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 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. 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

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 – 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

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

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: 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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