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. 

There are three phases to the project.   The first is an opportunity for older people to create a piece with GCSE Drama Students and  PECo Theatre Company which will use Arnolfini’s exhibition by artist Grayson Perry as a starting point.   The groups will work together for a period and then share the end result at Arnolfini with an audience of family and friends.   During phase 2, they hope that the older people who participated in phase 1 will go on to form ‘The Arnolfini Older People’s Group’ who will be a kind of ‘think tank’ to decide changes that will make Arnolfini more Age Friendly.    Phase 3 will be the implementation of these changes and they hope that older people from the group will form a steering group to ensure that the changes made reflect what older people want and Arnolfini  remains Age Friendly.

For more info and to offer help contact tamsin.buckley-bell@arnolfini.  or 0117 9172300.

Filwood Boulevard

Would you like to develop your garden design and construction skills?   If so, join Knowle West Media Centre The Factory to be part of a team working to transform Filwood Broadway into ‘Filwood Boulevard’ and learn how to construct and finish timber planters for growing flowers, herbs and other plants. As part of the course, you can also try your hand at designing other small items such as plant markers and signs, to accessorise the planters and your own garden.

The course will take place over 2 days, from 10am till 4pm on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th August.

This is a free course for attendees aged 16+ and living in South Bristol. You must be able to attend both days of the course. No prior experience required, and all materials will be provided. Please bring your own packed lunch – there is no cafeteria on site.

This course is funded by Natwest Skills & Opportunities Fund.

Sign up here:  or contact The KWMC The Factory on 0117 403 2306 or  .

More Networking Opportunities

The city council needs to fundamentally re-shape the relationship between businesses, residents and the Council to one that is more resilient and self-reliant; increasing collective responsibility and encouraging and supporting local people, partner organisations, businesses and local communities to play a more active role in achieving agreed outcomes.

This event is for those who work day to day with the people of Bristol – housing officers, community and youth workers, PCSOs, Beat Officers, social workers, community educators, support workers from the public and voluntary sectors.   The city faces unprecedented challenges and we need your help! How can we transfer more power to people?  Build on what’s strong rather than what’s wrong? How can we collaborate and maximise our limited resources?    Friday 29th September 9.30am, City Hall

Booking essential: If the event if fully booked please contact Sam Parker to be put on a waiting list

Wildlife Pictures

This is a reminder that the South Bristol Voice is keen to see photographs and drawings of wildlife in BS3, especially those done by children.    The Voice has already been publishing sample pictures of frogs, foxes, caterpillars and more in each monthly edition during 2017.    As part of My Wild Bedminster we are hoping to make these pictures available on line and also to hold a ‘real life’ exhibition (you know, when you and the pictures are in the same room).   If you have pictures please send them to by October 1.

If you are having difficulties in identifying creature – not just butterflies- you can go to

We know that people are making lists of interesting things seen in their gardens, school grounds, local park, allotments etc.   Great.    Please hang onto these until around the end of October.    We’ll let you know via GBCP NEWSLETTER when to send them in so that they can be worked up into a report before we start again in 2018.

Small Grants

Some of you may have visited Bedminster’s Secret Gardens this summer.  These open days raised a fantastic £1,100, which the organisers would like to go towards local projects. If you are a part of a group which wants to do something to make our community greener and more sustainable, you can apply for a grant of up to £200 to help. Perhaps you want to improve a green space near you, install a planter in your street or organise a workshop with your neighbours. Your group must be working in the Greater Bedminster Partnership area and the deadline for applications is 31st August. For more details and an application form, please email laura_murgatroyd@hotmail.comor pick up an application form from the Southville Centre.

Patchwork Apple Day

Advanced warning that the Patchwork Community Gardening group’s annual apple day will be on Saturday 30th September at the orchard on Dean Lane. Bring along your surplus apples and help make some juice. There will also be cakes and music. More info from


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