NEWSLETTER (44:17) – Friends of Parson Street Station, Upfest, flytipping, CAKE anyone?

Breeding Like Hedgehogs
Last year we reported that residents in the Frobisher Road area were clubbing together to turn their gardens into a home for lost hedgehogs.   They took in their first refugees from a hog rescue centre in 2016.   Nature seems to have taken its course as the attached picture of an adult and two youngster suggests.   This group also reports slow worms.   Please let us know if you spot hedgehogs, slow worms, unicorns or other interesting beasts in BS3.   If you are making lists of animals in your garden, the local park etc, please don’t send them in until further notice, probably October.

Friends of Parson Street Station
Parson Street Station will be 90 in September.   The Friends will be celebrating with a free family event on the morning of Sunday, 3 September.   From 9am to 11am visitors will be able to enjoy special trained themed light refreshment, get an engine face paint as well as witness the unveiling of an informative plaque.   There will also be 1920s musical entertainment and a special 90th anniversary memento.   People arriving at the start will see a steam train passing through the station!

When the station first opened, with just two wooden platforms, it was to serve the growing suburban expansion of the city.    Passengers increased during the 1930s, but numbers dropped in the second half of the century.   They are now rising again with over 126,000 journeys made each year.

The Friends of Parson Street Railway Station (FoPSRS) was set up earlier this year to press for improved facilities and services.   For more details contact or visit their Facebook page.

Well Done Southville Centre
The Southville Centre holds the Gold Award from the Green Business Tourism Scheme and, as well as talking the talk, they walk the walk!    An example is their results from a recent Travel West Travel To Work Survey.   A whopping 56% of SCDA’s over 50 employees walk to work as compared to the national average of 14%!

The BS3 area is very rich in tiptop voluntary sector organisations.    If you are a member of one of these, please let GBCP NEWSLETTER know about your good work.   If you don’t blow your own trumpet, who will?

Getting Attached to Your GBCP NEWSLETTER

People often send us posters and other documents hoping that we will attach them to the GBCP NEWSLETTER. Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (44:17) – Friends of Parson Street Station, Upfest, flytipping, CAKE anyone?”

NEWSLETTER (43:17) on the Community Navigators Project

You will know that a major local and national concern has been how to reduce high levels of social isolation and loneliness, especially amongst older people.   It is estimated that around 10% of people over 50 are socially isolated, ie they do not speak to other human beings for days on end.    This situation is often exacerbated by illness, disability and loss of a partner.   Apart from personal unhappiness, this situation can lead to mental and physical decline.   A further 10% or so are in danger of slipping into this critical state.   These percentages increase as people move into their 70s and 80s.

Community Navigators Bristol
This project is funded for three years by Bristol Ageing Better and is divided geographically into three areas across the city: South, Central and East.   The project, which is led by Bristol Community Health, will include paid workers, but is also looking for volunteers.    The project aims are to re-connect older people with their community and also to make it less likely that others will become disconnected in the first place.

The project has been described as a ‘signposting and support service’.    BS3 is relatively rich in community organisations compared to some other parts of the city.   Several Bedminster groups are already doing good work in both signposting, supporting and in offering activities and have been doing so for several years.   But one can always do more and we know that, despite this good work, some people in BS3 are still missing out.

Hopefully, the Community Navigator scheme will also link to work being done to link the five – soon to amalgamate into one – BS3 GP surgeries to community organisation through activities such as ‘Social Prescribing’.     In fact, Navigators offers a great opportunity to coordinate existing work and raise its effectiveness to new levels. Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (43:17) on the Community Navigators Project”


Carved tree trunk in Dame Emily Park 

On Thursday the 17th of August at lunchtime, Dame Emily Park Project is going to inaugurate the carved Tree Trunk. Therefore little helpers are needed to sink the artwork with special oil. You can talk to Yusupha the artist too, as he will be on side to show how to do this. Afterwards you can carry on to enjoy the free family event “Summer Games” in the play area.

More on pavement parking

As well as Bristol Walking Alliance and its petition to the mayor (Bristol City Council petitions), there is a national ‘Guide Dogs Campaign’ as partially and none-sighted people are particularly disadvantaged by cluttered pavements.    The campaign asks that people send photos of pavement parked cars to .    The campaign is developing a map showing poor parking across the country:  to show where pavement parking is causing a problem.

Making Arnolfini Age-Friendly

Arnolfini the art gallery has noted that not many of its visitors are older people and it’s starting a project to change that.   It’s looking for older people who might want to help.  Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (42:17)”