Monthly Archives: February 2015

St George Community Fair – Saturday 7th March, 2015

Join us at the St George Community Fair.  It’s a great way to learn more about your neighbourhood and what it offers.

You may be surprised to find out how big your “Neighbourhood” is – from Pile Marsh to Magpie Bottom and Speedwell to Crews Hole.  Drop by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership stand to find out more.

You will be able to find out about local history, activities for all ages and much more.  There will be tasty food to buy and friendly people to meet.

You can download a free programme from here.

Publicity for this event has been funded by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund.

St George Community Fair

You Said – We Did – February 2015

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.

Different speakers are invited to the meeting to talk about issues that are of interest to the neighbourhood.

For this meeting on Tuesday 10th February, 2015, we had the following speakers who briefly introduced themselves and their subject and then were available during the breakout session for people to approach individually and find out more.

i) Luci Gorell Barnes and Nimo Mohamed– Mothers Mapping Group

Using funding from St George West Community First artist Luci Gorell Barnes and Nimo Mohamed worked with mothers whose children attend Speedwell Nursery.  Over a period of six weeks they worked together, at Meadow Vale Community Centre, to create a sewn artwork representing places and people that are important to them.  The artwork also includes ambitions for the future.  Two of the roads featured are Speedwell Rd and Meadow Vale but London is also represented for a friend who move there.  The children’s play area off Whitefield Rd is a particularly favourite mapwhere one of the children featured takes special care of the space picking up litter.  A really inspiring project.






ii) Crime and Local Policing Update – Sgt Darren Warr of the Local Neighbourhood Beat Team

Darren reported on local crime statistics giving year on year comparisons.  Theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles have both reduced.  Burglary and criminal damage has increased but not significantly.

The team have been working with the Bristol Brunel Academy and the Metropolitan Acadamy supporting Safer Internet Day.

120 officers are to be recruited to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Work has been done with trading standards to address the unlicensed selling of alcohol  and illegal tobacco.

PCSO Geoff Siddorn is leaving the beat team to go to Bath.  Darren introduced two new PCSOs, Han and Emily.

Darren is now delivering speed gun training to police officers.  This training will be delivered in the St George area which will have the side benefit of local traffic having their speed monitored.

Current crime issues include cars being “keyed” (scratched with keys)  in the Kingswood and Speedwell area.  If anyone has any information please could  they contact the police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

There have recently been a number of reports of off road motorbikes on Dundridge Lane.  Again, please could any information be passed on to police.

111) Drug and Alcohol recovering opportunities in the community – Nick Booth and Alex

Nick Booth is a Community Co-ordinator for ROADS (Recovery Oriented Drugs and Alcohol Service)/DHI (Developing Health and Independence).  Alex is a volunteer with the service.

The main aim of the service is to help drug users and their families.

Alex gave a moving account of his path into drug use and later recovery.  A big part of the message is that drug use can affect the most caring and well off families, it is not restricted to a single section of society.  Alex now offers peer support within the ROADS/DHI service.

The organisation offers a careers programme and would love to hear from businesses who can offer opportunities.

iv) Green Capital Neighbourhood Arts Project – Emma Williams and Marietta Kirkbride – Bristol 2015

£10,000 is a available for green arts projects in St George.  An arts project focussing on litter is taking off in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill.  What are your ideas for St George?

Go to to register your ideas on on online form.  You can also email or call 0117 379 0115 and speak to Emma or Marietta.

Details of the St George part of the programme are here.

Consultation closes Sunday 29th March 2015.

 v) Bristol Futures Academy – Asher Craig – BFA Project Consultant

The Bristol Futures Academy will offer places for the equivalent of 100 full time pupils aged 14-16.  These pupils will gain places by being referred by local authorities or schools and will have issues ranging from autism to behavioural problems.  The aim is to provide an individually tailored education, provided by highly qualified staff, targeting qualifications and skills.  The Academy will work with other education and training providers.

The proposed site for the school will be announced in the next few weeks.

There will be an Open Evening on Monday 23rd February between 7-8pm at Rose Green Centre, 65 Gordon Road, Whitehall, Bristol, BS5 7DR

Currently the Bristol Futures Academy is going through a statutory consultation period that ends on Tuesday 3rd March.

vi) The Neighbourhood Partnership Plan – Rob Acton-Campbell

The St George Neighbourhood Partnership plan will govern the future priorities for the Neighbourhood Partnership.  The themes set in that plan have been fed from issues raised at Neighbourhood Partnership Forums and meetings.  The plan will change as needs change.

Here is what was done about neighbourhood issues raised in November:

You Said – We Did – November – February 2015

There has also been action from the Neighbourhood Working team on flytipping, flyposting, clearing rear lanes and waste in land.  Details can be read in

Neigbourhood Working Update – November – February 2015

Local resident Dom Williams would like to carry out an art projects on a blank wall facing Hudds Vale green space and was asking people’s opinions.

Issues raised at this meeting included:

– drugs in a telephone box in Avalon Rd
– motorbikes in Dundridge Park
– criminal damage to cars in Speedwell
– parking at Summerhill School
– dog mess
– overgrown shrubs on Crews Hole Rd screening speed limit signs.

Please do not wait for a forum to report simple issues that can be reported online or by phone.  Please do make use of “Report It!”, the tab at the top right of this page.  The best way we can use Neighbourhood Forum time is raising more difficult issues.

Details of the grants awarded at the last St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting were not circulated on this occasion but these can be seen on

Papers for the meeting included  appeal for volunteers to:

  •  provide local knowledge and common sense to help assess grant applications made to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing fund.  There are currently 4 vacancies in the Wellbeing sub-group.  More about the sub-group, who they are and what they do on
  • take turns at summarising what happens at Forum meetings.  This report that you are reading is currently written by volunteer Susan Acton-Campbell and she also writes a single side of A4 as a summary to put up in local noticeboards.
  • become a Community Speedwatch volunteer to help the 4 existing volunteers.

Email the if you can help.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 12th May, 2015 at Summerhill Methodist Church.

If you have an idea for a subject to be spoken about that is of local interest contact our Neighbourhood Partnership Co-ordinator, 
Abdulrazak Dahir,, telephone 0117 903 6409.   First will be invited to attend the next meeting to talk about local bus services.

St George is Buzzing

We first told you about Get Bristol Buzzing (#getbristolbuzzing for Twitter fans) in our article “Get St George Buzzing”.  On Monday, 9th February, members of St George community groups took part in the Greater Bristol Pollinators Summit.  This was attended by representatives of national and Bristol-based organisations.

The day started with scene-setting.  Pollinators (bees and other insects that pollinate plants) provide a high proportion of the food we eat.  The value of what they do runs into millions.  Government has recognised that pollinators need protection and support.  Bristol has its own draft Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy.

YOU can comment on this strategy until 5pm on Monday 16th February as an individual or as a representative of an organisation.  You will be asked whether you would be interested in joining the Bristol Pollinator Forum.

The delegates at yesterday’s meeting mapped the actions they were already carrying out and had planned and then some took a break for a photo opportunity in front of the recently created bee painting in front of At Bristol.

The afternoon then went on to presentations about initiatives, meeting other organisations and deciding to take the Bristol Pollinator Forum forward.

The representatives present from St George were:

Grenville Johnson of St George in Bloom
Fernley Jane of Bristol East Allotments Association
Denise James of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, representing, as Secretary, RHS South West in Bloom
Susan Acton-Campbell of Friends of Troopers Hill

With a combination of initiatives to create new food sources and habitats for pollinators and protecting existing great sites, St George will be buzzing into the future.

Couldn’t tell an Andrena from a Nomada?  Have a look at this list of 71 bees recorded on Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve, most with links to photos.






Get St George Buzzing

Exciting news from St George in Bloom

GBB-logo-opt[3]Let’s get St George Buzzing in 2015 during Green Capital year !

George in Bloom is delighted to announce that we are officially the first group in Bristol to have been given permission to use the new logo as part of ‘Get Bristol Buzzing’ project.

We wish to thank Dr Katherine Baldock and the Urban Pollinators Project team at Bristol University for allowing St George in Bloom to use the logo, and for inviting us to be part of this innovative and exciting pilot project within the City of Bristol, and during Green Capital Year in 2015.

More details about our ‘Get St George Buzzing’ competition for 2015 can now be found on our St George in Bloom website at:
and on our St George in Bloom Facebook page:

This year’s competition has a number of exciting new categories including ‘Best Wildlife Friendly Garden’. The full list of categories and entry forms are on the website. The closing date for entries is Friday 10th July 2015.

St George in Bloom will have a display to showcase our work at the St George community fair to be held on Saturday 7th March 2015 at St Aidan’s Church Hall, St George, between 11am – 2pm.

Please help to pass on all this information to your friends and colleagues, and if they live or work in St George please invite them to participate in our competition this year, so that we can build on the tremendous success that St George in Bloom has achieved so far in the first year since we were established.

We are also hoping that our new ‘Get St George Buzzing’ project will help to leave a lasting legacy for the St George area, and for the City of Bristol in 2015 and beyond.