NEWSLETTER (48:17) – Pavement parking, Dame Emily Park Project,

Dame Emily Park Project AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the group will be held on Sunday 17th September, at 2.00pm in the park / play area. Come along to join or renew, review the year and elect next year’s committee. There will be free coffee and cake available.  ?  If it’s raining, the meeting will be held in the North Street Standard pub.

Rubbish collection in Dame Emily Park

Please could you help to collect some rubbish on Tuesday 26th September, at 6.45pm in Dame Emily Park? Gloves and tools are provided. Thanking all of you in anticipation. ?


Squirrel spotted by Jo Hargreaves in Upper Perry Hill on 6 September.    It may have come off the New Cut or from a local park.   We think that there are squirrel colonies in Victoria and Greville Smyth Parks, but we’re not sure about other places.   Please let us know if you spot a squirrel (or two?) in BS3.   Photos would be good.

Apple Day

Patchwork Community Gardening Group’s annual Apple Day will be on Saturday 30thSeptember from 11am-3pm on the orchard on Dean Lane (next to the Tap and Barrel pub). Bring along your apples to press and drink some juice, or just pop by to listen to the music and buy a cake or some jam (made with produce from some of Patchwork’s ‘patches’).

Geoff Hurst at Ashton Gate!

Bristol Sport have an exciting Sports Speaker event on Thursday October 19th at 6pm. Sir Geoff Hurst will be speaking at the stadium followed by a Q&A session and tickets can be bought here https://tickets.bristol-sport. or call 963 0600.

Pavement Parking

There will be a meeting during Healthy City Week to look at problems and solutions regarding pavement parking.   The meeting will be on Monday, 9 October (11am to 1pm at the Triodos Event Space, 1 St George’s Road, BS1 5BE).    The meeting is free but you need to book via

The pavement parking petition to BCC calling for Bristol to be brought into line with London, ie pavement parking made illegal, is still available to sign at Bristol City Council petitions.   Several paper petitions are going the rounds.   Please return finished sheets to Pavement Petition, c/o Southville Centre, Beauley Road, BS3 1QG or pass them to Ben Barker.   Let Ben know via if you would like to collect signatures from friends and neighbours.   He will send you the petition form.

A child-relevant response to air pollution

It’s suggested that air pollution is particularly damaging to children because of the way it impacts on growing organs such as lungs.   Find out more from Prof John Henderson at this Healthy City Week event.   Saturday 14th October 2017, 3pm – 4.30 pm at Wills Memorial Building

The event is FREE but please book your ticket through Eventbrite: http://bristolgreencapital. org/events/child-relevant- response-air-pollution/

The Southbank Club is turning 10 – Free Pimms and Tapas!

The Southbank Club is turning 10 and you are invited to a free night of entertainment to help them celebrate. It’s on Saturday 16th September from 6pm until late – free Pimms and tapas if you arrive before 7.30pm. There’s also a barbecue, acoustic music, Louis Roger Eboa’s African dance group and The Balkany Band.

The Megawatt Community Energy Fund

The Megawatt Community Energy Fund has been set-up to use profit from Bristol Energy Cooperative’s business activity to encourage and support more community action on reducing the amount of carbon in our atmosphere.

The Fund is supporting projects that aim to:

Raise awareness of climate change, its solutions and how to reduce its impact

Reduce fossil fuel consumption of individuals, organisations and communities either directly through energy measures, or indirectly through the more efficient use of resources.

Reduce fuel poverty, to ensure everyone can access and afford the energy they need.

Develop social, arts, cultural or sports activity that encourages or celebrates sustainability.

The Megawatt Community Energy Fund encourages applications for the funding of innovative ideas, including pilot projects, as well as for the development and growth of existing projects. To support smaller organisations, applications of up to £2,000 (Small Grants) are particularly encouraged.

The grant is particularly targeted at small organisations with charitable aims. You do not have to be an energy or environmental group. programmes/megawatt-community- energy-large-and-small-grants/

Vote for SCDA

Southville Community Development Association/Southville Centre is building a second community centre in central Bedminster (The Chessels) where the community has lost a huge amount of its accessible/ ‘bumping’ space in the past few years to housing developers.    SCDA wanted to build an ‘eco-nursery’ but that proved too expensive; so they are now trying to raise funds to make the building as ‘green’ as possible.    Their ‘ask’ is that you vote for their project (you can donate as well, if you’d like), but your vote would be very much appreciated.

If you feel that you can, please forward to your staff, volunteers, board members, family, friends, networks, etc and ask that they also vote for this development.    SCDA needs the votes to win £12K from the M&S Energy Fund, but it would be amazing if they can also raise the £5K to pay for the scaffolding, etc to fit the additional solar pv panels.

Here is the link:

Support for Older People

Many older people become unsteady on their feet and are liable to trip and fall, often in their own homes.    Care and Repair is working with BS3’s five GP Practices and have a service where they will inspect homes and make changes to make them safer.    See the attached leaflet and contact for more information.   Please pass this information on to others.

Victoria Park Festival

This is on 16th September. More details on the attached poster.

Handfuls of Harmony Choir New Term

New adult members are welcome at their FREE taster session on Thursday, 14th Sept, 7-9pm at Ashton Park School, Blackmoors Lane, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JL.

Handfuls of Harmony is a friendly, community choir, open to everyone of all abilities. Why not take a friend for an uplifting evening of song?

For more information, see

Bristol Ageing Better

Several organisations in BS3 are part of the BAB Partnership looking at ways of making our city better for older people.    GBCP has been working with BAB and also looking at the needs of younger people.   Making Greater Bedminster a more All-Age Friendly Neighbourhood is one of our general objectives.    Local organisations may be able to push this forward as BAB have just announced that they have £850,000 to award as grants from October 1.    Not just, of course, for BS3, but if you want to know more contact them via their website.

Neighbourhood Planning

Developing ideas for improving the area has always been an important part of GBCP’s programme.    Of course, this is important in other Bristol neighbourhoods too.    Groups in Easton are currently working with Sustrans, BCC and others on ways of making their area better for pedestrians and cyclists.   Sound familiar?    It will probably be useful for us to keep an eye on developments in Easton and pinch as many good ideas as possible.   See for more information.

It’s Never Too Late… for butterflies

The national charity Butterfly Conservation is looking for ‘late’ butterflies.   Their Garden Butterfly Survey launched in early September is asking people to report how late in the year they are seen.  Gardeners can report sightings of butterflies this autumn and into early winter, to help find out just how late in the year they are regularly seen.   The aim is to assess the changing fortunes of butterflies in gardens and understand how important gardens are for our populations.

The charity says that the warm conditions in spring enabled many species to emerge and breed early this year. And because good spring and early summer conditions enabled more butterflies to fit in an extra generation, we may be poised for an impressive autumnal emergence of species such as Comma, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood.   Despite their association with summer, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Large White, Small White, Small Copper, Common Blue and other butterfly species can be seen into early November if mild conditions persist. With a warm spell, garden visits are boosted as they search borders for blooms, whereas most flowers in the countryside have gone over.

Butterflies are important indicators of the health of the environment. By helping them, gardeners can help create a better home for wildlife, especially beneficial insects such as bees that play a vital role in pollinating wildflowers and many crops.   The UK’s 24 million gardens represent an area the size of Somerset – a huge and important habitat food resource. Many of these garden flowerbeds and borders will still be full of colour and nectar, offering a lifeline whilst the nectar supply in the countryside will have fallen by autumn.   Species that overwinter in the UK need to build up fat reserves to survive winter and ensure good breeding the next spring. Other species such as the Red Admiral will migrate to southern Europe – so they will need those extra calories for their long distance travel.

Please send your butterfly sightings to Butterfly Conservation using this link:, but also send your sightings to, so that we can pass them on to local people.

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