Monthly Archives: July 2015

Walking for Health in St George

Walking is a great way to improve both physical and mental health. Did you know that St George can now offer you 3 levels of Walking for Health?

LinkAge provides guided, weekly 30 minute walks starting from the Beehive Centre. next to St Ambrose Church in Stretford Rd and visiting St George Park.  The walks start at 10.30am on Tuesdays and are classed as  “Level 1″ walks suitable for those recovering from illness or injury and anyone who wishes to improve their fitness.

Crofts Ends Community Walking for Health Group meet every Thursday at 5.15pm at Crofts End church on Crofts End Rd for a 1 hour, “Level 2″ walk.

Stepping Out - Crofts End

The St George Strollers meet twice a month, on varying days of the week to walk up to 3 miles  in 90 minutes to 2 hours.  These are “Level 3″ walks and will start either in St George or involve a short bus or train journey.  This group celebrated their 100th walk in July 2015.

You can find out more about the Strollers, download their current leaflet of walks and see photos of past walks at

All the groups are  friendly and welcoming.

The Strollers and Crofts End groups are supported by Walk for Health Bristol.  All the groups are part of the national Walking for Health scheme.


Money granted to local projects – Wednesday 24th June, 2015

7 applications for funding were made from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  All were granted at the SGNP meeting of  24th June, 2015, one for a lesser amount than applied for, by a majority vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which consists of St George West and East councillors.

The following amounts were granted, some subject to certain conditions:

a) 74th Bristol (St Aidans Church) Rainbows

£500 for initial resources to start a Rainbows group.

b) Angel Patch

£915 for resources for events, part payment for an outing and room hire for a newly started group:

c) Crofts End Church

£387 for the community aspects of a street party/celebration of the 120th anniversary of Crofts End Church.  The original figure requested had been £900 but mindful of the fact that Wellbeing grant cannot be used for the advancement of political or religious causes, it was generally agreed that the Wellbeing fund should only fund those aspects of this event that could be regarded as supporting a community event.

d) Friends of Troopers Hill

£350 for a family oriented dog show and materials for a dog fouling audit

e) Meadow Vale Community Association

£760 to stage a dog show, summer fair, halloween party and Christmas fair

f) Nicholas Wanderers JFC

£716 to fund football sessions for children in reception and year 1

g) St George in Bloom

£228 to print 10,000 leaflets promoting St George in Bloom Open Day.

The Partnership was particularly please that 3 organisations who had never previously applied for Wellbeing funding had done so.  This brings the total of different organisations support by the Wellbeing fund since 2009 to 45.

The closing date for the next round of applications is: Monday 27th July, 2015.

The St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing sub-group are a group of volunteers who review the grant applications and make recommendations about them.  To find out more about what they do please visit .  New volunteers would be very welcome.

To make your own application for a grant visit

A green map for East Bristol

logo-bristol2015-2row-@2xThe Bristol Green Capital Neighbourhood Arts Project has funded a small team, to create a physical and online map of the green space in East Bristol, covering the St George and Greater Fishponds Neighbourhood Partnership areas.

This is part of a larger Neighbourhood Partnership project to improve access to green space. As well as the spaces themselves the map will feature of-road walking and cycling routes between them. You can read more about the project here:

Read more about the Green Map Project and the team creating it.

As a first stage the team are gathering information about our green spaces and would also like to get residents and visitors views so they can create a map reflecting the special things you associate with green spaces in this area.
Click here to let them have your thoughts about green spaces via a short survey


There will also be a chance to talk to the team at Redfest in St George Park on Saturday 1st August.

Workshop – Pollinating insects

An opportunity from St George in Bloom . . .

St George in Bloom has been asked to invite up to 16 local residents from St George or representatives from communities within the St George area to participate in a DEFRA funded workshop day on Pollinating insects.

The workshop will be held at Bristol East Allotments Association in their meeting room at Nicholas Lane, St George, Bristol BS5 8TY on Tuesday 4 August 2015 from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 pm. A facilitator will run the workshop.

In recognition of the important work you will be doing by participating, you will also be remunerated for your time (£100 per participant). Should participants choose to donate their fee to St George in Bloom or a local voluntary group of your choice your donation will be very welcome.

A light lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.

Please let St George in Bloom know by Tuesday 28th July if you, or a member of your group, would like to apply for a place on the workshop on August 4th.

Please note: If the number of applications exceeds the number of places that are available for the workshop, we will hold a ballot and select the first 16 names of applicants.

To ensure a fair allocation of places on this workshop, local community groups are asked not to nominate no more than one representative from their group.

Further information available here [.pdf].

Please contact Grenville Johnson (Chair of St George in Bloom) on 0117 949 6788 if you think you can help us, or contact the facilitator for the day if you would like to know more about what’s involved – 07808 399447.

The WI in St George

In this year of the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute we are lucky enough to have two WI groups in St George and two more not far away in Hanham and Kingsway.  By clicking on the map you will be able to find the meeting times and locations of all four groups.

The St George WI who meet in Summerhill Methodist Church have invested in a large, effective banner to advertise their presence.

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WI Red (Women’s Institute Redfield)  have an active presence on Facebook and say:

“WI.RED brings together a large group of local women who like to craft, chat and have fun learning and discussing new things.

Held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the St George Community Centre. Doors open at 7.45pm (for mingling) with the official start of the meeting at 8.15pm.

A 12 month programme of events has been drawn up, and each month information will be posted on this group page, and on our website for all members to see.

A yearly membership fee of £34.70 will be required for joining WI.RED, with the option of ‘Guest’ attendances at £3.50 available, for you to see if the group is for you. :))

Open to women of all ages, everyone is welcome!! “We are WI.RED Women!”

All WI groups are being celebrated in St George by this colourful planting in St George Park to celebrate their 100th birthday.

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Bus changes announced

First Group has announced a series of changes to some of their bus routes. Routes affected include 6, 7, 42, 43, 44, 45 and 48. The changes are due to take affect on Sunday 23 August.

Information on the changes is on the First website. Continue reading “Bus changes announced” »

Neighbourhood Forum – 11 August

forum-postit-110815The next St George Neighbourhood Forum will be held on 11 August at Summerhill Methodist Church.

Full information at

Free training for community events

Do you organise an outdoor event in your community or would you like to?

Free training is available as part of Bristol 2015 European Green Capital. The training helps Bristol residents put on well-run and sustainable events, and covers all aspects of planning an event.

More information at:


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Neighbourhood Officer Vacancy

Bristol City Council is seeking to recruit two full-time ‘Neighbourhood Officers’ to join the Council’s Neighbourhood Management Team.

Purpose of the role:
– Increase the impact of neighbourhood management for citizens and services within a neighbourhood area
– Improve community engagement within a neighbourhood area, enabling community information to sit at the heart of how services are shaped, and ensuring the fullest possible engagement with NPs and neighbourhood governance.
– Improve efficiency by bringing together key stakeholders and addressing priorities within neighbourhoods.
– Improve service delivery within the neighbourhood area by supporting NPs to hold local services to account and to influence local service delivery, prioritising the things that make the most difference to local residents.

Further information at:

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St Anne’s Footbridge Update

St Anne’s Footbridge linking Crews Hole to the shopping area in St Anne’s has been closed since the beginning of June for major repairs, it will remain closed until the end of August.

The engineer for the project has given us the following update:


The works are progressing very well. The Crew’s Hole Road ramp has been an opportunity to trial various methods in order to agree an effective and safe method of works which will be used for the more critical main span. The main steel members of the ramp are now being prepared for painting which, weather permitting, should take place this week, following which the new deck will be permanently fitted to the ramp.

The next phase of the works will entail the complete removal of the concrete deck from the main span. This will allow us to inspect the condition of the steelwork and decide how to proceed in terms of repair. We should be able to draft a more accurate programme once we have inspected the main steel.

While the bridge is closed pedestrians & cyclists can continue along the river path on either side of the river and cross at Netham.

See our original posting with information about the history of the bridge.