Special NEWSLETTER on BS3 Helping Others (59:17) – Volunteer, care, homeless, IT, Marmalade, fish

GBCP NEWSLETTER is very happy to send out information about the innovative BS3 Helping Others project along with a sample of the volunteering opportunities that they have on offer.    Please get in touch with BS3 Helping Others if your organisation needs volunteers or if you want to offer yourself as a helper.

Get in touch with GBCP NEWSLETTER if you’d like us to circulate a Special Edition about your organisation: gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com .

Would you like to volunteer in BS3?

Does your organisation need volunteers?

‘BS3 Helping Others’ is a Facebook page set-up in order to recruit volunteers in BS3 who might like to volunteer their time and energy to a worthy cause in the BS3 Community. facebook.com/groups/BS3helpers/ Continue reading “Special NEWSLETTER on BS3 Helping Others (59:17) – Volunteer, care, homeless, IT, Marmalade, fish”

NEWSLETTER (58:17) – Window Wonderland, Ashton Court future, Portishead rail line, population

Sponsors Needed for Window Wanderland

The third Window Wanderland for Southville and Bedminster will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 23, 24 and 25 2018 (6-9pm).    As well as the many decorated windows, the WW Group is hoping to publish a map as last year to help with the Wandery bit.    However, this is likely to cost around £250 which the group currently does not have.    We are therefore looking for organisations that will sponsor the event, either to the full amount or perhaps with two or three organisations sharing the cost.    If your organisation would like to support this excellent local event, please contact the WW Group via gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com.

Other South Bristol neighbourhoods will also be doing Window Wanderland.    Arnos Vale’s event will be at the same time as Southville/Bedminster and we understand that events are being planned in Windmill Hill, Bemmie/Malago Vale and Ashton Vale.    We’ll bring you dates when we have them.   But, also google Window Wanderland and see that it is now an international bit of fun.   Not bad for something that started in Bishopston in 2015.

Apart from decorating the windows themselves, there’s a little bit of organising behind the scenes.   Contact GBCP NEWSLETTER if you think you might like to help.

Keeping It Tidy or Back to the Silos?

We know that Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) are now dead and are being replaced by ‘new’ structures more rooted in local communities.   Some, but probably not all, will adopt the existing NP boundaries.   There will also be gaps, at least, for a year or two.   It’s important therefore to acknowledge, and try to keep, one of the important benefits that arose from the ten years of NPs.   This was in the structure of BCC and in police organisation.

Ten years ago, many council department were internally ‘decentralised’ in that they had teams in particular parts of the city.   So, department A might be broken into 5 teams, each focusing, and therefore well informed, on a fifth of the city; department B might have eight local teams and so on.    A major problem was that the pattern of any one department was usually based on a different geographical assumption from all of the others.

This posed two major problems.   Firstly, it added to the difficulties of BCC teams working together (already difficult enough) and secondly, it made it difficult for people in the community to relate to BCC teams since you had to understand a complex pattern and who to contact in each case.

Following the establishment of the 14 NPs, BCC and the Police gradually altered their structures to come in line with NPs and therefore with each other.   Sometimes this meant 14 units, but more usually it would be groupings around, say, two or three NPs.   When NPs started, it was proposed that the Fire & Rescue Service and some bits of the NHS should also begin to mirror NPs, but I don’t think that got very far.

Under a less centralised neighbourhood structure and under pressure from ‘austerity’, there is a danger that this more supportive geography will begin to break down.     Hopefully, BCC, the Police and community organisations will be vigilant enough to discourage this.

Bristol’s population

BCC has recently published a report on the city’s population, its composition by age, ethnicity, gender etc, their geographical distribution and projections for the future.   For example, figures for the three ‘Bedminster’ wards include age profiles, thus…. Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (58:17) – Window Wonderland, Ashton Court future, Portishead rail line, population”

Special AGM NEWSLETTER (57:17)  – 7pm 2nd November at Acta, Gladstone Street

The AGM on 2nd November at acta, Gladstone Street, Bristol, BS3 3AY will start at 7pm.

The agenda is:

  • Welcome and apologies
  • New Constitution (attached)
  • Current Board stand down
  • Executive Committee elected (nomination forms attached, as are statements from individuals already nominated).
  • Formal meeting closes, time for informal networking

Please find attached the nominations for the Executive Committee and the constitution. We are expecting more nominations. However, if you know anyone who belongs to a partner organisation and is interested in standing, please pass on the nomination form.

Best wishes

Ellie Freeman (Secretary)

A Bit of History

As far as we know, the new ‘Forum for the Greater Bedminster Community’ will be the third incarnation of strong networking within BS3.     Recent research traces formal networking back to 1996 with the formation of the ‘Greater Bedminster Community Forum’.     Around 2007, this morphed into the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership as BCC began to set up its Neighbourhood Partnerships.   Now that BCC has withdrawn, we move on into a third phase.    Whatever you call it, the important thing is to continue sharing ideas and information and collaborating across all sorts of organisations so as to make Greater Bedminster an even better place for people of all ages.

Documents associated with the first two phases of the Bedminster network were lodged as historic documents with the Bristol Records Office in the summer.    Hopefully, the future history of the new Forum will also be transferred in due course to the Records Office.   A letter outlining the papers transferred is attached.

And remember ‘history is made by the people who turn up’.

What Shall We call the GBCP NEWSLETTER after 2 November?

 

 

NEWSLETTER (56:17) – Dance, patchwork, sausage & cider, FrANC and Bristol Girls Can!

Novel Writers: Samanta Schweblin Fever Dream – tickets still available!

Thursday 19 October, 6.30–8pm at Spike Island. Argentinian author Samanta Schweblin is coming to Spike Island to introduce and read from her debut novel, Fever Dream. Fever Dream is shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize 2017, and so it is an exciting opportunity to hear her talk in Bristol.  This is part of a regular series of novelist talks at Spike Island organised in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas.  Tickets here: http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/talks/novel-writers-samanta-schweblin/

My Wild Bedminster

Many thanks to those who have already sent in their 2017 wildlife reports for BS3.   Please keep them coming to gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com.   We’ll probably start the analysis of data early in November and hope to publish and circulate some reports early in 2018.    And, of course, then we start all over again.

Lots of you will have reference books on particular groups like birds or butterflies, but then some spider or moth pops up, looks interesting, but is quite unidentifiable.    For these cases, you might go to the Field Studies Council.    They publish simple guides to lots of groups for between £3 and £4 each.    There’s a long list of these under publications at www.field-studies-council.org.     Why not add slugs or shield bugs to your list in 2018?

Rise Youth Dance

There’s a new dance group coming to South Bristol – see the attached poster.

Patchwork Update

The Patchwork community gardening group has a session this Saturday from 10 until 12 on the beds they look after in the Stackpool Road homezone. Please join them for some weeding if you can (outside Southville Primary). Patchwork’s recent apple pressing day was a great success. There are some photos on their blog http://bedminsterpatchwork.tumblr.com/

Sausage and Cider Festival

The Southbank Club has an event on Saturday 21st October. From 12 until 6 there will be cider tasting, music and delicious sausages. There is also going to be a cider making workshop. From 8 until midnight there will be a ceilidh. Tickets for all parts of the event are available here http://hdfst.uk/E39864

FrANC AGM

Friends of the Avon New Cut are having their AGM on Sunday 5th November at The Education & Meeting Room at The Underfall Yard from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.

If you feel that you could offer your services on the Committee, but would like to hear more about what that might entail, then please email Derek to find out more. They are definitely in need of a bit more help and there could be a role that would suit your skills – whether or not you wish to be a Committee Member.  It may be that you feel able to help with some of the admin tasks, prepare periodic newsletters, or could organise a walk/talk, or keep the website up to date.

After the AGM, which they intend to last no longer than one hour, you are invited to join them on a guided tour of The Underfall Yard.  This will include access to some areas that are not open to the public on a daily basis.  A donation of £2 towards FrANC funds will be appreciated if you intend to join them on this tour, but there will be no charge for attending the AGM!

It would be helpful if you could contact them to confirm your attendance – to ensure they bake enough cake, etc – derekwhughes@btinternet.com

Living Streets

Living Streets are working in partnership with the Council and are promoting walking. Here’s information about the organisation https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/local-groups and Laura is the local contact person if you want to find out more laura.service@livingstreets.org.uk

Bristol Girls Can!

See their website for an event on Saturday for women of all ages at St Pauls Community Sports Academy. Book places .

NEWSLETTER (55:17) – Learning Partnership West, rubbish, Healthy City Week

Projects with Learning Partnership West (LPW)

Attached is an overview of planned delivery in South Bristol for the rest of this year. It is worth keeping an eye on Rife (www.rifemagazine.co.uk) and Go Places to Play http://www.goplacestoplay.org.uk/ for any new projects or changes to session times.
For further information on any of these groups please contact David Cousins via 0117 907 4417 / 07776465132, dcousins@lpw.org.uk, www.lpw.org.uk

Halloween Forest Crafts

Moving forwards Incredible Edible Bristol will be running some forest school meets food growing and wildlife events, facilitated by trained specialists in outdoor education. The aim is to introduce the young people to the joys of being outdoors, to learn new skills around  growing, cooking and caring for wildlife and to have a great time whilst doing so.🕸️

The first session, to be held in the Quakers Burial Ground on 25th October, will be loosely based around Halloween and the preparation of outdoor space for wildlife over winter. The link to purchase tickets is https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halloween-forest-school-afternoon-tickets-37703775006

Join in the Dame Emily Park Project Rubbish Campaign 🎨

There are some lovely drawings 🖼 on display in Dame Emily Park relating to the rubbish campaign “Take it in – Take it out”. Children from Holy Cross School are going to join in and so can you by creating one or more drawings and sending it to dameemilypark@gmail.com  They will be laminated and displayed to make park users aware of the importance to look after the environment.

“The River Malago and its Culverts in Old Bedminster” Walk

The next FrANC event this year will be a walk held on Sunday 22nd October.  The walk will start at 2:00pm and the meeting point is the entrance to the Windmill Hill Community Orchard (St. John’s Burial Ground) that is located opposite the junction between Francis Road and St. John’s Lane, immediately south of the railway bridge where Sheene Road becomes St. John’s Lane.  The walk will finish at the Spike Island Café on Cumberland Road at around 4:00pm where refreshments can be purchased if required.  Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (55:17) – Learning Partnership West, rubbish, Healthy City Week”

Special NEWSLETTER on My Wild Bedminster (54:17)

From Matt Collis of Avon Wildlife Trust

October is the month of misty mornings and warm afternoons as we all enjoy the last of the suns summer rays.   It also sees the last of the summer flowering plants give us their final blooms and final nectar for the year.   Don’t be surprised to see them over-flowing with insects gasping for one last sugar-sweet drink!

WHAT TO SEE THIS MONTH

Birds Continue reading “Special NEWSLETTER on My Wild Bedminster (54:17)”

NEWSLETTER (53:17) – Spike Island, Dame Emily garden, vote Southville, iWalk

Dame Emily Park Project / Garden Work Party 

A garden work party will take place on Sunday the 15th October from 2-4pm 🌸🌾  Join this friendly group and help to improve the Dame Emily Park community garden. Working alongside Incredible Edible Bristol DEPP 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.

South Bristol On The Map

Voscur are holding an event at Filwood Community Centre for ‘no nonsense learning on the essential areas of running a community group or organisation’. This is an amazing opportunity that should not be missed, a great way to meet people and learn new skills! It’s on Thursday 12 October 2017, from 10:00 to 16:00, at Filwood Community Centre. Details here voscur.org/south-bristol-map.

Southville Community Development Association

Please vote for us!  We are thrilled to have been shortlisted by M&S for an award of £12,000 from their Energy Fund, and we are in with a good chance of winning – we are currently in third place! We really need your vote to help us secure this much needed boost of funds to add the 36 photovoltaic solar panels to the southwest facing roof of the Chessel Centre. As you will know from our regular newsletters we have designed the building in the most efficient way possible and we really want to keep the building’s carbon output low going forward. So please give one minute of your time to vote for us by clicking the button below. (The link will also show you some info about our crowdfunding campaign to raise a bit more money for the other things we need to put the solar panels up –like scaffolding etc. So just a vote for the M&S money would be wonderful but a pledge as well would be even better. Thank you.)

SCDA Community Events

Stall spaces now on sale for this year’s Festive Market at the Southville Centre which will be held on Saturday 9th of December, 11am-4pm. The space comes with a 6ft trestle table and the cost is £30+VAT. To book a space call reception on 0117 9231039 to pay by card or come into the Southville Centre to pay by card, cheque or cash.

New exhibition by Korean artist Kim Yong-Ik opening at Spike Island

30 September to 17 December 2017 (free entry). Opening night: Friday 29 September, 6–9pm. The first solo exhibition in Europe by artist Kim Yong-Ik whose career spans 40 years through a turbulent period of dictatorship and struggle for democracy in South Korea.  www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/exhibitions/kim-yong-ik

Affordable co-working space at Spike Island for creative businesses

Spike Island’s co-working space ‘Spike Design’ is open for applications from designers (graphic, product, digital and interactive), architects, journalists, illustrators, filmmakers, photographers and more. Spike Island is a registered charity.  Find out more and apply: www.spikeisland.org.uk/blogs/2016/08/05/workspace-available-spike-design

Coming up at The SouthBank Club…

The Recession Fashion Show. Friday 6th October, doors open at 8pm with an 8.30pm start.  Tickets £11!  Limited VIP tickets include canapés/fizzy/goody bags and reserved seats.

For all SouthBank Club events see their webpage: http://southbankclub.webs.com/events.htm.

Innovations in Walking

We recently reported that Jess Read, temporarily seconded to BCC’s transport team with the support of Bristol University, is looking at ways in which Bristol can be made more walkable.   Continue reading “NEWSLETTER (53:17) – Spike Island, Dame Emily garden, vote Southville, iWalk”