GBCP NEWSLETTER (10:17) – 1st March 2017

Secret Gardens

Would you like to open your garden this year for the Secret Gardens weekend and help raise money for local projects? People love to see what you can do in a small space in the Greater Bedminster area! The open days are on the weekend of 10th and 11th June and there are about 20 gardens taking place so far, but it would be great to have some more. If you’re interested, you can register your interest online: surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2017Bedminstersecretgardens or please email matthewsymonds@me.com if you’ve got any questions about the event.

Luckwell Improvement Project Litter Pick

LImP is holding a community litter pick in and around Luckwell Park this Saturday morning, 4th March, between 10am and 11.30am. LImP holds litter picks quite regularly, but this one is part of the Mayor’s Clean Streets Campaign: Great Bristol Spring Clean which is taking place city-wide between 3-5th March. Please join in for as short or long a time as you wish. Equipment is provided.

Our Libraries in March

Attached is the latest bulletin with information about all the things going on in our libraries this month.

Billboards in BS3

Are you concerned about the negative impacts of advertising? Do you think we would be better off without the giant billboards that try to seduce us with their shiny fast cars and junk food – more often than not to advertise and generate profit for corporations outside of Bristol, and often even outside the UK? Perhaps you think the billboards on North Street and elsewhere in BS3 are unsightly, and at odds with the feel of our local neighbourhood. Or you may object to this type of advertising on the grounds that we have no choice but to be exposed to it.

For a friendly chat with other local residents who are concerned about the impacts of outdoor advertising in BS3, and want to take positive action, please email Nicola: nicolaround@gmail.com

Buzz Buzz

A budding beekeeper in Bedminster is looking for a place to establish her first beehive. Would you like to have bees in your garden or allotment – or even your roof terrace – but don’t want to set up and manage the hive yourself?

Bees are wonderful, fascinating creatures we can learn so much from, and they are so important for pollination and giving us healthy fresh food and flowers. Nicola has been learning about natural beekeeping, or ‘bee-centric’ beekeeping (which involves principles such as minimal interference, and not using synthetic chemicals). She is ready to construct a top-bar hive and invite a bee colony to set up home. Would you like to host this new hive? Please contact Nicola: nicolaround@gmail.com

Older People’s Forum

The next meeting of the Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum will be on Wednesday 15th March from 10-12 at Monica Wills House, West Street. The speakers are Emma Williams from Bristol Waste Company and Christine Higgott, who recently received a British Citizens Award for her work in the community.

Visit to Engine Shed

On Thursday 16th March at 2pm Bristol Civic Society will be visiting the Engine Shed at Temple Meads. This is an innovative project making use of the former engine shed (and former location of the Commonwealth Museum). You may be able to join them but numbers are limited. Please email walks@bristolcivicsociety.org.uk

FrANC Clean-Up

Friends of the Avon New Cut’s next riverbank Clean-up will be held on Saturday 11th March.   During this Clean-up they will aim to tackle the litter along the remainder of the Coronation Road riverbank from Gaol Ferry Bridge to the Harvest Energy Garage just beyond Vauxhall Bridge.  They will also remove the litter that will inevitably have accumulated on the Gaol Ferry Bridge slipways during the previous month.

Please meet on the Coronation Road side of Gaol Ferry Bridge from 9:50am onwards. Please wear warm, waterproof clothing and strong shoes, and bring protective gloves if you have them.  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 on Cumberland Road afterwards as a reward for your efforts!

Dame Emily Park Project

DEPP is delighted to let you know that the application to the Tesco Bags of Help Grant Scheme has been successful and the project called “history view” will be put forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores during March and April 2017.

Please vote, so that we can get more benches for your local park, Dame Emily.

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.  Please see below a list of stores taking part in the voting.

BRISLINGTON EXTRA  BS4 5AY
LONGWELL GREEN EXP      BS30 9DF
NAILSEA      BS48 1AQ
TOTTERDOWN EXPRESS BS3 4RJ
WHITCHURCH EXPRESS      BS14 9HX
BEDMINSTER BRSTL EXP    BS3 3NN
WARMLEY EXP     BS15 9JB
BRISTOL ST NTH EXP      BS3 1HB
BRISTOL AXBRI RD EXP    BS4 2RU
KEYNSHAM        BS31 2BA
PORTISHEAD WST HL EXP   BS20 6LR

Intergenerational Peace Garden

A new weekly Intergenerational Peace Garden Project will be starting on Thursday 23rd March. The project which will be run in partnership with LinkAge, Earth Champions and Windmill Hill City Farm, will give younger people and over 55s the opportunity to work together to dream, design and create a Peace Garden.

The first three sessions include:
Thursday 23rd March, 1 – 3:30pm – Get to know each other, Peace Garden planning and garden tour
Thursday 6th April, 1 – 4pm – Landscape design, planting design and hands on gardening
Thursday 13th April, 1 – 4pm – Terrariums (build a garden in a jar) and hands on gardening

Future sessions will include woodwork, pizza making, a trip to Kew Gardens, floristry and more. Sessions are FREE and will take place at Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bedminster, BS3 4EA. Refreshments will be provided.

To register your interest and to find out more please call 07709 133 275 or email info@earthchampions.org. Alternatively, visit www.earthchampions.org/intergenerational-peace-garden

Southbank Arts Trail

Preparation is currently underway for the Southbank Arts Trail which will be on 13 and 14 May.   Registration is now open, but will close on March 10.   More details at www.southbankartstrail.co.uk

Window Wanderland

If you took part in the Southville, Bedminster and Ashton Window Wanderland on the weekend of 24-26 February either by decorating your windows or as a wanderer, please complete the short survey to be found at https://tinyurl.com/j8us34r  Please pass the survey on to others so that we get good coverage.

If you have any pictures, please send hi-res photos to bs3windowwanderland@gmail.com  . Also, add them to the Window Wanderland Facebook page to make a gallery there. Other places are, @windowwander on Twitter,  instagram, youtube, tumblr  or Pinterest if you are on any of them.

Litter and Recycling Survey

Help make the city tidier and more sustainable by filling in the Council’s #BristolCleanStreets litter and recycling survey http://bit.ly/2liVuf0. They value your honest views and opinions which will be used to shape how they improve services.

You can also join in with the Great Bristol Spring Clean 3-5 March 2017.

If you have not done so already register your interest by emailing hello@bristolwastecompany.co.uk and let them know where and when your litter pick will take place, and take some pictures of your action so they can share them. Twitter #bristolcleanstreets

Community Coordinator Job

The Community Engagement Co-ordinator post is grant-funded by the Home Office for an initial 12 months, however the role is part of a long term programme of work and it is expected, subject to an annual review of whether there is still a need for the position, it will continue for a longer period.

Bristol City Council is seeking to recruit an experienced candidate to deliver aspects of the Government’s Counter-Extremism Strategy.  This strategy centres on countering all forms of extremist ideologies which undermine values such as democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for different faiths and beliefs.  The Strategy sets out that it seeks to ‘address the full spectrum of extremism: violent and non-violent, Islamist and neo-Nazi – hate and fear in all their forms’. For more details go to Bristol.gov.uk/jobs

Metrobus: Winterstoke Road

Apparently Balfour Beatty are making good progress on the new bridge they are building for MetroBus near Winterstoke Road and they won’t require any further road closures for the work that is left on the bridge. There’s more information about the bridge on Travelwest’s website: https://travelwest.info/metrobus/metrobus-build/winterstoke

Here’s the latest time lapse footage of the work being done for the bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1ekiNrabWk

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