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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