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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.


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.


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


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.

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

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

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:

**********Monday 27th October********

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 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

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,, 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

Graffiti gone from riverside wall

YOU can make graffiti go away in YOUR neighbourhood.  You can report graffiti online via 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

Money Granted to Local Projects – 24/6/2014

5 applications for funding were made from  the St George Neighbourhood Partnership (SGNP) Wellbeing Fund.  These were granted at the SGNP meeting of  24th June, 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) Bristol East Allotments Association – Centenary Celebrations

£500 for publicity, plants, a speaker and materials to support centenary celebrations.  Some items will continue to be of use beyond the celebration period, such as a board for the front gate of the Nicholas Lane allotments showing opening times and plants for the “bug bar”.

b) Friends of Kingsway Youth – Allotment Project
£775 for tools, seeds and plants, repairs to sheds and green houses, garden furniture at the Hope Allotments to support a project for young people to grow and prepare food using the plants and maintain an allotment site. 


c)  Kensington Rd Residents Association – Environmental Enhancement Project
£540 for 3 hanging baskets for lamp post columns in Kensington Rd BS5 7NB, a road of 40 households (source Royal Mail).  These are intended to be used to support Kensington Rd’s entry in the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) Britain in Bloom South West’s Pennant competition and their assessment in RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme.  It will also be part of the St George in Bloom offering.  These hanging baskets are already in place.

Kensington Rd hanging baskets

d) Redfest Bristol
£2,640 to pay for the main stage for the Redfest event in St George Park on Saturday 2nd August from noon-9pm.

e) St Aidan with St George Church – Replacement lightweight folding tables

£942.20 for 10 folding Gopak Economy tables to replace old, damaged tables that are potentially unsafe.  The church does work with other churches sharing tables when possible but issues of clashing events and transport can make this difficult.

To find out more about how your group can apply for funding visit

The closing date for the next round of applications is:

**********Monday 28th July********


Music and other fun activities in St George this June

Arts at St Aidans are holding their “Summer Proms”.

summer proms


Meadow Vale Community Association are holding a day of fun activities for 4-11 year olds.
20 games day

Which will be swiftly followed by a free open air performance from the fabulously pink Ambling Band on the top of Troopers Hill Local Nature Reserve. Bring a picnic and enjoy.

full pink