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

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.

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:

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:

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.  She has also been working closely with the Bristol Walking Alliance. Jess is particularly concerned with the health aspect of transport modes.  Bad air and lack of exercise is not good for any of us, but children are particularly harmed. Jess has now published her report looking at how this issue has been dealt with in other cities across the world and how these ideas might be applied to Bristol.  Jess’s proposals are not (yet?) BCC policy, but you might feel that some of them should be.  Please tell us what you think.

Signing Up!

There are lots of petitions calling on BCC either to do something or to stop doing something.  Two in particular are from the Bristol Parks Forum and the Bristol Walking Alliance.

The parks’ petition calls upon BCC to reconsider its proposals to drastically reduce expenditure on parks.  The electronic version of the parks petition had reached 3266 by 22 September.  Presumably there are paper versions going around too.  BWA’s electronic petition requests that Bristol be brought into line with London and a few other cities and that parking on pavements should be banned without special permission, thus helping to clear pavements for people with buggies, in wheelchairs etc.  This started after the parks’ petition and had 475 signatures, plus an as yet unknown number on paper, at 22 September.  The BWA petition is open until the end of November.

These electronic petitions, and loads more, can be seen and signed at ‘Bristol City Council petitions’.     Also, please contact if you would like a paper copy so that you can gather signatures from friends, neighbours and workmates.  Petitions that secure 3500 supporters can usually get the Council to hold a special debate and advise the Mayor.  The Parks petition is probably there, but the Pavement Parking one has some way to go.

Clean Streets Autumn Litter Blitz 16-29 October 

Be part of the Bristol Clean Streets Campaign.   Building on the success of the Great Bristol Spring Clean, please register your interest for the Autumn Litter Blitz taking place 16 – 29 October 2017.  Get together with family, friends and neighbours during this period and make a difference in your local community by doing a litter pick big or small, or something else to spruce up your area.

Bristol Waste Company have all the things you will need to do one safely. They can loan you litter pickers, bags, high visibility jackets and will even arrange to collect the waste you collect for free. Litter picking kits are loaned on a first come first served basis.

Email or call 0117 304 9022. Full details at

Bristol Ageing Better Funding

BAB are about to launch their next funding round. As a preliminary to this they are also holding a Collaboration Workshop on 11 October.   At this they will explain the criteria for their funding, give people the opportunity to share ideas and see who else is doing what.  It will be a good place to build alliances.

Bedminster Business Improvement District

Apart from Broadmead, Bristol was fairly slow in adopting Business Improvement Districts compared to some other cities. Bedminster BID came into being in 2013 and has done good working promoting the interest of streets such as North, East and West in an economic climate that has been rather hostile.  BIDs last for five years and then have to be renewed, or not.  Bedminster BID votes early in 2018 and traders will be encouraged by the recent vote of the Clifton Village BID.  The rules are that approval has to come in two forms, one treats all businesses as equal and the other favours the larger businesses which pay the highest levels of rates and therefore also the highest levy to fund the BID.   Clifton Village BID secured a 64% majority on simple numbers and a 76% majority weighted by rateable value.  Let’s hope that the Bedminster BID does as well.

acta Community Theatre 

Two shows at acta in October.   With Blood on the Coals acta’s local adults group celebrate the hidden history of coal mining in Bedminster (12, 13 and 14 October) and the Malcolm X Elders Theatre Company take us to the Carribbean for Moonshine Nights, where they will share stories and songs on 30 and 31 October.    To find out more go to:

BS3 Helping Others

Volunteer Meet-Ups are now resuming in the Tobacco Factory corner Cafe every Tuesday in term time 10.15am – 12.15pm (at the big table opposite the front door). BS3 Helping Others is back up and running for the new term in the Tobacco Factory corner Cafe, to share information on volunteering with various charities and care homes in the area of Bedminster, Southville and Ashton.

We would love you to join us to see what is on offer.  We will have an updated Volunteer Hand-Out to share the latest information on what volunteering opportunities are available in the area and would love just to meet you, find out what you would love to do, share a cuppa and generally have a happy time.  Who knows, we might find something for you to keep you busy during the week. Email with any queries.

Windmill Hill City Farm Autumn fair

Saturday 7th October 2017, 11-5pm (£3 adults/kids free)Windmill Hill City Farm are holding their annual Autumn Fair on Saturday 7th October and are aiming to inspire and delight local people, with a wide range of exciting things to see and do!

Simone Dougall, Marketing Manager for Windmill Hill City Farm, said “There are so many fun and inspiring things to do and see at the Autumn Fair.  It’s a great chance for local people to re-connect with their community after the summer holidays and enjoy the resources they have within their locality.”

To find out more go to

Evolving Partnerships

As you know, BCC has largely withdrawn from Neighbourhood Partnerships and each area across Bristol is responding in its own way to establish its own neighbourhood structures.    Two examples of this can be found at and .


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