Monthly Archives: March 2015

Easter Events and Activities in St George

cross on hillMany local churches will join together on Good Friday, 3rd April, for an open air service at the top of Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve.  This is a local tradition that is over 40 years old.  There will be tea, coffee and hot cross buns at Summerhill Methodist Church from 10.30 am. The procession to Troopers Hill will leave at 11.30 am. The service starts at noon. In the event of bad weather the service will be held at Summerhill Methodist Church, 5 Air Balloon Rd.  Here’s a 2004 video of the event.

Start the day, 6.30am, Saturday 4th April, 2015, with a guided Dawn Chorus Walk in St George Park
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Then fortify yourself at with a breakfast at one of the many local cafes and


Stay on in the park4thapril poster by the bandstand.  From 10-12 there will be lots of activities for children.  Egg hunts, lucky dips, seed sowing, cake and lots more! Come on down to the bandstand 10-12 and enjoy our fabulous St George Park.






Take a short walk up Church Rd, then Summerhill Rd to turn right on Summerhill Terrace.  At the end of Summerhill Terrace go through the kissing gate into Troopers Hill Field and go to the red slide on the far side of the field to meet, at 10am, Friends of Troopers Hill, for their monthly work party.

work party april alone


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Bambini Hub will be at  St George Community Centre at the rear of 321 Church Rd at 10am on Sunday, 5th April, 2015.  They say “Easter is here and we are going all out and even incorporating some science!!

** Eggsperiments **
** Mini Easter Petting Zoo **
** Easter Egg Hunt**
** Felt basket making **
** Easter biscuit decorating **

There is something for EVERYONE
ALL ages and family relations welcome

£3 per child includes all resources and healthy snack time. Sibling discount available.

Let us know your coming so we make enough biscuits and buy enough eggs!!”

Session finishes 11.45am.

Bambini Hub can be contacted via their Facebook page or the contact details on their web page.

Don’t forget that every week Playrangers from Playbus hold activities for children in St George Park and the Meadow Vale Nursery Park in Speedwell, BS5 7RF.


20mph Goes Live

The 20mph zone for the East area will come into effect today, Friday 27th March 2015.

The signs where the speed limit changes from 30 to 20mph will be uncovered and the new speed limits will then apply.

This zone covers those parts of St George that are not already covered by earlier schemes as well as parts of Easton and Lawrence Hill, Eastville, Hillfields & Frome Vale. More details on the roll out of 20mph zones across Bristol can be seen at

The map below shows the area covered in this zone. Adjacent areas within the city already have new limits in place.


Download map as pdf file. This map shows new speed limits for the area, but is for illustrative purposes only.

Activities for 8-13 year olds in St George

Every Tuesdaystudio 5 youth night flyer

Studio 5 Youth Night tonight at the Kingswood Estate! 6pm-8pm in Studio 5 & Westcott. Lots to do and get involved with, plus it’s free entry! Want to find out more? Check out the flyer or contact CYN on 0117 947 7948. Creative Youth Network.



Every WednesdNEW PLAYRANGERS 2014ay

3.30pm-5.30pm meet by St George Park  Lake.  Outdoor activities for 8-13’s provided by the Bristol Youth Links Playranger team and their Playranger van.

Every Thursday

3.30pm-5.30pm at the Nursery Park, Meadow Vale, Speedwell, BS5 7RF.

Outdoor activities for 8-13’s provided by the Bristol Youth Links Playranger team and their Playranger van.


  • Cooking on an open fire
  • Tree climbing
  • Swings and hammocks
  • Arts and crafts
  • Sports

Under 8’s welcome but must be accompanied by a responsible adult or older sibling (over 13)

Activities can be messy so it is recommended that children come wearing suitable clothing.

All activities are FREE and open to all.

Cubs ( 8-10 years) and Scouts (10-14 years)

Cubs meet on Wednesdays in Whitehall, Scouts on Thursdays.  Find out more on and

The 17th Bristol Scouts meet at St Michael’s Church on Two Mile Hill.  More on about their cub and scout groups.

The 159th Bristol Scouts meet at St Aidan’s Church Hall on Fir Tree Lane.  Please let us have contact details to add to this page.

Brownies (7-10 years)

Find out more about the 74th (St Aidan’s) Brownies on

Brownies also meet at the Wesley Memorial Church on Bryants Hill.  Please let us have contact details to add to this page.


Improve road safety – join Speedwatch

radarSpeed on local roads has been raised at a number of St George Neighbourhood Forums.  One way local residents can take action themselves is to take up the police offer of Speedwatch training.

Laura, Martin, Phyll and Susan have taken the training and are now carrying out Speedwatch sessions on Crews Hole Rd, Troopers Hill Rd and Nags Head Hill. Here’s Susan’s story.

On their second session they received a visit from Sue Mountstevens as she describes in her report in the Bristol Post.  An article and photo from the Bristol Post is here.



Avonvale Road

avonvaleroad170315Bristol City Council proposes to make a Traffic Regulation Order to regulate stopping and waiting in the vicinity of the Redfield Educate Together Primary Academy.  This affects Avonvale Road in the St George West Ward, in addition to neighbouring roads in the Easton Ward.

The proposed measures include a prohibition of stopping on school entrance markings at Victoria Avenue.  The prohibition of stopping is intended to reduce vehicle activity in the vicinity of the pedestrian entrance to the school, where the combination of moving and stationary vehicles could compromise highway safety, particularly when pupils are arriving or departing.

The Consultation runs to 27th March 2015.

More information on the Bristol City Council website

Lose that litter

This flytipping on Conham Rd was quickly removed thanks to a local resident making use of the easy to use form on The form is very quick to complete. The waste is removed within 2 working days unless specialist removal or disposal is needed. Please join the growing list of residents using this service to make YOUR neighbourhood look better.

A handy tip – very occasionally the rubbish is not collected. Do make a note of the reference number displayed on the screen when you make the report so you can make a follow up email to


Other recently removed flytipping from Cecil Avenue at the entrance to Plummers Hill Open Space.
cecil avenue entrance plummers hill open space

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show’s 25th Anniversary benefits St George

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recently launched a community street project to mark the 25th anniversary of Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.  The project invited community groups to identify a community space that needed to be regenerated.

Grenville Johnson is chair of Kensington Road Residents Association and St George in Bloom.  He successfully applied to this competition on behalf of both organisations for an improvement to the frontage of Kensington House, a hostel managed by St Mungo’s in Kensington Road, BS5 7NB.

More details of this excellent achievement are on the St George in Bloom website.


Explore St George’s Green Spaces

A series of walks for 2015 in St George to highlight green spaces on your doorstep.

Supported by St George Neighbourhood Partnership Bristol Green Capital Fund

These walks aim to inspire and educate people about the green spaces in St George.

Leaflets with details will be available at the St George Community Fair on Saturday 7th March at St Aidan’s and at events and meetings in St George through the year. You can also download a copy here:

Explore St George’s Green Spaces – walk leaflet


The walks are being organised by Friends of Troopers Hill, Friends of St George Park and Friends of Dundridge Park.

Walk & Event listing:

Troopers Hill (4 walks):
Organised by Friends of Troopers Hill
Heathland Walk* – Thurdsday 16th July 7pm;
Bugs & Beasties Hunt – Saturday 8h August 4pm;
Fungi Foray* Sunday 1st November 10.30am;
Geology Walk* – Sunday 29th November 2pm;

North St George:
Organised by Friends of Troopers Hill
Walk to explore Plummers Hill, Meadow Vale, Rodney Rd, Primrose Lane & Colebrook Road and their wildlife*
Sunday 6th September 10.30am

Avon Valley:
Organised by Friends of Troopers Hill
Walk from looking at river wildlife, also visiting Dundridge & Troopers Hill*
Sunday 17th May

Dundridge Park (3 walks/events):
Organised by Friends of Dundridge Park
Dawn Chorus walk Saturday 18th April 5.30am;
Family Funday at Dundridge Park Saturday 11th July;
Bat Walk Thursday 10th September.

St George Park (4 walks)
Organised by Friends of St George Park
Dawn Chorus Walk Saturday 4th April 6.30am
History Walk with Barton Hill History Group 15th July 7.30pm
Wildlife area walk with Avon Wildlife Trust 8th August 11.00am
Bat walk Saturday 12th September 7.15pm

*These walks require prior booking, for more details see the Friends of Troopers Hill website.