Monthly Archives: April 2013

Bloom Festival – St George Park – Sunday 19th May, 10am-4pm

Come and enjoy the Bloom Festival, partly funded by a grant from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund.

We have also received this appeal fromPhoenix52 –  your local community arts group (the community arts group that presented Illuminate in 2010 & 2011) are busy getting ready for Bloom Festival in St George’s Park on 19 May 2013. We really need some volunteer stewards to help out at the event, handing out packets of free seeds to visitors, being on hand to help out with the celebratory parade and generally being nice and helpful. Email if you can help.

Also we’re looking for acoustic & folk bands and musicians to play live music at the event too – open mic style again email if you’re interested.

CLICK on the poster below for an enlarged image.


Drop in session at St George Library – Sat 4th May 10am-12.30pm

Issues or concerns about St George? Good ideas to improve St George but don’t know how to make them happen?

Read more and click on the image below to see a full size poster.

Money granted to local projects – 16/4/2013

All 4 applications made for funding from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund were granted tonight.

They were:

£3,330.91 to St George Pre-School to improve their outside play area.

£2,640 to Redfest to pay for the main stage at the festival in St George Park on Saturday 3rd August.

£1,260 to Church Rd Action Group to pay for hanging baskets for 7 lampposts. This cost includes installing, feeding, watering the plants and the removal of the baskets at the end of the season.  The plants and baskets will be supplied by Bristol City Council Parks staff at Blaise Castle.  The Church Rd Action Group do not have a website but they are described on the St George Community Association website.

£1,000 to the Wesley Memorial Church to replace their old, heavy, worm-eaten wooden tables, used for community events, with folding tables.  The church halls and meeting rooms are used by Rainbows, Brownies, Martial Arts Clubs, Woman’s Boot Camp, Zumba, dance classes for all ages groups, friendship groups and the Bristol East and Kingswood Brass Band.  The next community event advertised on their website is their summer fete.

To find out how your group could apply for Wellbeing funding visit

Walkabout in St George

Friday 26th April
John Wesley Rd, St Aidans Rd and vicinity

You are invited to join Officers from Bristol City Council and other services to look at and hear about the issues that affect you and your neighbours.
We will be in your area between: 2.00pm- 3.30pm on Friday 26th April 2013
Meeting point: Junction Bryants Hill/John Wesley Rd 2pm

Download a poster

A new primary school for children in St George?

On Thursday 25th April, between 4pm and 6.30pm there will be a consultation about the feasibility of converting the Council offices on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Avonvale Rd, BS5 9RH (a former school) into a primary school.

The proposal is for a 2 form entry and 420 pupils.

Read the invitation letter here.


Meadowvale Community Centre, Speedwell

Do we need a better community and family centre in Speedwell?

Do you have ideas for what activities and services are needed locally for children, young people, families and older residents?

A meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th April to discuss how facilities in and around Meadowvale Community Centre can be improved.
The meeting will be held at Speedwell Nursery School & Children’s Centre, Meadow Vale Playing Fields from 7.00pm to 9.00pm

Download further information [.pdf]

Election Update – Candidates Announced

ballot boxResidents of both St George East and St George West wards will be going to the polls on Thursday 2nd May.

If you’re not sure which Ward you live in, then you can check here

Information on registering to vote and/or requesting a postal vote is available here.

Download a “Don’t Forget to Vote!” poster.

The candidates are:

St George East
Don Brown (Green Party)
Edward Cullen (The Conservative Party)
Paul Elvin (Liberal Democrat)
Mike Luff (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)
Steve Pearce (Labour Party)
Link to official notice listing candidates [.pdf]

St George West
Ben Appleby (Green Party)
Sarah Cleave (The Conservative Party)
Philip Collins (UKIP)
Bernie Lyons (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts)
Tony Potter (Liberal Democrat Focus Team)
Ron Stone (Labour Party)
Link to official notice listing candidates [.pdf]



Friends of St George Park

St George is blessed with some wonderful green spaces and of course the most popular (certainly the most used) is St George Park itself.

Walking in St George Park The park was established by St George Urban District Council in 1894 on what had been Fire Engine Farm. According David Lambert in the wonderful little book ‘Historic Public Parks – Bristol’ (published by the Avon Gardens Trust in 2000) its 38 acres cost £12,000. The Wain Brook flowed across the fields that were to become the park and this was used to form the lake.

You may have noticed over the past few months that there have been a series of small improvements in the park including a new notice board; new fencing which has also slightly extended the play area; community planting beds; lots of new spring bulbs and work to the basketball area to create a ‘MUGA’ or ‘Multi Use Games Area’.

Much of this has come about through the allocation of Section 106 money by the Neighbourhood Committee following discussions at the St George Environment Sub-Group. Over £50,000 has been allocated in the last 12 months. The ideas for this work have come from the Friends of St George Park who were re-launched in April last year.

The group is also working with the Council on a tree planting plan for St George Park which will see more trees planted next winter and has ideas to further improve the lake for wildlife.

If you would like to find out more about Friends of St George Park, or even better get involved and help bring further improvements, then there is a great opportunity later this month, details below.


Friends of St George Park AGM

FOSGPMonday 29th April at 7pm till 9pm
The Beehive Centre, Stretford Rd.

Refreshments available from 6.30pm

  • Election of new committee members
  • Round up of achievements in 2012
  • Update on the Environmental Project to regenerate the lake surrounding area
  • Looking for new volunteers for a wide range of exciting roles

You can also visit the group’s facebook page at:

Come and join the FOSGP and help to support your local park!


Police & Crime Plan

Police & Crime Commissioner logo

A new Police & Crime Plan has been published for the city of Bristol as part of a series of new Police & Crime Plans published by the Sue Mountstevens, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset.

The plan for Bristol can be read via the link below:

The Bristol Police & Crime Plan 2013.

The Plan covering the entire Avon & Somerset area, and other localised plans can be read on the Crime Commissioner website.



Police News

A&S police crest
Avon & Somerset Police has published a new Newsletter covering the Bristol East area. You can download a copy here [.pdf].  A Newsletter has also been procedued specifically for St George and is available here [.pdf].

Newsletters for other areas of Avon and Somerset can be found here.

Other police information covering the St George area is available on the ‘Bristol East neighbourhood area’ webpages on the Avon & Somerset Police website.