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Discover East Bristol with the Bristol Walking Festival

This year’s Bristol Walking Festival features over 150 walks.  You can find the full list of an amazing range of walks on www.bristolwalkfest.com

However as St George is very much in east Bristol and we think it is always good to find out what’s special on your very own doorstep, one of our volunteers has gone through ALL 150 walks and picked out those that are in east Bristol.

There is something for everyone including the very young.

This is your chance to find out more about where you live, enjoy some beautiful views and perhaps take up the challenge of checking whether we have missed any walks.  Let us know if we have.

So to start portraitimage.jpg__1140x0_q85_crop-scale_subsampling-2_upscalewith, what are we calling east Bristol?  You may remember our involvement in the great project that resulted in the wonderful Discover East Bristol website.  There is also a paper map version that you can pick up at St George Library, the Tourist Information Centre on the Harbourside and many St George and Greater Fishponds venues.

 

 

Here is the list of Festival walks we have put together.  All the walks are free, unless there is a notein italics giving a cost:

Thursday 4th May – 10.30am – Multifaith Trail 1 – visits a Greek Orthodox church, the Jewish Progressive Synagogue and the Baha’i Centre.  This is just off the western edge of the Discover East Bristol map but well worth doing.  Where to meet etc here.

29226865505_bb39520ca0_zWednesday 10th May – 12.30pm –  Stoke Park History Walk and Sculpture Trail Walk – the start point is the Hub, Lockleaze which a very short bus journey on the 24 bus from Old Market.  You will have the chance to see some beautiful wood carvings by Andy O’Neill.  This is right at the top of the map.  More details here.

Thursday 11th May – 10am – St George Storywalk – an ideal walk for early years children and their carers, starting from St George Library on Church Rd.  More information here.  The library and St George Park are important features on the Discover East Bristol map.

Thursday 11th May 10.30amMultifaith Trail 2 – visits the Coptic Church on Blacksward Rd (formerly St Leonards), a Sikh temple and Crofts End Church.  Start point is St Marina’s Coptic Orthodox Church on Blackswarth Rd.  More details here.

Tuesday 16th May – 6.30pm – Wild Plant Walk – Wild Food and Natural Dyes.  The charge for this walk in Eastville Park is £20.  Read more here.

2017_0425_113607Tuesday 16th May – 6.30pm – Troopers Hill and Conham Vale with the Bristol Ramblers, meeting at the Maypole Tavern  just off the map to the east but covering the iconic Troopers Hill whose chimney features prominently on the Discover East Bristol map.  The 45 bus will take you to your meeting point.  More details about the walk here.

Friday 19th May – 10am – Wander the Waterways – Starting near Temple Meads Railway Station this walk explores times past and discovers a wealth of wildlife along the waterways of St Philips, Brislington and Crews Hole.  Suitable for adults and older children.  Click here for more information.

Saturday 20th May – 10am – Yoga for Healthy WalkingSuggested donation £3.   The walk will finish at St George Park.  The meeting point will be revealed when you book.  Details here.

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Sunday 21st May – 10.30am – Avon Valley Walk – A 5-mile circular walk from Troopers Hill through St George and Brislington. Discover Avon Valley’s industrial past and its current importance as a wildlife habitat. Suitable for people of all ages. Lunch can either be a packed lunch or bought at Beese’s. Booking essential.  More information here.

 

 

Tuesday 23rd May – 3.30pm – Walk ping, talk ping, play ping.  Walk between Owen Square Park and St. George. Play ping pong, meet others, find out about opportunities to play near you. Everyone welcome. Under 16’s with an adult. Bats and balls provided.  Read more here.

water to windmillThursday 25th May – 10am – From Water to Windmill – A walk given by St George’s own Walking for Health group, the St George Strollers.  You will need a bus fare or bus pass.  More details here.

While their walks are not listed in the Bristol Walking Festival don’t forget there is a walk every Tuesday from the Beehive Centre on Stretford Rd, BS5 7AW (next to St Ambrose Church) at 10.30am.  These walks last 30 minutes, making use of the nearby St George Park and are very suitable for those recovering from illness or injury or wishing to improve their fitness.

A New Start

StGNP-logoAs reported here Neighbourhood Partnerships across Bristol are having to change as the Council reduces the funding available.

Members of St George NP have been meeting to discuss how we should respond, whether the Partnership should continue and if so in what form.

We believe that St George needs a group with the following priorities:

• To speak up for the whole of St George to ensure we get our share of any future funding;

• Give the area an identity and promote it as a wonderful place to live and work;

• Promote networking and exchange of information between community groups, Councillors, the Police & others;

• Continue to manage this website, our Facebook and Twitter feeds and to support community notice boards.

• Act as a community of community groups;

The current proposal is to form a new community led organisation that we hope will be able to achieve the above and build on the work of the existing partnership.

We envisage a group whose membership will be open to anyone who lives or works in St George or who has an interest in the area. There would be an elected committee and sub-groups to look at issues in more detail or to run specific projects.

The group would be independent of the Council but work collaboratively with Councillors and Council officers to bring about improvements in St George.

There would be open meetings for all members, committee meetings and sub-group/task group meetings. Public meetings could be arranged as necessary to discuss particular issues and/or promote proposed projects.

It was agreed at the St George NP meeting on 29th March that the new organisation could be called the St George Community Network but it would be up to the new group to decide on its name.

Members of the NP who have agreed to join an interim committee or transition group will meet again over the next few weeks and there will be a public meeting to discuss our proposals on the date originally booked for a Neighbourhood Forum on 17th May, 7.30pm at St George Library.

There are more details of our proposals in minutes of the NP meeting held on 29th March and the notes of the workshops held on 8th & 16th February which can be seen via the links below.

St George Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting – 29th March 2017

Notes of workshop on 16th February 2017

Notes of workshop on 8th February 2017

If you have any comments on our proposals or would like to get involved with the new St George Community Partnership, please contact us.

This is an update of the post first published on 21st February 2017

St George in Bloom competition for 2017 is now launched!

St George in BloomThe St. George in Bloom competition for 2017 is now open for applications until the closing date of Monday 24th July 2017 at 5pm.

Please pass this information to your family, friends and colleagues.

This free competition is open to all residents, streets, businesses, schools, faith and community groups within the ward boundary of St George.

Our competition aims to encourage our local residents and communities to take a pride in St George, making it attractive with flowers, landscaping or an environmental project. It is organised by the St George in Bloom committee.

P1060546[2]This year we are keen to receive more applications from local streets, shops, pubs and businesses, local schools, children and young people.

The only rule is that all entries must be visible to the general public.

Displays should focus on making the house, street, school, pub or shop / commercial premises look more attractive.

To enter please download and complete an entry form from www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk and tick the relevant box in relation to the category you wish to enter.

Please also remember to add your contact details at the foot of the entry form. You can email the completed form to:-
victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk
or post to:-
St George in Bloom, 28 Kensington Road, St George, Bristol. BS5 7NB.

  • Entries should arrive no later than 5pm on Monday 24th July 2017.
  • Any entries received after the deadline, will not be entered into the competition.
  • All categories will be judged later in July 2017.
  • Judges will leave their calling cards after judging has taken place, and the judge’s decision will be final.

Judges will be looking for: Impact, variety and the use of a range of plants, colour combinations, originality and design, condition, care and sustainability.

Presentation of awards – Winners and runners up will be invited to an awards evening during October 2017. The date will be announced later.