GBCP NEWSLETTER (14:17) – 28th March 2017

Support the Berry Maze

The people who are clearing up parts of the Malago Greenway and planning to install a Berry Maze there, are looking for support. See their short film on and more info at and #BerryMaze.

FaithSpace reopening soon.

Apart from its religious role, the Methodist Church on Stackpool Road had an important role as a community venue. Local people were therefore alarmed when, a year or so ago, community groups were expelled and it was boarded up. There were fears that it would be converted to housing thus contributing to a worsening ratio of people to community facilities. Locals were pleased therefore to learn that it had been bought by another religious group that intended to improve the building and also make it available for community use. Representatives of the new owners have recently been calling on people living nearby to invite them to a dedication service and public meeting in early April. It looks as if there may be a happy ending, but I wonder what they will call it.

Bee Count

Bees are under great pressure and Friends of the Earth are trying to measure their decline and encourage their revival. As part of the My Wild Bedminster project, why not take part in the annual bee count between 19 May and 30 June? Contact FoE on and they will send you background information.

Age UK classical concert

Age UK is delighted that great Bristol Symphony Orchestra are staging a concert with pianist Simon Callaghan. Please look at the wonderful and varied programme and book tickets via Come and enjoy the beautiful music on Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm at St Mary Redcliffe Church.

Trees in Vicky Park

Bristol Parks has identified tree work to be done in Victoria Park. Most is removing dead wood from the lime trees, however there are two removals scheduled and repollarding of the poplars. The trees to be removed are shown on the map attached. One is a Norway maple with co-dominant stems forming a weak attachment, and the other is a large poplar that has been drastically reduced in the past.

Writing to the Victoria Park Action Group (VPAG), Leigh Cadogan, the Arborial Officer, says, ’I was considering monolithing the poplar to provide a niche habitat, but on closer inspection this is not possible. However I am happy to leave the trunk in situ, which will still provide valuable dead wood habitat. The other poplars have been periodically pollarded in the past and require similar treatment. There are a number of trees within the park that have various issues but I do not consider them to be high risk at this moment in time’.

Parking on the Pavement

In London and a few other cities, it is illegal to park on pavements. Not so in Bristol where it is a significant inconvenience for many pedestrians, especially those with buggies or disabilities, and a cost, in broken pavements, to the ratepayer. The Local Government Association is calling for the London situation to be extended to all local authorities. You can see more details at Pavement parking: councils call for ban in London to be rolled out across the country . If you think this is a good idea, please tell your councillor and encourage him/her to encourage Bristol to support this move.

On the Verge in Bower Ashton

Residents in Bower Ashton received some BCC funding to restore and plant damaged verges. The first crop of daffodils are nearly over, but other bulbs and wildflowers are expected soon. See the attached picture.

Events in South Bristol Libraries – April 2017

Bedminster : Sat 22rd Graphic Novel Day – Save the date! Exciting details to come on a day filled with comic books & graphic novels! Marksbury Road: Mon 24th Marksbury Road Friends Group 6pm The Friends of the library meet to talk about supporting the library and running events.

Bishopsworth : Wed 5th Reminiscence Group 11am Special talk about the Parcels of Comfort exhibition on show at the library this month. Wed 12th Dark Ages Storytime 11:15-12 Storytelling from Oscar Kolkowski about the Dark Ages!

Wick Road : Sat 8th Creative Writing Group 2-3:30 Creative writing for health and wellbeing.

Knowle : Tue 11th Dark Ages Storytime 11:15-12 Storytelling from Oscar Kolkowski about the Dark Ages! Tue 11th Knit and Natter 1:30pm A new knitting group, where you can come and natter while you knit!

Filwood: Sat 1st Storytelling and Puppet Making 11-1Local artists bring you a creative workshop for young families.

Stockwood: Mon 10th Dark Ages Storytime 1:45-2:30 Storytelling from Oscar Kolkowski about the Dark Ages.

Regular Groups in South Bristol Libraries

Bring children and older people together

Windmill Hill City Farm is running an intergenerational learning project funded by Bristol Aging Better and the National Lottery. The aim of the project is to bring children and older people (over 55) together in a creative environment through weekly sessions. These free drop in sessions will be every Wednesday from the 12th April to the 17th May from 10am – 12pm at the farm on Philip Street, Bedminster. There will be free tea and biscuits for the over 55’s and a different activity each week including bird feeder making, crafts and seed sowing.

Please spread the word to any over 55’s who might be interested and would want to come along. Or for further details call 0117 9633252 or email

Magnolia Grandiflor

Julia Tutton has one of these in a pot which needs a good home. Get back to if you can offer one.

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