GBCP NEWSLETTER (01:17) – 4th January 2017

Happy New Year from the GBCP NEWSLETTER Team

In 2016 the NEWSLETTER Team of Laura, Ursula and Ben distributed 55 editions containing news about events, funding and projects in and around Greater Bedminster.    That averages one NEWSLETTER every 6.7 days!!    The NEWSLETTERS go to well over 400 people most of whom are community activists and employees of local organisations, Bristol City Council, The Pigeon and SB Voice etc.   Many people forward the NEWSLETTER, or parts of the content, to others via their own networks.

Thanks to those who sent in information to , especially those who keep it short and to the point.     If you just send us a complex poster or long blurb and expect the team to sort it out, it’s likely that your information won’t get into the NEWSLETTER.

We are always happy to welcome new members to the NEWSLETTER Team.    Contact us if you think you can help out, even for a trial period.

GBCP Board Meeting (16 January, 2017)

The Agenda for the next GBCP Meeting is attached.    This is an open meeting, so anyone can come and join in the discussion.    Supporting papers will be available on line (Bristol City Council) early in January.  GBCP Agenda 16 JANUARY 2017

Transformers Are Coming!

In an earlier GBCP NEWSLETTER we referred to the proposed ‘Transformer Fund’, but said that we didn’t know what this meant.   We now have more information.   Apparently, it’s a Police Community Trust fund and £5000 is to be available to each Neighbourhood Partnership for projects linked to young people.    The GBCP Board will be discussing this at their Board Meeting on January 16.    It doesn’t contain all the answers, but some of them can be found on the attached agenda report.


The Patchwork group’s annual Wassail will be on Saturday 21st January from 2-4pm on the Myrtle Street orchard (behind the Tesco on North Street). Join them to welcome in the new year and wake up the trees with music, poetry and some mulled cider. More info from bemmiepatchwork@gmail.comYou can then go on to the rescheduled Bedminster Winter Lantern parade, which is later that afternoon.

Environment Sub-group

The first meeting of this GBCP group in 2017 will be on January 26 from 7.30pm.    The venue is the ACTA Centre on Gladstone Street.   More details of the agenda when they become available.

Friends of Parson Street Station

The inaugural meeting of this group will be on Tuesday, 17 January at the nearby Parson Street Primary School, starting at 6.15pm.

Usage at Parson Street Station has increased dramatically in recent years along with the number of trains.   In 2005-06 only 14,293 passengers used the station.   By 2013-14 the number had climbed to 114,458.    Although it’s more used, it still remains one of the least inviting of stations.    There is not much shelter on the platforms in stormy weather and entry is difficult for those in a wheelchair or pushing a buggy.    It can get very crowded, possibly dangerously so, on Bristol City match days.

The new Friends group will be encouraging use of the station, but more importantly pressing Great Western Railways to improve access and traveller comfort at Parson Street.   they will be working with other Friends of Stations across the city.   ‘The Networks experience shows that a key factor in improving stations is local community ‘ownership’, says one of the Friends.

For more information contact the Friends via .

Any chance of a Friends of Bedminster Station?

Friends of the Avon New Cut News

The first of the FrANC riverbank clean-ups will be on Saturday 14th January from 10am. Details of where to meet will be posted on their website nearer the time. Their latest newsletter is attached. FrANC Newsletter 27 Winter 2016-17

Free Climate Change and Energy Use Talk

Bedminster Energy Group (BEG) is a group of local volunteers working to support the local community of Bedminster and Southville to cut their energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

The group meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Tobacco Factory’s main bar, 7.30pm – 9.30pm and welcome new attendees!

A series of films and talks given by researcher Nikki Jones are happening over the next few months, see the attached poster.  Bedminster Energy Group – Jan 17 (1)

Goblin Combe Woodland Activity Course

Goblin Combe is part of Groundwork South, a national charity. They are running some courses for unemployed adults facing barriers to securing employment. Participants will spend 5 days at Goblin Combe and take part in activities such as orienteering, archery, expeditions and bushcraft. For more information please email  or call them on 01934 833723 Goblin Combe is also looking for volunteers, so please get in touch using the same details if you would like to give some time.

Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum Meeting

The next GBOPF meeting is on Monday 16th January at Monica Wills House, West Street, Bedminster from 10am until 12noon. If you are walking come in behind Tesco. If you are driving come in at Cromwell Street.

Their speakers are Ines Lage and Clare Jackson, Consumer Empowerment Partnership, Citizens Advice; they will be talking about how to avoid scams etc.

Go along have a cuppa and meet new people. They are a very friendly group.

Murder Mystery at Mark’s Bread

There will be a murder mystery evening at Mark’s Bread on Thursday January 26th at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £25 and need to be booked as places are limited. 0117 9537997 or

Victoria Park Changes

You may have heard about the planned improvements in Victoria Park for cycling and walking. If you want to find out more about the proposals you can read more here

Library Activities

There are lots of activities coming up in Bedminster and Marksbury Road libraries, including new Knit and Natter and Parents’ Reading groups. Drop in to your local library to find out more or have a look on the Council website.

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