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Christmas starts in St George

A chance to enjoy all things Christmassy in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area.  Let us know about any events we’ve missed.

Saturday 29th November from 10am-5pm, fun along Church Rd for all the family.  See the poster for more details

church rd xmas

The Toy Hunt starts at 2pm near Whites Launderette – where Santa’s elves will address you and explain what’s happened, and how you can help. (complete the hunt and you could win a real Christmas Tree in our Prize Draw).

TIMINGS are on the poster above but here are some more details: –

1pm – Elves and Reindeers & Music (outside Whites and around the street)
2pm – Toy Hunt starts (but you can join in anytime – get a form from Bethesda Church, an Elf or a Reindeer)
3pm – Reindeer walkabout
4pm – Reindeer to gather the procession and lead it to the Park. (From outside Whites Launderette)
4.15 – 4.30 ish – Elves receive the toys at St George Park and do the draw for the prize!

Father Christmas at the Stripy Owl is now fully booked but you could still meet Father Christmas by accepting this invitation

Speedwell Nursery Xmas fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Tree lighting up on Saturday 30th November thanks to the hard-working Church Rd Action Group.  This is a really friendly occasion.  It’s good for bumping into old friends and making new ones.  Another chance to meet Father Christmas!

Christmas tree 2014

 

The St George Strollers continue to explore the local area.  Something to take you out into the fresh air and make you feel good.

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From Friends of Troopers Hill, a chance to look back on 2014 and take a little preventive action against the effects of Christmas calories.

Work Party and film 2014

 

Something for lone parents and their children (taken from The Week In local free newspaper).

Xmas lone parents

Bambini Hub provide fun activities for all the family at the St George Community Centre on Church Rd, St George, BS5 8AA.

More family fun on Sunday 7th December with Bambini Hub

Bambini hub Xmas party

Seasonal musical favourites and more from the Bristol East and Kingswood Band on Tuesday 9th December.  Ticket prices on

www.staidansbristol.co.uk/arts-at-st-aidans/

Xmas concert 2014

Just over the St George Neighbourhood Partnership border, in Crofts End Rd, on Saturday 13th December, have fun at Croft End Church’s Christmas Fair.

Xmas fair 2014

You Said – We Did – November 2014

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 11th November, 2014, 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) Stacy Yelland – Green Capital update

Stacy works for Up Our Street which runs Neighbourhood Forums in Easton and Lawrence Hill.  She started by describing two organisations involved in the Bristol Green Capital initiative.  Bristol 2015 as a company set up to raise money and put on events during 2015.  The Bristol Green Capital Partnership has existed for many years and is a partnership of businesses, universities and other organisations interested in the city of Bristol.

Small grants and strategic grants are available.  Examples were given of projects carried out in Easton and Lawrence that included a project where children made sculptures out of litter, bike lessons were provided so families could cycle together, energy advisors were trained, beehives set up and plants grown.

A project promoted on Twitter as #tidyBS5 is not,  in fact, a project involving St George but is solely for resident of the Lawrence Hill and Easton area.

ii) Fiona Russell and Viv Brinsdon– Meadow Vale Community
Centre Plans

Fiona is Chair of Meadow Vale Community Association.  Viv is a member of Meadow Vale Community Association.

A 3 dimensional model of the proposals for Meadow Vale community centre was brought to the meeting for comment.  The process of making a planning application has started and Lottery funding will be sought.  The layout showed the adjacent nursery park having a wild flower area, permanent outdoor table tennis table, exercise machines, ramps for scooters and bicycles and a multi-use games area.  The proposals for the new building include showers and changing rooms and a large hall with a room high enough for games such as badminton.  Some of the existing park area would be taken up by the new building.

iii) Lynn Davis and Andrew Yelland – New Crofts End Church & Community Hub Project

Crofts End Church is on the boundary of 3 neighbourhood partnership areas. In recent years 260 houses have been built within the vicinity of the church and no additional infrastructure has been provided. There are structural issues with 50% of the current church building rendering it unfit for purpose.

Crofts End Church runs George’s Coffee House 3 days a week, provides internet access for those who wish to job search and create CVs and has a long record of organising community events.

A community survey was carried out last year and a planning application submitted and approved to demolish the defective church building and rebuild providing a church, conference facilities, office space and a community cafe. The original mission hall can then be released to provide full-time community provision. The estimated cost is £1.15 million with £475,000 coming from the church. The intention is to carry out the work in 2016, opening in 2017.

A video walkthrough of how the new church will look can be seen on www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9QJqeribNI

Updates about the project will be posted on www.facebook.com/cecbuilding

iv) Denise James – Well Aware Health & Wellbeing

Denise James works for Well Aware which is funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group.  Well Aware is based at the Vassall Centre at Fishponds.

The organisation provides the following services

  1. a signposting service to organisation promoting health and wellbeing.  There are over 5,000 organisations on Well Aware’s database which anyone can access via www.wellaware.org.uk searching by location or service.  Organisation range from Walking for Health groups to counselling services.
  2. an advocacy service with the NHS, for example, if someone wants support making a complaint.
  3. Healthwatch – a means of giving feedback on good and bad experiences with health and social care services
  4. Provide complaint procedure support for families having problems with adult care and children’s social care.
  5. Provide support for those who want support via a drugs and alcohol advocacy service.

Denise had numerous helpful leaflets with her to hand out.

v) Janet Bremner – Libraries for the Future

Janet Bremner is service development manager of libraries at Bristol City Council.

Bristol City Council aim to save £1.1 million but not necessarily from the library budget. There are current 28 libraries in Bristol, some are old an some would not be easy to update.  15% of people living in Bristol use libraries at least once a year.

A consultation on libraries for the future will run until 2nd February, 2015.  A report will be prepared for the Council Cabinet for 3rd March, 2015.  Consultation on specific proposal will run between March and May 2015.

As part of the consultation a meeting will be held at St George Library on Thursday 27th November from noon-2pm.

More about the consultation can be seen here.

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

You Said – We Did – August – November 2014

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 – August – November 2014

Issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 11th November will be added here soon.

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 www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/funded/

The police were represented by Sgt Darren Warr and PC Pete Crawford..  Their update included:

  •  Anti-social behaviour reports over Hallowe’en were very low.  Police were pleased with the level of good behaviour.
  • There were also very few calls about fireworks.  One fireworks incident was attended at the carpark in the Kingsway.
  • If you are interesting in setting up your own Neighbourhood Watch group please contact Pete or Darren, either by phoning 101 or using the form on www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/your-area/st-george-south-east
  • The local neighbourhood team continue to focus on drugs.  There was a fire at a cannabis factory in Sherbourne St last month.  An arrest has been made.
  • 3 arrests have been made for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
  • The contents on 2 cannabis factories have been seized.  Both cases will be going to crown court soon.
  • Please ring 101 if you think you know the location of a cannabis factory.  A helicopter using heat source imaging equipment can quickly check any suspicions.
  • They were pleased to announce a Community Speedwatch team of 5 local volunteers were being given the equipment that evening to start monitoring 3 locations in Crews Hole, Troopers Hill Rd and Nags Head Hill.  All 3 locations have been risk assessed and allthe volunteers have received training.  Please contact the webteam if you would like to join that group of volunteers or start a Community Speedwatch team in another part of St George.

Questions were asked about the roll out of the 20mph speed limit and the enforcement of that limit.  Once the speed limit signs are in place and the Road Traffic Orders in place, enforcement will be carried out.

An appeal was made for volunteers from Susan Acton-Campbell, St George Neighbourhood Partnership volunteer, to:

  • help put up posters about Forums and issues of community interest on at least 3 community noticeboards.  A full list of noticeboards and where they are can be found on the Contacts page.
  •  provide local knowledge and common sense to help assess grant applications made to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing fund.  There are currently 3 vacancies in the Wellbeing sub-group.  More about the sub-group, who they are and what they do on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/subgroups/wellbeing
  • take turns at summarising what happens at Forum meetings.  This report that you are reading is currently written by Susan 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 5 existing volunteers mentioned in the police report above.

Susan can be contacted via webteam@stgeorgenp.org.uk

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 10th February, 2015 at Summerhill Methodist Church.  All future Forum meetings for 2015 will be 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, coordinator@stgeorgenp.org.uk, telephone 0117 903 6409.   First will be invited to attend the next meeting to talk about local bus services.

 

Fun activities during school holidays

There are lots of local activities for the school holidays this week …

On Tuesday 28th October come to St George Park to build a bug hotel.

bughotel

More outdoor activities on  Tuesday 28th and Thursday, 30th October at Netham Park.

On Friday 31st October, it’s time for a Halloween Party at Meadow Vale Community Centre.

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Lantern-making, pumpkin-carving, storytelling and much more.  Come to St George Park on Saturday 1st November  for the Illuminate Event.

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Bambini Hub are holding their regular 1st Sunday of the month “Sunday Funday” activities at St George Community Centre on Sunday 2nd November.  This time it’s the Monster Mash, mash up! Halloween Party.

Bambini Hub’s website is well worth a visit if you want to find out about more, local, children’s activities.  Their events calendar on the right hand side of their main web page lists many other groups’ events.

Traffic Schemes Update October 2014

Here are the latest updates from Bristol City Council on the various traffic schemes planned for St George.


Update 27th November:
We understand that the work to the speed tables on Crews Hole Road is now not likely to take place until Spring 2015.


Crews Hole Road Speed Tables 
When reported previously the work to install speed tables (wide speed humps) was due to be completed by the end of the summer.  

CH TROplanOur latest information is that a work invitation has been sent to the most competitive contractor, ETM.   Members of Bristol City Council’s Highways team will be visiting the site with the construction manager of ETM within the next two weeks to discuss construction methods and other matters.  Subject to the acceptance of the work invitation, it is hoped that the works will commence towards the end of November 2014 but this will be subject to their available resources.

The last update said Crews Hole Road will need to be closed for three or four days while the humps are constructed, we (the web team) will post an update when more information is available.

Drawing showing current proposals

Beaufort Road Experimental One-Way Scheme
This is now planned to be implemented in Spring 2015 after the completion of the speed tables in Crews Hole Rd. There is insufficient “before traffic data” available so Highways are arranging for the installation of radars at various locations in the area hopefully before the end of 2014.  This is to ensure that there are adequate records of traffic flows before the scheme is implemented so that the impacts of the scheme can be properly measured.

Notices about the scheme will be put in place four weeks before work starts.

Drawing showing the current proposals

Troopers Hill Road Traffic Calming
This scheme is being funded by a grant form the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. As for Beaufort Rd traffic data has to be collected before progress can be made.

20mph Zone
The formal consultation for St George continues until Friday 24th October.  More information on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/20mph-formal-consultation.

Plummers Hill Traffic Calming
Money was allocated to this scheme at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting in March. Speed checks and traffic counts will now be carried out and accident data reviewed prior to design work.

 

Money Granted to Local Projects – 30/9/2014

6 applications for funding were made from the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  5 of these were granted at the SGNP meeting of  30th September, 2014 by a majority vote of the Neighbourhood Committee, which consists of St George West and East councillors.

The following amounts granted, some subject to certain conditions:

a) Friends of Dundridge Park – Dundridge Park Deer Path

£635.95 to repair the Deer Path linking the lower part of Conham Vale and Dundridge Park, plus tools and a first aid kit for work parties and stationery supplies including a laminator to promote the activities of this newly formed community group.

deerpath sign

 

b) Meadow Vale Community Association – Community Events and Planning for our future

£713.25 for a children’s Hallowe’en party for 5-12 years and their carers, a Christmas Fair aimed at all ages, a fish and chip suppler for 10 housebound elderly residents, including transport from Bristol Community Transport and a pre-planning application fee relating to the proposed redevelopment of Meadow Vale Community Centre.

c) St George Pre-School

£5,202 for all weather matting to increase the opportunity for play in bad weather and prevent mud being brought in to the pre-school building.

d)  Wesley Chairs for Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

£1,000 for 60 chairs for use in halls and rooms used for community activities.

e) Silver Cyclists from Life Cycle

£1,000 for 10 accessible group bike rides in the St George area for those aged over 55.  The funding will cover the fees of an accredited cycling instructor.

An application for funding from Linkage in partnership with the Bristol and Anchor Almshouse Charity was rejected because the aims of the project were not seen as sustainable and an ineligible item had been included in the application.  Future applications from Linkage would be welcomed and support was offered to help with those applications.

To find out more about how your group can apply for funding visit www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/

Please note there is an extra £10,000 available as Green Capital Funding for this current funding round.

The closing date for the next round of applications is:

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A third new Community noticeboard

Thanks to St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing funding the last of three planned, new, community noticeboards has now been installed on Two Mile Hill Rd, close to the shops on the corner of the Kingsway.

Two mile hill noticeboard

Our Neighbourhood Co-ordinator is talking with local shopkeepers to arrange points of contact for YOUR posters to be displayed.  Only notices for local community services and events will be displayed.

One of the reasons a community noticeboard is particularly needed here is very few local people realise they live in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area and can access support to improve the neighbourhood via the Partnership.    This is the poster included in the first display to help publicise the support available.

There is also a poster summarising what happened at the last Forum meeting and a “Welcome to the new Two Mile Hill noticeboard” poster.  The other 3 posters all advertise current local community activities.

A full list of noticeboards in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, with contact details, can be seen here.

New Community Noticeboards

Thanks to St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing funding two new community noticeboards are now in Church Rd outside Aldi and Maldowers Lane, outside the shops close to the junction with Meadow Vale.

New noticeboard - aldi church rd

Maldowers Lane noticeboard

Our Neighbourhood Co-ordinator is talking with local shopkeepers to arrange points of contact for YOUR posters to be displayed.  Only notices for local community services and events will be displayed.

To start things off both sets of noticeboards have a full display of local activities and information of local interest.

A full list of noticeboards in the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, with contact details, can be seen here.

What is the best use of £10,000 of Green Capital funding in St George?

At the Forum on Tuesday 12th August 2014, there was a simple display about Bristol Green Capital 2015 funding, asking for ideas on how to use it.

green capital display

You can see the detail of the display and the suggestions that people made here.

Do you have other ideas?  Please email your ideas to Abdulrazak Dahir, St George’s Neighbourhood Co-ordinator via coordinator@stgeorgenp.org.uk or call him on  0117 903 6409.

Map of green spaces

You Said – We Did – August 2014

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 First Group were invited to talk about bus services.  Details of their question and answer session can be read here.

There was a strong interest in seeing First Group representatives again.  Diaries will be checked to see if this can be arranged for the meeting in 6 months time.  There was also a strong interest in a Kingsway bus service.  The next meeting may include an opportunity for people to register that they are  interested in new or extended bus services in the area so a group can be started to take this further.  An example of what can be achieved is reported here.

£10,000 of Green Capital funding has been made available to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.  Ideas were asked for on how that would best be spent in St George.  More details of the funding and the ideas are here.

Here is what was done about neighbourhood issues raised in May.

You Said – We Did – May – August 2014

A number of issues have had to be carried forward into the next period for a second time.  This has been due to the restructuring still being carried out at Bristol City Council.  A number of staff have left or been given other roles.  Apologies were given at the meeting and it was hoped that residents of St George would make allowances for the delays during this period.

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 – May – August 2014

Here is the list of issues raised at the forum meeting of Tuesday 12th August

YOU Said – August 2014

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 circulated.  These can be seen on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/grants/funded/

The police were represented by Inspector Jason Shears and PC Louise Dembicki.  Jason’s briefing included

  •  Reports of groups of people hanging around Conham River Park have been investigated.  No further reports have been made.  The action has been closed.
  • Parking issues at Air Balloon School and Two Mile Hill school are being addressed with walk to school initiatives, engaging with parents and schools.  Enforcement is being avoided but will be done if no progress is made.  Jason will be meeting with school governors in September.
  • Issues with parking on Bryants Hill are improving.  There have been meetings with local residents and businesses and links established with the tow away services at Bristol City Council.
  • There has been an arrest for anti-social behaviour in St George Park and patrols on foot and bicycle continue.  Good weather is a time of more problems but this is recognised so there is more concentration on the area by police during these times.
  • Emphasis was laid on the fact that a recent burglary increase during the daytime is not a cause for major concern but an opportunity to remind everyone during this warm weather of the need to avoid leaving valuables such as Ipads and phones in easy reach of open windows and doors.  These are the type of items that have been quickly snatched and then the offender has made off.  Remember to shut doors and windows and put valuables out of sight.
  • The Glebe Rd arson attack on cars continues to be investigated  Arson was also carried out on aerial masts on Dundry Hill.  An arrest has been made connected to that offence.  No charges have been made as yet.

Questions asked:

Are police are checking fishing permits in St George Park?  Yes, they are and some regular fishermen are asking to see other people’s permits.  The perception is that there is a reduction of people fishing without permits.

Is it legal for groups of people to stand in the street drinking? This is not an offence unless the area is defined as a no drinking area.  In the session after the briefing details were given to police where there was an issue.

What was the incident in Lypiatt Rd involving the bomb squad?  No details of this were known by the officers present.  After the briefing details were taken of the time and date.  Jason will provide an answer to the enquirer.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 11th November, 2014 at Summerhill Methodist Church.  All future Forum meetings for 2014-2015 will be 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, coordinator@stgeorgenp.org.uk, telephone 0117 903 6409.  Certainly the attendance of First at this meeting aroused a lot of interest.


Details of all St George Neighbourhood Partnership meetings are on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings/

Graffiti gone from riverside wall

YOU can make graffiti go away in YOUR neighbourhood.  You can report graffiti online via www.bristol.gov.uk/graffiti or make a phonecall to 0117 922 2100. REMEMBER – do make a note of the call reference from the person you speak to … Continue reading