Monthly Archives: May 2017

A New Start

Poster210617Members of St George NP have been meeting to discuss how we should respond to the changes to Neighbourhood Partnerships across Bristol as the Council reduces the funding available due to Government cuts – should the Partnership should continue and if so in what form?

Here are our proposals discussed at our public meeting on 21st June:

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 to be called The St George Community Network.

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.


Update 28th May:

Following on from the meeting on 3rd May, Rob, Tamsin, Nigel & Susan met on on 17th May to discuss the arrangements for the public meeting to be held on 21st June 7.30pm at St George Library.

It was agreed there will be an introductory presentation by Rob & Tamsin, followed by a networking / mingle session to ask for people’s views on what they like about St George and what the new group should campaign for. Nigel will then close the meeting and summarise the outcome of the consultation.

There will be an opportunity for community groups to have displays in the library at the meeting, if you are interested please email Rob, Nigel or Tamsin via network@stgeorgecommunity.org.uk .

Also as agreed at the meeting on 3rd May, Nigel has produced a draft Terms of Reference for the new St George Community Network. It is intended that this would be adopted at the meeting to formally inaugurate the group on Wed 5th July, when the committee would also be elected.

In order to collect email addresses for those interested in being part of the new organisation and to send them information a mailing list has been set up – please sign up at here Future information about the meeting and the new group will be sent out through the mailing list.


Minutes and notes relating to the new structure:

Building strong communities where we live – BCC paper May 17

Constitution of the St George Community Association

Meeting of Transition Group / Interim Committee – 3rd May 2017

St George Neighbourhood Partnership Meeting – 29th March 2017

Notes of workshop on 16th February 2017

Notes of workshop on 8th February 2017

Earlier report on the future of Neighbourhood Partnerships

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

Updated 28th May 2017 – post first published on 21st February 2017

Candidates standing in the General Election

articleSt George is in the ‘Bristol East’ Constituency in the election, which will take place on Thursday 8 June.

Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm on polling day. There is no closure for lunch.

The candidates standing for Bristol East are:

  • Theo Clarke – The Conservative Party Candidate
  • Lorraine Antoinette Francis – The Green Party
  • Chris Lucas – Liberal Democrats
  • Kerry Gillian McCarthy – Labour Party

Residents who are unsure whether or not they are registered can call Electoral Services on 0117 922 3400. Anyone who is registered can expect to receive their polling card in the post soon.

The formal Statement of Persons Nominated can be found online at www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/voting-elections/uk-parliamentary-election-general-election.

Polling stations

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Polling cards contain information a citizen needs to be able to vote on 8 June. It will have the date and time of the election and the polling station they will need to visit. Voters are reminded to check their polling cards carefully as their polling station this year may differ from the one they visited to vote in the recent Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority election.

Green up your street

St George in Bloom wish to encourage local residents in St George to come together to ‘Green up their streets’ with colourful floral displays and your street could receive £100 to help make it happen.

18320481_1294311387319004_7151914219674970921_oStreets that are colourful, tidy, and free from weeds and litter help to raise everyone’s spirits and show that we care for the area where we live.

St George in Bloom will award £100 to the first five streets from St. George who apply for the street category in the St. George in Bloom competition in 2017.

The rules are simple-

  • For the street entries a whole street or group of a minimum of five residents in a street can apply.
  • All street entries must be located within the ward boundaries for St George.
  • The floral displays must be visible to the public within the street.

To apply download an application form from the St George in Bloom website.

St George in BloomThe first five street category entries received this year will receive £100 from St. George in Bloom. (Please note:- The £100 award will not be given to each household from the same street. Receipts for plants etc must be submitted from the street to St. George in Bloom when the enhancement project is completed)

The street or group of residents will have their floral exhibits judged by the St George in Bloom judges some time during July and will be invited to attend the St George in Bloom awards ceremony in October (date to be announced.)

Other categories in this year’s St George in Bloom competition are:

    Large front garden;
    Small front garden;
    House frontage leading directly onto the pavement;
    House frontage only – hanging basket, window box or containers;
    Best Wildlife Friendly Garden;
    Best business or commercial premises including Best ‘Blooming’ Pub;
    Best forgotten Corner or community open space that was previously neglected;
    Best Children’s Display or School entry;
    Best Allotment Space (individual) Please state plot number.

The closing date for all entries is 5pm on Monday 24th July 2017.

For more information see www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk