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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 Blackswarth 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.

Celebrity event to raise funds for Meadow Vale Community Centre

Readers of this website will have seen earlier reports on the hard work being done to achieve the redevelopment of Meadow Vale Community Centre in Speedwell.  Our last report in December reported on the successful planning application.

The Rotary Club of Bristol is currently celebrating its centenary year and has selected Meadow Vale Community Centre as a project to support as part of its centenary celebrations.  They have arranged this celebrity event as a fundraiser.

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Follow Meadow Vale Community Association on Facebook for the latest news.

 

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Clean Streets (and green spaces) in St George

Lots of ways to join in the Great Bristol Spring Clean this weekend to clean up your area and maybe carry on doing so.  This is part of Bristol’s “Clean Streets” campaign.

There’s still time to register your own event with the Great Bristol Spring Clean but below are some local opportunities in St George that would welcome your support.

Doing a litter pick does not have to be anything formal – there are many wonderful people around St George who just pick up litter when they see it.  We would be wading through litter without them.  If you notice the Avon View Cemetery  and the car park in Blackswarth Rd looking a bit smarter on Friday this will be because some local residents have done an informal litter pick.  It can be a great way to socialise and very rewarding to see a speedy difference to your surroundings.

On Saturday 4th March:

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St George in Bloom invites you to join them at 10am on Marling Road, junction with Bell Hill Road, St George, BS5  near the telephone box, and opposite the petrol station on Bell Hill Road.  They say,”Gloves are not supplied, but all other equipment will be provided. Please bring your own strong gloves, and please wear suitable clothing and footwear. We will also need a few sweeping brushes, so please bring them with you on the day.”

Residents in Victoria Parade (just off Church Rd, near St George’s Hall pub) will be meeting at 10am for a street clean up.  Helpers welcomed.

Friends of Troopers Hill have their usual first Saturday of the month conservation work party.  They always have litter pickers and bags with them so if you would prefer litter picking to cutting back scrub to protect this very special habitat of acid grassland and heathland, join them at 10am at the red slide in Troopers Hill Field.  More details on www.troopers-hill.org.uk/wp

The Friends of Troopers Hill also want to hear from people whose Saturdays aer too buy to come and help on the Hill.  If there is another day of the week that is better for you please let them know on http://tinyurl.com/helpthehill and they might be able to arrange extra work parties on a day that suits you.

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On Sunday 5th March:

Friends of St George Park are holding “The BIG Pick UP In The Park”.  Their poster, shown below, gives the details.  N.B.  The meeting point is the Kiosk near the band stand.  You will find another group at the gates who will be tidying up nearby streets.

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St George in Bloom invites to you to help clear streets outside the park.  They ask you to meet outside St George Park gates at 10am to clear up the Church Road area near the shops, and the area near St George Park entrance and area outside Sikh temple and Billboards site.

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Want Playing Out in your street? Find out more

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7 streets in St George are already having a great time running Playing Out schemes.  Other streets are showing interest.  If one of the interested streets is YOUR street and you want to be a part of making it happen please get in touch with Jo Chesterman. 

The interested streets are:
Lavington Road,
Nicholas Lane,
St Aidans Road,
Neverland Drive,
Stradbrook Ave,
Hammersmith/Lyndale Rd, Hill St,
Ventnor Road,
Bude Ave,
Altringham Road,
Lambley Road.

If your street is in St George but not on the list and you would like to work to make Playing Out happen in your street, contact Jo.

You can:
telephone Jo on 07811 816620,
email jo.chesterman@outlook.com
contact her via the Bristol Playing Out Facebook page – this is a closed group but just click on “+ Join Group”
or use the form on the Playing Out website

Want to find the streets where Playing Out already happens?  Here’s the map.

There is a lovely short video to give you a flavour of Playing Out here.

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Volunteers needed to help patients of four local surgeries

St George Health Centre, Wellspring, Lawrence Hill and Air Balloon Surgery patients need YOUR help

Do you have time to spare to give a little help and support to patients of four local surgeries who may be lonely, isolated or housebound?

Would you visit someone in their home to provide some company, have a chat or share an interest?

Could you help by giving lifts to patients with transport difficulties to their surgery?

RSVP West is working with four local surgeries – Air Balloon, Lawrence Hill, St George and Wellspring – to develop the Wellbeing Volunteer Scheme already running at Air Balloon. If you would like to know more about the scheme and what volunteering might entail, please contact Miffy Saunders on 0117 9099516 or by email at miffy.saunders@nhs.net. Visit http://rsvp-west.org.uk/ for more information about all their volunteer schemes.

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Bristol Charities to leave the Summerhill Centre

Bristol Charities is to end its lease of the Summerhill Centre on Summerhill Rd, BS5 HJ.  We understand the handover of the building back to Bristol City Council (BCC) will be at the end of April.

Summerhill Centre 1The Summerhill Centre is just across the road from Cherry Orchard Lane, you can its exact location on this map.  It was built in the late 1960s and extended in 1980.

It was originally used by the Bristol Association of Senior Citizens Clubs, as part of a portfolio of 7 other Bristol City Council-owned properties; the Association ran into financial difficulties between 2002-2005 and eventually disbanded.  In 2006, Bristol Charities were granted a lease for the Summerhill property; the other 6 clubs have since closed.

Over the past 10 years, Bristol Charities have managed the building as a day centre for older people (with a service contract from Bristol City Council). The building has also been let out to the wider community for a range of different social and community activities.

Bristol Charities has informed Bristol City Council of their intention to hand the property back at the end of their notice period (believed to be 3 months); they are unable to make the day centre financially sustainable and have decided not to re-tender for the Bristol City Council Day Services contract.  Bristol Charities have already informed the members of the Summerhill Club and other regular users of the impending closure at the end of April.

The Summerhill Club is a social club for older people, with approx 70 members and 30-40 regular attendees; they use the building for their social activities on 3 evenings and one afternoon each week; many of the Club’s members have used the building for more than 20 years and are concerned about its loss.

Bristol City Council have already received several enquiries from interested parties in taking over the management of the property.  There are likely to be competing interests, including social housing, sheltered housing, private housing, Bristol City Council day centre, community-managed day centre, social club, community centre, place of worship, etc.  BCC now needs to determine what the building should be used for after April 2017.

Bristol City Council are liaising with Bristol Charities to ensure an orderly hand-over, but at this stage it seems likely that the building will close at the end of April, unless an interim solution can be found.

The Council will give us more information when they have it but if you can share any suggestions or information that could help the Council achieve a good outcome please contact:

John Bos
Property Partner (Neighbourhoods & Communities)
Asset Strategy Team
Property Division, Place Directorate
Bristol City Council

Tel: 0117 90 36440
Mobile: 07584 407 753
Email: john.bos@bristol.gov.uk

Without volunteers a successful road safety campaign in Crews Hole and on Troopers Hill Rd ends 6th February

Since March 2015 a small group of volunteers have been working with Avon and Somerset Police monitoring traffic speed on Crews Hole Rd, Troopers Hill and Blackswarth Rd.  Owners of vehicles recorded by the volunteers as being driven at excessive speeds have received letters from police.

This gentle reminder approach to encouraging responsible driving could be judged to be working.  Between June 2016 and mid-October 2016 the volunteer monitored traffic for an hour a week.    They counted 3,344 vehicles of which 404 were driven at 27 mph or above in the 20mph limited roads.  During that time they only recorded 8 people repeatedly driving at these speeds and they were only recorded twice.

The team are now down to 2 members and will run their last opertion on 6th February UNLESS new volunteers come forward.  If you have an hour a week or fortnight to spare please find more information and follow up the contacts on www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/csw

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private message on Facebook to www.facebook.com/stgeorgenp or www.facebook.com/troopershill

A report about the early days of the team can be read on www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/speedwatch-2/

The team would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the responsible drivers keeping to speed limits and driving appropriately for road conditions.  As you can see here when traffic is heavier, the responsible drivers keep those breaking the law to a  low percentage.  Problems increase when there is lighter traffic and this is when road incidents with the worst injuries occur.

Thanks to the statistics the team have gathered, police have been informed about the days of the week, the times of day and the locations where the worst offending occurs.  The police can then make the best use of time from their speed enforcment unit to cover an area and issue appropriate penalties and advice.

If you think the efforts of these volunteers are worthwhile please volunteer to keep this group running.

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St George in Bloom and St. George community groups scoop top RHS Britain in Bloom awards

Update Fri 14th October:
St George in Bloom won Silver in the Urban Category of 2016 Britain in Bloom Awards. The certificate was awarded at the national RHS Britain in Bloom award ceremony in Birmingham this evening.


At the awards ceremony held today on Thursday 6th October 2016 and hosted by RHS Britain in Bloom South West at Taunton Cricket ground, representatives from St. George in Bloom and community groups from St. George received the following awards.

St. George in Bloom received GOLD in the Pennant town / city category for the third consecutive year.

The following local community groups also received the following RHS ‘It’s your Neighbourhood’ awards:-

Bristol East Allotments group received OUTSTANDING

St Aidan’s Allotments in St. George received OUTSTANDING

Friends of Troopers Hill received OUTSTANDING

Kensington Road Residents Association received OUTSTANDING

Friends of Kingsway Youth “Hope for the future” received THRIVING

In addition, Air Balloon Hill Primary School in St. George received the Clem Preece Memorial cup for an outstanding effort by a school in promoting South West in Bloom and Friends of Troopers Hill received The Sutton seeds cup for an outstanding area of nature conservation.

Grenville Johnson Chair of St. George in Bloom said:-

‘My congratulations to everyone – It was an honour and privilege for myself and representatives from St. George in Bloom to attend the awards ceremony today, and receive all these wonderful awards on behalf of our community groups in St George.

I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment, and for making our area of the City of Bristol a greener, healthier, and happier place in which to live and work.

I also wish to sincerely thank the local City Councillors and the council officers for all their kind support, advice, and commitment.

It has been a wonderful team effort, and a marvellous opportunity to showcase the St George area of the City of Bristol.’

On Friday 14th October representatives from St. George in Bloom will attend the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony in Birmingham to receive the result of St George in Bloom’s selection as a 2016 national RHS Britain in Bloom Finalist.

Air Balloon Hill Primary School pupils planting trees on Troopers Hill Field in Feburary 2016

Air Balloon Hill Primary School pupils planting trees on Troopers Hill Field in Feburary 2016

Celebrating the re-opening of Bristol’s oldest Sikh temple

Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, was proud to be invited to recent celebrations at the Nirman Sewak Jatha Gurdwara in St George.

Here is the press release from the Gurdwara.

“The congregation of the Nirman Sewak Jatha Gurdwara are today (Saturday 1st October) celebrating the re-opening of their renovated Gurdwara and new community centre.

The Gurdwara on Summerhill Road in St George was founded in 1970 and was Bristol’s first Sikh Gurdwara. The Gurdwara was used regularly as a meeting place and to host Sikh festivals up until May 2012 when the congregation took the decision to undertake a major renovation of the building.

Funded by generous donations from the congregation and funding awards from SUEZ Communities Trust, St George Neighbourhood Partnership and St George West Community First, volunteers led a major redevelopment project to completely refurbish the building including new roof, stonework and glazing, electrical upgrades, the creation of a new mezzanine floor and modern kitchen and toilet facilities.  The building now contains a community meeting space with kitchen on the ground floor and a Gurdwara on the upper floor.

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From left to right: Pete Sessions of Suez Communities Trust, Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, President / Trustee Sr. Lakhbir Singh, Minther Singh, Gurpal Singh, Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, Sukhdev Singh, Susan Acton-Campbell, former chair of the St George West Community First panel, Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, Chaz Singh, Plymouth Councillor

 

Minther Singh, Project Volunteer at Nirman Sewak Jatha Gurdwara, said “This is a historic moment for the Gurdwara.  After many years of hard work we are excited to be able to open our new Gurdwara and community centre which aims to bring the community together and secure a home for Sikh worship in St George for many years to come.  We are very grateful to the community, our funders and local partners for all of the kind support, for helping to make our project a real success and realising our vision”

Pete Sessions, Programmes Manager at SUEZ Communities Trust added “This fantastic new community centre will provide a welcome new meeting space for the people of St George, helping to bring people together in a modern and safe environment.  Volunteers at the Gurdwara have worked tirelessly and overcome many obstacles to sensitively restore the building and their efforts will benefit many people in the years ahead.  SUEZ Communities Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion.”

Rob Acton-Campbell, chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership said “One of the priorities for our Partnership is to improve community buildings so we were delighted to support this successful project via our Wellbeing fund.  The facilities of this building will be an excellent resource for our local community.  The St George West Community First fund has since closed but many of the members of their panel now volunteer for our Wellbeing sub-group and were equally pleased to recommend funding for this project and are very impressed with the results.”

Invited speakers at the ceremony included Kerry McCarthy MP, Pete Sessions of Suez Communities Trust, Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, Sue Mountstevens, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

After the ceremony photos were taken outside the temple including posted on Twitter by Plymouth Councillor, Chaz Singh.

 

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From left to right: Minther Singh, Parmjit Kaur, president of both St George gurdwaras, Susan Acton-Campbell, former chair of the St George West Community First panel, representing St George West Community First, Kerry McCarthy, MP for Bristol East, Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Sharan Kaur, Chaz Singh, Plymouth Councillor, Gurpal Singh, Rob Acton-Campbell, chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and Pete Sessions of Suez Communities Trust.

Here are the before and after photos of the temple.

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gurdwara-after

Traffic and Transport meeting – 30th August 2016

Update 7/9/2016 – Minutes of the meeting of 30th August 2016.

If you have an interest in travel in your neighbourhood, details of the next Traffic and Transport meeting can be found on the meetings page of this website, www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/meetings, including the agenda and venue.

Minutes of the last meeting cover the Lypiatt Rd and Bryants Hill traffic schemes, issues about the Chalks Rd, Church Rd, Blackswarth Rd junction and much more.