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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. 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
dawn chorus FOSGP


Then fortify yourself at with a breakfast at one of the many local cafes and


Stay on in the park 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.


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, 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 and reported on the Avon and Somerset police website.  An article and photo from the Bristol Post is here.

Local residents can still support Speedwatch without taking to the streets.  They can volunteer to mail out letters after Speedwatch sessions and maintain spreadsheets capturing the details that have been recorded at the roadside.  More details here.


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

rhs pic

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.


St George Community Fair – Saturday 7th March, 2015

Join us at the St George Community Fair.  It’s a great way to learn more about your neighbourhood and what it offers.

You may be surprised to find out how big your “Neighbourhood” is – from Pile Marsh to Magpie Bottom and Speedwell to Crews Hole.  Drop by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership stand to find out more.

You will be able to find out about local history, activities for all ages and much more.  There will be tasty food to buy and friendly people to meet.

You can download a free programme from here.

Publicity for this event has been funded by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing Fund.

St George Community Fair

You Said – We Did – February 2015

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 10th February, 2015, 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) Luci Gorell Barnes and Nimo Mohamed– Mothers Mapping Group

Using funding from St George West Community First artist Luci Gorell Barnes and Nimo Mohamed worked with mothers whose children attend Speedwell Nursery.  Over a period of six weeks they worked together, at Meadow Vale Community Centre, to create a sewn artwork representing places and people that are important to them.  The artwork also includes ambitions for the future.  Two of the roads featured are Speedwell Rd and Meadow Vale but London is also represented for a friend who move there.  The children’s play area off Whitefield Rd is a particularly favourite mapwhere one of the children featured takes special care of the space picking up litter.  A really inspiring project.






ii) Crime and Local Policing Update – Sgt Darren Warr of the Local Neighbourhood Beat Team

Darren reported on local crime statistics giving year on year comparisons.  Theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles have both reduced.  Burglary and criminal damage has increased but not significantly.

The team have been working with the Bristol Brunel Academy and the Metropolitan Acadamy supporting Safer Internet Day.

120 officers are to be recruited to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Work has been done with trading standards to address the unlicensed selling of alcohol  and illegal tobacco.

PCSO Geoff Siddorn is leaving the beat team to go to Bath.  Darren introduced two new PCSOs, Han and Emily.

Darren is now delivering speed gun training to police officers.  This training will be delivered in the St George area which will have the side benefit of local traffic having their speed monitored.

Current crime issues include cars being “keyed” (scratched with keys)  in the Kingswood and Speedwell area.  If anyone has any information please could  they contact the police on 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

There have recently been a number of reports of off road motorbikes on Dundridge Lane.  Again, please could any information be passed on to police.

111) Drug and Alcohol recovering opportunities in the community – Nick Booth and Alex

Nick Booth is a Community Co-ordinator for ROADS (Recovery Oriented Drugs and Alcohol Service)/DHI (Developing Health and Independence).  Alex is a volunteer with the service.

The main aim of the service is to help drug users and their families.

Alex gave a moving account of his path into drug use and later recovery.  A big part of the message is that drug use can affect the most caring and well off families, it is not restricted to a single section of society.  Alex now offers peer support within the ROADS/DHI service.

The organisation offers a careers programme and would love to hear from businesses who can offer opportunities.

iv) Green Capital Neighbourhood Arts Project – Emma Williams and Marietta Kirkbride – Bristol 2015

£10,000 is a available for green arts projects in St George.  An arts project focussing on litter is taking off in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill.  What are your ideas for St George?

Go to to register your ideas on on online form.  You can also email or call 0117 379 0115 and speak to Emma or Marietta.

Details of the St George part of the programme are here.

Consultation closes Sunday 29th March 2015.

 v) Bristol Futures Academy – Asher Craig – BFA Project Consultant

The Bristol Futures Academy will offer places for the equivalent of 100 full time pupils aged 14-16.  These pupils will gain places by being referred by local authorities or schools and will have issues ranging from autism to behavioural problems.  The aim is to provide an individually tailored education, provided by highly qualified staff, targeting qualifications and skills.  The Academy will work with other education and training providers.

The proposed site for the school will be announced in the next few weeks.

There will be an Open Evening on Monday 23rd February between 7-8pm at Rose Green Centre, 65 Gordon Road, Whitehall, Bristol, BS5 7DR

Currently the Bristol Futures Academy is going through a statutory consultation period that ends on Tuesday 3rd March.

vi) The Neighbourhood Partnership Plan – Rob Acton-Campbell

The St George Neighbourhood Partnership plan will govern the future priorities for the Neighbourhood Partnership.  The themes set in that plan have been fed from issues raised at Neighbourhood Partnership Forums and meetings.  The plan will change as needs change.

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

You Said – We Did – November – February 2015

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 – November – February 2015

Local resident Dom Williams would like to carry out an art projects on a blank wall facing Hudds Vale green space and was asking people’s opinions.

Issues raised at this meeting included:

– drugs in a telephone box in Avalon Rd
– motorbikes in Dundridge Park
– criminal damage to cars in Speedwell
– parking at Summerhill School
– dog mess
– overgrown shrubs on Crews Hole Rd screening speed limit signs.

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

Papers for the meeting included  appeal for volunteers to:

  •  provide local knowledge and common sense to help assess grant applications made to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership Wellbeing fund.  There are currently 4 vacancies in the Wellbeing sub-group.  More about the sub-group, who they are and what they do on
  • take turns at summarising what happens at Forum meetings.  This report that you are reading is currently written by volunteer Susan Acton-Campbell 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 4 existing volunteers.

Email the if you can help.

You are invited to the next Forum meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 12th May, 2015 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,, telephone 0117 903 6409.   First will be invited to attend the next meeting to talk about local bus services.

St George is Buzzing

We first told you about Get Bristol Buzzing (#getbristolbuzzing for Twitter fans) in our article “Get St George Buzzing”.  On Monday, 9th February, members of St George community groups took part in the Greater Bristol Pollinators Summit.  This was attended by representatives of national and Bristol-based organisations.

The day started with scene-setting.  Pollinators (bees and other insects that pollinate plants) provide a high proportion of the food we eat.  The value of what they do runs into millions.  Government has recognised that pollinators need protection and support.  Bristol has its own draft Greater Bristol Pollinator Strategy.

YOU can comment on this strategy until 5pm on Monday 16th February as an individual or as a representative of an organisation.  You will be asked whether you would be interested in joining the Bristol Pollinator Forum.

The delegates at yesterday’s meeting mapped the actions they were already carrying out and had planned and then some took a break for a photo opportunity in front of the recently created bee painting in front of At Bristol.

The afternoon then went on to presentations about initiatives, meeting other organisations and deciding to take the Bristol Pollinator Forum forward.

The representatives present from St George were:

Grenville Johnson of St George in Bloom
Fernley Jane of Bristol East Allotments Association
Denise James of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, representing, as Secretary, RHS South West in Bloom
Susan Acton-Campbell of Friends of Troopers Hill

With a combination of initiatives to create new food sources and habitats for pollinators and protecting existing great sites, St George will be buzzing into the future.

Couldn’t tell an Andrena from a Nomada?  Have a look at this list of 71 bees recorded on Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve, most with links to photos.






Crash barrier repairs

Local residents in the Pile Marsh area will be very familiar with this sight on Fireclay Rd.

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This collapsed crash barrier was reported to Bristol City Council 5 months ago.  Problems with crash barriers have also been found on Whitchurch Lane in Hartcliffe, Callington Rd in Brislington and St Phillips Causeway.  Reports have been produced for some sites and others are being prepared.

In the case of Fireclay Rd road conditions have changed since the installation of this crash barrier.  A length of the crash barrier can be removed and a shorter, renovated section left in place.  When all the reports have been received Bristol City Council Highways team will put the work out for tender and it is hoped that work will be carried out during May to June although no guarantees have been made that this will be the case.

Although the collapsed section of barrier on Fireclay Rd is unsightly it does not present a risk and a wide section of the pavement is still accessible.  By repairing all the problems crash barrier under one contract the overall cost will be much less than dealing with each problem section of crash barrier on an individual basis.













Green Capital grants for St George

In 2014 £10,000 was allocated to the St George Neighbourhood to allocate to local projects.  This was advertised with the decisions being made at the St George Neighbourhood Partnership meeting on 17th December, 2014.

It had been agreed by the Neighbourhood Partnership at their September meeting that any unallocated Green Capital funding would be used for a Green Mapping project which would not only promote access to St George’s green spaces but also if, funding permitted, include improvements to their accessibility.

The applications were reviewed by the Wellbeing sub-group prior to the meeting and their recommendations included in the notes of the meeting.  The total of funding requested in applications came to more than double the amount available.

A further £10,000 was allocated to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership after the meeting of the Wellbeing sub-group but before the meeting of the Neighbourhood Partnership.

The following grants were agreed by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership on 17th December, 2014:

a) £2,871 for Friends of St George Park to to commission a management plan (£1,746) to be written for St GeorgePark and funding for associated consultation and work to meet the recommendations of the management plan.

b) £2,023 to fund 13 walks across St George, some with specialist leaders and to fund a craft or similar family activity in Dundridge Park.  Friends of Troopers Hill, Friends of St George Park and Friends of Dundridge Park will be participating in providing the walks and sourcing experts where necessary.

c)  £2,100 for the Soil Association to pay for marquee hire (£1,200) and volunteer support and training as part of the Big Picnic aimed at involving Summerhill Infants, Summerhill Academy, Two Mile Hill Primary and Air Balloon Hill Primary schools in growing projects. There will be workshops and demonstration station to engage pupils in growing and cooking.

d) £900 for the Redfest orgaisation for solar power and production for a stage and tents at next year’s Redfest which will have a theme of “Redfest Goes Green” aimed at increasing knowledge of the environment, people’s impact on it and encouraging recycling

e) £1,535 to the Haven organisation pay for gardening and woodworking equipment, web space and an open day event. The Haven is a 1.3 acre site providing a communal garden and relaxation spaces open to adults with issues surrounding mental health and/or alcohol and substance misuse.

f) £500 for the architect’s fee to include a vertical garden in the design to convert an industrial building into community-owned, affordable housing in Battens Lane.

This left £838.50 to be spent on the Green Mapping project from the first £10,000 of Green Capital Funding.

Two applications were rejected but it was agreed that the applicants be invited to re-apply for the additional Green Capital funding by 12th January 2015 with the decision to be made at the Neighbourhood Partnership meeting of 25th March 2015.

The two applications were from:

a) Summerhill Infants School for £5,000 to redesign the school’s allotment area (£4,500) which is currently contaminated with glass and to supply seeds, tools, etc.

b) Protect a Pup for £4,868,88 to provide low cost/free dog
neutering or spaying (£3,500) and set up information stalls and distribute leaflets and dog waste bags to encourage responsible dog ownership.