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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!

1. The Community garden, Town Green, Cliftonwood

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' admin@hotwellscliftonwood.org.uk

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 janeswalkbristol@gmail.com  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 matildaw@ssgreatbritain.org 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 jwrhub@gmail.com

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Bees, Butterflies and Play- adapting 1960s design to a 21st century city

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Watching the boats by Anna Wilson

Sylvia Crowe designed the Cumberland Piazza as part of a much bigger landscaped scheme covering all the Ashton and Hotwells flyover. She explored many ideas about play and leisure that were cutting edge in the 1960s. One of the ideas for the Piazza was that people could sit and watch the boats coming in and out of Bristol Harbour. there were so many things she couldn't have known about that have arisen as major concerns in the intervening years. Although we can still watch the boats come and go from our new pocket park, we often watch through a haze of speeding cars- who knew in the 1960s that traffic levels would quadruple within 50 years?

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