GBCP NEWSLETTER (17:17) – 18th April 2017

Asset Based Community Development

Those wishing to learn their ABCD may be interested in this report from BCC’s Community Development Team.    The report is at

Bedminster Business Improvement District

The Bedminster BID is one of five BIDS across Bristol with a sixth possibly on its way.    BIDs last for five years and Bedminster’s time is up early in 2018.    A campaign is therefore underway to encourage local businesses to renew the BID for another five years.    Businesses in BIDs, apart from the smaller ones, have a legal obligation to contribute to a BID fund that can be used to promote the economic health of the area.   In Bedminster’s case this yields about £85K pa.   To win support for a BID, two majorities are needed.   One is of businesses that vote and the other is of the rateable values.    Under the first vote all businesses are equal, but under the second, bigger businesses, paying more into the BID, get more of the vote.

The Cater Road BID, mainly an industrial estate rather than a retail area, has just agreed to renew itself by voting 92% of individual business in favour and 95% in favour by rateable value.

Dame Emily Park Rubbish dumping 

There are lots of sharp metal bars, broken shelves and boards all over the park “Dame Emily”, especially in the courts and skater area. In addition to this someone dumped a sofa in the community garden. It seems to be a regular thing now to contaminate the park with all kind of RUBBISH and it has been reported to BCC Fly tipping many times this year already. THIS IS VERY VERY SAD.

Please do help to keep your green space clean and pleasant.

Update from Southville Centre

The bond they launched in January to help build the Chessel Centre, their second site, sold out completely within five days with local people raising more than 50% of the bond total of £280k.

Situated on the site of the former Boys Brigade building at the corner of Chessel and Garnet Streets, the Chessel Centre will comprise a 54-place nursery, office space for employees and volunteers and a community room available for hire. The build is well underway and the venue is scheduled for a late autumn/ early winter opening.

Arts Trail 2017: the Southville Centre will be hosting 32 artists at the trail on 13th and 14th May. This year’s theme is ‘dreams’ and there will also be family activities and food at the café.

Finance Manager: job advert at

Open Studios at BV
BV Studios on Philip Street have their annual open weekend on 21-23 April. There are 125 artists based there so drop by and see them (opposite the city farm).

News from FrANC

  • York Road Riverbank Clean-up
    Friends of the Avon New Cut’s final major Clean-up event this year will be along York Road on Saturday 22nd April, when they will aim to clear litter on the stretch of riverbank between the Banana Bridge and Bath Bridge. If you wish to take part in the Clean-up, they will be meeting at 9:50am at the Banana (Langton Street) Bridge on the York Road side of the New Cut.   They aim to finish around midday, and are planning to offer complimentary refreshments (which could include……chips!) afterwards at Harry’s Café.
  • “Exploring the Cumberland Basin” Walk (various dates in May).
    Ed Hall will be leading a walk entitled “Exploring the Cumberland Basin” as FrANC’s contribution to Bristol Walk Fest 2017.  The walk, which will last around 1½ hours, will start at The Cottage Inn on Baltic Wharf and will encompass a “tour of the Cumberland Basin showing how the development of the lock system and the Floating Harbour enabled Bristol to manage the high tidal range so that trade could flourish”.  If you would like to take part in this walk then there is a choice of four dates/times:
    – Thursday 4th May starting at 10:15am
    – Wednesday 10th May starting at 1:30pm
    – Wednesday 17th May starting at 6:15pm
    – Thursday 25th May starting at 1:30pm
    Each walk will be limited to a maximum number of 20 people, so it is essential that you book a place beforehand by contacting Ed on his mobile (07805 007 304).  A fee of £2 per head will be charged as a contribution to FrANC funds.

You can find out more about the different walks on offer as part of Bristol Walk Fest by visiting

Bristol Green Capital Partnership CIC launches £45,000 match-fund campaign

Do you have an idea for a project or initiative that will contribute to the vision of a more sustainable city with a high quality of life for all? Have you thought about crowdfunding to make your idea a reality?

Bristol Green Capital Partnership community interest company is investing £45,000 in local ideas and projects. The Better Bristol match-fund campaign will help to make these ideas and projects a reality by offering grants of between £3,000 and £4,000, but eligible projects must first gain support ‘from the crowd’ by crowdfunding the first 50% of their overall target. The call for entries to take part in the Better Bristol match-fund campaign opened on 11 April and closes on 25 April 2017. BGCP are seeking submissions from community groups, charities, social enterprises and small businesses based in Bristol who have a project that aims to tackle environmental challenges at a community level.

To participate in the Better Bristol match-fund campaign, you must submit your idea in writing by 25 April 2017. Eligible projects will then receive training from the Crowdfunder coaching academy and go forward to the next stage. The crowdfunding projects will launch on 1 June 2017 and those that reach 50% of their target first (with at least 40 backers) will be helped over the line with a 50% match-fund provided by BGCP – until the match-fund of £40,000 runs out.

Remaining crowdfunding projects will receive ongoing support and promotion from BGCP and Crowdfunder to help them to raise funds from the crowd and reach their target, with an independent panel of judges awarding one of these projects a special grant of £5,000 for exceptional commitment to inclusion and equality.

To submit your idea, visit before 25 April.

Short Message from Rachel at Guide Dogs for the Blind

“Spring is finally here, the sun is (sometimes) shining and I’m looking forward to spending more time out and about. But if you have sight loss, there can be obstacles to getting around – often literally. Here are 3 simple steps you can take to make your street more accessible:

1.     Park on the road, not on the pavement

2.     Keep your wheelie bin out of the way

3.     Trim back overhanging branches from your garden”

Find out more about their ‘streets ahead’ campaign

Great Get Together

The Jo Cox Foundation would love for communities to mark the anniversary of Jo’s death by getting together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we have in common on 17 and 18 June. They’re calling it the Great Get Together. Your get together could be a street party, a picnic on the common, a barbecue in your front yard or a bake off in your town hall. They want to make the anniversary of Jo’s murder a nationwide celebration of strength, kindness and unity of our communities.

Find out more

Quality of Life

The QoL survey organised by BCC for many years is an important way of finding out what Bristolians think about all sorts of things from crime to health.    Not surprisingly, the message is very different from different parts of the city.  To give your view, please go to

Manor Woods Celebrations

Manor Woods Valley by the Malago is having an Earth Day celebration on Saturday 22nd April with lots of activities. A poster is attached.

Berry Maze News

The Malago Greenway Project has been successful with a grant from the Greggs Foundation towards their Berry Maze; £1739 towards their final target. Please keep spreading the word about their fundraising so that they can reach their goal

Hedgehog spotted at Willada Close recently


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