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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