Walking Festival, Parks update,

Walking Festival

The Bristol Walking Alliance are planning a Walking Festival for May 2018 and need some help to make this happen. Specifically, they need some help in January/February with administrative tasks such as liaising with people/organisations proposing walks, to ensure that the information that they provide is complete and timely; and help to lead additional walks in and around Bristol during the Festival. Please contact Carew on carew.reynell@gmail.com

Parks update
In addition to the current online Parks Consultation which closes on Monday 29th January 2018, the Parks forum will be hosting drop in sessions with Parks officers available to discuss the content of the consultation with yourselves and members of the public. These will take place on the following dates:

Mon 4th Dec 1pm – 7pm Netham Pavilion, Netham Park, Avonvale Road, Netham, Bristol, BS5 9RZ

Tues 5th Dec 1pm – 7pm Main Studio, Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, Bristol, BS4 1NL

Weds 6th Dec 1pm – 6.30pm Henbury and Brentry Community Centre, Machin Road, Bristol, BS10 7HG

Thurs 14th Dec 1.30pm – 7.30pm Lord Mayors Reception, City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

These sessions have been arranged at the request of the Parks Forum to give park groups and anyone else with a particular interest in parks or green spaces a chance to discuss the 14 proposals in the consultation and raise any concerns.

There is a pdf version of the consultation – www.bristolparksforum.org.uk/ParksConsultation.pdf

The Parks forum can be contacted by email mail@bristolparksforum.org.uk

Action Greater Bedminster is holding the first meeting of the Parks, libraries and leisure sub-group on  Monday 22nd January at 7pm in the Training Room, Windmill Hill City Farm. A council officer will be present and it will be a chance to discuss the consultation before the closing date.

Cabinet meeting
Cabinet will be considering proposals following the ‘Your Neighbourhoods’ consultation on Monday 4th December. Papers for the meeting are  available here

The agenda has twenty-one items including a report from the Libraries Task and Finish group, reductions to the Supporting People budget, School crossing patrols and Public toilets, Transforming Neighbourhood Working, Cultural Investment Programme and Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. This will include proposals for local CIL/s106 arrangements and support for community networks/spaces.

Obviously this will be a highly significant meeting with implications for organisations like Action Greater Bedminster.

ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER :  a revitalised community network for challenging times

In response to Bristol City Council’s changing strategies with regard to neighbourhoods, at the AGM of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership on 4th November members agreed a new approach and a new name was needed. ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER was launched with a revised constitution, and a strengthened Executive Committee.

Who are we?

Membership of AGB is open to any community-based organisation in Greater Bedminster (the electoral wards of Bedminster and South Southville and immediate surrounds). 8 representatives of those groups will be elected each year to sit on the AGB Executive Committee alongside the 4 ward Councillors.

Elected on 4th November 2017: Continue reading “ACTION GREATER BEDMINSTER :  a revitalised community network for challenging times”

Greater Bedminster Newsletter (01:17) – My Wild Bedminster: November

You will know that the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership is no more and has been replaced by a new network called Action Greater Bedminster.    This newsletter replaces the GBCP Newsletter and is independent, but supportive, of the new structure.   We also want to support other organisations across BS3 and nearby by helping to spread information and ideas.

Below is a Special Newsletter sent in by Matt of Avon Wildlife Trust as part of the on-going My Wild Bedminster project (see other posts on My Wild Bedminster).   We will be circulating more information about My Wild Bedminster and other activities over the next few weeks.    My Wild Bedminster will continue into 2018 and beyond.

Apologies to AWT for delay in sending this special out, but the change over has been a bit confused.


November is here and so are the first frosts which grip both the air and ground.   Crisp leaves now litter the ground creating a golden carpet of yellow and orange, and spiders web glisten silver and white as they hang from shrub to shrub.   Berries are still abundant but the competition is intensifying as every creature aims to get their fill.

WHAT TO SEE THIS MONTH

Birds
This month sees the return of our resident birds to the garden in greater numbers as they come in from feeding spots further afield.   We also see the first of the winter garden migrant species making their way across from Europe to hang in the garden.   Common species like chaffinch and blackbird will be much more visible now alongside the usual goldfinch and long tailed tits.   But the bird to look out for is the redwing!   (Please let us know if you spot a redwing and where and when)     Continue reading “Greater Bedminster Newsletter (01:17) – My Wild Bedminster: November”

NEWSLETTER (02:17) Bristol Parks Forum

You will probably know that due to financial cuts on local authorities, there have been major concerns about the future of Bristol’s parks and green spaces.   These have already begun to bite, but the future looked very dismal, but unclear.    The future is still far from certain, but yesterday’s decision by the council, which is described below in a message from the Bristol Parks Forum, is a helpful step.

It also shows the advantage of getting names onto BCC petitions.    Achieving over 3500 signatures calling upon the council to reconsider its policy triggered a full council debate.   You might like to follow up by signing the Bristol Walking Alliance’s petition asking to bring Bristol into line with London and to ban pavement parking except with special permission.   This petition, and lots of others, can be viewed by googling ‘Bristol City Council petitions’.

Many people expect good quality green space in a major city like Bristol, but it is under threat.    Ways in which you can help include joining your local park support group as an active member and making sure your councillor and Action Greater Bedminster is on top of this issue.

This is what the Bristol Parks Forum had to say:
Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (02:17) Bristol Parks Forum”

Farewell GBCP, welcome Action Greater Bedminster!

I am writing to members and subscribers to the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership Newsletter to let you know that at the Annual General Meeting of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership on 4th November, members agreed a name change, adopted a new constitution and appointed a new Executive Committee.

The organisation is now called Action Greater Bedminster. The aims of Action Greater Bedminster are to support the advancement of community development and improve the quality of life for all those living and/or working primarily within the Greater Bedminster area of the City of Bristol (effectively the electoral wards of Bedminster and Southville and immediate surrounds).

There will be 10 officers (of which eight were elected at the AGM) who will meet four times a year. These are:

  • Chair – Donald Branch (Caraboo Neighbourhood Association)
  • Vice Chair – Celia Phipps (SCDA trustee, Parson Street school governor, local councillor)
  • Secretary – Ellie Freeman (Caboodle)
  • Membership secretary – Stef Brammar (Way Out West, acta)
  • Treasurer – TBC

Executive Committee members:

  • Steve Sayers (Windmill Hill City Farm)
  • Ade William (Bedminster Business Improvement District)
  • Simon Hankins (Southville Community Development Association)
  • Kris Tavender – Bristol Rugby
  • TBC

Twice a year there will be open public forum meetings and general meetings for members. Our members will be representatives from local organisations and we will be encouraging and supporting these organisations, helping to co-ordinate joint projects, networking, sharing advice and more.

There are five sub-committees/working groups that any member can sit on that focus on the priorities for the area: Parks, leisure, libraries; Environment (including traffic, street scene, air pollution); Community development; Urban planning & conservation; Communications, marketing & promotion.

We hope Action Greater Bedminster will be inclusive, progressive and collaborative; continuing to make an impact in your neighbourhood, responding to your needs and making your voice heard.

We will be contacting everyone about being a member of Action Bedminster and about our future communications as soon as possible. If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please email greaterbedminster@gmail.com, leave a comment on our Facebook Page Action Greater Bedminster or tweet us @greaterbedmin

Best Wishes

Ellie Freeman

Apologies if you have already received this email from a different address.

NEWSLETTER (59:17) – Launch of GBCF, asset map, Upfest, Lantern parade

Greater Bedminster Community Forum, Thursday, November 2

Historic Moment?  OK.   So, you missed the Battle of Hastings, the Storming of the Bastille and the first landing on the moon, but you can still catch the launching of the ‘new’ Greater Bedminster Community Forum on Thursday, November 2 from 7.00pm at actaCentre.  Otherwise, you may have nothing interesting to tell your grandchildren?

Bonfire night celebration in Victoria Park

Please see the attached poster for Sunday’s bonfire night in Victoria Park.

Invitation to the SCDA’s AGM 24-Nov-17

Southville Community Development Association, Annual General Meeting Jasper Room, the Chessel Centre, Chessel Street, Bedminster, Friday 24th November, 6.30pm-8.00pm

The SCDA will be celebrating this momentous year and welcoming in a new era for the charity, with a new building, a new name and we will also be introducing our new caterer who will kindly be supplying some delicious samples for everyone to try. There is no need for people to advise us if they are coming; we will be delighted to welcome them to our historic second site!  Any questions contact: Dawn Lockhart, Southville Community Development Association (SCDA), Tel: 0117 923 1039, www.southvillecentre.org.uk.

Invitation to nominate to the Voscur Board of Trustees

Voscur’s AGM and Annual Event will be taking place on 30 November at We The Curious (formerly @Bristol) this year and we would be delighted if you could join us.  Please contact Voscur for further information and to book a place:
https://www.voscur.org/calender/event/voscur-agm-2017

Board Elections will take place at the AGM and we are now seeking nominations. Do you know someone who could share their skills and expertise as a Voscur Trustee?  We are pleased to invite you and your organisation to make nominations to the Voscur Board of Trustees.  Nominations must be made by 5pm on 16 November 2017.

The Voscur Board of Trustees play an important role in ensuring that the organisation adheres to its charitable objectives to:

  • build the capacity of third sector organisations and support their work;
  • facilitate partnership working between third sector, public and any other relevant bodies.

Asset mapping working paper

Magda Kowalik-Malcolm, who is a community development coordinator for South Bristol, as forwarded a link for a working paper on asset mapping.  Below is its abstract:

This working paper critically reviews some main aspects from asset based approaches highlights key strengths and weaknesses for future research/development. Drawing on a large body of reports and relevant literature we draw on different theoretical traditions and critiques, as well as practices and processes embedded within a broad range of approaches including, widely acknowledged frameworks such Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), Appreciative Inquiry (AI), Sustainable Livelihood Approaches (SLA) and Community Capitals Framework (CCF). Although these are presented as distinct approaches, there is a sense of evolution through them and many of them overlap (in terms of both theories and methodologies). We also include emerging frameworks, including geographical, socio-spatial, visual and creative approaches, stemming from a number of projects within AHRC’s Connected Communities programme and additional collaborations.

The paper can be found here: http://comparativeassetmapping.org/downloads/making-sense-of-assets.pdf

Back to Primary School event

Please find attached a very special event coming up at Victoria Park Primary School on Monday 13th November, 10:30am-12pm. The children are inviting over 55s to a social morning at their school where attendees will be served tea and biscuits and will have their portraits drawn by the children. They are also welcome to return the favour.

The event is free to attend but booking is essential. To book please call St Monica Trust on 0117 305 2365.

Upfest Gallery: New from Rob Wass

Rob Wass is Upfest Gallery’s next featured artist with his dynamic and unique ink skills.

Based out of Hastings and working in his very own individual style, Rob Wass (formerly known under the guise of DATA) proves that he really does have the skills with his works. Moving between organic nature forms and slick abstract architecture the two styles seemlessly fit together to create amazing tree and cityscapes.

Prints and brand new originals from Rob can be found online at: https://www.upfest.co.uk/search/q:Rob%20Wass
… or visit the Upfest Gallery, 198 North Street Bristol. BS3 1JF

The Lantern Parade really needs you! 

This is an appeal to many of the people I know in Bemmy, and several who have previously volunteered for the Lantern Parade:  at this moment we are 40 volunteers short of the number we need to enable the Parade on Satrurday 9 December to go ahead.  For insurance purposes we have to position 70 volunteer stewards at the junctions along the route.

Would you be able to volunteer?  If you can’t, maybe you know someone else who can – a neighbour, a member of your group, a friend, colleague or family member?   Stewards need to be with us for a briefing by 3.30pm, and you’ll be finished by 6 pm.  An info sheet is attached to this mail, but we’ll send out more detail nearer the time.

Workshops have started in schools and community centres, and our small group of dedicated volunteers have raised the £19K+ it takes to run the project – now we need YOU to help us make it happen.

Contact: Stef Brammar, West Street Neighbourhood Group,
T:  07917-711949, www.way-out-west.org.

FrANC AGM on Sunday 5th November, followed by tour of The Underfall Yard

This year’s FrANC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in the  Education & Meeting Room at The Underfall Yard,  Cumberland Road  starting at 2:00pm next Sunday (5th November).

As advised previously, the AGM will be followed by an hour-long guided tour of The Underfall Yard.  We hope to see as many FrANC members as possible at the AGM.  Complimentary tea/coffee will be available during the proceedings.

Any questions contact: DEREK HUGHES Secretary, Friends of the Avon New Cut, Tel: 01179 544 888, derekwhughes@btinternet.com.

Protect Our Parks

You may know that there has been a petition from the Bristol Parks Forum asking BCC to think again about its proposals for cutting expenditure on parks in response to reductions in finances from central government.    That petition now exceeds 3500 signatures and will trigger a debate of full council on Wednesday, 14 November.

The Full Council meeting is at 6.00 pm on Tuesday 14 November at City Hall.

The deadline for written statements is 12 noon on Monday 13 November (it will not I am afraid be possible to accept any statements submitted after
that time).

For clarity, it would be helpful if any emails with statements sent in to
democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk could headed up as “Statement for Full Council – 14 November 2017”

A second petition, to ban parking on pavements in line with London, closes on 30 November.   So far it has 653 electronic signatures (31 October) and an unknown number on paper.    If you have been collecting signatures, please return your petition sheets to Ben Barker, c/o Southville Centre, Beauley Road, BS3 1QG no later than Monday, 27 November.

Sleep Out 2017 – In Aid of Homeless Young People

I’m doing the Sleep Out 2017 on the 15th November in aid of 1625 Independent People, a fantastic bunch of people who help young homeless people find some accommodation and start to get control of their lives in all sorts of ways: http://www.1625ip.co.uk/Support-Us/1625ip-Sleep-Out-2017.aspx

As you all are aware, homelessness is rising at an alarming rate in Bristol and amongst the worst affected are young people who often have no choice but to leave home and find themselves on the streets. I don’t need to tell you how risky this is for anyone let alone if they are young and may have just been through a severe trauma. Last year 1625IP saw almost 2500 young homeless people in Bristol and South Gloucestershire – half of them were offered some form of accommodation.

If you would like to, please donate on my JustGiving page:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/regendom

All contributions welcome, please give whatever you can afford (no matter how small) and if you think it’s appropriate PLEASE SHARE THIS EMAIL with your friends or colleagues.

My target for this year (by the 15th November) is £1,000.

All the best and thanks for reading this!

Dom

Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum Newsletter: Issue 66

Please see attached the most recent Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum Newsletter. GBOPF Newsletter No 66

DEPP Volunteer Get Together 

Please join DEPP for a “Volunteer Afternoon” at 3.30pm on Sunday 19th November 2017 in the community garden of Dame Emily Park.

Volunteers are vital to Dame Emily Park Project, your support during the year is very important.  DEPP greatly appreciates your unconditional help, hard work and dedication to the community.

With this little Get-together the group would like to say Thank You and enjoy mulled wine, tea, coffee and snacks together, have a chat and a laugh

Please let DEPP know if you are able to take part and feel free to bring your family with you! dameemilypark@gmail.com

FREE Film Tickets – Bristol Film Festival

Bristol Film Festival have kindly offered LinkAge 20 free tickets to the film screening of ‘Some Like It Hot’.

When: Thursday 16th November
Time: Doors open at 18:00 | Film starts at 18:45 | Approximately ends at 20:45
Venue: Aston Martin Bristol, Vantage Point, Cribbs Causeway, BS10 7TU

Tickets will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, so please contact LinkAge on 0117 353 3042 to book. On the day of the film you will just need to state your name and ‘LinkAge’ upon arrival.

Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (59:17) – Launch of GBCF, asset map, Upfest, Lantern parade”

Special NEWSLETTER on BS3 Helping Others (59:17) – Volunteer, care, homeless, IT, Marmalade, fish

GBCP NEWSLETTER is very happy to send out information about the innovative BS3 Helping Others project along with a sample of the volunteering opportunities that they have on offer.    Please get in touch with BS3 Helping Others if your organisation needs volunteers or if you want to offer yourself as a helper.

Get in touch with GBCP NEWSLETTER if you’d like us to circulate a Special Edition about your organisation: gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com .

Would you like to volunteer in BS3?

Does your organisation need volunteers?

‘BS3 Helping Others’ is a Facebook page set-up in order to recruit volunteers in BS3 who might like to volunteer their time and energy to a worthy cause in the BS3 Community. facebook.com/groups/BS3helpers/ Continue reading “Special NEWSLETTER on BS3 Helping Others (59:17) – Volunteer, care, homeless, IT, Marmalade, fish”

NEWSLETTER (58:17) – Window Wonderland, Ashton Court future, Portishead rail line, population

Sponsors Needed for Window Wanderland

The third Window Wanderland for Southville and Bedminster will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 23, 24 and 25 2018 (6-9pm).    As well as the many decorated windows, the WW Group is hoping to publish a map as last year to help with the Wandery bit.    However, this is likely to cost around £250 which the group currently does not have.    We are therefore looking for organisations that will sponsor the event, either to the full amount or perhaps with two or three organisations sharing the cost.    If your organisation would like to support this excellent local event, please contact the WW Group via gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com.

Other South Bristol neighbourhoods will also be doing Window Wanderland.    Arnos Vale’s event will be at the same time as Southville/Bedminster and we understand that events are being planned in Windmill Hill, Bemmie/Malago Vale and Ashton Vale.    We’ll bring you dates when we have them.   But, also google Window Wanderland and see that it is now an international bit of fun.   Not bad for something that started in Bishopston in 2015.

Apart from decorating the windows themselves, there’s a little bit of organising behind the scenes.   Contact GBCP NEWSLETTER if you think you might like to help.

Keeping It Tidy or Back to the Silos?

We know that Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) are now dead and are being replaced by ‘new’ structures more rooted in local communities.   Some, but probably not all, will adopt the existing NP boundaries.   There will also be gaps, at least, for a year or two.   It’s important therefore to acknowledge, and try to keep, one of the important benefits that arose from the ten years of NPs.   This was in the structure of BCC and in police organisation.

Ten years ago, many council department were internally ‘decentralised’ in that they had teams in particular parts of the city.   So, department A might be broken into 5 teams, each focusing, and therefore well informed, on a fifth of the city; department B might have eight local teams and so on.    A major problem was that the pattern of any one department was usually based on a different geographical assumption from all of the others.

This posed two major problems.   Firstly, it added to the difficulties of BCC teams working together (already difficult enough) and secondly, it made it difficult for people in the community to relate to BCC teams since you had to understand a complex pattern and who to contact in each case.

Following the establishment of the 14 NPs, BCC and the Police gradually altered their structures to come in line with NPs and therefore with each other.   Sometimes this meant 14 units, but more usually it would be groupings around, say, two or three NPs.   When NPs started, it was proposed that the Fire & Rescue Service and some bits of the NHS should also begin to mirror NPs, but I don’t think that got very far.

Under a less centralised neighbourhood structure and under pressure from ‘austerity’, there is a danger that this more supportive geography will begin to break down.     Hopefully, BCC, the Police and community organisations will be vigilant enough to discourage this.

Bristol’s population

BCC has recently published a report on the city’s population, its composition by age, ethnicity, gender etc, their geographical distribution and projections for the future.   For example, figures for the three ‘Bedminster’ wards include age profiles, thus…. Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (58:17) – Window Wonderland, Ashton Court future, Portishead rail line, population”

Special AGM NEWSLETTER (57:17)  – 7pm 2nd November at Acta, Gladstone Street

The AGM on 2nd November at acta, Gladstone Street, Bristol, BS3 3AY will start at 7pm.

The agenda is:

  • Welcome and apologies
  • New Constitution (attached)
  • Current Board stand down
  • Executive Committee elected (nomination forms attached, as are statements from individuals already nominated).
  • Formal meeting closes, time for informal networking

Please find attached the nominations for the Executive Committee and the constitution. We are expecting more nominations. However, if you know anyone who belongs to a partner organisation and is interested in standing, please pass on the nomination form.

Best wishes

Ellie Freeman (Secretary)

A Bit of History

As far as we know, the new ‘Forum for the Greater Bedminster Community’ will be the third incarnation of strong networking within BS3.     Recent research traces formal networking back to 1996 with the formation of the ‘Greater Bedminster Community Forum’.     Around 2007, this morphed into the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership as BCC began to set up its Neighbourhood Partnerships.   Now that BCC has withdrawn, we move on into a third phase.    Whatever you call it, the important thing is to continue sharing ideas and information and collaborating across all sorts of organisations so as to make Greater Bedminster an even better place for people of all ages.

Documents associated with the first two phases of the Bedminster network were lodged as historic documents with the Bristol Records Office in the summer.    Hopefully, the future history of the new Forum will also be transferred in due course to the Records Office.   A letter outlining the papers transferred is attached.

And remember ‘history is made by the people who turn up’.

What Shall We call the GBCP NEWSLETTER after 2 November?

 

 

NEWSLETTER (56:17) – Dance, patchwork, sausage & cider, FrANC and Bristol Girls Can!

Novel Writers: Samanta Schweblin Fever Dream – tickets still available!

Thursday 19 October, 6.30–8pm at Spike Island. Argentinian author Samanta Schweblin is coming to Spike Island to introduce and read from her debut novel, Fever Dream. Fever Dream is shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize 2017, and so it is an exciting opportunity to hear her talk in Bristol.  This is part of a regular series of novelist talks at Spike Island organised in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.  Tickets here: http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/talks/novel-writers-samanta-schweblin/

My Wild Bedminster

Many thanks to those who have already sent in their 2017 wildlife reports for BS3.   Please keep them coming to gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com.   We’ll probably start the analysis of data early in November and hope to publish and circulate some reports early in 2018.    And, of course, then we start all over again.

Lots of you will have reference books on particular groups like birds or butterflies, but then some spider or moth pops up, looks interesting, but is quite unidentifiable.    For these cases, you might go to the Field Studies Council.    They publish simple guides to lots of groups for between £3 and £4 each.    There’s a long list of these under publications at www.field-studies-council.org.     Why not add slugs or shield bugs to your list in 2018?

Rise Youth Dance

There’s a new dance group coming to South Bristol – see the attached poster.

Patchwork Update

The Patchwork community gardening group has a session this Saturday from 10 until 12 on the beds they look after in the Stackpool Road homezone. Please join them for some weeding if you can (outside Southville Primary). Patchwork’s recent apple pressing day was a great success. There are some photos on their blog http://bedminsterpatchwork.tumblr.com/

Sausage and Cider Festival

The Southbank Club has an event on Saturday 21st October. From 12 until 6 there will be cider tasting, music and delicious sausages. There is also going to be a cider making workshop. From 8 until midnight there will be a ceilidh. Tickets for all parts of the event are available here http://hdfst.uk/E39864

FrANC AGM

Friends of the Avon New Cut are having their AGM on Sunday 5th November at The Education & Meeting Room at The Underfall Yard from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

If you feel that you could offer your services on the Committee, but would like to hear more about what that might entail, then please email Derek to find out more. They are definitely in need of a bit more help and there could be a role that would suit your skills – whether or not you wish to be a Committee Member.  It may be that you feel able to help with some of the admin tasks, prepare periodic newsletters, or could organise a walk/talk, or keep the website up to date.

After the AGM, which they intend to last no longer than one hour, you are invited to join them on a guided tour of The Underfall Yard.  This will include access to some areas that are not open to the public on a daily basis.  A donation of £2 towards FrANC funds will be appreciated if you intend to join them on this tour, but there will be no charge for attending the AGM!

It would be helpful if you could contact them to confirm your attendance – to ensure they bake enough cake, etc – derekwhughes@btinternet.com

Living Streets

Living Streets are working in partnership with the Council and are promoting walking. Here’s information about the organisation https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/local-groups and Laura is the local contact person if you want to find out more laura.service@livingstreets.org.uk

Bristol Girls Can!

See their website for an event on Saturday for women of all ages at St Pauls Community Sports Academy. Book places .