GBCP NEWSLETTER (23:17) – 15th May 2017

Get Your Front Garden Ready

It’s not long now until the annual Good Gardens awards in Greater Bedminster. Judging will take place between 10th June and 16th July, so get those pots out the front, trim those hedges and hang that hanging basket! Thanks to Riverside Garden Centre who will be sponsoring the awards this year.

And Judges Needed

Judges are needed to help give the awards out. No particular skills are needed, you just need to wander round, see who you think has made an effort with their front garden and put an award poster through their letterbox (some judges even knock on the door and present the award to the enthusiastic gardener). You will be given a ‘round’ (or more if you want), which usually consists of 3 or 4 streets and then you just need to visit your allocated streets within the judging month. It’s a lovely thing to do on a sunny summer’s evening after a hard day at work.

If you’d like to help please email Matthew Symonds ( for more information or you can look at the Blooming Bedminster Facebook page to see which rounds are still available

Help for Secret Gardens

A few volunteers are needed for Bedminster’s Secret Gardens weekend on 10th and 11th June to help sell the programmes. If you can spare an hour or two on either day, please email  There will be a stall on North Street on the Saturday and one at the Tobacco Factory Market on the Sunday. About 25 gardens are now going to be opening so please do buy a programme, have a look round and get some inspiration. Last year the trail raised £1,200 for local community projects.

Next Patchwork Session

The next session of the Patchwork Community Gardening Group is on Thursday 25th May at 6.30pm. Meet at the South Street patch (on the corners of North and South Streets). More info from

Community Permaculture

Mary-Rose is currently doing a Permaculture Design Course and part of her course involves designing a community garden. She is wondering whether anyone knows of any patches of land which might be suitable for using for her design project and potentially making into permanent garden in the future. If you have any ideas, please email

Making A Better Bedminster?

Four students from UWE, Brazil, Hong Kong and England have been looking at ways in which parts of Greater Bedminster might be improved.    To do this, they have been calling on their own expertise acquired as architecture students and by talking to local people.     They will present their findings for discussion on Tuesday, May 23 at the United Reformed Church Hall on West Street.    Doors open at 6.45pm with the presentation from 7pm.    We hope to finish between 8 and 8.30.   Everybody is welcome to join in for free.    Perhaps, you’ll pick up a good idea or two?    Or even drop one!!!

Could you be a Dementia Friend?

It’s Dementia Awareness Week. Please find attached some information about an event coming up where you can find out more about how to become more aware and support people with dementia.

Bedminster Social Club

BSC has been going for nearly a year and is for older people.   Technically that means 55 plus, but most are in their 60s and 70s.    The club meets a few times each month for ‘Coffee&Chat’ in Mezzaluna Café on West Street.    Basically, they drink tea/coffee and chat to each other, so it’s very informal, but it’s a good way to increase your circle of friends and acquaintances.     The group is especially interested to welcome new participants.   All you need to do is turn up and introduce yourself.    There is no charge, except that you buy your own drink.

Once a month the group goes for lunch.   They have tried out several local restaurants.    Usually about 20 of the 80plus members turn up.   There’s also a small group developing who play skittles and sometimes members arrange trips.    Recent ones have been to Bath and to Wells.   But, most people just go for the chat.

Meetings in late May are as follows:

Tuesday 16:   Coffee & Chat.   10.30am.
Tuesday, 23:    Skittles at The Masonic pub on North Street.   2pm.
Wednesday, 24:   Lunch at The Albert Pub (corner of West Street and Sheene Road).   12 for 12.15pm.    Book via Heather Park 0117 9399065.
Friday, 26: Coffee & Chat.   2pm.
Wednesday, 31:    Coffee & Chat.   10.30am.

Please spread the word amongst your older neighbours.    More info from

Community Development

Many of us think of ourselves as Community Developers.   There is a network of such people across the city and they will be getting together on 22 June.    See the attached notice.

Ashton Court Mansion

Ashton Court Mansion is where our ‘betters’ used to live.    They were the Greville-Smyths who owned large parts of Bedminster, Ashton and Southville.   They are gone and the house now belongs to us via BCC.    But, although it’s a grade 1 listed building, parts of it are in poor condition.    The situation is likely to worsen as BCC reduces its maintenance budget as a response to cuts from central government.   Bristol Civic Society is becoming increasingly alarmed at the possible loss of this historic building and wants to promote discussions about how the mansion might be saved.   They are setting up an ‘Action Group’ to do this and are keen that it should include some people from South Bristol, especially BS3.   If you are interested in knowing more and possibly joining the Action Group, please contact    You don’t have to be a member of the Civic Society.

It’s the Great British Bee Count!

Have you signed up yet? Friends of the Earth’s Great British Bee Count runs from 19 May to 30 June 2017 and it’s a great way to connect with the nature around us while doing something really worthwhile for our busy little friends, who need all the help they can get.

“The data that people collect for the Great British Bee Count will do an important job to help scientists fill in the blanks about where bees are thriving – and where they’re in trouble.” – Professor Dave Goulson, Bee scientist

Register at and you’ll be able to download the free app from 19 May, which will help you spot bees in your garden or other outdoor spaces and identify the different species – there are more than you might think. Happy bee counting!

Pavement Parking

GBCP and the Bristol Walking Alliance are working closely with the national charity Living Streets.   See information about the Living Streets campaign on pavement parking at .

Carers Support Centre offer Groups for Carers in South Bristol:

Crafty Carers – a small, friendly group of carers who meet monthly to enjoy crafts. No experience or skills required, fantastic facilitators will teach you everything you need to know to create something special to take home with you. Crafty Carers meet 2.30 – 4.30pm on the third Thursday of the month in Bedminster. No need to commit to attend every session, just get in touch for further information.

Supper Club – come and join our welcoming group of carers who meet to enjoy good food and good company.  They meet at a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant on North Street, 6.30 – 8.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Support Group – This group is facilitated by Holly Thomas, a Carers Support Worker.  Holly will invite guest speakers from different organisations to share information and knowledge on a range of topics including, Benefits Advice, Planning Ahead, Power of Attorney, First Aid and Wellbeing.  This group meets 10am – 12pm on the third Tuesday of the month.

For further information about our groups for carers contact Stacey at Carers Support Centre on 0774 229 1073 or email

Introducing Yo Bikes

You may have seen some yellow bikes popping up around Bristol in the last few days.  These are Yo bikes –  a new bike rental scheme for Bristol.  This new generation bike rental scheme does not have docking stations, but instead uses in-built GPS.  You can locate your nearest bike using their app, and when you have finished using it, you simply need to leave it in sensible location.

Life Cycle is YoBike’s Charity partner and they will be supporting YoBike by maintaining their bikes and keeping them running smoothly.

For more information about the scheme visit their website:

River Visions

St Mary Redcliffe Primary School has been working with the Water City Bristol project and looking in particular at the Malago, both as it is and as it might be.   An exhibition of their ideas is on May 25 from 2.15-3.15pm at the school on Windmill Hill.  If you would like more information email Helen

Bristol Ferry Boats’ 40th Birthday

Bristol Ferry Boats are having a family funday/40th birthday party in conjunction with the Underfall Yard. A poster is attached.

City Farm Café Opening Party

They’ve been hard at work, building and re-designing since February and now the Farm is ready to show off its café and new farm shop again. If you’d like to go, it’s on Thursday 15th June from 5.30-7.30pm. There will be a tour of the farm and gardens, music and tastings from the new menu. Please RSVP to (and please let her know if you are bringing children).

My Wild Flyer!!

The My Wild Bedminster project is developing well.   We are including a wildlife photography competition for young people.    We’ve tried to contact all eleven schools in BS3 and about half, so far, say they want to join My Wild Bedminster in some way.   As well as photography and drawings, some schools have said they will make or improve their community garden, monitor butterflies and encourage children to undertake beetle hunts in parks and gardens.    Attached is a poster advertising this and that the BBC’s Andy Day will be the lead judge.    Please spread the word by sharing the poster as widely as possible.   Of course, we want adults to take pictures too.     We expect pictures to be of two types: quick snaps in order to help with identification (these can be sent to which can help with identification) and more considered ‘portraits’ that can go into our public exhibition at the end of 2017.

Luckwell Improvement Project – photos needed

A message from Emily MacDonald: “I am a student from the University of West of England working on updating the current LImP community plan.

I want to know what you value about your neighbourhood. This could be a local park, a community shop, or a tree outside your house. If you have children what do they like? Are they a member of a Brownie group or do they enjoy Playing Out road closures? I also want to know what you do not like. An area prone to litter or a dangerous road junction?

Please send photos with a short description to by Wednesday 17th May. I am hoping to create two community photo montages which will be included in the updated LImP. I look forward to seeing your photos, -the more the merrier!”

Bristol Older People’s Forum Information Event

This event has 6 speakers and 10 organisations will be attending with stalls. It’s on 25th May from 10.30-12.30 at Broadmead Baptist Church on Union Street. Everyone welcome! If you want to find out more, or get BOPF’s regular bulletins look at their website

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