Monthly Archives: June 2013

Stibbs Hill Community Allotment Project

A community gardening project has started at the allotments behind the houses on Stibbs Hill, Air Balloon Rd & Hillside Rd. The aim of the project is to create a community space for anyone from the local area and beyond to come and learn about growing organic food.

Four allotment plots on the site have been let to members of the project – the project is subject to the same rules as any allotment garden. The project is at an early stage with work having been done to clear some of the bramble from the previously overgrown plots.

This is the area that was suggested for possible development for housing in the Council’s ‘Site Allocations’ document in 2010, but it was decided that it was needed to support demand for allotments and locally grown food so it is now designated as ‘Important Open Space’ which means it is protected from development. You can see a map of the area here.

More details about the project and contact details are in a letter sent to local residents that can be seen here: Stibbs Hill Consultation letter.

You can also visit the project’s blog at

Members of the project are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved or has any questions about the project (please note they are volunteers and holidays etc may mean delays in replying to emails).

Activities for 11-19 year olds

Streetgames Bristol are putting on outdoor community sports activities in St George throughout the summer starting next week. There will be sessions on Tuesday evenings at St George Park (6.15 -8.00) and on Thursday afternoons at Meadow Vale (4.30 – 5.45).

There are also sesssions nearby at East Park Open Space (Tues 4.30 -5.45) and Oldbury Court (Thurs 6.15 -8.00)

Qualified coaches will be on hand and the sessions are free! No need to book, just turn up and have fun.

You can find out more about Streetgames Bristol on their website at or on facebook.

Contact the Streetgames Team on 0791 750 3766 or email


Come to the fayre at Meadow Vale, Saturday 27th July, 2013

Come to Meadow Vale Community Association’s Summer Fayre, on Saturday 27th July at Meadow Vale Community Centre, Meadow Vale, Speedwell, BS5 7RF. The event is funded by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund.  At the Fayre you’ll also be able to find out more about proposals for the Community Centre and how to lend a helping hand.

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Time to think about grant applications

Do you have a good idea for a project that would benefit St George and the people living there?  The next closing date for applications for grants from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund is Monday, 22nd July.

Application forms and guidance notes are on

The Well Being Sub-Group is a group of local residents or members of community groups of St George who have volunteered to review grant applications to the St George Wellbeing Fund.  We ask questions about the applications, sometimes do our own research into the application and assess how closely the application meets the priorities for St George.  We currently have 4 vacancies and would welcome your help.  You can find out more about our group and what we do on

We would like to thank Rob Acton-Campbell who has recently resigned as a member of the sub-group due to the additional duties he has recently taken on for the St George Neighbourhood Partnership. We will miss him.



Money granted to local projects – 25/6/2013

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

They were:

£520 to WASP estate improvements committee.   This will pay for up to 12 coffee mornings and 4 day trips. These activities are aimed at the disabled and disadvantage residents in the area bounded by Whitehall Rd and Whitehall Avenue, Alder Drive, Sycamore Close and Plummers Hill. The coffee mornings are attended by local police, council officers and community groups to keep residents updated about matters affecting their neighbourhood.  The day trips are carried out with the assistance of carers and the drivers of Bristol Community Transport buses.

£700 to Meadow Vale Community Association to run 3 community events, a Summer Fair, a children’s disco and a Christmas fair at Meadow Vale Community Centre.

£1,064 to 32nd Bristol (1st Whitehall) Scout Group for 5 x 3-berth tents and 1 x 5-berth tent for use at scout camps.

£750 to Crofts End Church to improve the position of their computers so they can be made available to unemployed people to search for job vacancies online, update CVs and access the benefits system.  They need to build a worktop area, install housing for data points and an electrical supply then advertise the availability of the service.

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


The Annual General Meeting of the Partnership was held on 25th June.

Rob Acton-Campbell was appointed as Chair.  Cllr Fabian Breckels re-appointed as Vice Chair of the Partnership, and Cllr Ron Stone re-appointed as Chair of the Neighbourhood Committee.

The meeting discussed the Council review in to the workings of Neighbourhood Partnerships, considered proposals for new Byelaws for the Parks and Green Spaces in Bristol, set the Neighbourhood Priorities for forthcoming projects, and received a detailed report on potential changes at Meadow Vale Community Centre.

The meeting noted an earlier decision to provide £540 of funding for hanging baskets in Kensington Road. The meeting agreed £1,064 of funding to 32nd Bristol (1st Whitehall) Scout Group for new tents, £750 for a Community Internet Project at Crofts End Church, £520 for the WASP Estate Improvements Committee for social events and £700 of funding for Meadow Vale Community Association to help support a series of social events. More info available here.

The minutes of the meeting will be made available in due course.AGM

‘Phone a friend’ scheme for vulnerable people

A message from Avon & Somerset Police …

‘Phone a friend’ scheme run by Royal Voluntary Service

The Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) is joining forces with Avon and Somerset police to offer more support to vulnerable people living in our communities.

Royal Voluntary Service ‘Telephone Befriending’ offers a friendly, caring voice at the end of the phone to help people live independently. The trained and vetted volunteers offer:
• Regular pre-arranged calls
• A confidential listening ear
• Information about local support networks and services
• Access to other Royal Voluntary Service services

The aim is to help vulnerable people to feel more confident at home and become more independent and active in the community.

Jenny Jenkins, Royal Voluntary Service Community Service Manager for Bristol and Somerset, said: “Neighbourhood Watch is all about local people working together to create safe, attractive, friendly places to live. Our telephone befriending initiative offers NHW members the opportunity to get involved in reaching out to members of the community who feel isolated and sometimes vulnerable. Even if you aren’t able to volunteer, you may know someone who would like to take advantage of this opportunity. The service operates on a referral basis, so if you know of people in your community who would benefit from the support that we can provide, please get in touch.”

For details about becoming a volunteer or to discuss making a referral, please contact Jenny Jenkins, Royal Voluntary Service Community Service Manager Bristol and Somerset, on 07714 898656.

For more information about Royal Voluntary Service visit their website



Kingsway Shopping Precinct Make Over


Members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, Environment Sub-Group have been championing a project which will enhance Kingsway Shopping Precinct.

imageaThe brief to Denise James, Neighbourhood Engagement Officer was that the area was in need of floral enhancements and some TLC. Unfortunately the hard land scape area did not lend itself to any traditional floral planting scheme.

After a number of discussions with the Environment Sub-Group, members started working on developing a suitable scheme for the area, which was co-ordinated by Denise James. The paved area has been pressure washed old style litter bins have been replaced with modern style bins. Work is also under way to re-furbish the seats. In the meantime Denise James will be talking to traders to look at more innovative ways of enhancing this space for the local community and taking back ideas to the Environmental Sub Group.

imagebThe plants were all grown at the Council’s Blaise Nursery and planted up by the Nursery team. The containers were delivered and unveiled at 7 am on Wednesday 19th June. Local traders and residents have already commented on how great they are and the difference they have made to the area.

The scheme has been funded through the St George Neighbourhood Partnership’s devolved Clean & Green fund. This is a brilliant example of how devolved budgets can really make an impact in your local area.

Grenville Johnson, Chair St George Neighbourhood Partnership, commented:

“It’s good to see the Kingsway shopping precinct now looking more visually attractive. I first raised concerns about the visual appearance of this area several years ago, and its gratifying to see that St George N.P has championed this enhancement project. It will raise the spirits of all who use the area.”

Strawberry Tea – Wed 21 August

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Strawberry Tea
at St George Community Centre
Wednesday 21st August 2013
1.30pm to 4.00pm
Church Road, St George, Bristol BS5 8AA

Join LinkAge for a Strawberry Tea for the over-55s
Refreshments and Taster Activity Sessions including
One-Life Sing-a-long and Ping Pong (table tennis)

Entrance fee: £2.50
To book your place please call Balbir Nirwan on
0117 935 4471 or just drop in on the day


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Two Mile Hill Primary School set to expand

The Bristol Post is today (12.06.13) reporting that Two Mile Hill Primary School on The Kingsway is set to expand:
“pupil numbers at the school in Kingsway will rise from 525 to 630.”
“There will be a two-storey extension to the main school building to provide two junior classrooms and a lift, and a single-storey extension to the reception wing to offer an extra reception class and playground.”

You can read The Bristol Post article here

NB: The school is located in the St George East Ward of Bristol, and not in Kingswood as reported in The Bristol Post article.