NEWSLETTER – 45:16 18th September 2016

Apple Day

The Patchwork Community Gardening Group is holding its annual apple day on Saturday 1st October from 11am-3pm at the Dean Lane Orchard (opposite the swimming pool). Bring along your apples and bottles, have a go on the apple press and help make some community juice. There will also be music and cakes. More info from

Residents Parking Scheme Review

The Southville and Bedminster East RPS review is up and running (from 12th  September to 21st October. Please follow the link to complete it:

If you have comments which are not adequately covered by the questionnaire, you can email and you can also copy in Councillor Bolton

There is also going to be a drop-in on Thursday 6th October from 4-7pm at the Southville Centre where you can fill in the survey and talk to your councillor and neighbourhood officer about it.

Musicians on the Run

The next event will feature 15 musicians in 14 venues across Greater Bedminster.   It will be on Thursday, 22 September between 7 and 10pm and is presented by the Bedminster Business Improvement District’s ‘Town Team’.    You can move around or just stay in one place and the musicians will come to you.    Leaflets with details can be found in many local cafes and pubs.

LiMP Planters Work

The Luckwell Improvement Project will be refreshing the planters they put in on Duckmoor and Luckwell Roads on Sunday 25th September. If you’re able to help out, please meet at A1 Café on Duckmoor Road at 10am.

Dame Emily Garden

The Dame Emily volunteers, along with Incredible Edible, will be working on their garden on October 9th from 2-4pm. There will be a bit of harvesting, as well as planting and planning for the winter. Please do join them.

Handfuls of Harmony Choir

Handfuls of Harmony, the choir set up and supported by the Learning Co-operative is restarting very soon and are looking for new adult members.

The first session is FREE for new members: Thurs 29th Sept, 7-9pm at Ashton Park School.  Led by popular and experienced musical director Ali Orbaum,

rehearsals will then continue on Thursday evenings throughout the term. No

experience necessary, the choir is open to all.

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) – Bristol

The Staff, Volunteers, Clients and Friends of THT would like to invite you to an open afternoon to learn about issues affecting Older People (50+) living with HIV.

Over 50s are now the fastest-growing group of people living with HIV in the UK.

Numbers are set to rise significantly over the next decade. Your organisation may need to support someone living with HIV in the near future.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about THT services for the over 50s living with HIV. You will also get an insight into other THT Bristol services.

THT 8-10 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0BH, 20 September, 12.00 – 15.00pm

Recession Fashion Show

Saturday October 1st, 8pm for 8.30 start.

The winner of the first ever Miss World competition in 1951 was Swedish Kiki Hakansson. She won wearing a Bikini which was condemned by the Pope and subsequently banned from the Miss World contest for some time! Whatever next?

Anyway this is recession’s autumn/winter collection so they’re more interested in selling coats. Not to be taken too seriously. A hilarious night out, that ends in a rush to the dressing room to grab the fabulous vintage clothes for sale, as the models try to protect their modesty.

At the Southbank Club, tickets £10 (VIP £18) from recession, 8 Jacobs Wells Road. Reserve:

Tesco Bags of Help Scheme

Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores in England, Wales and Scotland opened up to a greater range of projects that support community participation in the development and use of open spaces. Projects that will now get the green light as a result of the funding will include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities.

Following a public vote, three projects in each of the 200 Tesco regions will receive a grant each month, with first place receiving up to £5K, second place up to £2K and third place up to £1K.

You will need to apply by following this link:

20 Years of the Architecture Centre

To celebrate their birthday the Architecture Centre on Narrow Quay, Harbourside have three days of exhibitions and events on Friday to Sunday (23 to 25 September, 12-4pm).   The Centre shares GBCP’s interest in fostering community led projects designed to make our neighbourhoods more congenial.   There exhibitions may well contain good ideas that we can import into BS3.   For more details, contact them on

Bristol Impact Fund Grants

Bristol City Council has changed the way they give grants to voluntary and community sector organisations. The new grant application process opened on 1 September. There’s more information about it on Voscur’s website

Looking to enjoy a good read and meet new people?  

Join in at 2pm-3:30pm on Friday 21st October at Monica Wills House, Cromwell Road for a free Shared Reading Taster Session for older people. A trained facilitator will read aloud great stories and poems – you can relax and listen as the literature creates a lively presence in the room.  Throughout the reading they will pause to share any thoughts and personal responses.  There’s no need to do any preparation beforehand or any pressure to take a turn to read.   All reading material is provided, as are tea and biscuits.

This taster session is part of Bristol Shares Reading – an exciting new project developed between the Reader and Bristol Ageing Better. Contact: Samantha Weaver 07812 238 532 /

Lord Mayor’s Event

We are celebrating 800 years of mayors in Bristol this year. To mark the event, jointly with the Guild of Guardians, a very special piece of wrought iron garden furniture has been commissioned for the Mansion House Rose Garden.

The Lord Mayor is holding a special ‘At Home’ event on Saturday 15 October, 3pm-4pm and would love to welcome Bristol residents to the Mansion House, both to take a look at the new installation, the house and enjoy a cup of tea. He would like to offer 6 places to local residents of each Neighbourhood Partnership. If you are interested, please get in touch with Charlie Bolton by Tuesday

Want to Set up a Repairs Café?

There are two in Bristol and there’s going to be a city-wide event on 1st October so that you can find out how to set one up. Poster attached.

Healthcare Change Makers Needed

This is a chance to collaborate on the health issues of today with professional training. Volunteers are needed who have experience of using community healthcare or hospitals. More details attached.

Walkable Neighbourhoods Event

Bristol Walking Alliance is holding a Walkable Neighbourhoods Event, 10am-12.30pm on Saturday 15th October 2016 in Triodos Bank, Basement Space (Formerly OpenSpace) – Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AS – The event is FREE but booking is required through Eventbrite.

This is a chance for Neighbourhood Partnership groups and local community groups to consider ways to support and improve the pedestrian environment in Bristol. Guest speakers will share updates on walking projects that are taking place across the city and we will explore ways to make your neighbourhood more suited to pedestrians.

Learning Mentors Needed

The University of Bristol is currently recruiting community based researchers to support their work in the Faculty of Education. More details are attached.

The Farm’s 40

Don’t forget (already advertised in previous newsletters) Windmill Hill City Farm’s 40th celebration day on Saturday 24th September from 11-5pm. Loads of things happening and it’s free entry.

My Wild Bedminster 

(this is a repeat from the last newsletter, so you might already have responded)

During 2015 and 16 we’ve been working with Avon Wildlife Trust to identify and encourage the wildlife of BS3.

Matt Collis, who has been our main contact with AWT, wants to collect information about ALL the projects and activities of a wildlife nature that have gone on in BS3 over the last few years, say, from 2011.   These don’t necessarily have to have been linked to AWT or GBCP.   Matt is interested in anything that’s happened recently.   This could include tree planting, creation of an orchard, planting for wildflowers, putting up bird boxes, taking wildlife pictures and much more.   If you’ve been part of such a project, please contact Matt on

He needs to know 1.Project Name;   2. Brief Description (Matt can always come back for more!);   3. Project postcode;   4. picture/map if you have one or two:   5. Your contact details.


The telephone number for CarersLine, the Carers Support Centre’s information and support line was incorrect in the last newsletter. It’s 0117 965 2200.

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