GBCP NEWSLETTER (05:17) – 1st February 2017

GBCP Meetings

6 February. The GBCP Board and others will form an Awards Panel to look at applications to spend Greater Bedminster’s S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy.   The meeting will start at 7.00pm in Amerind Grove, Raleigh Road.

16 March. GBCP Environment Group. This group considers issues such as park and green space improvement, street planting and air quality.  The meeting starts at 7.30 in ActaCentre.   If you are already part of the group, you will be sent relevant papers.   If you are not yet part of the group, but wish to be, contact

27 March.  The next full GBCP Board meeting.   Details closer to the date.

What will happen to parks?

You will know that as BCC’s income is being reduced, they are having to reduce expenditure on Bristol’s Parks.    The full extent of this is not clear and the reductions will be phased in over about three years.    One proposal that has been suggested, is the transfer of Bristol Parks and Green Spaces to a charitable trust.    That may happen, but it’s not a simple solution as the statement from Bristol’s Park Forum – a consortium of park support groups – to Bristol’s Cabinet shows.   Read the statement at

Bristol Credit Union

Bristol Credit Union is a bank controlled by its members.   As a source of borrowing, it’s very much to be preferred to most other lenders, some of whom are sharks charging very high interest rates.   Last year, its membership was around 12,000 people, including 1,200 junior savers.   Bristol Credit Union’s annual meeting will be at Hamilton House on Stokes Croft on Thursday, 23 February from 7pm.   Find out more at

Patchwork this week

The next session of the Patchwork community gardening group will be this Saturday, 4th February from 10-12. They will be working on their first ‘patch’, the one on Dean Lane opposite the South Bank centre. The session will mainly involve pruning, so take secateurs or loppers if you have them. More info from

Alzheimer’s Café

St Monica’s Trust have a monthly meeting for people with dementia and their carers who live in South Bristol at Monica Wills House on West Street. It is on the fourth Monday of the month from 2-4pm and there is tea, cake, entertainment and activities. The next one is on 27th February. Contact St Monica’s on 949 4000 for more information or just turn up.

Bristol Parks Volunteers Health & Safety Training 

10 – 4pm Monday 6 February, Netham Park Pavilion.

The Council is putting on training to enable you to supervise volunteer groups in Bristol’s Parks and Estates.  The morning session covers health and safety and how to develop a risk assessment. The afternoon will be more practical based and will involve a trip out to The Netham to carry out a risk assessment and will look at safe tool usage. Contact TomPenn to book a place on the training

Mindfulness Sessions

Happy City are running a couple of taster sessions in mindfulness based practices for older people who are experiencing isolation or loneliness. See the attached poster for details.

Cut Clean-Up

Friends of the Avon New Cut’s next riverbank Clean-up will be held on Saturday 11th February.   During this Clean-up they will aim to tackle the litter along the stretch of riverbank on Coronation Road between Bedminster Bridge and Gaol Ferry Bridge, as well as the two Gaol Ferry Bridge slipways on each side of the New Cut.  If time permits, they may also try to clear any litter on the Cumberland Road riverbank between Gaol Ferry Bridge and the start of the Chocolate Path.

In order for them to start promptly at 10:00am, please meet from 9:50am onwards at Bedminster Bridge (Coronation Road side) next to the FrANC Interpretation Board where, after signing in, you will receive a short (but mandatory) pre-Clean-up briefing.  Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and strong shoes, and bring protective gloves if you have them.  They will supply spare gloves, litter-pickers and bags for rubbish and recyclables.

They expect the Clean-up to be finished by midday, and complimentary tea/coffee and cake will be on offer at the Spike Island Café afterwards as a reward for your efforts!

Making Time Older People’s Group at acta

This group comes together to have fun, share common interests and have quality time together. They work on arts based projects, aimed at discovering the joy of making and trying new things. They have made puppets, books and explored photography. They have developed stories for local primary school children and produced art work that is permanently displayed in the local doctors’ surgery.

It’s free and no previous experience is necessary. Transport can be provided for those otherwise unable to attend. Mondays 2pm – 3:30pm, weekly in term-time, for people aged 55 years & above. In the Studio, at the acta centre. For more information call Katie – 0117 9532448 / 07794254824

St John’s Church Yard

Lorena Alvarez is the Neighbourhood Officer for Bristol City Council working in the Bedminster and Southville ward.  She is working with colleagues in Bristol City Council’s Parks Service to support them in delivering potential change to the St John’s Church Yard. They are undertaking a consultation on proposed changes to the St John’s Church Yard details of which are attached. As a local resident/stakeholder you have the opportunity to comment and make suggestions and recommendations to the proposed plans. Larger plans and a suggestions box will be available at: McDonalds, Sheene Road, Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Bristol South Baths, Dean Lane. Or you can contact Lorena – The deadline for comments is Friday 24th February at 5pm. Final St John churchyard option

Events at the Farm this Spring

There’s lots going on at Windmill Hill City Farm over the next few months. See their website


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