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Mayor’s Visit to St George

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George Ferguson CBE, Mayor of Bristol, visited various places within St George on Friday 30 October at the invitation of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership.

His visit to St George NP area started at the junction of Lyppiatt Road and Church Road, where he discussed with local residents the concerns they have about heavy goods vehicles using Lyppiatt Road, inconsiderate parking and speeding cars.


His next stop was in Gladstone Street where he learnt of plans to improve this small park area.


From there he moved on to Meadow Vale Community Centre in Speedwell where he learnt of plans for a new community building for the area.


He also saw a mural painted by young people the day before on a concrete wall at the edge of the adjacent park. The painting project was organised by Young Bristol using Green Capital 2015 funding to brighten up the park.

At Dundridge Park the Mayor saw at first hand the deteriorating condition of ‘The Pavilion’ which is used as changing facilities for football matches.


A representative of a local Community Speed Watch scheme met the Mayor on Crews Hole Road where traffic speed and volume was discussed.  The Mayor was also shown the plans that have been produced to improve cycling provision and road safety on this route.


The centre piece for the St George area is a large Victorian park; St George Park.  Here the Mayor met with members of the Friends of St George Park, where they discussed the ongoing issues being caused by fishing in the park and the impact this was having on birds using the park lake.


The final stop on the Mayor’s tour of St George was to the library in St George Park where the Mayor discussed the services provided at the library and the potential to make the library more of a community hub.  At the library, there was also the opportunity to meet with members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership where a variety of issues affecting the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area was discussed.


Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, commented “It was useful to be able to show George some of the issues of concern to residents in the St George NP area.  Many of these issues have been ongoing for some time, and we hope that by the Mayor seeing the issues himself it will help to bring them to a resolution.”

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, explained: “It is always useful to me to be able witness on the ground some of the local concerns and aspirations. Members of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership and others were able to voice their concerns about an extensive range of issues in the St George area, including transport, parks, playgrounds and libraries. I have taken full note and shall do all I can to enable the Council to address the issues where practically possible in stringent times.”

Following the vist, Mayor George Fergusson sent a letter of thanks to the Neighbourhood Partnership Chair which was read out at the NP meeting on 16th December.
Letter from Mayor George Fergusson
Schedule of action points

The Mayor’s visit to the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area was part of a series of visits to each of the 14 Neighbourhood Partnership areas in the city.


View Photo Gallery – Photos by Frances Gard



Major Boost for Speedwell Community

St George Neighbourhood Partnership has agreed over £90,000 of funding to boost community facilities in the Meadow Vale area of Speedwell.

Rob Acton-Campbell, Chair of St George Neighbourhood Partnership, explained:  “Improving community facilities in the Meadow Vale area is one of the priorities for the Neighbourhood Partnership.  This latest financial boost provides further assistance for this community, and takes the plans for a new community centre and improvements to the adjoining open space, a further step forward.”

Some of the latest batch of funding granted by St George Neighbourhood Partnership will be used to engage a professional fundraiser who will be tasked with sourcing and securing further funds to help take the plans for a new community centre to reality.

Meadow Vale Community Association (MVCA) will be a key player in taking this project forward.  Fiona Russell, Chair of Meadow Vale Community Association, explained:  After 25 years without any funding the development of Neighbourhood Partnerships has meant that we are now able to make our voice heard, and better still get funding to enable us to survive and start making our dreams happen. At long last it looks like there is a real prospect of a new community centre.  There is still a lot of money to be found, but at long last there has been real progress.”

The decision to grant £90,000+ of funding to the project was agreed at a meeting of the St George Neighbourhood Partnership held on Wednesday 24 June.  Before taking the decision, the meeting heard from young people from the area who stressed the importance of improving facilities for young people in the area.


Youth Activities in St George and nearby

Here’s the programme of FREE youth sports in Hillfields and Speedwell from April to July.

Sports poster 2015

Where they are:

Hillfields Youth Hub :  Hillfields Youth Centre, Thickett Avenue, Bristol BS16 4EH.  More details of what’s on offer at the Hub.

Meadowvale Playing Fields: Behind Meadow Vale Community Centre, Meadow Vale, Speedwell, Bristol , BS5 7RF

Studio 5 – 20 Old School House, Britannia Rd, Bristol, BS15 8DB

Barts Rugby: Duncombe Lane, Speedwell, Avon, Bristol, BS15 1NS.

Other youth activities:

St George Table Tennis Club_flyer

Fancy a game of tennis?

St George Park Lakeview Tennis Club rents out courts at £5 an hour.  Just ring 07526 009211 before 3pm on a Friday to make your booking.  There is coaching every day from 2pm Monday-Friday and matches for the better players on Saturday and Sunday.  The club says “We are a friendly club and open to everyone.  We also have a small clubhouse if you would like a tea or coffee; we run everything ourselves.”   They have both adult and youth coaches.

Other things to do

A whole range of other activities for young people can be seen here.

Please let us know of any we’ve missed.

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.



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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. bristolplaybus.org

Cubs ( 8-10 years) and Scouts (10-14 years)

Cubs meet on Wednesdays in Whitehall, Scouts on Thursdays.  Find out more on www.32nd.info/cubs and www.32nd.info/scouts.

The 17th Bristol Scouts meet at St Michael’s Church on Two Mile Hill.  More on 17thbristolscouts.co.uk 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 www.staidansbristol.co.uk/brownies.

Brownies also meet at the Wesley Memorial Church on Bryants Hill.  Please let us have contact details to add to this page.


New opportunities, in St George, for 16-18 year olds

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Didac are an Ofsted Grade 1 Provider, based in Crews Hole, Bristol, delivering specialist industry training to the furniture and wood sector since 1997. We have worked with the Kingswood Partnership/Work2Learn over the past couple of years with good results and thought our new fully-funded programme may be of interest. September will be the second intake for the programme this year – but we can offer some flexibility on start dates.

The programme is hands-on and focuses on woodworking.  Learners attend  for 2.5 days per week and will gain practical skills including: – using hand tools for woodworking, using hand-held power tools, wood machining and basic upholstery.  Tools and equipment are provided. If completed, the wood-working elements will enable achievement of a Level 1 City and Guilds Certificate.

As part of the programme, learners will also have the opportunity to achieve First Aid, Health & Safety and Manual Handling Awards (these are 1-2 day courses which are spread evenly throughout the programme – awarded by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health).

We are recruiting now.  Learners must not be in employment, education or training, but apart from that, there are no specific entry requirements.  However, we do ask candidates to visit us beforehand for a discussion.

Didac are well placed to give advice and guidance regarding further training, apprenticeships and opportunities in the furniture and wood sectors, as we deliver professional training to those already working industry.  We also deliver training for apprentices across the country.

Please contact Didac to find out more (telephone: 0117 9049377).  We are more than happy for interested parties to visit our industry standard workshop, which contains a full range of woodworking machinery and equipment.

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Activities for 11-19 year olds

Streetgames Bristol are putting on outdoor community sports activities in St George throughout the summer starting next week. There will be sessions on Tuesday evenings at St George Park (6.15 -8.00) and on Thursday afternoons at Meadow Vale (4.30 – 5.45).

There are also sesssions nearby at East Park Open Space (Tues 4.30 -5.45) and Oldbury Court (Thurs 6.15 -8.00)

Qualified coaches will be on hand and the sessions are free! No need to book, just turn up and have fun.

You can find out more about Streetgames Bristol on their website at www.bristol.gov.uk/streetgames or on facebook.

Contact the Streetgames Team on 0791 750 3766 or email darron.hamilton@bristol.gov.uk.


Open Letter to the Mayor about youth provision in St George

Open Letter to the Mayor from St George Neighbourhood Partnership …

Youth Provision in St George

St George Neighbourhood Partnership (N.P) is angered at the significant reduction in youth provision within the St George Neighbourhood Partnership area, and the impact that this will have on young people living in St George.

Kingsway Youth Centre was the only ‘open access’ youth club operated by the Council in the St George NP area. Prior to the contracting out of youth services through Bristol Youth Links there were two open access youth sessions per week at the Kingsway Youth Centre.  Implementation of the new contract by Creative Youth Network (the Council’s new contractor for this area) has led to them being forced to close the Youth Centre – although as a temporary measure they were able to provide one open access youth session per month at Kingsway Youth Centre that has now ceased.

Kingsway Youth Centre is owned by the Council and is leased to Creative Youth Network until April 2035.  Under the terms of the lease they use the Centre “for the purpose of delivering social and education services and positive activities for children and young people and the community”.

St George NP  is calling on you as Mayor to urgently review funding for youth work in the St George NP area, and to provide the means whereby the Creative Youth Network (or another provider) can restore open access youth meetings at Kingsway Youth Centre to a minimum of one session per week.  The St George NP is also asking you as Mayor to report back to the Partnership on progress on this important matter.

Grenville Johnson
St George Neighbourhood Partnership
31st May 2013

Initial reply from George Ferguson (via Twitter) …
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Youth services currently available in St George

Youth services in St George will be changing as has already been reported on http://www.stgeorgenp.org.uk/youth-services-in-st-george/ but here is a poster giving the current situation.

CLICK on this poster to enlarge it.

stG youth services

MUGA for St George Park

MUGA exampleA MUGA is a Multi-Use Games Area.  Here is is an example of what one can look like.

Subject to the weather work is expected to start on a MUGA for St George Park on Monday 25th February and to take 4-6 weeks to complete.

Apologies for the rather poor quality reproduction of this document that gives the specification for the MUGA that will be installed on the footprint of the run-down basketball court.


Meadow Vale – Activities for 8-13 year olds

Play Rangers