Farewell GBCP, welcome Action Greater Bedminster!

I am writing to members and subscribers to the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership Newsletter to let you know that at the Annual General Meeting of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership on 4th November, members agreed a name change, adopted a new constitution and appointed a new Executive Committee.

The organisation is now called Action Greater Bedminster. The aims of Action Greater Bedminster are to support the advancement of community development and improve the quality of life for all those living and/or working primarily within the Greater Bedminster area of the City of Bristol (effectively the electoral wards of Bedminster and Southville and immediate surrounds).

There will be 10 officers (of which eight were elected at the AGM) who will meet four times a year. These are:

  • Chair – Donald Branch (Caraboo Neighbourhood Association)
  • Vice Chair – Celia Phipps (SCDA trustee, Parson Street school governor, local councillor)
  • Secretary – Ellie Freeman (Caboodle)
  • Membership secretary – Stef Brammar (Way Out West, acta)
  • Treasurer – TBC

Executive Committee members:

  • Steve Sayers (Windmill Hill City Farm)
  • Ade William (Bedminster Business Improvement District)
  • Simon Hankins (Southville Community Development Association)
  • Kris Tavender – Bristol Rugby
  • TBC

Twice a year there will be open public forum meetings and general meetings for members. Our members will be representatives from local organisations and we will be encouraging and supporting these organisations, helping to co-ordinate joint projects, networking, sharing advice and more.

There are five sub-committees/working groups that any member can sit on that focus on the priorities for the area: Parks, leisure, libraries; Environment (including traffic, street scene, air pollution); Community development; Urban planning & conservation; Communications, marketing & promotion.

We hope Action Greater Bedminster will be inclusive, progressive and collaborative; continuing to make an impact in your neighbourhood, responding to your needs and making your voice heard.

We will be contacting everyone about being a member of Action Bedminster and about our future communications as soon as possible. If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please email greaterbedminster@gmail.com, leave a comment on our Facebook Page Action Greater Bedminster or tweet us @greaterbedmin

Best Wishes

Ellie Freeman

Apologies if you have already received this email from a different address.

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 (52:17) – GBCP Mark 2 (or is it 3?) launch on 2nd Nov

It’s taken some time, but we’re ready to move forward at last….

Over the past few months – and it’s seemed much longer – the GBCP Board has been working through the options for the Partnership’s future without formal ties to – or much direct funding from – Bristol City Council.

A Forum and Voice for Greater Bedminster (That’s Ashton, Bower Ashton, Ashton Vale, Bedminster and Southville)

We’ve consulted our partners and others, and it’s clear that the unique role GBCP plays must continue – now more than ever in a time when the future of our libraries, parks and other Council-provided services is being debated and decided upon.    We’ve got 10 years experience of working with neighbourhood groups, local businesses, community police teams, schools, churches – and the City Council – to tackle issues and deliver improvements for all of us.    We provide the only public forum which actively involves all 4 local ward Councillors in all discussions and decision-making – and everybody living or working in Greater Bedminster is welcome to contribute ideas, suggestions and as much time as they wish.  This forum is vital to the discussions around how the funds paid by developers for local improvements will be spent. Until now, the GBCP has managed the local decision-making process, but who knows what the future might bring?

People power really does deliver

We’ve always involved local people and organisations every step of the way:  in big decisions such as how to spend £120K+ of funding on a local park and £100K to set up the Bedminster Business Improvement District (BID) –  and in smaller ones such as grants to the South Bristol Toy Library and the Winter Lantern Parade, or a noticeboard for a street group.   During 2016 we won £40K of Green Capital funding which we distributed to local community groups wanting to improve their walkways and green spaces.  We’re currently working with Bristol Waste and the City Council on a range of initiatives to combat fly-tipping and litter on our streets, and we’re actively involved alongside the BID in all planning for our retail streets.  The list is long and it goes on…

Forum for Greater Bedminster Community (FGBC)

This is the proposed name of the new body which will be confirmed at the AGM, along with the priorities, and a new constitution. Here are the draft versions:  GBCP Priorities 2017_v2   FGBC Simple Constitution v3-0

We’ll be recruiting for special interest sub-groups: 

  • Parks/Leisure/Libraries;
  • Environment (to include streetscene, getting around, waste management, traffic and air quality);
  • Membership/inclusivity/participation; Communication and information-sharing;
  • Planning.

You don’t have to be a Board member to participate in these:  they’ll be open to everyone living or working in the GBCP neighbourhood.

Learn more and meet us at our AGM on Thursday 2 November, 7 pm at the acta Centre, Gladstone Street.   We’ll get the formal business over quickly, and make sure there’s time for discussion and networking.

If you’re part of an organisation which has partnered GBCP until now, please confirm that you wish to continue to work with us:  greaterbedminster@gmail.com   If your group wishes to nominate someone to sit on the new Board, use this form and role description FGBC Nomination Form & Candidate Statement & Role Descriptions V3-0.

Get involved in improving the quality of life for everyone living and working in the Greater Bedminster area!!   If you want more information, please tell us at greaterbedminster@gmail.com.

And, what about the rest of Bristol?

Everyone seems to be playing their cards close to their chest.    We know that a few areas are at about the same stage as we are in Greater Bedminster.   That is, they are adapting themselves to the new circumstances and intending to re-launch before the end of the year.    But, they are keeping quiet until all their ducks are in a row.    Other areas will probably flicker into life during 2018.     Some areas don’t seem to have any cards or ducks at all, but it will be some months before these neighbourhood gaps can be confidently identified.   Hopefully, there will not be too many of them.