NEWSLETTER (36:17) – Parks, older people’s forum, tree forum, talk to Marvin

Friends of the Avon New Cut

Attached is a copy of the latest FrANC Newsletter (No. 28), in which you will find news about forthcoming FrANC events and various reports on what FrANC has done so far this year FrANC Newsletter 28 Summer 2017.    Also, please note the following reminders about two FrANC event:

(1) Botanical Walk around the New Cut – to be held this coming Sunday (25th June).  Meet at Gaol Ferry Bridge(Coronation Road side) in time for a  10:00am start.

(2) Tour of Thomas Ware & Sons Tannery on Coronation Road on Tuesday 4th July, starting at 6:00pm.

Further details on both of the above events can be found in the attached Newsletter and in the News & Events/Latest News section of the FrANC Website (

Please note in particular that the number of places available on the Tannery Tour on 4th July will be limited.  You can book your place by replying to or by telephoning on 01179 544 888, stating the number of people and the names of those who want to take part.   The closing date for bookings is Saturday 1st July.  After that date, should the tour is oversubscribed then you will be notified by email whether or not you have a place.

Petitions and Films

Bristol Parks Forum have a petition urging BCC to rethink its proposals re parks.    Whilst accepting that BCC is in a dire financial situation which is not of its making, BPF regards the proposed cuts as unworkable.   See the petition and sign, if you wish at the Forums website:

Bristol Walking Alliance also has a BCC petition calling for Bristol to come into line with London and ban pavement parking except with permission from the council.   Pavement parking (and other obstructons) are especially unhelpful for people pushing buggies or with mobility and sight issues.   See and sign at

Please pass on the information about these petitions.   If well supported, they are likely to be helpful to BCC in making its case for a more modern way of funding local government expenditure.

Children in Victoria Park Primary School has produced an animated film called Protect the Eels.  This was made in conjunction with the Water City Project (

The Malago Greenway project also have a film about what they are doing.   See it at

Reminder that GBCPs facebook can be accessed at

Great Morning at Ashton Gate Primary School

As part of My Wild Bedminster, Alex Morss, local ecologist, led a great morning looking at habitats for wild creatures in the school grounds at the new annex on Upton Road.   The 90 children of year 4 mapped out various areas and asked themselves why might birds, mammals and minibeasts visit their site.   They considered possible sources of food and water, where wildlife might feel safe and other factors.   The school grounds are actually rather sterile, so the children also talked about interventions that would enhance wildlife.   Many of these are relatively simple like leaving a few bowls of water about the place, especially in dry and hot weather.   Their next step is to knock the many good ideas into a practical plan and persuade the school authorities to act: lessons in science and politics.    This was a good start and, hopefully, there will be more news later!!

Alex Morss will be visiting a few other primary school over the next couple of months.

Reminder – GBCP Board meeting

The next GBCP Board meeting is on July 3 from 7pm at Southville Centre.   We’ll be doing more to move forward the transition from ‘old’ GBCP to ‘new’ GBCP.    See GBCP NEWSLETTER 35:17 for an agenda.

Bristol Tree Forum

BTF will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, 4 July (6-8pm) at Bristol City Hall.   They will be discussing:

  • BCC’s decision to suspend street tree maintenance;
  • The consequence of this, should the decision not be reversed;
  • Possible solutions to this threat to trees;
  • How to respond to the council.

It’s hoped that speakers from Sheffield and Birmingham will be at the meeting to talk about how their councils dealt with this austerity driven issue.   More info if you google Bristol Tree Forum.

Greater Bedminster Older People’s Forum (GBOPF)

This forum meets every couple of months to hear from and discuss a range of speakers.    A recent visitor, described as ‘brilliant’ was fro Victim Support.    Here’s a summary of what she said;

Victim Support is an independent charity for people affected by crime and anti-social behaviour.   Support services are free, confidential and available to anyone regardless of whether the crime was reported or how long ago it happened.   VS helps people to feel safer and find the strength to move beyond the impact of crime.    Everyone reacts to crime differently, which is why VS services are tailored to individual needs.

As well as providing emotional support, VS can give practical help after crime such as providing personal or home alarms, dealing with agencies on the victim’s behalf and helping people to understand the criminal justice system and their rights.

VS can be contacted at or on 0300 303 1972.   The national Supportline (0808 168 9111) is free.

GBOPF has also heard from (‘brilliant’ too).   This organisation checks accessibility to over 125,000 places across the UK.   All places are assessed in person.   The service has been developed by disabled people and carers and covers things like staff training, hearing loops, accessible toilets, lighting levels and parking.   They are active in Bristol.

The next GBOPF meeting will be on Wednesday, July 12 (10-12 at Monica Wills House).   Please spread the word and get back to for more information.

Bedminster Green

This area, between East Street and the railway line, is potentially the most significant space for development – for good or ill – in BS3.   One proposal is to include an Energy Centre.    There will be an opportunity to hear about this and ask questions on June 28.    See the attached consultation leaflet 16083_J01_002_Public Consultation Leaflet_FINAL_170614.

Jobs with Southville Community Development Association

If you are interested in the following jobs, please contact for an application pack.

1. SCDA Building Manager: this full-time post will cover both Southville and Chessel Centres.    Closing date: 13 July.

2.Cover Centre Assistant: a few hours a month covering duties including locking up; answering the phone; setting up meeting rooms and various admin tasks.   Closing date: 30 June.

CASS Consultation

See the attached notice about consultations to improve mental health and other services.

A Letter About Air Pollution from Julia Tutton

‘One thing I’m concerned about is the potential siting of a transfer station at the Council/Sita yard on the hartcliife Way.   The prevailing esterly winds would bring dust and dirt etc into Bedminster and the low lying central areas of Bristol and I feel that this should be strongly resisted should the proposals arise again some time in the future.   Maybe the prospect of legal challenge is worth exploring on certain projects, inc the ‘energy’ proposals at Malago Road???’

Contact if you want to respond to Julia and we’ll pass your message on.

Talk to Marvin

BCC is holding several public meetings at which Mayor Marvin Rees will discuss the proposed cuts in key public services.   See the attached poster.

Think Hedgehog

Following our publication of John Vickery’s prickly friend from Greville Smyth Park, there has been some concern that it was around in broad daylight.   Len Whyatt has done some research on the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website ( ).

Are hedgehogs meant to be out in the daylight?   Not usually.   Hedgehogs are nocturnal.   Some of the exceptions are pregnant females gathering nesting materials just before they give birth or a new mum taking a break from the nest to collect food and water while the young are asleep.   Sometimes, when the nights are short, a hungry hedgehog may forage around dusk and dawn.   However, these hedgehogs would be moving quickly and with purpose.   If a hedgehog is lethargic, laying out, has flies around it, is wobbly, or gives other causes for concern, please call BHPS on 01584 890 801 asap.

Slow Worms

No pictures yet!!!

Leave a Reply