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