Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fun activities during school holidays

There are lots of local activities for the school holidays this week …

On Tuesday 28th October come to St George Park to build a bug hotel.


More outdoor activities on  Tuesday 28th and Thursday, 30th October at Netham Park.

On Friday 31st October, it’s time for a Halloween Party at Meadow Vale Community Centre.


Lantern-making, pumpkin-carving, storytelling and much more.  Come to St George Park on Saturday 1st November  for the Illuminate Event.


Bambini Hub are holding their regular 1st Sunday of the month “Sunday Funday” activities at St George Community Centre on Sunday 2nd November.  This time it’s the Monster Mash, mash up! Halloween Party.

Bambini Hub’s website is well worth a visit if you want to find out about more, local, children’s activities.  Their events calendar on the right hand side of their main web page lists many other groups’ events.

Traffic Schemes Update October 2014

Here are the latest updates from Bristol City Council on the various traffic schemes planned for St George.

Update 27th November:
We understand that the work to the speed tables on Crews Hole Road is now not likely to take place until Spring 2015.

Crews Hole Road Speed Tables 
When reported previously the work to install speed tables (wide speed humps) was due to be completed by the end of the summer.  

CH TROplanOur latest information is that a work invitation has been sent to the most competitive contractor, ETM.   Members of Bristol City Council’s Highways team will be visiting the site with the construction manager of ETM within the next two weeks to discuss construction methods and other matters.  Subject to the acceptance of the work invitation, it is hoped that the works will commence towards the end of November 2014 but this will be subject to their available resources.

The last update said Crews Hole Road will need to be closed for three or four days while the humps are constructed, we (the web team) will post an update when more information is available.

Drawing showing current proposals

Beaufort Road Experimental One-Way Scheme
This is now planned to be implemented in Spring 2015 after the completion of the speed tables in Crews Hole Rd. There is insufficient “before traffic data” available so Highways are arranging for the installation of radars at various locations in the area hopefully before the end of 2014.  This is to ensure that there are adequate records of traffic flows before the scheme is implemented so that the impacts of the scheme can be properly measured.

Notices about the scheme will be put in place four weeks before work starts.

Drawing showing the current proposals

Troopers Hill Road Traffic Calming
This scheme is being funded by a grant form the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. As for Beaufort Rd traffic data has to be collected before progress can be made.

20mph Zone
The formal consultation for St George continues until Friday 24th October.  More information on

Plummers Hill Traffic Calming
Money was allocated to this scheme at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting in March. Speed checks and traffic counts will now be carried out and accident data reviewed prior to design work.


Remembering Our Industrial Heritage

St George and East Bristol in general are blessed with many green spaces where it is possible to escape the hustle & bustle of city life and to almost forget that you are only a few miles from the City Centre.

In the 1600s the area was part of the Kingswood Forest royal hunting ground but from the 1700s it became an important industrial area with Kingswood coal supplying copper smelting & other industries alongside the River Avon. East Bristol industries were a major factor driving Bristol’s growth to become England’s second city.

The two chimneys on Troopers Hill are the most significant physical remains in St George; nearby we also have the Kingswood Heritage Museum at Warmley on the site of the brass works built there by William Champion.

Champion’s Brass Works at Wamley is now also houses a theatre and theatre company – Brass Works Theatre.

Later this month they are putting on a new play that highlights our industrial past:

The Deep Pit
by Adrian Harris & Brass Works Theatre

Deep Pit A6 flyer1-1By the 18th century, Kingswood’s coal miners had earned such a fearsome reputation that the Anglican evangelist George Whitefield met with the mocking challenge, ‘If he will convert heathens, why does he not go to the colliers of Kingswood?’

The mine workers and their families needed to be tough to survive dirty, dangerous lives in and around the pits where they were subjugated and exploited.

Deep Pit finds the Crew family continuing the coalface struggle in 1848. Jonathan and Elizabeth have already lost a son to the deadly underground conditions, and now their daughter Mary is treading a treacherous path with Henry Knight, the mine owner’s son…

Suitable for ages 14+

Performances run from 21st October to 8th November, 7.30pm Tuesday to Sunday with a matinée on Saturdays.

Book your tickets now!

You can find out more about the area’s history here:

Friends of Troopers Hill
South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group
Living Easton Community History Pages

Money Granted to Local Projects – 30/9/2014

6 applications for funding were made from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  5 of these were granted at the SGNP meeting of  30th September, 2014 by a majority vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which consists of St George West and East councillors.

The following amounts granted, some subject to certain conditions:

a) Friends of Dundridge Park – Dundridge Park Deer Path

£635.95 to repair the Deer Path linking the lower part of Conham Vale and Dundridge Park, plus tools and a first aid kit for work parties and stationery supplies including a laminator to promote the activities of this newly formed community group.

deerpath sign


b) Meadow Vale Community Association – Community Events and Planning for our future

£713.25 for a children’s Hallowe’en party for 5-12 years and their carers, a Christmas Fair aimed at all ages, a fish and chip suppler for 10 housebound elderly residents, including transport from Bristol Community Transport and a pre-planning application fee relating to the proposed redevelopment of Meadow Vale Community Centre.

c) St George Pre-School

£5,202 for all weather matting to increase the opportunity for play in bad weather and prevent mud being brought in to the pre-school building.

d)  Wesley Chairs for Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

£1,000 for 60 chairs for use in halls and rooms used for community activities.

e) Silver Cyclists from Life Cycle

£1,000 for 10 accessible group bike rides in the St George area for those aged over 55.  The funding will cover the fees of an accredited cycling instructor.

An application for funding from Linkage in partnership with the Bristol and Anchor Almshouse Charity was rejected because the aims of the project were not seen as sustainable and an ineligible item had been included in the application.  Future applications from Linkage would be welcomed and support was offered to help with those applications.

To find out more about how your group can apply for funding visit

Please note there is an extra £10,000 available as Green Capital Funding for this current funding round.

The closing date for the next round of applications is:

**********Monday 27th October********