GBCP NEWSLETTER (12:17) – 14th March 2017

To Community and Voluntary Sector Organisations in South Bristol
This is an invitation:  The Bedminster Business Improvement District together with other organisations in Greater Bedminster will be holding a series of events throughout August 2017 to celebrate the contribution of people from all over the world to the success of Bedminster as a lively and interesting community.    A major event in that month will be ‘500 Meals’.    This will be on Sunday, 20 August when we will be closing part of North Street to traffic and holding a party.    Apart from music, dancing and other celebratory activities we will be offering lunch to 500 local people.   The food will come from Bedminster’s many restaurants and cafes and reflect a range of dishes from around the world.

We want to offer 200 of these meals to people who have made a real contribution to their communities, by, for example, volunteering to support community organisations.   We hope and expect that these nominees will include people born in Bristol and also people who have come to the city from all over the world.     If we have more than 200 nominees, we will put their names in a hat and draw out some winners.

If you would like to nominate someone (five is the maximum) to accept this invitation, please send the following details to  no later than June 30, but earlier is better.   All names will be entered on our Role of Honour whether they get a meal or not.

  1. Name of the Nominee:
  2. Address:    (This will not go on the Roll of Honour):
  3. City, town or province and year was this person born:
  4. Organisation making the Nomination:
  5. How has has this person contributed to communities in South Bristol? (max 25 words):

This is another invitation:   We are also looking for musicians, dancers, artists, jugglers and others who would like to contribute to our celebration of Bedminster and South Bristol and its place in the World.   You might want to sing or juggle at the 500 Meals or one of our other events or you might want to put on an event of your own somewhere in South Bristol that we could publicize.   This might be a Samba Concert by our Brazilian neighbours, a display of Turkish Wrestling or some good old English Morris Dancing (or Moorish Dancing as it was called when it was first imported).   Contact us at .

Patchwork Group

Patchwork is a group of local people who clear and maintain small patches of derelict land across Greater Bedminster.   Their next meeting is on Saturday, 18 March (10-12).   They will meet initially at the South Street Community Garden (junction with North Street) for some pruning and weeding.   Bring appropriate tools, if you have them.   Otherwise, there will be some spares.   If there is time, they will move on to the Clifton Street patch (off West Street).

Now that the weather is improving, there will also be a monthly evening of Patchwork, starting on March 30 from 6.30pm.     For more information, go to

BBC funds

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Gardeners’ World, the BBC wants to promote community spaces.    Go to for more information.

A Walk in the Park 

Bristol Walking Alliance (we’re a member) and Bristol University have an event on Thursday, 11 May at 7pm in The Watershed as part of Bristol Walkfest.    The event will consist of three short talks and discussions around

  • the benefits to health of walking in parks and greenspaces: what’s the evidence?
  • Bristol’s Walk for Health programme and measured routes in local parks;
  • Shared use routes for pedestrians and cyclists in parks: pros and cons.

Doors open at 6.30 with light refreshments.   Presentations and discussion finish at 8 followed by 30 minutes of informal networking.   The meeting is free, but you need to book a ticket:

Transformers for Young People
It’s nearly too late to apply for a share of 5000 pounds, but not quite.   Go to   But, do it now.

Get in the BAG
The Bedminster Access Group (BAG) is slowly developing.   If you are interested in making BS3 more accessible to everyone, but especially for people pushing buggies, who are blind or partially sighted or have mobility issues, please contact BAG via .

Today’s Slogan
In the last GBCP NEWSLETTER we suggested that the ‘new’ Greater Bedminster Community Partnership (more of this in later editions) might need a good slogan or three.    We’ve attached a possible contender (thanks Christine).

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