marvin the Mayor.
We expect all these meetings to take place in July with, hopefully, a more coherent plan for a Walking City starting to shape up.   Of course a city that’s easy, safe and pleasant to walk around is a big contribution to the notion of the All Age-friendly City. 
Bedminster Secret Gardens
Following the success of this year’s open gardens, plans are already underway for 2017’s Bedminster Secret Gardens.   If you would like to join in and open your garden, please fill in the online expression of interest form at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2017Bedminstersecretgardens .   Please note that you are NOT committing yourself to anything yet.   You can make a final decision about taking part when we finalise the dates.
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NEWSLETTER: AGM Special – 31:16 20th June 2016


Monday, 27th June 2016, 7.00 pm.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details (https://democracy.bristol.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?Cld=146&Year=0). or see the attachment or pick up a hard copy from Southville Centre later in the week.

Meeting venue: Bristol International Bowls Centre, South Liberty Lane, Ashton Vale, Bristol, BS3 2TY 

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Welcome, apologies and introductions
2 Declarations of interest
3 Public forum and public resolutions
4 Community safety update
5 Annual General Meeting business report, Business activities report and end of year financial statement
6 GBCP elections
7 GBCP updates
8 Greater Bedminster Community Partnership plan
9 Section 106 and CIL report
10 Minutes of previous meeting
11 Any other business
12 Meeting close – 9.00 pm


Please note the new provision for access to these papers.   It would be useful to know how people get to look at the papers, assuming that they do.   It would be helpful if you could let gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com know how you prefer to access the papers or, indeed, whether or not you read them at all.   We’ll pass your comments back to relevant council officers.


Note also, that this meeting is open to everyone.   See you there?


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NEWSLETTER – 27:16 1st June 2016

Better Bedminster Community Chest

You will see from the attached paper that there are 9 applications to the Community Chest, totalling £17,424. g-bed-np-grantsjune16

These will be considered by an Awards Panel on Wednesday, June 8 at Windmill Hill City Farm. The Panel will start with a briefing at 7pm and should not last more than 1.5-2 hours. Award Panels are made up of local people who give up an evening to read through and assess applications. If you would like to be part of this panel, please just turn up a few minutes before 7. You do not need any special knowledge, just a bit of common sense. If you are linked to any of the applications, you can still join in, but not vote on ‘your’ application.

The recommendations from the Awards Panel will go to the full GBCP Board meeting at the Bristol Indoors Bowls Centre in Ashton Vale. That meeting starts at 7pm on June 27. Agendas and papers should be available shortly.

Becoming a Member of the GBCP Board

The meeting on June 27 is the AGM. A new GBCP Board will come into existence. That Board has already begun to form with the election of Celia Phipps, Charlie Bolton, Mark Bradshaw ans Steve Clarke as councillors for the two wards of Southville and Bedminster. they are automatically Board members.

However, there are lots of other places. These will be filled by nominations from registered partners across the area. Please note that existing board members can only stay on the board if they are re-nominated. But, we also welcome new members.

To nominate someone, please complete the attached form and send it in.

Officers of GBCP

The new board will elect officers. If you wish to nominate anyone as an officer, please complete the attached nomination paper. Please note that officers must also be members of the board, so make sure they are nominated for that too.

It’s always a good idea to check that people are willing before you nominate them for something.

GBCP Mobility Sub-Group

Next meeting Monday, 6 June at Windmill Hill City Farm. This group looks at how we get in and out and about the community.

GBCP Environment Sub-Group

Next meeting Thursday, 9 June at actaCentre. Looking at green spaces and the street scene.

Both sub-groups make recommendations to BCC and GBCP on future developments. New members welcomed.

Please note that the AGM on 27 June is an open meeting, ie anyone can attend. Perhaps we’ll see you there?

And for those who don’t do meetings…

FrANC Walk on Sunday

Friends of the Avon New Cut will be looking at the trees with the guidance of Richard Brand from Bristol Naturalists’ Society. This walk should take about 2 hours and starts at 10am on the Coronation Road side of Bedminster Bridge. Everyone welcome.