NEWSLETTER 26:16 28th May 2016

Getting Together in the Chessels

It’s hoped that residents in or near The Chessels will meet on June 2 and form a group for improving the area. If so, they will join many other street based organisations that are partners in Greater Bedminster Community Partnership. See the attached leaflet.

Playing Out

Playing Out started in Greville Road, Southville in 2009. By 2010 it had spread to 6 streets and by 2013, as well as lots of streets in Bristol,t had reached over 250 streets outside the city in 37 other local authorities. In the 12 months up to March 2016, 119 streets across Bristol had at least one Playing Out. Many had 10 or more. Top wards for Playing Out were Bishopston, Southville and Easton.

Of course, this isn’t just an opportunity for children to play safely in their street. It also builds supportive links between adults of all ages. In the jargon this is known as ‘community cohesion’ and ‘resilience’. To find out more go to, ring 0117 9537167 or visit the Playing Out HQ at 148 North Street.

Walking with FrANC

Friends of the Avon New Cut have two walks coming up.
1.Tree Walk along the New Cut on Sunday, 5 June (about 2 hours). Meet at Bedminster Bridge (Coronation Road side) at 10am. Richard Bland of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society will help to discover the different types of trees along the Cut between Bedminster and Bath Bridges.

2. Circular Geological Walk along part of the Avon Gorge on Thursday, 16 June (1.5-2 hours). Meet outside the Nova Scotia pub at 6.45pm. The walk will be led by professional geologist Peter Andresen and is this year’s John Purkiss Memorial Event. The walk will look particularly at the geology of the gorge between Cumberland Basin and the Suspension Bridge.

Participants will be invited to make a £2 donation per person as a contribution to FrANC funds. Contact Derek Hughes (0117 9544 888 or if you are thinking of joining either walk. Or both!!

Bedminster Town Team

The Town Team is the group that runs the Bedminster Business Improvement District. They have their AGM on 7 June. Most of the Town Team are appointed by local businesses, but GBCP has three representatives on their board. Currently they are Charlie Bolton who represents the GBCP councillor group, plus Stef Brammar and Ben Barker. We’ll be appointing (reappointing?) our three reps at the GBCP AGM which is on June 27.

Better Bedminster Community Chest

The closing date for this has now passed.

Applications will be considered by an Awards Panel on Wednesday, 8 June at Windmill Hill City Farm. The meeting will start at 7pm sharp with an initial 5 minute briefing so that everyone knows what they are doing. Anyone can serve on the Awards Panel, so come along and tell us what you think. Panel members will be asked to read all applications and score them. The Panel will then decide which applications to support and make a recommendation to the next GBCP meeting on 27 June.

GBCP Meetings in June

Mobility & Transport Sub-Group. Monday, 6 June from 7pm at Windmill Hill City Farm.
Community Chest Awards Panel. Wednesday, 8 June at Windmill Hill City Farm from 7pm. Don’t be late or you’ll miss the briefing.
Environment Sub-Group. Thursday, 9 June at actaCentre from 7.30pm.
AGM of GBCP Board. Monday, 27 June from 7pm at Bristol Indoor Bowls Centre, Ashton Vale.

The AGM is a full board meeting, but it is open to everyone. The two sub-groups consider different aspects of policy across the neighbourhood partnership area and make recommendations to the board, including about funding. Everyone is welcome to join in.

How does the Neighbourhood Partnership Work?

If you have questions about how GBCP and the other 13 Neighbourhood Partnerships work, you are probably not alone. Send your question to and we’ll try to answer it.

CarersLine is Here for You

Anyone can find themselves in the unexpected position of looking after someone close who has become suddentl ill or permanently disabled. Or, you may have cared for someone over a long period and find the strain is now taking its toll. All carers, at some point, need information; need to talk to someone outside the family; need help to gain a new perspective on their situation.

Carers Support Centre is a local charity with trained and experienced advisors who can help. They operate a phone and email help service. They can give advice about financial issues; how to access a service, what your options are for taking a break and legal questions. They can give emotional support. So, don’t keep those questions and worries to yourself. CarersLine: 0117 965 2200 or

Wealth is Health at the actaCentre

Described as ‘a fresh and satirical cabaret performance exploring whether money can buy you health’ this production has been created and will be performed by the Liverpool based Collective Encounters, a Third Age acting group (that means older folk). The performance starts at 2pm on Tuesday, June 14 and lasts just under a hour. Tickets are £3. ActaCentre Theatre is in Bedminster close to South Street Park and Gaywood House.

This is part of acta’s Community Festival Theatre programme running from June 13-16. For more details, go to

Can You Help to Tell the Story of Ashton Court?

The Ashton Gatehouse Project is looking for storytellers. and, initially, are offering workshops to create stories about Ashton Court. Would you like to develop this tour? The workshops are set for June 22 and 29 and 6 July. The workshops will look at what makes an engaging story; examine the skills that keep an audience entertained and explore the history of Ashton Court and the Ashton Gatehouse.

To find out more contact Tamsin Mosse at or call 07526 482455.

Cleaning Up the Malago Greenway

The Malago Greenway is more than a cycle route, or it could be. The steam itself and the old willow trees are an important wildlife corridor. It should be good for people, too, but, its been neglected over the years and spoilt by litter, dog mess and even abandoned shopping carts making it less friendly for families living around.

Some local people want to reclaim this as a community space, but that can only be done by working together. As a starting point, there will be a clean-up and community picnic on Saturday, June 4 from 10-12. BCC will provide black bags and litter pickers and take the rubbish away, so sturdy shoes and, perhaps, some gloves is all you need. Local shops (East Street Fruit & Veg, Krakus and Greggs) will provide fruit, drinks and cakes.

Come along when you can, it will be fun. The group will be meeting on the bit of Malago Green between Parson Street/Lynton Road and Marksbury Road.

Any questions, contact Raluca (

Bristol Pound

The Bristol Pound is now a well established Bristol institution. But, it still needs to grow. On 23 June (7.30-8.30pm at Roll for the Soul, 2 Quay Street, BS1) there will be a user group meeting to discuss next steps and collect peoples’ experiences. If you want to attend, contact .

Perhaps one way forward would be to establish a Greater Bedminster Bristol Pound Group to encourage its use in our part of the city. Or perhaps there is one? Either way, contact if you want to help.


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NEWSLETTER – 25:16 May 20th 2016

Get Growing Trail

The annual Get Growing Trail takes place on the weekend of 4th and 5th June. Across Bristol food growing projects will be opening their gates to visitors. The Patchwork Community Gardening Group will be on its new orchard on Dean Lane on the Saturday afternoon between 2-4pm. You can go along, plant a pot of salad to take home, help make a giant paper daisy with Reconnecting Bristol and listen to some great music from Yikes!! Patchwork’s monthly evening session is next Thursday, 26th May at 6.30pm, when they will be doing a bit of work at the orchard – please join them. More info from

Award winning novelist Andrew Michael Hurley comes to Spike Island

Thursday 26 May, 6.30pm

Andrew Michael Hurley introduces his novel, The Loney winner of Book of the year at British Book Industry awards 2016, and the 2015 Costa First Novel Book Award. The Loney, set on England’s north-west coast, it is a tale that sucks you in like the tide and envelops you in a thick fog which keeps you guessing which way the story will turn next.

Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6UX

Singing for the Brain

The Alzheimer’s Society has a new singing for the brain group in Filwood. This is for people with dementia and their carers to attend. It’s every Tuesday from 10-11.45am at Filwood Community Centre on Barnstaple Road. If you would like to go to a session, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society to book on 961 0693 or

Support for Family Carers

The Family Carer Support Service (FCSS) is inviting you to join them on the 27th June to discuss how you think the Government can improve support for family carers supporting a relative with a learning disability. The FCSS will gather your views, experiences and ideas about the Carers Strategy and include them in a family carer and FCSS joint submission to the call for evidence. HFT, who support people with learning difficulties, would love it if you would come along, share your ideas and meet other family carers. Let your voices be heard!

Date: 27th June 2016

Time: 10am – 12.30pm (tea and coffee from 9.30am)

Venue: The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ

For more information contact HFT: 0808 801 044


Events in South Bristol Libraries


From 1st June Big Sisters Exhibition celebrating Muslim women in the community.

Saturday 18th June 10:30-11:30 Chatterbooks monthly children’s reading group.

Marksbury Road

Tuesday 7th June 6pm Friends Group AGM. The Annual General Meeting for the Friends of Marksbury Road Library. Come along to become a Friend or stand for committee.

Thursday 23rd June 2:30pm Adult Reading Group. If you are interested in joining, please contact the library.

Play Sessions in Half Term

Unique Voice CIC will be running some play sessions in Greville Smyth Park during half term. See the attachment for more details of the sessions and how to register.

Reconnecting Bristol: Bedminster’s Disused Spaces

Paper Arts is running a series of activities with local groups in June and July in Bedminster highlighting our disused spaces. See the attached poster for details.

Avon Wildlife Trust Report

The Communities and Nature(CAN) Programme aimed to improve the health and wellbeing of local people through engaging in outdoor and nature activities.   The report outlines their approach to delivery, case studies, wellbeing evaluation methods and project impact on beneficiaries and communities.

The full report can be found at:

The Great British Bee Count has begun. 

Friends of the Earth have an app you can download to help build a snapshot of how bees are doing. You can also learn more about identifying different bee species utm_source=Friends%20of%20the%20Earth%20Communications&utm_campaign=485295ba7d-LM1605028&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_383af65c6b-485295ba7d-20802761

Bristol Avon Catchment Fund

The purpose of the Fund is to support the delivery of projects that will improve the water environment within the Bristol Avon Catchment with a small grants scheme.

For more information about the Bristol Avon Catchment Fund and to download the application guidance and form please visit the website:

All decision making with regards to this fund and its allocation will be decided collaboratively via a Steering Group, this is the first year that the Small Grants Scheme has been established. This year, the application window will run from:

Friday 20th May 2016 until Friday 17th June 2016.

Info on UWE and Low Train Fares

The project Days Out by Train in the West of England aims to enable low income residents from some of the most deprived areas of Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare to use the train to access popular attractions in Bristol (e.g. Harbourside, parks, Zoo), the seaside and other nearby destinations. The project will be led, monitored and evaluated by the Centre for Transport & Society, UWE Bristol.

The project, using FGW services across the West of England, will be delivered as a demonstration initiative involving the following elements:

  1. The distribution of free/reduced fare tickets/passes to those most in need, identified via local supporting stakeholders;
  2. An outreach campaign to raise awareness about the project across low income communities and support potential beneficiaries to participate;
  3. Enhancing access to/from the relevant rail stations via community transport and/or active travel in groups according to circumstances, where bus connections are not available/accessible.

Active Travel

Some of you may know Dr Adrian Davis and his work with Bristol City Council.    Last year he spent six months as a civil servant for Public Health England.   His task was to co-author a report giving guidance to local authorities on how and why to encourage cycling and walking.   This was PHE’s first report on ‘transport’.    The report has just been published and can be accessed on

We wonder how BCC will respond to this advice.


As a part of the Festival of Nature 2016, the Bristol Avon Catchment Partnership is working closely with FreshWaterWatch to coordinate a Bristol Avon WaterBlitz!

The WaterBlitz provides an opportunity for people throughout the catchment to actively get involved and help to collect 500 water quality samples from across the Bristol Avon catchment during the Festival of Nature, 10th -25th June. The results you collect will provide a snapshot of the condition and health of our water environment.

You can be a part of the WaterBlitz, alongside other local organisations, groups and members of the public. Please note: The last day that you can register for a free sampling kit is Monday 20th June.

This is your chance to help collect data that will be used to help the water boards make better decisions in the future about protecting our water environment.

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