NEWSLETTER – 48:16 11th October 2016

Bedminster Skills Week

Our third Skills Week will be in November.   See the attachment for more details.

The lead on this is being taken by the Bedminster Business Improvement District and many local businesses are already gearing up to display skills associated with their trade.   But, this is also an opportunity for residents and community organisations to share their talents and to promote their activities.   In the past, choirs, craft groups, sports clubs and many others have used Skills Week to recruit new members.    The deal is that the Skills Week organisers, working with the Bedminster-based PR company Plaster, will advertise your activity and may be able to help with a location.    Your job is to offer an introduction to your particular ‘skill’ to whoever comes along. will be pulling it all together, but if you want a preliminary chat about your idea, contact .   But, don’t leave it too long.    Getting things sorted within a time frame is a skill.    Do you have it?

Creating Walkable Neighbourhoods

The Bristol Walking Alliance is hosting a meeting on Saturday, 15 October (10-12.30) at Triodos Bank Basement Space, Deanery Road, BS1 5AS, ie very close to the Council House/City Hall: a nice stroll from BS3.    See the BWA attachment.

The meeting will be looking at how Neighbourhood Partnerships and others are making their parts of the city more accessible and open to walkers, including those with mobility, vision and other issues.    Come along to this free meeting an find out what’s going on across the city.   If you can, contact  and let her know you are coming.

VOTE Southville Centre

Our very own Southville Centre has been shortlisted for the Voscurs in the category Best Community Venue.    The other two are The Park Community Centre in Knowle and the Southmead Community Centre in…. you work it out.     To cast your vote go to , but do it before 5pm on 21 October.   It’s that skill again!!

Could You Be a Steward?

People, including children in 10 local primary schools are preparing for the next Winter Lantern Parade on Saturday, December 10.   The lanterns will be amazing.    The parade gets bigger every year and last year roads were closed to traffic.   The same will happen in 2016.   This is a safety measure as we expect hundreds to join the parade and hundreds more to line the streets, BUT, to make it work, the organisers need c60 stewards to walk with the parade and also be at junctions to stop cars from entering the restricted area.

If you can help, please contact Malcolm on  asap.

Little Libraries

One of the projects funded through the Community Chest seeks to establish small, but attractive book exchanges at various sites across GBCP.   We understand that one will be going in somewhere in Ashton Vale and another is destined for Luckwell Park.   Negotiations about the other three (?) are underway.   The idea is that people will donate books, borrow ones that they find interesting and chat to each other in the process.   Borrow a book and meet a friend!!    Watch out to see if a little library comes to your neighbourhood.   More info when we know more.


The national body Butterfly Conservation reports a poor year for butterflies in 2016.   the weather has been quite good, so they aren’t sure why there’s been a dip in some species.   Of course, there’s been a long term decline since the ‘40s mainly due to loss of habitat.

Top 10 butterflies in the UK for 2016 are as follows with increase or decrease from 2015.   1.Large White (+2%).   2. Small White (+15%).   3. Meadow Brown (+1%).   4.Gatekeeper (-40%).   5.Ringlet (+32%).    6. Red Admiral (+70%).    7. Peacock (-42%).    8. Green-veined White (+58%).    9. Small Tortoishell (-47%).    10. Speckled Wood (+12%).

All of these and more should be in our gardens, parks and other green spaces in Greater Bedminster.   Like us, they need places to breed and feed.   Who’s up for a 2017 Butterfly Group that will start to look at what’s already here in BS3 and how we might make some of our area more butterfly friendly?    Contact if you are interested.

Litter Pick in Luckwell Park

If you can spare an hour or so, pop along to Luckwell Park on Saturday, October 15 from 10.30am.   Pickers and gloves will be provided, or bring your own.

Wildlife Meeting

Anyone interested in wildlife in BS3 is welcome to come to the Elephant House (corner of Dean Lane and Dean Street) on Sunday, October 30 (5.00pm to 6.30pm).   The meeting will be an opportunity to catch up on Avon Wildlife Trust’s My Wild Bedminster project; review the hedgehog scene and talk about birds, bees, bugs, bats and butterflies.    What wildlife is there in our parks?   Should we sponsor a Wildlife Photography project and what about a few more trees?     Please contact if you are coming so that we have some idea of numbers.    Bring a friend.

GBCP Transport & Mobility Group

GBCP has a sub group looking at transport issues within the GBCP area and how to get in and out.    Potentially, this covers walking, cycling, catching the bus or train and driving.    Linked issues are where to put zebra crossings, street lighting, dropped kerbs and much more.    The group act as advisors to GBCP and make recommendations on available funding.    The next meeting of the group will be on Monday, November 21 (7pm at ActaCentre).    New members are very welcome.   If you are likely to come, please contact

Walking Rugby

LinkAge and Bristol Sport Foundation are offering walking rugby to men and women over 55.   See the attached poster for details.   Please pass it on.

Community Navigators

In the last week or so, there have been useful discussions between the five South Bristol Neighbourhood Partnerships about the establishment of an effective Community Navigator service across our third of Bristol.    There are lots of details still to be settled, but a key agreed principle is the need to build upon and support existing navigator systems (whatever they are called) rather than a replacement structure.   More details later.   This is a Bristol Ageing Better funded project.

EU Nationals

For a while at least we are all EU Nationals, but whatever the intention of the recent referendum, a few people have taken it as an opportunity to release their inner-nazi and be unpleasant to people that many of us regard as good neighbours, work mates, friends and lovers.   Certainly, many Bristolians from overseas have been made uncomfortable by the referendum result and the consequent ambivalence of the government.

Mayor Marvin Rees and others in the city are keen to reduce this anxiety and to ensure Bristolians from overseas that they are a valued and welcome part of the city community.    There will be a meeting to discuss this on 27 October.   See the attached leaflet.

Playing Out CIC Job Vacancy

Project Manager: growth and development of the national street play movement.

Based in Bristol (BS3):   4 days per week:   £24-26k  pro rata, 2 years initially.

Playing Out’s vision is that “Children across the UK can play out safely on the streets and estates where they live”. It all started in Bristol in 2009, when two neighbours first closed their street to cars after school one day. We are now a small but ambitious CIC supporting a growing grassroots movement for street play and finding innovative ways to shift thinking and culture about children’s right to play out where they live.

We are looking for an experienced Project Manager who shares our vision and is ready to take on the challenge of growing this movement of active residents further and establishing the ‘playing out’ model in many more towns and cities across the UK.

If you think you might fit the bill for this role, please go to our website for more details ( contact phone 0117 9537167 if you have any questions.   Deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 31st October.   Playing Out is an equal opportunities employer and we aim to have family-friendly, flexible working practices.

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