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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