December 2017 news
Welcome to this month’s e-newsletter for HCCA sharing community news from Hotwells, Cliftonwood, Spike Island and wider Bristol. If you wish to contribute to our next bulletin, please send us a short paragraph and link/s where relevant by 31st December. Visit our website for more!
Wishing you all a good festive season!
2. Resurfacing works on Cumberland Road
3. Neighbourhood Forums
4. Possible Cumberland Basin Developments
5. The Cumberland Piazza
6. Hotwells Pantomime 28th February to 3rd March
7. Volunteers for Brandon Hill
8. Remembrance Sunday
9. Jane’s Walk Bristol
10. Consultation on Parks and Green Spaces.
11. Autumn Litter Blitz
12. Electoral Registration. Don’t lose your vote – make sure you’re registered to vote
13. Bristol City Council Consultations.
14. Volunteering for the SS Great Britain.
15. Bristol Old Peoples’ Forum BOPF. Open Forum on 14th December
16. Safety Questionnaire.
17. Jacobs Wells Hub celebration of the baths
1. The Community garden, Town Green, Cliftonwood, has held a very successful evening of winter poetry around a blazing fire bowl under the full moon. We supped mulled wine, ate mince pies and toasted marshmallows, between poems.
There was a work party last Sunday morning with Danish pastries and coffee following this, an opportunity to tidy up before winter truly sets in.
On Sunday 10th December at 3pm we will be dressing the Christmas tree donated to us this year by Brackenwood nursery. Mulled wine and mince pies will add Christmas spirit and we will sing some carols once the lights are lit. All are welcome. Bring a decoration if you would like to. Find us at Ambra Vale East BS8
2. Resurfacing works on Cumberland Road are now into their third week. The residents of Avon Crescent were shocked to be invaded by trucks, steamrollers and toilets on Monday 20th November at 7pm. No notice had been given and the construction workers have been telling residents that Avon Crescent is actually Cumberland Road. Apparently it was in the 'best interests' of residents and road users that resurfacing Avon Crescent had to be done at night. Unfortunately they did not consider the residents at all and as a consequence caused several nights of disturbed sleep freelancers loosing paid work and children missing school. You might find works info here https://travelwest.info/ or here https://www.bristol.gov.uk/current-roadworks-and-road-closures
3. Neighbourhood Forums. At the Forum in November it was agreed that we would have 3 Forums per year and that the remit of the Forum would cover 3 wards, Clifton, Clifton East, and Hotwells and Harbourside. The next Forum is likely to be in April. Details will be circulated in a future bulletin.
4. Possible Cumberland Basin Developments. Since our last bulletin we have been in touch with Mark Wright, Councillor for Hotwells and Harbourside. Mark had tried asking the Mayor for an urgent meeting to ask questions and so he could be briefed me and thereby inform people in his ward. Sadly, the Mayor's response to him was a simply one line: "These plans are in an early stage, but once things have become further developed I would of course welcome your involvement." The CA is not impressed by this and is investigating the possibility of assisting in establishing a “stakeholder” group which would include – we hope – all interested community, resident and business groups that would then have more voice to insist on involvement in the plans at an early stage. We will keep you posted. Here is the Bristol Post article including the Mayor's speech in case you missed lit. http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/marvin-rees-plans-knock-down-648205 We believe a Clifton based architect has been working on the plans, but this is not a new idea. Do contact us if you want to comment with subject line 'Cumberland Basin' email@example.com
5. The Cumberland Piazza is starting to look a bit scruffy after a mysterious removing of some lovely mosses and recent planting of bulbs and wild flower seeds. Currently the bins are overflowing and sadly our street art has been graffitied. Could this be a ploy to return the site to an untidy, derelict space, ready to re-develop Cumberland Basin as the Western Harbour? We have a good dialogue with Bristol Waste who are in the process of organising proper site cleaning which is sensitive to our greening plans and once they have done this, we will organise a community gardening day artundertheflyover.com
6. Hotwells Pantomime 28th February to 3rd March. It’s almost time for Pantomime! The next Hotwells Panto will be Dick Whittington. The script is almost written and once again Panto folks cling to the hope that the cast will actually follow it! If you think you would like to be involved: acting, costumes, scenery, backstage, front of house, come to the read-through at 7.30 pm in Holy Trinity church hall on Tuesday 2 January. There are no auditions, just a read-round that will give you an idea of what it's about, and the cast list is assembled that evening. Rehearsals are then on Wednesday 3 January at 8-10 pm in Holy Trinity hall and every following Tuesday at this time until the performances.
There are two full run-throughs on 18 and 25 February and it will be performed Wednesday 28th February to Saturday 3rd March. It is a great way to cheer up the winter months. Why not give it a try?
7. Volunteers for Brandon Hill. As you may know Friends of Brandon Hill volunteers work on the hill each Tuesday morning. Numbers have dwindled somewhat recently and they are in need of new recruits.
Anyone who is interested just needs to turn up outside the depot below Cabot Tower at 10 am. and introduce themselves to Joe McKenna who manages the ParkWork team and organises the Tuesday sessions. All equipment is provided.
8. Remembrance Sunday. Many of you may not know that for many years now a wreath has been laid at the war memorial in St Andrew’s churchyard in Clifton, on behalf of the people of Hotwells and Cliftonwood. Sue Stops kindly continues to organise the purchase of a wreath and this year our thanks go to John Bradfield for laying the wreath on the Community’s behalf.
9. Jane’s Walk Bristol. Is inviting people to participate in this exciting initiative aiming to share knowledge about Bristol through a number of community-led walking tours. Three friends, living and working in Bristol, have witnessed Jane’s Walk success in other cities, and have decided to take a step forward and become City Organisers of this movement in Bristol. Feel welcome to join this initiative. If you want to get involved you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or for more information see http://janeswalk.org/
10. Consultation on Parks and Green Spaces. The idea that the City’s parks would soon have to be cost neutral has been dropped. However, The proposed reduction to the parks service budget over 3 years has been reduced from £4,500,000 to £2,867,000. Still a huge figure. Bristol City Council has launched a city-wide consultation on the future of Bristol’s parks and green spaces. The consultation will be running for 12 weeks. You can take part by completing an online survey on the council’s Consultation Hub here: https://bristolparksforum.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=99eb828c57f2a60798160be5f&id=c4688fe338&e=b507856388
11. Autumn Litter Blitz. Bristol Waste report that over the course of the fortnight, 16th to 29th October, 504 bags of litter were collected by neighbours, friends, community groups, schools and colleagues. A total of 507 volunteers took part, clocking roughly 1200 hours of time beautifying our roads by freeing them from litter. 38 separate events took place from Avonmouth to Hartcliffe and 23 community groups got involved in cleaning up their areas. The Autumn Litter Blitz and the Great Bristol Spring Clean, are initiatives that support the Mayor’s Bristol Clean Streets campaign - to make Bristol measurably cleaner by 2020. Bristol Waste Company have hundreds of litter picking kits available for use all year round. For more information see; http://www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/whats-happening/autumn-litter-blitz/
12. Electoral Registration. Don’t lose your vote – make sure you’re registered to vote. The council wants to make sure that as many citizens as possible have registered to vote. If you need to register to vote, the quickest and easiest way to do this is online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote If you need help to register online you can visit your local library or the council’s Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street. If you can’t register to vote online, you can print paper forms from the https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote website or you can also call the council on 0117 922 3400 and they’ll send you a registration form. You can’t register over the phone. Remember it’s a legal requirement to register to vote and citizens could face a fine of up to £80 if they don’t register.
13. Bristol City Council Consultations. The Council are inviting you to express your opinion on a number of issues, including, the Corporate Strategy, Budget proposals for 2018/19, the Parks and Green Spaces and also on the Removal of the Remaining Funding Supporting Neighbourhood Action. Details can be found at: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/council-spending-performance/corporate-strategy-2018-2023-budget-consultation We would urge readers to participate in these consultations, especially those highlighted in bold.
14. Volunteering for the SS Great Britain. The SS Great Britain Trust is preparing to launch a brand new museum exploring Brunel’s life, achievements and far-reaching impact in March 2018 http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/about-us/being-brunel. They are looking for 80 people join their volunteering programme as they get ready to launch the museum in four months-time. If you are interested in volunteering you can find out more information here. http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/support-us/volunteer. or contact Matilda Wallis, Volunteering Manager email@example.com 0117 926 0680 Ext: 251
15. Bristol Old Peoples’ Forum BOPF. Open Forum on 14th December at Broadmead Baptist Church (first floor hall, 10.30-12.30). All welcome. The main speaker is James Freeman of First Group. More information on this and other matters at https://bopf.org.uk/
16. Safety Questionnaire. We have been approached by Sophie Tyler, an Architecture Masters student at Bath University. She is undertaking a project looking at how safe people feel in Bristol, and finding out what could be done to improve it. She has created an anonymous questionnaire and would be really grateful if you would consider completing it. The questionnaire can be found at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJRPggqOcFnZFsIqbbkiOkvFhP4JBw6umO5CAr9kCJTkFrGg/viewform?usp=sf_link
17. Jacobs Wells Hub celebration
At the 4th December Bristol City Council Cabinet Meeting the decision was announced that a Community Asset Transfer to the national charity Fusion Lifestyle has been recommended.
(see here for a webcast of the meeting). And here for more about the hub http://jacobswellscommunityhub.com/
The Jacobs Wells Hub team are organising a celebration on Sunday 17th December 3pm to 6pm at the baths on Jacobs Wells Road
If anyone is able to help for an hour please can you contact firstname.lastname@example.org
November 2017 Bulletin 25
Welcome to this month’s e-newsletter for HCCA sharing community news from Hotwells, Cliftonwood, Spike Island and wider Bristol. If you wish to contribute to our next bulletin, please send us a short paragraph and link/s where relevant to email@example.com by 27th November. Visit our website for more!
In this issue:
- HCCA AGM
- Clifton and Clifton Down Forum
- Possible Cumberland Basin Developments
- Anchor/Hotwell Road improvements
- Cliftonwood Town Green events
- Lion Park update
- Jacobs Well Zebra crossing
- Jacobs Wells Baths breaking news
- Clean up Bristol Harbour
- Harbourside Social Running
- Local Road Closures
- Student Housing issues
- Fostering and Adoption
- Digital Ads Bristol City Centre
- The Repair Shop
- Bristol Multi-Faith Forum
1. HCCA AGM 7.15 for 7.30 Monday 13th November. This will be held in Holy Trinity Church Hall. AGM business first, reports and elections to the committee, followed by a talk by Simon Birch, Chairman of Bristol Civic Society, on “The Future of Ashton Court”. Please come along to support your local Community Association
2. Clifton and Clifton Down Forum. Monday 6th November Redland Library 7-8.30pm. Business includes; Future for the Forum, What now after Neighbourhood Partnerships, Local or Community Plans – should we have one, Police reports and other issues. Come along to shape and influence the way this Forum might work for our benefit in the future.
3. Possible Cumberland Basin Developments. We have heard, and you may have heard or seen, announcements by the Mayor about possible developments around the Cumberland Basin. These are at the present stage sketchy and we don’t know what the real implications are. Rest assured that the Community Association will do whatever it can to find out more about this and keep you posted. What Marvin said can be found at : https://soundcloud.com/bristol-festival-of-ideas/mayors-annual-state-of-the-city-address-2017. Listen from minute 37 for the bit about Cumberland Basin
4. Anchor/Hotwell Road improvements. New plans have gone through an almost invisible informal consultation process. The Council is now planning to commence the statutory consultation towards the end of November. This is mostly about new/extended bus lanes. We understand that works might start in February next year. We will try and keep you posted. The report is now available on the Consultation Hub: www.bristol.gov.uk/consultation
5. Cliftonwood Town Green events The Halloween BBQ in the Community Garden was a great success with over two hundred people passing through and enjoying the ambience and meeting neighbours. Hot dogs, toffee apples, baked potatoes were munched around the fire.....it was a wonderful evening.
Ambra Ramblers meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 10 am in the garden and walk from different venues around Bristol, finishing with a pub lunch. All are welcome to join, there is sure to be available car space. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Uk to be included in the mailing list, and walks will be advertised on the notice board in the garden on Ambra Vale East.
Bumps and Babies is a regular group for new and expectant mums to meet each other and share experiences over tea and cake. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
There will be a working party followed by croissants and coffee in the near future which will be advertised on the notice board in the garden.
If anyone would like to join the garden group please contact Carol at the above email address.
6. Lion Park’s makeover is almost finished. The children are enjoying the new swing and the grass on the renovated kick about area has grown really well. All that we need to do now is plant some daffodil and tulip bulbs in the flowerbeds so that it will look lovely in Spring. The HCCA will provide the bulbs but please can you help with the planting? We’ll meet in the park on Sunday 12 November at 10.30am. Children most welcome to join in! Can you and your kids We will also help to build a bug hotel on a pallet to encourage wildlife. Please bring any sticks, pine cones and other natural materials that bugs would like to live in!
7. Jacobs Well Zebra Crossing. It seems as if most of the details surrounding this plan have been ironed out. We hope that the zebra crossing will soon be realised. If we can find out a build date and any more detail we will let you know.
8. Jacobs Wells Baths breaking news As part of Bristol City Council's Community Asset Transfer process we have been holding interviews with bidders for the Jacob Wells Baths site. A preferred bidder, national charity Fusion Lifestyle, was recommended and has now been endorsed by the Council's Executive Board. Fusion's plans are to provide a swimming pool and a range of leisure and community facilities as part of the restoration. It is anticipated that final decision to grant the lease will be made by the Mayor and Cabinet on 5 December.
9. Clean up Bristol Harbour. If you want to help do just that the next date is Sunday 19th November, 2.30pm-4.30pm, meet by the Arnolfini pontoon next to Prince St Bridge. More info: www.facebook.com/CleanUpBristolHarbour
10. Harbourside Social Running. Still running! Habourside at the Mardyke Steps next to Young Bristol Mondays 9.25 for a 9.30 start. Finish around 10.30. See www.facebook.com/groups/1063822010418913 (Our apologies for printing the wrong link last month)
11. Local Road Closures. November 3rd 7pm to November 6th 6am. To allow Bathhurst Basin Bridge to be finished Commercial Road and parts of Cumberland Road will be closed during this time. Further information at: https://travelwest.info/metrobus/metrobus-build/spike-island
12. Student Housing issues. Action for Balanced Communities (ABC) led by local community and other resident groups has been instrumental in getting the Council to pass a resolution on “Mitigating the impact of University Growth” this was, in particular, in relation to the impact on longer term residents in high-density student areas. We have been asked by ABC if we can provide any feedback on problems, with specific student houses, or other more general issues such as late-night street noise, anti-social behaviour etc. and whether things are better or worse than in previous years. Also are you are aware of any properties in our area (especially smaller flats, individually or grouped within a building), that are being newly occupied by students this year? If you have any news on this please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass on your information to ABC.
13. Fostering and Adoption. There is always a shortage of carers. If you are interested or know anyone who might be interested take a look here https://www.facebook.com/BristolFostering/ and/or here https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en_US/social-care-health/adoption-fostering-and-private-fostering
14. Exhibitions. M Shed. Brave Poor Things: Reclaiming Bristol's disability history. The Guild of the Brave Poor Things is thought to be the UK's first purpose-made building for disabled people. Dating from 1913, it still stands today in Old Market. More at: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/brave-poor-things/ Also Wildlife photographer of the year 2017. See https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2017/
15. Digital Ads Bristol City Centre. We have received the following from https://adblockbristol.wordpress.com/ “We are reaching out to you as we're deeply concerned about the increasing intrusion into our city of digital advertising. The latest is a spate of applications is for 18 new digital advertising displays for locations around Broadmead and Cabot Circus”. Details of the applications can be found at: : 17/05272/A , 17/05284/A , 17/05283/A , 17/05281/A ,17/05280/A 17/05279/A 17/05265/A 17/05266/A 17/05267/A 17/05270/A 17/05271/A 17/05285/A 17/05273/A 17/05274/A 17/05275/A 17/05276/A 17/05277/A 17/05278/A It seems that some deadlines for objections have passed and some are dated 9th November. Comment can always be given to your local Councillor of course.
16. The Repair Shop. We have received the following from Kate Leighton, a researcher at TV production company Ricochet, makers of the BBC Two Series The Repair Shop. “I am wondering if you might to be able to help spread the word amongst your community to see if anyone has any objects in need of repair. We are looking for family heirlooms or objects that have community value that have fallen into disrepair. For example: memorial plaques, eroded statues, snapped weather vanes, broken sun dials, cracked gargoyles, fading carvings, or antique village and pub signs. Objects need to be able to be taken to our workshop in Chichester to be repaired by our team of master craftspeople, so need to be transportable.” If you have an object you’d like our help with please get back in touch with us at email@example.com or call us on 01273 224829. More information at www.ricochet.co.uk
17. Bristol Multi-Faith Forum. The Multi-faith Forum is a great forum to find out more about organisations throughout Bristol. For more see https://bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk/ Contact can be made with firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2017 Bulletin 24
Welcome to this month’s e-newsletter for HCCA sharing community news from Hotwells, Cliftonwood, Spike Island and wider Bristol. If you wish to contribute to our next bulletin, please send us a short paragraph and link/s where relevant by 31st October. Visit our website for more!
In this issue:
- AHOY THERE!
- West Bristol Arts Trail 14-15 October
- Art Trail at the Piazza
- Festival in Hotwells and Cliftonwood
- Rownham Mead – National Winners
- Clean Streets Autumn Litter Blitz 16-29 October
- Bristol Harbourside Monday Morning Social Running
- Healthy City Week 7-14 October
- Pavement Parking Petition
- We the Curious
- Salt Café’s Italian Film Season
- Africa Writes
- Social Justice for Refugees
- Bristol Somali Cultural Festival
- Forest School and Outdoor Education courses
- Fermenting Fun
- Bristol Food Network
1. AHOY THERE! 4th October 2017 at 7pm at the CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Hotwells
Apologies for the short notice, but the Hotwells & Cliftonwood Local History Society are presenting a talk tomorrow evening. 'Were you there to wish ‘bon voyage’ to the Matthew when it left Bristol for Newfoundland? Do you remember the magic moment when Concorde flew over the Suspension Bridge just as the Matthew went beneath it? CLIVE BURLTON has written a new book ‘THE MATTHEW OF BRISTOL’ Hear the whole story from the first idea to build a boat to celebrate Cabot’s epic journey in 1497 to what it is like to be responsible for the boat today
October 2017 Bulletin 242. West Bristol Arts Trail 14-15 October: Celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Bristol’s great Art Trails. Indulge yourself with fine locally made works of art, look for your Christmas gifts now or just browse and enjoy the extent of local talent. More information at: https://westbristolarts.com/
3. Art Trail at the Piazza: A chance to see the latest art, including a trio of Herons by Amy Hutchings. Our new interpretation panels have been installed revealing a little of the history of the site and how our local community have transformed the underused space. We also want to collect more ideas for a wall painting and sustainable 'greening'. Come down between 12 & 3pm on Saturday 14th October and chalk your ideas on the wall, talk to us and plant a few seeds in your chosen places. To view our Autumn Activity visit https://artundertheflyover.com/
4. Festival in Hotwells and Cliftonwood: 12 people met in the Create Centre on the 2nd to discuss the idea of a Festival in Hotwells and Cliftonwood next year (see our special bulletin dated 26 September). After discussing options and ideas, three particular decisions were made to move things forward. First an application will be made to Bristol City Council for funding under the “Originators” arts scheme; second that the festival – possible title Hotfest – should take place over the weekend of 22nd/23rd September when more people will be in Bristol for the half marathon; and third that the group should apply to the Council for a special deal to have the Create Centre, with as much of its facilities as are available, as a core centre for events. If you are interested in helping in any way to make this happen please get in touch. email@example.com
5. Rownham Mead – National Winners: Congratulations to the residents that front the harbourside of Rownham Mead. They are the Front Gardens winner in Cultivation Street’s Small Spaces Category. Good pictures can be found here: http://www.daviddomoney.com/2017/09/03/cultivation-street-specialist-categories-winners-2017/
6. Clean Streets Autumn Litter Blitz 16-29 October: Building on the success of the Great Bristol Spring Clean an Autumn Litter Blitz is taking place 16 – 29 October 2017. We encourage people to get together with family, friends and neighbours during this period and make a difference in our local community by doing a litter pick, big or small, or something else to spruce up your part of it. Bristol Waste Company can loan you litter pickers, bags, high visibility jackets and will arrange to collect the waste that you collect. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bristolwastecompany.co.uk/litterpick or call 0117 304 9022
7. Bristol Harbourside Monday Morning Social Running: “Better on a Monday” Led by local runners, the run is open to all abilities and perfect for those looking for some daytime social running. It’s not competitive - no one is left behind. Join us on the harbourside at Mardyke Steps across from The Mardyke pub next to Young Bristol at 9:25 for a 9:30 start. The run lasts for about an hour finishing roughly around 10.30. Running will be mainly on road on the harbourside circuit, towpath and Ashton Court. Find them on Facebook at https://en-gb.facebook.com/harboursiderunners/
8. Healthy City Week 7-14 October: Join individuals and organisations from across Bristol to exchange ideas and explore the intersections between health and the environmental sustainability of our city. More information at: http://bristolgreencapital.org/project_cat/healthy-city-week/
9. Pavement Parking Petition: Bristol Walking Alliance has started a petition to ask the Council to take more action on pavement parking. Please consider signing this petition. The petition may be found at: http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/community/petition/3848
10. We the Curious: Yes indeed you might be! In case you did not know this is the new name for @ Bristol. Apparently the name @ Bristol was causing problems with giving directions, email addresses, and the visibility of what the venue actually did. More information can be found at: https://www.wethecurious.org/event/bristol-changing-we-curious
11. Salt Café’s Italian Film Season: Next film 19th October “We have a Pope”. Details of this and future showings at https://www.facebook.com/events/762814563922094
12. Africa Writes 6th and 7th October: The Royal African Society’s annual literature festival comes to Bristol. Africa Writes Pop-Up Bristol presents exciting series of events celebrating contemporary African literature and thought, including book launches, film screenings, discussions, family activities, workshops, and a poetry night. More information at: http://africawrites.org/featured/africa-writes-2017-pop-up-bristol/
13. Social Justice for Refugees: What does this mean? If you are interested there is a meeting at the Friends’ Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road BS6 at 5.30pm on Saturday 7th October
14. Bristol Somali Cultural Festival: 28th October Barton Hill University Settlement 43 Ducie Road BS5 0AX As part of the Bristol Somali Cultural Festival, local Somali actors bring together the stories gathered in four separate workshops this summer, for Bristol Somali mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Each group had their own space to talk about the pressures they’ve faced adjusting to life in Britain and what they would really like to discuss with other family members. To find out more email: email@example.com
15. Forest School and Outdoor Education courses: The Forest of Avon Trust is a Bristol-based Trees & Woodlands charity that have been running accredited Forest School training since 2010. Have look at their Forest School and Outdoor Education projects here: http://forestofavontrust.org/training/
16. Fermenting Fun and Foraging: Fermenting workshops and Foraging walks. Bristol mushroom walks on 29th October and 11th,12th,18th and 19th November. More details: https://www.goforaging.co.uk/
17. Bristol Food Network: In case you are a foody or want to know more about trying to make Bristol a more sustainable food city, go to http://www.bristolfoodnetwork.org/