Monthly Archives: August 2013

Solar Cinema in St George Park

SolarFree Solar-Powered Outdoor Cinema in St George Park – 8pm on Saturday 7th September.

Bring a picnic, a blanket, friends and family and wrap up warm for a night of entertainment under the stars watching free screenings of fun and family-friendly short films.

The St George event is the first of three screenings in parks across Bristol, the other dates and Locations are Sat 14 September in Victoria Park and Sat 21 September 8pm in Greville Smyth Park, both also 8pm.

These events are part of the 19th Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival which runs from 17-22 September 2013.

The 2013 Solar-Powered Outdoor Cinema is powered by KnowAlternative and supported by Bristol City Council and Victoria Park Action Group.

Find out more about the Encounters Festival at:

Download the poster at

You Said – We Did – August 2013

Every quarter there is a Neighbourhood Forum meeting open to all residents of St George to bring local issues to council officers and police.  A list of the issues raised at the previous meeting and what has been done about them is circulated at the meeting.

Here is what was done about the issues raised in May.

You said – We Did – May – August 2013

There has also been Street Scene Enforcement activity over the same period, that is action to deal with flytipping, flyposting, littering and similar issues.   Details are in

Street Scene Enforcement Activity – May to August 2013

Here is the list of issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 20th August.

YOU Said – 20th August 2013

Details of the grants awarded by the date of the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting were circulated.  These can be seen on

David Osborne gave a short talk about the Bristol LETS, encouraging St George residents to join.   More information on

Mike of Bristol City Council’s Transport Planning team made a brief presentation of the 20mph roll out.  People were invited to identify any roads they felt should be excluded from the 20mph scheme during the workshops session.  Feedback came from people asking for all roads to be made 20mph and others pointing out roads where they thought there was a good reason to keep 30mph.  There is another opportunity to give feedback and find out more on Saturday 28th September at St George Library.    Details here.

The police were pleased to share news of the sentencing of the man who had attacked a number of women in St George.

Crime figures had again fallen compared to last year but despite this Bristol’s quality of life survey still show people are concerned about their safety outside their neighbourhood after dark. Feedback was asked for about the things that make people feel unsafe and how this should be addressed.

Bristol City Council’s Community Safety Officer, Georgie Bryant, has written a summary of those figures and invites your feedback.  The summary and her contact details are here.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at Summerhill Methodist Church, 5 Air Balloon Rd at  7pm on Tuesday 12th November, 2013.

Details of all St George Neighbourhood Partnership meetings are on


Next St George Neighbourhood Forum meeting – Tuesday, 20th August, 2013

Come and find out what has been done about the issues you or your neighbours raised at the last meeting.

Find out more about the roll out of 20 mph zones. Tell us how we can improve YOUR neighbourhood.

Speak to Council officers or the Police about problems in your area or ideas about how it can be improved.

More about this meeting and others on:

See you there.


George visits St George

Last Thursday, 8th August, the four St George Councillors and the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Chair hosted Mayor George Ferguson on a tour of St George.

Thank you to every one you took time out of their day to meet us and talk to the Mayor about some of the great things going on in St George and some of the challenges that we face.

The tour itinerary.

Photos of the visit can be seen here.

You Make Bristol

The M-Shed is updating its display about the people who make Bristol the City that it is today.

“Bristol people of all backgrounds have contributed and continue to contribute in a variety of ways to the city through their everyday lives or special activities and have remained unrecognised.”

They would like to know who you would include in this display space from our neighbourhood. Community groups are being invited to ‘You Make Bristol’ sessions at M-Shed held on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at 11am -12pm and 2pm-3pm; contact details are on the poster below.

The list of people currently celebrated (including St George West Councillor Ron Stone) can be seen here: People who have made Bristol, Bristol in a display at M Shed

If you have any suggestions please email the webteam and we will pass them on. Please also contact us if you are intending to attend the sessions to represent your community group or would be willing to represent St George NP.


New opportunities, in St George, for 16-18 year olds

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Didac are an Ofsted Grade 1 Provider, based in Crews Hole, Bristol, delivering specialist industry training to the furniture and wood sector since 1997. We have worked with the Kingswood Partnership/Work2Learn over the past couple of years with good results and thought our new fully-funded programme may be of interest. September will be the second intake for the programme this year – but we can offer some flexibility on start dates.

The programme is hands-on and focuses on woodworking.  Learners attend  for 2.5 days per week and will gain practical skills including: – using hand tools for woodworking, using hand-held power tools, wood machining and basic upholstery.  Tools and equipment are provided. If completed, the wood-working elements will enable achievement of a Level 1 City and Guilds Certificate.

As part of the programme, learners will also have the opportunity to achieve First Aid, Health & Safety and Manual Handling Awards (these are 1-2 day courses which are spread evenly throughout the programme – awarded by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health).

We are recruiting now.  Learners must not be in employment, education or training, but apart from that, there are no specific entry requirements.  However, we do ask candidates to visit us beforehand for a discussion.

Didac are well placed to give advice and guidance regarding further training, apprenticeships and opportunities in the furniture and wood sectors, as we deliver professional training to those already working industry.  We also deliver training for apprentices across the country.

Please contact Didac to find out more (telephone: 0117 9049377).  We are more than happy for interested parties to visit our industry standard workshop, which contains a full range of woodworking machinery and equipment.

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Find out more about the 20mph rollout

As well the chance to hear more about the 20mph rollout at the next St George Neighbourhood Forum there will also be displays in local libraries.


Improve your opportunities for employment

Well done Crofts End Church – earlier this year they asked for a St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing grant to improve the layout of their computers so people could search for job vacancies online, update CVs and access the benefits systems. £750 was granted at the end of June to build a worktop area, install housing for data points and an elecrical supply and publicise the service.

Great to see 2 courses are already planned for September for improving people’s work opportunities.

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If you have a great idea to improve your neighbourhood in St George look at funding opportunities on   Some other places to find funding are listed on