NEWSLETTER – 39:16 6th August


Don’t forget Make Sunday Special!

Tomorrow on the lower half of North Street

Secret Gardens Small Grants

Some of you may have visited Bedminster’s Secret Gardens this spring and summer.  These open days raised a fantastic £1,200, which the organisers would like to go towards local projects. If you are a part of a group which wants to do something to make our community greener and more sustainable, you can apply for a grant of up to £200 to help. Perhaps you want to improve a green space near you, install a planter in your street or organise a workshop with your neighbours. Your group must be working in the Greater Bedminster Partnership area and the deadline for applications is 31st August. An application form is attached.

Patchwork Community Gardening

The Patchwork Group will next be going out for a gardening session next Wednesday 10th at 6.30pm. Meet at the Stackpool Road home zone (outside the primary school). The next session after that will be Thursday 25th at 6.30pm. For more info email

Age-friendly City

You may know that it is one of Bristol’s aspirations to be recognised by the World Health Organisation as an Age-friendly City.   This project is being led by AgeUK Bristol as part of the Bristol Ageing Better Project.


In Greater Bedminster we are aiming for an all-age-friendly neighbourhood as part of the wider plan. To move this forward, there will be a focus group starting at 2pm on 11 August at the actaCentre in Bedminster.   Please spread the word through your networks. If you want to attend, please contact Carly Urbanski


Tortilla Competition

There will be a tortilla de patata competition at Greville Smyth Bowls Club on Sunday 14th August. Bar open 12-8pm, lovely refreshments from Spain, music, flamenco and bowls. Tortilla entries must arrive by 3pm. Tickets are £4 and can be bought from El Rincon’s website

GBCP Board Meeting

Notes from the June meeting are attached.


Dean Lane Sports and Youth Hut

The development of Bedminster Youth Hut and new sports facilities was a result of a partnership between Learning Partnership West, GBCP, Bristol City Council and Young Bristol. Young people from Ashton Youth Centre approached GBCP requesting a youth facility in Bedminster as the nearest one was in Ashton. At a similar time the Sport, Play and Funding Team from BCC were developing new sports facilities in Dame Emily Park, funded by the Football Foundation and GBCP. LPW approached the team to see if a youth hut could be added to the development and establish a long-term sustainable youth facility for the area. Bristol City Council provided additional funding to refurbish a shipping container.


Street Games and LPW have been running sports activities at the new venue since May half-term. Workers from Street Games, Young Bristol and LPW will be at the venue above the skate park offering a range of sports and activities for young people aged 11-19 every Thursday throughout the summer and into September from 6-7.30pm. Please spread the news.

LinkAge Open Bus Tour

When: Thursday 6th October

Where: Pick up from outside Tesco on West Street, Bedminster at 9.50am for a 10am departure.

Duration: 10am – 12pm

Cost: £3 per person

Booking: For more information or to book please contact Dan or Fiona at the LinkAge Bedminster & Stockwood office – 0117 3052365.

Information: The tour will take you around the varied sights of Bristol. Wheelchair accessible.


Active Communities funding programme is opening soon in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

To support eligible groups to complete their stage 1 application, Voscur is running two surgeries in August:

Workshop 1 – August 15th: 12pm – 2pm at Voscur, Royal Oak House

Workshop 2 – August 22nd: 12pm – 2pm at Voscur, Royal Oak House

Here’s the link if you want to register

If you would like to speak to someone at Voscur first, please contact them on or call 0117 909 9949 and say you’re calling about the Active Communities Programme.


Bristol Pound System Update

Like any piece of equipment, the Bristol Pound’s online system occasionally needs a bit of essential maintenance. The system is used by Bristol Pound and Bristol Credit Union to look after all the Bristol Pound personal and business accounts, and text message payments. Next Tuesday night their technical teams will be making upgrades to the system.


From 7pm – 10pm on Tuesday 9 August you will not be able to make Bristol Pound payments by text message, online or mobile app. You’ll still be able use paper Bristol Pounds as normal.


Have you joined the Budget Conversation yet?

You are warmly invited to take part in a city conversation about the Council’s budget and the Mayor’s Vision for Bristol by using an interactive “budget simulator” and responding to a short survey.  From April 2017 to April 2020 the council needs to save at least £60 million from the budget for day-to-day services.


The new budget simulator allows you to balance Bristol’s anticipated budget gap by deciding where you would make savings over the next three years. People’s responses will be taken in to account by council officers, Cabinet Members and the Mayor as they make plans to meet the challenge.


Go to before 20th August to have your say.

Acta News

Acta has received support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to extend their Foundation workplace learning initiative, to offer new participatory activities in communities across Bristol and to further diversify the workforce. Starting in September, acta will offer part-time mentored posts for new people to work in community theatre. They will further share learning and promote sector cohesion through a new series of seminars (Friday afternoons) and free drama worker training workshops (Wednesday afternoons). Find out more at

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NEWSLETTER – 40:16 15th August 2016

Better Bedminster Community Chest
This year’s second round is now underway.   In the first round we awarded £14,424 to nine local projects.   That leaves £5,576 for the second round.   Application forms are available from   Andrew, Lorena and others will be happy to advise on eligibility etc.   The closing date for this round is November 30.    An Awards Panel will be held in December and the final decision will be at the GBCP Board meeting in January.
Community Infrastructure Levy and S106
Income from local developments and a GBCP devolved budget, this is useful for larger sums to improve parks and the street scene.    The closing date for this is October 28.    Again, the final decision will be in January.   Contact for an application form and details or look back to GBCP NEWSLETTER 38:16.
Intergenerational Activity Project Volunteers

Windmill Hill City Farm are looking for volunteers for a new intergenerational project.   The aim is for active over 50s to work with older more isolated people to run children’s activities.   The activities will be based on the skills of volunteers and older people, so they can share them with children, for example, cooking, gardening, or nature crafts.   If volunteers want to learn a new skill then training can be provided.   The project is for a year so it is a chance for people to get really involved.

This is an ideal role for an individual who has recently retired, has time to help develop a new exciting project, and would like to learn new practical and group facilitation skills.   For more information contact Julie Thorpe, 0117 963 3252,     Poster attached but ignore closing date which is flexible.

People’s Health Trust ‘Active Community’ Fund

£5000 to £25,000 is available for local projects that seek to build strong connections between people and make better places for people to grow, live, work and age.   This is a two-stage process with the first simple form due in by 7 September.   Contact via or 020 7697 4021.

Also, Voscur will be running two workshops on how to apply.   Ring Voscur on 0117 909 9949 or .

Crossing the Bridge

You will know that there is a debate going on about what arrangements should apply to Prince Street Bridge once the temporary structure is replaced.   Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are each staking their claim.   Alice has made a short film showing current usage.   See .


Hedgehogs are as rare as hens’ teeth in BS3, although four were recently sighted in XXXXXXXXXXX (secret location!!).    Apparently, they have a soft spot for meal worms* and granola.   

In another part of Greater Bedminster, one group of neighbours is collaborating with a hedgehog rescue centre and each other to establish a Hog Reserve.   Pictured on the attachment is one of two hogs which recently moved in.    I’m not sure if it’s Theresa or Jeremy, but hopefully there will soon be the patter of tiny feet.

*People wishing to establish a Save Meal Worms from Being Eaten Alive Society (SMeWBEAS) should contact Bristol City Council.   For ‘Protect Granola’, a doctor would seem best.

Madame La Fou and the Bakers Dozen

This murder mystery together with a three-course vegetarian mediterranean-inspired supper will be presented by Recession Productions  at Mark’s Bakery (North Street) on September 7.    Come from 7pm and be ready by 7.30 for the meal and whatever else happens.    It’s £25 per person and booking is imperative as places are short.    More info and booking via . 

Food Plus

The Matthew Tree Project is looking for volunteers.   Details on the attachment.   You’ll see that it’s nothing to do with trees.

Summer Games in Dame Emily Park

These will be on Thursday, 18 August between 11 and 2.   Lots of free fun for the whole family.   Have a wild time with RSPB and discover birds, bugs, bees and more; do some nature craft like seed bombs with My Wild Child; enjoy messy play, hula hoop, balls, face painting etc; create windstreamers together with SCDA and look for a visiting princess.   Bring your camera!    Also, there will be lots of cardboard boxes to hide and crawl in and some great toys at Toyville.   Bring Your Own Picnic.

Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum (GBOPF)

Next meeting is Monday, 12 September from 10 to 12 at Monica Wills House, West Street.   Just behind Tesco.    The speakers are Hannah (Macmillan Prevention and Re-enablement Manager) and Heather Banks and Sally Robinson (both from Action for Blind People).   lots of time for questions, discussions and tea/coffee.

Anyone over 55 is very welcome.    And why not bring a friend or two?   Suggestions for new speakers always welcomed.   Contact GBOPF via or via LinkAge on 0117 305 2365.

Age-friendly City

Several local older people met on 11 August as part of a city-wide consultation on what makes an age-friendly city.   The discussion was led by Carly Urbanski from Bristol AgeUK.   The consultation will help to shape Bristol’s future policies as it seeks WHO recognition as age-friendly.   The bottom line view of the group was that although there already exist some positive features, there’s a long way still to go.   Carly’s report is due out in the autumn.

Bedminster Social Club

This is a new self-help group for 55s and upwards and has sprung out of the What’s On for Older People (WOOP) Group.    WOOP Group scoop!!

Basically, it’s an open invitation to spend an hour or two chatting in a local cafe.    This is pleasant enough in itself, but it’s also hoped that as friendships form, people will make joint excursions to the cinema, for a walk, to the local mud wrestling club or whatever.    It’s hoped that there will also be occasional trips outside Bristol and Slimbridge is a possibility on August 31.   Contact if you would like to come.

The next tea/coffee and chat sessions will be at Mezzaluna Cafe (West Street) on Tuesday, 30 August (2pm); Wednesday, 14 September (10.30am) and Thursday, 29 September (2pm).   We’ve already got about 20 people on our contact list, but are happy for many more.   Please spread the word.

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NEWSLETTER – 38:16 1st August 2016

‘Accessible’ Play Equipment
At its meeting in September, the GBCP sub-group on Environment has been asked to look at ‘accessible’ play equipment.    The argument is that all, or at least most, of the play equipment in our parks are fine for most children, but cannot be used by children with various disabilities.     This is quite a complex issue to get your head around, let alone do anything about.   Therefore, it would be very useful if we could identify any community members with expertise and experience of this issue.    If you have ideas and knowledge to share, please contact us at .
Older Heroes?
The Celebrating Age Festival is due in September.   You are invited to nominate people who are ‘exponents of what can be achieved in later life’.     See the attached nomination form.    
Neighbourhood Partnerships Together
You may already know about this electronic discussion group.   It seeks to link people from different parts of Bristol and provide them with a forum to exchange ideas and experiences related to the 14 Neighbourhood Partnerships.    Recent discussions have been about cycling, environmental improvements, socially isolated older people, young people and much more.    The only ‘rules’ are use your real name and, by all means, disagree, but do it politely and with respect.   So far, we have a 100% record on this.
Neighbourhood Partnerships Together is independent of BCC and most participants are ‘residents’, but mayors, councillors and BCC staff are very welcome to join in (and perhaps should do so more frequently) along with members of other agencies.    They are often ‘residents’ too.
All the 14 NPs are currently represented and Neighbourhood Partnerships Together is a very good way of identifying people that can collaborate together around a common interest, build cooperation between NPs and, possibly, help you find a solution to to a problem that’s been difficult for you and your NP. 
A recent success has been the establishment of the Bristol Walking Alliance which has raised ‘walkability’ as a top issue in the recent elections.    Seven NPs are currently affiliated to this new body and we expect other to join during 2016.   Neighbourhood Partnerships Together has been a very efficient and cheap way of finding out who is doing what about ‘walkability’ across the city.

Please encourage people in your area to become part of Neighbourhood Partnerships Together.    It’s free and very much ‘the more, the merrier.’    

What’s on at the Library?
The Big Friendly Read:   Summer reading challenge.    See .   You can sign up at your local library.
Craft Activities:    Bedminster Library.   Thursday, 11 and 25 August.    Roald Dahl themed craft activities for the Summer Reading Challenge.   Under 5s from 10.30 to 11 and 6+ from 11.30 to 12.15.
Regular Reading Groups:   Bedminster Library.   
Chatterbooks: 3rd Saturday monthly 10.30-11.30: a reading group for children.   
Creative Writing Group, Wednesdays, 2-4.   
Storytime:  Friday, 2pm.    
Baby Bounce and Rhyme, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.30.   
Please speak to the librarians for more information, either in person or on 0117 9038529.
Regular Reading Groups:   Marksbury Road Library.   
Reading Group on 3rd Thursday monthly from 2.30.   
Gardening Group:   Ask for more information.   
Storytime:   Tuesdays at 10.30.    
Baby Bounce and Rhyme:   Thursdays at 10.30.   
Please speak to the librarians for more information, either in person or on 0117 9038574.  
Good Idea or Not?
London is proposing a significant change in local government structures.   For details of this and how to comment on the proposal see the attachment: West of England Devolution. 
Make Sunday Special
Don’t forget to Make Sunday Special on August 7.   As last year, the lower end of North Street between Cannon Street and North Street Green will be closed to traffic and opened for fun and games.   See you there?
‘Street Recycling Champions’
In GBCP NEWSLETTER 38:16 we appealed for people willing to champion recycling in their street.   These would offer basic advice on what goes into what bin, perhaps arrange support for people who have difficulty storing their bins.    A useful, but not onerous set of tasks.    A brief ‘training’ session would be available to get you going along with links to advise from the professionals.    We had a few responses, but were not overwhelmed.    So, think about it.    Could YOU do this in your street?    Perhaps a couple of you would work together.    And, before you ask, no, it doesn’t come with a uniform and a gun.
Climbing the Wall
For the last few months we’ve been working on a mural to encourage motorists to travel at less than 20mph, ie within the law for most of Greater Bedminster.   The funding is from BCC Traffic Department who are looking for new ways of reaching the more recalcitrant drivers.
Several workshops have been held and lots of opinions sought.   We now have some very attractive initial designs (I think).    Sample attached.   The only fly in our ointment is that we can’t find an appropriate wall.   We’ve identified several that seem to be in the right place, ie overlooking a road with a reputation for speeding and other poor quality driving, but sometimes the surface is wrong or the wall is not accessible (we can’t afford special wall preparation or scaffolding) and at other times wall owners just say ‘no’.   Very frustrating!! 
If you know of a possible wall, please contact us at .
2.5 billion coffee cups
Lots of us enjoy coffee in our local shops.   Sometimes that’s in cups made originally from trees.   Lots of trees!!    Of course, you can also see lots of these cups as litter along East, North and West Street.    Of course, some of the 2.5 billion cups used annually in the UK are recycled, but most aren’t.   Indeed, many are made so that they can’t be recycled.   Friends of the Earth are campaigning to get government to require coffee shops (often very big chains) to only use recyclable material and then to actually recycle.
When you next buy a coffee in a ‘cardboard’ cup ask if it’s recyclable and contact Friends of the Earth to sign their petition.
Next GBCP Board Meeting
This will be at the actaCentre on Gladstone Road from 7pm on Monday, 5 September.    The agenda is being prepared now, so contact if you want to raise any particular issues.   Although it is a board meeting, it is open to anyone to come along and have their say.   
Money to Give Away?
GBCP administers several ‘devolved budgets’ on behalf of BCC.   Two of these arise from money paid by developers to mitigate stress on the community created by new houses and other buildings.    They are called S106 and CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy).    The rules are slightly different, but they can be used for improvements to parks, the street scene, installing zebra crossings and in other ways.   We are just starting a new round with a closing date of 28 October.   Applications will then be considered and recommendations will go to the GBCP Board meeting of January.   Information and an application form are attached.    
We’re still looking for people to join the GBCP NEWSLETTER Group.    You’d probably do about one NEWSLETTER a month: 2 hours, but not necessarily all at once.    It’s volunteering, but never in the rain.
Please pass this NEWSLETTER on to others and invite them to join the circulation list.   Let us know on if you want to drop out.