GBCP NEWSLETTER (24:17) – 22nd May 2017

Walking Groups

LinkAge coordinates a free programme of walks described as ‘a mixture of town and country routes…..aimed at those who are doing little exercise at the moment, but would like to become more active.’

These range from, more or less, 30 to 90 minutes and each is lead by a qualified walk leader. Recent walks have included local ones such as Bedminster starting at Windmill Hill City Farm and Harbourside starting at Cascade Steps and out of town trips such as to Blagdon Lake and Stockwood Open Space. As well as good exercise, these walks are friendly and welcoming outings. For more information, contact Dan Lewin at 0117 3052365 or

South Bristol Libraries

South Bristol Toy Library is urgently seeking its next Committee Chair to begin a crossover with the current Chair who will no longer be available for the role from the end of June. The Chair role is flexible, rewarding and varied and is a fun and play-focused way to get more experience of the charity sector and running a charity. The local toy library idea started nearly two years ago and our library sessions have been running for nearly one year. They are becoming busier than ever: There are nearly 150 members who at any one time usually have around 50 items out on loan from the stock of 450 items. We now have a freelance project development worker on board making this an exciting time to get involved in a fantastic and much appreciated community service.
Please see for more information on the role. As long as you are passionate about play, we encourage people from all backgrounds – with or without children – to get in touch with Annie our current Chair at for an informal chat.

Also lots of exciting events and new groups happening in June! Please see attachment.

Handfuls of Harmony

The choir set up by the South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust will be performing in their summer concert. Children from six local primary school choirs will be singing with members from the adult choir making this a wonderful, uplifting, inter-generational event.

When: Saturday 17th June, performances at 2.30pm and 6.00pm
Where: St Paul’s Church, Coronation Rd, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1DG
Tickets: Tickets: £5 Adults / £2 Under 18’s are available in advance from the schools below or on the door on the day.
Schools: Ashton Park, Ashton Vale, Compass Point, Luckwell, Ashton Gate, Southville and St Mary Redcliffe Primary.
Please see attachment.

BS3 Helping Others

Everyone welcome to join 1st Anniversary Picnic in South Street Park, South Street, Bedminster (the turning off North Street by the Spotted Cow pub) on 27th May at 12.00pm.

They hope to gather new and old volunteers and friends (and those vaguely interested) for a bit of lunch in the park to celebrate all the hard work done in the past, present and hopefully, future!
Do bring your lunch, children and a rug and join them in the Park. If it rains, there is Mezzaluna Cafe close by.
With all best wishes and really hoping you all come to say ‘hello’ to BS3 Helping Others team.

South Bristol Soup

On 29 June they are launching the first South Bristol Soup event at The Park Centre in Knowle. It’s a great opportunity to find out about projects going on in South Bristol, make a difference and meet some local people.

You can buy tickets here:
Please see attached flyer with more details about the event.

If you know of any good causes in South Bristol that would be interested in pitching at the event (for up to £320 of funding) please get in touch via Twitter: @South_Bris_Soup or Facebook: @southbristolsoup.

Age Friendly Charter

You will know that the Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) project is leading the case for making Bristol a friendlier place for all ages and will be seeking recognition for this from the World Health Organisation.   An important step in this process will be the launch of the Age Friendly Charter on 21 June GBCP NEWSLETTER will bring you more news about this when it is available.

Malago Berry Maze

Things are starting to shape up with the maze. The plan is that on the 2nd of September we should repair the concrete slab. It’s got lots of holes, so the job is to fill the holes with cement and then apply a layer of cement on top to level it up. Does anybody have the skills/tools to do that? Materials would be provided and potentially tools too (if we know what those are). If you can’t do it, but you know someone who could, please ask if they would be happy to help.

If you can help, contact Raluca at

Dame Emily Park Projekt

Join this friendly group and help to improve the Dame Emily Park community garden on Sunday the 11th June from 2-4pm. Working alongside Incredible Edible Bristol they are trying to create a garden that is attractive and useful for the community. No experience required, all welcome. Located near the Morley Road exit.

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