GBCP NEWSLETTER (54:16) – 25th November 2016

X2 Spaces Available for Community use
Gathering Voices have two sites available for community and/or creative use. The first is a ground floor accessible 50ft x 50 ft ex-shop unit ‘Meanwhile BS3’ just off East Street, Bedminster. Suitable for all uses and rates are negotiable.

The second is also an accessible ground floor area in their new creative base ‘Factory 8’ on Upton Road, Southville. The ‘Bonus Room’ can house groups of up to 30/40 people and is suitable for mixed arts, well-being, meetings, etc. Rates on application to

Volunteer Meet-Ups on Tuesdays (weekly)
BS3 Helping Others will now be having regular volunteer meet-ups at the Tobacco Factory from 10-11.30 every Tuesday.

If you are interested in volunteering in BS3, or are already a volunteer in the area and just want a chat and a cuppa, or you might want to learn a bit about what is going on in the area re volunteering, please feel free to come into the cafe in the Tobacco Factory (on North Street) on Tuesdays between 10am – 11.30am.  There will be some BS3 HO cards on the table where one of the volunteers will be sitting by the door to the corner cafe!

Next meeting is the 29th November at 10am – 11.30am, it will be great to see you.

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

Here is a funding opportunity that you might be interested in. They want to help small community projects with small grants


The Southville Community Development Association is delighted to inform you that they have been granted planning permission to develop the site of the former Boys’ Brigade on the corner of Garnet/Chessel Streets. They are building a new community centre which will house a nursery and community room. Work will start soon and they aim for it to be open in Autumn 2017.

Bristol’s Big Drink Debate

Public Health are launching a city-wide survey to find out more about people’s attitudes towards alcohol. Bristol’s Big Drink Debate will help them to better understand how and why people drink so they can help to tackle problem drinking and alcohol misuse in the city. If you would like to complete the survey it is available until 30th January

Let’s Walk Everywhere

The GBCP project Let’s Walk Bedminster is generally regarded as a success across Bristol, but very much as the beginning of a long journey.    Arup have published a report on walking across the globe.     You can read it at     It looks interesting both from the worldwide perspective of walking in cities, but also has suggestions for actions as well as a lot of good references.

Patchwork Session

The next work session of the Patchwork Community Gardening Group will be on Saturday 3rd December at 10am. Meet at the orchard on Dean Lane (opposite the swimming pool).

LinkAge Christmas Party

LinkAge’s Christmas celebration will be on Friday 16th December from 2-5pm at Amerind Grove on Raleigh Road. Bring and share afternoon snacks, carols from LinkAge’s Stockwood Happy Notes Choir and a festive quiz and raffle are on offer. If you’d like any more info, give them a call on 0117 305 2365.

Funding for Wellbeing Activities

Up to £1000 is available to Bristol community groups who would like to run wellbeing activities aimed at children. The fund will run to July and the next deadline is 10th January (there will be other deadlines in March, May and July). Find out more at

Bristol Magazine Boundless Event

Bristol-based publisher Arkbound will be officially launching Edition 4 of Boundless magazine at a special launch event on 9th December 2016. Boundless harnesses a focus on the Bristol community, with articles written by local and aspiring journalists, along with artwork. The featured work takes us down a timeline of issues which Bristol has faced, and will face, tackling the dark depths of the city’s past in the slave trade, whilst also exploring transportation and the impending dangers of climate change. Arkbound is a community-focused social enterprise, which believes that talented people from disadvantaged backgrounds deserve recognition and support – something evidenced in Boundless. Authors attending the launch event include those who have been reviewed in national publications, such as Shaun Clarke of Lyrically Justified, as featured on Ujima Radio), Tom Burgess (Paint Yourself) and Victoria Clothier (award winning artist working from St Nicholas markets).

The event will take place at the Bristol Energy Hub on the Harbourside on Friday December 9th 2016 from 10am until 6pm. To attend the Boundless v4 launch event, please register for a free ticket on, or turn up on the day (space permitting).

Successful BBID bid

Many people were surprised by the Referendum result and even more people, both Remainers and Leavers, were appalled at the outbreak of verbal and physical abuse against friends and neighbours that followed the result.    Bedminster Business Improvement District (BBID) determined to do something about it and applied to the Big Lottery for funds to ‘Celebrate Diversity in Our Community’.    They have been awarded £10,000.

This will fund an event sometime in the summer at which 500 people from across South Bristol and across the world will share dinner.   It’s expected that the event will be on one of our main retail streets on a car-free day.    The food will be prepared by Bedminster restaurants which are themselves a demonstration of Greater Bedminster’s role as a world-neighbourhood.   Also, there will be demonstrations of dance, music and other cultural forms from across our world.

The BBID hopes that this event will be just one of a series of celebrations, great and small, promoted by other organisations in and around Greater Bedminster at round about the same time.   There will be more information about this in the new year, but we are interested to hear ideas and suggestions asap.   If you and your organisation want to take part and have some ideas, please contact

Mayor Launches Clean Streets Campaign

This city-wide campaign was recently launched at Parson Street School.    Several GBCP Board members were present and we very much welcome this initiative as it fits very well with our own Let’s Walk Bedminster and Let’s Clean Bedminster campaigns.   We’ve been working with Bristol Waste Company for several months to try out ideas that could be used in other parts of the city.   But, actually, it’s fairly straight forward.    ‘Don’t drop it!!’    See the attached press release and the Bedminster interview on Bristol Waste Company’s Website.

Performing Soiree

Ashton Park School presents this evening of festive talent on 9th December. See the attached poster for details.

Bristol Green Capital Partnership Gathering, Thursday 1 December 2016

As mentioned in a previous newsletter this is an opportunity to learn more about Bristol Green Capital Partnership’s future plans as well as hearing from an expert panel of speakers. Book here

New Session at Bedminster Library

There is now a Baby Bounce and Rhyme session on Wednesdays at 10.30am and 11.15am and Fridays at 10.30am. For more info phone 9038529. 

Tesco Bags of Help 

This grant scheme is now permanently open for applications from community groups. They are currently seeking applications from groups in the Bristol area.

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. Groups can apply by following this link:

UPFEST II – Book Launches in Bristol & London 

It is with great pleasure that the Upfest Crew can announce the Bristol launch of UPFEST II their latest book celebrating eight years of The Urban Paint festival and its artworks. To celebrate the launch they will be selling 100 unique hand painted book presses (50 in Bristol & 50 in London) which will house the new book, all book presses will be blind wrapped and randomly sold making the unique piece of artwork a true surprise! (These will be limited to max 2 per customer).

The large format photographic diary (perfect for Christmas) features over 200 artworks from 60 professionals photographers and festival visitors. Unable to make the launch nights, the new book will be on their website. Details of the events are here 

Guide to the Meaning of Terms…

‘Usual Suspects’.   People who turn up to a BCC consultation meeting.

‘Hard to Reach Demographic’.   People who don’t turn up to a BCC consultation meeting.

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