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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

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.

St George in Bloom competition for 2017 is now launched!

St George in BloomThe St. George in Bloom competition for 2017 is now open for applications until the closing date of Monday 24th July 2017 at 5pm.

Please pass this information to your family, friends and colleagues.

This free competition is open to all residents, streets, businesses, schools, faith and community groups within the ward boundary of St George.

Our competition aims to encourage our local residents and communities to take a pride in St George, making it attractive with flowers, landscaping or an environmental project. It is organised by the St George in Bloom committee.

P1060546[2]This year we are keen to receive more applications from local streets, shops, pubs and businesses, local schools, children and young people.

The only rule is that all entries must be visible to the general public.

Displays should focus on making the house, street, school, pub or shop / commercial premises look more attractive.

To enter please download and complete an entry form from www.stgeorgeinbloom.org.uk and tick the relevant box in relation to the category you wish to enter.

Please also remember to add your contact details at the foot of the entry form. You can email the completed form to:-
victorianhouse@blueyonder.co.uk
or post to:-
St George in Bloom, 28 Kensington Road, St George, Bristol. BS5 7NB.

  • Entries should arrive no later than 5pm on Monday 24th July 2017.
  • Any entries received after the deadline, will not be entered into the competition.
  • All categories will be judged later in July 2017.
  • Judges will leave their calling cards after judging has taken place, and the judge’s decision will be final.

Judges will be looking for: Impact, variety and the use of a range of plants, colour combinations, originality and design, condition, care and sustainability.

Presentation of awards – Winners and runners up will be invited to an awards evening during October 2017. The date will be announced later.

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.

rotary club poster

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

 

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Lord Mayor’s Medals 2017

St George residents were honoured today (Tue 21st March) with the award of Lord Mayor’s Medals at a ceremony at the Mansion House.

StGeorgeLMM2017Susan Acton-Campbell is Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill; Bruce Yates works with the charity Baggator while Trevor Ball is a long term member of Friends of St George Park and has recently been a member and active supporter of St George in Bloom. Susan & Bruce are also members of the Neighbourship Partnership, with Susan being champion of the Wellbeing sub-group.

Also from our area is Gill Flower who set up the Bristol Community Friendship Club to help combat loneliness. Amy Harrison from Redfield also received a medal for work that includes the setting up of Friends of Brook Street Park and helping to establish the Redfield Educate Together Academy.

This year’s awards follow on from awards to other members of the Partnership in previus years – Rob Acton-Campbell & Fiona Russell in 2016; Richard Curtis in 2014; Grenville Johnson in 2013; Ann Radnedge in 2012.

These prestigious medals are awarded each year by the Lord Mayor of Bristol to recognise those who go that extra mile to make a difference to local communities in Bristol.

The citations for this year’s medal winners:

BRUCE YATES

The name Baggator and Bruce go hand in hand. Baggator as a charity was set up to take young people on excursions. In 2005, the charity was at risk of shutting down when its premises fell into
disrepair. Bruce turned this around, increasing links to the wider community and spearheading ways to raise much needed income.

Some of you may know Bruce from the renovation work, where the whole building had a face lift and the garden was given new life – the results were aired on BBC’s Operation People Power. Aside from Baggator, Bruce is an active campaigner for RADE (Resident’s Against Dirty Energy) successfully campaigning and raising awareness of planned power station works.

SUSAN ACTON-CAMPBELL

Susan has been Chair of Friends of Troopers Hill since its formation in 2003. During this time, she has become increasingly involved with other organisations in the area including the
Neighbourhood Partnership. Susan is now a full time volunteer working tirelessly for the community in St George.

Over the past two years Susan has helped design and raise funding for a new play area in Troopers Hill Field. The £80,000 play area was completed in October.

Having joined the Neighbourhood Partnership, Susan has led its Wellbeing Panel for the past 5 years, spending time reviewing applications, chairing the panel’s discussions and writing reports for the Partnership. Susan is always on hand to give advice to groups wishing to apply for funds.

She is a keen walker and when a member of Friends of Troopers Hill suggested starting a walking for health group, Susan was quick to volunteer to help form the group and train as a walk leader. Since 2011 the group has become one of the most active in Bristol.

TREVOR BALL

Trevor is a resident of St George. He lives next door to St Georges Park and has repainted and repaired many of the park benches and planted 1,000’s of shrubs and flowers. He has been a quiet but forceful member of the Friends of St George Park, leading and supporting numerous campaigns and initiatives which have brought much needed additional resources to the park e.g. skate board park, children’s play area and maintenance of the lake.

Trevor has helped volunteers from St George in Bloom in order to replant and maintain three large municipal planted containers that are located at the Kingsway shopping precinct at St George. In 2016 Trevor volunteered to make four large wooden containers for the front of the Sikh Temple in Church Road St George and these were planted up with beautiful floral displays.

In the summer of 2016, Trevor worked hard with a small group of volunteers from St George in Bloom and other local volunteers to transform a formerly neglected area in front the billboards
site in Church Road, St George.

GILLIAN FLOWER

Gillian Flower and Lord MayorThe Lord Mayor has been keen to highlight social isolation and loneliness throughout his year. On her retirement, Gillian Flower decided she too wanted to do something to combat loneliness. She went on to plan regular meet ups and activities for Bristol women, setting up the Bristol Community Friendship Club.

Gillian started with a small group but within weeks she was coordinating a group of over 870. She regularly spends her Saturdays cooking for the homeless and has dedicated a huge amount of time fundraising time and tackling homelessness in her local area.

It would take too long to list the many fundraising activities she has spearheaded but Gillian and her team work throughout the year to support a wide range of charities.

Gillian’s nominators did so because of the energy and impact she brought to their lives with one saying ‘Going the extra mile doesn’t cover it – going the extra thousand miles perhaps!’.

AMY HARRISON

amy with lord mayorEstablished a friend’s of Brook Street Park Group, transforming her local park from an area that had street drinking and anti-social behaviour into a safe, well used Childrens play area.

Amy is passionate about cities being child friendly and works hard to encourage free play and safe environments for them to do so. She has partnered with Playing Out, transformed a green space into a community garden and developed children’s workshops in the pursuit of her ideals.

Amy was instrumental in establishing a new primary school in Redfield ‘Redfield Educate Together Academy’ which has been open for 18 months with Amy on the board of Governors.

She is also deputy chair of ‘Up our Street’ finding time to do all of this while being a working mum. A Happy City Champion in 2014 and 2015, 2017 will see her as the recipient of a well-deserved Lord Mayors medal.

Conham Road – Cycle Route

Update 6th March 2017:

Philip Wright, Transport Programme Manager overseeing the proposed improvements to walking and cycling infrastructure being delivered through the Cycle Ambition Fund (CAF) grant from the Department for Transport has written:

“The proposed works at Conham Road are not part of the CAF programme, but were being considered to be delivered as part of the local match funding that had been agreed to support CAF in line with our bid to DfT.  These schemes needed to be delivered to meet the CAF timescales, with all works complete by March 2018.  The demands for this match funding are high and tight budgets had to be applied.  The draft budget given to the scheme at Conham Road was based on initial designs.  As more detailed designs developed it rapidly became clear that we would not be able to deliver this scheme within that budget.  The main reason given for the escalation of costs related to the additional requirements to build over the sewer pipe.

The River Avon Path remains a key strategic priority for both walking and cycling and we will continue to work on identifying funding to deliver this missing section of the route. ”

Philip offered Councillor Breckels, the local councillor for St George Troopers Hill,  the opportunity to meet the Bugbears project manager, Gari Garmston, to talk about whether there is a low cost interim option to improve the problems presented by the issues of the blind bend, with no footpath, on Conham Rd.  It may be possible to find money for a small amount of work from the funding pot called “Bugbears”.

An update will be posted after that meeting has taken place.

Update 2nd February 2016:

At the Place Scrutiny Commission meeting of 21st January, Ian Townsend submitted the question “What plans are there to fund the infrastructure required to close the ‘Conham Gap’ to complete a continuous cycle route along the River Avon, now that planning permission for the project has been granted?”

He has reported receiving the following written reply from Bristol City Council

“The funding is available (thanks to the postponed Camden Rd bridge project) and we are going to proceed with the scheme as soon as the land agreements are in place. There are verbal, in principle, agreements already.”

Bristol City Council’s Neighbourhood Officer for St George has confirmed negotiations on land agreements are ongoing.

Update 13th November 2015:

The planning application described below for a cycle route along the Avon Valley through Crews Hole at the ‘Conham Gap’ has now been granted planning permission. As yet there are no funds in place to complete the works but now that planning permission is in place it is hoped that the money can be found.

As part of the the conditions for planning to be granted money will be given for tree planting in the area to mitigate the effect of the tree felling that was necessary to clear the line of the proposed path.

Original post March 2015:

Planning application 15/00645/FB

Planning permission is being sought for a new solution to the ‘Conham Road Gap’ in the cycle route along the Avon Valley through Crews Hole that avoids the need to make any of the road one-way (as was proposed previously).

The new solution is to construct a new path running through the adjacent woods just to the north of Conham Road, more or less along the line of the vestigial works track servicing the Kingswood Sewer man holes.

It involves crossing the road at either end, something which will be effected by raised zebra crossings. These will also make crossing the road safer for pedestrians; the safety of the crossing at the north end has been of particular concern and has become known locally as ‘suicide corner’.

The two raised road crossings will be to the standard details adopted by Bristol City Council for priority crossings on popular walking and cycling routes. At these two locations vehicular traffic will give way to oncoming traffic in order to allow the road to be narrowed so as to secure safe sightlines for the public using the path.

According to the application:
“This route has been made possible by the support of the landowners of the woodland section, John Newlands McCreadie and Francesco Porcaro, and by Wessex Water whose adjacent main sewer has required their careful survey.”


Update – Tree Works

Some tree felling has been carried out in this area recently, we have received the following information from the Council’s planning officer:

“I can advise that they secured a license from the Forestry Commission to carry out the works and required no other planning/tree consents to do so. I have ensured that the further arboricultural information does include the trees removed however and these will be assessed within the application under any mitigation sought in accordance with the Bristol Tree Replacement Standard. As you have noted these are along the alignment of a sewer pipeline and were of limited value given the long-term retention due to future maintenance of this.”


The application has received support from the Bristol Cycling Campaign.

You can see full details and comment on the proposals (for or against) on the Council’s planning online website by looking at planning application 15/00645/FB.

A pdf document with details of the proposal can be seen here.

The images below show the proposed route and the proposed crossings at each end.

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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:

clean streets in bloom

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.

march 2017 work party

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.

cleanstreetposter

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.

 clean streets in bloom

Want Playing Out in your street? Find out more

playing out with tamsin

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.

playing out poster