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 .

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